BOOK NOTES .
the New Age Fiction WINNER of the International Book Awards Is . . .
Murder on Easter
Island: A Daniel “Hawk” Fishinghawk Mystery by Gary D. Conrad, author of the award-winning The Lhasa Trilogy and Oklahoma Is Where I Live.
Debuts Its First Young Adult Fiction: BETWEEN
A YA ghost story, Between
is a first for both Rainbow and Texas author Dora Hilburn. Set in the quaint seaside Florida panhandle town of Apalachicola,
BETWEEN is a sweet coming-of-age novel that features introverted Anna Riggs, who has just inherited an old Victorian
home from her great uncle Archie. She and her archaeologist dad begin an 8-month-long restoration project—with
plans to sell the old house when it’s finished to pay for Anna’s college tuition. Normally shy Anna makes a few local friends and discovers a handsome ghostly
inhabitant of the house. Denise Getson, author of Dry Souls, says, “In Anna, Hilburn
has created a heroine who is real and relatable. One moment heart-warming, the next moment heart-breaking, BETWEEN movingly
explores the wrenching choices Anna must make when she discovers love in the unlikeliest of places. The seaside town of Apalachicola
provides a beautiful and haunting backdrop for this otherworldly coming-of-age romance.”
Holden is Back!Robert
Downs has worked his magic once again with the second in his Casey Holden, Private Investigator series. In Downs' newest release, Graceful Immortality, smart-mouthed womanizer Casey Holden is hired to solve the murder of a young dancer at the Virginia Dance
Company. What he discovers is an industry more cutthroat
than he imagined and suspects with more than enough motives to drop one dead dancer in the back corner of the nearest parking
lot: Lusty lovers past and present, dancers young and old, an owner eager to keep her dance company in the black—and
more than one person who would like to feed Casey to the fishes. To learn who killed the dancer and why, he’ll have to stay ahead of the VBPD, execute an end run around a medical
examiner fond of fiddling with more than just medical records, match step for step the dance company’s less than cooperative
staff, and deal with an unexpected, unsolved murder from the distant past. J.A. Kazimer, author of The Fairyland Murders, says, “Fans of Travis McGee are in for a treat as Robert Downs’ latest book, Graceful
Immortality, delivers every bit of suspense, mystery, and femme fatales in bathing suits one expects from the genre McGee
made famous. Casey Holden is a smart, smooth-talking PI who grabs the reader in a stranglehold and doesn’t let go as
the twists unfold. Murder might be first on his mind, but sex isn’t far. So slather on the sunscreen, squeeze into those
leg warmers, and prepare for a fun, wild mystery reminiscent of the late, great John MacDonald.”
STARRED Review goes to False as the Day Is Long: A Keegan Shaw Mystery
Library Journal is one of the book industry’s leading prepublication review vehicles. Getting a review in
LJ is a real boon to a book’s promotion, but a starred review means they’ve deemed a book “the best of the
best.” In the May issue of LJ’s Mystery column — a Mother’s Day feature — reviewer
Teresa L. Jacobsen told readers, “Don’t miss the secret-keeping mother in Sandra J. Robson’s twisty
debut, False as the Day Is Long.” Following the introduction came the
issue’s reviews, including a starred review for False as the Day Is Long! It reads:
“Almost on a lark, Floridian freelance photojournalist Keegan takes on a sleuthing assignment and finds
her subject more complicated than expected. Abby’s daughter, Sunni, has asked Keegan to follow Abby to London. Secretive
about her past, Abby has been acting suspiciously and Sunni thinks London might be where her birth father lives. Believing
she’s on a paternity hunt, Keegan soon learns that Abby was party to an unsolved murder that claimed her roommate’s
life back in 1966. Abby might be seeking closure for a terrible chapter in her life, but now someone else wants to eliminate
her entirely. Keegan is caught up in a swirling scene of jealousy, long-simmering hatred, and folks on the run. VERDICT One woman’s search for her past threatens those who were left behind. Robson’s
effective use of twists and turns is nicely paced and introduces an engaging protagonist with plenty of her own skeletons
in the closet to explore. More Keegan, please.”
Because the book begins with a character searching
for her birth father, we’ve put the ebook of False as the Day is Long on sale for 99 cents on Amazon.com
(all countries) for the week surrounding Father’s Day. The eBookBargainNews folks will be doing an email blast (because
the book received a starred review) on Wednesday, June 12. The sale runs until June 19, around 5 p.m.
Your Family's Assets in Florida (Second Edition) by Largo attorney, featured in November’s SCENE
Protecting Your Family’s Assets in Florida: How to Legally Use Medicaid to Pay for Nursing Home and Assisted Living
Care is featured in the December 2012 issue of SCENE Sarasota, “Southwest Florida’s longest running, most established civic, social and business
publication.” The review was featured and recommended in Dr. Ryan G. Van Cleave’s book review column, “Literary
Scene,” on page 95.
Florida, private-pay costs at nursing facilities can exceed six thousand dollars per month," says Frazier, a Largo attorney
who practices in the fields of Elder Law, Medicaid Planning, and Veterans Benefits Law. "Many families cannot afford
to pay such excessive amounts — which can total more than seventy thousand dollars per year. The Florida Medicaid program
can offer a solution to the high cost of nursing home and assisted living care. But Medicaid has such strict asset-and-income
limitations that most people believe it can be used by only the very poor.
"Fortunately, the U.S. Congress and Florida law provide opportunities to help families receive financial assistance
through Medicaid and protect hard-earned assets. With proper planning, even those whose assets and income greatly exceed the
limits for Medicaid can qualify for benefits."
Whether planning for a family’s future or in immediate,
desperate need of lawful answers for the reader, a spouse or a loved one, Protecting Your Family’s Assets in Florida
can help. Written in easy-to-read language, it provides examples for the most common Medicaid scenarios faced by families
in Florida. Complete with a glossary that defines terms specific to both Eldercare law and applications for Medicaid in Florida.
The new edition includes all the information found in the
first edition, updated, as well as an update on the Florida powers of attorney; an expanded Veterans Benefits chapter; a life
care planning chapter; a new chapter on alternative housing choices, another way of protecting assets; a new chapter on the
role of geriatric care managers and how to select them; a new chapter on how to select an assisted living facility (ALF);
a new chapter on how to select a nursing home; a new chapter on psychological aspects of aging; a new chapter that warns consumers
about the unlicensed practice of law in Florida; and, a new Florida Medicaid managed care update.
Advance review copies are now available to reviewers and the media by request from Betsy Lampe
at email@example.com. John R. Frazier, J.D., LL.M., is available through his website, http://www.estatelegalplanning.com/
Individuals can buy the book in trade softcover, as an EPUB Nook and Kindle ebook or by calling 1-800-431-1579 (BCH Distribution, which accepts all major credit cards and is an Ingram-approved distribution
company). To order from a bricks-and-mortar bookstore, request ISBN 978-1-56825-129-5.
Rainbow’s Pro-Aging Book, Eavesdropping,
Featured in October SCENE Sarasota
In October, SCENE Sarasota featured an entire page (p. 88) on Eavesdropping: As Real Women Talk About the Gifts and Challenges of Aging by Stuart, Florida Psychologist Kendra T. Brown, Ph.D. SCENE is “Southwest
Florida’s longest running, most established civic, social and business publication.” The review was featured in
Dr. Ryan G. Van Cleave’s column, “Literary Scene”. Dr. Van Cleave wrote, “Dr. Brown's book is full
of honesty and wisdom about the process of aging. That's why it’s the only new book I’m writing about this month
rather than the two or three I normally cover. It deserves the extra space and attention. . . . ”
Rainbow’s Books Garner 3 Gold Medals and 4 Silver Medals in
Competitions It's been a busy awards season for Rainbow and its authors:
The Lhasa Trilogy by Gary D. Conrad received two Gold Medals (one for Visionary Fiction,
one for New Age Fiction) in the International Book Awards and a Silver Medal for cover design in the FPA President’s
Book Awards. Congratulations, Gary. Visit Gary’s website at www.GaryDConrad.com.
Hiking the Continental Divide Trail: One Woman’s Journey by Jennifer A. Hanson received a Gold Medal in the eBook category of the FPA President’s Book Awards. Congratulations,
Jennifer. Visit Jennifer’s site at www.HikingtheCDT.com.
Rainbow Author’s Debut Novel Wins
Two International Awards
JPX Media Group in Los Angles, CA revealed Gary D. Conrad’s book, The Lhasa Trilogy, as the winner in both
the New Age Fiction and Visionary Fiction categories of The 2012 International Book Awards. Over 300 winners and finalists were announced on May 23, 2012 in over 100 categories covering print, ebooks and audio
The Lhasa Trilogy is the heartwarming story of how the life of an Oklahoma man becomes inexplicably intertwined with that of a Tibetan
monk. Together the unlikely pair, joined by fate, embark on a journey across space and time to push aside the veil that conceals
the hidden secrets of death. The book is set in rural, Depression-era Oklahoma, WWII Iwo Jima, post-WWII Japan, as
well as Tibet, India and present-day Oklahoma.
The Lhasa Trilogy is Oklahoma native Conrad’s debut work of fiction.
He and his wife Sheridan visited both Tibet and Japan to research details for the book. “It is my fondest hope,”
says Conrad, “that The Lhasa Trilogy will increase awareness of the cultural genocide taking place in Tibet
at the hands of the Chinese, and that it can be a catalyst for change.”
Conrad’s publisher, Betty Wright of Rainbow Books, Inc., says “The Lhasa Trilogy is truly a fascinating
work of fiction. We are thrilled but not surprised by the two wins. As fellow Oklahomans, we discovered a meeting of like
minds, and Gary is now at work writing his second book for Rainbow.”
is available as a jacketed hardcover, a trade softcover, an ePub ebook and a Kindle ebook. It reached its publication date on June 1 with an impressive list of prepublication endorsements.
A complete list of the winners and finalists of The 2012
International Book Awards are available online at www.InternationalBookAwards.com.
Rainbow Titles Make the Finalist Cut in Global eBook Competition
Rainbow Books, Inc. is proud to announce that the book trailer for the ebook editions of Falling Immortality (see
the trailer at the top of the page) by Robert Downs was announced July 5th as a finalist in the eBook Trailer category, and
the ebook edition of Hiking the Continental Divide Trail: One Woman's Journey by Jennifer A. Hanson is a finalist
in the Nonfiction Sports/Recreation category.
For the competition, 252 category-expert judges evaluated
nearly 1,000 entries, in 101 categories, from 16 countries. Finalists in each category are published at Dan Poynter's Global
eBook Awards. http://globalebookawards.com/2012-global-ebook-awards-finalists/. Winners in each category will be announced at the second annual award ceremony
at the elegant U-Club in gorgeous downtown Santa Barbara on Saturday, August 18. The star-studded cast for the award event
includes keynoter actor/author Marilu Henner. The entire event will be simulcast worldwide at http://globalebookawards.com/awards-ceremony-2012/
Rainbow Books, Inc. now always produces both an EPUB and Kindle edition of every print book they publish. Readers can use
either the physical reading devices (such as a Kindle or Nook device) or they can download free Kindle, Nook or Adobe Digital
Editions apps for their favorite devices.
Rainbow Pro-Aging Title Receives Jim Lehrer Endorsement
Eavesdropping: As Real Women Talk About
the Gifts and Challenges of Aging by Kendra T. Brown, Ph.D. in collaboration with "The Pages" has received
an excellent endorsement from Jim Lehrer of the internationally known PBS program, The News Hour:
"This is THE book for mature women and those in anyone’s life—including my
own. The understanding and advice about everything from traveling alone (demand a good table at a restaurant, stay in bed
and breakfasts) to dealing with profound loss (sometimes means liberation, don’t be a victim) are truly words to live
Eavesdropping is self-help, pro-aging book for women of all ages, written by a psychologist who specializes in anxiety and depression,
stress management, and sports enhancement through clinical hypnosis.
"Millions of women who shaped our nation are now
leading a wave of aging adults," says Dr. Brown. "These women started the sexual revolution, marched for civil rights,
broke the glass ceiling, ran for President and went to war. They could — and did — do it all. So, why have many
of these capable women stopped thriving mid-stream, as if everything worthwhile is behind them?"
Dr. Brown asked a group of interesting women to meet with her regularly and examine this perplexing
question. Their meetings over three years became sources of support and empowerment for the members as they pondered topics
of love and loss, obstacles and opportunities, surprises and sticky situations. The book offers the reader an opportunity
to "eavesdrop" on their meetings.
Advance review copies are now
available by request from Betsy Lampe at firstname.lastname@example.org and are available in trade softcover, as an EPUB and Kindle ebook.
Rainbow Author to Discuss 21 Aldgate on Luxurious Queen
Arrangements are being made for passengers to "Meet the Author" of 21 Aldgate, Patricia Friedberg, at a coffee hour
to be held during the QM2's Transatlantic crossing from New York to Southampton, England. A signed copy of 21 Aldgate
is already available in the QM2 ship's incredible library, aking for good reading while on board.
England Patricia Friedberg will meet with Blue Badge Tour Guide Rachel Kolsky, who features 21 Aldgate in her literary
tour of the East End.
21 Aldgate is character-driven historical fiction
set in pre-WWII London’s Jewish East End and fashionable Chelsea, as well as in Germany and France. It is a fictionalized
story of the relationship between the artist, Paul Maze, and his young married assistant, Clara, during and after the writing
of his memoir of WWI.
First and foremost, 21 Aldgate is
about a place in time, a place that no longer exists except in rapidly fading memories. It tells a story of class distinction,
people and their traditions, a family and its fate, a country and its fight against fascism, and a woman with a secret she
must take to her grave.
Visit the book's new website: http://www.21Aldgate.com for updates on Mrs. Friedberg's UK and Florida appearances.
Advance Review Copies of The Easy Ones
"Homicide Detective Jack Jeffries can smell a bad case, and he thinks this one stinks," says Illinois author
Charles P. Juraska about the main character of his debut police procedural mystery, The Easy Ones. "Assistant
Prosecuting Attorney Sam Weston is the go-to guy for tough cases, and Jeffries is bugging the hell out of him about the Heath
case—a case the police department wants closed.
Sam it’s a simple case, a gift actually—the easy case requiring little time in an overloaded and backed up case
file. But after years of working with Jeffries, Sam knows that the often irascible and always cantankerous detective has keen
instincts for ferreting out the truth.
At first blush the case seems simple enough. While making
his rounds at a local research center, a security guard surprises a thief rifling through files. The intruder panics, guns
are drawn and fired, the security guard is killed instantly, and the intruder is critically wounded.
Weston’s wife Mary, a part time journalist, thinks the facts are too neat and easy. She
decides to do some sleuthing at the research center in the hope of uncovering something, anything, that would validate her
as an investigative journalist and result in her byline on the front page of the local newspaper — including exposing
a chemist dabbling in zombiism.
But the solution of this case
will also require the aid of a gung ho army sergeant who finds solace in booze while being forced to finish his career as
an army recruiter, a young doctor who attempts to stand up to Jeffries’ steam-rolling tactics, and a former thug who
now makes book while being a short order cook in his own sleazy diner.
Along with everyone else, two detectives, who would rather play golf than catch criminals, aid in solving what really
happened that night the security guard was killed—and in proving the case to be anything but easy.
Advance review copies are now available by request from Betsy Lampe at email@example.com and
are available in trade softcover, as an EPUB and Kindle ebook.