Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Spark (The Carolina Connections Series) (Volume 2)


The Spark (The Carolina Connections Series) (Volume 2)


*NEW STANDALONE ROMANTIC COMEDY*

When your back is against the wall, can you change the person life's experiences have molded you to be? 

Fiona Pierce is many things to many people. Dutiful daughter to her loving parents, fiercely loyal friend to her very tolerant bestie, half-assed employee to her laundry list of bosses, and dedicated fashion goddess and spreader of good cheer to the world at large. But Fiona is hiding something behind her irresistible smile - something she's determined to keep to herself. 

Mark Beckett doesn't do complicated. Saddled with lingering baggage from his childhood, Mark sails through life one girl at a time - with frequent gym breaks in between. He likes his life just how it is and doesn't see any need to change his work hard/play hard attitude. 

When an unexpected blast from the past threatens to turn his family's life upside down, Mark finds help in the unlikeliest of places - specifically the pint-sized princess who has a knack for pushing his buttons.  

Can you overcome your fears and embrace the happiness you might just deserve?
And, perhaps more importantly, can you really fall in love with someone who is so damn insufferable? 

Find out in The Spark by Sylvie Stewart.  

The Spark is the second book in the "Carolina Connections" series from Sylvie Stewart. Each book can be read as a standalone with a HEA. 

This book contains adult language and sexual content inappropriate for readers under 18.



Monday, February 27, 2017

Finding Karma



What happens when the boy you love is bigger than life and you feel a little lost in his shadow? I’ve never had a problem not being in the limelight. In fact, I prefer it. But I get lost somewhere in the mix, realizing I’m not the one making the important decisions. Hitting the road with an unlikely partner, I begin to discover things about myself that make me start to question my intended path, meeting people who influence me to change my course in life, even if it means losing part of my future. Improbable friendships. Selfish decisions. Broken hearts. A love that never fades. This is what happens when I find me…when I find Karma. This is a stand-alone coming of age, contemporary romance about a young girl’s journey to find herself and all the stages in between. **Intended for mature readers – contains sexual situations and language**


Sunday, February 26, 2017

All She Ever Wanted : A Cedar Valley Novel


All She Ever Wanted: A Cedar Valley Novel




The last time she saw Jake was the day he broke her heart. She wasn’t about to make the same mistake twice. 

Twenty-eight-year-old Leah Adams is content with her life. Living with her best friend in the big city and working as a receptionist at the doctor’s office, she doesn’t allow herself much time to think about falling in love and starting a family.

Until the night her ten-year high school reunion not only brings her to Levy’s, but face-to-face with Jake. Leah is faced with feelings she cannot ignore. She has to make a decision that is in her best interest – no matter who gets hurt.

She’ll have to decide if risking another heartbreak is worth it for all she’s ever wanted.



Saturday, February 25, 2017

Sexy Challenge - Sexy Shopping Spree



Sexy Challenge - Sexy Shopping Spree will have you finding out new and exciting things about your lovers. Sexy Challenges are designed to bring your sex life back to where it belongs. We give you a specific adventure to complete that will improve your communication and build your friendship, as well as get you both having fun in and out of bed. 



Friday, February 24, 2017

A Little Power Called Happiness Notes



Happiness Notes are basically sharing love.

By creating simple yet powerful simple notes, we can change the world.  Create more love, more happiness and more smiles.  We are looking for an army of Happiness Notes people to hand out as many happiness notes as we can in our world.  

Let's brighten up as many peoples lives as we can.  Together we can create a world that is full more love

Peace and Love, 
Rob Alex, Ph.D. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

5ive : King's Court - The Most Amazing New Game



5ive: Kings Court


We're almost ready to release 5ive to the tabletop game lovers at Kickstarter - but we need you to help us bring the court to life!  Thunderclap allows you to contribute your social influence by sending a one-time post. Just press the big red buttons to support 5ive: King's Court via Facebook and Twitter. It only takes 2 seconds, that's it! Thunderclap will automatically post a synchronized update around the world on your feed, along with other supporters, on March 1st (2017).


Tell me more about 5ive: King's Court
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5ive is a set-building game where players take turns attempting to foil the plans of their rivals by completing their own royal court. Players compete to complete a set of all 5ive card types by completing each of five actions.  Every action will impact another player, so strategy is critical.  A simple error in judgement could prevent you from completing your Court, allowing another player to take control and win the game!

In the King's Court, your role is to play actions that result in each of the members of your court (The King, Queen, Knight, Bishop and Rook) being in play. Each member of the court must complete a specific action before being added to the court, and multiples of any member can be added for security.


The game takes just a few minutes to learn, and a round takes from 10 to 20 minutes to play.




Origin Story
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The game mechanic was devised by Luke Wilkinson, and David Papp decided to help make it all a reality. The GameStax team had great fun playing the mechanics demo. We printed several sets of the single word cards and battled it out. Along the way - we found that likening our 5ivecards to a 'team' of some sort added to playability. Soon we were adding symbols and colors to ensure we had created the full set.

After a lot of searching we arrived at the King's Court. Using the home row of a Chess set for inspiration, the King, Queen, Knight, Bishop and Rook formed the core five - or 'the 5ive'.

We couldn't settle on just one theme for the first deck, so we hired a brilliant illustrator to devise artwork for all of the possible sets of 5 in the game. Zombies, Aliens, Cats, Elder Gods - you name it. And since each court is filled by one of the 5ive - your court will be different nearly every time you play!

Our upcoming Kickstarter edition features:

- A traditional Medieval Court
- Amazing Aliens
- Stunning Steampunk
- Cthulhu
- Atlanteans of the Undersea
- Werewolves
- Feline Shenanigans
- Dungeon Fantasy
- Robot Overlords
- Zombies
- and Superheroes!

GameStax has created successful Kickstarter projects before, with our Game Accessory UberStax - and we learned a GREAT deal from that experience. Production and Fulfillment are very different beasts, and we've taken that experience to heart for this project. 


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Passer



Eleanor Bouchard- a theater professor and acclaimed Shakespearean actress- desperately mourns the loss of her boyfriend, and on the anniversary of his death is summoned by a frightening apparition that propels her on a profound journey beyond anything she could imagine. As she begins to experience harrowing visions of a missing woman and unravels the mystery surrounding her disappearance, Eleanor discovers she possesses otherworldly powers that have been lying dormant within her, waiting for her to awaken.
While Eleanor struggles against her transformation, Daniel Archer, her former love, has troubles of his own. His wife has died tragically and now the famous actor, along with his precocious step-daughter, Amelia, finds sanctuary in Eleanor’s alluring home in River Mist, California.  
As their lives intertwine, Eleanor discovers a fateful connection to Daniel and Amelia, and begins to suspect that the haunting events that brought them together were quite possibly destined to be. 



Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Echoes of Time



Betrayal, injustice and revenge echo down the years…

1940. Olive marries farmer Bill Falla. The Germans occupy Guernsey.
All too soon Olive realises she’s made a mistake.
Her life changes when she meets Wolfgang, a German officer-
but there’s a price to pay. . .

2010. Natalie Ogier returns to Guernsey to escape an abusive relationship – only to be plagued by odd happenings in her beautiful cottage on the site of a derelict and secluded farm. Disturbing dreams, disembodied voices and uncanny visions from the past. She becomes increasingly ill at ease as someone else’s past catches up with her own…
Her only immediate neighbour, Stuart, is the grandson of the original owners, Bill and Olive.

Thrown together in a bid to find out what really happened to Olive, can they each survive the repercussions of the past and move on? 

REVIEW

‘A powerful family drama packed full of mystery and intrigue. A stunningly good read.’ A ‘Wishing Shelf’ Book Review

For the last three days I have been thoroughly immersed in Echoes of Time, a family saga set in Guernsey. Let me begin by saying how gripping this story is. Not only is the plot packed full of twists and turns, but the setting – and the characters – are lovingly described. There is, I think, nothing better than a novel written by an author who knows how to balance setting, speech and plot.
So, what did I like? Well, the opening chapter, albeit very short, is a real ‘grabber’. I’m very fond of books which open with a ‘BANG!' and not with endless paragraphs of flowery prose. Well, trust me, this opens BIG, hooking the reader in…
I also very much enjoyed the pacing of this novel. The chapters were surprisingly short for this genre and there’s often a cliffhanger at the end of the chapters. So, although it is a family saga of sorts it is also very much a thriller and a mystery, and the style of writing reflects that.
So, would I recommend this book? Yes, absolutely. And who to? Well, pretty much anybody and everybody. If you enjoy a good thriller, this is for you. If you enjoy a complex family saga, this is for you. Or, if you simply love Guernsey, this is for you.
A ‘Wishing Shelf’ Book Review www.thewsa.co.uk



Monday, February 20, 2017

When the Morning Comes



Samantha Patrick has a happy marriage, a handsome husband, successful daughter and a teenage grandson. She also has a secret. A secret that will change the lives of two families if it doesn't kill them first.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Curious Autobiography of Elaine Jakes




"Witty, warm and wacky--a spiritual journey of self-discover" 

"The Curious Autobiography of Elaine Jakes offers us slices of classic Americana lovingly transformed by the spirit of Welsh storytelling. It is the spiritual odyssey of a woman finding her way back to faith. Her journey is touching, amusing, and at times hilarious." 
--Rev. Timothy Vaverek, S.T.D., Christian Writer

"Witty, wacky, zany--this is a postmodern romp which astonishes with moments of spiritual wisdom and provocative piety." 
--David Lyle Jeffrey, Distinguished Professor of Literature and the Humanities, Baylor University, Author, Houses of the Interpreter and People of the Book

In The Curious Autobiography of Elaine Jakes, author H.R. Jakes offers a fictionalized account of Elaine's life, telling a variety of stories that involve a romantic ride in an old-fashioned car, a frightening cheese plate, a magic sword, and a cross-dressing monkey. Her story is not one, but many as she humorously reveals time and again how connected her own narrative is to that of her Welsh forebears. During the journey, Elaine, a school teacher in the vivacious and eccentric community of New Hope, Pennsylvania, gains not only an appreciation of the world but also of her heritage, herself, and God.




Saturday, February 18, 2017

Sanctuary of the Nine Dragons


Sanctuary of the Nine Dragons (Palace of the Twelve Pillars Book 3)


Joachim banishes Brandan to prison island of Hyogo. His infant son, Prince Airyn disappears from his cradle. A chain of events is set in motion that will pit brother against brother, friend against friend, parents against children as Brandan and Joachim struggle for control of their sanity and their very lives. 


With Brandan declared dead and his son missing Joachim sinks into despair and anger, where those close to him fear he may never return. 


Is Brandan really dead and if he is, who is manipulating the Mantion and enemies of Crato? 


Can Maeve save her country and her husband from the tentacles of evil pervading the land?

Friday, February 17, 2017

Heretic




The smoke and dust settle, and the fires go out.

Alma leads a normal life; it’s what she’d always wanted. Blending in with others her age, she could be just a regular girl; phoning her friends, tormenting boys, not caring about the little things. A far cry from the girl that helped bring down the skyscraper of a mega-conglomerate, that wriggled out the world of the dead by the skin of her teeth and defy Algor Mortis.

Now it’s a different kind of problem. Her new school, rife with bullies, picking on her and her friends because they’re different. Intent on causing misery. But she won’t have it; they’re messing with the wrong girl. All this to worry about and still her powers won’t leave her alone, still the freak in her itching to get out, no matter how hard she tries to forget.
Those she defied haven’t forgotten the name Alma. She might have defeated them, vanished somehow with her companions from right under their noses, but they can’t forget. Won’t forget.

The smoke and dust have settled, and the fires may have gone out. But revenge was always a dish best served cold.



Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Winner of the 2017 ATAI Romance Novel Contest


Click Above to get your copy!


and the other Finalists were...







Congrats to the winner and the finalists, and also to all those that entered.  We received so many great book that we are going to keep sharing in the days to come.  


She Never Got To Say Goodbye



When Olivia trades her promising career for a more domestic lifestyle as a wife and mother, she expects many things but never to see ghosts much less be one.

Her life with her handsome husband, Brandon, a successful criminal lawyer, starts as a happy one, but following a tragedy, guilt, alcohol and drugs crush their blissful world in a hurry. One minute Olivia is planning to leave the marriage and the next she's floating at the foot of her son's bed. Dead. Murdered. And all evidence points to Brandon as the prime suspect.

She is angry and determined to make him pay, but soon, she learns that if she wants justice, she must follow the clues that reach back into Brandon's past.

Suspenseful, romantic and awash in the afterlife thrill, She Never Got To Say Goodbye captures the power of love and friendship.


Monday, February 13, 2017

The First Book of Demons



After a blood soaked nightmare, Alexandra’s life begins to change. From the untimely and brutal death of her Aunt Tamy, to discovering untold powers that flow through her viens, she will never again be the same.
Lord Balthazar, a demon prince that is fighting for control of his newfound kingdom, is in desperate need of a human. As luck, or fate, would have it, one lands right in his lap. The only problem is she proves to be almost more than the stoic demon lord can handle.  
After a series of adventures the two form an unexpected bond and find themselves drawn to each other. But when Alex learns of Balthazar’s betrayal, it threatens to tear them both apart.


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Palace of the Three Crosses


Palace of the Three Crosses (Palace of the Twelve Pillars Book 2) 

Brandan and Joachim have returned from the brink of Hell, but everyone questions if they are truly healed and one with Asha. 

As each prince tries to readjust to life, they must face the funeral of their father and their missing mother. 
 They each take on the responsibility of ruling a country with new wives by their sides, but can they and the countries survive the trials that will ensue because of their choices?


Saturday, February 11, 2017

Real Dogs Don't Whisper



Do you believe in second chances? Real Dogs Don't Whisper book is about second chances and miracles. Award winning, Real Dogs Don’t Whisper is more than a book about dogs – it’s a book about life. 

Named Winner for the 2013 National Indie Excellence Awards, Alex Carroll Radio Publicity Sponsor's Choice. 

2013 Silver Winner in Readers’ Favorite Non Fiction Animal category

2013 Bronze Winner in Global Ebook Awards, Animals/Pet category

2013 Finalist in the National Indie Excellence Awards, Animals/Pets category. 

2013 Finalist in the "Animals/Pets: Narrative Non-Fiction" category by International Book Awards

2013 Nominated for Global Ebook Award, Animals/Pet category

Read about four about rescue dogs that were ready to be given up on because they have special needs; they teach their human about life; how to believe in hope; how to accept and give love; and, so much more.

Real Dogs Don’t Whisper: Life Lessons from a Larger than Life Dog! (and his Owner), is the true story of a remarkable family as told in a unique way by both Kelly Preston, the owner of the household, and her spunky, hilarious, nine-year old Lhasa Apso, Mr. MaGoo. 

Kelly, Mr. MaGoo, Buffy, Carla Mae, and Betty Boop. A girl, her two Lhasa Apsos, one Cocker Spaniel, and one adorable mutt - each with their own challenging set of difficulties to overcome. One puppy has serious neurological disorders. Two were severely abused. All are on a journey of discovery. Together, learning love and patience along the way, they have grown and thrived. And perhaps none so much as the girl. 

Kelly Preston is, first and foremost, an animal lover. Raised on a ten-acre property in a small town in Pennsylvania, she grew up with horses, rabbits, and – of course – dogs. When she left home after college, she acquired Gizmo, an irresistible Lhasa Apso that started her on a journey full of joys and sorrows, hopes and tribulations, frustrations, endless lessons in patience, and above all else, love. All of this has come at the hands (more precisely the paws) of Gizmo, Betty Boop, Buffy, Carla Mae, and the inimitable Mr. MaGoo. 

Mr. MaGoo is a nine-year-old Lhasa Apso and the book’s co-creator and co-writer. He is, in his own words, “the alpha and omega of all dogs – in the cutest and sparkiest, most fun-loving package ever.” Ignoring Kelly’s persistent eye-rolling, Mr. MaGoo has forged ahead with this project in an attempt to, as he puts it, “present the facts from a dog’s perspective. In other words, the correct, most accurate, most interesting, only-one-that-matters perspective,” to which he adds, simply, “Woof!”’


Friday, February 10, 2017

Two Faced



Scarlett Vanderwall is unstoppable, untouchable, cool, confident, intelligent, beautiful, suave, fearless, sexy, sly, secretive—and she has the conviction that she will always get what she wants.

Ivan Stanislovsky is handsome, charismatic, daring, strong, dangerous, smart—and ready to face any challenge in an assignment—but this one just might be more than the gun for hire is prepared for.

In a web of theft, deceit, and danger—involving the world of organized crime—two worlds collide when a covert CIA operative and an Icelandic hit man are after the same targets, and a dangerous game of cat and mouse ensues across Europe.

CIA agent Scarlett Vanderwall doesn't want the notorious Ivan Stanislovsky getting in her way, but lines become blurred when passion—and DEA agent, Aiden Bradley—get involved. Now she must decide how far she is willing to go, and, in the end, if infatuation or her duty to her job and her country will win out.


Thursday, February 9, 2017

The Wedding Dress



A tale of faith, redemption, and timeless love.

Charlotte owns a chic Birmingham bridal boutique. Dressing brides for their big day is her gift . . . and her passion. But with her own wedding day approaching, why can’t she find the perfect dress…or feel certain she should marry Tim?

Then Charlotte discovers a vintage dress in a battered trunk at an estate sale. It looks brand-new—shimmering with pearls and satin, hand-stitched and  timeless in its design. But where did it come from? Who wore it? Who welded the lock shut and tucked the dog tags in that little sachet? Who left it in the basement for a ten-year-old girl? And what about the mysterious man in the purple vest who insists the dress had been “redeemed.”

Charlotte’s search for the gown’s history—and its new bride—begins as a distraction from her sputtering love life. But it takes on a life of its own as she comes to know the women who have worn the dress. Emily from 1912. Mary Grace from 1939. Hillary from 1968. Each with her own story of promise, pain, and destiny. And each with something unique to share. For woven within the threads of the beautiful hundred-year-old gown is the truth about Charlotte’s heritage, the power of courage and faith, and the timeless beauty of finding true love.

“The story of four loveable women, miraculously bound by one gown, whose lives span a century . . . will take your breath away.” —Beth Webb Hart, bestselling author of Love, Charleston


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Darkly Dreaming




Rae and best friend Layla are in France, to escaping the misery Rae’s created for herself by dreaming her life away. She’s left her confused husband behind while she tries to summon the courage to leave him for once and for all. At a street festival they are infected with the Vampire virus by a rebellious vampire and Rae finds herself living a new and terrifying existence. She struggles to retain her essential self, which she has only just worked so hard to re-discover, but she is struggling against new and powerful drives and desires. She and Layla are taken to join the vampire Pride by Guillaume, the Pride Leader. He explains their new evolution into stronger, faster, more intelligent beings, which heal quickly, and only feed on blood, but are not the vampires of legend. They are not undead, and they are not immortal. 

They discover that she and the other vampires have special gifts which are different for everyone, and not always immediately apparent. Rae and Layla are Pretty ones, which means they can beguile other vampires with their Glamour. They soon, and embarrassingly learn that unchecked this Glamour causes the Need- intense and uncontrollable sexual desire- on contact with another vampire, any other vampire. Rae also discovers that vampires don’t dream. She has lost her escape, just as life gets so terrifying. Then she finds out that fresh blood can fill her mind with narcotic mists of her victim’s memories. She is determined to retain her humanity and refuse to kill, but how can she resist such temptation?

She falls head over heels in unrequited love with Guillaume, and goes into battle against the rebellious vampires. The consequences are immense, and mean the whole Pride faces the death penalty from the Vampire High Council.