Stenetta Anthony’s The Love Story


Title: The Love Story
By: Stenetta Anthony
Publisher: Tate Publishing
Publication Date: May 2014
Genre: Juvenile/Children: Ages 0- 5 years
Pages: 27






Book Excerpt:

Jesus’ first arrival was in Bethlehem. Many came from all over the earth to see this Son who had come from Heaven. They brought him gifts that were fit for this heavenly Son.


download-1Author Bio:

Stenetta Anthony has been an educator for more than 20 years; where she has been an educator in the public and private scholastic communities.  Instructing children has been a lifelong joy.  With her favorite grades for instruction are pre-schooler and 1st grade who allow her to release her melodramatic and amorous side of teaching.

Stenetta has a Bachelor’s Degree in Educational Studies.  (B.S.) with her belife being, that all children can be exceptional and lifelong scholars irrespective of their physical, social, mental, and psychological or economic background.

After an encounter with a child who had never even heard about God, the fire was lit for her to write The Love Story. Her love for children coupled; along with her love for God saturates every page. It is her heart’s desire that children everywhere come to know the LOVE of Jesus Christ.

Stenetta’s love for teaching and writing has stimulated her to write children’s books that focus on: relationship, edification, enlightenment and reality.

Stenetta resides in the Chicagoland area with her husband, Shedrick, and their seven adult children with her family blossoming to include: grandchildren and additional daughters.

When Stenetta is not writing, in the classroom, volunteering or having fun with her family, she is engrossed in some of her favorite activities; watching cartoons and old movies.


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Purchase Information:

Paperback: $9.99 which comes with free Audio Download

Ebook: $7.99 must order through Tate

To purchase at your Local bookstore purchase use- ISBN # 9781629025087


Today is the beginning of your new day- Stenetta


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Lucky the Hard Way

lucky-the-hard-way-finalTitle: Lucky the Hard Way  (The Lucky O-Toole Vegas Adventure Series, Volume 7)
By: Deborah Coonts
Publisher:  Deborah B. Coonts
Publication Date: November 14, 2016
Paperback: 318 pages
ISBN-10: 1944831827
ISBN-13: 978-1944831820
Price: Paperback – $15.99; Kindle: $4.99





About the Book:

The seventh in the successful Lucky O’Toole Vegas Adventure Series A dead body. A former lover on the run. Santa has given Lucky more than she asked for. As Christmases go, this one is proving a bit taxing for Lucky O’Toole, Vice President of Customer Relations for the Babylon, Las Vegas’ most over-the-top Strip resort casino. While facing a murder indictment, Teddie, Lucky’s former lover, has fled to Macau hot on the heels of the man everyone thinks is the real murderer, Irv Gittings. Lucky knows that if Irv finds Teddie first, Lucky will never see him again. Mr. Cho, a powerful figure in the Chinese underworld in Macau, is blackmailing the Big Boss with knowledge of gambling anomalies at the Babylon’s property in Macau. If the Macanese authorities are alerted, the resulting fallout would crumble the financial foundation of Lucky’s entire gambling empire. A trip to Macau is inevitable. With the opening of her own hotel less than a week away, and her engagement still very new, for Lucky the timing couldn’t be worse. As she’s pumping a local source for information about Mr. Cho, the lady is shot in front of her—Lucky narrowly taking the bullet. Lucky has no idea the bullet was really meant for her. With the help of her sidekick, Detective Romeo, Lucky must find Teddie, bring Irv Gittings and Mr. Cho to justice. But can Lucky beat them at their own game without getting caught in the trap? And will she be in time to rescue Teddie?


deb_signing_lookDEBORAH COONTS BIO

My mother tells me I was born a very long time ago, but I’m not so sure—my mother can’t be trusted.  These things I do know:  I was raised in Texas on barbeque, Mexican food and beer.  I am the author of Wanna Get Lucky?  (A NY Times Notable Crime Novel and double RITA™ Finalist), its six sequels, Lucky the Hard Way, the latest and just out, and four between-the-books novellas.  Currently, I’m stretching my writer muscles working on a women’s fiction/contemporary romance series set in Napa—the first novel, Crushed, is out now.  Next up is After Me, a thriller incorporating cutting-edge science and a protagonist who literally can’t remember why everyone wants her dead.  In the pipeline is a romantic suspense series featuring a female helicopter pilot, as well as the next Lucky adventure—all very different projects. So, if you see me with a glass of Champagne in hand, you’ll understand.  I can usually be found at the bar, but also at



Bonus: ch-1-lucky-the-hard-way by Deborah Coonts.  Enjoy!




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Myrddin’s Heir Series

The  books in Myrddin’s Heir series are written by Robin Chambers “for bright children between the ages of 10 and 110.” They challenge as well as entertain.
A Wizard of Dreams, Book 1
Author and Publisher: Robin Chambers
Publication Date: April 28, 2013

“Gordon Bennett was born on 7th August 1999 with extraordinary powers. Where have those powers come from? Who – or what – is “Zack”…? His mother begins to notice that Gordon is different when he speaks his first words at just 5 months old and that’s before the really strange things begin to happen!
Fun, refreshing and certainly different, A Wizard Of Dreams is Book 1 in The Myrddin’s Heir series by author Robin Chambers.



Amazing Grace, Book 2

Publication Date: April 28, 2013

Amazing Grace chronicles the way in which a girl born on 25th December 1998 plays an increasingly important part in Gordon’s life (and he in hers). Grace can read minds, and she has healing hands…

Could her father really have been a God? How can she have two mums? And what has the most powerful wizard our world has ever known to do with all this?

The answer lies in the Land of the Forever Young (and of the Dead); but they can only get there by leaving their bodies behind…

How will Gordon’s parents react when he tells them the whole truth? How important in the scheme of things are their best friends Nick and Miranda? And quite importantly: how can the four of them help YOU to write really good stories…?

Can the clock be turned both backwards and forwards? And can their guardian angels help Gordon’s dad catch a serial killer…?

Book 2 ends on 27th March 2011 (so they are still in year 7) in a “magical” dell in Wales: where Gordon and Grace aren’t – though their bodies are. And what has Nick just found at the end of a rainbow…?

The Quality of Mercy, Book 3

Publication Date: April 28, 2013

The Quality of Mercy picks the story up precisely where Book 2 left off. Where were Gordon and Grace, while their bodies were in that dell in Wales…?

How do fairies cope with growing old…? And what has that to do with the wedding of William Wales and Catherine Myddleton…?

Can Gordon and Grace take on the combined might of wicked wizardry and witchcraft in Chester? And what very interesting discovery about Miranda and Nick does Gordon make along the way…?

Why is someone trying to kill them all? And what do Nick’s father and Miranda’s mother have in common…?

How do The Fantastic Four sidestep The Famous Five to become The Super Six? And who do Gordon and Grace find themselves rescuing…?




Gifts from the GodsBook 4

Publication Date: December 31, 2013

Gifts from the Gods  will give you some idea of what can happen when “gods” decide to show themselves…

How on earth can Gordon help hominids on a planet many light years away…?

When is a pony not a pony? And what is Groc the Knocker up to now…?

They need to team up; but how can they when the girls are in the grounds of a haunted stately home in Scotland and the boys are in the dungeons of a mediaeval Castle in Ireland? The answer has a lot to do with Lucifer’s rod…

What has the evil Goddess Morrigan LaFaye kept screaming for centuries at the top of a tall tower, where the walls ooze oil and look eerily like skin? And why does the God of the Sea feel the need to get involved?

And if that wasn’t enough, this is the part of the story where The Super Six become The Eight Team. What are Gordon’s sixteen greats grandmother and a lost soul from the sixth century doing getting in on the act?

What “gifts” might the gods be disposed to give: to help in the fight to make the world a better place…?




When the Cat’s Away, Book 5

Publication Date: April 24, 2014

Book 5 begins on the same evening that Book 3 ends. It tells you a lot more about the Council of Thirteen and how its members react to Octavius Mortlake’s death.

What plans does Adolfo Aragon have to inherit Mortlake’s crown? And how much help might he get from the Capo dei Capi in London – the infamous Enzo Potenza? Just how evil ARE some of the other members of the ruling clique?

Carmen, Goddess of The Damned, does not take the loss of her daughter lying down. How will she be revenged? And how next will she seek to destroy the children who were born to heal the world?

Gordon and Grace return from holiday and find out their houses have been bugged while they were away. Soon after that they find out what happens when you don’t fight back.
They are left with no choice. They have to go to war…




In the Nick of Time, Book 6

Publication Date: July 17, 2016

What will Ado Aragon do next? Where is Carman breeding an army of monsters for an all-out war? What happens when Groc the Knocker goes on trial for treason? Can the Eight Team secure the release of all Consortium slaves?

What happens when four criminal wizard-overlords try to snatch the children’s mothers? Who will win the battle to become the Consortium’s new capo di tutti capi? What happens when Gordon plays by the enemies’ rules?

Who does Nick meet in Avalon on his 12th birthday? What is he given, and what does his future hold? Who does he rescue in the nick of time?

A lot happens between 24th August and 9th September 2011. Hang on to your hats – it’s a roller-coaster ride!



About the Author:

Once upon a time –a long time ago – I was born in Bootle (Liverpool 20) in the UK. There was a war on, but I ignored it and got on with the business of growing up in challenging circumstances. Later, I wanted to follow in the footsteps of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis but instead was plunged into the maelstrom of inner city education as a teacher of English, then as a headteacher. I had a brief go at writing for children in the 1970s and was published by Penguin and Granada. I promised myself I would write something really good when I retired and had the time to do it properly.

It was only after I narrowly survived a murder attempt in Belize at the age of 69 that I realised how easy it is to die without accomplishing a cherished ambition. So I set to work on “Myrddin’s Heir”: the epic story I will leave behind. The first six books are now in the Kindle Store and on Smashwords. Book 1 is called “A Wizard of Dreams”. It’s free on Smashwords and price-matched on Amazon…

This is a long story for bright children from 10–110 years of age. That isn’t everybody.


**Note** these books have been included in my Holiday Blog series because some of the action takes place during the holidays.

Take a close look at the cover of A Wizard of Dreams, then look at this face. Does it look familiar to you?r-chambers

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Holiday Books & Giveaway

You might hav02e noticed these past few days that the books are all about the holidays or takes place during the holidays.  That is because I am featuring this type of book during the holidays (up to January 6).

If you comment on each blog, I will enter your name into a drawing for a $25 Amazon Gift Card.  You will get one entry per day/blog, so comment each day and you will get multiple entries.  You can go back to November 29 (beginning of the Holiday Blog Series) to comment for entry participation.

Two drawings will take place one on December 18 and one on January 7. (**Those who have already commented on the past Holiday blogs will be entered into the drawing**)

Also, you may get a Bonus at the end of a blog or two.  But, in order to know if there is a “Bonus” you must visit this blog site every day and read the blogs to get the “Bonus.”

I also encourage you to take a moment or two to check out the author of the day blog site or website.

If you look at the books on the purchase pages, even if you do not purchase, read the reviews and mark “YES” if they were helpful.  This helps to push the book up in the ranks on Amazon.

Happy Holidays and May You take some Time for Yourself to Relax!

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The Italian Thing

The Italian Thing
By: Patricia Salamone
Published by: Patricia Salamone
Publication Date: August 15, 2013.
Join Patricia in her hilarious recount of how she explored her heritage during a more-than-memorable trip to Sicily. She details her adventures and misadventures as she and her husband visits relatives in Naro. She shares  how they got to know the locals, their customs and lifestyle, and how everyone seemed to think that “everything will be fine” no matter what troubles they were in. During those weeks, Patricia and her husband went through culture shock despite the fact they are both Italian. In the end, it was “the Italian thing” in all of us that made theirs an unforgettable trip!
scan0052About the author:
Patricia Salamone was born in 1943 in Queens, New York. She has 5 siblings. Her mother was Italian and her father German. The Italian influence always dominated in her home. It was from that seed that the “Italian thing” was born in her. Being a middle child of six children, entertainment was self-reliance. She started writing when she was eight years old to entertain her siblings and the rest of her family.

Patricia and her siblings attended St. Mary’s H. of C. Catholic School and Grover Cleveland High School. It was then off to work to help the family. She married at age twenty and raised three children. She was determined they would attend university, and saw that goal achieved while she worked for AT&T and continued writing. In 2002, a trip to Naro, Sicily changed her life, culminating in her first memoir, “The Italian Thing” in 2008. Patricia was featured as Author of the Week in the Palm Beach Post, and her poem, “Angel Dear”, was published in the poetry book, “Shades of Expressions,” by Gerl Publishing, “Getting Old” a short story published in “A Quick Read” Compiled by C. A. Simonson.


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Christmas Treasures

christmas-treasuresChristmas Treasures
Author: Bruce Spohn
Published by: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: April 5, 2012

About the book:

This collection of short Christmas stories is powerful and touching.  Each story tells about everyday people, lost in a commercial world, seeking to find the eternal hope of the Christmas spirit.  They are just people like you and me, yet they impact each other and all that they encounter.  Yes, these are stories about the quest for the spirit of Christmas.



About the author:

bruce-spohnBruce Spohn was born March 5, 1947, in Lancaster, California, near Los Angeles.  His parents moved north to the Bay Area and he attended K-12 in a number of schools in different cities around the Bay.  This laid the foundation of his outlook on life.  After graduating from Clayton Valley High School in Concord, California, he joined the U. S. Air Force.  After basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas, he was sent to Germany in October 1965.  Life in Europe appealed to him and he stayed in Germany for 40 years and finally returned to the United States in February 2006.  As luck would have it he was sent back to San Antonio, Texas, where he works for the Government at Fort Sam Houston.

Bruce started writing when he was still in high school but never published.  In November 1999, he was involved in a near-fatal car accident and woke up in the ICU a few days before Christmas.  He felt inspired to write a story to send to his friends as a special Christmas gift.  He continues to write a Christmas story every year and this is a collection of them.

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Just in Time for Christmas

just-in-time-for-christmasJust in Time for Christmas
Author: Gail L. Jenner
Published by: Prairie Rose Publications
Publication Date: July 24, 2015

Book Excerpt:

Mrs. Kerrigan stepped forward when she noticed the man at Della’s front gate.  “Mrs. Wagner’s not home.” She wiped her hands off on her apron and studied him critically.

“I suppose you’re lookin’ for a place to light for a day or two?” She waved him over to her garden gate.

He’s a nice-enough lookin’ fella, she thought.  Strong hands and shoulders.  Just what Della needs – maybe.

“The storekeep said Mrs. Wagner puts up boarders.”

“She do,” returned Mrs. Kerrigan.  “She’s a widow.  Fine cook, too, and kind-hearted.  Sometimes too kind-hearted for her own good,” she added, half to herself.

The stranger said nother.  She looked him over agina.  A little broody, maybe?  No, he had a good face-probably seen his share of pain, but clear-eyes.  Course, ever trail’s got its potholes, she mused.

“She’s probably down at the schoolyard,” she volunteered. “She’s always lookin’ after some poor waif or other.”

The man nodded. “That you.”

Mrs. Kerrigan moved closer. “Now you head on down there.  It’s on the other side of the church.  See the steeple?” She pointed.

The man followed her gaze.  Mrs. Kerrigan put her hand out. “I’m Esther Kerrigan, the preacher’s widow.”

He extended his own.  “James McMurray.”

He had a good grip, she thought.  She smiled.  “Well, Mr. McMurray, welcome to Miner’s Creek.  Not much of  a name.  But not much of a town, neither.”

McMurray shrugged.  “I heard Miner’s Creek is in need of a blacksmith.  Is that true?

Mrs. Kerrigan nodded.  “We are indeed, praise, God.  We ain’t had a blacksmith for nearly a year.  Sampson-that’s what ev’rybody called him-dropped dead last fall.  Just like that.  Nailed the last shoe onto Ole Man Rainey’s buggy horse and kelled over.  The horse never moved a muscle, just stood over poor dead Sampson ’til someone stopped by and found him.  We buried him over there in the churchyard.”

It was clear that Mrs. Kerrigan, albeit the preacher’s widow, was also the town gossip.  She apparently knew everything-and everyone-in town.  He tipped his hat.

“I’ll make my way to the school then.  Than you, uh, Mrs. Kerrigan.”

She inclined her head and smiled once more. “We’ll be neighbors then…”

He followed the rocky path back toward town.  It was only a short distance to the mercantile where he’d tied up his saddle horse.  From there he would see if he could secure lodging with Mrs. Wagner, a widow-woman, cook, and-saint? The word stuck in his throat.  Or, more like his craw.  McMurray reached the mercantile just as the storekeep stepped out onto the boardwalk, hands tucked under his well-worn apron that hung like a dress over his britches and grimy boots.

He smiled a toothy grin.  “The missus took the mare ’round back.  Gave her some oats.  Fine looking saddle horse,” he added.  “She for sale?”

McMurrary frowned. “No. She’s not. How much do I owe you for the oats?”

“Nickel,” returned the storekeep. “It weren’t much.”

McMurray pulled a thin leather sace and removed a nickel.  He handed it to the storekeep and headed round to the back of the clapboard building where barrels sat one on top of the other and rucksacks hung from pegs on the wall.  He found his horse tied to a hitching post.  He looked the mare over carefully, but all seemed well and good.  He tightened the cinch before mounting and heading back down Main Street.  He kept his eye on the steeple that rose up from the small vale to the south.  If you didn’t look  for it, he thought, you’d almost miss it.  It wasn’t even a steeple, but merely a small brown cross nailed to a poorly framed widow’s walk.  Not much to boast about.  But the remoteness of the small mining town was a perfect resting spot, he thought.  He needed a place where he could start over, apart from the bustling life of Marysville, Sacramento, or San Franciso.  To many memories attached to those places.
About the Author:gail-jenner

Gail L. Jenner is the wife of a fourth generation cattle rancher and the author of seven non-fiction titles and two historical novels, plus the Christmas novella, Just in Time for Christmas.  She has also contributed to a number of western romantic anthologies, including the 2016 Christmas anthology, A Cowboy Under the Mistletoe and the 2015 Christmas anthology Present for a Cowboy, both from Prairie Rose Publications.

Gail’s first novel, Across the Sweet Grass Hills, won a WILLA Literary Award from Women Writing the West.

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The Madness of Mercury

the-madness-of-mercuryThe Madness of Mercury
Author: Connie di Marco
Genre: Mystery
Publish date: June 8, 2016
Publisher: Midnight Ink

About the book:

The Zodiac Mysteries feature San Francisco astrologer, Julia Bonatti, who never thought murder would be part of her practice. Julia sought answers and found solace in astrology after the death of her fiancé in a hit and run accident. Since then, she’s successfully built a clientele of the city’s movers and shakers.

In The Madness of Mercury, Julia’s outspoken advice in her newspaper column, AskZodia, makes her the target of a recently-arrived cult preacher who advocates love and compassion to those less fortunate. But the power-hungry preacher is waging war on sin and his Army of the Prophet will stop at nothing to silence those who would stand in his way. Julia is at the top of his list.


As I stood in line at the checkout counter of the bookstore an uncomfortable feeling stole over me.  Was I being watched?  I turned slowly and surveyed the customers in line behind me.  No one looked suspicious.  No one turned away suddenly.  Just holiday shoppers focused on their own business.  As I turned back, my eye caught someone standing at a table close by, separated by a metal bar from the line of shoppers.  A man, dark hair, black jacket, seemingly immersed in a book he was holding in his hands.  No shopping bags in sight.  Something about him . . . I mentally shook myself, pushing the thought out of my mind.  I was being paranoid.  Nerves were getting the better of me.

When I reached the street, the wind had picked up.  Shoppers were doing their best to hang onto their packages and hats and scarves.  I pulled up the hood on my coat and, protecting my few finds, headed back to the square.  I climbed the steps to the top of Union Square and took cover inside the small coffee shop.  The aroma of freshly ground beans filled the space.  I ordered a cappuccino and carried it gingerly to a stool near the window where I could watch the skaters on the ice rink under the tree.  Maybe this was picking at old wounds.  Maybe I just wanted to remember a happier time.

The windows were completely fogged.  I rubbed the condensation away with the sleeve of my coat and peeked out.  The top of the seventy foot tree and its huge bulbs swayed back and forth in the chilly gusts.  Michael and I used to skate here.  He was hopeless on his rented skates and wouldn’t believe me when I told him it wasn’t his ankles, his skates were too large.  We’d manage a few passes around the rink, before we’d collapse, laughing on the ice.  For a split second I saw his smile and felt the warmth of his hands, remembering how safe I felt when he put his arms around me.  An aching so acute swept over me I didn’t trust myself not to burst into tears.  What is it about the holiday season that brings our missing pieces into such sharp focus?  Loss and pain may be there at other times, but somehow it doesn’t hurt quite so acutely.  Maybe stopping here wasn’t such a good idea.  I needed to quit feeling sorry for myself.  Michael would have been disgusted with me.  I was pathetic.  I snuffled and rummaged in my purse for a tissue, blowing my nose and wiping my eyes, hoping anyone watching would think I was down with the flu.  Suck it up, Julia.

Bundling up against the cold, I retraced my steps and approached the garage entrance.  Two people, a man and a woman, doing their best to stay warm under the overhang of the garage were handing out flyers.  One stepped in front of me, blocking my path and shoved a flyer at me.  Annoyed, I grabbed it and walked briskly into the garage.  I glanced down at an announcement of services at the Prophet’s Tabernacle.  I sighed, and crumpling the paper up, tossed it in a nearby trash can.

I took the elevator down to the lowest level where I had parked.  I stepped out and glanced around.  In contrast to the crowds of people above on the streets, not a soul was in sight.  I felt a frisson of fear.  Why was it so deserted?  My nerves were just on edge, I decided.  I was imagining threats where there were none.  I took a deep breath and hurried to my car.  I unlocked the door and threw my bags onto the passenger seat.  Before I could turn the key in the ignition I glanced in the rearview mirror.  A face in a ski mask stared back at me, the eyes bright in the ambient lighting.  A gasp caught in my throat.  My heart raced as a gloved hand pulled my head back and covered my mouth.  I felt the sharp prick of a knife point at my neck.  I froze.  I couldn’t move.  I couldn’t speak.

“Forget about the Prophet.  Make sure you keep your big mouth shut or my next visit won’t be so nice,” he growled.  He pulled the knife away, let go of my jaw and jumped out of the car.

connie_di_marcoAbout the author:

Connie di Marco is the author of the Zodiac Mysteries featuring San Francisco astrologer, Julia Bonatti. The Madness of Mercury is the first in the series. Writing as Connie Archer, she is also the author of the Soup Lover’s Mysteries set in Vermont from Berkley Prime Crime. You can find her excerpts and recipes in The Cozy Cookbook and The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook.  Connie is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime and International Thriller Writers.




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Happy Thanksgiving to those in the United States!


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I’m a Writer



If you take a “think break” while writing and there are people about.  Do you ever think they would make a good or bad character for your story plot?

If not, perhaps you should.

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