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A Wicked Kind of Dark by Jonathan K. Benton

Author Jonathan K. Benton

Jonathan Benton always wanted to write books, having won first place in a short story competition when he was ten. Inspired by writes such as Ray Bradbury and Stephen King, Jonathan first discovered the crossover genre of literary/fantasy while reading Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes.

Jonathan grew up in New Zealand, dreaming of travelling to London and finally making the pilgrimage in his mid-twenties. Returning from England, he settled in Australia, the country he now calls home, and decided to take his writing seriously.

 
 





A Wicked Kind of Dark

Robert Duncan no longer believes in magic. A mysterious call about a blood moon, however, leads him back to the magical world of his childhood and to Luthien, the beautiful girl with flame-coloured hair, who he loved and lost.

As Robert unravels the secrets of his childhood, darkness enters his life and an ancient evil awakens. To have any chance of defeating the dark forces that would destroy two worlds, Robert must find Luthien before the rise of the blood moon. He must, once more, believe in magic …

A Wicked Kind of Dark mixes vast and spectacular fantasy landscapes with gritty urban reality. A must-read for people of all ages who believe in the power of imagination, and the importance of never losing touch with your inner child.

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Posted by on July 23, 2013 in Books

 

Pomeranian Breed of A Queen: Book Tour and My Review

Pomeranian Breed of a Queen

Author: John Williams

ISBN-13: 978-1483945637

Non Fiction, Pets, Dogs

Publisher: Flask of Oil LLC, March 22, 2013

Synopsis:

Pomeranian book cover PDFIf you have a Pomeranian or would like to own one, this book is for you.  Do you know that Pomeranians have a history with two specific queens?  You will learn who they are in the book: “Pomeranian – Breed of a Queen.”  It covers most every topic that will apply to your Pom and provides associated charts you can source for practical and immediate application to your pet.

It discusses immediate issues like: Your Pom moving into your home, House Training, Routine Care, Toys, and Diet & Exercise

It also discusses underlying issues like: Eye Problems,  Hypoglycemia in puppies less than three months old, and Thyroid problems.

These and other issues are discussed in this book,

These and other issues discussed in this book. As a long time owner and researcher of dog breeds, I enjoy compiling useful information all in one place to serve loving pet owners in the care of their pets. You do not have to buy multiple books to find the information that you need.

You will read about:  Grooming, Food Quality, Special Diets for Special Times, Deciding to Show Your Pomeranian, Three Ways to Potty Train, and Illnesses native to the Pomeranian Breed.

Most people buy a puppy and care for it based on what they have learned as a kid or what their friends or family did. You can equip yourself with the information that you need to give your dog the best care that he/she deserves.

Author Bio:

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John Williams is a 25+ year aviation professional, pet enthusiast, musician and writer, leads a highly professional team in the publishing of quality books that educate and entertain the reader. John has published three titles: “Take Charge of Your Aviation Career,” the five star rated: “Bichon Frise – Unique Among Dogs” and “Pomeranian – Breed of A Queen.” John’s goal is to write quality books that serve the reading community with enthusiasm and excellence.

For more information about author John Williams, please go to his Amazon Author link at: www.amazon.com/author/john_williams

My Thoughts on the Book:

As a dog enthusiast, I enjoyed reading this book and learning about a breed I was previous unfamiliar with, the Pomeranian Dog.  This book is full of informative information for those who are thinking about owning a Pomeranian (especially a puppy), and even those who already own a Pomeranian.  I enjoyed John Williams’ writing style, the way he conveyed his love for this breed, yet keeping the book very informative at the same time.

Interested in Buying this Book?

Amazon Paperback http://www.amazon.com/Pomeranian-Breed-Mr-John-Williams/dp/1483945634/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1371571154&sr=1-2

Amazon Kindle http://www.amazon.com/Pomeranian-Breed-Of-Queen-ebook/dp/B00BZQSZZ0/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1371571235&sr=1-1&keywords=john+williams+pomeranian

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Disclosure: I received a free copy of this ebook to review; I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed in this review are one hundred percent my own .

 
 

Breathless Novelette Book Blast

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Suffocate is the first novelette in THE BREATHLESS series. It is a 15,000 word young adult thriller that combines the dystopic and science fiction genres.

For centuries, the world outside the Biome has been unlivable. Today, marks the first time anyone will attempt to leave the suffocating ecosphere. Eria is not worried because her scientist father has successfully tested the new Bio-Suit many times.

It’s a celebratory day until something goes horribly wrong. In the midst of tragedy, Eria uncovers a deep conspiracy in her perfect bubble. If those responsible find out what she knows, they won’t stop hunting her until she takes her last breath.

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When Eria escapes her home in the Biome, she uncovers more about her
features and specifications as a HumaNot. Following her father’s
instructions, Eria embarks on a journey into a dangerous and unpredictable world.

Along the way, she encounters a young rebel, Dirk, who explains he’s from the Anarchy, an underground human resistance rising up against the BOTs–advanced man-made robots gone wild. Together, Dirk and Eria battle underground serpents, desert dingos, sand storms, and advanced Bots that are always hot on their trail. As they become closer, Dirk reveals his hatred of machines, forcing Eria to hide the secret of what and who she really is.

When the truth of her identity comes out, Eria is forced to become the very thing she hates the most.

This novelette is about 20,000 words and is the 2nd in the YA Breathless novelette series. Exhale (#3) is scheduled for Nov 2013.

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S.R. Johannes is the award-winning author of the Amazon bestselling thriller series, The Nature of Grace (Untraceable and Uncontrollable). Unstoppable (book 3) is scheduled for September 2013.

S.R. Johannes is the YA advisor of ALLi and a winner of the 2012 IndieReader Discovery Awards (Young Adult category) as well as a Silver medalist (2nd place) in the IPPY awards for YA Fiction. She was also nominated for 2012 Georgia Author of the Year (Young Adult category), a Finalist in The Kindle Book Review’s Best Young Adult of 2012, and a YA Finalist in the US Book News Best Book of 2012.
After earning an MBA and working in corporate America doing marketing for over 15 years, S.R. Johannes traded in her expensive suits, high heels, and corporate lingo for a family, flip-flops, and her love of writing. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her dog, English-accented husband, and the huge imaginations of their little prince and princess, which she hopes- someday- will change the world.

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Posted by on July 10, 2013 in Book Blast, Books

 

Chief Complaint: Brain Tumor – Book Tour and My Review

Chief Complaint Brain Tumor John Kerastas

Chief Complaint: Brain Tumor

Author:  John Kerastas

ISBN-13: 978-0865349087

Non Fiction:  A Memoir

Sunstone Press (November 15, 2012)

Length:  136 Pages

You can buy this book on Amazon

Book Description:

At 57 years old, I thought I was the poster child for fifty-year old healthiness: I competed in triathlons, rode in 100 mile biking events and ate a healthy diet chock full of organic vegetables. Then I discovered that I had a brain tumor the size of my wife’s fist.

My memoir chronicles the first year I spent addressing tumor-related health issues: preparing for my first operation, discovering a dangerous skull infection, having the infected portion of my skull surgically removed, learning about my substantial vision and cognitive losses, undergoing rehab and radiation treatments, and learning to live with my “new normal.” And, as best I can tell, the phrase “new normal” is the medical community’s code words for “You’re alive, so quit bitchin’.”

As my health changed, so did my sense of humor. My humor started out superficially light-hearted prior to the first operation; transmogrified into gallows humor after several subsequent operations; and leveled out as somewhat wry-ish after radiation and rehab.

Topics I write about in the book include:

How not to tell everybody you have a brain tumor

Why it’s a lot of work to die in this country

Why I had difficulties in naming my tumor

How I negotiated bathroom visits with “Nurse Don’t-Bother-Me”

Why I could prove that I was the “dumbest guy in the room”

Why someone compared the back of my head to a diseased goat

How I flunked a job interview with myself

This is a book for anybody interested in memoirs about people dealing with personal crises, for patients trudging through rehab, for caretakers helping victims of serious illnesses, or for anybody looking for an unexpected chuckle from an unlikely subject.

Author Bio:

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I’ve worked at a global advertising agency, at several technology start-up companies and as a free-lance writer. Currently I spend most of my time blogging, speaking and writing about brain health, brain tumors and rehab. I speak to hospital rehab groups, stroke and aphasia groups, and last summer spoke at the American Brain Tumor Association’s annual “Patient and Caregiver” conference.

My charity and non-profit efforts includes work through the Taproot Foundation on behalf of Apna Ghar (a Chicago-based non-profit providing domestic violence services to immigrant communities). I also go on Appalachia Service project trips through my church, participate in Early Response Teams that follow first responders into disaster areas, and teach and certify Early Response Teams through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (e.g.UMCOR).

My Thoughts on the Book:

Chief Complaint: Brain Tumor is an incredible book and great uninhibited account of John and his journey through illness and brain tumors.  John writes quite frankly and with humor about his ailments and experiences, making the reader learn from what he is going through, and actually laughing (out loud at times) instead of feeling bad for him.  Even though I know a lot about medicine from my background, I still learned many things from this book and even more about how to handle stressful situations and how to take bad experiences and turn them into helping others.  I definitely give this book a Five out of Five for engagement (I didn’t want to stop reading it), and the amount of humor, and how refreshing a book it was to read.

 Author’s Links:

Website: http://www.chief-complaint.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ChiefComplaintBrainTumor

Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16249650-chief-complaint

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2013 in Book Review, Books

 

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Rising Sun, Falling Star Book Blast Giveaway

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Different eyes and skin

Mock me from the mirror’s light

Enemy am I.

Dec 7, 1941

Today my life changed forever . . . I am no longer considered American, but by shear heritage I am now the hated enemy . . .

The lives of Kenji and Aiko Onishi and their American-born children are about to unravel when the United States is thrust into war with Japan. Confronted by insurmountable prejudice and fear, the family is ripped from their California home without just cause by the American government and sent to an assembly center “for their own protection.”

Forced to live in deplorable circumstances, every aspect of their lives regulated and controlled, the Onishi’s freedoms are stripped from their grasp as they struggle to survive behind barbed wire. It isn’t long before the mind-numbing confinement and feelings of helplessness begin to pit the family against one another.

When sent to a relocation camp in the center of the Utah desert, they’re beset by ever increasing emotional and physical challenges, and Aiko is faced with her greatest yet: to mend the broken spirits of her family, or risk losing them forever.

Based on true and tragic events that transpired during World War II, Rising Sun, Falling Star is a heart-rending story of one family’s struggle to survive uncalculated loss and emotional destruction.

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Author Vickie Hall

Vickie is a native of Utah, but growing up, lived in the states of Colorado, Idaho, Montana, and Nebraska. When she’s not writing, she’s composing music, or shopping with her sister. She loves animals of all kinds and camping with her family. Her favorite pastime is watching old movies on TCM, and unashamedly has a crush on Cary Grant.

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Posted by on July 3, 2013 in Book Review, Books, Giveaway

 

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Lost in Vegas Cosmic Blast

Lost in Vegas

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Vegas – the city of gamblers, dreamers, heroes and heartbreak. And Kate McLarens’ last chance to redeem herself by putting her boyfriend’s fail-safe black jack system into action to make payroll for her salon. Make that ex-boyfriend when the system fails miserably.
She wakes up to find herself being given mouth to mouth resuscitation by sexy JT Sullivan of Security. But the only way she can convince him not to send her to the nearest ER is by agreeing to meet him for breakfast the next day. After she tells him she’s gone from business woman of the year to not being able to make payroll and can’t face going back to her hometown he convinces her to stay in Vegas, finds her a place to stay and a job waiting tables.
Determined to make the money she needs to pay off her debts she stays in Vegas and things are looking up when she gets a job styling a famous star making a comeback. Unfortunately her ex-boyfriend is still in Vegas and takes the opportunity to kidnap the star she works for and her.
JT Sullivan has to find the kidnappers and bring them back. It looks as if he’s succeeded when Max returns the star and keeps Kate. Now JT has to put everything on the line to get Kate back.
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Pat AmsdenAbout the Author:
Pat Amsden is a writer of romance and mystery who lives on the West Coast of Canada. She lives with her son in Victoria, BC and works at the local hospital. She is, once again, single.
For as long as she can remember she has loved stories. First reading them and then making them up. Sometimes that got her into trouble when she was younger but that’s another story!
She studied journalism in college but got side-tracked raising a family and working a variety of other jobs to pay the bills. Writing fell by the way-side. The years went by and one day she decided to check out a local writer’s group.
There was a workshop with an exercise. Write something that had the hero and heroine meeting within the first page. Maybe there could even be a kiss! And don’t let the heroine get too comfortable. If she’s shy don’t have her go to the library and meet the librarian, get her out of her comfort zone. Maybe in a bar. She decided, why stop there, let’s put the heroine on top of the bar! Many revisions later, the result is Lost In Vegas!
But none of this would have been possible without the support and encouragement of fellow writers. She benefited from workshops such as the Write On Vancouver workshop with Michael Hauge and another with Jane Porter. Shirley Jump’s workshop was so good she immediately took another with her. Then she got the Deep Editing lectures from Margie Lawson’s School of Writing and Lisa Wells, How to Create A Series. I pitched to editors and submitted manuscripts. But as she was doing this several of her fellow writers decided to self-publish through Amazon. They are all doing well. More than one suggested she should try this route, as did her son. So here she is, feeling a lot like Sally Fields and hoping that ‘They like me, they really do!
Author Links:
Website: http://www.patamsden.com/
Twitter: @PatAmsden

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Posted by on June 20, 2013 in Book Review, Books, Uncategorized

 

MyPublisher Photo Book Deal – Buy 1 Get 2 FREE! = 3 For the Price of One!!!

Just in time for Father’s Day and Graduations!  

For a limited time, MyPublisher is offering THREE Photo Books for the Price of One!!!

Don’t delay, this promotion ends June 13th!

 

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Label Lessons eBook Review

Label Lessons

As a Naturally Savvy Blogger, I had the opportunity to review the eBook Label Lessons:  Your Guide to a Healthy Shopping Cart. The eBook is is 31 pages long, so its a user-friendly, quick read, that is full of great information. I have found myself going back to the eBook and using it a reference guide, as it gives so much imperative information about not only food, but also supplements and personal care items too.

Label Lessons teaches regular people, like you and I how to properly read product labels.  It also contains information on how to cleanup your diet and eliminate some of the worst offenders, and eat healthier.  It compares labels you with national labels you are familiar with and tells you which ones are actually the healthy ones.  It provides healthier alternatives and why you should choose them.

Get your FREE eBook copy:  Label Lessons: Your Guide to a Healthy Shopping Cart

Naturally Savvy will donate $1.00 for every share of the eBook via the link above to the Holistic Moms Network.  Label Lessons also provides downloadable coupons for all the healthy products featured in the eBook, and you will have a chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree to the Natural Products Store of your choice.  Note that the coupons and donations close June 22, 2013.

The Press Release for Label Lessons:

Helping consumers better navigate the aisles of their supermarkets for healthy food alternatives to mainstream products.  Label Lessons takes the conversation further, looking at supplements and personal care items as well as food, and how to understand product labels.

“My passion as a mother of three is teaching people how to read food labels so they can make the healthiest choices for their families,” says Donsky, adding, “many of us don’t know how to properly read food labels or how to cut through the marketing claims and understand every ingredient in the products they’re purchasing.  Label Lessons aims to help us make better purchasing decisions.”

The book will be accompanied by a series of Naturally Savvy alternagraphics, distributed through social media, which compare products in key categories, giving consumers healthy alternatives to popular mainstream products such as breakfast cereals and spreads, breakfast and snack food, as well as feminine hygiene products and vitamins.

The eBook is free to download. “This information is really important; more than one-third of US and Canadian children are obese.  We simply have to get this out there to as many families as possible, so we decided to make the book free to download,” says Donsky.  For every time Label Lessons is shared, Naturally Savvy will donate one dollar to the organization Holistic Moms Network (up to $10,000), which has a unique mission aimed at teaching parents how to live a more natural and healthy lifestyle.

Disclosure: Naturally Savvy provided a eBook download to me for free (as it is for everyone who would like to download it) for review purposes.  I received no compensation for this review. All opinions are my own and was in no way influenced by Naturally Savvy nor was I obligated to provide a positive review.
 

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Love to Read Books…Check out PaperBackSwap!

Do you love to read books (you know the old fashion kind, the real ones physically have to turn the pages =D) like I do? Don’t get me wrong, I love my tablet/kindle too, but nothing replaces a good ole’ book…

I want to share a hidden great find online that I came across a few years ago… this awesome site PaperBackSwap. PaperBackSwap is an an internet site dedicated to posting and trading your books amongst it members!

How does it work?  Well, it a credit system.  You post the books you are willing to trade, and for every book you send out, you get a credit.  That credit is worth one book you can get from someone else.  How awesome is that?!?  You just post your books, and search for the ones you want to have.  That’s what makes PaperBackSwap an incredible site, in my opinion anyway.  You save tons of money from having to purchase books, books are being read and traded all the time, and the only thing your are responsible for is the minimum shipping cost of the books you send out (which typically is only $250 – $3.00 a book).  But keep in mind when you RECEIVE a book, you don’t pay a thing!

I just used two of my credits and requested two books.  I look forward to seeing them in the mail in next week or so.

I invite you to join me a PaperBackSwap and start sharing your books!

 

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2012 in Books

 

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Win the Book ‘Michael Douglas’ by Marc Eliot by Read It Forward

 

 

The Read It Forward Giveaway Book this week is ‘Michael Douglas,’ a biography written by Marc Eliot.

In Michael Douglas, Marc Eliot brings into sharp fo­cus this incredible career, complicated personal life, and legendary Hollywood family. Eliot’s fascinating portrait of the lows and remarkable highs in Michael’s life – including the thorny yet influential relationship with his father – breaks boundaries in understanding the life and work of a true American film star.

Enter to Win by going to Read It Forward’s website, filling out the form, and crossing your fingers!

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Posted by on August 12, 2012 in Books, Giveaway

 

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