BIO: Brenda Peterson is the author of 17 books, including a New York Times "Notable Book of the Year," DUCK AND COVER and the recent memoir, I WANT TO BE LEFT BEHIND, selected as a "Top Ten Best Non-Fiction Books of the Year" by The Christian Science Monitor. Her new novel is THE DROWNING WORLD and its non-fiction companion book, MERMAIDS RISING: Why Fins Are the New Fangs.
I've drowned twice. Once when I was two and ran into the Pacific Ocean the first time I saw the ocean. It was blissful because I easy remembered how it was to float in a watery womb; and again when I was 12, in a motel swimming pool. Both times I drowned, I was a little shocked to come back to earth-exactly how my mermaid charac
ter, Marina, feels when she steps onshore as a Diplomat-Spy in Florida, 2020 -alien but eerily familiar. In THE DROWNING WORLD,
my new YA novel, Marina falls in love with the world and a human boy, but she's always drawn back to her High Priestess duties and her own undersea home in Aquantis. The romance between human and mermaid is never easy and there's always the question: Can they survive his world and hers? How much will they each have to change to find love? As THE DROWNING WORLD was going to press, a lot of other mermaid YA novels surfaced. I felt 1art of a new wave and wrote a Huffington Post, "The New Wave for Women and Girls: IN Mermaids, OUT VampiresThe New Wave For Girls and Women: IN Mermaids, OUT Vampires that was very popular. Unlike vampire stories, mermaids don't fall in love with eternal death. They fall in love with flawed and complicated real life, specifically humans. Mermaids, unlike Vampires, want to stay in this world with us. The long for us, for our land and our legs. But they also have their own alternate universes that are complex and mulch-dimensional in a future of rising seas and extreme storms, maybe mermaids are here again to remind us that we may have to become more amphibious
ourselves. Mermaids have much to teach us about surviving a drowning earth. To mermaids ours is not a dying world, but one worth loving-and saving. Dive in!
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Buji and Me by Wendy Kelly
4.4 Stars! Free on the Kindle! Paperback $11.15Amazon Kindle Links: USA UK Canada
Drawn from Wendy Kelly’s real-life journey with a rescue dog and her experiences as an animal behaviorist, this handbook identifies basic pet attitudes that can help their human companions lead fulfilled and meaningful lives. By illustrating how to be here now and be full of intention to travel light and be one in love, this guide reveals how humans have more to learn from their pets than humans can ever teach them. Pets are some of the best teachers of how to be in the moment and open to endless possibilities, to be true to thoughts and feelings, to travel without excess baggage, and to embrace the universal love that connects everyone in the “pack.” In addition, Wendy shares her very personal experience with her dog Buji, a bull terrier she rescued from euthanization who ultimately twice saved Wendy from what would have been a deadly cancer.Introduction to Buji and Me by Wendy Kelly
In the twenty years that I have worked as an applied animal behaviorist, I’ve discovered an amazing truth: pets have more to teach us than we have to teach them. Their perspectives, unencumbered by the busyness of human existence, tend to be more focused on what is really important in life. They fully participate in their relationships, always expect the best out of every situation, and never get too little sleep. With animals there’s no pretense, no excuse, no baggage, no worries concerning what happened yesterday or anxieties about what might happen tomorrow. They simply live every minute to its fullest.
I believe that if we take the time to listen, our pets can offer us some valuable keys to getting the most out of this earthly existence. If we will simply pay attention, our pets can be guides to being, well, better beings. How do Iknow? My dog, Buji, taught me—and all he had to do to get my attention was save my life.
Wendy Kelly is an animal behaviorist and a former psychological therapist. She is the owner of Pet Peeves Animal Training, Inc., and the founder of the Pawsitive Life Foundation, a nonprofit organization created to rescue and train dogs to detect early stages of cancer in humans. She is an instructor for the Animal Behavior College, where she helps shape the next generation of positive pet trainers. She lives in Clearwater, Florida. Dean Young is a head writer and cartoonist of the comic strip Blondie. He lives in Clearwater, Florida.
Canary by Rachele AlpineFree on the Kindle!
4.2 Stars Paperback $8.81Amazon Links: USA UK Canada
In this debut novel, a high school girl tries to understand the world, figure out where she fits in, and learn how to stand up for herself when everything falls apart. With the passing of her mother, Kate Franklin’s life unravels at the seams as she loses the only emotional mooring in her family. Her dad shuts down completely, and her brother enlists in the army. Things start looking better when her dad is hired to coach at Beacon Prep, home of one of the best basketball teams in the state. In a blog of prose and poetry, Kate chronicles her new world—dating a basketball player, being caught up in a world of idolatry and entitlement, and discovering the perks the inner circle enjoys. Then Kate’s fragile life shatters once again when one of her boyfriend’s teammates assaults her at a party. Although she knows she should speak out, her dad’s vehemently against it and so, like a canary sent into a mine to test toxicity levels and protect miners, Kate alone breathes the poisonous secrets to protect her dad and the team. The once welcoming community has betrayed Kate, her family is disintegrating, and she’s on her own to grapple with whether to stay quiet or speak out and expose a town’s hero and destroy her father’s career.
Rachele Alpine is a lover of sushi, fake mustaches, and Michael Jackson. One of her first jobs was at a library, but it didn't last long, because all she did was hide in the third-floor stacks and read. Now she's a little more careful about when and where she indulges her reading habit. By day she's a high school English teacher, and by night she writes with the companionship of the world's cutest dog, Radley, a big cup of coffee, and a full bag of gummy peaches. Rachele lives with her husband in Cleveland, Ohio, but dreams of moving back to Boston, the city she fell in love with while attending graduate school there.
Inspiration for CANARY
CANARY grew from a project I did in college. It was for an education class, and we had to research a topic that high school students may face. I chose sexual assault. However, instead of presenting our information in a traditional research paper, we wrote multi-genre papers. These consisted of sharing our information through a mixture of poems, stories, and artwork. One of the poems I wrote really spoke to me, and I kept going back to it every once in awhile.
Fast-forward to a few years later, and I became very aware of how our culture was athlete obsessed. Some major controversies involving both professional and college athletes were all over the news, and it got me thinking about the special privileges that athletes got. I began to think about this type of athlete worship in high school and what might happen if it went too far. The poem I had written in college still stuck with me, and I started to create a story around the piece and our celebrity-like treatment of athletes. CANARY was born out of these two ideas and the poem that first sparked everything is included in the book.
The book contains a mix of prose and poetry. I didn't set out to write the book this way. The first draft was straight prose, but I found it was hard to get into Kate’s head at especially emotional scenes. Everything I wrote didn't sound true to her thinking. I decided to try writing her feelings down in a poem, and I found that it expressed what I wanted to say. I began to create more poems for other parts of the novel, and I found that was Kate’s way of telling the full story. The poems became something she did in private and posted on her blog called www.allmytruths.com
Her blog is actually being released in real-time to correspond with the blog posts in the book.
It is my hope that teens connect to the book and know that they should always speak up no matter what the situation is or what they fear the consequences might be. Speak up no matter how hard it is. There will be someone who will listen to you.
Crux Matters by J.M. Gheen
4.8 Stars! Christian/Spiritual Growth
Free Promotion Starting Date August 15, 2013Amazon Link: USA UK Canada
In the coming pages, we will assemble a framework you can use to address life’s biggest questions, including:
• Who is God and what does He have to do with you and me?
• Why does the world look and act the way it does?
• What are we supposed to be doing with our lives?
You might be wondering how on Earth a little book like this will be able to provide thoughtful answers to those questions and others. The reason is that this little book is based very carefully on a much bigger book – the Bible. However, we are not going to look at a bunch of Bible verses and try to come up with nice ways of applying those verses to our lives. Call me skeptical, but I do not expect a thinking person to bend his or her worldview only because I can present a relevant quote followed by a verse reference. If it were that easy, we could just as well be seeing major religions based on Shakespeare.
So here is what I propose: let’s look at the Bible as a whole. I do not mean we are going to take an academic look at Biblical history or tattered remnants of manuscript. There are plenty of books on those subjects - some better than others. What I mean is we are going to look at the whole message of the Bible. We are going to examine the assumptions the Bible presents and test those assumptions to see if they hold together. If God has indeed inspired the Bible, and if He has intended to communicate with us through it, then there is great value to be had in not only reading the words on the page but also in learning to adopt the perspective from which those words were inspired.
Whether you are a long-time student of the Bible or you are merely curious to see what all of the fuss is about, it is well worth making the effort to understand the “big picture” from God’s perspective as communicated in the Bible. For the devout Christian, the following pages will give you much to consider in your daily devotions. For the wisdom-seeker, this book details a worldview so potent that it has not only had a drastic shift on the course of human history, but also a profoundly personal impact on how millions of individuals relate to the God of the universe.
The following pages contain very few direct quotes from the Bible. However, throughout the text, I have provided annotations which map to an appendix of relevant and meaningful Bible references. The verses and the appendix are hyperlinked in order that most e-readers can jump to the verse and then return easily to the main text. These verses are provided to enable a deeper layer of reading and so that readers who want to make further study of the topics addressed will have handy places to start.
=======Review Excerpt from Joe Anderson, M.A., (Biblical Studies) and Co-Founder of Headwaters Christian Resources:
"The love of God and the beauty of the redemption are truly mysterious, but not irrational. Crux Matters lays out the logic of the Christian gospel step-by-step without glossing over any of the difficult questions. Challenging concepts are explained clearly with carefully crafted analogies. Gheen's explanation of grace and mercy is easily worth the price of the book."
Other Amazon review excerpts:"Fresh and original... the way it is written makes Gheen's reflections feel personal, carefully-reasoned, and anything but merely doctrinal.""Refreshingly logical... would be beneficial for anyone!""[Gheen] assumes that people have been given intelligence for a good reason, and that any God that exists would be discoverable and approachable by reason. He strikes just the right balance between the knowability of God and the inherent limitations of our humanness. Any truth-seeker would do well to read and ponder his writing.""This book is helpful regardless of your religious knowledge. Those who have not yet delved deeply into religious study will find it thought provoking as will those who have a deeper understanding of Christianity. This is a great book that I will read again."
When he is not writing or teaching on Christian theology, Joel Gheen is a finance professional. As an investment banker, he has a strong understanding of complex transactions. This understanding is reflected in his approach to explaining salvation concepts in scripture.
Joel lives in Colorado and enjoys the daily beauty of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. He spends time outdoors with his family and takes particular delight in his morning espresso.
If you have thoughts or comments on his book that you would like to share with the author, you may send Joel a note at JMGheen@gmail.com.
3 For Murder Box Set by Bob Moats
5 Stars! Kindle Freebie! Amazon UK Amazon CanadaAmazon Reviews“ It was really fun to read and left me wanting more. ”
"The Jim Richards series is one of the best in this genre.""Intrigue, suspense and comedy with the series if three. Love this Jim Richards series! Such fun and always a twist! "
This new e-book box set contains the first three e-books of the 28 book series of the Jim Richards Murder Novels. Starting with the book that introduces the main characters, "Classmate Murders." The next are "Vegas Showgirl Murders" and "Dominatrix Murders. Follow Jim and Penny through all their adventures along with their friends Buck, Trapper, Deacon, Lynn and Becker. They go from Michigan to Las Vegas and back to help fight crime and find excitement along the way.
"Classmate Murders" - Jim Richards races to uncover a sinister plot involving a lethal killer, female childhood classmates, and a TV talk show host who he might just have fallen in love with. Someone is murdering women from the class of '67 and it's up to Jim Richards, who has reluctantly just turned sixty, to stop him. Jim receives an email from a childhood sweetheart he hasn't seen in over 40 years, pleading for help but he doesn't get to her in time, she's been murdered. A killer is now stalking and killing his former female classmates for unknown reasons and Jim, along with his friend Buck, a big, mustachioed biker, go off to track down the killer before he can get to one former classmate, Penny Wickens. The killer is also murdering the women right out from under police protection, driving homicide detective Will Trapper crazy, and he slowly depends on Jim to help. There's humor, suspense, wild chases across suburban Detroit with cops, classic cars and motorcycle clubs; murder, mayhem, and a good amount of romance.
"Just finished Classmate Murders - well done! Rockin' good fun!" - John Locke, million selling author.
"Vegas Showgirl Murders" - Jim Richards has survived the Classmate Murders along with his new girlfriend, Penny. This 2nd book brings them, along with Buck and Deacon, across the country to Las Vegas, where Deacon’s sister, a showgirl, narrowly escapes being poisoned, another showgirl took the poison possibly meant for her. Then a second showgirl is suddenly murdered and Jim and his friends must take action to bring the murderer to justice. Jim’s past experiences living in Las Vegas now helps, but his past comes back to haunt him. Could the murderer be a Vegas strip headliner, a comic Jim had worked for, or someone entirely unknown.
"Dominatrix Murders" - Jim Richards, the senior citizen sleuth, has returned from Las Vegas and has opened up his investigation business. His first client is a housewife wanting to find out if her husband is cheating on her, but is there more to their relationship than just cheating? Is her husband a killer of wealthy wives and into bondage? Is this wife going to die or will the murder of his personal Dominatrix stop his plans? To add to Jim’s workload, he also takes on a murder case for a lawyer, to find a mystery woman who can provide an alibi for a man accused of butchering his wife, also a Dominatrix, an odd coincidence. Are the police or someone in high office trying to sabotage this case and send an innocent man to prison, and killing the witnesses?
Bob Moats, has been writing short stories and plays for as long as he can remember. He has lost most of his original stories, typed or handwritten, in the numerous moves he has made from his hometown of Fraser, Michigan to Northern Michigan, to Las Vegas and back to Fraser, where he now lives. Moats became one of the causalities of unemployment in 2009, and had time on his hands to finally pursue a life long dream of writing a full blown crime novel. Thus was born the first book, "Classmate Murders".
What followed was a series of books starting with "The Classmate Murders" which introduces the main character, Jim Richards, who has to admit he has become a senior citizen, reluctantly. Richards, one day, receives an email from a childhood sweetheart asking for his help, but by the time he reaches her, she has been murdered. His life turns around and he is pulled into numerous murders of women from his high school who he hasn't seen in forty years. Along with a friend of his, Buck, a big, mustached biker, they go off to track down the killer before he can get to one former classmate, Penny Wickens, a TV talk show host who Jim has just fallen for while protecting her. The killer is also murdering the women right out from under police protection, driving homicide detective Will Trapper crazy, and he slowly depends on Jim to help. There's humor, suspense, wild chases across suburban Detroit with cops, classic cars and motorcycle clubs; murder, mayhem, a good amount of romance and a twist ending.
Jim and his crime fighters, continue in the other books, traveling to Las Vegas twice, back to Detroit and out to New York to solve murders involving dominatrix; mistresses; Bridezillas; magic and strip clubs.
Talent Storm by Brian Terenna
4.7 Stars! Romance/FantasyKindle Freebie! Talent Storm UK LinkTalent Storm Amazon Canada Link
Hundreds of years after the Great World War, America is a distant memory. In the ashes, new civilizations have risen up from the Wilds. Locke’s Coalition and Liberty Kingdom, bitter enemies, have been at peace for seven years. War is never far from politicians’ minds, though, especially when one is the tyrant Archduke Goldwater. For all of human kinds’ positive traits, the character flaws of corruption, greed, anger, and revenge are etched into our DNA.
In the new world, little technology remains and advanced weapons are in short supply, but today’s soldiers fight with innate power. They fight with Talent… the psionic powers that develop in a random few.
A young Coalition citizen, Jaden Stone, dreams of graduating, having fun, and falling in love. As if his hard-nosed uncle, schoolyard bullies, and exams weren’t hard enough to handle, he discovers that he wields Talent. He’d now be forced to serve in the military, forced to train and fight, all for an organization that killed his parents.
Will Jaden work hard for his people or will his desire for leisure win over? He’s forced to decide when a tragedy shakes his core. Novel Excerpt:
” Ben turned away from me before picking up a few small rocks. “Let’s see if you’re any stronger from lifting all those weights. Maybe you’ll beat me for once.
” Nodding and smiling, I pointed at him. “You first.”
Ben stood, then stretched, his back popping as he rotated his torso. Hefting a rock, he wound up and then threw it. The projectile crossed the wide creek and bounced in the distance before skidding to a halt. Lips pressed in a straight line, I shook my head, annoyed. He topped his last week’s throw by a yard; he always beat me. He turned and smiled, stretching his long toned arms above his body.
I shrugged. “Eh, an all right throw,” I said with a wry smile.
Ben faced me, his eyes crinkling. “Riiiiight,” he said, while slowly bobbing his head. “Okay… beat me then.”
Images of my uncle’s flushed-face appeared before me, fueling my strength. I gritted my teeth while drawing back my arm. In a flash, I whipped my arm forward, releasing the rock. It sailed over the creek, whizzing through the air. With a loud crack, it slammed into a birch tree, punching a hole through the trunk. My jaw dropped halfway to the ground.
Out of the corner of my eye, Ben wavered, looking like he’d topple over. He shook his head, his hazel eyes wide. “Wowww… how did you do that?”
What had just happened? I lowered my head to stare at my hands, turning them over repeatedly.
I slowly raised my eyes to fixate on the hole again. “Jaden? Hello… Jaden.” “What?” I asked, just realizing Ben was speaking to me.
Ben patted my arm quickly, conferring a sense of urgency. Reluctantly, I tore my eyes away from the hole to face Ben.
He leaned in close, shaking. He spoke in a low voice, eyes darting side to side. “I think it was green.”
“What?” I shook my head, attempting to re-ground myself in the world. What was going on?
Now, he spoke louder, emphasizing with his hands in rapid motion. “The rock… it was green. It glowed green. Don’t you see? You’re one of the Talented.”
Author Brian Terenna grew up in Doylestown, PA. He is a Fantasy, Sci Fi, and Paranormal romance writer. His first fantasy novel is, "Talent Storm." He is also writing a book review blog. He is an avid chess player and meditates regularly.
AUTHOR BIO - Vicky Savage
Life has been interesting so far for Vicky Savage. She has resided in seven different states and London, England. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Minnesota and a Juris Doctorate from the Florida State University College of Law. She’s been employed in a number of enjoyable occupations including flag-girl on a construction crew, research assistant to a world famous scientist, trial lawyer, health-care corporate executive, and most recently author and publisher of science fiction/fantasy books. She has published TRANSCENDER: First-Timer and STREAMING STARS, Books 1 and 2 of the Transcender Trilogy and is currently working on ILLUMINOSITY, Book 3 of the Trilogy, expected to be released in late 2013. Vicky lives on the water in Florida with her charmingly boyish husband, her handsome son, and two effervescent dogs. In addition to her family, she loves the ocean, new adventures, Italy, passionate kisses, and room service, in that order.
WRITER’S SELF-DOUBT AND THE COMMON COLD
by Vicky Savage
Okay, you’re cooking along on your manuscript. You love what you’ve written so far, the story’s gelling, and it looks like you might even meet your deadline. Then one day you plop down in front of the computer and what the?...
you just don’t have it anymore. Your mastery of words has evaporated, your ideas turned to dust, and your brain depleted of all creative juju. It’s even looking like the stuff you thought was so brilliant yesterday is actually a pitiful pile of totally banal blather that needs to be thrown into the trash compactor with wet coffee grounds poured on top.
Don’t despair, you simply have a case of writer’s self-doubt. It happens to us all of us. So, what’s the cure? Some would suggest that you must write your way out of it. Well, hello
? Writing’s the problem in the first place. Sometimes a different solution is required to remove the grotesque mass of goo clogging your stream of thought and persuade your fingers to tap those keys again in a magical, enigmatic rhythm that causes delicious prose to literally pour onto the page like hot caramel. Soothing Self-Doubt
Researching this subject, I was stunned at the number of articles on writers’ self-doubt. It’s an epidemic! So how do you wrestle the culprit to the ground and kill it? The short answer is: You don’t! That’s giving self-doubt way too much power over you.
The key is to relax and cut yourself some slack. Self-doubt is like the common cold—you can’t cure it, but you can soothe it and shorten it, and eventually it will go away by itself. Trust me.
Here are a few techniques to soothe and inspire you while waiting for your creative juju to return.
- Embrace your self-doubt. Robert Hughes said “The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize.” Okay, so you’re a talented writer, self-doubt is something you learn to deal with.
- Focus on your accomplishments, and resist the urge to compare yourself to others. Re-read your good reviews and fan posts. Remind yourself how amazing it is that you’ve already written so much. Call your mom, if need be, she’ll tell you how great you are.
- Find a good book on editing and polish up what you’ve already written. It’ll build your confidence and give you something constructive to do until this passes. I recommend Stein on Writing by Sol Stein.
- Re-read a great piece of writing. Dust off your favorite book of all time and be reminded of what inspired you to write.
- Make a list of amazing words and phrases. Read through your list and find one emotion-packed word or phrase you can use. Plug it into your story and start writing.
- Watch Elizabeth Gilbert’s superb TEDTalk “Your Elusive Creative Genius,” http://www.ted.com/talks/elizabeth_gilbert_on_genius.html. She’ll convince you that the divine attendant spirit who really writes your books is coming back.
Most of all, be patient!
by Vicky Savage
4.6 Stars! Free EXPIRED!
"... high adventure and romance in a parallel universe ..." ~Kirkus Reviews
"This is a hidden gem of a novel ..." ~Ensconced in YA
"... the combination of action, adventure, and romance makes this a great title ..." ~IndieReader
Jaden Beckett, typical Connecticut teenager possesses an awesome power she
isn't even aware of until it's triggered by a freak electrical storm and she's
catapulted into a strange parallel version of earth and an amazing alternate
existence. The destiny police want her out. She's got other plans!
In this life she's a princess and heir to the throne of one of the three
surviving dome nations. She has her mother back, a miracle she never imagined
possible. And, just as compelling, is her breathless romance with Ryder
Blackthorn, a wanted outlaw and possibly her one true soul mate.
Can the Inter-Universal Guidance Agency force her to leave this world,
or will Jaden use her gift to pursue the life of her dreams?
by Vicky Savage
4.7 Stars! $3.99
Eighteen-year-old Jaden Beckett has thirty days to make the ultimate decision about her destiny. Which path will she choose? Her current life with her loving family in Connecticut? An alternate life in an intriguing parallel world with the man she loves? Or the astonishing life of a multi-universe Transcender?
In Streaming Stars, Book 2 of the Transcender Trilogy, Jaden and her mentor, Agent Ralston, of the Inter-Universal Guidance Agency return to Domerica, where she reunites with her mother and her fiancé, Ryder Blackthorn, embarks upon fantastic Transcender adventures in exotic parallel worlds, and narrowly escapes a hit squad of black knights.
In the end, Jaden’s decision is anything but simple.