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Sunday, March 7, 2021

Dear Reader, Love Antoinetta Vogels


Dear Reader…

I am so delighted you have chosen to take action on getting good sleep every night! When I started my journey with insomnia, it was over 30 years ago. There were really no good resources then to dig deep and find out what I could not sleep well, other than taking sleeping pills. Nothing was on my mind it seems, and I was at a loss. So, I went on a journey of self-discovery, and did years of research too. I found out when I was very young, how my parents and others perceived me was how I existed, and I jumped to please them and this formed my identity. I never realized it until I had children of my own.

There was no sleep for me. I was miserable and could not keep up with my new born baby, or being a professional musician, a wife, or even a daughter.

My work was validated by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, a world leader in childhood trauma and PTSD. I read his work, The Body Tells The Story, and learned that my own personal research, (though I am not an academic) was validated. I had put a name to the study of Self long before it became sound academic study!

This book is a great guide, and I hope you will utilize it in truly identifying your true “Self” and get a good night’s sleep! If you feel so inclined as to leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads, or Barnes & Noble I would be honored. And I would even love to send you a free copy of the book that started it all, Healthy Sense of Self: How to be true to your Self and make your world a better place! Just email me at Annet@healthysenseofself.com.

Thank you!

Antoinetta Vogels

About the Author


Antoinetta Vogels has a bachelor’s in French and a master’s in music. She worked in the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra as a bassoonist, has two grown daughters, and lives in Bellevue, WA, USA. In 2013, Antoinetta created the Sense of Self Method, a self-help program for people who want to get a good night’s sleep no matter what!

With her company, Healthy Sense Of Self, LLC, Antoinetta and her team provide education about what can be wrong in the way a person experiences their self and, consequently, others. Antoinetta has made it her life’s work to help people improve their quality of life by reversing issues related to a negative self-image. She wants everyone to have the ability to be their most authentic self – and have a good night’s sleep!

WEBSITE & SOCIAL LINKS:

Website: http://www.healthysenseofself.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HealthySoS/

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

About the Book


It’s time for bed. You’re tired, but you know you’ll be tossing and turning for hours to come. At dawn, you fall into a deep sleep, but it’s short-lived. Long before you’re ready, your alarm clock mercilessly informs you that it’s time to get up.

After decades of nights like this, Antoinetta Vogels unraveled the enigma of her sleeping problem and restored her ability to get a good night’s sleep.

In her newest book, How to Overcome Insomnia All by Yourself, Antoinetta reveals how to become a healthy sleeper through self-knowledge and her own self-healing method.

Taking examples from her own life and firsthand experience with this sleep disorder, Antoinetta explores the childhood circumstances that can lead to unhealthy motivation, approval-seeking behavior, and chronic insomnia in adulthood. She offers practical advice, tools, and techniques for healing the wounds of the past so you can enjoy a future full of joy, healthy relationships, and restful sleep.

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Amazon → https://amzn.to/3oN9WfC

Author’s Website → https://bit.ly/3oRUFKp

Monday, February 1, 2021

Dear Reader, Love Seeley James


Dear Reader…

On a rainy summer day in my youth, I pulled a copy of The Purloined Letter from my father’s bookshelf. When the rain ended and the sun came out, I could not tear myself away from the mystery. How did Dupin figure out where the letter was hidden? I fell in love with mysteries and devour them to this day, rain or shine. To tell the truth, to write you this letter, I had to put down Scorpion’s Tail by Preston & Child. Nothing fascinates the mind like a clever, twisting mystery.

At the same time, nothing satisfies the writer’s mind like a fan letter exclaiming, “It kept me guessing right to the bitter end!”

When I sat down to write The Morpheus Decision, I wanted to make it as enchanting to read as it was to write. And, if the early reviews are any barometer, that’s what I’ve achieved. I started with the foundation of a good solid mystery: a killer right behind her and a murder weapon only our heroine can reveal. But I didn’t want to stop there. In these modern times, I felt my heroine had to expose the clues while dealing with issues of gender, race, class, and income. And yet, I could not allow any of those problems to overshadow the mystery. Nor could she triumph without a rewarding mix of humor and pathos. She had to be a smart, confident woman … who can fall in love if she wants to.

If you’re familiar with Pia Sabel’s previous adventures (typically averaging 4.8 stars on Amazon), you’ll appreciate this fresh, new look at what drives her and what pisses her off. If you haven’t read the first eleven books, I promise you a heroine you’ll love and admire. Along the way, I guarantee you will be riveted to your seat from the blood on the sidewalk in chapter one to the answer she gives that is the last word in the book.

Peace and Love,

Seeley James

About the Author


Seeley James’ near-death experiences range from talking a jealous husband into putting the gun down to spinning out on an icy freeway in heavy traffic without touching anything. His resume ranges from washing dishes to global technology management. His personal life ranges from homeless at 17, adopting a 3-year-old at 19, getting married at 37, fathering his last child at 43, hiking the Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim at 59, and taking the occasional nap.

His writing career ranges from humble beginnings with short stories in The Battered Suitcase, to being awarded a Medallion from the Book Readers Appreciation Group. Seeley is best known for his Sabel Security series of thrillers featuring athlete and heiress Pia Sabel and her bodyguard, veteran Jacob Stearne. One of them kicks ass and the other talks to the wrong god.

His love of creativity began at an early age, growing up at Frank Lloyd Wright’s School of Architecture in Arizona and Wisconsin. He carried his imagination first into a successful career in sales and marketing, and then to his real love: fiction.

WEBSITE & SOCIAL LINKS:

Website: http://www.seeleyjames.com

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

Other Books by Seeley James

The Element 42

Death and the Damned

Death & Dark Money

Death and Treason

Death and Conspiracy

Death and Deception

Death and Secrets

Death and Vengeance

Death and Betrayal

The Geneva Decision

Bring It

About the Book

Who killed Chloe England?

When a friend from her days in international soccer, now a British constable, is murdered, Pia Sabel uncovers an assassination ring catering

to the ultra-rich – putting her dead center in their crosshairs.

For most of her life, Pia Sabel worked through the pain of losing her parents, threw herself into her work, and lived with insomnia. Now her doctor warns growing paranoia will soon threaten her mental health. She escapes to rural England to mourn the loss of her friend. On arrival, she is attacked by a mob, dismissed by officials, and ridiculed by high society for inquiring about an English Lord and a British institute. The more people tell her not to ask questions, the more she questions their motives.

Unconquered and unafraid, she investigates the murder and exposes a well-connected web of billionaire suspects. Along the way, she touches a nerve, bringing down an avalanche of killers on top of her. Unable to trust anyone, from the handsome Scot she wants to know better to Britain’s titled class, she must unravel the clues before more victims land in the morgue. Peeling back the layers of deceit, lies and cover-ups, Pia finally discovers the truth about who killed Chloe England. A revelation sure to endanger everyone she loves.

 

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Amazon → https://amzn.to/2LEBCWe

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Dear Reader, Love Sybrina Durant

 


Dear Reader…

If you are reading this book, that suggests to me that you or someone you know is just now learning how to tie a bow. You might be wondering why in the world someone would even think to write a book about learning to tie with a rabbit and a fox.  Well, around 1985, I experienced an amusing incident in a menswear store. I was looking for a necktie for someone who had never worn one before. When a salesman approached, I laughingly informed him that I didn’t know how to tie a tie and I didn’t think the recipient knew how, either.

Before I could blink, the dapper salesman whisked the tie from my hands and draped it around his on neck.  This was a pretty funny sight as he was already wearing a suit and tie. He said, “Here’s an easy way to remember.” With each step in the tie tying process, he quoted a line of a very short story about a fox chasing a rabbit. Basically, the chase went around a tree – twice. Then, they ran under a bush and over a log. Finally, the rabbit jumped into a hole, where the fox couldn’t follow because he was too big. The little rabbit was safe. That story delighted me.  The salesman said it was an old folk tale.  I was so enamored with it that I wanted to find the book. But there was no book so I decided to write it myself.  My first book “learn to tie” book wasn’t published until nearly 30 years after I first learned how to tie a tie.

The first picture book in the series is titled “Learn To Tie A Tie With The Rabbit and The Fox.” I was so excited about its possibilities that I had it translated into Spanish and Tagalog. Why Tagalog, you might ask?  The simple answer is that the artist, Anna Marie Navarro, is Filipino and Tagalog is her native language. Basically, I did it to honor her. She also provided the artwork for another version of that book for girls titled “Learn To Tie A Neck Scarf With The Rabbit And The Fox.”

“Learn To Tie A Tie With The Rabbit and The Fox” is a very, very simple story. It was so simple in fact, that I started thinking I needed something with little more back story so, I wrote “Nellie Knows How To Knot A Neck Scarf”.  It’s about a little girl who loves dressing up in big dresses, fancy shoes, interesting hats and of course, neck scarves.  I had a little vision of Fancy Nancy in mind as I wrote that one but the artwork is much simpler.  After that one, I wrote “Ned Knows How To Knot A Neck Tie.” That book is about a young boy who is captivated with knots of all kinds. . .and neck ties. Both of those books were excellently illustrated by Enrique Vignolo.

The whole while, I couldn’t stop wishing that I could come up with a “how to tie a bow” book. But that story just would not come to me. My brain was locked into the idea of a fox chasing a rabbit to create the steps of tying a ribbon. It just would not work, no matter what I tried. Finally, this year, I broke the mold, so to speak, and came up with a story about a fox who helps a rabbit keep her extra-long ears from dragging in the dirt.  Cleo Can Tie A Bow was born and the amazing artwork by Pumudi Gardaysam is the cherry on top of the final book in my  “Learn To Tie” series.  This book was written with a little girl as the main character but boys will enjoy it, too.  Bows aren’t just for hair, you know. They have a lot of uses, including for tying shoelaces, too!

 About the Book


Cleo can tie a bow. She learned what she knows from a rabbit and a fox. They can teach your child how to tie a bow, too. This fun picture book is intended to be a family bonding parent-child activity. It’s a great way to learn to tie shoe laces.

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Amazon → https://amzn.to/3emYL9V

 Barnes & Noble → https://bit.ly/37ZVhsM

About the Author


Sybrina Durant is the author of The Rabbit and The Fox Learn To Tie Series of Books which include Learn To Tie A Neck Tie With The Rabbit and the Fox in English, Spanish and Tagalog; Ned Can Knot A Neck Tie; Nellie Can Knot A Neck Scarf and the newest addition, Cleo Can Tie  A Bow. She also the author of The Blue Unicorn Series of books and has an online book store which features, unicorns, rabbits, foxes, and how to tie books plus gift items related to those things plus lots of bow-themed gifts.

WEBSITE & SOCIAL LINKS:

Website: https://sybrinapublishing.wordpress.com/cleo-can-tie-a-bow-book/

Blog: https://sybrinapublishing.wordpress.com/cleo-can-tie-a-bow-book/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Sybrina_spt

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

 

Dear Reader, Love Jon Bassoff


Dear Reader,

Are you ready for some madness? Some lunacy? I know it might be a little nerve-wracking to take a chance on Captain Clive’s Dreamworld. After all, we’ve dealt with enough trauma over the past year to last us two centuries, at least. Is there a chance that you’ll be so horrified and enraged that you’ll throw the book down the basement stairs, soak the floor with gasoline, and take a match to it? Well, sure. In fact, that’s the most likely outcome. But there’s also the chance that you’ll like the damn book. That you’ll sneak pages in between sips of bourbon or leftover gasoline, that you’ll read chapter after chapter while pretending to be engaged by your Zoom call.

Captain Clive’s Dreamworld is my eighth novel, all of them are standalone. But while each novel stands on its own, similar themes seem to pop up over and over again in my writing. Some of those themes include the search for identity, the fallibility of memory, and the danger of groupthink. My protagonists tend to be emotionally wounded. They tend to be unreliable. Deputy Sam Hardy, the protagonist of Captain Clive’s Dreamworld, fits that description. Upon entering the peculiar amusement park town of Angels and Hope, it becomes clear that he’s nothing more than a bewildered outsider. And the more he digs, searching for the dark secrets of the town, the more he discovers his own sins.

The impetus for this particular novel came after a terrifying and traumatic experience: a trip to Disneyworld with my family. I resisted, believe me I did, but my children were just too persuasive. Upon arriving at the park, I was overwhelmed with all the matching Mickey outfits, with all the forced smiles, with all the canned laughter. It wasn’t long until I realized that I needed to get the hell out of that place! Kissing my family goodbye, I ran like a madman, shoving little kids and old grandmothers out of the way, holding Cinderella hostage until they finally got me a police escort out of that place. After spending a few days in the joint, I returned to my family, who hadn’t noticed my absence.  We spent the next several days in a town called Celebration, Florida, which is just a few miles outside of the theme park. Apparently, it was developed as some sort of utopian company town. In fact, back in the day, they were even going to place it inside a climate-controlled dome. That didn’t come to fruition, but today it still feels like a Stepford Wives town, with perfect streets and perfect paths and perfect lawns. And so I started thinking: what would have happen to a town like this if Disneyworld ever collapsed? What would the people do? They wouldn’t allow the American Dream to vanish without a fight. And so, from that initial mumbling in my bread, a nightmarish little novel soon followed.  

Listen, I know this novel won’t be for everybody. I know it’s weird; I know it’s surreal. But sometimes getting out of our comfort zone is the best thing we can do. And I promise that you will be anything but comfortable.

Enjoy the madness,

Jon Bassoff

About Jon Bassoff


Jon Bassoff was born in 1974 in New York City and currently lives with his family in a ghost town somewhere in Colorado. His mountain gothic novel, Corrosion, has been translated in French and German and was nominated for the Grand Prix de Litterature Policiere, France’s biggest crime fiction award. Two of his novels, The Drive-Thru Crematorium and The Disassembled Man, have been adapted for the big screen with Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild; Once Upon a Time in America) attached to star in The Disassembled Man. For his day job, Bassoff teaches high school English where he is known by students and faculty alike as the deranged writer guy. He is a connoisseur of tequila, hot sauces, psychobilly music, and flea-bag motels.

WEBSITE & SOCIAL LINKS:

Website: http://www.jonbassoff.com

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

Facebook: www.facebook.com/jon.bassoff

About Captain Clive's Dreamworld


After becoming the suspect in the murder of a young prostitute, Deputy Sam Hardy is “vanished” to a temporary post as the sole police officer in Angels and Hope, an idyllic town located in the middle of the desert, miles from any other sign of life. Hardy soon learns that Angels and Hope was constructed as a company town to support a magnificent amusement park – one to rival Disneyland – known as Captain Clive’s Dreamworld. When he arrives, however, Hardy notices some strange happenings. The park is essentially empty of customers. None of the townsfolk ever seem to sleep. And girls seem to be going missing with no plausible explanation.

As Hardy begins investigating, his own past is drawn into question by the people in town, and he finds himself becoming more and more isolated. Soon his phone line mysteriously goes dead. His car’s tires get slashed. And he is being watched constantly by neighbors. The truth – about the town and himself – will lead him to understand that there’s no such thing as a clean escape.

Straddling the line between genre fiction and something more bizarre, Captain Clive’s Dreamworld is a terrifying vision of the collapse of the American mythos.

Praise

Captain Clive’s Dreamworld winds its way through an eerie, Lynchian landscape, populated by Stepford citizenry, cursed lives, and all the bleak sensibilities of the most dire Cormac McCarthy tale. Bassoff’s latest is a must read for fans of the genre, or any reader who prefers their fiction with a sense of the off-kilter. Highly recommended!”

-Ronald Malfi, author of Bone White

“Jon Bassoff’s nightmarish bizarro novel Captain Clive’s Dreamworld reads like an extended episode of The Twilight Zone mixed with Twin Peaks mixed with Dante’s Inferno. Unremittingly dark, this roman noir is a trenchant attack on the empty promises of capitalism…a hopeless rebuke of the bright plastic flesh built around the broken, crumbling skeleton of the American Dream.”

-Jeffrey Thomas, author of Boneland

“Jon Bassoff mines an imaginative seam that remains unexplored by any other writer I know working today. I wish I knew his secret, but I’ll settle for reading Captain Clive’s Dreamworld.”

-Tony Black, author of Summoning the Dead

Captain Clive’s Dreamworld is a masterfully rendered, very disturbing cautionary tale of pathological consumerism and nostalgia for a mid-century America that never was. Jon Bassoff’s vision is relentless and unsparing, his prose like a bone saw laying bare the corruption and perversion lurking beneath society’s superficial pieties.”

-Roger Smith, author of Dust Devils

“In Captain Clive’s Dreamworld, Jon Bassoff has created a haunting, suspenseful masterpiece that straddles the line between mystery and horror with expert skill.”

-S.A. Cosby, award-winning author of Blacktop Wasteland

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Amazon → https://amzn.to/32O0X5R     

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®

ORDER YOUR COPY

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.

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