The Lies That Shatter A.V. Asher (Truth & Lies, #2)
A Second Chance Romantic Suspense Duet (Truth & Lies Duet Book 2) Publication date: September 28th 2021
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
They say love never dies…
Devastated and lost, Former British Intelligence officer Alec McKinley knows he must move on. Still, he can’t forget the love of his life. The woman he tried so hard to protect and failed. When Alec arrives at the trial that will determine the fate of those responsible for destroying his world, he discovers how deep the lies run.
Mercedes Elliot has suffered through a lifetime’s worth of trauma, but finally, the end seems near. The trial that could free her from witness protection is around the corner, which means Alec will be waiting for her at last. She can’t wait to drop the charade she’s been living. But when Mercedes returns, she finds Alec isn’t alone and everything she thought she knew is a lie. There’s no one left to trust.
Deceptions run deep, and Alec grows more and more desperate to protect Mercedes, even as she is slipping through his fingers. Can he keep her alive long enough to prove he has never forgotten her? Or will evil succeed this time…
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Where do you run when everything has been stripped away? Starting over hasn’t gone well for Mercedes Elliott. After making the biggest mistake of her life, moving halfway across the world felt right at the time. But six months later, she’s isolated, dependent on a dangerous relationship with her boyfriend, Jason Marsh, and no closer to rebuilding her once promising legal career. Running low on hope, Mercedes secretly reaches out to the one man she never thought she’d see again.
Former British Intelligence officer Alec McKinley always regretted letting Mercedes slip through his fingers. So when she invites him for coffee, he jumps at the chance to see her. Warm, funny, and still stunningly beautiful, Mercedes draws Alec in as much as ever. But despite her cheerful smile, he can’t ignore the pain hiding in her eyes.
After Jason’s obsession with Mercedes comes to a violent head, she finds herself unable to escape his suffocating grasp. That is, until Alec makes an unexpected offer that could be Mercedes’s saving grace.
But accepting that offer comes at a cost. Being near Alec ignites a flame she thought had burned out long ago. And when they realize Jason is not the man they thought he was, she and Alec uncover a stunning truth about the past that will change everything between them.
⚠ Content Warning: 18+ readers only. Contains explicit sex, strong language and violence. The Truth Keeps Silent is the first book in the Truth & Lies Duet. Mercedes and Alec will return in the Autumn of 2021.⚠
Where do you get the ideas from, when creating personalities for your characters? How to Make Your Characters Believable?
Ideas have been swimming around in my head my entire life. Sometimes, I would see a something in real life and create an entire backstory of possibilities that go with it.
It usually starts with a question. For instance, I might see a firetruck go by and wonder about the call they are on. What would it look like if one of the firemen rescues a single mom and her baby? The image of a handsome fireman comforting her and snuggling her child while she deals with the incident will come to my mind and I sometimes explore the possibilities that might make for a great story.
In the summer of 2019, we traveled to Las Vegas to take in a Lady Gaga show. The characters from my first two books, Alec and Sadie, were just taking shape in my head. They were relentless, each of their interactions playing over and over until I had pretty much written part one in my head. Then, we went to the concert and I was blown away by Lady Gaga’s talent. She really is an incredible performer.
Suddenly, I knew that Sadie, would have a musical talent and that she would be so gifted, that it put her through law school. This created a world of backstory for Sadie and a pinnacle of her character. It made for a perfect touchstone between her and Alec. When she is feels overly emotional, music comes to her head and she taps out rhythms. To others, she just seems fidgety. But Alec can read her and knows when she’s stressed or nervous.
When it comes to making them believable, I try really hard to imagine myself in the shoes of the character. Again, I ask a lot of questions to see how I can make their responses logical. Sometimes this is tricky because their personalities and experiences are so different from my own. But I have always been cursed with an obscene amount of empathy, so I try to channel that when I’m writing.
And finally, I rely on a great team of critique partners who aren’t afraid to tell me when something feels off with their character. I take that feedback and examine my work to see if it’s doing what I want it to do or if I need to make a change. Having another set of eyes really helps my editing process.
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About the Author American writer AV Asher (Avie) was one of those kids always who got in trouble for reading in class. She has been creating stories since childhood, but only recently began writing them down. The Truth Keeps Silent is Avie’s debut novel. The second book in the duet, The Lies That Shatter, is expected to be released in the Autumn of 2021. Avie lives in Northern Nevada with her husband and three children.
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‘Twas the Text Before Christmas … (An Accidentally in Love Story, #5) by Melanie Summers & Whitney Dineen
Publication date: September 25th 2021
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Contemporary, Holiday, Romance
Synopsis: Twas the text before Christmas…
Twenty-eight-year-old Holly Snow is the only mother her five-year-old niece remembers. Three years earlier, when her sister and brother-in-law were killed, Holly’s dream of becoming an international flight attendant was put on hold so she could be home for baby Faith.
Holly is doing everything she can to keep the rent paid, including working as an online travel agent, filing medical claims, and cleaning apartments in her building. When her friend Toni tells her that her boss needs someone to buy his Christmas gifts, she leaps at the opportunity.
Tall, dark and Scroogy, investment banker, Archibald Harrington is too busy to do his own Christmas shopping. When his assistant tells him she knows of a professional shopper, he happily checks another dreaded task off his holiday list. The last thing Archie is expecting is for his hired elf to text him insistently to find out more about the people on list.
The last thing Holly expects is to develop feelings for grumpy man who’s stealing her Christmas spirit.
Will there be a Holiday miracle, or will Holly and Archie miss their chance at love? Find out in the fifth installment of the Accidentally in Love Series.
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"A zany rollicking mystery adventure as compelling as it is hilarious." ~ Independent Book Review
ZITHER! by Jeffrey Hanlon
Category: Adult Fiction 18+, 350 pages
Genre: Mystery, Humor; Content Rating: G.
Publisher: Zither Studios: Release Date: April 20, 2021
Tour dates: September 27 to October 15
A nutty religious cult rustles a herd of prime gazebos (huh??) and it’s up to bumbling P.I. Mars Candiotti to rescue them. Wannabe author Mars chronicles his quest in Jeffrey Hanlon's rom-com mystery Zither.
Guided by his magically prescient IHOP waitress, Mars strives to mitigate the shocking global consequences of the gazebo heist, even though he has no idea what the word mitigate means.
As Zither swallows its own tale, Mars finds it increasingly tricky to distinguish between real people and his rambunctious fictional characters. Zither becomes the romper room where his reality meets fantasy - and get frisky with each other.
Mars’ international odyssey leads to an explosive conclusion in Panama. Teevees around the world tune in to watch live coverage of “Carnage in the Canal”.
And amid the lunatic havoc that is Zither there is (of course!) an epic love story as Mars meets Marian, the brainy librarian he had dreamt of. Marian says his books are "slapstick existentialism with subjective reality couched in parable". (This is news to Mars). But is Marian real, or just another illusion in Zither World?
And in Mars’ klutzy (yet endearing) courtship of the enchanting Marian will he ever muster the nerve to ask her for a date???
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"Hanlon’s humor shines bright and will leave fans of such madness wanting more." ~ Publisher's Weekly
Nominated for the prestigious Audie Award, Best Fiction 2021
MEET THE AUTHOR:
I was born in a Southern California beach town.
My family moved to Northwest Oregon when I was 7. Or maybe when I was 8.
Had we stayed in the Beach Boys town, and knowing myself as I do now, I suspect I would have grown long hair, started a rock band, and been heavily into drugs. The rock band would probably have been pretty good. The rest of it, not so much. I’d likely have joined the ranks of those like Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin.
We moved to a mountaintop. The last five miles to get there were gravel. The final two miles were steep and to the end of the road.
That’s where we lived: the end of the road, 22 miles to the nearest town.
Our closest neighbor, about a mile down the road, was a hermit who lived in a shack. He had a goat. About once a month the goat would visit us. Then the hermit would show up to retrieve his goat. I think the goat liked us better than the hermit, which is why the goat kept showing up. Goats are funny animals. I think they aspire to be house pets.
And speaking of animals, we had cats. Lots and lots of cats. Because we were remote and at the end of the road, unkind people – and ‘unkind’ is the kindest description I can use here – would dump their unwanted cats on or near our property. The cats would find our house. We gave them Fancy Feast and our love, and in turn they loved us.
My childhood friends didn’t visit too often. That was at least partly because when they did show up my father would say something like this: “Great! We have a job that could use an extra hand. Won’t take more than five minutes.” Well, that five minutes usually turned into an hour or two – volunteer labor! – and that friend would seldom visit again.
So my favorite childhood playmate was a 2000 pound Hereford bull, a big boy with horns spanning three feet. I’d go out in the pasture and the bull would strike a pose not unlike what you’ve seen in the movies where the bull was ready to charge, head down, eyeing me. But he wasn’t going to charge me. He just wanted his forehead scratched. And so I would scratch his forehead. He liked that, shaking his head every so often to show his approval. Then we’d elevate to a game that the bull might have called ‘Let’s see how far we can toss this little kid!’ and I’d place my right hip against his massive head and he’d toss me into the air like a sack of flour. Over and over, farther and farther, higher and higher. I could have done that for hours – I can fly! – but after a few tosses the bull would grow bored with the game and wander off. Probably to chase some cute heifers.
The nearest library was 30 miles away, and we ventured there often. It was a majestic old building, and the Grand Room had books on all four walls with reading chairs in the center. But that was not where I wanted to be. I figured all those books were popular books or books I was supposed to read. I wanted something different, so I would enter the room with a small sign that said ‘Stacks’. It was row after narrow row after row of books, floor to ceiling, dimly lit, dusty. It was like entering a cave. Filled with treasures!
It was in those Stacks that I discovered the likes of Kerouac and Heller and Huxley and Fowles and Steinbeck and Ellison and Bradbury and Hemingway and many many others.
As Stephen King said, “Books are a uniquely portable magic.”
And those, each in their own way, was the inspiration for the first book I wrote at the age of eight or nine: ‘Pond Scum’.
It was illustrated.
Jeffrey currently lives at an undisclosed location on the shores of the Caribbean where he spends his days is shorts and sandals making up stories.
He has a pet goat.
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Grace Under Siege: Not a Love Story by René Voland
Category: Adult Fiction 18+, 286 pages
Genre: Psychological Fiction, Psychological Thriller
Publisher: Solomon' s Books Press
Release date: April 2021
Tour dates: September 27 to October 15, 2021
Content Rating: Rated G. It has no explicit sex scenes, religious expletives or bad language
Grace, a newlywed in her 30's, discovers that her new life isn't exactly what she expected. Her husband Narcissus is a handsome, former special agent whose puzzling behavior follows a mysterious pattern. Despite Grace's best efforts, she finds it incredibly difficult to build a happy life with him. The ultimate revelation leads to a showdown with Narcissus. Grace believes the well-being of others depend on what she must reveal.
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Late Blooming Author Writes First Novel
The other day, a reader asked, “How long have you been writing novels.” “For years,” I wanted to say. Of course, I would have been lying like a rug because I did not finish writing my first novel until 2018. Before being published, my first love was reading. In my childhood home, I was seven and an avid reader of the Encyclopedia Britannica and Merriam Webster’s Dictionary--the only books we had besides the Bible. That interest has been lifelong; I believe it was the making of a writer. Back then, I’d read anything with words I could get my hands on. In addition to reading, I also loved writing. Like you, I’ve been writing since I was in grammar school. In second grade, I became a “published writer” when my teacher submitted my first poem to the school’s newsletter. My classmates hated on me. That’s when I knew for sure maybe I could replace Maya Angelou. I, too, knew why the caged bird sings. And I’d perhaps someday write poems that people other than Mom and Dad would enjoy.
Of course, besides that first poem, I wrote sentences like “See Pepper Run” and “Run Pepper Run.” Heck, I was a writer and a poet! Over the years, I took creative writing classes in college. I learned many poetic forms and developed skills in writing poetry with longer lines, rhythm, and meter. However, the assignments I enjoyed writing the most were the short stories with plots. I still write poems when I feel inspired. As a child, I was a dreamer and believed that someday I’d be winning awards like Maya Angelou, Edgar Allen Poe, or Langston Hughes.
By 2011, I had stopped writing poetry and dreaming of being a “Little Maya” and traveling the world. Instead, I’d become more like an Ebenezer Scrooge. My “bah humbug” translated to a need to see more Christ into the Christmas season. I desired to change the world. Therefore, with the help of talented friends, we produced A Party Fit for a King, a dinner theater, where Jesus was honored at his birthday party. It was a smashing success, and the community loved it. It did not entirely change the world, but it helped me get my Christmas groove back. Then in 2016, my digital path crossed with that of Chandler Bolt, who claimed anyone could write a novel in 90 days. I took his challenge. Two-hundred eighty-six pages and 80,000 words later; Grace Under Siege was born. And the rest, they say, is history. I am considering and outlining a sequel. I had hope that my debut novel might change someone’s world. I’d read this is the objective of successful authors. I will continue trying to change the world, in some small way, through my literary work.
René Voland, author of Grace Under Siege: Not a Love Story.
Meet the Author:
René is an author, playwright, poet and publisher/editor. She is a seasoned business owner, private coach and ministerial leader. Grace Under Siege is her debut novel. She and her spouse live in Georgia. She is a graduate of Georgia State University.
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Melanie Summers welcomes you back to Paradise Bay for a ridiculously romantic, laugh-out-loud tale of reluctant homecomings, lost loves, and second chances…
Resting Beach Face (Paradise Bay, #4)
by Melanie Summers
Publication date: September 16th 2021
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Contemporary, Romance
Yoga instructor, Hadley Jones, has loved Chase Williams since high school. Fifteen years later, she still does. And while he hasn’t popped the question yet, she knows it’s only a matter of time. Little does Hadley know Chase has been busy making wedding plans—just not with her.
Heath Robinson left the Santa Valentina Islands the first chance he got. He’s about to pull together the biggest aeronautical merger in history when he gets a call that has him boarding a plane home. Now, instead of sipping whiskey sours with the big boys, he’ll be watching his bed-ridden mother sip from a juice box. His plan is to help her recover from her moped accident as quickly as possible so he can get back to his real life—hopefully before he runs into the girl who crushed his heart, Hadley Jones.
Will Hadley realize that Heath is the real man of her dreams? Will Heath forgive Hadley? Will his mum ever ride a moped again?
Find out in this delightfully funny tale of life coming full circle! Resting Beach Face is sure to leave you smiling.
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“My favorite voice in the romantic comedy genre—clever, modern, and laugh-out-loud funny.” ~ New York Times Bestselling Author Lauren Layne
“Sweet, Sexy. Compelling. …a hilarious romantic comedy that will keep readers happily turning the pages.” ~ Chick Lit Café
Melanie Summers also writes steamy romance as MJ Summers.
Melanie made a name for herself with her debut novel, Break in Two, a contemporary romance that cracked the Top 10 Paid on Amazon in both the UK and Canada, and the top 50 Paid in the USA. Her highly acclaimed Full Hearts Series was picked up by both Piatkus Entice (a division of Hachette UK) and HarperCollins Canada. Her first three books have been translated into Czech and Slovak by EuroMedia. Since 2013, she has written and published three novellas, and eight novels (of which seven have been published). She has sold over a quarter of a million books around the globe.
In her previous life (i.e. before having children), Melanie got her Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta, then went on to work in the soul-sucking customer service industry for a large cellular network provider that shall remain nameless (unless you write her personally - then she'll dish). On her days off, she took courses and studied to become a Chartered Mediator. That designation landed her a job at the R.C.M.P. as the Alternative Dispute Resolution Coordinator for 'K' Division. Having had enough of mediating arguments between gun-toting police officers, she decided it was much safer to have children so she could continue her study of conflict in a weapon-free environment (and one which doesn't require makeup and/or nylons).
Melanie resides in Edmonton with her husband, three young children, and their adorable but neurotic one-eyed dog. When she's not writing novels, Melanie loves reading (obviously), snuggling up on the couch with her family for movie night (which would not be complete without lots of popcorn and milkshakes), and long walks in the woods near her house. She also spends a lot more time thinking about doing yoga than actually doing yoga, which is why most of her photos are taken 'from above'. She also loves shutting down restaurants with her girlfriends. Well, not literally shutting them down, like calling the health inspector or something--more like just staying until they turn the lights off.
She is represented by Suzanne Brandreth of The Cooke Agency International.
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No Names to Be Given by Julia Brewer Daily
Narrated by Reagan Boggs
Category: Adult Fiction (18 +) : Genre: Vintage Women's Fiction
Publisher: Admission Press Inc : Release date: 08/2021
Format available for review: audiobook ( MP3 audio )
Tour Dates: Sep 20 to Oct 8
Content Rating: PG + M. No bad language, but mature subjects like suicide and a rape scene. These are both mild and not explicit. Fade to black kind of scenes.
Today’s young women will not understand how our families made us feel shame so intensely; we surrendered our first-born children to strangers. Faith Reynolds, No Names to Be Given
The widely anticipated debut novel by Julia Brewer Daily is a glimpse into the lives of women forced by society to gift their newborns to strangers. Although this novel is a fictional account, it mirrors many of the adoption stories of its era.
When three young unwed women meet at a maternity home hospital in New Orleans in 1965, they are expected to relinquish their babies and return home as if nothing transpired. Twenty-five years later, they are brought back together by blackmail and their secrets threatened with exposure—all the way to the White House.
Told from the three women’s perspectives in alternating chapters, we are mesmerized by the societal pressures on women in the 1960s who found themselves pregnant without marriage.
How that inconceivable act changed them forever is the story of No Names To Be Given, a novel with southern voices, love exploited, heartbreak and blackmail.
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REVIEW by LAWonder10:
When I began reading No Names To Be Given, I was slightly skeptical. I felt that this might be a confusing book to follow. However, I was wrong. The story related about three Girls and their separate experiences, was well-planned and was easy to follow. thee stories began in the three women's teen years. They were roommates at a "half-way house" type facility. Then the story progresses gradually into their adult years. It even, partially, brings in their children's lives.
The book is in four parts. as it sets the foundation in the first part, with each additional part, the story builds, and so does the intensity of it. You will need a box of Kleenix near by for this one!
The story was great! The characters and events seem very real. The reader can easily feel like he/she is there. There are a couple of very unexpected twists.
The Narrator, Reagan Boggs, did a very good job in her narration.
The Title was okay. The Cover image was "fitting". Neither would attract most "Browsers" attention. I feel it would draw in more readers if the Title and Cover image were better.
I offer a Four and a Half Stars rating.
*This audiobook was gifted me with n pressure to post a positive review. This is my honest review.
A Child of the ‘50s
Growing up in the 1950s and ‘60s now seems like an idyllic time for childhood.
Every child in my town complained about the lack of things to do, but children were rarely in their homes, after school. Everyone engaged in war games against the boys, riding Shetland ponies bareback with just bridles and manes to cling to, visiting the local drug store for popsicles, glass bottles of soda, or a treat from a candy counter. Children reached for their snacks and called, “Charge it” to the employees who kept records and sent their parents a monthly statement.
The drug store had a magazine stand where children sat and read comic books, instead of buying them.
Trees were climbed and views from rooftops were coveted. The sweet scents of magnolia trees in bloom or the cloying wisteria blossoms lingered in the hot summer days.
Back at home, parents had vinyl record stereos and after the children were in bed, danced to the tunes of Nat King Cole, the Supremes or even Chubby Checker, when in the 60s and 70s, the dances included The Twist.
There was an old sleeping porch at my grandmother’s where the overflow of visiting relatives would sleep. The single iron beds were lined up under the screened windows and had thick feather mattresses. In the winter, the children who slept there were under mounds of heavy quilts and heated bricks wrapped in newspapers were placed at their feet to warm them. In the summer time, the attic fan in the house would turn on and sound like an airplane taking flight. I always wondered if it would fly through the house and slice us all into ribbons while we slept.
I hope my grandchildren will think their childhoods just as idyllic.
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Meet the Author:
Julia Brewer Daily is a Texan with a southern accent. She holds a B.S. in English and a M.S. degree in Education from the University of Southern Mississippi.
She has been a Communications Adjunct Professor at Belhaven University, Jackson, Mississippi, and Public Relations Director of the Mississippi Department of Education and Millsaps College, a liberal arts college in Jackson, MS.
She was the founding director of the Greater Belhaven Market, a producers’ only market in a historic neighborhood in Jackson, and even shadowed Martha Stewart.
As the Executive Director of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi (300 artisans from 19 states) which operates the Mississippi Craft Center, she wrote their stories to introduce them to the public.
Daily is an adopted child from a maternity home hospital in New Orleans. She searched and found her birth mother and through a DNA test, her birth father’s family, as well. A lifelong southerner, she now resides on a ranch in Fredericksburg, Texas, with her husband Emmerson and Labrador Retrievers, Memphis Belle and Texas Star.
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Spirituality, Healing and Me: How Living a Spiritual Life Offers Hope and healing in the Modern World
Author: Ilana Estelle
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 288 pages
Publisher: RedDoor Press: Release date: Sept 16, 2021
Format available: print-hardback, ebook (mobi)
Tour dates: Sept 20 to Oct 8
Content Rating: G.: Genre: Self-Help
Everyday life has never been more challenging and it’s easy to lose sight of who we are and who we want to be. In Spirituality, Healing and Me, Ilana Estelle draws on her experiences of emotional, mental and physical disability to show how tuning into our spiritual side can improve well-being, heal our minds and set us firmly back on track.
Ilana shows how focusing on values such as understanding, empathy, compassion, tolerance, kindness, creativity and acceptance can help us find our inner calm.
Packed with inspiring messages and real-life vignettes, Ilana’s book shows how spirituality can help us navigate even the roughest waters.
•Improve emotional balance and wellness
•Boost confidence and self-esteem
•Stay self-aware, grounded and patient
•Appreciate life and each other
•Accept changing circumstances
•Enhance positive emotions and personal healing
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REVIEW by LAWonder10:
The author of Spirituality, Healing and Me has great insights into spirituality and health. In her book, she has made valid points and a strong case to support her views.
Within the pages of this book, she urges one to search deep within oneself to know the depth of feelings, emotions, attitudes and more. She defines the various points then gives much understanding concerning each one. She contends that Spirituality has nothing to do with religion. She also argues that one can claim to be very religious yet is not a Spiritual person.
Her stance on "moral behavior, accountability, universal truths and the disruption of these principles is "right on".
In this book, the author also defines Positive attributes and the importance of them for ones well-being and for the sake of others, as well.. She then offers ways to obtain them if one doesn't have them.
A few statements she made, feel is note-worthy, i.e.:
"It is only through difficult times that we learn how to become adept at dealing with and working through our experiences." Plus, "... we may spend too much time dwelling on our issues instead of trying to find out how we can best address them. "
There is a definite connection between the mental and the physical health of each individual. Towards the end of the book, the percentages she presents may be shocking to some.
The book is well-written, personable and thorough. The only thing I feel is a negative is some of the book is slightly repetitious. However, I feel it is a valid book that all would benefit from reading and applying to ones life. One other point i might add is, although she refers to the power and disciplines as universal, I strongly feel they are God-created.
I offer a Four and a Half Stars rating.
*This book was gifted me with no pressure for a positive review. This is my honest review.
What do you hope your readers will take away with them, when they have read your books?
I hope my readers can see that just because we start off in one place, doesn’t mean we have to stay there, that through our spiritual and healing journey, our lives are for us to change, and we can; my experiences show we can. We need to be determined, and steadfast so that we don’t veer off course and be emotionally strong.
We may change certain elements of our lives when we realise and understand the need for change and to also understand that we are the architects of change.
Also, by reading my books, I hope readers will take away an overriding message of positivity, awareness, and insight into their lives and what they deal with through my experiences. I hope they will have more clarity, so they can focus on how they may turn their lives around.
I hope my books touch them in a way they touch me. I hope they give the reader considerations through their own healing processes, so they can make sense of their past, where they are presently, so they too can look to the future with confidence.
I hope they will also see that we have control, we also have choices and that we can change our thinking. That part is always up to you.
Meet the Author:
Ilana was born with a disability she didn’t know she had until the age of 46, when through her medical notes she discovered she had been diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of 2.
That discovery turned out to be a unique and life-changing experience that has forced Ilana to stand back and look at her life experiences differently. On her late diagnosis, Ilana set up her website The CP Diary and uses her experiences to explore her emotional and physical health, with an inspiring message advocating resilience and change.
Ilana likes to spend her days writing and blogging about anything that contributes to her health and well being. She is an animal advocate and is passionate about environmental issues. When she is not writing to tending to her blog, Ilana enjoys days out exploring the Yorkshire countryside. Ilana lives with her husband and their much-loved cat, in Yorkshire. Her grown up son and daughter both live in London.
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Your home is a more than an address – it’s a reflection of your soul. Your living space mirrors your inner space, telling the story of your life through your physical home.
Function and feeling go hand in hand. The sacred place you call home supports the foundation for your inner balance and an empowering, fulfilling life. When limiting beliefs, negativity, and stress surround you, it’s time to dive deep into who you are to build an environment where you are at home within yourself.
In OM for the hOMe, interior designer and life coach Carrie Leskowitz shares her holistic approach to intentionally curating an environment where you’ll thrive physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Full of design philosophy, creative lifestyle tips, and introspective activities, this is your complete guide to decorating a space with your authentic self in mind so you can achieve zen, inside and out.
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REVIEW by LAWonder10:
OM for the HOME is a must for every person! While we all have religious differences, different levels of finances and types of homes, the incredible points of making the best of what one has and is are inside the pages of this book. The author is very educated and wise.
Our home should reflet ourselved from within, in a positive way. She makes analogies throughout the book of the relationship of home relationshiip and to ones life - past and present. She even connects home and ones health, both physcal and mental.
Many examples, activities, exercises and awesome suggestions are given here. After each section, there are questions to ask oneself. She also explains the power of creating an environment to raise children in, reflecting values, harmony, balance, etc. one wants to instill in them.
For the various rooms, design suggestions include: colors, scents, plants, lighting, crystals, the 5 element cycle, and theire accompanying benefitial properties. She ven goes s far as helping one choose a floor design if one is building or remodeling a house or apartment.
Regardless of ones religious views, finncial state, circumstance or age, there is a world of needed information within this book.
in conclusion, the author states oones home reflects oneself, ones thoughts, dreams, goals, and priorities.
I highly rcommend this book to all!
I offer a Five + Stars rating for this book.
*This book was gifted me with no pressure to post a positive reviw. This is my honest review.
Carrie Leskowitz is a certified life coach and award-winning designer with more than 20 years of experience transforming both spaces and lives. As founder of Carrie Leskowitz Interiors, she helps clients nurture the holistic connection between their homes and their physical, emotional, and spiritual health through self-exploration and reinvention. Her beautifully curated homes focus on the mind-body connection to promote overall wellbeing and an abundant life.
Before her design business, Leskowitz worked as a fashion show coordinator, producer, and stylist, which continues to inspire her to design with a dash of drama. A Philadelphia native, she splits her time between her hometown and Boca Raton, Florida. Learn more at [www.carrieleskowitzinteriors.com]www.carrieleskowitzinteriors.com.
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Dead Cat, Run by Annabelle Lewis
Publication date: February 21st 2021
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Thriller
You’re where you’re meant to be. Run, if you can.
High school senior Jenny Gallagher’s psychic abilities have made life in her small New England town rocky. Her premonitions and déjà vu have given her a reputation, one she’s not happy with. Tragedy is about to strike, however, and oddly, this time, she doesn’t see it coming. Is her gift betraying her?
Not far from Jenny, Wellesley Professor Maximus Dyer also has a gift—a painful and useless one. His ability to see the past has brought him insight into history, but otherwise, he’s never known what to make of it. The psychic shocks he receives through his unprotected hands have made any genuine human relationships beyond his grasp. Then someone who doesn’t trigger a vision enters his life—a dog?
Sidrah Keeling runs determinedly optimistic throughout her life, trying hard not to ask the big questions about why. Her foresight, her ability to see glimpses of the future in her dreams, often drives her to follow a path she doesn’t understand. Alert and listening, with the guardrails of security she’s erected in place, she’s forced again to follow her dreams. This time to a man. Who is he?
Lurking deep in his sensory deprivation tank, Turner Black sees it all. Born out of the great chaos of time, he once again feels the forces of good gathering to move against him. Not in this life. This time, his darkness will reign supreme. The hunt for his antithesis will begin again now. He can’t wait to feel his opponent in destiny bleed.
A fast-paced contemporary mystery thriller with a supernatural hierarchy, Dead Cat, Run will keep you up all night, glued to your seat.
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Annabelle Lewis—a pseudonym for the author—lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Regrettably? Perhaps. She still believes she’s a Texan even though the math no longer supports that. Nor her birthplace. Nor her residence. No offense, Minnesota. You’ve got your good points too, but only about six months of the year.
In her youth, Annabelle was a complete failure. Ask anyone who knew her. Any of her teachers and family would tell you this. High school graduation was a sad day for all when Annabelle walked proudly off the high school stage, her thoughts consumed with boys, beer, and after-parties, and later into the arms of her parents. Her father’s laughter and singular remark? “I didn’t think you’d make it. Get a job at the post office, they have a good retirement plan.”
A high bar and words to live by, but Annabelle wanted more. She needed to flunk out of college too. But damn, she sure did have a good time. Trivial arrest records not-withstanding, it was a growth period for our girl. And if you look closely, you’ll see a bit of what was to come when she majored in criminal justice. Her lifelong aspiration was to become a judge. Hmm.
For better or worse, Annabelle didn’t graduate from college but did find gainful employment and a fulfilling career. This path ended when she became a mom. Married to her wonderful George, who to this day can hardly remember an actual proposal, Annabelle finally became a mother. She didn’t have a clue how hard she would need to work to keep those self-imposed requirements of Downey-fresh, iron-pressed sheets, home-baked meals, and mom-of-the-year awards arriving. She composed a small self-affirmation song and made her children sing it to her for money. She was a very good mom.
After clearing the largest hurdles of motherhood and regrettably, begrudgingly, and not-without-tears, launching her children onto the world, she looked around and realized she had a lot to say. Picking up a laptop, she got to work.
Annabelle spends her days continuing to tackle the challenges of motherhood, for both her humans and canines. She also writes. And reads. And cleans. And cooks. And bakes. And cleans again. She also supports her husband, George, in an administrative capacity for their small business. She’s in charge of payroll and cuts George’s checks. This leads to no marital acrimony.
In the beginning, with the blank page staring at her and possibly in a hostile mood after being literally mauled by a dog and by the world in general, she had an idea. What if she could wield a force of good upon unsuspecting evil-doers? What if she had the resources to get the job done without dealing with committee and anyone else’s whiney-ass opinions?
It was gold. It took off. Annabelle sat down and began to write and couldn’t stop. To date, having written over a million words in the Carrows Family Chronicles and her second series on the Boston Clairvoyants, several items have become quite clear. Annabelle had a lot to say. Annabelle really enjoys writing. And although she hates all things technology, she begrudgingly pounds her head on her desk daily as obstacles are thrown in her path. Almost a hero.
Since entering her world of make-believe, she has rebelled against all intrusion of real-world responsibilities. Her house is a mess, but she tries. Her family is fed, but more often than not, on takeout. She vows to shower every day, but no, it’s a vow she’ll never keep. Her friends are neglected, but not in her heart.
Read her mordacious blog! Read her books! Follow her on social platforms! Sign up for her newsletter! These are all good things. What are you waiting for? Jump into bed with Annabelle. She’s having a swell time. You should join her.
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You’re So Vain: A Royal Haters to Lovers Romance
by Whitney Dineen
Publication date: September 12th 2021
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Romance
Family drama is something Lutéce Choate struggles to avoid. With a mother who’s an award-winning country western song writer, an aunt who’s a Country Music Hall of Famer, and a brother who’s a rock star, it hasn’t exactly been a low-key kind of life, and she’s ready for a break.
Then Lu’s younger sister, Claire, goes off and gets engaged to a prince from Malquar, bringing the dreaded spotlight back to shine on their family once again. Lu wants to go to the engagement party about as much as she wants to yodel the Star Spangled Banner at the Grand Ole Opry with her crazy relatives. Alas, not going, doesn’t appear to be an option.
Alistair George Henry Bere Hale is not the heir, but the spare. Without the weight of the Crown in his future, he’s managed to live the carefree life of a man about town. That is until his younger brother gets engaged before him and their mother starts pressuring him to settle down.
Alistair represents everything that Lutéce has come to despise–he’s a rich, playboy, partier, who’s always in the spotlight… But Alistair doesn’t feel the same about Lu. In fact, he’s quite drawn to his brother’s future sister-in-law, prickles and all.
When Lu and Alistair’s mothers witness the sparks between their children, they start to make plans of their own. Will Lu relax her prejudices long enough to get to know Alistair?
Find out in the fabulously funny fourth book in the Seven Bride’s for Seven Mothers Series.
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USA Today Bestselling author Whitney Dineen is a rock star in her own head. While delusional about her singing abilities, there’s been a plethora of validation that she’s a fairly decent author (AMAZING!!!). After winning many writing awards and selling nearly a kabillion books (math may not be her forte, either), she’s decided to let the voices in her head say whatever they want (sorry, Mom). She also won a fourth-place ribbon in a fifth-grade swim meet in backstroke. So, there’s that.
Whitney loves to play with her kids (a.k.a. dazzle them with her amazing flossing abilities), bake stuff, eat stuff, and write books for people who "get" her. She thinks french fries are the perfect food and Mrs. Roper is her spirit animal.
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Falling for Her Convenient Groom (Wedding Bells at Lake Como #2) By Jennifer Faye
Contemporary Romance; Paperback & ebook, 159 Pages
August 24, 2021 by Harlequin Romance
Will their business deal…
…give them more than they bargained for?
To appease her overbearing father, Carla told him that she’s engaged. She doesn’t, however, have a fiancé…yet! That’s where Franco comes in—if they marry temporarily, she’ll ensure that both of their companies will mutually benefit. Since neither wants a relationship, saying “I do” is strictly for business. But with their undeniable chemistry, can they keep it that way?
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REVIEW by LAWonder10:
The "bad blood" between Carla's family and Franko's family was strong and had been going on for years. Carl's father's health was such that she needed to fill-in for him for awhile. The only way her father would agree is if she agreed to marry soon. She had to actually marry someone so she could make a few decisions for the company.
Franco was attracted to Carla but that is as far as hs interests would go. He met with her concerning business. If he could persuade her to reistall his familiy's spices into her family's restaurants, then his family company would survive. However, the price he would have to pay was more than he could consider...wasn't it?
This is another great, unique story in Jennifer Faye's Wedding Bells series.
As always, Jennifer Faye has created a collection of realistic, enthralling characters. She makes the all of them "come alive" to the point the reader feels he/she knows them. The scenes are equally picturesque and easily visualizd, enabling the reader to feel he/she is there.
Although somewhat predictable, this is a well-written, relaxing story. It has several good morals to consider by those who raed it. It has great topics for book club , or other group, discussion.
I offer a Four Stars rating.
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Bound by a Ring and a Secret (Wedding Bells at Lake Como #1) By Jennifer Faye
Contemporary Romance; Paperback & ebook, 175 Pages
May 25, 2021 by Harlequin Romance
A mistaken identity…
…a proposal that changes everything!
Photographer Gianna is done with men. Retreating to her villa on the shore of Lake Como, Gianna is stunned to find gorgeous Dario renting her house! When Dario is mistaken for her long-gone fiancé, they realize a fake engagement could solve problems for them both. Pretending to be in love should be easy, but what happens when very real feelings start to grow?
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Lead Like a Pro: Effective Leadership Styles for Athletic Coaches by Dr. Matthew Raidbard
Category: Adult Non-Fiction 18+, 112 pages
Publication Date: September 2021
Tour dates: Sep 7 to Sep 20
Content Rating: G: Suitable for all ages
Athletic coaches are asked to wear more and more hats with each passing season, and in many cases, they are not receiving the support or training necessary to help them succeed in their ever-expanding roles. Drawing on over a decade spent as a college basketball coach and original research conducted on what leadership styles and behaviors help athletic coaches be successful, Lead Like a Pro provides coaches with the resources to transform their leadership practice and reach their full potential.
Whether you are a volunteer coaching your child’s team, a part-time high school coach who’s also a teacher, or a full-time college or professional coach, this book will teach you new ways to enhance your leadership style and become a better coach for your athletes and team. All coaches should be constantly working on improving their leadership abilities, but not all coaches have the time or opportunity to attend leadership conferences, training sessions, or classes. Lead Like a Pro provides insight into different leadership techniques, and teaches coaches how to evaluate their current practices so they can develop a strong leadership style that fits their personal values and beliefs.
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After obtaining his Bachelor of Arts in history and classical studies from Indiana University, Dr. Matthew Raidbard decided to pursue his dream of being a college basketball coach. His first college basketball coaching job was at Western New Mexico University, where he also completed his Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership. In 2018, Dr. Raidbard conducted a study on how college basketball coaches perceived themselves as leaders, finding that many coaches were unsuccessful because they lacked the necessary tools and training to be effective leaders. His findings inspired him to write this book and dedicate himself to helping coaches at all levels improve their leadership abilities so that they can be the best and most effective leaders for the athletes they are entrusted to coach.
Book Title: Rebel Correspondent by Steve Procko
Category: Adult Non-Fiction 18+, 356 pages
Genre: Biography & Autobiography, Military and Nonfiction, History, United States, Civil War Period
Publisher: Steve Procko Productions, LLC
Release date: September 2021
Tour dates: September 1 to September 14
Content Rating: PG
Rebel Correspondent is the true story of a young man who joined the Confederate Army days after his eighteenth birthday and served bravely until the war ended. Wounded twice, he emerged a changed person. But he wasn't just a returning veteran; he was also a writer.
At the beginning of the twentieth century, Arba F. Shaw was a fifty-seven-year-old farmer. On a chilly December day in 1901, he put pen to paper to write his memories of being a Rebel Private in the 4th Georgia Cavalry (Avery), C.S.A. He completed writing his account in February 1902. His local newspaper, the Walker County Messenger, in Lafayette, Georgia, published his account in more than fifty articles from 1901 to 1903. Then it was all but forgotten. Until Now. Rebel Correspondent presents Arba F. Shaw's account word-for-word, as first published in the Walker County Messenger almost 120 years ago. Procko annotates Shaw's account with in-depth research, verifying it and uncovering the back story of his life and the lives of his Rebel comrades. Procko's research offers a historical perspective on the many places and events Shaw so richly described.
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By: Steve Procko; Author, Rebel Correspondent - RebelCorrespondent.com
I traveled to Cooper Heights, Georgia, in the valley known as McClemore’s Cove several times while writing Rebel Correspondent. It was important to personally go to this peaceful valley and breath its fresh mountain air. I wanted to get a feel for the place my book’s main character lived. I wanted to meet his descendants. I wanted to stand next to his grave.
Located in the shadow of Lookout Mountain in northwestern Georgia, it is a beautiful place. It’s full of history, some of which was deadly violent. Today it’s just a sleepy little crossroads. A single intersection marks its GPS coordinates. Four stop signs and a blinking red light hanging over the intersection. This four-way stop features the ubiquitous Dollar General store and a “Yank’s Quick Stop” convenience store and gas station. I suppose since the Yankees won the Civil War, it’s somehow fitting that the local convenience store should be named “Yank’s”.
Arba F. Shaw (1844-1909) stayed close to home at Cooper Heights for his entire life, probably never venturing outside of a thirty-five mile radius surrounding his farmstead. Chattanooga was the big nearby city. LaFayette (pronounced Luh-FAY-et) the county seat. Then the Civil War came calling. He traveled to Dalton, Georgia just seven days past his 18th birthday to enlist, when he returned home after the war, he was changed young man.
I located the 160 acre parcel Arba farmed. It’s still being farmed, though a much smaller parcel of land, having been divided up into smaller pieces of the pie. No doubt, a pecan pie. A brand new church sits close to where his farmhouse would likely have been.
His grave is located in nearby Singleterry cemetery. I’ve been there twice. The second time was to meet a couple of his 2X great-grandkids. They are not actually kids, but grown men, and they brought family photos to savor. There were many photos of current generations from the Shaw family, but none of Arba. Photographs of him have seemed to have faded into the background, lost to time.
It’s telling how in just five generations, objects cherished become objects lost. At least we have the writings of Arba’s experiences in the Civil War. He likely wrote them by the glow of lantern light, at the kitchen table in his farmstead just down the road from today’s blinking red light at the intersection known as Cooper Heights.
There was a popular nineteenth century expression known as “seeing the elephant”. It meant gaining experience at a great cost, by traveling outside of your comfort-zone and seeing the world. In the military slang, it meant you had faced deadly combat. Arba F. Shaw survived the war, though he was wounded twice and faced down an illness that almost killed him.
Arba had definitely seen the elephant. Heck, he not only saw it, he vigorously shook its trunk and being a cavalry soldier, no doubt rode on its back.
Meet the Author:
Steve Procko never thought of himself as a Civil War history buff, let alone a biographer. He does love history, however, particularly learning about the small, everyday events in the lives of little-known people and the small towns they lived in.
A documentarian and cinematographer, Steve was sleuthing stories for a documentary series he has developed, “There’s History Around Every Bend,” currently available on YouTube, when he came across the writings of Private Arba F. Shaw.
The down-to-earth accounts of the everyday life of a lowly private just struggling to survive one of the greatest events in American history fascinated Steve. As he read the series of articles, mostly unread since they were published in a small, north Georgia newspaper in 1901-1903, he began to realize that this was a remarkable cache of history.
A native of Florida, Steve, with his Lauren and their dog Rigby, splits his time between a mountain log cabin nestled next to Stanley Creek near the town of Blue Ridge, Georgia, and a home in Ocala, Florida.
He opened a commercial film production company with a partner in 1984. In 2003 the company became Steve Procko Productions (SPP). His Emmy-award-winning financial literacy program Talkin' Money Minutes is available on over 100 Public Television stations nationwide. SPP has also won three additional Emmys over fifty Addy Awards, Telly Awards, and two Promax awards.
When he’s not behind a video camera or researching the archives for his next documentary or book, Steve explores remote areas throughout the United States and Canada as a fine art photographer. He has had work displayed at The Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, The Museum of Art in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, as well as solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States.
Steve’s second book, Captured Liberty, another Civil War story about nine POW Union officers and their amazing escape will be published in 2022. He also plans to develop documentaries about The Rebel Correspondent and Captured Liberty.
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