Spotlight: ‘Beautiful Masterpiece’ by Gen Ryan

“Ryan managed to meld together a sweet love story and a deeply disturbing psychotic thriller. Great
read.” ~ 5 Stars Amazon Review #kindleunlimited

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Madison Harper is no stranger to monsters.
After surviving an unimaginable childhood, she fights her past every day and dreams of working for the
FBI to protect the innocent from monsters like her own father. Her plans are clear: finish her PhD, then
join the next class of trainees.

Her father’s escape fast forwards her plans.
The two agents assigned to protect and instruct Madison offer her so much more than she ever
expected. They teach her about love and pain, trust and loss. But not everyone can or should be saved.
Will Madison avoid being her father’s last Beautiful Masterpiece?

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Spotlight: Joy to You and Me (at Work!) by Amy Thornton

I am delighted to bring you a spotlight post about “Joy to You and Me (at Work!)” by Amy Thornton; I must apologise for the lateness in getting this up but I’ve had a trying month and some blogging promises were missed, but i am slowly making my way through the catchup pile – I hate that I missed special dates but want to try and honour my commitments where I can.

About the Book:

Book Title: Joy to You and Me (at Work!) by Amy Thornton
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 179 pages
Genre: Self-help, Business
Publisher: Tell-Tale Publishing Group, LLC
Release Date: June 5, 2018
Content Rating: PG (This book is for ages 16+, so there is the occasional “damn”, “hell”, and “ass” thrown in as far as language, but nothing worse than that.)

The Blurb:

Are you one of the 48% of employees worldwide who doesn’t like their jobs? Do you feel constantly stressed at the office? Or maybe you’re just feeling “blah” about your job and want to bring some life back into your workplace. If you talk to anyone about their careers or jobs these days, most of the time you won’t hear positive stories or excitement. You’ll probably hear words like “busy”, “stressed”, “exhausting”, and “mind-numbing.” And with the good old 40-hour workweek becoming a distant memory for many of us, this reality is just plain sad.

Joy to You and Me (At Work!) helps turn these situations around by giving the reader easy tips they can implement quickly to start making a positive difference in the workplace. Being joyful isn’t just a “fluffy-cutesy-nice” thing to do each day – it actually increases productivity and is good for any company or organization. The book helps anyone learn how to:

– Be a more joyful person
– Bring joy to co-workers
– Bring joy to customers
– Bring joy to networking

This fun, easy-to-read guide shows people of all ages and personalities how to make a difference immediately to make not only themselves happier, but to spread that happiness throughout the workplace – and beyond!

By sharing stories from the author’s 25+ years of making a joyful difference in the workplace and examples from truly kick-ass companies, Joy to You and Me (At Work!) is a life-changing, fun read for anyone who wants to improve their work life.

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About the Author:

Amy Thornton Shankland, GPC, has been bringing joy to her workplaces for over 25 years thanks to her innate enthusiasm. She is a former Dale Carnegie instructor, has been a grant professional for 17 years, is a former columnist for the Noblesville Daily Times, and is a current board member of Noblesville Main Street.Connect with the Author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook
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Newly Published: Immortal Hearts by Raven Moon

Today I am delighted to bring you another book and one I am looking forward to reading!  “Immortal Hearts” by Raven Moon was published a few days ago on the 25th August by Kingston Publishing.

“His pale-blue eyes caught me off guard, sending a shiver through my body. Could those possibly be the eyes that haunt my dreams?”

The Blurb:

Rainelle Sterling grew up in the Smoky Mountains, so when she returned home, she made plans to visit the place where she spent her childhood.
What was supposed to be a fun relaxing weekend away with her brother, and friends changes as she learns her grandmother’s tales weren’t tales at all, but a warning as she faces a devastating loss, a fight for her life against the unimaginable.
When faced with telling her parents, she learns things that she never knew. Will the broken trust, betrayal, and deceit from loved ones break her? Can she remain strong to survive?
If only she knew then, what she knew now, maybe, just maybe, things would be different. But for now, she must fight to stay alive while she plans her revenge against the unthinkable.
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About the Author:

Raven Moon was born in Southern Indiana where she lives with her family enjoying the country life raising Boer goats, and chickens, spending lazy days with her granddaughters, Yorkie and Pit while enjoying late night bonfires, and nature.
Raven is an avid collector of dragons. She likes old sappy movies, horror flicks, action-packed thrillers, and old cartoons – Mighty Mouse and The Rescuers are her favourite. She loves crafting and makes personalised gifts and swag and natural bath and home products.
When she isn’t writing, spends her days playing with her granddaughters, traveling with her mom, and plotting her next big story.
Raven owes her writing to her late father who’s unexpected passing started her journey in 2014. Now, here she is following a dream from a tragedy.
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Spotlight: Claire's Dad by Shad Arnold

Book Details:

Book Title: Claire’s Dad: How I Earned the Title
Author: Shad Arnold
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 132 pages
Genre: Self-help, Parenting
Publisher: Pinpoint Innovation
Release date: February 1, 2018
Tour Dates: Aug 20 to 31, 2018
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

Like everything worthwhile in this world, the title of “dad” isn’t given – it’s earned.
Society hasn’t done a great job preparing men to raise daughters. That’s a shame, as daughters have a deep, often unacknowledged need for their fathers to take an active role in their growth.
In Claire’s Dad, author and father Shad Arnold offers an engaging look at the difference a father can make in his little girl’s life as she grows into a mature, responsible, and self-assured young woman. Using his own experiences as a touchstone, Arnold explores the principles and standards a father can model for his daughter.
The author is donating a portion of the sales of this book to aid children around the world via the Novitas Foundation.

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ABOUt the Author:

Shad Arnold is an author, entrepreneur, inventor, strategic consultant, public speaker and humanitarian who has founded three companies and two non-profit charities. He has worked as a volunteer and advocate for children for over 30 years. He currently serves as the International Executive Director of Novitas Foundation, the charitable organization he founded in 2013, volunteering his time to raise funds and directly oversee relief and sustainable development initiatives to benefit children in need around the world.

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Spotlight: The Love Fool by Lorenzo Petruzziello

Book Details:

Book Title: The Love Fool: A Rome-antic Comedy
Author: Lorenzo Petruzziello
Category: Adult Fiction, 314 pages
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Publisher: Quill (Inkshares)
Release date: March 13, 2018
Tour dates: Aug 6 to 24, 2018
Content Rating: PG

Book Description:

Set in Rome. Follow the whirlwind antics of a publicist as he struggles to manage his first TV chef client, his new life, and an unexpected visit from his ex-girlfriend.
Alex recently moved to Italy for an opportunity at a PR firm in Rome. His first client is the beautiful Danish chef Pernille Bjørn, a popular model, TV personality, and cookbook author just entering the booming televised cooking show market in Italy.
Alex’s single-minded career focus is soon thwarted by Emily, an ex-girlfriend he hasn’t heard from in almost a decade.
Italy’s modern culture and enchanting sights set the backdrop to this Rome-antic comedy.

About the Author:

 
Lorenzo Petruzziello holds an MBA in global marketing from Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts. His background includes publicity and marketing for many of public television’s popular cooking and travel shows. He lives in Massachusetts focusing on his writing. THE LOVE FOOL is his first novel.

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Author Interview:

Who are your favorite authors?
Probably like many people, Fitzgerald and Hemingway are definitely two of my favorites. Fitzgerald specifically for his observations. I love how he can describe two people having a conversation form across the room through facial expressions and body language. Without even having to talk to each other each understand the other’s attraction. I especially liked how he did this with Rosemary and Nick in Tender is the Night. For Hemingway, it’s his brash forcefulness of just laying it all out there for the characters to pick up the pieces. It’s not chaotic, but I love how the characters all come together in a rumbling sort of way. And I must add Jane Austen here. I was encouraged to read (and watch) Pride & Prejudice and I am so glad I did. The romantic tension between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy was very relatable and quite an influence on what I hope to be my masterpieces – joking.
Speaking of influence, which character in THE LOVE FOOL is influenced by you? Are you Alex?
No. I mean, sure Alex is inspired by me – the skeleton of me. But no he’s not me. I mean I’d like to think I’m not as foolish and immature as Alex. But then again, I think so highly of myself sometimes – delusional may be the word… joking.
What influenced the story behind THE LOVE FOOL?
Well, let’s see. As far as Alex’s profession – it was inspired by my previous profession as a publicist for travel and cooking shows on public television. It was what I knew and why not? But that aspect was also forced by Pernille – the celebrity in THE LOVE FOOL. You see, I had set the story in Rome. And I thought about what was one of the most memorable “things” that people think of when they think of Rome. And I found that answer seemed to be both Roman Holiday and Fellini. Inspired by Fellini’s La Dolce Vita – where the celebrity was a Swedish movie star – I decided to also make my celebrity a Scandinavian. But I made Pernille Danish because I had named her after a friend of mine in Copenhagen. And instead of a movie star, I made Pernille a popular model/TV chef because the TV chef thing seemed to be the rage. Also, I had worked with some Scandinavian TV chefs in the past – so Pernille’s also nod to all of them.
And the LOVE?
Well, now – who can resist a good story about love? Good or bad, one cannot resist – like a train wreck. And adding a dollop of Italy and a sprinkle of food, I was hoping to tempt the reader to dive right in.
How long did it take you to write THE LOVE FOOL?
Too long. I mean, I had started it when I was living in Rome temporarily. I’d say in three months, I had more than half of the first draft complete. But that’s only because I wasn’t really working. I had a lot of time on my hands and I was able to dedicate it to writing. And I was surrounded by the beauty of Rome to push that inspiration, so that helped. But I came back to Boston and worked full time – leaving only evenings and weekends to dedicate to working on THE LOVE FOOL, so that took much longer. Overall, I’d say the first draft completed within eight months. But I reviewed and reworked the draft 5-6 times over. In the end, it took 3 years for the manuscript to be complete and submitted.
How difficult was it to find a publisher?
Very. Of course, I started out sending submissions to potential literary agents to no avail. I kept at it for about a year. Maybe I could have continued on longer but I kept reminding myself – maybe foolishly – that I was a no one. Who would even consider me? I’ve never written anything before. But, I didn’t’ want to rush into self-publishing either. I wanted to see what I could do. But then I discovered Inkshares – a crowdsource publishing outfit. If I was capable of making enough pre-sales to show interest in my book, Inkshares would take me on. And I took a shot, and just made the cusp for representation. Granted Inkshares is a small publisher, so I don’t have a lot of the backing of a large publisher, but I have the support that I was looking for. And because I have a marketing background, the promotional side of it was going to be OK. But boy is it a lot of work. The important thing for me was to see my book on a shelf in a bookstore – and I was glad I achieved that. It was surreal and exciting just to see that.

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Book Blitz: A Pilgrimage to Death by Alexa Padgett

I am delighted tole taking part in the Blitz for “A Pilgrimage to Death by Alexa Padgett today.


A PILGRIMAGE TO DEATH 
ALEXA PADGETT

Publication date: August 14th 2018
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Thriller

THE BLURB:

They murdered her sister. They threatened her church. But their day of reckoning will cost her everything…

When Cici Gurule finds the dead body of a parishioner in the nearby Santa Fe National Forest, she’s horrified to realize the victim bears the same stab wounds that ended her twin sister’s life one year earlier.

Now, as a freewheeling, progressive reverend who’ll stop at nothing to protect her flock, she’ll need to join forces with her detective friend and loyal pair of Great Pyrenees to hunt down the killer before she’s forced to officiate another funeral.

Soon, however, Cici discovers her sister was on the trail of a deep-rooted criminal operation, and her death was no random act of violence. With the criminals out for Cici’s blood, she needs to catch the wolf by the tail…before it goes in for the kill.

Fans of Gillian Flynn, Paula Hawkins, and Stacy Claflin will love Alexa’s Padgett’s new edge-of-your-seat novel! Scroll up and click to start this fast-paced, high-octane mystery thriller!

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EXCERPT:

Sam brought his chair down with a soft thump as it hit the patio paver but he didn’t say anything for another long moment.

“Anna Carmen was my best friend. She helped me through a hard time—she helped me see what I couldn’t then.”

Cici’s lip trembled as she lifted her teacup. “I miss her, too. So much. Yesterday . . . it all came bubbling back up.”

Sam’s hand settled on Cici’s shoulder in that gesture of comfort she’d come to depend on.

“I know you do. And, yeah, I figured it would.”

Jaycee sidled up to their table and settled Sam’s large glass of iced tea on the table. Condensation formed on the glass, dripping down to wet the white napkin beneath it.

“I thought of something,” the girl said.

Both Cici and Sam turned their faces up to the teenager.

“Mr. Johnson told me one time he was meeting someone about a case.” Her brow wrinkled for a moment before she shrugged. “Does that help?”

Sam tugged at his short ponytail. “Maybe. Thanks, Jaycee.”

“Sure.” The girl skittered off to greet some new patrons.

“You think you know what the case is, don’t you?” Cici asked, pouring more tea into her cup.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

With a degree in international marketing and a varied career path that includes content management for a web firm, marketing direction for a high-profile sports agency, and a two-year stint with a renowned literary agency, award-winning author Alexa Padgett has returned to her first love: writing fiction.

Alexa spent a good part of her youth traveling. From Budapest to Belize, Calgary to Coober Pedy, she soaked in the myriad smells, sounds, and feels of these gorgeous places, wishing she could live in them all—at least for a while. And she does in her books.

She lives in New Mexico with her husband, children, and Great Pyrenees pup, Ash. When not writing, schlepping, or volunteering, she can be found in her tiny kitchen, channeling her inner Barefoot Contessa.

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Blitz: Rain on Neptune by Lisa Jade

I am delighted to be taking part in another blitz today for “Rain on Neptune” by Lisa Jade and together with Sage’s Book Tours which is released on the 1st September.

THE BLURB:

Genre: Sci Fi, Dystopian

In the city of Pyre, only those with excellent genetics can visit Earth’s colony planets, including the legendary Orithyia. Those without this advantage live in relative poverty, under the forceful control of the Council.

Quinn isn’t one of Pyre’s elite, though she’s desperate to see the stars. After an incident with the Council’s thugs, she stows away on the latest ship to launch, the Neptune.

But when a series of deadly ‘accidents’ occur on board, Quinn and her new friends must figure out who’s orchestrating the attacks – and why.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Lisa Jade is a fiction writer based in the UK. She lives in Shropshire with her husband and mostly writes Science Fiction, Dystopian and Post-apocalyptic fiction. With two novels already available, she is currently working on a number of new projects.

Having joined her local writer’s group, Lisa has been involved with the creation of annual anthologies, as well as attending and hosting writing workshops. She also regularly takes part in flash fiction competitions and has had a number of pieces of short fiction published.

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EXCERPT:

I wait until the early hours before sneaking out. I creep down the stairs and past Dad’s room, reassured by his squeaky snoring, and pull my rucksack from the cupboard. I try to be even quieter than normal tonight – Alice decided to stay over for once, dozing in the box room that sits upstairs, next to mine. Perhaps she sensed some tension between the two of us and took it on herself to provide a barrier to keep us from clashing. I’ll never call her out on it, but secretly I’m immensely grateful.

Even so, I don’t want her to know where I’m going. If they wake in the night, they’ll know exactly where to find me; but they have no clue how often I’m out here. How often I slip away.

There’s an absolute silence over Level Four as I make my way towards the edge. Despite the warm day, the night is bitterly cold. I tug my jacket a little tighter around myself.

Eventually, I reach a rusted sign. DANGER – KEEP OUT is scrawled across it in what looks like spray paint. A half-hearted, last-ditch effort to keep people like me away from the Drop-off.

None of the Levels have external fences. The floor simply drops away into the darkness, meaning that a drunken stumble or accidental misstep can spell disaster. It’s not quite so bad on the upper Levels – they’re smaller, so falling just means you hit the next floor down. It’s still certain death of course, but here? When there’s nothing but miles of ocean below and no way of being found?

Only a lunatic would come out here.

I nudge past the sign and keep walking.

 

The Drop-off.

Here, the lights of Pyre fall away. The cobbles underfoot sink down into a smooth, white tile. This tile is always underfoot in Pyre, though it’s usually disguised by concrete or shrubbery. Sometimes, it’s bizarre to think about it. Pyre is just a massive airship floating over the Atlantic – and yet, somehow, it’s become a country in its own right.

But I don’t care about that – not right now.

Because as the lights fade, and the chaos of the day sinks back into the folds of my memory, I’m captivated by the stars.

The sky overhead is inky blackness decorated with a tapestry of stars. Swathes of deep blue and indigo swirl above me, highlighted every so often by a splash of pink. The lonely moon resembles a silver disc that sinks into the glittering canvas. And the stars themselves – a million tiny, indifferent specks, images created a billion years ago. Many are already dead, burnt out millions of years ago. In their place are millions of others, stars I’ll never see, patterns that will cascade through the sky like brushstrokes on a scorched, blackened wall.

I can’t help it. When I think about the beauty that must be out there, how long a simple thing might take, how impossible it all seems – I’m filled with strange emotions.

Excitement. Ambition. Hope. And a wonderful, indescribable, near-painful sense of joy.

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Book Blitz: The Freedom Club by Cindy Vine

The Freedom Club by Cindy Vine
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction
Release Date: May 2018

The Blurb:

“We could be anybody and everybody. A group of high school stereotypes with one thing in common. Every one of us has a story.”

Every high school has the bullies, the freaks, and the weird kids that make you feel uneasy. Rourke High has more than their fair share. A few months before the end of their senior year, a group of seemingly mismatched kids get together to form The Freedom Club, hoping that they can support the victims of bullying, before they graduate. As they uncover secrets and lies they plot revenge – and discover love, friendship and truths about themselves, building up to a shocking climax that will leave you reeling. Do you ever really know the person next to you?

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About the Author:

Cindy Vine is an author, mother of three kids, with lots of life experiences she uses as an inspiration source to write her books about. She is a teacher and uses her teaching qualifications to travel around the world teaching.

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