To The Lions – A Gage Hartline Thriller


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 Going to prison is easy getting out is hard, June 11, 2014

By Jackie Paulson “Addicted to Reading” (Chicago IL)
This review is from: To The Lions – A Gage Hartline Thriller (Kindle Edition)

This is a page turning thriller as a former Army soldier, Gage, ends one life to become a hero in a new life. Ernesto Navarro, a gangster in Barcelona, wants Gage to take up residence in Berga Prison, where he fears his son, Cesar, may be targeted by a rival gang group. The book reminds me of “A Prophet” movie as it shows the early beatings and intimidation to rise through the ranks of gangsters within the prison walls. Violence is something that inmates deal with which can lead to some harsh scenes to which the book “To the Lions” is very similar. Gage is offered a large sum of money to rescue Cesar and while doing so begins a romance with Justina, whom is a polish woman he has rescued from a Russian club. All readers will enjoy Gages in his character role as he is an undercover agent and getting into the prison is much easier than trying to get out. In the name of love and to stay alive Gage stays in his predicament for two years instead of just a short month’s time. You will love this realistic cook and the way the author portrays each of his characters in a way readers will be reminded of at least one prison movie they watched in their past. I don’t know, would you want to go into prison for a large sum of money to help out a friend in need or would you rather not? © 2014 Jackie Paulson

Besides doing my few reviews lately I am in college full time and finally graduate in August…age 47!!  Full time working Security and Full time in college, lets not talk about busy – How busy are you?  What are you reading right now?

Pressed Pennies by Steven Manchester book review


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This novel made me think of the movie “serendipity” back in 2001.  This is where a couple reunites years after the night they first met, fell in love, and separated, convinced that one day they’d end up together.  Pressed Pennies follows the lives of 3 couples destined to be together. I think many of us can remember our first childhood friend romance and those first feelings for someone who they spent many days with right?  As a child many of us did not think we would end up married and it does happen.  Abby and Richard are an example of what a love story should be about.  Then there is Eunice and Bill where they meet and prove age or circumstances don’t matter when love at first sight is so real.  If you want to find out about Grand and Carmen’s love relationship, you have to read it until the end of the last pages~

This is a book for anyone wanting to reminisce or read a true love story.

© 2014 Jackie Paulson

Steven Manchester is the author of the #1 bestsellers, Twelve Months and The Rockin’ Chair. He is also the author of the critically-acclaimed, award-winning novel, Goodnight, Brian, as well as A Christmas Wish (Kindle exclusive), Pressed Pennies (due out May 2014) and Gooseberry Island (due out January 2015). His work has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CBS’s The Early Show, CNN’s American Morning and BET’s Nightly News. Three of Steven’s short stories were selected “101 Best” for Chicken Soup for the Soul series. When not spending time with his beautiful wife, Paula, or their four children, this Massachusetts author is promoting his works or writing. Visit:

Hydraulic fracturing: What it is a DeVry University Paper © 2014 Jackie Paulson


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Jackie Paulson

DeVry University


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 Hydraulic fracturing is a process in which fractures in rocks below the earth’s surface are opened and widened by injecting chemicals and liquids at high pressure: used especially to extract natural gas or oil.  Drilling is basically you drill a hole deep into ground and pump up the oil, water, gas or whatever you are looking for. Hydraulic fracturing is once you drill the hole you forcefully pump a solution (I believe it is water, sand, salt, probably some lubricating chemicals) down the hole. Pushing it into fractures (cracks) in the rock at the bottom of well. As you push more and more the pressure increases making the cracks bigger. Eventually you pump out the solution and then the oil. The sand in the solution holds the cracks open. The open cracks allow more oil to flow from surrounding areas to the well pump.

 According to Exxon Mobil Perspectives in an article written by Ken Cohen on June 17, 2011, hydraulic fracturing is a technique used relatively briefly during the well completion process. It often takes place a mile or more below groundwater supplies. Shale rock has gas trapped in pores smaller than the width of a hair, so we must create a network of small fissures in the rock to release the gas. This involves injecting a mixture of 90 percent water, 9.5 percent sand, and 0.5 percent chemicals (that in part prevent bacterial growth and reduce friction) into the well at high pressures to keep the fissures open, which allows the gas to flow. Again, the activity is continuously monitored. Experts monitor data such as injection pressure and flow rates during the process to ensure that everything is going according to plan. 

To distinguish the difference between oil and gas fracking know that the oil is done through a process very similar to that of fracking for natural gas.  The real difference in the type of fuel that is developed.  Wells can produce oil or gas or both.  The Fracking for natural gas is where the machine taps into vast resources around the United States.  These resources, or otherwise called “Shale plays,” are ancient oceans that have formed into very hard shale deposits below the earth very deeply below the earth.  Interesting enough modern technology have allowed for the domestic energy industry to estimate shale play holdings in the order of 750 trillion cubic feet of recoverable shale gas.   

Below is a map of hydraulic fracturing currently underway in the United States, Shale basin and plays geographic data were retrieved from the U.S. ENERGY INFORMATION ADMINISTRATION and were current as of May 9, 2011. Information on accidents were compiled from the source(s) cited with each accident. Image



          Some of the economic effects of hydraulic fracturing are where individuals could make a profit if they happento own the mineral rights to their land. Entire areas benefit most when they are relatively small to begin with, those areas that have the space to expand. Fracking is a smart decision economically for countries to make, but it should also be recognized as a risk. As with all newly developed technologies it will be in an experimental stage for a long time even if companies do not acknowledge this. Vertical fracking has been eliminated because it caused the most damage for the least pay off.  Today with new technology vertical fracking has been mostly replaced by horizontal fracking which drills to the side. This change in technique shows that thereare changes to be made.  Protesters are incredibly persistent (more than half of the websites I saw were created in some form to shock people into believing that fracking was an inherently horrible thing that was being covered up in some mass conspiracy by both the government and the companies). It is important to realize that the process itself though in an early stage is (considering that technically only 1/1000 people in a fracking zone get water contamination) relatively safe enough that if enough legal boundaries are placed, and enough money invested in the further research of the topic this could be safe enough to use at least in some of the largest natural gas deposits. It is important to keep an open mind about this, not because it is a particularly perfect solution to‘climate change’, but rather because it is acleaner alternative.



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An Enigmatic Escape: A Trilogy by Dan Groat Book Review



A book review – An Enigmatic Escape: A Trilogy by Dan Groat

  For those who are not familiar with the word Trilogy it is a group of  related novels. In doing a review I try to make it basic and pleasurable to the reader because if the lingo is hard to understand than the book is not something I would want to share or read.  This book, “An Enigmatic Escape: A Trilogy,” tells three separate stories of about the Blaylock brothers (Warren, Randal and Clarence).Warren Ernest Blaylock, Randal McLean Blaylock and Clarence Jackson Blaylock were 11, 17 and 19 when their neurotic parents separated them. The best part of the book is where the reader gets to learn about the three boys and their lives over the span when they are separated from their own parents.  One of the short stories in the book deals with Ernie, the main character who is a social secluded individual, he is hearing the whispers of his dead wife Ron (Veronica) and his foster mother Aunt Meg who fell down stairs to her death and faces a jury regarding the mysterious murder of his wife. We learn that Mack was a Marine in Vietnam and create carvings of soldiers from all famous battles and discovers strange memories and threats in a weekend retreat away from his wife. And in the next short story the remaining brother is entangled with a family and a governmental encroachment on bar ownership that again has within the flow of the recognizable references and memories of the three brothers now captured or frozen in time in a simplistic drawing based on an old photograph.  If you are looking for a series of related short stories this book will take you on a fun adventure of lives past and show you that your reality is much better than the author’s stories.

© 2014 Jackie Paulson

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Beyond Love by Barbra J. Duell


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beyond love book coverThis must be one of my favorite books of 2014!  Beyond Love by Barbra J. Duell knows what her audience wants to read.  If two people are destined to meet, I believe God provides the gateway.  It is all in his timing not ours.  When eight year old David Hampton ran away from home, he was almost hit by a car which a lady rescued him.  I don’t know about you but I remember being eight years old and hating life and my parents and wanting to run away.  Since David Hampton does not have a mom, he dreams of having one.  I know when my mom died, all I ever wanted was a mom as well.  It is very realistic that the rescue was planned by God.  David’s dad is a Professor and a meeting took place where as they both looked at one another “time seemed to stop.”  Do you believe in love at first sight?  This book will draw you in and take you page by page until you reach the ending.  Will this be a marriage destined by God or will the couple just have a journey in love and romance?  It is one book you have to pick up in 2014!  I love the cover of this book!  The couple going to kiss the house in the background makes me want to read it and find out what Love has in store for this eight year old boy and the single father whom needs attention, love and a family.

© 2014 Jackie Paulson

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