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The Dog at the Gate

A man, a dog, and a fatal obsession
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To say that David Wallace has been having a run of bad luck is like claiming that the maiden voyage of the Titanic was simply "an unfortunate excursion." The ill-fated American expatriate has lost his wife, his job, and his reputation. Just as it seems that all hope has vanished, he's informed that he is the heir to his great aunt's estate in the bucolic English village of Chambury. Once there, he discovers that his inheritance also includes his late aunt's grieving dog, a vintage typewriter, a mysterious key, and an entanglement in a series of unsolved murders.

 

A British Mystery set in the Cotswold region of England.

 

THE DOG AT THE GATE:

Review

 

It has all the necessary elements of a romance and so much more: references to favorite authors and characters, a bit of whodunit & intrigue, and a clever dog and feisty cats. Makes me feel cozy. Clever plot, interesting characters, more please ... L. Barnes, Amazon review

The Last English Village

On 22 December 1943 the Susan Rae, an American B17 Flying Fortress, is lost. The aircraft is reported to have crashed into the English Channel. There are no survivors and no bodies are recovered. The Susan Rae and its crew vanish, committed to the dustbin of history.

On the day the Susan Rae disappears, the English village of Lower Friththingden is the scene of several remarkable events. Two Rolls-Royces are seen parked near the village church. The entourage has paused to listen to the sound of the village children’s choir. Overhead a German parachute mine floats down, heading directly toward the church. Inside are most of the village inhabitants, including a young girl rumored to be the illegitimate child of Winston Churchill.

More than a half-century later two men, an embittered American and a reclusive Englishman, have their lives altered as a consequence of the disappearance of the Susan Rae. 

THE LAST ENGLISH VILLAGE:

Review

 

"This delightful novel is entertaining and engaging; reading it is like spending the afternoon watching Masterpiece Theatre. The storytelling has much to recommend it. The writing is good; the voice strong and funny. The narrator is a likable character who endears himself to readers; his colorful supporting cast is well developed ..." - Writer's Digest 21st Annual Awards"

Sweetie's Song: The Meadows of Heaven

Fred and Sarah Davis, a grieving couple at 333 Oak Lane, in the small town of Bent Spur, Texas, have chosen to shut themselves off from the rest of the world. One can only wonder how their strategy will fare in the face of four innocent souls who offer unconditional love.

 

Sweetie’s Song: The Meadows of Heaven is a book that will enchant its readers, whether children or adults. It is a heartwarming, family friendly story that has an underlying message that will resonant with even the most jaundiced and world-weary among us. Some readers have called it a "children's book for adults, a simple, beautifully told story that has meaning on more than one level and resists easy interpretation."

Reviews for Sweetie's Song

 

"I don't read a lot of fiction books so I didn't know what to expect with this one but I was more than pleasantly surprised. The short review is, it was simply and completely delightful ..." -Book Review, Cheryl Cope, Christian Women's Life Coach, CherylCope.com

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A beautifully written, inspirational story. Surprisingly touching.  (Ohio.com)

Henry, Eddie, and Me

 

A frail, sickly child, an abused, timid dog, and a fearless little field mouse – can they rescue a troubled family?

Danny Ryan was born prematurely, abandoned by his birth parents, and ultimately committed to an orphanage for “the hard to adopt.” Danny’s frail body, undersized lungs, poor eyesight, severe allergies, and fear of strangers – along with his bright red hair, freckles, and ears at least a size too large for his head – made little Danny particularly hard to adopt. It wasn’t, in fact, until he was two years old that – in a truly remarkable encounter – Danny was adopted by a childless couple.

Despite their well-intentioned efforts, Danny’s adoptive parents discover that no one can escape the calamities, misfortunes, and heartbreaks of life. It will be left to a rescue dog and mysterious little field mouse to teach them that feeling sorry for yourself is a terrible waste of time.
 

Reviews for Henry, Eddie, and Me

Filled with charismatic characters and dynamic scenarios, I recommend "Henry, Eddie, and Me" for teenagers and adults. Gina111

FISHY BUSINESS: How the wisdom of the angler can help you succeed at work

FISHY BUSINESS introduces a highly effective method for the enhancement of decision-making; i.e., the primary role of a manager. Analogies, whether we realize it or not, form the foundation upon which decisions are made.

The analogies we each employ are dependent, however, on the breadth and depth of our personal experience. If that experience is limited to what we learn in business school, or war college, or from our colleagues, then the decisions we reach are similarly limited. Our decisions can, however, be vastly improved by simply widening our "frame of reference."

As you will discover, some appreciation of the art and science of angling is an extremely effective way in which to broaden our frame of reference ... and improve upon the decisions we make. Using fishing parables, FISHY BUSINESS introduces the reader to the role of analogies in decision-making ... and the achievement of long-term goals.

Reviews for 1st edition listed below

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— Julie Danis, Chicago Tribune: “I like the idea of getting away from sports and war themes to rally the troops … I think Fish Business says it best: ‘The best tip is one you understand.’”

 

— Jim Schachter, New York Times: “Delightful.” 

 

— D’Arcy Egan, Cleveland Plain Dealer: “The Ignizio brothers have a book full of reasons to go fishing … The lessons learned while fishing can trigger success in business.”

 

—Tom Melody, Akron Beacon Journal: “The Ignizios have woven [fishing and business] together splendidly, showing that what’s good for the fisherman is likewise good for the business person.

 

—Jim Ramberg, Topeka Capital Journal: “Their credentials [James and Bill Ignizio] are an ideal match for this approach … Their approach to business management and fishing is a far cry from the aggressive mentality of many organizations.”

 

— Steve Pollick, Toledo Blade: “The brothers Ignizio … have teamed up to produce … a business book, a fishing tale, and a little mystery all told in an amusing way.”

 

— Paul Liikala, Cuyahoga Falls News Press: “What surprised me is that the business anecdotes and tips were so entertaining. Some business books may be dry and boring, but Fishy Business sure isn’t one of theme.”

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