Thursday, June 25, 2015

Straight Browsing From the Library: The Last Book Ever Written by Jonah Kruvant

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In a futuristic American society where all citizens have computerized chips in their brains and insert needles into their veins to enter a virtual reality, Victor Vale leads a fairly typical life. He is an officer of the law with greater ambitions, a family man, and a dutiful citizen of the Nation. Yet when The Chief assigns him a case to go undercover and expose a community of illegal “creators,” Victor finds himself strangely compelled to creative writing. For the first time, he starts to question the world around him, and becomes involved in a web of lies, uncertain of whom to trust, and unable to distinguish between virtualism and reality. As he searches for answers, Victor slowly begins to unravel hidden truths about the world, and even uncovers an astonishing secret from his own past.

In order to prove to the “creators” that he is genuine, Victor writes a manuscript, at great risk to his wife and son. When books are banned and ultimately destroyed, Victor realizes that his book alone has survived. Only then does the reader come to a startling realization in a unique narrative twist.


Not long after the Cleansing Act, I was promoted to Detective. I was thirty-four. I had a wife and child to support. A career to pursue. My son wanted things, my wife wanted things; hell, I wanted things. I had worked on the force for thirteen years and it was time I got my detective badge.

That was all I could see back then. I didn’t care about creators.

Then I was assigned to the case. But even before I stepped into the Chief’s office, events began taking shape that marked both the beginning and the end of a new chapter in my life. It was on my way to the police station, wading through the unbearable stench of the dirty human flesh of the Slums, that I began to question things, what I thought I knew about the world … and about myself.

So this is where I start my story. This is where I begin my book.

That day, for whatever reason, I felt conscious of my surroundings. The beggars were pushing each other out of the way to get under awnings and balconies of restaurants and apartments as it started to rain. The restaurants were filled with shattered glass, moldy kitchens. The strongest beggars lived in cramped apartments with cockroaches and termites. The ones that couldn’t find shelter that morning just lay there, shivering from the cold. Some would let raindrops fall from the sky into their open mouths. Two na├»ve children were chasing each other around bodies and giggling, cleaning dirt out of each other’s hair. The bright lights of the skyscrapers, the swiftness of the skytrain, the convenience of the airpath—all a beggar had to do was look up and he would find himself in a fantastical world of dreams.


A writer, teacher and student of the world, JONAH KRUVANT received his BA from Skidmore, his teaching degree from Fordham and an MFA from Goddard College. Jonah lives in New York City. He is the author of The Last Book Ever Written.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Straight Browsing from the Library: Back to Us by Teresa Roman

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MediaKit_BookCover_BackToUsAbandoned by her parents at fourteen, Jessica knows what it means to struggle. Jessica’s vowed that getting her degree is the only thing she has time for, until a summer internship brings Justin into her life. But Justin has scars of his own. A tour of duty in Afghanistan has left him with wounds. A medical discharge from the Navy leaves Justin struggling to make sense of his new reality. Then he meets Jessica; but can the two of them leave their pain in the past and make a future together?


Mike was looking at me, his eyes full of sympathy. “Look, J, I hate to say this but the choice is pretty simple.”

“And that would be?”

“You and I don’t know what it means to have a real family, but I know that’s what you want. I’ve seen you do some stupid shit to try and get it, too.”

Leave it to my brother to come right out and say something like that. “Like what?”

“Like move in with that loser who was boning some girl behind your back.”

I rolled my eyes at Mike and put my hands on my hips. “Gee, thanks for reminding me.”

“The point is, Justin can’t give you what you want. He might make you happy now, but sooner or later that train’s gonna come to a stop, and you’re gonna have to hop off.”

“Mike,” Mel snapped.

“Hey, I’m just being honest here.”

Because that’s what Mike did. He told the truth whether you liked hearing it or not, and a small part of me worried that he was right. What I didn’t know was how I was ever going to find the courage to hop off the train before it crashed and left me in a million pieces.


MediaKit_AuthorPhoto_BackToUsTeresa Roman is a lover of books. That's what prompted her to try her hand at writing. She currently resides in Sacramento, CA with her husband, three adorable children and the puppy her son convinced them to adopt. When she isn't at her day job or running around with her kids, you can find her in front of the computer hard at work writing or with her head buried in another book.


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Friday, June 19, 2015

Straight Browsing from the Library: Aegis Incursion by S.S. Segran

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MediaKit_BookCover_AegisIncursion*** #1 AMAZON HOT NEW RELEASE (YA/Teen)*** WORLDS COLLIDE . HEROES ARISE ***

Great as a Standalone or as an Explosive Sequel to #1 Amazon Kindle Bestseller, AEGIS RISING.

On a bright July morning in 1948, a B-29 Superfortress flying a top-secret research mission over Nevada crashes into the calm waters of Lake Mead and sinks, remaining lost for half a century.

It has been nearly a year since five friends - Jag, Kody, Mariah, Tegan and Aari - mysteriously reappeared in a small town in Yukon several weeks after their small plane went down in Northern Canada. All were found in good health but with no recollection of what happened to them after the crash.

A baffling contagion is spreading across the bread-basket of North America destroying vital crops. As this dark shadow marches across the globe, widespread famine and riots bring desperate nations to the brink of war.

These seemingly unrelated events set the stage for a battle between the forces of darkness and those destined to become the 'bearers of light'. From ravaged fields in the Great Plains to clandestine installations around the world, the Aegis League must race against time to save humanity.


“Unique and compelling! With non-stop action, adventure and intrigue, Aegis Incursion will appeal to fans of Maze Runner, Percy Jackson and Hunger Games.” ~Michael Beas - Bestselling Author of 'Strump: A World of Shadows' ~

“S.S.Segran brings us a worthy sequel to her best-selling debut novel, Aegis Rising. Relentless action and gravity defying twists and turns hold the reader in a tight grip till the last page.” ~ Honore Gbedze ”" The SAGE Foundation ~

"RECOMMENDED! A good sequel stands alone as a strong work without the accomplishments of its predecessors, but a great sequel inspires readers to go back and relive a book they've already read, and that is precisely what this book accomplishes." ~ The US Review of Books ~

"FIVE STARS! A great book to dive into and a fantastic follow up to the first... One of the best things author S.S. Segran has done here is that the book can be read as a stand-alone. Highly recommended!" ~ Readers' Favorite Reviews ~

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…. He picked up the remote and switched the channel to a national news station. When he saw the headline on the screen, he frowned and turned up the volume.

“ . . . Additional reports are coming in of more crop failures in parts of North Dakota, Kansas and Montana,” the news anchor was saying. “For further details, we now turn to our correspondent in Baldwin City, Kansas.”

As the camera cut away to show a man with a microphone standing among burnt crops in a farmer’s field, Jag turned to the others, looking puzzled. “More crop failures? What’s going on?”

Meet the Author

6_19 ss segranS.S.Segran spent a good chunk of her childhood exploring the enchanted forest of a million tales in the mystical land of books. In her early teens, she began crafting intriguing new worlds and conjuring up characters who came alive with the flick of her wand... err... pen. With the publication of her first novel in the Aegis League Series during her senior year of high school, she was surprised by the abundance of time that magically appeared right after graduation. She plans to use this new-found resource to expand the arc of the series. Her future plans include studying Cognitive Science at university and helping youths in developing countries realize their potential through her non-profit organization, Aegis League -

When not devouring a book or writing one, S.S.Segran can be found standing behind the cauldron of life, stirring a potion made up of chores, parkour, gaming, drawing, horseback riding and—having recently jumped off a perfectly fine airplane at fifteen thousand feet – perhaps skydiving.

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Straight Browsing from the Library: The Only Budget Book by Lauren A. Welch

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Do you find the idea of cleaning toilets more interesting (and even more rewarding!) than talking about budgets? Does having (and following) a budget scare you?

Do you want to successfully live with a budget but no matter what you have tried, you have not been able to successful make, keep and track your financial life with a budget?

This electronic, downloadable book is written to anyone looking to get into, fall in love (or back in love) with or receive tips and resources to get started on the right track to being successful financially, with budgets.

It sure is the dreaded b..b…b “B” word and for good reason! Budgets make people scared, confused and self conscious and let’s be honest, most of the time we would rather just not do it. If this is you, grab this good read and get back on track.

Lauren writes in a fun but educational way that brings the important topic the time and respect it needs.

Once downloaded and saved or printed, it can truly be “The only Budget Book” you will ever need.

…and thank goodness for that!


New phones? Sure! Of course! No problem. Where does the money come from? Who cares! There goes your budget plan. New car? Sure! Of course! No Problem! (see where I am going?) While a budget is a livable, breathing document and changes can be made, changes need to be made carefully and with consideration. If there is no room in the budget this month, there might be room next month. If it is a necessity, how can you make changes to move money over for this purchase?

It seems like you are ready to get to work! You have found, planned for, and killed anything keeping you from financial success, communicated with your spouse or accountability partner and learned how to work through financial challenges. Are you ready?!


Lauren Welch is an Accredited Financial Counselor, a financial counselor and owner of Thrive Financial Counseling. Lauren has clocked many hours working with individuals. children, high schoolers and families with financial challenges from debt disasters, the brick of bankruptcy, messy budgets and educating individuals without any past financial education to grow successfully and believe in themselves as managers of their money. Lauren specializes in working one-on-one with families to come up with money management plans, budgets and debt payment plans that work with each unique family. Lauren has a unique way of looking at financial challenges, opportunities for change, and helping people learn financial skills to last a lifetime.

Lauren focuses on the importance of individuals of our community, working with non-profits to help provide education, being proactive vs. reactive to the helping support their needs to be financially sufficient and empowered to getting out of poverty.

In April 2015, Lauren self-published her first e-book, The Only Budget Book, (you will ever need and thank goodness for that!) to impress the importance of the #1 tool in financial success, making, keeping and utilizing a realistic budget.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Straight Browsing from the Library: The Sweetheart Deal by Allison Morse

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perf5.000x8.000.inddSome people in her small rural community think Ellen Hamilton, the business savvy daughter of the town’s largest employer, is too big for her britches. After all it’s the 1950s and women have no place in running corporations. But when the company is threatened with takeover by John Adair, the man who broke her heart and "betrayed" her family business years ago, she’s determined to stop at nothing to win. Yet, when the cool Ellen turns molten in John’s arms, will she discover the truth about the past in time to seal The Sweetheart Deal.


Where would their lives be now if she had just believed him? If she’d been brave enough to take a chance?

As if John could read her mind, he said, “We can’t change what happened, Ellie. I wish we could.” He turned from her and walked away.

She watched him go until he turned a corner.

She felt herself retreat, fold in, as she reached inside for someplace safe, away from the pain.

Voices sounded behind her. She turned and saw a group of guys she recognized from the factory tumbling out of the bar. Most of them shuffled unsteadily, except for Doug.

He’d worked at the factory since he was a teen. The guy always made her skin crawl, even though to the Hamiltons, he was nothing but respectful.

The large man trailed a younger one, bullying him. She remembered that it was Doug who had been in the center of the jeering gang of men who had threatened Cindy the other day until she’d been rescued by Trigg.

Ellen looked back to where she’d last seen John, and her godfather’s words came back to her. Time to choose what is worth fighting for.

Yes, it was.

And she knew how to do it, too. She wasn’t Sam Hamilton’s daughter for nothing. She had a plan of her own. In fact, from the moment her father had mentioned the innovative tank design, an opening in the game had winked at her, one that was amusingly obvious, even in the midst of all the maneuvering and double-dealing going on around her. She had seen the moves necessary. Simple, really. Success was within her reach. She just hadn’t had the will to execute it, until now.

She smiled up at the black sky, almost taunting it with her unwillingness to allow her heart to break.

She was in love with John. Always had been. And she saw no reason to try to change that fact, even if she could.

And with that certainty, she now knew what was worth fighting for, what was worth winning. This town, her family, faults and all, were worth it.

She ran down the sidewalk.

When she turned the corner, she saw John’s blue convertible peel away and head out of town.

And, you, John Adair, you’re worth it.


MediaKit_AuthorPhoto_TheSweetheartDealAllison Morse grew up in a family of actors in Los Angeles; before the age of five, she started acting classes, which she adored. She continued in the family business until her early twenties when her curious spirit led her to consider other interests.

After receiving a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley, she went on to earn a M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy, and a J.D. from U.C. Hastings College of the Law.

Although she loved learning from each of her varied careers she always knew that storytelling was as essential to her as breathing. So as she pursued her professional life, she kept to a strict writing schedule, and joined the Romance Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.

She lives with her wonderful husband in a house in the hills that’s filled with books.

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Straight Browsing from the Library: Time Traveling Hookers by S.E. Burr

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MediaKit_BookCover_TimeTravelingHookers Three modern day roommates and recent college grads take a time machine back to the Wild West. The time machine breaks, stranding them in the past where they are forced to join a brothel to survive. With the help of future technology, they're able to trick their customers into thinking they're getting what they pay for, without actually having to do the deed. But the scam involves getting much more up close and personal with smelly, 19th century hicks than germaphobe and prude, Anastasia, is comfortable with. One customer seems sweeter, more attractive, and better groomed than the rest. Could she actually fall for a cowboy from the dirty, disgusting past?


Etta hooted. “Art of lovemaking!” she said, slapping her leg. “Well that’s the funniest thing I ever heard. Ain’t no art going on here. Ain’t no love either. This is a business I’m keeping, and if you want a room in my brothel, you’ll damn site bring in the money to pay for it.”

Beth was angry. Angry. And when Beth was angry she’d say something she shouldn’t, or worse.

Anastasia put a restraining hand on Beth’s arm and Beth glared at her.

“We’ll make money,” said Anastasia. “We’ll make you plenty of money, but we’re tired and dirty. We’d like a bath and a bed so we can be ready for tonight.”

“Well, we’ll see, give you a trial, like,” said the woman. “Go on in. I won’t show you to your rooms. I don’t wear these dirty things into the house, and I’ve got a good sight more work to do here, but hopefully you can find your own way without waking the whole house. The girls are still asleep, and there are some gentleman callers hanging around, who I’m sure don’t want to be disturbed.”

They went into the whorehouse. It was nice, very nice. On their first trip into the town, Anastasia had taken it for a wealthy man’s house, a house big enough for a big family, with sumptuous room to spare.

But as she now knew, this was a different kind of house, and as she would soon learn, this was a different kind of family.


S.E. Burr wrote Time Traveling Hookers over the course of a weekend at a Tom Bird writing retreat in Santa Fe, NM. It is based on a dream she had a few weeks prior to the retreat, but she did no advanced planning of the plot. She was very surprised to discover that the story was a romance, as she did not often read romances, let alone write them. She quite enjoyed the experience and intends to write more romances in the future, but cautions that what she intends to write and what she actually writes can be two very different things. She is the author of the young adult novel, Goblin Fruit, inspired by the poem “Goblin Market” by Christina Rossetti. The sequel, Goblin Girl, is coming soon. It was inspired by her desire to find out more of the story. A nearly lifelong resident of rural New Mexico, S.E. Burr loves the desert, her family, and her cat.


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Straight Chatting From the Library: Flash by Donna Ball

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What is the favorite book you remember as a child?

My favorite book from childhood was Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time. Even now I get a little thrill when I remember how that book transported me into a whole new world. I think that was the first time I understood the amazing power authors have to change, not just your day, but your life. That was the book that opened my imagination to what was possible.

What are you reading right now?

I’m reading another mystery, NEW TRICKS by David Rosenfelt. His Andy Carpenter mysteries make me laugh out loud, and they are so cleverly executed that I try to read them slowly so I won’t finish the latest in the series before the next one is out.

E-Reader or print? and why?

For years I was one of those readers who swore you would have to pry print books out of my cold dead fingers. I got my first Kindle four years ago and now it’s very hard for me to go back to print. I keep wanting to tap the pages to see what time it is, or have a quick peek at the weather forecast, or—and this is the worst part—when I get to a boring section, I want to go back to my home page to see what else I have waiting to be read. E-readers have definitely changed the way I read, and even more importantly, the way I write. For example, I’m very careful to try not to write the boring parts now!

Do you have any bad book habits?

My worst habit is that I tend to over-buy. I know perfectly well that I have a dozen unread books on my Kindle and another dozen stacked up on my nightstand, but when Amazon says “recommended for you” I think, “Well, I guess they know what I like by now!” and I buy. It’s that whole fear-of-missing-out thing. Or if I see an interview with an author or hear about a hot new book everyone has been waiting for, or if someone in my book club says she liked something, I have to have it. It is entirely possible I won’t live long enough to read all the books I just had to have.

When do you do most of your reading?

As a writer, I always feel guilty about sitting down during the day to do anything other than write. So my reading is done almost exclusively at night, after 11:00 p.m. In fact, I so rarely take time out of the day to read that when I do, it’s worthy of a Facebook post!

Do you loan your books?

I treasure my print books and I never, ever loan them. Sorry, friends! I’ve lost too many good books that way. However, if I find a book I love that I want to share, I will buy a friend a copy.

What would make you not finish a book?

There are a lot of books I don’t finish. My reading time is so valuable, and my choice of books so wide, that if you don’t completely suck me in by the end of the first chapter, you’re history. Sometimes I know by the first three pages. Usually if I get beyond the first chapter I will stay with the book; I feel committed. But I will admit that I’ve been committed to some books that took me months to finish!

Favorite book you've read this year?

The year is young, and remember all those unread books I have stacked up? But so far my top pick is Louise Penny’s How the Light Gets In , one of the Inspector Gamache mysteries. It concludes a story arc that was begun years ago, and was absolutely beautifully done.

One book at a time or multiples?

I always have three books going at once: One on my Kindle, one in paper, and one on audio. That way, no matter what I’m doing, I don’t have to miss an opportunity to be entertained!


Almost two years ago the sleepy little community of Dogleg Island was the scene of one of the most brutal crimes in Florida history. The only eye witnesses were a border collie puppy and a police officer. Since that time Flash has grown from a puppy into a vital part of the Dogleg Island Police Department, and has lived happily with the two people who rescued him on that horrible night: Deputy Sheriff Ryan Grady and Police Chief Aggie Malone.

Now the trial of the century is about to begin. The defendant, accused of slaughtering his parents in their beach home, maintains his innocence. Aggie and Ryan, the top witnesses for the prosecution, know he is lying. But only Flash knows the truth.

And with another murder to solve, a tangle of conflicting evidence to sort out, and a brutal storm on the way, the truth may come too late... for all of them.


If the call had come four minutes later, Aggie would have missed it. This close to end of shift, no one would have blamed her had she ignored it and headed on in, and in fact she considered doing just that. She glanced at her dashboard clock: 6:56 A.M. Then she saw the street sign coming up she muttered, “Crap.” She punched the radio mike. “Unit four, responding. ETA, thirty seconds.”

The radio crackled again. “Hey, Aggie, you still beachside?”

It was Ryan Grady, her morning relief for beach patrol. Relief was of course a relative word; he’d been nothing but a pain in the ass since she’d joined the Murphy County Sheriff’s Department eighteen months ago. She worried what it said about her that she was actually starting to get used to him—and worse, even to enjoy his inanities. Secretly, of course.

She switched on her flashers and made the turn onto Harbor Lane. The swirl of color bounced off the early morning fog, painting tree trunks and the tangled jungle of vacant lots in eerie explosions of blue. “Amazing powers of deduction, Sherlock. ETA now twelve seconds.” And she wasn’t even hurrying. The one thing she loved about Dogleg Island was that there was rarely any need to hurry. Very little was more than ten minutes away in any direction.


Donna Ball is the author of over a hundred novels under several different pseudonyms in a variety of genres that include romance, mystery, suspense, paranormal, western adventure, historical and women’s fiction. Recent popular series include the Ladybug Farm series by Berkley Books and the Raine Stockton Dog Mystery series. Donna is an avid dog lover and her dogs have won numerous titles for agility, obedience and canine musical freestyle. She divides her time between the Blue Ridge mountains and the east coast of Florida, and lives with a variety of four-footed companions. You can contact her at, or follow her on Facebook at Donna Ball Author Page.

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