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Friday, October 24, 2014

These 4 girlfriends are totally believable and if you don't get at least a couple of chuckles I will be very surprised. Two of them have already found their soul mates. Which leaves Jenna and Amy who both are totally in love with men who are not only clueless but consider the girls friends. What's a girl to do? Well Jenna has decided to give up--but her sneaky friends have something else in mind! Both Jenna and Peter are having problems with their parents. Do Jenna and Peter ever get together as something other then friends? Are they able to resolve their parent problems? READ the book!! I am not telling!!


The newest addition to the LOVE IN BLOOM series, featuring a group of fun, sexy, and emotional friends who gather each summer at their Cape Cod cottages. They’re funny, flawed, and will have you begging to enter their circle of friends. You met them in READ, WRITE, LOVE, (The Remingtons, Book 5), follow these friends on their search for forever love in the Seaside Summers series.


Jenna Ward is vivacious, spontaneous, and confident—except when she’s around the man who stole her heart years earlier, strikingly handsome, quiet, and reliable Pete Lacroux. After years of trying to get his attention and overwhelmed from dealing with her mother’s new cougar lifestyle, Jenna’s giving up on Peter—and is ready to explore other men.

As the eldest of five siblings, with an alcoholic father to care for, boat craftsman Pete Lacroux always does the right thing and has no time for a real relationship. He’s looking forward to seeing his friend Jenna, a welcome distraction who’s so damn sexy and so painfully shy that she equally entertains and confuses him.

When Jenna picks up a hard-bodied construction worker, jealousy ignites Pete’s true feelings, and he’s powerless to ignore the desires for Jenna he never realized he had. But Pete’s not the quiet guy he appears to be, and his life is anything but conducive to a relationship. Can Jenna handle the real Pete Lacroux—the sexiest, most passionate alpha male she’s ever seen—or will she crack under pressure? And can Pete reclaim the life he once had without tearing apart his family?

SEASIDE SUMMERS are the newest addition to the LOVE IN BLOOM series

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

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Melissa Foster is the award-winning author of a number of International
bestselling novels. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women's Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Cafe. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.
Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children, she's written for Calgary's Child Magazine and Women Business Owners Magazine, and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa's interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on The Women's Nest
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Books 1 - 3 Snow Sisters, Love in Bloom Series #1 - 3

Books 1 - 6 The Bradens, Love in Bloom Series #4 - 9

Books 1 - 5 The Remingtons, Love in Bloom Series #10 - 14 

Books 7 - 12 The Bradens, Love in Bloom Series #15 - 20

Books 1 - 4 Seaside Summers, Love in Bloom Series #21 - 24

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Book Review-The Lazarus Experiment-Mark DeGasperi

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

This novel is in the future, the year 2084 to be exact. It is a world that I personally hope never comes to be!! There are twists and turns in this book to the point that you will NEVER figure out the ending!! The depiction of what "medical science" was capable of and the devastation of New York State were eye openers-I sincerely hope this never ever happens. I really can't write anymore without giving away the plot-so I will let you read what was written on Amazon (and the back of the book). This futuristic murder mystery will surely give you chills!!

About the Book (from Amazon)

In the year 2084, a scientist-scholar wakes up from a coma to find himself the prime suspect of the murder of his mistress. He struggles in the stark world in which he regains consciousness to reconstruct relationships with his young son, and the wife with whom he was in a faltering marriage – even as he himself cannot remember if he had any part in the gruesome crime; nor even the circumstances of the fire in his lab that nearly killed him. He must race a dogged policewoman, who seems to believe that he is the killer from among a list of suspects, to learn the shocking, whole truth – before his family, and his own life, are destroyed.

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About the Author: (from Media Development International)

MARK DeGASPERI, Associate Director of Media Development International, has been a manager, writer, script doctor, lecturer and professional story analyst in New York for twelve years. He has read and scouted screenplays, stage plays and books for film and TV adaptation, most recently for Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Robert DeNiro`s Tribeca Productions and Miramax Films. Previously, he has covered material for Universal Pictures, New Line Cinema, the William Morris Agency, Jonathan Demme`s Clinica Estetico, Stanley Jaffe`s Jaffilms, Imagine Films and Polygram Films.

He teaches Advanced Screenwriting (Screenwriting III) at New York University/SCPS, and a Marketing Your Screenplay seminar at NYU. He has received an NYU/SCPS Award for Service.

He was also heavily involved in the non-profit theatre world and contributed to the Off-Off and Off-Broadway theatre community in New York.

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Creative Storytelling Ideas for Story Time

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

It's easy to grab a book and read it at story time. There is nothing wrong with doing this, but sometimes it's nice to switch things up a bit and add a personal touch that goes beyond talking in foreign accents and funny voices. Kids will literally hang on your every word if you make a story up yourself. Sounds easy enough, right? Just think of something to talk about and go with it. Unfortunately, many parents find that they draw a blank when they are put on the hot seat. It's like that exam you studied for and knew every answer to an hour before you walked in the classroom, but then forgot everything when you sat down at your desk.

Even if storytelling does come fairly natural to you, at the end of the day when you are exhausted it can be a challenge to come up with something engaging and creative on the spot. This is probably why most parents just reach for a book. Story time gives you a valuable opportunity to bond, so once in a while, use these tips to make it a bit more personal.

Set the Mood

Aside from sharing special bonding time, one of the main reasons parents have story time is to help little ones fall asleep. This is hard to do if you are reading in the living room or if you have a bright ceiling light on in their bedroom. Either add a dimmer switch to the main light or use a small lamp in the room. Having a wall-mounted fountain in the room is helpful, too. The sound of cascading water helps to relax them (and you). You can find a huge selection from stores like Indoor Fountain Pros.

Use a Familiar Name

It doesn't matter if you are telling a story about a monkey, dolphin, or human; the main character can be named after your child. You can always let them pick the name, too.

Personal History Story

Stuck on ideas? Tell them a story about an experience they had when they were younger. Maybe the story is about the day they first realized they have toes or about when they learned how to feed their peas to the dog. Tell the story of how you chose their name or about their first birthday. Maybe the first time they tasted a certain food they made a crazy face. What seems silly to you will be fascinating to them.

Story About You

Surely you have an endless supply of stories you can tell about yourself. Maybe you went on your first rollercoaster with your grandpa or you had a favorite game you always played.

Personalized Fairytale

There is nothing wrong with taking a fairytale and a personal story and combing the two. Cinderella gets your daughter's name, but she didn't lose a glass slipper on the steps, it was her favorite fuzzy slippers.

Use Tons of Repetition

Repetition may be boring to you, but not to them. You can use the same dolphin or monkey character in a number of stories. Kids like that the character is familiar. You can also repeat the plot line over-and-over. For example, the monkey loses his banana frequently, but he always finds it under his hat because he hides it there to keep it safe. Pretty soon, they will be able to predict where the banana is whenever the monkey enters a storyline.

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Book Review-The Deepest Dark-Joan Hall Hovey

This book was disturbing to me on many levels. I was able to read it in one sitting, riveted to the pages and story line. Abby Miller, an author, was already going through a deep depression due to the deaths of her husband and daughter. She decided to go to their cabin up in the woods to try and relax and continue writing. Meanwhile three prisoners had escaped and were on the run. An elderly couple is brutally murdered. No one except Abby and her now deceased husband know where this cabin is located. Abby's sister is frantic with worry and is determined to find her. But-one other person knows this cabin. I will leave you to read the book to find out who-the answer will astonish you as much as it did Abbey!

About the Book (From Amazon)

Following the deaths of her husband, Corey, and ten year old daughter Ellie in a traffic accident, author Abby Miller sinks ever deeper into depression. She contemplates suicide as a way to be with them, and to end her unrelenting pain.
In a last desperate effort to find peace, she drives to Loon Lake where they last vacationed together, wanting to believe they will be waiting for her there. At least in spirit. Barring that, the pills Doctor Gregory gave her to help her sleep, are in her purse.

The cabin at Loon Lake was her and Corey’s secret hideaway, and not even Abby’s sister, Karen, to whom she is close, knows where it is. But someone else does. He is one of three men who have escaped from Pennington prison. They are dangerous predators who will stop at nothing to get what they want - and to keep from going back to prison. Having already committed the worst of crimes, they have nothing to lose.

Unknowingly, Abby is on a collision course with evil itself. And the decision of whether to live or die will soon be wrenched from her hands.

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About the Author (from Amazon)

In addition to her critically aclaimed novels, Joan Hall Hovey's articles and short stories have appeared in such diverse publications as The Toronto Star, Atlantic Advocate, Seek, Home Life Magazine, Mystery Scene, The New Brunswick Reader, Fredericton Gleaner, New Freeman and Kings County Record. Her short story Dark Reunion was selected for the anthology investigating Women, Published by Simon & Pierre.

Ms. Hovey has held workshops and given talks at various schools and libraries in her area, including New Brunswick Community College, and taught a course in creative writing at the University of New Brunswick. For a number of years, she has been a tutor with Winghill School, a distance education school in Ottawa for aspiring writers.

She is a member of the Writer's Federation of New Brunswick, past regional Vice-President of Crime Writers of Canada and International Thriller Writers.

She lives in New Brunswick, Canada with her husband Mel and dog.

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$50 Amazon/PP-WW-Greed Manifesto-John W Medford-Ends 11/16

Monday, October 20, 2014

This is the 4th book in the Greed series by John W Medford. Some of the covers might have changed. I have already read and reviewed the other 3-if you missed my reviews here they are:

Wicked Greed
Lethal Greed
Wicked Greed

Michael finds himself in San Francisco working at a company that creates on line games. But as you will read--you can't really take the journalist out of him--he just loves to investigate. This investigation will take him into very dangerous territory where greed for money on several levels and by several people and countries is hard to uncover. Andi has also made her way to San Francisco and they team up. Will they escape with their lives? Who is friend and who is foe? Who will be alive and who dead at the end of this one?

Meanwhile Michael's step brother is in San Fransisco as well-still alive and still wanting to do what he does best! Even the author is not sure where the next in this series will take us (he admits this in his acknowledgement at the end of the e-book)-one thing is certain-I will be reading it!!


Everyone needs a guardian angel, especially children of this world who are tossed aside like yesterday's trash. But what if that angel is cloaked in vengeance, immune to human qualities of remorse or compassion, seemingly carrying a torch for justice, yet driven by a tenacious indignation.

Set against the awe-inspiring backdrop of San Francisco and all of its fleeting secrets, Michael attempts to re-boot his life, only to see death drop inches from his feet. Awakened from a seemingly catatonic state, and emboldened by a spirited friendship from his past, the former journalist is compelled to chase down the truth behind a murder--and the natural beauty connected to it.

But what he finds isn't what it appears.

Can a price tag be associated with life? What about death…on a global scale? Robbed of his memory, beaten to an inch of his life, yet unwavering in his quest to cease an act of terror, Michael races against time to pursue an enemy bound by an unspeakable cause--or so it seems.

The fourth book in the Greed series, GREED MANIFESTO, spins a tale so wickedly conceived, you won't believe what you read. Until you do.

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Also in the Greed Series

FATAL GREED - Greed Series #1

Behind every corporate takeover executives pull levers this way and that, squeezing the last profitable nickel out of the deal. But no one knows the true intent of every so-called merger.
No one knows the secret bonds that exist.
An Indian technology giant swallows up another private company that has deep roots in North Texas. For one unassuming man the thought of layoffs, of losing his own job to a bunch of arrogant assholes feels like a kick to the jewels.

Until the day Michael's life changes forever.

Perverse alliances. A gruesome murder. An affair of the heart. A spiraling string of events thrusts Michael into a life-or-death fight to save a tortured soul and hunt down a brutal killer...one who lurks closer than he ever imagined.

LETHAL GREED - Greed Series #2

How often do start-up companies promise untold riches? How many of those firms are drug cartels?

Seduced by an insatiable urge to escape reality, North Texas teens are falling prey to the one weakness parents fear most about their kids—taking illicit drugs. More than a thousand miles away, two contemptible hooligans plot their path to the top of an emerging start-up company. But what will it cost them?

With his city under siege by a series of drug deaths and a kidnapping, Michael and those closest to him are sucked into a twister so toxic and destructive, no one will be the same in its wake.

From the jagged mountains and alluring beaches of Mexico to the suburban concrete jungle in North Texas, Michael defends an entire drug-ravaged generation against ruthless killers who attack on every front possible. And just when you think the dragon has been sleighed, a vile act of cruelty threatens to shred his family.

WICKED GREED - Greed Series #3

Torture disfigures and maims, traumatizing a person’s psyche. It also torments the lives they…touch.

A sick, twisted email lands at journalism outlets across the south, referencing innocent little animals and primal urges, Hollywood movie stars and women of a certain ilk, tearing flesh from bone. The haunting note tests Michael’s over-protective nature, and he questions if it’s just a prank from a sheltered computer geek, or a prophetic sign of a future heinous act,

A shadow of death swallows up one beautiful young lady after another…and no one can stop it. But what force is behind this string of sadistic killings, pulling the strings, toying with pretty girls who want nothing more than to meet Mr. Right? As Michael and his band of brothers (and sister) track a series of bizarre murders in southern college towns—slowly piecing together what the FBI can’t—a ruthless monster strikes close to home.

When blood pours from the soul you love, the pain isn't of this world.

In the end, lives will be forever changed. And one will not survive.

About the Author
A veteran of the corporate wars, former journalist, and true studier of human and social behavior, best-selling author John W. Mefford has been writing novels since he first entered the work force twenty-five years ago, although he never put words on paper until late 2009.

John writes novels full of intrigue, suspense, and thrills, but they also evoke an emotional connection with the characters.

When he’s not writing, he chases three kids around, slaves away in the yard, reads, takes in as many sports as time allows, watches all sorts of movies, and continues to make mental notes of people and societies across the land.

John lives in Frisco, Texas with his beautiful wife, three opinionated kids, and a feisty fat cat who rules the world.

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