Friday, October 25, 2019

Welcome to Maravilla by R. Douglas Clark

Welcome to Maravilla




Book Summary

The tiny hamlet of Maravilla, New Mexico is not immune to modern-day problems. But the citizens of Maravilla have their own special problems, as well:

A developer wants to build a Christian-themed amusement park next to Maravilla’s historic church.
The county line runs right through the town, splitting it in two.
And the government is threatening to close their post office!


Into this muddle steps Jake Epstein, a young writer from the big city. Jake is seeking peace and quiet to finish his current project: a science fiction story in which adventuress Tai-Keiko must deliver the secret formula for Zeton-9—with the evil Krossarians in hot pursuit.


But then reality and science fiction converge—and Tai-Keiko finds herself in present-day Maravilla, face to face with a gobsmacked Jake.


Join Jake on this comic run along the dusty roads of Maravilla, and find out who won the fight between Father Ignatius and the heathen pig farmer. How a basketball game changed the fate of the town. And was that white flash in the sky a UFO? 




Print Length: 195 Pages
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Beeline Press (June 19, 2019)
ISBN-10: 1645400646
ISBN-13: 978-1645400646

Welcome to Maravilla  is now available to purchase on Amazon.comBarnes and Noble, and  IndieBound.


About the Author

R. Douglas Clark was born in Vermont, grew up in Colorado, attended college in Chicago, and received a Master's degree in music from Brown University. Seeing no future for himself in academia, he spent a year in the Oregon woods, living in a primitive cabin, writing music reviews and cultural commentary for magazines and newspapers. Next stop, Eugene, Oregon where he spent 20 damp years as a bootstrap businessman, father and musician. On a vacation trip, he and his wife, Shelley, fell in love with sunny northern New Mexico and subsequently moved there. After four years running Boys and Girls Clubs in Chimayó and Abiquiú--and another four, running a U-pick raspberry farm--he retired to write fiction full time.  

Find R. Douglas online: https://www.rdouglasclark.com/

Monday, August 19, 2019

The Protectorate Wars: Born Hero by S. A. Shaffer


The Protectorate Wars : Born Hero

Book 1 of The Protectorate Wars series
Sixty cycles after the Protectorate War all seems well with Alönia and the rest of the Fertile Plains, especially to David, a determined young aide with a keen mind and a caring heart. Pain and turmoil have plagued his life, but he’s worked hard and things should improve at his new job as assistant to a popular politician. He has no idea that during the next few seasons political saboteurs will slander his mentor, murder his colleagues, and threaten everything for which he stands. Only time will tell if David can solve Alönia’s governmental corruption before the rest of the Fertile Plains fall into chaos. 
Take flight in spectacular airships and soar through the clouds. Feel the wind in your hair along daring voyages and narrow escapes. Solve murders, forge friendships and watch an ordinary boy become the hero he was born to be.
The Fertile Plains

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Heal Your Self with Journaling Power by Mari L. McCarthy




Heal Your Self with Journaling Power reveals the inner strength and grace that comes through the proven therapeutic power of expressive writing. You’ll discover the life-changing magic of journaling through moving personal stories told by just a few of the thousands of people who have tapped into this highly-effective way to heal, grow, and transform your life. The wisdom and lessons revealed in Heal Your Self with Journaling Power will help you mitigate existing health problems; manifest everything you desire; create a new life story for yourself; fill your life with uplifting positive energy; and fully leverage the power of journaling to solve your most pressing problems so you can live your best life.


Mari L. McCarthy’s international bestselling book, Journaling Power, started a movement. Now, Heal Your Self with Journaling Power is igniting a revolution!
You’ll discover the life-changing magic of journaling through moving personal stories told by just some of the thousands of people who have tapped into the proven therapeutic power of expressive writing.
These are people just like you, and their challenges are the same ones you have.
 Heal Your Self with Journaling Power reveals the inner strength and grace that comes with living your life in the present from the inside out. It will help you transform your life and…
       Manifest everything your desire
       Fill you with uplifting positive energy
       Put you on a path to better health and wellness
       Give you the inspiration and motivation to live your best life
       Show you how to use journaling to solve your most pressing problems

The only right way to journal is YOUR way. Just grab a pen and paper and do it!
Praise for Heal Your Self with Journaling Power

Mari McCarthy's latest, Heal Your Self with Journaling Power, represents the voice of a warm friend who not only talks the talk but also has lived first-hand the transforming power of writing. Packed with focused, fun prompts to jump-start the journaling process, this book is a motivation and an uplift! I especially enjoy the stress-bucket exercise. Not to be missed."
--Melanie Faith, educator and author of In a Flash and Poetry Power, 
https://www.melaniedfaith.com/
In a world of ever-present scary news, stress, and technology that distracts us from genuine human encounters, Mari McCarthy invites us to do something both simple and radical: pause daily to encounter our own souls. And she not only tells us to just do it, she shows us how with her own life story, the stories of others, and her many ideas about how to maximize the transformative power of journaling time.
-- Kevin Anderson, Ph.D., Author of Now is Where God Lives: A Year of Nested Meditations to Delight the Mind and Awaken the Soul and The Inconceivable Surprise of Living: Sustaining Wisdom for Spiritual Beings Trying to Be Human.
The most important lesson illustrated in Heal Your Self with Journaling Power is that anyone can enhance their health and wellbeing through the therapeutic power of expressive writing. This is the definitive book that shows you how. So just grab a pen and a pad of paper and do it! 
—Mike Bundrant, Co-Founder, iNLPCenter.org




About the Author
Mari L. McCarthy is the Self-Transformation Guide and Founder/Chief Inspiration Officer of CreateWriteNow.com. She is also author of the international-bestselling, award-winning book Journaling Power: How to Create the Happy, Healthy Life You Want to Live.
 Mari began journaling to relieve the debilitating effects of multiple sclerosis (MS) over 20 years ago. Through journaling, Mari was able to ditch her prescription drugs and mitigate most of her MS symptoms. Now she teaches people throughout the world how to heal, grow, and transform their lives through the holistic power of therapeutic journaling.
 She lives in a gorgeous beachfront home in Boston, where she has the freedom, flexibility, and physical ability to indulge in all her passions, which include singing and recording her own albums.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Ghost Moon: The Wolfborne Saga Book 4 by Cheree Alsop


Ghost Moon: The Wolfborne Saga Book 4 
by Cheree Alsop
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Zev has been given a new start in life, but cleanup after the earthquake is proving difficult.
When Zev starts to see the spirit of a girl he feels a connection to, he can’t just walk away.

Not All Of The Souls Are Peaceful.
Can he help settle the restless spirits before the town catches on to the supernatural world around them, and will he find a way to help the girl who continues to haunt his thoughts long after he frees her soul?

The Wolfborne Saga is a clean paranormal series that will have you on the edge of your seat!

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Defiance: The Wolfborne Saga Book 1
by Cheree Alsop

Sunday, March 24, 2019

LAWLESS by Bryce Smith



Merrick Albright, a former military officer, is now a salty sheriff’s deputy who is frustrated and sickened by the current state of the United States and its ongoing political soap opera. He feels helpless to effect change on a national level and focuses on bettering his community by putting one bad guy behind bars at a time.

After a series of coordinated nationwide terrorist attacks, the United States drifts into chaos. Police and other first responders scramble to keep control, but the divided and frustrated nation sinks lower as cities riot to the point that crime can’t be contained.
What can Merrick do when law and order are a thing of the past? He must fight to keep those he cares about alive, but he cannot do it alone.
About the Author
Bryce Smith has served both as an enlisted soldier and as an officer in the United States Army, and he continues to protect and serve the rights and lives of those in his community as a police officer. In his first book, Lawless, he uses his real-life experiences to bring a depth of character and interaction that comes only to those who have been in the trenches and who have had to cope with the aftermath of intense situations. He is passionate about the American Constitution and protecting individual rights, and for more than fifteen years, he has worked with people to help them become more self-reliant and prepared for the kind of crises he sees average citizens facing every day.

Order your copy on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2UPImA5







Thursday, December 20, 2018

All Eyes on Alexandra

Anna Levine’s
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Book summary
 In All Eyes on Alexandra, young Alexandra Crane is terrible at following her family in their flying Vee. She can’t help it that the world is so full of interesting distracting sights! When it's time for the Cranes to migrate to Israel's Hula Valley for the winter, Alexandra is excited but her family is worried. Will Alexandra stay with the group, and what happens if a dangerous situation should arise? Might Alexandra—and the rest of the flock—discover that a bad follower can sometimes make a great leader?

Based on the true story of Israel’s annual crane migration.

Print Length: 32 Pages
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Publisher: Kar-Ben Pub
ISBN-10: 1512444391
ISBN-13: 978-1512444391

All Eyes on Alexandra is available to purchase on AmazonBarnes and NobleTarget and Thrift Books.

About the Author, Anna Levine
 
Anna Levine is an award-winning children’s book author. Like Alexandra Crane, the character in her latest picture book, she loves to explore new worlds. Born in Canada, Anna has lived in the US and Europe.  She now lives in Israel, where she writes and teaches.

You can find Anna Levine online at --

Author website: http://www.annalevine.org/

Twitter: @LevineAnna 

Instagram: @booksfromanna 




About the Illustrator, Chiara Pasqualotto,
 
Chiara Pasqualotto was born in Padua, in northern Italy, currently teaches illustration and drawing classes to children and adults, in particular in Padua during the summer at the Scuola Internazionale di Comics and in Rome. Since 2008 she's been living in Rome and working with illustration professionally: her first picture book, Mine, All Mine! was published in 2009 by Boxer Books (UK), since then she published with Oxford University Press, Giunti, Terranuova and some American publishers (Paraclete Press, Tyndale, LearningAZ, Kar-Ben Publisher).

You can find Chiara Pasqualotto online at -



Saturday, December 8, 2018

Time to Refresh: A 21- Day Devotional to Renew Your Mind After Being Laid Off, Fired or Sidelined, by Karen Brown Tyson



What happens when some part of your life comes to a screeching halt?

Time to Refresh: A 21- Day Devotional to Renew Your Mind After Being Laid Off, Fired or Sidelined, highlights Karen Brown Tyson's journey through the Bible following one of three layoffs in her life.

Watch how God leads one woman on a 21-day journey through the Bible and teaches her how to G.L.O.W.— gratitude, listen, observe and witness.



Print Length: 68 pages
Genre: Nonfiction, Self-Help
Publisher: Constant Communicators
ISBN: 978-0692170489



Time to Refresh is available to purchase on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.






About the Author

For the past 25 years, Karen Brown Tyson worked for Fortune 500 companies in the fast food, pharmaceutical, and telecommunication industries. Today, Karen is the founder of Constant Communicators, a lifestyle business that helps people improve their business writing skills. Time to Refresh:  A 21-Day Devotional to Renew Your Mind After Being Laid Off, Fired or Sidelined was released in August 2018.  Karen lives in North Carolina with her husband and son.





How to become a fearless writer
By Karen Brown Tyson

Trust me, I get it.

Life as a writer can be both exciting and terrifying.  You love being able to transform your innermost thoughts into words.  But you can’t help being nervous about sharing your innermost thoughts with readers.  

You constantly wonder what people think about your writing.  And you worry your writing isn’t as good as other writers?  

You are not alone.  I felt the same way.  But I had to tell myself, ‘Enough is enough.’ 

After years of doubt, I realize I cannot control what people think when they read my material.  I cannot control their comments or how my writing makes a reader feel.  The only things I can control are my approach to writing, how I see myself as a writer and the material my writing produces. 

It was time to quiet the negative self-talk and think like a fearless writer.   

In doing so, I moved from thinking entirely about my wants and wishes of the reader to the only thing I could control: me.  I stopped saying, ‘I want,’ or ‘I wish,’ and said, ‘I will.’  Below are the ‘I will’ statements I use as part of my writing life.  

I will understand my feelings
The road to fearless writing calls for understanding any concerns you have about your writing life. Whether it's uncertainty about grammar, spelling, style or feeling confident enough to submit your work, you must come to grips with the areas that cause you the most concerns.   

I will create a writing routine
As a corporate communicator, I had no problem writing content anywhere and everywhere. But as a writer, I struggled to make time to write articles and books.  No more.  I created a writing routine where I write for a minimum of two hours every morning.  It doesn’t matter whether I write 500 words or 2,000 during this time.  What matters most is showing up every day to write.  

I will embrace the journey
Writing is a journey filled with trials.  One day your work is being applauded and the next day everyone with an opinion finds fault in your writing.  Some days you love writing… other days you can’t think of anything to write.  But I learned to accept and embrace everything about the writing life.  

I will know the difference between critique and criticism
Part of publishing your book or blog posts means opening yourself up to other people’s feedback. I accept and understand that criticism looks for what’s missing while a critique points out what’s working.  As a fearless writer, I will not crumble or quit when readers offer criticism or a critique.

I will learn to let go
Every writer thinks of their work as the baby they never want to leave home.  I’m no different. I used to spend a lot of time rewriting and revising before I hit publish. No more.  I created a streamlined process where I edit, revise, proofread and submit within days rather than weeks.  I had to learn to let go.  

The road to becoming a fearless writer takes time.  Be patient.

But remember: you have the power to shape your writing life into what you want it to be.  

I invite you to be fearless.



Karen works online, in person and by phone as a communication and writing coach. Karen helps her entrepreneurial clientele focus on business and nonfiction writing.
















Saturday, November 10, 2018

The Wolfborne Series Book 1- Defiance: by Cheree Alsop




Werewolves are the guardians of sleeping vampires, protecting their masters during the deadly light of day. But what happens when a werewolf gets fed up with the persecution and tempts fate by breaking his chains and fleeing while his masters sleep?
Wounded and desperate, Zev finds himself at the mercy of a family who stumbles upon him during their own quest for vengeance against the demons of the night.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Orion’s Fall by Cheree Alsop



The fall of Orion was the prophecy all of Earth awaited, but when the constellation vanished instead of the great ruling ship of the overlords, chaos fell across the savage land.
Zyla had always felt a connection to the constellation. While experts were busy speculating about vanishing star systems, astronomical impact, and the longevity of the battle that began as a result, Zyla started searching for Orion because, if the nightmares she kept having come true, they were in desperate need of a hero.

https://www.chereealsop.com/orions-fall/

Monday, October 29, 2018

Why I Went From Teaching Tales & Legends to Writing Them By Cheryl Carpinello


Why I Went From Teaching Tales & Legends to Writing Them
By Cheryl Carpinello


As a high school English teacher for over 20 years, I worked with literally thousands of students. (Boy, that sounds daunting, doesn’t it!) Together, we read and discussed stories and poems from around the world. Authors like Hemingway, Harper Lee, John Steinbeck, Homer, Shakespeare, Dostoyevsky, William Golding, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Joseph Conrad, T.S. Eliot, William Harding, Chaucer, and Tennyson. And we wrote. Some did more than others.
I’d always had avid readers just as I had those students who struggled or refused to read. Thankfully with the right encouragement, my students wrote. It was reading that taxed my skills, particularly with my freshmen…until one year.
One of the anthologies that I’d used had a section on Arthurian Legend. So I thought, why not? I had stumbled upon a gold mine. My freshmen readers loved exploring the stories. Even better, my freshmen who struggled with reading sat by themselves or in small groups to read the stories.





I was elated, but I had another test for Arthurian Legend…my juniors. Together we travelled through the ancient stories and plays. They enjoyed these once into them. We always did these as a whole class. However, my struggling readers still would not read on their own. Until…you guessed it…I gave them Arthurian stories to read. It amazes me to this day. The fascination for Arthurian Legend still appeals to so many. (You can read my blog post Some Legends Do Live Forever at https://jillsheets.blogspot.com/2018/10/some-legends-do-live-forever-by-cheryl.html.
While I was thrilled that something encouraged my students to read, there is another reason why I decided to write Tales & Legends. When introducing the Arthurian stories, I would ask the kids what they knew about King Arthur. I received a barrage of information. Then when I asked what they knew about Guinevere, I was given the same three pieces of information. She married Arthur; she cheated on him with Lancelot; and she caused the downfall of Camelot. One or two years I could see getting those answers, but year after year for 10+ years? This was the deciding point for me.
When I contemplated retiring, I gave a lot of thought to what I would do. I decided to use the gold mine I had found so many years before and hopefully help kids not only get excited about Arthurian Legend, but to get excited about reading. And I decided to start with Guinevere, a seemingly misunderstood woman from the Legend. Starting at the elementary school level gave me the opportunity to introduce kids to a younger, more innocent Guinevere and build on her character.


I would be able also to reach those Reluctant Readers much sooner. Maybe, just maybe, those young reluctant readers would become readers by the time they reached the high school.