Hi everyone. Something a little different this Friday. As some of you know when I’m not writing or puzzling I edit books for others. My editing projects run the gambit from children’s picture books, to gritty thrillers and sometimes include memoir.
One of the most powerful memoirs I edited recently is S. G. Benson’s My Mother’s Keeper. In it she chronicles her journey as caretaker for her mother as she succumbs to Alzheimer’s disease. It’s a tough journey but well worth the read.
Most people, at some point in their lives, confront issues with aging parents. Whether the problems are medical, financial, logistical, or emotional—or some combination—it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and helpless.
My Mother’s Keeper: One family’s journey through dementia chronicles the author’s journey through parental dementia. At first, the author didn’t even recognize it as an illness. Once she found herself up to her neck in a nightmare, she had no time for research. She spent every waking moment coping, reacting, and scrambling—and was simply too exhausted to do more than try to put out each fire as it flared.
Later, once the crisis subsided, she found several books, articles, and websites that contained helpful information about dementia, its associated behaviors, and care suggestions for patients. What she didn’t find were stories of how families coped with it.
By sharing her experience, she hopes to help fill that gap. This book tells her family’s story of rapidly-accelerating personality changes, aggression, violence, fear, mistakes, hopelessness, helplessness, and eventual closure. The author hopes it will help readers who find themselves embarking on a similar journey understand that they are not alone.
Hi folks, it’s time for another Fiction Friday collection. Today I have three awesome indie titles to recommend.
First off, something a little different …
A note from the author: My mother, Eleanor LaRue, initially wrote this manuscript in 1960 but never had it published…she left it to me when she passed away in 1995…**BEFORE** I began writing. I found the story when I moved a few years ago and felt compelled to bring her story to life. Over the last two years, I’ve updated, edited, tweaked, and added a time travel element for a contemporary spin. My mom lived decades before her time, but her message is as significant today as it was in 1960. Thank you for reading our novel!
So what’s it about?
In a country divided, where terrorists hijack peaceful protests and threaten the fabric of America’s democracy, President Emery Clayton, III discovers a global power behind the insurrection. He escapes to the White House attic to plan a counterblow, steering clear of initiating World War III––and vanishes.
After years of studying to realize his dream, James Rucker’s future explodes when he’s falsely accused of cheating on his final exams. Vowing he’s had enough, he joins a civil rights movement. But his trip to connect with the anarchists stops cold when his flight is struck by lightning and plummets into the ocean.
Can one man’s soul rip through time to a different era…survive a plane crash…and mitigate a broken man’s rage in time to save his own nation from total destruction?
Join an amazing adventure about love, loss, and the fate of kingdoms.
As a slave, Clara’s life extends no further than the castle kitchens and their garden. However, she carries within herself a precious gift: the ability to see the future.
When a vision prompts her to prevent a murder, Clara is shoved not only into the intrigues of the nobility but also into a civil war. As events unfold, she begins to unearth chilling secrets about the war and her supposed friends.
Driven to learn the truth, Clara embarks on a journey that takes her from her beloved mountains to the very Capital itself, Bertrand. There, she is confronted by an evil as old as the mountains–and it’s using her anger and prejudices against her. If she is not careful, not only will the entire nation be lost, but Clara’s own soul as well.
And now another freebie, this one from Story Origin:
When Ariel’s friends convince her to go out for a ladies night with them, she doesn’t realize her whole life is about to change. She meets Blake, a handsome enigmatic man hiding a big secret. That’s alright, because she has some secrets of her own she has no intention of sharing. The problems start when the secrets begin to come out and their lives become hopelessly entangled. Their relationship brings Ariel the attention she has hidden from for years and exposes her to an evil she never believed was real.
Will the secrets revealed, tear them apart? Or will they discover a love that will stand the test of time? Will Blake’s ex-girlfriend cause him to regret meeting Ariel? Or will the men who chase Ariel, catch her, taking her from him forever?
New Release Alert! I’m excited to announce I have a story “Tiger, Tiger” in this anthology of creepy, silly and funny kitty tales for the young and the young at heart.
Spooky, scary, otherworldly, magical… You can find all kinds of stories in this collection of haunting cat stories for children. And if you think the perfect solution to a frightening dilemma or phantom is a kitty or two, well, you might just be right. But don’t make them angry… Discover all sorts of tales in this collection of haunting children’s stories for the kid in us all.
All proceeds from this book will be donated to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital
Including artwork, poetry, and/or stories from:
Stephanie Barr Knixolate Bar Rose Campbell Jocelyn Dex Ken Goudsward Jane Jago Debbie Manber Kupfer RC Larlham USA Today Bestselling author Lily Luchesi Jen Ponce DM Rasch F Stephan Donna Marie West
Visions of the past forge second chances for the future.
Silas founded the Ashen Hawks out of anger towards a country that failed him and his younger sister, Sarra. The thieves he recruited in Helgath’s capital became his family and the guild escalated from petty thieves to planning a heist of Veralian’s treasury. Before undertaking the risky endeavor, he needs to eliminate the new tool Helgath has been utilizing to see the past and facilitate their arrests.
Locked in a room in the basement of a military barracks, Lucca uses trinkets to see glimpses of the past. After receiving little kindness during a cruel upbringing, her visions, fueled by her Art, grant her the only escape she’s known. When an emotionally damaged thief gives her an opportunity to start over, she sets her focus on saving him from a danger neither of them understand.
When the truth of Helgath’s secrets is revealed, the Hawks could be destroyed or rise above and become the country’s most notorious guild.
Dawn of the Thieves is a prequel novella in the Pantracia Chronicles.
**This book is intended for mature readers and contains violence and sexual scenes.
Kaylee Cooper is certain that Alex will become friends with a ghost this year. Alex thinks that he is far too old to be listening to a little grade one and encourages Kaylee to stop jeopardizing his important sixth grade social life. Kaylee doesn’t listen and finds awkward ways to spend as much time with Alex as possible, even if it means following him into the boy’s washroom. Fed up, Alex develops a strategic plan to ultimately get rid of Kaylee Cooper for good. However, he soon learns about the mysterious legend of Screaming Ridge Road that pulls an unlikely group of friends together, including the girl of his dreams, and the school’s meanest bully. When they discover the legend is real, and that Kaylee Cooper is at the core of the mystery, Alex stares death in the face and helps save her from an eternal life of misery and confusion.
Where’s the line between life and death?
A coming of age, middle grade urban fantasy about an eleven-year old boy who tries to help a little girl with paranormal behaviors.
Rocky is an Australian Shepherd and Bosco is a fun loving Labrador Retriever. Together they travel the world and explore many places. They teach children all about their new travels through a monthly short story and activity page. They could be exploring a National Park, a small town or riding a train…each month is a new adventure.
Hey everyone! For a limited time all SEVEN of the titles in my P.A.W.S. are just 99 cents/99p each on Kindle. Click the image below to go directly to my Amazon sales page and pick up the titles that are missing from your library.
Happy Friday folks. I’ve a host of new reads for you today. Let’s start off with a freebie from Story Origin.
What if Deadpool was a Sassy Witch?
Serena is a world class necromancer, a self-proclaimed master of the undead. But when someone starts killing the remaining witches, she must fight for her life against an enemy that is immune to the dark arts.
With only her undead companion by her side, she must discover the unstoppable evil that is killing her kind and find a way to avoid the fate shared by her spellcasting companions.
There is a new player in town. Stronger than anything she’s ever seen, and even with her command of the undead, she may not last the night.
Experience this fun and thrilling ride in the life of Serena as she communes with dark forces, screws over evil, and raises Hell. Read it now, before the darkness comes. Seriously, it may already be too late…
The world is changing . . . . . . and no one sees the danger. However, one man – accidentally imbued with extraordinary powers – could be the answer to it all.
As visions compel him on a journey involving the legendary Excalibur and The Lady of the Lake, Arthur finds himself in England. The irresistible call brings him to the famous London Institute of Psychic Research, where he meets Ruth.
The feisty, red-headed doctor wants nothing to do with the arrogant American, but her boss and the Commander of MI-6 have other plans. Believing the beautiful scientist is the key to controlling and weaponizing Arthur’s abilities, they force the pair to work together.
Ruth has no choice but to tag along, finding it increasingly difficult to fight her growing attraction for Arthur. However, when a camping trip along Lake George suddenly turns into a military expedition, the doctor realizes the precarious predicament she’s in. And her unwanted partner isn’t the only source of concern.
There are more secrets hidden beneath the dark waters than anyone imagined. And, strangely, unknown forces are causing Arthur’s senses to go wonky. He’s losing control.
Pranks are the best thing about Halloween — until a ghost pulls one on you.
When eleven-year-old Lyssa Klarken discovers the legend about her ballet school being haunted is true, she thinks she’s won the candy-filled jackpot.
But treats turn to tricks when Nadia, the ghost of a star ballerina, starts pranking her. Nadia only agrees to leave Lyssa alone if she frees her from her unfinished business. There’s just one problem: Nadia can’t remember what that is.
Lyssa has six days to figure it out and save Nadia from torment. If she fails, the tables will turn: Lyssa will be haunted for the rest of her life. Can she solve the mystery before the curtain rises on October 31st?
Hi everyone, it’s fiction Friday and I have a whole bunch of new recommendations for your weekend reading pleasure.
First I have three fabulous FREE fantasy reads that you can pick up when you sign up for the authors’ newsletters. Plus one contemporary 99 cents read that deals with some tough subjects.
Gwynn has finally joined the ranks of the most prestigious guild of bards. Eager to explore the world and create her musical legacy, she heads to the dazzling city to impress with her skills. On the road she encounters an elite warrior wounded in an ambush, and fate demands they join forces to defeat the darkness that has hijacked her past.
Can she free her world from enchantment before her soul shatters?
Fae Song is book one of the enchanting fantasy series Ballads of Balahar. A magical world of mystery, splendid Celtic mythology, and a friendship stronger than time. Perfect for fans of Holly Black and Sarah J. Maas.
Banished dragons fight for survival. A huge twist of fate seals their destiny.
Evil personified finds itself captured and encased in ice, trapped beneath the harshest environment on the planet with absolutely no way out, until, that is, a chance encounter with an inquisitive member of an ancient race unlocks the key to escape.
Dastardly dark deeds set off a chain reaction that will have dire repercussions for the whole world as, against all odds, evil conquers good.
Can a psychotic leader’s twisted plan be stopped? And will a mother’s love prevail?
Wow! Just look at that cover! BLOOD OF A FALLEN GOD is the first of Joshua Cook’s Forgemaster Cycle.
Stealing ashard of a dead god’s blood was only the start.
The land lies split in two, broken in the Godsfall many years in the past. William Reis wants nothing more than to be a Guild blacksmith. Being from the Reach means he can never make that dream real, as he will soon discover. Duncan Reis revels in his risky and dangerous life, never admitting he is running from his own sadness and grief. He cares deeply for his cousin William, but hates the dream of joining the Guild.
The path they take, both together and apart, will change the face of Alos. Dead gods are stirring, and both men will find themselves thrust into a conflict that never truly ended. From the prestigious halls of the Guild, to the blasted and cursed Mistlands, the last two of the Reis line will decide the fate of all.
A happy ending with a twist you will have to read to find out… Katherine has had a tragic life, with abuse and death of parents and her child. This does not stop her from leading a full and happy life with her husband Calvin and second child. Nothing stops Katherine, not loss, not mental illness… Follow the letters that Katherine writes to her lost child and let you decide what fact is and what is fiction.
Happy Friday today I’m excited to announce this awesome Limited Edition Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Collection that will be coming your way this fall.
Lose yourself in the magic…
Hearts Unleashed brings you 20+ BRAND NEW tantalizing tales of paranormal romance and urban fantasy in this thrilling collection of heart-pounding books featuring Shifters, Vampires, Witches and more.
Unleash your heart, indulge your senses, and satisfy your cravings with this fantastic collection of supernatural fiction featuring sensual heroes and sassy heroines, crafted by some of your favorite bestselling and award-winning authors.
★★★ Authors & Books Featured in Hearts Unleashed ★★★ C.D. Gorri Gina Kincade Erzabet Bishop Carrie Pulkinen Julia Mills Lia Davis Skye Jones Laney Powell Fiona Starr Cecilia Lane Julie Morgan L.A. McGinnis Lori King Theresa Hissong Rebecca Hefner Amanda Kimberley Amy Pennza P. Mattern N Gray Marie Mason Siren Allen Sapphire Winters Melissa Bell Zoe Forward Elle Boon
Need something to read right now? Check out these free sci-fi stories over at Story Origin. They include my short collection “Will There Be Watermelons on Mars?” All titles are free to download in exchange for signing up for the individual authors’ newsletters.
Who here loves to listen to your reads? Well I’ve got something for you. I’ve oodles of free audio book codes available via Story Origin. Here’s a sampling:
Meet a cat called Cecilia, a disgruntled android named Doris, and a weasel called Popgoes and discover that with enough tea and dark chocolate you can achieve anything. A collection of flash fiction and poetry written by me and narrated by the awesome Fiona Thraille, a young actress from England who really makes my stories pop!
Six weeks after my father passed away I discovered a lump in my breast. I was terrified as I embarked on the road of cancer treatment, but it’s amazing what you can get used to. At the time I shared little with others beyond my close family, but today I’m ready to share my story to help other women have strength to go through treatment. You are much stronger than you think you are.
Something for your little ones. Adana is a small, brown, earth dragon. She longs to play with the other dragons, but none of them will accept her as a friend. One day a giant wanders into the land of the dragons and scares all the other dragons. Can Adana save the day and prove that even a small brown earth dragon can do big things?
In 1952 London experienced the Great Smog. Around 4,000 people died and 100,000 became sick. It was this that led Parliament to pass the Clean Air Act of 1956 which paved the way to cleaner air and was an important milestone in the protection of the environment. But what if the Act was never passed? What if a young and unscrupulous politician and businessman had blocked its passing? Meet George Weeks.
Hi folks, Happy Friday. I have a bunch of freebies today in exchange for sign-ups for the authors newsletters. First up check out the Summer Book Bash. Oodles of free books plus a chance to win a $25 gift card.
Next up something for your little ones.
Abigail is having bad dreams again. It’s time for the Dream Catcher Rescue Squad to help. But, can they get past the grouchy house cat and the thieving Moon Drifters? Time is running out.