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The Grass Sweeper God by Doug Howery Virtual Book Tour Stop


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The Grass Sweeper God by Doug HoweryPaperback: 250 pages

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing

Date: October 23, 2014

ISBN-10: 1499783493

ASIN: B00JMVE036

SYNOPSIS:

Being different in America has never been easy; being born different and in the wrong body in Solitude, Virginia in the 1950’s, is brutal. Smiley Hanlon lives day to day trapped in a Coal Miners town, buffeted by the Appalachian’s and generations of hate and mistrust. Any hint of being different, or being a ‘Freak’ is enough to ostracize you, pigeon hole you and make you a target for bullying – or worse. Backed by his best friend and protector, Lee Moore, Smiley made it through the days…until the night everything shattered. Chosen as the lead in a new town production called Dorothy of Oz Coal Camp, it seemed to be the beginning to acceptance and maybe even happiness, but the world is cruel and mankind even crueler. The triumph of the play decayed into a Coal Miners version of “Carrie” culminating in a tragic and horrific moment that would change both Smiley and Lee, forever.

Doug Howery Author PhotoABOUT THE AUTHOR:

DOUG HOWERY has been writing both fiction and essays since 1990. His essays and familial stories have appeared in The Blue Ridge Lambda Press.

In many of his stories, as in “The Grass Sweeper God,” Mr. Howery’s true lode, his font of inspiration is in the passion and suffering he has experienced.

Suspense author, Maggie Grace, with the North Carolina Writers’ Network writes about her cohort Mr. Howery:

“What I like is the riskiness, the cutting edge of the narrative voice we hear. The moments when he lapses into descriptions of the moon, of the horse, etc. are true poetry that offers some relief from the coarseness of the story, and he places them well. He has an ear for the rhythm of the story, a natural sense of when to end–hangs fire with a new way of looking at someone or something, turning the entire chapter on its ear. I like the way he makes it impossible for the reader to stop reading at the end of the chapter.” 

Mr. Howery lives in Virginia with his partner of 31 years where he is at work on his next novel.

 

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The Backup Husband Virtual Book Tour Stop


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The Backup Husband by Robert Germaux

Title: The Backup Husband

Author: Robert Germaux

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Length: 305 pages

ASIN: B00QMKZ0Z2

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BOOK SYNOPSIS:  When Samantha and Steven meet early in their senior year of college, the attraction is both immediate and powerful.  And why not?  She’s the kind of woman every man desires, and he’s the man at the center of every woman’s dreams.  The two of them quickly forge a strong bond, creating their own little world, a world that they permit only one other person to enter: Steven’s roommate, Paul, every bit a hunk in his own right.  Now two become three, forming a group dynamic that one of their friends, a sociologist, says is “almost scary, how much in sync you guys are.”

The Backup Husband follows Steven, Samantha and Paul as they finish that last year of college and enter their young adult years, the bond among them seemingly unbreakable, until the most powerful force in the world intrudes, exposing how fragile the walls of their world really are.  From Pittsburgh to Paris to San Francisco and beyond, their story unfolds, with moments of unbridled joy punctuated by periods of unbearable sadness.  Along the way, each of the main characters is confronted by one question: What am I willing to do, or not do, in the name of love?  Their responses to that question will send them all down a path from which there can be no return, one that will dramatically alter their lives in ways that none of them could have foreseen.

Robert Germaux Author Photo OneAbout Robert Germaux, The Man with Romance in His Soul:

Robert Germaux is a romantic at heart . . . and he doesn’t mind letting the world know about it.  That’s why he never even considered using a different (read: female) author’s name for The Backup Husband, his modern-day love story.  Although his other novels are mysteries, with either a private detective or a police detective as the main character, in both cases, that detective has a love interest who is central to the story.  In fact, Mr. Germaux can’t imagine writing a book that doesn’t have a strong romantic element as part of the plot.

Just how romantic is Robert Germaux?  In the mid-nineties, his wife slipped on the stairs leading down to her kindergarten classroom.  Cynthia fractured several bones in her foot and ended up missing two months of school.  Every morning, before he left for work, her husband would hide a little note for her someplace where she would be sure to come across it during the day— propped up against a carton of milk in the refrigerator, inside the silverware drawer, under the remote control for the TV.  It’s a memory that both Bob and Cynthia cherish to this day.

Bob has a variety of other interests, including sports (he once signed a contract to pitch for a semi-pro baseball team in Pittsburgh) and travel (he and Cynthia have shared special moments everywhere from Paris to Toronto to Tahiti), but writing is among his favorite activities.  The idea for The Backup Husband came while he was playing the “What if” game one day: What if a woman suddenly realized she might actually be in love with two wonderful men at the same time?  He ended up writing the book in record time, enjoying every minute of the experience, and he hopes that’s the case for his readers, too.

~ Q&A with Author Robert T. Germaux ~

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

No, not at all.  I’ve always enjoyed writing, but the idea of writing a book didn’t occur to me until after I retired from teaching.  I tried a couple of books aimed at middle-school readers, and then my wife suggested I write a book for adults.  As usual, Cynthia’s idea was a good one.

Are there any authors whose works just grabbed you at first reading?

Three names come to mind.  When I was about sixteen, my father introduced me to P.G. Wodehouse’s Bertie and Jeeves novels, and I couldn’t get enough of those characters.  Then in 1974, I came across The Beowulf Manuscript, the first Spenser novel.  I was immediately hooked on anything by Robert B. Parker.  Finally, Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes was so beautifully written, I was sure I would love anything else he wrote, which turned out to be exactly the case.

How long does it take you to write a book?

I pretty much zipped through The Backup Husband in about six months, and Small Talk, my serial killer novel which will be available on Amazon very soon, took just a bit longer.  Most of my other books, however, come in at about a year or so.

Are you a disciplined writer, one who wants to write so many words or pages per day?

I’m a very organized person, but not necessarily disciplined in that way.  Some days, I’ll write a whole chapter, which in my books is usually around 1200 words, but then I might not write another chapter for several days.  However, one thing I’m always doing is making notes about characters, settings, dialogue, etc.  My wife is incredibly understanding about being awakened at two in the morning when I turn on the light to get something down before I forget it.

Do you always know how a book will end when you begin writing it?

Unfortunately, no.  Sometimes I start out with an ending in mind, but as I get deeper into my plot, I’ll realize that that ending won’t work.  Sometimes, as was the case with The Backup Husband, the ending I envisioned works, but I’ll have to change the setting.  And sometimes I simply have no idea how I’ll end a book.  I just start writing and trust that somewhere along the way, I’ll figure it out.

Any advice for new writers?

During the years I taught high school English, I had a poster on my classroom wall that read There is no such thing as good writing, just good rewriting.  I think that’s excellent advice for all writers, new or otherwise.

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That’s My Impression – Melissa Hansen Sells Beautiful Keepsake Jewelry – Featured Etsy Shop


Melissa Hansen of That's My ImpressionIf anyone understands the meaning of everything happens for a reason, it’s Melissa Hansen, owner of That’s My Impression. What was the result of a dream – literally and figuratively – has become a lucrative online business for Melissa and her young family.

After taking jewelry classes in Cape Town, then receiving additional follow-up education in London and Tennessee, Melissa received her teaching credentials. This allowed her to take her passion for jewelry-making to a whole new level. “I had a dream about the name of my company three years before I started selling jewelry. I started making and selling my jewelry and I was hooked!,” Melissa says.

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While working in a dental office, Melissa was making a nice side income from her hobby of creating imprinted jewelry and selling her unique pieces to friends, family and coworkers. Her customers couldn’t get enough of her personalized jewelry. Who wouldn’t want to wear their children’s artwork or hand prints, and pet paw prints? Melissa soon found herself looking to turn her hobby into a full-time business. On a whim, she decided to purchase her own kiln from a private seller and got more than she ever bargained for. When she discovered the kiln’s owner was soon leaving on a mission to Israel and looking to sell her entire jewelry business, Melissa decided to take the plunge and become a full-time jewelry maker. Talk about kismet!

Melissa opened her Etsy shop in 2010, but her local business kept her so busy she didn’t get around to listing Etsy items until 2012. It took just four days to sell her first piece. Almost three years later, That’s My Impression is still going strong and selling custom jewelry to happy customers all over the world. Melissa also sells her items via her own website.

That's My Impression 1214DogTagHeartCropBesides selling her handcrafted jewelry on Etsy, Melissa has online shops on CustomMade, Hatch.co and ArtFire. Each piece is expertly handcrafted by Melissa using the techniques she’s learned while traveling the globe. Melissa uses only the finest precious metal clays available – all made from recycled materials and absolutely eco-friendly.

“I was first introduced to Precious Metal Clay (PMC) in Cape Town. It was there that I decided that I wanted to become a jewelry teacher and, ultimately, to sell my own artwork. Since then, I have traveled the globe to learn different styles and techniques, both modern and ancient, that I’ve added to my product line,” Melissa explains.

From these precious metals, Melissa creates personalized memorial rings, necklaces, pendants and cufflinks. Each is handcrafted by using an actual fingerprint, thumbprint, hand print, footprint, pet’s paw print, child’s drawing, image, or actual handwriting – all from INK & PAPER or a photo. Molds are rarely used, and only at the purchaser’s request. Additionally, Melissa wants to be sure buyers know that, even if a loved one has passed on, she can still use a copy of their inked fingerprint or a note that they wrote. What a lovely keepsake!That's My Impression DragonflyFeet2Crop

Melissa Hansen loves interacting with clients and customers. Be sure to connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. As a special gift to readers of this article, Melissa is offering a 15% off coupon, for a limited time only. Please use coupon code ThankYou215 at Etsy checkout.

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Review of Alzheimer’s: Through My Mother’s Eyes by Suzette Brown


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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

According to the Alzheimer’s Association:

• 5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease.
• Every 67 seconds someone develops the disease.
• Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S.
• In 2013, 15.5 million caregivers provided an estimated 17.7 billion hours of unpaid care valued at more than $220 billion.

Far from simply being a disease that only influences the brain, Alzheimer’s essentially becomes a death sentence for those affected with the disease. There is no prevention and there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease. It’s a devastating diagnosis for the patient, as well as for the patient’s loved ones.

Almost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s are women. There are 2.5 times more women than men providing around the clock, intensive care for someone with Alzheimer’s. Suzette Brown’s book, Alzheimer’s: Through My Mother’s Eyes drives these statistics home for readers. Her personal account of how her life was turned upside down after her own mother’s diagnosis is a touching, poignant and heartbreaking account of the unending care, constant decision-making, emotional rollercoaster that takes over the lives of Alzheimer’s caregivers.

Without a doubt, Suzette’s frustration, anger and at times hopelessness comes across in her book as no informational or statistical website possibly could. Thru her eyes we see how strong-willed and determined one woman can be when it comes to doing what’s best for the most important female role model in her life. Not all gloom and doom, Alzheimer’s: Through My Mother’s Eyes is at times sweetly touching and moving. One can’t help but put themselves in the author’s shoes. The ending had me in tears and I found myself praying I would never have to be in the same situation as Suzette.

I would recommend Suzette Brown’s book for anyone who may be going through the agony of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. While many support groups exist, finding the time to attend one while holding a full-time job, taking care of a family and caring for the Alzheimer’s patient is often impossible. Not only are we privy to Suzette’s personal agony, we are also given some extremely beneficial advice along the way. The financial and legal information given is an invaluable resource, and Suzette has been thorough in including some valuable resources at the conclusion of her book.

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Review of Safe & Sound by T. S. Krupa


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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jill is a twenty eight year old woman, married for just two years to her loving husband Jay. Jill’s world comes crashing down when Jay leaves the house for an early morning jog and is hit and killed by a drunk driver. As expected, Jill takes the loss hard and has difficulty adjusting to life without her best friend and love of her life. Fortunately, Jill has a strong support system in the form of her two best friends, Lanie and Stella, who rally around her to provide the grieving widow with around the clock supervision.

While I appreciated the fact that Jill’s friends loved her dearly and wanted to help her get past the death of her husband, I began to feel that their continuous “help” was slightly over the top. I would have much preferred to see Jill grieve, grow and move on a little more independently. I almost felt as though Jill needed people to take care of her…needed someone, anyone in her life to save her. In fact, even in death her husband continued to take care of her.

However, having said this, I did enjoy Safe & Sound. T. S. Krupa’s writing style is easy, breezy and fun. This was a quick beach or poolside read. I would love to see a sequel, with Jill becoming a more independent, strong woman all on her own. I would recommend Safe & Sound and look forward to reading more from this new author!

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How To Write, Publish and Market Your eBook by Susan Barton


 

How To Write, Publish and Market Your eBook by Susan Barton

Have you ever thought about writing and publishing your own book? I’ve written a book that shows you how! I share all the knowledge I’ve gained over the years working with Indie authors. From choosing a subject, POV and tense, to the actual writing, publishing and marketing, it’s all included. I’ve made sure to include lots of great information for both new and experienced writers. How To Write, Publish and Market Your eBook is available on Amazon and most other online booksellers.

For more information on how I can help you write, publish and/or market your book, please visit my website, eBook Review Gal. Thanks!