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March 28, 2017

KILL THE FATHER

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 Kill the Father

by Sandrone Dazieri

  • Number: 9781501130731
  • Release: January 10, 2017
  • Author: Sandrone Dazieri
  • Availability: Print-Book
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: * Susp: Action / Thriller
  • Publisher: Scribner

In this fascinatingly complex thriller, two people, each shattered by their past, team to solve a series of killings and abductions—a ruthlessly planned escalation that turns out to be merely the visible surface of something far more sinister. When a woman is beheaded in a park outside Rome and her six-year-old son goes missing, the police unit assigned to the case sees an easy solution: they arrest the woman’s husband and await his confession. But the chief of Rome’s major crimes unit doubts things are so simple. Secretly, he lures to the case two of Italy’s top analytical minds: Deputy Captain Colomba Caselli, a fierce, warrior-like detective still reeling from having survived a bloody catastrophe, and Dante Torre, a man who spent his childhood trapped inside a concrete silo. Fed by the gloved hand of a masked kidnapper who called himself “the Father,” Dante emerged from his ordeal with crippling claustrophobia but, also, with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and hyperobservant capacities. All evidence suggests that the Father is back and active after being dormant for decades. Indeed, he has left telltale signs that signal he’s looking forward to a reunion with Dante. But when Colomba and Dante begin following the ever-more-bizarre trail of clues, they grasp that what’s really going on is darker than they ever imagined.

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About the Author

Sandrone Dazieri is the bestselling author of fourteen novels, including the Gorilla series, which was dramatized as an Italian film, and five screenplays. He was previously the founder of a small independent publishing house, Crime Noir. Kill the Father, the first in a series featuring Colomba Caselli and Dante Torre, is his first North American publication.
 
MY THOUGHTS
 When police find a beheaded woman in the park and finds out her son, two years old is missing, they think this is a cinch.  The husband had to have done it so they arrest him.  But this is too easy, too obvious.  The author gives you two characters that are both trying to come to grips with their pasts while watching each other's backs.  They have to. They are trying to find a serial killer.   They also have a missing child.  The author gives characters that have their flaws, that makes them more realistic.  The author doesn't give the readers a dull book, although the pace was rather slow for me.  The plot has lots of surprises as you turn the pages, although this doesn't begin until almost the end of the book.The author includes crime, drama and violence.  As you read you find yourself getting a little tense wondering what is happening to that little boy.  You want an answer as to why the woman in the park was beheaded?  Why was her son taken and where is he?   Has the Father returned?  He hasn't been heard of for years, but subtle clues are being left that indicates he's back.  Will Dante and Colomba find him before he hurts the little boy, or will they be too late?  I enjoyed reading a book with the Italian touch to it.  It gave a small impression of the Mafia. Hoping the author does a sequel of Dante and Colomba.   So if you like crime, suspense, drama and violence, follow Dante and Colomba in search of the Father!


I received a copy of this book from the author and Night Owl Reviews and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book  4  STARS.

CALAMITY JANE: How The West Began

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CALAMITY JANE
HOW THE WEST BEGAN
by
Bryan Ney
 
Fifteen-year-old Martha Canary's family arrives in the gold fields of 1860's Montana in impoverished circumstances and despised for uncertain reasons. Soon, Martha makes a name for herself as Calamity Jane through her exploits, wins friends, and becomes the toast of the town. Murder and robbery stalk all who travel the surrounding trails, and Jane thinks she knows who is responsible. Can she and her new friends rally forces to clean the place up?


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Bryan Ney

MY THOUGHTS
Most of us have heard about Calamity Jane but this is the first time I've read anything about her.  Sh was so much a part of American History.  It's hard to imagine what her life was like with a mother who had to make money by prostitution and a father, who failed at farming, thus, making a living at gambling.  Neither was very prosperous.  They lived in the worse of conditions. With her parents, most of the time gone, Jane was in charge of her little sister. While she visits town, she becomes well known.  She earns the name Calamity Jane and she is determined to go out on her own.  The town is a bad place, killing and beating up on the citizens.  But Calamity has an idea who is responsible.  We get a wide varied adventures of Calamity and some of her friends.  Calamity is a girl, although with the way she dresses and her hair cut she isn't afraid to be one of the boys.  She's far from fragile and she can stand with any man.  Even though she is tough she is gentle in her heart.  Even though this was a work of fiction, many things depict the way things were back in 1860, the civil war era. Known as Calamity Jane, her real name was Martha Jane Canary and wasn't known for 15 years as Calamity Jane.  I found it fascinating that Calamity found a way to make money instead of attending school.  The suspense slowly builds until the thieves and robbers were discovered with the help of Calamity.  I can't say enough about this book.  A great read and you won't want to put it down.  Calamity Jane helped develop the land and towns and helped to bring justice to all.  This is one book, if you like historical reads that you won't want to miss.

I received a copy of this book from the author and Word Slinger Publicity and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book  5 STARS.

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March 27, 2017

THE DARK MISTER SNARK

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 There are those individuals we know little about who skulk and creep delightfully across page or screen. In reality, we are taught to avoid them. Sometimes, however, they may surprise us. The Dark Mister Snark is such a figure. Beware!

"Candidly lurking in the shadiest of places, a fellow whose mask wore the gruesomest faces, the dark Mister Snark might be tiptoeing after — shunning the sun and the mirthfullest laughter, spying and shying from your backward stares, following to catch you in complete unawares!"

Narrated by witty rhymes that spin the tangled threads of solitude and acceptance, this book tells the tale of a mysterious man prone to stalking through shadows. Is he misunderstood or mad? A villain or an anti-hero?

His secrets will be revealed in humorous and touching verse, with Halloween and Edgar Allan Poe among the themes. You will not look at corn or crows the same. And once read, you could find Mister Snark watching you from every dark place! This illustrated print edition features peculiar artwork by the author, Lori R. Lopez.


LORI R. LOPEZ  wears many hats, literally and otherwise. An author of Speculative Fiction, Horror, Fantasy and more, she writes dark and humorous verse, short stories, novels, Young Adult and children's books, songs . . . as well as a column called "Poetic Reflections" at Fairy Fly Entertainment, the website that she shares with two talented sons. She is an artist who designs her book covers and illustrates some of her tomes, a musician, actress, filmmaker, tree-hugger and animal-lover. A vegan, her work often contains themes of conservation, animal rights, and the rights of children. Lori unapologetically takes pride in creatively bending and reshaping the rules of writing when it suits her style.

A horror fan since small, she roamed graveyards as a kid and conducted funerals for dead birds, squirrels, insects and spiders. She was named on an Examiner.com list of "93 HORROR AUTHORS YOU NEED TO READ RIGHT NOW" for WOMEN IN HORROR MONTH 2014, while being featured on Horror Addicts and Promote Horror.com for WOMEN IN HORROR MONTH 2015. Her books include THE DARK MISTER SNARK, THE STRANGE TAIL OF ODDZILLA, LEERY LANE, ODDS AND ENDS: A DARK COLLECTION, CHOCOLATE-COVERED EYES, THE MACABRE MIND OF LORI R. LOPEZ, THE FAIRY FLY, AN ILL WIND BLOWS, OUT-OF-MIND EXPERIENCES, DANCE OF THE CHUPACABRAS, POETIC REFLECTIONS I and II: KEEP THE HEART OF A CHILD and THE QUEEN OF HATS. She is presently working on a number of new projects and sequels.

Stories and verse have appeared on Hellnotes, Servante Of Darkness, and Halloween Forevermore; in WEIRDBOOK, THE HORROR ZINE, THE SIRENS CALL, and anthologies such as JOURNALS OF HORROR: FOUND FICTION, DEAD HARVEST, HWA POETRY SHOWCASE VOLUMES II and III, TERROR TRAIN I and II, GREY MATTER MONSTERS: TAKERS OF SOULS, TOYS IN THE ATTIC: A COLLECTION OF EVIL PLAYTHINGS, CURSED CURIOSITIES, CELLAR DOOR III: ANIMALS (Editor's Choice Award winner), UNDEAD LEGACY, BONES II, GHOSTS: REVENGE, MIRAGES: TALES FROM AUTHORS OF THE MACABRE, MASTERS OF HORROR: DAMNED IF YOU DON'T, I BELIEVE IN WEREWOLVES, THIRSTY ARE THE DAMNED, and SCARE PACKAGE: 14 TALES OF TERROR. Fifteen of Lori's poems were published for an anthology titled IN DARKNESS WE PLAY.

Among other creative activities, Lori and her sons are producing a series of author reading videos on You Tube, available on the Fairy Fly Entertainment Channel and featuring original music by her son Noél. A humorous book trailer for DANCE OF THE CHUPACABRAS includes animation by Rafael, music by Noél, lyrics by Lori, and vocals by all three; you can view it at their website or on YouTube under Trilllogic Innoventions channel. Rafael is already an author with his first book published in 2012, A WORLD OF WORDS, and is working on an animated feature film.

They have started a band called Fairyfly to record Lori's old songs and new material. Look for their music videos on the Fairyfly YouTube channel, along with their song releases when available at online music stores. Their debut song, featured in an acoustic preview, is also the title for Lori's first volume of verse, KEEP THE HEART OF A CHILD. You can hear the song in Lori's videos, along with her readings, trailers and further adventures.


MY THOUGHTS

 Ms. Lopez gives you that character that creeps down the dark alleys and hides behind the dark crevices, coming out at night to avoid anyone seeing his malformed face.  He wears a mask to hide it.  He tries to catch you at your least vulnerable state, when you are completely unaware that he is watching and hiding from you. Is there something about this man that no one knows?  Is he just an individual who no one has bothered to get to know or is he the real bad, creep that we think he is?   When you finish reading this book you will start to be aware of your surroundings.  Could Mister Snark be hiding in the bushes as you open your door?  Could he be waiting in the back seat of your car?  Beware, because Mr. Snark is out there. Ms. Lopez writes with creativity. She takes you out of your space and puts you in Mr. Snark's world.  The book is written in a rhyming prose way which you may find different than other books you've read.  You may find that corn fields and crows are part of this eerie tale.  When done, crows and corn fields may remind you of Mr. Snark.  There's a Mr. Snark in every dark alley, dark crevices and places you may not expect.   Watch your back, Mr. Snark may be behind you.  My only problem is I was disappointed when I turned the last page.  I wanted more of Mr. Snark and his evil ways.

I received a copy of this book from the author and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book four stars.

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JUSTICE RIDERS

JUSTICE RIDERS
Where Will The Trail Lead Then?
by
Denis Hughes
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With an inheritance of $1 million hanging in the balance, who will get there first…?

When old man Ruff dies, leaving $1 million to his son, Ricky Degard is tasked with delivering the documents of the inheritance.

But it proves to be far from the straight forward transaction he first thought.

Degard and his saddle-partner Boyd Fennick ride right into a game of secret marriages, kidnapping and murder.

Given the simple task by Haver Ruff of investigating into his brother’s affairs, they soon find their own lives to be in real danger.

When a masked intruder shoots Arno Ruff in cold blood, and with no other witnesses to prove his innocence, Degard quickly finds himself behind bars for a murder he didn’t commit.

But who is the hombre that wants to frame him?

Once he escapes he has to prove his true innocence to win the aid of the Sheriff and his posse, and get to the bottom of the mystery surrounding the Ruff inheritance.

Soon the forefront of their investigation becomes a heroic quest to save the innocent wife of Arno, Chloe Breeze, who is kidnapped by the mysterious masked man.

To make matters worse, she also wanted by another unknown figure for her true claim to the inheritance.

But who is this masked man that seeks her?

Can Degard and Fennick save her before it is too late?

Will the Justice Riders restore peace to the town, or will the money-grabbing villains win the day?

Bursting with mystery, action and adventure, Justice Riders is a must read for fans of Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey.

Praise for Denis Hughes

“A classic of the genre” - Tom Casey, bestselling author of Trade Off

Denis Hughes (1917-2008) was a prolific writer who wrote a large number of science fiction and western novels. He wrote under a number of pseudonyms, including Ken Kester, and his many western adventures include Coyotes of the Gap, Persecution Trail and Guilty Colts.
 

Kindle Edition, 146 pages
Published July 28th 2016 by Pioneering Press 
 
 
MY THOUGHTS
 When Ricky Degard is left an inheritance of$1 million dollars, Ricky has to prove that the money is actually his.  But this is much more than Ricky expected it to be. So the author gives the reader so much more than one million dollar inheritance. There's also marriages that no one knows about, kidnapping and murder.   When you think about it, all of this could go with the thought of having at least a cut of the one million.

 Soon not only Ricky's life but his brother Haver's life is in the balance.  So Ricky and his partner beat feet down to Grundy Flats to find out if another brother, Arno is secretly married and has possibly some heirs to the one million.  But when they got there, Arno is murdered.  Now, would that have been with the thought of one million?  Then Ricky is thrown in jail accused of murder.  Who murdered Arno?  What is his connection?   Ricky escapes and is out to prove his innocence and who is the rightful heir of the inheritance. But there is much more to this. We have a kidnapping of Arno's wife, Chloe.  Come to find out, there are two  people wanting Chloe. Can Degard save her before it's too late?  The author is giving the reader, mystery, action and lots of adventure.  One million dollars back then was a whole lot of money.  There are quite a few people after this money.  Is there a way out of this that will bring justice back to the town, save Chloe and deliver the inheritance to the rightful heir?   Quite a feat to accomplish.




I received a copy of this book from the author and Pioneering Press and voluntarily decided to review it.



I would give this book 4 STARS.
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March 25, 2017

THE HIDDEN REALITY

 THE HIDDEN REALITY
An Alex Pella Series
Book Two
by
Steve Martino

With The New Reality now in control of the world’s nations, the brilliant doctor and inventor Alex Pella finds himself caught in a deadly power struggle between the tyrant who rules and the one who would. As he sets out on a mission to unravel the New World Order, he must also face the hidden truths about his own genetic heritage, truths that are slowly destroying him. When he receives an ambiguous message sent from a man long since dead, Alex learns that the only way to win his battle against The New Reality is to defeat a long-forgotten enemy nearly 2,500 years old.

This action-packed novel brilliantly weaves together ancient Greece with a disturbing future, carrying with it a warning for us all.
 



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 STEVE MARTINO holds an MD from the University of Pennsylvania and is a neurologist in New Jersey. If he is not working, he can be found with his 5 children either on the soccer field, in cub scouts or at a dance recital.
His newest novel, The Hidden Reality, a political, science fiction thriller, is was released 3/9/16. It is a stand alone follow up to his debut novel, The New Reality.

Visit his website at www.martinoauthor.com.

MY THOUGHTS
Although this is the second book in the series, it can be read as a stand alone. The first book was The New Reality.   The New Reality has control over the New World's nations. As Alex tries to unravel this New World, he finds that he has issues of his own to deal with.  These things have been eating away at him for some time. They have to do with his heritage. He discovers that in his battle against The New Reality he also has another battle to deal with.  A 2500 year old battle. This is the journey into the future.
 Can you imagine going 70 years into the future? What would it be like? In this book you get a mix of the past and the future. The book is filled with twists and turns.  I had a problem with the book. It was a bit confusing to me. Seemed like it went all over the place between people and times.  I think I'll wait awhile and read again.  But before you start this book, open your mind, use your imagination and then read.
I did like how it took the reader back to ancient Greece.  The rapid advancements from then until now is amazing.  But sometimes advancements aren't a good thing.  Sometimes they can be dangerous.  I believe if I'd read the first book before this one, it might make more sense. The first book introduces you to the characters and what starts the whole plot into the second book.  Try this book and see how you feel as you follow Alex's journey for answers to the New World Order.  
Remember this could be a warning for us all.   Seventy years into the future, who knows what that could bring.  Think about it.

I received a copy of this book from the author and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book 4 STARS. 






BRING ME LUCK

For Jess Jansen, grief and guilt are as much a part of him as riding herd. Twenty-two years he’s longed for the woman who ran out on him, and now his luck is about to change. Needing a place to hole up during a thunderstorm, the Lazy K looks to be a safe haven. There’s a barn―and a body with soft curves and sapphire eyes he’d know anywhere.

Rachael Weston is a bundle of nerves when Jess suddenly appears at her door. He shunned her once and will again if she foolishly welcomes him back into her life. But when Jess proves innocent of wrongdoing, Rachael fears revealing to him the one truth that just might cause him to turn his back on her―for good.


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BRING ME LUCK 
Weston Family Series
Book Four
by
Julie Lence 

 Bring Me Luck (Weston Family Series, #4) 

About the Author

Julie's western romances bring to life the code of ethics cowboys lived by and the dangers outlaws defied living by their guns. Often outspoken and temperamental, with their own sense of humor, Julie's heroes share a common trait―the willingness to surrender his heart to the right woman and earn her love for eternity.



MY THOUGHTS
If you like westerns, romance and everything that is involved you will love this book. The story at times is a sweet romance and then at other times, danger lurks in every corner.  Often times a romance is lost for various reasons and then you think, what if? The author gives you Jess and Rachel may just bring that past romance into the now. The book will fill you with emotions from smiling to pulling at your heart strings.  Ms. Lence always gives characters you feel you know and want to know more.  Sometimes you even have that need to know more about the bad guys.  Everybody loves that 'bad boy'. I always love the ole' western settings. Jess loves Rachel and knows how much she is hurting but he also has love for baby, Kathryn. Could it be possible that baby Kathryn is his?  The author gives you times that stay in your mind for a while.  The author gives you a female outlaw which you don't normally get in your western reads. This fascinated me.  You get to know that second chances can work even after years and years have passed.   So follow the Weston family in this book four.  Even those rough and tough cowboys have their moments.
  
  I received a copy of this book from the author and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book 5 STARS. 

WEDDED BLISS

 Wedded Bliss (The Wicked Worthington Series) by [Bradley, Celeste]
WEDDED BLISS
The Wicked Worthingtons Series
by
Celeste Bradley
From the New York Times bestselling author of I Thee Wed comes a Wicked Worthingtons novel of a love that will not be denied.... As a ship’s captain, highborn bastard Morgan Pryce has spent his life sailing away from England. The last thing he needs is a wife. But when he fears that his titled half brother, Neville, is about to be snared by a gold digger, Morgan aims to protect Neville by tricking the lovely crook into marrying him first. He knows he can't allow himself to believe a word she says. If only she weren’t so convincing....  Determined beauty Bliss Worthington is not terribly fond of finding another man waiting for her at the altar—after all, no one tricks a Worthington and gets away with it. Somehow she must persuade her dangerously handsome new husband to grant her an annulment, because her heart is set on his brother. Soon the newlyweds must deal with a secret but mutual attraction. Morgan finds himself oddly devastated by her tenderness and braveness. When Neville shows up to rescue her from a loveless marriage, she will have to quickly decide which man is the right one for her....

 Number: 9780451475985 
Release: May 2, 2017 
Author: Celeste Bradley 
Availability: Print-Book
Genre: Romance 
Tags: * Rom: Historical 
Publisher: Jove

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AUTHOR
Celeste Bradley is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty Regency romance novels, including the Wicked Worthingtons, Runaway Bride,  Heiress Brides,  Royal Four, and  Liar’s Club series. She has twice been nominated for the RITA award by the Romance Writers of America. 
Celeste Bradley 
Before becoming a writer in 1999, Celeste was an artist who specialized in pottery and ceramic sculpture. Hi, my name is Celeste Bradley and I write "brain chocolate." That is, I write fun and sexy escapism is for hardworking women everywhere. We deserve a little man-candy, too!Hi, my name is Celeste Bradley and I write "brain chocolate." That is, I write fun and sexy escapism is for hardworking women everywhere. We deserve a little man-candy, too!

Reviewers like to say I write about misfit heroines getting the man of their dreams. Maybe that's true, but don't we all feel like misfits sometimes? Even if the rest of the world thinks we have all our balls in the air, aren't we juggling like mad on the inside, desperately trying not to drop one?

I'm the kind of woman who never truly has a clean house (not all at once!), who can't seem to have Christmas projects finished by Dec 25, who is stunned by how fast weeds can take over a perfectly well-behaved garden, who is mystified by high-altitude baking rules, who doesn't quite get the kids to the dentist appointment on time...well, you get the picture. Rather than having all my ducklings in a row, I just try to make sure none of the rotten little rebels are playing in the middle of the street!

I love this manic, scattered life I lead. I love to write, craft, garden, bake and mother, even if I don't always do it all perfectly. I love living in the Southwest, with its big sky and vast desert views. I love venturing out of my quiet life to meet readers and other writers, and then I love to come back to my haven, full of ideas and renewed passion and creativity.

Maybe one of those times I'll meet you!

Hugs,
and thanks for reading!

Celeste



MY THOUGHTS

A good romantic story that is sweet and will also let you laugh at times.  A good book to relax with. Not a lot of questions to ponder over. The characters given are characters you can love.  It's a story that doesn't contain violence or  a lot of drama.Sure, it has it's moments, cross dressing, lies, misunderstandings but they are put in with a light heart.  Nothing that is drastic.  Instead of hitting your heart with heaviness, it hits you with laughter.  It's a story you can let go of the day's stress and simply relax.  The hero and heroine have their flaws but they put those flaws aside to take that time that is special in everyone's lives, a time to fall in love. Not lust, not one night stands, but true love. The author gives you a sweet tale of romance, love and a historical setting.  Most of all it gives you a fairy tale ending.  We all want and love that kind of ending.  It isn't realistic for most, but it's nice to dream of it.  A stress reducer for sure.

I received a copy of this book from the author and Night Owl Reviews and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book  3.5 STARS. 

March 22, 2017

MUSIC GREATS BRING AWARENESS TO RETT SYNDROME

Please read this through entirely.  If you feel in your heart a desire to help people with a horrible disease than go to the site listed and help the cause.  It affects mainly females.  You get a wonderful book with many pictures of music performers and their stories.  Plus Clint Black's new CD.

PLEASE HELP! 



RAISING A HAND
A Photographic Music Festival With A Cause
Music Greats Supporting the International Rett Syndrome Foundation
Raising A Hand is a labor of love-
A culmination of years of Dedication, Planning, Hard Work and Cooperation.

Hands are raised in anger. Hands are raised in supplication.
Hands are raised in salutation.
But best, hands are raised in accountability. As in "Count me in."
Joining the throng who support - whatever it is. In this case, those with Rett Syndrome.
Those whose lives were cut short at an early age. Those who potential could never be realized.
A hand offered, raised or otherwise...Buy the book. Skip my picture.
                             -Ian Anderson - Jethro Tull 


Clint Black donates new CD ‘On Purpose’ for Each Copy Purchased



Music stars and brothers Kevin and Clint Black have joined forces to spread the word about Rett syndrome
through the riveting photography book, Raising A Hand. Rett syndrome is a debilitating neurological disorder that predominantly affects females.  Kevin and Clint Black were personally affected by the disease when Kevin's young daughter, Cortney, developed Rett syndrome and lost her battle at the age of 16.
 The past decade has seen a successful series of events dedicated to helping Rett's Silent Angels. Research brings them closer every day to finding a cure/reversal for the dreaded disorder.

The book features photos of Paul McCartney, Jimmy Buffet, Don Henley, Lyle Lovett, Pat Benatar, Ringo Starr, Kid Rock, Jonas Brothers, Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Stevie Nicks and Bob Seger to name a few of the varied artists "raising a hand" for Rett syndrome. 

For more information please contact Dave Clements at
david-clements@msn.com
713-410-6076

Project Synopsis

Think, for a moment, about how good it would feel to be a part of a music festival where over 200 of America’s top artists are all headlining for a great cause, funding a cure for a devastating disorder called Rett syndrome.
For over a decade, Houston-based photographer Dave Clements, along with his close friend Kevin Black and Kevin’s brother, Clint Black, have been raising awareness and funds for little known Rett syndrome. Their inspiration for the project comes from Cortney Black, Kevin’s daughter, who died in 2003 at age 16 from the debilitating disorder.
Dave and Kevin’s remarkable project is a black and white photography book called Raising A Hand.
Incorporating unique design and exceptional photo-quality paper, the coffee table book depicts all the ways artists use their hands during a performance. Each artist in the book has given their permission to be included, understanding the underlying theme is that they, individually and collectively, are ‘raising a hand’ for Rett.
Rett syndrome is a devastating neurological disorder that strikes mostly girls, occurring in about one of every 10,000 female births worldwide. Like Cortney, these precious girls are born normal and advance as you’d expect, up to about 12-18 months, at which point they start to regress to infancy.
They lose their ability to walk. They lose their ability to talk and also lose meaningful hand motions. They spend the rest of their lives totally dependent on others for their care. They are referred to as Silent Angels because they cannot share what they are thinking or feeling– they cannot tell their Mom or Dad that they love them, or verbalize their needs or wants.
“We want to help fund a cure so no one will have to go through what Kevin, his family and thousands of other families have gone through with their Silent Angels,” Dave says.
Please join our photographic “music festival.” Help the guys spread the word so that we can make Raising A Hand all that it can be. Researchers are closing in on a reversal. Please help us help them.
On behalf of Silent Angels everywhere, allow us to say what they cannot. “Thank you!”

Bios

David Clements and Kevin Black
David Clements and Kevin Black
Dave Clements
Dave Clements was employed with ExxonMobil Corporation’s Marketing and Human Resources Management team for 33 years, prior to his retirement to the Greater Houston area. As a second career, Dave became a freelance photographer, where his skills paved the way for his becoming one of only two photographers for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
The Houston Texans, NRG Corporation, ExxonMobil Corporation, and the U. S. Olympic Committee along with the current President and Vice President Of The United States have enlisted Dave’s photographic expertise.
During his spare time, Dave blends his love for music and photography, taking thousands of photos of his favorite music artists, which has culminated in the creation of Raising A Hand.
Dave continues to provide pro bono services for many charitable organizations across Texas, including Rettsyndrome.org, the Crighton Foundation, Friends of the Flag Foundation, Boys and Girls Country, New Danville, Sounds of Texas Music Series and the DePelchin Center.
Raising funds for Rett research until a cure is found is an ongoing priority in Dave’s life.
His motto is one of benevolence, “It’s all about the girls.”

Kevin Black

Kevin BlackFrom a very early age, Kevin Black’s family knew he had music running through his veins. With the help of only one formal guitar lesson and his dad’s tiny clock radio, nine-year-old Kevin mastered Merle’s “Okie From Muskogee.”
Since then, Kevin has been musically tuned-in to what people want to hear—leaving behind the demands and constraints of major record labels for the personal satisfaction of making his own kind of music.
His name is synonymous with “patriotic,” and his a cappella rendition of “God Bless the USA” has won the hearts of many, ushering in the opportunity for Kevin to play at prestigious political events. His latest record, “Kevin Black: SOLD OUT– Live at Dosey Doe,” proves that he has carved his own niche in the hearts of his fans. Those who follow the singer/songwriter’s career know that he creates a lively, party atmosphere at every show, bringing to the table heartfelt lyrics, impressive fret-board ability and powerful vocals.
Kevin’s interest in Raising A Hand is deeply personal, having lost his 16-year-old daughter, Cortney, to Rett syndrome. His signature song, “A Tear for You,” is written as a tribute to Cortney.
For the past decade, he has devoted his time and talent to the Rett cause, playing a major role in helping raise funds for research that will, hopefully, one day soon result in a cure.
Kevin continues to perform not only public events, but private and corporate, as well. His outstanding reputation as a top-notch performer is known within the borders of the Lone Star State and beyond. When Kevin’s not on the road, he’s “raising his hand” in his daughter’s memory.
Dave’s Personal Statement
When I first came up with the idea of doing a book for charity, I really had no idea what I was getting myself, and others, into. Fortunately, my career was filled with hard work so, in this regard, I was well prepared. Discovering so many aspects of creating a book came as a daunting surprise.
Throughout this journey, there has never been a moment that I didn’t trust that our team of dedicated volunteers could turn this crazy idea into a reality.
While the uncharted territory of what we were getting into is now a much clearer journey, what still excites and motivates me the most is the “unknown” of how this story will evolve. There are many paths that we can follow. Which ones will we take? And where will they lead us?
We are certain about our goal: To raise awareness and dollars to fund a cure for Rett syndrome.
Just how many more people will know about RTT as a result of our effort, and will care enough to make a difference, is impossible for us to predict or measure.
The research community is making terrific progress towards finding drugs that make a positive difference in these girls’ lives. Will we make an equal difference?
How many people will join the 200 artists in our book to ‘raise a hand’ for Rett syndrome and the little girls afflicted with this dreadful disorder? How many people will spend $35 to make a difference in someone else’s life they may never meet?
Certainly, we are hoping that people around our great country and perhaps beyond will share their money and our story because either they love music, or good photography or they need something to decorate their coffee table, or love little girls.
Perhaps they are fans of one of our featured artists, or maybe they have a favorite song that was written, covered or released by one of our performers. Perhaps they are a Texan and want to help another Texan, or better yet, an American who wants to help another American, or a parent who wants to “raise a hand” for another parent.
While we may be clueless as to how the story ends, we move forward with a firm belief that our “tablet of hope” will do the job we intend – to help us fund a cure and spread the word about a disorder that has drastically changed so many young lives, and the lives of families that love and care for them.
We know that once we reach our destination, we can look back and say, “It was perhaps a road less traveled, but certainly a trip worth taking.”
After all, it’s all about the girls.
Dave Clements

 This will continue Dave Clements' and Kevin and Clint Black's ongoing determination to end Rett syndrome. RAISING A HAND can be purchased on RaisingaHand.com and each book purchased comes with a free copy of Clitn Black's new CD "On Purpose". (Price $35.00, includes Clint Black CD and free download of Kevin Black's song A Tear For You, dedicated to his daughter, Cortney.) 
 
  All proceeds go toward Retts Syndrome.



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