Review of The Christmas Bridge

Elyse Douglas Christmas Bridge by Elyse Douglas:

Publisher: Elyse Douglas  (September 15, 2015)
Category: Contemporary Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Holiday Romance, Christmas novel
Tour Date: Oct & Nov, 2015
Available in: ebook,  183 Pages

A First Love. A Second Chance.

A young widow travels to New York on business a few days before Christmas. She has reluctantly made a date with a lover she hasn’t seen in 20 years, and she is nervous and apprehensive. Twenty years before, she made a difficult decision that has both troubled and haunted her ever since. She knows she’s about to come face-to-face with her past and she’s hoping for some redemption and resolution. She also wonders if she can somehow pick up where she left off 20 years ago and start again.

An exciting chance encounter changes everything. Now, not only will she face the past with hope to rekindle an old romance, but there is the possibility that this chance meeting will bring her love and happiness she never thought possible.

Once again, she will have to choose. She will have to make the right decision. She will have to believe that Christmas miracles can still happen.

Praise for Christmas Diary by Elyse Douglas:

“The Christmas Diary is a tender hearted story of one woman’s journey of self-discovery and finding true love that will pull at your emotional heartstrings. The authors weave an inspirational tale written in the third person narrative, that draws the reader into Alice and Jack’s lives, and the issues that they’ve faced: love and loss, questioning one’s life choices, and the decision of which road/path is best to take in one’s life.
This is a wonderful story that has a meaningful message within the storyline that will touch your heart. The authors’ descriptive writing style is phenomenal: the characters are realistic and down-to-earth people whose emotions, dialogue and interactions are palpable, you can feel the range of highs and lows that they endure. The reader is transported to the picturesque holiday setting of the Pennsylvania towns of Eden Grove and Meadow Green.
This captivating story has a mixture of mystery, tender romance, and a supernatural twist that makes The Christmas Diary a compelling and entertaining story that will warm your heart.”- Kathleen, Jersey Girl Book Review

“If you are a fan of Richard Paul Evans novels then you definitely want to grab The Christmas Diary. This is a super quick read that you pick up on a Saturday afternoon and devour in one sitting. One glorious afternoon sitting.
It is a story of love and changes with a paranormal twist.
I adored this book. It was quick and simple and really perfect. I loved how everything was tied together through a ghost.
A quick holiday read that makes me think of Lifetime and Hallmark channel movies.”- Andrea Guy, A Chick Who Reads

” The Christmas Diary” is a nice smooth read filled with emotions and a touch of the paranormal world. Elyse pens her characters well developed, believable and lovable in this Christmas romance story. Highly recommended for all who love a nice enjoyable romance tale.”- Susan Peck, My Cozie Corner

About Elyse Douglas:Elyse Douglas

Elyse Douglas is the pen name for the husband and wife writing team of Elyse Parmentier and Douglas Pennington. Elyse’s mother was a painter and her father a textile consultant. Elyse began writing poems and short stories at an early age, and graduated with a degree in English Literature. Douglas grew up in a family of musicians, astrologers and avid readers. His great grandfather lived to be a 134 years old, and was the oldest man in the world when he died in 1922.

Some of Elyse Douglas’ novels include: The Other Side of Summer, Christmas for Juliet, Wanting Rita, The Christmas Diary, The Christmas Bridge and The Summer Diary. They live in New York City.





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A Passionate Spirit

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By SC Skillman

Genre: Paranormal Thriller

Book Description

Zoe ran through the wood in gathering dusk, her heart racing. She clutched the child’ s hand, which kept slipping out of hers. Sweat drenched her blouse, sticking it to her jacket, despite the dank chill in the air. They pounded along a narrow bramble-choked path. Zoe winced and the child sobbed, as spiky stems tore at their clothes and flesh, drawing blood.

It’s a dream come true for 25 year old Zoe when she and her new husband, unconventional priest Theo, move to the Cotswold hills. But fearsome dreams about a young girl running for her life disturb Zoe and she can’t shake off the idea that a child’s life is in danger… and so is hers.

When two unexpected guests arrive, James and Natasha, Zoe’s friend Alice immediately senses something amiss with them – and particularly Natasha; but no-one except Zoe agrees with her. Natasha embarks on a series of mysterious healings which astonish other guests and convince them that she is a miracle worker. But Zoe can’t abandon her feelings of unease. Then a series of disturbing events hits the centre…

When Zoe confronts Natasha she is completely unprepared for the terror she is about to face. Zoe will need more than the loyalty and strength of Alice to survive the frightening paranormal forces that are unleashed against her…

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S C SKILLMAN studied English Literature at Lancaster University. She has previously worked within a BBC radio production office and later spent four years in Australia. She now lives in Warwickshire with her husband David, their son Jamie and daughter Abigail.

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The Boy With Words

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By C.E. Wilson

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Book Description

Take only what can be used. Take only what won’t be missed. The Creators are watching all of us.

White Frost lives in a world cloaked in darkness and ignorance. While most people in her society are content to live in fearful peace, White’s cousin brings her words from the mysterious Unknown. Strange collections of written words that tease her that there may be more to the world than candlelight and dank hallways.

But when tragedy strikes, White can no longer rely on the words to give her solace. She must discover what lies beyond the only world she’s ever known… no matter the cost.

Eventually, White finds her way to the skies and there she discovers that the tantalizing clues of her words are only pale reflections of the massive and wondrous world above. Colors she never thought possible. Blinding light. And an impossible being who may or may not be the Creator of it all.

But this information comes at a price White Frost is not sure she can pay.

White’s hunger for knowledge proves to be her greatest strength and weakness as she strives to learn more. But as she learns, she has to wonder – is there such a thing as too much information? And what will happen as it brings her closer to a being who could destroy everything she’s ever known?

Find out in Five Seven Five, the first book in a two part series entitled The Boy with Words.


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C.E. Wilson is currently living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband, beautiful daughter, chubby beagle and two cats. They are all the loves of her life. When she’s not writing Young Adult novels, she enjoys writing short stories on DeviantArt. She loves to read and write anything involving giants and little people (also known as G/t) and she can’t decide what she loves more: horror movies or shoujo manga. She has a bachelor’s degree in English Education so she has a soft spot for older literature authors including John Milton, William Shakespeare, and stories such as Paradise Lost and Beowolf. On a side note, nothing helps her to write more than drinking good coffee loaded with lots of cream and watching The Twilight Zone.

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You Are Woman, You Are Divine

You Are Woman

  • You Are Woman, You Are Divine; the modern woman’s journey back to The Goddess

  • Paperback:352 pages
  • Publisher:Over and Above Creative (September 23, 2015)
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I did not receive knowledge of The Divine Feminine from my mother. She did not receive it from her mother. Being a female was not special in the home of my childhood and I did not think of myself as sacred.

I remember how, as a young girl, I loved reading the stories of women who were special in some way. Without yet realizing that I was searching for The Divine Feminine, I read goddess mythology, biblical stories and even faery tales that depicted women as magical and intuitive, as having special powers of prophecy, healing, and knowing. I daydreamed that I, too, was special at my core—that as a woman, I am a special being. I have been in search of confirming this feeling my entire life.

As I grew into adulthood, my longing for a deeper sense of Self led me to explore many different paths, hoping to move myself closer to the Truth, the Absolute, to God—especially to the Feminine aspect of God. My journey in search of spirituality has taken me through many traditions, introducing me to many rituals and ways of connecting with Spirit, feeling at one with the Universe, and especially experiencing The Divine Feminine essence.

I practiced Buddhism where I read about the hand of Siddhartha reaching for Mother Earth to witness him, to show him the truth beyond illusion while the demon Mara tempted him with fear and desire. I browsed through the ancient texts of Gnostic Christianity and found The Sophia, the abstract concept of absolute truth and wisdom. Deeply attracted to ancient Egypt’s pantheon of goddesses, I found myself seeking answers at the feet of Isis and Hathor, eventually visiting their temples in Egypt, com- pletely in awe. The royal path of Yoga inspired me to call upon Kali, Lakshmi and Shakti, chanting their names over and over in devotion to Ma, the Divine Mother. In Hawai’i I called upon Pele; in Greece, Aphrodite, and in the south of France, the Magdalene. My search meandered into the realms of Wicca where the earth, the moon, and all of nature is The Goddess, and women are intrinsically connected to Her. Within Wicca, I recon- nected to the natural rhythms of the seasons of nature, reinforcing my relationship with the moon and the lunar cycles that affect my female body, my emotions, and my life.

My search eventually led me back to my Jewish roots and to the Kabbalah—the mystic teachings of Judaism. Here, among the ancient rituals of my ancestors, I was inspired to begin the practice of lighting the Sabbath candles. For years on Fridays before sundown, I would clean my apartment from top to bottom, prepare an elaborate meal, bathe with scented soaps, and anoint myself with special oils as I called into my home the Shekhinah, who is the Queen of Heaven, the Bride of The Divine Masculine and also the Feminine aspect of God.

As I lit candles for Her at the precise moment of sunset, I helped light Her way in the darkness towards Her Beloved. I prayed to Her for understanding, for peace, and for my own true beloved to find me. I prayed for Her to light my way in this life as a woman.

I treasured those Fridays and kept them for my own. While the Jewish Shabbat is traditionally a time for family, friends, and company, for me it was a reverent, pri- vate space to be alone with The Shekhinah. Often during my prayers, tears would stream from my eyes, and my heart would break open as I expressed all of my worries, fears, and hopes to Her with the light of the candles flickering behind my closed eyes. Eventually a sense of profound gratitude for having been built in Her image, for hav- ing been made a woman, came into my life. And always, my prayers brought forth a weighty longing to know and experience Her and to become more and more like Her.

 I eventually had a deeply transformational, personal experience with The Divine Feminine several years ago. On a crisp, California winter night, in a meditation class with many other seekers, She came to me, touched my core—and I was forever changed. Her visit was so intimate, Her energy touched me so profoundly that it immediately moved me to tears. Shaking with excitement and awe, I shared my experience with the others in the class.

The Divine Feminine came to me first as a profound stillness, so quiet that Her presence caused an unusually calm motionlessness to pass over me as if time had stopped, as if my heart and breath had stopped, too.

As She made Her way into and through me, I felt a soulful yearning for Her, a keen desire that was saturated with a love unlike any I have ever known. She sent waves of insight and knowing coursing through me. It was as if I suddenly grasped the meaning of and understood the sacredness of my womanhood and the purpose of my being a woman here on earth. All sensation of the physical world around me slipped away except for one thing—the delicious and intoxicating taste of honey in my mouth. And then She left.

It is said in Kabbalah that the Feminine aspect of God, The Shekhinah, will taste like honey in your mouth when She appears. I now know this to be true.

The essence of The Divine Feminine presented Herself to me on that day. She gave me the momentary experience of pure feminine energy that has left me entranced by the mystery of Her ever since. In my many meditations that have followed, I have learned that there is no end to this mystery. She is, much like life itself, unknowable, enigmatic and will never fully reveal Herself to me.

How can you experience The Divine Feminine? How do you bring Her essence into your life? The mystical poet Rumi said once: There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground. This quote reminds me that there are literally hundreds of ways to seek Her, and hundreds of ways to experience Her.

In this book, I have chosen my favorite ways to guide you towards your own rela- tionship with The Divine Feminine as you bring Her into your life. In these chapters, I offer myths, rituals, invocations, meditations and more. Each of these methods serves as an invitation for you to move closer to Her, sensing Her with you as you step over the threshold from the ordinary into the extraordinary. This book will guide you through the portal that leads you to experience Her as I did—with the taste of honey in your mouth.

Opening yourself up to experiencing The Divine Feminine and to knowing your- self as a goddess may feel strange at first. For some women, it may seem too religious or too spiritual, perhaps repelling, intimidating or awkward. It may conflict with your personal beliefs—or it may challenge them.

It is not intended to do any of these. Allowing The Divine Feminine into your life is purely an invitation to empower yourself as a woman—to own your feminine essence, to be the goddess that you were created to be. Reading the myths and performing the rituals in this book can be as spiritual or religious as you want them to be. It is up to you to embrace them in the ways in which you are most comfortable.

I invite you to open your heart to learn more about Her, to allow yourself to become curious enough, interested enough to continue on and experience how She can reveal your true self to you and bring divine sweetness into your life. Once you have experi- enced this, even if it is for the briefest of moments or in the smallest of ways, you will be forever changed. For once you know of your own sacredness, your own divine purpose and design—you can never undo this knowing. You will look upon yourself in new ways, forever aware of who you truly are as a woman . . . and as a goddess.

Today, my journey with The Divine Feminine is not over, but my search to find Her is. I have discovered that She is everywhere that I go and everything that I am. I am naturally designed to know Her, be Her, and express Her. You are, too.


  • renc3a9e-starrAuthor Bio: Renée Starr is a mythologist, sacred storyteller, life coach, and artist. A seeker of ancient Goddess and lunar wisdom for the modern woman, she offers classes, workshops, and Goddess Circles, as well as a variety of women’s retreats through her branded movement, Back to The Goddess. Her passion is to assist women everywhere to awaken to their sacredness, their inner goddess-self and rekindle a relationship with The Divine Feminine. She has her own line of herbal, ritual and Goddess products. See more information.








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Swept Up In A Deadly Quest


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By Garen Glazier

Genre: Dark Fantasy, Urban Fantasy


Book Description:

Freya is just a student at the University of Washington worried about grades and making her next tuition payment until a gorgeous succubus interrupts her post-exam latte with a proposition: come work for her boss, Seattle’s reclusive heiress and antiquities collector Imogen Beldame. Eagerly agreeing despite a nagging feeling in the pit of her stomach, Freya finds herself swept up in a deadly quest at the behest of her psychopathic new employer. Beldame has given her until Halloween to collect three magical pigments that hold the key to crafting mesmerizing portraits that can access the Verge, an undiscovered borderland on the edge of human reality, and the powerful beings that call it home.

Freya’s reluctant journey takes her to a goblin stronghold in the Cascades for the color blue, to the Seattle Underground to request the color red from Baba Yaga, and to the Fremont home of a beautifully gruesome Cambodian ahp, or spirit of the night, for the color yellow. Working together with Rusty, an enigmatically disfigured man intimately connected with the Verge, and a motley crew of mercurial demons and loyal friends, Freya must come up with a plan to stop Beldame and preserve the fragile balance between fantasy and reality that is at its most vulnerable on Halloween.


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I’m a lifelong resident of Seattle. I married my Russia-born-America-raised high school sweetheart, and we have a four year old and a new little one born in February.

I like coffee shops, bookstores, dancing in my living room and singing in my car. The opening scene of Up always makes me cry. The Three Amigos always makes me laugh. Fashion magazines, croissants, and long, long baths are my guilty pleasures. They might occur separately or together. I prefer boxing classes to yoga, and I get some of my best ideas when I’m running. I loved school and spent more time than one really should getting a business degree in marketing and a master’s in art history. In an ideal world I’d go to bed at 2am and wake up at 10am. I’ve never been an early bird, and I feel strongly that alarm clocks kill dreams.

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The Wynning Way

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The Wynning Way: A Guide to Creating Success Your Way 

By Maisha Wynn

Genre: Non-fiction (Inspirational)


Book Description

The Wynning Way: A Guide to Creating Success Your Way is the ultimate go-to guide for personal and professional development!

This powerful book shows you how to develop your own winning lifestyle through exercises that inspire self reflection and strategies for creating the mindset of a winner.  Throughout the book, Wynn shares her personal journey from tragedy to triumph and offers inspirational nuggets on the power of prayer, the effect of positive thinking plus affirmations to help you live abundantly!

Get ready to transform your existence by digging deeper to unveil the power that truly lies within you! Your time for wynning is NOW!

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“The Wynning Way: A Guide to Creating Success Your Way is a winner! Maisha Wynn has not only developed an amazing manual for personal and professional development, but she inspires us all to live our very best lives even in the midst of life’s harrowing circumstances! If you want to win in life, you must read this book!”



“This insightful book shares Wynn’s infectious enthusiasm to surrender to God’s will and accept themselves as they are and develop a life the way they have imagined. Reading this book will definitely help readers bring positive energy into their lives and make the required changes they are looking for to achieve peaceful and happy lives.”



“It is no coincidence that Maisha’s last name is Wynn. Not only is she winning, she is gracious enough to share her strategies to help others on their journey. Her book is Touching, Timely, and Real! What I love most about the book is her ability to connect with the reader by holding them accountable for their own existence in this world.”


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As a Tribute to the Men and Women of our Armed Forces

41pe5D7DIbL._AA160_As a tribute to the men and women of our Armed Forces

 Lady Justice and the Vet by Robert Thronhill

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Veteran’s Day is November 11. A “thank you” to our Veterans for their service to our country.

About the Book:

Ben Singleton, a Marine veteran, had returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan and was having difficulty adjusting to civilian life.

Fate, coincidence, or something else thrust him right into the heart of some of Walt and Ox’s most difficult cases.

Our heroes find themselves knee-deep in trouble as they go undercover in a nursing home to smoke out practitioners of Medicaid fraud, meanwhile, Islamic terrorists with ties to the Taliban are plotting to attack one of Kansas City’s most cherished institutions.

Join Walt and his band of senior sidekicks on another emotional roller coaster ride that will have you shedding tears of laughter one minute and sorrow the next.


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