Monday, November 20, 2017

Books That Make Great Holiday Gifts by Vivienne Diane Neal


Again, the holidays are just around the corner. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or any of the other celebrations, giving books as a gift will keep on giving.

We have listed a range of authors from around the world, and genres, ranging from romance, paranormal, thrillers, mysteries, suspense, to political, espionage, and fictional crime stories.

Just click on the title and be taken to a world of fantasy, wonder, and intrigue.

Enjoy.

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Heads Will Roll by Joanie Chevalier - A terrifying thriller, focusing on people who will stop at nothing to have the ideal body, and the doctor who will cross the line to make their dreams a reality.

Deadly Dating Games by Joanie Chevalier - Single women meet at a book club to review an online dating guide, but what starts out as an enjoyable assignment slowly takes an ominous turn.

Night Runner by PT Reade - A cantankerous ex-cop is stuck in a rut until his ex-wife, who is on the run from some dangerous people, calls to seek his help.

Marked For Death by PT Reade - A shrewd ex-FBI agent turned PI investigates a murder.

Private Lie by PT Reade - A man enjoys masquerading as the characters in the mystery novels he reads but the drive behind his actions is slowly becoming more apparent.

Taken Below by PT Reade - An ex-cop is on the hunt for a man who uses the subway to abduct women.

Death Toll Rising by Terry Keys - A detective and his team are called in to find the person responsible for the assassination of the Prime Minister of Japan.

Maximum Guilt by Terry Keys - A detective’s past catches up with him when he goes after a woman who is out for retribution toward the men who committed a brutal act against her at a bachelor party.

A Daughter’s Rage 2: Faith by Ronald Gordon - The story continues with the return of an evil spirit whose mission on earth is to destroy a retired policeman.

A Trinity of Wicked Tales: Jilted by Kyla Ross - A collection of suspenseful short stories delving into a world of murder, deceit, hate, lust, sex, and revenge.

Outreach by Dariel Raye - A paranormal murder mystery where a doctor and a convict, who is about to be released from prison, unknowingly have so much in common that their paths will eventually interlock.

A Penny for Her Heart by Alretha Thomas - A political thriller where fraud, envy, and scandal lead to a ghastly murder.

Married in The Nick of Nine (Cass & Nick Series, Book 1) by Alretha Thomas - A young woman wants to get married in nine months but keeps meeting total jerks, until she meets a man whom she believes is The One.

The Baby in The Window (Cass & Nick Series, Book 2) by Alretha Thomas - A wife is fixated on having a baby but problems are beginning to emerge, which may put a damper on her quest to get pregnant.

One Harte, Two Loves (Cass & Nick Series, Book 3) by Alretha Thomas - A husband decides to take up acting, while his wife spends more time with their newborn, causing more turmoil in their marriage.

Renee’s Return (Cass & Nicks Series, Book 4) by Alretha Thomas - In this final series, Renee is back  home, but the jury is still out as to whether she has really changed for the better or is planning to destroy Nick and Cass’s marriage.

Abuse of Discretion by Pamela Samuels Young - If you read Anybody’s Daughter, protagonist Dre Thomas, and antagonist Rodney Merriweather are back creating more legal drama, scandal, revenge and murder.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Virtual Book Tour - Meet Julia A. Royston, Author of Jillian


Hello! This is one of my tour stops during my week book tour for Jillian, by Julia A. Royston. This virtual book tour is organized by Write Now Literary Book Tours. This tour runs November 6-30, 2017.  Follow the tour here.  Book your own tour here WNL

ISBN-10: 0692528067

ISBN-13: 978-0692528068

ASIN: B016C0HJBO

Book Title: Jillian Book 1 of the Women of the Fellowship Series

Genre: Romance Fiction


About The Author

Julia A. Royston, Author
Julia Royston is an author, publisher, speaker and teacher. Julia provides full-service book publishing services, writing and publishing coaching services as well as hosts workshops and conferences to help aspiring writers become best-selling authors and thriving entrepreneurs. By profession, Julia is a 22-year certified, media specialist/technology instructor with the local public school system. For more information about Julia and her companies visit, www.juliaroyston.net


About The Book



Jillian watched so many of her friends date, get engaged and marry before her. She wondered what was taking so long. Jillian had done all of the right things. She had gone to school, built a thriving company, owned a home, drove a luxury car and dedicated years of service to her church and community. But, where was her love? Come experience the lessons, longing and love of Jillian Forrester. Have faith, your love is on the way too.


Connect Socially




Promotion is not one of my favorite things to do after the book is written.  I love the creative process of writing.  Over time, I have realized that if you don’t promote, people don’t know you have it let alone be able to buy it.  Promotion is key but I have found so many things that turn me off from even looking at your book that authors do.  The following is a short list and I am quite sure that I will discover others but avoid these promotional errors. 

  • Promotion without building relationships.  
  • Only post about their book and nothing else. 
  • Never congratulate anyone else on their accomplishments or book publishing.  If you don’t sow support, you don’t reap support.  Use wisdom but support others.  
  • Authors who don’t travel, whether virtually or in-person to new places to meet new people.  
  • A broader audience must be sought after.  They are not just going to knock on your door.  You must meet new people and get out of your comfort zone.  
  • Unwilling to invest in promotional outlets or other advertisement 
  • Instant Messaging or in-boxing someone with a sales offer as soon as someone accepts your friend request.  Get ready to be unfriended and/or blocked quickly.  
  • Their links don’t work or a take action button or the contact information is not included when they do promote and they lose the sale. 
  • Authors who don’t have an email list.
  • Promoting your book on someone else’ page, group or event without their permission.  Don’t build your following or promote to someone else’s tribe WITHOUT permission.  Ask if unsure.  Don’t just post because you see someone else do it, they may have received permission.


Tour hosted by WLN Book Tours

Monday, November 06, 2017

A WRINKLE IN TIME Trailer (2018) Chris Pine, Reese Witherspoon Adventure Movie

After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him.


Monday, October 30, 2017

New Release: All of Me by Stella Eromonsere-Ajanaku



A Sweet & Steamy Romance Novel


Purchase Links – All of Me


Amazon UK 
Okada Books
Smashwords



~ A Flirty & Feisty Romance Novel

“Incredibly hot, pushy & a real hunk, my neighbour, Jermaine is so in my face, I can hardly breathe on my own. He has a body any woman dreams about with hard lines, tight ass, muscled with tattoos along his arms and inviting lips that keeps me gasping. Yet, I know he’s wrong for me, but tell that to my aroused body as night after night, his chiselled figure pulls me closer in my dreams. I’ve got to remind myself Jermaine double-crossed me, plus my secret taunts me, so there’s no way we can be together. Not a chance!”
~ Roli Boyo

“I’m in
London to find a woman who’s even-tempered, homely and has not given her heart to any other man. Someone who wants me with her whole heart. By a twist of fate, I run into my next-door neighbour, Roli, a stunning model who speaks her mind no matter what. Although she has a list of exes’ and a boyfriend I’ve not seen, she makes my chest tighten and I want to capture her full lips with mine. But she has done something I can’t accept. Yet my feet keep dragging me to her front yard even though I know nothing can come out of our escapades. Absolutely nothing!”
~ Jermaine Tucker

Will Roli and Jermaine find comfort in each other’s arms?




A small pinch went through her chest at the idea she could walk in on Jermaine kissing another woman. Her eyes instantly misted.

“Don’t bother. I don’t want your keys. You can have mine, if you can handle it.”

When she got up to walk away, Jermaine sprang to his feet and blocked her way. “What’s the matter?”

“Nothing.” Yet, her blood boiled in her veins.

He wrapped his fingers around her forearms and squeezed gently. “I saw the switch in emotion on your face. I’m sorry.”

Staring at her feet, she struggled to find the right words. “It’s nothing to do with you. I guess I’m confused about what’s going on.”

“Because of the kiss we shared earlier.” It was a statement, not a question.

Her eyes flew to meet his and her lips parted involuntarily. And his eyes feasted on her lips. Like thunder, he smashed her against his rock-hard frame and bound her body with his arms. She linked her arms around his hips, happy to be locked within his glorious heat. He took in a harsh breath and planted his mouth on her shoulders, her neck and hair.

Mini quakes rumbled through her body and she whimpered in his arms as springs of heat let loose on her skin.

“What’s going on between us, Roli? Can you feel the tremors ripping through me?” he asked when he cut off their kiss. “I don’t care about your boyfriend, I really don’t.”

Jermaine’s words tore down every barrier she had put up in the past few years, as her arms mapped his muscled back, grazed his tough skin and marked his flesh with her fingernails.

“If I kiss you again, I’m not going to stop. You’re a very attractive woman and I’m not immune to your beauty and witty personality. So just give me your keys and I’ll go home.”

Even as he spoke, tears pricked the back of her eyes as her chest tightened and her pulse rate amplified. Leaning her neck back, she stared up at him, wishing for one thing only.

Reading her thoughts with accuracy, Jermaine unleashed an onslaught on her lips and she opened her mouth, welcoming him deep inside.

Moaning sharply, a harsh cry wrenched from within her chest and Roli knew she was lost for good.

Deepening the slide of his tongue inside her mouth, he groaned as shock waves rocked through him. The tremor did not spare her body.

What I said I wanted in a man is at war with what my body craves.

A virgin groom looked less likely with every kiss she shared with Jermaine Tucker–her sexy neighbour extraordinaire.




Stella Eromonsere-Ajanaku, Author
I'm Stella Eromonsere-Ajanaku, author of several toe-curling & heart-fluttering Flirty & Feisty Romance Novels consisting of Contemporary/ Interracial/ Multicultural Romance as well as Historical & Paranormal Romance Books. I write about super sexy heroes and flirty & feisty heroines. My stories are a breath of fresh air, dotted with unexpected twists and are set in fascinating Africa, enticing Europe and enchanting America. An emotional spin is what you get when you read my books.

There are now 19 published books so far. Just so you know, I'm a romantic freak, mother of two fun - loving teenagers, married to my gorgeous husband/best friend and we live in London, UK. If my teens had their way, they would fill our home with a dozen pets. Swimming on my back like a star-fish is one of my skills. Please write or connect with me on social media. I love reading from you.

Find a collection of all Flirty & Feisty Romance Novels:

1. All of Me
2. "You're Mine"
3. Enticed Forever
4. Naked Attraction
5. INDECENT
6. His Ring
7. Royal Cowries (Cowries Series Book 1)
8. His Choice (Cowries Series Book 2)
9. LUST
10. Love at Christmas
11. Husband to Rent
12. Stolen Valentine Kiss (
Holiday Series Book 1)
13. Kiss My Lips (
Holiday Series Book 2)
14. Forbidden Dance (Forbidden Series Book 1)
15. Red Velvet Rose (Forbidden Series Book 2)
16. Tempting Desire
17. Seduced Hearts
18. Stolen Kisses (
Holiday Series Complete Set)
19. Wild Whispers

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Making Your Intentions Clear When It Comes to Dating by Vivienne Diane Neal


How one defines dating will vary depending on the person’s objective. Dating is defined as spending time with an imminent partner, which may occur in groups or just between two people. If dating becomes more serious, it may lead to a courtship that involves a deeper dedication than dating does. During the courtship phase, the individuals may contemplate being in a monogamous relationship leading to marriage, rather than merely enjoying each other’s company for the short-term. But sometimes the meaning or one’s expectation when dating can become blurred.

A man’s explanation of dating may have a completely different connotation than the woman’s interpretation and vice versa. After the second date, the man may see this as being in a romantic relationship and become emotionally attached to the woman, buy her gifts or lend her money, which she may see as a gift, but in the end he is thrown for a loop because he discovers she never had any romantic feelings for him, and he ends up believing he was used by this unappreciative woman. In this case the blame falls on both sides since she accepted the gifts and the loan rather than refuse these enticements right from the start. The same could be said for a woman, who sees her first date as her future soul mate who will provide financial support, and be a wonderful step-dad to her children. She’s in shock because becoming a husband and a substitute father were never this man’s intentions. There was no clarity as to what was expected from each person while dating, causing misunderstandings, resentments, or awkwardness.

One of the objectives of dating is to get to know someone before moving so quickly to the next level, whatever stage that may be. Just because you enjoy being around someone, does not mean the other person wants to become romantically involved with you. That individual may be just looking for a friend or companionship, and not seeking a buddy with benefits.

This is why it is so important for each person to make his or her intentions crystal clear right from the start. Don’t worry about hurting someone’s feelings. If you are looking for sex only, a plutonic relationship, or just a friendship, make it known so you don’t end up misleading or wasting yours or someone else’s energy or time.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Virtual Book Tour - DEADSPEAK 2 by Ruth Bainbridge




GENRE:  Mystery/thriller


BLUR 

DEADSPEAK2. The chilling new entry in the Deadspeak Mystery Series

Things look different when you're dead.

It’s Halloween and a group of teens throw a party at
Harbinger Falls’ most celebrated haunted estate. It’s all fun and games until a session with a Ouija board guides the partygoers to the body of a young girl hidden in the attic. 

Detective Kimberly Trent is assigned the case and quickly discovers that all is not as it seems. First, there’s the connection between the death and a string of petnappings terrorizing the neighborhood. Then there’s the suicide note that only leaves more questions than answers. A visit from Kimberly’s ghostly friend Griff Lindon sheds an unwelcome light. It seems she’s had a run in with the newly deceased who tells her she’s been murdered. 

This is the second in The Deadspeak Mysteries. The entries are meant to be read in sequential order and do not standalone. In each book, you’ll find a new murder for Kimberly Trent to solve. You’ll also find the continuing search for who murdered Kim’s sister Elizabeth. Each book will take you closer and closer to finding out the identity of The Hex Killer, the serial killer who ended
Elizabeth’s short life. It will also bring you to the heart of the evil that’s come back to life to wreak revenge.


EXCERPT 


“No, you can’t come over to explain! I know what I saw!”

Mia Chaukes, the pleasant girl with the quiet demeanor, was shouting. It was unusual for the sixteen-year-old to raise her voice or be this upset, but she wasn’t backing down. She couldn’t. Not after what she’d witnessed.

It went against everything she believed in.

Her eyes traveled the length of the pink walls. It had been her favorite color when she was younger and always put her in a good mood, but would it still work today?

She sought comfort from the color—and from the shelves lined with the vestiges of her past. Unicorns, teddy bears, and other stuffed toys were there with sunny smiles and arms outstretched for a hug, but they only served as a reminder that things had changed and would never be the same.

“Don’t you dare tell me that!” she blasted as more desperation came through the receiver … desperation and elaborate excuses.

Anything but the truth.

She wouldn’t be lied to … not anymore.

“Don’t you dare tell me I’m imagining things! I’ll hang up … I mean it!”

What would have happened if she hadn’t taken that way home? Or if she’d left earlier or later? Endless possibilities, one worse than the other, shot through her mind, each making her sick to her stomach. But before the nausea disappeared, an equally disturbing question rose to the surface.

What did happen?


AUTHOR BIO 


Ruth Bainbridge, Author
Born in the idyllic, sleepy town of Ithaca, NY, Ruth Bainbridge has been a lover of mysteries for her entire life.

Ever since a child, she has consumed detective stories at regular intervals, becoming enamored with all the superstars of crime. She loved nothing more than to match wits with the likes of Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Thomas Pitt, Lord Peter Wimsey, Richard Jury, and Edward X Delaney, becoming inspired by their brilliance. Hoping to emulate her writing idol’s achievements in dreaming up such characters, she started composing her own short stories.

However, life interfered with her plans of becoming the next hopeful to try a life of crime—on paper at least. Devoting herself to her marriage and the raising of four children, the empty nest syndrome gave her the impetus to return to her first love—murder.

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Monday, October 09, 2017

3 Situations When a Family Tree is Important


Many people think of a family tree for use if you are researching your family history. While this is a beneficial use for it, there are many other ways you can use a family tree. Here are three other times when it can be an important part of your project or event.

1. It Can Help Kids in School

A family tree doesn’t have to be just about your family. You can use it when kids are studying history in school. It’s often difficult to keep family names together when studying an era. A family tree can help kids see the relationships of the people they are learning about. For example, a lot of people get mixed up about what relation Franklin D. Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt were to each other. A family tree on the Roosevelts would make it much easier to understand. Sometimes your kids can get extra credit in school for creating one as an outside project.

2. It Can Introduce an Adopted Child to the Family

Meeting a bunch or relatives for the first time can be overwhelming to a child who has recently been adopted. They may have a difficult time trying to keep names and relationships straight. Was Aunt Susie or Aunt Carrie the mom of Joe? Is Aunt Susie married to Uncle Bob or was it Aunt Ella?

When you create a family tree with everyone’s names organized and other basic information included, such as birthdays, it makes it easier for someone to keep track of their new family. Put their name as your child on the family tree, and it solidifies their status as part of your family. This is a great gift to give on adoption day if you frame it, but you can also give it to them ahead of time so they have a chance to learn about their family before meeting them all.

3. It Can Enhance Self-Confidence

There’s an old saying that goes, “you can’t know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been.” This is true for people in many cases. They often struggle with decisions about going to college, getting a job and making other choices. Sometimes it can help to research the past in connection with family.

A child who dislikes their hair color might have a stronger appreciation for it if they see that it goes back four or five generations. It can also be helpful to learn about the struggles of the past in their family. Maybe someone had to deal with a problem of stuttering or dyslexia in the past, which will help your child deal with their own struggles. On the other hand, they will feel pride if they discover an ancestor who inspired change or invented a helpful gadget.

A family tree can be a great way to help a child improve in school, build family ties or develop self-confidence. With so many templates to choose from, you’ll find the perfect option for any need.

Suzie Kolber, Creator of Family Tree Templates


Suzie Kolber created Family Tree Templates to be the complete online resource for “do it yourself” genealogy projects. The site offers the largest offering of family tree chart online. The site is a not for profit website dedicated to offering free resources for those that are trying to trace their family history.


Monday, October 02, 2017

The Cheating Game: A Single Person in a Romantic Relationship Has No Legal Obligation to be Faithful by Miss Know It All


Miss Know It All
 It never ceases to amaze me when I hear a single person say the following: “I broke up with him or her because he or she cheated on me.” But what exactly does the word cheating mean when it relates to unmarried couples? Cheating is defined as acting dishonestly, being deceptive or committing a fraudulent act. But cheating has a different meaning when it happens in a legally committed union as opposed to an unmarried liaison.

How does a relationship develop between two people, and what are the differences when it comes to unmarried and legally married couples. I am using the word legally because very few states recognize common law marriages. For all purposes, I am differentiating between the words legally and unmarried. Let’s look at the following situation:

You’re at a party; you see a person standing in the corner of the room and immediately your eyes meet. Sparks begin to fly, and you both envision that it’s definitely love at first sight. You then exchange telephone numbers, call each other every day, discuss how much you have in common and decide it’s time to start dating. After several months of courting and getting to know each other, you both decide to make a private declaration of your love for each other, and now you’re in an exclusive relationship. Neither one of you will date or see anyone outside of this union.  Even though the bond has been going strong for several months, getting married is not in the cards for neither of you. You may or may not decide to live together. But for now, the both of you are happy as two peas in a pod.

However, somewhere down the road, you discover that your significant other has been cheating on you. Now you’re angry because you assumed you were in a committed relationship. You believed that this person had no right to deceive you in such a way; after all, you gave your heart and soul to this person, exchanged gifts and contributed financially to support the relationship. And to add insult to injury, you never so much as looked at another human being, much less went behind his or her back to be with another person.

Several years ago, I saw a program where unmarried couples were upset with each other because someone strayed in the relationship. The injured party felt the cheater was unfaithful because as a couple, they were in a committed relationship.  However, a woman in the audience got up and said, “There is no such thing as a commitment until you say I do.”  I will take it a step further and say, “There is no such thing as a commitment until you legally say I do.”

The affirmations made by an unmarried couple do not have the same connotations as the promises made by a legally married couple. When a couple obtains the marriage license and makes a public declaration to each other, then you have a committed relationship. A married person no longer has the entitlement to wander outside of the marriage, because each person has made a promise to be faithful to each other in the eyes of the state and in accordance with the state’s official matrimony decrees. And if that trust is broken, there are legal and financial ramifications and usually grounds for a divorce.  On the other hand, a single person who is in a relationship may have a moral duty to be faithful but has no legal obligation to be committed to anyone but his or herself. As a single person, you have the privilege of playing the field. 

Even if you’re engaged, there are no assurances that an individual will be loyal to his or her partner. An engagement is a promise to marry not a pledge to be faithful. So as the saying goes “There is no such thing as a commitment until you legally say I do.”

Monday, September 25, 2017

Creflo Dollar Talks About Dating

Creflo Dollar talks about the importance of asking questions when dating in a hilarious yet truthful way.


Monday, September 18, 2017

Writing Opportunities - Write for Hallmark Publishing


If your book seems like a Hallmark movie or TV series, it might be right for this publisher! They’re looking for male/female romance novels and cozy mystery novels of around 70,000 – 85,000 words in length and love romances and mysteries that also celebrate friendship, family, and/or community ties. All stories must have happy endings.
For romance, they’re mostly looking for light contemporary stories set in the United States and especially love to see Christmas, small town, and seasonal themes (winter, Valentine’s Day, spring, June brides, beach reads, fall), and want to hear about your series ideas.

They’re also interested in romantic suspense and will consider historical romance set in
North America or the U.K. While they aren’t looking for heavy redemption arcs, religious elements in a story are fine.

The publisher isn’t interested in paranormal romance in general, but is open to time travel or a little bit of magic.

For mystery, they are mostly seeking contemporary stories set in the
United States and would love to see ideas for series.

At this time, they aren’t looking for other fiction genres or nonfiction.

No nudity, sex, profanity, or graphic depictions of sexuality or violence will be accepted. Physical interaction must be limited to hugging and kissing. In murder mysteries, the murder must happen “off the page,” and they tend to avoid other heavy or disturbing content.

They prefer third person, alternating between her and his point of view, but will consider a first-person narrative with an entertaining voice and love to see stories that reflect ethnic diversity.

Please don’t mail physical copies of manuscripts. They accept electronic submissions only and never read scripts, so please don’t send them.

For more information, please visit their site by clicking here.

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