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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Book Blitz: Heaven Denied by Ken La Salle @KenLaSalle #contemporary #romance #metaphysical #fiction #excerpt #promo


Contemporary Romance / Metaphysical Fiction
Date Published: 12/22/18

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For just a few, brief days on the Pacific Crest Trail, Matt Murphy fell in love and came to understand what was really important in life – until the woman he fell in love with died.

Where that left him, Matt couldn’t know. His only recourse would be to meet the man who had first married his love and understand what that love had meant to him.

The results of which could change Matt’s life forever…



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Matt was so hungry he didn’t consider if his phone was ready. He was ready to face the music at La Blithesome Listhe if it also meant facing breakfast.

He wasn’t inside for two minutes before he noticed people looking at him, giving those sideward glances that people give when they don’t want to be seen looking. They were probably already talking about him in the kitchen. The waitress who sat them at a table did not appear to recognize Matt and he didn’t recognize her, either. Truth be told, he didn’t recognize too many people. He wasn’t particularly good with faces.

But as he perused the menu, a face he recognized very well came strolling in his direction from the farthest end of the restaurant. Annias Listhe, Diva’s old boss and owner of La Blithesome Listhe. Still dressing like she’s a burlesque dancer, Matt thought, although the days when she could pull it off were far behind her.

When Annias flashed Matt a smile, Matt smiled back at her. After all, despite her many quirks, Annias had always been good to Diva and, by extension, to Matt as well. “Mister Diva Murphy,” Annias announced, which was so typical of her Matt barely batted an eye. “How wonderful to see you back in these four walls.”

Hardly four walls, Matt thought as he said, “I’m sorry it has been so long, Annias. I just – ”

“No. No,” Annias told him. “No need for explanation. You’ve had a difficult year, Matthew. I understand. It’s just wonderful to see you again. We miss your Diva, our Diva, so very much.”

Her graciousness left Matt feeling a little like a schmuck. He stood up so they could embrace – he did his best not to breathe in her perfume bath – and Matt offered, “She made the best scones in the world. I only hope you found someone as good.”

“Well,” Annias replied, stepping out of their embrace, “our Baxwell is no Diva but he does have his charms.”

“I’m sorry. Did you say Maxwell?”

“Baxwell,” Annias corrected.

“Bax?”

“Baxwell.”

“Baxwell,” Eric repeated from his seat, speaking as though Matt was the jerk. Little did he realize that Matt was about to say “Back sweat.”

“Exactly so,” Annias complemented. “Who is your friend, Matthew?”

“Name’s Eric,” Eric offered, his hand outstretched.

Annias took it. “Charmed,” she told him. “Now, you two boys order whatever you like and don’t worry about anything. You’re like family, Matthew. You should know that.”

“Thanks, Annias,” Matt said, and he meant it. He felt like an idiot showing up after all this time but Annias was the perfect host. After she walked away, Matt sat down at the table. “That woman has always given me the creeps,” he said to Eric, leaning forward so he could speak softly. “She’s nice enough but I don’t think she’d recognize an authentic moment if it choked on her perfume.”

“She’s okay,” Eric chided. “Besides, she did offer to pick up breakfast. Let’s see what kind of damage we can do.”

Matt lifted an eyebrow as Eric dived into the menu, waiting for the moment that he was sure would come when… Wait. There it was. Eric’s face went from pleased to perplexed to downright embarrassed.

“What is all this?” Eric asked.

“High class food,” Matt confided. “Don’t worry. I’ve got this.” He called the waitress over and said, “Can we get two coffees – just coffee – with cream and sugar. Some orange juice. A couple croissant. Some melon, whatever you have that’s in season. And a couple of danishes, if you have them?”

As the waitress walked away, Matt saw the disappointment on Eric’s face. “What?” he asked. “It’s called a continental breakfast. We’ll pick you up a McMuffin later on.”

“Okay,” Eric said. “But only if you promise.”



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Author and occasional philosopher and monologist, Ken La Salle’s passion is intense humor, meaningful drama, and finding answers to the questions that define our lives. Ken La Salle grew up in Santa Ana, California and has remained in the surrounding area his entire life. He was raised with strong, blue collar roots, which have given his writing a progressive and environmentalist view. You can find a growing number of his books and performances available online. Find out more about Ken on his website at www.kenlasalle.com.



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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Book Blitz: Girls of Yellow by Orest Stelmach @oreststelmach #mystery #promo #excerpt #thriller



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Mystery, Thriller
Elise De Jong/Sami Ali Book 1
Publisher: Penwood
Published: May 2018

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Imagine a world where modern governments failed their citizens and long-simmering conflicts escalated into global war. Imagine if its survivors migrated toward those who share the same faith. Imagine the continents are ruled by religions.

When the mysterious death of a teenage girl triggers memories of a similar childhood event, police Detective Sami Ali becomes consumed with solving her murder. Persecuted by the shame of his past, Ali will stop at nothing to find the killer, even if his investigation puts his wife and daughter at risk.

As he follows the clues, Ali collides with another lost soul - a foreign spy. Elise De Jong's official mission in Eurabia involves the acquisition of a priceless item that could shift the balance of power among the theocracies. But she also has a personal objective - to find her last living relative, the little sister whom she hasn't seen since her birth.

To succeed in their missions, Elise and Ali must find common ground despite their religious differences, for they can depend only on each other.




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Major Sami Ali knew he’d been assigned the dhimmi’s murder because he was the worst detective on the Budapest police force. And he understood exactly what his boss expected him to do – use minimal departmental resources to conduct a basic investigation, find no evidence of religious cleansing, and bury the case.

Ali knew such a weak effort rendered him a fraud and he didn’t care. Pride didn’t pay his daughter’s tuition. His job was to follow orders and provide for his family. Also, his father had made him take an oath as a child to hate Christians and Jews for the rest of his life. He didn’t give a damn about the dhimmis.

The body had been found at the Matthias Catholic Church, one of only three remaining Christian churches in the section of the city known as Dhimmi Town. Gothic  spires decorated with gargoyles towered above a diamond-patterned roof, green and brown ceramic tiles glittering in the sun. Ismael, the crime scene technician, was kneeling beside the corpse near the altar when Ali arrived inside. His friend reminded Ali of a mongoose – unassuming at first glance, but pity the snake who dared to test his mettle.

“First comes Saturday,” Ismael said.

“Then comes Sunday,” Ali said.

The salutation had originated in the Middle East during the early twentieth century, long before the third world war, the collapse of governments and economies, and the migration of survivors toward people who shared the same faith.

First we’ll take care of the Jews, who pray on Saturday, and then we’ll take care of the Christians, who pray on Sunday.

The old prophecy had been fulfilled in Arabia. Then, after Muslims flooded Europe, Sharia law had been enacted throughout the continent. Only the dhimmis prevented the prophecy from being true in what was now known as Eurabia, too.

And now there were one fewer dhimmis.

Ali couldn’t see the corpse. Ismael was hovering over it, blocking his view.

“What are we celebrating?” Ali said.

“Death by strangulation,” Ismael said.

“What? No machete?”

“No blood. He strangled her with his hands.”

“No blood. You’ve got to be kidding … Wait. Did you say her?”

“Bruising on both sides of the neck but no actual prints. He must have worn gloves.”

“Signs of struggle?” Ali said.

“None that I can see.”

Ismael stepped back to reveal a girl’s corpse, a lithe figure with hair the color of sun-drenched wheat. “Look, A. She can’t be more than fourteen or fifteen.”

“Ish,” Ali said. The first syllable of his friend’s name was the only sound he could muster because the sight of the girl had taken him to the place he hoped to never revisit.

“What a waste,” Ismael said.

Ali’s childhood memories were secured in an impenetrable vault protected by imaginary barbed wire, steel walls, and padlocks. Whenever something or someone prodded the vault, its protective devices tightened. This time, however, its defenses disintegrated and the locks sprang open. Out streamed the vision he loathed so much it made him long for sudden death.

It was all in the past, Ali tried to tell himself, but no one could detect a lie more easily than a cop, even a lousy one. A similar-looking girl was lying before him. And she, too, was dead.

“The eyes,” Ismael said. He reached over and lifted the dead girl’s eyelids.  “You see the eyes?”

They looked like aquamarine jewels.

Of course Ali had noticed the eyes, as surely as he’d noticed the girl’s oval face, alabaster skin, and golden locks. It wasn’t their beauty that shocked Ali and Ismael, but rather their presence in their sockets, because the typical religious cleansing involved their removal. Lower your head – submit to Islam – lest your eyes be snatched.

Ismael nodded for Ali to come closer, then glanced in both directions to make sure the other two technicians taking pictures of the church interior couldn’t hear him.

“She wasn’t killed here,” Ismael said. “She was brought here after the fact.”

“How can you be sure?”

Ismail lowered his voice further. “Because there was a witness.”

Ali lost his breath. “A witness?” There were never any witnesses in Dhimmi Town, at least none brave or stupid enough to come forward.

“The caretaker who called it in. He was here when the killer brought in the body. Point of entry, front door. Point of exit, front door.

“He saw the killer?”

“He was taken to headquarters to give his statement and for his own protection. But I don’t think it’s his protection your boss will be worried about. Especially not with the world leaders in town for that conference. Think about it. The heads of all four kingdoms – the Buddhists, Hindus, Christians and us – all in the same place. Can’t have religious cleansing when the religions are trying to find a way to get along, can you?”

Ali heard the question and understood Ismael’s point. His boss wanted the case buried quickly. But that mattered less to Ali than Ismael’s previous implication, that the higher-ups would do everything necessary to make sure the witness was silenced. To Ali’s own amazement, something compelled him right there and then to do everything in his power to make sure the witness was heard.

But was he too late?

Ali told Ismael he’d be in touch and rushed out of the church.  As he ran toward his car, the call to prayer sounded. It was the second such call of the day which meant it was just past noon. The sound of the Muezzin’s mellifluous voice always slowed Ali’s pulse, drained him of angst and sorrow, and lifted his spirits. The thought of not stopping whatever he was doing to contemplate the substance of his Islamic beliefs five times a day was unthinkable.

Yet that’s exactly what he considered doing the moment the initial call sounded. The image of the dead girl from his youth gripped him so tightly that he wanted – no, he needed  – to begin a thorough investigation of this girl’s murder immediately. One death bore no relation to the other. More than twenty-five years had past since the first girl had died. The victims merely resembled each other.

Ali realized this but it made no difference to him. To say that he’d failed the first girl was a gross understatement. He couldn’t contemplate repeating the mistake. Did he even have the skills to solve a murder? Ali wasn’t sure himself. The other cops called him the Dhimmi Lover precisely because he had no love for them. It was a joke well-known throughout the force. What would they say if the worst detective in Eurabia started acting like a real police? The Dhimmi Lover actually trying to solve the murder of a dhimmi? They’d all get a laugh out of that one.

When the second call came for prayer to begin, Ali didn’t stop to face Mecca. Instead, he climbed in his car, hammered the gas pedal and raced toward the station. Never before had he thought of the streets of Dhimmi Town as his own. Who in his right mind would want them?

But they were his, he realized, whether he liked them or not, just as surely as he was among the few Muslims not prostrating themselves before Allah in the capital city of the central region of the Eurabian Caliphate.

Ali hoped like hell no one recognized him behind the wheel.

 

About the Author

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Orest Stelmach is a mystery and thriller writer and the author of the Nadia Tesla series. His novels have been Kindle #1 bestsellers, optioned for film development, and translated into numerous foreign languages. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Orest was an institutional investment portfolio manager for twenty-five years. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.



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Friday, May 17, 2019

Tour Kick Off: Sworld by William R. Harris @chandrapresspub #nowontour #blogtour #scifi #sciencefiction #giveaway



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Science Fiction
Date Published: May 3rd, 2019
Publisher: Chandra Press

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If you like the epic world building of Frank Herbert with the amazing adventure of Neal Asher, you will love Sworld: The Chronicles of Malick.

Malick, the genetically modified captain of The Pioneer, and his crew are on a scientific expedition to the far reaches of the solar system when they received a highly unusual distress call. What’s more alarming is that no other ship has ever been out this far. Compelled to investigate, Malick and his team discover an alien vessel with a mysterious cargo that ultimately leaves them hopelessly marooned on the unexplored planet Sworld.

Resigned to their new lives, they begin a journey of discovery into a rich and vibrant world with new life forms and intelligent species, but also dark mysteries and perilous danger. An ancient race has turned to violence and aggression and will stop at nothing until they achieve total domination. Plunged into a quest for answers and an end to the bloodshed, Malick and the crew must solve the enigmas of Sworld or perish.

Sworld: The Chronicles of Malick is a thrilling science fiction adventure with excellent character development, planet-spanning exploration, epic discovery, and perilous danger.

Support independent science fiction presses and pick up your copy today. You’ll be glad you did!

This is a must read for any sci-fi fan out there. If you enjoy science fiction in all its glory, this is the novel for you. – Anthony Avila, blogger and author of Nightmare Academy



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The author spent his childhood in Colorado skiing and riding dirt bikes.  After spending way too much time in college, he took his engineering degree to the deserts of southern California.   After retiring to the mountains of northwest to play golf, his wife dared him to write a book.  The rest, as they say, is history.





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Book Blitz: The Optical Lasso by Marc Corwin #scifi #promo #fantasy #thriller



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Sci-fi Fantasy Thriller
Publisher: Page Publishing
Published: February 2019

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A creature lying dormant beneath the Earth’s crust for over 35,000 years, waits patiently to transform a dying young boy into one of mankind’s greatest leaders in a time of dire need.

In the year 2140 CE, Planet 9, more commonly known as Vixus, has resurfaced on the edge of the Milky Way... the only known planet that periodically reverses its rotation. Last seen in the middle of the Kuiper Belt in 2066 CE, it mysteriously disappeared after being discovered by a Galactic Corps scout ship. The unknown energy source enabling Vixus to spin in opposite directions represented great power which could help turn the tide in a war Earth was losing.

The Fighting Fury, the Corps' finest platoon, has been called in to conduct a search and rescue operation for several missing landing parties. Following a fierce battle on the planet surface, Lieutenant Janet "Cat" Miles, leader of this elite group of combat women, was captured. She soon found herself imprisoned with the Corps' most fabled leader, Commander Jason Cody. His name would forever be linked to the infamous wormhole hidden on Neptune's dark side; an area of space now cautiously avoided by all due to the menace which lurks within.

Paranoia raced through both leaders' minds. Could he trust a woman who seemingly had no imperfections? Could she trust a man who had vanished from sight years ago? Earth's future laid in the balance as they struggled to overcome their mutual distrust and acknowledge what those before them understood: "If you live long enough, the wisdom will come."



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Marc Corwin is a retired entrepreneur and chief financial officer whose imagination has been broadened by a childhood immersed in comic books. His first publication has merited the following commentary: "The story's quick cuts and ever-complicating plotline will keep readers entertained" - Kirkus Reviews

Half the royalties earned from the sale of "The Optical Lasso" will be donated to the Grace Science Foundation to aid in the development of cost-effective cures for the over 7000 known rare diseases currently afflicting an estimated 350 million people worldwide.


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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Book Blitz: Woozie Wisdom by Lynn Hubschman @wooziewisdom #promo #selfhelp #nonfiction #releationships



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Woozie Wisdom, Volume 2
Self-Help / Relationships
Date Published: March 2019
Publisher: iUniverse

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This is an easy to read book that has everyday situations described about life, sex, and love. It is an accumulation of my blogs where thousands of people have avoided or improved their lives as a result of my over thirty years experience as a licensed therapist and sex educator. It is meant to be shared and enjoyed while learning.



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Woozie Wisdom
Publisher: iUniverse

This is a lively, fun, down to earth book with helpful ways to look at life, sex, and love. It offers practical applications to make life fulfilled and joyful. While there is no all-knowing guru, my over forty years of experience as a relationship counselor and sex educator provides some answers for problems as well as how to avoid them.

Woozie Wisdom won a national first runner up award from Eric Hoffer.



Praise for Woozie Wisdom:

“Author Lynn Hubschman has constructed a book that gives grandmotherly advice to those that might have missed out on important life tips. In earlier chapters she talks about common sense tips as they relate to living a happy healthy and vibrant life.” —Pacific Book Review

“Read this book and then empower yourself to make any necessary changes. Hubschman advises but she says it more indirectly and comically when she says, ‘So listen to what you say and how you say it. Listen to what the people around you talk about. If you want to throw up.... move on.’ The breadth of the book’s content is unparalleled.” —The US Review of Books




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Lynn Hubschman is a graduate of the Universityn of Pennsylvania and also its’ School of Social Work.She has been a marriage counselor and family therapist over thirty years. Has been Director of Family Life Education for Jewish Family Service and then Director of Social Work at America’s oldest hospital; Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. Has always ahd a private practice and appeared on major TV talk shows. She has written three other books including ‘Transsexuals. Life From Both Sides.’


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Book Blitz: The Scopas Factor by Vincent Panettiere @kidbklyn #promo #mystery #thriller



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Mystery, Thriller
Published: December 2018
Publisher: BookBaby

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An Hmong “story cloth,” the Gadsden flag, forged Picassos and a Russian drug dealer.

How these disparate elements are linked, is Mike Hegan’s latest challenge in The Scopas Factor.

Now on sabbatical from the Chicago Police Department, Hegan will travel from Chicago to California – where he’ll “meet” his girlfriend’s parents – before being drawn to the South of France.

Gradually, each component of his quest will fall into place.

As if facing down a gang who have committed atrocious crimes in Southeast Asia and a drug dealing oligarch is a walk in the park – there are the women.

Three – the traditional one, the aggressive one and the love of his life.

What about Scopas?  It’s all Greek to Hegan.


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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Book Blitz: Famous Inspirational Quotes by Melanie Johnson and Jenn Foster @BookWriting1 #nonfiction #promo #selfhelp #giveaway #motivational



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Non Fiction, Self Help, Motivational
Publisher: Elite Online Publishing
Date Published: March 10, 2019

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Famous Inspirational Quotes: Ideal for prepping speeches, letters or just for empowering you to live life. The Perfect Graduation, Birthday Gift, Mothers day gift, or Father's day gift.


                             
       Over 100 Of The Greatest Quotes By Great Leaders Like:

       Athletes: Venus Williams, Emmitt Smith, Babe Ruth

       Authors: Dr. Seuss, C.S. Lewis, Charles Dickens

      Business: Leaders: Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Ted Turner

      Civil Rights: Activist: Nelson Mandela, Dr. Martin Luther King

      Motivational Speakers: Tony Robbins, Zig Ziglar, Brian Tracy

      Musicians, Artist, Philosophers, Politicians, and More...

        These quotes have stood the test of time and each can be used to motivate, bring happiness, success, a positive mindset, encouragement and sheer awesomeness.


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About the Authors

12-Times Bestselling Authors, Melanie Johnson & Jenn Foster, owners of Elite Online Publishing, an independent boutique publishing company. Elite has published over 75 #1 BESTSELLING books for authors on Amazon. Both Single Moms, Melanie and Jenn started their business hosting a book writing retreat in the Dominican Republic to help authors write their book while relaxing on the beach! They host a weekly podcast titled Elite Expert Insider featured on iTunes, Google Podcasts and TuneIn. They are dedicated to educate, inspire and motivate entrepreneurs, innovators and growth seekers. Jenn & Melanie have been honored speakers for numerous conferences around the country, including Tedx Sugarland, Texas. They have been Featured guests at Leigh Steinberg Super Bowl party for 3 years in a row. Together they have produced over 2500 books under their own imprint. Elite books include planners, journals, guest books, activity books, story starters, and coloring books. They are enthusiastic about helping authors to create, publish and market books, to build businesses and brands. Learn More about Jenn & Melanie online.

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