Book-a-Day #Giveaway Featuring Author Christine DePetrillo


Leave a comment on today’s post and you’re eligible to win this author’s giveaway. Each day in November that you comment gives you an entry into the Grand Prize giveaway at the end of the month!

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Wolves

People often ask me why I write about werewolves. The answer is simple.

Wolves rule.

Did you know wolves can roam up to 12 miles in a single day? Or that wolves help feed other animals in the ecosystem by leaving remains of their kills?*

So if real wolves are this awesome, then fictional wolves who are also humans have to be even better, right?

That’s what I think anyway. I’ve loved werewolves since watching Teen Wolf. And I don’t mean that newish TV show. I mean that 1985, Michael J. Fox, teenager-turned-werewolf, how-can-I-become-popular-and-get-the-prettiest-girl-in-school-to-notice-me movie.

Something about werewolves is regal. When I add six-pack abs and a desire to have a happily ever after with their soul mates, werewolves become sexy. That makes for a steamy read that will keep you howling into the wee hours of the night.

The Warrior Wolves Series follows five Celtic warriors who have a little extra… They get banished from Ireland of the past and tossed into modern-day Vermont when they anger Flidae, the goddess of wild things. If they want to get back home, they need to do something worthy, but falling in love might change their definition of home.    

Wolf Kiss, Book One, is where the story begins. I’ll be signing this book and others at the 6th Annual Rhode Island Author Expo at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet on December 1, 2018. Come see me. My wolves and I would love to add you to our pack! Can’t make it to Rhode Island? No problem. Hang out with me on Facebook in my reader group, Small Town Hearts.

*Facts about wolves from Wolf Matters.

Giveaway!

What’s your favorite creature? Werewolves? Vampires? Fairies? Something else? Leave a comment on this blog post and be entered to win one ebook by Christine DePetrillo. Randomly selected winner must provide a valid email address. Winner will be chosen ONE WEEK from today, and the author will coordinate delivery of her ebook with you.

Christine DePetrillo

Christine DePetrillo writes because if she didn’t she’d look weird acting out all the scenes that come to her. Writing is a way to make those scenes exist somewhere and keep her from becoming a social outcast.

You can learn more about Christine and her books via the following links:

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Christine-DePetrillo/e/B004OB0JA2/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1534897384&sr=1-1

Other Retailers – http://www.books2read.com/u/4Awwlp

Website – http://christinedepetrillo.weebly.com/

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/christinedepetrilloauthor/

Facebook Reader Group – http://www.facebook.com/groups/141435039780507/

Twitter – http://twitter.com/cdepetrillo

 

Hope to see you on Saturday, December 1 for the RI Author Expo!

Book-a-Day #Giveaway Featuring Author Tara Williams


Leave a comment on today’s post and you’re eligible to win this author’s giveaway. Each day in November that you comment gives you an entry into the Grand Prize giveaway at the end of the month! (Print copies to US residents only, please. If you live outside the US and win, you’ll receive a digital copy of the book.)

 

Angel Friends Tara Williams

An inspiring story about friendship, kindness, resilience, bravery and self-acceptance. Most people don’t realize how often bullying occurs with young children. Join Aria, India, and their Angel Friends, as they deal with the difficult issue of bullying and smart ways to resolve an upsetting experience. Aria’s Angel Friend, Michael, gives her some great ideas like to hold her head high, walk away and sing… “I will smile and I will shine. Look at me, I’m just fine. I won’t let you bring me down. You won’t even see me frown. I will smile and I will shine. Look at me. I’m just fine.” Parents can use this approachable book to discuss bullying with their children in a comforting way.

There are NINE themes in this book:

  1. Respect
  2. Kindness
  3. Accepting Differences
  4. Stand up to Bullies
  5. Resilience
  6. Self-acceptance
  7. Friendship
  8. Bravery
  9. Positivity

How to deal with bullies?  SMILE!

S – Stand up for yourself

M – Move away/avoid

I – Ignore

L – Let an adult know

E – Exhale

Tara Williams

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.  Visit her website and find her book here.

GIVEAWAY! Tara is giving away a print copy of her book Angel Friends: Let Your Smile Shine to one winner. Just leave a comment on this blog post (with a valid email address) to be eligible, and one random winner will be selected on November 13. Tara will coordinate delivery of the book directly with the winner.

 

Hope to see you on Saturday, December 1 for the RI Author Expo!

 

My Seventh Novel is Here!


Villa-del-Sol (1) “…an emotional tapestry of rare depth…” (Jon Land, USA Today bestselling author)

“…a thoughtful tale of love, loss, and hope reborn…” (Book Review Directory)

My seventh novel (and eighth book) is here and I’m thrilled to share it with you! Last January, I traveled back to Switzerland, alone. I finally met an online pal and reconnected with a dear friend from years ago. I ventured by train to a region I’d never seen and revisited familiar towns.

Villa del Sol is set in and around Lugano, the largest city in the Italian-speaking area of southern Switzerland. Milano is only about an hour away by train. My character, Jennifer Logan, travels to Lugano and rents a villa in the neighboring village of Gandria. Her husband, the beloved senator from Rhode Island, is dead, and Jennifer can’t wait to escape the people who never liked her anyway. By unplugging, she hopes to find peace.

If you know me, you know about my love of Switzerland. My award-winning “Swiss Chocolate” trilogy is set primarily in Switzerland. Villa del Sol takes you back to this magical place. It is available now, and I’ll be signing copies tomorrow at the RI Authors Expo. 

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Martha Reynolds is a Rhode Island resident who loves the beach in winter, chocolate, and books. After ending an accomplished career as a fraud investigator, she started writing novels – fiction with an element of truth. “Real True Fiction.” You can read her reflections and guest author posts on her blog

GIVEAWAY!

This is a big one! I am giving away a $100 Amazon gift card on December 8. To be eligible, LIKE this post and POST A COMMENT. Please include your email address so I can contact you if you win. Additional entries are available by FOLLOWING me on  Amazon (click the yellow ‘Follow’ button under my picture), and by LIKING and SHARING the Facebook post (I’m here on Facebook). Open to everyone (except my immediate family). Good luck!

Meet over 100 local authors on Saturday, December 2! The Fifth Annual RI Authors Expo

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It’s #RIAuthor Month! Meet Mary Catherine Volk


Believe in Forever

 

Mary Catherine Volk is an author, spiritual medium, and inspirational speaker. Her book, Believe In Forever: How to Recognize Signs from Departed Loved Ones, is based on firsthand experiences and details the specific ways that contact with the other side occurs. Our loved ones send us signs to let us know they are at peace and that we will see each other again. This book teaches the reader how to navigate this new method of communication. The numerous stories in this book will give you chills as they touch your heart; teaching you to trust your own intuitive ability. Believe In Forever is a perfect book for anyone grieving a loss or curious about life after death. A personalized autographed copy of the book makes a wonderful holiday gift and is available on her website. www.marycatherinevolk.com

Mary Catherine Volk was given the gift of knowing that death is just a transition after experiencing a Near Death Experience at age six where she was greeted by her deceased grandfather, who told her that she would be all right and returned her to her hospital room. Mary has spent her life teaching and reassuring others that the signs they are receiving are indeed real messages of love. She is always delighted to see the shining light in people’s eyes when they receive confirmation of their unique signs. Once you acknowledge them, you will receive more. Ask and you shall receive!

Mary Catherine Volk

Mary Catherine lives by the sea in Narragansett, Rhode Island, where she enjoys the beach, writing, acting, learning, community and social activities and spending time with her daughters and two new grandchildren. She is founder and owner of www.insigniagems.com a jewelry company specializing in American flag jewelry. She is currently working on two new books: a sequel to Believe In Forever and a children’s book to teach parents how to answer their children’s questions about seeing departed loved ones or angels.

The book is available through Stillwater River Publicationsthe author’s website, on Amazon , and through local bookstores.

GIVEAWAY! The author is offering a print copy of Believe In Forever to one lucky recipient. All you have to do is leave a comment below. The winner will be chosen at random and the author will contact you directly. Contest ends one week after publication. US residents only, please.

Meet over 100 local authors on Saturday, December 2! The Fifth Annual RI Authors Expo

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It’s #RIAuthor Month! Meet Kim Arcand


Magnitude

Billions, Trillions, Quadrillions

Scientists recently announced that they had detected tiny ripples in the fabric of space-time cause by the merger of two cores of dead stars. Gravitational waves are extremely tiny, which is why scientists need to build special, super-sensitive detectors placed thousands of miles apart to make such detections. But how small are gravitational waves really?

When Taylor Swift launched her latest single this summer, it nearly, as they say, broke the Internet.  Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do,” released on August 25, was streamed over 10 million times on Spotify, and garnered 24 million views of the video over the course of its first weekend. We’re told that this is a new record, but by a lot or a little?

This is the crux of the issue: we are barraged with various numbers and figures, some of which sound incomprehensible, throughout our daily lives. From the economy to the environment, from popular culture to current science, and practically anything in between, there are many values that can be difficult to grasp: billions of tons of ice lost in Antarctica, trillions of U.S. dollars worth of debt, quadrillions of calculations per second in a super computer, and so forth (a quadrillion is a 10 with 24 zeroes after it).

This is where the simple, yet powerful, tool of comparisons can come to the rescue.

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Take the case of gravitational waves, ripples in space-time.  They can be measured like any other wave from one peak to the next. In the case of these cosmic ripples, the distance between these peaks is a mind-blowing 0.00000000000000000001 meters. That’s a decimal point followed by 18 zeroes. That’s smaller than one ten-thousandth the diameter of a proton, the tiny particle found in the center of an atom.  If that’s not a helpful comparison, consider too that a gravitational wave is about 1 billion times smaller than an atom itself, the basic building block of matter.  That would be like the difference between Earth (atom) and a marble (gravitational wave).

Circling back to Taylor Swift, her success comes at a time when the music industry has become heavily intertwined with our digital society. Every minute of low-resolution video played on YouTube uses about 4 MB of data per minute. A higher quality video (720 or 1080p) uses 12.4 MB for that same minute.

For reference, a typical 1990s hard drive could only store 4 MB of data. Swift’s video lasts just over four minutes and amassed 43.2 million views in 24 hours. That means, even with conservative estimates, her video caused the usage of more data in one day that all the personal computers could have stored across the country just two decades ago.

The long and the short of it is that understanding scale is not just a fun mental exercise or a way to impress the person sitting next to you on the subway. Understanding scale is a form of literacy in navigating our world.

Kim Arcand

Kim Arcand was working in molecular biology and public health when she was hired for NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory in 1998. Since she always wanted to be an astronaut when she was little, this opportunity got Kim close to the cosmos but without the long distance commute. Today, Kim uses data to help tell stories about science, whether in the form of a 3D model of an exploded star, a book about the Universe, or a tweet about how fireflies glow.

Follow Kim on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.

Meet over 100 local authors on Saturday, December 2! The Fifth Annual RI Authors Expo

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