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Released Today! Red Zone by Luke Murphy

Title: Red Zone

By: Luke Murphy

Publisher: ANM Books

Published: 15 July 2020


Back Cover Text:

The prodigal son…

Calvin Watters hasn’t been back to USC since the day his scholarship and humility were stripped from the former running back. Calvin had cut all ties to the school but now finds himself pulled back when a woman’s dead body is found on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum football field.

returns home

Detective Charlene Taylor’s new homicide case, a freshman cheerleader’s murder at USC, is complicated. Charlene knows that the USC football team is a close-knit family, and getting inside the trusted circle, as a cop, is unlikely.

Calvin Watters is a game-changer…

When Calvin and Charlene meet up on the Coliseum turf, Charlene sees an opportunity to use Calvin to penetrate the Trojan family circle. Little does the detective know, Calvin is now an outsider at USC, no longer welcome–with many who will go a long way to see the former football star fail.

Can Calvin and Charlene work together to uncover the truth, or will their egos interfere with what could be a powerful partnership?



Luke Murphy is the internationally bestselling author of two series.  The Calvin Watters Mysteries: Dead Man’s Hand (2012) and Wild Card (2017). The Charlene Taylor Mysteries: Kiss & Tell (2015) and Rock-A-Bye-Baby (2019).

Murphy played six years of professional hockey before retiring in 2006. His sports column “Overtime” (Pontiac Equity), was nominated for the 2007 Best Sports Page in Quebec and won the award in 2009. He has also worked as a radio journalist (CHIPFM 101.7).

Murphy lives in Shawville, Quebec, Canada with his wife and three daughters. He is a teacher who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing, and a Bachelor of Education (Magna Cum Laude).

Red Zone is Murphy’s fifth novel.

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A Nose for Justice

A Nose for Justice
By: Rita Mae Brown
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: October 4, 2001


Brief Review:

A Nose for Justice is filled with the history of Nevada water rights.  Jeep Reed owns a 10,000-acre ranch near Reno, Nevada and she was smart enough to make sure she owned the water rights that came with the land.  Jeep also rented water rights from her neighbors which kept SSRM and Wade Properties from developing the land.

Mags Rogers, Jeep’s great-niece, was hit hard during a hill slide on Wall Street.  She moved back to Nevada to live with Jeep and to help out on the ranch.

Jeep’s dog, King, and Mag’s dog, Baxter, play important roles in this story of murder, mystery, and mayhem.

Follow Jeep, Mags, King, and Baxter as they dig to uncover the mystery of the buried skeleton in the barn.  And help Deputy Pete Meadows and Officer Lonnie Parrish uncover who is behind the bombing of two SSRM water pumps and the murders Sam Peruzzi, Oliver Hitchens and Egon Utrecht.


About the Author: (from author’s Amazon page)

Rita Mae Brown is the bestselling author of the Sister Jane novels-Outfoxed, Hotspur, Full Cry, The Hunt Ball, The Hounds and the Fury, The Tell-Tale Horse, and Hounded to Death-as well as the Sneaky Pie Brown mysteries and Rubyfruit Jungle, In Her Day, Six of One, and The Sand Castle, among many others. An Emmy-nominated screenwriter and a poet, Brown lives in Afton, Virginia.

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Does the Pop Singer Meet the Love of Her Life?

By:  Tara Randel
Publisher: Harlequin Heartwarming
Publication Date: March 1, 2017
Genre: contemporary romance

Book Excerpt: The help only he can offer…Cypress Pointe, Florida, is a long way from LA, where pop singer Cassie Branford needs a hit to prove she’s not a two-album wonder. But her case of writer’s block could be over when the struggling songwriter meets Luke Hastings at a family wedding.

The legendary musician walked away from success at the height of his career. Yet Luke is already inspiring Cassie with his dedication to building a permanent community outreach center for troubled teens. Volunteering to help bring music into these kids’ lives is also bringing her and Luke closer. Maybe they’re not as different as he thinks…

Author Bio: Tara Randel is an award-winning, USA TODAY bestselling author of fifteen novels. Family values, a bit of mystery and, of course, love and romance, are her favorite themes because she believes love is the greatest gift of all. She is currently working on new stories for Harlequin Heartwarming, The Business of Weddings series, as well as books in the Amish Inn Mysteries. Visit Tara at www.tararandel.com. Like her on Facebook at Tara Randel Books

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Mr. Jollytologist, making the holidays joyful

(Allen Klein) is “a noble and vital force watching over the human condition.” – Jerry Lewis

Allen Klein is an author of 18 books, including the best-selling book, The Healing Power of Humor.

Q:  What is your name?

A:  Allen Klein (aka, Mr. Jollytologist)

Q:  What country do you live in?

A:  United States

Q: What is the title of your current book?

A:  The Art of Living Joyfully: How to be Happier Every Day of the Year.

Q:  What holidays do you celebrate during this time of the year?  Which one is your favorite and why?

A:  Thanksgiving. Because it brings together good friends, family wonderful food, and lots of laughter.

Q:  What colors would you use to describe the holiday season?

A:  Orange and brown for Thanksgiving, red and green for Christmas, and blue for Chanukkah.

Q:  What is your favorite holiday movie & song?

A:  Movie – White Christmas; Song – Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer.

Q:  What is your favorite holiday book?

A:  Any Robert Sabuda pop-up Christmas book.

Q:  What do you enjoy most/least about the holiday season?

A:  Most: the special holiday foods, like German stollen, cranberry sauce, etc. and the festive decorations.  Least: the crowds.

Q:  If you were given a superpower, as a gift for one day, what would it be and what would you do?

A:  My superpower would be to heal all the anger and pain in the world.  I’d use it to heal a hurting world.

Q:  Do you call the jolly old fat man – Santa Claus, St. Nick, Kris Kringle, or something else?  If something else, what do you call him?

A: Santa Baby

Q:  If Santa was real and lived at the North Pole, would you want to visit and why?

A:  Of course I want to visit him. I’d certainly want to experience and be around anyone that jolly.

Q:  If time and money were no problem, where would you go and what would you do during this holiday season?

A:  I’d take a round the world trip and spend five days in all the major capitals of the world.

Q:  What message would you like to send to those reading this blog?

A:  That you always have a choice to be happy. So have a happy holiday, no matter what.


Happy Holidays Allen!

Looking for a motivational speaker?

Look no further than here.  Visit Allen Klein’s website to bring Humor to the Workplace.

From Allen Klein’s web site:

“Allen Klein, MA, CSP* (aka “Mr. Jollytologist®”) is an award-winning professional keynote speaker and best-selling author who shows audiences worldwide how humor can help them deal with everyday trials and tribulations as well as triumphing over tragedy.

“Allen is the 2009 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor.

“Klein’s books have been published in eight different languages (English, Spanish, Danish, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Hungarian, and Turkish) with over 500,000 in print.”

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