This political year is high time to meet Alice Roosevelt Longworth, the “other Washington Monument.” Teddy Roosevelt said of his firstborn: “I can either run the country or I can control Alice, but I cannot possibly do both.”
When the twentieth century was infantile, Theodore Roosevelt’s irrepressible daughter was a lovely Gibson-girl debutante, America’s Princess Alice, married in her father’s White House. She traveled, campaigned, smoked and played poker with her father’s cronies. A cousin of Franklin Delano—and a closer cousin of Eleanor—Roosevelt, Alice survived the betrayals many women married to political men faced during her long era, took on rearing her orphaned 11-year-old granddaughter at age 73, and lived to be 96.
She died at the brink of the Reagan White House, remaining to the bittersweet end America’s tart-tongued girl-turned-grande dame, a Washington Institution as venerable, varied and surprising as the Smithsonian itself.
In later years she had an embroidered sofa pillow that read: “If you haven’t got anything good to say about anybody, come sit next to me.” And she’s surfaced in a new bestselling political novel:
“Watergate also [features] Alice Longworth, the eldest child of Theodore Roosevelt and the snarky grand dame of Washington at the time of the scandal. She is a scene-gnawing hoot, and the moment between her and Nixon just after his resignation speech is one of the novel’s most affecting.”—Fort Worth Star-Telegram review of Thomas Mallon’s 2012 novel, Watergate.
EXTRA! Political thriller novel excerpt from Black Oil,Red Blood, is included!
Author Diane Castle is the pseudonym of a Texas attorney whose practice experience includes assisting plaintiffs with wrongful death and personal injury cases against Big Oil giants such as ExxonMobil, ChevronTexaco, BP, and ConocoPhillips. Prior to her career as an attorney, Ms. Castle was Carole Nelson Douglas’s personal assistant and a staff writer for the Dallas Morning News. Diane has been honored with two awards for humor and satire and one award for literary criticism. Her first novel, Black Oil, Red Blood, was released in February 2012. A free sample is included at the end of this short story.
In his twenty-four book series, the twenty-pound black feline PI narrates his own chapters about his investigations in an alley-cat Noir voice. Meanwhile, four human crime solvers–two pro, two amateur; two women and two men–solve murder most malicious in Las Vegas and unravel an international terrorism conspiracy that threatens all their lives and many more.
“Glitters and snaps like the town that inspired it.”–Nora Roberts, New York Times bestselling author
This mystical mystery cat has also had Past Life adventures. “Fruit of the Tomb” is a story set ancient Egypt, where a canny and courageous outcast black cat held the honorable position of Pharaoh’s Footstool and became the first Private Eye of Horus. Ancient evil-doers, touch not the cat.
“Among the many appealing felines on the mystery scene, Midnight Louie stands out as the coolest cat of all. You don’t have to be a cat lover to appreciate his savoir faire.”–RT Book Reviews
“Carole Nelson Douglas takes anthropomorphism to elegant heights as Midnight Louie, a tom who’s a private dick, harries Las Vegas malefactors.”–Publishers WeeklyRead More
The thing about cancer is it’s hard to prove somebody gave it to you on purpose—but Chloe Taylor can prove it. In fact, she proves it for a living. She sues oil refineries that would rather save a buck than comply with safety regulations designed to do important things like, you know, keep people alive.
Chloe had a successful career until circumstances forced her to move to the bass-ackwards town of Kettle, Texas (human population: 4,000; gun population: 34,356). Big Oil industry giant PetroPlex employs half of Kettle’s population, and there’s no question the judge in the town’s got oil stains on his hands. It’s no wonder she’s been on a losing streak lately. She suspects she’s been litigating on an uneven playing field, but when her star expert witness turns up dead less than 48 hours before a make-or break hearing, she knows.
What she doesn’t know is the key piece of information that got her expert killed. It turns out PetroPlex is harboring a shocking secret—one that has the potential to skyrocket gasoline prices, spark an energy market meltdown, and trigger riots, chaos, death, and destruction on a global scale. Chloe must discover the secret and expose the villains before she is permanently silenced, all while juggling a troublesome ex-fiancé and a tantalizing new flame along the way.Read More
IRENE ADLER . . . She’s one of the most mysterious women in literature, an American and the only woman to have outwitted the world’s greatest consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes.
ON FILM . . . You’ve seen Irene Adler as the fetchingly treacherous minx mixed up with Robert Downey Jr.’s portrayal of Sherlock Holmes as an action hero and human calculating machine.
You can see her as an apparently naked dominatrix in the BBC’s modern take on a young, totally wired Sherlock Holmes.
Or you can read about her further adventures after she bested Holmes in “A Scandal in Bohemia,” as written by New York Times Notable Book of the Year author Carole Nelson Douglas, author of the acclaimed Good Night,
Mr. Holmes and seven other novels following the adventures of Irene Adler and Sherlock Holmes after “Scandal.”
This novella, “The Private Wife of Sherlock Holmes,” reports the pair’s most recent and intriguing encounter in post-Jack the Ripper London, from Baker Street to a high society brothel. Shocking, my dear Holmes!Read More
There is no joy on Christmas Eve in Houston in 2001. On November 29, the mighty Enron corporation collapsed in an explosion of fraud, scandal and chicanery. Ben Scroggs has no use for his fellow man, or woman, or the Christmas season, but he was just an accountant, an isolated, lonely man. Then, of course, the three ghosts descend on him like bloodhounds, and by the end of that momentous night, he’s not only found a lost soul . . . his own. . . but has uncovered a murderer.Read More