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Book Feature: Fragments of Life by Anita R. Gibbons – Win a $25 Gift Card

 

Title: Fragments of Life
Author: Anita R. Gibbons
Publisher: XlibrisAU
Genre: Fiction
Format: Ebook

 

This story is in a sense a complex tale that commences at the end. It relates the tale of a developing “rocky” love affair between its two major characters as they each discover their capacity to fall in love with another woman, the charting of which is seen through the eyes of the survivor.

Maggie Cameron is a thirty-something single mother who has already established a moderately successful publishing business in Vancouver, Canada. She is also struggling to cope with the strain of a failing marriage and the needs of her growing daughter. Then into her life enters Carla Green as her young personal assistant.

Carla quickly becomes an invaluable player in Maggie’s business and family life. Then everything moves smoothly for a number of years until the confluence of two major events brings their developing relationship to a climax.

Carla is forced to confront the reemergence of her childhood demons on two fronts when a previous illness brings her mortality into question again. Maggie undertakes to publish a lesbian-focused story by a well-respected novelist under an assumed name. Maggie is deeply worried about the latter, even after Carla offers to play a role in addressing her major concerns. However, it is of even greater concern to both Maggie and her daughter, Stephanie, now in her teens, that Carla’s shattering prognosis will have severe repercussions on their developing comfortable family relationship.

By way of devising a coping strategy, Maggie and Stephanie begin plotting a way to make Carla’s impending death as happy as possible for all concerned. However, Carla seems to be rejecting all their efforts until an opportunity emerges for Stephanie to spend part of her upcoming school holiday in France. After considerable persuasion, Carla finally agrees to accompany them on their planned grand tour of Europe. Hence, although the story is set primarily in Vancouver, Canada, it also incorporates their travels across Europe.

As they all set about arranging for and planning their holiday itinerary, Carla is also trying to address her long-held concerns about her own sexuality. She eventually discloses her fears to Maggie, whose initial reaction is less than positive, particularly as Carla also soon expresses her deep feelings for her boss.

This unexpected development causes Maggie to also attempt an analysis her own deepening feelings for Carla, but before she is able to draw any conclusions, an event immediately preceding their departure seemingly dooms whatever future their relationship might hold.

The saga then proceeds as a mini travelogue covering their adventures in France. Indeed, it is only when Maggie and Carla, having deposited Stephanie with her troublesome father, set off on their own adventure to Italy that they begin to address the changing nature of their relationship.

It is only when they reach the idyllic setting of the small coastal village of Positano that Maggie finally gives in to the perceived pressure from Carla and finally admits to herself that she has irrevocably fallen totally ‘in love’ with Carla. However, more problems emerge as they grapple with the issue of Maggie’s willingness to share her newfound knowledge with Stephanie and the outside world in general.

 

After she was born in the United Kingdom, Anitaís family moved to Australia when she was still quite young. She studied her BA (sociology/politics) and MA (womenís studies) at Victoriaís Monash University. She met her life partner at age twenty, and they spent thirty-seven years together in their small home in the inner suburbs of Melbourne. They both enjoyed traveling, sailing, and sharing their time with an array of pet cats. Her writing has consisted of short stories, poetry, and articles for professional journals. Following her partnerís death in 2007, this novel finally burst out of its shackles. Her other major pastimes include presenting a weekly program for Melbourne community radio and still traveling whenever possible.

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Anita IS GIVING AWAY A $25 GIFT CARD!

  
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  • By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
  • One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive one $25 Gift Certificate to the e-retailer of your choice
  • This giveaway begins January 22 and ends on February 2.
  • Winners will be contacted via email on February 3.
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.
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Monday, January 22

She Writes

A Taste of My Mind

Tuesday, January 23

Books Are Love

Review From Here

Wednesday, January 24

A Title Wave

The Book Czar

Thursday, January 25

A Book Lover

The Literary Nook

Friday, January 26

Voodoo Princess

Write and Take Flight

Monday, January 29

My Bookish Pleasures

All Inclusive Retort

Tuesday, January 30

Confessions of an Eccentric Bookaholic

From Paperback to Leatherbound

Wednesday, January 31

Lover of Literature

Bent Over Bookwords

Thursday, February 1

PUYB Virtual Book Club

Fiction to Fruition

Friday, February 2

The Hype and the Hoopla

Inkslingers Opus

 

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Book Blast: Pen Scratching Poets by Marilyn B. Wassmann – Win a $25 Gift Card

 

 



Title: Pen Scratching Poets

Author: Marilyn B. Wassman

Publisher: AuthorHouse

Genre: Poetry

Format: Ebook



This book is a collection of poetry and art works that is dedicated to all of our family members.


 

Marilyn Benjamin Wassmann was born in a leap year, and earned four degrees-two in art history, one in library science, and one in studio art. Before retiring in 2011, Marilyn worked as an art cataloger at the Library of Congress. She has illustrated and contributed to anthologies for the Greenbelt Writers Group, and in 2010, she published a children’s book with her husband’s assistance entitled “What the Wind Blew In.” Besides drawing and painting, Marilyn writes poetry in her spare time. She lives in Hyattsville, Maryland with her husband Paul, and some fish, one rabbit, one cat, and three dogs.


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From Paperback to Leatherbound

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Book Blast: The Seer of Grace and Fire by Natsuya Uesugi – Win a $25 Gift Card

 

 



Title: The Seer of Grace and Fire

Author: Natsuya Uesugi

Publisher: XLibrisUS

Genre: Fantasy

Format: Ebook

A human cleric translating an elfin prophesy must bring the work to the high court at Kannon in faerie before DarkFall, the solemn anniversary when all the male newborns were murdered seventeen years ago. If the translation does not arrive in time, all is lost. Timorn, a seventeen year old ranger travels the human towns, hiring out his services. A mysterious elfin woman hires him to take her to Kannon before DarkFall, and only he can lead her with his purple faerie eyes. 



The evil Valkyris is amassing an army to attack Kannon at DarkFall, insisting she possesses the prophecy. Sending her dark mage Dalannin to infiltrate the faerie, he marches his demon hordes toward Kannon and sneaks into the palace. Ethesian, the seventeen year old faerie daughter of King Ailon, plays the dragon lyre, a female magic. Yet recently, she has started having prophetic dreams as if she were male. When a lie is revealed, Ethesian is tasked to study magic she must master before DarkFall. Will Timorn reach Kannon before the Valkyris, and Ethesian master a magic she shouldn’t possess? Secrets and lies, revelations and wizardry, DarkFall is coming and so is the reluctant faerie who would be king. Learn more in the first book of the dark fantasy trilogy, The Seer of Grace and Fire.


Natsuya Uesugi is a systems analyst and has worked in the design of aerospace, semiconductor and financial systems. With an MBA in International Management and a minor in Japanese, Natsuya has been around computers most of his life. He is author of the science fiction grydscaen novels and manga, and the yaoi novellas and manga, graphic noiz. He studied animation and game design in art school and created all the illustrations and cover art for The Seer of Grace and Fire. He enjoys skydiving, cosplay, anime and writing poetry.


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Book Blast: The Orange Cover by Moshy Shain – Win a $25 Gift Card

 



Title: The Orange Cover

Author: Moshy Shain

Publisher: XlibrisUS

Genre: Self-Help

Format: Ebook



We live in a beautiful world with nice people walking around the streets of happiness. But at the same time, we all feel that we are the only ones struggling with something in our lives. We are the only ones who are unhappy, and no one can understand us. We can feel lost in thoughts of how to get out of our own mess. We can’t stop telling ourselves that we are the only crazy ones who can’t deal with life. And that everyone out there is just perfect and everything in their lives goes just the way they wish. Only I am going through a hard time in life. And from the outside, it seems that I’m happy, but little do they know how much pain I’m dealing with.


 

Monday,
January 8

Review From Here

Literal Exposure 



Tuesday,
January 9

The Writers Life

As the Pages Turn 



Wednesday,
January 10

A Title Wave

I’m Shelf-ish 



Thursday,
January 11

Straight From the Authors
Mouth

The Dark Phantom 



Friday,
January 12

The Zen Reader

Inkslingers Opus 



Monday,
January 15

All Inclusive Retort

A Taste of My Mind 



Tuesday, January
16

Bent Over Bookwords

Zensanity 



Wednesday,
January 17

Lover of Literature

The Book Czar 



Thursday,
January 18

The Book Refuge

The Revolving Bookshelf 



Friday,
January 19

Voodoo Princess

The Literary Nook

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Book Feature: Ordainment Betrayal by Dennis Quiles – Win a $25 Gift Card

 



Title: Ordainment Betrayal

Author: Dennis Quiles

Publisher: iUniverse

Genre: Thriller/Suspense

Format: Ebook



Jack Steele is an ex–naval intelligence officer turned private investigator who has just proposed to his girlfriend, Martha, over dinner when he sees a bloodied and frightened boy running toward him outside the restaurant. After Martha steps in to protect the boy from the two men in hot pursuit, a gun battle ensues, leaving Jack’s beloved fiancée dead on the sidewalk. While Jack grapples with the ramifications of her tragic death, he is unwittingly pulled into the dark world of human trafficking at the hands of an Albanian mob doing business near Lake Michigan. Desperate for answers, Jack partners with a Chicago police detective to learn about the organized crime culture and develop a plan to stop the trafficking operation and free their victims before they are sold on the black market. As Jack puts his own life on the line, he must battle the powerful Catholic Church and stop the cunning exploits of a deranged pedophile priest who believes he is doing God’s work by turning children into little angels. But will Jack manage to accomplish his heroic mission before it is too late for more innocent victims? Ordainment Betrayal shares the thrilling tale of a former intelligence agent’s dangerous quest to stop an Albanian human trafficking operation in collusion with the Roman Catholic Church..


 

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Dennis Quiles earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in business administration. A US military veteran and an accomplished professional of the protection business, he is the director of global security for one of the world’s largest multinational corporations. Quiles and his wife have three children and currently live in Illinois. This is his third book.
Wednesday, January 10

Review
From Here

A Title Wave

Friday, January 12

Bent Over
Bookwords

Zensanity

Tuesday, January 16

Voodoo
Princess

The
Literary Nook

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