Book Promo Risking Forever

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Title: Risking Forever

Author: Tara Gallina

Genre: New Adult Romance

Risking Forever: Vol 1 (The Forever Series) by Tara Gallina

My best friend has been obsessed with Sebastian since our freshman year in college. She wants him to herself, which is fine by me. He’s a paycheck, a means to an end goal. He’s temporary. But he’s also tempting—the way he looks at me, the things he says, the way he touches me… If I’m not careful, I might do something I’ll regret. ~Ainsley Belle

THE FOREVER SERIES
At twenty, Ainsley knows it’s time to follow her own dreams and not the future her that was planned for her—a future she never wanted. Losing her job couldn’t have come at a worse time.
Sebastian Gianni isn’t the ideal boss, but he has a position to fill and Ainsley is desperate. The sexy twenty-two-year-old comes from money, owns a successful business, and graduates from college in three months. He has his life together in a way Ainsley could only dream.
No wonder her best friend is obsessed with dating him. Even his ex-girlfriend is determined to get him back, although threatening him seems like the wrong approach. Ainsley would be a fool to fall for the guy, too.
By no means, should she trust him. He has more secrets than anyone she knows, which makes her wonder if the mafia rumors about him are true. It doesn’t matter that he’s a good listener, and sweet and protective at times. That playful flirty side he shares with her alone means nothing. Right?
When a kiss turns into a secret romance neither can give up, Ainsley learns the truth about Sebastian’s corrupt family and why his ex-girlfriend won’t go away. A future together is near impossible and comes with a risk that could get them both killed—or give them everything they’ve ever wanted.

 

 

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Tara Gallina author of Risking Forever: Vol 1 (The Forever Series)

Tara Gallina grew up breathing the salty air in a small town near Clearwater Beach, Florida. The sun and sand were her playground, bathing suits and jean shorts her go-to wear.

After moving to Orlando, FL with her hubs, she left the workforce to enjoy motherhood and rekindled her love of writing. While romance is one of her favorite genres, she writes young and new adult and has a soft spot for retellings.

She has two furry writing companions who often steal her seat when she’s working: a mini shih-poo named Bella, and an exotic cat named Tigerlily but who answers to Kitty because the menfolk in the house like it better. Speaking of kitties, she is obsessed with Hello Kitty, has a pink office, thinks everything is better with sparkles, freezes in temperatures below seventy, and is happiest when visiting local hotspots like Disney World or Harry Potter with her family.

 

 

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Risking Forever is a serial novel and 1 of 3 volumes in The Forever Series.

Risking Forever: Vol 1

Daring Forever: Vol 2

Claiming Forever: Vol 3

 

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Book Release Dreams Illuminate

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Title: Dreams Illuminate

Author: Michelle Iden & Emerson Miller

Genre: Middle Grade Urban Fantasy Mystery

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.” –Albert Einstein

What could possibly be happening to Emerson Hill? When she touches an index card, the first color in a rainbow (red)—she’s whisked away to another domain–and given a glimpse of her first dream illuminating. She finds herself in a very hot desert having fun sand-boarding.

This mystery unfolds within a three year period. Emerson gets six more exploding dreams and experiences that coordinate with the other colors of the rainbow. Emerson has headaches from keeping her secret. She’s afraid to tell her parents that secret because they might commit her to a psych facility. She finally lets her best friend, Morgann Stone know what’s going on.

A mystical creature named Mondulalore follows and records Emerson’s movements without her knowledge. He’s able to make himself invisible with a touch of a button. And at times morphs into a human. He reports to his bosses, King London Dolloway and Queen Cortex Dolloway of the Kingdom Galen which is perched on a faraway planet, Bamore. This planet is unknown to the whole world.

Time’s ticking as EM and Morgann attempt to solve this mysterious force. They research sixteen areas, such as, witches, domains, realms, planets, telepathy, etc., to help them uncover clues of these unexplained events.

In the end, Emerson, now a junior in high school is faced with a difficult choice. Will she keep living her present life or forever have her entire past erased from memory to be handed a bright future? Which one will she pick? Which one would you select?

This electrifying, jaw-dropping urban fantasy mystery will bedazzle you. Get reading. Join Emerson on her journey of magic, excitement, fear, and mystery.

 

 

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Michelle Iden is a retired counselor. She is published in her area of academia. She penned her first fiction novel, Emma Beware, Book One in her YA suspense series. Book Two, Clara Beware soon followed. She is currently working on the final book in the series, Helen Beware.

Michelle loves God. She likes spending time with family and her two grand-daughters, traveling, writing, reading, researching, cooking healthy dishes and working out.

Emerson Miller lives in the Midwest and attends middle school. She lives with her parents and two cats. She likes to dance, hang-out with friends, travel, bake, camp, run, read and write.

 

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Author Interview The Sanctity of Sloth

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1) How long have you been writing? 
A long time.  I wrote curricula for middle grade and high school, then weight management curricula for the YMCA, then a nonfiction book on health and wellness, then all kinds of things for magazines, and finally found my writing love: fiction. My first fiction novel, A Margin of Lust, was published in 2017.
2) Is this book part of a series? 
The Sanctity of Sloth is the third book in the Seven Deadly Sins series. Each book is a standalone novel, and the series can be read in any order. The series is linked by characters and place. Each is set in Orange County, California.
3) What did you find most challenging about writing your book?
The Sanctity of Sloth was tricky because the main character doesn’t actually go anywhere for the first quarter of the book, yet I had to keep the tension high to keep readers turning pages. Maybe because that was such a focus, I’ve been told the opening of this story is the most suspenseful yet. One reader said he had to put it down a few times, because he was getting too anxious! A funny kind of compliment.
4) Which aspect of writing do you enjoy the most? 
I love having written. In other words, I love getting the finished product in my hand and adding it to my bookshelf. As a mother and wife, I appreciate creating something lasting that isn’t ingested, messed up, or used up.
5) Are you working on another book at the moment? 
Always! I’m on the final rounds of edits for The Color of Envy, book four in the series. This one revolves around an interior designer who gets to decorate a home in Laguna Beach that has fascinated her for years. Things don’t go quite as she plans, however. There are dead bodies without heads and hands found on park benches, creepy paintings, and all kind of fun things. I’m having a blast with this one.

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Title: The Sanctity of Sloth

Author: Greta Boris

Genre: Suspense, Mystery

Series: The Seven Deadly Sins

There’s one thing more dangerous than testifying to a crime—staying silent.
Locked in the ruins of a California Mission, Abby Travers watches helplessly as a girl dies outside her window. As she struggles between her moral obligation to come forward as a witness, and her commitment to a Medieval religious practice that requires her to retreat from the world, the situation spins out of control.
Abby’s hesitation starts a series of catastrophes. She finds herself at the center of a deadly cover up where every minute counts and indecision could be fatal. She questions all her beliefs and everyone she knows becomes suspect. To save herself and those she loves, she must break free from her self-imposed prisons of stone and fear.
The Sanctity of Sloth is a taut, psychological thriller that answers the question: What happens when a good woman does nothing? Fans of Paula Hawkins and A.J. Finn will enjoy this third book in Greta Boris’s Seven Deadly Sins Series.

 

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Greta Boris was raised in Greenwich Village, New York by an opera singing, piano playing, voice coach and a magazine publisher. Her original life plan was to be a famous Broadway actor, singer, and dancer, but when she moved to Laguna Beach, California, she changed her plans due to the commute. Today she writes to inspire, entertain, motivate, and so she can afford nice wine.

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Book Promo The Sacred Artifact

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Title: The Sacred Artifact

Author: Caldric Blackwell

Genre: Middle Grade

Determined to uncover the secrets of a mysterious artifact, fourteen-year-old alchemy student Craig Pike and his teacher, Cornelius, journey to the birthplace of alchemy to seek the advice of a wise, ancient alchemist named Quintus. With the help of a witty archer, Audrey Clife, they trek across dangerous lands, compete in a cutthroat tournament, and reunite with old friends. They soon find out the artifact is more powerful than anticipated, and they aren’t the only ones seeking to discover its secrets….

 

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Children’s book author Caldric Blackwell first realized he loved reading when he read about a bunch of people (with single-syllable names) and their pets (also with single-syllable names) in kindergarten. From that point on, he was nearly inseparable from books.

His interest in reading culminated in him studying English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Exposure to a host of great authors inspired him to begin writing fiction and started his journey to becoming a children’s book author. Although he began writing short stories for adults, he was drawn to the whimsical, imaginative nature of children’s literature and began working on his first book for children.

Blackwell’s debut work is an adventure-filled early chapter book, titled “The Enchanted River Race,” which follows a team of children as they compete in a river race. His next release is the beautifully illustrated picture book “The Boy Who Couldn’t Cry Wolf,” which revolves around a young werewolf who is self-conscious about his inability to howl.

His most recent work is the two-part Young Alchemist series, which is targeted at a middle grade audience. The first book in the series, “The Missing Alchemist,” follows alchemy student Craig Pike and clever archer Audrey Clife as they travel across mysterious lands and battle other-worldly creatures in a quest to rescue a famous alchemist. The second book in the series, “The Sacred Artifact,” centers on Craig’s attempt to uncover the secrets of a mysterious artifact, which entails journeying to the birthplace of alchemy to seek the advice of a mysterious, ancient alchemist.

Outside of reading and writing, children’s book author Caldric Blackwell enjoys jiu jitsu, gardening, and playing bass and guitar. He currently resides in Southern California.

 

 

 

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How van Gogh’s Sister-in-Law Was Instrumental in His Posthumous Fame

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How van Gogh’s Sister-in-Law Was Instrumental in His Posthumous Fame

By Giuseppe Cafiero

 

Jo van Gogh-Bonger
*Amsterdam
*April 1889

Today, van Gogh’s art is celebrated throughout the world for its originality and billiance, being displayed in the most prestigious galleries and routinely selling for millions of dollars when it comes to market.

 

Yet during his lifetime, Vincent only sold one painting: The Red Vineyard, for 400 francs (approximately $2,000 in today’s money). His global fame came posthumously, and it is all thanks to the tireless effort of one person – his sister-in-law, Johanna van Gogh-Bonger.

 

Jo, as she liked to be called, was the wife of Vincent’s younger brother, the art dealer Theo van Gogh. She was close to Vincent and even named her son, the artist’s nephew, after him. But in a cruel twist of fate she lost both her brother-in-law and husband within the space of just a few months. When Vincent died in July 1890 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, his hundreds of paintings and drawings came to Theo, who had been his patron and foremost advocate. When he died early the following year of a brain disease, this artwork – along with thousands of letters between the brothers – came to Jo. Although a widow at just 28, now responsible for bringing up a young son alone, she vowed to find Vincent the wider artistic recognition that he’d not been able to secure during his lifetime.

 

Dismissing the advice from those around her to sell the artwork and offload her burden, she instead set to work on co-ordinating an exhibition Between 1892 and 1900 Jo oversaw close to 20 meticulously-planned exhibitions in Holland, where less well-known pieces were displayed alongside those paintings already acknowledged in artistic circles as masterpieces. Thanks to this strategy, the public and art critics alike started to become familiar with van Gogh, while rave reviews in newspapers helped spread the word across the country.

 

Once this was accomplished, Jo widened the net to Western Europe, connecting with influential art dealers to have Vincent’s work displayed in public and private collections, offering a generous commission on artwork sold as an added incentive. In 1905 she financed and secured a major retrospective at the internationally-prominent Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. It brought van Gogh to the attention of art-lovers around the world, and ensured his fame.

 

Jo, however, was not finished. She compiled a collection of van Gogh’s letters to Theo, which were published in three volumes in 1914. Her efforts were rewarded, as the correspondence helped cement Vincent as the archetypal troubled genius suffering for his intense, visionary art.

 

Jo died in 1925 but had already done enough to ensure the momentum would continue without her and that her brother-in-law would receive his lasting place among the greats of contemporary art.

 

Vincent Van Gogh: the Ambiguity of Insanity by Giuseppe Cafiero is out now as an audiobook on Amazon, Audible.com and iTunes

 

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Title: Vincent Van Gogh: The Ambiguity of Insanity

Author: Giuseppe Cafiero

An abrasive itinerary of the presence of women, the landscape and obsession. Such are the internal paradigms that went through the compelling life of the Post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh.

Not flesh and blood women, but the woman as a guide: Mrs. Jones, the woman as a mother; Kee Vos; Christine Hoornik of Siena; Margot Begemann. The Portrait-women such as Augustine Roulin and Madame Ginoux. And then the backgrounds, endless, unforgettable in this genius’s works: Isleworth, Amsterdam, le Borinage, Arles, St. Remy, Auvers-sur-Oise, where Vincent van Gogh spent his life trying to capture the colors, the atmosphere, the light.

The pain of finitude and his obsession with achieving redemption through art, with intimate and stormy religiosity, with brotherly love, with the French noon sun and, in short, with death. A hard-working and unwavering life where art interacted, in a painful gesture, with the iron will of a hand that never lost its way.

The life of a beloved and devoted man, silenced by the anguish and despair of creation, who could only find peacefulness when he found his own death.

Vincent Van Gogh: the Ambiguity of Insanity is a fictionalized biography and gripping novel of the life of the Nineteenth-Century Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh. The author, Giuseppe Cafiero, draws a psychological portrait of the Post-Impressionist painter through the women that marked his life and the cities in which he lived.

 

Author Interview Decanted Truths

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1) How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing professionally for (gasp) 40 years. Most of that was ghost-writing (nonfiction) for think tanks. But I started jotting down silly little stories not long after I learned to read. They were pretty bad, with lots of clichés. Looking back, I find it interesting, however, that even my childhood scribbling was character-driven and had a sense of duality (as in, the heroine was not necessarily what she seemed at first glance).

2) Is this book part of a series?

No, this book is not part of a series.

3) What did you find most challenging about writing your book?

Of the four novels I’ve written, this was the most challenging, because it took a long time to find its focus. I started it 20 years ago, with the idea of crafting a fictionalized account of my slum-born grandfather’s ability to pull himself up by his bootstraps. But it just wasn’t coming together, partly because I didn’t feel that much of a connection to him (he died when I was 4). Then the focus shifted to my grandmother, but it still wasn’t right. Things started to come together when (A) I split the venue between Boston (where I never felt comfortable) and Manomet (a place of many happy childhood memories); (B) when the wholly fictional character Leah just popped into my head; and (C) when I decided to use the Waterford decanter as the link connecting the three disparate immigrant families that would have such an impact on each other’s lives.

4) Which aspect of writing do you enjoy the most?

For me, the happiest aspect of writing is when a character takes off. Often that doesn’t happen until halfway through the book. But once the character has been fleshed out to some degree, she starts writing herself and my job is to keep pace. The writing just flows then. When I get off the right path, the characters let me know. First of all, the flow comes to an abrupt halt. Then, the characters disrupt my sleep in the wee hours, let me know they’re unhappy and show me where they should be going.

5) Are you working on another book at the moment?

I’m working on two new novels, at the same time. One focuses on French Canadian immigrants to New England in the 19th century, folks who shunned the typical path of working in Francophone mill towns. The other features a Virginia spinster who works as a school crossing guard and lives a lonely, dreary life, while she tries to manage distressing mental problems – or maybe she really does have psychokinetic abilities and a link to the goddess Hecate.

 

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Title: Decanted Truths

Author: Melanie Forde

Genre: Literary / Women’s Fiction / Family Saga

For Irish immigrant families like the Harrigans and Gavagans, struggle has been the name of the game since they arrived in Boston in the nineteenth century. For twice-orphaned Leah Gavagan, who comes of age in the Depression, the struggle is compounded by bizarre visions that disrupt her daily life — and sometimes come true. She has difficulty fitting in with her surroundings: whether the lace-curtain Dorchester apartment overseen by her judgmental Aunt Margaret or the wild Manomet bluff shared with her no-nonsense Aunt Theo and brain-damaged Uncle Liam. A death in the family disrupts the tepid life path chosen for Leah and sets her on a journey of discovery. That journey goes back to the misadventures shaping the earlier generation, eager to prove its hard-won American credentials in the Alaskan gold rush, the Spanish-American War, and The Great War. She learns of the secrets that have bound Theo and Margaret together. Ultimately, Leah learns she is not who she thought she was. Her new truth both blinds and dazzles her, much like the Waterford decanter at the center of her oldest dreams — an artifact linking three Irish-American families stumbling after the American Dream.

 

 

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Raised in a Boston Irish family, Melanie Forde knew her life was infinitely easier than that of her ancestors, refugees from the Potato Famine. The storytelling skills of her elders kept ancestral triumphs and tragedies alive, so that the Potato Famine and the Easter Rebellion felt as real as the Cold War. Inheriting the storyteller gene, Ms. Forde is the author of three earlier novels, her Hillwilla trilogy. She now lives far from her roots, on a West Virginia farm. She still maintains a potato patch—just in case.

 

 

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Book Review: From Frights to Flaws

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Title: From Frights to Flaws

Author: Sunayna Prasad

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy

Originally published in 2013, the book has been updated to its full potential with edits, while keeping the storyline the same.

Twelve-year-old Alyssa McCarthy longs for a better life. She lost her parents at age seven and her aunt at nine. Her uncle also enforces unfair rules. But Alyssa discovers something she has never thought existed before… magic. A wicked sorcerer hunts her down. He kidnaps her from her ordinary New Jersey town to Yanowic, an enchanted island in Fiji.
Alyssa is trapped in the country due to a giant shield covering it. She must defeat dangerous creatures and the evil wizard in order to leave. But with sorcerers and enchanted technology getting in her way, can Alyssa succeed?

I don’t often read middle grade books, but reading this one, I wondered why not. I actually like books aimed at this audience – these books have the type of magic that is sometimes lacking for YA books, a certain surprised, almost magical view on the world. Here we have a story of a 12-year-old, Alyssa McCarthy, who lost both her parents and her aunt, and who discovers magic is real. She has to run from an evil sorcerer and fight dangerous creatures, and there’s never a dull moment! I think kids will love this book, and I enjoyed it a lot.