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Open Your Heart for Happy Relationships 2Title: Open Your Heart for Happy Relationships: 10 Shift Keys – What Your Angels Have Been Trying to Tell You for Centuries
Author: Eve Picquette
Publisher: Enchanted Eve, Inc.
Pages: 78
Genre: Self Help/Inspiration
Format: Paperback

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How many times have you read or seen something that made you want to change your life and relationships – but you didn’t know how? Introduced by two angels, Hope and Impatience, Open Your Heart for Happy Relationships – What Your Angels Have Been Trying to Tell You for Centuries… answers the “how” question. Eve Picquette shows readers how to:

  • Open their hearts to love
  • Shift their lives, using 10 keys—how-to-do-it ideas created with the help of angels of inspiration—to change in real and satisfying ways.

In this lighthearted, uplifting, and beautifully illustrated gift book, each chapter opens with images of the author’s angels and quotes she believes were angel-inspired sometime in history. Readers may also download companion MP3 Mini Meditations available on Amazon.com. They are “Dared to Shift” their thoughts and behaviors and these shifts will improve lives and relationships: • Shift 1: Always Connect to Love • Shift 2: Just Stop It, Really • Shift 3: It’s All About You • Shift 4: It’s Not About You • Shift 5: Give Up on the Past • Shift 6: Expect the Best Future • Shift 7: Appreciate Everything Now • Shift 8: Re-Choose Your Relationships • Shift 9: Handle Conflict with Grace • Shift 10: Love So it Can be Felt.

If you are ready to try these simple shifts, the results will amaze you. Every encouraging and comforting word in this beautifully illustrated self-help book will lead you to the path of peace, happiness, and fulfillment. A treasure to own, it would also serve as a thoughtful, caring, and loving gift.

First Chapter:

You probably would like some magic stardust to change your life and your relationships. You may have been trying to be loving, light hearted and to live a happy life, but it has been less than a success. Perhaps you read something and decide to change. But you don’t know exactly how and quickly fall back into the same patterns, just as I did. This book will give you practical shifts you can make in your life. I will be showing you what the angels had been trying to show me for years: how to shift to love, open my heart, and have happier relationships. If you make these shifts, you will become more relaxed, have more fun, and draw in the very best from your relationships. You will have the magic stardust.

There are only two reasons to make these shifts:

  • You will feel lighter and happier.
  • You will attract people, places and events, which are also lighter and happier.

When you are feeling lighter and happier and have attracted the same, you will find that your relationships have evolved, as well. They will be fixed in amazing ways. The easiest way to explain this is to think about each of your relationships as a teeter-totter. You are on one end and your partner, child, boss, or friend is on the other end. When you shift to lighten your heart, it is like lightening the weight on your end of the teeter-totter. The person on the other end must change, as well. But you cannot control what choices the other person will make. Sometimes the other person may change in ways that are happy and pleasing and keep things in balance. Sometimes the other person will refuse to play and will move away from the relationship. If so, it will be OK. Because you are shifting your life to happiness and love—another partner, friend, or job will show up to take their place. They will have lighter hearts and be in balance with the changes you are making to lighten your heart and enjoy your life.

It would be nice to just ask your angels to sprinkle some stardust on all the difficult people in your life—swish! But, unfortunately, all those people have free choice, so you can only hope to influence them in a positive way. The very best way to influence the difficult people in your life is to connect to love, yourself. Whenever you are not feeling light and happy, just stop whatever you are doing or thinking and connect to love and ask for an open heart. When you do this, it will be like magic stardust for you—your vibration will raise, you will feel better, and this transformation will influence everyone around you in a positive way. The first Shift Key is learning that there is always magic stardust for you. You can always connect to love at any time, in any circumstance.

When I was learning this—I had it all backward. I wanted to get more love from others. But I did not have my own connection to love. I thought if I could change everyone else, I would be happy. As it turns out, I could not get anyone to change even one little bit. I had read many of the self-help books published in the last twenty-five years and become an authority on why I was sabotaging myself, and why my childhood or other experiences might be causing my pain. Everything I learned was helpful, but most of what I learned just made me want to change other people and circumstances beyond my control.

I also thought that working on my own education and accomplishments would make me more lovable and happy. I consistently chose with my head, then second-guessed my choices. I was accepted into medical school, and then chose not to attend. Later I became an attorney, not because I really wanted to be an attorney, but to make up for my “mistake” in not going to medical school. I was mostly concerned with how others would view me. My accomplishments were not from my heart. I am glad for all I accomplished as nothing we learn is ever wasted. But I was mostly operating out of worry and fear, not love.

I later found that I was making two major errors and even though the results were poor – I didn’t know what else to do.

  • First – I was trying my best to be and do what I thought everyone wanted me to be and do.
  • When that didn’t seem to be working out, I often made a second mistake. I waited and hoped that others would change to be who I wanted them to be.

I was trying so hard to do it right and be good enough – I wasn’t really being myself. Then, instead of moving on when a relationship, job or situation did not meet my needs – I waited and waited – hoping that others would somehow change (despite strong evidence to the contrary!).

I wanted to stop wishing and hoping that others would change, so that I could be happy. I asked my angels to show me an answer: How could I love and respect myself and have harmonious and happy relationships, at the same time? This book contains the answers I found. The secret was to connect to love and then shift in the only areas where I had some control – my own thoughts, feelings and actions. When my own heart was right, then everyone and everything around me sorted out with the law of attraction. When I connected to love and my inner world (my heart) was right – so was my outer world.

Our angels have been trying to tell us this down through the ages. However, in the last few years, science is confirming the importance of connecting to love and its impact on our world. Joe Dispenza in his book, Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, notes research indicating that we are each part of a vast, invisible field of energy, which contains all possible realities and actually responds to our thoughts and our feelings. We can use our minds and emotions to create our reality. The neuroscientist, Dr. Newberg, in his book, How God Changes Your Brain, explains how just thinking of the word God and contemplative practices enhance the neural functioning of the brain in ways that improve physical and emotional health, no matter the religion or belief – as long as it is based on peace, love and compassion. The Institute of HeartMath research shows that positive thoughts actually add energy to our system and negative thoughts dissipate our energy. Our heart energy extends out three feet and more, influencing whatever is around us, as well as connecting to those we love around the world.

Opening our hearts and feeling love, appreciation and compassion have a powerful beneficial effect on how we relate to life. I learned from Dr. David Hawkins’s book, Power versus Force, that we all vibrate on an energy scale that ranges from low vibrations of despair, loneliness, and sadness up to the higher vibrations of hope, peace, happiness, and joy. Further, whatever level we are at determines what we attract—like attracts like.

  • High vibrations —Happiness, Peace, and Joy
  • On the way up —Hope, Expectation, and Contentment
  • Low vibrations —Despair, Guilt, and Shame

Our emotions are based on how we interpret events and what we are thinking about. Our energy or vibration level is determined by the emotions we feel. Our vibration then determines what we attract and the outcome of our interactions with others and our world. So why don’t we all just move up to joy? Usually because most of us grew up learning unhappy behaviors from our parents, who also wanted to live happy lives, but didn’t know how. Unless we connect to love – it is difficult to

break these unhappy patterns.

So no wonder I was not getting what I wanted! My attitude, emotions, and vibration were often fearful and worried or critical and negative. When I was critical and negative, that was the type of experience I was going to attract. I realized why the Law of Attraction wasn’t working for me. I began to think of my thoughts as a flock of ducks flying through the sky. I could say some nice affirmations about what I wanted – that gave me three or four ducks going in the right direction. However, I had habitual thoughts and feelings of doubt, fear and unworthiness. Those twenty ducks were circling or going the wrong way, so chaos reigned. The universe responded not to my affirmations, but to my primary energy and vibration of fear and doubt. Law of attraction sounded good, if I could just stay in peace and joy – and attract that! But I didn’t know how to shut off the anxious, negative perspective. I found that the easiest way was to simply ask for help and ask to be filled with the energy of unconditional love.

I had signed up to go to an Angel Conference presented by Doreen Virtue, but was hesitant to go. The universe knew I sincerely wanted help—when I ask I always get assistance. I usually recognize the angel’s hand only in retrospect. But this time, I actually heard a voice in my heart say, “Atlanta, Atlanta.” Since the conference was in Atlanta, that helped me find the courage to go. At that time Doreen had recorded a beautiful short meditation. I found the best way to get out of my negative thoughts was by listening to this. All I needed was a few minutes of quiet time. I felt the peace the first time I tried it. Later, if I found my thoughts drifting into negativity, I just paused a moment and asked for help again. I opened my heart to the energy of love and gratitude. I began connecting to light and love this way about fifteen years ago, and it has made a profound difference in my life.

No matter what you are facing, connecting with the source of love and light in the universe (the power running the universe) will help. You may wonder how this will improve your relationships, but when you connect to the power of love, you can see yourself and others with a love that creates miracles. There is a power that spins the world and holds the stars and planets in place. That same power is available to you at all times. You may call it Source, you may call it God; you can think of it as delivered by angels of unconditional love or the power that created the galaxies. It truly does not matter. It is light and love flowing to all of us, no matter what our belief or religion. The power is love, and it does not discriminate. You do not have to believe in it; all you have to do is hold out your hands. It keeps you alive, and you cannot turn it off. You can only temporarily cut off part of the flow—the part that would make you fully alive, vibrant, happy, and at peace.

So your first shift key is to quiet your mind and open your heart. I want to emphasize—I am not recommending some formal meditation practice; often, just five minutes will move you up the emotional scale from fear to hope. The secret is not long meditation, but repeated requests throughout the day and a change in your emotions and vibration. You will receive help and see your situation with the eyes of love. If you ask, you will receive that magic stardust,

When you walk in nature, listen to uplifting music; close your eyes and breathe slowly and deeply, your heart responds. When you ask for help from Source or the angels of unconditional love, or when you repeat a comforting phrase, you are slowing down enough to notice and connect to the light and power of the universe. If you ask to be filled with the energy of unconditional love, you will feel your vibration rise, and you will feel better. If you are fearful or upset, you will become calmer. If you’re angry or frustrated, you will move up to hope and see answers more clearly. It will help you with the rest of the Shift Keys. It will raise your energy and vibration and make it more likely that you will attract what you want and reach your dreams. But even more important, it will connect you to love. You will see that everything, no matter how it appears, is really working out for you—right now.

You may be thinking that if that worked, it would be a miracle. It is.

ANYONE ELSE THINK THIS IS A GOOD IDEA?

You are never alone or helpless. The force that guides the stars guides you too.

—Anandamurti

If you want to find God, hang out in the space between your thoughts.

—Alan Cohen

So many mornings I have chosen email over meditation…. I override the call to feel myself—the call to pray, or meditate, or be fully awake. Prayer comes in all forms and each one spoken brings grace to the day. —Danielle LaPorte

Love stretches your heart and makes you big inside. —Margaret Walker

You don’t have to go looking for love when it’s where you come from. —Erhard

You are today where your thoughts brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you. —James L. Allen

Everything that exists, … is vibration in motion—and all of it is managed by the powerful Law of Attraction. —Abraham-Hicks

And my favorite:

If it weren’t for my mind, my meditation would be excellent.  —Ani Pema Chodron

DARE TO SHIFT

Shift and connect to the energy of love and gratitude every single day. Put five to ten minutes on your calendar today. I cannot urge you more strongly—try it for a week and prove me wrong! I am not talking about long meditation – I believe that most of us are here to live our lives, rather than sit in contemplation. But we need to pause long enough to stop the negative thoughts and emotions, which are cutting off our supply of loving energy. We need to ask to be filled, here and now, with the energy of life, light and the power of love. We need to take the time to be lifted with the energy of love, to raise our vibration and open our hearts.

  • If you feel you have no time, just take a few minutes in the car in a parking lot. I have done some of my best connection in the car, or waiting for an appointment in a place where I could close my eyes and relax. If I am in a really stressful situation, I excuse myself for just five minutes (even if I have to retreat to the restroom). I breathe deeply and ask for calm and clarity or whatever I need. I ask to be filled with light and to see the situation with love. This has helped me respond and make decisions in a clear and positive way.
  • Close your eyes, breathe slowly and deeply; ask for help and repeat a soothing phrase. I like the phrase All is well. If you have time, you can use a short meditation or soothing music without words.
  • Ignore any negative thoughts or your to-do list—repeat your request to be flooded with love and light and continue relaxing, breathing slowly.
  • Once you feel some peace and love, if you want, you can also ask for specific help. You can ask for clarity on a problem at work; the ability to see your partner or children with more loving eyes; or the ability to see your own goals clearly, without worrying about everyone else. Then let it go, and continue the day.
  • Do not ask for predictions on the future, because both you and others have free choice. You can choose again at any time, and change your future. The angels do not predict the future, but angel messengers of unconditional love or the love and light of the universe can help you recognize what makes you light and happy and help you move toward the best next step for you. So ask to clearly know what choice will bring you and others the most love and happiness now.
  • Note – This is asking for help in living your life. This is not about channeling, predicting the future, or connecting with anything other than the light of love or Source. The Source of unconditional love and light only wants you to choose and will help you follow your choices – Source, angels or the light of unconditional love never dictates your path, you have free choice. But connecting to love will lighten any path you choose, increasing your freedom and joy.
  • Only accept loving thoughts that lighten your heart. If a thought makes you feel heavy or burdened, it is a lie. Ignore it and expect positive inspiration later. Ask to be raised above critical vibration. See all negative thoughts fade away with the stardust of love. Ask to connect to the loving truth of unconditional love and that loving truth will make you feel light and free.
  • Note: Sometimes you will know that you must do something, like apologize, that you don’t want to do – but thinking of completing that task will lighten your heart with relief and you will feel that it is right and true. Sometimes what is best for you won’t make everyone else happy, but it will make your heart lighter.
  • You will receive help. You may get an immediate thought or idea when you ask and open your heart to unconditional love—or, at a later time, you will hear a song or snippet of conversation, speak with someone, or find a book or magazine article that seems meant to open your eyes to new possibilities or gives you a new insight. But remember – if it is the true direction for you – it will make you feel lighter and happier – not burdened, guilty or fearful. Your inner knowing is from light and love – learn to trust it.

 

WHAT WILL I GET OUT OF THIS?

Purpose and Peace

When I first moved to Arizona, I had a job I enjoyed and was living the life I thought I wanted, but life still felt like a daily struggle. I decided to make the drive to work a sort of prayer for help and an appreciation of my blessings. I repeated soothing phrases, over and over, asking my angels and the source of unconditional love and light to lift my energy and give me the grace to enjoy the day and bring good to all I met. By the time I got to work, I was feeling a sense of purpose and a light heart, ready to face the day. I had connected with love and begun to understand that the connection to love, not any external events, was what made me happy.

Clarity

I wanted to find an interesting program for my daughter when she was going through some difficult experiences. I asked for help, and within a few days I got it. On a flight for a conference, I was seated right next to a woman who was part of an organization that did wonderful weekend programs for teenagers. She was able to tell me all about the program. I took my daughter to this weekend program in Seattle the next week. It was a life-changing event and helped her to come to terms with some of the unhappy things in her life, such as the recent death of her great-grandfather. I knew I had connected to love and had received a wonderful answer.

Deep Happiness

You are so loved, and you will find that when you connect to love, you can feel happiness and peace, no matter what is happening around you. This will help you see your relationships with eyes of love and respond to your partner, family, and friends from a stronger, happier, heart-centered place. You will begin to expect blessings and miracles. You will see the difference in how you relate to everyone when first you open your heart and connect to love.

RECOMMENDED RESOURCES YOU MIGHT ENJOY

Childre, D. (1999) The HeartMath Solution, NY HarperCollins

Dispenza, J. (2013) Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One, Hay House

Dyer, W. (2012) I Am: Wishes Fulfilled (CD)

Newberg, A., Waldman, M. (2010 ) How God Changes Your Brain, Breakthrough Findings from a Leading Neuroscientist, NY, Random House

Schmidt, J. (2003) Still, Still, Still MP3

Tabell, R. (2012) The Lord’s Prayer MP3

Picquette, E. (2012) “Connecting to Love,” track on Mini Meditation—Shift Keys MP3

Virtue, D. (2004) Chakra Clearing (book and CD)

For an easy click on book list of all the reference books – go to AdvisorIsIn.com

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postheadericon A Dangerous Marriage by William W. Blunt Book Feature


Title: A Dangerous Marriage

Author: William Blunt

Publisher: iUniverse

Pages: 332

Genre: Fiction

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In A Dangerous Marriage, Julia Davenport’s social life has drifted into a backwater. Then she meets Peter Medea at a business reception in New York City. She is drawn by his aura of power and erotic magnetism and is lured into a hasty marriage. By indulging her compelling emotional and physical needs she finds immediate gratification, but at a devastating cost. Her romantic adventure turns out to be fraught with conflict and betrayal. And she becomes unwittingly involved in her husband’s shady business transactions, forcing her into unwanted intimacy with the sinister man who masterminds these schemes. She finds support in friendships with a victim of his fraudulent machinations, and others. She is nurtured and encouraged by a man who emerges from her past. But Julia alone must overcome the threats to her self-esteem, happiness, and well-being, which are the destructive consequences of her earlier surrender to passion.

Readers say this about A Dangerous Marriage –
Wow, what a page turner! Compelling and sexy, with the added intrigue of the nasty part of the financial world. Great story. —Constance Fulenwider

A Dangerous Marriage is extremely well written. The characterization is great – the reader comes to know the characters really well. I didn’t want it to end. —Natalie Lee

I loved A Dangerous Marriage. I really was glued to the plot and felt totally involved with the characters. It is written with great sensitivity and the story line moves along compellingly. This is a terrific novel! —Judy Bross

In A Dangerous Marriage, twenty-six-year-old Julia Davenport’s social life has drifted into a backwater. Then she meets Peter Medea at a business reception in New York City that she’s attending as a favor for a friend.

She is drawn by Peter Medea’s aura of power, apparent financial success, and erotic magnetism and is lured into a hasty marriage. By indulging her compelling emotional and physical needs she finds immediate gratification, but at a devastating cost. Her romantic adventure turns out to be fraught with conflict and betrayal. And she becomes unwittingly involved in her husband’s shady business transactions, forcing her into unwanted intimacy with Marco “Denny” DiNiro, the sinister man who masterminds these schemes. She finds support in friendships with a victim of DiNiro’s fraudulent machinations, and others. She is nurtured and encouraged by Danny Johnson, who has emerged from her past. But it is Julia alone who must overcome the threats to her self-esteem, happiness, and well-being, which are the destructive consequences of her earlier surrender to passion.

 

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William W. Blunt graduated from Yale University and Harvard Law School. He interrupted his corporate legal practice in New York City to serve in Washington, D.C., as Assistant Secretary of Commerce. Today he lives with his wife, Balirm in Irving, Texas. This is his first novel.

 

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postheadericon Make a Stand by Agnew Smith Book Feature

Make a Stand
Title:
 Make a Stand

Author: Agnew Smith

Publisher: iUniverse

Pages: 260

Genre: Fiction

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Terry Freeman is a disgruntled computer salesman and talented musician and songwriter who, along with his best friend, Damon King, is attempting to fulfill his musical dreams through their popular band, Infinite Noise.  It appears the sky is the limit for Infinite Noise until tragedy strikes, derailing Terry’s and his band members’ dreams of fame and success.

Nearly two years later, Terry tries to put the tragedy behind him and rekindle the magic that propelled the band into one of the most well-known and hottest bands in Atlanta and the surrounding area.

When Infinite Noise receives an offer to sign with a major record label, Terry thinks things are finally going his way until he discovers that success in the music industry sometimes comes with a very high price.  He is confronted with an agonizing decision that will affect not only his music career, but also his life.

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postheadericon 20 Questions with ‘Miracle Man’ William R. Leibowitz

William LeibowitzWilliam R. Leibowitz has been practicing entertainment/media law in New York City for a number of years. He has represented numerous renowned recording artists, songwriters, producers and many of the leading record companies, talent managers, merchandisers and other notable entertainment businesses. At one point, he was the Chief Operating Officer/General Counsel for the Sanctuary Group of Companies, a U.K. public company that was the largest ‘indie’ music company in the world (prior to its acquisition by the Universal Music Group).

William has a Bachelor of Science degree from New YorkUniversity (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and a law degree from ColumbiaUniversity. He lives in the village of Quogue, New York with his wife, Alexandria, and dog, George.

William wrote Miracle Man because of its humanistic and spiritual messages and because he feels that in our current times – when meritless celebrity has eclipsed accomplishment and the only heroes are those based on comic books, the world needs a real hero –and that, of course, is Robert James Austin, the protagonist in Miracle Man. Miracle Man won Best Thriller in the National Pacific Book Awards.

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About the Book:

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REVERED   REVILED   REMARKABLE

The victim of an unspeakable crime, an infant rises to become a new type of superhero.

Unlike any that have come before him, he is not a fanciful creation of animators, he is real.

So begins the saga of Robert James Austin, the greatest genius in human history. But where did his extraordinary intelligence come from?

As agents of corporate greed vie with rabid anti-Western radicals to destroy him, an obsessive government leader launches a bizarre covert mission to exploit his intellect. Yet Austin’s greatest fear is not of this world.

Aided by two exceptional women, one of whom will become his unlikely lover, Austin struggles against abandonment and betrayal. But the forces that oppose him are more powerful than even he can understand.

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20-questions

1.Q: Are you a morning writer or a night writer?

A: The best times for me are late afternoon into the night.

2. Q: Do you outline or are you a pantster?

A: I outline first, but often as the writing progresses there is a great deal of divergence from the outline.

3. Q: Which comes first – plot or character?

A: Plot.

4. Q: Noise or quiet when working on your manuscript?

A: Quiet works best for me.

5. Q: Favorite TV show?

A: “House of Cards”

6. Q: Favorite type of music?

A: Classic jazz, 70s/80s rock, classical.

7. Q: Favorite craft besides writing?

A: Gardening

8. Q: Do you play a musical instrument?

A: Yes—piano and guitar.

9. Q: Single or married?

A: Married.

10. Q: Children or no?

A: 3 children.

11. Q: Pets?

A: Yes a squeaky poodle named George.

12. Q: Favorite place to write?

A: In my home office.

13. Q: Favorite restaurant?

A: Toscana on the cruise ship Riviera.

14. Q: Do you work outside the home?

A: Yes in my office in Manhattan.

15. Q: What was the name of the last movie you saw?

A:   “Transcendence”

16. Q: Favorite outdoor activity?

A: Feeding my koi.

17. Q: Pet peeve?

A: Moronic politicians

18. Q: Your goal in life?

A:   To live forever and enjoy it

19. Q: Your most exciting moment?

A:   When I first met my wife

20. Q; The love of your life?

     A: My family

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postheadericon A Conversation with Jeff Gunhus, author of Night Terror

Jeff GunhusJeff Gunhus is the author of both adult thrillers and the Middle Grade/YA series, The Templar Chronicles. The first book, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His book Reaching Your Reluctant Reader has helped hundreds of parents create avid readers. As a father of five, he and his wife lead an active lifestyle simply trying to keep up with their kids. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel.

His latest book is the thriller/horror novel, Night Terror.

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Q: Thank you so much for this interview, Jeff! Can you tell us where you are from?

I live in Annapolis, Maryland, but I’m lived all over the US and the world including Greece, Cyprus and Saudi Arabia.

Q: How did you come up with your title?

This is the sequel to my horror novel, Night Chill. While the first book was scary, I felt like I ratcheted things up a bit in this Night Terror 2one so I thought Night Terror was appropriate.

Q: They say you can judge a book by its cover. Can you tell us a little about your cover and who designed it?

My talented brother Eric works with me on all my covers. We discuss the book and the image we think would be interesting then we both got out into the world looking for it. This one needed to echo the feel of book 1 and yet stand on its own. I think it does that really well.

Q: Can you tell us something about your book that would make me run out and buy it?

My father gave me the best compliment in that he woke up yelling in the middle of the night from a dream induced by my book. Well, my mom told me since he was a little embarrassed. Over 600 reviewers on Amazon liked book 1 enough leave a positive comment, so it can’t be too bad.

Q: Are there any messages in this book that you want the reader to know about?

Book 1 was filled with a father’s protective instincts for his family. Book 2 shows a father realizing he needs to let his child grow up as she is a force on her own. It also dives into the idea that the means are important and that harming others cannot be justified regardless of the ends sought.

Q: What was your most favorite chapter to write and why?

I enjoyed a scene where two characters are in one character’s imagination together. It was fun because there were no rules to follow.

Q: Why did you feel you had to write this book?

I really enjoyed the characters in book 1 and the great response to the book made me eager to revisit that world.

Q: Now, some fun questions – What deep dark secret would you like to share with us?

I eat ice cream every night before bed. I’m talking a lot of ice cream. I pay for it by having to work out more but I LOVE it.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

I’d like to return to Cyprus where I lived from ages 6-10. I’d be interested to see what memories it stirred up.

Q: Are you a morning person or a night person?

Morning – out of necessity. I write from 5-730AM each day because I have five kids!

Q: Are there any members in your family who also like to write?

Both of my sons are great storytellers.

Q: As a child, were you a dreamer?

Absolutely – I loved to read and dream about the worlds that were described in such detail.

Q: Last but not least, the magic genie has granted you one wish. What would that be?

To be a better writer. One of my favorite saying is “knowing is the enemy of learning.” I hope to never feel as if I “know” how to write because then I’ll stop improving.

Q: Thank you so much for this interview! Do you have any final words?

Thank you for having me. Please consider supporting Toys for Tots Literacy Program this holiday season!

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postheadericon Where Are Your Diamonds by Keith Craft, author of Your Divine Fingerprint – Win $100 Gift Card!

Title: Your Divine Fingerprint: The Force That Makes You Unstoppable

Author: Keith Craft

Publisher: Harper Collins

Pages: 277

Genre: Christian Life/Motivational

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Discover the key to all your future success and achievement, and learn that what makes you different, makes you great.

According to science, 99 percent of our DNA sequence is the same as other humans. Pastor Keith Craft believes that the 1 percent difference in each of us is a type of glory that God has given us.

Within the pages of his motivational and inspirational self-help book, Your Divine Fingerprint: The Force That Makes You Unstoppable, are the tools to help you discover a unique fingerprint that you have been given. These tools will help you deploy your unique difference that your family needs, your marriage needs, your job needs, your faith needs—that the world needs. And when you embrace and live in that uniqueness, you celebrate the glory of God.

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Where Are Your Diamonds?

All of us have preconceptions about other people. We preconceive about people based on how we see ourselves.

We often times, don’t see things as THEY are, we see them how WE are.

When you look at a lemon what color is it? Yellow. Now put glasses on that have blue lenses, what color is the lemon? Green?

Wrong! The Lemon is still yellow. The only thing that changed was the way you saw the lemon.

Our limited knowledge that is so often based on our preconceptions can be the thing that leads us to a misconception that makes us miss out on our next level of success!

There is a now very famous story told by Russell Conwell known as “Acres of Diamonds.”

Ali Hafed, a farmer, owned a vast piece of property and heard about other farmers just like him who had made millions discovering diamond mines. This excited Ali so much that he almost instantaneously sold all of his property and went off in search of the next great diamond mine.

He spent the rest of his life searching the world for the valuable gems that brought such high prices all over the world. After years of searching endlessly, he ran out of money and was left with nothing. He eventually gave in and jumped to his death from the coast of Barcelona, Spain.

The man who bought his farm noticed a large, beautiful stone in a stream that ran through the property. It was the first of many diamonds that were discovered on Ali Hafed’s farm. This farm became known as the Kollur Diamond Mine. It is one of the most magnificent diamond mines in recorded history. In fact, some of the crown jewels of England, Russia, India, Iran, France, Australia, Germany and even the Hope Diamond were all mined in the Kollur Mine.

I believe that Ali Hafed did not have the ability to see the diamonds that were under his feet because he had a preconception that they were elsewhere.

What are your acres of diamonds that are right under your feet that you are missing because you are searching elsewhere? Your next level of success could depend on what you are standing on right now! Not not the next thing! If you can have the right perception about right now, you will be able to avoid the misconceptions that so often come with the “next thing.”

Keith Craft is the founder and lead pastor of Elevate Life Church in Frisco, Texas. He speaks in the world’s largest business/success seminars and has shared the stage with former world leaders such as Bill Clinton, George Bush, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Margaret Thatcher. For the past twenty years he has spoken alongside Super Bowl–winning coaches such as Mike Ditka, Don Shula, Mike Shanahan, and Tony Dungy; MVP quarterbacks such as Terry Bradshaw, Joe Montana, and Peyton Manning; and entertainers such as Jerry Lewis, Bill Cosby, and Goldie Hawn. As a leadership coach and strategist, Craft is also the founder of Leadershipology.com, an online quote service. You can visit Keith Craft’s website at www.keithcraft.org.



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postheadericon Interview with Ed Grizzle, author of It’s Your Decision


Title: It’s Your Decision

Author: Ed Grizzle

Publisher: iUniverse

Pages: 128

Genre: Family Relationships/Parenting

Format: Ebook

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Children are gifts from God, but parenting those children can often be a difficult task. In It’s Your Decision, author Ed Grizzle shows how parenting can be successful when it’s carried out according to God’s plan.

Using his life’s experiences as a guide, Grizzle explores the importance of making the right decisions in life—from choosing the right lifestyle and the right mate and to raising children according to what God has planned for you.



It’s Your Decision discusses

• planning for children;

• knowing what children need;

• being aware of the important years in a child’s life;

• understanding that children will test parents;

• valuing the role of grandparents;

• dealing with abused children;

• communicating openly and honestly;

• clarifying family roles.

Grizzle presents a guide to strengthening lives and making your family life more enjoyable. He shows how this is possible when you accept Jesus Christ into your life; he will show you the way in the difficult times.

 

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What is your favorite quality about yourself?

I love people and want to help as many as I can.

What is your least favorite quality about yourself?

I get upset to early or over something that isn’t really that important.

When did you first know you could be a writer?

Truthfully, I would have to say after I got my first book done and I had a lot of people tell me they loved the book.

Who or what influenced your writing over the years?

My wife Mary. 4 weeks prior to her passing, she sat me down at the dining room table and we talked and I made her a promise that I would write the book that we talked about for awhile.

How did you come up with the title of the book?

I truly, from experience, believed that parenting is one of the most important jobs around and needed to be done as God wanted. The ‘It’s Your Decision’ came from the fact that all adults need to make their own decisions on their life’s and make decisions for their children.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

I would say, believing that I was actually writing it.

Ed Grizzle started a ministry called It’s Your Decision that helps addicts, prostitutes, and others who face difficult circumstances. He and his late wife, Mary, raised two children. Grizzle currently lives in Illinois
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postheadericon Interview with Madeline Wynn, author of Daughter of the Fallen & Giveaway!

Madeline WynnMadeline Wynn holds a master’s degree in procrastination. When she’s not writing, she can be found ghost hunting, gardening and parading around her home state of Connecticut with her husband, dog and two kids.

Her latest book is the YA paranormal, Daughter of the Fallen.

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About the Book:

Daughter of the Fallen 2Most sixteen-year olds aren’t worried about the fate of their immortal souls. May Krieg should be.

Typically, honor student May’s biggest problems have revolved around her super-hot arch-rival, Jack. But when a school project takes them ghost-hunting in a local cemetery, she discovers that an ominous force roams in the darkness around her.

And it follows her home.

It claws its way into her life, burning messages into her wall and imprinting them onto her body. Even worse, she can’t tell if it’s trying to possess her… or protect her.

May’s thoughts soon become actions, causing the target of her anger severe physical pain and giving her a rush the likes of which she has never experienced. She quickly realizes that she needs to find a way to reign in this power before she kills someone. May hates the pleasure it gives her, hates herself for hurting others, but she can’t stop.

As her entire world shatters around her, she is forced to ask what her soul is worth– and who would she risk losing her soul to save?

(For readers who enjoy: teen paranormal romance, teen horror, teen romance, nephilim, demons, YA, YA horror, YA paranormal, YA romance, ghost stories)

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Thanks for joining us today, Madeline.  Can we begin by having you tell us how you got into the YA paranormal genre?

Madeline: I’ve always loved a good ghost story, so when I moved to New England I decided that I’d go ahead and take a ghost hunting class. I was obsessed with all of those shows on TV, so I figured it would be fun. As it turned out, it scared the hell out of me. Not so much the whole, dead Aunt Mary hanging out on the staircase part, but the demons in the attic part.

By the last week of class, sleep and I were no longer on speaking terms. So I decided to go ahead and try and write a novel about all of my worst fears and the book was born.

Is writing what you’ve wanted to do all your life? 

Madeline: Yes and no. I originally wanted to grow up and be the ruler of a small country, but that hasn’t really worked out.

I’ve been writing all of my life, so it’s become a part of me more than a profession, per se.

I would love to know more about your character, May Krieg.  Would you like to tell us about her?

Madeline: She’s a teen who feels a bit like an outsider. She lives in a wealthy suburb and she’s the girl who has to shop at second-hand stores and doesn’t have the money to drop on weekly manicures and things, but she’s quirky and always the first to volunteer to work at a soup kitchen or make lunch for the homeless.

She’s also a bit naïve and can be a bit too quick about drawing up assumptions about people. That being said, even though she’s not in with the popular kids, she’s extremely devoted to the friends that she does have and would walk through fire for the people she cares about.

Who is Jack?

Madeline: He’s the “it” boy. He’s got the money and the looks and the charm to rule the world.

But on the inside he’s broken. His mother has passed away and his dad is never around, and throws money at him in the hopes that it will replace any actual parenting that he should be doing. He’s left to his own devices all the time, so he has become very self-sufficient but also a bit cold on the outside. He’s slow to warm up to people because on the inside he’s worried that they’ll just abandon him the way his parents have.

What are you working on now?

Madeline: The sequel to DAUGHTER OF THE FALLEN. The book ends on a hook so I have to make sure readers aren’t left in the dark for too long!

Is there anything you’d like to say to your fans and readers?

Madeline: Thank you so much for reading! I love hearing from readers, so please feel free to reach out!

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We are happy to host author Jena Baxter and feature her YA / Historical Fantasy novel, Reflections!


About The Book

Reflections

 

TitleReflections

Author: Jena Baxter

Publisher: Independent Self Publishing / Jenabaxterbooks

Publication Date: October 31, 2013

Pages: 320

ISBN: 978-0991167715

Genre: YA / Historical Fantasy

Format: Paperback, eBook (.mobi / Kindle), PDF

 

When Juliette has a domestic servant beaten for pursuing a young man above her station, she finds herself cursed by a witch to live in a world behind her own mirror. She is unable to leave except on the first night of a full moon.

Juliette is forced to seek what food and shelter the new world provides with the help of a unicorn, a man who is half bear, and a centaur. Together they struggle to survive against lions, wolves, and the challenges of watching their friends live and die through the back of the mirror, as their own world, family and friends moves on without them.

Reflections begins in Regency era London, and ends in Clover Springs, California, an all but abandoned Gold Rush town.

A tale of love, friendship, and facing unavoidable challenges.

 

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Book Excerpt

“Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.” –Charles Dickens

 

Chapter 1

 

London, England. 1807

 

Juliette shut the front door behind her, and slowly climbed down the stairs of her home, cringing at every creek of the steps.  She walked down the paved road, back straight and chin up, until the house was out of view.  She looked around, pulled off her bonnet, and ran all the way to the beach.

Stopping to catch her breath, she scanned the riverbank until she spotted Emily, gazing into the clouds above the Thames.  It was a gray and dreary day, but a fisherman stood in the water trying to entice the fish, and a few people were scattered along the shoreline.  Sea birds flew back and forth, seeking a tasty morsel.  Juliette joined Emily, and sat in the scrub.

“It took you a long time to get here,” Emily said, smiling.

“Sorry, it’s my birthday and mother is hosting a party tonight.  I had to sneak out of the house, but no one saw me. Then I ran all the way here.”

Emily shrugged.  “Doesn’t matter.”  She held out her arm, and opened her hand.  “I made this for you.”

Juliette took the hair pin with a tattered yellow ribbon tied in a bow attached to it.

Emily’s cheeks colored.  “Sorry it’s not new.”

Juliette hugged her.  “It’s wonderful. Thank you.  I have to go back now, before they notice me gone,” she said, pushing the pin carefully into her hair.

“Okay, I’ll go with you. How old are you today?”

Juliette smiled.  “I’m six years old,” she said, as they made their way back to the road.  “How old are you?”

“Seven, since last month.”  She ran dirty hands down her tattered and stained black dress.

“Look!”  Juliette stopped, and pointed toward the water.

Emily followed the direction of her finger.  “Oh!  What a beautiful chestnut horse.”

Juliette shook her head, ringlets blowing in the wind.  “No, it’s not a horse.  It’s a unicorn sighting for my birthday.”  She continued walking toward the road.

“But unicorns aren’t real,” Emily said, looking back at the animal.

“How do you know they aren’t real?  That horse has a black horn.  Trust me, that’s a unicorn.”

They stepped onto the dirt road.

“I’ll race you there!”  Juliette yelled.

Laughing, they ran until they found Mrs. Barrows waiting at the front door of Juliette’s home.  Juliette went silent and ran to her mother.  Emily stopped in the road.

“Where have you been?  Look at your hair, it’s a mess … and what is that ugly thing sticking out of it?”

Mrs. Barrows swiped the pin off Juliette’s head.  She winced as strands of her hair fell with the ribbon to the ground.

Juliette followed her mother’s eyes as she glared at Emily, standing on the road.

“What have I told you about spending your time with people like that, Juliette?  That girl has no business talking to you, and you have no business playing with our domestic help.”

“But she’s not our domestic help, Mother.”

“The girl is as good as employed by this household with her aunt Zylphia, working here.”

“I don’t want to see you with her again.  Do you understand me?  What if someone saw you?”  Mrs. Barrows shrieked.  “You embarrass the entire family associating with people like that, Juliette.  Get in the house!”

Juliette jumped when the door slammed shut behind her.

 

Juliette picked up a glass of punch and sat with the children attending the party.  She watched her mother laugh and sip tea with her guests.  The children chattered beside her, she ignored them.  Her mother had made it clear that the only reason she hadn’t received a strapping was so she could sit down at the party.  Juliette struggled with the sting of tears, holding them back, but just barely.

Margaret sashayed over, and stood with her hands on her hips.  She always has something to say about everything.  Juliette frowned, waiting.  All of the children stared at her.

“I heard you were playing with a servant girl today.  Robert Beale said he saw you running and laughing on the road like it was the most normal thing in the world.  You’re liable to get a disease spending your time with something like that.”

“It’s not your business, Margaret.  I’ll spend time with whomever I want.”

“Suit yourself, but I don’t want any part of that, or you.”  Margaret lifted her chin and joined the other children.

Juliette turned to see her mother, who had been just out of view.  Her knuckles white as the dish she held.

“Go to your room, Juliette.”

Tears spilled down Juliette’s cheeks.  She tried to think of something to say, but couldn’t.  She ran to her room.

Minutes later the razor-strap slammed into her bare buttocks.  The humiliation of knowing the party heard her screams was part of her punishment.  When the governess finished, she had been instructed to return Juliette to the party where she remained until the last guest departed.

Her mother turned to her.  “Get to your room.  I don’t want to see your face again tonight.”

Juliette obeyed moving much slower than before.  Her bottom and the back of her legs stung with welts.  She crawled onto the bed, and wept into her pillow.

 

Ten Years Later

Juliette grunted, eyebrows narrowed as Emily tightened the laces on her corset, pulling her breasts straight and high.  She slipped the heavily embroidered bodice on each arm, then smoothed the fabric with her hands.  When she was finished, she bowed her head, and backed out of the room.

Juliette moved right and left, twisting at the waist to admire herself in the mirror. She was wearing her favorite dress, white embroidered muslin, with a gathered bust, tiers of ruffles at the bottom, and long sleeves with small puffy shoulders.

“I’ll be ready to go in five minutes, Emily,” Juliette called, from her bedroom door.  “Be sure to get a basket from the kitchen.”

That girl always has her head in the clouds.  Let’s see, all I need now is she fumbled through a small grey hatbox on the bureau … a head dress.  Juliette turned back to the mirror, pushing the comb through her hair to hold the head dress in place.  When her ensemble was finished she smiled.  Perfect.  She looked good, but the sun was streaming through her bedroom window and the layers of the shift and petticoat were already making her hot.

Rushing down the stairs, underskirts rustling with every movement, the wooden planks creaked with every step.  She called for Emily, and found her at the bottom, putting on her plain white bonnet.  The picnic basket sat on the floor beside her scuffed black shoes.  Juliette’s mother stood at a table near the hearth, brown ringlet curls hanging perfectly down her back, her deceptively warm brown eyes belying the severity of her anger.  She threw some coins into a small purse.  Ignoring Emily, Juliette went straight to her mother, and held out her hand.  Mrs. Barrows dropped the beaded, pink and yellow purse into it.

“It is absolutely absurd,” Mrs. Barrows said louder than she needed to.  “That I should have to send my own daughter to buy what is needed because of dishonest servants.  My husband pays a generous wage.  You have no reason to steal from us or anyone else.  All of your salaries will be fined a farthing.  Not just this time, but every time I send Juliette to the market.”

She turned back to Juliette.  “Don’t be late, darling.  The dressmaker needs to take some measurements for a new dress,” Mrs. Barrows said, fingering some of the new materials she had purchased, sitting on the back of a pink and white sofa.

Juliette grinned as her mother kissed her cheeks.

“Don’t worry, Mother.  I won’t be long.”

Juliette walked out the door with Emily trailing behind her.

 

Juliette closed her eyes at the bright morning sunshine.  She crinkled her nose and opened them again at the smell of fresh baked bread.  There were vendors with carts selling household goods and colorful linens, and a cobbler had a table set up along the street.  A woman with chubby cheeks and braided corn silk hair, sold flowers of every color, and across the road a young boy knelt, breeches tight, as he shined the shoes of a man in a brown suit and hat.  A black carriage drove through the village square, horse hooves clip clopping on grey and brown cobblestones.

Emily cried out and crashed into Juliette.  Juliette pushed her away, then slapped her without a thought.  A thin young man with dark hair, brown eyes, and the longest eyelashes Juliette had ever seen jumped in front of Emily.  Emily’s hand rested on the angry red mark forming on her right cheek, and she was weeping.  Juliette smoothed her skirt mumbling under her breath.  I am going to kill her when we get home.  The stupid little sheep.

“Please excuse us, Jonathan, this fool of a girl–“

Jonathan’s hands waved back and forth.  “No, Miss Barrows.  Please, I am sorry.  The fault was my own, not the servant girl’s.”

Juliette smiled.  “This one is inept and bumbling at times.”

Jonathan reached into his bag and pulled out a muslin pouch.  He held the contents in front of Juliette.  “Turkish Delight.  Would you like one?  A small offering to make up for the trouble I caused.”

Juliette’s smile lit up her face.  “Yes, thank you.”  She chose a red square powdered with sugar from the pouch.

Jonathan held the bag out to Emily.  Juliette’s eyes flashed.  What is he doing?  Why is he even speaking to her?  She’s a servant!  Emily shook her head back and forth, then looked away.  Jonathan held them closer.

“Please, I insist.”

With a trembling hand, Emily took one, but before she could eat the sweet, Juliette pointed to the basket.

“We need to go.  I have an appointment this afternoon.”  The courtesy was a show for Jonathan’s sake.  She would take care of Emily at home.  “If you’ll excuse us Jonathan, we really must be on our way.  Thank you for the sweetmeats.”

Juliette purchased the potatoes and carrots Cook required, the dirty-faced farmer extended his thanks, and she turned to see Jonathan smiling at Emily.  The girl looked away, but not before her cheeks colored.  Juliette had had enough.  She grabbed Emily’s arm.

“Good day, Jonathan.”

Juliette had never been so embarrassed in her life.   A servant girl! And one that was stumbling all over the place.  What was he thinking?  No!  What was she thinking?

Juliette stormed up wooden steps and through the door without waiting for Emily to open it. “Mother!”

Emily wept openly.

“Emily was flirting with Mrs. Walsh’s son.  She even received a gift from him.”

Mrs. Barrow’s porcelain face darkened, and her fingers clutched the folds of her dress as Juliette recounted the story.  Moments later, Juliette’s mother grabbed Emily’s arm and pulled her to the Governess’ room.  A heavyset woman in a plain black dress and long white apron, her brown hair tucked beneath her bonnet, sat at an old oak desk looking grim.  The room was modest, with only a narrow bed, and a plain wooden bureau against the opposite wall.  The only color was a handmade quilt the woman had made for herself, and a full-length blue dress hanging in a tiny closet.

Agnes stood when Mrs. Barrows entered the room, and stared at Emily, blue eyes icy cold.  The Governess opened a drawer, and pulled out the razor strap used for disciplining the household.

Emily’s sobs grew louder, her eyes wide.  She grimaced, shaking her head frantically.

“No,” Emily whined, looking at the thick leather with three long flexible straps. “No, please.”  Her sobs grew louder still as the Governess dragged her out the door to a wooden shed.

Juliette’s mother smiled as Emily began to scream incoherently.  Standing by the new material, they heard the whack of leather meeting the flesh of Emily’s bare backside.

Juliette fingered the soft new pink and yellow fabrics, frowning.  I’m not fond of yellow.  Mother knows that.

“Emily will be indisposed for a while, Mother. Could you send Bessie up, please? I really need to freshen up before we leave.”

“Of course, dear.”

Juliette bustled up the stairs, hands clutching her skirt, listening to Emily scream.  That’s too bad.  She won’t be flirting or accepting treats from boys above her station anymore.  But she shivered inwardly.  Juliette knew well what it meant to be on the receiving end of that strap.  She had been beaten for spending time with Emily when they were girls.  Juliette was younger then, and hadn’t understood how important it was not to entertain people below her station.  She knew better now.  Emily wouldn’t be able to sit for a week.  Perhaps then she would learn her lesson and not entertain people above her station.

Juliette entered her room, letting the door shut behind her, and took off her head dress.

Bessie entered the bedroom, picked up the brush and pulled it through Juliette’s curls.  Her hands trembled and she winced at every thwack of the strap on, Emily’s, bared flesh.  At one point she wiped a tear from her eye.  Juliette smiled, and ignored her.

 

Zylphia dusted a lampshade trimmed with burgundy roses.  She had already gone over the end tables and swept the floors.  She tucked runaway strands of brown hair under her already loose bun, and saw something smeared on the wall.  Emily walked in, concealing her face, and staring at the floor.

Zylphia motioned with her hands as she spoke.  “Emily, go get me a cleaning cloth for the wall.  Bessie will get one for you.  They’re in the kitchen.”

Emily nodded her acknowledgement to the floor, stiffly leaving the room.  Zylphia stared after her.  What is wrong with her today?  Emily had always been a shy girl.  She was quiet, but that was expected of a domestic servant.  You did what you were told, bowed and backed out of the room as quiet as you could, hoping that no one would hear you.  These things had never been a problem for her niece.  That was why Zylphia had brought her here.  She got along with everyone, was quiet, kept her own counsel, and took her work seriously.

Emily returned with the cloth.  Zylphia watched her shuffle across the room.

“Why are you walking like that?  Come here.”

Emily’s speed picked up.  She whined and winced, until she slowed down.  She gave Zylphia the towel.

“What is wrong with you?  Look at me when I talk to you, girl!”

Emily looked up.  Zylphia saw chocolate brown eyes, similar to her own, except they were red, sad, and swollen.  Her brown hair was a tangled mess.  She took Emily’s hand.

“Come with me.”

Emily obeyed, but wept all the way to, Zylphia’s, bedroom.  Zylphia removed Emily’s white apron, and black uniform dress.  Zylphia gasped, fire red welts blistered, and covered Emily’s buttocks and the back of her legs.

“Who did this to you?”

Emily told Zylphia about the boy at the marketplace, the candy, and Juliette’s anger.  “I tried to say no, but he insisted.”  Tears fell down already swollen cheeks.  “I t-tried to s-s-say no.  I didn’ know what t-to do.”

Heat flushed through Zylphia.  She pulled a jar of ointment from under her mattress, and slathered it over Emily’s welts.  The response was immediate.  Zylphia couldn’t take away the welts, that would have been too obvious, but the swelling went down, and the redness faded.  Emily shuddered, then sighed with relief.

“It’s over now.”  And I’m going to make certain it won’t happen again.  “Go back to work.  It’s alright.”

“What are you going to do?  Please don’t curse her Aunt Zylphia.  We were friends once.  She even gave me a doll when we were small.”

“Juliette isn’t the person you used to know, child.  She’s grown to be callous, and cruel.  Trust me to know what to do.  She needs to pay for what she’s done.  You need to help in the kitchen.  Now go.”

Emily looked skeptical, but did what she was told.

 

“Why can’t I take Bessie?”  Juliette demanded.  “I don’t want that insolent girl anywhere near me.”

“I’m sure you don’t, darling, but Bessie has chores to do for your father.  The only other servant I can send with you right now is Zylphia.”

“I don’t want Zylphia.”  Juliette stomped her foot.  “She’s not normal.”  That one hardly knows her station, and the way she looks at me is frightening sometimes. I don’t trust her.  “Mother!”

“That’s enough, Juliette.  Take both if you choose, but Bessie cannot go.”

“Emily!  Zylphia!  Get down here.  Now!”

Moments later, Emily and Zylphia entered the room.

 

  About The Author

 Jena Baxter

 

Born in Ojai, and raised in the San Fernando Valley, California, Jena always loved to read, and dreamed of writing a novel. Having the ability, but lacking the confidence to do so, she enrolled in the UCLA Writer’s Extension, and soon her first novel was in process.

Jena writes YA, historical fantasy, and paranormal romance. She is also a screenwriter, and reads for a screenwriting contest annually. She spends her free time with her husband, amazon parrot, and toy maltese. You can visit her website at www.jenabaxter.com.

 

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Book Trailer Link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDUm-9IDiN8

 

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postheadericon Interview with Mary-Lou Stephens, author of ‘How To Stay Married’

Mary-Lou StephensMary-Lou Stephens studied acting and played in bands before she got a proper job -in radio. She writes whenever she’s not behind the microphone or heading off to a meditation retreat.

Mary-Lou has garnered rave reviews for her memoir Sex, Drugs and Meditation, the true story of how she changed her life, saved her job and found a husband, all with the help of meditation. She lives in Australia with that very same husband, their dog and a hive of killer native bees.

How To Stay Married is the sequel to Sex, Drugs and Meditation and is the truth behind the happy ending.

Mary-Lou is a blogger for The Huffington Post, a columnist for Holistic Bliss and a regular at writing festivals and events.

Visit Mary-Lou’s website at http://maryloustephens.com.au

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MissyMaryLou

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/maryloustephenswrites

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Title: How to Stay Married
Author: Mary-Lou Stephens
Publisher: NelsonBay
Pages: 203
Genre: Self-Help/Relationships/Love and Romance
Format: Paperback/Kindle

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Do you dream of finding the right person to spend your life with? Are you in a strong relationship already and want to keep it that way? Or perhaps your marriage is a little tarnished and you hope to make it shine again?

You’ve come to the right place. While How to Stay Married isn’t your regular ‘how-to’ book, it is about creating the kind of relationship you want.

This is the story of a marriage; a journey from fear, resentment and financial devastation, to a place of love, joy and trust.

Mary-Lou Stephen’s first book Sex, Drugs and Meditation chronicled how meditation changed her life, saved her job and helped her find a husband. How To Stay Married, is the truth behind the happy ending.

How to Stay Married takes us around the world; from the glitter and glare of Las Vegas to the sub-zero temperatures of the French Alps and the tropical heat of Thailand, all with cabin luggage only.

The discoveries Mary-Lou makes regarding herself and her marriage are a modern day parable about learning to travel light in life, love and relationships.

Q: Thank you so much for this interview, Mary-Lou! Can you tell us where you are from?

I live on the SunshineCoast, in Queensland, Australia. It’s a sub-tropical paradise. I was born in Tasmania, an island at the bottom of Australia, where it’s cold more than it’s warm. I prefer living on the SunshineCoast.

Q: How did you come up with your title?

My publisher came up with the title. I was going to call my latest book Love, Death and Meditation as it is the sequel to my first book Sex, Drugs and Meditation. I was also thinking of calling the book The Truth About The Happy Ending because that’s literally what it is. However my publisher liked How To Stay Married so I went with it. Ironically my publisher was, in the end, unable to go ahead but I kept the title.

Q: They say you can judge a book by its cover. Can you tell us a little about your cover and who designed it?

Derek Murphy from CreativIndieCovers designed the cover. It was quite a process and he was very accommodating at every level. I had definite ideas to start off with but they just didn’t work. Derek came up with many different suggestions and together we moved to the cover I have now.

Q: Can you tell us something about your book that would make me run out and buy it?

How to Stay Married is about creating the kind of relationship you want. Isn’t that what we all seek? A place where we belong. Arms in which we feel safe. Home.

My first book Sex, Drugs and Meditation told the story of how meditation changed my life, saved my job and helped me find a husband. How To Stay Married, is the truth behind the happy ending.

How to Stay Married takes us around the world; from the glitter and glare of Las Vegas to the sub-zero temperatures of the French Alps and the tropical heat of Thailand, all with cabin luggage only. The discoveries I made about myself and my marriage are a modern day parable about learning to travel light in life, love and relationships.

Q: Are there any messages in this book that you want the reader to know about?

There’s a list of Seven Tips For a Happy Marriage (and one from my mum) at the end of the book and by the time you’ve read the book you’ve seen how these tips have played out in my own relationship. But really it’s the tip from my mum that sums it up best:

On her deathbed my mother gave our marriage her blessing. “Remember darling,” she said. “Love is a decision. Every day you make the decision to love the person you’re with. Keep making that decision every day and you’ll have a long and happy marriage, even when it’s not all that happy.”

Q: What was your most favorite chapter to write and why?

How To Stay Married is set in many different locations around the world and they’re all wonderful in their own way, however it’s the section set at the Findhorn Community in Scotland that really grabbed me. The Findhorn Foundation is an eco-community that was set up in the 60’s and still thrives today. The Hubby and I spent a week there, thrust into living in close quarters with people from many different countries and backgrounds. The emotions and issues that arose in that crucible were astounding, illuminating and often very, very funny.

Q: Why did you feel you had to write this book?

When I read self-help books I turn straight to the case studies, the stories. I think human beings are hard-wired for stories, we love them. When I realised my life read like one of those case studies I wondered if other people would be interested in my story. My early attempts to write my first book Sex, Drugs and Meditation weren’t successful. A literary agent read some of it, saw potential but told me I had to get really, really honest if I was to continue. I wasn’t brave enough at the time so put the manuscript away and write a novel instead. When I found my courage I rewrote Sex, Drugs and Meditation and eventually landed a publishing deal with Pan Macmillan. How To Stay Married is the sequel.

Once again How To Stay Married, is a brave and personal book. It touches on areas in a relationship that not many people have the courage to expose. My husband has been my biggest supporter. He gave me permission to write anything I needed to, even though some of it was very tough on him. I’ve been toughest on myself though, often not painting myself in a very good light, but that’s what being honest is about.

Our early married life was a nightmare to tell you the truth. But the lessons I learnt and the hurdles we overcame to get to where we are now make fascinating reading. We’ve just celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary and are happier than ever.

Q: Now, some fun questions – What deep dark secret would you like to share with us?

Ha! I don’t have any secrets left. They’re all out in the open with my two books. I really lay it all on the line. I must admit it was terrifying at times. As a radio presenter I was afraid that the revelations about my past might get me fired. There was a real danger that I could lose my job, my friends and my family. In the end though everything was fine. I still have my job, my friends love me more than ever and almost all of my family are still talking to me.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

I’d return to Chamonix-Mount Blanc. I live by the ocean in a flat country. We have hills but not really any mountains. Chamonix-Mount Blanc is the opposite of the geography I live and work in; the balmy sunny days, the endless sandy beaches. I love the drama of the alps and the extremes of the seasons. Those giddy heights, the different languages. And the Orangina.

Q: Are you a morning person or a night person?

I hate getting up early. I used to play in bands. I’m a night owl. I was happiest when I was presenting Evenings for the radio station where I work. The Drive shift is about as early as I do. I’ll fill in occasionally on Breakfast if need be but it wrecks me for the rest of the week. All respect to Breakfast announcers – you have every excuse to be extremely grumpy.

Q: Are there any members in your family who also like to write?

No, but I wish they would. One of my sisters in particular has had a fascinating life. She could use it as fodder for best selling novels I’m sure. But she doesn’t have the bug, and as all writers know, you have to really want to write to see this thing through.

Q: As a child, were you a dreamer?

I was left to my own devices when I was young, having to look after myself for the most part, and I didn’t do it very well. Books were my refuge. I loved reading. And I discovered that if I was on a stage people would notice me. I took to acting with a vengeance. I also loved singing, I used to sing myself to sleep when I was young, so I joined the church and school choirs. Both of these pursuits gave me a surrogate kind of family.

Q: Last but not least, the magic genie has granted you one wish. What would that be?

Oh Lordy! To be slim and healthy no matter what I ate? To be financially independent? For all of us to have access to renewable, sustainable energy and clean water? For a world free from all types of pollution? This is the toughest question ever.

I’m going to go with the last line of How To Stay Married:

My wish for you and the one you love is for happy trails and many adventures along the way.

Q: Thank you so much for this interview! Do you have any final words?

I’m going to give my final words to Antoine De Saint-Exupery, a French aristocrat, writer (The Little Prince), poet and aviator who clearly knew a bit about love.

Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward in the same direction.

That sums up marriage for me. You’re finished with the infatuation and you’re into the real meat and depth of a relationship. The part where you have each other’s backs. You know, love and support each other and you’re building a life together that will be much greater than the sum of its parts. That’s where life and love get truly delicious. That’s what How To Stay Married is about.

 

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postheadericon A Tragedy Not In Vain by Steven Fujita, author of Toe Up to 10K

Toe Up to 10K 1Title: Toe Up to 10K

Author: Steven Fujita

Publisher: BookBaby

Pages: 168

Genre: Self-Help

Format: Ebook

In June 2012, Steven Fujita went to the emergency room, and was diagnosed with meningitis. After four days of improvement, he was scheduled to be discharged when his condition worsened dramatically. His blood pressure, body temperature and sodium levels all became dangerously low. He started to lose consciousness. He was rushed to the Intensive Care Unit. He had suffered spinal cord damage at the T4 level. Upon regaining full consciousness, Fujita could not speak, eat, breathe independently, control bodily functions, nor move his legs.

“Once we understand what we have to go through, become resolved to see it through, and know we will survive, we feel our ordeal is not so bad,” Fujita writes. In this book, he takes the reader on a journey of recovery from a spinal cord injury. It is not only a journey of determination and hard work, but of positive attitude, of drawing inspiration, of gratitude towards those around him: his family, his friends, co-workers, and medical professionals.

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A Tragedy Not in Vain

 

In June 2012, I was afflicted with meningitis. As a result, my spinal cord was damaged.  The most visible consequence was my legs inability to move, thus, my inability to walk.  The literature I read implied that movement would be regained between 2 – 12 weeks of the affliction, usually 4 – 6 weeks. I hadn’t moved my legs in 7 weeks.  The literature also indicated that the longer it took for any initial movement to return, the less significant the recovery would be.

Admittedly, I’ve had a remarkable recovery.  I walk at almost the speed I did before the injury, and unless you observed me closely, you probably couldn’t tell that I was ever paralyzed.  The adjustments I now make to other areas that were affected are minor.  But I would not want to relive the experiences of the last two years.

Beginning with my time in the ICU, I lapsed into semi-consciousness, I couldn’t breathe independently, I couldn’t swallow, speak, move my legs, nor wiggle my toes.  I had no control over my bladder or bowels.  There was a chance I would be significantly brain damaged, and also the chance that I would not walk again.   Actually, there was a chance that none of the functions I lost would return.

One by one, those functions did return – maybe not to the level of efficiency before the spinal cord injury, but well enough, if not almost completely.

I wrote a book about my recovery, Toe Up to 10K: A Journey of Recovery from Spinal Cord Injury.  Initially, I wanted to write a book because I found very little information about the recovery process from spinal cord injury.  However, as I recovered more and more, I also wanted to document my recovery to give people an idea of what recovering from a spinal cord injury is like.

Many times the prognosis for recovery will be bleak.  But no one can predict what the outcome will be for any given individual.  This is why even if one is told he/she will not walk again, it is important, especially in the beginning, to try – and to not give up easily.

I won’t be stoic and say that my spinal cord injury was not a tragedy.  It was.  But it also gives me the opportunity to share my story, and if I could inspire one person into not giving up, then my injury has been in vain.

 

Steven Fujita was born in Los Angeles and raised in Torrance, California. He attended college in Washington, D.C., and currently lives in Long Beach, California.

Listen to Steven Fujita’s interview on the Book Club with John Austin, which aired November 2, 2010, about his novella, Sword of the Undead, a re-telling of Bram Stoker’s vampire novel, Dracula.

His other book, $10 a Day Towards $1,000,000, is available on Kindle. This book promotes the idea of using time and savings to build wealth.

His new book, Toe Up to 10K, was released in September 2014. This book chronicles his recovery from spinal cord injury he sustained in 2012.

Visit his website at: www.stevenfujitaauthor.com

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postheadericon Interview with Erna Mueller, author of YA ‘K-9 Cop’

Erna MuellerI was born in Austria and my family immigrated to the U.S. I loved living here as a child and considered the U.S. my home. My family returned to Austria and of course I had to tag along. I missed the friendly faces and the cultivation of the free spirit which America symbolizes. In Austria I completed my education but always wanted to return, so here I am.

I traveled the world and lived in many exciting cities such as Paris, Munich and London. I currently work as an accountant for a large pizza company in Seattle by day and passionately pursue a career as a writer in my spare time.

My new book, K-9 Cop, is adapted from my multi-national award winning screenplay.  The book has won several awards including first place in the 2009 National Good Read Competition sponsored by awomenswrite.com.

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Q: Thank you so much for this interview, Erna! Can you tell us where you are from?

K-9 Cop 3I was born in Austria and moved with my family to the USA for a few years. I was living the bi-continental life style until I could finally make the USA my home. Now I live in Kirkland, a burb of Seattle. I work as a mild mannered accountant by day but am a passionate writer by night.

Q: How did you come up with your title?

My original title was “A New Leash on Life” but I found out on Amazon that many many books had that title. I finally agreed to change it to “K-9 Cop” since it would be easy to look up and besides, that very well describes the book.

Q: They say you can judge a book by its cover. Can you tell us a little about your cover and who designed it?

I found a great graphic artist and thought he did a wonderful job. He lives and works in England – Rik Bastin rik.designs@gmail.com.

Q: Can you tell us something about your book that would make me run out and buy it?

My book K-9 Cop was adapted from my original screenplay “A New Leash on Life”; it received many screenwriting awards, for instance 1st place at the Huston International Film Festival and the Hollywood Screen Writing Institute among others. It was a great help in getting recognition and opening the doors to many agents and production companies. But as a first time writer it’s difficult to find funding and a production company that will back your screenplay. An agent suggested I adapt my screenplay into a book to gain recognition. I am very happy I took the advice since I found the novel writing process more enjoyable and rewarding. After adapting my screenplay into a novel titled “K-9 Cop” it also won 1st place in The Good Read Competition at awomenswrite.com.

Q: Are there any messages in this book that you want the reader to know about?

I love animals and their relationship to humans. I alsolove the story of redemption and second chances, which is what K-9 Cop is all about. Dogs are amazing in their drive to please their masters. They overcome obstacles like a Navy Seal and do the job for the joy of it.

Q: What was your most favorite chapter to write and why?

It was the first chapter, the beginning of it all. The excitement of starting a whole new story.

Q: Why did you feel you had to write this book?

I love the story of redemption and second chances. And I love to make people laugh.

Q: Now, some fun questions – What deep dark secret would you like to share with us?

I love the Golden Age of Movies, MGM and the Silver Screen, old time Movies stars and the Music and Fashion of the 60’s. The 60’s keep calling me they want their Gogo boots back.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

I would love to go to Isreal for historical reasons and the Galapados Islands to stare at the adorable wildlife.

Q: Are you a morning person or a night person?

I am a morning person.

Q: Are there any members in your family who also like to write?

I believe It’s just me.

Q: As a child, were you a dreamer?

I am embarrassed to say I was a crazy dreamer and nothing has changed.

Q: Last but not least, the magic genie has granted you one wish. What would that be?

I want as many people as possible to enjoy my book K-9 cop, and I’d love to be able to write full time.

Q: Thank you so much for this interview! Do you have any final words?

I just wanted to stress the importance of imagination. Albert Einstein hit the nail on the head when he said “I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”

Wow, doesn’t that give you goose bumps and make your knees wobble?

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postheadericon 12 Thing I Wish I New Before I Became an Author by T.W. Fendley

The Labyrinth of TimeTitle: The Labyrinth of Time
Author: T.W. Fendley
Publisher: Silent Partner Publishing
Pages: 226
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Format: Paperback/Kindle

Can Jade restore the Firestone’s powers before the First Men return to judge humanity? 

Spending spring break in Peru with her grandmother isn’t sixteen-year-old Jade’s idea of fun. She’d much rather be with her friends at Lake of the Ozarks. Then she meets Felix, a museum director’s son. Jade discovers only she and Felix can telepathically access messages left on engraved stones in the age of dinosaurs.

Following the ancient stones’ guidance, they enter the Labyrinth of Time and–with a shapeshifting dog’s help–seek a red crystal called the Firestone. But time is running out before the First Men return on the night of the second blue moon. 

 

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12 things I wish I knew before I became an author

 

  1. Finding “your” readers is the hardest part of marketing. Seek them out early by building your author’s platform before you finish your book. Be active on sites like Goodreads and Library Thing. Follow blogs in your genre.
  2. It’s best to have your author website in your name instead of your book’s title—that way you don’t have to start over with each new book.
  3. Self-publishing isn’t free. To do it right, you need professionals to edit the manuscript and do the cover design.
  4. Some indie bookstores won’t carry books published by CreateSpace. To get around that bias, self-pubbed authors sometimes create a publishing company in another name.
  5. If you self-publish, think carefully about the subcategories, tags and keywords you choose. When you list your book on Amazon and other sites, aim for subcategories with fewer competing books to have a better shot at reaching the bestseller rankings. For instance, if your genre is science fiction, your book might fit equally well under subcategories for Alternate History (9,408), Time Travel (2,359) and Steampunk (1,752). Choose Steampunk!
  6. You need a different ISBN for each format of your book—ebook, print, audio. It’s much cheaper to buy ISBNs from Bowker in bulk, but you’re limited on who can use them since one segment of the bar code identifies the publisher.
  7. “Reversion of rights” is an important part of your publishing contract. If possible, have the interior design and cover rights revert to you, or you will have to redo those before you can re-publish the book. The Authors Guild offers its members a free contract review, or check to see if your city has an organization like St. Louis’ VLAA (Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts).
  8. Goodreads’ best practices recommend offering at least ten books in a month-long giveaway. However, to take advantage of how they promote titles “recently listed” and “ending soon,” consider keeping your giveaways short (maybe two weeks) and offering fewer books each time. Plan Goodreads giveaways before and after the book’s release date.
  9. Sites like QueryTracker.net and Duotrope.com make it easy to identify agents and publishers for your genre and to track your submissions.
  10. Shaw Guides to Writing Conferences and Workshops offers a comprehensive list of conferences where you can hone your craft, meet readers and/or pitch to agents.
  11. Preditors & Editors and Writer Beware are two of the watchdog sites that monitor agents, publishers and contests. Check them before you sign a contract or send your money.
  12. ACX (Audiobook Creation Exchange) has a royalty share option that makes it easy and free to get your book made into an audiobook. After production, distribution via Amazon Audible and iTunes is automatic! To help with promotion, ACX provides free copies to authors and producers.

 

TW Fendley

T.W. Fendley is an award-winning author of historical fantasy and science fiction for adults and young adults. She began writing fiction full-time in 2007 after working twenty-five years in journalism and corporate communications. In October 2011, L&L Dreamspell LLC published her debut historical fantasy novel for adults, Zero Time.

She fell in love with ancient American cultures while researching story ideas at the 1997 Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop. Since then, she’s trekked to archeological sites in the Yucatan, Peru and American Southwest. When she’s not writing, T.W. explores the boundaries of consciousness through remote viewing and shamanism. She currently lives near St. Louis with her artist husband and his pet fish.

Her latest book is the young adult fantasy, The Labyrinth of Time.

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postheadericon Book Blast: Winter Wolf by RJ Blain

 

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Title:  Winter Wolf

Author: RJ Blain

Genre: Urban Fantasy / Thriller / Supernatural Suspense

Publisher:  Pen & Page Publishing

Publication Date: November 24, 2014

ISBN:  978-1-928148-00-5

 

Book Description:

The Hunted Wizard

When Nicole dabbled in the occult, she lost it all: Her voice, her family, and her name. Now on the run from the Inquisition, she must prove to herself—and the world—that not all wizards are too dangerous to let live.

The savage murder of a bookstore employee throws Nicole into the middle of Inquisition business, like it or not. Driven by her inability to save the young man’s life, she decides to hunt the killer on her own. Using forbidden magic to investigate the past, she learns that the murderer is in fact a disease that could kill the entire werewolf race.

Forced to choose between saving lives and preserving her own, Nicole embraces the magic that sent her into exile. Without werewolves, the power of the Inquisition would dwindle, and she could live without being hunted.

Nicole’s only hope for success lies in the hands of the werewolves she hates and the Inquisition she fears, but finding someone to trust is only the beginning of her problems. There are those who want to ensure that the werewolves go extinct and that the Inquisition falls.

But, if she fails to find a cure, her family—including her twin sister—will perish…

 

Book Excerpt: 

Almost everyone in the store had a phone. Dormant devices, from reading lights to mobile chargers, littered the tables. One woman, browsing books nearby, had four battery-powered devices in her purse. One was a phone, and like mine, it hungered. Its need was strong; its battery waned to the point of failure.

If I wanted, I could charge it for her.

No one would notice if I did. Maybe the woman would wonder how her phone hadn’t died before she got home. It only had a few minutes left. It’d take me all of ten seconds to fix it for her. If I did, I wouldn’t be so aware of it. But to do so, I’d have to touch her—or her phone. Some things I could manipulate without having a direct conduit, but cell phone batteries were tricky, greedy things.

I cringed a little, setting the thriller book down. I picked up the next nearest title. I flipped it over, not reading the text on the back. Did I dare? Out of the corner of my eye, I watched the woman browsing through the books. All it would take was a few seconds. I could charge it without her noticing.

That was one thing I was actually good at.

I put the novel I held down and wandered to the same table, careful not to look at her. Book by book, I investigated the titles, circling to where she stood.

“You’re Nicole Thomas, aren’t you? The actress. You’re her.” My quarry appraised me with a pleased expression.

People normally recognized the mainliners, people with beautiful faces and voices to match, people who didn’t avoid crowds.

In short, people other than me.

I met her gaze, abandoning my perusal of novels. “I am,” I replied, wincing a little at the sandpaper-rough quality of my voice. At least I hadn’t been reduced to a whisper—yet. My fatal flaw was my rough, grating voice. Chronic laryngitis did that to a person. It ruined careers, as it had mine, though I hadn’t quite given up on being an actress. I’d already lost the ability to sing.

I wasn’t going to let a stupid disease take everything away from me.

The woman smiled, not seeming to mind talking to someone who sounded more like a zombie than a human. “You’re taller than I expected. It’s a pleasure to meet you.”

She thrust out her hand.

We shook.

I left her phone alone.

“They keep putting me next to giants,” I quipped. It was true. When I did manage to get on the silver screen, I worked alongside actors easily a foot-and-a-half taller than me. “It’s a pleasure to meet you too.” I matched her smile. She didn’t tell me her name, and I didn’t ask for it.

It took all of my will not to fiddle with her phone. All it would take was a murmured word and a thought, and it’d be done. It would have been easy to charge the battery when our hands had been clasped together, but I hadn’t dared.

If, sometime later, she noticed her phone had magically been charged—literally—she might remember me. She knew my name.

And in true cowardice, I couldn’t bring myself to help her. If she connected the strange behavior of her phone with me, she might tell someone. If she did, I’d be as good as dead—or worse. I had dabbled in the occult, and the occult had dabbled back, and there were those who didn’t like when that happened.

The last thing I needed was them finding me.

 

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RJ Blain

RJ Blain suffers from a Moleskine journal obsession, a pen fixation, and a terrible tendency to pun without warning.

When she isn’t playing pretend, she likes to think she’s a cartographer and a sumi-e painter. In reality, she herds cats and a husband. She is currently on a quest for a new warrior fish.

In her spare time, she daydreams about being a spy. Should that fail, her contingency plan involves tying her best of enemies to spinning wheels and quoting James Bond villains until she is satisfied.

 

Favorite Books & Series (In no particular order):

Anne McCaffrey’s Pern

Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar & Gryphon Series

Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera & The Dresden Files

Brandon Sanderson’s Elantris

Patricia Briggs’ Alpha and Omega, Dragon Bones, & The Mercy Thompson series

Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time

 

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Website: rjblain.com

 

 

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Laurahonest Reads

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Mythical Books

Lilac Reviews

My Life, Loves & Passion

Book Reviews Etc

Paranormal & Romantic Suspense Reviews

Jersey Girl Book Reviews

The Writer’s Life

As The Page Turns

Beyond The Books

The Book Rack

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The Story Behind The Book

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postheadericon Irene Woodbury’s A Dead End in Vegas Book Blitz Today!

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Title: A Dead End in Vegas
Author: Irene Woodbury
Publisher: Synerg Ebooks
Pages: 248
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Format: Paper/Kindle

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As Dave Sloan is leaving for the Denver airport to pick up his wife, Tricia, the phone rings. It’s the cops in Las Vegas. His wife is dead. Her nude body was found that morning in a hotel room at the Bellagio.

Dave is stunned and devastated. He thought she was in Phoenix at a week-long teachers’ conference. A lie, of course, concocted by Tricia, who flew to Phoenix, then drove to Vegas to meet her Internet lover, the handsome, charming, and very much married Joe Daggett of Chicago.

When Joe can’t join her, Tricia’s a mess. He calls a close friend, Al Posey, who lives in Vegas, and asks him to take her to dinner. Al and Tricia hit it off and wind up in bed. On Saturday morning, he walks out of her hotel room at nine. Three hours later, her lifeless body is found by a maid.

A DEAD END IN VEGAS is a searing exploration of how Tricia Sloan’s tragic, mysterious death shatters, and later transforms, the lives of her family and friends.

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The shameful circumstances of Tricia’s death left Dave unhinged and in shock. He thought he knew this woman, his own wife, but he really didn’t. She was going through a rough time, worse than any of us could have imagined. She felt lost in her marriage. She was devastated by Dave’s affair, but didn’t want to leave him. He was the only real security she’d ever known. But she couldn’t see spending the rest of her life with him either. Her identity, and maybe even her sanity, were at stake. The Internet affair with Joe was a means of escape, a way to find some relief from the pain and confusion.

Tricia had also just turned 50 and, for the first time in her life, felt insecure about her looks. I thought of the photos I had taken of her at a picnic in the mountains last summer. She kept begging me to take more because she couldn’t stand to see the fine lines, tiny jowls, and strands of grey. She had been a stunning girl, a teenage beauty queen, and now she was a prisoner, in a sense, of her own midlife. She was groping for some way to make sense of it, trying to protect herself from the uncertainty of her future and a lack of confidence in her past. That’s a pretty delicate, treacherous place to be: uncertain about your future, and full of doubts about your past. What kind of present do you have when you’re wedged between those two?

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Irene Woodbury

Irene Woodbury’s second novel, A DEAD END IN VEGAS, is a dark, probing look at marriage, infidelity, revenge, and grief. Immersing herself in drama and dysfunction for months on end was a challenge for this upbeat author, whose first book, the humor novel A SLOT MACHINE ATE MY MIDLIFE CRISIS, was published by SynergEbooks in 2011. At first glance, the two novels seem quite different, but both deal with midlife confusion and chaos, and the complexities and unpredictable nature of the human heart. And both, of course, are partially set in Las Vegas, a city Irene got to know well during her years as a travel writer. Between 2000 and 2005, her stories appeared in major newspapers in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Irene, who graduated from the University of Houston in 1993, lives in Denver with her husband, Richard, a retired correspondent for Time Magazine who edited both of her novels. The couple miss traveling, but, after two novels, Irene insists there’s no greater journey than the one into your own heart and mind.

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postheadericon In the Spotlight: Blamed by Edie Harris #romantic #suspense

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Author: Edie Harris
Publisher: Harlequin Carina Press
Pages: 155
Genre: Romantic Suspense/Espionage
Format: Kindle

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Born into a long line of spies, sanctioned killers and covert weapons developers, Beth Faraday carried out her first hit-for-hire when she was still a teenager.

That part of her life—the American spy royalty part—ended one year ago, with a job gone wrong in Afghanistan. The collateral damage she caused with a single shot was unfathomable and, for Beth, unforgiveable. She’s worked hard to build a new life for herself, far away from the family business. But someone, somewhere, hasn’t forgotten what Beth did in Kabul. And they want revenge.

As the Faraday clan bands together to defend Beth and protect their legacy, Beth is forced to flee her new home with the unlikeliest of allies—MI6 agent Raleigh Vick, the only man she’s ever loved. And the one she thought she’d killed in the desert.

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The blood in her mouth tasted like hot pennies.

Flinching as a secondary arterial spray lashed her face, she kept her fingers clenched in her tormenter’s hair, holding his head aloft for the slice of the blade she’d stolen from his toolkit when his back was turned.

That mistake had just cost him his life.

Her stomach lurched, and she shoved the dead man away, wishing he’d deafened her when he boxed her ears on the second—third?—day, so she couldn’t hear the back of his skull hit the concrete floor with a sickening thwack. Her hand shook, the knife threatening to slip from her mangled fingers, but once it fell, she knew she wouldn’t be able to pick it back up, and she couldn’t afford to be weaponless. Injured knuckles white around the slick rubber grip, she staggered back until her shoulders hit the far wall of her prison.

Her torture chamber.

The blood cooling on her face ratcheted her panic up a notch. Every breath was pure agony, broken ribs prodding like iron pokers against her lungs. Every square inch of skin on her back burned like hellfire. Her body was one giant bruise, her mind a tangled mess. Tears spilled down her cheeks, wet and warm—and silent.

She’d not made a sound when she slit her captor’s throat. Her family would be so proud.

The thought made her tears fall faster. A longing for home and the Queen Anne Victorian in which she’d grown up, the same longing she had buried deep for the past year, threatened to bring her to her knees, but no. No. It was just like the knife—if she fell, she’d never get back up, and eventually, someone was going to come looking for the man she had killed.

John. He’d told her his name was John, but surely that was a lie. Monsters never told the truth.

Swallowing her nausea, she stumbled toward John’s crumpled body. The thick pool of blood was unavoidable, though she shuddered when red seeped between her bare toes. Dizziness swamped her when she dropped into a crouch, the hand not holding the blade searching the pockets of John’s cargos for his key card.

Her victory upon locating the card was short-lived when she remembered what came next.

Each time John had “visited” her, it had become harder and harder to stay conscious. Everything in her hurt as she’d never hurt before. The temptation to let her eyes slide shut forever had been so strong, John singing soothingly while he disinfected his tools from their session.

Lullabies. He sang her lullabies. Rock-a-bye baby, on the tree top….

She had always remained awake long enough to watch him leave, knowing he’d be back to resume her torture. The key card was merely half the equation when it came to unlocking the door. John’s fingerprint was the other.

When the wind blows, the cradle will rock….

Dragging John’s body to the scanner mounted next to the door was not an option, not in her weakened state. Her gaze caught on his limp hand, and a tremor wracked her. There was no choice. Flattening his palm against the bloody floor, she lowered the knife.

When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall….

She couldn’t help it—she vomited. But when her retching ceased, she gingerly picked up the severed finger and rose from her crouch. She almost didn’t feel the wetness underfoot anymore, which meant blessed numbness had nearly arrived. Key card first, then the bloody print on the scanner’s screen, and she held her breath.

And down will come baby, cradle and

The near-silent snick of the steel door unlatching shook John’s voice from her head. Freedom. Oh, God, freedom from this hellhole was so close, so amazingly close she was dizzy with it.

Her tears fell harder. Fuck. Why couldn’t she stop crying?

With a soft whirring noise, the door slid open, and a bunker-style hallway cast in eerie greenish light was revealed. She was underground, as suspected. A memory flashed, of John using a medical scalpel to dig the GPS tracker out from behind her ear. There had been nothing clinical or precise in how he’d wielded that blade.

Can’t have them finding you before we’re done here, little girl.

She didn’t bother looking back at his lifeless form as she eased through the door, still clutching his finger and key card. They might still prove useful in helping her escape this prison; John would not.

Adjusting her grip on the knife, she crept down the hall, ignoring the black spots clouding her vision and the vicious pounding of her head. It felt as though her brain were trying to punch its way through her skull, and she simply didn’t have time for that nonsense, because someone was watching her. Her hazy thoughts pictured the camera mounted in the corner of her cell, its little red dot blinking, always blinking. Someone would know what she’d done to John, and she refused to wait for retaliation to find her.

Run now. Collapse later.

The concrete was cold beneath her sticky, blood-soaked feet, with a chill that crept up her ankles, her calves, making her knees knock together. She was so tired. It had been at least a day since John had given her anything to drink, and he’d never provided food. As she slowly made her way down the empty corridor, her senses began to fail her, the muted buzz in her ears blocking out the faint echo of her rasping breaths. Her adrenaline rush from the kill was over.

Perhaps…perhaps she wouldn’t make it out of here, after all.

A loud sob escaped against her will.

The sounds of footsteps, heavy and booted, broke through the encroaching deafness, and then there he stood in front of her, limned in the faint glow of the bunker lights, a tall man with ice for eyes and a nasty-looking gun.

“Beth.”

She blinked at him through her tears, her relief short-lived as a wave of bitterness

sweeping through her battered body as she saw where, precisely, that gun was aimed. Her voice cracked, breaking low and hoarse when she spoke. “Shot through the heart, and you’re to blame.”

She hummed the rest.

You give love a bad name.

 

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postheadericon Interview with Lee Papa, author of ‘The Temple of All Knowing’

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We’re happy to have Lee Papa, author of the memoir, THE TEMPLE OF ALL KNOWING, here with us today at Literarily Speaking!

Q: Thank you so much for this interview, Lee! Can you tell us where you are from?

Originally, Baltimore, Maryland but if you are from there you would say, “Bawlmer, Merlin, hon” Then off to Los Angeles, CA for 11 years.

The Temple of All Knowing BQ: How did you come up with your title?

It was a channel that I received during the writing of the book and I was guided to use it.

Q: They say you can judge a book by its cover. Can you tell us a little about your cover and who designed it?

Oh yes! I have a dear dear friend who is an extraordinary graphics person. Shane Dieter. We were working together very closely at the time and I asked him to be inspired and design the cover. What I mean by “be inspired” is to get out of the way and allow the creation to flow through. It took him, I believe, 45 minutes and when he sent it to me to check it out, I cried. It was perfect.

Q: Can you tell us something about your book that would make me run out and buy it?

Well, it’s different for different people. Some people are jazzed to hear about a near death experience and want to know what the “other side” is like. Other’s want guidance on how to transform their lives. Other’s need hope and inspiration. There are all of these things and more in this book.

Q: Are there any messages in this book that you want the reader to know about?

  • With change comes transformation…be open to the possibilities.”

  • Everything we need is within us.

  • There is no death. Only Life and Life.

  • We create our realities.

  • Our thoughts, words and actions are powerful.

  • There is nothing that you are not enough of.

  • Judgment of others, stems from judgment of self.

I could keep going…LOL.

Q: What was your most favorite chapter to write and why?

Chapter 12 is powerful – The Awakening. Because it includes a channel from a very highly vibrational guide, Joseph. The experience of receiving this channel was extraordinary and then when I read it, I was blown away. It starts with…”Love enters us from a well of existence that is streaming from the natural Source.” It is where the title comes from, so it is also very dear to me. The message is for all of humanity. I have it posted on my leepapa.com website.

Q: Why did you feel you had to write this book?

There was no choice in the matter. The internal urging to get this book complete was mounting. It took me 4 years. In its original form it was about double to size. My loving and tough friend took the first pass at editing and chopped it way back. It is a book of hope and healing. It such shape or form, it’s every person’s story. It is a much needed message during these times when so many are struggling and seeking.

Q: Now, some fun questions – What deep dark secret would you like to share with us?

I have always wanted to be Jane from Tarzan and Jane and in my next book that details my trip to Peru I was able to get kind of close. Next one, I would love to be Laura Croft for a day.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

I adore Europe. The South of France, UmbriaItaly. Paris. Ahhhh. Let me take a moment.

Q: Are you a morning person or a night person?

Most certainly a morning person! I love when the world comes alive in the morning. The ritual of making coffee and having breakfast.

Q: Are there any members in your family who also like to write?

My son, who is 9 years old and I are working on a children’s book together. However, he is more of a visual writer as he likes YouTube.

Q: As a child, were you a dreamer?

It’s hard to say. After the near death experience, my childhood feels like a memory of something I read about in a book. Like I knew it happened but I have little or no connection to it at all. If I had to guess, I would say no. I don’t remember playing or imagining that much, except maybe when I wanted to be a Charlie’s Angel.

Q: Last but not least, the magic genie has granted you one wish. What would that be?

For the inhabitants of the world to understand the nature of Oneness. Karmic action and reaction has lead us to the place of where we are today. Our earthly experience could be more like heaven if we learned to truly love.

Q: Thank you so much for this interview! Do you have any final words?

Thank you for this opportunity to share this story and the message. I am most appreciative. Shine your light bright for all to see!

About the Author

Lee PapaLee Papa’s start in the corporate world was in sales for the Hyatt Regency Hotel chain, which led to being head hunted by a NY based real estate developer. Lee spent the next 11 years as a key employee working in commercial real estate leasing and management in Baltimore, Maryland. Although, commercial real estate was now in her blood and she loved the art of the deal, a different road in the industry was presenting itself and that brought her to heading up the benchmarking division for a Los Angeles based real estate consulting firm. Her job had her traveling nationally and setting up programs to benchmark customer satisfaction. Understanding there was not a one shoe fits all approach to customer surveying, she embarked on her entrepreneurial journey and started with consulting to serve the customized needs of her clients.

Lee’s first book, The Temple of All Knowing, is a memoir of her several years journey prior to her near death experience, through the completion of the 6,000 square foot Ganesha Center in Las Vegas. The book details the roadmap from personal darkness through spiritual, emotional and physical transformation.

Since the completion of the manuscript the Las Vegas Sanctuary for the Spirit evolved by moving to a downtown Las Vegas location and now offers targeted classes and workshops while focusing on a Virtual Ganesha Center supporting individuals and corporations with programs and a Referral Network with expansive reach for optimal awareness.

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The Temple of All Knowing is a memoir of one woman’s passage from personal and professional turmoil to spiritual awakening. A compelling straight forward and sometimes humorous account of the most personal of journeys as this 40-something woman finds herself in Sin City with promise of a new life, new husband and elderly mother living with her. She instead is uncovered as a central character in the deepest of possible challenges only to break through to discover her authentic spiritual self through a near death experience and a personal mission in SoulCity – Las Vegas.

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postheadericon Writing, Caregiving and Alzheimer’s Disease by author Barry Tutor

ABOUT NEVER GIVING UP & NEVER WANTING TO

Like most, I knew about Alzheimer’s disease. It causes old people to forget. When my relationship with this disease began, it highlighted how little I knew. Following my widowed mother’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis, I researched this disease to gain insight about my new role as her caregiver and decision maker. What I learned and experienced during her affliction still left me somewhat unprepared for what was yet to come. Sixteen months following my mother’s diagnosis, my dear wife and best friend was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. Though now I was familiar with this silent killer, my wife’s diagnosis set into motion many changes and challenges in our lives. Someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s every sixty-eight seconds. Currently, Alzheimer’s is the only disease in the top-ten causes of death that is on the increase and has no means of prevention and no possible cure. Given these facts, support for those afflicted relies on increasing levels of caregiving as the disease progresses. Let me explain something about this “old folk’s disease.” Alzheimer’s affects more than just parents and grandparents. It is also the disease of siblings, spouses, and children. Alzheimer’s forces many families to decide between home versus institutional care. An estimated fifteen million caregivers provide some level of care to the Alzheimer’s victims still living at home. No matter what level of care you are providing, the importance of preparation is paramount. Arming yourself with knowledge begins that preparation process. I was unprepared for the roller-coaster ride my life became as the sole caregiver for two Alzheimer’s victims. To meet their varied challenges, I adapted and developed multiple techniques for targeted personalized care. If only I knew then what I know now. By sharing my knowledge and experience, I hope to better prepare you for your caregiving journey.

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Writing, Caregiving and Alzheimer’s Disease

When you become a new author questions always arise from interviewers, publicists and readers: “Why did you write this book” or “What was your inspiration?” While I would have enjoyed writing about wizards, superheroes, spies or master detectives I chose instead to write Never Giving Up & Never Wanting To about the true heroes that often go unnoticed in the world of Alzheimer’s care. This is a world I know far too well as I have faced the horrors of Alzheimer’s twice; my late mother lost her battle in 2010 and my wife is currently in her fourteenth year fighting the disease. What sets my book apart from most who have authored similar books; I cared for both of them on my own and simultaneously until I was forced to put my mother into Alzheimer’s assisted living in 2007 because, even though I am talented at all things caregiving, I could not be in two places at once.

At present, there are some 5 million Alzheimer’s patients in the United States and most are cared for by approximately 15 million caregivers. What do the majority of these 20 million people have in common? When the newly diagnosed receives the bad news, they are essentially cast to the wolves with little more than a patient starter pack of medication and instruction to go to the Alzheimer’s Association website for assistance.

In Never Giving Up & Never Wanting To I assist caregivers in recognizing many aspects of caregiving and planning that are often overlooked when assuming the responsibilities of another adult’s life as the disease takes over. Along with addressing the activities of daily living I make the reader aware of facility planning, financial and legal preparation, hospice care, psychological issues, clinical trials, and evaluating institutional care facilities should home care become unrealistic or impossible. In my interactions with other caregivers, both professional and volunteer, I found that I was not alone in my “seek, and ye shall find” instructions from the diagnosing physician. While I am an experienced computer user, it dawned on me that so many of the people that receive this diagnosis and the “instructions” may not be computer savvy enough to access the necessary information for what’s next.

One of my inspirations for writing Never Giving Up & Never Wanting To came from another author. A few months after my mother was diagnosed my wife and I attended a health fair where an independent author was speaking about her husband’s diagnosis of Early Onset Alzheimer’s and his care. Being fairly new to Alzheimer’s care, like most others in my situation, I welcomed the chance to gain more information from someone who had been there before. By the fourth chapter, I realized this woman did not author a book about Alzheimer’s care but instead penned a book about Alzheimer’s care in Fantasyland. I occasionally think back to her book having spoken with hundreds of other caregivers, watched over my mother until her death and while I stand watch over my terminally ill wife of nearly 32 years and feel this woman must have had it pretty easy in caring for her Alzheimer’s patient.

I did not set out to write the next bestseller but instead an unvarnished, no holds barred look at the real world of Alzheimer’s caregiving. While I would like to sell many copies; becoming the next longtime resident of the bestseller lists; I am a realist that understands that nobody, let me repeat nobody, expects this disease to come barging into their lives until after losses begin.

When I began my “career” as an Alzheimer’s caregiver, I knew little more about the disease than it causes old people to forget things. In that regard, I feel I was as informed as the average person that has not experienced Alzheimer’s or the caregiving involved. Every 68 seconds someone receives the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. It is imperative that the potential Alzheimer’s patient, as well as his or her caregivers, understand the disease, caregiving requirements and how to plan for the future.

The purpose behind my book is to help current caregivers, especially those who are new, potential caregivers of which there are many and the Alzheimer’s patient who may not fully understand that Alzheimer’s is a progressive degenerative neurologic condition that is always fatal and there currently exists limited treatments to assist them through the course of the disease.

I have written my book with an “I have been there, so I know what I am talking about” attitude. I wish for the reader to come away with an appreciation of what my wife and I lost when Alzheimer’s invaded our lives, but also the level of care that I render everyday from a knowledge-base of observation, in-depth research and the love and respect that I have for my best friend.

ABOUT BARRY TUTOR

As a lifetime problem-solver, I faced the challenges of caring for my two AD victims by researching the disease and developing caregiving skills to assure their comfort and care.

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postheadericon A Conversation with Arielle Strauss, author of The Wraith Series

Arielle StraussArielle Strauss is a twenty-two year old author, actress, and percussionist originally from Freehold, New Jersey. She graduated with a BA in Liberal Arts from SarahLawrenceCollege, where she began to write “The Wraith Trilogy.” She’s pleased to finally share her first novel, The Wraith, and the sequel, The Huntress, with the world.

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The Wraith 2The Wraith – Ophelia Weller never believed in ghosts until the night she became one. But when the aftermath of a frat party on the most haunted campus in America leaves her face to face with her own naked corpse, she really has no other option. Now a wraith, Ophelia is a spirit hidden amongst the living. Forced to conceal her undead identity from the world, and struggling to remain visible to the humans around her, how will she ever manage to convince her dearest friend of the truth? Or muster the courage to tell her beautiful gym partner that she just may be in love with her? And, with no memory of her death, how will Ophelia solve the mystery of her murder?

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The Huntress 2The Huntress – Ophelia’s been dead for several weeks, but she’s still around. Yet other students at OhioUniversity are dropping like flies, never to return. Surely the most haunted campus in America is home to other wraiths like herself? Ophelia is determined to find them—and to discover the truth about why she continues to dwell in the world of mortals. But faced with a mysterious clan of ghost hunters closing in, threatening to end her unlife, three meddlesome (and crotchety) divine beings determined to control her new existence, and a best friend with more than friendly feelings for the love of her life, how long will Ophelia be able to hide the truth of her death—and her destiny?

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Q: Thank you so much for this interview, Arielle! Can you tell us where you are from?

I’m from Freehold, which is where Bruce Springsteen is from!

Q: How did you come up with your title?

Speaks for itself, doesn’t it?

Q: They say you can judge a book by its cover. Can you tell us a little about your cover and who designed it?

The Killion Group designed the cover. I wanted the image to be ethereal and mysterious, inviting you to open the book.

Q: Can you tell us something about your book that would make me run out and buy it?

Lesbians. I mean, if you’re into that sort of thing…

Q: Are there any messages in this book that you want the reader to know about?

If you’re getting over a traumatic experience, like Ophelia, keep going for the things you really want out of life. Don’t hold yourself back because fate threw this massive hurdle your way. And if you miraculously find love in any form, like Ophelia, do yourself a favor and hold onto it. Cherish and nurture that love because it’s one more rare, beautiful and amazing thing to live for.

Q: What was your most favorite chapter to write and why?

The first chapter was my favorite to write. The published version is vastly different than the original draft, but that was the freest creative experience of my life. I didn’t hold back. Of course the editing process was a long one and the finished product now suits the rest of the story.

Q: Why did you feel you had to write this book?

I’d written only in bits and pieces my whole life. The one time I ever finished anything, it got lost. So I wanted to complete something and for people to see it.

Q: Now, some fun questions – What deep dark secret would you like to share with us?

I have mild emetophobia.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

I’d see New Zealand. It’s where Xena was filmed.

Q: Are you a morning person or a night person?

I’m an evening person. I love dinner.

Q: Are there any members in your family who also like to write?

My mother is a writer. My aunt is also a published author.

Q: As a child, were you a dreamer?

I still am.

Q: Last but not least, the magic genie has granted you one wish. What would that be?

I’d wish for ability to teleport. Ophelia can teleport short distances. I would teleport to New Zealand and avoid that 24-hour flight.

Q: Thank you so much for this interview! Do you have any final words?

Battle on!

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postheadericon 5 Things You Should Know About The Hidden History of America by David Brody

 

The Oath of NimrodTitle: Oath of Nimrod
Author: David S. Brody
Publisher: Eyes That See
Pages: 283
Genre: Historical Suspense
Format: Paperback/Ebook

A mysterious race of North American giants.

An ancient Hebrew inscription in a Cherokee burial mound.

A blood oath made by blindfolded Freemasons.

Are these three historical oddities the reason the CIA is trying to brainwash historian Cameron Thorne and his fiancée Amanda Spencer-Gunn? The answer lies buried in the legends of the Knights Templar, within the rituals of the secretive Freemasons and, most significantly of all, inside the bowels of the Smithsonian Institution. The problem for Cam and Amanda? If they go rummaging around the Smithsonian, they may find themselves buried alongside the ancient giants.

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5 Things You Should Know About The Hidden History of America:

 

  1. Ancient Stone Structures in southern New Hampshire indicate Mediterranean explorers visited America approximately 3,000 years ago.

 

  1. A round stone tower in Rhode Island was likely built by European or Scandinavian explorers at least a hundred years before Columbus.

 

  1. Carvings in stone indicate Scottish explorers traveled to inland Massachusetts in the late 1300s.

 

  1. Hundreds of newspaper accounts from the 1800s indicate a race of giant humans (7.5 to 12 feet tall) roamed North America approximately 2,000 years ago.

 

  1. A carved stone found in a Cherokee burial mound in Tennessee indicates Jewish explorers came to North America around 200 A.D.

David Brody

David S. Brody is a Boston Globe bestselling fiction writer named Boston’s “Best Local Author” by the Boston Phoenix newspaper. A graduate of Tufts University and Georgetown Law School, he is a former Director of the New England Antiquities Research Association (NEARA) and is an avid researcher in the subject of pre-Columbian exploration of America. He has appeared as a guest expert
on documentaries airing on History Channel, Travel Channel, PBS and Discovery Channel.

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