Women’s Contemporary Fiction – Gem Rats

Gem Rats
Author: Lisa Loomis
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1477407127
Pages: 284
Published: May 2012

Stella Kennedy, a personal trainer in the small town of Jackson Hole, from afar seems to have her life together. A nice husband, a beautiful home, good children, and a body she is obsessive about keeping fit. When a handsome younger gym member gets overly flirty with her it becomes clear to some of Stella’s clients that trouble may be brewing in paradise.

Set in a highly competitive tourist town where everyone knows everyone else’s business a group of seven women bond through their narcissistic personal trainer. These work out “gem rats” come from a variety of backgrounds, many affected by their high society attitude and money. Relationships and tenuous friendships form and are tested as life’s challenges present themselves to each of the women differently.

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Military/Aviation – Military Fly Moms

Military Fly Moms: Sharing Memories, Building Legacies, Inspiring Hope
Author: Linda Maloney
Publisher: Tannenbaum Publishing Company
ISBN: 9780978736972
Pages: 256
Published: April 2012

Military Fly Moms is a tremendous collection of true stories by seventy women who shared the same two dreams—becoming a military aviator, and being a mom. The first few women, who, in the seventies, took their places in the world of all-male military aviation, paved the way for other women to follow. From flying during the Cold War to rescue missions during Hurricane Katrina to flying in combat during the current war on terror, these gutsy women—our nation’s sisters, daughters, neighbors, friends, and, yes, even moms—have done it all.

Illustrated throughout with stunning color photos, Military Fly Moms depicts women aviators in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard alongside their helicopters, transport aircraft, or fighter planes, as well as highlighting their families. These stories and their accompanying photographs weave a beautiful tapestry, passing on a lasting legacy to inspire future generations to reach for their dreams.

Military Fly Moms was compiled and edited by retired naval aviator Linda Maloney and published by Tannenbaum Publishing Company. A portion of the profits from each book sale will be donated to Girls With Wings, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping girls achieve their aspirations.

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Military Memoir – Angles of Attack: an A-6 Intruder Pilot’s War

Angles of Attack: an A-6 Intruder Pilot’s War
Author: Peter Hunt
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1467924214
Pages: 396
Published: March 2012

From the carrier launch in total darkness to the gut–dropping rolls through enemy antiaircraft fire, Peter Hunt puts you in the pilot’s seat for the flight of your life.

Moments after the first Gulf War began in 1991, attack pilot Pete Hunt was catapulted into the night sky from the deck of the USS Ranger. For the next six weeks, Hunt executed dozens of bombing missions into Kuwait and Iraq, including all–weather low–level attacks, A-6 Intruder missions so hazardous that they would never be flown in combat again. Whether Hunt was dropping laser–guided bombs on precision targets, supporting the Marines on the ground, or conducting attacks along the infamous “highway of death,” America’s mission was clear—to force the invading Iraqi army out of Kuwait.

Operation Desert Storm—America’s first full-scale conflict since Vietnam—proved to the world that the U.S. military was still battle–ready after decades of Cold War and set the stage for military interventions for years to come. Hunt’s gripping depiction of A-6 Intruders in combat is a thought provoking account of what America asks of her military every day.

“This…Gulf War memoir is excellent; it really does put the reader in the cockpit…Peter Hunt’s enthusiastic account is one of the best of the type this reviewer has read in recent years.” — Peter Mersky, The Hook – Journal of Carrier Aviation Book Review, February 2003. Second Edition (first edition published by Ballantine Books, 2002)

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Murder Myster – The Garden

The Garden
Author: M. Everett Baylor
Publisher: Mill City Press
ISBN: 978-1-937600-18-1
Pages: 250
Published: November 2011

The Garden takes you for a thrilling ride exploring the mind of a twisted soul; the soul of Kelvin Kettle. Set in Montclair Massachusetts, this book tells the story of a serial killer and his murderous rampage through this sleepy country town.

Kevin Kettle is a man obsessed with revenge. He returns to the sleepy small town of his youth to plant his garden in the place where his soul first became twisted. He blends in with the locals, earns their trust then murders them one by one. Unknown to Kelvin is the arrival of his twin brother Sebastian who comes to town to warn the residents of his brother’s intentions. Sebastian has one thing on his mind; stopping Kelvin from taking innocent lives. The cat and mouse game is played to the fullest.

The garden lay silent. The harvest was complete. But the devil knows no happiness, only pain. Death comes with a smile, a dozen roses, and hungry for a meal. It’s time to harvest the next flower for his garden. His first flower has been alone for quite a while. She’ll finally have some company-and the town of Montclair will never be the same again.

The Garden is Book 1 of the Montclair Murders.

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Memoir – Bats, Rats and Holy Cows or Seventeen Days in India

Bats, Rats and Holy Cows or Seventeen Days in India
Author: Mariann Margulis
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1468168396
Pages: 214
Published: April 2012

Imagine touring a different foreign country each year and bringing your two sons along with you! It’s a tradition for author Mariann Margulis to decide with her children where their annual travel spot will be.

In 2008, they jointly agreed to tour India for seventeen days. The choice thrilled Margulis, since India had always intrigued her as a child, with its alluring jewels, opulent fabrics, images of the Taj Mahal, and a host of exotic culinary flavors. In her memory, Benares, later renamed Varanasi, was a magical place full of rituals, sacred traditions, and Hindu holy men, or Sadhus. She could hardly wait for the experience!

Bats, Rats and Holy Cows or Seventeen Days in India: One Family’s Adventure is a memoir recounting the trio’s unforgettable trip to this very different land, as she travels with her two sons, ages twelve and ten, throughout the exotic country of India. Her typical maternal remarks are ones that you will relate to, as are the awkward reactions given by these three Americans as they encounter villagers from remote areas, lepers, and Hindu holy men, or Sadhus. At one point, they even begin to wonder if the younger child could be a messiah. Journey with them through Delhi, Agra, Khajuraho, Varanasi, and the region of Rajasthan and live through the mishaps, misunderstandings, and madness of their misadventures. Explore the off-beaten paths of India as the adventurous trio tour by plane, train, automobiles, and of course, camels. Experience India like a native as you imagine yourself walking with them barefoot through the Rat Temple, sailing on the River Ganges amidst decomposing bodies, and driving through a sandstorm in the Thar Desert. The shared insights and personal perspectives of the places visited by the family make this travel guide personal, exciting, and engaging. The light-hearted depiction of their encounters in charming India provide an informative, enjoyable read for anyone who is fascinated by diverse cultures with authentic, often humorous, reactions to the unfamiliar curiosities of a life far from Western culture.

Traveling with young people adds unexpected viewpoints to the experience, its rewards, and the numerous learning opportunities. Not only is this type of travel exciting and informative, the introduction of drastically different cultures to novice travelers is priceless for readers of all ages and backgrounds. Bats, Rats and Holy Cows or Seventeen Days in India: One Family’s Adventure invites you along on a family’s delightful journey to intriguing India. Whether you are interested in diverse cultures or are planning to visit, this entertaining memoir will make you feel like you are traveling along with them while still enjoying a witty and entertaining read.

“… the charms of India win over the family, and readers will be engrossed in the trio’s experiences in Varanasi, Agra, Jaipur and especially the Thar Desert. Margulis offers information about each place they visit… Her writing is strong (she has contributed to Fodor’s) and readers may come to see her as something of a parental role model because she allows her sons to experience India on their own terms, not necessarily hers. By turns amusing (and) touching, this travelogue colorfully portrays India, perhaps convincingly enough for readers to want to visit with their own children.” – Kirkus Reviews
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True Crime – Love, Loneliness, Abuse, and Murder

Love, Loneliness, Abuse, and Murder
The True Story of a Woman Desperately Seeking Companionship
Author: Jim B Pulley
Publisher: Mill City Press
ISBN: 9781937600129
Pages: 174
Published: October 2011

Patricia Pulley was lucky enough to find and marry the man of her dreams. Together, they had children; they built a life. Then, with no warning, her husband died and left her widowed. In an instant, everything changed; Pat’s children watched as she struggled to replace the only man she had known. She needed someone to love, protect, and care for her-just like the man she had lost much too soon.

This book is the true story of Jim Pulley’s mother’s murder. The title represents the stages of her life. The picture on the front cover is likely the last thing she saw. Included inside are personal writings from his Mom, and actual police reports from the investigation.

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