Friday, July 31, 2015

Blog Tour: Angels, Angels, Everywhere by Michelle Beber

Angels, Angels, Everywhere
by Michelle Beber

Publisher: Balboa Press
Pages: 30
Genre: Juvenile Fiction/Children’s Picture Book
Format: Paperback/Kindle/Nook

About the book:

Angels, Angels, Everywhere is a non-denominational, multiracial book written in delightful rhythm and rhyme and accompanied by charming illustrations.  The themes of constant support and unconditional love are designed to help children deal with everyday experiences in life.

By developing children’s faith in knowing that they are not alone and building their trust that they are consistently watched over, cared for, and loved, children will become empowered to deal with life’s challenges.  The book also lets children know that angels are there in good times as well, sharing in their joy.

Book Excerpt:

When things go wrong,
Just stop and pray,
And angels come
To save the day.

For More Information

Angels, Angels, Everywhere is available at Amazon.
Pick up your copy at Barnes & Noble.
The book can also be purchased at Balboa Press.
Visit the book’s official Facebook page.
Watch the book trailer at YouTube.
Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

About the author:

Michelle Beber has certifications as an Angel Intuitive and Angel Oracle Card Reader from renowned "angel lady," Doreen Virtue, as well as certifications as a Spiritual Teacher and Archangel Life Coach from Doreen's son, Charles Virtue. 

In 2008, Michelle's life changed when she attended a spiritual retreat and learned about angels and how they communicate through repetitive number sequences known as "angel numbers." Little did she know that this insight would lead her on an amazing spiritual journey that would directly connect her with angels and result in the discovery of her life purpose. 

Always grateful for the spiritual guidance she has received, Michelle looks forward to sharing the knowledge she has gained to inspire others, especially children. Michelle is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). 

Her latest book is the juvenile fiction/children’s picture book, Angels, Angels, Everywhere.

For More Information

Visit Michelle Beber’s website.
Connect with Michelle on Facebook and Twitter.
Find out more about Michelle at Goodreads.
Visit Michelle’s blog.
Contact Michelle.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Book Spotlight: Buck Out by Ken Benton

Buck Out
by Ken Benton

Paperback: 370 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 25, 2015)

Kindle Edition

File Size: 462 KB
Print Length: 370 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publication Date: June 23, 2015
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

About the book:

Malcolm Carter and Ryan Boone, two New York City friends whose lives have been dominated by the financial markets, are about to exchange their charts and reports for guns and survival supplies--but not because they want to. When China and Japan decide it's time to dump U.S. Treasury Bonds, an economic nightmare plays out in America. The Federal Reserve watches helplessly as the dollar is decimated and the resulting food shortage spreads lawlessness across the land like a virus. 

Malcolm is a successful day trader who always needs to make one more score before he'll listen to Ryan and diversify some of his assets into real estate or gold. He figures an impressively-larger bank account might be the only way he can lure his Secret Service agent ex-wife back. Malcolm finally hits it big by aggressively shorting bonds when the market crashes, but waits too long to invest in tangibles. All that newfound money suddenly won't by him a bar of gold, a pint of beer, or a minute of Hannah's attention--especially when she's in the field chasing down a former counterfeiting gang. 

As luck would have it, Ryan turns out to be a closet doomsday prepper. The two of them attempt to escape the chaotic Big Apple and reach Ryan's land in West Virginia, supplied only by the contents of Ryan's bug-out bag. But it's not going to be an easy journey. Traveling has become difficult and dangerous. Malcolm learns he must redirect the same tenacity which helped him beat the markets towards staying alive on the road ...and, hopefully, finding Hannah.

Book Excerpt:

Amazon Buy Link

About the author: 

Ken Benton appears to be your run-of-the-mill city slicker at first glance, blissfully playing with his iPhone at the bar of the local barbeque joint while sipping on craft-brewed IPA. But he has a secret passion: doomsday survival prepping. And if you ever snuck up behind him to see what he was reading, it would likely be one of those apocalyptic-survival stories set after the collapse of modern society. Yes, he’s one of those nuts. But someday soon, Ken believes, those nuts may become the new upper class in society. Until then, we’ll just have to make do with story-telling. And preparing. Cheers.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Book Spotlight: Echo by Lorena Glass

by Lorena Glass

Kindle Edition
File Size: 1188 KB
Print Length: 511 pages
Publisher: (February 1, 2015)
Publication Date: February 1, 2015
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

About the book:

Echo is the story of two lovers who are under a curse (the story will bear this out). One of them always loses the other, tragically. But the two of them learn to beat the curse: whenever one dies, the other time travels to the lost lover's next (or past) reincarnation. The novel spans over a thousand years, to several different times and places; and it clearly illustrates the risks one will take, the lengths one will go, and the sacrifices one will make for true love.

Book Excerpt

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Blog Tour: Shaytan: A Journey Into Evil by David S. Arthur

Shaytan: A Journey Into Evil
by David S. Arthur

Publisher: Brighton Publishing LLC
Pages: 395
Genre: Adventure/Thriller

About the book:

India – 1947. In the heart of the jungle, death stalks the night. The authorities claim it is a man-eating leopard. The natives believe it is something far more terrifying—a creature that by day wears the skin of a man, but when craving human flesh becomes the demon…SHAYTAN! While on expedition to India, historical sleuth Richard Quizzenbury and his wife, Emily, suddenly find themselves on the hunt for a killer.

For his action-packed new thriller, SHAYTAN–A JOURNEY INTO EVIL, Santa Fe novelist David S. Arthur combines adventure, mysticism, and history to transport his readers into a world in which time marches to the pulse of the cosmos; where the spiritual and the supernatural merge and reality shares equal footing with illusion. 

Fans of SHAYTAN–A JOURNEY INTO EVIL are already expressing excitement and fascination for the new book, among them Tom Wright, prominent American film and television director (NCIS, Supernatural, Castle). “Man you really get into it! The cobra scene scared the @#$% out of me. This is Spielberg on steroids.”

Seeking relief from the devastation of post-war Britain, Richard and Emily Quizzenbury embark on a tour of India.  They plan to initially spend a week in Bombay with Richard’s old Oxford chum, Victor Bloodworth, after which they will satisfy their appetite for adventure by exploring historical sites throughout the Indian subcontinent.

On their first night in Bombay, Victor informs the Quizzenburys that he has been asked to undertake the hunt for a man-eating leopard that has been terrorizing the inhabitants in a remote area of the Indian Central Provinces. Victor is the illegitimate son of a wealthy Englishman, now deceased, who was by trade a legendary big game hunter. While Victor has long since rejected his father’s brutal profession, he is himself a skilled hunter and reveals his intent to help the people who are being threatened by the leopard. Although the villagers of the region believe the man-eater is a demon that they call Shaytan, Victor is convinced the leopard is actually being forced to prey on humans due to injury or old age. He wants to capture the animal alive and relocate it to a zoo for scientific study.

Quite unexpectedly, Victor invites the Quizzenburys to accompany him on the hunt, explaining that his uncle and spiritual mentor, Ashok Kahn of the Forest Guard, will join them as an expert Shikari guide. The Quizzenburys reluctantly agree, hoping Victor will be able to capture the beast as quickly as he anticipates, so they can be free to pursue their travels. However, the hunt for the leopard soon escalates into a terrifying struggle for survival during which many innocent lives are lost, as the hunters – and the Quizzenburys – become the hunted. 

“Shaytan is far more than just a jungle adventure,” Arthur insists. “It is about the ageless conflict between good and evil, the ruthless march of empires, the rise of the world’s great religions, the discovery of the New World, the laying of this century’s geo-political foundations, and the establishment of hostilities that are today’s headlines. And India was the epicenter of it all.”

According to Arthur, for Richard Quizzenbury – who is never without his books – the expedition becomes a quest for truth, which is his passion – the truth about history and religion and science – the truth behind our darkest nature as a species and our most primal fears and beliefs.

“For Victor it is far more personal,” Arthur explains. “Victor is half English, half Indian – with a Hindu background. He is haunted by the memory of his mother’s murder when he was a child, his father’s apathy toward him growing up, his bi-racial heritage and his uncertainty about his faith. His Uncle Ashok’s presence brings these conflicts to the fore.  Through their daily prayers and rituals invoking the ancient gods to guide and assist them, Victor’s search for personal redemption transcends the hunt; plunging him into the arcane realm of Vedic (Hindu) mysticism, in which the Hindu deities play a deciding hand in his life or death battle  against the beast.”

As a writer, Arthur enjoys peeling back the layers of history, digging up the past, searching for answers to ancient riddles. “My intention is to entertain by taking my readers to exotic places they may never go and revealing things they might never know. In short, I write for the thrill of discovery, and I want my readers to share that experience.”

For More Information

Shaytan: A Journey Into Evil is available at Amazon.
Pick up your copy at Barnes & Noble.
Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

Book Excerpt:

About the author:

David S. Arthur is an American novelist with a taste for international adventure and ancient history. THE KINGDOM OF KEFTIU: A MYSTERY OF THE ANCIENT WORLD was David’s first book to feature English historical sleuth, Richard Quizzenbury and his feisty wife, Emily. It is an archaeological adventure set in the Greek islands. His new novel, SHAYTAN–A JOURNEY INTO EVIL, continues the Quizzenbury Adventure series. Before focusing on fiction writing, David enjoyed a long and rewarding career as a writer, producer, and director of hundreds of film and digital video presentations, theatrical performances, concerts, and large scale audience events. David currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

For More Information

Visit David S. Arthur’s website.
Connect with David on Facebook and Twitter.
Find out more about David at Goodreads.
Contact David.

Monday, July 13, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

"It's Monday! What are you reading?" is a fun meme hosted by Sheila @ Book Journey. This is where we share the books we have read the last week and our reading plans for this week.

Book Reviewed

by Rebecca Heflin

Best-selling romance writer Darcy Butler is holding out for perfection in the form of her own carefully-crafted heroes. Once blissfully engaged to be married, Darcy's post-traumatic commitment phobia is depriving her of the very thing she wants most: her very own happily-ever-after. Now, here she is just six months shy of her thirtieth birthday, and not a Prince Charming in sight. Successful lawyer Josh Ryan is the boy-next-door with a soft spot for the less fortunate, and Darcy's best friend without benefits. Darcy often comes to him lamenting her love-life, or the lack thereof, whereupon Josh patiently doles out his sage advice. Problem is Josh is in love with Darcy. But when Darcy finds herself looking into the handsome face of the man who graces the cover of her soon-to-be-released novel, she's convinced her dreams of perfection have come true. Or have they?

Books for Review

by Veronica Blade

Should a woman who’s unable to forget her first love give “happily ever after” one more try?

Shelby Winters’ one great love went sour. If she can’t feel that way about a guy again, why bother? When Shelby’s best friend sets her up on a blind date with Logan, the guy who broke her heart, he pursues her relentlessly, forcing her to make a choice: give her heart what it’s always desired and risk total devastation or shut Logan out and lose her only shot at happiness. To Shelby, it’s a lose-lose situation. Or is it?

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by Ritoban Chakrabarti 

Mrityunjoy Roy is a fifteen year old Bengali who has spent the last ten years of his life growing up in Shimla. While his family is completely academically oriented, he wants something more. 

Finally he meets Akanksha in school, who turns his world upside down with her gorgeous looks and mind boggling smile. 

As fate would have it, she joins his tuition, and thus begins the torrid year of puppy love, romance, heartbreak, tragedy, and self discovery. 

Set among the scenic Shivalik hills of Shimla when mobile phones and internet were non-existent, this is a story of how an average young teenager comes to terms with his destiny.

Currently Reading

The Call of the Wild Werewolf 
by Jack London and Carl Waters

Deciding to leave his easy life in Santa Clara Valley, Buck Miller, the son of a wealthy judge and raisin farmer, pursues gold riches in the Klondike. Before he reaches his destination, Buck is kidnapped by vampires, turned into a werewolf, and forced to work as the vampire's sled dog.

Now, in an unfamiliar place and in an unfamiliar body, Buck must learn to survive more than just the brutal weather. With attacks from vicious werewolves and abuse from his masters, will Buck be able to regain his humanity or will he spend the rest of his days living as a wolf?


This a mashup story. It combines Jack London's classic, The Call of the Wild, with the werewolf mythology in my Merlin's Hoods world.

It is in the same vein as Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith's mashup novel, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Instead of adding zombies, I've added werewolves and vampires.

Mashup stories are a creative novelty. The idea is to create a new story by adding as few words to the original story as possible. So, most of the words in this story are Jack London's.

I love werewolves and the protagonist, Buck Miller, is a powerful werewolf in my Merlin's Hood world. This is his origin story.

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by Anma Natsu

For the last eight years, Sakura Takeshi has been counting down the time till her life ended. Though she survived the attack that left her an orphan, it's always been borrowed time as her damaged body continued to break down.

She told herself she was ready, that she had come to terms with dying before she reached 19. Then she found Kazuki lying wounded in her garden. His arrival opens the door for her whole world to change, but is it too late for her to learn to live, or to love, when there are only months left in her life?

Set in Hakodate, Japan, Aisuru is a young adult fantasy romance that will appeal to readers who enjoy shōjo manga and Japanese light novels, have a fondness for magical realism, and who would like more young adult stories that are just a bit different from the norm. 

How about you? What book/s do you plan to read this week? Happy Monday!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Book Spotlight: The Garden of Fragile Things by Richard J. O'Brien

The Garden of Fragile Things
by Richard J. O'Brien

Paperback: 236 pages
Publisher: Dark Alley Press; 1 edition (June 16, 2015)

Kindle Edition
File Size: 1625 KB
Print Length: 235 pages
Publisher: Dark Alley Press (June 16, 2015)
Publication Date: June 16, 2015
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

About the book:

In the late 1970s, Joe Godwin was just twelve years old, living in a working-class neighborhood. Plagued by bullies and a volatile home life, Joe spends his time with his three friends in search of adventure. 

The discovery of an abandon mansion during a simple camping trip in a state forest sets of a series of consequences in motion between the boys, inhabitants of the mansion, and the others who occupy the garden behind the colossal home. 

The Garden of Fragile Things is a literary dark tale that chronicles four boys’ coming of age against paranormal forces that operate between two worlds. 

Chapter 1

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About the author:

Richard J. O’Brien was born in Camden, N.J. He served in the army, attended Rutgers University, and worked a variety of jobs before attending graduate school. In 2012, he received his MFA in Creative Writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Currently, the author lives in Pennsylvania and teaches English composition at Mercer County Community College, Rowan College at Gloucester County, and others. Visit him at

Friday, July 10, 2015

Follow Friday!!!

It's been a while since the last time I joined the Friday hop, soooo glad that I am able to make time to blog hop today! 

Congrats to Let Me Be Fictional and Journey Through Fiction for this week's featured blogs!! 

Question of the Week: 

You can only eat one cuisine type for the rest of your life. Which would you choose? (E.g. Italian, French, Greek, Mexican, Chinese, Indian etc…) 

- Suggested by Journey Through Fiction 

Hmmmm, I would choose Filipino food. I am not really into foreign foodies but if I have to choose one foreign cuisine, I'd go for Chinese. They're all seem easy to prepare and can be found everywhere! How about you? Happy weekend!!

For newbies, to join the hop, 

Friday, July 3, 2015

Hi I'm Jenai and I've got CANCER!!

Sooo just an update with my health issues (blogger on sick leave), after my tonsillectomy done last May 30th, I was diagnosed having Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL) or cancer of the lymph nodes. 

NHL was not really sinking in until I told family and friends about it. This started late last year, I thought I'd eaten a lot of sweets and my sore throat wouldn't go away. I knew by November there must be something really wrong with me because my meds couldn't make me better. Well, I'd get better for two to three weeks then sore throat would go back and this became a monthly episode until in January, my right tonsil had swollen and a very small lump in my neck appeared.

I went to different doctors, a number of ENTs and pulmonologists, private and public hospitals. Doctors from best hospitals advised me to either have my right tonsil removed or I could wait until it gets bigger. Oh, sore throat stopped around February and I was well for months. 

My brother who had his tonsillectomy done in the city told me to talk to his doctor in the province because his operation went that bad, that he had to go in for another surgery days after his first. I put it off, as I was okay. Early April, went to this doctor, who by the way had his education in Europe but chose to practice in a provincial hospital where his family resides. Right after I showed him my right swollen tonsil, he immediately advised to have it removed because it looks like cancer! The only doctor who knew the signs! 

So after that I immediately went back to the city and had set up an appointment to a new ENT doctor, told him outright I want to have my TONSILS removed ASAP! I remember him asking me why I don't just go back to those doctors I had been seeing before so they can check on my history. Would I ever consider going back to those who never told me I could have cancer??? NEVER! If I had known, I could have scheduled the operation months sooner! Luckily, this new ENT doctor was soooo good and sooo nice to me. He made sure I was well taken care of. When I found out the results of the biopsy, I was with my husband. Oh it was like I was dreaming, like I was watching a movie. I remember crying while talking to him and he was like 'oh dear, at least it's curable, the treatment is very responsive for this type of cancer'. Oh goody that's really good to hear!

I've had my first dose of chemo on June 27th and next will be July 18th. My hair has yet to come off. I'm terrified what it would do to my kids (9 and 6 yo). I told them about my illness and mommy won't be a normal mom for a while. It hurts to tell them the truth *sad face*.

Annnd back to blogging matters, due to that devastating news, I will be on extended sick leave. . .  I can still read and that's what keeping me busy right now but I'm not sure about posting reviews on time and stuff like before. So soorry authors and publishers ;( I'll update you guys when I can! 

God bless you!

I am still a bit disoriented from the chemo drugs, sorry if I missed out something important to tell about NHL... I'll write again when I'm better!
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