Sunday, May 29, 2016

Featured Book: Waking Up Joy by Tina Ann Forkner

Behind every lost dream lies a second chance...

When adored town spinster Joy Talley ends up in a coma after a peculiar accident, she is surprised and incensed to hear what is being said in her hospital room, including plans for her funeral. When she finally wakes, her well-meaning, but bossy, brothers and sisters dismiss her claims, thinking her accident has knocked her off her rocker, but Joy has never felt better, and is determined to set the past right.

Now Joy must face her darkest secret and risk reopening wounds caused by an old flame who rejected her more than twenty years ago. But taking risks brings change, as well as a new, younger man into Joy's life, making her feel like a teenager again. Suddenly Joy's once humdrum life is anything but boring and routine and the future beckons, exhilarating and bright.



About the author:

Tina Ann Forkner is a Substitute Teacher and the award-winning author of WAKING UP JOY, RUBY AMONG US, and ROSE HOUSE. She was raised in Northeastern Oklahoma and has a Southern heart, but she lives in beautiful Wyoming with her husband, three teenagers, and two dogs.



Saturday, May 28, 2016

Featured Book: Guardians III: The Journey Home by Brad Anderson

Have the vampires really stopped chasing the Mackies? Robert Mackie hopes so. After the events in Lajitas, the vampires were more than happy to let him and the children, Alyson and Jason, leave West Texas for their home in Pensacola. At least, that's what Robert believes. He has no idea that Brian, the vampire Jason doused with holy water in Lajitas, is more interested in payback than forgiveness. And Brian knows where the Mackies will go next.

Robert has other things on his mind. The men who tried to kill him several years ago while he was undercover for the DEA are waiting for him in San Antonio. Running away will only delay the inevitable showdown and leave the children in potential danger for years to come. Robert must turn the men's trap against them, and his plan seems simple enough-especially after having killed dozens of deadly vampires in the Guadalupe Mountains and another handful in Lajitas. Meanwhile Vargas, the oldest vampire of all, finds himself alone and without purpose.

Reluctantly, he takes on the task of trying to stop Brian before his actions bring unwanted awareness among the breeders that vampires are real. The action comes to a head in San Antonio, where every exhilarating moment is filled with fight, flight, and pursuit right through the final chapter.




About the author:

Brad Anderson lives and works in San Antonio, Texas, where the majority of Guardians III takes place. He spends most of his longer vacations hiking and camping in America's national parks, which have provided settings for several of his novels. Anderson is the author of Ribbon Falls, After the Falls, The Janus Project, Guardians, and Guardians II: A Farewell to Carlos Santiago.




Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Featured Book: Disappearing Honeymooner by Pamela Troutman

Leonard Townsend, the private detective, is happily planning a trip to Mexico on his newly purchased sailboat when a young woman named Ellie shows up.

She is a honeymooner and she explains that her new husband has just disappeared. She wants Len to find her husband for her. Len reluctantly agrees to help.

So Ellie tells Len about her brief romance, her hasty marriage and answers all his questions. The more Len hears, the more he wishes he had already left on his sailboat adventure because this case looks unpleasant.

But there was a whole lot more to come....



About the author:

Pamela Troutman, the author, is a chronological baby boomer who still finds time to sail, fish, bike, shop, write, garden, cruise and boogie board in defiance of the rocking chair she seeks to avoid. Len Townsend got tired of all the activity in her whirlygig mind and asked to be set free, so here he is, in this book. In the past she worked on newspapers, newsletters, and a monthly column for a British magazine. She graduaged from the Ohio State University School of Journalism. She now freelances in her home in Katy, Tx. and writes books about Len, one of her favorite people.



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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Featured Book: My Townie Heart by Diana Sperrazza

Laura DiStefano is torn between dreams of a new counter-cultural life and the undertow of a dysfunctional family.

Laura DiStefano has flunked out of the University of Massachusetts just as the counterculture reaches its peak in the 1970s.

Reluctantly, Laura returns to live back home with her parents and sister in the blue collar town she so hoped to escape. But she soon learns that her sister, a fierce survivor of a childhood attack who has rather foolishly gotten pregnant, needs Laura’s help when she unexpectedly falls for a local guy.

Even though the school offers to reinstate Laura’s scholarship, leaving home again suddenly gets harder. As the conflicts in her threaten to drag her under, Laura becomes agoraphobic. How can she reconcile her divided loyalties and find her genuine life?



About the author:

Emmy-award winning journalist Diana Sperrazza was raised in a blue-collar neighborhood in West Springfield, Massachusetts. She was the eldest daughter in an alcoholic family. In and out of college for many years, she waitressed, cleaned houses and made various forays into the counterculture until she moved to New Mexico and discovered journalism.

She settled in Washington, D.C. where she spent nearly thirty years working in television news and production. She currently lives in New York City and work as a senior executive producer for the crime channel Investigation Discovery. She is also grateful member of St. Marks in the Bowery, an Episcopal church in the East Village.



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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Featured Book: Can't Fight Fate by Lisa N. Edwards

Can the words of a Psychic influence your thoughts? Your Choices? Your Destiny?

Nikki, an inspirited Aussie girl thought she had her life planned. GET A CAREER, FIND A MAN, START A FAMILY.

Life seemed simple, until... accompanying her friend to a psychic changed her life forever. The psychic describes her soul mate. Mr Hollywood, a man with crystal green eyes.

Flash forward 17 years, Nikki's career as a Hollywood Entertainment Lawyer is taking off, and the Green Eyed man is standing in front of her. The words of the psychic are imprinted on her mind... "Remember he's nice to look at, nice to see, but if you chase him, he will flee..." So if she cannot chase him, and she cannot tell him what she knows. Will she ignore the warnings to get what she wants?

With her best friend, Siobhan, who is effectively her audacious and sassier alter ego, they navigate their way through the supposedly predestined life! Nikki can try, but she Can't Fight Fate.



About the author:

Lisa N Edwards is one of those people that cannot sit still; she juggles her life with precision and finesse. Some say she is an overachiever, but to Lisa, life would be boring if she was not focused on her next goal or dream.

Her biggest achievement to date is being a Married working Mother to five beautiful children and maintaining her sanity (well most of the time, anyhow).


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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Featured Book: Living a Life That Matters by David M. Weitzman

David Weitzman has written the only first-person account of the life and revolutionary times of Gilbert du Motier—better known as the Marquis de Lafayette.

Weitzman faithfully renders the color and spirit of revolutionary times in this historically accurate account of the events and relationships the young nobleman entered and formed on his path to become a well-respected fighting commander and right-hand man to General George Washington, who regarded this special French ally "Like my own son."

"Living a Life That Matters" is the product of careful scholarship and equally careful construction by the articulate and witty Weitzman. No one who professes feelings for the beginnings of this country will want to miss the opening scenes of the American experiment in this compelling page-turner of a novel.



About the author:

As a trial lawyer for 30 years David Weitzman specialized in the defense of individuals arrested for political reasons, or in violation of their civil liberties. He is now retired and wanted to tell the story of one of the world’s champions of liberty and his own personal hero, the Marquis de Lafayette. As an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, and Chairman of ACLU chapters in Northern Virginia and Berkeley, California, Mr. Weitzman was personally involved in trying notable civil liberties cases, representing the late Abbie Hoffman when he was arrested for wearing an American flag shirt, and representing the writer Norman Mailer when he was arrested for demonstrating against the war in Viet Nam at the Pentagon. For over 30 years Mr. Weitzman worked diligently trying to protect the Constitutional Rights of demonstrators, war protestors, garment workers, farm workers, and U.S. Marines.



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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Featured Book: Financial Services: Women at the Top by Arthea Reed and Diane Dixon

The financial services industry can be personally and financially rewarding, so why is it that so few women are in the field?

Arthea Reed and Diane Dixon draw upon the results of a Women in Insurance & Financial Services research study and their own extensive knowledge to explain the shortage as well as to inspire more women to enter or remain in the field.

Some of the most successful women in financial services have overcome great personal tragedy, professional ridicule, and failure to reach the pinnacle of success. By studying their moves, you can:
  • follow in the footsteps of successful female financial services professionals;
  • train up-and-coming female professionals so they have the knowledge and tools to succeed; and
  • promote a workplace that's inclusive, inspirational, and encouraging for everyone.
Walk down the path to a successful and rewarding career in financial services and help others do the same by learning from amazingly successful women. Whether you're already in the industry or considering it as a career, you'll get a roadmap to overcome challenges with Financial Services: Women at the Top.



About the authors:

Arthea Reed is a senior financial representative with Northwestern Mutual and senior partner of Long Term Care Insurance Connection. She was formerly a professor and chair of the Education Department at the University of North Carolina – Asheville (UNCA). She earned a doctorate at Florida State University and is a UNCA professor emeritus. She divides her time between Asheville, North Carolina, and Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Diane Dixon owns 3FCoaching (Faith | Focus | Follow Through), a national coaching business. She is a national past president of Women in Insurance & Financial Services and was its Woman of the Year in 2008. She is a graduate of Coach University, a member of International Coach Federation, a consultant of The One Page Business PlanTM, and a practitioner with Leading From Your StrengthsTM. She lives in Xenia, Ohio.



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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Featured Book: I Was Only Nineteen by Raewyn Harlum

It was a different world in 1966. Considered a social and moral outrage to have a baby out of wedlock, babies were taken from single mothers because they didn't have husbands.

In I Was Only Nineteen, author Raewyn Harlum tells how she relinquished a baby to whom she had just given birth. At the time, nineteen-year-old Raewyn was homeless and sleeping on the floor of people she'd known four days. Destitute, her possessions filled one suitcase. She had no family or friends in Australia and her partner already had a wife. When she went into labor, her partner left her at the hospital telling her she couldn't keep the baby. If she did, he'd disappear with their two-year-old son.

In this heartbreaking memoir, she shares her story that includes the reunion of the birth parents with the baby after she'd grown into a beautiful young woman. It was not a love-conquers-all meeting; the young woman doesn't understand why her birth parents gave her up and then had more children.



About the author:

Raewyn Harlum grew up on Waiheke Island in New Zealand in the 1950s. She married an Australian and became an Australian citizen. Raewyn is a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, writer, poet, artist, and gardener. She lives in the Noosa Hinterland, Queensland, Australia, with her cat Panda.



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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Featured Book: Windfalling by Paul J. Nyerick

Vietnam veteran Jerry Johnson peacefully sits on a quiet mountainside, watching a storm brewing to the west. He notes a small plane flying toward his lofty perch when a blinding flash strikes the approaching aircraft. A single parachute floats to earth, and the crippled bird crashes into the canyon below, kindling a wildfire that licks its way toward the fallen pilot.

As Jerry cuts the harness away from the pilot, who appears to be unconscious, he is surprised to find a redheaded girl staring back at him from the rocky canyon floor. After regaining her senses, E.D. Struction seems more concerned about a box she lost falling to earth than the danger from the ensuing conflagration.

After escaping the fire, Jerry and the beautiful pilot set out to retrieve the mysterious yellow box-a box with symbols from most of the ancient peoples who flourished in the Western Hemisphere inlayed on the lid. They must find it before Harlan Diamond, the fourth richest person on the planet, gets his hands on the prize.

In Windfalling, an unforgettable debut novel, Jerry, E.D., and a couple of Marine Corps buddies who fought together in Vietnam, along with two renowned anthropologists, scramble across Southern California and Baja, Mexico, searching for an Aztec pyramid and the Crown of Knowledge. With the help of a 500-year-old Spanish priest, they discover historical truths that will forever change the way history was written...



About the author:

Paul Nyerick was a Marine Corps forward observer in the Vietnam war, firefighter in Lake Arrowhead, CA and a program manager at the Connecticut Fire Academy. He is a member of the West Haven, CT Veterans Arts Council, where fellow veterans use the arts to help put put the war behind them. Paul has a MA in Vocational Education Administration, from California State University, San Bernardino. Paul lives in Granby, CT and Lake Worth, FL with his wife and dog.


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Monday, May 9, 2016

Guest Post: Debra Diamond author of Life After Near Death

Debra Diamond, author of Life After Near Death, stopped by to share with us an article she wrote.






Life After Near Death profiles a dozen cases of near-death experience after-effects, including newfound musical and artistic talents, mathematical gifts, enhanced hearing, elevated IQ, improved vision, spontaneous healing, and electrical sensitivity. Bridging the gap between science and spirituality, Life After Near Death explores these miraculous after-effects and new evidence concerning the NDE to reveal for the first time:
  • New evidence affirming the survival of consciousness after death.
  • The circumstances and conditions that give rise to a NDE.
  • The link between predisposition and the NDE.
  • The role of manifestation and intent and the NDE.
  • The unmistakable connections between the energetic world and the NDE.
Life After Near Death is the only book to explore the deeper meaning of the near-death experience through the prism of its extraordinary after-effects. It offers a new, science-based paradigm to unravel the NDE and our assumptions regarding the afterlife. Because although you can return from an NDE, you will never return to your former life.



About the author:

Debra Diamond is a former Wall Street money manager and artist who left a high-profile life to pursue one of purpose and spirituality. In 2008, she had a transformational experience that left her with unconventional powers as a clairvoyant and medium. As an investment professional, Debra was a professor at Johns Hopkins University and a regular commentator on CNBC. She was profiled in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Baltimore Sun. She has an MBA from George Washington University and is a graduate of Christie's Education and the Jung Institute. The mother of three sons, Debra splits her time between Taos, New Mexico, and the East Coast.




Sunday, May 8, 2016

Featured Book: Forever Changed by Teresa Tuten

Austin had never broken a promise to her-except this one.

Gazing up at the moon and stars, Alexandra reminisced of times she and Austin had sat in the red swing nestled beneath a fuzzy blanket as the ocean waves crashed ashore. It had been months since she'd received the devastating news that had forever altered the course of her future. Feeling lost on the inside, she managed to move forward with the dream she still carried in her heart. And as much as she wanted to change the outcome of their future, she couldn't.

Her assistant, Jane Hammond, had been an encouraging friend by offering a listening ear and a shoulder to cry on. Carrying a hurt so deep, Jane understood all about love and loss. Hoping for a second chance at love, Jane fought the fear that her intuition may be right about the secret life of the man she loved. But each time doubt rose up, she wouldn't allow herself to believe the worst.

Mike Sutter was well-known as a Master carpenter and he had the portfolio to prove it. He'd restored a many a house over the years, and was handy at fixing most things. As good as he was at doing what he loved-it still hadn't filled the emptiness in his heart. He knew that one woman could possibly make him feel complete. That is, if she'd only give him a chance to love her.



About the author:

Teresa Tuten lives in SC with her husband and children. She has a degree in cosmetology, barbering, fitness and nutrition, and creative writing. She enjoys spending time at the beach, watching movies, writing, and being creative. Teresa is currently writing her next fiction novel.



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Saturday, May 7, 2016

Featured Book: The Tangled Trail by Shirley D. Meier

Werner Baumann, a widower, looks for his rebellious run-away son, Otto. The trail leads him from Germany to St. Louis, Missouri and then to Dakota Territory.

Along the way, he is helped by a newspaper man and is captivated by his niece, the spirited Elizabeth Frank. But their paths separate as Werner’s adventurous search takes him into the far wilderness and lonely Elizabeth, hearing he perished, marries and they join her ambitious father starting a cattle ranch. However, Werner unexpectedly returns and their secret entangled love engulfs them all in a struggle between loyalty and passion.

With a rich backdrop of the area’s historical events, their hardy pioneer life mixes with the issues of infidelity, guilt and family responsibility until a surprising resolution emerges.



About the author:

Shirley D. Meier, born and raised in North Dakota, is a descendant of German pioneers who helped tame the western landscape. A University of Montana graduate, she worked previously in theater and education. Now living in Colorado, she enjoys her family, traveling and has published several non-fiction books.



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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Featured Book: Toxic Sphere by C. N. Sky

A package vanishes. A ship sets sail. A manhunt begins.

The year is 1007 EE, and four great powers-Cadona, Domataland, Sohn-Sur, and Visstel-are battling for world dominance.

Leeha Ritsagin is one of the seventeen billion humans caught up in the battle of the giants. She enjoys old movies, works hard, longs for a boyfriend, fears elevators, cares about the world, and is a wanted criminal. Her story begins on a drive across town, and while she worries about getting lost, the danger she faces doesn't wait for her in the slums of Cadona City. Rather, it comes inside a simple paper bag that appears in the backseat of her old car. Powerful members of the Back-to-Basics Club launch a manhunt to catch the thief who stole their package at a time when Club leaders are primed to take control of the Cadonan government, start a war against fabricated enemies, and deploy the world's most powerful weapon: Toxic Sphere.

In response to growing international peril, the rising nation of Domataland dispatches its Goodwill Ship to aid a threatened ally. When news of the package's disappearance reaches the desk of Domataland's president, he instructs his intelligence chief to find the thief, hoping to use the mysterious package against his Cadonan adversaries. With Leeha's life in danger, investigative journalist Bob Fullerby begins his own search to find the young woman before her hunters do.

C. N. Sky's debut novel is an ambitious saga with engaging characters, pulse-quickening action, and well-crafted suspense-a definite must-read by an up-and-coming new voice in fiction.



About the author:

C. N. Sky is a former US Army Military Intelligence officer with a degree in political science. Sky loves nature and is especially fond of flying squirrels.



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Monday, May 2, 2016

Guest Post: Debra Diamond author of Life After Near Death

Debra Diamond, author of Life After Near Death, stopped by to share with us an article she wrote.






Life After Near Death profiles a dozen cases of near-death experience after-effects, including newfound musical and artistic talents, mathematical gifts, enhanced hearing, elevated IQ, improved vision, spontaneous healing, and electrical sensitivity. Bridging the gap between science and spirituality, Life After Near Death explores these miraculous after-effects and new evidence concerning the NDE to reveal for the first time:
  • New evidence affirming the survival of consciousness after death.
  • The circumstances and conditions that give rise to a NDE.
  • The link between predisposition and the NDE.
  • The role of manifestation and intent and the NDE.
  • The unmistakable connections between the energetic world and the NDE.
Life After Near Death is the only book to explore the deeper meaning of the near-death experience through the prism of its extraordinary after-effects. It offers a new, science-based paradigm to unravel the NDE and our assumptions regarding the afterlife. Because although you can return from an NDE, you will never return to your former life.



About the author:

Debra Diamond is a former Wall Street money manager and artist who left a high-profile life to pursue one of purpose and spirituality. In 2008, she had a transformational experience that left her with unconventional powers as a clairvoyant and medium. As an investment professional, Debra was a professor at Johns Hopkins University and a regular commentator on CNBC. She was profiled in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Baltimore Sun. She has an MBA from George Washington University and is a graduate of Christie's Education and the Jung Institute. The mother of three sons, Debra splits her time between Taos, New Mexico, and the East Coast.




Sunday, May 1, 2016

Featured Book: The Orchestration by Stephen L. Burkart

When covert ops director John Darque receives a mysterious package from a former adversary, he suspects the worst, but the box contains items more dangerous than even he could have imagined... they indicate that the President-Elect of the United States, Thomas Jefferson Davis, is a mole whose rise to power has been carefully nurtured for more than 30 years as part of a Russian plot to overthrow the US government.

Darque's organization must first determine if Davis is a threat to the US, and, if so, are others also involved in the plan. The greatest challenge, however, still lies ahead: once a conspiracy is uncovered, Darque must formulate a scheme to thwart the Russian coup, but in a way that casts no suspicion on Davis, in order to protect the American people. If the conspiracy evolves undeterred, World War III is imminent. Eliminating the threat will require all of Darque's ingenuity and expertise to prevent the overthrow of America from within.

The Orchestration is a gripping thriller in the tradition of great espionage novels.



About the author:

Steve spent the majority of his 22 year military career in Europe in military intelligence during and immediately following the Cold War. He has in-depth personal experience of counterintelligence work during the 1980s, often referred to as "the decade of the spies".



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