In October 2015, crime writer Ingrid Black discovered that her first novel The Dead, the story of a former FBI agent tracking down a serial killer in Dublin, had been plagiarised and was being sold under a different name by another author on Kindle.
The thief’s name was Joanne Clancy, a former Kindle All Star, and the book that she called Tear Drop was No 1 in the Irish crime fiction charts at the time. Not only that, but she had a second book scheduled for release in a few weeks time, and that one turned out to be a carbon copy of Ingrid Black’s second book about the same character, The Dark Eye. The Real Book Thief tells the story of how Ingrid Black discovered what had happened and how she went about trying to find out more about the mysterious woman who had stolen her work.
Digging into one’s family history can reveal unusual surprises. In my case, I recently discovered my great-grandfather, Jesse C. Davisson’s first-hand account of his 25-year military experience during an epic period in American history.Jesse was no angel when he first joined the Army in 1893 as an ordinary young man in Philadelphia. His diary follows his subsequent adventures––from learning to ride horse with the 7th Cavalry and befriending Indian Scouts to surviving ambushes and water-boarding prisoners––all while serving in the American Indian Wars, the Spanish-American War, the Philippine Insurrection and World War I. A Soldier’s Diary 1893-1918: From Philadelphia to the Philippines, Crawfish Jesse Tells It Like It Was reveals the good and the bad in our human character. In fact, some of the descriptions of brutal killings and torture may not be suitable for some readers. But for many military history devotees and fans, WWI scholars and all those who study American history during this era, Jesse’s story will not only educate; it will reveal a sordid side of our country’s military history, which, up until now, has been either unknown or largely overlooked.“We all write through pain,” a relative told me upon reading Jesse’s diary, and I can say with certainty that this diary will take readers to many extraordinary places as it travels back in time to when this country was not a nation but a series of staked claims and territories. You will meet a motley crew of cattle rustlers, thieves, murderers, outlaws and deserters, as Jesse, himself, once became. Between his encounters in saloons with women of the night, Mexican banditos, Yaqui Indians and German machine guns, it is amazing that he was not injured or killed in action. Instead, Jesse eventually died as a result of chest problems he suffered while being gassed in France during WWI. Someone once said, “When a man dies, a library burns down.” I hope that by reviving the unknown story of my great-grandfather, you will also become fascinated with Jesse and this epic period of American history.
Founding Father George Wythe was clearly the most influential teacher in American history, judged by student achievement in high public office. In this groundbreaking book, Suzanne Munson shines a light on Wythe’s widespread influence on the country’s first platoon of statesmen, those who set the standard for public service. For the first time, Munson details Wythe’s mindset behind the three lifetime achievements that his student Thomas Jefferson wanted engraved on his tombstone: author of the Declaration of Independence, author of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, and father of the University of Virginia. After reading an account of Wythe’s unusual death—poisoned by a deranged nephew looking for an early inheritance—Munson became fascinated by Wythe’s life, and wondered why Americans today know so little about this outstanding Founding Father and signer of the Declaration of Independence. She grew interested especially in Wythe’s influence on Thomas Jefferson. For five years, young Jefferson received the equivalent of an education from the world’s finest university as Wythe’s legal apprentice. At the same time, Wythe shared his radical ideas with the youth about religious freedom, democracy, public education, and a host of other important reforms. This break-through book is a must-read for every student of American history. Prior to devoting full-time to writing, Munson served in executive communications positions with various corporate and nonprofit organizations. With family dating to the Jamestown settlement, she has always had a love of Virginia history and an interest in the influence of Virginia leaders on the early success of America’s democratic republic. Upon reading this book, here is what Professor Emeritus of George Washington University, E. Benjamin Howerton, had to say: “Behind every great man is usually a great mentor. This important book explores Wythe’s role as a master teacher of leaders and his profound influence on the thinking of his star pupil, Thomas Jefferson. I marvel knowing that young Jefferson would never have been expected to grasp the significance of crucial concepts such as the separation of church and state, until his association with a gifted mentor like George Wythe.” Dr. Howerton holds a Ed.D degree from the University of Virginia, is a former Virginia Superintendent of Education, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of First Freedom Center.
Following the loss of a tragic love The Regular is the story of one man’s desperate search for a new identity across the silky marble of the classy cocktail bars in the tony suburbs of Fairfield County. He’s hoping for recognition as a restaurant critic and media entrepreneur but he finds obstacles and conflict around every turn. He discovers that he ultimately must let go of both his painful past and his unrequited dreams in order to embrace the beauty and compassion all around him. The regular is a trademarked property suitable for a movie or television drama.
A collection of 11 award winning short stories concerning the true adventures of California Fish and Game Wardens and the wildlife-destroying outlaws they pursue. These stories illustrate the wide variety of wildlife-related problems wardens face in California, which has a greater diversity of wildlife and wildlife habitat than any other state and is second only to Alaska in its vast expanses of wilderness.The fourth season contains 11 more exciting adventures:Trash Can Joe – Wardens pursue an infamous, outlaw hunting-guide who uses donuts to illegally bait bears. Meet “The Black Robinhood.”Callous Hearts – A rogue band of meth-cooking deer poachers meets with misfortune.Rascal’s Road to Justice – “The world’s greatest duck caller,” as a renowned waterfowl violator bills himself, crows that he’s too smart to be caught. His education to the contrary soon follows.True Remorse – One of the coldest of the cold, cold hearts, pays a heavy price for extreme cruelty to a trapped bear.Turkeys – The wardens meet a hardened criminal whose hobbies are turkey hunting and home-invasion robberies.A Weekend with “Starsky and Hutch.” – A swashbuckling pair of wardens cram a fourth-story, roof-to-roof foot chase in old San Francisco and heroic rescues from burning buildings into a single, memorable weekend.The Natural – A young woman proves that she was born to be a Fish and Game warden.Dirty Harry and Ape Island – A warden thinks his way out of a jam in this story that features a good-humored Highway Patrol sergeant and an ill-humored monkey.Lucky Breaks – A warden demonstrates his substantial tracking skills to put away an outlaw houndsman who traffics in bear gallbladders.Lobster Jake – An infamous lobster pirate teams with “The Muppet,” a character straight out of a nightmare.Cold, Cold Hearts – A California warden, at great risk to himself, flies to Alaska to help state troopers there deal with a team of highly dangerous, cruel and destructive grizzly poachers.CategoriesNATURE > Environmental Conservation & ProtectionTRUE CRIME > General BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY > Law Enforcement BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY > Adventurers & Explorers
Mick Thompson’s secretive life throughout WWII continued after returning home to New Zealand in 1945. This seductive and intriguing true story explores love against the back drop of this courageous ANZAC soldier’s fight in the Western Desert war in North Africa.The writer skillfully delves into Mick’s personal struggle with sexuality, focusing on his secretive alter ego. This real-life account intrigues and challenges conventional thinking about bravery, male and female roles, love, lust and forgiveness.Mick received a bravery award and promotion to Sergeant during the war. His courage, during the war and on his return, is defined by the extraordinary effort he makes to hide his secret obsessions.He transforms himself to escape memories of childhood ridicule and humiliation and the horrifying memories of war’s death and destruction.The narrative exposes war, love and sex with humor and insight making it a captivating read.
This book is about a man who changed the author’s life for the better, Mr. Ridley.
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The Complete Serial! Also includes two exclusive bonus epilogues!
Warning: This is just the start. This doesn’t end well. And it’s going to get much worse before it ever gets better.
I push her buttons. I want to push them in the good way. Dirty, up-against-the-wall, my-hand-in-her-pants kind of way.
But that’s not possible, because I’m dark and she’s light, and we both know it.
So I push her buttons in the bad way, making her hate me.
If a genie granted me three wishes, I’d ask for Cole Parker to never look at me again, that I’d forget the dark promise in his eyes, and that just once, before he vanished from my life completely, that he’d push me up against a wall and make me scream.
Then I’d go wash my mouth out with soap.
This story was originally published in a three-part serial. Those are included, as well as a bonus postscript section at the back with two additional scenes.
This is the complete story of Cole Parker and Hailey Dashford Reid. The Horus Group series will continue…
Maxims and Reflections is a collection of several hundred brilliant, unforgettable paragraphs and aphorisms by the legendary German Renaissance writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, divided into the categories Life and Character, Literature and Art, Science and Nature. Like the Manual of Epictetus and Seneca’s Letters, Goethe’s Maxims and Reflections is a timeless guide to navigating the mysteries of existence.