Thursday, August 25, 2016

My Men by Mira Peck

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Inside the Book:

My Men
Title: My Men 
Author: Mira Peck 
Publisher: iUniverse 
Pages: 322 
Genre: Fiction 
Format: Ebook

Alina Sherwin has had to fight for every victory in her life. Raised in Poland, she moves to Australia with her family as a young girl. There, in the early 1970s, she becomes the first woman in her state to graduate with an engineering degree and quickly finds that her new industry won’t employ her. Undaunted by rejection from the Australian scientific community and encouraged by her new American husband, Wayne, Alina decides to move again, in hopes of finding what she desires in his homeland.

To her distress, Wayne’s unconditional love is marred by his desire for an open marriage. She is shocked—and intrigued. Convinced that Wayne would make a great father, she resolves to have a baby with him, as long as his yearning is limited to words. On a return visit to Poland, Alina regains confidence in her abilities and finds peace in leaving her childhood behind. The American society that spawned a secular constitution and a vibrant feminist movement, promises to be an inspiring new home. Alina is ready to seek fulfillment once again.  

The Interview:

What was the hardest part about writing your book? 

Fashioning a coherent plot.

Do you have a favorite excerpt from the book? If so, can you share it? 

The ending: “Poland would forever claim my affection as the place where I blossomed, and now it was time to move on. America had its own dark elements, but a society which spawned a secular constitution and a vibrant feminist movement promised an inspiring new home. Would I be lucky yet again? I was ready to find out.”

What do you hope readers will take away after reading the book? 

That women can be smart, strong and kind.

Who or what is the inspiration for the book?

People who defied stereotypes, such as Dr. Rosalind Franklin, Amelia Earhart, and Bella Abzug.

Have you had a mentor? If so, can you talk about them a little? 

I had a mentor during my corporate career, but my writing benefited greatly from the constructive critiques of my writing group and several workshop leaders, especially Catherine Doty.

I have heard it said in order to be a good writer, you have to be a reader as well? Do you find this to be true? And if you are a reader, do you have a favorite genre and/or author? 

I am a voracious reader in many genres: poetry, fiction, history, autobiographies, detective stories. Some favorite authors are Jon Krakauer, Howard Fast, Erica Jong, Maya Angelou, Louis de Bernieres, John Irving, Richard Zachs, Wislawa Szymborska, Julian Tuwim.

Meet the Author:

Like Alina, her protagonist in My Men, Mira Peck grew up in Poland and Australia and built a career in the United States. She has degrees in chemical engineering, business, and law. She has received a Goldfinch Prize twice for her writing (prose, 2010; poetry, 2011), and from the San Francisco 2012 Book Festival for Sour Cherry Tree, a multi-genre collection. She and her husband, David, have two children and live in Denville, New Jersey.


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Book Blast: Lycantis by Malaena Medford - Win a $25 Gift Card!



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Title: Lycantis: Rage of Wolves 
Author: Malaena Medford 
Publisher: iUniverse 
Pages: 208 
Genre: General Fiction 
Format: Ebook

Milavenai is a young woman from the strong Norse-like seaside village, Piascas Dulu. Her people’s way of life has always been the same - peria farmers trading frost-hardy fruit in the northern regions of Gordanadar while illegally hunting dangerous beasts and game to feed her village. An ominous foreboding surrounds the land like a shoal of deadly lurkers. There is no question that it is a time of human oppression. One day, Milavenai’s life is forever changed when she is pulled into an ancient prophecy. Together with two new-found companions, she must travel throughout the southern regions — where vicious werewolves and vampires populate the lands — as well as to the far north, in hopes of finding truths about herself and her people that have been kept secret for centuries. As Milavenai is propelled into an adventure that causes her to awaken a furious beast hidden long ago by her oldest ancestors…nothing is certain. Now, as the world of Zxy’Araei hangs in the balance, Milavenai desperately searches for answers without any idea of what she is about to uncover.

Meet the Author:

Malaena Medford was born in California, spent her early childhood in Utah, and eventually moved to Wyoming where she began writing stories at age twelve. She still resides in Wyoming, where she continues to pursue her passion for writing fantasy fiction. This is the first novel in this series.

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  • This giveaway begins August 15 and ends on August 27.
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  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.
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Book Blast: A Beginner's Guide to God by Eric Neal - Win a $25 Gift Card


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Title: A Beginner's Guide to God 
Author: Eric Neal 
Publisher: iUniverse 
Pages: 64 
Genre: Religion/Faith 
Format: Ebook

When it comes to religion, people often have more questions than answers. In A Beginner’s Guide to God, author Eric Neal hopes to eliminate some confusion surrounding religion and provide a clear and universal pathway to the creator. In this guide, Neal addresses some of life’s biggest questions: Does God exist? What happens when we die? Is this our only life? Who created the universe? How was the universe created? Why was it created? What is the spiritual realm? Why do people believe in a higher power? In addition to addressing the large questions, A Beginner’s Guide to God explores the origins, history, and leadership of some of the world’s major religions and provides a synopsis of their teachings. A Beginner’s Guide to God offers a general guide to spark interest and clarify aspects of mankind’s most important questions. Its goal is to help us make sense of religion, its progression, and the existence of a higher power. This is Eric Neal’s first book, produced after many years of contemplation on the plight of religion in the modern age.

Meet the Author:

This is Eric Neal’s first book, produced after many years of contemplation on the plight of religion in the modern age. Visit him online at www.beginnersguidetogod.com

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Eric is giving away a $25 Gift Card!

 
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  • This giveaway begins August 15 and ends on August 27.
  • Winners will be contacted via email on August 28.
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.
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Book Blast: Happen Like by Brian Warburton - Win a $25 Gift Card



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Title: Happen Like 
Author: Brian Warburton 
Publisher: AuthorHouse 
Pages: 156 
Genre: Fiction 
Format: Ebook

  The text of this book has been written for children in the range nine to fourteen, maybe older. Possibly it is of interest for slow readers and boys at pre-teenage who need absorbing stories. The subject matter covers adult affairs for children, not excluding greed, jealousy and mention of crime and drugs. One story depicts girls and boys together. But no sexual content. On that, the book could be seen as rather subdued. there are some who might regard it as slightly old-fashioned.

 


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  • One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive one $25 Gift Certificate to the e-retailer of your choice
  • This giveaway begins August 15 and ends on August 26.
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Monday, August 15, 2016

Book Feature: The Early Years by Rachel G. Carrington

   

 
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The Early Years

Title: The Early Years 
Author: Rachel G. Carrington 
Publisher: iUniverse 
Genre: Biography 
Format: Ebook/Paperback

Author Rachel G. Carrington lays no claim to lofty jobs, higher education, nor grand accomplishments except for a love-filled, multifaceted, family-oriented, poverty-to-plenty life. In The Early Years, the first in a series, she shares her story.

As a young teenager, just entering high school in the small town of Denton, Kentucky, Carrington planned to attend college and become a teacher. With coursework geared toward college attendance, she was offered a lucrative scholarship that would help her to attain her goal. However, it took only a single event to send her down a different path. She met a returned World War II veteran who was attempting to pick up the pieces after finding his marriage in irreparable shambles and his children gone. As he struggled, Carrington was there, and they pulled together to clear the many hurdles before them.

In this memoir, she tells the story of their journey and how their love and dedication for each other kept moving them forward. Filled with the joys, disappointments, and struggles of a couple, The Early Years narrates how the love of the heavenly Father was the continuous thread that bound Carrington's life together.  

Meet the Author:
Rachel G. Carrington, a transplanted Kentuckian, is a widow, mother of seven and grandmother to three generations. Included with her many other interests, she spends much of her time writing and lives in Hamilton, Ohio and in Honolulu, Hawaii.  

 


Monday, July 11, 2016

Book Feature: The Last County Fair by Stan Matthews

   
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The Last County Fair

Title: The Last County Fair 
Author: Stan Matthews 
Publisher: iUniverse 
Genre: Mystery/Detective 
Format: Ebook/Paperback

It is 1967 when a feud begins that could lead to the death of the one-hundred-year-old Chesterton county fair. When veteran reporter Art James is sent to investigate, he immediately delves into a case that will take him six days and hopefully provide him with a much-coveted feature story byline. Bob soon learns that the county is interested in selling the fairgrounds and that there are as many proponents as opponents to the sale. As Art interviews fairgoers, volunteers, and leaders, he unearths a conspiracy to hide the truth from the public until an agreement can be arranged between the county and a trucking firm. While Art's feature articles win him welcome bylines, he becomes even more determined to stop the sham, before it is too late. To complicate matters even further, Art becomes smitten with fair volunteer, Jenny Glen. As the last night of the fair arrives, the future is decided-not just for the fair, but for Art and Jenny as well. In this compelling story, an investigative reporter on a quest to uncover the truth about the demise of a county fair finds love while uncovering a conspiracy led by greed and deception.
Meet the Author:
Stan Matthews is a veteran investigative reporter who has visited scores of county, state, national, and provincial fairs in England, Canada, and America. He has written and produced films about fairs and is the author of several other books. Stan lives in Florida with his wife, Mary Jane.    


Thursday, June 30, 2016

Book Blast: The Mystery of Goat Mountain by Mel Long - Win a $25 Gift Card

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The Mystery of Goat Mountain
Title: The Mystery of Goat Mountain 
Author: Mel Long 
Publisher: iUniverse 
Pages: 338 
Genre: Fiction 
Format: Ebook

Eli left the corporate life in San Francisco and moved with his wife, Frances Amelia, to Goat Mountain, high up on the west side of the Cascade Mountains, near the small town of Colton, Oregon. When his parents died, Eli inherited the 640 acres, the original land they homesteaded in 1896. After his wife dies, Eli lives simply in a cabin on his beloved mountain. He learns to cohabitate with many of the wild animals on the land and most especially the legendary Sasquatch. He loves sharing his land, nature, and his lifestyle with his children and ten grandchildren when they visit each summer. The kids enjoy helping with the chores, swimming in the pond, learning to hunt, and exploring the open spaces. A novel, The Mystery of Goat Mountain narrates Eli's story-the many adventures he experiences and how he co-exists with the legendary Big Foot. Filled with descriptions of a scenic and idyllic Oregon locale, it intermingles a love story with that of intrigue and difficult decisions.  

Meet the Author:

Mel Long lived with his wife, Elaine, and their three sons while he taught school at Clarke's Four Corners, twenty-five miles from Goat Mountain, for twelve years. During those twelve years, he took his three sons camping on Goat Mountain. Long and his wife moved to Conroe, Texas, in 2010.

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Mel is giving away a $25 Gift Card!

 
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  • By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
  • One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive one $25 Gift Certificate to the e-retailer of your choice
  • This giveaway begins June 27 and ends on July 8.
  • Winners will be contacted via email on July 9.
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.
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