Thursday, December 1, 2016

Unexpected: Short Stories from Around the World by P.F. Citizen One

screen-shot-2016-10-26-at-7-11-05-pmA series of short, true life stories, which are the product of the travels and observations of one man. The stories are a miscellaneous collection of the funny and sad, of tragedy, love and friendship. And they are all, in a way, unexpected.

Unexpected takes you on a journey from a Brazilian working on the oil rigs of Venezuela, who gets the shock of his life, to the uplifting story of a Chinese beggar living on the streets, entertaining passers-by with his songs and surviving through the mercy and kindness of others.

There is a story for each of us in this book. Each one is subtly different and each carries either a message of hope for lost, or of caution for the unwary.

Unexpected is just that. Just as life is and just as the course of our lives run, at times unexpectedly.

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P.F. Citizen One is a writer. He works as a petroleum engineer, which requires a lot of traveling to different screen-shot-2016-10-26-at-7-15-00-pmcountries, and he uses the situations and varied people he has come across as an inspiration for his great love of writing. His interest in travel has meant that he has picked up some useful languages along the way, and he is now fluent in English, French, Portuguese, Spanish and German, allowing him to go just about anywhere and still be understood. Most of the time. He lists his great fear as ”being stranded alone on a desert island” and, as a result, he avoids traveling by boat whenever he can.
P.F. Citizen One’s new book, Unexpected, was published on October 7th and is a book of short stories, inspired by his travels throughout the world and the people he has met.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Letting Go: A Contemporary Romantic Thriller Review and Contest

lettinggobooktourletting_go_2000x3000Despite his wealth, Alex Thompson has been living in fear since his wife died in childbirth. A frivolous wrongful death lawsuit, harassing phone calls, and anonymous threats drive him and his five-year-old twins away from their home in Houston and into the crosshairs of a sniper.
Molly McDill is a struggling single mom who lives next door to Alex and his twins. When she helps them adjust to their new life in the country, she exposes herself and her son to the same threat that followed Alex.
An attempt on his life throws their lives into chaos, inviting more threats, public scrutiny, and Molly’s ex-husband back into her life. The tension tests the attraction they feel toward each other as they struggle to keep life normal for their kids.
Alex still doesn’t know who wants him dead but suspects his former in-laws. As the threats become a visceral danger, Alex and Molly race to uncover the secret that died with his wife before it costs them everything.

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Sue's Review 
WOW - this is the first book that I have read by Anthony Awtrey and OMG OMG OMG -- it was amazing!!!

I loved the way that he takes the time with describing things, thus making the reader feel like they are there and a part of the story. I loved the way that he developed the characters - making the reader feel like they could be best friends with them. All in all, it was an amazing story and was a pleasure to read!!! I don't write spoilers - so I will not give the story away --- but, I can definitely say that once you start reading this book and get past the first 3-4 chapters of story setup, etc, you will find it hard to put the book down. You will get so tied up in the story - trying to figure out the outcome and being caught off guard by the surprises and are thrown in. AND - have a few tissues ready for the ending, because you just might need them!!!

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About A.L. Awtrey
After working more than twenty years as a technologist and scientist, Anthony started writing fiction again for the a_l_awtrey_authorfirst time since college. Developing white paper studies and proposals for years provided a foundation in technical writing, but telling a compelling story was much harder than it appeared.
Four years of practice where he wrote eight novels and dozens of short stories improved his dialog, description, tension, and pacing. With his latest novel, Letting Go, Anthony is ready to release it under his own name. He’s a member of the Central Florida Chapter of the Romance Writers of America and Florida Writers Association.
When he’s not writing, Anthony is the CTO of a technology consultancy and a professional singer.
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Monday, November 21, 2016

The Asian Slow Cooker Cookbook #Excerpt


The Asian Slow Cooker cookbook provides great new flavors to try in your slow cooker. These simple and delicious recipes will have your favorite Asian dishes waiting for you right when you get home. With the press of a button, you can make authentic dishes that are healthier and tastier than their restaurant counterparts. You’ll experience a wide variety of flavors; choose spicy, vegetarian, noodles or rice. There are even recipes that have 5 ingredients or less. Extra long day? Kelly’s fuss-free one-pot and skillet recipes will have dinner on the table in 30 minutes or less?and with only one pan to wash, cleanup will be a breeze.Whether you’re in the mood for General Tso’s Chicken, Pad Thai Noodles with Chicken, Beef Chow Fun, Panang Curry, Mapo Tofu or Tom Yum Hot and Sour Soup, you can have fast, delicious meals every day of the week the easy way.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Interview with John L Sheppard

Tell us a little bit about your book.
Explosive Decompression is mainly a satire on human nature and that strange yearning for a glorified past some have — in this case the British Empire. I took as my guide (in part) Gulliver’s Travels. Most will remember the Lilliputians from that book, but there were other parts of the book... and many warnings in there about the blind pursuit of science, the costs of immortality, the dark side of human nature, and so on.
* Have you published before?
I have written a number of books, most notably Small Town Punk (Ig Publishing, 2007) and After the Jump (Paragraph Line Books, 2015).
* Are you currently working on anything else?
Explosive Decompression is a sequel to After the Jump. I’m working on another sequel to After the Jump right now called Sometimes Fatal Events Have Occurred. Each one of the books will have a different narrator.
* What is your favorite writing snack?
Peanut M&M’s. I drink a lot of coffee while writing.
* What gets you in the mood to write?
I take long, long walks. I’ll walk for two hours, and during those walks my characters will have discussions in my head. Afterward, I can’t wait to get to my keyboard and type those conversations into a text file.
* Who is your favorite character and why?
My favorite character is Audrey. Dr. Audrey Novak is a survivor. Audrey is partially based on Grace Hopper, the computer scientist and Navy admiral, and Audrey Hepburn, the actress and humanitarian who lived through the occupation of Europe.
Initially, Audrey was the survivor of an alien invasion of the Earth in 2040. A technological innovator, she sent her mind back in time to 1972 (when she was seven years old) to speed up innovation in order to defeat the aliens in the future. What she didn’t count on was the resiliency of her seven-year-old self, who turned her 75-year-old self into a subset of memories.
Imagine what a seven-year-old would do with nearly limitless knowledge like that! That was the first book in the series (After the Jump).
In this one (Explosive Decompression), the Audrey in it is a copy of that mind from when she was 19. She’s been stored on a shelf for over 200 years, and all the innovations she came up with back in the 20th century have been used to create a twisted version of the Victorian-era British Empire that is based in Canada. She awakes and strives to set things right again, and
also to make herself flesh-and-blood. She’s a kind person. She only wants to do right. Her main flaw is that she creates things for fun and doesn’t spend a lot of time worrying about the consequences until afterward. Sometimes, there are horrifying consequences.
* Favorite book of all time?
I read Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn once a year. It is once of the greatest books ever written.
* I think breakfast says a lot about a person, what is your perfect breakfast?
When I was in college at the University of Florida, I loved to go to Skeeter’s, a breakfast house in town. Skeeter’s was the home of the Big Biscuit. My ideal breakfast is the Asher Special, hash browns covered in melted cheese and eggs, with one of those massive big biscuits on the side. Oh, man!
* Do you have a favorite period of time that you like to write about or would like to live?
Most of my books are set in the 1980’s or 1990’s. I was young then, so the world seemed more alive to me.
* Please tell us in one sentence why we should read your book!

Explosive Decompression has everything you would want in a book... humor, romance, adventure and a satisfying ending.
Isaac Asimov meets Charles Dickens with a dash of Jonathan Swift… 
In a world that is a science experiment gone horrifyingly wrong, scientist Audrey Novak awakes from a centuries-long sleep to discover that her work has been used to create an appalling world. Aided by commoners, bots, and another refugee from 20th century America, Audrey takes on the power elites on Earth and on the Moon in a novel that is equal parts adventure, science gone haywire, and rollicking humor. ?

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A sampling of acclaim for John L. Sheppard
“Sheppard’s characters pretend not to be funny, to not be emotional, to not need each other, when of course, they are and they do. There’s a clarity to the chaos, the restraint, the vulnerability Sheppard creates, something so human and essential you can’t help but turn the page.”
–Entropy magazine
“…an easy affection for his characters and a sense of natural, unforced humor.”
“…You have a good time seeing someone have a bad time. It’s fun…”
–Padgett Powell
“…raw feeling and taut smart prose.”
–Sam Lipsyte
“The author grips you from the beginning, I couldn’t have put it down if I wanted.”
–Amazon reviewer
John L. Sheppard wrote the novels After the Jump, No Brass, No Ammo and Small Town Punk

Monday, October 3, 2016

The Voice of Divine Love by Arlene Dayrit

thevoiceofdivineloveaudioscreen-shot-2016-09-27-at-09-50-35“The truth of God’s love is a message many of us have always known, but we need to be reminded of it again and again. In our limited understanding, we have difficulty comprehending it.
God has loved you with an everlasting love, and yet no matter how deeply we feel him in our lives, the word of God often goes unheard. This is why, in the noise of the modern world, the simplicity of his message is all too easily lost. Yet while our prayers have no answers we can hear, that does not mean God has no voice.
The Voice of Divine Love brings his word to you, brings you the light of God’s acceptance, the comfort of his presence and love, and a guiding hand to live your life in his service. It is a chance to hear his voice amongst the raucous chatter of the world and choose to follow his way to righteousness and eternal love.
With this book, written in the hope of drawing others closer to God, helping them understand the depth of his love, and narrated as in the voice of the Almighty, you are provided a retreat in times of stress; not to simply hide from your problems, but to find their true purpose, alongside the purpose in all things. Close your eyes and rest, find solace in knowing that, even when you are alone, he is always at your side, guiding you and taking care of you, in ways no other can.
And as you are consoled, as you hear the one guiding voice which no person’s life should go without, you will find answers to the questions you have always yearned to ask: why does God allow pain into your life, why do your arleneprayers go unanswered, your wishes unfulfilled? There is no need to turn inward, to torture yourself for these answers. Simply listen, and understand The Voice of Divine Love. ”

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

My newest book boyfriend, Dr. Aaron Nicholson #FreeEbook Impatience by Laura Stapleton

My newest book boyfriend, Dr. Aaron Nicholson I joke about how I must have been a mom with high expectations in a former life. A lot of my heroes tend to be doctors. There’s probably a profound psychological meaning to why, but who cares when there’s a sexy guy with a stethoscope around?

Dr. Aaron Nicholson started out as the main guy in a thriller I’d been asked to write. Imposter, a short story, was included in Thrill of The Hunt, and I couldn’t let him go at the end. Who’d want a guy like him to get away? You know he’s smart with the whole medical school thing going on, never mind the helping sick people vibe. Sure, bad boys are fun to reform, but a man who has it all together and just needs the right woman? Irresistible! His looks aren’t bad, either. He’s tall and has an athletic build. Dark brown hair, deep gray eyes, and I knew this guy needed his own series.

So what happens when a man who’d rather buy a new kayak than a motorcycle meets his beautiful next-door neighbor? He’s interested, despite now being a bad time to begin a relationship. When a family friend of hers is found dead, Aaron can’t resist helping solve the mystery in Betrayal. And, after a favorite patient of his dies under suspicious circumstances in Impatience, his new love helps him.

With several book boyfriends out there, I’d have a tough time picking a favorite among my own creations. But Aaron? He’s going to be a long term relationship for me, and I couldn’t have imagined a better man.
impatiencetourimp_medIn the second full novel in an Atlantic Maritime series, an assumed loyal son is the first suspect after his invalid mother’s surprise death.
Was the suspect impatient for his inheritance? Or did old age catch up to the dear elderly lady?
Can Aaron and Mandy teaming up again help explain his patient’s death before the wrong man is arrested?

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Welcome to the first full novel in an Atlantic Maritime series soaked in romance and murder. When a family friend of Mandy Hays washes up on shore, everything points to homicide. But how, when he was alone on a fishing trip? Her sexy neighbor, Dr. Aaron Nicholson, knows much more than he can say. As the evidence piles up, all of the victim’s family and closest friends seem guilty. Need to know more? Grab your copy of this “enticing page turner!” today.

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With an overactive imagination and a love for writing, Laura Stapleton decided to type out her daydreams and what-laura_stapleton_ifs in order to share her lovable characters and their worlds with readers. She currently lives in Kansas City with her husband, daughter, dog, and a few cats. When not at the computer, you’ll find her in the park for a jog or at the yarn store’s clearance section.
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Blood Sacrifice Book Excerpt by Jill Cooper #FreeEbook

booktourbloodsacrificePageflex Persona [document: PRS0000031_00001]Lourdes has been slain and the new queen of the underworld has been chosen.
It was the day the Blood sisters had been striving for. The day where they would be free of Lourdes and could go back to living normal lives, but with the underworld’s throne empty, the Earth plunges into chaos.
Rivers turn black, demons run amok, with more chaos is about to be unleashed. All the while demon hunter, Duncan Jasper, is prisoner of the enemy. Jessica will stop at nothing to free him from Vain, a bounty hunter who trades in the lives of humans.
Getting into her stronghold won’t be easy, and Vain will be expecting a fight, but what she won’t be expecting is Jessica’s secret weapon. The newly crowned queen of the underworld, her very own sister.
Jessica hopes Amanda can resist the dark magic now surging through her veins long enough for a special artifact—The Ruby Heart—to be found, the one thing that can purify Amanda’s heart and break the awful curse.
But Amanda has other plans. If she sacrifices herself to the underworld, she hopes to do one better. Kill the demons from the inside and free the trapped souls being tormented for an eternity.
One way or another, it will surely come to sister vs sister in a full-scale war.
All in the name of Blood.
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The Wild Aces Casino was Jessica’s new prison. Unable to sit still, she paced in the small room they had secured her in. Chewing on her thumbnail, Jessica peered into the corner of the room.
Video cameras.
They were probably watching her. Maybe she should give them a little show. At least she could make it interesting.
She drew her attention to the horizontal mirror at the back of the room. They were probably watching her every move, studying her. If Jessica was lucky they were going to handle her themselves. If unlucky, they were going to call the police.
She couldn’t count on luck. It had never been on her side before.
Jessica ran her hands along the metal table. If only Amanda was there. They separated them, which was the smart thing to do, for the casino, but Jessica hated everything about it. She wanted nothing more than to check on Amanda. She had been in a bad way out on the casino floor.
Bad way? Worst way. So how was she now? How was Amanda coping?
Save Amanda. Keep going. What choice did Jessica have?
The door opened and Jessica stood straight as a security guard entered. Looked like a nice enough guy with kempt brown hair. He wore a serious scowl on his face though, as he gestured to the chair. “Sit down.”
“I need to know how my…friend is.” Jessica crossed her arms and her hips pivoted to the side.
“She’s fine. Now, sit.” His eyes narrowed.
“Fine? What does that mean? Listen, she’s sick, so if you don’t mind…” Jessica pushed past him, but he grabbed her by the arms and forced her into a chair.
A tough guy, huh? Jessica could work with that.
“Get out of that chair and we’re really going to have a problem.” He slid out the chair on the other side of the table and sat down. “Want to tell me what business you have in Vegas, Ms. Blood?”
Her reputation preceded her it seemed. Jessica’s ass wiggled in the chair. “Oh you know, the same as everyone else. Little buffet, little gambling. Lots of ass kicking. Should I start with yours? How’s my sister?” No need to keep up the pretense if he knew who they were.
The security guard laughed. “The two of you are trouble. That much is easy to see, but you’re the one who grabbed my fellow officer’s gun. So why don’t you tell me why you did that. Do we need to call the cops? You’re wanted in connection with a murder over five states away. Some massacre at a hospital. I’m sure they’d love to get their hands on you.”
She sighed. He referred to Ron Wax breaking out of the psych ward and everything went to shit for Amanda and Duncan. All of which, Jessica wasn’t even around for. She always got blamed for things that weren’t her fault. “Technically,” Jessica bit her fingernail, “it’s my car that’s wanted in connection with a murder. I was in Hell at the time.”
The security guard did a double take and Jessica couldn’t suppress her smile. “Or the underworld,” Jessica said, “It’s hard to keep it all straight, isn’t it?”
“You screw with a casino like this? We’ll make your life hell. You think you’ve been there, well you haven’t. So now answer the damn question or we’ll ride you straight out of town, sweetheart. If I have to call my boss and have him come down here, you’re going to regret it.”
“My sister’s sick,” Jessica said lightly, quietly. Just the words put a lump in her throat. “I just wanted to get her out of your casino as fast as I could.”
“So, what, drawing a gun is easier for you than calling an ambulance? Asking for help?”
Jessica threw her arm on the back of her chair as she leaned back. “You’ve seen my rap sheet. I’m guessing you only know that because you’ve already called the cops. Is that right? They’re on their way to pick us up?”
Her stomach sickened at the thought.
“Bingo. And you’re not leaving this room until they get here.” He grabbed her wrist and swung his handcuffs around on a finger.
Jessica tugged her wrist, her heart pounded. “Get your mitts off me, you baboon!”
No matter how she resisted, he handcuffed Jessica’s wrist to the table leg. “Might want to think of an insanity plea. You’re not playing with a full deck, sister.”
About Jill Cooper –
I could write this in the third person. I could tell you what I like, where I was born, and what my favorite things are.jillcooper
But instead, I’ll say I don’t want to write like everyone else. I don’t want to craft stories you’ve read a thousand times before. I want my novels to be a cinematic experience, blending themes, genres, and situations unlike any you’ve ever read.
I want to break the rules. I want you to break out in a cold sweat as you read my books out of fear, love, and excitement. I want my books to be an experience. When you finish, I want you to feel something. Good or bad.
If you do, then I’ll have succeeded. If not, I’ll keep trying.
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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The Crimson Tree by Valerie Puri

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CrimsonTree-ebook-webThe Crimson Tree

Disembodied voices. Apparitions. Waking nightmares. Strange occurrences are happening with increased intensity and Carly cannot escape what is tormenting her. With little proof and little support, she is losing everything in her life: her fiancé, friendships, and her sanity. Can Carly uncover what caused the supernatural derailing of her life? Can she ever get rid of her ghostly tormentor, or is she doomed to be haunted indefinitely? Determined to stop these frightening events, she has to do whatever she can to regain control of her life before things take a deadly turn.

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ValerieValerie Puri – Author Bio

Valerie Puri has always had a lifelong interest in all forms of artistic expression. She has tried her hand at many things, yet she always finds her way back to reading and writing. With inspiration everywhere, Valerie finally put pen to paper (or rather, fingers to keyboard) with the intent of publishing her stories. Writing has always come naturally to Valerie, and for a time she even worked as a technical writer. This experience and her current day job of project manager helps Valerie continue to hone her writing skills. Her true passion lies in the freedom that comes with writing the stories that pour from her imagination and real life inspiration. Valerie believes that the experiences we have in life are just stories waiting to be written.  

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Excerpt and Giveaway Murder on Moonshine Hill

JoanbooktourMURDERMOONSHINE_LARGEWhen Jenna decides to go to this wedding, she expects to dredge up old secrets and old hurts and she expects to see people from her past, but she doesn’t expect to stumble on a dead body.
Jenna’s friend is arrested. The wedding is cancelled. And Jenna’s tendency to stick her nose where it shouldn’t be leads her into the path of the killer.
Set in the serene mountains of North Carolina Murder on Moonshine Hill is filled with suspense, humor, and a quirky cast of supporting characters.

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e-Murderer copyOn this anything but typical Monday morning Jenna Scali, who works part-time for a shrink, opens an email that depicts the brutal death of a young girl. On that same day the police uncover a dead coed two blocks from Jenna’s house. The e-murderer’s description creepily echos the death described in the newspapers.
When Jenna receives other emails, she takes what she knows to the police and thus begins her journey in the path of the e-murderer. Her curious nature impels her from e-messages to dead coeds to a ring of prostitutes. With the help of her quirky friends, Jenna learns that she’s more than a conduit for the killer. She’s his target. New secrets unfold, and finally her love life takes a tumble when the true killer emerges.
THE E-MURDERER is a race to find a psychotic killer before he kills again.
This new mystery series with a young female sleuth promises to keep you glued to your seat until the last page.
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A knock roused me from my thoughts.

“It’s open.”

“Just wanted to make sure you were decent. All the rooms are supposed to stay open,” Quentin said. “Didn’t you read the innkeeper’s notes about how to enjoy the Moonshine Inn?” He marched into my cramped quarters and plopped across the bed, bouncing to test the mattress for firmness.

“Not yet.”

“Apparently you can bolt the doors, but people don’t. The atmosphere at the
Moonshine Inn,”—he mimed quotation marks with his fingers—”is ‘relaxed and cordial.’ That means open doors.”

“I didn’t find our Mrs. Wilkins relaxed and cordial.”

He laughed.

“I’ve nothing to steal, anyway. Is your room like this one?”

“I’ve got hooks on the wall instead of a real cupboard, but otherwise, it’s about the same. By the way, the dog’s name is Benji, and he’s not to be fed, according to our innkeeper.”

“I knew she was a tyrant.”

“Want to go down and greet the guests?” Not particularly, I refrained from saying.

The confrontation with Marcy was inevitable. Now was as good a time as any.

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Joan is an award-winning writer who has published 6 books and numerous stories.  Readers compare her to the great Southern writer, Fanny Flagg. “She writes characters and a story that will joancCurtisstay with you.”
Her debut mystery/suspense novel, The Clock Strikes Midnight, won the silver medal for fiction/suspense in the Global eBook Awards for 2015 and is a finalist for the Royal Palm Literary Award. The e-Murderer won first place in the Malice Domestic Grants competition for new writers.
Joan has been an avid reader for as long as she can remember.  She reads all kinds of books, including women’s fiction, mysteries, biography, and nonfiction.  Mystery/suspense with a psychological twist is exactly the kind of book Joan loves to read.
2016finalist“I write about characters who remind me of myself at times and my sister at times, but never fully so. My stories are told from a woman’s point of view with a destiny. Characters drive my writing and my reading.”
Having grown up in the South with a mother from Westchester County New York, Joan has a unique take on blending the Southern traditions with the eye of a Northerner.  She spent most of her childhood in North Carolina and now resides in Athens, Georgia.
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