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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

#REVIEW: A True Hope: Jedi Perils and the way of Jesus by Joshua Hays

Title: A True Hope: Jedi Perils and the Way of Jesus
Series: none
Author:  Joshua Hays
Published Date: May 24, 2015
Publisher: Smyth and Helwys Publishing
Format: paperback
Pages: 166
ISBN: 9781573127707
Genre: Christian teaching
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Rating: 3 ½ stars

Synopsis: The Star Wars films have maintained a tremendous following for almost forty years, attracting successive generations of audiences while sustaining their appeal for lifelong fans. As viewers return to these stories again and again, the movies exert tremendous influence on their perceptions of the world. Star Wars offers an accessible starting point for considering substantive issues of faith, philosophy, and ethics. In A True Hope, Joshua Hays explores some of these challenging ideas through the sayings of the Jedi Masters, encouraging Christians to reflect on them thoughtfully. In so doing, Hays examines the ways the worldview of the Jedi is at odds with that of the Bible. Readers who accompany Hays on this journey will continue to enjoy the entertainment of the Star Wars galaxy while strengthening the stability and coherence of their faith.


My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book starts with one premise: the religion of the Jedi, a fictional part of the very fictional universe of Star Wars, is real, or at least real enough that people will take it seriously and convert to Jedi-ism.
I find this to be a very long stretch of the imagination, however, there are numbers to back up the author’s claim. For instance, in the 2001 census, there were almost 400,000 people that put down Jedi as their religion in the official census (wikipedia link here).
Because of this, the author has spent a considerable amount of time debunking why being a Jedi is a good, true religion, instead of Christianity. If these almost 400,000 people in the UK were actually serious about their choice of belief system, I would say that the author had some pretty good points.        
The author does an incredible job of defining the Jedi belief system, and then comparing it to Christianity, showing, without a doubt that Christianity is the superior choice in religions.
At the end of it though, I have yet to see anyone besides monks in monasteries, wearing robes, and I haven’t heard of anyone seriously wielding a light saber, truly believing they are a Jedi of the Star Wars universe.
While the premise of the book is noble, saving all those unsuspecting Jedi-wannabe’s from the fiery pits of hell for following Yoda and Obi-Wan, I think the numbers of Jedi in our midst are more an inflated reaction of thumbing their nose at the government’s inclusion of religion in the census than true followers of the Force.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

#BLAST and #GIVEAWAY: Sin and Honey by Taryn Scarlett

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ToughofBetrayal For fans of Anita Diamant's The Red Tent comes the second novella in the scintillating SIN & HONEY series featuring the Bible's most powerful and seductive women...
 So Delilah said to Samson, “Tell me the secret of your great strength.”—Judges 16:6

Delilah would do anything to escape her past. Falling for Samson only got in the way. Taryn Scarlett’s lush reimagining of Samson and Delilah uncovers the hidden truth behind the girl who became the most infamous seductress in history. Delilah has come to the quiet valley of Sorek to start a new life, but when a man blackmails her with a devastating secret, she learns that not all sins can be buried in the past. In a dangerous bargain for her freedom, she agrees to seduce Samson, a notorious killer threatening the region—and if she can’t uncover the secret to his strength, she’ll forfeit her life. But Samson is different than any man she has ever met before: godlike in his strength but guarding a passionate vulnerability that draws Delilah to him. Will she betray the man she has begun to fall for—or will she betray her own heart for freedom?
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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

#INTERVIEW: Ian Palmer, author of Weed and Water



Book Title: Weed and Water
Author: Ian Palmer
Genre: Teenage Redemption story; Christian faith
Paperback: 266 pages
ISBN-10: 1506188451
ISBN-13: 978-1506188454
About The Author
Originally from Australia, Ian lives in the high desert in his beloved Southwest USA. As a petroleum engineer, recently retired, he consulted all over the world. When he hikes with them or watches them play sports, Ian’s grandchildren are a particular source of happiness. His main interests are hiking, dancing, writing, and stimulating conversation. Ian regularly writes a new blog on various topics relating to Christian faith, and has also written a book called Hiking Toward Heaven. More info is available in the website www.IanDexterPalmer.com.




Interview with the Author
Where are you from? I’m from Australia but have lived in the USA for many years. I came to take a job in Los Alamos National Labs, where they made the atom bomb. I then lived in Tulsa for many years followed by Houston, before I moved to Albuquerque eight years ago.
For those who aren't familiar with your work, can you tell us a little about yourself? I have a Ph.D. in physics, and worked subsequently on cosmic rays from the sun. Later I was hired by Big-Oil and studied fracking for many years. Since retirement I have been writing blogs and books that have a Christian basis. I am always fascinated by the mystery of how God deals with mankind, and vice versa. My interests are hiking, dancing and playing pickleball.
How many books have you written? Three books. The first was called Unleash your Creative Mind (how to be more creative in work and life after work). The second called Hiking Toward Heaven (where my granddaughter was kidnapped and later rescued by a mysterious stranger). And the third called Weed and Water (see below).
What is your newest book about? Weed and Water is about a teen athlete called Ethan who goes down because of shame which leads to sex and drugs. The boy hurts himself, and brings heartbreak to his single mom who is doing her best. A mysterious stranger called Jackson, who is more than he appears to be, challenges Ethan about his choices, and offers a way out.  But Ethan continues to yo-yo, unsure of who or what he can trust. The story, set in the desert Southwest and in the rivers and lakes of the Midwest, rocks and rolls with tension as well as geographical adventure.
Is there a message in your book that you want your readers to grasp? Teenagers have to make choices as they set their moral compass. They can end up in the garden or the swamp. In Weed and Water, Ethan is mired in the swamp when his family and Jackson offer him practical wisdom about his failure, and about the need to forgive ex-girlfriend Rachel. This pathway requires a new understanding of love and grace, and leads to hope. But can Ethan trust the adults? Does he have the energy to get out? Or is he trapped in the swamp forever?
What are your current projects? I write a new blog every two weeks…. on various topics, but all with a Christian basis. www.IanDexterPalmer.com. I am creating a new book called Nerd in a Blue Leather Jacket. This is about receiving insights and wisdom from God. I pull up examples from my own private life as well as my career, and also incidents told me by other people. It’s very cool to look back on tipping points in life, to see the hand of God.
What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done? I took my brother to see the Grand Canyon, the first time for him. So I blindfolded him and walked him out to the viewing point right on the edge of the canyon. He was a bit unsteady about all this! When I took the blindfold off, he saw immediately the vast extent of the canyon, and it was a treat to see the astonishment on his face at that instant.
What is your favourite Scripture verse and why? “Lord stretch out your hand to heal, and let wonders and miracles be performed in the name of your holy servant Jesus”. From Acts. When the apostles prayed this it says the house was shaken! I can’t tell you how many times I have prayed this over and over and over, for myself and for others who are in pain.
About The Book

A mysterious stranger helps a teenage boy called Ethan rescue his mentor, an elderly father-figure, from drowning when their canoe capsizes in a flooding river. A star athlete, Ethan later gets involved in unsafe sex, which leads to drugs, and gets him blackballed by jealous and gossiping team-mates. The boy is going down, and at times hates himself for it and for hurting his mom who is a caring, loving, and beautiful woman.
After another disastrous episode, where Ethan might have died, the river-stranger turns up again to confront him about his life choices. However, even after rehab, the boy’s condition is marked by a yo-yo attitude which causes massive emotional heartache for his mom.
The river-stranger, after sharing his own amazing history, suggests taking the fight to another level which draws on the resources of God. This begins a new and fascinating sequence of events, including a tornado, which get Ethan’s attention.
The book is a captivating story, packed with adventure in the desert Southwest and in the rivers and lakes of the Midwest USA. But it is also a goldmine of spiritual wisdom for teenagers. The mystery that permeates the story is compelling, and the thrilling ending may call for a tissue or two.
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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

#REVIEW and #GIVEAWAY: Fractured Not Broken by M Weidenbenner and Kelly Schaefer

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Fractured-KINDLEA Real Life Story of Heroic Virtue

Parts of this memoir appeared on ESPN and in Rosie Warsaw, Indiana July 08, 2015 Award-winning and best-selling author, Michelle Weidenbenner, announces the release of Kelly Schaefer’s memoir, Fractured Not Broken.

 Years ago, parts of Kelly’s story appeared on ESPN and in Rosie, but now Kelly reveals the rest of the story in her new book, Fractured Not Broken. Nineteen-year-old Kelly had it all—a healthy and athletic body, a star basketball-player boyfriend, and a fun college life with close friends. But everything changed when a drunk driver rendered her a quadriplegic. Kelly was left with arms and legs that couldn’t move. She couldn’t walk, write, feed herself or comb her hair. When she thought she couldn’t lose anything more—her boyfriend left her, unwilling to endure a life with a quad. Through her darkest days of loss and pain, her family and community gathered together to push her forward, to help her persevere. With their help, Kelly moved closer to God and toward a faith she’d never had.
 “Miracles come in many obscure moments,” Kelly said. “I spent most of my life awaiting my big break. I expected my miracle to be in the form of a pill, injection, or surgery that would enable my spine to heal and give me the mobile freedom I prayed for, but that didn’t happen.
 “Kristen Jongen’s quote says it all: “‘My miracle came unannounced, and in an odd package. It looked different from what I imagined--untimely, unexpected, unpretentious--yet it fit perfectly. Divinely constructed solely for me.’"

 Fractured Not Broken is a memoir of loss and faith, but it’s also a love story that sounds like fiction.
 “Life has its tragic moments of defeat, setbacks, and fracturing for everyone. Kelly's story proves, however, that individual momentum, personal progress, and genuine achievement can still be attained. Her courage and optimism are uplifting. Open these pages and experience the joy of ultimate victory.” —Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, Author of Jesus in All Four Seasons

 “This book has been a true encouragement to me. Thank you Kelly for sharing your story— the loss and the unexpected joy— so that each reader can be uplifted knowing there is a full, rich life available to those who lean in to our Lord Jesus.” —Renee Bondi, Award-Winning Singer and Songwriter
 “This is a real life story of heroic virtue—especially of courage, humility, and generosity—a triumph of faith, hope and love. This story involves the very essence of the human spirit, family, and community. To know Kelly and her journey of miracles is to know that with God all things are possible.” —Most Reverend Charles C. Thompson Bishop of Evansville

 This book will fracture the paradigms of the goals and expectations we set for ourselves and others. Kelly’s words will change how readers think of people with disabilities and bring hope to readers who have lost faith in finding true love.

Weidenbenner’s other novels include Cache a Predator, Scattered Links, and an early chapter book series for girls called Éclair.
Kelly is a teacher, speaker, Young Life mentor and a Skittles lover. She brings fun to her classroom and inspires others every day with her faith and positive attitude.
 
Michelle, her aunt, feels blessed to be the one to write and share Kelly’s story. Although this is Michelle’s first nonfiction project, it was heart-felt inspired like her novels.
 
Rating: 5 stars

My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I cannot say enough good things about this book. Rarely do I give out a 5 star rating, simply because I think that a 5 star rating really has to be a life-changing book. This is one of those books that I am still telling people about two weeks after I finished the book. I can see me still talking about this book a year later.
This book is a biographical look at Kelly Craig, the victim of a drunk driving accident, whose life was changed irrevocably the day of the accident. It is written by her cousin, Michelle Weidenbenner, whose books I have read before and enjoyed. The author has a gift for writing a story, either fiction or non-fiction, and letting the reader feel as if they are right there in the story. This book is no different. I felt connected to Kelly in a way I never have before when reading any other biography. The amount of strength, faith and resiliency she has shown in this book is inspiring.
Kelly’s faith, arguably, was shattered in the beginning of this book right after the accident. I have experienced that in my own life, when I have felt God turned away from me and rejected me. The difference between Kelly and I though, is that Kelly didn’t reject God; her faith, though shaky and tenuous, was still there. And like the mustard seed in the Bible, her faith has been able to grow back, stronger than ever, and far-reaching, especially with this book.
If you have ever found yourself in a situation asking God why He has put you there, you need to read this book. It is definitely one that stays with you long after you have turned the last page and put it away.
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Friday, July 17, 2015

#REVIEW: Five Hundred Miles by Lauren Brewer Bass


Title: Five Hundred Miles
Series: none
Author:  Lauren Brewer Bass
Published Date: May 28. 2015
Publisher: Smyth & Helwys Publishing, Incorporated
Format: paperback
Pages: 142
ISBN: 9781573128124
Genre: Christian non-fiction
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Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis: Spain’s Camino de Santiago, the Way of St. James, has been a cherished pilgrimage path for centuries, visited by famous actors, writers, and filmmakers, as well as countless otherwise ordinary people searching for healing, solace, purpose, and hope. Five Hundred Miles: Reflections on Calling and Pilgrimage is by one of the latter; it is Lauren Brewer Bass’s honest look at the often winding, always surprising journey of a calling. Using stories from her five-hundred-mile-long walk, she brings new language and new metaphors to our discussions of purpose, ministry, and everyday life.

My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This is a unique book where the author weaves together the experiences she had while walking the 500+ mile Camino de Santiago, and the lessons she has learned about finding your calling in life. Whether your calling in life is spiritual and church-related, or your calling is purely career-oriented, this book can shed light on how to get where you need to go.
The author writes in a very personable and easy to read manner. It makes reading the book like talking to a friend over a cup of coffee as she has gotten back from her crazy 500 mile pilgrimage. There were many times I found myself highlighting a passage of the book for later reflection. There are many gems of wisdom to be found in these pages.

The only drawback I found was that the book seemed to take a long time to read for me. It wasn’t that it was necessarily slow, but I had many passages where I needed to go back and read a few times to truly digest it.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

#REVIEW: Refining Fire by Tracie Peterson


Title: Refining Fire
Series: Brides of Seattle #2
Author:  Tracie Peterson
Published Date: July 7, 2015
Publisher: Bethany House
Format: paperback
Pages: 352
ISBN:  9780764210624
Genre: Christian romance
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Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis: Militine Scott, twenty-two, is in training at the Madison School for Brides in Seattle, Washington. Though she has no intention of pursuing marriage–believing no man will have her–she has found the school provides the perfect opportunity to hide her unsavory past.

Thane Patton, though fun loving and fiercely loyal to his friends, hides a dark secret, as well. He finds himself drawn to Militine, sensing a haunting pain similar to his own.
Will they finally allow God to make something new and beautiful from the debris of the past?
 

My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Though this is the second in a series, I had no problems reading it. Each of these books can be read as stand alones, and that definitely helps. The series centers around a bridal school in Seattle called Madison Bridal School, which is supposed to teach classes on decorum, cooking, sewing, everything you need to be the “perfect wife”.
This happens to be the perfect place to hide for a young lady named Militine, who has no intentions of marrying anyone. We learn of her dark past, and her unbelief in God, which is a result of said past. Militine is a character I could relate to easily with my own hard past and disbelief in God. We also meet three other characters: Abrianna, Militine’s best friend, as well as Wade and Thane, two young men at the same age, who help out around the bridal school. Predictably, they each pair up romantically.
While this book follows these four characters, it also deals with harsh topics, like human trafficking, misogyny and physical abuse. The author does a good job of writing in these side storylines, and addresses them fully without letting them dangle at the end.

This book was an enjoyable, quick read for me. This is the first book I have read from this author, and I will be looking for more books from her.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

#REVIEW: Be The Best Mom You Can Be by Marina Slayton



Title: Be The Best Mom You Can Be
Series: none
Author:  Marina Slayton, Gregory Slayton
Published Date: April 14, 2015
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Format: hardback
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780718022143
Genre: Christian parenting
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Rating: 3 stars

Synopsis: Marina Slayton and her husband, Gregory, best-selling author of Be a Better Dad Today, reveal the secrets to finding true joy in the sacred role of motherhood. Using story, humor, empathy, common sense, and straight talk--grounded in reality and personal experience--Be the Best Mom You Can Be helps readers from the best and most influential mothers in history. The book centers on a mother's desire for wisdom and her commitment to the wellbeing of her husband and children and provides six time-tested principles (the Six Secrets) for being a truly great mom. In the tradition of Stormie Omartian's and Barbara Rainey's books, the Slaytons offer value-based inspiration, a warm and personal tone, and insightful secrets to both educate and equip moms to be the best mothers they can be. This book will help any mom who wants to grow in her sacred role. Women who need encouragement or advice or who feel ill-equipped to be mothers will find the straight-forward evangelical perspective and practical advice life-changing. 

My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
The author writes a book on being the best mom you can be, and while arguably, some of the advice is useful, other advice is so obvious that I’m not sure how you can be a parent and not automatically do it.
The first two chapters truly show this. The first one is showing your children love, raising them in a loving environment. The second is giving your children a sense of belonging within your family. These two chapters would have been excellent chapters for a book on blended families, a book on being the best step-mom you can be. Maybe I’m just naïve, but loving your children, showing them that love, and giving them a sense of belonging in your family should be natural, right?
Getting beyond that, I found some of the advice was hit or miss, but I did enjoy the questions and reflections at the end of each chapter.

You may find this book to be very helpful for you, it was so-so for me.

Monday, July 13, 2015

#BLAST and #GIVEAWAY: Fractured Not Broken by M Weidenbenner and Kelly Schaefer

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Fractured-KINDLEA Real Life Story of Heroic Virtue

Parts of this memoir appeared on ESPN and in Rosie Warsaw, Indiana July 08, 2015 Award-winning and best-selling author, Michelle Weidenbenner, announces the release of Kelly Schaefer’s memoir, Fractured Not Broken.

 Years ago, parts of Kelly’s story appeared on ESPN and in Rosie, but now Kelly reveals the rest of the story in her new book, Fractured Not Broken. Nineteen-year-old Kelly had it all—a healthy and athletic body, a star basketball-player boyfriend, and a fun college life with close friends. But everything changed when a drunk driver rendered her a quadriplegic. Kelly was left with arms and legs that couldn’t move. She couldn’t walk, write, feed herself or comb her hair. When she thought she couldn’t lose anything more—her boyfriend left her, unwilling to endure a life with a quad. Through her darkest days of loss and pain, her family and community gathered together to push her forward, to help her persevere. With their help, Kelly moved closer to God and toward a faith she’d never had.
 “Miracles come in many obscure moments,” Kelly said. “I spent most of my life awaiting my big break. I expected my miracle to be in the form of a pill, injection, or surgery that would enable my spine to heal and give me the mobile freedom I prayed for, but that didn’t happen.
 “Kristen Jongen’s quote says it all: “‘My miracle came unannounced, and in an odd package. It looked different from what I imagined--untimely, unexpected, unpretentious--yet it fit perfectly. Divinely constructed solely for me.’"

 Fractured Not Broken is a memoir of loss and faith, but it’s also a love story that sounds like fiction.
 “Life has its tragic moments of defeat, setbacks, and fracturing for everyone. Kelly's story proves, however, that individual momentum, personal progress, and genuine achievement can still be attained. Her courage and optimism are uplifting. Open these pages and experience the joy of ultimate victory.” —Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, Author of Jesus in All Four Seasons

 “This book has been a true encouragement to me. Thank you Kelly for sharing your story— the loss and the unexpected joy— so that each reader can be uplifted knowing there is a full, rich life available to those who lean in to our Lord Jesus.” —Renee Bondi, Award-Winning Singer and Songwriter
 “This is a real life story of heroic virtue—especially of courage, humility, and generosity—a triumph of faith, hope and love. This story involves the very essence of the human spirit, family, and community. To know Kelly and her journey of miracles is to know that with God all things are possible.” —Most Reverend Charles C. Thompson Bishop of Evansville

 This book will fracture the paradigms of the goals and expectations we set for ourselves and others. Kelly’s words will change how readers think of people with disabilities and bring hope to readers who have lost faith in finding true love.

Weidenbenner’s other novels include Cache a Predator, Scattered Links, and an early chapter book series for girls called Éclair.
Kelly is a teacher, speaker, Young Life mentor and a Skittles lover. She brings fun to her classroom and inspires others every day with her faith and positive attitude.
 
Michelle, her aunt, feels blessed to be the one to write and share Kelly’s story. Although this is Michelle’s first nonfiction project, it was heart-felt inspired like her novels.
 
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Friday, July 10, 2015

#FF: Food!!!! July 10, 2015

Question of the Week: You can only eat one cuisine type for the rest of your life. Which would you choose? (E.g. Italian, French, Greek, Mexican, Chinese, Indian etc…) - Suggested byJourney Through Fiction
Wow, I'm not sure how I could even attempt to spin this subject Christian in some way. I heard there was a Bible Diet that was trying to be a new fad around the time the Paleo diet started coming out, but...um....no thanks. I could also say that since God has created us all, then let us enjoy it all.

Let's get back to the original question though....Mexican tends to give me gas but they have TACOS!!!!, French....mmmm croissants, beignets, cafe au lait....then Italian has pizza, ravioli, cannolis!.....Greek has pizza as well, feta cheese, stuffed grape leaves, and who can possibly say no to homemade baklava?!....Chinese food is probably the one I could do without, though I do enjoy crab Rangoon...sushi anyone (though I will lump all Asian food together), moo satay?!.....and Indian food, I have not partaken of.
Since each have their yummy deliciousness that I could not live completely without, I vote for the rainbow that God shows Noah after the Flood, and say we ENJOY THE SPECTRUM!



Wednesday, July 8, 2015

#REVIEW: The Behemoth Dinosaur in the Land of Uz by Maryluz Guerrero Salas

Title: The Behemoth Dinosaur in the Land of Uz
Series: none
Author:  Maryluz Guerrero Salas
Published Date: July 1, 2014
Publisher: WestBow Press
Format: ebook
Pages: 30
ISBN: 9781490825601
Genre: children’s Christian fiction
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Rating: 3 stars

Synopsis: The behemoth walks to the well to get water and sees his friend Job. Job becomes excited to see him and hugs him. Many villagers want the behemoth out of the village. But at the end, everything changes.

My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This is a really cute children’s book starring a behemoth dinosaur, Job the child, and the people of Uz. It’s a bilingual story, split into parts, the first in English, then in Spanish. The story is about the people of Uz who are afraid of the behemoth dinosaur because he’s different, and they are scared he will take all their food and water when he lives there as well. As the story progresses, the people learn that sharing, even with such a large, unusual creature, isn’t as bad as it seems as long as everyone shares equally, including the behemoth.

The graphics are horribly executed on the Kindle, as even on my Kindle app on my tablet, the graphics were almost impossible to see. My 6 year old wasn’t able to enjoy the graphics as much as she should have. I’m sure the paperback is much different.

Monday, July 6, 2015

#BLITZ and #GIVEAWAY for #CANCER #Support: You're Not Alone Anthology



100% of the royalties earned or accrued in the purchase of this book, in all formats, will go to the Pamela Winton tribute fund, which is in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.


You're not Alone
by Ian D. Moore and friends

An anthology, themed on relationships, of more than 20 authors 
from around the world 
From urban fantasy to stories that bring tears to the eye.



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Release Date:  July 11th, 2015      
                           
Cover Design by Christine Southworth



What can be better than a good book and the satisfaction of helping others at the same time? 






An international group of indie authors, inspired by the personal grief of one, decided to collaborate in the spring of 2015 in a project to create this multi-genre smorgasbord of original short stories, all with the same potent theme – relationship. Some are heartfelt, some funny, some poignant, and some are just a little bit scary – much like relationships themselves. All are by authors fired by the shared enthusiasm to give something back in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. 100% of the profit made on the purchase of this book, in any format, goes to the charity. Cancer touches us all. It has in some way affected those who have contributed their time and talent here. This is our way of showing that we care.

Indie authors carry forward a revolutionary shift in publishing, which allows the author to be creative director in their own work. There are many exceptional, experienced and acclaimed writers who have decided to take this bold step in publishing. In producing this anthology we have also had the inestimable assistance on board of artists, graphic designers, and bloggers – all of whom have a place in our acknowledgments. You, the discerning reader, are the other vital part of this equation. By buying this book you are supporting the work of indie authors, as well as discovering their worth. You are also supporting the charity to which we have chosen to dedicate our work.





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Meet the authors and the stories:

1.  A Year Afterwards - LESLEY HAYES, author of The Drowned Phoenician Sailor.
2.   Closure - BL PRIDE, author of Addiction (Book One, Beyond Life series).
3.   Colin and SandyANTHONY RANDALL, author of The English Sombrero.
4.   One of Those Days -IAN D MOORE, author of Salby Damned.
5.   Dolphins Dance – MIKE BILLINGTON, author of Corpus Delectable.
6.   A Special EveningD AVRAHAM, author of The Shepherd King, (Book I: Foundation Stone; and Off-Wire).
7.   At the Hands of the Healers-SALLYANN PHILLIPS, author of Angel’s Blood (Book one, of the Angel’s Blood series).
8.   Dad – KAYLA HOWARTH, author of The Institute.
9.   Forever Yours CHRISTOPHE FISCHER, author of The Luck of the Weissensteiners (Book 1 of the Three Nations Trilogy).
10.  Fruits -PHYLLIS EDGERLY RING, author of the soon to be published The Munich Girl: A Novel of the Legacies That Outlast War.
11.   Lillies on the Mantel – SYLVA FAE, soon to be published children’s author, Sylvanian Ramblings sylvafae.co.uk
12.   Gabriel and the Minister BirdANDREW UPDEGROVE, author of The Alexandria Project.
13.   Inside OutPENNY LUKER, author of The Truth Finder.
14.  Witch’s Mark – KATERINA SESTAKOVA NOVOTNA, author of Hawaiian Lei of Shrunken Heads.
15.   Love’s Silent AcheLISA SHAMBROOK, author of Beneath the Rainbow.
16.   GoalsTOM BENSON, author of A Taste of Honey.
17.   If the Shoe FitsKATHARINE E. HAMILTON, author of The Unfading Lands.
18.   The Birth – LUCINDA E. CLARKE, author of Amie.
19.   Lotta BlumBARBARA DORAN, soon to be published new author. Can be found at www.serendipitydoit.wordpress.com.
20.   Never too Old -ANGELA LOCKWOOD, author of Language in the Blood.
21.   Ooh Air MagritREBECCA BRYN, author of Touching the Wire.
22.   BabesMAX POWER, author of Darkly Wood.
23.   A Stitch in TimeSK HOLMESLEY, author of Autumn Antics.
24.   Day Late Dollar Short – ERIC LAHTI, author of Henchmen.
25.  Love in an Elevator – S.E MEYER, author of Origins (Book 1 of the Origins Series).
26.   No Longer BrokenNICO LAESER, author of Infinity: An Anonymous Biography & Skin Cage.
27.   Last GoodbyesPAUL RUDDOCK, author of Not What You Thought.
28.   The Yoga Bowl FELIPE ADAN LERMA, author of One Night in the Hill Country

 With invaluable help editing and polishing from Diana J Febry author of Bells On Her Toes



Giveaway:

9 Prizes:

- A paperback copy of "You're not Alone"
- One e-copy of any of the following titles by Max Power: "Darkly Wood","Larry Flynn", "Bad Blood" and "Little Big Boy".
- 2 e-copies of each of the following titles by Anthony Randall: "The English Sombrero: The Little White Ball" and "The English sombrero: Nothing to do but Run"
- An e-copy of any of Phyllis Ring's books
- 2  e-books by Angela Lockwood
- 10 e-book copies of "Origins" by S.E. Meyer
- ebook copies of "Salby Damned" by Ian D. Moore







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