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Friday, February 12, 2016

Goddess Fish Presents: Commander Henry Gallant-H. Peter Alesso is Back!

Commander Henry Gallant
by H. Peter Alesso

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GENRE:  Sci-fi
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He thought Alaina loved him, but now she’s found someone else. A tidal wave of loss and grief swept over Henry Gallant, leaving him undecided about what to do next, or how to move forward.

Despite his sorrow, he goes on a dangerous mission to an invading aliens’ home world in the Gliese-581 star system. There he uses a neural interface to penetrate their communication network and steal a high ranking alien’s identity. Through this artifice he learns about their history and society, and discovers a way to hinder and possibly defeat them.

A side-effect of linking into the alien network—which was created for autistic savants—is that Gallant’s mind was stimulated and enhanced to the point where he begins to experience superintelligence abilities.

Upon returning from his mission, there is concern that Gallant might pose an even more serious threat than the aliens. While he struggles to fend off those who doubt his loyalty, he fights to win back Alaina.

This is the fourth book of The Henry Gallant Saga, but it can be read as a standalone story.

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EXCERPT


Alaina Hepburn strolled across the walkway, smack-dab in the middle of Halo’s well-trimmed verdant garden park, lavish with diverse foliage and a flowing water fountain glistening under a brilliant summer sun. Several bronzed statues adorned the area attracting a glanced from pedestrians as they passed while an occasional car flew overhead. However, it was Alaina’s eye-catching outfit and radiant youthful vitality that captured the most attention of those around her, not merely because she was attractive—though her blond hair, blue eyes, and well-tanned skin accented her appealing figure—and not because her behavior was so unusual so as to stir excitement. Everyone who passed offered her a warm greeting—for she was well-known to the people of Elysium. No, what attracted the curiosity of those nearby was her bearing—with shoulders back and head held high, she led one to wonder what adventure she was just returning from—or, better yet, was just about to embark upon.

When Gallant entered the park on his way to a meeting at the town hall, the impact of seeing Alaina again struck him like a shock wave. His reaction was unlike what might be expected from the methodical logical captain who so recently fought a battle from the bridge of the Warrior. Now he was simply a man rediscovering his lover—filled with the joy of her presence, the relief of her safety, and the sensuality of her being—the emotional tizzy seething beneath the surface was enough to cause the fringes of his vision to grow hazy, excluding all others from sight. He felt a sense of well-being flood over him, creating the desire to seize and hold her. Despite his wish to run—he walked toward her along the intersecting walkway.

When she noticed him, she came to an abrupt stop and turned to face him. The surprise on her face couldn’t have been more pronounced. He could only guess that her emotional state was as heighten as his own.

Any passerby might have assumed that they were two old acquaintances meeting casually to exchange friendly greetings, but his heart was pounding and his palms were moist. A gust of wind blew a tangled lock of his hair across his forehead causing him to swipe it away mindlessly.

“Henry!” she said, biting her lower lip.

Her exclamation was short and sharp, giving Gallant a start. As it invariably happened, he was mesmerized by her. He stammered, “I . . . I said, ‘I’d be back.’”

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


As a scientist and author specializing in technology innovation, H. Peter Alesso has over twenty years research experience at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). As Engineering Group Leader at LLNL he led a team of scientists and engineers in innovative applications across a wide range of supercomputers, workstations, and networks. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a B.S. and served in the U.S. Navy on nuclear submarines before completing an M.S. and an advanced Engineering Degree at M.I.T. He has published several software titles and numerous scientific journal and conference articles, and he is the author/co-author of seven books.

You can visit his Web site at: http://www.hpeteralesso.com/Default.aspx
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Thursday, February 11, 2016


Valentine's Day Grammar 2016 Infographic
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Sunday, February 7, 2016

End of Days: Is This the Beginning of One World Religion?

This was a crazy week of news that most of the general population did not get.  My mother, Frank Fontaine, and the highlights of the Jack Van Impe Show prompted me to write this post.  As a Christian, I pay attention to prophecy that matches the politics of the day.  As most Christians believe, New World Order (a one world government) will set the stage for the anti-Christ to take over.  He will not be alone.  A side kick of sorts, the false prophet, will help him reign.  Most believe this side kick will be in charge of a one world religion.  So how in the world can there ever be a one world religion, especially with ISIS's zero tolerance for other religions?

Wheaton College (Wheaton, Illinois): Billy Graham went to this college.  He has a museum inside of it that displays his amazing life dedicated to God.  No one has ever claimed that Billy Graham tried to rewrite the Bible.  No one has ever claimed that Wheaton College tried to rewrite the Bible...until now.
Political Science Professor Larycia Hawkins used Facebook to post that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.  She stands in religious "solidarity" with other Christians and Muslims in her belief in God.  She claims she gets this from the Pope who said late in 2015 that Christians and Muslims were brothers and sisters.  Hawkins did not get fired, but she is leaving the college.

Hawkins isn't inventing this idea that God is also the same God in the Koran.  Unfortunately, Pope Francis is making favorable comparisons.  He validates the Koran, putting it equal to the Bible while preaching religious tolerance.  In a controversial quote below, he states that both faiths should merge.
"We can accomplish miraculous things in the world by merging our faiths, and the time for such a movement is now. No longer shall we slaughter our neighbors over differences in reference to their God.”
The Pope is meeting with Muslim leaders later this month in the name of religious tolerance.  Will all of the murders and beheadings be mentioned?  The pope is also meeting with the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church in Cuba to mend fences that caused the split centuries ago.  This pope spends a lot of time sucking up to other religions instead of preaching the Bible.Why is he so interested in 'getting along with other religions?  It's all part of the big picture-End of Days.  I wrote about this four years ago in my novel  The Last Degree.

Pope Francis was predicted to be the last pope by Malachi hundreds of years ago.  This Irish monk has a near perfect record in picking his pontiff predictions.  Is Francis really the last pope?  Does he want to form a one world religion?  

Thoughts and comment welcome!









Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Goddess Fish Presents: Still Counting by Phil Fragasso

Still Counting
by Phil Fragasso


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GENRE: Chick-lit, bittersweet romance

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Adam Donatello and Nina Morales share an immediate and powerful attraction, and their future together seems assured. But love is difficult enough without adding complications – real or imagined – to the mix. Nina sees life as a thousand shades of gray, while Adam tends towards black-and-white. He wants to move fast; she needs time. Nina sees her past liaisons with women as immaterial to their relationship, while her disclosure drives Adam to a state of irrational jealousy. He doesn't know how he could compete with a woman; and his suspicions – which Nina views as hypocritical – lead them both to make decisions they may live to regret.

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EXCERPT:


Nina sipped her chai and looked around the room. “There are fewer assholes here than most Starbucks.”

I took a quick glance around the room and shrugged. It looked to me like the usual assortment of Cambridgians replete with self-conscious undergrads, millennial professionals, aging hippies, autistic-spectrum bohemians, and a sprinkling of the genuinely homeless. Nina seemed to be waiting for a more explicit sign of agreement so I nodded and smiled.

“You know what I mean?” asked Nina. “Maybe because it’s late and the regulars have gone home to sip their decaf Keurigs, work out on their Concept2 rowers, and watch PBS while scanning porn on their iPads.”

This chick wasn’t just the queen of non sequiturs, she was the queen of non sequitur stereotypes.

“Sounds like you’ve given this a lot of thought,” I said.

“I give everything a lot of thought. Thought—and I mean real thought, not the vapid musings of cable television and political hacks—is the one thing that separates humans from the rest of the animal kingdom. And if that sounds a little self-congratulatory, I’m okay with it.”

“Do I detect a certain bitterness?” I asked. “Perhaps a fiendishly misanthropic streak?”

One of the best things about being an English teacher is that I have a world-class vocabulary. The average college-educated American can recognize and understand about twenty thousand words. In all humility, my personal vocabulary approaches that of the great Bard himself, some thirty thousand words. And there was no restraining me with the raven-haired beauty in front of me. So I continued.

“Am I indeed being graced with the presence of a comely curmudgeon? A cynical soul of sardonic sassiness? A jaded jewel?”

Nina sipped her chai, carefully placed the cup on the table between us, and patted her lips dry with slow and deliberate precision. “And might I be in the presumed presence of an alliterative asshole, a punctilious prick, a swaggering simpleton, or all of the above?”

“Well played,” I said. “Perhaps I misjudged you. Maybe you’re simply a spunky savant.”

“Spoken like a true equivocating egotistical egalitarian,” she said.

“Is there even such a thing?” I asked.

“There is now.”

She had me at hello, but “equivocating egotistical egalitarian” sealed the deal. I was smitten.


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Phil Fragasso sold his first article at the age of 16. Since then he has written and published a wide variety of books, articles and essays. After many years as a corporate marketer, he left to pursue endeavors that were more fulfilling personally and more contributory on a societal level. Today he focuses his time on writing and teaching.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Goddess Fish Presents: The Sugarspear Chronicles by Nicole Arlyn

THE SUGARSPEAR CHRONICLES
By Nicole Arlyn

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GENRE: Fantasy

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The Sugarspear Chronicles, the incredible twenty-six-novella saga that started with a little girl and her willow tree, is finally available in one complete collection.

The Sugarspear Chronicles: The Complete Collection is the story of young Sadie Sugarspear, a girl who endures intolerable abuse by reading about a fantasy world filled with incredible sights and outlandish people—a place she’s only ever encountered through her real father’s storybook.

One day, when the cruelty becomes too much to bear, Sadie runs away and hides inside her beloved willow tree. To her surprise, the tree opens, sending Sadie down into the abyss, into a land she’s only ever read about—where she must being a long, terrifying, and heartbreaking journey home.

Readers can now enjoy the entirety of author Nicole Arlyn’s dark fantasy saga in one complete book. This complete collection also includes a note from the author detailing the inspiration and events that led to The Sugarspear Chronicles.

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Excerpt:



The wind was ripping through the dandelion fields. The fence that stood alone shook but the blue flowers hanging off it stayed still. A pale girl walked on the dirt road through the fog and mud puddles towards the fence, her long brown hair slapping against her face, covering her green eyes that seemed blue when she turned them to the sky. She pushed her thin body through the wind, the black Rolling Stones t-shirt she wore as a dress blowing into her stomach. When she stood in front of the fence, the flowers finally swayed. Sprinkles of dew dying. Then she pulled them off, the crushed flowers in her hands, falling to earth. The wind never took them.

She sat on top of the fence watching the sky for rain. Instead she saw the faces that the clouds made morphing from evil to angel in one blink of her eyes. She ran her hands along the old brown wood, digging her fingertips hard in, crusted blood under her fingernails. She kicked her legs against the fence half wanting to knock it over and half wanting to fall with it, but it wouldn’t fall. She rubbed her thighs with the splinters until they burned and then made a fist with her right hand and bit down on it. She bit hard enough to stop her own tears. Only cry when the rain comes, she thought. That way the rain would wash away her tears and no one would know. She saw a caterpillar sitting beside her and picked it up.

“No one knows youʼre here but me,” she whispered. She laid the caterpillar where she found it. She opened her hands and kept waiting to catch the rain. She waited as the sky twisted around her, sealing her in a mist she wished only the sky could see through.






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AUTHOR Bio and Links:




Nicole is a writer and an actress born in Brooklyn, New York. She has worked in films such as Clay Pigeons, opposite Joaquin Phoenix; The Wedding Planner; and Brooklyn Bound, among many others. She has performed, written and directed theater productions in New York, Los Angeles, and Europe. She has also read her poems in many poetry lounges in Europe and America, and is a song lyricist for musicians.
After living in Rome, Italy, for the past several years, Nicole has returned to New York City where she lives with her husband and son. She is at work on more novels.

my authors page on Full Fathom Fives website:
(all buy links on on here)
http://fullfathomfive.com/writers/nicole-arlyn/

my authors page on facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/NicoleArlynAuthor/?fref=ts

twitter:
https://twitter.com/NicoleArlyn

The Sugarpsear Chronicles webpage:

http://www.thesugarspearchronicles.com/

me on goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7315359.Nicole_Arlyn

Nicolearlynwrites on wordpress (building this up into a website)

https://nicolearlynwrites.wordpress.com/

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Monday, January 18, 2016

Review: Showtime's Billions


Billions is a new drama about a billionaire (Axelrod) played by Damian Lewis who cuts a lot of corners, has inside information on stock trades, and revered among middle class New Yorkers.  His only problem is a prosecutor, played by Paul Giamotti, who wants to bust him for inside trading.  The case is the kind of case that advances political careers which is why Axelrod is such a target.  The first show in the series aired last night.  The story introduced the main characters.  Besides Axelrod and the prosecutor, there is Axelrod's wife who comes from humble beginnings and enjoys her new social standing, threatening others to keep it all in tact.  And then there is the prosecutor's wife, a psychiatrist who works for Axelrod's hedge fund company.  She is used as a life coach and motivates brokers who feel they are in a slump.  Her husband (Giamotti) wants her to quit her job because he is getting ready to arrest Axelrod.  She gets her hours reduced.  She and her prosecutor husband like kinky sex.

My Review: I love both of these actors and had a feeling they would pick a great script to star in.  Besides the acting, the story was good.  Most shows do not go into much detail about the Bernie Madoffs of the world, but this one made the effort.  
I don't know much about high finance so a few scenes were a little confusing, but it didn't matter.  I figured out something illegal was going on.  The show was a glimpse into the world of ambition and greed.  
Despite the gaudy display of wealth that Axelrod symbolizes, I found myself liking him.  He doesn't just consume.  He also saves those who are about to go under.  For instance, his favorite pizza restaurant was about to close, and he prevented that from happening because he liked the owner and the food.  In another scene, he gave the children of former partners who died in the World Trade Center full scholarships to college.  He has a Robin Hood flair.  Conversely, Giamotti likes to view himself as a 'superman' ridding the world of greedy investors.  He is far from altruistic.  He and his father set a scene showing how serious he is at busting greedy traders for the sake of the press.  I look forward to watching this on Sundays.  5/5 Stars


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Movie Review: The Revenant


The Revenant is a simple story about a man and his son who hunt animals for pelts.  The story takes place in the 1800s.  Hawk (Leonardo DiCaprio) flashes back to when his wife was murdered by the U.S. army.  His son was only a baby and is all that he has left in the world.  While animal hunting, a tribe of Indians ambush Hawk and his band of men with the intention of stealing the pelts.  More than half of the men are killed.  Hawk and a few others barely get away.  While they are in the rugged mountains struggling to get back to their base, Hawk gets mauled by a bear.  He is immobile.  His so-called friends are stuck hauling him around on a cot through the mountains, through the freezing temperatures, and through the icy rapids.  One of the men, Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy), is sick of the extra baggage and wants Hawk dead.  The captain of the hunting party along with Hawk's Indian son will not even entertain the idea.  When Fitzgerald is left alone with Hawk, he tries to kill  him as he lay helpless.  Hawk's son intervenes, but gets killed by Fitzgerald who officially becomes the villain of the story.  He hides the dead boy from the rest of the survivors and then lies, claiming they are on the verge of an attack.  They leave Hawk in a pre-dug grave.  Despite the odds, Hawk survives.  He also survives an Indian attack, a blizzard, starvation, frostbite, and much more.  He's on a mission to get revenge against Fitzgerald who killed his son.  

My Review: Some movies need to be seen on the big screen and this is one of them.  The setting is almost like a character in itself-mountains, snow, ice, rapids, forests, and wild animals.  I wonder how difficult this must have been to film.  DiCaprio who just won the Golden Globe should be a shoe-in for the Oscar.  He brilliantly portrays a man who is determined to survive, if only for the sake of revenge.  He looks cold, scared, determined, and in pain during most of the movie.
I wasn't sure what the word 'revenant' meant, so I looked it up-a person who returns from the dead.  It's the perfect title.  But Hawk doesn't only return from the dead, he also sees the dead.  He sees his dead son at a dilapidated church.  He sees his dead wife a few times, once floating over him.  Besides survival, there is a theme of the afterlife and spirituality.
The movie constantly moves with action over dialogue.  Tom Hardy also pulls off a top-notch performance as the self-serving hunter.  He, like the entire cast, has little to say but speaks volumes in facial expressions.
I loved this movie and recommend it to anyone.  I'm still not sure about the ending-did he live or die? He sees his dead wife and follows her up the mountain.  
DiCaprio almost always makes a great movie, but this one is in a class all by itself.  It's actually based on Hugh Glass, a fur trapper.  Go treat yourself!  It's worth the 9-10 dollar ticket price!
5/5 Stars