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Monday, September 24, 2007
Lady Lightkeeper is dedicated to the strong women of the Cape Ann coast who supported their men and cared for their families and the community. I worked to create a character in Lizbeth Kinsey who reflects this spirit. I should also add that the characters in this story are not based on any specific individuals, but my hope is that they embody the spirit, resilience and determination of the Cape Ann community.

The story reveals several secrets, one was obvious in Widow’s Walk. The other secret is truly a secret and the only person who knew about it was Lizbeth’s husband, William. My evil Mrs. Gardner from Widow’s Walk is back and as mean as ever. There is also a new character, Duncan Jones. He’s from North Carolina and harsh feelings and concerns about trust linger below the surface, as the nation gets closer to the opening shots of the Civil War.

Rebels and Rogues is the third book in the series and will take place in Misty Cove, Massachusetts and Wilmington NC during the Civil War. Aidan has many challenges and adventures ahead of him and he’ll get to know Tristan Jones and Georgette Beaumont. Tristan and Georgette are both going to be a lot of fun to write and I’m working on the planning and research for Rebels and Rogues now.

Nikki Leigh

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007
This story was originally written to help me write romantic scenes. A little background is needed to explain that first sentence. I’ve always been a writer. I’m probably one of the few people who enjoyed writing term papers in college. And that was back when I used a manual typewriter with whiteout to correct mistakes. I’d written just about everything before I ever tried writing fiction. Although some may argue that some of the personal evaluations I’ve written in the military and civilian life contained bits of fiction. In the military I’d written articles for newspapers, reports for higher headquarters, recommendations for awards, lesson plans and after action reports. As a Quality Manager in the electronics industry I’d written numerous procedures and reports, made countless presentations and was published three times in trade journals. One of those articles was published in two different Chinese trade publications. They were pirated as far as I know, but that’s an offhand compliment, isn’t it?

I started my first novel, a political thriller titled, The Second American Republic, in 2002. In this story I would have an occasional sexual scene. I have to admit, it wasn’t well written, more along the lines of “Slam-bam, thank you ma’am” than anything else. My critics, meaning wife and my multi-published mentor, said it was gratuitous sex, and not even good gratuitous sex. So I edited it all out. That book, incidentally, never went to print because the publishing house went out of business just a few days before it scheduled release date.

After realizing that I couldn’t write romance scenes, I resolved to fix that problem. I’m a romantic, seriously. I love women, actually just one woman now, my wife. So I decided to write a short story to teach myself to write romance in a meaningful and entertaining manner. And I did. It wasn’t difficult. Like I said, I’m a romantic. I would go over the steps to seduction or whatever in my head and translate them onto the page. In the beginning, some of it wasn’t very good, but eventually I got the hang of it.

Once the story was finished I tried to sell it. No luck. No one was interested in this short story about a fictional character coming to life to teach her author about writing.

About this time I began reading romance novels and was surprised how explicit they were. I was just reading mainstream romance at that time, mainly Linda Howard. Then I picked up a Blaze novel by Rhonda Nelson titled, 1-900-LOVER. Wow! She didn’t leave much to the imagination. After that I bought one of the Secrets anthologies by Red Sage Publishing. “Well now,” I told myself, “I want to write this stuff.” And that’s what I did.

And that’s how this story, Coming Back a Virgin, became an erotic romance.

CJ Maxx

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Monday, September 17, 2007
I am a 'foot soldier' in the appraisal of artwork, antiques, and collectibles and am reviewing markets for those goods on a constant professional basis. I run a very successful corporation for appraisal of personal properties, with famous and high-profile private, corporate, and institutional clients and have for sixteen years.

I think my ideas for the book started to jell about ten years ago, first creeping in from my subconscious, I suppose, as I started to notice recurring patterns in the value of objects which seemed to admit of predictability in their values through time.

I just assumed that all experienced appraisers had the same ideas that I did about the recurrence of certain factors pertaining to quality and importance with a subsequent tie-in to predictable value and hence investibility, but I turned out to be wrong...they didn't.

So eventually I decided to write it all down in a logical, informative, easy to read, and highly entertaining format so that others could tie in to the key factors which favor investment success, factors which do not inhibit but on the contrary enhance individual tastes and the overarching joys of the collecting experience.

The issues which I describe in my book are patently obvious to me and will be to anyone reading my book!

Why do I see things that others don't?

I think one factor has to do with the breadth, depth, and intensity of my professional appraisal experience, assisted by my in- depth and extensive academic and theoretical background and retailing experiences. Others in the art, antique, and collectibles appraisal profession often are too sporadic, too specialty focused, or too limited in their professional practice to see the 'big picture' pertaing to valuation of objects and the larger patterns that define the marketplace. Also, I feel that many academics and retailers have their professional limitations and biases that prevent their objective understanding of the ongoing relationships between objects and the market for and investibility in those objects.

Readers of my book will be introduced to a detailed discussion of the marketplaces for appraised goods and how valuable properties proceed from manufacture to sale in secondary market venues. Understanding of the markets is critical to assessing investment value!

Incredibly, I can find NO previous or existing attempt in print that addresses this subject!

Not only private buyers and collectors but also retailers, academics (and even appraisers!)
should have a 'satori' type experience with the ideas presented in my book which should cause them to reevaluate their relationship to and ideas about the marketplace and investibility of valuable personal properties. This is truly a revolutionary work!

Scott Zema

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Monday, September 10, 2007
Reverend Dan Bloodworth came to me in 2005 seeking a ghostwriter for his son’s story. Dan’s All-American athlete son, Brian, suffered a spinal cord injury when he was hit by lightning in 1987. Motivated by his desire to find a treatment that would allow his son to communicate and become mobile again, Dan has devoted 16 years of his life to learn everything he could about stem cell research and share that information with anyone willing to listen. I was immediately intrigued by his enthusiasm regarding stem cell research. Dan decided he was not ready to write about his son at the time since his job was taking too many of his hours, but our interview left an impression upon me.

In 2006, while working with Michael Davis on his book, FROM TRAGEDY TO TRIUMPH: A Personal Story about Living with Quadriplegia, I was reminded of the healing potential that blastocystic (also known as embryonic) stem cell research offers victims of spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, cancer, renal failure, paralysis, heart disease, and many other illnesses. H.R. 810 (the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005) was passed by Congress and quickly vetoed by President Bush. I felt furious. I could not understand why people were saying that an embryo was being killed by research. It just didn’t feel right in my spirit so I began researching to find out more. I went back to Dan Bloodworth and asked him to let me use his research material to write a book, not about his son, but FOR his son and all those who might benefit from therapies resulting from the research.

When I started my research I was sure that a publisher would want this book. I asked for higher guidance and met Valerie Connelly of Nightengale Press one week later. I pitched my book idea to her and she accepted it immediately. The next week I signed a contract and went to work in earnest to get the book finished by a deadline we both thought was realistic. What I had not expected to encounter was having the field of stem cell research change so rapidly. I kept finding new material and meeting new people in the field. It was hard to find a stopping place! My deadline was approaching and I was still digging through the material. I had to call the book finished to meet the printing date for the book to go to BEA.

After the galley copy was printed, I still made 24 pages of changes to the text for the final version. The final version has gone to print this month.

Yvonne Perry

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Wednesday, September 5, 2007
DOMINIC by Hazel Statham
'Dominic' came into being after I had written 'My Dearest Friend'. I wanted to write something 'lighter' and decided on a younger hero and heroine. It is written in the Georgian era and once Dominic strode onto the page all I had to do was sit back and enjoy the ride. He is a man of his time and is no better or worse than his contemporaries but his relationship with Sophie is unique. They share humour as well as a genuine affection and when danger and misunderstandings threaten, the resolution is quite unexpected.

I have always been fascinated by history. Even when I started writing at fifteen, my books were historical romances. I adored 'Jane Eyre' and the enigmatic hero, Edward Fairfax Rochester and I think you will find a little bit of him in all my heroes. For some reason, I find it easier to write my stories from the hero's point of view. I have never even considered writing from the heroine's. I find it so much easier to get inside my hero's head. Dominic was no different. I was about a third of the way through his story when we flew out to Orlando. The ten-hour flight seemed interminable as I had all this dialogue running through my head and no way of writing it down. As soon as we arrived at the hotel I dragged my husband out to buy something to write on. During that holiday, the trees were horizontal in hurricane conditions, my husband slept and I wrote. I can't remember enjoying myself more!

Dominic was a delight and will always remain one of my favourite characters. I just hope my readers enjoy reading about him half as much as I enjoyed writing his story.

Hazel Statham
Author of DOMINIC
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Tuesday, September 4, 2007
PARTIALLY HUMAN by Dwayne G. Anderson
"Partially Human" was based on my own experiences with being difference, ignorance, and prejudice.

At age 16, I was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. Not long afterwards, my younger brother Jeff started to crack jokes about me, like this one, himself and a friend recording themselves with a computer microphone.

Jeff: Welcome to Asburger, home of the Asburger. May I take your order please?
Joel: I'd like an Asburger with some fries and a medium coke please!

It wasn't just my brother who gave me a hard time. The family never gave me a break. I never allowed to make my own decisions, have a say in anything that went on in my life, or even do something with life. Jeff even claimed that I should spend the rest of my life in a mental institution and dad actually believed that I should go into a group home.

I couldn't believe these people! Just because I'm different doesn't mean I have to be treated differently! Yet these people took Asperger Syndrome for granted. Whenever they told me about a new article or television program, bought me a book, or tried to introduce me to someone new, it was always something on Asperger Syndrome, nothing more, nothing less. I'm perfectly capable of making new friends and getting my own books, yet the family had incredible difficulty believing me because of Asperger Syndrome. They never made me feel any better about it. I was always picked on in school all my life, nobody ever wanted anything to do with me, and I had no friends.

When I wrote Partially Human, I decided to make the protagonist different from others and have him suffer the way I did, only in a much worse situation. However, he had friends to support him and be there for him always.

The theme of the story was "being different", along with "prejudice", and "ignorance", and I decided to tackle these serious controversial issues in the story.

After three months, the rough draft was finished. I spent the next three years doing serious editing, rewriting, and proofreading. When I was finally finished, I began the search for a publisher. Everyone I submitted it to rejected it. One company did accept it for publication, but they went out of business before the process was completed. Then I found Infinity Publishing, and at long last, my most ambitious work to date had finally taken book form!

My family is very proud of the book and I feel that I have finally proven that even despite having Asperger Syndrome, I am still a normal human being, but also unique!

Partially Human can be purchased from Infinity Publishing's online book store at http://www.buybooksontheweb.com/description.asp?ISBN=0-7414-3990-5 which is where the cover can also be found, and the book can be rated and reviewed. The same can be said at where it is found on Amazon at http://www.buybooksontheweb.com/description.asp?ISBN=0-7414-3990-5.

Dwayne G. Anderson

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