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A Year in the Company of Freaks Book By by Teresa Neumann

 

Book Details:

Book Title: A Year in the Company of Freaks by Teresa Neumann
Category: Adult Fiction, 515 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: All’s Well House
Release date: Dec 21, 2015
Tour dates: Sept 11 to 29, 2017
Content Rating: PG + M (Little violence and profanity, no f-words, no sex, but some drug use)

Book Description:

It’s 1972 and a seismic clash-of-cultures is rattling northern California. In the redneck town of Trinity Springs, rumors of hippies migrating up from San Francisco have residents bracing for an invasion. When Italian-American hometown boy and Berkeley graduate Sid Jackson is busted for growing pot on his deceased parents’ farm, locals suspect the assault has begun. Will a crazy deferral program devised by the sheriff keep Sid out of prison? Or will a house full of eccentric strangers, a passionate love interest, and demons from his past be his undoing?

A “disarmingly appealing” tale of discrimination, transformation and restoration, Freaks is bursting with intrigue, drama, comic relief and romance. Reviewers agree this five-star, coming-of-age classic “very much reflects the attitude and mood of the times.”

Praise for A Year in the Company of Freaks:

“This coming of age story will draw the reader right in. Teresa Neumann demonstrates how much she values relationships in her writing … a precious skill. I held my breath all the way through to the final few pages. Five stars!” — The San Francisco Book Review

“As it relates to the complicated clash of culture and counterculture, Freaks acts as an authentic, strongly Seventies book. Northern California works as a strong presence in the novel that is vivid and omnipresent, but never overwhelming. Sure to intrigue and entertain, Freaks will have its digs in you before you realize how involved you’ve become.” — The Manhattan Book Review

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I rated this book 4 ****’s

Do not judge a person by the way they look 
 
This book is very interesting and historical to read. I was a year behind before I was born when this story started. History is such a fun subject for me to learn while I am at school just like this book. 
 
Do not judge a person by the way they look. Society sometimes is so cruel when they see a person or groups dressing differently. This book is an eye opening for me to learn more about freaks. I call them unique individuals or groups but just like us they are humans but different style.  
 
I like Otis and Pearlie as the characters but loved Sid the most. I loved the setting as well. Country is a quite life and enjoys every moment of it. Sid is a typical guy that was lost in the right direction. He changed a lot from better person to successful man.  
 
This book has sense of humor, suspense and second chance of life and love especially. I enjoyed every chapters that I read. If you like to read historical but not the kind of one, A Year in the company of freaks will put your mind at ease and enjoy the ride for every characters from this book and maybe change your life perspective from freak people.    

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About the Author:

Author of highly-acclaimed “A Year in the Company of Freaks,” Teresa was raised in a large Midwest family and now lives in Oregon. She is also the author of “Bianca’s Vineyard,” and its sequel, “Domenico’s Table.” Both books are based on the true stories of her husband’s Italian family in Tuscany. In addition to enjoying family, writing, reading, meeting her readers, wine tasting, traveling, and all things Italian, Teresa loves playing the fiddle with other musicians.

When one thinks of hippies in the 1970’s, Haight-Ashbury comes to mind, or Berkeley or some other urban haven of radicalism. But A Year in the Company of Freaks takes place in a small redneck town in northern California. Why did you choose that location for your setting?

I love the simplicity and intimacy small towns afford. They’re places where relationships are often more deeply formed and observed. But most importantly, I picked that location for my book because I was familiar with the area, having lived there for two years in the early 70’s. (Yes, that really is me in the photo on the back cover). The early 70’s truly were historic in that region because it was there that the counter culture began to branch out into rural areas north of San Francisco Bay and Marin County.

As a reader, it’s hard to tell if the changes transpiring in northern California will ultimately be good for the town of Trinity Springs or not. Is that deliberate?

Yes. As an author, I feel I’ve done my job if readers are able to interpret for themselves the answer to that question because, really, it depends on one’s perspective. If you love natural foods and co-op groceries and a counter-culture vibe, you’re bound to be glad that Trinity Springs is changing. If you’re the sort whose favorite eatery is a diner and you think marijuana should never be legalized, you’ll be hoping that the hippie invasion bypasses the town.

But the reality is …?

It’s not so much a question of “if” the counter culture took over the traditional life of pre-1970’s Californians as “how much” it affected communities. It’s a huge state. Northern California alone has a vastly diverse landscape housing all sorts of people groups. While hippies tended to congregate all up and down the coastline and inland a bit, there are also many towns today that resemble small towns in middle America. The counter-culture movement may have seemed invasive but it wasn’t pervasive. In other words, some locations were more receptive and naturally positioned to change than others. But, in general, the entire country – not just California, which was ground zero  — was impacted by the hippie movement of the 60’s and 70’s.

The characters in your book fit certain stereotypes. Was there a reason for doing this?

Stereotypes exist because in every people group, enough people demonstrate a quality – good or bad or funny or uniquely different – to warrant over-generalization. It can be a negative thing, and often is, but – if we’re self-deprecating enough – it can also be a fun, positive thing. Travel to other countries and you can’t help but see why certain stereotypes exist: the fun Italians, the sassy Brits, the elegant French. We Americans fall into our own category. Some Yanks are actually proud of certain stereotypes assigned us because it’s part of what makes us who we are. Boisterous? Heck, yeah. Loud? So what. But other stereotypes – especially pertaining to physical appearance, health or politics – may rub us the wrong way because they’re not accurate or reflective of us as individuals. Thus, the danger of stereotyping.

But then some of your characters’ stereotypes are broken.

Exactly. In the case of my main character, an Italian-American hippie, some of the stereotypes he ascribes to could be his undoing if he doesn’t break them, while others work to his benefit. I love to see unhealthy or wrongly-ascribed stereotypes broken. Accurate stereotypes keep us grounded and even humble at times. Broken stereotypes give us hope. Can we all raise a toast to that?

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One Call Away Book by Emily Goodwin

Title: One Call Away

Author: Emily Goodwin

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: September 21

Chase Henson doesn’t play by the rules. He doesn’t let himself get attached, doesn’t stay in one place long enough to call anywhere home. So when he returns to the small town of Summer Hill for the first time in years, the last thing he expects to find is a reason to stay.

Sierra Belmont is lost. Devastated after a sudden tragedy that left her heart broken in a million pieces, Sierra is just barely getting by. Burying herself in work at Summer Hill’s only bookstore, all she wants to do is make it through another day.

And then Chase walks through the doors of The Book Bag, claiming he’s just there to buy a book. Rumors that he’s dangerous fly through the town, but Sierra isn’t afraid of him. He might be the last person she should be with, but he’s the only one who understands the depth of her pain. For the first time, Chase stands still, fighting the desperation to mend Sierra’s broken heart.

Always running, the past has never had a chance to catch up to Chase. But there’s a first time for everything.

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Emily Goodwin is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of over a dozen of romantic titles. Emily writes the kind of books she likes to read, and is a sucker for a swoon-worthy bad boy and happily ever afters.

She lives in the midwest with her husband and two daughters. When she’s not writing, you can find her riding her horses, hiking, reading, or drinking wine with friends.

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The Real Thing (Sugar Lake Book 1) Book by Melissa Foster

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Fall in love on the shores of Sugar Lake in the small town of Sweetwater with Willow Dalton and Zane Walker.

This sassy, spirited baker is fine with heat—but is her fake fiancé too hot to handle?

Bakery owner Willow Dalton’s friendship with Zane Walker has always been a bit complicated. Now a scrumptiously hot A-list actor, Zane’s always had a reputation as player. He’s arrogant, and he’s definitely not boyfriend material. Sure, he did Willow a favor by agreeing to take her virginity before college, but is that reason enough to go along with a fake engagement a decade later—even if it comes with a real diamond ring?

Zane should have known better. Nothing involving Willow has ever been easy. Still, he knows her better than anyone, and becoming America’s hottest new leading man means cleaning up his reputation. An “engagement” to curvy, sass-mouthed Willow is the perfect PR move . . . provided no one gets hurt.

Now Zane and Willow’s little white lie has turned into an irresistible recipe for sweet temptation. And soon no one will be able to tell the difference between their fake engagement or the real thing—including them.

I rated this book 5 finger licking good *****

Willow and Zane will make your fingers lick so good with those sweetness overload  
 
Ms. Melissa Foster started a new series called Sugar Lake. The Real Thing is in the first book and my oh my, Willow and Zane will make your fingers lick so good with those sweetness overload.  
 
These two heated it off when they were young. Their feelings never go away. These two did many first things together and it was never forgotten. 
 
Ms. Melissa Foster’s book never stop us to amazes us. The characters of her books are so fun to read, will make your cry, breathless and fall in-love. This is the only first book in the series and am already hook. I cannot wait to read the 2nd book of this new series.  
 
Zane might be a A-list star but only Willow captures his real him especially his love. If you love to eat sweets, then this book will makes your stomach full and burn the calories right away as Willow and Zane are hotter than the oven’s temperature.  

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Only For You (Sugar Lake Book 2)

Love only works when your heart is in the right place. Hers could be right next door…

Single mom Bridgette Dalton doesn’t have time to stop and smell the roses—not even in her own flower shop. But that doesn’t mean she hasn’t noticed Bodhi Booker. Her ruggedly handsome next-door neighbor would be the perfect candidate for a no-strings fling. Having loved and lost, Bridgette’s not ready to hand over her heart…but she could use a distraction.

Bodhi has one rule: never leave anyone behind. As a special operative, he knows that each new mission is more dangerous than the last. He’s never made a promise of forever to a woman, not even to the beautiful widow who has him tied in knots. And if there were anyone who could tempt him into putting down roots, it would be Bridgette and her adorable son.

But as his next deployment nears, they make a startling discovery. Their passion, meant only for the here and now, might already be blossoming into something more…

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About the author
Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance (M/F, M/M, F/F), romantic suspense, thrillers, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.

Melissa has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Her interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

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Lottery in Paradise Book by Deborah Brown (Paradise Series Book 11)

Meet the crime-solving duo of the Florida Keys: Madison who has all the charm of the girl next door, not to mention a deadly aim and Fab, her best friend, a femme fatale private investigator with a taste for danger and stilettos.

When their neighbor is found dead, the headlines read, “It doesn’t pay to be a lottery winner.” It gets you nothing but an endless line of crazies at your door, greedy relatives and acquaintances. Sleuths Madison and Fab don’t have time to be concerned about the latest murder; they have problems of their own trying to figure out why their house has suddenly become the focus of several attempted break-ins. The duo are off on more adventures — what could go wrong chauffeuring a limousine full of college girls? Or chasing after a custom Ferrari? Along the way, there’s a break-up, a wedding, and the usual run-ins with the law.

If you like sassy, exciting crime novels, then you’ll love Lottery in Paradise, the eleventh book in the scorching Paradise series about two seductive ladies who use unconventional and highly entertaining measures to maintain the peace in the steamy and twisted paradise of Tarpon Cove.

The Paradise series, are Florida Keys mysteries, “great as stand-alone reads, but they’re like chips…you won’t be able to devour just one!”

I rated this book 5 *****’s 

Friendship and relationship will collides 
 
My mind is blowing as always while reading the Paradise Series. I loved this series so much. It is so addicting. I love the friendship, relationship and the chaos that involved with their jobs. 
 
While I was reading Lottery In Paradise, hurricane also happened. One of the affected areas is from the Key West. I can picture what am reading by looking at the path that Hurricane Irma hit Florida. All I can think is, hope Madison, Fab and their families were fine.  
 
I loved how the story end. I am a fan of Madison and Creole. I am so excited for these two. I can imagine the name of the next book.  
 
Both of these girls will always and ready to sacrifice their lives in the name of their friendship. They are sisters from different mothers. I adore their friendship and the craziness that involves around these two.  
 
This book is hard to put it down. It is suspense, funny and will make you fall in-love all over again. It is a must read if you want to laugh out loud at the same time will make your heart beats so fast. The entire series is such a fun read. 

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“Another FABULOUS book by one of my favorite authors. I love how there are always several different stories going on. I loved the ending…” 

“Another great story in the Paradise series! My love for these quirky characters grows with every book! Hope they never end!”

“An excellent story that is jammed packed with fun, happiness, anger, & a few stupid decisions. She captures the reader’s attention & keeps it from beginning to end. This is another winner in the Paradise series!”

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Book Excerpt

Fab hit the steering wheel with a closed fist. “I’m going to run that jerk off the road.”

“No. You. Are. Not. And you’re not going to shoot out his tires either.” Though there was a zero chance of that happening. As talented as the hot, sexy woman was, she couldn’t steer and shoot at the same time. “We’ll act like normal people and call the police.” Normal, I laughed to myself. I hadn’t heard myself described that way in a long time. Mostly, I heard “weird” bandied about. An over-exaggeration – I’m familiar with weird, and that’s not me.

“You better come up with something better than that.” Fab pulled up alongside the truck on the driver’s side.

I powered the window down and hung my head out, my hand in mid-air, ready to flag the man down, even though I knew that chances were slim that he’d pull over. Pulling my head back in the window, I said, “Change of plans.” I pushed my red hair back into place, smoothing it down, certain it was a wind-whipped mess. “The fancy tow truck is one of Brick’s.”

Brick and I had a tenuous relationship; it was hard to trust him when I knew he never put Fab’s safety first, or mine either. He opposed our relationship, knowing that several times I had convinced my daring friend to calm down and rethink her plan. As backup to Super PI Fab, there were few jobs that didn’t include flying bullets and running for our lives. I was happy for the respite. So were our boyfriends,who’d had a face-to-face with Brick, laying down the rules: no more withholding details, and if it came out after the fact that he knew there was a high chance of danger, it would be the last mistake he would make. My boyfriend followed that up with a right cross to Brick’s eye.
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Fab made an outraged sound. “I don’t believe you.”

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About the Author


I’ve been writing, in one way or another for as long as I can remember; poetry, sappy short stories (my best friend made me swear that I’d never show anyone until I changed the names), and a romance novel shoved under my bed.

I wanted to create books with a wide-range of unforgettable characters, with heat and romance, and lots of guns. It wouldn’t be complete without a slice of humor and charm.

I live with my family and demon children aka rescue cats in South Florida.

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Misadventures of a City Girl Book By Meredith Wild and Chelle Bliss

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Book:  Misadventures of a City Girl
Authors: Meredith Wild & Chelle Bliss
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Fresh off a divorce from a Hollywood hotshot, Madison Atwood needs an escape. With the paparazzi fresh on her heels and her love life splashed on every tabloid, she runs away to a swanky retreat in Northern California. Avalon Springs is the mountainside haven she needs to find herself again.

Luke Dawson lives off the grid, preferring solitude to society. When he finds a beautiful woman soaking in the hot springs on his property, he can’t stop himself from watching her. She captures his attention, but she’s just a city girl—a beautiful distraction disturbing the peace he’s settled here to find.

When Madison discovers Luke’s secluded cabin, he can’t turn her away again. They make no promises. Madison needs to feel wanted again, and Luke misses the touch of a woman. But when mother nature has other plans, they’re forced to spend more than a night of passion together. Can Luke say goodbye to the only woman who’s made him feel anything in years, and can Madison leave behind the man who brought her back to life?

I rated this book 5 *****’s 

What! Only on the first series and it’s darn good 
 
I loved reading Chelle Bliss books(am a fan) but have not read anything from Meredith Wild though I have my paperbacks waiting. I cannot believe Misadventures of a city girl is on the first series and it is darn good. Readers are in for a bumpy ride but smooth stop at the end. 
 
These ladies writings were phenomenal. They gave us sweet, funny, hot and emotional feelings after finishing this book.  
 
The setting reminds me of my retreat back in high school though it is not as wild as Madison and Luke’s adventure.  
 
Love is indeed hurtful but gives you a second chance to be happy again. It is worth fighting the demons and moved on. Luke will not only drives your appetite to the extent level but his kindness will even beg you to your knees. This guy is oozing with the hotness of summer but his caveman tactics will even fall you deeper in love.  
 
Madison and Luke deserve each other. They are like opposite attracts. I am looking forward to read the 2nd book of this series. 

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Meredith Wild is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of romance. Living on Florida’s Gulf Coast with her husband and three children, she refers to herself as a techie, whiskey-appreciator, and hopeless romantic. She has been featured on CBS This Morning, The Today Show, the New York TimesThe Hollywood ReporterPublishers Weekly, and The Examiner. When she isn’t living in the fantasy world of her characters, she can usually be found at:

USA Today bestselling author Chelle Bliss currently lives in a small town near the Gulf of Mexico. She’s a full-time writer, time-waster extraordinaire, social media addict, and coffee fiend. She’s written over ten books and has two series available. She loves spending her free time with her boyfriend, 2 cats, and her hamster.  Before becoming a writer, Chelle taught high school history for over ten years. She holds a master’s degree in Instructional Technology and a bachelor’s in History. Although history is her first love, writing has become her dream job and she can’t imagine doing anything else.



Path Of Lucas Book by Susanne Bellefeuille

Book Details:Book Title: Path of Lucas: The Journey He Endured by Susanne Bellefeuille
Category: Adult Fiction, 350 pages
Genre: Fiction, Based on a True Story, Romance, Drama
Publisher: Balboa Press
Release date: December 26, 2015
Tour dates: August 21 to Sept 1, 2017
Content Rating: PG (for words Oh God, Damn and there is kissing)Book Description:​Path of Lucas follows Lucas Clarkson who is a simple man, a family man, and a hard working farmer’s son. From a small town in Eastern Ontario, the author, Susanne Bellefeuille, brings us on Lucas’s journey through the trials and tribulations of his life.

Lucas’s path is not as simple as the man he’s portrayed to be. From the days spent working on his dad’s farm to becoming a successful mechanic, with a genuine heart and his incredible strength, Lucas faces many difficult decisions. The choices he makes may be the difference between realizing his dreams and keeping his family together.

Based on true events, this is Susanne Bellefeuille’s first novel.

I rated this book 5 gut wrenching stars 

What a very inspirational book 
 
I cannot imagine myself to walk on Lucas’ shoe. This guy is beyond amazing. What he has been through is so remarkable. He is one very strong man and never gives up. 

What a very inspirational book Path Of Lucas is. If you need inspiration to fight for your life and what have you been through, there is hope. You should read this book. It will blow your emotions.  

 
The author did a fantastic job writing this book. It seems like she is talking to you. For a first time book written by her, I am beyond words. I awe for her talent as this is her first book. Wow! I cannot wait to read her next book. 

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Susanne Bellefeuille is a sister, mother, grandmother, and an inspirational mentor to many people. Graduating from the social service worker program at St. Lawrence College in Cornwall, Ontario, Susanne spends countless hours offering her professional aid, guidance, and most importantly, her friendship to people with intellectual disabilities.
Susanne’s life changed remarkably after the realization that her desires would require her to complete college and set a better example for her children and grandchildren. From being a high school dropout and a mother at the young age of seventeen, Susanne has journeyed a considerable distance to become the successful person she is today. Her journey is not only to write books but also to help people reach their full potential, as she truly believes that everyone deserves the opportunity to shine in life.

1) What made you write a book about…?

What made me write a book was that I always had a passion for books basically all my life, always said one day I want to write a book.  There was something deep inside me wanting to write but I always seem to push it aside until the feeling got stronger and there I was typing away until I manage to put it all together.  It was an amazing journey once I did it.

2) Do you have any profession besides writing?

I do have another profession besides writing; I work with Special Needs Adults. I am now working with one on one, which is awesome.

3) Do you ever get writer’s block? What helps you overcome it?

Yes, I do get writer’s block at times and what I do is walk away from my computer and find something to relax my mind, most often I go meditate or play with my singing bowls.

4) What is your next project?

My next project is writing another book and this book will be about my mom (Isabelle) talking about her life with depression.

5) What genre do you write and why?

The genre I like to write about is fiction based on a true story of my family. Reason why I like to write fiction is because it becomes my book, my story.  I wanted to write about my dad because I feel that he was a special man that deserved to be recognized for all he went through in his journey.

6) Favorite travel spot?

My favorite spot to travel would be somewhere where it is peaceful and serene. I would love to go to Hawaii or Nepal.

7) Favorite dessert?

My favorite dessert would be pecan pie. I love dessert!

8) If you were stuck on a deserted island, which 3 books would you want with you?

If I were stuck on a deserted island the three books I would want with me would be:

Wayne Dyer … Stop The Excuses!

Ester Hicks (Abraham) … The Vortex

Jill Bolte Taylor … My Stoke of Insight

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