Gears, Grins & Gasoline: My Wheel Life Adventures
Automotive & Humor
The love of old cars provides many adventures for people in the hobby. As a child there were "special" cars that made a lasting impression. The best birthday is the one that allows the acquiring of a driver's license. The first car, like the first love, will never be forgotten. Repairing an old car and showing it off at the drive-in is a cherished right of automotive passage. Continuing through life with a collector car at your side is a match made in heaven. Lance Lambert, automotive journalist, TV personality and passionate car collector, shares some of his adventures from decades of holding the honored title of "Car Guy." From his first "car" (a combination of his sister's tea set table and a broken wagon) to his current love of "orphan" cars (his garage menagerie includes two Studebakers and two King Midgets), Lance is a person living the life that all car lovers love. This book follows Lance's best selling "Fenders, Fins & Friends: Confessions of a Car Guy." His newest book, "Gears, Grins & Gasoline: My Wheel Life Adventures," contain 59 short stories that will bring smiles and, if the reader is not careful, a tear or two. Included is the tale of 13 year-old Lance and a friend "borrowing" a car; dangerous chases and "rumbles" with rivals; mistakes made on motorcycles; teenage girls in great cars; automotive successes and failures, and even spending time with a 1955 Chevrolet-owning ghost. It's a great book about great cars and great people. Pour a coup of coffee and head to the garage, then sit back and enjoy the reading ride!
Frankenstein Meets Santa
by M.J. McDermott & Jane Harvey-Smith (Illustrations)
Just in time for Christmas, we are proud to present Frankenstein Meets Santa Claus by M.J. McDermott. This story illustrated by Jane Harvey-Smith is geared toward middle school aged children and older. It tells the story of when Frankenstein, fleeing from Europe, finds his way to the North Pole. At first he is treated with trepidation, but soon finds a place to call home.
"At the end of Mary Shelley’s "Frankenstein," the Creature disappears into the arctic wasteland to die. "Frankenstein Meets Santa" takes up the story from there. In his torment, the monster collapses onto the icy ground to die, but is roused decades later by a flying reindeer. He follows the reindeer and stumbles upon the North Pole, home of Santa Claus. He yearns to be a part of this “Sweet Village,” but the monster in him needs to be tamed. Only Santa Claus can redeem Frankenstein, with the help of Mrs. Claus and the elves. Working through his defects and violent tendencies, learning a meaningful trade from two elves, and accepting the lovingkindness of Santa himself, Frankenstein is finally able to put his monstrous self aside and find healing and hope, and the very things he was always seeking – a home and a family. And, of course, he saves Christmas!"
Fenders, Fins & Friends: Confessions of a Car Guy
Automotive & Humor
Author: Lance Lambert
Every “Car Guy” (that includes you too ladies) has stories that elicit laughter, tears and admission of a few very bad choices. This book is overflowing with all of the above mixed in a perfect blend of gasoline, oil and laughter.
Equipping a 1955 Ford with a siren promised foolish fun but resulted in an overnight stay at the local cellblock bed & breakfast. Putting 900 pounds of friends as far back as possible in a rock band’s 1965 Ford Econoline resulted in wheel stands and applause from admiring fans. Using only a large bent nail to affix the steering wheel of a 1939 Ford allowed it to be removed and handed to a startled passenger while the well-worn coupe was still traveling down the road. Perhaps riding with friends in a 1949 Chevrolet sounds like fun? It was until the occupants found themselves in a parking lot surrounded by five police cars and numerous guns pointed at them. These and other stories come to life as Lance Lambert, host of television’s “Vintage Vehicle Show” shares his automotive adventures.
A novel based on a true story
Mature Young Adult Fiction
Author: M.J. McDermott
It is 1982 at a New England university, and drama major Margo Laughton is thrilled and terrified to be cast as “Sheila” in the rock musical Hair. The show’s director, Professor Harrison P. Adler, is known for his exhilarating and sexually-charged shows. There are suspicions about how he gets actors to break through their inhibitions. Rumors have circulated for decades that Harry prefers working with boys, encouraging them to become violent and explore their sexuality in carefully guided improvisations or improvs. In 1969, an actor in one of Harry’s plays committed suicide. Officially, it was drug-related, but he jumped from his dorm-room window after participating in a Harry-led improv with another young actor earlier that day. Is Harry a brilliant ground-breaking acting coach, or is he a manipulative voyeur who has found an academically and artistically sanctioned way to indulge his perversions?
Breaking News: A Novel
Authors: J.D. Rader & Michael Gudgell
“Breaking News: A Novel is a quick read that really moves, with some
powerful surprises! A good ‘backstage’ look at the world of broadcast news.”
-- M.J. McDermott, Q13 FOX News, Seattle, WA
"For me it was like watching a train wreck...from the train. Breaking News roped me in.
It's fast furious and unfortunately, real." ~ Michael Harris, Network TV News Producer
Despite ABS News producer Bill Ramey’s distaste for seamy news stories, he pursues evidence that links Senator Gerald Smith to the disappearance of a beautiful blond coed. Nothing is as it appears and soon Bill uncovers dark secrets that someone would kill to protect. As the news story unfolds Bill Ramey and Senator Smith are swept into the funnel of a media tornado that neither of them can control. Though Bill tries to hang on to his integrity, he becomes one of the players in a dangerous game of media manipulation.
Over 100,000 readers have already downloaded Breaking News: A Novel to their Kindles. The praise keeps coming in.