Wednesday, January 16, 2019

On the Spotlight: One Taste To Many, by Debra H. Goldstein

Author:  Debra H. Goldstein
Publisher:  Kensington
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A culinary cozy unlike any other, One Taste Too Many introduces Sarah Blair, a culinary-challenged, recently-divorced woman adjusting to her new status as “single,” her new studio apartment—which she shares with her Siamese cat, RahRah—and her new job as a law firm receptionist. When her ex-husband gets murdered and her twin sister becomes the top suspect, Sarah will have to add “solving crimes” to the list of challenges she’s taking on in her newly single life.

About One Taste Too Many:  When Sarah Blair’s sister, a trained chef, is suspected of murdering Sarah’s ex-husband with one of her award winning dishes, Sarah mourns the rat’s death but leaves the sleuthing to the professionals until she realizes that she and her sister are their only suspects. Sarah’s  efforts to find whodunit are complicated by her twin’s refusal to help—and a glitch in the rat’s will that forces Sarah to relinquish her beloved cat, the only thing she got in her divorce, to the woman who broke up her marriage.

Compelled to discover the true killer, Sarah soon finds that for a woman whose good china is floral paper plates, getting too close to the heat in the kitchen may be scorching. As a cook of convenience, Sarah will have to come up with just the right recipe to save her sister and avoid her own worse than death fate—being in the kitchen.

A fun, fresh twist on the culinary cozy mystery, One Taste Too Many stands out with its charming heroine:  Sarah Blair, a cook of convenience.  Moreover, One Taste Too Many is informed by Goldstein’s career as a former litigator and US Administrative Judge and her unique perspective on the inner workings of the perfect crime. A to-die-for tale with an irresistible plot and wholly relatable cast of characters, One Taste Too Many heralds the advent of a delicious new series.


Debra H. Goldstein is the author of the Sarah Blair Mysteries as well as Should Have Played Poker, a Carrie Martin and the Mah Jongg Players Mystery and the 2012 IPPY Award-winning Maze in Blue, a mystery set on the University of Michigan’s campus. Her short stories, including Anthony and Agatha nominated “The Night They Burned Ms. Dixie’s Place,” have appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies including Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Black Cat Mystery Magazine, and Mystery WeeklyA Judge, author, litigator, wife, step-mom and mother of twins, Debra is an involved community volunteer, MWA member, and serves as a national board member of Sisters in Crime, as well as being the SinC Guppy Chapter’s President. 

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Book Feature: Lavender Shores Series by Rosalind Abel

M/M Romance

Lavender Shores is a charming little California town enclosed by the Point Reyes National Seashore. It has forests, wildlife, cliffs, beaches, and ocean views. At the center of it all is a fancy downtown of picture perfect restaurants and shops, surrounded by Victorian mansions and craftsman cottages.

The town was designed to be a safe-haven in the 1940’s by five families. The series follows the descents of those five founding families as they discover romance, redemption, passion, adventure, and love. Like all small towns, everyone always knows everyone else’s business. And when you’re ‘founding family royalty’ all eyes are on you, and that can make things… interesting.

While each novel is guaranteed to have you laughing, crying, sighing, and fanning yourself as you reach every happy ending, there will always be twists and turns along the way. Lavender Shores is pure storybook quality (of the grown-up variety) and the ultimate place to fall in love.

Title: The Palisade
Author: Rosalind Abel
Publisher: Wings of Ink, LLC
Pages: 230
Genre: Gay Romance, MM Romance, Gay Fiction



Title: The Garden
Author: Rosalind Abel
Publisher: Wings of Ink, LLC
Pages: 264
Genre: Gay Romance, MM Romance, Gay Fiction



Title: The Veranda
Author: Rosalind Abel
Publisher: Wings of Ink, LLC
Pages: 258
Genre: Gay Romance, MM Romance, Gay Fiction



Title: The Shipwreck
Author: Rosalind Abel
Publisher: Wings of Ink, LLC
Pages: 292
Genre: Gay Romance, MM Romance, Gay Fiction



Title: The Hideaway
Author: Rosalind Abel
Publisher: Wings of Ink, LLC
Pages: 258
Genre: Gay Romance, MM Romance, Gay Fiction



Title: The Glasshouse
Author: Rosalind Abel
Publisher: Wings of Ink, LLC
Pages: 304
Genre: Gay Romance, MM Romance, Gay Fiction



Title: The Alcove
Author: Rosalind Abel
Publisher: Wings of Ink, LLC
Pages: 312
Genre: Gay Romance, MM Romance, Gay Fiction



Title: The Wilderness
Author: Rosalind Abel
Publisher: Wings of Ink, LLC
Pages: 298
Genre: Gay Romance, MM Romance, Gay Fiction



Title: The Victorian
Author: Rosalind Abel
Publisher: Wings of Ink, LLC
Pages: 336
Genre: Gay Romance, MM Romance, Gay Fiction



Rosalind Abel grew up tending chickens alongside her sweet and faithful Chow, Lord Elgin. While her fantasy of writing novels was born during her teen years, she never would have dreamed she’d one day publish steamy romances about gorgeous men. However, sometimes life turns out better than planned.

In between crafting scorching sex scenes and helping her men find their soul mates, Rosalind enjoys cooking, collecting toys, and making the best damn scrapbooks in the world (this claim hasn’t been proven, but she’s willing to put good money on it).

She adores MM Romance, the power it has to sweep the reader away into worlds filled with passion, steam, and love. Rosalind also enjoys her collection of plot bunnies and welcomes new fuzzy ones into her home all the time, so feel free to send any adorable ones her way.

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Monday, December 24, 2018

Book Feature: Good Intentions Bad Consequences by Phillip Nelson

Title: Good Intentions Bad Consequences: Voters' Information Problems
Author: Phillip Nelson
Publisher: AuthorHouse 
Genre: Social Science/Sociology
Format: Ebook

A new approach to understanding voter choice with important implications. There is a substantial class of voters who would like to do “good” but ignore important consequences of their attempts to do so—naïve altruists. The book both shows why such a class exists and tests the implications of that group’s behavior in a setting where other voters are self-interested, others are traditionalists, and imitation plays a big role in voter choice. The book also looks at the policy implications of such behavior accepting as desirable, but not fully achievable, the democratic ideal in which sufficiently informed citizens are given equal weight in political choices. Naïve altruists ignore the anti-growth consequences of redistribution from the rich as a class to the poor as a class. That ignorance produces too much of that redistribution in terms of the democratic ideal.

Phillip Nelson has specialized in two fields. The first is information economics in which he has produced seminal work in consumer economics. The second is public choice in which he has written many articles and the book, “Signaling Goodness.” This book melds these two fields producing new insights about voter information problems. He has spent a lifetime teaching graduate courses in these specialties and microeconomics theory at Binghamton University, Columbia University, and the University of Chicago.

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Friday, December 14, 2018

You Can't Force Love Book Excerpt Tour - Excerpt #15

Author: Marie Drake  
Publisher: RedBird Books
Pages: 286  
Genre: Realistic Fiction

“A battered butterfly, he’d build Kimberly up, nurture her strength and watch her return to flight. He repressed the visions dancing in the back of his mind; her naked body brandished red flags and spurred him to stampede. Bulls and butterflies did not mix.”

Jordan Fry’s obsession is born in “You Can’t Force Love” by Marie Drake, Book I in the Locked Hearts Series.

From different towns and social backgrounds, Jordan Fry and Kimberly Orvine experience life-altering abuse, lose a parent and land in the same foster home. Angry, and self-deprecating, fiery redheaded Kimberly is deadset on lousy behavior and suffering the consequences, punishing herself for former sins. Scared by his inner darkness, pyromaniac Jordan has vowed to change for the better. He focuses on Kimberly as the key to his success, but she intends to make him break his promises. Unaware of Jordan’s atrocious actions in the past, she’s dangerously close to unleashing the evil he struggles to contain during their epic battle of wills. Can they both survive?



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Paul monopolized their conversation, and Noreen never tired of his exploits as a vacuum cleaner salesman. Jordan shook his head. Vacuum cleaners; how boring could you get? Oh, the top seller in the tri-state area? Even better. Debbie patted Paul’s arm. “I’m so proud of you,” she said. He kissed her on the mouth, and she blushed; Jordan turned his head.

“Are you sure you don’t want to spend the night? It’ll be dark soon,” Noreen said.

“We’re anxious to start the trip,” Paul said; his eyes fixed on Debbie.

“I understand,” Noreen said and chuckled.

“Do you want me to help you clean up?” Debbie asked.

“No, it’ll give me something to do until Tom comes home. Go ahead; hit the road,” Noreen said. She squeezed Jordan one last time, and he forced a smile.

Jordan swung his duffel bag toward the back seat of the sedan; Paul snatched it from the air and dropped it in the trunk. He’d probably stuff me in there if he could.

“Come on, Jordan, get in the car,” Debbie said.

City lights receded, small and dim, and Jordan slumped over in the backseat; the smell of leather cleaner filled his nose. Jordan rolled forward, slammed into the front seats, and fell to the floor. “Deer,” Paul said.

Debbie clutched her chest. “Put on your seatbelt,” she told Jordan. He stared at Paul in the mirror, pulled the strap across his lap, and buckled it. A silver lining, he’d go to Florida, a place he hadn’t experienced. His eyes fell closed, and he concentrated on amusement parks and sandy beaches; ocean waves lapped the shore under a giant moon; it lulled him to sleep.

“Wake up.” A hand caressed his face; he opened his eyes, sat up, and stretched his legs. Paul hit him with his duffel bag; Debbie tugged his arm;  they crossed patchy grass and climbed to a cabin’s front porch; he waited for her to open the door. She turned back; Paul leaned against the car. Debbie rubbed Jordan’s arms. “This is for the best,” she said.

“Where are we?”

“Your grandfather’s house.”

“You said we’d go to Paul’s house first, and when he settled some of his accounts, we’d go to Florida.”

“Listen, Jordan; with your recent troubles, we agreed you’d benefit from time spent here.”

“We?” He returned Paul’s hateful glare. Jordan surveyed the yard; a fence surrounded him, and trees circumscribed the fence; a barn and a chicken coop sat beyond the cabin; he was unfamiliar with farms. “What if he doesn’t want me?”

“He’s your grandfather; of course he’ll want you.”

“Don’t leave me here alone,” Jordan said.

Debbie stepped back. “Go ahead; he leaves the door unlocked.”

“Mom, please, I don’t want to stay here,” he pleaded.

She came back and kissed his forehead, but turned and ran; Paul smirked, climbed into the car, and it disappeared.


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Award-winning author, Marie Drake lives in a small town near Lake Ontario with her husband, four sons, and three rescue pups. With many years of experience in the Foster Care community and advocating for other victims and survivors, she specializes in realistic and psychological fiction depicting the lives of abuse sufferers; their obstacles, their triumphs, and their downfalls.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Book Blast: The Employee Millionaire by H.J. Chammas

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.


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 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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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

New release: 'Manipulated' by John Ford Clayton

Genre: Political Thriller
Title: Manipulated
Author:  John Ford Clayton

About the Book:

Manipulated is a political thriller set during the 2016 presidential election season from January 2015 through January 2017. During these two years, a fictional account of the election is chronicled. The first half of the book provides a back story illustrating an American political system soiled by political parties, a misguided media, and lots and lots of money, all orchestrated by a clandestine organization known as Mouse Trap.
The second half of the book provides a glimpse at what the 2016 election might have looked like had a different candidate been introduced into the campaign. A candidate not bound to either political party, deep-pocket investors, or Washington insiders. A candidate who had absolutely no interest in the job but is drafted by those that know him best to fix a broken system. A candidate who personifies integrity, character, and humility. A candidate whose core values are guided by his faith.

About the Author:

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 community 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.

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Monday, November 19, 2018

New Book! I Am Number 13 by Andra Watkins

I AM NUMBER 13 by Andra Watkins, Paranormal/Historical/Fantasy/Thriller, 275 pp., $16.99 (paperback) $6.99 (kindle)

Title: I AM NUMBER 13
Author: Andra Watkins
Publisher: Word Hermit Press
Pages: 275
Genre: Paranormal Historical Fantasy Thriller Speculative Fiction

When Emmaline Cagney’s father dies on her graduation day, she foregoes college and heads to Honduras to volunteer with Nicaraguan refugees. It’s 1986. The Sandinista-Contra war rages in the jungles all around her. But when General James Wilkinson reenters her life during a hurricane, can she trust him? Or should she flee?

Because of his unsolved death, Wilkinson is stuck in an in-between world called Nowhere, a place he’s always used for his evil designs. Will he stick to his mission to help the Contras? Or will he ditch his mission to finally possess Emmaline?

As they fight to keep refugees safe and American involvement with the Contras secret from Congress, Em and Wilkinson careen toward a showdown that outstrips space and time, a place where nothing she knew about herself is true. And Em must confront the one person she never wanted to see again: her craven mother. Will Emmaline outwit the two people who peddled her childhood innocence before she runs out of time?

I Am Number 13 is the third book in the Nowhere Series, a speculative blend of riveting suspense, forgotten history, and a dash of paranormal fiction. If you like edge-of-your-seat action, compelling characters, and white-knuckle emotion, you’ll love the latest installment in Andra Watkins’ page-turning series.

“Teeming with creativity, Andra writes with grit, wit and lots of heart. She is an earnest, humble storyteller.” Jenny Sanford, former First Lady of South Carolina and NYT best selling author of Staying True

“One of the most imaginative series I’ve ever read!” Jen Mann, NYT Best Selling Author of People I Want to Punch in the Throat

“Edge of your seat to the very end!” Jay Snook, The Good Men Project

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Andra Watkins is a New York Times best selling author. She is author of five books: To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis (Word Hermit Press LLC, 2014), Not Without My Father: One Woman’s 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace (Word Hermit Press LLC, 2015; NY Times best seller, week of 18 October 2015); Natchez Trace: Tracks in Time (Word Hermit Press LLC, 2015); Hard to Die (Word Hermit Press LLC, 2016); and her latest, I Am Number 13 (Word Hermit Press LLC, 2018.)

Watkins is a popular motivational speaker and has been booked throughout the United States and internationally in Ecuador and the United Kingdom. She has appeared at Nashville’s Southern Festival of Books and on the faculty of the acclaimed Pike’s Peak Writers Conference. She was also selected as writer-in-residence at Stiwdio Maelor in Corris, Wales; the Trelex Residency in Trelex, Switzerland; and Buinho Creative Hub in Messejana, Portugal. She lives with her husband in Charleston, South Carolina.

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