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Thursday, February 17, 2022

Welcome to Day 4 of the CALLING ALL GRANDMAS Blog Tour featuring Author, Harriet Hodgson! @healthmn1 @4WillsPub @4WP11 @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA

Today, I’m honored to host the amazing Harriet Hodgson and her book Calling All Grandmas!

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GIVEAWAY: (2) $5 Amazon gift cards

Adding Emotion to Nonfiction Writing

I’m a non-fiction author, yet my writing contains emotion. Sometimes my emotions are detailed in descriptive sentences. Other times they are expressed with dialogue. Writing about emotions takes extra effort. Why should you add emotions to nonfiction writing?

Emotion links the author and reader. Rob Parnell, in his website article, “How to Write About Emotion,” says emotions make us uniquely human. Life isn’t all about what happens, he continues, “it is the way we react to events and people and the things they say that defines our experience of the world.”

Emotion serves as a “hook.” Dialogue is one way to hook a reader, according to Mary Jaksch. She expands this point in her website article, “3 Things You Need to Know about Using Dialogue in Non-Fiction.” What makes dialogue a hook? Adding dialogue works because it creates a story.

Emotion stirs the reader. Steve Zousmer tells how an author may stir the reader in his “Writer’s Digest” article, “Evoke Emotions in Your Readers.” He thinks many biographers and memoir writers get caught up in chronology. However, the success of this writing depends on the author’s ability to see events as a story.

Emotion helps the reader remember facts. Psychologists like my younger daughter know people remember emotions more easily than facts. This is true of me. When I add emotion to my writing, I know I need to sound believable and sincere.

About Harriet Hodgson

Harriet HodgsonHarriet Hodgson has been making books since she was eight years old. In her 43-year career as a freelancer, she has written 44 books and thousands of print/internet articles. Major publishers, such as Warner Books, John Wiley & Sons, and Hazelden, have published her work. Harriet loves writing so much she writes in her sleep.

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Book Blurb For The Grandma Force

Becoming the grandmother of twins changed Harriet Hodgson and altered her life course. According to Hodgson, we live in a fast-paced, complex time, a time when too many grandchildren are victims of bullying, Internet scams, and sexual abuse. Hodgson believes that grandmothers are needed today more than any other time in history.

ACX Front Cover“Grandmas can’t be passive,” she declares. “Every grandma has the power to protect and guide her grandchildren and needs to tap this power.”

This narrative weaves Hodgson’s personal story with research findings. It’s packed with ideas for helping grandchildren. Hodgson’s age, child development degree, life experience, teaching experience, witness to history, and extensive research converge to make this an inspiring read. Working individually and together, grandmas are changing the world.

“The Grandma Force is about the power of love and the power of one,” Hodgson says. “One-by-one, grandmas are standing up for grandchildren and creating a hopeful future for them.”

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Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Welcome to Day 3 of THE HAUNTED SHORES MYSTERIES BLOG TOUR FEATURING "SCARLET AT CRYSTAL RIVER" @OverbeckRandy @4WillsPub @4WP11

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Check this out! You can win a $25 Amazon Gift Card & 1 e-book or paperback copy of one book in the Haunted Shores series (Winner’s choice). Simply leave a comment below for your chance to win!

Why set a Christmas mystery in sunny Florida, of all places?

This is one the first questions I’ve received from readers of my new ghost story/mystery, SCARLET AT CRYSTAL RIVER. That is, after they share how much they love the two kids, and the romantic honeymoon, and Luis, and the manatees

And it’s a fair question.

Snow Covered CabinWhen you mention a Christmas mystery, images of snow-covered cabins and frosty mugs of hot cocoa spring to mind. Of feet stomping the frozen ground and breaths expelling a white cloud while questioning suspects. Not swimming in the warm surf or lounging on the porch in only a shirt.

Before beginning the first draft of SCARLET AT CRYSTAL RIVER, I’d read quite a number of Christmas mysteries, from Agatha Christie’s Hercule Parole’s Christmas to Mary Higgins Clark’s The Christmas Thief to Anne Perry’s A Christmas Escape. And all—well, almost all—have a frosted winterscape as their setting. I certainly could have gone that way. A Christmas Escape

For this third entry in my Haunted Shores Mysteries series, Darrell, my teacher, coach and reluctant ghost sensitive, is taking his wife on their honeymoon over the Christmas holidays. He could easily have chosen some beautiful, snow-covered getaway for their romantic vacation, say Maine or Nova Scotia. But as I pondered my story as I wanted to tell it, I decided I wanted to do something different. I thought it might be fun to explore the holidays in a warmer clime.

Christmas treeOh, readers will find all the essential Christmas elements—the Christmas shopping and Christmas carols, Santa Claus and beautifully decorated Christmas trees and even a meticulous display of the perfect Lionel Christmas train. But, like the other books in my series, they will also encounter a cold case murder—a particularly heinous crime this time—wrapped inside a ghost story with a nice helping of romance and they will discover another beautiful resort location. My tale whisks readers to a quaint, small “old Florida” town on the sunny Gulf Coast they will fall in love with. With Darrell and Erin, they will discover the perfect Christmas presents, attend midnight Christmas eve service, and put donations into the big red kettle of the Salvation army. But they will also run a grueling, but gorgeous 5K through woods, across swamps and along the shoreline. Readers will get to follow Darrell and Erin as they swim with manatees, huge, magnificent, gentle creatures, and play in the gurgling surf on the white sand beach. manatees

Overbeck’s writing transports you into real-life landscapes and imagined locations with a seamlessness that makes it hard to tell one from the other. The beauties of the Florida Gulf coast, the swampy growth that borders the greenery of well-fertilized fields, the posh interior of an ag magnate’s two story, all create a land that is seen, heard, smelled and felt.”—KRL News and Reviews

Not to mention, readers will help Darrell unravel the mystery of the unspeakable deaths of two young children.

 SCARLET AT CRYSTAL RIVERAccording to the Farmer’s Almanac, which calls for a snowy, blustery Christmas and beyond, we may all pine for a warm, sunny getaway this winter. That would make SCARLET AT CRYSTAL RIVER the perfect Christmas treat.

About Dr. Randy Overbeck

RAndy OverbeckDr. Randy Overbeck is an award-winning educator, author and speaker. As an educator, he served children for four decades in a range of roles captured in his novels, from teacher and coach to principal and superintendent. His thriller, Leave No Child Behind (2012) and his recent mysteries, the Amazon No. 1 Best Seller, Blood on the Chesapeake, Crimson at Cape May and Scarlet at Crystal River have earned five star reviews and garnered national awards including “Thriller of the Year–ReadersFavorite.com, “Gold Award”—Literary Titan, “Mystery of the Year”—ReadersView.com and “Crowned Heart of Excellence”—InD’Tale Magazine. As a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Dr. Overbeck is an active member of the literary community, contributing to a writers’ critique group, serving as a mentor to emerging writers and participating in writing conferences such as Sleuthfest, Killer Nashville and the Midwest Writers Workshop. When he’s not writing or researching his next exciting novel or sharing his presentation, “Things Still Go Bump in the Night,” he’s spending time with his incredible family of wife, three children (and their spouses) and seven wonderful grandchildren.

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Specs

  • Release by Wild Rose Press—September 13, 2021
  • Paranormal mystery
  • 364 pp.
  • Mild

Blurb
All Darrell Henshaw wanted was to enjoy his honeymoon with his beautiful wife, Erin, in the charming town of Crystal River on the sunny Gulf Coast of Florida. Only a pair of ghosts decide to intrude on their celebration. And not just any ghosts, the spirits of two young Latino children. Unwilling at first to derail the honeymoon for yet another ghost hunt, Darrell finally concedes when a painting of the kids comes alive, weeping and pleading for his help.
When he and Erin track down the artist, they discover the children’s family were migrant workers the next county over. But when they travel there, their questions about the kids gets their car shot up and Erin hospitalized. Torn between fear and rage, Darrell must decide how far he will go to get justice for two young children he never even knew.

Tagline
Darrell and Erin thought they were heading to Florida for a carefree honeymoon, but the ghosts of two immigrants children haunt them, pleading for help.

Review Blurbs
“Scarlet at Crystal River is an eerie paranormal mystery I couldn’t stop reading. Randy Overbeck is a masterful writer of the paranormal, drawing the reader in before instilling shivers down the spine. 5+ stars.” –N. N. Light’s Book Heaven

“A rollercoaster of a mystery, hurtling up and down hills and sharp corners until the very end, when the reader is left slightly breathless, waiting for their hearts to beat back to a normal rhythm. ★★★★★—ReadersView

“Scarlet at Crystal River is a suspenseful paranormal novel with compelling characters and an enigmatic mystery that drives the story to a riveting conclusion. Overbeck is a master at building tension–-this is easily a one-sitting read.” ★★★★★—Literary Titan

“This is another masterpiece from Randy Overbeck. His excellent writing style has left me speechless for one more time. He writes in a way that makes you feel what the characters feel and you have no choice but to partake in the journey with them.” ★★★★★—Ioanna’s Reviews, Greece

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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Welcome to Day 4 of Breakfield and Burkey's "SHORT STORIES" Blog Tour! @EnigmaSeries @4WillsPub @4WP11 @RRBC_Org #RRBC #4WillsPub

Please welcome back Breakfield and Burkey as they talk about some short stories.

Giveaway

(7) ebook copies of “HOT CHOCOLATE”

Hot Chocolate by Breakfield and Burkey

Please leave the authors a comment anywhere along the tour for your chance to win one of these awesome prizes.

Zara appears in several stories of the Enigma Series. We created her as a Darknet hacker and one of our original characters readers love to hate. Like our readers, we both loved and despised her choices. She kept reminding us that part of her complexity as a character evolved from her rough beginnings and ill-treatment by despicable men. Her survival methods made her hard and cynical—focused only on her payday and next mark.

Buzz Buswald II is affectionately known as Buzz. He first appears in The Enigma Factor as Jacob Michael’s classmate from school. Buzz comes from wealth, well-educated, yet somewhat lazy. Along his journey, Buzz has made some bad choices with fortunate outcomes.

Both characters received lots of comments from readers through more than one book. In The Enigma Always, we decided to have their paths cross. We wanted to know if they were redeemable for the series or needed to vanish.

Yes, Zara is working for a Russian mobster. True, she engineered a diamond heist of €5 million, and yes, she never tells the truth even when love is at stake.

Buzz has a heart but lousy track record in picking women. His friends are limited, and his family distances themselves. His lazy attitude and using others delayed him from growing into a positive contributing adult.

When these two misfits vanish at the end of The Enigma Always, Burkey had readers asking what happened to these two people. We decided that the story of these two needed telling. The starting point came from this audible segment of the novel.

We knew these two are off to a shaky start because Buzz askes Jacob if they have any chance at all. We created the short story to focus on these two characters with an opportunity in a new place with no baggage from their prior associations. Love’s Enigma tracks the bumpy ride of these two extreme opposites in their quest to be ordinary lovers working on a dream.

About the Short Story

Love's Enigma by Breakfield and BurkeyHopelessly in love and desperately fearful!

Zara and Buzz are products of vastly different upbringings. Their chance meeting ignites attraction they must explore. Even with lies and omissions, they find themselves falling in love. For them, it’s a good thing that love is blind.

A defining incident offers the opportunity to explore a future together. They move away from everything for a fresh start. They optimize their experiences to build a life they never imagined in the Caribbean. Then their demons surface.

About Breakfield and Burkey

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Rox Burkey and Charles Breakfield are co-authors for the Enigma Series. Our characters haunt us, demanding more of their stories get written. It began with a few heroes, then expanded to those with self-serving motives. We instigated this tour to provide insight and motivating factors on the shorts. We consider these fun standalone compliments to the series novels. Enjoy this tour, and please provide feedback.

Breakfield is a technology expert specifically in security, networking, voice, and anything digital. He enjoys writing, studying World War II his¬tory, travel, and cultural exchanges. Charles is also a fan of wine tastings, wine-making, Harley riding, cooking extravaganzas, and woodworking.

Burkey is a 25+ year applied technology professional who optimizes technology and business investments for global customers. She focuses on optimized customer experiences. Rox loves interviewing authors, writing white papers, reviewing books, and loves creating fiction.

Together they create award-winning stories that resonate with men and women, young and experienced adults, and bring a fresh new view to technology possibilities today. They invite you to visit their newly revised website, look around and grab some free stuff https://www.EnigmaSeries.com.

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Saturday, October 10, 2020

Welcome to Day 6 of the "THROUGH THE NETHERGATE" Blog Tour! @RobertaEaton17 @4WillsPub #RRBC

GIVEAWAY:  (3 winners) 
(1) e-book copy of “NIGHTMARELAND”, (1) e-book copy of “THROUGH THE NETHERGATE”, and (1) $25 Amazon gift card. (leave a comment to enter)

Who was Henry Scarle?

Henry Scarle is one of the ghosts from Through the Nethergate, who allies himself with Margaret. He becomes her love interest during the story.

Henry Scarle was employed by a wealthy businessman named Mathias Kerrison to look after ships transporting corn and other goods at Whitacre Burgh. Mathias Kerrison owned the Bungay Straithe navigation on the River Waverney.

Henry noticed that some of the goods were being stolen and stood guard one night to see if he could identify the thieves. He identified two local men and reported them to his master. The thieves learned of his actions before they could be caught and detained and they boarded the ship where he was working and beat him to death. His body was left floating in the river.

An extract from Through the Nethergate

“Two burly men approached the wherry. As Henry watched, they went over to the ship and started brazenly removing its cargo of corn. Piling the sacks up on the dock, they got them ready to be carried away.

Peering carefully around a barrel, the faces of the two thieves came into his range of vision. From his position behind the barrels, Henry carefully studied their features, committing them to memory so that he could provide them to the police in the morning.

Time for me to slip away. The men are completely absorbed in what they are doing and they won’t notice me in the shadows.

Piles of flour surrounded the barrels and, as he scuttled sideways like a crab towards the exit, his foot kicked up a cloud of the fine white powder. Clapping his hand over his mouth and nose, he felt a sneeze welling up.

“Atishoo!” The sneeze exploded out of his throat.

Rapid footsteps made their way in his direction and a heavy hand came down on his shoulder. A scream issued from his throat as he was pulled to his feet.

“What have we got here?” the man said softly.

“I … I was just out for a walk,” Henry stuttered.

The man chuckled as Henry shrank away from him. I can’t get away. God help me!

“I think you’re lying.” He pulled his arm back and hit Henry in the stomach, driving him back into the barrels. Henry doubled over, gasping for breath. The man jerked him back onto his feet, drew his arm back and hit him again. The blow struck him with great force, just above his right eyebrow, splitting the skin open.

Henry shrieked, as pain bloomed and warm blood trickled down his face and dripped onto the ground.

Once again, the man drew his arm back, ready to strike Henry. This time, Henry managed to duck down as the large fist came towards him.

“Get over here and hold him, Tom.”

“Coming, William.”

A few moments later, the man called Tom grabbed his arms and twisted them viciously behind his back. William disappeared briefly and reappeared with a thick branch of wood. Grinning, he stood in front of Henry, swinging the club back and forth, like a pendulum.

“You had better stop,” Henry cried, his eyes huge and glassy with fear. Blood had run into his right eye, making it blurry.

As William moved in on him, his weapon raised, Henry heard him say, “Or what? What are you going to do?”

The club hissed through the air. Henry tried to duck away, but Tom held him tightly. There was a meaty thud, followed by a crunch, as the club slammed into his ribs, breaking them. Pain exploded in his chest and he screamed, a high, thin sound. He would have slumped to his knees if Tom had not been holding him upright.

William swung the club again. Pain burst through Henry’s head again as his right cheek bone and jaw smashed under the impact of the heavy blow. Blood poured from his broken mouth and nose as he fell to the ground. Lying in the dirt, he could hear thudding sounds, as the two men kicked his inert body, and his own choking moans.”

 

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BOOK BLURB:

Margaret, a girl born with second sight, has the unique ability to bring ghosts trapped between Heaven and Hell back to life. When her parents die suddenly, she goes to live with her beloved grandfather, but the cellar of her grandfather’s ancient inn is haunted by an evil spirit of its own. In the town of Bungay, a black dog wanders the streets, enslaving the ghosts of those who have died unnatural deaths. When Margaret arrives, these phantoms congregate at the inn, hoping she can free them from the clutches of Hugh Bigod, the 12th century ghost who has drawn them away from Heaven’s White Light in his canine guise. With the help of her grandfather and the spirits she has befriended, Margaret sets out to defeat Hugh Bigod, only to discover he wants to use her for his own ends – to take over Hell itself.

AUTHOR BIO:

Robbie CheadleHello, my name is Robbie, short for Roberta. I am an author with seven published children’s picture books in the Sir Chocolate books series for children aged 2 to 9 years old (co-authored with my son, Michael Cheadle), one published middle grade book in the Silly Willy series and one published preteen/young adult fictionalised biography about my mother’s life as a young girl growing up in an English town in Suffolk during World War II called While the Bombs Fell (co-authored with my mother, Elsie Hancy Eaton). All of my children’s book are written under Robbie Cheadle and are published by TSL Publications.

I have recently branched into adult and young adult horror and supernatural writing and, in order to clearly differential my children’s books from my adult writing, I plan to publish these books under Roberta Eaton Cheadle. My first supernatural book published in that name, Through the Nethergate, is now available.

I have participated in a number of anthologies:

Two short stories in #1 Amazon bestselling anthology, Dark Visions, a collection of horror stories edited by Dan Alatorre;
Three short stories in Death Among Us, an anthology of murder mystery stories, edited by Stephen Bentley;
Three short stories in #1 Amazon bestselling anthology, Nightmareland, a collection of horror stories edited by Dan Alatorre;
Two short stories in Whispers of the Past, an anthology of paranormal stories, edited by Kaye Lynne Booth; and
Two short stories in Spellbound, an anthology of horror stories edited by Dan Alatorre.

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

Robbie Cheadle

Website

https://www.robbiecheadle.co.za/

Blog

https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/

Goodreads

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15584446.Robbie_Cheadle

Twitter

https://twitter.com/bakeandwrite

Roberta Eaton Cheadle

Website

https://www.robbiecheadle.co.za/

Blog

https://wordpress.com/view/robertawrites235681907.wordpress.com

Goodreads

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19631306.Roberta_Eaton_Cheadle

Twitter

https://twitter.com/RobertaEaton17

Facebook

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AMAZON OR OTHER PURCHASE LINKS:

TSL Publications:

https://tslbooks.uk/product/through-the-nethergate-roberta-eaton-cheadle/

Lulu.com:

https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/roberta-eaton-cheadle/through-the-nethergate/ebook/product-1qkz92jq.html

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Welcome to Day 3 of the "SMOKE ROSE TO HEAVEN" Blog Tour! @SarahAngleton @4WillsPub #RRBC

Stumbling into the Interesting

I have a thing about research. To say that I love it would not be an overstatement. It might be safe to assume that almost all writers could make such a claim, and especially writers of historical fiction who tend to get lost in the pulling together of another time and place. Usually we wind up choosing to tell the stories we stumbled upon while lost in the library stacks—the unexpected, delightful little tidbits that made us say, “That’s so interesting!”

SMOKE ROSE TO HEAVENMy newest release is certainly one of those. The project came about because my family and I had recently moved into a new neighborhood in Salem, Oregon where we felt immediately and warmly welcomed by our new neighbors. My sons, then ages three and five, quickly made friends with all the other littles running around.

It was a wonderful place to be, with a small grade school at one end of the subdivision and a Latter-Day Saints church at the other. I soon came to realize that most of our wonderful new neighbors belonged to the Mormon faith, a tradition that, despite growing up with several friends whose families were part of the LDS church, I didn’t know a great deal about.

I started reading, and as I did, I came across a mention of a conspiracy theory that plagued the church in its early days in the 19th century and still has never entirely gone away. The theory, known as the Spaulding Enigma, suggests that The Book of Mormon was plagiarized by the prophet Joseph Smith with the aid of a preacher named Sidney Rigdon, from an earlier, unpublished manuscript allegedly titled Manuscript Found.

I confess I love a good conspiracy theory. It’s not that I necessarily buy into them, but I’m fascinated by how they develop and gain momentum and can even become huge cultural movements.

I kept coming back to this Spalding Enigma. It’s never been proven because Manuscript Found, if it ever existed at all, has ironically remained lost to history. But I also couldn’t deny that the claims made by those who promote it are plausible.

What I found was that in order for the theory to work, this mysterious manuscript had to have been in a specific location within a pretty narrow window of time and had to have been removed from that location by someone who wouldn’t likely have been noticed.
That’s when I said, “That’s so interesting!”

And a story began to develop in my fiction writer brain. I had a when and where. All I needed to supply was a who and a how.

Of course, the novel that resulted from the research encompasses much more than the conspiracy theory that inspired it. It is, at its heart, the coming of age story of an abandoned girl in desperate search of a moral compass who becomes a woman burdened with a great secret upon which rests an entire spiritual movement.

My hope is that as readers wander through the pages of this novel I’ve called Smoke Rose to Heaven, they’ll find themselves exploring the world of 19th century New York that I’ve worked to create and just maybe stumble on something that makes them say, “That’s so interesting!”

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Book Blurb:

New York, 1872.

Diviner Ada Moses is a finder of hidden things and a keeper of secrets. In her possession is a lost manuscript with the power to destroy the faith of tens of thousands of believers.

When a man seeking the truth knocks at her door with a conspiracy theory on his lips and assassins at his heels, she must make a choice.

Spurred by news of a ritualistic murder and the arrival of a package containing the victim’s bloody shirt, Ada must either attempt to vanish with the truth or return the burden she has long borne to the prophet responsible for one of the most successful deceptions in US history.

Protecting someone else’s secret may save Ada’s life, but is that worth forcing her own demons into the light?

Author Bio:

SARAH ANGLETON is the author of the historical novels Gentleman of Misfortune and Smoke Rose to Heaven as well as the humor collection Launching Sheep & Other Stories from the Intersection of History and Nonsense. She lives with her husband, two sons, and one loyal dog near St. Louis, where she loves rooting for the Cardinals but doesn’t care for the pizza.

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Saturday, February 1, 2020

Welcome to the "AMERICAN AGONY" Blog Tour! @BorelMedWriter @4WillsPub

American Agony Blog Tour Post #06

This is a special communication meant to honor some very special Americans, so I’m very grateful to my host and you readers for this opportunity to speak out. It’s more than likely that you have a relative or friend who has served in the military, or is serving our country as we speak. These special souls have been assured they’d be well-cared-for when they return from battle, that when they are sick or get old and infirm, our Veterans Administration (VA) hospitals and doctors will take good care of them. Moreso, those who come back alive but severely injured—brain damage, amputations, paralyses, unrelenting pain, and post-service injuries and illnesses—these people deserve to be cared for with the empathy and medicines required to keep them healing and comfortable.

Unfathomably, even before the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) began their attacks on the opioid treatment of pain in the general population, VA mis-managers decided it was their right to intimidate VA physicians into not prescribing years-long well-working opioids for our Valiant Veterans suffering chronic unrelenting pain. The result? Hundreds to thousands of suicides due to unbearable, untreated pain which the VA falsely claims—in press releases encouraging journalists to spread the lie—that they are due to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). No. PTSD has treatments available such as specific psychotherapies dealing with flashbacks and deep trauma. And these patients also have available to them psychotropic medications to deal with anxieties, depression, and other emotions. For Veteran patients suffering unrelenting neurocentric pain, their sole medication for reducing their physical suffering leads to hopelessness, despair, and inability to tolerate yet another day of bodily torture. So they shoot themselves, hang themselves, or overdose on anything they have left in their medicine cabinets so they won’t have to live another day in excruciating hell.

My colleague RNs employed at VA hospitals have report seeing VA doctors in tears because they failed their Veteran patients, because of the VA policy to ostracize, punish, and even fire MDs who dare to prescribe an opioid medically indicated for any pain-suffering soldier. It is for these soldier-victims of VA OxyMORONS –and those millions of other victims of our other government Cold Turkeys running the DOJ and the DEA—that I determinedly spent six exclusively focused months researching and writing American AGONY: The Opioid War Against Patients in Pain, published by Fresh Ink Group. I cried. I researched. I wrote. And I cried again. I hope to be a voice for “Pain Patient Warriors,” advocates against this federally inflicted American holocaust. I ask all of you to do whatever you can to let your legislators know that these killings by prescription-opioid-deprivation must end now.

—Helen Borel, RN, MFA, PhD

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About the Author:

Dr. Helen Borel wrote poetry and played piano as a child growing up in two orphanages. She became a registered nurse, then earned her master’s in creative writing. After 18 years as a medical, psychiatric, and pharmaceutical copywriter, she published books, literary criticism, satire, and fiction. She became a doctor in psychoanalytical studies with her own website, PsychDocNYC.com. Always outspoken for the underdog, her intense research is the basis for her passionate expose of government wrongs and the legal rights pain victims must assert. Find her at PsychDocNYC.com and on Twitter: @BorelMedWriter or @PsychDocConnect.

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Friday, March 1, 2019

Welcome to "SONGS OF HEARTSTRINGS" Blog Tour! @MHurdle112 #4WillsPub #RRBC

Day 5

From the Author

This is Day 5 of “Songs of Heartstrings” Blog Tour. I want to thank 4WillsPublishing for setting up the tour and my host to have me here.

This poetry collection includes nine themes: Songs of Nature, Songs of Dissonance, Songs of Physical Healing, Songs of Marriage, Songs of Parenthood, Songs of Tribute, Songs of Reflections, Songs of Challenge, and Songs of Inspiration. Each of these themes covers various aspects of my life experience. Many poems are illustrated with my photos and watercolor paintings.

Songs of Heartstrings received a 5-Star review from Readers’ Favorite: https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/songs-of-heartstrings?fbclid=IwAR092vCKbtTdbUea6kW90qdVvrvxYHpUdkpCueW7XtcUzKNMzukisBgVBfs. Other book reviews are available on Amazon: http://wwAmazon.com/dp/B07K1S47W9 

Highlighted Poems from Songs of Parenthood

Photography, watercolor painting and ceramic painting are several of my favorite hobbies. I painted “Mother-Daughter Holding Hands” which illustrates the relationship with my daughter. I handcrafted a whale and painted it as a nightlight for my baby daughter. She is grown now and has her precious daughter. Photos of these pieces are in the section of Songs of Parenthood.

Beautiful Tiny Baby

Seven months of being pregnant,
driving from California to Oregon
for a Christmas family gathering.
“Take breaks more often,” Doctor said.

Still, it was 1,000 miles in distance.
When we arrived, I started the contractions,
went to the hospital in Salem.
“We have no equipment to care for
premature babies.” Doctor said.

An ambulance took me,
traveled one hour to Portland.
I was holding my baby tight,
praying, telling her, “I love you,”
All the way.

We arrived at the hospital safe and sound,
the contractions seemed to quiet down.
I had a belt on my belly strapped around
to monitor the frequency of contraction.

Not long after I had dinner,
the monitor beeped a warning sound.
Yes, my daughter wanted to come around.
A caesarean section was in order.

“An experimental drug could be
injected into your spinal cord
to mature the baby’s lungs, so
she could breathe on her own;
the effect on you is unknown.” Doctor said.

Without hesitation, I wanted the injection.
It turned out to be a sound decision.
Baby Mercy only needed
twelve hours of respiratory help.

She was tiny and beautiful.
I had her in my arms.
Her eyes followed mine.
My baby had the angel’s guide.

Her birth was years ago,
the vivid memory never gets old.
She started with her tiny feet,
her steps have been directed by
the heavenly Father’s lead.

Nightlight
A whale made of clay,
original, free-handed.
Nightlight shines through
blowhole, eyes, and mouth,
for my baby daughter
I created, with love.

SONGS OF HEARTSTRINGS AUTHOR INFO

Miriam Hurdle is a multi-genre writer. She writes poetry, flash fiction, and short stories and memoir. Her poems are included in Letters to Gaia, Whispers and Echoes Issue 2, Whispers and Echoes Issue 3, and Outcast and More Words.

She is passionate about poetry and her favorite poets are Robert Frost with his poems “The Road Not Taken,” and Linda Pastan with her poem “To a Daughter Leaving Home.”

She is a member of PoemHunter.com, and her poetry may be read on the websites.

Music has rooted in her life. Being a soloist as a teenager led her to taking voice lessons and to have ongoing singing engagements. She continues to sing soprano in choral groups. Lyrics have a major influence in the natural flow of her melodic writing. She writes memoir in the form of poetry.

Along with her brother, she took photos when the films were black and white. Photography is still her enjoyable hobby. Drawing and painting were fun activities as a child. Her favorite was to draw a Japanese girl with big eyes, long hair, small lips and chin. She resumed drawing and watercolor painting several years ago. In her poetry collection, photos and paintings are included to illustrate the poems.

She earned a Doctorate of Education from the University of La Verne in California. After two years of rehabilitation counseling, fifteen years of public-school teaching and ten years in school district administration, she retired and enjoys life with her husband in southern California.

Links to Purchase the Book:

Amazon Universal Link: http://smarturl.it/SongsofHeartstrings

Amazon UK Link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07K1S47W9 

Amazon.com Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B07K1S47W9 

Contact the Author:

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Miriam-Hurdle/e/B07K2MCSVW?ref=dbs_p_ebk_r00_abau_000000

Website: https://theshowersofblessings.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mhurdle112

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/miriam.hurdle.1

 

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Welcome to the "ACE CARROWAY AND THE BLOG MONSTER" Blog Tour! @GuyWorthey #4WillsPub #RRBC

Today, I welcome Guy Worthey, a fellow Wyoming Native. He’s talking about his Ace Carroway series and he has a Giveaway!

Please be sure to leave a comment below for your chance to win one of the following prizes:
-(3) Kindle ebooks – Winner’s choice (US residents only)
-(1) $10 Amazon gift card (US residents only) or $10 (via PayPal for non-US residents)

Greetings one and all, and a hearty thank-you to my kind host and 4 Wills Publishing!

In this second blog tour stop we meet our protagonist, the complex and potent Cecilia “Ace” Carroway. We are joined once again by our stalwart but fictitious interviewer, Mr. Bigg Faquir. Good day, FAQ.

FAQ: Greetings. Is that a jelly stain on your shirt?

GW: I don’t know. Maybe. But ask me about Ace Carroway.

FAQ: If I can stop staring at that stain. Go ahead. Who is Ace Carroway?

GW: Born at sea in 1901, mixed-race Cecilia Carroway is everywoman, transcending boundaries of nation and class. Growing up, her natural intelligence blossomed under a veritable army of tutors. She also developed physical strength and skill, testing the boundaries of human potential.

FAQ: All right, but can she cook?

GW: I find that question offensive. I utterly reject stereotypical gender roles.

FAQ: So, she can’t.

GW: No, she can’t cook. But she can fix your car or unclog your sink.

FAQ: What else can she do?

GW: She can fly a plane. That’s how we meet her in ACE CARROWAY AND THE GREAT WAR. She is sixteen but tells the air force she is eighteen, and flies a SPAD biplane in France.

FAQ: Did female pilots fly in WW I?

GW: No. This is where writing fiction is fun. My fictional world differs from actual history. At the beginning of our World War I, planes were used exclusively for spying. But enterprising pilots began taking handguns into the air, and so the arms race escalated.

FAQ: Are you a pilot?

GW: Not so far, no.

FAQ: How did you think of this character?

GW: Now, that really is my most frequently asked question. The answer, alas, is that I’m not sure. As I remember it, I went to bed one night wondering what Doc Savage would be like if he were female. When I woke up, Ace was in my head, pretty much as she is in the books. Well, she’s a few inches shorter in the books.

FAQ: What does she look like?

GW: She’s tall and has actual shoulders like a swimmer. She’s Indian-American, so she has darker skin tones. I generally describe her skin, hair, and eyes as golden.

FAQ: She’s monochrome.

GW: Yes, if you like. Here’s artist Mikey Brooks’s take.

FAQ: Nice. Is that mis-applied makeup on her cheek?

GW: No, those are scars that she got between books two and three. She’s too busy for makeup and other time-wasting mating rituals. She exercises every day and whacks off her hair when it grows too long.

FAQ: Time-wasting mating rituals? I think you just offended every reader of romance novels.

GW: I doubt that, but one insider tip on the Ace books is this: Once per book, in some fashion, a character falls in love with Ace, with “falls in love” in heavy quotes.

FAQ: Wait, there is romance?

GW: I didn’t say that. There are stirrings of chemistry, there are pretenses, there are unhealthy desires, there are lots of things, including genuine love. But Ace has wrongs to right and mysteries to solve. She doesn’t have time to waste on mush.

FAQ: Does she have super powers?

GW: She might come off that way at first because of her skills, but no. Definitely no superpowers. She is merely the result of natural talent combined with excellent education.

FAQ: Is it time for a limerick?

GW: Almost. Some quotes from the book come first.

A few Ace quotes:

On being imprisoned: “Looks like Ace is in a hole.”

On being tortured: “They questioned me.”

On performing sabotage: “Why escape with a whisper when you can escape with a bang?”

On monologs by the evil villain: “If there is a point, please get to it.”

On a certain medical matter: “That bullet’s got to come out.”

On her associates: “You fellas are terrific.”

Well after the bullets have started flying: “I’m starting to think they’re onto us.”

On airship design: “Why are there eight separate throttles? That’s ghastly engineering.”

When doom is certain: “I’m starting to get irritated.”

Protesting her exit from the Great War: “I wanted to help the war end. People killing people isn’t right.”

A signature line: “There’s nothing like flying.”

And a limerick to end with:
Ace Carroway says, “I am the cat.”
A corollary: “I’m no doormat.”
By land, sea, or air
She shows savoir faire
Ace ain’t the ball – she’s the bat.

About Ace Carroway

Join Ace Carroway and her motley gang of associates as they travel the world, solving mysteries and fighting crime.

In ACE CARROWAY and the GREAT WAR, sixteen-year-old Cecilia Carroway lies about her age and joins the war effort as a pilot. She earns her Ace nickname over France, but is forced down behind enemy lines. Escape plans are imperiled when Ace catches the attention of imperial minister Darko Dor.

Three years later, in ACE CARROWAY AROUND THE WORLD, Ace’s father dies in a hail of bullets in quiet Hyannis, Cape Cod. Lieutenant Drew Lucy is on the case, but it’s Ace Carroway at the top of his list of suspects.

In ACE CARROWAY and the HANDSOME DEVIL, Ace barely survives an assassination attempt at the hands of her old nemesis Darko Dor. Figuring the best defense is offense, she starts a detective agency in New York. Before the paint on the door dries, a new web of deception ensnares the rookie sleuths. Sudden romantic attention from a pair of handsome strangers is good, right?

The Adventures of Ace Carroway are available at many fine stores around the world.

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About Guy Worthey

Wyoming native Guy Worthey traded spurs and lassos for telescopes and computers when he decided on astrophysics for a day job. Whenever he temporarily escapes the gravitational pull of stars and galaxies, he writes fiction. He lives in Washington state with his violinist wife Diane. He likes cats and dogs and plays keyboards and bass guitar. His favorite food is called creamed eggs on toast, but once in a while he heeds the siren song of chocolate.

To follow along with the rest of the tour, please visit the author’s tour page on the 4WillsPublishing site. If you’d like to book your own blog tour and have your book promoted in similar grand fashion, please click HERE.
Lastly, Guy is a member of the best book club ever – RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB #RRBC! If you’re looking for amazing support as an author, or if you simply love books, JOIN US! We’d love to have you!

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