Sid Sanford Lives!

Literary Fiction
Date Published:  9/18/2017
Publisher: 50/50 Press
Sid Sanford always follows a path, just not his own. From backyard Wiffle ball games to New York City skyscrapers, Sid finds triumph and pain in equal measure during his uncertain, and at times violent, thrust into manhood. A colorful, loyal family, a plethora of eccentric friends, and a few star-crossed soulmates highlight his journey, but it’s ultimately up to Sid whether his destiny fulfills his potential or drowns in the bottom of a bottle.

 

Review
The characters are real and very well developed, they make it easy for you as the reader to be drawn into.
This novel was very easy to follow. There was something wonderful about how simple it was. I didn’t have to overthink things. There was plenty of comic relief in it to lighten any of the deeper moments.
I never felt confused and that is a great testament when you are introducing readers to new characters and issues.
 

 

About the Author


Daniel Ford is an author, journalist, and the co-founder/co-host of Writer’s Bone, a literary website and podcast that champions aspiring authors and screenwriters. Sid Sanford Lives! is his debut novel. Ford lives with his fiancée Stephanie in Boston, Mass. He can often be found coaxing words out of a half-empty bourbon glass.

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Uncle Polecat Goes to Hollywood

 

 

Children’s Book
Date Published: 9/1/17
Publisher: ITService-Excellence.Com
An action-packed, do-gooders, interactive adventure story loaded with audio narration, cool music, video and 3D animation, pop-up widgets, maps, and review questions that allow the reader to foretell what happens next in the story. Your children will think they’re watching an exciting play on your iPad. If your child is into skateboards, airplanes, technology and being a good friend, then this is the iBook for them. Uncle PoleCat goes to Hollywood is total interactive fun for the whole family.
Three young friends win a science contest and a trip to Hollywood, Ca. Things are going great during their vacation until their dog, Freckles is dognapped by evil villains and their guardian is hospitalized. The kids have no one to turn to and call Uncle PoleCat to get Freckles back and get them out of a terrible jam.
Uncle PoleCat, an amazing ferret with super powers and his best pal Snake travel from the magical town of Mount McHenry all the way to Hollywood. He and Snake meet up with the kids and check in on Mr. McHenry. After visiting McHenry, Uncle PoleCat and the kids orgnize a search for Freckles. The clues lead to the desert hideout where freckles is being fattened up for a feast by Rudi The Rat.
Uncle PoleCat and Snake outsmart Rudi and his henchmen and win back Freckles but not before two other kids are captured by Rudi. All ends well, as the kids are reunited with Old Man McHenry and they finish their vacation in Hollywood and Uncle PoleCat and Snake go back home to finish their vacation.
Review
Samuel Laguna has really managed to defy the typical children’s book. He brings together the things we look for when giving our children something to read (some kind of lesson, fun characters to keep them entertained, humor, and real life). On top of that, he gives the kids reading a very interactive ride. This is a step up and really seems like it should be the new norm for children’s books. With so many learning APP’s out there, I love that this was truly a combination of that and a children’s book. Fun and Engaging.
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A family man, Samuel Laguna was a leader of an elite troubleshooting team that served The Best Beverages Company executives for 35 years. He was dropped into volatile situations all over the world like a power ranger to resolve cyber attacks, technology issues, and expose corporate espionage. Retired now, Sam spends his time writing fiction stories that range from corporate life and politics to children’s adventure storybooks. No matter what book Sam writes, you can count on his storytelling to provide life-lessons and make you laugh out loud.
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The LGBTQ Meditation Journal

Meditation/Self-help/Spiritual
Date Published:
e-book, September 15, 2017
print, October 6, 2017
Publisher: MLR Press
 
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For the fourth in their highly successful series of guided meditations books, Christopher Stone and Mary Sheldon focus upon the LGBTQ Community, offering a month’s worth of contemplative spiritual adventures to enhance confidence and tranquility while inspiring self-acceptance, love, peace, pride, and dignity. Edited by Kris Jacen, the book explains the process of focused attention known as meditation and it offers a simple relaxation technique to induce a meditative state of mind.
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Some very solid practices are detailed in this novel.

I liked the way the novel was set up. It was easy to follow and well broken down.

The authors managed to provide tips and methods to readers and also highlight statistics and studies throughout. This felt like a valid approach.

 

Born in Bronx, New York, and raised in Fresno, California, Christopher relocated to Hollywood, California, at age twenty-one, after being accepted into a Writers Guild of America, West, scholarship program for young writers.
Four months later, he was hired as Los Angeles Editor for Stage Door, Canada’s weekly entertainment trade weekly. Christopher went on to become a regular contributor to many of America’s most popular print publications, writing hundreds of entertainment and lifestyle features, interviews, and reviews.
He became a member of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, and many of his stories were syndicated worldwide by the New York Times Syndication Corporation.
Christopher’s first book, Re-Creating Your Self was a national hardcover bestseller and he has subsequently co-authored three previous Meditation Journal books with Mary Sheldon.
He has also written three novels.

Mary Sheldon, the daughter of novelist Sidney Sheldon and actress Jorja Curtright, was educated at St. Clare’s Hall in Oxford and Yale University and graduated from Wellesley College with honors in English.  She is the author of ten novels, including Halfway Home, Reflection, Pandora Brown, and  Perhaps I’ll Dream of Darkness, for which she received a Brandeis literary award.  Her nonfiction work includes the Meditation Trilogy, which she coauthored with metaphysical teacher Christopher Stone.  In addition, she has written over a dozen children’s audio books including I Am America(featuring the voices of President and Mrs. Bush, President Nixon, President and Mrs. Ford, and Mrs. Carter, as well as numerous internationally renowned actors,) which won a Children’s Book Choice award, and Audrey Hepburn’s Enchanted Tales, which was honored with a Spoken Word Grammy Award.
Mary is married, with two daughters, and lives in southern California.
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The Sequel

Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction
Date Published: October 26, 2017
Publisher: Solstice Publishing
 
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Maya Smock gets inside of a time capsule and travels back to Germany.  A Nazi doctor forces her to meet his superiors, proving to them all that his invention works.  Hitler studies Maya like a laboratory rat at his Eagle’s Nest and then introduces her to the Reptilians.  She plummets deep into the hollow earth.  Will she ever get home?  Only Maya’s next novel can show her friends how to get her back.
 
As Operation Chrome expands, General Andreas steals more babies.  He believes that he is saving them from an extraterrestrial agenda connected with World War II.  The hybrid babies have grown.
 
They are here.  They will take what is theirs.
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Kate’s letter only confirmed what Andreas had observed. Whatever Bolantano’s motives, treason was treason. Andreas did not see betrayal as part of the bright man’s constitution. Was someone paying him? Bolantano didn’t seem too interested in money. Was he being blackmailed? Could Bolantano have been one of the fathers? Andreas never did get a clear answer of whose sperm was fathering these babies. Was it morality? An orphanage had many depressing elements to a child’s upbringing. Why would he risk their emotional happiness knowing that they could be raised by the world’s most influential people with every opportunity imaginable? On the other hand, the orphan would be free, not under obligation or studied like a rat. Should Andreas just ask Bolantano? They were never close. He couldn’t see the major opening up to him on a whim. More proof was needed. Again, he needed to talk to Kate. He wanted to talk to Kate. Slowly, Andreas dialed each digit in the number he had tracked down through his connections. His heart raced. She sent him the letter. She initiated this, he thought. She invited me to call. One ring. What if she tells me to go to hell? Two rings. What if she invites me to England? Three rings. “Hello?” There was no mistaking her deep, no-nonsense voice, the voice of a leader, not a follower. “Kate, it’s me, Robert.” There was a pause which lasted much longer than Andreas liked. The silence caused his stomach to flip. Maybe this was a bad idea. “Kate?” The general was the first to metaphorically blink in this conversation, not liking the surrender of power. That was the very least that he deserved. This letter, this story she sent him could be some kind of setup/payback for almost ruining her life. “Yeah. You sound the same. Your voice, it brought back a lot of memories,” Kate said.

 

Dina Rae has written seven novels. She lives with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs outside of Dallas. She is a Christian, avid tennis player, movie buff, teacher, and self-proclaimed expert on several conspiracy theories. She has been interviewed numerous times on blogs, newspapers, and syndicated radio programs. She enjoys reading about religion, UFOs, New World Order, government conspiracies, political intrigue, and other cultures. The Sequel, Volume 2 of The Best Seller series, will soon be released by Solstice Publishing.
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Power Struggle

 

Mystery
Date Published: November 28, 2017
Publisher: Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc.
 
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One hit man who’s back for revenge.
One detective who’s not going down without a fight.
It’s been ten months since Detective Madison Knight almost died at the hands of Russian Mafia hit man Constantine Romanov. She hasn’t seen hide nor hair of him since he escaped police custody and fled to Russia soon after his arrest, except now her latest murder investigation gives her reason to believe he’s back in town. Seeing as the victim is the man who killed her grandfather, her perspective may be a little skewed, but with the MO smacking of Constantine and the victim’s connections to the mob, she finds it hard to be objective. Still, she’s doing her best to consider all the evidence.
When she receives a threatening letter from Constantine, however, her suspicions are confirmed. And he’s made it abundantly clear that not only does he plan to finish what he started but he has her family and loved ones in the crosshairs, too. Madison vows to do whatever it takes to save them, but as the hours race by, the body count rises. And the stakes only get higher when Madison’s sister, Chelsea, goes missing.
Now, Madison’s only play is to take Chelsea’s disappearance for what it really means: Constantine is calling Madison out for one final showdown. And they won’t both survive…
Review
Carolyn Arnold has a very clear and concise way to tell her story. The attention to detail really helped me as the reader understand and get invested in the mystery. That in turn helped me become invested in the characters who were all very well developed as well.
There is a lot going on in this novel, but I liked the way that Arnold kept me informed and not confused throughout it. Well, of course unravelling the mystery was at times confusing, but you’re supposed to be confused.
The climax of the novel really reeled me in and I was on the edge of my seat. A wonderful Mystery!
 
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CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series—Detective Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, McKinley Mysteries, and Matthew Connor Adventures—and has written nearly thirty books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures.
Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.
Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.
She currently lives just west of Toronto with her husband and beagle and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada and Sisters in Crime.
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Angels and Patriots

Historical Fantasy
Date Published: December 2017
Publisher: Culper Press
Sons of Liberty, Lexington & Concord, Bunker Hill
On the eve of the Revolutionary War, American patriots are leaving their homes and families behind to stand firm against the British. What these early Americans do not realize, is that while they prepare themselves for their battles, a war is simultaneously playing out among the soldiers—one that poses a far greater threat to their lives and souls.
Demons that God created to kill a brotherhood of fallen angels are fanning the embers of the Revolutionary War to draw the angels out of hiding. They walk and fight alongside patriots and British soldiers alike.
Archangel, Colm Bohannon, leads his angel brothers to Boston to track down the demon leader and to warn John Hancock, Samuel Adams, Dr. Joseph Warren, and the Sons of Liberty that the British army is not their only threat. The patriots will need to engage with two enemy forces on the battlefield. As it stands, the band of angels is road weary and struggling with infighting and earthly temptations. Is faith a strong enough shield to fight off demon attacks and protect the patriots?
Angels & Patriots is the violent struggle for freedom, played out on the battlefield and the firmament as the angels fend off the demons in a quest to serve both humans and God.
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Review
I love novels like this that compile multiple genres. They can get a bit murky if the author is not careful, or they can be even more imaginative and intriguing that other novels. Salina has definitely managed the latter. The historical aspect was well done, you felt like it was a different time. However my favorite aspect was the Fantasy and the Demons, Gods, and Angels. It was a wonderfully fascinating world and novel.

Salina’s lifelong passion for history and all things supernatural led her to write her first two novels. Reading, extensive traveling and graveyard prowling with her husband keep that passion alive. Salina is a software developer. She lives in Austin, Texas and is a member of The Writers’ League of Texas. She has three forthcoming novels in the works for 2017.





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Gylded Wings

Dark Fantasy
Published: September 2017
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Forgiven or Forsaken? A fallen angel’s quest to soar once again on Gylded Wings.
 
Angels in slavery? Brit Montgomery cannot believe it, until she is sent on a rescue mission to another dimension and witnesses the cruel practice first hand. The angel, Gyldan, is the most beautiful being she’s ever seen. She is drawn to him but sometimes beauty disguises wicked secrets. This man who rocks her world seems more demon than angel.
 
Gyldan, born into slavery, has one desire—fly free. When he escapes to Earth, he faces an alternate self-realization full of dark glory…and disbelief. Gyldan is bent on experiencing his newfound powers unmindful of the harm to Brit or others.
 
Confused and hurt by Gyldan’s erratic evil actions, Brit turns away. While Gyldan’s journey of self-discovery pulls him further distant, Brit finds acceptance in a solitary, comfortable life of her own until she realizes the day of reckoning has come. Will Gyldan be her final ruin or has he come back to her with a gift more precious than life itself?
About the Author

Born in South Carolina, Linda Nightingale has lived in England, Canada, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Atlanta and Houston.  She’s seen a lot of this country from the windshield of a truck pulling a horse trailer, having bred, trained and showed Andalusian horses for many years.
Linda has won several writing awards, including the Georgia Romance Writers Magnolia Award and the SARA Merritt.  She retired from a career as a retired legal assistant, just joined the Houston BMW Club, and the stars in her crown—two wonderful sons. In a former life, she must have had to walk everywhere because today she is into \transportation with fine taste in expensive horses and hot cars! She likes to dress up and host formal dinner parties.
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