Friday, May 27, 2016

Welcome, Reluctant Stranger! (Between Two Worlds Book 3) by Evy Journey

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Welcome, Reluctant Stranger!

Leilani's mother has never set foot in her school until the day she whisks her children out of their Pacific Island country, without their father and without explanation. Eighteen years later, Leilani just wants to leave the past behind, move forward.

She has settled peacefully in California and like her long-lost father, she heals people. But her tranquil existence is disturbed one evening.

A computer nerd and culinary whiz with a biting sense of humor, Justin is brokenhearted from the loss of his girlfriend who has left him after seven years. All he wants is to drown his sorrows. But he finds more trouble than he's looking for when thugs assault him.

On her way home from work, Leilani sees the assault. An ace with a gun, she rescues him.

Weeks later, they meet again and find themselves attracted to each other. Fearing Justin is on the rebound, or has a rescuer complex, Leilani doesn't want to get involved.

But Leilani cannot deny her feelings. As they begin to fall in love, her past comes back to haunt her.

A friend of her father arrives with news which forces her mother to reveal a shocking, shameful secret--the truth about the role Leilani's father played in a deadly political web.

Can Leilani deal with the truth? But hero or villain, he is her father and only she and Justin can rescue him from the island she'd left long ago.

At the core of this women's fiction is an Asian woman-white man interracial romance spun with international political intrigue and a young woman's acceptance of her past. Welcome Reluctant Stranger is Book 3 in a family saga. In three tales of loss, love, second chances, and finding one's way, three strong women cope with issues contemporary women face.


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61KYqdGx5XL._UX250_SPR Independent Woman Authors 2015 bronze awardee Evy Journey has always been fascinated with words and seduced by beautiful prose. She loves Jane Austen and invokes her spirit every time she spins tales of love, loss, and finding one's way--stories she interweaves with mystery or intrigue and sets in various locales.

She's lived and traveled in many places, from Asia to Europe. Often she's ended up in Paris, though--her favorite place in the world. She's become something of an observer-wanderer. A flâneuse, as the French would say.

The mind is what fascinates her most. So, armed with a Ph.D., she chose to work in mental health, researching and developing programs. And writing like an academic. Not a good thing if you want to sound like a normal person. So, she's written fiction (happy fiction) as an antidote.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

What Casts the Shadow? (The Edge of the Known) by Seth Mullins

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What Casts the Shadow?

Brandon Chane is an artistic visionary, a profoundly gifted young musician and poet. He is also deeply troubled, and seemingly at the mercy of dark forces that threaten to tear his life apart. He has risked all of his fragile hopes upon the fate of his band, Edge of the Known, and the dream of following his Muse.

Here he narrates the incredible journey that begins when he meets Saul Mason, an enigmatic soul-guide who insists that Brandon’s life and destiny are of his own making. Saul’s wisdom and guidance sets Brandon upon a path of spiritual awakening; and this inner transformation reverberates not only within his own life but also within the lives of all the hungry, searching souls who are touched by his music…



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About Seth Mullins


 Seth Mullins first conceived of his dream to write novels in his early teens, and this one desire has stayed with him throughout all the other myriad twists and turns of life. His inspirations include methods of inner exploration such as dream-work and shamanism and his experiences as a songwriter and performing musician. He studied creative writing at Santa Fe Community College in New Mexico and Lane Community College in Oregon.


Saturday, May 21, 2016

#Review of The Silent Sounds of Chaos by Kristina Circelli


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TSSOCEbookAmazon (1) A silent call for help began the friendship between two children. A bond unlike any other kept them together.

Finn was just a kid when he first heard Snow’s voice inside his head, two children in need of a friend and finding one in mysterious strangers. Never meeting in person, the pair grows up as opposites – Finn the boy who loves to get in trouble and works for the toughest drug lord in town, Snow the good, sheltered girl who wants to be a doctor.

The bond built upon a strange ability to hear each other’s thoughts is threatened when Snow is abducted, her screams for help consuming Finn’s mind until they disappear completely, submerging him in a terrifying silence he’s never known before. Now it’s up to Finn to save her, led only by Snow’s sporadic thoughts as she floats in and out of consciousness.

But the search for Snow leads him to a truth he isn’t prepared to face, a truth that has the power to unravel his entire world. The people he thought he knew, the life he thought he’d made, the best friend he thought he could protect – all point toward a brutal reality should he fail.

And as Finn struggles to find Snow before she slips away, he must fight to keep that reality out, lest he let the chaos in.

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**My thoughts**

I haven't been this impressed by a story in quite some time. I was looking for a different kind of read, because I had gotten myself into a kind of rut in genres. The blurb was captivating. The ability for the two children to communicate in their heads initially made me think of the original Escape to Witch Mountain. (Yes, I know, Tony wasn't able to talk back to Tia in his head, but the general concept is similar.) 

Just as the blurb was captivating, so was the story from the beginning. That initial moment when the two connect telepathically sparked a strong desire to understand how and why this was happening. Knowing that their connection was partially due to their horrid circumstances just tugged at my heartstrings. I wanted to do something to help these children, to protect them from their worlds. But they are only meant to have each other.

As their story went on and they grew older, I found myself starting to wonder what it would be like to have someone almost on speed dial in my head. An instant helper and cheerleader for anything life threw at me. I loved that they had that in each other. I also loved how Snow worked so hard at being good all the time and managed to keep Finn somewhat in check. I loved how Finn kept doing what he was going to do in his "bad ass life," and yet Snow's voice was like a Jiminy Cricket conscious in his head, preventing him from going all out. The two are total opposites, and yet still have so much in common and need each other. It's a beautiful thing that we could all use in our lives. They are so fortunate to have found each other, and in this way.

Snow's abduction made me hurt. This intense connection of theirs is put to the test. And how do you explain it to those around you? When I hit this point in the novel, it was getting pretty late and I really needed to go to bed. I knew I would regret it in the morning if I didn't. But I couldn't put it down. I needed to know if Finn could find her. I needed to know what was going to happen if and when they finally met in person. And I'd read in other reviews that there was a great twist at the end. So, of course I needed to find out what that was. The whole time I was reading, my head was coming up with every possible scenario I could think of. 

I plowed through to the end. And then that twist came. I was so confused at first and felt like I had missed something. I had to slow way down when reading, to make sure that I got all of the information and could process it. I went back through the story in my mind, to see if I had been given some clues to the twist. Perhaps they are there, but they are very well hidden, which I love in a book like this. I almost want to go back and reread it, knowing what I know now. I think the book the second time through would be a very different read.

So, all in all, I loved this book. It was refreshing to read something a little different in this saturated book market. I felt a lot of different emotions while going through it, which is always a good thing. I may have had a tear or two escape. I love this kind of reading experience. I also want to now check out some of Kristina's other books, to see how captivating they are for me, as well.


Meet the author:

kristina-2Night owl, Dorito lover, and quiet eccentric – Kristina Circelli is the author of several fiction novels, including The Helping Hands series, The Whisper Legacy, The Never, and The Sour Orange Derby.

Her latest series, The Whisper Legacy, features Beyond the Western Sun. This book is what all fantasy adventures must strive to be: a complex, intricate examination of human emotion set within the context of worlds known only in our imagination. Melding fantasy and legend in an epic quest, this series signals the arrival of Kristina Circelli as a master storyteller and an important voice in Native American literature.

A descendent of the Cherokee nation and niece of a Cherokee elder, Circelli holds both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in English from the University of North Florida, where she teaches creative writing. She also heads Red Road Editing, a full-service editing company for independent authors and commercial clients.

She currently resides in Jacksonville, Florida with her husband, Seth, and cats, Lord Finnegin the Fierce and Mr. Malachi the Mighty.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Magic of an Outreach Campaign by Timothy Welch




The Magic of an Outreach Campaign


Want to know a fantastical, magical, fun creative and relatively fast way to get your Outreach off and running; read this book and find out how. This is useful for anyone; the average business owner, the local politician, a local non profit group, a charity, or even the local church.


Only thing missing is you and your imagination. Learn from the master of Creative Outreaching. Journey with the author as he shares his stories and personal research what works and what does not work too well.


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Monday, May 16, 2016

Release Day! The Psycho Collection by B.R. Paulson

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EVERYONE HAS A LITTLE PSYCHO INSIDE…





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PSYCHO INSIDE ME

I killed my first victim at thirteen years old – my age, not his. He was going to rape me, him and a couple of his friends. And so, I killed him. And then… I killed again. And again.

b At seventeen, I’m killing four to six times a year – maybe more. Don’t stress out. I only go after the pedophiles and rapists. There are more out there than I could cover in a lifetime.

Saying I did this on my own would be selfish. Enforcing justice holds a glory all its own. But now, my lifelong friend and backup, Deegan, has been arrested. I have to decide if I want to give myself up and take his place or leave him with all the damning evidence. I don’t want to stop killing. But if I let him take the fall, I can’t kill anymore. And I need to keep doing that.

But the worst part of it all? I love him.

DICTATING DEATH

Samantha wants to love him.

Maria wants to kill him.

Dr. Luke Lawson has no idea that the girl he’s dating has split personalities fighting to control her body. Samantha must keep Luke safe at all costs.

If Samantha wins, Maria will die and disappear forever – taking Samantha with her.

If Maria wins, Dr. Lawson will die and she and Samantha will move on to the next doctor – the next kill.

But Luke is special.

He could save Samantha from herself… but only if Samantha can save him.

WATCH ME BURN

Levi

I’ve been in love and it hurts.

We hurt each other.

On purpose.

I can’t escape the guilt.

Megan

I don’t want to be just friends with Levi.

But I will be.

He’s been hurt before and I just want to be there for him.

Someone needs to be on his side.

Chelsea

Levi Cole is mine.

I want him.

She can’t have him.

She needs to die.

Fireworks Kisses and Summertime Wishes by Linda West



Fireworks Kisses and Summertime Wishes


***Next Book in the #1 Best Selling Holiday Romance Series****

When beautiful tomboy Elle is broken up with by her longtime boyfriend she thinks her chance for happiness is over. Growing up in the wonderful clean and wholesome mountain town all she had ever dreamed of was having a family of her own. Having lost her parents at a young age, Elle knew true happiness was to be found in the love and connection of family. Now all she had left to find solace in is her horses and helping her Grandpa run the lodge.
When a stranger comes to town and starts hanging around the stables Elle is a bit concerned. Slowly she warms up to the odd young man and encourages him to start working with the horses. As they get to know each other they realize they are very much alike on the inside, even if they have taken extremely different paths in their lives.

When things take a surprisingly different turn, Elle is forced to choose between what she thinks she wants and what her heart says. Everyone wants a hero, but not everyone can recognize a true one when they meet them.

This is a truly loving and moving story about a military war hero that heals and finds love in a very special place called Kissing Bridge Mountain.

This is a perfect book for Christians and other people who enjoy a clean wholesome and feel good romance!


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About Linda West:


Linda West was born in Buffalo and now lives in LA. She used her small town as an inspiration for Kissing Bridge Mountain, and she had more fun writing this book than any thing she has ever written! Linda is a manifestation and law of attraction expert and has many books on empowerment and living your dream life. Go see her tools and books at MorningMayan.com

Practical Steps to Financial Freedom and Independence by Usiere Uko



Practical Steps to Financial Freedom and Independence


Drawing extensively from the author's personal experience and spiced with humor, Practical Steps to Financial Freedom and Independence, like a friendly guide takes you by the hand and shows you the way home.

Each chapter covers a step with an illustration from the author's personal life. With these steps, you learn how to discover yourself, your unique gifts and talents and how to make your unique contribution to the world, becoming who you were born to be in the process.

The journey to financial freedom and independence is not just about becoming rich, but the freedom to live your dreams, and in the process give others permission to live theirs.

Practical Steps to Financial Freedom and Independence is a marriage between financial advice and personal growth and development. Knowing the right techniques or ‘how to’s’ is not enough to do the right things on a sustainable basis. Financial freedom may give you wings, but personal growth and development is the wind beneath those wings.



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About Usiere Uko


Usiere Uko is not your regular personal finance expert. He is a man on a mission - to inspire everyday folks to rise above their circumstances/excuses and live their dreams.

Usiere, originally a Mechanical Engineer with over 20 years in the oil and gas industry applied the principles of personal finance he learned to quit his job at 47 to live his dreams.

Usiere is a personal finance coach, a Personal Finance columnist for Punch Newspapers (Nigeria) AM Finance, writes Leadership & Lifestyle and Today's Lifeline magazines.

Usiere is a rookie marathoner, wannabe sky diver and believes in living life without limits. Usiere lives in Lagos Nigeria and is happily married with a lovely son and daughter.

He blogs at www.financialfreedominspiration.com

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