From the Writing Mind of Donna Cummins/ Book 3 in The Blacklick Valley Mystery Series–ANGUISH

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I was born (and raised) in a tiny little village in southern Indiana County, Pennsylvania, called Dilltown. I was News Editor of my high school newspaper, The Blue and White Star, and a cheerleader for five years at United, Co-Captain my senior year, as well as a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, Yearbook Staff, Chorus, and May Day. United High was such a large part of my life and provided a firm foundation for future endeavors.
In senior year I was awarded a partial academic scholarship from the Mack Foundation which paved the way for my attending Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana. At IUP, for some odd reason, I majored in Business Education, although English, particularly creative writing, was always my first love. My goal at that time was to become a teacher and, in fact, did teach for a number of years. In college I curtailed my social activities somewhat, spending a lot of my time studying (in order to make Dean’s List each semester and maintain my scholarship) as well as enjoying my newfound freedom.

My books, RAIN OF TERROR and A REASON TO KILL, are both mysteries. Although I have dubbed them The Blacklick Valley Mystery Series, they could each be considered ‘stand-alone’ books. My first book, RAIN OF TERROR, is a mystery/thriller, and the second, A REASON TO KILL, is a mystery/romantic suspense. Although each is based upon a different set of characters, I consider them a ‘series’ because they are both set primarily in the area of Indiana County. RAIN OF TERROR was written to emphasize the vulnerability of our children in today’s society, and A REASON TO KILL was written to bring attention to the horrific crime of domestic violence and the victimization of women.

The books are based in Indiana County…Some of my fondest and saddest, most fearful and most passionate, emotions come from those days of impetuous youth, the commitments of marriage, the responsibilities of parenthood, and the joys and heartaches that result from each. Indiana and Cambria Counties were the settings for all of those life experiences.
Looking back from my current perspective, I think that Indiana County must be one of the most beautiful and intriguing areas in the country. God did not spare His palette of color or design when he painted western Pennsylvania. From the emergence of the first purple crocus through the snow in springtime to the warm and gentle days of summer to the mountainsides painted in shades of red and orange and yellow in autumn to the silent beauty of snowflakes falling on a winter night, I can’t imagine a better canvas to paint a story upon.

As you read you will discover that many of these places are not necessarily in Indiana County but would be familiar to people who live there.

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In RAIN OF TERROR:
Conemaugh Lake, Conemaugh River, Conemaugh Gap, Chesapeake Mountain, Route 22, Johnstown, Pittsburgh, Green Gables Restaurant, Mountain Playhouse, Vintondale, Monongahela River, Allegheny River, Nittany Lions, Penn State, Heinz Field, Allegheny Mountains, Pennsylvania State Police, Greensburg, Latrobe, Squirrel Hill Tunnel, Appalachian Mountains, Juniata River, and Carnegie Tech. Dilltown is fictionalized as ‘Hillton’ and ; ‘Evanstown’ is a mix of Ebensburg and Johnstown. I call WJAC-TV, ‘WJAK-TV’.

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In A REASON TO KILL:
The primary setting in this book is called ‘Waverly’ which is based entirely upon the town of Indiana, PA. My ‘Waverly College’ is based exclusively on IUP. Anyone familiar with those settings will instantly recognize many references from Philadelphia Avenue to South Sixth Street, from The Oak Grove to the Student Union to John Sutton Hall to Phi Mu Sorority and Sig Ep Fraternity on IUP’s campus. Other references include Shawnee Lake, Conemaugh Lake, Blairsville, Dubois, Route 119, Jeanette, Greensburg, Armagh, Seward, Blair County, Pittsburgh, Allegheny Mountains, Johnstown, Route 22, Pittsburgh Pirates, Hershey, Allegheny National Forest, Pittsburgh International Airport, Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Johnstown, Wolf Furniture, Galleria Mall–even the Hillton (Dilltown) Baptist Church and the Waverly (Indiana) Country Club. Also, my fictional ski resort in Aspen is based upon my personal knowledge of Seven Springs Ski Resort.

Writing is first and foremost an emotional outlet for me. Secondly, I write mysteries, in particular, because of the challenge involved–it’s like working a complex puzzle. You have to set up and develop your characters so that they are believable and ones that your reader can relate to; then you must set the stage in a realistic way; ah…the plot–the most difficult part–the questions, the clues, the twists and turns, the suspense, the final revelations, the challenge of bringing it all together. It gives you a rush!

Book 3 in The Blacklick Valley Mystery Series which I plan to entitle ANGUISH….has arrived…                                          Now available in both print and eBook on Amazon.

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After this, my next project will be a collection of short stories and essays–something with a little different flavor. I also expect to put all three books out in audio format as soon as I can find the time.

MYSTERY LOVERS! Get ready for a thrill ride! So much intrigue and suspense for so little money as you are challenged to untangle the web of mystery….

RAIN OF TERROR (Book 1): Enter Blacklick Valley at your own risk–the tale will chill you to the bone.

A REASON TO KILL (Book 2): You’ll feel the pain of domestic violence up close and personal.

ANGUISH (Book 3 – NEW RELEASE! & sequel to RAIN OF TERROR): A haunting tale out of your worst nightmares where darkness never ends….

All BLACKLICK VALLEY MYSTERIES (eBooks) UNDER $5 on Amazon!!!
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In Support of the Wounded Warrior Project…From the Writing Mind of …Cait Jarrod, Jessica Jayne, Lea Bronsen and D.C. Stone/Girl Code Anthology

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July 31, 2015
Four best friends struggle with decisions that affect their lives, their hearts, and their futures. As sisters, they embrace the Girl Code.

Jessica Jayne is a born and raised small town Ohio girl, who moved to the Sunshine State after graduating from college. She graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree in English. What college major could possibly be better than one that makes you read novels and write about them! Now she is thrilled to be able to share all the stories floating around in her head! Jessica loves to travel and travel often! She’s a huge sports fan, especially college football and the Ohio State Buckeyes! She’s a wine-making (and wine-tasting) aficionado. She loves all music. And nothing is better than sunset at the beach!
In the journey of life, she also married a wonderful man and had three beautiful (and sometimes crazy) children. Life is always an adventure. She writes…
Hope by Jessica Jayne:
Josephine “Joey” Lockhart escapes her past, herself and her home town of Pearl, Ohio to Florida after high school. Years later, she meets a man that refuses to let her hide behind her camera lens and encourages her out of her shell. Will he be the one to push her to feel for the first time?

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Lea Bronsen likes her reads fast, hot, and edgy, and strives to give her own stories the same intensity. After venturing into dirty inner-city crime drama with her debut novel Wild Hearted, she divides her writing time between psychological thriller, romantic suspense, and erotic contemporary romance. She is published with Evernight Publishing and Decadent Publishing; She writes…
Live by Lea Bronsen:
After seven years in drug hell, detoxing Juliette “Juls” Carrington returns to her hometown Pearl to attend her grandmother’s burial. Once more rejected by her family, she has a swim in a pond nearby when a mysterious camper, an ex-drunk, coaxes her to come to his hut in the woods. Together they must fight their inner demons for a chance to love…and live.

Author of award-winning romantic suspense Band of Friends series, Cait Jarrod won Reader Choice Awards for best HEA (Happily Ever After), suspense, and Editor’s Choice.
Her heroes have been described as “every girl’s dreams,” the heroines as “strong, down-to-earth, and likable,” the secondary characters “hysterical.” The plots are “fast-paced, unpredictable and clever.” She writes…
Faith by Cait Jarrod:
Selena Bodine escaped into the United States Air Force to leave behind a painful past and the one man who she refused to let herself love. Years later, an urgent call from her father brings her back to Pearl, Ohio and face to face with the man she still loves. But will the secret that Cullen is investigating her threaten their second chance?
Cait’s Classy Chicks Street Team – join at https://www.facebook.com/groups/629181983825796/
Stay in touch with Cait:
~By visiting her blog at http://www.caitjarrod.com
~Sign up for her quarterly newsletters or when a new release comes out at:                                           http://caitjarrod.com/contact-cait-andor-signup-for-news-from-cait-newsletter/
~Follow Cait on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/cait.jarrod and on Twitter @caitjarrod. She loves to chat with readers.
Like myself…Cait loves a good glass of wine….~Contact her at cait.jarrod@gmail.com.

D.C. Stone is an e-book author and full-time fraud investigator when she isn’t diving into the world of Fiction. After serving eight years of service with the United States Air Force, she went on to transition into the world of Financial Crimes and became a lead investigator for many years. She writes….
Persistence by D.C. Stone:
Laydi Michaels has been running away from her past and bad memories for years. Finding herself wasn’t an easy task, but she’s managed to finally get to a point to where she wants to be. Only to wake up married to her boss….who fired her the night before. Wrapped in a case that puts her life in danger, and dealing with a grave situation back home in Pearl, Laydi figures out she wasn’t close to finding herself, and now, she’s risked everything.

Website   Email: authordcstone@gmail.com

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Introduction by Julie Ann Walker.
Julie Ann Walker is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of award-winning romantic suspense. She has won the Book Buyers Best Award, been nominated for the National Readers Choice Award, the Australian Romance Reader Awards, and the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award. Her latest release was named a Top Ten Romance of 2014 by Booklist. Her books have been described as “alpha, edgy, and downright hot.” Most days you can find her on her bicycle along the lake shore in Chicago or blasting away at her keyboard, trying to wrangle her capricious imagination into submission.

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To learn more about Julie, visit http://www.julieannwalker.com. Or follow her on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jawalkerauthor and/or Twitter: @JAWalkerAuthor.

Black Knights Inc. Reading Order:
#1 HELL ON WHEELS (Ghost and Ali)
#2 IN RIDES TROUBLE (Boss and Becky)
#3 REV IT UP (Jake and Michelle)
#4 THRILL RIDE (Rock and Vanessa)
#5 BORN WILD (Wild Bill and Eve)
#6 HELL FOR LEATHER (Mac and Delilah)
#7 FULL THROTTLE (Steady and Abby) Coming December 2014!
All proceeds from sales are going to the Wounded Warriors Project.

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The Cancer Dancer: Healing One Step at a Time…by Patricia San Pedro

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When Emmy Award winner, author, and photographer Patricia San Pedro was diagnosed with breast cancer, she made a decision. “I am going to use my healing journey to help others going through this or any other difficult challenge in their life and I’m going to dance through it.” Pat documented four years of her journey. She bared her thoughts, emotions, heart, breasts, bald head, and soul to show others that they really can do more than survive an illness. They can thrive. Live. Laugh. Love. Dance! The Cancer Dancer is a result of this documentation. Pat intimately shares her healing journey and a collection of tips, advice, and innovative ideas learned from her experiences as well as other women who have walked the same path. The Cancer Dancer is for patients and those who love them. It is also for anyone who wants to live a more peaceful, happy life. The book is empowering, life-changing, informative, uplifting, and easy to read. As Pat always says, “Joy is a choice away.” http://www.PositivelyPat.com

About the Author

Pat is passionate. If she dreams it, she embraces it and makes it happen. A native of Cuba, Pat grew up on Miami Beach and graduated from the University of Miami. She is a Photographer, Published Author, Inspirational Speaker, 3-time Emmy Award Winning TV Producer, Community Leader & Breast Cancer Survivor. Pat began her career at Capitol Records. She worked and played in radio and television for years. At Miami’s WTVJ NBC, she created an environmental awareness campaign called “A Matter of Pride,” which earned her Emmys and accolades. Pat then flew to American Airlines where she was their key spokesperson in Florida, the Caribbean and Latin America. She ended her “Corporate Life” at The Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald as VP. In 2001, San Pedro opened her PR firm San Pedro Productions. In May 2005, Pat really started to have fun when she published her first book, “Dish & Tell: Life, Love and Secrets” co-authored with several friends known as the Miami Bombshells. Together they also created “Camp Bombshell,” women’s-only weekend retreats. Pat’s busy life came to a screeching halt in 2008 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, the same disease that took her young mother’s life 20 years earlier. However, from the moment of diagnosis, Pat saw her cancer as an opportunity – something that was brought to her life for a reason. She made a decision: to look at the cancer as a blessing that would change her life for the better. She danced her way through a double mastectomy and year of chemotherapy (which she calls Sacred Juice), videotaping the entire healing journey to help others who are diagnosed. Today, Pat uses her story to inspire others. She encourages audiences to live a positive and purposeful life She brings women together through her group the Link of Hope Sistas. Together, they educate, empower and inspire others going through challenges. Pat is the subject of an inspirational documentary based on her healing journey called “Why NOT Me” (Tengo Cáncer), which she co-produced for Discovery Familia and Discovery Home & Health. Pat is the founder of http://www.PositivelyPat.com, an inspirational health and wellness site offering tips, breakthrough news by world-renowned medical experts, spiritual wisdom and insights, and a one-on-one connection with breast cancer sisters and a whole lot more. Media coverage and TV appearances include: Today Show, Extra TV, NY Times, Woman’s World and The Miami Herald. http://www.PositivelyPat.com
Available on Kindle and Paperback

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Inside the 2015 NFL Draft at Roosevelt University in Grant Park-Chicago, Illinois

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Mike Mayock and ESPN Panel Discussing Todd Gurley headed to the STL RAMS

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RAMS Running Back –Todd Gurley Round 1 Pick #10 in the 2015 NFL Draft at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois

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Fans Go Wild at the Announcement of Todd Gurley Round 1 Pick #10 For Jeff Fisher & The STL RAMS

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