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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Dear Reader, Love Hayley Rose

 


Dear Reader…

            When I lost my mom to breast cancer in 2016, I not only had to cope with the grave loss, but I also had to deal with the anxiety and depression that came with losing the most influential person in my life.  Instead of self-medicating, I turned to a more effective measure to deal with her sadness… gratitude.

            I began looking at things from a glass full perspective to deal with the depression of losing my mother.  I noticed that when I switched her thinking from poor me” to I am fortunate” I saw the world within my soundings in a more positive light.  I went from thinking I was a victim, an orphan, for losing my mother to thinking how fortunate I was to have had her in my life for all these years..

            As I delved into the positive aspects of gratitude, I soon realized children and adults could benefit and change their way of thinking from negative to positive – I just needed to create the right mechanism for people to be active, rather than passive, participants in positive thinking.  And so the creation of The Thankful Series was born.

            What I learned about gratitude, gratitude journaling and coloring was remarkable.  I came to understand that being grateful was victimless because it isnt self serving.  Being grateful is about giving credit to others for ones own success.  It shows us how we are supported and affirmed by others – a team effort that fortifies our social emotional well-being.  I always felt a little entitled to my mothers unconditional love for me simply because I was her child.  But, when she was gone, I realized what a gift she gave me to have been loved so unconditionally.

            For my audience, she wanted young children to feel the same positive emotions I was feeling by just expressing gratitude.  My Thankful books, which include The Thankful Unicorn, The Thankful Mermaid, The Thankful Dragon and The Thankful Reindeer provide children (of all ages) with the mental and physical benefits of increased optimism, heightened confidence and a greater feeling of self-worth.  By writing down the things we are grateful for disconnects us from the negative things in our lives.  The simple act helps us shift our attention from negative to positive emotions. 

            The Thankful Series includes prompts for gratitude expression as well as coloring pages.  I added coloring to the books because research showed the added benefits of coloring stimulates creativity, improves motor skills, provides an outlet for self-expression and more.  All things we can benefit from.

            Having a sense of loss, whether its the loss of a person or a loss of our sense of self can be devastating.  It changes us.  It can ingrain negative behaviors that we dont know how to deal with effectively.  Ive felt that before and my hope is that when others, children and adults alike, experience emotional pain that they have something thankfully positive to turn to.

Where to Buy:

The Thankful Unicorn

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The Thankful Mermaid

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The Thankful Dragon

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The Thankful Reindeer

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About the Author


Hayley has been entertaining and educating children across the country since 2002.

Her range of educational, interactive concept books have earned over 50 national and international book awards and cover subjects ranging from manners and kindness, to math and geography, to music and emotions. School presentations include curriculum for teachers grades K-4th. Over the years Hayley has been invited to speak at book stores including Barnes and Noble, Borders and Bookmans, and for the last few years Hayley has been a featured author at the Children’s Learning and Play Festival which garners crowds of 10,000 and up.

Hayley was recently interviewed on the Author Learning Center alongside authors Stan Lee and R.L. Stine, and she had the honor of presenting keynote presentations for the Readers Favorite International Book Awards and the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Conference among others.

Hayley is an active member The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the Scottsdale Society of Women Writers and the Florida Authors and Publishers Association.

WEBSITE & SOCIAL LINKS:

Website: www.HayleyRose.com or www.TheThankfulSeries.com

Twitter:  https://www.twitter.com/fifothebear

Facebook:  https://facebook.com/booksbyhayleyrose

About the Book


The Thankful Unicorn
 is a groundbreaking and uplifting coloring journal designed to build confidence, improve self-esteem, calm anxiety and inspire creativity!

You and your kids will love this 132 page, glittered, hard-bound book filled with whimsical unicorn scenes, positive actions and motivational quotes that will be sure to delight even the young at heart, leading to a more confident, kind and creative human.

A great activity to unwind before bed and awake refreshed with a positive attitude. Perfect for ages 5 to adult.

 

The Thankful Unicorn is a Moms Choice Awards® Gold Recipient and has been named among the best in family-friendly media, products and services by the Moms Choice Awards® –Moms Choice Awards®

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Amazon → https://www.amazon.com/dp/1950842118

Author’s Website → www.hayleyrose.com

The Thankful Series → www.thethankfulseries.com



Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Dear Reader, Love Clifford Browder

 


Dear Reader,

My new nonfiction book, New Yorkers: A Feisty People Who Will Unsettle, Madden, Amuse and Astonish You, is a personal memoir with fascinating bits of history and travel lore thrown in.  I wrote it so you’ll get to know us and our city, including even stuff that most New Yorkers don’t know.  A fun book, but with serious moments.  You’ll learn who we are and how we live and die.  (Dying in a big city like New York is amazingly complicated.)   And a host of other things:

         how many languages are spoken in the city (you’ll be surprised);

         how we have fun (it can get a bit crazy);

         how we worship (like 60,000 Pentecostals in Central Park);

         how Fifth Avenue went from goats to grandeur;

         how the Statue of Liberty almost didn’t happen;

         and how I had an affair with a Broadway chorus boy (if the Cardinal Archbishop of New York could do it, so could I).

            I’ll take you on an imaginary walk along the docks in the 1870s, so you can experience the offal boat piled high with smelly carcasses (horses, cows, pigs, etc.) bound for a bone-boiling plant upriver.  You’ll see a mammoth grain elevator being loaded with grain from a canal boat; the giant jaws of a cotton press squeezing a bale of cotton down to one foot thick; sugar refineries twelve stories high; and the overripe apples and dusty candy of the ramshackle Hotel de Flaherty.

            I’ll invite you into the legendary Waldorf Astoria Hotel, whose elegant hallways were once shared by the Duke and Dutchess of Windsor, an ex-U.S. president, and the notorious mobsters Bugsy Siegel and Lucky Luciano.

            You’ll learn how I have found sacred places of my own in a bustling, noisy city, and survived 2 1/2 fires in my apartment building. 

            And so much else: hustlers, scams and cons, Mohawks and Tibetans, gay bars, a cemetery that offers whiskey tastings, and which modern hotel would-be suicides should avoid at all costs, and why.

            I’m a veteran New Yorker living in Greenwich Village high above the Magnolia Bakery of “Sex and the City” fame.  Since the pandemic keeps most people from visiting New York, I want you to learn about us in hopes of visiting us in more normal times.  New York is the most exciting city in the world.  Everyone should visit it at least once and preferably many times.  It’s unique, and it has something for everyone.

About the Author


Clifford Browder is a writer and retired freelance editor living in New York City, which he celebrates in his blog, “No Place for Normal: New York.”  His published works include two biographies; three New York City memoirs; a critical study of the French Surrealist poet AndrĂ© Breton; and four historical novels set in nineteenth-century New York.  His poetry has appeared both online and in print.  He has never owned a car, a television, or a cell phone, barely tolerates his computer, and eats garlic to fend off vampires.  (So far, it seems to be working.)

About the Book


A quirky memoir by a longtime resident, with glances at his city’s history and bits of travel lore all rolled into one.

Readers will learn how the Statue of Liberty almost didn’t happen; how the author found the sacred in the city, and learned the Charleston on You Tube; how  mobsters shared the corridors of the legendary Waldorf Astoria hotel with the Duke and Dutchess of Windsor and an ex-president; and how the author had an affair with a Broadway chorus boy (if the Cardinal Archbishop of New York could do it, so could he).

Plus Mohawks, hustlers, scams and cons, wigmakers and crematory managers, racoons in Central Park, Trump Tower, cholera, and the Beatles.  A fun book, but with some serious moments.

New York is the most exciting city in the world.  The author wants to share it with everyone.

ORDER YOUR COPY

Amazon → https://amzn.to/2JmBfP1

 Barnes & Noble → https://bit.ly/35MTpB5

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Dear Reader, Love M.B. Chapman


 Dear Reader…

It is beyond thrilling to have the honor of speaking to you regarding my new young adult fantasy novel, Banewind.

So much love, time, and dedication have been put into these pages—weaving together a magical tale that I hope will capture your hearts. Writing is such a personal expression, a grand vulnerability that creates a unique intimacy seldom found elsewhere. Imagination is one of the greatest gifts we have as human beings, and storytelling is one of the main siphons to unleash that power.

I started writing at a young age, after developing my own admiration for the countless fantasy authors who have shared their own words. I can recall back to grade school, staying up late in my bedroom, reading into the deep hours of the night, eyes wide with excitement with every turn of the page. Naturally, I stumbled into the realm of creative writing, and continued honing that passion until present day. And what a joyous feeling it is!

I began working on Banewind several years ago, with the goal of creating an epic tale that included all the fantastical adventures I found myself addicted to when reading other young adult literature. I created a world that was filled with magic and peril, with complex characters and deep, emotional stories that would keep the readers engaged. I wanted them to feel as though they were a part of the journey—living it through the pages, captivated by the narrative to see where it was going—and how it would ultimately conclude.

This first book of the series is mainly an introduction, setting the groundwork for what is to come. And what an introduction it is! As you follow along with the main protagonist, Genevieve DeWinter, I hope for nothing more than you to be able to relate with her. To be there as she discovers the magical world of Banewind, the unfamiliar territory of nurturing a blossoming romance, and the strengthening of bonds that form between family, friends, and allies as she navigates a world she could only dream existed. The story is one of hope, one of love, and one of imagination. And as the series continues on, though the challenges she encounters will be daunting, they pale in comparison to the confidence, strength, and endurance she discovers along the way.

And so, I do hope you enjoy this new story that I have created for you, the Reader. And I wish you nothing but the best in the upcoming year. Remember to speak your voice, revel in the imaginary, and dream forever.

Thank you for all the love, support, and kindness you show. And above all, thank you for keeping the magic alive.

Love,

M.B. Chapman

About the Author


Matt Chapman grew up outside of Cleveland and now lives in St. Louis, Missouri where he is completing his residency in Psychiatric medicine at Washington University in St. Louis. He is a graduate of Creighton University School of Medicine where he obtained his MD and a graduate of Saint Louis University where he majored in Biology.

Matt has had a passion for writing and reading since childhood and continues to find time for these interests among his other pursuits, including medical education and leadership studies. He is currently working on his next novel in The Banewind Series.

WEBSITE & SOCIAL LINKS:

Website: https://www.lightmessages.com/mb-chapman

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/mbchapman90

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/banewind_series

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mbchapman90/

About the Book


Almost two weeks ago I was just a normal girl getting ready to start my senior year of high school, deciding where I wanted my life to go. And now?

 
I’ve kissed a boy. I’ve been to another world. I’ve seen death.
 
And I don’t know what my life’s become.

Banewind tells the spellbinding story of 18-year-old Genevieve DeWinter, a typical high school girl who finds herself entangled in the throes of adventure, romance, and survival after discovering the existence of a group of magical beings known as Formulists and their co-existing world, Banewind.

With the arrival of several mages in her hometown of Parma, Ohio, Genevieve soon learns that these extraordinary secrets are rooted deep within her family’s history when it is revealed her deceased mother was a heroic warrior in a long lineage of female protectors called the Holy Guardian. Now, a vengeful group of Formulists known as the Voidweavers have returned and set their sights on Genevieve, believing she might be the next Holy Guardian and the key to awakening their fallen leader, the Void King, who had been destroyed by Genevieve’s mother when she sacrificed herself a decade earlier to save Banewind and all of humanity from an unthinkable evil.

With the help of new allies, Genevieve must fight to stay alive as she unravels the mystery and danger that have shattered the stability of the life she once knew before the Voidweavers succeed in shadowing the world in chaos and darkness once again.

ORDER YOUR COPY

Amazon → https://amzn.to/36O4Ust

Barnes and Noble: https://bit.ly/3kLolHj

 Kobo books: https://bit.ly/36QgZx5

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Dear Reader, Love Michaela Weaver

 


Dear Reader…

We are living in challenging times, and as a result so many more of us are drinking more alcohol. We think it’s OK, normal and we call it the social drug, but we rarely consider that it is a highly addictive drug. When many of us find ourselves aware that we have a problem, be it a wine o’clock, or weekend problem, we find that when we try to cut down or stop, we can’t.

You can get smart about alcohol, and you can get control over it. But before you can outsmart anything, you need to understand it. In the game of psychological warfare, knowledge is ammunition, and knowledge is power.

But wait a minute.

Surely, if there’s a problem with alcohol, then it’s the people who drink too much of it that have a problem. After all, isn’t the term ‘alcohol abuse’ aimed at the uncontrolled drinker and not the drink itself. 

We all know that it’s alcoholics on park benches drinking meths from bottles in paper bags who have a problem. We know it’s them who need to go to weekly AA meetings and sit in a circle proclaiming their acquiescence to a lifelong disease and affliction that they battle in misery to control because they were born with some dodgy genes. 

We know that we’re different and our kind of drinking belongs in a different world. Ours is a world of grown-up laughs, sophisticated choices, and wine o’clock normality.

We’ve all grown up knowing that drinking alcohol is the golden ticket to adulthood and more alluring than a first kiss. We spent the early years of drinking, proving we could drink like fishes, building up tolerance, and working hard for the badge of being a proper grown up alcohol drinker. 

We learned that drinking is the multi-tasking doer of all things: it relaxes, relieves boredom, gives a whoop of joy, helps get over an argument, deals with our stress, fills our hours, brings us our friends, make social occasions fabulous, helps us throw off our clothes in the bedroom, makes us happy, makes us interesting, and the life and soul of the party.

We know all these things. Or we think we do. So why on earth would we need to outsmart it, when it does so much for us, our family, our friends, and everyone we know?

Because if it really did all those things, and there were no consequences, then it would be awesome, it really would. The problem is, as we all know, that if anything seems too good to be true, then it usually is. And alcohol is no exception. Yet virtually every drinker genuinely believes in a long list of benefits that alcohol brings them. 

Nearly 5 years ago, I unravelled the mystery of alcohol for myself, and in 2019 I founded The Alcohol Coach to help others to unravel it as well. The Alcohol Con, How To Outsmart It is my first non fiction book, and my first as The Alcohol Coach. It hit the Amazon bestsellers in the first week of pre-launch sales and I hope that it both inspires and supports many people and their friends to break free.

About the Book


Is drinking having a negative effect on your life? You are not alone!

Millions of strong-minded, capable people find themselves falling victim to the biggest con trick of our time – alcohol!

It lures us with false promises of fun and social acceptability. Instead we find ourselves caught in a cycle of drinking, hangovers, morning regret, and guilt.

Despite being successful in other areas of life, it seems difficult to change our drinking habits. In the face of alcohol it’s easy blame ourselves, and believe we are unable to exercise self-control.

In this ground-breaking book, The Alcohol Con is exposed, and unraveled with insight and humour. Drawing on her own experience, and with a background in science and professional coaching, Michaela Weaver paves the way for you to outsmart the alcohol con, break free and move forward to a bright new sober future.

ORDER YOUR COPY

Amazon → https://amzn.to/3f16YRG

About the Author


As a TEDx speaker, author, masters qualified coach, science graduate and professional woman, you would think that with all that I’d know better than to find myself addicted to alcohol and stuck in a ‘wine o’clock, weekend binge’ drinking cycle.

But I have since learned how and why we become addicted to alcohol, and how to change that.

I now help women to learn about alcohol, revolutionize their relationships with alcohol and skip, run and jump into a thriving life without alcohol dragging them down.

You’re not weak, incapable or out of control, but maybe like millions of others you were lured in and fell for a highly addictive and insidious drug.

WEBSITE & SOCIAL LINKS:

Website: www.thealcoholcoach.com

Facebook: facebook.com/thealcoholcoach

Monday, December 21, 2020

Dear Reader, Love Elysia Strife


Dear Reader,

Love is a dangerous thing. It can fill us with hope and strength and break us in a single, devastating phone call. To love is to be vulnerable. But being vulnerable does not mean we are weak.

Love can blind us to the truth, make us avoid reality, and deny that which stares us in the face. It can make us impulsive. Sometimes its grip is so strong that we take what is not ours to have. Love can consume us, make us speak and act before we think. It twists and bends what we see into what we want to see so that we can feel what we desire to feel.

It makes us do dumb stuff like kiss our gorgeous boss and forget all about the contract.

Some days we hate it, the way it breaks us into tiny pieces for others to trample on like nothing we’ve done or said ever mattered or ever will. It can make us crazy because we know it is good, and it means well. It just isn’t always right.

Love can make us drive away in the middle of a wintry night when we want to stay and force things to work…because love is respectful.

In the end, love is honest and patient. It is a companion we can rest our head on, take comfort in, and feel safe inside. It protects us, heals us, and motivates us to keep going when it feels the world storms and threatens to destroy everything.

It helps us apologize when we’ve made mistakes and ask for forgiveness. And it opens us to new possibilities we never considered when we were drowning in the memories of another.

Love knows best, whether it’s a lesson we must learn or a new hand we’re meant to hold. Love helps us grow and gives us the fulfillment we search for when the day is done. It doesn’t judge. It listens. It understands. It cares.

It’s our natural superpower.

Every one of my books: romance, children’s, and science fiction, has love as a central element, even if it isn’t the most obvious one. The reason people do what they do changes everything. I dig a lot into the motivations of my characters.

In my most recent romance novel, The Kiss that Saved Christmas, Zach feels trapped by love. It makes him do some amazing things for his boss, Claire, and her venue in the Montana mountains. Claire’s stuck on her deceased husband, Stanly, a war hero. She’ll do anything to preserve his memory and keep the timber home he built for them. Claire can’t understand why Zach, her new maintenance worker, is outdoing himself but figures it’s because of how desperate he is to keep his job. Love is a slow poison in Zach’s veins that tastes like Claire’s Christmas cookies. He can’t get enough.

If you like holiday romances set at Christmastime, especially ones with wintery scenes, goodies, and a touch of forbidden love and suspense, please check out The Kiss that Saved Christmas.

Thanks for reading! I hope you are well and safe!

Love,

Elysia

About the Author


An optimist and opportunist, Strife is a self-made author, cover designer, and editor. Best known as Elysia Strife, who writes primarily sweet holiday romance, she most loves writing dystopian science fiction fantasy novels under the pseudonym variation E. L. Strife. She is an upcoming author of young adult fantasy as Elysia Lumen and looks forward to diving deeper into the world of magic.

Strife has toured castles, haunted houses, frozen caves, lava tubes, and concentration camps. She’s a hopeless empath who needs the quiescence of hiking in the Cascades, camping, and snowboarding to recharge. She also enjoys reading on rainy and snowy mornings with a fire going, even if it’s just the fake one in her RV. She craves learning new things, like how to work on her 1981 Corvette, her jeep, and the four-wheeler that just won’t budge.

Strife lives with an amazing man who can build anything he puts his mind to and a rescued dog that steals socks and chases the vacuum. Together, they travel the country—from the golden plains of North Dakota to the warm ocean of the southern Texas coast and back to the green valleys and vineyards of Oregon. Anywhere is home as long as they’re together.

If you’d like to know when Strife’s next books will be out, and to ensure you hear about her giveaways, visit her website: elstrife.com and subscribe via the links on her homepage.

 

WEBSITE & SOCIAL LINKS:

Website: http://www.elstrife.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ElysiaLStrife

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElysiaStrife

About the Book


Claire’s husband passed away two years ago this Christmas, leaving her alone and in charge of a beautiful and overwhelming cabin venue in the Montana mountains. She’s low on cash, the truck won’t start, and fewer people are calling in event requests.

Every past assistant has been problematic and disappointing. With one final wedding scheduled for the year, Claire is desperate to make a good impression and needs the property in top shape. Only one candidate remains: Zach.

Zach is prior service, down on his luck, and shamed by the town for the actions of his youth. Even after a decade of service, he can’t escape the gossip.
Claire has no option but to entrust him with the future of Briar Ridge—her future. She just wished he didn’t have to remind her so much of her late husband. Yet Zach is different, bringing with his burdens an unexpectedly sweet side.
Zach is full of surprises.

She doesn’t want to fall for him.

He can’t help but fall for her.

A sweet holiday romance with a few curses and some violence.

PRAISE

“A beautiful, gentle story with believable characters that have heart, feelings & Christian values.” – Danica McMahon (Goodreads Review) 5 Stars

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Amazon → https://amzn.to/37PqSx1

 

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Dear Reader, Love Victor Acquista

 


Dear Reader…

There are so many aspects about Serpent Rising that I want to share with you. I write primarily because I want to share something; using story to convey a message is one way for me to do so. My intentions in writing are to entertain, to educate, and to address social themes. I try to do this by developing compelling characters, plots, and sub-plots that will engage you as a reader in thought provoking ways.

The protagonist in this novel, Serena Mendez, is a young woman who has struggled as a result of trauma she experienced as a young child. When you first meet her, you realize how dysfunctional she is. Serena has yet to discover the root cause of her troubles as living out of synch with her true destiny as a champion for truth, a Lightbringer. I invite you to travel with Serena on a heroine’s journey of self-discovery and transformation to learn about and to embrace her true destiny.

The background or overarching plot is put in the context of the War of the Two Serpents, a struggle between two opposing ideologies. One faction believes knowledge and truth should be held by a select few and used to control the masses of humanity. The other faction wants knowledge to be made freely available to all. Although fictionalized, this war has been ongoing throughout human history. It is still playing out today as evidenced by fake news, propaganda, and mind-control techniques used to manipulate people. You can think of this in terms of an overarching conspiracy and that makes for exciting reading, but it calls attention to a fundamental problem: humanity is unable to easily distinguish truth from falsehood. This makes us all vulnerable to manipulation by powerful influencers that have an agenda aligned with benefitting themselves.

As you read Serpent Rising, I certainly hope that you will be routing for Serena as she tries to piece together the clues to explain her role in the great War of the Two Serpents. As she undergoes a succession of mystical chakra openings that each bring her closer to realizing her full potential as a Candelaria, a warrior for truth, she must also evade capture by the ruthless secret Brotherhood that opposes all Luminarians. They know the power latent in her blood, even though Serena has yet to discover this.

The struggles Serena contends with are familiar to all of us, myself included. We all want to realize our full potential and to shine our light in the darkness. How can you be a Lightbringer and Luminarian in your own unique way? For myself, I answered this question in the opening paragraph--I share myself by writing. I am grateful to you, dear reader, for giving me the opportunity to share myself with you.

Be a warrior…

Love and light,

Victor Acquista

About the Author


Victor Acquista has become an international author and speaker following his careers as a primary-care physician and medical executive. He is known for "Writing to Raise Consciousness." His multi-genre works include fiction and nonfiction and often incorporate social messaging to engage readers in thought-provoking themes.

He is a member of the Authors Guild, the Mystery Writers of America, the Florida Writers Association, Writers Co-op, and is a Knight of the Sci-Fi Roundtable.

When not pondering the big questions in life and what’s for dinner, he enjoys gardening and cooking. He lives with his wife and dog in Ave Maria, Florida.

WEBSITE & SOCIAL LINKS:

Website: https://victoracquista.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/VictorAcquista

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/victoracquistaauthor/

About the Book

Serena Mendez is haunted and she is hunted...


... Haunted by trauma—terrified and scarred as a young child, when a secret initiation into an ancient order of Lightbringers went horribly wrong. Unaware of the power latent in her blood, she is haunted by a life out of sync with her true identity. At twenty-one, she is abrasive, jobless, in debt, and addicted to sedatives. Haunted by her past, she knows nothing of her destiny.

... Hunted by an enemy—ruthless and powerful, a Brotherhood that has been pitted against the Luminarian Sects for thousands of years. An ancient struggle continues—The War of the Two Serpents—a saga extending back to the dawn of civilization, to the time of the second breaking, when the elite sought dominion over the masses. Those serving truth and light opposed these dark forces. In return they were persecuted, burned as witches, suppressed and nearly defeated by the powers of darkness.

But the flame was not extinguished.

An old Navajo dream-walker had a plan to open the seven chakras mystically binding Serena’s power. To fulfill her true destiny, to unleash the latent power within her blood, Serena journeys to six continents where she uncovers the truth of who she is, and what she must do.

A warrior stirs, a Lightbringer. She is Serena Mendez. She is awakening. She is a Candelaria…

Serpent Rising is a story of unfulfilled destiny, discovery, transformation, and courage to embrace the truth.

PRAISE

  “Author Victor Acquista has opened a pandora’s box of adventure in his new breath-taking thriller, Serpent Rising. I was swept away from the first page in this wonder-filled, mystical, and compelling novel. Cleverly plotted with a female protagonist, Serena Mendez, that is truly original in ancestry, yet very 21st century-real, with personal problems that she manages to set aside to pursue the very truth of her being. We join her in this a non-stop rush that mixes equal parts of  history, myth, and lore that I didn’t want to ever end! I’m already looking forward to more of Serena again and again. Acquista is the obvious heir apparent to the globe-trotting, can’t-be-put-down-novels such as The DaVinci Code and The House Of Secrets. Move over Dan Brown and Brad Meltzer, you have deserving company at your table with Serpent Rising!”

-- Patrick Kendrick, award-winning author of American Ripper: The Enigma Of America’s Serial Killer Cop.

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Amazon → https://amzn.to/3inT9gU

 Barnes & Noble → https://bit.ly/3k1RqOK

BHC Press → https://www.bhcpress.com/Books_Acquista_Serpent_Rising.html

Monday, November 30, 2020

Dear Reader, Love Gerhardt Roberts


 Dear Reader…

Thank you so much for purchasing my novel, Safe Harbor.

I first came up with the idea for the book in 2014 after teaching a course on the Holocaust at Chapman University. Preparation for teaching involved reading about two dozen books on the subject, which involved hundreds of hours of historical research.

In one of those books I read that although Joseph Goebbels, Germany’s Minister of Propaganda, declared Berlin “free of Jews” in 1943, 1,700 Jewish Berliners managed to survive in the city by living underground, many hidden and sheltered by non-Jewish friends and neighbors, people who would have been executed if found out.

The Jews in hiding became known as with U-Boats (“submariners”), people who submerged under the surface of everyday life, hiding in the shadows from the Nazis.

I wondered what it would be like to be one of the people who had disappeared “under the waves,” so to speak. What would it be like to hide in an abandoned building, constantly fearing for your life? What would it be like to be looking over your shoulder every time you came to the surface to look for food or other necessities? What would it be like to become involved with an underground organization dedicated to helping Jews at risk?

These are exactly the situations with which the two protagonists in my novel are faced. Erich Reinhold and Nessa Baumgartner go underground and soon find themselves in a world of false identification papers and forged ration cards, risking their lives to help others escape to freedom. Safety is a foreign word, danger is everywhere and love is a luxury they can’t afford. But maybe, in spite of danger and separation, they will find their safe harbor.

I do hope you enjoy the book.

Sincerely,

Gerhardt Roberts

About the Author


R.F. Rabe (Gerhardt Roberts) grew up in Germany and has been a Professor of German for the past 35 years at various colleges and universities. In the 1970’s he served in the Army Security Agency as a German linguist and intelligence analyst. His passion is all things German: the language, the culture and the history.

You can visit his website at http://www.rfrabe.weebly.com.

About the Book



In World War II Berlin, Jews such as Erich Reinhold, who can pass for Aryan, and his sweetheart, Nessa Baumgartner, go underground. In a city where Jewish life is being snuffed out, they soon find themselves in a world of false identification papers and forged ration cards, risking their lives to help others escape to freedom. Safety is a foreign word, danger is everywhere and love is a luxury they can’t afford. But maybe, in spite of danger and separation, they will find their safe harbor.

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Amazon → https://amzn.to/31yhqKH