Saturday, July 22, 2017

Barnstorming America Stories from the Pioneers of Women's Basketball


Barnstorming America Stories from the Pioneers of Women's Basketball 

In an era when women had only recently been given the right to vote and the Great Depression made jobs of any kind hard to come by, American women of the 1930s faced an uphill battle when it came to accessing opportunities to work outside the home. 
About the same time, the relatively-new sport of basketball was gaining popularity in America and its schools. Girls were allowed to play basketball, too, although the rules were modified to accommodate the lack of strength, stamina and selflessness of the "weaker sex" attributes deemed necessary to play basketball the way boys and men did. Many girls, however, excelled at basketball, to the extent that they wanted to keep playing after finishing high school. But apart from Amateur Athletic Union programs and the rare college teams, organized basketball after high school was out of reach of most women. Women's professional leagues were still four decades away from reality.
But in 1936, entrepreneur and visionary C.M. "Ole" Olson, already in the barnstorming basketball business with his own men's traveling team, felt that not only were women ready to play basketball at a high level, but that people would turn out in large numbers to pay to see them play. From his home base in Cassville, Missouri, he recruited the best female basketball players he could find and formed the All American Red Heads the very first women's professional basketball team to hit America's roads and operate successfully. Playing against men's teams by men's rules, the Red Heads barnstormed across America, playing a grueling schedule of one-night stands and winning the vast majority of their games. Other barnstorming women's teams joined the Red Heads as barnstormers, including the Ozark Hill Billies, Arkansas Travelers, Texas Cowgirls, Southern Belles and others. In the years and decades that followed, these groundbreaking women dismantled the wall of gender stereotypes and barriers regarding women, each victory over men taking another brick out of the wall.
Barnstorming America Stories of the Pioneers of Women's Basketball tells the story of the women who helped reshape America's attitudes toward women in sports and paved the way for today's professional women's leagues. Award-winning historian and author John Molina interviewed over 80 veterans of the barnstorming wars and their families, recording their experiences both on and off the court. The result is a treasure-trove of anecdotes and stories that paint a vivid picture of life as a professional women s basketball player something almost unthinkable before 1936.



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Friday, July 21, 2017

The Voynich Gambit


(Norman Blalock Mysteries Book 2)


Special Police Officer Lt. Norman Blalock, who has been guarding the treasures of the Folger Shakespeare Library for 25 years, has been coerced into a plot to heist from the Folger Museum “the most mysterious book in the world,” the Voynich Manuscript, on loan from Yale University. Under threat of suffering the consequences of their involvement in the botched plot to heist another priceless artifact from the Folger underground bank vault several months earlier, Blalock and his partner-in-crime Kavitha Netram are once again under the thumb of nefarious businessman Rupert Whyte, and have no choice but to play along.







Behind the Gem



Ripped from heart and home by galactic farmers, Ray and his co-workers are taken hundreds of light years across the galaxy and left to fend for themselves. When he begins hearing a voice in his head and is unjustly blamed for the deaths of his friends, he is separated from them and is led to a gentle race of aliens called the Draasen. He experiences a new way of life with responsibilities and challenges he never could have imagined. He is accepted into their society, but at a high cost to his dignity when he is led into protecting and birthing their eggs. When the galactic farmers arrive to take the Draasen population as fodder, the Draasen's fate becomes entwined with that of the nearly extinct human race and their mutual struggle to survive.







Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Eyes Behold Tomorrow



Edward Robert Teach is a modern-day barbarian that encompasses everything a woman loves and hates in a man. He abhors his notorious namesake, correctness in any form, and has a habit of expressing his opinion whenever it does the most offense. When he meets Kamini, a stunningly beautiful, large eyed woman from the planet Feletia, he thinks he has finally met the girl of his dreams until he is recruited by her, and he becomes the unlikeliest captain of a prototype destroyer in the Feletian space navy, giving him the ability to stir up more trouble than he can get out of. Queen Aphelia, leader of her female dominant society, and Kamini's mother, takes an interest in him. She uses Robert to attain her political goals, forcing him to learn harsh and sometimes painful lessons in humility when his earthbound attitude clashes with the strong-willed Feletian women. When Robert is powerless to stop the assassination of the Feletian royal family, Kamini ascends the throne and takes him as husband. He becomes Feletia's Regent, sparking a political and marital struggle that could bring the flames of galactic war to the peaceful planet.





Bent Ink




Atlanta is hot and wet and it isn't the humidity. Come and play in Little Five Points Georgia as the tribe of friends and family witness changes that challenge everything they've protected and worked toward. 
 
Bentley (ATL Midtown series by Nichole Harris) was content. Right? Sure, he was a principle at an advancing tech company. The creator was his mentor and the culture of the company fit him perfectly. His predilection for ink and piercings meant nothing there. It allowed him to be back in Atlanta, close to his sister and not too damn close to his Mother in Augusta. His other family was dormant at the moment. Just like he liked it. Just as they should be. He had a great gym where he could train and spar. 

Hell he even had somewhat of a social life because of an embarrassing attempt to reconnect with an old girlfriend. He had made several friends in the city. Everything was settling out nicely. He went to a holiday party and just as quickly as a thunderstorm could darken the sky in June, Amy Brody turned his way. It was a beginning. If he managed not to be strung up by her brother and friends, it could be a beginning. He should run. He new he should, but he wouldn't, he couldn't. She already had a part of him he swore was dead.  

Amy-I had been damn near dead for over two years and out of nowhere this man appeared. I had no reason or right to trust him, but I did. I not only trusted him, I was mesmerized by him. He was a blond leopard with ice blue eyes that pierced me. William Bentley Carter III came to my tattoo shop and took me to coffee. Then he gave me my first sexual kiss in over two years. It was delivered with aggression and hunger. Given my past, how could I allow it? I drank it in like a starving inmate.




Wednesday, July 19, 2017

No Regrets In Paris



Bad Luck? Check.
Bad Decisions? Check.
Bad Hangovers? Check.
Regrets? No way! 

Mike is dumped by his girlfriend while on a trip to Miami, throwing his well ordered life upside-down. Aided by his philandering friend and co-worker Shane, Mike the bachelor makes increasingly bad decisions that threaten to ruin him. While trying to get his life back on track, he learns taking sleeping pills before flying is a terrible idea, why playing rugby impresses women but not your boss, and impersonating a porn star can be hazardous to your health. When Mike meets the woman of his dreams on a trip to Paris, he has the opportunity to turn their fling into something more. Will he be able to keep from screwing it up, or regret the one that got away?


A story of Murphy’s Law, friendship, love, and good intentions gone awry. 

The Magus




Everyone had heard of the Magus of Danthamore, a powerful, dangerous, and ruthless man. Nelina, who was sold on the slaver's block by her unscrupulous uncle, now finds herself as the newest slave of the Magus. Finding that he is more than what he appears to be, Nelina follows her heart as the irresistible handsome Magus leads her into a world she had never dreamed existed.

Ru'ark who had become known as the Magus used the power he wielded with little regard for the people beyond his homeland of Aghadine and the waste. Finally, after years of diligently searching he has found the perfect vessel he needs -the voluptuous flaxen haired Nelina. He was expected to use her, betray her, and certainly not to love her.


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Mortecarni




"Zombie apocalypse set in the Dark Ages. Why didn't anyone think of this before? Wonderfully fun." - Amazon Customer

"... a well-written and well researched story that takes readers on a new kind of journey through the horror of uprising of the undead!" - Michelle Lowe, author of Legacy

"Excellent novel, fantastic reading! Waiting for the movie!" - Amazon Customer

THE YEAR IS 1348 AND THE BLACK DEATH IS RAVAGING ENGLAND.

For Brother Maurice, a monk and physician, the disease is the most terrifying he’s ever seen. But Maurice soon learns of an even more deadly threat: the exanimate Mortecarni. After his first unexpected encounter with the creatures, Maurice is pulled into a world of savagery and secrecy.

As he travels across the country, investigating both the plague and the Mortecarni, Maurice questions how such unholy suffering is possible. When his own family is struck down, his beliefs falter. Can he regain his faith and save both England and himself?


For No Good Reason



In the Sixties, simple mistakes could have grave 

consequences. Josh Duffy makes one such mistake and pays an incredible price. One unfortunate encounter with the nuances of the higher education realities of that time and he finds himself thrust into an alien world of blood, death, and fire. It is an upside down world where the usual mores don’t function. It is a world where killing is celebrated and compassion scorned. It is a world that Duffy must adapt to if he wishes to survive.

Follow him as he struggles with the enemy, with his leaders, and with conscience as he evolves from reluctant soldier to efficient killer to a committed leader.

If you ever wonder why soldiers come back from combat forever changed and irreversibly damaged… if you wonder what causes this post-traumatic disorder we hear so much about… if you lived in the Sixties and walked the razor’s edge of conscription, you will want to read this book. It is the journey from sanity to the depths of madness and on to a path toward redemption.

It is a soldier’s story told by an award-winning writer who has spoken on issues of war and peace across this country.






Monday, July 17, 2017

Ocean in a Drop



Miraj Hussain remembers the moments when her mother admonished her for being too stubborn. She was always told that good girls were created to obey. In her native land of Pakistan, this was a lie that almost everyone believed. But Miraj couldn't bear living the lie.

As she and her brother Asad grew up in their father's stifling household, they became more and more disillusioned with Sadiq Hussain's religious hypocrisy and favoritism toward their older brother, Adam. While Miraj couldn't keep her opinions to herself, Asad suffered from secrets of his own. He could never tell his traditional father and brother that he was gay. There was no life for him in Pakistan.

Now the two have traveled far from their homeland to start new lives in the United States, but it isn't as easy as they dreamed it would be. The Hussain siblings face new prejudices, bigotry, and hypocrisy in their adopted country. As they navigate their way through an unwelcoming society, they must examine what they truly want in their lives. Along the way, they will discover that the obstacles to their happiness don't just lie within Pakistani and American cultural conventions but within themselves.









The Vicissitudes of Fortune



Five teenagers from diverse backgrounds are brought together by a war. A Japanese, a Jew, a Native American, an African American, and a white kid from middle-class America form an interdependent relationship in the jungles of Vietnam. They become the most highly decorated squad in a war they don’t understand, but their relationships transcend the social structures of racism formed through historical injustices, and they remain best friends for decades. Their iconic leader, Billy Stone, one day finds himself entangled with a Medicare scam dreamed up by his sister’s husband. For his sister’s sake, he must find a solution. The livelihoods of the others form within the law enforcement communities in their individual and collective quest for justice as they grow from boys to men of great character. Even the strongest of character has its flaws, but these men are the best of the best, and there is only one adversity they cannot overcome. From the Selma-to-Montgomery march, the internment camps of WWII, the poverty and desolation of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation; to the estrangement of a father and son and a suicide of great consequence, this team of five becomes one. At the same time, there are “takers” like Billy’s brother-in-law who infect the American system. They need to be brought to justice, but the price will be high. On the smallest of scales, this is an epic tale of how the dream of a world community can become a reality.





Sunday, July 16, 2017

Books of the Week - July 16, 2017 - Books That Sting

Books of the Week   July 16, 2017



Megan and Josh are on a two week vacation in Florida from Atlanta. Coming back from a day trip exploring the antique shops in Arcadia, a cow on the road puts them in a ditch on a rural back road. A miscommunication over cell phones has them stranded. They find their way to a farm house and an old woman willing to rescue and take them in until help can arrive.
Mrs. Sullivan entertains her guest with the story of how she came to live at Honey Tree Farm. She recounts meeting Jesse, the love of her life, and how a jealous bully tried to destroy their life together.
What Megan and Josh discover is that love is precious and can indeed last beyond a life time.







At the age of five my Mom died, and from that point on my dad raised me. I must admit, he did a really good job. I keep all of my emotions bottled up inside, so writing is my way of releasing feelings I try to hide. I've been writing since I was in middle school, and as I matured so did my writing. My poems are my interpretations of my experience with relationships, friendships, and family. Whether it's good or bad the best way for me to express myself is through my writing. I'm also proud to say I'm a domestic violence survivor; because it didn't kill me, it only made me stronger. I didn't plan on doing anything with my gift until something I read not too long ago. It said something along the lines of,"If God gives you a talent then you need to use it". From that point on I made it my mission to publish a poem book. So now I am sharing my gift with all of you. Enjoy!





Hilarious adventures abound as Granny comes to live with her grandson and his parents. It is rarely an easy transition when aging parents and grandparents find they need to live with their children, and Angry Granny is no exception. But, on top of Granny's declining memory, she has lost her filter. So, be prepared because even though her grandson isn't used to hearing curse words Angry Granny is about to change that as she regularly let's the a-word fly. It's cute. It's funny. And, it's touching as the experience of having Angry Granny in the house will take you from laughing to saying "oh my" and right back to giggling again.  


Rob Alex and Boegley Alex co-wrote Angry Granny, but it all started when Daddy (Rob) started telling Angry Granny bedtime stories to Boegley. The laughter and giggles that poured forth from the bedroom could be heard all the way downstairs. After a few weeks and a long list of Angry Granny adventures, this father-son duo decided to share their knee slapping and sometimes shocking stories with the world. Get ready because these two will take you on quite a journey alongside Angry Granny, and they just may share more of Granny's adventures as time goes by.








More great books to check out!

Sweet Release (Sweet and Dark )
by Ravenna Young

A recent tragedy has torn Annie's life apart. Strange events make it impossible for her to cope as she fights for her sanity.
**This ebook is perma free on Amazon and at other major eBook retailers

Last Another Day
(Dangerous Days - Zombie Apocalypse Book 1)
by Baileigh Higgins

As the sun sets against the backdrop of the Free State veldt and living nightmares walk the streets in the shape of their loved one's bodies, humanity's last hope rests in the hands of ordinary men and women called to do extraordinary things.

The Ball
by Monique MarĂ©

Perfect for first time English readers. Easy to read using repetitive sentence structure.

Sizzling Soft Skills for Spectacular Success
by P. Ameer Ali

It's a Practical Guide on Personality Development, explaining in detail 10 of the most important Soft Skills, with lots of real-life success stories and inspiring Quotes and Anecdotes.

The Parallels of Time
by Andrew Kjar

Follow the team of Vaulkamier Starion as they fight the universal menace of the Tyrraxian empire. The fight for control leads them across time and space with magic and mutants thrown in.

REBELLION:
Book One of the Rebellion Trilogy
by Ethan Proud and Lincoln Proud

Rebellion is the first book in an epic fantasy series that plunges the reader into a war filled with lies, betrayals, and deception. As each character faces their own dilemmas, the chaos amplifies and the country of Durthia is pushed closer to the brink of ruin.

Southbound
by Joseph Ferguson

Short stories about Basement Man; moody drunk,  absurdist philosopher, raconteur of the ridiculous,  and not-so-merry prankster.  An everyman for nobodies ever adrift between the carrot of sobriety and the reality of carpe diem, he can never decide whether the lucky ones are the survivors or those who died years ago.

Legacy of Dragonwand:
Book 1 (Legacy of Dragonwand Trilogy)
by Daniel Peyton

 The quest begins as Markus is thrust on a journey to find the last Dragonwand before the enemy can find it. However, discovering the legacy will truly change the destiny of everyone in Gallenor.

Like Ashes We Scatter



Bishop Holloway is woken by an unsettling telephone call. Minutes later, tragedy strikes. 

Across town, Alex Ayers is watching a loved one succumb to a horrible illness, helpless to stop it.

But out of scattered ashes, hope can bloom, and sometimes tragedy can beget a miracle.

Alex can’t bear to tell Bishop about the fateful connection that binds them. She fears his love for her isn’t strong enough to survive if he knew. But no secret stays hidden forever, and now Alex might lose the man she loves, and the family she’s fought so hard to save.






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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Books of the Week - July 15, 2017 - Your Mid July Reading

Books of the Week - July 15, 2017 



Bad Luck? Check.
Bad Decisions? Check.
Bad Hangovers? Check.
Regrets? No way! 

Mike is dumped by his girlfriend while on a trip to Miami, throwing his well ordered life upside-down. Aided by his philandering friend and co-worker Shane, Mike the bachelor makes increasingly bad decisions that threaten to ruin him. While trying to get his life back on track, he learns taking sleeping pills before flying is a terrible idea, why playing rugby impresses women but not your boss, and impersonating a porn star can be hazardous to your health. When Mike meets the woman of his dreams on a trip to Paris, he has the opportunity to turn their fling into something more. Will he be able to keep from screwing it up, or regret the one that got away?


A story of Murphy’s Law, friendship, love, and good intentions gone awry. 






Atlanta is hot and wet and it isn't the humidity. Come and play in Little Five Points Georgia as the tribe of friends and family witness changes that challenge everything they've protected and worked toward. 

Bentley (ATL Midtown series by Nichole Harris) was content. Right? Sure, he was a principle at an advancing tech company. The creator was his mentor and the culture of the company fit him perfectly. His predilection for ink and piercings meant nothing there. It allowed him to be back in Atlanta, close to his sister and not too damn close to his Mother in Augusta. His other family was dormant at the moment. Just like he liked it. Just as they should be. He had a great gym where he could train and spar. 

Hell he even had somewhat of a social life because of an embarrassing attempt to reconnect with an old girlfriend. He had made several friends in the city. Everything was settling out nicely. He went to a holiday party and just as quickly as a thunderstorm could darken the sky in June, Amy Brody turned his way. It was a beginning. If he managed not to be strung up by her brother and friends, it could be a beginning. He should run. He new he should, but he wouldn't, he couldn't. She already had a part of him he swore was dead.  

Amy-I had been damn near dead for over two years and out of nowhere this man appeared. I had no reason or right to trust him, but I did. I not only trusted him, I was mesmerized by him. He was a blond leopard with ice blue eyes that pierced me. William Bentley Carter III came to my tattoo shop and took me to coffee. Then he gave me my first sexual kiss in over two years. It was delivered with aggression and hunger. Given my past, how could I allow it? I drank it in like a starving inmate.






Sex can be just sex. The mechanics of it can be planned out and the outcome you desire can be achieved as a purely physical act. It is possible that this can leave you feeling wonderful and physically connected with your partner. But, what if it could be so much more? What if the pleasure you feel now could be doubled, tripled or increased beyond belief? Would you want to experience that? Sexy Challenges can take you to a place where sensual love and sacred sex combine to form an experience that lifts you to new heights. Your experiences can move beyond just the physical. You might be surprised to learn that each orgasm you share with your beloved actually contains the vastness of the Universe. Inside this exciting book, you will discover fifty sexy challenges. These encompass a wide range of experiences. Through the fun, laughter, communication, romance and passion of these challenges the connection with your partner can become more powerful than you ever expected. You can touch the untouchable. The god or goddess within you can be revealed.




More great books to check out!

People with a Difference
by Shamsher Kendal 

When a renowned person says something very commonplace thing it becomes special but when a peculiar thing is done by a common man it goes unheard. This book contains 107 anecdotal stories of very interesting common people to enchant your mood.

Soldiers of ZED:
Tripton-Z Series Book 1
by WR Peden

Cordell Banks finds himself without his family or any memory of recent events. He stands alone in a world gone mad.Will he accept the commissionto fight the Zombies threatening to destroy the rest of the world along with a quasi-military organization or Will he stay a lone wolf on his quest to find his family?

Sadana 999
by Marsha L Ceniceros

An epic sci-fi thriller, six hundred years into the future, alien skin, human consumption, murder and blackmail, extinction, Sadana 999.
Guarding Shakespeare 
by Quintin Peterson

Special Police Officer Lt. Norman Blalock is the perfect candidate to pull off an inside job and heist from the Folger Shakespeare Library’s underground bank vault a priceless artifact that can rock the foundation of English Literature...

It's all Greek at Sea!
by  Debbie Ward

A lighthearted story of a couple who go on their first cruise around the Greek islands. Lots of laugh out loud moments as they meet new friends whilst on their travels.

Partially Broken Never Destroyed II
by Nataisha Hill

The sex, lies, and drama follow Kayla like a plague. Her newest temptation, Bryan is a beast at his best.

The Rift
by Tess Burnside

Michelle's heart is broken and she returns home at her mother's urging. Her father, Brian, has been estranged from his daughter for a lot of years. Now, after all this time, she shows up on his doorstep. Can he be the dad she needs him to be and help her pick up the pieces to start again? Will Brian and Michelle close The Rift between them?

The Silken Edge
by Laci Paige

Can Kristy, an older woman who’s led a vanilla sex life, and Jake, a young man who knows nothing but kink, find a future together?

Unproven:
A Ned Story (The Ned Saga) (Volume 1)
by Karabalsagun

A Chronically Depressed Private Eye Is Confronted By A Yet-Another-Jealous-Wife Client On A Vain Quest To Find Out With Whom Her Lecherous Husband Is Dating... And This Is Just The Beginning Of A Series Of Events To Change Their And Many Other People’s Lives For Good.

Love from Mars
by JP Cawood

Six people have been chosen to colonize Mars, including the charismatic and noble Ryan Clarke. Emma, a headstrong reporter, meets Ryan at the Martian Six press conference. Despite the fact that he has a one-way ticket to another planet, they can’t resist their undeniable connection. 

Murder Aboard The Queen Elizabeth II



Wealthy Beverly Hills socialites, Brian and Sylvia Sinclair, are celebrating their 25th Anniversary on a cruise from London to New York on the luxurious QEII. Joining the couples joyous excursion is their rebellious daughter and her controlling husband, their scheming son and his wily girlfriend, six of their longtime friends, and a surprise person from their past. Also on board is private eye Richard Manning, who volunteers to investigate when a member of the party dies an unnatural death. Manning’s search reveals dark secrets and everyone becomes a suspect. Ferreting out the truth is a daunting challenge, and time is short – once the ship reaches New York, the parties will scatter, making it almost impossible for authorities to solve the case. Will Manning figure it in time? Follow him on his quest to unmask the killer this captivating mystery.


Friday, July 14, 2017

Sexy Challenges: Sacred and Sensual Experiences for Lovers


Sex can be just sex. The mechanics of it can be planned out and the outcome you desire can be achieved as a purely physical act. It is possible that this can leave you feeling wonderful and physically connected with your partner. But, what if it could be so much more? What if the pleasure you feel now could be doubled, tripled or increased beyond belief? Would you want to experience that? 

Sexy Challenges can take you to a place where sensual love and sacred sex combine to form an experience that lifts you to new heights. Your experiences can move beyond just the physical. You might be surprised to learn that each orgasm you share with your beloved actually contains the vastness of the Universe. Inside this exciting book, you will discover fifty sexy challenges. These encompass a wide range of experiences. 

Through the fun, laughter, communication, romance and passion of these challenges the connection with your partner can become more powerful than you ever expected. You can touch the untouchable. The god or goddess within you can be revealed.


The Baby Chronicles


The Baby Chronicles:

Where You Were Before You Were

by Beatrice Bruno

The Baby Chronicles is the story behind the scenes of creation of four “pre-born” baby girls who eventually meet in the US Army: Beverley, Emmaline, Joyce, and Margarette Ann. Although many of the pre-borns you meet are excited about the prospect of having an “Earth assignment,” at least three of the main four would rather stay in Heaven with Abba. They don’t want to carry out their mission on Earth, especially with the families they have been assigned to. If you have ever wondered where you were before you existed on Earth this book will give you pause to think of the possibilities you had before you were even born.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Rosemary for Remembrance


Rosemary for Remembrance:

a supernatural war-torn love story 


Rosemary and Dylan have grown apart since his return from WW2 and prison camp. But when memories from a bygone era begin to haunt them, they are drawn together to discover the source. The key could be the locket that Dylan found in an antique store that bears Rosemary's initials. 'Together Forever' are the words inscribed there, and somehow the daguerreotype portraits seem familiar.

Can the mysteries of the past have an effect on the present? Find out in this gripping tale of love, loss, and secrets revealed.

Based on the wartime journals of the author's father.






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