Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Bosom of Abraham by Beatrice Blue Pipe Book Feature



Title: The Bosom of Abraham
Author: Beatrice Blue Pipe
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 90
Genre: Historical Biography
Format: Kindle/Paperback

 As a child, Beatrice Blue Pipe was confused and hurt by what her teachers told her.

As a student, her teachers at Canada’s Christian-administered residential school system taught that God hated Canada’s First Peoples and First Nations. From Blue Pipe’s perspective, she was condemned. As she grew, the hateful lessons of her youth slowly consumed her, and like too many others, she attempted to silence those demons with alcohol and thoughts of suicide.

But as an adult, she is now a powerful advocate for her culture and dignity. By exploring the devastating impact of the Canadian government’s educational system on the minds and spirits of First Nation children, Beatrice aims to expose the negative impact these multifaceted, inhuman legislative polices have had on her community. Tragically, these practices continue to have a grave, detrimental impact on the well-being of First Nations people.

In The Bosom of Abraham, she celebrates the incredibly resilient First People. Canada’s systematic and multigenerational attempt to eradicate their cultural ceremonies and languages failed. The ancient cultural knowledge and strength of First Nations people survives today, which ensures the survival of future generations. The Bosom of Abraham is the story of Beatrice’s journey as a child, a daughter and a student—who resists the efforts of the system to crush her—into that of a woman, a warrior and a leader, in the effort to celebrate, protect and preserve her cultural and personal heritage.

About the Author

Beatrice Blue Pipe is a Nakoda-Cree woman from the Whitebear First Nation Community in southeastern Saskatchewan. A certified life-skills coach, she advocates for cultural programming, as well as the preservation and restoration of the Nakoda language and culture. Beatrice graduated with honours from the University of Brandon in Manitoba.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Never Surrender by Rosie Miles Book Feature!

 Never Surrender by Rosie Miles


Never Surrender-500x750Title: Never Surrender
Author: Rosie Miles
Release Date: October 19, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Ignite
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Format: Kindle

Police officer Maggie Sinclair prides herself on her independence. She doesn't need anyone, especially her ex-lover. Working undercover to expose a prostitution ring, Maggie rescues two teenaged girls—but blows her cover in the process. Now she's in deep, and the only person who can help her is the last man she wants to call...

Detective Quinn Keller remembers Maggie telling him Hell would freeze over before she needed him. He offered her everything, and she rejected him. Now he has the opportunity to show Maggie they're stronger as a team—even as their attraction becomes increasingly hotter. But this passion won't just bring them together or tear them apart...it could get them both killed.
 
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Rosie Miles has always been fascinated by cops. If she didn’t hate guns with such passion, she would have joined the force. Instead she writes about the cop behind the badge and the loves that challenge them.

She enjoys overseas travel but relishes the road trips she takes with her forever man, to different destinations throughout Australia, looking for settings for her next story.

Married with three adult children, Rosie believes that:

Life is to be lived,
You never stop learning,
and you never, ever, give up on your dreams.
 

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

A Massacre of Innocents by Loren Abbey & Pamela Zibura Book Blast - Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!



Title: A Massacre of Innocents
Author: Loren Abbey & Pamela Zibura
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: True Crime/Murder
Format: Ebook

 In 1952 on a highway in the small Northern California mountain village of Chester, a local businessman and four small children are carjacked, robbed and savagely bludgeoned. Three of the children are killed. A year earlier, a Folsom gold mine operator had been murdered in a home break-in robbery attempt and five months after the Chester murders, the quiet Southern California city of Burbank is rocked when, during another home break-in, an elderly widow is found bound, gagged and brutally murdered in her own home. Thus begins the terrifying chronicle of the Mountain Murder Mob’s deadly rampage up, down and through the Golden State—from the gritty back alleyways of the Los Angeles suburbs to the forested foothills of the Northern Sierras—a gang of ruthless killers ply their murderous trade by preying on society’s most vulnerable citizens. And behind the scenes, the victims’ young wife and mother copes with the grief of a life turned upside down after her heartbreaking loss. Struggling to build a new life for herself and for what now remains of her devastated family, she leans on her unwavering faith and a deep reservoir of inner strength. A Massacre of Innocents is the previously untold true story of the Mountain Murder Mob’s horrific crimes and how they ultimately paid for those crimes.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Loren Abbey has been a prolific blogger and contributor to a number of periodicals and trade journals. A former Silicon Valley executive, he is now retired, residing in Roseville, California. Pamela Zibura is a successful realtor and mother of four grown children, She resides with her husband Tony, in South Carolina near the historic antebellum city of Charleston. A Massacre of Innocents is her first book.

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Monday, September 14, 2015

Wings of Tru Love by Kenneth C. Drinnon Book Blast - Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!



Title: Wings of Tru Love
Author: Kenneth C. Drinnon
Publisher: Xlibris
Genre: Military
Format: Ebook

Wings of Tru Love author Kenneth C Drinnon joined the United States Army Air Force in 1943 and served in the European Theater as a B17 ball-turret gunner with the 8th Air Force, 487th Heavy Bomb Group, and 838th Squadron. He flew thirty-four aerial combat missions from October 22, 1944 to February 28, 1945 over Nazi, Germany and attained the rank of Staff Sergeant before being discharged in 1945. There were several notable bombing missions, including the synthetic oil refineries at Merseberg, Germany and several against transportation facilities in support of the Army ground forces during the Battle of the Bulge, but the one most remembered by aviators of the 487th Bomb Group was December 24, 1944 when General Frederick W. Castle was killed while leading a two thousand plane bomber mission for the Eight Air Force and piloting the lead plane of the 487th Bomb Group. Both the 487th Bomb Group and the Luftwaffe suffered many casualties during an aerial gun battle.

ABOUT KENNETH C. DRINNON

Wings of Tru Love author Kenneth C Drinnon joined the United States Army Air Force in 1943 and served in the European Theater as a B17 ball-turret gunner with the 8th Air Force, 487th Heavy Bomb Group, and 838th Squadron. He flew thirty-four aerial combat missions from October 22, 1944 to February 28, 1945 over Nazi, Germany and attained the rank of Staff Sergeant before being discharged in 1945. There were several notable bombing missions, including the synthetic oil refineries at Merseberg, Germany and several against transportation facilities in support of the Army ground forces during the Battle of the Bulge, but the one most remembered by aviators of the 487th Bomb Group was December 24, 1944 when General Frederick W. Castle was killed while leading a two thousand plane bomber mission for the Eight Air Force and piloting the lead plane of the 487th Bomb Group. Both the 487th Bomb Group and the Luftwaffe suffered many casualties during an aerial gun battle. This book was originally self-published by the author in 2004 in order to provide a copy of his memoirs to The Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum, Savannah, Georgia and commemorate sixty years since his WWII combat experience. His Tru Love Crew (also known as Gasser’s Crew) first got back together in 1989 where forty-five years later they naturally reminisced about the closeness of their time together as a tight nit group going into battle. This meeting inspired some to begin writing down their combat memories as well as their accomplishments after leaving the Air Force. As a result, his WWII memories plus some intervening lifetime memories that he was able to accomplish due to that short period of service in the US AAF is recorded in this book Kenneth Cleveland Drinnon a native of Hancock County, Tennessee was born in Lee County, Virginia November 30, 1924 to Glenn B. and Willie Mae Overton Drinnon. He attended Mulberry Gap Elementary School and graduated at age seventeen from Hancock County High School at Sneedville, Tennessee in 1942. Following his USAAF service he attended Lincoln Memorial University for two years and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. Employed by the Tennessee Valley Authority in the design of Electric Power Generating Plants for thirty-two years and became a licensed Engineer in Tennessee. He married Janis Bolton while attending Lincoln Memorial University and had one daughter, Dena Daryl Drinnon, who married David E Foulk and had three children, Bethany, Jonathan, and Julia.

Kenneth is giving away a $25 Gift Card!

 
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Dancing for Fun by Mark L. & Helena Greathouse Book Blast - Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!



Title: Dancing for Fun
Author: Mark L. and Helena Greathouse
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Education
Format: Ebook

 Dancing is part of being human. Our earliest ancestors moved their bodies to the accompaniment of rhythms and chants. This urge to move, together with sounds or music, is part of our human nature. Dancing for Fun, the second in the series, presents dances in which you can express your deepest feelings together with music—alone or with a group of any size.

 Author Mark L. Greathouse, in collaboration with his wife Helena, offers original piano compositions and professionally written choreography for reference. Links to YouTube videos show one dancer in the group demonstrating each dance. The dances are original, folk-inspired, and contemporary, and they focus on one of the few ways anyone and everyone can engage in movement while simultaneously having fun and interacting with others.

The online videos visually show how to perform the moves. The written choreography for each dance is presented in Dancing for Fun to match the dance exactly with the music. In this guide, the Greathouses offer the opportunity to learn to dance as easily as possible and have fun at the same time.

“The titles of these books say it all: Fun! The piano melodies and dances in these books can be done with a wide variety of skill levels and group sizes.” —Michael Mecham, American Dance Magazine

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 Mark and Helena are an international husband and wife musical duo. Mark is from the United States and Helena is from the Czech Republic. Each began performing their art at age five in their respective countries. Over the years Mark progressed on the accordion and piano. Helena’s advancement included rhythmic gymnastics, competing in Europe and judging internationally for the Untied States. She judged at the Olympics, the Goodwill Games, and the Pan American Games. In recent years Mark has composed many piano pieces, some of which were choreographed for this book series Dancing for Fun. Mark and Helena have performed for many years, presenting a unique blend of Czech, Slovak, and other European folk songs as well as modern classics, cabaret numbers, selections from musicals, and Mark’s own songs. For more info please visit: www.greathouseofmusic.com.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Greatest Love of All by Christine Amsden, author of Madison's Song







Title: Madison's Song
Author: Christine Amsden
Publisher: Twilight Times Books
Pages: 275
Genre: Paranormal Fiction
Format: Kindle

Her voice is enchanting; his soul is black...

Madison Carter has been terrified of Scott Lee since the night he saved her from an evil sorcerer – then melted into a man-eating monster before her eyes. The werewolf is a slave to the moon, but Madison's nightmares are not.

Despite her fears, when Madison's brother, Clinton, is bitten by a werewolf, she knows there is only one man who can help. A man who frightens her all the more because even in her nightmares, he also thrills her.

Together for the first time since that terrible night, Scott and Madison drive to Clinton's home only to discover that he's vanished! Frantic now, Madison must overcome her fears and uncover hidden strengths if she hopes to save him. And she's not the only one fighting inner demons. Scott's are literal, and they have him convinced that he will never deserve the woman he loves.

Praise for Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective "In this entertaining series opener, Amsden (The Immortality Virus) introduces readers to the eponymous Cassie, a decidedly mundane member of a magical family. ...Readers will enjoy Cassie's fish-out-of-water struggles as she fights magical threats with little more than experience and bravado." ~ Publishers Weekly

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The Greatest Love of All

I spent a lot of time listening to the song “The Greatest Love of All” as I wrote my newest novel, Madison's Song. I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with the tune – on the one hand, learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all. But I disagree that it is “easy to achieve,” at least not for all of us.

Neither the title character, Madison, nor the romantic hero, Scott, love themselves at the start of this book. Madison is an unlikely heroine – shy and plump, with low self-esteem, she's been betrayed left and right but still comes back fighting when someone she loves is threatened. Scott, meanwhile, fights an inner demon (a literal one – a werewolf) and doesn't believe he deserves the woman he loves.

A lot stands in the way of a relationship between Madison and Scott, but most of all, I think, is the fact that neither one of them believes they are fundamentally lovable.

I've often thought that to really be able to love someone else, you need to love yourself first. Oh, there are degrees – narcissism is just as big a problem as self-loathing – but you need to see that there is something inside you worth loving before you can accept the love of someone else. Otherwise, how can you believe “I love you” when he says it? They are only words, after all.


I don't go searching for themes in my books, but they always find me. Feel free to simply enjoy Madison's Song, without looking for deeper meaning. Or think about the importance of learning to love yourself – even if it's difficult to achieve. 



Christine Amsden has been writing fantasy and science fiction for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Christine writes primarily about people and relationships, and it is in this way that she strives to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone.

At the age of 16, Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, a condition that effects the retina and causes a loss of central vision. She is now legally blind, but has not let this slow her down or get in the way of her dreams. In addition to writing, Christine teaches workshops on writing at Savvy Authors. She also does some freelance editing work. Christine currently lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Austin, who has been her biggest fan and the key to her success. They have two beautiful children.

Visit Christine's website.
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