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by Becca Dale

Western Escape   An all new Western Romance line from Decadent Publishing

Experience the West in our town of Freewill, Wy.

What started as a trading post in the 1800’s evolved into a mining town and ranching center equipped with its very own ghost and a colorful cast of characters.

Meet Freewill residents past and present in our historical and contemporary romance stories.  Ride out with hot and dusty cowboys on the Misbegotten Gains Ranch, grab a cup of coffee and a famous slice of pie at the local diner, and experience the lives and loves of Freewill residents through the eyes of authors like Desiree Holt,  Camryn Rhys, Becca Dale, KevaD, Ann Mayburn, and Barbara Sheridan.

See our Submissions Guidelines and more about characters and series details at westernescapededecadentpublishing.blogspot.com


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Frederick Brooke Author- DOING MAX VINYL


by Frederick Brooke

Doing Max Vinyl by Frederick Brooke

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This fast-paced thriller has a colorful cast of Chicago characters.  Enter the world of Max Vinyl, whose computer recycling company is enjoying growth that can only be called explosive, especially when his environmentalist girlfriend finds out his dirty secret.  Learn how returning Iraq war veteran Annie Ogden reacts when her sister is threatened by two of Max Vinyl’s thugs. How will Max Vinyl counter the devastating attacks of three violent and vengeful women? By the end of the week, having extricated himself from one situation after another that would be hilarious if only they were happening to someone else, Max Vinyl finds himself in a desperate struggle, fighting for his survival. Will Annie Ogden find the answers she’s looking for? Nonstop comic action leads to a killer finale in this genre-bending tale of corporate chacanery and good old-fashioned betrayal.

Book Reviews:

“I am a big fan of urban-based thriller novels, and I love humorous wacky off-color authors like Bill Fitzhugh (Pest Control, Cross-Dressing) and Christopher Moore (Blood-sucking Fiends, The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove). With a similar flair and skill for raising the mundane to a comic sublime, Brooke presents us in “Doing Max Vinyl” with Annie Ogden, a fascinating central character rich in complexities ranging from sibling rivalry to combat trauma. She is smart, strong, and driven by haunting reverberations of her military service, yet true to the phenotype of post-traumatic stress disorder, is adrift in a society to which she has trouble re-adjusting. Her character echoes other strong female leads but stands out in its anchoring in her internal struggles, vulnerabilities, and iron discipline to press on and make a difference”  E. Ingersoll

Frederick Lee Brooke hits one out of the park with DOING MAX VINYL: a terrific cast, a female military veteran looking for her place in the world, and a timely topic. Brooke does a wonderful job with his characters – such a good job that I struggled with who I liked most With Max Vinyl, I fluctuated between feeling sorry for the guy and cheering for whoever would find the means to measure Vinyl for a pair of concrete loafers. Ike and Tranny are a couple of small-time hoods with serious personality disorders, but you’ve got to love their stick-to-itiveness and willpower … Quick-read chapters and intelligent writing make this book a fun and interesting read. Would recommend it to everyone – even if you don’t think this is your kind of book – it actually is.by Deanna S.

  Taken from All Mystery! enewsletter


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University of Arizona Poetry Center- UA Prose Series Reading: Brent Hendricks and Nicole Walker & Shop Talk: The Poetry of J. Michael Martínez, Carmen Giménez Smith, and Roberto Tejada

This Week at the Poetry Center

UA Prose Series Reading: Brent Hendricks and Nicole Walker
TONIGHT! Monday, April 22 at 7:00 p.m.
Sponsored by the UA Department of English
Brent Hendricks’ newly released memoir, A Long Day at the End of the World, recounts the chilling discovery of his father’s body among hundreds of abandoned and decayed corpses at the Tri-State Crematory in Georgia in February 2002. Nicole Walker’s new nonfiction book, Quench Your Thirst with Salt, is “part affecting memoir, part lyric meditation on water, part cultural critique, but finally about all that is unquenchable in the human experience” (Robin Hemley).
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Shop Talk: The Poetry of J. Michael Martínez, Carmen Giménez Smith, and Roberto Tejada
Tuesday, April 23 at 6:00 p.m.
Join us for a triple feature at this Shop Talk led by poet, dancer, and University of Arizona MFA graduate Christina Vega-Westhoff. She will lead us in a discussion of the work of J. Michael Martínez, Carmen Giménez Smith, and Roberto Tejada, three exciting contemporary poets who will read for the Poetry Center on April 25.
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Latino/a Poetry Now: J. Michael Martínez, Carmen Giménez Smith, and Roberto Tejada
Thursday, April 25 at 7:00 p.m.
Co-sponsored by Letras Latinas/Poetry Society of America
This reading, showcasing a new generation of Latino/a poets, is part of “Latino/a Poetry Now,” a two-year national tour sponsored by Letras Latinas and the Poetry Society of America. Francisco Aragón, director of Letras Latinas, will open the event, and poets J. Michael Martínez, Carmen Giménez Smith, and Roberto Tejada will read from their work. The reading will be followed by a question and answer session and book signing.
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Family Days
Saturday, April 27
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

This month’s Family Day features a rocking dance party by special guest dancers from BreakOut Studios! Other poem-happenings include Poetry Joeys creative writing workshops, yoga, multilingual story time, a book club based around The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and more!
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Peggy Shumaker and Eloise Klein Healy

New on voca:
Peggy Shumaker &
Eloise Klein Healy

New on voca, the Poetry Center’s online audio/video library:Peggy Shumaker reads from Toucan Nest: Poems of Costa Rica (2013) and Eloise Klein Healy reads from A Wild Surmise: New & Selected Poems & Recordings (2013). Both poets read their work at the Poetry Center on March 21, 2013.(Photo by Cybele Knowles)

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