Thursday, April 18, 2019

Book Blast: Trinities to Enneagrams by Allen David Young - Win a $25 Gift Card


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Title: Trinities to Enneagrams
Author: Allen David Young
Publisher: XLibrisUS
Genre: Mind, Body, Spirit/Supernatrual
Format: Ebook

As a spiritual tool and system of personality types, the new directions of the enneagram presented in this work give a clear understanding of ourselves and those who are important to us. The trinity forces within the enneagram are explained in ways that can greatly benefit people in the personal, interpersonal, and social spheres of human existence. The creation of enneagram signs is adapted from the twelve astrology signs. While enneagram types describe one’s egocentric personality, enneagram signs are given by the cosmos at birth; they are one of a kind and reveal one’s soul-centered personality. With the addition of nine signs and stages of development through the life cycle, the enneagram becomes a system in motion and reveals more of its insights. With the addition of nine enneagram letter groups from the alphabet, you can understand what the trinity and enneagram says about the personality of your name.

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Meet the Author:
Both of my parents moved to Berkeley from Louisiana to Berkeley, California where I was born, raised, and educated from grade school through my degrees along the way were in math, business, education, and consciousness studies. After my first 10-year career as a university professor, I spent the next six years immersed in the study of Jungian Psychology, dream work, clairvoyant development training, and occult tools. For more than three decades I have been self-employed as an intuitive counselor with over 500 clients, and for the past decade I have also served as a Centers for Spiritual Living minister.


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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Straight from the Mouth of Dr. Randy Overbeck, Author of 'Blood on the Chesapeake'


When you ask a successful author—even using the word success here loosely—to reflect on what it took to reach the pinnacle, they will usually give you the good stuff. You know, the sterling reviews, the excitement of that book signing, the enthusiastic response of readers.
I’m no different. I’ve been thrilled by the early response to my new novel, Blood on the

Chesapeake. Early reviewers have been kind and even effuse in their praise. (Blood on the Chesapeake is a tale to be savored in a darkened room, with an eye to all the possibilities lurking just out of sight.”—William Kent Krueger, Edgar Award winner and best-selling author of Ordinary Grace) And I can’t wait for the first book signing to look across at an excited reader and ask, “Who should I make this out to?”
 But that only tells one part of the story.
When asked, I usually leave out the soul-crushing responses I received from almost 100 (count them) agents, who politely, or not so politely, turned down the manuscript, after I meticulously researched them, selected them and sent them a carefully scripted query. (Not to mention the agents who never even bothered to acknowledge my query or send a “no thanks.”) I’m usually too embarrassed to mention the several writing conferences I attended—and the money and time invested—in hopes of talking with an agent, face to face, who might recognize the possibilities of my new novel. I also don’t usually bother explaining about the numerous agents (fifteen, maybe) who asked for partial or complete manuscripts, only to have NONE do anything with it. “I really liked your manuscript and believe it has potential, but I’m just not in love with it, so I’m passing.”) Give me a break.
I’ll also leave out the funds I put out for an editor to review my manuscript with the hope of “fixing” it so it will be closer to what “they” are looking for. And I certainly do not tell them about the “Query Conference” I attended in New York City in the frigid cold—which boasts that one-third of participants secure an agent by the conclusion—only to have to admit I wasn’t in that hallowed number.
Still, with the launch of Blood on the Chesapeake, published by a small, but formidable press, The Wild Rose Press, set for this month, I’d say the struggles have been worth it. When I’m sitting at the book signing, autographing copies for some excited readers, I probably won’t be thinking of all the trials then. That doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten. Even if my Blood on the Chesapeake does have some success, I’ll know I have to climb that proverbial mountain all over again to get the next one to print. Maybe, I’m a glutton for punishment, but I’ll probably stick my shoulder against the boulder, ala Sisyphus, and start pushing all over again.

Dr. Randy Overbeck is a writer, educator, researcher and speaker in much demand. During his three plus decades of educational experience, he has performed many of the roles depicted in his writing with responsibilities ranging from coach and yearbook advisor to principal and superintendent. His new ghost story/mystery, Blood on the Chesapeake, will be released on April 10, 2019 by The Wild Rose Press. As the title suggests, the novel is set on the famous Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, home to endless shorelines, incredible sunsets and some of the best sailing in the world. Blood is first in a new series of paranormal mysteries, The Haunted Shores Mysteries. Dr. Overbeck’s first novel, Leave No Child Behind, a thriller about the terrorist takeover of a Midwest high school and one teacher’s stand against the intruders, won the 2011 Silver Award for Thrillers from Dr. Dr. Overbeck is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and an active member of the literary community. You can follow him on Twitter @OverbeckRandy, friend him on Facebook at Author Randy Overbeck or check out his webpage,

Monday, April 15, 2019

Straight From the Mouth of Karen Carew Oakes, Author of 'Drewsilla: The Shelter Puppy'

It’s Never Too Late
By Karen Carew Oakes
I  believed Drewsilla the Shelter Puppy was a good story and I wanted to tell it.
This book was my baby. I had written it and then wasn’t sure where to go from there. I really didn’t know what to do next. I thought should I try sending it out and see what happens? Well a chance encounter with an established local writer influenced my decision to go forward in the publishing process. This author was celebrating the release of her new book. I told her that I had written some childrens stories. She was great and we spoke for quite some time. She suggested self-publishing. I had never heard the term.  She gave me the name of someone to contact that could give me more information. That chance meeting really changed my life. I went home that night and dug out all my stories.
I was so excited by the concept of publishing. It had been my dream.
The original stories I had written 20 years ago.  In retrospect I think they were ahead of their time. These stories are so pertinent now. These stories are true and deal with hard subjects such as bullying, divorce, and death of a classmate. There are also many fun stories.
Promoting the book has proven a little more difficult than I originally thought.   I work at my day job 6 days a week. You really have to believe in yourself and your book.  I had to get out of my comfort zone. I called local bookstores to see if I could book some signings. I also sent out many mailers and got some signings out of them.  I have also read at local schools in the library.
I called the local TV stations to see if there was any interest in interviewing me. I was able to get to interviews on different local stations.  Great Day SA, and SA Live in San Antonio Texas. They were tremendous fun and one of the interview is on You Tube.
It has not been an easy road but no one said it would be. But I believe now is the time to go forward with all my projects,
I have accomplished what I set out to do. I got published. I took me 20 years to get it done but it’s never too late.
About the Author

Karen Carew Oakes, has been writing for many years and her articles have been included in the Lutheran Advent, as well as an article in several magazines. She is a mother and grandmother. She lives in Helotes, Texas with her two schnauzers Ella and Mackenzie. Her stories are based on true experiences her children encountered growing up.

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About the Book:
Author: Karen Carew Oakes
Publisher: Archway Publishing
Pages: 22
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
When Drewsilla and her siblings are tiny puppies, an accident steals their mother away. A kind stranger rescues them and takes them to a shelter, where the staff works around the clock to care for the pack of newborns. Soon, her brothers and sisters begin to thrive. Drewsilla has a beautiful black coat, intelligent eyes, and ears that stand straight up.
Drewsilla, though, is scared. She seems afraid of everyone and everything and hides in the back of her cage when families come to visit. As her friendly siblings each get adopted, lonely Drewsilla remains. The staff even worries that she might never find a home. Then, one day, something amazing happens.
The Johnsons come to the shelter to look at another dog and see Drewsilla, who miraculously finds the courage to stop hiding and say hello. All shelter dogs deserve the chance to find a loving family, and this is the true story of Drewsilla -- how she overcomes her fears, finds her family, and gets a second chance at a happy life.


Straight From the Mouth of Historical Biography Author Sherry Jones

What you don’t know about the amazing Josephine Baker

When I give talks on the great African-American performer Josephine Baker, I always ask what my audience knows of her.

“Singer,” someone will call out. “Dancer.” “Paris.” And, always, “Banana skirt.”

But few seem to know of the most fascinating aspects of this woman’s life.

Yes, she danced topless on the Paris stage (at age 19!) wearing a skirt ringed with rubber bananas, a witty send-up of her own status as a sex symbol and black exotique--emblematic of French colonialism and the national craze for all things African. And her scandalous bootyshaking crosseyed antics made her a superstar.

But Josephine Baker was so much more than a comedic dancer in a silly skirt. She is one of the most remarkable women ever to have lived: a survivor who grew up in poverty, abuse, and neglect; an entertainer who perfected the art of intimacy with her audiences, entrancing them; a beloved singer, opera diva, movie actor, recording artist, and fashionista; a woman of color who became the most highly paid performer in Europe, and more.

Much more.

Fighting for a cause

As is true for so many women, by the time she turned 30, she was just getting started.

In 1936, she turned 30—and, as is true for so many women, began to empower herself. Soon afterward she joined the cause against Nazism, using her skills as a pilot to fly medical supplies weekly for the Red Cross.

While on tour in Berlin, Josephine had experienced racial hatred first-hand from Hitler’s Brownshirts, and she hated the Nazis in turn. By the time they invaded Paris in 1940 she was already working as a spy, seducing generals and diplomats to get information that she sneaked across borders under the guise of touring.

She risked her life every time she passed a customs checkpoint; as a woman of color, if caught, she would be sent to a concentration camp—or worse.

In her castle on France’s Dordogne River, Josephine Baker harbored other members of the French Resistance, who gathered there to plan their next missions, using her remote Medieval fortress as a base. When the Nazis got suspicious and searched the castle and grounds, Josephine took off for Lisbon, the spy capital of Europe, to await orders from Gen. Charles de Gaulle, leader of the French Resistance.

Josephine Baker’s eldest adopted son, Jean-Claude Baker, wrote snidely of Josephine’s later accomplishments, saying she was a thrill-seeker who, unable to safely perform in Paris, chose the excitement and glamour of spying.

Really? She never accepted a dime for her Resistance efforts, and, penniless, often had to sleep in unheated hotels, where she caught pneumonia and nearly died from the complications. With no money for food, she became emaciated. She spent more than a year in a hospital in Morocco, but when U.S. troops flooded the streets, she dragged herself out of bed, got dressed, and went out to greet them. She spent the next several years entertaining the troops, touring throughout Europe, all without pay.

A fully empowered woman

When the war had ended, she emerged a woman aware of her powers. Fighting racism, always a desire, now became her driving force. Unable to bear children, she began adopting babies from cultures around the world. Her vision: a “Rainbow Tribe” of multicolored, multicultural children who loved one another, showing the world that hatred is not innate, but learned. She would eventually adopt 12 children.

The United States would be her next frontier in the fight for equality. Invited to perform in a Miami nightclub, she insisted that its owner include black people in the audience. Because of a city curfew, the nightclub owner had to bus and even fly people in to achieve integration, but the experiment worked: soon other clubs in the city were integrating, too.

Ms. Baker continued her one-woman show for racial justice during her U.S. tour, calling out racism and publicly announcing that she would not appear in any venue that segregated its audiences.

Ultimately, Ms. Baker lost bookings, a film deal, and popularity with U.S. audiences as her fight for equality led the FBI to brand her as a subversive and possible Communist sympathizer. When she left the country, she was told not to come back. She never did until 1963—invited to participate in the March on Washington with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Josephine Baker was the only woman to speak.
About the Author

Author and journalist Sherry Jones is best known for her international bestseller The Jewel of Medina. She is also the author of The Sword of MedinaFour SistersAll QueensThe Sharp Hook of Love, and the novella White Heart.  Sherry lives in Spokane, WA, where, like Josephine Baker, she enjoys dancing, singing, eating, advocating for equality, and drinking champagne.
Her latest novel is Josephine Baker’s Last Dance.

About the Book:

From the author of The Jewel of Medina, a moving and insightful novel based on the life of legendary performer and activist Josephine Baker, perfect for fans of The Paris Wife and Hidden

Discover the fascinating and singular life story of Josephine Baker—actress, singer, dancer, Civil Rights activist, member of the French Resistance during WWII, and a woman dedicated to erasing prejudice and creating a more equitable world—in Josephine Baker’s Last Dance.

In this illuminating biographical novel, Sherry Jones brings to life Josephine's early years in servitude and poverty in America, her rise to fame as a showgirl in her famous banana skirt, her activism against discrimination, and her many loves and losses. From 1920s Paris to 1960s Washington, to her final, triumphant performance, one of the most extraordinary lives of the twentieth century comes to stunning life on the page.

With intimate prose and comprehensive research, Sherry Jones brings this remarkable and compelling public figure into focus for the first time in a joyous celebration of a life lived in technicolor, a powerful woman who continues to inspire today.

Purchase Josephine Baker’s Last Dance in paperback,  ebook,  and  audiobook  formats on  Simon and Schuster’s website (available on Amazon,  Barnes and Noble,  BooksAMillion,  Indiebound,  Kobo,  and  other sites). Learn more about Sherry’s books  at

Friday, April 12, 2019

Straight from the Mouth of Author Victoria Landis

How I Started—I Knew Zip

This is an embarrassing story about how you don’t know what you don’t know—until you know it.

I’ve been a rabid reader my entire life. So when I decided to write a novel, I figured I had a good bead on what to do. I wrote my first complete book in 2002.

In early 2003, I found a little article in the Sun-Sentinel (Ft. Lauderdale) about a writers’ conference happening in Deerfield Beach. I’d never been to one and was extremely reluctant to attend.

I showed the article to my two best friends, and they insisted I go. Really pushed me into it.

This is where the embarrassing part kicks in. I’d written that 85,000 word manuscript by hand. Yup. Printed it very neatly on college-ruled notebook paper. Now, in my defense, I had no access to a computer, and by 2002, typewriters were few and far between. There were other contributing factors, but I won’t go into them.

So, I showed up at my very first SleuthFest with the hand-written manuscript in a briefcase, sure that an agent would hear how wonderful it was and would demand to take it with them on the spot. (My face is turning bright red even now, admitting how stupid I was.)

Thank God I went. There were unbelievable luminaries in attendance. The Keynote was Sue Grafton. Dr. Henry Lee gave an amazing lunchtime talk about the O.J. Simpson case. Barbara Parker was there. Stuart Kaminsky. Daniel Keyes. The PJ Parrish team. And so many more. To say I was intimidated is a huge understatement.

I went to the panels and presentations where these best-selling legends talked about writing—plotting, pacing, dialogue, the forensics, etc. It was overwhelming.

By the second day, I began to understand how horribly na├»ve I’d been. I skulked out of there at the end, praying that no one would ask what I had in the briefcase. It was utterly humiliating.

But. Fast forward sixteen years. I’ve never missed a SleuthFest. I not only became a member of its sponsor, the Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America, I became part of the organizing committee, running the raffle for nine years, served as a chapter board member, and actually Co-Chaired SleuthFest for four years, from 2015-2018.

I met some of my dearest friends at SleuthFest and through FMWA. My critique members all met each other the same way. We’ve been together for fifteen years now.

My writing has gone leaps and bounds beyond where I started, to where best-selling authors are reading and blurbing my books. My critique experience gained me the expertise to now edit other people’s novels—from simple line editing to book doctoring. And they approached me!

It’s been quite a journey, and I have so many more books to write. I keep a list of titles and ideas, and I’m excited about all of them.

That original manuscript? It’s the proverbial one that authors talk about—the one that sits in a drawer, never to see the light of day. But I still have it.

Author: Victoria Landis

Book Title: Jordan
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About the Author:

Victoria Landis is a professional writer, editor, and artist. A 16-yr member, and former board member, of Mystery Writers of America, she Co-Chaired the SleuthFest Writers Conference from 2015-2018.

She's taught at SleuthFest, the Authors Academy at Murder on the Beach, and the Alvin Sherman Library at Nova Southeastern University.

Her newest novel, JORDAN, is a thriller with a magical realism/paranormal element and a cautionary tale of human nature and how it hasn’t changed in thousands of years.

About the Book:

When Petra Simmons and her brother, Andy, help a seemingly homeless young woman, their intended good deed immediately changes their lives forever. Within days, it's clear that the woman, Jordan Crissman, is so much more than meets the eye. Jordan possesses an amazing ability - perhaps the most miraculous ability of all. Petra and Andy realize that, in the current world of viral social media, they must proceed with extreme caution. But how can they best employ the miracle without causing havoc? They plot a careful strategy. Despite their plans, word gets out too fast, and the world comes running - invading and overwhelming South Florida and bringing danger.

Television talking heads pontificate. Pundits opine. Some claim Jordan's a messiah. Others insist she's the devil. Massive crowds gather, demanding to see Jordan. Everyone wants her.

But there's nowhere left to hide. Damaging and horrible rumors swirl. Protest groups march and riot. Mass hysteria reigns.

And people are dying.