“Possessed: The Infamous Texas Stiletto Murder” by Kathryn Casey

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“Possessed: The Infamous Texas Stiletto Murder

Genre: Nonfiction/True Crime

Release Date: September 27, 2016

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A WALKING NIGHTMARE—IN SIZE-NINE STILETTOS . . .

The officer responding to a 911 call at one of Houston’s hippest high-rises expected the worst. After all, domestic violence situations can be unpredictable. But nothing could’ve prepared him for what he found: a beautiful woman drenched in blood . . . an older man lying dead on the floor . . . and a cobalt blue suede stiletto with tufts of white hair stuck to its five-and-a-half-inch heel.

With her stunning looks, magnetic personality, and erratic behavior, Ana Trujillo had a notorious reputation on the downtown Houston scene. She spoke often of occult powers, though few knew how deeply she believed such boasts. Stefan Andersson was a gentle soul, a Swedish transplant with a good career and trusted friends, who was desperate to find someone special. Theirs is a story of obsession, madness, and tragedy. Because once Stefan fell head over heels for Ana, he was under her control—and he didn’t have a chance in hell.


Hello to Everyone:

I’m an immigrant to Texas from the upper Midwest, but I moved here in the early eighties so I consider myself a naturalized Texan. Houston is an amazing place to live, exciting and full of life. I’d recommend it to anyone.

I ventured into true crime writing purely by accident. I was working at Houston City Magazine in the eighties when a fascinating murder took place in the Big Thicket, the wide expanse of pine forests that meld Texas and Louisiana. My editor suggested I cover the case. I did and, from that point on, I was hooked. I’ve never looked back.

Since then, I’ve written seven true crime books: “A Warrant to Kill,” is on Houston’s Kent McGowen case, that of a murderous deputy and the woman he terrorized. Next came “She Wanted It All,” on Austin’s incredible Celeste Beard case. It’s hard to beat that one for twists and turns!

2007 introduced “Die My Love.” It’s an account of the Piper Rountree case, that of a Houston attorney and her professor ex-husband, Fred Jablin. The book is a fascinating, in-depth look at a train-wreck marriage that ended in a tragic murder.

June 2008 debuted “A Descent into Hell,” on Austin’s bizarre Colton Pitonyak case. Then, that November, “Evil Beside Her,” a re-release of “The Rapist’s Wife,” my first book, with a new title, cover, photos and an update. In 2010, “Shattered” hit bookstores, an account of the tragic case of Belinda Temple, a young mother murdered by her football star husband. And in 2012 the true crime book was “Deadly Little Secrets,” on the sensational Matt Baker case out of Waco.

My foray into fiction began in 2009 with the birth of a mystery series featuring Texas Ranger Sarah Armstrong, a single mom, investigator, and profiler. The series started with “Singularity,” followed by “Blood Lines,” and “The Killing Storm.” All the books have garnered stellar reviews, and the third was named a best book of 2010 by Library Journal.

There’s been little publicity for any of my work, so it’s all word-of-mouth. Yet that’s carried “A Warrant to Kill” into a ninth printing and “She Wanted It All” into a seventh. “The Killing Storm” was only out for a few months when it went into a third printing. Truly remarkable!

The credit goes to all of you who read the books and recommend them to friends and family. Keep up the good work! Spread the word! It’s appreciated!

I’m not sure how often I’ll check in here, but you can always peruse my Website: kathryncasey.com, to keep abreast of upcoming events and new books. While you’re on the site, be sure to sign up for my newsletter. And email me at kc@kathryncasey.com. I’ll look forward to it!

“My People, the Amish: The True Story of an Amish Father and Son” by Joe Keim

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“My People, the Amish: The True Story of an Amish Father and Son

Genre: Nonfiction/Biography & Memoirs

Release Date: June 1, 2017

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In My People, the Amish, Joe Keim paints a detailed picture of life behind the bonnets and buggies. More than a biography, this is an honest look at the heart-warming traditions that mingle with the deep-rooted legalism of the Amish community in Ashland, Ohio.

Born, raised, and baptized in an Old Order Amish church, from childhood Joe Keim was taught that if he didn’t follow the twenty-two-page ordinance letter that governed his community, there was no way he could get to heaven. What started as a path of rebellion led Joe and his wife Esther to a caring group of Englisher Christians who would love them like family and show them how to live out their new found faith in Jesus Christ.

Nine months after their traditional Amish wedding, Joe and Esther left family and friends forever to live openly for Christ, and endured shunning and excommunication with bold faith. Since then, the Lord has brought many former Amish people to Joe and Esther for help. Because of their passion for the Amish people and with the support of fellow believers, they have brought biblical truth to thousands of Amish through the ministry they founded in 2000, Mission to Amish People (MAP).


About the Author
Joe Keim was born and raised in Ashland, Ohio. He married Esther Keim in 1986 and they left the Old Order Amish community in 1987. They have two grown children, Jonathan and Rachel. In 2001, Joe left his job as a tool and die maker for full-time ministry. The Keims travel all over the US, speaking in churches, as well as to hospital staff, to law enforcement, and at colleges, helping people understand how to communicate with the Amish.

Through personal witness, home Bible studies, home prayer meetings, the Bible Club, The Amish Voice, and the Audio Ministry, the Keims want to see every Amish person hear the clear message of salvation. MAP offers counseling and protection to those who are victims of sexual, mental, and physical abuse. The ministry also provides help with needs such as getting a GED, obtaining a birth certificate, and finding a job. Through the Bible Club alone, they have seen more than 2,500 Amish make commitments for Christ.

” Crooked: Outwitting the Back Pain Industry and Getting on the Road to Recovery” by Cathryn Jakobson Ramin #Spotlight

by Cathryn Jakobson Ramin

Genre: Nonfiction/Medical

Release Date: May 9, 2017

The acclaimed author of Carved in Sand—a veteran investigative journalist who endured persistent back pain for decades—delivers the definitive book on the subject: an essential examination of all facets of the back pain industry, exploring what works, what doesn’t, what may cause harm, and how to get on the road to recovery.

In her effort to manage her chronic back pain, investigative reporter Cathryn Jakobson Ramin spent years and a small fortune on a panoply of treatments. But her discomfort only intensified, leaving her feeling frustrated and perplexed. As she searched for better solutions, she exposed a much bigger problem. Costing roughly $100 billion a year, spine medicine—often ineffective and sometimes harmful —exemplified the worst aspects of the U.S. health care system.

The result of six years of intensive investigation, Crooked offers a startling look at the poorly identified risks of spine medicine, and provides practical advice and solutions. Ramin interviewed scores of spine surgeons, pain management doctors, physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians, exercise physiologists, physical therapists, chiropractors, specialized bodywork practitioners. She met with many patients whose pain and desperation led them to make life-altering decisions, and with others who triumphed over their limitations.

The result is a brilliant and comprehensive book that is not only important but essential to millions of back pain sufferers, and all types of health care professionals. Ramin shatters assumptions about surgery, chiropractic methods, physical therapy, spinal injections and painkillers, and addresses evidence-based rehabilitation options—showing, in detail, how to avoid therapeutic dead ends, while saving money, time, and considerable anguish. With Crooked, she reveals what it takes to outwit the back pain industry and get on the road to recovery.

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“Don’t Call It Bollywood: An Introduction to the Hindi Film Universe” by Margaret Redlich #BookSpotlight

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“Don’t Call It Bollywood: An Introduction to the Hindi Film Universe”

by Margaret E. Relich

Genre: History/Nonfiction

Release Date: June 1, 2016

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Do you think “Bollywood” is just flashy dance sequences and unbelievable plots? Think again! Explore the rich history and artistic traditions of Hindi film in this engaging book, which intersperses stories from the author’s path to dedicated fandom with scholarly analysis of the films and their context. If your only exposure to Hindi films is action sequences that defy the laws of physics and dance sequences full of colorful, swirling silk, this book will open your eyes to a rich and rewarding art form. If you’re already a fan, it will enrich your appreciation of your favorite film moments by placing them in their larger context.

 

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“Microsoft Word in 30 Minutes” by Angela Rose #Review

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“Microsoft Word in 30 Minutes”

by Angela Rose

Genre: Technical/Desktop Publishing

Release Date: November 28, 2016

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5/5 Stars!

Stress-free Instruction!

As someone who used Word Perfect when dinosaurs once roamed the planet, I was an instant fan of Microsoft Word and all its subsequent updates/revisions/versions, and am a current subscriber to Microsoft Office 365. I have taught my children and family members, students, and senior citizens the basics of using Word, sometimes with many challenges. It would have been so much easier if I’d had Microsoft Word in 30 Minutes!

I did read the book in about thirty minutes, and even learned more than a few things I’d been doing wrong! Images and I have never gotten along in Word. And, I can now insert a chart or modify a table in minutes! (You do not want to know how I was ‘accomplishing’ it before!)

To truly test it, I turned to the one person I have never trained on Word – my husband! After going over the book with him, I left him alone and forty-five minutes later, he had created a document about our children, inserted bullet points AND an image, and sent it to me for review! SCORE!

Microsoft Word in 30 Minutes is a definite asset regardless if you know nothing about the program, or have been using it for years. It’s simple, easy instructions lead you through not only document creation but to professional-level documents without the stress and guesswork.

Sometimes, the best way to learn a program is to use it, and this manual allows you to do that by getting you up and running in less time than it takes to complete an actual document on your own.

I definitely recommend it!

(Review is for the paperback edition.)