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Guest Post & New Release from #AmazingAuthor Chrissie Parker ( @Chrissie_author )

The Unexpected in Life~Guest Post by Chrissie Parker

What would you do if your whole world fell apart?  If a person you loved dearly died suddenly, you were thrown into witness protection, or became involved in a life changing criminal case through no fault of your own?  In our every day lives of getting up, going to work, going for drinks with friends, it’s very easy to get stuck in the rut of what some people would term a boring every day existence.

But the unexpected does happen, and more often than people think.  Learning to live with the unexpected is actually a huge part of life whether we like it or not.  Every day things do happen to us that we didn’t plan for, and certainly didn’t expect, and for a few minutes, an hour or maybe longer our lives are thrown onto a new course, forcing us to experience something different, testing our stress levels and emotions.  Most of the time we deal with it, brush ourselves down breathe a big sigh of relief and step back into the footsteps of our continuing life.

So what happens when the unexpected is so life altering that it changes your way of life completely?

That’s what we learn in Temperance.  Every character is dealing with something big, a situation that has changed they way they think, and they way they live their lives.  The interesting thing is how they actually deal with it and what the end result is.

As with everything in life there is a positive and a negative.  People can either live through the situation positively (or as positively as they can), deal with it and learn from it and become a better person, or they can take it badly, wallow in what has happened, let it rule their lives and affect them so that they can never move on or live happily again.

So what would you do?  If the worst happened to you taking you out of your normal day-to-day routine, would you wade in and deal and just do the best you could until the situation is resolved?  I think it’s hard to say, as each situation is different, and this is what I thought about when writing Temperance. Each character has a huge problem to face, and in their shoes I have no idea how I would cope.

It is easy to think that when the unexpected occurs we would all be strong of character and face it head on, but sometimes life isn’t like that.  In the end all we can do is take life day by day, in the hope that we never have to face the worst.

New Release ~ Temperance

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“Gabriel is weary, hunting for a murderer. 

Patience is adrift, her life a complete lie.

Nate is scared, hiding from his worst fears.

Juliet is frantic, her time is running out.

 

As four fragile lives collide, the truth is finally revealed. 

 

And betrayal and death become inevitable.”

Other Books by Chrissie Parker

“Among The Olive Groves”

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Elena Petrakis adores living on the Greek island of Zakynthos.  When World War Two looms her way of life is threatened.  Left with no choice she joins the island’s resistance to fight for what she believes in; her family, her home, and her freedom.

Decades later, thousands of miles away in the Cornish town of Newquay, Kate Fisher prepares to celebrate her twenty-first birthday, but her joy is fleeting when she learns she is adopted.  Abandoning life in England, Kate flees to Zakynthos, where she is forced to acknowledge a life she has struggled to come to terms with, one that will change her future.

From the beautiful crystal turquoise seas of the Ionian Islands to the rugged shores of the Cornish coast, ‘Among the Olive Groves’ is a story of love, bravery and sacrifice.

 

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“A battered and broken body lies in the road.  A discovery that leaves the local community gripped with fear.  Suspicion as to who killed the woman is rife. Corinne’s peaceful life is shattered by the tragic death, forcing her to struggle daily with overwhelming grief and loss.  A chance meeting with a stranger helps Corinne through the hurt and pain, but can she really trust Jack?”

 

Twin sisters Corinne and Helena have always been close, growing up in the same small town.  Corinne lives alone in the house that used to belong to their parents and Helena lives with her husband and love of her life, Jimmy, and their two children.

Helena loves life, she enjoys spending time with her friends and relishes being a wife and mother.  Corinne lives in isolation, unable to get over the death of their parents.  She relies on the spiritual world, reading tarot cards, surrounding herself with crystals and candles.  She also has to deal with unwanted premonitions that strike when she least expects them.

During a tarot reading Corinne predicts Helena’s death, and is distraught when she learns that Helena has been murdered.  The grief and sudden loss of her twin sister overwhelms Corinne and she struggles to live day to day.  At Helena’s funeral Corinne falls out with her brother in law and is left feeling alone and unloved.

At her lowest ebb Corinne becomes friends with Jack, a stranger in town, but the grief remains and whenever she is around Jack, she gets a vision; one that takes her back to the horrifying scene of Helena’s death.   Unable to stop them, Corinne realises the visions may be her only chance of finally understanding what happened to her sister and why.  But will it be the answer she is looking for?

 BiographyAuthor Chrissie Parker

 

 

Chrissie lives in Devon, UK, with her husband and is a freelance Production Coordinator working in the TV, documentary and film industry.

Chrissie is also an Author.  Her thriller Integrate was released in October 2013 and her historical fiction Among the Olive Groves was released in July 2014.

Other written work includes factual articles for the Bristolian newspaper and guest articles for the charities Epilepsy Awareness Squad and Epilepsy Literary Heritage Foundation.  Chrissie has also written a book of short stories and poems, one of which was performed at the 100 poems by 100 women event at the Bath International Literary Festival in 2013.

Chrissie is passionate about Ancient History, Archaeology and Travel, and has completed two six-month Archaeology and Egyptology courses with Exeter University.   She is learning to play the Ukulele and likes to read, collect books, listen to music. To find out more about Chrissie visit her website www.chrissieparker.com

Other links:

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/ChrissieParkerAuthor

Twitter – @Chrissie_author

Blog – http://chrissieparker.blogspot.co.uk

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NEW RELEASE ~ Before We Say I Do by Emerald Barnes ( @emeraldbarnes )

The follow-up short story to Emerald Barnes’ Entertaining Angels, Before We Say I Do, is now available! If you loved Chase and Mads in Entertaining Angels, you’ll love this!

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About the Book:

Following the best-selling first book of the series, Entertaining Angels, comes Before We Say I Do, An Entertaining Angels Short Story.

Chase Sanders and Madison Andrews are about to declare their love for one another in the most sacred of ways. Everything has been going perfectly, especially when an old friend returns to town to stand by Chase’s side on their big day. But is Zach there to see their union, or is he concealing the truth of why he’s actually back in town?

Chase has lived perfectly fine without his father around, but now that his father is divorcing again, he is seeking forgiveness. Chase can’t look at his father, let alone forgive him.

Before Chase and Mads can say “I Do,” Chase must first learn to let go of the past before the dark forces that haunt his nightmares come to life.

Excerpt:

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The day had finally come. I was marrying my best friend. Tears of joy stung my eyes, but I tried to hold them in. I couldn’t cry. Not now. Mom and Mandy would kill me if I messed up my makeup.

I stared in the mirror. I had come a long way in the two years since I’d met Zach. We graduated high school, and I was now working on a degree in counseling. I’d fallen head-over-heels in love with my best friend, and I learned to love myself for who I really was. I won’t lie. It hasn’t been easy for me. Sometimes I would look in the mirror, and I’d see the fat girl from high school. Other times, Chase would wrap his arms around my waist and reassure me that he loved every inch of me – whether I was big or small. It didn’t matter to him. I was beautiful. When he’d say that, I’d remind myself that God had loved me enough to send his angel just to show me that I was important, loved, and beautiful.

Eventually, the way I saw myself began to change. I no longer compared myself to photo-shopped pictures of models in magazines or my friends who were smaller sizes than me, and I began to look at myself as a daughter of the King. God formed me. He knew exactly what I would look like, and as He’d told me before, He only makes beautiful things.

A knock sounded at the door, and Mrs. Cheryl asked, “Can I come in?”

Mom answered the door and let her in. I turned to face her and saw the tears form in her eyes. “Don’t!” I said, “I can’t cry. Mom has threatened me if I mess up my makeup.”

She laughed and said, “I’m so happy that you’re going to be my daughter-in-law!”

She wrapped her arms around me and pulled me close. I could hear her sniffle, but I fought the tears back again. I wasn’t going to cry. Not now at least.

“I’m happy that you’ll be my mother-in-law. I couldn’t ask for a better one.”

She pulled away and smiled at me before wiping away her own tears. I had always felt like Mrs. Cheryl was a second mom. And now, she would be!

“How’s Chase?” I asked.

“He’s nervous.” She laughed. “But he’s excited to finally make you his wife, girly.”

She winked at me, and Mom said, “Cheryl, you won’t do! Don’t embarrass the poor child.”

“It’s better than making her cry, Maggie.”

Mom laughed and said, “I’m going to check on the photographer. We need to start doing pictures as soon as we can.”

I nodded, and Mom left the room.

“Can you help me sit?” I asked Mrs. Cheryl.

“Sure, honey.”

She walked over to me and helped lift my train, so I could sit comfortably without wrinkling the dress too much. The beaded bodice felt a little tight, but I wanted to look my best. I wasn’t loosening it at all.

“You look gorgeous,” Mrs. Cheryl said, pulling her phone out of her purse and snapping a picture of me.

“Thank you,” I said, smiling at my future mother-in-law.

“Are you nervous?” she asked, taking a seat beside me.

“Yeah,” I answered, honestly. “Not the marrying Chase part. That I’m okay with, but I’m afraid I’ll trip or mess up my vows or something.”

I laughed, praying that what I’d just spoken wouldn’t come true at all. I don’t suppose it mattered. I was about to be joined with Chase forever in our very own happily ever after. I knew not all marriages were perfect, and I didn’t expect ours to be any different. I did hope that we would have a beautiful marriage as close to perfect as possible. I knew that if we put God first, we could get through anything; however, the wedding night was what really made me nervous. I just didn’t want to tell Cheryl that.

Chase and I had waited until marriage. It was what was right to do according to the Bible. We wanted to be each other’s firsts and each other’s lasts. At least we were both new at it. I wondered if that was why he was nervous, too. I mean, I certainly understood that.

“Is that all?” she asked, staring at me knowingly. I briefly wondered what all Chase might have told her. This might be awkward. I didn’t even talk to my own mom about stuff like this.

I hated to lie, but I didn’t want to have this conversation. I nodded and said, “Yeah. I guess.”

She patted my leg and said, “There’s nothing to worry about, dear. You two will learn each other’s rhythms before you know it.”

Oh my gosh. Was she really talking about this with me? “Uh. Yeah. I know.”

She laughed. “You don’t have to be so shy. I’m not your father. I’m not in denial about what happens on the honeymoon.”

I felt the blood rushing to my cheeks, and I was thankful for the pink blush already coloring them.

“Are you worried about what he may think about your body? I know that’s always been a concern of yours.”

“Well, partly, but I know he loves me for my flaws and all.”

“Honey, you don’t have flaws. You’re perfect. Have you forgotten what God has done for you?”

I shook my head, biting the inside of my cheek. I wasn’t going to cry now. “No,” I said, “I’ll never forget what he’s done. Zach’s here too.” I added on that last bit to distract her from the conversation she seemed wanted to have.

“Is he?” She smiled broadly. “I always loved him. I knew he was special from the start.”

“I was blind,” I said. “I thought I might actually have a crush on him. Boy was I glad when I decided that I wanted Chase! How awkward would it have been to fall in love with an angel?”

Cheryl let out a deep laugh and said, “It could be worse. You could’ve fallen for a man like Chase’s father.”

Her smile faded at the mention of him. She rarely brought him up, but I couldn’t blame her for that. He’d left her for another woman and ignored them for the first seven years he’d been away. He’d only just started talking to Chase again two years ago. Even Chase didn’t want to tell his dad about our union, so we kept it a secret from him. I didn’t know if that would work or not, but Chase really didn’t want him ruining the day. I wasn’t going to force him to invite his father to our wedding, though. It was entirely his decision.

“We didn’t invite him, you know,” I said.

“I know. I told Chase to, but he refused. I don’t blame him.”

“Nor do I, but he may have seen the announcement in the paper.”

“Well, then he’ll understand that his son doesn’t want anything to do with him. He shouldn’t have left us, Mads.”

“I know.”

I didn’t know what else to say. I hated that Chase had such a rocky relationship with his dad. I couldn’t imagine not having Dad around, but then again, Dad didn’t cheat on Mom and have a new family while ignoring me completely for the first few years of his new life.

Mom pushed the door open and said, “Come on, Mads. It’s time for pictures.”

I looked at Mrs. Cheryl and gave her a big smile. She stood and extended her hand out to me. “Let’s go, Mads. It won’t be long until you’re officially part of the family.”

I wrapped my arms around her in a tight hug after she helped pull me off of the chair I sat in. She kissed my cheek, and we walked out of the room and into the sanctuary where we were about to take pictures. It was now a little over two hours before I officially became Mrs. Chase Sanders.

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Emerald BarnesEmerald Barnes resides in a small town in Mississippi and has the accent to prove it. She tries her hardest to write novels that appeal not only to young adults but to those who are young at heart as well.

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’s also a volunteer at the World Literary Cafe which is amazing, and she is a crazy grammar nazi who proofreads novels!

When she isn’t writing or proofreading novels, she’s spending all of her time with her nieces and nephews. She’s a self-proclaimed nerd, avid reader, and TV watcher. God is number One in her life, and she thanks Him continuously for His love and favor.

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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/
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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

 
 

ON sale now! for only 1.99 

 

  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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S.G. Lee

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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.

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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.

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The Stone Chronicles Series

The Stone Chronicles

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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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

Christmas

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

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The Christmas Angel 

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

The Christmas Card

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

About S.G. Lee

SGLEE

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

SylviaStein

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

 The Chosen

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

Nature's

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

Open Heart

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

 Destiny
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

Fate

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

Andrea

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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