Book Blitz :: Summer Countdown Blitz Day 6 – DEATH UNSCRIPTED: A Trudy Genova Manhattan Mystery


Marni Graff is the award-winning author of The Nora Tierney English Mysteries, with three in print, ebooks and on Audible. She also writes The Trudy Genova Manhattan Mysteries, also in all three formats, which is based on her real work as a medical consultant for a NY movie studio.
She also writes a crime review blog, Auntie M Writes ( A member of Sisters in Crime, Graff is Managing Editor of Bridle Path Press, and mentors the Writers Read program in Belhaven, NC.

Graff has been published in nonfiction, essays, poetry, and wrote for seven years for “Mystery Review” magazine. She is a frequent contributor to multiple magazines revolving around crime fiction.

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Trudy Genova has the best job a nurse could have: working as a medical consultant for a movie studio in Manhattan means no more uniforms, bedpans or white shoes. She’s working with a womanizing actor, teaching him to fake a heart attack, when he dies right in the middle of taping–but not before pointing his finger accusingly at Trudy.
When detectives view Trudy as a suspect, she swings into action to clear her name, to the chagrin of NYPD detective Ned O’Malley. Soon the bodies mount up and Trudy realizes she’s put herself in jeopardy. Based on the author’s real work experience as a medical consultant, this is the book her mentor and friend, P D James, insisted she write.


Ten Music I Listen To:
  1. Ella
  2.  Frank Sinatra,
  3. Diana
  4. Rosemary
  5. Mozart,
  6. Chet
  7. Harry
    Connick, Jr.,
  8. Michael
  9. Adele,
  10.  Itzhak Perlman.


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Book Blitz :: Summer Countdown Blitz Day 5 – See me for me

Her most recent accomplishment started in the summer
of 2015. Making her dad’s dream come true with publishing
his works as well, as an emotional accomplishment. She is the 2016 local
A.N.W.A. chapter (Snake River Writers) president, won NaNoWriMo and loves
Teya has
been writing for as long as she can remember. At a young age she lived on a
street she affectionately named Hill Street Blues, which helped her creative
writing. Her Family moved to Menan where she continued her love of writing. Her
father would always be and will continue to be her inspiration, even after his
untimely death in 2006.
She loves
sitting in her soft chair next to the fireplace and watching out a big living
room window. It gives her plenty of creative juice for stories.
She met the
love of her life in the loft of a barn. Yep, that set up some teasing from her
father. They have been happily married since 2003. They have four children and
all are loving and supportive of her writing.  Her oldest daughter is
following in her footsteps as a writer adding her own illustrations. She
refuses to comment on the trolls in the closets and under the beds. She is
active in her church, has compassion for others, and a love for all life

Q&A with the Author
1- What inspired your book? I had half of the story figured out. I just needed the other have, it needed something. I picked up my daughter from ballet one day and heard a lady’s name. When she turned and I saw her the whole story unfolded. I asked for permission to use her name for the story and her eyes for the cover. She was thrilled.

2- How do you spend your fee time. Well, I usually don’t have free time. However, when I do get some I either read, play with my kids, drive and spend time at the cabin.
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One wrong step changes Jocelyn’s Prima Ballerina’s life in one step…
A single choice results in Jeremiah facing
unbearable consequences… 


When these two meet, it could be catastrophic or the answer to
unspoken prayers.
Can love be tested too far? Will hearts soften and hurts be
Or will too much loss be too devastating to find hope?
One thing is for sure, lives are about to change forever…



Top Ten List: 
1- My beliefs
2- My family/spending time with my husband
3- Writing
4- The Stage (being on stage)
5- Numbers
6- Vacationing to Lopez Island
7- Being at the cabin
8- Chocolate
9- Dancing/Zumba
10- Travel
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Book Blitz :: SummerCountdown Blitz Day 4 – Tarragon: Key Keeper

Karlie Lucas is a preschool teacher by day and a
writer/artist by night.

A graduate of Southern Utah University, Karlie received a B.A. in Creative
Writing, with a minor in art. She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, The
International English Honor Society, as well as ANWA, the American Night
Writers Association.

Karlie is interested in all things magical and mysterious, especially elves and
dragons. She is an avid fan of J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling.

When not writing, Karlie can often be found drawing, baking, watching her
favorite old school shows, or just spending time with her family.

She currently resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband and a cat named Kally

Q&A with the Author:

1.  What inspired your book? 
Key Keeper was inspired by a dream I had, which actually became one of the most important scenes for the book. From there, I just had to write what would happen before and after that scene, and the characters were more than agreeable.
2. How do you spend your free time?


If I do have free time, which is usually when I set aside stuff because I need the free time, I watch movies or tv with my hubby, play facebook games, or read a book.
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Facebook ~ Website ~ Amazon ~ Goodreads ~


hundreds of years, the gates of Tarragon have been sealed from the outside.
Prophecy speaks of the day the last Key Keeper will return and wake the dragons
from their spell-cast slumber, returning them to their rightful home.
to fulfill her father’s dying wish, Anwen Porter travels to the Drakonii
Mountains where she meets Tyler, a mysterious local with a secret. With his
help, she learns more about her clouded past and her own abilities. But when
Courtney, a lovesick mage, tries to insert herself into their plans, things
begin to go horribly wrong. 
death threatening at every turn, Anwen must learn to rely on her newfound
friends to survive. But how can she unravel the mystery of her heritage when
everything is trying to kill her?
Amazon ~ Smashwords ~ B & N ~
Amazon UK ~  Amazon CA ~ Amazon AU ~


Top Ten People I would like to meet.
1. J.R.R. Tolkien. I mean, who wouldn’t want to meet the
“father” of fantasy?
2. J.K. Rowling. If she can make it with an oddball fantasy series,
surely I can too, and I’d love to pick her brain about that.
3. Joan of Ark – I think her life story is just fascinating.
4. C.S. Lewis – He was an amazing writer. Can’t imagine what life would
be like without Narnia.
5. Robin McKinley – She’s always been one of my fave fantasy authors. I
have a few bones to pick though, about hinted stories that never got written.
6. Mark Twain – He seems like he’d have been a great guy to know.
7. Albert Einstein – Would love to meet the man who contributed so much
to how we see the world.
8. King Charlemagne – An ancestor on both sides of the family, I
understand he was one of the first people to instigate a public education
system for his people. That, and he had some really cool things happen in his
9. Harrison Ford – He’s one of my fave actors of all time. He’s just
10. Danny Kaye – Another childhood favorite actor, I think Danny and I
would have gotten along swimmingly. That, and the fact that he sang like a
dream, even though he couldn’t read a note of music.
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Book Blitz :: Summer Countdown Blitz Day 3 – Academy of Secrets

Michael Carney has been writing professionally since he was 17, which was a long time ago in a galaxy not so far away. He began his writing career straight from high school, writing radio advertisements for a bright and shiny new radio station in the glorious South Island of New Zealand (only a few hours drive from that wonderful scenery made famous by Sir Peter Jackson in ‘Lord of the Rings’ and, latterly, ‘The Hobbit’).

In the decades since, Michael has carved out a career in advertising and marketing, as a copywriter, Media Director, Strategic Planning Director and Online Marketing specialist. These days he writes and administers online training courses covering a range of Social Media Marketing and eCommerce topics at

In addition to writing a towering inferno of newsletters, reports and presentations Michael is the author of “Trade Me Success Secrets” (first and second editions), the top-selling book about NZ’s online auction site Trade Me. In his spare time, Michael has also written (and mostly directed) a number of well-received stage plays over the years, some aimed at children and young adults, others produced for Christian audiences. Michael has been planning out the exploits of the OUTCAST ANGELS for many years.

Q&A with the Author:
1.  What inspired your book?
In the early nineties I wrote the script for a church Christmas musical about a group of young angels who were supposed to organise accommodation in Bethlehem for Joseph and Mary (spoiler: they didn’t have much luck trying to get a booking at the Bethlehem Hilton). I liked the concept of angel adventures but (since this at the time when my wife was somewhat pregnant and I had decided to quit the theatre) thought I’d write a series of books instead. Only problem was that, though at the time I dreamed up the backstory (focus on angels who were exiled from Heaven at the time of the Great Rebellion but chose not to go with Lucifer), I had no idea what the front story would be.
I played with the idea over the next twenty years, but didn’t really get anywhere until I came across the real-life story of “The New Chronicles”, written in the fourteenth century (in the midst of the Black Plague) by a Florentine citizen named Giovanni Villani. I figured out how to incorporate his story into mine, and began to write what was supposed to be the first novel featuring my Outcast Angels.
Got about a third of the way through and then changed direction and decided to write a series of novellas instead, to take advantage of the way that Amazon works when it comes to ebooks.  Parked the novel in the meantime.
What did I know? The first novella (planned for around 40,000 words) blew up into ACADEMY OF SECRETS, a full-fledged novel of some 115,000 words (first edition), trimmed back to 100,000 words for the second edition.    
2. How do you spend your free time
Watch Netflix and YouTube and re-watch my favorite flicks on DVD. Occasionally go to blockbuster movies with my two (now all grown up) sons

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Do You Love Epic Fantasy Tales of Angels and Demons, Laced With A Hint of Alchemy? Then Check Out ACADEMY OF SECRETS!


It’s the year 1610. The world is in grave danger if a long-missing artifact falls into the hands of the Academy of Secrets, a group whose members have gained unnatural powers through alchemy. And Chrymos, a young woman with a mysterious past, may hold the key. 


For Chrymos, scrabbling out a wretched living on the streets of Renaissance Naples, the Academy represents a chance to gain special powers and make a difference in the world. But can she leave behind all the people that she cares about?




And what about the OUTCAST ANGELS, a ragtag group of former angels exiled from Heaven at the time of the Great Rebellion, who are desperately trying to stop the Academy? They face an uphill battle against alchemy-enhanced humans who can become invisible, cast illusions and create storms and tornadoes.




Will the Academy recover the missing artifact? What part will Chrymos play? And will the prophecies of the demon Nekhbet — that the artifact’s recovery will trigger the Lost War — come true? Find out in this fast-paced historical fantasy thriller set in Late Renaissance Italy.




ACADEMY OF SECRETS is the first novel in the LOST WAR Chronicles, part of the OUTCAST ANGELS book series by MICHAEL CARNEY.




For those who love Christian fantasy, historical fantasy adventure, epic fantasy, sword & sorcery, tales of great battles and continuing warfare between angels and demons.


~ Amazon


Top Ten List:
1 I’m from New Zealand, the country whose landscape graces Sir Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” and “Hobbit” trilogies. And no, I don’t live in Mordor but in the country’s biggest city, Auckland
2 I’ve been a Marvel comics fan since I bought my first Marvel comic in May 1964 (Daredevil Vol 1 No 28, “Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor’s Planet!”, since you asked)
3 “My” Doctor is the first doctor, whom I first encountered when the series was first launched in the early sixties
4 I’ve been a writer since I was a teenager, and first started getting paid for my writing at the tender age of 17, working at my local radio station for $30 a week as an advertising copywriter
5 I write virtually every day – but, usually, what I’m writing is training courses (I have my own business offering online courses in digital marketing). To find time to write my “Academy of Secrets” book meant getting up at 3 and 4 o’clockin the morning for a couple of months, writing for several hours and then switching to paid work.
6 I used to write (and direct) stage plays, but deliberately/sadly retired from the theatre when my first child arrived (in 1991) – theatre is just too time-consuming to be a parent as well
7 I wrote my first actual book in 2005 – a “how to” non-fiction book about our local eBay equivalent, Trade Me. It was very successful, selling out in six weeks (in the days when we only had physical books to play with) and spawning a reprint and a revised second edition.
8 I first went online in 1987, paying US$2 a minute to access the Internet via CompuServe. In those pre-world-wide-web days, we could access a staggering 700 newspaper and magazine databases, typically paying anywhere from $1 to $25 per article (on top of the per-minute charges) to download content.
9 The first real fantasy book I read was “The Fellowship of the Ring”, which I discovered in our local library when I was about 12.
10 I’ve been a science fiction fan forever, growing up with Heinlein, Asimov, Pohl and other greats. My preference has always been hard scifi.
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Book Blitz :: Summer Countdown Blitz Day 2 – The Wizard’s Heir

Devri Walls lives in Meridian ID with her husband, two kids and the cutest must you’ve ever seen. After suffering from an abundance of creativity with not enough places to put it, she turned to writing. Which in the end, turned out to be exactly where she should have been putting it all along.

Q&A With The Author:

1.    What inspired your book?
Actually, the cover. The art was
done by Claudia McKinney from Phatpuppy art who also did all four of the covers
for my first series. I saw the art in her portfolio and knew I wanted to write
this guy’s story! So I bought the image first and wrote around it.
2.    How do you spend your free time
I have kids, what is this “free
time” you speak of?



I’m a foodie, I love going out to
eat. I also love watching shows of all kinds, theater or T.V. Also reading or


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Tybolt’s a Deviant, a hated race immune to direct magic in a world where Wizards ensure survival. But when he loses his entire family to a spell-made storm he joins an elite group of Wizard hunters, organized beneath the new non-magic wielding king.Now eighteen, he spends his days capturing Wizards. But the nights are his, reserved to feed the starving villagers of Eriroc under cover of dark. There’s always more people in need than he can help, and one of these days he’s going to hang for theft from the royal kitchens.

Although Tybolt and his fierce partner, Auriela, have imprisoned many Wizards, the one partially responsible for the storm that killed Tybolt’s family is still out there: Alistair. When an old informant claims to have information regarding their elusive prey, everything changes.

In a cruel twist, Tybolt realizes he isn’t who he thought he was at all. How can he save himself, the people, and those he loves while keeping his secrets safe? Can he hide his true nature and allow the corrupt king to remain on the throne?

Or will he have to unveil himself and risk possible execution to save them all?


Top Ten List:
can’t wear lipstick without looking like a painted china doll. Seriously guys,
it looks ridiculous.
drop pretty much everything I touch.
ruin SO MANY CLOTHES. I spill all the time, it’s a little embarrassing.
love, love, love Thai food.
used to struggle with depression and anxiety really bad. Once I learned how to
deal with it, my likes and dislikes totally changed. Now I can’t stop buying
things in really bright colors.
couldn’t afford to put in granite counter tops in the house we bought and they
were so bad! So, I painted them with chalk board paint. FYI — they look pretty
a super-fast reader. About 100 pages an hour.
come across as an extrovert because I’m a performer, but I’m a TOTAL introvert.
my kids ask me “why” I sing the theme song I made up about how I’m the meanest
mom in America. Works like a charm.
10.   I have an auto immune disease called,
Ankylosing Spondylitis. It’s a mouthful and a pain in my butt. But we all work
through hard things, this just happens to be mine.
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Book Blitz :: Summer Countdown Day 1 – Winning or Losing

Robert Lamoreaux JD is a successful attorney who has specialized in estate and financial planning throughout his career. He holds degrees from Brigham Young University and University of Utah College of law as well as certificates from many other institutes of higher education around the country. He has lectured extensively from coast to coast and has traveled the world managing assets, which have been gifted, to an international charitable organization. Robert has given legal counsel to numerous corporations, colleges and universities, prominent individuals and the IRS. He has vast knowledge, which has come from planning numerous estates of all types and sizes. Robert currently has a successful private practice and continues to be in demand for his work on estate law and financial planning.

Q&A With the Author:

What inspired your book?
a.         I
realized, while attending an Estate Planning Seminar in Seattle, that
needed the information I had and it was not accessible to most people because
of cost.  A book seemed a reasonable solution at the time. 
2.     How do
you spend your free time


a.     I go on missions for my church, with my wife; I
read good books;  I surf the internet;  I watch old chick flick
movies and spend time with my family.
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~ Amazon ~
This is not a “”get rich quick”” book. This book is for readers who are concerned bout their financial state. Robert Lamoreaux JD uses his extensive knowledge and experience to create a straight-forward, easy-to-read, behind-the-scenes look at the factors influencing all aspects of personal finances and future retirement.


~ Amazon ~ Goodreads~


Top Ten List:
earth quakes;
movies (old movies, clean love stories; Christmas
family reunions; 
10. holidays; 
11. big
family meals, 
12. good
13. chocolate.
…Do you want me to continue
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Book Blitz :: Engines of Liberty Series

Graham Bradley is a truck driver by trade, but has been
writing since age eight, thanks to the encouragement of a childhood teacher,
Mrs. Peplowski.
Likewise, his grandmother made him promise to
“do something” with his knack for drawing, so he illustrates as well.
He is fluent in Spanish, and knows the proper
method of ironing a dress shirt. Despite spending less than 6 hours of his
entire life in Indianapolis, the Colts are his team.

He lives in Henderson, Nevada, with his wife and


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In 1776, the American rebels were thwarted by British magic. The leaders were executed, but the surviving soldiers went into hiding and kept the revolution alive. By 1984 they have developed better weapons and machinery to even the odds. Now all these “technomancers” need is an army for their arsenal, and their newest recruit is 15 year-old Calvin Adler of Baltimore. The problem is, he’s got a pretty strong will, and might give the technomancers at bit of trouble in training…
Calvin learns that the technomancers aren’t all good guys like he’d thought, and soon runs afoul of the worst of them. Now, with a bomb in his chest and a lot of ground to cover, he has a little over a week to save his life, or else become another casualty in the revolution. Meanwhile, an old enemy comes back stronger than ever, with ambition to spare…

Calvin is on the brink of death. The army is scattered, the commodore is dead, and the British mages know about the technomancers’ secret weapon. Just as all hope seems lost, Calvin and his friends find out the mages have a weakness, one that could end the war overnight and liberate the colonials.
But it will take a miracle to reach it…




Top Ten List (part 2):
Books that had a big impact on me over the
years. (This isn’t necessarily a “top” ten, but a list of ten books going all
the way back to my childhood.) In no particular order:

BRIAN’S WINTER by Gary Paulsen. Of all the Brian Robeson books that
Paulsen wrote (aka the Hatchet series)
this one swept me away the most. I read it half a dozen times in the span of a
few months back in 1998, and every time I read it afterward, it was less of a
book and more of an experience. Paulsen knows how to sweep you into a world of
wild solitude and show you the ways of survival without making it a tale of
conquest. Love it.
THE SUPERNATURALIST by Eoin Colfer. One of his least-known titles, but
probably his boldest. It’s only ten chapters long, but Colfer does more in
those ten chapters—in terms of injecting ideas, details, motives, settings,
characters, and scenarios—than a lot of writers can do in three books. This was
the first book I gifted to my wife back when we were dating. We’re married now
and have two kids. You do the math.
THE MAZE RUNNER by James Dashner. Watching James go from a
practically-unknown dude with two books in the Jimmy Fincher series with a
small publisher, to the megastar that he’s become now, really grounded my own
dreams and visions for me. I’ve read plenty of books that were hugely
successful and got turned into movies and so forth, but this was the first time
that I saw it happen in real-time. James explained his idea for the book at a writer’s
conference I attended in 2006, and three years later I was reading the ARC
courtesy of the publisher. While it’s not my favorite book, it’s definitely
important in my lexicon of encouraging publications, a testament that dreams
really can and do come true, to real people, people I’ve interacted with and
watched over the years. I’d be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge that.
THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW by Washington Irving. Imagine that, a classic that’s actually
worth reading centuries later! Irving’s style and prose capture so much in such
a short span, it’s hard not to get swept up in a book like this when you start
reading the first few lines. I read this one regularly and I love it more every
time. One day I will write a book that ties into it, but I’m almost scared to,
because I know it won’t really be on par with Irving’s craft. (That won’t stop
me, though.)
THE FALSE PRINCE by Jennifer Nielsen. If Larry Correia taught me to kick every
component of my story up to Level Ten on the Fantastic Awesome Magic Firepower
Scale, Jennifer Nielsen taught me that you can still punch people in the
stomach with a fantasy book using nothing but the characters and the story. Seriously,
for a “fantasy book” (set in a fictional kingdom), there is no magic, no
non-human races, no monsters, none of that, and yet it blows most of its
competition sky-high. I was floored by the roster of intriguing, ruthless,
amusing characters, led by an incurable smart-mouth named Sage, who proves over
and over again that you have no idea what he’s going to do next. This book is a
true testament to wit.


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Book Blitz :: Run Away to the Keys



Miki Bennett is a stay at home wife who has an intense love for the beach. Her passions include art and various crafts where she has won numerous awards over the years. She also calls herself the resident family tech geek, always checking out the latest gadget that comes out on the market. Most of all, she loves visiting the beach as much as possible, trying to fit all family vacations close to an island or beach if possible.
Miki began working for her parent’s family business when she was just eight years old and continued until they sold the company in 2007. At this time, she wasn’t sure of her next step in life and started learning as much as she could about the things that interested her the most: website building, painting with acrylic paints, new crochet techniques, photography, and many other venues trying to find out her next stage in life. This lead to her newest pursuit: writing.
She lives in Charleston, South Carolina with her husband, Jeff and their little dog Emma. They are a blended family with three grown children thus consider themselves empty nesters. Miki graduated from high school and went on to the College of Charleston but her interests were so varied that she couldn’t decide on a particular degree so she decided to learn on her own. Her life long pursuit of knowledge has lead her in many directions.
Miki is also a cancer survivor after having treatment in 2002 for Uterine Cancer. In 2013, she was diagnosed with Mastocytosis, a rare, incurable disorder in which patients can have life threatening allergic type reactions to the simplest things even though they are not truly allergic to the item: food, water, sun, heat, cold, sound, etc. Miki had lived with symptoms since she was a teenager but was given one diagnosis after another ending up with twelve different ones before she found the true cause. And since she looked fine on the outside, many didn’t believe she truly was ill. Once receiving the correct diagnosis, she is now on a mission to help others who deal with “invisible diseases” since these can be so hard on the patients. To the outside world patients look perfectly healthy though inside they deal with symptoms both physically and mentally.

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A handsome marine biologist comes to Key Largo and meets a beautiful and vivacious boat captain. Sounds perfect, right?
Unfortunately for Garrett Holmes and Skylar Cartwright, meeting and falling in love isn’t all smooth sailing into the Florida sunset.
Despite their mutual attraction and growing feelings for one another, Skylar’s rocky relationship with her wealthy parents and Garrett’s jealous research assistant, Casey, make life plenty hectic for the new couple.
When Skylar’s ex-boyfriend, Andrew, appears on the scene, things get really complicated, forcing Garrett and Skylar to question if love is enough to sustain them through the social storms.
An engaging and spirited romance story set against the luscious backdrop of the Florida Keys, Miki Bennett’s third novel will sweep you away to a world of warm sun and emerald waters.



Top Ten List:
1. I love, love, love the beach.
2. Extremely family oriented.  I have 47 first cousins alone!
3. I’m a HUGE “Twilight” and “Harry Potter” fan. Read all the books and love all the movies.
4. Growing up in the family business, I met numerous celebrities.
5. My favorite colors are aqua, coral and blue.
6. I’m a Sci-Fi movie nerd.
7. I won a trip to California at 10 years old and went with 300 other children to Los Angeles for a week.
8. Have travel the United States several times in a motor home.
9. Lost over 90 pounds and have kept it off for over 23 years.
10. Snorkeled with sharks and even ran into a barracuda.
Character Casting:
My ideal celebrities would be Joe Manganiello (from “Magic Mike” and “True Blood”) and Alexandra Daddario (“San Andreas” and “Percy Jackson” movies)
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Book Blitz :: Zenobia

Wallace is life-long student of history, religion, politics, and social issues.
As an instructor, he came to value the critical thinking so necessary to
navigate the minefields of propaganda while searching for truths. As a world
traveler, Russ learned the opposing views and prejudices underlying many of the
problems in human society, ancient and modern.
He employs
a vivid imagination to fill in the life of Zenobia, a real historical figure
and one of the most fascinating women who ever lived. He is working on future
books in the Zenobia book series.
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Sequel to the award-winning Zenobia – Birth of a Legend.

The continuing saga of the deadly young warrior who will one day challenge Rome for the supremacy of her world. As the dynamic girl continues her education in Egypt, for a time she is diverted from her warrior path. Complicating Zenobia’s life is a budding romance with her brilliant and charismatic instructor. The challenge – he is the scholar, she the warrior. Can they blend their worlds to become the most exciting couple in Alexandria?

Learning of a slave trade in kidnapped young women, Zenobia determines to free the oppressed. Warrior skills will not be enough. Her new challenge – to become a pirate, then a temptress in her fight for justice.


as an afterthought Zenobia asked, “How many men do you know that you can really
   “How many men can I really trust?” Jasmine
repeated Zenobia’s question. After careful thinking, she replied, “None!
Whatever you are thinking of doing, if it requires trustworthy men, forget it!”
     The look of controlled, determined
intensity on the girl told her that was not likely to happen. This girl is
dangerous, extremely dangerous!
     Zenobia waited a minute before
questioning, “Aren’t you going to ask me?”
     “No! You don’t know me and I don’t know
you. Possession of certain types of knowledge brings danger. I don’t need
     Zenobia contemplated her next step. She
needed a man with particular skills, and she did not know how to go about
finding him. She made a decision. “I do know you. You are like the
leopardess in the forest that I spared. You are alert, skilled, and
intelligent, trying to survive in a perilous wilderness of a sort, the alleys
of this city. Therefore, I both respect you and value your opinion. I need your

     “Helping you could be dangerous,” Jasmine
answered quietly. “Convince me it will be worth the risk.” 


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Book Blitz :: My Pineapples went to Houston

Lee Gaitan is a wife, mother, teacher, author and speaker, but above all she is passionately committed to overcoming life’s obstacles, surviving sometimes by the skin of her teeth, but always with humor and optimism. She shares her experience with anyone who will listen with the intent to encourage others to use humor to their benefit.

In the past twelve years Lee has had to deal with more than a healthy helping
of “are you kidding me?” moments. In 2002, she hit rock bottom. It was so bad shelovingly refers to it as a year of “shock and awfulness.” That year her father died,her mother was in the hospital, semi-comatose from grief, and her husband of 22 years lost every penny of their money BEFORE running off to Arizona with his girlfriend, who just happened to be a former stripper. 

That was just the beginning. She spent the next decade struggling with loss and challenges on every front, from finances and family to health and career.

While there have been many bounces up and down over the years, Lee has finally
bounced back and it was well worth the effort. She has happily remarried, working at a job she loves and has published her second book. She even has children on three continents and a granddaughter far too far away!

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Heartbreak, Humor and, ultimately, Hope
That’s the message that comes through loud and clear in My Pineapples Went to Houston,  Lee Gaitan’s personal and powerful tale of surviving a decade of relentless chaos and loss. The “shock and awfulness” began in 2002 when her father died, her mother teetered on the brink of a coma and her husband of 22 years secretly lost all their money and ran off with a stripper. And it was all downhill from there!
 Then one day in the midst of all the chaos—somewhere between loud cursing and crying—she recalled an amusing anecdote she’d heard about pineapples that spoke to her circumstances in such an unexpectedly humorous way that she couldn’t help but laugh out loud.
“That moment of laughter was a small epiphany for me. I realized that I had allowed my sense of humor, which had always mitigated the bad breaks in my life and enhanced the good ones, to fall victim to the machete my ex-husband had taken to my life. I determined right then and there that I could no longer permit that. I instinctively knew that humor was the most potent, and just about the only, protection I had at my disposal to survive the crises unfolding around me, and I vowed to keep it alive.”


Told with honesty and insight—and, of course, humor—My Pineapples Went to Houston both inspires and entertains readers and offers hope and encouragement to those struggling with their own “plans gone outrageously awry.”




The cows, however,
had left several calling cards behind. This had to be the richest soil west of
the Fertile Crescent. Jif (my dog) was definitely in deep—shoulder-deep, to be
specific—doo-doo. You know the old, rather crass, expression about being as
happy as a pig in sh–? Well, let me tell you, a pig may stop at happy, but Jif
went all the way to ecstatic. 
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