Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Featured Book - Land of Seekers

Land of Seekers
Triveen Nair

Jaipur, India – The author Triveen brings out the best and worst in people in this period novel, with detailed sketch and decisive events shaping the subcontinent in “Land of Seekers” (published by Partridge Singapore). Having lived a significant part of his life in some of the places where the narrative evolves, he weaves a web of intrigue around his four main characters and keeps you on the edge with cunningly laid plots, without losing the high pace set as a thriller.
To each their own, these travelers are drawn for different reasons to visit India. Set in the year 1766 A.D., far from what they seek from the subcontinent, they become unsuspecting pawns in the larger intrigues of Royalties and their wily lieutenants. With gold amassed from almost 3000 years of trading with Europe and China these kingdoms burst at the seams with wealth ripe for picking, but only if they can get the Kings out of the way. Pitting rulers against each other for a slice or even the whole pie to plunder, are the British and the French off the Kerala Coast.
While the book starts from locations as far as Zanzibar and London, the real happening which shapes the future of the subcontinent is being scripted by The English under Robert Clive in the North East and the royal state of Mysore with its wily half breed defector ruler in the South West of India. When the strikingly beautiful Chitral girl loses all of her family it is her father’s bodyguard from Malabar she turns to; and when the Omani wants to visit the oldest mosque in the world he has to take the help of a slave trader. The British alchemy enthusiast seeks the formula for the Damascus steel and a Thug is out to avenge his brother’s death.
To add to this is the yet unexplained death of three kings within a week; a recipe for all hell to break loose, as they look for the traitor in their midst. From London to Calcutta and Peshawar to Venice stretches this eventful canvas, skillfully overlaid in history, this novel will leave the readers breathless. Engrossing and engaging, it takes one back into all its rawness of nature, mortals and of unintended consequences.
“Land of Seekers”
By Triveen Nair
Hardcover | 6x9in | 314 pages | ISBN 9781543740790
Softcover | 6x9in | 314 pages | ISBN 9781543740776
E-Book | 314 pages | ISBN 9781543740783
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble
About the Author
Triveen Nair hails from Kerala, India. Son of a Railway Officer, travelling has always been part of his life. He left his last assignment as Business Head - Asia, Middle East and Africa to follow his passion in History research. He also Heads SEE – Search for Educational Excellence Foundation, a cause for bringing Innovative Teaching techniques to underprivileged children under 10 worldwide. His wife is an accomplished Interior designer in the Middle East, a daughter who is studying film and communication and a young school-going son. For more information about the author, visit his website at or contact

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

New Release: Her Big Fat Fake Billionaire Boyfriend

Her Big Fat Fake Billionaire Boyfriend

(Billionaire Series Book 1)
Victorine E. Lieske

Kenzie Bennett just wants to attend her sister's wedding without looking like the loser her mother thinks she is. When she mistakes Camden for her date-for-hire, she doesn't realize her good fortune. But her ex left her scarred, and even though Camden is everything she'd want in a man, she's not looking for love.

Camden James needs a distraction from his crazy stalker ex-girlfriend, and Kenzie fits the bill perfectly. Spunky and full of life, she makes him laugh. The more time he spends with her, the more he falls in love. Too bad she's made it clear there isn't anything between them.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Featured Book: Intent

Krista Wagner


Tired of feeling stuck in her small town, twenty-two-year-old Raylee yearns for something to happen, but she is rocked when an unexpected tragedy hits home. Bitter and lonely, she finds comfort in an old high school crush, but nothing can prepare her when people she loves start to die and her tormentor from high school shows up. As she attempts to uncover the truth behind the murders, Raylee questions whom she can trust as all clues point to a killer who is close to her. But soon her own life is on the line. Can she expose the truth before it's too late?

A dramatic thriller that takes you on a spiritual journey, where faith is tested and the truth is not what it seems.


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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Featured Book: Blood Vector

Blood Vector
Robert Kiesling


Discovering an Alien Internet on Earth threatens mankind's existence...

Three People. One Chance. On the verge of losing her sanity from visions of otherworldly creatures destroying mankind, journalist Khloe Marks discovers that those who share her rare blood type also have the nightmares.
Her search for the connection between them leads to a disgraced lawyer, locked away in a mental institution for his belief that a young girl is the key to stopping the imminent destruction of mankind. Together, they must solve an ancient mystery to save humanity—even if it costs them their own lives.

If they fail: In Memory of Man

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Featured Book - In Memory of Man: Dawn of AI

In Memory of Man:
Dawn of AI
Robert Kiesling


Human Evolution Secretly Controlled by Alien AI

...Criminal defense attorney Cody Berringer has made a career and a name representing the most sinister clients to pass through the justice system. By every outward appearance, Cody has it all: fame, fortune, and a thriving career. He dismisses the horrible, recurring nightmares he suffers as the cost of doing business … until the manlike being that haunts Cody’s dreams walks into his office, warning of ancient dark alien forces gathering to destroy humankind. And only Cody can stop them.

After repeated attempts on his life, Cody finds himself on the run. Wanted by the government for a top secret digital file in his possession, hunted by those that oppose humanity’s existence, and guided by beings committed to saving mankind, Cody races against time to uncover the truth about man’s evolution on earth. If he can stay alive long enough, he will resurrect an ancient past that will save the present and rewrite the future of our existence.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Oh My Gosh - August 2017!

Summer is always a busy time for me, but August is, by far, the busiest month of the year!

By the time August rolls around we've been fairly busy because of the 4th of July celebrations and other things we've been doing to our yard or with our business. As July starts to calm down August shows up. It starts off nice and mellow, but soon we find ourselves in the middle of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. We live about eight miles south of Sturgis. We are affected by the traffic and also have our very own "regulars" at our bar for that week. Our local "regulars" mostly stay home or go play elsewhere that week of August, so it's nice to have people still coming into our business.

This year, the rally was just about perfect, in my opinion. It was the 77th rally, so it's what they call an off year. More people tend to come for the years that end in a zero or a five. I think it really makes a difference to a lot of the vendors and businesses in Sturgis and surrounding areas, but our traffic remains about the same from year to year. About the only difference we notice between high and low attendance years are the amount of traffic between us and the local grocery store.

Then, right after the rally is over we find ourselves at the Central State's Fair. Lots of rides, fair food, chickens to gawk at, and rabbits to wish we could hold, snuggle and pet. Plus, they have a petting zoo filled with my favorite - goats! We bought food and fed the animals this year. It was SO MUCH fun! They even had a baby camel we could love on. He/she was taller than me without standing on her back legs, but absolutely adorable and softer than I'd have imagined. Since we had food we were some of the animal's favorites in the pen. It didn't take long before I found myself surrounded and shortly after that I found myself looking up to one of the goats who had put her front legs up on my shoulders to try to get to my food. She was a good seven foot tall while standing on her hind legs. I was loving it but my hubby is my protector, so it didn't last long after he saw what was going on. I'm sure he thought I was in danger of being mauled, but I didn't care. I'd let them eat me just so I could be closer to them. Yes, I'm a weirdo who truly LOVES goats. Even though goats are pushy, loud, obnoxious and can be downright annoying, furry bits of destruction, I still love them.

This year me and my three girls entered stuff into the fair. I posted about it on Facebook the other day but am making a blog post about it so I can share pictures with everyone.

As most of you know, I have three daughters who range in age from seventeen to seven. Between the four of us, we entered four different divisions; horticulture, jellies, jams, and crochet. My oldest only entered one item in horticulture so I will start with her and the rest of our horticulture entries.

Just an added note: Participation ribbons don't garner a cash prize. 3rd place ribbons net a $1 cash prize. 2nd place ribbons give a $2 prize and 3rd place ribbons bring in $3.

She entered chichicquelite berries. We came across this plant three or four years ago and decided to try them out in our garden. We've planted them every year since and have never gotten a yield large enough to do anything with them. This year was the same outcome - we really need to plant more every year. So, instead of doing nothing with them, other than admiring them, we decided to enter them in the horticulture division for the fair. She took home a second place ribbon for her berries.

My youngest was going to enter four different items - cucumbers, tomatoes, grapes, and zucchini. Only the zucchini made the fifteen minute drive from our house to the fair grounds. You have to have three of certain items to enter and she only had one cherry tomato (I'd already told her this, but she didn't listen.) The cucumbers? Well, one of them got broken during the drive, so they weren't fit to enter, and she'd managed to fall asleep in the back seat of the car and then sit on and squish the grapes during that fifteen minute ride. So, zucchini it was. She took a third place ribbon for her large, overly ripe zucchini.

My middle daughter didn't break or squish any of her entries, so she had four things to enter. She had Yukon Gold potatoes that took a third place ribbon.

She entered a zucchini, not nearly as big as her sister's and it took a third place ribbon.

She also entered into the crochet division with me. She'd made a headband with a matching wristband and entered them. She got participation ribbons for both of them. They entered them separately, but displayed them together. I don't particularly like to put pictures of my children online and the only photo I have of the items has my daughter photo bombing the picture. It made everything out of focus and I'm going to crop her out, so forgive me for the less than good picture.

As I said, I also entered the crochet division with four different items. I entered a snowflake afghan and received a participation ribbon for it. It's the one piece I am probably the most proud of, but I've had it a while and it's been through the wash a few times. The judges took the time to write on all of the entry cards or add a little note on every item as to why they placed like they did. This one didn't do well because the tension was off. It could have been off from the beginning, but I'm sure the multiple trips through the washer and dryer helped that along. It's still one of my favorite pieces.

I also entered a piece I finished early this summer. It too has been through the wash a couple of times because I wear it. Still, it's a piece I'm proud of. I particularly like the colors and how soft it became after washing it. However, it only received a participation ribbon as well because it looked used. Please keep in mind, I'm not complaining about my participation ribbons or the reasons I didn't place higher on these two items. I'm only stating the reasons and am actually agreeing with them. So, I'm perfectly happy with the way I placed.

The last two pieces I entered took first place ribbons! I truly was not expecting that. The gray hooded vest isn't displayed all that great, but it's another one I made some time ago and something I wear quite frequently. I also made a matching one for my oldest daughter. She also wears hers. To me that's the best reward for the items I make. If I can get a picky teenager to wear them they can't be too bad.  The other item is a tank top I finished only a few weeks ago. I actually wore it once and have never washed it. I love the top, but it doesn't flatter me at all, so I will be giving it away soon. However, the tank top also won me a $25 gift certificate from one of the sponsors! I didn't even know they did that AND they paid it to me in cash. As soon as we picked up our items this afternoon we went to a fruit stand and spent it on melons and pears. 

Finally, I entered the jelly division and the jam division with chokecherry jelly and thimbleberry/raspberry jam. The chokecherry jelly didn't place because I didn't have the correct headspace, but the jam took a first place ribbon.

Next up on my August to do list:  SCHOOL!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Free Book - The Amulet

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The Amulet
Effrosyni Moschoudi

This title is listed as being free on July 28th-30th, 2017. 
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Katie has a guardian angel . . . she just doesn't know it

The Amulet is a romantic comedy of angel magic and tantalizing descriptions of Greek food. Download it at your own peril; it'll make you feel ravenous (not to mention all loved-up!)

When Katie loses her Athens office job, a gypsy woman hands her an amulet for good luck. Next, she gets hired as hotel receptionist on the Greek island of Sifnos and everything seems perfect, except for the overbearing hotel owner, Mrs. Matina. One of the guests, heart-stoppingly handsome Aggelos, keeps saving the day whenever Katie needs help. As she falls in love, she grows all the more intrigued by him and his quirky friends, including a little girl who keeps turning up on her own. Add a psychic, half-mad elderly woman into the mix and you're in for a few laughs. Things are not what they seem in this small, family hotel and get even more complicated when the gypsy woman shows up again. Will Katie ever work out that Aggelos is a guardian angel that came with the amulet? And if she does, will she be able to keep him? It may take a miracle. But on an island as magical as Sifnos, anything is possible!

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Featured - For Eva

For Eva 
Jim Ferguson

‘For Eva’ is a book of poetry that varies from the provocative to the moving, on themes from the personal to the political. ‘For Eva’ contains work that has previously been published in small press and literary magazines combined with new work and unpublished pieces written over a twenty-six-year period. This is a book that speaks with a distinct Scottish identity, but do not assume that Jim Ferguson’s poetry is always traditional, to the contrary the poems take different forms. Rather than being a book of poetry, this is a collection of very individual poems.

Author Bio:   
Jim Ferguson is considered by many to be one of the best and most relevant Scottish contemporary poets, He is a committed writer who shares his skills and knowledge, encouraging others of all ages to develop and learn. Jim is also an excellent ambassador for Scottish writing, he has given hundreds of readings and public performances. Born in 1961 and based in Glasgow, Jim has been writing and publishing since 1986. Sharing his talents to inspire others, he is a Creative Writing Tutor at Glasgow Kelvin College.

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