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Profile: Donna Galanti, Author of ‘A Human Element’

Donna Galanti writes murder and mystery as well as middle grade adventure fiction. She is an International Thriller Writers Debut Author of the paranormal suspense novel A Human Element, the short story collection The Dark Inside, and the forthcoming Joshua and The Lightning Road.…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on July 30, 2014 at 9:56pm — No Comments

A Chat with D.W. Raleigh, author of ‘Shiloh’s True Nature’ (YA fantasy)

Please welcome my special guest, debut fantasy YA author D.W. Raleigh! His novel, Shiloh’s True Nature, has just been published by Hobbes End Publishing

D.W. Raleigh was born in the Delaware Valley and has spent most of his life in that region. He has attended multiple colleges and universities collecting…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on July 24, 2014 at 12:54pm — No Comments

CHAPTER REVEAL: 'JUGGLE AND HIDE,' BY SHARON VAN IVAN (MEMOIR)

Title: Sharon van Ivan

Genre: Memoir

Author: Sharon van Ivan

Website:http://www.cygnetpress.com/juggle-and-hide

Publisher: Cygnet Press

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Added by Mayra Calvani on July 3, 2014 at 2:44pm — No Comments

Book Review: ‘Stolen Dreams’ by Christine Amsden

I can’t believe this is the last book in the Cassie Scot new adult paranormal mystery series! I really have enjoyed this series a lot.

If you’re new to the series, I advise you to pick up the books in order:

Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective  …

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Added by Mayra Calvani on June 29, 2014 at 7:25am — No Comments

On the Spotlight: Anita Banks, Author of 'Tanner Builds a Block Tower'

I'm thrilled to announce the release of debut children's author Anita Banks. Her picture book, Tanner Builds a Block Tower (for ages 3-6) was just published by Wee Creek Press. I had the pleasure of "virtually" meeting Anita when she took my "Walking on a Rainbow" picture book workshop on Savvy Authors two years ago. Major congrats, Anita! …
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Added by Mayra Calvani on June 21, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Firs chapter reveal: The Saint of Santa Fe, by Silvio Sirias

Title: The Saint of Santa Fe

Genre: fiction

Author: Silvio Sirias

Websitehttp://www.silviosirias.com

Publisher: Anaphora Literary Press

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Added by Mayra Calvani on June 13, 2014 at 3:19pm — No Comments

CHAPTER REVEAL: 'MESSAGE FROM A BLUE JAY,' BY FAYE RAPOPORT DESPRES (CREATIVE NONFICTION)

Title: Message from a Blue Jay

Genre: Creative Nonfiction, Memoir-in-Essays

Author: Faye Rapoport DesPres

Website:http://www.FayeRapoportDesPres.com

Publisher: Buddhapuss…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on June 8, 2014 at 4:16pm — No Comments

On the Spotlight: The Friend Ship Friendesha, by Joe Scott

This promo spotlight is part of a 15-day virtual tour sponsored by the National Writing for Children Center, a showcase for children's book authors and illustrators.…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on May 18, 2014 at 8:26am — No Comments

Book Review: ‘A Very Good Life’ by Lynn Steward

A Very Good Life is the first book in an exciting new series by successful business woman now author Lynn Steward.

In this story, which crosses over from the literary to women’s fiction to romance, Steward takes us to 1970s Manhattan, home of the sophisticated and the elite. There, we meet Dana McGarry.

Dana has everything — a successful job…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on May 3, 2014 at 12:08pm — No Comments

First Chapter Reveal: A Very Good Life, by Lynn Steward

Title:  A Very Good Life

Genre:  Literary Fiction

Author:  Lynn Steward

Website:   http://www.averygoodlife.com

Publisher:  CreateSpace

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Added by Mayra Calvani on April 30, 2014 at 3:37pm — No Comments

Review of ‘Mind Games,’ by Christine Amsden

Mind Games is the much awaited third installment in the new adult mystery series, Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective. Talented author Christine Amsden keeps delivering a great story filled with interesting characters, romance, mystery, and the paranormal, lots of it.
In this episode, Cassie still doesn’t know why Evan broke her heart…
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Added by Mayra Calvani on April 17, 2014 at 10:13am — 1 Comment

On the Spotlight: 'Queen Vernita Explores the Oceaneer’s Coastline,' by Dawn Menge

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
   Dawn Menge is the author of the Queen Vernita’s educational series.  There are currently…
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Added by Mayra Calvani on March 14, 2014 at 8:42am — No Comments

Celebrate Black History Month with F.W. Abel (author interview)



F.W. Abel was born in the city of New York, long ago enough to have not even been a teenager at the beginning of the Civil War Centennial.  He escaped from Fordham University with a degree in psychology into the U.S. Army.  The army had him function as a psychologist for a while, until he…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on February 23, 2014 at 3:58am — 1 Comment

For Homeschooling: The Water Cycle: Water Play Series (now with 29-page free educator's guide)





My nonfiction picture book, Water Play: The Water Cycle, book 1, now has a 29-page educator's guide written by educational expert Amy M. O'Quinn. The guide can be downloaded for free from my website at:…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on February 18, 2014 at 4:36am — No Comments

First Chapter Reveal: Hamster Island, by Joan Heartwell

Title: Hamster Island

Author: Joan Heartwell

Genre: Memoir

Publisher: Twilight Times Books

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Added by Mayra Calvani on February 13, 2014 at 11:06am — No Comments

Book Review: ‘Known Devil’ by Justin Gustainis

Known Devil is the third instalment in Gustainis’ Occult Crime Unit urban fantasy series. Though I had not read the first two books, this one was completely stand-alone and didn’t make me feel I was missing anything. I have, however, read other books from Gustainis in the past (Evil WaysBlack Magic…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on February 1, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Book Review: ‘Knight Blindness’ by Chris Karlsen (time-travel romance)

Knight Blindness is the third installment in Karlsen’s The Knights in Time series. I have read the first two books and, as always, the author doesn’t disappoint.

The story begins at the Battle of Poitiers, France, in 1356. English knight Stephen Palmer charges into battle when he is…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on January 22, 2014 at 1:53pm — No Comments

Book Review: ‘Christmas Dog Tails’ by Jennifer Conner

Here’s another delightful romantic short story collection about Christmas and dogs from Jennifer Conner.

In “Central Bark at Christmas,” Tennyson has just been dumped by her arrogant and insensitive lawyer boyfriend. She swears to stay away from men, believing they’re nothing but bad luck. But then, while walking her dog she…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on December 24, 2013 at 5:32am — No Comments

Book Review: ‘Beware of the White’ by Kai Strand

This middle-grade novel was an entertaining, delightful read!

Terra is a sweet, smart girl, very close to her mom, and not what one might call popular at school. In fact, she’s often a bit bullied at times. She also suffers in silence for the death of her dad years ago.

The action begins soon after Terra’s 12th birthday, when she receives an…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on December 19, 2013 at 5:14am — No Comments

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