Posted in Poetry, Spotlight on August 21, 2013

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Synopsis:

The true knowledge can be obtained by knowing oneself. But to know oneself, light has to be shone on the way to knowledge. ‘The Sojourn’ is a book which helps to discover oneself. In the midst of any problem, it helps to bring out the solution from within. After reading and understanding this book, the reader will never remain the same. He will see the world in its true grandeur. The secrets embedded in all creations of God, have been telling the truths from time immemorial. In a poetic style, the words bring out the beauty in all the creations. When included in the education system, it will build the foundations of children. Thus, ‘The Sojourn’ helps to live an
enlightened life.

The book has won awards from various institutions in India viz. ‘Contribution of CA Towards Society Award’ from The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, ‘Special Recognition Award’ from Nishkam Sewa Bharti Trust.

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Rupansh is a Chartered Accountant, Master of Business Administration,Chartered Financial Analyst by qualification. He also achieved an award for securing highest marks in Chartered Accountancy exams in India. He has been thinking about the truths and secrets of the universe since his childhood. This, coupled with his passion for writing, led to the book, ‘The Sojourn’. Keeping the language of the book simple for readers, he put depth in content unlike normal poetry. The book has won various awards and is being liked by many around the world. He took his writing further by writing the novel, ‘Pulchritude – An Eternal Love Story’. The author feels that good writing alone helps the world to become better and enlightened.

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Posted in Book Blast, contest, Giveaway, romance, Young Adult on August 20, 2013

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Book Title: Unstoppable (Book #2 in the Fierce Trilogy)

Author: Ginger Voight

Release date: August 20, 2013

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His eyes were rimmed red when they met mine. “I die inside every time he touches you, and there’s nothing I can do about it. You’ve made it clear that you’re going to go on with this sham of a marriage, no matter who it hurts in the process. You lie to everyone, Jordi, including the people you’re supposed to love the most. And I just can’t take it anymore. This is not the way I want to live my life.”

“I thought I was worth it,” I mumbled.

“You have no idea what you’re worth,” he said softly. “That’s the problem.”

In book #2 of the Fierce saga, Jordi Hemphill has joined her true love Jace Riga on cross-country tour with Giovanni Carnevale and Dreaming in Blue. The star-crossed lovers anticipate the freedom to explore their burgeoning relationship, despite the continued complications of her ties to her tormentor Eddie Nix and Jace’s new standing as a rock icon. Nothing is as it seems, which make the pair fodder for the rumor mill. Forces from all directions threaten to tear them apart, but it is Jordi’s own insecurities that drive a wedge between the aspiring diva and her hero.

Author Ginger Voight further delves into the key issues that keep Jordi from defeating her demons once and for all. This sweeping saga unearths revelations that will rock Jordi’s world forever… and set her on the path to the path to her story’s epic conclusion.

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About Ginger:

gingervoightGinger Voight is prolific author, freelance writer and optioned screenwriter. Her fiction is diverse, with novels like the edgy, coming-of-age drama DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS, and the fun family adventure for kids of all ages, COMIC SQUAD.

Having grown up reading different authors like Danielle Steel and Stephen King, Ginger has always been drawn more to story than to genre. This shows up in her various stories. Titles such as MY IMMORTAL and TASTE OF BLOOD are a delicious, heady mix of horror, suspense, and romance.

Genre romance, however, has held a special place in her heart, ever since she read her first Harlequin novel when she was only eleven. As a result, Ginger is making a name for herself writing romances of her own, starring women who look more like the average American woman rather than those traditionally represented in the size-biased American media. Her Rubenesque romances were created especially for those heroines with fuller figures, who can still get the man of their dreams if only they believe they can. Such titles include UNDER TEXAS SKIES, LOVE PLUS ONE, THE GROUPIE TRILOGY, FIERCE and PICTURE POSTCARDS.

Ginger was included in the best-selling book by Smith Magazine NOT QUITE WHAT I WAS PLANNING, featuring her six-word memoir.

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Posted in 5 paws, Blog tour, contest, Giveaway, Review, romance on August 20, 2013

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Author Rachael Renee Anderson

Rachael Anderson is the author of five novels (Working It Out, The Reluctant Bachelorette, Minor Adjustments, Luck of the Draw, and Divinely Designed) and two novellas (Twist of Fate, from the All I Want anthology and The Meltdown Match from The Timeless Romance Anthology: Summer Wedding Collection). She’s the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.


Working It Out

A chance encounter . . .

Grace Warren’s life is safe and predictable—exactly the way she likes it. But when she gets roped into going to an auction to help out a friend, everything changes. She meets Seth Tuttle—a guy who unexpectedly kisses her then disappears, leaving her flustered and upset. If she never sees him again, it will be too soon.



A chance for love . . .

Weeks later, when Seth limps into Grace’s rehab clinic post surgery, she immediately recognizes him. Unfortunately, he’s every bit as frustrating and annoying as she remembered. Yet there’s something about him that makes her second-guess her carefully placed boundaries even though he’s everything she’s sure she doesn’t want in a man. But maybe Seth is exactly what Grace has needed all along—assuming she’s willing to risk safe and predictable for a chance at love.

 

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“How about this?” Seth finally said. “I’ll agree to volunteer if you agree to go with me.”
It was a brilliant suggestion, actually. If Grace declined, Seth wouldn’t feel obligated to volunteer. And if she said yes, she would have to spend time with him outside of work. Either way, he won.
 “Oh . . . I, uh, don’t think that’s a good idea.”
“Why not?” Seth said with mock innocence. “Don’t tell me you’re against giving up a few hours of your time to help the less fortunate.”
Grace leveled him a warning look. “No, but you’re my patient. It wouldn’t be appropriate to do something with you outside of work.”
“But you came to the basketball game,” Seth pointed out.
“That was different.”
“How so?” Seth asked. “It’s not like I’m asking you on a date or anything.”
“I know, it’s just—” She fidgeted, looking flustered.
Seth cocked his head to the side, molding his expression into one of sympathy. “Think of the children, Grace. Think of the children.”
She rolled her eyes and threw up her hands in a gesture of defeat. “I walked right into that one, didn’t I? Okay fine, you win. I’ll go.” She gestured toward the machine. “Now row.”

Seth grinned and resumed rowing, suddenly feeling as though he really were in a kayak, cutting through the waters on Lake Union. The sun warmed his skin, a breeze whipped at his face, and the smell of lake water lingered in the air. Or was that the smell of triumph?

Review

I truly enjoyed this book!  It was upbeat and a quick read at that.  I liked the characters, they all seemed real as if they might be a friend or someone we know in real life.  Grace is dedicated to her work but learns how to step outside of that box.  Seth is a daredevil and is he willing to curb that energy for the woman of his dreams?  I liked that it wasn’t filled with sex scenes, this is a very PG book but I really enjoyed that. I don’t need sex thrown in my face all of the time.

We enjoyed it so much we are giving it 5 paws

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Posted in Cozy, Monday, mystery on August 19, 2013

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Another new series, this time about weaving!

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Della Wright has come to peaceful and picturesque Briar Hollow, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, to realize her lifelong dream of owning a weaving studio. To promote her new business, Dream Weavers, Della is offering weaving workshops for all levels of ability. In her first class, she meets half a dozen of the town’s colorful characters, who seem as eager to gossip as to learn how to work a loom. But when a shady local businessman is found murdered, Briar Hollow suddenly appears a lot less idyllic. And when one of her weaving students is suspected of the crime, Della can’t help getting entangled in the investigation—with some help from her criminologist friend, Matthew. But can she weave together clues as well as she weaves together yarn—and stop a killer from striking again?

 

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Posted in 5 paws, Blog tour, contest, Giveaway, mystery, romance on August 17, 2013

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Title: HOUNDED (Going to the Dogs 3)

Author:  Zoe Dawson

Release date: June 17, 2013

Age Group: Adult

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Blue Moon Creative, LLC

Tour organized by: AToMR Tours

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I’ll get you and your little dogs, too!

Veterinarian Poe Madigan enters The Fur Ball with her Jack Russell terriers (aka The Terrible Two) to compete for a substantial cash prize that will keep her mother from losing her home.  But when her fabulous partner sprains his ankle, Poe must trade him and his talented Bichon for a sexy, muscle-bound hunk who can’t dance and his Basset Hound, Lazy Daisy. If that’s not enough to make her despair, it seems The Terrible Two have angered someone and they’re receiving death threats!

Security specialist Jared Taylor promises one of Poe’s friends that he will go undercover as her dog dancing partner to protect her from danger.  He didn’t expect to find his staid, traditional life would be turned all topsy-turvy and he would find a soft spot for a neglected hound and fall for a Goth princess.  But when he reveals who he really is and why he is in Poe’s life destroy the foundation of trust they’ve built?  Could he lose the real prize – Poe?

Review:

I’m not sure if I have ever said this on my blog, but I LOVED these books!  I downloaded Leashed for free and received Groomed for Murder and Hounded from the publicist.  I think it is the dogs that really drew me in since I have two of my own and I just LOVE dogs!  But it is also the unlikely friendship of four women that meet at a dog park.  They probably would never have met had it not been for their dogs and that dog park.  Of course three of the friends have dog related businesses so maybe they would have eventually met, but this made it more interesting.  I like that Poe is edgy in the way she dresses and that her other friends don’t judge her for her looks.  Brooke (from Groomed for Murder) is a take charge business woman that won’t let a snotty high society lady run her over.  And Callie (in Leashed) knows how to train dogs…and looks like men too!   The fourth friend, Harper, has her book coming out later and she is a rich society woman that could care less about her money and cares more about her friends and will help them do whatever it takes.  And what romance book would be complete with out a hunky male?  All three books have men that are perfect for Callie, Brooke and Poe.  These guys complement the women and have strengths that offset the ladies weaknesses….which aren’t many other than getting into trouble!

While I would categorize these books as mostly romance, there is some mystery to them as well.  Obviously I have to give them 5 paws, I enjoyed them that much.  There is a 4th book coming out sometime in the future so I’m going to have to read that book as well.  I highly suggest picking these up or entering below to win a copy for yourself!

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About the Author

zoe dawsonZoe Dawson is the alter ego of Karen Anders, award winning, multi-published author. Her writing journey started with poetry and branched out into fiction. With a couple of college English courses under her belt, she penned a historical, then moved onto contemporary romance fiction. Today, she is happy producing romantic suspense, romantic mystery,  urban fantasy and paranormal novels. The words feed her soul and the happily ever afters feed her heart.

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Posted in contest, Cozy, mystery, Spotlight on August 16, 2013

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Genre: Cozy Mystery – New Series

Published by: Signet/ Penguin

Release Date: August 6, 2013

Number of Pages: 304

Synopsis:

When Trixie Matkowski agrees to take over her aunt’s diner, she pictures lakeside views and delicious comfort food in the small town where she spent summers as a child. But the sweet scene turns sour when someone puts murder on the menu….

Trixie is in need of a fresh start away from her cheating ex-husband, but she may be biting off more than she can chew when she moves to upstate New York to run her family’s famed Silver Bullet Diner. Not only is she caught off guard by the small town’s resident heart-throb, Deputy Ty Brisco, but her first health inspection turns into a nightmare…when the inspector keels over into his blue plate special.

Someone made a deadly addition to an old family recipe, and Trixie is determined to find out whodunit. But between serving up orders and sniffing out clues, she’d better watch her back-or her next meal might be her last.

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CHRIS WENGERI have worked in the criminal justice field for more years than I care to remember! It seems like I was forever going to school while I was working full time, but in the end, I received a dual master’s degree in Probation and Parole Studies and Sociology from Fordham University.

Unfortunately, the knowledge gained from way too many years in night school, didn’t prepare me for what I love to do the most – writing romances and cozy mysteries.

MY FIRST BOOK My very first book, THE LADY AND THE COWBOY, a short, western historical, was written for beginning adult readers, and I sold it to Laubach Literacy. In 1998, it was chosen by the Publishers Liaison Committee of the Public Library Association’s Adult Lifelong Learning Section as one of the “Top Titles for Adult New Readers.” Yes!

“THE CALL FROM HARLEQUIN” One of my biggest thrills in life was receiving “the call” from Susan Litman at Harlequin (then Silhouette) Special Edition in January of 2004. She wanted to publish THE COWBOY WAY. Yeee-haw!

THE COWBOY WAY was released in January of 2005—a year later. Such a looong time to wait. Since then, I’ve written eight books (and counting!) for Harlequin. I love writing about cowboys out west and the southwest, far away from New York State where I live! These are my GOLD BUCKLE COWBOYS (You’ll fall in love with them in eight seconds!) I’ve also written two books set in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, The Hawkins Legacy.

COZY MYSTERIES A new venture for me (in 2013) is a series of “comfort food” cozy mysteries which I set in a small-town 1950’s diner, THE SILVER BULLET.

The first book, DO OR DINER, from Penguin/Obsidian books is scheduled for release on August 6, 2013. A second book will follow, A SECOND HELPING OF MURDER, in 2014, and a third, yet untitled, book will be scheduled after that.

JUST FOR FUN I enjoy watching professional bull riding and rodeo with my favorite cowboy, my husband Jim. We put on our cowboy regalia (I look horrible in a cowboy hat!) and have traveled to events in Las Vegas, Florida, Connecticut, and other states. As a result of our travels, I have met many genuine, personable and polite cowboys, and that’s how I get my inspiration for my westerns! Of course I have to do research for my comfort food diner series. That takes me to diners all over the U.S. and Canada (and maybe Europe and Asia!) for meals. It’s a tough job, but I just have to do it!

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Posted in Book Blast, contest, Giveaway, romance, women on August 15, 2013

Working It Out

A chance encounter . . .

Grace Warren’s life is safe and predictable—exactly the way she likes it. But when she gets roped into going to an auction to help out a friend, everything changes. She meets Seth Tuttle—a guy who unexpectedly kisses her then disappears, leaving her flustered and upset. If she never sees him again, it will be too soon.



A chance for love . . .

Weeks later, when Seth limps into Grace’s rehab clinic post surgery, she immediately recognizes him. Unfortunately, he’s every bit as frustrating and annoying as she remembered. Yet there’s something about him that makes her second-guess her carefully placed boundaries even though he’s everything she’s sure she doesn’t want in a man. But maybe Seth is exactly what Grace has needed all along—assuming she’s willing to risk safe and predictable for a chance at love.

 

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Author Rachael Renee Anderson

Rachael Anderson is the author of four books: Divinely Designed, Luck of the Draw, Minor Adjustments, and The Reluctant Bachelorette. She’s the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.

 

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Posted in 4 paws, Blog tour, contest, Giveaway, mystery, suspense on August 14, 2013

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Synopsis:

When dead prostitutes begin to appear along the rural roads of Ohio, Allie Lindell cannot stay away despite the odds—the odds being her badge-toting sister; her partner, who only wants Allie to stay home and out of harm’s way; and two little girls in full potty-training and tantrum-throwing modes. But when an old friend from The Columbus Dispatch calls with an intriguing job opportunity, Allie can’t turn her away, Allie breaks all kinds of promises to track the killer, heat up a cold case, and discover what happened to a fallen police officer. As she navigates the backstreets of Columbus, following pimps, prostitutes, sullen teenagers, and seedy gamblers, the only thing more complicated is remembering all her aliases.

Enlisting the help of her neighbor, and with the annoying voice of Snow White drumming through her head, Allie and her newfound sidekick will have you falling in love with this wonderful cast of modern heroines with day-to-day problems. Gay, straight, sleek and sexy, or rumpled and ragged—no matter how much they bicker, they’re a mighty force when they all come together. Heigh Ho!

Roadkill is the first in a series in which a former journalist and at-home mom discovers she has a knack for investigating murders. While she longs for the crazy deadlines and adult conversations, she also wants to stay home and care for her babies.

With Disney tunes, tantrums, and potty-training woes on her mind, Allie Lindell must learn to juggle the highs and lows of her family and a career she never knew she always wanted. This is the funny, sometimes aggravating, ultimately heartwarming story of a woman trying to give everything to her kids, keep the love of her partner, and not lose herself in the process.

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Roadkill is a great start to a new mystery/suspense series by Alexandra Allred.  We are introduced to Allie, her partner Rae, who doesn’t like Allie getting involved; her sister Michelle who is a police officer and believes in justice; and Jenny, the next door neighbor with MS who wants to be there right in the thick of things when she isn’t watching Allie & Rae’s two daughters.  The author does a great job of intertwining several different story lines…but I can’t say too much more than that without spoiling the book!  I thought Allie was a strong character and wanted to be more than just a housewife and mother despite her partner’s wishes.  Of course, like any mystery, her sleuthing gets her into some trouble BUT she also helps blow the cases wide open.  I thought the book had good flow and there was always something going on whether it was discovering new clues or tension at home.

We enjoyed this book and give it 4 paws and suggest you check out this book next time you are looking for a mystery to read!  Plus you can enter to win an eBook copy below.

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aallredAlexandra Allred is a former national athlete and adventure writer turned humorist and fictional writer. She’s often been called the next Erma Bombeck with a grudge. Her annual Christmas letters, which have frequently made the news, could make the Grinch weep with joy.

Allred is an avid runner (though not a very good one), frequently testifies in Washington D.C. on environmental issues, is an advocate for Clean Air, and loathes people who illegally park in handicap places.

She currently lives in Texas with her husband, three children, and array of happy animals.

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Posted in Cover Reveal on August 14, 2013

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1971 — In the tiny, backward town of Tulma, Tennessee, optimistic, bookish Caroline Carson unwittingly finds herself in the middle of a forbidden romance. Severely neglected by her family and forced to flee Tulma to protect her secrets, Caroline’s young life comes crashing down around her. She finds refuge in a new town, but the past always has a way of stretching around time and stirring up trouble.

When a new love comes into her life, she has to decide if she can give her heart to someone else, or if she will always be tied to someone she can’t have

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Posted in Fantasy, fiction, Guest Post on August 13, 2013

 

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In this special piece for Storeybook Reviews, Joscelyn Godwin, co-author of The Forbidden Book, shares his thoughts on weaving of magic and reality in his  books — and in our universe.

Except for The Forbidden Book, all my books are non-fiction, but magic and reality are woven into every one of them. I have always chosen subjects and characters that have something magical about them. Some, like Robert Fludd, dabbled in the occult (people always seem to “dabble”; few get in up to the neck). Others discovered the real truth about the Egyptian hieroglyphs (Athanasius Kircher), universal harmony (Hans Kayser), alchemy (Michael Maier), or where Atlantis was (too many to name). Some of my favorites rode in a UFO (George Adamski), took an out-of-the body trip to the hollow earth (Saint-Yves d’Alveydre), or found a Golden Bible (Joseph Smith). Not one of them, I hasten to add, was mad. They were just people to whom magical things happened, and such people always have the best stories to tell.

Non-fiction, to me, is just as much about telling stories as fiction. It deserves the same attention to style and language, the same irony and subtle humor, the same love of one’s characters whether good or bad. I think of my work as like a restaurateur’s. The diners don’t need to grow the vegetables, kill the livestock, cellar the wine, or slave away in the kitchen. The scholar’s job is to get the ingredients together, cook them, and serve them up in a meal worth savoring. The result: an expansion of the mental waistline and something to promote a good night’s sleep. This is not the way most academics think, but I’m a musician, and I know that some of the most profound thoughts can take the form of entertainment.

Do I think that magic exists in our universe, you ask. Let’s not try to define magic, but how about defining “existence,” “our,” and “universe,” for a start. If your universe is that of materialistic science, there is no magic in it. If someone tries to tell you otherwise, you know better: they’re victims of irrational belief systems. But wait: why are you so sure that the universe is “ours,” i.e., an objective reality that all conscious beings share? Some would hold the contrary: that every conscious being projects its own reality, which it takes to be universal. Its universe depends on what it is: ask the ant, or the angel. Humans perhaps have more choice: they inhabit the reality of whatever their world-views permit, and if it allows for magic, then that is on the menu.

Such is the case with The Forbidden Book. It is written from a world-view that permits prophetic dreams, action at a distance, and clairvoyance to exist. In this view, which is shared by esotericists of every age and clime, magic and reality are not separate domains: reality is magical through and through. Does that mean that the authors dabble in the occult? Heaven forbid! How many mystery writers dabble in murder? None that I know of. They use their imaginations to describe it and to enter the mind of the murderer, but they have no doubt that murders occur, hopefully at a safe distance.

The Forbidden Book
by Joscelyn Godwin and Guido Mina di Sospiro
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