RI Authors Showcase and Giveaway! Meet Debbie Tillinghast


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A story of reconnecting to long-forgotten childhood bonds and memories, Debbie Kaiman Tillinghast’s The Ferry Home embraces joyful moments with humor and more troubling emotions with compassion.

If you have ever faced emotional challenges within your family or had a sibling relationship with both squabbles and shared mischief, if you have found peace in one memorable place, or if you have ever longed for any of these, then this book is for you.

Experience the rhythm of life on Prudence Island, the ebb and flow of changing tides and seasons, and the patterns and relationships that emerge. It is a place where independence is fostered, but friends are always there when needed.

As Debbie’s vivid accounts unfold, you will feel like you too have just stepped off the ferry and been embraced by the tiny Prudence Island community.

Debbie has generously offered to gift a copy of The Ferry Home to one lucky winner. Just comment on this post and you’re entered into Debbie’s drawing as well as the Grand Prize and Bonus Prize drawings.

Debbie Kaiman Tillinghast began writing as she embarked on a quest to reconnect with her island roots, starting with a cookbook for her family. She has also been published in Country magazine, and her poetry has been featured in five anthologies published by the Association of Rhode Island AuthorsShorelineUnder the 13th Star, Selections, Past, Present, and Future, and Hope. All of the anthologies are available locally from Stillwater Books https://www.stillwaterbooksri.com/ or online through Amazon.

Debbie, a retired teacher and Nutrition Educator, now enjoys volunteering as well as writing, gardening, walking and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Visit Debbie on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/debbiekaimantillinghast/

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RI Authors Showcase and Giveaway! Meet Paul Caranci


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Everyone, it seems, missed the most obvious signs. A childhood filled with poverty, neglect, and drugs will invariably lead to an adulthood full of greed, lust, and violence. No one, however, could have predicted the terror that brothers Reginald and Jonathan Carr would inflict on seven unsuspecting men and women over nine days in December 2000.

The brothers’ crime spree included assault, carjacking, and murder. Their victims, all upstanding members of the Wichita community, were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Terror in Wichita: A Story of One Woman’s Courage and Her Will to Live, exposes the true story of Jonathan and Reginald Carr. It also reveals the insidious horrors that befell their victims, bringing to life the most egregious mental and physical cruelty imaginable, even to the point of their execution-style murders.

The book also tells the story of one woman’s refusal to become the ultimate victim, revealing her inner strength and amazing courage. It tells of that woman’s endurance and her astonishing rejection of death, at least without assurances that her torturers would be brought to justice for their heinous and cowardly acts.

Terror in Wichita is a true crime story that will keep you up at night and compel you to look over your shoulder by day.

Paul has generously offered to gift a copy of Terror in Wichita to one luck winner. Your comment on this post enters you into the drawing, as well as the Grand Prize and Bonus Prize drawings.




Paul F. Caranci is a third generation resident of North Providence, Rhode Island, and has been a student of history for many years. Together with his wife Margie he founded the Municipal Heritage Group in 2009. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Heritage Harbor Museum and the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame. Paul served as Rhode Island’s Deputy Secretary of State and was elected to the North Providence Town Council where he served from 1994 to 2010.

Paul’s book The Hanging & Redemption of John Gordon chronicles the 1843 murder of Rhode Island industrialist Amasa Sprague, the subsequent arrest of an entire family of Irish-Catholic immigrants, the corrupt trial proceedings, and the conviction, execution, and ultimate pardon of 29-year old John Gordon, the last man executed in Rhode Island. The book was named one of the top five non-fiction books of 2013.

Paul has written two other books on political corruption in Rhode Island – Scoundrels reviews several 20th-century Rhode Island corruption scandals and Wired focuses on a local corruption scandal in which Paul worked undercover with the FBI for almost two years, resulting in the arrest and conviction of three sitting councilmen, a former council president, a former town solicitor, and several others. Paul’s most recent book, The Promise of Fatima: One Hundred Years of History, Mystery and Faith is a unique look at the miraculous apparitions of Our Lady of the Rosary in 1917.

Here are Paul’s links:

Website:  www.paulcaranci.com
LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/paulcaranciFacebook:  https://www.facebook.com/paul.caranci
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/paulcaranci

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RI Authors Showcase and Giveaway! Meet Julien Ayotte


In his sixth novel, author Julien Ayotte has written a fast-paced page turner. A recent string of burglaries puzzles the local police. Drew Diamond, a retired detective, follows clues leading up to the identity of the intruder, but what he uncovers places him in a dilemma. Could Sydney Malone, his new love interest, be more than the real estate agent she plays by day? And can a lowly mobster finally escape his life of petty crime? From Margarita Island, Venezuela, to the Great North Woods of New Hampshire, and to the streets of Afghanistan, discover how they are all connected to each other by a stolen strand of pearls.

Jon Land, USA Today bestselling author, says that Ayotte writes “structured tales that lie somewhere between Harlan Coben and David Baldacci on the thriller scale. All told, an author worth reading, remembering, and recommending.”

Julien has generously offered to gift a copy of Diamond and Pearls to one lucky winner. Your comment on this post qualifies you to win, and also enters you into our Grand Prize and Bonus Prize drawings.
     

Award-winning author Julien Ayotte co-authored his first book, Wealth Building for Professionals, in 2001, drawing from his years of experience as a corporate executive and business teacher at the high school and college graduate levels. In addition, he spent nearly fourteen years in legal administration at two law firms. The author holds a BA, MBA, and a PhD, all in business and finance. Flower of Heaven was his debut novel in 2012, followed by the sequel, Dangerous Bloodlines, in 2014. His third novel, A Life Before, was released in 2016 followed by Disappearance in 2017. Code Name Lily was released in November 2018. His latest novel, Diamond and Pearls, was released in January 2020. Ayotte lives in Rhode Island with his wife, Pauline. They have three children.

Find all of Julien Ayotte’s books here: https://amzn.to/366rxto

Learn more at his website http://julienayotte.com

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RI Authors Showcase and Giveaway! Meet Debra Zannelli


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In Debra Zannelli’s novel A Darkness Descending, Marcus is taken prisoner by a centuries-old vampire, Gregor, two weeks before his fifteenth birthday. In his suffering, Marcus holds onto the memories of his family’s love, using the strong ethics they taught him to keep him strong, a strength Gregor does not understand. It is this that helps him to survive.

After thirteen years, deciding Marcus cannot be broken, Gregor decides to change him and Marcus is finally able to escape. Even as a vampire, Marcus remains true to his nature. With his memories fading, he returns to those who touched his life. In his journey, Marcus finds kindness in unexpected places. Through out the life he is forced to live, the terrible choices he has to make, Marcus determines that there are reasons to live and sacrifices worth making.

Deb has generously offered to gift a copy of A Darkness Descending to one lucky winner. Just comment on this blog post, and you are entered to win her book, and you’re also entered into our Grand Prize and Bonus Prize drawings.

Debra Zannelli is a retired teacher assistant and a graduate of Mitchell College. She was raised in Cumberland, Rhode Island. For eighteen years she lived in Salem, Connecticut and worked in Norwich at the Chelsea Groton Savings Bank. She enjoys hiking and sings in the local community chorus. Debra lives with her husband of 38 years in Exeter, Rhode Island and has one adult son. Learn more about Deb through social media:

Her website: https://drzannelliauthor.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/debraroseauthor/

Twitter: @debraroseauthor https://twitter.com/debraroseauthor

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RI Authors Showcase and Giveaway! Meet Jill Fague


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“Mommy, can it kill you?”
Jill turned toward her son’s little voice from the backseat, his question wounding her soul. She considered his innocent face as his blue eyes searched hers for the truth. His older sister sat next to him, frozen and silent. How could she reassure them without lying or making false promises?

Ruthless and sudden, Jill’s recent breast cancer diagnosis hijacked their day at the beach, scattering debris in its wake. Another memory ruined. But even on the toughest days, Jill knew there was a possibility for hope, love, and even some comic relief.

Her road to recovery included a breast kabob, bacteria straight from the depths of hell, and fistfuls of carrot cake. There were no shortcuts. Despite all those misadventures, her family moved forward together.

While strength carried them through the fight, laughter helped them appreciate the ordinary places in between the battles. That is where Jill chose to live.

From snot on her husband’s shirt to survival, these are some of her moments.

Jill has generously offered to gift a copy of This Unfamiliar Road to one lucky winner. Just comment on this post to be entered, and your comment also enters you into the Grand Prize and Bonus Prize drawings.

Jill Fague is a mother, teacher, and cancer survivor from Smithfield, Rhode Island. After beginning her career at the high school level, Jill earned her Master’s Degree in Education and currently teaches middle school English Language Arts. With the publication of her memoir, This Unfamiliar Road, Jill shares her journey from breast cancer to battle scars and beyond. Married for eighteen years, Jill lives with her husband and two teenage children.

Recently, Jill has teamed up with the American Cancer Society to spread her story of hope. Proceeds from her book will be donated to the ACS throughout the months of May and June. Laugh, cry, and celebrate one family’s triumph with a copy of This Unfamiliar Road.

Thank you for supporting a survivor and donating to a worthy cause.

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RI Authors Showcase and Giveaway! Meet Lynda Nagle


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The title might seem a bit odd for a memoir, but not if that is how one came to the United States.  At 93 years of age, Theresa Landry, a local Rhode Island dance teacher, decided to lace her dance shoes and retire.  I had known Theresa since the age of 5 when her daughter, Susan, and I entered the first grade together and remained lifelong friends.

Theresa had been saying for years that she wanted her life’s story written in a book.  Being an English teacher and one of the many people who never said “no” to our beloved Theresa, she and I began my first published memoir.

I would go to Theresa’s house two or three times a week, where she would talk about her past experiences, and we would look at, literally, hundreds of pictures that proved each of her stories.  She even had two small journals, one brown and one black, which she had written in over the years.  The brown one contained dates, times, places, and the amounts of money she was paid for her performances.  She included how her “agent” got her to “gigs” in Boston and other parts of Massachusetts, usually by bus.  Also in this book were the names of dance teachers from whom she had taken lessons.  She traveled by train as far as New York because a teacher was so well known for what she wanted to learn.  The slightly bigger black book contained the names and addresses of businesses where Theresa rented space for her studios, until she finally got to the last one, from which she retired after being in the building for 60 years.

Theresa’s studio was wallpapered with life-sized pictures of her posing with famous people – actors, dancers, and politicians.  She had met so many, but it is how she met them that was the “hook.”  The stories became an obsession for me.  HEARING, LISTENING, WRITING – the whole process was a labor of love.  This woman was not just a dance teacher.  She was a businesswoman, a people person, a lover of children, a wife, a mother, a lover, a humanitarian, a world traveler – an institution!

The three parts of this book begin with the tale of Theresa’s parents’ trek moving with their children from Canada to the United States.  The second part is broken into vignettes: Theresa’s stories, happy and sad, but always ending with her own positive spin.  And, finally, a gallery of pictures, allowing the reader to view her embellished life. 

The conclusion shows how one person can be so many things to so many people.  Mostly, it shows how many people Theresa Landry loved and how many people loved her.  Sadly, Theresa passed at the young age of 96.

Lynda has generously offered to gift a copy of Truck of Potatoes to one lucky winner! By commenting on this post, you’re entered to win Lynda’s book, and you have an entry to win either our Grand Prize or our Bonus Prize!

Lynda Nagle

Lynda (Simoneau) Nagle was born and lived in Central Falls, Rhode Island, until the age of 19, when she married and moved to Pawtucket.  She is a graduate of Rhode Island College, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education – English, as well as Master’s degrees in English, Educational Administration, and Psychology.  Currently, Lynda is a retired high school and college English teacher.

Lynda’s first book, Truck of Potatoes, is a memoir which became a labor of love while she listened to stories and wrote from another person’s perspective.  This led to her thinking of writing children’s stories and two books entitled Albert in the Middle and Albert’s Dog Daze.  Each is based on Lynda’s father as a young boy.  Her hope is that, after reading these books, children will learn how to live, love, and enjoy the good in life, even if, at any time, life is not perfect.

At this time, Lynda is involved in writing more memoirs.  She also writes poetry and songs, a favorite pastime as she sings and plays the guitar.

Lynda’s books can be found at:

Trafford Publishing https://www.trafford.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-001089200

Stillwater Books, Pawtucket, RI https://www.stillwaterbooksri.com/

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079658LQM/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

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RI Authors Showcase and Giveaway! Meet Angelina Singer


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“Maybe getting older lets you finally see all sides of the dice – not just the ones that are facing up.” Vera Bartlet is a soon-to-be college graduate with absolutely no idea how messy her life is about to become. It’s not just the job search looming on the horizon or her lack of a boyfriend that’s got her stomach in knots – rather, her dad has been missing for almost a decade, and no one knows what happened to him.

When Uncle Edgar mysteriously arrives back onto the scene, he comes armed with some interesting new ideas about what may have happened to Vera’s dad – and an even more revolutionary idea of how to find him. With nothing short of bending time and space, Edgar sends Vera back in time in the hopes that she might find the clues they need to get her dad home.

As she sifts through the mangled pieces of reality and her altered memories of middle school drama become jumbled in between truth and fantasy, Vera has to choose which elements of her past should stay in the past, and which she might like to incorporate into her future. Time travel is never simple, and there are always side effects – but in this case, it might just hold the key to finding her dad. Will Vera stay sane long enough to find her dad and make peace with the bullies who made her miserable?

Angelina Singer is a young adult / new adult author with a romantic comedy, Just Like a Pill, books 1-3 of a dystopian science fiction trilogy – The Upperworld Series, and Forgetting What I Couldn’t Remember, available for purchase on Amazon now. In addition to her writing career, Singer graduated Magna Cum Laude from Stonehill College in 2019, where she studied English, Music, and of course, Creative Writing.

Her YA story “The Pact” was included in ARIA’s 2018 anthology, Selections.

In her spare time she enjoys crocheting (with a portfolio of work available for purchase on Instagram (see link below), as well as mentoring younger music students at a local music store, where she has been studying guitar for over a decade. She views her writing as a way to simultaneously escape from and embrace reality. Follow her on social media (links below) for exciting updates, exclusive content, and giveaways.

You can follow her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/asinger320

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/angelinasingerauthor/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AngelinaSingerAuthor

Amazon links: https://www.amazon.com/Angelina-Singer/e/B0743ZF23N/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1

Blog: https://angelinasingerauthor.wordpress.com 

Audible: https://www.audible.com/search?keywords=angelina+singer&ref=a_hp_t1_header_search

Angelina has generously offered to gift a copy of Forgetting What I Couldn’t Remember to one lucky winner. Your comment on this post enters you into her drawing, as well as to our Grand Prize and Bonus Prize drawings.

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RI Authors Showcase and Giveaway! Meet Coral Isabella Aurora


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My YA horror comedy, The Teenager’s Guide to Surviving a Horror Film, is a finalist for the 2020 IPNE (Independent Publishers of New England) book awards.

Hello, I am your guide. Your spirit guide.

Every year, the haunted Mathswell mansion lures eight teenagers into its depths on Halloween night. As a previous victim cursed to wander the estate, Jacqueline uses her expertise on horror films to guide the newest teens. But there is a problem. No one can hear her sarcastic voice.

Keeping eight teens alive shouldn’t be hard. But Fannie is addicted to dead languages, Hannah is infatuated with vampires, Jessica is more air than brain, Hal is shallow and greedy, Mandy makes bad life decisions, Aven is in permanent denial, and Lewis likes to feed the wildlife.

Finally, there’s Jack. He’s geeky, handsome, protective, and everything she wants in a boyfriend. She never experienced first love when she was alive. Why does her heart keep longing, when science deems, she doesn’t have one? More than anything she wants to save him, she’s even willing to fight for him.

Following the thirty rules to surviving a horror film, would you survive?

This book is available on Amazon as a paperback and a kindle ebook edition.

You can buy a signed copy directly from Coral’s store http://www.peaceandwolf.com

First of all, thank you, Martha, for inviting me to participate on your blog. I am really happy to be a guest for today. I hope everyone is well during this holiday season and that your winter is merry and bright. Today I will be talking about my books, music, apparel store, and holding a contest for a free kindle ebook or signed paperback of The Teenager’s Guide to Surviving a Horror Film.

My name is Coral Isabella Aurora, and I am a young adult author residing in the quaint Ocean State. I love horses and enjoy horseback riding. In many of my books, you will find a wolf character of some sort. I’m in love with wolves, and they have been one of my muses for my art, books, and music for many years.

I have a service dog named Kodak. The service dog, Prince, in my new book The Teenager’s Guide to Surviving a Fairy Tale was inspired by him. I also own a cat named Nightlight, who I enjoy dressing in little costumes.

I have watched about 30 Asian dramas and films, if not more, and love finding a new series to watch. I also enjoy sushi, pineapple on pizza, and hikes through the woods. In my spare time, I hang out with my family a lot and play video games. I love the Legend of Zelda series.

If you want to learn more about me, please check out my social pages below!

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/coralisabellaaurora/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/coralisabellaaurora

Blog: https://coralisabellaaurora.wordpress.com/

You can subscribe to Coral’s newsletter at her website: https://coralisabellaaurora.com/

Upcoming Books

The unconnected next addition in my comedy series will be out by Christmas. The Teenager’s Guide to Surviving a Fairy Tale is a young adult fantasy comedy. This had to be one of my favorite books to write so far. It was a blast! I felt really sad when the last words were written.

 I am a spirit. No, not a spirit guide. I am Astrid, the spirit of a star.

After Astrid, the celestial princess and north star, is cast from heaven to be a narrator, she falls into a wishing well. Emmie, an innocent thirteen-year-old genius, makes a wish on Astrid’s star that changes her classmates’ lives forever. They’re stolen into a magical world with wondrous people. They encounter eight dwarves running A’Dwarfable Diamond Couture, the owners of Fabulous Fairy Godmother Boutique, Queen Scarlet of the Wolves, murderous Prince Edwin, purrfect Prince Leo, and more. 

During cases of mistaken identity, the teens trade roles with classic characters. But their quirky personalities change the fairy tale’s script. Usagi is a Judo master, Jake is painfully shy, Francis is in love with himself, Emmie is a bullied genius, Danielle is prideful and dramatic, Aurora has a service dog named Prince, Kris is a kleptomaniac, Sammie is a surfer, and Sunflower is a hippie.

Together, will they grant Emmie’s wish? Or will they be stuck in a fairy tale forever? Can they win the battle in the land of Fragmented Glass against the Ice Queen?

Coral Isabella Aurora is a young adult author who loves a good love story and a laugh. She enjoys writing novels that have a pinch of romance, humor, and thrills with a brilliant story.

Coral loved writing books as a child. The stories she created feature dazzling worlds, fantastic landscapes, vivid narratives, and heartfelt love stories. They are filled with hope, magic, and the impossible. Coral’s protector, who she remembers from past lifetimes, is her eternal love and muse for all her male protagonists.

Currently, Coral is working on The Teenager’s Guide series, but other exciting projects will be released in the future.

Music

Not everyone knows this, but I’m also a composer, singer, and artist. I recently created a musical arrangement and cover song for, “Paint it Black”, by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. The vocals were home recorded, and the digital orchestra—a cello, violin, viola, drums, harp, ocean waves, and digital church bells—was arranged by me. You can listen to this song on YouTube.

Ethical Apparel Store

I am proud to announce that Peace & Wolf is donating a portion of their proceeds to Potter League for Animals in Rhode Island for a limited time. $1.00 will be donated for every book, mug, face covering, and beanie sold. $5.00 will be donated for each product sold in all other categories.

What’s amazing about Peace & Wolf is that they have a strong ethical policy, and all products are sweatshop free. The artwork was designed by me and inspired by my love for animals. This online shop offers a large selection of organic, hemp, eco, and USA made items.

If you want to buy a gift that gives back to the animals, you should check out this online shop!

And just for you, I am offering a 20% Off coupon code.

COUPON CODE: PAWLIDAYS20

You can leave a comment on each day’s blog post during November, for up to 30 chances to win. Daily giveaways by authors will be drawn one week after publication. The author will contact the winner to coordinate delivery. Grand Prize and Bonus Prize will be drawn and announced on December 8.

RI Authors Showcase and Giveaway! Meet Pete O’Donnell


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Hi and welcome to the Rhode Island Authors Showcase! I’m Pete O’Donnell, author of The Curse of Purgatory Cove, winner of the Royal Dragonfly for best new author (https://www.storymonsters.com/book-briefs/2019-royal-dragonfly-book-award-winners). My book is a middle-grade pirate story set in New England. It’s full of ghosts and legends and actual Rhode Island history.
This year, my short story “Under the Cove” was selected to be part of the ARIA anthology Hope. I’m also the creator, writer, and main performer at https://illadvisedstories.com/, a children’s story podcast.
My new book, The Adventures of Sparkie and Spazoid, coming out this December, will be a big part of the podcast, as you’ll be able to listen to each chapter week after week throughout the winter. It’s about a boy space explorer and his cranky robot partner. They’re on a mission to find the human race a new home. I’ve also taken these characters and started a webtoon. You can read their first adventure at https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/sparkie-and-spaz/list?title_no=533120
Please visit me at https://illadvisedstories.com/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/illadvisedstories/ or on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/illadvisedstories/

Pete O’Donnell is a firefighter in his day job, but he was a self-proclaimed geek before that, and way before it was cool. He has a basement full of comics to prove it. He has two daughters, and they are his favorite audience. He writes for kids because, he says, growing up sucks. If he won the lottery he’d give most of it away, right after buying a rocket pack, because what else could you want? Pete’s been telling stories since he was a little boy. It started even before he could read, and he can’t wait to share them with anyone who will listen.

You can leave a comment on each day’s blog post during November, for up to 30 chances to win. Daily giveaways by authors will be drawn one week after publication. The author will contact the winner to coordinate delivery. Grand Prize and Bonus Prize will be drawn and announced on December 8.

RI Authors Showcase and Giveaway! Meet Joann Mead


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Joann Mead’s writing is inspired by the places she’s lived and traveled and life’s adventures along the way. Some of her novels are local while others span the globe. Her mysteries and thrillers are connected by the “underlying crimes” of genetic design. Underlying Crimes, Joann’s first novel, is a crime story and medical mystery set in a tiny New England state known for its culture of corruption. Her second novel, Tiger Tiger, is an international bioterror thriller. A femme fatale scientist creates a deadly pandemic Tiger Flu virus and plots to target America (yikes!). Joann’s third novel, Designer Baby, is set in Scandinavia and Rhode Island. It speculates on the real and imagined possibilities of customized, gene-edited super-human babies and the creation of genetic weapons. The central theme is the power to control life itself and the lure of playing god. It asks the question, “If you could design your own child, would you?”

Joann has generously offered to gift a copy of her novel Designer Baby: Underlying Crimes (a signed print copy or a Kindle ebook (outside of U.S., Kindle only, please). Just leave a comment on this blog post to be entered.

Joann Mead has lived in four countries ranging from A to Z: America (USA), London, England (UK), Moscow, Russia (back in the USSR), and Zimbabwe (Africa). She is a writer, educator, and researcher.

In addition to her thrillers and bio-crime novels, Joann writes screenplays, short stories, and magazine articles. Her short story “Married in Moscow” is a 1980 memoir of a most unusual wedding and a most unusual Englishman. It was selected for inclusion in the 2020 ARIA anthology Hope.

You can find Joann’s book on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Joann-Mead/e/B007ZUI5OQ%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share

Visit Joann’s website at http://www.joannmead.com

You can leave a comment on each day’s blog post during November, for up to 30 chances to win. Daily giveaways by authors will be drawn one week after publication. The author will contact the winner to coordinate delivery. Grand Prize and Bonus Prize will be drawn and announced on December 8.