Guest Post: The Generalist – Taboo 0: Double Feature Show by Thomas Duder

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Waking up in a bathtub full of blood and a head empty of memories is certainly not the typical morning for an average person. Frank Todd, however, is anything but an average person. Follow along as he fights his way through the city of Neo Los Angeles encountering friend and foe alike in his quest to find out who and what he is. Many strange revelations await him, and he’s about to learn exactly how strange it gets for The Generalist!

Come take a wild ride through a Neo Los Angeles of tomorrow! Monsters, magic, martial artists, catgirls, and more misfits await you. Follow the misadventures of The Shop as they take on all challengers with a bizarre variety of attacks and allies in this action adventure, urban fantasy run amok.

The Generalist – Taboo 0: Double Feature Show! Because you cannot read about people being punched in the face ENOUGH!

If you like the sound of this book, you can find it on Goodreads here, Amazon UK here and Amazon US here.

 

Guest Post: Brand Identity Breakthrough: How to Craft Your Company’s Unique Story to Make Your Products Irresistible by Gregory V. Diehl

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Goodreads Synopsis

Does your business have a story to tell? It should! Every new product can be unique in its industry. Does yours stand out from the crowd?

After a life of exploring the way people exchange value in over 35 countries, Diehl teaches business owners how to have conversations about brand strategy. In Brand Identity Breakthrough, you will learn how to develop a strong business identity by combining your personality and values with the functionality of your products to become irreplaceable to your audience.

Whether you lead a growing company, or are just starting a business, Brand Identity Breakthrough will give you a smarter way to think about new product development and business model generation. With undeniable, well-organized logic, it will show you how anyone can sell more, and at higher prices, so long as they give customers exactly what they want.

• Learn how to build a unique selling proposition for your product
• Learn the best methods for how to sell a product to customers, no matter what you offer.
• Overcome the sales learning curve, and sell products in both physical and online marketplaces.

Table of Contents

Section I: Why Identity Matters
This section will help you learn to see your own value, the value of your business, and the value of your products or services from the perspective of your customers. Only then can you begin to fashion your identity appropriately. If you can train yourself to think like your customers, you can get a much better idea of what value you should be focused on creating.

1. Can You Tell a Good Story?
2. When Good Ideas Fail
3. Why Entrepreneurs Fail to See Their Own Value
4. Why Others Fail to See Your Value

Section II: Creating Your Brand Identity
We don’t always know what makes our own ideas valuable. Failed entrepreneurs are often very close to getting the results they want. In being so close to your own business, you forget what things look like to an outsider, and you can’t present your business in a way which will appeal to what they are specifically looking for. Time to move beyond functional descriptions of your business, and focus on profound change.

5. Uncovering Your Core Values
6. Developing a Unique Selling Proposition
7. Crafting Your Personality Profile
8. Knowing Your Target Audience

Section III: Telling Your Story to the World
Communication is happening in every shared moment, and in ways that are not always obvious. There are so many other things we take for granted about the messages we send out to the world. By learning how to be a better communicator, you will gain access to a wide new world of opportunities which are only available if you know how to talk in a way that makes others want to listen.

9. How to Sell Who You Are
10. How to Speak with Clarity, Authority, & Authenticity
11. How to Display Your Character Through Writing
12. How to Educate Your Audience

Section IV: Brand Identity Case Studies
Case Study #1: From Consultant to Concierge with Productized Services
Case Study #2: Pre-Seeding a Two-Sided Marketplace for Launch
Case Study #3: Turning a Charitable Project into a Profitable Movement
Case Study #4: Skyrocketing a Personal Brand through Narrative Focus
Case Study #5: Embracing Personality in a Technical Niche

Section V: Resources for Prospective Entrepreneurs
Appendix 1: Entrepreneurial Terms Defined
Appendix 2: 50 Useful Starting Questions for New Entrepreneurs
Appendix 3: Making Money Online ask them to buy copies as well!”

If you like the sound of this book, you can find it on Goodreads here, Amazon UK here and Amazon US here.

Guest Post: The Boy Who Could Talk To God by Faheem Jackson

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Goodreads Synopsis

Building a relationship with God takes some people their entire lives. How do some come to understand him earlier versus those who connect to him later?

For Tyler Hargrove, growing up in the confines of his Booker T. Washington housing project in the Mott Haven community of the South Bronx, was one of the only things in life he knew. Another was living in a household where his mother expressed her love for God. As for how he carried himself through life, he always sought the quick way out. If he needed to get something done, he looked for a shortcut; a shortcut with his academics and a shortcut at home. His life of finding shortcuts led him into St. Mary’s Park where he would have a divine intervention with God.

Tyler will continue, not only on this first occasion, but on many occasions, to come to know and understand God. In addition to knowing and understanding God, he’ll have to learn there’s more to life than a shortcut. And adhering to his parents will be crucial in his success in school as well as in life. A full transformation will be of use in order for Tyler to leave behind childish ways and become more accountable for his actions.

If you like the sound of The Boy Who Could Talk To God, you can find it on Goodreads here, Amazon UK here and Amazon US here.

Guest Post: My Shorts by Arthur M. Doweyko

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Mind-blowing science fiction and fantasy short stories designed to make you rethink reality and your place in the universe. From first contact to thinking machines, from time-travel to the brutal realities of space travel, each story is finely crafted to set your teeth on edge and to grip your armchair. A policeman decides the fate of mankind when he unholsters his weapon during a first contact with aliens; Harry meets Harry in a time-travel attempt to save his wife; a little boy discovers he can’t lie; Andrew is the last human, a cyborg who must decide to be upgraded to fully artificial, or not. These and other thought-provoking tales await you in Arthur M. Doweyko’s collection of award-winning shorts.

About The Author

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As a scientist, Arthur has authored 100+ publications, and shares the 2008 Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award for the discovery of Sprycel, a new anti-cancer drug. He writes hard science fiction, fantasy and horror. His debut novel, Algorithm, which is a story about DNA and the purpose of humanity, garnered a 2010 Royal Palm Literary Award (RPLA) and was published by E-Lit Books October 2014.

He has published a number of short stories, many of which were finalists in RPLA competitions. A number of his short stories have garnered awards, which include Honorable Mentions in the international L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest and First Place in P&E Readers Polls.

His recently completed Angela’s Apple, a novel about angels who are not angels, won 1st place as Best SciFi Novel at the 2014 RPLA and will be published by Red Adept Publishing. His current project, Henry The Last, is about the last human being, a Lakota Indian cyborg. He lives in Florida with his wife Lidia, happily wandering the beaches and jousting with aliens.

If you like the sound of My Shorts, you can find it on Goodreads here, Amazon UK here and Amazon US here.

Guest Post: Can’t Buy Forever by Susan Laffoon

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In the early 1950s, Odessa Drake (Dessa) is rescued from a bleak existence with a single mother. She takes a chance on the unknown to work in a boarding house owned by a widowed great aunt in Mineville, New York. Dessa is devoted to Aunt Flo and especially a young man, Nicholas, who appears and takes shelter in the attic, the only available space. Four years pass. She looks forward to each day because of his presence, in spite of the tedious work. Dessa is now eighteen and knows little more of Nicholas than the day he arrived to work the mines. She knows only he is a remarkable man who has a limp and she trusts Nicholas explicitly. There is a familiarity both recognize and an unshakeable bond develops. Nicholas has reasons to keep his past buried. Dangers loom and become evident when Nicholas gets too close and exposes their bond. What is the mystery behind this threat? To discover the answer, they escape by railway heading West, colliding with treachery and uncovering secrets, mile by mile. Their journey is impossible, but, they are supported by friends who risk their lives to make sure a great love and lineage is preserved. Or is it? None will forget their odyssey as they proceed to their destiny farther than they imagined.

If you like the sound of Can’t Buy Forever, you can find it on Goodreads here, Amazon UK here and Amazon US here.

Guest Post: A Mother’s Meditations: Teachings of the Heart by Shelly Jacobs

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Amazon Synopsis

Some books should be sipped like fine wine and savored like good chocolate; A Mother’s Meditation’s is one of those books. Filled with deeply inspirational and poignant reflections, this book offers profound and powerful insights on a range of topics such as; love, fear, vulnerability, compassion, friendship, grief, learning, gratitude, relationships and many more. Each page beautifully captures life’s gifts and it’s struggles. A Mother’s Meditation offers spiritual and philosophical guidance for those who wish to live more heartfelt and passionate lives.

 

About The Author

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Shelly has a Masters Degree in Psychology and has worked as a psychotherapist for over 30 years. She is a long time practitioner of Vipassana Meditation and is the mother of two. She lives in the last great frontier of Alaska and has contributed writings in Turning Point: Integrative Solutions for Chronic Pain.

 

If you like the sound of this book, you can find it on Amazon UK here and Amazon US here

Book Tour Excerpt and Giveaway: The Snowman by Yolanda Renée

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It takes a true artist to pursue his victims in the art of seduction, and Stowy Jenkins is no exception, especially with blood as his medium.

Stowy Jenkins, aka, Stone, and as Alaskans refer to him, the Snowman, is a true artist. His muse, Gigi, is the ultimate inspiration for his painting. Her rejection inspires him to use a very unusual medium…blood.

While art may be his passion, the taste for blood is his obsession, and multiple murders, the result.

Rookie, Detective Steven Quaid, is no fan of the Snowman’s murderous exhibitions. A twisted and deadly relationship bond the two men and neither knows who will come out of it alive.

About The Author

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At one time Alaska called to me, and I answered. I learned to sleep under the midnight sun, survive in below zero temperatures, and hike the Mountain Ranges. I’ve traveled from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez, and the memories are some of my most valued. The wonders, mysteries and incredible beauty that is Alaska has never left me and thus now influence my writing.

Despite my adventurous spirit, I achieved my educational goals, married, and I have two handsome sons. Writing is now my focus, my newest adventure!

You can connect with me here:

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The other books in the Detective Quaid Series include:

Murder, Madness and Love

MURDER, MADNESS & LOVE (Book 1)

A killer plays cat and mouse with a young widow against the snowy backdrop of an Alaskan winter. Branded a black widow after the suspicious death of her millionaire husband, Sarah Palmer flees Seattle for Anchorage. However, the peace and quiet she hoped to enjoy in her hometown is soon shattered. A killer is murdering Sarah look-alikes on the 14th of each month, taunting Sarah with a valentine of evidence. After her experiences in Seattle, Sarah is slow to go to the police. When she finally does, she finds Detective Steven Quaid—Anchorage P D’s hotshot investigator—has not only heard the rumors, he believes them. Worse, her aloofness and composure only confirm his suspicions. Is Sarah a victim or a very skilled manipulator?

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MEMORIES OF MURDER (Book 2)

World damnation is a psychotic man’s goal, but two obstacles stand in his way, greed and a dedicated detective. Catching Alaska’s most notorious serial killer as a rookie made Detective Steven Quaid a hero, but falling in love with the victim of his last case tarnishes that status. While attempting to repair both his personal and professional life, he stumbles upon an unusual case–and an even more extraordinary foe: a man who believes he is Lucifer. An insidious man who delivers Quaid the ultimate choice: save his fiancée from an assassin’s bullet or stop the sacrifice of a young girl.

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MURDER & OBSESSION (Book 3)

Flames burn between a hardboiled cop and a gifted artist, but soon extinguish as another man’s obsession ignites into an inferno of desire, driving him to destroy the object of his madness.

Detective Steven Quaid is ready for new challenges as Anchorage’s top detective, but not until he marries the woman of his dreams on New Year’s Eve. Determined to give Sarah the wilderness honeymoon she desires, he turns his grandfather’s cabin into the perfect honeymoon retreat. After the final details are complete, Steven treks into the mountains to hunt. On his return to the cottage, instead of Sarah, he is greeted by several police officers and a bloody crime scene. Accusations fly, and Stephen flees into the wilderness, his heart racing and thoughts etching into his soul. The wilderness is unforgiving, but Steven faces it head on: Caught between a massive grizzly and a black bear in a deadly tug of war, he is barely saved from death’s door by the fortuitous appearance of his uncle. Despite surviving multiple injuries, Steven continues his investigation as he recovers, but answers don’t come quick or easy. Having enlisted the aid of his number one suspect, Steven faces a struggle that has become more than personal. This one just may cost him his heart.

You can find out more about the books and the author by following the tour HERE. You can also include your chances of winning in the giveaway.

Excerpt

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August 13th

The sun was bright, the temperatures had hit seventy-five, and Stone was getting on a plane for Morgantown, West Virginia, a place experiencing unusually cold and wet weather for August. But no matter, seeing Gigi made a trip to Antarctica worthwhile. He donned his sunglasses and headed for the door. His mother trailed behind him.

“Why on earth would you go back to West Virginia for your class reunion? You hated high school,” Stone’s mom said with hands on her hips. “You know I have an event this weekend. What am I supposed to do without you?”

Stone put down his suitcase, bit the inside of his cheek, and plastered on a smile. “It’s all taken care of, Mommy, I promise. I called a car service and asked for their most handsome driver. I also gave them explicit orders—you won’t miss me at all.”

“Did you?” She pulled his face close to hers but didn’t kiss him. “Handsome will have to do.” She squeezed his cheeks hard. “I know why you’re going. You have a date with that … that girl, don’t you?”

He rubbed his face to bring back the circulation. “You’ve been eavesdropping, you naughty girl.” He shook his finger at her. “Yes, I do have a date with Gigi.”

“If you marry, who will take care of my needs?” Her lower lip quivered.

“Now don’t pout. Gigi will win the title of Mrs. Jenkins only if she recognizes you as Queen Bee.” He kissed her on the forehead. “Now give me a hug goodbye. I’ve got to run.”

Giveaway

This tour-wide giveaway features both print and eBook copies of the four books in the Detective Quaid Series. The giveaway will end at 12 a.m.

(EST) on Tuesday, June 6.

The prizes include:

* Grand prize – Winner receives a print copy of all four books in the Detective Quaid Series (U.S. and Canada only).

* First place – Winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift certificate.

* Second place – Winner will receive eBook copies of all four books in the Detective Quaid Series.

* There will be 3 runner-up winners and each will win an eBook copy of THE SNOWMAN or one of the other books in the series (winner’s choice).

To enter the giveaway, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load so please be patient. If the widget doesn’t show up, just click HERE and you’ll be directed to the widget.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to follow Yolanda on her month-long tour. You never know what you might find out.

 

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Guest Post: Spark Creativity And Vocabulary With Picture Prompts by Shyamala Shanmugasundaram

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This colourful book is best viewed on a kindle app. Useful for toddlers who cannot read, and are just beginning to get familiar with language. A parent or teacher can point to different objects, colours and shapes in a picture, and repeat their names, or ask the toddler to identify them. The book can also be used as a fun vocabulary building tool for older children.
Story telling using a pictorial prompt can also be a very entertaining group activity in a classroom, or on a picnic, and is a great ice-breaker when there’s a group of children who do not know each other well.

The book can be used as a story prompt for older children. A teacher can make the story writing activity more challenging by picking out two pictures and asking students to write a story, that incorporates both the pictures. Or, the students themselves can pick out two pictures from the book themselves, and write a story around them. These pictures can also be used as prompts for writing poems in poetry writing classes.

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Book Tour Excerpt and Giveaway: Daughter Of Etheron by Brandon Young

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Goodreads Summary

Born the children of the ruling family. 

Betrayed by the ones that swore to protect them. 

IN A SHATTERED GALAXY . . . 

Siblings, Elenah and Teveran are thrust into a secret war of space magicians that will decide the fate of the galaxy. 

But a darkness swells in the galactic depths, magicians wielding magic not seen for millennia, and as the struggle for power grows more desperate, the children might find themselves fighting on opposite sides of the conflict. 

The first book in the Saga of the Magicus Eye.

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Brandon Young is the debut author of the Saga of the Magicus Eye. He’s also a musician, gamer, and avid Star Wars fan living in Melbourne, Australia.

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In the aftermath of Teveran’s first real battle, he has been introduced to the mysterious Fex, an old man with shady intentions; they stand now amidst an impressive galaxy map…

“This galaxy needs a hero,” Fex said.

“Might need to search a little longer.” Teveran squeezed his eyes shut and spun away from the swirling planets, the vibrant stars. “You’ve got the wrong person. I can’t do this stuff. The Council…The rebellion…I’m not like them, Fex. I realised that on Corion.”

Suddenly, Fex’s hand found his shoulder. “Never are there merely two sides to a war.” It was barely

 

more than a whisper. “It’s time to open your eyes.”

“Maybe I don’t want to.” He knew it was the wrong thing to say.

Fex turned, amber lights dwelling among his wrinkles, and Teveran turned with him. “You will.” The old man stopped, and the galaxy swirled and reshaped itself as if by his own command. Planets and stars striated, then reappeared much larger.

And Teveran saw Etheron.

It burst into flames. Embers and black smoke seemed to fill the entire chamber. Etheron was gone, reduced to a crisp. The galaxy twisted, and turned, and slowly crumbled into nothing.

Teveran felt his emotions being pulled on, steered, reshaped to follow the spiralling course of the deteriorating galaxy.

There were two spiral arms extending from the galactic core: the northern Godsworn Spiral, and the southern Starforged Spiral. They burned now, disintegrating wickedly.

Fex stepped through the chaos of exploding worlds, through flames that engulfed billions of people every time another massive star turned black and exploded.

Fex quickened his pace, bones grinding as he returned to the centre of the galaxy. “This is what awaits us if we do not try to change it. For two thousand years the galaxy has been decaying. But we can restore the majesty we forgot. We can build it anew.” His voice grew coarse now, folds of skin growing taut. “This is barely the beginning. There is so much more ahead.”

Teveran tried to catch his breath. A warm trickle raced down his cheek, and he quickly scrubbed it away. When he spoke, it was barely a whisper. “I don’t…I don’t understand.” Gods, he sounded like an idiot. “Why are you showing me this?”

“Something terrible stirs. You have to understand what we have at stake.” By its own will, the light in the chamber returned. Fex flipped out a calm, gloved hand, and a flame came alight above his palm. “Let’s begin proceedings. After all, we came here to make you ready to face this war head-on, did we not? So, we must define what you can do. What have you already learned?”

“Um…” He bit his lip, taking a wide step away from Fex. The flame swirled over the old man’s palm, throwing out embers across the room. Teveran could feel magic pulsing around him, the very essence of creation itself. It was said the galaxy was formed in the debris of a magical explosion, and that it still burned furiously with its lingering power. Well, this was proof like he’d never seen before. He could feel it now, as furious as if it was swirling within himself.

Fex drew a long, steady breath. His hand momentarily convulsed, and the ball of fire grew larger, more vibrant. For a second, Teveran wondered if Fex was going to attack him with it. He didn’t know many defensive spells; Gilgan had never really prepared him for combat.

“I…I’m not going to be sent to the battlefield, though,” Teveran uttered. “I’m the High Prince, not a soldier. Surely…Surely my uncle told you that.”

“You still need to be trained,” Fex said sternly. “I feel your connection to the source; it is very strong. You will be a danger even to yourself if you do not learn to control it.”

Teveran frowned. “But I’m not going to touch it. I’m not—”

Listen to me, Teveran!” He expelled the bolt of fire and strode across the chamber. “This has

 

nothing to do with the Council. The Council fights their own battle now.”

“What are you talking about?” He stepped backwards.

“What I’m offering you,” Fex whispered, “is an alternative.”

An alternative…?

“Does my uncle know about this?”

Fex shook his head. “You would be better keeping it between you and me. But I promise I will hold him to my word and I will make you stronger, make you ready to face what’s coming. Just…The Council will not last much longer. We have to ensure we do not fall when they do.”

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Receive a free digital copy of Daughter of Etheron and the first novella in the Magicus expanded universe, Rebel and the Aeonseer! Simply fill-in the signup form to receive monthly updates on the Saga of the Magicus Eye, and automatically go into the draw to be one of ten winners! This giveaway expires at midnight on May 12, 2017 (AEST), with winners being notified that weekend.

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Guest Post: The Lucky Hat Mine by J.v.L Bell

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A recipe for true love or murder? Ingredients: one Southern belle, one Colorado gold miner, a wife wanted classified, and a fainting goat. Let simmer.

What’s a Southern belle to do in 1863? Wife-wanted ads are always risky business, but Millie Virginia never imagined she’d survive the perilous trip across the Great Plains to find her intended husband in a pine box. Was he killed in an accident? Or murdered for his gold mine? Stuck in the mining town of Idaho Springs, Colorado territory, without friends or means, Millie is beleaguered by undesirable suitors and threatened by an unknown assailant. Her troubles escalate when the brother of her dead fiancE, Dominic Drouillard, unexpectedly turns up.

Dom is an ill-mannered mountain man who invades Millie’s log cabin, insists that his brother was murdered, and refuses to leave until he finds the killer. Compelled to join forces with her erstwhile brother-in-law, Millie discovers the search for Colorado gold is perilous, especially with a murderer on their trail.

The Lucky Hat Mine interlaces the tale of a feisty heroine with frontier legend and lore making for an arousing historical murder mystery.

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