Spotlight & Giveaway: Journey’s End by Victoria Brewster & Julie Saeger Nierenberg

Book Title: Journey’s End: Death, Dying and the End of Life
Authors: Victoria Brewster & Julie Saeger Nierenberg
Category: Adult Non-Fiction; 558 pages
Genre: Resource/Educational
Publisher: Xlibris
Release date: July 20, 2017
Tour dates: Sept 4 to 22, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 + M

 

Book Description

In Journey’s End, we write about death, dying, and end of life issues. We attempt to define and describe these real-life circumstances, and we discuss ways to proactively deal with them. Multiple personal and professional perspectives provide valuable insights.

What is dying like for dying persons, for loved ones, and for those who lend support in the process? Each experience will have unique qualities. Everyone dies in his own way, on his own schedule. While we explore the dying process, we make no assumptions about how any particular death will unfold.

Grief and bereavement support, training tools, and educational resources are included.

 

 
Meet the Authors

Victoria has a master of social work degree. She has worked as a case manager with older adults for the past seventeen years and as a group facilitator. Her past work experience was as a therapist with children and families, and as a case manager for adults with mental health issues. She just launched a consulting business, NorthernMSW to focus on end of life issues, planning, training, and advocacy, along with memoir writing and life legacy writing.

Julie was inspired equally by her professional backgrounds as a biomedical researcher and long time educator. Julie values open and lively discussions based on interview and research findings, trends in health and wellness, and exciting new modalities of treatment and professional education. She believes it will be through such discussions that we will create new and more satisfying cultural paradigms within which we may live all the days of our lives with dignity and quality of care.

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Spotlight & Giveaway: Life from A to Z by Gaudys Laxury

 Book Title: Life from A to Z: Cycles of Life (Volume 1)
Authors: Gaudys Laxury
Category: Adult Fiction; 132 pages
Genre: Poetry
Publisher: SugarCane Publishing
Release date: October 2017
Tour dates: Sept 18 to Oct 13 2017
Content Rating: PG

 

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Book Description

When we hear a poem, we may recognize certain patterns of rhythmic flow—a beat or rhyme, but

not all poems have a standard prose and not all poets are alike; a mind filled with constant words

and images, thoughts and sensation—poems of long proses.

Poetry is poetry.

Then there are poems that are short, brief and to the point, but so much power exudes from just a

couple of words.

Poetry is poetry.

Just as art is universal, poetry is in the eye of the beholder. This book includes rhythmic poems, micro-poems, and passionate poems—set to stir emotions and feelings in the reader.

Not everything in life can be planned or placed in order from A to Z, but this book also includes inspirational poems for each letter of the alphabet for those small moments, when you just need a tiny bit of order in the middle of chaos. Flip to a letter and you will see, the wonders that can be.

 

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Meet the Author

Gaudys Laxury is a visionary autodidact artist, writer, and poet. She studied politics, law, and communications during her graduate years, while incorporating her passions for creative arts.

As an artist, Gaudys learned to be open and creative. As a writer, she learned that words are the gateway to communicate and inspire lives. As a poet, Gaudys learned the subtleties and transformative discipline of the arts — the power to bring words together and unify on an abstract and metaphorical level; to make us think to the highest virtue.

The first book written by Gaudys, The Pearl inside the Orchid, was designed to inspire, channel emotions, and connect readers on a deeper and spiritual level. Life From A to Z is her second book, which reflects an expression of life, relationships, and inspirations. Both books have been dedicated to her family and muses.

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Spotlight & Giveaway: Blackout by Lawrence Johnson Sr.

Book Title: Blackout by Lawrence Johnson Sr.
Category: Adult Fiction; 126 pages
Genre: Mystery, Crime, Detective
Publisher: Self-published
Release date: March 2011
Tour dates: Sept 11 to 22, 2017
Content Rating: PG
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Audiobook Details:

Release Date:07-13-17
Publisher: Lawrence Johnson Sr.
Written by: Lawrence Johnson Sr.
Narrated by: Alistair Dryburgh
Length: 4 hrs and 9 mins
Series: Alexander Steele Mysteries, Book 1
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Book Description

Alexander Steele is a private detective turned night club owner in the city of Philadelphia. Steele and his longtime girlfriend Shakia’s plans for him to retire are derailed when his cousin brings him an encrypted travel drive. The drive is opened by Steele’s hacker friend Stan. A few days earlier every transformer in Canada had been shut down by the terrorist. The drive in Steele’s possession gave details as to how the event would happen. What made it even more frightening was that the documents on the drive were created 3 months before the actual event; Steele finds himself drawn into the well-crafted mind games of a madman known as Chameleon an American terrorist.

His goal is to shut down the country by collapsing the economy of the United States. From the snow cover streets of Montreal to the tropical beaches of Nassau Steele follows a trail of clues and dead bodies. As he gathers more puzzle pieces Steele inches closer hoping to reveal and thwart the plot to bring down the U S government. He finds himself narrowly surviving constant attempts on his life. The dramatic face-off between Steele and Chameleon takes place in downtown Philadelphia. How will it end? Find out in Blackout, now on Audible.

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Born and raised in the city of Brotherly Love I have been writing for nearly 10 years. I am the author of the 2012 scifi novel Escape 2 Earth. In early 2009 I completed the second installment in the the Escape 2 Earth trilogy called Return 2 Earth also several short stories including a fantasy story titled Dimensions in Time and a sci fi story titled Planet of Doom.
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In 2011 I completed my first detective novel called Blackout. Before writing Escape 2 Earth I began putting together a collection of inspirational and motivational quotes titled Observations from the Edge of Society. I am currently working on the final book in the Escape 2 Earth series called Earth 2, Redemption which will be completed in 2017.
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Spotlight: Into the Maze by Euan McAllen

The Maze divides up the land, isolating communities and loved ones, and hated ones. On the Outside, the League of Monasteries rules supreme. On the Inside, the Kingdom rules in ignorance of its own isolation, free of all Gods. At its centre, the Village struggles to survive. This is a story of confusion, conflict, deception and double-crossing between members of a dysfunctional Royal Family. It is also the story of a despotic Chief Monk, and the story of an orphaned village girl wishing for a better life. By the end the emotional complexity, hurt and betrayals overwhelms all.

 

Excerpt 

“No matter, Iedazimus told himself.  He did not need an advantage, just clear thinking.  Unfortunately with his hangover that was not to be had, instead all he had was a bad mix of fog and excitement.  No matter, Iedazimus told himself again.  He raised his knife then hesitated.  Could he kill this sad, broken shell of a man, a man who had lost it all?  He would never find out.  The enemy raised his sword.  The sword was bigger.  Suddenly, the knife felt tiny, useless, but still Iedazimus, the proud warrior, lunged forward and made his challenge.  Weak in the head (and a little at the knees) he heard himself apologizing.

‘Sorry but I have to do this.’

‘Do what?’ replied the Hermit, sounding strangely calm, but then he had been raised to fight with a sword since the age of ten.

And the sword swung out, knocking the knife out of Iedazimus’ hand.  Iedazimus, stunned, watched it fly through the air.  He looked back at the old man, wishing to start the confrontation again and get it right this time; else be elsewhere.  He was speechless for now the old man was holding the tip of the sword at his throat.  This was not how it was supposed to be.

 

“Into the Maze” is available in paperback and e-book from Amazon UK.

It’s also available from Amazon US.

 

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 Literary Agent:  Darin Jewell
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Spotlight & Giveaway: The Invitation by Tyfany Janee

 Book Title: The Invitation: To Journey Through a Conscious Mind
Category: Adult Fiction; 40 pages
Genre: Poetry
Publisher: Tyfany Williams
Release date: March 31,2017
Tour dates: Aug 21 to Sept 1, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (for mature content of love and relationships etc. 1-2 word usage of bad language. No sex scenes or erotica language.)
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Book Description:

The Invitation: To Journey Through a Conscious Mind, is a showcase in talent from author and poet Tyfany Janee. She’s eloquently produced the anthology through plaintive artistic angst. Injecting the essence of her soul into her prose. The diverse collection of poetry which lies between the covers is the result of an entire life’s work experimenting within her vocation.

Her work is comprised of truth, meaning, hope, possibility and a succinct hint of humor as she tears away the facade from humanity. The works shed light on relative issues that we’re all faced with in our easily waywardly led astray lives, and the monotony that makes up our existence.

The Invitation: To Journey Through a Conscious Mind is an ode to the beat generation of poets that carved their names in literary history. Any creative mind will revel in the inspiration that lies between these pages; it’s full of daring attitude, and celebration for the authentic. A unique look on love, that you have to dare to delve within. It harnesses true devotion, with a stark, hair raising element of modern reality.

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Tyfany Janee is a mother and an upcoming graduate with a BS in Business Administration in a concentration of Entrepreneurship, and a minor in Marketing. She is a prolific writer, author and poet and she has an upcoming plan of releasing a short story collection in 2018 that she titles; The Road Sometimes Traveled; and a poetry collection book titled “RSVP: To Be You Unapologetically.” Additionally, a release of a debut novel, the first of a series in 2019 she titles; To Love Him..I.
Her recent book is comprised of truth, meaning, hope, possibility and a much-needed element of humor when it comes to exposing the true nature of humankind. Tyfany devours inspiration wherever she can get it, from cult classics, to just about anything she can see.
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Author Spotlight: Russ Colchamiro

Russ Colchamiro is the author of the rollicking space adventure, Crossline, the hilarious sci-fi backpacking comedy series, Finders Keepers, Genius de Milo, and Astropalooza, and is editor of the new anthology, Love, Murder & Mayhem, all with Crazy 8 Press.

Russ lives in New Jersey with his wife, two children, and crazy dog, Simon, who may in fact be an alien himself. Russ has also contributed to several other anthologies, including Tales of the Crimson Keep, Pangaea, and Altered States of the Union, and TV Gods 2. He is now at work on a top-secret project, and a Finders Keepers spin-off.

As a matter of full disclosure, readers should not be surprised if Russ spontaneously teleports in a blast of white light followed by screaming fluorescent color and the feeling of being sucked through a tornado. It’s just how he gets around — windier than the bus, for sure, but much quicker.

Website * Facebook * Twitter * Instagram

 

Author Interview

Q: What inspires you to write?

A: I’m compelled to write. It’s a fundamental part of who I am. But ever since I’ve been a dad—I have seven-year-old twins, a boy and girl, my ninjas—I’m more inspired than ever. They love that I’m a writer, which gives me additional fuel and passion. They know all of my book covers, and ask me all the time to write books for them. That could certainly be on the way.

 

Q: What kind of research goes into your books?

A: Depends on the book. For my Finders Keepers scifi comedy backpacking series – Finders Keepers, Genius de Milo, and Astropalooza — I relied heavily on notes I took when I backpacked through Europe and New Zealand, reviewing journal entries, maps, photos, receipts, etc, as I wanted the details to be spot on. When I’m writing ‘outer space’ scenes, I research star coordinates, names of galaxies, theories on time travel, space travel, and the multi-verse. For Crossline, which includes a key sequence where the pilot is viewing Earth from space, I researched astronauts and how it felt for them to be soaring through the Milky Way. I don’t write hard science, but I want my scifi novels to have a basis in facts where it makes sense.

 

Q: What are you working on at the moment?

A: I’m writing a top secret project I can’t talk about yet, but soon. I’m also starting to plot out my next book, which will focus on my private eye character, Angela Hardwicke. She’s appeared in three of my books already—including the new anthology I edited—Love, Murder & Mayhem.  The collection has 15 stories, from 15 authors (including me) with every story containing at least one act of love or romance, at least one murder, and lots of mayhem. I initially thought I’d get nothing but private stories—I did a get a few—but the anthology contains superhero and supervillain stories, off-world and space cruiser stories, as well as A.I., private eyes, sleep surrogates, time travel, an aliens/monsters mash-up and … one DuckBob!

I also plan on writing several Hardwicke books going forward.

 

Q: Have you read any books that have inspired you to improve or change yourself in any way?

A: Many. In addition to fiction I read a great deal of philosophy, mythology, psychology, spirituality, and motivational texts. Some of my favorites include The Road Less Traveled series by M. Scott Peck, Over the Top, by Zig Ziglar, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, by Joseph Campbell, and Pulling Your Own Strings, by Wayne Dyer, just to name a few.

 

Q: What part of the writing process do you enjoy the most?

A: Editing. That’s where I can start sculpting the raw text I’ve already written, filling in the gaps, adding nuance, and helping bring a basic premise to a more fully realized life. I tend to do many drafts—anywhere from five to eight is typical for me. That’s where I find the ‘magic’ in the stories. The editing stage is where I dive into the details, and explore the themes, character development, and subtle moments that are more difficult for me to focus on during the initial draft.

 

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Spotlight: 180 Days by David C. Garland

James Oswald Neville has a winning lottery ticket for the jackpot of £9.7m) and sets off for home to tell his wife and family the unbelievable news. On the way he is mugged, seriously injured and his wallet is stolen. They discard his “emptied” wallet by throwing it from London’s Tower Bridge where it lands on a trawler passing under the bridge bound for Holland. Neville comes out of his coma three months later, but not before his two sons have realised the unclaimed lottery ticket contains their father’s favourite numbers; numbers. Thomas Neville, in his capacity as a Wimbledon tennis reporter, hunts down the lost ticket.

Will he find it in time before the 180 days in which the Lotto ticket can be claimed? The race is on.

 

About the Author

David C. Garland has worked for and with Jim Henson, Ted Turner and Don King, so diverse has been his career.  After 28 years with United Press International where he started as a newsroom runner, merged into journalism and ended as Director of Sales for Europe, Africa and the Middle East, he joined CNN International and stayed ten years where he eventually became Vice-President Business Development. He then joined Don King Productions in Florida where he was Director of International Sales for six memorable years. In between UPI and CNN, David spent two years with Jim Henson Enterprises.
On retirement, David decided to concentrate on his writing and has since published 15 DAYS, TERRA NOVA, CALAMITY NATALIE, OFF TO FLORIDA, A DOG’S LIFE and DON KING CAME CALLING, all of which are currently available in paperback and for downloading to Kindle via Amazon.

David’s life, which began in poverty, has been enriched by his family, his friends and by those with whom he has worked over the years.

 

“180 DAYS” by David C. Garland is currently available from Amazon UK in paperback and e-book.

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Spotlight: Nancy by William Kenneth Jones

This story should appeal to all those who tried to do what they thought was right. It tells of one such effort made by a person named Nancy – the main character of this story. We first meet her in 1909, when she leaves the protective time of childhood and enters the perilous years leading up to adulthood. We follow her life through a time when it appears to have “neither joy, nor love, nor light, nor certitude, nor peace, nor help from pain” (to borrow a phrase from the poet, Matthew Arnold). However, as we follow her life, we hope that she will find her way to things better. Life can only be a journey of hope.

The setting of the story is in and around the inner-Manchester district of Angel Meadow. The history of this area symbolizes Nancy’s life: an idyllic beginning, then an unfortunate decline followed by a slow and painful struggle to emerge from deep adversity.

 

 

About the Author

For William Kenneth Jones, a long and varied history has conferred a wide variety of experiences: these arising from a period in the Royal Marines, the Australian Army, worldwide travels, employment as a vehicle design engineer, then an Admin Manager in finance and computing – along with many etceteras.

In addition, obtaining a University degree covering an extensive range of subjects provided many ingredients for an active imagination, which, among other things, William exercises by writing about fact and fiction – as indicated in the books he offers.

 

 

“Nancy” by William Kenneth Jones is available from Amazon UK in paperback and e-book.

It is also available from Amazon US.

 

 

 

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 New Generation Publishing
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Spotlight: A Dark Matter by Joe Theo

It’s sex, drugs & rock n roll

It’s very raunchy

It’s very funny

It’s very dark

It does exactly what it says on the tin

Every chapter a different drama

A real page turner

A book you always wanted to read

 

Excerpt 

“Do you like my sausage vunder va ya!” she laughs & motions him to come in but Taz waves goodbye & carries on walking. He looks at the next window but there’s only a chair there, looking forlorn. He keeps walking & comes across a third shop front, also showing an empty chair. Then, saying to himself,” are they all out to lunch or porking away, that’s the question!” he chuckles to himself with that. He carries on walking to the next window: this time he’s hit the jackpot. Sitting on a back to front black chair, Christine Keeler style, smoking a black cheroot, legs wide open & wearing her trademark black lingerie & Stockings & high heels stilettos is the woman he knows as Blondie. He puts his head up against the window & smiles: she motioned him towards the front door. Taz opens the door & walks in, closing it behind him & then proceeds to stand in front of her slightly blocking her view of the street beyond. She blows smoke into his face & says abruptly,

“What do you want?”

“Do you have any more of those pink & white tablets, I forget what they are called?” says Taz, staring into her eyes & as he’s coughing from the smoke.

“I’ll have some in three days. Now go away, I’m busy. Unless you some business, in which case that will cost you one hundred Euros for half an hour,” she purrs. “And I take sterling too.”

 

 

“A Dark Matter” by Joe Theo is currently available from Amazon UK in hardback, paperback, or e-book.

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 New Generation Publishing
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Spotlight: A Host of Divine Inspiration by Susie Matthews

“A Host of Divine Inspiration” contains inspired philosophy, inspired poetry, and a mini-dictionary of the author’s understanding of the meaning of spiritual, religious and medical words that are not common outside of their realm. This book includes something for everyone, especially those that are interested in increasing their knowledge.

This is the third in a series of books following Inspirations of The Divine and A Question of Divine Inspiration. You can follow the author and her life as it unfolds as well as giving you a little insight into my life as a spiritual medium and spiritual Officiant (which is a Junior Minister), and now, of course, an author.

The fourth book in the series will be called More Inspirations of The Divine but you will have to wait and see what it contains. It will reflect my life, my spiritual development and probably my experiences as a member of the SNU Ministry and medium.

 

Excerpt from the Book (from “Life’s Lessons”):

“We are here for you now and always. Be at peace and know that all is working out as it is meant to. Know that in every dark cloud there are lessons for you to learn and experience for you to gain. The pain and obstacles you encounter will bear you up unto the light where all find the peace that their souls are looking for. We hear you cry out in spirit and we are there by your sides. We hold and nurse you, we give you the strength to carry on and walk hand in hand with you. What happens to you has already happened to us. We are here because we care and understand and because we wish to help you through this time. The love that we have for you knows no bounds and is completely unconditional. Be still within the eye of the storm and wait for it to blow over. Know that nothing lasts forever. And when this phase of life is complete and your situation is behind you, move forward with that special peace and love in your hearts that comes from facing the situations of the Earth. In your ever changing and transient world only one thing remains pure and true and that is the Divine love and light that is sent to all. Remember you are always one in the light and in the spirit. Blessings of peace and love to you all.”

 

 

“A Host of Divine Inspiration” by Susie Matthews is currently available from Amazon in hardcover, paperback, or e-book. It is also available on Amazon US.

 

Press/Media Contact Details:

 New Generation Publishing
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