Sunday, 26 October 2014

Eighteen Months to Live by Rachele Baker

Eighteen Months to Live
by Rachele Baker

Kindle Edition, 149 pages

Published November 30th 2012 by Rachele Baker

In the spring of 1990, Midge Rylander rushes to the hospital because of a persistent cough, chest pain, and shortness of breath. She believes she has pneumonia but her diagnosis turns out to be much worse. Malignant pleural mesothelioma. Lung cancer from prior exposure to asbestos.

Midge’s doctors advise her that she has less than eighteen months left to live. While recuperating at home, Midge begins a daily journal to document her experiences during her final months. Eighteen Months To Live is the transcription of Midge’s handwritten journal as well as letters that Midge wrote to her daughter Rachele during that time. Midge writes about her emotional struggles, her physical pain, and her search for answers.

After reading Eighteen Months To Live, E.D. Brady wrote in her review on Goodreads that this true story “shows a woman who handled herself with grace, poise, and dignity, as she tells of her daily trials and tribulations, her refusal to go down without a fight, and finally, her acceptance of the inevitable. It highlights the beauty of the human spirit, the vulnerability of life, and the need to remember that every day is precious. I found myself quickly bonding with Midge and commend Ms. Baker for putting this beautiful book out in the world for those who may be facing similar struggles. One word of advice: have a tissue or two ready for the epilogue.

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                        About the Author: 
Dr. Rachele Baker is a veterinarian and author living in California. She published Eighteen Months To Live in 2012. Eighteen Months To Live is the real life story of Rachele's mother, Midge Rylander, in Midge's final months of life. Eighteen Months To Live contains the daily journal Midge kept as well as letters she wrote to Rachele after her diagnosis with malignant pleural mesothelioma. Rachele wrote the heartfelt prologue, epilogue, and narration. It is a heart-wrenching yet heart-warming and inspirational story.

For more information about Eighteen Months To Live, including the story behind Rachele's writing the book and interviews with Rachele revealing information not found in the book, please visit

You can also find her on Goodreads and Twitter

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Monday, 13 October 2014

Murder & Mayhem in Goose Pimple Junction by Amy Metz: Interview + Giveaway

Murder & Mayhem in Goose Pimple Junction 
by Amy Metz

Kindle Edition, 320 pages 
Published September 6th 2014 by Southern Ink Press 

Murder & Mayhem In Goose Pimple Junction is a humorous southern mystery that will keep you laughing and guessing until the very end.

Tess Tremaine starts a new life in the colorful town of Goose Pimple Junction thinking she’s moved to a quiet little burg. Curiosity leads her to look into a seventy-five-year-old murder, and suddenly she’s learning the foreign language of southern speak, resisting her attraction to local celebrity Jackson Wright, and dealing with more mayhem than she can handle.

A bank robbery, murder, and family tragedy from the 1930s are pieces of the mystery, which Tess attempts to solve. As she gets close to the truth, she encounters danger, mystery, a lot of southern charm, and a new temptation for which she’s not sure she’s ready.
Amazon Best seller lists:

Top 100 in Books & Kindle Women Sleuths
Top 100 in Books & Kindle Mystery
Top 100 in Author ranking Books & Kindle Mystery

Review summary:
Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon from 125 reviews
"The author has created a cast of characters that are quirky and lovable. Their southern charm, crazy antics and hysterical dialogue will keep you in stitches."
--Kathleen Anderson, Jersey Girls Book Reviews

"This book will soon be a favorite for all southerners. Very rarely do you find an author who can respectively capture the essence of the south and that quaint southern charm, but Amy Metz has done just that."--Jennifer, of Southern Belle

"Enticed by a mystery, riveted to the swoon-worthy romance and tickled by the “countrified” life, I was thoroughly entertained on all levels."--Carmen Pacheo, The Reading Cafe


Amy Metz is the mother of two sons and is a former first grade teacher. When not actively engaged in writing or enjoying her family, Amy can usually be found with a mixing spoon, camera, or book in her hands. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky and can be found at

Twitter: @authoramymetz
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Q & A with Author Amy Metz 

Can you tell us a little bit about your main characters?  
Absolutely. Tess Tremaine is a new citizen of Goose Pimple Junction. She’s moved to town intent on starting over after a divorce. She’s sworn off men, so she tries to fight her attraction to the eligible bachelor, Jackson Wright. But that’s hard to do, because he’s intent on helping her solve a seventy-five-year-old murder.

Jackson Wright is an extremely eligible bachelor, a local celebrity, and the owner of a very charismatic basset hound named Ezzie. In addition to helping Tess investigate the cold case murder, he serves as her interpreter for Southern speak. He’s good looking, intelligent, and he could charm the dew off a honeysuckle.

I’ve had readers tell me they considered the town as one of the main characters. That makes me happy because I think to know Goose Pimple Junction is to love Goose Pimple Junction. The wacky characters and the funny Southern speak that most people in town use in their daily speech, and the comradery that the characters have with one another is what I think—and hope—is what makes the town seem like one of the characters.

How long have you been writing, and when did you first consider yourself an author?
I’ve been writing since 2009. I guess I considered myself an author when I got an email from a reader thanking me for writing the book because it got her through a very tough night in the hospital while she was waiting with her sick husband.

What is the best advice you have been given?
After you finish writing a book, shelve it for at least a few months. Then go back fresh and rewrite and edit.

  As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A mom. That’s truly all I ever wanted to be. I am blessed with two sons and have had my dream job. This author gig came about as they were growing up and leaving the house. Now it’s my new dream. I only hope it turns out as well as my first.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
That is a hard question! There are so many places I would love to visit again. But there are also a lot of new places I’d like to see. At this moment, the one place that pops into my mind in answer to this question is The Colony Hotel in Kennebunkport Maine. Sitting on the hotel’s veranda and watching the ocean is heavenly. But I’d be willing to try out a new spot to sit and watch the ocean. J

If you could have any superpower, what would you choose?
That’s easy—I’d choose telepathy and be a mind reader. Hey, that might actually be a good idea for a book…I also think teleportation would be cool. Then I could visit my son in college without the four-hour round-trip drive time. He might not think it’s so cool, though.

Which do you prefer: hard/paperbacks or ebooks?
My favorite is hardback, although I read more paperbacks because they’re less expensive. But I have to add one more form to your list: audiobooks. I "read” way too many of them because I listen/read when I’m in the car or doing things around the house. I love audiobooks.

What book are you reading now?
Right now I’m reading Hard Stop by Chris Knopf (audiobook), Gold Diggers, Gamblers and Guns by Ellen Mansoor Collier (Kindle) and She Flew The Coop by Michael Lee West (paperback).

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Saturday, 11 October 2014

Knossos by Laura Gill + Giveaway

by Laura Gill

Genre: Historical Fiction – Ancient Greece
Published: August 12, 2014


The legendary Labyrinth.

Go back millennia to a time when Knossos was the jewel of Crete, center of commerce and pilgrimage. A Neolithic sea captain is driven to find a new homeland for his people when the neighboring tribes turn against them. Proud, ambitious priests and priestesses rule Crete through its many gods. Daidalos, a wronged architect, builds the Labyrinth after a devastating personal tragedy; his successors, the priest-architects of Daidalos, are charged with expanding and glorifying his master work. A dutiful scribe attends the dead after a natural disaster of world-changing fury. A dynasty of Mycenaean conquerors changes Crete, for good or ill. And a crazed girl’s passion and the mysterious bull-man of the Labyrinth will change history. 

In these ten stories of Minoan Crete, spanning a period of five thousand years, Knossos is at the heart of it all.

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About the Author:
I have a passion for Minoan and Mycenaean culture. I hold a Master's Degree in English Literature from California State University, Northridge, and have worked as a teacher, florist, and administrative assistant. I enjoy painting, dollhouse miniatures, jewelry making, and needlework as well as writing and spending time with my two cats, Molly and Ru.

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Friday, 3 October 2014

Ensuing Darkness (The Dark Chronicles #1) by Sabrina Giles

Ensuing Darkness (The Dark Chronicles #1)
by Sabrina Giles

YA Paranormal/Fantasy
278 pages

Kota’s hometown is harboring more secrets than she ever imagined.

Hunting, partying, and hanging with the guys has made up the most of her frustratingly simple life, and she’s looking hard for something else. Something new. Unfortunately for her, she gets her wish senior year when a family of dancers comes Waltzing into her life.

Unbeknownst to Kota however, the Peters are hiding dark secrets and a dark past that’s still chasing them. Their dangerous mission needs to go perfectly, but when the twins get mixed up in a taboo romance with Kota and her best friend Sue, things get nasty for everyone.

Driven by her inexhaustible curiosity and the disturbing effect the Peters have on her, Kota starts pushing her way towards the truth without hesitation. All at once, she’s surrounded by everything she never knew existed, and now more than just her life is in danger.

So be careful what you wish for…


Sabrina Giles was born during a storm, in a room with no windows and no electricity. She used to hate reading fiction so much her mother made it a punishment, and then suddenly something clicked. Now she can’t stop writing it.

Ensuing Darkness is the first in her series The Dark Chronicles. She's persistently working on its sequel, as well as a couple other projects you might see popping up soon.

When she’s not writing, she can be found spending time with her husband, being crafty or making tasty messes in the kitchen.

She & her husband currently live in Illinois with a boxer, a fat cat, and are expecting their first child.

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Q & A with Author Sabrina Giles

Tell us a little bit about your main characters.
I have a lot of characters in this series, so I'll try and be brief. My main character, Kota Riley, is smart, smart-elec, is a little superstitious, tougher than you'd think, and way too nosy for her own good. Her part in Ensuing Darkness tells about how dangerous being nosy can be. Dale is the big brother she never had and takes on his role as best guy friend seriously. Sue is pretty much her only close girl friend in the very beginning, is sweet, and innocent. I picture her as a soft, simple girl who prefers to see the world as she wants it to be, and has a hard time dealing when that world throws her some unexpected pain. Louis is the new guy in town and quickly makes himself at home in Kota's group, trying to also take on the role of Kota's protector, specifically from the Peters family. He doesn't hold back what he's thinking most of the time, which usually results in either a fight between him and Kota or his comments being ignored completely.

The Peters Family: Connelly is whose view some of Ensuing Darkness' chapters are in, so I'll start with him. He's Kota's on-and-off love interest, based on whether or not he's acting like a jerk at the time, and even after Kota discovers the truth about the Peters, their relationship is complicated. Ivan, Connelly's twin brother, is more understanding and slower to anger or over-reaction than Connelly. Also, I'll add that they have a special connection that makes them both extremely dangerous and wanted by the enemy, but you'll find out more about this connection in book 2. Mira enjoys proving Kota weak and vulnerable compared to them, but she's also serious about their situation and sometimes takes it too far. As does her boyfriend, Alister Montague. He's convinced from the start that Kota's dangerous and not to be trusted, while his sister, Aubrey, is much more inviting and excited to have a friend other than family again.

What is the best advice you’ve been given?
A couple years back I'd hit rock bottom and was struggling really hard with writing anything. I turned to some of my favorite authors for some advice and D.J. MacHale was the only one who emailed me back, and his message was incredible. He told me to go live life to its fullest, have new experiences, and then write about it. I was young and hadn't had very many, so I didn't have much to work with, and getting out there more would give me more fodder for inspiration. It was awesome advice and I did just that. Now I'm turning 22, married, and a new mom. I've gone through an almost year-long separation from my husband while he was in training in the military, while going through some hard times of my own. I've had a ton of new experiences since D.J. told me that, both good and bad, but all perfect for crafting amazing stories.

How has your upbringing/environment colored your writing?
I was raised very old fashioned with good morals, manners, and lots of sarcasm, so I try and use that to some degree in my stories. I also like giving my characters common sense and smarts, which only helps in making the story more complex and compelling.

Describe your ideal writing spot.
I actually have two. The first is a desk, because it’s a great focused area, unlike the couch or dining table that I use now, haha. The second would be a table outside on a nice day with a slight breeze and a place to prop up my feet.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

Ireland. I love almost everything about the country. The land is gorgeous, the history is rich and very present in its architecture and its people, the music is awesome, and I even love the accent! Not to mention, I’m a big fan of plaid and I have a lot of Irish in my blood.

If you could have any superhuman ability, what would you choose and why?
I would have to say the ability to use magic. When I was growing up, I was always called “Sabrina the Teenage Witch”. I loved the show, and then when the Harry Potter series came along… Well, let’s just say I’m a big fan. I love everything about the magical world, and while reading about Harry, I so desperately wished his world was real.

Which do you prefer: hard/paperbacks or ebooks?

I will always prefer the printed versions. Absolutely nothing compares to holding a real book in your hands. The feel, the smell! But yes, I do use my e-reader while I’m out and appreciate being able to carry so many books with me wherever I go.

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Tuesday, 9 September 2014

José Picada, P.I.: Deception Al Dente by Heather Fraser Brainerd and David Fraser: Interview + Giveaway

José Picada, P.I.: Deception Al Dente (Book 1)
by Heather Fraser Brainerd and David Fraser
Having left the dull life of workers’ comp insurance behind to strike it out as a private detective, things aren’t going well for Josie P. Cates. Her new career isn't as exciting — or lucrative — as she thought it would be. As her bank account dwindles, her first major client finally walks in the door. Chef Marco, a successful local restaurateur, hires Josie to find out who's skimming money from his business. It doesn't take long for Josie to discover that things at Bistro Italiano aren’t what they seem. Secrets seem to cling to Chef Marco like splattered marinara sauce. With the help of friends both old and new, Josie unravels a case that takes her from the bistro to the world of deadly dark magic. At least it keeps things from being too boring. 
ebook, 111 pages
Published February 22nd 2013 by MuseItUp Publishing

About the Authors:
Heather Fraser Brainerd
is a renaissance woman. After earning a degree in Anthropology, she embarked on an incongruous career as a workers’ compensation insurance adjuster. She rapidly climbed the claims-handling ladder before surprising her colleagues by leaving the high-powered world of lumbar strains and carpal tunnel syndrome to run a child care center. Thousands of dirty diapers and gallons of strained peas later, she decided that maybe the insurance industry wasn’t quite as bad as she remembered. Unfortunately, it was. Fortunately, a few years later, she met the most wonderful man in the world. Now a stay-home mom to three amazing boys, she is able, at long last, to focus on her writing. Heather lives in New York with her family and their crazy pug/terrier.

David Fraser was born on March 25, 1973. March 25, incidentally, is International Waffle Day (Varfudagn in Sweden) and Tolkien Reading Day (The Ring was destroyed on March 25). Elton John shares his birthday. So next March 25, you should eat a waffle while reading Lord of the Rings and listening to Rocket Man. I know Dave will. Before deciding to become an internationally-famous author, Dave held a number of different jobs. He processed small business insurance policy changes, tested software on digital copier/printers, put out little orange flags in pick-your-own strawberry fields, installed internet cable in schools, shelved books in a library, taught college calculus, and handed out raffle tickets at a Barry Manilow concert. Granted, this last job was a one day temp job, but it was awesome. He currently does little fix-up jobs around his house and chauffeurs his kids while trying to find time to write.

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Making Connections interview with brother/sister writing team David Fraser and Heather Fraser Brainerd
Tell us a little bit about your main characters.
Main character Josie P. Cates is a funny, irreverent, brand-new private investigator whose business isn’t exactly booming. Chef Marco is an annoying restaurateur who becomes Josie’s first big client. Bobby is Josie’s best friend and go-to computer geek.
What is the best advice you have been given?
Never wash your face with soap. Oh, did you mean writing advice? Probably "I before E except for after C, with the exceptions of height, albeit, protein, weird, counterfeit, glacier, atheist, reign, heir, Fahrenheit, beige, feint, neighbor, and a bunch of other ones that make the list too long to write out in its entirety."
How has your environment/upbringing colored your writing?
Our books are filled with wacky characters, dysfunctional relationships, and a lot of humor. Does that tell you a little something about our upbringing?
Describe your ideal writing spot.
On the PeopleMover in the Magic Kingdom at Disney World. Not that we’ve ever written there, but we’d like to try it some time.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
Scotland. We're juist a wee bittie Scottish, d’ye ken?
If you could have any superhuman ability, what would you choose and why?
Does teleportation count? ‘Cause we totally want that. Or maybe the ability to eat all the cheesecake we want without gaining weight. It might not be too useful in saving the world, but, hey, don't the Avengers already have that job?
Which do you prefer: hard/paperbacks or ebooks?
We prefer JRR Tolkien in hardcover and everything else on ebook. Just not The Silmarillion. That thing weighs something like 45 pounds.
What book are you reading now?
Heather is reading Different Kind of Knight by Mary Waibel - YA Fantasy awesomeness. Dave is reading Count & Color with the Little Monsters by Lynne Mitchell.

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