Echo by Lorena Glass #historicalromance #MFRWAuthor #bookspotlight


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Title: Echo (first book of a trilogy)

Author: Lorena Glass

Genre: slipstream historical romance

Blurb:

A man and a woman…

They are two blended souls; one being split in two. Bound by a love that is not of this world.

A cruel curse…

Forbidden from being together in the afterlife, they suffer the same edict on Earth if they ever meet: one of them will always meet a tragic, untimely end.

Defiant ones…

They have a secret weapon. When one dies, the other goes ahead (or back) in time to their departed lover’s next (or previous) incarnation, thus defying whoever (or whatever) is determined to keep them apart.

An endless circle…

This cycle of death and reunion spans over a thousand years; love and devotion that transcends all barriers, the inevitable grief and suffering, and the question of whether or not they should break the chain of pain and loss—and whether or not they have the courage—by separating forever.

It is a love story like no other, and an adventure story that transports the reader all through time; from the Dark Ages to present day…and beyond.

Exclusive Excerpt:

Karissa absently pushed her dampened auburn hair out of her face and began to walk across the wet sand, crossing her arms over the soaking brown cloak she was wearing, and heading toward whatever was beyond the coast of this land.  So far it was no different than any beach she’d ever seen.

She’d walked perhaps twenty minutes when she smelled smoke.  She walked another two minutes and heard voices.  Her hand went into her cloak pocket.  She’d known how imprudent it would be to bring anything from the twenty-first century with her, but she had brought two things for protection, imprudent or not.  After all, this was a primitive time, and she was a woman alone.  She’d also had to bring two other things, which she could never let anyone see.

Taking about a half a dozen more careful steps, she came upon a little camp.  A man and woman were sitting in what looked like a large tent, made clearly of sticks and animal skins.  The woman was sitting in the tent, and the man was piling wood on the sand, feeding the small fire he had going.

Karissa stood there looking at them for a long while, trying to muster up the courage to speak to them.  She wasn’t usually shy by nature, but she was a stranger here, in more ways than one.  The man was completely absorbed in building his fire.  The woman—his wife?—had her eyes closed.  Her lips were moving.  As Karissa stood trying to figure out if the woman was talking in her sleep or just plain schizo, the woman’s eyes suddenly opened and saw her.

At first, the woman looked so alarmed, Karissa was sure she’d shriek.  But she didn’t.  She merely muttered something to the man, and he looked up and saw Karissa, too.  Slowly, he got to his feet.  Karissa s hand was still in her cloak pocket.  She gripped one of the objects in there tightly, though she still felt far removed from the whole thing.  Even as she watched them watching her, the numbness remained.  But the man didn’t move toward her.  He just stared at her.  So did his wife.  Karissa knew how strange she looked in her plain but neat and clean clothes.  She had, after all, no idea how she should dress for this trip.  So they stared at her.  She stared at them.  They stared back at her.  It became pretty damn irritating, so Karissa decided she’d better say something.  She didn’t know what time or place this was, but it was safe to assume they didn’t speak English. At least, not the English she knew.  But Karissa hadn’t come on this trip completely unprepared.

She spoke in Latin:   “Salve.  Quis est is locus?”

To her dismay, both their brows furrowed.  Universal body language for:  I don’t understand. 

Karissa’s frustration increased.  I don’t fucking believe this.  Everybody spoke Latin in the past!  Unless this is the stone age.  Or the ice age!    

The woman said something, addressing Karissa.  The man threw his woman a look, evidently commanding her to be quiet, but the woman ignored him.  Karissa listened intently.  What the woman said was basically unintelligible, but a couple of her words were Latin, or Latin-based.  And Karissa wasn’t entirely sure—she was no linguist—but some of the woman’s words sounded vaguely French.

Latin words mixed with French words?

          Something familiar…? 

Karissa could now feel the heat of the fire.  And she was finally aware of how cold and wet she was.  She moved a few steps nearer to the heat.  The man snapped something at Karissa, motioning her away.  The woman spoke heatedly to the man, obviously chiding him.  The man argued back at her.  Karissa listened to them go back and forth.  Yes, some of the words were French-based.  Was she in France?  The French language she knew wasn’t like the language these people spoke at all, except for a few words here and there.

Try it anyway.  She spoke in French:   “Bonjour.  Madam.  Monsieur.”

They looked less confused now, but still didn’t answer.  The man stared at Karissa for a minute more, then suddenly stomped off, disappearing around a sand dune.  Karissa watched him go, suddenly afraid.  Was he going off to gather a lynch mob, or something?

The woman spoke to her again, gently.  Karissa looked at her.  She appeared to be in her early thirties, with a pleasant face and gentle blue eyes.  She wore what looked like two dresses on top of each other.  No coat or cloak.  She wore what looked like a piece of brown wool tied around her head so that Karissa couldn’t discern her hair color.  She gestured to Karissa, obviously motioning her to sit by the fire.

Karissa smiled and said, “Merci,” hoping the woman understood it, or some part of it, and sat down under the primitive shelter beside the woman.  She really was cold.  Shivering, she put her hands out toward the fire.  She kept her eyes on the fire, feeling the woman staring at her.  Karissa wished she would stop.  Actually, the woman wasn’t looking at Karissa in particular, she was studying Karissa’s clothes and shoes.  Karissa found this out when the woman tentatively touched Karissa’s woolen cloak.  Karissa instinctively recoiled.  The woman instantly did the same.  Karissa looked away.  The clothes she came in were as primitive and plain as she’d been able to find, but of course they weren’t primitive and plain enough, not enough to keep from drawing puzzled stares.  Or open hostility.  Karissa sighed wearily.  She wanted to sleep.  Sleeping was something she’d gotten very good at after his death.  Sleep was an escape.  Sleep, her heart whimpered.

But not here.  Not now.

Buy Link:

http://www.amazon.com/Echo-Lorena-Glass-ebook/dp/B00T38UYY2

Author Biography:

I was born Lori Michelle Gasser in Nashville, TN, where I’ve lived most of my life. I was born on December 21—the first day of winter and the last day of Sagittarius—in the year of our Lord 1972. I’ve always had a passion—even an outright obsession—with books, both in the reading and the writing of them. I am now a 42-year-old bachelorette Aspie (nickname for someone with Asperger’s syndrome) who lives with my two cats.

Goodreads Link:

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25424100-echo?from_search=true&search_version=service

THREE QUOTES/THREE DAYS CHALLENGE DAY THREE #BLOGGERS #QUOTES #BtVS


My fellow blogger, Kevin Cooper, thought it would be fun to tag me on this challenge. I washorrified delighted at first and my brain went to sleep came up with some fantastic ideas.

The rules are pretty simple. Do a quote per day for three days and tag three people each day to take part.

Today’s the last day and in honor of that (I’ll get you back, Mr. Cooper), my quote is from my favorite scene from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the best show on television ever):

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swoons

Okay, I’m back. ;)

The three lucky bloggers I’ve nominated are:

Christina Strigas 

Rebirth of Lisa

No Wasted Ink

I hope you liked my three quotes! Have a great Sunday!

MRS N

Three Quotes/Three Days Challenge Day Two #bloggers #quotes #books


My fellow blogger, Kevin Cooper, thought it would be fun to tag me on this challenge. I washorrified delighted at first and my brain went to sleep came up with some fantastic ideas. Today is day two.

The rules are pretty simple. Do a quote per day for three days and tag three people each day to take part.

Today’s quote deals with books (my favorite subject):

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The three lucky bloggers I’ve nominated are:

Kylie Betzner

Jacquie Biggar

Bibliophile96

Until tomorrow, happy reading!

MRS N

Three Quotes/Three Days Challenge Day One #bloggers #quotes


My fellow blogger, Kevin Cooper, thought it would be fun to tag me on this challenge. I was horrified delighted at first and my brain went to sleep came up with some fantastic ideas.

The rules are pretty simple. Do a quote per day for three days and tag three people each day to take part.

Today’s quote is from Spongebob himself:

spongebob

The three lucky bloggers I’ve nominated are:

Charles Yallowitz

Nicholas Rossis

Barb Caffrey

Until tomorrow, laugh and the whole world laughs with you!

MRS N

Discover Your Passion #inspiration #motivation #passion


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Have you found your passion?

Mine is two-fold:

Write stories that uplift others and make them smile + Help authors succeed 

Once I discovered my passion, I held on tight. My passion allows me to live my dream life while working hard. I wake up every morning with a smile on my face. My heart is filled with happiness and joy. Sure, there is stress and I have never worked harder in my life. But I wouldn’t change it for the world.

Go out into the world and find your passion! You’re once step closer to making your dreams come true. :)

MRS N

Friday Book Round-Up: Top 10 Favorite Book Bloggers #books #bookbloggers


Friday Book Round Up

As many of you know, I’m a huge fan of all things books. That being said, I love the community of book bloggers even more. We spread our love of reading around the world. I have met some wonderful book bloggers and some have become my friends. There are many who I clamor to read their reviews. So, I thought it might be fun to share with you my top ten MUST READ Book Bloggers. Here they are:

Caffeinated Book Reviewer

Bea’s Book Nook

Readers in Wonderland

Romance Lives Forever

Minerva Reads

Darkness Beckons

It’s All About Books

Rosie Amber

Lisa Talks About…

Bookwraiths

I never miss a post/review and I make sure to take a moment out of my busy day to read them. :)

Happy Reading!

MRS N, Book Adict

Robot Dad by Brannon Hollingsworth @FourFoolsPress #kidlit #bookreview #SFF


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Title: Robot Dad

Author: Brannon Hollingsworth

Genre: Children’s (elements of Sci-Fi and Fantasy are included, too)

Book Blurb:

Bradley wants a Dad – just like all the other kids in his neighborhood. Sure, he’s got his Mom and his trusty dog, Lou, but it’s just not the same. So what happens when Bradley decides to invent his own Dad–A ROBOT DAD–the hijinks and trouble ensue!

Find out what happens inside the latest hilarious and heartfelt full color, illustrated kid’s book from Brannon Hollingsworth and Four Fools Press! This fun and uplifting book is a perfect read-along book for any age, or an excellent learning-to-read adventure for new English learners!

My Review:

Being the kid of a single mom is tough, especially when all the other kids have a dad. Bradley decides he’s going to invent one. He’s sure Mom won’t mind.

Thus starts the hilarious story, Robot Dad. Growing up a single kid myself, I could relate. I kept thinking to myself, “why didn’t I think of that?”

I loved this story! The storyline is simple enough for kids of all ages to understand. The illustrations, though, are the best I’ve seen. They’re colorful and really make the story shine!

I can’t wait to read more from Brannon Hollingsworth!

If you know a single mom or are one, pick this up today.

Favorite Quote: “But there are some things a mom or a dog can’t do.”

My Rating: 5+ stars

Buy Links:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ZXRWS2I

Brannon Hollingsworth

Author Biography:

Brannon Hollingsworth was born to create. An author, speaker, poet, publisher, game designer, content creator, script writer, art director, and unapologetic Christ-follower, Brannon is a passionate creator and teacher of youth who promotes family-oriented ministries. Brannon is the proud father of five, four of whom are home-schooled. By day, he writes and produces entertainment and educational content from his top-secret, hidden base in north Alabama. By night, he creates new ideas with boundless enthusiasm.

Brannon is the co-author of H20 the novel, the first in the Eternal Elements Series, from AMG Publishers. His other recent works include the comic “Sundered”, for Awful Good Games, “Tenet’s Tale”, part of the mosaic novel Skein of Shadows from Dark Quest Publishing; “Firestarter”, part of The Guestbook, an Amazon best selling horror anthology from Four Fools Press, The Truth Is Out There, the first part in the new supernaturally-laced Tenet’s Tales series, and last but not least, Robot Dad, which is his first foray into fully illustrated children’s’ books.

Brannon has also been published extensively in the role-playing industry, writing fiction and designing games for several publishers including: Paizo Publishing, Sword & Sorcery Studios, Green Ronin Press, Bastion Press, Sovereign Press, Necromancer Games, Atlas Games, Fantasy Flight Games, Eden Studios, Skeleton Key Games, Ignitus Innovations, Wandering Men Studios, Dark Quest Games, Ambient, Inc., and Citizen Games. Brannon has also been published in several role-playing periodicals such as Dragon Magazine, Gaming Frontiers, and The EN World Player’s Journal. He was also a co-creator and producer of his own card based role-playing game, Untold, called “…a clever idea well executed…” and “Excellent” by Forbes. Recently, Brannon also participated in the highly successful Sundered World Kickstarter by writing the seminal “Issue 0” of the plane-spanning comic, Sundered.

Brannon’s publications are not limited to game design and fiction, however, as he also creates online content, such as educational and entertainment videos for sites such as YouTube, Udemy, Curious, PublicVine, and others. Recently, a children’s video series he wrote and co-created, The PicTrain, was optioned by TBN, the Trinity Broadcast Network, also known as the largest Christian cable channel on the planet.

Social Media Links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/FourFoolsPress

Four Fools Press: Crazy Good Stories – http://fourfoolspress.blogspot.com

All aboard the PicTrain – http://www.youtube.com/user/ThePicTrain & http://www.pictrain.com

Be the artist you want to be! – https://www.youtube.com/user/HowtoDrawAndPaint & http://www.drawingteachers.com/

Unboxing Toys For Girls and Boys – https://www.youtube.com/user/UnboxingToysChannel

Daily Blogs/Vlogs & Weekly Giveaways – http://www.goodreads.com/brannon_hollingsworth

Scarab: A Colt Wilder Adventure by @nkarstulovich #BookReview #YA #Adventure


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Title: Scarab: A Colt Wilder Adventure

Author: Nathan Karstulovich

Genre: Middle-Grade Adventure

Book Blurb:

Colt Wilder surfs big waves and fights bad guys too. It’s 1941 and a young spy is on a mission to deliver a powerful package to the Ally forces during World War II. A large explosion derails her assignment. In 2018, more explosions leave citizens without fresh water. The CAPE team of teenaged special agents go into action to find the villains responsible. Come along on the adventures of Colt Wilder and his new friends, as they sail the high seas and attempt to protect the rights to freedom and fresh water.

My Review:

I am a huge fan of adventure books and this book intrigued me. Spies, surfing and adventure. I mean, what could be better?

Colt Wilder is a clash between Young Indiana Jones and the surfers from Point Break. He’s a normal teen who loves to hang out, surf and oh yes, save the world.

Someone has contaminated the water and it’s up to the CAPE team to discover who is responsible. Can Colt and his buddies find those responsible or will they get in over their head?

This is the author’s first novel and I must say, I was impressed. The plot moved quickly and I was engrossed in the story. The characters were realistic and did typical teen stuff. There were a few twists and turns which I wasn’t expecting. The bits of history kept the story interesting and the author does a wonderful job talking about the need to protect fresh water without preaching about it.

I do believe this is more of a Young Adult book rather than Middle Grade but that’s just my opinion.

If you (or your kids) love adventure, I recommend you pick this up.

Favorite Character: Colt. I really enjoyed him as a character. He was believable and I knew surfers like him when I lived on the West Coast. I think many readers will be inspired by the message Colt is trying to teach: freedom and fresh water belong to everyone.

My Rating: 4 stars

Buy Link:

http://www.amazon.com/Scarab-Wilder-Adventure-Nathan-Karstulovich-ebook/dp/B00YO76RTS

Nathan K

Author Biography:

Nathan Karstulovich is an adventure seeking traveler, teacher and scuba diving enthusiast. He finds inspiration for his writing from the places that he has traveled and the people that he has met.

Social Media Links:

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/nkarstulovich

You CAN make a difference! #inspiration #motivation #kindness


Difference helping others

Will you make a difference? Don’t pass up an opportunity to show kindness, charity, love, peace and let your inner Light shine! :-) If we all made a difference, the cameras/media would stop to notice. If you see someone spreading the Light, whip out your phones and film it! Upload it to You Tube and watch the world unite! :-)

The Ladies Temperance Club’s Farewell Tour by @jfredlee #bookreview #fiction #roadtrip


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Title: The Ladies Temperance Club’s Farewell Tour

Author: Jeff Lee

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Humor, Satire, Crime, Offbeat & Quirky Commercial Fiction

Book Blurb:

Vonda Mae Ables could never hurt a living soul. Now she’s on the lam in a huge RV, with her best friends, gallons of Chardonnay and a stiff in the freezer.

Vonda has suffered her alcoholic boyfriend’s abuse for twenty years. But the first time she stands up for herself, she overdoes it and crushes his skull with a football trophy. Rather than turn herself in, she enlists the help of her friends to ditch the body. They stash the boyfriend in the freezer of his humongous RV and hit the road for Arizona, planning a quiet desert burial.

Unfortunately, the plan goes more sideways with every mile, culminating in rural Idaho. Vonda finally finds a likely place to plant the dead SOB, but now he’s frozen solid and stuck in the freezer. Exhausted from their day of digging and unsuccessfully trying to extricate him, the women stop at a local cafe.

While they’re drinking dinner, a gang of Harley-riding repo guys makes off with the RV and a Good Samaritan reports the theft. When the state troopers arrive to take a stolen vehicle report, Vonda panics, knowing if the cops recover the motor home and discover what’s in the freezer, she might have to turn that old trophy on herself.

My Review:

I love road trip books and this one is hilarious from start to finish. Listen up ladies, we’ve all been in Vonda’s shoes. We’ve been saddled with a selfish SOB and once or twice, we’ve wondered what would happen if we offed him. ;) Vonda only did what came natural and her best friends are there to help her get rid of the body. No body, no crime, right?

Thus begins a rib-tickling adventure featuring three woman, a deceased deadbeat and the authorities on the hunt for the RV they’re riding in. The author, who is a man, does an incredible job getting us inside the head of Vonda and her two girlfriends. I was really impressed.

I laughed all the way through the book and I can’t wait to read the next installment!

If you like Thelma and Louise, you’ll love this book!

Favorite Character: Vonda. I love how matter-of-fact she is. She’s a fun no-nonsense kind of woman who get herself into some sticky situations. Luckily, she has her best friends at her side or else she’d lose it. She reminds me of Thelma from Thelma and Louise, only a bit wackier.

Favorite Quote: “Y’see officer,” she launched into a character centered somewhere between Gracie Allen and Ethel Mertz. “Vonda might have been driving and all, but I’m the reason she had to swerve.”

My Rating: 5 stars

Buy Link:

http://www.amazon.com/Ladies-Temperance-Clubs-Farewell-Tour-ebook/dp/B004TNI8BM

Author Biography:

Born in New York State, Jeff Lee was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and has spent his entire career in Los Angeles. For more than 30 years he has been a copywriter and creative director for some of the advertising industry’s most recognizable agencies, winning numerous awards for his creativity.

Unfortunately, none of those ad agencies are still in business, but Jeff appears to have an alibi. He is currently co-founder and creative director of a small ad agency located halfway between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, where he lives with his two sons and a cat that thinks it’s part golden retriever. Trained as a cook in the Army, Jeff still enjoys being creative in the kitchen when not writing or protecting his clients from themselves. He also admits that few things in life compare with the thrill of finding out you have just given 140 heavily armed men a good case of food poisoning.

Social Media Links:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/jfredlee

Website: http://jeffleewriter.weebly.com

Mohawk Moon by @MRSNKuhn #ContemporarySaga #books #amreading


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Title: Mohawk Moon (Mohawk Series Book 1)

Author: N. Kuhn

Genre: Contemporary Saga

Book Blurb:

Janelle hasn’t been home in ten years. All of a sudden, she has to deal with her mother’s death, her broken relationship with her sister, and some sexy stranger following her. She doesn’t know whether to be scared, or excited.

Damien needs to restore his family’s honor. He needs Janelle to do it. There’s one problem. Someone is standing in the way. He’s vowed that no one will stop him from getting what’s rightfully his.

Together they must save what’s left of both their families, and along the way, deal with what’s going on between them. Join them on the beginning of their journey, under the Mohawk Moon.

——-> Mohawk Moon is free on Amazon! <——–

And you can follow the Saga with Mohawk Sunrise and Storm of the Mohawk – both out now!

Exclusive Excerpt:

This may not be a great start to our reunion. I suppose she’s harbored hatred towards me after leaving. I can only imagine the horrors she has gone through staying with Phillip all these years. I used to think Ahi stayed with him because she felt we needed a father, but as we grew, I thought it was because she was afraid to leave. Afraid he would hurt one of us, or follow us, kill us. I never knew exactly what. She has her own money. She could have taken Sammy and me and left, we would have survived just fine. My own anger returns to the pit of my stomach as I’m pulled back to the present. She could have gotten us out of that situation a long time ago. Now look where it’s left all of us. Apart, alone, separate parts of the country, isolated from each other. Hopefully I can repair that while I’m home with Samantha.

The bus pulls up to a stop, as night sets in, and I see Sammy, standing there on the platform, her eyes piercing through the rain as it falls. I stand, and grab my bag. I’ve been the only one on the bus since it left Buffalo. I step off, and walk over to her. The rain falls down around us. I get soaked. She takes my bags and turns on her toes, and starts to walk away.

“Sammy, please,” and I grab her, trying to embrace her. “I’m sorry. I had to leave. I couldn’t take you with me.”

“Not now”, is her only reply, interrupting me, “We can talk later. We need to go.”

She pushes away and continues to the parking lot. My shoulders slump, and I hang my head, following after her. Maybe I shouldn’t have come back. I turn as I hear the bus pull away, and with it, my chance to run again. I glance around at the same station I stood in all those years ago, anxious to escape. Nothing had changed, not even the paint. There are only a few people standing around. As we walk, I notice a man about our age, tall, muscular, strong handsome face, leaning on the building. He’s partially hidden in the shadows, but I can see enough of him. As we approach, I know he’s trying hard to look like he doesn’t notice us. My cop instincts kick in. I scan up and down. 6’6” ish, wavy dark hair falling past his ears, dark eyes, very well built. I can see a hint of muscle definition under the black t-shirt and blue plaid shirt he has on. The arms are rolled up to the elbows, jeans slightly torn in the leg, Army issue combat boots. He looks like he hasn’t shaved in a few days.

I can see a bulge in his waist. Every sense tingles. I know it’s a gun. I can spot them a mile away. We walk by, and he catches me looking at him. There’s a sliver of shock that passes through his eyes, and then he quickly looks away. I stop, and keep staring. I know he can feel my eyes, as he turns to leave in the opposite direction of us. I try to forget about the strange man, but file the creepy feeling I have into the back of my mind. I follow my angry sister to the parking lot.

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Mohawk-Moon-Book-1-ebook/dp/B008HHCZTC

Author Biography:

N Kuhn grew up in a small town in Western New York. Having spent her afternoons outside or with a book, she grew up with a love of reading and writing. Her mother and grandmother fully encouraged this in her. She made a promise to her grandmother to fulfill the dream of being an author. Her grandmother lived to see her granddaughter’s name in print. This was a turning moment for Ms. Kuhn. Driven by ambition and a promise made, she has since published several titles including the Mohawk Trilogy, The Buffalo Rocker Series, the Tricks series and many more titles.

When she’s not writing, she can be found playing with her little girl, blogging, reading or crocheting. Her daughter and coffee are her two staples in life. Her love of mixing reality and fiction often brings highly emotional stories and real life issues together into a sexy, romantic story.

Social Media Links:

Sign up for N Kuhn’s newsletter: http://mad.ly/signups/133960/join
Check her out on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/nkuhnauthor
Blog: http://nkuhnebooks.blogspot.com
You can also follow her on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/mrsnkuhn

The Master’s Plan: A Novel About Purpose by @StephanyTullis #bookspotlight #inspirational


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Title: The Master’s Plan: A Novel About Purpose

Author: Stephany Tullis

Genre: Inspirational

Book Blurb:

The Master’s Plan, A Novel About Purpose is a story about a woman’s struggle to find life purpose. Selena B. Jones is not your typical pastor’s wife. When she partners with a politician to implement her Master’s Plan, her husband mysteriously disappears.

Unusual and atypical relationships form between government and church officials; old and new friends; and past and present family making this a ‘must read’ for anyone struggling to find life purpose!”

Exclusive Excerpt:

“From: Woody729 Woody729@aol.com

To: Selena SBT@aol.com

Subject: ME

Date: Mon, Aug 8, 2012 9:45 am

 

Selena baby, I know you’re probably worried about me, but please trust me. I’m fine. I know I owe you an explanation. I just don’t have the strength to share some things with you right now. Please forgive me. I can imagine that you’re thinking all kinds of things—crazy things—trying to figure this whole thing out. But please don’t. That will only make things worse. I know that gossipmongers are having a field day even as I send this email and I apologize for putting you through this but please don’t listen to the rumors and play into all the speculation about me and what I am doing and where I am. Just pray for me. Pray that I will find the strength…

 

I love you with all my heart,

 

Woody”

 

Buy Links:

Available at: Amazon

Available at: KOBO

Available at: Barnes & Noble/NOOK

Available at: iTunes

Available at: Inktera

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Author Biography:

Stephany’s life changed dramatically in the fall of 2008. The professional contract and business writer was unable to find the senior manager job she expected to easily find after her relocation to Atlanta, Georgia. The move was for family reasons and a little sooner than expected but was a part of her personal life plan.

Refusing to succumb to the heavy disappointment of not advancing her career in a city with such promise, Stephany struggled to understand purpose behind sudden and unexpected life changes. When her oldest son asked, ‘why don’t you just write a book? Do what you love to do?’, after a few weeks of thought, she decided to give it a shot.

She loved to write and realized that one of the reasons she succeeded as a proposal writer was because of her ability to ‘create programs and program designs’ —so effectively that they were loved by her business clients and convincingly presented to and funded by grant sources!

From inception to publication, Stephany worked for four years on her first novel, The Master’s Plan, A Novel About Purpose. When thinking about how much she continually enjoys reading her debut novel, she writes, “I still laugh at all my favorite chapters and have yet to decide who is my favorite or least liked character. It’s amazing! I was able to spin a tail around two frameworks that have had a major influence on my life: church and government politics. In writing The Master Plan, I was reminded of what a blessed life I have had and that despite what appeared to be very dismal circumstances, I was able to use my creativity and love of writing in a different way. Truly, I can see and believe, it was all part of a master plan.”

Stephany Tullis graduated from Russell Sage College with a Masters in Public Service Administration. She is the recipient of several leadership and career related rewards. She continues to consult for not for profits and lives in Georgia with her family.

Social Media Links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/StephanyTullis

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/stephany.tullis

Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/1gwe0xE

BLOG: http://www.stephanytullis.com/blog

Cherish Every Moment and Every Person #inspiration #gratitude #thankful


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Carpe Diem.

Seize the day, in Latin.

This motto has been a foundation in my life for the past 25 years. The truth is, no one knows when this will be their last day on Earth. Life is short so make the most of it.

In that same vein, I think it’s even more important to cherish every moment and person. 

I’ve had people come and go in my life. I’m filled with gratitude for what they brought to my life and what they taught me.

Today (and every day), take a moment and let the gratitude soak into your soul. Watch a sunset. Sit out on your porch/balcony and smell the outdoors. Bask in the glow of all the good in your life. Then go inside and hug your loved ones. Share your gratitude with those in your life (even your annoying co-worker/neighbor, for they’re teaching you patience).

Cherish every moment and every person in your life, because you never know when it will be the last time you see someone.

I’m so thankful for each of you. Thank you for your undying support and for being a part of my life. You’re all bright shining Lights!

<3 MRS N <3

Brood X by @MichaelPCash #bookreview + $200 Paypal #Giveaway! #thriller


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Title: Brood X

Author: Michael Phillip Cash

Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Horror

Book Blurb:

Seth is laid off from work. His wife Lara just found out they are expecting a baby this summer. Seth plans on documenting the entire pregnancy with his brand new digital camcorder.

During an evening home watching television, the news reports that a swarm of cicada (Brood Ten) are expected to overwhelm the entire Northeast.

Brood Ten is vicious and ready to invade.

During a sweltering summer night, Brood Ten emerges and wreaks havoc with the electric grid, phone and cell service, wi-fi, food and water supply. Civilization as they know it is gone.

Seth and Lara are thrown back to the stone age in their own home with trillions of cicada trying to deposit their eggs and breed.

Fast paced and filled with tension, Brood Ten is the perfect summer read when you’re sitting outside listening to the cicadas sing.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17838701-brood-x

My Review:

A modern Horror/Disaster novel set in modern day Long Island.  This book will appeal to the Sharknado fan and to fans of the old school Day of the Triphids.

Cash takes a fresh approach to the insect disaster school with this being totally natural as opposed to caused by man’s intentional impact.  The story moves fast.  You are dropped right into the action from the start and Cash drops you deeply into the lives of the two main characters as they live during this dangerous time.  Some of the horror scenes are shocking and might be too much for readers who don’t read the horror genre a lot.

The main character Seth is probably the biggest anti-hero ever penned.  He grates on a reader after a while and I admit I kind of hoped the bugs would get him.

The pace of the book is solid but the main character leaves you wishing for someone else to lead the story.  The fact I didn’t like Seth at all brings this down to 4 stars.  Recommended for disaster book/movie fans.

A Note from MRS N: I have a fear of bugs (please don’t laugh). So, MR N (who has been reviewing books for over fifteen years) took up the mantle and read/reviewed Brood X for N. N. Light Author Promotions. This is his review and I’m quite pleased with it.

My Rating:  4 stars

Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/Brood-Firsthand-Account-Cicada-Invasion-ebook/dp/B00CDR86SG

Brood X: A Firsthand Account of the Great Cicada Invasion is an award-winning book and the first of ten novels currently that has been written by Michael Phillip Cash. Brood X won first place for Horror in the Rebecca’s Reads Choice Awards 2013!

To reintroduce this book, Michael Phillip Cash is giving away a copy and choice of $200 Paypal or Amazon to one lucky reader. For chance to win, enter here:

http://www.michaelphillipcash-officialblog.com/2015/08/giveaway200-choice-of-paypal-or-amazon.html

GIVEAWAY DISCLOSURE: This giveaway is arranged on Michael Phillip Cash’s behalf by Away We Go Media.  Thank you to all bloggers associated with this giveaway whom were asked to promote this giveaway and are not responsible for prize distribution nor have received compensation of any kind for the post.

The giveaway runs from August 20, 2015 through September 4, 2015. There will only be one winner. The giveaway is open worldwide but NOTE, if the winner is outside of the USA, the winner will only receive a Kindle copy of the book. Winner will ONLY be paid in U.S. dollars via Paypal. Winner must have an active Paypal or Amazon account.

The winner will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter.org and all entries will be verified. The winner has 48 hours to respond to an email sent or forfeit prize and another alternate winner will be drawn.

Michael Phillips Cash

Author Biography:

Michael Phillip Cash is an award-winning screenwriter and novelist. He’s written ten books including the best-selling Brood X, Stillwell, The Flip, The After House, The Hanging Tree, Witches Protection Program, Pokergeist and Battle for Darracia series.

Michael resides on the North Shore of Long Island with his wife and children.

Connect with him on:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/michaelphillipcash

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/michaelpcash

Web: http://www.michaelphillipcash.com

What Lainey Sees by @Laura_Tobias #Romance #MFRWAuthor #BookSpotlight


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Title: What Lainey Sees

Author: Laura Tobias

Genre: Past Life Romance

Book Blurb:

Centuries ago, the passion they shared as Native American lovers ended in tragedy. Together again and unaware of the past, can they claim the love that’s rightfully theirs?

Seattle newspaper reporter Lainey Hughes is desperate to find her mother who has disappeared into a doomsday cult sequestered somewhere in the Pacific Northwest. She teams up with Gage Stuart, a jaded cop whose young son is also being held there. As they race up the coast in a kayak searching for their loved ones, Lainey’s visions show her the past . . . the present . . . and the future.

Centuries ago, Lainey was a powerful Indian shaman woman called Bright Eyes and Gage was a Nootka warrior named Satsokis. Once they married, Bright Eyes was forbidden from using her power. But she did so secretly. That decision cost them everything they held dear.

Now, decisions must be made once again. Lives are on the line. Love is within reach. And trust is hard to come by.

WHAT LAINEY SEES may help two wounded souls embrace their future . . . but only if they’ll learn from past mistakes.

Exclusive Excerpt:

The cougar kept coming.

Gage kept running. As he pulled his weapon from his pocket, the animal leapt at him.

He fell to the ground with a whomp. His gun went flying. The cougar was a growling, spitting, stinking mass of teeth and fury. It had him pinned and it was going for the jugular. Hot damn, a couple of those side teeth were as long as his car keys.

Instinctively, Gage locked his legs around its back, flipped over, and buried his thumbs as hard as he could in the animal’s throat. It was the size of a small man, and wet and slippery from the rain. It smelled like forest and musk and death.

The cougar’s strong, taut haunches pushed against his back as it hissed and squirmed beneath him. Drawing on every bit of strength he had, Gage pressed hard against the cat’s rain-soaked neck, hoping to cut off its air supply long enough to kill it.

Lainey, where are you?

The cat’s eyes bugged out in fierce desperation. It writhed and struggled beneath him, slipping and sliding, spitting and growling, paws whirling and clawing, scratching at Gage’s coat and the thick sweat shirt he wore underneath.

The cat reached skin. Gritting his teeth against the sting of pain, Gage used his forearms to push back the saucer-sized front paws while he continued to press as hard as he could on the animal’s windpipe.

Its eyes clouded and then glazed. It was quieter now, barely moving.

But it wasn’t dead.

Subdued, it stared up at him, a flat, ferocious look on its tawny brown face. The look of a killer, Gage thought. Human or animal, they all looked the same. Sweet Carolina, this thing could take Lainey out in seconds. If it hadn’t already.

No.

Fury and fear and the need to find out that she was okay gave him superhuman strength. Ignoring the throb of his chest, Gage leaned down hard, pressing all his weight onto the animal’s throat.

Eyes bulged. The rasp of a growl erupted.

The thing wouldn’t die.

Stalemate.

He was going to have to let go soon. Or change his position. His thumbs were cramping big-time. He pulled his body up slightly, keeping his hands firmly on the cat’s throat. His blood was all over the animal.

One of us isn’t going to make it, Gage thought.

He was.

He had to go for the eyes. Either that or shove his fist down the thing’s throat.

Swiftly he pulled his right hand away and jabbed at an eyeball. The cat exploded sideways with a howl of anger, clawing at Gage’s chest and taking a chunk of skin from his thigh before backing up in a threatening crouch.

Well, shit.

Instinctively, Gage squared his shoulders and bent low, issuing a challenge of his own.

A shot rang out.

With a keening cry and a jerk, the cat shuddered and slid to the ground, its back haunch twisted by a single bullet.

Lainey!

She was a few yards away, both hands firmly on his gun, staring down the cat with a mix of terror and determination. With a shriek of pain, the cat pulled itself off the ground and headed in her direction.

Holy shit, she was too close!

He had to help her. Gage stood; the earth tilted.

“Stay there,” Lainey yelled. “I need a clear shot.”

Get the hell out of its way,” he yelled back. “Let it go into the forest.”

But she paid no attention. She held his gun chest high and kept her aim steady. The cougar put on more speed. And instead of backing up, Lainey moved forward.

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What Lainey Sees will be on sale as part of Amazon’s Kindle Countdown Deal August 26, 27, and 28, 2015 (Amazon US and Amazon UK only).

Buy Links: 

Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/What-Lainey-Sees-Laura-Tobias-ebook/dp/B00UZK92M2
Amazon.ca: http://www.amazon.ca/What-Lainey-Sees-Laura-Tobias-ebook/dp/B00UZK92M2

Amazon.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00UZK92M2/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Laura Tobias

Author Biography:

By the time she reached Grade 4, Laura Tobias knew she was going to be a writer. So did the teachers. It was the persistent daydreaming and invisible friends that tipped them off. The question was: how could she daydream for the rest of her life and get paid for it? The answer: Trade the crayons for a computer and write those stories down. Oh, and grow up first. She’s managed the first two. She’s still working on the growing up part.

Laura Tobias lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest with her high school sweetheart (Mr. Petrol Head), her son (Teen Freud) and two Shetland sheepdogs (Team Sheltie). If she’s not writing, reading or doing author talks, Laura is either in the garden, spying on people at the grocery store or planning her next meal. Her first word was cookie, her second was book, and her priorities haven’t changed since. She’s an award winning author of 19 books for teens and children written as Laura Langston. Visit her website at http://www.lauratobias.com. Find her on Twitter @Laura_Tobias.

Social Media Links:

Website: http://www.lauratobias.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/laura_tobias

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5619669.Laura_Tobias

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Laura-Tobias/e/B00MC3KO3G