“It’s not about the War. It’s about the warrior.” AFTER: The Battle Has Just Begun by RJ Belle

  It’s not about the war. It’s about the warrior.   Publication Date: March 6, 2016 Genre: Military Non-Fiction   Meet eight combat-injured men who sustained life-altering injuries. Read eight inspiring stories of heroism and the re-building of independent, productive and fulfilling lives after seemingly impossible circumstances. This project looks at the struggles of these incredible men to reshape their lives after combat. It also sets these stories within the context of current veteran healthcare; injury, suicide, and disability statistics; and looks briefly at Read More …

#BookReview: REDEMPTION ROAD by John Hart

Imagine: A boy with a gun waits for the man who killed his mother. A troubled detective confronts her past in the aftermath of a brutal shooting. After thirteen years in prison, a good cop walks free as deep in the forest, on the altar of an abandoned church, a body cools in pale linen… This is a town on the brink. This is Redemption Road. Brimming with tension, secrets, and betrayal, Redemption Road proves Read More …

#BookReview: The APACHE WARS by Paul Andrew Hutton

In the tradition of Empire of the Summer Moon, a stunningly vivid historical account of the manhunt for Geronimo and the 25-year Apache struggle for their homeland They called him Mickey Free. His kidnapping started the longest war in American history, and both sides–the Apaches and the white invaders—blamed him for it. A mixed-blood warrior who moved uneasily between the worlds of the Apaches and the American soldiers, he was never trusted by either but Read More …

#MondayBlogs: Unleashed Pet Owners and “Friendly” Dogs

Leashes. They aren’t difficult to use at all. Really. You clip one end on the dog’s collar or harness, and you hold the other end in your hand. Then you go outside and walk. The leash magically keeps your dog by your side, out of traffic, out of other people’s yards, and away from other dogs. It’s such a simple concept. Yet people in my neighborhood seem to find leashes too heavy and cumbersome. Or Read More …

#BookReview – WRITING MY WRONGS: Life, Death, And Redemption In An American Prison

In 1991, Shaka Senghor was sent to prison for second-degree murder. Today, he is a lecturer at universities, a leading voice on criminal justice reform, and an inspiration to thousands. In life, it’s not how you start that matters. It’s how you finish. Shaka Senghor was raised in a middle class neighborhood on Detroit’s east side during the height of the 1980s crack epidemic. An honor roll student and a natural leader, he dreamed of becoming a doctor—but Read More …

Good, Evil, and Hope – FRACTURED EDEN by Steven Gossington

When a doctor loses everything and is forced to start over, he finds himself in a strange town filled with addiction and mental illness. Now he must find a way to survive his dark and deadly patients … Dr. Aaron Rovsing, Family Practice Physician, is fired from his medical practice in Connecticut because of alleged incompetence. After he flees and starts over in a town in East Texas, he discovers that things are not as Read More …

#BookReview – THAT DARKNESS: A Gardiner and Renner Novel by Lisa Black

As a forensic investigator for the Cleveland Police Department, Maggie Gardiner has seen her share of Jane Does. The latest is an unidentified female in her early teens, discovered in a local cemetery. More shocking than the girl’s injuries–for Maggie at least–is the fact that no one has reported her missing. She and the detectives assigned to the case (including her cop ex-husband) are determined to follow every lead, run down every scrap of evidence. Read More …

#BookReview – IT TAKES ONE: An Audrey Harte Novel by Kate Kessler

They say there are no secrets in a small town… Criminal psychologist Audrey Harte is returning home after seven years. She’ll have to face the whispers and the rumors that have haunted her family since she left. Because when Audrey was thirteen, she and her best friend Maggie killed Maggie’s abusive father. Her first night back in town ends in a fight with a drunken Maggie, with her old crush Jake to witness it all. Read More …

#BookReview – NEW YORK EXPOSED: The Police Scandal That Shocked the Nation and Launched the Progressive Era

On a Sunday morning in early 1892, Reverend Dr. Charles H. Parkhurst ascended to his pulpit at the Madison Square Presbyterian Church in New York and delivered one of the most explosive sermons in the city’s history. Municipal life, he charged, was morally corrupt. Vice was rampant. And the city’s police force and its Tammany Hall politicians were”a lying, perjured, rum-soaked, and libidinous lot.” Denounced by city and police officials as a self-righteous “blatherskite,” Parkhurst Read More …

#MondayBlogs – I’m So Lost! My Early Experiences With Neurological Lyme Disease

Many of you are aware that I have late-stage, chronic Lyme disease. I was diagnosed eight or nine years ago, after decades of misdiagnoses (and no diagnosis). When doctors—or anyone—ask me when I first got sick, the answer comes with difficulty. That hesitation is partly because I don’t have a definitive answer, and largely because I don’t remember ever feeling “well”. Now, all these decades later, I know that my early experiences with the way Read More …