Friday, July 31, 2015

Cover Reveal! 'Triangulating Bliss' by Janelle Jalbert






TRIANGULATING BLISS

by Janelle Jalbert


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BLURB:

A struggling veteran reads about the mysterious death of a local athlete and wants to learn more. He meets the owner of the business linked to the crime and discovers others have “disappeared”.

All stories include a man with dark hair, blue eyes, and a strong jaw.

Then, it’s his turn.

The mysterious forces at Bliss change everything. What brought them all to Bliss is not as it appears and their lives are powerfully interconnected across space and time.

Read an excerpt:
Greg opened the backdoor to Bliss. He forced himself to stop thinking about how the name of the place made him think of a day spa rather than a barbeque joint. The tell-tale wood smoke greeted him, causing his stomach to growl and suspending his thoughts about the name of the place. Musical chimes sounded above the door as Greg’s eyes adjusted from the glare of the fall sun to the darkened interior.

Figures, he thought. Why wouldn't there be chimes at a place called Bliss?

Once his eyes adjusted, the bar area didn't seem to be out of the ordinary. Greg stopped at the partition just inside the door. It was covered with a list of sayings:
Follow Your Bliss
Happiness Is an Inside Job
Be Careful What You Wish For
There's No Better Time to Claim the Future You Want Than Now
A half-laugh escaped him. He thought it was a menu board at first and the philosophizing caught him off guard. Still, the final statement hit close to home, and he took a deep breath.

Greg headed to the long black bar. A smaller party room was to the right with about a dozen tables to the left. It had the feel of a contemporary jazz club or maybe a speakeasy. Beyond the tables, bright daylight streamed into the lounge from a passage between the front diner area and the bar. No creepy Twilight Zone feeling here, he thought.

Two muted, flat screen TVs hung on either side of the wood shelves stocked with bottles of all sizes. He eyed the taps and sports coverage while surveying the place. Though there were no windows in the back area, yet it didn't feel claustrophobic. Between the lighting, mirrors and glass, there was elegance to the place that radiated a different type of light. Poster-sized black and white pictures hung on the walls, showing the history of the place. Greg guessed they were from the 1940's. Smaller pictures of patrons and notable artifacts related to "Our Place" dotted the walls. Greg knew from his early research that Our Place was the name of the restaurant until a few years earlier.

Greg settled in, still getting a sense of the place, when a woman with graying dark hair approached him. Though he talked with Lois on the phone, this was the first time he saw her. She was not remarkably tall, but definitely commanded the bar and carried herself in a way that betrayed her real age. She had a look of knowing, or maybe it was just cheer that she had a customer on a dead afternoon.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Janelle Jalbert has ghostwritten 15 nonfiction books on topics ranging from productivity, money management, marketing, cooking, and relationships. She also worked as a copywriter for some of the biggest online names and worked as a motorsports reporter covering NASCAR. Jalbert enjoys bringing stories to life that celebrate the magic in everyday living. To learn more about her current and upcoming releases and promotions visit www.janellejalbert.com. Jalbert currently lives in Southern California, though she regularly returns to her second home in North Carolina when her pack of pups grants her a vacation.

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Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Janelle-Jalbert/e/B00Q5MD7AW/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1432770403&sr=8-1

BN Author Page: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/janelle-jalbert


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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

#FREE read! 'Summer of Love' by Debra Elizabeth

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SummerofLoveSMJune 25 was supposed to be the best day of Jessica Blackstone's life, but a family accident sends her perfect life into a tailspin. Trying to cope with the tragedy, she retreats to the family beach cottage for some much needed solace.

John Smith has been burnt by love, and is not interested in another relationship, that is, until he meets the beautiful and fragile Jessica. Can these two lost souls find love and heal their fractured hearts?





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Monday, July 27, 2015

'The Vanished Lady' by Loretta Jackson and Vickie Britton


Blurb:

Dana Lawrence doesn’t imagine when she buys the quaint Victorian house in the remote mountains of Colorado that her life will soon be in danger. She has heard the legend of Lelia Glenn and how she vanished in the 1800’s, but no one told her about the more recent disappearance of Amy Walden two years ago.

On the night of her arrival, Dana spies someone digging on her land. The sheriff tells her that on the day Amy disappeared Glenndale’s jewelry store was robbed. Amy’s boyfriend, Donnie Thorpe, is still on the run, and his accomplice, Jed Hoyt, has just been released from prison. Bennett believes a third party masterminded the robbery--her handsome neighbor, Logan Rand.

While Dana tries to beat the thieves to the stolen goods, she uncovers a grave. Threats and attempts on her life follow in rapid succession. Dana must identify the killer before she becomes the next vanished lady.

Read an excerpt:
...My new home. Her heart sank as she realized the enormity of the task she had taken on so impetuously. Her gaze wandered over the faded wallpaper, the water stains on the ceiling, the threadbare carpet. Everywhere she looked she saw major repairs that vied for immediate attention, repairs that would in the end call for much more money than she could access. 
But on the bright side, Dana could tackle most of the work alone, only hiring an electrician or plumber when necessary. She would definitely need help repairing the badly damaged floor near the staircase. Once more she felt overwhelmed, as if she had set for herself an impossible goal no one person would ever be able to accomplish. But she had no choice other than to succeed. For better or worse, the Vanished Lady Inn now belonged to her. 
Because of the deep silence, the sudden creaking of boards outside the front door caused her to start. She froze for a moment, thinking of the blackness of the night, of the total isolation. Footsteps sounded across the porch, then ceased. 
She approached the door, her gaze falling on the tall, shadowy outline of a lone man.

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From the Authors:

My sister and I have always loved to explore historic homes, and in Colorado we came across many lovely houses called "Painted Ladies". The term "painted lady" has a double meaning. It is used to refer to "soiled doves" or fallen women of the Old West, who painted their faces as opposed to respectable women who did not use cosmetics. Though the terms are unrelated, houses of that same era which are painted in a multi-colored scheme, the showy peacocks of architecture, are also referred to as "Painted Ladies". Many of these historic homes throughout the United States have been remodeled and turned into bed and breakfasts. And most of them have a tragic tale or a ghost or two. This fictional tale set in Colorado centers around such a secret.

About the Authors

Vickie Britton and Loretta Jackson are a sister/co-authoring team whose over forty novels include mysteries, adventures, westerns and romantic suspense. They love history and travel, and visit each setting used in their novels. They have co-authored the eight-book Ardis Cole Mystery Series, The High Country Mystery Series, and many single suspense titles.

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

'Shatterproof (Dynamic Journey Book 1)' by Rianne Moss ~ #FREE on Kindle Unlimited!


Blurb:

20-year-old Natalie Meyers is a young woman whose trusting nature made her the victim of one of the most repugnant crimes imaginable--sexual abuse at the hands of her grandfather. This once happy girl now lives a life of addiction and hardship. Everything gets worse when Natalie’s father kicks her out of his house for stealing. She finds herself remorseful, alone, and completely abandoned. Natalie goes to live with Scott, her long-term boyfriend and fellow addict, in his parent’s basement. As obstacles continue to fall in her path, Natalie's life spins out of control. Will she overcome these trying times or will her life remain shattered?

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

'Walkin' on the Sun (The Official Smash Mouth Biography)' by Paul DeLisle plus #Giveaway

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Who hasn't rocked out to the music of Smash Mouth?! Now you can go behind the music with a band that carried the spirit of a generation in Walkin' on the Sun; The Official Smash Mouth Biography.

IMG_1194.JPGHello. My name is Paul DeLisle. I’m the guy who wrote this book. You've probably never heard of me. That's okay. Most people wouldn't know me from Adam. But, unless you've been living in a cloistered monastery for the last fifteen years, you have heard of my band.

          So begins the memoir of the creation, rise, and current state of the multi-platinum recording artist Smash Mouth as told by bassist Paul DeLisle. Well known for their hits “All Star,” “Walking on the Sun,” “Then the Morning Comes,” “Can’t Get Enough of You Baby,” and “I’m a Believer,” the band carried the spirit of a generation, but didn't stop there. Enjoy this behind-the-scenes look from Paul’s unique, there from the start, insider’s view.


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Excerpt:
There's an episode of Cheers where washed-up ball player Sam Malone, frustrated with either Diane or Rebecca, proclaims, "Y'know, most people don't know this ... but I’m famous!"
I love that line. I can totally relate. You see, I am a founding and continued member of the band Smash Mouth. Yet I am, proudly and alas, the bass player. I’m not famous. My band is.
From the beginning, Smash Mouth was set up as a democracy between four musicians and a manager, each player having an equal voice on band matters. Yet we were all fully aware and accepting of the fact that, as lead singer/frontman, Steve Harwell would be getting a disproportionate amount of attention. Seeing as he is the face and mouthpiece of Smash Mouth, you may be a little disappointed he didn't write this book. 
But stay with me here. Because as you'll see, I have a unique vantage point: as one of only four original constituents, I’ve been involved in every aspect of the band since day one. Only Steve and I have trod every step of this Smash Mouth journey. Also, while traditionally under-recognized, the bass player himself sees everything. Plus I went to college. Who better to write a book about Smash Mouth? 
That said, keep in mind this book is solely from my point of view. Steve, Greg, Kevin, and Robert would obviously have different takes on certain events. However, this book is simply intended as a comprehensive account of our rise to fame and continued success. 
So without further ado ... here’s what happened:
     
EEP!!! How awesome is that! Pick up your copy of Walkin' on the Sun today and get your own "backstage pass" to the world of Smash Mouth!

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Why do people love Neil Gaiman?

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What is it about English author Neil Gaiman that is so attractive to so many people?

Perhaps it is his ability to create magical worlds that seem as real as the one in which we actually live. His fantasies come to life. We can see ourselves walking alongside his characters, experiencing everything they do. We can relate to them, no matter what form they take. We learn from them.

Perhaps it is the many forms in which his work exists. His spectrum of works appeals to a broad audience. He writes novels. Some of his work has been adapted into movies. He creates graphic novels and comics. 

Perhaps it is the way he speaks. Some swoon over his voice, others his words. He captivates his audience in person, just as much as his books do.

Perhaps it is just his wisdom. Neil Gaiman quotes are rampant as memes on Facebook and other social media sites. Check out 16 of his best ones:

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

#KindleCountdown 'The Murder Motif: An Austin, Texas Art Mystery (Michelle Hodge Series)' by Roslyn Woods


Blurb:

When Shell Hodge moves to Austin, she is ready to start a new life as a single woman with her focus squarely on her art career. After reuniting with her best friend Margie and renting a house from Margie’s older brother Dean, Shell believes life will be as uncomplicated as moving in and getting back to her painting. But Margie’s older brother is distractingly handsome, and he has a charming dog that wins her heart. More importantly, a murder charge is looming over Dean, and trying to find the real killer is drawing Shell into a world of intrigue and danger.

Read an excerpt:
Please don’t let there be snakes, she thought as she sank to a sitting position in the grass. Just sit here and wait. It was a good hiding place. The car was visible, but even so, it was just too dark to see much else. In the distance the water bubbled along. Occasionally she heard a truck or car passing noisily on the bridge overhead. She thought of her mother then, and how she wouldn’t want her to be doing this. Help me, Mom. Help me, Lana. She sat there pondering over the fact that she didn’t really believe in the supernatural but that she always seemed to pray when she was scared or worried.

It seemed an eternity before she heard the squishy sound of wet feet trudging near her hiding place. Don’t find me. Don’t find me! She could see him by the light of the bridge overhead now. Kojak. He stopped in the darkness and looked intensely into the brambles for a moment. Shell held her breath while her heart thudded against her ribs.

“Who’s there?” he called. Surely he could hear her heart beating. Surely he would see her in a moment.

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About the author:

Roslyn Woods, an oil painter and watercolorist, has quietly written fiction for years. She lived in Barcelona as a child, the daughter of two writers. Roslyn now lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and her dog, a lovable mutt. The Point of Death is the prequel to her mystery series featuring Shell Hodge.