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$.99 Alternate Historic Fiction Spotlight: The Value of Equality by Cristie M. Locsin


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Alternate Historic Fiction/Lovestory


Value of Equality

Release Date: 6/12/2017

In 1969, the powerful hacenderos in the province of Azusa had been known to create political leaders. The hacenderos’ desires to keep their land and abolish the rebels groom Mayor Karlos Vasquez to enter the world of national politics. Daria Hernandez, Señor Enrique Hernandez’s daughter, paved the way for the ambitious and idealistic Mayor Vasquez. The mayor’s false beliefs and the people’s weariness ended democracy and tore the country apart, leading to a new form of government. The Value of Equality is the second book of a trilogy.

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“Today we mark a new era in our beloved republic. We are no longer a nation of inequality. Today we establish a new government. I present to the world the People’s Republic of the Philippines.”


About the Author:

My interest in writing started at an early age as my father is an avid writer. I hold a degree in Journalism and was a reporter for various local ethnic newspaper. When I became a mom, I took a break and became and advocate for children with special needs. My passion for writing never left me and finally I wrote my first book The Value of Equality. The book depicts the story of hacienderos and political makers. This is the first book of a trilogy.

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Literary Fiction Spotlight: Tyson & Joey: Two Worlds Collide by Tom Watts


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Self-Help / Literary Fiction


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This is the story of two very different young men, from two very different worlds. Tyson is from the rough streets of Trentan, Joey from the affluent northern suburbs. The worlds of these two young men collide through a chance encounter, and as a result, they begin to question their life situations. This connection sparks a shared journey of self-development; one which brings about necessary changes for both men.

The story has a self-help thread throughout, which is inspired by the author’s personal experience of living with anxiety and depression. The text conveys the truths that enabled him to rise out of suffering, and to live a life of peace and fulfilment. The teachings are centred on the concept of “present moment awareness”, and how this can be applied to everyday life.

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Clearing his throat, the man began to read.

“I wake to the sound of a screaming baby and kids running up and down the hallway. I live on the ninth floor of a social housing building, sharing the space with my mother and younger sister. My father left when I was twelve, so I’m the man of the house. It’s a role I take seriously. Certainly more than he ever did.

I rise out of bed and stare out of the window at the streets below. They’re beginning to show life. Rubbish trucks pass, people begin the commute to work, and shopkeepers lift the cages on their stores. The homeless who have found a night’s rest in the shop front are moved on without a second thought, or any risk of compassion.

Another day in paradise.

I’m born and raised in Trentan, an inner-city district known for its high crime rate and not much else. The community has been neglected. Everything here, from the roads to the services, is in a state of disrepair. Life is hard.

After working all night, I’ve only managed a few hours of sleep. I make my money selling drugs. It’s dangerous work, but I’m good at it. In Trentan, that’s reason enough to carry on.

I’m a product of my environment. Not by choice, but as a result of been raised in a broken home in a low-income area. My life of crime was set in motion long before I could make a conscious decision.

From a young age, I was exposed to things that no kid should see. There were good times for sure, but things could turn violent at any point. One minute you’re playing with your friends on the street. The next you’re witnessing a murder over drugs. And sometimes, what went on in the house was even worse.

These memories stick with you, and in many ways they harden you. Constantly seeing people die or taken away by the police makes you see life as temporary and unforgiving. Subconsciously, this makes you live for the moment. You never know when your time might be up.

With that mentality, you don’t think long term. You look for quick success. You can’t afford to take your time and establish a career; money is needed now. Selling drugs is the natural progression. Drugs are everywhere in Trentan, and there’s always a market for them.

I’m stuck in a cycle perpetuated by poverty and fear. I know if I stop selling, my family will end up homeless. I can’t let that happen. If I don’t support them, nobody will. Not my Dad. Not the government. Nobody. This keeps me doing what I’m doing. I don’t see any other option.


About the Author:

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Tom Watts was born and raised in New Zealand and has spent some time living in Australia. After growing restless down under, he moved to London, where he currently resides and works as an urban designer, a career that he has been pursuing since graduating university. Tyson & Joey has been a background project for Tom, developing organically over several years as a response to his mental health challenges. For more information on the author and his works, visit tomjwatts.com.


Inspirational Fiction Spotlight: The Soul’s Hope by Beverly Knauer @authorbevknauer


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Contemporary Fiction – Inspirational Fiction


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A Love Story Of A Different Kind. . .

Aria and Jonathan Cohen live the good life. They have great jobs in the film industry, a lovely home in Beverly Hills, California, and an angelic five-year-old named Sammi. But something odd is definitely happening in the Cohen household. Sammi is experiencing the strangest nightmares, but she refuses to talk about them. Together, they embark on a mission to solve this mystery.

Olivia Buffet, age 32, owner of a yoga studio, has a harrowing secret she’s hesitant to share with anyone except her best friend, Jax. She thought she’d escaped from the life-and-death situation that hung over her like a black cloud, but now, strange incidents are happening. She wonders—is she still in danger?

Margo Phillips, turning 70 on her next birthday, is falling in love. She has lived alone since losing her family in a horrifying tragedy that changed the course of her life. Margo needs closure before she can commit to her new relationship, but she’s shocked at how the resolution manifests.

An otherworldly connection draws these individuals together for a very specific reason in a most unexpected way. They have no idea how their lives intersect until circumstances pull them all together for the most shocking and surprising revelation of their lives.

The Soul’s Hope is a magical story that explores the mystery and beauty behind the secrets of the universe. It’s fiction that feeds the soul.

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Being normal is overrated. Aria Cohen repeated the phrase in her mind several times as she glanced out the kitchen window into the backyard of her Los Angeles home, watching her daughter, Sammi, at play. She only wished she believed it.
A singular bead of sweat traveled from her forehead, crossed her tear duct—causing a stinging sensation—and flowed down the side of her nose, finally resting on her upper lip. She wiped it with the back of her hand. It was an autumn day and, in spite of soaring Southern California temperatures in the high eighties, she’d decided to spend her first day off of work in three weeks baking and enjoying the company of her daughter. She stood, hands on hips, in their newly renovated kitchen, admiring the bamboo parquet kitchen counters, new copper-infused stainless steel side-by-side refrigerator (with HDTV built right into the door), and dark walnut hardwood floors. They’d even decided to splurge on a special feature—a built-in baking station—that she was trying out for the first time.
Aria inhaled a deep breath. She couldn’t remember the last time she’d smelled something as delicious and comforting as the sour cherry pies baking in the oven. The fragrance wafted through the air, filling her nostrils, enticing her to breathe in the marriage of nutmeg, butter, and sugar combined into a sensual scent. She’d discovered long ago that baking pies was her antianxiety therapy; almost magically, it instantly transported her back in time to pleasant memories of her own childhood, cooking with her mother and her nonna in Italy.
Drifting in the menagerie of past memories, she was jolted back to reality when she noticed how, just now, the television—playing softly in the background—seemed to turn itself off, followed by her cell phone turning itself on, playing a heavy metal tune. She grabbed her phone to silence it. This is the fourth time this has happened. What’s going on? She had no explanation for the strange occurrence. But every time something peculiar like that took place, she felt nervous. Interesting. It seems to happen whenever Sammi plays on the swing set. It made her feel queasy, and her stomach quivered like gelatin. Mysterious events seemed to be happening more and more frequently.


About the Author:

beverly knauer

I grew up with my mom, dad, brother, and two sisters, in Needham, Massachusetts, then Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Other than spending hours playing in the wooded forest behind our house, what I remember the most from my early years is my desire to write; I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was ten years old, when my mother bought me the book Sal Fisher at Girl Scout Camp. I promptly began my own novel, with lined paper and fountain pen in hand, and called it Beverly Knauer at Girl Scout Camp. Okay … not very original. My next book, written at age twelve, was called My Life with the Indians.

After I received my bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, I moved to sunny San Diego, California, where I served in the role of Chief of Rehabilitation Services for the County of San Diego, working with other occupational and physical therapists who provide therapy to children with special needs. I received my master’s degree from San Diego State University.

When not writing, I enjoy wine tasting in the quaint city of Temecula, going barefoot whenever I can, spending too many hours on Pinterest, and indulging in chips, guacamole, and margaritas (frozen, with salt on the rim) while catching up with friends. I like long walks with my pal, Jack—a black Lab—along the seashore, where the crashing waves of the pummeling surf absorb the sounds of the city, providing a means of restoration and introspection, while we scavenge among the seaweed for shells for my collection. My newest passion is crocheting dog sweaters for lonely, abandoned dogs at the animal shelter.

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Author Interview and Fiction Feature: Full Circle by Ronnie L Richards @ronnielrichards


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Fiction, Romance, Historical, Fictional Biography


full circleMae Miller, suffering an aneurysm-induced coma, lies in a hospital bed. Clarence, her husband of fifty-four years, is at her side.  For Mae, this is only one of many times she has had to battle death, beginning with the loss of her mother and infant brother to a tornado that tore their small tenant farmhouse apart. The tornado ripped seven-year-old Mae’s infant brother from her arms and ripped a hole in her heart. Years later, drought devastates the family farm and drives a wedge between a teenage Mae and her dad. Mae moves west to live with her grown sister.

Clarence, a sharecropper’s son, is driven to not be a hard, cruel man like his dad. Again and again, life throws obstacles his way that test his resolve. Clarence, faced with the choice of moving back to the hated family farm and his cruel father or finding work elsewhere, migrates west to work under the desert sun.

Mae and Clarence meet in the cotton fields of Arizona in 1938 and marry soon after. Together they raise a family while tackling life’s obstacles head-on.

Full Circle has all the pathos and sorrow of a John Steinbeck novel surrounded by the full fury of an Oklahoma tornado. Out of the conflagration, the Miller family finds their way through more than fifty years of dust and dirt and an uncertain future.

 


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“Kingfisher, Oklahoma, May 1944

Mae paced the living room floor. She had had a feeling of dread all morning and she could not shake it. She walked out onto the front porch and looked up at the sky. Far off to the west near the horizon, thunder heads were beginning to build.

Must be a storm coming up, she thought, that’s why I am so jumpy.
She had feared storms all her life. Having narrowly escaped the storm that led to the death of her little brother and indirectly her mother, Mae just knew that someday a bad storm would once again try to do what it had failed to do so many years ago. And she lived through each storm season day by day, fearing that day had come.

Mae took one last look at the far off clouds, decided that the storm would not be a real threat anytime soon, and went back into the house. She tried to sit on the couch and relax, but the feeling of impending doom would not ease up. After a few stressful minutes, she got up and decided to feed her goldfish. As she was bending over to get the fish food from the shelf below the fish bowl, a knock at the door scared Mae and she shrieked.

“I’m sorry Mrs. Miller,” the mailman said, looking through the screen door. “I didn’t mean to startle you. I have a letter here you need to sign for please.”

Mae set the fish food down next to the fish bowl and signed the mailman’s clipboard before taking the letter from him. She walked back into the living room and looked at the registered letter. There was no return address only an official looking government seal in the upper left hand corner of the envelope. She shook the contents down to one end then tore off the other end of the envelope. She pulled out the single page that was inside and began to read. Mae’s face froze, her jaw started to tremble, the letter dropped to the floor. Tears formed as she walked over to her goldfish. They both swam to the front of the fishbowl when they saw her approach. Her hand shook involuntarily as she sprinkled food on top of the water in the fishbowl, causing the eager fish to receive much more than she normally fed them….”


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Interview with Ronnie L. Richards:

When did you start to have a love for books?

When I was young (about 8 or 9), I started going with dad to work every Saturday morning. I’d help him with his electrical and plumbing work until noon. While he and his coworkers hung out for a while after work, I would walk down the alley to the library on the same block. I would check out as many books as they would allow then read them during the week, repeating the process every Saturday for several years.

What was that turning point that changed you from a reader to a writer?

My Senior year in college, I took a Creative Writing class and fell in love with writing.

Inspiration can often be found in the oddest people, places, and even situations. In the past, what has inspired you?

My grandmother’s death in 1993, the same time I was taking the Creative Writing class in college, got me to thinking about all of the stories I grew up with, as told my her and my grandpa. The memories fostered the idea of a book based on events in their lives. Other inspirations have come from everywhere – a newspaper article about a “John Doe” who was tragically ran over by a train when he laid down on the tracks in front of the oncoming train inspired a short story, my current book project was inspired by witnessing a childhood friend trying to survive an alcoholic, physically abusive dad. Life is full of writing triggers.

What about your favorite character or characters? Which characters from your books do you think readers will really feel a connection to?

The Miller brothers in my book Full Circle: A Life Story are two of my favorite characters and the most fun to write about. My readers seem to love them as well. I am planning another novel featuring them.

So far, what has been your greatest moment in your writing career?

Getting to tell my grandpa, two weeks before he passed away, I had completed the novel about him and granny. His pleasure in knowing it was done was so important to me.

What can readers expect from you next?

A very emotional book about a young man trying to survive his alcoholic and physically abusive dad during possibly the toughest summer of his young life. Readers will laugh, cry, and cringe.

I am also working on a murder mystery set in the late seventies in my small hometown. And, a follow novel about the Miller brothers from my first novel Full Circle: A Life Story.

Nobody knows your books better than you! In your opinion, readers of what genres will enjoy your books the most?

Fiction, Historical, Literary, Biographical, Romance

How would you describe your life in ten words or under?

Blessed to have had such a diverse past.

What is your favorite place to visit?
The mountains of Colorado. A place where peace, solitude, and rejuvenation can be found.

What words do you live by?

If it is worth doing; it is worth doing right.


Erotic Romance Feature: Broken Pieces by Kelly Moore @kellymoorebp


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Erotic Romance, Fiction, Romance


broken piecesHis touch is scorching hot and rough, just how I like it. It’s just sex. I don’t believe in love, but he makes me feel things I have never felt. I want to try. I want to trust him with my secrets, but there is a good chance he will leave. He will see how broken I am. He is what I need to fix the broken pieces of my heart.

At a very young age, violence and secrets forced Brogan to escape the only life she knew. Now a young woman with a good career, she hopes to finally forget her past. She is tormented by demons in her dreams, and it has threatened every sexual relationship she has ever had.
Brogan meets Kyren Nolan, a sexy ex-military man. He is a yacht builder who has made his own wealth. He knows what he wants the minute he meets Brogan. He wants her, and his first meeting with her lands him on the ground. He doesn’t take no for an answer. They start a passionate affair that turns into more. He teaches her that a gentle touch can create as much heat between them. They both struggle for control. But Kyren has his own scars and secrets. When their pasts collide, will they be able to overcome the broken pieces of both their lives together?

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Kelly Moore was raised in Mt. Dora, Florida. She attended a local college and graduated with her nursing degree in 2004. She became a travel nurse in 2015 and also published her first book in 2015. She is an avid reader and has always loved to write. Her first book series is an erotic romance book. She intends to write other books that are romance with adventure entwined in the stories.

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Note from the Author:

If you loved “Fifty Shades of Grey,”  you will love the characters and the romance of Broken Pieces.  Both characters are broken in their own way, when they come together things get heated.  But will they be able to overcome their pasts to stay together?