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Long Days of Small Things by Catherine McNeil

Author: Catherine McNiel

Narrator: Andrea Emmes

Length: 4 hours 44 minutes

Publisher: Two Words Publishing⎮2017

Genre: Parenting

Release date: Mar. 07, 2017

Synopsis: Rich, soul-inspiring practices for moms who have neither quiet nor time.
Dirty laundry, crayon-smeared bills, and smashed crackers . . . And there’s your Bible–buried under a pile of diapers. Bleary-eyed from lack of sleep, without a moment of peace and quiet, you wonder if the spiritual life you crave is even possible. But God sees you. He designed this parenting journey, after all. He understands the chaos of motherhood. And he joins you in everything–whether you’re scrubbing the floor, nursing a fussy newborn, or driving to soccer practice. Catherine McNiel invites you to connect with God right here, in the sacred mundane of every mothering moment.

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About the Author: Catherine McNiel

Catherine McNiel writes to open eyes to the creative and redemptive work of God in each present moment. She serves alongside her husband in a community-based ministry, while caring for three kids, two jobs, and one enormous garden. Receiving each day of life as a gift, Catherine is striving to see beauty, learning to expand her perspective, and praying to keep her eyes and heart open.

Catherine’s works have been published as Bible studies, devotions, and articles for her church, and in publications including Christianity Today’s Her.menuetics and Plough Quarterly. She lives and serves near Wheaton, Illinois.

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About the Narrator: Andrea Emmes

Andrea Emmes started as an SAG-AFTRA, Equity Actor and has been performing for over 20 years on stage, TV and film.  An Audible Approved Narrator known as “The Girl with a Thousand Voices”, her wide range of character voices and dynamic/emotionally invested performances has reviewers and listeners alike commenting on how she effortlessly pulls listeners in, has versatility and charisma and is quite suited for YA.  LA Music Award winner for Best Contemporary Christian Artist for 2008 debut release album, “I’m On My Way”.  Andrea has two degrees: A.A. in Fine Arts and a B.S. in Game Art and Design and resides in Northern, California.

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The Book of Now has just won another award!
The Independent Press Awards will be announced in a day or two. I just received word that I won Distinguished Favorite for Book Covers Non-Fiction Category!!!!!!

IPA gives out a Gold Winner and a Silver Distinguished Favorite in each category. Thousands enter!!

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Cover Reveal THE GYPSY THORN by Sherry Rentschler

When Atlantis fell into the sea, a single creature survived–a scarlet phoenix. She escaped with ancient man’s historical record, The Great Book of Forgetting. This book recorded mankind’s every legend and prophecy. Only the Archangel of Death understood man’s survival depended on the fulfillment of one particular prophecy, that of the scarlet phoenix.

Rhea is the scarlet phoenix, transmuted into human form with wings of fire. She hides The Great Book from those seeking to steal it and prevent the prophecy. The Archangel befriends and protects her as he watches her traverse time and mold history. She is the proverbial rose that blooms in a future garden.

Jean-Louis Reviere is an aristocrat who became a vampire during the American Revolution. He is haunted by an ill wind whispering strange and incredible possibilities. His family ties will lure those who wish to destroy the prophecy; however, the Archangel also knows his blood is all that will save the rose and secure the future.

Drahomira is a gypsy, a bastard princess, and a vampire. The Archangel of Death chose her to protect the phoenix because she is an irreverent killer but loyal to family. She will journey across continents and be the catalyst that brings Rhea and Jean-Louis together. First, she must leave her people, her throne, and her lover, cross a continent for vengeance, die, and be reborn. Only then will she discover that she is the rose’s legendary thorn in the Evening Bower.

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The Good Spy Dies Twice by Mark Hosack

Author: Mark Hosack

Narrator: Mark Hosack

Length: 10h 19m

Publisher: Wide Awake Audio⎮2017

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Release date: Jan. 19, 2017

Synopsis: Jake Boxer, investigative journalist and host of the conspiratorial news show Bullseye, is in serious trouble. Not only is his soundman murdered by Russian intelligence agents while reporting on a secretive New World Order, but his network cancels his show, leaving Jake humiliated and spiraling into a deep dark depression.
Years later, a condemned murderer, who claims he was abandoned by the CIA, and who starred in an early episode of Bullseye, is finally executed for killing two supposed Soviet spies back in the 1970’s.
Jake Boxer, still trying to piece his life back together, is on his honeymoon in a posh ski resort in the Alaskan mountains when he gets word of the inmate’s execution . . . and the old killer’s final words: “The good spy dies twice.”

Those five words, seemingly meant for Jake, draw the ex-reporter from his forced retirement and into a complex and deadly global conspiracy involving his newlywed wife, the secretive New World Order, and the hotel’s hundred or so “guests.”
Everyone is a suspect.
Described as James Bond in a Stephen King novel, THE GOOD SPY DIES TWICE is the explosive first book in the Bullseye Series. Part spy thriller, part whodunit, this fast-paced novel introduces an exciting new hero, the intrepid, conspiratorial journalist, Jake Boxer.

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About the Author/Narrator: Mark Hosack

Mark Hosack is the author of THE GOOD SPY DIES TWICE (Book 1: The Bullseye Series, nominated for the 2016 RT Source Award), and IDENTITY (Simon & Schuster). He also wrote on the web series SEQUESTERED for Sony Crackle, the screenplay for GIVE ‘EM HELL, MALONE (Thomas Jane, Ving Rhames), and he both wrote and directed the award winning independent film PALE BLUE MOON. Mark lives in Los Angeles with his wife and a brood of gremlins who insist on calling him Dad.

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Tears of Glass by David Lake

Author: David Lake

Narrator: Fred Filbrich

Length: 11h 27m

Publisher: Alwyn Darrol Edwards⎮2017

Genre: Science Fiction/Thriller

Release date: Jan. 6, 2017

Synopsis: A failed quarterback, failed husband and failed human being, finds redemption through the music of a failed songwriter.
This darkly humorous thriller is based on real events, including the ‘ Accidental ‘ deaths of twenty two UK scientists all working on US missile systems.
Morgan, a drinking, smoking, womaniser, is drawn to the iconic music of the seventies – Dylan, Carole King, Neil Young, Led Zep – but when he acquires a rejected demo tape by a bluesy pianist, his friends start to meet with bizarre, ‘ Accidental ‘ deaths. It eventually dawns that HE is the target . Running to the Californian desert, picking up the inevitable girl en-route, he has no idea that he has stumbled. literally, upon the biggest conspiracy the Intelligence Services have tried to hide since The Wall came down.
The contrast between those who rule our lives and those who try to live by the rules, is brought into sharp focus through a collection of disparate characters, all having their own agenda. The underlying darkness of the message is almost totally masked by the nature of the ‘ Ripping Yarn.’ The reader rides a wave of action, humour, pathos, passion, violence and even enlightenment.

 

 

 

David Lake has a background in Science and the Record Industry.

Both facets are represented in Tears Of Glass which was first published in 1994 and re-published as an eBook in 2015
“The World’s First Interactive Book” according to Publishing News as this is the first book ever to have its own soundtrack as part of the narrative.
A number of other ‘Firsts ‘include the promotion of rock music in English Cathedrals and of launching Vangelis at the Royal Albert Hall.
He lives with his family near London.

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Fred is a freelance voice talent located in Rochester, New York. With over 25 years experience in broadcasting and 12 years as an independent voice artist, Fred brings a professional touch to clients’ productions locally and worldwide. His voice is compelling and highly listenable, and can hold a listener’s interest for narrations long and short.

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BOOKS CAN SHAPE THE WORLD

By David Lake

We are, all of us, born rough diamonds. Everyone a potential for brilliance, but only after acquiring  many facets.

The initial rough-cuts are a result of family, geography and peer group,  moving to finer facets as we are taught through our local education systems and additional facets added as we progress into young adulthood. Sometimes the cutting tools are not as sharp as we would like and there are many areas on our life interface which remain clouded or slightly obscure.

BOOKS and all that they contain can provide an endless source of additional facets and even the final polish. The more facets, the more the stone shines. Every page, every sentence and every author is adding to our sub-conscious fenestrations, providing more windows out of which we see the world in different lights and also allowing the world an access into our soul.

Thus we build a collective consciousness, the world starting to move as one and hopefully in a positive direction for all inhabitants.

We are never the complete, multifaceted, perfectly polished article, but BOOKS and their multiple insights into countries, cultures, politics, geography and individual trains of thought, are the tools by which we fashion a setting capable of holding the individual we become.

I have always told my children to never go through life without touching the sides. Do not be afraid to make your mark, even if it is a dirty one. Make mistakes, chip the diamond, but always hold up to the light that which is still left. Someone may be grateful for the little glint in the dark.

As an individual I have always tried to follow this advice, not always successfully, but always with conviction. From Cancer Research to the Record Business to Design, then Writing, I have always tried to break new ground. Tears of Glass was the world’s first Interactive Book [ Publishing News ]  – this then became the first digital book to have a soundtrack as a part on the narrative and now the final work has found its natural home as an Audiobook, the songs woven seamlessly into the storyline. I have found this development, or journey, a cathartic experience in that as I was trying to provide the reader with ‘ facets ‘ of the human condition. I was also being chipped and polished, although I am a pretty hopeless case, in that the original stone has not been so much finely- cut, as dropped and smashed. Hopefully a few splinters will add a little sparkle within the glorious and infinite jewelry box of BOOKS.

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Talk About It Tuesday- Sherry Rentschler

This is an unedited snippet from Sherry Rentschler ‘s upcoming vampire book; title to be determined.

One such man waited in an alley bar, a place long forgotten since the uprising. The stink of urine and used lives fell away once inside where desperation surrendered to resignation.

“Can you get me what I require or not?” Her impatience shown in the color of her eyes, turning them from dark green to a pale, luminous emerald.

“I will. I mean I can. But there is a price. Well, not exactly a price, but something I need. More of a favor really…” he mumbled then swallowed. Hard.

“What is it you want? More money?” She leaned in, laying a pale hand over his across the table and then tapped his fingers with a long pale index finger. “You know, asking a killer for anything other than a swift death is dangerous.” Dra taunted.

The man twitched and yanked his hand away as if burned. His gaze faltered and he wondered if she ever blinked. Then he offered his most disarming smile and cleared his throat, finding new depths of bravado.

“I know. It’s what I want. What I require.”

“To die? Well, honey, that was easy. Agreed!” She offered a ready glint of fangs along with her hand to seal the deal. Honor among thieves and all that.

But he wasn’t done. That wasn’t the complete deal. Death was just a tool.

“No, no not just to die. I want to be a vampire. That’s the deal.”

This book shows the reader more about Dra, the vampire seductress we met in Rentschler’s book, Midnight Assassin- A Tale of Lust and Revenge. Just look at this teaser and you will know that she is not a vamp you’d want to meet in an alley.

Recently, she let readers in on even more of a sneak peak when she create a contest to name the bar in her book.

Now I will admit, I’m a little biased. I’ve been helping (I mean bugging) Sherry to get this book finished. I mean come on, this is one bad ass hottie who knows how to get her way. In fact it’s not a matter of getting her way. Her way is the ONLY way.

 

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Each Tuesday, I will feature a current WIP (work in progress). To qualify, like my Facebook page and post your WIP. I will randomly share the following week.

Enter the Witch by Robbie Cox

We were introduced to the Witches of Savannah in Cox’s book Come Halloween. They were side characters but even so, they were extremely interesting. I think it’s fun when the author creates an offshoot from a story. It helps to solidify the world the author develops. This story was fun to read and now I want to read the entire series RIGHT NOW. I don’t want to wait for the author. He needs to just get busy.

This is the second series from Robbie that I follow. It is just as good as Warrier of the Way Series series.  I get to meet Robbie in June at Space Coast Book Lovers Convention. Can’t wait!

She told Ericka not to touch the book! She warned her about dabbling with witchcraft. Magic was powerful. You never knew what you might unleash. Yet, Ericka didn’t listen and now she had brought the storm right to Jasmine’s door.
Enter the Witch sets the stage for The Witches of Savannah series while giving us the origins of one of the side characters in Come Halloween. We once again meet the owner of Faerie Dust, Amber Bastian, as she strives to help a younger Jasmine Burkehart rescue her friend from a spell gone awry. Cletus, a skittish ghost who seems somehow stuck to Jasmine, provides more than just comic relief in this short tale as he cautions Jasmine about the dangers of witchcraft.

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Didn’t Get Frazzled by David Z. Hirsch, MD

** I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review**

This was a fun book to read. I have to wonder if some of this is autobiographical or if the writer is sharing secrets from his fellow doctors. Even though this is a work of fiction, the author does a such a good job of making real characters and a believable plot, it feels like we are sharing stories to pass time while commuting on a train. I felt for Seth as he trudged through med school and his training while trying to balance his personal life and his own sanity. I am a die-heart fantasy lover, but this was a great break from make believe while still providing a lot of entertainment and exercise for my imagination.

Medical student Seth Levine faces escalating stress and gallows humor as he struggles with the collapse of his romantic relationships and all preconceived notions of what it means to be a doctor. It doesn’t take long before he realizes not getting frazzled is the least of his problems.
Seth encounters a student so arrogant he boasts that he’ll eat any cadaver part he can’t name, an instructor so dedicated she tests the student’s ability to perform a gynecological exam on herself, and a woman so captivating that Seth will do whatever it takes to make her laugh, including regale her with a story about a diagnostic squabble over an erection.
Didn’t Get Frazzled captures with distressing accuracy the gauntlet idealistic college grads must face to secure an MD and, against the odds, come out of it a better human being.

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Silver Blood by Emma Hamm

* * I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review, I liked it so much I bought my own copy of it.**

I think it is getting harder to spin the urban fantasy trope. This author created a futuristic world with a completely new twist. Supernatural humans are actually hosts for supernatural beings who have taken over the world. Some relationships are mutual and some are adversarial. Of course, there is a governmental committee that tries to oversee everything, but as in most worlds infested with supernatural beings, there is an unknown group who REALLY controls what happens.

The characters are strong and well- rounded. The plot drives the story forward. This is one of those stories my family does not like because I tend to ignore them a little bit so I can finish it. 🙂 I wanted to keep going. I wanted to get to the end. I want to read the next book. This is a great start to this series.

Two hundred years ago, our world changed forever. Two realms combined in an explosion of magic. One morning everything was normal and the next? Every human body was host to another magical creature who had thoughts and a mind of its own. However, with power comes darkness. Someone wants to wipe this earth clean and will stop at nothing to consume it.
SHE IS NOT A HERO
Or so she thought. Wren had grown up with another voice in her head but had never considered herself magical. She doesn’t have the talents other people have. She certainly doesn’t have the abilities anyone else has. But she is charming and manages her business quite well. She deals in emotions and makes people happy. It’s a simple life, but it’s hers.
HE THINKS SHE COULD BE
Burke was a bodyguard first and always. He had been sent to collect her and deliver her in person to the most powerful creatures in their world. But the moment he steps through the broken door of her shop, his world changes forever. She’s strange. She’s uncomfortable. And she’s so damned beautiful. He is convinced she is part of a prophecy that can save their world.
But how to convince her?

 

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