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Saturday, January 11, 2020

Spent Identity Book Blast, Excerpt, and Giveaway

Here's book two of the mystery series from author Marlene M. Bell. Don't miss the excerpt and the associated giveaway. Prize pack includes a $100 Amazon gift card. You have through 1/24 to enter. Good luck.


Annalisse Series, Book 2
Mystery/Suspense
A small amount of Romance 
(not the focal point of the story)
Date Published: 12-11-2019
Publisher: Ewephoric Publishing

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Antiquities appraiser Annalisse Drury drives to her family farm in upstate New York to consult with Aunt Kate about her troubled relationship with Greek tycoon, Alec Zavos. When Annalisse arrives, she learns the beloved farm she expects to inherit is for sale.

That same morning, they find a stranger’s body decaying in the barn. Then her aunt vanishes.

In Spent Identity, Annalisse and Alec join forces for the second time. They must find the mastermind behind her aunt’s abduction before Kate’s health issues worsen. Was the corpse in the barn a coincidence or a warning? The clock ticks for Annalisse to find her aunt and repair what she has left with the man she loves.

Grooming Products For Your Man Giveaway

We have a giveaway with a trio of winners here. Open to continental US residents only, you have through 1/30 to enter. Good luck.

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Friday, January 10, 2020

Free Troop Zero Advanced Screening Passes 1/11 Revere (Boston)

Just found this email today so sorry for the short notice, but if you're interested in getting free passes to an advanced screening of Troop Zero, we have them for 7 pm tomorrow/Saturday evening in Revere at the Showcase Cinemas de Lux Revere. The passes are not guarantees seats, so arrive early in case they place fills up. I've gone to both overflowing crowds, where they had to turn people away, and not so overflowing where you practically had the whole row to yourself.


SYNOPSIS: In rural 1977 Georgia, a misfit girl dreams of life in outer space. When a competition offers her a chance to be recorded on NASA's Golden Record, she recruits a makeshift troop of Birdie Scouts, forging friendships that last a lifetime.
Director: Bert & Bertie
Writers: Lucy Alibar (screenplay), Lucy Alibar
Stars: Mckenna Grace, Allison Janney, Viola Davis
Rated: PG

Daughter of the Sun Book Blast and Giveaway

The genre for this title is a mouthful with Contemporary Mythological Fantasy. Throw in that it is for the young adult market, too. You also get a giveaway that runs thru 2/7. Good luck.

Daughter of the Sun 
Cult of the Cat Book 1 
by Zoe Kalo 
Genre: YA Contemporary Mythological Fantasy


EGYPTOLOGY. MAGIC. MYSTERY. AND CATS, LOTS OF CATS...

Sixteen-year-old Trinity was born during a solar eclipse and left at the doorsteps of a convent along with a torn piece of papyrus covered with ancient symbols. Raised by nuns in the English countryside, she leads a quiet life until she’s whisked away to the Island of Cats and a grandmother she never knew.

But before they can get to know each other, her grandmother dies. All that Trinity has left is a mysterious eye-shaped ring. And a thousand grieving cats. As Trinity tries to solve the enigma of the torn papyrus, she discovers a world of bloody sacrifices and evil curses, and a prophecy that points to her and her new feline abilities.

Unwilling to believe that any of the Egyptian gods could still be alive, Trinity turns to eighteen-year-old Seth and is instantly pulled into a vortex of sensations that forces her to confront her true self—and a horrifying destiny. 

Slave of the Sea Book Blast and Giveaway

Here we have the start of a pirate series by author Dawn Dagger. There is also a giveaway for some great looking swag (see picture below giveaway form). Apparently, the prize pack is worth over $100. You have through 1/25 to enter. Open US only I believe. Good luck.

Slave of the Sea 
The Chronicles of Salt and Blood Book 1 
by Dawn Dagger 
Genre: High Fantasy, Pirates


Levanine’s life as a slave is insignificant. She has always been property; bound to her owner, content to serve quietly where no one can cause her harm. However, when her master sells her to pay a debt, her false safety is shattered, and she finds herself offered as a sex slave on the continent of Dreanis.Fearful and hopeless, Levanine expects the worst to happen. Nothing could prepare her to be suddenly swept onto a pirate ship by an infamous captain whose interests are a mystery to her. Forced to think on her feet, the silent girl must overcome a lifetime of servitude to survive on a ship where everything is trying to destroy her.As sea monsters, mutinies, and ghosts wreak havoc on the ship and its crew, Levanine realizes that she doesn’t have the luxury of simply surviving until they arrive at Avondella, her continent of redemption. Levanine must decide whether she will die the person she has always been, a meek nobody… or will she make a name for herself at sea?

Why Your Marketing Is Killing Your Business Book Blast

Here we have a business / marketing title with a deathly title. Check out the book and don't miss the giveaway for a copy of the ebook. Open worldwide through March 1st. Good luck.

Business / Marketing
Date Published: January 3, 2020

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Do you funnel time, resources, and a significant portion of your budget into every marketing platform you can think of, only to see few results? If so, you’re not alone. This common problem is not only frustrating but the complete opposite of business growth. Marketing that doesn’t convert eats away at revenue, leaving your business stagnant. Let it go on for too long, and you’ll quickly find that marketing has killed your business.

Fortunately, there is a way to turn this problem around and get production back on a growth track. Customers who want what your business offers are out there. To find them, you need the right tools and an understanding of how to leverage them. In Why Your Marketing is Killing Your Business and What to Do About It, expert marketing strategist Minal Sampat shares exactly that, illustrating with real-life examples from over ten years of experience working with businesses in multiple industries.

In this easy-to-read, conversational guide, Minal untangles some of the mysteries of the market, including social media platforms, and shares how a few of her clients have achieved real results such as:
  • reducing their marketing budget by $20,000
  • nearly doubling their customer base
  • gaining thousands of online followers and reviews
  • increasing production by 20% even while experiencing a drop in new customers
  • making social media presence the top source of business referrals
  • Why Your Marketing is Killing Your Business and What to Do About It also includes strategies based on nationwide workshops Minal leads with businesses of all sizes and locations. Just like workshop attendees, business owners can complete these activities and walk away with detailed, custom marketing plans ready for execution.
Your business is more than just your livelihood: it is your passion, your inspiration, and your contribution to the community around you. Your customers recognize this, but only if you are visible and authentic. If you’re ready to start connecting with your ideal customers to launch your business growth pattern, Why Your Marketing is Killing Your Business and What to Do About It has everything you need to begin the journey.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

$680K 10-Year Anniversary nextX Sweepstakes

Yes, you read that title right. As loanDepot begins its second decade, CEO and Founder Anthony Hsieh announced the Company will celebrate with a special thank you—paying off one lucky customer AND one employee's mortgage. The giveaway, known as the nextX Mortgage Sweepstakes, will run through November 2020 and will feature $680,000 in total prizes. The consumer sweepstakes will feature nine monthly $10,000 prizes and one $250,000 grand prize to pay off or purchase a new home.

Black Heart Boys' Choir Book Blast and Giveaway

Check out the latest horror novel by author Curtis M. Lawson. Then, be sure to enter the giveaway for a $25 Amazon gift card. Open worldwide, you have thru 2/9 to enter. Good luck. 

Black Heart Boys' Choir 
by Curtis M. Lawson 
Genre: Horror


Great art demands sacrifice.
Lucien Beaumont is a teenage misfit and musical prodigy ostracized by his peers and haunted by familial tragedy. When he discovers an unfinished song composed by his dead father—a song that holds terrible power—Lucien becomes obsessed. As he chases after the secret nature of his father's music, the line between gruesome fantasy and real life violence begins to blur.
To complete his father's work Lucien believes that he and his group of outcast friends must appease a demonic force trapped within the music with increasingly sadistic offerings. As things spiral out of control he finds that the cost of his art will be the lives of everyone around him, and perhaps his very soul. 

A Drummer in Red Book Blast

Here's what looks like an interesting historical fiction title for the young adult audience. Maybe the child reader will learn something from the book. I can hope.

YA Historical Fiction
Published Date: 1-8-20
Publisher: INtense Publications LLC

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Lewis Elliot and his mother, Stella, are forced to flee their Baltimore home for the modest farm of their cousins in Gloucester County, Virginia. They arrive just as the feared Lord Cornwallis and the hated Colonel Banastre Carleton take up residence in Gloucester Point and across the York River in Yorktown. The war heats up as Cornwallis fortifies Yorktown and Carleton begins foraging raids in Gloucester County.

Then, while Lewis and his cousins, Lloyd and Tetty, are off to Gloucester Courthouse to try to sell enough tobacco to provide for the family, Carleton raids the farm and Stella receives a life-threatening injury.

Through battle, betrayal, unexpected alliances, and, apparently, the Hand of God, Lewis and his cousins and friends take a role in the events leading to Cornwallis’s surrender on October 19, 1781, after the last major battle of the Revolutionary War.

The Occult Persuasion and the Anarchist's Solution Book Blast and Giveaway

I wouldn't have guessed humorous thriller from the cover but that's what you get here. There is also a giveaway for an Amazon gift card. Open worldwide, you have through 2/3 to enter. Good luck.

The Occult Persuasion and the Anarchist's Solution
by Lisa de Nikolits
Genre: Humorous Thriller 

Publisher: Inanna Poetry and Fiction Series
Publication Date: September 30, 2019


The Occult Persuasion and the Anarchist’s Solution is about a couple experiencing a crisis. The husband, Lyndon, loses his job as editor of a financial magazine. Neither are happy with aging. Lyndon has gotten by with charm and frozen emotions. The wife, Margaux, has no idea how angry she is with him for his detachment. It is her idea to sell the house and just travel. But he is not coping well with retirement, so he simply walks off a ferry in Australia and leaves her. He steals a cat (well, he steals an expensive SUV that happens to have a cat onboard) and he flees Sydney, ending up in Apollo Bay, a few hours south-west of Melbourne, where he falls in with a group of anarchists and punk rockers in a tattoo parlour, planning revolution. 

Meanwhile, Margaux sits tight in Sydney with no idea of where her husband might be or what happened. She moves into the red-light Kings Cross area, befriending the owner of the hostel, a seventy-year-old ex-cop drag queen from Saint John, New Brunswick, and waits to hear from her husband. 

When she learns that her husband is fine, she is consumed by wrath and she invokes the angry spirit of an evil nurse, a key player in the terrible Chelmsworth sleep therapy in which many patients died (historical fact). While Lyndon gets in touch with his original career ambition to become an artist and wrestles with anarchism versus capitalism, Margaux learns to deal with her rage. 

A serio-comedic thriller about a couple who embark on an unintentionally life-changing around-the-world adventure, The Occult Persuasion and the Anarchist’s Solution is about the meaning of life, healing from old wounds, romantic love at all ages, and how love and passion can make a difference, at any age. 

Counting on Trust Book Blast and Giveaway

Check out the latest suspense novel from author M. Ferguson Powers. Along with the book info is a giveaway for an ebook/audio book copy. Open worldwide you have through 2/6. Good luck.

Mystery  / Suspense
Publication date: Print and ebook, May 2017. Audiobook, November 2019

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In this suspense-charged, touching novel, Counting on Trust, information is stolen from a U.S. genetic engineering company (Omniprotein) by an employee promised payment by a Chinese general who wants to profit from selling the company’s technologies in the military region of China he commands.

To force quick payment the thief attacks fellow employees and threatens to continue until his money arrives. Will his next targets be: young lovers, computer geek Gabriel and gorgeous biologist Selena, who are discovering loving sex while trying to overcome post-traumatic effects of Selena’s girlhood rape.
Company president, Eleanor, who’s determined to keep some privacy and intimacy although her job’s high profile and her husband, Charley, has just had prostate cancer surgery.
Venture capitalist, John, who plans to duplicate Omniprotein’s facility in China and reunite with his ex-wife, fashion designer Ziyi, who returned to Shanghai after their only child died.
The personal stories of these couples explore how privacy, intimacy and trust are changing in our social-media age. They paint a compelling portrait of our time.

Winter Wonder Family Night Giveaway

Ovation Brands’ portfolio of restaurants - Old Country Buffet, Ryan’s, and Hometown Buffet - and Furr’s Fresh Buffet are rolling out a new Winter Wonder Family Nights series where kids explore the coolest season of the year.

The latest program kicks off on January 9 and spotlights the magic of the season, from natural wonders that occur only during winter, how animals and plants adapt to the season, popular characters associated with the colder months, and more. Between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., kids may participate in different interactive and educational activities in Buffets, LLC Brands’ restaurants and Furr’s Fresh Buffet locations. PLUS, kids eat for $1.99 from 4 p.m. to close with the purchase of a regular-priced adult or senior meal.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Holistic Beauty Choices Giveaway

How about trying to win this great combo pack of face care products. Open to continental US residents only, you have through 1/29 to enter. Good luck.
Holistic Beauty Choices Giveaway

Welcome to the Holistic Beauty Choices Giveaway!

1 Winner

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Once in a Lifetime Opportunity Book Blast and Giveaway

Do you find it interesting that anyone can write their memoir these days? Technically speaking, anyone can do it before, too, but they're so much more accessible these days. Along with the book info is a giveaway for an Amazon gift card. Open worldwide, you have through 2/6 to enter. Good luck.

Once in a Lifetime Opportunity 
by Jessica Hardy as told to Lizzie Ashworth 
Genre: Memoir
Publication Date: November 4, 2019


In the mid-20th century, an entire generation of women found themselves caught up in a revolution. Young women tossed aside society’s rules that had governed women with an iron hand for hundreds of years. Suddenly women had agency, the right to their own identity. And their own sexual adventures. The story of Jessica Hardy and her seven-year marriage to Parker Grant brings that enormous cultural shift down to the personal level. As she enters college in 1966, Jessica is desperate to break out of her strict upbringing. Parker is her salvation, a graduating senior who becomes the love of her life. Newly married, they immerse in Parker’s duties as an air force officer and a world of their own making—nights in Las Vegas, windy Pacific beaches, and long summer days in the Philippine Islands. Slowly, with Parker’s encouragement, Jessica gains self-confidence and a sense of herself. But Jessica has a problem. She wants more. More knowledge, more experience, autonomy. Leaving no stone unturned, Jess breaks one rule after another—illegal abortion, drugs, one man then another, even time in jail. It’s an unexpected spiritual awakening that opens the door to the rest of her life. Once in a Lifetime Opportunity reveals this tumultuous time in a gut-wrenching portrayal of a woman determined to find her own way and the man who loved her. 

Cubbyhole Kit Cover Reveal

Here we have another biography, this time targeted towards the teen / young adult audience. This one came out last November. First book from this author. Enjoy.
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Teen / YA Biography, Memoirs
Date Published: November 2019
Publisher: Page Publishing

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Cubbyhole Kid is a heartrending true story of dysfunction and abuse in a California family in mid-1960s.

It tells the harrowing survival story of a young four-year-old boy as he recounts his days being raised in a strict Irish Catholic family while expressing his gratitude and love for two incredible women that saved his life—his protective fourteen-year-old sister, his godmother, and his beautiful, religious mother. Together, along with his other siblings, his brothers, they painfully navigated their abusive, alcoholic, ex-military father through the mid-1960s, Los Angeles. While dealing with a severe childhood anxiety, suicidal depression, physical and learning disabilities at such a young age, the boy traveled inside the cubbyhole, a small, two-by-four middle section of the family station wagon, unexpectedly experiencing his World War II veteran father’s life-threatening road rage.

With the fear of death always looming, the boy witnessed his father’s all too familiar, unpredictable violence, explosive temperament, and heavy drinking during our country’s escalating involvement in the Vietnam War, the hippie cultural movement, riots in the streets, and arguably the heyday of rock-and-roll music.

The story describes the boy’s fond memories and relationship with his older sister, who bravely kept him shielded from their father’s harsh punishments and became like a second mother to him. While he experienced the beauty of life outside the home during his sister’s “coming-of-age” teenage years, along with her friends who were part of the youth cultural shift that seemingly took place overnight. The nightly demonstration of violence and abuse, coupled with his father’s unwillingness to accept the generational changes taking place with society’s youth, and his mother’s unexpected illness, would seem too much and test the young boy’s faith.

Catalyst Cover Reveal

Here we have a sci-fi story for young adults from author Tracy Richardson. The cover was actually designed by her son. The book comes out in June but you can order now if you like.

The cover was designed by my son, Alex Katsaropoulos of the band Verluna
Instagram @verlunamusic and @xanderkats
Young Adult Science Fiction
Date to be Published: June 2, 2020

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Marcie Horton has a sixth sense. Not in the “I see dead people” way, but . . . well, maybe a little. She feels a sort of knowing about certain things that can’t be explained—an intuition that goes beyond the normal. Then there was that one summer four years ago, when she connected with a long-departed spirit . . . But nothing that incredible has happened to Marcie since.

This summer, Marcie is spending time working at Angel Mounds, the archaeological dig her mother heads, along with her brother, Eric, and his girlfriend, Renee. The dig is the site of an ancient indigenous civilization, and things immediately shift into the paranormal when Marcie and her dig teammates meet Lorraine and Zeke. The two mysterious dig assistants reveal their abilities to access the Universal Energy Field with their minds—something Marcie knows only vaguely that her brother has also had experience with. Marcie learns how our planet will disintegrate if action is not taken, and she and her team must decide if they are brave enough to help Lorraine and Zeke in their plan to save Mother Earth, her resources, and her history.

It looks like the summer just got a lot more interesting.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Organize Your Beauty Products Giveaway

Here's one giveaway prize that is definitely NOT for me. Open to continental US residents only, you have through 1/28 to enter. Good luck.

Organize Your Beauty Products Giveaway

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Monday, January 6, 2020

Try New Things Giveaway

Here we have a giveaway that will have three winners. Open to US residents only, you have through 2/18 to enter. Good luck.

Try New Things Giveaway (3 Winners ~ Ends 2/18) @PicklefishP @HomeJobsByMom #LOVE20

Try New things giveaway

Welcome to the Try New Things Giveaway!

This giveaway is part of our Valentine’s Day Gift Guide. Stop by to see all the great giveaways and products!

Sabine Mielke's beautiful, stylized illustrations accompany JTK Belle's rhyming, laugh-out-loud text, in this charming, relatable, story with a timeless message about the importance of trying new things.

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3 Winners

Prize:

A Briefcase For Anyone Giveaway

Did you know that anyone could win a briefcase here? Well, anyone in the continental US who is 18+. You have through 1/27 to enter. Good luck.
A Briefcase For Anyone Giveaway

Welcome to the A Briefcase For Anyone Giveaway!

1 Winner

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Humor that Works Book Blast

I received my Bachelor's degree from Northeastern University. Since leaving, they've changed the program where new students now have to take an Improv class before they can graduate. Not something I would have enjoyed doing if I were just starting out. With that in mind, check out the self-help book from author Andrew Tarvin. Enjoy.

The Missing Skill for Success and Happiness at Work
Self-Help, Personal Development
Published: April 2019
Publisher: Page Two

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If you want to increase team productivity, relieve stress, and be happier at work, you could hire a bunch of workplace consultants, invest in scream therapy, and put Pharrell Williams on repeat—or you could just read Humor That Works.

Written by Andrew Tarvin, the world’s first Humor Engineer, this a business book on humor. No, that’s not an oxymoron. It really is a business book and it really is about getting better results by having more fun. Because people who use humor in the workplace are more productive, less stressed, and happier. No joke; sources included.

The goal is not to make you funnier—though that may be a side effect—but to make you effective-er. You’ll learn to develop a personal humor habit that’s not about spitting wisecracks or telling the funniest stories, but a way of seeing work in an energizing new way. You’ll build on some of the most important business skills for today’s work environment, develop techniques for leveraging humor, and take action to improve your work immediately. And you’ll have fun doing it.

There will be stories about grandmas who text, multiple mentions of milkshakes, and exactly seven references to zombies. Oh, and there will be puns. (You’ve been warned.) Looking for success and happiness at work? Discover the missing skill of Humor That Works.