Saturday, April 4, 2015

I appreciate everything you've ever done for me. Amelia Marie Whalen

I appreciate everything you've ever done for me.
After our trip to Boston, I was torn between wanting to make every remaining day of Dave’s life an adventure and wanting to give up. Caring for him seemed overwhelming and unmanageable. He was like a man sized two-year-old. Despite the difficulty, I felt a responsibility to myself and to Dave to keep living and experiencing the world around us.
I remembered it was summer. I remembered summer could be fun, and there were adventures to be had, so I accepted Sugar Shack Mike’s invitation to meet for rock climbing and camping on the south end of Lake George in the Adirondacks. I loaded Dave, a cooler, climbing gear, and camping gear into the car and headed north. We met Mike and Matt at the camp site.
The spot was beautiful and the weather was perfect. I dragged towels and cushions and snacks over the short trail through the woods. Even with my arms loaded with cumbersome stuff, Dave had a hard time keeping up with me. He deliberately stepped over rocks and roots. He would stop to brush leaves or twigs from the trail.
Despite his snail’s pace, Dave seemed eager to be in the wilderness. He looked up at the sky and around at the trees. Whenever I looked back to check his progress, he smiled at me.
The trail ended at the lake, where Matt and Mike were reclined on a large flat platform rock. I set a cushion for Dave on the rock and he heaved a big sigh as he settled onto it. The short walk had worn him out.
I chatted with my friends about the rock routes we had planned to climb that day. The sun was still rising and casting vibrant light through the clear blue sky and onto the lake. The lake was undisturbed. Small, even ripples reflected the sun in sparkly glints. Dave was mesmerized, watching the lake through squinted eyes. I was mesmerized watching him.
Dave sat still for the first time I’d seen in months. His body and face were slack; the Adirondacks had melted his tension.
I felt a great relief sitting with David. It was one of the first relaxing moments we’d shared since the whirlwind of his illness brought us to the psych ward. At home, David paced and fidgeted; he would wander off in the blink of an eye. At the lake, he was content to sit by the water.
After sitting for an hour or so at the meeting place, it went without saying we weren’t going to climb. The walk to the cliff was uphill, rougher and longer than the short approach to the lake that had worn Dave out.
Although David still referred to me as his wife and seemed most content at my side, it was unclear how much memory he retained or how much understanding he had about what was happening to him and around him. He would wander off if left unattended, didn’t speak unless spoken to, and didn’t seem able to form complete sentences.
I asked Dave if he wanted to take a walk. He answered with a nod and I led us along the lake’s edge. The path was flat and easy, and openings in the trees gave us gorgeous views. David moved slowly and took in the scenery. This was one of the few times during that early summer that I felt as though things were OK. We were in a safe place, and both content. I was in one of my favorite places with one of my favorite people. Walking in the woods was difficult for Dave, but he pressed on. It seemed that he, too, was happy to be out adventuring.
We walked along the lake side by side for a few minutes. I was matching Dave’s pace, expecting him to need to stop for a rest at any time. When he did stop, he reached out and turned me to face him. On that perfect June day, on the shore of a calm Lake George, we looked into each other’s eyes and stood close.
Dave looked peaceful, yet determined, and cleared his throat.
“I appreciate everything you’ve ever done for me,” he said.

This was the first unprovoked statement David had made in months. It floored me to hear his voice form a complete sentence and it melted my heart to know he was aware.
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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Midnight, by Kahla Kiker

“Midnight is the time of day where the past meets the future —where one day ends and the new day begins. Midnight is the exact time of day where you get to start over.” Roger Laken stood on the beach, as the words spilled from the mouth of a beautiful woman he thought too young to understand their meaning. 

The famous Roger Laken —the very writer that has taken the world by storm with his popular series Night Watch, had everything he ever wanted. The house, the career, the beautiful wife...everything, until the day he walked into his bedroom and caught his wife making love to another man.

A broken heart filled with anger, Roger faces a nasty divorce and the knowledge that his cheating wife will reap half the proceeds of the entire series. His ability, motivation and even desire to write fail him and he is left struggling to finish the third and final book of his series. Pushing not one, but two release dates, Roger’s publisher is as frustrated as he is and demands the last book. In an effort to find himself, Roger takes the advice of his editor and escapes the city, paparazzi hounding his every step and the bitter memories his wife has left behind. Cape Cod beckons and the private cottage, secluded from the rest of the vacationers in the area for the summer, will hopefully provide him with the inspiration to write.

Roger moves in to his temporary home, and a week later finds himself on the beach at midnight staring into the flame lit eyes of Tessa Merlin. He’s captured by her beauty, inspired by her words and over the summer, his attraction to her strong wit and overly flirtatious nature transports Roger out of his depression and the words finally begin to flow.

But is Tessa really who she says she is? Will she be the one to push Roger Laken to the peak of genius with the third and final book in his world famous series, or is she hiding a secret that will destroy his heart forever?



ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kahla Kiker, pen name 'K', is a writer who writes to elicit usage of imagination and feelings experienced by all mankind worldwide. K writes for the adventurer, the romantic, and the secret curiosity hidden in all of us. No genre left behind... When she's not writing or working in her career in finance, she enjoys traveling, shooting competitive sporting clays with her husband and cheering on her three very active children.

Available now on Amazon and other online stores.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

New Release by Solease M Barner - book 5 in the Draglen Brothers 18+


New Release by Solease Barner - 18+

Gemi Draglen has been searching for the woman that is destined to become his Wella for hundreds of years. One eventful night while visiting the city of New Orleans, he unexpectedly sees the woman he wants to be his forever. Unfortunately, he has two very serious problems. First, the woman to become his Wella is a witch, an age old enemy to all dragons. Second and most importantly, she has no idea who Gemi truly is and he must convince her they belong together, forever.


Shalisi Narmon is no ordinary young lady. Shalisi is a witch from generations of witches and has known since birth that she is to have the most important role of all her sister witches. She has always accepted her destiny of becoming the Passer. At least that's what she has always believed until Gemi Draglen suddenly enters her life. She has never experienced love and could never love a dragon, an enemy to witches. It seems Gemi is not so easily deterred and is determined to win her affection and show her the joy that true love can give. Will Shalisi choose her sisters or the love of her life?

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Hometown Secrets (Linda Darby Mystery Book 2) David Bishop

Book Description
Publication Date: March 5, 2015


Hometown Secrets: The long awaited sequel to the first Linda Darby suspense mystery, THE WOMAN, has been released. And Ryan Testler, is back with her again.
Memories are funny things. The way they quietly hang around. Linger. Waiting for something we see or hear, or an unexpected event to slam them forward into our consciousness. To strike us the way headlights assault a dark road. Some memories bring along a smile, others foreshadow danger and there are those which cry out for resolution. All of this is true for Linda Darby.
Linda wonders if she might again be lured into her first lover’s bed. As the pace quickens she does find love, along with friendship, fear, danger, and opportunity. Clashes of personality and conflicts between the agendas of the principal characters eventually coalesce in ways Linda never anticipated.



More About the Author

Biography
David Bishop stuck his author nose under the edge of the mystery tent with his first novel in October 2011. Since then his mysteries have maintained a constant presence on Amazon Best Selling Lists in multiple categories of mystery novels. He has also been listed numerous times among the 100 best selling authors of mysteries, including appearances among the top 10. 

He writes several series characters:

MATT KILE MYSTERIES (in the order of release): Who Murdered Garson Talmadge, The Original Alibi, Money & Murder, and his newest release (Feb 1, 2014) Find My Little Sister.
MADDIE RICHARDS MYSTERIES (in order of release): The Beholder, and Death of a Bankster.
JACK McCALL MYSTERIES (in order of release): The Third Coincidence, and The Blackmail Club.
The stories within these series are independent, not continuing. They can be read in any order.

Some personal comments from David:

I was born in Washington, D.C. From there my life likely mirrored that of a lot of my readers. We moved around. I got some education. Played some sports, and got some more education. Prior to becoming a novelist, I worked as a financial analyst determining the value of companies. But let's talk about my current and final career, writing mystery novels.

As a writer, I conjure up occurrences designed to quickly bring the story to a roiling boil. Along the way, I invent people. Victims and villains and heroes are needed, as well as a supporting cast. I make these people fun and interesting so you will welcome them and introduce them to your friends. Primary characters need habits and tics and talents, the qualities that bring them to life and make you love them or hate them. You'll want to see them humiliated or hunted down, be successful or seduced.

My mysteries offer you the opportunity to be challenged to find the villain from among the suspects. Clues as large as a log or as tiny as a bump thereon are salted throughout the stories. There are distractions in the form of false clues, called red herrings, which point to someone other than the real villain.

Take a journey with me. Laugh. Hold your breath. Cheer. Boo. The characters are rich and the plots are grabbers. I promise that you'll be glad you came along. Some people don't like golf or chocolate or even a hearty laugh. But I'll bet you like some of those things and I'll bet you'll like my mysteries. Yours very truly, David Bishop.

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Defying Destiny by Cherron Riser

Book Description
Publication Date: March 10, 2015


Cameron Burk has just broken up with his long-time girlfriend. But, determined not to miss out on the biggest event of the year, he flies solo to the senior prom. Rhyanna Paramore is onstage providing the entertainment along with her up-and-coming rock band, Defying Destiny. Cameron spends the evening entranced by Rhyanna's talent and beauty. When they crash into each other after the dance, sparks fly. Though they come from two different worlds, their friendship quickly blossoms into romance.

After graduation, Cameron is off to law school while Rhyanna and her band hit the road, bound for stardom. The years bring them success, though distance and stress take a toll on them both. When the pressure of her nightly performances threatens Rhyanna's health, a dark secret comes to light.

With their love tested, Cameron and Rhyanna must decide if their relationship is real and worth fighting for. Only by Defying Destiny can they find true happiness together. 


More About the Author

Biography
Cherron Riser is a romance and paranormal romance author. When not hard at work on her next novel, she can be found with a good read in hand or trying to convince her puppy that she is in fact a dog and not a person. She is a wife and mother to two girls. Her family is unabashedly geeky and enjoys sharing a good board game or role-playing game.

Cherron's published works include three short stories: "Escaping the Beast" appearing in the Winter 2014 Paradoor anthology, and "In the Heat of Escape" and "Engraved with Honeysuckle" in the Spring 2014 Paradoor anthology. Her first full-length novel, Defying Destiny, is set to release in March 10, 2015. Cherron can be found on the web at www.cheronriser.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CherronRiserAuthor.


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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Author Interview – Hadassah Pomeroy, Courage and Conquerors

Book Description from Amazon:
From the powerful depths of humanity comes a collection of unique, soul-stirring short stories so fascinating you’ll find their adventures irresistible. 

Hadassah Pomeroy, author of Joshua, takes readers on a journey around the world, exploring the trials of everyday life—revenge, love, understanding and the consequences of greed. From the icy planes of Alaska to the warm deserts of Africa, colorful human and animal characters battle the elements and adversaries to overcome their challenges. Warm, exciting adventures combine with nature to lure you into world where nothing is impossible and good always wins over evil. Courage and Conquerors is a collection of short stories embracing the brave men, women, children and animals who sacrifice everything for those they hold dear.

What inspired you to start writing, and when?
I started writing at the age of eight in Hebrew. It wasn’t until I was fifteen that I learnt to speak and write English. I was always such a dramatic child. The world I grew up in wasn’t colourful enough for me, so I created my own world of fantasy and invisible spirits. I was adventurous and even rebellious which let me to build a character strong enough to explore the world beyond my boundaries.

How many books have you written? 
I have one other published novel, Joshua — a stirring and vivid tale of the slave trade during 17th and early 18th century Africa. Brutal and shocking, it shines the light on the best and worst of human nature, culminating in a gripping finale that will leave readers breathless.

Tell us a little about your book.
Courage and Conquerors is a collection of heart-warming short stories that focuses on the relationships of both humans and animals. Each story tells its own tale of love, devotion and courage across the world.

Do you have plans for a new book?
I am currently working on my next novel which is the story of a man torn between two women, each of whom he loves very deeply in a different way. He must choose between his wife and the beautiful aristocrat who tempts him with more than just her beauty.

Is there an Author that you would really like to meet?
The great Ernest Hemingway - he was a rebel at heart, just like me. I was inspired by his characters. They were great heroes and warriors of the heart.

Was there an Author that inspired your writing?
Amos Oz who wrote Between Friends. It brought back memories of my childhood spent in boarding school at Kfar HaNo'ar Ben Shemen.

Do you plot or write by the seat of your pants?
My ideas come in waves, so sometimes I write quickly to get the inspiration down on paper. There are times when I don’t write a word for days and then an idea will strike me in the middle of the night. Most of my ideas come to me when I am out in the garden feeding the birds. I have never planned or plotted a book, I write from my heart and the words seem to flow.

Did you have an editor edit your books?
Yes, Juanita Kees at Kees2Create looks after my stories. I have so much to thank her for.

What books would you like to read again?
Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind, For Whom The Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway and Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mocking Bird.

Who designed the cover of your book?
Patti Roberts did a wonderful job on my cover. The moment I saw the wolf, I knew it was the perfect choice for Courage and Conquerors.

You are trapped on a tropical island - who would you like to be stranded with?
I’d rather be trapped in the jungle, raising a cheetah pup. Animals only hunt when they are hungry and are loyal to the pack and their leader. Unlike humans, they don’t leave you with a broken heart, only with happy memories. One of my stories is about a bear named Anak who stays loyal to the family who rescue him as a cub and protects them until they take their last breath. I would like to share my life with an animal like that until I too travel beyond the horizons.

Tell us about someone or something that just made your day
I used to love diving in the ocean. There are so many mysteries beneath the sea we’ll never understand. Who knows what lies beneath the waves in the deep, dark crevices? I was inspired by what I saw there and learned to appreciate the beauty of nature in the silent depths. The ocean can be violent and stormy one moment, and peaceful and quiet the next. I can always be soothed by the sea.

Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?
I am an early riser because that’s when I write at my table and then I go out and feed my birds and wait for more inspiration to come.

Do you have a bucket list?
I have almost completed my bucket list. I only have two more projects to go. One is to have my Jewish Play Total Bliss produced. The other is the four songs I have written to be arranged with orchestration and put onto a CD.


One of your favorite quotes
“I don’t believe in God but I know there is someone waiting for me.” ~ Amos Oz

Is your book in Print, ebook or both?
Both

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Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview and allowing us a glimpse into your writing world.  I hope you share this interview with your friends so we can all get to know you a little better.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

New Release - The Lie, the tell all series by Bethany Mills & Carmen Love

The Lie - The Tell All Series, #1
by Carmen Love and Bethany Mills

Paradox book covers & publishing

Publication Date: 2015

Book Description

Jeanette Jenkins loves the country life and everyone in her small town. She didn't plan on meeting anyone or dating, seeing as she's sworn off men, but that's all about to change when she goes to help out on a friend's ranch. Paul Matthews is on the crest of becoming the most prominent businessman in his father's company. There's only one problem: he has a secret. When he's encouraged to get the secret out of his system, he travels to a small-town ranch to work and meets the beautiful Jeanette, whom he wants in his bed instantly. Now he has to decide: tell her the truth about himself...or lie? 

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