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Can You Action Past Your Devil’s Advocate by Kimbe Abernathy Book Feature!

Can-You-Action-Past-Your-Devils-Advocate-200x300Title: Can You Action Past Your Devil’s Advocate?

Author: Kimbe Abernathy

Publisher: Xlibris

Pages: 93

Genre: Business

Format: Paperback/Kindle

Are you an existing, new, or upcoming entrepreneur? Do you have business goals? This book is an easy-to-read, relaxed, understand body of work. A great book to assist in expounding one’s vision to put all into action through twelve elaborated tips on what it takes to move forward. An undeniable source of motivation bursting with inspiration for the entrepreneurial mind. If you can get through this book, you can get through business. From the desk of an average member of society, “Can you action past your devil’s advocate?”

Jam-packed with success tips, famous quotes, profiles of iconic successful leaders, mentors and main takeaways. Let’s get this body of work read so we can move on to excellence, creating our own success stories!

This book provokes you to:

rise up to the challenge and overcome
leads you to fight for your life and your dreams

points you to reach the top at your full potential, in full force.

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K. Abernathy better known as Kimbe`, Kentucky native, now California saturated since the 90’s. Passionately spreading growth knowledge to assist ones in reaching their high potentials. Kimbe` an entrepreneur, business owner, director, educator, and deal sealer, currently serving as CEO of a small personal appearance company and Director of youth programs sponsored by regional school districts.

“I noticed success started to come when I stopped looking for people to utilize my full potential and began to create my own opportunities”                                                             -K. Abernathy
Entrepreneur – Author

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Single, Saved, & Searching by Renee Allen McCoy Book Feature


Title: Single, Saved, & Searching

Author: Renee Allen McCoy

Publisher: FaytheWorks Publishing

Pages: 178

Genre: Christian Romance

Format: Paperback/Kindle
He who finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor from the Lord. ~ Proverbs 18:22
“She’s getting married too?” asks the beautiful, intelligent, and single Elisha Maxwell who just received a wedding invitation from her last single best friend and her younger sister in the same week. As she stacks both invites on her kitchen countertop, she wonders when it will be her turn

Challenged by a string of disappointing relationships, Elisha’s hope of finding Mr. Right leaves her feeling desperate and confused. Does such a man exist for her? In the wake of the most terrifying experience of her life, she is more determined now than ever to find him.

When she embarks upon a quest to change her single status to married, she finds something much more important along the way. Will she embrace the man of her dreams who seems the least likely of them all or go with someone who appeared to be her perfect match?

Single, Saved, & Searching is the second book in The True Love Novellas series.

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Renee Allen McCoyRENEE MCCOY (known to readers as Renée Allen McCoy) is a loving wife and mother, an author, but most importantly a devoted Christian. Having traveled to many parts of the world, today she, her husband, and their two children make Mississippi home. She maintains a newsletter entitled Straight Up and a devotional blog entitled In His Name.

To date, she has penned seven books that include: The Fiery Furnace series (The Kiss of Judas, Confessions, and The Eleventh Hour), Soul Ties: Breaking Up with a Past That’s Killing Your Future (non-fiction), The Christmas Beau (A True Love Novella, #1), In the Presence of My Enemies, and Single, Saved, & Searching (A True Love Novella, #2). Renée has also written for the world renowned devotional, The Upper Room (Pocket Devotional), both in digital and print.

With a heart to tell stories that will not only entertain, Renée hopes to enlighten readers to capture the message and power of God’s saving grace. Feel free to visit her online at www.ReneeAllenMccoy.com.

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What is your favorite quality about yourself?

My favorite quality about myself is that I am a homebody. I don’t have to have a crowd around me to feel important. I enjoy spending quality time with my husband, children, family members, and close friends. The world can be noisy and unpleasant at times, so it’s great when you’re in your own world, enjoying the things in life that money cannot buy.

Who or what influenced your writing once you began?

My books are all faith-based, so I would have to say that my love for God influenced my writing. They all have a Christian theme, sharing the love of the Lord with the world through entertaining stories.

Over the years, it has become increasingly difficult to turn on the television or go to a movie theater where there is not profanity, excessive nudity, or defamation of God’s name. None of those things are appealing to me. So, I instead choose to write about Who is—God.

What made you want to be a writer?

In a nutshell, I think I wanted to be a writer because I could predict so many of the stories that were already on television. I enjoy a good read where I don’t know what the outcome is going to be. With that being said, I know as the Bible states that there is nothing new under the sun. I believe that as I thank God for my “creative flow” that I can write about common issues in an uncommon way. Take ordinary characters and toss them into challenging situations, causing the reader to question, “If it were me, what would I do?”

How did you come up with the title of the book?

I came up with the title to my current book, Single, Saved, & Searching, through prayer. It took me a little while to get the title. I wanted something catchy and accurate to the book’s content. The main character is single, saved, and searching for her life mate. The road she takes to find him is one where I hope readers will enjoy reading about.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

The most challenging part of writing Single, Saved, & Searching was consolidating some of the pitfalls of dating into a concise storyline. I could probably write a book three times the size of this one about dating alone, but since this is a novella I chose to focus on the hot topics, making the story crisp as well as relatable. Sometimes finding a middle ground where a broad audience can draw several nuggets of wisdom from can be challenging. But I’m satisfied in knowing that I overcame this otherwise intimidating obstacle.

Tell us a little bit about the cover art. Who designed it? What made you choose that particular image/artwork?

The cover was actually designed by an artist in the Philippines. I chose this particular artwork because it describes what the book is about before you even open it. When you see a woman in the forefront and several men in the background, it causes one to think about a dating scene similar to that of the old television show Love Connection or The Dating Game. And this is similar to what Elisha goes through in Single, Saved, & Searching. There are men, each with different backgrounds, in which she has to choose.

 

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Love is the Essence of Time by Samuel Douglas Book Feature – Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

Title: Love is the Essence of Time

Author: Samuel Douglas

Publisher: iUniverse

Pages: 114

Genre: Family/Relationship

Format: Ebook

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This book is all about love as seen through the eyes of the author. Love Is the Essence of Time explores his deepest thoughts as he seeks to relate his understanding of the most powerful word on earth. He attempts to answer burning questions that affect everything that love touches. It is one of those books straight from the heart.
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Samuel Douglas was born in the parish of St. Catherine, in Jamaica. His family relocated to the parish of Clarendon, closer to the center of the island, where he spent his childhood years.

He enjoys playing football attending church and listening to gospel music. However his greatest joy is being around people and making them happy. His goal in life is to do whatever it takes to put smiles on the faces of all the people he meets, and to brighten their days. In fact, he wrote this book about love to do just that.

Samuel now works in Canada, where he shows everyone he meets that a good smile is a sign of happiness, especially when it comes from the heart

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Female Protagonists and Diversity in Fantasy by author Nathan Chandler

Warrior of the WayTitle: Warrior of the Way

Author: Nathan Chandler

Publisher: iUniverse

Pages: 376

Genre: Fantasy

Format: Ebook

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Civil war is a curse that touches everyone, including King Tashdar of the Mulamar. When he is ordered by a powerful and mysterious stranger to send warriors toward Kanai and Kadisha to slaughter everyone, Tashdar has no choice but to obey. As the Hebari emperor’s palace is invaded, only one man escapes—a captain of the guard to whom the emperor has entrusted the safety of his remaining two children. Moments later, the emperor’s legacy is erased from the face of the earth.

More than forty years later, Pasha Nuvahli of the Sashramans tribe, greatest of the king’s warriors, is devastated when his wife is murdered and his son is kidnapped. Overcome with despair as war and a dangerous sorcerer threaten the southern tribes, Pasha soon finds himself in a crisis of faith as he ponders why Daiyu has allowed such sorrow to befall him. But after he learns of an ancient prophecy and his hidden connection to the last emperor of the south, Pasha is sent by King Juktan to seek an alliance with the five other Hebari tribes and lead them against an ancient enemy from the north. Suddenly, his life takes on a new meaning.

In this compelling story, a worried king looks to his greatest warrior to unify the south with the hope the young soldier can save his people before all is lost forever.

 

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Female Protagonists
and Diversity in Fantasy
Nathan Chandler
I have always found stories told from the female perspective to be intriguing, thoughtful and full of nuance that you don’t always get from stories with male protagonists. In my book “Warrior of the Way” my main protagonist is male but I tried to build thoughtfulness and nuance around the character Pasha Nuvahli like you might see in a female driven narrative. Pasha is also influenced by many strong female characters who give him perspective and a new direction to follow when he’s feeling lost.
Stories told through the lens of female protagonists also give readers like me a window into female lives and issues they face which we might be exposed to otherwise. But then some might ask; should writers write female driven narratives for the sole purpose of convincing men of a woman’s worth or should writers write stories that are simply good and then expect a diverse audience to follow?  I don’t think of it as an either or choice. In reality it should be a mixture of both. Writers should write more stories with female protagonists and focus on writing a good story that can also inform those who read it. I strongly believe in writing stories that leave a lesson or moral if you will for the reader.
I try to do that with Pasha Nuvahli in “Warrior of the Way”; many of the things he goes through are lessons that he internalizes and which the reader might also get something out of. Trials of faith, skepticism and depression are all issues that Pasha deals with but by and by he gets through them. I think reading through Pasha’s ordeals might help some readers internalize some message that
might help them get through whatever they might have going on.
As for diversity in fantasy. I think there needs to be more. Some writers are afraid of writing about people of other races and backgrounds because they’re afraid of getting it wrong or being accused of getting it wrong. Others don’t even think that fantasy can be a diverse genre. These oversights and misplaced fears hold back the power of the fantasy genre in many ways and prevent it from
becoming a genre well read by many diverse audiences and not just those who are young and Anglo. Many African, Asian, and Latino groups have fantasy cultures and stories that could be incorporated well into narrative fiction. Fantasy writers can increase their readership substantially by writing stories that are more diverse and I hope they start doing so more often. There are a lot of
minority readers and some of them like the fantasy genre. I don’t think reaching that market segment is as hard as some in the industry seem to think.
People want stories with characters who are lively and different in worlds they haven’t seen before. The old European state fantasy model is a good one, and I enjoy stories like that but there needs to be more available than just that kind of fantasy story. There is a genuine hunger for more fantasy stories reflecting more diverse people and I encourage writers out there to meet that need.

Nathan Chandler received an associate’s degree in technical Spanish translation from Oklahoma State University–Oklahoma City and currently attends the University of Oklahoma, where he is majoring in international business with an emphasis in Chinese language. Nathan resides in Norman, Oklahoma, where he continues to write.

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Gray Skies by Elle Emtage Book Feature – Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!


Title: Gray Skies

Author: Elle Emtage

Publisher: iUniverse

Pages: 170

Genre: Romance

Format: Ebook

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Dunstan’s dashing good looks, thriving business and exotic lifestyle made him one of the world’s most sought after bachelors; but none of this seemed to quell Dunstan’s desire for Destiny. As their courtship evolves their romance is woven from a tapestry of classical beauty and romantic places in the orange light of the Tuscan sun. To Destiny, her life once filled with endless days of meetings and long nights alone is now full of life and love in a whirlwind romance.

In the midst of their developing relationship however, tragedy rips them apart and she discovers a thread in time which links their existence to an unbelievable possibility. This possibility threatens their very existence, but Dunstan, fueled by his love, will stop at nothing until he reclaims what he has lost. A fantasy romance novel, Gray Skies demonstrates how true love can even overcome obstacles set by the universe.

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Elle Emtage is a business professional and has been published in several media houses. Elle’s passion for writing has transformed throughout the years and she is sharing her love of romance and intrigue through the début of this novel. Elle and her family consider themselves fortunate to live on the beautiful island of Barbados.

 

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The Chronicles of Elizabeth Highland Book Feature – Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!


Title: The Chronicles of Elizabeth Highland

Author: Elizabeth Highland

Publisher: AuthorHouse

Pages: 370

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Format: Ebook

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1973 This is the love story of Elizabeth Highland and Timothy Blumefield. To be or not to be… that is their question. Friends for 40 years… they have lived 3000 miles apart for the past 20. Through the twists and turns of life somehow fate and destiny brings them together in an uncanny spiritual journey guided by the universe. Elizabeth chronicles their story… a tale that takes her around the globe to find guidance and inner wisdom. The Chronicles of Elizabeth Highland is a hilarious tale of awakening consciousness. SHAMBHALA

 

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Elizabeth Highland worked as both a designer and manufacturer in the sporting goods industry for twenty-five years. Her products sold in Canada, the United States, Europe, Korea and Japan. As well, she dabbled as an actor in film and improv.

Travel has always been a part of her creative inspiration. In recent years Elizabeth lived in Peru and travelled extensively throughout South America. Just back from an adventure in Istanbul, Jerusalem and Jordan, she is currently working on her second novel THE CHRONICHLES OF ELIZABETH HIGHLAND, VOLUME II… The Journey Continues.

Elizabeth holds both a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto. Elizabeth presently lives in Toronto with her dog Little Bear.

 

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The Iron Ring by Auston Habershaw Book Feature!

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The Iron RingTitle: The Iron Ring

Author: Auston Habershaw

Publisher: Harper Voyage Impulse

Pages: 192

Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Format: Kindle

Tyvian Reldamar—criminal mastermind, rogue mage, and smuggler of sorcerous goods—has just been betrayed by his longtime partner and left for dead in a freezing river. To add insult to injury, his mysterious rescuer took it upon himself to affix Tyvian with an iron ring that prevents the wearer from any evildoing.

Revenge just got complicated.

On his quest to get even, Tyvian navigates dark international conspiracies, dodges midnight assassins, and uncovers the plans of the ruthless warlord Banric Sahand—all while running from a Mage-Defender determined to lock him up. Tyvian will need to use every dirty trick in the book to avoid a painful and ignominious end, even as he discovers that sometimes even the world’s most devious man needs a shoulder to lean on.

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Auston Habershaw is a science fiction and fantasy writer and author of The Saga of the Redeemed (part one to be released by Harper Voyager in February 2015). You can find links to his stuff through Amazon or Goodreads (see the links to your right!). He got second place in the Writers of the Future Contest in the first quarter of 2014 (Volume 31), so he presumably has some idea of what he’s doing (though not the *best* idea, obviously). He’s also an English professor, a pretty good storyteller, and a big time geek. This blog is for him to discuss and explore some of the crazy ideas that are usually kicking around in his head, throw out some of his homemade RPGs for people to use or see, advertise his budding writing career, and see just what this whole ‘blog’ thing is about. Enjoy!
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Guest Blog from Kevin D. Patterson, author of Small, Dark, and Handsome

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Small Dark and HandsomeTitle
: Small, Dark, and Handsome
Author: Kevin D. Patterson
Publisher: Dark Peak Publishing
Pages: 270
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Format: Paperback/Kindle

Ethan Anderson desperately wants to find his soulmate and he’s convinced that his height of 5’6″ is limiting his options. Not wanting to end up like his friends with shallow lives filled with clubs and one-night stands, Ethan turns to a popular dating website where he connects with Anna Collins, a born-again Christian who just may be the woman he’s been looking for. But, when she’s ready for a committed relationship, will Ethan be able to ignore his friends, abide by Anna’s celibate lifestyle, and look beyond her five-inch height advantage to see a future with her before she gives up and moves on?

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WHAT IS SMALL, DARK, AND HANDSOME ABOUT?

Small, Dark, and Handsome is a romantic comedy about Ethan Anderson, a guy who desperately wants to find his soulmate. Historically, he hasn’t had much luck with love, and at 5’6″, he’s always felt that his height (or lack thereof) has limited his options. He knows that he doesn’t want to end up like his friends who are obsessed with clubs and one-night stands, so Ethan takes a different path and tries his luck with online dating. Eventually, through a popular dating site, he connects with Anna Collins, a born-again Christian who just may be the woman he’s been looking for. But, when it’s time for a commitment, Ethan has to decide if he can resist his misguided friends, abide by Anna’s celibate lifestyle, and look beyond her five-inch height advantage to see a future with her before she gives up and moves on.

I actually came up with this story way back when I used to hit the social scene and occasionally found myself spending more time observing guys in their often humorous attempts to pursue women, than focusing on my own pursuits. Throughout the years, I must have witnessed countless conversations between men and women of all shapes, sizes, and ethnicities in these environments, but I rarely saw any interactions between women and shorter men. When I started kicking around the idea about my novel with some female friends a few years ago, most of them were split about the importance of having a taller mate, but one thing was clear, a shorter guy was simply out of the question. I guess I took that as a direct challenge to create a compelling romantic comedy centered on a couple that deals with this unique height disparity, but must also overcome a host of other important issues that emerge throughout the story in order to find true happiness together.

So, that’s “what this book is about.” I sincerely hope that you get a chance to check it out, and if you’re the try-before-I-buy type, I’d encourage you to read a free chapter or two at your favorite eBook store. Last thing – In case you’re wondering, the story’s not about me. I’m 5’10” and a half, although a friend of mine told me long ago that people who add the half inch to their height, usually have some issues in that area. 🙂

Kevin PattersonKevin D. Patterson is an experienced marketing writer and has developed communications for many of today’s leading brands, including HP, American Express, Oracle, and Deloitte. After much encouragement from friends and family, he decided to pursue his passion for creative writing, and the end result was his debut fiction novel, Small, Dark, and Handsome. Kevin was born and raised in San Francisco, CA, and has also lived in Michigan, New York, and overseas in India. He currently lives in Plano, Texas with his wife and son. A graduate of the University of Michigan’s MBA program, Kevin is an avid sports fan and tennis player. You can keep up with Kevin and his upcoming projects at http://www.kevindpatterson.com

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One Last Time by Denise Daisy Cover Reveal!

 

One Last Time 4 FINALTitle: One Last Time
Author: Denise Daisy
Publisher: Lyrical Press

When it comes to love, time is all they need…

Averie is terrified of anything remotely scary, but when she finds herself short of cash, she has no choice but to work on the catering staff at the creepy historic Faulkner mansion. The Faulkner Plantation was the site of a bloody massacre in the 1800s, and the event is an attempt to change its reputation. There’s just one catch: the host has more in store than dinner. Soon Avery, along with a handsome guest named Quillan, is transported—back in time…

It’s one month before the massacre and Averie and Quillan must find the courage to do more than survive. Together, they must uncover the truth about the Faulkner family and try and stop the murders. But as Averie and Quillan grow closer, the stakes are higher than they expected. Will they be able to put their feelings aside to change the past—and find life, and love, in the place Averie fears the most?

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Denise Daisy

Denise Daisy is described as one of the purest storytellers of all time; pulling of romance, suspense and a touch of the supernatural, all in the same piece. Born and raised in Tennessee, Denise Daisy sets her stories in the Deep South and her natural southern style charms all her work.

In addition to writing, Denise enjoys directing for the theater, and has brought to the stage many wonderful stories, from The legend of Pocahontas to Great American Tall Tales. To Denise, there is nothing more thrilling than bringing characters to life, whether on stage, behind the camera or in the pages of her books.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her four daughters, watching fireflies in the evenings, dreaming up her next story and inspiring others.

With the debut of her new adult thriller, One Last Time, Denise gives you a nail biting, page turner that will have you on the edge of your seat.

 

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Rendezvous in Baghdad by Ben Sheldon Book Feature – Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!


Title: Rendezvous in Baghdad

Author: Ben Sheldon

Publisher: iUniverse

Pages: 208

Genre: Thriller

Format: Ebook

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As throngs of humanity pack Rome’s St. Peter’s Square, all await the news from the Sistine Chapel as to who will be the next Pope. But no one is more anxious than Iraqi American Sami Yusuf, for he and one of the papal candidates share a well-kept secret. When it is finally announced that Cardinal Paul Rogan has been elected Pope, Sami knows the one thing about Father Rogan that no one in the crowd does-he is a humble shepherd who molests his unsuspecting sheep.

Many years earlier, while Sami was a Jesuit school student in Baghdad, he was molested by Father Rogan. Deathly afraid of revealing the abuse for fear of losing his family’s honor, Sami eventually emigrated to the United States and joined the Air Force. Meanwhile, Father Rogan slowly moved up in the Catholic Hierarchy-while quietly ruining one young boy’s life after another. Now amid sectarian mayhem and the occupation of Iraq, Sami must visit his ailing dad in Baghdad. But first he must fulfill his most important life’s mission-to cleanse the honor that Father Rogan stripped from his family.

In this compelling tale that spans three continents, a vendetta drives an Iraqi American pilot into international dram that culminates with unexpected ramifications that change everything forever.

 

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Ben Sheldon lived in the Middle East, including Baghdad and Kurdistan, and attended college in Europe before settling in the San Francisco Bay area. He has worked as assistant editor for a national technical magazine and is the author of a novel and poetry book.

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