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I was sitting at a light in the passenger seat of my boyfriend’s Xterra in Chandler, Arizona. We were driving around looking for garage sales, a huge addiction of mine that Dave, my beau, enables with his own lighter interest. He lived in Arizona, I lived in Michigan. We were enjoying just being together as it was year 3 in our 8 year long-distance relationship, when I looked across the street and saw this amateur tag that I couldn’t read. It was as if the tagger had been interrupted and had to run from the cops or something.
My mind instantly started making up a story of the guy who ran. He was young, in a new territory and skittish because he wasn’t sure whose turf he occupied.
That line of thinking brought me to something I’d heard not long ago from that moment. A school merger, of rival schools, that resulted in violence. I was remembering the interviews and the kids who tried to brush off the crazy while in their eyes was fear. How many kids can say they are actually afraid to go to school? Back in my day, that number was a lot less. You didn’t see shootings on the news. Terrorism wasn’t a word people used every day. I feel like the number of teens who fear going to school escalates every year.
I think now, more than ever, teens all over the country and in different social environments can relate to what inner city kids have felt all along. Sometimes, school can be a dangerous place. Students now have to pay close attention to their peers and report on anyone acting all touched.
As I wrote this book, I wanted to bring the environment to life, but without it turning into a downer. I wanted to recognize that young adults have a lot to worry about and I want them to relate. But I didn’t want my readers wallowing in misfortune. I wanted to tell a story that focused more on the day-to-day living in that type of environment. Death could come creeping up on you…and this is how this character handled it. She used her smarts, she used her detective skills. You can too!
I wasn’t sure how to do that at first, and then, with that one little thought about a “writer” (a graffiti artist), I had a theme that I could use to soften the book idea. At first, I named the book Tagged. It fit. But then after a brief conversation with a friend, I added in freerunning/parkour.
The end result became a fast-paced novel, full of action and whodunit, that I hope all my readers will enjoy. And if I’m lucky, my characters will come back to make a series. J Thanks for having me today! I’ve really enjoyed talking in detail about how this book came about!
Title: ON EDGE
Genre: Mystery/YA Mystery
Author: Gin Price
Publisher: Poisoned Pencil
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About the Book:
When a serial-killing graffiti artist starts painting your picture all over town…it puts a girl on edge.
Emanuella “LL” Harvey puts her gymnastic skills to good use as a member of her brother’s Parkour group. Freerunning, jumping, and climbing over their corner of the city like it’s an obstacle course gives them something to take pride in and keeps them out of trouble—sort of. But trouble finds LL when she runs into Haze, a talented graffiti artist whose sister Heather was murdered two years before. Freerunner and Writer promptly fall in love, but they decide to hide their relationship till they’re sure it’s the real thing—and until they can find a way to placate LL’s hotheaded brother, who has it in for Haze and his gang. But when portraits of LL—done in Haze’s distinctive style—start popping up on city walls, all hell breaks loose. LL’s brother threatens a gang war, which LL tries to avert by identifying the Writer who is really responsible for the paintings. But when another teen is murdered, it looks bad for Haze, especially when LL discovers that Heather’s killer and her portrait-painter are one and the same.
About the Author:
Using knowledge learned from her childhood environment, Gin Price’s writing is often steeped in street life, whether good or bad. Hoping to show support for art that is often misunderstood, she published her debut novel, On Edge, focusing on graffiti and parkour, two expressions dear to her heart. Currently, she is a resident in the Metro Detroit area, living with her loving biologist man, David, her two children, Shyla and Hayes, many reptiles and a troublesome cat named Wallace.
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What if God was killed amidst the chaos of World War II?
_________Each end has a story _____________
What if what you thought that you knew as history is just an illusion?
Vienna, 1920. Wilhelm Reich is a medical student, working as a night nurse at a mental hospital, when he meets Maria Orsic, a beautiful young woman who happens to be suffering from paranoid schizophrenia. Wilhelm is captivated and finds himself falling in love. Then, one night, he helps her to escape, only to lose her the next morning.
Years later, he is a respected psychiatrist working in Berlin when he meets Maria for the second time. And he finds that she needs his help again — with a message she’s received from the aliens.
Each end has a story. This tale is a complex one and includes mystics, Nazis, occult societies, the thousands-year-long invasion of aliens into the human genome, retro-chronal causality, secret codes within DNA, the number Pi, the Holy book and so much more.
"Save the Last Bullet for God" is a trilogy set of "Alpha Tauri Strain", "Code of Disjointed Letters" and "Homo Avatarius".
Filled with insights that are hallmarks of Anna Quindlen's bestsellers, this extraordinary novel is about a woman coming of age, as she unearths secrets about her family and her town, and surprising truths about herself.
Anna Quindlen’s Miller’s Valley tells the story of a small rural town and its 6400 acres of families and farms through the eyes of Mary Margaret Miller, daughter of a small farmer and fix it man whose family lived in Miller’s Valley for generations. Mary Margaret, fondly know as Mimi, loves the farm and working alongside her dad, but the threat of eminent domain in order to build the Valley Federal Recreation Area threatens all she has ever known and loved. As the years fall away and the threat to flood the valley becomes more evident, Mimi’s life also changes in ways she never expected. Love and loss seem to be the order of her day as she grows and changes into a young woman. With grit and determination she holds her family together through tragic events while preparing herself for a future that no longer seems certain.
What I liked best about Miller’s Valley was seeing the characters and the events of their lives being told through the eyes of Mary Margaret (Mimi). The reader was able to get a real sense of what motivated each character and how their actions, both good and bad, affected one another. I was able to watch Mimi grow, make tragic mistakes and fiercely love and protect her family. I did not see the twist coming at the end of the story and appreciated that the author did not give definitive answers, but let the reader draw their own conclusions and kept them wondering long after the last page was turned.
Miller’s Valley evolved slow and deliberately giving the reader a little more with each page.
I appreciate being given an advanced copy of Miller's Valley for a fair and honest review.
“Dying is as perilous as secrets and lies. Depending, of course, on who is keeping the secrets and who is telling the lies. Trust me, I’m in the secrets and lies business—” and so begins Dying to Tell, the third book in Oliver “Tuck” Tucker’s case files. Tuck’s a dead detective, er, Gumshoe Ghost if you will. As a former government agent and security consultant specializing in anti-terrorism, I’ve been in the secrets and lies business all my life. And as an author, my life’s adventures are the basis for my novel’s plots and characters.
To understand Dying to Tell’s backstory, I should explain the series’ genesis. First, Dying to Know, the first novel, began with Tuck’s murder. He returns to solve his own case. The “dead detective” theme is based on my 20-year recurring nightmare after the first Gulf War—I was killed by terrorists and returned to hunt them. After telling my adult daughter about it, she urged me to write a similar murder mystery—voila, Oliver Tucker. Each of Tuck’s cases intertwine a traditional murder and a historical subplot. Together, they surround Tuck’s long-lost family secrets—which involve gangsters, spies, G-men, and rogue adventurers—and yes, these ancestors are all dead and back amongst the living, too!
In Dying to Tell, Tuck is chasing the murderer of a reclusive banker with ties to World War II Cairo, Egypt. The historic subplot is based on a real World War II Nazi spy caper, Operation Salaam—the infiltration of spies into Cairo. One of the characters, Ollie Tucker—Tuck’s namesake—is an OSS operative from 1942 and is based on my real-life mentor who recently passed away at age 91. It was his personal WWII experiences in the OSS that fueled this theme.
Throughout Dying To Tell, Tuck faces a new crisis—his faltering marriage. I asked myself, “What is life, er death, like for Tuck and Angel, his widow?” How will their marriage survive when she is young, brilliant, and beautiful, and he is, well, dead and not a physical person? The outcome is simple—he and Angel struggle to balance love, life, and death together. It’s difficult for them, and in the end, it’s a killer by itself.
For Tuck, being back among the living and not one of them is harder than solving murders.
Title: DYING TO TELL
Author: Tj O’Connor
Publisher: Midnight Ink
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About the Book:
In Dying to Tell, the latest mystery by award-winning novelist Tj O’Connor, Oliver “Tuck” Tucker—dead detective extraordinaire—is back for the case of a lifetime, or, rather, the afterlifetime.
A former police detective who now solves mysteries from beyond, Tuck doesn’t appreciate just how perilous the past can be till his wife, Angel, is nearly killed and reclusive banker William Mendelson is found dead in a hidden vault. Tuck knows there’s more to Mendelson’s murder than decades-old skullduggery. As murderers, thieves, and spies descend on small-town Winchester, Tuck joins up with Angel, old detective partners, and a long-dead grandfather still on an army mission from 1942. With the case unfolding around him, Tuck must confront haunting family secrets and the growing distance between his death and Angel’s life. The outcome could be a killer of its own, but Tuck is set on solving this case. Dead set. After all, some things never die…
About the Author:
Recipient of the Gold Medal in Independent Publisher’s IPPY Awards (Mystery Category, 2015, Dying to Know) Tj O’Connor is an international security consultant specializing in anti-terrorism. As a consultant and former government agent, O’Connor has lived and worked in such places as Greece,Turkey, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain, and throughout the Americas. A native of New York, O’Connor lives in Virginia.
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"I'm making you mine tonight, and I don't care if I knock you up."
My sister has gone missing. Her last words still ring in my head. "Run, Cherie. Run."
I've run out of money, and I've run out of options to find her when I stop in a dingy motel.
That's where Axel finds me, smells my scent like a predator and goes in for the kill. It takes me a moment to realize who he is...
Axel Lake. Murderer. Outlaw. Criminal.
Yet I can't seem to walk away - or maybe he won't let me. I can deny it all I want, but he awakens something in my body. Something raw and primal.
And when he finally makes me his, I know he's not going to stop until I belong to him completely...
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When I signed my contract with Carina Press, I wasn’t sure how they would go about designing the cover for my debut romance,The Asset. I will confess to a little anxiety. I knew nothing about covers. What works? What sells? But still, I wanted to be involved. Much to my delight, I soon learned that
there was a way that ensured that my thoughts and opinions were incorporated into the creative process. It started with the Art Fact Sheet.
The AFS is a tool that collects all kinds of art-pertinent information about the novel, including the tone and mood of the story, location and specific setting details, sensuality level, character descriptions and significant visual elements. As I worked on The Asset’s AFS, I tried to retell the story from a visual point of view.
The AFS went to my editor at Carina Press, the extraordinary Kerri Buckley. She delivered it to the team, which comprised the talented cover design artists plus members from the marketing team. A few weeks later, a cover concept hit my inbox, the sexy cover you see today. I loved it! Relief. The bliss of working with an outfit that knows what they’re doing.
The Asset is the story of a woman desperate to escape her dangerous past and the Navy SEAL who would lay down his life to save her. It takes place in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, which is why the art team placed that gorgeous scenery that you see on the upper right corner. The cover artists drew on my character description to select the warrior’s image and capture the story’s mood. Readers’ reactions? They often describe the cover as “yummy.” I think that’s success. Don’t you?
Title: The Asset
Genre: Romantic suspense, Contemporary romance, Military romance, SEAL romance.
Author: Anna del Mar
Publisher: Carina Press
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About the Book:
Ash Hunter knows what it is to run. A SEAL gravely injured in Afghanistan, he’s gone AWOL from the military hospital. Physically and mentally scarred, he returns home to his grandmother’s isolated cottage—and finds a beautiful, haunted stranger inside.
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Lia Stewart’s in hiding from the cartel she barely escaped alive, holed up in this small Rocky Mountain town. Surviving, but only just. Helping the wounded warrior on her doorstep is the right thing to do…it’s loving him that might get them both killed.
Soon, Ash realizes he’s not the only one tormented by the past. Pushing the limits of his broken body, testing the boundaries of her shattered soul, he’ll protect Lia until his last breath.
About the Author:
Anna del Mar writes hot, smart romances that soothe the soul, challenge the mind, and satisfy the heart. Her stories focus on strong heroines struggling to find their place in the world and the brave, sexy, kickass, military heroes who defy the limits of their broken bodies to protect the women they love. She is the author of The Asset (Carina Press), the first novel of her Wounded Warrior series and three other novels scheduled for release during 2016.
A Georgetown University graduate, Anna enjoys traveling, hiking, skiing, and the sea. Writing is her addiction, her drug of choice, and what she wants to do all the time. The extraordinary men and women she met during her years as a Navy wife inspire the fabulous heroes and heroines at the center of her stories. When she stays put—which doesn’t happen very often—she lives in Florida with her indulgent husband and two very opinionated cats.
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Musical theater performers have a handbook. It's called Musical Theater Song and provides them with the skill set they need in order to make it in the competitive environment of today's musical theater.
The process is broken down to help people prepare for try-outs. Steven Purdy, the author, helps people learn how to use their own individuality to select song material and how to best highlight their attributes when they prepare for their performance. The reader learns how to evoke song performances that are vibrant, personal, and original by going through a series of challenges on their road to success. http://theamta.com/bloomsbury-to-publish-and-release/
Steven Purdy, a renowned West End and Broadway audition and vocal coach as well as associate head of Theamta, wrote Musical Theater Song for performers looking for a guide to finding musical theater success.
Hundreds of singing actors have been coached by Steven Purdy, and his past clients have been cast in plays such as Hairspray, Memphis, Jersey Boys, Billy Elliot, Legally Blond, Mamma Mia!, Wicked, and many other of the last decade's major musicals. At New York City's Marymount Manhattan College, he is on the voice faculty and has travelled both nationally and internationally to theater festivals and universities to teach master classes. He conducted and played in European musical theater for five years, has toured the US in many shows, and has worked extensively on Broadway.
Placido Domingo says that personal, original, and truthful performances must be delivered by dramatic stage singers in the current theater. Invaluable and insightful wisdom is contained in Stephen Purdy's book that helps artists to foster their artistry while nurturing their individuality by providing the performers with the tools they require.
Tony nominated orchestrator and Grammy nominated producer, Ethan Popp is overjoyed that a text is finally out there that helps performers learn how to choose a song and prepare it in real and relevant ways. He is very sensitive during the casting process to the ability of the singer to act the song and execute a song performance that is story based because of his experience orchestrating and arranging many of the pop and rock shows seen internationally, on the West End, and on Broadway. To succeed, performers need all of this plus a song that works well for them on an individual basis. This stellar book from Purdy, he says, gives performers in musical theater the necessary ingredients to do all of this and more.
The book can be pre-ordered here.
Do you ever get lost in the maze of your mind? When your thoughts start spiraling in a continuous loop—positive or negative—it can seem impossible to consider a different idea or even catch your breath.
If the way you think greatly influences the way you live, then it’s important to know how to manage your thoughts and channel their power to improve your life, rather than hinder it.
Mind Matters explores practical ways you can bring balance to your thought life, from replacing anxious thoughts with hopeful ones to curbing unnecessary thinking altogether. It also points out traps that keep you stuck, like “clearing your mind” by airing your thoughts on Facebook.
As you learn the art of controlling your thoughts, you will be able to focus on what you can do in the present to experience the life you want in the future. Whether you struggle with anxious thoughts or just need a few tips to better manage your mind, this easy-to-read guide provides you with simple instructions you can immediately put into practice.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tanya J. Miller is a certified life coach with over eighteen years’ experience working with youth, young adults, and women throughout the community and in ministry to pursue purpose, passion and destiny.
Tanya holds a BBA in finance and business management from Northwood University and an MBA from Regent University and is also certified as a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and Scrum Master.
Her lifelong passion for writing eventually led her to start the blog Talking with Tanya in 2005. Mind Matters is her debut book. Tanya is married and currently lives in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.
Don't Forget About the Mind Matters Journal!
Your thoughts are powerful, which means what you are thinking matters. However, it’s easy to get trapped in your mind whether by blissful daydreams or anxiety spirals and held back in your life.
In Mind Matters the book, it taught you simple steps that will enable you to keep your thoughts in check so you can focus on and improve your present reality. You will now need to ensure that you will do what it takes to stay out of your head and be a part of life.
With the Get Your Mind Right journal, you will have a way to talk through those tough times or hard situations that you may face or go through in life. Those unfortunate moments, those devastating memories, those challenging problems - they won’t own you. You will have the tools in this guide, and you will be able to put in the work necessary to take care of your mind matters.
Live well. Live life alive, on purpose, and out loud!
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Trying to survive from a deadly past that torments her, Lia Stewart is hiding in a small Rocky Mountain town until, one day, a wounded warrior with a dog shows on her doorstep; a gravely injured SEAL with a heart and soul just as tortured as hers. Against her best judgement, she decides to help him – a kind act that may cost her life.
The Asset by Anna del Mar is an emotionally compelling and sizzling romance, has two protagonists to die for, a well-thought out plot with carefully-timed, revealing twists, mounting tension, and thrills that will keep you turning pages.
From the beginning, I was hooked with the story and mystery. I was also impressed with the quality of the writing and the emotionally compelling aspect of the romance as it evolved between Lia and Ash. The backstory was deftly handled by this promising author. Bits and pieces of information about the characters and their stories bring one to light as the story progresses. Each new revelation seems to be more important then the previous one and adds to the novel’s sense of impending danger as it approaches the climax.
Aside from the lead characters there is also a lethal antagonist and an adorable German shepherd in the mix. While the former is of course important to the plot line, the latter gives the story, and readers, needed breaks from the tension.
Anna del Mar is an exciting new name in the steamy romance genre and I look forward to reading more from her. If you love romance, especially military romance, this is a must read!
Read my interview with the author on Blogcritics.
Cover art credit: Carina Press/HarperCollins. Published with permission from the author.
My review was originally published in Blogcritics.
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