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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

Purchase from Amazon B&N / …

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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

Book Review: ‘Secrets and Lies’ by Christine Amsden

Secrets and Lies is the second installment in the Cassie Scot new adult paranormal mystery series. Though there’s a bit of backstory in this novel, it’s preferable to read the books in order, if only to find out from the beginning who Cassie is, how she got started as a detective and, especially, how her romance with Evan evolved. Also to understand…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on December 10, 2013 at 5:50am — No Comments

Today Only - Dec. 4th - A Bad Mad Sad Day for Mama Bear is on sale for only $.99!

Little Bear offers Mama Bear various items to make her feel better, but she’s too busy to notice—until he gives her his super, so good, so very special dolly. Silly humor, alliteration, repetition, and onomatopoeia make this a fun read-aloud story. A celebration of the special love shared between mother and child. For ages 3-7.
ONLY $.99 on Kindle TODAY ONLY…
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Added by Mayra Calvani on December 4, 2013 at 3:55am — No Comments

Book Review: ‘Storytelling: The Indispensable Art of Entrepreneurism’ by Rudy A. Mazzocchi

Storytelling isn’t only for writers or Hollywood producers, and this book is a great resource for people who are starting a business or venturing into the world of entrepreneurship.

In a simple, straight-forward language, often sprinkled with humor, Mazzocchi — who isn’t only an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on November 24, 2013 at 9:27am — No Comments

Book Review: ‘Christmas is in the Air’ by Cary Morgan Frates, Danielle Lee Zwissler, Jennifer Conner, and Karen Hall

This is the second Christmas romance anthology from Books to Go Now that I have read this month. I loved the first one,Christmas Romance, and this the…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on November 24, 2013 at 6:46am — No Comments

Interview with Ellen Castro, Author of ‘Spirited Leadership’

 

My guest is best-selling author, inspirational speaker, coach and global consultant Ellen Castro. Ellen’s clients range from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies to…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on November 22, 2013 at 12:46pm — No Comments

Christmas romance anthology just in time for the holidays

For fans of inspirational love stories, Christmas Romance is a wonderful anthology to cuddle up with this holiday season. Written by four best-selling romance authors, these stories will warm your heart and leave you with a cozy upbeat feeling that will linger for days.

In “Christmas Wishes,” readers will meet Lee Llewellyn,…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on November 14, 2013 at 8:52am — No Comments

Manhattan socialite 'princess' fights vampires in The Book of Thoth, by Paul Leone

The Book of Thoth is volume II in Paul Leone’s Vatican Vampire Hunters series. Unlike the first book, which takes place in London, this one takes place in New York City, where not only criminals and the Russian mafia but also demon vampires roam the streets, preying on the innocent.

One night, beautiful Manhattan socialite Nicole Van…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on November 12, 2013 at 3:18pm — No Comments

Just released for the holidays: A Bad Mad Sad Day for Mama Bear (picture book)

I'm happy to announce that my latest children's picture book, A Bad Mad Sad Day for Mama Bear, illustrated by award-winning artist K.C. Snider, has just been released by Guardian Angel Publishing and is now on Amazon... (soon on Kindle and iTunes with voice-over)



A Bad Mad Sad Day for Mama Bear

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Added by Mayra Calvani on November 8, 2013 at 9:05am — No Comments

New suspense series featuring female spy Bianca Nerini

Gabriel Valjan’s short stories and some of his poetry continue to appear in literary journals and online magazines. Ronan Bennett short-listed Gabriel…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on October 29, 2013 at 5:08pm — No Comments

A Chat with Florence Byham Weinberg, Author of ‘Anselm, a Metamorphosis’

Born in the high desert country, in Alamogordo, New Mexico, Florence loved exploring the wilderness on foot and horseback. Those grandiose landscapes formed her sensibility. Hidden pockets of unexpected greenery tucked away near springs in folds of barren mountainsides spoke to her of gentleness and beauty in an otherwise harsh world. She published her first poem in a children’s…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on October 26, 2013 at 2:14pm — No Comments

Spotlight & Excerpt: Break the Chains, by Jay D Roberts, MD (Christian/Memoir)

Title:  Break the Chains

Genre:  Memoir

Author:  Jay D Roberts, MD

Website:  www.jdrobertsmd.com  

Publisher:   Tate Publishing and Enterprises, LLC 

BUY BREAK THE CHAINS…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on October 24, 2013 at 12:04pm — No Comments

Book Review: ‘The Blue Between’ by Patricia Little

Sixteen-year-old Heather Lucas is playing soccer one day when she’s hit by lightning, leaving her with a weird scar on her hand. The girl who she clashed with when she got struck dies. Thus Heather becomes the odd one at school, the one everyone whispers about.

To make matters worse, her mom suddenly abandons her, and she…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on October 4, 2013 at 1:10pm — No Comments

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