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Monday, January 23, 2017

My Thoughts on This Weekend

First I have to explain my background. I spent 2 years on my local Town Council and 4 years on my local Board of Education. During this time I spent over 10 years on my town's Senior Commission most as its Chairman. I am very concerned about our children and their future education. When I was in high school we could not graduate unless we passed a class call U.S. History. I am so upset when I have been reading over this past weekend that some school districts across our country did not even give our children, our future leaders the opportunity to see our President, (no matter if you agree with him or not) get inaugurated. How do they learn about our country and it's laws? How can they take away their  chance to see history? We have to know the past in order to learn and make a better future. When I was younger people of my generation did protest. But protesting and yelling to fight are two different things. This is why I got involved in politics. I wanted to make a difference. Anyone can run for office and try to make changes. I tell my children and grandchildren all of the time how much I learned by holding public office. My advice is to get involved at your local level and work your way up.  Get involved.        Nana

Sunday, January 22, 2017

The Extraordinary Journey of Vivienne Marshall by Shannon Kirk Book Tour, Review, and Giveaway

Book Description:

if you could choose your heaven now? Go on a celestial shopping trip of
sorts? Thirty-five-year-old Vivienne does just that, as she lies dying
in the ICU; a fatal walk into the path of a truck. In her final week of
life, Vivienne treks through the Heavens of a priest, a best friend, a
homeless child, and a lover who never was. Vivienne’s guardian angel,
Noah, who may just be her soul mate, escorts her through selections of
Heavens and through the confusion Vivienne experiences as she flounders
between a doubt of life and the certainty of death. Although her visits
to varied afterlives provide peace and beauty, choosing proves not so
easy: Vivienne’s love for her young son and her earthly father pull her
from her colorful journey—and from her divine love of Noah.

nature of love, the variety and magic of life, unending hope, and the
importance of saying goodbye are central to this uplifting tale.

Buy the Book:   Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble

Author's Bio:

Kirk is the awarding-winning author of the international bestselling
Method 15/33 (psychological thriller--bestseller in Colombia and Spain,
will be lead title in Italy, 2017) and Heavens (Literary Fiction).
Method 15/33 has received multiple accolades: 2015 Foreword Review Book
of the Year (Suspense); Winner of 2015 National Indie Excellence Award,
Best Suspense; 2015 USA Best Book Finalist; School Library Journal's
Best Adult Books for Teens (2015); and Finalist in 2013 William Faulkner
William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition (when a Novella). Method
15/33 is optioned for a major motion film and has sold to nineteen
foreign rights.

not writing, she is a practicing lawyer, residing on Massachusett's
Cape Ann with her husband and son and two cat writing accomplices,
Marvin Marquez (in honor of Gabriel Garcia Marquez) and Stewie Poe
(Edgar Allen Poe).

enjoys writing in several genres: literary fiction, psychological
thriller, young adult, and poetry. She has been honored three times by
the William Faulkner William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition. ​

Connect with the author: Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook


My review;

Wow!  "The Extraordinary Journey of Vivienne Marshall" by author Shannon Kirk is a story of hope, love and heaven. I was not prepared for what I read although I hope that this is what is really  takes place. I have read other books about heaven but, I was captured by this one from the very first page. I had to keep reading until I finished, only stopping when I really had to. I really got the chills more than once while reading this. I give this book a 5/5. I was given this book for a review and all opinions are mine.

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

New Releases Free & Bargain Books Giveaways

Sharing the Love of Books
Enjoy our selection of New Releases / Free & Bargain Books this week

Authors please feel free to add your own books
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(any genre except erotica welcome)

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Good Girl by Lauren Lane Sale Book Blitz and Giveaway

"a delicious bite of Southern seduction with chemistry that sizzles." 
- Rebecca Yarros

a Love Unexpectedly novel
Lauren Layne
Released May 17th, 2016

New York Times BESTSELLER • Lauren Layne brings all the unpredictable heat of Blurred Lines to an all-new cast of characters! Country music’s favorite good girl is hiding away from the world—only to find herself bunking with a guy who makes her want to be a little bad.
Jenny Dawson moved to Nashville to write music, not get famous. But when her latest record goes double platinum, Jenny’s suddenly one of the town’s biggest stars—and the center of a tabloid scandal connecting her with a pop star she’s barely even met. With paparazzi tracking her every move, Jenny flees to a remote mansion in Louisiana to write her next album. The only hiccup is the unexpected presence of a brooding young caretaker named Noah, whose foul mouth and snap judgments lead to constant bickering—and serious heat.
Noah really should tell Jenny that he’s Preston Noah Maxwell Walcott, the owner of the estate where the feisty country singer has made her spoiled self at home. But the charade gives Noah a much-needed break from his own troubles, and before long, their verbal sparring is indistinguishable from foreplay. But as sizzling nights give way to quiet pillow talk, Noah begins to realize that Jenny’s almost as complicated as he is. To fit into each other’s lives, they’ll need the courage to face their problems together—before the outside world catches up to them.

Lauren Layne is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen romantic comedies. She lives in New York City with her husband (who was her high school sweetheart--cute, right?!) and plus-sized Pomeranian.

In 2011, she ditched her corporate career in Seattle to pursue a full-time writing career in Manhattan, and never looked back.

In her ideal world, every stiletto-wearing, Kate Spade wielding woman would carry a Kindle stocked with Lauren Layne books.

For a list of all her works, please be sure to check out her official website!

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Trick Me Once Magic Matchmaker Series Book Three by Sharon Clare Book tour and Giveaway

Magical Matchmaker Series

Book Three

Sharon Clare

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Apatite Publishing

Date of Publication: December 28, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-9952674-3-5


Number of pages: 256

Word Count: 80,000

Cover Artist: Book Nook Designs

Book Description:

Magic pushes them together. Reality pulls them apart.

Humiliated radio show host Jessica Stirling is a survivor, yet nothing prepares her for the stage trick that transports her across the country to a man suspiciously like the nineteenth-century folk hero idolized by Hollywood. About to lose her job, her life savings, and the home that matters to her more than love, she can’t stay stranded in the mountains with a dangerously appealing man who believes in elves.

Trapped in an Elvin world for a century, Scottish artist Aiden MacAuley is finally free and back on Earth. But he’s not home. He’s not safe. And he’s not alone. To prevent the destruction of his bloodline, he must get back to Scotland immediately. He can’t be distracted by the exasperating woman sent to him by a match-making elf, even if she does stir his lust like no woman has.

When she tries to heal the sins of his past, he can’t open his heart. There’s too much to lose and as the new guardian of the gate between the human and Elvin worlds, he isn’t free to fall in love.


If she didn’t know better, she’d think she was in a log cabin in the mountains. This set design was fabulous. The scene out the window looked so real, she couldn’t help feeling a little respect for the Alfar family of illusionists.

She felt him come up behind her. Why was he standing so close? Without turning, she asked, “Please direct me to the manager’s office. I’d like to speak to someone about Finn’s disappearing lady trick.”

His soft snort sounded in her ears. “You’ll not be finding a manager’s office here. Where do you think you are?”

She was about to say she must be under the stage, but her throat clamped down on the words. Two squirrels skittered around the trunk of a tree. She’d assumed it was some kind of video screen, but if that were the case, she’d not be hearing the faint chitter of the grey squirrel on the defensive.

But it couldn’t be. It was impossible for her to be anywhere other than the Empire Theatre in Mesa, Arizona. “Where do you think we are?” she countered, gaze fixed on the squirrels.

It was my hope to be in the Highlands, but the air’s not got the smell of peat, nor whiskey, nor sweet heather honey.”

She spun around then, and would have bumped into him if he’d not taken a quick step back. “As in Scotland? Very funny.”

“’Tis no jest.”

No? Well then, you woke up on the wrong continent, buddy.” His pupils were slightly dilated, but his gaze was clear and steady. He obviously had quick reflexes, and he didn’t look delusional, but what did she know about psychotic episodes? His clothes looked like he’d been sleeping in them for longer than a quick nap. Perhaps he’d wandered into the theatre off the street. She took another step backward.

His sharp gaze flicked to that remarkably real backdrop. “How can you be sure?”

Because I’m sane. But she didn’t say that, of course. She was unsettled enough to not feel perfectly grounded herself. “If you can’t direct me to the manager, then I’ll find him myself, but this show is over.” She marched across the room, threw open the door to the pseudo living room, and stood dead still in the open doorway as a very alive, damp outdoor breeze blew in the scent of bug-infested woods, fish-filled lakes, and decomposing fungus.


She slammed the door shut, moved back to the bedroom and opened what looked like a closet door. Damn, a closet. She crossed the hall and whipped open another door—bathroom. Where were the stairs leading up to the theatre?

Perhaps she’d just thought she’d seen mountains when she’d opened the door in the living room—a mind warp from the stress of landing in a stranger’s bed. She headed back across the room, spared a quick glance at the stagehand who looked vaguely amused, and opened the door cautiously.

She stumbled across the threshold to stand on the wooden deck and face an illusion much too large to be contained to one theatre. Her lungs constricted. Tree-covered mountains stacked atop each other all the way to the overcast horizon. A liver-colored lake roiled in a pocket thirty feet below. Dark, dense woods pressed in on her like a surly crowd.

But they couldn’t be in the mountains. That was impossible. Arizona was desert. There was no such thing as magic, no disappearing lady.

She felt the blood drain from her face as reality struck.

She was losing her mind. This must be exactly what had happened to her nana. Every day, sitting in the Sunshine Acres Nursing Home, Nana thought she was living on her childhood farm in Saskatchewan, talking as though she were on the prairie, seeing the farm house, her mommy and daddy. Thinking it was all real.

Jessica had sudden early-onset dementia. Sinking to the deck, she wrapped herself up in her arms. She felt the vibrations of the stagehand walking around her, heard the smooth gait of his boots on the wood, and she would have chuckled if her voice worked—she’d thought he was crazy. If ever there was a kettle calling the pot black, she was that kettle.

I’m not sure what Finn told you,” he said, “but you seem ill-prepared to be here, and that’s not good.”

An insect buzzed by her ear. Bugs! She swatted at it. “Yes, I’m quite ill-prepared—quite ill, period. I see mountains and a lake. How’s that for ill?”

I see. And there were no mountains or lakes where you came from?”

She peered up at him. “Not mountains like these. I live in the desert.” She massaged her temple—maybe that would bring much needed blood to her head. “I’ve been under a lot of stress lately, and…my brain must have tried to compensate, but now it snapped. I’m seeing things that can’t possibly be there.”

He crouched down in front of her. “Your mind is sound, woman. You see mountains because we’re in the mountains. Finn sent you here because he likes to play games.” He slipped his hand over hers and pulled. “Come, stand up.”

At least he saw the mountains, too—a tiny acknowledgment. She tugged her hand away. She may be losing her mind, but she could still stand on her own two feet. One deep breath sent a good supply of oxygen to her head as she stood up. “Just so you know, your explanation does not make me feel better. People can’t go from the desert to the mountains in the blink of an eye. It’s impossible.”

His grin didn’t hold much humor. “Not impossible. People can’t. But elves can.”

He’d just re-established he was, indeed, crazier than she. “You see elves. Oh my, that’s good news. Maybe we can get adjoining rooms at the funny farm.”

About the Author:

Sharon Clare writes light, paranormal romance with a little magic, a little suspense and a little humor.

She’s always been fascinated by the idea there’s more to the world than we perceive. That’s why she created Finn, a mischievous, match-making elf, from a world just a wee bit off Earth who believes every time love is experienced, energy empowers our worlds.

Life has enough difficult times, so it’s important to Sharon to write novels where happiness ultimately triumphs. She helps her characters overcome their demons, open their hearts, and find the love everyone deserves. When you reach the end, she strives to leave you in a happy place.

If you’d like a free book in the Magical Matcher series, please come visit Sharon at: www.sharonclare.com

Tour giveaway 5 ebook copies Trick Me Once

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Steele City Blues by Karen Greco Book Tour and Giveaway

Steele City Blues

Hell’s Belle Series

Book 3

Karen Greco

Genre: urban fantasy/paranormal romance

Date of Publication: January 3, 2017

Word Count: 98,000

Formats available: epub, mobi, pdf

Cover Artist: Robin Ludwig

Book Description:

Blood Ops leader Dr. O is chained in the bowels of Steele City, the state’s maximum security prison, and the clock is ticking for Nina and Frankie to bust him out.

Now that supernatural creatures are out of the closet, Providence is descending into an Apocalyptic wasteland. With the abrupt shut down Blood Ops, Nina and Frankie are on their own to save Dr. O and the other supernatural prisoners from certain death. Not knowing where Demon Mayor Bertrand’s loyalties lie, they are forced to rely on some questionable allies to battle Leila, a powerful vampire/witch hybrid hell bent on creating an indestructible supernatural army. She also happens to be Nina’s mom.

Alliances are tested and relationships fractured as Nina and her band of supernatural crime fighting misfits are pushed to the breaking point.

About the Author:

Karen Greco is originally from Rhode Island and loves hot wieners from New York System, but can't stand coffee milk. She studied playwriting in college (and won an award or two). After not writing plays for a long time, a life-long obsession with exorcists and Dracula drew her to urban fantasy, where she decapitates characters with impunity. Steele City Blues is the third book in the Hell’s Belle series, after Hell’s Belle (the first) and Tainted Blood (number two). She writes contemporary romance for a small press under the pen-name Jillian Sterling, and has a day job in entertainment publicity.

Tour giveaway 10 copies of the book in Kindle or Epub format.

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