Book-a-Day #Giveaway Featuring Authors Leigh Brown and Victoria Corliss


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 for US residents only, please. If you live outside the US and win, you’ll receive a digital copy of the book.)

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Everything happens for a reason. At least that’s what co-authors Leigh Brown and Victoria Corliss believe; so much so that they have made it the basis of their recently released novel, The Pendulum’s Truth.

The Pendulum’s Truth is the story of Ava Dell, a protagonist with a twist. Like many people, Ava firmly believes that everything happens for a reason; but unlike her friends and family, she also believes she knows why they happen. She happily shares her intuitive insights with the people she loves providing them guidance and affirmations until the day her awareness fails her. When tragedy results, Ava suddenly finds herself in a moral and emotional dilemma.

The Pendulum’s Truth is the third addition to the growing Brown Corliss Books library of Women’s Fiction. Each book is a story about women, written by women, primarily for women. Studies show that people who read fiction are more empathetic than their non-fiction counterparts, often imagining themselves into the stories and the lives of the characters they read about. Brown and Corliss create “real life” fiction that entertains and engages by touching on topics that resonate with female readers.

Second Chances, their first novel explores the wisdom and consequences of the choices we make in life. All that is good and trying about sisterhood and family comes to life in The Pie Sisters. And now, the popular premise of The Pendulum’s Truth is also striking an emotional chord with women everywhere.

All three Brown Corliss Books titles are available on Amazon, barnesandnoble.com, Smashwords, and select stores in Rhode Island, New York, and Connecticut.

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Writers Leigh Brown and Victoria (Vikki) Corliss are friends who became co-authors in 2009. Soon after, they published their first novel, Second Chances, followed by The Pie Sisters in 2015, and The Pendulum’s Truth in 2018. Creators of women’s fiction, they are often asked: 1) Are they sisters, and 2) How do they write novels together? In fact, they are sisters in spirit only. To learn more about how their collaboration works, visit their website at www.Browncorlissbooks.com, or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/browncorlissbooks.

Vikki and Leigh are giving away a copy of The Pendulum’s Truth. The winner can choose either an ebook or a print copy. To enter, just leave a comment on this blog post.

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Book-a-Day #Giveaway Featuring Author Alison O’Donnell


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 for US residents only, please. If you live outside the US and win, you’ll receive a digital copy of the book.)

 

Stupid Cupid Alison O'Donnell

Even experienced daters are often left with questions on the process and the games that are played. Over the span of 30 years I have been on well over 100 horrendous dates– and lived to tell about it!! I’ve learned much and impart that wisdom throughout the hilarious pages of Stupid Cupid as only a SWF comedian can! This is an easy read, written in snippets, each one immediately followed by a moral so others don’t have to suffer as I did! It took two years to complete and I’m very proud of what I’ve accomplished, especially since people seem to LOVE it! The book currently has a 4.9-star score on Amazon.com!

Stupid Cupid ~ A Survivor’s Guide to Online Dating is a hilarious self-help relationship book offering practical advice for both men and women. A fun read for any adult, it chronicles 100 really awful dates I’ve been on, 100% true! Each snippet (easy reading!) is immediately followed by practical advice. Married folks tell me it gives them a new appreciation for their spouse (It’s a jungle out here!!). Online dating is the modern way for singles to meet– very topical!– but it can be daunting if you don’t know the ropes!

Alison O'Donnell

Alison O’Donnell was accidentally born in Connecticut, but is a lifelong native Rhode Islander. A self-proclaimed adrenaline junkie, Alison has been skydiving, bungee jumping, hot air ballooning, scuba diving with sharks, zip lining, exceeding the speed limit halfway around the world, and is the mother of one teenage daughter. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from Rhode Island College, a Secondary English teacher certification from Providence College, and a Master’s from the School of Hard Knocks. A creature of the stage, she has performed comedy in the Southern New England area for more than half her life, and played with various local bands as a singer/musician. In her spare time, Alison enjoys hiking with her two bichons, Rhett and Scarlett. She has taught high school English for the past 17 years, and doesn’t really know what she wants to be when she grows up. Here is her website

Alison is giving away a print copy of Stupid Cupid – just leave a comment on this post to be eligible!

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

Book-a-Day #Giveaway Featuring Author Karen Gasperini


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Karen A. Gasperini has been telling stories to children for many years. She just recently started to publish her stories for all to enjoy. Her series Arianna’s Magic Boots are all based on her daughter Arianna and herself from their experiences as a child.

Karen used to wear leg braces (AFOs – Ankle and Foot Orthoses). Arianna, who is now sixteen, still wears them, and shares the same rare genetic disorder called Beals syndrome as her mother Karen. They also have severe scoliosis, anxiety, asthma, and club feet. Karen’s main character Arianna wears leg braces, too. She calls them her ‘Magic Boots,’ and with them and her imagination she goes on adventures. All she has to do is close her eyes, stomp three times, and say “Away we go,” then the adventure begins.

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Karen has been spreading empowerment to everyone she meets, helping children see and understand we’re all special in some way and you should never let anyone or anything stop you from shining. Her series  Arianna’s Magic Boots won the STORY MONSTER LLC  2018 Purple DragonFly Certificate of Excellence in children’s literature, Honorable Mention award for Special Needs/Disability Awareness award.

Follow Karen’s series on Facebook and Instagram

Karen is giving away a copy of her book to one lucky winner. Just leave a comment on this blog post and you’re entered.

 

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

Book-a-Day #Giveaway Featuring Author Pat Hinkley


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 for US residents only, please. If you live outside the US and win, you’ll receive a digital copy of the book.)

Chasing Sleep

Like millions of Americans, do you suffer from sleeplessness? Do you struggle to understand why you can’t sleep? What if everything you know about sleep is wrong?
Chasing Sleep is an exploration of the issues and challenges surrounding sleep deprivation and how to overcome them by changing attitudes and behaviors. Written in an inviting, conversational style, the book focuses on how to find peace of mind, the real
secret to overcoming sleeplessness. Through research on the history and science of sleep, interviews with ordinary people on their struggles with lack of sleep, and the author’s training as a holistic psychotherapist, Chasing Sleep aims to change the
conversation from the ‘pop a pill’ mentality to finding balance and clarity, key elements for living the best life possible.

Waking up one night for the eight hundred billionth time inspired my writing about sleep. I learned a lot. Perhaps you will benefit from my unique look, where sleeplessness becomes not a disease to be fixed by traditional pharmaceutical methods, but something to identify, manage and work to resolve the stressors that take us out of balance. My first book, Claiming Space, delves further into how to do so.

Pat Hinkley

Pat Hinkley holds a B.S. in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts and a Master’s degree in Holistic Studies and Psychology from Lesley University. She lives near the ocean in southern Rhode Island with her doodle dog and fluffy gray cat.
Visit https://www.PatriciaHinkley.com to learn more.

Pat is giving away a print copy of Chasing Sleep – just leave a comment!

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

Book-a-Day #Giveaway Featuring Author Julien Ayotte


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 for US residents only, please. If you live outside the US and win, you’ll receive a digital copy of the book.)

Code Name Lily Julien Ayotte

World War II certainly had its share of deserving heroes and heroines, many of whom have received their due recognition.  But how many civilian women can say they saved the lives of at least 250 downed airmen in just over two years?

Code Name Lily takes you on an unforgettable journey from Belgium, into France, and over the Pyrenees Mountains into Spain.  An extremely clever and persuasive young Belgian nurse outsmarts the Nazis time and again, risking her life if she is caught, but protecting every airman she successfully aids to evade the Germans.

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Code Name Lily is based on the true story of Micheline “Michou” Dumon-Ugeux, a legend in the Comet Line escape network from 1940-1944 who went only by the name of Lily.  You too will fall in love with Lily.  She may have stood only five feet tall, but she was a giant of a woman.

 

Julien Ayotte

Julien Ayotte is the author of five novels, including the award-winning Flower of Heaven and Dangerous Bloodlines.  Code Name Lily is his first historical fiction based on a true story.  His mother emigrated as a child to the United States from Belgium just after World War I, so the themes and places in this book hold special meaning for the author.

Julien’s other novels include A Life Before and  Disappearance, all Amazon best-sellers and award-winners with hundreds of 5-star reviews.  To learn more about Julien and his books, visit his website, www.julienayotte.com.

Julien is giving away a print copy of his new novel Code Name Lily. Just leave a comment on this post and a winner will be chosen at random next week.

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

Book-a-Day #Giveaway Featuring Author Karen Petit


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Holidays Amaze

Holidays Amaze

Do holidays amaze, or are holidays a maze? They are both, as the book Holidays Amaze illustrates with its maze poems, prayer poems, shaped poems, sonnets, and narratives. The poems that look like mazes, in addition to the ones that use maze symbolism, make Holidays Amaze an amazing collection of poems to enjoy.

Dr. Karen Petit‘s inspiration for this book was two items: a chapter about Thanksgiving in Mayflower Dreams and a poem that she wrote in 2014:

A May Flower in November 1620

The flowers of May were blooming away

in summer’s great warmth and fall’s wintry air.

A petal broke off, went sailing astray,

into the wind, with a Separatist’s prayer.

It paused in the sky with the blue turning gray;

then continued its trip ’til wooden beams were near.

When one of them cracked, the petal did say:

“I fear for my life! This storm’s so unfair!”

“But I know, in this world, many are things unfixed.”

“’cause I trust in my Lord, to Him I’ll pray.”

With prayers and repairs, the beam was soon fixed.

“I thank thee, Lord, for strengthening my ‘May.’”

The voyage moved on; many problems eclipsed.

In November within a New World’s bay,

the flower became Mayflower in-mixed.

This poem first was posted on Petit’s Mayflower Dreams blog and is now one of the poems in Holidays AmazeThinking a lot about Thanksgiving as an amazing holiday helped the author to also think about other holidays as amazing. These connections resulted in her creation of Holidays Amaze and maze poems.

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Dr. Karen Petit is the author of four novels: Banking on DreamsMayflower DreamsRoger Williams in an Elevator, and Unhidden Pilgrims. She loves to write and loves helping others to write.at the Community College of Rhode Island.

Karen is giving away a softcover print copy of Holidays Amaze, her just-published book of poetry. Just leave a comment on this post!

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

Book-a-Day #Giveaway Featuring Author Lena Lane


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Romance: Such a simple word that is often misunderstood and misused. Yes, misused.

The Phantom of the Opera is not a romance. Casablanca is not a romance. And goodness, Romeo and Juliet is most definitely not a romance. Believe it or not, those are dramas with romantic elements. In a romance, the struggle between individuals ends with unconditional love. A true romance has a happy ending—always. Surprise: that’s not attainable if the main characters are dead.

Well…actually, that’s not true. Because the story doesn’t need to end simply because people die. Welcome to the paranormal subgenre. It’s one of many. There are historical romances, which can be quite educational. Religious/spiritual romances focus on the spiritual journey of the individuals while they fall in love. Romantic comedies are my favorite. Laughter makes my soul sing, and though my stories fall under the contemporary romance umbrella, they do have some comedic moments.

Romantic suspense, which involves solving some mystery, is one of the more popular genres, and is commonly read by men. Yes, it’s true. Some men read romance. Though most wouldn’t dare to admit it (be sure to add some disgust and eye roll when you read the word romance, ugh!), those that do can defend their reading choice by stating that they’re reading for the mystery portion. Obviously, they just skim over the lovey-dovey areas. And the sexy scenes. Riiiiight.

Though the majority of romance books have some graphic descriptions of sex, not all do. Some only have hints of physical love, while leaving the rest to the reader’s imagination. That is not the case for my stories. My first story, Colonial Offer, is a very sensual book, with a lot of descriptive sex. It’s not erotica, though. That is a genre in itself, with the majority of the story revolving around the physical pleasures.

My stories are intended to give the reader an escape from reality. They’re the kind that would fall under the category of chick-flick, with some push and pull between the characters, while always ending with the happily-ever-after every true romance has. That’s what I love. And if you’re like me, you’ll enjoy my stories.

Happy reading!

Lena Lane

Lena has been writing since high school–though that first story will remain in the dark corners of her closet to protect everyone. After all, she writes romance, not horror. Just kidding! It’s not really that bad, but her idea of romance and love has certainly changed through time, not to mention her writing skills. Find out more by visiting her website.

The author is giving away an ebook from her Sampson Series, winner’s choice.

 

Hope to see you on Saturday, December 1 at the Rhode Island Author Expo!