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Cover Reveal Party The Bleaklisted Books

24 Nov


Cats! CATS. I love CATS. Do you love this cover too? I soooooooooo want to read this one.

Title: The Bleaklisted Books

Authors: Donna Brown, David M. Brown

Genre: Non Fiction: Humour/Pets & Animals


My mini-irons,

I urge you to embrace the goose-spell of Animal Farm and you will find sanctuary when our difficult war is over. I will add, of course, that given that conquering the world means a long, long, long, long, long war, I will permit you to read another book every now and again.

Just remember which books are bleak-listed; e.g. Barry Potterer, 100 Years of Silly Tudor, Prude and Perjury, The Hungary Olympic Games, The Chronicles of Nerdia and Of Mike and Ben.

In the meantime, here is a list of books I have vetted and will reconsider for approval if the appro… apprap… proper changes are made. Read this manyule carefully mini-irons.

Your Cat-tain

Charlie Brown

About the Authors

DonnaBrownDonna:  Donna is a longtime book lover and sometime book reviewer and has devoured books from an early age. She writes short (or long) stories as and when inspiration hits and is married to fantasy author David M. Brown (Fezariu’s Epiphany, A World Apart). She was also co-contributor to David’s book, Man vs Cat, a humorous look at life with six rambunctious rescue cats.

Donna has lived in many different areas of the UK over the last 30-something years but has remained in Yorkshire for the past decade. She ardently disputes the misnomer that ‘It’s grim up north’. You can find Donna on Google+, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Goodreads, or visit her and her husband’s shared blog: B-Lines and Felines.

Twitter: http://twitter.com/_mrs_b

Website: http://books.donnambrownuk.com

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/donnambrownuk

Instagram: http://instagram.com/donnambrownuk

DavidBrownDavid:  David Brown could be considered a fantasy fanatic, especially since he has spent the last 10 years developing a 47,000-year history for his fictional world of Elenchera. When converting his obsession into literary form, David commits himself to a rigorous writing and editing process before his work can meet his approval. Combined with the critical eye of his wife and a BA Hons in History and English, David’s dedication leads him to his goal of inspiring readers through heartfelt stories and characters.

Although David is inspired primarily by fantasy fiction, he also finds his muse in the form of anime, world cinema, history, and biographies. His own books, Fezariu’s Epiphany and A World Apart, combine aspects from worlds both old and new into compelling tales of a world not soon forgotten., David himself certainly does not lack a spirit of adventure; in fact, he left his job in 2007 in order to spend a month travelling. Second only to meeting and marrying his wife, David counts this as one of the most amazing experiences of his life.

Twitter: http://twitter.com/elenchera

Facebook: http://facebook.com/tweedling

Website: http://elenchera.com

Blog: http://blog.elenchera.com

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Book Excerpt from Hard Love: The Pleasure and The Pain

18 Oct


Book Excerpt

The Break-Up

They say “if you study long you study wrong”

There is no time to waste no time to wait

But I found that it is a “thin line between Love and Hate”

I disregarded the warning signs and the clues

Damn I’m tired of getting this bad news

I guess karma is saying boy “you paid your dues”

She had me thinking we were coasting

Come to find out she had mixed emotions

Wow that chick had me real open

Did I have some wrong preconceived notions

Did I move to slow or too fast

Forgive me for even trying to make it last.

Thought you were my everything I would for you do anything

The first time I swallowed my pride

Yet bitterness you did keep inside

The second time I did not know what to do

Still my heart and soul you never knew

This is it its over and I’m thru

Cause I know that there’s life after you.

For a minute it seems were one

Then suddenly our honeymoon was done

Fussing, fighting, moaning and groaning

Stressing and strifing all day and all night

Guess you couldn’t hide your spots, lies, and stripes

We came a long way and gone so far

But now I’m getting out this damn car

When were together I stayed true

But now I now there is life after you

You really had me going thinking we were going a certain way

I’m just glad it was only 8 months because I’m good today

You didn’t give me no explanation

I guess you still want to play

I guess you forgot about tomorrow as we lay

You did some good but lies wiped that all away

Cant trust, listen, or love you cause I cant believe nothing you say

Don’t have to give me the cold shoulder

I’m gone and I’m glad that its over

About The Book

14406471Title: Hard Love: The Pleasure and the Pain

Author: William J. Warren

Genre: Poetry

A poetry collection by author William J. Warren

Author Bio

William J. Warren resides in Florida and has won several awards throughout the years in honor of his creative writing.


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Release Party The Luddite’s Guide to Technology

8 Oct


About the Book

the_luddites_guide_to_technology_iiTitle: The Luddite’s Guide to Technology

Author: CJS Hayward

Genre: creative non-fiction / religion and spirituality / technology – social aspects

Mammon, as it is challenged in the Sermon on the Mount, represents such wealth and possessions as one could have two thousand years ago. But that is merely beer as contrasted to the eighty proof whisky our day has concocted. The Sermon on the Mount aims to put us in the driver’s seat and not what you could possess in ancient times, and if the Sermon on the Mount says something about metaphorical beer, perhaps there are implications for an age where something more like eighty proof whisky is all around us.

Author Bio

cjsh_square_fullChristos Jonathan Seth Hayward wears many hats as a person: author, philosopher, theologian, artist, poet, wayfarer, philologist, inventor, web guru, teacher.

Some have asked, “If a much lesser C.S. Lewis were Orthodox, what would he be like?” And the answer may well be, “CJS Hayward.”

Hayward has lived in the U.S., Malaysia, England, and France, and holds master’s degrees bridging math and computers (UIUC), and philosophy and theology (Cambridge).






Book Excerpt When All Balls Drop

2 Oct


Book Excerpt

Release Me, Now Take Me Back

The studio apartment lacked the every-four-hour interruptions of the hospital, which was good. I needed to be more independent—or as independently dependent as someone could be in my situation. I ate very little, slept little, and was in a lot of pain.

Strangely enough, it was when I left the hospital that the sleepless nights began. Oh how I needed the sleep to heal! However, because of my brace, I couldn’t toss and turn, just quietly count sheep. I also couldn’t use my go-to method of counting the holes in the ceiling tiles because my new ceiling was cheaply painted white without even the oh-so-common popcorn for texture.

Around this time, I began to experience shooting pains in my legs. Despite walking daily to keep the blood flowing, every time I got up out of the car, a chair, or my bed, a sharp pain shot up my legs to my lower back. When I was still, the pain radiated from my toes through my legs up to my lumbar area.

During these shooting spells, I’d flash back to the agony of running the 2004 Boston Marathon. I had completed that grand physical feat but just barely. After mile twenty-three—after Heartbreak Hill and approaching Brookline with Boston’s Back Bay ahead—I felt like I was running on stumps. Each step traveled up through my body, bone by aching bone. But even that excruciating pain paled in comparison to what I was experiencing now. The stifling and severe agony in my legs from running the marathon lasted less than a week, but it had been more than two weeks since my surgery. And did my legs hurt!

How I suffered those first six days out of the hospital and in the studio. All I’d wanted was to get out of the hospital, but as soon as I did, I wanted to go back. The grass is always greener, right?

About The Book

whenallballsdropcoverTitle: When All Balls Drop: The Upside of Losing Everything

Author: Heidi Siefkas

Genre: Non-Fiction, Inspirational, Memoir

The true story of a survivor
who through losing everything,
redefined having it all

Heidi Siefkas was a happily married, globetrotting professional who seemingly “had it all”—until a tree limb in New York’s Hudson River Valley struck her down, breaking her neck and leaving her unconscious. Suddenly, life as she knew it stopped. She lost her independence. She lost her career. She watched her marriage disintegrate as she confronted a trail of devastating lies about her husband’s double life.

She had lost all that mattered, but she was a survivor. She fought to restore her health, repair her broken heart, and rebuild herself. Along the way, she gained clarity about her core values, ultimately coming to a deeper understanding of what it means to have it all.

Through down-to-earth, short vignettes, When All Balls Drop shows us how it’s possible to “look up” in spite of pain, deceit, and loss. Heidi’s memoir–rich with hope and humor, inspires anyone who’s had to confront tragedy and reassess their life in the wake of life-altering events.

Author Bio

Heidi Siefkas is an author and adventurer. Originally from small-town Wisconsin, she lives in Kauai and also calls the Midwest and South Florida home. Heidi is currently crafting a sequel to this memoir, embracing both her wanderlust and love of writing by documenting her many travels. You can connect with Heidi at www.heidisiefkas.com, Facebook, and Twitter.


Website: http://www.heidisiefkas.com

Twitter: @HeidiSiefkas

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HeidiNSiefkas?ref=hl

Book Excerpt You Can Love Writing

18 Jul


coverTitle: You Can Love Writing: A Guide to get through your College Papers and Like it

Author: Connie B. Dowell

Genre: Non-Fiction, Educational

How would you like to

  • perform with the passion of an Oscar winning actor,
  • compete with the drive and fervor of an Olympic athlete, or
  • teach like you’ve got a Nobel Prize slung around your neck

all while doing your homework?

Believe it or not, you can do all of this and much more in the course of writing your college papers. This book takes you through the overlapping stages of the writing process, using game mechanics, cooperation, and learning styles to help you have as much fun as possible and take charge of your own education. With exercises and activities for groups and individuals, this text focuses on the meat of writing, the big picture elements that matter most in both college papers and real world writing situations, all with an eye toward enjoyment.

Sit down, crack open this guide, and give your favorite notebook a big hug. You may not have a choice about writing your papers, but who says you can’t love them?

Author Bio

Author Photo  C DowellConnie B. Dowell is a writing center coordinator and freelance editor. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Georgia and a Masters of Library and Information Science from Valdosta State University. She lives in Virginia with her husband, where they both consume far more coffee than is probably wise



Websites: conniebdowell.com, bookechoes.com, and youcanlovewriting.com

Twitter at @ConnieBDowell

Facebook at facebook.com/editorcbdowell

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KC87A3U



There’s a tour-wide giveaway for “Break Your Block” Cards.

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Book Excerpt

Excerpt: Basics of Outlining

Now that you’ve got an idea, you’re going to sit right down at the computer and let ‘er rip, right? Well, you can do that and you’ll probably have lot of finessing and rewriting to do afterward. Or you might get stuck somewhere in the middle, wondering what to write next. Some people can effortlessly write off a first draft with no forethought at all, staying on track the whole time and doing only polishing-type revisions after the fact. For most of us, though, the drafting and revision process goes much faster and smoother with a little planning.

As an added bonus, if you ever wondered what on Earth an instructor meant by “flow,” organization is one of the two most common things “flow” actually refers to. (By the way, “flow” is a frustratingly vague word that means different things to different people. Always ask for clarification when you hear or read the word “flow” in an assignment.)

Outlines and Bullet Points and Roman Numerals, Oh My!

I hear you. “Oh, yay, outlining,” you say. “I thought this book was about making writing fun. You liar.” Ye of little faith. Outlining doesn’t have to be nearly as boring as it’s too often made out to be. And you don’t have to spend nearly as much time on it as you might think.

First off, unless you like all those multi-indented lines with different numbering/lettering schemes or bullet points, unless that ultra-organized, detailed planning makes your heart sing, forget about it. If you don’t already jump for joy at a well-organized list, it isn’t worth your time. You don’t need all that stuff to plan. You can do it much faster and freer without all the formatting. Here’s how I do it. If, like me, you don’t have to patience to be neat and tidy, you’ll find it gets the job done.

  1. Write down your main point, whether you’ve got a fully developed thesis statement or a quick phrase. Put it at the top of the paper, so when you find the paper again three days later, you’ll remember what it was for.
  2. You know you’ll have an introduction and conclusion of some type, so put them on the paper too. Put the introduction at the top, under your main topic, and the conclusion at the very bottom. Just mark the places. You don’t need to actually write these elements yet.
  3. Think of at least three big themes (a loose idea or a full-blown thought) to flesh out your main idea. Drink as much coffee as you need to make this happen while not harming your health. Write them loosely spaced between the introduction and the conclusion.
  4. Think of some sub-ideas (support points/subthemes) for each of those big themes. You’ve probably had enough coffee by now, so take a walk instead. It’s okay if your support is phrases or individual words at this point. It’s also okay if the writing wobbles a little and goes outside the lines. You did just drink a bunch of coffee and then exercise.


Book Excerpt The Practical Guide to Happiness

23 Jul


We’re hosting an excerpt from “The Practical Guide to Happiness”, a self-help book touring this week. Enjoy the excerpt!

Book Excerpt

From:  Illusion #7: If I had a child (or an additional child) I would be happy.


Both Lila and Natalie really wanted a baby and were willing to go to any length to make that a reality. Their life circumstances and process for pursuing conception were parallel. But can you infer that one woman is happier than the other?

Lila focused, almost singularly, on her goal; an outcome that she could not directly control, in spite of all the methods she tried. She even pursued alternative measures using a holistic diet, creating a pure, chemical-free household environment and obtaining reiki and massage regularly.

In some respects, Lila became the poster child for infertility. Everyone knew how hard she was trying to conceive and how painful this was for her. Rather than joining with others, however, Lila isolated herself, from her colleagues and friends who had children, or who were pregnant. Lila was angry that it was so hard for her, and seemingly so easy for others. Lila continuously struggled with the concept that her infertility was “not fair”; as though there is a justice meter out there weighing and balancing what individuals’ receive in this world. Lila’s pain and frustration, and her need to make sense of this problem that had no reason, were ultimately isolating her from her husband, Larry. It is not clear whether or not their relationship will survive this crisis.

                Natalie equally wishes to have a baby. She believes in her gut that she is meant to be a parent and that she will be a good one. While she does not understand her unexplained fertility problem, she accepts what the fertility specialist says, that they are able to help most couples in Natalie and Larry’s situation conceive a child. Natalie feels grief when she finds out that she is not pregnant but she does not lose faith in her own belief.  …

The Practical Guide to Happiness

Practical Guide to Happiness CovTitle: The Practical Guide to Happiness: If You Don’t Like How You’re Feeling, Think Again

Author: Margaret Curley Sanborn

Genre: Creative non-fiction, self help

The Practical Guide to Happiness: If You Don’t Like How You’re Feeling, Think Again

Can You Learn to be Happy, with Who You Are, Where You Are and What You Have, Now?

If you are willing, YOU CAN, regardless of the cards you have been dealt.

The “pursuit of happiness” is a human right so basic that it’s named in the US Constitution.  Unfortunately for most, it is little more than a pursuit, as happiness is elusive to many. The Practical Guide to Happiness: If you don’t like how you’re feeling, Think Again delineates, in a concrete way, the direct link between perception, thinking and feeling.

By using highly relatable stories, readers of the book are able to form a concrete link between abstract ideas regarding how they perceive and think, and how they feel. Realistic characters deal with real-life circumstances to demonstrate how the same situation and events, perceived and thought about differently, can yield different levels of happiness.

The Practical Guide to Happiness educates the reader on the number one challenge to their happiness, the human ego. The reader learns about the power of the human ego to provide a continuous negative diatribe that makes constantly holding positive beliefs about the future, in the face of the challenges of ordinary life, almost impossible.  It explains how the ego will impede and thwart most people who chart a course to manifest the type of results that experts, in leading positive thinking books, cite.  It then teaches the reader how to curb the ego, and to Think Again.

By using the Think Again strategies, the user learns to create happiness now, regardless of less than ideal life circumstances.

The first half of the book contains engaging stories that directly address the greatest illusions to American happiness, including: personal weight, beauty, wealth, relationships, work, retirement, and child-bearing.

Through these realistic stories, the reader is shown how even small shifts in perception and thinking create happiness and/or misery for the stories’ characters. The stories do not all have a happy ending as shifts in perception may impact the ultimate outcome, but the point of the book is to show the reader that lasting happiness is not tied to people, events or circumstances.

After drawing the reader through interesting examples of how perception and thinking create feelings, the book shifts to a practical guide the reader can use to identify, analyze and change their own negative thinking.  The second half of this book is a detailed guide for changing perception and thinking to increase happiness. This section includes 8 practical actions the reader can take every day to curb their negative thinking, as well as the 6 steps required to Think Again (or change their mind).

Unlike many good books on this subject, The Practical Guide to Happiness does not have a religious bent. Although it acknowledges spirituality and God, it expressly gives readers the ability to proceed from their own beliefs, including atheism.

This book is exclusively focused on empowering the reader to become happier today, regardless of their current life challenges.

Author Bio

MC-Sanborn-BW-author-photoMargaret Curley Sanborn has been a spiritual seeker since childhood. Raised in a staunch Catholic family, at the age of 5, she announced her plan to be the first female priest. That began her lifelong quest for answers to the ”hows and whys” of life; never finding answers that made sense until she discovered A Course in Miracles.

Margaret spent years as a corporate marketing executive, knowing that her passion for writing and spiritual truth would someday wind up in a book.

Regardless of your personal faith, Margaret has been able to translate some of the spiritual answers she has found, into practical guidance on how to live a happier life.

You can find out more about Margaret at www.ifuthink.com.


Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Practical-Guide-Happiness-ebook/dp/B00AZNUTV2/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1359485855&sr=8-1

http://www.ifuthink.com Twitter: @ifuthink

Release Day Party Confidante: The Escort

30 Jun

confidantebannerWe’re happy to celebrate the release day party for “Confidante: The Escort” today. Find out more about the book and read an excerpt below.

There’s also a giveaway for a signed print copy of the book! Scroll down to the giveaway and fill in the form to participate.

About Confidante: The Escort

Confidante escort smallerTitle: Confidante: The Escort

Author: Lilliana Anderson

Genre: Non-Fiction, Biography

‘You thought I was shocked when I found out that my mother in law used to work in a brothel! Imagine my surprise when she told me that after she got out of there she decided to return to work in the sex industry.

But this time – she wanted to go where the money was, she wanted to be an Escort.

Follow Angelien, a now retired Sydney sex worker, in this true story, as she breaks boundaries when she insists of becoming an escort in her mid 30s, proving to everyone that a mature lady can be a very successful and sought after woman in an industry dominated by youth.

Story rated 18+ due to subject matter and sex scenes.’

 Author Bio

2Australian born and bred, Lilliana Anderson has always loved to read and write considering it the best form of escapism that the world has to offer. Besides writing Angelien’s biographical trilogy, she also writes contemporary romance and drama all based around Aussie characters.

When she isn’t writing she is a wife, and a mother to four children. She has worked in a variety of industries and studied humanities before transferring to commerce/law at university.

She currently lives a fairly quiet life in suburban Melbourne.







Read an Excerpt

Excerpt from ‘the Mountain’

Even on her first night in the brothel, Angelien hadn’t felt as nervous as she did walking down the hallway of the Boulevard Hotel to meet her first client. She didn’t feel anywhere near ready for what was waiting for her on the other side of that door. It had been so long since she’d worked in the brothel, and if she was honest with herself, she was quietly worried that she might have lost her touch.

Approaching the correct door, she raised her hand to knock, but froze before she made contact. With her hand still in the air, she closed her eyes and inhaled deeply, feeling the shake in her legs as her knees knocked together. Silently, she stood there, willing herself to focus on her breath and calm down.

Angelien was unsure how long she stood there for – seconds? minutes? she couldn’t tell. But finally, when she felt calm enough to continue – she knocked on the door.

She’d like to say that what she felt were butterflies flying about in her stomach, but what she was feeling was more akin to a plague of locusts, beating against the walls of her stomach and threatening to spill out her mouth. As she heard movement on the other side of the door, she swallowed the thick lump in her throat, forcing those locusts back down and planting what she hoped was a sultry smile on her face.

When the door opened, it revealed one of the biggest men she had ever seen in her life. To call him roly-poly would have been an understatement. He appeared to be not much taller than her own five foot, three inches of height, about 50 years of age and was dressed in a hotel room dressing gown that didn’t even pretend it was capable of closing around his sizeable paunch.



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