Friday, August 30, 2013

Featured Book - Please Don't Let Me Die


Please Don't Let Me Die
A Father's Journey Through Grief 
and the Criminal Justice System
by





Description

Patrick McCarthy led a simple, unassuming life.  He and his family were thrust into a world where very few have traveled. After a night spent with friends, his sixteen year old daughter was found dead in the morning. What happened? Who is responsible? Patrick seeks answers and justice for those responsible. Follow the pursuit of justice from a grief stricken father, written as events were unfolding. Current books only deal with grief. This book includes a father’s grief, the legal system with its complications and a lengthy trial with an unexpected outcome.


From the Back Cover
Danielle is born into a large family; she is the youngest of seven children. At sixteen she is active, has many friends and has plans for college. December 31st, 2006, she spends the night across town at a friend’s house but it goes horrible wrong. On the morning of January 1st, 2007 her parents get the heartbreaking news that Danielle died at the hands of others. The parents now struggle to bury their youngest daughter, having never experienced this type of tragedy to this magnitude; they must fight through the grief and disbelief that their youngest daughter had died. A grief stricken father wants answers. Arrests are forthcoming. How could this have happened? Why did she have to die? Why didn't those around her get her the medical help that she needed? Will this nightmare ever end? After close to two years of court dates and a lengthy trial, a family torn must now move on.

From the Author


After my daughter died I didn't know what to do and my mind was cluttered with too much information and details. I sat down and started to write everything down in detail to help ease my mind. As the days, months and years past, I would look back on my notes and realized I had a story to tell. I want to give others hope, to let others know that there is a chance for justice and it’s OK to openly grieve as a man and as a father. The justice system is not what I thought it was, it is complicated and it takes time. It will also take a toll on your mind and body. This book will put you in the courtroom and you will experience the heartache I have gone through and will continue to go through for the rest of my life.


About the Author
Patrick McCarthy was a general contractor in the state of Washington. He moved his family to Southern Oregon in 2010 where they currently reside. Living a simple life, raising his children in a quiet neighborhood, he was thrust into the criminal justice system after his daughter’s death. Having never dealt with the justice system before, he had to learn, through research on the internet, as much law as possible in order to understand the system and get justice for his daughter. Patrick has been married to Lisa for twenty four years and is the father of seven children, Danielle being the youngest.


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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Giveaway - Beneath the Sand


Beneath the Sand
by





Beneath the Sand will be FREE
August 28th and 29th.



Description

Do you want to be scared sh*#less?
                   
-This will awaken your worst nightmare.-


Horror fans - do not pass up, because this chilling, short story will scare you to death!

Have you ever worried that something is hiding beneath the sand? What if something brushed your foot one night on the beach?
Would you run? Could you?

- Character driven!
- Suspenseful!
- Horrifying!


Now that surfing, dating, and every aspect of a California retirement are off limits, he paints and pretends the beach isn't so close. Things might have been okay, too, if he hadn't found the new pile of sand in his house or thought so hard about the accidents.

He tries to do what they trained him back in his Vietnam days - focus ahead but never behind, but it's hard to ignore what tickles and scrapes your feet, what whispers to you in the dead of night.
Short Story of approximately 12,500 words.



Author Bio
Scott Zavoda is a writer from Cleveland Ohio, working across many genres: horror, science fiction, fantasy, dark fantasy, and thriller.Short stories are his forte.

"Raising two girls is tough, especially one who is special needs, but I wouldn't have it any other way.
As an airline captain, he spends most his time enjoying the food and culture of nearly every city in America.
Scott says, "Being away from loved ones is the hardest thing, but I make the best of it by using the time to read and write.

"The best decision I ever made was following my dreams. The worst was not learning that sooner."


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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Featured Book - The Pink Princess Pony Picture...With Monsters


The Pink Princess Pony Picture...With Monsters
written and illustrated by


Description

Abby and Sam want their mom to draw a picture. To Abby, the perfect picture would be full of ballerinas, princesses, and anything sweet, but Sam has a different idea. He thinks the picture should have monsters, dragons, and anything creepy. As the picture evolves with each child’s description, Mom must figure out how to create a picture that makes everybody happy.








Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Featured Book - Girl Jacked


Girl Jacked
by







Description

Officer Jack Stratton is hiding. Hiding from the world. From pain. From the memories of losing his best friend, Chandler, in Iraq.
Isolated from those he cares about, the last thing Jack expects to hear is; “Michelle is gone.”
The words cut straight to his core. Chandler’s sister is missing. Although the police think she just took off he knows Michelle would never leave those she loved behind – like he did.
Now he must take action, find Michelle and bring her home... or die trying.
The first novel in the Jack Stratton Mystery Series “Girl Jacked” introduces us to noble badass Jack Stratton and his dark past. With a debt of honor to his dead foster brother, Chandler, Jack’s guilt drives him into a world of deception and lies. Chandler’s sister Michelle is missing and the police have nothing to go on. As Jack’s walls begin to crumble, he must navigate the quirky characters that seep into the mystery of Michelle’s disappearance.
Jack has returned to the sleepy community of Darrington but like so many things in this world, nothing is as it appears to be. The hidden mysteries that often go unnoticed begin to emerge as Jack and his new unpredictable sidekick begin to turn over the rocks.
Following a trail that has grown cold, Jack must tread carefully to protect his job, his family, and his own life…

Christopher Greyson’s debut novel weaves a tale full of mystery and action with humor and suspense. His unique stories and no-nonsense style of writing will take you on a page turning rollercoaster ride of emotions right up until the end.

Look for upcoming releases in the Jack Stratton mystery series including “Jack-Knifed” on ChristopherGreyson.com.



Author Bio

Christopher Greyson is an author, actor, martial arts instructor and storyteller. He has degrees in Theatre, Communications and Computer Science.

Christopher currently lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two children.

His love for tales of mystery and adventure began with his grandfather, a World War I decorated hero. Christopher will never forget being introduced to his grandfather’s friend, a WWI pilot who flew across the skies at the same time as the feared legendary Red Baron. His love of reading and storytelling eventually lead him to write Pure of Heart, Girl Jacked and My Father's Killer.



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Monday, August 26, 2013

New Release - Stolen Light

Stolen Light:
Light Series (Volume 1)
by




Description

Aateyaa is a young maiden who has lived a sheltered life. She embarks on her first journey with her father. Aateyaa is thrown into an adventure she never expected waited for her.







Friday, August 23, 2013

Featured Book - Cuff Links and Hair Pins

Cuff Links and Hair Pins
by









Description
There are a few things twenty-one year old Charlotte Romeo was sure she’d never do: She’d never have a one-night stand; never get pregnant before she was married; and never bury a loved one unexpectedly. Now Charlotte Romeo’s longtime boyfriend jars her perfect world by leaving her. Her best friend persuades her to have a one-night stand. A few weeks later she gets food poisoning that she can’t seem to get rid of. A trip to the doctors confirms she’s pregnant. She searches and finds her mysterious one-night stand, with the help of her two sisters and best friend. When Charlotte’s ex-boyfriend comes barreling back into her life as unexpectedly as he left, her mysterious man vanishes. Just as everything seems to be settling in, Charlotte gets an unexpected visitor that will change her life forever. She will soon discover that her unexpected visitor has many secrets that will lead Charlotte on a path to either help him or leave him. In the next thirty-six weeks, Charlotte will learn how to love, learn what family really means and mourn a death that a twenty-one year old shouldn’t have to deal with.


Author's Bio

Marianna Albert has a B.S. in Behavioral Science and a M.S. in Education from Mercy College. She worked as a special education teacher for five years and lives in Dobbs Ferry, New York with her husband and four children. Cuff Links and Hair Pins is her first novel. You can visit her at http://www.readawaywithmarianna.com

Review


5 out of 5 stars:  A wonderful story of love with many twists and turns! August 3, 2013
By juliescraps
Format:Kindle Edition
Wow! This is a honest review from an ARC reader of this wonderful story. Marinanna gives us a story about lust, love, loss, rebound one-nighters, with so many twists!!
The characters are ones you will enjoy reading about. Have some tissues handy, as your heart may get a little cracked during the journey the story takes you on.
It is a must read for romance lovers. 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Featured Book - Always a Gentleman


Always a Gentleman
by
S.D. Amora




Description

Cliff is an extremely handsome young man who is always a gentleman. Virginia Damnum is in her early 50s and works on Wall Street. She has been alone for the last 10 years since her husband died. Virginia's loneliness causes her to venture out to the world of online dating where she meets Cliff. Their passionate relationship becomes complicated when Amy enters the picture. Amy works with Cliff at the publishing firm of Hamilton & Whitebeck in Midtown Manhattan. One evening after having a few drinks with friends from work, Amy and Cliff have a night of romance. After their night of romance, Cliff's life spins out of control as the passion deepens in each relationship and Virginia Damnum is eventually found murdered. Intrigue builds when Cliff discovers that his boss, Gloria Invida, has been watching him at work and used to be friends with Virginia Damnum. Did Cliff kill Virginia? Did Amy do it? Was it someone else? Who murdered Virginia Damnum?



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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Featured Book - Dawn of Spears (Legendary Dark Tales)

Dawn of Spears
(Legendary Dark Tales)
by
J.F. Perez




Description

This story has all the ingredients that aspiring to make it epic: a fratricidal war between five kingdoms, a crazy monarch who yearns to be crowned absolute emperor, a secret mission and a story of impossible love. 

Times are hard and dark for the island Avertaria. His five kingdoms have risen up in arms and a fratricidal war is looming. The king of Niuve, Siüs Gorv, has been killed under mysterious circumstances and left the throne without a direct successor, which has led to a fierce dispute between different lineages from his home.
Meanwhile, the queen of Áglope, Fíbala, was locked up by her stepbrother Hércobe Fyk, supported by the hard core of the nobility, in one of the towers of the Ice Palace after refusing to abdicate in favor of him. In relation to the king of Tantrös, showing a greedy and combative spirit, he has claimed for himself the title of Emperor of Avertaria in his quest for expansion and unbounded domain. Amid this chaos we find the young Goldenor who has to go to the court of the king Kert of Brost to fulfill a secret mission entrusted by his lord. 



Author bio:
Indie and self-published author. Writer of science fiction & fantasy literature, poetry and articles. Blogger and geek. He has graduated as Aeronautical Engineer recently.

Review 
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Review by: Simon Purvis on July 09, 2013 :  4 stars
Dawn of Spears by JF Perez Jimenez is an epic fantasy with a difference – it is a short story. It is about an uprising on the Island of Avertaria; an island made up of five different kingdoms. Orobar, King of Tantros is trying to take over the rest of the kingdoms through war and alliances to become the Emperor of Avertaria. King Orobar has already invaded Durtan and is trying to force Duriel, the daughter of the King of Durtan into marrying him. This would help secure Orobar’s attempt to become the Emperor. However, in effort to raise an alliance with the King of Brost and an army to fight against Orobar and his forces, the King of Durtan has sent three of his knights to meet with the King of Brost.
Wow, that was complicated! This short story is certainly epic and told by both the knight, Goldenor and the King of Durtan’s daughter, Duriel. It is split into four parts; two narrated by Goldenor and two by Duriel. It is almost as if they are giving the versions of the events to an inquest or something. With the exception of the last part, each part ends with a cliff hanger where we are uncertain of that if our heroes will see the light of the next day. It is an exciting story that builds the drama up and the stakes are raised as the story goes on. Will Goldenor and Duriel defeat King Orobar in his quest to become the Emperor of Avertaria? You will have to read to find out!

Review by: J.L. Low on July 08, 2013 :  3 stars 
So there was this army. And there was war. And there were dragons and wolves and princesses. And somehow, in the midst of all that, there was a happily ever after. Um... Okay, wait, what? Honestly, for a book this short, it did well. What I would have appreciated was a little conversation. If this was a work written for some one-shot fiction competition, it would have been good. 

Review by: Larry B. Gray on June 17, 2013 :  4 stars
Very interesting book but way to short. When read as a short story it is very well written and enjoyable.


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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Featured Book - Her Grace in Disgrace

Her Grace in Disgrace
by
Claudia Harbaugh





Description

Her Grace in Disgrace: a Traditional Regency Romance in Kindle and paperback formats.
Reginald Aiken, Duke of Warwick is dead and his young widow is not grieving…until the will is read.

Isobel Kennilworth Aiken, Duchess of Warwick spent 6 years of her young life in a loveless marriage. Now, at the age of 24, Isobel is a widow. As Isobel awaits the reading of her late husband’s last will and testament, she feels no grief, but in fact is quite hopeful. She is eager to start her life anew. But, as the droning of the solicitor’s voice washes over her detailing the bequests to various servants and family members, a shock awaits her. The "other woman" was not his mistress, but his lawfully wedded wife and together they had a son. Six year old Reggie is now the Duke of Warwick, displacing Reginald’s brother Charles.
There is a collective gasp as the revelation is made that instantly cuts off Isobel and Charles and dashes their hopes for the future. Isobel must indeed start again, not as a titled, influential and wealthy widow, but as plain Miss Kennilworth, tainted by scandal, something to be avoided at all costs in Regency England. Can she get past the disgrace and humiliation she has endured and fight her way back into society? Will she find love again with her childhood sweetheart, Andrew Stafford, former vicar, now Lord Saybrooke? Or perhaps she will rekindle the romance with Jeremy Ingles, Lord Westcott, who had caught her fancy at her come out six years earlier, but had not been ready to be leg shackled.
But before Isobel can find true love, she must come to grips with her past mistakes and the people she has hurt along the way. She must discover who she is without the title of duchess to her name.


Author Bio
I am a self -confessed Anglophile and while I'm in the confessing mood, I'll also admit that I devour Regency Romance novels.  Anyone who knows me knows that I am a no-nonsense, independent type with a barely discernible feminine side.  But I am a sucker for the understated romance, the English stiff upper lip and the snappy dialogue ala Jane Austen.  No overt sex, not bodice ripping, just a good story with great dialogue with an undercurrent of passion.  If there is a duke or duchess or even a commoner, a strong female heroine, an equally strong, but not overbearing male hero and the chance of some romantic entanglements, I'm all for it.  I like it so much; I decided to write a traditional regency romance novel myself...and enjoyed every minute of it.

I am happily married, have two grown daughters, two sons in law, three amazing grandsons and a Shih Tzu, named Camden.  I am thrilled to have checked off item number one on my bucket list and written a Regency novel.  Her Grace in Disgrace is my first, but I am hard at work at my second with is yet to be named.


A few reviews:

I truly enjoyed this book, beginning to end. Amazingly thought out story with great characters. I cannot say enough good things about this story. Give it a try if you love historical romance. You won't be disappointed. I know I wasn't. Mrs. Harbaugh has begun a new series, and I can't wait to see what she has in store for us next.”

“I've been a Georgette Heyer and Jane Austen fan since I was very young, and frankly, very few Regency romances measure up to my requirements... but this one does. This book has an interesting beginning that hooks you in immediately, a cast of well-developed characters it is easy to care about, and a well-paced plot that is not always predictable. I look forward to seeing more books in the same series!”

“I kept thinking about these characters after reading this book. I didn't appreciate what the deceased husband had done until hours after finishing the book. (Not a spoiler - the book opens with the reading of his will.) I read romance novels the way I eat potato chips - fun snack but not a real meal. This book was different! Looking forward to reading the sequels.”

“This is a good story with believable characters that one can actually stay involved with through the entire book. What's astonishing is that this is Claudia Harbaugh's debut novel. Well done. I'm looking forward to more of the Widows of Woburn.”



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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Featured Novella - Sphere (The Carriers, Episode One)

Sphere
(The Carriers, Episode One)
by





Description

Just finishing graduating high school, Tayla Wyatt looks forward to heading off to the same college her best friend Sara was accepted to. This is her only way to get away from her family's troubles and the fact that her mother walked out on her and her father over a decade ago.

The day of her 17th birthday they meet Darrien, a shy eighteen year old boy who reveals to Tayla that she's descended from a long line of Carriers, humans endowed with special abilities or "gifts" and that her gift she has yet to harness is the strongest gift of them all. Tayla doesn't believe him. After all, no human in the world has special powers, or do they?

Things suddenly take a downward spiral turn as Tayla finds herself immersed in their world. Still questioning why her mother left her, she must also come to grips with the fact that her gift may not be a blessing but a curse.

The Carriers is the first episode. Each episode is between 14,000-18,000 words.



About the Author
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An avid gamer, writer, and lover of history, Isaiyan Morrison was born and raised in Minnesota. She moved to San Diego, California while in the Navy. After serving four years of active duty, she moved to Los Angeles.  After a few years, she moved back to Minnesota where she started to pursue her dream to be an author.

At one point she was sponsored to participate in video game tournaments. During that time she traveled to Canada, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, Iowa, Oklahoma, and Caribbean.
Her novel Deamhan, the first book in the Deamhan series, was accepted for publication by Rainstorm Press for release in mid 2013. She’s currently in talks to have the second book Sensual Appetite published by the same company.

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