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“The Color Purple” by Alice Walker

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The Color Purple

by Alice Walker

Genre: Literary Fiction/Historical/African-American/Classics

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, this novel about a resilient and courageous woman has become a Broadway show and a cultural phenomenon.

A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick

Celie has grown up poor in rural Georgia, despised by the society around her and abused by her own family. She strives to protect her sister, Nettie, from a similar fate, and while Nettie escapes to a new life as a missionary in Africa, Celie is left behind without her best friend and confidante, married off to an older suitor, and sentenced to a life alone with a harsh and brutal husband.

In an attempt to transcend a life that often seems too much to bear, Celie begins writing letters directly to God. The letters, spanning twenty years, record a journey of self-discovery and empowerment guided by the light of a few strong women. She meets Shug Avery, her husband’s mistress and a jazz singer with a zest for life, and her stepson’s wife, Sophia, who challenges her to fight for independence. And though the many letters from Celie’s sister are hidden by her husband, Nettie’s unwavering support will prove to be the most breathtaking of all.

The Color Purple has sold more than five million copies, inspired an Academy Award–nominated film starring Oprah Winfrey and directed by Steven Spielberg, and been adapted into a Tony-nominated Broadway musical. Lauded as a literary masterpiece, this is the groundbreaking novel that placed Walker “in the company of Faulkner” (The Nation), and remains a wrenching—yet intensely uplifting—experience for new generations of readers.

This ebook features a new introduction written by the author on the twenty-fifth anniversary of publication, and an illustrated biography of Alice Walker including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.

The Color Purple is the first book in The Color Purple Collection, which also includes The Temple of My Familiar and Possessing the Secret of Joy.

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#BlogTour “The Silken Daggers (Mavericks of the Heartland #2)” by Jenny Bullington

Title: The Silken Daggers

Series: Mavericks of the Heartland #2

Author: Jenny Bullington

Genre: Adult, Historical Mafia Romance

Published: September 6, 2018

Page Count: 181 Pages

Publisher: The Pathos Pen Publishing

Ruby Walsh and Edith Campbell are two women ahead of their time. One the wife of a soldier fighting on the front during World War II, the other in a relationship with a forbidden love. Together they form a secret society dubbed The Silken Daggers to investigate a missing woman with ties to mafia activity in their sleepy Northwest Iowa town. What they uncover is more than they bargained for, as they decide to take justice into their own hands. Can they keep their town safe while keeping themselves alive? Can they find the missing woman in time? Their passion for fighting crime matches their passion for their men, but will love prevail? THE SILKEN DAGGERS is Book Two in the Mavericks of the Heartland series.


The Silken Daggers Excerpt © Jenny Bullington 2018Bea had a somber countenance. She looked straight at Ruby. “What is going on? Did you do something? Are you all right?”

Ruby took a seat, taking a deep breath before beginning. “Everything is fine for now, but Edith and I made something happen, and it takes place tonight.”

A hush fell over the room, and she decided now was as good a time as any to tell them about the plans for this evening. Everyone stared right at Ruby.

“So, Edith and I met with a contact in Sioux City. She knows how to start tracking the drugs, but I need to be sure, and I…” Ruby stumbled on her own words, not even sure why she had demanded to meet with Campagna. “We have a meeting with Angelo Campagna tonight in Sioux City.”

“What the hell for? Isn’t he an underling of Meyer Lanskey?!” Bea demanded, not masking her indignation.

June held her hand over her mouth. “They nearly killed my boys last summer, Ruby…” her voice choked and tears began to spill out over her eyes.

“I know, I know. This isn’t justifying that. But the Silken Daggers might be able to get more information than the police ever would. There’s something about being off-the-books and working together that just seems to click, more than anything legitimate.”

“Do you have any idea how dangerous this is, Ruby?” Paulie piped up.

Edith placed her hand on his arm. “You promised you wouldn’t get worked up.”

Paulie huffed. “How am I supposed to keep my promise to Jack if I let his wife go blindly in to meet with a mob boss?”

Ruby cleared her throat. “It’s not quite how you think, Paulie. We have a way to get him by himself, without his hired muscle.”

Paulie looked at her wide-eyed. “How?” he hesitantly asked.

Ruby set her shoulders back. “We are going to make him think we’re prostitutes. He always goes in the room alone.”

Paulie jumped to his feet. “Edith, you didn’t tell me that! No, I won’t allow the love of my life to be used as a prostitute just to get information. Hell no! What if he rapes you? The stakes of this are too high.”

Edith looked to Ruby pleadingly.

Ruby reached into her bra and revealed the vial of yellow powder. “But I like a high stakes game,” Ruby quipped. “Sit down, Goldstein, and let me finish.” She held up the vial for all to see. Paulie stared at it, and slowly sat back down next to Edith. Some of his gelled hair fell out of place, his face was red and a vein popped out from the side of his neck.

“What is that?” Bea asked from the side, leaning in to get a better look.

“It will make the mobster docile. We mix it in his drink when he gets in the room. Within a few minutes, it will take effect and last for four hours, I’m told. His limbs will be numb, it will be like he’s drunk,” Ruby informed them.

“What’s the name of this stuff, and does it work on husbands?” Bea asked, smirking. Ruby winked at her, appreciating her effort to lighten the mood.

Paulie raised an eyebrow at her, looking as if he were scolding a child. “Where did you get this, Ruby?”

“I don’t know the name of it, and I can’t tell you where I got it, for everyone else’s protection,” Ruby replied, starting to feel her blood pressure rise.

“If you’re doing something illegal, which clearly you are, I can’t protect you…” Paulie started, but Edith interrupted.

“Us doing this off the books is exactly what you need to be able to stop the drug trade in Cherokee, and no officer of the law would touch us for helping them in a way they couldn’t accomplish themselves. You know this is going to work,” Edith argued.

Jack and Ruby Walsh thought their sleepy town’s Independence Day would be like all the others. That is, until an accidental explosion of fireworks destroys downtown Cherokee, Iowa. A witch-hunt ensues as WWII tensions rise, causing everyone to blame one immigrant German family for the fire. But was it really them? Only Jack and Ruby have the courage to fight for justice, even as they stand against the most corrupt in their community. Ignited by their white-hot passion for each other, the two stick together until they have Cherokee on its knees, rectifying its wrongs and uncovering a more sinister criminal network. RACE TO THE GALLOWS is a harrowing tale of love, loyalty, and courage. Based on true events in Northwest Iowa.


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Ever since she was a little girl on a farm in rural Iowa, Jenny Bullington’s heart has been filled with wanderlust and adventure. She started writing at an early age, and has never stopped. After exploring Italy, Ethiopia, and South Korea, Bullington’s desire to transport others to those places and to raise awareness of important humanitarian and social issues takes hold in her writings.

She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Iowa State University and her Master’s Degree from Pacific Oaks College. In her spare time, Bullington enjoys teaching as an adjunct college professor, writes parenting and child development columns for a taekwondo kids program, advocates against domestic violence and human trafficking, and is passionate about social justice. She’s recently been featured as a storyteller at Ode, an Iowa organization that promotes positive impact through empathy. Her adventures never stop as she raises her five small children with her beloved husband, Branden, in the Midwest.


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#Excerpt “Cold Fire: Shakespeare’s Moon, Act II” by James Hartley

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Set in the magical boarding school of St Francis’, Cold Fire centres around a group of teenagersCold Fire cover who become involved in the tale of Romeo and Juliet in this contemporary re-telling of the classic story. Meanwhile, four hundred years earlier, a young teacher from Stratford Upon Avon arrives at the school. His name is Will… From the author of The Invisible Hand comes the second book in the spellbinding Shakespeare´s Moon series.


Angela is a student at St Francis´ School. The last time she was out running she thinks she saw the ghost or a vision of William Shakespeare. Now she is confused, about that, her life and emotions. And she is about to see something else…


Angela ran out along her normal route and felt the usual tension in her calves and thighs as her cold body strained to wake up. Her mind was fully awake. Like Kizzie, she´d hardly slept.

She looked down at the hard, dry pebbles on the path. Sometimes there were puddles here, sometimes even puddles filled with tadpoles. Now everything was rather dull, like the sky, although at least it wasn´t raining.

She ran past the ponies in their field, swishing tails and ears against the flies, and wondered, as usual, if she would prefer to change places with them. Did they know they were stuck in a field? Probably. Did they know that if they leapt the low wooden fence and the two strings of electrified wire, they would be free? Probably.

But then she always remembered a day at home, years ago, when she was seven or eight, and a friend of hers had told her to let the canary they had out of the cage and they´d opened the small door and beckoned the creature out, to fly away, to escape (even if it would have only been around the living room). The small, yellow bundle had remained cowering at the back of its perch, in the farthest corner of its cage, shaking with fear.

Angela came out over the gravestones and soft mossy grass of the churchyard and looked up at the hills. Today she could see them in brilliant detail, all the different hues of the leaves and the dark, gnarled shapes of the branches and trunks. She breathed in the greenness and thought: everything is going to be all right today. Perhaps it was only the night? When you woke up in the night everything you´d been thinking of in the dead of night, alone, seemed exaggerated, didn´t it? Your mind made connections that seemed silly when illuminated by daylight.

But what about the man? Go on, Angela – say it: What about William Shakespeare?

Well, of course it wasn´t Shakespeare. It was just some man wandering about the hills, lost. Perhaps the bloke had some kind of mental illness? Perhaps he was someone who dressed like Shakespeare, or people of that time? An actor, like Priya had said. Or maybe those sort of clothes were back in fashion for some people? Whatever it was, he was not someone who had lived and died over four hundred years ago because that sort of thing just didn´t happen. It was impossible.

But, she thought, heading up the steep, winding, woody path towards The Gallops, maybe she would still try to talk to Leana again. It wasn´t just the Shakespeare thing – it was everything. Angela had been feeling strange recently. A lot of things she´d thought she´d liked were now odd to her, childish, even. Her body was changing: her face the most obvious thing to the outside world, but that was just one of her worries. Too many other, odd things. Strange new thoughts. She had started noticing the look in people´s eyes; people looking at her in a different way, with different intentions.

And she trusted Leana. Leana was one of those people who seemed to understand everything. She´d heard the stories about her but instead of scaring her, they only made Leana seem more real to her. Angela didn´t really feel that with anyone else, not anyone older than herself. Miss Bainbridge hardly noticed her, and when she did, she spoke to her like a child. In class she never met the teacher´s eye, for different reasons, face down in a book or face burning with potential shame at having to talk out loud. Her new greatest fear was that she would have to stand up in class and speak and that everyone would stare at her. Whenever she spoke to more than one person these days Angela went to pieces.

She ran along The Gallops and looked down at the bypass and, beyond, the lovely sunlit expanse of the playing fields and the school. It really was a gorgeous spot on mornings like this and Angela was happy she was there. She would have been like this anywhere, she knew, confused and strange. Here she was allowed out to run and people left her alone. At the moment she could control her thoughts, and no-one really knew what she was thinking and that´s how she liked it.

But now, beginning to head downhill, she couldn’t help but think of the man. Say it! Of William Shakespeare.

But she didn´t see him.

She expected him to pop out from behind the tree trunks or be standing in front of her on the narrow, winding dirt path but he never was and she got down to the bypass thinking: That´s it, it´s over. Whatever it was, it was all in my head and that’s it. Finished.

But then she noticed that the cars passing her by were largely silent. There was only the faint hum of wind and some sort of motor, a faint buzzing, like a bulb, as each vehicle passed by.

Closer inspection revealed that each car – they were sleek, creamy, silvery designs, all of them, like small jets – had no drivers. Most of the windows were tinted and opaque but sometimes she caught sight of a person in the backseat and strange lights flickered from their eyes.

A child – a girl – looked out at her, a metal-looking, claw-like hand pressed to the window, and it was only when she´d gone that Angela realised the girl had been completely bald.

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James HartleyAuthor Bio – James was born on the Wirral, England, in 1973 on a rainy Thursday. He shares his birthday with Bono, Sid Vicious and two even nastier pieces of work, John Wilkes Booth and Mark David Chapman.

His mother was a hairdresser with her own business and his father worked in a local refinery which pours filth into the sky over the Mersey to this day. They married young and James was their first child. He has two younger brothers and a still-expanding family in the area. As an Everton fan he suffered years of Liverpool success throughout the seventies and was thrilled when his father took a job in Singapore and the family moved lock, stock and two smoking barrels to Asia.

He spent five fine years growing up in the city state before returning to the rain, storms, comprehensive schools and desolate beauty of the Scottish east coast. Later years took he and his family to baking hot Muscat, in Oman, and a Syria that has since been bombed off the surface of the planet.

James lives in Madrid, Spain, with his wife and two children.

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Love’s Sweet Melody: Decades: A Journey of African-American Romance” by Kianna Alexander

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Love’s Sweet Melody: Decades: a Journey of African-American Romance

by Kianna Alexander

Genre: Historical/20th Century/African-American/Romance

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LOVE’S SWEET MELODY is part of the Decades: A Journey of African American Romance series. Each book explores a decade between the 1900s and the 2010s. This book covers the 1940s.*

Autumn, 1946

Warner Hughes returns home from war with the lingering effects of battle. Abandoned by his sweetheart and ostracized by his community, he feels he has no real home.

Elizabeth “Betty” Daniels has one love: music. Betty’s family wants to see her married, busy with affairs of the home, leaving no time to pursue her art.

Warner’s only solace is in the sweet melody of Betty’s music. To Betty’s mind, marriage means giving up the freedom to pursue her art. Can Warner let love in, and can Betty make room for love?

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“Alaana’s Way: The Calling” by Ken Altabef

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Alaana’s Way: The Calling

by Ken Altabef

Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy/Historical/Metaphysical & Visionary

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An insatiable fever demon…
A restless Wind spirit…
A treacherous shaman…
A golden walrus…
And one courageous young girl.
In the frozen north, a land of deadly weather and unforgiving spirits, the shaman is all that stands in the way of disaster. When Alaana is called upon to become shaman for the Anatatook people she discovers a kaleidoscopic world where everything is alive, where the tent skins whisper at night and even the soapstone pot has tales to tell. She faces vengeful ghosts and hungry demons as she travels the dangerous path to becoming a shaman.
And there’s just one other problem. Girls aren’t allowed to be shamans.

This is Book One in an epic fantasy series with a unique arctic setting. All fans of fantasy will enjoy these five novels.

From The Bee Writes: “This is a beautiful and exotic story that leads you from one adventure to another. “Alaana’s Way ~ The Calling” is an entertaining read both for adults and teenagers. Well, it doesn’t happen very often that I give 5 out of 5 Bee’s for a book. “Alaana’s Way ~ The Calling” though is one of those books that have hooked me from the beginning.”

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“The Jayne Sinclair Genealogical Mysteries: Books 1-3” by M J Lee

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The Jayne Sinclair Genealogical Mysteries: Books 1-3 (Jayne Sinclair Genealogy Mystery Box Set)

by M J Lee

Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/Historical/Anthologies

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The first three books in the Jayne Sinclair Genealogical Mystery series, all together in one box set.

The Irish Inheritance (Book 1)

July 8, 1921. Ireland.
A British Officer is shot dead on a remote hillside south of Dublin.
November 22, 2015. United Kingdom.
Former police detective, Jayne Sinclair, now working as a genealogical investigator, receives a phone call from an adopted American billionaire asking her to discover the identity of his real father.
How are the two events linked?
Jayne Sinclair has only three clues to help her: a photocopied birth certificate, a stolen book and an old photograph. And it soon becomes apparent somebody else is on the trail of the mystery. A killer who will stop at nothing to prevent Jayne discovering the secret hidden in the past
The Irish Inheritance takes us through the Easter Rising of 1916 and the Irish War of Independence, combining a search for the truth of the past with all the tension of a modern-day thriller.
It is the first in a series of novels featuring Jayne Sinclair, genealogical detective.

The Somme Legacy (Book 2)

July 1, 1916. The Somme, France.
A British Officer prepares to go over the top on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
March 28, 2016. Manchester. England.
Genealogical investigator Jayne Sinclair, a former police detective, is commissioned by a young teacher to look into the history of his family. The only clues are a medallion with purple, white and green ribbons, and an old drawing of a young woman.
Her quest leads to a secret buried in the trenches of World War One for over 100 years.
Who was the real heir to the Lappiter millions?
From the author of the best selling, The Irish Inheritance, comes a gripping new book revealing family secrets hidden in the fog of war.
The Somme Legacy is the second book in the Jayne Sinclair genealogical mystery series, but it can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story.

The American Candidate (Book 3)

In her most dangerous case yet, Jayne Sinclair investigates the family background of a potential candidate to be President of the United States of America.
When the politician who commissioned the genealogical research is shot dead in front of her, Jayne is forced to flee for her life. Why was he killed? And who is trying to stop the American Candidate’s family past from being revealed?
Jayne Sinclair is caught in a deadly race against time to discover the truth, armed only with her own wits and ability to research secrets hidden in the past.
The American Candidate is the third gripping mystery in the Jayne Sinclair series, but can be read as a stand-alone novel.

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#BlogTour “The Vanished Child: A Jayne Sinclair Genealogical Mystery” by M J Lee

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Vanished Child coverWhat would you do if you discovered you had a brother you never knew existed?

On her deathbed, Freda Duckworth confesses to giving birth to an illegitimate child in 1944 and temporarily placing him in a children’s home. She returned later but he had vanished.

What happened to the child? Why did he disappear? Where did he go?

Jayne Sinclair, genealogical investigator, is faced with lies, secrets, and one of the most shameful episodes in recent history as she attempts to uncover the truth.

Can she find the vanished child?

This book is the fourth in the Jayne Sinclair Genealogical Mystery series, but can be read as a standalone novel.

Every childhood lasts a lifetime.



Author BioMJ Lee

Martin has spent most of his adult life writing in one form or another. As a University researcher in history, he wrote pages of notes on reams of obscure topics. As a social worker with Vietnamese refugees, he wrote memoranda. And, as the creative director of an advertising agency, he has written print and press ads, TV commercials, short films and innumerable backs of corn-flake packets and hotel websites.

He has spent 25 years of his life working outside the North of England. In London, Hong Kong, Taipei, Singapore, Bangkok and Shanghai, winning awards from Cannes, One Show, D&AD, New York and London Festivals, and the United Nations.

When he’s not writing, he splits his time between the UK and Asia, taking pleasure in playing with his daughter, researching his family history, single-handedly solving the problem of the French wine lake and wishing he were George Clooney.

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