Why does your tummy ache? Why does it make noises? What happens in your stomach after you eat? Why should you eat slowly?
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Sunday, October 25, 2020
E. M. (Eva Marie) Power, was born and lived for the first nine-years of her life on the Island of Guam.
She was adopted at birth and raised by a single Guamanian woman,
Alfonsina Manyanona Duenas from the Southern Village of Talofofo, Guam. E. M. (Eva Marie) Power moved stateside to Southern California
at the age of nine and it is where she currently resides. She is the
mother of six children and the grandmother of four. Just like she
describes in this book, if ever in a Lions’ Den (life trial) she will
always choose Faith!
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Welcome to My Bookish Pleasures. We would love to get to know you and your book! When did you begin writing?
I began writing this book about a week after my official last day of work due to a layoff because of the pandemic.
Describe your writing process. When and where do you write?
I wrote this book on my laptop at my dining room table. I am a single fulltime mother of three young children, so I would do most of my writing after they went to sleep. I have since gotten an office desk and chair. I write from there now.
Can you tell us about your most recent release?
This book, “My Lions’ Den,” is my first, only and most recent release.
How did you get the idea for the book?
I was compelled to write this story. Honestly, it wasn’t my idea. Personally, I would not have chosen to write this autobiographical book if ever. I certainly, wouldn’t have made it my first piece of work. I prayed about it and this was what I was instructed to write.
What was the most challenging aspect of writing your book?
The most challenging aspect was being a first time author and not knowing the process. Also, I had not realized how many times I would have to read this book. I am certain I have read it at least 15 times during the process.
Do you find it easier to write nonfiction?
Absolutely! A nonfiction book is already written. It just needs to be typed into a word document.
Do you have plans to write fiction?
HECK YEAH! I cannot wait to write fiction books. I am even going to challenge myself to write all different genres.
What projects are you currently working on?
I am currently working on my first fiction book. It will be a Crime Mystery
What advice would you offer to new or aspiring nonfiction authors?
I would say, don’t overthink it or even give it much thought. You will revise and think about it enough in the process. Just start to write it. It will take on a life of its’ own!
This is my personal story of my trial with Domestic Abuse. This book was not intended to sensationalize Domestic Abuse. It is not to portray my abuser in a bad light or as an enemy. Abuse has no prejudices. Abuse may occur no matter a person’s religion, non-religion, race, economic income level, profession, culture, gender, or age. Abuse may happen at any time and to anyone. Yes, that means you too. If you think you would never be the victim of abuse, you risk being gravely mistaken (pun intended). Domestic Abuse may take place within any relationship type. There is no formula, medicine, vaccine, proven theory, amount of therapy, answer or cure. The abuser is not always someone that had ever been a victim themselves. The abuser is not always someone that has witnessed violence or abuse. By sharing my personal story, I hope to give you a better understanding of abuse in order to prevent this life trial to be your story too.
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Tuesday, October 20, 2020
OUR FRIENDSHIP MATTERS
Kimberley B. Jones
Rhetoric Askew Publishing, LLC
Two teenage friends, Sasha and Leah, live a comfortable life in the affluent St. Louis suburbs. They attend a well-established private Christian academy and the only thing on their mind as they enter their senior year is graduation and their senior prom. When tragedy strikes, however, the best friends are torn apart because of social tensions, ignorance, miscommunications, and fear.
Our Friendship Matters reveals a fictional story mirroring real-life cultural tensions and racial injustice – a young black boy, Mitchell, is mistaken for someone else and tragically killed by police. Tensions rise among the community, citizens are angry. One night, while Sasha is out, she sees her old childhood friend protesting the death of Mitchell. Curious about him and wondering if there is anything, she could do to become involved, Sasha talks to her friends about it. Sasha’s white friends are not interested in getting involved and her parents forbid her from taking part. Sasha’s makes a momentous decision to go against all the advice she is given and joins her old friends in protest. The fight for justice in Mitchell’s name causes a rift in her relationships.
An argument with Leah drives a wedge between them and leads Leah to take the opposite viewpoint, taking sides with those who are supporting different viewpoints, while Sasha’s boyfriend is jealous of the time she is spending with her old friends, he breaks off their relationship. The girlfriends, one black and one white, are unaware of an escalating war between the groups they support, and chaos and fear continue—lines are drawn and sides are chosen.
Our Friendship Matters is a beautifully thoughtful coming-of-age story about two friends who are forced to take a deeper look at their culture through different angles. The easy-to-read story is full of drama, well-rounded characters and a positive narrative that will engage readers of all ages
As I pulled up into Ricardo’s driveway, Victoria and two other girls who attended Eastview were standing there holding signs that said, “Justice for Mitchell.” I was sweating more than ever. Scared of both the police and the girls I didn’t even know who were going to be getting into my car.
“I didn’t know you were doing signs. I would’ve made me one.”
Ricardo and some guys were busy placing things in the car's trunk.
“Are you okay? The time is now,” said Ricardo.
“I’m ready but a little nervous, too.”
“You shouldn’t be nervous. All we are going to do is go downtown and making a statement that we want justice. Once we are done, we’ll come back home. I won’t let anything happen to you but, if something breaks out, I need you to look for Victoria and get in your car and go home. And if something happens to me, I need you to look for Victoria then go to my house and warn my peeps.”
As the girls got into my car, Victoria told me I could march, and chant the same thing they were planning on saying.
I was missing Leah. This could have been a positive moment that we could’ve shared together. I was still hoping she would come to her senses and realize that our fight from our disagreement was all crazy.
We arrived downtown, and I parked in the garage.
“Why didn’t you park on the streets?” Victoria said.
“My parents always told me to park in the garage so nothing would happen to my car.”
She laughed at me and said, “Well, you are driving a Mercedes. I would do the same if I had an expensive car.”
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Kimberley B. Jones is a small country girl from St. George, SC. She followed her heart in college writing children books. Recently she decided to challenge herself and branch off to novels. She is your typical nomad who moves from place to place. Not by choice, but her husband serves in the military. She has a bachelors and masters in early childhood education. Kimberley is represented by Rhetaskew Publishing company and is best known for her debut novel, Our Friendship Matters. When she is not writing, she is either thinking of another topic or reading. She loves writing, it gives her a chance to escape into another human character and express herself, other than being your typical mother and wife. If you don’t want to be on her bad side, then she needs her white chocolate mocha every morning. Some days Folgers breakfast blend coffee is okay.
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
THE WICKED CRIES WOLF
Romantic Suspense / Thriller
In the shadow of Alaska’s Chugach Mountains, a darkness lurks and threatens a quiet coastal village in The Wicked Cries Wolf, the third book in the Kyndall Family Thriller series.
A woman desperate for solitude. A man with an enemy he can’t see. A dangerous game neither wants to play.
International bestselling author Meaghan Ryers has gained wealth, success, and fame . . . and all she wants is to be left alone. When her sister suggests she escape to someplace quiet where no one will find her, Meaghan picks a spot on the map and heads for Alaska.
Sheriff Donovan Kyndall of Stewart’s Crossing, Alaska, arrives at the scene of a car fire after receiving a mysterious call. He doesn’t expect a woman from out of town to be at the scene, begging him to believe someone was killed. As clues into the fire emerge, Donovan has to ask himself how she’s connected and how a caller knows details from his own tragic past.
As the truth is revealed, Donovan and Meaghan are entangled in a puzzle of lies, treachery, and clues they must decode if they are to survive.
“The Dragon’s Staircase is a mind boggling adventure that will keep you guessing until the last page." – Night Owl Reviews, Top Pick
"Holy smokes! This is one suspenseful, anxiety-ridden, skin-crawling tale of murder, mystery, and psychological creepiness. Looking for a hard-to-figure-out mystery with a side order of nail biting? Then look no further!" – InD'tale Magazine on The Dragon's Staircase
“McKenna Grey & Everly Archard, I loved this book! I was captured, terrorized, thrilled, and couldn’t put it down. I loved the first book in the Kyndall Family Thrillers, “The Dragon’s Staircase”, and this one ... well I read it in one day! I love all the Kyndall family characters and their love and protectiveness towards each other. Your mix of romance and thriller really is astounding! I cannot wait for book number three about Donovan Kyndall to come out.” —Kindle Reviewer on Shadow of the Forgotten
“I was literally at the edge of my seat. The suspense level is amazing.”
—Donna McBroom-Theriot, My Life, One Story at a Time
“I’m amazed at how smooth these two authors have combined their talents into one fabulous story." –Linda Thompson, Host of www.TheAuthorsShow.com
“THE DRAGON’S STAIRCASE by McKenna Grey and Everly Archard is romantic suspense full of thrills and spine-tingling moments. The twist at the end is as unexpected as it is disconcerting . . . the story keeps you guessing at every turn. This is a great start to a series that promises to be full of wonderful surprises."
— Readers’ Favorite
"LOVED! LOVED! LOVED Shadow of the Forgotten, written by McKenna Grey and Everly Archard. A suspenseful story that makes you feel excited or anxious about what is going to happen next. It starts with fast action and it keeps going on until the very end. You won’t be disappointed! These authors have nicely woven endearing characters into a wilderness background that adds a touch of mystery. It's gripping from the start to finish.” —Nicole Laverdure on Shadow of the Forgotten
“Beware, this new series is highly addictive! It’s suspenseful, mysterious, and riveting! You won’t want to miss it!" —Nicole Laverdure on “Blade of Death”
"A well written story and well developed characters . . . give the reader an exciting ride of investigation and the gentleness of a protective loving relationship."
—Lyn Ehley, Book Reviewer
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All titles in this series can be read as stand-alone books.
“Blade of Death” – Short Story Prequel
The Dragon’s Staircase – Book One
Shadow of the Forgotten – Book Two
The Wicked Cries Wolf - Book Three
Fire snaked into his lungs. Suffocating. Debilitating. He couldn’t breathe, his body immobile. He clawed at the air, at the coarse rope binding his feet, at everything his hands managed to reach. Why were his hands free?
Is this how someone feels when they burn?
Helios promised him there would be consequences. It had only been one more fire, one more kill. He had craved it more than he feared Helios’s warning.
One more mistake.
Smoke curled upward from the flames, dancing up the walls in a seductive swirl of lights and sound. The crackling of gunshots echoed somewhere beyond the steel door.
No chance of escape.
He didn’t deserve to die this way. His scream lodged deep in his lungs, so deep it burned his insides. A round of hacking coughs escaped his scorched lips. He desperately wanted water or a beer. Yes, when he got out of this—if he made it—he’d down a whole six-pack of Bud Light and thank whatever powers that be for his salvation.
I’ll be good. If you let me live, God, I’ll be good forever.
Did he hear his name coming back to him from the darkness beyond the flames? Yes, but from where, exactly?
It’s only in my head. No. No, no, no!
He heard shouts, or was fear mocking him? He yanked at the ropes around his ankles and brought away flesh covered in his own blood. Why couldn’t he move?
The door pounded. No, someone pounded on the door. The blaze caressed the floor around him, moving closer with a lover’s passion, inch by inch. He heard the loud crash this time and was certain someone stood on the other side of the door. A gust of air whooshed into the room and the fire found new life. It tormented him, licked his skin. A scream escaped, louder now because of the burn. Two strong bodies in masks lifted him away from the center of the inferno. His eyes remained opened, even as the sensation of floating carried him away from the chamber. He’d promised to be good and he would be. No man or woman or creature walking the earth could claim to be so good as he from this moment on and into forever.
Darkness consumed his whispered thanks while a cacophony of sirens trumpeted his fall into oblivion.
McKenna Grey is the contemporary alter-ego of an award-winning, historical romance author. She writes romantic suspense, including the Kyndall Family series, and heartwarming, small-town romance to break up the murder and mayhem. She enjoys a quiet life in the northern Rocky Mountains.
McKenna Grey is giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card!
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- By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
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- This giveaway ends midnight October 30.
- Winner will be contacted via email on November 1.
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