Real Life by Jill Reid / #Extract @pathwaytogrowth

Every day is a new opportunity to live a real life – a fresh beginning waiting to be explored. It’s another chance to find happiness, contentment, and purpose in our lives. But as we face the typical challenges and struggles of getting through the day, our focus often becomes blurred, the result of an overwhelming schedule and the constant requirement to respond to the needs of others.

Instead of balance, peace, and harmony, we find ourselves lost in mind-numbing routine, or caught up in a chaotic whirlwind of resolving one minor crisis after another—leaving us frustrated and discouraged.

Real Life  opens the door of possibility, and the opportunity to break through the layers of distraction that prevent us from recognizing our true spirit— that force which compels us to become better, stronger, and more optimistic about living our lives to our true potential.

Living a real life means becoming more curious, aware, and creative—more alive. It means taking control of our lives, making choices that are personally congruent and authentic to our true self. And finally, it means letting go of past mistakes without regret, and moving forward on our life’s journey with optimism, positivity, and joy.

In this collection of thirty-five uplifting and entertaining stories, you’ll find truth, humor, and inspiration, and perhapsa few bits of wisdom to help guide you to a more fulfilling and meaningful life.

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What Would a Goldfish Do?

Exploring the motivating factors in considering change

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I’ve always wondered why goldfish swim in circles.

At first, I thought they were simply following the shape of the bowl, taking a few long strokes, maneuvering around a corner, a few more strokes, another corner — repeating the cycle in ignorant bliss. Perhaps from their perspective, there’s more to it — swimming the perimeter, guarding against intruders, their watchful eyes taking in the muted light while gentle currents tug at dangling trails of poo.

I wondered if they were looking for a way out. By continuing to swim in their round-a-bout pattern, maybe they hoped to locate the elusive exit panel that would open up to provide swift and safe passage to the big pond. Or maybe they’re running a race—a marathon of sorts, in competition with their bowl-mates who swim in the same direction.

But how would they know when the race was over or how the winner was chosen — and what the actual prize would be?

Personally, I think the view from inside the watery, distorted glass has driven them mad.

Imagine the parade of bizarre and grotesque images streaming into their bulging eyes— visions that are only faint representations of the reality that exists just outside the glassy barrier, all of which they cannot experience or even comprehend. Instead of purposely seeking explanation or clarity, they rely solely on instinct. Fearful of any unexpected movement, the timid fish allow enough tail room to retreat back into their comfort zone when a threat approaches.

On occasion, I’ve observed a fish that simply holds its position with a slight swish of the tail. Perhaps she wonders which direction holds the most promise — and if there will be food, shelter, and safety upon completing the journey.

I wondered how long such a stoic fish could maintain this position, allowing neither intrusion by other fish nor change of water temperature to affect its concentration. Even the shadow of food flakes floating on the surface doesn’t dispel its single-minded focus.

Maybe it’s a form of fish logic: “Since moving around the bowl hasn’t changed my life so far, perhaps remaining motionless will.”

For a very few fish — those who’ve outgrown their complacent companions — it’s a tipping point, with three choices to consider:

1. Remain motionless, which quickly diminishes the intake of oxygen from the water and the auto-cleansing benefits of friction. Unfortunately, this decision can leave her the target of bully-fish that intentionally form whirlpools, hoping to cast her face-first into the algae-laden blue gravel at the bottom of the bowl.

2. The second option is to resume the instinctual, continuous rotation, using the same familiar path the fish has used all its life.

3. And then there’s a third choice — though it’s rare that a fish comes to this conclusion on its own. This alternate consideration offers the possibility of attempting an exploration of the unknown mystery that exists outside the bowl — the place from which no fish has ever returned.

It’s a world the vast majority of fish don’t discuss, acknowledge, or even consider. And of those that do, most are paralyzed by doubt and fear, unable to imagine life in a waterless nether-world occupied by horrible looking creatures with gangly limbs radiating loud vibrations.

What would a fish do in such a place? How would it live, breathe, eat, survive? And in the unlikely event that a visit becomes an option for the curious, where would a fish find a door that would allow a peek into this unnatural realm?

Perhaps if she swims fast enough and long enough and in enough circles, these questions will eventually be answered.

Thank you, Jill Reid

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About the author

Jill Reid is author of Real Life and Discover Your Personal Truth, and the founder of Pathway to Personal Growth. Her books and articles explore life, happiness, relationships, health, and personal success strategies.

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Author Links

Website:  https://PathwayToPersonalGrowth.com

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Jill-Reid/e/B08HY8B7ZP/

Facebook:  https://Facebook.com/PathwayToPersonalGrowth

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/pathwaytogrowth

LinkedIn:  https://linkedin.com/in/pathwaytopersonalgrowth

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ebook:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08HY5BG43/

Paperback:  https://www.amazon.com/Real-Life-breathe-sleep-between/dp/1735860719

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The Heavy Side by Ben Rogers / #SpotlightPost #BookBlitz @RABTBookTours

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Silicon Valley Tech meets The Cocaine Trade.

Can you program yourself into a winner?

In the San Francisco Bay Area, tech innovation is King, and money is God.

Vik Singh watched his immigrant parents work their fingers to the bone chasing the American Dream. But standing at his father’s funeral, he realizes one thing – hustling will get you nowhere. All you need to get rich is one big idea.

And when he meets Los, a small-time drug lord with visions of grandeur, Vik makes a plan worthy of Jobs and Zuckerberg:

Design a drug sale app.

After all, market disruption is everything.

From his comfortable cottage in Lake Tahoe, Vik writes the code that builds a cocaine empire. When his app attracts an infamous drug cartel leader, it seems like a natural expansion move. And for a while, life is Swiss bank accounts, luxe coke parties, and falling in love with Remi, a beautiful and ballsy woman with secrets of her own.

Then he discovers he is being watched.

The DEA is closing in, the cartel is getting suspicious, and he can trust no one. As things heat up, Vik discovers the real price of easy money.

And that price could be his life.

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Thank you, Ben Rogers and RABT Book Tours

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About the author

Ben Rogers is the author of the novels The Flamer and The Heavy Side. His work has been published in The Rumpus, PANK, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Portland Review, Arroyo Literary Review, The Nevada Review, and Wag’s Revue, and has earned the Nevada Arts Council Fellowship and the Sierra Arts Foundation grant. He is also the lead author of Nanotechnology: Understanding Small Systems, the first-ever comprehensive textbook on nanotechnology, and Nanotechnology: The Whole Story, both of which earned the CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title Award from the American Library Association. He studied engineering and journalism in college and has worked as a business analyst, a newspaper reporter, a teacher, and a scientist at various labs, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is currently the Director of Engineering at NevadaNano. He lives in Reno with his family.

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Website: http://readrogers.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorbenrogers

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54898588-the-heavy-side

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Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Heavy-Side-novel-Ben-Rogers-ebook/dp/B081LZY3X4

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No Going Back by Casey Kelleher / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @caseykelleher

 

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A child has been taken. A family is out for revenge.

Riley Cooke is just one day old when he is stolen from the hospital. His young mother, Shelby, is beside herself. DC Lucy Murphy and her team face a race against time to find the vulnerable baby and bring him home – before the child’s grandfather, fearsome gangster Pete Baker, takes matters into his own hands.

Pete is sure he knows who’s behind baby Riley’s abduction, and he thinks they ought to pray Lucy finds them before he does. Because someone is going to pay dearly for causing this much pain to his family.

They say never stand between a gangster and his target. But that’s exactly what Lucy must do – because if Pete is wrong, innocent blood could flow.

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There’s no going back. That’s very true. That’s why it’s important to think before you act, because once it’s done, it’s done and you will have to live with the consequences.

Sometimes you have the best intentions though and you are sure it will change everything for the better but what if the outcome is quite the opposite? Was it worth risking everything you had for? NO! But there’s no going back and you will have to work hard to crawl out of the deep pit you dug for yourself.

Detective Lucy Murphy and her team have to deal with a case that brings back a lot of bad memories for her. She is determined to put her personal feelings on the backburner and focus on catching the culprit, but thoughts keep whirling through her mind. Will she act on them or will she put them to rest, because there’s no going back. The past cannot be changed and some things are better left as they are. Maybe sometimes getting justice is not the most important thing?

I have loved every book in this series and I hope there will be a lot more to come. This one was maybe a bit less gritty, but my heart overflowed.

I had quite a few scenarios in my head about the outcome, but – I suppose you can guess what is coming next LOL – not one of them was the correct one. 😊

I never saw that coming and that’s what turns a great book into an amazing one. 5 stars

Thank you, Casey Kelleher and Bookouture

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About the author

Born in Cuckfield, West Sussex, Casey Kelleher grew up as an avid reader and a huge fan of author Martina Cole.

Whilst working as a beauty therapist and bringing up her three children together with her husband, Casey penned her debut novel Rotten to the Core. Its success meant that she could give up her day job and concentrate on writing full time.

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www.caseykelleher.co.uk

www.facebook.com/officialcaseykelleher

http://caseykelleher.wordpress.com

Twitter: @caseykelleher

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The Single Mums Book Club by Victoria Cooke / #GuestPost #PublicationDayPush @rararesources @VictoriaCooke10

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Three friends, three single mums, one quest to find love…

It’s 8:30am and I’m already utterly exhausted. My son has lost his football boots, my daughter is ready for school dressed only in her vest and knickers, and of course, my 1-year-old has filled his nappy for what feels like the tenth time this morning.

As for my husband? He’s decided marriage doesn’t suit him, and well… buggered off.

All hope of ‘me time’ has but dwindled to sipping half a glass of wine whilst shouting after the kids. But everything is about to change.

I’m taking control of my life! I’ve joined… a book club.

Yes, I know what you’re thinking. ‘Wow… live a little.’ But my fellow book clubbers, Amanda and Janey, are my lifelines. They understand the daily struggle because they’re mothers too.

And in between the prosecco, Doritos and googling everything about Mr Darcy on SparkNotes, they’ve convinced me to go on a date with my boss.

A single mum of three looking for romance… what could possibly go wrong?
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Inspiration for The Single Mums’ Book Club

Like many of you, I watched Boris’ speech last year, when he asked businesses and schools to close their doors and not reopen them, with shock, worry, sadness and if I’m honest, a little bit of excitement. I mean, it was unheard of, in my lifetime at least (although my nanna did say it was worse than the blitz because she could still go to the cinema and in a pub back then) and I think I went into some sort of survival mode; home-schooling, home-cooking, home-making — I basically became a Stepford housewife overnight. I made sure we went out and clapped for our carers, enjoying those five minutes of seeing other humans and I always had a daily, local walk planned (we found every snicket in our village). But, it didn’t last long. My well-intentioned ‘mummy learning time’ was not well-received by the younger folk in our house, I soon got bored of baking and tackling the endless cycle of cleaning and I missed going on days out. We were fortunate in that my children’s school implemented Zoom lessons early on, so that gave me the chance to write and we soon found our family balance again. The children bickered less because they were finally out of each other’s pockets, the walks were fun again because they were an afterschool family treat and I didn’t have to ram unwelcome fronted adverbial clauses down anyone’s throat. More importantly, the shops started to get flour back in, so we had a new family activity to partake in ­— making terrible cakes.

Spending so long with my family in such a confined environment was certainly different. We’re the family who always had something on. We have to say no to clubs because the children want to do them all and we can go weeks without having a weekend to ourselves. It really was like hitting the pause button; it gave us time to just be a family and nothing else and for that, I’ll always cherish that first lockdown. We watched movies together, built things, muddled through giant jigsaws, downloaded TikTok and did the challenges, chopped down a huge holly bush and went exploring. More importantly, we talked and laughed together. The saddest thing about this is, we could have been doing it all along, so it was a bit of an eye opener. The inspiration for The Single Mums’ Book Club sort of came from there. It’s about a character who is doing her best whilst experiencing the ups and downs of parenthood and learning to appreciate and make the most of what she’s got.

Everyone had a rough time through lockdown for many unique reasons and the scope of suffering was on such a broad scale that experiences differed greatly. I think it brought out the best in a lot of people and whilst the book is not set during the Covid-19 crisis, I wanted to highlight how kind people can be when there are others in need.

Thank you, Victoria Cooke and Rachel’s Random Resources

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About the author 

Victoria Cooke grew up in the city of Manchester before crossing the Pennines in pursuit of a career in education. She now lives in Huddersfield with her husband and two young daughters and when she’s not at home writing by the fire with a cup of coffee in hand, she loves working out in the gym and travelling. Victoria was first published at the tender age of eight by her classroom teacher who saw potential in a six-page story about an invisible man. Since then she’s always had a passion for reading and writing, undertaking several writers’ courses before completing her first novel, ‘The Secret to Falling in Love,’ in 2016.

Her third novel, Who Needs Men Anyway? became a digital bestseller in 2018 and her debut, The Secret fo Falling in Love was optioned in 2020.

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https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16345710.Victoria_Cooke

https://www.facebook.com/VictoriaCookeAuthor/

https://twitter.com/VictoriaCooke10

https://www.instagram.com/victoriacookewriter/

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Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Single-Mums-Book-Club-hilarious/dp/0008376239/ref=sr_1_1?crid=33S5H1D84KAS5&dchild=1&keywords=the+single+mums+book+club&qid=1619636035&sprefix=the+single+mum%2Caps%2C170&sr=8-1

The Fragile Ones by Jennifer Chase / #Interview #BlogTour @pumpupyourbook @JChaseNovelist

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Detective Katie Scott #5

“Please Mommy, can Tessa and I go play on the swing by the creek?” the little girl begs, pushing a blonde curl from her eyes. “We’ll stay together, and we promise to be safe.” Hours later, their mother waits anxiously for her darling girls to arrive home with a list of reasons why they are late. But the front door never opens…

When the bodies of eleven and twelve-year-old sisters, Tessa and Megan, are found at the bottom of a ravine—dressed in matching pastel summer outfits, their small bodies broken from the fall—Detective Katie Scott is called to one of the most shocking and heartbreaking crime scenes of her career.

Carefully picking through the fragile remains, Katie makes the first of many disturbing discoveries: the girls were not biological sisters. The youngest, Megan, is a DNA match to a kidnapping case years before. The tiny number burnt into her skin the mark of a terrifying killer intent on keeping count of his collection.

Her PTSD from the army triggered, Katie is left reeling as she maps other missing children in the local area. Has this twisted soul found a way to stay nearby his victims? Could he be watching now as Katie hits one dead end after another?

A wild storm building, matching a fiber found during the autopsy to a nearby boatyard is the break Katie needs. But when another girl goes missing, just as lightning strikes and the power goes out, Katie only has her instincts, her team and her service dog to rely on. As time runs out for Katie to finds the stolen child alive, who will become the next number on this monster’s deadly list?

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Can you give us the title of one of your favourite books you have read?

That’s a tough order! So many books I love. The Bone Collector by Jeffrey Deaver is a book that I’ve loved as well as the entire Lincoln Rhyme Series. It really inspired me to write crime fiction.

Do you consider writing a different genre or do you already do that?

I’ve been toying with the idea of writing horror novels from the psychological perspective. Stories that really scare you.

Do you take a (digital) notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?

I have a small paper notebook that I tuck either in my purse or pocket. I jot down ideas, plot lines, or even characters names when I’m out and about.

If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?

I would love to travel to another country and write a book in that setting. Italy first comes to mind because of the food, land and architecture.

Whom did you inherit your love for books/reading from?

My mom and grandmother were avid readers. My mom started taking me to the local library when I was about five years old and I would load up with as many books as I could carry. My grandmother was an avid reader and storyteller. I would give her a specific animal and she would tell me story based on that animal.

When you need a murder victim or someone you can diagnose with a serious disease or someone who is involved in a fatal accident, do you sometimes picture someone nasty you have met in real life and think ‘got you’?

No, I generally don’t base murder victims on a mean boss from the past or someone who had been rude to me on a particular day. I try to make the victims either someone you would love to hate or someone you could identify with.

How do you come up with the names for your characters?

Naming characters is something that is difficult for me. I have a paperback of what to name your baby and it really helps me get out of a rut of naming characters.

Which character would you like to be in this book?

In The Fragile Ones, no doubt, I would love to be the main character Detective Katie Scott tracking down and solving cold cases. A few of her characteristics are definitely me. Which ones? I’ll never tell.

If a movie or series would be made from your books, would you be happy with the ‘based on’ version or would you rather like they showed it exactly the way you created it?

That’s a great question. Right off, I would like a movie to be based on my book version as best as it can be. However, basing a movie on my main character and storyline would be fantastic as well.

Have you already started writing a new book?

Absolutely! I just finished the first draft of the next book in the Detective Katie Scott series. I enjoy writing for this series and creating new cold cases for her to solve.

Thank you, Jennifer Chase and Pump Up Your Book

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About the author

Jennifer Chase is a multi award-winning and best-selling crime fiction author, as well as a consulting criminologist. Jennifer holds a bachelor degree in police forensics and a master’s degree in criminology & criminal justice. These academic pursuits developed out of her curiosity about the criminal mind as well as from her own experience with a violent psychopath, providing Jennifer with deep personal investment in every story she tells.

In addition, she holds certifications in serial crime and criminal profiling. She is an affiliate member of the International Association of Forensic Criminologists, and member of the International Thriller Writers.  

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@JChaseNovelist

https://authorjenniferchase.com/ 

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Intention: Building Capabilities to Transform Your Story by Dr. Ian Brooks / #Extract @CoriolisCo @drb_intention

Have you ever wanted to better yourself or overcome a problem but didn’t know where to start? Do you find that you have an ingrained way of approaching life that derails your ability to move forward? Or have you taken steps to move forward only to realize you are right back where you started? Dr. Ian D. Brooks, MS Prioritize who you are in understanding your story’s characters, it’s set, and script that influence you Explore beyond your immediate reasons for change to reflect your wants Take manageable action for something new, while adjusting old habits Build capabilities to manage changes for in an unknown future If you’re ready to… …then your journey of transformation begins with Intention. Dr. Ian D. Brooks, MS — affectionately known as Dr. B — will help you manage your intent.

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YOU

“Don’t judge the book based on the chapter you walked in on.”

— Anonymous

YOU HAVE AN INGRAINED WAY of approaching life and habitual actions that you rely upon. The reliance on these actions is heightened during periods of change or unexpected events. You may even find those actions don’t work in certain situations, or they only serve to keep you where you are – which can go against the story you’re hoping to evolve through in order to transform.

Confronting truths about your story and the effects on your transformation is where most people are not living up to their ability. Instead they’re remaining with their defiant selves, sticking to what’s comfortable, and failing to see themselves for who they are.

This internal focus on you is one of several layers offering complexity based on some truth, blind spots, and self-deception for survival. Author Abe Arkoff, in his book The Illuminated Life, noted that self-deception is useful when it’s: (a) temporary, (b) reserved for overwhelming situations, and (c) maximizes our positives and minimizes our negatives. Further, self-deception is either intentional or unintentional.

Intentional deception can result from information you consciously withhold or situations that you purposefully misrepresent. Unintentional deceptions involve information you feel is unimportant as part of your story, or may come from your blind spots which haven’t been recognized as part of impeding your growth.

Self-deception offers a haven to continue your narrative without fear of showing too much about yourself (decisions or behaviors) you wish to avoid.

This part of the book will help you focus on the “Principle of You.” It is centered on clarifying the current story that shapes you from the history of you – your characters, environment, and choices – and how this impacts your transformation.

THE PRINCIPLE OF YOU

When viewing one grain of sand with the naked eye, the grain looks very small, even when placed at the tip of a baby’s finger. Yet, when that a grain of sand is placed under a microscope, it looks like a boulder.

Still, it’s only a grain of sand.

Many grains of sand together create a different picture, like a beach or desert. The picture can be seen as positive – on a beach, in the sun, maybe drinking a cold beverage by the water. The collective image can also be seen as negative – in the middle of nowhere, in the desert with no water, and facing extreme heat.

But you wouldn’t know all that without looking at the broader context of that grain of sand. When combined with others, that grain is a part of something. Not to be lost, is that the grain of sand is still a truth unto itself. Unique. Complex. Detailed. Regardless of the surrounding sand. Regardless of its size.

Similar to the grain of sand, your story is more complex than what you want to transform. Your story is built on a foundation of your characters, your environment, and what you are willing to do.

Your actions served a purpose at one time. However, similar to any means of survival, they may have outlived their usefulness and may need to be retired. Further, there may be historical actions, times where you’ve cut corners simply to reduce discomfort or “get through it,” but didn’t truly solve the issue.

When uncovering a deeper truth, you are intentionally opening yourself to the vulnerability that comes from recognizing previous decisions, feelings, and actions. This may cause more emotional angst, but it is necessary for your progress.

This is similar to starting the remodeling of a house and finding piping that must be redone according to code. What started as a small project is now one which requires far more effort and stress. This doesn’t make us weaker, any more than the deficient piping makes a house less stable. It does mean that there will be more work than initially expected in order to effectively transform.

Similar to grains of sand, your challenge is to explore those themes (or grains) within your story (characters, environment, and choices) that may influence your transformation.

Thank you, Dr. Ian Brooks and Coriolis Company

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About the author

Dr. Ian Brooks is the chief executive and founder of Rhodes Smith Consulting leading transformations of people and organizations for over 24 years. Ian has extensive experience in executive and leadership development, change management, business performance consulting, and communication planning. Ian holds a PhD in Industrial /Organizational Psychology from Marshall Goldsmith School of Management at Alliant International University, a Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Auburn University at Montgomery, and a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Morehouse College.

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Author Links

Website: http://rhodessmith.com/meet-ian

Twitter: https://twitter.com/drb_intention

IG: https://www.instagram.com/drb_intention

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Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Intention-Building-Capabilities-Transform-Story/dp/1735975001/

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The Mystery of Montague House by Emma Davies / #Review @EmDaviesAuthor

Summer & Wynter Mysteries Book 1

When Summer meets Wynter…

With enough rooms to fill a Cluedo board several times over, Montague House has often been the subject of rumour and gossip. Tales of strange goings on, an owner who disappeared one day and was never seen again, not to mention the treasure that rumour has it lies at its heart… But now the present owner has died and the house is to be sold. It looks as if the opportunity has come to finally settle the stories once and for all. Clodagh Wynter doesn’t believe in ghostly goings on and tall tales of secrets. She has her feet very firmly on the ground and, tasked with the job of valuing and cataloguing the house and all its contents, she’s simply looking forward to working in such a glorious setting. And if she happens across a priceless painting, well, that’s just icing on the cake. Andie Summer is a Finder of Things and desperately needs this job; she’s down to her last few tins of baked beans. So looking for hidden treasure sounds right up her street, even if there was something very fishy about the mysterious Mr Mayfair who hired her. Because it’s just like she said to her faithful Basset Hound, Hamish; I saw something out of the corner of my eye as I was leaving, and you know what that means. It’s never good news when I see something out of the corner of my eye… As the unlikely pair are thrown together, it soon becomes very clear however that they are not the only ones searching for the treasure. And they’re going to need all their ingenuity, resourcefulness, not to mention chocolate biscuits, if they’re ever going to untangle the web of secrets that surrounds Montague House. One that reaches even further than they ever thought possible…

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It has been quite a while since I read a cozy mystery book and when I saw this one had a dog in it, it just was a must read for me, pure and simple.  It also helped, of course, that it was written by an author I ‘knew’. I had a few books by her, but this genre is not what she usually writes. I was very curious to find out whether this kind of book would also fit her like a glove, just the way her feel good books do.

Main characters are Andie and Clodagh. They seem a bit like ice and fire, but there is more than the eye can see. Maybe they are more alike than they first thought and they seem to bring out the best in to each other. Are they on the way to cement a long lasting friendship, but first they have a job to do and someone is not very happy about them being there. The baddies are in for a big surprise, because these two ladies are not easily scared away. Hamish, the dog, is a bit of a lazy one, but when it matters he does what he has to do.

Will they be able to unravel the mystery of Montague House or will it remain buried for ever?

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I have to admit that I had a prime suspect, but I never thought it would turn out like this. I was very pleasantly surprised by the outcome and happy, because the author decided to write a series about these two fierce ladies and a lovely dog. 

So cozy mystery lovers grab your copy and check it out. Have fun.  5 stars

 Thank you, Emma Davies

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About the author

After a varied career, Emma Davies once worked for a design studio where she was asked to provide a fun and humorous (and not necessarily true) anecdote for their website. She wrote the following: ‘I am a bestselling novelist currently masquerading as a thirty something mother of three.’ Well the job in the design studio didn’t work out but she’s now a forty something mother of three and is happy to report the rest of her dream came true.

After many years as a finance manager she now writes full time and is far happier playing with words than numbers. She lives with her husband, three children, and two guinea pigs in rural Shropshire where she writes in all the gaps in between real life. It’s a county she adores, her love of its beautiful people and landscapes providing endless inspiration for her books, and in fact the only thing that would make Shropshire more idyllic is if it were by the sea. 

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Author Links

website: http://www.emmadaviesauthor.com 

Twitter @EmDaviesAuthor / https://twitter.com/EmDaviesAuthor

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/emmadaviesauthor/

http://www.instagram.com/authoremmadavies

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https://smarturl.it/MontagueHouse

In The Blood by Margaret Kirk / #SpotlightPost #BookBlitz @LoveBooksGroup @HighlandWriter @orionbooks

 

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‘Ritual murder and ghosts from a chilling past haunt DCI Lukas Mahler in his latest case, set on the ancient Orkney Islands.’

Tied to a derelict pier on Orkney, the bloated remains of a man bob in the waves, under the shadow of forbidding Sandisquoy House. The locals know him as William Spencer.

But DCI Lukas Mahler identifies him as Alex Fleming – his former boss.

Unable to step away from the case, Mahler tries to piece together why Fleming would retire to such a remote location. But the deeper he digs, the more disturbing the investigation becomes.

Seal bones, witches’ salve, and runic symbols appear everywhere he looks, ushering Mahler towards Fleming’s most notorious unsolved case: the ‘Witchfinder’ murders. And towards a dark and uncomfortable truth someone has gone to great lengths to bury…

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Thank you,Margaret Kirk and Love Books Group

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About the Author

Margaret Kirk writes ‘Highland Noir’ Scottish crime fiction, set in and around her home town of Inverness.

Her debut novel, Shadow Man, won the Good Housekeeping First Novel Competition in 2016. Described as ‘a harrowing and horrific game of consequences’ by Val McDermid, it was published in 2017 by Orion. Book 2 in the DI Lukas Mahler series, What Lies Buried, was published on 13th June 2019. Book 3, In The Blood, will be released by Orion on 29th April 2021.

Margaret is also the writer of several award-winning short stories, including The Seal Singers, which has been published in translation in Germany. She has contributed a short story, Still Life, to the Noir From The Bar anthology, which has been compiled to raise funds for NHS charities.

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Author Link

margaretmortonkirk.wordpress.com

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Book Link

Amazon – https://amzn.to/3wCbcr2

 

By My Sword Alone by David Black / #SpotlightPost #PublicationDay #BlogTour @LoveBooksGroup @lume_books

 

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The Battle of Glenshiel, 1719. Thirteen-year-old James Lindsay watches the action unfold as the Jacobite forces supported by his family are defeated. For the rebels, it is the beginning of the end. But for James, forever marked by the battle, it is truly just the beginning.

Later, forced to flee Scotland, James finds himself on the European mainland and eventually in the Roman palace of his own ‘king’. There, he experiences all kinds of adventure, from the romantic to the brutal. Chastened by time and experience, he gradually loses the naivety of youth and takes a more mercenary approach as the great events of history unfold.

Yet all the while, he is aware of developing philosophies and how they are extending, slowly, into the lives of men and women – and monarchs. On he battles, through the Age of Enlightenment – until he meets a woman who challenges everything …

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Spotlight Post

Thank you, David Black and Love Books Group

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About the Author

David Black is the author of the best-selling Harry Gilmour series set in the Royal Navy submarine service during World War Two. He also wrote the novella All the Freshness of the Morning, a fictionalized account of President John F. Kennedy’s epic World War Two service as Skipper of the US Navy torpedo boat PT-109 in South Pacific. Black is a former UK national newspaper journalist and TV documentary producer. He now lives in Argyll and writes full time.

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Author Link

Website: http://www.theblackscribe.co.uk

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https://amzn.to/3vbfcOs

Concrete Clockwork by Laura Breck / #SpotlightPost #BookBlitz @RABTBookTours @LauraBreck

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The Philanthropist, Book 1

Ex-military operative Lottie Nightshade is enjoying civilian life helping her widowed sister raise three teenagers. When a last-minute job interview turns out to be blackmail, her peaceful days are over. Lottie is given two choices, and the least deplorable of them is doing wetwork for an eccentric millionaire.

Philanthropist Dane Harrington has no option but to blackmail Lottie Nightshade. Dane was contracted to terminate a bomber who threatened to level a new arena in St. Paul, Minnesota. The stakes are too high to trust the time-critical mission to anyone but a skilled operative, and Dane knows Ms. Nightshade will not do the job willingly.

When the bomber realizes he’s been targeted for extermination, the hired killer is already closing in on him. The only way he’ll live to trigger the arena’s destruction is by stopping Lottie Nightshade.

Lottie feels the bomber’s cold stare watching her every move as the timer ticks closer to detonation. When he sets off a series of explosions and people begin to die, Lottie realizes she may need to give up her own life to end the bomber’s.

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Thank you, Laura Breck and RABT Book Tours

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About the author

I’ve written more than 40 books in my career, and I’m very excited to have a new pen name, and a new genre – Suspense! My hot new series, The Philanthropist, features books that bring you Gripping Suspense Outside the Law. I’m sure you’ll find them as unique and interesting as I do.

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Author Links

Website: https://LauraBreck.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LauraBreck

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LauraBreck

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laura.breck/

Promo Link: http://bookbuzz.net/blog/suspense-concrete-clockwork-by-laura-breck/

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Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Concrete-Clockwork-Philanthropist-Book-1-ebook/dp/B08Y3J2RHB/

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/concrete-clockwork-laura-breck/1138963871?ean=2940164835538

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/concrete-clockwork

iBooks: https://books.apple.com/us/book/concrete-clockwork/id1556887341

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1072434

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