Books Featured This Week

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The Mystery of Revenge
G.X. Chen
Tate Publishing (2013)
ISBN 9781625108739
Reviewed by Jennifer Hass for Reader Views (8/13)

Synopsis: A body was found in the living room of a concert pianist, shot to death. Yi-yun Lin, the deceased, was a foreign student from China. No murder weapon was found on the scene, no sign of forced entry.

It was seemingly a homicide, but who was the killer? All the evidence points to her boyfriend, the concert pianist, but Detective Paul Winderman of the Boston Police Department has his doubts. The victim’s ex-husband has vowed revenge on several occasions. Someone from her past might also want her dead.

The tale of Mystery of Revenge is a melting pot of love, desire, jealousy and greed. Proceed with caution; the facts could be deceiving.

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G.X. Chen is a freelance writer who loves reading, traveling and orchids. A graduate of Fudan University (BA) and University of New Mexico (MA), she has taught literature at both her alma mater as well as the Shanghai Foreign Language Institute. She has also published numerous books in China prior to leaving the country in 1989. Currently, she lives in the beautiful city of Boston with her husband, Steve.

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Side-Yard Superhero: Life Lessons from an Unlikely Teacher
Rick D. Niece, Ph.D.
Five Star Publications (2012)
ISBN 9781589850903
Reviewed by Christine Watson for Reader Views (1/13)

Synopsis: Although life s journey takes him far from his childhood home, Rick D. Niece, Ph.D., never forgets the people he meets and the lessons he learns as a young man growing up in picturesque DeGraff, Ohio, population 900. A small-town newspaper boy who becomes a lifelong educator himself, Dr. Niece is deeply touched by the endearing residents of DeGraff who shaped his youth especially Bernie Jones. Confined to a wheelchair with severe cerebral palsy, Bernie becomes Rickie s friend, inspiration and superhero, opening a world of compassion, trust and adventure to them both.

When he leaves DeGraff to attend Ohio State University, Rick promises Bernie that he will visit him again. Unfortunately, when Bernie s parents pass away, Bernie disappears, too, taken in by a distant relative. Forty years later, Rick learns that his boyhood friend is living in a nursing home. Returning to Ohio, he visits the never-to-be-forgotten Bernie Jones of a childhood long past and a promise finally kept.

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Rick D. Niece, Ph.D: Following in his father‘s footsteps, Rick D. Niece, Ph.D., is a lifelong educator who has served as a classroom teacher, a public school administrator and a university professor, provost and president. In 1997, he was named President of the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas, and remains steadfast in his devotion to the University’s success. After his retirement on July 1, 2013, he was named President Emeritus of the University of the Ozarks.

A small-town boy who has maintained his small-town values, Dr. Niece remembers his childhood with fond nostalgia. Growing up in picturesque DeGraff, Ohio, young Rickie was influenced by many endearing friends and neighbors who taught him the important life lessons that shaped his future-especially Bernie Jones. Confined to a wheelchair with severe cerebral palsy, Bernie became Rickie‘s friend, inspiration and superhero, opening a world of compassion, trust and adventure that benefited them both. From Bernie, Rickie learned the value of unconditional acceptance, kindness and the triumph of the human spirit-lessons he took with him from his years as a newspaper boy to a career in academia.

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Inside Scoop Live Featured Author

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Michael Phillip Cash: Born and raised on Long Island, Michael has always had a love for horror, thriller, paranormal and action writing. Earning a degree in English and an MBA, he has worked various jobs before settling into being a full-time author. He currently resides on Long Island with his wife and children.

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Synopsis: Paul Russo’s wife just died. While trying to get his family’s life back in order, Paul is being tormented by a demon who is holding his wife’s spirit hostage on the other side. His fate is intertwined with an old haunted mansion on the north shore of Long Island called Stillwell Manor. Paul must find clues dating back hundreds of years to set his wife’s soul free.

Topics of conversation:

  • Balancing Family with Paranormal/Horror Writing
    • Afterlife, Paranormal, Souls
    • Ghosts and Horror Trends
    • Screen and Novel Writing
    • Self-Help and Investing in Yourself

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