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First Chapter Reveal: Sabotage by Bryan Koepke

SabotageTitle: Sabotage
Author: Bryan Koepke
Publisher: Writers Cabin Press, Ltd.
Pages: 316
Genre: Thriller

Reece Culver and his friend Haisley Averton travel to Scotland with only one thing on their minds – fishing. After witnessing an automobile accident involving a freelance journalist they quickly realize that something far greater than a crash caused his SUV to sink into the frigid waters of the North Atlantic.

With increasing curiosity, Reece inserts himself into the complicated life of Marie Rhodes who is in the middle of her own crises as she watches her 20-year marriage crumble.

Realizing that they’ll never make it out fishing, Haisley uses his skills in computer forensics to find out who hacked into Karl Rhodes’ office computer at Draecon International and made it appear that he’d remotely accessed the dead journalists laptop. As Haisley combs through logs on the chief of strategy’s computer he stumbles upon an even bigger plot involving a secret drone factory somewhere in the United Kingdom, what looks like funds being embezzled out of Draecon International, and a plot that threatens the national security of the U.K.

Reece spends increasingly greater amounts of time with Marie Rhodes trying to learn what she knows and soon finds that he can’t resist the temptation of falling in love with the woman of his dreams. But as things heat up he questions her true motives.

When Karl Rhodes’ executive secretary is found dead Reece agrees to protect Marie’s soon to be ex-husband Karl. In a tricky game of cat and mouse Reece travels the globe as he tries to keep Marie, her husband, and Karl’s mistress out of harms way, and unknowingly puts himself directly into the crosshairs of a hired assassin.

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  • Sabotage is available at Amazon.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

Chapter 1

Saturday June 8, 2013

Julian had been told the target would be traveling south along the coastal road. With a practiced hand he pivoted the stock of the Russian-made sniper rifle on its black steel swivel mount atop the bipod legs and aimed toward the highway below. The SUV would be passing right through his sight . . . there. A chilly breeze blew through the tent, rippling the damp cotton shirt that lay molded to his back. He wasn’t nervous, but he did tend to sweat as the killing hour approached. He regarded the unpleasant sensation as just part of the job. It wasn’t like anyone would ever find out.

Peering through the custom-made rifle scope, he adjusted the magnification between his thumb and index finger, zooming in on the worn white strands of the highway’s center line several hundred yards below. As he rotated the knob back out, he spotted the farthest flag he’d placed in the branches of a nearby tree. The strip of white plastic barely fluttered, telling him the wind was calm.

His square unshaven chin pressed firmly against the cold black stock of the Dragunov SVD, and he pushed upward, seating the steel magazine that housed multiple 7N1 steel-core sniper rounds. With its 151-grain projectile and velocity of 830 meters per second, it was perfect for this type of work.

A rifle was the best—precise, anonymous, and decisive. He ran the shot through his mind one more time. Envision what you want to have happen. He’d read about that in an e-zine, and he adopted it as part of his preparations, even though it was supposed to be part of his ten-year life plan. He didn’t need any plan. In ten years he’d be rich and retired on a private island in the Caribbean.

The tracking device he’d stuck under the rear bumper would tell him when the SUV was near. It would approach on its way south toward the city of Talbert. He’d picked the perfect spot. The narrow Scottish road curved left around a large hill, and the vast expanse of the North Atlantic Ocean spread beyond the guardrail.

Confirm the license plate BV-061-EK, lead the target, and pan upward to the windshield. He’d draw a bead on the man’s head, squeeze the trigger, and watch as the windshield filled with a fine red mist. He’d envisioned the heavy vehicle veering sideways and crashing through the flimsy rusted guardrail before plunging into the depths of the sea. The driver would be dead before he realized how freezing cold that water was.

As the assassin waited patiently enduring the wet chill that reminded him of his home on Bainbridge Island, he monitored the moving red dot on his cell phone. A young woman with a yellow scarf drove past in her blue Volvo sedan. His stomach growled, and he remembered the bacon he’d had at the inn. The slabs were thick and cooked only in patches. Typical British cuisine.

The dot was rapidly approaching, and he shifted his attention to a silver Nissan Pathfinder rapidly making its way up the road. It carried two occupants. Damn it, he thought as a maroon BMW X5 came around the corner. The Pathfinder would pass in front just as the BMW entered his field of fire.

He could feel a drop of sweat rolling down the knobs of his spine. He zeroed in the rifle scope on the BMW windshield. The cross hairs remained steady as the SUV slowed to make the curve. He saw the Pathfinder pass through in a blur. He had a split second of clearance as he squeezed the trigger. The windshield misted red and flashed beyond his line of sight.

About the Author

Bryan KoepkeBryan Koepke lives in the United States with his wife, and dog. He grew up in the midwest, settled in Arizona, and then twenty years ago made his way north to Colorado. He’s a private pilot, Electrical Engineering Technician, and since 2009 has been employed as a Financial Analyst. Bryan has always had an interest in writing. He wrote his first stories at the age of 7. He started writing thrillers in 2010, and published his first book in 2014.

He holds an FAA Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic’s license, Pilot’s license, and has a BS in Finance. He’s also taken multiple graduate level engineering classes. His many hobbies include hiking, fishing, skiing, and travel. He’s an avid reader and enjoys watching television shows like 24, Homeland, Breaking Bad, The Blacklist, and Ray Donovan.

His latest book is the thriller, Sabotage.

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Talking Books with Roxanne Bland, author of ‘The Moreva of Astoreth’

Roxanne BlandRoxanne Bland grew up in Washington, D.C., where she discovered strange and wonderful new worlds through her local public library and bookstores. These and other life experiences have convinced her that reality is highly overrated. Ms. Bland lives in Rosedale, Maryland with her Great Dane, Daisy Mae.

Her latest book is the science fiction novel, The Moreva of Astoreth.

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Moreva Tehi, scientist, healer, priestess of the Goddess of Love and three-quarters god, is a bigot. She hates the hakoi who are the Temple’s slaves. When she misses an important ritual because the enslaved hakoi are participants, her grandmother, the Goddess Astoreth, punishes her by exiling her for a year from her beloved southern desert The Moreva of Astorethhome to the far north village of Mjor in the Syren Perritory, (where the hakoi are free) to steward Astoreth’s landing beacon. But Astoreth forbids her from taking with her scientific research on red fever, a devastating scourge that afflicts the hakoi. She does so, anyway.

The first Mjoran she meets is Laerd Teger, the hakoi chief of the village, who appears to hate her. She also meets Hyme, the hakoi village healer, and much to Moreva Tehi’s surprise, they form a fast friendship. This friendship forces her to set upon a spiritual journey to confront her bigotry. While doing so, she falls in love with Laerd Teger, who returns her love. She eventually has a revelation about the meaning of love, and rids herself of her bigotry. And she develops a cure for red fever, and is the first healer to do so.

But there is a price for her love for Laerd Teger, and that is her certain execution by the Goddess Astoreth upon her return home because she has broken her sacred vows. But then, through Laerd Teger, she learns a terrible secret about her gods, that they are not gods at all, but aliens, and rather than being part god, she is part alien. Her world destroyed, she turns on Laerd Teger for showing her the truth. They eventually reconcile. But there is still the problem about her love for Laerd Teger. Astoreth will know what she has done and will execute her. She formulates a plan, involving the erasure of her memory, in which she will bargain for her life by giving Astoreth the formula for red fever. Astoreth agrees. For breaking her vows and disobeying a direct order not to take her red fever research to Mjor, Astoreth strips her of her morevic status and exiles her again to Mjor. Back in Mjor, she recovers her memory and sends the red fever formula to Astoreth. Now freed from the constraints of being a Moreva, Tehi and Teger embark on a new life together.

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  • The Moreva of Astoreth is available at Amazon.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

Q: Welcome to Beyond the Books, Roxanne. Can we start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?

I’m multi-published, with two books under my belt—The Underground, and now, The Moreva of Astoreth. Assuming no delays, I’ll have a third out in 2017.

Q: When you were published for the first time, which route did you go – mainstream, small press, vanity published or self-published and why or how did you choose this route?

I started my own publishing house, so I’m an independent author/publisher, or indie. Being the somewhat impatient type, I did it this way because I grew weary of waiting for agents and publishers to make a decision on my book. It was taking years. And the more I learned about the publishing industry, the more going the indie route seemed a viable option. Besides, one day I’d like to open my doors to other authors. So for now, I’m experimenting on myself, learning the ins and outs of publishing.

Q: How long did it take you to get published once you signed the contract?

Well, considering the contract was between me, myself and I, it didn’t take long at all! It took only a couple of months from finalizing the manuscript to designing the cover and then to publication.

Q: How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?

I was in awe. Even though I held it in my hands, I couldn’t quite believe I’d actually done it, published my book. As for celebrating, I was taken out to dinner by family and friends. We had a great time.

Q: What was the first thing you did as for as promotion when you were published for the first time?

I immediately started sending out review copies to interested parties, advertising on various book-related websites in the U.S. and England, and by doing giveaways on Goodreads. I did them simultaneously.

Q: Since you’ve been published, how have you grown as a writer and now a published author?

As a writer, I believe my prose has gotten better, and I’m more willing to scrap what doesn’t work, rather than tying myself into knots trying to fit it in. I don’t throw the rejects away, though. I keep them because I might use them in another book. As an author, I’ve learned that not everyone is going to like my novels, and might even find fault with them. And that’s okay. I can’t please everyone. From those experiences, I learned not to take it personally. Instead, I use reviews—good and bad—to improve my writing skills.

Q: What has surprised or amazed you about the publishing industry as a whole?

That it is as large as it is, and so varied. When I started out, I knew nothing about small, independent presses, especially those that specialize in certain genres.

Q: What is the most rewarding thing about being a published author?

To have readers tell me how much they enjoyed my books. After all, I write to entertain. It’s also gratifying to be told they understood the message I was trying to get across.

Q: Any final words for writers who dream of being published one day?

Don’t give up on your dream. There are so many options to getting published these days. Don’t think the traditional route is the only way. Check out the smaller presses, or consider going indie, like I did.

A Bookish Conversation with Jean-Pierre Alaux & Noel Balen

Jean-Pierre Noel BalenJean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen, wine lover and music lover respectively, came up with the idea for the Winemaker Detective series while sharing a meal, with a bottle of Château Gaudou 1996, a red wine from Cahors with smooth tannins and a balanced nose. The series has 24 titles to date and is a hit TV series in France. So far 10 have been translated. Jean-Pierre Alaux currently lives in southwestern France and Noël in Paris. They both are full-time writers and participate in the TV adaptation of their series.

Translator Sally Pane studied French at State University of New York Oswego and the Sorbonne before receiving her Masters Degree in French Literature from the University of Colorado. She has translated several titles in this series.

And Anne Trager has a passion for crime fiction that equals her love of France. After years working in translation, publishing and communications, she founded the mystery and thriller publishing house Le French Book, dedicated to picking top mysteries and thrillers from France and translating them into English.

Their latest book is the cozy mystery, The Winemaker Detective: An Omnibus.

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An immersion in French countryside, gourmet attitude, and light-hearted mystery.

The Winemaker DetectiveTwo amateur sleuths gumshoe around French wine country, where money, deceit, jealousy, inheritance and greed are all the ingredients needed for crime. Master winemaker Benjamin Cooker and his sidekick Virgile Lanssien solve mysteries in vineyards with a dose of Epicurean enjoyment of fine food and beverage. Each story is a homage to wine and winemakers, as well as a mystery.

In Treachery in Bordeaux, barrels at the prestigious grand cru Moniales Haut-Brion wine estate in Bordeaux have been contaminated. Is it negligence or sabotage?

In Grand Cru Heist, Benjamin Cooker’s world gets turned upside down one night in Paris. He retreats to the region around Tours to recover. He and his assistant Virgile turn PI to solve two murders and very particular heist.

In Nightmare in Burgundy, a dream wine tasting trip to Burgundy that turns into a troubling nightmare when Cooker and his assistant stumble upon a mystery revolving around messages from another era.

This made-for-TV series is “difficult to forget and oddly addictive” (ForeWord Reviews).

For More Information

  • The Winemaker Detective: An Omnibus is available at Amazon.
  • Pick up your copy at Barnes & Noble.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

Q&A with Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen, creators of the Winemaker Detective

How did you start writing a crime fiction series?

We wanted to explore a specific theme—wine and winemaking—from a variety of different perspectives. In the Winemaker Detective series, it is clear that each wine region deserves a different approach. By having recurring characters that see and observe the different regions and wine estates, we create consistency and a link between the different whodunit stories.

Your characters are very attaching. How do they evolve?

No matter what you do as a writer, characters eventually take over and do what they want. They evolve with the series because they reflect life. Everybody changes because life makes you change, even when you keep your initial values and character traits. So like anybody, our characters mature, become wiser in some areas, more experienced, or let themselves go, or cannot overcome their pain or refuse to face life head on. Since we began writing the series, our central character, the winemaker detective Benjamin Cooker, has grown, become more complex and taken on a life of his own, thanks in part to the French television series in which actor Pierre Arditi embodies him remarkably.

How much reality do you include in your books?

Generally speaking, we do our best to respect the reality of our settings. We go to the various wine regions, take pictures, get a feel for the place, and use local and historical documents. Many of the wines estates, restaurants and even hotels are all real. Sometimes the plot requires that we invent places where crimes have occurred, so that we don’t ruin the reputations of real places. For the plot, the key is finding a rather subtle balance between what is real, what seems real, and what is invented and improbable. But, you must also be wary of reality, as it is often much tougher, crueler and more sordid than anything you could imagine. Curiously, you sometimes need to lighten up reality for it to remain credible in a story.

How do you check your facts?

We do a lot of reading, using specialized books, and online research. We call on experts (winemakers, toxicologists, police officers, ballistics specialists, historians). Experience helps, making it easier and quicker to do the research. We also know many winemakers and winegrowers, with whom we check details. Both of us are careful about verifying our sources.

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Interview with ‘Sabatage’ Bryan Koepke

Bryan KoepkeBryan Koepke lives in the United States with his wife, and dog. He grew up in the midwest, settled in Arizona, and then twenty years ago made his way north to Colorado. He’s a private pilot, Electrical Engineering Technician, and since 2009 has been employed as a Financial Analyst. Bryan has always had an interest in writing. He wrote his first stories at the age of 7. He started writing thrillers in 2010, and published his first book in 2014.

He holds an FAA Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic’s license, Pilot’s license, and has a BS in Finance. He’s also taken multiple graduate level engineering classes. His many hobbies include hiking, fishing, skiing, and travel. He’s an avid reader and enjoys watching television shows like 24, Homeland, Breaking Bad, The Blacklist, and Ray Donovan.

His latest book is the thriller, Sabotage.

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Reece Culver and his friend Haisley Averton travel to Scotland with only one thing on their minds – fishing. After witnessing an automobile accident involving a freelance journalist they quickly realize that something far greater Sabotagethan a crash caused his SUV to sink into the frigid waters of the North Atlantic.

With increasing curiosity, Reece inserts himself into the complicated life of Marie Rhodes who is in the middle of her own crises as she watches her 20-year marriage crumble.

Realizing that they’ll never make it out fishing, Haisley uses his skills in computer forensics to find out who hacked into Karl Rhodes’ office computer at Draecon International and made it appear that he’d remotely accessed the dead journalists laptop. As Haisley combs through logs on the chief of strategy’s computer he stumbles upon an even bigger plot involving a secret drone factory somewhere in the United Kingdom, what looks like funds being embezzled out of Draecon International, and a plot that threatens the national security of the U.K.

Reece spends increasingly greater amounts of time with Marie Rhodes trying to learn what she knows and soon finds that he can’t resist the temptation of falling in love with the woman of his dreams. But as things heat up he questions her true motives.

When Karl Rhodes’ executive secretary is found dead Reece agrees to protect Marie’s soon to be ex-husband Karl. In a tricky game of cat and mouse Reece travels the globe as he tries to keep Marie, her husband, and Karl’s mistress out of harms way, and unknowingly puts himself directly into the crosshairs of a hired assassin.

For More Information

  • Sabotage is available at Amazon.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

Q: How did you come up with the idea to write your book, Sabotage?

A few years back I read an article about corporations that were too big to fail. This got me thinking about a premise for a new book in the Reece Culver thriller series. I envisioned a large multi-national corporation named Draecon International that was headquartered in London.

With this initial idea in mind I came up with a handful of powerful executives each on a path to satisfy their own motivations. As I wrote Sabotage I thought about what a high level executive might resort too to ensure that this giant of a company didn’t fail, and what pursuits they might take on to ensure their career went the direction that they’d envisioned.

As with any book I’ve ever written the initial notes, outline, and plot serve only as a beginning framework. As I write tens of thousands of words weaving together subplots and scenes the characters take on a life of their own and guide the story in new directions I’d not thought of earlier. For me this is where the real magic of writing takes place.

With each new revision of the novel the story grows in depth. I’ve come up with an analogy for this – think of a thriller writer writing a novel and let the image of a painter standing at an aisle come into your mind. With each new revision of the novel the depth of the story increases much the same way as the layers of paint cover the canvas as an artist paints her painting in oils. At points along the way the craftsman takes a step back and looks at the whole of their work. A dab of paint here becomes a new tree on the horizon or a lighter shade of blue becomes a cloud reflecting off of the surface of a pond. For me writing works the same way. I step back and build a timeline of the scenes within the novel. I outline them making notes about possible new paths a character might take. As I write I leave these notes up on the right side of my computer screen.

As I wrote and rewrote Sabotage the motivations of the main characters became more obvious. Much like the interworking of a large family, the interworking of a group of executives within a large corporation is filled with conflict, tension, and rivalry. As the company grows workers are passed over for promotions, positions are filled with newly hired employees, and the overall dynamics of the corporation changes. In times when markets are tight assets or divisions are sold, and employees are terminated to make way for new corporate visions. In the end the people at the top will do whatever it takes to save Draecon International.

Q: How hard was it to write a book like this and do you have any tips that you could pass on which would make the journey easier for other writers?

Over the course of the past six years I’ve found a new passion in writing thriller novels. For me the greatest challenge has been finding time in my busy life to write every day. I do the bulk of my writing on weekend mornings, but also try to write a minimum of 3 mornings a week before commuting into my day job. I’ve learned to make use of my 45 minute daily drive to and from work to think through scenes and jot down new chapter ideas while I’m stopped at traffic lights.

My advice to other writers would be to write as often as you can. Set a goal to write 1,000 words and develop a routine of writing in a quiet place within your home or at a coffee shop. Once you sit down to write don’t look at any social media or email until you’ve completed your writing goal.

Once you’ve written your first draft make an outline of all of the scenes & chapters in the book. When you begin revising the draft use your new outline to keep notes, and jot down ideas for new scenes or chapters.

Q: Is there anything that surprised you about getting your first book published?

I found the task of working as a publisher and marketer of my own work very challenging. On this new book SABOTAGE, the second in the series, I’ve used many of the lessons I learned the first time around on VENGEANCE.

Q: Are you working on another book?

I’m currently writing INTRUSION, the third book in the Reece Culver thriller series, and I’m aiming to publish this new book in December of 2016. I’ve also started writing the initial chapters of book 4 in the series and hope to have it published by December of 2017.

Q: What’s your nightly ritual before retiring for the night?

I let our dog Daisy outside, and while she’s out I’ll check my twitter account and email. Next I’ll lock the doors, shut off the lights and climb into bed where my wife and I will watch the local news. If I’m having trouble with a scene or subplot in my current work in process I’ll think about the scenes and characters as I fall asleep. I find this valuable because my sub conscious will continue working through the story as I sleep and often times the next morning or several days later the solution will come to me as I take my morning shower.

Q: What message are you trying to get across with your book?

All of my books have a central theme and in the first two it has been good always prevails over evil.

Q: Do you have any final words?

Thank you for having me. Readers can find out more about me and my books at www.bryankoepke.com . They can find my work on my Amazon author page http://www.amazon.com/Bryan-Koepke/e/B00J79IXCC and on other e-book websites across the web. If they’d like to receive my monthly author newsletter and find out about new releases or events please signup on my website.

10 Things You Might Not Know About Piers Platt

10 Things You Might Not Know About Piers Platt

10. Piers has a beautiful four-year-old daughter who likes to wake him at 7am on Saturdays and demand Cocoa Pebbles. They like to act out scenes from “The Little Mermaid” together.
9. Piers is an accomplished singer: he performed the national anthem at a major league ballgame, and sang at 10 ThingsMariah Carey’s first wedding. He has not sung in a while, but he misses it.
8. Piers does not have a single favorite book, but he has re-read “Dune,” “Ender’s Game,” and most of the Tom Clancy books multiple times.
7. Piers is regretting his decision to write this post in the third person.
6. Piers is originally from Boston, so watching the Red Sox win the World Series in 2004 was kind of a religious experience for him. Watching them this season was not so incredible.
5. Piers served in the Army for four years, during which time he led tank and scout platoons on a deployment to Iraq. The lighter side of his combat tour is chronicled in his NY Times bestselling memoir, “Combat and Other Shenanigans.” Readers who sign up for his mailing list can get a copy for free at www.piersplatt.com/newsletter
4. Piers loves the water: he swam and played water polo in high school, and loves to scuba dive with his wife.
3. Piers has no interesting tattoos or body piercings to speak of…sorry.
2. Piers uses the pseudonym “Peter” when ordering pizza, because long experience has taught him it’s just easier that way.
1. Piers’ latest book, “Rath’s Deception” just hit the shelves. Early readers “could not put it down” and are eagerly awaiting Books 2 and 3. As a completely unbiased third party, I can say without hesitation that it kicks ass. Please go check it out ;-)
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Piers PlattPiers Platt is the New York Times bestselling author of “Combat and Other Shenanigans,” a memoir of his year-long deployment to Iraq as a tank and scout platoon leader. Piers grew up in Boston, but spent most of his childhood in various boarding schools, including getting trained as a classical singer at a choir school for boys. He joined the Army in 2002, and spent four years on active duty.

When he’s not writing or spending time with his lovely wife and daughter, Piers works as a strategy consultant in New York city.

His latest book is the sci fi/thriller, Rath’s Deception.

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Rath's DeceptionOn the cut-throat streets of Tarkis, orphaned teens like Rath end up jailed … or dead. So when the shadowy Janus Group offers Rath a chance to earn riches beyond his wildest dreams, he seizes it. But the Janus Group is as ruthless as the elite assassins it controls. Rath will have to survive their grueling, off-world training, and fulfill all fifty kills in his contract before a single cent comes his way. And ending so many lives comes with a price Rath can’t anticipate. It’ll certainly cost him what’s left of his innocence. It may well cost him his life.

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10 Things You Might Not Know About Patricia Yager Delagrange

10 Things You Might Not Know About Patricia Yager Delagrange

  1. I’ve been a vegetarian since 1976. I don’t eat read meat, chicken, or fish.
  2. My favorite dinner consists of a tortilla heated up in a frying pan with no grease or butter, covered in sharp cheddar cheese and pinto beans.
  3. I own a horse. He’s 15 years old and is a big black Friesian. Most people think he’s a Clydesdale but he’s about a thousand pounds short of ever being one! Friesians have long, regal necks and are always totally black and can be of normal height although Maximus is over 16 hands which means he’s pretty tall.
  4. 10 ThingsMy favorite thing to do is to go on a trail ride with Maximus in the Oakland hills. People (me included before I bought him) don’t realize that in there are barns and horses in the hills of the big city of Oakland. There are also lovely hiking trails too.
  5. I have five sisters. My dad’s brother had five girls. I have a lot of cousins but we don’t see each other because everyone is scattered all over the place.
  6. My best friend is my sister Kathy. She’s always there for me and is an open-hearted, kind individual who doesn’t judge.
  7. My other best friend is my husband James. I think it’s important to have a husband as a close friend. When times are tough it’s always good to have that communication line open to solve problems.
  8. My mother and father are both dead. My dad passed away in 1996 soon after my son Dylan was born so he never got to meet my daughter Allessandra. That’s one of the biggest sadnesses in my life. My mom passed in 2008. I miss her more than anyone else.
  9. I am in love with elephants. Right now I have a tattoo on my left inner forearm of my horse Maximus. My daughter and I are going to get matching elephant tattoos when she turns 18.
  10. My favorite ice cream is Extreme Moose Tracks. I don’t know WHY they named it that! It’s chocolate ice cream with chunks of chocolate swirled around in it and bits of chocolate with peanut butter inside.

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Patricia Yager DelagrangeBorn and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Patricia attended St. Mary’s College, studied her junior year at the University of Madrid, received a B.A. in Spanish at UC Santa Barbara then went on to get a Master’s degree in Education at Oregon State University. She lives with her husband and two teenage children in Alameda, across the bay from San Francisco, along with two very large chocolate labs, Annabella and Jack. Her Friesian horse Maximus lives in the Oakland hills in a stall with a million dollar view.

Her latest book is the romantic women’s fiction, Moon Over Alcatraz.

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Brandy Chambers was looking forward to the birth of her first child. She and Weston move from San Francisco to the Moon Over Alcatrazsmall town of Alameda to start a family, she’s writing her second book, and Weston has a fantastic job working on the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge project. Having this baby would make her already-wonderful life perfect.

But when the baby dies after a difficult birth, Brandy’s perfect life blows up in her face. Stricken with grief, she and Weston pull apart. This new distance leads them both to disaster. Not until a chance encounter with her high school friend, Edward Barnes, does Brandy pull herself together. Brandy and Weston agree to recommit to each other, striving to forgive infidelity and recreate their previous existence.

Everything is once again going according to plan—until Brandy discovers she’s pregnant. While she struggles to cope with this new obstacle, Edward Barnes returns to town and discovers she’s having a baby, while Weston is torn between his love for his wife and his anger at her betrayal. Can Brandy manage to keep her marriage to Weston together? Will Edward be a part of Brandy’s life if she and Weston separate?

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10 Things You Might Not Know About Heather Jacks

10 Things You Might Not Know About Me—(Heather Jacks)… (In no particular order.)

  • I am 100% gray and have been since my early twenties. The stripe down the center of my head? 100% natural. The rest? Dyed.
  • 10 ThingsI turned 16 in the Outback, Australia, when I lived there for a year, as an exchange student in the early eighties.
  • I worked on the Eat Me/Drink Me Tour with shock/goth rocker Marilyn Manson. It was a job I took as a direct reaction to my nest being emptied.
  • I was raised on Indian land, until I was 15, sans electricity.
  • I have a son, who I supported as a single mother.
  • I was arrested in NYC for selling political, novelty condoms.
  • I learned Morse code, so I could obtain my FCC License in the mid-eighties, when radio was still relevant.
  • I used to write a column for an online dating site.
  • I have been an avid reader my entire life—(probably because of the no electricity thing), particularly true crime. I average between 90-120 books per year and with the exception of Stephen King, I rarely read fiction.
  • I used to make extra money as a Tarot Card Reader.

Heather JacksHeather Jacks was raised on Indian reservation in southeastern Oregon, until age fifteen, at which time; she was chosen to be an ‘experimental exchange student’ to Australia. She went down under, with an organization called YFU, Youth for Understanding, and spent 10.5 months turning16 in the Outback. When she returned, she attended college, and received an FCC license, followed by completing a B.A. from USF and two years of study at UC Davis.

During her twenties, she traveled extensively, worked in the music industry in various capacities; radio, production, A&R, booking and eventually, landed at a new and young company, called Starbucks, where she worked on a Star Team and opened new stores in remote markets.

Music has always been her passion and during her tenure at Starbucks, she helped launch Hear Music, which today is Starbucks Music Label. Eventually, she returned to the business side of music at a major indie label, where she had a number of roles, from concert production to glorified babysitter.

An avid TV Junkie, die-hard SF Giants fiend and unapologetic Twitter practitioner, she recently won a Book of the Year Award for her multi-media project, The Noise Beneath the Apple®; A Celebration of Busking in New York City, which was inspired by her love for street music, busking and the people who make it.

She currently hangs her hat in San Francisco and am is working on the Bay Area version of the TNBTA® busker project.

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About the Book:

The Noise Beneath the Apple

The Noise Beneath the Apple® is a hardcover, Limited Edition Art-Style/Coffee Table book, presented in an elegant slipcase. It measures 12″ x 12″ and celebrates buskers and street music in New York City. It includes a history, evolution and culture of busking, photos, interviews and commentary with 35 of NYC’s prominent street musicians. A cherry red vinyl record, of 11 tracks of original music, mastered by Grammy and Academy Award winning Reuben Cohen, (Slumdog Millionaire, Frozen), is page 200. At the culmination of the project, 30 participants went to Grand Street Recording in Brooklyn, where they covered Billy Joel’s hit song, New York State of Mind. A 12 minute short film and music video were created from that day and are included with the book, making this project, truly multi-media. The project won a Book of the Year Award in the category of Performing Arts & Music.

For More Information

  • The Noise Beneath the Apple: A Celebration of Busking in the Bay Area is available at Amazon.
  • Pick up your copy at her website for less!
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

 

 

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