Normal Secrets - Behind the Scenes

July 22, 2018

Normal Secrets - A Visit with the Author and Narrator

Host Marnye Young interviews the author and narrator of Normal Secrets, discussing the story behind the story.

A Search for Identity, Growth, Love, and Motorcycles: A Memoir

The author says, "I grew up in Normal, Illinois, but had lived in New Jersey for more than 30 years when my father died at the age of 84. I was 54 at the time and soon learned that family secrets had been kept from me. Strange deaths, tragedies, indiscretions, and relationships lay in my past, totally hidden. It took me seven years to uncover these secrets from personal interviews, genealogical studies, public records, and cutting-edge scientific work done by worldwide experts. Along the way, I trace my own life path from wanting to be a mechanic to gaining a master's degree at MIT and working at a famous research laboratory. I also tell my own 50-year love story. The secrets are now known, and I thought it was time at the age of 79 that I should write this memoir to tell you all about my Normal Secrets."

 
Reviews
Really enjoyed the book! I was in the Spokeswomen with Jane and truly enjoyed learning so much about her. She was a wonderful person! —Amazon Customer

Why should you read this book? Let me count the ways! If you live in, or are from, Illinois. If you live in, or are from, McLean County. If you want to know what it was like growing up in the 40's. If you attend, or attended, Normal Community High School. If you love vintage cars. If you ride, or would like to ride, Motorcycles. If you attended college in Missouri, or if you attended MIT. If you are searching for some hidden family secret. All this, and more. "Normal Secrets" was written by my high school classmate (NCHS class of 1956), Walter Kern. I cannot begin to count the memories that flooded over me as I read this. Even if you don't have any of the above attachments, I still believe you will find this an enjoyable read. NeysaZ

 

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Creatus - Interview with the Author

July 16, 2018

Silverton Audio's host Marnye Young interviews the author of The Creatus Series, discussing the thoughts and ideas she had while writing the book.

The Creatus Series Boxed Set includes the complete five-book series!

For 4000 years, creatus have concealed themselves from the humans who hunted them almost to extinction. Unwittingly, one creatus will endanger them all....

As with most of his family, Derrick Ashton knows his future and what position he's destined to fill within his unique society. Everything changes, however, when he breaks one of his family's strictest laws and falls in love - with a human.

In his quest to protect the woman he can never have, a twist of faith propels him into a new role that will cause dissension among his family and endanger the anonymity that they've spent thousands of years protecting.

Now, he will risk everything to save the girl from humans and his own kind. The one thing he can't save her from, however...is herself.

The Creatus series is not your normal paranormal story...it's a realistic romantic mystery based on the myths you've heard your entire life. Prepare to believe.

©2014 Carmen DeSousa (P)2017 Carmen DeSousa
 
 
Reviews
Great Series! Loved this one and think it is fabulous the entire series can be purchased together!!! Definitely a book series for those that love the supernatural! --L Crumigan

Excellent Story Action, suspense, mystery, and romance. Excellent series. The narration definitely made the story come alive. --Jessica Luemen

Interesting Twist This is a unique idea for all the myths throughout history from vampire to nephlimn to witches and humans. ... There weren't any slow slow parts. At first I was a little bummed that the books went so fast in a story progression it too out what makes a good guy good but also bad. (visa versa with the bad guy having good parts). I can't say it's a romance because any romance happened fast without any satisfying tension. I am glad that there was limited sex scenes because that would have ruined my mental image of each character. I have been looking forward to this book but was too concerned about it based on the "star" reviews. I'm glad I bought it though. It's so much better than the average review. --Teresa

 
 
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The Taste of Air - Interview with the Author and Narrator

July 13, 2018

Summary

A simple phone call disrupts Nell Williams's well-ordered life. Her mother, Mary, is in a hospital in Vermont. But her mother is supposed to be safely tucked away in an assisted-living facility in Massachusetts, so Nell can't fathom why she would be so far from home.

After notifying her sister, Bridget, Nell hops on a plane and rushes to her mother's side. There, she discovers that her mother has been living a second life. Mary has another home and a set of complex relationships with people her daughters have never met.

When Nell and Bridget delve deeper into their mother's lakeside hideaway, they uncover a vault of family secrets and the gateway to change for all three women.

©2016 Gail Cleare (P)2017 Gail Cleare
 

Critic Reviews

"In The Taste of Air, Cleare deftly explores the consequence of our choices, even those made with the best of intentions. A family saga bridging decades and filled with shocking revelations, hope and love, you won't be able put this book down." (Kate Moretti, author of New York Times best-seller Thought I Knew You)
 
"In this terrific novel, when two women learn their mother wasn't who they thought she was it leads them to question their own lives and choices. Deftly written, with lush descriptions of the New England setting, this is a book to choose as a companion for curling up on a sofa on a dark winter day or for laying on the beach in the summer. The Taste of Air is character-driven fiction at its best." (Ann Warner, author of The Babbling Brook Naked Poker Club series)
 
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Camel’s Back - Author and Narrator discuss the book

July 13, 2018

Silverton Audio's host Marnye Young interviews the author and narrator of The Camel's Back, discussing their impressions and thoughts they had while writing and narrating the book.

Book Summary

Three people, each at their own breaking point, collide. The resulting impact will forever change their lives … if they can manage to survive it.

Declan Enright, a former police officer recently fired over a controversial shooting, has reached a breaking point in his life. Confronted with insurmountable financial burdens in the wake of his termination, Declan makes a desperate move to stabilize his situation for the benefit of his wife and three young daughters. Tapping into his ingrained skill set, forged during his time as an operator in the Navy’s most elite special operations unit, Declan crosses over the line of right and wrong, discovering that nothing is black and white. All while maintaining the balance of family and the needs of his non-communicative, three-year old autistic daughter, Laney.

Nicholas Lawrence, an accomplished investigator with the FBI, voluntarily takes a reassignment from his human trafficking unit in Austin, Texas. His transfer brings him to the bank robbery unit based out of Connecticut’s New Haven field office. Nick’s decision to relocate, stemming from the recent death of his father, is done in effort to care for his aging mother suffering from the onset of dementia. The burden of this decision is only slightly alleviated by the support of his partner, Isabella Martinez.

Khaled, a man who suffered an unimaginable loss several years back, makes the decision to leave his small village set in the foothills of Iraq’s Cheekha Dar Mountain. He has traveled to the United States in the hope of seeking closure to the event that haunts his daily existence. Khaled’s concept of closure is wrought with devastating consequences, plunging the country into a state of fear. The best chance at thwarting this threat rests in the unlikely alliance formed between Declan, Nick, and Isabella.

Editorial Reviews

“A powerful and gripping novel. The character of Declan Enright is every bit as complex as the times we live in. Written from firsthand experience, Brian Christopher Shea gives us all the rare opportunity to see the internal and external struggles of those individuals who serve in the military and as first responders.” Kevin Cahill, Lt. Col. US Army Intelligence
 
“Shea gives you a front row seat to the raw emotion of those on the front line. His characters are genuine and are faced with real-world challenges set against a backdrop of a fast-paced thrill ride. His descriptive prose breaks down the technical aspect of the military and police lingo, putting it into plain language for all readers. Shea’s original character, Declan Enright, is as relentless as the author who created him. A must read!” Lt. Kevin Dillon (Ret.), Founder of LOCKUP Police Combat Systems

 

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