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My recently published book

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Hello
My name is Guadalupe and I just published my first novel named Bittersweet Lesson. It is for sale on the Barnes & Noble website and can be ordered at local book stores. I would like to let your book club know about it. Thanks,
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"Getting To Know You", literary thriller, Jim Stallings

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Getting To Know You

Synopsis

A man and woman go on what is perhaps one of the most extreme "blind dates" imaginable as they descend unwillingly into a desert-like Hell.

Description

In a fast-paced romantic thriller, a man and woman, first unknowingly and then unwillingly, starting from Las Vegas go on what is perhaps one of the most extreme “blind dates” imaginable as they are forced to descend into the Hell of triple-digit August heat in the Grand Canyon.

Meet Vic Salem, self-help author, and Shelby Cotton, professional escort woman, as they desperately fight to save their lives in this tightrope walk of life and death trauma. In their dramatic effort to escape and seek revenge on their Vegas enemies, the descent into this exquisite Hades forces them to open up to each other and to the extraordinary primitive natures embedded in their survival instincts. Their search for life reaches vision quest intensity and delivers an astounding series of personal and mythic discoveries unveiling for them the deeper aspects of love, commitment, courage and the profundity of free will.

I'm an anthropologist and fiction writer with an interest in ritual, myth and narrative. See my website: http://www.jimstallings.com. I've published five other books you can see and order off my website.

Here's the B&N book purchase link:
Getting To Know You

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Jim Stallings: (Peruse published fiction ):
http://www.jimstallings.com

All books available through B&N also.
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Re: Lord Emberstone's Quest byt Michael E. Hill

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Here is my book a Tolkien readers must. It is available here at B&N And hopefully soon to be available in stores.

LORD EMBERSTONES QUEST

This is a fiction, fantasy adventure set in the world of Evermere. Three very powerful stones were created by Skella (the goddess of death) and two of her kin, Windwraith (god of Darkness), and Char (god of malice). These stones had been given to three corrupt and malicious wizards, to be used as tools of conquest and devastation. To counter Skella and her ominous plans for the conquest of Evermere, Ulmar (the god of power) sent emissaries of his own to Evermere to warn the races of their impending doom. The races accepted the challenge before them and rallied together to overcome the deadly designs of Skella and her minions. The wizards were defeated, but not all of their ominous stones were recovered… Until now.

The stone of the dark wizard of chaos has been discovered in an ancient passage beneath the Tower of Glory. The priests whose monastery is within the Tower are quickly overcome by the terrible power within the stone of chaos. Those who do not succumb to its evil are imprisoned, while those that do are unknowing slaves to the holders dark designs. However in the nearby town of Elmwood. Eramil, (Lord Emberstone of Elmwood), a long time friend of Melorn (the head of the Towers priests), has begun to wonder as to why he hasn’t heard from his friends at the Tower of Glory. He sends three of his closest companions to investigate. Claw, a halfling fighter/thief, is captured at the tower, Farimain, an elf, and Bearmug, a dwarf, avoid capture but are pursued by a group of wargriders. On their return to Elmwood they encounter some old friends and a dwarf who has escaped from the Tower of Glory.

Ulmar has learned of the priests plight and has decided to maneuver others into a position where they will be able to help Eramil save his friends. With the help of Glimring (a golden dragon) he is successful. Ulmar decides that Eramil and his friends will be able to overcome the malicious power of the stone, and its holder, so he sets them upon a quest to recover the ominous stone. Eramil and his companions accept the quest and willingly battle the forces against them for the sake of their friends in the Tower of Glory. The heroes gain entry to the tower and free their friend Claw. Only when they go after the stone they find an army standing between them and their goal.

Michael E. Hill

My Bio and character pics can be viewed on my website www.Lordemberstonesquest.com
Thank you for the opportunity to show my work my e-mail is also on my website.

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Re: Author would welcome some feedback

Just a quick update on The Magic Lands. Please check out the following link for the first official review of the book!
http://www.enchantedentertainment.co.uk/book-news-reviews/review-of-the-magic-lands-by-mark-hockley/
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Re: "Jacob's Courage: A Holocaust Love Story by Charles S. Weinblatt. Mazo Publishers, 2007

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How would you feel if, at age seventeen, the federal government removed you from school, evicted you from your home, looted your bank account, prevented your parents from working and deported you and your loved ones to a prison camp run by brutal taskmasters? How would you feel if you suddenly lost contact with everyone that you knew and loved? How would you feel if you were sent to the most frightening place in the history of mankind, and then forced to perform unspeakable acts of horror in order to remain alive?

"Jacob’s Courage: a Holocaust Love Story" examines the dazzling beauty of passionate love and enduring courage, in a lurid world where the innocent are brutally murdered. Seventeen year-old Austrians Jacob Silverman and Rachael Goldberg are deeply in love. Follow them from their comfortable flats in beautiful Salzburg as they are forced into a decrepit ghetto, from there to Theresienstadt and finally to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Feel the exhilaration of escape and the horror of recapture. Tortured and starved, Jacob is haunted by the belief that his destiny lies in leading the innocent into a final battle for their survival. Rachael is raped by the Nazi commander and becomes pregnant. Through it all, their powerful love endured. Portions of the novel are based upon the experiences of members of my own family, many of whom perished in the Holocaust.

One editor described my novel as, “Gone with the Wind for The Holocaust.” A reviewer commented that it is “well researched, well thought out and thought provoking.” Yet another editor said, “The author maintains a driving, relentless pace as Jacob and his beloved Rachael try to escape the madness of Nazi Germany while maintaining their humanity.” Jacob's Courage is distributed globally. “Jacob's Courage” can be purchased thorugh Barnes & Noble.

Until I wrote Jacob's Courage, I could not imagine influencing people in a meaningful way. Yet, I am powerfully motivated by the writer and philosopher, George Santayana, who said, “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” He also said, “A man's feet must be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world.” Many young people today have little comprehension of the Holocaust. The more they learn about genocide, the greater the chance it can be avoided in the future. “Jacob's Courage” has the capacity to help young people understand the beauty of love and the horror of genocide. Understanding is the foundation of constructive action. Please join forces in this mission by reading the book, reviewing it, or especially by recommending it for educational programs.

Charles S. Weinblatt
Sylvania, Ohio
charles.weinblatt@utoledo.edu

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Re: Read My Book!

I went with a traditional publisher and we get along very well. In a few cases, he asked me to agree to delete some explicit sections. I completely agree with him, as it makes the book more marketable, without diminishing meaning or clarity. This publisher (Mazo Publishers, Israel) has given me a higher royalty than most publishers, has agreed to do everything I've asked in terms of marketing and is responsive to my messages. My novel was up on Amazon in no time at all. A couple of weeks later, it was on Barnes & Noble and Borders. In short, I could not be happier with my publisher.

Chuck Weinblatt
Jacob's Courage: A Holocaust Love Story
Mazo Publishers, 2007
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"Heaven At Its Best"

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This is a new book by Dr Rucker and it is the love affair that rivaled Solomon and the Shulamite Maiden in Song of Solomon (before his concubines of course). There is a beautiful review on Authorhouse. I heard him speak also at Second Baptist. He spoke then on, From dust, to life, to power.

I just wanted to share. Heaven is beautiful for couples

Legh

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Re: Read My Book!

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I am the editor of a new anthology (published by Seal Press) entitled Desire: Women Write About Wanting, out late October. The essays by such notable women writers as Rosemary Daniell, Jane Juska, Janice Eidus, Joyce Maynard, Erica Jong, and many others, explore a wide and compelling range of desires of the body, spirit, and mind.
Check it out at my website, lisasolodwarren.com, and buy it in advance at bn.com.

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Link Detonator

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Mary E. Rose’s Sci-Fi Thriller, Link Detonator, begins where every good story should, with action. Marion Pallor, a historian is caught up in a time warp and lands in the middle of a Pre-Historic cave dwelling. The inhabitants, a Neanderthal clan occupying the cave, quickly take notice and a confrontation ensues with the leader of the clan known as the “brave one.” He is taken captive and remains for the night but this temporary reprieve does not last for long. During the night Marion flashes back to his first meeting with the child Xavier Peek who is somehow a conduit and connected to the historian’s present and past circumstances. Desperate to get off his roller coaster rides of transitional time dimensions, Marion struggles for answers hoping to get back to the life he knew. His fiancée Angela Fenton, a blue eyed blonde anthropologist mysteriously disappears on a research trip to Africa. Ms. Fenton was working on her cultural anthropology dissertation, studying the Ibibio tribe known for their practice of witchcraft. Her disappearance haunts Marion Pallor and breaks his heart, as he recalls her last words.
“I’ll be back before you know it,” she whispered in his ear as she hugged him long and hard.

The following morning the leader of the clan brutally attacks one of the women and Marion outraged confronts him -- a desperate battle ensues. Just when we think our hero is about to be mortally wounded in combat, he detonates through a mysterious link; a portal through time that transports him to the ancient land of Mesopotamia where the king of Babylon rules. He befriends a slave girl name Aya and her master Dagon who agrees to provide him refuge in land where the law of Hammurabi reigns supreme. His only saving grace is they believe him to be the Sumero-Babylonian God of War, “Ninurta.” Thus ends the first chapter of this most remarkable tale. The successive chapters take the reader through a series of time & places as Marion struggles to get back to his own time and solve the riddle of the child Xavier and the mysterious disappearance of his beloved Angela.

Mary E. Rose is the author of Link Detonator and Detonator Time’s Up, the first and second book in the Detonator series. She has penned several short stories published in Speculative Fiction Centre Horizons and Tabloid Purposes. She resides in Kentucky with her four children.

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A fictional character is only as good as the reader's ability to become lost in them.
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Re: The Silent Intruder. Lita Mortimer

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Hi My name is Lita, I often wished I had the courage to write a book and thanks to the encouragement from my children I published a diary that I had been keeping from the time I felt a lump and discovered I had Pagets Disease of the breast a rare form of cancer affecting only 1% of cancer vics. and 2 grade 3 Cancer's at 42 years old. My diary is the journey of discovery, surgery, Chemotherapy, recovery and all the emotions that go along with it.Here is the introduction to my story and the link to my cover. I would love your honest opinions.

The Silent Intruder



Introduction

This is how my life was turned upside down by something I had never thought about before. That was until this gate crashed our lives. I was an ordinary mum, grandmother and wife. Then Cancer invaded our lives and changed it forever, even now I can’t bring myself to say “ I have Cancer ” each time I try it sticks in my throat, its such a small word but the devastation it causes goes way deeper than the physical scars to try and remove it.

I can’t say for sure why I am writing all this, maybe to try and accept what is or maybe to look back on it in time once I am strong enough to accept that it is a new member of my family and not about to go away. I know there’s going to be times when there will be tears and hard times, I hope there’s going to be laughter somewhere and I hope that somehow or another it will help us accept this new path our lives are about to travel.

How is it possible for the human body to be so strong, yet susceptible to something so lethal? The mind so complex yet so easy to muddle and confuse, and why is it possible for our heart to continue beating when it has been broken? I am normally a strong person, Always coping with whatever life throws at me at the same time never being afraid to show true feelings or emotions. I have always taught my kids to be open with their feelings; we were never allowed to be that way when we were growing up. I have also told them that a true friend is a loyal friend and one to be cherished. I need a friend right now and I hope all the friends that keep telling me “what would I do without you” are able to be as good a friend to me because I need them right now. Just to listen to my worries and fears and be an emotional support for my family and myself. To wipe away my tears the way I wiped theirs, to be my shoulder, and help my family the way we helped theirs. I wish there was a magic wand to wave this away because I so need one right now. Or better still just to wake up to find this has been nothing more than a nightmare. I know that isn’t going to happen so instead I am hoping we have the strength, love and loyalty for each other to see it to the end. Right now none of us know what the end is going to be, we will have to wait, hope and wish.

I was born in the East End of London in the 60’s, the third eldest of seven children. Five boys and two girls, I would be lying if I said life was easy because it wasn’t. I lived with and came to terms with some of the worst kinds of abuse. Some of which I choose not to talk about at this time and some I gathered the courage to include here as part of my healing. Because of certain events in my life I began playing truant from school and was considered ’out of control’. As a result I was placed in care till I was sixteen. I was glad to be taken away from home because I was sexually abused from the age of nine till I went into care when I was twelve. It meant the poor excuse for a human being that I call ‘it’ couldn’t do what it was doing to me anymore. My abuser wasn’t a family member but was well known by the family so was able to do whatever, whenever. I have written about my sexual abuse because during my treatment for Cancer the abuse was brought out from the deepest, darkest parts of my memory making me relive things that I had managed to lock away for so many years. It was mentally & psychologically exhausting because apart from what I had told family and friends I had never gone into details of what had happened during that time of my life and seeing it in print was almost as hard as it was back then. My only satisfaction was knowing that ’it’ could never do that to any other innocent child because I heard ’it’ was crushed by a truck in a freak accident a few years ago. It isn’t what I call justice because I never had the courage to make it pay for what it had done to me. Growing up wasn’t easy and I had it tough but I also know that some other members of my family had it tougher. We were fed, kept clean and apart from minor spats with my brothers most of us were very protective of each other. Our parents made us always shoulder our own burdens. Never let outsiders know what was going on inside. We were never really shown any affection or told that we were loved and I can honestly say I can never recall a time when I had been given a kiss or cuddle by my parents and I could never talk about feelings or would never ask anyone for help in any way. That’s changed now that I am grown and with my own children. They were and still are shown unconditional love and are never afraid to display affection. Kisses and cuddles are always freely handed out and returned.

As a child I saw adults as a threat and not as protectors. I found life harder and harder as I grew older; I became an adult before I lived my life as a child. Thanks to my abuser my childhood was stolen. I am thankful looking back now that it never made me pregnant or gave me a disease, which was a very real possibility, as it never, used any form of protection. Only one and that was to protect its self from being discovered, it would always tell me it would do ’it’ to my mum if anyone ever found out. I couldn’t bear the thought of mum going through that kind of pain so to protect her I kept quiet and I accepted that no one was able to help me so I lived with that grief. After I went into care life was hard because of bullies and not having contact with my family so as a thirteen-year-old I ran away and lived in a squat where everyone believed I was eighteen and was treated like an adult. That was until eight months later I was returned to care. I had no choice so I lived with that grief. Then When I was just fourteen and in care I gave birth to my son after fourteen hours, but he was sixteen weeks early and never even had a chance to take a breath. That was my little Angel that I named Skye. I was all alone in a little hospital cubical and so scared. I laid my tiny son on my chest and kissed him goodbye. I had never before felt pain like I felt in my heart that day. I would have gone through twenty labours if it meant I could have heard his cry or felt him move outside of my body, I was riddled with guilt at the fact that once again my body had let me down and I still live with that grief everyday. He wasn’t allowed to be buried because in those days he was classed as a miscarriage and taken from me, put in a ’kidney bowl’ then disposed of like he was little more than hospitals refuse. I wish I had the courage then to fight for his right to be given a proper burial but I didn’t and I live with that grief & guilt everyday.



Saturday February 1st 2003

Today while I was having a bath, I noticed my left nipple was sore and a rash was developing. I thought it was probably from the new bra I had brought myself and wore it before I washed it. My nipple was quite itchy so I put some cream on it. Even though there is no Cancer or anything like it in my family history, I still did my regular self - examination and noticed a small lump had developed just below my left nipple. It was only about the size of a very small pea but even so, it rather threw me for a second because I had never felt something that should not be there before. I didn’t worry too much because I knew that loads of women have cysts and things develop as they get older. I know my mum had blocked milk ducts that needed minor surgery and had a cyst removed. I never even considered the possibility of it being a Cancerous lump because of all the women in our family and there are a lot of them, there has never been a single case of any of them with cancer. Even so I decided to just keep my eye on it and if it gets worse I will go to the doctors. I don’t like to go for minor problems so will wait and see what happens. Right now I have other, more important things on my mind. Donna’s 19th Birthday is on Sunday she can’t really celebrate how she wants at the moment because she is over four months pregnant with her 2nd baby and is always tired and suffering quite bad morning sickness. Kyle her first baby will be 1 in April so she is busy with him. I cannot decide what to do for her. We will probably have a quiet meal and drink at home.

As for this lump I just keep hoping it will go away. That is where I got it so wrong. I always believed that if I ignored something for long enough it would eventually go away. What a stupid, stupid thing to believe. If anyone should get to read this and is in my position then please for your own sake and that of your family never ignore a lump or a feeling that something may not be right, it may cost you more than a little time and patience. If you do go and get it investigated and it turns out to be nothing more than a scare you may have lost a bit of time out of your busy schedule and used up 5 precious minute of your doctors time but you have regained the rest of your life. I know what I would do if I could turn back time and relive it again. It may not have stopped me getting cancer but I know for fact things would have turned out so very different for me, not just me but my family. They wouldn’t have such an unsure future as they have right now because of my own stupidity and blind ignorance.

Monday February 17th 2003

Well I have been checking this lump in my breast and the rash around my nipple, rather than it go away like I hoped or thought it would it seams to be getting a little bigger. The rash on my nipple is really irritating me now, although the cream worked for a while it is doing nothing to alleviate the itchiness. I keep getting a little warning light flashing inside my head, what if it isn’t something I should ignore? What if the lump isn’t just a simple cyst? What if it is more than just a rash? What ifs shouldn’t worry a person like this but I rationalised it as I do everything that is not ‘the norm’. Cancer isn’t a rash is it? So instead of getting it checked out like I should have done I still chose to ignore it. Hide behind a foolish assumption that because there is no Cancer in my family I have nothing to worry about besides the lump doesn’t hurt at all and surly if that was cancer it would hurt wouldn’t it? That’s something I’d always assumed. We watch all these ads on TV telling you about how Cancer affects one in three people and cancer research is getting better every year. I always saw the adverts on television but to be honest I never took that much notice of them before because it was something that never affected us personally.

Thursday March 13th 2003

I have just become a Nan again for the third time. Donna has just given birth to her second baby she has named him Kieron, it should be a time of joy and celebrations but he was 14 weeks early. He was due 27 June but arrived today weighing 2lb 5oz. He is a very sick little boy that needs so much help. A little less than 12 inches long, his lungs are very immature but the hospital said he is a good weight for someone being born so early. That’s in his favour, he will need a lot of neo-natal intensive care for many weeks. Donna bless her doesn’t realise just how ill he really is and is assuming he will be going home with her right away, I don’t think the seriousness of his condition has hit home yet. When I went to see him, it broke my heart, he was covered with tubes and drips, his tiny body was black with bruises because of his quick birth. I hope technology has advanced enough to give my grandson a far better chance of life than my own son. It doesn’t ease the pain of his death but I have accepted that back in 1974 when things were still not advanced to deal with a birth so early there was no choice. I don’t believe in prayer but if I did it would be for that little boy to have the kind of survival instinct his mummy has and he will grow stronger every day and thrive.


The Silent Intruder

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