Friday, May 30, 2014

Book Feature: Moon Whispers by G. Michael Vasey


Moon Whispers is a new collection of 30 poems from Dr. G. Michael Vasey. It's now available on Amazon and other book sites in paperback and Kindle formats. Moon Whispers is the fourth poetry collection by this critically acclaimed author.


“This continually fascinating and ever-maturing writer has succeeded in assembling a cornucopia of new ideas, visions, and comments on his personal universe and the world ‘out there’,” said fellow author Gordon Strong. “Besides his poetry collections, Vasey’s other forays into authorship, The Mystical Hexagram and his splendid novel The Last Observer shows a varied dimension of thought and an endless imagination.”
Vasey was also recently featured in Chat Its Fate magazine (June 2014 issue) in an article featuring his early life experiences and promoting his novel – The Last Observer (Roundfire, 2013).
Hull-born Vasey writes extensively across a number of disparate areas in which he has a passionate interest. He is the author of over 300 articles and several books in the energy & commodities industry, four books of poetry, and several books about our ability to shape reality. He spent 18-years in Houston, TX and now lives in Brno in the Czech Republic, but is British by birth.
He is currently working on The Lord of the Elements – the prequel to The Last Observer – and another on the concept of the Fool in magic.
He tweets at @gmvasey.

Here’s the Amazon link where you can purchase Moon Whispers: http://www.amazon.com/Moon-Whispers-G-Michael-Vasey-ebook/dp/B00KE41WK4/


Hey. Take a look at The Last Observer book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_18nMpYmU0




Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Twenty Keys To A Happy Marriage


Do you want to know what the secret is to a happy marriage/relationship?

I’ve been with Kevin for twenty years and will be married to him for nineteen on July 25th of this year. One of the best things I've ever done in my life was marry him. I’m not tooting my horn or anything, but we have the most awesome relationship ever. Yeah, he gets on my nerves sometimes and I get on his, but it’s no big deal.

Side note: I’m no expert; however, the following doesn’t only come from me but from relationship experts as well:

Anyway, here are the twenty keys to a happy marriage/relationship.

1.) The person you marry should be your best friend. Period. 


     2.) Sense of humor. You have to have a sense of humor in a relationship. If you can’t tease and play around with each other, it won’t work. Having fun with your spouse and joking around is important.

    3.) Appreciation. You need to show or tell your significant other how much you appreciate her. Whenever Kevin does something like the dishes for example, I always thank him for it and tell him I appreciate it, and he does the same for me as well.

   4.) Common courtesy. If you’re going to be late coming home or whatever, call (Kevin and I do this all the time). Common courtesy. If the gas tank is almost on empty, stop at a gas station and fill it up. Common courtesy. Guys, put the toilet seat down before you go to bed. The list goes on.

   5.) Honesty. You must be honest with one another because resentment will eventually kill your relationship. It doesn’t go away. It festers.

   6.) Don’t finger point. “Well, this happened because you did this. We wouldn’t be in this situation if you would have checked our bank account.” Instead, you need to talk it out. We all make mistakes. This one time Kevin bought a truck and asked the dealership guy to hold our check. Well, he didn’t, and our rent check bounced. I could have easily been pissed off at Kevin and rightfully so. I told him that might happen, and he assured me it wouldn’t. Hey, shit happens, move on. If you implement honesty and common courtesy, it won’t happen again.

   7.) If you plan on making a big purchase on something, talk it over with your spouse first. It’s her money, too.

   8.) Teammates. You need to work together to accomplish what you want in life. Kevin and I do this all the time. When we were in credit card debit, we both said, enough is enough. We need to fix this and build our bank account. We cracked down and paid off all our credit cards. It took a year, but we did it.

   9.) Be supportive. You must support each other's goals in life. If it’s something outlandish and you feel is idiotic, don’t talk down to him. You’re best friends, so talk it over and voice your concerns. Come up with a comprise you both can agree upon.

 10.) Never take each other for granted. Leave notes to one another from time to time. They can be simple such as, I miss and love you. Kevin and I do that, and it always puts a smile on my face.

  11.) Sex. Yeah, sex isn’t everything in a relationship, but it is part of having a good one.

  12.) Thoughtfulness. Be thoughtful towards one another. The other day I was late for lunch. I came home, and Kevin was in the middle of making me a ham sandwich. It touched me that he thought of me, knowing I would have to make my own lunch, then go back to work. He saved me the trouble of making it. I really appreciated it and told him so. Another example is every Sunday my editor makes breakfast in bed for his girlfriend. How sweet is that?

   13.) Don’t try to change each other. But then again, if you married your best friend, you wouldn’t have to, right?

   14.) Have date nights. Life gets hectic. Let’s face it. We live in a world where we're expected to constantly go, go, go. You need to carve out one night a week where you and your hubby can go out and have some fun together. Kevin and I go out to eat every Friday night. It’s something to get excited about and look forward to.

   15.) Respect. You must respect each other, because if you don’t you’re in trouble.

   16.) Trust. That’s a big one. Without trust, your relationship is doomed.

   17.) Praise. You should praise each other. I’m always telling Kevin he rocks when he does something cool, and he does the same for me as well.

   18.) Compliments. Tell your wife or girlfriend she’s beautiful or cute. If she makes a good meal, tell her how yummy it is.

   19.) Affection. There are some peeps who aren’t affectionate, but I think everyone needs some affection. Hug and kiss your other half every day. Tell him you love him. Tell her you’ll miss her.

   20.) Be open. I don’t care what anyone says, if you can’t talk about your poos or be open enough to fart in front of each other from time to time, there’s some fun and comfort lacking in your relationship. You don't have to be rude or disgusting about it. But those things are part of being human, so why not joke and be silly about them? We all have gross bodily functions. Why hide it from the person you chose to spend the rest of your life with? Kevin and I joke and laugh about it all the time. In fact, Kevin will sometimes say as he's heading to the bathroom, "I think I got to make some Beckis." Hahaha. He's such a dork. But believe me, I get him back. :) See what I mean, though?

The couple in this picture has been married for 80 years. Yes, you read that right. 80 years! He’s 101 years old and she’s 97. They claim they’re still in love. Sweet, huh?


Anyway, if you follow those twenty things I’ve mentioned, you’re going to have an awesome relationship that will last your whole life. 



Monday, May 26, 2014

Happy Memorial Day!



I want to thank all the vets out there—dead or alive—who have served our country. I appreciate your sacrifice. If it weren’t for you, we wouldn’t have the freedoms we have today.

Thank you. 


You’re a true hero.  






Don’t forget about the dogs who served as well. 


Friday, May 23, 2014

Dream Series by J.J. Dibenedetto

Here's a cool series for you to check out. Please excuse the different colors in this post. I don't know why it's doing that. I think this program is being moody or something.

Enjoy!

About the Dream Series

What if you could see everyone else’s dreams?  That’s the question Sara has to wrestle with in the Dream Series.  We first meet her as a shy, bookish college student who doesn’t think there’s anything extraordinary about herself.  And then the dreams start…
Over the course of the series, Sara learns to live with these supernatural dreams and all the trouble they plunge her into.  At the same time, she grows from a student to a practicing doctor; and from a single girl to a wife and mother.  But every time she thinks she’s got everything figured out, life – and her extraordinary dreams – teach her that she’s always got more to learn…



What would you do if you could see other people’s dreams?  If you could watch their hidden fantasies and uncover their deepest, darkest secrets…without them ever knowing?
Sara Barnes is about to find out.  She thought that all she had to worry about was final exams, Christmas shopping and deciding whether she likes the cute freshman in the next dorm who’s got a crush on her.
But when she starts seeing dreams that aren’t hers, she learns more than she ever wanted to know about her friends, her classmates…and a strange, terrifying man whose dreams could get Sara killed.
“Dream Student” is the thrilling first installment of the Dreams series.

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Dream Doctor (Book 2)

“I didn’t expect to be woken up by someone I don’t know dreaming about killing somebody.  I thought I was done with that once and for all…”
But Sara’s not done with it.  As if adjusting to life as a newlywed and starting medical school weren’t difficult enough, she’s started seeing the dreams of everyone around her, again.  Before everything is said and done, those dreams might destroy Sara’s hopes of becoming a doctor, wreck her marriage and even end her life…
“Dream Doctor” is the thrilling second novel in the Dreams series.

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Dream Child (Book 3)

"I would give anything to take this away from her.  I would gladly go back to having the nightmares myself – the very worst ones, the ones that had me waking up screaming in a pool of my own vomit – rather than see Lizzie go through this..." 
As a resident at Children's Hospital, Sara can handle ninety hour workweeks, fighting to save her young patients from deadly childhood diseases.  But she's about to be faced with a challenge that all her training and experience haven't prepared her for: her four-year-old daughter has inherited her ability to see other people's dreams...
"Dream Child" is the suspenseful third novel in the "Dreams" series.

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Dream Family (Book 4)

"Why is this so hard for me?  Why am I having so much trouble?  Why do I feel so helpless, so hopeless?  What the hell is wrong with me?"
After tangling with murders and mobsters, not to mention medical school and three years of residency, Sara thought she could handle anything.  And then the police show up without warning at her new office and arrest her for a crime she can't possibly have committed.  Sara's confidence, and her grip on reality, is shattered during one terrifying night in jail.
Now, the very dreams that have endangered her life and driven her to the edge of madness may be the only thing that can help Sara find herself again...
"Dream Family" is the powerful fourth novel in the "Dreams" series.

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Waking Dream (Book 5)

“Oh, God!   We can hurt each other.  Whatever we do to each other in the dream, we’ll do it to ourselves for real…”

When her own dreams are visited by a mysterious woman in a red dress, Sara realizes she has something she never expected: a counterpart, someone outside her family who shares her talent to see other people’s dreams.

When the woman in red keeps showing up in other dreams as well, leaving ruined lives in her wake, Sara knows she has something she never imagined: a nemesis.

Now, Sara must track the woman in red down in the waking world, before she’s forced to fight for her life in her dreams…

“Waking Dream” is the exciting fifth novel in the “Dreams” series.

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Dream Reunion (Book 6)

"I wish someone - my mother, my husband, anybody - would really let me have it, instead of telling me everything's not my fault when it obviously is..."
 
Sara's seen the cost of interfering in other people's dreams firsthand; it's measured in ruined lives and cemetery plots. 
 
When her supernatural dreams start up again, Sara is faced with problem after problem. And the only solution she can see is the one she's sworn never to attempt - changing the minds of the dreamers from the inside-out. 
 
Sara thought that fighting against serial killers, mobsters and crooked politicians was difficult, but she's about to come up against the most difficult foe she's ever faced: her own conscience. 
 
Dream Reunion is the emotional sixth book in the Dream Series.

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A Box of Dreams (Books 1-5 collected into one Kindle Box Set)

What if you could see everyone else’s dreams?

Sara Barnes has just discovered that she can.  And this gift – or curse – will lead her on an extraordinary journey. 

Follow Sara as her newfound ability leads her into adventures she never imagined.  She will hunt down a serial killer, investigate a plot to murder one of her teachers, unravel a conspiracy between a mobster and a corrupt politician and face off against her nemesis: a woman who shares her talent, but uses it to destroy lives rather than save them.  And Sara will have to manage all that while finishing college, becoming a doctor and falling in love, too.

Here are the first five books of the Dream Series, along with bonus material created especially for this collection.  Included in this set are DREAM STUDENT, DREAM DOCTOR, DREAM CHILD, DREAM FAMILY and WAKING DREAM.  In addition, you’ll find the short story BETTY & HOWARD’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE starring Sara’s parents.  But most of all, when you open this box of dreams, you’ll find romance, suspense, humor and plenty of heart…


Author Bio:

J.J. (James) DiBenedetto was born in Yonkers, New York. He attended Case Western Reserve University, where as his classmates can attest, he was a complete nerd. Very little has changed since then.
He currently lives in Arlington, Virginia with his beautiful wife and their cat (who has thoroughly trained them both). When he's not writing, James works in the direct marketing field, enjoys the opera, photography and the New York Giants, among other interests.
The "Dreams" series is James' first published work.


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Purchase Links:
Dream Home

Dream Student (Book 1)

Dream Doctor (Book 2)

Dream Child (Book 3)

Dream Family (Book 4)

Waking Dream (Book 5)

Dream Reunion (Book 6)

A Box of Dreams (Books 1-5 in one Box Set)








Monday, May 19, 2014

Legally Blind and Living with Cerebral Palsy, Author Jeremy Breitenbach Is An Inspiration That Shouldn’t Be Ignored.

I met Jeremy in a group I’m part of on Facebook. One day he asked me if I would be interested in interviewing him about his upcoming release called, The Gateway. Of course I said yes. At the time I didn’t realize he’s legally blind and has cerebral palsy. When I discovered those things about him, it blew me away.

Wow!

Double Wow.

I can’t even imagine having those disabilities and trying to write a book. 

We all have our challenges in life and while we’re facing them, we tend to ask “Why me?” 

We feel alone. 

Lost. 

At times we even resort to thinking, what’s the point? 

When there’s a road block in our way, hampering us to reach our goals, we either . . .

A.) Make up excuses on why we can’t pursue our dreams.

B.) Forget about them and move on to something less appealing but easier to obtain.

C.) Blame others or the universe for why we can’t have what we want.

D.)Say “Bite me road block! I’m going to find a way to knock you aside or hurdle over you. I don’t care how long it takes. I will defeat you and (in Jeremy’s case) write a book!”

I had asked Jeremy how he writes his books since he’s legally blind, and he told me with a device called a Braillenote. He writes his books as Braille documents, then translate them into Microsoft Word documents using the Braillenote.

Amazing.

His tenaciousness in working around his disabilities so he can write The Gateway is awe-inspiring. He has a strength that I admire, and I wish him the best of luck on his journey as a published author.

What’s The Gateway about?

The Gateway introduces readers to Chicago, IL in the year 2059, and Dr. Richard Caulman, a physicist who aims to revolutionize transportation. Instead his creation leads to an alien invasion which puts the entire world in danger.

Now let’s talk to Jeremy, shall we?

Hi, Jeremy. I’m glad you’re here. Please tell everyone about yourself.


I’m legally blind and have cerebral palsy. I live in Cincinnati, OH where I was born and raised. I was born premature and wasn’t expected to survive.

When did you start writing stories?

I started writing at age fifteen.

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

When I was fifteen.

What type of stories do you like to write and why?

I like to write adult and children’s books, because . . . well, to be honest I haven’t thought of why. I just enjoy writing.

Who is your favorite author?

Stephen King because his books are engrossing. He’s also my inspiration.

I love Stephen King’s books, too. He seems like a cool person, and his sense of humor is great. J

Where do you get your ideas?

Honestly, I don’t know. They just come to me.

Where can people connect with you?

My official Facebook is:

Thank you Jeremy for stopping by and giving us a dose of humility by showing through your actions that with perseverance, strength, hard work and believing in yourself, goals can be obtained. I wish you the best of luck on your publishing journey.



Friday, May 16, 2014

What Type Of Writer Are You?

I recently asked this question in one of my Google Plus groups and received a surprising amount of responses, which was cool. I told them I was a careful writer and sometimes I get annoyed with myself because it seems to take me forever to write a book.

Wait a minute.

What do I mean by “careful” writer?

Basically, in a nutshell, I want the research I have to do to be accurate and my
story to be perfect. So I believe it takes me longer to write because of those things. Not to mention as of right now, I work a full-time job during the week which sucks up a lot of my time. But to be honest, I think quality is more important in my books than quantity. I want my readers to get a bigger bang for their buck when they buy my novels. I want them to be entertained and love my stories. So if it takes me longer to write them, in the long run it’s worth it, right? 

Btw, in case you’re wondering, I do make good use with my free time. I get up
in the morning an hour early before I have to, just to write, and then I write some more in the evening times. During the weekend, I write as much as I can.

The other day I was asked where I was going on vacation. I told this person nowhere. I have a book I’m aiming to release sometime this summer and another one to finish. I’m too busy to take a week off and go where ever. Besides, if I went anywhere, I’d be thinking about my books, my fans and my street team.  

Anyway, I know every writer is different. Some can churn out a book every month or so, while it takes others a year or more to write a novel.  It usually takes me three months, but with Tangled Roots it has taken me longer than I anticipated. It was going to be a novella, but my characters surprised me and demanded more. So I complied, and I’m excited about it. I’ll do a post about Tangled Roots in the near future and a cover reveal.

But this post is not about plugging my next book. I want to know what type of writer you are. 

Do you have to have complete silence to write? 

I can’t write when music is playing. I also prefer not to hear the TV as well, but sometimes it’s unavoidable because the living room is near our computer room. I suppose I could wear earplugs. 

I was once asked in an interview if I have a certain candy I need while I write. At the time I didn't, and I still don’t really. However, I’m starting to like having red licorice on hand. 

What about you? 

Do you need to have a certain candy or food while you create your stories?

Now that I'm thinking about red licorice, I need to get some this weekend. I know I don't have anymore.

I must not forget. 

*makes a mental note to get some and a pair of earplugs*

Happy Friday!


Monday, May 12, 2014

Book Review: Unexpected Consequences: Intoxicating Passion #5 by Felicia Tatum


This is a wonderful novelette series about two broken souls who find each other. They are forced to face and overcome their own personal demons before they can build a healthy relationship with one another.

I liked how Felicia spotlighted the issue of being in an abusive relationship. Nobody should ever have to put up with physical or mental abuse.

Period.

Korah’s (the main character in this series) prior relationship was like that. It left her vulnerable and insecure.

Felicia did a fine job in her character’s growth. It wasn’t like Korah woke up one morning and then BAM! She’s all good and everything is wonderful. LALALA.

Nope.

Korah had to work on becoming a strong and capable person. It didn’t happen overnight. I really appreciate that about this series. The same goes for Dane as well. He has major issues with women. I’ve seen this same problem in guys btw. 
Hell, I still run across a few once in a while.

Wait a minute.

Now that I think about it . . . I work with one!

Anyway, one word can describe Dane’s problem with the opposite sex.

Trust.

He has trust issues because of what happened to him in the past. He’s a male slut, refusing to allow a female into his heart—until Korah rocks his world. Dane now needs to decide whether to ignore his growing feelings and unrelenting attraction towards Korah, or tear down the bricks around his heart.

Btw, this series has two points of view—Korah’s and Dane’s—and I love that it does. I think Felicia did a perfect job writing in a male’s POV, and I enjoyed seeing the world through Dane’s perspective.

Good job Felicia! J

I recommend this series to readers who love romance books.

  


Friday, May 9, 2014

Lady's Destiny by A.R. Von Blog Tour & Giveaway.



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A Unique Magical, Erotic Novel.
When dreams haunt you in the most delicious ways and fate pulls you into destiny’s path, what can be done other than to accept and submit to it.
Can Iria truly get what she’s always dreamed of or will it always just remain a memory? Being a rare creature such as her with exceptional beauty and rarity of existence should be enough. Though, all she wants is her desire, her destiny… To be with a man—one man.
Are these dreams she’s having real? Could she really take on human form and become a Lady to be with the man she craves?
Dezso discovers a magical creature—a being of incredible light and peace. He is drawn to it again and again, and his feelings grow with every encounter. He carries a dark secret that he wishes never existed. The only thing that truly brings light upon his existence is the beauty that warms his heart but seems to only exist in his head—with dreams and visions of a magical woman, full of heartwarming light.
Will he ever know true love and happiness? Will he ever be able to lighten the weight and share his dark secret with another...?
Darkness is growing stronger, weakening the light and killing off what makes the world a beautiful place to live in. Enter a world of fantasy and dreams, passions and temptations. A world where dragons, unicorns, magic and mermaids really do exist.A world where love WILL conquer all!
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Excerpt #1
My nipples harden almost painfully from the brush of his hands and the fabric against my human skin. Without realizing it, I let out a moan.
He stops pulling down the fabric and looks at me questionably.
I do not know his question. But I know my answer will be yes.
He tilts his head slightly and moves closer to my face.
I feel his breath on my lips. It smells like that furred fruit my family likes so much. The kiwi. I want to taste him so very badly. I lick my lips and clumsily close the space between us. I want to swallow him, consume him until we are a permanent part of each other.
Dezso lets out a groan and gives me what I want. All the while, he is caressing my back with the most wonderful of touches.
I move my hands down his back and grip his rump, pulling him as close as I possibly can against my body. Oh my, what a delight! So firm, it is like a perfect peach ready for picking. Yet, squeezable like something that can be molded into a shape. I stay, with my hands kneading his flesh, as his hands slow move lower to my rear.
I feel wetness between my legs and let out a gasp of pleasure, feeling an undeniable need to move that area closer to him. There is a hardness between his legs and I know EXACTLY what it is. I want to touch it, taste it, and see if it is just like in my dreams. I slowly pull away from his lips and ease my way to kneeling position.
He looks at me, panting. Desire consumes his eyes.
I wonder if mine are the same, I think to myself, as I pull at the material that covers what I crave.
He grabs my hands and gently pulls me to my feet. “Not here, my Lady…”

Excerpt #2

It has been three days since the attack by Than and Cassiel. Iria and I have been training hard. Harder than ever before. There is drastic improvement showing in her skill. She is not even close to being done with training. That will take months, maybe even years to learn all that is possible. But she is progressing quite fast!
My Uncle has been by our sides more than ever, offering his help, knowledge, and guidance to both Iria and myself. He now knows of Iria’s secret and has sworn to take the secret to his grave and beyond. He says he knew there was something different…special about her but did not want to pry. He said he figured if it was meant for him to know, it will be revealed to him.

Iria and I, are both truly grateful to have him at our side and for the assistance, he is giving to us.

“Iria do not take it easy on the old man. Take him down!
She chuckles and ducks a punch from my Uncle Dillon with ease. Rapidly gaining her feet and swiping his legs from below him. “Eat dirt evil doer!” She jumps up in triumph and laughs at my Uncle’s confounded expression.
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A.R. was born and raised in Bronx, NY and is the oldest daughter of two girls. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Computer Science and Information Technology, which was only briefly used. She’s a mother of two entertaining teen boys (as well as a lovely fawn Chihuahua, whom she considers her furry daughter.) She’s also a wife to a delightfully handsome and amazingly funny man-beast. She loves anything dragon and fantasy related. In her free time, she enjoys exercising, writing, listening to music, hiking, cooking, dancing, and reading. She also loves a great adventure in and out of a book!
She writes to free her mind of its constant wondering and clutter. She thrives on the fact she can share some of it with readers that have the same passion for a great story.
She also loves to hear from her reader’s and chat away, so feel free to reach out to her any time.
For various ways to reach out to her. Visit: http://ar-von.com/



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