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Unlocking the Mystery Within – February 2, 2022

Please join us with authors Peter Servidio, J.V. Hilliard, and Babak Hodjat.

Peter Servidio, author of “The Deliverance Book 1 of 3: Agents of Tomorrow – Joshua Miller is not what you would call “a nice guy.” Having served fifteen years of a life sentence for multiple homicides during a bank robbery “gone wrong”, he finds his freedom following a state-mandated vaccine which is supposed to eradicate the new superflu is flawed and ends up turning people into blood-hungry beasts. During his escape from the prison, he promises a friend that he will find their daughter and keep her safe. Worrying about the creatures as well as being recognized as a convict, Joshua makes his way to Seattle to track down the girl. But when he finds her, will he be able to keep her safe in this new reality? 

J.V. Hilliard, author of  “The Last Keeper” – Blind at birth, Daemus Alaric is blessed with the gift of prophetic Sight. Now, as a Keeper of the Forbidden, he must use his powers of the Sight to foil the plans of a fallen Keeper, Graytorris the Mad. Princess Addilyn Elspeth travels from Eldwal, the magically hidden home of the Vermilion elves, to begin her life as a diplomat to the human capital of Castleshire. During her journey, she stumbles upon a mystical creature foretelling ill tidings. Daemus’ recurring nightmare vision threatens to catapult him into a terrifying struggle that will leave the fate of the Keepers—and the realm—hanging in the balance. Daemus and Princess Addilyn must set out to face the menace that threatens their very existence. The Last Keeper is the first book in The Warminster Series. With gripping, epic action, and heart-pounding adventure, you’ll love this new adventure series.

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Babak Hodjat, author of “The Konar and the Apple: Fun, Beauty, and Dread – From Ahwaz to California” – An eight-year-old boy assigned the task of throwing flowers during the Shah’s visit. A teenager in boot camp eager to catch episodes of a popular Japanese TV show. An adult coming to the United States, ready to make his mark in the tech world. These are just some of the personal experiences shaping Hodjat’s intimate narrative of a boy growing up in post-revolutionary Iran. The stories paint a picture of a middle-class, westernized boy experiencing all the common—and uncommon—adventures of childhood and self-discovery. Blending both humor and insight, The Konar and the Apple transcends culture to celebrate the fun, innocence, and anticipation of growing up that unite us all.

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Life is an Adventure – January 19, 2022

Join us with authors Stephen Renwick and Sylvie Bordzuk.

Stephen Renwick, author of “Sleepwalk: Live in the Dream” – Straddling both sides of the foul-line—over-educated psychologist on one side and hyper-competitive, fear-driven obsessive on the other—Stephen Renwick is an eminently qualified therapist. He will not only guide you on how to screw up your life, but more importantly, he will show you why. His latest gem—”SLEEPWALK™ – Live in the dream”—provides a detailed roadmap to multi-faceted personal ruin via clear steps, real-world testimony, hot tips, and inspirational quotes. This tome leaves no stone unturned to leave no life unscathed. Savage in approach, the author’s mock 9-step program is a punchy, dark, and unrelentingly irreverent parody of the self-help genre. Yet, as hysterical as it is pseudo-smart, the humour is entirely at the writer’s expense. At its heart, this is a confessional. That is what makes this assault so touching. Few could be so honest. Fewer could be so funny whilst being so honest. Whether you are confronting your own demons and seek some perspective or are simply looking for an opportunity to laugh at the mistakes of another, or both, this book is a smart celebration of irony, wit, insight and humility that will leave the reader feeling better for the experience. And you can trust Renwick on this; he’s a psychologist.

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Sylvie Bordzuk, author of “The Adventures of Kodie and Bella” – This book is about the friendship between a curious kitten (Kodie) and a charming squirrel (Bella). When a fun day at the park takes a wrong turn, Kodie asks a kind family for help, and the two friends learn some very important lessons.

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New Year, New Beginnings – January 5, 2022

Meet Jane Taylor, author of “Dragon Tempest: Season of the Dragon Book 1,” James Battestelli, author of “(A Resolution) To Die For: Book II of Resolution” and Stephen Christiansen, author of “Istobarra Commencement: Orbbelgguren Book 1.”

Jane Taylor, author of “Dragon Tempest: Season of the Dragon Book 1” – Everyone thought monsters were things of pure fantasy. We were so very, very wrong. The end of life as we knew it didn’t come with a nuclear blast of light. It didn’t come with the deadly impact of a hurdling asteroid. No. It came in a wave of illness that swept the world with fear. With all the humans in quarantine, quiet settled over the planet for months. Beasts hidden away for millennia ventured out of their buried caverns to investigate the sudden stillness. Leviathans, serpent kings, and dragons came forth from the bowels of the Earth, and they saw no reason to go back to their sleep after the humans tried to reemerge. The season of the dragon began with fire and fury and would end with a new world order. One in which these giant terrorists held all the power. Every military institution across the globe was rendered to dust by these intelligent creatures. And then came their demands: humanity’s complete surrender and servitude. Being a slave is not in my DNA and yet I have been called upon to negotiate a peace treaty with these monsters. The only problem is every fiber of my being opposes their terms. If I blow this mission, the human race won’t be given another chance.

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Stephen Christiansen, author of “Istobarra Commencement: Orbbelgguren Book 1 – Medri Jabbress Olis’inth, a female dark elf necromancer, finds herself ensnared in a web of intrigue and conspiracies. In her journey through the underworld she uncovers more and more of a grand plot while discovering more about herself and where she fits in with her new life. Yasrae Do’tlar retains the blasphemous secret of his house. His only hope in keeping his house and his life alive is in the trust of a battle captive. Valas Velkyn, leader of the House of acquisitions from the city of Malzebowan, has found that one of his most trusted contacts has been assassinated. His investigation leads to a discovery of grand proportions, the likes of which can only lead to war. Enter a world of plots, lies, deception, and murder.

 

James Battestelli, author of “(A Resolution) To Die For: Book II of Resolution” – This is what happens some 19 or so years after Dylan had a mental breakdown in the fall of 2001 as a Freshman at Temple University (In “Shook”). Find out if he settles into his life, or if he is still struggling to find his true self in the great big world. What happened after the grim resolution that he made on New Year’s Eve?

 

 

 

 

 

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Merry Christmas! – December 22, 2021

Meet authors Deborah Hawkins, author of The Best of No Small Thing: Mindful Meditations, Mike O’Keefe, author of Burnt to a Crisp: A Detective Paddy Durr Novel, and Mary Helen Sheriff, author of Boop and Eve’s Road Trip.

Deborah Hawkins, author of “The Best of No Small Thing: Mindful Meditations”No Small Thing – Mindful Meditations (NoSmallThing.net) was launched in 2010 with the intention of reflecting on experiences that generated feelings of gratitude in order to create a positive mood and orientation to life.  As of the fall of 2019, over 500 reflections (mindful meditations) have been published along with over 100 tips that can be employed in a gratitude practice.   

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Mike O’Keefe, author of “Burnt to a Crisp: A Detective Paddy Durr Novel” – Detective Paddy Durr is back in Burnt to a CrispMichael O’Keefe’s third installment in the Durr series. This time out, life hasn’t gotten any easier for Paddy and his heroic wife, Mairead. She is near death from 9/11 cancers, contracted from her time volunteering at Ground Zero after the attacks nineteen years earlier. Paddy is distraught, operating under the prospect of losing her.

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Mary Helen Sheriff, author of “Boop and Eve’s Road Trip” Eve Prince is done—with college, with her mom, with guys, and with her dream of fashion design. But when her best friend goes MIA, Eve must gather together the broken threads of her life in order to search for her.

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Facing Challenges – December 8, 2021

Meet  Crystal Cherie, author of “House of Pluto: Divine Houses Book 1”, Brenda Cortez, author of The “Howl The Owl Series”, and AnnMarie Knorr Fischer, author of “Raven Naelo and the Fall of the Guardians.”

Crystal Cherie, author of “House of Pluto:  Divine Houses Book 1” – Robin Marie Luxley is bad luck. But she doesn’t want to be. She just wants to go through her teenage years like a normal girl: go to school, listen to music, and maybe find true love. Instead, she spends her time watching everyone around her die—as if death seems interested in her in particular. And she’s gotten used to the dark. Bad things happen. But when her aunt dies, things change. A stranger wearing black appears in the hospital room to warn her: she’s not at all who she thought she was. And maybe she really isn’t bad luck. Maybe someone is targeting her family instead. Secrets unravel, and Robin must unlearn everything she thought she knew about being human in order to track down whoever has been killing her family, or she’s next.

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Brenda Cortez, author of “Howl Competes at the Transplant Games” – Howl loves going to the Transplant Games and looks forward to this amazing event which takes place every other year. The Transplant Games of America is an Olympic-style event for transplant recipients, living donors, and donor families, to meet and compete in fun games. Howl is a transplant recipient, and he enjoys competing in swimming and other fun games. He also loves hanging out with his friends Blaze, Spark, and Bella. Howl can always count on them to cheer him on to the finish line! Exchanging team pins is another fun activity they enjoy. The challenge of trying to collect all the pins, from all the different teams, is as much fun as the opening ceremony and cheering on their favorite teams!

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Rachel and AnnMarie Fischer, authors of “Raven Naelo and the Fall of the Guardians”Raven Naelo’s black dragon abilities aren’t the only things she can’t control in life. She learns this the hard way as her journey continues with Gideon in hiding from the High Council. Pressure builds as she and the Mortal Guardians take the reins of the protectors of the realm. But when the necromancer takes her sister’s corpse and a fellow guardian, the rescue attempt doesn’t go according to plan.  To defy your king is treason, but to defy your father is heart-wrenching. Raven acts against King Naelo’s wishes and sets sail to the Abyss Realm with a new crew; pirates, bounty hunters, and … Draakgoons? Will the princess remember the king’s warning about balors? Or will history repeat itself and, like her father, will she lose her head!?

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Happy Thanksgiving! – November 24, 2021

Meet Debbie De Louise, author of “Barking Up the Wrong Tree” and “Meows and Purrs,” R.K. Mullins, author of “A Sniper’s Kiss: hate Takes a Bullet,” and Lâle Davidson, author of “Strange Appetites” and “Blue Woman Burning.”

 

Debbie De Louise, author of “Barking Up the Wrong Tree” and “Meows and Purrs” – t’s March 2020 in the small town of Cobble Cove, New York, and the Cobble Cove library has closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On the day of the closing, Alicia brings Sneaky, the library cat, home with her. He joins Fido, the dog, who has been staying at the McKinney’s while Mac and Betty are on vacation. Sneaky informs Fido that he thinks someone may have been locked in the library when it closed and that Fido should find a way to get Alicia to reopen the library to check. Alicia learns that one of her childrens’ kindergarten friends, Daryl Dixon, is missing. When Fido insists on a walk and leads Alicia toward the library, they discover the body of Daryl’s teacher in a shallow grave. They also find Daryl who had hidden in the library after witnessing the “Big” man who hurt Mrs. Phillips. Although Daryl can’t identify the man, Sheriff Ramsay has him meet Mr. Phillips. Fido helps Alicia search out the killer as Mr. Phillips accuses his wife of having affairs with several of her students’ fathers. Did one of the accused men kill the young teacher, or was Mr. Phillips using them as scapegoats for his crime? Fido and Sneaky, along with Ruby and KittyKai once again save the day when Alicia and Gilly learn the truth and come close to death. 

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R.K. Mullins, author of “A Sniper’s Kiss: Hate Takes a Bullet” – Reporter Kendra Tanaka is chasing down high-ranking officials of the most powerful hate groups in the country to interview them. She is being trailed by two people, George Sutton FBI agent, and a mysterious unknown killer. George Sutton is certain that Ms. Tanaka has something to do with the killer or at least knows who it is. This is no everyday murder, not all, this killer is a long-distance sniper and they are targeting the people Kendra is trying to interview. Follow along through this twist-filled, unpredictable ending book written by a master storyteller. Will George pin Kendra for the murders or will he find the killer and put an end to their terrine. What you may come to believe and what is real may surprise you. There is something about this novel for everyone.

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Lâle Davidson, author of “Strange Appetites” and “Blue Woman Burning” – Winner of the Adirondack Center for Writing’s People’s Choice Award 2016

During heart surgery on a woman, the doctor discovers her sister tucked inside. She doesn’t want to come out. A woman traverses boundaries, even walls. By turns surreal, mournful, and droll, this collection of short stories investigates our conflicting urge for intimacy and transcendence.

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Matters of the Heart – November 10, 2021

Please join us with authors Michael Kelley, Lynne Bernfield, and Dee Martin.

Michael Kelley, author of “The Lost Theory” – Embark on a thrilling international quest to unlock the mysteries of the universe. Sean McQueen is a staid, middle-aged NYU literature professor leading an uneventful life until he receives a cryptic letter from his intellectually and poetically gifted best friend, Dylan Byrne. Following years of extensive research, Dylan claims that he has discovered “the theory of everything”: a revelation that promises to alter man’s view of existence by reconciling science with spirituality. The two men arrange a meeting to discuss the paradigm-shifting theory, but after Dylan never shows, Sean discovers his friend has died under mysterious circumstances and the theory has gone missing. Sean teams up with Dylan’s scientific collaborator, quantum cosmologist Emily Edens, to find the lost theory. Together they embark on the adventure of a lifetime—traveling from the busy streets of New York City to the mystical corners of Kathmandu where Dylan realized his groundbreaking theory. On their quest, they encounter extraordinary allies and fearsome adversaries, including a covert government operative code-named “Guru,” who is hell-bent on finding the theory first and preventing Sean and Emily from sharing it with the world. The Lost Theory is an exhilarating adventure of self-discovery, full of magical realism, mystery, and romance, all wrapped up in a story overflowing with wit, intrigue, and a sense of ultimate redemption.

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Lynne Bernfield, author of “When You Can You Will: Why You Can’t Always Do What You Want to do… and What to Do About It” – In today’s society of instant gratification, success is supposed to be achieved by people who can immediately turn their lives around . . . without a second thought. Therapist Lynne Bernfield advocates a slower approach to change and assures that change can be the most rewarding part of life when it comes at the right time.

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Dee Martin, author of “Listening With The Heart: Awaken The Secret To Authentic Parenting” – Our Children are born bearing gifts. They have the clues and hold the key for us to discover who they are. The secret lies in how deeply we can listen for what they are here to teach us. If we can connect and decipher the key to each child’s unique being, then our job in guiding their journey on earth will be joyous and mutually rewarding. Our interactions with our children as we listen will spotlight and guide us to know how to assist them to express themselves and contribute to life. If you are interested in discovering, uncovering, and empowering your child’s given potential, then you will want to read this book. You may uncover your own wisdom on parenting from going down memory lane and connecting to what worked and didn’t work when you were a child. You may discover the miracles that parent or caregiver and child can co-create in the safe space of each encounter through love.

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Never Lose Hope – October 27, 2021

Please join us with authors Dorothy Oger, Danielle Orsino, and Katherine Abraham.

Dorothy Oger, author of “Flesh, Blood Love” – 67 poems arranged in three parts: Soham (about the “I”, us as separate individuals), Namaste (about the relationship of an “I” to a “you”), Ubuntu (about the wisdom of mankind and what is bigger than us).  There is a chronological table of contents as well to cater to all reading habits.  Foreword by Judith DeLozier, Author, Co-Developer and Trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. The poems are perfect for sharing in a group as a way to introduce, close or deepen a reflective moment.

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Danielle Orsino, author of “Birth of the Fae: Locked Out of Heaven” – Now available in Audiobook – Ride on the backs of fire-breathing dragons with the Dark Fae and watch the Light Fae play in the shadows of primitive humanity as they build their magical world. Abandoned by their creator, two factions of powerful angels remain on earth after the Great War with Lucifer. They struggle to comprehend their Creator’s plan while their angel wings, a symbol of their angelic lineage, slowly and painfully decay. With no hope of returning to the Shining Kingdom, two groups of angels denounce their angelic lineage and develop into separate factions – the Court of Light, led by Queen Aurora, a former Virtue Angel, and the Court of Dark, ruled by King Jarvok, a former Power Brigade Angel. The two monarchs have opposing views on how to govern their kin, but the one belief they agree on is that human worship equals power. Birth of the Fae: Locked Out of Heaven is an epic fantasy adventure of heartbreak, rebirth, and hope that examines the bonds of family, friendship, and love.  It is a fantastic tale of good vs evil in a beautiful world, where the Light Fae and their potent elemental magick are tested by the raw power of the dragon-riding Dark Fae warriors.  

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Katherine Abraham, author of “Every Sunset Has a Story” – What will you do if someone told you that your existence could ruin the life of the one you love? Would you stay or leave? Will the insecurities of your past overwhelm your need to love and be loved? Would you leave the hand of hope, keep your love bereft of the life he deserves, instead of chaining him in the shackles of time and uncertainty? Set in modern-day India and Pakistan comes a tale of two investigative journalists Ghazanfar and Joanna who are warped in a mysterious hunt for a 12th-century Jain icon that was hidden by the guardians of the temple. As Jo and Ghazi face multiple challenges, they must find out why the time has chosen them: an unusual combination of an Indian Christian and a Pakistani Muslim to find the beautiful Jain icon of which they have never heard of before. Join the duo on an exciting adventure that begins in coastal Alibag and engage in a visual walkthrough of the ancient ruins of the Jain temples at Mithi, Kasbo, and Malir right up to Umerkot, the birthplace of the Mughal Emperor Akbar, as you travel through the pages of pre-partition India and its undiscovered beauty. It is in this arduous journey of rediscovering lost history that both young people must delve into their own past and decide whether they will leave the bitterness of earlier misfortunes to create the life they have always longed for. Will their love wither long before it has even begun to blossom or will they take the leap of faith to move forward together despite every obstacle?

 

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Love Changes Everything – October 13, 2021

Join us with authors Joan Foor, Rebecca Rosenberg, and Anna Svetchnikov.

Joan Foor, author of “My Heart’s Journey” – An attractive, charismatic young woman in love wonders if this is true love or infatuation. Paco, a handsome retired professional soccer player does not understand why two people in love have to marry to live together. Joan’s religious upbringing makes this impossible. Unable to handle the pressures of her job and Paco’s persistence, Joan convinces him she needs a vacation. Paco reluctantly agrees on a trip to Spain to meet his family as long as she stays with his mother.

 

Rebeca Rosenberg, author of “Champagne Widows” – Twenty-year-old Barbe-Nicole inherited Le Nez (an uncanny sense of smell) from her great-grandfather, a renowned champagne maker. She is determined to use Le Nez to make great champagne, but the Napoleon Code prohibits women from owning a business. When she learns her childhood sweetheart, François Clicquot, wants to start a winery, she marries him despite his mental illness. Soon, her husband’s tragic death forces her to become Veuve (Widow) Clicquot and grapple with a domineering partner, the complexities of making champagne, and six Napoleon wars, which cripple her ability to sell champagne. When she falls in love with her sales manager, Louis Bohne, who asks her to marry, she must choose between losing her winery to her husband, as dictated by Napoleon Code or losing Louis. In the ultimate showdown, Veuve Clicquot defies Napoleon himself, risking prison and even death.

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Anna Svetchnikov, author of “I Deserve More”A story about the adventures of Claire and her cat Archie. One day, they found a magic wand that gave them a chance to change their lives. Claire and Archie went on an amazing journey of self-exploration and self-reflection. This book is based on the concept of Narrative therapy and includes therapeutic exercises for children and parents to practice at home. Therapy And Storytelling: Children are able to comprehend and learn better when therapeutic information is presented in a storytelling format. It allows children to learn the important concepts of taking responsibility and to become competent in controlling their anger, anxiety, insecurities, and other emotions. It teaches the importance and value of emotional regulation and intelligence with coping and adapting skills for children and parents.

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From Tragedy to Triumph – October 6, 2021

Join us with authors Pete Radigan and Jim McGrath of “Tragedy to Triumph.”

“Tragedy to Triumph” by authors Janet Mauk and Peter Radigan as told to Jim McGrath is an up-close and personal look at the journeys of two individuals facing death as they present their individual perspectives as the donor family and the recipient. This story recounts the harrowing and heart-wrenching tragedy that struck Tom and his family.  At the worst moment any family should ever have to deal with, the parents said yes to organ, eye, and tissue donation so the lives of others could be saved and enhanced.  As Tom’s mom, it offered me hope in the midst of despair, a purpose in the midst of tragedy, and light in the midst of the darkest night of my life. By saying yes to donation, another mother and family did not have to wonder, wait or face the death of their son, brother, or friend. Pete Radigan, who was in end-stage heart failure at Columbia Hospital, unsure if he would live or die received Tom’s heart, the gift of life. This is their story…

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