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December 2014

Heroes Read Books T-Shirts On Sale

Books: The Cheapest Vacation You Can Buy

Author Eva Pohler’s sister–a single mom of three teens–returned from the ER the other night to find that ALL of their possessions–including her kids’ Christmas gifts–were stolen after a break-in.

To help, Indie-Visible has set up an awesome t-shirt campaign in which 100% of proceeds will go to help Eva’s sister rebuild her life.

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Shirts are only $18 each, and as you can see, they’re epic!  If you like what you see, consider being a hero–after all, heroes do read books!

You can purchase your t-shirt here: http://represent.com/the-grinch-stole-christmas

And if the t-shirt just isn’t your style, but you’d like to help Eva’s sister get back on her feet, a Go Fund Me has also been set up: http://www.gofundme.com/jfvix0

For more information about the break in and the devastation it caused, please click the Go Fund Me link above.

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The Next Target by Marcel Trigueiro – Now on Netgalley!

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Rio de Janerio, Brazil. Home of some of the most beautiful views:

... most incredible beach cities in the world -> Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 The most beautiful women . . . grown up women, and children as well . . .

Beautiful Brazilian men, of course… 😉

But not everything about Rio is beautiful . . .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is no stranger to terrorist activities. For every beautiful neighborhood in Rio, there are the horrors of the Slums . . . the constant strain on the BOPE, the Batalhão de Operações Policiais Especiais.  Poverty, gangs, terrorism and death is a way of life for many.

alemão favela of rio de janeiro – http://www.dissentmagazine.org
child scavenges for garbage at the Rio Hato landfill in Rio Hato – http://www.washingtonpost.com
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Rio de Janeiro’s BOPE Elite Squad http://www.rio-de-janeiro-travel-information.com
Rio de Janeiro’s BOPE Elite Squad http://www.rio-de-janeiro-travel-information.com

 

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REVIEW:

Gangs. Terrorists. Murder and death and poverty are no strangers to the streets of Rio. But now, terrorism takes an electronic twist. And the terror is all the more frightening for being unseen.

It starts simply enough. The incident is not even that unusual. A group of friends, out for the evening, stop at a red light. Beside them, a motorcycle pulls up – and out comes the gun. Within moments, the driver is dead, the motorcycle gone. Certainly not unusual in a city where gunmen on motorcycles robbing motorists is pretty much a daily happening.

But this shooting is a great deal different than the usual. And what happens next cripples a whole city – and soon, the terror spreads. For there is method to this particular madness. And as cyber crime becomes something more, as the death toll rises, Matheus Erming and his team of computer forensic specialists must find the perpetrators who are using a computer virus as the base for an attack on not only Rio, but the world.

Marcel has penned a tightly scripted story of terrorism in the cyber age, of murder and mayhem and death wrapped within a story of cyber crime written for today’s world.

The reviews on Amazon aren’t that good right now, only because it wasn’t previously edited and the Romantic language of Brazilian Portuguese didn’t translate well to the more Germanic English. Marcel and I took three months to edit and rewrite in order to turn out a better, more readable book. If you have a copy that doesn’t show ‘fourth edition’ be sure to download the newest edition!

 STORY SUMMARY:

When fear is used as a weapon, the panic paralyses the target like a spider web which immobilizes the preys in the last seconds of their existences. Thenceforth, eliminating a life becomes something elementary.

Rio de Janeiro had already experienced the climate of terror at the end of 2010, with cars and buses being constantly torched overnight. Now, a similar climate settles in the city, but this time the targets have names and surnames. Hundreds of thousands of people are progressively threatened by terrorists who seem to know all the details of their lives. Some of them are cowardly murdered, in a demonstration that anyone can die.

Matheus Erming is the Computer Forensics specialist responsible for examining the computers used by the victims and for finding out how details of their daily routines, kinship and friendship relations were taken by the perpetrators of the attacks. The investigations are the starting point of a persecution not only cybernetic, which touches the lower levels of the organized crime and chases for the roots of chaos in the city. During this race, the security of Matheus’ family is also put at risk. When this happens, he knows he has only one choice: to go further, at any cost.

Marcel TrigueiroABOUT THE AUTHOR

Almost five years ago, Marcel Trigueiro started writing a novel. At first, all he knew was that the protagonist would be a Computer Forensics specialist, since a regular programmer or software engineer would be too boring for the plots he could figure. It would be better someone authorized to hold a gun.
Given his Computer Science background, he managed to build a plot based on solid Information Security principles, without forgetting to take advantage of Rio de Janeiro’s geography.

The Next Target is his first book.

Sensational Six Anthology

23622939As I have said before, I love anthologies. You can find both old friends, and new authors to enjoy. This collection of six stories, from shorts to a full-length novel, proves to be exactly the case.


Still Sexy ( a Hunter Protection Group story) by Sasha White, is only 30 pages, but it is so tightly written and well-paced that I am looking forward to reading more of the series. 1149251

When human, Caleb Mann, and his wife the psychic Gina (stars of Sexy Devil) decide to get away from the hectic life of raising their baby and spend a weekend away, they expect a nice, sensual weekend. Only, as is apparently the case in their lives, nothing turns out the way they intended . . . well, almost.


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Phantom Warriors 2: Saber-tooth by Jordan Summers is another paranormal. Katy Manfred is a trapper for what appears to be a biological corporation. Sent out to capture what appears to be a saber-tooth at the LA Brea Tar Pits, she finds much more than she expected. . . ‘otherworldly lover’ anyone? This story seems to be from a group of other shorts – the sort of short, sexy read that you can chill over for an hour or two. Summers has a large catalog I will check out at another time.


 

A Soul in the Hand by Marsheila Rockwell and Jeffrey J. Mariotte is a 94 page fantasy tale. Honestly? I wasn’t in the mood for swords, so I only scanned it. Meh. Not my taste if the parts I read. If you like more ‘high fantasy’ you may like it – I hope you do!


I enjoyed Glimmer by Vivi Anna, a Romantic Urban Fantasy of 12310579642 pages. I felt deeply for Nina Decker, abandoned by her fae mother at 10 and left to watch her father slowly waste away from fae sickness. Nina is an RN in a Vancouver hospital, and when a victim rolls in, supposedly the victim of a werewolf attack, she finds her whole life changing. Running into the wolf alpha as she leaves the hospital she is dragged kicking-and-screaming into a world she never wanted a part of. And when things begin to go disturbingly wrong, being a hated enemy to a wolf pack is a minor issue compared to what her life is truly becoming – what she is truly becoming . . . murderous pixies, evil fae, and more things than she can count that go bump in the night. Add in a vicious fae mum, and could life get turn into any more of a pain in the arse? Well. Yes, actually. Dawning and Portal are the others in the series.


 

The Darkening by Caris Roane is based on a series called The Guardians of 17318863Ascension which I haven’t read. This story contains death vampires and war, a damaged heroine and a warrior hero all set on Second Earth. It comes across as a sci-fi/fantasy/sword and sorcery series filled with ancient evil and magic. I tried, couldn’t do it. If you are a follower of the series, you will be adding it to your collection. I just couldn’t focus on it. That doesn’t make it bad, just not to my particular tastes.


15728681And finally, there is The Night Beat. I have read this book before, I realized that the minute I started it, and was tickled to no end. I had lost track of the book, but it crossed my mind occasionally over time, and I was thrilled to find it in its whole in this anthology. The first of the Necropolis Enforcement Files I remember thinking at the time I finished it back a few years ago that I absolutely wanted to put the second book on my ‘TBR’ stack. Then, of course, I got distracted. Come to find out, the second in the series comes out in 2015, so I won’t have to wait all that terribly long for the second. Go me!

 

It’s time to kick icky butt and take unpronounceable names . . . and undercover cop and werewolf Victoria Wolfe is there to take them on. Take them all on, along with an eclectic cast of famous dead musicians and writers, zombies and ghouls and mummies (oh, my!) all fighting on the side of right for whatever god or monster they have chosen to follow… and stopping ‘The Prince’ is on the very tippy-top of all their ‘must do’ lists. The good guys include a few who are not at all who you were taught to think they were, and sometimes even the bad guys can be the good guys under the right situation – but of course, when they are bad, they are so very, very bad . . . Can’t wait for the next in the series!

So, four out of six isn’t bad – not that the two I didn’t finish were bad, per se, the writing was good, they just didn’t trip my particular trigger. Another great .99 cent anthology!

Romance Hideaway Giveaway And “About What We Leave Behind by Matthew Alan”

The site Romance Hideaway has a couple of goodies for us! A $50.00 giveaway for an Amazon.com gift card as well as the Gift Guide.

And now, about About What We Leave Behind by Matthew Alan, straight from Romance Hideaway  –  and a Charity GIVEAWAY!!!!

 

what we leave behind book coverAbout What We Leave Behind by Matthew Alan

This is a story about struggle, a story of hope, and mostly, a story about love. A journey with a unique young girl who is so sure of what is out there waiting for her, that she never compromises her belief in finding it.
It isn’t always an easy path, but Jane Rawley Solomon’s humor, character, and passion for others, keep her moving towards her goals – despite life throwing obstacles in her way. What she’s left with is truly beautiful.

Fifty percent of the author’s profits from the book sales of ‘What We Leave Behind’, will be split, and donated to the Ronald McDonald House charities (rmhc.org) and the ASPCA (aspca.org). In the names of my father – Will, Shelly and Lauren.

The reason I’m choosing these two charities are manifold, but knowing the individuals as I did, and understanding the benefits these charities provide for those in need, it makes perfect sense.
Anyone who appreciates the healing power of animals, will understand the ASPCA . And if the circumstances happen when long term care of a loved one is necessary – then you understand the financial burden incurred by traveling during these times. The support of family and friends becomes immeasurable during difficult times – and these amazing charities represent the ideals of the individuals this book is hoping to honor.

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Fifty Shades of Pink Avon 2 Day Breast Cancer Walk Fundraiser-The Naughty List

The Naughty ListFIFTY SHADES OF PINK team is made up of a group of girlfriends who raise funds annually to participate in the Avon 2 Day Breast Cancer Walk in Santa Barbara, CA. 

The Naughty List

by S. Moose (Goodreads Author), Boyfriend Bookstand, Ahren Sanders (Goodreads Author), Allie Juliette Mousseau (Goodreads Author), Vi Keeland (Goodreads Author), T.H. Snyder (Goodreads Author), Hilary Storm (Goodreads Author), M.J. Carnal (Goodreads Author)

TWELVE novels, including some of your favorite New York Times, USA Today and Amazon Bestselling authors, came together for one NAUGHTY anthology, benefiting the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer via the Fifty Shades of Pink Team.

Vision of Love from S. Moose

Grinding In Greenville from Boyfriend Bookstand 
Surrendering from Ahren Sanders
Finding Now from Allie Juliette Mousseau 
Belong to You from Vi Keeland 
Cursed Love  from t.h. snyder 
Heaven Sent from Hilary Storm 
Liquid Regret from MJ Carnal
Irreparably Broken from H. D’Agostino
Jase from MJ Fields
Under The Mistletoe from Scarlett Metal
Shelter Me from Kathy Coopmans

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It was all going so well too…

I have had so many days like this, and Sue writes so well I just had to share. If you haven’t checked out Sue’s site yet, why not? 🙂

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

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My Christmas day had come and gone
As good as you could get;
I woke to silent darkness,
But I wasn’t moving yet!
I’d wait till the alarm went off
And get a duvet fix,
I wasn’t starting Boxing Day
Till after half past six.

The world was frozen, stark and clear
All inky black and white;
It could be worse, the forecasters
Had warned of snow last night.
The small dog chased her steaming breath
Beneath the frosty trees,
I huddled in the icy wind
That whistled round my knees.

Back home the heating had gone off
Without the least excuse,
The dog decided she’d be sick…
It might have been a ruse;
She doesn’t like the back door shut
Needs access hail or shine,
And throwing up would put the door
In her control, not mine.

She’s sitting on the doorstep
With her head outside the door.
The…

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Caveat Venditor—Five Mistakes KILLING Self-Published Authors

An Awesome post on what you need to know BEFORE you publish…

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Rise of the Machines Human Authors in a Digital World, social media authors, Kristen Lamb, WANA, Rise of the Machines

All right, it’s about to be a brand new year and many of you are wanting to finally see your books published. ROCK ON! But, I am the friend who will tell you if there is toilet paper hanging out of your pants. Writing isn’t all glitter and unicorns and I want to warn you of the most common stumbling blocks, because I really DO want you to succeed.

When I began writing I was SO SURE agents would be fighting over my manuscript. Yeah. But after almost fourteen years in the industry, a lot of bloody noses, and even more lessons in humility, I hope that these tips will help you.

Self-publishing is AWESOME, and it’s a better fit for certain personalities and even content (um, social media?), but we must be educated before we publish. In fact, my last book Rise of the Machines (cover above) is much…

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Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail

12262741With the movie of the book Wild coming out on the big screen, this book – Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trailcaught my eye on Audible.com. Maybe I should do the same thing Emma did. I am certainly not 67-years-old – at least not yet!!


Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail | [Ben Montgomery]

Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail

Emma Gatewood told her family she was going on a walk and left her small Ohio hometown with a change of clothes and less than $200. The next anybody heard from her, this genteel, farm-reared, 67-year-old great-grandmother had walked 800 miles along the 2,050-mile Appalachian Trail. And in September 1955, atop Maine’s Mount Katahdin, she sang the first verse of “America, the Beautiful” and proclaimed, “I said I’ll do it, and I’ve done it.” Grandma Gatewood, as the reporters called her, became the first woman to hike the entire Appalachian Trail alone, as well as the first person – man or woman – to walk it twice and three times. The public attention she brought to the little-known footpath was unprecedented. Her vocal criticism of the lousy, difficult stretches led to bolstered maintenance, and very likely saved the trail from extinction.

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