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    Welcome to this esteemed panel authors Bernard Maestras, Christina Hoag and Bruce Coffin to talk about gangs in America. Street gangs, in other countries, fighting for turf and territory and how does their real life jobs come into play when writing about gangs, gang wars and those young people that get roped into joining them considering them their family. Young people that get into trouble on the street, do drugs, smoke and drink often find themselves falling prey to these gangs to get money, feel safe and protected. Author Christina Hoag's novel Skin of Tatoos and Bernard's Novel Concrete Smile will illuminate readers about this topic. Bruce Coffin is a detective and deals with this issue in his job. Welcome these great authors to this panel. Fran Lewis: Just reviews/MJ magazine

  • The Washington Power Play

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    Washington Power Play: A political thiller
    In typical Topol style, Washington Power Play spins a tale of international intrigue, deception, and corruption at the highest levels of power. Kelly Cameron, a young FBI agent, has just thwarted a terrorist attack on the Walter Reed hospital in Washington, and is now assigned to a task force let by General Darrell Cartwright to find a mole in the U.S. Government. She soon finds evidence of a plot initiated by the Chinese government supporting General Cartwright to be elected as the U.S. President.
      Kelly's efforts to thwart this plan are hindered by Xiang Shen, a Chinese diplomat who was once her lover, and Andrew Martin, a powerful Washington lawyer, who has strong ties to the Chinese. Kelly faces danger with repeated attacks on her life and her daughter's kidnapping. At stake in the Washington Power Play is the global balance of power.

    Allan Topol is the author of eleven novels of international intrigue. Two of them, Spy Dance and Enemy of My Enemy, were national best sellers. His novels have been translated into Japanese, Portuguese, and Hebrew. One was optioned and three are in development for movies. In addition to his fiction writing, Allan Topol coauthored a two-volume legal treatise entitled Superfund Law and Procedure. He wrote a weekly column for Military.com and has published articles in numerous periodicals including the New York Times, Washington Post, and Yale Law Journal. Join us in the chatroom with your questions. Fran Lewis Just reviews/MJ magazine  

  • Book Lights with Debra Parmley Presents Brotherhood Protectors Kindle World

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    Host Debra Parmley chats with Elle James about the new Brotherhood Protectors series and Debra's book Montana Marine.
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  • spotlight: A FINE IMITATION

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    A Fine Imitation
    Amber Brock
    Though Vera has beauty, pedigree, and a penthouse at the Angelus—the most coveted address on Park Avenue—she is living in quiet desperation. Amid the sparkling whirl of Prohibition-era Manhattan, she sustains her place at the top of the city’s pecking order through an unbroken loop of empty socializing and rigid adherence to propriety, which includes never wondering aloud why she waits nightly in her cavernous apartment for a husband who seldom comes home.
    Then Emil Hallan arrives at the Angelus to paint a mural above its glittering subterranean pool. The handsome French artist shrouds his work, and himself, in secrecy, piquing Vera’s curiosity and sparking feelings in her that soon become impossible to ignore. Is he the man he claims to be? Vera can’t suppress her suspicions, for she too knows a little something about keeping secrets. After all, she secured her place in society by closely guarding her own from her time at Vassar, when her friendship with the bold, artistically gifted Bea Stillman brought her to the brink of catastrophe and social exile.
    When the dangerous mysteries of Emil’s past come to light, Vera faces an impossible choice: cling to her familiar world of privilege or risk everything for the enigmatic man who has taken her heart, and may break it. Dazzling and compulsively readable, A Fine Imitation explores what happens when we realize that the lives we’ve been born to lead are not the lives that will make us happy. Join me in the chat room when I interview Jill


  • Amelie Diamant Holmstrom

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    An educator with over 4 decades of experience, Amelie Diamant-Holmstrom discusses her books, "Conversations with Thomas," "Destined For Greatness," and "Yes, I Can," all written in an effort to provide parents, teachers and the educational system with insights on how to support, nurture and cultivate children to thrive, survive and live life with joy and passion.