Thursday, December 14, 2017

Enter the sweet-smelling streets of the French Quarter





Enter the sweet-smelling streets of the French Quarter
"A vibrant and new voice in crime fiction--Sharon CassanoLochman has crafted an exhilarating mystery set among the sweet-smelling streets of the French Quarter. Brimming with humor and suspense, THE MAN WITH THE SAND DOLLAR FACE is an exciting debut."

 --J.R. Angelella, author of ZOMBIE: A NOVEL

Hattie Crumford, a quirky widow in her early sixties, takes her first job answering the phone in a private investigator's office. Running a little late one morning, she discovers an agitated man pacing at the office door. He insists he must see the PI immediately. In the midst of his anxious demands, he clutches his chest and collapses. Shocked, Hattie runs for help. Upon returning, the man has disappeared. Detective Hugo Gabby and Hattie's boss, Wallace C. Woodard, are skeptical and dismissive of her story. To prove it's not her wild imagination, Hattie sets out to find the missing man using only the cryptic note he left in his place and his last words as her clues.

Meanwhile, the private investigator is onto something and tells Hattie to retrieve a disc in his file cabinet, which must be delivered to the police immediately.

When Hattie returns to the office the next morning, she's met by two men who usher her out at knife point and drag her into a waiting limo. Abducted and held hostage, she's drugged by her captors who are trying to get the mysterious disc.


As the story unfolds, Hattie Crumford finds herself embroiled in an international drug trafficking ring. Everything hinges on the man with the sand dollar face.
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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Help Suzanne Masefield get to #1 - 99cts - great kids book like Harry Potter Stocking Stuffer






What if you could go on an enchanted quest to rescue the Magik within you…do you have the courage to dive into the velvety pool of imagination; to travel through the enchanted forest and journey all the way to your heart.
Eddie's not like other boys, he knows exactly what people are feeling and thinking without them saying a word. When Eddie and best friend Melody travel to Andalustria they encounter mysterious creatures and mystical guides that take them on an enchanted voyage that will change their lives and their friendship forever. 

This is a coming of age story, a journey set in a highly unusual magical environment where our characters learn that their choices have the power to turn lives around and impact the state of the world as they re-discover their own tangible magik.

Reclaiming the Magic… is something every adult and child desires at some point in their life.  Join Eddie on this magical adventure…   let the fairy ferrets run up and down your spine as you journey  with the Squiggins, Wizards and Dromogites to release the magik within you.
A book for every age, for the inner child and powerful magician in us all
Now is your time to embrace your own Tangible Magik!
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A contemporary mystery with a 40s flair





A contemporary mystery with a 40s flair

"A vibrant and new voice in crime fiction--Sharon CassanoLochman has crafted an exhilarating mystery set among the sweet-smelling streets of the French Quarter. Brimming with humor and suspense, THE MAN WITH THE SAND DOLLAR FACE is an exciting debut."  -J.R. Angelella, author of ZOMBIE: A NOVEL

Hattie Crumford, a quirky widow in her early sixties, takes her first job answering the phone in a private investigator's office. Running a little late one morning, she discovers an agitated man pacing at the office door. He insists he must see the PI immediately. In the midst of his anxious demands, he clutches his chest and collapses. Shocked, Hattie runs for help. Upon returning, the man has disappeared.

Detective Hugo Gabby and Hattie's boss, Wallace C. Woodard, are skeptical and dismissive of her story. To prove it's not her wild imagination, Hattie sets out to find the missing man using only the cryptic note he left in his place and his last words as her clues.
Meanwhile, the private investigator is onto something and tells Hattie to retrieve a disc in his file cabinet, which must be delivered to the police immediately.

When Hattie returns to the office the next morning, she's met by two men who usher her out at knife point and drag her into a waiting limo. Abducted and held hostage, she's drugged by her captors who are trying to get the mysterious disc.

As the story unfolds, Hattie Crumford finds herself embroiled in an international drug trafficking ring. Everything hinges on the man with the sand dollar face.
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Conifer Colorado 80433-1223
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Give them Tangible Magik for Christmas





Give them Tangible Magik for Christmas
"This fun and exciting adventure will uplift and inspire you. I highly recommend it for children and adults. Such an enjoyable read!"    ~Rachael Jayne Groover

A wonderful gift for Christmas!
Launch Special:  Buy the paperback & 
Get the Kindle ebook for 99 cents!

This is a coming of age story, a journey set in a highly unusual magical environment where our characters learn that their choices have the power to turn lives around and impact the state of the world as they re-discover their own tangible magik.

  Reclaiming the Magik… is something every adult and child                            desires at some point in their life.  

     Join Eddie on this magical adventure...let the fairy ferrets run up and down your spine as you journey  with the Squiggins, Wizards and Dromogites to release the magik within you.
     A book for every age, for the inner child and powerful magician     Now is your time to embrace your own Tangible Magik!
Russell Vann
Author
GhettoBastard1968@gmail.com
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Would you like to rewire your life NOW?





Would you like to rewire your life NOW???
This book offers a blueprint for achieving a happier, healthier, more fulfilling lifestyle. At the center is the formation of a Positive Addiction. Research scientific and anecdotal shows that just as a negative addiction usually becomes the North Star for a person s life, causing shame, isolation, and loss of control, a Positive Addiction can become the North Star that points in a different direction: toward greater peace, fulfillment, and optimism. 
We know that a Positive Addiction takes just 30 days to establish, to take root so that it can grow. The perspectives and activities in the book are designed to help individuals to identify their strengths while also accounting for idiosyncrasies and resistances. Thus, the plan doesn't care how lethargic your spirit and body, or how ambivalent you have been in the past, it asks only that you start exactly where you are, even to anticipate manageable little failures along the way and then to keep going. Once your Positive Addiction is selected whether a new activity or something reclaimed from long ago it becomes an anchor for positive change on every level. Imagine how reshaping your days to make time for a part of you not yet explored or one that has been left behind can enrich every part of life. What will your Positive Addiction be? Will you paint, or walk, or study Renaissance fashion, or practice French, or explore clean eating, or investigate yoga, or plant a wildflower garden, or, or, or ... ?

Imagine. Envision. Do. The Habit of a Happy Life: 30 Days to a Positive Addiction
Russell Vann
Author
GhettoBastard1968@gmail.com
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Monday, December 11, 2017

She will never be alone again

 



She will never be alone again
"She Who Knows No Fear: Another Tale of the Heart, a sequel by Barbara Bras, warms the reader's soul as Cassandra establishes her first home as a married woman. Skillfully woven threads reveal relatable characters, a fun mystery, and a disaster on the island that had me cheering Cassie on as she searched for the strength to overcome her own fears. You'll greatly enjoy this well-crafted, satisfying tale of life in Hawaii." 
~ Kim Kendall, author of The Bounds of Time, releasing soon. kimkendallauthor.com  
Cassie's dream is about to come true. She's marrying her best friend, the love of her life.

She will never be alone again.

But when Zack fails to return from surfing, Cassie's safe world comes crashing down around her and she begins her struggle anew.

Haunted by her conviction that her late grandmother left her something that will help her, Cassie discovers hidden"treasures" in the house she inherited.

With the help of her stepmother, Cassie unlocks the secrets of her grandmother's journey and along the way finds the ultimate answer for her own life.

Russell Vann
Author
GhettoBastard1968@gmail.com
PO Box 1223
Conifer Colorado 80433-1223
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Thursday, December 7, 2017

CONTEST- $30.00 plus autograph book

CONTEST – No Fee

Prize: $30.00 and an autographed copy of I Passed This Way by Patricia Crandall (a book of poetry).

Write a poem about nature. The poem needs to be under 32 lines or it won’t be accepted. Keep it clean. Any style.

Judges:
Patricia Crandall, author of Melrose, Then and Now, a historical volume, I Passed This Way, a poetry collection, The Dog Men, a thriller, Tales of an Upstate New York Bottle Miner, non-fiction, and Pat's Collectibles, a collection of short stories. She is writing a y/a thriller about child sex trafficking titled The Red Gondola and the Cova.

Linda Barnett-Johnson, Virtual Assistant for authors. She writes for Writers on the Move, has been published on Long Story Short and other online ezines as well as a story in The Color Gallery, an anthology of World’s Great Short Stories. She enjoys writing short stories and poetry.

The contest starts now, so get your creative writing caps on.

Please post it on Patricia Crandall’s Author Page – https://www.facebook.com/pcrandall123

The contest will end December 31, 2017. The winning poem will be announced January 31, 2018



Wednesday, December 6, 2017

It's not out there, it's in here.





It's not out there, it's in here.
"Former California State Senator Alquist has written a compelling memoir of her Greek childhood,her years in the senate and the men in her life who taught her strength and perseverance, Senator Alfred Alquist and her 'permanent fiancĂ©', Duncan. Thoughtfully written and insightful, this compelling memoir tells the story of loves lost and found and a spirit rekindled. A compelling story filled with emotion, truth and finally ....hope."  ~Joyce Bridwell Schwegel, college friend, retired educator.



    I decided to write this book after several people suggested I share my inexplicable challenges and extraordinary experiences. One woman I've known for twenty years said, "I've known you all these years and seen the obstacles you have experienced and overcome. You always manage to come out on top. Why don't you write a book and tell others how you did it? This is something people sorely need to know to help them navigate their lives."
    Now, I can't tell you what to do to guarantee you a better life or which happiness or joy to wish for—that is your personal choice to make. But I can share my story: the daughter of a Greek immigrant tavern owner who overcame her moments frozen with fear to become a well-known California state senator representing almost a million people in Silicon Valley. I can share the circuitous path I took until God intervened and I embarked on a steadier course.
    I can share with you the lows and the highs of this very human life: my poignant romance with my soulmate, thirty-six years my senior, against the backdrop of political life; the grief that gripped my being after he died; and the freaky accident six months later that seemed to impregnate my spirit with isolation and helplessness.
    As you read, bear in mind that this is my story as I perceived it at the time. This is how I experienced the words, actions, and intentions of others through my own filter of human frailty. 
    

Mine is a story of love discovered, lost, and regained, of hope abandoned and then glimmering as I repositioned my spirit. In this process, with inexplicable unseen forces, I forged ahead and developed the burnished strength and steadfast faith that befits us all. Through my story, I have discovered my own strength and power. Throughout my life, I often held back, reluctant to assert myself or ask for help. Now, I do ask for help, command respect, and express my needs more fully. Through the encouragement I received from Al and Duncan, I grew to believe in myself. This has enabled me to find lasting peace and happiness within. I admire the men I have loved for the wonderful traits I've seen within each of them, which I now know are much the same traits that I value within myself. So, when we lose a soulmate, losing them may feel a bit like losing ourselves. But the beauty and love we discover around us is really a reflection of our own soul, our own beauty and our own love, as like always attracts like. So we are essentially our own soulmates. Losing or finding oneself has nothing to do with anyone else. So long as you honor yourself, your internal soulmate, you will never be lost.
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Monday, December 4, 2017

Book Promoting Tips (Part 1)

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At least she wasn't shot




At least she wasn't shot
You'll laugh and cry and worry for future generations!


Do you think you know what is happening in schools today?Just because you attended public school or even studied to become an educator doesn't mean you have any idea of what it is really like behind the teacher's desk.   

In this her first book, Jennie Bergerson, looks back at her thirty-year teaching career.  Being a teacher is so much more than what you assume from being a student yourself or from what you were taught in your education courses.  Writing lessons,encouraging, disciplining, grading:those are the tip of the ice berg.In her book, Telling Stories out of School:  How I Survived 30 Years of Teaching, Jennie covers how she and others dealt with issues from irate parents, students and colleagues to lockdowns to just plain hilarious student comments. 

There are so many situations in the education field that are never taught in college or witnessed by the students.  Most educators go in to the field having no idea what they are about to face.  It can quickly become a sink or swim situation.  

Reading the short stories in this book will provide ideas of how some educators handled situations you'll not learn about from a college syllabus.  You can see how some situations were handle well and from others, you can see how you might have handled it better. The short stories told by professional educator, Jennie Bergerson will leave you laughing, crying, in awe as well as in misbelief.  

If you're not going into education, but have school-aged children or grandchildren, this book can offer an idea of what your child's educators endure.  If you'd like an idea of some of the things that go on behind the scenes at schools, Telling Stories out of School:  How I Survived 30 Years of Teaching is a must read book.

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Learn to Lead & Inspire Your Teams - Kim Nugent, Ed.D





If you own your own business or even if you're solo, on your own, you get bombarded almost daily from people urging you to take their leadership course or read their leadership book. It's become so prevalent that I avoid them all. Ah ha! Except this one. Step-by-step, week-by-week, in small bites I can handle, I can begin to understand that it's about who I'm BEING as a leader that trumps what I think I need to DO. As I tell my clients, "What you say and what you do, in and of itself is insufficient to make a difference as a powerful leader". And my friend Dr. Kim Nugent takes it one step further as she challenges you through the steps in how to BE an exceptional leader. It's all in the amazing conversation you'll find in this book. -- Daniel F. Prosser, CEO Mentor and Best-Selling Author of THIRTEENERS
 

52 Weeks to Exceptional Leadership is a practical and inspirational guide for leaders and managers. It is a business book for those who have the responsibility for developing talent in their departments and organizations. If you are that forward-thinking leader or a manager, this book is for you! As you integrate your company's resources,impart your experience, inspire with your philosophy, with this book by your side, you can confidently add enthusiasm and results to your performance. This book will walk you step-by-step each week for the first year to build upon the talent and strengths of the individuals you manage or lead. This guide adds real structure to your management strategies, saves you time, money and gives you a weekly topic for your coaching calls or meetings. Inside you will find a weekly journal page to record your actions, reflections, and areas for improvement.
 
     Inside the book, Dr. Kim Nugent gives you the opportunity to read and address one practical strategy per week for one year. Use this book for self-improvement or as a guide in developing new leaders, managers in any organization. Kim advises that after you implement each strategy, make notes in the provided journal space about what worked and what could be improved. She attests that this weekly practice will become a habit. Inside this book,you will find fifty-two strategies to build a strong foundation in the area of leadership development. This practical guide assists you in enhancing the exceptional skills and talents you bring to the position or as part of your mentoring new leadership talent.
 
You can indeed read topics in random order, based on your immediate priorities and concerns. Try not to read the whole book and put it away. If your preferred learning style is to read the entire book for the framework, context, and content, that is fine. But make sure to go back and re-read one-strategy-a-week and complete each journal page to further reflect on your implementation of the strategy with your team. That is where you will find the treasure and the real value of this book.

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