Thursday, December 17, 2015

Laurin Bellg's new book is out: Near Death in the ICU

A phenomenal collection of medical patient accounts of encounters with the mysterious during severe illness and life-threatening injury from the voice of the physician who took care of them. Both touching and thought-provoking, this book invites you to reconsider what happens when we die, and in doing so, challenges you to ponder that perhaps we are much more than our earth-bound physical bodies. 

Near-death experiences are often profoundly meaningful, yet when they are reported, they are frequently met with skepticism and dismissal by medical caregivers and family members. But do we have to fully understand these events to honor the transformative role they often play in the lives of those who experience them? Do we need to prove they are something more than the result of illness, medication or a dying brain to acknowledge their power to impact lives in a positive way?

For nearly twenty years, Dr. Laurin Bellg has been present at the bedside of critically ill and dying patients. As she has worked to create an accepting and supportive relationship with them, her patients have shared with her the mysterious experiences they sometimes have during moments of crisis of apparently seeing beyond our physical world. In telling their engaging, powerful and sometimes humorous stories, Dr. Bellg invites the reader to consider that bearing witness to a patient's near-death experience is a respectful and meaningful part of medical care, a way for families to support their loved ones, and an important part of the patient's healing.

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Gone Girl lovers take note!


At first The Last American Novel glides you along like a summer read – a mysterious visitor, a forbidden flirtation, a quiet curious death on a small Maine island, a traditional fishing village and burgeoning summer retreat for writers, artists, and agents of the ruling class. The narrator, Ian Sippsac, is a 20-year-old genius and the embodiment of his generation – restless, funny, offensive, and tender – a recent college graduate working on the island mail boat while weighing a future in a damaged world he might not be able to navigate but is determined to expose. 

Ian becomes infatuated with a beautiful enigmatic 35-year-old, one of three editors on retreat to decide the final book to be published by a famed and dying American publishing house. When the celebrity daughter of the publisher drowns on the grounds of her summer estate, Ian is drawn into a murder investigation that reaches into the world of contemporary art, national politics, and international commerce before careening back into the buried secrets of his island home, his family's past, and his own identity. 


"Because it's different. Or at least it's trying. Too much of today's fiction is like mime, these contortions over peeling an invisible banana, this struggling inside a box that isn't there. 

"The smallness and sameness of too many novels is the smallness and sameness that afflicts our culture overall--the relentless modern headlock--and it's this same smallness and sameness, this outsourcing of human identity to 'global' convention, that is at the root of my narrator's perplexing (and, I hope, moving and funny) mental condition."  - Ronn Howland

"Books shouldn't be printed television." ~ Jeanette Winterson

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Wrapped in God's Grace by Barbara Bras


The crushing pain of seven years of unanswered prayer for a child. A miraculous adoption story, followed by unforeseen challenges and heartbreak.

Barbara Bras begins her memoir by sharing God's answer to her prayers and the difficult times that followed. Although God does not provide an easy fix, the intricacies of God's plans reveal themselves to her, and she relives her life in a new light. 

Bras then recounts the stories of her grandfather Arshag and her grandmother Gulle, survivors of the atrocities of Armenia in 1915. Arshag, sent to South America for his protection, returns as a soldier of the Armenian Legion to fight for his country. Gulle is the only member of her family to survive the death march into the desert. Through God's grace they find each other, marry and move to America in 1921. Bras is their first grandchild. 

The final section of the memoir follows Bras as she marries and moves to Hawaii, only to return as a single mother to teach school in a small town. It is there she finally realizes that God has provided her with protection and direction. Bras discovers that once we truly surrender our will to God, His plan always produces blessings beyond our wildest dreams!


"Beautifully written, this poetic narrative, with its unexpected twists and turns is a compelling argument for the benefits and rewards of a life of trust in God." Walter Sava, Ph.D. Community Leader

"Barbara's authenticity, caring and passion shine through the moment you meet her. God has a plan and we are blessed, He provided us Barbara's humanity and spirit." Kory Kogon,Global Productivity Practice Leader, FranklinCovey | Corporate

"Miracles don't come with guarantees, but Barbara's engaging memoir demonstrates that God's plan is amazingly greater than what we envision for ourselves. Every reader will connect with her powerful story!" ~Best Selling Author, Tom Bird

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Heather Harlow's Book Tour Dates


Carolyn Howard-Johnson (date)

12/08/15 KENYEN POET

Please follow the tour and follow each group. This helps all of us.

Cheryle Boyle's Book Tour Dates

Watch for these book tours with Cheryle Boyle:

11/18/15 JEAN LAUZIER  

12/02/15 KENYEN POET

I will also have Carolyn Howard-Johnson's in here soon.

Unsuspected (buy the book)


A serial killer is on the loose in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The killer is seductive and methodical as he preys on prostitutes and other lonely women. Those women are later found in shallow graves on the West Mesa, but lack of forensic evidence at the burial site has not helped to catch the killer, and the case remains unsolved. Living in a small peaceful town along the Rio Grande is a troubled family where violence is only a few drinks of gin away.

Rosa, a beautiful and resourceful young girl, is growing up in a traditional Hispanic family household with her parents and older brother, Ray. She is flirty and full of life, but family secrets and tragedy threaten to overwhelm her. Ray, on the other hand, is destined for the life of a business professional and while close to his sister, he lives in the city and stays removed from family problems. What isn't known, and can't be imagined, is that the serial killer lives among them, a family member whom no one suspects.

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Dolores Borrego Jacobs joins the ranks of writers who favor Southwestern themes and landscape, such as Leslie Marmon Silko, Rudolfo Anaya, and Tony Hillerman, and speaks to the reader in the language of the local people of New Mexico. She gives an intimate view of their lives, and establishes for us a strong sense of place that makes her novel both a timepiece beginning in the 1980's and a culturally relevant modern day murder story in the True Crime tradition. Her characters accurately portray people who could be your neighbors. Their dialogue is authentic and provocatively peppered with colorful expressions in Hispanic slang. 
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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The Argon Factor by Heather Harlow (book 1) Book Tour

The Argon Factor by Heather Harlow
Book 1

Susan Caldwell is one of GTS’s Security Development and Design Managers.  She’s new to Boston and this company and was hoping to get a new start, leaving her old life and distrust of men behind.  But now, her life is in danger and she has to depend upon a man to keep her safe.

Christoph Baldric is CEO of GTS and the Argon Earth-based Commander.  His alien race has been living in secret on Earth for centuries, assisting the Earth humans in their maturity and technological advancements in hopes to one day integrate and reveal themselves to the humans.

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1. Give us a brief synopsis of your latest work.

I recently published my first book, a sci-fi romance action-adventure.  It tells about the aliens from the planet Argon who've come to our planet looking for a new home.  They're helping the humans on Earth survive themselves.  In the book, there's been a code breach at the high-tech company Susan has just started working for.  People on her team are being killed and she finds herself having to rely on Christoph, the CEO to protect her.  Little does she know he's the Argon alien commander on Earth.    

My next book will be a continuation of the story and will tell more about the Grogans, the Argon nemesis from the former universe, Baldacon.

2. What got you into writing?

I've always wanted to write books since I started reading them at the age of 10 while on vacation with my family.

3.  What genres do you like to read?

I like to read romance, action adventure, and historical.

4.  What is your process for developing characters? Do you watch and base characters off of what you see? Or are your characters complete figments of your imagination?  

I believe my characters are complete figments of my imagination.

5.  How much time and effort do you put into marketing?

I put a lot of time into marketing. Lately, I've been putting 20-30 hours a week into marketing. However, I really need to write more.

6.  Do you have any works in mind that you’ve not yet written? If so, what are they?

The Argonians series, which are stories about the Argon aliens.  One specifically is The Commander and the Pirate Princess, which is about the first integration between Argonians and humans.

7.  If there is one thing that stands out about your writing or your stories, what is it?

It is a bit risqué at times and hopefully brutally honest.

8.  What inspired you to write your most recent story?
My friend signed us up for a class about how to write a bestseller in a weekend. 

9.  Where can potential readers find your work?
My book, The Argon Factor, is for sale on Amazon and Kindle eBooks.

10. Where can readers connect with you socially online?

My website is  
Twitter:  @HeatherMHarlow
Facebook, Pinterest boards, and I'm on GoodReads; all under my name.


Heather Harlow has wanted to be an author since adolescence. The Argon Factor is her first book in a series about aliens from the planet Argon.
She’s always been a fan of superheroes:  Batman and Robin, Spiderman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Six Million Dollar Man, and the Bionic Woman.
She likes sci-fi movies and series, like Star Trek and Battle Star Galactica. More recently, she’s been enjoying the Avenger movies. In addition to her sci-fi interests, she’s a romantic. Therefore, it was natural for her to write about science fiction and combine it with a human interest story that has sex and romance in it.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

538: Murder, Suicide and A Mother's Love by Cheryle Boyle (book tour)

538: Murder, Suicide and A Mother's Love is a faction about family dysfunction and the prevailing love that sustains a mother. Lilly, happily marries and is full of life as she births five beautiful children. Life takes a drastic turn and she finds herself in a place that she never had dreamt of being. The grip of life keeps a tight rein on Lilly as she suffers great loss, but her strength in God and the love for her children push her forward.   There are days that she lives by simply putting one foot in front of the other. The drama that unfolds, at times, is unbelievable. From the eldest child to the youngest, the anxieties are obvious. Lilly finds herself at times unable to interact and is often heard reciting cliché's, words she lived by, "When it rains, it pours, A Bird in the Hand is Worth Two in the Bush, It'll All Come Out in the Wash."  Lilly is strong, resilient and loyal, and her inner strength causes her to persevere.   

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 Give us a brief synopsis of your latest work.

My latest work is a faction of a dysfunctional family where the mother, Lilly, is the main character, and all that befalls her.  She falls in love and has a wonderful marriage, five beautiful children, and then tragedy strikes.  The family is never the same.  Lilly tries her hardest and her loyalty, resiliency and perseverance keep her moving forward.  The love she has for God and her children propels her to withstand all the turmoil.  She births more children and the chaos continues.  Lilly stumbles upon her youngest child's diaries and this affords her a unique opportunity. 

     What got you into writing?

I have always loved writing.  In the beginning, I wrote to express my feelings and to entertain my children.  Over the years this grew into the writing being a necessary creative outlet.

     What genres do you like to read?

I enjoy reading fiction, crime stories, psychological mysteries.  I love the intrigue and the surprise when the ending is not exactly what you expected.  Lisa Gardner is one of my favorites.

     What is your process for developing characters?  Do  you people watch and base characters off of what  you see?  Or are your characters complete figments  of your imagination?

It varies.  I have been presented with enough characters in my lifetime to fill many a book. So I would say it is a combination of real life characters and using my imagination to put them up to all types of scenarios with creative embellishments.

    How much time and effort do you put into marketing?

I put a lot of time and effort into marketing because that is the main means of getting my writings out there.  I would say that half of my time is spent marketing; the other half writing. I am trying to change that, because I enjoy the writing much more.

     Do you have any works in mind that you've not yet  written?  If so, what are they?

I have a lot of stories I am mulling around up there.  I would like to develop the character, Sadie, from my upcoming book and see where else she goes on her journey. I would love to also explore the world of children's literature.  I need to write at least a few children's book for my 12 grandchildren.

     If there is one thing that stands out about your  writing or your stories, what is it?

I think my style.  I think that it is a bit different and I have the ability to really make people feel from my writings.  There always tends to be a sense of sadness in most of my writings.

     What inspired you to write your most recent story?

The fact that so many children experience dysfunctional families. I wanted to draw attention to the dysfunction and the effects that it has.  You ask any adult, at some time in their childhood they experienced dysfunction; some worse than others.

    Where can potential readers find your work?

My work will be available on October 14, 2015 with my first release, 538: Murder, Suicide and A Mother's Love.  Other works of short stories, poetry and blogs are available on my website: Cheryle Boyle.  I currently have a video trailer available for my upcoming release on YouTube  

    Where can readers connect with you socially online?

   Please visit:

Please visit my website and sign up for my upcoming newsletter.  Leave comments, I'd love to hear from you and what types of writings you would enjoy seeing. 


Cheryle Boyle is a wife, mother and grandmother.  She enjoys experiencing life and making memories with her family. Cheryle lives in Georgia and enjoys sewing, cooking, embroidery, reading and shopping with her granddaughters.  She loves writing and shares some family interactions in her book, thus creating this faction (Facts + Fiction = Faction).