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How does a child musical prodigy who was left for dead by the mafia at the age of three in a cardboard box discarded next to a blue dumpster in a South Philadelphia neighborhood alley wind up becoming the lead guitarist for one of the world's most successful Heavy-Metal Bands... Hells Redemption?

The beginning of Alex's young life was tragic and should have been the end, but a Nun and a Priest who ended up rescuing her then later raising her determined that surely a predetermined destiny wasn't to be for Alex.

Despite her conservative and secluded upbringing, Alex wants to prove herself to be anything but a foregone conclusion, especially when she strives to not only succeed but dominate the music genre that she loves more than anything with her natural God given talent.

With dreams of becoming nothing but one of Heavy-Metal's Music's most legendary guitarist's of all time, and at the same time proving that a woman can indeed melt faces off just as well as any man, Alex is determined and focused to let nothing stand in her way, not even her past.

Can Alex achieve her dream while keeping her anonymous childhood celebrity status a tightly guarded secret?  Can Alex guard the physical and mental scars she bares from her past, even if that means never physically acting on love?  Can Alex really achieve all that she wants while still maintaining her integrity and the values she was raised with?

We can choose to allow our pasts dictate who we are or who society decides we are destined to be, or we can embrace that we truly are only defined in this life by the choices we make now.

These are Alex's choices, this is Alex's story and in turn become's Alex's..... 

Redemption

314,474 Words New Adult/Adult Contemporary Romance – Recommended for those 18 years of age and older due to violence, graphic language and sexual situations

 After presenting an award at the Echo Music Awards in Berlin, A.G. is all anyone can talk about due to a killer dress that does not leave a lot to the imagination.  In one night she became a media sensation and the dress has been deemed a must have for the season.  Her stylist is thrilled, the designer is shot straight to the head of the fashion world, Hells Redemption receives even more great publicity in choosing a woman as their lead guitarist and A.G. Hattabaugh becomes Heavy-Metal’s newest “It Girl”.

However, there’s just one problem, her secret boyfriend is far from amused.  Radiating his disapproval about the dress throughout the night, John devises a secret plan to discuss why she chose such a revealing ensemble despite his feelings about her suggestive wardrobe selections and his wish that she make better ones in the future.

What happens next proves that if you must be frustrated at the person you love, it’s best to take it out on them in bed.  Way more fun and far more productive than yelling, unless you are in ecstasy of course.

Throughout the night, John reveals his trepidation about their relationship, whom he is to Alex and the choice they are making about keeping their relationship a secret to protect her career and the tour.

Trepidation is a Novella in the Metal Prodigy Series and features chapters which were omitted from Resurrection – Book Two in the Metal Prodigy Series.  For a more specific timeline, these six chapters feature the night in Berlin, Germany where the band attends the Echo Music Awards before chapter thirty.

This work can be read as a standalone, however for the full experience, the author recommends reading the first two books in the series, Redemption and Resurrection (Plug, plug, plug).  Always wanting to keep her readers on their toes, fans of the Metal Prodigy Series will find some delightful surprises within this story, a few answers to lingering questions they’ve had and a jaw dropping chapter that even she can’t believe.  That major ditty will be addressed in Book Three – Reconciliation due to hit e-readers everywhere, Spring of 2015 (Plug, plug, plug).

 44,152 Words

New Adult/Adult Contemporary Romance – Recommended for those 18 years of age and older due to graphic language and strong sexual situations.

Never in a million years did John Lucas, the world famous bassist for the greatest metal band in the world, Hells Redemption ever think he’d be this successful in his life.  Growing up in a hippie commune outside of a one stop light town in New Mexico, he once believed his chances of venturing outside of it, let alone playing music, were slim to none.

Now he’s a part of a Heavy-Metal empire, married to a future legendary guitarist and laying the ground work for a life after the cheers from the crowd fade away.

Starting your own music label isn’t going to be without it’s headaches, but the feeling as if nothing can seem to go right can wear you down after a while.  Outside of his wife’s project with her own band who is taking the rock world by storm, he needs to prove he can catapult a once unknown indie group all on his own, without riding the coattails of the successful group he’s a part of or married to.

White Dove Massacre, C.S. Records newest act may just do that.  The four young men from Philadelphia desire to be the next greatest band to come out of the City of Brotherly Love since Breaking Benjamin.  They were thrilled to not only be signed by a record label, but one belonging to their idol, John Lucas.  However, is their admiration for the man clouding their judgement to do what’s best for their future?  Up to this point, his decisions haven’t been too beneficial.

Can John prove his label is right place for them and that he can propel them up the ladder of success on the music charts?  Only time will tell, and this is of course banking on the fact, one more thing will not go wrong.

So far, things aren’t looking to promising as his band who is headlining tonight’s show may be out of commission due to their lead guitarist being hospitalized.

This is John’s journey and the story of how he handles the stress and pressure of everyone’s feeling of wonder, pleasure and approval of him; in other words, how he handles their…

                                         ADMIRATION

 Admiration is a novella in the Metal Prodigy Series and while it can be read as a standalone, the author recommends reading it after book four in the series, Temptation.  You can find the series order in the copyright section of this novella.

 27,686 Words

New Adult/Adult Contemporary Romance – Recommended for those 18 years of age and older due to graphic language and sexual situations.

 Hells Redemption had been lucky to have the success they’ve had thus far.

They owed a large part to one of the greatest managers in music, Doc Madison. His assistant, the beautiful yet ruthlessly mean and efficient Angela Ramirez is his right hand. He’s grooming her to take his place, and this means allowing no distractions that could stop her from running a management empire.

A strict, uncompromising rule had been issued with regards to all things romantic for his assistant and any client he represents. She is off limits. Doc won’t allow unnecessary risks, let alone losing her, because one of his clients can’t keep it in his pants. Musicians live the lifestyle of sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll and make no apologies for it. The last thing he wants to see is her suffering from a broken heart because one of them used her just to add a notch to a bedpost. In fact, he’d made the penalty for disobeying this mandate so severe everyone adhered to it… until now.

Magnetic charm, fascination, allurement, enticement, and the subtle attraction to each other have always been the case between Drake Mitchell and Angela Ramirez. However, with finally indulging in their desires, they are putting the future of the world’s greatest Heavy-Metal band at risk.

Attraction is a dangerous thing, as it inevitably leads to temptation. When the two collide, all one can do is succumb to the pleasure and magnetic forces that acts between oppositely charged bodies, tending to draw them together.

This is a brief glimpse into the life of a music superstar with a panty-combusting smile, and a gorgeous Latin beauty who holds her own and makes no apologies for anything. This is the story of their ...

Attraction

 For fans of J.S. Snow’s Metal Prodigy Series, Attraction fills in the blanks of the hot and steamy night between Drake Mitchell and Angela Ramirez which was omitted from Resurrection, book two in the series.(Feel free to refer back to chapters four through six if you need to.) In addition, J.S. also gives her readers a glimpse into the surprising sultry night of Simone Farnsworth and Keith Taggert, which was briefly touched on in the novella, Trepidation.

With so much hot sex, hard bodies, and promises of more to come, it’s recommended you keep a glass of ice water nearby.

Okay, make that an ice bucket.

 29,925 Words  New Adult/Adult Contemporary Romance – Recommended for those 18 years of age and older due to graphic language and strong sexual situations.

 The child musical prodigy who grew up turning down an offered position with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra to pursue her dream of being the greatest Heavy-Metal guitarist in music history is now well on her way to turning that dream into a reality.

The five gorgeous hunks comprising of the greatest modern-day Heavy-Metal band Hells Redemption has embraced this blue eyed, brown-haired beauty as one of their own and continue to day in and day out marvel at her astounding talent on strings.

While the bonds of friendship are strong, they can still be prone to breaking.   A contract designed to protect them all from any irreparable harm to the band or to their careers is now setting out to become a cause for deep-rooted resentment for Alex.

Alex is dealing the best she can with her unwanted childhood celebrity past being exposed and the decisions she is now being forced into making along with coming to terms with the inevitable death of the monster who made her an unwelcome childhood celebrity.

Now accepting her scars and therefore, embracing love in her life with a man, Alex has a new set of choices to make for her life and her professional one.  Can the two work synchronously together, or do the two have to be as mutually exclusive as her own personality is with A.G.’s?

Our past’s can either dictate who we are today, or help shape who we desire to be. 

Alex's choices continue.  Alex's story continues.  Alex begins to take her individual destiny in her own hands as she deals with all of these new choices.  Her ultimate challenge, however, is still ahead of her.

Alex's story continues to be told and in it, Alex finds her own...

 

Resurrection

 

Resurrection is Book 2 in the Metal Prodigy Series and should be read after Book 1 Redemption.

301,703 Words

 

New Adult/Adult Contemporary Romance – Recommended for those 18 years of age and older due to violence, graphic language and sexual situations.
Protest songs are united by the fact they all have something to say, something to dispute, or something to rile against, whether it be political, social, or personal. Story Behind the Protest Song features 50 of the most influential musical protests and statements recorded to date, providing pop-culture viewpoints on some of the most tumultuous times in modern history. Among the featured: songs about the Vietnam War, the civil rights movement, the most recent upheaval over policy in the Middle East, as well as teenage rebellion, animal rights, criticisms of mass media, and even protest songs that lambaste other protest songs.

This indispensable guide tackles it all: the behind-the-scenes stories of the most influential protest songs in American popular culture, examining the subjects they address, the legacy they left, and the fabric of the songs themselves. Chronically arranged entries cover nearly 70 years of music and offer an expansive range of genres, including rock, punk, pop, soul, hip-hop, country, folk, indie, heavy metal, and more.

Each entry discusses the songwriter(s); the inspiration behind the song; and the social, cultural, and political context in which the song was released. Following a detailed musical and lyrical analysis, the entries explain the songs' impact and relevance today. Among the featured:

• The Unknown Soldier (The Doors)

• Masters of War (Bob Dylan)

• Say It Loud-I'm Black and I'm Proud (James Brown)

• Get Up, Stand Up (The Wailers)

• Big Yellow Taxi (Joni Mitchell)

• Their Law (Prodigy)

• American Idiot (Green Day)

• Sweet Home Alabama (Lynrd Skynrd)

• Born in the USA (Bruce Springsteen)

• Southern Man (Neil Young)

Entries are accompanied by further readings and a select discographies as well as a comprehensive resource guide at the end of the book. A must-read for students of music, history, and politics, this volume offers a unique reflection on the most significant and moving protest songs in American history.

 This book is a well researched collection of the Indian Contemporary Artist and Art Maestro Dr.K.M.Gopal and his contribution to Indian Art. This volume includes several rare photographs, collected from Museums, Libraries, Artists and other individuals both in India and overseas.

K.M.Gopal is a prodigy of Madras School of Arts and Crafts (Now, Government College of Fine Arts, Chennai), under the renowned sculptor Debi Prasad Roy Choudhury MBE (1899–1975).

K.M.Gopal's extended research of Gaanaapathiyam (aka Ganapathiyam) has produced numerous forms of Ganapthi, the remover of obstacles. Inspired from the female form of Ganapathi (Ganeshwari), K.M.Gopal has produced the first known "Ardha Ganeshwari" in metal relief, which is a combined form of half male and half female forms of Ganapathi in one figure.

In addition, K.M.Gopal has explored the deep interconnection of Yoga and Ganapathi, and discovered how Ganapathi is symbolically abstracting the first symbol of Yoga. His creation of the first 32 forms of Ganapathi and how they are related to the 32 stages of preparing the body towards spirituality in Yoga has got wide attention among the scholars, and researchers. Tirumalai Krishnamacharya and Purushottama Bilimoria are to name a few.

The book also discuss about the true history of "Madras Art Movement" and how Artists' Handicrafts Association in Madras was formed, and how few artists in Cholamandal Artists' Village are manipulating the written history of Madras Art Movement, and how they air brushed eminent artists like Kanniappan, S.Dhanapal, Adimoolam and S.P.Jeyakar.

This book also provide a glimpse of Kalaimaiyam UK, an art hub founded by K.M.Gopal in 1980s, and its vision of service in the UK.

Doug Sahm was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist of legendary range and reputation. The first American musician to capitalize on the 1960s British invasion, Sahm vaulted to international fame leading a faux-British band called the Sir Douglas Quintet, whose hits included "She's About a Mover," "The Rains Came," and "Mendocino." He made the cover of Rolling Stone magazine in 1968 and 1971 and performed with the Grateful Dead, Dr. John, Willie Nelson, Boz Scaggs, and Bob Dylan.

Texas Tornado is the first biography of this national music legend. Jan Reid traces the whole arc of Sahm's incredibly versatile musical career, as well as the manic energy that drove his sometimes turbulent personal life and loves. Reid follows Sahm from his youth in San Antonio as a prodigy steel guitar player through his breakout success with the Sir Douglas Quintet and his move to California, where, with an inventive take on blues, rock, country, and jazz, he became a star in San Francisco and invented the "cosmic cowboy" vogue. Reid also chronicles Sahm's later return to Texas and to chart success with the Grammy Award–winning Texas Tornados, a rowdy "conjunto rock and roll band" that he modeled on the Beatles and which included Sir Douglas alum Augie Meyers and Tejano icons Freddy Fender and Flaco Jimenez.

With his exceptional talent and a career that bridged five decades, Doug Sahm was a rock and roll innovator whose influence can only be matched among his fellow Texas musicians by Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Janis Joplin, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Texas Tornado vividly captures the energy and intensity of this musician whose life burned out too soon, but whose music continues to rock.

The brilliant, inspirational next book by the author of the incredible No. 1 bestseller FIRST MAN IN.

Without fear, there’s no challenge. Without challenge, there’s no growth. Without growth, there’s no life.

Ant Middleton is no stranger to fear: as a point man in the Special Forces, he confronted fear on a daily basis, never knowing what lay behind the next corner, or the next closed door. In prison, he was thrust into the unknown, cut off from friends and family, isolated with thoughts of failure and dread for his future. And at the top of Everest, in desperate, life-threatening conditions, he was forced to face up to his greatest fear, of leaving his wife and children without a husband and father.

But fear is not his enemy. It is the energy that propels him. Thanks to the revolutionary concept of the Fear Bubble, Ant has learned to harness the power of fear and understands the positive force that it can become. Fear gives Ant his edge, allowing him to seek out life’s challenges, whether that is at home, pushing himself every day to be the best father he can be, or stuck in the death zone on top of the world in a 90mph blizzard.

In his groundbreaking new book, Ant Middleton thrillingly retells the story of his death-defying climb of Everest and reveals the concept of the Fear Bubble, showing how it can be used in our lives to help us break through our limits. Powerful, unflinching and an inspirational call to action, The Fear Bubble is essential reading for anyone who wants to push themselves further, harness their fears and conquer their own personal Everests.

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

What Melania wants, Melania gets.

The former director of special events at Vogue and producer of nine legendary Met Galas, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff met Melania Knauss in 2003 and had a front row seat to the transformation of Donald Trump’s then girlfriend from a rough-cut gem to a precious diamond. As their friendship deepened over lunches at Manhattan hot spots, black-tie parties, and giggle sessions in the penthouse at Trump Tower, Wolkoff watched the newest Mrs. Trump raise her son, Barron, and manage her highly scrutinized marriage.

After Trump won the 2016 election, Wolkoff was recruited to help produce the 58th Presidential Inaugu­ration and to become the First Lady’s trusted advisor. Melania put Wolkoff in charge of hiring her staff, organizing her events, helping her write speeches, and creating her debut initiatives. Then it all fell apart when she was made the scapegoat for inauguration finance irregularities. Melania could have defended her innocent friend and confidant, but she stood by her man, knowing full well who was really to blame. The betrayal nearly destroyed Wolkoff.

In this candid and emotional memoir, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff takes you into Trump Tower and the White House to tell the funny, thrilling, and heartbreaking story of her intimate friendship with one of the most famous women in the world, a woman few people truly understand.

How did Melania react to the Access Hollywood tape and her husband’s affair with Stormy Daniels? Does she get along well with Ivanka? Why did she wear that jacket with “I really don’t care, do u?” printed on the back? Is Melania happy being First Lady? And what really happened with the inauguration’s funding of $107 million? Wolkoff has some ideas...
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