Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Review of The Moonlight Child by Karen McQuestion

On a cold January night, Sharon Lemke heads outside to see a lunar eclipse when she notices something odd at the house behind her backyard. Through her neighbor's kitchen window, she sees what appears to be a little girl washing dishes late at night. But the Fleming family doesn't have a child that age, and even if they did, why would she be doing housework at this late hour?

It would be easy for Sharon to just let this go, but when eighteen-year-old Niki, a former foster child, comes to live with Sharon, she notices suspicious activity at the Flemings' house as well. When calling social services doesn't result in swift action, the two decide to investigate on their own.

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**My thoughts**

I’ve been hearing recommendations for Karen McQuestion’s books for a while. A fellow book blogger recommended this one specifically a couple of times, plus it has been riding high on the Kindle bestseller list for weeks now. I had to find out why.

Three families, all dealing with some kind of damage. At first you’re wondering what they all have to do with each other. But then as the story unfolds, the pieces fall into place.

You have family, friendship, loss and love, mental illness and abuse, and even some redemption. You’re horrified at what Ma’am puts Mia and her family through. You’re rooting for Niki to find her way in her new family. You’re waiting with baited breath with Wendy and Edwin as they search for their missing daughter. So much is going on. And yet you can keep it all straight as Karen takes you into the minds of her characters, really allowing you to get to know each character. I have missed this kind of storytelling in contemporary books.

I read the bulk of this book in one day after I finally carved out some time to really focus on it. I found it absolutely fascinating and almost feel compelled to keep a closer eye on some of my own neighbors. Well worth the read and I’m glad I listened to the advice to do so.

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Last Chance California by Brian Price


Are We All Doomed to Become Our Parents? 

Terrified he’s becoming just like his father, Wyatt Lewis, a disillusioned millennial, breaks up with his fiancée to chase his childhood dream – a fresh start in Southern California. 

Once in San Diego, Wyatt reunites with an old friend, Summer Harrison, while falling hard for the elusive and free-spirited, Leah Murphy. Summer and Leah show Wyatt a dazzling world littered with lavish speakeasies, egregious drug use, and overpriced cocktails. Surrounded by fake glamor and stuck in a terrible corporate job, Wyatt’s escape turns into his worst nightmare. 

Overworked, alone, and filled with regret, the aspiring writer spirals down a self-destructive path that forces him to confront the violent past he ran away to California to forget. 

In his raw, hilarious, and dark debut novel, Brian Price showcases our world, on the verge of the COVID-19 pandemic, through the eyes of a sarcastic and stubborn narrator as he attempts to drown his family’s demons.

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Brian Price worked in the marketing and communications industry for nine years. The Public Relations Society of America, American Business Awards, and Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals are a few of the organizations that awarded his work.

But who actually cares about that?

He certainly doesn’t.

Sick of bookshelves being stuffed with bureaucrats’ memoirs and snake-oil entrepreneurs using books as sales funnels, Brian started a blog. Then he wrote a novel, Last Chance California.

If he isn’t reading or writing, Brian is probably playing with his rescue pup, Bucky or ranting about the government.

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Thursday, December 16, 2021

Review of Her Christmastime Family by Tara Randel

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Welcome to the book tour for Her Christmastime Family by Tara Randel! I love this series so much! Today I'm sharing my review. And if you follow the tour, you'll have a chance to read an exclusive excerpt over at Candrel's Crafts, Cooks, and Characters, one of my other sites. Enjoy the tour and best of luck in the giveaway!

Her Christmastime Family
(The Golden Matchmakers Club #2)
By Tara Randel
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 271 Pages
November 30, 2021 by Harlequin Heartwarming

A holiday match…
For a lifetime of love!

Creating new Christmas traditions is a priority for single mom Faith Harper. But the handsome widower next door, police officer Roan Donovan, is struggling to make the season merry for his two girls. Sunny Faith could brighten the holiday for Roan. And the way he protects his daughters touches her heart. Will facing their challenges together unite their families…and build a love to weather all seasons?

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**My thoughts**
I love this series! I love this group of people who have the younger generation's best interests at heart and work at fixing them up without being obnoxiously interfering and obvious about it. Plus there is a bit of romance brewing within that group! And fear not, each book works as a standalone.

Faith and Roan are just perfect for each other right out of the gate. They rely on each other to help with being single parents. And the kids just naturally fit together and have fun. They also learn a lot from each other and grow so much. It's a nice, slow burn of a friendship that develops into so much more. And it's not just two adults getting together, it's two families. And with it all happening around Christmas, it is extra magical and wonderful.

I loved watching them evolve and can't wait to find out what happens next in this adorable small town!

I received a requested review copy from Prism Book Tours. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Stealing Her Best Friend's Heart
(The Golden Matchmakers Club #1)
By Tara Randel
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
July 27, 2021 by Harlequin Heartwarming

A home renovation…
Could change this friendship forever

Heidi Welch has her eye on the perfect home…until Reid Masterson buys it! Now Heidi has one last chance to get back the home of her dreams from her childhood friend and longtime crush. If she helps Reid with the renovations, he'll sell her the house. But “just friends” seems just about impossible…especially when friendship keeps getting in the way of falling in love.

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About the Author

USA Today Bestselling Author Tara Randel has enjoyed a lifelong love of books, especially romance and mystery genres, so it didn't come as a surprise when she began writing with the dream of becoming published. Family values, mystery and, of course, love and romance are her favorite themes, because she believes love is the greatest gift of all. Tara lives on the West Coast of Florida, where gorgeous sunsets inspire the creation of heartwarming stories, filled with love, laughter and the occasional mystery.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Into the Depth of Silence by Uri J. Nachimson

Beatrice was born Catholic in Livorno, Italy. She meets Claudio, who reveals that her last name may be of Spanish Jewish martyrs. She visits Clara, her late father's sister, and discovers a dark past that spans five hundred years. She determines to go in search of her roots.

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Uri J. Nachimson was born in Szczecin, Poland in 1947 and two years later his parents emigrated to Israel. In 1966 he was drafted into the Israeli army and participated in the six days war as a photographer in combat and his photographs.
Fifteen years ago, Uri decided to relocate to Tuscany in Italy where he lives and writes.

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Violette & Ginger by Uri J. Nachimson


Violette was born in Vienna to Jewish parents who immigrated to the United States before World War II. Due to Nazi racial laws, she was forced to leave her university studies, was arrested by the Gestapo, managed to escape, and joined the partisans, where she met her red-haired lover. The novel is based on testimonies of survivors of the extermination camps.

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Uri J. Nachimson was born in Szczecin, Poland in 1947 and two years later his parents emigrated to Israel. In 1966 he was drafted into the Israeli army and participated in the six days war as a photographer in combat and his photographs.
Fifteen years ago, Uri decided to relocate to Tuscany in Italy where he lives and writes.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Read an excerpt from Chronicle of a Longing by Kat De Moor


Two people. A continent and two decades apart. A second-chance romance?

Valentina and Vicente met in 1998 but their relationship remains platonic. After a long separation they find each other again to realize that their feelings are still present, and that the attraction is stronger than ever. Meanwhile, they no longer live in the same city but ten thousand kilometres away from each other.

Will they be ready to rise to the challenge and give their love another opportunity?

Pick up Chronicle of a Longing now, and fall in love….

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Kat De Moor was born in Belgium and lived many years in Mexico City. Her interest in other cultures, her love for storytelling, as well as her deep connection with Mexico have inspired her to write "Chronicle of a Longing," her first novel.

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Review of Lights, Cameras, Holidays (Finding New Hope #3) by Rachelle Paige Campbell

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Welcome to the book tour for Lights, Cameras, Holidays by Rachelle Paige Campbell! Today I'm sharing with you my thoughts on this contemporary holiday romance. Be sure to check out the rest of the tour, including an upcoming exclusive excerpt over at Candrel's Crafts, Cooks, and Characters. Best of luck in the giveaway!

Lights, Cameras, Holidays
(Finding New Hope #3)
By Rachelle Paige Campbell
Contemporary Fiction, Holiday Romance
Paperback & ebook, 234 Pages
December 14, 2021 by The Wild Rose Press, Inc.

Actress Kara Kensington flies to New Hope, Wisconsin, where she'll spend the winter holidays filming a movie. Her entire career depends on the success of the feel-good story based on her best friend's life. To salvage her strained friendship with Dani, Kara asks the cute guy from the flight to act as her new boyfriend. But the longer she spends with him, the less she's acting.

For Chef Scott Neil, his holidays aren't only about family togetherness. He wants Aunt Shirley and Uncle Ted to retire. When he's asked to fake a relationship with Kara, he agrees. As he gets drawn into Kara's production, he questions what is real and what's just for show. Only a fool would fall in love with America's sweetheart.

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**My thoughts**
The characters in this book were so familiar to me, as if I already knew them in real life or in a previous encounter. But I checked and haven't read the first two books in the series. But they really did feel real to me. And that also means that this book does work well as a standalone, even though it is the third one in the series. (And I need to go back and read the first two!)

Both Scott and Kara have come to town with an agenda. Scott wants his aging aunt and uncle to consider retiring and slowing down and coming out to California to be with him. Kara is trying to mend her relationship with her childhood best friend and former coworker. Throughout the course of the book, they grow a lot as they realize that there is more to life than their selfish reasons for being in town.

One of the things that they do is try to convince the town that they are having a relationship. And the two of them do develop feelings for each other over the course of the several weeks that they are in town and ultimately working together. You know that they are a good match, even though Scott is a personal chef and Kara is a famous movie star. They are able to be real with each other with no pretentions.

The only thing is, I never felt the fake romance part. They were so busy working that it didn't seem they were spending much time together outside of the set. They had some moments here and there, and there was the snowstorm. But just not as many encounters out in public as I would expect if they were trying to sell a fake romance. And I didn't feel that they got to know each other as well as friends as I would have expected. 

But at the same time, I was completely engrossed in this book on a cold and windy day in December. I wanted to know how Scott was going to convince his family to let him help them and how Kara was going to turn things around with her friends. I wanted to know how the production was going and what other obstacles would be put in their way. And I wanted to know how the two characters were going to get to know each other and fall for each other for the inevitable HEA.

So while this book didn't quite follow the fake romance outline and details that I am used to, I still found it completely enjoyable and was invested in the characters and their stories. Like I said, I want to read the other two books in the series and hope there are more stories to come from this quaint small town.

I received a requested review copy from the author and Prism Book Tours. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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About the Author

Rachelle Paige Campbell writes contemporary romance filled with heart and hope. No matter the location—big city, small town, or European kingdom—her feel-good stories always end with a happily ever after. She’s grateful for the support of her family, her robot floor cleaner, and her reluctant writing partner (her dog).

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Monday, December 13, 2021

Read an exclusive excerpt from The Lost Sheikh by Kate Di Nella


When Salem, an irresistibly handsome diplomat from the Kingdom of Aman, saves Anna from some unknown assailants, he is convinced the girl knows more than she pretends about what they were after.

Anna doesn’t trust the gorgeous but arrogant man in front of her. However, he has just saved her life.

What starts with a partnership of necessity will take them both through a thrilling and dangerous adventure. Will they emerge the same people at the end of it?

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They must have fallen asleep watching the film because when Anna next opened her eyes, she was sleeping next to Salem on the sofa. Their bodies completely against each other, her face on his chest and his arms around her. She didn’t dare move as she didn’t want to wake him. Besides, his arm was heavy and blocked her movement. She lifted her eyes slowly and glanced at the gorgeous man sleeping next to her.

She inhaled his scent once more and remembered that time in her lobby when he had held her very tight to calm her down. How could the man that had caressed her face so tenderly and now held her so naturally in his arms not want anything to do with her?

She stayed there for a while, observing him in his sleep and feeling his rhythmic breathing. He looked like a Greek god, his hair had got loose in his sleep and it now framed his face. It was a bit shorter than shoulder length. His eyes closed, allowed her to better observe his long dark lashes and the perfect shape of his thick eyebrows. He was undoubtedly the most attractive man she had ever seen. Even with his usual nonchalance and stern expression, Salem Arslan was undeniably bewitching.

He moved in his sleep, drawing her closer and approaching his face but an inch from hers. If she leaned forward just an inch and their lips would touch…

And then his mobile phone rang and Salem woke up to Anna in his arms and her face so close that if he leaned forward just an inch, he could have kissed her.

KATE DI NELLA can usually be found reading a book while listening to her favourite music, and that book will more likely than not be a romantic novel. Love has always been a powerful source of inspiration for Kate, and writing a novel was always on her bucket list. Eventually, with THE LOST SHEIKH it became a reality.

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The Sin & Penalty by Kent Baxter

Sin & Penalty is the simplified version of the popular novel Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky.

Fyodor Dostoevsky's novel 'Crime and Punishment' is a classic work of literature (11 November 1821-9th February 1881) He was an author, philosopher, novelist, short story writer, and journalist, among other talents. The Idiot, Demons, and The Brothers Karamazov are among his other works. A total of 12 books, 4 novellas, and 16 short stories were produced by him.

The story focuses on Rodion Raskolnikov's mental anguish. He was a student in the field of law. He acted like a narcissistic slut. In every way, I'm different from everyone else. He intends to rob money in order to become a wealthy man and to remove the stigma of being a poor person. The money he has will allow him to accomplish great things. That one lady was murdered for money. Because he thinks he'll get out of poverty, he's optimistic. 

Later on, however, he is haunted by the same sense of guilt. Aside from murdering the lady, he also shoots and kills her half-sister, who happened to be walking by at the time. However, he only takes a few things, including a small purse. If he's lucky, he'll make it out of there unscathed. 

Incredulous, the next day he discovers that he has been summoned to appear before the police in connection with an unpaid rent notice from his landlady. The police show up and start looking into the murder as well. This causes him to pass out. Rezumikhin, a friend of his, was ill and he stepped in to help. His mother and sister are waiting for him when he returns home. 

The plot progresses in an interesting manner, with many ups and downs. The story revolves around Rasholnikov's struggle with his feelings of guilt as a result of his involvement in the murder. The plot appears to be based on Rasholnikov's psychoanalytical study of guilt.

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Thursday, December 9, 2021

The Mars Wars series by John Andrew Karr


A lot of us dream about what it would be like to go into space and especially to Mars. If and when that time comes, though, that doesn't mean that there aren't going to be problems along the way. John Andrew Karr has created the Mars Wars science fiction series. Find out about the books and take a sneak peek inside. Get to know the author a little better in this interview. Follow the tour for more and be sure to download your own copy. Best of luck in the giveaway!

Battle-hardened Captain Ry Devans and his crew of the Mars Orbiter Station One (MOS-1) are part of a bold plan: resurrect the active molten cores of the Red Planet with synchronized thermonuclear explosions, and terraform the hell out of that iron-oxide rock for future generations. It’ll change history. So will the strands of carbon-based Martian cells that have hitched a ride on the ship.

Dr. Karen Wagner knows the microbes’ resistance to virus is incredible. It’s the unknowable that’s dicey. Her orders: blow them into space. But orders can be undermined. Two vials have been stolen and sent hurtling toward the biosphere. For Devans and Wagner, ferreting out the saboteurs on board is only the beginning. Because there are more of them back on Earth—an army of radical eco-terrorists anxious to create a New World Order with a catastrophic gift from Mars.

Now, one-hundred-and-forty-million miles away from home, Devans is feeling expendable, betrayed, a little adrift, and a lot wild-eyed. But space madness could be his salvation—and Earth’s. He has a plan. And he’ll have to be crazy to make it work.

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The barren red face of Mars grew before them.

The space shuttles of two centuries earlier had orbited Earth at roughly five miles a second. Doubling that speed, even tripling it—and in a hurry—was within easy capability of the PS-class shuttles.

Devans threw in a series of mild doglegs to make it a little interesting for Wagner. He had to admit, the youth had staying power. An hour later and Wagner hadn’t even taken a bathroom break. Two blips showed up on the main hologram of the planet below. They marked tunnel locations T1 and T2 as yellow-highlighted lines that shot straight down. Both had tiny right angles at the ends where the bombs were housed.

As they approached the space over T1, the surface camera feeds showed nothing but a mass of gray-and-red dust. Very little wind speed. It was thick but gentle, like a snow globe after its been shaken.

“Raise shields, Nuro,” Devans said. “Shannon, how about splashing our entry on the big monitor here and the feed to the crew?”

The shuttle’s shields warded off the entry heat and they entered the anemic Martian atmosphere.

“Withdraw shields, Nuro.”


“Nice sandstorm,” Devans said, gazing at the roiling wall hundreds of feet high.

“Dust storm!” Trent Wagner said over his shoulder as he leaned back and forth on the table as if shredding the galaxy’s longest wave. “This is the tail end of it!”

“How long until cleared?”

“Two or three.”

“Couple, three hours, not so bad.”

“Weeks,” Wagner said.

“And here I just had this thing washed. Let’s go to the dark side for now.”

The sun cut a divide on the red planet’s surface. PS-9 easily outdistanced the storm and raced over the desert surface to the dark side. The second blip beckoned them on the navigation screens. Near total darkness pushed against their vessel lights.

This was the eve of the moment they all had labored for…One last manual check and they would attempt to resurrect Mars with synchronized thermonuclear explosions at the core.

At least, that was the plan.


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You’d think Captain Ry Devans was a hero when he jumpstarted the cores of Mars, giving the previously dormant planet a fresh start at harboring life. But he’s also the host of a life-saving alien microbe, and the most wanted man within thirty-three million miles—courtesy of the terrorist global juggernaut the Earth First Faction, and its sociopathic agent Paton Schiflet. They’re doing everything in their power to quash the organized inhabitation of space and keep the last humans under control.

Now that the EFF has dispatched its own insanely weaponized crew, Devans and his dirty-dozen team have three options: fight, surrender, or witness the extinction of the thousands of civilians repopulating space. For Devans and outlaw partner Dr. Karen Wagner, option number one is is the only way to go—but the odds against them are astronomical.

Not only are moles undermining every offensive tactic, but some on MOS-1 are exhibiting dangerously psychotic mood swings. Is it just an extreme case of space crazy? Or a new microbial gift from Mars that could kill their mission before the war with EFF even begins?

Have you ever had an imaginary friend?

Not that I know of. Interesting to consider, though, is that fiction writers by definition have good imaginations. But at least for me, there is no mixing of unreality and reality. It either exists, or it doesn't. The fiction writer then asks, "… but what if it did exist? What would this character's life be like?"

Do you have any phobias?

I went for an upper body MRI recently, and found I do not care for the combination of a very tight space, immobility, and loud noises pumped into my ears. Whatever phobia that falls under, count me in.

Do you listen to music when you're writing?

I used to listen to a lot more classical and atmospheric music, but now it's mostly just quiet.

Do you ever read your stories out loud?

Not often. Maybe a challenging passage or two. One of my favorite authors is Conan creator Robert E. Howard, who supposedly read all his 'yarns' aloud. Doesn't work for me. I find I concentrate too much on pronunciation and not comprehension of the word flow that way, so I mostly read silently.

Tell us about your main character and who inspired him/her.

Ry Devans is ex-Army pilot turned civilian space jock. He embraces space adventure. Totally onboard with the mission to jump-start the Martian cores. Thought his combat days were behind him, but the anti-space politics of the Earth First Faction had other ideas. He's divorced, with an adult son active in the politics of the EFF. Devans drinks too much now and then, becomes council member of Mars Orbiter 1 after the Mars Wars begin. It isn't long before he becomes the most wanted man in the solar system.

From his home in Wilmington, North Carolina, John Andrew Karr (also John A. Karr) writes of the strange and spectacular. He is the author of a handful of independent and small press novels and novellas, and also leaves in his wake a trail of short stories.

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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Out of the Dark by Sundae Leighton


Once upon a time, I had it all.

I was the golden boy of Ocean View before it was tragically taken away from me. It changed me into the man I am today. Most days I keep my head down and pretend that I don't hear the hushed voices that talk about me behind my back.

Mute. Fractured. Broken.

Until she dances into my life.

Jillian Robinson is everything that I'm not. The town sweetheart; she is beautiful, sweet, and has a perfect soul that gives me hope again. She starts to make me realize that life was meant for living instead of just existing.

With Jillian's help, I begin to pick up the pieces of my life.

She brings out the good in me.

Darkness once again becomes light. The light I thought had disappeared forever.

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Sundae Leighton writes romance novels that are sweet with a twist.

She got her start writing fanfiction with her friends in school, but didn’t take the plunge to publish her first book (Picture Perfect) until 2020. Born and raised in Connecticut, where she currently resides with her husband and their cats. She sometimes scares herself when she writes things darker than intended, considers coffee the nectar of the Gods, and once ran the NYC marathon (OK - half marathon). When she isn’t writing down what the voices in her head tell her to, she likes watching murder shows, NASCAR, and reading romance books with lots of dark angst.

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Monday, December 6, 2021

Annual Tax Mess Organizer by Kiki Canniff, Retired Tax Consultant

It is easy to find someone to prepare a small-business return, but unless you know what the IRS expects, your tax return will never be accurate. Chances are, without this book you will not take all the deductions allowed. This book simplifies IRS tax laws as they apply to independently employed people, and teaches them a simple method for getting every tax deduction allowed.

Learn what self-employed people can and cannot deduct, how to quickly sort receipts, document income, handle inventory, produce audit-proof records, and create a simple report with all of the numbers necessary to prepare a Schedule C tax return. Take the forms in this book to your tax professional, or use them to complete your own tax forms; instructions for preparing a Schedule C tax return are included in the book.

Last updated 2021.

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About the author:

KiKi Canniff writes about the annual tax mess all small business people have at the beginning of each year. All her Annual Tax Mess books were just re-released with updates. These books are great for the small business owner’s coming tax season.

Although she is now retired, at the time she wrote the first edition of this book, KiKi was a licensed tax consultant. Now all updates are done by KiKi, but with current advice coming from active professionals in the field.

The author also writes specialized versions of this book for those in the Hair, Nail, Home Party or the Massage Industry, as well as one each for Builders, Writers and Artists, and those in the state-legal Cannabis/Marijuana Industry. All of these books were also updated as well as the basic book, and can also be found at Amazon.

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Read an exclusive excerpt from EDucation: Lessons to Manage Erectile Dysfunction by Kelly Dawn & Rockie Dale


Today you get a sneak peek into the book EDucation: Lessons to Manage Erectile Dysfunction by Kelly Dawn & Rockie Dawn, a couple who have been down this road and want to help others going through the same. Be sure to follow the tour for more and best of luck in the giveaway!

No man likes to see a doctor at the best of times, but when the diagnosis is erectile dysfunction, it can feel like a life sentence.

There was a time not so long ago when talking about erectile dysfunction was taboo and rarely talked about in public. That began to change in the late '90s, when advertisements for Viagra began to air on TV. Today, the erectile dysfunction business is a multi-billion-dollar industry with great promises and limited advice.

The authors of EDucation are a real-life couple who had to deal with erectile dysfunction early on in their relationship. They found a few books on erectile dysfunction, but they were very clinical in nature, so they wrote their own book filled with practical advice, like whisky dick is real and having a few before the lights go out is a bad idea.

EDucation is a light-hearted, helpful and fun view of erectile dysfunction for men and their partners!

Remember: it's all in your head!

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When Being Dirty Is a Good Thing

Dirty talk has typically been the domain of men. The nicest guys can be the filthiest guys in bed. Dirty talk can be pretty uncomfortable for a lot of women, but men generally respond well to it. This is where the psychological part comes into play. If you can get his brain in the mood, that’s half the battle. It’s all about getting the big and little head in sync. It might mean getting out of your comfort zone—just ask Kelly—but it yields results!

For the Partner

Dirty talk sounds more uncomfortable than it is. Really, it’s just asking a series of questions and letting him reply. Do you like my tits? Am I your bitch? The easiest way to start is by asking him questions and waiting for his response—he will do most of the talking.

If you get him aroused, you are going to benefit from it!

It will feel awkward at first, but with a little practice you will excel. Again, Kelly knows all about this.

Dirty Talk Rules—Agree to Boundaries

Dirty talk can be fun, but it can be hurtful if taken out of context. Couples should discuss their limits first. What words are allowed and what words aren’t? You need to decide this as a couple. Agree on boundaries up front so both people enjoy the experience.

Dirty talk will help get him in the mood, which will benefit you also. It’s another way to get the little and big head in sync. The more you turn him on, the quicker ED will leave the room. Don’t forget, anything you say you want messes with ED and chases it away.

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We are Rockie and Kelly, two people in their 50s, who met online after our marriages fell apart. The late 40s and early 50s are a difficult time for many couples, as the kids start to leave home and you wonder what the next chapter holds for you. There may be financial, career, relationship and — in particular — sex issues that suddenly rear their ugly heads.

We spent a long time talking and texting prior to meeting in person, and eventually, as our relationship grew, we were ready for intimacy. He was upfront from the beginning that he suffered from Erectile Dysfunction (ED). His honesty about ED helped us to deal with this and, as our relationship progressed, we found different solutions to improve our sex life. We also discovered that while there is a lot of information available about ED, most of the books on this topic are very clinical and serious. As time went on and we became better acquainted with ED, we decided that we wanted to take what we had learned and write a book that would be both helpful and humorous in order to help other couples.

You will notice that we have included a song at the beginning of each chapter. We felt the song lyrics had hidden meaning for us, from our point of view of ED. If you are not familiar with these songs, take time to listen to them and see if you can find or make the connection with Erectile Dysfunction.

It is important to note that we are not medical professionals, nor sex therapists, and do not offer a cure. We are here to give you fun and practical advice on how to live with ED and have a fulfilling sex life.

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Finding a Christmas Miracle by Jan Selbourne and Anne Krist


Double your holiday reading pleasure by getting two novellas in one book! Grab your copy of Finding a Christmas Miracle by Jan Selbourne and Anne Krist! Check out excerpts from both stories below.

Two exceptional novellas featuring two men engulfed in a war no one understands or wants—Vietnam. They’re both hoping for a miracle with little expectation of finding it.

Jan Selbourne lends her award-winning writing talent to A Miracle in the Outback. Nick Saunders is in a hurry to escape a family argument and also to return to his Army base in Wagga Wagga. He doesn’t need another complication. Rachel Garth is a woman with a broken down car, a small girl, a deadly snake, and a baby on the way. She needs Nick’s help. He doesn’t know it, but he needs hers, too.

In award-winning author Anne Krist’s The Miracle of Coming Home, Army PFC Tom Stabler wins a trip to his parents’ Nebraska farm for Christmas. He needs the time away from the war. Lately, he’s been feeling lost and too alone. Trouble is, being home is almost as bad. Then Susan Swensen arrives, just as sweet and pretty as he remembers. Can Susan help him find himself again, or will it take a miracle?

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Read an excerpt from "Miracle in the Outback"

HMAS Sydney, known by the troops as the ‘Vung Tau Ferry’ was now out of Australian waters and steaming steadily north towards its destination. The sea had been rough for the last two days but today was calm and the four hundred and fifty men housed in the sailors’ mess decks were moving around again. Nick propped the pillow under his head and tried to focus on his book, but the words ran into each other. Closing the covers, his mind drifted back, once again, to the letter he’d got from Trevor two weeks before boarding the ship.

I’m sorry I didn’t write earlier Nick, but I was embarrassed and angry. Not at you, at my father and brother. Your mother was good to us, and we took her for granted. I didn’t see it when I was a kid, but I know now dad only wanted someone to look after him and Kevin and me, and I’m sorry about that. You know I hated that farm, hated the dirt, hated the isolation. A few weeks ago, Dad bought two hundred acres between Inverell and Glen Innes, saying he can afford to be a hobby farmer. Kevin bought land somewhere near Armidale. Now I can join the theatre group and dad can’t stop me. I’m sorry about what happened, sorry you and Elizabeth and Karen were left out. I want you to have some of my share. Best wishes, Trevor.

A cheque for $5000 was enclosed.

Nick closed his eyes. Poor bloody Trevor. Nervous of his father, scorned as a pansy by Kevin. In tears when their chickens and dogs died, cried from nightmares. He’d returned the cheque with a curt, stick it where the sun doesn’t shine. Now he regretted not writing a more friendly letter wishing Trevor well. And Liz, he’d told her not to see him off. He didn’t want her bawling all over his shirt, but she’d insisted. You’re my brother, you big ape, I’ll worry myself sick over you. They’d both ended up crying on each other shoulders. He heard the bunk next to his creak.

“You awake, Nick?”

Nick opened his eyes. “I am now.”

Sam was one of the hundreds of national servicemen on board. Twenty years old and hadn’t travelled more than twenty miles from his home at Maitland until he was called up. Ginger hair and freckles and shy.

Nick sat up. “What’s up?”

Nothing, we were playing cards then a few of them started talking about what’s ahead.He stared at the floor.

“Let me guess. Full of bravado, kill a few commies, clean up the country and go home wearing a chest full of medals.”

The ginger head drooped.It’s all right for you, Nick. You’re ground crew, looking after the tanks and heavy vehicles.”

“I also drive the tanks and heavy vehicles, Sam, and I’m telling you those big mouths are as shit-scared as you and I are.” He lay back on his bunk. No different to the blokes in 1914. My grandfather was among the first twenty thousand to sign up to fight for King and Country. They were paid six bob a day and after training, set sail for a war on the other side of the world. Most of them believed they’d teach the Germans a lesson and be home for Christmas. A lot of them worried it would be all over before they got there. After three years in Belgium and France he came home minus a leg and bitter. He’d tell his kids there was no God while he walked them to church every Sunday. Here we are mate, after two world wars and a war in Korea. Don’t listen to them, look after yourself.

Sam nodded and grinned at Nick. “You got a girl waiting at home?”

Nick grinned back at him. “Yeah, dozens of ‘em. What about you?”

“Meg. Her parents own the shoe shop in Maitland,” Sam dug into the locker behind his bunk. “Here.”

Nick looked at the photo of a pretty girl with a riot of curly hair. “Nice, real nice.

“I’ll get a cold drink. Want one?”

Nick shook his head. “No, I’m fine thanks.” He waited until Sam walked away and closed his eyes again. A girl waiting at home. Long black hair, a figure that made men go weak at the knees. And sex? Oh, Christ, she’d taught him a thing or two. But Lena wouldn’t wait a week for any man.

Read an excerpt from "The Miracle of Coming Home"

Susan Swensen flew into the small three-bedroom house she shared with Carol Buley and Mildred Hammersmith. “I won!” she shouted. “I won, I won, I won!!

Carol stepped out of her bedroom and into the hallway, brushing her hair and already In her blue flannel pajamas. “Won what?”

Susan dropped an envelope on the scarred coffee table and threw off her wool cape, tossing it onto the used couch dressed up in a winter slipcover. A Christmas tree displayed prominently over the center cushion. Brightly wrapped gifts beneath a midnight-blue sky scattered with stars filled out the rest of the space. This was the second year the women had used it to hide the worn arms and cushions of the sofa, and it saddened Susan somewhat that it would be the last. The three would graduate from nursing school in June and go their separate ways.

She reached to remove the pins that secured her white cap to her blonde curls and then slid the bobby pins onto the edge of the cap before placing it carefully on the table. Then she picked up the envelope and removed the letter she’d read three times already.

“Susan Swensen. This is to inform you that your submission to the Home for Christmas contest sponsored by WCHI Radio Chicago has won one of seven prizes. WCHI has confirmed that PFC Thomas J. Stabler will be transferred from Saigon, South Vietnam to Norfolk, Nebraska (via Omaha, Nebraska) on or about December 16, 1970 until December 27, 1970. The Department of Defense is relaying this information to PFC Stabler’s commanding officers and to him. WCHI is happy to be a part of this Christmas homecoming. Thank you for your heartfelt submission. Merry Christmas! John Marbury, President, WCHI Radio.”

Susan looked up at Carol with a smile that felt like it might split her face. “Tom is going to be able to come home for Christmas.”

Jan Selbourne was born and educated in Melbourne, Australia and her love of literature and history began as soon as she learned to read and hold a pen. After graduating from a Melbourne Business College her career began in the dusty world of ledgers and accounting, working in Victoria, Queensland and the United Kingdom. On the point of retiring, she changed course to work as secretary of a large NSW historical society. Now retired Jan is enjoying her love of travelling and literature. She has two children, a stray live in cat and lives near Maitland, New South Wales.

A few years ago, Dee S. Knight began writing, making getting up in the morning fun. During the day, her characters killed people, fell in love, became drunk with power, or sober with responsibility. And they had sex, lots of sex.

After a while, Dee split her personality into thirds. She writes as Anne Krist for sweeter romances, and Jenna Stewart for ménage and shifter stories. All three of her personas are found on the Nomad Authors website ( Fortunately, Dee’s high school sweetheart is the love of her life and husband to all three ladies! Once a month, look for Dee’s Charity Sunday blog posts, where your comment can support a selected charity.

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