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NEWSLETTER Amy Rachiele, Author

Hello and Happy September!  september newsletter keep calm

The weather has yet to cool, but I can feel Fall creeping up on us. While I’ve had a rocky last few months, I’m charging full speed ahead with new projects, stories, and more–just for you. Below are some sneak peeks of what I’ve been up to, Chapter 1 of Enforcing Fate, sample audio of Mobster’s Angel, and my blog post on the Willing Suspension of Disbelief.

The Willing Suspension of Disbelief.

“Suspension of disbelief  or willing suspension of disbelief is a term coined in 1817 by the poet and aesthetic philosopher  Samuel Taylor Coleridge , who suggested that if a writer could infuse a “human interest and a semblance of truth” into a fantastic tale, the reader would suspend judgment concerning the implausibility of the narrative. Suspension of disbelief often applies to fictional works of the action, comedy, fantasy, and horror genres.” Wikipedia

Why does it exist? Why do we feel compelled to push ourselves into another world? We already have one we are living in now. Books, movies, and even music transform us and transport us to a new world and place. We allow ourselves to be taken.
We don’t have to till the fields or milk the cows anymore, or build our own houses. But yet hundreds of years ago people in poverty, middle-class, and even the elite traveled to coliseums and cheered when thespian troops ventured to their towns. Shakespearean plays performed offered an escape to leave the world for a couple of hours and be transformed into another. Books were a luxury and copies were passed down from generation to generation.

The willing suspension of disbelief is an amazing ideology and sometimes we definitely need it to get away from our own lives to settle back and relax and let someone else do the work. Human nature wants to be entertained.
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Mobster’s Angel is working its way towards a downloadable audio book!Stay tuned, even more audio books to come!
Teaser for Enforcing Fate, Alex and Meryl’s Story Chapter 1 (Unedited).
Short Story for Men of Mayhem: A Mafia Anthology

Release Date December 1st.
Chapter 1
Meryl
 He’s dead. The words roll about in my head as I swirl the amber whiskey in my glass around and around staring at it slosh. The casino I’m at is busy tonight. The lights are low but the sounds of the slots are loud.

I tip my drink to my lips, gulp the rest of it down and slide the glass across the bar for a refill without leaving my stool. The guy tending is someone I haven’t seen before. I have been spending my nights here since I moved to Chicago right after it happened. I couldn’t face our home, our stuff, or even our car when it was finally over. I sold or gave it all away and left as fast as a seven-forty-seven could take me. His death didn’t leave me destitute but it left me alone.

My phone dings with a text from a friend I hardly ever saw when he was alive.

“How are you?” she asks.

I click the delete button. I’m not ready to talk. I can’t hear it again, “You’re so young. You’ll meet someone else. It’s too bad you never had kids.”

The calls from aunts I haven’t spoken to in ten years really piss me off. I wasn’t worth a call when I was married, why am I worth a call now that I am a thirty-four-year-old widow?

I look up at a different bartender. He’s scrounging under the bar not really seeming to know what he’s doing. His dark brown hair is on the long side and hangs in his eyes. I watch him shove it out of the way miffed.

“Excuse me.” I tap my finger on the shiny granite. “I’ll have another when you get a chance.” He is busy, engrossed in pouring and figuring out how to use the tap and agitated. I watch him. It makes me stifle a giggle. Clearly, this is not what he is cut out for.

He doesn’t look at me when he says, “It’s coming. Give me a minute.”

Oh, he’s ruffled. I cover my mouth with the back of my hand attempting not to laugh at him instead of being bothered by his attitude.

“Are you new?” I can’t stop myself from asking.

“No, I’m not new.” He barks low aggravated. “I’ve worked here practically my whole life.” He snaps up to full height with a whiskey bottle in one hand and a clean glass in the other.

I giggle because his mannerisms are so cute.

“Okay.” I keep my laugh as contained as I can.

He’s staring. So I turn to see what is behind me. People are going back and forth to slot machines and roulette tables that are near the bar. I twist back around and my drink is directly in front of me.

“Thank you,” I toss out scooping it up. Instead of going back to his prep area or helping others around me, he is standing before me.

“I have a running tab,” I tell him assuming he is waiting for me to pay him. Awkwardly, he grabs a rag from below and wipes down my area. He is concentrating on his own movements intensely like he wants to stay right here but is embarrassed to look at me.

“So,” I start. “You have worked here practically your whole life, huh? I guess not as a bartender though?

“Security,” he states firmly.

“I would say that is definitely the opposite of tending bar.” I lift my glass again.

“Alex!” A dark haired guy calls to him. His head shoots towards the voice. “Bobby is here.”

“I’m good!” he calls back.

The guy who called over has a face twisted in confusion.

“I think he is letting you know that you are all set,” I offer taking a swig of my drink before turning my attention back to the two men. “Bobby is a regular bartender here.” The one who should be serving drinks instead. I down the last drops of my whiskey and reach into my purse for my credit card.

“It’s on the house,” he says quietly still intent on wiping the counter. My brows furrow in confusion. I don’t know what to do. This has never happened to me before. I dip my fingers into my wallet and put a twenty on the bar. Alex, I assume that is his name, pushes it back towards me. “I said it is on the house.” His voice is commanding with a touch of darkness. It is the kind of voice that exudes danger. He is the total opposite of the fumbling cute guy from a few minutes ago. His demeanor has transformed.

He has flustered me so I squeak out a very low thank you shoving the twenty back in my bag and zip for the casino exit.
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IMMORTAL FEAR: A Medical Thriller

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Introducing Hidden Carmina

Carmina Nightshade is a 22 year old human girl who discovers the truth about her family and clan – they are not human.

To love  eternally, she has to die, to die she has to live and to live… she has to learn the difference between Myth and Truth – if there is any.
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As life would have it, the voices she’s heard in her head since birth has a purpose far more sinister than just being annoying. When Carmina meets the big, dark-haired Liam Moretti, she turns the entire immortal world upside down – breaking all the rules and changing history as as they know it.This is not what you expect from a love story – it is EXACTLY what you expect from a love story, until you reach the darker side – where the reality clash with mythology. Where do you draw the line and how much is possible to endure?
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Reunions: An Anthology of Heartfelt Short Stories

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A story for everyone!

Heartwarming and heartrending, this anthology of short stories tells the tale of reunions: Romantic reunions, friendly reunions, family reunions, and more. Each story lends a unique perspective to the meaning of a reunion, but all promise to trigger deep and intense emotions and keep you good company!

Grab a cup of tea, curl up with a blanket, and let yourself be transported into a rich world of love, loss, acceptance, grief, and healing, as seen through the eyes of people from all walks of life.

Book excerpt:

Mammy’s screams echoed through the sunless street, between sooty back-to-backs, greasy cobbles and a heavy hopeless sky. Barefoot, she wept in the road, inconsolable.The rent man nailed a Vacant sign to the doorframe, the door itself long since used as firewood. The little ‘uns cried too as they clung to Our Mam’s skirts. My brother Albert begged and bartered, vowing to work longer days at the factory. But I’d done algebra; I knew our debts were a noose. As much as we pulled, the knot just tightened.

I cradled Horace, the littlest, in my shawl. He never complained. His tiny body rarely made anything other than an irregular wheeze or occasional watery cough. Across the way, the step-scrubbers waxed so their toothless grins shone back. Friendship had no place on the threshold of ruin.

Their titters were the last thing I remember of Old Mill Street.

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H.S. Clark Presents Tracy Weber Author Spotlight

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Reviews: Heronfield by Dorinda Balchin

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As all readers know, it is sometimes difficult to find the ‘right’ book for you. With the internet it is easy to search genres and read reviews. Sometimes, though, reviews don’t match up to what we experience when we read the book. Maybe it is because we are all different and react differently to stories. Maybe, as has been discussed elsewhere, some of the reviews are not as honest as one would hope.

That is why I am delighted (perhaps thrilled would not be too strong a word!) to have received a review of my novel, Heronfield, from the prestigious Historical Novel Society. If you like historical novels then you know that their reviews can be relied on to ‘tell it as it is’.

If you have already read Heronfield then perhaps you can add your thought about the book here. If not, then perhaps this review might whet your appetite!

So what  did they say? Well, here it is…

The Kemshall family home, Heronfield, has been turned into a convalescent hospital during World War II. Tony’s brother, David, a hero to all in his family, is a Spitfire pilot and decorated as one of the men involved in the Battle of Britain. Tony, a survivor of Dunkirk, finds himself facing several battles: fighting a father who believes him a coward, fighting for the love of the woman of his dreams and fighting to keep the biggest secret from them all because Tony is a British spy, working in occupied France.

Heronfield is a hefty tome; a large paperback over 400 pages long, an indication of the amount of story here. The course of six years is spanned, from the beaches at Dunkirk to the liberation of the concentration camps. Many of the chapters have beginnings that are akin to the Pathé News segments, telling what is happening in other areas of the world before returning to the main action in either Heronfield or St Nazaire – a brilliant way of giving the reader all the information required.

The characters are incredibly realistic; it is difficult to set Heronfield down. It would not be possible to write a story about the bravery of the soldiers or the Resistance without making sure that the reader is aware of just why they were so brave, and this is put across tactfully, but still gives the reader an idea of the horrors faced by these people.

An amazing read.

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Book Reviews: “The Enchanting Legends Of Shiloh Mansion:The Young King”

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Are you looking for a good book for the teen in your life – one that has supernatural and high tech themes but not filled with vampires, witches and similar themes that are so prevalent in a lot of teen novels these days? This may be just the book you’re looking for.

What readers are saying…….!

I  just finished reading your book The Enchanting Legends of Shiloh Mansion “the young king”. As a matter of fact I read it to several children. It was enchanting, mysterious, funny, and rich with Love and God’s promise. Your book should be made into a movie as told to me by one scholar. The characters became alive as told to me by another scholar, and a magical journey we all took..”

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“Greetings my Dear Sister and Namesake: I have read the book and I must say what an awesome work of literacy it is. I am happy to say this is a book that will go in the library for my grandchildren to enjoy. I especially like that the book related so very well with the word of God. and how the Land of the Enchanting Legends reminds me of what heaven would be like. You are and awesome author and your word just leaped from the pages. BRAVO MY SISTER…BRAVO… You should be proud of yourself…This book is amazing.”

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“Wanted to say this was so great and hoping you will have follow up stories as I want more! This is a book I am happy to share with my friend’s daughters that are Christians; as it seems a hard find for moral Christian stories for our youth! You will love this tale that takes you back in time, I was loving this christian content that I will gladly lend to children to read also. I want more tales from this author! Great gift for any ages. Descriptive content that feels like you are right there living in the moment! Blessings to the author indeed! Love it and blessings!”

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Bible Stories As Great Adventures For Children To Appreciate

These days children have a plethora of choices of what to read. Kid’s fiction is exciting and full of characters with special powers and abilities that are hard for a typical bible story to rival. This book does a nice job in presenting the bible as a collection of wondrous stories, The Great I Am and and introducing a character that kids don’t often hear about in Bible Study or Sunday School – Josiah, a young king they can relate to because of his age.

As an introductory novel of what will likely be a series, it does take great pains to introduce us to the characters, their family, upbringing and surroundings so we are able to form a good idea of who each of them are. Once the children are transported to the time of Josiah, the author does an excellent job of describing the sites and sounds of that time and you feel transported with the children on their brief adventure. I am looking forward to more stories from The Great I Am with new characters to share with my children.”

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Great Children’s book for Christians!

 

The story focuses around a family, which consist of a mother, father, and three children 2 girls and a boy. It started out a bit slow as there was a lot of back story. Once the story got going it was really good. It took another approach to telling the story of the Bible (“Book of I Am”) . It is a Christian story book and it uses scripture to help tell the stories! It was a really good book as it was only 93 pages it was pretty easy to read. It is geared more towards children between 8 and 12 so reading it as an adult I thought that parts were lost on me.”

Genieva Barfield
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The “Enchanting Legends Of Shiloh Mansion: The Young King” is available in soft cover & e-book at Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble, and othe online retailers. A limited edition hard cover, author signed copy is available at the  author’s website.

The book is nationally distributed and can also be purchased at most book stores.

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The Enchanting Legends Of Shiloh Mansion:The Young King

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D. K. Ogans creatively blends this story about family, youth, and the use of High-tech to take us on an adventure to a real place and time where we can experience teens with determination, perseverance, and courage. This family and “The Young King” are true role models for families and youth of today.

We live in a time where the tales of vampires, witches, witchcraft, warlocks, spell casters, ogres, hobbits, monsters and super heroes vie for our attention to entertain us. There really are some true Super Heroes which you will find in this Christian Fiction novel, The Enchanting Legends of Shiloh Mansion:The Young King”.

It’s a story about a marvelous modern day family. The main characters, Eliza, Faith, and Daniel are uniquely gifted youth. With the ability to time travel, these bright, innovative “smart teens” responsibly dare to go and do the things that most only imagine! Sir Iverson and Lady Angelica are their wise, loving, nurturing parents, and they themselves too are quite an eclectic extraordinary pair. They have provided their super family with every possible modern convenience and gadgetry available.

Here with the latest state-of-the-art interactive technology and endless massive Wi-Fi networks at their disposal, everything is set in motion.

Shiloh Mansion is where it all begins. It is a fascinating place situated in the midst of a forest that continuously unfolds an intriguing revelation.

Are you looking for a good book for teens – one that has supernatural and high tech themes but not filled with vampires, witches and similar themes that are so prevalent in a lot of teen novels these days? This may be just the book you’re looking for.

It’s available in soft cover & e-book at Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble, and othe online retailers. A limited edition hard cover, author signed  copy is available at my author’s website.

The book is nationally distributed and can also be purchased at most book stores.

 

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