Monday, August 14, 2017

Fantastic Tales in the Second Person - A Podcast you'll never forget! AND it will make you laugh!


Fantastic Tales in the Second Person!

Steve Gadlin of I Want to Draw a Cat for You fame has always been extremely funny and original.
http://iwanttodrawacatforyou.com/   His sales pitch went down in Shark Tank history!
Now he's getting into podcasts in the second person singular and plural! You don't just hear about someone else living inside of a TV set - you do it! You don't live through a character to experience jumping out of an airplane - you do it! And being the non-conformist that he is, episode two is on top of episode one. Why not? This is no time to be anal.

Fantastic Tales in the Second Person link!

Oh and by the way, besides his cat drawing business, Steve has moved into a new species. Selling raccoon.....um... raccoon...boy part bones...oh, Hell, I'll spit it out...raccoon penis bones in little plastic tubes. Anyway, if you know about Steve and think he's squirrely, this video takes the cake! Steves's unorthodox new venture.



Thursday, August 10, 2017

How can you not want to read about a Gaijin Cowgirl?

Gaijin Cowgirl

When I saw the title Gaijin Cowgirl, I wasn't expecting this character to be a Congressman's daughter. The unexpected, along with danger and intrigue all come with this Asian Noir.

Read more: 

Working Tokyo nightclubs is easy money for beautiful and troubled American Val Benson – until a wealthy client with a dark past – reluctantly gives up a map to a stash of Japanese war loot and tempts his favourite girl into a dangerous treasure hunt.

But the Congressman’s daughter is not the only one interested in the map: Yakuza, bent cops, human traffickers, rogue CIA agents and her father are hot on her trail, snapping at her high heels.
So begins the dark, epic journey of a new anti-hero of Asian Noir, a protagonist both ambiguous and courageous, and utterly unreliable. From comfort women and tomb-raiding in Japanese-occupied Burma to the murderous echoes of the Vietnam War, long forgotten crimes come roaring back to life, as Val leaves a trail of destruction and chaos in her wake.

Together with her best friend, the equally unreliable nightclub hostess Suki, a British kickboxer and a washed up Australian treasure hunter, Val travels through Tokyo, Hong Kong and Bangkok to the Thai-Burmese borderlands for a dramatic showdown with her pursuers. Finding the treasure before someone less deserving does is her only hope for survival, and perhaps redemption.

Listen to author Jame DiBiasio talk about Gaijin Cowgirl in this podcast: 
Small Picture Podcasts featuring Jame DiBiasio.

Check out the ebook or paperback here: 
Crime Wave Press/Gaijin Cowgirl


Saturday, August 5, 2017

A delightful menu of short stories - free when you sign up for newsletter.


What's more decadent than champagne and oysters? A tempting selection of short stories?  I have blogged about Susan Willis' books before because I enjoy Culinary Lit or Foodie Lit, as I call it. Now she has a free ebook to offer.

Susan's ebook has 10 Foodie Lit stories:

LAMB IN A POT
DIARY OF A CAKE MAKER
BAKING BREAD
THE BUTCHER’S HAND
THE PERFECT-SIZED COURGETTE
TOASTED CHEESE FOR ONE
YES CHEF
THE PICNIC HAMPER
LOBSTER ON BOARD
CHAMPAGNE AND OYSTERS
                 
So, click here and enjoy! https://www.susanwillis.co.uk/

Friday, July 28, 2017

KJ Goes Invisible: An ebook about a crafty cockatiel by Koola Kaye.

KJ goes Invisible eBook Download

Poor Koko, her white cockatiel K J can blend in with the background and disappear.

In this adventure, KJ the White Cockatiel loves to hide from Koko. Koko has trouble finding KJ because everything in the house is so white, and KJ is so white. How would she ever find him? KJ thinks he will not be found, but he's in for a big surprise. Koko comes up with a novel idea to ensure she never loses KJ again.There is always something to learn through KJ's many exploits and light-hearted adventures. No matter how often KJ gets into mischief, Koko somehow manages to keep her little bird out of trouble. KJ brings so much fun and adventure into Koko's life and he will do the same for all those who love a good adventure.

Do you want to hear more about KJ's antics? Click here:
 http://www.inhousebookstore.com.au/index.php?route=product/product&path=81&product_id=120

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Entering the Gifted Zone - A series of books for your bright young star!


Being a gifted child is a double-edged sword. Yes, you get good grades and praise from your teacher, but you don't fit in because you get the answers right all the time. And then, you get bored in class. What can parents do to help nurture the intellectually gifted nature of their children despite the social pressure to run with the crowd?

Take your kids to the Gifted Kid Zone with a unique series of books designed to keep their gifted minds bright and sharp.There is also a section to help nurture the parents!  Here is an open letter to parents from author Gloria Von Donge.

Dear Parent,          
Giftedness?
Is it weird or wonderful?
Is it frustrating or fulfilling?
Is it worth treasuring?                            
If only I had asked these questions when our daughter was small!

 My series of 5 books is especially written to affirm gifted children.  It is multi-layered and designed to grow with the child. Each book tells the tale of a young cheetah cub who has been assigned one area of giftedness. The cubs explore their world by playing games. These are simple, clear stories; but the implications are considerably more complex. 

The second section, Children’s Choice, extends the ideas behind the storyline and develops activities to engage the children and stimulate their creativity.

The third section is written for adults. The Parents’ Pages explain the purpose of the story by drawing attention to some of the ways gifted children think. There are points to ponder under the headings, Think Time and Target Thoughts. Talk Together lists a number of questions designed to generate discussion that can go on and on and on. 

The final page, Family Tree, distinguishes each of the cheetah cubs by highlighting their area of giftedness and their trademark.

The cubs will not stay young for long. It is anticipated that a second series will capture a snapshot of their growth. How will they develop? What lessons will they learn? Where will their creativity take them next?

For more information on the Gifted Kid Zone, click here: 






Wednesday, July 12, 2017

#Free on #AmazonKindle - The Angels are Here, Paradox Series Book 1.

Product Details

If an angel appears before you, do you know for sure if it's an angel of light? Sometimes it isn't that obvious.

Since the Time Before Time, angelic races, good and evil, have existed. Unseen by the untrained eye, they moved silently through creation.

In an ancient kingdom, the battle between good and evil ensued, and within time, the battle lines expanded into new frontiers - a New World called Earth.

When the first angels fell, the original vampires, they quickly establish positions in the New World. The humans, unaware of the existence of these bloodthirsty beings, had no inclination that their world was about to change forever. Renowned for being the hunter, the human race quickly became the hunted.

As the vampires dominance spread throughout the world, threatening to engulf all humanity, a race of guardian angels soon followed, not only to protect their own from harm's way but to ensure the survival of the human race.

A young girl, Grace Connors, who unknowingly held the past and the future in the palm of her hand, had no idea of the role she was about to play in saving the human race. 

Besides the Paradox Series, Patti Roberts has written many other books, including the Witchwood Estate Series. Check out her Amazon page here: Patti Roberts Amazon page


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

What's better than a murder mystery for summer reading? One that's on sale! Death on a Sunday by Tish Owen.


On a lovely spring day, violence intrudes on Tess Maher's world; her best friend, running buddy and possible soul-mate, Chick Donnelly, is shot and killed practically right before her eyes. But what the person who took Chick's life doesn't know is exactly who he's dealing with: a pissed off, grief-stricken, gun-toting woman who is described by her own mother as tenacious as a pit bull with a bone.

When trouble comes knocking, Tessely Anne Marie Maher invites it in without a second thought... On a lovely spring day, violence intrudes on Tess Maher's world; her best friend, running buddy and possible soul-mate, Chick Donnelly, is shot and killed practically right before her eyes. At first glance, his death appears to be a hunting accident, but she and her brother, the county sheriff, quickly rule that out. Tess is all but certain that Chick is the victim of foul play. As she investigates the crime, she is plunged into a world of murder, greed, betrayal, and terror--all of which eventually makes her a target as she works to bring the killer to justice. But what the person who took Chick's life doesn't know is exactly who he's dealing with: a pissed off, grief-stricken, gun-toting woman who is described by her own mother as tenacious as a pit bull with a bone. And that doesn't even count the fact that she has a peculiar habit of talking to the dead. Really big trouble is knocking on the killer's door, and her name is Tess...

About the Author

Tish Owen is a mentor and personal friend of mine. She has a wit and sense of humor that just won't quit!

More about Tish Owen

Tish Owen is a woman of abundance. She resides in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband Patrick, a very silly Rottweiler, a cat who bosses everyone, a Vietnamese Fire-Bellied Tree frog, and an African Gray parrot who is much smarter than most humans in the room. She loves her life and is grateful for more things then there is room to list here.

Tish is a daughter, a mother, a grandmother, a wife, a friend, owner of The Goddess and the Moon shop in Nashville since 1991, a published author, a seamstress, a sailor, and a brewer.

Long recognized as an authority in the area of psychic phenomena and occult activity, she has lent her expertise to occult crime investigations. 

She is the coordinator of the Pagan Unity Festival Now in it's thirteenth year, it is the largest festival in the Mid-South. The festival is a four day event and brings in Pagan authors that many in the area have never gotten a chance to see in person.

Tish reads tarot cards professionally, her down-to-earth manner of laying out the situation and her good advice has kept clients coming back to her for eighteen-plus years. She also employs other divination tools such as numerology, pendulum, graphology and palmistry.

Tish is a media staple appearing on WWTN, WLAC, WRVW, WRLT, and WSM radio, The Morning News with Larry Britton, Channel 4 News at 6 and 10, The Talk of the Town, and CMT's "Gone Country". She's also been featured in the Tennessean, the Nashville Scene, Nashville Lifestyles Magazine, and other local publications. Now they have gone and let her write books and there is no telling what that may lead to or what happens next! Stay tuned!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Want to hear a great summer read? Download McAllister from Ocean Reeve Publishing.


At twenty-two, Jenny fell in love with Rick Old and went to live and work with him on his property, McAllister, in the Gulf of Carpentaria. There, she faced incredible hardship, living in a hut with not even basic necessities. Her only contact with the outside world was a two-way radio.
In this vast empty landscape, she battled drought, flood, fire, and cyclones. For eighteen years she and Rick struggled to stay on in the Gulf, eventually triumphantly turning McAllister into a thriving oasis.
This extraordinary story of one indomitable Australian woman is told in her own words with skill and humour. A story of the bush people and their generosity, filled with wonderful characters. Most of all, the story of one woman’s love for her man and the adventure it took her on.
Anyone who enjoys TV shows about people living "off the grid" will enjoy this book.

Want to know more? Click here: McAllister audio book link.

Monday, June 26, 2017

The Chef of Love has gone from TV celebrity chef to romance guru!



When I first met Jernard Wells aka The Chef of Love, he was a winner on Cutthroat Kitchen. He agreed  to be the inspiration and the judge for my romance writing contest. 2015 Romance Writing Contest

Then, I saw him last year on Food Network Star. Since he made the Final Three, he made a pilot about Cajun cuisine.

Jernard has written before; 88 Ways to her Heart is a way to win her over by romantic cuisine.

Now, Jernard has taken his role as The Chef of Love to another level - romantic advice.

Here is more about Road Map: A Woman's Guide to a Good Man.

Throughout this book Celebrity TV Chef Jernard Wells will breakdown for women the many different types of men, such as ‘The Cheater Man’, ‘The Commitment Man’, ‘The Solitary Man’, ‘The Needy Man’ and several others. The aim of the book is to help women navigate through some general truths, facts, and ideas about men to help them select the right man for themselves. Wells wants to share his knowledge with women so that their search for love and the right partner will be much easier than if they had to do it on their own, without guidance. Complete at 10,000 words, his eye-opening self-help offering, "Road Map", is a comprehensive guide to finding true love and lasting happiness.
Also known as "The Chef of Love", Wells is a Husband of over 18 years and a devoted father of nine, including five daughters. He is also a bestselling author of "88 Ways To Her Heart: Cooking For Lovers" as well as two motivational self-help books - "Weight Of Expectations: Losing it All to Gain Everything"  and "Breakthrough: Weight Of Expectations 2". For more information about Wells go to www.ChefJernard.com 


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

How about a romance? How about three? Affairs of the Heart by Nicola Yeager.


Three romances with a side of comedy!

Featuring: 

Summer Loving

Saskia Lucas is on yet another luxury summer holiday in an exotic location. This time it’s in the Algarve, in the south of Portugal. 

She’s with Franklin, the man that she likes to refer to as her ‘provider’. Or as some might say, her Sugar Daddy.

A wealthy businessman, and close on forty years older than her, Franklin and Saskia have little in common. Apart from a taste for the finer things in life.

Two years into the relationship, Saskia has expensive clothes, the latest handbags, lots of shoes, perfect blonde hair... and new boobs. 

Everything she ever wanted.

Except for love. 

Spa Day

Christmas is a time for pampering yourself.

At least, that is what Holly Nightingale thinks.

A hard-working nurse, she has given herself an early Christmas gift - three days at Willows, a posh health farm in Surrey. 

She's looking forward to day after day of skin treatments, dips in the hot tub, and relaxing sessions with the handsome masseurs. 

But not everything is perfect.

Her fiancé Clive is working in Hong Kong. 

But why does he spend so much time in the Far East? What is he up to?

As Holly sits by the spa with the pampered, unfaithful wives of the Home Counties, she starts to wonder what kind of married life she is about to embark on. 

And maybe Clive will end up spending Christmas without Holly? 

The Spa Day is a sparkling seasonal romantic comedy - a warm, moving tale, that manages to be funny, while also reminding the reader that Christmas is a time to reflect on life and where it is going. 

The Spa Day was previously published as Christmas Without Holly.

It is perfect for fans of Jane Green, Sophie Kinsella...and spa treatments. 

Picture Imperfect

Chloe Dixon is a struggling artist in her early thirties. 

She’s lived with her boyfriend Mark for almost two years and things seem to be going smoothly. 

Then one day Mark unexpectedly announces that he’s going on holiday to Greece for a week with an old friend – and a couple of girls. 

And suddenly the Picture is far from Perfect. 

Mark insists the holiday will be quite innocent. 

And Chloe trusts him.

But can any woman really trust her boyfriend cavorting around a Greek island with another woman? 

And is she being unreasonable to think that this might not be a very nice thing to do to your girlfriend? 

As Chloe completes her latest canvas, she starts to wonder if this is the moment to take Mark out of the picture completely? 

'Picture Imperfect' is a sparkling romantic comedy about trust, holidays and relationships.

For more about the author and her books, click here: Nicola Yeager Amazon Author Page

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

What's new in Paradise? Book 11: Lottery in Paradise!


Meet the crime-solving duo of the Florida Keys: Madison who has all the charm of the girl next door, not to mention a deadly aim and Fab, her best friend, a femme fatale private investigator with a taste for danger and stilettos.

When their neighbor is found dead, the headlines read, "It doesn't pay to be a lottery winner." It gets you nothing but an endless line of crazies at your door, greedy relatives and acquaintances. Sleuths Madison and Fab don't have time to be concerned about the latest murder; they have problems of their own trying to figure out why their house has suddenly become the focus of several attempted break-ins. The duo are off on more adventures -- what could go wrong chauffeuring a limousine full of college girls? Or chasing after a custom Ferrari? Along the way, there's a break-up, a wedding, and the usual run-ins with the law.

Excerpt:

Fab hit the steering wheel with a closed fist. "I'm going to run that jerk off the road."

"No. You. Are.Not. And you're not going to shoot out his tires either." Though there was a zero chance of that happening. As talented as the hot, sexy woman was, she couldn't steer and shoot at the same time. "We'll act like normal people and call the police." Normal, I laughed to myself. I hadn't heard myself described that way in a long time. Mostly, I heard "weird" bandied about. An over-exaggeration - I'm familiar with weird, and that's not me.
          
"You better come up with something better than that." Fab pulled up alongside the truck on the driver's side.

I powered the window down and hung my head out, my hand in mid-air, ready to flag the man down, even though I knew that chances were slim that he'd pull over. Pulling my head back in the window, I said, "Change of plans." I pushed my red hair back into place, smoothing it down, certain it was a wind-whipped mess. "The fancy tow truck is one of Brick's."

Brick and I had a tenuous relationship; it was hard to trust him when I knew he never put Fab's safety first, or mine either. He opposed our relationship, knowing that several times I had convinced my daring friend to calm down and rethink her plan. As backup to Super PI Fab, there were few jobs that didn't include flying bullets and running for our lives. I was happy for the respite. So were our boyfriends,who'd had a face-to-face with Brick, laying down the rules: no more withholding details, and if it came out after the fact that he knew there was a high chance of danger, it would be the last mistake he would make. My boyfriend followed that up with a right cross to Brick's eye.

Fab made an outraged sound. "I don't believe you."

 Here is the Amazon link where you can check out the previous 10 books: Lottery in Paradise + 10 Paradise books.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Introducing Tales from Behind the Counter - Free on Amazon Kindle!

Product Details

After getting a liberal arts degree, I worked as a sales clerk in a high end department store. I know there are countless people who see things from the customer's point of view, no matter how unreasonable. They expect sales clerks to be perpetually smiling doormats who will even risk their jobs to please a customer. These people expect sales people to smile when juvenile managers throw them under the bus just to play the hero or take another step up the corporate ladder. 

This book is from the point of view of a minimum wage sales clerk who survived two Black Fridays and frequently watches three departments and is scolded for not being in three places at once among other things. 

For those of you who respect the retail sales clerks who do their jobs, but still get in trouble for politely following the rules, take a look at this book!

The Amazon link: 


The author's Amazon page:


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Thursday, June 1, 2017

On Food Network Star Comeback Kitchen and Pop Foods TV - Danushka gets the laughs!



Remember the tall, blonde, sassy  Danushka Lysek from Food Network Star Season 9? If you've been watching Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen, you've probably been laughing at her many one-liners. Here are some of her funny moments:

In the Food Network link, you have to select Casting: Danushka Lysek. I tried to get the actual video link for you, but the website slapped my hand. You can't copy and paste them.

Food Network Star Comeback Kitchen - Main show link.

And here is Danushka, just as entertaining, in Pop Foods TV Season 1 hosted by creator, Chef Russell Jackson.

Culinary Rorschach

Dinner Dates

Servitude

Pop Foods TV has a second season. See and hear more about it here:

Pop Foods TV - Season 2

No matter what happens on the Comeback Kitchen, I really think Danushka has a gift for comedy. Did you see her question and answer session while she was demo-ing her food on the latest episode? She was funny as Hell! If anybody could fuse stand-up comedy and elegant cooking then make a successful career out if it, Danuskha can!

I'll be looking for you on TV, Danuskha!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

What have we here? ebook Soda offering many free books!

eBookSoda

Since I don't want to be put in a genre "box", I am taking a break from blogging about romance novels for a while. Instead of love stories, I wanted to share my latest ebook deal find with you.

Presenting, ebook Soda.
Look at how many free and 99 cent ebooks this site has to offer!
Link: http://www.ebooksoda.com/ebook-deals/
I counted nine free ebooks and 18 ebooks you can download for 99 cents on the first page alone.

If you are an author, click here to list your ebook: http://www.ebooksoda.com/authors/

You can even get ebooks tailored to your taste. Check it out here: http://www.ebooksoda.com/about/

Friday, May 12, 2017

I've got a taste for some culinary lit - How about Good Enough to Eat by Stacey Ballis?




Melanie Hoffman was on top of the world. After a lifelong struggle with her ever-ballooning weight, and a decade spent loathing her job as an attorney, with the support of her loving husband Andrew she finally decided to take control of her life. Two years later, Melanie has lost half her body weight, gotten a culinary degree, and opened a new healthy gourmet take out café on the North Side of Chicago. She has a great staff that she loves, a beautiful home, and a business that seems on track to become a success. With her fortieth birthday on the horizon, she feels as if all of her dreams have become reality.
And then Andrew announces he is leaving her. For a woman twice her size.
Just when she thinks it can’t get worse, a financial bombshell threatens to pull the rug completely out from under her. Enter Nadia, a quirky twenty-something with calico pink hair and dreadful taste in men who is suffering from a temporary state of homelessness. Under normal circumstances, these two women might never have met, but in their current unmoored states, they become roommates, and eventually, friends. And right on Nadia’s heels, Nathan, a documentary film director whose romantic attentions are both exhilarating and terrifying for Melanie. In her new reality, Melanie must face her relationship demons and learn how to live and love in her new body, and how to be good to her friends, her employees, and most importantly, to herself, and to remember that life can indeed be delicious.
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Talk about making lemonade when life hands you lemons. Like what you see?
Click here: http://www.staceyballis.com/books/


Saturday, May 6, 2017

What would you rather do? Compete for a bachelor or grow grapes?

Picture

Here's a new twist on the traditional romance novel: take another try at love or grow grapes.
What if your twin sister ropes you into it?

Synopsis: Sabrina Kerrigan is a sassy, independent woman whose fiancé ditched her a week before they were to be married. Since then, she gives all her attention to a backyard filled with flowers and a spindly grape arbor. Her meddling twin, Lilith, thinks Sabrina’s had enough time to grieve the relationship that wasn’t meant to be. Lil registers her to be one of twenty-one bachelorettes who will vie for one guy’s heart in an event called Pick Me. Sabrina is furious at Lil for immersing her in what is sure to be three weeks of nonstop chaos. The only reason she agreed to take part is because the entry fee goes to charity. The minute Sabrina arrives at the hotel a case of mistaken identity sets the chaos in motion. 

Millionaire winery owner, Beau Reinholt has had the worst luck with women. He seems to pick those interested in his money not him. His best friend, Marco Santaguida, the director for Pick Me, cons Beau into being this year’s bachelor. Beau agrees on one condition - the women aren’t to know his true identity until he either falls in love or finds extreme-like with one of the candidates. Everything goes smoothly until he meets Sabrina Kerrigan. She ticks him off right away. She also turns him on. The more Beau tries to focus on the twenty other women the more he’s drawn to the one who says she doesn’t want any part of him. 

Decisions, decisions. Do you want to see more of what author Jan Romes has to offer?
Here is her website:
 http://www.authorjanromes.com/bookshelf.html

Saturday, April 29, 2017

These Blue Genes never go out of style!


Take the plunge with Beth Parker and be ready to fall headfirst Into the blue …
“I promise. Wherever you are, Beth, I will always be with you," ~ Ayden
Blue Genes is the continuation of the bestselling trilogy, The Story of Us.

 Handsome, media magnate, Ayden Stone came into Beth Parker’s life like a bolt out of the blue, introducing her to an extravagant lifestyle filled with promises, new experiences and sensual pleasures. Possessed by love, they have fulfilled a childhood dream to be man and wife, believing nothing can come between them ‘until death us do part.’

Having been tortured by tragic events involving angels and demons from their past, these star-crossed lovers are ready to start a new chapter in their lives. Now, family comes first.
But which family?

Time is running out! Difficult decisions must be made that will stretch their fated bond to its very limit. Unforeseen enemies are conspiring and about to test the very foundation of their relationship: trust.

Blue Genes is an emotional, adult fairy-tale that transcends the ordinary: a sensual, suspense filled story overflowing with love, laughter and a longing for a happy ever after.
But sometimes, longing just isn’t enough …

Want to try on Blue Genes?  Here is the link to Sydney Jamesson's website: 

And what do I do for an encore? How about a free book?

Follow any of these links to download Touch Stone for Play - the first book in The Story of Us Series: 

Amazon: bit.ly/AmazonTSFP
iTunes: bit.ly/iTunesTSFP
Nook: bit.ly/NookTSFP
Google Play: bit.ly/GoogleTSFP
Kobo: bit.ly/KoboTSFP
Amazon US: bit.ly/TSFPUSA
Amazon UK: bit.ly/TSFPGBR
Amazon AU: bit.ly/TSFPAUST
Amazon CA: bit.ly/TSFPCAN

Saturday, April 22, 2017

What's free on Kindle? Plenty on Kindle Free Books!

Kindle Free Books

Do you want to download a classic thriller, like The Thirty-Nine steps? Or do you want to give an unknown indie author a try? I've got a website for you and it is user friendly for people out side of the United Kingdom, too.

Here is the website:
 http://www.kindlefreebooks.co.uk/2011/02/welcome-to-kindle-free-books.html

And here is the Twitter link: https://twitter.com/kindlefreebook

Happy downloading!