November 18, 2013

Chris booksigningChris Baughman is full of awesome. He’s an awesome sandwich. No…he’s an awesome banquet. Chris’ book signing at the Las Vegas B&N this past Saturday was a resounding success.

His new book OFF THE STREET: REDEMPTION (B&N link) had chills running up and down my spine because of the lengths he and his PIT unit (Pandering Investigative Team) do to rescue women who have been brutally victimized by the dirtbags who sell them to the highest bidder – even if it means jeopardizing the case against these dirtbags. With Chris, the women’s safety and well-being always come first.

Human trafficking is an incredibly ugly business, and Chris wades through the muck with grace and some of the most amazing detective skills I’ve ever seen. REDEMPTION is a gritty case that pits Chris against Mario Davis, someone from his old neighborhood, someone he looked up to as a fellow basketball player at his high school. Mario had it what it took to escape their rough Las Vegas neighborhood, but his life took a vicious U-turn, which brought him to Chris’ attention after Mario severely beat two of his stable of ten women. Chris needs to dig up the secrets and lies in order to build a case against Mario, yet do everything he can to protect the victims.

REDEMPTION is a story about coping with the brutality of the job, saving the victims, and saving a piece of Chris’ soul along the way. This book blew my doors off. Not many of us could do the job Chris does, and I give him a huge huzzah for taking on the cases that no one else can.

If that’s not enough, Chris is co-host of the new show SLAVE HUNTER on MSNBC starting December 1. See what I mean by awesome?

Behler Authors – My Heroes

October 24, 2013

It’s been a busy time. We have some wonderful books that have come out/are scheduled to come out, so there’s a lot going on in the background. Sometimes it gets so busy that I forget to take time out to think about the fabulosity of our authors, and the life-altering events that have dropped into their laps and shaped who they are today.

Here are three of our new books that take my breath away.

KeepingYourHeadloresI’ve watched loved ones go through the pain of unemployment. It’s a soul-sucking experience that I wouldn’t wish on anyone. And that’s why I am so grateful for this wonderful book, KEEPING YOUR HEAD AFTER LOSING YOUR JOB by renowned psychologist Robert L. Leahy, PhD. This isn’t a “How to fill out a winning resume,” but a bible for maintaining your feelings of self worth and building your confidence, which is vital to getting that next job. This book also discusses ways of living your life effectively during your time of unemployment.

A must read.

Voice front cover-hiresI had a neighbor whose little boy had a pronounced stutter, and my heart used to just break as he struggled to get words out. I always wondered if his parents got him help. I never really stopped to think about how his stutter affected him…until I read VOICE: A STUTTERER’S ODYSSEY by actor, playwright, Scott Damian. We’ve all heard stories about famous actors who stuttered, but no one ever did it with such humanity and tenderness until Scott wrote his wonderful book.

But more so, Scott’s book gives me courage to never let anyone tell me “Oh, you can’t do that.” Not only is Scott’s story fascinating, funny, heartfelt, but his book reminds me to never stop taking chances. Isn’t that a marvelous message for all of us? I cry every time I read the end. One of the truly nicest, kindest people I know.

REDEMPTION - HIGH RES - final frontHoly crap. Detective Chris Baughman is one of the most amazing, selfless people around. He puts a face on human trafficking, which is far more rampant than anyone would ever believe. It’s easy to sit back and say that would never happen to you, but Chris has stories of well-educated women getting sucked into this world. And once they’re in, oftentimes, the only way out is death, but not before suffering major beatings. Or Chris is on the case.

OFF THE STREET: REDEMPTION is Book 2 in his OFF THE STREET series, and is more gripping than ever because Chris is after someone from his past. I can’t imagine how hard it would be to see someone I admired and was compared to as a kid grow up become an animal, and it was my job to hunt them down and get him off the street. I can’t imagine saving the women who suffered horribly at this man’s hands, and helping get them off the street.

Chris remains one of my real-life heroes because he has the disposition and brilliance to out-think these animals and take them down. But one has to ask, at what cost does Chris do these hard, soul-killing things? That’s the heart and soul of REDEMPTION. And hey, Chris is the cohost of the upcoming MSNBC show, SLAVE HUNTER, airing December 1.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. My authors are all heroes – it’s why we publish the books we do. Their stories make the world a better place, and make me a better, more thoughtful person. Well, if I had a heart or soul, that is…

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