Monday, November 19, 2018

Why Some Relationships Fail by Vivienne Diane Neal


If anything has had an impact on relationships is the onset of social media. There were times when people had to guess what was going on behind locked doors when it came to people’s love life. With the arrival of social networks, nothing seems to be sacred anymore. Some people love putting their personal business and risqué images of themselves on these sites.

Maintaining a good relationship is complicated enough. Why add more turmoil to your love life by bringing social media into the picture.

Most people couldn’t care less about whom you met online, slept with, or your latest conquest. The fights you have with your significant other or whom you kicked to the curb are private matters and don’t belong on the Internet for the whole world to witness. And whatever you post on these sites remains there without end.

The next time you want to post your private business on the Internet, you may want to think twice because you could end up hurting yourself and others, or wind up facing a lawsuit.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Money Management Tips for Singles and Couples by Vivienne Diane Neal


Managing your money doesn’t just involve finances but understanding when to implement important legal documents. When planning your personal or business objectives, there will come a time when a legal document, whether simple or complex, will be extremely vital.


Following are some legal documents pertaining to personal finance, estate planning, power of attorney, and real estate planning.

This guide will help you to understand and select the document that will best meet your particular needs. Of course, when planning to execute any legal document, it is a good idea to consult an attorney.

Personal Finance

Check Stop Payment - request to a bank not to honor a particular check.

Lost Credit Card Notice - letter to a Credit Card Company from the cardholder requesting the halt in credit.

Promissory Note - a promise to pay a principal sum plus interest.

Request for Credit Report - a letter to reporting agency for full and complete disclosure of credit file.

Request Under Freedom of Information - letter to any government agency that may keep files on individuals.

Estate Planning Documents

Codicil - an amendment to an original Will that changes or modifies a Will.

Last Will and Testament - a legal document that sets forth the wishes of the testator after his or her death. This document distributes the property of the testator and appoints representatives to administer the estate.

Organ Donation - a document that specifies the wishes of an organ donor.

Premarital Agreement - a written contract between intended spouses, which provides for the division of property, income, and responsibilities to each other and their child or children should the marriage ends in divorce or other means.

Revocable Living Trust - a trust established while alive also known as an “inter vivos” trust that can be revoked.

Power Of Attorney Documents

General Power Of Attorney - an instrument authorizing one person to act on behalf of another, usually in signing legal documents and in making legal decisions.

POA (Power of Attorney) Delegating Parental Authority - appoints a custodian for a minor child or children and specifies custodian’s powers.

Revocation of Power Attorney - a notarized statement by principal rescinding appointment of power of attorney.

Specific Power of Attorney - appoints an attorney-in-fact to perform a specific action on behalf of the grantor.

Real Estate Documents

Claim Of Lien - notifies third parties of a monetary interest in property where work was performed.

Commercial Lease - an agreement to rent commercial property.

Demand For Rent - a document designed to give a tenant a final opportunity to pay overdue rents before the landlord may commence eviction proceedings.

Discharge Of Mortgage - a mortgage holder’s release of the mortgagor.

Mortgage Deed - a borrower gives mortgage covenants to the lender in consideration of a loan.

Offer To Purchase Real Estate - a document used when a buyer is presenting an offer to purchase real estate from a seller.

Quitclaim Deed - a document which transfers title to real estate.

Residential Lease - an agreement to rent residential property.

Sublease - an agreement between tenant, landlord, and subtenant to sublet premises currently under lease to a tenant that retains tenant’s liability.

Waiver Of Lien - lien holder releases all rights to claim any liens for work done or materials furnished.

Warranty Deed - land conveyed with warranty covenants providing assurance of title. 


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Monday, November 05, 2018

Widows | Official Trailer [HD] | 20th Century FOX

From Academy Award®-winning director Steve McQueen ("12 Years a Slave") and co-writer and bestselling author Gillian Flynn ("Gone Girl") comes a blistering, modern-day thriller set against the backdrop of crime, passion, and corruption. "Widows" is the story of four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands' criminal activities. Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, tensions build when Veronica (Oscar® winner Viola Davis), Linda (Michelle Rodriguez), Alice (Elizabeth Debicki) and Belle (Cynthia Erivo) take their fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms. "Widows" also stars Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, Daniel Kaluuya, Lukas Haas and Brian Tyree Henry. 


In Theaters November 16, 2018

Monday, October 29, 2018

Monday, October 22, 2018

Goddess Fish Ten Years Anniversary Tour



Welcome to the Goddess Fish Promotions Tenth Anniversary Month Long Celebration!


Who is Goddess Fish Promotions? And what do we do? 
We're glad you asked!




We didn't want your visit here to be dry and boring, so we decided to have a poetry competition and put what we do into verse. Here are the initial entries:


Marianne:

Roses are Red.

Violets are Blue.

I'm awful at poetry.

Coffee.

Judy:

Twitter and Facebook got you down?

Come see us, we're the best around.

We'll get your book out so people can see

What a wonderful author you happen to be.

Yeah, for some reason, Judy won!

Even better, her poem is correct. We DO offer twitter and Facebook promotions as one of our services!


Check out our testimonials here.


We hope you enjoyed getting to know us a little (more information is below) and we'd like to do the same. We'd LOVE to see a little poem that tells us a bit about you in the comments. We'll be awarding random book giveaways and $5 Amazon GCs to some of the best poetry we find. It might not be at every stop, but when something really makes us smile, we'll reward it! Come on, be daring...

And now, more about us:

About Goddess Fish Promotions

Goddess Fish Promotions was established October 14, 2008. Why? Well, when Marianne became a published author and got her the first taste of trying to promote a book on a budget, there was only one other virtual book tour company in place at the time, and their fees were simply too high for a small press author. After coordinating and running her own tour, she knew other authors could use the same service for a reasonable price. Thus, Goddess Fish Promotions was born.


Because both Judy and Marianne were authors and editors prior to running Goddess Fish Promotions, they approach the business with a unique point of view, and treat their clients how they would expect to be treated.


The people behind the fish


Judy Thomas -- The Goddess


Judy has a college degree in English and she’s worked in retail, education, at her local library as well as an editor for a small press and for the now defunct ShadowKeep Ezine. She’s also a published author so can see things from both sides of the fence. In 2013, she “retired” and now spends her days helping authors make their dream come true—as well as working as much as she can with her local theater group.


Marianne Arkins - Fish


Grammar freak and coffee lover, Marianne wrote her first novel at ten years old, built her first commercial website in 2000, and published for the first time in 2006. She worked as a professional editor for just over a year, and knows what it’s like to write, edit and promote a book on a budget.

One of our interviews during the tour explains our nicknames ... keep visiting daily to find out!


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Now, the goodies ... want to win stuff? Here are the rafflecopters:


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Monday, October 15, 2018

Applications for Art takes Manhattan Award 2019 is Now Open


Art takes Manhattan Award 2019 is now open for applications.

Apply now and be recognized by their curatorial board with their Award Winner Certificate and participating in both of their onsite and online New York Art Week Show 2019 in West Chelsea, adjacent to the world famous High Line walking park and surrounded by the finest galleries of Chelsea. Their New York Landmark site is an unavoidable meeting point for collectors arriving at the Armory Arts Week.

Enjoy watching their latest exhibit.



Monday, October 08, 2018

The Romance Reviews is Having a YEAR END SPLASH (YES) PARTY in November!


DATE: November 1 to 30, 2018 

PRIZES: Grand Prize: $50 GC. Other Prizes: GCs, book giveaways, etc. 

PARTICIPATION DETAILS: 

There are 4 ways to participate

Method # 1: Donate a book giveaway 

Method # 2: Purchase a Year End Splash Party 2018 Package worth 
80 now 68 credits (limited slots) 

Method # 3: Purchase a Year End Splash Party 2018 + Social Media Package worth 
120 now 78 credits (limited slots) 

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350 now 250 credits (3 slots remaining) 

INTERESTED? 

For more details on each of the methods discussed above, please click on this link for more information.

Instructions to purchase the ad packages and how to donate can also be found on the link above. 

DEADLINE: October 20, 2018 

For questions and clarifications, please send them an email at 
carole@theromancereviews.com.


Due to the expected huge volume of email, please allow them to get back to you within 5 days before sending a follow-up email. 

Monday, October 01, 2018

Liar Liar by Nancy Boyarsky Book Blast Tour



This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Nancy Boyarsky will be awarding a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.


Nicole Graves finds herself in the crosshairs when she reluctantly agrees to babysit a witness in a high-profile rape trial. Mary Ellen Barnes is suing her university’s star quarterback for rape when the authorities won’t act. In the court of public opinion, Mary Ellen appears to be the quintessential, pious, good girl. But her lies and mysterious comings and goings lead Nicole to suspect that she’s not what she seems.

Read an Excerpt

Later, Nicole would ponder the truth and its illusive nature. She’d realize how many lies people would tell to protect themselves from it. And, worst of all, how many she herself would tell to get at it. She’d always considered herself a truthful person. Yet she’d find herself lying to others, to her fiancé, and even to herself.



She’d wonder if there was such a thing as the actual truth. Or was truth relative, the product of incomplete or faulty memories, or the limitations of the observer? How often was the truth tainted by what an individual wanted, or needed, to believe?



On this bright day in mid-March, Nicole stepped into the United Terminal at LAX and encountered a situation she could hardly believe. It was as if she’d slipped back in time to the previous year when the media was stalking her. This morning, they were massed in a corner of baggage claim. After the initial shock of seeing them, she noticed they weren’t looking in her direction, hadn’t noticed her at all. They were waiting for someone else, someone they expected to come down the escalator from the arrival gates.


About the Author
Nancy Boyarsky, Author
Nancy Boyarsky is the bestselling author of the award-winning Nicole Graves Mysteries.


Before turning to mysteries, Nancy coauthored Backroom Politics, a New York Times notable book, with her husband, Bill Boyarsky. She has written several textbooks on the justice system as well as articles for publications including the Los Angeles Times, Forbes, and McCall’s. She also contributed to political anthologies, including In the Running, about women’s political campaigns. In addition to her writing career, she was communications director for political affairs for ARCO.


Liar Liar is the third Nicole Graves novel, following The Swap and The Bequest, each of which can be read as a stand-alone. Readers are invited to connect with Nancy through her website.

Website 

Goodreads 

Twitter https://twitter.com/nancyboyarsky

Amazon 

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Monday, September 24, 2018

Why Writing Letters to Cable and TV Networks is Important by Vivienne Diane Neal


A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words. When it comes to showing your support or disapproval of a program, writing a letter or sending an email can make a difference if a good or bad show will become a success or a failure.

How often do we hear people say, “That series was excellent, or that show was insulting?”  Networks and sponsors count on viewers, and they need to receive letters of praise and complaints of condemnation.

Many people do not realize how important writing a letter is, which can determine if a good or bad show remains on TV/Cable.

You can sign petitions, but writing a personal letter and sending copies of that post to the companies that sponsor those programs will put the decision-makers on notice.

Producers, filmmakers, directors, and networks rely on sponsors who look at the profit margins. If viewership is low, chances are the program will be put on hold or canceled. Many decision-makers may never give a new program a chance, to grow a large viewing audience if the show is good.

Let us suppose a major network is planning to produce a reality show that is found to be undesirable, this is where the spectator can exercise his or her influence by writing that letter of disapproval, refusing to buy the sponsors’ products or canceling their subscription to a particular cable or movie channel. Money talks and no money talks.

For every correspondence a person sends to a TV/Cable company, one hundred people will not write. Unfortunately, no one can tell whether those people liked the show or didn’t.

The next time you hear about a negative or positive program coming to your nearest channel, write that letter and encourage others to do the same.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Deadly Sexy Trailer (Official Trailer)

Deadly Sexy the movie. Starring Travis Cure and Stephanie Timothy. A book written by Beverly Jenkins, screenplay written by Iris Bolling, movie directed by Iris Bolling, cinematography by Shawn Jones, music by Nelson Johnson and Dewon, produced by Siri Austin Entertainment LLC. For more information on this project go to https://www.gofundme.com/DS-TheMovie







Monday, September 10, 2018

Beware of Mailbox Theft


Mail theft across the country continues to be an ongoing and serious problem. When crooks snatch your mail, they can steal your enclosed checks and also use the information to steal your identity. Following are some tips from the US Postal Inspection Service to help protect your mail from theft:

Do not use public mailboxes. Use the letter slots inside your post office for mail, or hand it to a carrier.

Pick up your mail promptly after delivery. If you are expecting checks, credit cards or other negotiable items and you are away from home, ask a trusted relative, friend or neighbor to pick up your mail.

If you do not receive a check or other valuable mail expected, contact the issuer immediately.

Never send cash in the mail.

If you change your address, immediately notify your post office and other relevant parties.

When you are out of town, notify your post office to hold your mail until you return.

Report all suspected mail theft to a postal inspector at 877-878-2455.

Monday, September 03, 2018

Kimberla Lawson Roby's 'Reverend Curtis Black' Book Rights Acquired by Reel World Management


Kimberla Lawson Roby
Los Angeles-based film and TV production company Reel World Management has acquired the rights to author Kimberla Lawson Roby's 14-novel series "The Reverend Curtis Black." The popular series tells the story of a prominent and very married pastor who is consumed by money, power, and women.

Reel World Management has acquired the rights to the novels with an eye toward developing a television series, with Roby set to serve as executive producer. Roby has authored 27 novels - 12 standalone novels, the 14 published "Reverend Curtis Black" books, and a new "Reverend Curtis Black" novel.

Amy Schiffman of Intellectual Property Group negotiated the "Reverend Curtis Black" deal.

Reel World Management also recently acquired the 20-book series "
Virgin River" by Robyn Carr and Emily March's 15-book "Eternity Springs" series. "These talented storytellers have each created compelling characters and worlds which have attracted a global fan base," said Reel World Management president Roma Roth. "I am excited to be able to help them build their reach by adapting their books for the screen."

Monday, August 27, 2018

Another Five Minutes by Destiny Booze Book Blast



This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Destiny Booze will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.



Loving him is easy.



Fearing him is necessary.



Trusting him could be a deadly mistake.




Born deaf and living with an anxiety disorder, Brooke Hartley manages life in five-minute intervals. It’s all she can do to get out of bed each morning. She’s hidden inside her sister’s apartment for over a year.



Everything changes when Brooke’s sister goes missing. Her fragile world crashes. She is desperate to find her, and she’ll need help.



Haunted by a past he needs to forget, Scott Derrico keeps to himself until his gallery manager, Autumn Hartley, suddenly disappears. He is forced out of his isolation to help a woman that needs him with a terrifying intensity.



Scott tries to deny his attraction to Brooke. He doesn’t want to get emotionally involved but he craves her like nothing else. And, for her, he is a dark and sexy diversion to overcome her fear.



With a genuinely flawed and relatable heroine and a mysterious and protective hero, you won’t want this love story to end. You’ll beg…for another five minutes…



Read an Excerpt:


Scott stopped so he could stare at Autumn’s sister. He’d forgotten—again—that she was coming. Maybe if he’d remembered, he would have been more prepared.



Brooke was absolutely beautiful.



Her eyes met his, and he couldn’t look away. Those large, gorgeous eyes held him in place better than steel bars could have. He could stare at those eyes for the rest of the day, or week, or longer.



He suddenly remembered his manners. He’d told Autumn he would make this easier for her. He forced a polite smile, completely aware his behavior was not going unnoticed.



With a pointed stare, Autumn stepped toward him. “What’s wrong? And don’t answer where she can see you. She reads lips.”



He turned sideways, away from Brooke, opened his mouth to respond, and shrugged instead.



“Did you change your mind about her working here?”



“No, of course not.”



“Okay. So why are you looking at her like that?”



Again, he shrugged. What was he supposed to say? Sorry, but I don’t want to have the hots for your sister. You should have told me she was so beautiful.



“Oh,” she said, her eyebrows lifting.



Oh? What the heck did she mean by that?



“You realize I have a picture of my sister on my desk, right? It shouldn’t be a surprise to you that she’s pretty.”



He hadn’t noticed the picture. Obviously. And, she was way more than pretty.



Her look of surprise suddenly changed. “Scott, don’t you dare make a move on my sister. I mean it. That’s the last thing she needs right now.”



“That won’t happen.”



“Good. Now, please turn back around and say hello. I want her to feel welcome.”



Right. He turned back, shoved his hair away from his face, and instantly went right on staring. “Hey. Welcome to the team.”



Was that his voice? It was much softer than normal. He had to snap out of this.



She gave such a small smile that he wondered if he imagined it.



Had she understood what he’d said? Maybe he hadn’t spoken slowly enough?



He looked back to Autumn to make sure she wasn’t still glaring at him. She was. Oh hell. He walked away to his studio. This day was not going to get any easier.



About the Author:


Destiny Booze is an interesting name, true? Destiny’s mom found her first name in a romance book. Her last name was a gift from the man she loves.



She writes novels with intense conflicts, ongoing suspense, romance, and happy endings. She grew up at a campground where she spent her summers working long hours mowing, cleaning bathrooms, lifeguarding, and leading activities.



Destiny resides in Botetourt County, Virginia where she strives to be the best wife, mother, and writer that she can be. Her family is always priority number one. Other things of great importance to her are friends and her readers!



Follow Destiny on Amazon, Facebook, Twitter @destinybooze, or her website www.destinybooze.com. Go to her website and sign up for her mailing list for updates on book releases and book giveaways.


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Monday, August 20, 2018

How to Protect Yourself against Dating Scams by Miss Know It All

Miss Know It All
There seems to be no end when it comes to people searching for love, romance or a lifetime partner on social networks, chat rooms and popular dating sites. And many great relationships and marriages have been created. But one must also be mindful that there are folks who have underhanded motives when it comes to meeting someone, which is scamming you out of your money.



When it comes to online dating, a person who pretends to be a love interest and immediately requests money is without a doubt a con-artist. You can protect yourself from being ripped-off by observing the following signs:

·       Once you meet the individual, he or she will want to leave the dating site promptly and use personal email or Instant Messaging

·       Declares his or her love at first sight

·       Claims to live in the USA but are actually living, working or traveling in another country

·      Plans to visit you but a tragedy has occurred, which prevents him or her from seeing your face to face

When you meet someone for the first time on an online dating site, never wire money to cover the following:

·       Travel expenses
·       Medical emergencies
·       Hotel bills
·       Hospital bills for a child or other relatives
·       Visas or other official documents
·       Losses from a temporary financial setback

Never send money to tide someone over after a mugging or robbery, and don’t do anyone a favor by making an online purchase or forwarding a package to another country. One request leads to another, and delays and disappointments will follow. In the end, the money will be gone along with the person you thought you knew.

You can contact the following agencies to report online dating scams:


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You can recover from a broken heart, but the theft of one’s nest egg because of deception may never be fully recovered. Malicious Acts - Tales of lust, greed, deceit, and revenge! By Vivienne Diane Neal

Monday, August 06, 2018

Announcing the World Premiere Film Hero


Inspired by the extraordinary life & times of Mr. Ulric Cross

Frances-Anne Solomon, Director

Trinidad+Tobago Film/18 Festival, a division of the New World Film Centre, is very excited to announce the World Premiere Hero, directed by Frances-Anne Solomon, at their Opening Night Ceremony on September 18, 2018, at NAPA. This is the highly anticipated docudrama about Ulric Cross, a World War II Squadron Leader born in colonial Trinidad, whose distinguished international career as a soldier, jurist and diplomat spanned key events of the 20th Century when independent African and Caribbean nations came of age. Out of this, a new brand of Black leadership was born and post-colonial societies emerged to find their place today on the world's stage.

Stay tuned for information on ticket sales. Read more on their opening night film here.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Wine Tasting Corner



Want to do something unique for your summer entertaining? Ever consider having a wine tasting party? You may choose to have several of the same kind of wines made by a variety of wineries or a variety of wines from a single winery. Following are some hints to help make your wine tasting gala a sip to remember!

The rule of thumb is to provide separate glasses for each person for each wine to be tasted. However, a tasting may be conducted with one glass for each person providing the glass is rinsed between wines. Stemmed plastic glasses are ideal if you wish to provide separate glasses. Unflavored crackers and water should be served so your guests can clear their palates between wines. Begin with chilled white wines. Place each bottle in a brown paper bag and number them. Pour an ounce or two in each glass, so each taster has an adequate amount to judge. Have a large bowl on hand so guests can discard untasted wine. You’ll be judging three things: appearance, aroma and taste appropriate for the type of wine which all sum up to an overall opinion regarding the wine.


 Appearance - The wine must be clear. You can then go on to judge on other characteristics such as brilliance and density of color.

Aroma - According to the experts, 90% of wine tasting is done with the nose. Give two or three short, forceful sniffs. Examine first for the smell or a distinguishing scent of the grape and then for the bouquet. Any strange odor will automatically disqualify a wine.

Taste - Take a sip, pull it back in your mouth and roll it around the tongue. You will be able to distinguish sweetness, sourness, and bitterness, which result from the amount of tannin present in the wine. You will then decide if they are in balance for the wine you taste. Together with the taste of wine you should have a “feel” of the body of the wine in your mouth - full, medium, or light.

Conclusion - Now that you have done all of the above, you are ready to come to a decision. Which wine did you like the best and the reasons for your choice?

If you wish to taste a variety of wines and live near or plan to visit California, check out the following wineries:


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Article reprinted in part from Wine Tasting Corner published in Gourmet News, August 1984.