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Friday, December 8, 2017

Blog Tour: The LGBTQ Meditation Journal @bigboxoffice




Meditation/Self-help/Spiritual
Date Published:
e-book, September 15, 2017
print, October 6, 2017
Publisher: MLR Press

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For the fourth in their highly successful series of guided meditations books, Christopher Stone and Mary Sheldon focus upon the LGBTQ Community, offering a month's worth of contemplative spiritual adventures to enhance confidence and tranquility while inspiring self-acceptance, love, peace, pride, and dignity. Edited by Kris Jacen, the book explains the process of focused attention known as meditation and it offers a simple relaxation technique to induce a meditative state of mind.


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In this time in this world, I think that every one needs a little encouragement and advice in life just in how to survive. Its a harsh world and I think this is a very much needed novel. I loved the way the authors appealed to the LGBTQ community. I loved the way the novel was set up and split up into parts. You can read it at your own pace and take little tidbits away from it throughout the read. Solid Helpful Non-Fiction novel. 



Born in Bronx, New York, and raised in Fresno, California, Christopher relocated to Hollywood, California, at age twenty-one, after being accepted into a Writers Guild of America, West, scholarship program for young writers.
Four months later, he was hired as Los Angeles Editor for Stage Door, Canada’s weekly entertainment trade weekly. Christopher went on to become a regular contributor to many of America’s most popular print publications, writing hundreds of entertainment and lifestyle features, interviews, and reviews.
He became a member of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, and many of his stories were syndicated worldwide by the New York Times Syndication Corporation.

Christopher’s first book, Re-Creating Your Self was a national hardcover bestseller and he has subsequently co-authored three previous Meditation Journal books with Mary Sheldon.

He has also written three novels.



Mary Sheldon, the daughter of novelist Sidney Sheldon and actress Jorja Curtright, was educated at St. Clare’s Hall in Oxford and Yale University and graduated from Wellesley College with honors in English.  She is the author of ten novels, including Halfway Home, Reflection, Pandora Brown, and  Perhaps I’ll Dream of Darkness, for which she received a Brandeis literary award.  Her nonfiction work includes the Meditation Trilogy, which she coauthored with metaphysical teacher Christopher Stone.  In addition, she has written over a dozen children’s audio books including I Am America(featuring the voices of President and Mrs. Bush, President Nixon, President and Mrs. Ford, and Mrs. Carter, as well as numerous internationally renowned actors,) which won a Children’s Book Choice award, and Audrey Hepburn’s Enchanted Tales, which was honored with a Spoken Word Grammy Award.
Mary is married, with two daughters, and lives in southern California.

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Blog Tour: Power Struggle




Mystery
Date Published: November 28, 2017
Publisher: Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc.

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One hit man who’s back for revenge.
One detective who’s not going down without a fight.

It’s been ten months since Detective Madison Knight almost died at the hands of Russian Mafia hit man Constantine Romanov. She hasn’t seen hide nor hair of him since he escaped police custody and fled to Russia soon after his arrest, except now her latest murder investigation gives her reason to believe he’s back in town. Seeing as the victim is the man who killed her grandfather, her perspective may be a little skewed, but with the MO smacking of Constantine and the victim’s connections to the mob, she finds it hard to be objective. Still, she’s doing her best to consider all the evidence.

When she receives a threatening letter from Constantine, however, her suspicions are confirmed. And he’s made it abundantly clear that not only does he plan to finish what he started but he has her family and loved ones in the crosshairs, too. Madison vows to do whatever it takes to save them, but as the hours race by, the body count rises. And the stakes only get higher when Madison’s sister, Chelsea, goes missing.

Now, Madison’s only play is to take Chelsea’s disappearance for what it really means: Constantine is calling Madison out for one final showdown. And they won’t both survive…


Review


Real and Vivid. I liked the way that the author wove her tale.
Characterization was huge in this novel. The characters were all very well developed and had their own motivations and faults. It made them seem more real to me as the reader.
I also really liked the flow of this novel and the way the Suspense and Action unfolded. It felt very smooth.
Overall this was a Detective/Mystery novel that has a clear storyline, lots of mystery and suspense, and superb writing. 

About the Author

CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series—Detective Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, McKinley Mysteries, and Matthew Connor Adventures—and has written nearly thirty books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures.
Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.
Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.
She currently lives just west of Toronto with her husband and beagle and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada and Sisters in Crime.

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Blog Tour: Sid Sanford Lives!




Literary Fiction
Date Published:  9/18/2017
Publisher: 50/50 Press

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Sid Sanford always follows a path, just not his own. From backyard Wiffle ball games to New York City skyscrapers, Sid finds triumph and pain in equal measure during his uncertain, and at times violent, thrust into manhood. A colorful, loyal family, a plethora of eccentric friends, and a few star-crossed soulmates highlight his journey, but it’s ultimately up to Sid whether his destiny fulfills his potential or drowns in the bottom of a bottle.



Excerpt



As always, Sid Sanford was following some plan, just not his own.

He debated whether or not to jump the ticket line in Grand Central like a prick. He finally picked up his duffel bag and darted in front of two male tourists who were already sipping out of tall boys disguised in paper bags.

“What the hell, dude?” One of them asked.

“Take me two seconds,” Sid said, already striking the touch screen.

“There’s a line back there,” the other said.

“I see it, I was just there. And now I’m here. The less we talk, the more I can focus on getting out of your way.”

Sid ignored the other comments from the rest of the pissed-off rush hour commuters and eagerly slid his debit card into the black prongs.

Unable to read card, the screen flashed. Please swipe again.

He impatiently obliged and started tapping his foot as if he were trapped in a meeting while in dire need of ridding himself of his morning coffee.

The transaction timed out.

The machine finally read his card. He grabbed his ticket and bolted toward track twenty-six. He sprinted across the station’s opulent waiting area, his worn brown shoes desperately gripping the slick, polished marble floor. He hustled through the gate and could see the train’s conductor signaling the final boarding call to the people on the platform. He slowed and power walked the final few feet. The doors snapped shut as soon as he stepped into the train bound for Waterbury.

Sid took a moment to savor the mundane victory and then found an open aisle seat. He tossed his bag onto the narrow rack above his head after pulling out his laptop and headphones. He put his ticket in the slot on the headrest in front of him and settled into the bruised maroon and dull blue plastic seats. He opened up his computer, found a decent playlist to zone out to, and closed his eyes.

His phone vibrated in his pocket. He looked down to find Constance’s name scrawling across the screen.

“Son of a—” He stopped himself when he caught a glance of the elderly woman sitting next to the window. “Sorry.”

The woman shrugged.

He dug his phone out and took a breath before answering it.

“Make it?” Constance asked.

“Yeah, on the train now.”

“Good. Have a safe trip.”

“Thanks. And thanks for checking up on me.”

“It’s what I’m here for,” she said. “Listen, I know we’ve had our differences lately…and well…since we’ve known each other. But I’m always here if you need anything. I know how you get with things like this. You shut down and won’t let people in. That’s not what you deserve right now.”

“Yeah. Appreciate it. We’re pulling out of the station. I’m going to sleep a bit.”

“Don’t miss your transfer.”

“I won’t.”

“Let me know when you get there. I love you.”

“Okay, bye.”

Sid leaned his head back and tried his best to suppress a memory of Jocelyn. She had moved into an apartment not long ago and had asked for his help. He had gotten assigned a high school track event and couldn’t make it. She assumed he was lying so he could spend time chasing after Constance. She wasn’t completely wrong—he could have easily caught a train out of the city after the meet—but he had fought with her all the same.

He ended up coming home after Constance broke up with him weeks later, armed with champagne and his mother’s whoopie pies. He had another surprise for her—he couldn’t remember what it is now—but instead of just handing it to her and winning back her friendship, he made her negotiate for it.

“Always the asshole,” Sid muttered.

“Give me a hint,” Jocelyn said.

“No,” Sid said.

“Why not?”

“Because any hint I come up with will ruin the surprise.”

“Really?”

“Really.”

“You’re probably right, men suck at giving hints.”

“True.”

“What if I told you that you couldn’t have anymore?”

She covered the last few bits of his whoopie pie. Any other Sanford might have bitten her hand off, but he remained calm and defiant.

“I’d have to give it up.”

“Are you serious, Sid?”

“Yep.”

“You were just having an intimate moment with that thing a minute ago, and now you’d just let it go because you don’t want to give me a little hint about my surprise?”

“Correct.”

“Is there anything I can do to change your mind? More food perhaps?”

Yes, actually, he thought. Fall in love with me. Marry me. Tell me not to leave ever again. Just say you love me and I’ll give you anything you want for the rest of my life.

“Nope,” he said instead.

Sid wished he could tell her how much he loved her, how achingly beautiful she was.
But he didn’t.

“I thought I was doing you a favor by procuring you some whoopie pies, and come to find out, you’re lobbying my mother for them the whole time,” Sid said.

“And she said I could come over anytime I wanted, so there,” Jocelyn said. “I really just need her to teach me how to make them.”

“At that point she’d disown me. I would be useless to her. Then she’d adopt you.”

“See! Everybody wins!”

Later, he went to peck her on the cheek, but instead kissed her full on the lips. It lasted a heartbeat, but he poured more passion into it than any other kiss he could remember.

“What was that for?” She asked.

I love you, he didn’t say.

“I’m proud of you,” Sid actually said.

“For what?”

“Just everything. If you ever want company again, just let me know.”

“I will.”

“I’d walk through fire to get back here to you.”

Sid coughed, urging the tears to wait until he landed in the passenger seat of his father’s car. The train pulled out of the underground tunnel and the brick and grime of Harlem appeared in the window.

He put his headphones on and turned on Neil Young’s “Cowgirl in the Sand.” He tapped the keyboard for a moment, unwilling to allow his urge to start Jocelyn’s eulogy to overpower him. However, it did in short order so he created a blank document and wrote,

“I met Jocelyn during a backyard Wiffle ball game.”



About the Author

Daniel Ford is an author, journalist, and the co-founder/co-host of Writer’s Bone, a literary website and podcast that champions aspiring authors and screenwriters. Sid Sanford Lives! is his debut novel. Ford lives with his fiancée Stephanie in Boston, Mass. He can often be found coaxing words out of a half-empty bourbon glass.




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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Blog Tour: Greco's Game


Thriller / Suspense / Action / Romance
Date Published: November 1, 2017
Publisher: Regis Books

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Colonel Aleksandr Talanov – the “ice man” – is married to a woman he wishes he could love. But he can’t, and it’s an ugly consequence of his training with the KGB. Even so, no one should have to experience what Talanov experiences: the brutal murder of his wife in front of his eyes.

Wracked with guilt and suspected of plotting her death, Talanov spirals downward on a path of self-destruction. He should have been killed, not her. He was the one whose violent past would not leave them alone. Months tick by and Talanov hits rock bottom on the mean streets of Los Angeles, where he meets a hooker named Larisa, who drugs and robs him.

But in the seedy world of human trafficking ruled by the Russian mafia, Larisa made the mistake of stealing the ice man’s wallet. In it was Talanov’s sole possession of value: his wedding photo. Talanov tracks Larisa down to get that photo because it reminds him of everything that should have been but never was, and never would be because an assassin’s bullet had mistakenly killed his wife. Or was it a mistake?


The answer lies in Greco’s Game, a chess match played in 1619 that is famous for its queen sacrifice and checkmate in only eight moves. In an unusual alliance, Talanov and Larisa team up to begin unraveling the mystery of what Talanov’s old KGB chess instructor regarded as the most brilliant example of how to trap and kill an opponent. The question is: who was the target?

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James Houston Turner manages to put to use imagery and detail to allow the reader to be swept away in the case. I thoroughly enjoyed this one.
Action packed with a lot of moving parts to it. Mysterious and Thrilling to the core.
Twists and turns paired with humor leads to a novel that will keep the reader engaged and anticipating each event.


About the Author


James Houston Turner is the bestselling author of the Aleksandr Talanov thriller series, as well as numerous other books and articles. Talanov the fictional character was inspired by the actual KGB agent who once leaked word out of Moscow that James was on a KGB watch-list for his smuggling activities behind the old Iron Curtain. James Houston Turner’s debut thriller, Department Thirteen, was voted “Best Thriller” by USA Book News, after which it won gold medals in the Independent Publisher (“IPPY”) Book Awards and the Indie Book Awards. His novel, Greco’s Game, has just been optioned for film. A cancer survivor of more than twenty-five years, he holds a bachelor’s degree from Baker University and a master’s degree from the University of Houston (Clear Lake). After twenty years in Australia, he and his wife, Wendy, author of The Recipe Gal Cookbook, now live in Austin, Texas.

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Blog Tour: Thicker Than Blood



Contemporary Romance
Date Published: May 1, 2017

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Every paramedic’s worst nightmare is to arrive at the scene of a horrific accident and find out that the victim is someone they love. Or, in Caden Ross’s case, the woman he used to love. It took two years to finally get over Dakota and move on with his life, or so Caden believed, until he has to face the thought of a world without her. Nothing could have prepared the handsome, headstrong off-duty paramedic for the emotional upheaval of keeping the woman he once thought would be his forever alive.

Dakota Martineau appeared to have the world in the palm of her hand. She is beautiful, kind, has an adoring family, including her best friend and identical twin sister. She has a passion for incorporating her love of life, family, and her cultural background into her dream job with special needs kids. Then, in a life-altering crash, she discovers just how fragile life is. Thankful to be surrounded by an incredible group of friends who will help heal, not just her body, but also her soul, she knows she should be happy she is alive and on the mend, but Dakota is still tormented by the loss of her one true love.

How can you feel safe with the one person who hurt you the most? What road will Caden and Dakota take when they discover fate wreaked havoc on everything they thought was true?


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Anne Marie Citro grew born and raised in the greater Toronto area of Ontario, Canada. She grew up in a large, loving family. Anne Marie is married to a very patient man. He is the love of her life. They have four very cool sons, and the girls they brought into their family that have become daughters of her heart. She has been blessed enough to finally have a beautiful granddaughter after four sons. She has her own personal gaggle of girlfriends, who enrich her life on a daily basis and make her laugh. Caesar Friday is her favourite day of the week. Caesars with the girls and date night with her hubby. She works with special-needs teenagers, that have taught her how to appreciate life and see it through gentler eyes. Anne Marie was encouraged by her husband to follow her lifelong dream to write. She loves the characters that take over imagination and haunts her dreams. She loves the arts and she has tried her hand at painting, wood sculpting, chainsaw carving, wood burning, metal and wire sculptures. Yes, her husband is a very patient man! Anne Marie is an avid reader and enjoys about three books per week. But nothing makes her happier then riding on the back of her husband's Harley and throwing her arms out and feeling the wind race by. Anne Marie and her husband take a few weeks every year to travel to spectacular destination around the world. Anne Marie is excited and can't wait to see what the next chapter holds for her life.


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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Blog Tour: The Christmas Letter



Historical Fiction
Date Published: 10-30-17
Publisher: 50/50 Press

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Mary is a naïve twenty-year-old in 1945 when her high school sweetheart, Jack, returns to their small Indiana steel town wounded from World War II and makes her his bride. While Jack struggles to find his place in the world, Mary begins her own journey of self-discovery. As the years and letters unfold, Mary and Jack have five children, including their first-born son, Junior who is not “right," an issue that contributes to the turmoil in their marriage and impacts their lives in unforeseen ways. Mary's Christmas letters track her children from toddling to adulthood, while also commenting on her marriage, her friendships, and the world around her—advances in technology, the dawn of the nuclear age, the Cuban Missile Crisis, The Cold War, Vietnam, Woodstock, and more. Through disappointments, triumphs, dark moments of doubt and suspicion, loss of loved ones, and the lessons learned from hard experience, Mary’s Christmas letters are a constant in an uncertain world.

Endorsements for “The Christmas Letter”

“Told in the annual Christmas letters Mary Townsend sends to her best friend, ‘The Christmas Letter’ is an emotional roller coaster; an immersive, uplifting, deeply satisfying read. I loved it.”
Warren Littlefield, Multi-Emmy, Peabody, Television Award winning Executive Producer of “Fargo,” and “The Handmaid’s Tale”

“A great literary gift of the Christmas or any season. It’s a story of a family so real, so moving and so heartwarming, you’ll want to invite Mary and her brood home for dinner.”
Jeff Melvoin, Emmy Award winning Executive Producer, “Designated Survivor,” “Army Wives,” and “Northern Exposure”

“I could barely stand to leave these characters at the end of the book and have thought about them daily since, as though they were real and part of my real life. What a moving story, so beautifully written. ’The Christmas Letter’ is a testament to the strength of the human heart to persevere, against all odds and obstacles, bolstered by faith and stubborn belief.
Barbara Corday, Creator of Emmy Award winning series “Cagney and Lacey,” former President Columbia Pictures Television and Executive Vice-President of CBS Entertainment

“Steve Berman gives readers a poetic, beautiful and powerful understanding of the truth and love that connects hearts in his magnificent new book ‘The Christmas Letter.’ The path these characters take, make it impossible for you to put this book down. ‘The Christmas Letter’ has courage and compassion. The finest convictions, the most challenging situations are met by true faith. You will experience a turbulent ride, with a result that speaks to friendship, family and faith. If you read one new book this year, please meet Mary and read ‘The Christmas Letter.’”
                                                       Kathy Ireland, CEO kathy ireland Worldwide


Review

Wow, this one really delivers in many areas. It is a historical novel with teeth. Yes, it took a bit of catching up to understand what was going on,  but once in the heart of it, Steven H. Berman has the reader hooked. 

As far as Characters, Plot, and Flow, everything was very well developed and smooth. 


This novel was a great escape from reality as well as a quick and easy read


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Steven H. Berman is a veteran writer-producer with more than fifteen produced credits, including a dozen Movies of the Week and five mini-series. His mini-series Roughing It brought him a Writers’ Guild of America nomination for best adaptation. His movie Twice Upon a Christmas premiered at the White House. The Christmas Letter is his first novel.

Steven lives in Los Angeles with his wife Marcia, the Director of Advancement at a private school. They have two children; Rachel whose debut novel, Aerendgast: The Secret History of Jane Austin was published last year, and Dan, an entrepreneur.

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Cyber Monday SALE BLAST

WELCOME TO THE CYBER MONDAY SALE BLAST! 

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