Friday, May 25, 2018

Jum & Muz by Mary Ellen Connelly - Book Blitz



Memoir
Date Published:  July 2016
Publisher: Xlibris

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Jum & Muz is the story of the 20 years of the frustration and desolation of Alzheimers disease that the Mary Ellen Connelly's husband suffered. It chronicles the descent into oblivion. It explains how to cope, what they learned as a family in the hope it will help other families in dealing with Alzheimers.  The author explains the symptoms and the research that is now available. As the primary caregiver she explains her feelings, her attempts to deal with the onslaught and some of the things that worked and things that didn't work. Connelly explains the frustration of the refusal of the insurance companies and how she dealt with them.



About the Author



Mary Ellen Connelly grew up in Montana, attended local schools. She served 5 terms in the Montana House of Representatives on the Appropriations & Budget committee. She was appointed chair of the long-range planning sub-committee. She lives in California on the Calaveras River.




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Self Publish Now by E. Van Lowe - Book Blitz




Self Publish Now: The Underground Playbook to Get You Writing, Finishing, and Self-Published NOW


By E. Van Lowe



Genre: Non-fiction/Self-help

Publisher: EViL E Books

Date of Publication: May 2, 2018

ASIN: B07CTFRGP3

Number of pages: 67
Word Count: 16,043

Cover Artist:  Venkateshvinod

Book Description:

This tiny book contains my step-by-step, easy to follow system for getting your book written and self-published NOW. It's probably the most complete, no-nonsense guide to self-publishing available.

I take you on my personal journey, from an abject failure living in the Bronx with no future to speak of to becoming the writer I always dreamed of being--writing bestselling books, movies, and hit TV shows. I tell you how I went from dreamer to having money in the bank and fans around the world.

I tell you in my straight forward style what's holding you back from writing success, and give you the kick in the butt, plus all the tools you need to self-publish NOW. I tell you how I got where I am, but more importantly, how you can get there. 

Excerpt:

It was 7:30 a.m.
Monday morning. The alarm clock had gone off half an hour ago, yet no matter
what I told myself, I just couldn’t get out of bed. I should have gotten up and
started getting ready for work as soon as the clock went off.  That was normally how I did it.
Something was
wrong.
As I lay there,
I took inventory of myself. I wasn’t sick. It wasn’t a hangover. Truth is, I
wasn’t actually tired, although every muscle in my body seemed wracked with
fatigue.  I was sweating.
I thought back
to Sunday morning.  I felt great when I
got up on Sunday.  I was up early.  I read the paper, I played with my son, and
we all went to church. 
We had brunch in
Manhattan after church, and spent the warm afternoon in Central Park near the
Merry-go-round.  My son loved to go to
the merry-go-round. He didn’t like to ride it. He said it made him dizzy, but he
loved being in the presence of all the energy exuded by the kids. He feasted on
it.
Around 4 p.m. I
started feeling a bit sluggish.  It
increased gradually, and by bedtime, I was exhausted. I had developed flu like
symptoms.
As I lay there
that Monday morning, I realized it was around 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon when I
started thinking about my job.  On Sunday
evening as I prepared my route for the following day, I started feeling a sense
of dread. 
I quickly
diagnosed myself with a malaise felt by millions nationwide. My illness was
that I dreaded going to work. I hated my job.
I asked myself
“how did this happen?”  I had a dream
job.  At least it was a dream job for a
guy from where I’m from. I was the envy of all my friends. I was both proud and
excited when I landed the job a few years earlier.  Back then, I couldn’t wait to go out into the
field. WHAT had changed?
Hi, my name is
Ehrich Van Lowe (pronounced Eric. My friends call me E.) and I am a writer.
I’ve spent most of my working career writing professionally, and loving
it.  I’ve written for big publishers,
small publishers and I’ve self-published. I’ve written blog posts and articles
in magazines.
I’ve written for
the theater, I’ve written poetry, and I’ve written for TV and film. I’ve won
many writing awards including being nominated for the Emmy Award and the Oscar,
all for my writing.  I have written
bestselling novels and hit TV shows. I am a working writer who has had, and
still enjoys a wonderful and rewarding career.

But on that
morning, a long time ago, I was a twenty-three year-old nobody who had
abandoned my dreams.
 If you are a writer trying to figure it all
out, or a failed writer, or a would be writer, I wrote this book for you. I
hope you will read it from beginning to end. There are a few things I’d like to
tell you that I believe can help launch your writing career, and keep you from
years of not realizing your dream.



Much of what you
are about to read in this book you have never heard before.  Some of it you have, but not from me. The
purpose of this book is to get you comfortable with the idea that you, yes YOU,
can actually become a published author and make money. It’s also to give you
some tools you can use to get your writing career going, and not just going,
but going quickly and successfully.

About the Author:

Ehrich Van Lowe, aka E. Van Lowe is an award winning television writer, screenwriter, bestselling novelist, and writing coach with over 30 years earning his living as a writer. He is a six figure author, and a seven figure entrepreneur. He knows how to be successful.  He has taken clients from having no knowledge of the business, to earning a living, to becoming bestselling authors.



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Welcome to the Apocalypse Series by D.L. Richardson - Book Blitz + Giveaway


Welcome to the Apocalypse
by D L Richardson

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GENRE: Science Fiction/Apocalyptic

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BLURB:

"Players. Welcome to the apocalypse"



Book One – Pandora:



The Apocalypse Games is a state of the art virtual game, yet when it traps over 100 players inside, there’s reason to worry – their simulation pods are designed to last 3 days and the artificial intelligence is taking over.



Book Two – CyberNexis:
 
When rescue finally arrives, the players are transported to an offsite facility to recover from cyber sickness. Not all the players survived and not all is what it seems. What is CyberNexis hiding out in the desert?



Book Three – Primal Scream:



The disaster known as The Event has plunged the world into icy darkness. Humans can’t survive but a group of mutants can. All signs lead back to the simulation pods. What were they really designed for?


Join these characters on an emotional and fast-paced journey to explore what it really means to survive.
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EXCERPT
"Player twenty-one is about to enter the game."

Orange atoms flashed in front of Jack Minnow's eyes and he felt the lurch of his stomach as if plummeting from a great height, and he thought to himself, I didn't choose a game.

These atoms flashed, sparking as if alive with energy, until finally the show was over and the display vanished. Jack noticed his surroundings had shifted from the bright colors of the pod to the dull grays of a hospital room. Rows of beds were situated along two walls and a desk sat at the far end of the room. About twenty beds. No windows in the room. No flowers either, or fruit baskets or visitors for that matter. But the bitter smell of disinfectant and lost hope was abundant.

Other than the overhead vent humming and his sneakers squeaking on the floor, the room gave off no noise. Patients lay in the beds, as still as corpses with tubes sticking out of their arms and mouths. Alive but sedated, giving him a glimpse of what his body looked like from outside of the virtual reality simulation pod.

Impressions didn't count for anything in this world. Bodies being used for medical or science projects wouldn't be out of character. They might not be human. Androids. Whatever. Pandora wasn't offering up any clue as to why he stood in a hospital ward holding a patient chart.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

D L Richardson writes speculative fiction. She is currently a self-published author of three YA novels "The Bird with the Broken Wing", "Resident Spy", and "One Little Spell". She is also the creator of the apocalyptic/sci-fi series "Welcome to the Apocalypse", and the novella series inspired by Tales from the Crypt, "The Shivers Novellas".

A former singer and musician, she credits this stage experience for her ease of public speaking, conducting writing workshops, and appearing on panels. Her books don't feature the usual tropes and this has earned her many loyal readers.

When she's not writing she enjoys playing music, watching Netflix, reading, gardening, and walking the dog.











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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

D L Richardson will be awarding a $15 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


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Awakened by Dot Caffrey - Cover Reveal

Awakened
Dot Caffrey
(The Power Trilogy, #1)
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: August 31st 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Power and Prophecy!
Seventeen-year-old Regnaryn grew up in an idyllic land among mythical beings. She believes she is the last surviving human.
Her world begins to shatter when Evil invades her dreams, demanding she relinquish unknown powers foretold by her long-deceased mother. When Graeden, a young human male, arrives, he further disrupts her once-orderly life. Her emotions in chaos, Regnaryn flees the only home she’s ever known, only to be captured by the servants of Evil from her dreams. Now she must take a stand, confronting her late mother’s prophecy while also attempting to survive and protect those she loves.

Author Bio:
I was born and raised in New York, mostly on Long Island not “The City”. After high school, I moved to California and then did a three-year stint in the Navy before going to college and getting a Microbiology/Medical Technologist degree.

According to my Dad, I’ve been a storyteller from the time I began talking (which was at a very young age). But, it wasn’t until a few years ago that I decided to take my passion for writing and my love for all things magical or mythical seriously and set out to write fantasy novels.
When I’m not at my day job or writing, I enjoy creating and wearing costumes (cosplay), playing video games (though, I’m not very good at it) and watching NHL hockey and assorted other things many of which are merely time wasters. Of course, hanging out with my friends and my cats also pleasantly fills my time.

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Go to Sleep! & Sarah's Shadow by Marion Adams and Nick Jones - Book Tour & Review


 Go To Sleep!


Tansy the sheep can’t go to sleep. She’s forgotten how to do it! But when she follows the barn owl’s advice and starts counting sheep, she realises that something is wrong … The award-winning bedtime story with a humorous twist that children will love!

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My Review
Go to Sleep! is a super cute children's book about a sheep who can't sleep. She tried everything to get herself to go to sleep, but does she succeed? Follow Tansey on her nighttime journey to discover whether or not she's able to get some rest.

I found the story to be really adorable and engaging. Tansey is extremely relatable, at least for me. I don't sleep all that much, and my three year old is very anti-sleep currently. He prefers to stay up and bounce around rather than go to bed. Too bad none of Tansey's methods help my kiddo sleep. lol 

If you're a parent, or you have young readers, I'd definitely recommend Go to Sleep! It's a great, fun read that's short and has beautiful illustrations. It's definitely a good bedtime story for the little ones.

I'd give it five very well-deserved stars



Author Bio – Marion Adams has been writing for as long as she can remember, usually for fun and sometimes for money as well. She started her career as an in-house copywriter with a publisher and now works as a freelance proofreader and editor. It’s her dream job because she’s paid to read all day (and eat dark chocolate). Over the years, she’s written all kinds of things for both adults and children, some serious and some less so, with published work including magazine stories, articles, poems, plays and non-fiction books.
Marion lives in Devon, UK, and when she’s not reading or writing (or eating dark chocolate), she loves going for walks on the wild moors where her picture book Go To Sleep! is set.

Social Media Links – Twitter: https://twitter.com/Marion_author



Sarah’s Shadow

If you could change something about yourself, would you do it? When Sarah Simpkins is teased about her shadow in the school playground, she finds herself wishing she didn't have one. That night she has the chance to make the wish come true. But will losing her shadow really make her happy?

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My Review
Sarah's Shadow is a children's book about a young girl named Sarah who is teased about her shadow. All of the other kids on the playground make fun and call her names, which upsets Sarah, and rightfully so.  She decides she no longer wants her shadow, but is that really the right choice? 

I found the story to be a good one. It's both endearing and has a great moral. It showcases the bullies discovering that maybe they weren't so nice after all, and that everyone is unique and special in their own way. It also showcases Sarah learning that she's perfect just the way she is, and that she doesn't need to change herself to appease her bullies. Mean kids will always find something to pick on others about, so the lesson here is, be happy with who you are. Love and appreciate who you are. 

If you're a parent, or have young readers, I'd definitely recommend Sarah's Shadow. The story can be a great teaching tool for both boys and girls. Plus, it has some amazing illustrations, and it's just a really good story overall.

I give it five stars.

Author Bio – Nick Jones is an author based in Cheshire, UK, but originally from Bristol. He has written a series of joke books and an illustrated children's book. His first joke book, Gagged and Bound, was written during the summer of 2014 and was published by Full Media Ltd later in the year to critical acclaim, garnering positive reviews from numerous book review websites such as Reader's Favorite and The Bookbag. A follow-up, Gagged and Bound 2, was released a year later and received a similarly positive response, and in 2017 Nick returned with the third instalment. Nick returned with a very different book, Sarah's Shadow, in December 2017. He has several new books in the pipeline including two picture books and a children’s joke book. 

Social Media Links – Twitter: https://twitter.com/nickjonesauthor