Friday, October 21, 2016

Cover Reveal: Guarded By The Warrior by Eliza Knight


Inside the Book:

Title: Guarded by the Warrior
Author: Eliza Knight
Release Date: November 29, 2016
Publisher: Knight Media LLC
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: Ebook

A lady in need of protection...

Suffering through a short marriage to an enemy of Scotland, Lady Emilia MacCulloch manages to escape just before her husband dies. But the Ross clan will stop at nothing to get her back, for she plays a big part in their plans to thwart Robert the Bruce. She fears for her own family being labeled traitors and for her life. Placed by her king as a governess in the household of a devastatingly handsome warrior, Emilia finds herself drawn to the man, when she had previously sworn off love all together. His passion, charisma, loyalty and strength shake the very foundation she's built around her heart.

A warrior in need of saving...

Ian Matheson has spent his entire life trying to prove himself. To belong. When his father passes away and his mother takes her vows at a nearby abbey, he is suddenly left in a position he was wholly unprepared for. And then his father's dozen illegitimate children arrive on his doorstep in need of a father figure of their own. They are adorable and reckless, and he's certain they'll drive him mad. Just when he thinks he might actually need to find a wife to help him, Lady Emilia is presented to him by the king. She needs his protection, and he needs her help with the bairns. Ian is tempted by her angelic face, her fiery tongue, and the secrets that surround her. He must resist the growing desire that's laying claim within him. He must prove to his clan that he is a worthy leader. But maybe, just maybe, he can have the respect of his people, and Emilia, too.

Meet the Author:

Once upon a time, in a land far away, there lived a princess…

Growing up, I was a proficient story teller, with most of my plots encompassing princesses and princes and dreams coming true. Now as an author, some of my stories are still about royalty, knights, duels, ladies, intrigue, betrayal. History fascinates me and I try to bring history back to life in each of my stories.

My favorite time periods are medieval, renaissance and Regency eras of Europe. Growing up, I was lucky to have grandparents who lived in Paris, so many a summer was spent exploring medieval ruins and historical sites.

One of my all time favorite books is Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte, and I am of course Jane Austen fan, my two favorites being Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. I love the in-depth, emotionally riveting and intriguing works of historical author, Ken Follett. I am also a fan of Shakespeare, and you will find in a lot of my writing reference to the literary God and his work. Not only Shakespeare, but other period poets and literary notables of history are on my keeper shelf. My love affair with the romance genre started young. I picked up my first romance novel, The Bride, by Julie Garwood when I was in high school, and I haven’t been able to stop reading or writing romance since.

When I’m not reading or writing I am usually doing research for fun. If you love history, come visit me at History Undressed, where we discuss all the wildly fascinating and titillating facts of history! Recently I’ve started to post reviews of historical fiction and romance novels as well.

You can visit her website at

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Creating a Table of Contents in a Word Document - Part 1

This is a great video for all you writers out there who are looking for an easy way to add chapters to a doc. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Looking for Book Reviewers!

Pump Up Your Book is looking for reviewers for their review campaigns.  If you love to read, you've come to the right place.  Click on links below each book to take you to sign up forms.  Thank you!

Books for Review



Inside the Book

Title: I, JAMES
Author: Mike Hartner
Publisher: Eternity4Popsicle Publishing
Pages: 320
Genre: Historical Fiction
He’s fighting for his life. She’s a spitfire in disguise. Can they break their bonds to find love on the high seas?
James Crofter had a happy life until his uncle kidnapped him at age 11. Forced into slavery, James has no choice but to make allies who will stop at nothing to help him escape… if the opportunity ever comes. When he finally wins his freedom, he never expected to find something more important than breaking free.
Rosalind was taken from her family at a young age. She escaped the hands of a cruel master by disguising herself as a boy. Now the cook aboard a ship, she meets a kindred spirit in James.
Can the former slaves overcome their difficult pasts to create a bright future?
I, James is the second installment in the Eternity Series, a saga of standalone seafaring adventures. If you like coming-of-age tales, clean romance, and strong male and female characters, then you’ll love Mike Hartner’s latest historical novel.

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Author: John McNeil
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 530
Genre: Children’s Fiction
The series “The Adventure of Fawn” is a ‘coming of age’ tale set in the year 1849. It tells of the adventures of Fawn, the precocious young daughter of legendary reindeer, Comet and Vixen. Initially, she has no friends and spends her days alone in the stable at Santa’s Village. She argues with her parents…wanting the freedom to go outside the Village to explore. But her parents forbid her to go outside by herself.
Declaring, “I don’t care how dangerous it is…I want some fun and excitement!” Fawn starts sneaking out each day. She makes friends quite readily, but just as quickly finds herself in dangerous situations.
‘Til the Last Snowflake Falls, introduces the host of characters and finds Fawn a prisoner of a conniving sea captain intent on capturing arctic animals to sell to a New York City zoo. Along the way, she’ll also learn some valuable lessons about what’s really important in life.

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Inside the Book

Author: Debbie Goldberg
Publisher: Balboa Press
Pages: 70
Genre: Spiritual/Transformational/Self-Help
“Are you ready to listen?” Those were the first words I heard God say to me.
What enfolded over the next 2 years was a relationship with Jesus, God and the archangels that accompany all of us dally.
In this book, I take you through my own awakening, dialogue with Spirit and healing with the little injured souls that live within me.
As a career therapist, this journey into Spirit awakened me to a deeper meaning, a healing of emotional hurt that was buried yet alive and present within all my fears and perceived limitations. My journey from stressed-out, career hungry, love starved therapist to the joy and fulfillment I experience today is all chronicled in the volumes of Creating A Life Worth Living, a gift of love from Spirit.
Everything you need for your life’s journey is within you. Allow me to help you find this love within and awaken to a new world. Creating A Life Worth Living is a series of books that build upon each other and should be read in sequence to get the most out of them.

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Inside the Book

Author: Joni Parker
Publisher: Village Green Press LLC
Pages: 317
Genre: Fantasy
Under the rule of King Arthur, Alex finds the mortal world far from what she’d imagined, and the mortals are less than hospitable.  Accused of being the “Blue Witch,” Alex is sentenced to die for treason and has been implicated in the mysterious death of one of Arthur’s noblemen by seemingly magical means.  With help from unexpected sources, she escapes and returns to Eledon, where civil unrest and the threat of war looms.  Alex resumes her responsibilities as Keeper of the Keys for the Council of Elders, but must execute a series of quests to prove her abilities to handle the magical Keys of Eledon.  But are her efforts enough to save the Elves from Civil War? And can she commute her own death sentence by finding the Holy Grail?

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Inside the Book

Author: Shannon Medisky
Publisher: Grace To Grow On Ministries
Pages: 86
Genre: Christian Living/Personal Growth/Spiritual Growth
Looking for the easy yoke Jesus promised?
Claim it by giving up. Keep reading to learn (exactly) how.
We crave control. That’s been part of our nature ever since Eve first reached out for the forbidden fruit. But if we truly want to rest in God’s peace, then we must purpose to let go and let God. If you’re looking for real help on how (exactly) to find true, lasting results, keep reading. Inside this book, you’ll discover specific, step-by-step ways you can begin to let go of the control you never had in the first place. In short, you’ll learn how to let God do His job so you can do yours—rest in Him.
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I Have Faith

Inside the Book

Title: I Have Faith
Author: Davin Whitehurst
Publisher: Childlike Faith Publishing
Pages: 26
Genre:  Children's Picture Book
Are you ready to get your child excited about faith? “I Have Faith” puts your child right in the footsteps of Danny as he begins to learn about faith. Danny and his older brother have been wanting a dog, but both know their parents don’t think they are ready for a dog. When Danny’s mom begins teaching him what the bible says about faith, he puts his faith into action. After praying and releasing his faith for a dog, doubt and even his best friend keep telling him that he will never get a dog. Over time Danny never loses his faith in the promises of God and finds that God is faithful and that faith works. Come along on this journey that is a real life event that took place in the author’s life as a child.
This book has great illustrations that support a wonderful story about finding faith in God. As you are teaching your child about principals in the bible; this book will help you teach faith. What a wonderful experience it is when we can see our children begin to develop their faith in God, and grow from a tiny mustard seed to a firmly planted tree. The back of the book has a parent/child discussion which will help children gain understanding in faith and some scriptures that Danny’s mom used to get him excited about faith.

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Inside the Book

Author: Thomas L. Hay
Publisher: Balboa Press
Pages: 198
Genre: Scifi
An Abduction Revelation is a story that will have you wondering if it is reality or fiction. Think Total Recall blended with Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
Who are the abductors? Where do they come from? Where are they hiding? Do they even exist?
The answers are revealed in an intriguing adventure spiked with mystery, a dash of romance, a teaspoon of heartbreak, exhilarating plot twists, and a cup of revelations that might shock and torment your reality.
Join the ‘Comeback Kid’ on his incredible journey as he unravels the secrets behind his abductions and comes face to face with his abductors.

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Inside the Book

Author: Theresa A. McKeown
Publisher: The ABC’s of Everything, LLC
Pages: 30
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
How to Eat your ABC’s” is a cleverly written and illustrated book, which encourages children to get excited about healthy eating, while also developing a genuine love for reading.  Each letter of the alphabet is represented by a fresh fruit or vegetable and is narrated by BuzzBee, (a friendly honeybee who adores children). Written entirely in rhyme with a melodic tone, it is meant to be read aloud.  Not only will it inspire kids to fall in love with fresh healthy food, but it will also build their vocabulary and phonemic awareness.  “How to Eat Your ABC’s” will instill a healthy, happy, conscious way of looking at life from a young age.
We invite children and parents alike to follow BuzzBee and his friends as they show everyone how to eat their way through the alphabet.

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Inside the Book

Author: Dave Harrold
Publisher: Viveca Smith Publishing
Pages: 287
Genre: Thriller
Danger is a way of life for Rock Pounder, so when the DEA asks him to recover $250 million in drug money hidden somewhere in Mexico, the 10% finder’s fee makes the risk worthwhile for Rock and his team. But when his beautiful publisher Penelope Dickens Frost finds herself in possession of a key that leads to the drug money, he finds trouble on more levels than he ever expected.
Penelope is one of the only women who hasn’t immediately fallen for Rock’s charms, but things heat up as the two of them race across the Mexican desert on Rock’s dirt bike, with drug lord El Raton in hot pursuit.
From Dallas to Cabo San Lucas and into mainland Mexico, Rock and Penelope follow the money trail, with Rock’s unique team aiding in the escapade. But someone on the inside is betraying them. And publisher Penelope Dickens Frost proves to be almost more than even Rock Pounder can handle in this high octane thriller, the second book in the Rock Pounder series.

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Inside the Book

Title: I, Mary
Author: Mike Hartner
Publisher: Eternity 4 Popsickle Publishing
Pages: 266
Genre: Historical Romance
A girl with something to prove. A ship with endless challenges. Will a life on the water set her free?
Mary Crofter has spent her life around ships. She’s in love with the sea in an era that keeps girls far away from the deck. Breaking social norms, she joins the crew of a small ship and sets sail for a new life.
Eager to prove her mettle to the all-male crew, Mary demands she be treated no differently. She works hard in a world that finds an English civil war brewing and spies around every turn. When she meets a man who offers her a much safer life on dry land, she must choose between the promise of love and the call of the sea.
I, Mary is the third installment of the Eternity Series, a saga of seafaring adventures for both teens and adults. If you like strong female characters, immersive historical fiction, and sweet romance, then you’ll love Mike Hartner’s adventurous tale of the sea.

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Inside the Book

Title: Truthsight
Author: Miriam Greystone
Publisher: City Owl Press
Pages: 286
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Doctor Amy spends her nights running a secret clinic for supernatural creatures. When she is forced to use her magic to save the lives of a centaur infant and its mother, she vows never to regret her decision, no matter the consequences. Not even when the Mages capture her, beat her, and condemn her to die.
Before the sentence can be carried out, Amy is abducted by a mysterious being named Rowan, who demands she use her healing abilities to save his father. But when Amy fails to save the ailing man, her actions unintentionally force Rowan into an exile that will soon turn into a death sentence.
Now Rowan and Amy must join forces with the creatures who were once her patients and fight to uncover the one secret that may be powerful enough to save them all.

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Inside the Book

Author: Evonne Blanchard
Publisher: Createspace
Pages: 54
Genre: Fantasy/Science Fiction for Children 5 – 10
This is book one in a series of ten space adventures, for children ages 5-10.
Amelia opens a present.  A present that’s not a present.  No, it’s a friendly looking alien called Uglesnoo from Pluto.  Uglesnoo needs to leave right away for the Moon.  Uglesnoo also desperately needs Amelia’s help.  His sister is very sick.  Should Amelia venture into outer space?

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Inside the Book

Author: Emil Toth
Publisher: Publish Wholesale
Pages: 339
Genre: Dramatic/Inspirational/Spiritual
Batu’s inspirational story dramatizes how tragic and explosive events transform her from being self-centered to self-empowered. Batu fearlessly speaks out against injustice in a male dominated society. Unwilling to subject herself to a barbaric ritual, she insults the High Priest and creates a persistent enemy throughout the story. Selfishly, she marries the Story Teller to continue her quest for knowledge. The marriage turns into a test of wills, until she is transformed by falling in love with her husband. The death of her husband and her baby causes Batu to lose worth, as defined by law, and the council decrees she is to be expelled from the village to face certain death. With the Healer’s help, she gains a deeper understanding of life as she faces tragedies, final expulsion and death courageously and heroically.

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Inside the Book

Author: Jenny Jaeckel
Publisher: Raincloud Press
Pages: 162
Genre: Short Stories/Light Romance
For the Love of Meat combines whimsical and surreal illustrations with engaging, intimate encounters that explore the depths of human experience. Unique and diverse in setting, and with touches of magical-realism, these nine stories will tug at the strings of the wandering, romantic heart, setting it delightfully ablaze.
In Wander the Desert, Sister Aurelia, a nun from the early 20th century, finds herself stranded in the Mexican desert with nothing but a few cobs of corn and a stray horse who becomes her faithful companion. In Stumble and Fall, we meet Dara, a young Londoner hungry for adventure who, unwilling to settle for the safety and comfort of home, travels to Vancouver, city of immigrants, where a handsome stranger entices her to take a leap into the unknown. The Two explores the tender bond between two young growing up in 1940s Philadelphia, who are as inseparable as light and shadow. As one of the girls tragically becomes ill, the impact on the other shows how true connections of heart and spirit are not bound to time and place. And Mémé, set in Haiti in the 1800s, is told from the stunning perspective of a slave who, as a child, witnesses the brutal murder of her mother, and survives through her connection to her brother and the natural world.
Jenny Jaeckel’s compelling storytelling takes us across the world and through the ages, with remarkable insight and soul-moving moments, when paths cross and time unfolds. Her language, imagery and attention to detail plunge the reader into these memorable lives, soaking us in tales of adventure, courage, love, loss, longing and all the hope in between.

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Inside the Book

Author: Linda L. Singh
Publisher: Write Stream Publishing
Pages: 260
Genre: Biography
How does a young girl emerge from humble beginnings in a rural, four-room house and an adolescence characterized by abuse and homelessness to become a Major General in the United States Army and an Executive with a leading global professional services company? For Major General Linda L. Singh, it was a series of moments. From choosing forgiveness over resentment, love over fear, discipline over recklessness, and hard work over dependency, Singh takes readers on an inspiring journey of self-discovery, love, and acceptance. With courage, honesty, and passion, she divulges how she learned to understand the value in every choice and experience, armed with unwavering faith and determination. Along the way, Major General Singh acknowledges the multitude of mentors and role-models who assisted her in her transformation from homeless teenager to self-assured leader, wife, and mother – a path that eventually led to her installation as the Commander of the Maryland National Guard. Want to follow her example and rise above your current circumstances? Read Moments of Choice: My Path to Leadership by Major General Linda L. Singh.

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Madam President

Inside the Book

Title: Madam President: The Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson
Author: William Hazelgrove
Publisher: Regnery
Pages: 352
Genre: Narrative Nonfiction/Women
After President Woodrow Wilson suffered a paralyzing stroke in the fall of 1919, his wife, First Lady Edith Wilson, began to handle the day-to-day responsibilities of the Executive Office. Mrs. Wilson had had little formal education and had only been married to President Wilson for four years; yet, in the tenuous peace following the end of World War I, Mrs. Wilson assumed the authority of the office of the president, reading all correspondence intended for her bedridden husband and assuming his role for seventeen long months. Though her Oval Office presence was acknowledged in Washington, D.C. circles at the time—one senator called her “the Presidentress who had fulfilled the dream of suffragettes by changing her title from First Lady to Acting First Man”—her legacy as “First Woman President” is now largely forgotten.
William Hazelgrove’s Madam President is a vivid, engaging portrait of the woman who became the acting President of the United States in 1919, months before women officially won the right to vote.

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Eastern Wisdom Western Soul

Inside the Book

Title: Eastern Wisdom Western Soul
Author: Richard Singer
Publisher: Devorss and Company
Pages: 200
Genre: Spirituality
Spiritual enlightenment from the Far East has taught the world that true happiness and peace come from within—a wisdom that transcends time and boundaries. As each new generation struggles to find happiness in an ever-changing world overrun by technology and media, few take the inward path to deep, long-lasting peace.
Richard Singer, a psychotherapist, has studied hundreds of Eastern-based writings and given them new life in today’s world for people looking to apply this wisdom to the stressful and frustrating aspects of the 21st century. Based on the words of Gandhi, the Dalai Lama, Buddha, Lao-Tzu, and others, Richard Singer has illuminated some of the most profound Eastern quotes with 111 meditations and contemporary applications. Each selection acts as a seed that he expands upon to create a practical meditation for a real-life situation, enabling you to recognize and accept the inner peace of your true being . . . right here, right now.
LIBRARY JOURNAL: This little book has a definite place on the library shelf. Singer, a psychotherapist and “seeker of truth,” has assembled a variety of quotations and written meditations and “real-life applications” for them. What makes his book interesting is that—in an Asian context—the quotations are pan-cultural; that is, Chinese, Buddhist, Japanese, and Hindu sources stand side by side, implying, probably rightly, that all of Asian thought, considered together, is characteristically different from Western ways of thinking.
SUE VOGAN, Author/Radio Show Host: “Singer has taken the word ‘mindfulness’ to a new level and shows us how to apply it to every moment of our lives.”

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The Reclamation

Inside the Book

Author: Thorn Osgood
Publisher: Mind Wings Audio
Pages: 497
Genre: Scifi/Fantasy
Industry has been doing business their way forever. Nothing else matters to them.
People are sick and dying from the atmosphere. Government is in denial of the problems. Earth is dying.
When the School of Ancestral Guidance, an earth guardianship organization, gets a new member, mysterious possibilities unfold.
Corilan Troxler, learns of her SAG legacy, meets an extraordinary life form and makes strange choices. With no inkling of the consequences, she must succeed with her message to the people that care about Earth and protect them from those opposing the choices they make.
Under assault by industry and its mercenary attackers, she fights to get the word out. ‘Life is through the passage.’ This is Earth inhabitants’ last chance.
If you like fiction that blurs the boundaries and transcends to the fantastical, you’ll love The Reclamation, a new environmental science fiction/fantasy saga, the School of Ancestral Guidance.

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The Ghostwriters

Inside the Book

Author: Mickey J. Corrigan
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Pages: 194
Genre: Mainstream Thriller
She’s ghostwriting a book for a famous author—who is recently deceased. A struggling writer living in Manhattan, Jacy McMasters is the first to admit she’s a terrific liar and a screw-up. Then the ghost of the famous novelist JD Balinger asks her to “channel” a follow-up to his classic coming of age book The Watcher in the Sky. Along with her new boyfriend, a bear of a man who has no patience for mind games, the ghost in Jacy’s head forces her to confront a lifetime of secrets—dark secrets. Secrets she’s been keeping from herself.

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Single Chicas

Inside the Book

Author: Sandra Lopez
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 163
Genre: Women’s/Short Story Fiction
Single Chicas is a collection of stories about modern Latinas being in, out, and around the zany hurdles of relationships. One woman receives strange calls from a lonely soul, another seeks advice on how to love herself, and another wakes up in a parallel universe to a man she’s never met. These chicas will make painstaking effort to survive the complexities with humor and grace. Once again, López dazzles audiences with her brilliantly candid craft. Smart, witty, and funny, these stories will explore the true endurance of singlehood.

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Born to Resist

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Author: Ember-Raine Winters
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 191
Genre: YA/Dystopian
Seventeen years after a series of immigration wars that rocked the former United States, sixteen year old Alexa from rural Texas finds out that her ex-military father may have had a greater part in the wars than she ever could have imagined. He is arrested for treason by the new oppressive government (RONA or the Republic of New America) and given no explanation as to why. Alexa finds herself and her best friend Jacob on a journey to California to find the mother, who she thought died when she was a baby, and the resistance who plans to stop the RONA once and for all. Along the way, Alexa and Jacobs longtime friendship changes into something much more when they both realize they have loved each other since childhood.
When they meet Xander, a boy their age who was sent by her mother to bring them to California, they find out how much trouble they are truly in. RONA has been searching for Alexa since she left her small town in Texas and will stop at nothing to bring her in. The journey to California is a rocky one. They are constantly running from RONA and dealing with some not so friendly allies. Meanwhile, they are given no information about what is happening and why. Frustration mounts for Alexa when she is left with nothing but cryptic messages from her mother and prophetic dreams. She tastes death for the first time, ending her childhood innocence forever. She is met with condescending questions from commanders at each resistance base she visits. She does the only thing she can do, the one thing her father taught her well. She fights to survive long enough to save her father from death.
Alexa has one goal in mind to rescue her dad from prison but first she must confront her mother. The relationship between Alexa and her mother is strained because she continues to lie to her about her past. Alexa and her friends, Xander, Kara, Jed, and Jacob defy her mother, the leader of the resistance, and take off on their own rescue mission across the country to save her father. They not only have RONA to watch out for, but the resistance has also placed a price on their heads. During her quest to save her father she finds out everything is not what it seems and her parents are harboring yet a another explosive secret. Will they defeat the odds? Or be captured by one of the groups in the process?

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The Can't-didates

Inside the Book

Title: The Can’t-idates: Running For President When Nobody Knows Your Name
Author: Craig Tomashoff
Publisher: Bobtimystic Books
Pages: 302
Genre: Nonfiction
I’m not a political person by nature. Most of the time, it seems the political world plays out more like a lame ‘70s sitcom with all its predictable characters and routine storylines. However, last spring, I got tired of hearing friends and family complain about the lack of exciting, innovative candidates for president. Everyone seemed ready to vote for “None Of the Above.” So, I decided to take a 10,000-mile road trip across America in May 2015 to meet several of the more than 1600 “real people” who are legit candidates for the presidency. Including a couple in New England.
The Can’t-idates is about dreamers — not all of whom are tin-foil hat crazy — who just want to fill a hole in their lives by running for president. And as I drove to meet them all, I realized a lot about not just my life but also about the country. If we could all take time to believe in what our parents always told us — “Someday you can grow up to be president” — maybe we wouldn’t be in the shape we’re in.

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Inside the Book

Title: License
Book 2: The Big Disrupter Series
Author: Paul Markun
Publisher: Portfolio
Publication Date: July 21, 2016
Pages - 487
Genre: Thriller
License is a thriller set in Washington, D.C., Tibet, Ukraine and Telluride. Second in the series about entrepreneurs Maxine Gold and Lionel Lane versus titans of business and politics.
Maxine Gold and Lionel Lane, lovers and Co-CEO’s, are social entrepreneurs flush with new cash. Young and ambitious, they finally have the right and the might to catapult their energy drink company, Double Vision, and disrupt the industry. But the titans of business and politics have other ideas.
Lionel partners with Chinese princeling Li Ning to launch an expansion in China . . . but their venture encounters brutal hardships and heartache among the remote cliffs of Tibet.
Their billionaire mentor’s Gulfstream goes up in flames, an obsessed Russian hacker cripples their product distribution via cyber attacks, and Maxine is forced to face a hostile Senate inquiry in Washington, D.C.
Skier Reddi Christiansen, the face of the company, is in emotional free-fall, as her final days to qualify for the Norway Winter Olympics tick away. . . while her boyfriend, ex SEAL and cyber-sleuth Trig Garcia, is stuck in a deadly special ops deployment near the Hindu Kush mountains.
Maxine discovers the only way to save their future is to face her painful past . . . a high school tragedy along the Potomac River, where the Secret Service ripped her ideals–and love–from her heart.

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A Touch Of Morning Calm


Inside the Book

Title: A Touch Of Morning Calm
Book 5: Sam Jenkins Mysteries Series
Author: Wayne Zurl
Publisher: Melange Books, LLC
Publication Date: July 12, 2016
Pages -  307
Genre: Mystery / Police Procedural

Chief Sam Jenkins runs headlong into Tennessee’s faction of Korean organized crime when a mobster tries to shake down two former call girls attempting to establish a legitimate business. Soon, bodies begin piling up—all with a Korean connection—in Sam’s town of Prospect and nearby Knoxville.
Sorting truth from fiction calls for more than Sam and his officers can handle, so he turns to the women in his life for assistance. His wife, Kate, Sergeant Bettye Lambert and TV news anchor, Rachel Williamson contribute significantly in clearing the convoluted homicides.

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Book Feature: Altered Starscape by Ian Douglas


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Title: Altered Starscape
Author: Ian Douglas
Release Date: October 25, 2016
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Format: Ebook

Galaxies collide in a thrilling new series from bestselling author Ian Douglas, as the last humans in the universe face off against a new threat 2162.

Thirty-eight years after first contact, Lord Commander Grayson St. Clair leads theTellus Ad Astra on an unprecedented expedition to the Galactic Core, carrying more than a million scientists, diplomats, soldiers, and AIs. Despite his reservations about their alien hosts, St. Clair is deeply committed to his people—especially after they're sucked into a black hole and spat out four billion years in the future.Civilizations have risen and fallen. The Andromeda Galaxy is drifting into the Milky Way. And Earth is most certainly a distant memory. All that matters now is survival. But as the ship's Marines search for allies amid ancient ruins and strange new planetary structures, St. Clair must wrap his mind around an enemy capable of harnessing a weapon of incomprehensible power: space itself.

Meet the Author:

Ian Douglas is one of the pseudonyms for William H. Keith, New York Times bestselling author of the popular military science fiction series The Heritage Trilogy, The Legacy Trilogy, The Inheritance Trilogy, Star Corpsman, and Star Carrier. A former naval corpsman, he lives in Pennsylvania.

Book Blast: One of Windsor: The Untold Story of America's First Witch Hanging

About the Book:

Title: One of Windsor: The Untold Story of America’s First Witch Hanging
Author:  Beth M. Caruso
Publisher: Ladyslipper Press
Pages: 358
Genre:  Historical Fiction

Alice, a young woman prone to intuitive insights and loyalty to the only family she has ever known, leaves England for the rigid colony of the Massachusetts Bay in 1635 in hopes of reuniting with them again. Finally settling in Windsor, Connecticut, she encounters the rich American wilderness and its inhabitants, her own healing abilities, and the blinding fears of Puritan leaders which collide and set the stage for America's first witch hanging, her own, on May 26, 1647. 
This event and Alice's ties to her beloved family are catalysts that influence Connecticut's Governor John Winthrop Jr. to halt witchcraft hangings in much later years. Paradoxically, these same ties and the memory of the incidents that led to her accusation become a secret and destructive force behind Cotton Mather's written commentary on the Salem witch trials of 1692, provoking further witchcraft hysteria in Massachusetts forty-five years after her death.   
The author uses extensive historical research combined with literary inventions, to bring forth a shocking and passionate narrative theory explaining this tragic and important episode in American history. 

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The infant was soon to enter the world. Alsie’s increased labor pains and a sudden wave of panic made a swift announcement of her baby’s imminent arrival. Gwendolyn, the midwife, motioned with a wise smile and nod to Alsie’s cousin. Mrs. Mary Merwin Tinker and her daughters were to make the final preparations for the newborn. The lines embedded under Gwendolyn’s eyes, eyes still bright after many years of life, were a testament to her wisdom and experience.
“Girls. It’s time. Quickly...Sarah, bring the rest of Gwendolyn’s supplies to the bedside table. She’ll need the string and knives shortly. Little Mary, come and support Alsie’s back. You too, Ellen. Assist Mary. Margaret, make sure the linens are warmed and everything else is ready for the babe! We must all give our support to cousin now,” spoke Mrs. Mary Tinker, their mother.
“Yes ma’am,” they replied in unison as some sisters hurried about making sure everything was in place for the birth, and the remaining sisters stayed at Alsie’s side to comfort her.
Despite the excitement inside, a branch softly and hypnotically continued to hit the leaded glass window of the thatched cottage in a steady cadence. Alsie had already been in a trance for the past hour, the trance a woman’s body and soul become held in toward the end of labor. 

About the Author

Beth M. Caruso grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and spent her childhood writing puppet shows and witches’ cookbooks. She became interested in French Literature and Hispanic Studies, receiving a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Cincinnati. She later obtained Masters degrees in Nursing and Public Health.
Working as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand, she helped to improve the public health of local Karen hill tribes. She also had the privilege to care for hundreds of babies and their mothers as a labor and delivery nurse. 
Largely influenced by an apprenticeship with herbalist and wildcrafter, Will Endres, in North Carolina, she surrounds herself with plants through gardening and native species conservation.
Her latest passion is to discover and convey important stories of women in American history. One of Windsor is her debut novel. She lives in New England with her awesome husband, amazing children, loyal puppy, and cuddly cats. .  



Monday, October 17, 2016

Killer Pursuit: Interview with Thriller Author Jeff Gunhus

Jeff Gunhus is the USA TODAY bestselling author of thriller and horror novels for adults and the middle grade/YA series, The Templar Chronicles. The first book, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year-old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His books for adults have reached the Top 30 on Amazon, have been recognized as Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Finalists and reached the USA TODAY bestseller list.

After his experience with his son, he is passionate about helping parents reach young reluctant readers and is active in child literacy issues. As a father of five, he leads an active life in Maryland with his wife Nicole by trying to constantly keep up with their kids. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of the City Dock Cafe in Annapolis working on his next novel or on

His latest book is the thriller, Killer Pursuit.

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Author: Jeff Gunhus
Publisher: Seven Guns Press
Pages: 352
Genre: Thriller

When a high-society call girl is murdered in her Georgetown home, investigators find two cameras hidden in the walls of her bedroom. One has its memory erased, presumably by the murderer. The second is connected to the Internet through an encrypted connection...and no-one knows who's on the other end.

Special Agent Allison McNeil is asked by beleaguered FBI Director Clarence Mason to run an off-the-record investigation of the murder because of the murder's similarity to a case she worked a year earlier. Allison knows the most direct path to apprehending the killer is to find the videos, but the rumors that the victim's client list may have included Mason's political enemies has her worried about the director's motives. As she starts her investigation, she quickly discovers that she's not the only one pursuing the videos. In fact, the most aggressive person racing against her might be the murderer himself.

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Killer Pursuit is available at Amazon.
Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

Q: Welcome to The Writer's Life!  Now that your book has been published, we’d love to find out more about the process.  Can we begin by having you take us at the beginning?  Where did you come up with the idea to write your book?

Killer Pursuit is the second Allison McNeil book and tracks a copycat killer who renacts a murder we first saw in book 1. (However, the books can be read in any order.) I’ve always liked the idea of a secure webcam being discovered at a murder scene and the investigators knowing that someone at the other end of the connection has the video of the murderer in action. As Allison tracks down the video, the killer is doing the same which creates a great ticking clock. I also wanted Allison McNeil to not only pursue the killer in this book, but have to come face-to-face with what she wants to do with her life outside of her career. Her relationship with her father struggling with Alzheimer’s and her burgeoning love interest leads to additional layers of complication.

Q: How hard was it to write a book like this and do you have any tips that you could pass on which would make the journey easier for other writers?

It’s been said that writers are either outliners or pantsers (as in, by-the-seat-of-the-pants.) I’m a hybrid as I do a broad outline so I don’t write myself into a corner and yet I leave enough wiggle-room to let my fancy take me where it will on any given day. Every person is different, but this works for me and helps me to avoid getting blocked while keeping the writing process fun.                                   

Q: Who is your publisher and how did you find them or did you self-publish?

I self-published this book. However, I’m a hybrid author and enjoy both traditional and independent publishing. I find doing both has been helpful as I’ve learned lessons from each that have been useful. Traditional publishing gave me a clear editing process from developmental edits to two rounds of copy edits in order to get the cleanest manuscript possible. My independent publishing experience has made me a better marketer and put me more in touch with my readers.

Q: What other books (if any) are you working on and when will they be published?

Jack Templar and the Last Battle (Book 6) will be published in October, 2016. It is the final book of my middle grade fantasy series, Jack Templar Monster Hunter.

Q: What’s one fact about your book that would surprise people?

Many people have been surprised by the twists in the book. Thriller readers are smart, so it’s hard to get anything past them. As a reader I like to be surprised by a twist that I didn’t see coming but that, in retrospect, seems obvious. I tried to do that here and I think it paid off.

Q: Finally, what message (if any) are you trying to get across with your book?

Allison McNeil carries the burden of terrible recent events and this burden keeps her from fully participating in life. I believe in grief, but I believe also in redemption and moving on. I hope Allison’s journey is not only entertaining but also inspiring.
Q: Thank you again for this interview!  Do you have any final words?

I hope you enjoy Killer Pursuit. Let me know what you think at I respond to all emails personally. Happy reading!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Book Review: ‘The Stranger’ by Anna del Mar

the-stranger-final-coverThe Stranger is the second book in Anna del Mar’s Wounded Warrior series. However, each book is standalone with new, different characters.
Having read the first book, The Asset, all I can say is that The Stranger is another tour de force from del Mar. Once again, she delivers an addictive romantic suspense read with a compelling, emotionally charged plot and engaging, likable characters whom you will root for—not to mention an explosive, passionate love story filled with dangerous twists and turns.
Treacherous circumstances related to the fact that her sister has gone missing bring sassy, hot-tempered architect Summer Silva to the Alaskan wilderness, only to end up freezing and stranded in the middle of a fast-approaching snowstorm.
Enters former military pilot Alaskan native Seth Erickson, who happens to be passing by in his truck on his way to his cabin when he spots Summer and comes to the rescue. However, it isn’t that easy. From the minute our alpha hero speaks with her, he becomes suspicious of her presence there, and quickly assumes she’s been sent there to spy on his family business. But he’s found a match in Summer, for she’s as quick to deliver comebacks as he is…and as quick to surprise him, too. That same night, as a result of her rare “condition,” Seth ends up having more than he bargains for. Soon after, Summer discovers that someone is trying to murder her.
The Alaskan wilderness, a cold-blooded killer on the loose, and murder bring them together, but they will need to trust each other if they want to get of this alive, something that doesn’t come easy for either of them.
This was a fabulous fast-paced read, simply addictive. Sexy, with a touch of darkness, and humor to boot! But the best are the strong, sympathetic, multi-dimensional protagonists and the way their love evolves. If you haven’t discovered Anna del Mar’s books yet, you’re missing something.
Cover art published with permission from the author. 
Originally published in Blogcritics.