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Born into a poor West African family in the disease-stricken town of Fontem, John N. Atabong embarked into the unknown in search of hope

Monday, October 8th, 2018
My
Father’s Gift
by
Sixtus Z. Atabong
Genre:
Memoir
 
Sixtus’s
father had only one request of Sixtus—‘give back.’ And give
back he did.” 
Edward
C. Benzel, MD, emeritus chairman of Neurosurgery, Cleveland Clinic
 

 

Born
into a poor West African family in the disease-stricken town of
Fontem, John N. Atabong embarked into the unknown in search of
hope. 
He
was eleven, but he triumphed against all odds to give his children
the best care and education available. Eventually, he sacrificed his
most valuable possession, his son Sixtus, sending him to study in the
United States with nothing more than lessons learned from his days
working the farms and his father’s basic biblical teachings. Sixtus
Atabong’s journey of temptations and challenges in the US gives rise
to a mission: to give back. He uses his gift to extend God’s
healing hands and unfailing love to the far corners of the earth
through sustainable health care infrastructures. Fulfilling his
father’s dream, Sixtus hopes that he too can leave the world a
better place than he found it.

 

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Sixtus
Z. Atabong, PA-C, President and Founder of Purpose Medical Mission
(PMM) is a neurosurgery Physician Assistant. PMM is a nonprofit
organization focusing on developing sustainable healthcare
infrastructure and services in developing countries. It has helped
build clinics and hospitals in Cameroon, The Democratic Republic of
Congo, Nicaragua, and Guatemala. Sixtus believes in empowering
communities with the knowledge and tools to address the global threat
of health disparity and lack of basic education.

 

Sixtus
is the recipient of numerous local and national awards for his
leadership and humanitarian work, including the Texas Tech University
Health Sciences Center Hall of Fame Award and the American Red Cross
Humanitarian of Year Award. In 2013, he was awarded the PA Service to
the Underserved Award by the American Academy of Physician
Assistants.

 

Sixtus
was born and raised in a small farming village in Muyuka
Sub-division, Cameroon, West Africa. He migrated to the United States
in 1995 where he faced many challenges, but eventually obtained a
Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Laboratory Sciences and a
Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. He uses his life
experiences and voice to motivate individuals on attaining their
God-given purpose. He speaks on issues such as, living a purposeful
life, realizing your American dream, financial independence, and
racial relations.

 

Sixtus’
goals in life have been achieved through faith and
self-determination. He enjoys traveling the world with his family and
learning about different cultures. He lives in Lubbock, Texas, with
his wife, Kyu Mee, and their two sons.

 

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Cancer and a love one… This story is uplifting and often humorous while symbolizing hope

Saturday, October 6th, 2018
 Nana and the “c” is a book for all ages and all cultures as it is about family and the ability to support a loved one through the challenges of cancer. It is told from a seven-year-old’s perspective as she gathers the courage to face her grandmother’s illness and learns that her irritating younger sister is perhaps smarter than she seems. Together they also learn how to conquer their biggest fear and replace worry with wonder. 

The story is uplifting and often humorous while symbolizing hope. It will make readers of all ages laugh, cry, and remember their own childhood and the relationships and events that influenced who they have become. The goal of this story is to help children through health crises in their family. The illustrator, editor and designer donated their time to help with the project in order to make possible the donation of copies of the book to waiting rooms of cancer clinics.

 

 

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Doris Schneider is an artist, scene designer, writer, and educator. She taught at William Carey University and was a tenured professor of theatre at North Carolina Central University. She published two novels: Borrowed Things and By Way of Water
 
After her own bout with breast cancer, she wrote this story based on a real event with her granddaughters. While the illustrator, Wenhai Ma, was teaching at Duke University, the two became long term friends—culminating in their collaboration on Nana and the “c”.

 

Meet the Illustrator:
Wenhai Ma – AmericanChinese scene designer, illustrator and educator. He was granted tenured professorship at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He graduated from the Central Academy of Drama, China and Carnegie Mellon University, USA. He has taught at Duke University, University of Nebraska Lincoln, Purdue University and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, the Central Academy of Drama, China and the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore. He is the author of Scene Design Rendering and Media (Focus Publishing, USA) and illustrator for 10 children’s picture books in the US. He has designed sets and costumes for various dramas, operas and musicals in the United States, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and Indonesia. His first novel Such An Enchanted Night was published in Taiwan, 2017.

 

 

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Poignant in the extreme, you’ll want to keep the tissues nearby

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018
Poohsticks
Bridge
by
The Birch Twins
Genre:
Romantic Fiction
 
Beginning
as a childhood game, Poohsticks Bridge tells the sweet story of a
friendship between two children that, through the years, blossoms
into adult love with an unbreakable bond and faith in one another.
John and Melissa are tested throughout their lives by hardships,
pain, and separation, yet their love and determination to live life
together to its fullest never falters. In today’s culture of having
everything, this couple shows us how a few, simple things can lead to
a satisfying and fulfilling life. 

 

 

Poignant
in the extreme, you’ll want to keep the tissues nearby. These two
will make you laugh, cry, and fall in love … with life and with
them.

 

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I
write under the name “The Birch Twins.” Helen, my twin, didn’t
live to see life, and so I write for her. I’m a full time poverty
stricken doll artist who took to writing as I seemed to spend more
time writing out little back stories for the characters I created. My
first book The Life of LOL was written in five weeks, and was about
gangsters, grifters and drifters. Lots of cartoon slapstick violence
mixed with a serious message.
Poohsticks Bridge, the
new novel, shows my twin’s voice at is strongest as it tells the
story of a little boy who begins to grow up lonely and alone, until
he meets a little girl. It’s a glimpse of a life that Helen and I
could have had together. She writes through me, I can feel her
presence and hear her voice. Her tone is often wistful, low on
movement, mature and often quiet, while I am brash and loud and full
of silly car chases and boyhood dreams of rockets to the moon. We
have the perfect writing partnership.
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Two deaths, a suitor after her money, a rebellious son, and the Sergeant repeated attacks, she hopes to survive the danger she faces

Monday, July 30th, 2018

 

Shaunna Gonzales currently resides with her family in the greater Seattle area. Married
over thirty years, her role as wife and mother of four continue to be her priorities.
 
A storyteller in her youth, she endevored to extend her love of stories to the written word and in 2005 began to write her first novel. Though that manuscript will remain buried, she has continued to learn.
Once told by her doctors that she would never leave her wheelchair — due to her Multiple sclerosis. It has been tucked in a closet while she continues on. (In other words muddles on.)
 
Shaunna has worked as a professional reviewer for InD’Tales eMagazine for three years. In 2012 she also served as the vice president of Moonwriters, the on-line chapter of American Night Writers Association (ANWA She prefers to write romantic fiction and has ventured into the romantic suspense, and time-travel genres. Her debut novel, Dark Day s of Promise was released by Desert Breeze Publishing in 2012 re-released 2015.

Although she prefers to spend her days writing, she is willing to share what she has learned from the school of life and is often found “giving back.” 

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Thirty-four year old Vicki Laramie must learn to trust before she can love, but she might die trying.
 

While Vicki’s children grapple with the death of their father — a man whom she’s successfully fabricated as loving, a lie her rebellious teenager recognizes — she must find a way to support her family and find a role model for her boys. 


She never intends to fall for Staff Sergeant Chase, her best friend’s son, who suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She’d much rather choose a safer man to love, but her children have a voice in the decision she makes. 


With two deaths to deal with, a suitor after her money, a rebellious son, and Sergeant Chase’s repeated attacks, she can only hope to survive the danger she faces. If she doesn’t, her children will be left without either parent.

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My heart raced. I hadn’t heard a car or even footsteps on the porch. The visitor had caught me unawares. I answered the door, opening it no more than six inches, the security chain in place.
Kelly stood in the amber glow of the porch light. The purple scarf and gloves he had borrowed in hand. I found myself staring, captured by the honey brown of his eyes.
It required considerable effort to pull my gaze from his smoldering eyes. I cleared my throat in a genteel manner to mask the effort. A foray of butterflies flip-flopped within my stomach. Couldn’t he turn it off for even a minute? I knew he had at the restaurant. There I’d experienced his cool regard from a distance. The animal magnetism seemed a better choice.
I glanced over my shoulder at the glittering tree lights, bidding them deference until later.
 

 

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Milijun is the first installment of an action-packed sci-fi alien invasion story

Sunday, June 3rd, 2018
Milijun
by
Clayton Graham
Genre:
Science Fiction
 
The
next phase of human evolution depends entirely on her…

 

 

Laura
is willing to do whatever it takes for her son. When aliens kidnap
Jason, it’s going to take a lot more than a mother’s love to get him
back. After infiltrating a military research base, Laura discovers 
a
terrifying secret
: their
plans to impregnate women with alien DNA.

 

 

Laura
battles to save Jason, the mothers-to-be, and herself. But she
quickly realizes the aliens have their own mission for her, too. Soon
she faces a choice, take a chance at an impossible escape
or accept the aliens’ vision of a new humanity.

 

 

Milijun
is the first installment of 
an
action-packed
 sci-fi
alien invasion story. If you like tales of first contact, secret
military operations, and the people caught in the middle, then you’ll
love Clayton Graham’s fast-paced sci-fi thrill ride.

 

 

Buy
Milijun to discover the future of evolution.

 

 

“Captured
my interest from the very beginning, and never once let go.”
Jenna – Indie Book Reviewers

 

 

 

“If you love the genre,
read this gem.” Julius Zon – Self Publishing Review

 

 

“This
is a must-read for science fiction fans who appreciate a hard
scientific foundation, in the tradition of Asimov, Niven, or
Heinlein.” Patrick Dent

 

 

“Million?
5 stars are all Amazon permit!” Sarah Stuart

 

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As
a youngster growing up in the cobbled streets of Stockport, UK,
Clayton Graham read a lot of Science Fiction. He loved the ‘old
school’ masters such as HG Wells, Jules Verne, Isaac Asimov and
John Wyndham. As he left those formative years behind, he penned
short stories when he could find a rare quiet moment amidst life’s
usual distractions. 

 

 

He
settled in Victoria, Australia, in 1982. A retired aerospace engineer
who worked in structural design and research, Clayton has always had
an interest in Science Fiction and where it places humankind within a
universe we are only just starting to understand.

 

 

Clayton
loves animals, including well behaved pets, and all the natural
world, and is a member of Australian Geographic.

 

 

Combining
future science with the paranormal is his passion. Milijun is his
first novel. Second novel, Saving Paludis, will be published early
2018. They are light years from each other, but share the future
adventures of mankind in an expansive universe as a common theme.

 

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The issues of growing up are about to become all too real for him, especially with bullying and labels

Monday, May 14th, 2018
#MeBeingMe
by
Challa Fletcher
Genre:
Middle Grade, Coming of Age
 
Jonathan
is getting ready to start 6th grade, but without his best friend. The
issues of growing up are about to become all too real for him,
especially with bullying and labels and all the other pressure that
comes along with growing up. He’s hoping his close relationship with
his brothers, his love for treehouses and his passion for comics will
be enough to pull him through the rough patches, but will it?

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I
was born in Colorado Springs, CO as an Army Brat. I have lived all
across this country but unfortunately I don’t remember most of it
(hate that). What I do remember is growing up in Detroit and Highland
Park, Michigan, playing in my grandmother’s basement that was filled
with books my family bought for me and my sister, pretending to be a
singer, a news anchorwoman, and a writer. Of these, reading and
writing stuck.

 

 

When
I was still very young I moved to Arkansas with my father and sister
and have thus lived here for most of my life. I graduated from
Jacksonville High in Jacksonville, AR. I got my BBA from Philander
Smith College and my MSM from Kaplan Online University. And I have
spent the last 10 years working for the State of Arkansas. Yet all I
really wanted to do was have reasons to read and write. But not only
did I want to write, I wanted to share my writing with the world.

 

I
have not been more proud of a completed goal as I am of being able to
share #MeBeingMe with you. This story is inspired by my oldest son
(and my own) experiences with challenges, change, and middle school
(sometimes it really does suck).

 

 

I
still live in Arkansas with my three sons and our dog, Barker. I am
still finding every available minute to read, write, and share it
with the world.

 

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Nevaeh, Lessons on Self-Discovery allows caregivers to use this as a tool to affirm the child and to encourage self-worth. 

Sunday, May 13th, 2018
Princess
Nevaeh
by
Paulette Harper
Genre:
Children’s Picture Book 
 
Six
year old Nevaeh wants to be something she already is —a princess.
Do you know a little girl that doesn’t know she is loved or even
beautiful? Do we as parents, grandparents, or guardians reinforce and
give our little ones daily affirmation? Princess Nevaeh, Lessons on
Self-Discovery covers topics that are important not only to parents
but also to our little girls.

 

Find
out how Mimi shares with her granddaughter the things that matter
most. Some of the topics discussed in this book are:

 

Teaching
behavioral skills: fighting, bullying, listening, and
obeying. 

 

Reinforces
manners.

 

Teaches
self-worth and values. 

 

 

Princess
Nevaeh, Lessons on Self-Discovery allows caregivers to use this as a
tool to affirm the child, build positive dialogue and to encourage
self-worth.

 

 

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Nevae is a little girl who wants to be a princess. She goes to her grandmother and asks her what she needs to do to become a princess. Her grandmother tells her some things that will make her a better person and a princess. Bullying it isn’t a princess-like attribute, nor is name calling and being mean.

The book is colorful and entertaining to children from two years old and up. It is an easy read and well done. It will become a favorite for your little girls who dream of being a princess. It has good principles and morals.

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Beginning
her career in 2008, Paulette is an award-winning, bestselling author
and the founder of WNL Coaching and Marketing Services. Along with
being an ordained Elder, she is the author of several books and
founder of Write Now Literary Virtual Book Tours, a service to help
promote authors of the Christian genre and authors of clean
books. 

 

As
an inspirational and motivational speaker, Elder Paulette’s desire is
to empower, influence and cultivate women to move forward while
dealing with issues that hinder women from becoming all they are
created to be. Her topics are biblically sound and pertinent to the
needs of today’s women. Paulette is a mother, grandmother and Bible
teacher. Paulette has appeared on numerous radio and Television
shows. 

 

Combining
enthusiasm with an energetic speaking style, audiences describe
Paulette’s presentation as inspiring, enriching and encouraging. She
is committed to speaking a message that is always uplifting and
edifying.

 

As
a writing coach, she is the visionary behind her own writing ministry
called “Write Now,” a literary program that specializes in
coaching aspiring writers in the areas of creativity, development,
and publication of Christian books. She provides her listeners with
tools, resources, and opportunities to help them succeed in the
writing business.

 

Her
books have ranked consecutively on the Black Christian Publishers
Bestsellers List for Independent Publishers (non-fiction category).

 

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This is the true story of how love once again brought romance and laughter back into my life

Friday, April 6th, 2018
The
Three Kitties That Saved My Life
by
Michael Meyer
Genre:
A True Romance Memoir
137
pages
 
“This
is like drinking tea and honey on a cold day.”

 

 

FINALIST
for the 2014 RONE AWARD

 

A
True Romance Memoir

 

 

Love
was then.

 

Love
is now.

 

Love
is forever.

 

 

When
tragedy struck, I thought for sure that my own life was at an end. I
was wrong. This is the true story of how love once again brought
romance and laughter back into my life.

 

 

If
you love reading feel-good memoirs, then don’t miss THE THREE KITTIES
THAT SAVED MY LIFE, where “Mike Meyer pens a tender tale of
love, loss, and renewal. The depth of emotion is palpable…The Three
Kitties will tug at readers’ heartstrings, as they ride through the
emotional highs and lows of Mike Meyer’s remarkable story.” –
InD’tale Magazine

 

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Michael
Meyer is the author of mysteries, thrillers, humorous fiction, and
non-fiction: Love and romance, laughter and tears, thrills and
fears. 
He
has resided in and has visited many places in the world, all of which
have contributed in some way to his own published writing. He has
literally traveled throughout the world, on numerous occasions. He
has lived in Finland, Germany, Thailand, Saudi Arabia (where COVERT
DREAMS – INTERNATIONAL SUSPENSE COLLECTION BOOK ONE – is set), and
the U.S. Virgin Islands (where DEADLY EYES – INTERNATIONAL SUSPENSE
COLLECTION BOOK TWO – is set). He gained the wanderlust to see the
world, to experience other cultures, at an early age, and this desire
has never left him. If anything, it has only gained in intensity as
he has aged. 

 

 

Among
the many unique things that have happened to him in his world
travels, he has walked the streets of Istanbul with a detective,
searching for a pickpocket who got him good. He has ridden on the
back of a motorcycle in Tehran while the driver, who spoke not one
word of English, pointed out all the sights to him. He has wrestled
an Iranian soldier who tried to break into his hotel room in Tehran.
He has had the paint completely stripped from his car as he drove
across Saudi Arabia in a sandstorm. He has stood on the stage of a
busy nightclub in Tokyo, singing “She’ll be Coming Round the
Mountain When She Comes” to an audience feeling no pain from the
Sake they were drinking. He has been chased by a family of mongooses
(yes, that is the correct spelling) on the idyllic Caribbean island
of St. Croix. And that is just the beginning of his long list of
worldly adventures.

 

 

As
a recent retiree from a forty-year career as a professor of writing,
he now lives in Southern California wine country with his wife,
Kitty, and their two adorable rescue cats.

 

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The man with the scarred face drive the unwelcome secret to the surface

Monday, October 30th, 2017
Petals
by
Laurisa White Reyes
Genre:
YA Contemporary
 
On
Christmas Eve, a horrific car accident leaves Carly Perez without a
mom. After a year of surgeries and counseling, Carly’s life is
nearly back to normal—except for the monsters—vague, twisted
images from the accident that plague her dreams. When her father
insists on spending their first Christmas alone in Guatemala with a
slew of relatives Carly has never met, she is far from thrilled, but
she reluctantly boards the plane anyway.

 

 


That’s
where she first spots the man with the scarred face. She could swear
she has seen him before. But when? Where?

 

 

In
Reu, the Guatemalan town where her father grew up, Carly meets
Miguel, her attractive step-cousin, and thinks maybe vacation won’t
be a total waste after all. Though she is drawn to him, Carly’s
past holds her back—memories that refuse to be forgotten, and a
secret about the accident that remains buried in her subconscious.
And everywhere she turns, the man with the scarred face is there,
driving that unwelcome secret to the surface.

 

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set. She is donating $1.00 for every book sold and also $1.00 for
every review of Petals posted on Amazon or Goodreads throughout the
month of November to Casa de Sion. Her goal is to raise $200. More
specific details can be found here: 
 
 http://laurisareyes.blogspot.com/2017/09/new-cover-reveal-and-fundraiser-your.html

 


What
can $200 do?

 

 


…feed
a mother and child for six months

 

…buy
shoes for 15+ children

 

 …educate
a child for 1/2 a year 

 

 …and
more!
 
 

 


Laurisa
White Reyes
 is
the author of the 2016 Spark Award winning novel 
The
Storytellers
,
as well as 
The
Celestine Chronicles 
and The
Crystal Keeper
 series.
She lives in Southern California where she teaches English at College
of the Canyons.
 
 
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Mike fights the daily inward and outward battles to avoid prison becoming a permanent part of his future

Friday, October 13th, 2017

 

Mike Mabe is
a young man ready to graduate from high school, but ends up in prison instead.
Angry and confused, he wants a better life. 
 
Given a sentence of over a year, he
must learn how to cope with prison while discovering that better life. With the aid of his family and some unlikely relationships, he begins to find that better life. 
 
Based on a true story, Mike fights the daily inward and outward
battles to avoid prison becoming a permanent part of his future.

 

 

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Michael Mabe is no stranger to
adversity. As a young man recently graduated from high school, he was arrested for crimes he committed in his youth. While his friends were making plans to
attend college, he was sent to prison for a year and a half.
Thirteen years later, Michael has
completely changed the direction of his life. He is married, has three kids, graduated from college with a 3.7 GPA, and has experienced success as a professional. Change did not come without significant challenges.

 

The author of the biographical fiction,
entitled ‘Grace From The Fall,’ Michael
encourages people to be something better than the day before.

 

 

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Excerpt #3

Eighteen months to two years!’ I heard the sentence again. ‘Eighteen months to two years! More than ten-percent of my life. Longer than I have lived in any one location. Longer than…’

I stood up and began pacing. Five steps east, five steps west. Five steps east, five steps west.

I slapped my fist against an open hand. Thud, thud, thud.

 ‘Eighteen months to two years.’

Five steps east, five steps west. Five steps east, five steps west.

Thud, thud, thud.

 ‘Eighteen months to two years.’

Five steps east, five steps west. Five steps east, five steps west.

Thud, thud, thud.

Amid pacing, I heard a loud scream echo throughout my cell. It reverberated off the cell door, bounced around the walls, and, seeking for a place to diffuse, entered my ears and rattled my ear drums. It did not startle me, but I was surprised.

‘Where did that come from?’ I briefly wondered.

I suddenly realized the screaming was produced from my own lungs. As though my body were reacting to the notion of being caged for the next portion of its existence, it primed my lungs and shot the powerful sound up and out of my own mouth.

I walked over to the bed, lifted the mattress from the frame, and threw it hard against the door.

“Shut up!” I heard a muffled voice from down the hall. I ignored it.

I slammed the mattress against the door, then the adjacent wall. I punched it a few times, until my knuckles slit open from hitting exposed springs. I slammed it one last time against the door, letting it go altogether, and slumped to the ground.

I sat on my knees and rested the back of my head against the cold cinderblock. A bead of sweat trickled down my back and evaporated into the jumpsuit around my waist.

‘This is my life for a while now,’ I thought. ‘It’s all me, all alone.’

Mom’s words came to my mind. ‘God’s been with us so far. He won’t let us down now.’

“Some God!” I shouted, then bowed my head forward and rested it in the crook between my index finger and thumb.

I focused on breathing. If I focused inside my mind, I felt anguish. If I looked up, I was reminded of being alone. If I listened outward, I heard the sounds of prison. I focused on the steady rhythm of breathing.

‘Why can’t I feel God, if He’s with me?’ I thought.

Suddenly, I felt someone sit next to me and put an arm around my shoulder. Startled, I looked up. I saw nothing.

I looked at the door. I saw my mattress crumpled against it.

I looked to my side again and still saw nothing; however, the feeling remained – someone sitting next to me with an arm around my shoulder.

My mind calmed, the anguish dissipated into thin air, and I knew I was not alone. I felt peace. I felt that everything would be okay. I let my head fall forward and I sobbed silently to myself.

 

 

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What does it mean to be the Executioner?

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

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Follow the Ashes
Book 1 of the Executioner Trilogy
by Kindra Sowder
Genre: Urban FantasyAbout the Book
What does it mean to be the Executioner?
Is it the struggle between good and evil, and the fulfillment of a Gypsy legend?
For Robin, it’s simply another day in the park in downtown LA. It’s killing the undead as she attempts to juggle life and love the same as any other ordinary woman would. That is until she meets Gordon, a crazed demon with a conscience. Now she must battle an ancient evil far more powerful then she’s ever faced before, or risk losing the world to Lilith, the mother of all vampires.
Will she save mankind? Or will we all follow the ashes of destruction as we burn in Hell?

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Follow the Screams
The Executioner Trilogy Book 2About the Book
Robin had made the ultimate sacrifice; losing life, love and fate in the process.
Or so it seemed.
When all hope was lost her destiny was finally made clear.
What would you do if you were trapped in a prison where most were put there by you?
You rise…

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Follow the Bloodshed
The Executioner Trilogy Book 3
Robin had gone toe-to-toe with Lilith, losing everything. Now she is back in the explosive final chapter of the Executioner Trilogy for revenge. After emerging from Hell, lying in her cold and dark grave, she is thrust into a world that she would’ve never thought possible; filled with creatures she never imagined. And her power is growing. Los Angeles is a ghost town, with the world following close behind. It is up to her to stop Lilith and bring humanity back from the brink of extinction.

 

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Kindra Sowder was born and raised in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA until the age of 12, when her family moved to Spartanburg, SC. She graduated from high school in 2006  with full honors and as a member of her high school Literary Club and the Spanish Honor Society. In January 2014, she graduated with her second degree in Psychology, earning her an AA and BA in the field. She began to write long before this though, forming the basis for the Executioner Trilogy (being released in January 2015) at the age of 15. She got married to her husband Edd Sowder in May 2014 and still lives in Spartanburg, SC where she is basing Burning Willow Press. She dissolved her contract with another company, deciding to form her own. She based the company around the idea that she would be fair to all of its authors and not just a select few. She has decided to show that she has complete faith and trust in her own press by publishing her own works with her own company.

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The Wrong Side of Magic ???

Thursday, November 17th, 2016
Hudson Brown stopped believing in magic long ago. That is, until the day he is whisked away to the magical land of Logos by a curious compass given to him by his off-beat neighbor, Charlotte.


Hudson discovers that Logos is a land ruled by words, thoughts, and memories. A fairy might ferry you across the river for the price of one memory. But be sure to look out for snarky unicorns, as they will see through those who are not pure of heart.

Not understanding the many rules of Logos, Hudson is quickly saddled with a troll curse. Charlotte, who, along with her father, was banished from Logos, can help get rid of the curse–but only if he agrees to find the lost Princess of Logos in return.

 
 
 
 
 

 

Janette Rallison/ CJ Hill writes books because writing is much more fun than cleaning bathrooms.  Her avoidance of housework has led her to writing 26 novels that have sold over 1,000,000 print copies and have been on many reading and state lists. Her books are fantasy, sci-fi, and romantic comedy because hey, there is enough angst in real life, but there’s a drastic shortage of humor, romance and hot guys who fight dragons. She lives in Arizona with her husband, kids, and enough cats to classify her as eccentric. 

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Top Ten List about Janette

 

1) She writes books instead of doing housework. (This is only fun if you’re the one ignoring the dishes.)

2) She has five kids and is still (mostly) sane.

3) Her favorite book as a child was The Phantom Tollbooth. It’s the reason she wrote The Wrong Side of Magic. She wanted to do a book with fun word play and fantasy characters

4) She had a crush on Richard Hatch (Apollo from Battlestar Galactica) and so if she’s describing a brown-haired hero in one of her romance novels. yeah, it’s probably him.

5) She can’t say no to a stray cat, if the ones residing in her back yard are any indication

6) Double-jointed elbows

7) Has a collection of dolls, teacups, and china–proving that her inner child is a Victorian old lady

8) Has seen every version of Pride and Prejudice ever filmed. (The full-length BBC one is the best.)

9) Was born on her grandmother’s birthday.

10) Is the mother of the Odd1sOut creator

 

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All The Dragons of Alsace Farm… get loose

Monday, June 27th, 2016

Laurie C. Lewis, what makes you passionate about writing?

Oohh, there I have so many triggers, Anna. Current events, a setting that fascinates me, or an interesting plot, idea can send me off daydreaming and plotting a new chapter or an entirely new book. Meeting an interesting person can do it too. That’s why I love traveling and meeting people. My current book was actually born in a swimming pool one night. I love that scene in the book.

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I can see you in the pool. 🙂 Do you have a writing routine?

During my “Free Men and Dreamers” series days I blocked out the morning and the evening for writing, but that was hard on my family, and I burned out after eight years on that project. As a result, I let things swing the other way. I was only writing when no one else needed me. I missed the steady adrenaline of the creative process, so now, I’m writing, editing, or working on media and marketing for a portion of every day except Sunday. I protect those days.

Me too. What is the title of your book?

My current release is “The Dragons of Alsace Farm.” “Dragons” is the term the main character—a French WWII survivor named Agnes—uses to refer to her fears. It ties back to the Nazis and the war. Agnes has dementia, so when she can’t put her fears into words, she calls them dragons.

That is very interesting. What genre does your book fall under?

It’s Book Club Fiction or General Fiction. I have a list of book club questions in the back of the book, and I’m offering to video chat with books clubs because I’m anxious to hear the discussions they will launch.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

One screen writer has approached me about adapting the book into a screenplay. I don’t think we’re there yet, but it makes this question especially interesting. As I write, I do “cast” my characters. I’d love to cast Elyes Gabel and Katharine McPhee of Scorpion fame as Noah and Tayte, and Faye Dunaway or Blythe Danner as Agnes.

How fun… What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

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Circumstances bring a broken young man and a distrustful young artist together to help an eighty-year-old French farm woman suffering with dementia, who proves that despite all she has lost, she still knows volumes about what matters most—courage and love.

So powerful. Is your book self-published or represented by an agency?

I’m self-publishing “The Dragons of Alsace Farm,” but I contracted with my former Covenant editor, Angela Eschler, and publisher Beth Bentley, to make sure the quality of the book was on par. I hope to attract an agent, but right now, self-publishing allows me to control my writing schedule, and to get this book out more quickly to my readers.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

The first draft was completed in about a year, but I dragged the edits out two more years while I wrote a second novel. I plan to release them in quick succession.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I call it Dear John meets Still Alice. Noah Carter opens his wary heart to three people who each prove to be high risks for the previously abandoned loner. He learns that love leaves us vulnerable, and requires us to accept people as they are, which is a theme in Nicholas Sparks’ novel, Dear John. For Noah, that means dealing with Tayte’s inability to trust, Agnes’s dementia, and Uncle John’s cancer. We also get into Agnes’s point of view as she deals with the dragon chewing away at her memories and cognitive function, much like Alice’s challenge in Still Alice.

Awesome… Who or What inspired you to write this book?

My mother was diagnosed with dementia about six years, ago. We excused her symptoms for years until it was impossible to ignore. She had a farm she adored, so Mom is the inspiration for “Dragons.”

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Two delicious mysteries are subtly woven through the book, and readers say they never saw the resolutions coming. But for me, the greatest value in the book is the insight into Agnes, and recognizing that our loved ones with dementia are still in there.

Where can we find your book? (Please live links work best)

“The Dragons of Alsace Farm” went live as an e-book on July 1st.  Pre-orders are available now.

https://www.amazon.com/Dragons-Alsace-Farm-Laurie-Lewis-ebook/dp/B01HKMU014?ie=UTF8&ref_=pe_2427780_160035660

www.laurielclewis.com
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Author of the Free Men and Dreamers Series
Upcoming release: The Dragons of Alsace Farm”

THE STAR AGENCY by R. E. Webber

Monday, June 13th, 2016

The Seven: the first wave of humanity among the stars.

Theopolis James Logan is finally living his long-cherished dream. Whisked away from his mundane life on Earth – along with six other gifted teenagers – by an alliance of peaceful, alien civilisations known as The Affinity, he has forged a life of excitement and wonder on another world. To his friends, he is a technical specialist, adept in the use of super-advanced technology. However, in secret, he is a covert operative for The Star Agency: the Affinity’s secret service, defending the galaxy against the shadowy forces of the Metah Dah, the Affinity’s sworn enemy.

For centuries, the Star Agency has helped maintain a fragile peace, but when a devastatingly powerful secret weapon is lost, presumed stolen, it sets in motion a chain of events, pushing the Affinity towards the brink of war and plunging the seven human friends into a nerve-shredding battle for survival. Can they survive in a universe more dangerous and unpredictable than they can possibly imagine, or will the dark forces of the enemy triumph, tearing the Affinity apart?

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Meanwhile, back on Earth, an old friend is looking for answers.

The Voyages Of The Seven is the second exciting adventure in the Star Agency Chronicles – an Interstellar secret agent adventure series suitable for young and old alike. If you think you know science fiction, think again.

Link:

https://www.amazon.com/Voyages-Seven-Star-Agency-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B0114IS1TS?ie=UTF8&keywords=THE%20STAR%20AGENCY&qid=1464985140&ref_=sr_1_2&s=books&sr=1-2

The Extraordinarily Ordinary Life of Cassandra Jones 

Saturday, June 4th, 2016

A Review:

Cassandra Jones is a twelve year old girl who is a bit selfish, much like many girls at that age. She wants to have friends and be liked by other girls her age. She has a normal family that loves her, but gets tired of the drama they don’t need while taking care of her and her siblings.

The series is composed of short stories divided into chapters. The reader walks in Cassandra’s shoes through different situations in her life.

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Cassandra Jones is a twelve year old girl who is a bit selfish, much like many girls at that age. She wants to have friends and be liked by other girls her age, which is also pretty much like girls that age. She has a normal family, mom, dad, that loves her, but gets tired of the drama they don’t need while taking care of her and her siblings. Every day is a new adventure and a new page in her life.

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The series is composed of short books divided into chapters. The reader walks in Cassandra’s shoes through different situations in her life. Is a great reading for girls ten to twelve.

Things like snakebite, school dealings, life at home, birthday, boys, etc. are present on the pages.

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I believe many girls around ten to twelve years old will like this series. They will connect with Cassandra, the main character, and see themselves between the pages of her stories. It will bring many hours of reading and peace to parents during the summer. Great job.

The link:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=The+Extraordinarily+Ordinary+Life+of+Cassandra+Jones+

Window of death a paranormal or Mystery?

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

My review: 5 stars

I enjoyed this exhilarating tale of CIA and FBI agents written by D. J. Effort. Window of Dead, has a large array of characters that fight for the good and some for the bad. It is a fast paced book with twist at every turn and some awesome main characters with special powers.

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Lucy James is a CIA agent and she is the best. However, she has had nightmares from age six months until now; twenty-nine years old. Finally, her friends, all agents, help her figure out what happened to her mother who was killed in her presence. That should heal her, but the problem is that all clues point to her father killing her mother. Besides that, she is plagued by people following her and trying to kill her at every turn. Terrorism is rampart, and coyotes bringing illegals into the USA along with drugs is too. What is she to do and in whom is she to confide?

This is a great tale for those who like spies, and all readers in general who want to escape everyday humdrums. This book is clean and I like it even more for that. I received a copy for an honest review.

The link:

http://www.amazon.com/Window-Death-Time-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B01DOE9KTK/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1459888370&sr=1-1&keywords=Window+of+death

The {Re}Model Marriage… Really???

Sunday, April 3rd, 2016
 

Title: The {Re}Model Marriage
Series: Romance Renovations
Author: Maria Hoagland
Publisher: Red Leaves Press
Genre(s): Sweet Romance, Family Life, Women’s Fiction, Clean Gentle Read
Vendors: Will be available in paperback and all ebook platforms.
Release Date: March 29, 2016

Book Description:

From the outside, Kirk and Jamie appear to have a beautiful home and the perfect marriage. Inside, the aging Craftsman is falling apart, their marriage is crumbling from neglect, and Jamie Royce wants out! Kirk, on the other hand, isn’t ready to give up on either the house or their relationship.

With their divorce scheduled for the day after their daughter’s high school graduation, Jamie and Kirk have to fix the home’s problems to lift their selling price out of the basement. Working to renovate the home together, they discover secrets—in the home, in their marriage, and in the fertility clinic that helped give them their daughter—and find themselves questioning what true love really is.

About Maria Hoagland:

When Maria Hoagland is not working at her computer, she can be found combing used furniture stores, remodeling houses with her husband, or sitting on the sideline of a son’s soccer game. She loves crunching leaves in the fall, stealing cookie dough from the mixing bowl, and listening to musicals on her iPod. While she appreciates the home office she shares with her husband, Maria’s favorite writing places are outdoors where there is sunlight and no internet. She and her husband and their children have lived in Idaho, Missouri, Ohio, Utah, and in six Texas cities.
Maria Hoagland has several published works including The {Re}Model Marriage, Home for the Holidays, Nourish & Strengthen, Family Size, and Whitney Award finalist, Still Time. Her prize-winning poems and short stories have been published in small magazines. Maria Hoagland earned a degree in English at Brigham Young University.

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Connect with Maria Hoagland:
To learn more about The {Re}Model Marriage and author Maria Hoagland, find her at the following places:
Website: mariahoagland.com
Mailing List (with free ebook): mariahoagland.com
Facebook: Maria Hoagland, Author
Twitter: Maria Hoagland
Pinterest: Maria Hoagland–The {Re}Model Marriage Inspiration Board
Renovation Blog: RomanceRenovations.blogspot.com

I am a survivor of abuse

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

An important personal note from Author Marie Drake-
My book is not MIS Lit.
I am a survivor of abuse. It changed me. I closed myself off. It changed the way I saw myself. It changed the way I thought others saw me. It changed my outlook on the whole world. It changed the way I let people treat me, and had a snowball effect on my life. I married an abusive man. I divorced an abusive man. I finally broke the cycle. I struggled to write this book, and express my own emotions as I felt the main character would feel. I didn’t want to beat readers over the head with the abuse or give extreme details that would be too harsh. It was written with sincere respect and sensitivity for the reader while trying to convey the honest and realistic feelings of an abuse survivor. From the reviews I have received, I think I accomplished that goal. There are no gory detailed scenes. You will not be subjected to graphic abuse. Nobody wants to endure that.
Most of all, I wanted to express how important it is to encourage the discussion of abuse. In my book, as in my life, silence was the enemy.
Three Rules was written as fiction in order to make it an enjoyable read, but much of the thought processes, feelings and reactions are real.

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My Review:

Three Rules By Marie Drake is a book that deals with child abuse, in this case the author’s own abuse. The author has done an awesome job with this story. Three Rules was written as fiction in order to make it an enjoyable read, but many of the thought processes, feelings and reactions to the abuse are real. It is so hard to believe what humans are capable of doing to other humans, especially children in the name of…what?

There are so many forms of abuse in the world that it overwhelms me. Most of us have dealt with abuse in different forms over the course of our lives. Most often it is inflicted on us by those who should have protected us or kept us safe. In this book we find the powerful but not graphic details of another victim and how she overcame it.

In this story, Hope is a young woman turning twenty-one. She is dealing with the death of her tormentor, but there are other things in her life that she needs to deal with, too. The death of her tormentor does nothing to help her deal with a lot of her fears and heartaches in order to move on with her life, free once and forever.

Marie Drake states in her book, Three Rules, “Most of all, I wanted to express how important it is to encourage the discussion of abuse. In my book, as in my life, silence is the enemy.” These are words that I have heard many times before from victims of abuse, and that we us parents or adults do not take to heart to prevent this horrible disease from spreading. It was a pleasure to read this book and it was hard to put it down. It is a book full of mystery, drama and a great page-turner. It will be loved by teenagers and adults.

The link:

http://www.amazon.com/Three-Rules-Marie-Drake-ebook/dp/B00F0OO6WO/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1458601939&sr=1-1&keywords=Three+Rules+By+Marie+Drake

Shattered Hearts a Christian Women’s Fiction

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Stacy, how has your family background affected your writing, if it has?

My great-grandma was also a writer. I think I’ve been blessed with a talent for writing, mostly from her.

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What gave you the nerve to attempt your first novel?

I was tired of sitting around “wishing for someday” I decided to take matters into my own hands and make that someday today.

Please describe your writing process.

I spend most of my days with my three small children. While they play, and while I’m running errands with them, I spend my time (more…)

Will she become the next victim?

Thursday, December 31st, 2015
Jennie Hansen, how long have you been writing? 

I’ve been writing since I was seven years old when my first little article was published in a farm magazine.

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Tell us where you were born and where do you live now.

I was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and have lived in many Idaho and Montana communities.  My husband and I currently live near Salt Lake City, in Utah.

How do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it?  

I don’t know.  I just write when an idea is persistent.

Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?

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