Snoops or SnOpes…your call.

This morning my wife asked me to look at a post she found very suspicious on Facebook. Not that it contained an occult message she was able to deceiver. Nothing like that. No, it was a picture of a beach with three large letters on it made from white stones, SOS. The caption told of a woman who had been on the island for seven years and was finally rescued after someone saw the SOS on Goggle Maps.

Now, I could have easily told her it was false. Even that the hoax was on the internet a long time ago. But I didn’t.

She told me she thought it was fake, “How would a woman spend that much time on an island and then be rescued without it being on the news? I think there is something wrong here.”

This is when I decided to play teacher. I told her all about Snobes.com (Snoops.com) and how you can look up crap like this and find out if it is true or false.  She was intrigued and followed my instructions to the letter. When she was finished reading it she again followed my instructions and copied the URL of the Snopes.com (Snoops.com) page. She pasted the URL to the original post on Facebook. She felt empowered and announced to the world that this post was a hoax in the comment section.

Then she did something totally unexpected, “Snoops?” She asked.

“Snoops,” I said.

Then she points to the screen, “The e makes the o long…it is pronounced snO pes.”

“Maybe so,” I said, “but everyone pronounces it snoops.”

“Everyone is wrong,” she said.

So, instead of arguing with her I made a post and presented it to my Facebook friends.

They sided with her though.

The more I think about it the more snOpes sounds like a sophisticated version of snoops. “No darling I go to snOpes to check on all those post…Don’t be silly dear, Snoops is for those little people.”

It is snoops…not snOpes.

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The faith the drives a champion!

The faith the drives a champion!

Intentional Walk: An Inside Look at the Faith That Drives the St. Louis Cardinals [Kindle Edition]

An inside look at the faith that guides the all-stars.

The St.
Louis Cardinals have long been one of the most successful franchises in the
major leagues. They have won 11 World Series titles and some of the most famous
players in the history of the game have worn the storied “Birds on the Bat”
uniform.

While that
on-field success has been well documented, Intentional
Walk is the first book which goes beyond the story of what happens on the
field to take an in-depth look at the men inside the Cardinal uniforms, and
examine how their strong Christian faith is one of the driving forces behind
their success.

Intentional Walk features the stories of Adam
Wainwright, David Freese, Lance Berkman, Matt Holliday, Carlos Beltran, Jason
Motte and other members of the 2012 Cardinals, written as those players and the
rest of the team tried to repeat the 2011 world championship. The book talks
about how they became Christians and offers their testimony about what it means
for them to have God play such a prominent role in their lives.

Playing for
first-year manager Mike Matheny, a strong Christian as well, these men talk
about their success and failure, about the challenges that come from playing
baseball at the highest level, and how thankful and blessed they are to have
that God-given ability. In the end, however, what is far more important to them
is their life-long relationship they have established with Jesus Christ.

A home run king in trouble? Time to break out some coffee…I’m not putting this down until I’ve turned the last page…

A home run king in trouble? Time to break out some coffee...I'm not putting this down until I've turned the last page...

Hallways in the Night: A Legal Thriller [Kindle Edition]

From Bookstory: “A totally unputdownable book……An edge of the seat legal battle that makes you keep turning the pages until the very end.”

A legal thriller that Diane Donovan of the Midwest Book Reviews describes as “a tightly wound story of suspense and intrigue that will keep even seasoned mystery and legal thrillers guessing to the end.”

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When an Atlanta cop tries to arrest baseball’s home run king, one of them will end up on trial and the other will end up dead.

A routine stakeout is almost over when Atlanta Detective Dave Mackno decides to pursue a speeding Porsche. It’s a decision that will have deadly consequences because the Porsche is driven by Remo Centrella, baseball’s home run king.

There is no way Centrella is going to let himself get arrested. Not when the woman in his car has a fresh black eye. And not when he’s at the tail-end of a steroid cycle that makes him feel like the baddest dude on the planet.

Hallways in the Night offers a fast-paced plot that keeps the pages turning. It’s a legal thriller that features a mix of engaging characters, backroom political dealing, and well-written action.

The book starts off strong and never lets up: from the initial confrontation through a courtroom showdown in which the stakes are much too high for anybody to tell “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.”

“A good book with all the elements necessary to make it an enjoyable and satisfying read.”

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About

Hallways in the Night is a legal thriller, but it is also much more. It is a novel with plot twists that surprise and will keep you guessing as you read the story. As each character joins the story, the novel widens out and becomes more complex.

Each character in Hallways in the Night helps add complexity to the novel because each character is pursuing their own agenda, usually at the expense of others. There’s enough money, power, and consequences at stake that each character is impacted by it and it influences not only the choices they make, but also forces them to decide how much of the truth they are willing to tell and how much of the truth must be sacrificed in order to either maintain the life they have or to achieve a life they desire. As a result, two of the most powerful emotions fear andambition have as much to do, if not more, with the outcome than the actual truth of what happened.

In addition to being a legal thriller, Hallways in the Night is also a story about race and power. It’s a story about how those with power wield it, often with little regards for those who will be negatively impacted by it and how they, themselves, are impacted by it.

Race relations also play a role in Hallways in the Night, but in a way that shows how race relations in America have evolved over time and how that evolution affects the lives of those living when it takes place.

“Hallways in the Night is a recommended book for readers who enjoy a combination of plot twists, action, and engaging characters.”

Are you ready to set sail on the high seas for action and adventure? Tie down those timbers, and hoist that mast, We are going ready or not!

Are you ready to set sail on the high  seas for action and adventure? Tied down those timbers, and host that mast, We are going ready or not!

Josiah Stubb: The Siege of Louisbourg [Kindle Edition]

From the best-selling author of The Adventures of Charlie Smithers.

It is 1758 and The Seven Years War is raging. The military might of the British and French empires collide in a desperate bid to control the key strategic Fortress of Louisbourg and, in turn, Quebec and French-held North America.

One man caught amidst the bloodshed is the young grenadier, Josiah Stubb. Raised by a whore amidst poverty and incest, Josiah seemed doomed from birth to a life in the gutter. His attempt to leave his sordid past behind leads him to Louisbourg, but it comes back to haunt him in the form of a gifted officer, battling his own inner demons.

As the siege blazes towards its inevitable bloody climax, will Josiah live to overcome the formidable obstacles that keep him chained to his past, or will his aspirations for a better life die with him on the brooding shores of Ile Royale?

Take a journey like no other into an alternate history…meet Emperor Ulyssess S. Grant

Take a journey like no other into an alternate history...meet Emperor Ulyssess  S. Grant

The Adventures of Phineas Frakture [Kindle Edition]

What if the Civil War never happened?
What if Queen Victoria was at odds with an Emperor named Ulysses S. Grant?
What if?
This is the question that plagues one man on his journey to discover his place in the universe. Should he sit by and let history take its course or stand up and make his presence known, changing the outcome for the better…or worse? Set in an alternate past of Victorian era Steampunk, The Adventures of Phineas Frakture follows the title character through a myriad of escapades involving mad scientists, monsters, and fantastic clockwork gadgets.

Debut novel…Horror like no other. You won’t sleep after reading this.

Debut novel...Horror like no other. You won't sleep after reading this.

Samhane [Kindle Edition]

“Russell’s debut novel SAMHANE really packs a punch. A thrill ride of visceral horror and suspense that steadily builds to a very satisfying conclusion. I enjoyed the hell out of it!”
Gord Rollo, Author of Valley of The Scarecrow and The Jigsaw Man

“My oh my does it get wet within these pages, dear friends.” Shroud Magazine.

“Horror lovers rejoice–you’re about to be scared…or scarred. Russell’s well-crafted nightmares will haunt you long after you’ve closed the pages of Samhane!” Fran Friel, Bram Stoker Finalist, author of Mama’s Boy and Other Dark Tales

“If you enjoy the odd Richard Laymon outing and don’t believe that horror begins and ends with Stephen King than dial in, Daniel I. Russell serves up a blood soaked treat for your consumption.” Scaryminds

“For weeks, I have tossed and turned in my bed in turmoil over whether to publish this. But the people of this town must be warned. Everyone must be aware of the danger lurking in the dark, waiting.”

Samhane. Just a sleepy town in the rolling hills of northern England. A nice place to live.

Few people know the truth.

Donald Patterson travels to Samhane in pursuit of a sadistic murderer and rapist. Unless Donald reaches Orchard House by midnight, his fiancee will be the star of the next torturous broadcast….

Brian Rathbone and his son are already in Samhane, hired by the mayor. Specialist exterminators, their talents have helped to deal with the ‘little problems’ that have begun to massacre the residents. But as events take a more sinister turn, Brian wonders about the true reason they are there….

Blood and carnage. Pain and suffering. Desire and sweet chaos.

Welcome to Samhane.

Get your free copy today! Great Story!

Get your free copy today! Great Story!

Brothers of Blood (Fall of a King) [Kindle Edition]

Everything changes when Meath finds himself in the magically veiled village of Salvas. News of the death of his friends leaves him teetering on the verge of emotional ruin and bitter loathing. Yet an enthralling new life connected to his past presents itself within the quintessence that is Salvas.
The true nature of the False Prince is revealed, shedding a whole new light on the devastation Draco Kingdom faces. Meath sets himself to the task of avenging his broken life the only way he can – by killing Astaroth…

Captured Zehava, Dahak, Nicolette and Shania struggle to stay alive when they find themselves now slaves. Zehava and Dahak are thrown into the Pit where blood and coin come at the forfeit of life. In a desperate attempt to keep their group together they must suppress their humanity to keep the identity of Draco’s heir hidden and safe while they plot a daring and daunting escape.