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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Guest Post from Christopher T. Rand, author of Silver Diaspora


Title: Silver Diaspora
Author: Christopher T. Rand
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 320
Genre: Historical Memoir
Format: Ebook/Paperback
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 At the outset, the members of author Christopher T. Rand’s family lived in a world of great wealth. They were among the richest people in the United States. But they then faced a dilemma: compelled to choose between staying on in their ancestral world or keeping up with the times in the nation around them and integrating themselves into the American mainstream. With each generation, the pressure on these individuals to choose between escape or immersion into the society became more and more intense. In Silver Diaspora, Rand examines his family’s roots in the northeastern United States and chronicles his journey through these times, against the backdrop of the family history. Embarking on a search of a better new world, Rand’s parents leave the East Coast and land in California. From here, this memoir follows Rand through college at Berkeley, travels abroad, work in the petroleum industry and his experiences as a writer. Describing the people, places and experiences that impacted Rand’s life, Silver Diaspora provides one man’s insight into the world in the latter two-thirds of the last century.

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I always wanted to be a writer, from childhood.


Rand portrays the growth and evolution of the privileged, highly affluent world in which he grew up. Among the richest people in America, the members of his family formed a broad panorama of figures in equal measure sarcastic, long-suffering, glamorous, blindly superstitious and randomly frustrated -- comedians of the erratic. However, as their generations succeeded one another, they wrestled with the dilemma of staying on in their ancestral world or integrating themselves into the American mainstream. Through a historical and social narrative that covers the growth of the nation from colonial times to the present, Rand’s work, from the perspective of their lives, up through his parents and closest relatives, gives personality and life to a broad range of striking figures and major political and social developments in the history of our nation.

Christopher T. Rand has worked as a writer, consultant, and translator. He is the author of Making Democracy Safe for Oil and has worked on litigation with the Federal Trade Commission and the state of California. Rand lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, and has two children.  

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Beyond Duty by James DeVries Book Blast - Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Title: Beyond Duty
Author: James DeVries
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 334
Genre: Fiction
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 The continuing story of Lt. Jeff Lacy is dangerous and sad. The story opens with Jeff's participation in a Top Secret mission to observe Russian Submarine missile tests. When he has a change of duty station Jeff lands in the middle of a dangerous plot and his beloved wife Molly is killed. In despair Jeff retires from the Navy and soon finds himself working as an agent for the CIA in the United Arab Emirates. While there he becomes partners in the Mid East Construction Company which leads him into unexpected and interesting situations. Jeff finally tracks down Molly's killer.

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Lt. James DeVries, USN, Retired, served 21 years in the Navy, 10 years in the submarine force and time in Special Warfare. The last year was with a Navy SEAL platoon setting up and operating a training facility on the island of Crete in the Mediterranean. Jim's retired years have been spent working as an International Field Service Engineer and 16 years for Fluor Daniel, Inc. as a Project Manager. Now fully retired Jim spends his spear time involved with amateur radio and writing. Jim and his Red Headed wife Claire live in Salem, Oregon in the summer and Mesa, Arizona in the winter.

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The Keys by Chips Ely Book Blast - Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!


Title: The Keys
Author: Chips Ely
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 394
Genre: Suspense
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It is June 2014 when a close knit group of high-profile Americans secretly meets to put in play one of the most covert international military operations ever attempted. At the end of their meeting a major support operation linked autonomously with NATO and US Africa Command, is officially in business to catalyze an electrifying worldwide revolution that brings a dramatic and abrupt ending to Islamic radicalization, war crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing and genocide waged by terrorist groups across the world.

 Experience the thrill of hijacking the original TRIANA satellite, renamed to DISCOVR, from a NASA warehouse under the auspicious eye of the US government for the purpose that it would be used in a secret mission by this same unknown international military force.

 Follow this riveting story that features a new U.S. political party that ushers its presidential candidate into the White House only to be threatened by a diabolical Chinese plot to undermine America and dominate the world economy.

Be part of an amazing American discovery when the president and his entourage are charged with guarding the discovery of an exotic iron ore mineral that creates an automotive battery invention that can propel an electric vehicle for thousands of hours without a charge.

Worse yet, the Chinese are planning a three-prong conspiracy to undermine America’s industrial renaissance so China can dominate world trade, steal the new US “Star Wars” space technology, and subversively gain control of the secret iron ore discovery.

Join in as America’s latest president attempts to convey the beauty of the Islamic faith and accelerate a new Islamic peace reform in the midst of a volatile world of radicalization.

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Chips Ely grew up in Northville, Michigan, and attended Ferris State University where he was a member of the track team. In his younger years, he was a partner in a family business and later, a vice president of an advertising agency in Lansing, Michigan. Now retired, he lives in Western Michigan.

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  The Sexualization of America's KidsTitle: The Sexualization of America's Kid's Author: J.E. Wright Publisher: iUniverse Pages: 176 Genre: Parenting Format: Kindle/Paperback Currently, kids are being hyper-sexualized by the exploding provocativeness in the media. Parents can develop the skills to recognize these subtle influences and the knowledge to counteract and do something about it. In The Sexualization of America's Kids, Mr. Wright draws on his 22 years as a therapist, working with over 1,000 kids and their families, to demonstrate how this provocativeness affects our kids. He uses their stories to discuss how kids fall prey to these negative presentations, and he recommends Seven Ways to Raise Sexually Healthy Children and Teenagers.   Mr. Wright's use of dialogued role-plays and actual case examples shows parents when and how to appropriately communicate on sexual issues with their different aged kids. His caring and concrete approach makes this book a necessity for all parents who are raising kids today. ORDER INFORMATION Findependence Day is available for purchase at  
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  J. E. Wright has been a therapist for 27 years,having obtained his graduate degree from the University of Chicago. He has worked with over 1,000 children and teenagers and their families. He is a husband and father, and he presents workshops on childhood issues, parenting adolescents, and sexuality. He is a foster parent trainer and has several published articles.  

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Guest blog from Sarah Smith Ducksworth, author of No Crystal Stair


Title: No Crystal Stair
Author: Sarah Smith Ducksworth
Publisher: Trafford
Genre: Poetry
Format: Kindle

 Each poem in this collection is a reflection upon the author’s personal life or is a response to her vicarious interactions in the lives of characters she has met in real life or in books. Through the critical lens of poetry, she has looked for deeper meanings inside those experiences. Though the writer ends with an understanding that her life has not been a “crystal stair,” alluding to the hardships the titular character in Langston Hughes’ Poem--“The Negro Mother”-- faced, the writer feels that these poems, all together, reflect her world view and personal Truth.

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When I was in elementary school, my mother, who observed me constantly scribbling on paper, told me I should never write anything down that I would be embarrassed to have the world read. She gave me this warning back in the day when both manual and electric typewriters were primarily considered office equipment and there were no digital devices available for composing and sending messages through space. Moreover, the technology did not exist for desktop and portable computers which could store countless volumes of random thoughts. Back in those olden days, I was what you might call a stream of conscious writer, putting my ideas and fancies into notebooks. And, my mother perceived a danger in this.

As a child I did not realize that such eclectic and responsive writing could be classified as therapy.  All I knew was that writing was for me a necessary extension of myself. I wrote about things I thought about—things that hurt my feelings, desires for revenge, wishes, and whatever else that made me tick. The same is true today. I write about things that trouble me, about fantasies that intrigue me, etc.; and, in the process, I exorcise demons and find ways to improve good and bad situations.

Of course, over the years, there have been times when the wrong people have gotten hold of some rant I’ve written and used it against me. The trouble my mother perceived so long ago has been proven time and time again as prophetic. And so, over time, I have become more careful in protecting my private thoughts. Still, the digital world has caused me a huge setback. The world-wide web, rife with hackers, has become my biggest challenge. Based on recent experience, I know first-hand that the internet is no place to vent.     

Back in 2010, I went online and filled out a form posted by a self-proclaimed “ethics investigator.” I asked this expert about the ethics of a local prosecutor who would not assist me in finding out who was hacking my cell phone. I also invited comments from visitors to this “legal” website. In my post, I explained that there was a person who was remotely using up data on my phone and that this person had caused my cell phone, while it was lying dormant inside my pocketbook, to dial my landline phone. 

Since that ethics question was posted in 2010, it has stayed prominently associated online with my name. Someone must be very interested in this post; yet, there has never been a response to my query, either from the ethics investigator or from one of his visitors. I felt hopeful when I first posted the question, but its staying power as an online item both puzzles and bothers me today.

Do I regret putting a sensitive question into the public sphere, which has the life span of dirt? The answer is yes. But, on the other hand, my life has been greatly enriched by the caveat my action provided. As result of my experience, I will consider the thin line between public and private communications when it comes to social media in the future. 

Now, I face another consideration: Do I have to slash and burn my electronic diaries? After being hacked, I believe I should. Unfortunately, the loss of this private writing could translate into a loss of wisdom and hamper my growth as a writer. The only solution may be returning to pen and pad. But, even that may not work if someone really wants to get me and invades my home. Farfetched, you say?  
When confronted with the choice of writing freely for emotional release or not writing things I don’t want to share, I have to choose writing anyway and taking the precaution to keep those ideas off the web. 

Writers from the past and present support me in extolling the therapeutic value of writing to explore one’s own world view. Graham Greene conveyed the benefits of diary writing when he mused: “I wonder how all those who do not compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in a human situation.”          

About the Author

For most of her life, Sarah Smith Ducksworth has seen herself as a teacher who writes. She has had a teaching career spanning nearly forty years and has taught language arts in New York and in New Jersey middle schools, high schools and universities. This current book of creative writings represents a reversal in the way she has begun to identify herself and launches her intent to spend the rest of her life pursuing her love of writing.


Monday, July 13, 2015

Pro Rules by Andreea and Stephan Ehritt-Vanc Book Blast - Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!


Pro RulesTitle: Pro Rules
Author: Andreea Ehritt-Vanc & Stephan Ehritt-Vanc Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 144
Genre: Sports
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 Over the last twelve years, Stephan Ehritt-Vanc and Andreea Ehritt-Vanc, founders of the Pro-M International Tennis Academy, have played in or coached several players in more than sixty Grand Slams. In their guidebook, Pro Rules, they offer proven principles and a set of values that can help tennis players of all ages improve their game, achieve goals, and ultimately maximize their potential.

 Presented through five main elements—experience, acceptance-action response, respect, real self-confidence, and mastering the zone—Pro Rules guides tennis players to not only control their physical play, but also their mental play as well. You can learn how to
• act like a pro in any situation;
• deal with bad calls;
• focus despite distractions;
• analyze, predict, and respect an opponent;
• strike the balance between self-confidence and overconfidence; and
• live in the present tense.

 Pro Rules relies on the lessons of two experienced tennis professionals to share an innovative way of looking at life—both on and off the court—that can guide tennis players to find their professional core, learn control, and master their game by following their instincts with mastery and precision.

Stephan Ehritt-Vanc worked for the Royal Dutch Tennis Federation (KNLTB) for sixteen years. He founded the Pro-M International Tennis Academy with Andreea and is now the head of full-time programs on the ATP World Tour.

Andreea Ehritt-Vanc turned pro in 1992. She reached a top world ranking of 135 in the World Tennis Association (WTA) in singles and 40 in the WTA in doubles, winning several ITF tournament titles and two WTA titles. Andreea retired from her active career in 2008 and moved into a new role as the coach of Tamarine Tanasugarn.

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He IS Real by Janis Bolton Drinnon Book Blast - Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!


Title: He IS Real
Author: Janis Bolton Drinnon
Publisher: Xlibris
Pages: 109
Genre: Poetry
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 Janis began writing poetry in earnest after her first poem was published in an anthology in 1994 at age seventy- two. Following this, several of her poems were published in different anthologies through the years where she received numerous editors’ choice awards.

 The spiritual nature of Janis’ poems reflects her deep religious faith. In 1998, a book of her inspirational poems and selected Bible verses, “In HIS Care,” was published as a fiftieth anniversary remembrance. In 1999, singer Jody Murphy selected a poem, He Is Real, from this book to sing and record in Nashville, TN.

 Afterwards, Janis was selected for Marquis Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, Silver 25th Edition, Marquis Who’s Who in America, 52nd Edition, and Dictionary of International Biography, 26th Edition. She was elected to the International Poetry Hall of Fame in 1996.

 Janis Bolton was born July 28, 1922 in Pineville, KY to Clyde Herman and Violet Hendrickson Bolton. She married Kenneth C. Drinnon June 13, 1948 and had one daughter, Dena Daryl Drinnon.

 She was educated in Harrogate, TN elementary school, Middlesboro, KY high school, Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, journalism classes, and Newspaper Institute of America correspondence courses. While attending college, Janis wrote articles for local newspapers.

Janis has enjoyed a fulfilling versatile life in the arts as evidenced by the following: As a young teenager, she sang solos on children’s radio programs at WNOX in Knoxville, TN and sang in university and church choirs. She organized a drama department then produced and directed religious plays for Alice Bell Baptist Church, Knoxville, TN. And now, she is publishing her poetry book “He IS Real,” that contains many of her inspirational poems and selected Bible verses.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Janis Bolton Drinnon Janis began writing poetry in earnest after her first poem was published in an anthology in 1994 at age seventy- two. Following this, several of her poems were published in different anthologies through the years where she received numerous editors’ choice awards. The spiritual nature of Janis’ poems reflects her deep religious faith. In 1998, a book of her inspirational poems and selected Bible verses, “In HIS Care,” was published as a fiftieth anniversary remembrance. In 1999, singer Jody Murphy selected a poem, He Is Real, from this book to sing and record in Nashville, TN. Afterwards, Janis was selected for Marquis Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, Silver 25th Edition, Marquis Who’s Who in America, 52nd Edition, and Dictionary of International Biography, 26th Edition. She was elected to the International Poetry Hall of Fame in 1996. Janis Bolton was born July 28, 1922 in Pineville, KY to Clyde Herman and Violet Hendrickson Bolton. She married Kenneth C. Drinnon June 13, 1948 and had one daughter, Dena Daryl Drinnon. She was educated in Harrogate, TN elementary school, Middlesboro, KY high school, Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, journalism classes, and Newspaper Institute of America correspondence courses. While attending college, Janis wrote articles for local newspapers. Janis has enjoyed a fulfilling versatile life in the arts as evidenced by the following: As a young teenager, she sang solos on children’s radio programs at WNOX in Knoxville, TN and sang in university and church choirs. She organized a drama department then produced and directed religious plays for Alice Bell Baptist Church, Knoxville, TN. And now, she is publishing her poetry book “He IS Real,” that contains many of her inspirational poems and selected Bible verses.

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Defining Intelligence by Dr. Pat Keogh Book Feature!


Title: Defining Intelligence
Author: Dr. Pat Keogh
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Pages: 168
Genre: Education
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 It may be unethical for a person to conduct an intelligence assessment on another human being. Human intelligence is unquantifiable. Observing or analysing behaviour, appearance, personality, beliefs or acquired knowledge cannot produce a quantifiable measure of a person’s intelligence. The brain can perform millions of billions of calculations per second. This gives the person enormous power and incalculable potential. Yet, saying ‘I use my brain to think’ awards the ‘I’ (the mind) a priority over the brain. We are thinking beings. We are compelled and condemned to think. Thinking is process. We cannot analyse thinking but we can analyse thoughts and ideas, the products of thinking. The mind can reflect on the past, live in the present and plan for the future. Intelligence involves abstract, purposeful, logical thinking and the ability to create and execute ideas. It also includes unconscious thinking. The mind functions best when the body is at rests. The mind never sleeps. The ‘Bru na Boinne’ megalithic burial tombs in County Meath, particularly New Grange testify to the brilliance in observation, the thoughtful archectual planning and the masterful engineering execution of ideas and plans by our Neolithic ancestors of five thousand years ago. Modern day communication technology air and spacecraft are contemporary testimonials to human genius. Primary education should allow time in the curriculum for students to daydream purposefully. In early schooling greater emphasis should be placed on creativity, music composition, innovation and artistic pursuits.

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Pat Keogh is principal teacher in a large Dublin suburban primary school. He is a staunch advocate of child-centred education. He has had numerous articles published in the Irish Primary Teacher’s journal ‘In Touch’, The Irish Times newspaper and in 'Leadership', an Irish Primary Principal’s magazine. Pat has a master’s degree in philosophy and a doctorate in education. His doctoral thesis is entitled: ‘THINKING CRITICALLY’. He is keenly interested in the incredible calculating ability of the human brain and the illusiveness and ingenuity of the mind. He believes that the creative mind operates best when the body is at rest.  


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Interview with Zack Zaibak, author of The Hidden Truth Behind Beautiful Smiles

The Hidden TruthTitle: The Hidden Truth Behind Beautiful Smiles
Author: Zack Zaibak
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 152
Genre: Medical/Dentristry
Format: Ebook

 We are often judged by how we look, and the first thing people notice is a smile. In The Hidden Truth Behind Beautiful Smiles, author Dr. Zack Zaibak tells how modern cosmetic dentistry can transform ordinary smiles into stunning gorgeous ones.

 Dr. Zaibak, honored by the Consumers Research Council of America for the last five years as one of America’s top dentists, discusses important issues relating to dental health and improving your teeth, your smile, and your self-esteem. Dr. Zaibak has been featured on national and local media outlets including ABC, WGN Superstation, Fox and Univision, and has served as an expert commentator for the Chicago Sun-Times. He is also a provider of cosmetic dental care to winners of beauty pageants.

 People with bright, beautiful, and healthy looking smiles are seen as more attractive, competent, and happier. In fact, a dazzling, radiant smile can make all the difference in romance – as well as career success. In only two visits, you can gain a sparkling white, perfectly shaped, celebrity smile as modern innovations make your dental visit a satisfying, comfortable, and even enjoyable experience.

 Dr. Zack Zaibak’s all-inclusive book unveils the hidden truth about today’s state of the art choices in cosmetic dentistry for creating smile makeovers and gorgeous Hollywood Smiles, including Lumineers porcelain veneers, Invisalign metal-free braces, teeth whitening, bonding, implants, crowns, bridges, Snap-On Smiles and gum lifts. 

The health of your teeth and mouth affect the well-being of your entire body. The Hidden Truth Behind Beautiful Smiles reveals the secrets to enhancing your teeth to produce an exquisite, engaging smile that will positively transform your self-image and your life.

What was your first sale as an author?

This book’s First Edition. I didn’t simply set out to be a writer. I really was on a mission: I wanted to share extremely valuable information that could improve people’s lives – information that most readers would not have exposure to (hence the name in the title: The Hidden Truth Behind Beautiful Smiles). As a general dentist specializing in cosmetic dentistry, I have repeatedly seen firsthand how improving the appearance and health of someone’s smile has had profound and lasting effects that go far beyond how someone looks. It enhances a person’s self-esteem and confidence, their success in both the business world and in the world of romance, helps someone previously shy become outgoing, optimistic – happier. I have seen a huge range of positive benefits to patients. I felt it was important to share this.

When in the day/night do you write? How long per day?

Because I have a very full life, I tended to write early in the morning or late at night, while my wife and daughter were asleep. I would also write during the day at my office whenever I had rare free moments between patients. One added benefit of writing at my dental office is I was immersed in the world I was writing about, seeing daily the transformations that patients were having as a result of having their smiles improved.

What is the hardest part of writing your books?

Making sure that those sometimes difficult to understand (or perhaps even “scary” to some readers) concepts about certain areas of dentistry would be exceedingly clear and user-friendly. From the feedback I’ve received, I have been successful in this.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 Zack Zaibak, MS, DDS, is a licensed general dentist in the state of Illinois and one of the top practitioners of advanced cosmetic dentistry in that state. Honored by the Consumer Research Council of America as one of America’s Top Dentists, Zaibak has the latest advanced training and certification in Lumineers, Invisalign, and laser surgery.

Boys of Summer by Lucien N. Plante Book Blast - Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!


Title: Boys of Summer
Author: Lucien N. Plante
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 254
Genre: Historical Fiction
Format: Kindle

 In the Darkness, Mike slid over the side of the ship and in to the water, without knowing direction swam away from the ship into the darkness hoping not to hear the sound of a rifle or the pain of its report. Without knowing where he was Mike hoped he was swimming for shore, hoping he would not end up as fish food. He had escaped the Yankees.

 This is a story of how our Country grew and how we grow. A story of hard work, hard thinking and true love. Some time before the Civil War two families grow together and become part the that eras American dream. The book will show them loving living and celebrating. It will also show the sadness of separation and death. The unforgettable pain of not knowing where someone is or what happened to them. But worst the wrenching pain of not being able to help someone you love.

 Witness the lives of two families become one. Witness the boys of summer, sun and youth enter the turbulence of lives winter. No not that they should grow old in years. Life has a winter for all and for some it comes early and is brutal. Hope is down the road we know or least wise believe there will be spring. The sun will warm us and all will be well.


Lucien Plante is a marine veteran and retired engineer. He married his high school sweetheart, and they have four children and sixteen grandchildren. Besides his family, he loves history and the great outdoors. He spent many days, maybe years, of his life roaming the woods and mountains of the Adirondacks.

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Monday, July 6, 2015

A Little Boy's War by Roy Bartlett Book Blast - Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

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A Little Boy's WarTitle: A Little Boy's War
Author: Roy Bartlett
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Pages: 190
Genre: Biography/Autobiography
Format: Kindle

 In this autobiographical reminiscence of the war years, Roy Bartlett relates the experiences of a young boy living in the West London suburb of Ealing, particularly during the sustained German Luftwaffe ‘Blitz’ on the capital in 1940 during which he sustained injury. Millions of people in London and other cities, children as well as adults, survived the horrors and rigours of the war.

Many accounts have been written, but few from the viewpoint of a child.

 Aged nine years at the outbreak of war his initial understanding of events was shaped by excitement, evacuation for a short period and what his mother could conjure up to eat from the meagre food rations.

 As Roy grew older, under ever-worsening conditions, his comprehensions of events broadened.

 This ensuing account of family life on the home front is a fascinating and absorbing blend of factual information and personal experience of the grim reality of those dark days, yet softened by subtle humour and boyish escapades that bring a smile to the reader.

 An person who lived through the period of history and the younger generations that follow, will find this narrative to be an informative and valuable historical account of a young lad’s life throughout that terrible time.
 

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The Merry Heart of Madness Title: The Merry Heart of Madness
Author: David A. Ringer with J.D.C. Ormond
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 378
Genre: Erotica Fiction
Format: Kindle

 Weakened, he is promised only months to live. When Western medicine leaves him without hope, botany professor Dr. Charles Douglas follows his past back to India in search of the only cure left to try.

 A lifetime ago, before his escape into the academic world, Charles built another life, one rich with intrigue, danger, and easy cash as part of the shadow world of Himalayan smugglers and pharmacists. Older but arguably wiser, he brings home the side of himself he’d left behind all those years before.

 A seemingly ordinary and charming man, his new quest leads him down all the blind alleys he was once wise enough to avoid. Except now, with the skills he’s acquired, those blind alleys become a source of power he could never have imagined. Amid a flurry of corporate espionage, BDSM disciples, and terrorism, Charles sees his fortunes change. Can he rise again from his primordial self—or will he join the skeletons piling up in his closet?

David A. Ringer retired from a career in newspaper publishing to become a writer and human- and animal-rights activist. He lives with his partner in Columbus, Ohio.

J.D.C. Ormond is a writer, family man, and consciousness upstart from New Zealand. When not tending large herds and crops, he can be found prospecting the imagination for the nuggets that see his spirit soar.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Ella by Virginia Taylor Cover Reveal!




Title: Ella 
Author: Virginia Taylor 
Publisher: Lyrical Press 

 Ella Beaufort knew better than to rely on a sexy stranger. But with two sisters to support on the modest earnings of the family sheep station, she accepts shearer Cal Lynton’s help—along with his intoxicating kiss. The most Ella can hope for is an affair. Something a woman in her situation wouldn’t dare—or would she? 

 Heir to his family fortune, Charlton Alfred Landon Lynton abandoned his privileged life to prove his independence. He doesn’t have time for a woman, but once he woos the lovely Ella into his bed, he is ready to make her his wife…until she shocks him with her refusal, claiming she can only marry a rich man! Angry and brokenhearted, the heir in disguise leaves the beautiful golddigger behind… 

 But amid the breathtaking landscape of South Australian, Ella and Cal are destined to meet again. Will their heated reunion lead to cruel confrontation—or the kind of passion that lasts a lifetime?

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Virginia Taylor is an Australian writer of contemporary romantic comedy, romantic suspense, historical romance, short stories, and children’s stories.

After a stint at the South Australian School of Art, I worked for an advertising agency,  re-trained as a nurse/midwife, and then married the man of my dreams. Two children later, I began writing romance. While awaiting publication, I painted and designed various theatre sets with a fellow School of Art graduate.In 2013 I sold my first novel-length story.

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