Guest Post: Abigail and Henry by Bernina M. Moore

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Set in the present day, Henry Harper is an involuntary recluse that yearns for companionship, but since he is a werewolf, his interaction with people is limited – until he meets an aloof Abigail D. Saunders. Henry continually tries to befriend the standoffish Abigail; however, his efforts prove futile until one fateful night, when the werewolf emerges and attacks her. Although Abigail subdues the beast, Henry is worried that she will reveal his secret. Unfortunately, John Childers, an eccentric widower who has been stalking the werewolf that attacked him and savagely killed his beloved wife years ago, witnesses Abigail’s attack. Once Henry realises Abigail can be trusted, he entertains her interest of ballroom dancing and solicits her friendship, but Abigail’s adamant refusal of entering an upcoming competition prompts Henry to visit her. This is when he discovers what Abigail truly is.

Genre: Paranormal
Length of work: 192 pages
Level of sexual content: mild
Target audience: Young adults
Publication date: March 7, 2015
Abigail and Henry is free to Kindle Unlimited users.

Guest Post: Don’t: How Using The Right Words Will Change Your Life by Bob Selden

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DON’T – the new book from Bob Selden

Why do some people seem to have all the luck? The answer is simple: people with a more positive outlook can recognise opportunities that others miss. How? By converting negativity into a powerfully positive working and personal life.

Bob Selden’s new book ‘DON’T: How using the right words will change your life’ shows you how to avoid the negativity in your life and your relationships. ‘DON’T’ shows you how to filter out negative words and phrases which create both negative thinking in your brain and negative behaviour in your life. The book suggests words, phrases and actions to encourage the very opposite of negativity. You’ll soon learn how positive words can and will activate the positive parts of your mind.

Bob Selden’s ‘DON’T’’ answers the question ‘can the words we use in general conversation actually impact our relationships?’ The answer is yes, we do behave according to the words we hear and use. For example, recent studies show young male drivers increase their speed when they hear male-type sounding words like ‘beard’, ‘tough’ and ‘rough’ – yet female-sounding words like ‘lipstick’, ‘pink’ and ‘gentle’ make them slow down. ‘DON’T’’ goes on to show how we are surrounded and misled by thousands of negative messages every day.

Using multiple how-to examples, scientific studies and stories from real-life, ‘DON’T’’ is packed with practical insights into what makes us who we are. Discover how to transform your working and personal life into positive successes which flows from a new understanding of positive action and perception.

What makes some people more successful and dynamic than others? Is it luck, upbringing, training? Or could it be something as simple and powerful as the words we use? Read Bob Selden’s new book ‘DON’T’’ and take a new path.

Bob would be happy to provide two free review copies of ‘DON’T’’ in exchange for a review on Amazon/Goodreads.  For a copy, you can contact bob via email at bob AT nationallearning DOT COM DOT au.

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Bob Selden has coached many sporting teams and coaches over the last 30 years, and has taught leadership at the prestigious International Institute for Management Development, Lausanne Switzerland and the Australian Graduate School of Management, Sydney. Bob has a degree in psychology and qualifications in management and organisational psychology. He is the author the best-selling book What To Do When You Become The Boss, which has sold over 55,000 copies and been published in four languages.

 

 

Book Review: “The Summer That Melted Everything” by Tiffany McDaniel

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I received a copy of this ebook via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The summer of 1984 was a memorable year for the residents of Breathed, Ohio, for all the wrong reasons. What started out as an innocent invitation ended up being the worst summer in Fielding Bliss’s life. It would forever be remembered as the hottest summer, and the summer he became friends with the Devil.

This book touches on themes that some readers may find upsetting. When I finished this book, I had to sit and think about what I had just read. I loved how Fielding instantly became friends with Sal. Fielding saw past the colour of his skin and accepted Sal as his brother. Similarly with Fielding’s family, they instantly accepted him.

The ending completely shocked me. I can often sense the ending of a book before I get there but with this book, I did not anticipate exactly how it would end.

Tiffany McDaniel is such a talented author. I cannot believe this is a debut novel, it is written so fluently and with such in-depth descriptions that I would have thought she had been published in the past.

I have included a link in this review to the book trailer that Tiffany herself sent me.

I rate this book 5/5 stars!

 

Guest Post: Until Someday by E.S. Ready

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The year is 1927 and professional boxer Emmett Roane is losing his grip on reality. His career is faltering, memories of a lost love haunt him and the horrors of the Great War muddle his mind. Emmett’s past is hobbling his future, and no amount of booze or knockout blows can ease his painful memories.

Seeking solace in the place where he and his Anna had once been so happy, Emmett leaves Brooklyn for a few days alone in Newport at the gilded waterfront Hermann Hotel. During a fateful weekend as he tries to make peace with his ghosts, Emmett crosses paths with Maude Mable, a lively beauty with secrets of her own. But they soon learn the luxury hotel also hosts Luther Irvin, an opium-addicted mobster who is as violent as he is desperate.

When Emmett and Maude discover Luther’s hideous plan to wage war on a rival gang, the pair is thrust into a deadly match of wits and force. His back against the ropes, Emmett finds his quest for self-restoration has become a mission of survival—for him, Maude and everyone at the Hermann. Can Emmett Roane, a fighter who desperately seeks an elusive peace, halt the embodiment of evil while finding a way to heal his own heart and mind?

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E.S. Ready graduated from the University of New Haven with a B.S. in Criminal Justice – Investigative Services. He enjoys reading and writing crime, action, adventure, mystery, and historical fiction. He currently resides in his Connecticut hometown with his family. E.S. is an old soul that is fond of mischief and living a good story as much as he likes telling one. Until Someday is his first novel.

 

One Year Anniversary!

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Today marks the one year anniversary of my becoming a book blogger! When I started this blog a year ago, I never expected it to reach as many people as it has, and I never expected to receive as many book review requests as I have!

I would like to thank everyone who has visited my blog, whether it is just once or whether you read every one of my posts. It means so much that people take the time to visit my blog and read my posts.

I look forward to what the next year brings, and I look forward to reading some new and exciting books!

Thank you!

Guest Post: Avalon by Von Yugen

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Avalon is a moral tale of a young boy named Alex whose father (George Harrison) invents a way to communicate telepathically by decoding brainwaves and using the internet as an interface. Unaware of how powerful this device is or how people will use it Alex’s father creates a balanced group involving twelve of the most eclectic people on earth simply as an experiment to see if this device can help the world, or if it will destroy it. Armed now with vast knowledge and infinite wisdom Alex and his father set off on a wild adventure to initiate these extreme characters into their world of omnipotent power and intelligence. Along the way they find secret treasures, and hidden secrets both wonderful, and terrible, but the biggest and most terrible secret of them all, nobody could have ever fathomed.  The Earth is now heading towards certain destruction and only Alex and his father with the help of a very special friend have figured out how to save it. Unfortunately to know this secret carries with it a great and terrible price. Unable to keep running Alex and his father take refuge in one of the most secret places on Earth, a place known only as Avalon.

These questions and answers were kindly sent to me by Von Yugen himself

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1. “Why did you write this book?” “Basically because I’m a very misunderstood person I wanted to find a way to bring people into my world, to help others see what I see, feel what I feel, to understand what hurts me, and understand what I appreciate and why. This book is basically a metaphor for my life, and the only way for people to see what I see, well is to abstractly re-create it from the start and let others evolve just as I did. There is a deep lingering desire inside me wanting others to understand me better, to get inside my brain and just take a walk. This book is my brain, my soul, and my life, and I want people to treat it like a garden, take a walk through it slowly, try to understand it as there is much to be discovered and understood, and then maybe, just maybe something inside will spark and the reader will discover, they and I aren’t so different after all.”
2. “What do you want people to get from the book?” “My book is written for the new generation, I wanted to inspire the young adults, to spark their souls, and arm them with a strong moral understanding which nobody could ever argue with, but with situations they often don’t think about when dealing with their fellow man, as we will all experience these things in life, it’s good to think about what you would do when you are in these situations. I also want to get the younger generation prepared for what is so very soon to come. A world in which information is free flowing, literally right into the brain, what will it be like to know everything, to be telepathically linked to everyone, and perhaps eventually everything. There are also many complex circumstances portrayed in the book I wish to help the new generation familiarize themselves with. The coming earth changes, how these changes can affect our bodies at an atomic level, and how these things can also affect our moods as well. And also to help not only prepare each person for the spiritual battle they are certain to face in their lives but to understand the nature of this battle and show them that this really is less a battle and more of an awakening. I wanted to show how important it is to not only be accepting of others, but to also be understanding of others as well because ultimately we are all individuals together as one experiencing the same life, but from different perspectives. So before we start judging others lets put ourselves literally in their shoes and try to understand from their view ‘why.’ I wanted to show how empathy destroys fear and creates an environment of healing.”
3. “Why would people want to read your book?” “Avalon is written to be basically an anthem for millennials and their children. It gratuitously reflects what they see and reveals things they didn’t see as well, helps them put the puzzle together so they can better understand this complex world they live in, and then takes them to a place they want to be; a place where things make sense and they can begin to tackle the problems of the world from a non-threatening third party perspective almost as if they were watching a movie. I think it will be a great way for a person to relieve their stress and frustrations at the end of a long day.”
If you like the sound of Avalon, you can buy it on Amazon. If you would like to find out more about Von Yugen, check out his Goodreads and Facebook pages below
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Book Review: “Berg’s Book of Colours” by Berg Norcross

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I received a copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review.

I have previously read Berg’s Book of Shapes, and the author kindly sent me a copy of this book. It is a short book written and illustrated by Berg Norcross, aimed at teaching children some of the main colours.

It is laid out in the same format as Berg’s Book of Shapes. There is a chorus style feel after each verse. The colours are having a picnic, and each colour has brought a food or drink representing their colour, for example, the White colour brought milk.

The book was very colourful and with the verse and chorus type feel, the whole book could quite easily be sung, which means that children are more likely to remember it. I would recommend this book, as the colours and artwork are eye-catching and colourful, making it memorable.

I rate this book 4/ 5 stars!