Spotlight & Giveaway: Middle South by Maya Nessouli Abboushi

On a hilarious journey that takes Layla from the Southeast to the Middle East and back, she finds out a little more about herself and what she is looking for in life and in love.

Book Title: Middle South by Maya Nessouli Abboushi
Category: Adult Fiction, 215 pages
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Lanier Press
Release date: March 8, 2017
Tour dates: April 17 to May 5, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13

Book Description

Layla has recently moved out of her parents’ home in the Atlanta suburbs and into an apartment in the city to assert her independence. Between her job as a feature writer for a small newspaper and her social life, Layla has little time to think about marriage and children, much to the dismay of her Lebanese parents.On a hilarious journey that takes Layla from the Southeast to the Middle East and back, she finds out a little more about herself and what she is looking for in life and in love.


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Meet the Author


Maya Nessouli Abboushi is a Lebanese American born and raised in the United States. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and three children. This is her first novel.

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Spotlight: Beastia by Zoe Cruz

The meanest of the mean girls, Rebekah Austin rules her Chicago school with sharp outfits and an even sharper tongue. She has a way of making even the most beautiful and brilliant girls in her class feel like dirt. But underneath the queen-bee façade is someone who feels ugly, repulsive…beastly.

When Rebekah falls prey to a madman, the bully becomes the bullied. Scarred and tormented, she abandons her previous life and adopts a new identity, but her ghastly appearance haunts her everywhere she goes. Only with the help of determined friends can she move past her horrifying experience—and maybe even let herself be loved.

And if the madman returns to finish what he started, will she be ready, or will she give up hope?


More than an exploration of Beauty and the Beast, Cruz flips the script by challenging the mainstream media representation of  conventionally beautiful women falling in love with not-so-attractive men (in this case, literally a beast) when the opposite is so rarely  portrayed. Love and friendship aren’t exclusive to the conventionally attractive, which is a subjective standard to begin with. As  Rebekah learns lessons about beauty, love and self worth, the reader finds their own assumptions and prejudices challenged.

Available on Amazon.


About the Author

I love traveling, writing, reading, and binge watching my favorite shows on Netflix.

I’m a geek too. Anything from classic Tortallan and Hobbit lore to a DS9 Trekkie and a Browncoat. I love any good sci-fi and fantasy book, show or movie.

I’ve lived in Spain for almost four years, so adapting back to U.S. life for now.

Spotlight & Giveaway: Energy Trading & Risk Management by Iris Marie Mack

A comprehensive overview of trading and risk management in the energy markets

Energy Trading and Risk Management provides a comprehensive overview of global energy markets from one of the foremost authorities on energy derivatives and quantitative finance. With an approachable writing style, Iris Mack breaks down the three primary applications for energy derivatives markets – Risk Management, Speculation, and Investment Portfolio Diversification – in a way that hedge fund traders, consultants, and energy market participants can apply in their day to day trading activities.

  • Moving from the fundamentals of energy markets through simple and complex derivatives trading, hedging strategies, and industry-specific case studies, Dr. Mack walks readers through energy trading and risk management concepts at an instructive pace, supporting her explanations with real-world examples, illustrations, charts, and precise definitions of important and often-misunderstood terms.

  • From stochastic pricing models for exotic derivatives, to modern portfolio theory (MPT), energy portfolio management (EPM), to case studies dealing specifically with risk management challenges unique to wind and hydro-electric power, the bookguides readers through the complex world of energy trading and risk management to help investors, executives, and energy professionals ensure profitability and optimal risk mitigation in every market climate.

Energy Trading and Risk Management is a great resource to help grapple with the very interesting but oftentimes complex issues that arise in energy trading and risk management.

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Author’s Bio:

Iris Marie Mack, PhD, EMBA, earned a doctorate in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University. She was also awarded a Sloan Fellowship Executive MBA from the London Business School. Dr. Mack worked at various energy and financial institutions, acted as a faculty member at MIT, and worked at NASA and AT&T Bell Labs – where she obtained a patent for research on optical fibers.

Dr. Mack currently lectures on Energy Trading and Risk Management for the Fitch Learning Certificate in Quantitative Finance Program on Wall Street and at Tulane University. Because of Dr. Mack’s extensive knowledge of the derivatives, energy trading, and investment banking world, she has been invited to write opinion columns for the UK edition of the International Business Times.

Dr. Mack has also been named one of Glamour Magazine’s Top 10 Working Women, and she is no novice writer. This publishing will be her third financially-focused and published book – including her energy trading book published with Wiley Finance and a financial literacy book for teens and adults. With this breadth of experience and sheer intellectual prowess, Dr. Mack is more than able to help readers reach the financial stability they deserve.

In addition, Dr. Mack founded The Global Energy Post and MathQED – a homework help site for K-12 and college students. Previously known as Phat Math, this service has even been named one of the Top 50 Social Sites for Educators and Academics, 25 Savvy Social Media Sites for Grad Students and 25 Useful Networking Sites for Grad Students. Such accolades illustrate Dr. Mack’s ability to clearly inform the masses.

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Spotlight: The Car by Stuart Larner

Free on Amazon Kindle April 1-5!

A sequence of twenty-eight illustrated Shakespearean sonnets describing the human condition in terms of the mechanical components of a motor car.
An owner’s workshop manual for servicing your life.
The text was previously published in a print magazine twenty-one years ago. Now revised, and published with illustrations.
‘The Car’ asks, and tries to answer, these kinds of questions:
If the arc across the sparking plug’s gap is an indication of love, can love’s bright spark be cultivated like the ignition timing management system?
What can be learnt about human relationships by studying the phenomenon of clutch judder?
Can we discern our path in life by the way we drive at night, and by how we use indicators, windscreen wipers and washers, and the horn?
Does automatic transmission mean our modern society has learnt to leave decisions to a box?
What does the differential bearing assembly have to say about the working of the parliamentary system?
Does studying suspension and damper arrangements have guidelines for child-rearing?
Can the process of tyre wear and braking systems inform therapy for addiction?
Is human depression treatable by learning from the fuel gauge mechanism, the radiator, and the battery?
Is there life after death in a scrap yard?




Driving in the Dark

Driving in the dark, we move cocoons of light,
Carrying thoughts along in front of us.
Our vision is short in the cave of night,
Something small in the future darts across.
At a distant bend another car dawns,
Devouring dark with its dragon’s bright breath,
Lamps search the dim opening they have torn
Into the next world to find their best path.
I feel your light begin its probe of me
Searching for your own future in my dim past,
Yet both searcher and searched we cannot be,
The powerful light makes us both recast.
The dark side of each we try to assess;
What one saw quite well, now two may see less.

Teaser Tuesday: Into the Light by J.G. Sumner


Romantic Suspense 
Date Published: February 28, 2017
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
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Laney Pearson was shot at point blank range…
With the help of his friend and colleague, Dr. Nathan George, Josh Stone managed to save her, giving them both a new start and a second chance at love. But when Laney’s parents try to take their recovering daughter back to Missouri, Josh fears he’ll lose her…possibly forever.
A mysterious stalker and Laney’s family aren’t the only ones who want Josh and Laney apart…
Jillian Stone has struggled with her own demons, always leaning on her brother Josh for support. When she sees him doting on Laney, spending days on end by her hospital bed, Jillian grows increasingly jealous. She pictures a life where Laney is gone and she and Josh can be closer…much closer.
A familiar shadow still threatens the light…
They thought Laney’s stalker was completely erased from their lives, arrested when he tried to kill her. But they find it wasn’t Laney’s ex-boyfriend who tormented her for weeks on end, even if he was the one who pulled the trigger. They are now on the lookout for the real stalker, who becomes braver with each passing day, always in shadows, never creeping into the light…
They fear he might be back to finish what he started…sending Laney to an early grave.

About the Author

JG Sumner is a Registered Nurse who went rogue.  As good as she was at starting IV’s, she enjoys writing the down the stories in her head even more.  Most of the time the characters won’t stop pestering her until she has them down on paper.
JG can often be found with a glass of red wine or prosecco in front of her computer.  When she’s not creating, she enjoys the outdoors hiking, bike riding, snowboarding, and camping.
JG has a very dry sense of humor, and should never be taken too seriously.  She loves to hear from her fans, and even those who aren’t and would love to hear your opinion on her books.
JG writes romantic suspense/thrillers including: A Shot in the Dark, Into the Light, The Surrender Trilogy including Surrender, Shattered, and Saved which will be available through Limitless Publishing soon.
Contact Links
Twitter: @jg_sumner
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Spotlight: Beach Friends by Ann Poole

These stories are about five creatures you may come across on a day at the beach.

The book is full of bright, colourful illustrations that capture young children’s imagination.


Excerpt from the book:

 “Starfish was busy watching the people on the beach. She was wondering what some of them were carrying. They looked like large lollipop sticks. She watched them paddle their way out into the sea, then turn and wait. When a large wave came they stood up on their large lollipop sticks and had a wonderful ride into shore. Starfish would love to do that. She came out of the rock pool and picked up a real lollipop stick that she saw a little boy drop earlier. She then paddled her way out into the sea, just as she had seen the people do. Now, as a big wave approached, she felt so excited. Then she was up on the lollipop stick and riding the wave.”


Amazon review:

 5.0 out of 5 stars  Imaginative sea tales for young minds

By Wordly Traveller on 3 Mar. 2017

Format: Paperback

These are wonderful stories about the sea animals that you commonly find on beaches.

The illustrations are vivid and my young children absolutely loved them.



 “Beach Friends” by Ann Poole is currently available in hardback from Amazon UK and Amazon US.

The paperback version of this book is also available from Amazon UK and Amazon US.

The e-book version of this book will also be available soon.


Press/Media Contact Details:

 New Generation Publishing
Tel. 01234 712 064


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Spotlight: The Devil May Laugh by Gerry Stewart

In this, the second book of the series, the team continue their quest to enforce justice on those who have escaped from their grasp. They close the net on Napolitano’s major drugs syndicate, which has caused the deaths and heartache for many people caught in its wake. Stone leads his team into the danger zone, while continuing his personal anguish over his capabilities, judgements and morals. Despite political interference and the unexpected involvement in a potential coup in Cuba; the team must find a route through to achieve their goals of credible justice.


About the Author:

 Gerry Stewart is a former police officer in the U.K. He retired prematurely because of an injury on duty that necessitated spinal surgery. His operating style often led to postings that involved dealing regularly with violence and problem families. Early in his career, he received an award for uncovering and investigating a criminal gang that resulted in many arrests including drug supplying and abuse, burglary, car thefts, criminal damage and other related crimes.

His dedication to public service ended after two incidents. The injury received was too great, to return to full duties.

For further details about the author, see:

Facebook: Gerry.Stewart999

twitter @gerrystewart999



Excerpt from the novel:


“Cross pointed at Stone. “You know, Den, you’re not fit enough to do too much of anything yet.”

“Yeah, I will have to be careful, but at the end of the day, I don’t intend to hang about doing nothing either.”

“I guess we will have to establish a starting point, but ultimately we have to find out why you were put in such a life-threatening situation?”

“I agree, Ty, and the problem is I don’t know who to trust, including our governments.”

“As long as we can trust each other, buddy,” Cross said. “In which case, we will have to feed them with information that we want them to have, and nothing more.”

“And have you something in mind?” Stone quizzed.

“I do.”

Lozano smiled and nodded, as she stood up and pushed the chair aside. She looked at Stone and felt compelled to move closer to him, tenderly touching his face.

Stone nodded and whispered:

“I’ll be fine I promise.”

Cross winked at Stone and followed Lozano to the control room. There was work to be done.”



“Credible Justice II:  The Devil May Laugh” by Gerry Stewart is currently available in hardback and paperback from Amazon UK and the e-book version of this book will be available soon as well.

It is also available from Amazon US.



Press/Media Contact Details:

 New Generation Publishing
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Spotlight: A Life of Snakes and Ladders by P. Lanquai

The writer’s thoughts, feelings, comments, letters, dreams and stories have been recorded over a period of more than twenty years. Through these revelations, one can follow a coarse thread, which has, at times, been broken and tied together again.  Written in diary format, he touches on sex, religion, astronomy, astrology, birth and death, as well as a whole range of emotions; from anger and hate…to love.  Never intending this collection to be read by others, it comes across very intimately, and with a fair amount of humour. This certainly shows how the dice have fallen in his life of Snakes and Ladders.


About the Author:

 After being born, without being asked, in Braintree, Essex a long time ago (60 years nearly), the author was reluctantly educated in Southeast London then later, more happily, in Kent.

He has spent most of his life with his nose to the grindstone trying to make ends meet and would describe himself as an ‘oily rag’.

He has been married 3 times and has 3 beautiful children and delightful grandchildren.

His mercenary work-style has taken him to foreign lands near and far, and he has settled in Denmark with his latest wife and their dog ‘Whoopsie’.



“A Life of Snakes and Ladders” by P. Lanquai is currently available in paperback from Amazon UK and from Amazon US.


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Spotlight: Lifeaholic by Stephen Brocklehurst

In one year a man from England lost his £100,000 a year job, got arrested, turned 30, worked as an escort, went to Ibiza, sang “Ding Dong Merrily on High” on National TV, kissed another man, hit a sex-doll of a 19th floor balcony, slept with a celebrity, wrote a book, starred in three feature films, lost the love of his life, took over the top two floors of a building, watched the world’s best DJ at the world’s best club, ended up in court, paid £200 so an international smuggler could find his daughter, became a soldier, converted to Islam, turned gay, became a psychopath, applied for 825 jobs, got sacked, had a 4 day party, travelled the World, fled from 80 cavalry, lost his home, had a threesome, worked with the world’s greatest living film director, became a Jehovah’s Witness, hired 30 people, climbed up a hotel, hospitalised himself, and died on the streets of London. This is his story.

For more about the author of this autobiography, Stephen Brocklehurst, see:


Excerpt from the book:

 “So I’m coming back to London, and I’m armed to the teeth with several things. First up is my new MacBook, which is so the nuts I think it may actually have pubic hair. I’ll soon be able to record my own music and vocals.

Secondly is a new sense of freedom. I am returning to my city with fire in my guts. Seen the family? Check. Had a little break? Check. Sorted the flat out? Check. Time to attack film and music as you have dreamt of doing since you were a boy? Check city, babycakes.

And I’m looking forward to getting back in the new flat; the new hotspot at Studio 107 that is destined to become “The HOTHouse”.

But more on that later. I can’t wait to see the view, the East side of London (heh – I’m an East Sider now… makes me feel like I should throw up gang signs and walk like I recently stepped toe-first into a paving slab), the Olympolice, everything.

I then recall our flat is on a pre-paid meter, and is all electricity. We have no gas. OK, cool, no worries. I enter the flat and grab the prepay card, bomb it round the corner shop and ask for 40 quid’s worth. May as well light up for a week, right?”


 Amazon review:

 5 out of 5 stars  Exceptional insight into the mind of genius

By Wasteoftime on 26 April 2013

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I was a little wary buying this book with no reviews. But, I was interested in the eclectic life of the individual in this, clearly, semi-biographical book. I loved it from start to finish. Stephen Brocklehurst, you sir, are a genius.



“Lifeaholic” by Stephen Brocklehurst is currently available from Amazon UK in paperback and e-book.

It is also available from Amazon US.


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New Release: A Dish Best Served Cold by Tracy Baxter-Syer

A tale of friendship and Florentines, love and lard, mushrooms and malcontent.


About the Book

Zoe Parsons is the mild-mannered small town florist, recovering from a disastrous engagement to ‘Nick, the Knicker Nicker’. It unexpectedly terminated when he went to spend time at Her Majesty’s pleasure.  Three years later, Zoe seems to have managed to rebuild her life – spaniel, picket fence and all.  However, there’s something more behind this particular fence than meets the eye…. Our affable florist delivers a side-line of revenge dishes and bouquets. Designed to ‘even the score’ without waiting for karma to kick in, they’re perfect for those folk whose tales aren’t dissimilar to Zoe’s own.  However, one customer brings with him much more than just a story and an order.  Will Gelder needs a solution to his mounting debts and wayward fiancée -and fast. Could Zoe be the one to provide the answers, or will she take him out of the frying pan, and into the fire?


 Amazon reviews

 5 out of 5 stars  Brilliant book!

By JJS on 28 Jan. 2013

Format: Paperback

I have just read this book which was received as a present.

The characters are really true to life but animated in a really funny way by the author.

The story is funny and heart-warming and made me giggle all of the way through.

The humour can be quite dark at times although the theme is always humorous.

I can recommend this book as a great read and can’t wait for the next one.
Five stars from me! 🙂


5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable book

By LM on 28 Jan. 2013

Format: Paperback

This is an excellent read, once I started to read I couldn’t stop, didn’t want to put it down.
It’s a great girly story, although I do recommend it to men too as the story is funny.
I could really relate to the female lead character who is hell bent on her own kind of revenge.
I do hope Tracy writes another book as I am waiting anxiously to read it.
This book is really highly recommended, read it!


5.0 out of 5 stars  fantastic!

By Amazon Customer on 20 Mar. 2014

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

Great characters with twists and turns. Unusual but believable storyline…. giving food for thought for those looking for revenge! Definitely worth a second read!



“A Dish Best Served Cold” by Tracy Baxter-Syer is currently available in paperback from Amazon UK and Amazon US.

The e-book version can be downloaded from Amazon UK or Amazon US.


Press/Media Contact Details:

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The Inspira Group Literary Agency
London, England
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