Friday, September 25, 2020

Love's Promise The Struggle Book 2 by Cheryl Holloway Genre: Contemporary Romance

 

 


Love's Promise
The Struggle Book 2
by Cheryl Holloway
Genre: Contemporary Romance 

Love is a decision, a commitment, and a promise…but for how long?

It’s been a while, since Bob proposed to Ava, the woman of his dreams, and purchased the special ring that she wanted. Ava’s biological clock is ticking, but Bob keeps postponing their wedding. Ava wants to fulfill her dream of being a June bride...now. She wants to wait for Bob, but he can’t seem to make it to the altar. Their struggle continues.

Life, love and pain—Can their relationship withstand another ride on this bumpy road called love?

In Love’s Promise, the struggling literary roller-coaster ride continues, and Ava is disappointed that her life isn’t where she expected it to be at her age—in a loving marriage with Bob. This gem of a book will keep you captivated with the many twists and turns, right up to the unanticipated ending.





Love's Ride
The Struggle Book 1 


Love makes the ride worthwhile…or does it?

Bob is ready to take the next step in his relationship, and he wants to marry Ava, the woman of his dreams. He’s been secretly saving up money for the “special” ring that she wants. To quicken the process, he gets a part-time job as a Ryde driver, but…Bob stumbles upon Ava’s secret. The struggle begins.

Can their relationship withstand secrets and cheating?

Love’s Ride is a literary roller-coaster ride that will make you happy, scared, excited, angry, hopeful, and more—not necessarily in that order.





CHERYL HOLLOWAY is an award-winning writer, talk show host, journalist and retired writer-editor for the Federal Government.

She has been the Editor of numerous magazines and newsletters; and was an intern at the Smithsonian Institution Press. Cheryl is an avid reader and dedicated writer. She won her first writing contest at 15 years old with a State Crime Prevention Essay in Indiana. She began writing feature articles and later became a sportswriter and Editor. This author and book lover also enjoys traveling to any place with a beach. She was born in Chicago and raised in Indiana. She currently lives in southern Maryland and northern California with her family, where she is hard at work on three other book projects that are works in progress.

Cheryl Holloway has a writer's blog where she pays-it-forward to other authors. Cheryl Holloway added, "I firmly believe that Pay-It-Forward means that we must serve others in order to lift up ourselves."






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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Conversations With the Past How to Let Go of the Past, Redefine Your Present, and Create a Positive Future by Dr. Aura Imbarus Genre: Self-Help, Nonfiction

 

Conversations with the Past“ has two letters addressed one to the Past and one to the Present.
The way Rumi said;

 “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing  and right-doing there is a field.
I'll meet you there,”

 I decided to give my readers those two letters and, in between them, all my life 
experiences with the ups and downs.  

Each and every chapter focuses on a conversation I had with my own self, either related to my love life or to my financial blueprint. I had chats with my culture, my religion, my system of beliefs. What I have found out was so much related to my upbringing, to the “tapes” I listened to when I was growing up. 
 We, as adults, don’t even realize that our so-called beliefs are not even ours. We “inherited” them from our parents, grandparents, from the society we lived in, the environment we were part of, adopting all those “tapes” as being ours. 
 The moment we become aware of that, a would of endless possibilities opens up ahead of us. 

 

Conversations With the Past
How to Let Go of the Past, Redefine Your Present, and Create a Positive Future
by Dr. Aura Imbarus
Genre: Self-Help, Nonfiction 


There are no accidents in this life―and the more aware we become, the more we're able to discover the patterns that challenge, elevate, and enlighten us. In Conversations with the Past, Dr. Aura Imbarus delves into many of the profound experiences she's had over the years―from emotional breakdowns to spiritually elevated states―in order to help people discover and understand their own purpose in life. Through this exploration, we will all be inspired to examine our own lives and take the necessary steps to enhance our happiness and well-being.
Emotional, physical, and spiritual experiences are all part of the intricate, interwoven tapestry of existence. And though it may sometimes feel like finding our life's purpose is difficult and elusive, Dr. Imbarus demonstrates how it can, and will, be revealed to the curious mind and willing heart.




Dr. Aura Imbarus is an awarded educator, freelance journalist, motivational speaker, and author of the critically acclaimed Amazon best-seller and Pulitzer Prize entry, Out of the Transylvania Night: A Story of Tyranny, Freedom, Love, and Identity (Bettie Youngs Books, 2010), a memoir detailing her life in Romania during the Communist regime, and an upcoming self-help book, Conversations with the Past: A Journey Home (Rainbow Ridge Books, Sept 2020). She was featured on NBC, ABC, CNBC, Good Morning San Diego, Forbes Romania, etc.
She is also the president and founder of See Beyond Media, a company focusing on adolescents’ challenges in the 21st century, having as its launching platform See Beyond Magazine (www.seebeyondmag.com) and of Raw and Real with Leo and Aura podcast, where on a light and humorous tone she is examining and dissecting social issues. Dr. Imbarus is a licensed hypnotherapist, having trained with Dr. Brian Weiss and Dr. Wanita Holmes.
She sits on the Advisory Board of CA Ballet, is a member of Royal Society of St. George, SACC – Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce; she is also one of the founding members of RACC – Romanian-American Chamber of Commerce, CA.
In her free time she is taking ballroom dancing. She loves car racing, skiing, yoga, sailing, and traveling. 



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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Your Move Willow Falls Book 1 by Ravyn Salvador Genre: Contemporary Mystery Romance

 

  • What inspired you to write this book?

I had started writing a paranormal thriller and Melisandre, my heroine, really needed a happily ever after. I had a dream about her hero, Vaughn, and the book almost wrote itself. I was surprised at how well the words flowed, and I’m happy with the final product. I think I did the couple and their friends justice. 

  • What can we expect from you in the future?

I have at least two more books planned for the Willow Falls series. SEASONS CHANGE, a romantic suspense that takes place in winter. It’s Teagan and Drake’s book and has plenty of twists and turns. And then at least one more for the spring and/or summer seasons (YOUR MOVE is my fall book), hero and heroine yet to be determined. I’ve also been working on the thriller that spawned these characters, THE RELIC, that I hope will come out in the not-too-distant future. I need to get it right though, and a true thriller is not easy to write. ;-) For sure on the docket, however, is a contemporary sports romance called BLUE FORTY-TWO, a Quick Snap novella through Lady Boss Press set in Kristen Proby’s With Me in Seattle universe. It will (or has, depending on when you’re reading this!) come out on 9/14/20. It’s about a 42-year-old star quarterback who gets injured on his road to the big game, and the gorgeous and successful female injury management doctor who sets him straight and steals his heart. Next year, I hope to put out at least one of the Willow Falls books I mentioned above. I also have another as yet unannounced project I’m SUPER excited about. A paranormal romance thriller about a jaded female private investigator, a Cajun ghost hunter, and a deadly serial killer in New Orleans.

  • Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?

My Willow Falls novellas are all “side stories” that spiraled off from my in-progress thriller THE RELIC. Rhynn (who works with Melisandre, the heroine of YOUR MOVE) and his wife Kingsley are the main characters of THE RELIC—aside from the sadistic serial murderer antagonist, anyway. ;-)

  •  Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in YOUR MOVE?

So, Melisandre Watson is the heroine. She’s a detective with the Hudson WI police department. Many years ago, she let the love of her life go to concentrate on her career. Vaughn Romano, my hero, is an investigative journalist turned crime writer who never got over Melisandre, and despite having his heart broken, is determined to win her back. Theirs is a feel-good second chance romance amidst the case of the Valley Voyeur and a strange mystery of an object that ends up in Mel’s purse at the bar.

  •  How did you come up with the concept and characters for the book?

Mel needed a happily ever after. In my mind, she spent all her time trying to catch the Dollhouse Killer (the antagonist in my WIP thriller, THE RELIC). She needed someone who was like her but also her opposite, and Vaughn is that perfect guy.

  • Where did you come up with the names in the story?

I have a thing for interesting and unique names. YOUR MOVE’s heroine, Melisandre, was inspired by the red witch in Game of Thrones. I met an author with the first name Vaughn once, and have loved the name ever since, so that’s where my hero got his name. Kingsley and Rhynn popped into my imagination on a whim—I even told one of my besties to name her daughter that, though she went with Kensley instead. Brigid is named after my patron goddess, Jaxon in an alternate spelling was inspired by my BFFs boyfriend. Drake was named after an old baseball player. I adore the name Teagan for a girl… I could go on and on. I keep a list of names in my Notes app on my phone and just see what speaks to me. A lot of my names are unisex, but unless it’s a very small, very inconsequential character, you will likely never ever see a character named Bob or Jim or Jane, etc. in my books. LOL

  •  What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

I enjoyed the challenge of trying to make the side mystery (the item that Mel finds in her purse, which was the writing prompt I was given to tailor a story around) work with the rest of the story that I knew I needed to tell.

  •  How did you come up with the title of your first novel?

YOUR MOVE came about because Mel needs to make a very important decision in this book. The naming convention is two words because I wanted to have it match the other books in the universe, THE RELIC, SEASONS CHANGE, etc.

  •  Who designed your book covers?

The very talented Michele Hauf of Swell Cat Designs did the cover for your move. The full flat for the print version gives me goosebumps every time I look at it!

  •  If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Honestly, no. I made some pretty significant revisions when I got my rights back before it re-released in February and those changes made it all come together. Any newbie author will tell you that you grow with each book you write, and while I love YOUR MOVE, BLUE FORTY-TWO, the sports romance that just (or will soon, depending on when you’re reading this) release is even better in my honest opinion.

  •  Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

Yes! Writing tight is hard. LOL. I could have easily had another 20,000 words but was given a max and I had to adhere to that. 

 

Your Move
Willow Falls Book 1
by Ravyn Salvador
Genre: Contemporary Mystery Romance 


Their past is the key to everything, but the move to the future has yet to be made.


Years ago, Detective Melisandre Watson made a decision to walk away from the love of her life, but she never stopped thinking about him. Now, embroiled in the biggest case of her life, she suddenly realizes how alone she really is and wonders about her life choices. It doesn’t matter, though. Vaughn Romano is gone, and no other man has ever made her feel the way he did.

When Mel’s case suddenly takes an interesting turn, she starts to doubt everything in her life. She can’t catch the perp, she has another mystery she can’t seem to solve, and her love life is non-existent. But then fate intervenes, making her face something that she never thought to confront again, and bringing up things and feelings from her past she thought long forgotten.

The onus is on her. The question is, will she make the right move and choose love?



Rayvn Salvador is a lifelong bibliophile who left her eighteen-year IT career in Software Quality Assurance to live her dream: getting paid to read as a full-time editor (done as her alter ego), and to write when the mood strikes. She lives in Florida with three crazy cats and her incredibly supportive beau, dreaming about the Midwest’s changing leaves as she perfects her yoga poses on the beach.












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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Pairs With Life by John Taylor Genre: Humorous Fiction, Contemporary Romance

 


Pairs With Life
by John Taylor
Genre: Humorous Fiction, Contemporary Romance 

Forty-eight-year-old Corbett Thomas, a one-hit-wonder of the 90s, now works as the lead sommelier at Napa Valley’s hippest restaurant. Set to become one of the few Master Sommeliers in the world, Corbett self-destructs during his final exam, ruining his last chance at capturing the stardom and adoration he got a taste for in his youth.

When billionaire game designer, Brogan Prescott, asks Corbett to consult on a major vineyard acquisition, Corbett sees it as a shot at redemption, until he learns of Brogan’s ridiculous vision of a virtual-reality, Woke Ant Colony Winery. Disgusted, Corbett decides to buy the vineyard himself and preserve its magic and history. Cashless, clueless, and with his reputation in tatters, Corbett enlists the help of his bass-player-turned-lawyer Seamus O’Flaherty, who may have finally lost his stomach for Corbett’s bad ideas; his uber-rational daughter Remy, who wants Corbett to uncork some family secrets he’d rather leave in the cellar; and Sydney Cameron, whose sudden appearance in Corbett’s life may repair his heart or shatter it forever.
With their help-and sometimes despite it-Corbett discovers what Brogan has known all along: a four-billion-dollar gold deposit lies beneath the vineyard. If Brogan acquires the property, the ensuing gold rush will destroy Napa Valley.
But if Corbett can get out of his own way long enough to purchase the vineyard first, he’ll be faced with the hardest decision of his life: take the fame and fortune he desperately craves, or save the soul of the valley he loves so much.




John Taylor has been writing about wine since 2012, but his meanderings on life began way before that. Born and raised in San Diego, California, John moved to Los Angeles in 1982 to pursue dreams of screenwriting and filmmaking. He attended the University of Southern California, where he majored in Shattered Dreams and False Hopes, with a minor in Getting Gut Punched By Reality. After being handed a degree in Journalism in 1987 as a consolation prize, John dove into a career in music. Because getting gut-punched just isn’t painful enough.
By 1996, John and his band, The Uninvited, had produced four independent albums and became one of the most popular acts in the western United States. This lead to a deal on Atlantic Records, which released the band’s self-titled debut album in 1997. The band had two Top 100 hits, and toured nationally with Dave Matthews, Blues Traveller, Third Eye Blind and many other acts. Their music appeared in the TV shows Beverly Hills 90210 and Party of Five, and in the motion pictures The Commandments and North Beach. The band can also be heard in several HBO Documentaries, video games and on that annoying “One Hit Wonders of The 90’s” station your co-worker always plays on Spotify.
In 2001, John’s vast experience in shattered dreams was once again called into play as the band hung up their touring shoes for good. After a brief but horrifying career in real estate, John got wise and made a career out of his favorite hobby – wine – and has held various sales & marketing positions in Napa Valley since 2011. John’s writing career started in earnest at this point, with blogs, essays and short stories appearing in various publications. John is the author of three novels, including the aptly-titled Pairs With: Life, which will be released by Hurn Publications in September 2020.



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Monday, September 21, 2020

Bloodshed Academy by Jen L. Grey Genre: Paranormal Academy Romance

 


Year One
Bloodshed Academy Book 1
by Jen L. Grey
Genre: Paranormal Academy Romance 

Only the strongest survive ... most of the time


Raven may be a shifter, but she's always felt separate from her wolf. She never knew it should be different. Then, a stranger showed up in her hometown, turning her world upside down and recruiting her for the elite Bloodshed Academy.

Everything she's ever known gets challenged, and Raven found herself in impossible situations. Making matters worse was the fact that one of the strongest alphas at school caught her eye. And he made her feel things she didn't understand.

The school may only recruit the best of the best, the strongest in their world, but there was something more about Raven. When push comes to shove, she had to decide if she's willing to fight for what she's come to love ... or run from a life she couldn't quite accept.

Vampire Diaries meets Daughter of the Moon in YEAR ONE, a steamy academy romance story for readers that love snark and strong alphas.



Year Two
Bloodshed Academy Book 2 

Some secrets kill ... others bring a fate worse than death


Barely dealing with her shifter abilities, Raven had to navigate college. Her journey so far has uncovered a world beyond her wildest expectations.

Not only did she constantly have to prove her worth to the students and faculty at Bloodshed, but she also had to balance her love life, a secret society with a hidden agenda, and three of the most elite guys at school.

When all the secrets around her are exposed, and everything Raven's facing comes to a head ... she has to pick what's worth fighting for. Her life and her choices, or her place in the world around her.

Vampire Diaries meets Daughter of the Moon in YEAR TWO, a steamy academy romance story for readers that love snark and strong alphas.

Please note that the story is not reverse harem and there are instances of bullying.



Year Three
Bloodshed Academy Book 3 

A society that you can't escape... or you can die trying


Embracing her wolf, Raven became stronger than she ever imagined, but the next challenges she must face could break her.

The culling was coming. Only the strongest survive, and with it, the potential to change everything and everyone around her.

Now Raven and her friends must make decisions unlike anything they ever could have imagined. Their choices would set the course of a war. Their enemies were many, and even unknown. Once again, Raven was left with no other options. If she doesn't take a stand, she would lose everything she held close.

Vampire Diaries meets Daughter of the Moon in YEAR ONE, a steamy academy romance story for readers that love snark and strong alphas.

Please note that the story is not reverse harem and there are instances of bullying.



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Reading has always been one of my favorite hobbies, even as a little girl. When I was a toddler, my parents would read stories to me over and over. I would hear them so often that I had the books memorized and could recite the story word by word.
My favorite genres are fantasy, paranormal, and contemporary romance. So of course that's what I'm inclined to write.
I have a husband, two young daughters, and a mini Australian Shepherd. I've lived in Tennessee the majority of my life and love the state.
I'm extremely addicted to caffeine and enjoy drinking coffee and lattes.





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Sunday, September 20, 2020

Fortune Cookie Wisdom Fortune Cookie Journals by Pamela Ackerson Genre: Nonfiction

 

To multiply your happiness, divide it with others

Fortune Cookie Wisdom makes us think, even the cute ones that talk about how someone’s stink maybe perfume to someone else.

 I love people, animals, gardening, and anything to do with nature.

 Mitakuye Oyasin means we are all related. (Lakota) We all have a connection with each other. We have been given the gift of life, the earth, plants, and animals. We’ve heard these words many times in our lives, but have we really heard them. Even Disney celebrates the gifts of Mother Earth in the lyrics to Circle of Life. 

Which brings me to why multiplying happiness is so important to me.

Sadness is contagious.

Anger is contagious.

Frowning is contagious.

Emotions are contagious.

Smiling is contagious.

And most of all happiness is contagious.

Sometimes when life messes with me, I just have to go outside and let nature envelop me. Let the sunshine on my face and warm my soul. It stimulates peace for me, which in turn makes me happy.

I want to spread happiness. I don’t want to be remembered as that woman who was always unhappy, never smiling, bitter, etc. Life hasn’t been perfect for me. Trust me, I could tell you some things about my life that’d make your soul weep. But I don’t want to do that. I don’t want to hold onto the sadness or anger. 

Like I could change what happened anyway…so I’ve accepted it. Allowed it to bruise me, superglued the cracks in my heart and soul, and refused to let the tragedies keep me down. I’ve picked myself up off the ground and wiped off those bloody knees and was determined to not let it ruin me. (Although, I will admit some things took longer to recuperate.)

I found that helping people and keeping a positive attitude is an excellent way to spread happiness. Because, oh my goodness, how well do happiness and contentment feel? Why not share the warmth in your heart?

 Smile, and watch people smile back.

Pay it forward.

 To you, all my brothers and sisters, I offer a virtual hug. And if we ever meet at an author event, chances are, I’m giving out hugs. They’re free you know!

 Have a good moments day,

Pam Ackerson


A Little Bit of Fortune Cookie Wisdom and Pages for You to Fill in the Blanks
Journaling can help improve mental health and happiness, provide a creative outlet, and give a perfect place to record life's precious events. Write personal notes, thoughts, and reflections. It's perfect for self-guidance to strengthen your faith, and give yourself positive expectations, and encourage positive living.
Fun Fortune Cookie Wisdom sprinkled throughout the journal.
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Customer Review

Reviewed in the United States on September 9, 2020
The fun inspirational Wisdom of fortune cookies is in the pages with plenty of room 
to doodle and write, which is what I want in a journal. 
I like to use fountain pens, and this journal does not use fountain page friendly paper,
so it is GREAT for people who, like pencils or ballpoint pens. 
It is thicker than I expected and I love the cover. 
I will be giving it as part of a birthday gift. 
Love Fortune Cookies and this is a cool way to enjoy that feeling.

Pamela Ackerson’s storytelling all began with her younger brother, creating wonderful children’s stories on vacation trips to keep him occupied. Later, she started writing poems and short stories as a teen.
Born and raised in Newport, RI where history is a way of life, Pam lives on the Space Coast of Florida where you are encouraged to reach for the stars. She’s just a hop, skip, and jump from Orlando and Disney World, where imagination and fantasy abounds. She has three children, all girls, three grandchildren, and a wonderful husband who puts up with her writer quirks.


Pam may have majored in child psychology with a minor in English, but her distinguished choice of careers never made fruition. Instead, life led her to work in restaurants, interior decorating, owning an advertising business, content editor for a publishing house, teaching and owning a ballroom dance studio, and real estate investments. She is a practicing herbalist and has been involved in the use of natural treatment with raw herbs for over thirty years. As her day job, she currently works as the V.P. of Marketing and Advertising for the book review magazine, Affaire de Coeur.



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