Monday, December 2, 2019
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Book Title: The Beijing Memorandum by JB Morris
Category: Adult Fiction, 538 pages
Publisher: JB Morris
Release date: November 25, 2019
Tour dates: November 25 to December 20, 2019
Content Rating: PG-13 (There is violence and profanity including f-word. There is no explicit sex.)
The headlines read:
U. S. Bolstering Pacific Military Forces to Counter ‘Massive’ Beijing Buildup.
Pentagon Acknowledges Beijing Seeks Global Supremacy.
This is what the news media is saying. But what exactly is happening behind closed doors?
The Beijing Memorandum takes reader on a
thrill ride from the heavily guarded Zhongnanhai compound in Beijing to
the FBI Headquarters in the Nation's Capital to the White House's
Situation Room to the Palacio Nacional in Mexico City.
Former Marine Gunnery Sergeant Moses Remington knew terror firsthand. He
saw it during his combat deployments in Fallujah, Iraq and in the
Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He saw it again in Mexico when he
stumbled across China’s secret plan.
Now, he must dodge Chinese assassins and an FBI dragnet to save
Consulate General Gao Quan and his family from certain execution to
disclose China’s secret plans to the world.
It must be scary. People who sit at computers for hours on end, day after day, Struggle to take the time to walk the dog. Bargain away their away household rights and duties to cajole a child, spouse, or significant other to take over the chores of dog maintenance. Surely, you’ve heard of them? They break away from the computer at the absolute last moment to greet Grandma who has traveled three- thousand miles to visit. And most important, they can only survive with the encouragement and help of the family.
Who are they? Well, they are writers who like to promote themselves and wear the label of author. I’m one of them, and the above description fits me to a tee. Why do I cloister myself in a room to shout achieving occasional success and slump with failure?
It’s simple, really. They call it the joy of creation. To see your minor gift on a printed page in the hands of a reader.
I suppose now is the time for my confession. My writing life hasn’t always been easy. I am not college educated in the skill of creative writing. So I learned from the school of hard knocks. I have learned adverbs are worse than bank robbery. My first writing effort had twelve-hundred of those puppies.
I’ve picked up on the sins of adverbs and a host of other writing techniques.
My saving grace is having written poems, essays, and short stories since high school. I’ve achieved some success and can call myself an international bestselling author. Sweet.
Now, let’s you and I talk about THE BEIJING MEMORANDUM or perhaps best described as Communist China’s plans for Mexico. It is not an impossible thesis. China currently has a major influence in Central America and Mexico is a third-world country close to anarchy.
I spent countless days on the government interworkings of China, Washington D.C. and Mexico. The plot is plausible with a foundation of accurate facts. I hope you enjoy reading the story as much as I did writing it. Best to you and your family. JB Morris
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Dec 9 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
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Dec 16 - Jessica Belmont – book review
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Dec 18 – Jypsylynn – book review
Dec 20 -fundinmental - book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
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Dec 20 - Reading is My Passion – book review
Dec 20 - The World As I See It – book review / giveaway
Dec 20 - Mystery Suspense Reviews – book review
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Thursday, November 14, 2019
Date Published: June 2019
Publisher: Riverpoint Press
Laura Beckman’s comfortable suburban life would be perfect but for her daughter. Four years earlier, Brooke abandoned her husband and her own young daughter to run off with a musician. Now back home with her tail between her legs, Brooke’s self-loathing boils over in the face of her mother’s unrelenting condemnation.
Laura’s world is turned upside down after witnessing the long, painful death of her husband. In the search for a better version of herself, she creates the Chocolate Shop which grants terminally ill patients one last wish (e.g returning to the Rockette stage, having sex one last time, even skydiving). Laura then lovingly helps her clients slip away to a peaceful death. Laura must dodge the police who suspect she's committing second-degree murder, and an ex-wife of a client consumed with collecting on an insurance policy. Her relationship with her daughter flips as Brooke becomes the one doing the condemning: “I may have made many mistakes in my life but there’s one thing I can say. I never murdered anybody.”
As Laura comes to grips with the ethical, moral, and legal dimensions of what she's doing, she worries that her strained relationship with her daughter will never be repaired and wonders whether she can ever find love again. She meets Arlo Massey--brash, flamboyant, someone who couldn't care less about what other people think--the complete opposite of the always appropriate Laura Beckman. Arlo disrupts Laura's already tumultuous life. She finds him despicable.
And yet . . .
Laura wanted Mickey to die.
She had it all planned. They’d relax on the sofa in front of a roaring fire, watching the flames dance and crackle, snuggling together under her grandmother’s time-softened green and white patch quilt. The red wine stain on the quilt from New Years Eve when they’d made love on the same sofa had faded away and almost disappeared.
And now her husband was about to fade away and disappear.
She would take his hand, mercilessly scabbed by needles searching for a vein, and entwine her fingers through his. Their interlocked hands would act as one and empty the medicine vial of tiny white pills into the glass of Chivas, his favorite. They’d enjoy their last hour together, her head nestling into the hollow space where his neck met his shoulder. She always considered that spot her private property. She would breath in his scent, and if she remained still she’d be able to feel his heartbeat tickling her cheek.
Then a final toast. He would drink the whiskey from his favorite cocktail glass, the one with the etched Orioles logo. They’d reminisce using the shorthand developed by every husband and wife over decades of marriage.
Remember when . . .?
He’d become sleepy. She would gently rub his neck right behind his ear . . .
Then a lingering last kiss.
Goodbye my darl—
Laura’s eyes sprang open. Had she dozed off? She glanced at Mickey asleep in the narrow hospital bed squeezed next to her chair. With so many twisting tubes and wires connected to his shriveled body he more resembled a monster from an old black and white horror flick than her husband.
“You were mumbling in your sleep,” Brooke said. “Something about white pills and the Orioles.” Without looking up from her phone she rotated her hips in an unsuccessful attempt
to find comfort in the battered gunmetal chair.
What was her daughter talking about?
“Maybe you should go home and get some sleep,” Gracie said. “I can stay with him for a while.”
“Sleep’s overrated.” She yawned, and her eyes caught the old Baltimore Orioles baseball pennant hanging over the hospital bed. Orioles logo . . . whiskey glass . . . white pills . . . Her dream flashed before her eyes.
“You okay?” Gracie asked.
White pills . . . She gasped. Oh my God. She could not, she would not permit her mind to visit that awful place ever again.
Gracie pressed. “Laura?”
“Yes, yes, I’m fine.”
Her aunt responded with a skeptical expression, then hoisted a pink tote bag to her lap. Short and wiry in stature, Gracie colored her hair red and wore it below her shoulders in a wavy style more suited to a young starlet from the forties than a woman of seventy. A Kurt Vonnegut quote in green script decorated the side of her bag: “Tis better to have loved and lust, than to let our apparatus rust.” Laura shook her head and took a deep breath. The thick, stifling hospital air smelled of must, of decay. Of death.
For the millionth time she wondered why God would spare the evil people of the world—serial killers and terrorists and child molesters—while the good man lying next to her faced certain death?
Mickey moaned again. Eight months earlier he’d been diagnosed with “distant” esophageal cancer, meaning the cancer had spread away from the tumor to his lymph nodes and organs. The cancer had been hiding there for some time, undetected, slowly eating away, bite by tiny bite.
At first it had been hard to think the words—my husband’s dying— much less say them. Now, after witnessing him wither away for the past many months, the vocabulary of death came easily. Hope arrived early but departed long ago leaving her with the heartbreak of seeing the man she loved suffer the quiet torture of a lingering death.
About the Author
J. J. Spring is a pseudonym for a successful author who writes in another genre. J. J. lives in Florida with a spouse and a rambunctious poodle named Handsome Jack.
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
There are powers at play that continue to seek amalgamating Scotland to England – powers from the past and powers from the future.
It’s the late 1800s and Queen Victoria wants more than mere access to the Scottish retreat at Balmoral Castle. But King Henry I of Scotland, direct descendent of Queen Mary Elizabeth I, the time traveling royal daughter of Mary Queen of Scots, is determined to keep Scotland free and independent and a powerful, progressive nation in its own right.
The struggle to protect what is his by birthright becomes a battle that must be fought in the past, the present and the future and in other parts of the world. And, in the midst of each battle, there are choices to be made. Very difficult choices.
An avid gardener, artist, musician and writer, Emily-Jane Hills Orford has fond memories and lots of stories that evolved from a childhood growing up in a haunted Victorian mansion.
Told she had a ‘vivid imagination’, the author used this talent to create stories in her head to pass tedious hours while sick, waiting in a doctor’s office, listening to a teacher drone on about something she already knew, or enduring the long, stuffy family car rides. The author lived her stories in her head, allowing her imagination to lead her into a different world, one of her own making. As the author grew up, these stories, imaginings and fantasies took to the written form and, over the years, she developed a reputation for telling a good story.
Emily-Jane can now boast that she is an award-winning author of several books, including King Henry’s Choice (Clean Reads 2019), Mrs. Murray’s Ghost (Telltale Publishing 2018), Mrs. Murray’s Hidden Treasure (Telltale Publishing 2019), Queen Mary’s Daughter (Clean Reads 2018), Gerlinda (CFA 2016) which received an Honorable Mention in the 2016 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, To Be a Duke (CFA 2014) which was named Finalist and Silver Medalist in the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and received an Honorable Mention in the 2015 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards and several other books.
A retired teacher of music and creative writing, she writes about the extra-ordinary in life and her books, short stories, and articles are receiving considerable attention. For more information on the author, check out her website at: http://emilyjanebooks.ca
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