Thursday, February 23, 2017

Book Review: Cat in the Flock by Lisa Brunette

Dreamslippers Series Boxed Set
By Lisa Brunette
Genre: Mystery, Female Sleuths, Romantic Suspense

5-STAR REVIEWS FOR BOOKS IN THE SERIES…

“This might possibly be a ‘great book.’” - Sharon E. Leighton, a reader in Canada, on CAT IN THE FLOCK

“Lisa Brunette’s FRAMED AND B
URNING is a brilliant, suspenseful whodunit…” - Anthony Award-winning writer of the Inspector Chen series, Qui Xiaolong

“The plot runs deep, and the characters are both quirky and interesting. This is a total whodunit mystery that will keep you on edge until the very end!” - Sage Adderley, on BOUND TO THE TRUTH

SERIES OVERVIEW:

What if you could ‘slip’ into the dreams of a killer? This family of PIs can. They use their psychic dream ability to solve crimes, and that isn’t easy. 

In Cat in the Flock
Following a mother and girl on the run, apprentice dreamslipper Cat McCormick goes undercover inside a fundamentalist church. Is its enigmatic leader guilty of domestic violence? Did his right-hand man really commit suicide?

In Framed and Burning
It was supposed to be a much-needed vacation in Miami, meant to snap Cat out of a persistent depression. But when her great uncle’s studio goes up in flames, killing his assistant, Cat must find out who’s really to blame.

In Bound to the Truth
The dreamslippers don’t quite trust their client. Did Nina Howell really fall under the spell of a domineering, conservative talk show host—as her wife claims?

PLUS explore Amazing Grace’s back story in the bonus story found ONLY in this boxed set! For readers who enjoy strong female leads, quirky, well-developed characters, and a dash of dating drama with their mystery. Fans of J.A. Jance, Mary Daheim, and Jayne Ann Krentz will love Cat and “Amazing” Grace!
Book Review:
Cat in the Flock is super awesome! There is so much mystery and suspense! I've posted spotlights of this series and it always peaked my interest. The dreamslippers are so amazing, I can't describe how much they fascinate me. Cat McCormick is such a great main character. She isn't cliche or confusing, she gets straight to the point and I love following her on this road of mystery. The overall writing style of Cat in the Flock is super straight forward and enjoyable! I can really see the car and effort Ms. Brunette put into this book, I am looking forward to try to read the rest of the series. Overall Cat in the Flock is five stars!
Author Bio:
Lisa was born in Santa Rosa, California, but that was only home for a year. A so-called "military brat," she lived in nine different houses and attended nine different schools by the time she was 14. Through all of the moves, her one constant was books. She read everything, from the entire Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden mystery series to her mother's books by Daphne du Maurier and Taylor Caldwell. 

A widely published author, game writer, and journalist, Lisa has interviewed homeless women, the designer of the Batmobile, and a sex expert, to name just a few colorful characters. This experience, not to mention her own large, quirky family, led her to create some truly memorable characters in her Dreamslippers Series and other works, whether books or games.

Always a vivid dreamer, not to mention a wannabe psychic, Lisa feels perfectly at home slipping into suspects’ dreams, at least in her imagination. Her husband isn’t so sure she can’t pick up his dreams in real life, though.

With a hefty list of awards and publications to her name, Lisa now lives in a small town in Washington State, but who knows how long that will last

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Interview with Iris Marie Mack with A Wall Street Bailout for Main Street: This Bulletproof Trade Will Help You Get Paid

How long did it take you to write your book?As you can see from my Amazon Author page, this book – A Wall Street Bailout for Main Street: This Bulletproof Trade Will Help You Get Paid – is my third published book. My coauthors and I wrote this book in our spare time – some were full-time graduate students, some were working full-time at their jobs, and me while teaching, running my small business and trading my portfolio. This juggling act started around October 2015 and lasted until December 2016 – when my third book was published.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Both. It depends on the task at hand, my schedule of activities and that of my co-authors.
Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?No. My three books have been related to my professional career in academia, energy and financial markets and my small business. So it seemed to make sense to write these books under my real name.

What kind of research did you do, and how long did you spend researching before beginning your book?Over the past few years, I’ve taught courses on energy trading and risk management – on a university level, for executive courses on Wall Street, in Europe, and Asia. Whenever I lectured and conducted trading labs on the bulletproof trading strategy discussed and illustrated in this book, I noticed a transformation in many of my students. It’s like a light bulb turning on in their heads. They seem to sit up, take notice and lean in to soak up what I am trying to impart. It is simply fascinating to look out into the trading lab and/or lecture halls to observe this.
Eventually, I got the idea to start talking about this bulletproof trading strategy with relatives, friends, colleagues, and even some strangers – to get their reaction. Surprisingly, theirs was almost the same reaction as many of my students. Some even got angry and would ask, “Why the heck hasn’t my broker told me about this?”
Several people have gone so far as to ask, and some even demand, that I tutor them on this trading strategy. A few asked if I would take a bit of money from their portfolios and do some trades on their behalf in my personal portfolio. A couple of them even started to read my second published book – Energy Trading and Risk Management: A Practical Approach to Hedging, Trading and Portfolio Diversification - to try to learn more about this trading strategy. However, to their chagrin, this book was a bit too technical for several of them. So, this is why I decided to write a how-to book about this bulletproof trading strategy for the laypersons – based on some of the more technical concepts presented in my energy trading book.
Do you believe in writer’s block? I normally experienced “writer’s block” when I was tired and/or distracted. So normally to solve this problem I would take a break from writing (nap a bit, or go to bed, workout, listen to music, talk to family, friends….).\

About the Author:
Iris Marie Mack, PhD, EMBA, earned a doctorate in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University. She was also awarded a Sloan Fellowship Executive MBA from the London Business School. Dr. Mack worked at various energy and financial institutions, acted as a faculty member at MIT, and worked at NASA and AT&T Bell Labs – where she obtained a patent for research on optical fibers.

Dr. Mack currently lectures on Energy Trading and Risk Management for the Fitch Learning Certificate in Quantitative Finance Program on Wall Street and at Tulane University.  Because of Dr. Mack's extensive knowledge of the derivatives, energy trading, and investment banking world, she has been invited to write opinion columns for the UK edition of the International Business Times.

Dr. Mack has also been named one of Glamour Magazine’s Top 10 Working Women, and she is no novice writer. This publishing will be her third financially-focused and published book – including her energy trading book published with Wiley Finance and a financial literacy book for teens and adults. With this breadth of experience and sheer intellectual prowess, Dr. Mack is more than able to help readers reach the financial stability they deserve.
In addition, Dr. Mack founded The Global Energy Post and MathQED - a homework help site for K-12 and college students. Previously known as Phat Math, this service has even been named one of the Top 50 Social Sites for Educators and Academics, 25 Savvy Social Media Sites for Grad Students and 25 Useful Networking Sites for Grad Students. Such accolades illustrate Dr. Mack’s ability to clearly inform the masses

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Book Review: Heartache & Sin by Charles Soto

Heartache & Sin
By Charles Soto
Genre: Suspense, Drama
Book Description:

When a Midwestern farming town is hit hard by a crop-destroying drought, people are willing to put their faith into anything that might bring them some relief.

Steven Wheaton is burdened by the effects of the drought on his farm, and heartbroken knowing that the chances of starting a family with his wife Karen have been damaged by her recent diabetes diagnosis.

Devastated, Karen turns to the new pastor in town, looking for faith and guidance…but even her relationship with God cannot fill the void in her life.

When ulterior motives collide with harrowing miracles, where does the line between good and evil begin?

Book Review:

Heartache & Sin is super interesting! It's something that I've never read before. I really love the clash of faith and reality. That faith is questioned, that maybe faith can't fix everything. Steven and Karen's story is heartbreaking to me, they're plans of a family is compromised when Karen is diagnosed with diabetes. Heartache & Sin is such an emotional novel, I usually don't connect with books focused around faith but this one is an exception. I really, I mean really love the overall story of Heartache & Sin. I'd recommend this book to any drama lover, overall I give Heartache

Author Bio:

Charles Soto is a moving and unconventional fiction author of Heartache & Sin, The friend
Request, Pride and a Prayer and the ghost writer of the Auto-Biography, Frias with Love (Where we come from, where we went).

Along with his diversity as an author and his capabilities of writing in a profound array of genres, his talents as a sculptor and expertise in the painting and decorating field has enabled him to supervise such projects as the MGM Grand Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas, NV., Pantageous Theatre in Downtown Minneapolis, MN., as well as many more iconic Structures.

Charles Soto was born in Las Vegas NV., and throughout his childhood was raised in the Bay Area of Alameda County on the outskirts of San Francisco, CA. He now lives in Northern Minnesota with his wife of thirty years and their two daughters. 

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Book Review: The War of the Usurper by Elí Freysson

The War of the Usurper
By Elí Freysson
Genre: Space Opera

Book Description:

The War of the Usurper is the first in the Golden Throne series. It is my foray into creating my very own epic space opera universe, full of what I like about such settings: Casual space travel, many, many inhabited worlds, super-technology co-existing with magic, larger-than-life characters, a whole lot of backstory, and just sheer vastness of scale.
This first entry is a self-contained story about the titular nine-year war for the throne of the Realm of the Glorious Dawn. Power is seized by a power-hungry tyrant, who resorts to ever-greater atrocities to hold onto the throne, while loyalists secure the sole legitimate heir, twelve-year-old Princess Maraka, and begin the struggle to restore order.
Each chapter details a different flashpoint of the war, as important events must turn on the actions of wildly different people, spread far and wide across the social hierarchy and physical width of the Realm. Meanwhile, year after year, Maraka must grow up in the shadow of all of this, and learn to become both the steadfast symbol and the strong leader her subjects need.

Book Review:

The War of the Usurper is one of a kind. It's something I've actually not have had the pleasure to read before, every chapter is unique. There are so many great POVs that are executed so well, I honestly enjoyed reading from the eyes of so many characters during different events and time periods. The overall plot line of The War of the Usurper is a bit cliche. It felt like a typical space novel, which isn't a bad thing. The pace is great and the writing is really good, it just wasn't anything different. But different isn't always a good thing. I really love how you got to see Maraka grow and develop while being influenced by certain events. The War of the Usurper is super good and I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys a well-written space novel. Overall four stars! 

Author Bio:

I was born in Akureyri in northern Iceland in 1982. Aside from a brief spell spent in Norway in my very early childhood I have spent my whole life here, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I was diagnosed as being on the autistic spectrum in my teens, which explains a whole lot and makes me just eccentric enough to be a writer.
I graduated high school in 2004, after which I dove into my first attempt at a proper fantasy novel. I finished the first draft a year later, but it took me until 2011 to get it published. I followed with a book a year for the next four years, before deciding to move into the English-language market. I translated three of my fantasy novels into English and self-published on Amazon, and then started writing original material in English. And here we are.
My hobbies include swimming, weight-lifting, video games, tabletop games with my friends, nature walks, and wasting time on Youtube.

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Book Blitz: The Last Grand Master by Andrew Q. Gordon

The Last Grand Master
By Andrew Q. Gordon
Genre: Fantasy/SciFi
Book Description:
In a war that shook the earth, the six gods of Nendor defeated their brother Neldin, God of Evil. For three thousand years, Nendor and the Seven Kingdoms have known peace and prosperity and Neldin's evil was nearly forgotten.
But then Meglar, wizard-king of Zargon, unleashes the dark magic of the underworld and creates an army of creatures to carry out his master's will. One by one, the sovereign realms fall as a new war between the gods threatens to engulf Nendor.
Leading the opposition to Meglar is Grand Master Farrell. Young and untried, Farrell carries a secret that could hold the key to defeating Meglar—or it could destroy the world.
Farrell is joined by Nerti, queen of the unicorns, and Miceral, an immortal muchari warrior the Six have chosen as Farrell's mate. As Farrell and his new allies make plans to counter Neldin's evil, Meglar forces their hand when he invades a neighboring kingdom. Rushing to help their ally, Farrell and Miceral find themselves in the middle of the battle. Cut off from help, Farrell attempts an untried spell that will either turn the tide or cost him and Miceral their lives.

Author Bio:
Andrew Q. Gordon wrote his first story back when yellow legal pads, ball point pens were common and a Smith Corona correctable typewriter was considered high tech. Adapting with technology, he now takes his MacBook somewhere quiet when he wants to write.  Andrew’s imagination has helped him create works of high fantasy, paranormal thrills and touch of the futuristic.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Book Spotlight: The Secret Billionaire by Teymour Shahabi

The Secret Billionaire
By Teymour Shahabi
Genre: Young Adult Mystery
Book Description:
March 24. Billionaire Lyndon Surway takes off in his private plane and never returns.
His will leaves the entirety of his wealth—one of the largest fortunes in history—to his “dear friend Lucian Baker.” Only there is no trace of anyone by that name. And the fortune itself is nowhere to be found.
Andrew Day knows nothing of wealth and privilege, but he won a scholarship to study at the most exclusive school in the country, in the town where the mystery, decades later, remains unsolved. There he discovers friendship and danger with the aristocratic Cameron and the beautiful Olivia. But watchful eyes follow him everywhere... Until, one night, he comes across a secret that will change his life. As he begins to unravel what really happened to the Surway fortune, the question remains: who is Lucian Baker?
Winner: Northern California Book Festival, Best Young Adult Book, 2016
Winner: Great Midwest Book Festival, Best Young Adult Book, 2016
Winner: Florida Book Festival, Best Young Adult Book, 2016
Author Bio:
Teymour Shahabi was born in Paris of Persian parents in 1985. He moved to the United States to study Comparative Literature and Mathematics at Harvard University. He lives in New York City where he’s spent the last few years among serious professionals, many of whom probably prefer to read nonfiction. The Secret Billionaire is his first published book.
You can watch him try to figure out writing and life at www.facebook.com/Teymour.Shahabi.
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Twitter: @teymourshahabi

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Cover Reveal: Twisted Beauty by Kristen Flood

Twisted Beauty
By Kristen Flood
Genre: Adult Fantasy Romance

Book Description:

THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN LOSING EVERYTHING . . .  IS FORGETTING WHAT YOU LOST. 

KRISTEN FLOOD,  author of Seeking Incandescence and The Museum, pens a riveting adult romance with a poignant examination of love, identity, and forgiveness. 

THE BEAST 

Once the powerful prince of Renol, William is a shell of the man he once was. Living under the curse of a powerful witch, William has spent 100 years making deals on her behalf and mourning the loss of his first love. 

THE BEAUTY 

Belle has spent her life confined within the limits of her city, Paylor, and is now bound to a man she does not love. When she dares to venture outside the city's gates in search of something she's lost, she finds more than she ever expected. 

As Belle and William embark on a journey of love and mourning, passion and forgiveness, they discover that sometimes what we lose isn't as important as what we find. 

GIVEAWAY:

Go to Kristen’s Facebook author page (@kristenfloodbooks)and share the cover reveal video that she will be posting today at 2:30 pm central time. The giveaway will start February 2nd and go until March 15th. Two winners will receive a signed copy of Twisted Beauty one month before it releases and a $10 gift cards.

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