Thursday, July 30, 2015

Beyond Duty by James DeVries Book Blast - Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!


Title: Beyond Duty
Author: James DeVries
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 334
Genre: Fiction
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The continuing story of Lt. Jeff Lacy is dangerous and sad. The story opens with Jeff's participation in a Top Secret mission to observe Russian Submarine missile tests. When he has a change of duty station Jeff lands in the middle of a dangerous plot and his beloved wife Molly is killed. In despair Jeff retires from the Navy and soon finds himself working as an agent for the CIA in the United Arab Emirates. While there he becomes partners in the Mid East Construction Company which leads him into unexpected and interesting situations. Jeff finally tracks down Molly's killer.

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Lt. James DeVries, USN, Retired, served 21 years in the Navy, 10 years in the submarine force and time in Special Warfare. The last year was with a Navy SEAL platoon setting up and operating a training facility on the island of Crete in the Mediterranean. Jim's retired years have been spent working as an International Field Service Engineer and 16 years for Fluor Daniel, Inc. as a Project Manager. Now fully retired Jim spends his spear time involved with amateur radio and writing. Jim and his Red Headed wife Claire live in Salem, Oregon in the summer and Mesa, Arizona in the winter.

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Bamford Luck by Arthur C. Eastly Book Blast - Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card



Title: Bamford Luck
Author: Arthur C. Eastly
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 262
Genre: Western
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Twenty-eight-year-old Clay Bamford mistakenly thinks he is just bidding his parents farewell for a short time as they depart their Idaho ranch for a vacation. As their RV heads down the road away from home, Clay has no idea that in just a short time, his parents will be murdered and he will be left attempting to solve the crime. Luong An Chie’n—the patriarch of a Seattle Asian gang—is intent on doing whatever it takes to ensure he remains successful as a drug smuggler. When fate leads a few of his gang members to an encounter with the elderly Bamfords that ends in their untimely deaths, he is clueless that Clay Bamford has begun his own mission to find the guilty parties. Using his United States Army training, work ethic, and country boy toughness, the son hacks computers, intercepts e-mails, and infiltrates the gang. Determined to crack the crime operation, Bamford will stop at nothing until he finally leads police to a fish market—and what he hopes are the answers. In this gripping tale, an Idaho rancher attempting to solve his parents’ murder uncovers a major drug operation in Seattle where only time will tell if he finds the justice he so desperately needs.

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 Arthur C. Eastly was educated at the University of Oklahoma. He enjoys writing frontier stories that enhance the self-reliance, determination, and courage our ancestors used to face dangerous hardships and move forward. His novel,Black Arrow, won second place in a New York fiction contest. Arthur currently resides in Alberta, Canada. This is his third book.  

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The Sexualization of America's Kids by J.E. Wright Book Blast - Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

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  The Sexualization of America's KidsTitle: The Sexualization of America's Kid's Author: J.E. Wright Publisher: iUniverse Pages: 176 Genre: Parenting Format: Kindle/Paperback Currently, kids are being hyper-sexualized by the exploding provocativeness in the media. Parents can develop the skills to recognize these subtle influences and the knowledge to counteract and do something about it. In The Sexualization of America's Kids, Mr. Wright draws on his 22 years as a therapist, working with over 1,000 kids and their families, to demonstrate how this provocativeness affects our kids. He uses their stories to discuss how kids fall prey to these negative presentations, and he recommends Seven Ways to Raise Sexually Healthy Children and Teenagers.   Mr. Wright's use of dialogued role-plays and actual case examples shows parents when and how to appropriately communicate on sexual issues with their different aged kids. His caring and concrete approach makes this book a necessity for all parents who are raising kids today. ORDER INFORMATION Findependence Day is available for purchase at  
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  J. E. Wright has been a therapist for 27 years,having obtained his graduate degree from the University of Chicago. He has worked with over 1,000 children and teenagers and their families. He is a husband and father, and he presents workshops on childhood issues, parenting adolescents, and sexuality. He is a foster parent trainer and has several published articles.  

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Lions in the Garden by Chelsea Luna




    Title: Lions in the Garden 
Author: Chelsea Luna 
Publisher: Lyrical Press 

Prague, 1610

 Ludmila Novakova--Mila--has barely set foot outside Prague Castle in her seventeen years. But with the choice between braving the bandits and wolves of Bohemia's uneasy roads or being married off to a disgusting old baron, she's taken what she can carry and fled.

 Escape won't be easy. Even Mila has heard the rumors of a rebellion coming against the court. The peasants are hungry. The king hasn't been seen in months. Mila's father, the High Chancellor, is well known and well hated.

 But Mila can't sit behind a stone wall and let fear force her into a life of silk gowns and certain misery. Her mother's death has taught her that much. She has one ally: Marc, the son of the blacksmith. A commoner, a Protestant--and perhaps a traitor, too. But the farther she gets from the castle, the more lies she uncovers, unraveling everything she thought she knew. And the harder it is to tell friend from enemy--and wrong from right . . .

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 Chelsea Luna is the author of over eight novels and counting, including two bestselling young adult series — the New England Witch Chronicles Series (4 books) and Love & the Zombie Apocalypse Trilogy.  Chelsea received a Juris Doctorate from New York Law School in New York, New York in 2007, and a B.A. in Sociology, with a concentration in Criminal Justice, from the University of Tennessee in 2004.

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The Pursuit of Justice by Ben Matthews Book Feature!




Title: The Pursuit of Justice
Author: Ben Matthews
Publisher: Rushton Press
Genre: Legal Thriller
Format: Kindle/Paperback

  “A satisfying, well plotted mystery that should please the court.” — Kirkus Reviews

 Attorney Raymond Jackson is troubled by ethics charges, his failing practice, and memories of his still missing sister. When he agrees to resolve the ethics charges by taking on a case from the public defender, he gets saddled with a client nobody wants. The client is charged with the murder of his former girlfriend, an exotic dancer who was pregnant at the time of the crime. Investigating the State’s key witness, Ray discovers several similar unsolved murders from the past few years. Needing help, Ray must turn to the man he trusts the least. Ray also becomes involved in a money laundering investigation with his old girlfriend. As the bodies pile up, Ray finds himself framed for murder on the eve of trial. When the investigations collide, the cases become personal and Ray must choose between justice for his client or himself.

  “Matthews…keeps the pages turning.”—Kirkus Reviews

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Blended Family Bliss, a nonfiction work.

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Ben Matthews is a native of South Carolina.  He is a graduate of Presbyterian College, the University Of South Carolina School Of Law and is admitted to the South Carolina Bar. He maintains a law practice in South Carolina.   His practice has allowed him to appear in the Horry County Courtrooms on many occasions. Although he is not a resident of Myrtle Beach, he spent many weeks of summer, multiple spring breaks and a host of weekends along the Grand Strand where he learned to water ski, fish, crab, shrimp, scuba dive and party. It is still the number one getaway for him and his wife.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Guest Post from Sarah Smith Ducksworth, author of No Crystal Stair


Title: No Crystal Stair
Author: Sarah Smith Ducksworth
Publisher: Trafford
Genre: Poetry
Format: Kindle

 Each poem in this collection is a reflection upon the author’s personal life or is a response to her vicarious interactions in the lives of characters she has met in real life or in books. Through the critical lens of poetry, she has looked for deeper meanings inside those experiences. Though the writer ends with an understanding that her life has not been a “crystal stair,” alluding to the hardships the titular character in Langston Hughes’ Poem--“The Negro Mother”-- faced, the writer feels that these poems, all together, reflect her world view and personal Truth.

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When I was in elementary school, my mother, who observed me constantly scribbling on paper, told me I should never write anything down that I would be embarrassed to have the world read. She gave me this warning back in the day when both manual and electric typewriters were primarily considered office equipment and there were no digital devices available for composing and sending messages through space. Moreover, the technology did not exist for desktop and portable computers which could store countless volumes of random thoughts. Back in those olden days, I was what you might call a stream of conscious writer, putting my ideas and fancies into notebooks. And, my mother perceived a danger in this.

As a child I did not realize that such eclectic and responsive writing could be classified as therapy.  All I knew was that writing was for me a necessary extension of myself. I wrote about things I thought about—things that hurt my feelings, desires for revenge, wishes, and whatever else that made me tick. The same is true today. I write about things that trouble me, about fantasies that intrigue me, etc.; and, in the process, I exorcise demons and find ways to improve good and bad situations.

Of course, over the years, there have been times when the wrong people have gotten hold of some rant I’ve written and used it against me. The trouble my mother perceived so long ago has been proven time and time again as prophetic. And so, over time, I have become more careful in protecting my private thoughts. Still, the digital world has caused me a huge setback. The world-wide web, rife with hackers, has become my biggest challenge. Based on recent experience, I know first-hand that the internet is no place to vent.     

Back in 2010, I went online and filled out a form posted by a self-proclaimed “ethics investigator.” I asked this expert about the ethics of a local prosecutor who would not assist me in finding out who was hacking my cell phone. I also invited comments from visitors to this “legal” website. In my post, I explained that there was a person who was remotely using up data on my phone and that this person had caused my cell phone, while it was lying dormant inside my pocketbook, to dial my landline phone. 

Since that ethics question was posted in 2010, it has stayed prominently associated online with my name. Someone must be very interested in this post; yet, there has never been a response to my query, either from the ethics investigator or from one of his visitors. I felt hopeful when I first posted the question, but its staying power as an online item both puzzles and bothers me today.

Do I regret putting a sensitive question into the public sphere, which has the life span of dirt? The answer is yes. But, on the other hand, my life has been greatly enriched by the caveat my action provided. As result of my experience, I will consider the thin line between public and private communications when it comes to social media in the future. 

Now, I face another consideration: Do I have to slash and burn my electronic diaries? After being hacked, I believe I should. Unfortunately, the loss of this private writing could translate into a loss of wisdom and hamper my growth as a writer. The only solution may be returning to pen and pad. But, even that may not work if someone really wants to get me and invades my home. Farfetched, you say?  
When confronted with the choice of writing freely for emotional release or not writing things I don’t want to share, I have to choose writing anyway and taking the precaution to keep those ideas off the web. 

Writers from the past and present support me in extolling the therapeutic value of writing to explore one’s own world view. Graham Greene conveyed the benefits of diary writing when he mused: “I wonder how all those who do not compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in a human situation.”          

About the Author

For most of her life, Sarah Smith Ducksworth has seen herself as a teacher who writes. She has had a teaching career spanning nearly forty years and has taught language arts in New York and in New Jersey middle schools, high schools and universities. This current book of creative writings represents a reversal in the way she has begun to identify herself and launches her intent to spend the rest of her life pursuing her love of writing.


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Two to Wrangle by Victoria Vane Cover Reveal!


Title: Two to Wrangle
Author: Victoria Vane
Publisher: Lyrical Shine

A COUNTRY BOY

 Maybe having a hot and heavy affair with the boss’s daughter wasn’t the smartest move. But country boy Ty Morgan didn’t regret a moment with city girl Monica Brandt…until she left Las Vegas to return to her life in New York.  When devastating news sends her running back, Ty can’t help but open his arms.  His heart, however, is another matter.

AND A CITY GIRL 

Now that Ty has what he’s always wanted—controlling interest in Hotel Rodeo—Monica is certain their time together is at an end.  Then Ty asks her to come on board as a partner.  Maybe it’s just her money he needs, but the chance to stick close to the sexy wrangler sure could make work a whole lot more interesting.

GET READY TO TANGO

 Their partnership doesn’t come without a heap of problems. The two can’t agree on anything—except their iron-hot attraction.  As the hotel’s Grand Opening approaches, the truth is all too clear: Ty and Monica must find a way to mix business with pleasure if they have any shot at dancing off into the sunset together…

Praise for Victoria Vane 
“Erotic and sexy.” —Library Journal on the Devil DeVere series
 “For erotic passion and one-liners, the first book in Vane's new series will satisfy...Vane's latest gets a big yee-haw.”—RT Book Reviews on Slow Hand

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Victoria Vane is an award-winning author of smart and sexy romance. Her work includes everything from wild comedic romps to emotionally compelling erotic romance. Her historical romances have received more than twenty awards and nominations to include the 2014 RONE Award for Treacherous Temptations and Library Journal Best E-Book romance of 2012 for The Devil DeVere series. She is now making waves in contemporary romance with her critically acclaimed Hot Cowboy Nights series from Sourcebooks (Slow Hand, Rough Rider, Sharp Shooter, Silver Tongue). Look for her scorching hot Hotel Rodeo series coming from Kensington early 2016.

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Pro Rules by Andreea and Stephan Ehritt-Vanc Book Blast - Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!


Pro RulesTitle: Pro Rules
Author: Andreea Ehritt-Vanc & Stephan Ehritt-Vanc Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 144
Genre: Sports
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 Over the last twelve years, Stephan Ehritt-Vanc and Andreea Ehritt-Vanc, founders of the Pro-M International Tennis Academy, have played in or coached several players in more than sixty Grand Slams. In their guidebook, Pro Rules, they offer proven principles and a set of values that can help tennis players of all ages improve their game, achieve goals, and ultimately maximize their potential.

 Presented through five main elements—experience, acceptance-action response, respect, real self-confidence, and mastering the zone—Pro Rules guides tennis players to not only control their physical play, but also their mental play as well. You can learn how to
• act like a pro in any situation;
• deal with bad calls;
• focus despite distractions;
• analyze, predict, and respect an opponent;
• strike the balance between self-confidence and overconfidence; and
• live in the present tense.

 Pro Rules relies on the lessons of two experienced tennis professionals to share an innovative way of looking at life—both on and off the court—that can guide tennis players to find their professional core, learn control, and master their game by following their instincts with mastery and precision.

Stephan Ehritt-Vanc worked for the Royal Dutch Tennis Federation (KNLTB) for sixteen years. He founded the Pro-M International Tennis Academy with Andreea and is now the head of full-time programs on the ATP World Tour.

Andreea Ehritt-Vanc turned pro in 1992. She reached a top world ranking of 135 in the World Tennis Association (WTA) in singles and 40 in the WTA in doubles, winning several ITF tournament titles and two WTA titles. Andreea retired from her active career in 2008 and moved into a new role as the coach of Tamarine Tanasugarn.

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He IS Real by Janis Bolton Drinnon Book Blast - Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!


Title: He IS Real
Author: Janis Bolton Drinnon
Publisher: Xlibris
Pages: 109
Genre: Poetry
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 Janis began writing poetry in earnest after her first poem was published in an anthology in 1994 at age seventy- two. Following this, several of her poems were published in different anthologies through the years where she received numerous editors’ choice awards.

 The spiritual nature of Janis’ poems reflects her deep religious faith. In 1998, a book of her inspirational poems and selected Bible verses, “In HIS Care,” was published as a fiftieth anniversary remembrance. In 1999, singer Jody Murphy selected a poem, He Is Real, from this book to sing and record in Nashville, TN.

 Afterwards, Janis was selected for Marquis Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, Silver 25th Edition, Marquis Who’s Who in America, 52nd Edition, and Dictionary of International Biography, 26th Edition. She was elected to the International Poetry Hall of Fame in 1996.

 Janis Bolton was born July 28, 1922 in Pineville, KY to Clyde Herman and Violet Hendrickson Bolton. She married Kenneth C. Drinnon June 13, 1948 and had one daughter, Dena Daryl Drinnon.

 She was educated in Harrogate, TN elementary school, Middlesboro, KY high school, Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, journalism classes, and Newspaper Institute of America correspondence courses. While attending college, Janis wrote articles for local newspapers.

Janis has enjoyed a fulfilling versatile life in the arts as evidenced by the following: As a young teenager, she sang solos on children’s radio programs at WNOX in Knoxville, TN and sang in university and church choirs. She organized a drama department then produced and directed religious plays for Alice Bell Baptist Church, Knoxville, TN. And now, she is publishing her poetry book “He IS Real,” that contains many of her inspirational poems and selected Bible verses.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Janis Bolton Drinnon Janis began writing poetry in earnest after her first poem was published in an anthology in 1994 at age seventy- two. Following this, several of her poems were published in different anthologies through the years where she received numerous editors’ choice awards. The spiritual nature of Janis’ poems reflects her deep religious faith. In 1998, a book of her inspirational poems and selected Bible verses, “In HIS Care,” was published as a fiftieth anniversary remembrance. In 1999, singer Jody Murphy selected a poem, He Is Real, from this book to sing and record in Nashville, TN. Afterwards, Janis was selected for Marquis Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, Silver 25th Edition, Marquis Who’s Who in America, 52nd Edition, and Dictionary of International Biography, 26th Edition. She was elected to the International Poetry Hall of Fame in 1996. Janis Bolton was born July 28, 1922 in Pineville, KY to Clyde Herman and Violet Hendrickson Bolton. She married Kenneth C. Drinnon June 13, 1948 and had one daughter, Dena Daryl Drinnon. She was educated in Harrogate, TN elementary school, Middlesboro, KY high school, Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, journalism classes, and Newspaper Institute of America correspondence courses. While attending college, Janis wrote articles for local newspapers. Janis has enjoyed a fulfilling versatile life in the arts as evidenced by the following: As a young teenager, she sang solos on children’s radio programs at WNOX in Knoxville, TN and sang in university and church choirs. She organized a drama department then produced and directed religious plays for Alice Bell Baptist Church, Knoxville, TN. And now, she is publishing her poetry book “He IS Real,” that contains many of her inspirational poems and selected Bible verses.

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

in place of never by Julie Anne Lindsey Cover Reveal


Title: in place of never
Author: Julie Anne Lindsey
Publisher: Lyrical Press

Can the truth set her free?…

A part of Mercy died the summer her sister tragically drowned. Now Mercy has a chance to discover if Faith’s death was an accident—or murder.  Her first step is to confront the lead suspects: a band of traveling gypsies—the last people who saw her sister alive. But Mercy finds an unexpected ally in Cross, the soulful musician in their ranks. He’s a kindred spirit, someone who sees into her heart for the first time in, well, forever. Yet stirring up the past puts Mercy in danger…

Suddenly someone is shadowing Mercy’s every move, making her even more determined to uncover the facts. With Cross by her side, she is ready to face it all, even if that means opening up to him, knowing he may one day leave her. What she discovers is a truth that rocks the foundation of her small river town—and a love worth risking everything for….

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Julie Anne Lindsey is a multi-genre author who writes the stories that keep her up at night. She’s a self-proclaimed nerd with a penchant for words and proclivity for fun. Mother of three, wife to a sane person and Ring Master at the Lindsey Circus, most days you'll find her online, amped up on caffeine and wielding a book. Julie started writing to make people smile. Someday she plans to change the world. Julie is a member of the International Thriller Writers (ITW), Sisters in Crime (SinC) and the Canton Writer’s Guild.

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