Monday, September 8, 2014

Haunting Tales of Spirit Lake: An Anthology. Spooky, Strange, and Haunting Tales In A Fictional Georgia Mountain Town

 
 
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 The Perfect Halloween Read!
 
 
An anthology of spooky, strange and haunting tales set in a fictional Georgia mountain town featuring the appearance of a ghost ship on Spirit Lake.


Gilded Dragonfly Books challenged nine great authors to write Halloween stories with a fictional setting for this anthology. The authors brain-stormed and came up with Spirit Lake in North Georgia, a quiet, quaint little town that hunkers on the shore of a lake with the same name. The unspoiled lake offers water sports and other entertainment, but hasn’t become commercialized to the point of being overcrowded or gaudy. Nice friendly people share Southern hospitality and friendship. Only this Halloween, the town’s favorite holiday, things happen to test the mettle of Spirit Lake’s residents. 

No two witnesses will give the same details of any incident, and none of our nine authors tell the tale the same way. In this anthology the authors share their versions of what happened, so sit back and enjoy each tale, and decide which one you would rather be caught up in this Halloween. 

Editors Mary Marvella, Melba Moon, and Jackie Rod hope you enjoy these stories.

Authors:
 
Melba Moon, Mary Marvella, Jackie Rod, Jodi Vaughn, Georgiana Fields, Carol Ansardi, Nan Monroe, Yasmin Bakhtiari, and John Robinson. 

Authors and name of their story below. A few photos borrowed from Facebook.
 
 

Haunting Tales of Spirit Lake is rocking in the Kindle Store
 
Link here to buy your copy.
 
 
Mary Marvella, Editor for Gilded Dragonfly Books 
Author of Vivian's Secret Desire
 
 
Jackie Rod, Author of True Self
 
 
 
 Jodi Vaughn, Author of Stolen Voices
 
 
 
 
Carol Ansardi, Author End Of The World Bar
 
 
and
 
Melba Moon, Author The Third Princess Of The Inola
 
Georgiana Field, Author A Captain's Tale
 
Nan Monroe, Author Sybilla Disante And The Sepia World
 
Yasmin Bakhtiari, Author Mo Cuishle, Chuisle Mo Chroi, Pulse of My Heart
 
John Robinson, Author Best-Laid Plans
 
 
The perfect spooky gift for your friends for Halloween and a good read before you pull the covers over your head at night in bed! As always, please leave a review on Amazon if you loved this book!
 
 

 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Joseph M. Rinaldo, author Valerie's Retreat

 
 

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About the book:
 
Trying to find happiness they happen to commit a little crime - make that a little felony, and dash out of the country. Now they're happy - mostly.

 

Valerie, a 40-ish Head Teller at a bank, has met Franco, 16 years younger and studying for a doctorate in archaeology. He is stunned yet eager to begin a relationship with this attractive "cougar", and they become lovers. Their lives begin to unravel when Valerie's female bisexual boss makes advances (and threats) toward Valerie and Franco is accused of the theft of an Incan artifact from a museum where he has been working part-time. Frustrated, under surveillance by the FBI, and seeing no way out of their dilemma, they decide to steal money from Valerie's bank and flee the country. They go to Peru to start a new life, but they find there the same type of corruption and threats. How can they escape their nightmares and make their dreams come true?
 
 
With a large cast of characters; two richly detailed descriptive settings; an intriguing look into the workings of the banking industry and the archeology field; riveting international political drama; and a steamy sex filled romance added into the mix, Valerie's Retreat takes the reader on one hell of a thrilling roller coaster ride that romantic thriller fans will appreciate. . . . Jersey Girl Book Reviews
 
 
Meet the author:
 
 
Joseph Rinaldo
 
Born in Illinois, I nevertheless spent most of my formative years in Kentucky. I attended The Ohio State University and am an avid Buckeyes fan. I currently work in finance, am married, and am the father of a wonderful young woman with Down syndrome.

I have written four novels that have been published. A Spy At Home, Hazardous Choices, A Mormon Massacre, and my newest release, Valerie's Retreat are currently available on Amazon.

The protagonist in Valerie's Retreat runs off with a man sixteen years her junior. My wife is sixteen years my senior, so many of our triumphs and trials have made their way into this book. Our relationship provided a good foundation for the two main characters’ lives together. The way his and her friends react to their age disparity also derives, at least in part, from my own experience.

For approximately one year I labored as a Head Teller at a bank. This employment history enabled me to create a believable bank robbery. The theft described in Valerie's Retreat is easy to conceive and execute, but leaves a very clear path to the perpetrator. That is why the characters had to immediately run. 

Valerie doesn't consider herself a "Cougar". Franco, her boyfriend, happened to attend the same church singles dance on the same night. They talked, talked some more, went on a date, and presto- they're boyfriend/girlfriend. That's how it happened with my wife and me. "Cougar" makes the women dating younger men seem somewhat predatory. That isn't the case at all with Valerie or my wife. For the record, my wife never considered robbing a bank either. Well, maybe considered, but never planned it out.
 
 
 
 
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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Voices of the Sea by Bethany Masone Harar


 Available on Amazon and Kindle
 
 
The Perfect Young Adult Novel For Your Teen - But You Will Love It Too!
 
 
On Monday, July 28, Bethany Masone Harar kicked off her blog tour with WOW! Women On Writing on The Muffin. Read her wonderful interview there and check out the schedule of all her stops on this very special blog tour.  Book give-a-ways, interviews, a dog story, and more are featured along the way. Link here to go to The Muffin.


 

About The Book:

The Sirens of Pacific Grove, California are being exterminated, and seventeen-year-old Loralei Reines is their next target. Lora may look like a normal teenager, but her voice has the power to enchant and hypnotize men. Like the other Sirens in her clan, however, she keeps her true identity a secret to protect their species.
 
Lora's birthright as the next clan leader seems far off, until the Sons of Orpheus, a vicious cult determined to kill all Sirens on Earth, begin exterminating her people. When an unexpected tragedy occurs, Lora must take her place as Guardian of the Clan. 

Lora is determined to gain control of her skills to help her clan, but they are developing too slowly, until she meets Ryan, a human boy. When Ryan is near, Lora's abilities strengthen. She knows she shouldn't be with a human. Yet, she can't resist her attraction to him, or the surge in power she feels whenever they're together. 

And the Sirens are running out of time. If Lora can't unlock the secret to defeat the Sons of Orpheus, she, along with everyone she loves, will be annihilated.

Voices of the Sea includes a rich history of Sirens. Mythology and modern life come together in this beautifully written book that draws the reader in from the first chapter.
 
About The Author:
 

Bethany Masone Harar


 
Bethany Masone Harar graduated with a Bachelor's degree in English from James Madison University and a Masters in Secondary English Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has enjoyed teaching high school English ever since. As a teacher, Bethany is able to connect with the very audience for whom she writes, and this connection gives her insight into their interests. As a writer, she wants to make her readers gasp out loud, sigh with longing and identify with her characters.
 
Bethany also enjoys posting on her blog, bethsbemusings.blogspot.com, is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and is an avid follower of literary-driven social media.
 
She resides in Northern Virginia with her husband, two beautiful children, and her miniature poodle, Annie.

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Have A Dog That Rules?" Writer With Dogs" Blog Wants To Share Your Story


Visit "Writer With Dogs" and find authors with great dog stories to share. If you are a writer and have a dog story I'd love to feature you on the blog!




I am blog crazy. Those who know me know I have way too many blogs! 

I also love to promote other writers, as I do here on Book Talk.

But I have my favorite blog that is all about dogs and have started something new on it.

My "Writer With Dogs" blog was started in 2010 and has hosted many rescue dog sites, dog stories, contests, and book reviews. This week I decided to change the format and revamped its look. I want to feature authors who have a dog in their book, live with a dog that rules at home, and others who have great dog stories to share.

I think this will be a lot of fun. Especially for me - the gal with six dogs! I love a book with a dog on the cover, a dog as a character in the book, and if you've rescued a dog  . . . . you know . . .
 
 
 
 
Please share the word with all your dog-loving friends. I am looking for authors who would like to be featured on "Writer With Dogs" blog. Check it out by linking here.
 
 

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Grateful for Everything by Skip Johnson

 
 
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About the book:

We’ve all felt grateful for something in our lives. But what about feeling in some way grateful for everything that happens to us—whether good, bad, tragically unexpected or carefully planned? 

That’s the premise of Skip Johnson’s insightful guide, Grateful for Everything: Learning, Living, and Loving the Great Game of Life. Johnson’s book opens readers’ eyes to the possibility of finding peace, harmony and fulfillment through the simple, yet challenging, task of being thankful for everything in our lives.  

Drawing on his own experiences as a competitive tennis player and Master Pro, coach and business owner, Skip Johnson has mastered the art of “living and loving the great game of life.” He’s faced some tough challenges, but learned to embrace not only the harmonious times in life but also the ones that made him feel disappointed, worried and even grief-stricken. 

“This book is not a way to learn to be ‘happy’ about whatever happens to your life,” Johnson explains. “What we will explore is how to take the hand that we have been dealt, develop steps to become grateful for the lessons to be learned, and then begin to weave it all into a mosaic of life that resembles more of a great game to play, instead of a mire to be trudged through on a daily basis.” 

Johnson does not promise that difficult times will go away or that “hot emotions,” such as anger, frustration and fear, will disappear. What he does propose is that putting Grateful for Everything into action will create empowering tools to help people deal with these emotions.


Seven Lessons to be Learned from Reading
Grateful for Everything:
Learning, Living and Loving the Great Game of Life 

·       How to successfully see the game in life, as opposed to seeing life as a daily battle we must endure.
·     How developing a spirit of gratitude can open doors you never thought possible and allow you to make a difference in your community.
·    Which personality traits are keys to success and which are landmines to avoid in your journey.
·    Which types of words reinforce your optimistic view of the world.
·    Why some people have a powerful and attractive presence—and how you can too.
·    How to feel more fulfilled by using your gifts to help others feel more fulfilled.
·    How to “put it all together” in a way that is easy and effective.
 
About the author:
 
       
Skip Johnson
 

     

Skip Johnson is a Master Tennis Professional, a designation which less than 1% of 16,000 USPTA tennis pros in the world have earned. Johnson is also the VP of Operations for Gold’s Gym, a small chain of world championship, award-winning health clubs.

Johnson grew up in Carrollton, Ga., and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of West Georgia, where he received a variety of accolades, including conference tennis champion in singles and doubles.
 
He is also the founder of Georgia Tennis Workshops, which is the longest-running, independent, annual, high school tennis coaches’ workshop in the United States. Johnson has spoken to audiences throughout the country, from New York to California to Florida. Articles by and about him have also been published in more than 20 magazines focusing on tennis instruction, fitness and motivational topics. 
 
Johnson is a former Georgia Tennis Professional of the Year, a winner of the Georgia and Southern Tennis Association’s Educational Merit Awards, and one of the few recipients to ever be given the Golden Racquet Awards for tennis excellence and service by the USTA Southern and Georgia Chapters.
 
 
He lives in suburban Atlanta with his wife and four daughters. When not writing, speaking or playing "the great game of health club business," Johnson loves to read about and travel to new communities, cities and countries in search of different cultures, great experiences and amazing places to eat!
 
 
 
Links:
 
 
 What they are saying about the book: 

"This book makes you open your eyes on everything. Skip shares his wisdom and how we should be thankful for even the small things."



"This book can change your life, it's a MUST read........it will help make sense of today's pressure packed world!"


"It's a amazing book about how to play the game of life."

 

Monday, May 19, 2014

The Doug Dahlgren Show on ArtistFirst Radio Network - An Author Interview Site Hosted by Doug Dahlgren Monday Nights at 7PM


Link here to visit The Doug Dahlgren Show on ArtistFirst Radio Network. New interviews on Monday night at 7PM and past shows can be heard from the archived files. All via your computer! E-mail Doug  doug@dougdahlgren.com with questions or requests if you would like to be considered as a guest on a future program. Visit The Doug Dahlgren Show Facebook page to keep up with the latest news.

About The Doug Dahlgren Show:

This program will feature authors, musicians and other interesting people with a story to tell. Some will be those you know, but many others will be people you have not yet heard of, but will be gratified when you do. The host of this program is Georgia author Doug Dahlgren, writer of The SON Series novels, an action thriller series that is rapidly gaining readers across the country. While they are fiction, Doug describes his books as “plausible fiction,” with storylines taken from today’s news.  Always interested in new authors, contact Doug if you'd like to be considered for the show. More information on this below.

About Doug Dahlgren:

 
Author Doug Dahlgren at a recent lecture.
 
 
Doug and his lovely wife Donna.

Doug was one of my first guest authors on Book Talk on May 28, 2012, with his novel, The Son, Silas Rising, the first book in  The SON Series novels. You can link to that post by clicking here . Since then he has written five sequels: The Only Constant, The Basics of Fundamentals, The Four Samaritans, Eight of Six, and the just released conclusion to the series The Daedalus Directive. These political thrillers will keep you wanting more. Visit Doug Dahlgren's Author Page on Amazon to see the books and learn more about this author and how he is paving the way to introduce  other authors (new and established) to a world wide community with his interviews. Read his five star reviews to see how much the public enjoys his books.

I was thrilled to be part of his program with my own podcast on Monday, May 12th. Doug does his homework and knew more about my writing then I remembered! He is easy to talk to and keeps the interviews moving forward. The station dialed me in on my cell phone, connected me to Doug and the station, and we chatted for an hour. I was in the comfort of my home, my dogs surrounding me, and all my fears of being 'live' went away with this gracious host. You can listen to my interview at any time by linking here.

How To Be Featured On The Doug Dahlgren Show If You Are An Author:

Contact Doug at doug@dougdahlgren.com and start the conversation. He will explain the rest. You will need to send a copy of your book and a small fee to cover the station's expense for the board operator's time (the tech that hooks up the podcast and spends an hour with the show) and the equipment use. You can download your program FREE, as often as you wish, and send it via email or post in your website and social media. Its a fun experience, a great tool to help spread the word about your writing. Link to the site and listen to other authors to get a feel for the interview process!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Asher of the Angelmen by TC Slonaker The Angelmen Series

 
 
 
 
Meet TC Slonaker as she takes off on her virtual blog tour with
Click on the link and learn more about the blog tour and Authors Promotion.
 
 
 



Buy on Amazon and Kindle
 
"The story is fascinating. It reminds me so much of Frank Peretti and Bob Larson, but with a lightness that's easy for teens to enjoy. " - Jennifer Barry
 
 
About the Book:
 
Every girl at Hanover High wants a piece of the track star, Asher Andrews. The colleges are after him, too, to further his football career. His world couldn't be better until Angela comes in to change everything. Presented with a mission and a new identity from his angel, Asher finds he must leave his hometown, and his life will not return to the college track he expected.

Asher of the Angelmen is the second paraquel in the Angelmen series. Four angelmen will be brought together to take up their roles as leaders in The Battle of the Angelmen. (Book 5)


About the Series:


The Angelmen Series Someone will have to die.
Life must be relinquished for the salvation of another. So, someone will die. In the human world, it has already been done. But the race of the Nephilim has a different war to fight. And their sacrifice has yet to be given.
It will be one of the four.
 
The Angelmen Series chronicles, the discovery of four leaders of the long forgotten race of the Nephilim who have just been identified by the enemy. Satan wants to activate his army of old to boost his chances in the final battle against all that is God. God is determined to rescue his people, who, although originally propagated by the meeting of demons and women, became more human than angelic other than a few latent powers activated in the presence of one another. God will not save them without the obedience of a sacrifice. Will the leaders work together to save their race from Satan’s regime? Who will be the sacrifice?

Book 1


Look inside on Amazon

Amity David is not human, as the seventeen-year-old pastor's daughter had thought she was. Her life has now been upturned and possibly set aright with the help of Mackenzie Abel, a young priest as conflicted about his calling as Amity is about hers. Blindly searching for answers together that will serve God's intent, the two also struggle against feelings they have developed for one another. Can Amity trust the alleged angel who told her she is descended from a demon? Part of her hopes not because, if true, it means she is being called to help free others like her from the ties of her evil heritage through war. What happens when a being created out of evil, is called to fight on the side of good? And what if this evil being thinks she is a good person, only to find she is not even a person at all?
 
 
 
About the Author:
 
 
 
TC Slonaker
 
 
A former elementary school teacher and subsequent lover of the English language in the written word, Tracy Slonaker found several new hobbies after embarking on the new career of motherhood. One hobby was running distances, which gave her plenty of time to create characters, build plots, and listen for God's input. The result of all this thinking was the birth of a new hobby: writing the Angelmen Series, an analogy of God's love for His people. Amity of the Angelmen is the first installment of this series.

Tracy enjoys her life as a wife and mother of three in just outside Reading, PA. She still has a soft spot for kids and an eagerness to use her degrees in Elementary Education by using them as Director of Christian Education at her non-denominational Christian church. She has also learned to love running, and has not given up her childhood fondness of sports (playing softball and watching football). She gives thanks to the Lord for all His good gifts.



Links:

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Twitter  @TcSlonaker




  • Series: The Angelmen Series
  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Martin Sisters Publishing (January 31, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 162553065X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1625530653



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