An Inspirational Thought, Friday Book Round-Up Update and a #Freebie! #inspiration #FridayReads


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Stay positive and happy. Work hard and don’t give up hope. Be open to criticism and keep learning. Surround yourself with happy, warm and genuine people. — Tena Desae

 

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

 

I ran across this quote the other day and it really inspired me. It sums up how to live a happy, successful life. Thank you, Tena, for putting into words what it means to live life to the fullest.

 

Take my advice and be positive, work hard, never give up hope, keep learning new things and surround yourself with encouraging, happy people.

 

Friday Book Round Up

 

Friday Book Round-Up Update:

 

Last week I asked you for help in choosing which book I’ll bring with me on vacation. There were plenty of great responses and after much thought, I decided to go with A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux. I know it wasn’t on my list and I’ve read it a zillion times but it’s a classic and it will allow me to escape.

 

Friday Book Round-Up is on hiatus (vacation) but will return August 4th.

 

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A Freebie:

 

As we’re about to go on vacation, we thought we’d give everyone a free book. Thirsty for Water is a mega quick story about a high school girl and her paranormal encounter with a little boy from Africa. It has a good message and is a clean read. No swearing, no adult situations, even little kids would like it.

 

Blurb —

Juliet can’t wait to graduate from high school and finally move on with her life. Five more days and she’s free. She gazes out the window while her history teacher, Mrs. Johnson, drones on about war, famine and lack of water in Africa.

 

A gong rings, startling Juliet out of her daydream. She looks around to see if it was one of her classmates pulling a prank when a little boy carrying a spear appears. Is he a ghost or something more? He pleads for her help and before she can argue, she is transported to a small village in Africa. History comes alive like never before and Juliet must decide how she can help Noko and his village before it’s too late.

 

Thirsty for Water tells the story of Africa and the need for water in an approachable way for children of all ages. A great learning tool for teachers, parents and libraries.

 

FREE on Amazon Worldwide July 21 – 25!!!

 

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Thirsty-Water-Short-N-Light-ebook/dp/B00O98EL3Q?

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Thirsty-Water-Short-N-Light-ebook/dp/B00O98EL3Q?

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Thirsty-Water-Short-N-Light-ebook/dp/B00O98EL3Q?

 

Please take a moment and share this great freebie.

 

We’ll be on vacation July 21 – July 31. We’ll return August 1. 

 

Mr. N and Mrs. N

The Pillars of Salt Collection by Gabriel Bacopa is a Superb Book! #fiction #bookreview


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Title: The Pillars of Salt Collection

Author: Gabriel Bacopa

Genre: Short Stories, Satire, Social Commentary

 

Book Blurb:

Women claim men are gay, leading to unexpected consequences. Featuring:

Pillars of Salt: Two women sitting in a restaurant see homosexuals everywhere.

Pillars of Salt II: A therapist suspects her client might be gay.

Pillars of Salt III: A couple nurture their son to be homosexual.

Pillars of Salt IIII: A family suspects their neighbor might be gay.

Pillars of Salt V: The first proven case of time travel. A man travels from the 1920’s to today. Two women news anchors claim he’s homosexual.
 

My Review:

Superb Book. 4.75 stars!  This book resonates with one of the most important messages that anyone can learn.  Do not judge others.  Depending on your faith or taste in music you have heard this said in many ways…. judge not lest ye… or ‘mind your own biscuits…’ (all credit to Kacey Musgrave for that brilliant line).  This message cannot be overstated.  If we do not judge and mind our own business, the world would be a great place and this book is the guide book for that.

 

Pillars I – Feel free to check out my 5-star review from the first time I reviewed this great story.  As a reprint, I give it 4 stars but highly recommend it to those who haven’t read it yet!

 

Pillars 2 – 4/5 – A well written clinical analysis of a man who is struggling with his own identity.  I think this story will resonate with people who have faced their own personal identity crises. Frankly, I did not understand the ending at all.

 

Pillars 3 – 5/5 – An excellent piece that speaks again to the risk of rushing to judgement – even if with good intentions.

 

Pillars 4 – 5/5 – Brilliant!  Do not JUDGE.  Mind your own biscuits.

 

Pillars 5 – 5/5 – Super story, the right message perfectly delivered.

 

Pillars 99 – 5/5 – Well said, people should not judge this author simple respect one of the best talents in the 21st century.

 

My Rating:  4.75 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Pillars-Salt-Collection-Gabriel-Bacopa-ebook/dp/B071DS53R1

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Pillars-Salt-Collection-Gabriel-Bacopa-ebook/dp/B071DS53R1

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pillars-Salt-Collection-Gabriel-Bacopa-ebook/dp/B071DS53R1

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35049340-the-pillars-of-salt-collection

 

Author Biography:

Modern Shakespearean/Wise Fool. Gabriel Bacopa has been called one of the best authors of the 21st century. “This Generation’s John Steinbeck.” “The most prescient author of the 21st century.” He was born to a Palestinian Muslim father and an Israeli Jewish mother in the Suburbs of Orange County, CA. His book topics and genres range from mental illness/health, philosophy, politics, Dark Comedy, social commentary, dystopia, sci-fi, romance and suspense.

 

Social Media Links:

Website/Blog: https://gabrielbacopa.wordpress.com/

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gabrielbacopa/

 

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Gabriel-Bacopa/e/B01M1N7L45

 

Reviewed by: Mr. N

 

Averroes’ Incoherence of the Modern World by Gabriel Bacopa #bookreview #shortstory #timetravel


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Title: Averroes’ Incoherence of the Modern World

Author: Gabriel Bacopa

Genre: Fiction, Short Story, Social Commentary

 

Book Blurb:

Ibn Rushd, the legendary polymath from the Islamic golden age, is transported in time to the 21st century.

 

My Review:

Another fantastic book by a great author!  The premise is super.

 

Take a brilliant mind from the past, from a different culture and place him in 21st century West Coast USA.  The incongruities noted are funny and thought provoking but once again, this book is deeper.  The author gets the reader to take a hard look at what really defines 21st century America.

 

An incredible service this book provides is also a measured and accurate definition of the peaceful nature of Islam.

 

An amazing read, another classic from this ground-breaking author.  5++++ stars.

 

A super read for everyone and a must read for those closeted in their thinking that some are superior to others.

 

 

My Rating:  5++ stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Averroes-Incoherence-Modern-Gabriel-Bacopa-ebook/dp/B06WVY1RXC/

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Averroes-Incoherence-Modern-Gabriel-Bacopa-ebook/dp/B06WVY1RXC/

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Averroes-Incoherence-Modern-Gabriel-Bacopa-ebook/dp/B06WVY1RXC/

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34500922-averroes-incoherence-of-the-modern-world

 

Author Biography:

Modern Shakespearean/Wise Fool. Gabriel Bacopa has been called one of the best authors of the 21st century. “This Generation’s John Steinbeck.” He was born to a Palestinian Muslim father and an Israeli Jewish mother in the Suburbs of Orange County, CA. His book topics and genres range from mental illness/health, philosophy, politics, Dark Comedy, social commentary, dystopia, sci-fi, romance and suspense.

 

Social Media Links:

Website/Blog: https://gabrielbacopa.wordpress.com/

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gabrielbacopa/

 

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Gabriel-Bacopa/e/B01M1N7L45

 

Reviewed by: Mr. N

 

The Baby on the Back Porch by Lucia N. Davis Blends #Paranormal and #Mystery! #bookreview #books


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Title: The Baby on the Back Porch

Author: Lucia N Davis

Genre: Paranormal, Mystery Novella

 

Book Blurb:

An old cabin, hidden in the forests of the Northern Cascades, has been a silent witness to mysterious events long forgotten. But sometimes the past has a way of resurfacing…

 

In search of solace after a personal tragedy, Sara Eriksson exchanges vibrant San Francisco for a small mountain village. Initially, everything at the cabin is just as she imagined: Her new surroundings are breathtaking, and her landlord, David, is kind and helpful. As soon as she’s left alone, however, Sara finds her new home is not quite as peaceful as she’d thought. First, she has an unwanted visitor. Then, an unsettling dream…

 

Sara pursues the leads presented to her, but she can’t solve the mystery on her own. It takes both Sara and David to uncover the truth about the past—and discover a connection they never expected.

 

My Review:

Sara, in need of a break, leaves San Francisco for a rented cabin in the woods. She’s dealing with the loss of both of her parents in a horrible car crash and the cabin is an oasis, perfect for her writing. Her landlord, David, is helpful and only a phone call away. But mysterious events long ago resurface and Sara is left wondering why. Is she just as crazy as past residents of the cabin or is there something begging to be discovered?

 

I really enjoyed this short novella. Given its length, I read it in one afternoon. The paranormal sub-plot intrigued me and I had to keep reading to discover what happened next. Both Sara and David are fleshed out characters which is impressive given how short it is. There’s an attraction between Sara and David but I’d totally classify it as clean (not even kissing, I don’t think).

 

Davis has a talent for descriptive narrative and she describes the setting and Sara’s feeling of isolation vividly. I’d close my eyes and I was deep in the forest, hearing growls and birds. There were a few inconsistencies but nothing to detract you from the story. The mystery at the center of this story fascinated me and I was kept in suspense the whole time. Well done, as I pride myself on being a huge mystery buff. I look forward to reading more from her.

 

Disclaimer: I received a copy from the author in the hopes I’d review it.

 

Favorite Character/Quote:

Sara. I was drawn immediately to her and empathized with her loss. I also like her quirks, including being a little klutzy. It made me love her more. Her Nancy Drew curiosity got her in trouble a few times and I shook my tablet a few times in warning but she didn’t listen to me.

 

My Rating:  4.5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01I24QO6Y

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30973910-the-baby-on-the-back-porch

 

Author Biography:

Lucia Davis is the author of The Dunnhill Series 1 and 2. The Baby on the Back Porch, a novelette, introduces the reader to Sara Eriksson and explains how she ends up in Dunnhill, leading to the mysterious things happening at her new cabin. In the novella The Charm of Lost Chances, Sara returns to Dunnhill, where again, she is faced with a new mystery from the past.

 

Lucia Davis lives in Michigan with her husband and two children. She loves traveling and has visited many countries over the years, experiencing different cultures and landscapes. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, hiking and doing yoga.

 

Social Media Links:

Website: www.luciadavis.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Lucia-N-Davis-477368475766993/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/LuciaNDavis

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

Eating Ice Cream in Armageddon by Gabriel Bacopa #BookReview! #darkcomedy #shortstories #books


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Title: Eating Ice Cream in Armageddon: with Letters from the Fourth Reich

Author: Gabriel Bacopa

Genre: Dark Comedy, Comedic Fiction, Short Stories

 

Book Blurb:

Have a laugh and cry with these three 21st century stories:

 

A Day with the Professor: Yale’s most prestigious and brilliant philosophy professor must take a day off work, and an eccentric yet possibly insanely brilliant man takes his place.

 

Eating Ice cream in Armageddon: A tale of sadness, adventure, and despair, when a man and a teenage girl he is fond of must survive World War 3 Together.

 

“Quite possibly the only teenage romance set during World War 3”

 

Letters from the Fourth Reich: A man sends letters to his love in Germany while trying to survive the tyrannical rule of the new Dictator-President Pump.

 

My Review:

Total review: 5+ stars because I can’t give 1,000 stars!!!!!

 

A gifted writer who has become my favorite politics writer.  Intelligent, witty, crafty, smart, thought provoking.  I sincerely love this book and recommend to anyone who wants to expand their mind while laughing out loud constantly.

 

Story 1 – A Day With The Professor

Superb beginning. I LOVE this story!  It appears the replacement prof is crazy but class doesn’t notice creating a thought provoking correlation between insanity and philosophy.  Just a brilliant story that captures the mind of the reader and speaks to how humanity really is. 5+ stars (or 1,000 stars)

 

Story 2 – Eating Ice Cream in Armageddon

5+++++ stars

 

Brilliant! I absolutely loved the surprise endings. So deeply unsettling is a work of fiction that so closely mirrors the world we live in now.  My FAVE story of the book!

 

Story 3 – The 4th Reich

5+ stars

 

Ronald Pump, Pen Larson …I nearly spit out my lunch laughing at this creatively written send up of the current state of American politics.  Written in a unique format it captives and carries the reader along, not unlike being unable to take your eyes off a car crash.  Fantastic, Chilling, Sarcastic, Realistic – might give a certain portion of voters from last November reason to take a looooong look in the mirror.

 

My Rating:  5+ stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Eating-Ice-Cream-Armageddon-Letters-ebook/dp/B01MYUYEBM

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Eating-Ice-Cream-Armageddon-Letters-ebook/dp/B01MYUYEBM

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Eating-Ice-Cream-Armageddon-Letters-ebook/dp/B01MYUYEBM

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33225045-eating-ice-cream-in-armageddon

 

Author Biography:

Book Signing by Author Gabriel Bacopa – Sunday, May 13, 2017:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1950640075171440/?notif_t=plan_user_joined&notif_id=1493065140636732

 

Gabriel Bacopa grew up in Southern California to a Palestinian Father and Israeli mother. He is the author of The Mansion and Love and Paranoia.

 

Social Media Links:

Website/Blog: https://gabrielbacopa.wordpress.com/

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gabrielbacopa/

 

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Gabriel-Bacopa/e/B01M1N7L45

 

Reviewed by: Mr. N

Thirsty for Water is #99cents! #YA #paranormal #KindleUnlimited


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Title: Thirsty for Water: A Short Story

Author: N. N. Light

Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult, Short Story

 

Book Blurb:

Juliet can’t wait to graduate from high school and finally move on with her life. Five more days and she’s free. She gazes out the window while her history teacher, Mrs. Johnson, drones on about war, famine and lack of water in Africa.

A gong rings, startling Juliet out of her daydream. She looks around to see if it was one of her classmates pulling a prank when a little boy carrying a spear appears. Is he a ghost or something more? He pleads for her help and before she can argue, she is transported to a small village in Africa. History comes alive like never before and Juliet must decide how she can help Noko and his village before it’s too late.

Thirsty for Water tells the story of Africa and the need for water in an approachable way for children of all ages. A great learning tool for teachers, parents and libraries.

 

Excerpt:

“How do you know my name?” She gasped and tried to pinch her arm.

 

“I know all about you.  My name is Noko.” He paused and reached out to touch her arm. “Why are you hurting yourself like that?”

 

His hand felt cool on her arm and she stopped. If he was a ghost, I wouldn’t be able to feel him.  This must be real… but how?  She reached up and touched his thumb with her index finger.  His skin was dry yet very real.

 

“I was m-m-making sure you were real.”  She leaned forward and whispered, “Why are you here?  What do you want with me?”

 

He took his hand away and smiled.  “Your elder there is talking about my country and all you can think about is getting out of here.  Where I come from, there is no school.  Children like me hunt, fish and work in the fields.  You are lucky to sit here all day and not work.”

 

She leaned back in her chair and thought about it.  No school, only working to survive.  It was a sobering thought and she shivered.

 

Praise for Thirsty for Water:

“I loved it. I had no idea just how short short would be when I started it, but what a lovely tale to teach & inspire! I feel strongly a connection being made always holds the best potential to calm, comfort & nourish, to move & inspire hope, to insight change or instill lessons. And for me, I feel any kind of travel…time travel, dimension travel (I’m a big fan of the Twilight Zone!), or even a story with a “real” trip involved always helps to create that connection somehow. It was THAT quick…& true…once Juliet felt a connection to Noko…it was a done deal! So beautiful. The story simple…& short…yet so powerful.” – Amazon Reviewer

 

Buy Links:

FREE April 7 – 9, 2017

 

FREE on Kindle Unlimited all year long!

 

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Thirsty-Water-Short-N-Light-ebook/dp/B00O98EL3Q

 

Amazon CA https://www.amazon.ca/Thirsty-Water-Short-N-Light-ebook/dp/B00O98EL3Q

 

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Thirsty-Water-Short-N-Light-ebook/dp/B00O98EL3Q

 

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30835342-thirsty-for-water

 

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Author Biography: N. N. Light is the husband-wife writing team, commonly known as Mr. N and Mrs. N. Mrs. N. has been creating stories ever since she was little. Her grandfather remembers when she was two years old, she would stand at the top of the stairs and tell him a story filled with emotion (and in a language foreign to him) with her hands on her hips. Let’s just say she was a born storyteller.

 

They’re blissfully happy and love all things chocolate, books, music, movies, art, sports, trains, history, cooking and baking. Their mantra is to spread the Light.

 

Most of the time you can find them on Twitter or getting new ideas on how to spread the Light on Pinterest. They’re a proud member of ASMSG and Independent Author Network.

 

Sign up for their author newsletter and get exclusive content and prizes ow.ly/jWec308TabL 

 

In addition to being authors, they’re also book promoters/reviewers, social media marketers/influencers and the owners of N. N. Light Author Promotions. They both love books, have ever since they were young. Matching up books and readers is something that gives them great pleasure.

 

They’d love to connect with you either via email or via these various social media sites:

 

Website: http://princessofthelight.com

Blog: https://princessofthelight.wordpress.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/nnlight

Bookbub  https://www.bookbub.com/authors/n-n-light

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

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/nnlight

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/n-n-light/90/1a7/902

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/118060034268079734144/posts

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/nnlight

Independent Author Network: http://www.independentauthornetwork.com/n-n-light.html

iAuthor: http://www.iauthor.uk.com/princess-of-the-light:10294

Outside the Walls by Diana L. Wicker @feyrontales and A. L. Butcher #bookreview #FridayReads


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Title: Outside the Walls

Author: Diana L. Wicker, A. L. Butcher

Genre: Fantasy, Short Story

 

Book Blurb:

When the tide of war flows many are caught in its wake. Who will gain entry to the city and who will be forced to remain outside the walls?

 

A short fantasy tale of love, loyalty and courage in war.

 

My Review:

Can one woman change her kingdom just by being kind to those deemed useless?

 

War has come to Havenforth and while her husband is off fighting, Duchess Eleanor is home, safe and sound behind the town walls. But this war has created such destruction that refugees are flocking to be let inside the walls and the Council has taken over the government. The Council will only allow in those refugees who serve a purpose for them and can work for food, clothing and shelter. The rest of the refugees, namely women, children and elderly, are deemed useless and must not be let in.

 

After hearing about their plight, Eleanor takes matters into her own hands and brings food, clothing and medicine out to the poor refugees not allowed in. She takes a wagon plus her cousin and a captain to help. Her kindness to these war-torn people is felt and the more people she tries to help, the more she sees the cost of war.

 

What a beautiful story that moved me to tears more than once. We’ve all heard the term war but I don’t think we really know what effects it has on the defenceless. Both authors do a magnificent job plunging the reader into the heart of both Eleanor and the refugees. My heart broke for the refugees and Eleanor’s kindness moved me to tears.

 

A short story that’s reflecting what’s going on in the world today. I highly recommend!

 

Favorite Character: Eleanor. I loved how brave and fearless she is. To disobey the Council and go help those less fortunate outside the walls is something that women (especially duchesses) just don’t do but that doesn’t stop Eleanor. With every person she meets, her heart goes out to them and in my books, that is the heart of a ruler.

 

My Rating:  5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/dp/B014G6X9FG/

Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Outside-Walls-Diana-L-Wicker/dp/1517716381

Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/outside-the-walls-alexandra-butcher/1122908003?ean=2940152444599

iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/outside-the-walls/id1055459135?mt=11

Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/589416

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26164762-outside-the-walls

 

Author Biography:

Diana L. Wicker is an indie author living in the balmy climate of the US south with her family and fur babies (a dog, a cat, and a cantankerous rabbit). She enjoys reading, sewing, cosplay, being a studio mom for dance school, and RPG games. (She grew up with the old school paper/pencil style of gaming, but has transitioned happily to the highly interactive world of video games.) And, as if she had more time to spare, she has invested in Asian ball jointed dolls to customize into characters from Feyron.

The idea for Feyron started with a map, a place for her daughter to tell stories and live out storytelling role-playing adventures with her friends. The lore grew around the map, for every world needs lore if you are going to “live” there. The idea for a series, Tales from Feyron, grew out of the lore, for if you’re going to invent a world, you may as well play there too. The stories are continuing to grow through the various historical ages of Feyron and have just started to ripple outwards to the Worlds Beyond touched by magic. Legacy of Mist and Shadow is the first tale to venture to one of those worlds and has been awarded the BRAG Medallion by Indie BRAG. http://www.bragmedallion.com/about

A.L. (Alexandra) Butcher is the British author of the Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles fantasy series, and several short stories in the fantasy and fantasy romance and horror genres. She is an avid reader and creator of worlds, a poet and a dreamer. When she is grounded in the real world she likes science, natural history, history, mythology and monkeys. She has a background in history and politics which are sometimes reflected in her work. Her books have been described as ‘dark and gritty’ and her poetry as evocative.

A Splendid Salmagundi was awarded the best anthology for Indie Book Bargains 2012.

Blog www.libraryoferana.wordpress.com

Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/DarkFantasyBeyondTheStorm

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6430414.A_L_Butcher

 

Social Media Links:

Website http://www.talesfromfeyron.com/

Twitter https://twitter.com/FeyronTales

Tumblr http://feyrontales.tumblr.com/

Pinterest http://pinterest.com/talesfromfeyron

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/1424535612

Google+ https://plus.google.com/110082079094253485379

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

Friday Book Round-Up and @NNP_W_Light Give Thanks + a #FREE Book #FridayReads #KindleDeal


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Title: Thirsty for Water: A Short Story

Author: N. N. Light

Genre: Young Adult, Time Travel, Short Story

 

Book Blurb:

Juliet can’t wait to graduate from high school and finally move on with her life. Five more days and she’s free. She gazes out the window while her history teacher, Mrs. Johnson, drones on about war, famine and lack of water in Africa.

A gong rings, startling Juliet out of her daydream. She looks around to see if it was one of her classmates pulling a prank when a little boy carrying a spear appears. Is he a ghost or something more? He pleads for her help and before she can argue, she is transported to a small village in Africa. History comes alive like never before and Juliet must decide how she can help Noko and his village before it’s too late.

Thirsty for Water tells the story of Africa and the need for water in an approachable way for children of all ages. A great learning tool for teachers, parents and libraries.

 

Get this book free October 7 – October 10 in celebration of Canadian Thanksgiving!

 

Buy Links:

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Thirsty-Water-Short-N-Light-ebook/dp/B00O98EL3Q?

 

Here’s what readers have to say about it:

“I loved it. I had no idea just how short short would be when I started it, but what a lovely tale to teach & inspire! I feel strongly a connection being made always holds the best potential to calm, comfort & nourish, to move & inspire hope, to insight change or instill lessons. And for me, I feel any kind of travel…time travel, dimension travel (I’m a big fan of the Twilight Zone!), or even a story with a “real” trip involved always helps to create that connection somehow. It was THAT quick…& true…once Juliet felt a connection to Noko…it was a done deal! So beautiful. The story simple…& short…yet so powerful.” ~ Tia Shurina

 

“Noko’s plight is very real. I am glad to see this kind of story that can be used in the classroom to share a very real problem.” ~ Becky Villareal

 

“A short but highly emotive story that makes me wish this sort of thing could really happen to snap many of us out of our comfortable complacency.
When you really think about it, it’s always the smallest person, or in this case, village, that gets left out.” ~ Chris Graham (otherwise known as Chris the Story Reading Ape)

 

This is an inspiring story of giving to others unselfishly. A high school girl, Juliet, while in her school classroom has a vision. Her teacher is talking about a young boy and the severe problems in his village. During this vision Juliet meets this young boy, Noko, who takes her to his village to show Juliet how he lives. Juliet is so shocked by what she sees that she announces in class that she will donate to the boy’s cause to bring water to his village. The other students join in because of her enthusiasm.

A lovely tale that touches the heart and brings tears to the eyes! I was given a copy of this book in return for an honest review. I thoroughly enjoyed this short story.” ~ Janice Spina

 

A Note from N. N. Light:

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for reading our stories and supporting us. We’re so grateful and our hearts are overflowing with gratitude.

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!!!

 

Friday Book Round Up

 

Dead Ground by Rod Humphris @Rats_Tales #bookreview #books #TuesdayBookBlog


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Title: Dead Ground (Simon Ellice Book 1)

Author: Rod Humphris

Genre: Military/War Fiction, Literature

 

Book Blurb:

In the mountains and passes of Nuristan the men of patrol base Azun grind through their days and nights of constant vigilance. They hunt the Taliban and try to win hearts and minds. Trouble is coming, that is certain. How or when, where and in what form, they do not know. They fear it and also long for it.

 

Only Lieutenant Simon Ellice, with a clarity born of grief and anger, can see the shape of it. Only he, being beyond care, will do what has to be done and pay the price. Not that he will be the only one to pay.

 

Dead Ground is a story of the impossibility of the task assigned to British forces in Afghanistan and the heroism of some of those who attempted it.

 

“[Dead Ground]… unfolds with stealth, careful observation and close detail combining to produce an explosive ending. The battle narrative is superb, understated and economical, it’s an immersive, terrifying and moving experience.”

 

My Review:

I have a Master’s in Military History and I have been reading military books for well over 40 years.  This is one of the best war books I have ever read.  It is a must read now that we are stuck in this endless War on Terror.

My only issue was that this book wasn’t 550 pages.  It is such an incredible compelling read that I was saddened it ended so quick.  The author captures perfectly the insanity of theatres of war that soldiers have been sent to in this war.

This book tells the story of a British Unit fighting the losing battle in Afghanistan.  It so perfectly could represent any nation’s unit in either Iraq or Afghanistan.  Not only faced with an intractable enemy, you are faced with an unforgiving climate and a command structure that makes winning nearly impossible and survival the only goal.

I would suggest this brilliantly written, evocative war book is a must read.  I also suggest every single person who went to a beach or a bbq while soldiers of their country were fighting an endless ground war in Iraq/Afghanistan must read this book.

The War on Terror has been fought by such a tiny portion of society in the west that it really hasn’t been ‘inconvenient’ to the majority.  Every draft age male who didn’t serve the U.S./Canada/U.K. should be forced to read this book and thank their lucky stars that their ass wasn’t hung out to dry for 3 or 4 tours of duty in the war on terror.

A fantastic book that totally captures what that mess – that will go on past 2016 – has been, is and will be.  I would give it 100 stars, if I could.

 

My Rating:  5+ stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/28OjSmb

B&N (Nook Press): http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dead-ground-rod-humphris/1123956812?ean=2940158346804

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/28MC68L

 

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Author Biography:

I have no special qualifications to be a writer except that I want to be. I live where I’m from in the West Country in the UK and work in a small room above a pub in Bath, which is possibly the nicest city in the world. I spend my days thinking about, learning about and writing about whatever is interesting to me, which is possibly the best job in the world.

 

Social Media Links:

Website: https://ratstales.co.uk/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Rats_Tales

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rats-Tales/1620114421577662

Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/ratstales/

 

Reviewed by: Mr. N

Pete’s Mighty Purty Privies by @AubreyWynne51 is Hilarious! #bookreview #fiction #humor


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Title: Pete’s Mighty Purty Privies

Author: Aubrey Wynne

Genre: Humor/ Fiction

 

Book Blurb:

Pete McNutt needs customers for his new business. Spring has arrived and it’s prime time Privy Season. After much consideration, he refines his sales pitch and heads to the monthly meeting of the Women’s Library Association.

 

My Review:

I haven’t read many short stories in stand-alone fashion but that doesn’t diminish that this is the best one I have ever read!  It is laugh out loud funny!

 

I disturbed a corporate lunch room with my guffaws while reading the issues that revolve around finding a decent place to do your business in rural America in the late 19th century.  Hilarious and light hearted.  Beautifully written.  Characters are well developed in just a few lines.

 

The author has a gift for clarity and humor and I can’t recommend this short story enough.  Hilarious!  Brilliant!

 

My Rating:  5+ stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/23WggAf

 

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1097412593

 

Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1rrokxh

 

Kobo: http://bit.ly/1rrokxh

 

Aubrey Wynne

 

Author Biography:

Bestselling and award-winning author Aubrey Wynne resides in the Midwest with her husband, dogs, horses, mule, and barn cats. She is elementary teacher by trade, champion of children and animals by conscience, and author by choice.

 

Her short stories Merry Christmas, Henry and Pete’s Mighty Purty Privies won the Preditors & Editors Readers Choice awards in 2014 and 2015. Dante’s Gift received the 2016 Golden Quill award. Aubrey’s first love is historical romance and her series vintage love stories will be released in late 2016. The medieval fantasy series, A Medieval Encounter, will come out in 2017.

 

Social Media Links:

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

 

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Aubreywynne51

 

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/aubreywynne51

 

Website: http://www.aubreywynneauthor.com/

 

Reviewed by: Mr. N

Price Slashed on Thirsty for Water by @NNP_W_Light #timetravel #books #99cents


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Last weekend, we offered Thirsty for Water FREE and it was a great success! So many downloads, we couldn’t keep up with it. So, we’ve slashed the price of our super short story to 99 cents! Mr. N says I’m crazy and will probably raise the price back up to its regular price of $2.99 at any moment. So hurry and get your copy now:

https://www.amazon.com/Thirsty-Water-Short-N-Light-ebook/dp/B00O98EL3Q

If you’re a member of Kindle Unlimited, it’s FREE for you!

Here’s the blurb:

Juliet can’t wait to graduate from high school and finally move on with her life. Five more days and she’s free. She gazes out the window while her history teacher, Mrs. Johnson, drones on about war, famine and lack of water in Africa.

A gong rings, startling Juliet out of her daydream. She looks around to see if it was one of her classmates pulling a prank when a little boy carrying a spear appears. Is he a ghost or something more? He pleads for her help and before she can argue, she is transported to a small village in Africa. History comes alive like never before and Juliet must decide how she can help Noko and his village before it’s too late.

Thirsty for Water tells the story of Africa and the need for water in an approachable way for children of all ages. A great learning tool for teachers, parents and libraries.

Here’s an exclusive excerpt:

Juliet lifted her head and saw a little boy with a spear in his hand standing on Mrs. Johnson’s desk.  Her eyes widened as he began to speak.

“Don’t you find my country’s plight troublesome?” He spoke perfect English and he looked no more than eight years old.  His dark skin and hair contrasted with his white tunic.  He had four painted red lines across his cheeks and his spearhead glinted as he aimed it at her.

She looked around but no one seemed to notice the boy.  She turned back to him and shook her head.  “This can’t be real. I must be dreaming this. Wake up, Juliet.”

The boy sighed and climbed down from the desk.  He walked towards her.  “I am real, as real as you, Juliet.”

“How do you know my name?” She gasped and tried to pinch her arm.

“I know all about you.  My name is Noko.” He paused and reached out to touch her arm. “Why are you hurting yourself like that?”

His hand felt cool on her arm and she stopped. If he was a ghost, I wouldn’t be able to feel him.  This must be real… but how?  She reached up and touched his thumb with her index finger.  His skin was dry yet very real.

 

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If you’ve read Thirsty for Water, please take a moment and write a quick review. It doesn’t have to be long, just one sentence.

Click here to leave a review:

https://www.amazon.com/Thirsty-Water-Short-N-Light-ebook/dp/B00O98EL3Q

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27263070-thirsty-for-water

 

Thank you, as always, for the amazing support!

MRS N

 

Thirsty for Water by N. N. Light is #FREE May 6-8 #YA #Paranormal #ASMSG


Looking for a super-quick read this weekend? It’s your lucky day because our super-short story, Thirsty for Water, is FREE Friday through Sunday (May 6-8).

What’s it about?

Juliet can’t wait to graduate from high school and finally move on with her life. Five more days and she’s free. She gazes out the window while her history teacher, Mrs. Johnson, drones on about war, famine and lack of water in Africa.

A gong rings, startling Juliet out of her daydream. She looks around to see if it was one of her classmates pulling a prank when a little boy carrying a spear appears. Is he a ghost or something more? He pleads for her help and before she can argue, she is transported to a small village in Africa. History comes alive like never before and Juliet must decide how she can help Noko and his village before it’s too late.

Thirsty for Water tells the story of Africa and the need for water in an approachable way for children of all ages. A great learning tool for teachers, parents and libraries.

 

Click here to download: https://www.amazon.com/Thirsty-Water-Short-N-Light-ebook/dp/B00O98EL3Q?

 

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Here’s what readers have to say about it:

“A short but highly emotive story that makes me wish this sort of thing could really happen to snap many of us out of our comfortable complacency.
When you really think about it, it’s always the smallest person, or in this case, village, that gets left out.” ~ Chris Graham (otherwise known as Chris the Story Reading Ape)

 

This is an inspiring story of giving to others unselfishly. A high school girl, Juliet, while in her school classroom has a vision. Her teacher is talking about a young boy and the severe problems in his village. During this vision Juliet meets this young boy, Noko, who takes her to his village to show Juliet how he lives. Juliet is so shocked by what she sees that she announces in class that she will donate to the boy’s cause to bring water to his village. The other students join in because of her enthusiasm.

A lovely tale that touches the heart and brings tears to the eyes! I was given a copy of this book in return for an honest review. I thoroughly enjoyed this short story.” ~ Janice Spina

 

A Plea:

We’re in need of reviews so please take a moment and write a sentence or two if you download it. We love hearing from our readers and if you like it, let us know. We’re thinking about expanding it to a full-fledged novel but we would love your feedback.

Also, please share and if you think you know someone who’d like this book, let them know. 🙂

 

 

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Author Biography:

N. N. Light is the husband-wife writing team, commonly known as Mr. N and Mrs. N.

Mrs. N. has been creating stories ever since she was little. Her grandfather remembers when she was two years old, she would stand at the top of the stairs and tell him a story filled with emotion (and in a language foreign to him) with her hands on her hips. Let’s just say she was a born storyteller.

They’re blissfully happy and loves all things chocolate, books, music, movies, art, sports, trains, history, cooking and baking. Their mantra is to spread the Light.

Most of the time you can find them on Twitter or getting new ideas on how to spread the Light on Pinterest. They’re a proud member of ASMSG, Independent Author Network and Marketing for Romance Writers.

In addition to being authors, they’re also book promoters/reviewers, social media marketers/influencers and the owners of N. N. Light Author Promotions. They both love books, have ever since they were young. Matching up books and readers is something that gives them great pleasure.

Website: http://princessofthelight.com

Blog: https://princessofthelight.wordpress.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/nnlight

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

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/nnlight

Email: nnlight@outlook.com

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/n-n-light/90/1a7/902

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/118060034268079734144/posts

Independent Author Network: http://www.independentauthornetwork.com/n-n-light.html

A Day That God Made by Best-Selling Author Mike Masi #BookReview #Survival #Aviation


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Title: A Day That God Made

Author: Mike Masi

Genre: Aviation, Novella, Short Story

 

Book Blurb:

In a remote area of southwest Alaska a small cargo plane in heavy weather slams into the frozen ground at nearly two hundred miles per hour and disintegrates. Nine hundred square miles of white, empty tundra separates the crash site from the nearest human being. The airplane’s sole occupant is it’s gritty, discontented pilot and, improbably, he’s alive, coherent and hopelessly trapped. This novella is a provocative, true story and evokes the short works of Jack London, while offering the possibility that luck may have another name.

 

My Review:

A survival (quick read) novella and if you are a fan of the aura of the Alaskan Wild, this book is for you.  The story is of a pilot who crashes a plane while on route to a small Native American village and the story that unfolds from that.

 

I found the flashbacks excessive.  With just over 60 pages available, the time spent on the past should be limited in my view.  The steady referral to the pilot as only ‘Pilot’ (until very late) kept reminding me of the Seinfeld episode ‘The Jimmy’. I kept expecting the pilot would say ‘Pilot doesn’t like crashing planes’ ‘Pilot wishes he was on a tropical island’ ‘Oh now Pilot isn’t well’.

 

The sudden ending was sudden.

 

I did really enjoy the scene when his family is told of the crash and the emotion displayed.  That was brilliant and touching.

 

Too much flashback and too much ‘The Jimmy’.  I can give this only 3.5 stars.  A great premise, needs work.

 

My Rating:  3.5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/DAY-THAT-GOD-MADE-ebook/dp/B012XDPMCW

 

Mike Masi

 

Author Biography:

Mike Masi began his adult life as a dancer performing in nearly every major concert hall in the United States including Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Knee damage led to stints as a waiter, accountant, oilfield roustabout and commercial airline pilot. He lives in an ancient hilltop village near the Adriatic Sea where life’s most important things are at his doorstep: good food, good coffee, good wine, good people and a soundtrack of church bells marking the graceful passage of time. A violent donkey crash is highly unlikely. A DAY THAT GOD MADE is his first book. He is currently at work on a novel.

 

Social Media Links:

Blog http://author-mike-masi.blogspot.ca/

Amazon Author Page http://www.amazon.com/Mike-Masi/e/B012YBA1GK/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

 

Reviewed by: Mr. N

My #Thanksgiving Gift to You: #FREE Short Story #ASMSG #IARTG #BlackFriday


Thirsty for Water A Short Story

 

Blurb:

Juliet can’t wait to graduate from high school and finally move on with her life. Five more days and she’s free. She gazes out the window while her history teacher, Mrs. Johnson, drones on about war, famine and lack of water in Africa.

A gong rings, startling Juliet out of her daydream. She looks around to see if it was one of her classmates pulling a prank when a little boy carrying a spear appears. Is he a ghost or something more? He pleads for her help and before she can argue, she is transported to a small village in Africa. History comes alive like never before and Juliet must decide how she can help Noko and his village before it’s too late.

Thirsty for Water: A Short Story tells the story of Africa and the need for water in an approachable way for children of all ages. A great learning tool for teachers, parents and libraries.

Links:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23341801-thirsty-for-water

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Thirsty-Water-Short-N-Light-ebook/dp/B00O98EL3Q

 

*** It’s FREE Wednesday, November 25th ***

 

Reviews:

“This is an inspiring story of giving to others unselfishly. A high school girl, Juliet, while in her school classroom has a vision. Her teacher is talking about a young boy and the severe problems in his village. During this vision Juliet meets this young boy, Noko, who takes her to his village to show Juliet how he lives. Juliet is so shocked by what she sees that she announces in class that she will donate to the boy’s cause to bring water to his village. The other students join in because of her enthusiasm.

A lovely tale that touches the heart and brings tears to the eyes! I was given a copy of this book in return for an honest review. I thoroughly enjoyed this short story.” ~Janice Spina on Goodreads

 

A short but highly emotive story that makes me wish this sort of thing could really happen to snap many of us out of our comfortable complacency.
When you really think about it, it’s always the smallest person, or in this case, village, that gets left out. ~The Story Reading Ape on Goodreads and Amazon

 

Happy Thanksgiving to my American followers and Happy Wednesday to my followers around the world!

MRS N aka N. N. Light

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A Rare Weekend Appearance of N. N. Light + Announcement #bookpromo #ASMSG #IARTG


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Happy Weekend! I know, it’s a rare to have a blog post from me on the weekend.

SURPRISE! 😀

Barbara Donlon Bradley sat me down for an author interview and it’s over on her blog. While you’re there, check out her books and blog. I always enjoy myself and her books are some of my favorites:

https://barbaradonlonbradley.blogspot.com

*drum roll*

Last October, I published a short story entitled, Thirsty for Water. It wasn’t getting any bites so I pulled it off the market. I made a few changes (cover and blurb) this month and it’s back available for sale. Here’s the deets:

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Blurb:

Juliet can’t wait to graduate from high school and finally move on with her life. Five more days and she’s free. She gazes out the window while her history teacher, Mrs. Johnson, drones on about war, famine and lack of water in Africa.

A gong rings, startling Juliet out of her daydream. She looks around to see if it was one of her classmates pulling a prank when a little boy carrying a spear appears. Is he a ghost or something more? He pleads for her help and before she can argue, she is transported to a small village in Africa. History comes alive like never before and Juliet must decide how she can help Noko and his village before it’s too late.

Thirsty for Water: A Short Story tells the story of Africa and the need for water in an approachable way for children of all ages. A great learning tool for teachers, parents and libraries.

Links:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23341801-thirsty-for-water

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Thirsty-Water-Short-N-Light-ebook/dp/B00O98EL3Q

*** It’s FREE for Kindle Unlimited subscribers ***

Reviews:

“This is an inspiring story of giving to others unselfishly. A high school girl, Juliet, while in her school classroom has a vision. Her teacher is talking about a young boy and the severe problems in his village. During this vision Juliet meets this young boy, Noko, who takes her to his village to show Juliet how he lives. Juliet is so shocked by what she sees that she announces in class that she will donate to the boy’s cause to bring water to his village. The other students join in because of her enthusiasm.

A lovely tale that touches the heart and brings tears to the eyes! I was given a copy of this book in return for an honest review. I thoroughly enjoyed this short story.” ~Janice Spina on Goodreads

A short but highly emotive story that makes me wish this sort of thing could really happen to snap many of us out of our comfortable complacency.
When you really think about it, it’s always the smallest person, or in this case, village, that gets left out. ~The Story Reading Ape on Goodreads and Amazon

Have a great weekend and I’ll see you on Monday!!!

MRS N aka N. N. Light

Blue Lady (The Angelica Mason Series) by @StephanyTullis #romance #shortstory #bookpromo


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TITLE: BLUE LADY (The Angelica Mason Series)

AUTHOR: Stephany Tullis

GENRE: Contemporary Fiction/Romance/Shortstory

BLURB:

Angelica Mason is no joke. Her motto, ‘it’s my way or the highway’. You can take me or leave me she says but she’s more than sure you will take her.

No longer satisfied with her high power job in Washington DC, she returns home to Smoothville, Georgia looking for love. Specifically, the love of her life, the high school sweetheart she ditched when she went away to college.

Angelica is surprised when she discovers she loves her Smoothville Georgia City Manager position. She’s not a bit surprised, however, when she crosses paths with Shawn Mallory the man she plans to marry.

Is a Valentine’s Day wedding in the making?

EXCERPT:

Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone
It’s not warm when she’s away
Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone
She always gone too long anytime she goes away

Wonder this time where she’s gone
~~As sung by Bill Withers

Angelica Mason is no joke. In ten short years, she made a name for herself. Her designer bookshelf of awards and citations shouted her accomplishments in perfect harmony synchronized to the beat of her up-tempo ‘do it my way’ lifestyle.

After graduating from the University of Georgia, she took advantage of two of the many graduating gifts she received: a set of Louis Vuitton luggage from her god-mother and an all expense paid trip to Italy from her parents. For five months, she enjoyed the Mediterranean and authentic Italian cuisine while showcasing her five years of studying Italian. She’d never admit -out-loud anyway-that her ethereal experience at the Sistine Chapel was overshadowed by her shopping spree in Milan’s Montenapoleone. St. Peter’s Square and the Vatican were no match for Dolce & Gabbana!

Refreshed and invigorated, she returned from Italy heading to the political powerhouse of the 21st century; Washington, DC. Here she planned to match the political theory behind her Masters degree in political science with the realities of US politics. She was off to a great start when she learned just before her return that she landed a spot in the Presidential Management Fellows Program. She fast tracked through the program when the Director of Immigration learned she scripted the white paper on ‘Immigration Reform: Constitutional Issues and Exploration’.

She excelled in her position in the Director’s office earning quite the reputation for trouble shooting: the big and the small. Initially she thrived on living life in the fast lane and with the powerbrokers that refused to use signal lights or warning signs or so she thought until she learned to read their unwritten, not to be violated, rules and moves.

Suddenly, and if asked, Angelica could articulate in great detail the moment she made the conscious decision to no longer interpret the DC maneuvers and machinations:  6 PM, Monday, January 1st.

At 6:45 AM, she woke promptly to the alarm of her internal clock, pulled and laid out one of her 10 tailored black pant suits, her Monday morning professionally pressed white shirt and headed to the shower. As was the norm, she sprinted into her small but efficient high tech kitchen and poured her usual glass of orange juice and hit the TV remote. Instead of ‘Morning Joe’, a lively sing song voice reminded her to tune in later to the New Year’s Day Rose Bowl Parade. She sat at her kitchen counter staring at the high def TV ‘on again off again’ images for one solid hour.

By 7:45 AM, she curled up in her massive king size bed still wrapped in her bath towel.

At 9:45 AM, she woke to the flashing local winter storm warning alerts scrolling across the bottom of her TV screen accompanied by the lush green, pink, orange and yellow landscaped images of Pasadena, California and seeming never ending line of holiday parade floats.

At 12 NOON, she woke again; this time to garish stomach growls.

At 2 PM, she ordered Chinese takeout. When she opened her eyes at 5 PM, she realized she had a problem.

At 6 PM, she knew she would resign from her job.

At 8 PM, she acknowledged that her problem was so much bigger than her job.

At 10 PM, she speed dialed Shawn Mallory only to learn he no longer could be reached on the almost ten year old contact number because ‘this number is no longer in service’.

On February 1st, at 6:45 AM, she showered then drank her morning juice while tuning in to ‘Morning Joe’. She giggled as she opened her closet, closed her eyes, and grinned when she saw she’d pulled out a peacock colored blouse to wear with her tailored off white pants suit. All she needed were her pearl earrings and beads.

Instead of the DC Metro, she hopped into her newly financed Audi RS Q3 and headed downtown to the Smoothville City Hall.”

BUY LINKS:

Hyperurl.co/1p6nqy 

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AUTHOR BIO:

My spirituality is the force behind my being. In my world, there is no life without writing, traveling, family, music and my love of politics. My loves and interests are central to my writing.

I published my first novel The Master’s Plan, A Novel About Purpose in November 2013 and my first Christmas novel, 48 Hours ‘Til Christmas, in November 2014.

BLUE LADY (a short story), published in February 2015, launched my first series, The Angelica Mason Series. The first full installment in this series, entitled BLUE LADY’S Sweet Dreams is scheduled for release November 6th 2015 to be followed by BLUE LADY’S Mission Impossible in Spring 2016.

I love Christmas and all the merriment and joy that it brings! My 2015 Christmas release Love, Peace & Joy is on pre-order, scheduled for release October 30th 2015.

I live in Georgia with my family where I continue to write professionally and have published on Examiner.com as Atlanta’s Society and Culture Examiner and in various health related peer review journals.

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

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/stephey630/48-hours-til-christmas/

Google+: https://plus.google.com/

Born of Magic: Mata Hari Series #2 by @Jo_AnnCarson #bookreview #shortstory


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Book Blurb:

The Sorceress wants a child of her own. The arms-dealer wants power at any cost. Their desires conceive a son destined to change the world.
A short story linking the first and second books in The Mata Hari, Sexy, Suspense Series.

My Review:

This is a seamless bridge between books one and three in the Mati Hari Series. I read and reviewed book one and you can find it here: Covert Danger Book Review

The author gives us the background story of Bakari Al Sharif, an arms dealer, and Desjerit, the sorceress. Bakari is in Amsterdam and it is 1996. He’s enjoying the thrill of pulling off a huge arms deal with Nigeria and is in the prime of his life. Meanwhile, Desjerit has a premonition she’s going to die a painful death. She’s frightened and in a desperation, she embraces the dark powers within her.

A seductive and enchanting short story, Born of Magic is sure to whet your appetite for Ancient Danger.

My Rating: 5 stars

Buy it here: http://www.amazon.com/Born-Magic-Mata-Series-SuspenseSeries-ebook/dp/B00TBINARC

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Author Biography: 

Jo-Ann Carson has lived most of her life on islands off the west coast of Canada, surrounded by snow covered mountains, lush rain forests and pristine beaches.

Growing up, she dreamed of traveling the world like James Bond, finding archaeological treasures like Indiana Jones, and finding true love. In her Mata Hari Series she combines elements of adventure, danger and steamy romance.

Her smart, sexy suspense stories have done well in contests and Mata Hari Series launched April 1st 2015.

Her home on the Internet is my webpage: www.jo-anncarson.com.


Jo-Ann Carson’s Awards
Covert Danger (Mata Hari Series, Book 1)
* 2014 Daphne du Maurier Romantic Suspense contest
(series category) Honorable Mention
* 2014 Sheila Contest (Valley Forge RWA, Pennsylvania)
(Rom Sus) Third Place


The Stolen Rembrandt (formerly The Dutch Kiss)
* third, 2012 Daphne du Maurier
* Gold finalist, 2012 Golden Claddagh
The Lost Vermeer (formerly Fighting Fear)
* first, 2013 Emerald City Opener
* fourth, 2013 Great Expectations
Black Cat Blues
* First, 2013 Southern Heat (contemp. series)
* Third, 2013 Lone Star contest (Rom-Sus)
* Finaled, 2013 Romancing the Lake

ICHABOD BROOKS & THE CITY OF BEASTS NOW AVAILABLE FOR #99CENTS!!! #fantasy #shortstory


Take advantage of this great deal and get this fantasy short story from best-selling author Charles E. Yallowitz! 🙂

I’ve got my copy!

MRS N

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Today is the day!  Grab your dollar & get the first adventure of Ichabod Brooks!

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Book Blurb

In a time of heroes, a man will take any job to provide for his family.

Ichabod Brooks has earned a reputation for taking the jobs most men and women fear to challenge. This reputation has brought him to the charred remains of a small village nestled within the hills and forest of Ralian. The ruins are a source of strange monsters that terrorize the countryside and repeatedly elude the local guards and hunters. The few brave souls who have entered the creatures’ lair have yet to come out alive or dead.

The chances of survival are slim, but that generous payment is too much for Ichabod to resist. After all, a man and his family have to eat.

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FLASH FICTION: Kate’s Plea #ASMSG #IARTG #kidlit


Snow falls softly outside the window next to a dining room table. Dark walnut trees a stark contrast to the white snow. A brown-haired nine year old girl sits at the table doing her homework. Books spread all around her and her feet sway back and forth. She glances up to look at the snow.

“Wonder when mom will be home?” she asks the empty room. She looks around and shivers.

The phones rings and she reaches for her cell phone.

“Hello?”

“Hi baby, it’s Mom.”

“Oh hey, are you on your way?”

“Not yet sweetheart. I have a late business meeting. I think you’ll have to make dinner for yourself.”

The little girl sighs but says nothing. Late again. Does she love her job more than she loves me?

“I’m sorry, Kate, it couldn’t be helped. I know you understand.”

A single tear spills down Kate’s cheek. She wipes it away angrily.

“Kate? Are you there?” her mother’s voice sounds concerned. She would sure feel bad if I died or something. Maybe I could choke on this pencil.  Kate raises her chewed up number two yellow pencil to her lips but puts it down on the table with a shrug.

“Yeah, I’m here. I’ll make up one of those frozen dinners.” Kate sighed. I hate being alone. When I grow up, I’ll never leave my children alone. I-I-I won’t let them think they are a burden to me or that my career is more important than they are.

“Good. Did you do your homework?” Kate reaches over and closes her history book.

“Yup. Just finishing up now.”

Kate hears muffled voices and rolls her eyes. Why can’t I have a normal mom?

“I have to go now, sweetheart.” Her mother giggles like a little girl. Kate hears her mom shoo someone away. “I miss you and will give you a kiss when I get home.”

Kate hangs up the phone. Mothers aren’t supposed to giggle. Mothers are supposed to be adults and adults certainly don’t giggle. Kate’s stomach growls and she heads to the kitchen.

In a falsetto tone she says to no one in particular, “What would milady like to order for dinner?”

She turns her slim frame to the right, as if she was an actress in a play.

“I would like meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy with corn.”

“As you wish, Miss Kate.” She bows.

She giggles as she opens the freezer and pulls out a frozen dinner. She preheats the oven and turns on the television.

I will never giggle when I am an adult.

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Back in September, I decided to try my hand at writing a short story. I was looking for something new to capture my heart and before I knew what happened, Thirsty for Water was born. It’s very short and I’m very excited to offer it to you for FREE! Hurry, this special offer is for today only!!!

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Title: Thirsty for Water

Author: N. N. Light

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Blurb:

Juliet can’t wait to graduate from high school and finally move on with her life. History class seems so last week when Noko appears, pleading for her help. History comes alive like never before and Juliet must decide how she can help Noko and his village before it’s too late.

 

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Thirsty For Water

Remember a few weeks ago when I told you I went outside my comfort zone and wrote a short story? Well, here it is and I am very excited about it! Here is the information:

Title: Thirsty for Water

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Blurb: Juliet can’t wait to graduate from high school and finally move on with her life. History class seems so last week when Noko appears, pleading for her help. History comes alive like never before and Juliet must decide if she will help Noko and his village before it’s too late.

Price: $1.49

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Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23341801-thirsty-for-water

It’s a fun read for the whole family and it costs less than a cup of coffee. 🙂

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