Archive for the ‘non-fiction’ Category

For more than a half-century, a group of Dallas friends assembled to play touch football each Thanksgiving Day morning. As the men aged, their determination and love of the game stayed strong…

Wednesday, December 25th, 2019

page1image16579200

For more than a half-century, a group of Dallas friends assembled to play touch football each Thanksgiving Day morning on the front lawn of their old elementary school in White Rock. As the men aged, their determination and love of the game stayed strong. After the final game in 2009, Dallas reporter John Anders noted:

“They arrived on walkers and in iron lungs…Grandchildren would drop them off andperhaps stay behind to serve as stretcher-bearers following the conflict.”

Now, six decades later, team captains Brent Parrott and Bryan Renfro are sharing this beautiful story of friendship and Texas football in the new book,The Reilly Thanksgiving Invitational Story, which releases this month.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

In 1960, on the front lawn of Martha Turner Reilly Elementary, a tradition was born. A group of seventh-grade boys captured the free time before Thanksgiving dinner to engage in a game of touch football. It was a good day to play. So good, in fact, that the game would resume each year at the same time in the same place. Through the ebb and flow of lives, loves, and responsibilities, the Reilly Thanksgiving Invitational continued for five decades. The Reilly Thanksgiving Invitational Story offers a first-hand glimpse into an era long past and captures the essence of tradition, friendship, life lessons, history, culture, the ups and downs, happiness, and sadness for those lost,over decades.

Today, Alzheimer’s has touched most of the 22 members and a portion of the book proceeds will be donated to Alzheimer’s research. The book releases November 2019

This coming-of-age book is a must-read for anyone with nostalgic heartstrings. One of the most beautiful things about this book is that it is interactive. Though it is available in hard copy, the book is best consumed digitally because the story is supplemented with artifacts and details (videos, links, newspaper clippings, and photos) that preserve an era in American history long past. The Reilly Thanksgiving Invitational Story is a readable account of the personal and cultural experiences of a group of friends that tells a story about all of us.

“(This Book) captures the era of growing up in the 50s and 60s with sensitivity and

humor.”- Neilia West (Reviewer)

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

page1image16579584page1image16580160page1image16580352

Dallas natives, Brent Parrott and Bryan Renfro are life-long friends and the co-authors of The Reilly Thanksgiving Invitational Story. Brent Parrott is a writer, former technology executive, and teacher, who currently serves as Board Chairman for the charter schools of Pioneer Technology & Arts Academy.Bryan Renfro graduated in 1970 from the University of Texas at Arlington and was drafted into the Army the following year during the Viet Nam war. He was the editor and sports writer for Sound Off, the base’s newspaper in Fort Meade, Maryland. For five decades, he served as the organizer and “Commissioner” of theannual Thanksgiving touch football game known locally as the Turkey Bowl that is chronicled in the book.

page1image16520832page1image16523520

and can be purchased on the book’s website and on Amazon.

page1image16524096page1image16526208

A. C. Dye a new author of bilingual children picture books

Tuesday, December 24th, 2019

Meet A. C. Dye a new author of Bilingual children’s books:

A. C. Dye has been a panelist at LTUE Writers Symposium. Panelist at ConDuit. Presenter at the League of Utah Writers. Given school Presentations in English and Spanish and at Literary art festivals.

She is a member of ANWA-Salt Lake Storytellers, where she has served as Vice-president for 3 years. And former member of the League of Utah Writers, where se has served as Contest Chairwoman and president of the Oquirrh Chapter.

Award for some of her YA work:

Fiction 2nd place – Amarine-Fairy Princess, 2009

First Page Contest Young Adult Romance, 2nd place – Kingdom by the Sea, 2010

League of Utah Writers, Children/Young Adult, BronzeAward – Elfs in a Conquered Realm, 2010

First Page Contest, Children/young adult, First Place – Fairy Prince, 2011

 

A.C.Dye is now trying her hand at Bilingual children’s book and here are the results for your perusal .

“Such Clean Teeth – Que Dientes Tan Limpios”

“Ponies, Picky Eaters – Los Ponis Mañosos”

“Wash Your Hands – Lava Tus Manos”

“Potty – Usar el Baño”

“Baths – Bañarse”

 

 

 

A. C. Dye is a bilingual author fluent in English and Spanish. She was born by the beaches of Valparaiso, Chile where she grow up among her four siblings. She is married to her best friend and is the mother of four. She lives in Salt Lake City Utah.

She also writes YA and Middle Grade novels as Anna del C. Dye where she has published more than ten books.

You can fin her YA books here:

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Anna+del+C.+Dye&i=stripbooks&ref=nb_sb_noss_2 

For more visit her website:

http://www.annadelc.com 

 

Contact:

anna@annadelc.com

Keith D. Guernsey

Sunday, December 22nd, 2019

 

https://www.amazon.com/Mr-Keith-D-Guernsey/e/B00PR51Q7Y?ref_=dbs_p_ebk_r00_abau_000000 

 

Keith D. Guernsey is retired after a 40 year career in sales and sales management with Data General, Cahners Publishing, Motorola and Comcast. He lives on Lake Lanier with his wife Susan and four-footed son Harley. He is the author of two popular, successful books. He is currently working with Meals on Wheels and the Cresswind Performing Arts Club. He is honored to have been elected to the board of directors of ITNLanier. He enjoys reading, writing and traveling with his family.

Tell me all about your thoughts of the Messiah and his coming. There are none here but a lowly shepherd and these olive trees to hear your confession

Friday, December 20th, 2019

“Who were THOSE shepherds, and why were they so favored?” That one question stirred the imagination of author Michael I. Judson and led to the creation of Lost Shepherd, the fictional backstory of the first witnesses to the birth of the precious Babe of Bethlehem. After you read Lost Shepherd, watch for his answers to other compelling questions (his next books!)

When he’s not writing, he has a large family to love, gardens to grow, fun places to see, ancestors to discover, and even chickens to raise! He also has a full-time job that occupies the bulk of his waking hours. Though still a few years off, retirement beckons with aspirations of writing (with all the fun imagining and discovery that goes with it) becoming his full-time pursuit.

~ Facebook
   

Just who were the shepherds that were singled out from among earth’s inhabitants to hear the angelic announcement of Christ’s birth? What made them so special, or what uniquely qualified them to be His first witnesses? The Bible tells us very little about them. Now there is an answer!

Eleazar grows up awash in a culture of shepherding, but not among ordinary sheep. No, the flocks he and his companions tend are destined for sacrifice on the altar of the great temple at Jerusalem. Like his fathers before him, his life’s work fuels the faith of a nation that tirelessly awaits the signs of their long-foretold Messiah. But unforeseen circumstances lead Eleazar away from his purposeful existence and onto a path of doubt and life-altering decisions that threaten to destroy both his faith and his future. Only the miraculous power of the Christ Child can reclaim him and restore to him to a life of hope and peace—and to an understanding of his importance as a shepherd in Israel.

Lost Shepherd is a tale of real hope and redemption, of faith lost and reclaimed. Let the story transport you back in time as you discover anew the timeless healing power found only in the Savior Jesus Christ.

~ Universal Amazon Link
    
Snippet:


Following the evening meal, Miriam and Eleazar would clear and wash the dishes and Jacob and Simeon would retire to a grove of gnarled olive trees behind the shepherd’s home to catch up on news from around the region. On this particular occasion, Jacob was especially keen on hearing Simeon’s take on the fate of one, Cornelius, a self-proclaimed prophet who had foolishly rushed Herod’s chariot as it passed, loudly proclaiming that the coming of Israel’s Deliverer was imminent.

“What do you think happened to him?” Simeon queried in return.

“Well he didn’t commit a crime that I’m aware of.”

“Perhaps not,” Simeon replied, “but he couldn’t have been much of a student of history, either.”

“What do you mean?”

“I mean, he must not have remembered the failings of Herod’s father Antipater, whose leniency with the so-called Jewish rebellion earned him nothing but grief. It’s certain that Herod himself has not forgotten that lesson, judging from the way he has silenced every other threat to his rule.”

“So are you saying that Cornelius was imprisoned by Herod?”

“If he was, he should count himself blessed. Others committing lesser crimes have met with far greater consequences.”

Puzzled, Jacob commented: “Surely Herod is not as cruel as you say. After all, he re-built and maintains the temple and keeps Rome from further intruding into our way of life.”

“Be not deceived, old friend,” said the wise Levite. “Herod does only that which serves his own purposes. His pretended allegiance to Rome is no more real than his pretended affection for the Jews. What serves Herod is all that matters, and he is particularly wary of any mention of a successor. I fear in his mind he actually believes he will live and rule forever.”

“Hence the strong reaction to any mention of the Messiah,” Jacob accurately surmised.

“Now you’re beginning to understand—and you’re beginning to see why there have been such concessions made by Joazar ben Boethus, the high priest, and the rest of the temple elders. Herod is slowly making over all of Jerusalem in his own image.”

“But what of their faith?” Jacob questioned. “Surely the temple elders would not compromise where it really matters.”

“My friend, sometimes one must do what is required to survive. A temple of stone gives more hope to more people than one that exists only in memory. Besides, many yet find great fulfillment in worshipping there. I must admit, however, that I sorely miss the open conversations we once enjoyed on the subject of the Messiah. My how faith was strengthened when we could openly testify to one another of our feelings and impressions!”

“Well, Simeon, you are free to speak of your feelings here,” Jacob responded, sympathetically. “Tell me all about your thoughts of the Messiah and his coming. There are none here but a lowly shepherd and these olive trees to hear your confession.”

“None but a lowly shepherd, some olive trees and a curious, nine-year-old, would-be shepherd boy, you mean!”

With that, Eleazar sheepishly stepped out from behind the tree where he had been hiding.

“Ah, I wondered why the lights in the house hadn’t dimmed,” said Jacob, casting a disappointed look in the direction of Miriam’s flickering lamp. “I suppose it doesn’t matter. What’s done is done, but mind you, young man, it is exceedingly bad form to eavesdrop on a private conversation. I expect you to apologize to Simeon and then head straight to your bed.”

“Oh don’t be so hard on the lad,” Simeon pleaded. “He owes me nothing. After all, he’s nearly old enough to join the other shepherds. If you can entrust him with that responsibility, I think he should be entitled to a bit of adult conversation.”

“All in good time, my friend. All in good time. For now, what this almost-shepherd needs is sleep.”

With that, young Eleazar was escorted to bed. Deciding he too was in need of rest, Simeon excused himself for the night.

 

To view our blog schedule and follow along with this tour visit our   Official Event page Part 2 

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

My story and recovery from two rounds of life-threatening brain surgeries

Tuesday, December 17th, 2019

Keith D. Guernsey is visiting my blog today. 

Biography

Keith D. Guernsey lives on Lake Lanier with his lovely wife Susan and his four-footed son Harley (who really is the king of this castle!) Keith D. Guernsey is retired after a 40 year career in sales and sales management with Data General, Cahners Publishing, Motorola and Comcast. He is the author of two popular, successful books. He is currently working with Meals on Wheels and the Cresswind Performing Arts Club. He is honored to have been elected to the board of directors of ITNLanier. He enjoys reading, writing and traveling with his family.
Books by Keith D. Guernsey:

Overcoming the Odds: This is my story of triumphs over cancer, life-threatening brain surgery – twice and obesity!

“Fathers & Sons…” is a story of an uncommon love and devotion between fathers and sons.
It is a story of my recovery from two rounds of life-threatening brain surgeries to play on three championship softball teams in two states.
It includes a chapter on the most controversial sports topic of our time; Deflategate.
A fun, light-hearted trip down memory lane. My experiences as a player, coach and avid fan of all Boston sports.
Keith books made great stocking stuffers

Jesus, illuminates darkness, gives us guidance, and shows us how to love one another

Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

 

God’s light shines in all of His creations, from the Star of Bethlehem, to the angel proclaiming Christ’s birth, to the Son of God Himself—the light of the world.

Through this light, He illuminates darkness, gives us guidance, and shows us how to love one another.

Experience the rich artwork and inspirational messages of A Christmas Story of Light this holiday season and let God’s light bring you the brightness of hope.

 

 

 

As a mother, genealogist, artist, and faithful follower of Jesus Christ, Ora blends her understanding and unique skills to create faith inspired stories that she hopes will give others an added testimony of God’s goodness.

 

Snippet:

 

To view our blog schedule and follow along with this tour visit our Official Event page Part 1 
  Official Event page Part 2 

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

This book contains traditional, holiday recipes prepared from nondairy and cruelty free ingredients

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

 

A Very Vegan Christmas: Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen
by Rebecca Henry
Genre: Holiday Cookbook
Publication Date: November 8, 2019
Christmas has always been an important holiday in my home. It is a time for gathering in the kitchen to bake with family and friends. This book contains traditional, holiday recipes prepared from nondairy and cruelty free ingredients.
With 46 recipes to choose from, you will have a classic selection of recipes to inspire your little Christmas elves or sugar plum fairies to gobble up their plates! Being a mom of two, and so no stranger to hosting Christmas parties for little ones, I understand the importance of presentation. If the food is fun and engaging, children and adults alike, will want to try vegan options. The recipes come with creative decorating ideas, party suggestions and enchanting holiday recipe names, to get your cute little Mrs. Claus helpers, eager to bake with you in the kitchen.
Goodreads * Amazon
 
Book Trailer

 

Best Selling Amazon Author of Hybrid: Adapt or Die. Her debut novel was The Lady Raven: A Dark Cinderella Tale, which was published in 2017. The Lady Raven, is for those who have an infinity for fairy tales retold with a link to witches, magic and the macabre. Rebecca’s second novel, Louisiana Latte, a chick lit comedy was released February 28th 2019. Louisiana Latte, is a feel good comedy that focuses on the bonds of sisters, and how audacious life can be when you have a diva for one! Rebecca’s third novel Hybrid: Adapt or Die, is a sci-fi, horror, romance novel. It takes the reader on a wild ride of government conspiracy theories, ancient aliens but also touches your heart with a tender love story. Hybrid was released August 1st 2019. Her fourth novel Conjure Lake, a ya, dark fantasy, horror novel will be released in 2020. The entire first chapter is included at the end of Hybrid first edition copies. You can find all of Rebecca’s books on Amazon.
Rebecca Henry is a world traveler living abroad in England. Besides being an author, Rebecca is also a podcast talk host on the show The Latte Talk. The podcast was inspired by her latest novel, Louisiana Latte and her diva sister Deb. She is a serious vegan, gardener, crafter, wife and mom who practices yoga. She loves to laugh, her drug of choice and loves all things witchy with a hint of the macabre. Her favorite holiday is Halloween and her favorite movie of all time is Practical Magic.
Website * Facebook * Twitter * Instagram * Amazon * Goodreads
$15 Amazon
Follow the tour HERE for special content and a giveaway!
 
 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Isn’t oatmeal that boring goop that nobody really eats if there’s anything else available?  NOT ANYMORE!

Sunday, October 13th, 2019
Once Upon a Bowl of Oatmeal (paperback cover)

My latest writing project is very different from anything else I’ve written. It’s a cookbook! But those who know how much I love fantasy might not be surprised that this cookbook ended up with a fantasy theme. Many of the recipes have names inspired by fairy tales or fantasy stories, and I love the hints of fantasy in the two covers designed by the awesome Savannah Jezowski


Why two different covers? The paperback version of the cookbook is an unusual shape, due to the unusual recipe format (more information about that below), so it couldn’t share a cover with the ebook.

Once Upon a Bowl of Oatmeal (ebook cover)

Some people might be surprised, though, that the whole book is focused on oatmeal. After all, isn’t oatmeal that boring goop that nobody really eats if there’s anything else available? 

NOT ANYMORE! In this book, you’ll find recipes for delectable dishes like creamy mango coconut spice oatmeal, cinnamon almond oatmeal, blueberry cream cheese oatmeal, and (my personal favorite:) caramel banana oatmeal with peanut butter. (Okay, so that one is a little closer to the dessert end of the spectrum than the porridge end!) 


Take a look at the book blurb below for more details:

Are you tired of high-sugar, low-health-value instant oatmeals in tiny serving packets full of artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives? Once Upon a Bowl of Oatmeal contains 70 hearty recipes packed with natural ingredients and brimful of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. All are gluten free, assuming you use gluten-free oats, and vegan (or they come with a vegan option). Most require no salt so are perfect for a low sodium diet. Almost all of these recipes can be prepared in ten minutes or less, saving you time in your busy morning.
 
Oh … and no more math! Whether you’re cooking just for yourself, for a family of six, or any number in between, every recipe comes in the form of a handy table that shows exactly how much of each ingredient you’ll need for however many servings you want.
 
Tasty enough for kids to crave, but wholesome enough to appeal to health-conscious parents, these mouth-watering recipes will give you plenty of energy for your day while pleasing your taste buds too. Download Once Upon a Bowl of Oatmeal now and say goodbye to artificial breakfasts that don’t fully satisfy.

Take a peek at a few of the fun recipe titles (with pictures courtesy of photographer Denise Johnson). Then scroll down for a free recipe!

And now for a free oatmeal recipe in the unique format I use in Once Upon a Bowl of Oatmeal:

 

Ready to grab your copy? Click here to download the ebook for your Kindle or to order the paperback cookbook. And if you enjoy the recipes, please consider leaving a review on Amazon, Goodreads, and/or Bookbub!

About the Author:

 

Annie Douglass Lima considers herself fortunate to have traveled in twenty different countries and lived in four of them. A fifth-grade teacher in her “other” life, she loves reading to her students and sparking their imaginations. Her books include science fiction, fantasy, YA action and adventure novels, a puppet script, anthologies of her students’ poetry, Bible verse coloring and activity books, and now a cookbook. When she isn’t teaching, writing, or experimenting with new flavors of oatmeal, Annie can often be found sipping spiced chai or pomegranate green tea in exotic locations, some of which exist in this world.

Connect with Annie Douglass Lima Online:
Sign up for her mailing list so she can let you know when new books are available. When you sign up, she’ll send you a free copy of one of her fantasy books! http://bit.ly/LimaUpdates
 

 

It’s 3am and I have so many thoughts to share with you

Friday, July 19th, 2019
Anomaly
by
Derra Nicole Sabo
Genre:
Biography
 
It’s
3am…While most minds are in a blissful state of slumber, mine is
wide awake conjuring and pondering endless thoughts. Eyes are fixated
on the dark popcorn ceiling above and ears are soaking in blue tunes
as my autopilot mind becomes overwhelmed with the past, future and
every cherry topped dream in between.
These
thoughts range from warm and fuzzy to dark and slightly crippling.
Sometimes I wish that my mind had an off switch so that I could power
down at night. No such luck. So, wakie wakie! Grab yourself a coffee
and a snack because it’s 3am and I have so many thoughts to share
with you.
Goodreads
* Amazon
 
 
As
someone with anxiety, writing is my way of speaking. When my verbal
skills fail, my pen excels. I have always had something to say to the
world and to the humans residing in it, I just could never get my
mind and mouth to be on the same level. So, I picked up a pen and
haven’t looked back. I have a message for you. A message for my
family, my friends and to all the beating hearts. Dear You is a
letter personally written, from me to you.
Website
* Twitter * Instagram
* Amazon
* Goodreads
 
 
Follow
the tour HERE
for exclusive content and a giveaway!
 
a Rafflecopter giveaway
 
 

Charlottesville, Virginia, and its 12 surrounding counties are filled with history and charm. They also hold spirits who aren’t ready to leave their beloved homes or families behind

Sunday, June 30th, 2019
Haunted
Charlottesville and Surrounding Counties
by
Susan Schwartz
Genre:
Ghost Stories
 
Charlottesville,
Virginia, and its 12 surrounding counties are filled with history and
charm. They also hold spirits who aren’t ready to leave their
beloved homes or families behind. Visit more than 75 haunting
locations with this experiential and historical guide. Shiver your
way through haunted graveyards, mansions, parks, private residences,
and other locations as you discover the past and learn of current
lingering ghosts and the havoc they continue to instigate. Have you
ever pondered about the spiritual implications from murders of olde?
Think you might like to be pinched by a ghost or have your name
called when no one is there? Interested in what a paranormal
investigative group might find? Then make plans to explore these
strange and frightening locations. Contact information is provided
for those places allowing visitations. But when you visit, be ready
for a haunting good time!
Add
to Goodreads
Amazon
* B&N
* Google
* Schiffer
Books
 
 
Susan
Schwartz RN, MSN, MSHA has been an avid writer for around 10 years
doing everything from writing freelance articles to editing
manuscripts for other authors. She loves to write horror stories that
have a twist at the end.

 

 

 

Her
alter ego is a former Operating Room Nurse, current Nurse Educator
who loves creating tales from the interesting and weird things she
has seen. She is a member of the Horror Writers Association and the
Virginia Writers Club where she has served as President of the
Richmond Chapter in the past. She also has two novels in the works, a
paranormal romance and a medical thriller. In her spare time, she
loves to read, crochet, and travel to such places as Italy, Spain,
Australia, and Korea.
 

 

Website
* Facebook
* Amazon
* Goodreads
 
 
Follow
the tour HERE
for exclusive content and a giveaway!
 
a Rafflecopter giveaway
 
 

Mary, believed He was the most valuable investment opportunity in her life. Hindsight tells us she was absolutely correct! 

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

 

Lynn U. Watson has incorporated her
love for Jesus and passion for essential oils into a three-volume devotional
Collection, sharing spicy and aromatic essences of Scripture. Her devotions
encourage you to diligently cultivate your heart and grow your roots deeply in
an intimate relationship with Jesus. Lynn holds a BA in Journalism from
University of Memphis, a certificate in aromatherapy, and is a practicing
reflexologist.
 
 She and Steve have been married since 1973 and call Bartlett,
Tennessee home. Their lives are blessed with two adult children, their spouses,
and five beautiful, of course, grandchildren. Jasmine, her tuxedo kitty, runs
the house. Her current work-in-progress is a novel inspired by a painfully
challenging event in the life of her great-grandmother, changing the course for
her family forever.

 

All three of the Cinnamah-Brosia devotionals in one ebook volume! 
 
Fruits; spices; essential oils; & botanicals of all kinds sprinkled over
& planted on the pages of the Bible provide insights into God’s word. Our
Coffee Cottage’s fictional characters, Cinnamah-Brosia and friends,
courageously use the essences to season the world around them with an
overflowing measure of Jesus. All three volumes of Cinnamah-Brosia’s
Inspirational Collection for Women are featured in this single e-book.

“The Essence of Courage: Cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit in Solomon’s
Locked Garden and in Your Heart”
As you breathe in the fragrant aromas found in Solomon’s Locked Garden (Song of
Solomon 4), you’ll harvest the Fruit of the Spirit and cultivate it in the
garden of your heart.


“The Essence of Joy: Filling Your Heart with the Aromas of Jesus’
Nativity”

The scents of Christmas invite our imaginations into the holiday season. What
emotions flood your heart when the holidays aromas waft your way?

You’ll meet women of the Bible and contemporary women (Cinnamah-Brosia and
friends) like you and me who will encourage you to discover the refreshing
essence of a life lived in the presence of Jesus. Let JOY fill your heart with
the aromas of His nativity.


“The Essence of Humility: Live and Love Like Jesus”

We live in a culture overwhelmed with disrespect, egos, entitlement, rudeness,
and offense — lives focused on self, rather than God or others.

Jesus entered our world and walked among us. He placed no importance on rank or
position. Jesus’ life reflected love because it reflected humility, and He
invites us to live and love like Him.

You’re invited to travel with Cinnamah-Brosia and friends once again to meet
real-life people — our contemporaries and those on the pages of God’s word, who
encountered the same real-life challenges you and I face each day. Learn the
blessings of a life lived like Jesus lived —- with love and humility.

 

~ Universal Amazon Link ~ 
   
Snippet:
From The Essence of Courage:
 
            The
cost – not the aroma – alarmed the disciples (especially Judas, the one who
later betrayed Him for personal financial gain). The others’ concerns
acknowledged the fact spikenard sold for a handsome price, and the money could
help the poor. There was surely a better use for the resource than pouring a
whole pint of expensive oil on someone’s head.
 
            Considering
the cost and undeterred by their criticism, razzing and complaints, Mary chose
to serve Jesus. She believed He was the most valuable investment opportunity in
her life. Hindsight tells us she was absolutely correct! 
 

 

To view our blog schedule and follow along with this tour visit our Official Event page 

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Women Who Soar is a book collaboration project of women who stepped out on faith, launched their own businesses and released their dreams and purposes into the world

Sunday, June 9th, 2019
Women
Who Soar
Compiled
and Co-Authored by Paulette Harper
Genre:
Christian Non-Fiction
 
Women
Who Soar is a book collaboration project of women who stepped out on
faith, launched their own businesses and released their dreams and
purposes into the world. These powerful women have dispelled lies,
overcome difficult challenges, refused to take no for an answer and
are now soaring and creating the life they deserve. Their stories are
moving, revealing, encouraging and empowering. They have resolved to
use their testimony to pave the way for other women to soar into
their destiny.
**Only
.99 cents!!**
Goodreads
* Amazon
 
 
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).

 

Website
* Facebook
* Twitter *
Instagram *
Bookbub
*
Amazon
* Goodreads

 

Follow
the tour HERE
for exclusive content and a giveaway!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
 
 

Orexi…Feasting at the Modern Greek Table

Thursday, May 9th, 2019
Orexi!

Feasting at the Modern Greek Table

by Theo Michaels

Photography by Mowie Kay

Published by Ryland Peters & Small

£16.99 / $19.95

Genre: Cookbook 

 

 
In
this enticing collection of more than 80 recipes inspired by the
flavours of Greece and Cyprus, MasterChef UK’s Theo Michaels pays
homage to his family heritage, championing traditional dishes and
sharing his own modern cooking.
Presenting
a feast for the eyes as well as the tastebuds, his fresh and
delicious food is organized into chapters entitled Meze, Sea, Land,
Sun, Fire and Sundowners, evoking the Greek way of life.
You
too can eat like a Greek by celebrating simplicity, seasonality,
abundance, healthy balance and most importantly, the joy of sociable
eating.
Beautiful
food sings from these pages: from juicy watermelon, glossy kalamata
olives, to fragrant oregano-roasted meats and delicate fish wrapped
in vine leaves. Choose a selection of mouth-watering dips and sharing
plates to create a Cypriot-style meze; enjoy the freshest fish and
seafood, perfectly grilled or fried and served with nothing more than
a dusting of salt flakes and a squeeze of lemon juice to season; cook
tender yogurt-marinated lamb on skewers over charcoal and wrap it in
fluffy homemade pita to experience souvlaki at home; or whip up
vibrant vegetable and pulse dishes, from cracked wheat pourgouri to
slow-cooked fasolia beans. Finally, make rich Greek desserts the
sweet note to end your meal; serve just enough syrup-drenched baklava
with a bitter black coffee to satisfy that craving or unwind with an
Ouzo Sour or Brandy Sunburn Cocktail.
Goodreads
 https://rylandpeters.com/products/orexi
 
 
Theo
was born in London and comes from a large Greek Cypriot family. Theo
lived in America for five years, has eaten his way around the world
with a backpack and now lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and
three children.
After
reaching the heats of the semi-finals on Masterchef 2014 Theo
resigned from his position as a Board Member of a PLC to follow his
passion for ‘food’.
Theo
started by hosting his own sell-out pop up restaurant in
Hertfordshire cooking an 8-course taster menu championing modern
Greek cuisine inspired by his family.

When people
couldn’t get a table at Theo’s pop-up restaurant (the waiting
list still remains at over 700) he worked as a private chef creating
exclusive dinner parties for private clients, eventually receiving
recognition in The Financial Times and Telegraph.
Theo’s
private dining and popup restaurant won the regional ‘Best
Lifestyle Service’ award – you can find out more about his
private dining service and read reviews
here).
Theo is now the full time Executive Chef for Elsewhere Events
creating imaginative dining experiences for Elsewhere’s venues and
popup events around the world.
In
Theo’s spare time he has been a guest chef for the Sheraton Grande
in Bangkok, a regular judge for the annual Quality Food Awards and is
frequently in the press and other media including The Food Network,
BBC Radio and usually has one or two other projects up his sleeve.
Theo
Michaels is known for cooking ‘elegant village food’ inspired by
the flavours of Cyprus and his travels but also for creating
innovative family friendly food that satisfies the reality of modern
life.
Theo
has appeared on BBC Breakfast News, Sky TV, The Food Network, is a
regular on BBC 3CR Weekend Kitchen show and is a regular guest chef
on ITV’s This Morning. He is called upon by the national press for
comment and interview on private dining, food and drink trends and
for recipe inspiration. He’s also regularly spotted cooking at food
festivals. Theo’s inspiration for food varies from his roots, his
travels to cooking for his family and his love of anything cooked
over charcoal.

 

Website
* Website *
Facebook
*
Twitter
*
Instagram
*
Pinterest
*
Youtube
*
Goodreads
 
 
Follow
the tour HERE
for exclusive content and a giveaway!
 
a Rafflecopter giveaway
 
 

Henri andSuzanne Ribouleau, gave the children a home and family and sheltered them through subsequent roundups, threats, air raids, and the war’s privations

Friday, March 29th, 2019
We
Survived….At Last I Speak
by
Leon Malmed
Genre:
Historical Biography
 
This
is Leon Malmed’s true story of his and his sister Rachel’s escape
from the Holocaust in Occupied France. When their father and mother
were arrested in 1942, their courageous and heroic French neighbors
volunteered to watch their children until they returned. Leon’s
parents were taken first to Drancy, then to Auschwitz-Birkenau, and
they never returned. Meanwhile their downstairs neighbors, Henri and
Suzanne Ribouleau, gave the children a home and family and sheltered
them through subsequent roundups, threats, air raids, and the war’s
privations. The courage, sympathy, and dedication of the Ribouleaus
and others stand in strong contrast to the collaborations and moral
weakness of many of the French authorities. Leon and Rachel each came
to America after the war, but always kept their strongest ties to
“Papa Henri and Maman Suzanne,” who were honored as “Righteous
Among the Nations” by Yad Vashem in 1977. Leon bares his soul in
this narrative of love and courage, set against a backdrop of
tragedy, fear, injustice, prejudice, and the greatest moral outrage
of the modern era. It is a story of goodness triumphing once more
over evil.
Goodreads
* Amazon 
 
 
Leon
Malmed was born in France on October 4th, 1937.
He
is a Holocaust Survivor.
He
immigrated to the U.S, in 1964. He lived 18 years in New York.
He
was a resident of the San Francisco Bay area for 30 years. He and his
wife
Patricia
now live full time in South Lake Tahoe.
Leon
graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Paris. He
is a graduate of the Finance Senior Executive program at UCLA and the
Executive Institute for Management of High Technology Companies at
Stanford Business School.
Leon
worked in the High Tech industry in Silicon Valley where he held
executive positions for over 30 years. He served on Hi-Tech companies
Board of Directors and is currently on the Board of the Lake Tahoe
Community College Foundation.
After
60 years of total silence about his childhood during the Holocaust
and aftermath, Leon decided to publish his memoir. He is the author
of “We Survived…At Last I Speak” available in English, French
and Spanish.
His
books are available at Amazon.com, Lulu.com, Kindle.com and
Audible.com.
Leon
speaks about the Holocaust in Schools, Colleges, Universities,
Churches, Synagogues, Book clubs and Men and women’s clubs in the
US, in Europe and South America. He has been interviewed on TV and
radio.
Besides
writing books, he loves riding bikes, skiing, sailing and golfing.
He
participated last year in the Dancing with the Tahoe Stars and won
one of the two trophies.
Website
* Facebook
* Twitter * Amazon
* Goodreads
 
 
Follow
the tour HERE
for exclusive content and a giveaway!
 
a Rafflecopter giveaway
 
 

BookTube is a community ofcontent creators on YouTube that film videos about books

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019
The
BookTube Your Shelf Daily Reader turns one year old this March. [Cue
the party music!] The time has flown by so quickly. My to-be-read
list has expanded even faster. As a reader, you know that is both a
good and bad thing. LOL!
 
YouTube
for the Bookish?
YouTube.com
is the second most visited website in the world – where over 1.9
billion logged-in users visit each month. And each day, people watch
over a billion hours of video and generate billions of views. While
many people are aware of the music videos, make-up channels and
gaming channels on the platform, far fewer know about the great
bookish content available on YouTube. BookTube is a community of
content creators on YouTube that film videos about books. The
BookTube Your Shelf Daily Reader is a daily online newspaper
featuring social shares from booktubers (including authortubers) and
some bookish neighbors (like bloggers and readers). Are you familiar
with BookTube?
 
Once
Upon A Time…
Between
changes in YouTube’s algorithm and my book reading taste, it was a
struggle for me to keep up with my favorite booktubers and keep
a look-out for new booktubers. I knew many other fans of BookTube
were having similar problems.
When
YouTube changed it’s monetization rules in early 2018, many people,
including myself, worried about it’s overall impact on small content
creators. As I looked at my personal BookTube channel list, I
thought, “What can I do to help support and encourage bookish
content creators?” Then poof! The idea for The BookTube Your
Shelf Daily Reader popped into my head. [Yes, with a poof]. What
started out as an idea in March of 2018 has morphed into a passion
project with an online newspaper and email newsletter.
Find
Your Next Favorite…
One
of the goals of The BookTube Your Shelf Daily Reader project is to
help you find your next favorite booktuber. Check out the Videos
section of TBYSDR for suggestions on bookish YouTube videos to watch.
It features over 25 videos each
day. 
https://paper.li/Readeropolis/1517059010#/videos
Another goal of the
project is to help you find your next great read. In The BookTube
Your Shelf web newspaper, you’ll find a variety of posts like:
  • Book
    News
  • Book
    Giveaways
  • Book
    Reviews
  • Videos
    about Books
  • Videos
    about Reading
  • Videos
    about Writing
  • Book Trailers
Don’t
Miss A Thing.
Don’t
struggle with searching for book-related videos in the YouTube hay
stack. Subscribe to The BookTube Your Shelf Daily Reader Email
Newsletter to have the paper delivered to
your email inbox. 
https://paper.li/Readeropolis/1517059010#/
Be
sure to “Like” the TBYSDR Facebook page to stay
up-to-date on the latest
edition. 
https://www.facebook.com/BookTubeYourShelf/
But
wait… there’s more!
During
March I will be hosting a month-long event called BookTube Z to A,
highlighting BookTube channels on YouTube, at the Readeropolis book
blog. Look for the hashtag #BookTubeZtoA on your favorite social
sites.  
You
can follow all of the anniversary celebration events by joining the
Facebook anniversary event page (click “Going” to get
updates): 
https://www.facebook.com/events/358689728051151/
So,
let’s chat in in the comments.
Do
you watch book-related videos on YouTube? What are some of your
favorite BookTube Channels?
Have you checked
out the latest edition of The BookTube Your Shelf Daily
Reader?
BookTube,
keep doing what you’re doing. You’re hands down amazing!
 
 
 
Mayor
Sonni: Reader extraordinaire. Mayor of the Readeropolis book blog.
Content curator. Lover of books, lists, sweet tea, and vacations.
Well, not necessarily in that order.
Are you connected?
You can find her all over the Internet under the handle Readeropolis.

 

 

Blog
* Facebook *
Twitter * Instagram
* Pinterest *
Tumblr * Youtube
* Bloglovin
 
 
Follow
the tour HERE
for exclusive excerpts, guest posts and a giveaway!
 
a Rafflecopter giveaway
 
 

 

 
 

Kotobee International Book Fair Calendar for 2019

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

Nothing warms a book lover’s heart more than a good book. And nothing excites a book addict more than a book fair, overflowing with publishers and booksellers.

Every year Kotobee compiles for you the dates of the biggest and best book fairs around the world, and post them on their website, to see the completed blog click here, https://www.kotobee.com/blog/international-book-fairs-2019/

(This blog, https://annadelc.com/blog/?p=9327  is meant to be informative about book fairs and does not endorse any nor part of them.)

 

 

Healthy foods and exercise didn’t make you fat and they won’t make you thin UNTIL you face the emotional issues underneath the weight

Sunday, February 24th, 2019
Now
That’s Just Stupid: Weight, What?
By
Debra Taylor
Genre:
Self-Help
 
The
F-Word: A three letter word that carries the greatest impact to the
deepest void inside the soul…Fat there I said it.Just the word
alone makes every hurt, pain, failure or haunting memory rise to the
surface and food is the only thing that will quiet the storm.You
don’t have a problem with food! You have problems, issues,
behaviors and you go to food. There is a big difference!WEIGHT, What?
is the third release in the Now That’s Just Stupid, Inc. book
series. It’s a journey through real weight loss using regular,
every day foods only this time you will solve the issues and keep the
food. No one should tell you what to eat, what not to eat or how much
to eat. YOU know how to do that! What you don’t know is how to
solve the reasons why you overeat. Healthy foods and exercise didn’t
make you fat and they won’t make you thin UNTIL you face the
emotional issues underneath the weight. This book will show you how
to use your food to guide you toward your C.O.R.E. issues and take
the steps to solve them.
Goodreads
* Amazon
 
 
Author,
Debra Taylor has battled obesity since childhood topping out at
almost 400 pounds before learning to manage her adiction to food. She
now holds a Masters of Science with an emphasis in Applied Behavioral
Analysis and a Ph.D. In Psychology, with an emphasis in addiction.
Her specialty is working with clients who struggle with behavioral or
emotional eating before, during and after their weight loss. She has
traveled nationally and internationally as a motivational speaker and
was Director over several hospital surgical and non-surgical weight
loss programs. While working with tousands of obese individuals she
designed the meaning behind food groups that explain and solve
emotional eating while teaching people to lose weight eating
regular every day foods.
Website
* Facebook
* FB Group
* Twitter *
Instagram
* Goodreads
 
 
Follow
the tour HERE
for exclusive excerpts, guest posts and a giveaway!
 
a Rafflecopter giveaway
 
 
 

Sitting propped against the wall was a decapitated Santa!

Friday, December 14th, 2018

 

The Crazy Cady Sisters have known each other all their lives. With 179 years of accumulated life-experience, we are well versed in Cady-isms.
 
Between the four of us, we’ve experienced:
·        18 businesses ventures
·        22 children acquired in a variety of ways (marriage, birth, adoption, etc)
·        5 1/2 grandchildren
·        Lived in 5 different states
·        One of us went to college to be a concert pianist.
·        On of us thought about going to college to be a concert pianist.
·        One of us is an addictions counselor.
·        One of us is addicted to diet soda.
·        Volunteer for 8+ organizations
·        1 lived above a mortuary
·        1 was chased by a K-9 unit while toilet papering.
·        3 of us were homeless for 2.5 months while we toured the United States.
·        1 of us can say the Pledge of Allegiance in three different languages.
·        We sold rocks door to door.
·        1 used to transcribe the newspaper into the computer when she got bored.
·        Are joint owners of WhodunnitMysteries.com  
In March, 2017 we decided to band together to form Crazy Cady Sisters to co-author a hilariously heart-warming non-fiction story about parenting, child-rearing, and growing up in a family with ten children.

 ~ Website ~
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! And in the Cady household that means kicking your creativity into high gear. 
 
What would you do if you had ten children and no money for Christmas? And what exactly does Christmas look like when ten sets of hands are poised, ready to rip open their Christmas gifts – is it chaos, or do Monte and Barbara make us sit quietly, tormenting us as we watch each and every present opened by our siblings? What about decorations? Traditions? Jokes? Christmas trees and more? The questions and possibilities are endless, and you never know what the answer may be in the Cady home.Follow our family as we recount some of our favorite, least-favorite, and downright bizarre stories of parenting and growing up in a family with ten siblings! We’ll add a touch of nostalgia by focusing entirely on our favorite holiday of the year: CHRISTMAS!

 

~ Universal Amazon Link ~ 
   

Snippet:
My curiosity was
piqued, and slowly I maneuvered myself around him to get a glimpse of what was
going on.  I deciphered a pair of black boots at Dad’s feet, then red
suede pants revealed themselves. A matching full-bellied jacket sat up against
a raised flower bed that formed the perimeter of the porch.  Dad messed
with the jacket, patting it down and smoothing it. My alarm grew when I saw him
shove a crumpled newspaper into this poor fool’s jacket. Without warning, Dad
bound to his feet, the full revelation of his prize causing me to stumble back
in fear.  Sitting propped against the wall was a decapitated Santa!

 


To view our blog schedule and follow along with this tour visit our Part 2 Official Event page

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

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.

 

Add
to Goodreads
Amazon
* B&N
 
 
 
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.

 

Website
* Facebook *
Twitter * Amazon
* Goodreads
 
 
Follow
the tour HERE
for exclusive content and a giveaway!
 
a Rafflecopter giveaway
 
 

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.

 

 

Thank you so much for your generosity. We’re donating books to hospitals and children’s centers. Anywhere people might benefit from an uplifting story dealing with cancer.

~ Universal Amazon Link ~ 

 

 

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.

 

 

To view our blog schedule and follow along with this tour visit our Official Event page 

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway