Thursday, December 15, 2016

Book Blast: Captain Hawkins by H. Peter Alesso

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Strong vibrant characters with action packed battle drama Jamie Hawkins was living on an obscure planet in the twenty third-century when on one fateful night--his life changed forever. His heroic effort to save the lives of innocent women and children, caught in the cross-fire of war, placed him squarely in the cross-hairs of avenging soldiers. Hawkins was stunned when his rescue effort was seen as treachery. Unfairly convicted of treason by a corrupt judge, he was sentenced to life imprisonment at hard labor on an infamous penal colony. Once in prison, his courage and perseverance won him the admiration and trust of his fellow convicts. While he was plotting his escape, an enemy attacked the planet--giving this daring warrior his chance. Together with his fellow prisoners, he launched a bold assault and high-jacked an enemy warship. From then on, Captain Jamie Hawkins and his ship the Indefatigable fought against a corrupt government--only to discover a mysterious alien presence behind the war.

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As a scientist and author specializing in technology innovation, H. Peter Alesso has over twenty years research experience at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). As Engineering Group Leader at LLNL he led a team of scientists and engineers in innovative applications across a wide range of supercomputers, workstations, and networks. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a B.S. and served in the U.S. Navy on nuclear submarines before completing an M.S. and an advanced Engineering Degree at M.I.T. He has published several software titles and numerous scientific journal and conference articles, and he is the author/co-author of ten books.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Release : Escaping the Ashes by Olivia Hardin

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Escaping the Ashes (Hotel Paranormal)

is available now.

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escaping-the-ashes-3dThe Phoenix: I live to serve the gods. A servant, a protector, an assassin. I've given my life and my death to that duty, an on-going cycle that I can't escape. But then I never before had a reason to... The Angel: I once existed to serve my God. Until I fell into the arms of true love. When I found myself alone, I needed a new master, a new purpose for my life. I've excelled as an Enforcer, and my duty to the job has always been enough. That was, until she crossed my path...

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olivia hardin pic b&w.jpg When Olivia Hardin began having strange movie-like dreams in her teens, she had no choice but to begin putting them to paper. Before long the writing bug had her and she knew she wanted to be a published author. Several rejections plus a little bit of life later, and she was temporarily “cured” of the urge to write. That is until she met a group of talented and fabulous writers who gave her the direction and encouragement she needed to get lost in the words again. Olivia’s attended three different universities over the years and toyed with majors in Computer Technology, English, History and Geology. Then one day she heard the term road scholar and she knew that was what she wanted to be. Now she “studies” anything and everything just for the joy of learning. She's also an insatiable crafter who only completes about 1 out of 5 projects, a jogger who hates to run, and she’s sometimes accused of being artistic. A native Texas girl, Olivia lives in the beautiful Lone Star state with her husband, Danny and their puppy, Bonnie. 
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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Review: Unexpected by P.F. Citizen



A series of short, true life stories, which are the product of the travels and observations of one man. The stories are a miscellaneous collection of the funny and sad, of tragedy, love and friendship. And they are all, in a way, unexpected.
Unexpected takes you on a journey from a Brazilian working on the oil rigs of Venezuela, who gets the shock of his life, to the uplifting story of a Chinese beggar living on the streets, entertaining passers-by with his songs and surviving through the mercy and kindness of others.
There is a story for each of us in this book. Each one is subtly different and each carries either a message of hope for lost, or of caution for the unwary.
Unexpected is just that. Just as life is and just as the course of our lives run, at times unexpectedly.

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                                                  My Review:

Fast read of short stories of people the author meets during a period of time, fun read with sometimes ending you don't see coming.

Great way of telling stories love the writing style,a trip trough different cultures, nice present too. great to read on short trips or before sleep. so you have a short story each time! I enjoyed it.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Review: Letting Go: A Contemporary Romantic Thriller by Anthony Awtrey


Despite his wealth, Alex Thompson has been living in fear since his wife died in childbirth. A frivolous wrongful death lawsuit, harassing phone calls, and anonymous threats drive him and his five-year-old twins away from their home in Houston and into the crosshairs of a sniper.
Molly McDill is a struggling single mom who lives next door to Alex and his twins. When she helps them adjust to their new life in the country, she exposes herself and her son to the same threat that followed Alex.
An attempt on his life throws their lives into chaos, inviting more threats, public scrutiny, and Molly’s ex-husband back into her life. The tension tests the attraction they feel toward each other as they struggle to keep life normal for their kids.
Alex still doesn’t know who wants him dead but suspects his former in-laws. As the threats become a visceral danger, Alex and Molly race to uncover the secret that died with his wife before it costs them everything.

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Review:

Alex lost his wife in childbirth, He been through a wringer of threats and harassing phone calls. He decides to leave the city lives and move to a small town with his daughters.
There he gets help from his next door neighbor Molly, who is a single mother of a son. While he adjust to living in the country with her help their past catch up to both. Alex feels guilty about it when Molly gets dragged in his problems.
But then there is Molly's ex-husband.

The characters in this book are great I could totally relate to them, I love the authors way of writing and the story line, there is some romance in it too.
Even Though the kids sound almost to perfect it was a very enjoyable book.
I had a hard time putting it down.


Five Gifts for the Mind Eran Katz


Practical brain skills weaved into an intriguing suspense story

Professor Jerome Zommer receives an anonymous letter signed by an ‘Asian student’ challenging him with five seemingly impossible assignments, related to powerful brain skills. Her letter leads him to an unprecedented journey into Asian and Jewish wisdom and its potent contemporary implications. The shocking discovery will shake professor Zommers personal life, revealing one of East Asia’s most mysterious historical facts.
Five Gifts for the Mind will teach you to:
  • Erase unwanted memories and data from our brain using Jewish and Korean techniques.
  • Make ANYONE buy your idea or product, using the Jewish and Chinese five step persuasion program.
  • Hypnotize your customers using Japanese neuro-aesthetic rules of beauty that have used Apple inc. to create this impact.
  • Control your desires using the amazing ‘400 meter’ method and enjoy “guilty” sins without regret and guilt.
  • Apply six Indian brain ‘apps’ that prevent making fatal mistakes and learn to make right decisions in seconds!

A suspenseful, useful, fun and inspiring read!

Ranked #1 on the Israeli and S. Korean bestsellers list.

Apply brain research and traditional knowledge for success and achievement.


                                                      Review:

What a very interesting book, the brain is a fascinating something, very intriguing. The minute I saw this book I wanted to read it,
A student puts a professor though a challenge it makes him use his skills, soon he gets help from another student. They come to solutions it is such a interesting story, in the meantime you are educated about the brain it gives a form of self-help without being noticeable. The author runs you through it in a great story line with fun,and great characters. You will learn a thing of two. If you are fascinated with the brain like me you will love this book. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Romance Starts Here Blast - $.99 One week only

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It's the time of year for giving . . . and Tawdra Kandle want to give YOU a special gift. Three of Tawdra's first-in-series books . . . three full-length, stand-alone novels, no cliffhangers--only sexy, heart-melting romance that will make you want to zip through all of the books that come after them! And all of this for only 99 cents. But here's the catch: this special box set is ONLY going to be on sale for a very limited time. Grab it now, before it's gone. This box set, available only for a very, very limited time, contains three first-in-series romance novels. Each one kicks off a series, and each one also stands alone, with no cliffhangers.
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BEST SERVED COLD: Sometimes, revenge is the only choice . . . unless that plan hits a road block in the form of an adorable guy with brown curls and dimples. Decisions, decisions . . .

This is the first book in the Perfect Dish Romances. Other titles include Just Desserts and I Choose You   THE POSSE: One woman, three men and beach romance stronger than the riptide. In a story of friendship, loss and second chances, Jude will learn her life is far from being over.

This is the first book in the Crystal Cove Romances. Other titles include The Plan, The Path and Underneath My Christmas Tree. THE LAST ONE: He didn't want her. She couldn't stand him. Love doesn't listen to logic.
This is the first book in The One Trilogy (A Small Town Georgia Romance). Other titles include The First One, The Only One, The One Trilogy Box Set (including The Perfect One) and the Always Love Trilogy (Always For You, Always My Own and Always Our Love).

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Review: The Curly Wolf by Michael Kayser


The settlers in the Redbud Valley are peaceable, God-fearing folk who try to follow the golden rule, but they’ve been pushed too far by the mayor of Blue Stone, who wants their land and seemingly has the law on his side. Just as the nesters are banding together to resist the land grab, Blue Stone’s newest deputy rides through their valley. Before they realize the sleepy-eyed youngster called Arizona is a veteran gunfighter hired to bulldoze them off their claims, he has already broken bread with them, danced with their daughters…and stolen the heart of one.
Young Theresa Gutierrez believes Arizona is more than a curly wolf with quick trigger fingers and a stone-cold heart, but her parents and neighbors have good reason to believe otherwise. What everyone agrees upon is that, in the brewing range war, the Arizona Kid is liable to be right smack in the midst of the killing.
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                                               My Review;

My Love for Western I got from my dad, we used to watch John Wayne movies all the time and he had many books.  Anyway.....
The book, I love the characters, they are strong and well developed, the lead role is for a young man who went through much and is a professional gunslinger at young age, he doesn't see wrong with what he does, he falls for Theresa, her dad however forbids them seeing each other. She is convinced there is more to him then just a gun for hire. There is a lot of action in this book  and a mild dose of religion results in a great book, especially for Western lovers.  

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Book Tour: Letting go by A.L. Awtrey

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Despite his wealth, Alex Thompson has been living in fear since his wife died in childbirth. A frivolous wrongful death lawsuit, harassing phone calls, and anonymous threats drive him and his five-year-old twins away from their home in Houston and into the crosshairs of a sniper. Molly McDill is a struggling single mom who lives next door to Alex and his twins. When she helps them adjust to their new life in the country, she exposes herself and her son to the same threat that followed Alex. An attempt on his life throws their lives into chaos, inviting more threats, public scrutiny, and Molly's ex-husband back into her life. The tension tests the attraction they feel toward each other as they struggle to keep life normal for their kids. Alex still doesn't know who wants him dead but suspects his former in-laws. As the threats become a visceral danger, Alex and Molly race to uncover the secret that died with his wife before it costs them everything.

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About A.L. Awtrey After working more than twenty years as a technologist and scientist, Anthony started writing fiction again for the first time since college. Developing white paper studies and proposals for years provided a foundation in technical writing, but telling a compelling story was much harder than it appeared. Four years of practice where he wrote eight novels and dozens of short stories improved his dialog, description, tension, and pacing. With his latest novel, Letting Go, Anthony is ready to release it under his own name. He’s a member of the Central Florida Chapter of the Romance Writers of America and Florida Writers Association. When he’s not writing, Anthony is the CTO of a technology consultancy and a professional singer. Follow Anthony Awtrey
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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Book Blast: NEW book 5 Forgotten Trails by Bonnie R Paulson

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When a Native American Salish woman seeks out her past, she must challenge her beliefs in herself and her family or lose her chance at love. Rachiah has always prided herself in her heritage in the Salish community in northwestern Montana. When she finds out her dad isn’t her biological father, Rachiah determines it’s time to find out the truth everyone has kept hidden. Damon has hurt a girl like Rachiah in the past. His need to make it up to her and assuage his guilt overwhelms him, forcing him to pursue a friendship with Rachiah when her aloofness would normally discourage him from trying further. Will Damon’s need to fix his guilty past mess with Rachiah’s need to find herself? Or will they both diminish into the forgotten world of what-ifs and ranches? Grab the next installment of the Montana Trails series and get roped into a family saga worth risking your heart for.

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Bonnie focuses on the emotional thrill of the romance, the discovery of self and the dynamic forces at play to both pull and push love growth. With 6 children and her own eternal romance at home, Bonnie lives her own dream every day. She's spoiled with blessings and wants to share the joy of ever-after possibilities with others. Whether it's a happy-ever-after or a happy-for-now, the emotions will leave you story drunk for days, if not years. You'll be able to say where you were when you closed the book. Surviving all things real and coming out better on the other side. 
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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Review Promotion: The Asian Slow Cooker Cookbook by Kelly Kwok

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The Asian Slow Cooker cookbook provides great new flavors to try in your slow cooker. These simple and delicious recipes will have your favorite Asian dishes waiting for you right when you get home. With the press of a button, you can make authentic dishes that are healthier and tastier than their restaurant counterparts. You’ll experience a wide variety of flavors; choose spicy, vegetarian, noodles or rice. There are even recipes that have 5 ingredients or less. Extra long day? Kelly’s fuss-free one-pot and skillet recipes will have dinner on the table in 30 minutes or less?and with only one pan to wash, cleanup will be a breeze.Whether you’re in the mood for General Tso’s Chicken, Pad Thai Noodles with Chicken, Beef Chow Fun, Panang Curry, Mapo Tofu or Tom Yum Hot and Sour Soup, you can have fast, delicious meals every day of the week the easy way.

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 Bio: Kelly is the blogger behind Life Made Sweeter. She is a self-taught baker and specializes in Asian cuisine. You can often find her in the kitchen dreaming up tasty new dishes that are quick and easy to make for her family. She enjoys using her slow cooker and adding a fun and healthy twist to many classic favorites. Follow Kelly on her social media!
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                                              Review:

I love Asian food, have been cooking it for several years, but in a slowcooker? Yummy food when you come home! That got my attention.
There is not only crockpot recipes, also 5 ingredients, one pot etc. There is so much choices I made a few already, it was delicious!
 The recipes are easy to follow and make. The pictures are so beautiful they make you drool!!. My husband even liked the food!! I am inspired again and will use this book a lot. There is also a list what to have in your pantry. The author also added background stories of the product/recipes in it. My new favorite cook book for sure!!!


Review Promotion: The Asian Slow Cooker Cookbook by Kelly Kwok

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The Asian Slow Cooker cookbook provides great new flavors to try in your slow cooker. These simple and delicious recipes will have your favorite Asian dishes waiting for you right when you get home. With the press of a button, you can make authentic dishes that are healthier and tastier than their restaurant counterparts. You’ll experience a wide variety of flavors; choose spicy, vegetarian, noodles or rice. There are even recipes that have 5 ingredients or less. Extra long day? Kelly’s fuss-free one-pot and skillet recipes will have dinner on the table in 30 minutes or less?and with only one pan to wash, cleanup will be a breeze.Whether you’re in the mood for General Tso’s Chicken, Pad Thai Noodles with Chicken, Beef Chow Fun, Panang Curry, Mapo Tofu or Tom Yum Hot and Sour Soup, you can have fast, delicious meals every day of the week the easy way.

Buy it on Amazon

Join the Release Day Party on Facebook November 15 https://www.facebook.com/events/108316639646294/ 


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 Bio: Kelly is the blogger behind Life Made Sweeter. She is a self-taught baker and specializes in Asian cuisine. You can often find her in the kitchen dreaming up tasty new dishes that are quick and easy to make for her family. She enjoys using her slow cooker and adding a fun and healthy twist to many classic favorites. Follow Kelly on her social media!
Facebook.com/lifemadesweeter/

Twitter.com/lifemadesweeter

Pinterest.com/lifemadesweeter

Instagram.com/lifemadesweeter


Enter to win a signed paperback and a $25 Amazon Gift Card. Fill out the form below to enter. Open to 18+
Continential USA.
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                                              Review:

I love Asian food, have been cooking it for several years, but in a slowcooker? Yummy food when you come home! That got my attention.
There is not only crockpot recipes, also 5 ingredients, one pot etc. There is so much choices I made a few already, it was delicious!
 The recipes are easy to follow and make. The pictures are so beautiful they make you drool!!. My husband even liked the food!! I am inspired again and will use this book a lot. There is also a list what to have in your pantry. The author also added background stories of the product/recipes in it. My new favorite cook book for sure!!!


Monday, November 7, 2016

Free Ebook - Undeniable by Laura Stapleton

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The first in an epic series of three sections of the Oregon Trail and the three love stories begin here. Beth Ann Roberts made her father a deathbed promise to be a wife to her deceased sister’s husband, Daggart Bartlett. When Daggart sells the farm to join the Gold Rush, Beth must go with him, never expecting how much her life will change. Nicholas Granville is forced by his brother to help a group as they travel the Oregon Trail from Missouri to Oregon. Mourning his late wife, Nick's heart began healing the moment he saw Beth. Now, the couple must find a way to fight a love that is undeniable.
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Undeniable - Book One - a spicy sweet love story. Get it for FREE! 
Undesirable - Book Two - a sweet love story with a distasteful secret. Uncivilized - Book Three - a spicy sweet love story.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Excerpt, Book Blast & Give Away: From Stardust to Babylon by Amanda Bucan


Title: From Stardust to Babylon
Author: Amanda Bucan
Published: August 24th, 2016
Publisher: Publishnation
Genre: Memoir /Creative Non-fiction

Synopsis:
Amanda grew up in an impoverished ex-steel town where she endured a lonely and ostracized childhood. Bullied at school she becomes a withdrawn teenager who at sixteen meets her `twin flame` while working in a humble social club. The two quickly embark upon a passionate affair though the relationship is ill-fated from the outset, and Amanda eventually marries someone else.
For nineteen years they live separate lives, until one harrowing day in 2001 Amanda learns via telepathic messages that Simon has died. This activates an astonishing onslaught of paranormal activity which will ultimately change the course of Mesopotamian, Egyptian and Biblical history. With the revelation of a monumental conspiracy, this story brings truth and hope to a troubled world through a universal language that transcends all faiths and all cultures. Journey the road together, awaken to life`s synchronicities and grow in wisdom.


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About the Author:Title: From Stardust to Babylon
Author: Amanda Bucan
Published: August 24th, 2016
Publisher: Publishnation
Genre: Memoir /Creative Non-fiction
Synopsis:
Amanda grew up in an impoverished ex-steel town where she endured a lonely and ostracized childhood. Bullied at school she becomes a withdrawn teenager who at sixteen meets her `twin flame` while working in a humble social club. The two quickly embark upon a passionate affair though the relationship is ill-fated from the outset, and Amanda eventually marries someone else.
For nineteen years they live separate lives, until one harrowing day in 2001 Amanda learns via telepathic messages that Simon has died. This activates an astonishing onslaught of paranormal activity which will ultimately change the course of Mesopotamian, Egyptian and Biblical history. With the revelation of a monumental conspiracy, this story brings truth and hope to a troubled world through a universal language that transcends all faiths and all cultures. Journey the road together, awaken to life`s synchronicities and grow in wisdom.

Excerpt: From Stardust to Babylon

October moon casts a pool of suffused silver light onto my pillow as I wait with bated breath, bathing in its ethereal glow.
Presently the waiting is over. The room fills with his essence and a voice breaks through the ether.
`Let me look at you! `
I readily comply, tingling from head to toe as he skims purposefully over my limbs, clothing them in a sheath of living fabric.
There is no movement in the darkness thick like treacle. The temperature drops like a stone, yet warmth ignites my wanton spirit till smouldering flames dance through my spine.
I drift with each new breath upon another. Not a single part unaffected by the pure filtered love that permeates every pore.
A gentle tease of my lips and they awaken to that human hair sensation, delicate and soft. All the while I chase it, flicking the tip of my tongue back and forth as my heart skips and flutters to the dissonant sound of a lone branch rapping at my window.
My hand slips impatiently through the deep velvet black. He finally allows me to touch him. I caress the invisible; a flimsy cobweb on my fingertips to tantalize and tickle.
The curtain wafts to a midnight draft from the window. Shadows bobble and bounce around the room: trees waving, a headlamp flashing.
The echo of a taxi door slams in the street while raised voices and clacking high heel shoes break the stillness. And yet there is a moment strong and silent, a moment of divine gratification; a place he calls absolute, complete paradise, right here right now.
If only the moon would shine forever. If only time could be suspended.
“Please don`t leave me!” I beg with a whisper. “I`m scared you`ll be gone when I wake.”
My eyes grow heavy yet I fear to close them, suppressing tiredness for several more hours totally immersed in his love before I finally succumb to the restraints of my inferior body.

“I love you.” He whispers. “Now sleep!”




Monday, October 31, 2016

Guest Post and Book tour: Explosive Decompression by John L. Shppard

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Isaac Asimov meets Charles Dickens with a dash of Jonathan Swift...
In a world that is a science experiment gone horrifyingly wrong, scientist Audrey Novak awakes from a centuries-long sleep to discover that her work has been used to create an appalling world. Aided by commoners, bots, and another refugee from 20th century America, Audrey takes on the power elites on Earth and on the Moon in a novel that is equal parts adventure, science gone haywire, and rollicking humor. ?

A sampling of acclaim for John L. Sheppard
"Sheppard's characters pretend not to be funny, to not be emotional, to not need each other, when of course, they are and they do. There's a clarity to the chaos, the restraint, the vulnerability Sheppard creates, something so human and essential you can't help but turn the page." --Entropy magazine
"...an easy affection for his characters and a sense of natural, unforced humor." --Booklist
"...You have a good time seeing someone have a bad time. It's fun..." --Padgett Powell
"...raw feeling and taut smart prose."--Sam Lipsyte
"The author grips you from the beginning, I couldn't have put it down if I wanted." --Amazon reviewer
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John L. Sheppard wrote the novels After the Jump, No Brass, No Ammo and Small Town Punk.   Follow the Book Tour


                                  Guest Post:

The Church, the Guilt by John L. Sheppard If I listed the basic one-word descriptions of myself — i.e. male, American, veteran — near the top of the list would be “Catholic.” My Catholic upbringing, if you can forgive the pun, has been a mixed blessing. I suppose you could say that I’m a Catholic writer, even though I haven’t been to mass in a quarter century. 
My latest book, Explosive Decompression, is a science fiction book that deals with many religious issues, including eternal life (via technology), meeting your creator (in this case, a scientist who created artificial intelligence), and what our definition of sen‐ tient life might be. Would sentient life include A.I.’s? … mice with enough human genes that they appear human? … humans whose genes have been manipulated and soured enough that those people are the definition of evil through no choice of their own? 
So despite my absence from church, I still think a lot about issues that have something to do with faith. Or at least our place in the universe. Science fiction seems like the obvious place to explore such things. That’s not to say that this is a serious book. I think there’s a pretty good laugh-to-page ratio in there. Anyway, as a child, I was made to go to confession. 
The confes‐ sional was a scary place, and the voice through the grate was frightening even if it was Father Hubert, whose breath was scent‐ ed with whiskey and Pall Malls. He had the voice of Captain Kan‐ garoo. 

I often imagined raining ping-pong balls upon him while kneeling in that dark box. The sisters who taught us at CCD — leading up to our first con‐ fession and subsequently our first communion… the Body of Christ Himself plopped on our tongues (Jesus tastes like dry li‐ brary paste… who knew?) — informed us that as long as we didn’t sin in thought or action, we would remain clean enough to sneak into heaven post-confessional should we die suddenly. Getting hit by a bus was a popular imagined death for the sisters. Naturally, my hand shot up. “So if we think about sinning—?”

 “That’s right, Mr. Sheppard. Straight to hell.” Confession for kiddies is relatively new. It was only in 1910 when the Pope (Pius at the time) infallibly required children to step into the confessional all by their little selves. And the confessional box (now mostly gone) was created in the sixteenth century to prevent priests from pawing at young women. Claw at the screen all you want, Father! You’ll not touch her! I think I was seven at my first confession. I remember there being a lot of instruction required before we were allowed to kneel down before God Almighty’s representative on Earth and talk about how we filched cookies, or talked back to our parents. Afterward, I re‐ member comparing notes with other children on the punishments meted out — Stations of the Cross, Hail Mary’s required, etc. — like we were prisoners out on the yard discussing our court cases. 

At my Catholic high school, I received low marks in “Moral Guidance,” which was a half-hour class in Catholic religious indoctrination. My line of questioning in that class implied that nearly everything that Catholics believe about life and life after death is half-baked nonsense, or worse. The sisters clacked their tongues at my apostasy. Somewhere in there, I graduated from high school. I walked in front of the altar, received a diploma and a communion wafer from a monsignor who’d been imported for the occasion, knelt in the kneeler while sucking the body of Christ off the roof of my mouth, and eventually relaxed back into my pew. I finished ahead of about half my classmates. I didn’t take my Catholic education seriously. How could I? Yet it all stuck no matter how much I tried to suck it off the roof of my mouth. 

It’s all stuck to my fiction, too. Even when I don’t mention the church, it’s in there. Mostly what I have held onto from my Catholicism is my over‐ whelming guilt. I never feel like my slate is clean. Never. I once asked a woman, a friend of a friend, on a date. We were both in our 30’s and unmarried. She was beautiful and smart, so it seemed like the sensible thing to do. She asked, “Are you Catholic?” I said yes. “I don’t date Catholic men. They’re lousy in the sack.” 
I was momentarily offended, even though I am lousy in the sack. “It’s all the guilt,” she said. “It’s like God Himself is in the room with us, judging you.” I shrugged. She was right. 
Because He is.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Life in the Driver’s Seat: Women With Drive & Beyond By Molly Cantrell-Kraig

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Life in the Driver's Seat: Women With Drive & Beyond

The road of the entrepreneur is a bumpy one. Full of zigs and zags, detours and dead ends, building something from scratch takes someone with drive. Wouldn’t it be great if you had a friend along the way? ...Someone who had been where you are? Life in the Driver’s Seat: Women With Drive and Beyond is a slim volume filled with bite-sized wisdom you can fit in your pocket, and read whenever you need a bit of encouragement. Author Molly Cantrell-Kraig shares stories ranging from her childhood in Iowa to her starting over when she launched WWDF in Chicago at the age of 45. You’ll see how she went from being a single mom on welfare to being featured as one of the CNN 10 Visionary Women. You’ll also find Journaling Prompts to help you discover your inner compass along the way. UK author and success coach Ethan Michael Carter calls LiTDS, “Informative, combined with a style that's both fun and easy to digest. … I think the British technical term would be ‘no fluff, and all business, luv!’” This book will help anyone who’s starting something new: moms, those embarking on an encore career, seekers of all stripes. With Foreword by Deb Mills-Scofield, Harvard Business Review.

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Molly is a consultative client advocate with almost two decades of experience in both production and sales across multiple media. She develops effective communications and marketing solutions, with direct experience communicating on sustainability via social media. She manages and informs the online interactions, strategies and engagement for clients using social media pillars and appropriate tools. Molly also provides the measurement of same, including ROI and other criteria. She is also the founder and inspiration for Women With Drive Foundation. WWDF builds a collaborative solution to systemic generational poverty with a focus on providing not only the missing element of transportation, but the necessary component of process and structure for the participants they serve.

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Book Blast and Sale: Light’s Out by Cooper & Paulson

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When an alcoholic doctor and guilt-plagued nurse are stalked by a vengeful mother during one of the worst storms in the region’s history, an entire town’s survival hangs in the balance. After a botched emergency C-section, Terri lost her son. With her marriage a wreck, Terri holds the hospital staff responsible for destroying every aspect of her life and will exact revenge as the snow pours down. Karen was in the surgical room when it all went down. She has the evidence to prove Terri’s story of corruption and medical malpractice. Instead, Karen falsifies the records in exchange for a briefcase full of cash she needs to save her parents. The guilt of her actions and what she protected erodes her life and brings her to the brink. As the storm rolls in, Karen succumbs to her guilt, ready to set the record straight—but will she get her chance? She’s at the top of Terri’s list. As residents are stranded and seek shelter, the power goes out all over town and provides the perfect cover. Those that know Terri the best—fear the worst. Terri, a survival wilderness expert, will take to the snow to exact her revenge and to hell with anyone who gets in her way. Sandpoint, Idaho is about to be put on notice by a grief-stricken mother without a child and the residents will never be the same. Get lost in the storm and purchase Light’s Out today!

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Meet the authors - About Jill Cooper – I could write this in the third person. I could tell you what I like, where I was born, and what my favorite things are. But instead, I’ll say I don’t want to write like everyone else. I don’t want to craft stories you’ve read a thousand times before. I want my novels to be a cinematic experience, blending themes, genres, and situations unlike any you’ve ever read. I want to break the rules. I want you to break out in a cold sweat as you read my books out of fear, love, and excitement. I want my books to be an experience. When you finish, I want you to feel something. Good or bad. If you do, then I’ll have succeeded. If not, I’ll keep trying. She can be contacted at http://www.jillacooper.com and please like her to keep up to date: Facebook   

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About Bonnie R. Paulson Bonnie R. Paulson mixes her science and medical background with reality and possibilities to make even myths seem likely and give every romance the genetic strength to survive. Bonnie has discovered a dark and twisty turn in her writing that she hopes you enjoy as much as she has enjoyed uncovering it. Dirt biking with her family in the Northwest keeps her sane. Follow on: Facebook / Website/ Twitter / Goodreads / Newsletter/ Literary Addicts / Amazon