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Genre(s): Thrillers | Mystery Thriller & Suspense
When four family members are found dead after a home invasion, Detective Kendall Halsrud takes charge of the case. In the murder house, she discovers an empty crib with blood drops next to it on the wood floor. The family: a father, mother, teenage daughter, and young son have been fatally shot . . . but where is baby Philly?
The desperate search to find the child derails when a man is arrested for murdering the family and claims to have killed the baby. Suspecting he had an accomplice, Kendall isn’t convinced. Refusing to give up on finding the child, Kendall persists in unearthing the family’s secrets. With the help of a hacker turned spurious fortune-teller and a former cop hired by the missing baby’s uncle, she discovers a furtive pedophile ring is planning on buying and sharing a baby. Can she stop them while there’s time to save Philly?
Genre(s): Baseball | Essays & Writings
Why would anyone root for a team that hasn’t been in a World Series since 1945 and hasn’t won one since 1908, has had just 20 winning seasons since 1939, and plays in a ballpark that’s nearly a century old and is falling apart? I Bleed Cubbie Blue, a memoir of one fan’s six-decade love affair with the Chicago Cubs, offers a charming and compelling answer to this burning question.
Combining personal memories and reflections with meticulous research, native Chicagoan Doug Erlandson describes his lifelong affection for a team that has raised but ultimately crushed his hopes countless times, a team to which he remains intensely loyal after nearly sixty years of fandom. Beginning with a description of the first game he attended in 1954 (a loss, of course, to the New York Giants), he weaves highlights from every season from the late-1950s through 2012 with detailed descriptions of significant games, front-office follies, trades (some of which should never have been made, others of which turned out to be sheer genius), as well as the individual players (from the great to the incompetent) who toiled in a Cubs’ uniform during this period.
I Bleed Cubbie Blue provides often humorous, sometimes tongue-in-cheek, but always accurate commentary on P.K. Wrigley’s college of coaches, the Brock-Broglio trade (which, according to Erlandson, did not seem like such a bad trade the day it was made), the collapse in 1969 (which still ranks as quintessential of all Cubs’ swoons), why Leo Durocher was a great manager (and why he was not), the lean years of the Seventies and early Eighties, the wonderfully giddy year of 1984 (along with a detailed account of the two most important games of the season), a year that ultimately resulted in the second Great Disappointment (the first being 1969), the improbable divisional championship of 1989, why Kerry Wood’s fifth Major League start was and remains the greatest pitching performance of all times, why Steve Bartman was not to blame for the Cubs’ loss in the 2003 playoffs, and much, much more.
Along the way I Bleed Cubbie Blue describes bizarre plays (such as Cal Neeman’s unlikely inside-the-park homerun when Bob Skinner forgot what inning it was), the tragic death of Ken Hubbs at age 22, the pitcher who claimed he pitched in a hypnotic trance, Jack Brickhouse’s call of an around-the-horn triple play (before it happened!), the unintentionally funny moments with Harry Caray in the broadcast booth, and the most memorable performances by guest conductors during the seventh-inning stretch.
A comment from the Epilogue sums up Erlandson’s reason for writing this memoir: “Whether in winning or losing, the Cubs have provided me with countless memories that are as wonderful and as fresh as the beautifully-manicured baseball diamond that has anchored the northeast corner of Addison and Clark for a hundred years.”
Genre(s): Family Life | Sleep
Pup Pup Gets Adopted
Children never forget their first dog, and it’s very likely they won’t forget Pup Pup Gets Adopted, either! This charming, realistic depiction of one family’s canine adoption experience is a fun and engaging way to teach children, ages 3 to 6, about the rewards and responsibilities connected to adopting a family dog.
Pup Pup is an adorable German shepherd puppy who just happens to attract the attention of little Scarlett when she visits a German shepherd’s young brood with her parents and Brother Zak. All of the puppies there have distinctly individual personality traits such as shyness, aggressiveness, and friendliness but it is the puppy that is running around chasing his tail that Scarlett singles out. When she tries to pet him and picks him up, she discovers that the puppy is as gentle as he is playful.
The whole family loves the charming, gentle puppy so they decide to take him home. Of course, it takes a little time for Pup Pup to settle into his new home but the family has all of the right elements in place to make him comfortable: a collar, bed, special food, water, and lots of love!
Pup Pup Gets Adopted is an educational, fun way to tap into children’s natural love for animals and is especially useful for parents with children interested in adopting a first pet.
• Designed for children ages 3 to 6
• Illustrated with vivid and colorful illustrations
• An easy early reading experience for novice readers
• Ideal for bedtime storytelling
Genre(s): Horror | Science Fiction & Fantasy
Benny is a young father with a dying infant son. When a robber’s bullet sends him to the afterlife he is offered a chance to save his son. Horrors will block his every step, but if he can make it through a dark forest to the gates of Heaven he may be able to pull his son back from the brink of death and reunite his family. And he must be quick–his own life is draining away. Time is not on his side, but is it possible love will give him the strength to finish his journey?
LOW MAN is a chilling and uplifting tale of the enduring strength of family and the power of love by author TJ Vargo. This ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award-Winning novel was rewritten by the author in 2013 to, “make the story faster, scarier, and ultimately more fulfilling.” Described as reminiscent of the fiction of Frank Peretti, Stephen King and Dean Koontz, LOW MAN is a compelling journey through the afterlife that will keep you guessing until the very last page.
LOW MAN by TJ Vargo
A 2008 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award Winner
LOW MAN is approximately 60,000 words and is formatted for Kindle with an active table of contents.
Praise for TJ Vargo’s horror novel, THE DEVIL’S DUE
“A compelling, dark mythology. Reminiscent of vintage Stephen King.”
“Some of the most vividly detailed scenes I’ve read in years. The characters are as real as anyone you’ll meet on the street–and a few you’ll hope you never meet.”
–Author Brandon Massey
“TJ Vargo is a writer who’s not afraid to take chances, a writer who understands how to craft characters with whom a reader can relate.”
–Brian A. Hopkins, Bram Stoker Award-Winning Author
Praise for TJ Vargo’s Sci-Fi Thriller, THE EXPEDITION
“The scientific aspects of the story are fascinating. A hopeful message for our times.”
–Creative Artists Agency
About the Author
TJ Vargo lives in downtown Columbus, Ohio. He’s written novels in multiple genres, has studied fiction as student in the Northeast Ohio MFA program, and is hard at work on a Young Adult novel, THE BRAVE. Most importantly, he is the owner of a blockheaded boxer named Joey who has a face like a gorilla. For more info. on TJ’s writing or Joey, check out www.tjvargo.com.
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