Cooler Than Blood, by Robert Lane

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Genre: Mystery

Author: Robert Lane


Publisher: Mason Alley

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18-year-old Jenny Spencer is missing after a violent nighttime encounter on a Florida beach. Jenny’s aunt, Susan Blake, asks wisecracking PI Jake Travis to investigate.

Susan and Jake had only spent one dinner together, but both felt an instant, overpowering attraction. Jake walked away.  After all, he was—and is—committed to Kathleen.  But having Susan in his life again could be dangerous:   dangerous in more ways than one.

As Jake and his partner, Garrett Demarcus, close in on finding Jenny, they uncover a shocking secret in Kathleen’s past.  Even more shocking is that Kathleen and Jenny’s life are strangely intertwined.

For Jake, this case may hit way too close to home—and what started as a race to find Jenny could become a fight to protect Kathleen.

As the case heats…

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The Story Behind ‘Cooler Than Blood’ by Robert Lane

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Cover ArtI don’t know about the story behind my book, but let me tell you the story behind the boat—for the boat created the story.

Like the boat in my book, Cooler Than Blood, this boat is a used wooden cruiser from the mid-1960’s. A family boat—whatever that means. The first boat, not the last boat. The boat that was around when the memories became seared. The boat we had when I summoned my courage to hold a girls hand, to kiss her lips. The boat I heard her laugh on, saw her smile—jumpin-Jesus, no way of knowing then how long that memory would linger. I drove the boat. Docked it. Cleaned it. Pumped the water out of it. The boat I tied lines to and, along with a friend, swam as we towed it a mile back to the dock when it sputtered out of gas. The boat six people…

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In the Spotlight: Stupidparty Math V. Myth by Patrick Andendall

Stupidparty 3Title: Stupidparty Math V. Myth: Unmasking the Destructive Forces Eroding American Democracy
Author: Patrick Andendall
Publisher: Fact Over Fiction Publishing LTD.
Pages: 408
Genre: Politics
Format: Paperback/Kindle

Stupidparty Math v. Myth: Unmasking the Destructive Forces Eroding American Democracy relies on publicly available facts, resources and tools to deconstruct and relentlessly drill down on the numerous misconceptions held by too many Republicans. Substantiated by more than 1,500 hyperlinks to authoritative resources, readers will find:

  • Stupidparty positions defrocked on: the “Moochers”, the economy, climate change, environmental stewardship, racism, religion, “Freedoms”, guns, and ignorance-based humor.
  • The fallacy of Fox News facts exposed, documented, and explained.

Also included are 1,055 full color images and 121 graphs and charts.

Once thoughtful, discerning Americans understand the destructive forces manipulating their views, they will begin to call for a stop to the stupidity that has invaded our politics and poisoned our political process. The eradication of Stupid from the Stupidparty is the first step.

This book does not set out to destroy the Republican Party. The U.S. needs at least two parties. But by exposing the abundance of Myth with the relentless use of Math and facts, the problems and then the solutions become self-evident.

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Book Excerpt:


Voting is an important civil right, and many argue it is a civic duty. In Australia you must vote. In Belgium you must show up at the polls, but having shown up, you do not have to vote. Over twenty countries have some form of mandatory voting.

Acorn was an organization devoted to adding voters to the rolls. Acorn often paid homeless people to collect signatures. Thus, it was providing a double public service.

So while on occasion such workers did try and rip off Acorn (using fake signatures to invent nonexistent people) for a few extra dollars, the Acorn organization never created any voter fraud. This may come as a shock to the paranoid conservative brain, but the fact is that nonexistent people cannot vote, not of course unless Jesus decides to rise from the dead (for a second time) in order to vote. Ironically, if one understands anything about Jesus, his likely abhorrence of the Stupidparty and their antics, this must surely be a very tempting option. But like Kerry, Acorn was swiftboated by the Benefactors, i.e., Big Money devoted to an insidious and widespread deception. Big Money wins; the public and its treasured democracy lose. Even after Acorn was hounded out of business, 49% of Stupidparty voters believed that Acorn stole the 2012 election.


Character Interview: Hunter Carlisle from John Herrick’s mainstream fiction/Christian fiction/LGBTQ novel, Between These Walls

HerrickBTWWe’re thrilled to have here today Hunter Carlisle from John Herrick’s new mainstream fiction/Christian fiction/LGBTQ novel, Between These Walls.  Hunter is a 26-year-old sales & marketing guy living in Hudson, Ohio, the Cleveland-Akron area.

It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Beyond the Books!

Thank you so for this interview, Hunter.  Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?

I feel John gave me an honest portrayal. It’s more honest that I would be with anyone. He took every secret thought that goes through my head and made it available to the public. That’s awkward for me to see in print, but I believe it made the story genuine.

Do you feel the author did a good job colorizing your personality?  If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently?

Here’s what I loved about appearing in this book: John took a lot of the emotions and torment I’ve experienced since childhood and wrapped words around them. I’m not a “words guy,” so John provided an outlet for my story in a way that laid my soul bare. And although it’s uncomfortable for me, I think a lot of people feel the way I do, so they will find a friend and kindred spirit in me.

What do you believe is your strongest trait?

I’m not into judging people or cutting them down. I think that’s because I hold secret, embarrassing struggles of my own, so I know how it feels to be beaten down in life. So I believe I start from that point and find ways to connect with people in ways they normally wouldn’t let anyone else connect with them.

Worst trait?

I internalize my issues and rarely confide in anybody. I hold a lot of secrets. They have tormented me for years.

If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be (and you can’t say yourself!)?

Don’t worry, I wouldn’t say myself! I hate being in the spotlight! Okay, I’ll give you two answers. First, the Hollywood answer: Nicholas Hoult or Hunter Parrish, two up-and-coming stars with a lot of potential.

But here’s my non-Hollywood answer:  Gabe Hellman, my romantic interest in Between These Walls, harbored dreams as an actor growing up and performs in community theater today. He understands me best, he holds my trust more than anyone else, and I’d give him the shot at portraying me.

Do you have a love interest in the book?

This goes back to my secret. I harbor homosexual feelings inside but nobody knows it. In fact, I’ve become an expert at projecting an image of the average masculine, heterosexual guy. I’ve avoided the spotlight and shrunk into the background in life, which makes it easy to blend in. So I have my external side and my internal side.

When the novel starts out, I’m in a relationship with my girlfriend, Kara. But as the novel moves along, I find myself falling for Gabe. I’d kept my feelings hidden for so long, but in one moment, without intending to, I let my guard down—and discovered Gabe and I share a common secret. Kara was furious. But you’ll need to read my story to see how that unfolds. Talk about ways I could’ve handled things better. Ugh.

At what point of the book did you start getting nervous about the way it was going to turn out?

My same-sex attraction is my worst, most embarrassing secret. So the closer John got to making it public to my friends and neighbors, the more nervous I got. My life would change permanently, and I could never shove the secret back into a dresser drawer. I didn’t know if it would change for better or worse, but I imagined the worst.

If you could trade places with one of the other characters in the book, which character would you really not want to be and why?

You threw me with that question! When I started reading it, I thought you wanted to know who the character with whom I would trade places! I was prepared to say I’d trade places with anybody else—everyone else feels normal, and I’d give anything to get rid of the torment.

But you asked who I’d really not want to be and why. When my secret is revealed, some individuals stand by my and others don’t. I would not want to trade places with the people who are harsh, who point fingers not in an effort to come alongside someone, but in a hardhearted way of making them feel dirty and alone. Unfortunately, one minister took that approach, and it made me feel horrible for the people under his care. (Don’t worry, a balanced minister with a positive reaction also appears in the story!)

How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away?

Here’s the thing I’ve noticed about how John ends his books:  He gives them closure, ties up the loose ends and answers all the questions—but then leaves them with a brand-new lingering question that goes forever unanswered. You’ll need to read the book to see. But he says he believes in letting the reader end the story the way he or she wants to end it.

What words of wisdom would you give your author if s/he decided to write another book with you in it?

After walking through this book, I’m a much stronger individual. I’ve walked through fire, both inside and out. I can handle much more. That being the case, I hope he’d use me to help hurting people. I crave to be used as a positive force in life.

Thank you for this interview, Hunter.  Will we be seeing more of you in the future?

John’s not a big fan of writing sequels, so normally, I’d say no. But in Between These Walls, he brought back a couple of characters from From The Dead, one of his prior novels, for cameo appearances. He set both novels in the same location. So you never know what will happen down the road! Stay tuned…

jherrick05_cA graduate of the University of Missouri—Columbia, John Herrick explores themes of spiritual journey and the human heart in his works. Herrick’s debut novel, From the Dead,which was hailed as “a solid debut novel” by the Akron Beacon Journal, achieved Amazon best-seller status. Herrick’s second novel, The Landing, was named a semifinalist in the inaugural Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. Herrick’s nonfiction eBook, 8 Reasons Your Life Matters, received over 100,000 downloads and landed at #1 on Amazon’s Motivational Self-Help and Christian Inspiration best-seller lists.  John Herrick is a native of St. Louis.

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The Story behind ‘Not All Americans Are Racist,’ by Nicole Weaver

Originally posted on The Story Behind the Book:

american (4)I was inspired to write Not All Americans Are Racist because of the killings of unarmed young black males. I believe certain part of America still has a fervent love affair with racism.  It is mind boggling that some people think the killings were justified, and Eric Garner and Trayvon Martin deserved to be killed. This sends a very bad message.  Now, granted I also believe black fathers need to do a better job raising their sons, but this does not excuse nor validate the  killings that took place.

I am an optimist and always thinking of ways to find solutions to problems. This is another reason why I wrote Not All Americans Are Racist. Many good white people are not racist. In my book, I talk about the non-racist people that helped me in becoming the person I am today.  One must never concentrate only on the bad.


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The Story behind ‘Between These Walls’ by John Herrick

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HerrickBTWI believe the best stories result from characters who come to me when I’m not looking for them. That was the case with Hunter Carlisle and Between These Walls.

In 2011, a novel concept came to mind: a Christian middle-school student who harbored an attraction to the same gender. Facets of his struggle tugged at my heart: his fears, his faith, his feelings of guilt, the hits to his self-esteem. At that point, though, I wouldn’t have had the courage to write a book about him. So I shelved the idea.

Fast-forward one year. During book work one night, a television news story caught my attention. It revolved around the plight of a high school student, about 15 years old, who was on the verge of suicide. He was gay and had paid for it as the target of endless bullying.

He’d reached his breaking point and posted a…

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Living in the Seventh Day Book Blast!

Author is giving away 2 Free E- books 
and 2 Free signed paperbacks. Enter contest below.

Living in the Seventh Day

Author: Jeanetta Britt

Genre: Christian Fiction

Publisher: Twelve Stones Publishing LLC (September 30, 2014)

ISBN-10: 069-2300503

ISBN-13: 978-0692300503

*Amazon Bestseller!*

Jasmine, Leeza, and Cristal are thrown together by a chance meeting at the Atlanta Airport during Hurricane Allee. Under normal circumstances, these three diverse women wouldn’t have said word-one to each other. By all appearances, they have absolutely nothing in common. But during the long layover caused by the killer storm, they’re forced to set aside their differences–at least for the moment–and form a lasting connection. Going their separate ways, it’s not long before their own well-ordered plans spiral out of control. Will their lives be blown away like their broken dreams and the six-day reign of Hurricane Allee, or will they be able to help each other find the faith and courage to let go and begin again…Living in the Seventh Day?

Bestselling author and award-winning poet, Jeanetta Britt, graduated with honors from Fisk University and The University of Michigan. She completed a successful executive career in Dallas, Texas, before returning to her native Alabama to live and to write. “My faith in Jesus Christ means more to me than anything, and it has proven to be the most valuable asset in my life,” she says. “That’s why I write Christian Fiction novels and Gospel poetry…to share the love!” Jeanetta’s novels are also filled with juicy drama and edgy suspense–exciting the senses while inspiring the soul. She also writes inspirational poetry.
In addition to being a sought-after encourager for youth and adults, alike, Jeanetta is also an avid gardener and community advocate. She founded Twelve Stones CDC—a non-profit organization that operates two community gardens in rural Alabama. “We provide free, fresh food for our community and an opportunity for our youth and senior citizens to form vital intergenerational bonds–and get some free exercise, companionship and sunshine, too.” She smiles. “No rules—just love!”


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