“… a medical thriller not for the squeamish.” -Publishers Weekly
Meet Detective Nurse Gina Mazzio: She’s feisty, determined, tenacious, and all ballsy Italian ex-Bronxite. She might remind you a bit of Sandra Bullock when Sandra’s in FBI mode. Detective’s not her real title, RN is, though it might as well be Guardian Angel. Because you know how scary nurses can be; and how compassionate. Gina’s gone into investigative mode because her patients are in danger. And everyone at her fancy San Francisco hospital’s blowing it off like everything’s normal.
Carl Chapman, a young man with an excellent prognosis, has already died–and Gina knows he shouldn’t have. Another patient’s acting weird and desperate; a third, a teen-ager, has actually run away. Gina soon learns Carl’s cancer treatment’s gone missing, in fact finds out her patients are being subjected to a form of blackmail so diabolical Hanibal Lecter could have dreamed it up.
And murdered if they don’t pay up.
They’re blasted with chemotherapy and every other toxic poison available to save their lives. Most days they’re so run down they’re more dead than alive. But there’s one chance for survival—an experimental treatment. In turn, each will be infused with his or her own treated bone marrow – frozen, secure in the hospital’s storage vaults.
Only maybe not so secure. Because then comes the note: “We have your marrow…pay $50,000 or die now!”
Before it’s over, Gina will be stalked, threatened, and nearly killed. This is an action-packed but shocking, take-no-prisoners tale of medical suspense, definitely not for the faint-hearted. But fans of the more hard-boiled medical thrillers (and also of Patricia Cornwell) will eat it up! As well as lovers of, strong women sleuths, hospital mysteries, and all medical fiction, especially fans of Tess Gerritsen, Carolyn McCray, Eileen Dreyer, Lisa Genova, and Robin Cook.
Sophie Thatcher has never been a risk taker, but she has no complaints and never thought her life lacked until her boyfriend of three years breaks off their relationship. Only then, does she begin to question what she’s missed by always playing it safe. Meeting Bryce is a call to action. She can let fear rule or trust in faith, which means taking the biggest risk of her life.
As the weeks and months pass, they discover finding each other was easy, but holding on will be a different story.
In Come to Me Alive, best-selling author Leah Atwood weaves an inspirational love story of redemption, faith and trust in God.
Meanwhile, Richard’s son, Ben Carmichael, a photojournalist, returns to Sydney from an overseas assignment to find his fiancée, Emma Phillips, has gone missing. Although unavoidably dragged into the police investigation, Ben goes in search of her. In so doing, he is drawn to Lane’s End, the abandoned family estate where the very atmosphere awakens disturbing memories.
Through a maze of twisted stories, Fitzjohn follows a winding path to solve his case, but he is not prepared for the spiralling perplexity his quest creates.
Nostalgic for your 1970s childhood? Me, too!
I am nationally syndicated humor columnist Tom Purcell (www.TomPurcell.com). My column runs in more than 200 newspapers across America.
In the past decade my readers have made it clear that they especially enjoy humor pieces that relive the misadventures of a typical 1970s childhood — so I wrote a book.
“An Apple Core, a Toilet: Misadventures of a 1970s Childhood” includes misadventures and fond memories that are relatable to millions of baby boomers, men and women alike.
It includes 22 stories about bike jumps that nearly killed us, vengeance on the sledding slopes, 6th grade puppy love, the old wooden stereo console, the embarrassment of getting the first David Cassidy shag haircut, a beloved family dog that ran away, going through the old photo box as a kid and later as an adult with my mother, a baby sister left behind at the drive-in theater, a regrettable incident in which an 11 year old kid clogs the family room toilet with an apple core, and many other tales from the ’70s.
These stories total approximately 40,000 words or 175 pages. Also, listen to my one-hour radio discussion about humorous ‘70s nostalgia at www.TomPurcell.com! And check out my collection of columns, “Comical Sense: A Lone Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty!”
For more details, visit me on the Web (www.TomPurcell.com) or email me at Tom@TomPurcell.com.
If you’ve ever believed that you’re destined for something great, and if you’re constantly searching for your purpose, then this novel is for you. Also, if you enjoy observational stories that are chock full of drugs, sex, high-stakes business, money lost, and love found, then this novel is especially for you.
David is misunderstood. By everyone, so it seems. The millennial business enthusiast has failed at almost every career he’s tried. Searching for his life’s meaning and enamored by the startup culture in Silicon Valley, David jumps headlong into a job at a small, albeit growing, business.
He soon realizes, however, that while the company is considered a “startup,” it’s as unfulfilling as any corporate job he’s had, and he chooses to pursue his own entrepreneurial venture, believing that if he can become a famous business owner, he’ll find happiness. But not if his previous employer has anything to say about it. In true Silicon Valley fashion, David’s former boss finds out about his new company and threatens legal action on the grounds that his former employee is in violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, a federal crime.
Dave is faced with a dilemma – stay and fight or turn and run? And ultimately, if entrepreneurship isn’t making him happy, what will?
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“What’s it like to be young and smart in San Francisco with a beautiful girlfriend and a promising startup? For millennial Dave LeBlanc, it’s hell, and you won’t want to stop reading until you find out if Dave self-destructs or saves himself. Author Evan Tarver writes with humor and authority about the generation that seems poised at the forefront of a revolution one minute and teetering at the brink of disaster the next. ‘There are a ton of lessons to be learned through my failures,’ Dave says at one point. Read Life in Twenty-Something and you’ll see what he means.”
– Susan Bono, author of What Have We Here: Essays about Keeping House and Finding Home and founding editor of Tiny Lights: A Journal of Personal Narrative.
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If you’re a superhero fan who loves video games, you’ve experienced firsthand how pretty much every title out there – good or bad, remembered or forgotten – does something that’s absolutely, unapologetically WRONG! with its source material. This ebook documents the most egregious – and most hilarious – offenders from the moment Superman flew onto the Atari 2600 in 1978 all the way through 1992, when Konami’s classic X-Men sucked in quarter after quarter in arcades.
NEARLY 80 SUPERHERO GAMES
Some you’ve played. Some you haven’t. And quite a few you never even knew existed in the first place. Some high-/lowlights:
Purple Dark Knight vs. Green Joker in Batman: The Video Game (NES)
Proven instances of “slapping a license” on an already-developed game
Games that stripped Wolverine and He-Man of their most iconic weaponry
A questionable transportation method for the Man of Steel in Superman (NES)
A Transformers game from the creator of Pitfall!
The strangest comic book license ever to hit the Sega Genesis
The most unnecessary tie-in to a superhero animated series of all time
The Danger Mouse Trilogy
That one lonely Thundercats game
ANSWERS TO BURNING QUESTIONS YOU DIDN’T EVEN KNOW TO ASK
Who is “the Princess Peach of superhero games”?
Who was the first Marvel character to be featured in three games? And what’s the single gaming appearance he’s had since 1985?
Which super-character is most consistently misrepresented in games?
What common superhero gaming feature was pioneered by LJN’s otherwise absolutely horrible X-Men NES game?
Which hero’s primary gaming nemesis is someone he still has yet to even meet in the comics?
What do an NES game and a major restaurant chain agree is Wolverine’s favorite food?
Why is Carnage getting naked on my SNES?!
GAMING PLATFORMS YOU LOVED…OR DIDN’T KNOW EXISTED
Atari 2600 | Intellivision | Commodore 64 | Nintendo Entertainment System | Game Boy | Super NES | Sega Master System | Genesis | Game Gear | Lynx | ZX Spectrum | MSX | PC-DOS | MORE!
YOUR FAVORITE HEROES (AND SOME YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF)
From Marvel! Spider-Man | Wolverine and the X-Men | Hulk | Captain America, Iron Man, Hawkeye, Vision, and a bunch of other Avengers | Punisher | Human Torch and the Thing from the Fantastic Four | Silver Surfer | Howard the Duck
From DC! Superman | Batman | Flash | Swamp Thing
From Other Comic Publishers! Conan | Flash Gordon | Judge Dredd | Ex-Mutants
From Toy Lines and Cartoons! Transformers | Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles | He-Man and the Masters of the Universe | Bartman and Radioactive Man from The Simpsons | G.I. Joe | Danger Mouse | Gobots | Thundercats
From Commercials! Domino’s Pizza’s Noid | Kool-Aid Man
From Copyright Infringement! The Amazing Spider-Bat
ABOUT THE DUDE WHO WROTE THIS STUFF
With years-long stints at Marvel and LucasArts (you know…home to Star Wars games), Chris Baker has played a role in the release of more than 40 game releases since 2005. To name a few: Marvel vs. Capcom 3, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, Marvel Pinball, Star Wars Battlefront II, LEGO Star Wars II…plus quite a few he’d rather not mention while trying to make himself sound awesome. He also worked in the games press from 1998-2005, most notably as an editor at Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine, where he wrote about hundreds of games.