Featured Book Listings

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The Life & Mimes (& Zombie Apocalypse) of Ripper the Clown: The Autobiography of an Unconventional Zombie

August 22, 2014

Jake Aurelian graduated from the University of Illinois in 2000 with a degree in Media Studies/Communication & Rhetoric. Aurelian has taught English and media at the college level, and to date, has written eight books (fiction; non-fiction; children’s) and over 500 pop culture articles. Since 2012, his works of fiction have received eight international literary awards.

On Halloween 2012, Jake Aurelian took an obscure character from his fiction books, an angry clown named Ripper, and turned the character into a stand-up comedy and online comedy video gimmick; billed as “an unpredictable cartoon character come to life,” Ripper the Clown morphs truth, fiction, pop culture and social commentary into comedy chaos. As his clown alter-ego, Aurelian performs material from his books; no other author has done anything even remotely similar, and the clown character quickly gained notice from NBC, award-winning movie producers and notables within the entertainment industry.

Ripper the Clown on Youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/user/Rippertheclownshow

Aurelian’s collection of gritty, quirky short fiction, “Dead Wrestlers, Broken Necks & The Women Who Screwed Me Over: A Main Event of Fiction and Photography” (2011) has received rave reviews on Amazon.com for its diversity of fiction genres, “the immaculate writing,” the laugh-out-loud humor, “crazy scenarios” and the author’s “addictive” storytelling.

“Dead Wrestlers…” was the recipient of a Finalist Award (Short Fiction) in the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and received 2nd Place/Runner Up (General Fiction) in the 2012 Hollywood Book Festival. After reading “Dead Wrestlers, Broken Necks & the Women Who Screwed Me Over,” legendary and iconic pro wrestler, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, posted on his Facebook page: “This is a very good book, folks, savvy stuff … get your copy TODAY!”

Aurelian’s “Living Well is the Best Revenge” (2012, crime fiction) received 1st Place (General Fiction) at the 2013 Hollywood Book Festival, Honorable Mention at both the 2013 New England Book Festival and 2013 London [England] Book Festival. In addition, “Living Well…” was the recipient of a Finalist Award (Novella) in the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Told in a true crime style, most readers believe that “Living Well is the Best Revenge” is an intense work of non-fiction.

“We Leave With Our Guns Out!” (2012, short fiction, bad romance) received Honorable Mention (General Fiction) at the 2013 Hollywood Book Festival.

He is the co-author of Michale Callahan’s “Too Politically Sensitive” (2009, true crime/political); featured on three episodes of CBS’ “48 Hours” and “On the Case with Paula Zahn.”

In summer of 2014, he wrote his first children’s book, “Pete the Picky Piranha.”

Jake Aurelian resides in Parts Unknown.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Jakeaurelian

Interviews:

With George Jarkesy: http://www.georgejarkesy.com/2012/07/03/jake-aurelian-author-of-obama-wama-ding-dong-chuck-kirkpatrick-president-and-ceo-of-the-peoples-vote-chris-kacher-stock-watch-join-the-show/#more-4196

With Martin Lastrapes: http://www.martinlastrapes.com/2012/12/10-questions-for-jake-aurelian/

With Buzz Magazine: http://readbuzz.com/arts/2012/honest-words-and-gritty-pictures

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The Gods of Garran by Meredith Skye

August 22, 2014

When I was young, I lived in Alaska. As an adult, I moved back to the land of the Midnight Sun. I began writing fiction in elementary school and always wanted to be a novelist. I was fascinated by tales of the fantastic and bizarre, tales of strange worlds.
I love to travel. I have a fascination with the Middle Ages. I love swords, medieval costumes, castles and ancient lifestyles. I love Celtic art and music. I love the desert. I am a vivid dreamer and many of my dreams come back to life in my novels.

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Rain of Terror by Donna Cummins

August 22, 2014

DONNA CUMMINS’ debut novel Rain of Terror is the product of a life-long love of both reading and writing. Rain of Terror is a page-turning, edge-of-your-seat mystery/thriller set in the mountains of western Pennsylvania where the author was born and raised. Her next mystery/suspense entitled A Reason to Kill is soon to be released. Ms. Cummins is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and has spent many years as an educator, her most recent position at Webster College in Tampa, Florida, where she now lives with her family and little dog Toby.

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The Flight of the Griffin by C.M.Gray

August 22, 2014

Born in Essex, England with a heavy dose of ‘travel lust’, C.M.Gray has since been lucky enough to live and travel in many countries around the world. In fact he has lived for more years outside of England than he has living there! Working as a carpenter, fruit picker and even a stint in stock brokering, he has called home Buddhist monasteries in the Himalayan Mountains, the clamor of central Hong Kong to a farm in deep rural Burgundy. Forever vowing to return and sink his roots once again in English soil… some day, he hasn’t quite made it back yet, but does live a little closer these days; just outside of Barcelona in the middle of the forest with his dogs and two wonderful children.

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Secrets and Lies The Complete Trilogy

August 22, 2014

Joanne Clancy is a writer from County Cork, Ireland. She is an avid reader, a self-confessed Kindle addict, and a tea fiend!
Before embarking on her writing career, Joanne studied physics and mathematics at University College Cork.

Her bestselling crime novels include Traceless (The Ellis Jones Mysteries, Book 1); The Offering; Killer Friends; Killing Time; A Daughter’s Secret; Shattered; Watched; and The Unfaithful Trilogy.
Joanne’s successive contemporary romance novels are Unforgettable Embrace; The Wedding Day; and The Secrets and Lies Trilogy, which was a quarter-finalist at the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards in 2013.

IF YOU TELL ANYONE (The Ellis Jones Mysteries, Book 2) is the latest release by Joanne Clancy. She is currently working on her eighteenth book, which will be available in September 2014.

Joanne loves to hear from her fans. Feel free to get in touch:

Website: www.JoanneClancy.com

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1oBiukE

Facebook: www.Facebook.com/JoanneClancyAuthor

Twitter: @JMClancyWriter

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/JMClancyAuthor/

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Legends of Windemere: The Compass Key

August 22, 2014

Charles Yallowitz was born and raised on Long Island, NY, but he has spent most of his life wandering his own imagination in a blissful haze. Occasionally, he would return from this world for the necessities such as food, showers, and Saturday morning cartoons. One day he returned from his imagination and decided he would share his stories with the world. After his wife decided that she was tired of hearing the same stories repeatedly, she convinced him that it would make more sense to follow his dream of being a fantasy author. So, locked within the house under orders to shut up and get to work, Charles brings you Legends of Windemere. He looks forward to sharing all of his stories with you and his wife is happy he finally has someone else to play with.

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Where the Dead Walk by John Bowen

August 22, 2014

John Bowen lives in the UK. When not playing video-games, catching up on movies, going to the gym, and enjoying time with his wife and children he occasionally finds time to write…

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The C ENIGMA

August 21, 2014

I’m author Spiros Gratsias, and have just published my first book The C ENIGMA. I have wanted to write a book for as long as I can remember but my professional career always took priority. Finally the global crisis we are experiencing plus my desire to express my thoughts overwhelmed all of the excuses and The C ENIGMA was born.

I am a native of Montreal, Canada, born to Greek immigrants. I moved back to Greece twenty years ago and have been living here ever since. I have a master’s degree in manufacturing technology and thirty-five years’ experience in the aerospace and consumer goods industries. As an amateur painter and dedicated student of history, I truly believe that in combination painting and history for me has been a lifetime path of discovery and the vehicle that led me to a new need of expression: writing!

“Every now and then one paints a picture that seems to have opened a door and serves as a stepping stone to other things.”
Pablo Picasso

Off course our life and what is happening around us is the foundation of our expression in what ever form we choose to express it, therefore; It seems like the world once again is trying to tear itself apart… Economic crisis, wars, uncontrolled poverty and hunger, fanatical self-destruction and most importantly once again enormous public opinion control systems. Our only weapon in defending ourselves, our families and society is to have as must knowledge us possible in order to decide what we should accept and what we should challenge.

But how do we know what is true and what is a lie?

How do we protect ourselves from the 360 degrees of propaganda that bombards us daily?

There is only one weapon, KNOWLEDGE of history!

Everything that is happening today has happened in the past and unfortunately unless the majority of the global community realizes how to control the information controllers it will continue…..

I do not dare to pretend that I know who and what is pulling the strings of our collective destiny but I do know that knowing our world history is important in molding our future.

As a single individual i control my believes and have the god given power to make up my own mind about my children’s future. This was the primary motivation that drove me in writing a historical fiction. My objective was simple, make people ask why and stimulate them into investigating as single individuals the truths and the lies!

Remember that in a democracy one single vote is enough to save of destroy a society.

Hope you check out my work!

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Desire

August 21, 2014

Ava Alexia loves to plot and create fun characters. Ava loves the easy going outdoor lifestyle and spends lots of time on the beach. She lives in California with her husband, son and dog. She loves music, traveling and shopping. You will find her running on the beach singing to tunes on her phone!

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The Sunset Prophecy

August 21, 2014

I like writing stuff that provokes and entertains. The world is too complex and too varied not to produce unique and daring portrayals that highlight the human spirit.

The world’s changing faster than you think, how about getting a preview of what’s to come by reading my work?

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Christmas Bizarre

August 21, 2014

Lizz Lund loves Lancaster. Since 1999, she’s been having a terrific time here and thinks everyone else should, too. “Christmas Bizarre” is the sequel to her debut novel, “Kitchen Addiction!” Lizz grew up in New Jersey and imported her chef husband from their old stomping grounds – he still hasn’t recovered. She holds a BA in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University, but has never learned to waitress.

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Kidnapped Cowboy by Lindsey Brookes

August 21, 2014

Lindsey Brookes has penned numerous award winning fiction stories. Some of her contest successes include winning Harlequin’s Great American Romance Novel Contest, finaling in Dorchester Books/Romantic Times American Title III competition, being a 4 time finalist in RWA’s Golden Heart contest, and finaling in/and or winning more than 75 RWA chapter contests with more than a dozen manuscripts. She is represented by Michelle Grajkowski at Three Seas Literary Agency. You can contact Lindsey through her website at: www.lindseybrookes.com . Or through Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lindsey.brookes.9

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REFLECTION (A Whitney Steel Novel)

August 21, 2014

Kim Cresswell resides in Ontario, Canada. Trained as a legal assistant, Kim has been a story-teller all her life but took many detours including; working in legal and adult education before returning to her first love, writing.

Her debut romantic suspense, REFLECTION, has won numerous awards:
*RomCon®’s 2014 Readers’ Crown Finalist (Romantic Suspense)
*InD’tale Magazine 2014 Rone Award Finalist (Suspense/Thriller)
*UP Authors Fiction Challenge Winner (2013)
*Silicon Valley’s Romance Writers of America (RWA) “Gotcha!” Romantic Suspense Winner (2004)
*Honourable Mention in Calgary’s (RWA) The Writer’s Voice Contest (2006).

LETHAL JOURNEY won RomCon®’s 2014 Readers’ Crown (Thriller) and was a finalist in From the Heart Romance Writers (FTHRW) Golden Gate Contest (2003).

Her action-packed thrillers have been highly praised by reviewers and readers. As one reviewer said, “Buckle up, Hang on tight!”

Kim recently entered the true crime writing arena. Real Life Evil – A True Crime Quickie (two short stories) was published in January 2014 followed by The Killing Truth. You can read her latest true crime stories in Serial Killer Quarterly, a new quarterly e-magazine published by Grinning Man Press.

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DERELICT by LJ Cohen

August 21, 2014

LJ (Lisa Janice) Cohen is a poet, novelist, blogger, local food enthusiast, Doctor Who fan, and relentless optimist. She lives just outside of Boston with her family, two dogs (only one of which actually ever listens to her) and the occasional international student. When not doing battle with her stubborn Jack Russell Terrier mix (aka “other dog”) or hanging out with her lab/hound mix (aka “good dog”), LJ can be found writing, which looks a lot like daydreaming. She also throws pots, but never when she’s angry. LJ spends more time than she should hanging out on the internet and can be found on Google Plus https://www.google.com/+LisaCohen and Twitter http://twitter.com/lisajanicecohen, or her blog http://ljcbluemuse.blogspot.com. She writes SF, Fantasy, and YA novels under the name LJ Cohen. DERELICT is her third novel.

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Three Days of Rain by Christine Hughes

August 21, 2014

Falling in love with literature was easy for Christine Hughes. Not sure where her love of reading and writing fit, she became a middle school English teacher. After nine years teaching others to appreciate literature, she decided to take the plunge and write her first novel, TORN – a YA paranormal re-released by Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing in August 2013. The sequel, Darkness Betrayed was released by the same publisher in September 2013 and her third novel, a stand-alone NA Contemporary, was re-released by CHBB in December 2013 and has since become an Amazon international best seller.

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What the Hand

August 21, 2014

Todd Stockwell was born in Torrance, California. He lives and writes in Southern California. He is a U.S. Army Veteran and has worked as a cab driver, clerk, banker, accountant, therapist, business owner, and traveling salesman among other things. He is also a former English Teacher with an MA in Psychology and a passion for eschatology. He hosts a website where guests can take a pledge never to allow a mark or implant upon their person (mark of the beast) in order to buy goods or services (neveracceptthemarkofthebeast.com).

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REVOLUTIONIZING AFRICA

August 20, 2014

Hon. Dr. Victor Dan-Jumbo hails from Bonny, Headquarters of Bonny Local Government Area of Rivers State. He holds a Bachelor of Law, LL.B (Hons) Degree from the prestigious University of Ife Nigeria. BL (Hons) Nigeria Law School. He is a member of the Business Management Association, (BMA) London and also Fellow of the Institution of Management of Nigeria (FIMN), Fellow, Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors (FCIA).

Hon. Dr. Victor Dan-Jumbo is an Honorary Doctorate Degree holder in Business Administration from North Carolina University USA. He was elected and sworn in as the Executive Chairman of Bonny Local Government on the 1st December, 1991 and bore the challenging responsibility with dynamism, until November 1993 when the Local Government Council was dissolved. He was elected the State Secretary of the Democratic Party of Nigeria (DPN) Rivers State 1997 – 1998; and Pioneer State Legal Adviser of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Rivers State from 1998 – 1999.

Hon Dr Victor Dan-Jumbo has also pioneered a substantial number of Non-Governmental Organizations for which space would not permit. He is a life member of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship, Rumuodara Chapter, Rivers State, Nigeria. He was also the President of that Chapter. Hon. Dr. Victor Dan-Jumbo also has business interests and sits presently on the Board of Eleven (11) Companies both locally and overseas.

Hon. Dr. Victor Dan-Jumbo is a Spirited Christian who believes in the Resurrection Power of Jesus Christ, Apostolic Signs And Wonders; and the Full Gospel. He is a Deacon in Jesus Evangelical Power Mission (JEPM) a Pentecostal Church where he worships with his family. He is also a Writer, a motivational speaker and is fervent in sharing the word of God with both Believers and Unbelievers alike. He is passionate about soul winning, and the doctrines of Jesus Christ. He is also a wealth creation expert and travels all over the world encouraging the less privileged and down trodden to rise up to the reality that Jesus came to the world that we may have life and live in abundance. Hon. Dr. Victor Dan-Jumbo is an advocate of Africa’s emancipation from the shackles of poverty, degradation, retrogression, mental slavery and deprivation.

He is married to Mrs Doris Dan-Jumbo and has Six (6) children – Fubara, Collins, Vincent, Emmanuel, Reginald and David.

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Upon Your Honor by Marie Lavender

August 20, 2014

Bestselling author of UPON YOUR RETURN and 18 other books. 2014 BTS Red Carpet Review Nominee. Finalist and Runner-up in the MARSocial’s Author of the Year Competition. Honorable mention in the January 2014 Reader’s Choice Award. Liebster Blogger Award for 2013 and 2014. Top 50 Authors on AuthorsDB.com. Winner of the Great One Liners Contest on the Directory of Published Authors.

Marie Lavender lives in the Midwest with her family and three cats. She has been writing for over twenty years. She has more works in progress than she can count on two hands.

At the tender age of nine, she began writing stories. She majored in Creative Writing in college because that was all she ever wanted – to be a writer. While there, she published two works in a university publication, and was a copy editor on the staff of an online student journal. After graduating from college, she sought out her dream to publish a book.

Since then, Marie has published nineteen books in the genres of historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, mystery/thriller, literary fiction and poetry. Lavender just released Magick & Moonlight, a paranormal romance, in March. Upon Your Honor, released in late April, is her second historical romance. Feel free to visit her website at http://marielavender.webs.com/ for further information about her books and her life. Marie is also on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn.

A list of her books and pen names are as follows:

Marie Lavender: Upon Your Return; Magick & Moonlight; Upon Your Honor

Erica Sutherhome: Hard to Get; Memories; A Hint of Scandal; Without You; Strange Heat; Terror in the Night; Haunted; Pursuit; Perfect Game; A Touch of Dawn; Ransom; Leather and Lace

Kathryn Layne: A Misplaced Life

Heather Crouse: Express Café and Other Ramblings; Ramblings, Musings and Other Things; Soulful Ramblings and Other Worldly Things

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The Controversial Mayan Queen: Sak K’uk of Palenque (Mists of Palenque Series Book 2)

August 20, 2014

Leonide (Lennie) Martin: Retired California State University professor, former Family Nurse Practitioner, author and Maya researcher. Maya Solar Initiate and Fire Woman in Itza Maya Tradition. Apprenticed and studied with Mayan elders. My books bring ancient Maya culture and civilization vividly to life in stories about both real historical Mayans and fictional characters. I’ve studied Maya archeology, anthropology, and history from the scientific and indigenous viewpoints. Living in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico for five years, I apprenticed with Maya elder, shaman and daykeeper Hunbatz Men and became a Solar Initiate and Maya Fire Woman in the Itza Maya tradition. I’ve also studied with indigenous teachers in Guatemala and the U.S. The ancient Mayas created the most highly advanced civilization in the Western hemisphere, and my work is dedicated to describing their wisdom, spirituality, astronomical-calendric knowledge, and architectural accomplishments through compelling historical novels.

In addition to my passion about the ancient Mayas, I enjoy being in nature, gardening, wine tasting, and the company of my husband and two white cats. Of course I love to read, especially historical fiction and research about the Mayas and other ancient civilizations.

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The Viking’s Apprentice by Kevin McLeod

August 20, 2014

About The Viking’s Apprentice by Kevin McLeod What would you do if you discovered nothing was as you thought, and the fate of your friends, perhaps even the world was in your hands? That’s the reality Peter must face in the middle Grade novel, The Viking’s Apprentice. Campbell’s Cove is a small town surrounded in […]

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The Airship Artemis by Chester Quinn

August 20, 2014

Chester Quinn lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife Kris, and their amazing dog Jaxson.

Quinn, an avid hockey fan, has traveled extensively throughout the United States; always aware of people and their actions to the world around them. It’s these interactions that have given Quinn a look into the human condition. This allows him to have rich characters, and realistic emotions in his writing.

Intrigued with the American Southwest, Quinn often roams the back roads looking for adventure and mystery. Exploring legends and reports of lost treasure, and strange creatures, keeps Quinn active and busy. Many of these legends and stories have become the basis for many of his short stories and books.

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Sparks! Big City Adventure

August 20, 2014

Alexander G. Michaels writes educational and entertaining books for kids. He lives in Carmel, California where he enjoys the outdoors and learning all he can about animals and nature. Alex loves to write stories that will stimulates a child’s creativity and imagination.

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Harbinger of Doom (Three Book Bundle)

August 20, 2014

I’ve done lots of things. I’ve gotten degrees and taken advanced courses in various fields: physics, engineering, religious studies, history. I’ve taught college courses, been a physicist, a licensed professional engineer, and I’ve investigated some of the most complex and high profile engineering disasters of the last twenty years. I’ve even testified as a forensic engineering expert before the supreme court of the State of New York. After reading the battle scenes in my books, some of my readers have asked me whether I also used to be a spy or a Special Forces operative. I can’t comment on that, I tell them. My non-fiction work has been read around the world. I write some of that every day, and I still enjoy it. But all my life, for fun, I’ve written fantasy stories. I started writing them before I did any of the things I mentioned above, and I’ll probably keep writing them for as long as I’m around.

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Romance at the Beach

August 20, 2014

Take five sizzling romances from New York Times bestselling authors to the beach with you this summer!

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Romance at the Beach

August 20, 2014

Take FIVE New York Times bestselling authors Belle Andre, Tina Folsom, Marie Force, Barbara Freethy and Kristen Proby to the beach with you this summer with Romance at the Beach, an anthology from the top names in contemporary romance!

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Darkness Haunts

August 20, 2014

Instead of making the traditional post high school move and attending college, Susan joined the U.S. Army. She spent her eighteenth birthday in the gas chamber…an experience she is sure is best left for criminals. For eleven years she served first as a human resources specialist and later as an Arabic linguist (mostly in Airborne units). Though all her duty assignments were stateside, she did make two deployments to Iraq where her language skills were put to regular use.

After leaving the service in 2009, Susan returned to school to study history with a focus on the Middle East. She no longer finds many opportunities to test her fighting abilities in real life, unless her husband is demanding she cook him a real meal, but she’s found a new outlet in writing urban fantasy heroines who can.

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AlterWorld by D. Rus

August 20, 2014

About AlterWorld by D. Rus A new pandemic – the perma effect – has taken over Earth of the near future. Whenever you play your favorite online game, beware: your mind might merge with the virtual world and dump its comatose host. Woe be to those stuck forever in Tetris! And still they’re the lucky […]

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Fifty Shades of Tinsel –– Part 1/Heartthrob by Kirk Alex

August 20, 2014

About Fifty Shades of Tinsel –– Part 1/Heartthrob by Kirk Alex THE ACCIDENTAL HUSTLER They call him Tubesteak. Just off the Greyhound in Hollywood. A good looking hunk with a certain prowess in the boudoir…that so many in Tinseltown want a taste of and are willing to pay big bucks for. Alas, what HE longs […]

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Hollow Space Book 1: Venture

August 20, 2014

C. F. Barnes is a publisher and full-time writer of science fiction and techno thrillers and a member of both the British Fantasy Society and the British Science Fiction Association. He honed his craft with the London School of Journalism and the Open University (BA, English).

He has run a number of tech-based businesses, built large-scale web-applications for healthcare and tech companies, worked in rat-infested workshops, and scoured the back streets of London looking for stories and fine beer–which he found in abundance.

Find out more about the Xantoverse books at: www.xantoverse.com

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Cigarettes: How to Quit Smoking Them the Right Way and Overcome Your Smoking Addiction For Good

August 20, 2014

Lester Goldberg is the pen name of a #1 internationally bestselling author.

Never a smoker himself, he has been helping friends, family members and various clients kick the habit for over 30 years simply by learning to harness the tremendous power that lay within their own minds.

As time permits, Lester offers 1-hour guidance sessions via Skype audio-only conference call to those who feel they could benefit from additional mentoring. For requests: http://www.coachingwithlestergoldberg.blogspot.com

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