Monday, October 31, 2011
Life Lessons from An Unlikely Teacher
Book 1 in the Fanfare for a Hometown Series
Raised in a small town, population of 900 in Ohio, Dr. Rick Niece attended a school that housed all classes, grades 1-12 in one building. After graduating from high school, he attended Ohio State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree, with majors in English and Speech. His Masters Degree and PH.D are from Kent State University.
Dr. Niece began his professional career in education as a high school English, and Speech teacher, and he subsequently held a variety of administrative positions at the public school level. In 1988, he left the public school sector to enter higher education, where he has served in several positions: Professor; Academic dean; Provost; and Executive Vice-President. In 1997, he was named President of the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas.
Dr. Niece has also received several major awards including: The Arkansas Non-Profit Executive Of The Year; The Kent State University Alumni Association Special Achievement Award; The International Assembly For Collegiate Business Education EDUCATOR Of The Year; The Johnson County Lifetime Achievement Award; Johnson County Chamber Of Commerce(Arkansas); The Chief Executive Of The Year For District IV; Council For Advancement and Support of Education(CASE); The Most Supportive President Of The Year; National Award from Students in Free Enterprise(SIFE); and the Paul Harris FELLOW, Clarksville Rotary Club. Dr. Niece affirms that he has truly enjoyed each position he has held as an educator, and to this day never says, 'I am going to work!' He always says, 'I am going to school!' That subtle, yet pronounced, distinction between the two statements, reflects his joy and pride in being an educator.
While President of the University of the Ozarks, the campus has experienced a number of successes including:More than tripled the value of endowment; Grown enrollment by over 25%; Improved retention rates, graduation rates, and incoming Freshman ACT scores annually; Increased the number of full-time faculty from 28-50; Balanced the budget for 14 consecutive years, while maintaining a virtually debt-free campus. As President and First Lady of the University of the Ozarks, he and his wife Sheree are the proud parents of 630 students.
Author Dianne Ebertt Beeaff
Author of "SPIRIT STONES"
'Unraveling the Megalithic Mysteries of Western Europe's prehistoric Monuments'
"To touch a stone of noted power is to touch the eternal and perhaps-just maybe-acquire a touch of divine virtue."
~Dianne Ebertt Beeaff, Spirit Stones
A native of Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Dianne moved to Phoenix, Arizona, in the late 1960s. A history major at the University of Arizona, she graduated with honors and has skillfully applied her expertise with historical research and analysis to her personal and professional writing.
Having worked extensively as a freelance writer and artist, Dianne has published poetry and magazine articles throughout the United States, and Canada. She has also published two works of non-fiction; A Grand Madness, Ten Years On The Road With U2 and Homecoming; a book of poetry. Her Award Winning first novel, Power's Garden' was released in 2009. Dianne and her husband Dan, reside in Tucson, Arizona. They are the parents of two children, Danielle, and Dustin.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
"A NAIL-BITING, BONE-CHILLING SPECTRUM OF TERROR!"
Maryanne O'Donnell was looking for the perfect house that she could invest in. She found one with all the top qualities to meet her standards, with her love for antiques, and history. She becomes fascinated with an old, Italian beauty, excited to move in with the love of her life. However, what she didn't realize was the fact that she got much more than what she bargained for. Maryanne knew about the creepy reputation and the spirits at the Valencia, preparing to rid of the spirits, prior to moving in. Did Vivian's physic powers cleanse the Manor permanently? How many tragic deaths were reported from the time of construction to its last owner? Did screams bounce off the walls, and what unexpected chilling events took place, behind closed doors? Is the Valencia Manor in Colorado an eerie mansion, with its own personality? Who felt a cold breeze from behind the walls, and is pushed forcefully from a terrifying presence? Will evil continue within the world of spirits? I highly recommend this gripping horror mystery to all thriller lovers, who enjoy explosive drama, and intense suspense. Sharon Hays created a haunting, intriguing, and captivating story of the supernatural, made for the movie screen. A Masterpiece of paranormal suspense, thrilling twists-and-turns, along with horrifying events leave you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. Strange accidents, bizarre adventures, and mysterious deaths require extra help from many detectives. But will the priest and psychic also be needed to fight a paranormal entity in this spell-binding thriller? What did it take to convince Mario to believe in spirits? What happened to Maryanne, and did Joan believe that Maryanne was not dead? "MYSTEERIE MANOR II: The House that keeps on giving" is as terrifying as THE AMITYVILLE HORROR, as chilling as THE EXORCIST, and as scary as THE HAUNTING.
Monday, October 17, 2011
"What Happens When The Murder Weapon Vanishes INTO THIN AIR?"
5 Star Review~~
"ADRENALINE-PUMPED SHOCK WAVES IN A SUPER SUSPENSEFUL, TERRIFYING ADVENTURE OF THE BIRDS AND JAWS COMBINED!"
Imagine waiting to venture out with good friends for that special trip to the ocean's gorgeous blue sky for a day on the beach! Mother Nature covers the Island with a warm blanket and the anticipation of smelling the salt of the water, walking barefoot on the soft sand, while listening to the sounds of waves, increasing your craving to devour every comforting moment. Of course, your day is not complete until you plan a special evening to end the perfect day, which usually consists of an exotic dinner with close friends, while sharing stories about a fun-filled enjoyable adventure. Imagine sitting in a jeep with the top down, feeling the gentle breeze upon your neck, while taking in the scenic view of peace and tranquility, and within minutes your perfect day turns into your worst nightmare! Angela looks up into the blue Heaven above her, it's not a plane, it's a psychotic Golden Eagle following her jeep! As she drives seventy miles an hour, while screaming in fear to her friends, the flying monster prepares to attack! Four young people suddenly become a giant raptor's target as the creature threatens every move they make. The perfect fun-filled day ends with terror, horror, and Tommy's death. Was it a freak accident, or will the nightmare continue with more tragic events? W.G. Griffiths takes the reader through a chilling, mysterious journey on Long Island, New York, as you witness brutal attacks of magnificent raptors. Golden Eagles appear one-thousand miles from their natural habitat, trained to attack, kill, then disappear. I highly recommend 'TALONS' to all mystery lovers, who are big fans of Alfred Hitchcock, and enjoy movies such as JAWS. The author penned an incredible spine-tingling thriller, packed with action, and suspense that's made for the movie screen. The characters come to life as well as the flying, evil monsters, the setting fits like a glove, and the plot is superb. The author colors each page with excitement as the reader craves for more, from beginning to end. Was Hasan a superior hunter and teacher, and were his friends devoted falconers? What did Tom Stewart see, was Hasan's death an accident, and why was Hasan so upset with Frank Schneider? Why was life for Raza and Devin cruel and painful? Who broke into Tseng Computer, and why? How much was the Omega Chip insured for, why was Kara rewarded with dead rooster chicks, and who shot Buzz? Did Teddy die, and was Kamil insane? Four raging raptors fall from the sky like spears, extending their razor-sharp talons. Does Angela and Jesse become victims? How does the Eagle know who the target is, what happened on Admiral Island, and who needed justice to be served? The author invites the reader to join the party aboard the My Yen. Prepare yourself as flying creatures are used as weapons, Angela is stabbed in the neck with a syringe, and dead bodies float in blood-stained clothing! Are the murders a bizarre coincidence, or a Master plan of revenge? Was Harbor Insurance responsible, what happened to Harry and John on the golf course, and who will be the next victim? Will Jones Beach ever be the same, will Detective Rocco solve a case, or will the hit list continue to grow? Be careful what you drink, make sure the lights are on, and the phone-line is not dead! 'TALONS' is as thrilling as Alfred Hitchcock's THE BIRDS, and is filled with as much nerve-jangling suspense as DEEP BLUE SEA.