Media Queen

HollyAnna, Book 2

Contemporary Women’s Fiction, Chick-lit

Published: June 2020

Publisher: Independently Published

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Jordyn Fairweather has worked hard to reach the top of the magazine world,
but now she’s in trouble.

Younger stars are scrambling to steal her crown, and media companies are
collapsing around her in the face of a new threat – the internet.

She’s come a long way from small town Beddo, where she obsessed over
teen glossies until pushing her way into an internship with Sixteen
magazine. But if Jordyn’s empire is going to survive, she needs to
move fast and keep reinventing herself.

Spanning the late 90s and 2000s, Media Queen is a compulsive read with an
outrageous main character. It comes with the essential ingredient that
Jordyn demands of all her stories: juice!

 

Book No 2 in the #HollyAnna series – following Goodbye Newsroom
– Media Queen can also be enjoyed as a standalone novel.

 

 

Excerpt

Chapter 1

 

Jordyn Fairweather knew one thing for sure. She never wanted to clean
another toilet in her life.

She shouldered open the door to the stall and dumped the tin pail onto the
floor. Warm air rushed in from the toilet block windows above, really just
rectangular gaps in the red brick building. She could hear girls calling out
goodbyes to each other, and car doors slamming. The tennis squad was going
home after practice. Jordyn wished she could go home, too.

‘Still here?’ a voice sang out, followed by a giggle.

Jordyn didn’t respond. She didn’t even bother looking around.
She knew who her interrogator was. She wiped the toilet cistern with an old
blue cloth, secretly wishing she could shove it down someone’s
throat.

Tina appeared in the doorway behind her.

‘I don’t know how you do this job,’ she said.

Jordyn splashed detergent into the bowl, flushed, and backed out of the
stall, hoping to crash into Tina and slop bucket water over her.

No such luck. Her tormentor moved away to lean against the row of
sinks.

Tina Goodman was a head taller than Jordyn, even though she was a grade
lower in high school. Her dark hair was tied in a high ponytail and her
short skirt barely covered her golden legs. She was a gladiator and this
toilet was one of her many arenas.

‘Goody wants to know if you want a lift home,’ Tina said.

Jordyn scowled. ‘I’m getting a lift home with my mum – he
should know that.’

Tina shrugged slowly, as if wearing a heavy fur coat. ‘That’s
what I told him, but he wanted to check.’

Jordyn watched Tina appraise herself in the mirrors – her tanned face
free of any teen blemishes. Her vicious, vacant eyes.

‘If you’re hangin’ around, it must mean you wanna take
over the cleaning …’ Jordyn said.

Tina tipped her head back to laugh. ‘No way! I’m never gonna
clean a toilet.’

With a speed propelled by fury, Jordyn grabbed the mop propped in a corner
and thrust its handle beneath Tina’s chin. The girl froze, her eyes
round.

‘Are you crazy?’ Tina croaked. ‘We’re not in
prison!’

‘Start mopping,’ Jordyn hissed.

Tina shoved her and used the newfound space to wriggle away and flee
through the toilet block door.

‘Cow!’ she shouted.

Jordyn laughed, clutching the mop like an old friend. She wished Tina had
struggled for a little longer; she was in the mood for a fight. She often
felt like that these days.

 

 

About the Author

Michelle Prak is an indie author and university teacher who runs her own PR
agency. She loves creating energetic and ambitious characters who will make
you laugh and inspire you at the same time.

 

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This is your SHIFTING season

Christian, Spiritual Growth, Religious, Inspirational

Date Published: May 2, 2020

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Have you ever found yourself in a tough life situation and couldn’t find a
way to get out of it?

Have you ever wondered what your true capabilities are and how to reveal
your full potential?

Or maybe, you are seeking a tool that would boost up your motivation and
teach you valuable life lessons?

 

 

I think this book will definitely make a shift in your life, so keep
reading…

 

 

“THIS IS YOUR SHIFTING SEASON” – a book that is going to
change your perception about your true inner power,  teach you valuable
life lessons and show what is possible with dedication and the right
strategies.

 

 

We all had good and bad times in our life, we all made mistakes, and we all
have regrets.
And it doesn’t matter what those times, mistakes or regrets
are. If you are still living on this planet, you have the right to get
better and move forward, just like I did…

Being lost for about 22 years, I finally found my life path, discovered
strategies, and rules that led me out of the very bottom of my life.
Years
spent in and out jails, drug and alcohol addictions are now my past. I even
managed to get them out of my brain. After so many years of darkness, I
decided to dedicate my life to help others to find their own life
path.

 

Here is just a short brief of what you are going to learn:

 

How to find your purpose in life?

RULES OF MANUAL TRANSMISSION – learn how to accelerate your
life

Find your real destination. What is truly important?

The best way to start your SHIFTING SEASON

What is your real potential – a self-identification guide

Much much more…

 

 

And it doesn’t matter whether you believe in God or not, you are 20 years
old or 60 years old, male or female, the strategies and rule inside this
book will help you as much as it helped others.

Now it is your turn to make a decision, to take the first step, and turn on
your unlimited life engine.

 

About the Author

Michael Mickey Williams Jr. an Atlantic City New Jersey native was once
homeless, eating food out of trash cans, suicidal, addicted to heroin, and
crack cocaine. He spent 22 years of his life in-and-out of jails and
rehabilitation centers since he was a teenager. Nowadays, however, he’s
married, a substance abuse counselor, a minister, and a ten-time published
author with titles like “Pushed out the Crack House into God’s house,
My Purpose is Greater than my struggles, and I’m a Giant Killer to name a
few, he’s also one of the Co-founders of The Minor Adjustments Program which
is dedicated to preventing and reducing crimes, their primary purpose is to
teach men and women how to make the “Minor Adjustments” that are
necessary for their lives, Their motto is “Anywhere but backward”
Mr. Williams is a dedicated advocate for those who are struggling with
addictions or criminal lifestyles, mainly because he struggled with those
same barriers.

Beyond the Minor Adjustments Program, It is said that he was named
“Preacher Boy” by his beautiful wife Lernell Apple Williams, his
style of preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ makes it easy for him to
communicate to both the common people and the religious, his stated that he
tries to use everyday language already familiar to his culture, with a
purpose to always try to touch individual personal needs at the same time
communicate spiritual truth.

As a father of seven, with four grandkids he credits his parents as the
source of his perseverance and sense of self-reliance. After 22 years of
being in bondage to addiction, Mr. Williams continues to be one of today’s
most inspirational, encouraging, and influential men today.

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The Aria of Galvanize

Post-Apocalyptic / Sci-Fi / Dystopian

Date Published: July 3, 2020

Publisher: Skyland Press

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Incarnate Number Seven, a cybernetically enhanced young woman with no
memories and only a basic operating system, awakens to a devastated world
painted in blood, desperation, and genocide. Guided only by a moody
artificial intelligence program and scattered digital memories into the
past, Seven must traverse the perilous Gateway region, fighting past its
savage inhabitants and monsters to learn who she was and what happened to
her world. Maybe, if she’s lucky, she’ll even save what’s
left of humanity in the process…

 

About the Author

Wilder Page loves science fiction, cyberpunk, dystopian, and
post-apocalyptic worlds. Especially those with stories where the personal
stakes are high, and the costs of failure are very real. But he also
believes in the triumph of the human spirit, and whether the future will be
grim or bright, well… that’s a choice each of us has to make
for ourselves. When Wilder’s not writing or daydreaming he spends the
rest of his time running, traveling with his wife and best friend, or
playing video games with his two amazing little kiddos!

 

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Taking Time

Book 1, Physics, Lust and Greed Series
Humorous Science Fiction
Date Published: June 15, 2020
Publisher: Acorn Publishing
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The year is 2044. Housed in a secret complex beneath the eastern Arizona desert, a consortium of governments and corporations have undertaken a program on the scale of the Manhattan Project to bludgeon the laws of physics into submission and make time travel a reality.
 
            Fraught with insecurities, Marshall Grissom has spent his whole life trying not to call attention to himself, so he can’t imagine he would be remotely suited for the role of time travel pioneer. He’s even less enthusiastic about this corporate time-travel adventure when he learns that nudity is a job requirement. The task would better match the talents of candidates like the smart and beautiful Sheila Schuler, or the bristle-tough and rattlesnake-mean Marta Hamilton.
 
            As the project evolves into a clash between science and corporate greed, conflicts escalate. Those contributing the funding are mostly interested in manipulating time travel for profit, and will stop at nothing, including murder, to achieve their goals.

Review

A wonderful new sci-fi world with characters full of humor and wit.

I absolutely loved the way Mike Murphey told his story. These characters came to life and showed so much personality, it was so fun to read.

Fast paced with quite a bit of action. Solid Sci-Fi story!

About the Author

Mike Murphey is a native of eastern New Mexico and spent almost thirty years as an award-winning newspaper journalist in the Southwest and Pacific Northwest. Following his retirement from the newspaper business, he and his wife Nancy entered in a seventeen-year partnership with the late Dave Henderson, all-star centerfielder for the Oakland Athletics, Boston Red Sox and Seattle Mariners. Their company produced the A’s and Mariners adult baseball Fantasy Camps. They also have a partnership with the Roy Hobbs adult baseball organization in Fort Myers, Florida. Mike loves fiction, cats, baseball and sailing. He splits his time between Spokane, Washington, and Phoenix, Arizona, where he enjoys life as a writer and old-man baseball player.
 
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The Slums

Golden Dreg Boy, Book 1: The Slums

YA Dystopian Sci-fi

Release Date: July 2, 2020

Publisher: Tillable Ground Dreams

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Finding out who you are has never been so deadly.

In the ruins of San Francisco California, survivors of an epidemic that
swept the nation have pooled inside the cities, restructuring life as we
know it. Now it’s the strong against the weak; the rich Golden against
the poor Dreg.

The Golden govern everything. Living above the city in four sectors, they
look down on the Dreg slums. Against all odds, the Dreg have become
survivors. Unable to afford proper care, their immune systems have adapted
to protect them against the diseases now infecting the Golden.

Seventeen-year-old Kade Shaw is a privileged Golden. Kade and his family
have the best money can buy, living in the wealthiest area of Sector One. A
bored rich kid, Kade’s tired of his mundane life, and regularly sneaks
out to the skate park and the slums to take risks and feel alive—maybe
even kiss a Dreg girl or two. Until one night at an illegal party,
everything goes horribly wrong.

When the cops accuse Kade of falsifying his Golden status, an offense that
carries a death sentence, he is forced to question his true heritage after
his powerful parents won’t save him. Then, on the eve of his
execution, he’s rescued by a guerilla Dreg group—but why? What
do they want from him? As he lives with them in squalor, trained in raiding
for food, fighting, and how to survive, he slowly gains respect for the Dreg
people, seeing them as more than “other”, confusing the age-old
lines of good and bad. But despite his infatuation with Saya, a beautiful
Dreg girl, Kade still wants his old life back.

In the brewing deadly war between rich and the poor, Kade must make a
choice between fighting for his Golden status or helping the Dregs who saved
his life. Golden or Dreg?

 

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Golden Dreg Boy, Prequel Book 0.5: The Skate Park

Release Date: July 2, 2020

Publisher: Tillable Ground Dreams

 

Having fun means breaking the rules. But the risks are greater when
you’re Golden.

In the ruins of San Francisco California, survivors of an epidemic that
swept the nation have pooled inside the cities, restructuring life as we
know it, pitting the rich Golden against the poor Dreg.

Kade Shaw and his best friend Marcus are two very rich, very bored Golden
teenage boys looking to break away from their predetermined lives, if only
for a little while. Building a skate park seems the perfect way to have a
place of their own, somewhere they can have fun and break some rules.

When fellow students begin to fall sick and school is forced to close, Kade
begins to question what he knows as normal. After their Dreg contact makes a
strange request in exchange for the fiberglass they need for the park,
Kade’s unsure if a chance at freedom is worth the risks they are
taking. He knows the risks shouldn’t excite him and he should be
thrilled being a Golden—but something is missing.

Will he ever be satisfied with his life? And how can he take his rightful
place as an elite Golden when all he wants to do is break free?

 

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Golden Dreg Boy©, Book 1.5, Under the Bridge (Says Prequel – do
not recommend reading before Book 1, it has spoliers.)

Coming July 23, 2020

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Golden Dreg Boy©, Book 2, The Underground

Coming July 30, 2020

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Golden Dreg Boy©, Book 3, The Hills

Coming August 20, 2020

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Golden Dreg Boy©, Book 4, The Premier

Coming September 24, 2020

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Golden Dreg Boy©, Divided (This is a volume with 2 Prequels-not an
additional book)

Coming August 20, 2020

Pre-Order on Amazon

 About the Author 

D.K. Dailey has a problem: kind of like I see dead people but for writers.
Good thing she fuels that creativity to build worlds and create people who
do what she says-well, most of the time. She often says, if she wasn’t a
writer, she’d be certifiably crazy.

Dailey’s writing journey started as a child when she began writing sci-fi
short stories, a result of watching countless hours of Star Trek on a shared
TV with her parents. With an inborn passion for telling stories, writing
songs and poems, her hobbies erupted into a career path after she penned a
play in college and then her first novel. As a writer of color living in
Northern California being immersed in a tapestry of culture and history has
consistently inspired and helped D.K. Dailey pen numerous books.

 

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If Tomorrow Ever Comes

Contemporary Romance

Date Published: June 2020

Publisher: Hearts Afire Publishing

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USA Today bestselling author Magda Alexander brings you a tale of
heartbreak and love, loss and redemption in this Hollywood meets small town
summer romance.

 

An actor who’s lost his soul

There is nothing studios won’t give for my name in their movie, whether
it’s money, women, or fame. But fame bores me. Money? I have more than
enough. And women? Not interested in the Hollywood types. The one thing I
crave they can’t give me. The redemption of my soul. For you see, I
committed the ultimate sin, one I can’t take back. I can’t find absolution.
No matter how hard I try. Until I land in a small beach town for a summer
production and meet a waitress with a heart of gold.

A down-on-her-luck waitress

The last thing I want is another man in my life. The last one stole every
penny from me. Money I’d been saving to go back to school. If I work double
shifts at the diner, I just might earn enough. But only if I keep my eye on
the ball. Only if I’m not sidelined by distractions.

A summer they won’t forget

But when a stranger stumbles into my diner one stormy night looking for a
meal and a place to stay, I offer the unthinkable–shelter in my home. When
he’s gone in the morning, I think that’s the end. But I’m wrong. Dead
wrong. Because the stranger returns, and this time he wants much more than
my couch. He wants me in his bed.

 

If Tomorrow Ever Comes is a standalone romance with a guaranteed HEA, smexy
times, and lots of pies.

 

 

 About the Author

Magda Alexander loves piña coladas and walks in the rain. Okay,
enough of that. Rewind.

Magda loves reading steamy romances which she’s been doing since she
was ten. Ummm, that’s not quite true. Steamy romances did not exist
when she was ten, and if they had, she’s pretty sure her mother would
not have allowed her to read them. She did read the hand-holding,
longing-glances kind, along with her catechism, which got her into trouble
more than once. Let’s just say Mother Superior was not amused.

As soon as sexy romances came into existence, thank you Rosemary Rogers,
she’s been lapping them up. So when it came time to write one, guess
what she wrote. A no-brainer, right?

Magda, a lifelong learner, graduated from the University of Maryland where
she majored in Business Administration (because her family had to eat) and
minored in English (because she needed to dream). She’s lived in
Maryland most of her life and now resides close to the Catoctin Mountains in
a city whose history dates back to colonial times.

 

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Perception vs. Truth

Self-help, Spiritually, Non-fiction
Date Published: April 7, 2020
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Do you want your life to change?
The good news is that it all begins right in your mind.
By opening your mind, you can change your life in 180 degrees, making the phrase “Everything is in your head” more important than ever before.
The perception of reality steers our thoughts, feelings, the choices we make and the way we live our life.
It is the underlying reason why our lives are the way they are.
People who never examine their point of view of the world miss the chance to significantly change their lives.
What shapes our perception is the country we live in, society, culture, religion, parents, teachers, and publications like the internet, television, movies, radio, newspapers, and literature.
Many people are misguided by their perceptions, which constantly get them into problems.
This book, Perception vs. Truth, was born as a result of that insight. As the name suggests, much of the reality we take for granted in our lives simply isn’t true. Perception vs. Truth is a wake-up call for all of us. It is a fascinating read, full of interesting insights. It is a spring to quench one’s thirst for knowledge and understanding. It can open your mind to different ways of thinking, new feelings, and novel behavior.
Perception vs. Truth is a reminder that our lives can change just by changing the way we’re perceiving it.

REVIEW

I’m always thankful for authors who make the decision to write these kinds of books. I find them all to be so very enlightening. Not everything is going to appeal to each and every reader, you wont use quite everything per-say, but I can guarantee you will find value within these pages. Not just a little, but a lot of value. Very well written, easy to follow, full of great content.
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Eyal Cohen was born in 1968. At the age of thirty, after a powerful and life-changing experience, his perception of reality was transformed completely, and over the next twelve years, he immersed himself in study as he sought to understand what had happened to him. He delved into the philosophies and wisdom behind the teachings of Buddhism, Zen, Taoism, Sufism, Mystic Judaism, Mystic Christianity, and more; and he tried to understand the state of the world by researching numerous leading thinkers of past and present times, such as Noam Chomsky, Friedrich Nietzsche, Socrates, Confucius, to name but a few.
His years of research, combined with his own experiences and knowledge, gave him a unique way of looking at life and the world that we live in. It was this unique perspective that gave birth to the book Perception vs. Truth.
In his first book, Eyal talks about how transformation can be achieved by working on the mind, our thoughts, and beliefs.
Among his associates who are living a “normal life,” Eyal is considered as a “strange, calm character.” He evades frameworks, commitments, and circles of society where there is no room for the free or the different. He surrounded with friends and people who wish to know, taste, and understand the secret of his relaxed charm.
Eyal is like a haven of rest to come to talk, and spend time with. He carries within him intriguing knowledge, which he knows very well to explain. He communicate the truth that he has come to know and understand.
It takes great courage and perseverance to free ourselves from the illusory reality—this confusing world that causes so many problems and so much suffering. We need to open our minds and examine our perceptions and beliefs in depth. The feelings of peace, joy, and freedom are indicators that we on the right track. The book Perception vs. Truth is a means to examine our beliefs about reality and the stories that we tell ourselves, which create our perception of reality and hence create our experiences in life.
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Black Veil

 
Suspense
Date Published: 7/1/2020
Publisher: Épouvantail Books, LLC
 
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Murder and Madness in the High Sierras
The tragic and gruesome story of the Donner Party is being made into a movie, a tale of cannibalism and treachery high in the snowbound mountains. The cast is made up entirely of children. One by one, they are dying. The series of deaths are haunting the production, each one of the “accidents” at the hands of Florentino Urbino. Driven by greed and jealousy, he is killing off the film’s stars to line his pockets by selling off the gruesome footage of the accidents.
Six-year-old actress SeaBee Danser in her black veil is his next target. She is the only one who can see through the black curtain that Florentino Urbino drapes over his deranged and murderous heart.
Can she survive?
Can he be stopped?
Will any of the children be left standing?
About the Author

Greg Jolley earned a Master of Arts in Writing from the University of San Francisco and lives in the very small town of Ormond Beach, Florida. When not writing, he researches historical crime, primarily those of the 1800s. Or goes surfing.
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Derek Hyde’s Spooky Scavenger Hunt

Book #2 – Derek Hyde

Middle Grade Paranormal

Published Date: 7-1-20

Publisher: INtense Publications LLC

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Spookaphobic Derek Hyde has a problem: He has to live in the haunted Hyde
Funeral Home & Body Parts shop with his adoptive mortician parents, Jack
and Formalda. What’s worse, Derek really misses his birth parents—who
supposedly died. Turns out, they’re not so dead.

 

About the Author

E. Michael Lunsford is the author of an award-winning play, Scary, Scary
Night, and a book of wacky kid’s poems, Sometimes I Get My Shoes on
Backwards, winner of the Readers’ Favorite International Book Award. His
debut novel, Derek Hyde Knows Spooky When He Sees It (INtense Publications,
Dec 2019), was the first of the funny Derek Hyde series of spooky middle
grade books. Michael is also a musician, composer, inventor, entrepreneur
and chief cook & bottle washer who works and lives with his wife and
love of his life in San Carlos, California.

 

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In My Attic

Magical Misfits Mystery, Book 1
(Cozy) Mystery
Date Published: 1 July 2020
Publisher: Literary Wanderlust, Denver, Colorado
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Myrtle’s aunt is dead—murdered—and she has inherited the Witch’s Retreat, a Bed and Breakfast in the idyllic village of Avebury. Filled with outrageous characters, the old house hides a mystery under its eaves. Everybody is a suspect: Alan, the blue-eyed police constable; Chris, the proverbial dark and handsome stranger; Myrtle’s curvy cousin Daisy; and even Tiddles, the flatulent cat. As Myrtle takes on the mantle of amateur sleuth, she bumbles along in search of answers, digging deeper and deeper among the tangled roots of her family’s history. The secrets she uncovers are more shocking than death: a hidden magical relic, a coven of amateur witches eager to gather her into the fold, and modern witch hunters on the prowl.
About the Author

LINA HANSEN has been a freelance travel journalist, teacher, bellydancer, postal clerk and science communication specialist stranded in the space sector. Numbed by factoid technical texts, she set out to write the stories she loves to read— cozy and romantic mysteries with a dollop of humour and a magical twist. After living and working in the UK, Lina, her husband, and their feline companion now share a home in the foothills of Castle Frankenstein. Lina is a double Watty Award Winner, Featured Author, and a Wattpad Star.
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