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Friday, January 12, 2018

Dear Reader by Heather Weidner



Dear Reader,

My mystery habit started with Scooby Doo and Nancy Drew and moved on to Agatha Christie, Alfred Hitchcock, Edgar Allan Poe, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and all the many wonderful mystery and thriller authors that I read today. So writing mysteries seemed a perfect fit for me. I write what I love to read. The Tulip Shirt Murders is the second mystery in my Delanie Fitzgerald series. It’s is a fast-paced mystery that appeals to readers who like a strong female sleuth with a knack for getting herself in and out of humorous situations such as larping and trading elbow jabs with roller derby queens.

My private investigator Delanie Fitzgerald, and her computer hacker partner, Duncan Reynolds, are back for more sleuthing in The Tulip Shirt Murders. When a music producer hires the duo to find out who is bootlegging his artists’ CDs, Delanie uncovers more than just copyright thieves. And if chasing bootleggers isn’t bad enough, local strip club owner and resident sleaze, Chaz Smith, pops back into Delanie’s life with more requests. The police have their man in a gruesome murder, but the loud-mouthed strip club owner thinks there is more to the open and shut case. Delanie and Duncan link a series of killings with no common threads. And they must put the rest of the missing pieces together before someone else is murdered.

I like to think of Delanie as a grown-up Nancy Drew. There are some similarities between the iconic girl sleuth and my private investigator. I didn’t intentionally mean to create the parallels, but subconsciously, her character influenced my mystery writing. Both females are fearless, smart, and feisty. Delanie and Nancy both have red hair. (Nancy Drew started out as a blonde in the 1930s, but artists in the 1940-50s depicted her as a redhead.) And I was always so impressed that Nancy Drew could solve crimes before the professionals and adults did. Nancy had a great deal of freedom, and she had a car. She did things that other girls didn’t, and she could solve crimes.

I hope you enjoy following Delanie’s adventures (which started with Secret Lives and Private Eyes). She is spunky and sassy, and sometimes that gets her into some sticky situations. She and her partner Duncan have adventures in Central Virginia, with Duncan’s sidekick, Margaret the English Bulldog. Happy reading!


Much love,

Heather Weidner, Mystery Author


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Pens, Paws, and Claws Blog: http://penspawsandclaws.com/
Amazon Authors: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00HOYR0MQ


About the Author

Heather Weidner’s short stories appear in the Virginia is for Mysteries series and 50 Shades of Cabernet. She is a member of Sisters in Crime – Central Virginia, Guppies, Lethal Ladies Write, and James River Writers. The Tulip Shirt Murders is her second novel in her Delanie Fitzgerald series.
Originally from Virginia Beach, Heather has been a mystery fan since Scooby Doo and Nancy Drew. She lives in Central Virginia with her husband and a pair of Jack Russell terriers.
Heather earned her BA in English from Virginia Wesleyan College and her MA in American literature from the University of Richmond. Through the years, she has been a technical writer, editor, college professor, software tester, and IT manager. She blogs regularly with the Pens, Paws, and Claws authors.

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About the Book:

Title: THE TULIP SHIRT MURDERS
Author: Heather Weidner
Publisher: Sandpiper Productions
Pages: 264
Genre: Mystery – Female Sleuth

BOOK BLURB: 

Private investigator Delanie Fitzgerald, and her computer hacker partner, Duncan Reynolds, are back for more sleuthing in The Tulip Shirt Murders. When a local music producer hires the duo to find out who is bootlegging his artists’ CDs, Delanie uncovers more than just copyright thieves. And if chasing bootleggers isn’t bad enough, local strip club owner and resident sleaze, Chaz Smith, pops back into Delanie’s life with more requests. The police have their man in a gruesome murder, but the loud-mouthed strip club owner thinks there is more to the open and shut case. Delanie and Duncan link a series of killings with no common threads. And they must put the rest of the missing pieces together before someone else is murdered.

The Tulip Shirt Murders is a fast-paced mystery that appeals to readers who like a strong female sleuth with a knack for getting herself in and out of humorous situations such as larping and trading elbow jabs with roller derby queens.

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Dear Reader by Gabriella Bradley & Taryn Jameson



Dear Reader…

The start of this adventure is so much bigger than just one book, but what sparked the
world Gabriella Bradley and Taryn Jameson have created was one tiny 1400 word glimpse into the lives of two people whom the gods determined were destined to meet. We decided the short story should not be the end. Readers deserved to know more about Brenn and Ciara and their destiny.

Taryn had hidden the short story away for over ten years and had actually forgotten about
it until she started doing a hard-drive cleanup. She read it again, then contacted Gabriella
to see if she would like to take a peek at it and maybe edit it. Gabriella phoned Taryn and
discussed what her muse had inspired. Both their muses just seemed to take over. The
short story, Carnal Twilight, grew to over 4k and became the prequel to the Crimson
Realm Chronicles, and book 1, In Search of Pride.

This brief snapshot of the meeting between Brenn and Ciara, spawned an adventure filled
with fantasy and science fiction—a vivid world where gods and goddesses rule, shapeshifters, magic, and sorcery are very real, and evil has wormed its way throughout
the realms. Throw a crashed spaceship and people from Earth into the mix, and it has
become an even more interesting journey, laced with romance, angst, quests, and humor.
The Crimson Realm Chronicles now has five completed books with two more in progress
and more planned for the future.

We are published through eXtasy Books Inc. A company that has been in existence since
2002. Gabriella has been published with them from their start-up. They are a great
company to work with. Royalties are paid on time. The editing process is painless, and
coverart is fantastic.

We are working hard on books 6 and 7 and are already planning a spin-off series. It is a
fantastic rollercoaster ride with new characters entering the story all the time, characters
that deserve their own tale. And bingo, another book is in the making.

It has been an amazing journey and we look forward to sharing more of  the Crimson Realm Chronicles with you.

About the Authors

Gabriella Bradley lives amidst rugged mountains. She more than often has a grizzly in her backyard searching for food. Other critters that visit on a regular basis are cougars, coyotes, squirrels, raccoons.

She has been a writer all of her life, though only ventured into erotic works in 2003.

Gabby’s hobbies include hiking, gardening, swimming, sewing, embroidery. Favorite movies are old timers like Gone with the Wind, Spartacus etc. Favorite music is Abba. Besides all that, she owns and directs a busy company and its staff.

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Taryn Jameson is a mother, artist, and avid reader who lives in an enchanted forest that sparks her imagination to create. Her latest outlet is the written word. She is the alter ego of cover artist Angela Waters.

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About the Books:

Title: CARNAL TWILIGHT (Prequel)
Author: Gabriella Bradley & Taryn Jameson
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Pages: 23
Genre: Fantasy/Scifi/Paranormal/Shifter

BOOK BLURB:
The prequel to In Search of Pride
The gods smile upon a weary warrior…
Brenn, a warrior, returning home from battle, rests by a tempting magical pool and meets a siren who changes his life forever.

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Title: IN SEARCH OF PRIDE
Author: Gabriella Bradley & Taryn Jameson
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Pages: 125
Genre: Fantasy/Scifi/Paranormal/Shifter

BOOK BLURB:
Bound by a curse, Brenn must find a way to save his pride.
Brenn returns from a war far from his home to find that his village is destroyed and his pride missing. With the help of his guardian dragon, Ciara, he sets out to find his missing family and pride.

After Ciara saves Brenn's life twice, he begins to realize that he isn't as invincible as he once thought. He must accept his limitations and the help of his lifemate to keep him safe.

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Title: THE DRAGON’S LION
Author: Gabriella Bradley & Taryn Jameson
Publisher: eXtasy
Pages: 172
Genre: Fantasy/Scifi/Paranormal/Shifter

BOOK BLURB:
Danger, lies, and betrayal forge the path to unlocking the secrets Brenn seeks.
The rescue of Brenn’s pride sets off an angry tirade from Cewrick that results in curses that almost cripple the Crimson Realm and all of Ierilia.

With the help of Ciara, Brenn leads his crew through the bowels of the planet and the forbidden forest to unlock the secret of defeating Cewrick. But will his defeat end the reign of terror on their world?

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Title: SWORD OF BETRAYAL
Author: Gabriella Bradley & Taryn Jameson
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Pages: TBA
Genre: Fantasy/Scifi/Paranormal/Shifter

BOOK BLURB:
The blade of betrayal cuts deep.
When Erica is granted a commission in the king’s army and a magical sword for her bravery, she begins to look forward to a future for both herself and her crew. But not everyone is happy with their circumstances.
Erica joins Brenn’s team in the fight to save his planet from the angry god, Zolmes and she finds herself charmed by more than just the planet. The sexy lion shifter Laro, claims she is his lifemate, setting her passions ablaze. Stung by the sharp tongues and dissension of some of her crew, Erica pushes him away to focus on the lives of her crewmembers.
Can Erica accept a future with Laro or will she let hate and betrayal decide her fate?

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Dear Reader, Love Tony Hampton



Dear Reader,

Frustrated, afraid, or angry because of diabetes?  Wondered why so many people are diabetic or overweight?  Want to know the secret to going back to the days when there was no need to take medication or insulin?  What about a proud body image or the energy to enjoy activities that were previously done effortlessly like taking a walk or playing with grandchildren.  Well, I have great news, in this book, the secrets are revealed with dietary recommendations that provide the path to the life free of diabetes.

Since so many people with diabetes have assumed that their genetics or the choices they have made are the root-cause of diabetes, this book corrects those beliefs and provides the real reasons which help remove the self-blame.  After laying the foundation that will help keep motivation high, old beliefs are removed, and the tools to achieve goals are revealed.   I then help explain how diabetes occurs and what can be done to reverse it.  The good news is that the path to a life without diabetes has been known for years.  Unfortunately, Physicians and Advanced Practice Clinicians have been trained primarily to focus on medical management using medications with little training in the world of nutrition.  In fact, the extensive research I did to write this book led me to a solution I was never taught in medical school.  I learned that the current approach to diabetes only treats the symptom (elevated glucose) and not the root-cause of Type 2 diabetes (insulin resistance).  Using the dietary approach I share in my book, you will learn to reverse insulin resistance which will be your solution for reversing diabetes.  Can't wait for you to share your success story.  Your success is only a few pages away!

About the Author

Dr. Tony Hampton has been treating patients with multiple chronic conditions for nearly two decades. In addition to his role as an Advocate Medical Group (AMG) family physician over the last nine years, Dr. Hampton currently holds multiple responsibilities within the Advocate Healthcare, including Medical Director of AMG Beverly, Vice-Chair of AMG’s Governing Council, Chair of Health Outcomes Committee and Co-Chair of Executive Diversity Council. 

Over the last two years, Dr. Hampton has worked closely with AOS, successfully piloting advancements in AMG’s operations management systems. He is a champion for change that results in greater work-life balance for physicians and an enhanced patient experience. His interpersonal skills, clinical knowledge, and desire for strong patient/team engagement will continue to make Tony an asset to the AOS team. 

A regular speaker for the American Diabetes Association and consultant for the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Initiative to Improve Diabetes Care, Dr. Hampton is passionate about empowering patients by changing old beliefs to new ones which better serve them using evidence-based medicine. Educating them on the root cause of disease processes and the importance of diet provides the path to positive health outcomes for diabetics, borderline diabetics, and patients not at their ideal body weight. 

He is a Certified Physician Executive (CPE) and earned his MBA from the University of Phoenix. Tony authored the book Fix Your Diabetes, Fix Your Diet, Your Dietary Solution to Reversing Diabetes which was published in April 2017.

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About the Book:

Want to fix your diabetes?  In this book, I share with my diabetic and borderline diabetic readers that they have the power to reverse or prevent diabetes simply by changing their diets.  It starts with how
you think.  By removing old beliefs to new ones that better serve you, the path to recovery from diabetes can be that simple.  Once I provide the rationale for changing old beliefs to more productive ones, I then share with you ways to stay motivated as you journey to a new way of eating.  You are then given a deeper understanding of why so many people have diabetes.  This knowledge will allow you to remove thoughts you may have had where you blamed yourself for having diabetes.  You are then given tips on how to maintain the motivation needed to make a successful transition to a diabetic friendly diet.  Additional knowledge is given about the many complications which could occur when this condition is not well controlled.  Empowered with the understanding of why diabetes occurs and its many complications, you will be given a case for changing how diabetes is treated.  This is done by changing the focus of diabetes management away from the symptoms (elevated glucose), which is how we currently manage this condition, to treating the cause of the disease (insulin resistance).  You are then given the rationale for increasing healthy fats in your diets while reducing starchy carbohydrates and processed foods.  Once this is explained, examples of foods that should be considered for smoothies, snacks, and dinner are given so you will know how to choose foods which are best.   Finally, tips on how to avoid being fooled by marketing labels and claims of so-called healthy foods provide the framework by which great dietary choices can be made.  This new approach to reversing diabetes with diet will reverse diabetes in nearly anyone willing to make these simply lifestyle changes.

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Dear Reader by Victoria Bernadine



Dear Reader…

I’ve been asked to write a letter to you about my latest book, Along Came Jones, and, as usual, I don’t know what to say.

I could tell you how the book started life as approximately four different stories and ended as something completely different from all of them.  That’s sometimes how my writing works, especially since I don’t outline/plan a novel before I start.  I could talk about the blissful way a first draft comes together for me and how it feels like I’m bounding through a meadow while strewing rose petals and rainbows all around, even when there are competing tones and storylines in my head.  I could then start sobbing and eating ice cream while I tell you about the Editing Hell I descended into while I tried to smooth the first draft into a coherent story.

I could then tell you this book is a love song, of sorts, to my home province of Saskatchewan; to the endless prairies and the small-town atmosphere that were my world when I was a child, and that would be true.  It’s also a love song to the sweet romances that still make me smile, albeit with a few more swear words and a more modern take on it all.

I could also tell you that Along Came Jones is about love and loss and second chances; about the value of friendship, the desire to help others, and the ability to accept help.  It’s about finding courage when there seems none can be found; of holding on to hope even when hope seems lost.  It’s about truly living the adage that ‘a stranger is just a friend you haven’t met yet’.  It’s about Lou and Ferrin, their friends and family, and the ways both their lives change because they meet.

I could tell you all of those things…but the only thing I truly want you to know is that Along Came Jones is meant for you, Dear Reader; to be fun and funny; entertaining; something that makes you feel it was time well-spent with characters you like (or are supposed to hate).  It’s meant to make you laugh and smile as you while away the hours of a long summer afternoon or a long winter’s night.

I hope I was successful and that you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed creating it (even the Editing Hell was kinda fun, to be honest…)


Love, Author

About the Author

Victoria Bernadine (a pseudonym) is, as the saying goes, a "woman of a certain age". After twenty-something years of writer's block, she began writing again in 2008. 
Victoria enjoys reading all genres and particularly loves writing romantic comedy and post-apocalyptic science fiction. What those two have in common is anybody's guess.
She lives in Edmonton with her two cats (The Grunt and The Runt).  Along Came Jones is the second novel she felt was good enough to be released into the wild.

About the Book:



Benjamin Ferrin Macon-Jones has it all: a luxurious lifestyle in Toronto and the love of an intelligent, ambitious woman…until that same woman refuses his marriage proposal, tells him he’s a detriment to her career, and leaves him. Unable to deal with his cantankerous family trying to be supportive, he quietly slips away into the Canadian countryside.

Lou Upjohn has problems of her own. She’s a recluse and agoraphobic, staying safely within the walls of her ancestral home in small town Saskatchewan and depending on Ike, her best and only friend, to deal with the outside world. Only Ike’s just married another woman and now he’s moving to Vancouver. Before he leaves, he hires the new guy in town, Ferrin Jones, to run her errands and do her yard work. Lou isn’t happy, but even she has to admit the stranger looks mildly interesting.

Both their lives could be changed forever if she only has the courage to open the door.

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Friday, December 29, 2017

Dear Reader, Love Michael Okon



Dear Reader…

That book you’re holding, Monsterland, was a figment of my imagination just two years ago. In the summer of 2015, I was watching an 80s & 90s movie marathon with my son. The movies were The Goonies, Gremlins, Back the Future and Jurassic Park. I always wanted to write a monster book but never had a good idea for a story. While watching, it literally popped into my head, why isn’t there a theme park with zombies. I called my brother immediately and told him my idea. He said no, it has to be a theme park with werewolves, vampires AND zombies. I started beating out the story to Monsterland that night. Fast forward two years later, and the miraculous things have happened to that book you are holding. I now have a literary agent, an entertainment attorney, a film agent, a publicist, a two-book publishing deal with a well know publisher, and a producer who wants to turn my book into a film. Everything that has happened with Monsterland has been with the help of the aforementioned people. Additionally, my mom is my manager, my brother is my cover designer and we have a team of people who are publicizing Monsterland worldwide. Writing a book is a team effort. Yes, the author creates the idea, the author writes the material, the author does the interviews, but it’s the team of people and supporters behind the author that really make the book shine. I have accomplished so much in my life in the past two years, all with the start of thinking about an idea about a monster theme park, I cannot imagine what the next two years will hold. It’s been quite a ride! So, when you’re reading my 220 page book titled Monsterland, just know that I wrote it, but I had a ton of people who made it happen.
Love,
Michael

About the Author


Michael Okon is an award-winning and best-selling author of multiple genres including paranormal, thriller, horror, action/adventure and self-help. He graduated from Long Island University with a degree in English, and then later received his MBA in business and finance. Coming from a family of writers, he has storytelling is his DNA. Michael has been writing from as far back as he can remember, his inspiration being his love for films and their impact on his life. From the time he saw The Goonies, he was hooked on the idea of entertaining people through unforgettable characters.

Michael is a lifelong movie buff, a music playlist aficionado, and a sucker for self-help books. He lives on the North Shore of Long Island with his wife and children.

His latest book is Monsterland.

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About the Book:

Title: MONSTERLAND
Author: Michael Okon
Publisher: Wordfire Press
Pages: 232
Genre: Monsters

BOOK BLURB: 

Welcome to Monsterland—the scariest place on Earth.

The last couple years of high school have not been fun for Wyatt Baldwin. His parents divorce, then his dad mysteriously dies. He’s not exactly comfortable with his new stepfather, Carter White, either. An on-going debate with his best friends Howard Drucker and Melvin over which monster is superior has gotten stale. He’d much rather spend his days with beautiful and popular Jade. However, she’s dating the brash high-school quarterback Nolan, and Wyatt thinks he doesn’t stand a chance.

But everything changes when Wyatt and his friends are invited to attend the grand opening of Monsterland, a groundbreaking theme park where guests can rock out with vampires at Vampire Village, be chased by actual werewolves on the Werewolf River Run, and walk among the dead in Zombieville.

With real werewolves, vampires and zombies as the main attractions, what could possibly go wrong?

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Dear Reader, Love A.A. Freda

Dear Reader…

Thank you for taking the time to read my book, A Police Action. When you finally put the book down, I hope you enjoyed reading as much as I loved writing the story. There are a few facts about the book that I’d like you to know. Although the book is a fictional account of happenings that occurred between April 1968 to March 1969, it was inspired by actual events.

The late 1960’s was a tumultuous time for the country. The Vietnam war and race relations were tearing the country apart. Riots and looting in the inner cities were common events. People stood on one side or the other of these two polarizing issues. The country was split in two. However, there were many young folks that were caught in the middle. Didn’t know which side they wanted to be on. Confused young adults that wanted no part of either side but didn’t know how to forge a path for themselves.

A Police Action details the lives of two of these lost young souls. Samantha Powers, a nineteen-year-old from Lorenzo, Texas had just gotten her freedom from her puritanical father. She has moved to Colorado Springs. What does she do with this newly found freedom? She gets pregnant the first week she is way from home. James Coppi is a college flunky who has lost his military deferment and is on orders to ship out to a war in Southeast Asia. Before shipping out, he has a chance encounter with the pregnant Samantha.


What are the odds that these two mixed up lost souls can find a way to help each other? Well, now you read the account. I’m sure for the longest time in the book you must have assumed that the coin could flip either way.

This is the same turmoil I went through when writing this book:  what would be a proper outcome for these two young lovers.  A decision that I wrestled with daily. It resulted in a major rewrite one month before the book was due to go to print. This didn’t endear me to the publisher, I can tell you. I hope you’re satisfied with the outcome.

Sincerely,

AA Freda


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