Book-a-Day #Giveaway! Hunting the Merrow by Heather Rigney


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In the author’s debut novel (and first in the series) Waking the Merrow, she explores mermaid-ish beings found in Irish folklore, known as merrow, a Gaelic term. One of these creatures, Nomia, is not pleasant at all, and has made it her mission to turn Evie’s life upside down. As Evie struggles to keep her family safe from Nomia, Evie learns that her husband’s Irish roots might have some aquatic history of their own.

The second novel, Hunting the Merrow, picks up where Waking ends, further exploring the strange history of both Evie, the unlikely hero, and Nomia, the evil mermaid who might have a good reason for being so nasty. Hunting the Merrow presents readers with a variety of mermaid legends found in historic folklore throughout Europe, as both Evie and Nomia race to find their missing siblings.

Nicole Hill of Barnes & Noble Book Blog stated: You know what’s great about Rigney’s horror-ific (that’s horror-filled and terrific), hysterical debut novel? Besides the bloodthirsty merfolk, our antihero protagonist is an overweight, drunk, subpar mother, who also happens to be a funeral director. I can’t even describe the premise of this book without getting giddy, because how many times does a plot involve both vicious mermaids and Rhode Island colonists?” 5 Girl-Powered Sci-Fi and Fantasy Releases You’ll Love

Waking was also featured in Rhode Island’s Motif Magazine’s 2015 Summer Reading Guide to Classics and Local Soon-To-Be-Classics and Hunting appeared in Motif’s 2016 issue Summer Beach Reads.

So while you’re enjoying the silence after the holiday (and are shopping online in your warm jammies!) maybe head on over to Amazon.com. Waking the Merrow would be a great gift for an individual who enjoys fun historic books based in the Ocean State! It’s FREE for today, so go ahead and gift it! (Psst -No one will know that you didn’t pay full price!) Did you know you can gift an ebook? You can! It’s underneath all those purchasing buttons on the right on any Amazon page.

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Heather Rigney is a native Rhode Islander and author of Waking the Merrow and Hunting the Merrow. Both books are based in Rhode Island’s own Pawtuxet Village and adjoining Narragansett Bay, as well as Cape Cod, Ireland, and Europe. These dark historical fantasy novels take readers on a journey through pre-Revolutionary War Rhode Island, then jump to present day, where narrator Evie McFagan, alcoholic funeral director and hot mess mom, fights a centuries-old mermaid posing as a playground mother for her family’s safety.

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Book-a-Day #Giveaway! A LIFE BEFORE by Julien Ayotte


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“… I can’t explain it, but I think I was this woman in another life.”

In 1989, a young newlywed is murdered. At the time, her husband, attorney Mike Strange was working on a case against a company that withheld evidence pertaining to high levels of radon found on a site where they were constructing a large condo complex. Amid detailed investigations, courtroom drama, and his paralegal being run off the road, Strange continues to mourn the loss of his wife and her killer remains at large. Twenty two years later, young coed Samantha Collins is plagued by dreams suffered since adolescence, about a woman brutally attacked. When unexplained coincidences and an unexpected detour land Collins in the neighborhood of the decades old Strange crime, she soon realizes a deep connection to the murder victim. This same young woman who had once given an eerily topical valedictorian speech regarding life after death, suddenly feels compelled to flush out the killer.

For those drawn to the popular “Cold Case” television series or headlines of faltering investigations that benefit from the insight of uniquely gifted individuals, Ayotte delivers the perfect read. This is a story filled with emotionally distraught characters searching for answers, from a broken-hearted husband, devastated families, and determined detectives, to a young woman desperate to find peace in her own existence. In contrast Ayotte provides a cast of wrong-doers who need to be held accountable for their actions.

This is a smart, well-paced thriller that will give readers pause to rethink their own deja vu experiences. As an homage to the past life theme, Ayotte brings the plot full circle with creative touches that tie the opening and closing. A shocking, explosive twist plays into the well-crafted epilogue that not only bolsters the premise of A Life Before, but cleverly entices us to think about the possibilities of life ever after.

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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! 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! 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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Book-a-Day #Giveaway! Sierra by Ray Anderson


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MURDER AND MAYHEM ON THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL

In SIERRA, a new thriller from Ray Anderson, released prisoners mule hard drugs up the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).

Years after his run-in with a serial killer on the Appalachian Trail, former Army officer Karl Bergman sets out on a thru-hike of the PCT with his dog, Blazer, with the hopes of returning home a better man.

The discovery of a dead body on the outskirts of the Anza-Borrego Desert threatens to embroil Bergman in another violent chain of events with even higher stakes than his previous ordeal. This time his adversary is not just one man as the dead body appears to be linked to a Mexican drug cartel.

An uneasy alliance with a San Diego narcotics officer makes things more difficult, but when Bergman reconnects with his estranged son, Kenny, a sophomore at UCLA, he puts both of them in grave danger that can only be escaped by bringing down the cartel’s operation. Blazer plays a key role at the end of the story.

“Like Ray Anderson’s first novel THE TRAIL, his new thriller is tense, twisty, and steeped in details that only an experienced long distance hiker could put on the page. Anderson brings the danger and excitement of the remote Pacific Crest Trail fully to life. More than that, he tells one hell of a story. For fans of outdoor mysteries, SIERRA is sure to satisfy.”

~Paul Doiron, Author of WIDOWMAKER

 

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Ray Anderson has hiked the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail, and parts of the Continental Divide Trail. He has also climbed all the four-thousand footers (67) in New England. He’s currently working on the third novel in his hiking-thriller series.

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Book-a-Day #Giveaway! Daughters of Divorce by Terry Gaspard


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Daughters of Divorce: Overcome the Legacy of Their Parents’ Divorce

Today, more than 40 percent of all Americans between the ages of eighteen and forty are children of divorce. For years, researchers have identified the damage divorce inflicts on the lives of children. In recent decades, many studies have examined the negative impact of parental divorce on children into adulthood.

In fact, daughters of divorce are more than twice as likely to divorce themselves when compared to their counterparts from intact families. However, few books have offered concrete strategies for women who desire happy, long-lasting intimate relationships.

Grounded in research and thirty years of clinical practice, Daughters of Divorce is filled with poignant real-life stories and offers a clear road-map to help women increase their self-awareness and to develop better relationship skills so they can heal the wounds of the past and build the healthy, happy relationships that they deserve.

During over 300 in-depth interviews, I identified seven key emotional challenges faced by daughters of divorce that are nearly universal:

  • Trouble trusting romantic partners
    • Damaged self-esteem
    • Issues with intimacy and commitment
    • Extreme self-reliance
    • Pessimism about the stability of relationships
    • A father-daughter wound

With greater awareness, women can learn to recognize the forces that shape them and build healthier relationships for themselves. It can no longer be about her parents’ attitude or behavior. It’s time for her to create change in her life and move forward. She will discover she can change self-defeating patterns in her relationships and build ones based on love, trust, and intimacy.

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Terry’s new book Daughters of Divorce: Overcoming the Legacy of Your Parents’ Breakup and Enjoy a Happy, Long-lasting Relationship offers a powerful look at the impact of parental divorce and provides concrete ways women can improve their relationships. Follow Terry at movingpastdivorce.com, Facebook, and Twitter.  

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Book-a-Day #Giveaway! THE GUIDE TO THE AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR IN CANADA AND NEW ENGLAND by Norm Desmarais


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The Guide to the American Revolutionary War in Canada and New England covers 403 battles, raids, and skirmishes of the Revolutionary War fought in Canada and New England. Most of these do not get covered, even in the most detailed history books. It is the first of six volumes which intend to provide comprehensive coverage of the confrontations of the American War for Independence and to serve as a guide to the sites. The most extensive published list of engagements totals 1,330. The author has compiled almost 5,000 and provides documentation in the ample footnotes. The text identifies the location of the sites, provides the historical background to understand what happened there, indicates what the visitor can expect to see and identifies any interpretive aids. The volume includes URLs for websites of various parks and tourist organizations. These URLs are correlated with various battle sites and events. The many photographs have descriptive captions to identify details of historic buildings, monuments, battlefields, and equipment. The Glossary provides definitions for some 18th-century military and historical terms.

Here’s what historical experts say about the collection:

“…promises to be the closest thing we will ever see to a comprehensive catalog of the sites touched by the War of Independence.” Gregory Urwin, Professor of History, Temple University.

“a treasure trove of information meticulously researched and documented.”  Robert A. Selig, Project Historian for the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary War Route.

“a truly monumental undertaking.” Norman Fuss, Corps of Engineers, King’s Army in America.

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Norman Desmarais is professor emeritus at Providence College and is an active re-enactor. He is a member of Le Regiment Bourbonnais, the 2nd Rhode Island Regiment and the Brigade of the American Revolution. He is also editor-in-chief of The Brigade Dispatch, the journal the Brigade of the American Revolution.

This book is available from the author at NormD@providence.edu

Sorry, there is NO book giveaway but……….you can still WIN a $5 Amazon gift card (use it to purchase the book!) by commenting below. One winner will be chosen at random and notified by me. Contest ends one week after publication.