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Is attempting to outwit a superintelligent being really the answer? Or will it require something much more fundamentally human?

Thursday, December 27th, 2018
Uncanny
Valley
Uncanny
Valley Book 1
by
C.A. Gray
Genre:
YA Dystopian, Coming of Age
 
**Dystopian
coming-of-age with superintelligent A.I.**

 

 

Rebecca
Cordeaux knows exactly what her future will hold: she will marry
Andy, her crush of the last five years. Once Andy is ready to settle
down, she’s sure he will discover that she is his soulmate. After
several small parts on stage, Rebecca knows she can become a renowned
actress. Her writing also shows promise as a future author. Robots
perform most human jobs that can be automated, leaving many free to
pursue their personal creative interests.

 

 

But
Rebecca’s mother Karen fears the new world of robots, and insists her
brilliant daughter join a university research team, studying the
hazards of a complete robotic economy. Rebecca’s father Quentin was
obsessed with the subject to a degree that even her mother considered
absurd, prior to his untimely death. So long as she can reserve
enough of her time to pursue her true passions on the side, Rebecca
half-heartedly agrees to join the research team, if only to please
her widowed mother. There she joins a post-doc named Liam, whose
conspiracy theories rival even those of her late father. Liam is
convinced that world Republic leader William Halpert’s worldwide
challenge for researchers to develop synthetic creativity will lead
not to the promised utopia, in which every kind of human suffering
has been eradicated, but rather to an apocalypse. Rebecca, whose best
friend is her own companion bot Madeline, writes Liam off as a
bot-hating conspiracy theorist, just like her father was… until she
learns that her father’s death might not have been due to mere
happenstance.

 

 

With
Liam’s help, Rebecca learns of an underground organization known as
The Renegades, where Quentin Cordeaux was considered a legend. While
Liam attempts to stop Halpert’s challenge if he can, Rebecca tries
to unravel the mystery of what happened to her father. Did he and
many of his contemporaries die for something they knew? Who is the
mysterious informant who calls himself John Doe, and only seems to
want to drive her out of harm’s way? And if Halpert’s challenge
is answered, will it usher in a brave new chapter in humanity’s
history… or were Quentin Cordeaux’s dire predictions right all
along?

 

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The
Silver Six
Uncanny
Valley Book 2
 
What
is it that makes us truly human?

 

 

Rebecca
Cordeaux’s entire world has been turned upside down. In a single
day, she’s learned that Senate Leader Halpert and his Board of
Advisors are actually illegal humanoid robots created underground
twenty years ago—and they tried to have her killed. Her mother
Karen, whom she always believed to be passionately against the cause
of the Renegades, turns out to be their leader. And Liam, a man she
never thought she cared for, is now fighting for his life—and she
finds that she cares desperately.

 

 

Fortunately
Karen, known to the Renegades as M, has planned for exactly this sort
of eventuality. Using Rebecca’s father’s blueprints, Karen
patiently built an underground compound in an abandoned part of the
Americas where they can regroup and plan for the coming war. The
compound becomes an unlikely oasis as their number grows, both on
accident and on purpose. In attempting to recover her best friend and
companion bot Madeline, Rebecca gets what she thought she’d always
wanted: Andy arrives at the compound too, along with her friends Jake
and Julie. But with the sudden addition of an old flame from Liam’s
past, Rebecca discovers just how little acquainted she has been with
her own heart.

 

 

Meanwhile,
the Silver Six are running a worldwide campaign of indoctrination to
ensure that the people are on their side. In the name of peace, they
want nothing more than to wipe out every shred of resistance, while
pursuing their ultimate goal of robotic superintelligence. With the
assistance of a neuroscientist who helped to build the Silver Six
decades ago, Rebecca attempts to understand how synthetic minds work,
hoping this information can be used against them. She’s sure that
the mysterious, brilliant, and beautiful Alessandra Russo is the key
somehow, but Alex’s hatred for the Silver Six is only matched by
her hatred for the Renegades. Can the Renegades find and exploit the
weakness of the Silver Six before synthetic intelligence passes the
point of no return?

 

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Jaguar
Uncanny
Valley Book 3
 
The
Silver Six have blown the Renegades’ underground compound to bits,
killing several of Rebecca’s best friends in the process—and to
her horror, the boy Rebecca had convinced herself she loved for all
these years was the one to betray them all. At the same time, General
Specs, the company Liam was once slated to inherit, has developed a
superintelligent robot called Jaguar which is quickly becoming
godlike in her omniscience. As the remaining Renegades flee to their
last bastion of safety in the Caribbean, Liam makes his way back to
London, in a last ditch effort to convince his father to destroy
Jaguar before it’s too late.

 

 

Rebecca,
meanwhile, finally understands her own heart: she never loved Andy.
He was merely a ‘safe’ choice who would never require anything of
her. Liam, on the other hand, exasperating as he was, had seen past
her defenses. All of his teasing and provoking had been his attempt
to get her to be real with him—but the more he made her feel, the
further she had retreated. She had even substituted her companion bot
Madeline for real, deep human friendships, and for the same reason:
she’d been avoiding love to protect herself from another loss like
the one she had experienced when her father was killed for the
Renegades’ cause. Ironically, she only realizes this once Liam is
on his way to a similar fate. But she’ll be damned if she lets him
go without a fight.

 

 

This
high stakes conclusion to the Uncanny Valley Trilogy envisions a
world not too far off from our own, in which superintelligence is a
reality, humanoid bots have supplanted human power and influence, and
there are eyes watching and reporting our every move. If humanity is
to survive, the Renegades will have to galvanize support across the
globe, under the radar—and it will require every last bit of
ingenuity they possess. But is attempting to outwit a
superintelligent being really the answer? Or will it require
something much more fundamentally human?

 

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C.A.
Gray is the author of three YA Amazon bestselling trilogies:
PIERCING THE VEIL (magic and quantum physics meet Arthurian legends),
THE LIBERTY BOX (dystopian metaphysics and mind control technology),
and UNCANNY VALLEY (dystopian coming-of-age with neuroscience and
super intelligent A.I). She starts with some scientific concept that
she’s interested in learning more about herself, and then creates
lots of epic chaos and high-stakes action to go along with it. Her
stories are free of gratuitous violence, language, and sexual
content, and she abhors depressing endings… but they’re not all
kittens and rainbows either! She also listens to and reviews
audiobooks on her website, here on Goodreads, on Instagram, and on
her podcast, Clean Audiobook Reviews, where she also
occasionally interviews other authors.

 

 

By
day, C.A. Gray practices naturopathic medicine, podcasts, and writes
medical non-fiction under her maiden name (Dr. Lauren Deville). She
lives in Tucson, AZ with her husband Frank, and together they
maintain an occasionally contentious film review blog (under her real
name: Lauren Baden. Three names. Yes.) She’s kind of the queen of
multitasking—so in her spare time, she creates whatever meals or
crafts she found most recently on Pinterest, drinks lots of coffee
(Aeropress btw) and occasional wine (reds—and she saves the corks
for craft projects), works out (while listening to audiobooks), and
studies the Bible—about half of the podcasts on Christian Natural
Health are scripture meditations.

 

 

She
does sleep, too. Promise.

 

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The Holistic Gut Prescription is the most thorough guide to intestinal wellness

Monday, November 5th, 2018
The Holistic Gut Prescription is designed to be a simple guide to healing the gut, based on the following premise: if people give the body what it needs to heal itself and remove the obstacles to its cure, then within reason, healing will follow. 
 
Nature Cure is not easy to employ, but it is usually easy to understand. There are only so many building blocks, and there are only so many possible obstacles to cure. The physician’s job is not to “make someone well,” but rather to facilitate the process of healing. 
 
In this guide, Dr. Lauren helps readers recognize which obstacles to a healthy gut they face, how to remove them, and how to supply the specific building blocks they lack so that they can create their own personal path to optimal digestive wellness.
 
Review:
“The Holistic Gut Prescription is the most thorough guide to intestinal wellness I’ve seen to date. Readers can learn detailed programs to reverse leaky gut, chronic infections, candida and chronic inflammation. The book also gives deep perspective on how multifaceted the connections between gut health, lifestyle, and mindset are. Highly recommended.”Alan Christianson, NMD, New York Times bestselling author of The Adrenal Reset Diet

 

 

 

Dr. Lauren Deville is board-certified to practice medicine in the State of Arizona. She received her NMD from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, AZ, and she holds a BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics from the University of Arizona, with minors in Spanish and Creative Writing. 
 
She also loves yoga, piano, and good audiobooks. She writes fiction under a pen name in her spare time.
 

Author Interview

  1. Given unlimited resources, what would be your ideal work/writing environment?Writing in an upstairs room overlooking a private beach with the windows open.

 

  1. Where do you actually work/write?On my couch or on my porch. 🙂

 

  1. Describe yourself in 50 words or less.I’m a naturopathic doctor who loves Jesus and is passionate about finding the root cause of illness, and helping others feel healthy enough to live the life they want to live.

 

  1. What inspired your book?I didn’t see any other books on the market like it, at least not that specifically addressed the gut.

 

  1. How do you spend your free time?I love spending time with friends and family, working out (yoga and running), watching movies (my husband and I have an occasionally contentious movie blog: (estsidehecklers.wordpress.com), reading fiction or nonfiction, studying the Bible, having coffee or a glass of wine after a long day… and I don’t get to do this nearly as often as I’d like, but I love to travel! We go on 1-3 big trips per year, which is pretty awesome.
  1. What is the hardest thing you’ve ever done?Start a business (my medical practice)! Was never on my list of goals.

 

  1. What is your favorite part of writing?I love the editing process… once the words are already on the page, I can massage them into something I’m proud of.

 

  1. 8. Do you have any advice for other writers?Writing is a discipline, like anything else. You might also think of it as a marathon, rather than a quick sprint… so you have to pace yourself. Create a routine–whatever works for you–and stick to it.

 

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A severed head. A philandering husband. A skeleton in the basement…This was not the perfect wedding

Monday, April 30th, 2018
The
Tawnee Mountain Mysteries series is a collection of seven brand new
mysteries from seven award-winning and bestselling authors taking
place at the same final destination, the Tawnee Mountain
Resort. 

 

Each book in this
multi-author series is a standalone novella, and the series can be
read in any order.

 

 

 

Leona’s
Last Resort
Tawnee
Mountain Mysteries Book 1
by
Karen M. Bryson
Genre:
Mystery / Suspense
 
A
small-town mystery novella with a dash of romance and a few
ghosts.
When
Max Elliot invites Izzy Grant to a fancy Ivy League alumni reception
at the Tawnee Mountain Resort, the ghost hunters anticipate a
romantic weekend getaway at the premier ski and golf destination.
But when wealthy hotelier Leona Hutton is murdered, and her ghost
asks Izzy to find her killer, she and Max decide to
investigate.

Will
Izzy and Max solve the case before more alumni end up dead, or the
killer turns the tables and decides to hunt the ghost
hunters?

Leona’s
Last Resort is a part of the Tawnee Mountain Mysteries series, a
collection of seven brand new mysteries, from seven award-winning and
bestselling authors, taking place at the same final destination, the
Tawnee Mountain Resort.

Leona’s
Last Resort features ghost hunters, Izzy Grant and Max Elliot, from
the Izzy & Max Paranormal Mystery series.

Each
book in this multi-author series is a standalone novella, and the
series can be

read
in any order.
 
 
Dark
Side of the Mountain
Tawnee
Mountain Mysteries Book 2
by
R.J. Rosatte
 
Katie
Douglas thinks doing a mechanical inspection job at the Tawnee
Mountain Resort is going to be a working vacation. But that’s
before three young mountain bikers go missing while riding the trails
of the mountain and a ransom note is delivered.
Partnering
with a charming guest of the resort, novelist Casey Malone, Katie
soon discovers there is a twisting plot possibly involving the
missing men’s girlfriends and perhaps even the FBI.

When
their investigation is complicated by the discovery of bomb making
material in a cave on the mountain and the threat of an approaching
hurricane, Katie and Casey go into overdrive to find the missing men
and prevent what could be a devastating attack on an unknown
target.

As
Hurricane Patrick pays a rare visit to inland New Jersey, the story
reaches an explosive climax as they and the staff of Tawnee Mountain
Resort deal with both of these threats.

Dark
Side of the Mountain is a part of the Tawnee Mountain Mysteries
series, a collection of seven brand new mysteries, from seven
award-winning and bestselling authors, taking place at the same final
destination, the Tawnee Mountain Resort. 

 
 
Deadly
Reception
Tawnee
Mountain Mysteries Book 3
by
Karen Randau
 
A
severed head. A philandering husband. A skeleton in the basement.
This was not the perfect wedding Rita Avery planned for her daughter
Zoe!
Rita
Avery and her detective husband Cliff arrive at New Jersey’s Tawnee
Mountain Resort prepared to greet Zoe’s wedding guests in just
three hours. Who would have expected to find a man’s torso in their
closet?

Things
explode into high gear when the victim’s head shows up at the golf
equipment shack. A good look at his social media makes Rita wonder if
a wife murdered her husband as revenge for infidelity. Or did a
secret admirer decide to liberate the wife from her scoundrel
husband? 

Worse,
is Zoe in life-threatening danger . . . again?

And
will Rita and Cliff escape the trap in which the murderer snares
them?

Murder
and a passel of twists that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Zoe’s wedding is the most exciting you’ll attend!

Deadly
Reception is a part of the Tawnee Mountain Mysteries series, a
collection of seven brand new mysteries, from seven award-winning and
bestselling authors, taking place at the same final destination, the
Tawnee Mountain Resort. 

Deadly
Reception features characters from Karen Randau’s Rim Country
Mysteries series. 

 
 
Deadly
Misfire
Tawnee
Mountain Mysteries Book 4
by
Laurie Fagen
 
KWLF-FM
crime reporter Lisa Powers’ boss sends her to a radio news
conference in New Jersey, in the dead of winter, and far away from
her beloved crime beat in Arizona. She goes to the Tawnee Mountain
Resort begrudgingly, afraid she’s going to miss a big story.
But
at the convention, where she is up for an excellence in reporting
award, an unknown stalker torments her for several days. When she
takes the stage to learn the winner, the stalker antes up the stakes
– with deadly force. 

Deadly
Misfire is a part of the Tawnee Mountain Mysteries series, a
collection of seven brand new mysteries, from seven award-winning and
bestselling authors, taking place at the same final destination, the
Tawnee Mountain Resort. 

Deadly
Misfire features characters from Laurie Fagen’s Behind the Mic
Mysteries series. 

 
 
Cassidy’s
Deadly Exit
Tawnee
Mountain Mysteries Book 5
by
Marla J. Hayes
Broadway
actress Cassidy Quinn finally wins a long coveted Tony award, but the
words in her acceptance speech stir up a new problem – a previously
low-key fan ramps up online rhetoric to the point where her usual
security categorizes this unidentified person as an avidly persistent
stalker.
Cassidy
takes control of her career and her safety, while doing her best not
to disappoint her most devoted fans – she travels to the Tawnee
Mountain Resort to attend her first fan convention, a small gathering
of her super fans. After all, what could happen to her when she’s
surrounded by devoted admirers, trusted employees, and the security
precautions of a resort that has hosted large scale political
gatherings without a single reported incident?

When
events at the gathering turn deadly, Cassidy must figure out who
among her fans and her staff wants to kill her, and her
career.

Cassidy’s
Deadly Exit is a part of the Tawnee Mountain Mysteries series, a
collection of seven brand new mysteries, from seven award-winning and
bestselling authors, taking place at the same final destination, the
Tawnee Mountain Resort.

 
 
Black
Diamond Graves
Tawnee
Mountain Mysteries Book 6
by
Wendy Fallon
 
Cali
May attends an Artists’ Retreat at Tawnee Mountain Ski and Golf
Resort in North Jersey. She’s appalled to see a figure fall from the
Black Diamond ski lift as she and the other attendees ride the lift
to a small lodge on the first day. She finds herself stranded at the
top of the mountain with several creative souls both dead and alive,
and must uncover a murderer before she too becomes a target.
 
 
The
Quinnipiac Disappearance
Tawnee
Mountain Mysteries Book 7
by
Lee Tidball
 
Down
in South Jersey, you got your Jersey Devil and the Pine Barrens.
Up here, we got E.T.s and Quinnipiac.”

So
says Alan Riddiak, NSA field agent Jake Farrister’s friend, as they
rent kayaks at Quinnipiac Reservoir, site of what locals say was the
most credible mass sighting of a UFO in human history, and just miles
from the swanky Tawnee Mountain Resort, where Alan’s boss, revered
Senator Grant Bilson of New Jersey, is on an August recess
retreat.

Ok…”
smirks Jake.

But
smirks turn to shock when two bizarre disappearances and an attempted
murder suck the rest out of the retreat, and Senator Bilson
commissions Jake to solve the mysteries.

Jake
finds nothing but frustration, though, until he finally concedes what
quirky new friend Nikki Hayes has told him all along; when it comes
to Quinnipiac, the only explanations are inexplicable, the only
believable witnesses are unbelievable, and in order to stop the
world-shattering plot at the heart of the mysteries, Jake must do
what he thought was unthinkable—and hope he’s not too late.

 
 
 
KAREN
M. BRYSON

writes romantic mystery and suspense stories. She is a winner of the
prestigious RONE Award for Excellence in the Indie and Small
Publishing Industry as well as the RWA Lone Star Writing
Contest.

Karen
is also an award-winning/optioned screenwriter.

When
she’s not at her computer creating new stories, Karen enjoys spending
time with her husband and their bloodhounds.

Karen
previously wrote contemporary romance under the pen names SAVANNAH
YOUNG, SIERRA AVALON, REN MONTERREY and USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR
DAKOTA MADISON.

 
 
 
 
R.J.
Rosatte

is a native of Prince Edward County, Ontario, his careers have
included being an infantry officer in the Canadian Army Reserves,
economics teacher at Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario, a
long-haul truck driver and businessman.

He
has travelled all forty-eight lower US states, eight Canadian
provinces, Italy, Mexico and most of the Caribbean. He currently
resides in Bayside, Quinte West, Ontario with his wife, Wendy, and
their Westie, Molly.
A
native of the southwestern U.S.,
Karen
Randau

has been writing and telling stories since elementary school. She
holds a degree in journalism/public relations from The University of
Texas at Austin and has enjoyed a long career in marketing
communications.
After
a short stint working in a psychiatric hospital, when she wrote three
self-help books, Karen joined an international relief and development
organization to use her skills to help people struggling with extreme
poverty. She has traveled to numerous developing countries,
witnessing famines, violence, and hopeful people working to overcome
a generational cycle of poverty.

She
loves to read and write fast-paced mysteries and thrillers,
especially those with intricate plots, lots of action, and
rollercoaster-like twists and turns.

 

 
Laurie
Fagen

is a “writer by habit” who has enjoyed writing for a
variety of mediums, including radio, commercial and cable television,
film, newspapers and magazines. 
Fagen,
a member of Sisters in Crime (SinC), is also is an artist and jazz
singer, and the former publisher of the SanTan Sun News, a community
newspaper in the Phoenix, AZ area.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Marla
J. Hayes,
a
produced screenwriter and occasional actress, graduated with a Master
Screenwriter
Certificate from ScreenwritingU in
October 2017 — check out her film Biz credentials on imdb.com. Now
add novelist to her screenplay stories!
Her articles (and
photographs) have been published in American and Canadian magazines
and newspapers. She was a featured columnist in COLLECTIBLES CANADA
magazine for over 10 years. Short fiction pieces have appeared in
Canadian elementary school reading program textbooks and public
school libraries continue to carry her picture book, HOW A CAROUSEL
CAME TO NORTH BAY, published by Scholastic Canada.

Marla lives
in northeastern Ontario, Canada.

 
 
Wendy
Fallon
By
day I am a technical writer, and by night and on weekends I am
an artist and creative writer.  Having lived  in
Phoenix, AZ for 20+ years with my husband Tim, I found the urban
wilderness to be endlessly fascinating. Our home was tucked up
against South Mountain, the largest city park in the U.S. The canal
that ran across the base of the mountain provided inspiration
for painting, drawing, and writing with sitings of wild
coyotes, skittering fluffs of newborn quail, lizards, constant
change…and stories of life and death. In December 2017, we moved to
a beach in Florida, which is whole ‘nother story!
 

Lee
Tidball

is a represented, 3 times optioned screenwriter and author. His two
novels, WINDFORK SECRETS (middle-grade/YA historical fantasy) and
MALLED (dark teen/YA action/thriller based on his screenplay) have
both been Amazon Kindle Store Bestsellers at various times in their
respective categories. He currently writes from northern California
where he lives with the two loves of his life, his partner, Cyndie,
and his Giant OCR1 road bike. He enjoys movies, theater, history,
staying in shape, and traveling to scenic and/or historical
destinations around the world.
Prior
to becoming a full-time writer, Lee spent many years as a
middle-grades teacher in his adopted hometown of Modesto, California.
He’s also spent ten seasons coaching girls youth soccer, 22 seasons
coaching youth runners, founded a children’s community theater
company, directed nearly a dozen children’s theater productions, and
acted in numerous community and church theater productions over the
years. Much of the inspiration for his stories and characters
continues to come from the hundreds of students, athletes, and actors
he has served in these endeavors.


 
 
 
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Chase’s Story by P.A. Estelle

Thursday, April 6th, 2017
Penny Estelle was born, long ago, in Iowa City, Iowa.
Her family up and moved to Mesa, AZ, when she was a toddler, and has
remained in Arizona since.
She started writing for children right before retiring, claiming after working so long with children of all ages, she has plenty of material to work with. “I was never a reader as a child or teen and I missed out on so many adventures.  I think it’s very important in today’s world to get kids reading and keep them reading.”
Her books for the younger group include two children’s picture books, Have You seen My Tail?
and The Red-Eyed Mr. Glumb, a couple books of magic and fantasy, Hike Up 
Devil’s Mountain and The Bearded
Dude in the Puzzle
, plus a series of time travel adventures
for ages 9 – 13,
The Wickware Sagas.
Penny decided to try her hand at writing for the older crowd.  She now has a family drama about desertion and addiction, four contemporary
romances, a paranormal romance and five historical 
western romances under her belt.  She and her husband also wrote a non fiction
short story on their 
experience living with solar.
Penny Estelle was a school secretary for twenty-one years.  After retiring, she
and her husband 
moved to their fifty-four acre ranch in NW Arizona
where they live off the grid.
  Solar and wind is the only source of electricity.  “A real adjustment for a city girl, but I love it.  At night, the sky is an explosion of stars.  It is breathtaking!”
If Penny is not working on stories, she enjoys four-wheeling on unexplored roads, visiting with family (especially her seven grandchildren), and
enjoys the occasional visits to the casinos.

She also admits her weakness is ice cream, anytime, anywhere!

 

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Chase wanted no part of
going to college or following in his father’s footsteps and becoming a
Doctor.  His dream involved cattle and
horses and he follows that dream to the Arizona Territory.
 
 One cold, rainy day his life takes a turn
when he finds himself looking down the muzzle of a Colt Walker barely being
held up by a woman who has been badly beaten along with her three-year old son.  Will she be someone Chase could let into his heart or someone who could destroy his life?
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Snippet
“You better hobble them lips boy!” Another
fit of coughing took July’s words. When he was done, he squinted at Chase. “You
ever been to the Arizona Territory?” Chase shook his head. “In the summer it’s
hotter than blue blazes. Damn near sweated the life right out of me the one and
only time I was there in them months. That’s why I come back here every spring.
Guess the cool and cold suit me better.”
 

“What’s happening with your brother’s place?”
 

“Foreman’s name is Ed Durbin. He’s watching it. Good man who’s been
there a few years. Guess I need to find me some fool idiot that wants to live
in Hell and sell it.”
 

Chase sat up quickly. “I might be that idiot, July. I’ve dang near put
away every cent I’ve been paid while working here. What are you looking to get
for it?”
 

July laid against his saddle and blew smoke rings in the air. He was the
most easy-going man Chase had ever met. “I still got Ma and Pa’s place here in
Missouri. Small cabin atwix a few trees. I go check on it every once in a while
to make sure there ain’t no squatters.” July drew out a tin flask from his
jacket and took a hardy swig. “Truth is, I got the long face from the doc not too
long ago. Told me to give up my drinking and cigars.” Hard coughing took hold
of him. “I’m dying anyway, why give up the only two things I like?”
 

“July, I’m sorry. You should be resting, not out here in the cold night
air.”
 

“That’s a fact.” The old man looked at the stars. “When we get back, you
and me’ll sit down and do some figuring. The only money I’ll be needed is
enough to keep me in my two favorite things for a few more months. I’ll make my
mark on the papers my bother give me and you’ll be a ranch owner your own
self.”
 

Chase stared at the old cuss of a man. He didn’t know what to say.

“Shall we shake on it?” July asked, leaning on his elbow, holding out
his hand.
 
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Ideal High–can that be possible?

Monday, April 25th, 2016
Valerie, tell us where you were born and where do you live now.
Born in Richland, Washington/live in Mesa, AZ
What makes you passionate about writing?
I love a good story–I love reading one, and I love creating one that I hope others will love
 an author photo color
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
8 years actually, but that was just working on it in bits and pieces
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
Two things: a story in the newspaper about a bus accident killing students returning from a school trip and remembering a girl from high school that no one ever talked to or seemed to care about. I felt bad that I had never tried to say anything nice to her. That got me wondering what would happen if there was a tragedy involving a bunch of high school kids and how would that affect the rest of the student body. Would everyone treat each other better?

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