Wednesday, January 17, 2024

The Immortal Rose Wyndham: The Beginning The Moon Singer Book 4 by B. Roman Genre: Historical Romantic Fantasy Adventure

 


This romantic adventure unfolds over 250 years, where the transcendent force of music and the belief in a higher purpose shape a narrative of mystery, magic, and miraculous encounters.


The Immortal Rose Wyndham: The Beginning

The Moon Singer Book 4

by B. Roman

Genre: Historical Romantic Fantasy Adventure


From 18th Century France to 20th Century San Francisco, the Promise of the Rose Crystal both empowered and mystified Grace Moreau and her daughter Rose Wyndham.

They fought for women’s rights, suffered prejudice and conspiracy theorists, and blazed their way through a male-dominated world to define their own roles in society. Through it all they poignantly resisted romantic desire, for if they fell in love the power of the Rose Crystal would be impotent and they - and their lovers - would die.

A romantic adventure spanning 250 years, B. Roman's 'The Immortal Rose Wyndham' is a story where the power of music, and the belief in a purpose greater than oneself, provide the mystery and magic that creates miracles.


**The Immortal Rose Wyndham: The Beginning can be read as a standalone and/or prequel to the rest of the books in the series.


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 Every fantastic adventure, every romance, every heartwarming family story, every magical moment.

All four books in B. Roman’s The Moon Singer, a series of fantasy novels, now available in one volume. This collection also includes the prequel novella, Before the Boy, as a bonus.


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B. Roman - in her own words:

Since childhood, I've been torn between two worlds: writing and singing. It's difficult to serve "two masters," as they say, but I was compelled to do so. When I was not singing, I was writing; when I was not writing, I was singing. I've learned, for me, that one creative expression nurtures the other. Much of my writing has a musical theme somewhere in the plot, or is the plot. Whether it's in my non-fiction writing about the power of music itself, in children’s picture books and in writing music and lyrics for songs.

It is natural, therefore, that my adventure series (The Moon Singer) has its roots in musical theories and metaphors, entwined with the magic and mystery of metaphysical concepts and matters of ethics, faith, compassion, love, and heroism. Music provokes universal emotions and memories, and giving my characters a musical talent and/or identity enriches them and the reader experience.

*B. Roman’s books include the 5-book Moon Singer Series, two suspense thrillers (Whatever Became of Sin?; A Man’s Face), and (as Barbara Roman) three children’s books: Hubert in Heaven, Alicia & The Light Bulb People in Star Factory 13, and The Prince Who Was A Piccolo.


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Saturday, January 13, 2024

Elephant Bones by Michael Gleason


Historical Fiction

Date Published: November 6, 2023

 

 

Journey through the timeless tapestry of friendship, family, and love, set against the rich backdrop of Virginia Beach. “Elephant Bones” tells the story of two inseparable friends, Joellen Bower and Emily Harrington, born a day apart in the sunlit month of July. Their lives are a testament to the unbreakable bonds formed under the shade of great willow oaks and the roots of the watery bald cypress trees in a place known as Elephant Bones.

Nestled in the Pungo borough of Princess Anne County, Elephant Bones becomes more than just a playground for the girls. It’s a treasure trove, a sanctuary, and a testament to the history of the region. For Joellen and Emily, it’s a realm of memories, dreams, and promises – from burying tiny treasures in the sand to growing up amidst the stark contrast of wealth and hardship.

Brought to life by the whims of Emily’s father and the history of the Harrington Plantation, Elephant Bones becomes a symbol of the American South and the intricate web of lives, tales, and legacies interwoven through its soil. As the girls mature, the treasures buried beneath the sands of time emerge, reshaping their destinies in ways neither could have imagined.

Dive into this evocative tale and bear witness to a friendship that challenges the tides of change, history, and fate itself.


About the Author


Michael Gleason is an old author with a new start. He and his wife, MaryAnne wrote and worked on several novels together before MaryAnne succumbed to cancer in 1998. The writing team constructed the outlines and partial stories to several books and published two of them under MaryAnne’s name.

Like many, Michael was crushed by the loss of his wife of 20 years. Shortly after her demise, he sold their 5-acre home in the Great Bridge area of Chesapeake, VA, and returned next door to his hometown of Virginia Beach where he resides today.

For 20 years, Michael stored his and MaryAnne’s writing projects on the top shelf of his home’s garage and only returned to it in 2020. He then finished his and her novel entitled Forbidden Justice which was released on Amazon Kindle in February 2021.

Now remarried, Michael lives happily with his wife Terri and their Boston Terrier, Abbey, who greets visitors vivaciously at the front door. Abbey’s motto is “Every stranger is just a friend she hasn’t met.”

Michael holds a BA and Master’s Degree from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA, where he minored in English literature. While living mainly on the east coast of the U.S. including Maryland, Washington D.C. (where he was born), Brunswick and the Golden Isles in Georgia, Michael has enjoyed the opportunity to spend some time in Europe, including a summer studying at the University of Graz in Austria.

He invites you to read his newest novel entitled, FORBIDDEN JUSTICE and would love to receive an honest assessment of his endeavor. He can be reached at michaelgleason6999@gmail.com.

 

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Monday, January 8, 2024

Our Mothers, Our Daughters A Divas That Care Collection by Candace Gish Genre: Women’s Fiction Anthology

 

 




"Our Mothers, Our Daughters" is an extraordinary collection of inspiring essays 

that illuminates the unique bond between mother and daughter."

Animals have an incredible ability to become precisely what we need them to be.

 Countless extraordinary stories can be found within "Animal Prints On My Soul." 


Our Mothers, Our Daughters

A Divas That Care Collection

by Candace Gish

Genre: Women’s Fiction Anthology

The mother-daughter relationship defines who we are, how we view ourselves, and what we want for our lives. Much like this multi-faceted relationship, the lessons in Our Mothers, Our Daughters are strong, yet soft. Through a collection of curated stories, readers journey alongside moms and daughters as they share poignant moments and messages of an everlasting bond. A Divas That Care anthology, this book showcases the collaboration and celebration of women and is presented in three collections: Connection, Inner Self, and Unconditional Love.

Contributors to Our Mothers, Our Daughters:


Connection

Alethea3 – Jacqueline Biollo

One, TWO! – Sheba Cummings

Me and My Girls – Beth Draper

The Cycle Continues – Irena Kay

Mom Born, Birthed, Raised, Loved – Carol Koppelman

Mom and Me: Me and Mom – Kathleen Bayes Ogilvie

My Daughter, My Valentine – Brenda Pearce


Inner Self

But You’re Supposed to Love Me – Michelle Bateman

A Flash of My Smile – Meredith Ethington

A Relationship Not Made in Heaven – Adriana Gavazzoni

Rusty & Jean – I threw my mother through the wall. – Jean Kanokogi

My Biggest Cheerleader – Noleen Mariappen

Metaphysical Musings – Peggy and Kate Neligan

A Study in Golden Rule and Persistence – Rosanna Pittella

Rose Simard – What I Wouldn’t Change


Unconditional Love

Unconditional Love: The Teenage Years – Cheryl Ashton

When Trust Is Lost – Lynn Carnes and Jen Maneely

My Daughter: The Warrior – Jerri Dexter

Champagne at Christmas – Gia-Raquel Esposito

My Beautiful Miracle – Jennifer Herron

Tight Rope – Mandy McLaughlin

My Mother, My Friend – Giuliana Melo

Mothers and Daughters – Juanita Wilson 


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Animal Prints On My Soul

A Divas That Care Collection

by Candace Gish

Genre: Non-Fiction Animal Anthology

Animals can be our heroes, our confidantes, our coaches, and our best examples of unconditional love. In Animal Prints on My Soul, we explore the human-animal bond through the experiences and stories of women. Featuring horses, dogs, cats, birds, and more, animal lovers will connect with these ordinary – yet extraordinary – stories of how animals impact our lives. Heartwarming, touching, and joyful, this book is a splendid gift for those who love animals. The stories of Healing, Connection, and Love & Loss also encourage us to pause and appreciate the wonderful gifts our animal friends bring us so we’ve provided deeper-dive prompts for those who would like to transform these blessings into inspiration for their own lives.

Contributors to Animal Prints on My Soul:

Healing

The Wisdom of Horses – Angie Payne

Whispers from an Angel – Daphne McDonagh

My Healing Journey with Animals – Diane Rose-Solomon

The Unicorn Search – Beth Lauren Parrish

Healing Beauty – Ginny Jablonski


Connection

A Friend by My Side – Marla Patrick

My First Best Friend – Deb Matlock

For the Children – Lorie Murphey

A Horse, a Boy, and Undying Love – Naomi McDonald

Lessons from a Red-Tailed Hawk – Linda Roberts

A Divine Communication – Esta Bernstein

What It Means to Be a Red Barn Horse – Alexis Braswell

Farm Girl Memories – Abigail Stimpert

When God Says, “Wait.” – Hannah Stimpert

Letting Go and Holding On – Donna Palamar

Gabriel’s Story – Sharon Dilley

26 Marathons and My Trainer – Jo Dibblee

Leadership in Flight – Haseena Patel


Love and Loss

Lead with Love – Kate Neligan

Spirit Animals – Stef Skupin

Country Life – Joyce Benning

Expectations: People vs. Dogs – Katherine Jensen

Becoming the Community Cat Lady – Kathy Lynn Mackison

Grief, Death, and Dying – Tracy Pierce

Horse, Heart, and Home – Ley-Anne Mountain

When Fate Brings You Fur Kids – Jean Brannon


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Candace Gish is a motivator and empowering change agent who understands the challenges women face while finding success in their everyday lives and businesses. She is an advocate for mentorship and strong, supportive networks.

Her four daughters and wonderful husband have inspired her to create a better world, thus the Divas That Care Network was born. Candace enjoys connecting with goal-oriented women and has the commitment to make a difference. She believes in the power of women converging to implement change and has ensured that the purpose of the Divas That Care movement quantifies just that.



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Friday, January 5, 2024

How my love of Stars & Magic was fueled by my Catholic Upbringing

This is the original Coo Coo Clock

                                                                        

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Ironically my conservative Catholic upbringing in 1960s Mexico was the very fuel that ignited my interest in Astrology and all things magical. For those of you with no experience in said religious upbringing; the irony lies on an acquired love of the very pagan things I was being taught to steer away from while clearly being shown a way to them.

The Christmases of my childhood are filled with stressful memories. The need to please both sides of the family, run by two strong and very different family matriarchs who dictated the traditions and rituals between the twenty-fourth and twenty-fifth of December every year and those forty-eight hours were long. As such my favorite day of the holiday season was January sixth; The Epiphany and The Three Magic Kings.

On the twenty-fourth of December in my paternal grandmother’s home gifts were brought at the stroke of midnight by Baby Jesus, a stroke hammered out by a scary and dark cuckoo clock. The magical manner in which a tiny baby could possibly bring all our gifts, was the sole thought I pondered upon as I was told to sit and pray to him aloud and in the company of most of the family. Understandably some of the adults had to lay out the gifts.

Every time I asked how a little baby could possibly accomplish such a colossal task. After all a small baby carrying such large loads seemed far less plausible than a Santa who arrived through nonexistent chimneys. The predictable answer was the same; “We were not born to understand the great power of the omnipotent.”

Yes, I was raised with huge long words that were seldom explained and I knew better than to ask; “What does omnipotent mean?” Because that would have been greeted with incredulity by the adults and mocking of my ignorance from older siblings and cousins.

Exhausted at midnight we opened gifts after which I slept in the car for what seemed like a horribly long ride home; Mexico City is spread out and it was a good distance. The much needed sleep disrupted by having to make it to my bed, as the sixth of eight too old to be carried and too young to help.

The following morning Santa’s gifts suspiciously addressed with my mother’s handwriting appeared under our Christmas tree. Excited and running on little sleep we opened those. Some Christmases Santa; with the same suspicious and distinguishable handwriting, left some unlucky recipient a letter of warning that their behaviour had not been too impressive and far more than a reprimand could be expected the following Christmas. I never received one of those and always felt in excellent terms with the man in red.

I did however get in trouble over the inevitable crash of the breaking glass of the Christmas ornaments. I loved the distorted reflection of my face on the spheres and sometimes I got too close to try to make my nose look larger. As an adult I do not own glass ornaments.

On the twenty-fifth lunch was at my maternal grandmother’s home. She was a great fan of Santa Claus, her tree was not only filled by Santa but her second husband my step-grandfather dutifully dressed the part and had a deep impressive Ho, Ho, Ho. The telltale smell of his favorite bourbon, Old Crow and a distinctive ring he wore made it all too clear that underneath the red suit, hat and huge beard was our clean shaven bald adorable  Tío Luis, sharing his holiday cheer. Then there was the kids table, in which I was the only girl surrounded by brothers and male cousins, (but that’s another story).

One similarity every household had during the holidays was Los Tres Reyes Magos. The three exotic figures and their camels set apart from the Nativity scenes. Every day we moved them closer to the crèche where baby Jesus lay. These three Magic Kings who followed the stars and brought great gifts; gold, frankincense and myrrh all three sounded like magical potions to me, even the gold was something I visualized as liquid and magical.

In Spanish, they are Reyes Magos (Magic Kings), not Wise Men, but in both languages, they were tremendously appealing to me and made sense. I could look up and see stars; the language that defined them was not complicated, and they made sense. They were interesting, attractive, and wealthy-looking; they brought gifts and followed stars. They fueled my interest in Astrology, travel, and foreign cultures.

On January 5th,   we placed our shoes outside our bedroom door. By then, the tree was taken down, and the dangerous glass spheres that had survived the season were safely stored away. The winter break over and in school uniforms we welcomed the day of The Epiphany; surely it fell on a weekend sometimes, but my memories always incluse the school uniform.

On the sixth of January we would awaken to a small gift brought by these Magical Kings, we ate a round cake with a hidden baby Jesus; which if at my paternal grandmother’s house we were order to swallow and deny having gotten (that is also another story), but that stress free feel of rhythm and back into routine, that was the holiday day I loved and still celebrate every year.

Wednesday, January 3, 2024

Sun Tzu's Café by Dr Eric Bornstein

 

Historical Fiction / Medical Thriller/ Espionage

Date Published: January 1, 2024

 

In the era of legalized marijuana in the United States, the Chinese government has nefarious plans to exploit America's best and brightest graduate students using synthetic Hallucinogens and THC compounds. To accomplish their goal, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has partnered with a disaffected American CIA agent who was instrumental in the CIA's domestic hallucinogen experiments on American citizens known as Project MKULTRA during the Korean and Vietnam wars. The CCP have surreptitiously funded upscale cafés in each American city where marijuana has been legalized and there is an American university within walking distance of their café.

In each café, the CCP secretly adds a designer hallucinogen to the coffee. This drug opens the graduate student's minds to the power of suggestion and allows the baristas (Chinese security agents) to easily question the students for technical information concerning their graduate studies and labs. The methods used are similar to what the disaffected CIA agent learned during his MKULTRA project missions in the 1950s and 1960s. This allows the  Communist Chinese to gain a head start on America's most crucial security and technological innovations.

But there is a problem. The synthetic hallucinogen is beginning to have strange effects on some students, and these effects are being noticed. A bright Israeli E.R. doctor and his wife (an addiction counselor) living and working in Burlington, Vermont, have encountered some of these students suffering from bizarre psychotic symptoms. They suspect that there is more than meets the eye in these Chinese cafés and have started investigating. If the Chinese plan is discovered, it will open the CCP up to significant charges of international terrorism against the United States. With current congressional committee hearings focused on banning Tik Tok and other Chinese technologies, the CCP will stop at nothing to prevent this from happening.

 

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The Diary of Katy Yehonala by Robert Barkley

 

 

Literary Fiction

Date Published: 01-11-2021

Publisher: Shawline Publishing Group P/L


 

A SWEEPING SAGA OF THREE GENERATIONS OF EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN WHO LIFTED THEIR GAZE BEYOND THEIR TURBULENT HISTORY, EACH TO FULFIL UNIQUE DESTINIES.

 

The first is a proud matriarch who believes honouring family is worth any sacrifice.

The second is born into a revolution and travels the world, still scarred by her childhood demons.

The third soars to breathtaking heights on the world stage, a mother's selfless love beneath her wings.

 

The Diary of Katy Yehonala brilliantly evokes another time and place, laying bare its drama and beauty in haunting landscapes and vivid portraits of unforgettable women, so exquisitely narrated that they resonate long after the final page is turned.

 

"... an immersive and gripping book that resonates deeply with the reader. Throughout, the characterisation is strong, memorable and nuanced suited to the intricate, powerful, compelling narrative." 

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Robert grew up in a small English village, the repository of 1000 years of history engraved on the tombstones of its Norman Church. Without mobile phones, TV or the Internet, he made up stories.

Later in life, he found himself a clearance diver in the labyrinthine, murky waterways of the Mekong Delta, dismantling booby traps during the Vietnam War and receiving two bravery awards. He spent much time in Asia, and his storytelling is inspired by his life experiences living around the world and from random meetings with strangers.

Robert’s writing paints pictures of remarkable, headstrong women set against backstories of the significant issues of our times. His vivid storytelling combines sharp-witted dialogue and meticulous research to bring our human struggles to life. A citizen of the world, his love of exotic places, their people and their love stories brings readers an evocative sense of time and place.

 

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Monday, December 11, 2023

The Unlikely Spy by Sophie Schiller Genre: Historical Spy Thriller

  


One woman on a hopeless mission in Panama.

How far will she go to help the Allies? 

The Unlikely Spy

by Sophie Schiller

Genre: Historical Spy Thriller

Casablanca meets Notorious in a Hitchcock-style thriller of espionage, romance, adventure, and intrigue.

During the Great War in 1917, Emma Christensen was a young widow who returned to the islands to reclaim the life and the villa she had left behind. She soon finds herself penniless when she discovers that her husband has disinherited her in favor of his young heir—an illegitimate son. She is approached by Cornelius Smith, a businessman who offers her an alternative: infiltrate the suspicious Hamburg-American Line and spy on its nefarious leader, Julius Luckner, to gain valuable business intelligence for his firm. Emma doesn’t take long fast-pacedto realize that both Smith and Luckner are not as they seem. Close to the Allies but even closer to the enemy, Emma bravely engages in missions that could blow her cover at any moment. But with the Panama Canal at stake, how far will she go to help the Allies? A thriller in the style of Hitchcock that will keep you on the edge of your seat.


"A great read about a female spy during WWI...a really good, fast paced historical thriller." -Chelsie S., Vine Voice


A gripping and suspenseful World War I spy thriller from an accomplished thriller and historical adventure writer.


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Sophie Schiller is an author of historical fiction and spy thrillers. She loves stories that carry the reader back in time to exotic and far-flung locations. Kirkus Reviews has called her "an accomplished thriller and historical adventure writer." Publishers Weekly called her novel, ISLAND ON FIRE, "a memorable romantic thriller", her novel RACE TO TIBET, “a thrilling yarn,” and her TRANSFER DAY, “a page-turner with emotional resonance.” Kirkus Reviews called her latest novel, THE LOST DIARY OF ALEXANDER HAMILTON, "an engaging coming-of-age story of heartbreak, bravery, honor, and triumph." Her latest novel is THE UNLIKELY SPY, a historical spy thriller set during WWI. She graduated from American University, Washington, DC and lives in Brooklyn, NY.


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