11/24/2014

The Christmas Bundle by Barbara Lohr - Release Day Blitz & Giveaway

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The Christmas Baby Bundle by Barbara Lohr 
Windy City Romance 
Publication Date: November 24, 2014 
Also in this series: Her Favorite Mistake, Her Favorite Honeymoon, Her Favorite Hot Doc, Finding Southern Comfort
Book Blitz: The Christmas Baby Bundle by Barbara Lohr
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Synopsis

Having a baby doesn’t always come easy, at least not for Amanda and Connor Kirkpatrick. For five years they’ve worked at starting their family. Timed lovemaking and failed fertility treatments drain the romance from their marriage. Then Connor’s sister McKenna, a Chicago midwife, links them up with Angie from her natural childbirth class. Young and unmarried, Angie is looking for a home for her baby, due shortly after Christmas. At the same time, the couple begins working with Dr. Logan Castle on a new in vitro technique.
But Amanda is afraid to hope her dream might finally come true, irritating the heck out of Connor. They’re at odds when heavy snow almost cancels the baby shower organized by the Kirkpatrick clan. Amanda’s parents haven’t even responded to the invitation. Have they given up on ever becoming grandparents? As Amanda and Connor teeter on the brink of Christmas hope, life bestows a surprise that could bring everything back into focus. The Christmas Baby Bundle is a heartwarming holiday novella.
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About Barbara Lohr

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Barbara Lohr writes contemporary romance, adult as well as New Adult, often with a humorous twist. Her early career included teaching writing and lit, while writing theater and book reviews for the local newspaper. When her career broadened to advertising and marketing, her love of literature and writing remained. Eventually, national magazines published more than two hundred of her short stories. Today she concentrates on novels and novellas with feisty women who take on hunky heroes and life’s issues. Barbara lives in the Midwest with her husband and their cat, who insists he was Heathcliff in another life. In addition to travel, her interests include outwitting the deer that insist on sharing her beloved garden. Her Windy City Romances series present Vanessa, Amy and McKenna and the men who are a match for these three high school friends.

11/19/2014

Scott Spotson - Delusional - Book Review

When rising marketing executive Patricia Fowler falls for Paul Blast, a married co-worker, she tries to put her life into perspective—a task that becomes increasingly difficult when she starts having eerie hallucinations. Patricia’s dreams of a happily ever after turn into one nightmare after another as she battles threats that go beyond her imagination.  Is her new love behind the torment? After all, his former girlfriend ended up in an asylum. Or could Paul’s wife be more than a bored, spoiled, rich girl? Meanwhile, the FBI is trying to track down a thief who magically appears and disappears, taking priceless gems and artwork with her.  “Delusional” is a fast-paced thriller that blurs the lines of reality and fantasy, leading to an explosive climax where what you see isn’t necessarily what you’re going to get!

Thriller/Fantasy
341 pages
Self-published September 7, 2013
Add on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18466420-delusional?ac=1
Buy:http://www.amazon.com/Delusional-ebook/dp/B00F1XD52G 

Source: Free digital review copy was provided by author in exchange for an honest review. 

Career orientated Patricia Fowler's previous relationships had gone awry. In Delusional, Patricia develops tender feelings for her married co-worker Paul. During this time Paul happened to be unhappy about his homelife because of his seemingly bored wife Wendy. Naturally, Wendy was not happy that Patricia had come between her and Paul. So, strange things started to happen with Patricia. 

Delusional was a suspenseful story and the book was unputdownable. The story started off slow, some time was taken to introduce us main characters, their personality, past, who they were, where they had come from. I loved how in the first half of the book the lines of past and reality were blurred. It made it enjoyable read, made fantasy real or turned reality into magic. The ending had more supernatural elements in it, that line between reality and fantasy was crossed and it didn't feel as fine as the first 3/4 of the book.

However, Delusional was a page-turner and it also gave me heebie-jeebies, when I tried to read it in the night, or alone in the dark early morning outside waiting alone for my bus. 

Rating
Plot: 5 
Writing: 3,5
Characters: 3
Emotions: 4. 

Overall rating: 4 stars


11/17/2014

The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky by David Litwack - Excerpt


After centuries of religiously motivated war, the world has been split in two. Now the Blessed Lands are ruled by pure faith, while in the Republic, reason is the guiding light-two different realms, kept apart and at peace by a treaty and an ocean.

Children of the Republic, Helena and Jason were inseparable in their youth, until fate sent them down different paths. Grief and duty sidetracked Helena's plans, and Jason came to detest the hollowness of his ambitions.

These two damaged souls are reunited when a tiny boat from the Blessed Lands crashes onto the rocks near Helena's home after an impossible journey across the forbidden ocean. On board is a single passenger, a nine-year-old girl named Kailani, who calls herself The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky. A new and perilous purpose binds Jason and Helena together again, as they vow to protect the lost innocent from the wrath of the authorities, no matter the risk to their future and freedom.

But is the mysterious child simply a troubled little girl longing to return home? Or is she a powerful prophet sent to unravel the fabric of a godless Republic, as the outlaw leader of an illegal religious sect would have them believe? Whatever the answer, it will change them all forever... and perhaps their world as well.

Speculative Literary Fiction
Date Published: May 19, 2014

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EXCERPT

THE GIRL FROM THE BLESSED LANDS

Jason offered his bottle, but the girl shied away. Helena cradled the child’s head and tilted her chin while he trickled a few drops into her mouth.

The girl licked her cracked lips and opened for more. After she’d drunk her fill, she turned to Helena. Her eyes grabbed and held. “The dream,” she said. “It’s true. I can see it in your eyes.”

Helena felt a sudden urge to distract the girl, to disrupt that penetrating gaze. “Who are you?”

The girl ignored the question, instead resting her hand on Jason’s forearm.
His muscles twitched as if he were unsure whether to linger or jerk away.

“Your arm is hot,” she said.

“That’s because I’ve been running.”

The girl’s ocean-blue eyes opened wider. “From what?”

He withdrew his arm and flexed his fingers. “Are you from the Blessed Lands?”

The girl nodded.

“Why would you make such a dangerous voyage alone in such a small boat?”

“I was in no danger,” she said.

He waved a hand at the flotsam, still surging in the tide. “But your boat’s destroyed, and it took us to save you.”

“Yes, I suppose.” She looked back out to sea as if expecting to find her boat still afloat. “Then I thank Lord Kanakunai for sparing me and delivering me to kind people who would help.”

“But who are you?” Helena said more insistently.

The girl motioned for more to drink, this time grasping the bottle with both hands and emptying it. When she finished, she sat up and lifted her chin like royalty. “I am Kailani, the daughter of the sea and the sky.”


David Litwack

The urge to write first struck when working on a newsletter at a youth encampment in the woods of northern Maine. It may have been the night when lightning flashed at sunset followed by northern lights rippling after dark. Or maybe it was the newsletter's editor, a girl with eyes the color of the ocean. But he was inspired to write about the blurry line between reality and the fantastic .

Using two fingers and lots of white-out, he religiously typed five pages a day throughout college and well into his twenties. Then life intervened. He paused to raise two sons and pursue a career, in the process becoming a well-known entrepreneur in the software industry, founding several successful companies. When he found time again to daydream, the urge to write returned.

He's published three novels so far in this new stage of his life: There Comes a Prophet, Along the Watchtower, and the recently released The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky.

David and his wife split their time between Cape Cod, Florida and anywhere else that catches their fancy. He no longer limits himself to five pages a day and is thankful every keystroke for the invention of the word processor.

Website: http://www.davidlitwack.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/david.litwack.author
Twitter:@DavidLitwack
Blog: http://davidlitwack.com/wordpress1/blog

11/16/2014

Jackie by Sam Newsome - Book Blitz

Jackie

Jackie

A novel by Sam Newsome, MD

As a child Jackie is abused at home and bullied at school. He is judged autistic and relegated to home bound teaching that fails him. His only solace is TV cable news. Years later he is reunited with one of his classmates, Jimmie. Together they discover Jackie’s ability to read closed-captioned broadcasts and ads so clearly that he creates a psychic connection with the viewer. This talent enables Jackie to fulfill his destiny.

Jackie” By Sam Newsome 
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 264 pages | ISBN 9781483403236 
E-Book | 264 pages | ISBN 9781483403229
 Available at Lulu.com, Amazon and Barnes and Noble web sites

General/ Inspirational/ Humorous Fiction

  KING, N.C. – A young man born to misfortune discovers a secret ability and enormous untapped potential in the novel “Jackie” (published by Lulu) by Sam Newsome, who is doing a new marketing push for the 2013 publication. 

As a child, Jackie is labeled as mentally challenged. He is bullied at school and abused at home. Deemed uneducable, he is kicked out of school in the third grade. Thirteen years later he is reunited with one of his old bullies, Jimmie. A friendship is fostered and Jimmie helps Jackie discover a hidden talent. Friendship, luck and Jackie’s special talent are the springboard that propels him on a journey to fulfill his destiny. 

“Even the most disadvantaged of us may have unfound abilities,” Newsome says. “Ignored, these talents lay dormant and wither. When discovered and fostered, they can lead to amazing outcomes.”

“Jackie” deals with serious issues in a humorous manner. The inspirational story of an unexpected hero defying odds and achieving fame and good fortune shows the positive resolution that can come when a person struggles, evolves, interacts and, ultimately, grows. 

“I tried to make the story of a disadvantaged child continually positive,” Newsome says. “A positive or a humorous scene minimizes any depressing moment as soon as possible. I want to entertain the reader and give a positive feeling after reading the book.”  

AWARDS

Honorable Mention at JM Northern Media 2014 Beach Book Festival, New York Book Festival, Hollywood Book Festival
Second Place in Contemporary Fiction in Colorado Independent Publisher Association 2014 awards
Finalist in 2014 Reader’s Favorite Humorous Fiction Category

What people are saying about 'Jackie'

4 Stars - Food for thought By Gmont, Amazon Reviewer
4 Stars - Jackie is an inspiring story of love and friendship involving a person with a disability. Author Sam Newsome certainly knows his subject and he absolutely has his heart in it. Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite
5 Stars - The author of Jackie, Dr. Sam Newsome, does a marvelous job of describing the title character’s disability and his gift. I highly recommend this book. The story line keeps you turning the pages and the characters make you cheer at times and cry at others. It is a wonderful read. Reviewed by Michael McManus for Readers' Favorite
5 Stars - Every chapter was written exquisitely and the story was fascinating. A lot of new scenes and characters were introduced in the beginning, but it all came together beautifully. Reviewed by Lorena Sanqui for Readers' Favorite
4 Stars - The book has interesting twists and turns and also a good dose of triumphs and tragedy, with an end that I never saw coming. Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite
Newsome

About the Author

Sam Newsome is a physician in rural North Carolina. His 35 years of practice have allowed him to hear a treasure trove of stories and hone his own storytelling abilities. 

 Website: www.jackiebysnewsome.com 
 Email: snewsome@phscorporate.com 
 Available at Lulu.com, Amazon and Barnes and Noble    

11/04/2014

The Hockey Saint by Howard Shapiro - BOOK TOUR & GIVEAWAY


The highly anticipated sequel to "The Stereoypical Freaks" and the 2nd book in the "Forever Friends" Trilogy, this is "The Hockey Saint"

Twenty-one year old Jeremiah Jacobson is the world's best hockey player, but he wasn't prepared for the frenzy and scrutiny that came with that title. Tom Leonard is an average college sophomore... just a guy trying to find his place in the world as he sorts through issues that are both very real and seemingly insurmountable.

Through a chance meeting, these two strike up an unlikely friendship. Their bond is tested when Tom discovers that his idol isn't as perfect up close as he seems from afar. With Jeremiah living a little too much in the moment and with his past catching up to him, will Tom be able to help him before it's too late?

AMAZON | BOOK DEPOSITORY

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

HOWARD SHAPIRO lives in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife and two sons. The Controller for the Pittsburgh-based Visual Effects firm, Animal Inc., he has also written four children’s books and The Stereotypical Freaks will be his debut Graphic Novel. His 2008 book, Hockey Player for Life, has been the #1 downloaded children’s hockey e-book on Amazon’s Kindle chart since its arrival as an e-book in November of 2011. His, Hockey Days book was the only book featured in the December 2007 Sporting News Annual Gift Guide as a Best Buy Gift for Children. Through a corporate sponsorship program he set up (and maintains), since the 2010-11 season, both of his children’s hockey books have been given to NHL teams (over 2,500 copies to date) for use in their community and educational initiatives. Since 2006 his annual charity raffle, which he matches dollar for dollar donated, has raised funds for several hockey-related charities including the Mario Lemieux Foundation, Hockey Fights Cancer and the Keith and Lisa Primeau Scholarship Fund.

WEBSITE: http://www.howardshapiro.net/
TWITTER: @hockeyplayer
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21395629-the-hockey-saint
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Howard-Shapiro/296610707017204 

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