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The Girl From Long GuylandThe Girl From Long Guyland
Lara Reznik
MEMOIR MEETS THRILLER: Set against a 1969 psychedelic love-in backdrop, The Girl From Long Guyland is shared through the eyes of Laila Levin when decades later, an unsolved murder pulls her reluctantly into her past. A dramatic collision of then and now -- entwining family, marriage, profession and ethics.

Laila enjoys a successful marriage and a thriving career as an I.T. executive in Austin, Texas, but she can't quite shake her lifelong sense of not truly belonging anywhere.

When her company announces a major layoff, Laila finds herself caught between an unscrupulous CEO and her promiscuous boss. Then news of her college roommate's suicide stirs up a dark secret involving three devious friends from her past. One has betrayed a vow, another wants to rekindle their romance, and the third is out for revenge.

Suddenly for Laila, it's 1969 again. She's only seventeen, and she's left her sheltered home in Long Island for college in Connecticut. Amid protests of the Vietnam War, she's tempted by the sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll that rule her generation. Laila gets swept up in a deceptive love triangle with two older locals and initiated into their unethical hippie family. Too late she realizes her search to belong has led to tragedy.

Laila must now juggle the demands of her perplexed husband and her baby boomer past forcing her to make choices that endanger her survival and challenge her conscience.

She learns that the lines between right and wrong are often blurred, and sometimes you have to risk everything to be true to yourself.

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Delusions of GrandeurDelusions of Grandeur
Jason Najum
“Reads almost like a poem . . . An earnest, soulful book about the world’s woes.” — Kirkus Reviews

A book that asks the big questions facing today's generation

DELUSIONS OF GRANDEUR is part dark and humorous memoir, part relentless cultural critique. How can a people who have so much still feel dissatisfied? How does an educated but jaded society reconcile what they know with what they see happening around them? These and other big questions are examined and updated for today. If you have ever felt that more should be happening – in your life, in this culture we give ourselves to – then this book is for you.

Thousands protesting in the streets of New York. Revolutions across the Middle East. Millions of people plugged into social networks, searching for a connection, longing for a sense of community. This is not the trailer for a movie, not the hook of an epic novel; this is what’s happening today, all around us.

Using a familiar backstory and well-known cultural examples, revisiting our history to better see where we came from, DELUSIONS OF GRANDEUR is a passionate and personal examination of that “something” that is missing in our lives, why this something continues to eat at us, and why we need a different approach to how we deal with it.

In a modern and fast-paced style, a compelling and common sense argument is presented for the next stage in our cultural evolution.

A must-read for anyone who's ever felt sure that there must be more than this



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Great Freebies to Snatch Up Today

by Alana on February 7, 2013



The Main Course: Healthy and Hearty Main Dishes (a Scrumptious Low-Calorie Recipes Cookbook Book 5)The Main Course: Healthy and Hearty Main Dishes (a Scrumptious Low-Calorie Recipes Cookbook Book 5)
Joan Holcomb
The main meal of the day can be filling without a high calorie count. The important components of a good main dish are healthy ingredients, a low calorie count, and a high protein count. Protein is what gives a feeling of fullness, and satisfies hunger.

In this cookbook, I have included main dishes using chicken, beef, and fish, as well as recipes which do not have red meat or fish. All recipes are under 300 calories per serving, and many are well under 300 calories per serving.

Important note: this is not a cookbook with zero calorie (or near-zero calorie) recipes. The very nature of these main dishes and their ingredients mean that the calorie count will never be zero, or even close to it. Those looking for minimal calorie main dishes are advised to seek commercial preparations specifically made for very low calorie diets.

Also, these recipes are not necessarily low-carb. With healthy ingredients such as fat-free milk and vegetables, they often include GOOD carbs.

Disclaimer: The contents of this cookbook may not be construed as a medical diagnosis, treatment, advice, claim, or substitute for a physician's care. Consult a physician or other health care provider before starting a weight loss or exercise program. Joan's results are not typical, and she cannot guarantee you will have the same results. Your results are up to you!

5-Star Reputation Secrets: How to Produce, Protect & Promote a Preeminent Online Reputation for Your Business5-Star Reputation Secrets: How to Produce, Protect & Promote a Preeminent Online Reputation for Your Business
Justen DeForrest
We all love the internet, right? You can do all kinds of great things: connect with friends, research information and buy everything you've ever wanted. The problem with the internet is that anybody can leave your business an anonymous review on sites without any ramifications at all.

Sure, you can file a lawsuit against them, spend thousands on lawyers fees, weeks away from your work, and potentially lose in the process.

Or you can harness the power of your reputation that you have built up with years of blood, sweat & tears.

'5-Star Reputation Secrets: How to Produce, Protect & Promote a Preeminent Online Reputation for Your Business', reveals the most powerful ways to utilize your business' most valuable resource: Reputation.

As a business owner, you are probably overwhelmed with all of the new marketing techniques that are supposed to help your business grow and prosper. In the past, you were able to simply open your doors, place an ad in the Yellow Pages, hire a few sales people, maybe place a few newspaper ads, and you were set. Now you are supposed to add Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Wordpress and a whole bunch of other stuff. Where do you even start?

It’s time to get back to basics by harnessing the power of your business’ reputation.

Think about it, when you chose to spend your money as a consumer, you spend your money on businesses, brands and services that you know, like and trust.



THE TIES THAT BIND (A Kate Stanton Hollywood Mystery Book 2)THE TIES THAT BIND (A Kate Stanton Hollywood Mystery Book 2)
Marta Tandori
“ONCE YOU’VE EXPERIENCED MARTA TANDORI’S WAY WITH LANGUAGE, WITH CHARACTER BUILDING, AND WITH PLOT DEVELOPMENT, THERE IS NO TURNING BACK.” – GRADY HARP, VINE VOICE

“The Kate Stanton Hollywood Mystery Series serves up the perfect mystery reader Cosmo – one part ‘I-didn’t-see-that-coming’ whodunit with a double shot of Hollywood glam.”



Kate Stanton’s former son-in-law, Dr. Eric Devane, is a prominent Beverly Hills doctor who’s now engaged to beautiful Brooke Connelly, only a few years older than his eldest daughter. With the impending arrival of his and Brooke’s baby through a surrogate – who happens to be his eldest daughter’s best friend – Eric’s life has become very complicated, but not nearly as complicated as his fiancée’s past.

Four years ago, Brooke Connelly made the biggest mistake of her life when she betrayed her mobster boyfriend by tipping off the intended victim of his next hit. Her timely intervention had nearly cost Brooke her life after she was beaten and left for dead by her boyfriend in retaliation for her betrayal. In desperation, Brooke turned to one of the most powerful men in Las Vegas for protection – unaware that her arrangement with Clint Staebler was non-negotiable and permanent. Brooke has since relocated to L.A., where she’s the general manager of a popular restaurant and nightclub, both owned by Clint Staebler. With her recent engagement to Eric, Brooke is determined to cut all ties to her past but the cards seem to be stacked against her when Eric finds out about her past relationship with Clint Staebler and demands to know where her loyalties lie. Caught between a murderer and a man who refuses to let her go at all costs, Brooke plays her one trump card in the hopes that it will be enough to sever her ties to her past, once and for all. In this sweeping murder mystery set against the glitzy backdrop of Vegas and the powerhouse that is Hollywood, past mistakes are never forgotten and revenge is what makes it all worthwhile…





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Five Fabulous Freebies Today

by Alana on February 5, 2013

A Stairway To Danger: (Mystery, Action, Suspense) (A Shakertown Adventure Book 1)A Stairway To Danger: (Mystery, Action, Suspense) (A Shakertown Adventure Book 1)
Ben Woodard
An eyeless body. A menacing stranger. And a tangled mystery.
It’s the summer of 1923 and two cousins hunting for hidden gold stumble on an decayed body. Fourteen-year-old Tom Wallace is convinced the death was murder and drags his older cousin into a harrowing struggle against a shadowy group. Not even attempts on their lives can stop the boys from relentlessly pursuing the mystery. But when their curiosity leads them to investigate a derelict barge, what they find is bigger and more dangerous than anything they could have imagined.
A STAIRWAY TO DANGER is a fun-filled thriller with humor and adventure in a Twain-like setting.

Awards
Winner! Orangeberry Hall of Fame Best Young Adult novel for 2013

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The Good Daughter: A Mafia Story (Vista Security Book 1)The Good Daughter: A Mafia Story (Vista Security Book 1)
Diana Layne

Most good daughters would say they owe their fathers everything. Marisa Peruzzo, Mafia princess, would.
She owed him for killing her fiance.
She owed him for destroying her mother.
She owed him for chaining her to the 'family business'.
And she owed him for taking away her lifelong friend.
Payback's a bitch.


***
FBI meets Mafia Princess:

Dave sat up straighter when she entered the bar. Sandro had promised the contact would have useful information and be immediately recognizable, but he never specified male or female. Was this his informant? Carlo Peruzzo's daughter. The Mafia princess herself.

Her gaze scanned the room until she saw him. Though her lips were pressed in a straight line, a sparkle flashed in her eyes as if she knew just how she had shocked him. Dave realized his heart rate had kicked up a few notches when their eyes had locked. His jaw would have dropped if he hadn't been the kind of guy trained not to show his emotions. 

She walked purposefully toward him, making her way through the crowded tables. Black designer jeans hugged nice curvy hips, and her full breasts were covered with a pink plaid, pearl-button western shirt. Interesting color choice. A leather belt wrapped around her waist, and his focus narrowed. Best he could tell the belt was pink, too. And there were some kind of pink jewels inlaid in the buckle.

He hid a smile. The only thing that would complete the color coordination was if she had on-he looked down, yep, pink cowboy boots. Pretty-in-pink cowgirl-Mafia princess. That certainly wasn't an image he expected to see. With her head high, and her gaze fixed on him she seemed unaware-or unaffected-by the attention she garnered. And she certainly got a fair share of stares. He saw more than one man pause with a drink halfway to his mouth, head swiveling to keep track as she walked past.

Dave had never seen the high-and-mighty Mafia daughter in anything other than expensive business suits, with her hair pulled back and her makeup understated, but tonight she wore this chic knock-off cowgirl look well. With her dark wavy hair swinging free around her shoulders, her smooth olive skin glowing, and lips a luscious color of pink to match as well, she could raise the lust level in a saint.

Dave was no saint.
94,000 words, 376 pages
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Each book in the Vista Security Series is stand alone but if you'd like to read in order:

The Good Daughter (Vista Security Origins Book 1)
Trust No One (Vista Security Book 2)
Edge Of Trust (Vista Security Book 3)
Forced To Trust (Coming Soon)
and for fans of The Good Daughter:
Nia, Be Mine (In final edits!)

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From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking GuideFrom Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide
Thomas B. Dowd III
Gold Medal at the 2013 Axiom Business Book Awards,
2013 Honorable Mention at the Paris Book Festival in the "How-to" category


Dizzy head. Pounding heart. Shaking limbs. Sweating body. Shallow breathing. Queasy stomach. These symptoms hold people back from what they really want — SUCCESS. Public speakers of all levels will resonate with the concise methods found in From Fear to Success, an easy-to-read guide to overcome anxiety and relate to any audience on their journey to find their communication confidence.

This practical guide will share concise methods to overcome anxiety, relate to any audience, develop an effective presentation, make your message count, and stir emotion. The tips and techniques are bite-sized nuggets that will resonate with speakers of all levels—from those wanting to survive a speech to professionals needing reinforcement to hone their craft. Building off the fundamentals of public speaking and presentation skills, this guide offers a practicality that will stand the test of time. Readers will see that effective public speaking has more to do with confidence than communication skills. Public speaking is everywhere, not just at a podium, and successful public speaking skills can be developed with easy-to-follow steps. Readers will find that their own success, both personal and professional, is directly related to their ability to communicate effectively. Using personal examples of his triumphs and lessons learned, Tom shares his journey to get past the emotion of fear that has gripped everyone at some time in their lives when they stared into a crowd. The techniques included will build the confidence to not just survive one moment, but teach you to play to your own strengths and enjoy a lifetime of effective communication, strong leadership, and lasting personal relationships. Most people already have the groundwork to be a great public speaker. From Fear to Success maneuvers past your trepidations into a new world of self-assurance to build upon this foundation.





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Five Terrific Freebies Today

by Alana on January 22, 2013

CONTACTCONTACT
AFN CLARKE
This newly expanded edition of AFN Clarke's best selling and controversial memoir CONTACT is a raw, visceral, "no-holds-barred" account of combat from one of the men we paid to kill. When first published it caused a furore for its devastating honesty and chilling revelations. Clarke takes us into the private world of soldiers operating under extreme stress and living each day with their senses on high alert. Where the enemy wears no uniform and shoots from the shadows, and the bomber's trip-wire is an ever-present nightmare. We experience their emotions, fear, courage, humour, bravado and the anguish of death.

In this powerful classic, Clarke vividly recounts his experiences of two tours in Northern Ireland (in Belfast and Crossmaglen) as a Platoon Commander with Britain's elite Parachute Regiment during the blood soaked 1970's. The dangers, political agendas and religious roots underlying the conflict are eerily and heartbreakingly similar to Iraq and Afghanistan today, where soldiers are ordered to hold the lines in an ancient quarrel they have little affinity for, but whose consequences are deadly.

This expanded edition includes a section omitted by the publisher from the original book, where Clarke reveals what it was like to be in his twenties, go to hell and come back having nearly died with half his insides missing, suffering from PTSD and being expected to return to a "normal life". It's a story of the scars of war that affect generations on all sides of a conflict. Of heartache, courage and hope for peace. (Available as an ebook and paperback.)

WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT THE BOOK

"Clarke's tale of his actions in Northern Ireland are eye-opening to this American... like the stories I have heard first-hand from the men who served in Vietnam." Robert, USA 2013.

"The best account we have had of what it is like to serve in Northern Ireland." Richard West, The Times Literary Supplement.

 "A major contribution to our understanding of war and how people act ... Contact is the work of a brave writer." Kevin Toolis, Irish News.

"Contact is one of the best military stories that I have ever read and I recommend it to you in the highest terms; it's a book from a past conflict that has timely and resonant lessons for a present one." Steven McLaughlin, Author of Squaddie: A Soldier's Story. UK 2010.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

CONTACT was reviewed by soldiers who served with Captain Clarke as verification of his recollections. First published in the UK in 1983 by Martin Secker & Warburg, it was serialized for 5 days in The Mirror, and became an instant best seller. In 1984 it was published in paperback by PAN Books, by Schocken Books New York and made into an award-winning BBC TV film. The expanded ebook edition was published in 2012, the paperback in 2014. Readers outside the UK are invited to visit Amazon.co.uk for soldier's reviews and comments.

For readers interested in other books by AFN Clarke, though his latest books "The Orange Moon Affair" and "The Jonas Trust Deception" are thrillers and works of fiction, they do continue a thread established in CONTACT, revealing the inner turmoil of a former soldier who wants nothing more than to forget his past and live a "normal" life but whose circumstances make it difficult to do so.

"CONTACT" - BOOK CATEGORIES 

*Biography and Memoirs of Military People
*Memoirs of a Soldier
*Military Best Sellers
*Biography and True Accounts
*Classic Best Seller
*Books Made Into Film
*Controversial Books
*Leaders and Notable People
*Parachute Regiment
*History of Northern Ireland
*Politics and Philosophy

Dance With A GunfighterDance With A Gunfighter
Joanne Pence
***Best-Selling Western Historical e-Book***
***Willa Cather Literary Award Best Historical Finalist***
Gabriella Devere grows up quickly when she witnesses the murder of her family by a gang of outlaws, and vows to make them pay for their crime. When the law won't help her, she takes matters into her own hands. Jess McLowry left his war-torn Southern home to head West, where he hired out his gun. When he learns what happened to Gabriella's family, and what she plans, he knows a young woman like her will have no chance against the outlaws, and vows to save her the way he couldn't save his own family. But the price of vengeance is high and Gabriella's willingness to sacrifice everything ultimately leads to the book's deadly and startling conclusion.



TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE (A Kate Stanton Hollywood Mystery Book 1)TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE (A Kate Stanton Hollywood Mystery Book 1)
Marta Tandori
“ONCE YOU’VE EXPERIENCED MARTA TANDORI’S WAY WITH LANGUAGE, WITH CHARACTER BUILDING, AND WITH PLOT DEVELOPMENT, THERE IS NO TURNING BACK.” – GRADY HARP, VINE VOICE

“The Kate Stanton Hollywood Mystery Series serves up the perfect mystery reader Cosmo – one part ‘I-didn’t-see-that-coming’ whodunit with a double shot of Hollywood glam.”

A young runaway takes refuge in a makeshift shack under the Hollywood Freeway, forcing the autistic woman in it to find milk for her sickly newborn – a search that ultimately ends in tragedy when the woman is run down by a hit-and-run driver after a violent confrontation with several teenagers. When one of those teenagers, seventeen-year-old Karen Devane, is implicated in the woman’s homicide, the tabloids are quick to exploit the tragedy, thanks to Karen’s recent antics as a spoiled Tinseltown “celebrat” riding on the coattails of her famous grandmother, the legendary Kate Stanton. Complicating matters is the dead woman’s daughter, who’s determined that Karen be held accountable for her mother’s death, even after the charges against Karen are dropped. With tensions between Karen and her family near breaking point and the paparazzi relentlessly hounding her every move, Karen makes a startling discovery which finally puts her on the road to redemption – and links the dead woman to her beloved grandmother.

Karen’s discovery raises a host of troubling questions for Kate, forcing her to revisit the horrors of her past in search of answers. But Kate soon realizes that some questions are better left unasked after a seemingly random shooting leaves her granddaughter fighting for her life and Kate scrambling to stay one step ahead of a killer who’s determined to end her life in order to save his own.

In this sweeping murder mystery based on the novella FORBIDDEN, past mistakes are pitted against bittersweet revenge and family secrets as old as Hollywood and Hitler threaten to destroy one family tainted by a poisonous legacy none of them can ever hope to escape.

BECOMING: The Life & Musings of a Girl PoetBECOMING: The Life & Musings of a Girl Poet
Nadia Brown
BECOMING is an uplifting poetry collection of inspirational poems and articles about living a life of fulfillment. The author draws upon her own experiences, inspirations, and what she feels most passionate about. The poetry in this book is written about various topics; however, its main theme is about utilizing your God-given talents and gifts in such a way that leads to a fulfilling life. It is the follow-up to her to her award-winning poetry book collection, Unscrambled Eggs.





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Witches, Ghosts & Heaven, Oh My!

by Alana on December 30, 2012

Reincarnation (A Catholic and A Witch Trilogy Book 1)Reincarnation (A Catholic and A Witch Trilogy Book 1)
B. Austin, Belinda Vasquez Garcia,
In the fanatical Catholic village of Madrid, New Mexico 11-year-old Salia is dragged by her mother and grandmother to stumble in their dark magical footsteps. Her family turns into fireballs and travels by the spark of a flame to race across the sky like shooting stars. Witch lights the villagers call these illuminations.

There is a portrait in the house at the bottom of Witch Hill. Salia looks out of the picture with haunted eyes. She is pale because her mother pinches her arm, but Salia's grandmother dominates the picture. She is 110 years old but appears to be a teenager, proudly holding out in her hand an ordinary-looking rock, a rare shape-shifting stone, allowing her to bathe like in the fountain of youth, to be immortal while others around her age.

Salia is a half-breed, living on the fringes of society with only coyotes as friends until she meets Marcelina a Catholic girl whose knees are callused by prayer, a girl unafraid to befriend a witch.

As Salia and Marcelina grow to womanhood, they will discover that friendship can be as strong as faith.

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Therapy for Ghosts (The James Women Trilogy Book 1)Therapy for Ghosts (The James Women Trilogy Book 1)
Eric Praschan
Some memories will find you no matter where you hide…

Cindy James is a cognitive behavioral therapist in a quiet Missouri town, but her precisely patterned life spins into chaos when she is besieged by panic attacks. Forced to undergo counseling with a new, peculiar therapist in town, Tony Prost, Cindy defiantly resists both his unnerving charm and the truth behind the haunting images that are unleashing her anxiety.

As Cindy’s memory flashes increase in frequency, she is jolted by the terrible deed her beloved mother committed to gain their freedom from her father. That memory is one clue to the mystery behind her compulsive behaviors: carrying a headless Raggedy Ann doll throughout the five-story mansion in which she lives alone, spot cleaning the mansion’s thirty-one rooms, and crying herself to sleep in an empty red room. Cindy slowly recalls her grandmother’s dominating, divisive presence and a violent history shrouded by years of silence, binding three generations. She soon realizes that the key to her future is buried in her past, but finding the truth means embarking on a harrowing journey back into the heart of her darkest fears.

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