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


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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


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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!

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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.

 

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Book-a-Day #Giveaway Featuring Author Pat Hinkley


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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!

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Book-a-Day #Giveaway Featuring Author Julien Ayotte


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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.

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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!

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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.

 

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Book-a-Day #Giveaway Featuring Author Jan Cornell


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Since Jan was a just a little girl she dreamed of one day becoming a mom.  When her dream was realized, it represented Jan’s single proudest accomplishment in life. Little did she know how hard it would be! Without the support of a traditional family of her own, Jan was thrown into motherhood headfirst while also juggling a very busy career in corporate America. Shortly after the birth of her daughter, Katie, who is now 4, Jan was diagnosed with a devastating and critical case of Lyme Disease, which is extremely prevalent in the state of Rhode Island. Jan was left shattered and fighting for her life with a newborn in tow and an active five-year old boy. Jan quickly figured out that if she were going to survive what she called ‘rock bottom,’ she was going to have to brainstorm some easy parenting tips, tricks, and hacks in order to survive and keep her family thriving. After implementing various parenting hacks and tricks into her own home life, she began to feel relief as her routine got much easier. Jan started sharing her parenting tips and tricks with others, mostly via social media. The feedback she received from other parents was so tremendous that she decided to publish her parenting hacks so everyone could benefit from them, and that’s how Diapers, Daycare, and Deadlines – Survival Hacks for Super Busy Parents was born. The most rewarding part of publishing for Jan has been the feedback from parents who share that her book has helped them become better parents in many ways!

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Jan Cornell is a wife to her husband, Keith, and mother of two children, Jack and Katie. She is a former Miss Rhode Island USA, Mrs. Rhode Island International, a graduate of Johnson & Wales University with a BS in Marketing Communications, a graduate of The Bill Gove School of Public Speaking, a graduate of Eagle U Leadership University, URI Master Gardener Graduate, URI Tick Smart Community Educator, Rhode Island 4-H Community Volunteer, and Today Show Parenting Team Contributor. Jan works in Scientific Sales and previously worked at three of the world’s leading scientific research companies. She is thrilled to be returning to her career after five rewarding years of at-home parenting with her children.

And Jan is generously giving away up to FOUR of her books! Just leave a comment on this blog post to be eligible.

 

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Book-a-Day #Giveaway Featuring Author R. K. Bentley


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Where Weavers Daire - Ebook

Where Weavers Daire is my answer to Star Wars minus the whole heroes’ journey arc that Luke Skywalker goes through. Instead, the main character, Melinda Scott, already knows what she’s capable of, and it got her into so much trouble she was banished from her home world of Stuk’s Hollow.

The crooked Powers That Be said ‘enough was enough’ and banished her to a Gunna Space Station. For the last ten years her family has been reduced to salvage reclamation experts. It’s a job that kept her out of trouble until one day, while the family is out on a salvage job, the world she was kicked out of pulls Melinda back in.

Necromancer Spence MacGregor joins her on this journey and with Liches nipping at their heels along with assassins not far behind they must figure out who to trust while their options dwindle one by one.

The universe that Melinda lives in is equal part Star Wars, Star Trek, Babylon 5, and Firefly. It has Houses of Technology on one side, Houses of Magic on the other, and the Houses of Man in the middle. The Houses rarely agree on anything but when something threatens them all, they call a truce and find someone who can take care of the problem, namely Mindy.

This book took seven years to write and while it may not be perfect I think it’s a fantastic addition to the space opera genre. It has colorful characters, adrenaline pumping action, and in the end it’s a fun read.

If Where Weavers Daire were an ongoing television series, it would be on SyFy or FX with a rating of PG-13 for swearing and mild violence.

This is book one of an ongoing series and book number two will be out in 2019.

RK Bentley

R. K. Bentley was born and raised in New England on a steady diet of Monty Python, 80’s cartoons, Tom Baker’s Doctor Who, Babylon 5, Star Trek, Star Wars, Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, comics books and movies. He holds an Associate’s Degree in Graphics and Multimedia Web Design from the New England Institute of Technology.

When not writing, R. K. enjoys reading, photography and traveling. Where Weavers Daire is his first novel. His mailing list can be found on his blog at http://www.rkbwrites.com

R. K. is giving away a print copy of Where Weavers Daire!

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Book-a-Day #Giveaway Featuring Author Barbara Ann Whitman


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Have Mercy

“What’s your book about?” I am asked often. In the beginning, I’d say something like this: “It’s about a girl who grew up in foster care, has turned 18, and is trying to make it on her own, despite the struggles blah blah blah…” It didn’t really matter what followed because all people heard was “grew up in foster care” and they got a queasy look, as if I were telling a story about stepping in vomit. So, I developed a different shtick. I had worked hard developing a title and a book cover that would attract curiosity and interest. Instead of answering like a social worker, I had to think like a potential reader.

Back in my day, there were plenty of coming-of-age books for boys, but not for girls. Have Mercy fills the void. But I can’t say that without expecting eyes to glaze over.

Part of my motivation in writing about Mercy was to educate young adults, and older ones, about the challenges facing foster kids. Each child’s story is different, of course – as different as Mercy and her sister Lily. But there are common themes and experiences that shape the way most foster kids fit in with their classmates, families, and communities. Some of them are things you’d never think of unless you’d been in their shoes.

It is also my wish that Have Mercy be a source of hope to any reader who might be a foster kid, now or in the past. Along with an exciting, fast-paced storyline, there are themes familiar to all of us. Mercy faces difficult choices and must learn to rely on outsiders. Her mother left her with a bitter distrust of authority. Then, there’s Lily. The sisters see the world through two very distinct lenses. Decisions are made and consequences follow. There’s plenty of real-life drama.

Have Mercy puts a real face on foster care for those who are curious or those who find it distasteful. Mostly, it is a story about trust, determination, and resilience. It’s a story about hope and about love. I guess that’s what I need to tell people.

Barbara Whitman

Barbara Ann Whitman is a seasoned social worker with experience as a child abuse and neglect investigator. She has worked professionally with hundreds of foster children. Currently, she is employed by a nonprofit agency that empowers foster children to become successful adults.
Her short story “A Changing Sea” was published in the anthology Shoreline and her poem “Galilee” was featured in the book Under the Thirteenth Star. Follow Barbara’s blog at rhodiebean.com
She has been a Sunday School teacher, a Youth group Leader, a parenting instructor, a Big Sister and a Girl Scout Leader. Barbara Ann founded a Meetup Group for active seniors in 2015. She is a member of the Old Fiddlers Club of Rhode Island and sings in her church choir. She serves on the board of directors for Gaits of Harmony.
*Have Mercy is her first novel and she is giving away a print copy to one winner.
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