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! 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! 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

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Book-a-Day #Giveaway! All the Rest of her Days by Jane McCarthy


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In All the Rest of her Days, Jane McCarthy captures the difficult emotional realities beneath the 1950s patina of rectitude. A point brilliantly made that when tragedy befalls a family, there is a happy ending but rarely a happy ever after.

Sixteen-year-old Maggie is pregnant and the fabric of her family is shredded. The secret must be buried and lies must be told.  It will sadden you, excite you, and make you weep for the characters and rejoice in the successes.

“With sensitivity and empathy, Jane McCarthy tells the story of a boy given up for adoption in the 1950s, when an unwed mother was a pariah. Maggie Porter’s decision to give up her baby has ramifications across generations and continents, and McCarthy explores all facets of this 20th century tragedy.”

~ Betty Cotter, author of Robert’s Woods and The Winters

“All the Rest of Her Days is a poignant and provocative tale that touches our hearts as well as our minds. McCarthy’s epic-like, multi-generational saga confronts its characters with difficult choices that challenge their sensibilities in a way that’s every bit the equal of such genre stalwarts as Judith guest and Alice Hoffman. Wonderfully crafted and beautifully written, this is a tale certain to engage and enthrall.”

~ Jon Land, USA Today best selling author of the Caitlin Strong Series

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Jane has always been an avid reader, preferably accompanied by a cold glass of Pinot Grigio. As a Registered Nurse she learned much about the human response to sadness and joy. Friendships are important to her. She admires loyalty, integrity, and a sense of humor, which are the framework of who she is. All the Rest of Her Days is her first novel and she is writing her second. She lives in Narragansett with her husband and is willing to travel reasonable distances for book signings and discussion groups. Find her book here.

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Book-a-Day #Giveaway! I Was Much Happier When Everything I Owned was in the Back Seat of My Volkswagen by Rick Roberts


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Finalist Legacy Non-Fiction 2016 Eric Hoffer Awards

Here is a review of the book:

Got to Get Ourselves Back to the Garden

This book reads like a roaring fulminating speech. Richard Roberts’ itchy ire is directed at numerous present-day ills—influence peddling and surveillance of our daily lives by the government; politics; the over-medication of old and young; scummy fund-raising scams and insurance that doesn’t always insure; the mall addiction of the young; and more. Remembering the ’60s…Roberts wants Baby Boomers—The “Biggest Generation”— to replant those flowers…He admires, and resembles George Carlin whose half-grouchy irony always bears common sense. “If you want to hear the truth,” he writes, “listen to Blacks. Or comedians. Even better, Black comedians. Or comedian Lewis Black.”

~Mopsy Strange Kennedy

The Improper Bostonian, September 2004

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Rick Roberts was raised in suburban Philadelphia and spent his professional career in Boston. He is an award-winning creative director in advertising and public relations, former adjunct professor, newspaper columnist, and US Army veteran.  He has authored two award-winning books, the non-fiction boomer rant, I was Much Happier When Everything I Owned Was in the Back Seat of my Volkswagen, and the contemporary issues novel, Digital Darling, An American Story.

He was educated at Lehigh University, the University of Iowa and Harvard.  He lives in Bristol, Rhode Island.

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Book-a-Day #Giveaway! Tiger Tiger by Joann Mead


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In a Hong Kong hotel room, a sexy scientist and her lover manipulate each other, in more ways than one. Not for love. For Mei it is the money. For both it is the sex. And for Kahliy the nihilist, it is his burning desire to wreak havoc on America.

Mei toys with microbes and men. She tests her Tiger Flu creation, the most lethal bioweapon ever known, on unwitting victims while her lover plots a 9/11-style attack of human time bombs. Are we doomed or will “The Partners” prevail in preventing it?

Nothing will stop those with evil intentions. And once the Tiger has escaped from her cage, there will be no way of capturing her.

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“Move over Robert Ludlum, Tom Clancy, Robin Cook, Michael Crichton and Ian Fleming because there’s a new kid on the block. Her name is Joann Mead and with just a little bit of luck she might turn the biotech thriller genre of fiction right on its head.  Ms. Mead tells a tiger of a tale in her biotech thriller “Tiger Tiger” as brilliant and hedonistic research scientist Mei Wong manipulates the DNA in a strain of bird flu in a secret Chinese government lab to create the most lethal virus ever known to humankind. The story of Mei and the men she manipulates to satisfy her lust sweeps across three continents with the speed of a pandemic, leaving the reader breathless, and wanting more as the plot unfolds one deadly detail at a time.”

~ David W. Christner, Playwright

“Tiger Tiger: Underlying Crimes” proves a smooth and sultry hybrid of Michael Crichton and Tess Gerritsen. Joann Mead fills those big shoes in splendid fashion, crafting a bio-thriller complete with a femme fatale and feel of classic James Bond as envisioned by Ian Fleming. A wondrous mix of science and speculation, certain to both enthrall and entertain.”

~ Jon Land, USA Today bestselling author of Strong Light of Day

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Joann Mead is a writer, educator, and researcher. She has lived in four countries ranging from A to Z: America (USA), England, Russia, and Zimbabwe. She is currently adapting her novel Tiger Tiger into a screenplay. Check out more here and http://www.facebook.com/joann.mead.90

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Book-a-Day #Giveaway! Braided Secrets by Theresa Schimmel


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Braided Secrets is told through the voices of two sisters in a close-knit Catholic family in 1963. A family drama unfolds when Maggie falls in love with an older man and the protective father forbids her to see him. As the younger sister, Petey, says, “Looking back, I wish I could erase that Sunday when it all started.”  Instead, events take a tragic and unpredictable course that almost unravels the family, challenges their faith, and threatens the close bond between the sisters.

This debut novel has been recommended by readers as a must-read for adults and young adults alike. “The author weaves together an amazing story of a loving Catholic family trying to live during a tumultuous changing time. While reading, you genuinely feel like you have been ‘braided’ into the fabric of the story by the richness of the characters, the complex problems, and the warmth of the Donovan family.…Braided Secrets is a story about much more than human sexuality, and family secrets. When you read it – it will change you forever.”

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Theresa Schimmel is the author of three children’s books, numerous short stories and poems. She is a member of the Association of Rhode Island Authors. She lives and writes in her home town of Wakefield, RI. Her books are available through her website as well as through Amazon.

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