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Sunday, August 25, 2019

An invitation and a book review

cj Sez: Mobile-area readers, take note. Here’s a chance for an exciting experience.
“Enrollment is open for the Mobile Fire-Rescue Department Citizens Fire Academy. The 9-week program begins on September 23, 2019.

MFRD's Citizens Fire Academy is a hands-on learning experience, designed to provide participants with an overview of the major divisions within the department, up-close experience of a regular tour of duty for Mobile firefighters, and general practices in firefighting and emergency medical services. Classes are held on Mondays from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

The Citizens Fire Academy is open to the public and free, but class size is limited to 24 seats. Applications are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis.”

Visit to download an application or for more info.

(cj Sez: I did this academy and the Police Academy a couple of years ago as primary research for a book and got some invaluable insights into the local culture and the lingo of Mobile Firefighters. Most exciting? Participating in a jaws-of-life extraction from a mock vehicle crash
That's me, after breaking out a car window.
and being rappelled down from a four-story building. If you’re not in the Mobile area, look for similar opportunities in your home town.)
As part of the Dollywood Foundation, Dolly Parton established a program called Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, which mails one book per month to each enrolled child—from the day they’re born until they reach kindergarten. The program reaches over 850,000 children each month.

“A Lethal Legacy” by Heather Graham

While I was in Detroit last week doing research for a book, I made time to stop in at a local library and do some reading for pleasure. I found “A Lethal Legacy” on their New Books shelf and spent pleasurable hours reading another romantic suspense tale well told.

Heather Graham does a marvelous job of place, setting, and time descriptions that establish the eerie and deadly tone of the suspense immediately. Paint is peeling, chunks of the house are missing and night is falling when the protagonist first sees the “old Victorian house” on an island. The yard is “scruffy sand and grass,” and the “picket fence around it is broken or gone.” Would I want to enter such a house, especially after “a man had died—horribly mangled and brutally broken?”

There is love and betrayal, and love everlasting. Every chapter starts with some kind of action and ends with an invitation—no, a command to continue the journey. At one point spelunkers are warned: “A way of saying, enter here and die.”

“A Lethal Legacy” is book 4 in her New York Confidential series. On Amazon


That’s it for this week’s post. Please drop me a note with any questions or comments…the mailbox is always open. In the meantime, you-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.


CHOOSING CARTER and DEADLY STAR are quick reads, chock full of adventure with a touch of sassy banter and sweet romance. Get your Kindle copy on Amazon…visit my Amazon Central Author Page = for more information about my stories.

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