They live among us. We know they are there. No government can control
them; no authority can stop them. Some are evil. Some are good. All are
powerful. They inhabit our myths and fairy tales. But what if they were
real, the witches, wizards, and fairy godmothers? What if they were
called "adepts" and used talismans to increase their power? The most
powerful talisman in the world is The Hammer of Thor and Hitler stole it
from its rightful owners, the Valkyrie. When American adept Francis
Kader is reluctantly drawn into the effort to retrieve the Hammer from
the Nazis, he begins a journey that leads him to a confrontation with
Thor himself. Can a mere human hope to defeat an immortal god?
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Torn between the past she can't remember
and a future she isn’t ready for, Claudia feels at a loss. With unanswered questions,
she is certain there is more to her past than just being a venator. Finding the
missing pieces in her life won’t be easy because duty calls. When mysterious
dark shadows get released, an apocalypse sets in motion. The venators and the
alkins must work together once again. Knowing Claudia would be the key to
destroying the demons that were released, a familiar stranger appears to protect
her. Drawn to the beautiful angel, Claudia finds she must unravel the mysteries
of her past in order to help save the world. Who is the angel assisting her and
why does she feel a strong connection to him? Time is running out. Will she
discover all the secrets before it’s too late?
Michael brought Claudia back to Paradisus where they
stood on top of the hillside.
“We’re here,” he said, unable to uncurl his wings as
she was safely tucked inside.
Claudia looked up, unable to unlock her eyes from his
as if she was hypnotized. “Ummm…I should go,” she finally managed to say. Then
she tugged his wings away, afraid if she didn’t, he would never let her go and
she wouldn’t want him to.
When he opened up, she took several steps away from
him. “Thank you. You can leave now.”
“Are you meeting anyone?”
“No,” she shook her head, lowering her eyes away from
his, afraid he would know she was lying.
“Then, I’ll stay here.”
“What?” Claudia’s eyes grew wide. “I’m perfectly fine.
You can leave now.”
Michael sat on the pebbled ground underneath a tree,
leaning against it. He folded his arms around the back of his neck to rest and
grin. “It’s a beautiful day. I think I’ll stay here.”
“Umm…” Claudia lost her words for a second. He looked
so alluring she had to shake the wicked thoughts out of her mind. “But you
“Says…me?” She couldn’t believe Michael was seriously
going to stay. He was teasing her and she knew it.
“Why not? This isn’t your property,” he smirked.
“I know it’s not, but I didn’t invite you to stay and
I don’t want you here.” Claudia didn’t want to be rude, but she felt that she
had no choice. She didn’t want Michael to follow her through the waterfall.
“Hmmm…you kind of hurt my feelings there.” He arched
his brows with a frown.
There he goes again, looking so darn sexy even
frowning.Ahhh!!! “Are you kidding? The
deal was for you to bring me here and leave.”
“No, the deal was for me to bring you here. There was
nothing about me not staying.”
“Ahhh! Fine!” Feeling frustrated, she turned. Looking
beyond, she noted even more how beautiful this place was. To the right of the
hill was where the venators were the last time they were here. To the left of
the mountain was where she should go, back to the waterfall, to where Callum
was waiting for her, but she couldn’t get her legs to move. She wanted to stay
here with him. Unable to decide, she turned to Michael, but to her surprise, he
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Anne M.Strick has spent over twenty years in the movie
industry. She has worked for Universal, Warners, Paramount and EMI, as a Unit
Publicist, Project Coordinator and National Publicity Director, and with such
Hollywood legends as Jack Nicholson, James Earl Jones, Sean Penn, Arnold
Schwarzenegger, David Lynch and Dino De Laurentiis, among many others.
She has been a Congressional speech writer, published
articles, theater reviews, short stories, two non-fiction books (one an
international best-seller), two novels,
and the highly praised ("remarkable") critique of our adversary legal
system, Injustice For All. Born in Philadelphia, educated at Bennington College
and UCLA, she lives in Los Angeles.
Author Anne M. Strick has stopped by today with
an excerpt from her book All The Doors To Hollywood and How To Open Them
THE DOORS TO HOLLYWOOD & HOW TO OPEN THEM
Some time ago, I needed a
job. I had spent six years finishing a book, living on and finally totally
depleting my savings. At last, I found employment with a start-up corporate
public relations firm, worked there for six months, was fired for insubordination,
refused several apologetic hire-back offers, and was on the scramble again. But
in those six months, I had learned the publicity game. Several friends
suggested I try the movie business. I put together a resumé, and on my third
interview, was hired as publicist for the movie The Border with Jack Nicholson. The
Most of us -
perhaps you - have an almost insatiable interest in all things Hollywood. Often
we fantasize - secretly, perhaps - about being part of the film business
ourselves. But being so seems impossible.
What actors and
stars do, what producers and directors and writers do, seems light-years beyond
our reach - despite all the advice books telling us how to make the rareified
leap. We lack, we believe, the talents, the training, the connections, the
youth and physical perfection, the long grinding grit and sheer gumption
necessary to break in. Even, possibly, the luck.
But we have
other abilities. Abilities rarely
associated with film-making, but ones that stand behind the screen and make the
magic possible. Abilities without which there could be no movies at all. The
high-profile professions, so excessively publicized, so glamorous and brightly
lit, are not the only doors to Hollywood. There are other doors - many doors -
doors we walk through, without a thought, every day - to professions absolutely
necessary to the Hollywood show’s going on.
This book tells
you what those other doors are.
On these doors,
most of us - ordinary people in every city - nurses, carpenters, teachers,
first-aid workers, journalists, electricians, photo lab and metal workers,
secretaries, sketch artists, plasterers, makeup artists, cooks, hairdressers,
model-makers, truck drivers, photographers, seamstresses, accountants, and so
many more - need only knock. We will, of
course, probably have to knock more than once, as for any job. Nor is ultimate
employment inevitable – as for any job.
But if the doors
open, we will be extremely well-paid. We will take great pride in our skills
and enjoy the camaraderie of our colleagues. We will be delighted with our
union benefits. And we will have, for all of our lives, wonderful
behind-the-scenes stories to tell.
These are some
of the doors; this is how some people have opened them. And these are some of
the adventures they’ve had.
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