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Monday, December 22, 2014

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Winners of the Flirting with Love book tour are....


THE LUCKY WINNERS FROM THE BOOK TOUR
WHO WIN THE EBOOK OF GAME OF LOVE ARE

Pat W
Jessica F
Roger S
Debbie L
Mai T

CONGRATULATIONS!!


Special thanks to author Melissa Foster for another great giveaway xx


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You can always treat yourself to the new Flirting with Love from here...

BRAND NEW RELEASE........
Book #10 The Bradens, Love in Bloom Series #18

Elisabeth Nash has spent years dreaming of returning to the small town of Trusty, Colorado, where she spent summers with her favorite aunt. When she inherits her aunt’s farmette, she closes her Los Angeles pet bakery and pampering business, sure that life in Trusty will be as peaceful and as welcoming as she remembers. But being an outsider in the close-knit town proves to be very different from the happy summers she remembers from her childhood—and falling for Trusty’s hot, wealthy, and sinfully irresistible veterinarian, Ross Braden, sends the rumor mill into a frenzy.

Ross Braden learned long ago that gossip spreads faster than weeds in his small hometown, and Ross loves nothing more than his privacy. For that reason, he doesn’t date women who live in Trusty. But that was before blond, beautiful, and refreshingly honest Elisabeth Nash flew into his vet clinic seeking help for her panicked piglet and turned his comfortable life—and his heart—inside out.

Despite rumors about Elisabeth’s motives toward her aunt’s property, passion brews between Elisabeth and Ross. Every steamy kiss and every sensual touch brings the pair closer together, and when Ross helps Elisabeth try to fit into the town he adores, it makes their bond even stronger. But even Elisabeth’s efforts toward reaching the community, and the love she and Ross so desperately believe in, might not be enough for the protective small town to offer them a future. 

THE BRADEN COUSINS are one of the newest additions to the LOVE IN BLOOM series.
**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

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Winners of the Holiday Bliss book tour giveaway are....


THE LUCKY WINNERS ARE

Jo R
Jessica AC
Kim RK

CONGRATULATIONS!!

Special thanks to authors Kathleen Shoop, Marcy Waldenville, JD Wylde for this great giveaway xx


Didn't Win??
Don't Worry!!
You can always treat yourself to Holiday Bliss from here.....

Holiday Bliss is book 2 in the Bliss series-- It comprises three romantic novellas by three different authors--set in different era's, in one home on the water called, Bliss.

Tending Her Heart by Kathleen Shoop 
Julie Peters' plans to modernize Waterside Hospital's labor and delivery protocols are thwarted by old school doctors and brown-nosing colleagues. But a handsome doctor who understands her point-of-view has a fine bedside manner and a way of Tending Her Heart that has forever-after attached to it. Can a Thanksgiving stay in the regal home called Bliss give her the space she needs to right her future and fall in love? 

The Christmas Miracle by Marcy Waldenville 
Brenan Brown has a terrible secret. One his beautiful wife doesn't know about. One that could destroy his happiness and his family. One he'd thought he buried along with his former identity in a grave in Ireland. But shady characters--terrorists really--from his past come to the stately mansion with blackmail and kidnapping on their minds. And with his family's after at risk, his future in peril, all Brenan can hope for is The Christmas Miracle. 

Holiday Wish by JD Wylde 
Vaughn Jennings has one rule he refuses to break. Not even for Chelsea Chathford, the curvaceous master carpenter he employs. With just reason. But with every day that goes by, it gets harder and harder to follow his rule. Can he follow his heart? Or forever wish he had? Because Christmas comes but once a year. And with it, the only chance to have his Holiday Wish come true.

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Winners of The Mists of Time book tour giveaway are....


THE 2 LUCKY WINNERS ARE

Nadene R
Linda B

CONGRATULATIONS !!


Special thanks to author Delia Colvin for a wonderful giveaway xx


Didn't Win??
Don't Worry!!
You can also treat yourself to The Mists of Time from here....

Book 4 of Bestselling Oracles Series, The Mists of Time
The saga continues....

It began with a love more powerful than death. In modern day Manhattan, handsome Alex Morgan’s love for his soul mate, Valeria was both legend and tragic. Until, after 3000 years, they were finally able to destroy their ancient enemies—or so they believed. But on Christmas Eve, a decisive flash of lightning, opens a window in time and their future is changed forever...

In search for answers to their missing friends, Paolo Carrara leads them into the Underworld. And with one fateful step, Alex disappears into the past, igniting hidden passions, betrayals and a possible end to the people that Valeria loves most—including Alex. 

To save her husband and friends, Valeria must travel to ancient Greece, praying that she can save him and the others, as the life that they knew vanishes into the mists of time... "The Oracles does for Greek Mythology what Outlander does for the Klans of the Scottish Highlands!"

THE ORACLES 
A love more enduring than life...than death...than destiny.


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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Christmas Advent - Happy Holidays !!



Wishing everyone a happy holiday weekend, plenty of shopping at the ready !!

Have a look at our Christmas Advent Calendar below - 
awesome reads, special prices & freebies on books

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas Advent - After the Fog by Kathleen Shoop


***2013 Eric Hoffer Award Finalist*** 
 ***Independent Publisher Awards: 2012 Silver, Best Regional Fiction–Mid-Atlantic*** 
 ***National Indie Excellence Awards: 2012 WINNER-- Literary Fiction*** 

 For every woman who thinks she left her past behind…Historic, environmental drama wrapped in a love story... 

 It's 1948 in the steel town of Donora, Pennsylvania, site of the infamous “killing smog.” Public health nurse, Rose Pavlesic, has risen above her orphaned upbringing and created a life that reflects everything she missed as a child. She’s even managed to keep her painful secrets hidden from her doting husband, loving children, and large extended family. When a stagnant weather pattern traps poisonous mill gasses in the valley, neighbors grow sicker and Rose’s nursing obligations thrust her into conflict she never could have fathomed. Consequences from her past collide with her present life, making her once clear decisions as gray as the suffocating smog. As pressure mounts, Rose finds she’s not the only one harboring lies. 

When the deadly fog finally clears, the loss of trust and faith leaves the Pavlesic family—and the whole town—splintered and shocked. With her new perspective, can Rose finally forgive herself and let her family’s healing begin?.

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A Language Arts Coach with a Ph.D. in Reading Education, Kathleen lives in Oakmont, Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.

Kathleen's debut novel, The Last Letter was garnered multiple awards in 2011.  Her second novel, After the Fog (Silver IPPY), was a category finalist in the 2013 Eric Hoffer Book Awards. Her third novel, Love and Other Subjects, earned a Silver medal in the Independent Publisher Book Awards and received an Honorable Mention from the San Francisco Book Festival. Recently, Kathleen has released the her first romance novella, Home Again (Book One) and Book Two, a novel-length work in the Endless Love series called Return to Love. Books Two and Three in the historical fiction series that started with The Last Letter are near completion.

Kathleen has been featured in USA Today and the Writer’s Guide to 2013. Her work has appeared in The Tribune-Review, four Chicken Soup for the Soul books, and Pittsburgh Parent magazine. She lives in Oakmont, Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.

Kathleen's Christmas Wish...
"Just to share wonderful, magic moments with family. I love the lead up to Christmas more than anything."

Funniest Christmas Memory...
"My funniest Christmas moment was when my older brother, my sister and I pretended to be elves so our little brother would think Santa was real and that he had helpers watching him all the time. We made beards of cotton balls and dressed in robes and hats--it was a success--he believed. A close second was when we did a rendition of the Christmas story and used that same little brother as baby Jesus--he was probably 6 months old--we put him in a doll cradle and as we were all reading our parts, he crashed through the bottom, adding levity to a serious tale!"  

Best thing about Christmas....
"Giving gifts and seeing people smile just being together."

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Book Review - Dyslexic Dick - The Marine Corps Truly Uncommon Experience by Richard W Kraemer

Book Review
Dyslexic Dick - The Marine Corps Truly Uncommon Experience 
by Richard W Kraemer

Book Description
This autobiographic story is about my life in the Marine Corps, and it is unlike any other story you'll ever read about the Marines. It's not a war story, although it did take place toward the end of the Vietnam War. So, don't look for a John Wayne type character in the author, it's just not me. It was at a time when the draft had just ended, and this was the beginning of an all-volunteer armed service for our country. It's not a victim's story because I'm dyslexic. I'm much more of a man because I'm dyslexic and a Marine veteran, as the story tells.

The Marine Corps and my dyslexia helped me achieve great things in life. However, being a dyslexic Marine does have it's drawbacks, too. This story is a humorous, adventurous, and emotional account of my experiences as a Marine. But, it also tells what happens when things are not so honorable. I talk about being pulled from basic training, and shipped to the dark side of Parris Island, a place no Marine talks about. I talk of my horrible family tragedy, and the effect it had on me and the ones I loved.

I speak about both at home and abroad of romance, lust, love, and heartbreak. You'll read what it's really like to travel around the world on a Navy ship, seeing ports of call. The story is nothing like one told before. I tell of my accomplishments as a Marine, and also write of my long list of criminal activity. I wrote about the criminal underworld of the Marines, a few good criminals, but most were not that good. I talk about the thieves, loan sharks, and drug dealers living among us at our barracks and on the open seas. I told of stories about drinking, drugging, and fighting. I spoke of many honorable Marines and some pretty despicable characters. This is one true real life Marine Corps story, and I am proud to say it's my own.

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Our Book Review
Dyslexic Dick 2 is a very hard hitting and truly honest account of the author's life from the time he joins the marines, it is an emotional roller coaster full of love, humour and tragedy.  The author has the strength and determination to succeed and not give in and he describes how you will either love or hate him.  He is very loyal to the people he trusts and feels a very strong attachment to his marine corp.  The traits and issues of having Dyslexia are clearly defined and help us understand the nature of the ailment.

I have read a lot of people's life stories but not one which is so totally honest and relieving. The escapades that the author gets himself into without him thinking about the consequences add a lot of humour and you find yourself thinking of the writer as a lovable rogue.

If you like an autobiography with no hold bars and written with total honesty you will love this book.

Our Rating

About the Author
I was born into a blue-collar middle class family in the mid-1950s. My parents'™ aspirations for their children were realistic for the time, the girls would grow up to be housewives, and the boys would grow up to be tradesman in some labor union. My parents did not think their children would ever go to college, because higher education was so expensive at the time that only the upper middle class or the rich children had a chance to have a job as a professional who worked in an office.

As I grew up at the time as an unknown dyslexic, struggling to keep up with my fellow classmates academically, I slowly became socially isolated, and ashamed of myself. When I was 13, my parents had finally discovered through psychological testing that I was dyslexic. They had three choices. First, send me away to a special school for dyslexic children, which was out of reach financially for a one-paycheck family with five children. Second, enroll me in special education in my school district, which had severally mentally disabled children, in which I would be taught how to iron, cook, break change of a dollar, and basic human hygiene. At the time, I had already mastered those life skills. Third, main stream my education with the rest of children with no special accommodation, and with hard work maybe graduate high school. My psychologist like some others in his profession, even to this day, suggested the 3rd option. My parents followed the psychologist advice, and also decided not to tell me or anyone else about my dyslexia. My parents thought that I would use the disability as an excuse and it would hold me back from my highest academic potential.

Now in my mid-50s, I consider myself a successful family man. I was a United States Marine Corps Vietnam Era veteran. I joined the Amalgamated Lithographers of America in 1979, where I worked as a printer. In 1989, I earned my A.A.S. degree in Business Management at Orange County Community College. I pursued a career in information systems in many Fortune 500 companies, working my way up from computer operator to the position of Director of Production for Automatic Data Processing Inc. in 1998. In 2003, I changed my career to become a top selling real estate agent for some of the largest firms in upstate New York. I live in Warwick, New York, with my wife of 36 years and daughter.

Yes, you might say, "Hey, you had dyslexia, had no special accommodations for your learning disability, you're a successful guy and your life turned out just fine." You are right, if you were to summarize my life accomplishments in a paragraph. However, how I achieved those accomplishments was, by no stretch of the imagination, easy for me. In my first book, Dyslexic Dick: True Adventures of My World, I tell of all the crazy things I had gotten myself into, the social and personality effects of dyslexia. In short, if I had a child with dyslexia in today's day and age, I would look for educational accommodations to help my child succeed in life. Because if you don't, you could be unleashing on to the world a social outcast, career criminal, a drunk, drug addict, a loner, someone who is continuously unemployed, or they might become a successful citizen like me. Yes, there is strong psychological evidence that suggest dyslexics have a very high rate of all of these counter-social traits, and that only 25% of dyslexics end up like me. In fact, it will become very apparent in my next book, Dick becomes all of those anti-social things above, until he meets the love of his life, even then some of those traits still don't go away.

After writing my first book, I wanted readers to take away from the story that a dyslexic child should not have to grow up and be denied an appropriate public education. What is shocking to know is that over four decades after my story took place, the same type of story is unfolding to millions of students right now in our nation. I had discovered that only the upper-middle-class and rich dyslexics would be educated using the Orton- Gillingham Multi-Sensory Learning Methods. These methods had been proven to teach people with dyslexia for over 60 years. It is a harsh reality that today's people with dyslexia have to face. Dyslexic Advocacy groups had been battling for decades, to get every dyslexic a public education that was appropriate. I thought the fight for dyslexics was a noble one, and I, too, wanted to advocate for people with dyslexia. I am now a Dyslexic Advocate. My first book was recognized by the New York Chapter of the International Dyslexia Association "Everyone Reading", and I had a book signing at their 2013 annual conference. On March 28, 2014, I published the second book of the series of my military career, Dyslexic Dick II: The Marine Corps Truly Uncommon Experience. I want the reader to realize what could happen to a young dyslexic adult who is not remediated. The other reason I write these books was the challenge it presented me. All my life, I had struggled with reading and writing. Even during college, I barely squeaked by to earn my degree. I loved to write stories, but my professors were not interested in the story, only the correct English protocol for scoring. Then years later after discovering, what dyslexia really was and the effect it had on my life, I took on the biggest challenge of my life. I decided to write a book about my life. After I finished the first book, I let a few people read it and they loved it. I then reflected on my story, and realized that it was a funny and exciting life I had lived. If it were a boring story, I would have never published it. Because I might be many things but boring was not one of them. So there you have it. I like to advocate for people with dyslexia and I love to entertain all people while doing it.

Richard "Dick" W. Kraemer   
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Winners of The Vineyard giveaway are....


THE LUCKY WINNERS ARE

Mary P
Ally S
Rose S-S
Tia
Jennifer E

CONGRATULATIONS!!


Special thanks to author Michael Hurley for this wonderful giveaway xx


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A Beautiful Island in New England.
A Time of Healing for Three Women.
A Moment of Destiny for One Man.

From Michael Hurley, winner of the Somerset Prize, comes a tale of old money, young passion, and ancient mystery.

Ten years after their college days together, three wounded and very different women reunite for a summer on the island of Martha's Vineyard. As they come to grips with the challenges and crises in their lives, their encounter with a reclusive poacher known only as "the fisherman" threatens to change everything they believe about their world--and each other. 

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas Advent - The Trouble with Christmas by Kaira Rouda


At 35-years-old, Cole Stanton is burned out. His high-paced, uber-successful career has left him yearning to start over. He finds Indigo Island, buys a restaurant and settles into an uncomplicated life. But Christmas is a mess. He has over-committed the small restaurant’s resources again, and is over his head. He finds himself longing for everything he has left behind, until a chance encounter with gorgeous Lily offers a spark of salvation to his business and, perhaps his life. 

Beautiful pastry chef Lily Edmonds is thirty years old and heartbroken. It’s just before Christmas and she’s just been dumped by via telephone by her fiancee. Her best friend Avery Putnam invites her to Indigo Island, hoping to add joy back into Lily’s life. A chance encounter with the sexy owner of a local restaurant makes Lily feel an attraction she thought she’d never feel again, and offers her a business challenge to keep her mind focused on something other than her broken heart. 

 Cole Stanton and Lily Edmonds are both starting over. Will the joy of the holiday season bring them together or will the troubles with Christmas push them apart? 

 Southern Born Christmas 
 Book 1: Holiday at Magnolia Bay by Tracy Solheim 
 Book 2: Just in Time for Christmas by Kim Boykin 
 Book 3: A Very Married Christmas by Erika Marks 
 Book 4: The Trouble with Christmas by Kaira Rouda

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Kaira Rouda is an Amazon #1 bestselling, multiple award-winning author of three women's fiction novels including HERE, HOME, HOPE, ALL THE DIFFERENCE and IN THE MIRROR. 

Tule Publishing Group's Southern Born imprint is publishing her new contemporary romance series set on INDIGO ISLAND: WEEKEND WITH THE TYCOON, Book 1; LINES IN THE SAND, Book 2; and THE TROUBLE WITH CHRISTMAS, Book 3. Four more books in the series will be out in 2015. 

Her nonfiction title, REAL YOU INCORPORATED: 8 Essentials for Women Entrepreneurs, continues to inspire women internationally. 

She lives in Southern California with her husband and four almost-grown kids, and is at work on her next novel.

Kaira's Christmas Wishes...
"To remember to treasure every moment of sparkle and love, even with the chaos the season can bring."

Fondest Christmas Memory...
"Every year, when we gather around the tree and tell each other what we love most about each other, before tearing open the presents."

Top 3 things to do at Christmas...
1. be with my family - the meals, the laughter, the games - just everything 
2. decorate for the holidays - and I go all out! 
3. watch the face of one of my kids when I’ve surprised them with the perfect gift

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