Release Blitz: Beautiful Forever by Emery Jacobs

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Release Date: November 30, 2016

Synopsis: Once Henley Matthews decided to take control of her life, everything changed. Her newfound outlook was clear—crisp—and unflawed. She knew all the disappointments from her past had led her to this point…to him. And fear of the impending darkness was finally gone. Caleb Bonelli never imagined a life that included love. After so much tragedy and loss, he had determined it was not in the cards for him. Henley changed all of that. She gave him hope for a brighter tomorrow. But once he learns what lies ahead for them, will his feelings change? Will forever be in their future?

 

***This is book two of the Beautiful Fate Duet. Beautiful Torture must be read first.

 

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Beautiful Torture (Beautiful Fate Duet #1)

He’s a liar, a cheater, and an addict. For the last seven years, Caleb Bonelli has let those three words define him—mold him—make him into the man he is today. Living hard and fast, he has never looked back, determined to ignore the pain and suffering of his past. Until he hits rock bottom. She’s alone, afraid, and tortured.  Henley Matthews doesn’t need anyone—only her music. She learned at an early age that she has no choice but to find comfort in the cards she’s been dealt. A life full of beauty she holds onto tightly because she doesn’t know when it will be taken away.

When Henley allows Caleb into her life, everything spirals out of control. She discovers things about his past that should send her running. But instead, it gives her a reason to stay. Will he feel the same about her once he learns her secrets? Can a damaged man like Caleb handle the truth behind the beautiful tortured woman?

Intended for readers 18 years and older due to adult situations and language.

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About the Author: Emery grew up in Southern Arkansas and has lived most of her adult life in Northern Louisiana. She spends her days working as a Nurse Practitioner in rural health and her nights reading, writing, and occasionally sleeping.

She loves real life romance…lots of angst and heartbreak, but always a happy ending.

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Release Blitz: When the Clock Strikes Twelve by Elisabeth Grace

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Release Date: November 30, 2016

Synopsis: Max and Chloe had prepared themselves for a short trip to Aspen after celebrating Christmas in his Manhattan penthouse. It was the perfect opportunity to finalize their wedding details and get in a few runs on the snow-covered slopes. Being born and raised in Maine means Chloe’s no stranger to snow, but when a blizzard hits all their plans go awry. The result is something that will change both of their lives forever.

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Indecision (Maine Attraction – Book 1)

Jackie Davenport will try anything once, especially in the bedroom. Anything except falling in love. She lives a carefree existence packed full of fun, but free from emotional entanglements and that’s just how she wants to keep it. When she meets the new police officer in town, she’s unable to deny the connection between them. His over confidence and bullish ways grate on her…still she can’t help but find herself falling into his bed AND falling for him.

Jamie McTavish is man enough to admit that he probably didn’t make the best first impression when he met the 911 Operator. That doesn’t mean there isn’t still sizzling sexual tension between them. He’s a man of action and he’s not content to sit on the sidelines until Jackie works out her issues. But trying to tame this tiger might be too big of a challenge for even him.

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Indiscretion (Maine Attraction – Book 2)

F*ck and chuck. Pump and dump. Hit it and quit it. One night stand. Didn’t matter how I branded it—that’s all she had wanted it to be. That much was clear when she left me with my pants down and my dick still out.

What she hadn’t counted on was fate intervening and our worlds colliding—again.

The day I showed back up in the life of Chloe Griffins, I knew I had to have her again. My body was hungry for another taste. Like an addict, I’d been craving another hit for months, and there she was—flesh and bone, tits and ass. The fact that she worked for the competition should’ve been reason enough for me to leave her alone. I had a job to do that summer and f*cking Chloe wasn’t part of it. But I was like a man possessed.

I’d do whatever it took to have her again.

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About the Author: USA Today Bestselling author, Elisabeth Grace, has a hot spot for alpha males and a soft spot for happily ever afters. She lives outside of Toronto, Canada with her husband, two small children, and killer cat. Her theory is that Satan himself spawned the white furball. She’s almost always eaten a chocolate bar before 10am (don’t judge) and has a mild, but healthy obsession with model David Gandy. 😉 If you’re a lover of romance novels, hot sex in obscure places, alpha males, and a little LOL on the side than you may enjoy her work! She LOVES talking with fellow readers about books! If you’re the same she encourages you to reach out to her via one of her social media links! You can sign-up for her newsletter and get information on her books, signings, and more at Elisabeth-Grace.com

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Blog Tour: We All Fall Down by Karen Cimms

About the Book: Being married to a rock star isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
 
Kate and Billy McDonald have defied the odds. For twenty-four years they have loved each other fiercely, and it hasn’t always been easy.
 
On the road more than he’s home, bouncing from band to band, and fighting for a foothold in the music industry against the machinations of his former agent, Billy has struggled to make a name for himself. Frustrated and angry, he turns to drugs and alcohol to cope. Combined with the guilt of secrets he’s kept from Kate and a temper that flares like the strike of a match, he’s a ticking time bomb.
 
Amazed at how far they’ve come from their rough beginnings, Kate cherishes her life. Sure, there are things she’d change, like having Billy home more, having a better relationship with her daughter, and being able to do something really worthwhile. When a startling betrayal follows on the heels of an unbearable loss, Kate’s world spirals out of control, leaving her staggering and wondering if it’s even possible to pick up the pieces.
 
What happens when love implodes? Can we rise from the ashes, or will we all fall down?
 
We All Fall Down is the second book in the Of Love and Madness trilogy. A love story that unfolds over twenty-five years, it’s the tale of two damaged people trying to make their way in the world without destroying themselves or each other in the process.
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Billy cursed under his breath.
“What’s wrong?” his agent, C.J., asked. “I thought this is what you wanted.”
“It is,” he whispered into the phone. “It’s just . . . the timing isn’t good. Katie’s—”
“Look, Billy, it’s only three weeks, but it’s a big three weeks. The new songs are great, but we gotta road test them. You keep this up and I can guarantee you a record deal, but I have to get you out there. People need to hear you. There was a lot of buzz after that performance in Miami this summer, and to tell the truth, the arrest and all the rest of it didn’t hurt that angry rock star image, either. There’s no bad publicity, not for someone like you, but fans have short memories.”
“I know,” he agreed, “and God knows I need the money—”
“Look, it’s just three weeks. She can’t be without you for three freaking weeks?”
Could she? She was getting worse, there was no doubt about it. But if she started seeing the doctor, and if he could talk her into staying with Rhiannon . . .
“I don’t know. I guess. I’ll figure something out.”
C.J. was all business. “Okay, then. I’ll have a car pick you up first thing Monday to bring you straight to the airport. I’ll meet you there, and we’ll sign the contracts. Just leave everything to me.”
“Fine.”
“And Billy? I had to pull a lot of strings to get you on this leg of the tour. This is the perfect audience for you. Don’t screw this up. You’re not a cat. You don’t have nine lives, and even if you did, you’ve about run out.”
“Yeah, I get it. I’ll see you Monday.”
“That’s what I want to hear.”
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A door clanged open. Tom stood and walked toward the hallway, then nodded in her direction. She tucked her clutch under her arm and followed.
Billy’s back was to her as she came around the corner. Snug black jeans hugged his long legs. A long-sleeved black shirt with the tails out and the cuffs turned up showed off the tattoos covering his forearms. His hair was messy and loose, hanging well past his shoulders. He and Tommy were speaking, and when Tommy glanced in her direction, Billy turned slowly, then snapped back to Tommy when he realized who was standing behind him.
“What the fuck is she doing here?” he practically growled. “I didn’t tell you to call her.”
“He didn’t call me,” she answered, hurt as well as angry. “And is that all you have to say?”
The man standing before her was a far cry from the one she’d kissed goodbye over two months ago. His neatly trimmed goatee had grown out into a scraggly beard. He needed a shower badly, and although it was the middle of the night, he wore sunglasses. A long, thin cut above his eyebrow was held together with several Steri-Strips. Another near the bridge of his nose had begun to swell. An angry red mark blossomed on his cheek, and there were hints that his eye would soon be black and blue.
“If I wanted you here, I would’ve called you. You shouldn’t be here.” He scowled at Tommy as if he were the reason behind all of them being there.
Kate slipped off the sergeant’s jacket. “Neither should you.” She tapped on the thick glass to get the desk officer’s attention, then waited by the inner door until she came around to retrieve the jacket.
Billy watched as she walked back, his mouth curling into that trademark smile, the one that still caused her to melt like a teenager.
Not this time. This time, she was pissed.
“Well, I see you came dressed to impress.” His grin grew, and the cut on his bottom lip split open, blood welling in the spot. A memory flashed before her of a night long ago when she hadn’t been nearly as angry as she was now, yet she had punched him in the stomach.
Tempting.
About the Author: Karen Cimms is a writer, editor, and music lover. She was born and raised in New Jersey and still thinks of the Garden State as home. She began her career at an early age rewriting the endings to her favorite books. It was a mostly unsuccessful endeavor, but she likes to think she invented fanfiction.
 
Karen is a lifelong Jersey corn enthusiast, and is obsessed with (in no particular order) books, shoes, dishes, and Brad Pitt. In her spare time she likes to quilt, decorate, and entertain. Just kidding–she has no spare time.
 
Although she loves pigeons, she is terrified of pet birds, scary movies and Mr. Peanut.
 
Karen is married to her favorite lead guitar player. Her children enjoy tormenting her with countless mean-spirited pranks because they love her, or so they say. She currently lives in Northeast Pennsylvania, although her heart is usually in Maine.
Twitter: @KCimms
Other Books by this Author:
At This Moment (Of Love and Madness: Volume One)
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Book Blitz: The Soulstealer’s Child by Brandon Gray

 

 

About the Author: Brandon Gray is the pen name of Braden Bell (Brandon writes YA fiction; Braden writes for middle grades). Braden holds a Ph.D. from New York University. He and his family live on a quiet, wooded lot in Tennessee, where he teaches middle school theatre and music. An experienced performer, Braden enjoys reading, gardening, and long summer afternoons writing in his hammock. His most notable skill is being able to eat a full rack of BBQ ribs with one hand on long drives.
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Can a human heart overcome a demon soul?
When soul-eating demons overrun his world, Kaelis, a young seraph warrior, uses the Queen’s ring to open a portal in space and flee with the infant heir to the throne, landing on earth. Unbeknownst to him, the demon leader, Nsark, follows through the portal, determined to devour the soul of every last seraph, especially the Queen’s heir. After Kaelis hides the baby, Nsark creates the ultimate weapon by fathering a half-human, half-demon: a soul-stealer’s child. 

 

Sixteen years later, an awkward teen named James struggles to fit in with his peers. In a last-ditch effort, he joins the school play, where he meets Lucy. Something deep draws them together, and their friendship reveals their hidden pasts: one is an angel, one is half-demon. Lucy and James find themselves pulled into an age-old war between their peoples. Hunted by relentless enemies, and grappling with deep-seated instincts and strange new powers, they must fight for their lives, their souls, and each other.

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Snippet: James looked down at Lucinda’s head resting against his shoulder, her long tresses streaming down his arm and chest like a river of frozen fire. Her small shoulders rose and fell with each breath, but beyond that, she didn’t move. She looked like a sleeping angel fallen to the earth, and he had to fight the sudden urge to touch her hair. How it would feel to let his fingers run riot through those soft strands?

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Book Tour: Earth Escape by Real Laplaine

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Earth Escape:
Odyssey to the edge of the universe
By Real Laplaine

Genre: SciFi Adventure

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Earth Escape is a sci-fi thriller set in the very near future, bordering on a dystopian age where geopolitical powers on Earth are edging toward nuclear war, and meanwhile, the interstellar ship, Evolution, and its captain, Jim Tale and his Ai companion, CASS, are light years away in search of a new home and answers to the dilemma facing mankind. Was it the Big Bang, Divine creation or were we put here for reasons we have forgotten? In this thrilling space odyssey, Jim Tale, a misfit – a man haunted by demons of his past and plagued by these existential questions, faces the most brutal truths about who we are and the creation of the cosmos and the role he must play if he hopes to save Earth from an imminent apocalypse.

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            I’ve seen some pretty incredible things these past years during our voyage, everything from Qwan to toothy raptors, but this one takes the cake.

                She, assumedly a she by all her physical attributes, tips her head at me with an inquisitive eye.

                “Welcome, Captain Tale. My name is Prima,” she says.

                I’m still dumbstruck, honestly – I mean, what the hell do I say to an astoundingly beautiful alien, standing naked in front of me? My training didn’t exactly prepare me for this – in fact, there is no precedent in my life to relate to.

                She tips her head at me with an inquisitive and humorous eye.

                “Are you shocked to see me, Captain?” she asks with a playful grin.

                I clear my throat.

                “Honestly, I’m not sure what I’m supposed to say.”

                “Isn’t it customary to start with ‘Hello’ or ‘Take me to your leader?’” she replies.

                Humor always works with me, helping to break down awkward social barriers. And besides, how dangerous can she be, right? I step from the ship and land on firm footing. On what, I have no idea, because just a few minutes ago there was nothing here – absolutely NOTHING!

I’m really trying to act normal, but honestly, there is nothing typical about being greeted by a beautiful and very naked woman here on the edge of nowhere.

                “I wasn’t expecting a welcoming party – certainly not…” I hesitate to glance at her entire physique.

“Do you object to my being naked?” she asks.

                “Well, not really, but frankly, it’s not the customary greeting protocol.”

                “Of course not. Under the circumstances this must seem completely unreal.”

                “You could say that.”

                “The proclivity to hide sexuality is an aberration in your world, Jim Tale, not mine. But if it disturbs you I can cover myself.”

                “That’s ok. How do you know who I am?”

                “I know everything about you. Shall we talk, Captain? I promise not to bite.”

                She motions me to the left of the ship and there, in the midst of this large room, which seems to have no parameters, no finite surfaces that I can make out, is a small table and three chairs.

                I walk over and lower myself into one. Prima slips into the one across from me.

                In my defense, I haven’t seen a naked woman in nearly thirty-eight years, not since before Angie died, so the sight of this very shapely, although, intensely unique creature, with her medium sized breasts gently undulating as she moves, is, well … a minor distraction to my male mechanisms.

                “Where am I?”

                “This,” she waves a hand, “is the Construct, what you might call, the first of all Constructs.”

                “What does that mean?”

                “It was from this very location that the Universe, which you know, was created.”

                Right there I catch my breath.

                She continues, as if we’re talking about what’s for dinner or some other mundane shit, without realizing that her statement has just knocked the air out of me.

“Captain, I know you have many questions and I am prepared to answer them, but to do so we must follow a certain path, otherwise all of this will seem too incredible for you to accept. And secondly, time is a critical issue.”

                I shake my head.

                “I think the “too incredible to be believed boat” has already sailed.

                She grins.

                “And why is time critical?” I ask.

                Prima tips her head to one side – her face becoming more somber.

                “Your world is tipping dangerously toward global nuclear war as we speak and if there is any hope of stopping this from happening then we must act quickly.”

                “And you expect me to do something about this when I am sitting here at the far end of the Universe, supposedly?”

                “Yes I do. In fact, the one and only condition which makes our dialogue possible, and for you to find the answers which you have sought your whole life, is that you first agree to assist me in changing the course of your home planet.”

Copyright 2016 © by Réal Laplaine

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Victor Hugo said … “A writer is a world trapped in a person.”

That about sums it up for me. Besides the fact that I have a passion to unleash a world of ideas inside of me, my purpose for writing is to inspire others, to remind them that good does prevail over bad, to entertain the minds of readers, and to spark fires all over the world which introduce ideas, which incite activism, evolution for change and not an abiding faith to crusty old mediocrity; and ultimately, to repeat the message which sometimes gets lost in the miasma of life – that no dream is too big to realize – no matter what others may say the stars can be reached by those who want to.

“Everyone enjoys the escape. The thrill of living vicariously through the eyes and skin of characters who do things we may never do, or who in fact, mirror parts of our own lives, or who taunt us to live up to our ideals, our potentials – to our dreams. I write because it’s a thrill, because coffee is cheap and I can sit and drink it all day while conjuring up stories for readers to enjoy. Reading is soul food. It opens new horizons to us, it stretches the mind and it reminds us that no dream is too big to realize.”

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Release Blitz: Buried Secrets by J.C. Valentine

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Publication Date: November 29, 2016
Genres: Adult, New Adult, Mystery, Thriller, YA, Suspense

Synopsis: How do you live with yourself when you don’t even know who you are? On a chill October night, a girl goes missing setting the small town of Oakridge on edge. James has spent the last five years running from a past that still haunts him to this day. Now he finds himself thrust back into a life he thought he left behind. Finding out his new home may be haunted and reconnecting with an old friend while being thrust into a murder mystery, James finds himself trying to figure out which end is up while questioning his own sanity.

**AUTHOR’S NOTE** Buried Secrets is a New Adult, mystery thriller with very little romance but heavy on the suspense.

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EXCERPT: Blackness surrounded him, its endless pools of ink swallowing him whole. He couldn’t see his hand in front of his face, but he felt the terror seeping through his skin, past his bones and making its way down to his very soul.

James knew he was in the throes of one of his nightmares again. He could never make out a thing, just knew the feeling it left him with.

He tried to make himself wake up, but couldn’t find his way out. The feeling that someone was coming for him caused panic to swell and his heart to accelerate, threatening to break free from his chest.

Not knowing what was coming, fear lacerating his insides, James started to run blindly. In his bed, his feet kicked out wildly, tangling in the linens and ratcheting up his terror, because to James, he was trapped.

His breathing labored and coming in short, sharp bursts, James cried out at the same time his body bolted upright in the bed. Sweat beaded on his brow and dampened his skin, his clothes suctioned to his body uncomfortably. He was clammy and winded, shaken, but he already felt better for knowing he was free from that awful feeling of suffocating terror that had threatened to overtake him just moments ago.

Scrubbing his hands down his face, James breathed deeply, hanging his head to his chest while his body calmed. As his adrenalin levels normalized, and he began to feel more like himself, James gave a final sigh of relief. Stabbing his fingers through his hair, he was readying himself to try to go back to sleep when he looked up and choked on his breath.

His entire body went rigid in an instant. His breathing, his heartbeat. Everything ceased to work. In the next instant James threw himself back against his headboard, fear gripping him once again.

He couldn’t believe what he was seeing. He would chance rubbing his eyes to be sure his vision was true, only he was too frightened of what he would find once he opened them again.

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ABOUT J.C. VALENTINE: J.C. Valentine is the USA Today and International bestselling author of the Night Calls and Wayward Fighters Series and the Forbidden Series. Her vivid imagination and love of words and romance had her penning her own romance stories from an early age, which, despite being poorly edited and written longhand, she forced friends and family members to read. No, she isn’t sorry. J.C. earned her own happily ever after when she married her high school sweetheart. Living in the Northwest, they have three amazing children and far too many pets and spend much of their free time together enjoying movies or the outdoors. Among the many hats she wears, J.C. is an entrepreneur. Having graduated with honors, she holds a Bachelor’s in English and when she isn’t writing, you can find her editing for fellow authors.

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Release Day Blast: My Own Nightmare by Barb Schuler

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My Own Nightmare
Shattered Lives Series; Book 1
Published: November 26, 2016
Published by: Barb Shuler
Genre: Suspense/Thriller
Cover Designed by: MadHat Books
Blurb: One night a life changed. My life.
I used to write about chaos – about lives turning on a dime. Never once did I think it would ever happen to me. I went from a blossoming career to a prisoner in the span of a single evening. A living nightmare I was determined to escape.
The price of evil was high, but I wasn’t backing down. I knew in my heart the men in my life would be looking. I just had to survive. One day at a time. Minutes turned to hours. Hours turned into days. Then, it was time to make a choice.
Live or Die?
I chose to live.
Hell hath no fury and I had no more time…
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Excerpt: Looking around, I finally saw Drew and Jackson as they walked into the gym. The looks on their faces made my heart sink a little. It was if they had bad news to tell or something, and both were still in their uniforms. Were they still on duty? And where was my dad? They both caught my eye and their faces changed as they moved my direction. Big smiles met me as I was engulfed in huge arms and spun around by Jackson. Before I could catch my breath Drew pulled me up into his arms and I could feel the fire burning in my cheeks as he kissed my lips softly.
“You’re gonna squeeze me to death one of these days,” I said as I looked up at them and patted their cheeks at the same time.  
It was then that I felt Drew pulling me back to him. We were in public, but I couldn’t hide it anymore, I didn’t want to. It was time to let it be known that he and I were a couple. His arms wrapped around me as our lips met again. I heard Jackson beside us chuckle and say “busted”. A moment later I heard a shrill voice yelling over the crowd behind me. Damn, Katie saw us, now we were busted. I reluctantly pulled back from his lips and grinned as he told Katie to shut it. “Play nice, you two.”
I turned in his arms and as he held me against him. I looked at her, her face contorted as her hands went to her hips. “What is this?” Her eyes were tearing into us like we were sadists walking into a Baptist church on Sunday morning. I held my hand up to her and raised a brow.
“Before I tell you what this…” I gestured between us as I looked back at her smiling, “is, you have to not lose your cool.” I glared at her scowl; my eyes on hers. “Katie Landry, promise me!” She crossed her arms over her chest and I followed her eyes as she glared at her brothers who were both wearing identical smirks.
“If you don’t promise I will make you wait longer…” My words trailed off as I felt Drew’s lips move down the length of my neck, making it hard to focus. Asshole. He knew exactly what he was doing to me and I could see on Katie and Jackson’s faces they did not love our PDA.
“Andrew Landry, you stop that right this minute.” I tried to sound stern but my voice was raspy and I smirked to myself. His arms moved up mine and I smiled back at Katie. “Well, Landry, do we have a deal?”
“You hid this from… me?” She blinked a few times and narrowed her eyes at me. “That is just rude, Dani Lynn Cartwright!” She huffed. “Oh my God, like really? I will hate you forever now. Some friend… And you…” she said, her voice hitting an octave higher now as she pointed her bony little finger towards Drew. “You are supposed to be my brother, and you kept it from me, too?” She crossed her arms back over her chest and acted like she was going to pout.
I snickered and moved out of Drew’s embrace to hug her around the neck and whisper in her ear. “Please don’t be mad, I wanted to surprise you with this.” There was more, but that would be for another time. I had to make sure the test I took yesterday was accurate. And, let’s face it, I needed to check my math. I sucked at math. When Drew was around I seemed to lose track of so many things. My period was the biggest one apparently. If I was pregnant, he had to be the first one to find out. Privately. I wasn’t sure how he would react. Then I’d tell Daddy. Everyone else would have to wait.
Copyright © 2016 by Barb Shuler  
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~ Meet Barb Shuler ~
I’m a Carolina Girl by right and a Texan by birth. Best of both worlds. I have the brass sass to keep up with my Texas sized temper. Living and working in both states I’ve learned a lot about hard work, adapting to your surroundings and making the best of the path that you have been led down. My grandma Dollie once told me I would know what I was meant to do when it happened. She was right, as always.
As with most book lovers, I am an avid reader. Reading has always been a hobby – a passion, really and a way to get lost in other people’s lives, their drama and other worlds. It’s a private movie in your imagination that you get to cast and navigate through, at your own pace. Reading helps to expand the perimeters of one’s mind. That is what got me into writing. Writing has been something that I have done since I was a kid. If I had paper, I was writing. Nine out of ten times it made no sense but what are words if they are not to be used to your advantage? Words are a part of us all. Why not use them, right?
During the day I work as a ‘desk jockey’ and help the residents of my county navigate themselves around our little, but not too little country town. By night I am either blogging, doing PA work for some of my favorite authors or fighting with the voices in my head. They can be stubborn at times. It’s a blessing and I am cherishing every moment. Tomorrow is never guaranteed so I want to make sure I live the day as fully as possible. For what is my creation, can become someone else’s treasure.
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Book Blast: Guarded By The Warrior by Eliza Knight

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Aurora Publicity is pleased to bring you Eliza Knight’s GUARDED BY THE WARRIOR book blast November 29 – December 2!
Title: Guarded by the Warrior (Conquered Bride Series Book 5)
Author: Eliza Knight
Release Date: November 29, 2016
Publisher: Knight Media, LLC
Genre: Historical Romance

Synopsis: A lady in need of protection…

Suffering through a short marriage to an enemy of Scotland, Lady Emilia MacCulloch manages to escape just before her husband dies. But the Ross Clan will stop at nothing to get her back, for she plays a big part in their plans to thwart Robert the Bruce. She fears not only for her life, but for her family who will be labeled traitors. Placed by her king as a governess in the household of a devastatingly handsome warrior, Emilia finds herself drawn to the man when she had previously sworn off love altogether. His passion, charisma, loyalty, and strength shake the very foundation she’s built around her heart.

A warrior in need of saving…

Ian Matheson has spent his entire life trying to prove himself. To belong. When his father passes away and his mother takes her vows at a nearby abbey, he is suddenly left in a position he was wholly unprepared for. And then his father’s dozen illegitimate children arrive on his doorstep in need of a father figure of their own. They are adorable and reckless, and he’s certain they’ll drive him mad. Just when he thinks he might actually need to find a wife to help him, Lady Emilia is presented to him by the king. She needs his protection and he needs her help with the bairns. Ian is tempted by her angelic face, her fiery tongue, and the secrets that surround her. He must resist the growing desire that’s laying claim within him. He must prove to his clan that he is a worthy leader. But maybe, just maybe, he can have the respect of his people and Emilia, too.

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Meet the Author: Once upon a time, in a land far away, there lived a princess…

Growing up, I was a proficient story teller, with most of my plots encompassing princesses and princes and dreams coming true. Now as an author, some of my stories are still about royalty, knights, duels, ladies, intrigue, betrayal. History fascinates me and I try to bring history back to life in each of my stories.

My favorite time periods are medieval, renaissance and Regency eras of Europe. Growing up, I was lucky to have grandparents who lived in Paris, so many a summer was spent exploring medieval ruins and historical sites.

One of my all time favorite books is Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte, and I am of course Jane Austen fan, my two favorites being Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. I love the in-depth, emotionally riveting and intriguing works of historical author, Ken Follett. I am also a fan of Shakespeare, and you will find in a lot of my writing reference to the literary God and his work. Not only Shakespeare, but other period poets and literary notables of history are on my keeper shelf. My love affair with the romance genre started young. I picked up my first romance novel, The Bride, by Julie Garwood when I was in high school, and I haven’t been able to stop reading or writing romance since.

When I’m not reading or writing I am usually doing research for fun. If you love history, come visit me at History Undressed, where we discuss all the wildly fascinating and titillating facts of history! Recently I’ve started to post reviews of historical fiction and romance novels as well.

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Book Tour + Review: War Torn by Kenneth E Miller

War Torn: Stories of Courage, Love, and Resilience

by Kenneth E. Miller

Publisher:  Larson Publications (October 17, 2016)
Category: Non-Fiction, PTSD, Current Events/World Affairs, Political Science: Genocide and War Crimes
Tour Date: Oct and Nov, 2016
ISBN: 978-1936012787
Available in: Print,  296 Pages

War Torn by Kenneth E. Miller

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With some 200 million people in more than forty countries affected by armed conflict or genocide, refugees are appearing in record numbers. War Torn is timely in how it brings us intimately into the lives of civilians who have survived wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, Guatemala, and Sri Lanka.

Alongside stories that convey intimately the destruction and heartbreak of armed conflict, Miller captures the courage and resilience he calls “a remarkable kind of light,” an essential counterpoint to the grief and trauma that war creates. The stories in War Torn are powerful, heart-wrenching, and unforgettable.

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Excerpt for War Torn by Kenneth E. Miller

Asabi. We kept hearing that word in the stories the team gathered.

A man who’d lost both legs and his sight in a rocket attack spent his days sitting at home, filled with anger. He’d lash out at his wife and kids. Nervous, unable to sleep, he was like a taut rubber band waiting to snap. Sometimes he’d sink into a state of hopeless despair, unable to imagine any sort of future. But mostly he just bristled with rage. Asabi.

A woman whose husband and oldest son were shot by soldiers from one or another militia during the civil war, and whose two younger sons died when a rocket hit their home, shifted between deep grief and feeling tightly wound, on edge to the point of exhaustion. Her tense and angry expression formed a wordless warning: don’t come close. Asabi.

The root of the word, asab, means nerve, but giving up one’s asab (becoming asabi) is more than feeling nervous. It’s a heightened state of tension that gets expressed as anger, or more intensely as rage (khaili asabi). It drives people away, and can even lead to violence. It’s not exactly PTSD, which entails a broader array of symptoms, but it brings to mind the edginess, the reactivity you see in a lot of trauma survivors.

Sometimes people can “hold onto their asab,” and not succumb to rage despite whatever horrific cruelty they’ve experienced. Naseema described a young a woman whose husband was shot and killed by thieves who’d entered their home one night, back in the civil war when that sort of thing happened frequently. She was distraught, and overwhelmed by trying to raise three young children on her own. Rageful fantasies of hurting the killers continually pulled her attention away from her kids. Her brothers stepped in, helped out with money and their wives watched her children so she could return to her job as a teacher. She calmed down, moved through her grief, and found her way to solid ground. “She’s living a good life now,” Naseema said. She held on to her asab.

The raining rockets of the militias and the bullets of the trigger-happy soldiers who roamed the streets of Kabul during the civil war left a lot of asabi in their wake. The unrelenting cruelty of the Taliban did the same. If you wanted to heal trauma among Afghans, talking about PTSD wasn’t going to get you very far. The syndrome existed; that wasn’t the problem. It simply didn’t mean much in Afghanistan. It’s not how people talked about their distress. But mention asabi, offer to help people turn down that painful blend of alarm and anger, and you might stir some interest.

Think of a wounded lion, baring its teeth and claws at anyone who tries to get close enough to help. Nobody wants to live like that.

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Advance Praise for War Torn by Kenneth E. Miller

“This is an eye-opening study. Psychologist Kenneth E. Miller and his wife Debbie began collecting data and teaching volunteers in refugee camps around the world back in 1991. In reality, there are almost 200 million people in over 40 countries impacted by war and genocide, living day to day exiled from their homes, families, and lifestyles. Kenneth Miller brings us their stories. This is a book I will read again, and share with my children. This is a worldwide problem we all need to understand, and address.”- Bonnye Reed, GoodReads Reviewer

“You could find no better guide than Ken Miller to illuminate this dark territory. A skilled story teller, he has an eye for nuance that is often missing in our cultural conversation about PTSD. I put down this book with a heart that was broken but also filled with hope. “-Ethan Watters, Author of Crazy Like Us and Co-founder of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto.

“War Torn is an exceptional, gripping account of the impact of war—a must-read for anyone interested in how war profoundly touches and shapes people. Ken Miller merges the expressive writing of a novelist with compassion and the profound understanding of a seasoned mental health professional. This collection of personal experiences and mosaic of situations provides rich and unique insights into the complexities of war torn countries.”-Dr. Mark Jordans, King’s College London

“Ken Miller weaves together for us tragic stories of war, loss and injustice with tales of friendship, family, and laughter. Ken’s gift is the way he listens, which takes him and his readers beyond simple categories of war victim or trauma to the complex experiences people have in settings torn apart by violence. I’m grateful for the way he has captured the simultaneously disabling and inspiring coexistence of darkness and light in these places.” –Jeannie Annan, PhD, Director of Research, Evaluation, and Learning at the International Rescue Committee

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Review of War Torn by Turning Another Page

When we think of refugees, it’s natural that images of war come immediately to mind. But it would have been a stretch to explain Miguel’s suicidal behavior as a result of the war in Guatamala. He’d clearly been affected by the harsh dynamics of family life in the refugee camps of Mexico. I never got to know his mother well, and have no idea why she was so tough on her kids. Maybe she’d been hit especially hard by the violence and loss of the war, or the deprivations of life in the camp. But then, everyone in the community had their own war stories; everyone was living with the same poverty and landlessness, the separation from relatives across the border. For most parents, that didn’t translate into rage at their children, and for most kids, that never led to a piece of rope hanging from a rafter. Pick up any research article on the mental health of refugee children, and until recently, you’d have found that most of their distress, their sadness and worries, were assumed to be the result of whatever war they’d escaped from. We know better now. It’s seldom just about the war.

The passage above is strong, influential, empowering, yet depressing as well. This author’s journey through places like Guatemala, Mexico, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Sri-Lanka are all hard to explain, even harder to endure and quite impossible to come back from as the same person you once were. These concepts of war, mental trauma and grief, genocide, and torture are difficult to read, but this author’s message is something other than pain. This author writes, several times throughout the stories, about how his research and the research of others in the refugee camps document that people have found ways to hold onto life. The lives of those that suffered immeasurably have forever been altered and they still survive.

Miller takes the reader through his journeys, his research, and the stories that were relayed to him through friends and acquaintances. What this author has accomplished can be classified as causing a “deep impact” in the psychological world, but as he states in a few of the stories, he would never have imagined the trauma, nor how to help those who have suffered from the affects of war by reading a book. It has to be lived, experienced and treated based on the vulnerability of the camp as it is related to the region. Each area needed a different resolution, but the trauma like PTSD, did reflect somewhat of a pattern. Miller writes about how he felt lighter in Mexico, but had a very heavy heart in Guatemala, afraid of what was around the corner after hearing stories about the death squads and military corruption against the Mayan people. Other instances consist of when he traveled to Afghanistan and Iraq, and began seeing the affects of the warlords and their decimation over the population. Still, the main goal was to help those who had become victimized by trauma, torture and the insufferable tyranny of corruption.

People can be in an awful lot of pain and still get through the day successfully. The hurt is real, but in the idiosyncratic world of Western psychiatry, it doesn’t merit a diagnosis. Perhaps that’s a good thing; it avoids pathologizing people who are actually managing their lives well despite their inner distress. On the negative side, well, there’s that inner distress. If a diagnosis means better access to help, it can be a very useful thing.

Last thoughts for this non-fiction. Miller has a brilliant piece, one that it credible and very eye-opening. There is plenty of courage, love and resilience in this book, but it comes at desperate times and often unforgivable situations. Miller has figured out how to capture the heart of strength, the meaning of love in a life or death situation and the courage to continue the fight in an unfair and cruel world. This book is expertly written and easy to follow. War Torn is broken up into several different stories based on country, allowing the pace to flow very quickly. If you are a reader of non-fiction, historical events and psychological studies, this may be down your alley. It is highly recommended, since there is a lot of good information that can be learned and Turning Another Page provides this book with five stars.

An advanced reader copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by the author, but this in no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written.

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About Kenneth E. Miller

War Torn by Kenneth E. Miller

An international expert on the impact of armed conflict on civilians, psychologist Kenneth E. Miller has been working with war-affected communities since 1991 as a researcher, clinician, organizational consultant, and filmmaker. A professor of clinical and community psychology for much of his career (San Francisco State University, Pomona College), in 2015 he joined the Dutch NGO War Child Holland and is currently based in Amsterdam.

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Interview with Kenneth E. Miller

1. How did you become involved with the subject or theme of your book?

I come from a family where social justice and community service were core values. Both my parents were leaders in the human services field in the community where I grew up, and were deeply concerned about issues of civil and human rights both locally and globally. My sisters—one is a leader now in New York City in the field of public health, and the other works to strengthen struggling public schools in and around Boston. So I guess there were certain core values that got into us early on. If I’m honest about it, I’d have to admit that growing up in a tough neighborhood in rural upstate New York for 13 years, before we moved to more cosmopolitan Ithaca, I had a pretty challenging time with a series of violent, angry thugs who had a special radar for a sensitive Jewish kid. It left me with a deep dislike of bullies, and a contempt for the use of force to impose one’s will. And the link there to working with folks impacted by war, I’m sure there’s a connection.

But more concretely: as a graduate student in clinical psychology at the University of Michigan, I met a couple one evening who were presenting their work in Guatemala on an innovative mental health program for rural communities who’d survived the recent genocide and ongoing state of terror. I was immediately drawn to the way their organization had integrated social justice, psychology, and a respect for local cultural beliefs and practices. I was hooked—and ended up spending almost 2 years on their project and its adaptation in refugee camps in Mexico (chapters 1-2 of the book). As an undergrad I’d been quite active in organizations working for justice in Central America, and also in the university’s peer counseling organization. I’d never imagined one could integrate these two interests, psychology and social change. And here was this amazing project that was doing just that.

Everything I’ve done professionally has really followed from that experience in Central America. Funny, because I almost skipped the presentation by the couple that night in Michigan. It’s amazing how one’s world can change so powerfully based on a seemingly small decision…

I fell in love with the work in Guatemala, and then in the refugee camps in Mexico, and found my niche working to understand and address the needs of communities affected by war. People sometimes think it’s a dark sort of calling, but really, many of the most inspiring and wonderful people I know, I’ve met through my work. Courageous, warm, and sometimes very funny people, who manage to find humor in the most insane places as a way of staying sane when everything is in chaos, or when life has been completely turned upside down by violence, loss, and displacement. It really is a labor of love for me, as it is for them. And perhaps it leaves me feeling a bit less helpless in the face the tyranny in the world, to be a part, however small, of something that tries to counter that tyranny and its effects on everyday folks.
2. Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre? If you write more than one, how do you balance them?

Prior to writing War Torn, I’d mostly written in academic language—professional journal articles, books chapters for colleagues in the field, etc. But that sort of writing reaches a very specific and limited audience. With War Torn, I wanted to reach a wider audience—readers interested in social issues, in the refugee crisis and the impact of war on people’s lives…and more broadly, people interested in psychology and how we survive and heal from adversity, in personal narratives and creative storytelling.
3. Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?

I grew up in a family of avid readers and wonderful writers. There was something wonderful and even sacred about books in our home. My parents read to us every night—I still have wonderful memories of my Dad reading James and the Giant Peach while we lay in bed listening, spellbound.  Mom would take us to the library, and we joined book clubs for kids—where you get books sent to you all summer when school was out of session. I still found time for sports and music and friends, but reading was definitely a passion.

I still remember my 6th grade teacher, Jill De Kay, taking me aside one day and giving me a copy of Catcher in the Rye. She said I was a bit young for it, but she thought I’d love it—and wow, the book blew me away. What brilliant writing. I was hooked…I wanted to write like that—not that same voice, but that kind of power. The same thing happened a few years later when I read Catch 22. Heller showed me the extraordinary power of single brilliantly crafted sentence.

4. What were your goals and intentions in this book, and how well do you feel you achieved them?

As I mentioned, I’ve mostly written research and clinical articles on the mental health needs of communities affected by war. I still enjoy that kind of writing. But for some years I’ve wanted to reach a wider audience, and also to explore a more creative way of writing about what I’ve seen and learned in the different war-affected countries where I’ve worked.

I feel content with War Torn. Early reviews are confirming what I’d hoped for: that the stories are engaging, powerful, inspiring, and sometimes unexpectedly funny. And most of all, that the book, which draws on my experience as a researcher, therapist, and filmmaker, is accessible, translating psychological ideas into readily understandable everyday language.

I should say that while War Torn is primarily intended for a wider audience than academics and policy makers, I do think it can be quite useful as a learning tool about the complexities of how people are affected by, and respond to, the chaos and destruction of armed conflict. Although not an academic book, it draws on research—my own and others’, to suggest what I think are important shifts in how we think about war and mental health. In particular, it offers a nuanced critique of the overly narrow focus on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that’s dominated the discussion.
5. What was the hardest part of writing this book? What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

Writing War Torn was a joy. I began writing it in the city of Porto in northern Portugal. I went there with my girlfriend for two weeks and we spent mornings writing and reading, and the rest of days exploring the city. I loved going through old notes, letters, and journals, and contacting colleagues and friends to check on my memories and accounts of specific events and conversations.  There were some tough days of writer’s block, of course, but mostly the writing was a labor of love.  I had to “kill a few darlings”, as they say, take out sections I’d worked hard on and liked because in the end, they just didn’t fit. That was hard, but in the end, I listened to my editors (I was blessed to have two), and they were right.

Finding a publisher took a while though, and the whole process of searching for an agent was pretty tough. If you want to develop thick skin, look for a literary agent. I was grateful when I found a home for War Torn with Larson Publications, a wonderful publishing house located just outside my hometown of Ithaca, New York. 

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The Epiphany of an Explorer
(The Brothers of the Aristocracy Book 3)
by Linda Rae Sande

Genre: Historical Romance

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A man only gets one chance to find his Aphrodite … but what if she finds him first?
When archeologist Dr. Stewart Jones, a duke, goes missing and is feared dead while searching for an important Greek artifact, explorer Harold Tennison, Earl of Everly, is pressed into service by fellow members of the Royal Society to find him. Since Harry has already planned an expedition to the Cyclades to search for rare birds and flowers, he sets off for the Aegean to begin his quest.
On his last visit to Delos, Harry was blessed with a visit from a young woman—his very own version of Aphrodite rising from the sea to regard him with an arched eyebrow and a simple question that left him so discombobulated, he could barely speak.
Born of a Mykonian mother and a British duke, Lady Estelle isn’t particularly comfortable in either world. With her father’s recent disappearance and no prospects for marriage, Stella may end up stranded on Mykonos. She spends her days assisting her uncle in his hunt for Greek treasures he can sell to visiting Europeans. At night, she remembers the bespectacled earl who nearly broke her foot during a waltz back in London.
When Harry arrives on Mykonos to begin his hunt for the duke and to resume his own research, he’ll have to learn far more about mythology, antiquities, and Greek goddesses than he bargained for. The search may be worth it, though, but only if he ends up with his very own Aphrodite in “The Epiphany of an Explorer”.

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A self-described nerd and lover of science, Linda Rae spent many years as a published technical writer specializing in 3D graphics workstations, software and 3D animation (her movie credits include SHREK and SHREK 2). An interest in genealogy led to years of research on the Regency era and a desire to write fiction based in that time.
A fan of action-adventure movies, she can frequently be found at the local cinema. Although she no longer has any fish, she follows the San Jose Sharks. She makes her home in Cody, Wyoming. See her upcoming books on her website: www.lindaraesande.com.

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