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Getting older: What every old fart will say at least one time.

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“You’ve never heard of her?”

Yes, every old fart has said that about someone who was once famous at least fifteen years ago. As actors, musicians, and celebrities get older they leave the public eye or, much worse, they don’t appeal to the fifteen to twenty-five crowd. It creeps up on you and without you’re knowing its coming and suddenly you’re having a conversation much like this:

I was thirty-seven, speaking to a girl who was at most twenty-two and Helen Reddy came up. I asked this girl if she knew who she was. The sad part of it is that I never liked Helen Reddy. In fact I found her really annoying so I had no real investment in whether her legacy had been gloriously upheld across fifteen years and into the future. Still, when you open your mouth to make a point or tell a story and the person you’re speaking to doesn’t know who you are talking about, you feel like a newly born idiot. It becomes a new day. And there’s no going back.

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What changes? Up until that point you were current and you were cool. You were part of the world culture and you could hold your own at parties. And now? You are a person who is discussing someone who doesn’t exist. You are weird.

Since that day, I have not mentioned Helen Reddy again. No tragedy there. But now that I am 57 and at least two generations have passed since that day. I have stopped trying to simply throw out names of people who reached their career peak decades ago. Being current is a vague memory.

I don’t resent this. It will go on as long as there is a society in this country that has unlimited entertainment options. However there is a little bit payback in my future. I imagine my grandson’s in twenty years talking about “The Plain White T’s” and how great a song “Hey there Delilah” is to a bunch of teenagers. Or talking about Lindsay Lohan and what a scandalous media sensation she was. I want to be there. It will be amusing.

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Maybe I do resent getting old. At least a little.

 

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The danger of Donald Trump: Why “Dump Trump” isn’t all about wussy political correctness.

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This is for you, a voter who supports trump or is considering supporting trump. I’m not going to appeal to you based on moral values, the kind of “PC” crap that seems to make Mr. Trump really pissed off. What you may not have considered is that there are other things that make Trump dangerous to the American way of life, much more than liberal weakness.

Having been in the subway a block from the Twin Towers on 911 I understand the anger and fear people feel toward terrorists. Coming from New York I understand the fear of criminals that might have originated out of our country. All these fears are realistic. The question is: how do we react to these real fears?  For some people the only logical conclusion is that we need to find someone to lead our country who is angry and defends America and its values with an iron fist. That means that you target people, some of who are actual problems, most who are not. The purpose of this exercise in sledgehammer politics is to trumpet your hate and persecute people who deserve obvliion and, unfortunately people who don’t mean you any harm. Kill ‘em all and let God sort ‘em out. This is the philosophy that Donald trump holds dear.

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I’ll tell you why I think that’s wrong. The problem is that we are not an army, were a nation, based on certain values. What do you usually say in defending the American way of life as opposed to all the awful fascist regimes that inhabit this planet like a cancer? What you and I do is extoll the virtues of our democratic system. These values form the basis of our criticisms of the former Soviet system, banana republics in central and South America, the repressive regimes in Iran and Iraq.

What makes this country what it is is our constitution and the values it represents. Our constitution and the declaration of independence is our pedigree as a free nation, superior to the fascist governments, including the British Monarchy of the eighteenth century that set the framers of the constitution on the path of forming a state based on individual liberties. Supporting freedom of religion, right of assembly, freedom from unwarranted attack, the right to bear arms is the only way to be a true American because each of these is a right granted us by the constitution, our only foundation. And being a true American also requires that we defend these rights. For everyone.

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And this is where the American way of life and the constitution become inconvenient for people like Donald Trump and many others. Keeping a nation free takes consistent work and vigilance. And in our long history, every once in a while someone seems to come along and takes a shot at taking apart the moral foundations of our country. Freedom of religion, freedom of thought, all of these have been attacked by the likes of Senator McCarthy, the engineers of the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII, the Oklahoma City bomber, these are shameful deviations from the most basic tenets of our nationalist philosophy. Trump falls into this category; he capitalizes on fear and the darkest, most un-American emotions; he promotes abridgements of rights and intimidation. Trump is anti-constitutional.

It has been said simply by many people but best stated by  Pastor Martin Niemöller:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

The intention of the framers of the constitution was that there would be no on who didn’t have someone to speak to them. And the person who needs an advocate, someday, in ways you can’t predict, could easily be you whether you believe that or not.

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Trump not only spouts anti-American philosophy; his rallies support disturbing unconstitutional activities, something that, once started, usually gets worse. A “Black Lives Matter” protester was punched by a crowd of trump thugs. Under other circumstances this would be seen as what it is: a felony and an abridgement of free speech and charges should have been brought.  Trump, a potential presidential candidate, said that “Maybe he should have been beaten up”. Amazing. A commander in chief who supports felony violence and repression. Find that in the constitution.

Then there is the peaceful Muslim American who obviously is not a terrorist who came to a public gathering and was escorted out amid insults and threats. Freedom of speech? That annoying little thing? What if it was taken away from you? You’d scream your head off?

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There have been millions of Muslims in this country for years before there ever was a Taliban. No attention was paid to them because they didn’t do anything to attract attention. Do you know anything about American Muslims? Do you know what their opinions are? Did you even know that they existed twenty or thirty years ago?

Do you need to worry about them?

 

So what is an American? Your choice is, on one hand, feeling the rush of sudden, intoxicating power that you feel when you are riding a wave of angry Trump rhetoric with promises of violence and bigotry and broad-based hatred which includes just about anyone who isn’t like you. On the other hand you could take on the difficult task of maintaining the strength of the constitution and leaving no one behind as Americans with equal rights. Certainly, the second option is not “fun” but is the business of democracy fun? In the end you have to decide what you want to support: your emotions and anger or the United States of America. I’ll suggest that it takes greater strength and courage to fight for our system, especially when it doesn’t get you what you want and there is no immediate payback. The problem is that in the land of the free, if you ignore the constitution and take care of yourself at someone else’s expense then YOU are the only one who is free.

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There are many people who look at violence and intimidation and see not America, but Nazi Germany. This nation was founded on disgust and outrage with intimidation and violence. I don’t have to demonstrate how lust for power at the expense of others destroys nations. People like Hitler have already done that.

 

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Review of “The Assassin Who Couldn’t Dance” by Glen Berrera.

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The one word that came to mind as I read “The Assassin Who Couldn’t Dance” by Glen Berrera was family. Though this is story filled with action, gunplay, and government corruption, it is really about the characters. This crew, that mounts military style attacks in defense of loved ones, would die for each other. And that what makes the story compelling.

Gil Scott and his former army buddies have been living peacefully for years. Years before a quirk of fate in Iraq gave them access to a large amount of money. Years had gone by and another quirk of fate brought their financial windfall to the attention of some very corrupt army officers. The result is a series of armed conflicts between Gil’s “family” and `a ruthless set of mercenaries and solidiers fallen from grace.

In this fight, Gil is joined by Russ and his wife Morgan, Denny, and Sharky. Along the way a few others join the fight, most notably a mysterious young man named Hector who is strangely good at any form of fighting for a man of his years. While Gil and his team are involved in the first few skirmishes Hector watches them, assessing the situation, but it’s clear that he is on their side.

Fitting the spirit of the story Hector also becomes part of the family; the rigors of battle bringing all of them closer together.

Make no mistake, this is an action story; the small battles the team has with the villains in this story are handled strategically as in true military conflict. Both the personal interactions between Gil’s family and the battles scenes are compelling. This book is a page turner but offers the extra satisfaction of reading a story with well-developed characters that the reader can identify with.

I would recommend this story to anyone, especially readers who like things military.

 

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Blog Tour: Author Traci Sanders

TraciSanders1Author and mother of three, Traci Sanders has been composing poetry, songs, and children’s stories since the young age of ten. In 2003, she opened her home to young children in her community offering “beyond the basics” teachings. In 2008, she was recognized by the Child Care Resource and Referral Agency as Family Childcare Provider of the Year and was featured in two local newspapers.

In 2010, she furthered her education by earning her Child Development Associates degree and was a recipient of the FIRST (First Incentive for Raising Standards among Teachers) Award presented by the Child Care Commissioner of her state. She continues to shape the young minds of the future through her home-based childcare program. Her daily interactions with these children provide constant inspiration for her writing and she plans to continue on this path until her story has reached “The End.”

Her first book was published in January 2013 titled ‘Welcome to “Poop Camp”: The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth about Potty Training’. She released her first children’s book about family child care in May 2013.

To date, Traci has published six books, including her debut novella, ‘When Darkness Breaks’ and her second adult fiction piece, a light paranormal romance titled, ‘Unsevered’. She is an avid reader and writer, and finds inspiration all around her.

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Books By Tracy Sanders

Poop Camp

PoopBook_Okay, there are hundreds of books on potty training available on Amazon and you feel as though you have read them all. So why should you spend your valuable time and money on one more? *Most potty training guides on the market are either written by a child psychologist, a stay-home parent, or a pediatrician who has physically had a hand in potty training their own children and maybe a couple more at best. This book is written by a seasoned family child care professional who has successfully potty trained MORE THAN THIRTY children in her career, encountering practically every scenario that can arise during the process – training boys, girls, and even twins; training older and resistant children, and even dealing with issues such as a child with-holding urine or BM. *The author has excellent parental testimonials to back up her stated results and offers a direct email address to allow readers to contact her with specific questions or concerns about the process. *The author offers one particular potty training secret that will likely not be found in any other potty training manual on the market. This one simple trick makes the process less messy and produces rapid results. Potty training really can feel like boot camp, but if you follow the steps laid out in this book, you will begin to see results almost immediately. Sure some of these answers can be found elsewhere but why waste all that time and energy when you have a proven method to follow here in this short, easy-to-read guide? “Here’s wishing you much success and many less diapers!”

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A gripping story of love found, lost, and rediscovered in a magical way.

 

When Darkness Breaks

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Local news anchor, Amber Woods, seemed to have it all – a thriving career, two beautiful children, and a doting husband named Drake. Life was perfect…until her world was turned upside down in one fateful night.

While the incident caused Amber to renew her priorities; Drake was unable to deal with what happened, and sank into a deep depression laced with infidelity and alcohol.

Hoping a change of scenery would salvage her quickly deteriorating marriage, Amber agreed to move to New York; but it didn’t take long for her to discover that the past is not always left in the past.

Can Amber save her marriage without losing herself along the way? What will she do when darkness breaks her will to keep trying?

Right At Home: A Parent’s Guide to Choosing Quality Child Care

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Every parent, at some point, is faced with the need for some type of child care. Whether it’s hiring a nanny, leaving your child in the care of a family member or friend, or enrolling them in a child care setting. With more than twenty years of experience in various arenas of child care, Traci Sanders shares her knowledge of the advantages and disadvantages of each type of environment to allow parents to make an informed decision about where to place their child for care. In this book she reveals: *All the options for child care explaining the benefits and drawbacks of each one. *The three most important S’s in choosing a child care setting. *What type of daily schedule a parent should expect their child to have from birth to twelve years and includes suggestions for age-appropriate toys, materials, and activities. *The top twenty questions a parent should ask ANY caregiver when interviewing. *The top twenty things child care providers wish parents knew. *Strategies to make the right decision for the location and price of your child care setting. *Ways to build a relationship with your child care provider to ensure your child’s needs are met and your concerns are addressed. *How to ease the transition for you and your child into a new care setting. Making the decision to leave your child in someone else’s care is never an easy one but with the strategies and tips found in this book, you can at least make an informed decision. Take back your power as a parent and make the RIGHT choice for your child.

 

Little Sponges: Teaching Toddlers the Basic Concepts

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Whether you are a stay-home parent striving to prepare your child for preschool, or an early childhood professional who needs a boost in creativity; you will find a multitude of ideas and resources in this book to ensure your child receives the right start before entering the school environment. In this book, Sanders provides a host of ideas for hands-on activities to enjoy with your child in teaching them all of the basic concepts – shapes, colors, letters, and numbers. Your child will master these concepts very quickly through the songs/fingerplays, art/craft ideas, and the step-by-step instructions that Sanders offers. Children’s brains are like little sponges. There is no limit to how much knowledge they can soak in, but it is the job of caring adults around them to ensure that no important information falls through the holes.

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A test of faith

In New York, where I come from, we are always told that the two taboo subjects of conversation in bars is religion and politics. This blog will break both rules. For anyone who is offended by this I apologize.

I recently wrote a short story for an anthology. First let me recommend the anthology which can be found here. It contains a number of stories from some excellent writers. There is another related anthology with “dark” stories, including horror and mysteries.

What happened is that one of the readers commented that he felt that my story had provided him an excellent way of dealing with the differences between people in a constructive way. The story takes place in New York City during the holidays and takes on the omnipresent issue of “What you can’t do because someone will be offended”. We’ve all watched the parade of news stories about court buildings being asked to remove the Ten Commandments, high school football teams being asked not to pray before games, the “politically incorrect” Christmas decorations seen over the walls of work cubicles.

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What has fascinated me since the beginning of this onslaught is the evasive “person who takes offense”. I can’t think of more than a few instances where a live person is identified as the person who is offended. It is a mystery, and a disturbing one, that does a lot to cast doubt on the claims that this is a problem in the first place. There is pure ignorance in this campaign of intolerance. I have been amused and amazed when someone implies that the Ten Commandments in a court building may offend non-Christians, something I’ve heard several times on television news. The Ten commandments. Old Testament? Jews? You get the idea.

In the story “Test of Faith” a company is saddled with a politically correct HR manager who begins her reign by targeting employees who have religious holiday paraphernalia on their desks. Here is where the story takes a turn that readers might not expect. In New York City people make lifelong friends that are not of their faith or race. This is not what people used to call “Pollyanna peace” where people of different backgrounds join together to make a political point about how things should be. In New York people make friends with people of other races and ethnicities that rise to the level of family, lasting for decades.

This is something I have experienced personally. What you might ask is how people deal with strongly held religious beliefs that conflict with that of their friends. While this might be hard for some people to understand, religion is discussed and faith is sometimes compared but there is generally no anger or discomfort. Feeling that close to someone who you have been friends with for years makes it impossible to dismiss their faith and, in fact, you often feel the need to defend your friend’s faith when someone makes insulting remarks.

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This is the situation that the story, “A Test of Faith”, portrays. A fictional HR manager begins to police the work areas of a company’s employees, starting with a catholic woman who has a ceramic manger scene on her desk. The main character is Jewish. This is significant for two reasons: I am Jewish but, far more important, the character is a perfect example of one of the people who is supposed to be offended by Christmas decorations.

The reaction of the employees beleaguered employees is typical New York City: there is argument and outrage. All of the employees, Catholics, Muslims, Jews and Atheists have been good friends for years and have been to each other’s houses for their respective religious holidays.

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I’ll leave the rest of the story for your reading pleasure. I’ll just point out that the last holiday season I was in New York, we had a party. The first half hour consisted of presentations by three people. An African-American discussing Kwanza, a Christian discussing Christmas, and a Jew talking about Chanukah. I can’t say that there aren’t any bigots in New York but in some ways growing up there allows us to be better people and to love each other as brothers and sisters. In some corners of the earth, that is supposed to be the goal of life.

I’ll leave with something my own mother said. A Jewish girl from the Bronx, she sold her house she and my father had owned forty years in Queens. It was a sad occasion for all of us, brought about by the fact that both my parents needed to live in a life care community. Some of the sting of ending that chapter of her life was mitigated because as she put it she put it, happily: “We sold it to our kind of people”. In that part of Queen that phrase doesn’t mean the same as it does in other places. In this case “our kind of people” were a family of Irish Americans with a solid Queen pedigree.

If you don’t understand any of this I’ll suggest a slightly different trip the New York, one not involving Times Square or the museum of modern art. Keep your eyes open. There’s more there than meets the eye.

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Most Excellent Worldwide Blog Tour:London Star

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LaToya Wilson/London Starr, Author

Author Name: LaToya Wilson/London Starr

Book Titles

Ileeria: The Chosen One (LaToya Wilson)

Ileeria’s Dark Passenger

Ileeria’s Sacrifice

A Million Dollar Love (London Starr)

A Million Dollar Love 2

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Genre and Sub-Genre: Fiction; interracial paranormal and interracial romance

Book Content Rating:  Adult (18+) Based on language, violence, sexual content.

Author Bio

LaToya Wilson is a mother of three daughters, wife, and brand new

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author who also uses the pen name, London Starr, for pursuing her lifelong dream of writing. She has wanted to share her imagination and give people a warm place to go in her books when the real world has grown cold, since the age of nine. Griffin, Georgia is her home, but not where she was born. She hopes to travel through her hometown in Kansas one day as an adult. Nothing makes her happier than to start a book, and then complete it, whether reading someone’s work or writing her own.

Book Blurbs

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Ileeria:The Chosen One

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Ileeria: The Chosen One: Ileeria Madias chose a path of loneliness when the man she loves, Alex Foster, married someone else. Neither knows fate has other plans for their paths that will cross and tangle with enemies close and worldwide. But first, Ileeria has to become a savior for a world that has never done her any favors, and deal with Alex’s wife while doing it.

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Ileeria’s Dark Passenger

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Ileeria’s Dark Passenger: Ileeria does the unthinkable and disappears before the Zenith War, where earth is the prize, after clipping the link between hers and Alex’s soul. She becomes hell-bent on being just as self-destructive as her evil entity is destructive. Alex will have to find her in time or she may lose what she wants the most; Alex’s love and cost him his life.

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Ileeria’s Sacrifice

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Ileeria’s Sacrifice: Ileeria and Até have managed to survive the Zenith war, keep the earth out of the devil’s grasp, and marry the men they love. But, will Ileeria find a way to endure Alex’s obsessive and controlling determination to keep her out of harm’s way at all costs before it rips them apart? Can she keep them all out of the grip of Tarkoff, a vicious and deadly vampire?

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A Million Dollar Love

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A Million Dollar Love: Storm has been through the fire with an abusive ex and almost didn’t live to tell about it–although she has no plans to. She keeps her secrets buried in a locked vault inside her head where they speak to her daily, literally.
Devon, a millionaire playboy, will have to tunnel through layers and layers of her damaged psyche to find the key to her heart and her head if he wants to be in her life longer than a few minutes, but their love will come at a price. Will he fight to get the affection of the woman that he so eagerly desires to be with? Or will he decide that the price of loving a damaged woman like Storm is too high a price to pay?

A Million Dollar Love 2

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A Million Dollar Love 2: Storm has given up on everything in life but providing for her family after thirteen unlucky years in a marriage designed in hell that fractured her mind into several other identities, making her a functioning nutcase. She’s even given up on love just to keep her abuse and multiple personalities a secret from everyone. But she allows Devon Sims to give her the best one-night stand of her life just before she gives up on him, too, sparking another man’s deadly determination to have her all to himself or no one will have her, at all.

 

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A Million Dollar Love 3

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A Million Dollar Love 3: Secrets, shame, and mental instability resulting from an abusive past with Sidney made Storm lock herself away inside her head where the ramifications of Sidney’s abuse live and speak to her daily. She would never risk anyone finding out she’s a highly-functioning nutcase, even her mother. But after meeting Devon, Storm’s life becomes an uphill battle with old and new stalkers wielding guns, promising her death.
They’ll become the ultimate test to her determination for survival, protecting her family, and keeping her secrets away from the second man that has the power to destroy her from the inside out.

 

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The Other Man: Dangerous Love and Secrets

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The Other ManDangerous Love and Secrets: Jané loves her husband more than life itself, enough to naively sacrifice every dream she has ever had. But, communication failure in their marriage will cause a breakdown that neither may be able to come back from, and allow another man into both their lives, Blazier Freeman. Unusual desires and unstable secrets that are bound to get somebody killed will push them all to their breaking points.
Can Jané resist the other man that can give her everything her husband does not know she needs?
Is Blazier the only thing standing between Jané and the tempest waiting to be unleashed without warning into her life when those same desires and secrets come to the light?

 

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The Other Man 2: Dangerous Love and Secrets

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The Other Man 2Dangerous Love and Secrets: Jané Sullivan’s life is spiraling out of control. Her marriage is dead in the water. Her best friend is acting strange. She thinks her property is being vandalized by her soon-to-be ex-husband’s mistress, or mistresses. To top it all off, her fantasies for a more than deeply satisfying sex life are becoming more urgent. The only one holding her down through this upheaval is Blazier Freeman, a man she has known for a day. Yet, he is proving to be the tower of strength she craves.

Her cravings for him are growing, too. But, will she find out who’s leaving her messages in red promising her death if she doesn’t leave her husband? Or will her life come to a dead end before she has fulfilled those cravings with anyone?

Central Theme of

The Other Man: Dangerous Love and Secrets

The central theme of The Other Man is the impact of love and secrets in lives that circle each other. When those worlds collide instead of coasting parallel and peacefully, love and secrets become perilous to the naïve that has no idea of who they truly are, and afraid to find out for fear of not being accepted. Because of the willful ignorance, there is no real sense of who others really are or what lives they truly lead.

Situations hazardous to Jané’s health and good-girl mentality will begin to present themselves as soon as book one begins. She must find a way to deal with four years of wedded bliss with Quon suddenly going down the drain. However, she can barely deal with being alone and the taboo desires that circle her mind constantly; shooting the good girl she so desperately wants to be down in flames every time her imagination goes off course. Jané’s becomes torn between giving her husband a divorce or holding onto him, whether he wants her to or not.

As soon as she accepts that the latter is not a pathway to happiness, Blazier enters the picture. His role begins as the humble mover coming to remove Quon’s belongings from Jané’s home that is now just a house. His role quickly becomes something else entirely because he, like everyone else in this series, is someone else entirely.

The one person Jané hopes she can depend through all the storms that will tear her world apart is Simone Caslon, the best friend, who knows more about Jané’s husband than Jané does. When the time comes, Simone will do her best to use her hidden knowledge to her advantage, to gain something she should never want. But, the unspoken code between friends will not stop her from trying to get what she desires at all costs.

The concept is a double romance woven between truth, deceit, and the difference between the faces the main characters present to the world compared to what is truly looking back at them in the mirror. That makes this romance story a page turner, a recipe for disaster, and the opportunity for everyone to reveal who they truly are to their loved ones, or not so loved ones.

Relevance of The Other Man: Dangerous Love and Secrets in today’s society

So many of us hide who we are and what we really want from the world. Fear of other’s reactions and opinions keep us trapped within ourselves. No one wants to find out the hard way if it is really okay to be who you are, since people tend to reject, some even taught to hate, what they don’t understand and have no knowledge of. Unfortunately, our desires and wants will stay hidden only for so long, often manifest in other areas of our lives, until we have to face the person in the mirror.

Review(s): The Other Man 2: Dangerous Love and Secrets

Riveting Read!!!

By Amazon Customer on December 25, 2015

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London Starr, you have done it again!!!! The twists and turns in this story surprised the heck out of me. Simone is diabolical and relentless in her pursuit to destroy Jane’ and everything she loves. I wanted to go through my kindle and strangle Jane’ for leaving on her own and going back to her house to retrieve her purse and cell phone. What was she thinking? She played right into Simone’s hands. Poor Marilyn didn’t stand a chance from the beginning. Poof! She was gone up in smoke. Keep up the good work and I can’t wait to see what book 3 holds. More of Blaizer and Quon’s sexiness I hope!!!! -T.H.

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By Regina R. on December 23, 2015

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A job well done London, can’t wait for part three. I must say I was not expecting all the twist and turns this story took but I liked them. I hope that part three comes quick and Jane’ gets what she wants and a added surprise of twins with different father’s.

 

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By Regina R. on November 29, 2015

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“I must say you did it again London Starr, another must read. I still can’t believe all the twist and turns this story took. I also wonder what has Quon really been up to and what the police were talking about. I like Blazier and I hope he turns out to be just what Jane’ really needs. Can’t wait until part two.”

Intriguing Read!

By Connesuer of Great Books on November 27, 2015

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“This story was written in a way that I have never read before. It’s refreshing and intriguing. I like how this author digs deep and shows the emotions of each character. Quon needs to take a seat because he deserves everything his wife dishes out and more. I’m on the fence about Blaize. I hope he doesn’t have a hidden agenda but that’s just me and my trust issues. I can’t wait for book 2, to see what Marilyn and Simone will be up to as well. Good job London Starr!”

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What readers take away with them.

First and foremost, I want everyone to become so absorbed in my literature they can’t tell my fiction from their real life; essentially becoming the characters that are going through struggles within and around them. I don’t just want to pen a novel, but give a reading experience in the life of someone that is a real human being somewhere on this planet, though my stories are created from pure imagination. Yet, anything is possible, which is the next thing I want my readers to take with them when my characters’ story has been told, and things do get better, sometimes worse before the sun shines brightly for them again.

 

I often touch on sensitive subjects that litter the media like trash, hoping to change someone’s mind about their negative views that impact the lives around them, and hopefully the world for the better one story at a time. Last but never the least, I want them to know there is someone out here who knows they have everyday struggles, and understands we all have our crosses to bear. They might not be in the realm of mine, but I can give them a warm place inside the pages of my novels when the world has grown cold toward them, as it often does.

 

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The Indie writer’s movement: A revolution.

In the last decade a movement has sprung up: Indie Press. Not so long ago an aspiring author would be required to deal with agents or publishers (or some combination of both) to get a book before a publishing executive who would, hopefully, consider the book for publication. The process was slow and the outcome very uncertain.

The indie movement has changed the chances of publishing a book from slim to almost a certainty. With the advent of Amazon publishing it only takes an edited manuscript and a little work to create a book for sale on Amazon’s site. Opening this avenue for authors has, by itself, revolutionized the publishing industry and given thousands of writers the chance to put their books into the marketplace.

While this has offered amazing opportunities to authors, it has also increased the competition for exposure of a given author’s books. Since the Indie movement is rooted in the internet and sites on the internet, there are thousands of authors vying for attention which is dependent on an author’s web presence.

And here is where the Indie movement demonstrates something amazing in an industry that has been consistently competitive and somewhat cutthroat. Rather than presenting themselves as self-important artists, a world unto themselves, indie writers have formed a support system. This  ranges from small groups that support each other through the writing process and once a book is published, to a general trend on websites such as twitter where Indie writers retweet the tweets of any other indie writer they happen to encounter.

I am a member of this movement. I will make a plea for general support of the Indie movement but I would like to offer an introduction to Indie writing in the form of a list of books I think will show the effectiveness of the Indie movement to create excellent books for world-wide readers.

 

Planet Purgatory by Benedict Martin (Science Fiction/Fantasy)

The Assassin Who Couldn’t Dance by Glen Barrera (Thriller)

Connected: The Call and The Shift (Author’s Cut) by Michelle Medhat Thriller)

The Watchmage of Old New York by C.A. Sanders (Fantasy)

The Zebra Affaire: An Apartheid Love Story by Mark Fine (Romantic Thriller)

 

And my book:

The RailRoad by Neil Newton (Romantic Mystery)

 

Happy reading!

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