Sunday, August 20, 2017

Books of the Week - August 20, 2017 - Reading Can Change Your World

Featured Books of the Week
August 20, 2017





Murder Is Just the Beginning
by Carol Kravetz

Four murders of staff who work in the same seedy nightclub, a shady nightclub owner and no clues as to who the murderer is. Detective David Andrews and Detective Paul Cameron are thrust together with two recruits from the United Kingdom, Cathy Edwards and Krista Nolan, to solve the murders and bring to justice whoever was responsible for them. Personality clashes and strong physical attractions ensue between the four but they always maintain their strong professionalism. During the investigation, yet another member of staff is found murdered but the evidence is gathering and soon the guilty one is caught. But the case doesn’t end there. By the time the court hearing comes around, the accused has already devised a getaway plan. And the hunt is on….




Sword of Dragonblood
by L.S. Goulet

Why can't things be as they are? For Darrel Sak and his unlikely friend, this question looms above them as they accept a harrowing quest. What will Darrel risk to save his dad in a realm where only his night terrors have visited? Who can Darrel trust and believe, when a web of lies and secrets begin to reveal themselves? How will he navigate through this maze of reality and deception? The ultimate answer may not be what he wants to hear.

When 8th-grader, Darrel Sak, realizes his lifelong nightmares are real, and that nothing is as it seems in the small New England town of Blind Spot, he teams up with Maisy on a quest to save his dad from Proteus Shyfte, who plans to dominate the magical world of Shaemaaie. Unfortunately for Darrel, the key to Proteus's evil plans have been transferred to his very soul. To survive, save his dad, Maisy, and the worlds they live in, Darrel must decide just how much he is willing to give up and trust that he can persevere in the face of adversity. Sword of Dragonblood will have you befriending strange, delightful creatures, and battling grotesque and powerful enemies. Lives are at stake and time is running out in this action-packed fantasy. 




Richer Together: Secrets to Working, Living and Loving Side-by-side
by Rob & Janelle Alex

Are you in a committed relationship? Then in a sense you are in business together - the business of life. Whether you actually work together or not you can learn a lot from the 23 inspiring entrepreneurial couples in this book.

These phenomenal couples share their insight, wisdom, advice and inspiring stories. The secrets to working, living and loving side-by-side are at your fingertips. You can transform your relationship and become Richer Together.

Inside you will discover powerful wisdom like this:

"Hear your partner's idea even when it seems absolutely crazy." - Rhonda and Brian Swan

"You can create your relationship one choice at a time...and you can always make a new choice." - Katie and Gay Hendricks

"Set time each day to be 100% attentive." -Kendall SummerHawk and Richard Shapiro


More great books to check out!

The House on Hayden Pond
by Jessica Monks
When the Bolton family moves into their dream home, disturbing things begin to happen. As the sinister events intensify, the family finds itself caught in a whirlwind of evil. As they struggle to survive, their presence in the house feeds the demons that lay within. Their only hope is to trust in a departed family member who fights to keep them alive.

From author Jessica Monks, The House on Hayden Pond is a nonstop thrill ride that will keep you turning the pages and your heart pounding! Just one piece of advice… Don’t read it when you’re home alone!
Heaven Scent
by Virginia Alison
Blown in on the breeze from the woman who haunts his dreams, the scent of jasmine drives the cowboy to the brink of insanity in first book of a compelling trilogy set in modern day Texas.

When the lovers manage to be in the same place at the same time, their lives are overshadowed by the entrepreneur, Jethro Riles, who has his sights set on buying Creek Ranch along with the entire town for his own gain no matter what the cost.

Encompassing strong family bonds within a powerful, yet light hearted and erotic, romantic saga, from the first lost note and missed telephone call, Evan and Ginny fight against the odds to find their own little piece of heaven.

However, fate conspires against them as they rush headlong towards their destiny, which waits just around the corner, over the hill...


 
The Devil in Black Creek
by D.R. Bartlette
1986 is the year everything blew apart …

Twelve-year-old tomboy Cassie lives a pretty boring life in small-town Black Creek, Arkansas, until her mom and dad divorce, throwing her into poverty and shattering her sheltered life.

Then the rich, elderly Henson sisters take pity on her, taking her under their wings and into the church. Except the handsome, charming new preacher has something strange going on in his shed.

When Cassie starts snooping around his property looking for her lost dog, she discovers something so awful, no one will believe her – and that may put her own life in danger.

Trial by Song
by Alicia Gaile
As the youngest of seven brothers born with magical gifts, Jack's often felt he has something to prove. But revealing their powers makes them targets of the fae, who will stop at nothing to hide their existence from mankind. So when Jack sneaks out on Halloween to compete in a local Battle of the Bands, he breaks his family's cardinal rule to guard their secret at all costs.

But old enemies have returned and new dangers are awake.

When Jack gets dragged through a portal and winds up in Faerie, he stumbles across an ancient relic he simply can't leave behind. And escaping from Faerie is only the beginning as the harp's former owner is determined to see that Jack pays for his crime.

With magic and monsters closing in from all sides, Jack must sever his ties to Faerie before the fae's legendary Wild Huntsman comes for his soul.


 
This is a personal development book written by an author who has used goal setting, the law of attraction, vision boards, meditation,self hypnosis, and mind movies to attract a great life. The author shares what he has learned from the experts in personal development, and offers suggestions of actions people can take to attract a great life. He is not claiming to be a self help expert like Tony Robbins, but rather as a person who has been practicing what the experts recommend for the last thirty years. The author shares stories from his life experiences, and examples of what has worked for him.


 
Blemished
by Juliet Braddock
A tragic accident in the middle of an immobilizing blizzard joins Gavin Fletcher and Chloe Cabot, uniting two tarnished souls on a life-changing journey that defies the odds of their haunting pasts.

Beautiful and imaginative, Chloe struggles to survive the daily grind of life in Chicago. An artist who never dared to explore her dreams, she takes pride in her independence and fends for herself at all costs.

A young advertising executive who’s rising fast within the industry, Gavin has built an ordered and precise life, but he’s much more lonesome than he’ll ever admit.

Both exist in worlds veiled in secrecy.

On the surface, Gavin’s life exudes perfection. He’s building his own thriving business, but beneath that slick exterior, he’s hiding the truth about his enigmatic lifestyle.

Chloe, on the other hand, has been dealt a rough hand in life. As details of her heart-wrenching past emerge, she fears she might lose Gavin for good.

Together, though, they discover solace in each other’s arms. While Chloe blossoms as Gavin’s submissive under his tough but tender tutelage, she wonders if he might just be the one to break the façade of fear that surrounded her heart.

Just as emotion transforms Gavin and Chloe from reluctant strangers into unlikely but enduring lovers, heartbreak strikes their relationship again, forcing an unforeseen reversal of roles.
 
No power is greater than the one you’re willing to sacrifice.

Princess Violetta Flame lives her life according to rule, but those rules require her to pay a heavy price. Haunted by a devastating loss, she longs for freedom. When a handsome ruler takes a special interest in her, she senses greater things lie ahead, but behind the handsome façade lies a dark secret – one that can usurp her efforts and cast her back into the life she detested.

The throne was never promised to Emperor Ryore Frost, but now that he has ultimate power, his world is filled with possibilities. Citizens bow at his feet, but their fleeting adoration is no match for his obsession with the young Flame Princess. As his feelings for the staunchly independent princess grow, a new threat emerges, bent on undermining his efforts and betraying his sensibilities.

When past tragedies, malevolent behaviour, and strong wills collide, which will reign supreme?
 

Butterfly Tears
by Zoe S. Roy
Butterfly Tears is a collection of short fiction that depicts the experiences of Chinese immigrant women facing the challenges of life in a new country. The stories are set in different parts of China, Canada, and the United States and examine Chinese women’s cross-cultural experiences in North America as well as women’s issues and political discrimination in China. The stories, or parts of stories, set in China give the reader interesting glimpses into events such as the Cultural Revolution and Mao’s death. In the title story, an ancient Chinese legend about two lovers and memories of a violinist who commits suicide during the Cultural Revolution haunt a young woman who fears her husband is having an affair. Leaving her abusive husband, a woman and her young son in A Beaten Mandarin Duck move to New Brunswick where they form a new family with a visiting professor from China. Twin Rivers tells the story of a female engineer who ends up in jail as a result of her love affair with a married man. Feminism and changing male/female relationships form another important theme that runs through many of the stories.
 

The American Conquest
by Jenna Brandt
Surrender to destiny: a window to heart opens, when one door closes.

After enduring immense hardships, will Lady Margaret finally be free from her past, allowing her to embrace her soul mate? Extremely tender and magnificently exhilarating, The American Conquest examines the journey between healing a broken heart and making room for rebirth.

The American Conquest (Book 3) Running from a past scandal, Lady Margaret must leave Europe forever and escape across the ocean to America. The plan: to brave the Oregon Trail to reach the Colorado territory where her family’s future awaits. While facing adversities in the new frontier, Margaret must trust God to keep their family safe. Attacked by Indians, the group is saved by Cortland Westcott, a rancher and devoted Christian. Margaret and Cort have an instant connection through their faith, but devastating secrets threaten to cripple the budding relationship. Both Margaret and Cort must confront a past that haunts them to finally be able to make a new life together. Will Margaret finally come to terms with what happened to her, or will she let her past destroy her future?

Window to the Heart Saga: a recountal of the epic journey of Lady Margaret, a young English noblewoman, who through many trials, obstacles, and tragedies, discovers her own inner strength, the sustaining force of faith in God, and the power of family and friends. In this three-part series, experience new places and cultures as the heroine travels from England to France and completes her adventures in America. The series has compelling themes of love, loss, faith and hope with a exceptionally gratifying conclusion.

FYI: though a clean read, there are sensitive topics discussed and events which occur in this book. For details regarding the content, please feel free to contact the author.


 
Cinnamon Lyles's used to looking for love in all the wrong places. As a survivor of an abusive childhood and a strained relationship with a mother who refused to believe her claims, she's endured a lingering struggle with self-esteem. After years in an abusive marriage, she's determined to make a better life. One day, she and her young children, Daniella and Will, flee North Carolina and set out for California where she leaps full-force into the world of investigative reporting. But when her career and her dangerous personal life collide, she faces decisions that threaten both her familiy's well-being and the success she's achieved.

Alphabet Motivation




Alphabet Motivation
by Nakita Jackson

One of the first things we learn growing up is our ABCs. I wanted to use a system that was taught in our youth and transfer it into motivation.


Saturday, August 19, 2017

Books of the Week - August 19, 2017 - Read and Enjoy Your Life

Featured Books of the Week
August 19, 2017





Heaven Scent
by Virginia Alison


Blown in on the breeze from the woman who haunts his dreams, the scent of jasmine drives the cowboy to the brink of insanity in first book of a compelling trilogy set in modern day Texas.

When the lovers manage to be in the same place at the same time, their lives are overshadowed by the entrepreneur, Jethro Riles, who has his sights set on buying Creek Ranch along with the entire town for his own gain no matter what the cost.

Encompassing strong family bonds within a powerful, yet light hearted and erotic, romantic saga, from the first lost note and missed telephone call, Evan and Ginny fight against the odds to find their own little piece of heaven.

However, fate conspires against them as they rush headlong towards their destiny, which waits just around the corner, over the hill...




Alphabet Motivation
by Nakita Jackson

One of the first things we learn growing up is our ABCs. I wanted to use a system that was taught in our youth and transfer it into motivation.




Night Noises
by Lisa Beere

Sam is a young child who can't sleep, distracted by the many noises of the night.

Each family member attempts to help him. Eventually, his Nan discovers the issue and sister Junie comes to the rescue with a solution that reassures Sam of how much he is safe and loved.

This story will appeal to children who have concerns about being alone in the dark and those older ones that will be sleeping "away" for the first time. While written as a picture book, this text is also accessible as an early reader.



More great books to check out!

The Last American Senate
by Greg Meyers
For those paying attention in the year 2040, right on cue, the sun turns her back on the solar system; plunging the world into the deepest solar minimum since 1640 but the ice-age conditions are the least of the catastrophic changes on the planet. Western Europe is on the brink of war with a united Middle East as the United States grows weary of being the world police. While war is deliberated in the U.S. Senate, an obscure committee discovers they are already involved, but on which side? The technological and military domination of the West is quickly becoming meaningless due to the devastating global changes brought about by the Minimum and it appears that the next world war will be fought with swords and unimaginable magic. Too late, the Senate learns who is behind the global unrest and that their enemy has had a ten year head start as they use the solar minimum in every way to their terrible advantage. The rich and realistic storytelling of Greg T Meyers will leave you cheering and perhaps fearing that the actual solar minimum we are now experiencing just might have dire consequences for us all.

A teenage time traveler accidentally takes her secret crush back in time. Awkward.

Casey Donovan has issues: hair, height and uncontrollable trips to the 19th century! And now this --she's accidentally taken Nate Mackenzie, the cutest boy in the school, back in time. Awkward.

Protocol pressures her to tell their 1860 hosts that he is her brother, and when Casey finds she has a handsome, wealthy (and unwanted) suitor, something changes in Nate. Are those romantic sparks or is it just "brotherly" protectiveness?


 
Find Emily
by J.J. Toner
Irish police detective Inspector Ben Jordan has handed in his letter of resignation, but before he can leave, eleven-year-old Emily is abducted in broad daylight on her way home from school. Fresh out of rehab, and with his career and marriage in tatters, Police Inspector Jordan is handed the case. He has 24 hours to find Emily before she is killed -- or worse. What follows is a fast-moving Irish thriller and an awesome Irish detective mystery. Jordan’s opponents are cruel and heartless; his team includes a Bible-quoting DI with an agenda of his own. The odds are impossible. But Jordan has help. Emily won't go down without a fight…

Barnstorming America tells the story of the women who helped reshape America's attitudes toward women in sports and society.

It is 'A League of Their Own' mixed with a bit of 'Forrest Gump' in chronicling American History and Women's Basketball at the same time.


 
Love of Fate
by Ina Catrinescu
Love of Fate is based on a true story. Leina Damian, an Eastern European girl, born unwanted, journeys off of a trail of sorrows, into realms of light and darkness, romance and dreams, mind, body, and spirit. Guided by an enigmatic teacher Leina is led toward a final confrontation that will deliver or destroy her. 


 
The Sparrow's Spirit
by Bill Welker
The Sparrow's Spirit does a winning job of serving up one man's wisdom gained from many mistakes in life, prayer and the internal desire to succeed. It is an inspirational tale of triumph over self-destruction, adversity and a lifelong battle to conquer his ultimate opponent - himself.
 

To Die For
by Colin Ward
To Die For is an action-packed crime thriller set in Birmingham, where a killer’s thirst for blood forces DI Mike Stone to investigate the darkness of humanity itself.
 
Government conspiracy, kidnapping, murder, alien invasion.  Can Davis save planet Earth or is total annihilation on the horizon?
 

The Secret Kind: Lethao
by Dawn Chapman
The world must unite and Kendro, last king of Aonise, plays a desparate gambit; keeping their secret destination, an heir, and visions of genocide.


 
Pachyderms
by Danny Buoy
“Dulce et Decorum est…” Popular movies have offered viewers a glimpse into the Vietnam War, but few address the reality of being a soldier in the conflict. Pachyderms is based on the true story of a soldier’s experience during the unpopular police action. Young and anxious for a first military assignment, Dan Coobat is shocked to discover his first duty post is one to an aviation unit in a nonexistent outfit. With overwhelming obstacles and little formal training, Danny and brothers set about to create the 312th Aviation Company. Danny quickly discovers: “What the soldier sees (or hears) is NOT what the soldier gets.” Eventually, Danny is faced with an even tougher battle... Coming back home to America. Editorial comments: "brings...to life in a compelling and wonderful way" "A no punches pulled look at Vietnam by a soldier in the rear." "...a powerful and moving story on many levels."

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Sparrow's Spirit



The Sparrow's Spirit
by Bill Welker


The Sparrow’s Spirit is an inspirational tale of triumph over self-destruction and adversity. Bill Welker vividly describes his lifelong battle to conquer the ultimate opponent – himself.  -Rob Koll, NCAA National Champion, Head Wrestling Coach at Cornell University

Dr. Bill Welker’s road to adulthood was filled with many trial-and-error experiences in which he usually took the wrong path. He grew up under the dominion of a loving mother and an austere father.

As an adolescent, Welker’s life revolved around the sport of wrestling – and nothing else. Studying in high school was an unwanted necessity to stay eligible. But the desire to continue on the mats in college decreased until the fire to compete burned out. Welker began to make very poor choices which resulted in his removal from the wrestling team and almost led to his expulsion from school.

Welker felt totally alone as his life began to collapse around him. There was nowhere to turn; he couldn’t go home a failure. He was absorbed by self-doubt, uselessness, and fell into a deep depression.

Welker had lost all hope until he began to change priorities and found someone who believed in him. Still, the struggle wasn’t over, but the struggle is the glory.

Click here to get The Sparrow's Spirit

Monday, August 14, 2017

The Last American Senate


The Last American Senate
by Greg T Meyers

For those paying attention in the year 2040, right on cue, the sun turns her back on the solar system; plunging the world into the deepest solar minimum since 1640 but the ice-age conditions are the least of the catastrophic changes on the planet.

Western Europe is on the brink of war with a united Middle East as the United States grows weary of being the world police. While war is deliberated in the U.S. Senate, an obscure committee discovers they are already involved, but on which side?

The technological and military domination of the West is quickly becoming meaningless due to the devastating global changes brought about by the Minimum and it appears that the next world war will be fought with swords and unimagineable magic.

Too late, the Senate learns who is behind the global unrest and that their enemy has had a ten year head start as they use the solar minimum in every way to their terrible advantage.

The rich and realistic storytelling of Greg T Meyers will leave you cheering and perhaps fearing that the actual solar minimum we are now experiencing just might have dire consequences for us all.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Books of the Week - August 13, 2017 - Suck In Some Helium and Read These Books Out Loud

Featured Books of the Week
August 13, 2017




The Last American Senate
by Greg T Meyers

For those paying attention in the year 2040, right on cue, the sun turns her back on the solar system; plunging the world into the deepest solar minimum since 1640 but the ice-age conditions are the least of the catastrophic changes on the planet.

Western Europe is on the brink of war with a united Middle East as the United States grows weary of being the world police. While war is deliberated in the U.S. Senate, an obscure committee discovers they are already involved, but on which side?

The technological and military domination of the West is quickly becoming meaningless due to the devastating global changes brought about by the Minimum and it appears that the next world war will be fought with swords and unimagineable magic.

Too late, the Senate learns who is behind the global unrest and that their enemy has had a ten year head start as they use the solar minimum in every way to their terrible advantage.

The rich and realistic storytelling of Greg T Meyers will leave you cheering and perhaps fearing that the actual solar minimum we are now experiencing just might have dire consequences for us all.






The Sparrow's Spirit
by Bill Welker


The Sparrow’s Spirit is an inspirational tale of triumph over self-destruction and adversity. Bill Welker vividly describes his lifelong battle to conquer the ultimate opponent – himself.  -Rob Koll, NCAA National Champion, Head Wrestling Coach at Cornell University

Dr. Bill Welker’s road to adulthood was filled with many trial-and-error experiences in which he usually took the wrong path. He grew up under the dominion of a loving mother and an austere father.

As an adolescent, Welker’s life revolved around the sport of wrestling – and nothing else. Studying in high school was an unwanted necessity to stay eligible. But the desire to continue on the mats in college decreased until the fire to compete burned out. Welker began to make very poor choices which resulted in his removal from the wrestling team and almost led to his expulsion from school.

Welker felt totally alone as his life began to collapse around him. There was nowhere to turn; he couldn’t go home a failure. He was absorbed by self-doubt, uselessness, and fell into a deep depression.

Welker had lost all hope until he began to change priorities and found someone who believed in him. Still, the struggle wasn’t over, but the struggle is the glory.

Click here to get The Sparrow's Spirit





Dahlia
by Marcy Alice Brandenburg
Five years after the tragic death of her father, Dahlia and her family are still struggling to cope with his loss. Her mother cries all the time and her older brother bullies her relentlessly out of grief. Dahlia is left feeling lonely and sad, wondering how different her life would be with just a little bit of love.

Dahlia only has one wish – to fly. Little does she know that her wish is going to be granted in the most magical of ways.

In a dreamlike vision, Dahlia meets a majestic black stallion named Wind. Together, she and Wind explore the mysteries of the universe and all the magic and wonder that come with them. With the help of kind celestial beings like Sun, Mother Moon, and Black Raven, Dahlia must learn the importance of love and life. If she can find the light within herself and share it with her family, she can bring them happiness again. But first, she must release the soaring eagle inside her and learn to do the one thing she always dreamed of – fly.
More great books to check out!

The French Encounter
by Jenna Brandt

While fleeing from danger and searching for her long-lost brother in Paris, Lady Margaret encounters new love. Despite her troubled past, can Lady Margaret discover hope for the future?
This is a memoir of a cycling trip that started at Versailles and continued through Paris and along the Marne valley to the Champagne region in France. The route follows that taken by King Louis XVI of France and Marie-Antoinette in their unsuccessful attempt to escape the wrath of the French Revolution, leading to their capture, return to imprisonment and eventual executions. Their story is interwoven with our journey. There is also reference to some of the significant battles that took place in the Marne Valley during WW1. But hey! It's not all doom and gloom - there's plenty of humour too.  I think it's a good read for history buffs and armchair travellers.


House of Grace
by Patricia M Osborne

‘It’s 1950 and all sixteen-year-old Grace Granville has ever wanted is to become a successful dress designer. She dreams of owning her own fashion house and spends her spare time sketching outfits. Her father, Lord Granville, sees this frivolous activity as nonsense and wants to groom her into a good wife for someone of his choosing...'
Unbroken
by Madeline Black

A memoir and tells my story of being gang raped at aged 13 and follows my journey of survival, healing, forgiveness, transformation and hope.
An elderly pastry chef rediscovers his youth in a land of faeries, myth, magic and the most scrumptious sweets ever imagined.


The Midnight Angel
by John Pirillo

A Midnight Angel loved by everyone, anxious to make a better person of herself is suddenly strangled to death.  Sherlock Holmes is brought onto the case to find out why this happened.
Pat Ruger is a retired detective in Denver, Colorado, who does freelance PI work.  When Pat uncovers a terrorist plot, can he find a large explosive device set to kill thousands of people and disarm it in time?


Wrong Place Wrong Time
by David P Perlmutter

"Wrong Place Wrong Time is a gripping true-life story of an unimaginable nightmare and how my ticket to a new life turns out to be a one way ticket to hell."


The Griot
by Valarie S Thomas

Her ancestors left America to forge their own society. Now rebels threaten to end the world as her people know it.


Snowflakes
by  Steve Catto

Growing up in a little settlement with no clear memories of her early childhood would give any girl a particularly interesting perspective on life.  A handsome young man turning up from nowhere one morning would make her world look even better, but running away with him to a house that’s occupied by another girl certainly wouldn’t.  Especially when she’s younger, more attractive, more intelligent... and blonde. That’s just the way the world works.  Unfortunately, having a rant at the world with an axe probably isn’t a good idea. It might decide to answer back.

Precedence


Science Fiction, Mystery > Thriller Action >Thriller
Homeless disappearing, who would even notice? Unless your identity was mistaken. Hidden family secrets and a deranged scientist obsessed with ghastly and inhuman experiments, who thought Area 51 is the only secret that existed, from Russia to New York into Nevada, a world-wide cover-up. Sci-fi adventure that blends mystery, suspense and horror, unwrapping that surprise gift readers crave!