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Vol. 2, Ed. 18



With the icon of an eye, G.M. Masterson's new novel, Alexander: Hall of the Gods, we travel back in time to ancient Egypt. A thriller that will have you sitting on the edge of your chair and chewing your fingernails to the quick, you won't want to put it down until you reach the conclusion. Here is the description from the back of the book.
Inspired by true events, Hall of the Gods chronicles the adventures of an orphan boy with a phenomenal intellect.

1902 AD, Egypt --- Baron Algernon Northgate breaks into an unmarked tomb. Shortly after his return to England with two mummies and a collection of mysterious artifacts, he vanishes without a trace...

Present-day Oxford --- Young Alexander uncovers a disturbing truth while searching for his lost parents: they were burnt to death in a freak accident. Worse still, it appears that he is the sole survivor of an aristocratic dynasty, believed to have been cursed. Tracking down the location of his ancestral family home, he finds it abandoned.

For Alexander and his tutor, tempestuous accident-prone professor Frank Malone, this is just the start of a strange and dangerous quest. Breaking into the eerie mansion, they stumble across the journals of the Victorian Baron. The journals tell a compelling story of excavations on the Giza plateau. Determined to unearth the secrets of the Baron, the duo return to the mansion - unaware of the incredible fate that awaits them. 
G.M. Masterson hails from jolly old England, and if you have your eye on Egypt, be sure to check out his website to glean a lot more information from behind the scenes of the country. It is filled with fascinating facts and fables. 

"Starlet" Billie A. Williams


Joining Lance Davis with his script, A Midsummer Night's Dream and A Mi$er, which are geared for family viewing, the popular novel A Christmas Dream by Janet Elaine Smith will soon be available as a script, designed for small community theater groups, high school and college groups, and dinner theaters. With fairly simple stage settings and a cast of only 19 characters (plus a few extras for group scenes) it should take approximately 1 hour to present the play.
Janet has no experience in scriptwriting, so she recruited her good friend, Billie A. Williams, to do that task. Billie is sort of "hanging on Janet's Star" on this, her debut effort with Star* Publish, so Star* owner Kristie Leigh Maguire has dubbed her "Star's first starlet." But don't be surprised if you hear more from her sometime in the future. She is a very talented and prolific author in her own rights.
A Christmas Dream is the story of a young woman, Susan Quincey, who was a young widow when her husband died in Desert Storm from "friendly fire," leaving her alone to raise her young son, who had never met his father.
When Susan's boss sets out to woo Susan, he finds a close ally who is as scheming as he is in Susan's son, Jeremy.
The interaction between the three main characters is endearing and tender and will leave you believing that miracles do still happen--especially at Christmas time. And in A Christmas Dream, even Santa gets a present!
A Christmas Dream has won several awards, was a finalist for consideration as a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, and has been compared by many readers as the new "annual favorite" to replace Miracle on 34th Street. 


On May 20, 2007, the Federated Church in Grand Forks, North Dakota, the congregation celebrated the talents God has endowed upon the members of their members at their 2nd annual "Fine Arts Sunday."
Some of the congregants sang, others played musical instruments, some read from their favorite poems or short passages from books, some hung paintings they had created, others took handmade quilts they had painstakingly made. Star* author Janet Elaine Smith read a passage from Bank Roll: A Max Stryker Mystery. (Pictured above.)
If any of our Star* Times readers are members of a church and they have any input into the programs of their churches, this is a wonderful way to share the abilities and talents of their members. It is not only fun, but it is a very scriptural way to showcase those abilities. Remember, the Bible says we are not to keep our talents hidden under a bushel basket! Let your light so shine before men!


As the Shooting Star* Books Program moves forward, the main objective is to call bookstores on a daily basis, inviting the managers to peruse the online catalog to find Star's* finest picks, offering them a good variety of both fiction and non-fiction books to add to their shelves. These calls have been met with great enthusiasm in both the big chain bookstores as well as those that are independently owned. We would like to share with you just a few of the comments the managers have expressed in the past couple of weeks.

"You have a whole chapter we can read? Not just a description in 35 words or less? Awesome!"
"I don't have a computer in the store where I can access that information, but I will check it out when I get home. Will you give me the url again?"

"Have you called the other stores in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area? If not, please let me call them and tell them about this!"
"Let me check and make sure we can get that title. Oh, we already have three copies on order!"
"You are the only person who has ever taken the time to actually call us personally to tell us about your books. And I've been working as a bookstore manager for over 14 years."
"You mean we can even tell from the website if any of your authors are from our area? That is so cool!"
Yes, it is a howling success. Who knew that marketing books could be this much fun?



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