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The Girls From Alcyone

The Girls From Alcyone

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Excerpt:

Sigrid stood in the center of what had once been the Academy grounds on Alcyone. Now, all that remained were the burned and collapsed remnants of the school and dormitories. Smoke still wisped up from the blackened piles of lumber and debris. The stench was raw and acrid, threatening to overwhelm her sensors.

"There's no way Independents did this," Christian said. "It looks like a whole battalion landed here."

Frantic, Sigrid scanned the area again, searching desperately for signs of the girls, but nothing turned up in her sensory modes. She tried calling out with her comlink. If they were in range, they'd pick up the signal. But there was still nothing. Not even the orbital satellites showed any sign of the girls, or survivors for that matter. Whoever had done this had been brutal and thorough.

Sigrid knew she would kill them.


Synopsis:

Sigrid and Suko are two girls from the impoverished and crime-infested streets of 24th century Earth. Sold into slavery to save their families from financial ruin, the girls are forced to live out their lives in service to the Kimura Corporation, a prestigious mercenary clan with a lineage stretching back long before the formation of the Federated Corporations.

Known only to Kimura, the two girls share startling secret—a rare genetic structure not found in tens of millions of other girls.

But when their secret becomes known, Sigrid and Suko quickly find themselves at the center of a struggle for power. Now, hunted by men who would seek to control them, Sigrid and Suko are forced to fight for their own survival, and for the freedom of the girls from Alcyone.

Cohesive Company - A Management & Leadership Parable -- Cohesively align mission, vision, goals, strategy, execution & culture

Cohesive Company - A Management & Leadership Parable -- Cohesively align mission, vision, goals, strategy, execution & culture

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Companies can achieve sustained success only with -- Clarity & Cohesion.

Internal dysfunction can decimate an organization's effectiveness and productivity. Even the most successful and well-established companies struggle with internal dysfunction.

Internal dysfunction takes many forms. You will find executives and employees do not understand the DNA of the company. The management philosophies are ambiguous and strategy is unclear. Often, strategy is the best kept secret - no one knows about it. Teams fail to develop work processes that facilitate flawless execution. Teams execute at different rhythm. Internal politics and egos undermine success.

If your organization struggles with the above aspects, this book is a must-read for you and your colleagues.

This leadership parable is about a CEO, Trent Wertheimer, who wishes to take his company to the next level. However, the harder he pushes himself and the organization, the deeper he finds himself in a hole.

Trent struggles to transform the company and, in the process, struggles with the transformation of his own personality -- an eye-opening experience for him. Success in leadership often requires difficult personal transformations. It separates the great leaders from the pretenders.

Kathuria tells an intense, fast-moving and realistic story from the perspective of the CEO as if there is a camera on his shoulders. You feel you are in the CEO's shoes, experiencing his triumphs and tribulations.

Many CEOs who have read this book have shared confidentially, "I've made the same mistakes as Trent." Many readers have been amazed by how the parable's characters closely resemble their colleagues. One reader commented, "It felt like you had a camera in my company." Read to see if the characters match your colleagues.

There are many books on mission, strategy, execution, and culture, but few books connect those aspects as masterfully as this book does. This book presents the Cohegic Method. The name Cohegic is derived from strategic cohesion. It is a simple but extremely powerful business management method. It can help you drive clarity and cohesion, and force the company to think. Even a simple question, "Are we product, operations or customer-centric?" can cause soul-searching in your company. Implementing the Cohegic Method can transform and energize your organization in ways that might surprise you.

Gain one of your biggest competitive advantages -- Become a Cohesive Company! TM

A Gift of Ghosts (Tassamara Book 1)

A Gift of Ghosts (Tassamara Book 1)

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Akira has secrets. But so does the town of Tassamara.

Akira Malone believes in the scientific method, evolution, and Einstein’s theory of relativity. And ghosts.

All the logic and reason in the world can’t protect her from the truth—she can see and communicate with spirits. But Akira is sure that her ability is just a genetic quirk and the ghosts she encounters simply leftover electromagnetic energy. Dangerous electromagnetic energy.

Zane Latimer believes in telepathy, precognition, auras, and that playing Halo with your employees is an excellent management technique. He also thinks that maybe, just maybe, Akira can help his family get in touch with their lost loved ones.

But will Akira ever be able to face her fears and accept her gift? Or will Zane’s relatives be trapped between life and death forever?

The Glass Madonna

The Glass Madonna

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Contemporary Women’s Fiction That Explores How Women’s Lives Have Changed—and How They Haven’t!
Donna Meredith’s award-winning debut novel, "The Glass Madonna," tells the powerful story of a woman’s determination to create her own destiny. Coming of age was supposed to be easy in the 70s. After all, women have been liberated and love is free. Why does Sarah Stevens find life so hard? Union rules and tradition still ban women from glass making, an art form Sarah views as part of her family heritage. And regard for virginity is not as dead as Sarah thinks when she gives hers up to a college boyfriend. Her husband, unable to get past his jealousy, isolates her in a backwoods trailer and tells her he always wanted to marry a virgin. Unintentionally reinforcing his criticism, Aunt Livvie treasures a family heirloom, a glass figurine of the Madonna. It shines with perfect purity no real woman could achieve.
The protagonist, Sarah, is a woman who will steal your heart as she pursues her dream of breaking into the male-dominated field of glass making. The novel leaves readers with several questions to consider. Can an abusive spouse ever change? When is it time to give up on a marriage? Is there life after divorce? And most of all, is there anything a mother wouldn’t do for her child?
The novel weaves together stories of three generations of glass workers who emigrate from Germany to West Virginia. From Aunt Livvie, Sarah learns about women in her family who overcame wrenching losses, brutal working conditions, and rape. Her aunt’s stories and wisdom, and her family’s unconditional love give Sarah the courage to forge a new life for herself and her child in an era when divorce was still not acceptable in small-town America. "The Glass Madonna" underscores the importance of the women’s movement in freeing women (and men) from debilitating secrets and ruinous marriages.
The story explores the lies people tell to protect their families, the degenerative effects of alcoholism, and the love of mothers for their children. Readers will also learn something of the history of the glass industry in West Virginia.
Before its publication, the manuscript for the novel won first place for women’s fiction from the Florida Writers Association in the Royal Palm Literary contest and also runner-up in the Gulf Coast Novel Contest.

Sins of the Father (Erin Solomon Pentalogy Book 2)

Sins of the Father (Erin Solomon Pentalogy Book 2)

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For fans of Dennis Lehane, John Connolly, and Iris Johansen. Book 2 in the "thoroughly addictive," now-complete Erin Solomon mystery series. 2012 New England Book Festival Winner, Honorable Mention for Outstanding Fiction. 

The brutal murder of a young girl more than forty years ago pulls investigative reporter Erin Solomon into a serpentine mystery revolving around her own father's dark past. The trail leads Erin and fellow reporter Daniel "Diggs" Diggins to Black Falls, Maine, a town steeped in the Acadian tradition, where young girls have gone missing with terrifying frequency for decades. Soon, it's clear that the father Erin thought she knew has buried secrets she never could have imagined. 


When the killer sets his sights on Erin, her relentless pursuit of the truth lands her and Diggs in the rugged wilderness along the Maine/Canada border. With a deranged serial killer on their heels, FBI agent Jack Juarez battles the clock while Erin and Diggs fight for their lives in a diabolical game of cat and mouse among the rivers and caves of the Acadian forest.

Gypsy Moon

Gypsy Moon

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In the spring of 2004, Philip Anders ingested the first of what would be a daily dose of 4mg estrogen tablets. From that moment forward, his life would change forever. During the agonizingly slow transformation from male to female, he would lose a 22 year career in journalism, his marriage, his home, his savings, and most of his friends. Faced with the specter of homelessness, he embarked on a three year adventure as an over the road truck driver.

Gypsy Moon chronicles Pamela Rose Anders’ travels across the highways of America, as well as the single most difficult journey of all; transitioning from a male to female truck driver. Packed with a medley of humorous adventures, moments of fear, loneliness and despair, terrifying encounters, bigotry, and unexpected friendships; Gypsy Moon presents an insightful view of the incredible courage and strength required to complete this journey.

You will laugh. You will cry. You will feel her anguish. You will revel in her triumph. Most of all, you will understand.

Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View

Rivet Your Readers with Deep Point of View

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Dear Novelist: Would you like your readers to live your stories, not merely read them? Deep Point of View anchors your readers inside the point of view character(s) of your novel. This handbook shows you how to perform the transformation from ordinary narrative to deep narrative in clear, easy-to-master steps. I invite you to sweep your writing to the next level with a technique that creates immediacy and intimacy with your readers and virtually eliminates show/don't tell issues. My Best to You, Jill

Kidowed

Kidowed

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In this book you'll find the the struggles, sorrows, and triumphs of the author after she has two children with a rare and universally fatal genetic disease. As she travels through her hellish journey, you will experience unexpected humor, endless love, and learn how strong one family can be while they walk beside her.

The Ghost in My Pocket

The Ghost in My Pocket

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As if being, shy, chubby and fashion-impaired weren’t enough, Casey has to move far away from the only friends she’s ever had so that her sick mother can get the help she needs. A creepy new house, a brutal sixth-grade class, and the super-obnoxious Michael Snodgrass make her life a living nightmare…until she finds a mysterious locket with a supernatural surprise inside.

The Ghost in My Pocket is the delightfully fun children’s novel by Kevin Lee. He brings both humor and heart to the story of an awkward girl and her paranormal friend, as they discover poignant lessons about love, fear, friendship and the looming illness of a parent.

Stirring Up Trouble

Stirring Up Trouble

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Zoe Miller is a 15-year-old witch with a talent for potions. She's working hard to find a substitute for toad slime. Since fat-free margarine has been found to be a substitute for dead man's toe, she's hopeful that she'll find one.

Then there's all the so-called normal stuff. Like high school, her annoyingly selfish "friend" Anya, and her crush on Anya's ex-boyfriend Jake.

Now, Zoe's dad is dating Jake's mom, and things are getting more and more complicated. If only Zoe could brew a potion or two and set everything straight. Zoe can't. If she brews a self-serving potion, bad things will happen to her appearance. Like a crooked nose, giant wart, green skin, rotting teeth--the whole ugly witch stereotype.

Zoe's tired of fate interfering so cruelly in her life. Can you really blame her for putting her potions to not-so-good use and stirring up trouble?

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Excerpt:

“Should we leave?” I whispered to Jake to distract him.

“No,” he said, leaning closer to me. Suddenly, he didn’t seem as stressed but more like his old self. “I think I should kiss you.”

“What? No!” Oh my God!

“Why not?” he asked in a low voice that sent shivers through me.

I made myself look at him as I whispered, “Because you don’t want to kiss me, you just want to bother Anya. And she’s my best friend.”

“Right,” he said, backing away. “I guess we shouldn’t then.”

Of course, I’d really hoped that he would say that he did want to kiss me and not only to bother Anya.

“Would it help that it would also drive our parents nuts?”

Hmmm. “Let me think for a minute,” I said. It would really mess with Dad’s head. And that excuse would be good enough for Anya. I already had a major crush. How much worse could it get? Glancing at Anya and quickly judging how dark the theater was, I said, “Okay.”

Stirring Up Trouble is a Young Adult Romance.

30 Perfect Popcorn Recipes : How to Make Sweet & Savory Gourmet Popcorn at Home (The Green Gourmet Book 7)

30 Perfect Popcorn Recipes : How to Make Sweet & Savory Gourmet Popcorn at Home (The Green Gourmet Book 7)

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New from #1 Bestselling author Lori Jane Stewart!

Popcorn has probably been around longer than any other snack food on the planet. It has a rich history, dating back to before civilization and taking part in a multitude of events we celebrate every year. It's the most popular snack food around the world, and the second most popular snack in America (falling just behind potato chips). Popcorn can be found all over the country, at movie theaters, carnivals, and most people's kitchens or pantries.

It is a common misconception that popcorn is an unhealthy snack. The reason some people avoid popcorn is because they don't understand the real culprit! Behind its supposedly unhealthy status, are the seasonings and additives, often added to commercially packaged products to liven up the bland natural flavor and to lengthen it's shelf life. The popcorn itself is a wholegrain, and these can help prevent cancer and lower the risk of heart disease, while also supplying healthy nutrients that support our vision.

There are many different methods to create popcorn, but the basic principle stays the same. All you have to do is make the kernels hot enough to heat the moisture contained naturally inside, and turn that into steam. The steam creates pressure from inside the hard shell casing and before you know it, POP! - the kernel is turned inside out and is ready to be consumed. As long as you can generate heat and have some kernels on hand, you can make popcorn!

Enough of the history, what about the recipes? I've gathered 30 of the finest popcorn recipes from around the world for your snacking pleasure, and have tried to keep them free from artificial sweeteners, preservatives or other nasty additives wherever possible. I've specified 9 cups of popped corn for most recipes, as that gives 3 generous cups per serving - you can have as many or as few servings as you fancy, but keep an eye on the calories! For your convenience, I've also included nutritional data from the USDA for each recipe (that's the U.S. Department of Agriculture and not the United Square Dancers of America!)

My preference for both flavor and health reasons, is freshly air-popped popcorn - so I have used that kind for all of these recipes. Everything in this book can be made with kernels you have freshly popped, or if you are in a hurry (or feeling lazy!), then you can always use the plain store bought pre-popped variety - just make sure you check the packaging for artificial nasties!

Most of the ingredients for these recipes can be found at your local grocery store or deli, but if you get stuck, then the slightly more unusual ones can also be bought online via a link at the end of the book.

Enjoy preparing and sharing!

Lori

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The Pursuit of Happiness: 21 Spiritual Rules to Success

The Pursuit of Happiness: 21 Spiritual Rules to Success

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What do most people desire in life? It is not money, it is not even love, it is happiness!

Praise for The Pursuit of Happiness: 21 Spiritual Rules To Success:

"These tools help shift your thinking, commit to your dreams and show you anything is possible "-- Linda H.

"If I find myself in a slump or needing motivation, it's a great resource to get me back on track. It really gave me a sense of peace and clarity" -- Annette

"The author uses personal example as a means of getting her message across, as well as provides exercises at the end of Spiritual Rules to assist the reader in better accomplishing their personal goals. Her key insights, into different situations, really hit home for me." -- Lamanda A. Nance

The Book:

Everyone is searching for happiness. This book is a mini-course outlining 21 spiritual rules to finding success when you are in "The Pursuit of Happiness." The book was designed with a specific purpose, as a guide to help you tap into your natural ability to be happy.

Everyone has the ability to find happiness in his or her life, yet sometimes you need a road map. "The Pursuit of Happiness" is your spiritual road map.

Buy a copy and learn to enjoy the journey!

Vada Faith

Vada Faith

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Lee Smith said of Vada Faith, “...the combination of the tight, funny, punchy writing and the serious theme (surrogacy) make this an unusual and memorable novel. The sisters’ relationship...is wonderful as ever, and Mama is simply a dream....great characters and great narrative energy.” Vada Faith is the story of a young wife and mother with issues. She decides by becoming the first surrogate mother in Shady Creek, West Virginia, she will get the recognition she has longed for. Instead, the fight is on! Vada Faith, her family, and the townspeople draw up sides, leaving Vada Faith's life full of hurt and even more discontent. Read this novel about family members learning to love better, to accept and to forgive each other.

Devil Moon: A Mystic Romance

Devil Moon: A Mystic Romance

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Welcome to the mystical town of Beaver Cove, Arkansas where country ghosts offer homey advice and the moon makes lovers of total strangers!

Maddie Harris left Boston in humiliation. She hopes the job as assistant principal in a small Arkansas town will keep her too busy to notice the hole where her heart used to be. Phil Wilcox, divorced former NFL star, returns to his hometown as the new football coach. He hopes to repair the tattered relationship with his eleven-year-old daughter, despite his thorny ex-wife. Maddie is neat and color coordinated; Phil takes "casual" to its limits. Neither is seeking romance, but a mischievous moon and a friendly spirit have other ideas.

"Round Table Review" says "Devil Moon is a lovely romance full of whimsy, comedy and bittersweet twists."

A Wedding in Ruby Lake

A Wedding in Ruby Lake

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Humor and realism are alive in the long-awaited sequel to Ruby Lake. Author Sherrill Willis takes us deeper into the lives of the inhabitants of the small town nestled in northern Wisconsin, where long-held secrets and hidden motivations are uncovered.

A Wedding in Ruby Lake finds Sydney Myers and Zeke Greyson planning the perfect wedding, only to receive several unexpected, but not unwanted, houseguests. Illana Garet, Sydney’s city-savvy best friend, decides to come rather unexpectedly as does Zeke’s friend Tyler Shepard. They both arrive just in time to be embroiled into a new threat which proves to be far more dangerous than anyone at first had believed. The attraction between Alex, Zeke’s brother, and Illana deepens and Illana finds it hard to keep her well-maintained defenses in place. Annie “Attila the bun” Greyson is also back, but with a few surprises of her own.

From the meddling ladies at the local coffee shop, the Stay a While, to the machinations of a psychopath, A Wedding in Ruby Lake is full of ups and downs, twists and turns, and a few new characters to get to know. Join the Ruby Lake gang as they find out, mostly the hard way, that sometimes walls need to be torn down in order for a better foundation to be built.

Voodoo Dues (Lian and Figg Book 1)

Voodoo Dues (Lian and Figg Book 1)

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“… light, nerdy, absurdly gory with death count increasing by the hour, but undeniably funny.”
Nocturnal Book Reviews


"Voodoo Dues is a fun, fast paced read, with a lot action, humor, and a little romance."
Tiki – Reader


"Its engaging plot and enticing characters will keep the readers awake even after the book has ended."
Bornean Bookworm Review


From the beginning of Figg’s employment, there is something not quite right about the bar. There are few customers, a parade of neighborhood psychics and pentacle adorned visitors, all coming to hold court with her enigmatic boss. Figg is not sure what is going on, but she is determined to find out!

When the local voodoo queen shows up, and the next morning her grandson ends up dead outside the bar things get interesting.

Figg pesters Lian into telling her the truth about his former life, and is thrust into a world where the things that go bump in the night are real. There’s a murder to solve, zombies to lay to rest and a villain that neither of them saw coming.


“If you’re a fan of Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampires, Laurell K. Hamilton’s early Anita Blake books… you’re going to LOVE Voodoo Dues!"


"It keeps you on the edge of your seat; so what if it's 2:00 AM and I have to get up for work in a few hours, just had to find out how it ended."
Vera Sime – Reader


"Surprising, sexy and fast paced... I couldn't stop reading!"
Alisa Hurkman – Reader

A SHUNNED MAN

A SHUNNED MAN

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One hot day, Sepp Klemens is violently expelled from Heinz Hollow, the isolated religious community where he spent his life. Alone and friendless, he is left with nothing, not even the truth of what happened to him. As he navigates between the sudden end of his old life and the prospect of a remarkable new one, he receives unexpected help. A lonely man, Sepp discovers passion in a shocking way that he never imagined, and finds the gift of love when he is on the verge of giving up hope. Now he has unfinished business and choices to make, but first he must uncover some ugly secrets still lurking back in Heinz Hollow. Those secrets may threaten the promising future that lies before him and endanger people who have no idea that evil has come to their quiet town.

The Fisherman's Son

The Fisherman's Son

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PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

THE FISHERMAN’S SON is a middle grade fantasy novel about the adventures of Wiley O’Mara. On the back of a magical dolphin, the twelve-year-old rescues six boys trapped in an ancient city under the sea. Along the way, he fights both The Beast in the Forest and a Fire Beast guarding the city of old.

REVIEWS

PIERS ANTHONY, author of the Xanth series, the Incarnations of Immortality series, the Adept series, and so much more!
Now I have read The Fisherman's Son. This is a nice children's fantasy, grounded in realism. Even the fantastic element is realistic, in that the dolphin doesn't abridge the rules just for convenience; the right introduction has to be made. It's not all right to make the excuse "I lost the cup because of a bear.”

James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief of the “Midwest Book Review”
The Fisherman’s Son is a delightful and colorfully narrated tale which documents Marilyn Peake as a story teller of considerable narrative skill.

Rebecca Brown, Founder of “RebeccasReads”
The Fisherman’s Son is a complex tale simply written, with fascinating detail & unblinking reality borrowing from legends & sagas deep within our collective memories.

Phillip Tomasso III, “The Best Reviews”
Marilyn Peake has burst onto the scene as a promising writer with the release of her first middle grade novel, The Fisherman’s Son.

…Peake is a talented, creative and passionate storyteller. The Fisherman’s Son is a thought provoking, heart-felt fantasy novel with a twist. It lends itself to great discussion questions to be reviewed with parents, teachers, or friends. Easy to pick up and read, hard to put down.

Beverly J. Rowe, “My Shelf”
The author’s descriptions of the underwater world are exhilarating as Wiley traverses the depths and meets up with wonderful undersea creatures and the fearsome dragon-beast that guards the entrance to the village.

This book would be a great read-aloud project for the whole family.

Tracy Farnsworth, “Roundtable Reviews”
Marilyn Peake launches her debut with a fast paced offering that contains excellent imagery amidst a coming of age story.

The Fisherman’s Son will appeal to readers both young and old.
This relatively quick read is a perfect offering for those who love fantasy.

Sharon Schulz-Elsing, Contributing Editor of “Curled Up With a Good Book”
Marilyn Peake’s first fantasy novel for young readers, The Fisherman’s Son, calls to mind all the mystery and wonder of Orson Scott Card’s earlier mythological works such as Hart’s Hope or Seventh Son in its quest-style tale, and in its evocative descriptions of a place much like early nineteenth-century Ireland comes close to the lush and luminous visual treatment of John Sayles’ magical film The Secret of Roan Innish.

…this children’s debut shines with fear, wonder, triumph and loss. Few readers will be able to resist this tale of a resourceful young boy…

Jennie S. Bev
This first book by author Marilyn Peake shows her tremendous talent in story telling.

In many ways, I found The Fisherman’s Son a strong novel for children.

Cheryl McCann, “Review-Books”
The Fisherman’s Son is a children’s novel filled with fantasy, adventure and the heroic qualities of a brave, young boy. Even though it is considered a children’s book, I certainly enjoyed the rich, descriptive text of this tale. It has wonderful imagination with touches of realism; descriptions of events are rich and put you in the scene, and it has a wonderful plot. I recommend it highly and look forward to the next book.



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PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

THE FISHERMAN’S SON is a middle grade fantasy novel about the adventures of Wiley O’Mara. On the back of a magical dolphin, the twelve-year-old rescues six boys trapped in an ancient city under the sea. Along the way, he fights both The Beast in the Forest and a Fire Beast guarding the city of old.

REVIEWS

PIERS ANTHONY, author of the Xanth series, the Incarnations of Immortality series, the Adept series, and so much more!
Now I have read The Fisherman's Son. This is a nice children's fantasy, grounded in realism. Even the fantastic element is realistic, in that the dolphin doesn't abridge the rules just for convenience; the right introduction has to be made. It's not all right to make the excuse "I lost the cup because of a bear.”

James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief of the “Midwest Book Review”
The Fisherman’s Son is a delightful and colorfully narrated tale which documents Marilyn Peake as a story teller of considerable narrative skill.

Rebecca Brown, Founder of “RebeccasReads”
The Fisherman’s Son is a complex tale simply written, with fascinating detail & unblinking reality borrowing from legends & sagas deep within our collective memories.

Phillip Tomasso III, “The Best Reviews”
Marilyn Peake has burst onto the scene as a promising writer with the release of her first middle grade novel, The Fisherman’s Son.

…Peake is a talented, creative and passionate storyteller. The Fisherman’s Son is a thought provoking, heart-felt fantasy novel with a twist. It lends itself to great discussion questions to be reviewed with parents, teachers, or friends. Easy to pick up and read, hard to put down.

Beverly J. Rowe, “My Shelf”
The author’s descriptions of the underwater world are exhilarating as Wiley traverses the depths and meets up with wonderful undersea creatures and the fearsome dragon-beast that guards the entrance to the village.

This book would be a great read-aloud project for the whole family.

Tracy Farnsworth, “Roundtable Reviews”
Marilyn Peake launches her debut with a fast paced offering that contains excellent imagery amidst a coming of age story.

The Fisherman’s Son will appeal to readers both young and old.
This relatively quick read is a perfect offering for those who love fantasy.

Sharon Schulz-Elsing, Contributing Editor of “Curled Up With a Good Book”
Marilyn Peake’s first fantasy novel for young readers, The Fisherman’s Son, calls to mind all the mystery and wonder of Orson Scott Card’s earlier mythological works such as Hart’s Hope or Seventh Son in its quest-style tale, and in its evocative descriptions of a place much like early nineteenth-century Ireland comes close to the lush and luminous visual treatment of John Sayles’ magical film The Secret of Roan Innish.

…this children’s debut shines with fear, wonder, triumph and loss. Few readers will be able to resist this tale of a resourceful young boy…

Jennie S. Bev
This first book by author Marilyn Peake shows her tremendous talent in story telling.

In many ways, I found The Fisherman’s Son a strong novel for children.

Cheryl McCann, “Review-Books”
The Fisherman’s Son is a children’s novel filled with fantasy, adventure and the heroic qualities of a brave, young boy. Even though it is considered a children’s book, I certainly enjoyed the rich, descriptive text of this tale. It has wonderful imagination with touches of realism; descriptions of events are rich and put you in the scene, and it has a wonderful plot. I recommend it highly and look forward to the next book.




Shaping Destiny: A quest for meaning in art and life

Shaping Destiny: A quest for meaning in art and life

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Powerful. Deeply honest. Intensely personal. This book will change the way you think about art and understand yourself.

Shaping Destiny is about the conflicts between who we were taught to be and who we actually are. It drives to the heart of what it means to be a woman and an artist while it reveals the sources of art that lie hidden in one’s own personal experience.

This powerful and compelling narrative illuminates the creative process, shows us new ways of looking at and talking about art, and demonstrates how making art helps us discover our humanity and determine our lives.

“The closest literary fellow traveler to Shaping Destiny that comes to mind is Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Shaping Destiny puts a finger on some important truths about the interaction between life and art – including the painful and difficult parts – and lays bare those truths with courage and conviction” -- Ted Orland, co-author of the bestselling book Art & Fear

"Allison pulls off a titillating combination of Eat, Pray, Love meets Art & Fear. We easily follow the evolution of her life and art, as she moves harmoniously between heartfelt emotion and mental clarity. The conscious parallels between the relationships in art and life she brings into view in Shaping Destiny click with my own truth that art reflects life and vice versa. Kudos to Allison for originality and brilliance." -- Nancy Reyner, author of the bestselling book Acrylic Revolution

IT WAS ALL A DREAM 2 (THE MONEY TEAM)

IT WAS ALL A DREAM 2 (THE MONEY TEAM)

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Kevin Johnson aka K has had his world turned upside down by a wire transfer scam that drained his bank accounts of hundreds of thousands. Now he is a man with a mission like no other. He puts together a team of hungry hustlers and they go all in on a billionaire abduction spree.With fast paced action and shocking twists with Liza and the elicit Mattie, the second installment of this trilogy keeps it moving where part one left off.

Intentional Stranger

Intentional Stranger

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INTENTIONAL STRANGER

The death of her only child leaves Grace desperate to keep her marriage together. Unable to deal with the pain, she begins seeing a therapist who has her own motives. After getting divorced, she learns her ex-husband is the subject of a FBI money laundering investigation. Grace quickly realizes her marriage was not what it seemed, but has no idea how deep the lies run. Her journey to uncover the truth places her in danger and takes her down a trail she never imagined.

A suspense novella at 23,902 words filled with twists and turns.

Forts Special Edition: Fathers and Sons

Forts Special Edition: Fathers and Sons

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For Tommy Jarvis, life has never been simple - quite the opposite, in fact. It is, however, about to become decidedly more difficult. Moments after stumbling through a doorway to another world, Tommy and his friends discover they are the key to ending a war in which the casualties are too great to count and their chances of survival are almost nonexistent.

After stumbling through a doorway hidden at the base of their tree fort, the brothers find themselves caught in the middle of a war that has raged for years and left behind more causalities than numbers dare count. Along the way they’ll encounter creatures both bizarre and terrifying and find friends in the most unpredictable of places.

Fathers and Sons is the first in a trilogy that follows an unlikely group of children turned heroes and their adventures in a world that has nothing in common with their own, against an army of war mongering creatures led by a tyrant king and a young prince that will stop at nothing to see them dead.

The Forts series continues with Forts: Liars and Thieves, and Forts: Endings and Beginnings



Praise for Fathers and Sons

5 of 5 Stars!

“No one should miss out on this series. It sticks with you long after the final page is turned." - Completelybooksessed

"What you don't expect are those singing moments of poetry, of beauty, and the life lessons woven behind every chapter. Novak isn't just trying to tell you a fantastic adventure story. Novak is trying to teach you something about himself, and, by extension, something about you." - MJ Heiser, Author of Corona

"There are moments along their journey, and even before it starts, where you simply want to cry for these children and what they go through. There are also those moments where you will find yourself cheering them along.” – Moonlitreviews

"Novak skillfully spins his tale in a manner that allows the reader to understand and empathize with his protagonists and keeps the reader engaged in the narrative from the opening paragraph to the final lines.” – UJA Greater Toronto

"What struck me about Fathers and Sons is that each character, hero and villain, human or otherwise, is so clearly drawn (Mr. Novak is an illustrator of exceptional talent)that I was able to connect with them. Family is an important theme in this action-packed story, with both good and bad aspects getting equal share." – James McShane, Author

What They Don't Tell You About Alzheimer's

What They Don't Tell You About Alzheimer's

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An informative memoir about a son taking care of a mother with Alzheimer's Disease. The story is told in a manner that educates and focuses the reader on the insidious nature of adult mental dysfunction, while at the same time offering useful insights and advice on the responsibilities of caregiving.

Alzheimer's and its evil brain-robbing cousins are a scourge that rip our loved ones from us piece by piece. When the disease is firmly in control, there are no silver linings or wonderfully shared moments. At best, we can strive for an approach that will leave us free of missed opportunities and regret.

118 pages.

Promise Me

Promise Me

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After a hasty promise to her dying fiancé jeopardizes the future of his illegitimate child, Lady Leah Sheridan vows to make amends for the gentleman’s lack of honor by personally seeing to his son’s financial needs. When the boy’s heartless mother abandons him, Leah finds herself nearing a disastrous scandal. To make matters worse, her fiancé’s older brother returns to England demanding answers she swore never to divulge.

As soon as the Duke of Chase meets the woman his deceased brother had intended to wed, he is unexpectedly captivated by the lady’s beauty, but he quickly suspects she is hiding a secret, making him more determined than ever to discover the truth behind his brother’s fatal accident.

Will Leah break her promise and confide in the only man who can keep her safe?

Halloween Is For Lovers

Halloween Is For Lovers

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Undying love... the scary kind.

A lovelorn ghost has one halloween night to find the girl he loves, a girl who has the power to bring him back to life.

Hugh and Lily.
Truly, down deep, they’re in love. So what’s the problem? She won’t forgive him for abandoning her at the altar so she’s moving on and marrying a new guy. That and Hugh’s been dead for three years. But this is true love we’re talking about. The Kingdom of the Dead allows ghosts one Halloween night to cross over to the Land of the Living. There’s a legend that love conquers all, even death. If Hugh can get Lily to forgive him and love him again, he just might come back to life. If he fails? There are things far worse than death awaiting him.

Robbie Velez and The Key To Rocket City (The Robbie Velez Series Book 1)

Robbie Velez and The Key To Rocket City (The Robbie Velez Series Book 1)

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Are Robbie's real parents still alive? Dark dreams haunt the high school freshman from the future as he discovers his parents are not who they claim to be. Robbie's memory continues to block anything before his move to the mechanical Rocket City.

Robbie and his newfound friends must survive their first year and discover the truth about a mysterious past that unites them. After the deadly Cyborg War ended with victory for the humans, America is still worried that the new government cannot be trusted to keep them safe or free. Robbie and his friends find out why for themselves.

Emily's Affair

Emily's Affair

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Emily Stafford has fallen into heat and needs it bad. Real bad. After one innocent run-in with her neighbor and his sexier-than-homemade-sin voice at the mailroom in her condominium complex, she had a toe curling… you know. When her second encounter with the object of her lust is just as innocent and has the same result, Emily decides to seize the moment and have herself a hot, no strings attached affair.

Jake Grayden has a plan and it doesn't include 'wham-bam-thank you-sir's. He's made up his mind that Emily is the one for him and he's willing to take as many long, cold showers as is necessary to make her realize that she wants the same thing. But when she overpowers his self-control and her heart begins to beat for him and only him, the race is on for Jake to break down Emily's emotional barriers and show her the fine art of loving… and being loved.

(A novel at ~60,000 words or ~240 pages)

THE INNOCENCE (A Thriller)

THE INNOCENCE (A Thriller)

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Oyster Ridge, the pride of the state, has a problem. Ranking top among the nation for its public schools, parks, and the tourist stop, Oyster Ridge Bay, it is the ideal place for settling into a close community and raising a family. However, trouble lurks beneath the surface in this little town as its children start to disappear. The police, teachers and parents search quietly for answers but when the first body is found the community panics. Who has infiltrated this small town to commit such crimes?

Fool's Journey

Fool's Journey

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Against the rainy backdrop of the Pacific Northwest, surrounded by haunting images and the hidden messages of poetry, a woman must decide: confront the dangers of her past or keep running? Evil has stalked her since birth, but finally she has reasons to stand her ground and fight. With the help of handsome detective Manny Ruiz and his psychic Aunt Rosa, will Deirdre at last prevail? Or will she continue to tread the long haunted trail of the Fool's Journey?
See the trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-Oui1S8VaY

Sex Slave (A short story)

Sex Slave (A short story)

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Tammy Verdell is a thirty-five year old woman who has been married to her husband Joshua for six years. In the beginning things were good but things quickly changed after they said the words 'I do'. The once loving man that she once knew is no longer there. He has been replaced by a mean, abusive, hateful monster! How much can one woman take before she snaps?

BE LOVE - exploring keys to improving your life and the world around you - You are more Powerful than you think (Whispers From Within Series Book 1)

BE LOVE - exploring keys to improving your life and the world around you - You are more Powerful than you think (Whispers From Within Series Book 1)

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BE LOVE – Exploring keys to improving your life and the world around you – You are more Powerful than you think ---offers practical methods to empower yourself. We often look for reasons why things may not go smoothly. In truth,
each person you has great power to impact their own life, the life of those around you and in fact to impact the world. Sounds like quite a domino effect, and it is.

Many self help and spiritual books alike encourage readers to change your words and thoughts in order to create our own experience. Authors like Dr. Wayne Dyer, Don Miguel Ruiz, Robert Collier, Dr. Joseph Murphy, Deepak Chopra, Norman Vincent Peale, Jim Rohn and others have professed the great power of our thoughts.

With practical understanding and explanations BE LOVE, the first book in the Whispers From Within Series, leads you down a path of self discovery. You will uncover the Power of Gratitude, the Power of Silence, the Power of Prayer and Feeling, the Power of Lovingly Accepting Yourself, the Power of the Great “I AM”, the Power of Forgiveness, the Power of Kindness, the Power of Synchronicity, the Power of Non-Judgment, the Power of Trust, the Power of Writing and the Power of Grounding Yourself.

Everything is within your reach when you take time to listen to the whispers from within. Life does not hold us back or limit us, we alone hold ourselves back.

Discover the keys within each chapter of BE LOVE and contemplate the possibilities of employing them. Start simply with utilizing the power of gratitude and then consider layering on some of the other practices that resonate with you in some way. Be Who you Really Are – BE LOVE.

After I Do

After I Do

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After she says ‘I do,’ to Nick, Clio learns that happily-ever-after isn’t guaranteed. Ten years into stale matrimony she is lonely, and longing for an elusive second child.

When her marriage is rocked to its foundations, Clio fights to keep her man and regain her self-esteem. She lands a dream job with Walt, a dazzling Canadian, who rekindles more than just her zest for life. As Clio finds the strength to resist temptation and starts to rebuild her marriage, tragedy strikes. She has to summon all her resources to ensure a happy-ever-after for herself and for her family.

Between England, South Africa and an island off Oman, where will Clio find happiness? And how?

WHY MEN ARE FROM EARTH AND WOMEN ARE NOT FROM VENUS; A Romantic Comedy for Understanding the Alpha Male

WHY MEN ARE FROM EARTH AND WOMEN ARE NOT FROM VENUS; A Romantic Comedy for Understanding the Alpha Male

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Do you feel that it would be advantageous to understand what your "significant other" is thinking? There have been numerous books written by authors such as John Gray, Neil Strauss, Sherry Argov, and Steve Harvey, about the differences between men and women in relationships, however, the romantic comedy "Why Men are from Earth and Women Are Not From Venus; A Romantic Comedy for Understanding the Alpha Male" gives a fresh perspective into the inner workings of the modern relationship. Filled with hilarious real-life scenarios, this indispensable relationship guide lets women see inside the alpha male mind set.

Women will no longer have to turn to their female friends to ask what their alpha male partner is thinking (which, if you think about it, is probably not the best strategy), and men can have a good laugh at the expense of the author as he details all of the "mistakes" he has made in the personal relationship with his wife.

Full of advice, important topics such as:

-Sex,
-Commitment,
-Honesty,
-Money, and
-Effective Communication

are discussed in a humours manner that is engaging for any man or women who wants to understand how the alpha male thinks when it comes to relationships, intimacy, romance, and love. Grab a copy today of this romance book that is a must have for the dating and married couple alike.

Vampire Blues (Lian and Figg Book 2)

Vampire Blues (Lian and Figg Book 2)

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I have yet to find a better combination of the serious and the outright outrageous as the author has managed to capture with this series. -- Jackie Burris

This little novella is a perfect mix of everything a reader loves in an urban fantasy novel but in mini form. -- Naj @ Unputdownable Books


Lian and Figg are still recovering from events that almost destroyed their lives, but when a good friend comes to them with a serious problem, they can't turn him away. Soon, Lian and Figg are neck-deep in local vampire politics and framed for a massacre they had little to do with. On top of that, the local werewolf pack is sniffing around, looking for favors.


You will laugh out loud and you will be turning pages as fast as you can to see what happens next. Fans of Jennifer Estep and Rachel Caine will love this series by Stephany Simmons. -- Kristen @ Seeing Night Reviews

The action comes fast and steady in Vampire Blues. The characters we loved in Voodoo Dues are back and just as quirky as ever. -- Cristina @ Alaskan Book Cafe

Vampire Blues offers not only suspense and wicked thrill, but also an added sexiness that guarantee its readers with a page-turning result. -- Vanessa @ Bornean Bookworm

Pump & Circumstance

Pump & Circumstance

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What if you lived your entire life trying to do things the right way? Regardless of your where you came from, you stayed straight and never went astray. But then comes the day…when your dreams turn into nightmares that just won’t go away. When there might not be a tomorrow… if you don’t act today. When your back’s against the wall and knees too bloody to pray.
What If the lives of your loved ones were depending on you? Would you consider doing things you swore you never would do? Or would you say a prayer, and sit and wait for mountains to move? What if this happened to you? How far would you go…if you had to?

Pump & Circumstance

Meditation: The Gift Inside. How to meditate to quiet your mind, find inner peace and lasting happiness (Letsdoyoga.com Wellness Series)

Meditation: The Gift Inside. How to meditate to quiet your mind, find inner peace and lasting happiness (Letsdoyoga.com Wellness Series)

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Introductory offer includes a free audio of book - see below.

For thousands of years people of faith, ascetics as well as everyday people have practiced meditation to quiet their minds, find inner peace and connect with their spirit.

Whether you are looking for a book on meditation for beginners or you are an experienced meditator wanting to renew your practice you’ll find “Meditation: The Gift Inside” connects you to the heart of the practice.

This meditation book covers:

•How to meditate like a yogi: experience the same meditation techniques that the deepest meditators use.

•Uncover the secrets to quiet your mind; have inner peace even when your outer world may be chaotic.

•Powerful methods to dramatically deepen your meditation.

• How to easily make meditation a part of your daily life and eliminate challenges that may prevent you from practicing regularly.

•Discover how modern scientific research is confirming what the ancient yogis knew about the extraordinary benefits of meditation including: sleeping better, reducing pain, improving mood, extending life, etc.

•Explore the connection between yoga and meditation.

Get a FREE BONUS audio: Download an abridged version of this book when you order this book. A download link is provided on the “About the Author” page in the book.

Meditation: The Gift Inside,” has been written by Howard VanEs, M.A , who has been practicing yoga for over 20 years, is a long time meditator and author of “Beginning Yoga, A Practice Manual”, “Ageless Beauty & Timeless Strength”, the audio CD: “Shavasana/ Deep Relaxation”, and several other yoga related books.

Jeremy's Loss - A Psychological Thriller

Jeremy's Loss - A Psychological Thriller

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From the bestselling author of the Bad Games series, comes a short story of conspiracy and paranoia that will keep you guessing long after the story's end.

TRUTH IS RELATIVE

Medical student Jeremy Marsh has lost his beloved mother in a tragic accident. Just when it seems that his grief may turn into madness, a disfigured man appears and reveals to Jeremy that his mother's death was no accident: She was murdered for unearthing a deadly conspiracy.

Now, if Jeremy wants to stay alive, he must trust this mysterious stranger at all costs and find a way to eliminate the impending threat--before it eliminates him.

This short story also appears in WARPED: A Menapace Collection of Short Horror, Thriller, and Suspense Fiction.

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