6/20/18

You Only Live Once Book Sale and Giveaway


Today, we are sharing a new humorous thriller--on sale until the end of June!  Check out You Only Live Once, learn about the author, buy the book for only .99--and enter the book tour giveaway at the end of this post!

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Humorous Thriller
Date Published: March 21, 2018
Publisher: Imajin Books

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On sale for .99 from June 15-30th

Synopsis: James Flynn is an expert shot, a black belt in karate, and irresistible to women. He’s also a heavily medicated patient in a Los Angeles psychiatric hospital. Flynn believes his locked ward is the headquarters of Her Majesty’s Secret Service and that he is a secret agent with a license to kill.

When the hospital is acquired by a new HMO, Flynn is convinced that the Secret Service has been infiltrated by the enemy. He escapes to save the day, and in the process, Flynn kidnaps a young Hispanic orderly named Sancho.

This crazy day trip turns into a very real adventure when Flynn is mistaken for an actual secret agent. Paranoid delusions have suddenly become reality, and now it’s up to a mental patient and a terrified orderly to bring down an insecure, evil genius bent on world domination.

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About the Author

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Haris Orkin is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and game writer. His play, Dada was produced at The American Stage and the La Jolla Playhouse. Sex, Impotence, and International Terrorism was chosen as a critic’s choice by the L.A. Weekly and sold as a film script to MGM/UA. His original screenplay, A Saintly Switch, was directed by Peter Bogdanovich and starred David Alan Grier and Vivica Fox. He is a WGA Award and BAFTA Award nominated game writer and narrative designer known for Command and Conquer: Red Alert 3, Call of Juarez: Gunslinger, Tom Clancy’s The Division, Mafia 3, and Dying Light, which to date has sold over 7.5 million copies.

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The Palm Reader Book Release Blitz


Today, we are joining the book blitz for a new thriller from the Jackson Walker series!  Check out The Palm Reader, and learn about the series and the author!

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A Jackson Walker Thriller
Thriller, Suspense
Publisher: Koehler Books
Release Date: June 20, 2018

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Jackson Walker once again faces his demons in this haunting sequel to Devil in the Grass.

Now working as an investigative lawyer for Peter Robertson, Jack teams with Janie Callaghan to solve the disappearance of a sleazy client specializing in taboo pornography. Meanwhile the evil head of the Church of Satan weaves an intricate web to lure Walker as the sacrificial lamb in an Everglades Black Mass ritual.


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Publisher: Koehler Books
Published: March 2016

When his pro football career fails, Jackson Walker returns to his home in southwest Florida to sort out his life. He lands an internship with Republican state senator James Hunter, whose Clean Water Bill puts him at odds with influential members of The Brotherhood of Set, a Satanic cult. They have deep roots in Florida, and are led by the sinister Henrietta LePley.

After Walker begins a relationship with a member of the Brotherhood, he is framed for the horrific killing of two elderly people. To clear his name, Jackson turns to his Seminole family to evade the police and a particularly nasty bunch of malevolent characters who specialize in the disposal of dead bodies. The Everglades provides an ancient and frightening setting for the unfolding action that will prove whether Jackson Walker will pull himself free from the dark evil that lurks there.



PRAISE FOR THE JACKSON WALKER SERIES


"Bowron has a great 'voice' in spinning these complex and intelligent plotlines all together, and if you like thrillers with an edge, you'll enjoy this one" --Nicola Flood, Goodreads; Indie Book Reviewers

"Devil in the Grass is a brilliantly plotted and chilling read!" --Booklover Catlady

"A snappy, scary premise executed with skill against the backdrop of the Florida Everglades." --Ron Base, Author of The Sanibel Sunset Detective Series

"A fast-paced, action-packed thriller. Highly recommended!" --The Columbia Review

." . . an absolutely gripping novel." --Beach Bound Book Reviews


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About the Author

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Christopher Bowron's roots stretch back four generations in historic Niagara-on-the-Lake, voted the prettiest town in Canada. He owns a bachelor of arts from Brock University and is a lover of wine and all sports including salt water fishing, which usually finds its way into his writing. Thrillers, Mystery and Historical Fiction top his reading list. He and his wife Carmen have a second residence in southwest Florida where he has spent a good part of his life since childhood. Southwest Florida and the Everglades is the backdrop for his first novel, Devil in the Grass, published by Köehler Books, which in 2016 became a #1 Best Seller on Amazon.



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The Treasure of Cedar Creek Book Spotlight & Giveaway


This morning, we are featuring an historical thriller in our book spotlight.  Check out The Treasure of Cedar Creek, learn about the author & enter for a chance to win a $15 Amazon gift card in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.

The Treasure of Cedar Creek
by Brenda Stanley
Genre: Historical Thriller

In 1896, the isolated and vast state of Idaho is a haven for the polygamous splinter group called The Kingdom of Glory, which is hiding more than their outlawed practice of plural marriage.


At the compound called Cedar Creek, the prophet is hoping to increase his congregation, even if that means marrying off girls to men decades older. When Peri, who escaped the compound years earlier, returns to help rescue Grace, a girl betrothed to the prophet himself, she ends up also saving her own sister Emma. As the three women make a frantic and deadly escape from the compound, they take with them both the newborn heir to the church, and their dead mother’s cryptic journal to the prophet’s hidden treasure. Along their journey, the women realize to truly be free they must face what holds them captive, even if those answers are more horrifying than they ever imagined.






Brenda Stanley is a former television news anchor and investigative reporter for the NBC affiliate in Eastern Idaho. She has been recognized for her writing by the Scripps Howard Foundation, the Hearst Journalism Awards, The Idaho Press Club and the Society for Professional Journalists. She is a graduate of Dixie College in St. George, Utah and the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. She is the mother of 5 children, including two sets of twins. Brenda and her husband Dave, a veterinarian, live on a small ranch near the Snake River with their horses and dogs.



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6/19/18

Making It Count: Tips for Creating a Memorable Trip


We never get as much time to travel as we’d like. Out of all the regrets I’ve ever heard people express, not traveling enough has to be the most common.

This isn't too surprising. For all the excitement surrounding travel it is still seen as a luxury activity. This means that people generally only do it after all other responsibilities have been taken care of. So, bills, kids, and other life duties can easily get in the way of a trip abroad.

This is why it's important to make any trips you do have as memorable as possible. But, this can lead to a lot of planning and anxiety when setting up a trip.

Questions like: What should I see?, Where should I go? Is X better than Y?

While many people can be obsessive about planning a memorable trip, it's actually easier than it appears. There are also a few surprising changes I often suggest to many people looking to create a memorable trip. Here’s how:



Do Your Research

This is an obvious tip. No matter where you go, whether on a work trip or a vacation, you'll need to do your homework on where you're going. But, the devil is in the details.

Depending on how long you’re going to visit a place for, and what your interests are, will change what you'll need to research. For example, when I was going on an all-inclusive activities desert tour in Dubai, all I needed to research was how to get to the meetup point and back home.

But, when I was traveling to L.A. for my own sightseeing trip of the city, I had to plan everything from taxi costs, to the order in which I wanted to see the sights to streamline commuting. \

So, as a general rule, know what the cost of travel and food is, what your accommodation is located, and how to get to the key places you want to see. Also check out any common scams that might be common to tourists to better protect yourself from opportunists.

Technology is Your Friend

TripAdvisor, Couchsurfing, Lonely Planet, and Airbnb -- these are just a few of the long list of amazing apps that you can download to your smartphone. These can help you do everything from book cheap flights and accommodation, to helping you meet people and plan an itinerary.

Technology has made it easier, safer, and more efficient than ever to travel. This is especially true if you're a solo traveler.

So, before you go away, be sure to download a few of the above apps to make sure you get the most out of your trip. Lonely Planet and TripAdvisor are particularly recommended as they highlight key places to see and put you in touch with tour groups and agencies.

Choose the Unique Options

When I was in Vietnam, I had a difficult choice to make. I could either have gone to see the Cu Chi Tunnels from the Vietnam war, or Halong Bay to see the limestone caves. Both were things I wanted to do. But, I went with the Cu Chi Tunnel tour. Why?

Because it's the only place in the world I could have seen them. There are other places I can visit to tour limestone caves. I went with the most unique option. This is a particularly important tip for making your trip as memorable as possible, especially for shorter trips. So, be sure to prioritise the more novel and unique sites and activities when traveling , no matter where you go.

Capture As Much As Possible on Camera




It’s become a bit taboo to have your camera out and to take selfies. But trust me, as someone with experience traveling through different countries and cultures, you'll be glad you did. It's amazing how much your memory of trips can fade, and how great photos and videos are as a memory aid.

They also act as great mementos to show your friend and family once you return home.

Invest in Guided Tours



This is another great tip for those who are short on time. Guided tours cost a little more than exploring alone. For some, it can also remove the mystery and fun of exploring alone. But, it does guarantee a fast and efficient way of seeing all the highlights of the places you're going. Tours can be found and organized by almost any resorts, hotel, or hostel. They usually will pick you up at these locations directly too.

So, if times a factor, consider investing in a guided tour. Alternatively, you can follow the tip below.

Link Up With a Local

Through apps like Couchsurfing, it's easy to connect with locals from any country or city in the world. It goes without saying that locals can offer a more genuine experience of their city or country. The best part is many are happy to do it, free of charge. You can simply repay the favor if they're ever in your hometown.

This gives you a cost-friendly, easy and unique experience in a different country with someone who knows the best places to go.

Keep It Short and Sweet

A common myth of going abroad is that you have to spend a lot of time to take in everything noteworthy. This is particularly emphasized with long-haul trips. But, when creating memorable trips, the opposite is true.

When I went to visit Sydney in Australia for five days (yep, five days!) people almost lined up to tell me it wasn't enough time. The results?

On day four I was sitting by the Sydney Opera House, bored. I had done everything I needed. The same was true when I was backpacking through Europe. Three days was enough in each city.

So, when you're looking to create a memorable trip, just remember you don't always need to spend weeks in a place to do so.

Through a Broken Heart: Finding Hope and Healing After a Breakup Book Spotlight & Giveaway


This morning, we are featuring a Christian based, self help devotional in our book spotlight.  Check out Through a Broken Heart:  Finding Hope and Healing After a Breakup, learn about the author and enter for a chance to win a prize in the book spotlight tour giveaway at the end of this post!

Book Title: Through a Broken Heart: Finding Hope and Healing After a Breakup
Author: Colleen Meissner
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 144 pages
Genre: Christian non-fiction, self-help, devotional

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Dear Broken Heart ~

You must be hurting deeply. Perhaps you're also feeling overwhelmed and completely alone in this place of emptiness and grief. I’ve been where you are and my heart aches with yours. I want you to know there is someone who sees and someone who cares. His name is Jesus. The journey right now is dark and painful, but if you will travel with me using God’s word as our guide, it will eventually lead to a place of hope and restoration. A destination where God’s love ushers you into wholeness. Where His healing hand won’t just repair your shattered soul, but will establish you in the truth that you are deeply loved and understood. In contrast to your current sorrow, this may seem too good to be true. I get that, I’ve been there. At this point, I’m only asking you to trust that He is able. I invite you to spend these next six weeks at the feet of Jesus and allow Him to enter into your wounded heart through this very place of brokenness. Will you give Him permission to transform you in a way that far exceeds your own expectations?

~ Colleen Meissner Married for the first time at 42. Colleen knows firsthand the pain of heartbreak, being single longer than expected, and the battle against fear and insecurity. She holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and has spent over 10 years sharing her own experience and knowledge as a coach and mentor. She now has a vision to share the wisdom she’s been given with you.

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I earned a Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University in 2010 and have been mentoring women for over a decade. The most common area of counsel I provide is to single women not ashamed to admit they want to be married and have someone to share their life with. These women often without realizing it, are battling soul wounds (emotional and heart wounds) from their past that are preventing them from fulfilling this deeply held desire of marriage and family.

I consider there to be no greater privilege than to have women trust me with their deepest struggles and fears and to travel along side of them on their journey from a place of being held in bondage by lies (“I am fat, ugly, a loser, unlovable…”) to a place of freedom and victory. I know this journey well, I have traveled it; it is hard and it is long, and you cannot do it alone. There are seemingly impossible hills to climb, valleys to crawl out of and side-roads leading to nowhere. Perhaps more than a mentor, I am a tour-guide, leading you as you navigate your way to healing and overcoming those things that have kept you from embracing the fullness of life that the Lord came to give you (John 10:10).

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Shenanigans Book Spotlight & Giveaway


This morning, I have a paranormal romance in our book spotlight.  Earlier this week, we featured Gail Koger's Coletti Warlords series and have another one of her novels featured today.  Check out Shenanigans, learn about the author & enter for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.

Shenanigans
by Gail Koger
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Kandi Cain inherited her Dr. Doolittle abilities from her grandmother and became a psychic pet detective. To her dismay, she just acquired the power to communicate with the spirit world, but dead people give her the willies. 


Just when Kandi thought her life couldn’t get more complicated, the neighbor from hell moved in next door. The nasty guy’s name is Dutch Callaghan. How can someone so gorgeous be such a dick? Kandi could chalk some of it up to his job. Dutch is a Phoenix PD homicide cop. 

Kandi’s current case is rescuing a Yorkie from a brutal dog fighting ring. Little does she know her dog napping suspect is involved in a series of brutal murders. Disguised as an elderly nun, Kandi rescues the Yorkie and, in the process, blows the hell out of Dutch’s undercover operation.

Kandi now finds herself a person of interest in her client’s murder and her sexy-as-hell, pain-in-the-butt neighbor is in hot pursuit of the Ninja Nun. Is Dutch about to slap the cuffs on? Only time will tell.




How do I come up with my stories? Being psychotic helps. I was a 9-1-1 dispatcher for way too long. All those years of wild requests, screwy questions, bizarre behavior and outrageous demands have left me with a permanent twitch and an uncontrollable craving for chocolate. Don’t get me wrong. Working as a 9-1-1 dispatcher can be very rewarding. BUT - some days I felt like the entire world was nuts. I mean, c’mon, who in their right mind calls 9-1-1 for the winning lottery numbers? To keep from hitting myself repeatedly in the head with my phone, I took up writing.


I made the Night Owl's Awesome Paranormal Romance Authors List.




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