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Author Amber Daulton Here today!!!

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We are happy to have
Amber Daulton
With us today!Author of "A Hero's Heart"
Rad-Reader:  How did you come up with such an intense character as Jarrett Brandt?

Amber:I adore tough, flawed heroes, especially those battling addiction, so I suppose Jarrett is a homage to action movie heroes. You know the kind, bad boys who are ice on the outside, cotton candy on the in, filled with personal honor and wild in bed? YUM!

Rad-Reader:  His father was a piece of work, right there in your face.  But, was his mom made to be passive aggressive or was that just me reading more into it?

Amber:I don’t believe that Linda, Jarrett’s mom, was passive-aggressive. Even though she was an obedient wife, she was strong when it counted and often put her foot down and defied her husband when needed. She was hesitant and timid toward her son because she didn’t want to push him away.

Rad-Reader:  I felt his pull to come home was to show himself he could face his demons, his brother being the safest.  Or …

IN IT FOR THE LONG RUN

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IN IT FOR THE LONG RUNJIM ROONEY
Posted:  Jan. 10, 2014

Inspired by the Hank Williams and Leadbelly recordings he heard as a teenager growing up outside of Boston, Jim Rooney began a musical journey that intersected with some of the biggest names in American music including Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Bill Monroe, Muddy Waters, and Alison Krauss. In It for the Long Run: A Musical Odyssey is Rooney's kaleidoscopic first-hand account of more than five decades of success as a performer, concert promoter, songwriter, music publisher, engineer, and record producer.

As witness to and participant in over a half century of music history, Rooney provides a sophisticated window into American vernacular music. Following his stint as a "Hayloft Jamboree" hillbilly singer in the mid-1950s, Rooney managed Cambridge's Club 47, a catalyst of the ‘60’s folk music boom. He soon moved to the Newport Folk Festival as talent coordinator and director where he had a front row seat to Dylan &quo…

THE ROAD OUT OF HELL: SANFORD CLARK AND THE TRUE STORY OF THE WINEVILLE MURDERS

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THE ROAD OUT OF HELLANTHONY FLACCO, JERRY CLARK, MICHAEL STONE
Posted:  Jan. 10, 2014

From 1926 to 1928, Gordon Stewart Northcott committed at least 20 murders on a chicken ranch outside of Los Angeles. His nephew, Sanford Clark, was held captive there from the age of 13 to 15, and was the sole surviving victim of the killing spree. Here, acclaimed crime writer Anthony Flacco—using never-before-heard information from Sanford’s son Jerry Clark—tells the real story behind the case that riveted the nation.

Forced by Northcott to take part in the murders, Sanford carried tremendous guilt all his life. Yet despite his youth and the trauma, he helped gain some justice for the dead and their families by testifying at Northcott’s trial which led to his conviction and execution. It was a shocking story, but perhaps the most shocking part of all is the extraordinarily ordinary life Clark went on to live as a decorated WWII vet, a devoted husband of 55 years, a loving father, and a productive citi…

HAVE YOURSELF A CURVY LITTLE CHRISTMAS

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HAVE YOURSELF A CURVY LITTLE CHRISTMASSUGAR JAMISON
Posted:  Jan. 10, 2013

A Special Holiday Novella!

On the first day of Christmas, Dina Gregory, former wild child and prodigal daughter returns home to New York on a mission. Finding her young son’s father and making him take responsibility for the child he created is the only thing on her wish list. But instead of finding the man she was looking for she runs into his stuffy older brother Ben.

Ben has never liked Dina, but being trapped together on the holidays allows him to see a different side of her. She brings back his Christmas spirit and in the process reminds him what it feels like to love.  Dina’s past makes her wary of falling in love, but Ben is determined to make her stay as his permanent Christmas gift. 

HUBBY'S REVIEW:
This is a love that does not start out that way. Dina is going to the home of her sons’ father and ask for help. When she arrives there the staff lets her in and she is brought in to see the brother he info…

AN ENGLISHMAN IN COLOMBIA

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AN ENGLISHMAN IN COLOMBIADAVID WOOD
Posted:  Jan. 10, 2014

Murder, cocaine, street mugging, bombs and aggressive Amazonian Indians combined with exotic beach resorts and colorful characters make David Wood’s book on Colombia an interesting and adventurous look at the most dangerous and alluring country in Latin America.

David portrays the capital Bogotá as a mixture of colorful street people merging with a vibrant culture. The author’s travels in Colombia bring him into contact with many different characters and he outlines the problems experienced in a city characterized by the great contrast of wealth and poverty and the influence of the cocaine business.

From detailed personal accounts of incidents such as street muggings, a bomb explosion in central Bogotá and the blowing up of an aircraft by the drug cartels which results in the death of his business partner, David draws us into the heart of this compelling country.

The author gives clear descriptions of life in places like the Sierr…

THE RIGHT PATH

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THE RIGHT PATHJOE SCARBROUGH & GEORGE NEWBREN
Posted:  Jan. 12, 2014   

Joe Scarborough—former Republican congressman and the always insightful host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe—takes a nuanced and surprising look at the unexpected rise and self-inflicted fall of the Republican Party. Dominant in national politics for forty years under the influence of the conservative but pragmatic leadership of Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan, the GOP, Scarborough argues, is in a self-inflicted eclipse. The only way forward? Recover the principled realism of the giants who led the party to greatness.

In the aftermath of Lyndon Johnson’s 1964 landslide, the Republican Party appeared to be on the verge of permanent irrelevance. LBJ’s Great Society was institutionalizing sweeping liberal reforms, and the United States had a thriving, prosperous economy. Yet in an instant everything changed, and the next four decades would witness an unprecedented era of Republican ascendancy. What happened?

In The Rig…

THE CHRISTMAS TRAIN

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THE CHRISTMAS TRAINDAVID BALDACCI
Posted:  Jan. 10, 2014

Disillusioned journalist Tom Langdon must get from Washington D.C. to L.A in time for Christmas. Forced to travel by train, he begins a journey of rude awakenings, thrilling adventures and holiday magic. He has no idea that the locomotives pulling him across America will actually take him into the rugged terrain of his own heart, as he rediscovers people's essential goodness and someone very special he believed he had lost.

The Christmas Train is filled with memorable characters who have packed their bags with as much wisdom as mischief ... and shows how we do get second chances to fulfill our deepest hopes and dreams, especially during this season of miracles.

HUBBY'S REVIEW:
I liked this story for a number of reasons. First it was set on a train and I have always liked trains growing up in a town that was there because of them. Second the man of the story Tom, cannot fly in the U.S. because he broke the tsa agent hand …

SANCTUARY WITH THE COWBOY

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SANCTUARY WITH THE COWBOYM.J. FREDRICK
Posted:  Jan. 10, 2014

When an on-the-job incident sends her home to her family's Hill Country ranch, Detective Aubrey Cavanaugh wants to hide away with a good bottle of vodka to ease her mind and her guilt.

She doesn't want to deal with family, friends, and least of all her former lover, Erich Harlan, who is now the ranch foreman.

Erich Harlan has his hands full with overseeing the ranch while Aubrey's parents are away. But he can see she is hurting. He might be the last person she'd turn to, but he won't give up until he knows what's causing her pain and how to make it go away.

After a dozen years apart, will she be willing to find Sanctuary with the Cowboy?

MY REVIEW:

Aubrey came home with pain, fear, hopelessness, and guilt.Erich saw her coming home two weeks early with happiness, fond memories, and worry that something was wrong.His worry was warranted since she was late getting out to the truck when he was waiting to pick …