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Saturday, January 23, 2021

|Podcast| Silent Lies - Victoria Lacoste

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Despite her eponymous last name, heiress Victoria Lacoste (from French fashion and sport empire Lacoste), rebelled against her famous family heritage to pursue a career in acting. At the young age of 11, she toured across France and Switzerland in a series of professional musicals before becoming the first foreigner in history to be admitted to the BFA Theater program at the University of Colorado Boulder, receiving two prestigious Irene Nominations for her performances.

Most recently, she has starred as ‘Q’ in Asking For A Friend, shot in Los Angeles, and played supporting lead in ‘The 4th Wall,’ shot in Paris, now in festivals.

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Lacoste is soon due to star with Issy Knopfler (Everything I Ever Wanted to Tell My Daughter About Men) in short film Silent Lies. 

Coming from the Lacoste family, Victoria was expected to follow the family business into fashion - but took a hard right turn with film - and more specifically, horror. While her family name might sound like an advantage in many ways, it was also a huge challenge for her to be taken seriously as both a creative and entrepreneur within the industry. This is partly why she decided to focus on helping to uplift up and coming, emerging talent from other women.

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Wild Open Faces by Jennifer G. Edelson

Publisher : Bad Apple Books (December 17, 2020)
Language: : English
Paperback : 351 pages
ISBN-10 : 1733514015
ISBN-13 : 978-1733514019


“A powerful book which both stands nicely alone and compliments Between Wild and Ruin . . . absolutely enthralling reading.” Midwest Book Review


“What could be a corny premise turns into an exhilarating, fun ride in Edelson’s adept hands. Her characters are smartly drawn, and readers will easily identify with Ruby, a strong yet insecure young artist on the verge of adulthood, who is still recovering from her tragic past . . . Fans of Twilight and modern fairy tales will fall in love with Ruby and root for her eventual romance.” —Blue Ink Review (Starred Review)

“Between Wild and Ruin is a stunning story of legends, romance, and destiny with themes of starting over, small towns, beauty, and community . . . Edelson perfectly breathes new life in mythology by honoring the oral tradition of a small community and the ruins that bring to life Ruby's destiny.” —Manhattan Book Review

“Highly recommended to mature teens through new adult and adult audiences, this is a story that lingers in the mind long after its final revelation.” —Midwest Book Review

“A great addition to young adult urban fantasy.” —Seattle Book Review

“Descriptions of the New Mexico landscape are rich and atmospheric, arousing the senses with references to the scent of smoke and juniper, the predatory roar of mountain lions, and the brilliant dazzle of stars in the desert sky . . . The writing conveys a sense of timelessness, making it easy to believe Ruby’s sense that the land is spirit-haunted and that Leo, the handsome young man she encounters near the ruins, is somehow connected to it all.” —Clarion Forward

“An intriguing historical tale and an over-the-top love-quadrangle romance.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The paranormal aspects of the tale are credible and richly steeped in traditional lore, and the plot is finely crafted . . . Between Wild and Ruin is most highly recommended.” —Reader’s Favorite (5-Star Review)

** First Place Winner — Young Adult Fiction: 2020 Arizona/New Mexico Book Awards
** First Place Winner - Young Adult Fiction: 2020 National Federation Press Women
** Gold Medal Winner (First Place) - Young Adult Mythology/Folklore; 2020 Reader's Choice International  
** First Place Winner - Young Adult Fiction: 2020 New Mexico Women's Press  

Surfaces are deceiving . . .

After falling for Ezra and discovering a gateway to the Otherworld, it’s a truism Ruby knows to take to heart. But La Luna finally feels like home, and with graduation just weeks away and a cushy internship on a nearby archeological dig in her pocket, it’s easy to downplay the strange new events taking place in the Glorieta Pass. Even when Angel’s deadbeat father reappears after twenty years, stirring up questions about Angel, the ruin, and Ruby’s mother.

Uncertainty is bad enough, but when Ruby starts having inexplicable visions, and the archeological dig unearths mysterious artifacts connected to both a fabled Aztec city and the Pecos Pueblo, Ruby faces more than an uncertain future — she’s forced to accept the role of True of Heart. Will Ezra and her friends stand by her as she confronts the Otherworld? Love is enigmatic, especially in the heart of New Mexico, but the Otherworld may be the biggest mystery of them all.
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Jennifer G. Edelson is a writer, artist, former attorney, pizza lover, and hard-core Bollywood fan. She has a BFA in Sculpture and a J.D. in law and has taught both creative writing and legal research and writing at several fine institutions, including the University of Minnesota. Originally a California native, she currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her husband, kids, and dog, Hubble after surviving twenty-plus years in the Minnesota tundra (but still considers Los Angeles, the Twin Cities, and Santa Fe all home). 


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Friday, January 8, 2021

Payback by Kristen Simmons

Publisher : Tor Teen (February 2, 2021)
Language: : English
Hardcover : 352 pages
ISBN-10 : 1250175879
ISBN-13 : 978-1250175878


"Brilliantly plotted, tightly paced, and intensely smart. The Deceivers is the perfect con, full of clever characters, untrustworthy romance, and lie after lie after lie, with just enough truth tossed in to make you question everything. Kristen Simmons is a deceptive genius. I could not devour this book fast enough." —Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Caraval

“Beneath its quick and clever dialogue, The Deceivers examines the moral grey area between good and evil. Lying has never seemed so much fun." —Katharine McGee, New York Times bestselling author of the Thousandth Floor Trilogy

"Masterful, suspenseful, and brilliantly executed, The Deceivers is the perfect con. Kristen Simmons is an outstanding storyteller, and this is her best yet." —Amie Kaufman, New York Times bestselling author of Illuminae and These Broken Stars

"Addictive and delicious, The Deceivers will keep you turning the pages well into the night!" —Katie McGarry, critically acclaimed author of Pushing the Limits

"Brynn is a sharp, analytical thinker with a soft heart - the exact kind of protagonist I love rooting for, especially as villains and heroes creep out from places I don't expect...Even the prerequisite romance was a pleasant surprise as Brynn and her love interest show complete respect for one another, giving enthusiastic consent the front seat it absolutely deserves and yet feels underrepresented in young adult literature. I devoured this book in one big gulp because I couldn't wait to see what twists and turns were ahead." —Kelly Morton, Joseph-Beth Booksellers

“The Deceivers is a perfectly paced, high stakes read that is honestly super fun for the reader. Don't plan on putting it down in the middle to do other things, you'll want to keep reading. Simmons has outdone herself with this incredible new story about con artists and a girl trying to find her own path.” —Rachel Strolle, Teen Librarian, Glenside Public Library District

The unpredictable truth will be revealed in Payback, the stunning conclusion to Kristen Simmons’ Edgar-nominated thriller series that started with The Deceivers...

Brynn Hilder has conned a lot of people. From the spoiled rich kids of Sikawa City to her mom's loser ex-boyfriend, from a motorcycle gang to a senator's son. If there was money to be gained, or a secret to uncover, she figured out how to get it done. And thanks to Vale Hall and its director, Dr. David Odin, she's found a family of hustlers just like her.

Together, Brynn and her friends have overcome doubt, deceit, and betrayal to unearth the truth--a truth even a group of professional scammers couldn't have predicted.

And now they must tackle the biggest con artist of them all: the man who brought them all together.

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Photo Credit: Sasha Ledney Photography

Critically-acclaimed young adult author Kristen Simmons has worked with survivors of abuse and trauma as a mental health therapist, taught Jazzercise in five states, and is forever in search of the next best cupcake. Currently she lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband, where she spends her days supporting the caffeine industry and chasing her son.
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Thursday, January 7, 2021

Elisabeth Gifford Interview - The Good Doctor of Warsaw

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Elisabeth Gifford studied French literature and world religions at Leeds University. She worked as a dyslexia specialist for several years while raising a family. After studying for a Diploma in Creative Writing from Oxford OUDCE and a Masters degree in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway College she was asked to write The House of Hope, a biography of Dr Joyce Hill who opened a rescue centre for abandoned babies in China, published by Monarch Press. She was taken on by literary agent Jenny Hewson and three historical novels followed, published by Corvus. Secrets of the Sea House is set in the Hebrides and is a dark mystery that explores at the very real events behind the frequent mermaid sightings reported in Scotland a century ago. Return to Fourwinds is a sweeping family saga set between England and Spain between the wars. 

The Good Doctor of Warsaw is the shocking and ultimately inspiring true story of some of the rare survivors of the Warsaw ghetto during WW2, and features the inspiring story of Dr Janusz Korczak who defied the Nazi brutality by creating an oasis of kindness and happiness for children. A sort of Polish-Jewish Dr Barnardo, Dr Korczak helped draft the first international children's bill of rights and his teaching on how to raise children with love and respect is still widely followed today, and where it is, it makes children's lives happier.


Where were you born and where do you call home? 
I grew up in the English midlands, an area that is both very industrial and also near beautiful countryside. Dad was a vicar so we were always immersed in the local community and mixed with people from all backgrounds. 

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published. 
I’ve had the opportunity to travel to China and Africa to work on some child welfare projects, writing books for children and adults. 

What inspired you to pen your first novel? 
I wanted to try and preserve something of the wonderful Scottish Gaelic culture of the remote Western Isles of Scotland. I also wanted to give a voice to women who needed to say the unsayable. 

Tell us your latest news. 
My last book was long listed for the Highland book prize! 

Can you tell us when you started THE GOOD DOCTOR OF WARSAW, how that came about? 
It began when I was at a teaching seminar and heard quotes from The Good Doctor, Janusz Korczak, for the first time. They revolutionized how I saw motherhood and teaching. It took another 15 years to write the book. 

What do you hope for readers to be thinking when they read your novel? 
Each novel is really a conversation about something I’m discovering, and I’d love people to discover the way the Good Doctor saw childhood and parenting and teaching. It is life changing. 

What was the most surprising thing you learned in creating characters? 
They do what they want to do and don’t always follow your plot. 

What chapter was the most memorable to write and why? 
The scene going to the trains to Treblinka was very difficult. I cried each time. Also I had to be willing make changes to make sure it was accurate. 

If you could introduce one of your characters to any character from another book, who would it be and why? 
I’d love Moira from Secrets of the Sea House to meet Chrissie from The Lost Lights of St Kilda. 

What was the single worst distraction that kept you from writing this book? 
It is a responsibility to write about real events in the holocaust and The Good Doctor of Warsaw took longer than most books due to research and corrections suggested by experts. But I was happy when a US holocaust professor said it was the most accurate portrayal of the Warsaw ghetto that she had read. 

What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives? 
Hope for something and forgive. 

Best date you've ever had? 
First date with my husband to see Lady and the Tramp. 

If you could go back in time to one point in your life, where would you go? 
We visited Venice last September while travel corridors were still open. It was magical. 

Have you ever stood up for someone you hardly knew? 
I had the chance to write about a wonderful couple who rescued babies abandoned on the streets in China. They championed the rights of children considered too sick to live but who had very treatable conditions. 

Which incident in your life that totally changed the way you think today? 
The many challenging and insightful talks listening to my children. When you stop changing, you stop growing. 

What is one unique thing are you afraid of? 

What was the best memory you ever had as a writer? 
The first time I was published. Going to the local garage early to pick up the newspaper with an article I’d written on dyslexia. 

  • To experience pre- war Warsaw, the Paris of Eastern Europe, and its warm and varied lost Jewish community. 
  • To follow Misha and Sophia’s true story and the love that inspired them to keep going through the most extreme circumstances. 
  • To understand the rich and varied history of Poland, the tragic history of the Polish people and their bravery under waves of occupation and oppression. 
  • To experience Dr Korczak’s approach to children and childhood, not as regime or method for raising a child, but a lifelong conversation between child and carer that gives a basis for real love and respect. 
  • To know more about Korczak’s quotes – such as a child is not a person tomorrow but is a person today, worthy of our respect and tender care. 
  • To feel that failing as a parent is a step towards being real and asking the question, what does this child need, how can I meet that? Feeling lost as a parent is part of a journey of discovery as you get to know your child’s needs. 
  • To know more about the Ukraine in World War Two – a real eye opener for me around issues that continue to this day.. 
  • Society should not crush children with its expectations but help them grow into the people they are meant to be. 
  • To experience the life of the Jewish Community in the Warsaw ghetto and understand how it came about - so that it can never happen again. 
  • To know that the care all children, whatever their faith or race ,is the moral ground we all share, and that no dark regime can ever conquer love and faith. 
Journey to Writing the Good Doctor of Warsaw. 
I’m going to take this very literally and say that one of the amazing things about writing is travelling for research. It’s really important to visit locations as much as you can so that you can take your reader to the location with confidence. Visiting beautiful Warsaw was such a highlight of writing The Good Doctor of Warsaw, though very challenging. Misha’s son, Roman, who grew up in Warsaw before fleeing to Sweden, told me the places I needed to visit. Walking through the remains of the Ghetto sites and following the map to places where the children had lived and walked was overwhelming at times, and it was surreal to place past events over the day to day life going on around us as we traced the walls of the ghetto. 

Of course, the beautiful historic centre of Warsaw is all a reconstruction built after the war ended. Warsaw was obliterated as the Germans retreated and it was reconstructed stone by stone from old plans and photographs by the returning Warsaw inhabitants, even as they were reoccupied by Russia. In a way, Warsaw is a kind of metaphor for writing a historical novel, recreating the past from records and photos and from visits to a place. This was especially true of the Warsaw ghetto, which was entirely razed to the ground by the Nazis after the people were taken away to be murdered at Treblinka. As a writer I had to use first hand accounts, documents, photographs and diaries to reconstruct the ghetto so that readers could in some way travel through time to understand what it must have felt like to be inside the ghetto walls. My one rule was to never alter the facts, only to fill in what was no longer visible by using research. That way the reader can have their own relationship with the past. 

I also wanted readers to travel back in time to get to know Dr Janusz Korczak. He was a beacon in the ghetto, as he battled against all odds to give children a childhood of love and respect even inside the darkness of the ghetto. His original orphanage is still standing in Warsaw and still takes in children. He has a huge following even today across the world and I was thrilled to attend the International Korczak Association conference in Seattle in 2018 when The Good Doctor of Warsaw was given an award for services to the world’s children. 

Set in the ghettos of wartime Warsaw, this is a sweeping, poignant and heartbreaking tale, based on the true story of one of World War II's quiet heroes - Dr Janusz Korczak.

'You do not leave a sick child alone to face the dark and you do not leave a child at a time like this.'

Deeply in love and about to marry, students Misha and Sophia flee a Warsaw under Nazi occupation for a chance at freedom. Forced to return to the Warsaw ghetto, they help Misha's mentor, Dr Korczak, care for the two hundred children in his orphanage. As Korczak struggles to uphold the rights of even the smallest child in the face of unimaginable conditions, he becomes a beacon of hope for the thousands who live behind the walls.

As the noose tightens around the ghetto Misha and Sophia are torn from one another, forcing them to face their worst fears alone. They can only hope to find each other again one day...

Meanwhile, refusing to leave the children unprotected, Korczak must confront a terrible darkness.

Half a million people lived in the Warsaw ghetto. Less than one percent survived to tell their story. This novel is based on the true accounts of Misha and Sophia, and on the life of one of Poland's greatest men, Dr Janusz Korczak.

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Robert McCaw Interview - Death of a Messenger

Photo Credit: Calli P. McCaw

Robert McCaw is the author of Fire and Vengeance, Off the Grid, and Death of a Messenger. McCaw grew up in a military family, traveling the world. He is a graduate of Georgetown University, served as a U.S. Army lieutenant, and earned a law degree from the University of Virginia. He was a partner in a major international law firm in Washington, D.C. and New York City, representing major Wall Street clients in complex civil and criminal cases. Having lived on the Big Island of Hawaii, McCaw imbues his writing of the Islands with his more than 2-year love affair with this Pacific paradise. He now ives in New York City with his wife, Calli.


Greatest thing you learned at school. 
Army Airborne Training and law school—both superbly taught—were the best educational experiences of my life. Airborne training gave me my first lesson in mental toughness. Law school taught me about the genius of the founding fathers in creating the American constitutional system. On the one hand, they recognized that government was necessary for a civilized society. On the other hand, they understood that abuse of authority is one of the most common themes in human history. Their genius lies in their concept of divided governmental powers, establishing three co-equal branches of the federal government and leaving substantial authority at the state level, hoping that each would serve as a check upon others' potential abuses. 

When/how did you realize you had a creative dream or calling to fulfill? 
On my first visit to the Big Island of Hawaii, I was captivated and began to study the islands, their history, geology, culture, and language. The more I learned, the more I wanted to share my thoughts and impressions. I’d always been a fan of puzzles and mysteries, and I ultimately chose the murder mystery genre as the vehicle to share my passion. That said, because I had a demanding law practice, it took me more than 20 years to publish Death of a Messenger. Perhaps, my persistence reflects the strength of my compulsion to share in my writing stories of the real Hawaii far from the tourist venues for which Hawaii is famous. 

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published. 
It is always rewarding when a reader or a reviewer “gets it” and understands that Death of a Messenger and my other Koa Kane novels are immersive explorations of Hawaii's history, geology, culture, and language and more than murder mysteries and thrillers set amidst an exotic locale. 

What are some of your current and future projects that you can share with us? 
Oceanview Publishing has contracted to publish the fourth book in the Koa Kane series—Treachery Times Two—in January 2022. The newest story delves deeply into Koa’s criminal background and takes his detective work in cooperation with federal agents protecting our national security in a new direction. 

In your newest book, DEATH OF A MESSENGER (Koa Kāne Hawaiian Mystery #1); can you tell my Book Nerd community a little about the novel? 
In Death of a Messenger, Koa Kane, the Chief Detective in the Hilo, Hawaii, police must discover who killed an unidentified soul and left his mutilated body in a remote lava cave. The novel is a murder mystery, but it is also a story about Koa’s life journey, the historical mysteries surrounding the lives and disappearance of ancient Hawaiian stone tool makers, the threads that connect ancient and modern Hawaii, and the tragedies suffered by the Hawaiian people. 

Your Favorite Quotes/Scenes from DEATH OF A MESSENGER
Five volcanoes (including three that remain active) comprise the Big Island. The ancients did not understand volcanic geology and so turned to myth to explain eruptions and volcanic features. Thus, they gave birth to Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of fire. Just as the active volcanoes continue to shape the Big Island today, Pele plays a critical role in Death of a Messenger. 

A banner in Hawaiian on Koa’s office wall reads: “Without our ancestors we would not be.” The message articulates a central theme running throughout Death of a Messenger. 

Two love stories are embedded within the book—one involves Koa and his girlfriend, and the other describes the victim and his significant other. The latter relationship began with the Hawaiian legend of the handsome Ohia and the beautiful Lehua. 

Hook Hao, a seven-foot Hawaiian commercial fisherman and fish auctioneer with a knack for relating Hawaiian legends, is a police informer and significant player in the story. 

Death of a Messenger gives readers a taste of the Hawaiian sovereignty movement, an outgrowth of Hawaii’s tortured history as a sovereign nation, overthrown and annexed by the US before becoming the 50th State. 

The setting of Death of a Messenger—what I call the real Hawaii, as opposed to the idealized image of the tourist Hawaii—becomes a character in the story, interacting with and shaping the novel’s human characters and their reactions. 

The book concludes with an extraordinary, thrilling scene in a spectacular location. But no spoilers! 

  • Readers will meet a descendant of King Kamehameha, the 1st, who conquered and united the islands, creating the Kingdom of Hawaii. 
  • The world-class telescopes, which dot the summit of Mauna Kea, play a role in the Death of a Messenger. 
  • Readers will meet one of my old Army buddies, recast in the role of Lieutenant Zeigler, the commander of the military police detachment at the Pohakuloa Training Area on the Big Island. With 109,000 acres, the PTA, as it’s called, is the largest US defense installation in the Pacific. 
  • Sergeant Basa, Koa’s go-to assistant for challenging cases, has a weakness for sweet Hawaiian malasadas and lots of sugar in his coffee. 
  • Koa’s mother is a respected native healer. His father, a lowly but proud sugar worker, was tragically killed in a horrible accident at one of the island’s aging sugar mills. 
  • Readers get a taste of inter-island travel when the investigation takes Koa to Maui and then to the restricted island of Kahoolawe. 
  • Readers will learn about graupel—yes, graupel. 
  • In truth, as well as in the book Hawaii County has no coroner. A local doctor fills that role. In Death of a Messenger, my fictional coroner is an incompetent obstetrician. He’s an even worse poker player. 
  • The summit of Mauna Kea is a place of extremes—at times remarkably beautiful, and at other times one of the most dangerous places on earth. 
  • Zeke Brown, the Hawaii County prosecutor—a composite of many different state and federal prosecutors with whom I’ve dealt as a lawyer—is a recurring character in my Hawaiian mystery series. I hope you enjoy meeting him as much as I enjoyed creating him. If you’re curious, he plays even larger roles in Off the Grid, Fire and Vengeance, and Treachery Times Two. 
Meet the Characters
Koa Kane is a cop with a secret past. As a teenager, he killed his father’s nemesis and covered up the crime. He also has a wayward brother who becomes a career criminal. Thus, Koa’s background makes him an unusual cop, but one with deep motivation and special skills arising from his past. Quoting from the book: “Questions ricocheted in [Koa’s] mind. It was always like that at the beginning of an investigation, and he’d learned to let the questions accumulate unanswered. Questions opened the mind to unlikely possibilities. That and his own secret criminal history were what made him such a good investigator.” 

Nalani is Koa’s significant other. Quoting from the novel: “Nālani lingered in his mind’s eye after he put down the phone—Nālani in that outrageous bikini at the Green Sand Beach, Nālani with the wind tangling her hair on the Kīlauea Iki Trail in Hawai‘i 

Volcanoes National Park, sleepy-eyed, half-naked Nālani waking up in the morning. He wondered how he could be so lucky and worried that his job—and now his damaged neck—were straining their relationship. Although he had eight years on her, he didn’t feel old when he was with her. Yet he wasn’t sure how she felt deep inside about living with a forty-plus-year-old cop. Insecurity was a funny thing . . . it hit you hardest when you had something to lose.” 

Jimmy is an archeologist who helps Koa understand the Island’s history. Quoting from the book: “The barrel-chested man maneuvered the wheelchair, which twisted and bounced like an amusement park ride, over the rugged terrain. How many wheelchairs does this guy destroy in a month? Koa wondered. Jimmy’s upper arms were huge, yet his legs ended above his missing knees in thick rubberized stubs. As if in sympathy, a spear of pain shot down Koa’s right arm.” 

Your Journey to Publication
Oceanview is republishing Death of a Messenger in January 2021 with some additions and changes from the original 2015 publication. Initially, after trying without success to find an agent and publisher, I self-published the book but did so through a premium service that helped me produce a professional product. I’ve heard agents say that it is hard to find a publisher after self-publishing, but that was not my experience. The novel's original publication helped me find an excellent agent in Mel Parker, and he helped me develop a great relationship with Oceanview Publishing. Along the way, my family helped and supported me with encouragement and suggestions. No one was more supportive than my wife, Calli, who is also a talented editor. Friends may have been a bit surprised at my transition from lawyer to the author of fiction but have been extraordinarily generous and encouraging in their support and praise. 

Writing Behind the Scenes
I write on a laptop and use Dropbox, so I never have to worry about losing work through a dreaded computer glitch. I find Grammarly, the online writing assistant and grammar checker, to be quite useful. I’m fond of saying that for me as a novelist, life is research. I am always on the lookout for memorable characters whose appearances, personalities, mannerisms, language, and quirks I can mix-and-match into the fictional people who inhabit my books. Fair warning—if we meet, you may find yourself described in the next story. 

What is the first job you have had? 
Besides family chores, I delivered the Washington Post to about seventy-five neighbors in the community where I lived. I had a large basket for the folded papers on the front of my bicycle and got pretty good at tossing them onto front porches. I also had a giant laundry basket on a sled for the cold, snowy mornings. The monthly agony of collecting the amounts due from my clients was a lot less fun than the daily paper toss. As you may have guessed, this was long before the Internet! 

What is your most memorable travel experience? 
Growing up in a military family, serving in the military, and representing clients with foreign interests or problems, I’ve traveled a great deal. Hands down, the trip that impressed me the most was a cruise to Antarctica and South Georgia Island. The continent’s vastness, ice, weather, and wildlife changed my perspective on life, giving new meaning to the essential things in this world. 

Which incident in your life that totally changed the way you think today? 
After graduating from college, I became an officer in the US Army and served my first tour of duty at Camp Page in South Korea. One day, the camp commandant called me into his office and appointed me (not yet a lawyer) the prosecutor in a special court-martial. This occurred in the days when the rules for special courts-martial provided that the officer serving as defense counsel had to have at least as much legal training as the officer serving as prosecutor. I prepared and tried the case against an officer who had graduated from law school and was a member of the Pennsylvania bar. I lost all the motions but convicted the accused, who was undeniably guilty. In trying my first case, I got hooked on the law and subsequently graduated from law school, clerked for US Supreme Court Justice Hugo L. Black, and then pursued a challenging legal career. Who knows what I’d have done with my life if I hadn’t had that first taste of jurisprudence. 

Which would you choose, true love with a guarantee of a heart break or have never loved before? 
I see this as a question about risk, and for me, the key to life is managing risk. So, you ask, which would I prefer, the risk of doing nothing (and having nothing) or the risk of experiencing true love knowing that it will end in heartbreak. I would choose true love because the reward of true love is immeasurable, perhaps one of the most rewarding of life’s possible experiences. The pain of future heartbreak would be worth the price. 

If you could be born into history as any famous person who would it be and why? 
I’ve always been fascinated by astronomy. It is the career I didn’t pursue. If I could be any person in history, I’d probably be an astronomer—maybe Galileo or Hubble or Einstein. On the other hand, it might be fun to rule the world as Julius Caesar or Alexander the Great!  

Someone’s found a body at Pohakuloa, the army’s live-fire training area. Bearing all the marks of ancient ritual sacrifice—the murder is the grisliest of Detective Koa Kane's career.

The bizarre case draws Koa deep into his own Hawaiian roots. As Koa probes the victim’s past, he must sort through a rich roster of suspects—grave robbers, native activists, thieves, and star gazers. Koa surmounts a host of obstacles as he pursues the murderer—an incompetent local medical examiner, hostility from haoles (Westerners) and sovereignty advocates, and myriad lies.

Did the victim stumble upon a gang of high-tech archaeological thieves? Or did he learn a secret so shocking it cost him his life and put others, too, in mortal danger? Will Hilo’s most respected native detective catch this fiend in time, or will the killer strike again—with even deadlier consequences?

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