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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Asher of the Angelmen by TC Slonaker The Angelmen Series

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"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

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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.


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


    Friday, March 21, 2014

    The Bridge Over Cedar Creek by Michael W. Paul

    Use the "Look Inside" feature on Amazon. Link here.
    Meet the author on Monday, April 14th on The Doug Dahlgren Show- a weekly radio show every Monday at 7PM Eastern on Artist First Radio Network and tune in your computer to listen live.
    See What They Are Saying On Amazon Reviews.
    About the book:
    The Bridge (Over Cedar Creek), constructed during a distant summer over a small Colorado stream by a boy and two curmudgeonly old men, serves as a metaphor for timeless life lessons learned and the beginning of the boys coming of age. Although fiction, the book is taken from real events and some real people. Others are composites taken solely from the imagination of the writer and distant memories. Written in the vernacular of the time, the characters come to life with the help of the authors vivid description. The reader can feel the cool breeze off the river, smell the scent of pine and see the brilliance of the sequined mountain night sky. The Bridge Over Cedar Creek will appeal to all readers except the most cynical.
    The story of a youngster coming of age in the late “fifties”, a worn out three wheel Cushman baggage scooter that had long since been used up by Eastern Airlines, and a kind wise old man who reached out and changed the direction of the boy’s life. 

    It opens after midnight in early June 1958 on a desolate Louisiana state highway, with a young passenger riding on a decrepit old Greyhound bus travelling alone to Colorado to spend the summer working on a cattle ranch.  

    That seminal summer taught the boy that life is all about choice. It is not the people or events that make the difference, but how one thinks about them. 
    About the author:

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    Michael Paul is a lifelong dreamer, a lover of learning and new experiences. In this, his first book, he tells of a boy awakening and beginning his ascent into manhood with the guidance of a wise and thoughtful adult. He lives in Buford, Georgia with his wife of forty seven years, his faithful rescue dog Katie and a Cat.
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    Thursday, March 13, 2014

    "Saving Our Pennys" by Roy Dimond and Jeff Leitch

     Buy the book or check the "Look Inside" feature on Amazon by clicking here.

    Saving Our Pennys, was released  February 17, 2014.  One of the main characters in this book is a dog named Lab, based on the author's own dear companion named Mickey who is now running with his friends somewhere in doggy heaven. I am all about the dogs and have just purchased my copy on Kindle.

    This is Roy Dimond's third book. Roy was featured on this blog  September 13, 2013, with the release of "The Rubicon Effect".  Want to read that post? Click here .

    About The Book:

    Ever been overwhelmed by the everyday burdens of life? And yet, everyone else turns to you for support and guidance.

    You see a person sitting next to you laughing, enjoying life. How did they get there? The universe seldom takes the straight path. Seeing someone filled with simple joy can often provide the opportunity for a profound experience. Our long journey is often twisted with depression, angst, dread... But IF we have the energy to keep our eyes open, then solutions may appear in the strangest of places.

    Mentors are everywhere, waiting patiently... IF we look for them. Heroes take many forms, one may be the small child laughing on a swing and another may be the old man smiling contentedly beside you on a bus, or perhaps even in the people who look to you for help and guidance. Is it possible to help someone else while helping yourself?

    Set in the fast paced, ultra busy world of multitasking, schools are an eruption of both heroes and victims. One teacher, feeling overwhelmed, chooses to look beyond himself and seek a mentor, someone to show him another way. But as is the nature of all redemption stories, he must earn his enlightenment and that always leads to the unexpected.

    The quest from Shadow to Substance to Spirit is long, difficult and enriching...

    Are you brave enough to take your journey?

    About The Authors:

    Roy Dimond
    Roy Dimond lives with his wife in Pender Harbour, a small fishing village on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, Canada. Locals call it "Penderdise." In his first life, Roy had the honor of helping at risk children and their families. In his second life, he pursues his love of travel and writing. Having explored four continents from Cuzco to Kyoto, Santorini to Tsumago, his wanderings have all found a way into his stories. Roy's first book The Singing Bowl and is now in a Second Edition. His second novel is called, The Rubicon Effect.  Saving Our Pennys is his third book, and first work of non-fiction.

    Jeff Leitch
    Jeff Leitch lives with his family in Maple Ridge, a proud community at the base of the majestic GoldenEarsMountain in British Columbia, Canada. Honoured to be a teacher in his native Coquitlam, British Columbia, Jeff’s passions include his wife Linda, and their three kids, Amanda, Matthew and Adam, “all his families” and friends, and the great stories they share. You can find him at any sporting venue, or live theatre, with coffee in hand, cheering and coaching those who display courage and dare to chase greatness. Along with writing occasional articles for local papers, Jeff’s current restlessness has him dreaming of many more novels, while writing at least one musical hit as he goes beyond the three chords he knows on his acoustic guitar.

    What People Are Saying About Saving Your Pennys:

    A tale of redemption in finding life guides and mentors in the least expected places, while we learn the power of acceptance and the life’s daily message.
    “Unlock the doors of a heart and let that heart begin to feel again.”


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    Friday, February 28, 2014

    Audrey Frank Writing Again At 85 Has Three Books On Amazon

    Meet Margret Helms

    Margret, the lovable curmudgeon you will meet and take to heart in "Under Margret's Wing" has a way of popping up in the author's writing.  A trilogy starting with this book, moving into her second novella, "Whispering Angels" and a third book that will be in print by late spring. Margret has a way of loving from beyond and taking care of those who need her help the most. You can peek inside on Amazon just click on the links below the books.

    The Books:

    Available on Amazon and Kindle
    Love Can Guide You From Beyond If You Listen With Your Heart “Under Margret's Wing” is a coming of age novella by St. Augustine, Florida, author Audrey Frank. A perfect read for young adults and adults who are young at heart. It is a story that will stay with you long after you finish it and make you want to tighten the bonds with your loved ones. Margret Helms was an old spinster who liked her privacy and was comfortable with her quiet life. A knock on her door was about to change everything around her, including her crusty attitude. “Aunt Maggie?” A pregnant teenage girl greeted her. No one had called her Maggie except for the sister she lost touch with years ago. “And you are?” “Annie Duggin. I'm your great-niece.” So begins a relationship that will span space and time between the two.
     Available on Amazon and Kindle

    Margret Helms felt a strange sensation. She’d been dead for years. A quick death at eighty-five. She had returned for awhile to help Annie. Now she felt herself being pulled back, but to what? This could only mean trouble. Annie? And so starts the journey back to St. Augustine, Florida and her beloved great-niece, Annie. Danger and troubles surround Annie and her friends. Can Margret help with it all?

    Look for the final in the trilogy late spring early summer.

    Available on Amazon and Kindle

    Stories on love lost and found again with a sprinkle of murder tossed in to add flavor. This collection of eight short stories is a fast paced journey through the hearts and minds of a variety of characters that will draw you in and keep you reading. From an ethereal young boy to a demon child, from a wheel chair ridden young woman to a motorcycle lover, the action and dialog zip along.

    Meet The Author:

    After a life-time of raising children, pursuing a career as a  professional photographer, and pioneering the craft of art rubber stamping with her shop Stamp Augustine, Audrey Frank is back to her roots as a writer. Her early years of writing included many  published children’s stories in religious magazines and adult fiction in true confession magazines.

    A romantic at heart, her stories for young adults, and grownups who like old-fashion romance, have recently been published in Nostalgia  Magazine, The Oxford So & So Magazine, and on many online sites, including A Quick Read  (a short stories app for the Android phone), Stepping Stones Magazine (a web based journal showcasing artists and writers) and Dew  On The Kudzu.
    In 2012, her essay Haunted  tied for grand prize in the Share Your St. Augustine Story contest and she won honorable mention in the St. Augustine Record  short story holiday contest.

    At eighty-five, Audrey Frank writes from her historic home in St. Augustine, Florida. Her books are available on Amazon and Kindle.

    Member of the Florida Writers Association (FWA).


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    Thursday, November 14, 2013

    "The Catcher" by Gary Towers and Genevieve Frazier

    Available on Amazon and Kindle.
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    About the Book:
         Organized predators snatch children in this boisterous thriller.
         Scarred of body and heavy of heart, legendary private eye Clayton Russell retreated to his woodland compound in Georgia to sharpen his deadly knife-throwing skills and forget the world's cruelty with his brainy Airedale Terrier, Winston. Then Pamela Waters, Clayton's ex-partner and estranged lover, scolds him out of retirement to find a vanished sixth-grader.
         Pam would help, but her hands are full finding holy relics stolen from the Dalai Lama, who graciously offers a cameo, along with his pal Queen Elizabeth. All clues lead to an Amsterdam-based criminal outfit called De Blauwe Organization.
          Clayton mobilizes his vast rolodex of mercenaries and miscellaneous cronies, including a madam with a heart of gold, to take down DBO. But he hasn’t factored in Fionna Marceau, DBO’s top “catcher,” who lures in children by dressing as a policewoman or a nun, and lures in men by parading around topless on yachts. 
         Gorgeous, amoral and wry, she's a stealthy killing machine to rival Clayton himself.
         Towers and Frazier keep their prose brisk, their characters colorful and their action scenes nimble, with plenty of henchmen for Clayton and Winston to maul in creative ways.  -   Kirkus Reviews

    "The initial inspiration was a short story I wrote, 'Fast Tracks', which is basically a platform for Clayton Russell, a reclusive detective who is extremely adept at finding things, especially people. The short story won a national award, so 'The Catcher' was created, based on core characters from that story." ... Gary Towers


    About the Authors:
    Gary Towers, A Man Of Mystery
    Gary Towers has two college degrees, despite prior occupations as a carpenter, veneer splicer, subway assembler, bellhop, mortician's assistant, billboard painter, camp counselor and night watchman. His white collar profession was in advertising. Gary lives on a 20-acre estate farm with three horses, two parrots, four cats and two dogs. Author of two non-fiction books, The Catcher is his first novel.

    Genevieve Frazier spent her childhood in Dalton, Georgia, where she graduated as Valedictorian of Valley Point High School, Class of 1971. She attended undergraduate school at the University of Georgia with a major in Entomology. She graduated magna cum laude in 1974. Following college, Ms. Frazier received her law degree from Emory School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia. She specializes in ‘wrongful death’ suits.

    Contact Gary Towers via e-mail

    Reviews on Amazon  

    A Five Star Rating On Amazon! What they are saying about The Catcher:

    ...The main character, Russell and his dog Winston, proved to be an unusual but loveable team.

    ... A remarkable and memorable first novel. The authors have clearly done their homework, taking the reader on a journey into the dark recesses of human evil and the trafficking of children. Colorful characters, startling plot twists, with a finish that will have you calling for more.

    ... You'll make an immediate connection with Clayton Russell-a very Bond like character.

    Monday, November 4, 2013

    Peg Brantley "The Sacrifice"

    Available on Kindle
    About the Book:
    Former lawman Mex Anderson is trying to cope with the horrific murders of his family as best he can. Moving from his small, Mexican town to the snowy mountains of Colorado has helped, however it seems nothing can ever take away the gut-wrenching pain of his loss. When the head of the drug cartel responsible for the killings approaches him with an offer that would reveal the individuals behind the murders, it might lead to the one thing that would allow Mex to heal: revenge.

    The Sacrifice: a novel of guilt and redemption that proves there is always hope for tomorrow even in the midst of unconscionable evil.

    What They Are Saying About "The Sacrifice":

    “Peg Brantley’s latest, THE SACRIFICE, accomplishes that rare feat of being both heartfelt and suspenseful. A gripping tale of murder and revenge, it ultimately becomes something much, much more.
    — Dennis Palumbo, author of the Daniel Rinaldi mystery series

    “Peg Brantley has done it again. Her third book (after THE MISSINGS and RED TIDE) is another thrill ride, a hyperventilation-inducing thriller about evil and power and endangered innocence. And MAYBE a new (and very interesting) sustaining female character. Mex Anderson may have companionship in the next book or two.”
    —Timothy Hallinan, Edgar-nominated author of the Poke Rafferty and Junior Bender series

    About The Author:
    Peg Brantley
    A Colorado native, Peg is a member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and Sisters In Crime. She and her husband make their home southeast of Denver, and have shared it with the occasional pair of mallard ducks and their babies, snapping turtles, peacocks, assorted other birds, foxes, a deer named Cedric and a bichon named McKenzie.

    Read Peg Brantley's guest post on The Henderson Files Five Simple Truths for Indie Authors.
    Peg Brantley's Amazon Author Page (see her other books)
    Twitter  @PegBrantley
    Upcoming Author Appearances (click here for details)
    2013 Mile High Holiday Mart -Denver, Co. -  Nov 22, 2013
    Left Coast Crime - Monterey, Ca, - March 20.2013

    Wednesday, September 25, 2013

    Valerie Joan Connors "In Her Keeping"

    Available on Amazon, Kindle and Barnes & Noble
    Bell Bridge Books (August 15, 2013)

    From Valerie Connors: About the book and the inspiration behind the story.
    My inspiration for the book was an eight-week old, 20 pound tiger cub named Meka, that my husband and I met in September of 2010 on a weekend visit to North Carolina.  I got to feed the cub a bottle, and it was an amazing experience that would change my life forever, but also tugged at that empty place in my heart that always longed for children of my own.  In the days and weeks that followed, I couldn't get the cub out of my head.  I began to do research about tigers in captivity in the United States, and the dwindling number of tigers remaining in the wild.  I discovered a whole new world, most of it sad, some of it tragic.  But in the midst of it all were a whole group of kind-hearted individuals who devote their lives to caring for these animals in accredited sanctuaries. They rescue tigers and other big cats from abuse and neglect, and give them a safe place in which to live out their lives as comfortably as possible in spite of their captivity.  It never really occurred to me that such a problem existed.  But people engage in some really cruel behaviors with these animals, taking them away from their mothers too soon in order to let people handle them all day long for photo ops, or thinking that they would make a really great pet, only to discover later, when the animals weigh 400 pounds and could kill you in an instant, that they really hadn't thought it through.  Sometimes these animals, the lucky ones, end up in sanctuaries where trained and responsible handlers love and care for them.  What happens to the others is very sad indeed.
    The plight of tigers in captivity in the United States is something most people are unaware of.  It’s an unfortunate result of shortsightedness and uninformed decision making over a long period of time.   Sadly, unless something is done, these magnificent creatures will soon disappear from the world entirely.  That loss will be significant.
    In Her Keeping is about one of the good sanctuaries, and a woman who desperately wants a child of her own.  But after eight years she has tried and failed to accomplish it.  But when she finds herself caring for a tiger cub instead, she learns that motherhood can take many forms.
    About The Author:
    Author Valerie Joan Connors
    In Her Keeping is Valerie Connors' second novel, but first through a traditional publisher, Bell Bridge Books.  In 2010 she self-published Give Me Liberty, the story of a young woman’s journey in 1953 from a small town in Michigan to New York City, where she struggles to fulfill her destiny. 
    Valerie Connors is working on two more novels and hopes to get on in the loop for publication in 2014. During normal business hours she is employed by an architectural design firm as their Operations Manager, which deals with IT and Human Resources. In May of this year she was installed as the President of the Atlanta Writers Club after serving on the board for two years. She and her husband live in the Metro Atlanta area.
    What They're Saying About In Her Keeping:
    "A warm and inspiring novel of second chances, starting over, and learning that happiness comes in all forms and all (tiger) stripes.    ...New York Times bestselling author, DEBORAH SMITH
    "Valerie Joan Connors scores a home run with her wonderful story about two fascinating subjects:  true love and tigers." …New York Times Bestselling Author, HAYWOOD SMITH
    "Valerie Joan Connors knows her tigers, both real and ephemeral. In Her Keeping is a cinematic tale of love lost, and love found."   ...JESSICA HANDLER, author of Braving The Fire: A Guide to Writing Through Grief and Loss, and Invisible Sisters: A Memoir.
    "Valerie Connors' novel offers a refreshing variant on a woman's journey of self-discovery. On the surface In Her Keeping appears to be about Sylvia Holt re-channeling her desire for motherhood by nurturing big cats. Deep down, however, this is a story about her reconnection with people and her renewed trust in the wisdom of the heart." .... GEORGE
    WEINSTEIN, author of Hardscrabble Road.



    Book signing with husband and members of the Atlanta Writers Club