Dealing Out Death (Available 11/15/18)
"Bright light city gonna set my soul / Gonna set my soul on fire." So begins the popular Elvis song Viva Las Vegas, portraying a desert town where anything goes, a city filled with people living a “devil may care” existence. In Dealing Out Death, Jo A. Wilkins does a brilliant job of pulling back the curtain of this neon city to reveal the broken lives created by those suffering from an addiction to gambling. Told through the eyes of Annie Mcbain, it is the story of a family shaken to the core by lies, deceit, and murder. Annie’s mother, Connie, is a compulsive gambler, risking everything for the thrill of another pull of the slot machine handle. Rather than giving us a narrative of numbers and statistics, Wilkins gives us a story from the heart. A fictional story based on fact and told from the center of a family falling apart. After reading this book, and because I live in Las Vegas, I did some research into this crushing addiction. Gambling presents the illusion of harmless fun and easy money. For some, this illusion can lead quickly to financial ruin. The odds are always with “the house.” The fantasy that the big win will come with the next pull of the handle is just that. A fantasy. Lives are ruined, dreams are crushed. Or, as the song goes: I’m gonna have me some fun/ If it costs me my very last dime. Dealing Out Death is a must read for anyone who knows someone with a gambling addiction, or who suffers from one themselves. It’s a story that had to be told, and I, for one, am glad that Wilkins found the courage to tell it. Rick Newberry, Author
Almost A Whisper (Available 11/15/18)
A wounded veteran of the Afghan conflict, Lincoln Mosley is drawn to a small town in northern Arizona, where life’s changes are as sudden and dramatic as the weather in the White Mountains. A promise he made to his grandfather at age twelve and still honors leads him to a broken family in need of his strength. A love he could never imagine, and a life and death struggle to preserve both. Forced to cut all ties to her family, Lisa Cummings flees Seattle with her four daughters to escape the death threats of her abusive ex-husband. Driving through a storm, along the unfamiliar roads of Arizona’s high country, a life-threatening accident changes her life and the lives of her children forever. From Lincoln’s dramatic introduction to Lisa and her children to their life and death chase across northern Arizona and New Mexico wilderness, love’s proof comes in gestures so subtle, for Lisa they are Almost A Whisper.
A Look Back : My Fifty Years Hosting Entertainers, Celebrities, and The Mob.
The stories contained in A Look Back by Dick Cami speak of the golden age of the 1960’s and ‘70’s. He was born in the Bronx, grandson of an Italian immigrant chef, who worked for best restaurants in New York City. Through his traditional Italian family, he developed a taste for love, food, and life. His musical interests came from his father, a renowned voice teacher, and his mother a gifted, classically opera soprano. Cami worked at a variety of jobs before a aptitude, opportunity and fate settled him in the restaurant business. After an initial stint as a record producer he was one of the founders of the original New York Peppermint Lounge, the first Rock & Roll nightclub and home of the Twist. Following that success, in December of 1961 he opened a second Peppermint Lounge in Miami Beach, FL. A short time later he opened Top of the Home, the fine dining rooftop restaurant with a partner, Chef Joe Ezbecki. There, in Hollywood, Florida, they hosted guests for 26 years. During that time, Cami also promoted concerts of classic rock and roll groups—legends like Tony Bennett, Englebert Humperdinck, Dean Martin, Julio Iglesias, and bouts between well-known boxers. Read about this and more within the pages of this book.
Roses Don't Have to be Red
Almost thirty and still single—could there be anything worse? Not in Samantha Blake’s mind. Her fast approaching thirties loomed like a line in the sands of her life. If she doesn’t find love before then, she dreads being doomed to the single life, forever…. Too bad the sparse population of Star Valley, Wyoming isn’t flowing with eligible men. Not even the blind dates Nana sets up can turn the tide. From the almost jail-bait to geriatric, and the clownish in between, Samantha has had enough. What she needs is a change of focus and a vacation where she can learn to love herself again and stop looking for someone else to love. But she discovers, love isn’t done with her yet.
OLIVIA BENSON’S life was on target, great boyfriend, respectable major, loving parents. She didn’t have time for the unknown, but when Olivia’s estranged grandmother dies, leaving her an unexpected inheritance—the unknown is all she can think about. Olivia will never forget the last time she saw Grandma Amelia—all those years ago, crying next to the open floorboards for someone Olivia had never heard of before. Olivia never tattled on her—but now it would seem as if Amelia wanted her secrets found, and she knew exactly who could find them. Living in her grandmother’s tiny town and old house, Olivia begins her search. Rendezvous’ residents can’t keep their eyes off her, the new girl. And living next door to Logan—her alluring neighbor is making her forget everything and everyone she left behind.
Thorns Of Revenge Rory's Choice Book Three
More than a year may have passed, but some wounds need more than time to heal—they need revenge… Hiding her heart behind a wall of indifference, Rory keeps everyone at arm’s length. She struggles with Jake’s return to Pinedale, but finds herself roped into being his Hippotherapist. Cruel notes and “death roses” begin to appear, adding to Rory’s frustration. The notes are unsigned but they must be from Jake, his anger evident whenever they are together. But is he the only one bitter about the past? Rory better figure it out soon—danger is already lurking at her door.
Consequences Rory Choice Book Two
Rory got the kiss, but not the fairy tale. Her Prince Charming went off to college. Now, left to face the rumor-mill alone, she discovers far more dangerous things lurking in town than gossip—a plot to harm her! Everyone pushes her around as a pawn in this game of intrigue until she can’t take it anymore. She takes back her life, deciding for herself what is best. But those choices send her careening toward events she can’t avoid. Learning the hard way that for every choice made, a price must be paid
The Gray Predators
When a deadly trio of elderly con artists breeze into town and target the woman he loves, a retired real estate developer uses his position as president of a senior citizens group to investigate their pasts. By doing so, he unwittingly puts his life, and the lives of his friends, in mortal danger.
SHELTER ME intertwines the tribulations of young versus old, love verses dependency, good losses versus bad when two women are thrown into a friendship by events beyond their control. They teach each other to empower their own lives, leave the past behind and embrace their own new future. This novel explores polar-opposite traumas: widowhood and spousal abuse – topics often explored singularly. Here the author tells of her characters’ pain and grief and how they help each other onto the road to a stable life. Shelter Me should be required reading for all professionals who work with victims of domestic violence and their families. It will serve as an inspiration to those who suffer from such violence as well. Ethan S. Rofman, M.D. Associate Professor of Psychiatry Boston University School of Medicine “Shelter Me” is a riveting and honest account for women everywhere who have gone through the hell of domestic violence. Paula Darois-Verlicco, LPN
Can secrets ruin a friendship? Natalie is about to find out. Less Natalie Noel lives in the same Wyoming town where she grew up, but she isn’t home. Natalie’s content to stay in her hole of self-pity until Marcela Brookes moves to town. The pretty newcomer offers Natalie something she hasn’t had in a long time—friendship. Marcela should be easy for Natalie to ignore, except she’d make the perfect match for Natalie’s single, younger brother.
OLIVIA BENSON’S life was on target, great boyfriend, respectable major, loving parents. She didn’t have time for the unknown, but when Olivia’s estranged grandmother dies, leaving her an unexpected inheritance- the unknown is all she can think about. Olivia will never forget the last time she saw Grandma Amelia-all those years ago, crying next to the open floorboards for someone Olivia had never heard of before. Olivia never did tattle on her-but now it would seem as if Amelia wanted her secrets found, and she knew exactly who could find them. Living in her grandmother’s tiny town and old house, Olivia begins her search. Rendezvous’ residents can’t keep their eyes off her, the new girl. And living next door to Logan-her alluring neighbor, is making her forget everything and everyone she left behind.
Knight of Light
Miranda discovered sometimes people aren’t what they seem – not even close. Considering her own secrets, this shouldn’t be much of a surprise. Complicating her life are two mysterious men, hot enough to melt chocolate, single-mindedly pursuing her. Miranda’s confusion is justified though, because men of their caliber don’t usually notice someone like her. Miranda soon discovers the abilities she possesses, others are desperate to control – at any price. Powers such as hers have never been so seductive, but can one of these men truly be her Knight of Light.
While investigating the murder of a man, found staked to a tree with a poisoned dart through his open mouth, Detective Roman Crain is pulled into an international search for the missing pages to a formula for a medical breakthrough. The clues lead him from Las Vegas, Nevada to Peru, Amsterdam, and beyond. Can he find the culprit trying to sell the missing pages to this life-saving formula? Will he be able to protect the people around him, and save the woman he loves from imminent danger?
Beneath the Glitter
This time, what happened in Vegas isn’t staying there. From 1950 to the present day, follow Bruce’s politically incorrect life. From his antics while hitchhiking to Vegas with a 400lb friend, to his shuttle service for the Ladies after the police dump them outside of town, he tells it like it happened. Attend wild parties with him and see through the employee’s eyes how the casinos cheat their customers. Be with him when his gotcha moment arrives and he gets back at a girl who broke his heart, many years later. All-in-all, these humorous and heartwarming stories will have you laughing yourself off your chair and wiping the tears away to keep reading.
A Twist in Crime
A collection of tales with a unique twist, crime stories readable in one sitting. The author developed the idea of this novel based on a narrator telling several short stories while traveling from Las Vegas to Los Angeles. “My flight often ended just about the time a story reached a place where I hated to put it down.” Each chapter being a stand-alone short story the reader doesn’t have to wait for the flight back home to find out “who done it.” Each tale is held together by a crime, one in which the narrator is involved. The author developed these stories from three main sources, news articles, tidbits of info gleaned from overheard conversations and her vivid imagination.
Rory’s Choice is a novel shaped by fifteen-year-old Rory’s decision to befriend the new neighbor boy. This secret friendship is the catalyst for all kinds of changes—helping her father’s tortured past shows her how complicated doing the right thing can get. When her secret relationship with the neighbor boy is revealed, she will be forced to face the rumor-mill herself. The snide comments don’t hurt near as much when she’s dipped into her first kiss.