Archive for January, 2019

Ela doesn’t want the job. though, sometimes, you don’t have a choice…

Saturday, January 12th, 2019
Heartwood
by
Nance Newman
Genre:
Fantasy, Magical Realism
 
In
the Adirondack Mountains the forests are dying by the hand of a demon
whose only purpose is the destruction of the natural world.

 

Within
the high peaks of the Adirondacks a magical edifice, Heartwood,
appears yet remains hidden from the world. Inhabited by the
descendants of an ancient race who have been protecting the natural
world since the beginning of their existence, they will wait for the
next true Xylem who is the only one powerful enough to fight the
demon.

 

The
battle will soon begin.

 

Heartwood
weaves legend into reality as the world’s ecosystem is threatened
by supernatural demons. Elathea is a typical teenager whose parents
can no longer keep the family secret from her—that she is a
descendant of an ancient race of women whose legend says only one
progeny every hundred years or more will have the powers needed to
face nature’s magical enemies. As her powers begin to emerge, they
can no longer deny her destiny. They send her to Heartwood to learn
about who she is and what she must do. Only Ela doesn’t want the
job.

 

Sometimes,
you don’t have a choice.

 

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I
live in upstate New York with my two dogs; a 17 year old Min Pin
(Zeus) and a female dog I recently rescued from the Puerto Rico
hurricanes (I have been learning Spanish and she is learning
English!). Her name is Ela and she is a joy.

 

I
have been writing in some form or other since high school when I
bought my first guitar (a 12 string for $50 from one of those
magazines my mother used to receive in the mail) and began writing
songs. In college, I started my first novel that I hope to go back to
and finish someday.

 

I
currently work for a school district in transportation as a router
and dispatcher where I use software to solve the puzzle of getting
5600 students to many different schools, but my goal is to become a
full time writer of novels and music. I try to fit writing in with my
full time job and hobbies that include biking, gardening, hiking,
kayaking and watching movies (lots of them and all kinds)

 

I
continue to write songs and perform with Dooley(my music partner) We
have a CD of original songs and it is available for your enjoyment.
Visit me at nancenewman.com to check it out.

 

I
am really excited to share my work with you, and some days you might
see me driving a big yellow school
bus.

 

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Baxter and Holt trust each other with their lives, just not with their secret plans…

Thursday, January 10th, 2019
Las
Vegas Crime
Baxter
and Holt Book 3
by
Leslie Wolfe
Genre:
Crime Suspense Thriller 
 
Simply
love Leslie Wolfe!
 The
Baxter-Holt series is 
one of the
best in the genre!
 This was a
great story that kept me on the edge of my seat the entire
time. 
Cannot wait until
the next one, 
Las Vegas Crime,
coming in November. 
Keep writing
them, Leslie!”
 

 

 

Detectives
Laura Baxter and Jack Holt
 are
members of the elite: Las Vegas Metro PD, one of the toughest and
most respected law enforcement agencies in the United States. In the
middle of a city with two million residents and 43 million annual
visitors, they’re searching for a missing girl and the ruthless
killers who snatched her.

 

 

The
girl: gone

 

When a teenage
girl is daringly kidnapped from her school, minutes after being
dropped off, a frenzied search begins, involving the entire police
force of a city that never sleeps. But for 
Detectives
Baxter and Holt
 this isn’t a
crime like any other; it is personal. 

 

 

The
crimes: terrifying

 

A bold and
merciless serial killer preys on young girls and leaves them out to
die in the cold and dreadful expanse of the Mojave Desert, unable to
move, to scream, to fight for their lives.

 

The
choice: impossible

 

Now Detective
Holt
 is faced with an agonizing
decision: he can sacrifice all that he holds dear or jeopardize the
life of an innocent girl, his own flesh and blood. The man holding
all the cards in this game of life and death isn’t willing to
negotiate; he’s only willing to kill. 

 

 

In
Las Vegas, few things end well.

 

 

Two
mavericks form an intriguing team. Baxter and Holt trust each other
with their lives, just not with their secret plans.

 

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Wolfe is a bestselling author whose novels break the mold of
traditional thrillers. She creates unforgettable, brilliant, strong
women heroes who deliver fast-paced, satisfying suspense, backed up
by extensive background research in technology and psychology.
Leslie
released the first novel,
Executive,
in October 2011. It was very well received, including inquiries from
Hollywood. Since then, Leslie published numerous novels and enjoyed
growing success and recognition in the marketplace. Among Leslie’s
most notable works,
The Watson Girl
(2017) was recognized for offering a unique insight into the mind of
a serial killer and a rarely seen first person account of his
actions, in a dramatic and intense procedural thriller.
A
complete list of Leslie’s titles is available at
http://wolfenovels.com/order.
Leslie
enjoys engaging with readers every day and would love to hear from
you.

 

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A Spell of Murder: A Witch Cats of Cambridge mystery

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019
A
Spell of Murder
Witch
Cats of Cambridge Book 1
by
Clea Simon
Genre:
Cozy Mystery 
 
It’s
Harriet’s fault. It’s always her fault, not that she’ll ever
admit it.” So begins A Spell of Murder: A Witch Cats of Cambridge
mystery, the first in a new cozy series that mixes feline fiction
with a touch of the paranormal, and a little romance as well.

 

 

Becca,
newly single and newly unemployed, wants to believe she has psychic
powers. With nothing but time – and a desire for empowerment –
she’s studying to become a witch. What she doesn’t know is that
her three cats – Harriet, Laurel, and Clara – are the ones with
the real power. And when Harriet – “a cream-colored longhair with
more fur than commonsense” – conjures a pillow for her own
comfort, Becca believes her spells are finally working. Could that be
why Trent, the coven’s devilishly handsome leader, has been showing
her special attention? Or why Suzanne, a longtime coven member, draws
her aside to share a secret – a confidence that may lead to murder?

 

A Spell of Murder by Clea Simon is unique and different from all the stories I have read. This story is told through the eyes of tone of the three sister cats that are magic, Clara. They live with a young woman, Rebecca Callwin, and she doesn’t know about their abilities. One time, Harriet, one of the cats, accidentally summons a pillow while Becca has her magic group with her and she is saying a spell. Now, “The Coven” believes Becca is a real witch.

The main character is Clara the younger sister cat. The whole story is told by a narrator who tell what each character is feeling. The three cats are able to do magic and go through things, but usually it is Clara who follows her owner to keep an eye on her and what is going on in her world. On one of these trips, they find Becca’s friend dead. When Becca become the number one suspect the cats help her find the killer.

This is a great, cozy mystery with the right amount of death and suspects. It may feel off to a person who doesn’t care for cats, because it takes time to give personality to the felines, along with telling the story. Some may find it intrusive, but I believe it adds to the story in a good way. It is great reading for anyone who likes cozy mysteries and animals.

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Simon is the author of “A Spell of Murder,” the first in
her new “Witch Cats of Cambridge” series. She is also the
author of “World Enough,” a rock ‘n’ roll noir, as well as
the Blackie and Care series (most recently “Cross My Path”)
chronicling the adventures of the pink-haired Care and the black
feral cat who loves her. In addition to these darker books, she is
also the author of the Dulcie Schwartz feline mysteries, the Pru
Marlowe pet noir mysteries, and the Theda Krakow mysteries, as well
as three nonfiction books, including The Feline Mystique: On the
Mysterious Connection Between Women and Cats.
The
recipient of multiple honors, including the Cat Writers Associations
Presidents Award, she lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, with her
husband, Jon Garelick, and their cat, Musetta.
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When a King who practices necromancy is determined, more than mermaids are needed to destroy the demon clan

Sunday, January 6th, 2019
Destria
Waves
Anastasia
Series Book 1
by
Lily Raine
Genre:
YA Paranormal Fantasy
 
 
Anastasia
has always been different, and not just because she knows over
fifteen languages and prefers to be alone. After she was attacked
while visiting family in Russia over seven years ago, Ana has been
able to heal rapidly amongst other things. Unable to accept her own
immortality, despite increasing proof, she goes away to Joya Del Mar
Arts Academy with her two cousins, Jo and Mason. Instead of worrying
about recitals and dance steps, Ana discovers a secret world of
demons, mermaids and angels. Their only connection however, seems to
be an increasing need to find her so that the demons can force Ana to
bring back their master.

 

 

 

After
transforming a bear into a human boy, Ana can no longer hide her
abilities and struggles with the idea that she is not human, although
she does not know what she is. When a mysterious man in a mask
continues to stalk Ana with the intention of getting her to eat a
blue flower, Ana gets the sinking suspicion that the man in the mask
is the same young man who destroyed her life seven years prior. When
Ana discovers a secret lair hidden beneath the waves where the demons
are regrouping, Ana realizes she has a terrible choice to make.
Sacrifice her life and the life of the mermaids who fuel the
underwater power source, or escape and allow the demons free reign to
destroy the human world. But if Ana chooses to accept her
immortality, then the life of her cousins and boyfriend, Daniel, will
forever be compromised.

 

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Demon King’s Assassin
Anastasia
Series Book 2
 
After
destroying the Demon King’s lair, Anastasia Sokolov believes her
and her cousin’s lives are finally safe. Unfortunately, when a King
who practices necromancy is determined, more than mermaids are needed
to destroy the demon clan. 

 

Anastasia’s
cousin Jo, has warned her to keep away from their new accountant,
dashing and handsome, Arkin. Arkin is infatuated with Anastasia, but
it isn’t until he asks for her help she comes to realize why. In a
desperate attempt to become immortal, Arkin had joined the demonic,
Destria Organization. But when a deadly assassin learns of his plans
to escape, Arkin turns to the only one who can save him.

 

With
the King’s ability to change bodies each time he dies, there is no
way of telling friends from enemies apart. As the assassin threatens
to destroy any hope of peace, Anastasia learns just how inhuman her
friends and boyfriend really are.

 

A
dagger from the other world, creatures who are neither human nor
animal, and a web comic detailing future events are all Anastasia can
rely on. And when the assassin’s interests turn to her beloved
cousin, Mason, where is the line between who should live and who
should die?

 

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Raine, author of the Anastasia Series, is happy to be part of World
Castle Publishing. Lily lives in Michigan where when it’s not cold,
the weather and the lakes are beautiful. Lily married her best
friend, Thomas, when she was eighteen years-old. They live together
with their two cats, Misaki and Mason.

 

 

 

Lily
enjoys biking, swimming, dancing, painting, and going anywhere there
are animals. She is currently working on her Master’s Degree from
Wayne State University. Afterwards, she hopes to own her own
practice.

 

 

Lily
loves young adult novels, particularly ones with paranormal elements.

 

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Diagnosed with seasonal affective disorder?…

Saturday, January 5th, 2019

In the Midst of Winter shares ways to cope for those suffering from misunderstood chronic illnesses, and a glimpse into our daily lives for those who wish to understand. It also testifies of the Savior’s ability to reach into each heart and bring hope and renewal.

At age fourteen, Danice Hope started having troubles functioning during the winter months. Each year, the fatigue and depression grew worse. During the summers, her health would improve, and she learned to fit as much joy into life as possible before winter returned. After six years, she was finally diagnosed with seasonal affective disorder. Over time, she realized that there was also beauty in winter. She found a poster with flowers growing out of the snow that said, “In the midst of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.”
 
In the mid 1990’s, Danice moved south to Arizona with the hope of improving her health enough to have a better life. While the SAD improved, she found herself developing new health problems. The biggest surprise was that she could be sitting slumped over in a wheelchair in the emergency room, barely able to speak or move, and doctor after doctor told her that she wasn’t ill, or that it was “just anxiety”. After going to twenty-four different doctors in the next year, she was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. Stunned at the loss of her hopes and dreams, she gradually learned to see in new ways, to balance her health, to reshape her dreams, and to look to Christ. She learned that flowers can grow not only in the snow, but also in the desert sun.

 

 

 

Danice Hope has been married to the same loving, supportive husband for 26 years. They live in the deserts of the American Southwest, where the winters are mild. Their two lovable cats keep them busy.
Danice loved to roam the mountains of Utah in her younger years, and to see the variety of wildflowers each spring. She has enjoyed writing since she was old enough to write. She takes solace in reading the scriptures and other good books. She is grateful for God’s care and guidance through the distresses of life.

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One night, as I watched a Christian channel, I heard some intriguing ideas about different ways of healing. A doctor pointed out that Jesus heals in different ways. In Mark the blind man was healed by Jesus’ word. In John 9 the people thought that the man was blind due to sin. But Jesus said that it was so “that the works of God should be made manifest in him,” (verse 3). Then Jesus anointed the man’s eyes with clay and spittle and told him to go wash in the pool of Siloam. And the man “went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing,” (verse 7).

The doctor pointed out that our pathway to healing can be through a single miracle or it can come through our own pathway that Jesus can show to us: whether through vitamins and medicines or some other way. We don’t have to feel guilty when people claim that we must not have enough faith if we aren’t instantly healed. It takes faith to follow Jesus’ plan for us. “With his stripes we are healed,” Mosiah 14:5.

 

 


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In death she found life

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019
In death she found life.Florence Sterling should be perfectly happy. She’s been given a second chance at life with her beloved husband. But all is not well. She yearns for more children, even though Alex is reluctant. Memories of the day she and her baby were murdered still haunt her. And she can’t shake the feeling she will be separated from Alex again.

As if in confirmation of her premonition, Alex is called on a dangerous mission to enlist America’s aid in WWII. Trying to distract herself, Florence investigates what really happened when her son died. As she searches, she becomes convinced her son is alive, although witnesses say otherwise. And with each clue she discovers, she unwittingly draws closer to her old enemy—the deranged woman who will stop at nothing to destroy her.

When Alex goes missing in action, Florence must reach deeply into her faith as she faces her greatest fears. If Alex is lost to the war, will she allow herself to love another man and fulfill her desire to have a family? Or will she remain alone the rest of her life?

Book one in this series WON the bronze medal with the Readers’ Favorite International competition
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Marcia was born and raised in Argentina during the military regime which ended with the loss of many young lives in the invasion of the Falkland Islands. Amidst the devastating effects of military government and war, reading and writing became a passion which expanded and transported her imagination with the possibility of a brighter future.
At the age of eighteen, she moved to the United States, where she studied English and started her own family. She soon discovered that the love she has for her husband and children would naturally unfold towards her European roots, leading her to become a genealogist and family historian. A decade of searching, compiling, and learning the stories of thousands of people has instilled in her a profound gratitude for the strong ties that can be achieved in families through personal sacrifice.
So it is that through fiction, Shadows of Time duology (Awaken, Shadows of a Forgotten Past and Alive, Shadows of a Living Past) explores and exposes the characteristics of true love and loyalty in times of fear, war, and finally, death. But perhaps the most captivating element in the story is the battle within the souls of the main characters as they search to know who they really are and how they are connected.

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Alexander Sterling:Richard Armitage  /  Florence Contini:Emma Watson

 

 

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Her mother is playing matchmaker, a loved one is kidnapped, drug smuggling is afoot, a hair contest proves disastrous, Oh my!

Tuesday, January 1st, 2019
Murder,
Curlers and Cream
Murder,
Curlers Series Book 1
by
Arlene McFarlane
Genre:
Cozy Mystery 
 
Smart,
entertaining, and laugh-out-loud funny!”
Liliana
Hart, New York Times Bestselling Author

 

 

 

Valentine
Beaumont is a beautician with a problem. Not only has she got a
meddling mother, a wacky staff, and a dying business, but now she’s
got a dead client who was strangled while awaiting her facial.

 

 

With
business the way it is, combing through this mystery may be the only
way to save her salon. Until a second murder, an explosion, a
kidnapping, death threats, and the hard-nosed Detective Romero
complicate things. But Valentine will do anything to untangle the
crime. That’s if she can keep her tools of the trade in her bag,
keep herself alive, and avoid falling for the tough detective.

 

 

In
the end, how hard can that be?

 

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Murder,
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Valentine
Beaumont is back in her second hair-raising mystery, this time,
trying to find out who had it in for an elderly nun. Only trouble is
there are others standing in her way: hot but tough Detective Romero,
sexy new stylist Jock de Marco, and some zany locals who all have a
theory on the nun’s death.

 

 

Making
things worse: the dead nun’s secret that haunts Valentine, another
murder, car chases, death threats, mysterious clues, an interfering
mother, and a crazy staff.

 

 

Between
brushing off Jock’s advances and splitting hairs with handsome
Detective Romero, Valentine struggles to comb through the crime,
utilizing her tools of the trade in some outrageous situations.
Question is, will she succeed?

 

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Murder,
Curlers and Cruises
Murder,
Curlers Series Book 3
 
Sharp,
sexy, and side-splitting. Everything I love in a good mystery!”
 –
Darynda
Jones, New York Times/USA Today Bestselling Author of the Charley
Davidson Series

 

 

A
fun-filled ride. A zany cast of characters. And a quest to find a
killer. Another great book in a wonderful series!”
 –
Wendy
Byrne, USA Today Bestselling Author of the Izzy Lewis Mysteries

 

 

In
her third fast-paced mystery, beautician Valentine Beaumont and her
madcap crew sail the high seas on a Caribbean “Beauty Cruise.”
When a bizarre murder takes place onboard, Valentine finds herself
swept into the middle of the investigation.

 

 

If
things aren’t bad enough, her mother is playing matchmaker, a loved
one is kidnapped, drug smuggling is afoot, a hair contest proves
disastrous, and a strange alliance between tough Detective Romero and
sexy stylist Jock de Marco rubs Valentine the wrong way.

 

 

Will
this impulsive beauty sleuth comb through the catastrophes and
untangle the mystery, or will this voyage turn into another fatal
Titanic? With Jock and Romero onboard, it’s destined to be a hot
cruise!
 

 

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Arlene
McFarlane
is the author of the Murder, Curlers series.
Previously an aesthetician, hairstylist, and owner of a full-service
salon, Arlene now writes full time. When she’s not making up
stories, or being a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, cat-mom,
or makeover artist, you’ll find her making music on the piano.
Arlene
is a member of Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Toronto
Romance Writers, SOWG, and the Golden Network. She’s won and placed
in over 30 contests, including twice in the Golden Heart and twice in
the Daphne du Maurier.
Arlene
lives with her family in Canada.
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