Two books: Cold Serial and Cold Crazy by Barbara Grovner

About the Author

I love a good mystery! Writing, as well as reading stories with intriguing and interesting plots are my favorite things to do. The thing about a good mystery is that they’re entertaing and they feed the senses in a huge way…at least for me, anyway. I get so wrapped up in a good mystery, spending an entire night absorbing and devouring every word is a pretty regular thing in my world.
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The best mysteries get my blood coursing through my veins at a high speed while my heart rate struggles to calm itself. I guess I’m a mystery junkie. lol! The part that really gets me going is the mind of the killers in these stories and how in the world do they have whatever it takes to kill another human being! Gives me the willies just thinking about it! But it’s very interesting as well. Can you imagine having a mind full of swirling thoughts ending the life of another? Whew! Before you begin thinking I’m capable of murder, let me say this:
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“I write murder mysteries, not because I enjoy the act of killing, but because I’m fascinated by the audacity of it”. ~ Me


About the Books

COLD SERIAL

She noticed the thousand-dollar suit, the diamond Rolex and the BMW almost immediately, and decided she must have him; after all, she’s a diva and deserves nothing but the best. Harold Masterson smiled, but only because he anticipates what will come later. He knows she’ll be impressed when he tells her he owns Masterson’s Gems in downtown Boston and when she gets an eye-full of his two million-dollar condo on Beacon Hill, she’ll immediately begin working on a plan that will get her a spot in his bed. She has no idea what he’s really after.
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He is sick to death of women who think of themselves as divas. They have no idea what it means to be a true diva, nor do they have what it takes, with their knock-off shoes and purses, believing the world can’t tell the difference. Well, he can tell the difference from across the street! He’s tired of the pushy attitudes and the demanding tones in their voices. They remind him of his mother; she’d treated his father like a servant, always insisting he treat her as if she was some sort of royalty. All Harold wants from that type of woman is to seduce her, use her body, and then strangle her to death.
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Women are coming up missing in Boston, Massachusetts and the families of the victims are demanding answers. Lead detective, Craig Barnes is convinced this has the smell of a serial killer’s work and he is determined to apprehend him. After losing his wife to the hands of a serial killer that had stalked the streets of Boston many years ago, the case has him rattled and stressed. With Raayna by his side, keeping him grounded, he finally stumbles on information from a homeless man who tells him what he saw in the park on a dark, rainy night.

COLD CRAZY

COLD CRAZY is a story of love and loyalty and about the times in life when the bond of friendship can overstep its bounds. It’s about a group of friends that push their long-lasting relationships to the limit. Unexpected and startling affairs ignite, and friends and lovers become suspects in a senseless, premeditated murder. Boston’s trendy South End is the backdrop for this sexy tale, where the drama rises to a suspenseful climax, and souls are bared for the world to see.
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Kara and Makai were truly happily married, at least for the first couple of years before Makai begins thinking he can’t possibly get all he needs from just one woman. Kara had heard about his indiscretions from her younger sister Raayna, but it wasn’t until she found evidence of his cheating (on her own) that she realized Raayna had been right all along. Kara finally confronts him and kicks him out of their home, and then the unexpected occurs.
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Kara is found dead from two bullets to the head, in the parking garage at the Boston Hospital where she worked as an oncology nurse, and things immediately begin to heat up. When police begin digging around, searching for a cold-blooded murderer, truths unfold and secrets come tumbling out. Lives begin to unravel, revealing jealousy and raw rage, and most disturbingly, pure insanity at its most dangerously evil depth rears its ugly head and somehow, someway, justice must be served.

More about Barbara Grovner:
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Darkest Europe and Africa’s Nightmare

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About the author
Akinyi Princess of K’Orinda-Yimbo was born on the shores of Lake Victoria in Kisumu, the capital city of Luoland, Kenya; at a very young age (when she was too small to say “sod off!” as she puts it), she was sent to private school in Yorkshire, England. She is a graduate journalist of the Nairobi and the London Schools of Journalism as well as an economics graduate of the London School of Economics (1981-1987).

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She moved to Bavaria, Germany, where she studied Germanistics and Germanspecific economics (1993 to 1997). She has been writing as a freelance journalist since 1980, serving as a columnist with various dailies and monthly magazines in Africa and Europe. She gives lectures and seminars in various German universities, colleges and high schools on topics ranging from socio-economy in Africa, Business English, Intercultural Communication, African literature and the socio-ethnological conflicts in the traditions of Africans and Europeans in particular, and the West in general.

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In 2012, she got her Doctor of Philosophy In Sociology and Geo-Politics from the Heidelberg University.

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She was the CEO of her companies Eur-AfrAsia Association for Quality Management & Intercultural Communications Training, and PAKY Investment Holdings Ltd. She gave up both posts in order to devote her time to her passion: writing. She is now only Chairman on the Board of Directors. She has written and published articles, papers, and a novel in German: Khiras Traum, and five novels,Bound to Tradition: The Dream; Bound to Tradition: The Initiation; Bound to Tradition: The Separation; Secret Shades Book 1: Aroused; Secret Shades Book 2: Revealed.. Her nonfiction book Darkest Europe and Africa’s Nightmare: A crtical Observation of Neighboring Continents was published in 2008 by a New York publisher. She is also a columnist with The African Times (Times Media, Berlin).

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In 2010 her short story, The Proposal, won the Cook Communications first prize. In 2012 she won the Karl Ziegler Prize for her commitment to bring African culture to the Western society in various papers, theses and lectures. In 2012 her book was nominated for the 2012 Caine Prize, and in 2013 she was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize. In addition she won the Achievers Award for African Writer of The Year 2013 in the Netherlands.

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In 2014 she started the publishing company, AuthorMePro Press, to assist aspiring writers – especially from the developing world – to get published.

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She speaks seven languages, is married to a German politician of aristocratic descent, has a son, two grandsons, and lives in Bavaria. They also have homes in France, Cyprus and Greece.

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About the book

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A Critical Observation of Neighboring Continents

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If the United States is based on the principle that all men are created equal, why, the author asks, does the West treat Africa and Africans differently? Just what kind of democracy is being exported, when only the West’s interests are served? In an incisive view of the relationship between Africa and the West, a London-educated Kenyan princess suggests that the aid machinery hurts Africa more than it assists. Westerners (and successful Africans alike) perpetuate the negative image of Africa to assuage their consciences as they continue to rip off a rich continent, while deploring the poverty they themselves help to keep in place.

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Probing the human causes of Africa’s continuing travails, the author examines the result of official policies that were sold to the public as “aid programs,” while poking fun at Western hypocrisy and greed, and African vanity and passivity, as well. Western citizenry have been schooled to think that their countries are wealthy because they are smarter or work harder – a belief fostered to support hegemonic delusions. Just as artificial, she argues, is the notion that Africa’s alleged poverty and the West’s staggering economic and military might could be related to skin color or the scientifically preposterous notion of “race.” The truth, the author maintains, is that they are rich because they have robbed and still rob their wealth from the rest of the world, creating “poor countries” precisely where the greatest natural wealth is found. American and European corporations, and now Chinese as well, whisk away Africa’s resources to enrich their own economies and peoples.

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The author looks at contemporary political, humanitarian and economic trends, assessing the World Bank, WTO, G8 and the IMF to be the long arms of the world oligarchies, primarily the USA. She considers NGOs a menace to Africa while serving as a job-creation blessing to the rich nations. She suggests the aid industry does more harm than good, dissuading Africans from defending their turf while foreign corporations scoop up all the resources. At the same time, the author equally reprimands not only the predator politicians and elite of the African continent but all Africans for their passive resignation to a fate they can change through affirmative actions.

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More about Akinyi Princess of K’Orinda-Yimbo:

Sylvia Williams Greene, is an 80 year old mover and shaker, activist, artist, and leader in the Freedman (predominantly African-American neighbourhood) of Lenoir, North Carolina.

Sylvia Williams Greene
Sylvia Williams Greene

Sylvia Williams Greene, is an 80 year old mover and shaker, activist, artist, and leader in the Freedman(predominantly African-American neighbourhood) of Lenoir, North Carolina. Because of her efforts, she has triumphed at actualising a project to establish landmarks throughout the Freedman Community; landmarks that commemorate the contributions of once flourishing and successful African American businesses. With the help of a special committee and the attention of Mayor Gibbons, May 22, 2015, marked the groundbreaking ceremony of the Freedman High School Memorial Celebration.

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The Freedman High School Memorial Celebration Tribute of Lenoir, North Carolina,  which occurred on May 22, 2015, is a preliminary process that kicks off a movement to recognise and historically confirm via landmarks the significance of the contributions of the African American population of Freedman, Lenoir, North Carolina.   In earlier times, Freedman was the home of successful, flourishing African American owned businesses.

 ((Photos courtesy of Lenoir News Topic  David Prewitt Photographer))

Kim Heirston Art Advisory

Kim Heirst

Kim M. Heirston
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Kim Heirston is a private art advisor and founder of Kim Heirston Art Advisory LLC. For more than twenty years, she has worked with clients worldwide to develop post-war and contemporary art collections for private residences, corporate headquarters, hotels, and foundations.

Heirston received a BA in Art History from Yale University in 1986. Following her undergraduate studies, she held positions in prominent New York City galleries, including Pace and the Robert Miller Gallery. At the time, Pace represented the estate of Mark Rothko, along with blue-chip contemporary artists, John Chamberlain and Chuck Close. At Robert Miller, Heirston engaged closely with the work of Louise Bourgeois, Eva Hesse, Lee Krasner, and Joan Mitchell.

In 1989, Heirston became the Director of Stux Gallery in New York. There, she coordinated international exhibitions of the gallery’s artists, presenting early shows by Andres Serrano, Doug and Mike Starn, and Vik Muniz in cities from Tokyo to Madrid. She also co-organized the gallery’s group invitational exhibition that took place every January. Regarded as a showcase for emerging international talent, this presentation became a highly anticipated annual event.

Heirston established herself as an independent art advisor in 1992. During the advisory’s early years, she placed works by then-emerging, acclaimed artists Richard Prince, Cindy Sherman, Jeff Koons, and Damien Hirst. Kim Heirston Art Advisory has since expanded its scope from contemporary art to include modern and post-war masters such as Pablo Picasso, Mark Rothko, Francis Bacon, and Andy Warhol.

In addition to advising, Heirston has undertaken a number of curatorial projects. On the occasion of the 20th G7 Summit in Naples, Italy, she commissioned artists from the forum’s seven countries to create site-specific works for a Neapolitan villa. Heirston’s work has also been featured in the media as part of curated sets for the popular television series, SEX AND THE CITY.

Heirston continues to advise a broad base of international clients, from Jeddah to Warsaw, Moscow to Mumbai. She travels extensively to international art fairs in such destinations as Abu Dhabi, Basel, Berlin, and Hong Kong, as well as to major exhibitions including the Venice Biennale and Documenta in Kassel, Germany.

Affiliations

  • International Director’s Council, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (1992-1996)
  • Photography Program Initiative, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (1993-1996)
  • Auction Committee, Byrd Hoffman Water Mill Foundation, New York (1994-2005)
  • Board Member, SculptureCenter, New York (2006-2010)
  • Advisory Board, Hope for Depression Research Foundation (HDRF), New York (2010-Present)
  • Arts Editor, AS IF MAGAZINE (2013-Present)

For the Love of Black Men

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About the Author
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Ayin M. Adams, PhD. Msc.D., is a native New Yorker. She is also an International Metaphysician, spiritual director, and intuitive therapist. Adams is a holistic teacher of self-development and consciousness. Adams utilizes her gift of words to heal, educate, and entertain. Adams is the author of more than eight books. Adams has been published by “Women in the Moon” publishing, Bum Rush the Page, In the Family, and Quiet Mountain Essays.
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Adams is the 2015 Beverly Hills Book Awards Finalist for her book, African Americans in Hawai`i: A Search for Identity, the 2015 Bronze Medal Illumination Book Award winner, 1998 winner of the Pat Parker Poetry Award, the 1999 Audre Lorde Memorial Prose Prize, the 2001 President’s Award for Literary Excellence, and the Zora Neal Hurston/Richard Wright Award. Adams documents our passage in time using her writings and tonality of voice to help one break out of the current constraints and fragmentation of daily and habitual life. She assists and facilitates individuals to co-create their futures, especially as many of the established structures of society may be falling apart.
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Adams lives with the intention of suiting up, showing up, and following through. Adams embraces a firm belief that everything is in Divine Order. Ayin M. Adams organizes and leads spiritual retreats geared towards the transformational transcendence of mind, body, and soul. She makes her home in Maui. You may visit her at www.ayinadams.com.
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About the Book
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For the Love of Black Men is a triumph…filled with power, with poems reflecting the rich traditions and complexity of today’s black society. For the Love of Black Men is a thought-provoking, hard-hitting book of poetry that offers renderings of past and present indignities, self-introspection, spiritual commitment, forgiveness and the necessity of solutions. It probes areas that are not openly discussed.
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More than just a book of poetry For the Love of Black Men addresses issues credibly, compassionately, and directly, with a minimum of soft edges. For the Love of Black Men transports the reader on a personal and private tour into a realm where some Black men have had to wrestle and confront their own challenging questions concerning their wholeness. Many of the concerns these men have had to face may be similar to all men. However, because of the legacy of slavery, their obstacles are more.
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The wholeness that is being sought is always present, even in the most desolate of times. Trusting one’s inner source sometimes gives clarification to dilemmas that appear inconceivable. Many times silence or solitude are means by which answers are revealed. The fast-paced survival atmosphere in which most black men live does not provide such opportunities. In communities where there is a predominance of black men, the constant din of helicopters, fire-engines, sirens and other disturbances does not grant much contemplative time. For the Love of Black Men offers hope and the possibility of alternate choices.
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Ayin Adams’ poetry addresses the Black Man from a potpourri of issues. A gentle and compassionate rumination shared in the loving description of The Eyes of Father while the contrast of Sometimes I feel like a Fatherless Son and the brutally truthful concerns addressed in Hostage or Husband offer objective assessments.
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In more recent times, approximately fifty plus reported cases of unarmed black men have been murdered by policemen which is a continuation of the 1857 original statement concerning Dred Scott had no rights to sue, because the white man said that the black man has, “No rights which the white man was bound to respect.” Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin were some of the victims who have given their lives…is an unsolicited martyrdom the ultimate reward for a Black Man, the final recognition that one never could have achieved on minimum wage or selling individual cigarettes with a second-class citizen mentality? The answers are always within, and the way in which we confront them will determine our happiness or unhappiness.
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For the Love of Black Men awakens us to a black man’s world in today’s American Society with searing poems that stretch from the street to the healing power of family and love. From the chilling immediacy of I Can’t Breathe (for Eric Garner) to the horrific truth of Unarmed, Adams tells apocalyptic moments in the Black community. Adams also encompasses the love, compassion and humor that connects the black man to the black community and to the world. Fortunately for all of us, Adams verses actually become a legitimate shelf reference of America’s shameful history of the slayings of unarmed black men.
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For the Love of Black Men exposes readers to an expansive reassessment of some of the issues that have prevailed since slavery which have produced myriads of confusion. Ayin Adams permits readers, participants, victims and those who have a genuine desire to rectify the problems, the hope that the offerings she has presented will illicit questions and perhaps provide some solutions. Poetry reaching universal experience is fundamental to understanding human life and Ayin Adams connects the individual and the larger society. This book must be in everyone’s library. Contact: ayinadams@ayinadams.com

Releasing: April 11, 2015

Ruffled Feathers Hard Truths

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About the Author
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Butterfly Ingelozi® is an Illinois born native of the United States. A military veteran and college-educated, she lives her life through her experiences. Extremely analytical, she focuses solely on the purpose of every situation and every individual. Growing up in a close-knit family, Butterfly learned the value of character, integrity, loyalty and love (the action word). Writing came as second-nature to Ms. Ingelozi, though not her passion. She began writing as a means to disseminate information throughout her mother’s extended illness. Writing then became therapeutic, allowing her to express her innermost thoughts, inadvertently revealing a uniquely spiritual and sensitive side, full of inspiration and encouragement, with an uncanny ability to uplift and educate.
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She writes from her heart and, unknowingly, finds a way to touch others through her words. A kindred spirit; kind, caring, giving, loving and trusting. But, don’t be fooled, Butterfly Ingelozi® speaks her truth and aims from the hip. A gentle person, Butterfly sails into your heart, melodically and humbly, with her truth and wisdom.

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About the Book
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What began as a means to disseminate information to close friends and family, all at once, became a legacy and a testament to an undying and unselfish love for family and life. This story is multi-layered. If you read and embrace it with an open mind, you will be amazed at what you take away. This story is about all of us, because each of us will pass through this storm some day (if you haven’t already).
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This is a story of two people saving each other’s lives, fighting through some of the toughest battles and winning many of them. One was left to pull together, what they thought were the broken pieces of their life, while growing in understanding and acceptance. The war, it’s ongoing. It is our story. “If I hadn’t lived it, I would have thought it was fiction.”
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This book is for all of us. “Had I known to expect the unexpected many years ago, I wouldn’t have been so desperate, stressed, under duress or surprised. Had so many things not been family secrets in too many households for far too long, we all could have long ago helped each other with our experiences. Had I had access to the forthright experiences of others, I could have been better prepared to stage wars.” And certainly, this book would not have ever been relative. Although we all aren’t the same, nor will our experiences necessarily mimic one another’s, it is important that we share information and efforts when we encounter trials and endure tribulations in life.

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Love and Lies in the River City

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About the Author
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Author D. Elaine Fields is a member of Richmond, VA’s thriving creative community.

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About the Book
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Having fallen for the propaganda hook, line, and sinker Dawn Roberson is sure that she’ll never find a husband; after all young, professional African American females never do. She’s so eager for the man of her dreams in fact that when handsome successful Lawrence Moses crosses her path she’s more than willing to overlook a fatal flaw – he’s married. Convinced that Lawrence has already decided to divorce his wife Dawn dives head first into a love affair that she’s sure will deliver her happily ever after. Her choice throws the lives of others into flux as Lawrence’s unsuspecting wife discovers that her husband has moved on without her. The former Mrs. Moses finds herself suddenly free of the bonds of an unhappy marriage and hotly pursued by her first love – the man who’s never forgiven himself for letting her get away.
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