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Title: Angelica’s Discoveries
Author: Otilia Greco
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: Fiction
Format: Ebook

 

High in the Swiss Alps in a quaint village far away from the chaos and destruction of World War II, Angelica leads an idyllic childhood haunted by only one thing—her fear of water. But as Angelica develops into a strong, independent woman, her desire to travel becomes overpowering, and she vows to overcome her paralyzing fear one day. Now her chance has come.Even as Angelica’s father attempts to squelch her insatiable desire to explore Greece and eventually meet her Uncle Victor in the New World, Angelica secures a job as a travel guide and bravely books her first passage on a voyage captained by an old Greek. As Captain Angelis adds wisdom and comfort to Angelica’s first voyage, he has no idea that an unexpected adventure awaits them in the unpredictable Mediterranean Sea. Strengthened by her traumatic experience, Angelica safely arrives in Greece where she quickly proves herself in her new job. But when she is pursued by a handsome Greek, she soon realizes that her heart lies with someone else.

As Angelica’s heart leads her in a new direction, she must bravely face her fear once again as she embarks on a challenging adventure to the New World where her true destiny awaits.

 

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Otilia Greco was born in the Swiss Alps, was educated in Switzerland, England, and France, and is fluent in six languages. She draws much of her inspiration from Greece, where she guided tours after graduating from Zurich University of the Arts (HGKZ). Greco and her husband currently reside in Switzerland. She is also the author of: Dreams, An Odyssey of Love and Mystery.

 

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Title: The Lady With the Purple Hat
Author: Otilia Greco
Publisher: iUniverse
Genre: General Fiction
Format: Ebook

 

 

Ten years ago, Daisy left her husband, Bernard, to create a new life for herself. But now as their divorce proceedings continue to drag on and Bernard battles terminal cancer, Daisy determines she would rather be his widow than his ex-wife and decides to play with fate.

After she dons an outlandish large purple hat to disguise her face, Daisy glides through the hospital corridors, hell-bent on poisoning her husband to accelerate his death. When she finally arrives at his door and opens it, she is shocked to see a woman sitting by his bedside. With her plan foiled, Daisy rushes out of the room as she transforms from the hunter into the hunted. Still obsessed with ending Bernard’s life, Daisy retreats into her memories, unaware that a surprise is waiting in the shadows. Now only time will tell if fate will intervene to save Daisy or if she will lose her soul to the dark side, where it can never be retrieved.

In this contemporary thriller, a woman intent on ending her husband’s life is propelled on a journey through her memories that leads her to an unexpected truth.

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Title: The Employee Millionaire
Author: H.J. Chammas
Publisher: PartridgeSingapore
Genre: Business/Economics
Format: Ebook

A No-nonsense real estate investment workbook for the employee side hustler tired of the 9-5 looking for a practical step-by-step process to build wealth while they work

An A to Z guide on how to acquire a portfolio of rental properties that will build wealth with every month that passes. Anyone considering investing in rental properties should begin by reading this book.”- RICHARD DUNCAN, Author, Economist a and Publisher of Macro Watch.“To help you obtain financial freedom while reducing risk, read The Employee Millionaire – an enabling guide to achieving your goals through discipline and great self-leadership.”- BRENDA BENCE, Award-Winning Author and Top 10 Executive Coach worldwide.I can strongly recommend this book to every person (employee) starting out in life and wishing to know basics of personal financial planning. It’s an easy read, with simple lessons and easy-to-apply tools.”NANDU NANDKISHORE, Fortune 100 CEO. Former CEO Nestlé Nutrition. Angel Investor. “The Employee Millionaire offers a proven methodology for creating wealth through real estate.”- THEDA DAVIDS-MULLER, UAE Advisor, Mentor, Visionary EntrepreneurIn 2008, thousands of people lost their jobs…For H.J. Chammas, it was a wake up call to escape the financial uncertainty of a paycheck to paycheck struggle of being an employee…It was time for Chammas time to take charge of his life…Chammas, took charge of an uncertain financial future by investing in rental properties while he was still working…He soon ditched the day job and went from employee to millionaire real estate investor. In this workbook he brings you the step-by-step processes he used to build his investment property fortune, while working!

How Can This Workbook Help Me?

In this detailed workbook you’ll work through step-by-step processes to plan your real estate investing strategy. Learn how to:– evaluate the current state of your finances;- overcome limiting beliefs about money and investing;- set personal objectives to achieve financial freedom; and- think and operate like a seasoned real estate investor.

How Is This Book Different

If you plan on buying, owning, and managing rental properties, you’ll get a practical step-by-step plan that you wont find in other books. From identifying and closing deals, getting approved for loans, renting out properties, dealing with tenants, and capitalizing on opportunities, this book will challenge how you’ve always looked at life, finances, investments, and real estate.Every other book out there is for those already with experience in real estate investing…This book is different because it will give you all the steps you need, regardless, if this is the first time you’ve considered buying an investment property, or you have just considered rental property investing as a way to build wealth.Dying for a Drink is a true story of the chaos and hurt caused by an alcoholic. The author, telling her own story, writes of time spent in multiple rehabs, both in the United Kingdom and Sydney, Australia. She writes in the hope that her story will encourage other alcoholics and addicts (which can be anybody addicted to anything)—that they will see in their own stories the similarities rather than the differences. The memoir depicts her rapid decline after she crossed the ‘invisible line’ and shows how her loved ones were devastated by her behaviour—and how they lived in fear that this disease would lead to her death. It chronicles, too, her sense of freedom and surrender and hope amid the sobriety from which she is sharing her journey and the beginnings of relationships repaired, with both loved ones and self.

 
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H.J. Chammas is a self-made “Employee Millionaire” who has achieved financial freedom by investing in rental properties throughout Asia, Dubai and Europe. With over 10 years of real estate industry and investing experience, as well as property management, he brings forward a blueprint for real estate investing in a simple and clear manner.



He is the founder and CEO of the Employee Millionaire, a company that empowers employees to achieve financial freedom and become millionaires with real estate investing.



To emulate Chammas’ success in single family real estate investment, sign up for his program on http://www.employeemillionaire.com to learn the sound investing principles and avail of free templates and worksheets that makes rental properties investing almost on autopilot.

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John Ford Clayton lives in Harriman, Tennessee with his wife Kara, and canine companions Lucy, Ginger and Clyde. He has two grown sons, Ben and Eli, and a daughter-in-law, Christina. He earned a BS in Finance from Murray State University and an MBA from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He is active in his East Tennessee John Ford Clayton Photocommunity having served on the local boards of the Boys and Girls Club and a federal credit union, on church leadership and creative teams, and on a parks and recreation advisory committee. When he’s not writing he works as a project management consultant supporting Federal project teams. John is a huge fan of Disney parks and University of Kentucky basketball. Visit his website at www.johnfordclayton.com.
Find out more about Manipulated.

Q: What’s inside the mind of a political thriller author?

A: In our hyper-polarized 2018 political climate, where any discussion of politics can quickly turn toxic, my primary thought is, there must be a better way. This current partisan rancour can’t continue. We seem to be rapidly approaching a time where the country is either going to explode or find a way to heal itself. Manipulated explores an alternative reality where that healing process begins. It is an outlet to provide a glimmer of hope in what appears to be a hopeless situation. It dares to ask, what if we didn’t settle for two firmly entrenched political parties but instead forged a third path out of this abyss. What if?

Q: Tell us why readers should buy Manipulated.

A: The 2016 presidential election elicited raw emotions from many Americans. Okay, I already know what you’re thinking, “politics, no thank you!!” Believe me, I understand. For countless political observers the entire election process demonstrated the ugly underbelly of our country, regardless of which side of the political aisle you call home. Manipulated reimagines that election cycle.

Manipulated chronicles a 70-year clandestine effort to seize control of the United States at the foundational level. It’s all happening right under the noses of an unsuspecting nation. The long-awaited scheme will come to fruition with the 2016 presidential Manipulated - Cover artelection. Everything is going according to plan, but then something happens. A new voice emerges. A strangely authentic candidate captures the fascination of the American people. But is it too late? Has the machine gotten too large to overcome? The stakes are high. The survival of the nation as we know it hangs in the balance.

Q: What makes a good political thriller?

A: A political thriller must thread the needle of not being so far-fetched that it is unbelievable but far enough from reality that it is compelling. It must have a rapidly evolving storyline that demands the reader to ask, “what’s next?” It must have characters that the reader cares about, including those they love and those they want to strangle. In the end the author owes a debt to the reader’s investment of time paid off in the currency of an ending that leaves them moved, fulfilled, and satisfied.

Q: Where can readers find out more about you and your work?

A: My website www.johnfordclayton.conm provides information about me and my book. I am on social media at www.facebook.com/johnfordclayton and www.twitter.com/johnfordclayton.

Q: What has writing taught you?

A: Writing is hard. It requires energy, focus, and a stubborn commitment. It demands equal parts of the left brain and right brain. The left brain is necessary to produce an organized storyline that stays focused on evolving the plot. The right brain is the source of colourful characters, interesting scenes, and intriguing dialog. While the story can always be improved, there must come a time when the writer is complete and transfers the product into the hands of the reader. The reader is the ultimate arbiter of whether a book is successful. The reader is always right.

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Title: Lydie of Peruwelz

Author: Richard Burack, Sr., MD

Publisher: iUniverse

Genre: Historical Fiction

Format: Ebook

In 1839, Lydie Fougnies, 20 years old, is attractive, refined, and educated. Her father is a well-to-do businessman. She meets Felippe Van Hendryk, single child of wealthy aristocrats. They fall in love and a two-year chaste affair leads to talk of marriage. However, his class-conscious, bigoted mother severs their relationship because Lydie is not from high society. Unhappy Felippe is sent to university in Switzerland where he marries, and divorces, the wanton daughter of a wealthy Swiss banker. Lydie is angry and resentful. She is a victim of emotion and, bent on revenge, she cannot think rationally. Believing she can wreak revenge on Mme Van Hendryk by proving her worth only if she belongs to the aristocracy, she directs her attention to Count Hippolyte de Bocarmé, a farmer who lives in a dreary, desolate 16th century chateau. Unschooled and crude, his size and strength seduce her. Certain that the rustic, prodigal son of a fine family can easily be led to the altar, she mentors him in reading, writing, and manners. Never does she suspect that he’s a conscienceless psychopathic felon. He conceals his craving to know her sexually, and plans to steal her family’s fortune.

Richard Burack has a BA from the University of Wisconsin and an MD from Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He served as a Medical Officer in the U.S. Coast Guard in the Pacific Theater during the Korean War. In 1960 he was appointed to the pharmacology faculty at Harvard Medical School, and later practiced internal medicine before embarking on a career as a medical director for two U.S. non-pharmaceutical corporations. In retirement, he was a part-time physician at a charity hospital in St. Lucia and has devoted himself to writing. In 1967, Dr. Burack published The Handbook of Prescription Drugs, alerting doctors and the public to the availability of less costly generic medications. Fifty years later, the public buys the majority of its prescription drugs as “generics.” He and his wife, Mary, reside in New Hampshire. They have five children and ten grandchildren.

 

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HeadshotRay Sutherland is a Kentucky native who grew up on a farm outside of Bowling Green. He served in the Army, spent two years in Germany, received his B.A. in religion from Western Kentucky University, and his PhD in the Bible from Vanderbilt University.  Ray has served of Professor of Biblical Studies at the University of North Carolina-Pembroke for over thirty years, pastored a small church for nine years, and is retired from the Army Reserve. He and his wife Regina live in North Carolina and have two sons and four grandchildren.

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Q: Congratulations on the release of your latest book, Secret Agent Angel. To begin with, can you gives us a brief summary of what the story is about and what compelled you to write it?   

A: Billy Graham said that angels are God’s secret agents and I decided to write the fictional adventures of one of those secret agent angels. I wrote it in the first person from the angel’s perspective somewhat along the lines of the secret agent and detective novels of the 50’s and 60’s by Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Mickey Spillane, and Donald Hamilton, which were often told in first person. Samuel the angel comes to earth in human form to help persuade some people to make right decisions in crises. He visits an accountant who is tempted to steal. He goes along with two truckers who befriend an abused boy. He helps a war veteran find forgiveness of his former enemies. He helps some porters on their trip down the Ho Chi Minh trail. All of these things come together in a snowbound truck stop where a fire demon comes to destroy one man’s faith. Or his life. Forty years of angelic work all come together for that one confrontation.

Q: What do you think makes a good inspirational suspense? Could you narrow it down to the three most important elements? Is it even possible to narrow it down?

front cover finalA: Suspense and inspiration, both of which are provided in “Secret Agent Angel.” Most importantly, it is a well-told story and highly entertaining. The suspense comes from the tense situations in which Samuel the angel and his companions find themselves. The inspiration comes from the people in the story learning about their spiritual talents and their ability to do what is right. Even the angel learns some things.

Q: How did you go about plotting your story? Or did you discover it as you worked on the book?

A: I don’t work from a written outline but I certainly have a mental one. I planned out the opening, the major turning point and the ending, including the climax. Then I wrote the whole book with those plans in mind. I keep a detailed plan in mind for the next couple of episodes.

Q: Tell us something interesting about your protagonist and how you developed him or her. Did you do any character interviews or sketches prior to the actual writing?

A:There are no real angels around for me to watch so I had to improvise what I thought about how an angel would act. There are a few short accounts in the Bible about angel’s appearing, but they are very short of details. Much more helpful was the apocryphal/deutero-canonical book of Tobit which features an angel appearing as a human, so I relied on that account fairly heavily. But I had to use a lot of imagination.

Q: In the same light, how did you create your antagonist or villain? What steps did you take to make him or her realistic?

A: I have known some people very much like the angel’s opponents in the story. So the villains are composites of people I have known.

Q: How did you keep your narrative exciting throughout the novel? Could you offer some practical, specific tips?

A: I mostly used my own reaction as a guide. If an episode excited and entertained me, I kept at it. If it didn’t, I didn’t write it and found another way which I found to be exciting and entertaining.

Q: Setting is also quite important and in many cases it becomes like a character itself. What tools of the trade did you use in your writing to bring the setting to life?

A: A standard writers’ adage is to write what you know and in Secret Agent Angel, I followed that advice. I haven’t yet met any real angels, but most of the situations in which Samuel the secret agent angel finds himself  are very similar to things I have done in my own life. I was assigned to tanks in the army. My first job was loading and unloading trucks. The owner of the truck company also owned a truck stop, so I spent some time in it and other truck stops as well. I have visited many hospitals in the course of my pastoral duties. All of those settings appeared in the novel. One part which does not come from my own experience is the chapter about porters on the Ho Chi Minh trail just before the Tet offensive. I had to do a lot of research for that, but I enjoyed that challenge.

Q: Did you know the theme(s) of your novel from the start or is this something you discovered after completing the first draft? Is this theme(s) recurrent in your other work?

A:The theme that the spirit world is at work in our world is that is one thing that I have seen in my own life and experience. I had that theme firmly in mind when I started the book. That God is at work around us is as much an underlying assumption of the book as it is a theme. It is very much present in my next book, a historical novel about King David, the biblical king of Israel.

Q: Where does craft end and art begin? Do you think editing can destroy the initial creative thrust of an author?

A:Editing is an absolute necessity, both self-editing and outside editing. Editing can be done in such a way as to be a problem with creativity, but I did not have that problem. My editor at Black Opal, Faith, did an excellent job and was very helpful.

Q: What three things, in your opinion, make a successful novelist?

A:Reading widely and learning from great writers is mandatory. Being persistent. Keep at the writing and finish the project. Write the book, then prepare the manuscript for submission. Be persistent in submitting it. Every writer gets rejection. Get over it and send it out again. And again. And again. Constant improvement  is a necessity. Learn as you go. Figure out what works. Learn to self-edit. Like any job, writing requires certain skills and attributes. Learn them, use them, and keep getting better.

Q: A famous writer once wrote that being an author is like having to do homework for the rest of your life. Thoughts?

A:Homework was forced drudgery and basically useless, so I seldom did it, especially over Christmas vacation. Writing is work but it is enjoyable work. It is only forced on me by myself.

Q: Are there any resources, books, workshops or sites about craft that you’ve found helpful during your writing career?

A:Read great books, classics and current. Learn how the masters wrote, then find your own style. Dictionaries, use a good thesaurus, and follow Heinlein’s rules which are in the next question and answer.

Q:  Is there anything else you’d like to share with my readers about the craft of writing?

A: Robert A. Heinlein said it best. His Five Rules for Writers:

  1. You must write.
  2. You must finish what you write.
  3. You must refrain from rewriting, except to editorial order.
  4. You must put the work on the market.
  5. You must keep the work on the market until it is sold.

He is right and I can give no better advice.

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Title: Vita Antequam Mortem
Author: Brett E. Walker
Publisher: XLibrisUS
Genre: Fiction
Format: Ebook
This story is about a group of friends with very different personalities who party hard, do drugs, and go through life struggles together. Within this group of friends is Chase, who discovers what it feels like to experience true love at its finest. Throughout this tale, he endures undeniable pain both physically and emotionally, comprehends being alone for the very first time, and discovers what it feels like to have death in his family that takes away the meaning of his life. His mental state is tested throughout these series of events, bringing him to the brink of insanity. He is ultimately forced to make a decision that will stay with him for years to come, if not the rest of his life. Come take a hard look inside a weathered, imperfect, but genuinely beautiful mind.
 
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This was a hard book for me to read. Being the mom of teenagers, I could easily see how the friends in this book struggled through their different personalities and tried to experience as much of life as they could (I see it with my own children). But, by the end of the book I feel in love with Chase, and the author does a phenomenal job of taking you through his trials and triumphs to show you who he really is. This is a great book and one I highly recommend reading. 
Brett Walker was born and raised in Poughkeepsie New York. He is a first time author and is very excited about this story he has put together for readers to enjoy. What inspired him to write this story is the ups and downs people go through in life. Brett Walker is one of those guys who you don’t expect to make it very far- A product of the hood and the suburbs, the underdog, an everyday example of what it is to be human… but this is what is so appealing about his story. He is just like you, just like the rest of the world. He has fell in love suffered heartbreak, and lost loved ones who meant the world to him, but somehow he has survived. Somehow he has surpassed everyone’s expectations, and he has thrived

 

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Book reviewed at I’m Shelf-ish
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Book reviewed at Lover of Literature
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Guest blogging at C’est La T

 

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