Archive for September, 2017
“WAGES OF SIN: The Private Investigator Crime Thriller Series Boxed Set“
Genre: Mystery & Suspense/Crime/Pulp
Release Date: September 17, 2017
Three full-length action-packed mystery thrillers in one page-turning boxed set!
Book 1: Luck and Judgment.
Gail Everett must have justice from the corporation which destroyed her father’s life – yet no courtroom has ever found against them. For justice, she hires Roberts and Bradley – but justice won’t come easy.
Friends are divided. Young women are murdered on the streets. Private detectives Roberts and Bradley are snared in the dark heart of a thirty-year-old nightmare…
Book 2: Rite To Silence
A young loner drops dead on a public street. Dressed in a white gown, with black makeup daubed across his eyes, the victim was killed by knife with devilish precision – and a plastic token is hidden in the fatal wound.
Private investigators Eva Roberts and Dan Bradley are hired to honour a young man’s memory and to prevent another bloodbath. And they must outwit a sinister killer…
Book 3: The Final Trick
Eva and Dan are hired to track down young single mother Willow Jackson. When a body is found on the outskirts of town, all seems lost. The body is naked, riddled with drugs and shows strange signs of water damage. But Willow Jackson’s body is discovered miles inland and had never taken drugs in her life. Willow’s mother is determined to discover what happened to her daughter… and a missing person case becomes a murder hunt.
But the hunt is joined by a mysterious rival – a man who will stop at nothing until he has revenge. He too must be stopped…
Three thrillers which can be enjoyed as standalone stories, or be part of the thrilling series of Roberts and Bradley adventures. Discover why fans love Roberts and Bradley. Join the adventure today!
If you’re here, there’s a good chance you have fibromyalgia. And if you have fibro, there’s a good chance you’re dealing with some other conditions at the same time. As if the myriad of symptoms associated with fibro weren’t enough, there’s something about it that makes you susceptible to other problems. For example, even though fibromyalgia is not officially classified as an autoimmune disease, it nevertheless is linked to them. Some research even shows that having autoimmune diseases makes you more susceptible to fibro.
So, if you’re reading this, then you or someone you love is probably trying to cope with lupus and/or rheumatoid arthritis as well as fibromyalgia. But wait, there’s more! You’re probably also trying to manage your migraines, IBS, restless legs, pelvic pain, depression, and even obesity. And let’s not leave out the constant juggling of treatments, medications, doctor visits, special diets, limited activity, and sleepless nights. I can keep going, but I’m confident you get the point. You’re also likely frustrated and depressed just being reminded of all the conditions you have to cope with every day.
The Department of Health and Human Services adds, “the health care system is primarily organized to provide care on a disease-by-disease basis. So when individuals see a number of specialists, the opportunity for confusion escalates.” This can be especially true when it comes to medications. For example, you may take a medication for your depression that sends your anxiety or migraines through the roof. The possibilities for chaos with medications alone are endless.
Try an Osteopath
The Association of American Medical Colleges provides a list of over 120 specialties and sub-specialties in Western medicine. On the surface, you might think that this is a good thing. It can be. But it can also cause big problems. Not the least of which is the concept of treating symptoms, rather than the actual problem. That’s because you have a root problem that manifests itself in multiple ways. It may appear to be one condition and several unrelated issues. When, in reality, they are all tied to the same problem that has yet to be determined. So, what does your specialist do? They treat the symptoms that are within their specialty.
But take a look at a different kind of doctor. Though still within the Western system of medicine, osteopathy is a different kind of practice altogether. Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine explains, “As guardians of wellness, DOs [Doctors of Osteopathy, as opposed to MD which stands for Medical Doctor] focus on prevention by gaining a deeper understanding of your lifestyle and environment, rather than just treating your symptoms.” Okay, now we’re getting somewhere. You see, an osteopath takes a holistic approach. That means, rather than simply treating migraines, for example, they are going to look at everything else going on in your body, your mind, and what’s happening in your life.
Visiting an osteopath can make a life-changing difference for someone trying to cope with multiple conditions. They are also trained to work with the body’s natural tendency to heal itself. And if you’re insistent on seeing a specialist, then guess what? There are more than 100,000 Doctors of Osteopathy in the U.S. who are practicing in every medical specialty.
Stop Criticizing Yourself
You know how you blame yourself because of being sick and tired all the time? Hopefully, no one has ever said such ignorant words to you. Although, having been through severe postpartum depression, I know that some of the most well-meaning people in your life can say some of the most thoughtless things to you. While I certainly do not advocate violence, there is a tiny part of me that thinks about punching them when I go back to those words.
But let’s get back to you and the hate-filled and thoughtless things you tell yourself. You know you do it, but you probably don’t even think about it. “It’s my fault anyway. I shouldn’t have….” fill-in-the-blank. Or a classic you might hear from others but would never dream of saying yourself (except you actually do): “This is absurd. I should just get over it, pick myself up, and get on with life.”
But here’s the thing: you’re a HUMAN. You didn’t cause this. Oh, you don’t believe me? So, you’re telling me that you woke up one day and thought, “Ya know, I think I’d like to spend the next several years in bed using medications that make me sick, having surgeries, and just stay in chronic pain.” Did you? No, of course not. No one does that because no one wants to suffer.
One chronically ill woman writes of her experience after finding Danea Horn’s book, Chronic Resilience: 10 Sanity-Saving Strategies for Women Coping with the Stress of Illness. She writes “that the idea isn’t that we have no control. The idea is to let go of asking “Why?” and instead focus on, “What can I do that’s useful?” And for me, I think all this analyzing has gone too far. The next time I get stuck in a worry groove asking “Why?” or “What have I done?” I’m going to gently tell myself, “Hey, you haven’t done anything wrong. You’ve already got the answer. You’re human.”
The preceding article is from FibromyalgiaTreating.com and posted here for sharing purposes only. For additional information, please visit their website or consult your physician.
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Title: Jordan’s Shadow
Author: T.R. Cupak
Genre: Dark Romance
Release Date: October 10, 2017
Cover Designer: Bex Harper Designs
Hosted by: Buoni Amici Press, LLC.
This story isn’t about love, like, lust, or a happily ever after. This story, my story, is about struggle, pain and suffering. Fighting to stay afloat while being pulled under by what feels like the murky and powerful undertow of the ocean. Fighting for strength I so desperately need when all I am feeling is desolate and weak. I’m a girl who exudes hatred when a normal girl of my age and pedigree should be the picture perfect portrait of love.
Alcohol consumes me. Drugs numb me. Sex for money feeds the hollow abyss deep within me. How does a soon-to-be twenty-five year old escort turn her life around when the last several years of her life has been spent traveling down a very dark path?
She became my obsession, my every thought. She is the reason I wake up in the morning, plotting, scheming, exacting a revenge she so desperately deserves. But will she take my offer once she learns my true identity; sees the darkness within me, or will she hate me for lying to her all of these years, leading her to lose herself to the drugs and alcohol that have kept her ghosts at bay? Will she be my Precious?
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T.R. Cupak was born and raised in the California Bay Area. She now lives in a quiet town south of where she grew up with her husband and their shih tzu Harley. She is obsessed with cars, especially fast ones, and enjoys her music louder than anyone should. When she’s not at work or busy writing, you can find her curled up, reading and enjoying a fabulous glass of wine, a good Scotch, or a Dirty Shirley.
Despite her lifelong love of literature, Cupak lost touch with her creative side in her early twenties. Her passion for reading was rekindled six years ago, however, and in 2013 she started journaling. This practice helped Cupak hone her creative aspirations, and soon she saw her characters come to life. She has rediscovered her passion for storytelling and wants to share her words with everyone who wants to read them.
Title: Falling Into Right
Author: Sharon Kay
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 24, 2017
Cover Designer: Kim Killion
Hosted by: Buoni Amici Press, LLC.
How do you recover when life kick boxes your soul?
Becca Gable is fighting to stay on her feet after a series of crushing losses. She’s always been the good girl until the events of the past year push her to make a mistake she can’t take back. Now, her corporate finance job and her fiancée are gone thanks to her newly-acquired criminal record.
Shane Marlow survived an IED blast during his service in Iraq—but half his team did not. Physically healed, he returns to his home county as a K9 officer. The scars of loss run deep and though local folks admire him, no one truly gets him—until Becca literally lands in front of him.
Their bond of shared tragedy evolves into a connection both fiery and healing. But a stalker decides that Becca’s crime should stay front and center. As the unsettling episodes reveal that no part of her life is secret, Shane is all that stands between her and the enemy.
Sharon Kay writes award-winning fiction and can never get enough reading time. She loves winter and black coffee, and is endlessly inspired to write kick-ass heroines and the men strong enough to capture their hearts. Sharon lives in the Chicago area with her husband and son, and one weekend the idea for her Lash Watchers and tough leading ladies formed in her head, refusing to stay quiet until she put pen to paper. Her characters tend to keep her up at night, as they banter, fall in love, and slay endless varieties of power-hungry demons
About the Book
Title: The Matriarch Matrix
Author: Maxime Trencavel
Genre: Science Fiction, Adventure
The Matriarch Matrix – A speculative fiction novel of origins, faith, passion, and the pursuit of peace.
It was always his destiny to save her. It was always her destiny to die. The fate of the world hangs on their choices…
The past foretells her future…
What does it take to change a loving child of peace into an assassin for a dangerous and powerful oligarch? Zara Khatum knows. Once a fighter for her Kurdish people, the memory of the atrocities inflicted by her captors has Zara seeking one thing: vengeance. But the voices of the ancients call to Zara. In the past, in another life, she knew the secrets of the artifact…
Twelve thousand years ago…
She is Nanshe, revered matriarch of the family she led away from the monsters of the north. In the land that would one day mark the treacherous border between Turkey and Syria, she created the temples at Gobleki Tepe and founded a dynasty, heirs to a powerful object. For millennia, Nanshe’s descendants have passed down the legend of the artifact: “The object can save. But only a man and woman together can guide the salvation of others.”
Heirs to destiny…
By fate or destiny, Zara is thrown in with Peter Gollinger, a quirky Californian from the other side of the world and the other side of everything she believes. But he, too, is heeding the voices of his ancestors. Joined by Jean-Paul, a former Jesuit priest, these three people—from wildly different religions and cultures—must find a way to work together to solve a twelve thousand-year-old mystery of the powerful object that spawned a faith. The world teeters on the precipice of war. The outcome depends on them. And one of them is living a lie.
The Matriarch Matrix is a rich and deeply layered epic story – a spiritual odyssey with a heartbeat of an action adventure. It may make you think, ponder, reflect upon where we came from and where we are going. It blends our past with a speculative future of things that are not so far-fetched. It blends the drama, the comedy, the romance, the tragedy of three protagonists with different cultures, traditions, and beliefs – a Sufi woman, a Jesuit priest, and an alien origin believing atheist. Their journeys separately and together will be a test of their respective faiths and their inner search for personal and family redemption.
Maxime has been scribbling stories since grade school from adventure epics to morality plays. Blessed with living in multicultural pluralistic settings and having earned degrees in science and marketing, Maxime has worked in business and sports, traveling to countries across five continents and learning about cultures, traditions, and the importance of tolerance and understanding. Maxime’s debut novel was written and edited in diﬀerent locations in Belgium, including the Turkish and Kurdish neighborhoods of Brussels, in South America, and on the two coasts of the United States.
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Nothing, nothing at all, not the ancient tales of lore, nor the fables of old could have prepared the cousins for the imposing power or the exquisite beauty of the Citadel. It rose up out of the snow like an elaborate ice sculpture, with belfries and pinnacled towers climbing into the clouds and reaching higher than the peaks themselves.
There were arches and turrets and cupolas, and parapets and round keeps with lanterns flickering in spade shaped windows, and all of it as pristine and intricate as though carved from ice and decorated with snow.
The castle was hewn from the mountain itself, forged from the stone so that the posterior of the castle was fused into the rock face of the mountain. A high, thick stone wall with ramparts and battlements like the strongholds of old, curved around the castle, surrounding it like a giant horseshoe with the massive gatehouse setting the center and the two prongs fusing back into the mountain.
And then, all of a sudden, Gramma stopped and pointed up into the top of a mass of trees. And there it was—perched high in an ancient oak and nestled within the branches—an oddly shaped ramshackle treehouse. It was slightly askew, somewhat rickety and setting a little lopsided with uneven, peculiar angles. It was made of old wooden shingles and tin and such. Branches seemed to grow around the bottom and squeeze the sides and burst out from the top. The entire group stood still, mouths gaping open—peering up.
Levi saw the wooden ladder first and raced toward it. Immediately the others were nipping at his heels as they competed to get to the top. Grunts and ouches and “hey-stop that’s” pierced the air as each one pushed and shoved and as fingers and toes were trampled in the chaos to get to the top first. Gramma watched from the ground, and once they were all at the top, she grabbed hold of the bottom rung of the ladder and began climbing behind them.
The others smiled, nodding innocently. Gramma laughed and turned to go out the peacock door; but, as soon as she grabbed the handle, she pivoted back facing them.
A bizarre expression clouded her face. “Whatever you do,” she said, “Whatever you do—listen to me!” She pointed her finger at each of them, and after staring directly into each set of eyes, she continued. “There are journeys and treasures beyond those doors,” she said, “There are long forgotten wisps of alchemy and lost keys and crystals and mirrors of illusions; but, you must not go out any of those doors. Her voice lowered as she leaned forward. “I gotta tell you—those keys are especially hard to find. You think it’s easy; but, nooo, it is not! Everything is fine as long as you don’t go out any doors except the peacock door, right here. This is the door to use—only this one.” She patted the door.
Her voice lowered even more—almost to a whisper. “You see, kiddies, even if you’re ready to search for the keys, it’s real hard to—um—well—to—to feel them—to experience them.” She rubbed the fingers of each hand together, rotating the thumb around the fingertips. “Yeeessss, to feel them; it’s just not the time to feel them. That’s the hard part. Do you understand?”
Title: The Peacock Door
Author: Wanda Kay Knight
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
In a magical tale of adventure, eight cousins sneak through forbidden treehouse doors, only to find themselves separated from each other and lost in strange worlds. In their quests to return home, they must unravel mysteries, escape snares and villains, find one another, and search for the elusive Oracle. The Peacock Door is a rich story of camaraderie, loyalty, love, and determination with a bit whimsy sprinkled throughout.
Wanda Kay Knight lives in the Pacific Northwest, teaches literature, strives really hard to keep up with her adventurous/competitive family, makes things out of yarn (mainly unique hats), enjoys collecting pretty rocks, and writes a lot.
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