Friday, June 28, 2013

Dunes of Rehala Cover reveal

How do you live with a secret so dark and so deeply woven into your being that it threatens to smother your very existence, with no known way out? Use it to your advantage.

Kailey Rooke, karmelean, and now a possibly unethical karma-for-hire, has spent the past year jumping from project to project, without any real hope for salvation. With repercussions from her actions at every turn, she discovers that as time goes on, she loses a bit more of herself to that which feeds on her anguish, that which is thriving inside her own body.

When a new contract to find a missing girl arises, Kailey attempts to put her past and its associated problems on the back burner, but she soon finds out that treachery and deceit lie shortly ahead in Golden Dunes, only giving face to new problems, with one leading right back to her childhood past.

She struggles to complete her contract as her own life teeters on a fulcrum, constantly tipping according to karma’s whim. How long will she keep her balance? Which way will she fall?

About the Author

I was born in Chicago and slept in a dresser drawer for the first few weeks of my life, marking me as a future claustrophobe.

I studied at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana (man I grew up quick), where I became a number, but decided it was a good number.

I write with plenty of snacks in hand, making sure they are not in multiples of three. That number makes me nervous.

Author of the Renhala series.

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Where in the OM Am I? Book Review

Stop #6
Sara has invested years dutifully climbing the corporate ladder to become head of PR at a major financial services company, but can’t shake the feeling she’s not where she belongs. When her latest boss, a wine-guzzling, drama-loving diva, finally drives her to the brink, Sara seeks sanctuary in yoga-teacher training…only to encounter an entirely different assortment of craziness and calamity. “Where in the OM Am I?” is an irreverent, honest, and hilarious memoir chronicling one woman’s journey from the fast-paced, cutthroat corporate world, to the slow-paced, surprisingly catty, and sometimes perilous world of yoga. Along the way, Sara confronts the harsh reality of working in a male-dominated industry, the challenges of being a corporate interloper in the yoga community, and the complexity of interactions between women in both realms. As epic mishaps beget personal revelations, Sara digs deep for the courage to forge a new life for herself.
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My Review
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.  Sara has worked hard in the corporate world.  She’s one of the few females that have survived this male dominated career.  Unfortunately, she feels out of place.  After going on a business trip with her crazy, drinking diva boss, Sara decides to try a yoga teacher training to have focus on something peaceful.

I had to check twice to make sure that this was in fact a memoir.  This book was so funny, it had me laughing until I cried.  I loved Sara’s courage and “don’t give up” attitude.  By the end of the book, Sara DiVello is someone I’m proud to have gotten to know.  Her strength and character is extremely admirable.  It took awhile for her to realize the life she wanted, but her journey there was quite a humorous adventure. I feel empowered just from reading her experiences.   I loved this book, it’s a Memoir that reads like Chick Lit, what more could you ask for from a great read?

About the Author
Corporate Life:
Sara began working in the communications, PR, and marketing field in 1996, and entered the financial services industry in 2000. She worked for small companies and huge companies and companies somewhere in-between before she realized that she preferred yoga mats and bare feet to cubicles and high heels.

Yoga Life:
Sara has been practicing yoga since January 2000. She originally began in the Ashtanga tradition before finding a deeper resonance in slower-flow styles. Having experienced the transformative effects of yoga in her own life, she is now dedicated to deepening and expanding the practices of her students. Sara is certified with the Yoga Alliance and teaches both Vinyasa and Restorative yoga.

Author Life:
A life-long writer, Sara has been scribbling poems, stories, diaries, and notes on bar napkins for as long as she can remember. Of course, the notes on bar napkins only started after she was 21.

Sara holds a B.A. in communications with a print concentration and a minor in European history. She is also passionate about gardening, travel, and great food.

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Apocalypse Cult Book Tour Promo and Giveaway

Apocalypse Cult

APOCALYPSE CULT is the first book in the Gray Spear Society series. They are God's secret warriors, His henchmen, His assassins cloaked in shadows. When lives and souls are at risk, He sends the Gray Spear Society to save mankind. This time the enemy is the Church of One Soul, a cult that intends to kill thousands of unsuspecting tourists in Chicago. But this is merely the first step in plunging the world into a devastating war. The Society has only a few days to destroy their elusive foe, despite interference by overzealous federal agents.
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 About Alex Siegel

Alex Siegel Alex Siegel grew up a math and computer geek. At the age of twenty-five, he received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Cornell. He continues to make a good living as a software developer in Chicago. In his late twenties, he took up creative writing as a serious pastime with the intention of eventually making it his career. This goal has been elusive, but failure is not an option. In 2001, his wife gave birth to triplet boys. People often ask him how he still finds time to write. In 2009, he began the Gray Spear Society series, and he hopes it will be his key to literary fame.
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Crushing Book Review and Giveaway

As a pampered and adored daughter of a wealthy Southern family Rory's life was seemingly perfect until her troubled childhood crush moves back in across the street forcing her to choose between him and the life that has been chosen for her.

As if that isn't enough, her quiet island town has turned dangerous. A good friend has gone missing, lending truth to the rumors of a serial kidnapper. In her quest to help she becomes a target and will have to make choices about love, friendship and the inevitable sacrifice that they both require.
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My Review
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.  Rory’s life seems perfect.  She has great friends, she’s best friends with her parents best friends’ son.  Unfortunately, he’s crazy about her and although he’d make the perfect boyfriend, she’s unsure if she shares his feelings.  Then out of the blue, her childhood crush moves back in across the street.  He’s gotten older, taller and gorgeous!  With his surprising return begins the rumors of his troubled past.  Which are true and which are lies?  Added to that, a teenage girl is missing, will she be next?

I was pleasantly surprised by this book.  I’d expected it to focus mainly on the romance aspect, but it was a perfect mix.  I was completely engrossed from start to finish.  I found it amusing that Rory had a knack for getting herself into trouble.  The mystery was amazing, and had a few twists.  When you find out who the serial kidnapper is, it’ll certainly shock you!  This was an amazing hard to put down novel, one I’m sure many of you will enjoy!

About the Author

Elena lives and writes in a suburb North of Los Angeles. She has never lived anywhere besides California which is probably a good thing since she hates being cold and is terrified to drive in the snow. She loves being a wife and a mother to her two kids and three dogs, although really the bulldog is the fourth child who has never matured beyond the toddler stage. A self proclaimed nerd, she has been writing since she was a child. She has only recently, however, come out of the closet about this to her family and friends. They now understand better, but not completely, why she talks about characters in stories as if they are real people.

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Mailbox Monday Weekly Meme

I.O. Book Tours

A Monday MEME blog hop organized by T B R  and Bookworm Babblings to share books that are in your mailbox and you can hardly wait to read.
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This one looks intriguing!
How are you reinventing your life to support who you are today?
Former nun Kathy Carpenter is comfortable in her role as a wife and practicing psychologist when a new patient from her past takes her down a journey that proves to be professionally and emotionally challenging. When the patient is found dead and it’s claimed a suicide she knows that something is off. Enlisting the help of her gregarious sister in Atlanta, she sets out to prove her patient was murdered. But with the only suspect a shadowy figure whom she only knows by a nickname, the answers seem well out of reach. As Kathy gets closer to the truth, political intrigue begins to surround her, and her own life begins to be in danger. Can she find the killer—or will she be a victim herself?

About Deborah Plummer Bussey
  One of Deborah Plummer Bussey’s favorite childhood memories is visiting the local library where she first immersed herself into the world of books, but she never thought that one day she would become a writer. She is now releasing her third book in summer 2013.

Bussey lived in Cleveland, Ohio, until she was recruited to the University of Massachusetts Medical School in New England. She holds a Master of Education degree in community consultation and a doctorate in psychology. She is a psychologist and human resources professional with expertise in diversity management and organizational development.

After a lengthy career as an academic, she discovered a passion for writing. Bussey’s nonfiction self-help book, “Racing Across the Lines: Changing Race Relationships Through Friendships,” released by Pilgrim Press received the publishing company’s Mayflower Award for Best Publication in the church and state category. She is also the editor of the “Handbook of Diversity Management: Beyond Awareness to Competency Based Learning” from University Press of America.

Having spent more than a dozen years of her life as a nun, Bussey is the creator of the Sister Nun mystery series. Half Dozen Publications released her debut novel, “They Still Call Me Sister,” in December 2011. Her newest book, “The Family That Stays Together,” is due out in June 2013. Bussey lives in Westborough, Mass., where she is a regular blogger for The Huffington Post.

Check out my review July 2!