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Surviving the Journey – June 29, 2022

Please join me with authors Deborah Jarvis, Philip Asmundson, and Lindsey Kinsella. 

Deborah Jarvis, author of “The Crystal Pawn: Book One of The Keyralithian Chronicles” – Deirdre Hawes had never thought of her life as extraordinary until one day she met the father she never knew and thus began the adventure of a lifetime. Armed only with the knowledge that she is heir to magical gifts that would allow her to call on the aid of the long-vanished dragons, she finds herself drawn into a web of intrigue and murder where the powers behind the throne are aligning to make sure she doesn’t succeed, no matter the cost. Deirdre soon finds her life in the hands of those she’s been told not to trust, but trust them she must if she is to have any hope of not only completing her quest but surviving to make the journey home. Together with several loyal friends, she makes her way south. As they travel further, she discovers that not everyone is as they seem and that preconceived notions of what is good and what is evil are often mere simplifications of a much more complex truth. When forces long-allied with the crown begin to show their true intentions, it is up to Deirdre and her companions to figure out a way to evade their traps and make their way below the Southern Mountains and across the desert to the jungle where the dragons are said to reside.

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Philip Asmundson, author of “The Tuar Turns Trilogy: The Four Forces”Alexa’s birthday gifts weren’t typical—a prophetic destiny and untold superpowers. Now she feels like the world rests on her shoulders. And it does. Saving it drew a target on her back. How does she protect the ones she loves and save the universe from destruction? Now her training takes her and her friends to creatures and worlds previously thought of as only mythological. If she fails in her training and quest, more than her species is at risk. Can she and her loyal crew find and defeat the powerful weapons protecting the Four Forces and reunite them in time to save the universe? You’ll love this second book in the sci-fi fantasy coming-of-age saga because the action continues with each turn of the page. Take a wormhole to the adventure today.

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Lindsey Kinsella, author of “The Lazarus Taxa” – 68 million years in the past. Deep time; the true final frontier. But all is not as it seems. Which should be feared most? The dinosaurs… or the people? The Lazarus Taxa follows the first scientific expedition through time to the Late Cretaceous, where a dark conspiracy soon begins to unravel.

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Jumping into Summer! – June 22, 2022

Please join us with authors Amy Bernstein, Shannon Lawrence, and Susan Cole.

Amy Bernstein, author of “The Nighthawkers” – Archaeologist Pauline Marsh is convinced she’s an unlovable freak. Who else in the world shares her ability to locate ancient artifacts without a map, hear their stories, and commune with long-dead artisans? But all that changes when handsome, charismatic Grey Henley persuades her she’s the girl of his dreams. For Pauline, Grey is the family she never knew. And for Grey, Pauline’s treasure-finding skills will make him immensely rich. But the lovers keep secrets from one another that push their relationship to the breaking point. Grey is in league with a criminal relative and Pauline is visited by an other-worldly stranger with a message. Sometimes, it takes a broken heart to discover your true destiny–and find eternal love where you least expect it.

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Shannon Lawrence, author of “The Business of Short Stories: Writing, Submitting, Publishing, and Marketing” – Whether you’re looking to add short stories to your repertoire as a solo pursuit or in addition to novel writing, The Business of Short Stories covers every aspect from writing to marketing. Learn the dynamics of short story writing, where to focus your editing efforts, how and where to submit, how to handle acceptances and rejections, what to do with reprints, and how to market yourself and your stories online and in person. The information in The Business of Short Stories has been distilled from over a decade of short story publishing experience so you don’t have to learn the hard way. You’ll find information on submission formatting, cover letters, querying a collection, sending proposals to writing events, how to create a website, SEO, social media, and so much more. This is an invaluable resource for short story writers.

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Susan Cole, author of “Holding Fast: A Memoir of Sailing, Love and Loss” – the story of leaving everything behind to follow her husband’s lifelong dream of sailing away. Many people dream of escaping reality but few actually go. Blond, blue-eyed, irreverent John bursts into Susan’s life in her twenties with a dream of sailing off. Susan dreams of settling down and doesn’t want to go. A three-year voyage with their young daughter profoundly changes their lives. A gripping adventure story and an inspirational memoir of finding our power in the unlikeliest of places.

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Skirting Danger – June 15, 2022

Please join us with Shereen Vedam, T. Norman, and Claudia Blood.

Shereen Vedam, author of “Death Takes a Detour”Abbie Grimshaw’s road to recovery from a traumatic experience takes her on many journeys. On a whim, she stops at St. Michael’s church and runs straight into more danger. This time, there’s a supernatural complication: she can see—and talk to—the Earl of Ashford. He died in 1816, but death doesn’t stop him from charging Abbie with the safety of two young orphans. She never imagined life would send her literal demons to battle, but Abbie is a Grimm, like her mother before her. There’s a long legacy of defending the innocent at stake. If she cannot master child-minding and demon-slaying simultaneously, her own legend will be short-lived.

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T. Norman, author of “Blood-Stained Heir”After the sudden death of his beloved wife, Rysh Trell struggles to keep his life together and devotes everything to raising their son. When the King of Ansaroth seeks vengeance for the murder of his father, Rysh is forced to defend his home and family again. As an army pursues him across Ansaroth, Rysh fights to honor a promise he made to a dying friend. With little hope of survival, he searches deep inside to find the soldier he spent years burying away. Will Rysh keep his promise, or will evil forces stop him from reaching his goal?

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Claudia Blood, author of “Company Assassin”It’s Duff Roman’s eighteenth birthday, but no one is lighting candles. Turning eighteen in the orphanage on Kalecca means starvation for those who aren’t hired into a Family. Outside the Family compounds lies the jungle. And in the jungle lies death. And Relics—the only real currency on Planet Kalecca. The orphans are Duff’s family, and he’s sacrificed everything to keep the orphanage running, even his chance to move on. Now, at eighteen, he has no choice but to leave. Without him to bring in extra money, the orphans will starve under the Company’s control. Duff’s only chance to save them is to find a spot on an independent crew and hopefully find a Relic to sell. A seemingly chance encounter with Z, leader of the most feared independent crew offers Duff his opportunity to score a Relic. And offers Z a chance to relieve the guilt he feels over his past. But a company assassin has plans to lay waste to Duff’s future, and the orphanage as well.

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A Thought-Provoking Episode – June 8, 2022

Please join us with authors Matt Drayton and Jeff Chapman.

Matthew Drayton, author of “Leading While Black” – Challenges, Hard Truths and Effective Strategies for African American Leaders Author and Retired US Army Sergeant Major Matt Drayton is back with another “While Black” Title “Leading While Black”. Matt once again turns the negative connotations associated with the “while black” phrase and turns it on its head. Leadership or the lack thereof are the primary causes of most of the world’s troubles. From Financial crisis to pandemics, environmental concerns and corruption, and the political chaos in America and abroad, leadership plays a crucial part in everything that influences our way of life. Matt’s leadership journey took him from a poor troubled youth to multiple distinguished careers. Matt candidly shares his struggles, triumphs, and lessons learned from his many travels around the world and his relations with government, corporate and foreign leaders. Leading While Black was written to help African American leaders better understand the challenges they face and provide them strategies to help them better navigate through their leadership journeys and succeed. Matt had tremendous access to and worked for many great leaders (corporate and military) over the years. Those corporate, military, and government careers allowed him to learn from leaders from many backgrounds and ethnicities. Matt had personal access to senior Military, Government, and Corporate leaders that many of his African American peers and subordinates did not have access to. They shared information, leadership strategies, and experiences with Matt that changed his life. That is why Matt is uniquely qualified to write about black leadership. Matt Drayton draws from decades as an African American leader in the Military, Corporate, DoD Civilian, and Non-Profit sectors to provide candid, thought-provoking, and essential advice and strategies for leadership success. Many of the lessons and strategies in this book apply to anyone in leadership positions regardless of race or gender.

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Jeff Chapman, author of “The Great Contagion: A Merliss Tale” – Merliss is no ordinary cat. She’s a young girl’s spirit trapped in a cat’s body. While the magic that banished her has snatched away from her human speech, it has given her a life spanning millennia. For centuries she has lived with the cunning folk, assisting their efforts to heal the sick and ward off malevolent creatures. Now a bleeding sickness has thrown the community into chaos. The cunning man and his apprentice are in danger from the disease. The life Merliss has worked so long to build is in jeopardy. Before she entered the cat, she had trained to be a shaman. Do her centuries of experience hold a secret to a cure? But disease isn’t her only nemesis. A pair of malevolent creatures move into the neighborhood threatening more havoc. With disease and monsters ravaging the land, Merliss is up to her whiskers in trouble. It couldn’t be worse until a mob looking for a scapegoat turns its wrath on Merliss. The Great Contagion is the gripping first novel in the dark fantasy Merliss Tales series. If you like strong and dynamic characters, rich description, magic, and intrigue, then you’ll love Jeff Chapman’s imaginative Merliss Tales.

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Finding Hope – June 1, 2022

Please join us with Amanda Muratoff, Judy Stanigar, and Mariam El Houli.

Amanda Muratoff, co-author of “Embrace of the Shade” – Amarie’s legendary magic could incinerate her enemies, but it’s her sword she trusts. While running from the men who killed her family, she learns of an ancient text locked within the Great Library that might be the final key to understanding her curse. During the daring theft, a stranger inserts himself into her scheme. Kin’s roguish good looks and boundless charm threaten to distract her, but she has no intention of landing in the city jail. Kin’s life, riddled with shadows and death, is as dark as his soul. He embraces his power, given by a wicked master, but when he meets Amarie… She shatters the walls he’s built, piercing his solitude with vibrant light. But if she learns he hunts the power cursing her family, he will lose her forever. Trusting him could risk her heart and her life, but it might be the only way to destroy the world’s most sinister evil. Unless Kin’s master finds her first…

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Judy Stanigar, author of “Marika’s Best Laid Plan” – Marika is a social worker trying to heal her drug addict clients, but she can’t seem to mend her damaged self. She avoids love because love sits too close to death. Her choices have left her carefully ordered life a lonely, disconnected one. Everything is about to change. Big-hearted, quirky, emotionally walled-off Marika embarks on a plan that ultimately forces her to confront the very thing she’s spent her life avoiding: love. Marika’s Best Laid Plan is story about the power of connection and hope, the things without which life is unbearable.

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Mariam El Houli, author of “The Olive Tree”Nisma is like any other 16-year-old. She goes to school, she fights with her brothers, and she loves her grandmother, Nazik. But, life for Nisma isn’t as simple as boys and books: Nisma is an Islamic Palestinian in Israel, and her new friend, Hannah, is a Zionist. When Hannah’s mother is attacked and Nisma invites the pair to live in her family home, she has no idea of the chain of events that she has set in motion. What unfolds will show Nisma that in a country shrouded by corruption, bigotry and segregation, love and compassion is her best chance at survival. A love letter to the Palestinian people, Mariam El Houli’s The Olive Tree is a heartbreaking and gripping debut – a tale of friendship, strength and loss, and the fatal consequences systematic prejudice can have on a country’s people.

MariamElHouli.com

 

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Join us for a Great Show! – May 25, 2022

Join us with guests Stephanie Nasou, Michael Goodwin and Abigail Manning.

“She Rises” by Steph Nasou

These pieces are a direct reflection of going through the motions of the human condition. Learning about life and that death is a part of life. Going through hell just to find the light again. It is a compilation of healing, of life’s ruptures and repairs. Throughout the years I have taken great solace in writing and photography. I have compiled this book of both in hopes to spread light on self-love, acceptance, relationships, abuse and continuing to rise up through it all. I hope to help people who feel like they are not good enough; to see their unique light and strength through even the darkest of times.

 

“Vice Versa” by Michael Goodwin

Imagine if the 2020 presidential election were the mirror image of 2016, as the Biden campaign is accused of receiving aid from the People’s Republic of China. In this alternative universe, the media is mostly pro-Trump and the FBI rife with MAGA supporters. Gary Wang, a low-level Biden staffer, somehow becomes the center of the maelstrom and is pursued by the media, politicians, and the FBI. Vice Versa is a satirical take on the comedy and tragedy of current American media and politics.

 

 

“Poisoned Heart” by Abigail Manning

Princess Arabella is truly the fairest in all the land, and she knows it. With her pretty face, elaborate ball gowns, and glorious castle, she truly lives the perfect royal life. That is, until she is forced out of her home by a mysterious assassin.
With only the clothes on her back and the tiara on her head, Arabella flees from her castle in the dead of winter. As a last resort for shelter, Arabella takes up work in a laundry mill with seven other women. The once adored princess is now subjected to sleeping in piles of dirty laundry, but at least she is hidden. Well, she hopes so…
In the midst of her deadly game of hide-and-seek, she discovers that her kingdom is endangered by her absence. With the help of a dashing captain, a quirky noble, and her seven new companions, she must protect both her life and her kingdom. Will Arabella learn what true beauty is as she navigates her new life as a nameless commoner? While evil builds and secrets unfold, there may be more than her heart that’s poisoned.

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Unravel A Mystery – May 18, 2022

Join us with authors Elizabeth Lavender, D.C. Gomez, and Maggie Smith.

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Elizabeth Lavender, author of “The Spinning of Deception: Book 1 of the Sunspear Series” – Eighteen-year-old Dante refuses to let evil conquer the galaxy. And the fact that his own father acts as the instrument of a dark lord’s unrelenting destruction only makes it harder. But when Dante learns a mysterious warrior has strange visions of his family, he discovers she may hold the key to defeating his father. As sinister attacks threaten more and more planets, he fears their purpose is to prepare for an ultimate showdown. But with clues scarce and the girl’s mission to help him turn deadly, Dante might be running out of time before those he swore to protect are doomed. Can the young hero unravel the mystery and win freedom for the universe? The Spinning of Deception is the enthralling first book in the Sunspear science fiction/fantasy series. If you like epic tales of the battle against darkness, intriguing characters, and dangerous adventures, then you’ll love Elizabeth Lavender’s star-spanning saga.

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D.C. Gomez, author of “A Desperate Cat Lady: The Cat Lady Book 2” – A boring life is not in Angela’s future, with her being a black market guns dealer. Tripping over a dead body is now bringing a lot more attention from law enforcement than she cares to have. If only she could get control of the Silver Hair Gang, and their quest to find the killer themselves. Angela is running out of time to secure her next arms deal, and save her family from an unknown killer. A Desperate Cat Lady is book two in the Contemporary Humorous Fiction series The Cat Lady. Angela’s life drastically changed when she transitioned from a depressed cat lady to arms dealer. Now she is willing to take on the world to protect her family and her empire.

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Maggie Smith, author of “Truth and Other Lies”Megan Barnes’ life is in free fall. After losing both her job as a reporter and her boyfriend in the same day, she retreats to Chicago and moves in with Helen, her over-protective mother. Before long, the two are clashing over everything from pro-choice to #MeToo, not to mention Helen’s run for U.S. Congress, which puts Megan’s career on hold until after the election. Desperate to reboot her life, Megan gets her chance when an altercation at a campus rally brings her face-to-face with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jocelyn Jones, who offers her a job on her PR team. Before long, Megan is pulled into the heady world of fame and glamour her charismatic new mentor represents. Until an anonymous tweet brings it all crashing down. To salvage Jocelyn’s reputation, Megan must locate the online troll and expose the lies. But when the trail leads to blackmail, and circles back to her own mother, Megan realizes if she pulls any harder on this thread, what should have been the scoop of her career could unravel into a tabloid nightmare. Readers who love Jodi Picoult’s topical plot twists and Liane Moriarty’s character-driven novels will devour this fast-paced tale of three women whose lives converge as one fights a devastating accusation, another campaign for a contested seat in Congress, and one, the young reporter with ties to both, navigates the tricky line between secrets and lies.

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Uncovering Secrets – May 11, 2022

Join us with authors Michael Camarillo, Nathan Tudor and Raven Oak.

Michael Camarillo, author of “Keeper 829: Book 1 of The Keeper Program”In 2098, a shadowy organization called The Institution governs a harmonious collective society. The new, faithless world is a veritable Eden. Or is it? Nesha Gray looks human but she’s not… A letter and a stranger thrust Nesha into a darker reality where humans are a crop for reaping. In a world of betrayal, deception, and genetic engineering, Nesha finds her purpose isn’t what she thought. Only questions remain… Who is coming? Are humans worth saving? Who are the real enemies?

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Nathan Tudor, author of “The Empire’s Lion: The Imperial Adept Book 1”As an Adept, Reiva blasts fire from her hands and leaps over walls. But when her first solo mission leaves her half-dead amidst a heap of massacred allies, she gets just one chance at redemption. The Empire orders her to crush the one kingdom she thought she would never see again: Talynis, the land of her birth, the land she left in chains. Standing in her way is the Wolf, a vicious assassin hell-bent on killing Adepts—and a single cut from his cursed blade will destroy Reiva’s magic forever. Even if she can survive, victory may come at a price too high to pay…

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Raven Oak, author of “Amaskan’s Blood: Book 1 in the Boahim Series” – Her name was Adelei. She was a master in her field, one of the feared Order of Amaska. Those who were a danger to the Little Dozen Kingdoms wound up dead by her hand. The Order sends her deep into the Kingdom of Alexander, away from her home in Sadai, and into the hands of the Order’s enemy. The job is nothing short of a suicide mission, one serving no king, no god, and certainly not Justice. With no holy order to protect her, she tumbles dagger-first into the Boahim Senate’s political schemes and finds that magic is very much alive and well in the Little Dozen Kingdoms. While fighting to unravel the betrayal surrounding the royal family of Alexander, she finds her entire past is a lie, right down to those she called family. They say the truth depends on which side of the sword one stands. But they never said what to do when all the swords are pointing at you.

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May the Fourth Be With You – May 4, 2022

Please join us with authors Rabbi Dr. Barry DOV Schwartz and Gerald Everett Jones.

Rabbi Dr. Barry DOV Schwartz, author of “A Man of Spirit: A Rabbi Navigates a Half-Century of Sweeping Change” – A rabbi must at times go along with the spirit and the winds of society, but at the same time be prepared to go against those winds. Ultimately a rabbi must be a bridge and remain both steadfast and flexible. This philosophical position is a delicate balance that means a rabbi must cultivate a keen awareness of who they are as well as their changing circumstances. A rabbi should be at once spirited, spiritual, empathetic, sympathetic, full of compassion, but always true to his calling, no matter the consequence. Above all, a rabbi must also have the qualities described in Numbers 27:18. A leader must be “ish asher ruach bo,” a man who harbors the spirit of the Almighty deep within him. This requires wisdom, piety, courage, and most of all, an unyielding love for the people he serves. This memoir describes such a rabbi, Rabbi Barry Dov Schwartz, a man of spirit.

 

Gerald Everett Jones, author of “Harry Harambee’s Kenyan Sundowner” – A lonely widower from Los Angeles buys a tour package to East Africa on the promise of hookups and parties. What he finds instead are new reasons to live. Aldo Barbieri, a slick Italian tour operator, convinces Harry to join a group of adventuresome “voluntourists.” In a resort town on the Indian Ocean, Harry doesn’t find the promised excitement with local ladies. But in the supermarket, he meets Esther Mwemba, a demure widow who works as a bookkeeper. The attraction is strong and mutual, but Harry gets worried when he finds out that Esther and Aldo have a history. They introduce him to Victor Skebelsky, rumored to be the meanest man in town. Skebelsky has a plan to convert his grand colonial home and residential compound into a rehab center – as a tax dodge. The scheme calls for Harry to head up the charity. He could live like a wealthy diplomat and it won’t cost him a shilling! Harry has to come to terms with questions at the heart of his character: Is corruption a fact of life everywhere? Is all love transactional?

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Finding Yourself – April 27, 2022

Join us with authors John Wells, Brendan O’Gara and Lori O’Gara.

 

John W. Wells III, author of “The Last Angel Warrior: The Kalib Andrews Chronicles Book 1”Kalib Andrews leads a typical teen life. He loves his job at the local diner, his childhood bestie keeps things lively with his conspiracy theories, and a girl he likes at school may actually be interested in him. Yet, Kalib is anything but typical. In fact, he has no idea who he really is—a point he would not argue since he knows he’s adopted. But when those he is supposed to trust turn out to want him dead to fulfill an ancient prophecy. He is thrust into a war a thousand years in the making- and is forced to face his destiny.

 

 

Brendan and Lori O’Gara, authors of “The Travelers’ Song”Life is the most powerful of all forces in the universe. It will survive any obliteration. Life on Earth, unforgiving and beautifully dangerous, is not the same as it was four thousand years ago. Technology-dependent humans lost control and as a result, almost destroyed themselves. In this age, knowledge is currency. Technology is magic. Evolution prevails. A group of travelers on a mission of the Seven Kingdoms in search of the greatest food of the lands. It is a covert mission. They are spies searching out the remnants of technology for the self-proclaimed Emperor. Together they must face the evil that lurks in this world of unknown risks to find the good that remains.