Yes Means Yes

New grad student Katie Russell hears a violent struggle in a student's apartment above her own. Upstairs, she discovers Ava's naked and unconscious body lying on her bed. After a young man threatens Katie and runs away, she takes Ava to a hospital for an invasive sexual assault exam. Ava's inexplicable refusal to file a complaint forces Katie to testify in a university hearing, one that results in meaningless sanctions. Outraged, Katie teams with a stalwart retired police detective in a perilous attempt to seek justice and takes a clandestine job within the police department. As she searches for another victim, one willing to testify in court, she confronts issues of Title IX, rape culture, criminal law, and a university administration that prefers sexual assault to remain secret. In the book's urgent climax, Katie is drawn into the case on a personal level, with more than justice on the line.

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Steven M. Wells is a former executive at Microsoft, who also served as the board chair of the Microsoft Alumni Foundation. His efforts have helped steer the foundation’s grants of $750,000 to Microsoft alumni and their numerous philanthropic efforts. Wells’ experience with the foundation has involved him in some of the world’s greatest challenges, including disaster relief, health-care delivery, illiteracy prevention, juvenile-incarceration advocacy, and climate-change activism. Many of these issues share a common element: they disproportionately affect women.

Wells’ educational background includes a BS in engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder, which he chose for the location of his first work of fiction, Yes Means Yes. He received an MBA from Seattle University, a degree in wine production from South Seattle Community 

The Gloaming, Rise of the Stealth Vampire Elder

Set in present day Amsterdam, The Gloaming, Rise of the Stealth Vampire Elder by ML Worthingham chronicles the perilous struggles of European vampires, fighting to survive amidst the harsh reality they’re faced with following the slaughtering of their ancestors in the eighteenth century. Despite innovative technology at their fingertips and every modern luxury available, their contemporary lifestyle still comes with every bit of violence and danger endured by their predecessors. Valentin, a recognized leader of the European vampire community, works tirelessly to keep a fragile covenant: not a single vampire is to a kill a mortal. However, with both hazardous and compromising situations unfolding each and every day, this vow proves more and more difficult to keep as time goes on. In the blink of an eye, the entire community faces yet another summer conclusion with shocking developments and heart breaking loss.

ML Worthingham is a dark fantasy writer and author of his debut novel, The Gloaming – now available on Amazon. He grew up in Mill Valley, California where he started writing fiction as a teenager. When he isn't writing or delivering innovative new technology, he can be found traveling the world, mountain biking, or just getting another cup of coffee. Worthingham currently resides in Silicon Valley.

IsabellaUnashamed

Isabella of Castile is known as Europe's first great queen. Renowned for her marriage to Ferdinand of Aragon and birthing of modern day Spain, Isabella is also known as the queen who launched the Inquisition, completed the Reconquista, and expelled the Jews from her nation.  Not long after her triumph in 1492, her dynasty came apart and unraveled, and it was whispered by many that the Trastamara line was cursed. Her children either died prematurely or had horrible ends. Her most famous daughter, Catalina, became known as the ill-fated Katharine of Aragon, the first of Henry VIII of England's unfortunate six wives.

But what if Isabella had been wiser and not expelled the Jews—some of the very people who ironically helped put her on the throne of Castile? What if Isabella had had more foresight and had her successor be Catalina, who, although the youngest, was the most like her and the wisest of her children?  How would the power balance of 15th and 16thcentury Europe have shifted if Catalina had been the powerful queen regnant of Spain and not one of the 'merry wives' of Windsor?
With a joint effort Isabella Unashamed is written by two authors from very different cultural backgrounds who have nonetheless, joined together to create a haunting portrait of Spain's most famous queen, as well as a glimpse of what might have been had Isabella been wiser.

 

Carolina Casas

Carolina Casas has  a BA in History from the University of Texas at El Paso. Her hobbies are reading, writing, and drawing.

History has always been a big passion of hers. Her love of learning is strong and she believes history is not exact because there are so many gaps missing and the records are not absolute truth. Her favorite historical figures are  Elizabeth I of England, Isabella I of Castile, Edward I of England, Emperor Justinian and his consort, Theodora, Lady Xoc, wife of Itzamnaaj B’alam II, Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Paul, Hatshepsut, Empress Wu Zetian, and Rameses II.

Helen R. Davis

Helen R. Davis is a Savant author, editor and proofreader. Her debut novel, CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED, explores the myth, legend, and history behind Cleopatra VII, the final queen of Egypt, and imagines how the world would have been different if she and her second husband, Marc Antony, had triumphed at the Battle of Actium, which was an important naval battle in the 1st century B.C. She has previously been featured online at http://buckrail.com/176398731699027968/casper-is-home-to-a-budding-historical-fictio, which is an online news source for her hometown of Casper, Wyoming.

 

Big-Hearted Charlie Runs The Mile

Big-Hearted Charlie Runs The Mile is based on a true story about a little boy who joins a track team and works hard to overcome his small size as he runs against boys who are much bigger. At first, he never wins a race. But Charlie doesn't give up, and his hard work pays off. He becomes a champion on the track and later a true hero in real life as a U.S. Navy SEAL. Published in April 2017 by Legacies & Memories Publishing, Big-Hearted Charlie Runs The Mile is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other major booksellers.

 

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Krista Keating-Joseph is the mother of Navy SEAL Charles Keating IV, whose life was tragically taken fighting ISIS in Iraq on May 3, 2016. A devout Catholic, her faith, support of her loved ones, and now publication of Big-Hearted Charlie Runs the Mile has enabled her to cope with the devastating loss of her son. Just like Charlie, Krista always loved to run and has remained an avid runner throughout her life. A graduate of the University of Arizona, Krista went on to found the Arizona Track Club as well as coach the girls cross country team at Arcadia High School in Phoenix, Arizona. She currently resides in Ponte Vedra, Florida with her husband, Ron, and Charlie’s sister, Ali. For more information, visit bigheartedcharlie.com.

Girl from Ipanema

There are 2 books in Ur Legend fantasy series: Sun Valley, Moon Mountains, and The Girl From Ipanema, by Ajax Minor.

The Girl From Ipanema: The World Turned Upside Down, has just been released (June 2017), and in it, Ajax Minor has created a world-clashing, universe-shaking adventure in which his character “Ur,” whom he has based on the daughter that he lost, must grapple with forces of good and evil, life and death, and struggle with foes that are both external and internal. The multi-layered narrative is at once a page-turning adventure, an exploration of human emotion and grief, and a serious look at issues facing the world we live in that are rooted in science and philosophy.

Both installments, Sun Valley Moon Mountains and  The Girl from Ipanema are smart, non-traditional fantasy stories driven by unexpected protagonists that readers of Neil Gaiman and Ted Chiang will enjoy. On a deeper level, the books grapple with questions about the world we live in, rooted in science and philosophy.

Ajax Minor was born in Danbury, Connecticut, on September 11, 1950. He ‘prepped’ at Danbury High School and received an A.B. from Princeton in 1972. After graduation he moved to New York City and began a career as a bond trader. He and his wife lived in Manhattan and Brooklyn for twenty years, and spent another twenty in Denver, Colorado, where their daughter Katherine was born, and died. Presently they reside in Monterey, California. Minor began writing after the death of Katherine. Though the novel is his preferred medium of expression, he has also written a few short stories and some poetry, available on his website, ajaxminor.com.

Thomas Keech

Doc Doc Zeus: A Novel of White Coat Crime by Thomas Keech follows the life of Dr. Hardwicke Zeus. Zeus is successful physician, who cheats on his wife, degrades his mistress, stiffs his medical partners and defrauds insurance companies. Most problematic of all is his deep-seated misogyny, which he takes out on his female patients. The medical board knows he drugged and raped Katherine two years before, but is helpless to do anything about it. His current victim is sixteen-year-old Diane. Diane is intelligent and strong-willed, but she is also an unwed mother who at fourteen has given her baby away for adoption, has lost faith in her church, and is having trouble reconnecting with her only two friends. Even as she cherishes her relationship with Dr. Zeus, Diane resists some of his sexual demands and finds it necessary as a matter of survival to lie to him about taking the drugs he prescribes for her. With a little help from a new friend, she gradually figures out that she is being used, and what to do about it. 

Doc Doc Zeus will be available on Amazon and wherever books are sold.
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THOMAS KEECH is a retired Assistant Attorney General for the state of Maryland having represented the State Board of Physicians for sixteen years in its attempt to discipline doctors who were sexual predators, perpetrators of insurance fraud, violators of self-referral laws, and many other types of misbehavior. Prior to this, he served for thirteen years as the Chairman of a state administrative appeals board. Before that, he was an attorney and lobbyist for the Legal Aid Bureau of Baltimore for seven years.

Currently, Keech is a contractual consultant to the Maryland State Board of Physicians, where he write regulations, coordinates with other boards and agencies, and participates in investigations.

He also authored Unemployment Insurance [Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers, 1991], As well as the novels The Crawlspace Conspiracy [Baskerville, 1995], Prey for Love [Real Nice Books, 2011], and Hot Box in the Pizza District [Real Nice Books, 2015]. The novels dealt with state politics, teenagers entangled in suburban corruption and college romance, respectively.

Learn more about Thomas Keech on www.realnicebooks.com or by connecting with him on Facebook or Goodreads.

Doc Doc Zeus will be available on Amazon and wherever books are sold.

Anne Boleyn

Interview with author, Helen R. Davis, for her newest book on Anne Boleyn, entitled The Most Happy: an Alternate History of Anne Boleyn. This book will be released on July 25, 2017. It will be available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and many other book vendors. 

To get a signed copy, please contact Helen R, Davis at:
davishelen0@gmail.com

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Helen R. Davis is the award winning author of CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED. She has previously been featured on Publish with Connie about three other novels_ Athena, the warrior queen of Yavdolo, Evita: My Argentina, and Cleopatra Unconquered. She is anticiaping the release of CLEOPATRA victorious, the Sequel to Cleopatra Unconquered, with Savant. WHile in the process, she has taken pen to paper for her own unique take on the adored and reviled Anne Boleyn, wife of Henry VIII. This novel has been published in Madrid, Spain, with Calliope Editorial.

Athena, the Warrior Queen of Yavdolo

Athena, the Warrior Queen of Yavdolo

About Athena, the Warrior Queen of Yavdolo

Damlol is a planet located outside the reaches of Earth and the solar system, a peaceful world from which many colonists from Earth left centuries ago, fleeing a worldwide caliphate. But all is not as it seems. Athena, the princess of a country known as Yavdolo, is growing up in a turbulent time. The kingdom of Avodla desires to crush all other nations and cover the world in an oppressive dictatorship--similar to the one the colonists fled from so many centuries ago. This is the story of a girl of great courage and her many adventures, the first in a series. Click here to check out the Book Trailer.

 

Interview with Helen R Davis on May  8, 2017

About Helen R. Davis

Helen R. Davis, whose first novel was CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED, began researching Eva Perón, a woman just as fascinating and interesting as Cleopatra VII, in 2001, around the same time her writing journey began.  Davis discovered Eva in a collective biography called  LIVES OF EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN: Rulers, Rebels (and what the Neighbors Thought) that featured 20 short stories about famous women who had influenced nations, from Cleopatra to Indira Gahndi. Though the stories of women such as Isabella of Spain, Elizabeth I of England, and Joan of Arc, all who were featured in the book, were known to her, it was Eva's that caught Davis's attention as she was entranced by Eva's brief but Hollywood-esque life and story She then began reading biographies of Evita in English, and even studied Spanish in honor of this legendary woman. In 2007, Davis finally went to Argentina to absorb the myth, legend, and history of Evita.  In this process, she went to the Eva Peron Museum in Buenos Aires and even met people who had known the First Lady.

Helen R. Davis can be reached at: http://www.helendavisbooks.org/;
davishelen0@gmail.com or 567 - 825 - 8688 or HelenRDavis.com

Evita: My Argentina

About Evita: My Argentina

EVITA: MY ARGENTINA is the result of this quest to bring a human face to Evita, one not a saint, not a prostitute,  not a revolutionary, but to show the woman behind the myth. Davis writes in Eva's own voice, much as she did for Cleopatra in CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED.  Told in the first person, beginning, as Eva is dying of cancer, abandoned at the height of her power by all who loved her (or at least, who loved what she could do for them), Davis shows us a larger-than-life heroine who was, really deep down, just a girl who wanted love and acceptance.

Evita is available on a limited release in Paperback and Kindle at : http://publishwithconnie.com/evita

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About Helen R. Davis

Helen R. Davis, whose first novel was CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED, began researching Eva Perón, a woman just as fascinating and interesting as Cleopatra VII, in 2001, around the same time her writing journey began.  Davis discovered Eva in a collective biography called  LIVES OF EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN: Rulers, Rebels (and what the Neighbors Thought) that featured 20 short stories about famous women who had influenced nations, from Cleopatra to Indira Gahndi. Though the stories of women such as Isabella of Spain, Elizabeth I of England, and Joan of Arc, all who were featured in the book, were known to her, it was Eva's that caught Davis's attention as she was entranced by Eva's brief but Hollywood-esque life and story She then began reading biographies of Evita in English, and even studied Spanish in honor of this legendary woman. In 2007, Davis finally went to Argentina to absorb the myth, legend, and history of Evita.  In this process, she went to the Eva Peron Museum in Buenos Aires and even met people who had known the First Lady.

Helen R. Davis can be reached at: http://www.helendavisbooks.org/;
davishelen0@gmail.com or
567 825 8688

Writing, Snow, and Winter Scenes

It’s snowing today. I love watching the snow fall. I grew up in Texas where snow rarely fell, and when it did, the whole world stopped. We rarely got over an inch of snow there, but usually it came with a layer of ice, as well. There’s no snow removal equipment there, so everything stopped until it melted!

I still marvel at the beauty of watching the snow fall and stick to the trees like frosting on a cake. I don’t like shoveling the snow, but few do! It’s watching it fall through the air and landing on the trees, the grass, and everything that somehow amuses me. I think it is still the novelty of it. While a couple of years ago, we had too much snow! There was so much, we couldn’t just plow and be done. We actually had to scoop it up in trucks and dump it some place. The mounds of snow don’t stay nice and pristine. They get turned to black with who knows what! Yet, I still like watching it fall and cover the earth like a fluffy white blanket.

Writing during a snow storm seems ideal. Writing, while drinking hot chocolate, and fantasizing about whatever comes to mind like the abominable snow man or the great white yeti with yellow eyes. In North Texas where I spent most of my adult years, it was too flat to have hidden anything like the yeti or abominable snow man! Now that I live in the northeast, you can imagine that yeti trekking through your back yard into the woods.

Today, however, I am glad to be in a nice warm house, drinking my hot chocolate, watching the snow fall, and writing this blog post. As a writer, it is easy to get distracted, stressed, and a hundred-and-one other emotions that take you out of your writing. So, take it easy, make some hot chocolate, and watch the snow fall. If a yeti or abominable snow man trek across your yard, maybe you can write about their adventures. If not, take a bit of time off to watch the snow fall and rest your brain. That’s just as important!