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1. Leon and Lulu Special Author Event

I will be at the Leon and Lulu special author event with over 50 authors. Stop by and see us. The event is from 11-5pm. I will be there signing my award winning books.

AUTHOR EVENT



HOURS

Mon. - Fri. 10am - 8pm
Sat. 10am - 6pm
Sun. 11am - 5pm
(Mon. Oct 31st 10am - 6pm)
96 w. 14 Mile Clawson, MI 48017




Sit. Relax. Take a nap.

Explore Metro-Detroit’s Award-Winning Lifestyle Retail Store



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2. Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July everyone, and thank you to our military for keeping us safe here and abroad.
Enjoy the day!


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3. Review for Putter and the Red Car by Kate K. Lund



Putter and the Red Car


  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 2
  • Paperback: 42 pages
  • Publisher: Kate Lund (January 21, 2016)
  • ISBN-10: 0997151625
  • ISBN-13: 978-0997151626

Putter and the Red Car is the story of one family's cross country road trip narrated by a lively 7 year old Airedale terrier. The book incorporates ideas related to family, change, and geography with a backdrop of brightly colorful illustrations.

This story takes the family from Boston, Massachusetts to Seattle, Washington. With lots of attractions to see as the family travels cross country the reader learns more about the inside of hotel rooms than the amazing outdoors. Granted, the story is told by a dog but even so the author missed the opportunity to educate the reader by making the story more interesting by detailing more of the attractions and cities they had to drive through than being in the car and in various hotels. There was a few interesting pieces such as Mount Rushmore and a tipi museum, but that was quickly lost.

The illustrations weren't as adventurous either showing lots of pictures of the family and dog in the car and in hotels, but again not focusing on the great things going on around them through their travels. Instead of making the road trip exciting and fun, or even using comparisons and contrasting about of the landscapes, the author made it sound boring by focusing too much on how the dog feels on the trip instead of what he sees. The author noted more of the every day type stuff that the reader doesn't need to read this book to know more about, though it is true to its title. The book focuses on the car and the dog.

Though the story is assuredly simple, children who have dogs will enjoy reading a story told by a dogs point of view learning more about how a dog may feel on such a long and tiresome trip. Focusing on a younger age group the kids will enjoy the dogs adventure more, an older age group will need more substance.

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4. Review for Blue & Other Colors by Henri Matisse



Blue & Other Colors by Henri Matisse
Phaidon Press
Series: First Concepts with Fine Arts
April 18th, 2016
ISBN-10: 0714871427
ISBN-13: 978-0714871424
Ages: 2-4 years old
30 Pages   






Children’s Book                 Board Books     Colors and Shapes

Brilliantly colorful cut-outs are used to teach colors and shapes in this board book designed with artwork by Henri Matisse.

Blue & Other Colors takes children through Matisse's color palette by showing his various collages.  From simple collages to more complex each page focuses on certain colors. Though the book doesn't focus on shapes, it could have. Matisse uses various abstract shapes in his cut outs where many are randomly set.  The author also focuses on the color blue, yet they do mention various other colors.

Matisse tries to use various shapes, depth, and scale to his cut outs, but many seem very elementary. Children will be able to relate to this simplicity trying to duplicate his work. The text is straightforward, easy for young children ages 1-3 years old to be able to listen to and repeat.

The information about Matisse will interest young readers that is found in the back of the book, though many will not understand his cut out technique. Using gouache paint and various sized scissors to create his affects Matisse really tried to create something different in the later part of his life when his mobility began to fail him. The cut outs in each collage are relateable to children and is something that parents might appreciate as well.

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5. Romance Novel That Will Touch Your Heart!



Miranda Mayne, the daughter of a notorious pirate, spent most of her life in the hustle and bustle of London society, though her true love was always the sea. Promising her father she will stay away from the life that killed her mother, Miranda accepts the marriage proposal of a man she thinks she can trust—only to discover that his true intentions are to secretly capture her father. Trapped between loyalty and deceit, Miranda’s heart falls prey for her true match only to find that he is out of her reach. Will she lose everything she holds dear or can she save her father, find true love, and most of all—find herself before reality prevails?

What others are saying!

"Wow this book had me captivated with a true romance novel with the heroine, hero, and villain along with innocent bystanders made this story one of a kind yet reminded of a Jane Austin classic with the time period of the story. I chose the marking of some violence and sexual content because there was some but it was all so romantic and intriguing. There were times when it was hot and heavy, ruthless, dangerous, on the edge of the seat kind of relationships that you could really feel and be drawn into the story line. This is a book that is very hard to put down until you finish it! I have read many of Renee Hand's books for her younger audiences and since this is the first adult novel I have read of hers I was pleasantly surprised and very pleased to have been able to read a different genre of Renee's. Kudos for a job well done!! Loved it!"--Missy Mae-Amazon


"Loves' Conqueror is a well developed historical romance that will take the reader on a journey of two characters and their struggle to find true love. Beginning with the most notorious pirate on the seas and the woman who dared to love him. Her death in childbirth caused many changes in the hard core pirate. Forcing his daughter to live a pampered life in London away from him. Knowing that her father would approve, Miranda Mayne accepts a marriage proposal from an accomplished man who has ties with the crown. It isn't until she discovers that her fiance's goal is to find and destroy her father, that she realizes she made a mistake. Forced on a journey where she is used as a pawn, she finds love with the captain of the ship, only to learn that he is out of her reach. Determined to find her father before her fiance does, and wiggle her way into the heart of the man she loves, Miranda digs deep within herself and finds a strength she never knew she possessed.  This is a well written page turner that will capture the hearts of others." Children's Book Reviewer




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6. Review for Where's Warhol? by Catherine Ingram and Andrew Rae

Product Details


Where’s Warhol by Catherine Ingram and Andrew Rae

Laurence King Publishing
May 3rd, 2016
ISBN-10: 1780677448
ISBN-13: 978-1780677446
40 Pages    

Reviewer: Renee Hand

Where’s Warhol is an incredibly detailed journey through various historical locations around the world. 

Similar in style to Where’s Waldo, this book has readers looking through 40 pages of vibrant scenes that Andy Warhol explored; he is placed among them in places such as the famous Studio 54, The Bauhaus, and Basquiat at Washington Square Park. 

Andy Warhol is well known for blurring the lines between commercial art and fine art. His silk-screen renderings of banal objects like Coke bottles and a Campbell’s Soup can established him as the leader of the Pop Art movement, as does his multi-image portrait of Marilyn Monroe.

Readers are going to have fun scouring each page to find Warhol somewhere in the scene. Certain pages are easier than others. With so much going on in the scene one really has to focus, but while doing so it’s easy to miss small details the illustrator threw in there—which is why the author and illustrator created pages in the back to look at the scene more closely to find more famous people. The info in the back also tells more about each place and the people of that time and their connection with Warhol. 

Not only are art lovers and Warhol fans going to enjoy this book, but also readers of all ages who like to search and find. This book is a unique piece to add to any picture book collection.  

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7. Review for Magic Cakes by Christelle Huet-Gomez

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Magic Cakes by Christelle Huet-Gomez
Hardie Grant Book
March 8th, 2016
ISBN-10: 1784880175
ISBN-13: 978-1784880170
Ages: All
72 Pages  

Cook Book Desserts

Reviewer: Renee Hand

“bakers of all ages will enjoy this 72-page dessert extravaganza . . .”

Magic Cakes is a simply delightful way to make three cakes with just one cake batter. A magic cake is very different than other cakes. The three layers are unique in texture and taste. One layer is dense and moist. Another layer has a delicate cream filling that tastes like pudding, while the third layer is light and spongy. The secret in all this is not some magical enchantment but the separation of egg whites at low cooking temperatures.

There are around 30 recipes from classical cakes to cupcakes, cheesecakes, quiches, and much more. The ingredients to each recipe are simple with less than 10 ingredients per recipe.

The measurements are laid out in two different ways: in grams and in ounces. This might need a little bit of getting used to depending on which country one lives. Some recipes are meant to be baked in smaller baking dishes, especially some of the cakes.

The egg whites are definitely key in these recipes. If your whites are not whipped well enough it will taste accordingly in the final product. Some of the ingredients can be modified that are more familiar to certain countries.

Though these recipes are simple in nature it does take time to have them turn out right. But don’t fret, the author gives the reader every tip needed for success, the baker just needs to be patient with the process.
Illustrations on every page help the baker with what the final outcome of the dessert should look like.

This is a great guide. Overall, bakers of all ages will enjoy this 72-page dessert extravaganza and the challenge to make these flavorful, yet simple recipes.

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8. Review for President Lincoln: From Log Cabin to White House by Demi

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President Lincoln: From Log Cabin to White House by Demi
Wisdom Tales
February 7th, 2016
ISBN-10: 1937786501
ISBN-13: 978-1937786502
Ages: 6 and up years old
32 Pages  

Children’s Book Historical Reference

Reviewer: Renee Hand

Abraham Lincoln From Log Cabin to White House is an accounting of Lincoln’s humble beginnings in Kentucky to the height of his prominence and prestige as president in the White House.

The timeline of events begins on February 12, 1809, when Lincoln was born in Kentucky. It then progresses to his home life and his various moves, highlighting the importance of his mother and father in his life. His love of animals is prevalent throughout the pages in the various things that Lincoln does. His love of reading fueled his desire in becoming a lawyer and throughout his life he proves to be honest and kind.

From his start in being elected to the U.S. Congress in Washington, DC, to his election as president, Lincoln’s journey wasn’t easy, especially with slavery and the Civil War going on. He was a man torn between his wishes for peace and his belief that slavery was wrong.

Readers are going to love using this book as a secondary source for learning more about Abraham Lincoln, one of our country’s most beloved presidents. Though this book doesn’t cover all the facts of Lincoln’s life it does give a good summary that young readers will understand and enjoy.

The author also added in one of Lincoln’s greatest speeches, “The Gettysburg Address,” as well as a quick timeline of his life in the back of the book with fascinating facts that will interest young readers. With colorful illustrations and fabulous quotes on each page, children of all ages will enjoy learning about Lincoln’s life and his journey to the presidency.



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9. Author Visit for The Case of the Missing Sock and my Crypto-Capers Series


The Case of the Missing Sock!

Thank you to Sequoya Elementary for the great author visit we had this week. The students read my book The Case of the Missing Sock. It is book 1 in my Crypto-Capers Series. The students asked me questions about the book and about being an author. What a great day!



Summary:

The Team: In this story siblings Max and Mia Holmes, along with their good friend Morris and their flamboyant Granny Holmes, are known as The Crypto-Capers. They are a group of detectives who unravel crimes by solving cryptograms that criminals leave behind. Mia is an expert puzzle solver. Max is great at deduction and reasoning. Morris is a computer genius, and Granny . . . well, Granny is the muscle of the group. Don't let her size or age fool you she is quite handy. 

The Stolen Items: An antique sock (just one) and Prada sunglasses. 

The Assignment: The Case of the Missing Sock leads the Crypto-Capers to Florida, where they are hired by a Mr. Delacomb. The mystery leads the team to different locations. Clues flourish throughout the mystery. Suspects by the handful seem to pop up at every turn, but who committed the crime? Help the detectives solve the case by solving the cryptograms and puzzles. Good luck!


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10. Book Review for Wish by Emma Dodd





Wish by Emma Dodd
Nosy Crow
December 8thth, 2015
ISBN-10: 0763680095
ISBN-13: 978-0763680091
Ages: 2-5 years old
24 Pages    

Wish is a delightful 24-page story about the relationship between a wolf and her cub, which is relateable to a parent and child. This hardcover picture book features a tenderly composed rhyming text, heartwarming blue and gray illustrations, and flurries of foil throughout which makes certain pages look silver.

Each scene expresses the bond between a parent and their child. As the story is read it can be emotional. The texts echo the thoughts of most parents and how they feel towards their child during various phases of their lives.


Children between the ages of 2-5 years old will delight in the story which revels in the knowledge that when they grow up there will always be someone special who only wants what’s best for them. 

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11. Book Review for National Geographic Kids Funny Fill In: My Bug Adventure





National Geographic
December 8th, 2015
ISBN-10: 1426321996
ISBN-13: 978-1426321993
Ages: 8-12 years old
48 Pages


My Bug Adventure is a funny fill-in by National Geographic that is colorful and fun. Similar to Mad Libs, funny fill-ins can be played alone or with a partner. Using the parts of speech and other terms, children can create wild and funny stories over and over again.

What sets this fill-in apart from others is that it is in full color instead of black and white. It also has fun facts about bugs on every page that children will find interesting. Directions are given in the front of the book as well as break downs of the parts of speech and other terms children will need to know.


Children 8-12 years of age will enjoy this new type of fill-in activity book. This is a fun activity to also do as a family to create wild and crazy stories while traveling in the car on long trips. Children who love this type of fill-in will also enjoy the dozens of other fill-ins by National Geographic all with a different theme that will appeal to the reader.    

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12. Interview with Heather Harlow for her Sci-Fi Novel The Argon Factor

Come and join me as I talk with author Heather Harlow about her Sci-Fi novel The Argon Factor on Stories From Unknown Authors http://blogtalkradio.com/storiesfromunknownauthors at 3pm EST today.

Product Details


Book Summary:

In a futuristic world, where Earth's cities are still recovering from being ravaged by gang wars, cyber crime is at its peak and threatens the world's digitized monetary supply. 

Susan Caldwell is a newly hired security development manager at GTS, the company that controls the world's monetary supply and data. The sophisticated systems have been hacked and now people on Susan's team are being killed while they try to fix the breach. 

Susan, who trusts no man, must rely upon the GTS CEO, Christoph Baldric, to keep her safe. Little does she know that he's the Argon alien commander on Earth. She's not interested in him, doesn't want a hookup with him, but is extremely attracted to him. Susan has her own plans and will be having a baby through the fertility clinic. She's excited about her pending future, that is, if she is still alive. 

Christoph Baldric's mission is to protect the Earth's humans and nurture them so that eventually his people can merge with the humans. Christoph's planet, Argon, was blown up when their major sun exploded into a black hole. The people of Argon have been studying and nurturing Earth for many millennia as a new, potential home. Now is the time to make Earth their home and begin merging with Earth's humans, making both races stronger. 

But first, the Argonians must save Earth from the Grogan's, the Argon nemesis from their home universe, Baldracon, who want to eliminate all life on Earth and take the planet for their own.


Author Bio:


She likes sci-fi movies and series, like Star Trek and Battle Star Galactica. More recently, she's been enjoying the Avenger movies. In addition to her sci-fi interests, she's a romantic. Therefore, it was natural for her to write about science fiction and combine it with a human interest story that has sex and romance in it.

Heather graduated from University of Memphis (BBA) and Tennessee Technological University (MBA). She currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her dogs, Mickey (13) , a Golden Retriever, Jack (5mos), a black lab/shepherd mix, and two cats, Smokey and Cali.

She loves wine, good music, great food, the beach, swimming, football (college and NFL), World Cup Soccer, and NHL Playoffs.



  • Paperback: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Heather Harlow Books (October 19, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1627471715
  • ISBN-13: 978-1627471718


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13. Interview with Matt Bergles for Larry Saves The Prarie

Come and join me as I talk with author Matt Bergles about his children's book Larry Saves The Prairie on Stories From Unknown Authors http://blogtalkradio.com/storiesfromunknownauthors at 1pm EST today.

Larry Saves The Prairie 



http://www.amazon.com/Larry-Saves-Prairie-Matt-Bergles/dp/1939919290/ref=la_B0145VZFFY_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1450359795&sr=1-1




About the Book:

"Hi! I'm Annabelle. And I'm Angus. We are black-tailed prairie dogs who live in Kansas. We want to tell you a story about a real wildlife hero, our friend Larry Haverfield." 




Through the voices of Annabelle and Angus, discover what almost happened to wildlife on the Kansas prairie. When Larry receives a letter that says he must destroy the prairie dogs on his land, he and some of his neighbors join together to make certain that all wildlife remain unharmed. Not only were black-tailed prairie dogs at risk of destruction but the already-endangered black-footed ferrets were at risk of becoming extinct. 
In Larry Saves the Prairie, with the help of Annabelle and Angus, you'll discover what it means to be a true hero, and most especially, what it took to save prairie wildlife in Kansas.







About Matt:

Matt Bergles is a Colorado native who grew up in Pueblo, Colorado. He earned a bachelor's degree in social science from CSU-Pueblo, his master's degree in U.S. history, and a Ph.D. in public affairs at CU Denver, as well as a certificate in alternative dispute resolution. 

Matt currently teaches at a K-8 private school in Denver, where he has witnessed firsthand young, inner-city kids' curiosity and love of animals and nature, observing that every time they are asked what community service project or charitable cause they'd like to be involved with, most K-3 students pick something related to domestic animals or wildlife. This natural love and curiosity led Matt to write Larry Saves the Prairie for young children.

Matt is an independent researcher and advocate for wildlife conservation, especially conservation of prairie habitat. Matt lives in Denver with his wife, Kate, two children, Luke and Mary, and dog Samuel. He is a volunteer coach, a private pilot, and has helped teach his teenage son to fly.

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14. Interview with Cindy Helms for Outside/Inside

Come and join me as I talk with author Cindy Helms about her children's book Outside/Inside on Stories From Unknown Authors http://blogtalkradio.com/storiesfromunknownauthors at 1pm EST today.



Book Summary:

As a child, did you ever think all of your friends had forgotten about you? Did it ever feel like your friends were deliberately avoiding you or were out doing something totally awesome without you? 

This is exactly where Birdie finds himself one day in this beautifully produced picture book, Outside Inside. When Birdie does not see his friends around, he decides to look for them. Just when Birdie is about to give up and go back to his nest, his friends surprise him. They open up, invite him inside and reveal what they had been up to all along.
 
Outside Inside is a simple and clever story about the joy of friendship and giving. Using 35 easy words and 26 pages of vivid illustrations, it is geared toward the youngest of readers, but the catchy story is attention grabbing for adults as well. The adults will appreciate the deeper double meaning as Birdie's change of heart corresponds with the action around the outside and inside settings.


About Cindy Helms
Cindy Helms is a visual artist, author and illustrator known for designing unusual projects. For Cindy, art is created from curious and whimsical combinations of shapes, textures and colors. In her unique and simple children’s books, Cindy’s art work comes to life in characters that enchant children and adults alike. Cindy lives in the Denver, CO area with two artistic boys and two fat black cats.  She loves road trips, camping and discovering new places.



Webhttp://www.cindyhelms.com

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15. Blog Stop for The Argon Factor by Heather Harlow






From the Author

Writing this book was very challenging but extremely fulfilling, more like releasing.  Finally, releasing this start of an adventure that has been building in my head for years.  This first book of the Argonian Series is your introduction the Argon aliens.   The idea first came to me when I lived in the Virgin Islands.  The people I saw at the bars and restaurants were all so different from typical Americans.  Everyone greeted you in the grocery, walking down the street --- always with a smile and a formal greeting like "Good Morning", etc..  I started to think that these people are really from another planet.  Everyone was so intelligent too.  It was all so strange and surreal sometimes.


Summary:
In a futuristic world, where Earth's cities are still recovering from being ravaged by gang wars, cyber crime is at its peak and threatens the world's digitized monetary supply.

Susan Caldwell is a newly hired security development manager at GTS, the company that controls the world's monetary supply and data. The sophisticated systems have been hacked and now people on Susan's team are being killed while they try to fix the breach.

Susan, who trusts no man, must rely upon the GTS CEO, Christoph Baldric, to keep her safe. Little does she know that he's the Argon alien commander on Earth. She's not interested in him, doesn't want a hookup with him, but is extremely attracted to him. Susan has her own plans and will be having a baby through the fertility clinic. She's excited about her pending future, that is, if she is still alive.

Christoph Baldric's mission is to protect the Earth's humans and nurture them so that eventually his people can merge with the humans. Christoph's planet, Argon, was blown up when their major sun exploded into a black hole. The people of Argon have been studying and nurturing Earth for many millennia as a new, potential home. Now is the time to make Earth their home and begin merging with Earth's humans, making both races stronger.

But first, the Argonians must save Earth from the Grogan's, the Argon nemesis from their home universe, Baldracon, who want to eliminate all life on Earth and take the planet for their own.


Paperback: 266 pages
Publisher: Heather Harlow Books (October 19, 2015)

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16. Interview with PK Burian for Dangerous Magic

Come and join me as I talk with author PK Burian about her fantasy novel Dangerous Magic on Stories From Unknown Authors http://blogtalkradio.com/storiesfromunknownauthors at 1pm EST today.



Book Summary:

Welcome to Olympia, home of magical secrets, dangerous monsters, mystical creatures, and the few people able to fight them! David is in the wrong place at the wrong time. Or at least that is what he feels like when the FBI recruits him to go undercover in his high school. Isn’t it bad enough that he is bullied by several football players and they are the very ones he has to investigate!? But now he has to find out if they are circulating a deadly drug with a huge side effect: it turns a kid into a hideous, blood-sucking chupacabra! Sure, he has wizard powers, but he never really used them before. Plus, he can’t tell a single person about his undercover work, not even his best friend Sam. And his parents expected him to keep his schoolwork and grades up or he will get grounded. David feels in over his head. But as he delves deeper and deeper into the case, he realizes he must solve it quickly before a murder occurs, especially his own!



About the Author:

PK Burian writes young adult paranormal, middle grade mysteries, picture books, romance, and nonfiction. She finds the paranormal fascinating and hopes that one day many of the mysteries of Cryptic's will be solved. She enjoys gardening and taking photos of animals and nature, and gets many opportunities to do so land surveying with her husband. She loves exploring her spirituality, and believes that that is what is most important in life. 

P.K. Burian has loved paranormal and fantasy since she was a small child. She loved anything to do with the supernatural, from making her own herbs to taking classes on the various subjects. It’s mixing the paranormal with mystery, adventure, and suspense that draws her to the genre. She finds writing them is as much fun as reading them, and likes to put humor, friendship, paranormal, fantasy, boys and girls in high school, and a little romance in her writing. She does her research, going so far as to go on a real life ghost hunt and big foot hunts and everything in between to learn all she can about the paranormal. She lives in Olympia, Washington (U.S.A.) with her husband, two dogs, and one cat. M.E. Drewry loves to read, which is why she specialized in reading as a teacher. She has read so many books in fantasy she couldn’t count them all. She is fascinated with ghosts, UFO’s, big foot, magic, potions, and anything paranormal related. She also loves crafting, decorating cupcakes, knitting, and crocheting. She writes her own stories, along with co-writing the David Finkleman Paranormal Series with PK Burian.

"There is a saying in Tibetan, 'Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.'
No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that's our real disaster."
― Dalai Lama



  • Series: David Finkleman Paranormal Fantasy Series
  • Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; First Edition edition (July 8, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1500459208
  • ISBN-13: 978-1500459208

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17. Pay It Forward Sarah Stuart for Illicit Passion




Summary:

Showbiz superstar, Lisette, flees a blackmailer threatening to reveal to the scandal-hungry media that she bore a child of incest. Her father, and ex-lover, initiates an audacious plan to set her free that leaves the whole family hovering on the brink of emotional and financial disaster.

Their adult daughter, Harriet, learns the truth and vows vengeance on all who conspired to hide her birth by registering her as the twin of the man she loves.

“The night will end in death.” 



About the Author

Sarah Stuart lives in a quiet English village where wildlife sightings are common: the subliminal theme of her novels is a plea for animal protection from exploitation worldwide. Her passion is theatre. She has wide insider knowledge, garnered from working with her dogs in musicals ranging from Sandy in Annie to Bulls Eye in Oliver. Theatre, and concert tours, are the settings for her Royal Command series. Book one, Dangerous Liaisons, is a Romance Finalist in the Independent Author Network Book Awards 2015. Book two, Illicit Passion, is rated 5 stars by Readers' Favorite. The element of danger increases in book two, hence a comment from one reviewer "a dark and compelling read".

Product Details

  • File Size: 1453 KB
  • Print Length: 357 pages
  • Publisher: Sarah Stuart; 2 edition (September 9, 2015)
  • Publication Date: September 9, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0157DGA2G

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18. Book Tour Stop With Cheryle Boyle






  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: Sojourn Publishing (October 9, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1627471650
  • ISBN-13: 978-1627471657

Book Summary:

538: Murder, Suicide and A Mother’s Love is a faction about family dysfunction and the prevailing love that sustains a mother. Lilly, happily marries and is full of life as she births five beautiful children. Life takes a drastic turn and she finds herself in a place that she never had dreamt of being. The grip of life keeps a tight rein on Lilly as she suffers great loss, but her strength in God and the love for her children push her forward.  There are days that she lives by simply putting one foot in front of the other. The drama that unfolds, at times, is unbelievable. From the eldest child to the youngest, the anxieties are obvious. Lilly finds herself at times unable to interact and is often heard reciting cliché’s, words she lived by, ”When it rains, it pours, A Bird in the Hand is Worth Two in the Bush, It’ll All Come Out in the Wash.”  Lilly is strong, resilient and loyal, and her inner strength causes her to persevere. www.Cheryleboyle.com 






Bio:

Cheryle Boyle is a wife, mother and grandmother.  She enjoys experiencing life and making memories with her family. Cheryle lives in Georgia and enjoys sewing, cooking, embroidery, reading and shopping with her granddaughters.  She loves writing and shares some family interactions in her book, thus creating this faction (Facts + Fiction = Faction).

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19. Interview with Michael D' Ambrosio for Princess Pain

Come and join me as I talk with author Michael D' Ambrosio about his book Princess Pain on Stories From Unknown Authors http://blogtalkradio.com/storiesfromunknownauthors at 1pm EST today.






Summary:
Marina is a cold-hearted courier of contraband who likes to play rough. Her life as a loner is just fine until the delivery of a flash drive with stolen weapons technology ends her alias and makes her the target of a power-hungry militia leader who wants her alive, and his sultry assassin lover who wants her dead. The action-filled chase across the sector with two unlikely allies melts the ice off her heart and leads her to a secret that changes everything she ever stood for. Nothing is easy with Marina as she drives everyone crazy with her anger-driven arrogance and stubbornness, including Britt, the militia captain, who falls in love with her.


Biography

My desire to write thrilling science-fiction came about in the late 90's as a result of many of my adventures around the world. Some form my military background and others from my civilian job and a few from my personal travels. Real life experiences fuel my stories and give them that "little extra" with a touch of fantasy and romance that we all crave when we read to escape reality with a feel good sensation. The Fractured Time Trilogy and Space Frontiers Series are great for ages 12 and up. Night Creeps 1 and 2 are strictly adult sci-fi/horror while the futuristic action Pain Series with Princess Pain is recommended for age 14 and up due to the violence. 

In addition to novels, I have taken up screenwriting to adapt those novels to film. When I'm not writing, I'm participating in conventions across the county and possibly Europe in the near future. See my website at www.fracturedtime.com for more information on all my projects including the latest.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: BlackWyrm (February 14, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613181574
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613181577


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20. Interview with Sheri Rabinowitz for Entering My Second Half

Come and join me as I talk with author Sherri Rabinowitz about her memoir Entering My Second Half on Stories From Unknown Authors http://blogtalkradio.com/storiesfromunknownauthors at 1pm EST today.




Entering My Second Half

  • File Size: 1081 KB
  • Print Length: 76 pages
  • Publication Date: September 24, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B015T985JO


From the Back Cover

Turning fifty was the first time I really felt my age. I always felt and looked younger then I actually am chronologically. I still do look younger then I am but feel it, no not quite. I have aches and pains that I never felt before. Also I have not in my opinion reached my full potential yet.

As I watch young celebrities panicking about reaching thirty years old and getting botox, I shake my head. At thirty I was still being carded. I was still asked if I was old enough to work in this office. Thirty? They are children!

Believe me kids, Thirty is nothing. Now Fifty that is a brick wall that you have to watch out for. All of the sudden you ache in places you have never even thought of before. You have problems with parts of your body that worked perfectly the year before.You gain weight easier, and it is harder to get it off.

Fifty is what they should be worried about.This is what I learned.

About the Author

Sherri has been writing since she was a small child. She was inspired by Ray Bradbury and Agatha Christie. She had always loved writing but has had to make a living in a varied number of ways. She worked as an actress, a travel agent and in several forms of customer service. Her passion though has always been writing. She loves and enjoys both reading and writing fan fiction.Her first book Murder Inc. was a fan favorite, Fantasy Time Inc. was nominated for a Global Ebook Award. Her brand new book; Different Is Beautiful is already a best seller. It has been #2 in hot releases, #2 in Early Childhood Education and #3 in Preschool & Kindergarten on Amazon! And it won the Gold (First Place) for Global Ebook Awards for Children Picture Books Fiction category! 

Sherri was nominated for the Shorty Award!Sherri is the host of Blogtalk Radio's Chatting With Sherri. Sherri is the producer of Sherri's Playhouse. 


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21. Review for children's book The Lucky Seven Show by Mary Jo Wisneski Johnston

The Lucky Seven Show by Mary Jo Wisneski Johnston




About the Author

Mary Jo Wisneski Johnston is a retired reading specialist who has taught at kindergarten through graduate school over a 44-year teaching career in several states and Germany. She enjoys living on a hobby ranch with her husband and approximately 20 animals, ranging from horses to goldfish.


Summary:
Muscatino Rattuti the Great-or Musky for short-is delighted to have discovered the huge barn with seven sides. It's perfect for storing the Rat Pack's treasures from their nightly forays, and the entertainment possibilities of the barn are endless: It's loaded with various and sundry items that the wood rats, flying machines, forest people, musical instruments, photographs, the world geography contingent, and ancient farm tools are inspired to engage in. Musky isn't the only creature vying for use of the barn. Everyone wants to play there! In The Lucky Seven Show-a delightfully illustrated new book, Musky the wood rat and the weathervane horse use their wits to bring about a resolution to the problem, as all seven groups showcasing their talents in the barn at once would cause utter chaos. A positive outcome grows out of generous planning, collaboration, and compromise among the groups-and the final resolution brings happiness to all!


  • Paperback: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (November 12, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478747099
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478747093

Review:
The Lucky Seven Show presents young readers to a magical fiction/fantasy drama delightfully resolved through collaboration. 

In this story there is a unique seven sided hepbarn and 7 groups who wish to call it theirs. You have Musky, then flying machines, wood spirits, musical instruments, photographs, flags and maps, and farm tools. Musky has to figure out how the groups could work together instead of all being so divided in thought. A plan was devised with the help of the horse weathervain. 

This story entices young readers to further research animals and their behavior, flight principles, games and game theory, social studies and geography, mechanical principles, music and art in a multitude of formats. 

The words in the story are more complex for older children than younger but children of all ages will enjoy the illustrations and plot, as well as the messages of compromise, teamwork, and friendship. 

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22. Book review for The Christmas Cats Fear For the Deer


Constance Corcoran WilsonThe Christmas Cats Fear for the Deer by Constance Corcoran Wilson:

Publisher: Quad City Press; First edition (August 18, 2015)
Category: Children’s Books, Cats, Christmas Books
Tour Date: Oct & Nov, 2015
ISBN: 978-0982444887
ASIN: B0143ZBLSM
Available in: Print, ebook,  36 Pages



Book Summary:
The Christmas Cats Fear for the Deer is a Seuss-ical tale for young children  (4th in the series) which builds upon the morals of the first three Christmas Cats books (The Christmas Cats in Silly Hats, The Christmas Cats Chase Christmas Rats and The Christmas Cats Encounter Bats).
This year, the Christmas Cats in Silly Hats, who go about helping animals in distress, are trying to help save the lives of the deer who live in Scott County Park. Hunters are routinely sent to shoot the deer, and the cats want to warn the deer away, so that they will not fall victim to the town’s plans to “thin the herd.”
The Cop Cat, Cy, thinks up a particularly ingenious plan to save all the deer in Scott County Park by introducing them to a jolly old guy in a red suit who lives at the North Pole. Perhaps the deer can also help Santa on Christmas Eve, if they are outfitted with prosthetic (fake) antlers?
Illustrated with delightful drawings and written in rhyme, there are also interactive coloring book pages and mazes from the book’s website, which the author encourages children aged 3 to 10 to fill out and mail in for display. (www.TheXmasCats.com).



Review:
THE CHRISTMAS CATS FEAR FOR THE DEER is the fourth story in the Christmas Cats series. It is suppose to build up the morals of the first three books in the series. Book 1 focuses on cooperation. Book 2 focuses on acceptance. Book 3 focuses on the value of life and respect. Book 4 does touch upon some of those values but also includes bias in other areas.

Some great things about this book is that the illustrations are colorful and expressive, young children are going to love that. It is also written in rhyme and moves quickly. In the back of the book kids will find a maze and coloring pages they will enjoy. Readers of the other books in the series will love how the cats work together to solve a problem.

Some quibbles about the book. It paints hunters in a terrible light making them look like all they do is kill animals for fun. For people who hunt to live, eating off the bounty the meat provides, this will be offending. In the story the author makes a reference about how Santa can help the deer by giving them antlers so they can fit in. The first to this is that bucks already have antlers so they wouldn't need to be added to them only the does and the fawns. The reference refers to how "soldiers and runners can run on fake legs" which implies, why not deer fly with fake antlers, but the author didn't make it clear enough for children to understand, it will be lost upon them. This reference can also be offending and could have been written much smoother and in a different way. Soldiers get prosthetics not to fit in, but to feel whole again. Prosthetic antlers for deer, in this case, just helps the deer to fit in but doesn't help them become whole or serve a bigger purpose. 

The author also mentions deer dropping their antlers because their fake ones grow loose. Deer drop their antlers so they can grow bigger ones, that should have been clear instead of implying that if you see antlers lying about that they are from deer pretending to be reindeer so they can fit in.  No one should have to pretend to be someone else to fit in. That's not a good message to tell our children. People should like you because of who you are not because you are like everybody else.

The author had good intentions with this story but it didn't run with the same smoothness as the others. It certainly didn't uphold the good values the author is trying to instill.  It is, however, pushing personal opinion instead of factual knowledge that children can actually benefit from.         

About Constance Corcoran Wilson:Constance Corcoran Wilson

Connie has published many works representing a variety of genres. Wilson’s first book (1989), published by Performance Learning Systems, Inc. of Emerson, New Jersey, Training the Teacher As A Champion, put forth the teaching techniques and principles taught by the nation’s largest teacher training firm. Written by Wilson in collaboration with PLS founder Joseph Hasenstaab, the book gives an insight into the effective teaching practices of successful teachers, those techniques included in that organization’s Project T.E.A.C.H. (Teacher Effectiveness and Classroom Handling). Connie taught at the elementary level for 20 years, taught writing at 6 IA/IL colleges, and founded the second Sylvan Learning Center in the state of Iowa in 1986.
Since then, Connie has published 30 titles in a variety of genres, with the Christmas Cats series written with and for her now-six-year-old granddaughters, Ava and Elise. (Illustrations by Gary McCluskey) now entering its fourth installment.  The Christmas Cats in Silly Hats began the four-book series and the cats help other animals in distress while wearing a delightful series of silly hats.  The second book in the series, The Christmas Cats Chase Christmas Rats, was a plea for all to remain unprejudiced (“Do not judge others without knowing, or prejudice you will be showing”) and the third book,The Christmas Cats Encounter Bats, stressed the need to honor all life as sacred. This year’s book , The Christmas Cats Fear for the Deer, encourages helping others and also strikes a blow for individuals who some might consider handicapped, but  who can succeed and excel if  simple accommodations are made for them.
Connie’s adult fare can be seen on Amazon or on her dedicated author site, www.ConnieCWilson.com.



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23. Interview with J.R. Robinson for Theodore Roberts & the Key to The Imaginary Door

Come and join me as I talk with author J.R. Robinson about her book Theodore Roberts & the Key to The Imaginary Door on Stories From Unknown Authors http://blogtalkradio.com/storiesfromunknownauthors at 1pm EST today.






Book Summary:

A tale for the child within us all. When we meet Theodore "Teddy" Roberts, he is on the verge of crossing over to the world of grown-ups. His childlike imagination is fading with every passing year, his once grand and wondrous adventures are fewer and further between, and the powers and secrets that once came so easily to him are slowly drifting away. Yet there is a grand world within Teddy that has been waiting patiently-if only he can unlock the door that only the truest believers can open. His curiosity getting the better of him, Teddy enters the land of imagination and his destiny unfurls: to save the magical creatures who call it home. Along the way he discovers the secrets that have entwined his own family to the magic that lies within the golden gates. This will be the journey of a lifetime-to correct the mistakes made so long ago, to understand and hopefully save his own powers of imagination before the door closes forever...Theodore Roberts and the Key to the Imaginary Door is a fantasy/adventure novel that celebrates the glory of imagination as its young hero journeys to a wondrous world-a world where dreams are born, magic is commonplace, and childlike hearts are rediscovered.


  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: London Publishing (June 9, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0578154137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0578154138


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24. Interview with Sloane Lewis for The Rosicrucian

Come and join me as I talk with author Sloane Lewis about his book The Rosicrucian on Stories From Unknown Authors http://blogtalkradio.com/storiesfromunknownauthors at 1pm EST today.





Book Summary:

In the modern day city of Basra, Iraq, investigative journalist Cole Jacobs stumbles onto the soon to be famous Basra Stone. Not wanting to rest on his laurels after the success of his first book about an antediluvian culture, Cole jumps at the chance to be embedded with Atlas Global's security initiative. While recovering many relics and artifacts that were stolen during the Iraq War, Cole and his photographer Evan Floyd serendipitously uncover the Basra Stone. Once deciphered by the incomparable Neely Roberts, they find it will have historical, religious and political ramifications for the world and send our heroes on an unfathomable journey that stretches across time.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Helm Publishing (July 31, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985048816
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985048815
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches


About The Author:


I remember the spark, that first electric tickling in the back of my Lizard brain that states I want to tell stories, No I Need to tell stories.  Like many writers, Film Makers, Musicians, Artist Etc., I have been inspired by many  creative genius', but I clearly can recall the ignition of the flame that would be my Persistence of Vision.  

I was a young boy, only 6 years of age and I had recently seen Star Wars at my local Library with some family friends.  (I know kids, this was even before the VHS and BETA's battle for supremacy. What's Beta and VHS?   Ask your Parents kids.)

 My mother took me to see Empire Strikes back in the theater and lo and behold a Wookie approached us.  My palms instantly clammed up, sweat protruded from every pore and I didn't know what to do when this gargantuan beast wrapped his arms around my mother, my life line. He could have easily crushed her.  Right? I panicked, but merely for a short spell as he just gave my mom a huge hug and then all I could think was..."Man that's cool.  My mother knows a Wookie."  
Of course it had been one of her high school students dressed in a Wookie costume, but the Movie started and I was hooked and all that went through my head as I watched this movie blow my mind was how can I create Worlds?

I was drawn to movies, which translated into comic books, novels and any story I could get a hold of.  I clawed my way through the ranks of production, starting in the film Industry as a Production Assistant and in the Locations department.  

At that time I would  do anything that would get me close to a film set from Locations, to production to catering and honestly that still holds true, to this day.  You need a PA?  If I'm not busy (Rare these days) I'll help you make your film.  

I was able to move to Los Angeles, thanks to For Stars Catering, who I worked with on a few shows.  I like to cook, but waking up at 3 AM sucks and half the time I was still up from the night before.  I Just wanted to say, sorry Gary, but it made me reach Los Angeles, the Mecca of Film making.  High five across the Interwebs For stars Catering.  http://www.forstarscatering.com/

After many years of production work, I finally got accepted into The Director's Guild of America as a Second Assistant Director and over the years I have had a few screenplays optioned by Studios, but sadly none have been produced.  

I wished for a story of mine to reach the masses, because all these stories are jumbled in my brain and I must release them.  This little Gem "The Rosicrucian" had been teetering on my cerebral cortex for ten years or so, but just became too large to be a movie and I thought the perfect form for the story would be a novelization.  

I literally have too many stories to write down, causing me to think I need a sweat shop of writers to do my bidding, Pronto!  First off I like to joke around, of course a sweat shop of writers would be so hard to maintain.  

I'm just saying there is plenty more where "The Rosicrucian" came from.

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25. Pay It Forward Jeffrey Von Glahn



JEFFREY VON GLAHN
Email: [email protected]
Blog or Website: http://newideasinpsychotherapy.wordpress.com
Twitter Handle: @JeffreyVonGlahn
Facebook Page URL: http://on.fb.me/1KMi





Summary of Book:

Jessica had always feared that the unthinkable had happened when she had been "made up." She had no sense of herself as a needing, wanting person. Every day she expected to be dragged into court and found guilty of impersonating a real human being. In her therapy, she remembered in vivid detail many experiences from the earliest days of her life. In the process, she discovered that the difficulties she experienced in being born and the inattentive, hurried behavior of her mother in the ensuing weeks made her feel that the needing, wanting part of her was "dangerous" and that she "had to stay away from it." All of Jessica's remembrances were audio-taped and edited for inclusion in the book.
Jessica had always been terrified that the unthinkable had happened when  she was "made up." In her mind, there was no other explanation for what she experienced when she said "I need" or "I want." The second these words flew from her mouth she felt as if she were floating hundreds of miles above the earth and that her mind was about to dissolve into chaos. If someone had said to her, "I never hear you say 'I need' or 'I want,'" her crisp reply would have been, "I don't know what you're talking about." Those words would have been followed by an urgent "I have to go."    

Jessica lived in constant dread of someone discovering who - or what - she really was. She was certain that, if her secret ever leaked out, strangers would suddenly encircle her and, with arms raised and fingers pointed directly at her, shout "Imposter! Imposter! Here's the imposter!" The next day's headlines would then surely read: SCIENTISTS GATHER TO EXAMINE ALIEN IMPOSTER.
Jessica future - if not her sanity - depended on her preventing that from happening. She decided that the best way to do that was to act as if she really was a needing, wanting person. Accordingly, she did whatever she sensed was expected of her, and in a way that would avoid upsetting anyone and keep her as inconspicuous as possible. 


Until Jessica entered therapy as an adult, she had no way of knowing how she had become such a mystery to herself. When she was well into her therapy, she started to remember many experiences from the first weeks of her infancy that would provide the answer. During that time in her life, when every minute of it should have been filled with exciting discoveries about herself and her world, she rarely saw a smiling face, or experienced a soft caress, or heard a tender voice, or felt her body being handled in a gentle way. 


A few of her many remembrances included her sense in being born of wanting to add one more "good thing" to that "big, working thing" she sensed was out there. Unfortunately, her reception by the medical team made her feel that all she had done was to cause problems for them "because I wasn't doing it right." Another remembrance was how the anesthesia given to her mother made her feel that she had suddenly lost control over her body. Yet another memory was how her mother's overall hurried and inattentive behavior in the following weeks made her to feel that she was a disappointment.      


For Jessica's therapist, hearing these recollections was like listening to an infant who could talk describe every psychologically dramatic moment of its life as it was happening. All of those recollections were audio-taped and included in this book in edited form for ease of reading.



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