What’s going on in Ferguson, Missouri?

What’s going on in Ferguson, Missouri? A reflection from a second generation LA gang member, Kevin “Salt Rocc” LewisForty Nine years ago on Thursday, August 11, 1965 Watts, Los Angeles, California, experienced a riot that was racially-fueled by police misconduct, poverty, and hate. As a result, this riot led to 34 deaths, 1,032 injuries, 3,438 arrests, and over $40 million in property damage. It was the most severe riot in Los Angeles history until the Los Angeles riots of 1992 which resulted in 53 deaths, and or about one thousand injuries, and over 11, 000 people were arrested.

Now in 2014, in a racially divided city of Ferguson, Missouri, we as a nation once again are experiencing the pain of brutal police misconduct, discrimination, and hate. Many citizens may be saying not again? While others are struggling with the fact that this practice of betrayal and misconduct at the hands of United States law enforcement will continue to be the rule of thumb for many police departments across America.

In Kevin Lewis’ book, “Born and Raised in the Streets of Compton,” revisit the Watts riots in the first chapter available to read online without charge. This chapter expresses the same feelings and happenings that the citizens of Ferguson, Missouri, are not only now experiencing, but witnessing. The looting, the injuries, and the arrest are a cry that racial injustices are “not” dead but very much alive. Hopefully we as a nation can fix this problem, if not, we’ll continue to see U.S. cities become melting pots of hatred, violence, and social unrest.

http://rowepub.com/born-and-raised-in-the-streets-of-compton/

Sherri Rowe

Rowe Publishing

1080 15 Road
Stockton, KS 67669
 

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Book Tour – Finding Midnight


Finding Midnight: A Hellhound Tail
Book 1
T. Lynne Tolles

Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Troll Publishing

Date of Publication: August 6, 2014

ISBN: 978-0-9829876-7-4
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Cover Artist: Jennifer Meyer

Book Description:

Life raising a hellhound is no easy task. Unforeseen problems can and will arise at every turn.  If things weren’t crazy enough juggling a job, a blind dating a vampire and being stalked by a demon, then life in Paradise is about to get a whole lot worse for Summer when her landlord demands she unearth the RAT or the BROOM will have her head.

What does that even mean? Is the landlord insane? Summer’s best friend Tori thinks so.  Top it off with a visit from a fallen angel, a dragon, and Summer’s got herself a whopper of a mystery to solve.


About the Author:

T. Lynne Tolles can be found most days, juggling one of two cat muses and a laptop, tripping over an ancient Newfoundland dog and washing a never-ending pile of laundry. When life doesn’t get in the way, she writes paranormal romances for new adults.

Her passion for witches, ghosts, and vampires together with a light-hearted wit are reflected in her loveable characters and the adventures of mystery they unravel to find their happily ever after.

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http://www.amazon.com/T.-Lynne-Tolles/e/B003X3AV7I

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4132968.T_Lynne_Tolles

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The Supreme Macaroni Company

​Book Details:
Book Title: The Supreme Macaroni Company by Adriana Trigiani
Category: Adult fiction, 352 pages
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: November 2013
Available in: Print only
Will send books to: US only
Tour dates:  August 4 to 15, 2014
Content Rating: PG*

Book Synopsis:

In The Supreme Macaroni Company, Adriana Trigiani transports readers from the cobblestone streets of Greenwich Village to lush New Orleans to Italy and back again while exploring the tricky dynamics between Old World craftsmanship and New World ambition, all amid a passionate love affair that fuels one woman’s determination to have it all.

For over a hundred years, the Angelini Shoe Company in Greenwich Village has relied on the leather produced by Vechiarelli & Son in Tuscany. This ancient business partnership provides the twist of fate for Valentine Roncalli, the schoolteacher turned shoemaker, to fall in love with Gianluca Vechiarelli, a tanner with a complex past . . . and a secret.

But after the wedding celebrations are over, Valentine wakes up to the hard reality of juggling the demands of a new business and the needs of her new family. Confronted with painful choices, Valentine remembers the wise words that inspired her in the early days of her beloved Angelini Shoe Company: “A person who can build a pair of shoes can do just about anything.” Now the proud, passionate Valentine is going to fight for everything she wants and savor all she deserves—the bitter and the sweet of life itself.

Romantic and poignant, told with humor and warmth, and bursting with a cast of endearing characters, The Supreme Macaroni Company is a sumptuous feast of delights: an unforgettable narrative about family, work, romance, and the unexpected turns of life and fate.

Praise for The Supreme Macaroni Company:

“New York ambition clashes with dolce vita ease in Trigiani’s delicious latest. . . . Feisty and poignant . . . Readers will root for Valentine and the lessons she learns–which apply equally to designing elegant shoes and to crafting a rewarding life.”— PEOPLE

Meet the Author:

Adriana Trigiani is an award-winning playwright, television writer, and documentary filmmaker. Her books include the New York Times bestseller The Shoemaker’s Wife; the Big Stone Gap series; Very Valentine; Brava, Valentine; Lucia, Lucia; and the bestselling memoir Don’t Sing at the Table, as well as the young adult novels Viola in Reel Life and Viola in the Spotlight. She wrote the screenplay for Big Stone Gap, which she also directed. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

Connect with Adriana here: adrianatrigiani.com
Twitter: @adrianatrigiani
Facebook: facebook.com/adrianatrigiani

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Laura Fabiani

*PG Rating means that this novel can include some f-words, religious profanities, non-explicit sex scenes, and violence.

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Now Available — Who Am I? by Megan Cyrulewski

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Who Am I?  How My Daughter Taught Me to Let Go and Live Again, by Megan Cyrulewski

Megan’s book, Who Am I?  How My Daughter Taught Me to Let Go and Live Again, is about her journey into post-partum depression, anxiety disorder, panic attacks, stays in the psych ward, divorce, emotional abuse, domestic violence, law school, how she managed to graduate from law school and a beautiful little girl who emerged from all of this chaos.

Author Bio

Megan Cyrulewski has been writing short stories ever since she was ten-years-old. After attending Grand Valley State University, Megan eventually settled into a career in the non-profit sector for eight years. She decided to change careers and went back to school to get her law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. While in school, she documented her divorce, child custody battle and postpartum depression struggles in her memoir. Megan lives in Michigan with her 3-year-old daughter who loves to dance, run, read, and snuggle time with Mommy. Megan also enjoys her volunteer work with various organizations in and around metro-Detroit.

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Who Am I?  How My Daughter Taught Me to Let Go and Live Again is available in paperback from all good booksellers. eBook versions will follow.

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The Loving Husband Trilogy on tour

The Loving Husband Trilogy by Meredith AllardBox_Set_667x1000

Box Set – All Three Books

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Copperfield Press

Date of Publication: June 10, 2014

Number of Pages: 782

Word Count: 265,000

Cover Artist: LFD Designs

 

Book Description

Meredith Allard’s beloved bestselling paranormal/historical Loving Husband Trilogy is now available together for the first time, with bonus material about the series.  The collections includes the full texts of Her Dear & Loving Husband, Her Loving Husband’s Curse, and Her Loving Husband’s Return, plus Q&A with Meredith Allard, series inspirations, and discussion questions.  The Loving Husband Trilogy Box Set will please the most devoted James and Sarah Wentworth fans as well as fans new to the series.

Book One: Her Dear & Loving Husband

James Wentworth has a secret. He lives quietly in Salem, Massachusetts, making few ties with anyone. One night his private world is turned upside down when he meets Sarah Alexander, a dead ringer for his wife, Elizabeth.  Though it has been years since Elizabeth’s death, James cannot move one.

Sarah also has a secret. She is haunted by nightmares about the Salem Witch Trials, and every night she is awakened by visions of hangings, being arrested, and dying in jail.  Despite the obstacles of their secrets, James and Sarah fall in love. As James comes to terms with his feeling for Sarah, he must dodge accusations from a reporter desperate to prove that James is not who, or what, he seems to be.  Soon James and Sarah piece their stories together and discover a mystery that may bind them in ways they never imagined. Do vampires and witches live in Salem?  Will James make the ultimate sacrifice to protect Sarah and prevent a new hunt from bringing hysteria to Salem again?

 

Book Two: Her Loving Husband’s Curse

How far will you go to protect the one you love?

Finally, after many long and lonely years, vampire James Wentworth’s life is falling into place.  Together with his wife, Sarah, the only woman he has ever loved, he has found the meaning behind her nightmares about the Salem Witch Trials, and now they are rebuilding the life they began together so long ago.

But the past is never far behind for the Wentworths. While Sarah is haunted by new visions, now about the baby she carried over three hundred years before, James is confronted with painful memories from his time with the Cherokee on the Trail of Tears.  Through it all, the persistent reporter Kenneth Hempel reappears, still determined to prove that the undead walk the earth.  If Hempel succeeds in his quest, James and Sarah will suffer.  Will the curse of the vampire prevent James and Sarah from living their happily ever after?

 

Book Three: Her  Loving Husband’s Return

What would you do to return to the only one you have ever loved?

Vampire James Wentworth’s secret is no longer a secret, and now he and his beloved wife, Sarah, have been separated.  While suffering his own internment, James is reminded of his time with Japanese-Americans in the Manzanar Relocation Camp during World War II, and he cannot allow the past to repeat itself.  With the help of his friends – Chandresh, Jocelyn, Timothy, even the irreverent Geoffrey – James learns what it means to return, and he is determined to return to his Sarah no matter the challenges – or the consequences.  In the end, it may be up to Olivia, the most powerful of witches, to grant Jame’s most fervent wish.  Will James and Sarah be reunited once and for all despite the madness surrounding them?

 

MeredithAbout the author:

Meredith Allard is the author of the best-selling noves The Loving Husband TrilogyVictory Garden, Woman of Stones,  and My Brother’s Battle (Copperfield Press).  She received her B. A. and M. A. degrees in English from California State University, Northridge.  She has taught writing to students ages ten to sixty, and she has taught creative writing and writing historical fiction seminars at Learning Tree University, UNLV, and the Las Vegas Writers Conference.  She lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Website: www.meredithallard.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authormeredithallard

Twitter: www.twitter.com/copperfield101

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4866638.Meredith_Allard

 

 

Tour By: Bewitching Book Tours

July 7 Guest blog
Mythical Books
GP – proposed topic: The Eternity of the True Love
July 7 Spotlight
Roxanne’s Realm
July 8 Interview
Paranormal Romance Fans for Life
July 9 Guest blog (review later)
Fang Freakin’ Tastic Reviews
July 10 Spotlight
3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too!
July 11 Guest blog
Fang-tastic Books
July 14 Spotlight
Books Direct
July 15 Spotlight
Buried Under Books
July 16 Interview
Angel’s Guilty Pleasures
July 17 Top Ten List
Darkest Cravings
top ten vampires in books, tv, and/or movies
July 18 Spotlight
Black Lilac Kitty
July 21 Spotlight
The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom
July 21 Review
Mom With A Kindle

 

 

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Everday Celebrations with Maria Loggia


About the book:

Maria Loggia’s kitchen door is always open. Her home and garden are a gathering place for friends and family, who come to share her easygoing enthusiasm and generosity – and her inspired Italian cuisine. In this, her second book, Loggia celebrates the seasons with 16 sumptuous menus – from a spontaneous al fresco garden party to a slow-simmered midwinter feast and a traditional Sunday family lunch.
Book Details:
Book Title: Everyday Celebrations with Maria Loggia
Category: Non-fiction
Genre: Cooking, Food & Wine, 176 pages
Publisher: Cardinal Publishing
Published: Oct 1, 2012
Tour dates:  July 14-18,  2014
Content Rating: GMeet the author:Maria finds inspiration in her Italian heritage and draws on family recipes that go back generations. She founded Tavola Mia, her at-home cooking school in 1999. Through her study of Italy’s regional cuisines, which has included numerous sojourns back to her native country, she has acquired great expertise in the art of Italian cooking. Her passion, humor and dedication to excellence have made her an inspiring teacher. Using fresh local ingredients, Tavola Mia celebrates the seasons in authentic, irrepressible Italian style.

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Will She Burn at the Stake?

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Book Genre: Paranormal/New AgePublisher: Pagan Writers Press

Release Date: November 27, 2013

Buy Link(s): Amazon

Book Description: It’s her last summer before going away to college and Fiona finds herself facing more than she bargained for: A boyfriend she doesn’t want who has a strange hold over her, a friend pushing her to expand her boundaries, and a new guy named Ted whose presence is more than a distraction.

If that isn’t enough, Fiona is being haunted with horrifying nightmares of burning at the stake—nightmares so real, she feels as though she’s losing her mid.

Are they only dreams, or are they trying to warn her about this new guy she can’t help but want?


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Author Bio: Short Bio: Jamie White is a music addict, book lover, pet servant & NaNoWriMo survivor. When she’s not busy writing posts for CultureShock, she’s taking pictures for her photo blog and spending time with her husband and pets. She released Stains on the Soul and Clutter via Pagan Writers Press in 2013.Long Bio: Jamie White is an author, blogger, photo geek, music addict, editor, pop culture geek, paranormal junkie, and a pet servant.

She spent more than a decade as a Journalism student, geeking out over Pagemaker, layout design, and other stuff.

In college, she took it a step further and became the only student to be on all three of her college’s publications, serving as Editor-In-Chief for two of them. Later, she went on to freelance writing and blogging.

Jamie began her journey into fiction writing in 2010 after joining a writing group. Since that first meeting, she has completed a bunch of short stories, five manuscripts, and several in progress. Her first novel, The Life and Times of No One In Particular, was released in 2012. She followed it up with a story in the Lyrical Muse Anthology in 2013. The end of 2013 will see two releases with Pagan Writers Press.

When Jamie’s not writing or blogging, she takes pictures, meditates, practices Reiki and chanting, watches favorite shows/movies, takes walks, and serves as a volunteer for the Florida Writers Association by running their social media and a writing group (Gulfstream Writers).

Social Links:

www.jamielwhite.com

www.jbcultureshock.wordpress.com

www.facebook.com/AuthorJamieWhite

www.twitter.com/JamieWAuthor

www.pinterest.com/AuthorJamieW/

www.goodreads.com/author/show/5561416.Jamie_White

www.plus.google.com/+JamieWhiteAuthor

www.amazon.com/Jamie-White/e/B00850MY88/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

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Are You Weird Enough?

Adam’s Animals – Fun Facts About God’s Creation by Kimberley Payne

Adam's AnimalsKimberley Payne author

 

Adam’s Animals – Fun Facts About God’s Creation just released this spring!

Is your church running a Vacation Bible School (VBS) program this summer based on the Weird Animals curriculum? http://www.group.com/vbs/weird-animals

Consider using  Adam’s Animals along with the accompanying craft book, Super Simple Animal Crafts http://bit.ly/SuperSimpleAnimalCrafts in your Sunday School program leading up VBS. It’s a great resource for your church to generate interest in your summer programs.

Adam’s Animals is an entertaining and educational book that offers children loads of fun while they learn about the Bible.

Inside you’ll find:

• Bible stories about the animal

• Fascinating facts about each animal

• Whimsical illustrations for creative colouring fun

• Word search puzzles to learn new words and improve spelling

 

Watch a video of author Kimberley Payne reading from Adam’s Animals http://bit.ly/ReadingFromAdamsAnimals

View sample pages from Adam’s Animals

http://bit.ly/ExcerptsFromAdamsAnimals

 

What others are saying about Adam’s Animals

“Kimberley looks at the creatures found in the Bible and gives children some incredible scientific facts about them. She then follows those facts up with Scripture references from the Bible on what God has to say about the many animals she has listed in this book. If your child is one who likes “Did you know…?” books, they’ll love this one. Included in the book are word search activities and pictures to colour. ” – Laura Davis

“Author Kimberly Payne has done a thorough job of researching the animal kingdom and combining it with scripture and biblical stories. This book has many fascinating facts about animals and is laid our in a very organized manner with pictures to color and word puzzles.” – Carol Stratton

“From ants to worms, children will not only find the facts interesting, some will even make them giggle. At the same time, they are learning how creative God is that he would make so many animals with distinct characteristics.”– Carol Round

“I plan to use this book in our home school program as it integrates faith, science, language and art.  My kids love it – there is much information in it, our 12 year old couldn’t get through it in one sitting.” – Michelle Evans

“This is a delightful book filled with (as promised) fun facts about God’s creatures. I appreciated the focus on scripture and how Kimberley aligns God’s word with God’s creatures. The word challenges are a wonderful way to hone other skills such as spelling and reading, too, so this is a great activity to go along with the information. “– Glynis Belec

This children’s activity book cleverly ties in scripture, so not only does it teach the inquisitive child about God’s creations, but also about God’s word.”—Melanie Fischer

 

Buy the Book

On Amazon http://bit.ly/adamsanimals

About the Author

Kimberley Payne is an award-winning author who combines her teaching experience and love of writing to create educational materials for children about family, fitness, science and faith. You can visit her website at www.kimberleypayne.com

 

Now available! Children’s activity book

Trees of the Book – Learning from God’s Creation

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http://www.scienceandfaithmatters.wordpress.com

http://www.kimberleypayne.com

 

 

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Rachel Carrington on Tour


Connecting Strangers
Discovering Emily Series
Book 1
Rachel Carrington

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Date of Publication: July 21, 2014

ISBN:
ASIN:
Word Count: ~67,000

Cover Artist: Elaina Lee of For the Muse Designs

Book Description:

Getting close is dangerous…

He’s too close, and I start to fidget, needing to keep my hands busy so they won’t grab hold of his shirt. Because that’s what they want to do. Draw him closer. So I can Inhale his scent. Taste his skin.

I didn’t run because I was in an abusive relationship; I ran because my soul was being crushed. I’d forgotten how to live, how to be happy. Running out of gas in a small town, I catch the eye of the local sheriff when the very last thing I want is to come under the scrutiny of the police. I left my boyfriend with blood on my hands, and I know as soon as the wound heals he’ll come looking for me.

Adam Madison draws me to him so easily I can’t even pretend to fight. And the closer we get, the more combustible we become.  I’ve never experienced such passion or power. My need is as great as his, but I’m sure he’ll walk away from me once he knows my secret. No other man would stay.

I’ve had enough complications in my life. I’m not looking for more, and that’s exactly what Adam is—a sexy, magnetic complication with secrets of his own. And with my ex on the hunt, I can’t risk bringing him down with me. But he won’t leave…even when vengeance could kill us both.


About the Author:

I started writing years ago, and my first attempt was a contemporary romance that will never see the light of day. I think I may even have thrown it away by now. It was absolutely horrific as I knew nothing about well…anything to do with writing.
After that, I started writing fantasy romances about wizards and wizards, and once those took off, I segued to paranormal romances (hello, vampires and ghosts) and romantic suspense.

I also write articles for various magazines, including The Writer’s Journal, Writer’s Magazine, Writer’s Weekly, Writing for Dollars, Absolute Write, Freelance Writing.com, and Funds for Writers.

I’m fortunate to make my home in historical Charleston, South Carolina. Beautiful city. Beautiful people. When I’m not writing, I love to read, watch Bones, Castle, Blue Bloods, and Hawaii Five-O, create videos, keep Target in business, play visitor in my city, and drink lots of coffee.

My website: http://www.rachelcarrington.com

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/rcarrington2004

Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorrachelcarrington

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/rcarrington2004

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/rcarrington2004

Wattpad: http://wattpad.com/RachelCarrington

 

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Eclipse Reviews
June 23 Spotlight
Book Liaison
June 24 Spotlight
Paranormal Book Club
June 25 Spotlight
3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too!
June 26 Spotlight
The Tome Gnome
June 27 Interview
A Writer’s Mind
June 30 review
More Romance Please
July 1 Spotlight
Deal Sharing Aunt
July 2 Spotlight
Sapphyria’s Book Reviews
July 3 Spotlight and review
The Book Review
July 4 Interview
The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom
July 7 Guest blog and review
Diaries of 2 Thick Chicks
July 8 Guest blog
Roxanne’s Realm
July 9 Spotlight
Black Lilac Kitty
July 10 Spotlight
Fang-tastic Books
July 11 Guest blog and review
Barb Taub
July 14 Spotlight
Writing from Corsets to Bustiers
July 15 Spotlight and review
Queen of the Night Reviews.
July 16 Spotlight
Kristy Centeno
July 17 Spotlight
Share My Destiny
July 18 Interview
Booklover Sue
July 18 Spotlight
Lisa’s World of Books
July 21 Interview
Pembroke Sinclair.
July 21 Guest blog
Darkest Cravings

 

 

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