He rises from the drudges of the mining town he grew up in circulating after his ordinary levels through rural areas in and around Bindura. Down trodden and looking up the stairs he is full of energy to do better. He does not want to end up as a hard or soft rock miner like his father’s generation. Cheap labour imported by the trainloads. He wants to be someone in a society where hard work pays at the end. He grew up knowing about deep mines and their work forces as his father was a miner there. He starts his way up the ladder by doing his advanced levels while running around as a relief teacher for three years. While he consumes alcohol with his friends, he keeps his self control in check finding time to study. As his friends marry early Trevor soldiers on. It is the same generation that is affected by the dreaded scourge of HIV/AIDS where years later, those silly experiments come to bite. Instead of following his father’s footsteps, he yearns for apprenticeships, the banking and insurance sector to start his way up. However he lands up as an administrative assistant in a company where he starts burning the mid night oil going to college until he qualifies as an estate agent. His father is called a non citizen resident meaning a foreigner who has stayed a long time in the country but does not have voting rights. The foreigner is looked down upon. He falls into the same pit. Deep within him is a fire that burns to break the yoke of the mining community. The mines and their residential community are synonymous with vices and hard ship. He is not of the quarter.

They say birds of a feather flock together. Naomi is a girl with an ambition to excel well in her education being born of a father with links that are strong with his former homeland of Malawi. Her childhood goals of making it into the medical fraternity as a doctor start collapsing early as in the first year in high school as the science and mathematics subjects tend to be a tough lot. She doesn’t give up. She tried her university entrance examination and flunks. As she collapses, so does her social life. She gets rid of her dates in order to concentrate on school work. It is either you date or you study with her no other option. She does not fit into the category of studying after marriage. Her marriage has to be after her degree qualification according to her standards. She starts again until she nets her prize ending up as a laboratory technologist graduate. Though the government rates are low, at least she is a professional. She made it through the lonely days. She is a lady with a vision that she lives for and achieves. What of her social life?

In between.

Trevor bumps into Naomi as she is doing her upper sixes at a local high school. They make it as a team but she does have her moods. They share so much in common. He seems to be forever running between work, college and batteries of examinations twice a year as he climbs up the ladder bit by bit. They live in close proximity to each other which makes it easier for them to communicate. Naomi makes it difficult to date because she has her standards and her misgivings. She does have times of breaking their relationship whenever she wants. She does have a habit of coming back to start all over again. Why does his other relationship fizzle just before Naomi re emerges from her hibernation?

They marry and start a family with family problems galore. Trevor is a drinker of repute while Naomi still has her moods and utterances. Their marriage is on the rocks, tittering on collapse, how will they manage?



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The Painted Catch by Ronder Scott



The Painted Catch
By Ronder Scott
Genre: Thriller
Publication Date: May 2014
Publisher Tenth Street Press

What happens when you are in an elite military squadron and follow an order that was given in error?
That’s what has happened to Shane Braff and Jennifer Koppell when they entered Tayyip Nafisi’s home. He wasn’t a terrorist and neither was his family. But it all happened so fast and the result was that his son lost his life that day and his wife soon followed.
Not able to cope with the grief, The Painted Catch is a psychological thriller that shows how Tayyip Nafisi turned from dedicated government employee; a man who used his genius to help the United States government, to a man who will stop at nothing to get revenge on the people that stole everything from him. When Shane and Jennifer discover they are both in The Land of Paintings, they will do whatever it takes to ensure that their children survive. For Shane, it means the ultimate sacrifice of his life. For Jennifer, it means coming to terms with the past and doing what she must to protect their daughters in the future. Unfortunately, it also means paranoia because Tayyip Nafisi was never caught.
He’s out there and she doesn’t know where he’ll be lurking. Waiting. She knows he’ll be watching though. It’s his nature.


This is the ideal revenge story. It doesn’t quit until the very end.

A case of mistaken identity leads Jennifer and Shane on a downward spiral. Their finances and lives are a complete mess. This opens them up for Tayyip to achieve his revenge.

This action packed thriller leads the reader on a merry chase with huge consequences.

The plot is a little “out there”. But, I give the author and A for originality and creativity.

Author Info
Ronder Scott was born in Northern Louisiana, where she enjoyed reading books. In Minden, the town she calls home, reading became her passion. She started exploring other avenues where her voice could be heard. Over the years, she has penned a number of screenplays, which she is fond of turning into novels for her readers’ enjoyment. That is why, when you read her work, it is very visual with descriptive annotations that are sure to take you on a literary ride. Weaving characters into authentic, realistic writing is her craft. Her conceptual writing comes from the atrocities of humankind, though she is very brave in choosing which topics to bring to light.
Other than writing, she is a recluse – bound to reading old manuscripts or mediating, bringing forth new ideas for writing. She is currently married and living in Houston, Texas, where she is pursuing a Master’s degree from Texas Southern University. She maintains her stance that writing new material comes from being inspired by the things around us.
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Beyond Hollywood Strip by Shamron Moore




Callie Lambert is the hottest starlet in Hollywood. With a hit TV show under her belt, the tabloid-targeted actress–christened one of “The 20 Most Tantalizing Angelenos”–leads a charmed life, hobnobbing with fashionistas in Paris and industry bigwigs in Los Angeles . She’s sexy, sassy, and unsinkable….and currently unemployed.

Beyond Hollywood Strip offers an inside look into the realities of being famous and beautiful, following Callie as she navigates the seedy underbelly of the entertainment industry. Juggling hunky ex-boyfriends, battling lawsuits from rival actresses, staying one step ahead of the press, organizing a charity event to honor her murdered friend…Callie’s got it all under control. But when she receives a mysterious letter from a young woman claiming to be her long-lost sister, Callie’s world begins to crack around the edges and all bets are off.

An ode to the literary popcorn of Jacqueline Susann, Beyond Hollywood Strip is a steamy, action-packed ride down Sunset Boulevard. Better buckle your seat belt…it’s going to be bumpy…


Callie is a famous actress in Hollywood. She struggles with auditions and jealousy from other actresses. Then she receives and email. It sends her into a spin!!

The scandals, drama, and the inside look at Hollywood life are all extremely fascinating. Throw in lawsuits and an ex boyfriend and you have lively, entertaining plot.

The characters are very diverse and keep you wondering who will do WHAT next.

This is a fun, light read.


Author Bio:

The chronicles of Callie Lambert are loosely based on author Shamron Moore’s real life experiences as an actress and model. Shamron left her home state of Michigan to pursue the excitement of Los Angeles. She has appeared in numerous commercials, television shows and feature films. FHM named her one of the 100 Sexiest Women in the World. Nowadays, she prefers to focus on writing, one of her lifelong passions. Beyond Hollywood Strip is her second novel.




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The Thief Taker by C. S. Quinn



The year is 1665. Black Death ravages London. A killer stalks the streets in a plague doctor’s hood and mask.

When a girl is gruesomely murdered, thief taker Charlie Tuesday reluctantly agrees to take on the case. But the horrific remains tell him this is no isolated death. The killer’s mad appetites are part of a master plan that could destroy London – and reveal the dark secrets of Charlie’s own past.

Now the thief taker must find this murderous mastermind before the plague obliterates the evidence street by street. This terrifying pursuit will take Charlie deep into the black underbelly of old London, where alchemy, witchcraft and blood-spells collide.

In a city drowned in darkness, death could be the most powerful magic of all.


This would make a fantastic movie! I can just picture some of the scenes.

Charlie travels through plague ridden areas of London searching for a murderer and to clear his name. What all he encounters and experiences is gripping.

This is part history, thriller, horror, and love story all rolled into one. The author did a great job with the time period. I felt like I was there, smelling, feeling and seeing all the horrors and agony of the plague.

A thrilling ride!

5 out of 5 stars

I received the book from Netgalley for an honest review.

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Heritage Album – WWI


This is a photo my cousin placed on Facebook. I could not wait to scrap it.

I have no idea what company made the paper I used. But, I thought it was perfect for the picture.

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The Anonymous Girl (Special Edition)
Illuminated Publications
Genre: Thriller
Short blurb:
Unbeknownst to the world, Zaydee is not only the founder of Bitcoin, soon to revolutionize banking, but also a descendant of the real person that inspired The Count of Monte Cristo. As she makes her way through the federal prison and court systems she continues her plans to start her own country that we first learned about in That Girl Started Her Own Country. Will she win her case or make a daring and unique escape as she turns her enemies in real zombies? No, not those silly ones in Walking Dead, but like those that have been made in Haiti for generations.
“This book’s author adds mystery to the series by remaining anonymous. Those who like fantasies set in the present day, depicting exaggerated lifestyles and cyberspace intrigue, will be entertained.” Margaret Cullison, Foreword Clarion

Author Bio:
Who is The Holy Ghost Writer?
The identity of the author is part of an international contest, and the first person to correctly name the HG Writer from the clues found in the Count of Monte Cristo sequels will receive a reward of $5000. Visit the Holy Ghost Writer’s Amazon Author Page for Details and see if you can discover the real identity of the author being heralded as the new Stieg Larsson for That Girl Started Her Own Country, the successor of Alexander Dumas for The Sultan of Monte Cristo and the next Ray Bradbury for The Boy Who Played With Dark Matter. Contact the author c/o books@illuminatedpublications.com
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38: The Chucky Mullins Effect



Imagine that you’re lying down, completely immobile–you can’t move a muscle. The only part of your body that you can control is your face. Consider, if you’re able, that you are forever frozen in this position. Now, with your body paralyzed, there’s only one thing left to do–smile.

Smile? If you’re wondering how anyone could smile in that situation, let me introduce you to Chucky Mullins.

Chucky, an Ole Miss football player, was known for his beaming smile and courageous attitude––he believed in playing every game as if it were his last. On October 28, 1989, Chucky, wearing his jersey number 38, was playing defense in the Rebels’ homecoming game against Vanderbilt University. In the first quarter, Chucky slammed into a Vandy receiver, separating him from the ball. It was a touchdown-saving hit. But as Chucky launched himself like a human torpedo, there was also an explosion in his neck.

Chucky destroyed four vertebrae in his spinal column and was instantly paralyzed from the neck down.

He would die 18 months later.

In those 18 months, Chucky chose to respond to the darkness of his injury by continuing to illuminate those around him. Without moving a finger, and relying only on his ever-present grin and uplifting personality, Number 38 moved the world around him–the Chucky Mullins’ effect.

Twenty-five years later, that effect­­––and his courageous spirit––live on.


There are so many things I want to say about this book.

I had the honor of reading rough drafts of this book throughout the writing process. Every time I have read this, I discovered something new and inspirational. EVERY TIME!!

I was in the stands that tragic day. I remember HEARING the hit. It is a sound I will never forget. From that day until his untimely death, Chucky went on to inspire and to earn the admiration of so many people.

Chucky’s attitude and courage shaped so many lives. Jody Hill takes the reader through these wonderful, inspirational stories of this Chucky Mullins effect. And what an effect it is! It is fascinating how one person’s tragedy becomes another person’s fortitude

Through Mr. Hill’s book, the “Chucky effect” will continue. You too will experience what so many others have found: Chucky Mullins’ amazing courage in the face of adversity.

5 out of 5 stars!

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