Book-a-Day #Giveaway! Homecoming by Jake Logan


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What if the US Army had access to magic? And what would happen to those soldiers when they came home?

In Homecoming, First Magus Brent Rogers has been in Afghanistan for two years. His role is to find improvised explosive devices, also known as IEDs, and disarm or explode them. He also tracks and finds Taliban to make it easier for soldiers to find the enemy. Underneath the magic is an ability, limited psychometry that he had used to help his father, and some telekinesis augmented with magical spells.

Informed that he will be captured in two weeks, the Army sends him home on leave. Brent returns home, welcomed by his mother, father, and sister; however, he still has a rough and rocky relationship with his brother.

Brent meets Chrissie, his brother’s neighbor, and the two hit it off immediately. As he begins to relax, he realizes that he still can use his magic and abilities. But if he relaxes his vigilance for even a second, who knows what could happen . . .

Homecoming is available on Amazon, iTunes, Nook, Smashwords, and other ePub sites. It is also available as an audiobook on Audible and iTunes.

About the Author: Jake Logan is the pen name of Lisa Jacob, who has been writing contemporary and military fantasy for over 30 years. This is her first published novel.

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Book-a-Day #Giveaway! Bosom Buddies by Mary Jane Condon Bohlen


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The author writes:

In the spring of 1993, I was drawn to a magnificent tree over 400 years old, standing 90 feet high, with a circumference of 26 feet. It had been declared dead in 1969 due to damage by gypsy moths. In its younger days it was a sacred place where Native Americans would come to decide tribal issues. Taking many photographs, I returned home to develop and print my images. I began seeing a one breasted figure that inspired me to create an etching titled “BOSOM BUDDY.” Although gnarled and broken, I discovered the soul that lived on in this timeless beauty. In 2009, a new oak was planted in its shadow as the old lady needed to be taken down, her life having been an inspiration for all those who chanced to meet her.

In the spring of 1992, I too, had found myself gnarled and broken when I was first diagnosed with breast cancer and treated with a radical mastectomy. The Ledyard Oak became my “Bosom Buddy.” After being cancer free for sixteen years, I discovered in May of 2008 that cancer had returned and I again went through surgery to remove my remaining breast.

For over twenty years I have had the dream of creating a book of photos and essays showing the scars and reconstructions, the thoughts, fears, inner spirit, and especially the hopes of those brave enough to bare their bodies and show their beauty, all inspired by this magnificent tree.

The women depicted in this book  are representative of the many thousands of brave warriors who battle this dread disease called breast cancer. They have taken their bravery one step further by allowing themselves to be photographed in subtle and delicate settings. Meet these women, read their stories. They are survivors.

“I wanted you to know just how beautiful and meaningful I found the book. Indeed, it is a masterpiece.” ~ Sr. Joan Rohan, DW

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Book-a-Day #Giveaway! A Girl from the Hill by Patricia Mitchell


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I remember feeling very proud at age four-and-a-half. Practically ready for kindergarten, I knew my ABC’s, the days of the week, and that on Sunday nights at eight, I could see my TV pals Dan and Dick and those girls who danced with paint all over their bodies. In 1968 my parents allowed me to watch Rowan and Martin’s Laugh In, a show full of sexual innuendo and political satire.

I am the youngest of five, also known as ‘the baby.’ My parents referred to me as ‘the baby’ until middle school, maybe even high school. In my family, being ‘the baby’ held significant meaning: I was not allowed to hear bad news, witness any kind of family strife, or be disappointed. This meant that I played only a minor role in the actual family dynamics. Reality and I would not meet until many years later.

For me, the best part of being ‘the baby’ were those early years where I spent every day with my Mom. While the others schlepped off to school or work, I stayed home with the nicest person I knew, who totally got how babies should be treated. While she drank coffee by the potful and picked up after everyone else’s mess, I plopped myself on the sofa with my coffee milk to watch Captain Kangaroo. While she made the beds, I helped shake out the sheets. When she hung the clothes out to dry, I ran around the backyard jumping off my favorite rock, pretending to fly. In the afternoons, we’d watch our ‘stories,’ like Search for Tomorrow and The Guiding Light. I ignored the mature plots and drifted off to nap while my mom rubbed my back. The perfect life for the perfect baby.

What I didn’t understand until I wrote my mother’s memoir, A Girl from the Hill, was that my mom was a survivor. She also grew up as ‘the baby,’ with siblings and parents who shielded her, too. Like me, she loved being pampered and the center of attention. But before she got a chance to graduate high school, my mother lost her mother forever, forcing her older siblings to inherit an impossible task – shielding ‘the baby’ from death.

On Federal Hill in 1941, wakes were held in homes. Watching her father sit and stroke her dead mother’s hair dealt my mother a harsh blow that changed her forever.

I didn’t appreciate her journey until I stopped being a baby and listened to her story, a story of strength and determination, sprinkled always with a bit of laughter to endure reality.

Sure, I may have resented my over-protective family growing up. But I’m over it. My mother understood how important it was to let me be ‘the baby’ for as long as possible.

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Patricia Mitchell’s lifelong love of writing and desire to capture the story of her mother’s life prompted her to embark on her first professional writing project – A Girl from the Hill. She holds degrees in mass media and communication, English literature and creative writing. This work expresses her interest in Italian-American culture as well as the relationship between mothers and daughters.

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Book-a-Day #Giveaway! Hidden Presences by Jenna O’del


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The story of Hidden Presences is like a forest that’s full of wild surprises, and Adamar the fox, one of the main characters, frequently encounters challenges, twists and turns, and questions such as, ‘how’d we get here?’

Here’s the answer: Everything is interconnected. Nothing exists in isolation. And nothing exists in isolation in Hidden Presences. Everything has an impact on everything else.

Adamar the fox must rescue his kit Miro, who was stolen by a vile king. As he takes on the quest of finding his kit, he discovers that the past cannot be left behind. Adamar realizes that like a forest, nothing in his world or his story is predictable. He faces unforeseen challenges in his attempt to rescue Miro, and as he navigates these challenges, he encounters numerous animal species. No humans are in Hidden Presences – the characters are all animals—mammals, birds, reptiles. Adamar is a red fox, while the two archers that accompany him are a coyote and a big brown bat. The characters are all anthropomorphic humanoids: they stand on two feet and speak like humans, though they use the attributes of their own species. They rely on their species’ sense of smell and hearing. But just as Hidden Presences is like a forest, it does not take place solely in a forest. Adamar and his companions visit towns along the way, on their quest to finding and rescuing little Miro.

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Jenna O’del published her debut novel, Hidden Presences, in October 2015. Hidden Presences is the first novel in the anthropomorphic fantasy Hidden Strength Series. Weekly, she writes about the real-life versions of her characters in her Wildlife Wednesdays series, including a post about red foxes like Adamar and his family.

Hidden Presences is available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The second book in the Hidden Strength series was just published on November 15.

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Book-a-Day #Giveaway! Sand Dollar by Sebastian Cole


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A Story of Undying Love

“SAND DOLLAR is one of those rare books that makes you feel, laugh and cry all at the same time. This smashing debut by Sebastian Cole reads like the best of Nicholas Sparks.”

– Jon Land, USA Today bestselling author of The Tenth Circle

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Noah Hartman has it all, or so it seems. Groomed since childhood to inherit the family fortune and business empire, the effect of living the life set down for him by controlling parents has left Noah out of touch with his inner self. Enter Robin, who — in direct contrast to Noah — is a vivacious, free spirit with no material possessions to speak of. Robin’s love saves Noah by inspiring him to stand up to his parents and reclaim his true identity at all costs. But Robin harbors a secret that could devastate their lives forever. Is it enough for two soul mates to find each other, or are the forces that would tear them apart too great to overcome?

Many years later, Noah lies in a hospital bed recounting his life of love and loss, only to discover a far greater truth about the past, present, and future. And the one certainty that remains unchanged in Noah’s heart — true love never dies.

Looking for the next great love story? Look no further: read Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love.

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Sebastian Cole never intended to be a writer. He graduated from Brown University in the 80s, then worked briefly in New York before returning to Rhode Island to work in his family’s business. Nineteen years later, he took a leap of faith and left the company to pursue his dream, writing a debut novel emotionally inspired by his own personal life experiences. Sebastian Cole writes from the heart, believing in true love, love at first sight, and finding that one person in life you’re meant to be with. Many have compared him to one of his favorite authors, Nicholas Sparks, whom Cole cites as an inspiration. Whether or not he ever achieves that kind of success, touching the lives of others through his writing has been the single most gratifying thing he has ever done.

Visit Sebastian’s website for more information about where to purchase his book and where you can follow him on social media.

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Book-a-Day #Giveaway! Wait Until I’m Dead! by Elda Dawber


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Got secrets? Of course you do! Like it or not, our lives are rich with personal, professional, and family tales that could keep readers awake deep into the night. But do we dare risk the telling? If there is a story you that needs to be told, then perhaps the time has come to listen and give it voice.

In writing her novel, Elda Dawber placed her main character in the center of this dilemma. A successful romance writer, Donna Jean Brava has written an autobiography which provides the backstory of how she dealt with her own childhood abuse by her father and her uncles while suffering the cold indifference of her mother. Her recovery shows how love and friendship bring about her healing even though evil acts still lurk behind the door. As her family reads the manuscript and begins to unravel buried family secrets, the title of the novel becomes painfully appropriate. Hate and love vie for the upper hand as victims and perpetrators fear the same fate: “What if people find out?”

Perhaps surprisingly, the book is also filled with humor—which works as comic relief in the classically tragic sense—mystery, unexpected plot twists, revealed secrets and intrigue. Presented as a memoir within a novel, readers move through the main character’s history. But it is her actions in the present that propel the story through a series of compelling revelations affecting numerous characters in unforeseen ways.

Secrets often beget more secrets. So, why go there at all, one might ask? The author explains: ‘Like everyone else, I’ve had secrets, told secrets, kept secrets, and even spilled a few. But nothing on this earth prepared me for the damage and long term suffering visited upon children when secrets about abuse prevail.’

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Elda Dawber lives in Rhode Island, surrounded by an amazingly loving and diverse family, covets a good mystery, gardens in milk crates on her back deck, loves to travel, still trains her fellow social service professionals, and – truthfully – hates secrets that keep children unsafe. Her novel “Wait Until I’m Dead!” recently won the Independent Publishers of New England 2015 award for literary fiction. She is currently hard at work on the sequel. Visit her website at http://www.eldamdawber.com.

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Book-a-Day #Giveaway! The Street or Me by Judith Glynn


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In general, homelessness is about statistics. Rarely does the subject convince an ordinary citizen to step up and rescue a street person – until now.

The Street or Me: A New York Story begins with a sidewalk hello between two diverse women in a sketchy Midtown Manhattan neighborhood. Michelle Browning is 33, a former Italian beauty queen, habitually drunk, homeless for six years and near death. Author Judith Glynn is middle-aged, divorced with grown children, and struggles to support herself in her adopted city. As their street friendship develops, Glynn sets out single-handedly to restore Michelle’s dignity and return her to her family in Italy.

This book sounds like a do-gooder, co-dependent story, but it’s not. It’s part mystery – why do we connect with some people and not with others. Crafted as part horror story, too, Glynn shares just enough of Michelle’s life experience and what her daily existence was like on the streets:  the beatings, the stench, the body lice, the freezing cold, the zombie-like state of late-stage alcoholism, yet Michelle’s spark of a vibrant human still inside her drives the narrative.

Glynn’s inability to understand her fixation to rescue Michelle is ever-present, as is her depth of self-reflection and action amidst uncertainty. Is it worth the danger and futility she faces trying to rescue a street person or the sacrifice to involve her family with her homeless friend? One casualty is the severed relationship that occurs with her own mother. Prominent in this memoir’s closing chapters is Glynn’s son who comes to his mother’s and Michelle’s aid during her final street days in New York.

At stake during Glynn’s riveting memoir is whether Michelle’s alcoholism will enslave her to a street life and a death in a gutter or will she follow the author’s lead back to sobriety.

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Discover more about author Judith Glynn at her website http://judithglynn.com

You can purchase her books through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Apple.

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Book-a-Day #Giveaway! BELIEVE IN FOREVER by Mary Catherine Volk


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Have you ever felt the presence of a loved one after death? Or wondered if you did? Do you yearn for a connection with a loved one who has died? Our departed loved ones do come and visit us. They show us their presence through the use of signs. They give us a sign that is unique to them, everyone is different. This book will teach you how to navigate this new landscape, it is just a new way of communicating. Based on the author’s firsthand experiences, she details the specific ways that contact with the other side occurs. The numerous stories in this book will give you chills as they touch your heart; teaching you to trust your own intuitive ability. A must read for anyone grieving a loss or curious about life after death. This book makes a wonderful gift!
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Mary Catherine Volk is a spiritual medium, author and speaker. She serves as an ambassador between the worlds relaying messages of healing and love from those in spirit to their loved ones here on earth.
Find the book on Amazon here or visit the author’s website http://marycatherinevolk.com
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Book-a-Day #Giveaway! Whispers from the Tree of Life by Fran O’Donnell


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During her early years, Fran O’Donnell often thought of rhymes and phrases, wanting each sentence to form a rhythm and pattern. She enjoyed the association of words as she envisioned the world around her, likened to the vision of an exquisite silhouette from the branch of a beautiful old tree. Words and trees became her friend and companion as she grew hungry to learn more about them. Her book, Whispers from the Tree of Life, is a collection of poems written over many years from her involvement in life, observations, inquiries, experiences, love, and conclusions of and in her life.

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Fran O’Donnell writes about what is natural in human life, particularly in the life of an artist and of someone who connects nature to human existence. The free verse and easy language allow the poems to flow along as if carried naturally by wind or water. The artificial is omitted. Fran’s poems are self propelled, organic. The poems are not couched philosophical rhetoric. Fran is an observer of nature and weaves it into her memory poems as she remembers or thinks of others and as an expression of how one strives to identify herself to herself as changes occur over time and the perception of self is recycled. Fran’s use of apostrophe and her nature metaphors for the workings of the inner self allow the reader to empathize with the poet whose persona remains steady throughout the collection. It would be difficult for anyone who has passed through a good portion of life and who has kept an eye turned toward nature not to both appreciate and enjoy Fran’s expression of living.

~ Marc G. LeVasseur, Associate Professor of English, Community College of Rhode Island

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Book-a-Day #Giveaway! ANGEL FRIENDS by Tara Williams


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Do you have an angel friend? Young India has a special friend, an angel friend, Julia. They love to play and sing together. But India’s mother doesn’t believe her friend is real—or does she? Angel Friends is based on a true story of India, who at the age of 2 lost her dad. India kept getting messages from her father but her mom didn’t believe her until there were too many coincidences. Angel Friends is a ‘child friendly’ story. It is a great stepping stone for parents to talk and listen to their children about a loved one who has passed away. It is a touching story of friendship, love, and believing.

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Tara Williams began writing books when she became an early childhood educator. She realized books can be for both enjoyment and an amazing conversation starter with children. Many difficult topics can be addressed using a great book. Tara lives in Rhode Island with her husband Chris and their daughter Aria. Most people think that seeing is believing. Tara thinks first you believe and then you will see.

http://www.angelfriends.tateauthor.com

https://www.amazon.com/Angel-Friends-Tara-Williams/dp/1680977601/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1472570313&sr=1-6&keywords=Angel+Friends

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