Book Blitz: War Stories by Nicole D’Settemi

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Author: Nicole D’Settemi

Release Date: 31 August 2017

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WAR STORIES: Bombing Narcotica, is the long awaited poetry collection from author and poet; Nicole D’Settēmi!

This is her fourth collection published to date, and features a variety of poems from other collections with themes revolving around drug abuse, mental illness, recovery, rehabilitation, philosophy, death, suicidal ideation, creative ability & more!

Known for her candor, and startling, SHARP intuition, Nicole does not disappoint with this hefty collection. The volume also includes new poems devised specifically for the collection, and covers complex topics, making it a must-read for fans of confessional and lyric poetry!

Classics like Lethal Love Letters (Dear Heroin), intermixed with new or never-before-released pieces such as The Other Woman, Trigger Happy, Fire in the Hole, and Chemical Warfare, prove Nicole D’Settēmi has not lost her talent for rhythm and metaphors, delivering an unforgettable story of warfare of the mind and soul, surviving drug addiction, and over-coming depression, amongst other themes.

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~ About Author ~

Author Nicole D’Settēmi is a 33 year old writer, currently living in upstate New York. She has lived in five regions nationally, including South Florida and New York City. She has always been a self-described “poetic, nomadic, creative soul,” and is an enthusiast of a variety of artistic mediums, but considers writing her number one form of art, and feels everything else is just an extension of that passion and creative outlet.
Nicole was raised in Niagara Falls, a tiny town bordering Canada, and can remember being as young as six, when writing her first lyrical, and philosophical poems. She also points out being selected at 6, for the “Young Authors Club,” which was a city-wide project.
Nicole won two city-wide essay contests between the ages 9-11, which was when she received her first typewriter and then she started a fan-club and newsletter for her childhood hero, as well as penning letters to over 30 pen-pals internationally.
Though Nicole (who was an honor student) rebelled by 15, and was incidentally expelled from school, she still wrote habitually. She once showed her “alternative-school” teacher a poem titled: “That’s Life,” which she penned at 14. He was so impressed with the piece; he had it faxed to every school in the city.
At 16 Nicole was uprooted from her small town and moved to Boca Raton, where she felt displaced and started to deal with depression. Hereditarily, mental illness and substance abuse ran rapid in her family tree, and by 20 she experimented with a plethora of chemical substances. By 23, she became addicted to shooting heroin, and was engaged to her co-conspirator and partner-in-crime. She attended an art school for photo journalism, but withdrew half-way through the year, due to a devastating addiction to injecting various drugs.
Addictarium was written while she spent two years in a therapeutic community for seriously addicted, and mentally ill, patrons. The author outlines her experiences, including the tale of losing her eyesight due to shooting a poisoned bag of heroin, which is when she was forced to hitch a greyhound bus from South Florida to Manhattan, and after several weeks of surgeries, was admitted to Daytop Village for long-term treatment, and drug addiction recovery. The book outlines many of the experiences

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CoverTitle: Addictarium

Author: Nicole D’Settemi

Release Date: 1 September 2016

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Drugs. Sex. Detox. Art. Recovery. Prostitution. Music. Street life. Poetry. Toxic love. And, those are just on the surface. The layers and complexities of Addictarium will shock and enthrall you…

When wild-child, and south Florida escapee, Danielle Martino finds herself curled in a ball on the cold tile floors of her filthy rank bathroom in the tiny studio she rents with her fiancé and partner-in-crime, she knows it’s time to quit abusing heroin. Severely impaired from shooting a bad batch of black tar heroin, and already partially blind from the infection that the muddy poison has caused, she is forced to hitch a greyhound bus to New York City, and to abandon her care-free, American-bohemian, drug infested life-style.
Hailed everywhere as a beautiful, unique, honest, raw and poetic account of recovery, Addictarium takes readers on a compelling journey through the life and eyes of the narrator; a creative, nomadic, deep–but, incidentally broken–young woman, and underlines the contributing factors to what it’s really like to suffer from addiction. With magnificent candor–and sometimes emotionally crippling descriptions–we witness Danielle’s fight towards recovery from more than just heroin, as Addictarium brings the readers on a fascinating and harrowing, brutal tale of a young women’s recovery from total and mass self-destruction.
–Addictarium highlights in the starkest of lights, why it is so difficult for addicts to receive the recovery they seek, when they finally do decide to put the drug down.

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Book Blitz: Dragons and Healers by Nina R. Schluntz (Enukara #1)

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Author: Nina R. Schluntz

Series: Enukara #1

Release Date: 12 January 2018

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A simple act of kindness from a human toward a dragon triggered the Enukara–giving the human the ability to heal the wounds of others. The dragon bonded to him was granted immortality. The price for this gift was simple. The dragon’s life was bound to the human.

The greed of dragons and humans was underestimated. For if an Enukara’s life was taken by another, they would inherit the immortality blessed to the dragon. Both human and dragon could steal this gift. The slaughter of all Enukaras quickly ensued, until one dragon killed his own Enukara.

The power he inherited was unfathomable. He hunted and killed every immortal who had slain an Enukara.

A new Enukara emerges who challenges the mindset of the immortal dragon and the Enukara hopes to alter the fate of humanity, by showing the dragon how to love once again.

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~ About Author ~

AuthorI live in America with my husband and our Kitty, a rescued Abyssinian.

I have four novels currently out of print that have been re-released as an abridged novella. They are a prequel to my science fiction novels, the Decompose Series: Amaranthine, Aurum, and Nacreous.

My romance novels are published by ManLoveRomance Press and always have a happy ending. Kale’s Paroxysm and Not a Big Deal. I also have a short story in the “Hope for Pulse” anthology. Nosy Neighbors, is my first paranormal romance and due out soon is my first book in a romance series about shape-shifting dragons, Enukara.

I grew up on a quiet farm in Nebraska. I’m an avid movie goer, so most of my blog posts will be a review of the most recent movie I happened to see. Sometimes I’ll mix it up and read a book too. Or… my favorite, I’ll see the movie then read the book it was based on!

Feel free to follow me on twitter, facebook, Instagram and my wordpress blog! If you can’t find me by name, try looking for Mizner13–that’ll be me.

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[Book Blitz] Shadow of Tenkai-Bo by Warren Chaney & Sho Kosugi (Yin-Yang Code Book #2)

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Title: Shadow of Tenkai-Bo

Author: Warren Chaney & Sho Kosugi

Series: Yin-Yang Code Book #2

Release Date: 13 November 2017

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To save those he loves, a young Japanese orphan must solve a centuries-old puzzle that holds the secret to untold wealth and power before a mysterious evil uses it to control the world.

“Yin-Yang Code: The Shadow of the Tenkai-Bo captures all the action of ninja master Sho Kosugi in novel form. Code breaking, murder investigations and secret identities abound in this energetic and international tale by Warren Chaney and Sho Kosugi. Once you’re on this fun rollercoaster of a ride, you won’t want to get off.” –Naomi Hirahara, Edgar award-winning mystery author

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About Warren

71gez1YmftL_SY200_Warren Herbert Chaney, Ph.D. is an American author, filmmaker, artist, behavioral scientist, executive and a pioneer in early television. In a career spanning four decades, Chaney wrote twenty-six books, seventeen screenplays, nine theatrical dramas, and 250 professional and nonprofessional magazine and journal articles. He wrote nine songs used in feature films and eight for theatrical productions. From 1978 to 1994, he wrote entries for Collier’s Encyclopedia. Chaney produced ten motion pictures, wrote fourteen and directed nine. He is best known for his films “America: A Call to Greatness”, starring Charlton Heston, Mickey Rooney, and Peter Graves; “Behind the Mask”, starring Roy Alan Wilson and Deborah Winters; “Aloha Summer”, starring Chris Makepeace, Don Michael Paul and Tia Carrere, and the pioneering 60s network television series, “Magic Mansion”. As a writer, he is best known for his “Space Patrol Chronicles” trilogy.
Chaney has provided art and illustration for many publications including 5 novels. His artwork and sculpture is on display in England and in the United States. His art-sculpture, “Sherlock Holmes”, resides with the Sherlock Holmes Society of London but has been on traveling display as part of the “Sherlock Holmes Art Exhibit”, in the United States.
During a lengthy business and academic career, Chaney established the first University Health Services Administration program for the state of Texas, served on multiple boards of directors and advisory boards of public companies and is considered a leader in the field of self-directed neuroplastic development of cognitive functions.
Chaney’s film and television work won awards at the New York Film Festival, Houston World Fest and an Emmy for the production opening of his Y2K – World in Crisis miniseries. He won best-director, producer, and screenplay awards at the CineCon, Critics’ Choice, and American Cinema Awards. Chaney retired from film and television in 1975 and served as CEO (Chief Executive Officer) for the Mind Technologies Institute until the company sold in December 2012. He now writes full time.

About Sho Kosugi

sho_kosugiEasily the best known actor/martial artist during the 1980s ninja cinema craze, Kosugi was a proficient martial artist & skilled weapons performer which was highlighted in his several starring roles.

Kosugi grew up as the youngest child and only son of a Tokyo fisherman, and began his martial arts training at the age of five studying karate at a local dojo. Sho expanded upon his martial arts studies, also learning judo & kendo, and by his 18th birthday he had achieved the status of All Japan Karate Champion. Intent on entering the world of international finance, Sho left Japan at only 19 years old to study and reside in Los Angeles, USA where he achieved a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, yet he also remained focused on constantly improving his martial arts skills. Throughout the early 1970s, Sho competed in hundred’s of martial arts tournaments & demonstrations including winning the L.A. Open in 1972, 1973 & 1974. In addition, he also met a young Chinese woman named Shook, who was eventually to become his wife and mother of his children, plus Sho had his first foray into the cinema with part’s in a minor Taiwanese film titled “The Killers”, and then in a Korean production, shot in Los Angeles known as “The Stranger From Korea”.

~ Other Books in the Series ~

51ogqe8AXdL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_Title: The Drums of Tenkai-Bo

Author: Warren Chaney & Sho Kosugi

Series: Yin-Yang Code Book #1

Release Date: 27 August 2017

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Against his grandfather’s wishes, an orphaned Japanese student at UCLA returns to his home country following the tragic loss of his close friend and university professor, only to discover a malevolent force that aims to take away everything he has left … and more.

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Your Hidden Light by Raana Zia

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Title: Your Hidden Light

Author: Raaza Zia

Release Date: 30 October 2017

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Your Hidden Light is a remarkable handbook for how you can reclaim the greatest power that has been lost to you, and to all mankind – the power to architect your own reality.

Author Raana Zia calls upon vast repositories of wisdom and truth, from Eckhart Tolle and Deepak Chopra to Aristotle and Gandhi, from the Talmud to the Bible, from the Buddha to Jesus, to show the relationship between the world inside you and the world around you. She provides wisdom from classic thinkers and believers effortlessly, and guides the reader on a journey of rediscovery and awakening. She explains how everything you desire in this physical world comes from the unseen spiritual world – which you can only access by going within yourself. It is only through a correct and disciplined practice of aligning your thoughts, emotions, and beliefs that you can create anything you truly desire.

If you are an experienced creator of your reality, you will rediscover, and find new interpretations of classic wisdom. If your journey has only just begun, Your Hidden Light will give you the knowledge and tools you need to most effectively create your desired life with an honest expectation of profound inner growth.

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[Book Blitz] Going All In by Stephanie Lyons-Keeley & Wayne Keeley

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Title: Going All In

Author: Stephanie C. Lyons-Keeley & Wayne J. Keeley

Release Date: 17 October 2017

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Three mismatched suburban couples, Steve and Katie, Marty and Erin, and Scarlett and C. Thomas, have been neighbors and friends for years. During a pummeling Connecticut Nor’Easter, the members of the bored triptych engage in a friendly game of Texas Hold’em in front of a fire and over more than a few bottles of Merlot. The impromptu get-together eventually leads to the institution of alcohol-driven, bi-weekly poker nights.

One evening on a lark, someone suggests an alternate payout – instead of pocket change, the winner may choose a player (other than his or her spouse) with whom to spend the night. The proposition takes shape, but complications arise as these things will.

All too quickly, friendships are strained and relationships begin to crumble. Lies are told, truths are exposed, and feelings are hurt. In the end, can anyone bear the weight of this wanton self-indulgence? They are six fully consenting adults, and after all, it’s only a game. Or is it?

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~ About Stephanie ~

Stephanie is an award-winning writer, director, and producer. She has a Master of Arts in counseling psychology, was formerly a practicing psychotherapist, and director of a women’s work release facility. She currently is a professor of psychology at Western Connecticut State University and Naugatuck Valley Community College. The field serves as a big part of her creative endeavors.

Stephanie also is an award-winning journalist, writer, editor, producer, and director, and with her husband, Wayne, has penned countless works for film, theatre, TV and the literary world. Together they have created a production company, Someday Productions LLC and a highly successful “He Said/She Said” blog called Pillow Talking which may be found at somedayprods.com/talking. Most importantly, they have seven beautiful children between them.

~ About Wayne ~

Wayne is an Emmy award-winning writer, director, and producer. He is an attorney with a LLM from NYU. He teaches filmmaking and communications at Western Connecticut State University, and has taught at Fordham University, Audrey Cohen College, Baruch College, and Bronx Community College. He has created many programs and documentaries that have appeared on television, and have been distributed to schools, libraries, and home video. He is a published author of the novel titled Mahogany Row and with Stephanie, the novel Deadraiser. He is married to Stephanie, his writing partner and muse.

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~ Book Tour ~ Death of a Kootch Show Girl by Corey Recko

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Title: Death of a Kootch Show Girl

Author: Corey Recko

Release Date: 25 February 2017

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It’s Halloween night 1953, the last night of the carnival in rural Ohio, and a stripper turns up dead. Tom Davis, the chief of police, orders the carnies to stay in town while he investigates, but there are no leads to Mary’s killer—no fingerprints on the murder weapon, no blood but Mary’s at the scene, no foreign hairs or fibers—no clues of any kind.

Brian Stockton, a reporter for the local paper, hopes this will be his break into the big time, so he begins to investigate as well. But, alas, the killer’s identity eludes him, too. As tensions build, the carnies become paranoid, pointing fingers at each other. Could it be the owner, Bill Harris, the one who discovered the body? Or was it perhaps Gino Guglielmo, the man who runs the kootch show and has a nasty temper? Was it the eccentric clown, Otto Radowski, a man with dark secrets in his past and who just happens to have Mary’s cat?

And how did the killer manage to commit such a violent act without leaving a single speck of evidence? Mary certainly wasn’t killed by a ghost…or was she?

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Corey Recko’s first book, Murder on the White Sands: The Disappearance of Albert and Henry Fountain, won the Wild West History Association’s award for the “Best Book on Wild West History” for 2007. New Mexico Magazine said of the book, “The story moves along like detective fiction . . . .” Of his second book, A Spy for the Union: The Life and Execution of Timothy Webster, the Civil War News review of the book concluded, “Just about everyone will find something to like in this tale of Civil War espionage that mixes in portions of heroism, intrigue, cowardice and betrayal.” Along with books, Recko has written articles on a variety of historical topics for magazines and historical journals and has become a sought after speaker (including an appearance on C-SPAN). Death of a Kootch Show Girl, a murder mystery about a death at a small-town carnival in 1953, is Corey Recko’s first novel.

Recko is the author of two mystery books (one fiction and one non-fiction) and one biography. All three are available on Amazon in both print and kindle formats.

Death of a Kootch Show Girl is about a mysterious death at a 1950s carnival in a small town near Cleveland.

A Spy for the Union is a biography of New York City policeman, Pinkerton detective (under Allan Pinkerton) and Civil War spy Timothy Webster.

Murder on the White Sands tells the story of the murder of a lawyer/politician and his young son near the White Sands in old west New Mexico. The murder is investigated by Sheriff Pat Garrett, the man who killed Billy the Kid.

Corey Recko lives in Hudson, Ohio.

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3 Sprites and a Bed by Sandra C Addis

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Author: Sandra C Addis

Release Date: 22 May 2015

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This fairy tale is about Emily who discovers that the three Sprites dance, fly, talk, sing, and play. This discovery occurs at Castle Antiques. The three musical Sprites are detachable wooden carvings in niches of the bed’s headboard.

A spell has been placed on the Sprites by Aqua Woman from another planet and galaxy. Once someone discovers the secret of the Sprites’ bed, this person must own the bed a year from that date. Otherwise, the 3 Sprites become solid wood forever.

Emily becomes the person who must help the three Sprites. She cannot tell anyone about the dilemma. Complications arise, so the task of owning a $3,000 bed is a huge problem for Emily, since she is only fifteen years old.

Aqua woman eventually gives the three Sprites another option to cancel the spell.

They must name the planet she is from. Aqua Woman chants a few lines of nonsense in whispers. After many months of anguish and worry, there is a happy ending.

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Sandra C. Addis is a widow, mother, and gran. Sandra retired from teaching elementary school after thirty-three years. She loves dramatics and has done much in this field. Sandra enjoys the beach, reading, writing, and traveling. God and her family are most important in her life. Sandra lives in Strasburg, Pennsylvania, with her adorable Cockapoo, Molly.

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Dear Mom and Dad by Georgia Lee McGowen

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coverTitle: Dear Mom and Dad: You Don’t Me, But…

Author: Georgia Lee McGowen 

Release Date: 3 July 2012

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Much has been written both about and by people who feel they were assigned the wrong body at conception, exploring the struggles and too often the tragedies that result from that mismatch of nature. Very little has been written, however, to chronicle the lifelong struggle of people to understand and come to terms with two distinct sets of emotions, one male and one female – a single soul, at times divided, at times united, by two clearly identifiable spirits.

Dear Mom and Dad: You Don’t Know Me, But … traces the life of George through the eyes of Georgia, the female half of their soul, from early childhood in the post war Texas oil fields through the innocence of his early school years in northeastern Oklahoma. With the onset of puberty, Georgia watches the omnipresent feeling of not being normal cast a destructive pall over nearly everything George attempts. After the collapse of his lifelong dream, George begins again with hopes, new dreams and the love they’ve both longed for. Georgia finally emerges, but understanding her part in their soul comes slowly and is complicated by a tragedy of profound proportion.

Dear Mom and Dad considers the ultimate understanding of God’s will for both George and Georgia and its unusual conclusion, sharing a story of struggle and self-acceptance.

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Georgia McGowen spent thirty years in George’s subconscious while they both struggled to understand the meaning of their dual nature and another twenty-five years learning to live with their distinct differences. They are retired together as Georgia in Mesa, AZ

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Chubby Wubbles by M.J. Abrams

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Title: Chubby Wubbles: A Ferret’s Tale

Author: M.J. Abrams

Release Date: 29 December 2011

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A delightful story about the adventures of a young man and a mischievous ferret awaits in Chubby Wubbles!

This vibrant picture book tells a compelling story about the bond that develops between them. As the story unfolds, their loneliness leads to a fateful meeting and a growing friendship. Together they embark on an exciting journey that progresses with lots of humor, fun, and unexpected drama along the way. Chubby Wubbles will warm the hearts of children everywhere!

There are lessons to be learned, and this is a story that will teach valuable lessons about trust and friendship.

Anyone who owns a ferret can relate to this book. It gives insight into a ferret’s personality, and why they make such wonderful pets.

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After being an observer and non-pet owner, I was thrown into the mix because my son was leaving and I couldn’t bear the thought of him having to give up his pet ferret to someone else. Since I’ve grown so attached to this lovable critter, I agreed to take care of him while he was away. Because of the many experiences my son has had with this adorably sweet animal, I decided to write a children’s book based on a true story about their adventures and misadventures.

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The Tale of Tumeleng by Ryke Leigh Douglas

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Author: Ryke Leigh Douglas

Release Date: 18 July 2014

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“Will the baby elephant, Tumeleng listen to the warnings of her parents, Ayanna and Jabari?
Or will her curious nature lead her into unexpected and dangerous situations?”

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Author, Ryke Leigh Douglas is a veteran educator devoted to helping children discover the joy of reading and the magic of books. She holds an M.A. as a reading specialist from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. Ms. Douglas strives to provide parents and teachers with entertaining stories that lend themselves to nurturing positive attitudes, good character traits, and creative thinking. When she isn’t writing Ms. Douglas enjoys visiting schools, museums, libraries and early learning centers to share her stories and encourage children to develop their own writing skills with a program she developed entitled The Writer’s Tool Box.

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