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Title: Single, Saved, & Searching

Author: Renee Allen McCoy

Publisher: FaytheWorks Publishing

Pages: 178

Genre: Christian Romance

Format: Paperback/Kindle

He who finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor from the Lord. ~ Proverbs 18:22

“She’s getting married too?” asks the beautiful, intelligent, and single Elisha Maxwell who just received a wedding invitation from her last single best friend and her younger sister in the same week. As she stacks both invites on her kitchen countertop, she wonders when it will be her turn

Challenged by a string of disappointing relationships, Elisha’s hope of finding Mr. Right leaves her feeling desperate and confused. Does such a man exist for her? In the wake of the most terrifying experience of her life, she is more determined now than ever to find him.

When she embarks upon a quest to change her single status to married, she finds something much more important along the way. Will she embrace the man of her dreams who seems the least likely of them all or go with someone who appeared to be her perfect match?
Single, Saved, & Searching is the second book in The True Love Novellas series.

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Renee Allen McCoyRENEE MCCOY (known to readers as Renée Allen McCoy) is a loving wife and mother, an author, but most importantly a devoted Christian. Having traveled to many parts of the world, today she, her husband, and their two children make Mississippi home. She maintains a newsletter entitled Straight Up and a devotional blog entitled In His Name.

To date, she has penned seven books that include: The Fiery Furnace series (The Kiss of Judas, Confessions, and The Eleventh Hour), Soul Ties: Breaking Up with a Past That’s Killing Your Future (non-fiction), The Christmas Beau (A True Love Novella, #1), In the Presence of My Enemies, and Single, Saved, & Searching (A True Love Novella, #2). Renée has also written for the world renowned devotional, The Upper Room (Pocket Devotional), both in digital and print.

With a heart to tell stories that will not only entertain, Renée hopes to enlighten readers to capture the message and power of God’s saving grace. Feel free to visit her online at www.ReneeAllenMccoy.com.
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WinterSpring 2008 399Robert Lane’s literary crime noir novels mix humor, action, and ageless moral themes set against the backdrop of the west coast of Florida. Cooler Than Blood is his second stand-alone Jake Travis novel after The Second Letter. His third book, The Cardinal’s Sin, will be released in October 2015.Q:

Congratulations on the release of your latest book, Cooler Than Blood. What was your inspiration for it?

A: I yearned for a classic crime tale, in this case a kidnapped young woman, that, through twists and turns, circles back to my protagonist, Jake Travis. I desired a story arc, that in ways Jake could have never foreseen, threatens Kathleen, the “world’s most important person,” to Jake.  I wanted the story to force him into moral choices that will define and shape him. Where’s the inspiration? Instead of a faceless victim that the reader would have no feeling for, I was intrigued with the idea of a young woman who lost her father at a young age. She relies on the memory of her father and the lessons he taught her while boating, to persevere a kidnapping ordeal. The time she and he spent on the boat is all the fuel she has to survive her captivity. The only thing real, and inspiration, is the boat, but we all know the formula—1 percent inspiration and 99 percent work.

Q: Tell us something interesting about your protagonist. 

A: Jake Travis has struggled with who he is and is just now learning to accept himself. He cannot resist the thrills found on the edge of life, but they come with heavy consequences. Unfortunately, some of these consequences are moral ambiguities that are likely to re-occur. It’s the central theme in his life, and central themes do not fade or resolve.

Q: How was your creative process like during the writing of this book and how long did it take you to complete it? Did you face any bumps along the way? 

A: My books are character driven—I have little clue as to how they will end. I usually see the end coming somewhere around two-thirds of the way through. That’s good—I think. Hemingway said if you know where your story’s going, so does the reader. Total writing time is about nine months, with half of that time in re-writes and crafting the words. Writing is a bumpy road. Sometimes it comes out smooth and clean, but that’s just the space between the bumps.

Cover ArtQ: How do you keep your narrative exciting throughout the creation of a novel? 

A: I don’t let myself get bored. Add humor. Conflict. More conflict. Physically move Jake.  In Cooler Than Blood, Jake gets a lead, hops in his truck with Garrett, and the story explodes as he meets other characters who, in turn, lead to the core of the story.

Q: Do you experience anxiety before sitting down to write? If yes, how do you handle it? 

A: Not really. My secret is I flip open the laptop and hit it hard and fast. If I waited, even a minute, I know self-doubt would gain a foothold.  Also, I usually exercise before I write—let the endorphins meet anxiety at the gate and thrash it away.

Q: What is your writing schedule like and how do you balance it with your other work and family time? 

A: I run or swim early in the morning and then write until my mind shuts down. By late in the afternoon, it’s been recharged enough to go a couple more hours. If I had sixteen free hours, the best I could do is write during five to six of those hours, and not congruently. That leaves plenty of time for other activities and obligations.

Q: How do you define success?

A: Doing my best used to be my mantra, my measuring cup for success. After I read Haruki Murakami’s excellent book, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, I altered that stance. Success is exceeding my capabilities. Doing better than I thought I could do. Freeing my mind of self-imposed limitation and handicaps. That’s pretty elusive…but so is success.

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring writers whose spouses or partners don’t support their dreams of becoming an author? 

A: Get a new a partner? That could be expensive. How about this: forget them. It’s your dream. Since when do you need the outside world to validate your goals and aspirations?

Q: George Orwell once wrote: “Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.” Do you agree? 

A: I suppose I do, but that seems a little heavy, dare I say Orwellian? Lighten up. I don’t drill too deep into my compulsions, who’s got time for that? At some point, during the writing of every book, I’ve sworn off writing and rue the day I ever started. Is that so different than other professions and activities in our lives, or do writers just whine more?

Q:  Anything else you’d like to tell my readers? 

A: While reading my books, I hope you laugh, I hope you get choked-up, I hope you turn the page quickly to see what happens next, I hope you come across a mirror and ponder yourself, and I hope that is some small, immeasurable, speck-of-dust manner, all that gobbledygook gives you a better understanding and acceptance of your world.

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Title: The Chronicles of Elizabeth Highland

Author: Elizabeth Highland

Publisher: AuthorHouse

Pages: 370

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Format: Ebook

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1973 This is the love story of Elizabeth Highland and Timothy Blumefield. To be or not to be… that is their question. Friends for 40 years… they have lived 3000 miles apart for the past 20. Through the twists and turns of life somehow fate and destiny brings them together in an uncanny spiritual journey guided by the universe. Elizabeth chronicles their story… a tale that takes her around the globe to find guidance and inner wisdom. The Chronicles of Elizabeth Highland is a hilarious tale of awakening consciousness. SHAMBHALA


Elizabeth Highland worked as both a designer and manufacturer in the sporting goods industry for twenty-five years. Her products sold in Canada, the United States, Europe, Korea and Japan. As well, she dabbled as an actor in film and improv.

Travel has always been a part of her creative inspiration. In recent years Elizabeth lived in Peru and travelled extensively throughout South America. Just back from an adventure in Istanbul, Jerusalem and Jordan, she is currently working on her second novel THE CHRONICHLES OF ELIZABETH HIGHLAND, VOLUME II… The Journey Continues.

Elizabeth holds both a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto. Elizabeth presently lives in Toronto with her dog Little Bear.

Elizabeth is giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card!


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  • This giveaway begins February 16 and ends on February 27.
  • Winners will be contacted via email on Monday, March 2.
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RubyshinesA lovely children’s book.

Ruth ShinesBright is a very special little girl. She lives in a place called Flooperville and has a red stone on her tummy which shines bright when she is happy and well.

She is very excited because tomorrow is going to be a special day for her, it’s her fifth birthday.

Her granny Ruth has made her a beautiful cake and it’s sitting in the kitchen ready, however, Ruby can’t wait until her party, and so naughtily she sneaks down in the night and accompanied by her little black kitten Dotty, she eats it all!

The next morning her granny is very unhappy with her, and poor little Ruby’s stone on her tummy is very dull. She feels very unwell and deeply regrets eating all that cake. What’s more, her granny wants to know what they are going to give her friends to eat when they arrive for her party later.

Then, Ruby has a great idea, and with help from her granny she makes a delicious cake of fruits which all her family and friends love.

And when the time comes for her to blow out her candles, can you guess what she wishes for?

To find out, you’ll have to read the book!

This is a wonderful story for children and is beautifully illustrated by the talented artist Jackie Atkin.

Reviewed by Susan Keefe – http://www.susan-keefe.com

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Title: The Change You Want! Change Your Mindset and Change Your Life

Author: Yvonne Ruke Akpoveta

Publisher: OliveBlue Incorporated

Pages: 134

Genre: Personal Growth

Format: Paperback/Kindle

Your mindset determines your attitude

• Your attitude determines your choices

• Your choices determine your life!

Do You Want To Change the Outcomes in Your Life?

Our thoughts, beliefs and experiences are the building blocks that shape our mindset, and in turn determine our desired outcomes. Start to positively shape your mindset and you will take the outcomes in your life from good to great – whether in your personal life or your career or business.

This book will provide you with simple but powerful steps you can take each day to start shaping your mindset and experiencing the success and fulfilment you desire!

“Set your mind on a definite goal and observe how quickly the world stands aside to let you pass.” – Napoleon Hill

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Have you found yourself reading many ‘how-to’ books and articles and following ‘tried and true’ systems that seem to work for others but not for you? Or perhaps you have experienced some success with a system or process you are following but you find yourself unable to stay the course or maintain results? This could be simply because you are yet to tackle the root cause and foundation of the matter: your mindset. Our mindset has the ability to sabotage us by creating self-limiting beliefs that can stop us from taking the first step to pursue our dreams, desires or goals; and in some instances, when we start pursuing a specific goal, it can stop us from persevering and reaching our highest potential.Research in the public domain has found that the conscious mind is responsible for between 1 and 10 percent of our actions, and that the unconscious/subconscious mind is responsible for 90 to 99 percent of our actions. Wow!

That is significant!

What we think is what we attract, and this is often referred to as the Law of Attraction. If we constantly think, see and say the negative, then that is consistently what we will attract. Even when we are faced with opportunities that others might immediately jump on and experience significant results, all we see is the negative – why it will not work, why we are not the one to do it, etc. – because that is what our unconscious mind is feeding us.

Once we understand the power of mindset and begin to learn and practice how to take better control of our mind, we will then have the ability to harness the power of mindset to achieve the successes we desire.


Yvonne is passionate about positive change. She works with individuals, entrepreneurs and organisations to help them implement change, drive results and achieve their goals. She enjoys working with them to identify solutions and determine the right course of actions that takes them from good to great.

She is an inspirational speaker, change management consultant, and certified John C. Maxwell coach & teacher on leadership principles.

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Title: Better Believe

Author: Ruby Lee Tuesday

Publisher: Trafford

Pages: 132

Genre: Biography

Format: Ebook

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Ruby Lee Tuesday was born to be her father’s property. Trapped in an abusive home where only perfect was good enough for the devil, Ruby attempted to distract herself from his ways through her music, poetry, art, and most importantly, her faith in God. Tuesday shares a heartbreaking story of childhood trauma as she bravely pursued her dreams, despite living with parents who seemed determined to destroy her, both physically and emotionally. While providing a riveting look into the ways of an abuser, Tuesday details how her mistreatment eventually caused her to lose her faith, embark on a path of self-destruction, and succumb to panic attacks and depression. But through it all, Tuesday somehow managed to find solace and an escape in her music, ultimately leaving everything behind and bravely following her dream all the way from Norway to Nashville, Tennessee, where she would find faith once again. Better Believe is a story of determination, passion, betrayal, friendship, and hope as one woman journeys from the darkness of abuse into the light of healing where she learns to believe in herself for the first time.


Ruby Lee Tuesday has spent years on healing both physically and spiritually. She is a poet, singer, and songwriter who plays a variety of instruments. Ruby left Norway in 2013 to pursue her dreams in Nashville, Tennessee. This is her first book.

Ruby Lee is giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card!


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  • This giveaway begins February 16 and ends on February 27.
  • Winners will be contacted via email on Monday, March 2.
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Title: Angel Hair

Author: Margot Griffiths

Publisher: Xlibris

Pages: 280

Genre: General Fiction

Format: Ebook

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Victoria BC 1958: A haunting first novel of a privileged, tight-knit neighborhood—an insular world of stifling traditional values; a world where the eccentric and gifted Morgan family doesn’t fit. Eleanor and Hugh have settled into the rhythms of a long rift, bound by history and remnants of love. Their ten year old daughter Myfanwy escapes into the world of her imagination, but as conflicts escalate, her older brother Owen seeks a more desperate escape and the family begins its descent in earnest. The neighborhood watches, hiding secrets of its own, for beneath a veil of civility, all is not as it seems. Rich with period detail, finely drawn characters and withering humor.


Margot Griffiths was born in Victoria BC where her story is set. She has a masters degree in psychology and has worked at universities and libraries in the US, Canada and Tanzania. She now lives in the seaside town of Point Roberts Washington.

Margot is giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card!


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  • One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive one $25 Amazon Gift Certificate or Paypal Cash.
  • This giveaway begins February 16 and ends on February 27.
  • Winners will be contacted via email on Monday, March 2.
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.

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Would marrying Jacob be the craziest thing she’s ever done, or divorcing him?

Realist Dr. Carla Harris believes that people create their own fate through hard work and careful planning. She believes in playing things safe. But, while preparing for her upcoming nuptials, she’s forced to confront the most reckless thing she’s ever done…her estranged husband, Jacob.

Idealist Jacob Moreau believes in soul mates as much as he believes in saving endangered companies. When his long lost wife reenters his life seeking a divorce, he is convinced more than ever they are meant to be together. And he will do—and lose—anything to have her again.

She thought she had her life planned to perfection. He thought they made perfect sense together.

Would marrying Jacob be the craziest thing she’s ever done, or divorcing him?


About the Author
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Roe Valentine was born into the right family. Not only does the name Valentine suit her, but her

grandmother, unknowingly, introduced the young Ms. Valentine to her first romance novel. She hasn’t read anything else since. She calls herself a romantic at heart and believes that love conquerors all.

The San Antonio native, who now lives in Houston, attempted to write her first contemporary romance novel when she was nineteen years old. That attempt didn’t take, but her story has a happy ending. She kept pursuing the dream until she landed her first publishing contract in 2013.
When not busy writing or reading love stories, Roe can often be found in a yoga class or chatting with friends at her favorite coffee shop. Enjoying margaritas with some girl-talk isn’t unusual for her either. For a night in, she watches reruns of her favorite TV shows and, of course, romantic comedies on her Roku, usually with a glass of wine.


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edited picture of meIt’s my pleasure to have here today my Blogcritics colleague and talented award-winning author Nicole Weaver. Though primarily an author of children’s books, she’s just released a new nonfiction book titled, Not All Americans Are Racist. 

In Not All Americans Are Racist, Weaver recounts her experiences with racial discrimination and the non-racist white individuals who made it possible for her to attend and finish college. As an immigrant from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, she is thankful for the opportunities America has offered her.

Connect with the author on the web:

Website / Blog / Facebook / Twitter

It’s great to have you here, Nicole. What compelled you to write this essay?

The killings of Trayvon Martin and the two other unarmed black males really bothered me. I started having flashbacks about my personal experiences. I have two black sons and felt a tremendous amount of compassion for the relatives of those black males that were killed.

Who is your target reader?

I wrote the essay for anyone who has been a victim of discrimination and especially for America’s youth. I am a high school foreign language teacher, and I have the joy of seeing firsthand how the young people of today could care less about the color of one’s skin. I believe the youth of today will carry us into a less racially prejudiced society.

What was the most challenging aspect about writing this essay?

It was difficult to relive all the racial situations I endured in years past.

On the other hand, what has been the best part about writing this essay?

Writing is very therapeutic for me.  I had these bad experiences buried deep inside of me, now they are on paper and I feel so much better.

Do you think some people will take your essay the wrong way? What would you say to these people?

american (4)Absolutely! You will always have people that are set in their ways.  Some may see me as a race baiter, and accuse me of adding fuel to the fire.  I would say to these individuals: these are my experiences and I have the right to share them.

Tell us a bit about your writing process?

All of my ideas for writing come from me living life.  Once I get inspired I first jot down the idea that comes to mind, and next I start writing until I have a completed manuscript.  Not All Americans Are Racist is my first nonfiction book. The words just flowed from my mind, and I was able to write all of it down until I was completely done. Aside from the emotional release, I found it much easier to write nonfiction. I did not have the burden of creating the perfect scene since these events occurred in real life.

Writing children’s trilingual books is a lot different.  It is more challenging because you have to have a certain word count and must find ways for the story to be engaging for the intended age group.

Amazon has made it very easy for writers to publish short books like this. What was the self-publishing process like?

Self-publishing can be a daunting task. The burden falls on the shoulders of the writer to get the manuscript professionally edited, find a graphic designer to create a book cover and someone to format the book for both print and Ebook versions. There are many scammers out there, and one must be very careful.  It is always a good idea to get recommendations from friends before trusting a total stranger to handle your manuscript.

You’re also a children’s author. What type of children’s books do you write?

I have written three trilingual children’s picture books.  I believe in exposing young children to a foreign language early on. Growing up speaking four languages inspired me to write my children’s books in English, French, and Spanish with all three texts on each page. The books are designed to encourage a parent to pick up three books in one   as opposed to buying three separate books.

Do you have more essays or short books like these coming in the near future?

Yes, I do.  I am currently working on two manuscripts. `

What do you hope readers will take from your book?

I hope readers will walk away thinking that the United States is the greatest country in the world, but it still has some racial issues that must be addressed. I also hope people who read my book will make a concerted effort to invest in today’s youth, as they are the ones who will change America for the better.

In what way are interracial marriages having an impact on racial issues?

Interracial marriage can’t on its own end racism, but having a more diverse social circle or a person of a different race in your immediate family can be an antidote to prejudice and stereotyping. I think the blending of more multiracial families is helping erode the notion of racial superiority distinctions that certain group of people tends to claim as their birthrights.  My husband is German, and as a mixed couple, we focus on our unique qualities as individuals, rather than on our ethnicity.  Lastly, I believe cross-racial connections are a powerful tool that is making a dent in the racial boundaries that have kept people separated.

How can young people help reshape the landscape of racism in America?

Millenials — those born from about the mid-1980s to the early 2000s — will be the generation that finally casts aside pernicious racism in the United States. They can, and they will because they have more sensible views on race and racism than the older generation. I have observed this trend in my high school classroom. It is fascinating to see how these young people treat each other with so much respect and dignity.  I think more and more families are opting to have their children attend a diverse school, and that is helping eradicate misconceptions about certain group of people.

Is there anything else you would like to say to readers?

I would like to invite the readers to check out my website at: www.nicoleweaverbooks.com
A portion of the proceeds from the sales of all my books goes to Mercy & Sharing an organization that helps abandoned Haitian children. Feel free to read an article I  wrote about a gala sponsored by  Mercy & Sharing.

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CoverTo celebrate yet again the release of the YA fantasy novel, The Blackwell Family Secret: The Guardians of Sin, by Jonathan L. Ferrara, Dragonwell Publishing is offering another giveway. Enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win an ebook copy of this novel, which keeps garnering rave reviews, or a gift certificate to shop at the publisher’s bookstore.

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