Thursday, May 29, 2014

Giveaway - Eden, Dawn

Eden, Dawn
The Chronicles of Paradise
Book #1
Archer Swift

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Fleeing an Earth inferno, thirty thousand humans landed on a terrifying yet beautiful planet, they named Eden, hoping to find a new start. Ten years later three hundred and sixty-seven survive; staving off the brutal, carnivorous creatures that prey on them, holding out against a formidable humanoid species known, initially, only as them, while facing insidious deceit and betrayal from within their own ranks.

Wrestling through his own inner turmoil; plagued by the galling memories of Earth’s final hurrah, the death of his parents, and awakened feelings for a girl his best friend loves, shy seventeen-year-old Ristan Abel finds himself plunged into a cauldron of turmoil, treachery and treason. In trying to rescue a clan in chaos, he discovers the truth about his mortal enemies, and the human traitor allying with them to exterminate what’s left of mankind. And in the crucible, he finds himself and becomes a reluctant answer to mankind’s predicament.

Welcome to planet Zika, named such by the planet’s native species, the Zikalic. A planet of stunning contrasts—unspeakable wonder and matchless horror—ruled by the monstrous Xakanic. Bent on annihilating the human race, the Head Chief of the Zikalic serves his own twisted agenda: to strengthen his rule over the bejewelled City of Zika.

‘Eden, Dawn’ is the first book in ‘The Chronicles of Paradise’ trilogy.

About the Author

Archer Swift lives in the beautiful city of Melbourne, Australia. The author of several other books, under various nom de plumes, Archer loves taking his readers into new worlds in which they discover a little more about themselves.

Fascinated by the themes of coming of age, intrepid courage, betrayal and forgiveness, reluctant heroism, and the reverberating emotions of young love and parental loss, Archer Swift plunges his characters into desperate life-and-death struggles for survival. And just when it seems that things cannot possibly get worse, they do. Yet, as in true life, character is born in the furnace of adversary. In the face of insurmountable odds, we find our destiny.

Having worked as a relief-aid worker and family counsellor in several countries, he has an insightful perspective on the base motivations of young and old, the consequences that arise through thoughtless and self-serving choices, and the heroism that often emerges from the least likely of sources.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

On Our Way To Virginia

When this post makes its debut, my family and I should be on the road to Virginia to meet our brand new grandson and my girls' nephew.  We are all VERY excited for this trip.

This is a huge deal for us all.  The strongest excitement comes from being able to see family we haven't seen for years or haven't met yet.  But, a good deal of excitement comes from the fact that we are going on a road trip bigger and longer than anything we've ever experienced.

My husband was in the Navy, so he's seen much more of the world than the rest of us.  He's excited to show us a little more of the world around us.

My girls have never been much more than four hundred miles from home and are very excited to see the ocean.

I've never lived more than ten miles from where I was born.  I haven't been much farther than four hundred miles from home except the one time my parents took me and my brothers to Disney World when I was fifteen and the one time I moved to Portland, Oregon for six days.  Florida was something wonderful!  I remember seeing the white beaches and asking if it snowed in Florida.  (This was before internet - that's my excuse for such a stupid question.)  Portland was wonderful.  I got to see the ocean and feel sand crabs under my feet, but the move was for the wrong reasons and I came home.

Yes, I'm sheltered.  Yes, I'm very nervous for this trip.  Yes, I'm excited to experience new things in real life instead of in my mind.

The drive will be about three days one way - 1,937 miles.  We are packing serious food, not just munchies.  Since I've never seen much outside of the Midwest I want to take advantage of this trip.  I've talked the hubby into driving a little further south than need be so I can see Mammoth Cave.

I'm a bit of a cave nut and have wanted to see Mammoth Cave since I first found out about it.  I was thirteen-years-old, working as a tour guide at a cave and learning all I could about them.  They fascinate me.  This will the the highlight for me as we drive to our destination.

I plan on taking so many pictures I'll never be able to look at them all.  I'll have my camera, my video camera and my iPad with me.  Maybe I'll find time to post some pictures to my Facebook page while I'm gone.

I plan on meeting up with a reader while I'm there and if anyone else is interested in meeting up with me, I'll post about when and where on my Facebook page when I figure it out.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Giveaway - The Child is the Father of the Man

The Child is Father of the Man
Tips and Techniques for Wise Parenting
Ignatius Fernandez

FREE for Kindle - 
May 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th, and 31st
(All free offers are subject to change at the author's discretion and changes may not be reported to this blog - please check the status before downloading.)


The Child is Father of the Man: Tips and Techniques for Wise Parenting
Did the world suddenly change the day you became a parent? Since then have you wondered how best you will care for your baby who grows into your toddler and then into a young child? Is the prospect of raising a stable, happy and responsible child merely wishful thinking?
You are not alone in this quandary. Welcome to the club of puzzled parents - with the largest membership in the world! 

To most parents raising children as best they can, falls far short of unspoken expectations. This book, which is a storehouse of practical ideas, can help bridge the gap. LEAD PARENTING is the prescription. 

Using the collective insight that he and his wife gained over decades of raising four children, the author offers a thought-provoking, relevant and actionable guide to parenting. His suggestions to change and grow as a parent are practical and specific. Examples and scenarios he presents are from real-life situations that parents encounter regularly and connect with readily. Going beyond immediate issues and challenges, he also looks at what is round the bend.
The Child is Father of the Man – Tips and Techniques for Wise Parenting, is written with the conviction that parenting is the most important vocation in the world. Investing in this book could be the most significant decision you make towards managing your parenting role.


"The Child is Father of the Man is a goldmine of tips, ideas and best practices on different aspects of parenting - guidelines, methods of disciplining, value education and traits to inculcate. The author answers many questions that parents of today ask: how to lead by example, be caring, instruct children and even how other considerations affect parenting, such as the relationship between spouses." Kritika Srinivasan, Editor, ParentEdge, Singapore.

"This book - a remarkable piece of work - will help parents earn their wings." Theresa Cheung, popular author of many books, including the series on angels, published by Simon & Schuster.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Featured Blog post by Jamie Le Fay

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Jamie Le Fay

Discounted to 99¢ from June 22nd through June 27th
I will post a reminder of this sale closer to the sale dates. 


Morgan arrives in New York, where she is speaking about her Hope Foundation at several high-profile events. When she finds out that her life is at risk, she is not sure whom to trust—disoriented by an intense attraction to a very charming and controlling Gabriel, she attempts to regain control of her life only to find herself in the middle of a war between different factions of an ancient civilisation. The people of Ahe’ey hold the key to the future of humankind within their genes. To unlock it, Morgan and Gabriel need to help them move beyond the medieval rules that are holding them back. The price of failure may be the end of the world.

Find out more about the characters and plot at

About the Author  

Jamie Le Fay is the author of Ange’el, her debut novel. She was born in  Europe and spent her early adult years traveling around the world working in information technology before she left the corporate world to  focus on her passion: empowering women and girls. Jamie lives in London, UK where she is involved in a variety of initiatives that hope to contribute to the safety, wellbeing and education of girls globally. Jamie is an accomplished writer and speaker that focuses mainly on topics related to girlhood, feminism, gender equality, and the misrepresentation of minorities in media and marketing.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Featured Book - First Friend: Thomas Jefferson

First Friend: Thomas Jefferson
The Original Social Networker
Kathleen Reid


FIRST FRIEND Thomas Jefferson uses social media to tell our third President's life story in a refreshing new way. Thanks to wallposts and tweets, young people of all ages can take a closer look at his friends and family, political views, and accomplishments through a new lens. Readers can also enjoy Mr. Jefferson's passion for architecture, farming and food to name a few of his many interests. This book is a unique opportunity to friend TJ and make learning fun. (FIRST FRIEND is non fiction based on sound historical research with the exception of Facebook references.)

About the Author

Kathleen Reid lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and two daughters. A history major at Mount Holyoke College, she is passionate about this project which combines her creativity with her longtime interest in historical figures. Her goal is to make Jefferson's life and legacy more accessible to teachers, students and history lovers both young and old.


“I-pad and stylus replace the quill pen and parchment in Kathleen Reid’s innovative retelling of the events of Mr. Jefferson’s life.  As one of the most creative technophiles of his time, no doubt Mr. Jefferson would have employed today’s social media wisely, and perhaps in much the same manner as the author imagines,” Professor Larry J. Sabato, Director, University of Virginia Center of Politics.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Featured Book - Leading in a Diverse & Conflicted World

Leading in a Diverse & Conflicted World
Crucial Lessons for the 21st Century
Dr. John P. Fernandez


In today’s diverse and constantly changing world, excellent leaders are rare. With daily news stories about greedy, selfish, and shortsighted leaders, it seems many of our organizations and societies lack the proper guidance to move forward. Leading in a Diverse & Conflicted World looks at the reasons for this lack of quality leadership and provides solutions that balance our natural, innate desires around leadership with the rapid changes occurring in populations, communications, business models, and employment practices. Dr. John P. Fernandez shows how organizations that hire and value diverse employees will gain a competitive advantage in our interconnected world. This book equips readers with solid steps to lead their organizations, and their societies, toward better futures.

About the author:

Dr. John P. Fernandez received his B.A. magna cum laude from Harvard University and his Ph.D. from the University of California-Berkeley.  A leader with AT&T for fifteen years, Dr. Fernandez held division-level managerial positions in operations, labor relations, and human resources.  He is the president of ARMC Global, a full-service human resources consulting firm he founded in 1983.  John has taught at Yale University, University of Pennsylvania, New York University, and Antioch University.  He is the author of nine cutting-edge books related to diversity, leadership, teambuilding, competitiveness in a global marketplace, childcare, and eldercare.

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Featured Book - Enemy in the Garden

Enemy in the Garden
Harriet Pike


"Everything grows in the suburbs. Grass. Trees. Flowers. Ugly ideas. Take, for example, anti-Semitism." 

What happens to an ordinary suburban family when the father is kidnapped by neo-Nazi thugs? 

Nora Miller's perfect suburban world is shattered one May day when her husband disappears from a rally in the park. Set in the 1970s when conflicting ideologies tear at the fabric of society, "Enemy in the Garden" reveals the anti-Semitic strain that lies just below the surface of American life. In her quest to find her husband, Nora faces official indifference and the betrayal of friends, all while coping with her traumatized teenage daughter and son. Alone, she depends heavily on the private detective hired to track her husband. What she and he ultimately discover shocks and dismays readers.


interesting and topical., April 15, 2014
Amazon Customer 

I wish I could say that that the topic is not timely. After the shooting on Friday the April 11th, 2014 at the Jewish Community Center in Kansas it is important for people to be aware of how these Neo Nazi groups still exist in America. Harriet Pike has done an excellent job of weaving current events into a novel that takes place in the 70's. The book held my interest and I recommend it.

Enemy in the Garden drew me in and then would not let me go., April 14, 2014
Lisa Siegal

Enemy in the Garden, by Harriet Pike, drew me in and then would not let me go. At first, the plot feels unreal. I thought "This can not possibly happen here". But it then started to feel all TOO real and I was hooked... and couldn't put it down. I read it in one day because I couldn't go to bed until I knew how it turned out. Warning: Start reading it on a day when you can stay up late. I didn't put it down until I finished it and that was 3:00 AM.

The characters are very believable, almost alive, and you start rooting for the good guys and worrying about them. The bad guys are undone in very imaginative, surprising series of events -- partly by the combined resourcefulness

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Featured Book - Forever Young

Forever Young
Scott G. Kyle


Forever Young is a fresh, fast paced romance adventure that reads like a Hollywood movie. Part Da Vinci Code, part National Treasure and part Indiana Jones, Forever Young follows the life of Frank Young. A seemingly average guy, Frank falls in love at first sight with a gorgeous and mysterious woman, Jackie, as their plane survives a crash landing on the way to Frank’s ten year college reunion. Separated during the chaos of the emergency landing, Frank fears he will never see Jackie again. At his reunion the following night, Frank discovers he may have a power that could change his life – and the women he encounters – forever. Soon beautiful A-listers who want to tap into his newfound power throw themselves at Frank who instead desperately wants to reconnect with Jackie. Meanwhile, Frank’s start up business is struggling, so when billionaire Ari Kousakas approaches Frank with a proposition that includes funding Frank’s fledgling travel company in exchange for tapping into Frank’s power, he becomes intrigued. As with many of the characters in Forever Young, there is more to Ari than meets the eye. Frank soon finds that the people he loves most are in grave danger when he refuses Ari’s demands. As the power Frank thought of as a gift quickly becomes a curse, Frank decides to return to the place where he thinks it all began. Frank makes a harrowing journey that takes him half way around the world and puts his very own life at risk – all for love. Along the way he must make all but impossible choices that test his character as well his abilities for survival. Forever Young delves deep into issues of love, morality, greed, and the universal quest for eternal youth.

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

VR Janis - author info and sneak peek

I want to introduce everyone to author VR Janis, she is a Native American fantasy writer. She writes unique books that blend her culture and language with elves and dragons. She has two series that are published and is preparing the first book of a new series to publish this summer.

Her first series is "The Hidden Magic Trilogy"

This series is a trilogy and it was the beginning of her published career. It blends the Ojibwe language and culture with fantasy. Most of the names of the characters are Ojibwe and they have meaning. It is about a young maidens journey and it may not have began with her finding herself, but by the end she understands more than did before. That is the way it is with all journeys in life and this one is no different. Elves, fairies, dragons, dwarves, and other magical creatures grace the pages and bring the story to another plane. This series is for 9 years and older.

Her second series is "The Light Chronicles"

This is a series about a young elf maiden who loses everything through events caused by others. She has to find the strength to stay true to herself, but as her destiny gets stronger she is finding it hard to find the path that she is suppose to walk. This series has the Lakota Language used for the names and a few phrases through out. Book One is out and Janis is hoping to publish Book 2 by the end of the year.

Her new series is "The Reflection Series" and is the sneak peek. She is getting ready to publish Book 1 by this summer.

This series is dystopian, based after technology and the end of modern times. Here is a few pages of sneak peek of Unique Adaptions - enjoy.

Chapter 1

Waazakone cried out as her arm was yanked. Her foot slipped making her stumble. She was breathing hard trying to keep up with her mother, but she was falling behind. She screamed as she saw a twisted hand reaching out toward her from the darkness.

          Her mother was yelling at her, but it sounded muffled. All she heard was the breathing of the people chasing them.

          Finally her mother’s gasped words reached her ears, “Run faster! Faster! We're almost . . . there.”

          Waazakone cried out again as she felt nails drag along her small arm. She felt herself being pulled back toward the crowd by the hand that seized a hold of her wrist. Her mother yanked her away from the bruising hand.

          She felt as if her arm was going to fall off as she was half dragged, half carried forward. Hands grabbed at her hair, pulling, ripping out handfuls, making her scream again.

          This was the worst birthday ever, and she wished she was four again.

          Her mother shoved her in the back and made her stumble. Waazakone went flying into the air and slammed into the dark water.

          Waazakone woke up gasping and searched around her. She saw her mother open her eyes from her sleeping roll. Waazakone shook her head and her mother closed her eyes again.

          This had been the routine for years now. The dream came less frequent, but when it came she knew sleep was gone for the rest of the night.

Friday, May 9, 2014

New Release - New Order Apocalypse 3

Let's Celebrate with Mac!
He recently released his 24th novel (yes 24!)

 New Order Apocalypse 3
R. Mac Wheeler

If you send Mac a short note he will send you a free .mobi (Kindle) version of New Order Apocalypse 1 via email.  Just click HERE.

 May 5, 2014

This volume of the NEW ORDER APOCALYPSE series continues thirty-three years after an engineered plague shredded Earth's population. 

Chloe and Ginna Lee must decide whether to continue Jason's dream to unite survivors, or concentrate on surviving. Chloe hasn't the tact to play ambassador, and Ginna Lee is more likely to take heads than spread good will. Promises little hope they can build an alliance, especially if peace hinges on a cure for Jihad. Meanwhile, the landscape they must cross still writhes with roamers and desperate clans. 

Mac is a fellow shutter bug and writer-friend whom I met a few years ago when he reviewed my first book.  I'd like to offer him congratulations for reaching a monumental milestone…publishing his 24th novel
I hope you'll visit his blog where he posts his photography (his pups are frequent targets of his obsession…he also likes trees) and give him a congratulations… or visit his home page and peruse his titles…read an excerpt...and help him celebrate.

I've read several of Mac's novels (not all 24, though).  I really enjoy his stories and writing style.  He spins tales around rich, gritty characters with a lot of baggage, and puts them through a bit more grief than they can handle. His tone leans toward the sarcastic, passive aggressive.