Items I won from a book auction event

 

I think this is my second time to be part of a book auction event. The event reached $4,860 from generous authors and bookworms. Unfortunately, Matty passed away. The money they gathered will help to support the kids and funeral cost too. I am so glad that I can help and in return received signed books, shirt and swags too.

I helped $80 in total. In return, I received seven signed books, signed shirt and signed swags as well.

A signed paperback of The Matchmaker’s Playbook ( A Wingman Inc. Novel) by Rachel Van Dyken

Signed paperback copies of This Weak & Idle Theme and The Story of My Scars (two short story collections), donated by Victoria Perkins – Author 

Signed paperback of The Calum donated by Xio Axelrod – Author 

Three signed paperbacks written and donated by J.T. Lozano.
-Behind the Facade
-Resolutions
-Ravens Redemption

A signed paperback of Unconditional Surrender and a Strike Force t-shirt written and donated by Desiree Holt.

I wish these generous authors more success in their books. Their generosity is much appreciated.

How to enjoy reading a book while listening to music 

Reading and listening to music always soothes me. It even relaxes me even for few hours. It is my alone time. If you are a bookworm likes me at the same time music lover, this   komplete 10 at musiciansfriend.com is perfect for both of us. I know that you can learn any music instruments from this website aside from this specific item. Why not check it out and enjoy browsing.

Shades of Murder Book By Lauren Carr

Welcome to Lauren Carr’s Audiobook-a-palooza Blog Tour! To celebrate the release of Lauren Carr’s mysteries in audiobook format, we have 14 books from her three series on tour!



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Question: what do you get the man with everything?

Answer: when that man is the heir of the late mystery writer Robin Spencer, retired homicide detective Mac Faraday, you get him a cold case to solve.

In Shades of Murder, Mac Faraday is once again the heir to an unbelievable fortune. This time the benefactor is a collector of stolen art. But this isn’t just any stolen work of art – it’s a masterpiece with a murder attached to it.

Ilysa Ramsay was in the midst of taking the art world by storm with her artistic genius. Hours after unveiling her latest masterpiece, she is found dead in her Deep Creek Lake studio, and her painting is nowhere to be found.

Almost a decade later, the long lost Ilysa Ramsay masterpiece has found its way into Mac Faraday’s hands and he can’t resist the urge to delve into the case.

A world away, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, former JAG lawyer Joshua Thornton agrees to do a favor for the last person he would ever expect – a convicted serial killer.

The favor: solve the one murder wrongly attributed to him.

Joshua finds an unexpected ally in Cameron Gates, a spunky detective who has reason to believe the young woman known to the media only as Jane Doe, victim number four, was the victim of a copycat. Together, Joshua and Cameron set out to light a flame under the cold case only to find that someone behind the scenes wants the case to remain cold, and is willing to kill to keep it that way.

Little do these detectives know that the paths of their respective cases are on a collision course when they follow the clues to bring them together in a showdown with a killer who’s got a talent for murder!

I rated this book 5 *****’s 

Solving the crime at the same falling in-love unexpectedly 

I am late am sure reading the second book of these amazing series ” A Mac Faraday Mystery” but I will catch up sooner or later. Just like the first book of the series, the 2nd book is hard to put it down. I love to read mystery book not only the suspense is killing but much better when I laugh out loud. 

Couples like Mac and Archie, Cameron and Joshua made me giggle. They are just the sweetest couple but will knock your senses with their skills and talent to solve the mystery. 

They say that it is a sin to covet thy neighbor’s wife, right? When thy neighbor’s wife covets you, thou shall not refuse, right? Temptation is hard to resist and mix with greed, it is even sinful. This is what I learned from this book to name a few. 

As always Ms. Lauren Carr, never stop to blow my mind away. I am hooked with her writings and love reading her books.

Meet the Author:


Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries—over twenty titles across three fast-paced mystery series filled with twists and turns!

Book reviewers and readers alike rave about how Lauren Carr’s seamlessly crosses genres to include mystery, suspense, romance, and humor.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband and three dogs (including the real Gnarly’s klutzy nephew Sterling) on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

 

Connect with Lauren: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook


  

 

 

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Confessions of a Trauma Junkie: My Life as a Nurse Paramedic Book by Sherry Lynn Jones

Confessions of a Trauma Junkie: My Life as a Nurse Paramedic by Sherry Lynn Jones

Ride in the back of the ambulance with Sherry Jones Mayo 

Share the innermost feelings of emergency services workers as they encounter trauma, tragedy, redemption, and even a little humor. Sherry Lynn Jones has been an Emergency Medical Technician, Emergency Room Nurse, prison healthcare practitioner, and an on-scene critical incident debriefer. Most people who have observed or experienced physical, mental or emotional crisis have single perspectives. This book allows readers to stand on both sides of the gurney; it details a progression from innocence to enlightened caregiver to burnout, glimpsing into each stage personally and professionally.

“Corrections” the third realm of emergency care behind layers of concrete and barbed wire. Join in the dangers, challenges, and truth-is-stranger-than-fiction humor of this updated and revised second edition of Confessions of a Trauma Junkie. In addition to stories from the streets and ERs, medics, nurses, and corrections officers share perceptions and coping skills from the other side of prisons’ cuffs and clanging metal door.

I rated this book 5 *****’s 

Heart warming stories that will keep you think how life is so precious

I am not a nurse or working in any medical related field. I do feel what Ms. Sherry Lynn Jones when saving precious lives. Life is so precious that in one blink of an eye, it is taken away from me. The first story alone is heart warming. Can you imagine the rest of the stories when you read this book? Those incidents will want you to hold on to your kids or to your loved-ones.

This book is so beautiful in so many ways. Being a hero to saves lives is not easy. The stories will make your heart beats so fast. You reflect for a moment and what if, if that was your child. You cannot help but thankful and salute your hats off to all the heroes.

Working in a nursing home as a housekeeper, I witnessed few deaths and still breaks my heart. The recent was one the passing of my favorite 96 years old female resident. Until now, I still remember her when I clean her room though somebody is living their now.

Thank you Ms. Sherry Lynn Jones for sharing your kindness and unselfish heart with these beautiful confessions. 

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Emergency Service Professionals Praise Confessions of a Trauma Junkie 

“A must read for those who choose to subject themselves to life at its best and at its worst. Sherry offers insight in the Emergency Response business that most people cannot imagine.”
–Maj Gen Richard L. Bowling, former Commanding General, USAF Auxiliary (CAP)

“Sherry Mayo shares experiences and unique personal insights of first responders. Told with poetry, sensitivity and a touch of humor at times, all are real, providing views into realities EMTs, Nurses, and other first responders encounter. Recommended reading for anyone working with trauma, crises, critical incidents in any profession.”
— George W. Doherty, MS, LPC, President Rocky Mountain Region Disaster Mental Health Institute

“Sherry has captured the essence of working with people who have witnessed trauma. It made me cry, it made me laugh, it helped me to understand differently the work of our Emergency Services Personnel. I consider this a ‘MUST READ’ for all of us who wish to be helpful to those who work in these professions.”
–Dennis Potter, LMSW, CAAC, FAAETS, ICISF Instructor

“Confessions of a Trauma Junkie is an honest, powerful, and moving account of the emotional realities of helping others! Sherry Mayo gives us a privileged look into the healing professions she knows firsthand. The importance of peer support is beautifully illustrated. This book will deepen the readers respect for those who serve.”
–Victor Welzant, PsyD, Director of Education and Training, The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc

About the author
Jones, Sherry Lynn, EdD, MS, RN, FAAETS, EMTP (Ret.)

Sherry Lynn Jones is a registered nurse, QMPH, and retired paramedic with more than 25 years’ combined experience in EMS, trauma center ERs, and psych/corrections nursing (in chorus with civilian and paramilitary CISM response). A lieutenant colonel with Civil Air Patrol, Auxiliary of the USAF’s Total Force, Sherry was one of the key architects in introducing and developing CAP’s CISM Program. She served as CAP’s National CISM Director providing training, staff development, and strategic responses that included air crashes and Joint Task Force Katrina.

Sherry’s education includes a doctorate in adult education, and a master’s degree in psychology specializing in crisis management and response. Her dissertation, Nurses’ Occupational Trauma Exposure, Resilience, and Coping Education, revealed gaps in nurses’ training and practice, particularly regarding self-care.

Sherry is the author of a Trauma Junkie anthology, has published in numerous books (also as Sherry Jones Mayo), magazines, and journals. Sherry is a faculty member and approved instructor for multiple ICISF courses (International Critical Incident Stress Foundation). An elected board member of the Michigan Crisis Response Association (MCRA), Sherry lives in Michigan and serves as CEO of Education Resource Strategies.

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Old Loves Die Hard Book By Lauren Carr

I rated this book 5 *****’s 

Being greedy always put you to danger 
 
This book from Ms. Lauren Carr  is another mind blowing to read. She blew my mind away again. The twist is so crazy. I thought I figured it out who did it but boy! was I wrong.  
 
I am so happy that I read the very first book of this amazing series. It is such an unbelievable book. I am hooked and cannot wait to read the next book. 
 
Gnarly, the one crazy dog but always a hero is one amazing man’s best friend. I wish we have the dogs like him.  
 
Being greedy always put you to danger. People that like power will always  do anything to achieve that goals even hurting person especially a relative.  
 
This book is one mystery to unravel and you will enjoy every chapter until the last page. 

 

Why Fiction Writers Should Avoid Mixing Social Media and Politics

By Lauren Carr

 

Note: Before anyone accuses the writer of this guest post of being a “right or left-wing nut,” please be informed that she is a card-carrying Independent who has a deep distrust and dislike of any and all politicians. It is due to this dislike that she had great fun of satirizing our country’s current political situation in her best-selling mystery Candidate for Murder, in which she equally “trashed” both sides of the aisle.

 

Recently, I blocked a romance author on Twitter and Facebook.

Now this is not the first time that I had blocked someone in social media. Frankly, I have no problem blocking anyone. Usually it is because they have posted pictures of nude body parts in my timeline, but that’s another post. This post is about the seemingly no-brainer mistake that this writer had made. The horrible thing is that she is not the only writer making this error when it comes to using social media to promote fiction books.

I use social media purely for book promotion. Since my reading audience consists of mystery fans, which can be a diverse group stretching across various cultural beliefs (whether it be sex, religion, or politics), I do not originate posts on any of those subjects. It isn’t like I have any burning desire to originate such posts anyway. Anyone who knows me will tell you that my main focus is murder mysteries … and my German shepherds …and chocolate … and coffee (not necessarily in that order).

But, having said that, when it comes to Twitter, occasionally, like once or maybe twice a month, I will share a post regarding current events that strikes me as significant. Never, I repeat, never do I share posts that insults people for their beliefs. When I do these retweets, it is without added comment. I simply share the post with my 31,000-plus followers. Ninety-nine-point-nine percent of the time, my several dozen retweets a day consist of posts regarding fellow writers’ books.

So, you can imagine my reaction a couple weeks ago when a new follower responded, not direct messaged off-line, but replied to a shared post, declaring that I was “ignorant.” In other words, this romance author publicly insulted my intelligence simply because my political beliefs differed from hers.

So, without comment, without response, I immediately blocked her with two clicks of a button. No longer will she be offended by my posts or re-posts. Nor will I ever again see her postings—whether they be about politics or her books—and, as a result, I will not be sharing news about her books with my followers.

After blocking her, curiosity got the best of me and I looked up her profile. She had a whole big forty followers. I also looked her up on Facebook to find the same. Her timeline on both Facebook and Twitter consisted of anger-filled political rants against anyone who disagreed with her beliefs. Her postings were not arguments for why her views were correct, but rather insults of her political opponents’ intelligence, character, and morals—all against a banner displaying her romance novels that, I assume, she had set up these social media accounts to promote.

Book Marketing Rule #1: Don’t Alienate Potential Readers

Fiction writers with strong feelings about current political situations need to stop throwing their hissy fits and take a deep breath before alienating readers and writers on social media simply because of their different political, religious, or sexual beliefs.

To illustrate, let’s take a look at my situation with this romance author. People from all walks of life — from republicans to democrats to independents to conservatives to liberals — read romance novels. This is a huge popular genre.

Because of her lack of tolerance about a retweet in which she disagreed, this writer who only has forty followers on Twitter closed the door on a potentially advantageous avenue of book promotion. Now that I have blocked her because of her personal insult of my intelligence, none of her posts regarding guest blogs or reviews or upcoming events for her books will be shared with my 31,000 plus followers by me.

Maybe this romance writer is so intolerant of people with a differing worldview that she feels they are unworthy of reading her books—thus, she doesn’t want them to buy her books. If this is the case, she’s doing a good job of alienating literally half of her potential reading base.

The thing is, from what I have seen and heard from other writers on social media, this romance author is not an isolated case. Many fiction writers, across many genres that have nothing to do with politics, have been engaging in verbal battles with fellow authors and readers on social media. In their minds, I am sure they feel noble and courageous for standing up for their beliefs. As far as they’re concerned, they are on the side of right and anyone who disagrees with them is too stupid to read their books anyway.

Well, writers who want to sell books need to realize something before completely alienating half of their potential reading base permanently. Yes, I said half! That is fifty percent.

When it comes to using social media to promote your books, writers need to realize a basic fact about society. Generally, people “socialize” with “like-minded” people. This is people who feel, believe, or share a common interest with you. It could be a hobby—like reading—or it could be a common worldview—like religion or politics.

Me—I use social media exclusively to sell my books. My friends and followers are mystery fans and authors who cross various genres. The common thread that connects us all is our love for books—writing and reading.

Since people who think the same way tend to gravitate toward each other and become part of our own community (a world within a world), then it is very easy for us to forget that there are other people out there who think, feel, and believe differently than we do. It doesn’t mean they are “wrong” or “ignorant.” They simply have developed a different lifestyle and worldview based on their own environment.

Here’s a perfect example: Alcoholic and drug addicts, because of their illnesses, develop a lifestyle that revolves around drugs and alcohol. Their friends, and possibly their family, are fellow addicts and suppliers. That social structure is their whole world. They can’t enjoy a football game without beer. Weddings and parties must have an open bar. They can’t go out to a restaurant for dinner unless it has a wine list. Children who grow up in that environment, surrounded by alcoholics, drug users and drug dealers, learn that this is how the world operates. They don’t know any different.

When an alcoholic or drug addict goes into rehab, if they are serious about getting clean, one of the first, and hardest, things they have to do is leave that world and learn a whole new normal—learn how to enjoy a party without getting drunk or high. Oftentimes, that means cutting themselves off from friends they have had their whole lives and even some family members. They have to extract themselves from their whole social circle and create a new one.

My point is this: These fiction writers who feel so righteous attacking the intelligence or morals of readers or writers who may disagree with them—whether it be on the left or the right—are operating under a false sense of righteousness because they are so wrapped up in their social circle, made up of like-minded friends and family, that they have failed to realize how big the world outside their social circle really is.

Fiction writers should take note of the lesson to be learned from the last presidential election: our country is divided—half on the right and half on the left. Those in the mass media, Hollywood, New York, Chicago, and Washington are so wrapped up in their world of the elite that they have lost touch with the average American. Instead of taking note of that fact from the election, they have been throwing a hissy fit ever since. Hollywood celebrities who have joined in on the temper tantrum are succeeding only in alienating half of their fans by declaring them “deplorable” simply because their worldview is different.

Fiction authors who want to promote their books should play it smart and accept the fact that half of their potential readers aren’t going to vote the same as you do. So what? Unless you’re a politician looking for votes, don’t ask! Don’t even bring it up on social media.

The important thing to know about your friends and followers is this:

Do they read?

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The Happiness Perspective: Seeing Your Life Differently Book by Diane Wing

The Happiness Perspective: Seeing Your Life Differently by Diane Wing

Are you longing for greater happiness, but you feel like it’s just not possible?

Have you heard that happiness is just a state of mind, but you don’t know how to attain that state? Diane Wing, a teacher, personal transformation guide, and intuitive consultant, has unlocked the secrets that make happiness possible. This book is packed with methods to help you transform your thought processes, patterns, habits, and behaviors so you can experience greater happiness, peace of mind, and abundance. Discover in these pages the art of seeing life differently through such processes as:

– Turning regular household chores into meditation activities
– Reducing the noise in your environment so you can focus better
– Knowing who you truly are rather than trying to be everything to everyone else
– Saying no in effective ways that don’t make you feel guilty
– Learning to do less and appreciate more
– Cleansing your thoughts to remove negativity and ground yourself

Your personal evolution into greater happiness awaits you! Don’t wait any longer.

I rated this book 5 *****’s 

I loved reading this book so much. It is not only very inspirational but life changing as well. Every chapter is so detailed with amazing help that is very easy to follow to help you moved on and enjoy life to the fullest better either by yourself, friends or families.  
 
I admit I am a happy person. When I am stress, I find something that I loved and relieved any stress that I felt. Life is too short to deal with negativity. I rather smile than frown. My husband even told me that he loves my perspective in life. Grew up being poor, you need to enjoy life to the fullest.  
 
This book is so amazing. It is perfect for everybody to read, relax and reflect on their lives. You will learned a lot while reading this book. It is an eye opening book that helps you with situation especially if you are unhappy or want a change in your life. This book is beyond inspirational. You will take a deep breath, pause and you will feel different after you read this book.

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“The Happiness Perspective is a superb account of positive choices, exercises, and plenty of questions to ponder. I will be using it soon with my women’s groups.”/span>
–Barbara Sinor, Ph.D., author, Finding Destiny

“Profoundly transformative, The Happiness Perspective is a brilliant, comprehensive blueprint for self-awareness, inner peace, and the attainment of ultimate happiness.”
–Dyan Garris, author, visionary mystic, and New Age recording artist

“The Happiness Perspective is filled with tips and techniques that work to change your worldview and bring calmness into your life. I know because I’ve tried many of these techniques myself, learning how to do less and enjoy life more.”
— Tyler R. Tichelaar, PhD. and award-winning author of The Children of Arthur series

About the author
Author, teacher, and perspective changer Diane Wing, M.A. enjoys exploring the mysteries of life and the way that people experience themselves and the world around them. A phenomenologist at the core, Diane uses a variety of techniques combined with discovering unique patterns experienced by her clients to reveal a deeper understanding of the self and to shift their perspective enabling them to move past obstacles that keep them stuck.

Diane Wing is dedicated to helping people get grounded and trust themselves, so they can live a peaceful and fulfilling life of joyful self-expression. She inspires others and teaches them to safely tap into the energies around them to turn anxiety into tranquility. Her clients are those who are ready to stop struggling in their personal life so they can feel their best.

Wing sees connections between things that seem disparate to others and can help you see their significance in your life. She’s an idea person who helps you shift your perspective to see yourself and your life in a whole new way and is a master at bringing magick into the everyday. She wants to live in a world where people feel inspired and motivated to evolve beyond their current way of being. As a Perspective Changer and Blockage Buster, she’s a wiz at helping people find their Inner Magick to help them be happy in the present while creating their ideal future.

To that end, Diane Wing created a body of work focused on knowing the self at a deep level in order to build self-trust and self-confidence. Her books, both dark fantasy fiction, and enlightening non-fiction hold lessons based in Universal and Magickal Law and energetic consciousness. Her games, Pathways and Insight Stones®, are systems of metaphysics designed to facilitate self-discovery, develop intuitive ability, and to enhance self-awareness. The emphasis of her school, Wing Academy of Unfoldment, and of her radio show, Wing Academy Radio, helps students and listeners learn ways to take metaphysical and personal development concepts and apply them to everyday life in their own distinct way. It’s about going deeper and seeing the patterns of your life.

Wing’s books create a transformational experience for the reader while incorporating a bit of the unexpected. Many say that her fiction has a sense of Karmic justice rendered within the realm of the unknown and that her non-fiction brings about a heightened awareness of the self and the world to enhance understanding of our own internal transformations.

According to Diane Wing, “Ever since I was little, the world felt magickal. [Magick with a “k” is used to differentiate the magic of an illusionist or stage magician from the magick that includes your intuitive abilities and tapping into the flow of the Universe). The world was beautiful and mysterious, filled with things to learn and experience. The path led me to become a lifetime student of metaphysics, mysticism, magick, and spirituality and to achieve a Master’s degree in psychology…and it all shows up in my writing. You never know what’s waiting around the bend.

“The world still feels magickal to me; every act of nature, every energetic exchange, every new discovery is perceived through the eyes of wonder. I now understand that self-knowledge is the key to all magickal operations; the discovery of our own Inner Magick is essential to living in concert with the Universe. We are the Magician, as in tarot, orchestrating and creating life in accordance with our true self.”

Diane is an avid reader, bibliophile, lover of trees, and a lifelong learner. She and her husband are pet parents to a sweet little Shih Tzu.

Find out more, listen to Wing Academy Radio, and take the Vibrational Quiz at www.DianeWing.com

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Confessions of a Trauma Junkie: My Life as a Nurse Paramedic by Sherry Lynn Jones

Ride in the back of the ambulance with Sherry Jones Mayo 

Share the innermost feelings of emergency services workers as they encounter trauma, tragedy, redemption, and even a little humor. Sherry Lynn Jones has been an Emergency Medical Technician, Emergency Room Nurse, prison healthcare practitioner, and an on-scene critical incident debriefer. Most people who have observed or experienced physical, mental or emotional crisis have single perspectives. This book allows readers to stand on both sides of the gurney; it details a progression from innocence to enlightened caregiver to burnout, glimpsing into each stage personally and professionally.

“Corrections” the third realm of emergency care behind layers of concrete and barbed wire. Join in the dangers, challenges, and truth-is-stranger-than-fiction humor of this updated and revised second edition of Confessions of a Trauma Junkie. In addition to stories from the streets and ERs, medics, nurses, and corrections officers share perceptions and coping skills from the other side of prisons’ cuffs and clanging metal door.

Available to buy from….
Amazon.com   Amazon.co.uk    Barnes and Noble   Paperback

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Emergency Service Professionals Praise Confessions of a Trauma Junkie 

“A must read for those who choose to subject themselves to life at its best and at its worst. Sherry offers insight in the Emergency Response business that most people cannot imagine.”
–Maj Gen Richard L. Bowling, former Commanding General, USAF Auxiliary (CAP)

“Sherry Mayo shares experiences and unique personal insights of first responders. Told with poetry, sensitivity and a touch of humor at times, all are real, providing views into realities EMTs, Nurses, and other first responders encounter. Recommended reading for anyone working with trauma, crises, critical incidents in any profession.”
— George W. Doherty, MS, LPC, President Rocky Mountain Region Disaster Mental Health Institute

“Sherry has captured the essence of working with people who have witnessed trauma. It made me cry, it made me laugh, it helped me to understand differently the work of our Emergency Services Personnel. I consider this a ‘MUST READ’ for all of us who wish to be helpful to those who work in these professions.”
–Dennis Potter, LMSW, CAAC, FAAETS, ICISF Instructor

“Confessions of a Trauma Junkie is an honest, powerful, and moving account of the emotional realities of helping others! Sherry Mayo gives us a privileged look into the healing professions she knows firsthand. The importance of peer support is beautifully illustrated. This book will deepen the readers respect for those who serve.”
–Victor Welzant, PsyD, Director of Education and Training, The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc

About the author
Jones, Sherry Lynn, EdD, MS, RN, FAAETS, EMTP (Ret.)

Sherry Lynn Jones is a registered nurse, QMPH, and retired paramedic with more than 25 years’ combined experience in EMS, trauma center ERs, and psych/corrections nursing (in chorus with civilian and paramilitary CISM response). A lieutenant colonel with Civil Air Patrol, Auxiliary of the USAF’s Total Force, Sherry was one of the key architects in introducing and developing CAP’s CISM Program. She served as CAP’s National CISM Director providing training, staff development, and strategic responses that included air crashes and Joint Task Force Katrina.

Sherry’s education includes a doctorate in adult education, and a master’s degree in psychology specializing in crisis management and response. Her dissertation, Nurses’ Occupational Trauma Exposure, Resilience, and Coping Education, revealed gaps in nurses’ training and practice, particularly regarding self-care.

Sherry is the author of a Trauma Junkie anthology, has published in numerous books (also as Sherry Jones Mayo), magazines, and journals. Sherry is a faculty member and approved instructor for multiple ICISF courses (International Critical Incident Stress Foundation). An elected board member of the Michigan Crisis Response Association (MCRA), Sherry lives in Michigan and serves as CEO of Education Resource Strategies.

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Book Spotlight Dancing in the Rain by Lucy Appadoo

Can she end the turmoil and escape the firmly built trap to find the freedom she craves?

Book Details:
Book Title: Dancing in the Rain (The Italian Family Series)
Author: Lucy Appadoo
​Category: Adult Fiction, 274 pages
Genre: Historical Coming of Age/Romance/Family Drama
Publisher: Lucy Appadoo
Release date: March 24, 2017
Tour dates: June 5 to 23, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (There is physical abuse and death involved.)
Book Description:
Fifteen-year old Valeria Allegro works diligently on the family farm in Italy, where she is torn between her duty to her family and her desire to find freedom from her strict, domineering father. She finds solace in Dario, a young student who provides a blissful escape—until a neighbour’s son, Gregorio, decides he wants her for himself.
This raises an alarm for her father, which leads to family conflict and aggression. When Dario is threatened and her family is plagued by a series of suspicious accidents, Valeria is desperate to keep her loved ones safe. Can she end the turmoil and escape the firmly built trap to find the freedom she craves?
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Lucy Appadoo is a registered counsellor and wellness coach with a part-time private practice. She also works as a rehabilitation counsellor for the Australian government. In her spare time, she self-publishes or writes nonfiction and fiction texts. She previously worked as a rehabilitation consultant, caseworker, English as a second language teacher, and proofreader.
Lucy has postgraduate diplomas in psychology, education, and English as a Second Language teaching, as well as specialised qualifications in grief counselling and hypnosis. She has also completed wellness coaching courses (levels 1-3) at Wellness Coaching Australia.
Lucy enjoys reading romantic suspense, romance, thrillers, crime novels, family/historical drama, and sagas. She writes in the genres of romantic suspense, historical fiction, and romance. She has enjoyed travelling to exotic places such as Madrid, Mauritius, and Italy, and draws on these experiences in her creative writing.
Lucy’s favourite authors include Kendra Elliot, Christiane Heggan, Theresa Ragan, Tara Moss, Nicholas Sparks, Adriana Trigiani, Erica Spindler, and James Patterson (to name a few).
Lucy’s interests include meditation, playing tennis, journal writing, reading fiction and nonfiction texts about writing, coaching, and counselling, ongoing professional development, spending time with her husband and two daughters, and socialising with friends and family.
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Spotlight Deceiving Bella and Bodyguards of L.A. County Series Book By Cate Beauman

Book Details:

Book Title: Deceiving Bella: Book #11 In The Bodyguards of L.A. County Series
Author: Cate Beauman
​Category: Adult Fiction, 588 pages
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Createspace
Release date: October 13, 2016
Tour dates: May 22 to June 16, 2017
Content Rating: R (Sex scenes, language, some intense moments)

Book Description:

Isabella Colby has always yearned for normalcy. Now that she’s settled in LA, she finally has it. Good friends, a pretty home, and her thriving career as the Palisades’ top skincare specialist are a dream come true. Bella is content until she meets her hunky new neighbor, but her attraction to the blue-eyed cutie is the least of her worries when contacting her long-lost father threatens to destroy her happy life.

Reed McKinley is more than ready to forget the past. His seven-year stint as an NYPD detective nearly got him killed. His wounds have healed and he’s starting over as Ethan Cooke Security’s latest recruit. With sixty-hour workweeks and little time to himself, the last thing on his mind is a relationship. Then he bumps into the gorgeous woman next door.

Reed and Bella become fast friends. Before long, Reed discovers that Bella is keeping dangerous secrets. Bella may have the answers to decades-old questions he’s been searching for. Reed will risk it all to uncover the truth, but he soon realizes that the deeper he digs, the direr the consequences.

“This book captured my attention from the very beginning. The author did an excellent job of developing the characters and helping the reader feel like he was along for the story. I have enjoyed all of the books in this series, but I must say Deceiving Bella is one of my favorites!”
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Deceiving Bella is the eleventh book is the Bodyguards of L.A. County Series. Check out the first ten books here!


 
 

Book One

 

Morgan’s Hunter, the story of Morgan and Hunter. (4.2 Stars!)

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Morgan Taylor, D.C. socialite and wildlife biologist, leads a charmed life until everything changes with a phone call. Her research team has been found dead—slaughtered—in backcountry Montana.

As the case grows cold, Morgan is determined to unravel the mystery behind her friends’ gruesome deaths. Despite the dangers of a murderer still free, nothing will stand in her way, not even the bodyguard her father hires, L.A.’s top close protection agent, Hunter Phillips.

Sparks fly from the start when no-nonsense Hunter clashes with Morgan’s strong-willed independence. Their endless search for answers proves hopeless—until Hunter discovers the truth.

On the run and at the mercy of a madman, Morgan and Hunter must outsmart a killer to save their own lives.

One thing I noticed right away was Hunter is smoking hot. This author captured his attractiveness well. Many romance authors have said their main character was good looking, but this was one of the very few times where I thought, “Wow. He’s hot!” And let me tell you blonde-haired blue eyed guys are not my type. The author deserves some serious props here.”
Raven Reviewer

Book Two


Falling For Sarah, the story of Sarah and Ethan. (4.5 Stars / Award Winner!)

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Widow Sarah Johnson struggled to pick up the pieces after her life was ripped apart. After two years of grieving, she’s found contentment in her thriving business as photographer to Hollywood’s A-list and in raising her angel-faced daughter, Kylee…until bodyguard and long-time friend Ethan Cooke changes everything with a searing moonlight kiss.

Sarah’s world turns upside down as she struggles with her unexpected attraction to Ethan and the guilt of betraying her husband’s memory. But when blue roses and disturbing notes start appearing on her doorstep, she has no choice but to lean on Ethan as he fights to save her from a stalker that won’t stop until he has what he prizes most.

This story, although starting sad with Jake’s death, goes zero to sixty from there. A creepy, insane , psycho thrown in with HOT manly men always make for an awesome ride.”
Inside BJ’s Head

Book Three

Hailey’s Truth, the story of Hailey and Austin. (4.4 Stars!)

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Hailey Roberts has never had it easy. Despite the scars of a tragic childhood, she’s made a life for herself. As a part-time student and loving nanny, she yearns for a family of her own and reluctant Austin Casey, Ethan Cooke Security’s best close protection agent.

Hailey’s past comes back to haunt her when her long lost brother tracks her down, bringing his dangerous secrets with him. At an emotional crossroads, Hailey accepts a humanitarian opportunity that throws her together with Austin, taking her hundreds of miles from her troubles, or so she thinks.

What starts out as a dream come true quickly becomes a nightmare as violence erupts on the island of Cozumel. Young women are disappearing, community members are dying—and the carnage links back to her brother.

As Austin struggles to keep Hailey’s past from destroying her future, he’s forced to make a decision that could turn her against him, or worse cost them both their lives.

“WOW. My head is in a whirl from this one. From the high intensity of Suspense, down to the oh-so yummy Romance, by far, Hailey and Austin have the hottest freaking scenes of the three books! ~ It’s so good… or I’m so bad because–I hate to admit it–I reread the hotter than Hades scenes! I could read the entire novel again, and that’s rare for me.” 

Hammy

Book Four

Forever Alexa, the story of Alexa and Jackson. (4.4 Stars!)
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First grade teacher and single mother Alexa Harris is no stranger to struggle, but for once, things are looking up. The school year is over and the lazy days of summer are here. Mini-vacations and relaxing twilight barbeques are on the horizon until Alexa’s free-spirited younger sister vanishes.

Ransom calls and death threats force Alexa and her young daughter to flee their quiet home in Maryland. With nowhere else to turn, Alexa seeks the help of Jackson Matthews, Ethan Cooke Security’s Risk Assessment Specialist and the man who broke her heart.

With few leads to follow and Abby’s case going cold, Alexa must confess a shocking secret if she and Jackson have any hope of saving her sister from a hell neither could have imagined.

“FOREVER ALEXA is a book that is impossible to put down. I loved the first three books in this series, Morgan’s Hunter, Falling for Sarah and Hailey’s Truth, but FOREVER ALEXA is far and above my favorite in the series. That being said, I not only recommend but encourage readers of romantic suspense to give Ms. Beauman’s books a try…..you will not be disappointed!!!”
​- NicoleMD

Book Five

Waiting For Wren, the story of Wren and Tucker. (4.6 Stars!)

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Wren Cooke has everything she’s ever wanted—a thriving career as one of LA’s top interior designers and a home she loves. Business trips, mockups, and her demanding clientele keep her busy, almost too busy to notice Ethan Cooke Security’s gorgeous Close Protection Agent, Tucker Campbell.

Jaded by love and relationships in general, Wren wants nothing to do with the hazel-eyed stunner and his heart-stopping grins, but Tucker is always in her way. When Wren suddenly finds herself bombarded by a mysterious man’s unwanted affections, she’s forced to turn to Tucker for help.

As Wren’s case turns from disturbing to deadly, Tucker whisks her away to his mountain home in Utah. Haunted by memories and long-ago tragedies, Tucker soon realizes his past and Wren’s present are colliding. With a killer on the loose and time running out, Tucker must discover a madman’s motives before Wren becomes his next victim.

“I loved the book, the chemistry between all the players, always love it when a man knows what he wants and goes about getting it. Of course I did cry some tears and my spine tingled not just the suspense but the intimate times Tucker and Wren spent together and not just between the sheets.”
Seawitch Reviews

Book Six

Justice For Abby, the story of Abigail and Jerrod. (4.6 Stars / Award Winner!)

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Fashion designer Abigail Harris has been rescued, but her nightmare is far from over. Determined to put her harrowing ordeal behind her and move on, she struggles to pick up the pieces of her life while eluding the men who want her dead.

The Mid-Atlantic Sex Ring is in ruins after Abby’s interviews with the police. The organization is eager to exact their revenge before her testimony dismantles the multi-million dollar operation for good.

Abby’s safety rests in the hands of former US Marshal, Jerrod Quinn. Serious-minded and obsessed with protocol, Ethan Cooke Security’s newest agent finds himself dealing with more than he bargains for when he agrees to take on his beautiful, free-spirited client.

As the trial date nears, Abby’s case takes a dangerous turn. Abby and Jerrod soon discover themselves in a situation neither of them expect while Jerrod fights to stop the ring from silencing Abby once and for all.

“I really thought this would be a routine bodyguard/subject book, boy was I wrong. Cate Beauman’s characters popped! By the end of this book (which I read in one sitting) I was exhausted but replete… From paragraph to paragraph this story shifts and changes. The betrayals and surprises come at the reader at a furious pace. And while this story revolves around a very dark occurrence, there are enough moments that will make you smile, chuckle, snort and go “awwwww.”

Sebella Blue

Book Seven

Saving Sophie, the story of Sophie and Stone. (4.7 Stars / Award Winner!)
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Jewelry designer Sophie Burke has fled Maine for the anonymity of the big city. She’s starting over with a job she tolerates and a grungy motel room she calls home on the wrong side of town, but anything is better than the nightmare she left behind.

Stone McCabe is Ethan Cooke Security’s brooding bad boy more interested in keeping to himself than anything else—until the gorgeous blond with haunted violet eyes catches his attention late one rainy night.

Stone reluctantly gives Sophie a hand only to quickly realize that the shy beauty with the soft voice and pretty smile has something to hide. Tangled up in her secrets, Stone offers Sophie a solution that has the potential to free her from her problems once and for all—or jeopardize both of their lives.

Saving Sophie is truly a beautiful story… Cate has woven a meaningful story about a courageous woman who overcomes domestic violence to build a life for herself…The author beautifully shows the readers the struggles and fears that Sophie goes through to break free. There is pain in sorrow and beauty in the tears. The heroine is broken and whole. She survives to show us that if you have the courage and the will you can overcome all odds… Saving Sophie is about abuse, courage, romance, honor and so much more.”

Rebecca 

Book Eight

 

Reagan’s Redemption, the story of Reagan and Shane. (4.5 Stars / Award Winner!)
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Doctor Reagan Rosner loves her fast-paced life of practicing medicine in New York City’s busiest trauma center. Kind and confident, she’s taking her profession by storm–until a young girl’s accidental death leaves her shaken to her core. With her life a mess and her future uncertain, Reagan accepts a position as Head Physician for The Appalachia Project, an outreach program working with some of America’s poorest citizens.

Shane Harper, Ethan Cooke Security’s newest team member, has been assigned a three-month stint deep in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, and he’s not too happy about it. Guarding a pill safe in the middle of nowhere is boring as hell, but when he gets a look at his new roommate, the gorgeous Doctor Rosner, things start looking up.

Shane and Reagan encounter more than a few mishaps as they struggle to gain the trust of a reluctant community. They’re just starting to make headway when a man’s routine checkup exposes troubling secrets the town will do anything to keep hidden–even if that means murder.

“Cate Beauman’s eagerly anticipated book Reagan’s Redemption the 8th book in her Bodyguards of La series did not disappoint! I have not found a book in a long time that I just could not put down. I literally stayed up until 2am reading. This book had it all, suspense, great hero, heroine, mystery, and romance. I believe Cate definitely knocked this one out of the part.”
​- Jeannie K

Book Nine

Answers For Julie, the story of Julie and Chase. (4.6 Stars! / Award Winner)Buy Now!

Julie Keller relishes the simple things: hot chocolate on winter nights, good friends she calls her family, and her laid-back career as a massage therapist and yoga instructor. Julie is content with her life until Chase Rider returns to Bakersfield.

Bodyguard Chase Rider isn’t thrilled to be back in the town where he spent his childhood summers. His beloved grandmother passed away, leaving him a house in need of major repairs. With a three-week timetable and a lot to do, he doesn’t have time for distractions. Then he bumps into Julie, the one woman he hoped never to see again. Chase tries to pretend Julie doesn’t exist, but ten years hasn’t diminished his attraction to the hazel-eyed stunner.

When a stranger grabs Julie’s arm at the grocery store—a woman who insists Julie’s life isn’t what it seems, Chase can’t help but get involved. Julie and Chase dig into a twenty-five-year-old mystery, unearthing more questions than answers. But the past is closer than they realize, and the consequences of the truth have the potential to be deadly.

“This series just gets better and better! I loved Answers for Julie – as with the whole series, it’s a careful balance between suspense and romance, the characters are really well developed, and the plot moved at just the right pace with a fair number of surprises thrown in!”
LCF

Book Ten

Finding Lyla, the story of Lyla and Collin. (4.7 Stars!)Buy Now!

Principal Dancer Lyla Markovik-Avery is always on the go. Grueling practices and endless performances rule her busy days–and things are about to get more hectic. Russia is rolling out the red carpet for their beloved star, despite the string of violent terrorist attacks that have rocked the nation.

Bodyguard Collin Michaels’ life is falling apart. His long-time relationship recently ended. He’s trying to start over, but that’s easier said than done. Luckily, Collin has a new assignment on the horizon: keeping a beautiful ballerina safe for the next three weeks.

Collin finds comfort in Lyla’s easy friendship, but that all changes after a night out on the town. Simple feelings become complicated–something Collin can’t afford, especially when tragedy strikes and Collin realizes Lyla’s caught in the middle of a dangerous plot for revenge.

Collin and Lyla are forced to flee. They need to reach the border before it’s too late, but the odds are stacked against them in a country that wants them dead. With time running out, Collin formulates a risky plan that might be their only chance of making it out alive.

“In reading the synopsis, I wasn’t sure how I would like this although I love all of Cate’s books. Boy, was this a surprise for me. This book is wonderfully written with so many twists and turns, it was hard to put down. Such a beautiful love story with action, suspense, drama, and a bit of sadness too. I loved Lyla and felt sad because of how she felt she had to live her life. I also loved Collin and how he recognized the journey that Lyla needed to take. Of course, being a man, he is on his own journey of self realization as well. Wonderful story that I KNOW I will be reading again.”
Ree Ree

 

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International bestselling author Cate Beauman is known for her full-length, action-packed romantic suspense series, The Bodyguards of L.A. County. Her novels have been nominated for the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, National Indie Excellence Award, Golden Quill Award, Writers Touch Award, and have been named Readers Favorite Five Star books. In 2015, JUSTICE FOR ABBY was selected as the Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Gold Medalist, while SAVING SOPHIE took the Silver Medal. SAVING SOPHIE was also selected as the 2015 Readers Crown Award winner for Romantic Suspense and FALLING FOR SARAH received the silver medal for the 2014 Readers’ Favorite Awards.Cate makes her home in North Carolina with her husband, two boys, and their St. Bernards, Bear and Jack. Currently Cate is working on her twelfth full length novel.​

 

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Chief: Kings of Guardian Book 7 by Kris Michaels

 

 Chief (Kings of Guardian Series – Book 7)

by Kris Michaels

Releases:  May 30 2017



                 

Synopsis 

Cloaked in the identity of David Xavier, a billionaire player in multiple world

theaters, Mike White Cloud worked to enter the Russian Mafia’s lair, by
stalking a shadowy creature named “The Concierge.” The Russian woman
brokered young innocents into slavery and Mike meant to destroy her and
the organization she worked for. He should have despised her for the
atrocious crimes she facilitated, but too often love and hate are the flip
sides of the same coin, and what Mike felt for Taty was not hate. It didn’t
matter. He’d destroy the Bravata and all its associates—even if it meant
part of his soul sat in prison for the rest of her life.

Driven by heartbreak, Tatyana Petrov joined the elite British M16 unit, and
for eight years, wormed her way into the trust of the Bravata as she
strove to identify the human filth selling those innocents to billionaires like
David Xavier. She’d found it easy to loathe the wealthy men who bought
her “toys”—until David. For reasons that she wouldn’t acknowledge, she
wanted to protect this one man from the retribution rapidly approaching.
Neither knew the other’s true mission but even as mortal adversaries,
they’d each given the other a part of their soul and now only devastation
and sorrow waited.

I rated this book 5 *****’s 

My favorite series from Kings Of Guardian

I thought #6 Jasmine is my favorite series from the Kings Of Guardian but I was wrong. Seven is my lucky number and Chief is indeed the 7th book from series.

The Kings Of Guardian series is so addicting if you have not read it yet. You can read it stand alone.

Chief amazes me with this book. This guy is not only easy on the eyes but his hands are quick too. Tatyana on the other hand will blow your mind away. The combination of these two is deadly not only in bed but the way their minds work together. I loved it.

This book is full of action, romance and comedy. It is terrifying at the same time mind blowing how the Guardians solved the scariest crimes that involve human trafficking.

I enjoyed reading this book so much. One best series that I loved to read.







Meet the Author 

Kris Michaels is the alter ego of a happily married wife and mother who loves to

write erotic romance with a twist of military flavor.
A chance meeting and immediate friendship with an established author
propelled Kris into a world where her lifelong fantasy of publishing romance
novels came true! Her vivid imagination and erotic fantasies evolved into the
Kings of Guardian Series.
Kris believes in meeting life head on… as long as there is an ample supply of
coffee, whiskey and wine! She believes love makes this crazy life worthwhile.
When she isn’t writing Kris enjoys a busy life with her husband, the cop, and her

two wonderful sons.


 

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Kings of Guardian Series


1.    Jared
2.    Joseph
3.    Adam
4.    Jason
5.    Jared
6.    Jasmine
7.    Chief

Everlight Series (Co-written with Patricia A. Knight)

1.    An Evidence of Magic
2.    An Incident of Magic
Standalone Books

1.  A Heart’s Desire




 

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