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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Book Giveaway: Falling Like a Rock, Bonnie McCune

Announcing a book launch and giveaway of Bonnie McCune’s new book Fallilng Like a Rock. A woman gambles all, including her life, when she’s “falling like a rock.”

I'm giving away one digital copy of her book. To enter, just leave a comment with your email in the comments section below stating why you would love to own a copy. Here's more about the book and author.


 BOOK DESCRIPTION

Falling Like a Rock, a heartfelt romance, features unloved and unemployed Elaine Svoboda, after she’s sacked, then flees across country to her boyfriend who drops her flat. Teetering on the abyss of disaster, she calls an old friend who invites her to a tiny mountain town with fresh prospects. There she meets rugged, hunky Joe Richter-Leon, mayor of Falling Rock. Believing she needs to be perfect, she must overcome a few obstacles like a broken ankle, an eating disturbance, his stubbornness, and her own fears before she and Joe can build a new life on the ashes of the old. She’s smothering her hopes when a battle with a forest inferno illuminates their true feelings and desire.  Funny and frank, poignant and perceptive, when two people are “Falling Like a Rock,” they learn surrender sometimes means victory. Readers who like their romances rooted in real characters struggling with authentic life situations will enjoy this book.  



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Bonnie McCune lives in Colorado and is the author of novels, novellas and short stories. A writer since the fifth grade, her interest in the craft led to her career in nonprofits doing public and community relations and marketing. Simultaneously, she published news and features as a free-lancer. For reasons unknown (an unacknowledged optimism?), she believes that one person can make a difference in this world. Bonnie’s writing explores the highs and lows of everyday people and their unique lives with humor, close attention, and appreciation.  Her blog addresses "ordinary people, extraordinary lives" and also features samples of shorter works. 



Visit  http://bonniemccune.com/ to connect with her.

Blog : BonnieMcCune.com
twitter.com/bonniemccune

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Book Review: The Marriage List by Dorothy McFalls

Viscount Evers was seriously injured the Battle of Salamanca and nearly lost his life. Now he can no longer ride and can scarcely walk and the emotional scars go deep. He is under pressure to marry to produce an heir so he makes a marriage list of qualities in women who might qualify and none of it includes love.


The moment he meets May Sheffers, who is everything contrary to what a refined, aristocratic single woman should be, he is hooked. She’s diminutive but full figured and he compares her to an elfin princess. She’s also in serious trouble. The more Evers tries to stick to his list, the more he is drawn to May. McFalls introduces a sensual element but never really acts on it, so this is a wholesome story, much to my relief. It’s a nice historical romance. The one thing I felt she could have done better was to make the language of the time a bit more authentic. It seemed to waiver.  I give it 3 out of 5 stars.

Here's the amazon link

Thursday, July 24, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: SHOUT IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION BY NICK ROSENER & ERIC LEHNEN

A simple and straight forward approach for small business owners to defining your target market and using various marketing sources to reach it. With so many social media options at our doorstep, many small business owners/entrepreneurs may feel overwhelmed. Is more better?

The authors pull from years of marketing experience to present an easily understandable and implementable plan for success. The book is broken into three sections. Part I is Building Your Marketing Plan. It includes defining your target audience, setting goals, measuring goals and more  Part II is Tools which explains various social media networks and the differences between them. I especially found this section helpful.  The authors liken each social media network to a different country with its own culture, etc.  Great example. The better you understand that concept, the more success you will have. Part III, Creative, wraps up the book with types of social media actions you might take, as well as building your following and more.


They also provide examples of real businesses who used or learned from some of these marketing techniques.  I will definitely be recommending this book as a resource and will be adding it as a resource link on this website as well as on my art blog, www.serendipitini.com.

Here's the link to the book on amazon.com

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Book Review—The Last to Know by Melissa Hill

This women’s fiction book centers on three women whose lives intertwine as they look for happiness in love. Anna is engaged but can’t seem to set a date and then she finds out she’s pregnant.  Eve has lived with Liam for years and has children by him but isn’t married. All she wants is to be loved by Liam, be his wife and raise his children. Sam is a successful author whose boyfriend has just proposed.  Then there’s Brooke, a book editor, reads a manuscript about these women submitted to her via an unknown sources. What is it that ties them all together.

The two most compelling characters are Sam and Eve, who are sisters. I had a difficult time with the author’s introduction of Brooke. Those segments seemed stop the action and I couldn’t understand what they had to do with the tale the author was spinning. I also felt that those sections were rather clumsily written. Brooke gushed about what an excellent manuscript and story she was screening, which created an awkwardness of the the real author, Hill, bragging on her own story which, in my opinion wasn’t as riveting as Brooke seemed to think. (Confused?  You’ll have to read the book.)


I expected this to be a love story but it takes a twist about ¾ of the way through and suddenly the story goes off in a completely different direction. I won’t spoil the surprise but it all comes together at the end. I give it 3 out of 5 stars. 

Here's the link on amazon.com

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Book Giveaway: The Love Story by Stenetta

Today I present children’s author Stenetta Anthony whose children’s book The Love Story released on May 6, 2014. This is her first publication; however, she is currently in the process of writing another children’s book.

Stenetta Anthony resides in the Chicagoland area with her husband, children, and grandchildren. She uses her talents as a dramatic storyteller in the public and private sectors of education as well as in the Nursery/ Sunday school department of her local church. Writing The Love Story was a milestone in her life, with her about to complete another milestone in her life, a degree in Elementary/Special education. It is never too late to fulfill a lifelong dream. 

GIVEAWAY: Stenetta is excited to give away a copy of her children’s book to one winner. Winners must live in Canada/U.S. to receive book by mail.

To enter, leave a comment in the comments section of this blog post as to why you'd like to win. Provide your email contact there as well. The winner will have a choice between paperback and e-book.  The drawing will end in two weeks. 

Book description: The Love Story tells how a conversation between a Father and his Son can change the world. The Love Story tells how this Heavenly Son must leave his home to fulfill and carry out his Father's desire, demonstrating the Love of his Father to all mankind. 

Where did you get your idea for writing The Love Story?
The idea for writing this book came from two different sources. The first one being, I was asked by my local church nursery to create a curriculum, which focuses on one biblical character; with mine being Jesus Christ. After developing this entire curriculum, it was decided that another biblical character should be used. After some time had passed, I decided to read The Love Story to a family member, who quickly asked, “were did you get that book?”  Stating I wrote it, they encouraged me to have The Love Story published.

What inspired the title of your book?
I consider everyone has a love story, including God; so I desired to share his love story between God and man.

What do you hope this book will accomplish?
The goal of this book is to share and retell the story of Jesus Christ in a simple manner; wherein, everyone regardless of age can comprehend without difficulty. It is also a goal to share the love of Jesus Christ with those who are unfamiliar with his life or life story.

How did you choose the genre you write in?
I chose this genre specifically to educate children of all ages. As an education student, Sunday school teacher and mother I love to read children’s book. I find them in engaging, fun and exciting therefore, I choice to write for children, bringing them the same enjoyment that I enjoy when reading a book.

Are there other books on the horizon?
Yes, I am in the process of writing another children’s book. It is almost complete and hopefully should be release sometime early or mid-2015.

Any tips for upcoming authors?
Authors must decide on the completion of their finished work. Be patient with oneself, it can take a day, a month, and sometimes even years before your complete your writing. Depending on the content of your book characters, scenery and multiple aspect of your book may change. So be patient with you; enjoying the process of writing; never relinquishing the dream of having a publisher literacy work.
What format is your book available in?
The Love Story is available in paperback and e-book. Currently, e-book is only available on my publisher website; Tate Publishing. com, www.tatepublishing.com

Can you provide our readers information on how to purchase The Love Story?
The Love Story can be purchased from, www.tatepublishing.com, www.amazon.com,
www.barnes and nobles.com, or from your local bookstore using ISBN: 9781629025087










Tuesday, July 1, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: BETRAYAL BAY KAREN FENECH

I like historical romances but haven’t read a medieval one. I’m pleased with this one so I’ll definitely look for more set during this time period and by Fenech.  

The story centers on Lady Katherine Stanfield whose own castle and holdings have been invaded by the power hungry Ranulf. In the dead of night she rushes to De Lauren, her former fiancĂ© for aid. What he doesn’t know is that she’s hidden away her infant son, whom no one knows exists. She broke De Lauren’s heart five years earlier when she married William Norris.  What De Lauren doesn’t know is why she cast him aside and he loves her still though he no longer trusts her.


Her primary objective is to keep her son safe at all cost. Fenech builds good tension . There are several villains but Ranulf, is by far the most black-hearted. The dialogue, setting and characters all seem authentic. There were only a few issues I had with the story. The first was the improbability of a woman who has just given birth traipsing around  on horseback, first to De Lauren’s keep and then to her own holdings. Really? I felt she could have also had a little more romantically satisfying ending.  It seemed to end too quickly without much transition. Other than that, it’s a great read. I give it four stars.

Here's the link on Amazon