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at the CENTER OF IT ALL December 2017
62 pages, published 12/9/2017
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River Spirits by Marilyn Meredith

Tempe Crabtree Mystery Series 
Book 13

While filming a movie on the Bear Creek Indian Reservation, the film crew trespasses on sacred ground, threats are made against the female stars, a missing woman is found by the Hairy Man, an actor is murdered, and Deputy Tempe Crabtree has no idea who is guilty. Once again, the elusive and legendary Hairy Man plays an important role in this newest Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery.
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The Terrorist Threat to the New York City Subway by Robert L. Bryan

The book covers that vulnerable nature of the New York City Subway as it relates to attractiveness as a terrorist target. Additionally covered are the tactics utilized to combat this threat. 

Bears With Us by Marilyn Meredith

Tempe Crabtree Mystery Series 
Book 11

Tempe Crabtree is the resident deputy of Bear Creek, a small mountain community in the southern Sierra. Her continuing interest in the spiritual side of her heritage often causes unrest in her marriage to her minister husband.

In Bears With Us, Tempe has her hands full when bears turn up in and around her town, becoming a threat to kids and adults when an elderly woman is horrifically killed. But are bears really responsible, or is there something else afoot?

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Conductor by Robert L. Bryan

This is the story of one of the more fabled occupations in America - the railroad conductor. This book traces the origin of the railroad and the occupation as well as the conductor as a subject of folklore and the media. Additionally, the pathways to a career as a conductor are fully explored.

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Award Winning Author Kaylin McFarren Doesn’t Let Life Slow Her Down

Q: They say to “write what you know” and that we often weave in things from our personal lives into our stories. What prompted you to write Flaherty’s Crossing and are there any “hidden” aspects of your life intertwined amidst the storyline?

A: This book totally came from the heart, following my father's death, and I found myself literally sobbing at times while typing away. I had a crazy relationship with him - loving him despite our inability to communicate - and occasionally I found myself wondering what it would have been like if I could have explored my disappointments with him and sought out his fatherly advice when I needed it most. With this in mind, I think readers will discover that book is a personal journey to forgiveness that they might relate to in their own lives.

Q: Next came the Threads series, of which you are about to publish the third novel. Did you plan the series or did you decide at the end of Severed Threads that you’d like to write another book with the same characters?

A: I actually planned to create only one book when I started writing Severed Threads, but when I reached the middle of the story, I fell so in love with my characters that I elected to grow my story into a trilogy - taking them to different parts of the world, facing all kinds of threats.

Q: Writing a series, as I know from my own trilogy, is or can be a very daunting task. It’s easier as far as characters but keeping everything in check with the first one can be challenging. Did you encounter this as well while writing Buried Threads?

A: Yes, a bit but it helped a lot having a character/plot book. I make a practice of cutting out photographs of actors and actresses from tabloid magazines and give them new identities, quirks, and lots of character flaws. Then I assemble them in a notebook and add a basic plot or summary to guide my storyline. Doing this made it a lot easier to double check my facts and stay on target while writing the next book.

Q: After Banished Threads, do you plan to continue with the series and if not, what story lies in your thoughts today to follow it with?

A: I'm actually thinking about continuing with another episode after this third installment, but it all depends on how this book is received, where the story ends, and which characters shine the most. Afterward this series is completed, I'd also like to try my hand at writing a paranormal mystery…a real fun and exciting change for me.

Q: I’m a by-the-seat-of-my-pants type of author. I have an idea but once I start writing, the story tends to make many twists & turns, and changes of course throughout until the novel is finished, often without my knowing how it will end until the end. Are you a plan it out ahead kind of author or do you let the story write itself as you tap out the sequence of events playing out in your head?

A: I'm kind of a panster too and, as a result, like to let my characters guide my stories and turn of events. However, sometimes I have to rein them in or the book would head off in a totally different direction and never get back on track.

Q: Let’s talk about “storyline”. I get some of my best ideas while doing menial housework. Sometimes I solve problems in a dream. How do your story lines come about?

A: Believe it or not, I totally dream up my stories from beginning to end, which sounds cool but can be extremely daunting at times when you discover that you can't write them fast enough. So I've started keeping a journal next to my bed and use it to write thoughts and clever character phrases that I would otherwise forget in the light of day.

Q: Though you started later in life, had you ever considered writing novels before Flaherty’s Crossing?

A: I sort of did, but didn't feel qualified to write more than a short story. Workshops and conferences helped grow my skills and gave me the confidence I truly needed. And it really helped by entering writing contests whenever possible, not so much to win an award but to receive the much-needed feedback from established authors and editors. 

Q: Who is your favorite author and why?

A: Definitely Jodi Picoult. I love her voice, writing style and storylines, which often tap into controversial subject matters.

Q: Any thoughts of turning the series into a screenplay?

A: I was recently approached by a screenwriter but am not fully committed to the idea. I know that I have an interested audience for the most part, however, I'm not sure how my characters and their wild adventures would play out or be received by the general public.

Q: Reading lets one travel and explore the unknown, opening up a wide world of new scenery, different people, unknown cultures. What inspired you the most to tap out that next chapter and what message would you like your readers to take with them when they’ve finish the book?

A: To be perfectly honest, I wanted to educate the public about Japan, the Asian culture, and professions that are virtually unknown to most Westerners. And at the same time, I wanted to entertain my readers and remind them that they can overcome most obstacles in their lives if they focus their energies solely toward that purpose.

Q: Though a series, can your Threads series also be standalone novels?

A: Absolutely! I wrote these books with that intention and made a point of only mentioning a few facts from the previous novel, so that readers wouldn't be lost and might find themselves interested in reading other volumes.

Q: Is there any area of writing that is problematic for you? ie: Character, setting, and dialogue

A: When there are more than six characters in a story, I think it becomes extremely difficult to keep their voices unique while showing various aspects of their personalities and the ultimate goals they have in mind.

Q: You’re also dabbling in the publishing business with Creative Edge Publishing. What are your plans for that in the future? Will you be publishing for other authors? Any specific category or will you focus on quality writing, sell-ability, etc.? What other areas of writing/publishing are you interested in adding to your future goals?

A: Although I would love to be a resource for other independent writers, my publishing company will continue to produce only Kaylin McFarren novels. Over the last six months, more than twenty authors have contacted me, all asking to work with me. But at this time, I need to stay focused on my own stories by doing the best I can to keep my growing audience happy. :)

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say that I might not have covered?

A: I would just like to add that I’m extremely thankful to wonderful individuals like yourself for your tremendous support and for allowing my crazy imagination to enter your life from time to time. 

Raging Water by Marilyn Meredith

Tempe Crabtree Mystery Series  
Book 5A rash of burglaries and the murder of two women shock the mountain community of Bear Creek. Add a fast-moving thunderstorm that brings torrential rains and Tempe Crabtree, the resident deputy sheriff, can forget about her days off. Who would murder two harmless women? Did a drug addict simply want their medications or did they share a secret someone was willing to kill for?

When a massive mud slide blocks the road into town, temporary shelters are set up, residents high above the river open their homes to friends and neighbors, tensions rise and tempers flare. Tempe survives two attempts on her life before coming face to face with an unrepentant murderer and a vicious burglar, both of whom share a scandalous secret.

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Tainted by Othello Bach

A clairvoyant minister experiences the brutal murder of a young woman and sets out to catch a killer. His own questionable past has led the killer to his front door and now threatens his own family.

Hector McSnector and the Mail-Order Christmas Witch by Othello Bach

Hector sends for the Mail-Order Witch hoping she will give him some magical help in finding a Christmas present for his parents, but instead she shows him that the best presents are those made with love.

Crystal Clear by Cindy Bauer


Annie Thompson, DVM. She loved her new title and is anxious to get her new veterinary clinic opened up and hang her sign out front. She's been dreaming of this day since she received Max for Christmas when she was a little girl.

But someone is bent on revenge and is making sure Annie's new business doesn't succeed. He, or she, is stalking her and mysterious accidents result in setback after setback, causing Annie to seek refuge at Susan's shelter, New Beginnings. But who could possibly be behind everything? And why?

Annie's mother, Laura, is also a victim of the unknown stalker, making the puzzle even more mysterious. Neither of them can recall any enemies or anyone who would wish them harm. So how are the two connected?

Could it be Jordan Wentworth, Annie's former boyfriend? Is he seeking revenge because she broke off their relationship and went to college?

"No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him." ~~ I Corinthians 2:9 – NIV


Crystal Clear is a story wrought with mystery, intrigue, plenty of suspense, and sweet romance. You won't want to miss this final installment in the Memory Box Trilogy. And keep your eyes on Cindy Bauer. She is a fine author who knows how to weave a wonderful story and balance it with biblical truths that will inspire and challenge the reader. The Memory Box Trilogy belongs on every reader's bookshelf.”

Sharlene MacLaren, Author -Whitaker House Publishing
*Through Every Storm, Long Journey Home
*The Little Hickman Creek Series, *The Daughters of Jacob Kane Series

Final Daze by Rev. Paul G. Zimmer II

In 2010, a poll showed that more than 80% of Americans claim to be Christians. At first glance that is one impressive figure. However, if we read what Jesus told His followers in Matthew 7:13-14, we see a serious contradiction between that poll finding and the Word of God. It is apparent, from what Jesus says, the gate and road to hell are “broad,” and flooded with “many.” Jesus taught in Matthew and Luke (13:24) that the gate to heaven is narrow like the path leading there. Furthermore, Jesus said that the narrow path has its difficulties, causing “few” to find and be able to enter the gate! Scriptures put the Bible at odds with the poll.

Final Daze: “God’s Way, or the Highway,” is an in depth examination of the narrow path, gate, and Romans 1:16-32 where Paul tells the people they have exchanged Biblical truths for their own understandings and wisdom. Not only do they believe their ways to be wiser than God’s way, but they worship their choices. Paul says God is close to turning them over to their error filled ways, lustful lifestyles, and degrading passions, once and for all! When God decides to turn mankind, individually and collectively, over to their own wickedness, it will be like a “spiritual fog, or daze” settling on and losing them to follow their sin, as they move ever closer to the final darkness and hell!

The “final daze” draped over those rebellious souls will result in their heading down the “highway to hell!” in massive numbers! Is there still time for those dabbling with worldly deities, cons and religions to come to God? Not really, as Jesus told us “today” is the day of salvation; not tomorrow, for tomorrow is not guaranteed for anyone. The coming haze will be a direct result of man’s personal arrogance, vanity, lust and love for the pleasures of the flesh which they try to justify with God’s Word. This is religious apostasy.

Pastor Zimmer provides a creative narrative that is upbeat, candid and prayerfully aimed at correcting the errors of the multitude before their time runs out. This book reflects his calling to the ministry, and his heartfelt desire to assist all who want, to exit the road to hell. The “trumpets in Zion have sounded” and the multitudes need to choose whom they’ll follow on earth into eternity. The right to call yourself a Christian is based on more than most are willing to commit to, personally and spiritually, in this life! Final Daze is composed in a way to make sure that those who claim to be His, have no doubt. For instance, the term Christian is used just three times in the New Testament.

The first was in Acts 11:26, when Barnabas and Paul, guests of the Antioch congregation, were referred to as Christians. The second is in Acts 26:28 when King Herod Agrippa II asks Paul if he can persuade him to become a Christian in such a short time? The final is in, I Peter 4:16 where believers are told, “if you suffer for being Christians, don’t be ashamed, instead, Praise the Father for the name you bear!” The etymology of “Christian” is embedded in the Greek suggesting that Christians are “follower’s of Christ” while proclaiming “He’s the anointed one.” The word also has close linguistic ties to the Latin with its adjectival ending suggesting Christians are those who “adhere to, or belong to Jesus, as in slave/owner relationship.” Thus you can clearly see that the term “Christian” when first used by the Antioch church and then by King Herod was truly an accolade to those who lived as little Christs’.

Final Daze is written to make sure that those who call themselves Christian are not merely wasting their one opportunity to have eternal life by practicing forms of religions. A Biblical Christian is one who is truly saved, washed in the blood of Jesus, and not merely carrying out some form of “religious lip service.” Biblical repentance, leading to salvation, requires an act of the heart and soul that changes ones entire eternal direction here on earth!


Murder in the Worst Degree by F.M. Meredith

Rocky Bluff PD SeriesBook 10Officer Gordon Butler is called to the scene of a body washed up on the beach, a new police chief makes changes, a rapist attacks two women, Ryan and Barbara Strickland’s baby is born, but he faces an even bigger test, Detectives Milligan and Zachary follow a twisted path of clues to find a killer in Murder in the Worst Degree.

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Grow Your Self by Othello Bach

Tidbits of wisdom to heal your mind and comfort your soul. Affirmations that inspire and renew your spirit, reduce stress, and restore faith in yourself and others. The perfect book for those in need of comfort.

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Kindred Spirits by Marilyn Meredith

Tempe Crabtree Mystery Series 
Book 8

Tempe Crabtree is the resident deputy of Bear Creek, a small mountain community in the southern Sierra. Her continuing interest in the spiritual side of her heritage often causes unrest in her marriage to her minister husband. Kindred Spirits is about a troubled marriage, a "perfect" murder, a murder victim whose spirit won't rest until the murderer's identity is revealed, the genocide of the Tolowa nation, and two dangerous trips for Deputy Tempe Crabtree as she searches for answers.

Unequally Yoked by Marilyn Meredith

Tempe Crabtree Mystery Series 
Book 2

Unequally Yoked explores the differences between Hutch's religious beliefs and Tempe's. Because they have a great marriage based on love, it is a great way to explore tension in their relationship. Throwing in a bit of jealousy on Hutch's part toward Nick Two John also spices things up. In this book, Tempe takes part in a Native American ceremonial that has been documented as a grieving ceremonial used by the branch of the Yokut Indians that lived in this area many years ago.

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The Golden Slippers by Othello Bach

Set in the early 1900s, a young orphan girl is inspired by a most unlikely character to fulfill her dream of being a dancer.

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Why Me?: A Law Enforcement Officer Teaches How to Avoid Becoming the Victim of a Crime By Robert L. Bryan

After a lifetime of experience in law enforcement / security (35 years), Robert Bryan shares tips and advice that could save your valuables, your home, even the lives of you and your loved ones. Find out what criminals are looking for - what signs they look for to decide who to target. Avoid portraying yourself as a target or as an easy mark. Get detailed insights into what makes a criminal pick someone as a target, and precise steps on how to make it obvious that you are not an easy mark.


Satan's Daughters by Othello Bach

Gwen Collins, 8 months pregnant, sets out to celebrate her husband’s birthday but finds that she and her unborn baby are the victims of an evil scheme so obscene and depraved it’s incomprehensible. Three vile women have made a deal with the Devil; consequently, every escape attempt is quickly thwarted. However, the baby will be born.


Intervention by Marilyn Meredith

Tempe Crabtree Mystery Series 
Book 3
While Deputy Tempe Crabtree and her minister husband Hutch are spending a romantic weekend in a mountain lodge an unexpected blizzard takes out phone and electric services. Among the other guests are some folks from the film industry. When a guest disappears, Tempe's search for her puts her own life in danger.Info coming soon!
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Interview with Robert L. Bryan, author of C-Case

C-Case sounds extremely interesting. How did you wind up going from NYC Transit to Internal Affairs?

NYC had three police departments operating within the City. Besides the NYPD, the transit police was responsible for the subways and the housing police handled the city housing projects. In 1995 there was a merger eliminating the transit and housing police departments in favor of one NYPD with transit and housing bureaus.  When I became a member of the NYPD after the merger, I applied for an investigative assignment and ended up being drafted into IAB.  I was required to stay in IAB for two years before moving to Narcotics.

You also spent time with the US Coast Guard and US Border Patrol. Were you living in New York then?

With the Border Patrol I was assigned to duty on the Mexican Border in California. In the Coast Guard, besides training, I was assigned locally. I was stationed at Station Eaton’s Neck, a search and rescue station, and Port Jefferson, a port security unit.

Any books in the works, maybe, from your experiences in the Coast Guard or Border Patrol?

I am considering a book on the Border Patrol. I am beginning to understand the benefits of writing books in a series, and I am thinking about making DARK KNIGHTS a series. Dark Knights illustrated the dark humor characteristic of the police profession in chronicling my career through a series of humorous stories. I may write a Dark Knights Border Patrol Edition and a Police Academy Edition.
What prompted you to leave the NYC Police Dept, retiring after 20 years as Captain?

I always regarded the NYPD’s 20-year retirement as one of the most significant benefits on the job. There are not many jobs where you can leave at a young age and start drawing your pension immediately.

What do you do for the college in New York City as adjunct Professor?

I teach in the Homeland Security Department. I have taught courses in Emergency Planning, Disaster Response & Recovery, and Security Technology.

Conductor came about due to your son's career choice. Did you want him to follow in your footsteps instead?

He’s a great kid, and I wanted him to do what he was interested in. I was shocked to see the amount of training and memorization that was required to become a federally qualified conductor.

Terrorists are everywhere now. One of your books is about them in the NYC Transit System. What was your motivation behind this book?

The subway system is a target that is virtually impossible to completely protect. The open nature of the system creates vulnerability, but Americans, and New Yorkers in particular, are reluctant to relinquish freedoms in exchange for increased security.

What are working on now?

I am working on two books. I am taking my first stab at fiction with a novel that is tentatively titled THE LAST DAY. It is a police thriller about a plot to detonate a small nuclear explosive in the NYC subway. The second book is a project that is very special to me. It is a book on impaired driving. On December 19, 2011 I was driving my 21-year old daughter Meghan to school. A driver high on cocaine ran a red light at a high rate of speed and T-boned my car. I suffered a broken neck, broken back, broken ribs, broken hand, nerve damage in my left leg, and all my teeth were knocked out. But I am still here. Meghan was killed. The book is inspired by and dedicated to her.

Are there any other writers in your family history?


Where are your books available?


Can readers reach you to get a signed copy of your books?

Absolutely. I’m waiting with pen in hand.

Any pets? Hobbies?

Two little dogs – Maltese and Maltipoo, and golf

Is there anything else you'd like to say to your readers/fans?

Keep reading!

Robert L. Bryan (Robert L. Jestic), is a law enforcement/security professional with over 35-years of experience. He served twenty years with the NYC Police Department, retiring at the rank of captain. Mr. Bryan has also served in the United States Coast Guard and the US Border Patrol. He is currently the Chief Security Officer for the Division of Revenue in the NYC Transit Authority. He has a master's degree in security management and is an adjunct professor at a NYC college.

Two of Mr. Bryan's books received awards in the 2017 Public Safety Writers Association writing competition. C-Case: An Unlikely Journey from Transit Cop to Internal Affairs Bureau Squad Commander and Dark Knights: the Dark Humor of Police Officers won second and third place awards, respectively, in the non-fiction category.

Other books by this author include: Conductor: The Heart & Soul of the Railroad, Why Me: The Question Asked by all Crime Victims, Staying Safe: How to Avoid Becoming the Victim of Crime and Terrorism, The Terrorist Threat to the New York City Subway, 50 Tips for Effective Public Speaking and Nailing that Speech: Effective Public Speaking.

All of Bryan's books are available at Amazon and/or Kindle. You can learn more by visiting his webpage at