Tempe...is...back! In this exciting new installment of the Tempe Crabtree Mystery Series, an actor is murdered during filming at the Bear Creek Indian Reservation. Tempe is sent in to uncover the culprit. Meanwhile, her son, Blair, arrives home with some big news.
This series keeps getting better and better. Familiar faces from Bear Creek (Hutch, Miqui Sherwood, Nick Two John, and Claudia) are joined by a film crew shooting a movie at the reservation. When an actor is found murdered at the Painted Rock shelter, Tempe discovers numerous people could have wanted this man dead. In a style that readers have come to expect from Meredith, Tempe's personal and professional lives collide as she works to uncover a murderer. The Native American elements of the series continue to play a vital role in the plot--including the legend of the Hairy Man.
A perfect stand-alone novel, River Spiritswill draw you in from the very first page and have you longing for more Tempe once you're done.
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Mundania Press LLC (September 30, 2014)
Also available in Kindle format
Contest: The winner will be the person who comments on the most blog posts during the tour.
He or she can either have a character in my next book named after them, or choose an earlier book in the Deputy Tempe Crabtree series—either a paper book or e-book.
I received an electronic ARC from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.
Trey Janssen only wants to settle his late mother's affairs and get back to San Francisco, but he finds himself trapped in the town Christmas literally threw up on when he's arrested for drunk driving—right after a Dickens in the Park actor proclaims he'll be visited by three spirits.
The ghost from his past turns out to be Celia Brown, the innocent Girl Next Door he deflowered before leaving town on a football scholarship. Now he's hoping for a repeat or two of that night, because pretty Celia Brown has something all the nameless, faceless, one-night stands of his wild pro-athlete lifestyle didn't—but it will take ghost number two and ghost number three to show him exactly what that something is.
Warning: Once Upon a Christmas Carol will make you crave eggnog, sugar cookies, and a kiss from your sweetie under the mistletoe. If you’re a fan of Janet Evanovich, Stephanie Bond and Nancy Warren, you won’t want to miss Pamela Fryer’s magical romances set in the mountain town of Welcome, California. The people who live here have a special affinity for Christmas, which might be why they get magical visits from very special characters who touch the lives of those needing a small amount of help during the holidays.
File Size: 2696 KB
Print Length: 217 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1493629344
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Pink Pixel Publishing (October 31, 2013)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
William R. Leibowitz has been practicing entertainment/media law in New York City for a number of years. He has represented numerous renowned recording artists, songwriters, producers and many of the leading record companies, talent managers, merchandisers and other notable entertainment businesses. At one point, he was the Chief Operating Officer/General Counsel for the Sanctuary Group of Companies, a U.K. public company that was the largest ‘indie’ music company in the world (prior to its acquisition by the Universal Music Group).
William has a Bachelor of Science degree from New York University (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and a law degree from Columbia University. He lives in the village of Quogue, New York with his wife, Alexandria, and dog, George.
William wrote Miracle Man because of its humanistic and spiritual messages and because he feels that in our current times – when meritless celebrity has eclipsed accomplishment and the only heroes are those based on comic books, the world needs a real hero –and that, of course, is Robert James Austin, the protagonist in Miracle Man. Miracle Man won Best Thriller in the National Pacific Book Awards.
I’m a lawyer in the entertainment/media business who practices in New York City. I’ve been privileged over the years to have represented many highly talented performers and some of the major intellectual property companies, both domestically and internationally. On a personal level, I love gardening, skiing, raising koi, and spending time with my family.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in the Bronx, New York.
When did you begin writing?
Miracle Man is my first real effort at creative writing. I finished writing it a bit over a year ago. With the great critical reception that this novel has received, I guess you would call it “beginner’s luck.”
What is this book about?
Miracle Man tells the story of Robert James Austin, the greatest genius in human history (we’re talking 10X Einstein’s brain power), from the time of his birth and tragic childhood through his extraordinary accomplishments in curing diseases. The book is a psychological thriller with a fast paced twisting plot that’s full of surprises and drama, as Austin battles abandonment and betrayal and the myriad powerful forces, external and internal, including Big Pharma and its political cronies that seek to destroy him.
What inspired you to write it?
I wrote Miracle Man for a few reasons. One was that I wanted to create a believable modern day ‘super hero’ who is an ‘anti-celebrity’ and isn’t a comic book character. I thought that such a person could be inspirational when contrasted with the meritless celebrities that dominate media today (e.g., the reality TV stars who are famous for being famous, but have no real talent). I think that the cult of the egotistical “non-entity celebrity” has undermined our social fabric and set a terrible role-model for kids. I also wanted Miracle Man to be the vehicle within which I could convey, in an entertainment context, certain spiritual and humanistic messages that are important to me.
In particular, one of the underlying themes in Miracle Man is the sanctity of each and every human life. As the story of the protagonist unfolds, I think the reader will come to appreciate that one can never predict the ramifications of one person’s death. Robert James Austin should have died as a newborn, but he was saved in the most unlikely of manners; he then went on to change the world in extraordinary ways. We all are bombarded every day by statistics of death –how many people died in the latest war, or from famine, or epidemic or other manmade or natural cataclysm. People’s lives are jumbled together by the media as meaningless numbers. But what I want the reader of Miracle Man to think about ---is the individual. That’s why Miracle Man begins with the quotation from Scriptures – “To destroy one life is to destroy an entire world, and to save one life is to save an entire world.”
In writing Miracle Man, I also wanted to get readers thinking about a real-life problem that affects us all. One of the powerful forces fighting Bobby Austin is “Big Pharma” which views him as their enemy since he cures diseases and thereby makes many of their “cash-cow” drugs obsolete. In short, Austin is bad for their business. Like Austin, I find it incomprehensible that virtually no major disease has been cured in over 50 years. How can that be the case when so much money has been spent over the decades on research? Simply put, there’s a lot more money in treating symptoms than there is in curing diseases. Austin realized that Big Pharma has no interest in curing diseases. It just wants to keep on selling expensive symptom treatments –and as we know, many people are on expensive ‘medication maintenance programs’ for years, sometimes for life. Austin wanted to change that. I think people need to start questioning Big Pharma on many fronts –from the price of drugs -- to why there aren’t more cures.
---So what I tried to do in Miracle Man is first and foremost to write an entertaining book that engages readers and keeps them turning the pages. But within that entertainment context I wanted to get my readers thinking. From the reviews I’ve received—I’m extremely gratified that this has happened.
Who is your favorite author?
It’s too hard to limit down to one but among my favorites are James Hilton, Oscar Wilde and Daniel DaSilva.
Where can readers purchase a copy of your book?
Miracle Man can be purchased in paperback or Kindle on Amazon, and from Nook and ibooks.
Do you have a website and/or blog where readers can find out more?
Yes—the website is miraclemanbook.com; it has a video, many reviews, author interviews and press.
Do you have a video trailer to promote your book? If yes, where can readers find it?
Yes—the best place to find it is on the website: miraclemanbook.com, but it’s also on youtube.
What is one piece of advice you would like to share with aspiring authors everywhere?
Be very demanding on yourself and set high standards. Your finished work must represent the absolute best that you can do and you have to be proud of it. So make it as good as you possibly can. Seek the criticism of others as you write and re-write. Be patient with yourself. It’s better for your work to be great than for it to be ‘quick.’
What is up next for you?
I’m delighted that readers have been calling on me to write a sequel to Miracle Man and the ending of the book does hint at one. I’ve begun to sketch out the plot line. The sequel will definitely have lots of surprises as the saga of Robert James Austin continues.
Musing Mondays is a weekly meme from MizB at Should Be Reading. It asks you to muse about one of the following each week… • Describe one of your reading habits. • Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s). • What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it! • Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it. • Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us! • Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then! My Musing: Well, it sure has been a while since I did one of these. The real estate business is going well, but I miss blogging. I really wish I could balance both. I got home from grocery shopping last night at 10:15 pm. I haven't really reviewed much since October, but I am reading on the nights when I can stay awake long enough. I've almost dropped my Kindle in the tub a few times. That would be bad.
Thanksgiving is this week. It would be great if you would like to share something you are thankful for. One thing I am thankful for is loving my new job. It would be awful if I went back to work and totally hated it. I've worked some pretty cruddy jobs in my day, but this isn't one of them. Hectic? yes. But I love it.
Shaan Sharma’s A SESSION DIRECTOR’S GUIDE TO COMMERCIAL ACTING IN L.A. is the commercial acting industry’s most comprehensive book ever written - - giving readers a step-by-step guide to breaking into and prospering in the commercial acting business in the world’s entertainment center, Los Angeles. Fusing his experience, wisdom, vignettes and wit – Sharma is about to change the lives of those who thought big-picture acting was nothing but a fantasy, as well as those commercial veterans who could be even more successful.
Readers of this book will learn how to become successful working actors in TV commercials in Los Angeles in this fun step-by-step guide by top Casting Session Director and Commercial Actor Shaan Sharma. “This isn’t hype – it’s tangible advice I have gained from running auditions for over 400 commercial spots,” says Sharma. “Readers will hit the ground running as they discover how the business works and what to expect, how to find good acting classes, refine their look, get headshots, get representation, get in with the top commercial casting directors, navigate the audition and call-back process, life on set and even how to stay busy between acting jobs. There’s also a bonus chapter for parents interested in getting their children into acting. The commercial acting world is so different than that of theater, TV and film that new students and veterans alike need to make the most of the time and money they invest in their careers.”
Shaan went on to say, “The kind of information in this book can only come from someone who has experience both in front of and behind the camera, who works with the top casting directors, directors, ad agencies and companies in the world. There are no other books out there like it. So, if you want to get into commercial acting in L.A. – this is your guidebook.”
Having directed audition sessions for over four hundred national commercial spots for dozens of L.A.’s top casting directors, Shaan Sharma is a well-known veteran of his industry. Now expanding his reach through a powerful new book, Shaan is looking to help thousands of actors better navigate their way through the commercial acting business by putting into practice the tips and information he has spent fifteen years discovering. Regardless of experience level, A SESSION DIRECTOR’S GUIDE TO COMMERCIAL ACTING IN L.A. contains insider knowledge that will help actors better understand the process and in turn be more successful. Shaan’s book features compelling illustrations by Paul Loudon.
In the end, training to be the best actor you can be, creating your own work, getting in front of casting directors whenever possible through workshops and showcases, submitting yourself for work on and offline, getting great representation and working with them to expand your opportunities for mutual success, being knowledgeable about the business and casting process, giving as much as you can of yourself to other actors, and being awesome to, and interested in, the people that make it all happen day-in and day-out is the best way to maximize your chances of success, not only as a commercial actor but as a professional actor, period.
I hope that this information has been a helpful starting point in knowing what to do. Almost all of us move here from somewhere else with no good information as to how things actually work, and it can be so hap-hazard where you end up training and how you end up finding out the right information. It’s my hope that this insider look into the world of commercial acting and casting helps you sidestep the mistakes I and others naturally made when we started out. A better-informed and trained acting community will only make my life easier in the casting studio. In fact, this material is actually all a selfish effort for my own benefit. But hey, if good is achieved with it also, well then that’s extra karma for me.
As an L.A. actor himself, Shaan Sharma has a string of impressive acting credits on network TV shows such as “Scandal,” “Ground Floor,” “Growing Up Fisher,” “Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street” and “The Thundermans.” Shaan’s commercial acting credits include spots for FedEx, Best Buy and Capital One - - but it’s his experience as a Session Director for hundreds of commercial castings that have given him unique insight into what it takes to be a working actor. He is also an acting teacher with regular scene study on-camera acting classes for film and TV as well as commercial acting workshops. For more information, visit Mr. Sharma’s official website: http://shaansharma.com and his book page at: http://shaansharma.com/Shaan_Sharma_Acting_Studio/shaans-book.php. He is also a columnist for Back Stage, an actor’s news source at: http://www.backstage.com/experts/shaan-sharma/.
Shaan is giving away one $25 Amazon Gift Card!
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• By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
• One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter.
• This giveaway begins November 3 and ends November 29.
• Winner will be contacted via email on Monday, December 1.
In his rollicking new novel, THE STRAW THAT BROKE, author Tom Whalen continues his ENCYCLOPEDIA MOUSE series, a challenging and funny roller-coaster ride through the outer margins of science-fiction, philosophy, and word play. Readers who reveled in previous books in the series, such as THE CAMEL’S BACK (called “the Moby-Dick of mice” by poet and critic R.H.W. Dillard) and ROITHAMER’S UNIVERSE (which science-fiction writer Rudy Rucker termed “giddy fun”), are sure to greet the arrival of THE STRAW THAT BROKE with anticipation and joy. Lovers of such visionary writers as Kafka, Borges, Vonnegut, Lewis Carroll, and Douglas Adams (THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE series) also will find a kindred spirit in Tom Whalen, as will readers of all tastes who are looking for a thrilling literary adventure.
The main “character” in THE STRAW THAT BROKE is the Encyclopedia Mouse, who, according to the author, “is the one creature who can save the multiverse.” In Whalen’s synopsis of THE STRAW THAT BROKE, “Bulwer Zetford’s work-in-progress, The Cosmic Messenger, is about to take a strange turn, and the multiverse with it, when Roithamer of Relix “beads” once again and brings swirling into Zetford’s Kaduza M-mon processor the Encyclopedia Mouse … Tale twines tale as the mouse battles his Doppelgänger in cyberspace, Heidegger, in his Black Forest hut, and a hyper-crazed Roithamer. Death is everywhere, but the mouse, birling (if only barely) in his Binding Nexus Drive, is determined to narrate the universes away from their demise.”
Whalen describes his style as “playful, parodic, philosophical, lyrical. I wanted THE STRAW THAT BROKE to be thick with character and plot and at the same time alive with language.”
“The word play is part of the novel’s texture, as well as being embedded into the plot and character of the mouse,” Whalen also explains. “No need for the reader to pick up all the formal play. It’s enough that this exists on a subliminal level.”
Whalen’s ultimate goal, he says, is to have the Encyclopedia Mouse books published in one volume “and eventually turned into a wide-screen baroque masterwork of cinema.”
In the meantime, THE STRAW THAT BROKE is available in print, ready to delight all readers.
What the critics are saying about the ENCYCLOPEDIA MOUSE series:
“Pollinates post-cyber-punk with headier poetry than the genre has yet known.”
Author and NPR commentator
“Storytelling which is subtly, wickedly funny.”
The New Orleans Times-Picayune
“Tom Whalen is one of the most gifted and prolific of contemporary American avant-garde writers … a master of this genre.”
Tom Whalen is a novelist, short story writer, poet and critic who has written for Agni, Asymptote, Bookforum, Brooklyn Rail, Chicago Review, The Iowa Review, Film Quarterly, The Literary Review, the Washington Post and other publications. His books include Dolls, Elongated Figures, The Birth of Death and Other Comedies: The Novels of Russell H. Greenan, and the novels Roithamer’s Universe and The President in Her Towers. Whalen currently lives in Stuttgart, Germany, where he teaches film at the State Academy of Art and Design. See author on You Tube at: http://youtu.be/DIpaGoH4mJg.
Title: Climbing for Roots Author: Alan Noble Genre: Religion/Spiritual Growth/Christian Life Publisher: Axiom ISBN:978-158169497-0
Climbing for Roots will explain fully the sin that so completely corrupted creation, and the plan of God for our salvation. We learn that Jesus is not only our Savior, but is also the Lord of our lives. What does that mean? That obedience will never earn us God’s love but it will always produce blessing. We learn that our salvation is secure, but we must strive for obedience because we are created to do good works.When we trust Jesus for salvation, we become members of a new family—the family of God, also known as the church. Imagine! God is now our Father. As members of this incredible family, certain changes take place within us. We get learn about worship and praise, and have a relationship with Him. Climbing for Roots will teach us about ourselves as new creations, about this church, and about Jesus, the Son of God! We learn about the two ordinances or rites Jesus has given His church that will help us to remember who we are as Christians—baptism, and communion. As a member of God’s church, we learn that we are to serve each other in unity. We must consider others more important than ourselves. We learn that we need to persevere together, so that when Jesus returns, He will find us doing what He has left us here to do—serving Him by serving others.Purchase at:Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Climbing-Roots-Christian-Foundations-Believers/dp/1581694970Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/climbing-for-roots-alan-noble/1118630853
Alan R. Noble is a born-again Christian, schooled in the Word since childhood. He was fortunate to sit under capable preaching and teaching throughout his life. His passion for the spiritual welfare of young people grew out of his years of work experience, and his understanding of the Scriptures. He realizes that young Christians need instruction in the meat as well as the milk of the Word (Hebrews 5:12-14). Mr. Noble was educated at William Paterson University, a liberal arts institute in Northern New Jersey, and received a B.A. in education, with a certificate to teach elementary school. Later, he received an M.A. in Communication Arts, and a certificate in supervision. He worked as an educator for 31 years. After his retirement from public education Mr. Noble enjoyed teaching in Christian Schools in New Jersey and Texas. These days find Alan and his wife Kathie enjoying their travels between Kansas City and northern New Jersey as they visit their daughters’ families that include six beautiful grandchildren.
Pump Up Your Book and Alan are teaming up to give away a $25 Amazon Gift Card!
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• This giveaway begins November 3 and ends on November 28, 2014.
• Winner will be contacted via email on December 1, 2014.
• Winner has 72 hours to reply.
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When not visiting local farmer's markets or
indulging her love for chocolate, Andrea Hurst is an author and literary agent.
Her passion for books drives her to find and write stories that take readers on
a journey to another place and leave them with an unforgettable impression. She
is a developmental editor for publishers and authors, an instructor in creative
writing at the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, and a webinar presenter
for Writers Digest. She lives with her dachshunds in the Pacific Northwest, on
an island much like the fictional Madrona, with all of its natural beauty and
small town charm.
Her published books include Always With You, The
Guestbook, the soon to be released Tea
& Comfort, The Lazy Dog's Guide
to Enlightenment and Everybody's
Natural Food Cookbook, and she co-authored A Book of Miracles. To learn more about Andrea and her books, visit
I began writing when I was in college, where I was
an Expressive Arts major. For my thesis, I wrote a cookbook called Everybody’s Natural Food Cookbook. While
it would be years later till I started writing novels, this was my first
experience with writing a book and getting it published.
What is this book about?
With You is reminiscent of the exploration of
conscience found in Bridges of Madison
County, and the passionate and often tear-jerking love stories of Nicholas
Sparks. New York Times bestselling author ofOn the Island, Tracey
Garvis Graves, said, “Always With
Youis the bittersweet
and poignant love story of a woman trapped between temptation and the ties that
InAlways With You, Cathy has
buried herself in her work and kept men at arm’s length since the devastating
failure of her short-lived marriage. But when an old high school friend, Pam,
brings her family for a short stay, Cathy’s stone walls begin to crumble when
she meets Jamie. Jamie, whose compassion and warmth slowly break down her
defenses. Jamie, whose devotion to his four-year-old daughter melts Cathy's
heart and makes her desperate for a family of her own. Jamie… who is married to
A profound love that transcends time and place
is impossible to resist. But is love more important than friendship? Are
loyalty and fidelity an anchor or a chain? In the end, it’s all about choices –
tough ones that can break hearts. Now Cathy must delve into the deepest places
of her heart and ultimately decide the future for them all.“Only
dangling threads of Cathy’s pride remained. Love took prisoners no matter what the
circumstances; it broke open the heart with no regard for consequences.”
What inspired you to write it?
The idea came to me in a dream—a very powerful
dream. It must have resonated with me deeply because I had to write that story.
The story flowed out of me in just a matter of months. I sat down and started
writing in first person, present tense, which I’ve never done before, even
though, the story ends up in third person. I could basically hear Cathy’s voice
telling me the story. And I really reacted to it as if I was hearing it,
because I found myself very sad in parts of the book. Just thinking about the book
today, it’s still a very emotional experience. In the end, it is a book about love and the
choices we make from our heart.
Who is your favorite character from the book?
Cathy is my favorite character from the book. She
was a character I felt extremely connected to right away. As I said, the first
draft of this book was in first person present tense in Cathy’s point of view.
I have always had a vivid connection to Cathy.
Cathy, owns a health food café in Always With
You and I actually owned a health food café, myself in 1977 called Over the
Rainbow in Petaluma, CA, so, in that way, I had some experience with it. In
1977, health food was a big part of the culture and it was easy to connect to
Cathy also had a difficult childhood that she
managed to overcome and find love. I admire Cathy and understand how
devastating her situation with Jamie was.
What is the best investment you have made in promoting your book?
One of the best investments I ever made in my book
was hiring 2Market Books to help me create free promotions on The Guestbook and Always With You, especially when I bought a BookBub ad to promote
it. These free promotions have helped me to build my audience and gain over 950
reviews on The Guestbook. This
investment in having free promotions with big advertising really helped me find
my audience and build a fan base.
What is up next for you?
My next project is book two in the Madrona Island
Trilogy, Tea & Comfort. This book
features Kyla, who owns a tea and herb shop called Tea & Comfort. Kyla was once engaged to a man, Luke, who just
moved to Madrona Island. Now she must fight the attraction still simmering
between them, even as Luke pushes her to tell him why she broke their
engagement. Look for this beautiful romance, which should come out in March.
Musing Mondays is a weekly meme from MizB at Should Be Reading. It asks you to muse about one of the following each week… • Describe one of your reading habits. • Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s). • What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it! • Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it. • Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us! • Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then! My Musing:
I have a large stash of bookmarks in my office--most of them freebies that come with review books. If for some crazy reason I am too lazy to go up to my office to get one, any scrap of paper will do until I replace it with an actual bookmark. My craziest bookmark--a BAND-AID wrapper.
2. Do you ever mark (dog-ear, highlight, underline, write in, etc.) your books? If you do, what kind of things do you do?
Dog ear a book? Smack me if I ever get the urge to mistreat a book in such a fashion. Sometimes with non-fiction titles I will highlight passages, but never fiction.
3. Outside of GoodReads, do you have a system for tracking your books? (i.e., somewhere that you keep track of what you read, what to buy, what is on your TBR shelf, etc.?)
I've had an Excel spreadsheet going at least since 2008. Every year I take the number of books left in my TBR pile (probably 600 or so now) and insert them into a new spreadsheet. This way, as I add in review dates I can easily know how many books I have read each year.
4. Do you ever flip to the end before you start a book to find out how it ends?
Only if I am so bored with the book I just want to know how it ends so I can put it away.
5. Do you judge a book by its cover?
All the time. I am drawn to the book cover first. Then I'll check out the back cover blurb.