"The Journal of Vincent du Maurier" is the first book in The V Empire trilogy.
Saturday, March 8, 2014
"The Journal of Vincent du Maurier" is the first book in The V Empire trilogy.
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Friday, March 7, 2014
Anahita has lived a long and storied life. In her childhood in early 20th century India, she is the well-loved daughter of a radical, educated father and a spiritual, healer mother. Though the family is of a high-caste, they are not wealthy. When Anahita’s father dies, she becomes a companion to the maharani’s spoiled daughter, Jameera. Such is the epic tale of The Midnight Rose by Lucinda Riley.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Further imagine Kelly's shock when she learns Neanderthals were not fellow Homo sapiens but were instead a seperate species of humans unto themselves. She remembers the boy being time transported to the twenty-first century from watching the news when she was six years old. Now, nine years later, he is being mainstreamed.
Kelly is further surprised when she sees Adam (the name humans have given him) in the flesh. Like his long-extinct people, he is heavily muscled with thick brow ridges above his eyes and possessed of a protruding muzzle of a mouth and only a slight chin. Then there is his humongous, spreading nose. More thuggish than simian-looking, Adam's primitive looks put Kelly off. Scare her even.
Kelly gets another surprise. Adam speaks English like an American. Raised by scientists since his sixth year, he sounds just like any other American kid, except for a touch of bass in his voice's timbre. Also, Adam is nothing like the dully fierce caveman stereotype Kelly expected. Aside from being shy, he is mild and thoughtful and quite considerate of the feelings of others. Adam is also very mature for his few years; an evolutionary response, according to his paleoanthropologist adoptive father, to living in the harsh conditions of a major Ice Age.
Not surprisingly, Kelly finds herself liking him.
You guessed it, Kelly and Adam will eventually become an item. But, before that, they'll go through enough tribulations to try the patience of a saint. After-all, the world is no more perfect in the year 2036 than it was in Adam's time.
Married to one of the most lucrative and sought after plastic surgeons in SoCal, Megan Hamilton has it all. Her posh life, designer clothes, and stunning penthouse leave her wanting for nothing… or do they? Controlled by his obsessive pursuit of perfection, Doctor Matthew Hamilton will stop nothing short of breaking his young, spirited bride into a subservient trophy wife. But when parenthood enters their picture, the entire game changes. How far will Megan have to go to escape Matt's obsessive control and abuse? And how much will she have to lose before she gets there?
~Sometimes money costs too much ~
As part of her book launch, she will be giving away one autographed print copy and one eBook copy of All the Finer Things.
The genesis of this oeuvre, "Beyond the Shadow of the Brownstone," started with Valerie's great-grandmother, Paula Uharek a member of the Hungarian Royal family. At fifteen years old she crossed the Atlantic in steerage to start her new life in America as a maid. Six years later she would meet and marry Josef, a cabinet maker who apprenticed in Hungary as a coffin maker. Thus the foundation of "Beyond the Shadow of the Brownstone" was in place.
Having a difficult childhood because of a dysfunctional family, Valerie turned to education as the saving instrument of survival. Soon after high school Valerie married and had three children while continuing her studies.
After the collapse of her marriage her desire for knowledge demanded she doubled her efforts to excel. "If you can't control the wind, adjust the sail" was her guiding principle for excellence. After graduating from Duquesne University magna cum laude in science she entered the University of Pittsburgh where she received her doctoral degree in psychology.
Continuing her studies in Europe and the Orient she researched the addictive behaviors of the afflicted and applied her knowledge to her work in private and educational institutions. That work prompted her publishing her first book, "Addictive Lies", a survivor's guide to addiction.
A certified graduate of the Epiphany Association in Pittsburgh and a long standing member of her church she volunteered many hours to the Lambs Supper, Faith Formation Group, Appalachian Missions, Religious counselor and Good Neighbor Coordinator.
In addition, Valerie was an avid fitness advocate and spent more than two years reaching the goal of Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. Her concept of a healthy body required good food, exercise, an active mind and prayers.
Her challenges in life included many projects that would take her to uncharted territory and offer the joy and happiness of life to those that joined her in that journey. She was married for just six months when a tragic accident took Valerie's life. While we mourn her death on earth we celebrate her lasting work in "Beyond the Shadow of the Brownstone."
Valerie's biography was written by her devoted husband, Philip Buettgen, who is champion of her work.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Victoria seems to be getting a handle on things until the unthinkable happens: Her mother suddenly dies. Victoria is tossed into a world of survival for not only herself, but for her little brother as well. But, how high will the price of her sacrifices be? Will she ever be able to have a life of her own?
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*Ends March 31st
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Simon is the first angelic exile to walk the earth and the best guide a banished angel could ever ask for—only Simon knows how to become winged once again.
But Ani’s human inheritance is more than he expects. When he falls in love with Sarah, the girl haunting his memories, he is doomed to live a heartache greater than the plucking out of his wings.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Carla
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Based on real-life events this part action-thriller, part cautionary tale, Collapse is the story of one man’s fight to save the ones he loves when the tenuous fibers that hold society together become strained and begin to snap.
Matt Avery is put to the test as his entire city experiences a loss of electricity, failure of lines of communication, and civilian looting and violence. With a wife, daughter, and small circle of friends in his company, Matt’s survival skills and nerve are tested as he fights to protect his home and feed his family in the wake of disaster.
Matt must make difficult life and death determinations that no one ever hopes to face. Matt has been planning for this moment for years, but now that it is upon him, does he really have what it takes to survive?
Upstate New York, 1928. Laura Kelley and the man she loves sneak away from their judgmental town to attend a performance of the scandalous Ziegfeld Follies. But the dark consequences of their night of daring and delight reach far into the future.…
That same evening, Bohemian poet Edna St. Vincent Millay and her indulgent husband hold a wild party in their remote mountain estate, hoping to inspire her muse. Millay declares her wish for a new lover who will take her to unparalleled heights of passion and poetry, but for the first time, the man who responds will not bend completely to her will.…
Two years later, Laura, an unwed seamstress struggling to support her daughter, and Millay, a woman fighting the passage of time, work together secretly to create costumes for Millay’s next grand tour. As their complex, often uneasy friendship develops amid growing local condemnation, each woman is forced to confront what it means to be a fallen woman…and to decide for herself what price she is willing to pay to live a full life.
using just the write words to create a scene that transports the reader back to the time. In her previous novels, she seemed to discuss a famous writer with an ordinary woman. In Fallen Beauty, it's poet Edna Millay who is the main character - a person whom I have never heard of until I read Fallen Beauty.
*Contest ends March 18, 2014