Guest Post from Jena C. Henry, author of The Golden Age of Charli

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The Golden Age of Charli
Title: The Golden Age of Charli
Author: Jena C. Henry
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Fiction
Format: Ebook/Paperback

Charlotte McAntic spent her thirties, forties, and even fifties in peace and harmony aligning her marriage, mortgage, careers, and children. As she stumbles into a new phase of life—also known as the Golden Years—Charli cannot help but wonder where the gold and her husband, Pud, are hiding.

Pud is happily cruising down the retirement path that, for him, leads straight to the golf course. While Charli spends her days at home cleaning out closets and the basement, she yearns to gaze deeply into Pud’s blue eyes and remember all the reasons why she fell in love with him thirty years ago. Unfortunately, the only thing Pud is eying is the next fairway. Knowing there is more to savor in retirement than silver-hair shampoos, senior discounts, and hernia surgery, Charli embarks on a quest to do whatever it takes to spend retirement in the embrace of the man she loves. But is it too late for happily ever after?

In this humorous novel, a high-energy wife and her solid guy must learn to adjust to a new chapter in their lives and find their way back into each other’s hearts after their retirement begins with a jolt.


Guest Post

A sunny day, saddle shoes, a group of bubbly kids on a school playground- do you remember jumping rope during recess? Two kids twirled the long clothesline rope as the girl who was poised and ready to jump in held her arms chest high and bobbed to the beat of the swishing rope. As she bounced in and jumped we all started to chant:
Billy and Susie sittin’ in a tree,
First comes love,
Then comes marriage,
Then comes Susie pushing the baby carriage.
If you remember that skipping rhyme, then you are like me and we both acquired our roadmap for life in the third grade. Like the directions on a GPS, we started on our journey with a boyfriend and K-I-S-S-I-N-G. At our first stop we found Love, a little further on the road of life we entered Marriage, and far off on the horizon we could see the Baby Carriage. The road was straight, wide open, no chance we could get lost.
And that’s how life unfolded for me. What about you? I enjoyed it all except the road trip went by too fast. The Baby Carriage was left behind miles ago. What’s next? The grade school jumping jingle didn’t plot the land beyond parenthood. The song ended and I kept on rolling down the road.
What is this uncharted area on our life road map called R-E-T-I-R-E-M-E-N-T? We didn’t sing about the R word on the playground. That’s what I was thinking about when I decided to write a novel. In my first book in a planned series, The Golden Age of Charli-RSVP, we meet Charlotte, known to family and friends as Charli. She has spent thirty years in peace and harmony with her solid husband. Then Charli and Pud jolt into retirement- what happens next?
Who was this stranger in my house? I’d had high hopes that when we retired, we would have fun together. But what exactly should we do? Just take it easy and binge watch multiple TV seasons? I didn’t seriously expect that we would spend dreamy hours of bliss in twin hot tubs sighing at the ocean view, but I did crave some romance now that we had time together after the busy years.
(The Golden Age of Charli- RSVP) 
Charli embarks on a quest to do whatever it takes to spend retirement in the embrace of the man she loves. But is it too late for happily ever after? Come stroll with Charli as she laughs and tells you all about life and love in retirement.

Meet the Author:


Jena C. Henry holds a juris doctor degree from the University of Akron, presents writing workshops, and loves good times with friends. Now retired, Jena and her husband, Alan, live in tropical Ohio where they enjoy their two adult children and extended family, friends, and darling dog. This is the first book in The Golden Age of Charli series.



Interview with Will Slatyer, author of Life/Death Rhythms of Capitalist Regimes – Debt Before Dishonor

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Title: Life/Death Rhythms of Capitalist Regimes – Debt Before Dishonour
Author: Will Slatyer
Publisher: Partridge Publishing
Genre: Business and Economics
Format: Ebook/Paperback

Life/Death Rhythms of Capitalist Regimes – Debt before Dishonour explores the cyclical theory of cultural development, with particular attention paid to the introduction of democratic forms of government in the British Empire and the United States republic. The cyclical theory allows a forecast of the fading of the dominance of the United States as an imperial power.

Similar to cultural survival of the loss of dominance experienced by the British Empire after the Great War, the United States will survive in a new form. Which superpower will take over the reins remains to be seen, but the likely contender is the People’s Republic of China. This conclusion and the timing will allow long-term planning by corporations and governments. In the age of political correctness, it is unlikely that readers will experience any such forecasts by government bodies.

Throughout history, societies have used and abused debt, revolted and warred over debt, and have forbidden usury. But the modern financial world as we know it simply cannot exist without usury. Since the 1400s, modern governments have found new ways to expand debt to produce modern economies, which are still subject to the age-old basic principle of debt – that it needs to be repaid or dire consequences ensue.




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Question1- Could you please tell us a little
about your book? I have tried to detail the key facts of history of dominant
cultures that the reader can recognize as being part of the cycle of ascent
or descent of dominance. The results proved to produce more history than I
would have liked but was necessary to prove the theory. I could then examine
possible cultures that might succeed the USA as the next dominant culture. The
most likely result is that China will surpass the USA as dominant culture
Question2 – Who or what is the inspiration
behind this book? Papers of Raymond H Wheeler discovered in the archives of
The Foundation for the Study of
Cycles and a book bu one of his acolytes.
Question3- What cause are you most passionate
about and why? I am passionate that climate change is cyclical with more
import than the current so called scientific reasoning that global warming is
solely due to human production of carbon gases.
Question4- Do you have any rituals you follow
when you finish a piece of work? No. After most of my books I am just happy
to have completed the publication process.
Question5- Who has influenced you throughout
your writing career? Most of my books have been aimed at making people
understand the technical nature of financial markets which is fuelled by mass
Question6- What are some of your long term
goals? At my age my goal is to outlive my mother who is close to reaching her


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Book Blast! York Street by Jan Walters – Win a $25 Gift Card


Title: York Street

Author: Jan Walters

Publisher: iUniverse

Genre: Crime Fiction

Format: Ebook

“The story left me ready for more adventures with all the characters. I look forward to the next book from this author!”

– Kelly Stuhr, Senior Des Moines Police Officer

Brett O’Shea is a young street cop in Des Moines trying to make detective. He works by the book and doesn’t believe in hocus-pocus. When a killer begins terrorizing the streets of his city, Brett is forced to alter his view of the paranormal world when a ghost appears in his bedroom.

Al is an irreverent, rule-breaking ghost, and his appearance forces Brett to reassess all his no-nonsense beliefs. Logic goes right out the window when Al offers to help catch the man terrorizing the city as well as solve the murder of his detective grandfather in 1933.

It soon becomes apparent the killer lurking in the dark corners of Des Moines has strange capabilities. Brett and Al are on a supernatural rollercoaster, and they find danger at every turn. How is Brett supposed to stop a killer with otherworldly powers, and what does the murderer have to do with his grandfather? To save the city, Brett and Al must become a half dead crime fighting duo or lose everything.

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Jan Walters and her husband live on a farm in Iowa. She grows produce to sell at local restaurants and farmers markets. Besides writing, she enjoys researching family genealogy. Her family has served on the Des Moines Police Department since the late nineteenth century. She is also the author of Believe.


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  • This giveaway begins December 7 and ends on January 11.
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Book feature! A Sojourn Among the Avatars of Wisdom – Win a $25 Gift Card

Title: A Sojourn Among the Avatars of Wisdom

Author: Dudley Mecum

Publisher: iUniverse

Genre: Visionary and Metaphysical

Format: Ebook

Chris Cole enjoys aiming for the stars. After he rockets into orbit aboard the space shuttle, his mission is cut short when he is the victim of an accident aboard the International Space Station. Whisked back to earth for medical observation, Chris is eventually released. Before his return flight to Kennedy Space Center the next day, Chris decides to attend a nearby medieval fair with an acquaintance—a decision that will change the course of his life forever. Shortly after the astronaut’s arrival at the festival, the king unexpectedly selects Chris to be a contestant in a tournament. As Chris’s quest to become a knight begins, he learns how to wield a sword, battle foes, and achieve greatness. Unfortunately, villainy, treachery, and a crucible await him. As enemies emerge from the shadows, others use him as a pawn to settle old scores. Guided by a cast of colorful characters who dispense timeless advice, Chris is overcome with self-doubt as he ponders whether it is really possible to change his destiny. In this gripping fantasy tale, wisdom of the world’s greatest philosophers and modern sages is brought to life as one man attempts to escape from a prison of his own making.

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Dudley Mecum, a trained commercial pilot, earned an MBA in Finance, later working at a defense manufacturer. He currently lives in Fort Worth, Texas, where he enjoys fine art, swimming, and virtual flying.


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Interview with Alexis Georg Hoen, author of Christianity and Cosmic Consciousness

Title: Christianity and Cosmic Consciousness

Author: Alexis Georg Hoen

Publisher: iUniverse

Genre: Religion

Format: Ebook

Born in the Ukraine, educated in Munich, and having practiced medicine in the United States, author Alexis Georg Hoen has been exposed to widely differing political systems and religious beliefs, and he has always maintained an interest as to the origin of these beliefs and their relation to the innermost nature of man. In Christianity and Cosmic Consciousness, he interprets the words and the sacrifice of Jesus as pointing the way toward a realization of our innermost nature—the will to live and love that exists within all.

Sharing his experiences and ideas about Christ’s words and sacrifice, Hoen uses personal anecdotes and biblical examples to illustrate the nature of Christian belief. He provides a host of examples, including key illustrations from the Bible and relevant source material from other writers who address this topic. He shows us that through sacrifice we live in and for others. That is eternal life.

Christianity and Cosmic Consciousness represents the core of Christian teaching without resorting to the supernatural and miraculous, yet doesn’t try to disprove it.

How did you come up with the title of your book?
The title of my book reflects the subject that has been on my
mind for years.

What is your writing environment like?
Plenty of room, a lot of time and support by my children. A
am retired.

What are some of the best tools available today for writers?
It is great to have a word processor that makes it possible to correct and re-type , as well as having access to all kinds of information on the internet.

What inspires you to write?
The urgent desire to communicate my thoughts. Willingness
of others to listen.

Did you learn anything while writing this book?
When I finished I knew at least twice as much about the subject as when I began. I also added a considerable amount of insight into the subject.

What is your favorite quality about yourself?
My ability to find good in most situations.

Alexis Georg Hoen attended medical school in Munich. He immigrated to the United States at age twenty-five, and he practiced medicine in Los Angeles for fifty years. In addition to the study of religion, he enjoys gardening and spending time with his three children and six grandchildren.

Interview with Chips Ely, author of The Keys



fddf4-the2bkeysTitle: The Keys
Author: Chips Ely
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 394
Genre: Suspense
Format: Kindle/Paperback/Hardcover

It is June 2014 when a close knit group of high-profile Americans secretly meets to put in play one of the most covert international military operations ever attempted. At the end of their meeting a major support operation linked autonomously with NATO and US Africa Command, is officially in business to catalyze an electrifying worldwide revolution that brings a dramatic and abrupt ending to Islamic radicalization, war crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing and genocide waged by terrorist groups across the world.

Experience the thrill of hijacking the original TRIANA satellite, renamed to DISCOVR, from a NASA warehouse under the auspicious eye of the US government for the purpose that it would be used in a secret mission by this same unknown international military force.

Follow this riveting story that features a new U.S. political party that ushers its presidential candidate into the White House only to be threatened by a diabolical Chinese plot to undermine America and dominate the world economy.

Be part of an amazing American discovery when the president and his entourage are charged with guarding the discovery of an exotic iron ore mineral that creates an automotive battery invention that can propel an electric vehicle for thousands of hours without a charge.

Worse yet, the Chinese are planning a three-prong conspiracy to undermine America’s industrial renaissance so China can dominate world trade, steal the new US “Star Wars” space technology, and subversively gain control of the secret iron ore discovery.

Join in as America’s latest president attempts to convey the beauty of the Islamic faith and accelerate a new Islamic peace reform in the midst of a volatile world of radicalization.


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How did you come up with the title of your book?

The book was well along and the main theme of rape as a weapon of war in Africa and the Middle East when I happened on a website http://www.womenundersiegeproject.otg that had held a photo contest for their bloggers to send in photos of women in war and images of women facing violence. The winning photo was by a senior crisis response adviser for Amnesty International. I emailed the adviser and requested her permission to use the photo and the rest is history.
What is your writing environment like?

My writing environment is ideal because I am single and my schedule is my own. I seem to work well at all hours from 3 A.M. to 3 P.M. There is very little to intrude on my concentration and am in my element when researching.
What are some of the best tools available today for writers?

In my opinion, the Internet is without question the most valuable tool for my research and I have already saved files by subject matter that were uncovered during various searches. So, the Internet is not only valuable for researching, but also for storing information for later use.
What inspires you to write?

My inspiration is from an innate sense of adventure and excitement, combined with a career that required extensive travel. For me, the sense of romance, excitement and adventure was a reality. Furthering that sense of adventure was a stint at an advertising agency as an account manager. That experience gave me insight into how to start with a blank sheet of paper and bring something to life. Then, I viewed the persistent conflicts that allowed ethnic cleansing, genocides and rape as a weapon of war, as intolerable and it fast became an objective to communicate the real intolerable situation of world gender issues.
Did you learn anything while writing this book?

The number one take-away from “The Keys” is the enormous lack of attention given to the devastating role of rapes and sexual torture of women and girls in terrorist conflicts and wars throughout the world. The UN has its hands tied or won’t risk political alienation within the “P-5” leaders. The irony is that world protection of human rights is pledged in the 1947 UN Charter, reaffirming the UN’s lack of leadership when addressing crimes against humanity, especially women and girls. The lack of action taken on behalf of the dismal state of the world’s gender and cultural issues is appalling.
What is your favorite quality about yourself?

My sense of adventure and creativity which is balanced with a great deal of sensitivity toward suffering peoples and a lack of fair play for innocent, marginalized citizens who are unprotected and undefended in wars and terrorist conflicts.

Chips Ely grew up in Northville, Michigan, and attended Ferris State University where he was a member of the track team. In his younger years, he was a partner in a family business and later, a vice president of an advertising agency in Lansing, Michigan. Now retired, he lives in Western Michigan.

Interview with Douglas Gardham, author of The Drive In

Title: The Drive In

Author: Douglas Gardham

Publisher: iUniverse

Pages: 130

Genre: Short Stories

Format: Kindle/Paperback

Have you ever been intrigued by what mysteries lie behind the doors and windows of the places you pass by on your drive into work everyday? The Drive In takes you on Tom Johnson‘s commute. Unlike Tom, you’ll get to peek behind some of those closed doors. Remember going to the “Drive-In” theatre? Each story reveals what goes on like watching the “dusk ‘til dawn” features through your car’s windshield. Meet the people at the places Tom only passes by each day. Then discover how his drive in ends like no other.

How did you come up with the title of your book?

The title for The Drive In came with the idea for the book. Years ago while driving to work it dawned on me that most of the places I had passed over the years had become very familiar but I knew nothing about them or even who lived there. It struck me as a way to bring a collection of short stories together connected from the viewpoint of the person driving to work. The driver would identify the place he was passing and the reader would get to know what went on inside through each short story. The title “The Drive In” was immediate and provided a double meaning (although a slightly different spelling). The “drive-in” movie theatre became the motif for the book and one of the themes of the driver’s story. The drive-in movie theatre, though once a thriving place to see the movies, has become a relic of the past and represents both change and as some would say progress.
What is your writing environment like?

I will and have written just about anywhere (e.g. hotel rooms, the car, coffee shops, etc) but I do most of my writing today at home in front of a MacBook Pro at a messy desk surrounded by shelves of books. I’ll often edit with pencil and paper in the living room or anywhere I can sit comfortably and read. I don’t usually listen to music any more when I’m writing as I find it distracting.
What are some of the best tools available today for writers?

I don’t use many new tools outside of the internet and my MacBook Pro. The internet is indispensible from social media to research and fact finding. Reading continues to be one of the best things for me as a writer outside of the writing itself (although I don’t consider it a “tool” but instead a way into other worlds I can’t access in any other way). I have come back to holding a book when reading at home versus an e-book, though the accessibility to reading that e-books allow is unbeatable e.g. waiting in a line-up, waiting for a movie, at the airport, etc.
What inspires you to write?

Life and I can’t help myself. I’ve written pretty much every day for more than twenty years and continue to do so. I love putting words together. Finding new meaning in simple pleasures like a walk through the forest (a privilege I enjoy most days since beginning to write full-time). Reading books inspires me but I can only read for so long before I have to pick up a pen and paper and start writing. Movies and music also inspire me.
Did you learn anything while writing this book?

A lot. The connecting story of The Drive In with the protagonist driving to work became somewhat cathartic in switching from my engineering and manufacturing world into this “writing” thing full-time. Although happening in a rather short space of time, there was much more going on in my head than I realized. Much of that made its way into the story. I also learned to never give up on an idea. Ideas have a way of surfacing at the right time provided you’re open and listening. The follow quote from Einstein has become very meaningful “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”
What is your favorite quality about yourself?

Good question. I think it’s that I care. I care about the people around me. I care deeply for my family and close friends. I care about what I’m doing. I care about my work. I care about purpose. I care and am grateful that I get to do today this writing thing. It’s a gift and a privilege that I never want to take for granted.

Douglas Gardham is the author of the STARbook-awarded novel The Actor. He lives near Toronto, Canada with his wife, dog and cat. He loves books, music and movies. This is his second published novel.