A Stairway To Danger: (Mystery, Action, Suspense) (A Shakertown Adventure Book 1)
An eyeless body. A menacing stranger. And a tangled mystery.
It’s the summer of 1923 and two cousins hunting for hidden gold stumble on an decayed body. Fourteen-year-old Tom Wallace is convinced the death was murder and drags his older cousin into a harrowing struggle against a shadowy group. Not even attempts on their lives can stop the boys from relentlessly pursuing the mystery. But when their curiosity leads them to investigate a derelict barge, what they find is bigger and more dangerous than anything they could have imagined.
A STAIRWAY TO DANGER is a fun-filled thriller with humor and adventure in a Twain-like setting.
Winner! Orangeberry Hall of Fame Best Young Adult novel for 2013
The Good Daughter: A Mafia Story (Vista Security Book 1)
Mafia. Murder. And a deadly vendetta.
Raised in a crime family.
She wants out. When the mob kills her cop boyfriend and ruins her chances for a new life, mafia princess Marisa Peruzzo vows to bring them down--at the risk of destroying her family and the only life she's known.
A dedicated crime fighter.
For FBI Agent Dave Armstrong justice means choosing between right and wrong, black and white, and nothing in between. There is no place in his city for criminals, and he is determined to put mob boss Carlo Peruzzo out of business. But Carlo is powerful, dangerous, and cunning, and so far has eluded Dave's efforts to arrest him. Until Carlo's daughter surprises Dave with an offer of help.
But things aren't always black and white.
Marisa is a woman who operates outside the neat little box Dave has always lived in, and while he understands her need for justice, he doesn't approve of her methods. Yet in the course of his quest, Dave falls in love with Marisa, and his feelings make him question whether the world around him might actually be colored in shades of gray.
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FBI meets Mafia Princess:
Dave sat up straighter when she entered the bar. Sandro had promised the contact would have useful information and be immediately recognizable, but he never specified male or female. Was this his informant? Carlo Peruzzo's daughter. The Mafia princess herself.
Her gaze scanned the room until she saw him. Though her lips were pressed in a straight line, a sparkle flashed in her eyes as if she knew just how she had shocked him.Dave realized his heart rate had kicked up a few notches when their eyes had locked. His jaw would have dropped if he hadn't been the kind of guy trained not to show his emotions.
She walked purposefully toward him, making her way through the crowded tables. Black designer jeans hugged nice curvy hips, and her full breasts were covered with a pink plaid, pearl-button western shirt. Interesting color choice. A leather belt wrapped around her waist, and his focus narrowed. Best he could tell the belt was pink, too. And there were some kind of pink jewels inlaid in the buckle.
He hid a smile. The only thing that would complete the color coordination was if she had on-he looked down, yep, pink cowboy boots. Pretty-in-pink cowgirl-Mafia princess. That certainly wasn't an image he expected to see. With her head high, and her gaze fixed on him she seemed unaware-or unaffected-by the attention she garnered. And she certainly got a fair share of stares. He saw more than one man pause with a drink halfway to his mouth, head swiveling to keep track as she walked past.
Dave had never seen the high-and-mighty Mafia daughter in anything other than expensive business suits, with her hair pulled back and her makeup understated, but tonight she wore this chic knock-off cowgirl look well. With her dark wavy hair swinging free around her shoulders, her smooth olive skin glowing, and lips a luscious color of pink to match as well, she could raise the lust level in a saint.
Dave was no saint.
94,000 words, 376 pages
Each book in theVista Security Series is stand alone but if you'd like to read in order:
The Good Daughter (Vista Security Series Origins Book 1)
Trust No One (Vista Security Series Book 2)
Edge Of Trust (Vista Security Series Book 3)
Forced To Trust (Vista Security Series Book 4 Coming Soon)
and for fans of The Good Daughter, the prequel:
Nia, Be Mine (In Kindle Scout)
Up, Up and Away: The Adventures of Mrs. Hiffen-Hopper
A Reimagining of Fairy Tales for Children -- A Color Picture Book Your Child Will Love!
Includes bonus free book characters printable inside!This fairy tale story has frogs, princesses and all the elements of classic animal tales, but with a modern message.
Join Mrs. Hiffen-Hopper in one of the best new children's books for Kindle as she takes to the sky on an adventure that helps show her children the power of dreaming big. This inspirational book for kids teaches them that they should never fear having big dreams, because they can lead to big rewards! It also shows them how sharing can enrich their lives and the lives of others.
Illustrated in bright, fun colors; Mrs. Hiffen-Hopper the frog, her children, and her forest friends Randa and Mrs. Deerfield, are warm companions that your children will come to love.
This book has a matching set of printable cupcake toppers with likenesses of four of the main characters: Mrs. Hiffen-Hopper, Randa, Princess Stephanie and Princess Melinda. They can also be used as finger puppets! The link to download them is inside the book.
From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide
Thomas B. Dowd III
Gold Medal at the 2013 Axiom Business Book Awards,
2013 Honorable Mention at the Paris Book Festival in the "How-to" category
Dizzy head. Pounding heart. Shaking limbs. Sweating body. Shallow breathing. Queasy stomach. These symptoms hold people back from what they really want — SUCCESS. Public speakers of all levels will resonate with the concise methods found in From Fear to Success, an easy-to-read guide to overcome anxiety and relate to any audience on their journey to find their communication confidence.
This practical guide will share concise methods to overcome anxiety, relate to any audience, develop an effective presentation, make your message count, and stir emotion. The tips and techniques are bite-sized nuggets that will resonate with speakers of all levels—from those wanting to survive a speech to professionals needing reinforcement to hone their craft. Building off the fundamentals of public speaking and presentation skills, this guide offers a practicality that will stand the test of time. Readers will see that effective public speaking has more to do with confidence than communication skills. Public speaking is everywhere, not just at a podium, and successful public speaking skills can be developed with easy-to-follow steps. Readers will find that their own success, both personal and professional, is directly related to their ability to communicate effectively. Using personal examples of his triumphs and lessons learned, Tom shares his journey to get past the emotion of fear that has gripped everyone at some time in their lives when they stared into a crowd. The techniques included will build the confidence to not just survive one moment, but teach you to play to your own strengths and enjoy a lifetime of effective communication, strong leadership, and lasting personal relationships. Most people already have the groundwork to be a great public speaker. From Fear to Success maneuvers past your trepidations into a new world of self-assurance to build upon this foundation.