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Bumpy Landings by Donald J. Carey

Across the field, a couple of small planes cast long shadows as the sun inched its way toward the western horizon.

Then Jordan heard the sound he was hoping for. He looked out into the sky above the ocean where a small white plane with a red tail buzzed over the waves, flying parallel to the runway. As the plane flew past, Jordan imagined he was the one at the controls, with one eye on the airport and the other on the altimeter, waiting for just the right moment to turn into the base leg of the landing pattern.

All his life, Jordan MacDonald has dreamed of taking flight and soaring above the majestic mountains of his native Hawaii, but he doesn’t dare disobey his mother, who has absolutely forbidden him from flying. Suddenly everything changes when, spurred by the pain of a failed relationship, Jordan begins working toward the coveted pilot’s license. Just as he finds love again, Jordan’s lies start to close in around him, and he soon learns that a life full of dishonesty attracts more turbulence than he’s ever faced in the air.

Set against the exotic backdrop of the Hawaiian islands, this thrilling tale of romance and self-discovery is a perfect vacation from the average love story. Join Jordan as he tests the limits of friendship and finds out just how far his dreams can carry him. Entertaining and engaging, Bumpy Landings will take you to new heights with each turn of the page.

When he was eleven years old, Don Carey moved with his family to the Hawaiian town of La’ie, where his father taught at BYU-Hawaii. Don is a graduate of Kahuku High School where, when he wasn’t in the band room, he could be found in the library with his nose in a book.

Don was awarded the David O. McKay scholarship to attend BYU-Hawaii, where he met his lovely wife, Kara. During college, he scratched his creative itch by participating in a number of musical organizations, including the Polynesian Cultural Center Brass Band, and added a music minor to his degree in Computer Science.

Once the responsibilities of work and family took over his life, Don found the creative itch was better handled through writing fiction, and has enjoyed working to develop this talent.

Don currently lives in a small town outside Fort Worth, Texas with his wife and two daughters. His day job involves writing computer programs, which is almost the same as writing fiction, but with a lot more semicolons.

Dearly Departed by Tristi Pinkston

Ida Mae Babbitt has done her community service and is a reformed woman—no more law-breaking for her. But when Arlette’s granddaughter Eden discovers a mystery in a fancy nursing home, Ida Mae—with the perfect excuse of a broken wrist and a broken ankle—checks herself into the place. After all, it is for the greater good. Soon she’s buzzing around in her motorized wheelchair, questioning the residents and swiping files from the office. She’s bound and determined to get to the bottom of this case. But can she solve the mystery before she becomes the next victim?

Dearly Departed will be released on January 14th. Will post a link to where it can be purchased as soon as it becomes available.

With her crisp writing style and attention to detail, Tristi Pinkston pulls her readers into the pages of history and helps them feel the emotions that fueled the events of that time. She has been hailed as one of the most talented historical fiction writers currently on the market.

Jeff Needle's review for AML, said, "This kind of writing can only come about when the author has thoroughly researched her subject and worked very hard to put herself in the place of her protagonist."

Dearly Departed is Tristi's sixth book.

The Fallen Guardian by Steven R. Burke

Book 2 in The Guardian Chronicles.

As Kana flew toward the southern edge of the Black Forest, she could see a massive group of orcs below her... She knew that this day would mark the end of the elves' reign in the land.

On the eve of battle, Kishi gathers her troops and prepares for the greatest fight of her life, knowing that this could mean the end of all she holds dear. The Orcs are moving and the evil that has already broken apart her home and family is reaching ever further across the land she hold dear. With the help of those still loyal to her and her cause, Kishi must ride out and meet the force that threatens her very livelihood.

In the thrilling second installment of The Guardian Chronicles swords finally cross and irrevocable allegiances met. Join author Steven R. Burke once again for the epic tale of The Fallen Guardian.

Steven R. Burke: I work as a manager of technical services for a web based medical software company. When I am not working or writing I enjoy time with my family, participating in or watching sports, serving in my church, and playing games when time permits. I currently live in Utah with my wife and son.

Kay'svile by Sheralyn Pratt

Book 4 in the Rhea Jensen series.

Utah. On Kathryn McCoy's list of top ten places she never wants to live, it's right up there at the top. When she accepts a job transfer to the Beehive state, Kathryn knows it's a step down career-wise, but it also reunites her with her best friend, Rhea Jensen - the private investigator she's learned to rely on for all her best scoops. And when a mother is shot in her own home, Kathryn turns to Rhea and the self-righteous Officer Dahl to get her exclusive on finding the evidence that will put the killer behind bars. But what Kathryn doesn't expect is for Dahl to awaken the ghosts of her past that will set her on the path to healing.

Sheralyn Pratt was born at an early age, with 10 fingers and 10 toes. She is proud to report that she currently retains all 20 digits. In the past Sheralyn has been a karate instructor, musical theater performer, a beach bum, freelance writer, nomadic traveler, and, yes, a private investigator. At the moment she enjoys working with and training her dog to give the poor thing breaks from sitting and Sheralyn's feet with the unbearable task of watching someone write a book.

Really, and you thought your job was bad!

Sheralyn currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah, although as people who know her can attest to, that is subject to change at any time.

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1 comment:

Melanie Jacobson said...

I'm excited for Don! It's a good book. And I LOVE the Rhea Jensen series.