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Ignite Your Creativity…adding spark to your creative life! 

More and more people are becoming aware of the healing powers of creativity.  Human nature makes people want to strive to feel good, and keep their bodies free from illness and dysfunction.  Two goals most people hope for are to be creative and to improve/maintain health.  Taking our cue from physics, the first law of thermodynamics states that energy is neither created nor destroyed but is changed from one form into another. Expressing your creative energy means the energy within you is given an outlet; it is redirected into a more positive energy.  Everyone is inheritably born with the potential for creativity.  Drawing, painting, writing, acting, sculpting, knitting, dancing, cooking and playing an instrument are all creative activities that can ignite that creative spark.  Many people already embrace their creativity while others are in the realm of “I am just not creative”.  The key to being creative is taking action!

“Another word for creativity is courage”  ~ George Prince

Books to Curl Up With ~ Author Toby Neal (@tobywneal)

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Island Fire by Toby Neal

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Suitable for ages 10-100!

In the very near future, on the tiny island of Lanai, teens from very different worlds must find a way to survive when technology is destroyed.

Bea and Sam, Hawaiian kids isolated by a paranoid, alcoholic father, are thrown together with orphaned big-city pickpocket Nick when a disaster fries all technology. Aided by a mysterious `aumakua dragon that may or may not be Bea’s imaginary friend, the kids face fire, plane crashes, gangs, pit bulls, thieves, sharks, hunger, thirst and abuse in a coming-of-age that explores a post-technology world where only the strong and connected survive.

“Deep, fast-paced, filled with action, suspense, and heart, this little book is huge inside!” – B. Morrison, middle school teacher

Island Fire, a young adult novel, is now available on
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What readers are saying:

 “Told in a beautiful, flowing style full of colorful images and adrenaline-pumping action.”

 “Pop some popcorn, sit back … and enjoy the thrill ride, right up to the end, which leaves you begging for more.”

 “Captures your attention from the start and then guides you through a roller coaster of adventure, drama, mystery, magic and young love.”

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About Toby Neal

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Author Toby Neal grew up on the island of Kaua`i in Hawaii. After a few “stretches of exile” to pursue education, the islands have been home for the last fifteen years. Toby is a mental health therapist, a career that has informed the depth and complexity of the characters in her books. Outside of work and writing, Toby volunteers in a nonprofit for children and enjoys life in Hawaii through beach walking, body boarding, scuba diving, photography and hiking.
Website: http://www.tobyneal.net/
Twitter: @tobywneal
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Books to Curl Up With ~ Author Rich Weatherly ( @RichWeatherly43 )

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 Closed Doors, A Trilogy

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 “Closed Doors; A Trilogy” features a novella and two short stories:

“Toxic Situations, A Novella”, is a fast-paced thriller that leads the reader
from Atlanta to Australia on the hunt for stolen capsules containing a deadly
avian flu virus. We follow the adventures of CDC agent Craig Wells Jr. as he
and his partner travel the globe battling warring organized crime figures that
are determined to sell them to the highest bidder or unleash the deadly virus.
In “Family Secrets”, the reader is invited to a family gathering where the
stage is set for an unfolding tragedy and the discovery of the horrid truth about
the secrets hidden by seemingly happy families.

In the final story of the trilogy, “Thrills at the Esplanade Cinema”, a unique
tale unfolds. What begins as an innocent daily occurrence has the potential to
become a life-ending event that stays with the protagonist.


Praise for”Closed Doors; A Trilogy” : 5.0 out of 5 stars Something for everyone~ 

Popular American Author, Lawrence Enright 
 
This review is from: Closed Doors, a Trilogy (Kindle Edition)
 

“Closed Doors; A Trilogy” is a novella and two short stories, none related to the other.

The novella, “Toxic Situations” is an event-driven thriller that carries the story well by switching between scenes of the good guys and bad guys until they finally connect up at the end. The premise is both frightening and plausible, and the execution is enjoyable and taut.

“Family Secrets” is a short story about a family, a farm, and a tragedy. I enjoyed this one the most of the three pieces because of the story, but that is a matter of personal preference. I also thought the writing was the best in this piece. I loved the descriptions of the countryside.

“Thrills at the Esplanade Cinema” is an autobiographical piece about an incident that occurred in the author’s youth. I found it interesting in that regard and it made me wonder if “Family Secrets” were also partially autobiographical.

I recommend this trilogy for its variety of well-written pieces. This one has a story for everyone

  About Rich Weatherly

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Rich Weatherly’s professional career spanned several decades. Much of that career included technical writing and copy writing. He also worked in media production and corporate photography.

After retiring from the corporate world, Rich focused his attention on creative writing. He continues to work on a series of short stories, and a collection of works that will include poetry, photography and miscellaneous writings.

Rich Weatherly is a descendant of one of General Marion’s militia at the Battle of Cowpens during the Revolutionary War. His maternal Great-Grandmother’s father scouted western Dallas, County and was numbered among the first 50 families to settle western Dallas, Co., Texas.

Rich is working on an historical fiction novel, Boundless Honor which begins in the fall of 1835. The story features the Texas Revolution and the Trail of Tears.

You can visit Rich at:

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Books to Curl Up With ~ Author Carlyle Labuschagne ( @CarlyleL )

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Dead of night – Aftershock novel #1 

In a dark and desolated After Earth, love still does exist, but the cost of bearing such a flaw is death.Dead of night smaller
World War III has left Earth in utter turmoil. People’s beliefs are said to be the cause of the worldwide destruction. After The Clearing new laws are set about – to show certitude in anything besides the law is weak and chargeable as mutiny. To be illogical and have faith in religion is illegal, to be limitless is dangerous. And Illness is seen as a defect – all flaws that are inexcusable.
But to love is the greatest betrayal of all man kind. It is a fault the world has long forgotten and punishable by death, a fatal risk Aecker and Opel are fully prepared to take – because in love there is freedom. But how far can they push back before it claims their lives and of those they care about?

Praise for Dead of Night : 

” Dead of Night doesn’t disappoint. It has relatable characters you want to succeed, and some you love to hate. The world she has built is so rich and vibrant you really feel like you are there with Opel and Aecker.” ~ Best selling author LL Hunter. 
“Dead of Night was a story so unlike others that I have read before.” ~Kristina Snyder
“I am at a loss of words. Dead of night literally blew me away. This book was so awesome I don’t know how to put it into words. I truly enjoyed every last second of reading this story. I devoured it in 3 hours and now I wish I had stopped and savored it a little while longer.” ~ Tammy Hall 
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Read all about the electrifying characters: http://www.carlylelabuschagne.com/6/post/2014/11/dead-of-night-inside-the-pages.html

 
 

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  About Carlyle Labuschagne

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I am a  South African award wining author, with a flair for mixing genres and adding loads of drama to every story I create. For now I am happy to take over the world and convert non Sci-fi believers.

My goal as an author is to touch people’s lives, and help others love their differences and one another by delivering strong messages of faith, love and hope within each tale I create.
I  love to swim, fight for the trees, and  am a food lover who is driven by my  passion for life.  I  dream that one day  my stories will change the lives of countless teenagers and have them obsess over the world literacy can offer them instead of worrying about fitting in.
My drive behind my career is healing through words.

“Dont be crippled by fear, let love give you wings”
Carlyle Labuschagne

You can visit Carlyle at:

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Books to Curl Up With ~ Author Corinne O’Flynn (@CorinneOFlynn)

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The Expatriates: Book One: Song of the Sending 

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They told him his world was destroyed.
And they were the last to escape.
They thought he was safe.
They were wrong.

Jim Wales can communicate with animals, but that’s not why he lives with a traveling carnival. Turns out his family’s been hiding him there since he was little, since someone started hunting all the scholars. Jim is a scholar—someone who can manipulate energy using magic—and he has no idea.When a message arrives from Jim’s father—who supposedly died twelve years ago—Jim’s whereabouts are discovered, their carnival is attacked, and his mother is kidnapped. On the run with a strange glass map and a single coin, Jim finds himself racing to reclaim the father he thought he’d lost, plotting to save his mother, and discovering the truth about who he is.But going home isn’t the same as being safe, and trust is everything.

What readers are saying:

 “Told in a beautiful, flowing style full of colorful images and adrenaline-pumping action.”

 “Pop some popcorn, sit back … and enjoy the thrill ride, right up to the end, which leaves you begging for more.”

 “Captures your attention from the start and then guides you through a roller coaster of adventure, drama, mystery, magic and young love.”

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About Corinne

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Corinne O’Flynn is a native New Yorker who now lives in Colorado and wouldn’t trade life in the Rockies for anything. She loves writing flash and experimenting with short fiction. Her novel, THE EXPATRIATES (Oct. 2014) is a YA fantasy adventure with magic and creatures and lots of creepy stuff. She is a scone aficionado, has an entire section of her kitchen devoted to tea, and is always on the lookout for the elusive Peanut Chews candy. When she isn’t writing or hanging with her family, Corinne works as the executive director of a nonprofit. She is a member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, Mystery Writers of America, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. The Expatriates is available on Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble. She blogs about her adventures at www.corinneoflynn.com.

Books to Curl Up With ~ Author Emerald Barnes ( @EmeraldBarnes )

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 Read Me Dead 

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Alexia Wheaton’s problems go far beyond picking a dress and a date for the homecoming dance.

For seven years, Alex has lived with a painful memory – the memory of her parents’ horrific murder. As the sole witness, she has kept quiet about the identity of the murderer to protect herself and her family and friends, but when a journalist over hears her secret and writes about it in the local newspaper, Alex is plagued with fear that her parents’ murderer will soon find her – and silence her forever.

Alex is catapulted into a race against time to save her own life and bring her parents’ murderer to justice. She will face many secrets, lies, and betrayals before the truth about their murder is revealed.

 

 Piercing Through the Darkness 

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It’s on the edge of her memory like a word on the tip of her tongue, but Kandi can’t remember what it is to save her life.

Despite being a cop, Jimmy can’t protect Kandi from the one thing that haunts her. She’s in danger and doesn’t even know it. After it happened, her brain repressed her memories of the accident, and now, she’s taking a Biology class under a man who wants to see her dead. The memories have started coming back, and it feels like she’s miles away from him. How can he protect her when she doesn’t even know she needs protecting?

Can these characters pierce their way through the darkness?

Entertaining Angels

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I’ve read many books that tackle the issue of spiritual warfare, but I especially loved this one. Mads was alive and real and jumped off the page! Her character is so strong, she needed strong characters to balance her, and Barnes certainly provided that in the characters of Chase and Zach.” – Author Precarious Yates

This story is beautiful and so profound.” – Author Sylvia Stein

I would recommend Entertaining Angels as a graceful stepping stone to self-acceptance and self-love.” – Author Christine Cunningham

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Madison Andrews can’t face her reflection in the mirror. All she sees is a big, fat nobody. Yet, deep inside she longs for something more, something that’s not skin deep.

Along comes Zach, the new guy in school. He’s smoking hot and totally out of her league. She somehow catches his eye, and he makes her feel beautiful for once. But just as she gets close to Zach, her nerdy best friend, Chase, won’t let Madison doubt her true beauty, no matter how many meals she skips.

Even as Madison begins to realize that she is more than what she thinks, darker forces are at work, darker than the lies and mocking from her peers, stopping her from amounting to her full potential. Can Madison find true happiness in her own skin?

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A Word from the Author

Entertaining Angels is near and dear to my heart. Essentially, it’s my story. I have struggled with my weight issues for many years, and I remember clearly the very first day I fell victim to the word fat

I am more than that label. I am a Child of God, and He wanted me to see that. Making a long story short here, I have began to realize that although I am overweight, it’s not who I am. I am so much more, and He wanted me to share that story with everyone else, especially young adults and woman who need to be reminded just how beautiful they are.

If you do buy Entertaining Angels, I hope that it shows you just how beautiful, or handsome if you’re a guy, you are.

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About Emerald:

Emerald Barnes graduated with a B.A. in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing at Mississippi University for Women. She resides in a small town in Mississippi and has the accent to prove it.

She mainly writes suspense/thrillers in the YA genre, but she dabbles in other genres and her books are enjoyed by all ages! She’s constantly working on new novels and has more ideas than she knows what to do with. She blogs which takes up more of her time than she anticipates but loves it so very much! She’s also a volunteer at the World Literary Cafe which is amazing, and she is a crazy grammar nazi who proofreads novels!

She’s an auntie to three beautiful nieces and two handsome nephews who take up the other half of her time, but she couldn’t imagine spending her time in any other way!

She’s a Whovian, a little bit of a nerd, a reader, a writer, and a family-oriented person. God is number One in her life, and she thanks Him continuously for His love and favor.

Connect with Emerald:

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Books to Curl Up With ~ Author S.G. Lee (@SweetSheil )

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Dreams Can Kill

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  “Sharron Alexander has awoken with no memory. Sharron vaguely recalls the shooting in dreams and knows someone shot her and left her for dead. Sharron must remember or she will learn Dreams can Kill!”

Available at  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/373190   (Smashwords)

and

http://www.amazon.com/Dreams-can-Kill-S-G-Lee-ebook/dp/B00GCI7AKM   (Amazon)

 Other books by S.G. Lee

 The Kelly Clan Series

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A Penny Saved a Murder Earned 

The Kelly’s (Lily. Rose (Lily’s daughter), Great Grandma Katha and Amelia (Lily’s cousin)) all feel like they are under a curse; but it appears it’s the work of a serial killer that people around them having been falling like dominos. Now as someone is killed at Amelia’s store and others known to them perish, Lily and Amelia become under suspicion by the investigating officer Emmett Rogers. They must fight the impulse to blame the curse and get to the bottom of who caused all their woes, before the killer targets them.

Amazon ~http://amzn.to/VuO44B

Smashwords- https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/271088

A Diller a Dollar a Really Dead Scholar

Lily Kelly, her adopted daughter Rose Brooksfield, her Great-Grandma Katha, and Amelia try to get over their trauma at the hands of a serial killer. Rose tries to overcome the whispers and innuendoes at school by joining in on school events such as basketball and choir. Rose and her friend Carol arrive early to school to participate in choir only to find the choir teacher; Mr. Scholar has been brutally murdered. Rose collapses and is brought to hospital and Lily learns more than she wants to know about Alexander Scholar as she’s drawn into the investigation. Now Lily must help Emmett, and his new partner Kendall Owens, find the killer before he or she, threatens the Kelly clan yet again.

Amazon ~http://amzn.to/1lSE2re

Smashwords~https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/460444

The Stone Chronicles Series

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Love’s Labours Won  

Sarah is a young single woman in dire straits. Her rent is due, she was fired from her last job and she has no family to turn to. So she accepts the fateful offer of a mysterious job interview, which turns out to be a ruse to steal gifts that she never even realized she had. As she set upon this journey Sarah will discover a world of magic, mystery and the supernatural. As Sarah learns about this new world she is exposed to adventure, danger and intrigue…and romance in the form of the mysterious Demetrious Blackstone. All the while Sarah must learn to control her gifts and suppress her own demons to defeat the perils that await her. Only then can she discover her inner voice and follow her own path that will lead to the true love she knows she deserves

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Smashwords ~http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/94738

A Tiger’s Heart Wrapped in a Player’s Hide  

On a voyage of discovery and introspection Sarah finds out more about herself and her abilities. Sarah however also finds herself questioning Demetrious’ commitment to her as he spends all his time working to find the culprit who has put the Magik council under siege. Sarah must find her inner strength and abilities once more to help Demetrious and save herself and the world from this unknown assailant as they threaten her life as she knows it.

Amazon~http://amzn.to/1bsxTN5

Smashwords~https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/412225

Christmas Stories Series

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Christmas is Calling

An anthology of Christmas stories to make you tear up, laugh and smile.

Amazon ~http://amzn.to/1vI0dXQ

Smashwords ~ https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/369687

Available only at Amazon

The Christmas Angel 

A 70 year old Christmas card and a search for long lost love #TheChristmasCard http://amzn.to/VMtFyB

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Has till Xmas to place 6 kids, will she make the ultimate sacrifice? http://amzn.to/1ryxciM

About S.G. Lee

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S.G.Lee was born and raised in Ontario,Canada. Growing up she feasted on tales of family history, and other imaginative stories; as her family continued the long tradition of passing on stories orally. Those tales and more of her own are itching to be told so she has been putting pen to paper and fingers to computer to get them all down.

Find her here:

http://sheilaghlee.blogspot.com/    (writing blog)

http://poeticyearnings.blogspot.com/    (my poetry blog)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/SGLee/833668436645335

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/SweetSheil

Books to Curl Up With ~ Author Sylvia Stein ( @sylvia_stein07 )

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Closure by Sylvia Stein 

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Garrison James had it all. A terrific home life and a loving family. Together, he and his wife Lila built a successful ranch and construction company. His world changed the day he lost his wife to cancer. He turned to the bottle and became a monster. Sara, his daughter, tried everything to please him.

After years of abuse, Sara’s aunt visits. She recognizes the abuse and removes Sara. The frail girl begins the delicate journey of finding herself, while struggling to leave her father and the monster behind.

Despite the emotional and mental scars she carried, Sara manages to start a new life. She is finally happy.

A phone call changes everything.

Will Sara continue her new life? Can she face the monster, or will she find closure?

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About Sylvia

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Author Sylvia Stein is a published author of 5 Anthologies. She began pursuing her writing when she joined a Writer’s group on Linked in led by Heather Marie Schuldt in 2012. The following year she along with the other writers published 3 of her first anthologies in 2013. This year she has published two of them. S The Anthologies are entitled, Giant tales from the Mystic Doors, Giant tales from the Misty Swamp, Giant tales World of Pirates, Lava Storm in The Neighborhood and the latest is entitled, Dangerous days. These are all three-minute stories that contain different types of genres. She continues to write and has been working hard to publish her first solo novella entitled Closure, which is now available on Amazon as an e-book and paperback.  Along with that she is happy to report that she has just published another Anthology with her Writer’s 750 led by 15 amazing authors led by Douglas Clarke entitled Trash to Treasure.

If you would like to be known more about Author Stein’s books click here:

 Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Closure-Sylvia-Stein-ebook/dp/B00MAYXETI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1407162467&sr=8-1&keywords=Closure+Sylvia+Stein

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/closure-sylvia-stein/1120141100?ean=2940150535725

 Kobo e-books: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/closure-23

Itunes: Sylvia Stein – Closure - https://itun.es/i6gy4yX #iTunes

Twitter Link: @sylvia_stein07

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sylwriter07

Email: sylstein07@gmail.com

More from Sylvia Stein:

http://www.amazon.com/Giant-Beyond-Mystic-Three-Minute-Stories-ebook/dp/B00BGGX24S/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1406650053&sr=8-2&keywords=giant+tales

http://www.amazon.com/Giant-Tales-Misty-3-Minute-Stories-ebook/dp/B00ENU0KKS/ref=pd_sim_kstore_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=0RM8AKE9KMNZAAK9D1QS

http://www.amazon.com/Giant-Pirates-3-Minute-Stories-Volume/dp/098857845X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1406650128&sr=8-1&keywords=giant+tales+world+of+pirates

http://www.amazon.com/Neighborhood-Apocalypse-10-Minute-Stories-Volume/dp/0988578468/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1406650161&sr=8-1&keywords=Lava+storm+in+the+neighborhood

http://www.amazon.com/Giant-Tales-Dangerous-Days-3-Minute/dp/0988578476/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1406650186&sr=8-2&keywords=Lava+storm+in+the+neighborhood

http://www.amazon.com/Trash-To-Treasure-Douglas-Clarke-ebook/dp/B00MCYLU9M/ref=cm_cr-mr-title

 

Books to Curl Up With ~ Author Andrea Buginsky ( @andreabuginsky )

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The Chosen: The Chosen Series, Book One

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Halli is a shy, young dwarf who has no idea of her true calling. When the evil Prince Gastle sets out to detroy the world of Phantasma, Queen Laurali of the Elves comes to tell Halli she’s a Holy Paladin with the power to heal, and will join The Chosen, a group of brave warriors being sent to defeat the evil beast and save Phantasma. Will Halli be accepted by her group, and be able to keep them alive through their adventures? Will the evil Prince Gastle be defeated, freeing Phantasma from his destruction? Only time will tell.

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Nature’s Unbalance: The Chosen Series, Book Two

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During a time of celebration for The Chosen, a mysterious force appears on Phantasma, threatening to destroy Nature and all of her creatures. Will The Chosen find and defeat this force, and save Nature before it’s too late?

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My Open Heart

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Growing up with heart disease can be difficult, but it does not always have to alter your life course. MY OPEN HEART is written for young adults growing up with heart disease. It’s meant to inspire them to chase their dreams, to show that they are not alone, and, perhaps, to help guide them through the maze of life with heart disease. Parents of children with heart disease and other chronic illnesses will find support and inspiration within this true story. We are not alone.

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Destiny

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Constantly teased and taunted by the popular girls, Elena Baxter desperately wants to fit in. On her sweet sixteenth, she receives two shocking gifts: telekinesis and the surprising truth about her heritage. With high hopes that things will be different now, Elena returns to school to find that nothing has changed. Only this time her hurt feelings and frustration boil into something even she cannot understand. When her powers explode, chaos ensues and she learns that her new ability is greater than she ever desired. As she learns to control her powers, Elena discovers there’s so much more to her heritage than she ever imagined.

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Fate

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Elena Baxter’s second year at New Avalon may be more challenging than her first. The demons she was warned about show up, a visitor who greatly affects her arrives, and her best friend, Izzy, has to deal with her painful past. Can Elena survive everything that’s coming at her at once? Or will the future Lady of the Lake take on more than she can possibly handle?

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About Andrea

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Andrea Buginsky is a freelance writer living with a congenital heart defect. She has enjoyed writing since she was a kid. When she went to college, she decided to turn it into a career, and earned her BA in Journalism. She has been freelance writing for several years now.

Andrea has always wanted to write a book, and decided she wanted to write for children. She loves fantasy movies like The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter, so she decided to try her hand at writing one of her own.

Andrea’s first publication is The Chosen, a middle-grade fantasy she worked on for about three years. The second book in The Chosen series, Nature’s Unbalance, was released May 12, 2014. Andrea is currently editing Book 3, Striker’s Apprentice, and writing Book 4, Londonham.

Andrea’s second series, New Avalon, is YA fantasy. Book 1, Destiny, was released September 2013. Book 2, Fate, was released a year later. Both are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. She has a concept for the third book.

Andrea has also published My Open Heart, an autobiography about growing up with heart disease. Her hope is that it will give encouragement to young adults growing up with heart disease, or other chronic illnesses, as well as parents of children growing up with heart disease.

Andrea lives in the Kansas City, KS area. She grew up in Florida, but is originally from NJ.

To read more about Andrea, please visit her website.

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Books to Curl Up With ~ Author Annamaria Bazzi ( @AMBazzi )

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Incantation Paradox

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A car accident cuts Dolores Reynard’s life short, leaving her with a long list of unfulfilled dreams. When she awakens in a strange bed, inside a much younger body, and living with a new family—she can’t worry she might be going insane. How can she be a teenager again?

Jason Richmond understands the danger awaiting his new houseguest. Wanting to ease her concerns, he works to earn Dolores’ trust. But attraction flares in the most unexpected way, and he finds himself caught between setting the situation right and following his heart.

An enduring evil threatens not only the blossoming love but their lives as well. As Dolores and Jason struggle to unravel the truth behind her resurrection, they find themselves tangled in a web of murder, intrigue and magic. Only together can they hope to overcome the incantation paradox holding them captive.

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 About Annamaria Bazzi

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Although born in the United States, Annamaria Bazzi spent a great deal of her childhood in Sicily, Italy, in a town called Sciacca. Italian was the language spoken at home. Therefore, she had no problems when she found herself growing up in a strange country. Upon returning to the states, she promised herself she would speak without an accent. She attended Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Computers with a minor in Spanish.

Annamaria spent twenty years programming systems for large corporations, creating innovative solution, and addressing customer problems. During those years, she raised four daughters and one husband. Annamaria lives in Richmond Virginia with her small family where she now dedicates a good part of her day writing.

You can visit Annamaria at:

blog / website / Facebook / annamariascorner@yahoo.com / twitter / goodreads

Interview with Author Joyce T. Strand ( @JoyceTStrand )

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Congratulations on publishing your fourth mystery novel. Tell us about HILLTOP SUNSET?

HILLTOP SUNSET introduces the attractive, smart Brynn Bancroft as a protagonist who faces a stalker, a recent divorce, murder, and an unsettling new love affair, while transitioning from financial executive to winemaker. She appeared in my previous three mysteries as a minor character in the role of chief financial officer, secret lover of the chief executive officer, and the boss of Jillian Hillcrest.  As her stalker accelerates her efforts to reach Brynn, her new lover embroils her in his own unclear and troubled life. This is the first of three mysteries to feature Brynn. I hasten to add for my Jillian Hillcrest fans, that Jillian hovers in this book; she’s just not the star.


What was the inspiration behind the book?

As with all my mysteries, I drew the crime plot from a real California case, suggested to me by a retired FBI agent who actually helped solve it. I don’t want to tell you too much about it, for fear of “spoiling” the mystery, but it involved an embezzlement at a major company in the San Francisco Bay Area and a murder in the 1980s. As for the characters, such as Jillian Hillcrest and Brynn Bancroft, I created them out of composites of colleagues I knew as a public relations professional for more than 25 years at several biotech and high tech companies in Silicon Valley.


What inspires/motivates you to write?

For me, writing is fun! Writing satisfies me and makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something. When I create characters and envision surroundings and mischief to thwart their progress—out of thin air—well, how could I get more fulfilled! I’m in control. I manipulate their backgrounds, hand out shortcomings, and plot their rescue. And, the more I write fiction, the more stories I visualize. I see them everywhere! As for the discipline of completing a book, well, I’ve worked at writing throughout my career, so I guess it’s just part of my background.


Has your writing process changed from when you first started?

Yes and no. I still base my mysteries on a real case, which I track down before I begin writing. And I still know the opening and concluding scenes before I write. However, in my more recent books I reveal character traits much more slowly, allowing my characters to develop over the pages, and using those traits to move the plot forward. I also enjoy experimenting with various character-driven vs plot-driven approaches, and delight in mixing the two approaches. For example, HILLTOP SUNSET drives the development and transition of Brynn’s character while simultaneously presenting clues and situations to solve a mystery.


Are you a plotter who outlines or a “pantser” who prefers to see where an idea leads you?

For my mysteries, I am mostly a pantser. Before I start writing, I know the crime to be committed and my opening and closing chapters. Often, I will also create a few scenes to help connect the two. But mostly I let my characters take the lead. I do develop fairly lengthy biographies for my characters before beginning to write, so my characters can direct their reactions to situations. Further, the mysteries are set in a world I know, making backstory easier to visualize.

However, I’ve just written the first draft of a new story set in 1939 Ventura, California. Because of the time period, I researched the history and discovered a need to develop a fairly detailed outline of scenes and background to create the period atmosphere.  I allowed characters some latitude but had to reign in my narrator who wanted to control the entire story, which is not about her at all, but about the Judge.


Do you ever get writer’s block and how do you get through it?

Sometimes I can’t figure out how to get from one part of a story to another, and I’ll just go ahead and write another part of the book and worry about bridging it later. I find writing any scene helps to trigger ideas for other parts of the book.  I also have a rule when in writing mode that I will write a minimum of 3000 words a day, no matter what. It might be trash, which I’ll discard the next day, but that doesn’t matter. It keeps me in the mode, and again often prompts ideas. Finally, when writing, I usually don’t quite finish a scene that I know how it will end. So when I come back to it the next day, I have something to start on without having to think too hard about it, which draws me into the story.


Is there a message in your work that you want to convey to your readers?

I do not start a book with a message in mind. However, my characters often produce statements on values. In HILLTOP SUNSET, Brynn evolves from an emotion-challenged, promiscuous woman to someone who embraces feelings and eventually family and friend relationships. In FAIR DISCLOSURE, one of the characters realizes that to be true to his own code, he has to confess his “unfair” disclosures. The Judge in my next story espouses the value of rehabilitation over punishment of juveniles. But the messages come from the characters, not from me. Well, OK, maybe I do shape them a little!


What books and/or authors have most influenced your life?

Reflecting on this question, I am surprised to discover which books influenced me versus which books I most enjoyed reading. Although I am an avid mystery reader, other than Grisham, they have not influenced my life. I read them purely for entertainment and the pleasure of solving a puzzle. I recall those that influenced me the most when I was in my teens. For example, I read Nevil Shute’s On the Beach, which describes the plight of the few dozen people alive following the devastation of a nuclear war. It made me painfully aware of the threat of nuclear warfare and influenced my career decisions that led to my PhD in international relations. I also wanted to be an attorney based on the many Erle Stanely Garner books about Perry Mason. Studying a law case book for five minutes cured me of that career goal. In more recent years, John Grisham’s The Appeal, about a verdict against a chemical company in Mississippi, caused me to begin to more carefully research the background of judges up for elections.


As for which books influenced my own writing, I’d place To Kill a Mocking Bird at the top of the list. I love the point of view, the hero Atticus Finch, and the way the story is told. James Clavell’s Shogun is my favorite novel largely because of his clever and intricate storylines in medieval Japan that he integrates into a well-played and fascinating fictional chess game.


Now for a little fun, which character (if any) would you most like to invite over to dinner?

I’m assuming you want to know which of my own characters would I invite for dinner. I would enjoy talking with Brynn Bancroft. She overcame a difficult childhood to become a successful executive. She reaches conclusions and takes action based on openness and analysis, not on political or emotional bias. Her focus on sex as a solution to avoid emotions makes her fallible, but intriguing. And her realization of the shortcomings of that approach make her likeable. We would have frank discussions without concern for propriety—and that would be fun!


Can you tell us what is coming up for you and where can we find you online?

I plan to publish two books in 2015—in June/July “The Judge’s Story” set in 1939 Ventura, California and in November, the next Brynn Bancroft mystery. “The Judge’s Story” is the first of a series of books about “Unheralded Heroes.” Although fiction, they will be based on real people who have made a positive difference in our world. The next Brynn Bancroft mystery will start where HILLTOP SUNSET ends, although like all books in the Jillian Hillcrest series, it will be standalone and drawn from a real crime.

HILLTOP SUNSET

 
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 A mystery set in wine country pitting financial exec Brynn Bancroft against a determined stalker, a troubled love interest, and career clashes. Brynn Bancroft learns that a former employee who beat her nearly to death has returned to stalk her and her friend, Jillian Hillcrest, also a former victim.  Recently divorced, Brynn turns to a new love interest only to encounter additional unwelcome entanglements. Meanwhile, short-timer Brynn, who has resigned from her Silicon Valley company, becomes bored fulfilling her remaining responsibilities there. She begins to prefer supporting the launch of her ex-husband’s new hilltop winery while waiting to move to her next position. Between her stalker and her new love interest, Brynn faces a series of life-threatening events.

 

About Joyce T. Strand

 Joyce T. Strand is the author of who-done-it mysteries set in the San Francisco Silicon Valley and Napa-Sonoma wine regions of California.

Her most recent novel, HILLTOP SUNSET, is the first of a new series featuring protagonist Brynn Bancroft, a financial guru in transition to winemaker from corporate executive. Brynn Bancroft is a minor character in Strand’s novels ON MESSAGE, OPEN MEETINGS, and FAIR DISCLOSURE—three mysteries solved by Jillian Hillcrest, a publicist whose boss was Chief Financial Officer Brynn Bancroft.

Much like her protagonist Jillian Hillcrest, Strand headed corporate communications at several biotech and high-tech companies in California’s Silicon Valley for more than 25 years. Unlike Jillian, however, she did not encounter murder in her career. She focused on writing by-lined articles, press releases, white papers, and brochures to publicize her companies and their products.

Strand lives with her two cats and collection of cow statuary in Southern California, and seeks out and attends as many Broadway musicals and other stage plays as possible.

She received her Ph.D. from the George Washington University, Washington, D.C. and her B.A. from Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA

HILLTOP SUNSET is available on Amazon (Paperback and Kindle) and Barnes and Noble’s Nook. For a peek, check out an excerpt at: http://joycestrand.com

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