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Book Title: What Does God Sound Like? by Bernie DiPasquale
Category: Children’s Fiction, 34 pages
Genre: Children’s Books, Values & Virtues, Christian Books
Publisher: Mindstir Media
Release date: September 14, 2016
Tour dates: June 25 to July 20, 2018
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

We tell our kids that God is everywhere. Pray and maybe He will answer. But if God is everywhere and has created all things, then He must be talking to us all the time. This is my short story to help my Grandchildren understand they can talk with God all day, every day, everywhere.

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Bernie was born and raised in Baltimore, MD and now resides in Joppa, a small community just a bit north up the I-95 corridor. He has spent his entire professional career in Education and Financial Services. More importantly he is a Husband, Father, and Grandfather to a beautiful family.

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Book Title: The New Adventures of A.R. Achnid (Revised Edition)
Author: Sandi Smith
Illustrator: Kathy Lee
Category: Children’s Fiction, 126 pages
Genre: Children’s Chapter Book, Animals, Bugs & Spiders
Publisher: Mindstir Media
Release date: January 3, 2017
Tour dates: June 18 to July 13, 2018
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

Harold! There goes that spider! See, he is running on the floor! That spider has to go. He cannot live here anymore!!! Oh, no! Beth looks very, very angry. What has A.R. Achnid done now? Well, before A.R. got into big trouble with Beth, he had a lot of wonderful adventures.

There are ten different adventures in this book. There is the time he went to the circus and rode on a balloon, and then had some shoo fly pie. Another day, A.R. and Rex (a Great Dane, who is A.R.’s best friend) decided to walk all the way into town, and they had such a wonderful time. Then, A.R. and his family went to New York City for the biggest craft fair ever (which was for spiders only), plus many, many other adventures.

Unfortunately, in the tenth story, A.R.’s current living situation is going to need an adjustment. Something changes in the lives of Harold and Beth (the humans) that will make things very difficult for A.R. Come along with A.R. for some fun, and find out what small bundle will cause problems for A.R. and his family.

As A.R. says, “Spiders rule!”

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Sandi Smith spent her time as a young girl combing the shelves of the public library. She has always enjoyed the magic that books have to offer and was inspired by her high school English teacher, Mr. Coolidge to embrace the arts. The author found her calling as a writer early one morning as her first story came to her in the form of a poem. Since then she has written more than 15 children’s books, with her most popular series about the adventures of an adorable spider in the A.R. Achnid series.

Sandi is happily married to her inspiration and husband of 40 years, John. She continues to write for her two precious grandchildren. When she’s not penning a new story, Sandi and John like to camp, kayak and to enjoy the simple life in their home in Pembroke, NH.

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The Publishing Process for me…

I think that probably the scariest thing for me with writing my books and trying to get them published was the time that I sent two of my stories into a publishing company. They were so nice over the phone, and said to go right ahead and fax those stories over to them.   I asked if they would call me to let me know if they received them, and a person did call us back.  After that, we never heard back from them again.  At that point, you don’t know if your stories were good, or not good, or the best story there ever was, or just scribbles on paper.  Then you start to wonder that, if it was really good and you didn’t hear back from these people, would they steal your work?  It was terrifying to me.  I actually didn’t want to publish any of my stories. It is a very humbling experience, and, at times, can be a very painful/embarrassing experience.  My husband (ever-positive Johnny) says you never know unless you try.  He is so proud of my books, and so confident, that he pushes and pushes, and is still pushing to this day, but I am still that scared little person hanging on tight to each story, wanting them to be sold, but scared that they will be rejected.  It is a double-edged sword.


I have one little memory that does keep me going.  I had signed a book for a young person one day, and I signed it, “Your friend”.  He was so happy, and told me he loved my book so much, I was speechless. That made everything worth it (all of the hard work, all of the money spent, etc.) at that one beautiful moment.

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I Can Handle Him by Debbie Lum

Quinn Corbin’s got nothing to lose – except her life.

She’s finally got the attention of the man she’s always loved, Nick Allen. But Nick has a reputation for trouble. And after a car explosion killed his last girlfriend, many people in San Antonio, Texas think Nick got away with murder.

But Quinn, a 24-year-old elementary school teacher and bubbly optimist, believes Nick is innocent. So does her best friend Tory, a law student and sarcastic realist. Soon Quinn and Nick find their relationship growing when suddenly their world upends. Now Nick is in major trouble again and Quinn may have made the biggest mistake of her life.

With incriminating evidence mounting against Nick, Tory works to prove his innocence. But Nick finds himself in a bigger battle when he must fight to protect, and win, his true love.

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DEBBIE K. LUM is an unlikely author, a non-reader who was inspired by a self-esteem ad campaign encouraging little girls to dream big. Her romantic suspense novels feature fun, flawed characters with steamy and complicated relationships (and plenty of surprises!) In 2018, Lum released I CAN HANDLE HIM, which was called “A fresh, enjoyable tale.” by BlueInk Reviews. Reviews for the book have been published in Booklist Magazine and Kirkus Review Magazine. Her 2017 novel, THE DOCTOR, THE CHEF OR THE FIREMAN, was called “A quick, satisfying romantic mystery.” by Kirkus Reviews. In 2016 she debuted PLEBEIAN REVEALED, PLEBEIAN IN DANGER and PLEBEIAN REBORN, a series about a married woman who finds sudden fame with her ex-boyfriend.

Debbie splits her time between Florida and Texas and drinks more unsweetened iced-tea than she probably should.

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A soft gasp escapes from Quinn’s mouth. “Nick!”

Happiness shines in his eyes and spreads to his smile. “I’ve been looking for a friendly face. Looks like I hit the jackpot.”

She opens her arms and hugs him; he warmly returns her squeeze. They pull back and she can barely contain her flutters. Oh, he’s delicious. Chestnut hair, parted to the side and perfectly messed up. His tan face sports a barely there mustache and beard. A white, button-down shirt is generously unbuttoned, lying flat under his crisp, linen blazer. His shoulders are wide but his waist seems small and she stops herself before she looks lower. If she stares at everything below his belt, he might think she’s being rude. Plus, she might go dizzy and faint.

She does it anyway.

Slim, dark jeans. Tan, classic suede bucks. Oh my God, he’s perfection.

She looks up into his interested eyes. “I’ve been looking for you! It seems everywhere I go tonight everyone has something to say about…”

He timidly nods as if he knows what she’s about to say next. “A lot has happened since I saw you last. There’s a lot to say.”

“Are you all right? I heard about the accident but I haven’t seen you post anything since then.”

“Social media is not a good place for me to be right now.”

“That explains why you haven’t messaged me back. I’ve been worried about you.”

He runs a hand across his forehead, gently sweeping back a stray lock of his hair. His hand is discolored with light spots. She looks down to his other hand, also blotchy with spots. From the accident maybe?

She leans closer. “I mean, not that I expected you to respond to my messages. I don’t want you to feel badly or anything. I just wanted you to know I was thinking about you.”

“I would have noticed your message for sure. But I stopped reading all of them because most were not supportive.”

Her heart aches and she wants to hug him again. “I just…can’t imagine. I feel helpless. And awkward.”

“It’s a long story,” he mumbles.

She doesn’t have time! Forget it: make time. “You have my full attention if you want to talk about it.”

His eyes look as hurt as his heart must be. “I don’t know what you heard, but it was an accident. We were leaving Greene; we had just eaten dinner at the Blue Talon on the river. Sienna had been working in Greene all day, so I met her there. She asked if she could drive my car.”

“I remember your car,” Quinn says. “The convertible?”

He nods. “Yeah, the ’66 Mustang I bought a few years ago from Reed’s. Sienna remembered it from the showroom. When she was in high school, she used to sit behind the wheel and pretend it was hers. Of all the cars at all the Reed dealerships, she said that Mustang was her favorite because of the blue color.”

“So that’s why she was driving?” Quinn asks.

“She wanted to drive it on the back roads. I mean, this was only our second date but I let her drive it because it was so familiar and special to her.”

Quinn’s shoulder gets bumped from someone walking past her, reminding her that they’re in the middle of a crowded and obnoxiously loud room. Somehow, listening to Nick and his story has made everyone around her disappear. She only has ears for him. And his eyes are only on her.

“So, she drove my car and I drove hers, following her. We took the back way, down the 46, because she wanted to drive with the top down. There was a big curve and the car suddenly

…all I saw was flames.” He swallows hard and looks away.

God, this is worse than she had heard. And the burn spots on his hands? He must have tried to save her. She gently rests her hand on his shoulder and leans closer to be heard above the conversations around them. “Nick, I am so sorry.”

“I didn’t want to come tonight, especially because of Reed. But I don’t know when I’d ever see Al again and I wanted to wish him well, even though I know he’s not happy with me either.”

Quinn leans closer with a smile. “So, maybe there are people here who aren’t your friends, but you have at least two who are.”


“You bet.”

“And where’s your other half?” he says, looking around.

“Ah, well, I lost Tory a few minutes ago when Reed walked up. See? You aren’t the only person in this room trying to avoid him.”

“I was hoping you both would be here. You two were my brightest memories of this place.”

“Then let’s focus on those memories and not the present. Like, remember that costume party?”

He grins. “How we Googled ‘two girls and one guy costume ideas’ and ended up as the cast of Three’s Company?”

“That was the best! Remember hanging out at my parents’ house while we binge-watched Three’s Company because we had never seen the show?”

His eyes crinkle with amusement. “You were perfect as Chrissy, Tory was an amazing Janet and I was an outstanding Jack Tripper.”

“Daniel was so mad he didn’t get to be Jack until he realized Jack’s character really wasn’t gay.”

“Daniel! I forgot about him. Is he still Tory’s other BFF?”

“Lord, yes. Sometimes I have to fight him to get any time with Tory. Between her splitting her time with me, Daniel and her new boyfriend, I’m lucky to ever see her.”

“Tory…she has a boyfriend?”

“I know, right? She hadn’t dated anyone serious since we all worked together and then this guy comes along.”

“Wow. How about you?”

Quinn breaks eye contact for a quick second and shrugs. “Not seeing anyone. Although if Al had his way, he’d have Blaine and I married by now.”

“Al’s been trying to set you up with Blaine for ages.”

“I love Al, but not enough to date his son.”

Nick’s eyes glass over.

Oh boy; slow down. Probably shouldn’t talk about people dating and boyfriend/girlfriend stuff so soon after his loss. “Hey, I was heading over to the bar to find Tory. Want to join me?”

His glassy look disappears. “Absolutely.”

She turns and begins winding her way through the crowd again, Nick a breath behind her. People notice Nick, launching lingering stares and questioning glances. Quinn reaches behind her and grabs Nick’s hand to lead him through the crowd.

The bar is set against the back of the room with a few bar stools in front. All of the stools are taken. Perched on one in the middle is Tory. Quinn stops, leaning toward Nick’s ear. “She’s been there long enough to have finished a drink and you know, only one drink can cause her to surprise-slur.”

“Her surprise-slurs are epic! Remember that time at the club when a cop came up behind her and she yelled, “I’m gonna be an astronaut like you!”

Quinn playfully slaps his shoulder. “That was epic.” She wraps her arm around his; so close; so comfy; so perfect. They plow forward together and approach Tory from behind. One empty highball glass sits in front of her and there’s another half-empty one in her hand.

“Hey, look who I found!” Quinn says, elbowing Tory’s shoulder. “An astronaut!”

Tory turns so fast she almost falls off of the stool. “Holy shit, you are flippin’ hotter than I remember! Nick!”

He leans over to give her a hug but as he’s hugging her, her face screws up. “You’re an astronaut now?”

Suddenly what sounds like a spoon clinking against a glass quiets the crowd.

Nick wraps his arms around Tory in a hug. “I’m just me and I have missed you, Tory.” He looks at Quinn. “I’ve missed you both.” Quinn slips her arm around his waist and he drapes his arm over her shoulders, his other arm over Tory’s.

“Okay, everyone,” Blaine says, standing on a side of the room where people have cleared an open space. Al stands next to him, beside a cake that looks as big as half of a car. “Glasses up to toast to a legend, someone we all have learned from, someone we all want to be. I love you Dad, and I’m happy to pick up where you left off while you enjoy the next adventure in your life. To your retirement! Hear, hear!” He raises his glass.

Glasses of all shapes and sizes rise up in the air and the crowd echoes Blaine, “Hear, hear!”

Quinn and Nick have no glass in hand so they smile and squeeze each other. “Hear, hear,” Quinn says.

Tory lowers her glass to take a sip but Nick leans toward her ear. “If you’re driving, you should try the coffee.” Quinn nods.

Tory shrugs. “Actually, a hot chocolate sounds pretty damn good but only if Quinn makes it. Plus one to go.”

Hilarious. “Speaking of “to go”, my mom texted. The sofa’s on the way. We’ve gotta go.” Quinn pats Tory’s shoulder, then faces Nick.

“You guys are leaving already?” he asks.

“I’ve got a new, old sofa on the way,” Quinn says. “I wish I could stay and talk with you longer.”

“Hey, in case you didn’t know, I opened a new coffee bar and bookstore a few blocks away.”

“Oh, I heard.”

“Why don’t you guys come by on Saturday night. We’ve got a book signing by Wally B., the soul poet. His poetry book is a best seller and he’s going to do one of his famous spoken word poetry performances.”

“I’d love to,” Quinn says.

Nick leans down to Tory. “Bring your boyfriend too.”

Tory winces. “Won’t happen unless he’s got a coupon.”

“A coupon?”

Quinn squeezes his arm. “Yeah. There’s a super long story there.”

Nick nods. “Can I walk you guys to your car?”

Tory stands. “Seriously, you are sweet, but I’ll have my drink shaken off by the time I fall down the stairs. Good to see you, Nick.” She hugs him, steps back and points a finger in his face. “By the way, Blaine and Reed are shitheads and we don’t listen to what they say.”

“Good,” he says, pleased.

She lowers her finger and looks to Quinn. “I really have a super bad case of the munchies so I’m gonna grab me a slab of cake and I’ll meet you by the door.” She walks away in a perfectly straight line.

Nick watches her leave, his expression worried. “Will she be okay?”

“Please. She can handle more than one drink. It’s her loose lips and cursing that I worry more about in times like this. Thanks for asking though.”

They stand, toe to toe, under the antique chandeliers glittering in the soft light. A waiter pauses beside them, offering a tray of dainty party food that neither of them looks down to. The waiter moves on, leaving them surrounded by the gentle hum of conversations and the booming rhythm of the DJ’s pop music.

“I’m glad I could get you to smile,” Quinn says.

A new smile stretches across Nick’s face. “It felt good to smile again.”


Tory falls into line with a few people who are hovering around the cake table. Screw healthy eating. She burned off enough calories in her morning TRX class to earn this slice. Besides, with Reed in this room breathing the same air as her, getting a forkful of comfort from some buttercream icing sounds real good. With any luck, she’ll have her slice of cake polished off well before Quinn finishes up with Nick. And with super good luck, this cake will be chocolate.

Tory nods a few polite hellos to others in line before the waiter hands her a serving. Girl, play the lottery tonight because you are winning: it’s chocolate! She’s got a bite of cake heading for her mouth as she turns to look back at Quinn.

Quinn. Seeing her face-to-face with Nick brings a smile to Tory’s face. And Quinn’s doing her cute, nervous-energy, rocking back-and-forth on her toes thing. So adorable. She always does that when she’s with a good-looking guy and Nick surely fits that bill. Quinn’s nervous energy started the minute they received the invitation to come tonight because she knew Nick might be here. Quinn is genuinely worried about him, and Tory is too. Then again, Quinn’s been known to obsessively worry, even over complete strangers. Back when they were undergrads at UT Austin, they saw one of the campus tour guides trip on an uneven sidewalk. Quinn worried about that girl for weeks. Tory was concerned too, but was more curious to know if the girl’s fall was a tort.

Tory takes another bite of cake, still watching Quinn and Nick. Even from across the room, she can see his relaxed smile. Good. She can’t imagine what he’s been through. And she’s mad at herself for not reaching out to him sooner. But she’s back in town now. And her legal mind-in-training is spinning with questions.

Why on earth would Al say that Nick caused Sienna’s accident? How could Nick make a car explode? Why would he even want to kill Sienna? It’s ridiculous to think he would have done anything intentionally malicious. That’s not the Nick who Tory knows. At least, not the Nick she used to know.

And she used to know him…very well.

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Home Is Where the Bark Is

Paws Fur Play Mysteries – 1

By Stella St. Claire

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Willow Wells is officially an entrepreneur. With the first phase of her dog gym’s renovation complete, and a success, Willow is ready for more. A doggie spa to be exact. The plan is to win an upcoming dog show, not only giving her the funds for the expansion but a national advertising campaign with the winning dog, Lady Valkyrie. Everything is going according to plan—and Willow can see the future in all its gold medal and dog grooming glory—until Terry Gib, Lady Valkyrie’s owner, is accused of murder.

Willow thought that Terry had come to Pineview just for training, but it turns out Terry has ties to the town; a painful past that links her to a local bed and breakfast owner. And now that owner is dead. As Willow races to clear Terry and save their chance at victory with Lady Valkyrie, the rest of her life begins to fall apart too. Wednesday is distracted, her father is anxious, and Griffin, the man she’s coming to depend on, is threatening to leave her—so he can woo her.

Now Willow is forced to make some big decisions: about who she trusts, who she should believe, and who she should date, before she loses it all forever.

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Stella lives and breathes cozy mysteries! With her head always buried inside these books, it’s no wonder that she would put pen to paper to bring her own cozy mysteries to life. The words flew onto the page, and she’s already teeming with ideas for the next cozy mystery series.

With her trusted canine by her side, it seemed only natural to be inspired by her beautiful beagle Doogle and the many hours they spent walking through scenic New England villages. When Stella’s not reading books, she’s off on road trips, exploring every nook and cranny in neighboring towns, seeking inspiration for her next book. She’s keen to see what her fellow cozy critics think of “Happy Tails Dog  Walking Mysteries,” so please leave a review and share your thoughts on Stella’s Website, Facebook, Bookbub or Goodreads!

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 photo Where Have All the Elves Gone cover_zpsfb6h8jk5.jpgUrban Fantasy / Paranormal

Date Published: April 1, 2018
Publisher: War Fighter Books
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Everyone knows Elves don’t exist. Or do they? Daniel Thomas spent years making a career of turning his imagination into the reality of best selling fantasy novels. But times are tough. No one wants to read about elves and dragons anymore. Daniel learns this firsthand when his agent flatly says no to his latest and, what he deems, to be greatest novel yet. Dissatisfied with the turn to zombies and vampire lovers, he takes his manuscript and heads out to confront his agent.
His world changes when he finds his agent dying on the floor of her office. Too late to help, he watches as her dead body disintegrates into a pile of ash and dust. Daniel doesn’t have time to ponder what just happened as a band of assassins breaks in, forcing him to flee to the Citadel and the home of the king of the high elves in order to survive. Daniel soon discovers that all of the creatures he once thought he imagined actually exist and are living among us. His revelation comes at a price however, as he is drawn into a murder-mystery that will push him to the edge of sanity and show him things no human has witnessed in centuries

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 photo new author shot 1_zpsp81iusan.jpgChristian W. Freed was born in Buffalo, N.Y. more years ago than he would like to remember. After spending more than 20 years in the active duty US Army he has turned his talents to writing. Since retiring, he has gone on to publish 17 military fantasy and science fiction novels, as well as his memoirs from his time in Iraq and Afghanistan. His first published book (Hammers in the Wind) has been the #1 free book on Kindle 4 times and he holds a fancy certificate from the L Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest.

Passionate about history, he combines his knowledge of the past with modern military tactics to create an engaging, quasi-realistic world for the readers. He graduated from Campbell University with a degree in history and is pursuing a Masters of Arts degree in Military History from Norwich University. He currently lives outside of Raleigh, N.C. and devotes his time to writing, his family, and their two Bernese Mountain Dogs. If you drive by you might just find him on the porch with a cigar in one hand and a pen in the other. You can find out more about his work by following him @ https://www.facebook.com/ChristianFreed or on Twitter @christianwfreed.
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I am so pleased to share this stunning cover with you all today, and the story beneath is even better!

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When Fire Rains Down: A Kingdom Come Novel (Book #3)

Author: Cecelia Earl

Release Date: July 27, 2018

Genre: YA/ Paranormal/ Urban Fantasy


The little town of Shady Creek is under attack by Lucifer and his demons. To save the people she loves, human-angel Hybrid Julia must rescue their kidnapped Guardian Angels, even when it means defying her father.

Trouble is, he knows only too much about Hell’s perils. When a demon sucks Julia into a cosmic vacuum, the experience leaves an indelible blight she dares not mention for fear of losing her place on the angelic rescue team.

As a growing demon army surrounds Shady Creek, Julia’s feelings for her own Guardian become all too real and dangerous. But the cosmic imbalance fueled by Hybrid Angels, Rogue Guardians and Warriors is already depleting the strength of the Rescue Team. And there’s no room for distraction when the mission is to get into Hell—and out again.

For the sake of the mission, Julia must face the truth of the Hybrids’ existence. Because nobody will be safe unless she can trust the gift of free will—for others and for herself—in this end-of-the-world finale to The Legend of Shady Creek Trilogy.

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“Nicholas can teach you to use the demons’ weapons against them. You may become an expert, the best. Cole and I can get you inside. We can provide detailed descriptions of Hell and instruct you on how to find Tobias and the others, but we were there for months, for years, and we are blessed to miraculously be sitting here before you now.

“There’s a slim chance you’ll get in and an even slimmer chance you’ll get out. Especially with all the Guardians. An attack from the inside out is the only way, but some of the Guardians have been there a long, long time. There’s no telling how beat up they are, and I don’t mean bruised bodies, I mean tortured minds.”

His words are met with a hushed silence.

I expect Nicholas to look defeated, but he rises again, and his voice is as strong as ever. “It will not be easy, and none of us can expect it to be. We’ve all fought demons before, and we know as well as anyone how they can manipulate, deceive, and pervert truths. We know how nearness to them for any short or lengthy period of time can affect the strongest of angels.”

He doesn’t look at Cole when he says this, and Cole doesn’t appear to be offended. I suppose they’re too timeworn and wise to mind obvious truths and overlook what humans might take as a slight.

Dad’s looking at his folded hands, clenching his jaw. I feel bad for him. With what he saw and felt, it’s no wonder he doesn’t want me to go. I want to wrap my arms around him now and put my forehead to his like I did when I was a little girl. I want to remove those memories as much as he wants to save me from experiencing them.

“But in knowing this, I hope we will become stronger, more prepared, more resolute. Even though it is dangerous and will be difficult, knowing what being near Hell does to our Guardians, we have all the more reason to rescue them. I am still all in for this mission. My plan to take a small team in order to get in without detection, accomplish our mission, and get out, stands.

“With so many Guardians in captivity, we cannot simply sneak them out. Our breakout will be catastrophic. It will be an upset. We will go in small, like a whisper, but we will come out shouting in victory.” He pounds on the table. It shakes and the sound echoes throughout the cave. Once it’s quiet, he asks, “Who is with me?”

Stunned, we all sit in silence. But after a moment I realize he is waiting for us, for at least one of us, to respond.

I don’t look at my dad before I rise. “I am with you.”

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Shady Creek gets a whole lot scarier after Julia learns she’s part angel, especially since the only person she can trust is an angel who’s as infuriating as he is attractive.

Julia received a necklace containing the songs of the angels from her dad when she was four. When she was eleven, he abandoned her family and the necklace went silent. At seventeen, Julia’s doing everything she can to maintain security for her family, but now her necklace seems to have come to life once again. And that’s not all that’s changing.

When a robber attempts to steal from their diner, the necklace blazes and burns her chest. Pain in her back is nearly unbearable as the thief transforms before her eyes… into something demonic.

Demon after demon threaten Julia’s home, family, and friends, and she realizes there may have been something more behind her dad’s disappearance. And now there may be something–or someone–dangerous after her.

Julia has to accept that she is not quite human. Will her infuriating but attractive Guardian Angel be able to prepare her for the battle to come?

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If only humans knew the invisible danger lurking around them…

In the aftermath of an explosion and Homecoming battle, Julia tries to form some semblance of a routine: work, study, and visit her brother who remains hospitalized. Unable to confide in anyone about her double life of being both human and angel, and fearful she’ll bring more death and destruction to those she loves, she pulls away from her family and best friend.

When demons once again start to show up at every turn, seemingly bringing about her brother’s deepening depression, she demands her sword from Nicholas. Ever the stern Guardian Angel, he forbids her from using it. Isolated, she takes protecting her brother into her own hands. But when demons show they have evils hidden within their weapons in addition to their ability to siphon souls from the living, Julia’s not sure she knows the best way to handle saving him any longer. Especially when ash-colored lines begin to appear on humans, lines of demonic poison that travel through their veins toward their hearts and alter their moods.

Thrust into a dark world of conspiring demons, Julia is in more danger than she ever imagined possible. To stop evil from spreading and overtaking those she loves, she’ll have to seek out the one person she mistrusts most–especially when a line appears on her own arm, and her apathy toward doing much of anything, including saving anyone, grows.

Enter a complex world where humans, demons, and angels collide, all battling to rule the Earth.

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Cecelia Earl graduated with a degree in education and has been teaching ever since. She’s a wife, a mom of three boys, and an owner of a magical laundry pile that never stops growing. She lives near enough to Green Bay, WI that her refrigerator is always stocked with cheese, and the first colors her children learned were green and gold.

She’s a first grade teacher in a Catholic school by day, a mom always, and a writer in her sleep, but that’s okay because being an author is a dream come true. She writes angel fantasy books for young and youngish adults. If you feel young, she writes for you—whether or not you feel particularly angelic.

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This Little Piggy by Rob Ashman

Kevin Palmer is a regular sort of guy, or he was until his life fell apart. His wife, his money, his business and his reputation are all taken away from him. He tries to fight back and ends up in prison.

There he concocts elaborate fantasies to wreak vengeance. He is sent to work in an abattoir and the final piece of the jigsaw falls into place with chilling consequences. Then a cruel twist of fate changes everything.

DI Rosalind Kray is battling her own demons having returned to work following a brutal attack. She finds herself on the trail of a sick and twisted killer and cracks the macabre pattern of murders. But her boss is unconvinced.

Kray has Palmer squarely in her sights. But he has other ideas …

Can Kray break him in time to save the final victim?

Time is running out.


Author’s Bio

Rob is married to Karen with two grown up daughters. He is originally from South Wales and after moving around with work settled in North Lincolnshire where he’s spent the last twenty-two years.

Like all good welsh valley boys Rob worked for the National Coal Board after leaving school at sixteen and went to University at the tender age of twenty-three when the pit closures began to bite. Since then he’s worked in a variety of manufacturing and consulting roles both in the UK and abroad.

It took Rob twenty-four years to write his first book. He only became serious about writing it when his dad got cancer. It was an aggressive illness and Rob gave up work for three months to look after him and his mum. Writing Those That Remain became his coping mechanism. After he wrote the book his family encouraged him to continue, so not being one for half measures, Rob got himself made redundant, went self-employed so he could devote more time to writing and four years later the Mechanic Trilogy is the result.

When he is not writing, Rob is a frustrated chef with a liking for beer and prosecco, and is known for occasional outbreaks of dancing.

Rob published the Mechanic Trilogy with Bloodhound Books in 2017 and will be releasing three new books during 2018. These are titled: Faceless, This Little Piggy and Suspended Retribution.

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Writing This Little Piggy was a journey of discovery for me. Anyone who has read my previous four books will realise that my villains are psychotic individuals with a pre-disposed urge to kill. But when I wrote about Kevin Palmer, the protagonist in This Little Piggy, he was nothing like that and it threw me completely.

I found when I sat down to write about him I could not find his voice. I had the story that wrapped around his character but not him. So, I did what I normally do when faced with a writing problem, I shared it with my long-suffering wife. Having first poured her a large glass of wine.

I described the situation to Karen and she said, ‘Well, maybe he’s not who you think he is.’ And that was it. That was the sum total of her wisdom. Rubbish advice I thought and took back the wine – joke, that’s a dangerous thing to attempt.

The following week we were out with friends and out of the blue Kevin started talking to me. His first words were, ‘This is not a story about a psycho, Rob, this is a story about revenge.’

As usual my wife was right, Kevin was not the guy I was trying to portray. His motivations were different to anyone I had ever written about before.

Once I had that straight in my head Kevin came to life and did some eye watering things, some of which even made me wince.

Kevin Palmer stretched me as a writer and I hope readers will enjoy his character.

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