Focusing on their passion for Entertainment, Lifestyle, Self-Improvement, and Food, DTLA Publishing connects readers with unique stories and ideas. publish thoughtful, entertaining, and inspiring books for the general public in the entertainment, lifestyle, food, self-improvement genres, along with celebrity biographies and tell-all books from the entertainment industry.
2017 saw the publication of four great titles from DTLA Publishing….
Marked: A Story of Lies, Loyalty, Betrayal and Brotherhood.
By George Christie
Follow Marine Scout Sniper Jack Crest as he returns from the jungles of Vietnam, only to find little left that he can call home. His parents having died in a tragic accident, Jack picks up the pieces with old friends in the outlaw biker brotherhood. Rejoining the Question Marks motorcycle club, he discovers that the outlaw world that has changed radically in his absence. The Marks have spread across the United States and battles for territory and zealous law enforcement persecution have become part of club life. <pr> Jack soon finds that he has left one war behind, only to place himself in the middle of another. Haunted by a league of lost souls he dispatched in that faraway land, he seeks peace for himself and the club. But local law enforcement, secretive federal officials, and even his own club brothers, conspire against his efforts and endanger his leadership and his life. Ultimately he ll have to decide between leading an unwilling club down the long, hard road to peace, or giving in to his demons and destroying everything in his path.
About The Author:
George Christie, Jr. was born in 1947 in Ventura, California to a family of Greek immigrants and grew up as an only child. From an early age, motorcycles and outlaw culture fascinated him, and by the time he started school, his intelligence and rebellious attitude set him apart from his peers. As a teenager, he became an avid surfer, who are outlaws in their own rite. Over the objections of his father, he bought his first bike, a 1957 Panhead, for $200 in 1966, and was soon hanging around with outlaw bike clubs The Question Marks, Satan Slaves and famous motorcycle customizers Von Dutch and Dick Woods. As George puts it, “some people run away and join the circus. I ran away and joined the Hells Angels.” He became a full-patch Hells Angel in the Los Angeles charter in 1976 and, six months later, became president of that charter before founding the Ventura charter in 1978. His tenure as such was the longest in the clubs history, spanning 7 U.S. Presidential terms beginning with Gerald Ford and ending with Barack Obama.
As a club leader in Ventura, he became one of the most powerful voices in the national Hells Angels organization and spent three decades battling the law, rivals and members of his own club while building the clubs daily business operations. He famously carried the Olympic torch in the 1984 Los Angeles Games. After challenging the Kennedy family over fund disbursements for Special Olympics, he found himself on the radar of many police agencies as well as the establishment. Never one to back down, he went on a worldwide pilgrimage for peace between all outlaw bike clubs declaring law enforcement their common enemy. This made him a police target for the next three decades.
In 1986/87, he was tried for a murder that never happened and after spending a year in federal prison; he was found not guilty and cleared of all charges. In 1997, the Ventura District Attorney launched an investigation, and after three grand juries, George was arrested in 2001 with a 59-count indictment. He spent a year in solitary confinement before the case collapsed under its own weight. George was offered a plea bargain for time served, which he took. In 2011, he resigned his presidency of the Ventura charter and left the club. His former brothers quickly excommunicated George. The feds wasted no time and within weeks came with an indictment for a 2006 conspiracy to firebomb two Ventura tattoo shops.
As George faced a mandatory life sentence if found guilty, the government offered a plea deal, but he would have to accept responsibility for the arson. In a surprise move just before sentenced was rendered, Mr. Christie asked to address the court. He explained to Judge Wu that he had not directed anyone to burnout the two shops but would accept responsibility for poor leadership. The court accepted his explanation, and after two years on house arrest recovering from double hip replacements, George left for a Texas Federal prison where he would spend the next year. In August of 2014, he was released from custody.
George currently serves as a consultant for defense attorneys, news outlets and works with first time offenders to understand the judicial process. He lives with his wife and son in Southern California and has three adult children. He has no regrets.
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Slim Man Cooks (Ebook only)
By Slim Man
There are lots of classic Italian dishes here–all with a Slim twist. You’ll also get a healthy helping of Mr. Man’s own tasty creations, and even some scrumptious family favorites.
All of the recipes have an accompanying instructional video that is uploaded on Slim Man’s Youtube Channel simply click on the video and recipe you’d like to see and watch quick cooking videos of Slim Man showing you what to do.
All 52 recipes start with stories–funny stories about his Italian family, his wild ride in the music biz, and his canine sidekick, Batu.
Included free with every cookbook is a link to download Slim’s Sweet Sixteen CD featuring the top 16 Slim Man songs of all time. The dishes are delectable and imaginative, the stories are intriguing and amusing, and the music is… “A near-perfect example of how jazz and soul can be combined as pop.”
JD Considine (Rolling Stone).
About Slim Man:
Slim Man is getting ready to release a double-dose of Slimness. The new podcast, Hobnobbin’ with Slim Man, has just been released on iTunes, and his new CD, Young at Heart, will be released in August. It’s his first podcast, and his 17th CD. The podcast pitch is…“Conversations with creative people on both sides of the show-biz curtain.” The Young at Heart CD is a collection of Rat Pack songs with a Slim twist.
How did Mr. Man arrive at this point?
It’s a long story. Settle in, Slim People…
When he was 5 years old, Slim Man’s dad showed him a movie. That film was The Five Pennies, and when Young Slim Boy saw Louis Armstrong play the trumpet and sing, he told his Dad, ”That’s what I want to do.”
Slim Man studied trumpet for the next 9 years, and also taught himself how to play piano and guitar. After studying classical piano, composition, and harmony at Peabody Institute of Music in Baltimore, MD, Slim Man got signed as a songwriter to Motown Records. He’s had songs recorded by the Temptations, Angela Bofill, Carl Anderson, and other artists.
Slim Man also recorded a CD for Motown, which gave birth to his signature style–a unique blend of jazz, soul, and pop. Unfortunately, the CD was never released after a hostile regime change at Motown.
Slim Man went on to from the band BootCamp, who had two of the first 100 videos ever played on MTV. Those videos catapulted BootCamp into a successful concert career, performing with The Tubes, The B-52s, Squeeze, Split Enz, Johnny Winter, and tons of others.
After BootCamp broke up, Slim Man organized and hosted a nationwide talent contest sponsored by Marlboro. It was during this contest that he got the nickname Slim Man. Slim’s big discovery during the talent contest was in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at a honky tonk called Tulsa City Limits. The guy who won the contest that night was named Ronnie Dunn, who went on to win the national finals in Nashville, and later hooked up with Kix Brooks to form the multiple Grammy award-winning country music duo, Brooks and Dunn.
Slim Man started writing and producing songs for Brian Jack, a rock singer from a band called Child’s Play. Those songs landed Brian Jack a contract with Epic Records, but the record company decided to go in a different direction, and none of the Slim songs were used. Undaunted, Mr. Man went back into the studio, re-recorded some of the songs, and released his debut CD End of the Rainbow. This CD made many Top Ten lists for the year, and inspired JD Considine (Rolling Stone) to write…
“A near-perfect example of how jazz and soul can be combined as pop.”
That CD started the ball rolling, and it hasn’t stopped since. Slim Man has released 12 CDs, with a new CD, Young at Heart, on the way.
In the late 1990s, Slim Man started another band, Bona Fide, an instrumental group whose combination of funk and jazz brought forth the Number One single “X Ray Hip”. Bona Fide also received the Best New Artist Award at the Smooth Jazz Awards. They’ve released 4 CDs, the latest produced by Marc Antoine. Slim Man is a two-timer! He won Best Jazz Vocalist at the Coachella Music Awards in 2016 and 2017. Two-time award-winning Slim Man.
And we thought we’d close with this…Slim Man sang for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican on Christmas Day, 1999.
Slim Man calls the beautiful city of La Quinta, CA his home and continues to come up with great recipes and great music.
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American Terrorist: A Godfather’s Revenge
By Ron Carter
Doug Cotton is a wealthy retired Doctor from the small farming community of Visalia, CA who married his high school sweetheart, Shirley. They had a daughter while Doug was in Vietnam serving a tour of duty as a sniper.
His daughter married and had a son Michael. When Michael was just a little guy Doug’s daughter and son-in-law were killed in a car accident. Doug and Shirley took on the responsibility of raising Michael and they spent all their free time being parents to him. For Doug, he was more than just a grandchild, he was like the son he never had. He did everything with Michael.
When the twin towers were destroyed Michael was only around 11 years old but he had already made up his mind that he wasn’t going to college right after high school but wanted to serve his country in the United States Army. Shirley passed away from cancer while Michael was in High School and that strengthened him and Doug’s bond even deeper. Michael signed up with the Army and soon became part of the special forces as a Medical Sergeant. During Michael’s weeks of training to go to Afghanistan Doug studied the Pashto and Dari the languages of Afghanistan and became very familiar with every part of the country and the war on terrorism.
When Michael was killed in Afghanistan from an I.E.D. Doug’s life fell apart. The grief he felt so deep inside soon turned into heart wrenching anger and hatred for all the Radical Muslim Terrorist’s. He gave up his vow as as doctor to save lives and instead made a vow to Michael’s spirit that he would build I.E.D.’s in his shop out back and hunt down the known terrorist cells in America and blow them to pieces. After several months of acquiring all the material and weapons he needed he mapped out his course of action and went on his own personal mission to hunt down the terrorist’s in America and kill them.
Doug starts his mission on the West Coast not far from home as he hunts down training camps, mosques and individuals that were sympathizers to the Radical Muslim Terrorist’s and their organizations. He killed countless numbers of them as he blew them up with his IEDs and took them out with his sniper rifle. Moving from target to target he travels throughout the United States and destroys every one he can. He travels to Texas, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, New York, Ohio, Michigan and many other states in his quest.
After every mission, he would talk to what he thought was Michael’s spirit and tell him how many terrorist’s he had killed for him.
After months of killing his targets it began to get out to the rest of America there were Radical Muslim Terrorist’s living right next to them and planning their own Jihad against the West. Many of the Radical Muslim Terrorist’s were home grown sympathizers and Doug resented them the most after they lived in a free America their entire life and then turned their back on their country. The American people began to get on board with what Doug was doing, becoming more aware who was plotting against America.
Unfortunately, Doug’s journey lead him to kill, what he believed, were innocent women and children and that began to haunt him as he went from place to place blowing them up. He made one last stand against the Radical Muslim Terrorist when he uncovered a plot where a group of about 40 of the Terrorists were going to infiltrate Disney World in Florida and kill thousands of innocent people. He knew he had to stop them even if it meant losing his own life in trying.
The American Terrorist leads through each of Doug’s missions as he carefully and meticulously hunts down his enemy and destroys them. It will be up to you if you think he was a hero to America or just another terrorist.
About Ron Carter:
Ron L. Carter’s roots reach back to the hills of the Ozark mountains of Arkansas where being poor was nothing more than a way of life. He came from Grandparents that lived off the fruits of the land, but he was raised in California by migrant working parents that had a dream of a better life out west.
Ron spent 21 months in the US Army and a year tour of duty in Vietnam. Upon returning from Vietnam, Ron enrolled in college and went onto become a very successful businessman working in the Insurance, Real Estate and Construction business until he retired in 2010. Ron is married with two biological grown children and one adopted daughter. He has two grandchildren and his only grandson was the inspiration for this book. Rone divides his time between Vassila and Palm Desert, CA.
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Mad About Men: A MeNmoir
By Madelyn Morgan
– A (mostly) true, laugh-out-loud account of a successful executive single mother’s search for love.
– “Racy, raw, sometimes vulgar, always hilarious,” according to a guy in Chapter 32 who actually read it.
– An account of dating and sex from a liberated, confident, unapologetic MILF in her 40s.
– A warmly relatable story, even though it sounds like a sordid, lustful tale of promiscuity (which it also is, the author admits).
MAD ABOUT MEN IS NOT:
– A self-help book about relationships.
– About a woman who finds herself after some extreme, soul-searching, incredible journey.
– A sticking-finger-in-throat sappy account of finding true love and living happily ever after.
– Only for women to read.
Madelyn gains a new perspective on relationships after a series of major losses (some devastating, some not so much). Root for her as she entertains each potential suitor and laugh with her (or at her) as she tries to make sense of what she wants, what men want, and what to do next. Whether or not you’ve ever swiped right, Match’ed, or flirted with the flight attendant, you’ll relate to Madelyn’s search for love and (hot) sex–not necessarily in that order. Go ahead and judge her, she won’t mind.
About Madelyn Morgan:
Madelyn Morgan is a music business marketing executive. After years of using her creative talent for the benefit of others, she decided to focus on her first love, writing. She also hosts a weekly radio segment (her second love), also called Mad About Men, which airs on WIYY, Baltimore. Morgan lives in New York City with her teenage kid (her true love), who is not allowed to read this book until she’s 18. Maybe 21.