Holiday Women’s Fiction – The Wishing Cradle

The Wishing CradleThe Wishing Cradle
By Donna Walo Clancy
Publisher: Summer Prescott Books
Published: December 2017
ISBN: 978-1981580491
ASIN: B0781Z6GDR
Pages: 305
Genre: Holiday Women’s Fiction

Grab your tissues – this heartwarming tale of struggle and hope will have you believing in the magic of Christmas. A woman wracked by grief over the tragic loss of her unborn children learns some poignant truths about life, love and motherhood.

After a series of tragic miscarriages, brought on by extreme stress and abuse, Sophie has had enough and chooses to walk away from her husband and his abusive family. Seeking a simpler way of life, she throws a dart at a map and decides to let fate move her wherever it lands.

With the settlement from her divorce, Sophie begins a new life in the small town of Holly Berry Ridge. She opens a consignment shop and is happy, despite her intense longing for the children that she was unable to bring to term.

Parker O’Brien, a local woodworker, rents a space in Sophie’s shop to sell his furniture. One piece, a beautiful cradle, becomes the object of Sophie’s obsession. The grieving young woman wishes upon the cradle every night when she closes the shop.

Her grandmother used to tell her, “A wish from the heart is a direct line to angel’s ears.”

Sophie wonders if the angels might ever hear her wishes. Will she ever be blessed with a child to cherish? Was the throw of the dart, which led her to Holly Berry Ridge, random? Or was an invisible hand guiding her way?

Sophie finds out that sometimes God answers wishes in the most mysterious of ways, and that happily ever after can mean something very different from what she once thought.

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Donna L. Walo-Clancy was born in 1959. She now resides on Cape Cod. Single, with three grown children, she enjoys walking the beaches, photography and day trips exploring new places with her kids. An avid concert goer, she has been known to hop in a car and follow a band up and down the east coast.

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Western – Strong Ambitions

Strong AmbitionsStrong Ambitions
Emmett Strong Westerns, Book 3
By GP Hutchinson
Published: December 2017
ISBN: 978-1976492877
ASIN: B0778FQM1N
Pages: 204
Genre: Western

Tiny, yet prospering Benficklin, Texas, wants a clean, respectable town marshal to safeguard their pristine community from the kind of riffraff that turned neighboring Santa Angela into a raucous string of blood-spattered saloons and bawdy sporting houses. Former Texas Ranger Emmett Strong seems to be just the man Benficklin’s town fathers are looking for, once they’re satisfied that his Chinese wife, Li, is “sufficiently civilized.”

Reputations aside, Benficklin—not Santa Angela—is the town with the next scandal on its hands, when the ravaged body of a young, murdered Mexican girl is found lying in the middle of Main Street.

Initial signs suggest hard-drinking cowboy Quirt Langdon may have done the deed. Emmett, however, senses that things aren’t exactly as they appear. Nearby Fort Concho’s Captain Roderick Prentiss seems peculiarly interested in what is clearly a civilian case. And Santa Angela’s most eccentric resident gambler, Nate Chaffin, gives the impression he knows things he’s not telling. To top it all off, two of Benficklin’s leading citizens end up assassinated in their own backyard.

While local officials pressure Emmett to hastily hang either a suspect or a scapegoat, honor drives the former Ranger to seek true justice for the poor murdered girl, as well as for the two prominent citizens. Ill-tempered townsfolk, pilfered evidence, and somebody taking potshots at him and his wife make Emmett wonder whether he’ll live to unravel the mystery or become the next corpse folks find in the dusty streets of Benficklin.

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Strong Convictions Book OneStrong Convictions
Emmett Strong Westerns, Book 1
By GP Hutchinson
Published: February 2015
ISBN: 978-1499151022
ASIN: B00TPZMQM6
Genre: Western

In 1876 the seemingly impossible happened in San Antonio, Texas–Emmett Strong, a prodigy of a pistolero, accidentally shot his own young wife in a showdown gone awry.

Five years later, death again visits Emmett’s family. And now, want to or not, he’s going to have to overcome his reluctance to draw his six-gun if he’s to catch and bring to justice the crazed gunman who murdered his brother. The pursuit of his brother’s killer takes him all the way to Nevada’s Comstock country where the assassin has taken refuge with rich and powerful kin.

Unforeseen situations abound in Emmett’s new surroundings, none more unexpected than forbidden love when he falls for Li Xu, the fascinating daughter of Chinese immigrants. But before the relationship has time to bloom, Li Xu disappears–kidnapped  along with five other young women.

Can Emmett afford to leave off the chase of his brother’s murderer to search for and rescue the women? Can he afford not to? With success hanging on quick thinking and quick shooting, can he take one last shot at both love and retribution?

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Strong Suspicions Book TwoStrong Suspicions
Emmett Strong Westerns, Book 2
By GP Hutchinson
Published: March 2016
ISBN: 978-1512200225
ASIN: B01D24TNZ8
Genre: Western

Strong Suspicions, the second Western by award-winning author GP Hutchinson, is a masterfully crafted barn burner of a story, certain to draw you in and leave you thirsting for more.

After pursuing a cold-blooded murderer all the way to Nevada, Texas Ranger Emmett Strong is returning home to San Antonio—but not alone. He’s found a girl he longs to marry. Finding someone to tie the knot for them is proving to be a challenge, however, owing to the fact that she’s the daughter of Chinese immigrants.

Along the way, there’s a ruckus in El Paso’s Wild Hog Saloon, and by noon the next day, folks are convinced it was Emmett and his compadres who robbed the saloon owner and beat him unconscious. They want Emmett on the end of a rope.

Meanwhile, a bested enemy, set on revenge, hires the notorious fast gun “Three-Finger” Ned Cage to dispatch Strong, his amigos, and even his girl.

When the only way out of trouble is to head smack-dab back into the middle of it—beautiful young woman in tow—a cool-headed pistolero like Emmett Strong becomes a force to be reckoned with. But will the vicious array of enemies prove to be too much this time, even for Strong?

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Strong Ambitions Author GP HutchinsonAbout the Author:
GP Hutchinson fell in love with the Old West decades ago—the gritty reality of the era, the daunting yet breathtaking scope and scale of the land, and the colorful (if somewhat fanciful) tales of heroes and heroines who overcame the odds. Texas was his home for a few years, and subsequent visits to states throughout the West only served to deepen his enthusiasm for the region and his appreciation of its people. In 2015 he published his first Western novel, Strong Convictions, which won him the Western Fictioneers Peacemaker Award for Best First Western of that year, as well as a National Indie Excellence Award. Strong Suspicions, the second volume in the Emmett Strong Western series, garnered a Gold Medal in the 2016 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards. Regarding Strong Convictions, Classic Western film star Alex Cord wrote, “GP Hutchinson has the gift to tell a compelling tale, enlighten you without preaching and keep you on the edge of your seat. He takes you on unexpected trails populated by flesh and blood characters of depth and substance.” A graduate of Louisiana State University and Dallas Theological Seminary, Hutchinson has lived in Costa Rica and Spain. He currently resides in upstate South Carolina with his wife, Carolyn. Besides writing, he enjoys spending time in the mountains and horseback riding whenever the opportunity arises.

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Leadership – The Yoga of Leadership

The Yoga of LeadershipThe Yoga of Leadership
A Practical Guide to Health, Happiness, And Inspiring Total Team Engagement
By Tarra Mitchell
Publisher: BookBaby
Published: December 2017
ISBN: 978-0999508213 (pb)
ISBN: 978-0999508206 (hc)
ASIN: B07773YWHP
Pages: 318
Genre: Leadership

Big, bold success in the world begins in the private calm of a serene consciousness. Speaking and acting with control and clarity, the best leaders inspire their organizations to thrive. They establish cultures of wellbeing and purpose. This comprehensive guide to health, wellbeing and principled leadership shows you how to clear your mind, engage your team, and find greater satisfaction in your work and life.

Tarra Mitchell shares exercises to help individuals and groups create an organizational culture that works for everyone – especially Millennials. With a combination of actionable information and personal stories, Tarra demystifies time-honored, ancient teachings and shares them in a light and accessible way. Formative moments in her youth, education, and motherhood bring abstract wisdom down to earth. Her keen and touching reflections remind us of our common humanity and fundamentally similar needs. This book’s approach has the power to build a generation of great, inspiring leaders, transforming lives, organizational cultures, and even societies.

Deep roots in the business and yoga worlds support Tarra’s unconventional but pragmatic look at what it means to be a leader, which ultimately reveals how success is intertwined with personal wellbeing. Drawing on the Upanishads, one of the world’s oldest written spiritual texts, and her own rich life experience, she takes you through an examination of yourself as you create a plan that will enhance your health, happiness, and capacity to lead through principle. This focus on the whole person yields unprecedented levels of success and vitality.

The Yoga of Leadership offers specific tools, techniques, and practices for:

•Managing stress and improving concentration.
•Refining communication and culture.
•Identifying your purpose.

With Tarra’s guidance, you will customize personal practices that work for you. Your practices will help you strengthen your relationships and improve your health and well being. You will return to her words throughout your life as you take on new roles, embrace new challenges, and inspire new constituencies.

Current and future leaders, business school students, and anyone seeking inner calm and purpose cannot afford to miss this book.

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“The Yoga of Leadership is an informative and thought-provoking complement to books on leadership. Oriented toward individual transformation, Tarra Mitchell shares a morally deep and timely message empowering leaders to raise consciousness through what she calls holistic well being. With the integrity of an insider, she intelligently weaves together the elements necessary to become inspiring leaders in today’s fast paced work environment and offers a convincing case leveraging ancient wisdom, science, and stories. This book has profound implications for how we manage our days, weeks, teams,and organizations.” – John Mackey, Co-Founder and CEO, Whole Foods Market, Co-Author,Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business

“In our 30 years of working with clients on personal finance, we at Edelman Financial know that personal finance is more personal than finance. There is a necessary human element in all business endeavors. Tarra and I share the same language. The Yoga  of Leadership teaches us how to tap into our inner self so we can be the best leader and person we can be. Brava, Tarra!” – Jean Edelman, Co-Founder, Edelman Financial Services, and Author, The Other Side of Money

“The Yoga of Leadership is a deep and meaningful resource with real world applicabil-ity. Tarra Mitchell brings the ancient wisdom of yoga into leadership in a way that will easily resonate. Tarra committed to me many years back that she would bring yoga to the business world in some way and here it is!” – Rolf Gates, Teacher and Author, Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga,Meditations on Intention and Being: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga, Mindfulness and Compassion

The Yoga of Leadership Author - Tarra MitchellAbout the Author:
Born and raised in the friendly town of Pittsburgh, PA, Tarra Mitchell is incorporating her distinctive background in business and yoga to contribute to the great conversation around leadership and consciousness. The Yoga of Leadership demonstrates how personal wellbeing is not only principle centric but also a leading indicator of success at work and in life. The Yoga of Leadership integrates the benefits of yoga into a leadership context in a way that inspires and empowers leaders to lead healthier, happier lives, and better connect with and engage their teams.

Beginning first with the leader’s own experience, the systematic program shared in The Yoga of Leadership has the promise of catalyzing organizational excellence through conscious leadership and well-being. Tarra’s work experience has allowed her to develop relationships with a wide variety of personalities in the global business arena, which was a key to her success. Tarra’s highlights include directing billion-dollar fundraising events and ushering in commitments of capital from institutional investors in the private equity investment sector, forging new business ventures and relationships in Asia and Europe, and advising entrepreneurs and executives on financing and marketing strategies.

A twenty-year practitioner of yoga, Tarra is a registered yoga teacher at the five-hundred-hour level and has studied extensively with master teachers and private mentors to support her research. Tarra’s fascination with human behavior and culture led her to concentrate her academic studies on international business and explore much of the world for business and pleasure. Global awareness continues to influence her writing.

Tarra lives in Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts with her husband and two children where they enjoy spending family time in New England hiking and skiing. Privately, you’ll find Tarra tickling and snuggling with her two little ones in a selfish desire to soak in their sweetness, relax her nerves, and fill her bliss cup. For inspirational quotes and fitness, yoga, healthy eating, and meditation guidance and motivation connect with Tarra at www.tarramitchell.com and on Twitter @TarraMMitchell and Facebook @TarraMMitchell.

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Romantic Thriller – A Moment in Time

A Moment in TimeA Moment in Time
By C. D. Paul
Publisher: XLIBRIS
Published: August 2017
ISBN: 978-1543444322 (pb)
ISBN: 978-1543444346 (hc)
ASIN: B074W1GV9V
Pages: 184
Genre: Romantic Thriller

A Moment in Time is a romantic thriller about two people discovering each other while facing their own personal conflicts.

The story is about two people from different backgrounds who are trying to make sense of their personal issues and how it has affected their lives.  They find comfort in each other and ultimately fall in love.  Between the two of them, they touch on current issues dealing with terrorism, family values, and gives the reader an opportunity to ponder on some of these themes.  Within the novel, a variety of interesting characters are introduced that have come with their own issues. Their interaction with the two main characters leads them into a thrilling adventure.

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C. D. Paul lives in Florida.  A Moment in Time is her first novel.

 

 

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Sketched – Thriller

SketchedSketched
By E.M. Townsend
Publisher: S. Prescott Thrillers
Published: November 2017
ISBN: 978-1979471015
ASIN: B07766VTHD
Pages: 296
Genre: Thriller

Fledgling police sketch artist Piper Cooke has always been different.

Gifted with second sight, but cursed with a life of tragedy, she has survived the feral streets of Dixon and has triumphed over her troubled upbringing. Piper faces her biggest challenge yet, however, when her visions compel her to disobey police orders and send her right into the wicked grasp of a madman.

Her life should’ve ended back in the blood soaked suburban basement, but it didn’t. Instead, the brutal trauma that should’ve been the end of her only makes her unique abilities stronger.

Years after her escape, a series of hideous visions force Piper out of hiding and back into the city that almost destroyed her years ago. Plagued by premonitions of doom, she finds herself compelled to track down Dixon’s most twisted serial killer yet.

Follow Piper through a horrifically unsettling labyrinth of family secrets, corruption and the sickening workings of humanity’s darkest minds.

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E.M. Townsend is an incredibly talented writer who hails from the Great White North. This amazing wordsmith crafts intricate tales of horror and suspense that will keep you up at night. S. Prescott Thrillers has named E.M. Townsend as one of the hottest new novelists in the genre.

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