Sketches of a Black Cat by Ron Miner

Sketches of a Black Cat – Full Color Collector’s Edition: Story of a night flying WWII pilot and artist


(Available in Color or B&W – click both format arrows – or Color Kindle) This beautiful, new FULL COLOR second edition is now one hundred pages longer, filled with additional fresh stories, artwork, photos, and adventures.

Howard Miner never expected to contract the first documented case of the mumps in Guadalcanal history.

As a Navy Black Cat, he took his share of chances during the ten-hour, night long flights in darkened PBYs painted entirely black, searching the seas for enemy ships and downed fliers ~ the original stealth aircrafts.  But wartime was unpredictable, and whether landing on an exotic tropical isle where the women he saw from the air turned out to be topless, or dropping wing tanks containing a strange new substance called “Napalm,” this was clearly a very different world than he had known as a college student in Indiana.

His is a tale of seven buddies, all pilots who flew at night, slept and got into mischief by day, then repeated. Their PBY Catalina odyssey stretched from the Solomon Islands to the northern tip of the Philippines and included a full range of missions, from search, attack, and bombing runs, to daring sea rescues. Howard’s journey through training and tours of duty is skillfully captured in his art and narratives, framing a wartime drama with a personal coming of age story. The descriptive verse from the artist’s viewpoint gives us a creatively told and intriguing portrayal of WWII’s Pacific Theater.

* * * * Miner combines his father’s writings and interviews with WWII veterans to craft a loving tribute to the young men who fought in WWII…He does his father and other WWII veterans proud. ~Publisher’s Weekly/Booklife

* * * * “Sketches of a Black Cat” is a unique and fascinating memoir of a World War II combat aviator ~ with original and previously unpublished sketches and photographs. This artfully crafted book is a must read for anyone in search of a new and completely different view into the world of war in the Pacific and on the home front during America’s greatest conflict.” ~ Larkin Spivey, military historian and author.

* * * * “From boxes of notes and drawings comes a book illuminating a WWII pilot’s experiences as part of the Black Cat Squadron…accounts of support missions, rescues of airmen and interactions with indigenous island peoples told in vivid but unembellished detail…a handsome volume that reads breezily and is punctuated with photos and drawings from Howard’s war years. ~ Mike Francis
the Oregonian

* * * * “Wonderful and beautifully real stories such as this are dying every day as we lose our WWII veterans. Kudos to Ron Miner for preserving and sharing with the rest of us the gold of his father’s journals, photos, and drawings to bring us such a compelling look at life during the war. This is not only a valuable and insightful historical document but a dramatic and warm personal story.” ~ Don Keith, WWII author

* * * * “… Howard Miner’s memoirs are a wonderful view into the world of a patrol squadron at war. Miner sees the war through the eyes of an artist, revealing details of day-to-day life that are often overlooked in war time narratives. A wholly enjoyable story!” ~ Stewart Bailey, Curator, Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum

* * * * ” “As a former flight engineer aboard a PBY in WWII… I can truly say I felt as though I was on Howard’s Catalina…so many similarities to my own experiences. I can almost hear the drone of the engines in synchronization. Many episodes were warm and compelling. I highly recommend this book to vets, historians, and students. You won’t put down Sketches of a Black Cat till you’ve read it cover-to-cover!” ~ Win Stites, VP-91, VP2-1 served in both Atlantic and Pacific regions during WWII, Former President PBY Memorial Foundation and Museum

2017 Gold medals: National Indie Excellence Awards, Reader’s Favorite Awards, IAN Book Awards. Double medalist: 2017 Next Generation Book Awards, B.R.A.G. Medallion

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Portrait of Death by Greg Ryan

Portrait of Death


On a busy Chicago afternoon, the stately calm of Lake Shore Park is shattered with murder and death. A group of cult-like followers has descended on the city of Chicago, and have begun their murder spree by picking out targets to kill, painting portraits of their death, and collecting each portrait to achieve their ultimate goal. Through the quick actions of the FBI, they’ve already begun their hunt for the killer.

While the FBI struggle and argue over how to figure out what this cult is after, one man is brought in to break the case because of his romantic involvement with serial killer Mona Pruitt. Nathan Pearson, a former Chicago detective, visits Mona at the mental hospital and soon discovers they are both the targets of this cult. Moving quickly through the case, getting terrifyingly close to the enemy, Nathan scrambles to save innocent lives before the cult can finish off everyone on their hit list. In a race against time, Nathan makes a chilling discovery that could put everyone in Chicago at risk and someone from his past is maneuvering in hopes that Nathan will fail.

Nathan Pearson will use any force necessary to stop the people of Chicago from falling victim to this deadly cult and their twisted motivation.

Portrait of Death is the first in a brand new series and is a fast paced dramatic thriller.

“I would definitely recommend this to fans of this genre. A fantastic piece of story telling!” – George at Amazon

“A very well written psychological thriller book.” – Tony at Amazon

“The story was gripping and characters were keeping me interested in reading more.” – ALY at Amazon

If you like Jack Bauer and Mitch Rapp who will do whatever it takes to stop terrorists, then you will love Nathan Pearson who will do whatever it takes to stop serial killers.

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Chasing the Red Queen by Karen Glista

Chasing the Red Queen


Donja Bellanger, suffering after the death of her father, finds herself in dire straits when her mom takes a new husband. Forced not only to move to a strange city, but to share a room with her glamorous, new stepsister, Makayla Hampton, her life spirals out of control.

Makayla lures her from goth to glam straight into an exclusive club, not only for wealthy elites but Immortal Descendants. Donja crosses paths with Torin Mancini and he’s too damn handsome to be real.

Torin, who has concealed his identity as a powerful ancient sprit known as an Iridescent for eight hundred years, sets his eyes on Donja; there’s something about her blood, something he can’t walk away from. He’s not alone. A deadly predator has picked up her scent.

Stalked, she reaches out to Torin, but the lure of her blood has him on edge. As Torin battles his heart desires and feelings he thought buried and gone, one thing is clear: they have as much, if not more to fear of each other, than the predator who would have her life.

Is love enough? Can she accept him for what he is and better yet, can he control his hungry, hungry eyes?

A beautiful love story with relentless action, elite battles and steamy moments… unforgettable!

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Release date February 2, 2018.

Ariella’s Escape by Carolee Croft

Ariella’s Escape (The Stars at Zenith Book 1)


A steamy romance set in a world of violence and betrayal…

Ariella had always believed that the life of a warrior should include indulging in wine and men whenever they were on offer… And in Chaldea, the capital of the old empire, they certainly were…

Especially the man she finds in her bedchamber, a slave provided by her hosts to entertain her in any way she wishes.

But when betrayed and surrounded by enemies in a strange land, there is only one man she can trust–the slave who was meant only for her pleasure but is much more than he seems.

Demetrius had been captured in battle at the age of fifteen, and slavery was all he had known in his adult life. When the chance for him to escape comes along, his fate is inescapably bound to the noble warrior maiden whose voice and body he cannot resist.

Duty calls him to return to his kingdom, but the journey will take him places that will change him forever.

Together, they make their way through a den of thieves and an enchanted elf forest, but the biggest danger of all may be their fiery attraction to each other and the secret that will draw a dividing line between them.

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CassaStar by Alex J. Cavanaugh

CassaStar


From the Amazon Best Selling author –

To pilot the fleet’s finest ship…

Few options remain for Byron. A talented but stubborn young man with a troubled past and rebellious attitude, his cockpit skills are his only hope. Slated to train as a Cosbolt fighter pilot, Byron is determined to prove his worth and begin a new life as he sets off for the moon base of Guaard.

Much to Byron’s chagrin the toughest instructor in the fleet takes notice of the young pilot. Haunted by a past tragedy, Bassa eventually sees through Byron’s tough exterior and insolence. When a secret talent is revealed during training, Bassa feels compelled to help Byron achieve his full potential.

As war brews on the edge of space, time is running short. Byron requires a navigator of exceptional quality to survive, and Bassa must make a decision that could well decide the fate of both men. Will their skills be enough as they embark on a mission that may stretch their abilities to the limit?

“…calls to mind the youthful focus of Robert Heinlein’s early military sf, as well as the excitement of space opera epitomized by the many Star Wars novels. Fast-paced military action and a youthful protagonist make this a good choice for both young adult and adult fans of space wars.” – Library Journal

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Digital Detox by Damon Zahariades

Digital Detox: The Ultimate Guide To Beating Technology Addiction, Cultivating Mindfulness, and Enjoying More Creativity, Inspiration, And Balance In Your Life!


Are you addicted to your phone? Are you spending too much time on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram? Is the internet causing you to feel depressed, lethargic, and unmotivated?

If so, you’re not alone.

More people than ever are realizing their phones, laptops, and other devices are negatively impacting their quality of life. Their relationships are suffering. Their stress levels are increasing. Their sleep quality is in a tailspin. Many are even suffering chronic aches and pains.

Being constantly plugged in comes at a severe price.

Here’s the good news: there’s a simple way to enjoy a quieter, more relaxed daily experience. Take a vacation from technology.

In DIGITAL DETOX, Amazon bestselling author Damon Zahariades provides an effective, step-by-step plan.

Nothing is left to your imagination. Nothing is left unexplained. Every aspect, from the factors that led to your technology addiction to the life-changing benefits you’ll enjoy after taking a technology vacation, is detailed in this fast-moving action guide.

Creating a more rewarding lifestyle begins with giving yourself permission to disconnect.

Buy DIGITAL DETOX today to experience more creativity, less anxiety, and a boost of inspiration!

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Release date January 14, 2018.

Splatt.exe by Leon Andrews

Splatt.exe (Jack Splatt Book 1)


Jack Splatt: Daring commando. Legendary hero. And completely fictional… 

But try telling HIM that.

First Commander Jack Splatt is a one-man army. He’s fought entire campaigns against impossible odds with little more than a pack of chewing gum, his washboard abs, and a killer smile that makes women swoon.

Unfortunately, he’s only a video game character.

Developer and slightly obsessed fanboy Barry Lang is trying to bring his ’80s-era hero Jack to life — literally — through a new extreme-immersion augmented reality system. But when the Army comes knocking to seize his tech, he panics and activates the only not-yet-working build of the untested system. On himself.

That’s when Jack takes the wheel and starts doing what he does best: Taking out the bad guys. With Barry’s body. While Barry’s still in there.

Barry’s a far cry from a powerhouse of physical perfection, and Jack’s not the sharpest tool in the shed. But somehow they have to work together to stay ahead of the police, the Army, and random people Jack keeps pissing off along the way…

If only Barry could make Jack understand that in real life, you don’t get any respawns.

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Release date January 21, 2018.

Mail Order Bride: Westward winds by Linda Bridey

Mail Order Bride: Westward winds: A Clean Historical Cowboy Romance (Montana Mail Order Brides Book 1)


Bored socialite Tessa craves adventure, and finds it when she becomes a mail order bride to Montana rancher and widowed father Dean Samuels. Can this pair — as different as night and day — find love?
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Voidstalker by John Graham

Voidstalker


What glitters is gold, but beneath it is rot.

Humanity has a sprawling interstellar empire. Advances in science and the resources of countless frontier worlds have brought untold prosperity to its citizens. But how much of this wealth comes from dangerous experiments with alien technology?

As an elite intelligence operative, that question plagues Gabriel Thorn constantly. When contact is lost with a mysterious research facility, he is sent to investigate. But he finds a web of secrecy and lies which extends through the corridors of power and industry, and finds himself unprepared to confront the ancient evil buried deep within.

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The Joy Of Imperfection by Damon Zahariades

The Joy Of Imperfection: A Stress-Free Guide To Silencing Your Inner Critic, Conquering Perfectionism, and Becoming The Best Version Of Yourself!


Are you a perfectionist? Is your perfectionism causing you to feel stressed, irritated, and chronically unhappy?

“Perfectionism is just fear in really good shoes.”Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat, Pray, Love)

What if you could silence your inner critic and eliminate your fear of failure? How might these two simple changes improve your life?

Imagine being able to take action without the fear of self-criticism. Imagine no longer feeling paralyzed with indecision. Imagine finally letting go of your perfectionism, and feeling confident, enthusiastic, and inspired.

Amazon bestselling author, Damon Zahariades, offers a stimulating, thought-provoking guide that’ll help you to overcome your perfectionistic tendencies and enjoy a more rewarding life. He’ll take you, step by step, through a complete action plan designed to reverse your compulsion to be perfect. The tactics described in THE JOY OF IMPERFECTION have been used by thousands of people to silence their inner critics, embrace imperfection, and live without fear of others’ disapproval.

These tactics can produce the same results for you.

DOWNLOAD The Joy Of Imperfection: A Stress-Free Guide To Silencing Your Inner Critic, Conquering Perfectionism, and Becoming The Best Version Of Yourself!

 

In THE JOY OF IMPERFECTION, you’ll discover:

 

  • why you pursue perfection in the first place
  • how your perfectionism compels you to avoid taking risks
  • the harmful effect of negative self-talk (and how to stop it cold)
  • why perfectionism encourages procrastination
  • how perfectionism dampens your creativity (and how to reverse the effect)
  • why you have difficulty adapting to changing circumstances
  • how to tell whether your perfectionism is out of control
  • why your expectations may be at the heart of the problem
  • how to challenge your inner critic (and win every time!)
  • why your personal and professional growth is at risk
  • a simple way to use gamification to beat your perfectionism
  • how to use a popular productivity hack to control your perfectionism
  • 18 exercises designed to help you squash your perfectionistic behavior

 

Grab your copy of THE JOY OF IMPERFECTION today to finally muzzle your inner critic, leave fear behind, and become the best version of yourself!

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