Tuesday, 28 July 2015

#PUYB - Ten Things About "Shaytan" - A Journey into Evil by @davidsarthur1 #Suspense #Military

About the Author

David S. Arthur is an American novelist. His new novel is Shaytan: A Journey into Evil. It is an historical action thriller set in the jungles of India in 1947. A man-eating leopard, Vedic gods and the history of the world. (Among other things.)

His previous book is The Kingdom of Keftiu: A Mystery of the Ancient World. It is an historical adventure set in the Greek Islands in 1935-36 about an expedition in search of lost Atlantis and the truth behind the myth.

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Link: www.davidarthurnovelist.com

David was born in Dallas, Texas in 1949. He was a champion age group and All American high school and college swimmer, graduating Southern Methodist University with a business undergraduate degree ('71) and a Masters in Fine Arts ('73).

He began his professional career in 1973 as a documentary film maker for PBS. In 1977, David went to Hollywood to become a screenwriter. He published his first novel, The Oasis Project in 1980. In the late 80's David formed a multi-media production company in Dallas, which he operated profitably until 2006 when he retired and began writing books again.

During his challenging and rewarding career, he has produced and directed hundreds of film and digital video projects, created and staged theatrical performances, written plays, and produced concerts and large audience events. He also served as a communications consultant and media producer for well-known international consumer products companies whose American brands are global icons. (Frito-Lay, Pepsi, KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut.)

On several occasions David's film making has received recognition; a USA Film Festival Award for Cinematography, a Gold Award from the Houston International Film Festival for his indie feature, Scenes in the Dark, a number of Telly Awards for client projects and a Dallas Press Club Award for Best Television Documentary.

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Ten Things & More About Shaytan - A Journey into Evil
    Brighton Publishing LLC

    “Novelist David S. Arthur explores the wilds of India and the darkest realms of human behavior.”

    • Shaytan is a novel about the hunt for a man-eating leopard set in India – in 1947. British explorers Richard and Emily Quizzenbury unexpectedly find themselves on the hunt for this killer as the guest of Victor Bloodworth, an Anglo-Indian marksman. The hunt soon turns into a battle for survival as the hunters become the hunted.
    • Shaytan is an Arabic word that means demon. It is a reference to Iblis, the fallen angel in the Quran, who refused to bow before Adam at God’s command. Shaytan in essence is Satan.
    • Shaytan is the name given to man-eaters by the superstitious inhabitants of the remote Indian wilderness. When a predator is killing humans, the people believe it is actual someone living among them who by day wears the skin of as man but when craving human flesh becomes a beast they call Shaytan.
    • Shaytan is much more than a jungle adventure. Shaytan is a book about India – India’s history, its Hindu (Vedic) religion and superstitions, its fascinating array of Vedic gods and demons, the struggle for independence, the role that colonial commerce played in discovering the new world. And somehow what began as the hunt for a man-eater turned into a much bigger saga – a saga about the nature of man, our triumphs and tragedies – the full spectrum of our best and worst – and the timeless battle between good and evil. I would have to say, if I have one theme, it is the nature of mankind. Truth be told, humans are an appalling contradiction. On the one hand, we can be absolutely savage and unimaginably cruel, most often in the name of ideologies and tyrants. On the other hand, the story of humanity is a tale of remarkable invention and self-expression. From the Paleolithic cave paintings of France and Spain to the Hubble Telescope and beyond the fringe of our own solar system, man’s brilliance knows no boundaries. So why the dark side and the horror of those who would still do evil in this world – ISIS, Iran, Al Qaeda, Putin in Russia and who knows what or who comes next?
    • Shaytan is also a tale of a western man’s search for enlightenment and an eastern man’s quest for spiritual redemption. As a historical scholar, Quizzenbury absolutely must know the truth – the truth about India’s past, its religions, its conquerors and its struggle for independence – through which we discover that the Indian subcontinent was the epicenter of world events for the past 4000 years. Victor Bloodworth, as a half-Indian, is in search of his own spiritual salvation. Through his hunt for the leopard he discovers the truth about himself and achieves reconciliation with his Indian heritage and Hindu beliefs.
    • Presently, I'm writing a series of books featuring Quizzenbury. He is an English scholar of antiquities and our guide par excellence into the riddles of the past. Shaytan is the second in the Quizzenbury historical adventure series. The first book, The Kingdom of Keftiu – A Mystery of the Ancient World, is an archaeological adventure that begins in an Egyptian tomb in 1935 and culminates on the Aegean island of Santorini with the discovery of a miraculous Bronze Age civilization buried beneath the ash of an ancient volcano. It is an exploration of man’s history, our mythology and a revelation of the truth behind Plato’s legend of Atlantis.
    • Shaytan is the perfect example of what I try to accomplish in my novels. They are journeys into mysterious worlds and ancient times. Monuments in the desert. Palaces in the jungle. Lost cities and buried treasures. Myths and legends and eons of rare history. What I enjoy is peeling back the layers of time and memory, digging up the past, looking for clues, searching for answers about who we are. I'm curious about what shaped the destiny of empires. What unexpected events influenced human progress? What has been forgotten in the rubble of antiquity? My intent is to entertain by taking my readers to exotic places they may never go and revealing things they might never know. In short, I write for the thrill of discovery and I want my readers to share that experience.
    • Shaytan is a story that began long ago, not in India but in Los Angeles, where I was living in the 70’s, working as a screen writer. Then Shaytan was a screenplay about a man-eating tiger. Over the years I poked and prodded it, until in 2011 with the publication of Kingdom, I realized Shaytan would make an excellent Quizzenbury adventure. India’s ancient civilizations were the perfect backdrop, its Hindu mysticism and pantheon of gods the quintessence of a mystery begging for Quizzenbury to solve, and the harrowing hunt for a jungle killer…what more could I have asked for? Now four years later,
    • Shaytan is in publication worldwide.
    • Shaytan is not the last of Quizzenbury. There’s another Quizzenbury escapade in the wings, foreshadowed in the last pages of Shaytan. Another supernatural history-mystery with a surprising Shakespearean twist. But I’ve done more than write novels over the years. My professional training was in film production and screenwriting and I have enjoyed a rewarding career as a producer and director of a wide variety of media projects. These have run the gamut from documentaries to feature length drama, elaborate theatrical performances to the staging of concerts and large audience events. Now I write books, collect and play guitars and dabble in art.
    • Shaytan is currently available as an eBook on Amazon & Barnes &Noble and other eBook retail sites, for $5.99 US. The printed edition will be available soon for $13.95 US. You can learn more about Shaytan and me by visiting my website: http://www.davidarthurnovelist.com/
     You can also visit with me on my Face Book pages: Shaytan – A Journey into Evil or The Kingdom of Keftiu. Or follow me on Twitter at: David S. Arthur @davidsarthur1.

    Cheers! And good reading!


    About the Book

    INDIA 1947. In the heart of the jungle, death stalks the night. It strikes without warning-like a shadow in the shadows-stealing away with its victims and devouring them. The authorities claim it is a man-eating leopard. The natives believe it is something far more terrifying-a creature that by day wears the skin of a man, but when craving human flesh becomes the demon... SHAYTAN! While on expedition in India, British explorers Richard and Emily Quizzenbury embark on the hunt for a killer. 

    They are the guests of Victor Bloodworth, an expert marksman of Anglo-Indian descent. Suddenly, they are plunged into an alien world in which time marches to the pulse of the cosmos-where the spiritual and the supernatural merge and reality shares equal footing with illusion. Little do they imagine what awaits them in the ageless realm of the undying gods. In a land still ruled by primal superstitions, there is an ancient invocation. From all that flies, from all that crawls From all that prowls the mountain O Night protect us!






    Monday, 20 July 2015

    #PUYB #BookReview - Aeromancist (Seven Forbidden Arts - Book 3) by Charmaine Pauls #PNR


    About the Book 

    All he could offer was thirty days of passion.
    He condemned her to death instead.
    Now he’ll do everything in his power to save her.

    He is known as the Weatherman. Lann Dréan is the last of his kind. A price on his head, chased for a power he should not possess, he can’t promise any woman forever. All he can offer Katherine White is thirty days of passion. But his uncontainable desire comes with an unforeseen price. Lann’s lust will cost Kat her life. Now he’ll do anything to save her from the fate he has brought upon her.

    AEROMANCIST is Book 3 of the Seven Forbidden Arts series. All books in the series are stand-alone novels with no cliffhangers, but it is recommended that they are read in chronological order.


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    About the Author 

    Charmaine Pauls was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa. She obtained a masters degree in Communication at the University of Potchestroom, and followed a diverse career path in journalism, public relations, advertising, communications, photography, graphic design, and brand marketing. Her writing has always been an integral part of her professions.

    After relocating to France with her French husband, she fulfilled her passion to write creatively full-time. Charmaine has published six novels since 2011, as well as several short stories and articles.

    When she is not writing, she likes to travel, read, and rescue cats. Charmaine currently lives in Chile with her husband and children. Their household is a linguistic mélange of Afrikaans, English, French and Spanish.

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     I always wanted to travel. The far-off borders of lands I only read about in books piqued my curiosity. I wanted to taste a tagine from Morocco and other dishes I couldn’t pronounce. I wanted to dance to the hypnotic music of Arabian cobra flutes and see what a Chinese silk kite looked like flying over Shanghai. I wanted to see the Persia that Aladdin journeyed to on his magical carpet and hear the wind howl through a turret window in Dracula’s castle in Transylvania. There were parts of the world that were mysteries to me, and I wanted to know these beckoning corners of the globe with all of my senses by submerging myself into their culture, culinary traditions, music, language, nature, architecture and history. After completing my studies, I backpacked through Europe, exploring most of its countries from east to west, and also parts of Denmark, Sweden and England. New civilizations opened up to me. The travel bug had bitten. Since then, I have never stopped.

    There is a richness in discovering new cultures and learning new tongues, because with diversity comes appreciation. Not only do you open your heart and mind to new ideologies and philosophies, but also to the wealth of knowledge and wisdom that each culture brings. Today, thanks to global connectedness and communication, we can profit from cutting edge medical breakthroughs, like the heart transplant by Dr. Chris Barnard from Cape Town to green medicine from China. Whether your choice for enhancing your inner happiness is Tibetan meditation or Dr. Phil’s advice, everything is accessible to anyone with internet access. We can tap into the limitless well of information and apply the findings that vibrate with our unique soul and emotional makeup. To me, diversity is a privilege and a necessity for spiritual growth.

    This is partly why I do not have a choice but to dole out the roles of the Seven Forbidden Arts books to an international cast. Another big influencing factor is my traveling, which greatly inspires the settings and plotlines of my stories. Using these real-life, existing locations in novels is my way of immortalizing them for myself. It is a way of recording experiences about place, ambience, food, music and language that move each and every one of the senses, as well as the feelings these encounters evoke. Coming from South Africa where we have no less than eleven official languages (and about twenty-six spoken, the last time I checked), employing a multicultural cast for my books comes as no surprise. I can’t imagine a society without the variety that has labeled South Africa the rainbow nation, simply because this is my reality and my norm. I have always been surrounded by the international influence of Portuguese, Greek, Chinese, Xhosa, Zulu, Sotho, Swazi, Ndebele, Dutch, British, Indian and French, to name just a few of the multinational faces that make up the South African crowd.

    In the paranormal Seven Forbidden Arts series we meet a wide range of actors, including Japanese, French, Russian, South African, Senegalese, American, Australian, Scottish, Danish, British and Dutch. The assignments take the team on a journey from the magical forest of King Arthur in French Brittany, the oldest Franciscan monastery in Chile, the tropical beach of Costa Rica, rustic Pirate’s Island in Colombia, the Knysna elephant sanctuary in wild South Africa, the royal and the famous in the streets of London, England, and the red-light district of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, to the old-time Portuguese glory of Brazil. From a mystical firestarter to a bloodsucker, timid librarian, ambassador with a dark side, super-mixer bartender, French-Breton baron, Russian weatherman with more up his sleeve than a forecast and a surfer babe who makes her own waves, the characters will take the reader on a whirlwind world tour of action, passion, love and diverse magic.

    Seven Forbidden Arts, 9 Books in a nutshell
    American Cain Jones’ mission is not governed by rules or laws. Backed and funded by powerful politicians and businessmen, Cain has to protect mankind from the dawn of a new Dark Age of communication. In the Middle Ages, the church has forbidden the practice of seven specific arts. Individuals possessing one of these gifts have gone underground in fear of persecution. Cain recruits a paranormal crime taskforce of individuals possessing these arts to fight his elusive archenemy, a man only known as Godfrey, to prevent Godfrey from the world domination by global communication control he is after.

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    My Review

    While this book is easy to read and understand, it is best to read the books in sequence as it seems that some of the plot from the second book spills over to the second book and you will have a better understanding of the characters from reading the first two books.

    That being said, Lann and Kat are in a difficult stage of their relationship. Think City of Angels with Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan. Lann's supernatural abilities lands Kat's in trouble because despite the love they share for each other, her life is in danger.

    It is easy to read this book. The plot can be understood whether you have read other books in the series. There is more than one evil who is after Kat in the book. Lann strikes me as sensible. Then there is Kat. While her reactions are logical, her selfishness and lack of common sense seemed to overpower her which then makes it obvious to the reader that she is not necessarily working in the best interest of both of them.

    Would I recommend this read? Yes. If you like a paranormal romance with a strong male character, you will definitely like this book.

    Overall assessment:
    Content: 4.5/5
    Editing: 4/5
    Formatting: 4/5
    Pacing: 3.5/5

    Offensive content?: Based on language and settings, I would recommend this book for anyone aged 18 and up.

    Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author. I did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was I obliged to write a positive one.

       

    Monday, 13 July 2015

    #PUYB #BookReview - The Demons of Plainville by Daniel R. Mathews #Memoir


    About the Book 

    Some true stories read like fiction, but for those who have to personally live through the experiences, the nightmare is vividly real. Daniel R. Mathews digs into the darkness of his past with his haunting memoir, The Demons of Plainville.

    As a child, Daniel struggles to find his footing in an upside-down world. His mother is mentally ill and addicted to drugs; she performs black masses to summon demons, is physically abusive, and plays brutal mind games that make him doubt his sanity and despair of ever making sense of life or himself. Even his father beats Daniel after "rescuing" him from his mother. Thanks to a few unexpected friends, Daniel survives his devastating youth and emerges stronger for it.

    But Daniel's battles aren't over. Finally free of his abusive parents, he now must face himself and wrestle with his sexual identity in a community that sees nothing wrong with homophobia.

    Candid and compelling, this is a triumphant tale of a young man who walked through the darkness, bravely faced his demons, and against all odds carried the faint light of hope with him every step of the way.
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    About the Author 

    An avid reader of science fiction, horror, and fantasy, Daniel R. Mathews is a novelist and nonfiction writer whose books feature LGBT youth braving danger with honor and dignity, including his personal memoir, The Demons of Plainville, and debut horror novel, The Unseen Kingdom.

    For the past two decades, Mathews has worked as a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified ground instructor, meteorologist, and a member of the web development and Internet technical support community. He currently lives in Flagstaff, Arizona.

    I have spent the bulk of my life doing PHP & MySQL development, along with internet technical support. However, I'd always gravitated toward any excuse to write. It was only recently that dissatisfaction prompted me to make significant changes to my life and start a formal writing career.

    Please check out my memoir: 'The Demons of Plainville: A Survivor's Story of Storms and Reconstruction' to get a better understanding of where I've been and why I am compelled to write.

     
    My Review

    Crazy people don't know their crazy. Unfortunately, the same applies for stupid people. And that best describes the author's mother who is at the centre of this memoir. Reading this memoir made my blood boil. Parents are given gifts when they are given children. To then abuse, destroy and have no concern for this gift shows there is something wrong with the parent, not the child.

    I salute Daniel R. Mathews for having the strength to pen down his past and to share it with the world. As with many memoirs, I know some people who will find negative points about his life story. But I say, before you criticise the author for sharing his story, pay close attention to what he is actually saying. The abuse he suffered at the hands of his mother was not his doing.

    This is a story of a boy who became a man despite having the adults in his life let him down. Sharing his story lends hope to others who are or have been in his situation. A well-written memoir that will make you appreciate every moment of your life.

    Would I recommend this read? Definitely. While some parts of the memoir may contain details that could trigger other child abuse survivors, I do recommend reading this memoir to understand the long-term affects of child abuse.

    Overall assessment:
    Content: 5/5
    Editing: 4.5/5
    Formatting: 5/5
    Pacing: 4/5

    Offensive content?: Based on language and settings, I would recommend this book for anyone aged 18 and up.

    Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author. I did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was I obliged to write a positive one.

      

    Tuesday, 23 June 2015

    #PUYB #BookReview - You Won't Remember This by Kate Blackwell #ShortStories


    About the Book 

    The twelve stories in Kate Blackwell’s debut collection illuminate the lives of men and women who appear as unremarkable as your next-door-neighbor until their lives explode quietly on the page. Her wry, often darkly funny voice describes the repressed underside of a range of middle-class characters living in the South. Blackwell’s focus is elemental—on marriage, birth, death, and the entanglements of love at all ages—but her gift is to shine a light on these universal situations with such lucidity, it is as if one has never seen them before.

    In “My First Wedding,” a twelve-year-old girl attends her cousin’s Deep South wedding, where she discovers both mystery and disillusionment and, in the end, finds she’s not immune to her family’s myth of romantic love. In “Heartbeatland,” when a young woman’s husband dies suddenly, she refuses to sell his Jeep to an importuning gay neighbor. The more she clings to the Jeep—and to the memory of her beloved David—the more he becomes someone she doesn’t recognize. In “Queen of the May,” a former belle looks for ways to assuage her loneliness in her large new house in the empty Carolina sandhills.

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    About the Author 

    Kate Blackwell began writing fiction after a career in journalism. At first she wrote stories in order to learn how to write novels, but the strategies of the short form proved a pleasure all their own. She fell in love with the challenge of the story: compressing a life into twenty pages, finding the right ending. The twelve stories in her collection, You Won't Remember This, were written over twenty years. The short story "isn't just a short read versus a long one," she says. "I see it as the literary voice of the individual, the solitary, whose pain and longing often go unheard. My stories reveal the inner life of someone I wouldn't otherwise know. What I find is never what I expect."

     
    My Review

    "You Won't Remember This" is in the end a book about memories. As we move from childhood to adulthood, the memories we take with us are sometimes the most insignificant of things. A particular event, a smell or a person that everyone else seems to have forgotten. In a compilation of short stories, the author expertly shares these moments.

    Personally, reading some of the stories made me think of my own memories so yes, I was definitely sucked in by the author's writing. The stories that appealed to me the most was "My First Wedding" and "Duckie's Okay." The former shares memories of the narrator's first wedding and her own marriage while the latter focuses on a single mother trying to make ends meet.

    Aside from the theme of memories, the other common component in the stories were that they linked dysfunctional family relationships. The characters are all flawed in their own way which of course brings the reader back to theme of what you will remember about a person.

    Would I recommend this read? Definitely. Whether you like Southern based American stories or not, this is a book for your heart and soul. Must, must read.

    Overall assessment:
    Content: 5/5
    Editing: 5/5
    Formatting: 5/5
    Pacing: 4.5/5

    Offensive content?: Based on language and settings, I would recommend this book for anyone aged 18 and up.

    Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author. I did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was I obliged to write a positive one.
      

    Wednesday, 17 June 2015

    #PUYB #BookReview - '89 Walls by Katie Pierson @katiedoodles58 #YA #Romance


    About the Book 

    Seth spends his minimum wage on groceries and fakes happiness to distract his mom from the MS that’s killing her. It’s agony to carry around a frayed love note for a girl who’s both out of his league and beneath his dignity. College-bound Quinn is finishing high school on top. That cynical, liberal guy in her social studies class, though, makes her doubt herself and her old assumptions. When their passionate romance takes them both by surprise, they keep it a secret: it’s too early to make plans and too late not to care. But it’s 1989. As politics suddenly get personal, they find themselves fighting bare-fisted for their beliefs and each other—in the clear light of day.
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    About the Author 

    Katie Pierson freelances for local non-profits, using her background in public policy and grassroots organizing to overthrow the patriarchy one introverted step at a time. When she's not writing fiction, she returns library books, makes soup, and tries to be cooler than she really is by hip-hopping at the YMCA. She lives with her husband and two daughters in a suburb of Minneapolis. You can reach her through her website, www.katiepierson.net, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/89walls/, and on Twitter @katiedoodles58.





    My Review

    The eighties is a memorable time for many and where significant events were concerned this book was spot. The author included politics and world events in the story with ease. The characters became part of this backdrop and most older readers were able to take a walk down memory lane. Be it through research or her own experience, the author was able to invoke the feeling of 'where was I when this happened?'

    What took me back about this book was that at some points the story felt cramped. Too many things were happening at the same time to the same people. You had the politics, the romantic relationship between Seth & Quinn and his mum. All big topics and in some chapters, one topic was sometimes sacrificed to make way for the other.

    This is not necessarily a bad thing but for me, it felt a bit cluttered. Otherwise this was a good read where the author's words flow freely and her characters are lifelike.

    Would I recommend this read? If you like a good portion of politics from the past couple with a strong teen romance, this is the book for you.

    Overall assessment:
    Content: 4/5
    Editing: 4/5
    Formatting: 4/5
    Pacing: 3.5/5

    Offensive content?: Based on language and settings, I would recommend this book for anyone aged 18 and up.

    Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author. I did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was I obliged to write a positive one.

       

    Sunday, 14 June 2015

    #LifeIn7Words - Blueberry Pie

    Picture by Grimarika 

    1. Dessert
    2. Comfort
    3. Sweet
    4. Fruity
    5. Crusty
    6. Summer
    7. Cream

    Sunday, 7 June 2015

    #LifeIn7Words - Frozen

    Picture by Mark 22
    1. Disney
    2. Toys
    3. Let It Go
    4. Childhood
    5. Parenting
    6. Life Lessons
    7. Good versus Evil

    Friday, 20 March 2015

    The Curious Case of the Professional 'Publicist'



    In more than 20 years as a public relations practitioner, this is the least professional act on my part. But if it is not done, this matter will drag for longer with only one version publicly available. I for one have had enough of this nonsense.

    Firstly, all views in the below post are solely my own and do not represent those who I have worked with or currently work with.

    Secondly, if you are an Orangeberry author who is owed reviews or graphics, please email me - kurianandrea@gmail.com - so I can connect you with the book tour company who is in charge of your book. If you would like other updates about Orangeberry, please go to orangeberrybooktours.com

    And now ...

    I started helping Orangeberry Book Tours in December 2011. The blog's founder, Pandora, is an old friend and my help consisted mainly of seeking more reviewers and managing public events with her.

    In June 2013, I played a more active role in assisting Orangeberry as Pandora was taken ill.

    It was during this time, that I had interactions with Orangeberry's 'publicist' who will further be referred to as KB. While on the most part it was a delight to work with this person, there were some red flags that later appeared to be more than just bad vibes kicking in.

    On the issue of Quality Reads UK
    This is a book club I belong to and while members were reluctant to bring the book club online, it was agreed in December 2012 that we would give it a try with Pandora managing social media for the book club. KB played an active role in this. It was her responsibility to manage the blogs and their social media. This was an unfruitful process for all concerned as it later appeared to be more work than necessary within a short span of time. Up to June 2013, none of us had any interaction with KB. All communications were through Pandora. After June 2013, I would have daily conversations with KB in Pandora's off and on absence.

    In July 2013, members of a writing forum questioned the validity of Orangeberry and the blogs belonging to book club members. In hindsight, members should have played a more active role in managing their own blogs instead of depending on someone else to do it for them something which is slowly coming to pass now.

    During the exchange on the forum, KB made it a point to stand up for the book club. Her exact words were, 'By the way, I think you should get a life. If you have time to do detective work on 200 blogs and its owners, clearly you have nothing else happening in your life. I was NOT pulled in to anything. I honestly thing (sic) the people here need to get a life and STOP harassing others. But then with all bullies they only harass and bully to make themselves feel superior. *screenshot available upon request

    After this incident and Pandora's continued ill health, Orangeberry did not receive enough sponsorship to cover admin costs. As with others who contributed to Orangeberry, KB was told she could leave anytime she wanted as her time could no longer be paid for. KB's response was that she was not doing it for the money and would continue to contribute to Orangeberry for as long as she physically could. It was then Pandora's intention to eventually handover Orangeberry to KB in the New Year of 2014.

    KB's disappearance and black mail
    KB disappeared on 4 January 2014 saying she had no electricity due to bad weather. I use the word disappeared because it would be at least a month before Pandora or I heard from her.

    Several attempts were made to contact her directly, and when a suspicious sign in using her login details was discovered on the Orangeberry website, I contacted her mother who said she would call back within the hour, nothing happened.

    It was then pointed out by an author that KB did have Internet connection because she was seen interacting on Twitter. As of this time, instalment payments were being made to her via PayPal to settle outstanding monies owed to her.

    In April 2014, further email communication was received that from KB that said if the outstanding sum was not paid in full with interest, KB would continue to email Orangeberry clients to inform them that the book club was in fact sock puppets.

    Her exact words were, 'Forget the lawyer, I am having to much fun sending emails to ALL authors about the sock puppet accounts! :)  :-) Yep! until I receive FULL payment plus interest I will email past authors about the sock puppet accounts.  But I have emailed all authors currently on tour! :-D :-D Believe me I have nothing and I mean nothing to lose.*screenshot available upon request

    The content of her email to Orangeberry clients included the list of blogs she had managed, social media accounts and passwords. Ironically, she also included her own blog in the list with proxy IP addresses she had procured.

    Had the book club been a matter of such importance to her integrity and if the matter she was highlighting was in fact true, why wait till a year later when she had specifically stood up for the book club in July 2013?

    As KB had disappeared in January, Pandora in ill health and I did not have time to keep Orangeberry running, Orangeberry was set to be sold to a UK publishing house. This deal would have ensured enough funding for admin costs and for all authors to receive their pending book reviews far more quickly than it has currently happened. Unfortunately, this deal fell through when it was discovered that KB was still emailing former and current clients of Orangeberry creating widespread panic among Orangeberry clients.

    This continued until June 2014 when Pandora hired a US-based attorney to contact KB. Since April, Pandora had attempted to call her and when emailing KB, both of us received the filtered response of, "not read, just deleted."

    It was intended for the lawyer to contact her and inform her that the amount she was asking for was not the amount owed to her. KB had downloaded her Google Docs payment sheet in April 2014 but after the first black mail request, she was removed from the Google sheet and payments were still made after this.

    Beyond this, I was not involved in correspondences between Pandora, her lawyer and KB. Being in different countries (Pandora was back in the UK after seeking treatment in South East Asia and I had moved to Sydney with my family) legalities were involved for me to be privy to such communications.

    Pandora also then made the decision to acquire the assistance of two other book tour companies in helping her complete her commitments to the authors she had worked with.

    What happened then was beyond bizarre because instead of communicating directly with an attorney who was in the same country as her, KB continued to send us emails such as these alongside more emails demanding money.

    HE CAN NOT DIGUNIST BETWEEN HIS FUCKIGN ES-WIFEWIFE P***Y AND MINE

    i RELLY THINK I NEDD TO FUCKIGN KILL HI.

    DRIT AWAY AND GET LOSS IN THE ROK & ROLL.

    ELL WHAT RCK & ROOL HE WOULD NOT KNOW THE FIDDRENCE BETERRN AN R AND A D KEY]]

    i FUCKING HOE HE DIES. HE WIL NEVER LOST INHIM AGIAN NOT MATTER WHAT A MILLIO DOLLORS WOULD NOT HANGE MY MIND * screenshots available upon request

    If you have gotten a glimpse into the mindset of this person, more is to come.

    Through all my interactions with her, KB was very clear that she had a son. It was later found out that something was not right with this statement because the son was seen wishing someone else for Mother's Day.*screenshot available upon request.
    An old news clipping of a wedding in KB's family also raised more questions than it answered as there was no mention of KB.*screenshot available upon request.

    But why bring up such personal matters, you ask? KB has made it a point to reveal everything she could about Pandora in the past few months including offering to reveal a home address she thought belonged to Pandora on a public forum. While bringing up this information is not tit for tat, it highlights the thought process of the individual concerned.

    Unknown to KB, her red flags were so prominent, no one in Orangeberry gave out actual home addresses even when sending KB birthday, get well and Christmas gifts. Given the issues KB has created in the past 15 months for Orangeberry clients and volunteers, this was a decision nobody regretted.

    There is also the issue of her past job experience where she has numerously indicated that she worked in the auto industry until 2012. An eBay seller profile for KB with several negative feedback about items not received indicates that she was in the auto industry up to 2010. *screenshot available upon request.

    It is evident from her interactions that something is amiss with this person and it is not the intention of this post to troll her as she has done with us the past 15 months.

    It is my intention to clearly state that whatever arrangements she had is with Pandora and her lawyer. I may have helped Orangeberry but this situation is now beyond my control. Trying to blackmail me is not going to achieve anything.

    KB sent an email to me this morning to state that if payment is not received, 'I will post all emails on a blog, post the payment sheet and each payment received. Paypal payments show I have not been paid in full!' *screenshot available upon request.

    Maybe I am naive but blackmail is a serious offence in any country. To continue to demand money AFTER you've gone out of your way to cause distress to so many people is also beyond me.


    The other thing that bothers me no end is KB refused any kind of dialogue even after I had spent hours and hours trying to locate her after her disappearance. Pandora or I did not receive a single text in return to acknowledge our efforts so why keep contacting me when you have full access to the attorney who is able to help you?

    Then comes the ethics issue. As a so-called professional publicist, going against everything the profession stands for, that just makes this issue even more scary for the authors KB currently works with. Revealing personal client information, leaving anonymous comments using proxy IP addresses and of course, blackmail. If you think I'm playing, yes, there is a code of ethics for public relations practitioners. The US version of this can be found on the PRSA website.

    Bear in mind that KB has also done similar acts to at least one other book tour company and three other individuals, that I know of.

    KB has actively spent time promoting her grievances against Orangeberry on Twitter and several complaint forums. On some days, she has had a fantastic audience which has thrilled her to bits I think.

    To this audience, I say this, you are each entitled to your own opinion. But you cannot form judgment based on one side of the story. Encouraging blackmail based on someone who lies then calls someone else a liar is not just funny, it is ludicrous.

    If you need to consider the situation a little further, allow me to ask you this. If in fact, everything that KB has voiced out is true and Pandora is all smoke, how was Pandora a non-US citizen able to receive legal representation in the US but KB has not been able to hire a lawyer for 15 months?

    Fact : If such a case is strong enough, the lawyer would work pro bono then take his / her fees out of the settlement received. This applies in any country including the US. Makes you wonder isn't it?

    Thursday, 19 March 2015

    Violet Midnight #Excerpt (The Enchanters Series, Book 1) by Allie Burke @allieburkebooks #PNR

    MYBTT_ALLIEBURKE

    A warm welcome to Allie Burke as she shares an excerpt from Violet Midnight, Book 1 of The Enchanters Series

    “Hey, Auntie.”

    “Elias! Don’t call me Auntie, it makes me feel old. I’m so glad to hear from you! Did you get the spices and the tea I sent you?”

    “Yeah,” he whispered, a quiet attempt to hide any skepticism or awkwardness that may be in his tone.

    “What’s wrong?”

    Elias closed his eyes. She was too good. There was no point in answering her. He had no idea how to explain how he was feeling at the moment.

    “Has your mom called?”

    “No.”

    Jeanine let out a long sigh, which Elias could hear through the phone. She didn’t say anything further on the subject. There was nothing to say.

    “Listen,” Elias said, “I’ve heard about this great place. Come out with me; I’ll buy you dinner.”

    “Sounds great, honey. I’ll be ready in ten.”

    Elias walked out the door, and got in Liam’s black Aston Martin. Liam had left everything he had to Elias, except the firm. He knew Elias didn’t want it.

    He reversed from the driveway, and started making his way to Devonbrook, a small town right next to Hazel Grove. Gray County consisted of three towns: Devonbrook, Hazel Grove, and Jasmyn Lake. Hazel Grove was the party town, Devonbrook the family town, and Jasmyn Lake—Jasmyn was just really weird.  

    After a few minutes of driving, Elias reached a small residential area. He turned onto Church Street and pulled into the driveway. He smiled at his aunt’s house. Most of the small houses on this street were painted different shades of brown. Jeanine’s house was fuchsia with lilac trim and royal blue stairs leading to the porch. The yard was a mess. The grass couldn’t have been mowed in years. A small piece of white cloth distracted his view, and he looked up the tall oak tree in the yard. Hanging from the branches were shredded pieces of toilet paper, looking battered and weathered, like the tree had been teepee’d several weeks ago. Someone had used a screwdriver to draw a large X on the tree’s trunk.

    Elias walked across the yard, the weeds attacking his knees, and went up the stairs. Two dead rats were next to the welcome mat, and several broken egg shells were scattered around the porch.

    Avoiding the dried egg goo, Elias knocked on the green door.

    The door opened, and Jeanine smiled at him. She was sixty-two, not a gray hair on her head. Her fine brown hair was long, but she never let it down. She wore a long dress, every color known to man coming together on it. A bright blue scarf circled her neck, and her brown eyes were lined with pink shimmery makeup. He let out a long breath, relieved at the sight of her.

    “Look how handsome you are,” Jeanine said. “It’s been too long. Come here.”

    Elias stepped forward, hugged her and kissed her cheek. They walked to the car. Elias opened the passenger door for her, and drove back to Hazel Grove.

    “Why don’t you move to Hazel, Jeanine?” Elias asked her in a very strict tone. They were thoughtless pranks, the neighbors clearly upset that Jeanine lived in their town without a family and with her crazy antics. Elias worried that it could turn to something dangerous. If Jeanine was harmed—Elias shivered, unable to complete the thought in his head.

    “You know, I was going to. I was looking for a new house, so I rented this place temporarily until I could find something I liked. But I decided to stay the first time I found dead rodents on my porch. So I painted it pink.” She was smiling.

    Elias just laughed. She was completely serious, and would not be influenced. That was just her.

    “So. Do you want me to mow your lawn, at least?”

    Jeanine laughed. “No, I like it. It scares the neighbors.”

    Elias shook his head at her. She did sound crazy sometimes, but she wasn’t. She was the only sane one in their family, as far as he was concerned. She was nothing like her younger sister, Elias’s mother. Jeanine was a free spirit. Her paintings were amazing; she sold them to Hollywood celebrities and wealthy people all over the world. She never married, had no children, and didn’t regret a minute of her life. Of course his mother didn’t approve, but Elias could care less. He admired her.

    After a few minutes, they reached Ruby’s Diner. He parked in the back, ignoring onlookers’ stares. They were looking at the car, not at him. They went into the diner, and found a small table in the corner. A young girl in a red polo shirt walked up to their table. She was a little plump, like she enjoyed food, but not fat, just comfy. Her nametag introduced her as Audrey.

    “Welcome to Ruby’s. What can I get you?”

    Elias looked across the table to Jeanine. She shrugged. “Whatever you think.”

    “Are the rumors true?” he asked Audrey. “Is The Ruby as good as everyone says?”

    “Yes,” she laughed nervously, “absolutely.”

    “We’ll both try that.”

    “To drink? We have a special blend of iced tea. It’s fused with rosemary.”

    Elias’s throat crackled, and his laugh was so loud it was almost obnoxious in the setting of the quiet diner. He cleared his throat and forced a calm look on his face.

    “That sounds great,” he said carefully, short pauses bubbling composure between each of his words. 

    Audrey narrowed her eyes at him before she walked away, as if she was assessing if he was insane. Elias covered his eyes with his hand. He felt Jeanine’s eyes on him, but he didn’t look up until she spoke.

    “Tell me what’s going on, Elias.”

    He just stared at her.

    “I’m waiting.”

    “You’ll think I’m nuts.”

    “I’m going to think your nuts? Really, Elias? Look at me. Look at me and tell me that anything you could say would make me love you any less.”

    Elias breathed deep, and gave in. He told Jeanine about the strange encounters at the art gallery and in his studio.

    “I want to see her,” he heard himself say.

    Audrey arrived with the food, her presence preventing Elias from seeing Jeanine’s reaction. He didn’t want to worry Jeanine too much, so he ate. Even with his lack of appetite, the sandwich was surprisingly delicious; there were at least three different meats, and a variety of cheeses in between each layer. The grease dripped from the bottom of the bread onto his plate. The tea paired with it well; it was very unique.

    Halfway through his meal, Jeanine finally spoke. “Elias, I want to tell you a story. No questions. Just listen.”

    The Enchanters Collection
    Buy the box set on Amazon 

    American novelist Allie Burke brings her readers the genre-defining Enchanters Collection which paints the beautiful complexity of true love through auras, darkness, and magic.  

    Violet Midnight Book 1: Look into the world of the Enchanters, where water has a sense of humor, trees scare people, and love... is destiny. Beautiful Jane is hovering at the edge of content in her life of solitude in the quiet town of Jasmyn Lake, but when her energy sends her on a journey to meet the man she has been dreaming about for months, she cannot resist. Meet sexy artist Elias, who moved to Hazel Grove, California to get away from the rain, his parents, and everything that was taken from him in Hayward, Washington. But he thinks he may be losing his mind when he starts seeing purple glitter in the air, the scent of rosemary is everywhere, and he is hearing a beautiful voice. But all is not flowers and ease for the newly joined couple. With a woman who prefers night to day and a man with heartache from his past, they must learn how to create their own world with grace and the occasional water feature. Written with humor and intensity, book one of the three part trilogy will leave you yearning for more and daydreaming shades of purple.  

    Emerald Destiny Book 2: What happens when the girl you've loved since you were six-years old runs away from you, effectively breaking your heart again? Evan is about to find out.  Nineteen-year old Evan spends his time in the woods of Dare Forest where the trees have personality, as close to Abby as he can be. But love has a cruel master and everyone around him has forbidden he contact her. Abby's nights are stressed with her Enchanter life, her dreaded nightmares, and her enduring will to save her brother from his own inner darkness. But when Evan speaks to her for the first time in fourteen years, she finds his voice too painful to bear. Countless times before them, the union between their opposing families has failed and caused unfathomable destruction. The love in their hearts strives to be together forever, but will their destinies break them apart? Allie Burke's second novel in The Enchanters Series breaks through the Paranormal Romance genre to not just entertain her readers but empower and inspire them to embrace the momentous question: What would you do when faced with an impossible love?

     Amber Passion Book 3: With a modern touch, Allie Burke’s third and final novel in the Enchanters series plays off the age old question: How far is too far to protect those you love? True love can be demonstrated in a multitude of actions or a multitude of sins. You choose. Daniel is lost without his other half, his twin sister Abby, who is pregnant, depressed, and oh so far away, struggling with her own demons. Seeking a ray of sunlight in his dark world, Daniel visits Hazel Grove and for the second time experiences the sun shining in the middle of the night. But this is a sun with a different name. A sun with blonde hair and an orange aura and with a bright light that scares the darkness right out of him. The blackness that had been his heart for the duration of his life, is…fading. Can the enchanting Claire bring passion and comfort to a man who yearns for her without even realizing it? As the next generation of Enchanters make their choices, the outcome will change the course of their people forever. Only time, and love, will tell if they made the right choice. With a culmination and a turn of events you never saw coming, Amber Passion answers the questions you wondered about and leaves the reader forever changed and daydreaming in every shade imaginable, starting with darkness, and ending, at the end of the tunnel, with light.  

     About the author
     
    An American novelist, book critic, and magazine editor from Burbank, California, Allie Burke writes books she can't find in the bookstore. Having been recognized as writing a "kickass book that defies the genre it's in", Allie writes with a prose that has been labeled poetic and ethereal. Her life is a beautiful disaster, flowered with the harrowing existence of inherited eccentricity, a murderous family history, a faithful literature addiction, and the intricate darkness of true love. These are the enchanting experiences that inspire Allie's fairytales. From some coffee shop in Los Angeles, she is working on her next novel.  

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    Wednesday, 18 February 2015

    #PUYB - Eve Picquette's Top Ten & "Open Your Heart for Happy #Relationships @AdvisorIsIn #Life







    About the Author



    Eve has been looking for love, joy and fun all her life. Along the way she has had lots of experiences - some with more fun than others! A licensed attorney, she served as director of risk and quality management at hospital corporations in California and Arizona for thirty years. She is also a certified NLP life coach, matrix and EFT practitioner. Eve Picquette received her MSN in community mental health at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, and her Juris Doctor from the University of California, Davis.

    Author of Open Your Heart for Happy Relationships - What Your Angels Have Been Trying to Tell You for Centuries...., and companion Mini Meditation MP3's, she lives in Arizona, and her present happy work is writing and advising clients regarding having more love and joy in personal and business relationships. .

    For More Information
    Visit Eve Picquette’s website.
    Connect with Eve Picquette on Facebook and Twitter

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    Top Ten Things You Might Not Know About  
    Eve Picquette & Open Your Heart for Happy Relationships

    1. Book – Is a practical guide – gives easy shifts that improve relationships.
    2. Book – Distills wisdom from ancient philosophers to modern scientists.
    3. Book – Was written because we all need to leave “crumbs on the path” for those who follow. 
    4. Book – The angel paintings were so beautiful – the book had to be published for them alone.
    5. Book – The Prayer of St. Francis inspired the author “…let me sow love… where there is darkness, light….”
    6. Eve – is a licensed attorney and has a master’s degree in community mental health.
    7. Eve – read all the Reader’s Digests from World War II as a teenager.
    8. Eve - makes the best potato salad
    9. Eve - likes apple pie best, made with maple syrup, cinnamon and a dash of allspice.
    10. Eve – has older brothers who are physicians and encouraged intellectual inquiry. 


    About the Book
    How many times have you read or seen something that made you want to change your life and relationships – but you didn’t know how?

    Introduced by two angels, Hope and Impatience, Open Your Heart for Happy Relationships – What Your Angels Have Been Trying to Tell You for Centuries… answers the “how” question.

    Eve Picquette shows readers how to:

    Open their hearts to love

    Shift their lives, using 10 keys—how-to-do-it ideas created with the help of angels of inspiration—to change in real and satisfying ways.

    In this lighthearted, uplifting, and beautifully illustrated gift book, each chapter opens with images of the author’s angels and quotes she believes were angel-inspired sometime in history. Readers may also download companion MP3 Mini Meditation available on Amazon.com. Readers are “Dared to Shift” their thoughts and behaviors and these shifts transform lives and relationships and increase happiness.

    If you are ready to try these simple shifts, the results will amaze you. Every encouraging and comforting word in this inspiring and beautifully illustrated self-help book will lead you to the path of peace, happiness, and fulfillment. This is a heart based and spiritually based self help guide at it's best. A treasure to own, it would also serve as a thoughtful, caring, and loving gift.
    For More Information
    Visit Eve Picquette’s website.
    Connect with Eve Picquette on Facebook and Twitter




    Tuesday, 13 January 2015

    #PUYB - Madeline Wynn's Top Ten Favourite Movies #NowWatching #AmReading #YA @madwynn


    About the Author
     
    Madeline Wynn holds a master's degree in procrastination.  When she's not writing, she can be found ghost hunting, gardening and parading around her home state of Connecticut with her husband, dog and two kids.
    Her latest book is the YA paranormal, Daughter of the Fallen.

    For More Information
    Visit Madeline Wynn’s website.
    Connect with Madeline on Facebook and Twitter.

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    Top 10 Movies 

    There are some movies that I remember loving as a kid, like THE NEVERENDING STORY and RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK that would hold my attention for hours and hours.  No matter how many times I watched them, I couldn’t wait to see them again.  But now, as a mom of two, I admit that some of my favorite movies I now view with a “mom lens” that can change everything. 

    I’ve recently watched a few old favorites with the kids and I thought that I’d share some of my interpretations so that other moms can go into re-watching these old favorites well aware of some things that might stand out once you have kids.


    10. Star Wars

    Somehow, as a kid, I missed the charred bodies of Aunt Behru and Uncle Owen.  My kids, however, picked up on it right away.  But this movie was just as good as it ever was, and the kids use it as one of their go-to movies for long car rides.

    9.  Back to the Future

    Where is this kid’s mother?  She just lets him hang on to the back of cars while riding a skateboard with no helmet? Mommy had to run and grab a TUMS over that bit. His dad fell out of a tree while spying on his mother as she got dressed?  Isn’t that just a tad stalker-y? The need to point out that we in NO WAY approve of or DO things that we see in movies was overwhelming as we watched.  And honestly, the scene where his mom tries to kiss him has always sort of freaked me out.  But despite all the weirdness, the kids and I both enjoyed this flick.

    8.  The Dark Crystal

    Hot damn, the Skecsis are just as scary and as hard to spell as they ever were!  Make them go away!  Those weird bird-like murderers gave me nightmares for years and now my own children enjoy the same fears.  But this movie gets mad awesome points because even though the special effects were all puppets and miniatures, the kids still loved it.  Great story, great film.  A winner.

    7.  The Princess Bride

    I take great personal joy that both my kids now throw down quotes from this movie in random conversations.  Sure, no one else in first grade may know what my son is saying when he shouts, “Inconceivable!”  But it makes me smile inside. 

    6. War Games

    Explaining the concepts of pay phones and floppy drives was depressing, but the story is epic.  My kids and I were captivated by the story.  And wow, was Michael Broderick young.  Like really, really young. 

    Though I did feel obliged to point out to the kids that if they ever thought to hack into a school’s computer systems and change their grades, if you change an F to an A, they will catch you. 

    5. Goonies

    Hey, you, guys!!  This movie rocks!  Still, if my kids ever rode off on their little bicycles and disappeared all day, I would freak the heck out.  But treasure maps?  Corey Feldmen? Creepy pipe organs made of bones?  Pirate ships?  Creepy bad guys?  This movie is the real treasure.

    4. Gremlins

    Being the sort of neurotic mom that I am, it took me a while to be able to allow my kids to watch this one.  And still, it was just my oldest and I who watched it one day when he was home sick from school.  And it was great!

    That mom with her mad 80s hair kicks butt!  She tossed that gremlin in the microwave and zap!  Heck yeah, moms rock!  See, son?  We’re more than just your minivan-driving, dinner making, tantrum-calming worker bees, we can kill us some monsters!  Heck yeah, Gremlins! 

    What?  That sad Santa backstory?  Hide your ears, boy, she meant that her father was pretending to be Santa when he got stuck in the chimney and died.  Look!  Is that Spike riding a motorcycle?

    3. Legend

    The romance in this movie really sweeps me away, but yes, those elf kids are creepy, and kind of mean to that little fairy.  But damn, Tim Curry’s monster can steal mommy anytime. 

    Talk about a muscle-bound hunk of man-meat.  I can totally get past the horns. Think about it, he gives her a chest full of treasure, a killer dress and then demands that she eat?  Sign me up! 

    Tim Curry and Tom Cruise can work that unicorn thing out, mommy’s going to be in her room rolling around in pile jewelry and dancing with her new dress.

    2. Well, I was going to pick The Little Mermaid, but the kids refused to watch it because it was a “princess movie”.  So, we watched GHOSTBUSTERS.

    Bill Murray, what are you doing to your students!  Egads! Eww!  And there is sex in this movie, I didn’t remember the sexy time.  But the flick really is funny, and has it’s truly freaky moments, too.  Good fun, the kids really enjoyed it, and demanded that we eat marshmallows after that last scene, so it was a win. 

    1. Labyrinth

    All I have to say is, forget the baby, take ME, David Bowie!!  I will dance baby dance all night with you in those hot little pants and funk-tastic wig!  Please? 

    Great film.  Great fun.

    Also, those guys that toss their heads still creep me out.



    About the Book
     
    Most sixteen-year olds aren't worried about the fate of their immortal souls. May Krieg should be.

    Typically, honor student May's biggest problems have revolved around her super-hot arch-rival, Jack. But when a school project takes them ghost-hunting in a local cemetery, she discovers that an ominous force roams in the darkness around her.

    And it follows her home.

    It claws its way into her life, burning messages into her wall and imprinting them onto her body. Even worse, she can't tell if it's trying to possess her... or protect her.

    May's thoughts soon become actions, causing the target of her anger severe physical pain and giving her a rush the likes of which she has never experienced.  She quickly realizes that she needs to find a way to reign in this power before she kills someone. May hates the pleasure it gives her, hates herself for hurting others, but she can't stop.

    As her entire world shatters around her, she is forced to ask what her soul is worth-- and who would she risk losing her soul to save?

    (For readers who enjoy: teen paranormal romance, teen horror, teen romance, nephilim, demons, YA, YA horror, YA paranormal, YA romance, ghost stories)

    For More Information
    Daughter of the Fallen is available at Amazon.
    Pick up your copy at Barnes & Noble.
    Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.


    Wednesday, 10 December 2014

    #PUYB - 10 Things You Will Explore in The Temple of All Knowing by Lee Papa #Religion #Occult


    About the Author

    Lee Papa’s start in the corporate world was in sales for the Hyatt Regency Hotel chain, which led to being head hunted by a NY based real estate developer. Lee spent the next 11 years as a key employee working in commercial real estate leasing and management in Baltimore, Maryland. Although, commercial real estate was now in her blood and she loved the art of the deal, a different road in the industry was presenting itself and that brought her to heading up the benchmarking division for a Los Angeles based real estate consulting firm. Her job had her traveling nationally and setting up programs to benchmark customer satisfaction. Understanding there was not a one shoe fits all approach to customer surveying, she embarked on her entrepreneurial journey and started with consulting to serve the customized needs of her clients.

    Lee’s first book, The Temple of All Knowing, is a memoir of her several years journey prior to her near death experience, through the completion of the 6,000 square foot Ganesha Center in Las Vegas. The book details the roadmap from personal darkness through spiritual, emotional and physical transformation.

    Since the completion of the manuscript the Las Vegas Sanctuary for the Spirit evolved by moving to a downtown Las Vegas location and now offers targeted classes and workshops while focusing on a Virtual Ganesha Center supporting individuals and corporations with programs and a Referral Network with expansive reach for optimal awareness.

    For More Information
    Visit Lee Papa’s website.
    Connect with Lee on Facebook.
    Visit Lee’s blog.
    Contact Lee.



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    10 Things You Will Explore in The Temple of All Knowing

    1 Death

    Afterlife

    3 Meditation

    4 Channeling

    5 Psychic ability

    6 Energy healing

    7 Meaning of life

    8 Synchronicities

    9 Signs and markers

    10 Spiritual development

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    About the Book

    The Temple of All Knowing is a memoir of one woman’s passage from personal and professional turmoil to spiritual awakening. A compelling straight forward and sometimes humorous account of the most personal of journeys as this 40-something woman finds herself in Sin City with promise of a new life, new husband and elderly mother living with her. She instead is uncovered as a central character in the deepest of possible challenges only to break through to discover her authentic spiritual self through a near death experience and a personal mission in Soul City – Las Vegas.

    For More Information
     The Temple of All Knowing is available at Amazon.
    Pick up your copy at Barnes & Noble.
    Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.


    Saturday, 22 November 2014

    7 Questions with #Author Kat de Falla @KatDeFalla #AmReading #Fantasy #Series

    1. Did you learn anything from writing this book and what was it?
    That writing can be likened to growing as a person. With every word, sentence, book, and review, I can get better.

    2. Will you write others in this same genre?

    There are six more coming in this series!

    3. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? 
    Be careful, you never know who you’re talking to!

    4. How important do you think villains are in a story? 
    Integral.

    5. What are your goals as a writer? 
    To grow to be a stronger writer with each book.

    6. Are you reading any interesting books at the moment?
    I just finished Inferno by Dan Brown.

    7. Do you have any specific last thoughts that you want to say to your readers?
    THANK YOU!!!

    The Seer's Lover

    For years, Calise Rowe has been able to sense unusual energy from people, making her believe she is different. Pulled into an ancient war raging for centuries between demon hunters and seers, she's about to find out she's right.

    Her search for the truth leads her to Lucas Rojas, a seer of angels and demons who walk the earth shrouded from normal human eyes. He's hidden his gift for years and refuses to endanger Calise by sharing it with her.

    In the sultry Costa Rican Jungles, their worlds collide. As their passion and desire ignite, so does the ancient war between demons and seers. Will their combined efforts be enough to save themselves and the entire human world, or will their new found love be their downfall?

    **Download free music for The Seer's Lover at http://www.bayafaya.com/

    Buy Now @ Amazon & Smashwords
    Genre - Dark Fantasy
    Rating – R
    More details about the author
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    Monday, 17 November 2014

    #PUYB #YA #Giveaway - 10 Things You Don't Know About Erna Mueller @theerna7 @pumpupyourbook

    About the Author

    I was born in Austria and my family immigrated to the U.S. I loved living here as a child and considered the U.S. my home. My family returned to Austria and of course I had to tag along. I missed the friendly faces and the cultivation of the free spirit which America symbolizes. In Austria I completed my education but always wanted to return, so here I am.

    I traveled the world and lived in many exciting cities such as Paris, Munich and London. I currently work as an accountant for a large pizza company in Seattle by day and passionately pursue a career as a writer in my spare time.

    My new book, K-9 Cop, is adapted from my multi-national award winning screenplay. The book has won several awards including first place in the 2009 National Good Read Competition sponsored by awomenswrite.com.

    Please visit my web site at http://www.k9cop-woofwoof.com for more reviews

    • Connect with Erna on Facebook and Twitter.

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    10 Things You Might Not Know About Erna Mueller

    1 I was born in Austria and immigrated to the U.S., returned to Austria to finish my education and happily returned back to America.

    2 I had a difficult time adjusting to my homeland Austria; yes the U.S. can spoil a girl.

    3 I love good books, especially the classics.

    4 I love screenwriting and have won many awards

    5 I am a mild mannered accountant by day, but a passionate writer by night.

    6 I live in Kirkland Washington, a burb of Seattle. Yes it rains but the beautiful scenery makes up for it.

    7 I love the 60’s music and fashion. Yes, the 60’s are calling me and want their Gogo boots back.

    8
    My cat Snickers is very grouchy but I love him anyway. What can I say? I am his slave.

    9 I dream of becoming a full time writer. Anyone rich want to adopt me?

    10 I’m a Christian who will fight for the rights of gays, and although I personally would not have an abortion, I will fight for every woman’s right of free choice. If we only selectively disperse freedom, one day our religious freedom will be selectively taken away.

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    About the Book

    No one thought as highly of Lieutenant Spencer Watley as he did himself. This selfish cop met 14 year-old Justin Andrews during an important stakeout. Determined to nab a group of cyber killers, he wasn’t going to let anything get in his way, especially a smart mouthed teenager like Justin.

    After Spencer bids him good riddance, he is killed by the hackers and stands before the gates of heaven. But - what’s this? After a life of putting dangerous criminals behind bars, he’s locked out?

    He yells at the angel blocking his entrance, only to find out he needs to go through the J.R.P. program before he can enter. That’s the Jerk Redemption program, otherwise known as sensitivity training boot camp, which to his horror consists of non-stop Oprah and Dr. Phil reruns. Or he can go back to earth and help Justin’s dysfunctional family. Spencer opts for the lesser of two evils, to help Justin.

    But the Angel pulls a fast one on Spencer. He can only go back to earth in the body of his K9-Partner. Spencer refuses, but like it or not, Spencer becomes a dog. He falls back to earth and is slowly morphed into a dog that closely resembles a mop.

    And if being a dog wasn’t bad enough, Spencer also swallowed an important microchip his killers need to hack into PC’s and steal millions. Now the criminals are hot on his trail for the only existing microchip that’s logged in his belly.

    Justin and Spencer butt heads constantly; both are stubborn and willful, neither one wanting to give an inch. Spencer needs to find out what the killers are up to, so he swallows his pride and forms a bond with the boy. Spencer relays to Justin his past and together with the help of Justin’s girlfriend, Shahla; they discover the hacker’s plans. Spencer has broken down Justin’s reserve and he finally learns the meaning of unselfish love.

    But it’s too late, the hackers have captured them.

    Can Spencer maul the shins (and other choice areas) of his kidnappers and stop them from their evil plan?

    Can a selfish man find a heart?

    You bet. He just has to become a dog first.

    For More Information

    • K-9 Cop is available at Amazon.

    • Pick up your copy at Barnes & Noble.

    • Watch the book trailer at Youtube!

    • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.


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