Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Book Review: Stake Out (Paranormal Detective Series Book 1 ) by Lily Luchesi

Release Date: May 17, 2015
Publisher: Crushing Hearts & Black Butterfly Publishing
Format: Kindle
Pages: 128 pages
Genre: Fantasy
Buy: Kindle | Paperback


In a city overrun with the undead, an ex-cop is given a chance to get revenge... Danny Mancini is on a case, following a murder suspect. When he catches him, he finds out that the perp isn't even human: he's a 200 year old rogue vampire! The department doesn't believe him, and puts him on early retirement, despite his many years of service to the Chicago Police Department, which sends him into a downward spiral. Two years later, Danny gets an invitation from the beautiful, young and very attractive Detective Angelica Cross to join a secret branch of the FBI to help her track down Vincent, the wayward vamp. But renegade werewolves, meddling immortal witches and Danny's strange visions of a life lived a century ago with Angelica make things more difficult than it should be.


The beginning of this book has some issues but they quickly worked themselves out and I found myself flying through this book.  I loved the concept and the characters.  The heat between Danny and Angelica reminded me of Mulder and Scully of the X-Files.  There are subplots and set ups for future books which I thought was brilliant forethought from the author.  I really became engaged and found myself really relating to the characters.  I love how the mystery and romance meshed but didn't overpower each other.  In fact I loved it so much I immediately picked up book 2! Great start from a promising new author!

Disclaimer: Book was received from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Guest Post: James Hutchings author of Ideas and Inspiration for Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers

If you want to spark new ideas for worlds, plots or characters, you want Ideas and Inspiration for Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers. Medicinal corpses, the jargons of thieves and carnies, Nazi UFOs, the colonization of space and green children from nowhere are only a few of the topics covered. This sourcebook is for all writers of fantasy or science fiction--whether novels, short stories, games, or any other form of storytelling.

Ideas and Inspiration for Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers by James Hutchings was released March 2016 and can be purchased through: SmashwordsAmazon or DrivethruRPG

Here is an excerpt from the book:

D'Aubigny, Julie

Julie d'Aubigny (1673–1707), also known as Mademoiselle Maupin or La Maupin, was a French swords woman and Opera Singer.

Her father trained the court pages for King Louis XIV. She learned dancing, reading, drawing, and fencing alongside the pages. She dressed as a boy from an early age.

At fourteen, she became a mistress of the Count d'Armagnac who had her married to Sieur de Maupin of Saint- Germain-en-Laye. Soon after the wedding, her husband received an administrative position in the south of France, but Julie stayed in Paris.

Around 1687, she became involved with an assistant fencing master named Serannes. Serannes killed a man in a duel, and the pair fled for Marseille. On the way, the pair made a living giving fencing exhibitions and singing in taverns and fairs. D'Aubigny dressed in male clothing, but did not conceal her gender.

When they arrived in Marseille she joined an opera company, singing under her maiden name.

Bored with Serannes, she became involved with a young woman, until the girl's parents had her sent to a convent. D'Aubigny entered the convent, feigning interest in becoming a nun. She stole the body of a dead nun, placed it in her lover's bed, and set the room on fire, while the two escaped.

Their affair lasted for three months before the young woman returned to her family. D'Aubigny was charged in absentia, as a male, with kidnapping, body snatching, arson, and failing to appear before the tribunal. She was convicted, and sentenced to be burnt to death.

She left for Paris, again earning her living by singing. Near Poitiers, she met an old actor, who began to teach her until his alcoholism got worse and he sent her on her way to Paris.

In Villeperdue, still wearing men's clothing, she was insulted by a young nobleman. They fought a duel and she drove her sword through his shoulder. The next day, she asked about his health and found out he was Louis-Joseph d'Albert Luynes, son of the Duke of Luynes. Later, one of his companions came to offer d'Albert's apologies. She went to his room and subsequently they became lovers and, later, lifelong friends.

After Count d'Albert recovered and had to return to his military unit, Maupin continued to Rouen. There she met another singer, and began a new affair with him. They continued together towards Paris in the hope of joining the Paris Opera.

D'Aubigny contacted her former lover, Count d'Armagnac. He persuaded the king to grant her a pardon and allow her to sing with the Opera.

Julie sang regularly with the Opera. The Marquis de Dangeau wrote in his journal in 1701 that she had "the most beautiful voice in the world". She performed under the name Mademoiselle de Maupin since singers were addressed as 'mademoiselle' whether or not they were married. She assaulted the singer Louis Gaulard Dumesny after he pestered the women members of the troupe. She also fell in love with another singer who was the mistress of the Grand Dauphin. When this singer rejected her, Julie tried to commit suicide.

In 1695 she kissed a young woman at a society ball and three different noblemen challenged her to duels. She won all three duels, but fled to Brussels, since the king forbade duels in Paris. There, she sang in the Opera du Quai au Foin, and was briefly the mistress of Maximilian II Emanuel, Elector of Bavaria.

She returned to Paris in 1698. She and her friend d'Albert both had further trouble with the law: he for another fatal duel, and she for beating up her landlord.

She entered into a relationship with Madame la Marquise de Florensac. When the latter died, d'Aubigny was inconsolable. She retired from the opera in 1705 and took refuge in a convent, where she died in 1707, aged 33.

Disclaimer: This guest post was received by the author - the opinions expressed within this post are the authors and do not always match those of the blog owner.  This post is not an endorsement of the book or product but to provide others information. 

Friday, May 20, 2016

ARC Review: The Allergy Solution by Leo Galland & Jonathan Galland

Release Date: May 10, 2016
Publisher: Hay House
Format: Kindle
Pages: 352 pages
Genre: Health, Allergies
Buy: Hardcover | Kindle


An epidemic of allergies is spreading around the world. One billion people now suffer from allergic diseases such as asthma, hay fever, eczema, and food allergies. But this is just the tip of the iceberg. In this groundbreaking book, award-winning doctor Leo Galland, M.D., reveals the shocking rise of hidden allergies that lead to unexplained weight gain, anxiety, fatigue, ADHD, depression, and much more. Astonishing new research shows how each of these is linked to the immune imbalance that is at the root of allergy.

The allergy solution takes an in-depth look at how we can balance immunity through nutrition and lifestyle to reverse allergies without drugs, then lays out an easy nutritional program, starting with a 3-Day Power Wash designed to “clear the tracks.” Do you suffer from asthma, eczema, or sinusitis? Are you sick of pain, brain fog, weight gain, anxiety, or depression, or wondering what is behind your mysterious symptoms? Let Dr. Galland's clinical experience and unique insights into cutting-edge science guide you back to health.


As a sufferer of allergies both food and nature this book was an eye opener, particularly the part about the sulfite allergy.  I have a severe sulfite allergy and to read that others have this and that it contributes to asthma (which I have) and other ailments really gave me pause.  There are a vitamin and mineral mentioned in the book that help alleviate sulfites in the body and I'm going to be talking to my doctor about them immediately.  I hate popping pills and would much rather turn to diet, vitamins and minerals to help with my symptoms.  The pharmaceutical companies spend a lot of money trying to duplicate what is already in nature and charging an arm and a leg for it.  I believe there is a time and a place for western medicine but too many of us are relying on it and just getting sicker.

While Dr. Gallands experiences, case studies and methods may not resinate with everyone, those who are at the end of their rope or not enamored with western medicine may want to run out and pick this up, it might not only be an eye opener but also a life saver.

Disclaimer: Book was received from the publisher through netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Blog Tour Guest Post by Don Spencer author of Memories of a Mad Man

Two life-changing words

Several people who have read my book, “Memories of a Mad Man,” have given me what I consider a supreme compliment—they said that while they were reading it they felt like I was sitting in the room talking to them.That comment/compliment had its genesis over forty years ago when I was a junior copywriter in a Madison Avenue ad agency.

To break into advertising any way I could I had taken a job in the mailroom, my bachelor’s and master’s degrees be damned.(Neither of them had anything to do with advertising.)The agency’s creative director was on my mail delivery route and one day I got very brave.Along with his ordinary mail, I dropped in his inbox a piece I had written for the night school copywriting course I had just taken.

When he called me up to his office I was terrified. But he surprised me by saying he thought I might just have the makings of a copywriter.And a few days later I was sitting in an office overlooking Madison Avenue as a brand new junior copywriter.

My first assignment was to write a radio commercial for our client Redbook Magazine that would entice listeners into buying the next issue.This was during the Kennedy years and in an advance copy of the next issue I found an article on Caroline Kennedy’s life in the White House.I sat down at my typewriter (remember those things?) and painfully wrote and rewrote and re-rewrote the 60-second commercial.

When I got up the courage to show it to my boss, he scowled.It was bo-o-o-oring. As he handed it back to me to try again, he said something that changed my life."Write conversationally…as if you’re talking to them, not writing to them.” And he meant it for all my advertising writing, not just for commercials.

I went back to my office armed with a whole new way of thinking about writing and I gradually discovered that the words flowed more easily. My new radio commercial made it through him and onto the radio.

I began applying his “write-conversationally” advice to everything I wrote and it worked." Writing was easier and people tended to like what they read or heard.

I attribute much of my success in advertising — and now hopefully in book authorship — to those two words.

Memories of a Mad Man: Stories from the Golden, sometimes Tin-plated age of advertising by Don Spencer was released on January 10, 2016 independently through Createspace publishing.

Disclaimer: This guest post was received by the author or the authors agent or publisher - the opinions expressed within this post are the authors and do not always match those of the blog owner.  This post is not an endorsement of the book or product but to provide others information. 
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