Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Book Spotlight: A Touch of Deceit

The Spotlight Is On:




A Touch of Deceit by Gary Ponzo:


FBI agent Nick Bracco can't stop a Kurdish terrorist from firing missiles at random homes across the country.

The police can't stand watch over every household, so Bracco recruits his cousin Tommy to help track down this terrorist.
Tommy is in the Mafia. Oh yeah, it gets messy fast.

As fast as you can turn the pages.


A Touch of Deceit is an Amazon Kindle Exclusive.





Author Bio:

Gary Ponzo lives in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife Jennifer and two children, Jessica and Kyle.  His short stories have appeared in numerous publications, including Amazing Journeys Magazine and Potpourri.  Two of his short stories have been nominated for the very prestigious Pushcart Prize.  His novel, "A Touch of Deceit" won the S.W. Writers Contest, Thriller category.

Website:
http://www.garyponzo.com/




Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Book Spotlight: When Dreams Bleed

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When Dreams Bleed by Robin Cain:

A software genius with a knack for business, Frank’s been living the dream his whole life. He’s amassed money, success, and is now accumulating women, but someone out there thinks he’s gone too far.

Who is seeking revenge and why? His wife? His mistress? Or the shadow who’s been following his every move?

Just when he thinks he has anticipated his opponent’s next move a tragic car accident leaves him paralyzed, his life’s work is being stolen and his wife has disappeared. Just how far will someone go to teach him the correlation between deception and despair?

WHEN DREAMS BLEED examines temptation and the ensuing consequences in a contemporary world. It’s no secret that dreams come at a price, but what happens WHEN DREAMS BLEED?





About the Author:
Robin lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with her husband, daughter, three dogs, three horses and an adopted donkey named Sophia.  As a novelist and regular contributing writer for The Examiner, she spends her days searching for the perfect words to amuse, enlighten and touch her readers. A three chapter excerpt of her book, WHEN DREAMS BLEED, can be found on her website, http://www.robincain.com/
You can also find her thoughts and musings at her blog, http://robincain.wordpress.com/

And you can check out my review of When Dreams Bleed:  http://afstewartblog.blogspot.com/2010/03/real-emotional-drama-review-of-when.html

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Book Spotlight: Restored Hope

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Restored Hope by Brenda Youngerman

Peter and Tara Miller are the image of perfection. They have three beautiful children, live in a wonderful neighborhood, and are still each other’s best friend. One day in May their world begins to disintegrate as one of their son falls out of a tree. Tragically six months later their other son takes his own life. Tara snaps and she recedes into the confines of her darkened room.

Emotionally abandoned, Samantha Miller must survive the aftermath of her brothers’ deaths, her mother’s breakdown and her father’s demands. When she has the ability to break free she does and discovers that the real world is not much kinder. Emotionally shattered she struggles through college and law school to discover that her dead twin can direct her to a safe haven. The solace of the ocean and a dog give her the strength she needs to find peace and happiness.

Timothy Bleak is raised in a kind, loving family and is virtually invisible. His voice goes unheard, his needs are unmet and his emotions are squashed. Unbeknownst to his parents he chooses the opportune time to leave the family and set out on a new adventure of his own.

Follow the story as these two bereft beings find each other and their lives intertwine as they face the challenges of life, love and happiness together.

Restored Hope - http://www.strategicpublishinggroup.com/title/RestoredHope.html


Author Bio:

Brenda was the youngest child in a very large family and never felt like she really fit in. To make matters worse, her parents were divorced in the 60’s, before divorce was the ‘in’ thing. She found herself disappearing into her own world where she observed others. That was not a great place for a child to be, but turned out to be rather advantageous for an author. She didn’t really find her own voice until her writing was published.
Brenda has always had the ability to empathize, constantly harboring strays, even when it meant less for her. Writing comes naturally to her and she has been writing since high school, keeping journals since college. When her first novel came out, Private Scars, she tackled the very difficult subject of domestic abuse from the victim’s point of view. From that moment forward she has written what she calls "Fiction With a Purpose". Her novels deal with social issues that she feels need attention.
Brenda tries to bring the reader along for the ride from the character's point of view and if at the end of the book, a reader puts it down and asks, "Was that real?" She did a good job! Brenda believes that ONE person can make a difference and that all things happen for a reason. We are all on this planet for a purpose and that she has finally found out what her purpose is.
Brenda Youngerman writes fiction with a purpose and hopes that the tales that she weaves entertain as well as give people hope. Brenda lives in southern California and she loves to walk on the beach with her dog and watch the pelicans!

Brenda's Goodreads Profile:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1813183.Brenda_Youngerman

Friday, October 8, 2010

Book Spotlight: Sorrowed Souls

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Sorowed Souls by Brenda Youngerman

The eyes are the window to the soul.

Sorrowed Souls will take you on a journey into the lives of people who were beaten down to empty shells and through the help of others came back to life.

Bryan Tines grew up in the shadow of his father. He was told that he would never amount to anything and in his efforts to prove his father wrong he became a prominent real estate developer, business man and all around jerk. He single-handedly built up his empire on hard work, brute force and long hours. What he forgot in his quest was the most important lesson; and one night that lesson comes crashing home.
Amy Pickens is an only child born into a working class family. Unfortunately her mother resents her very existence and will stop at nothing to make her life a living hell. The very day Amy takes her future into her own hands is the moment destiny intercedes. Her emptiness is turned around, but for how long?
Gus Hill is born with a silver spoon in his mouth and alcohol in his veins. His older brothers want nothing to do with him; his father is guilt-ridden over his birth. The world of greed, drugs and liquor cannot replace love; and even the best schools in the world do not replace a mother. Gus has all strikes against him from the beginning, but one act of kindness from his youth remains with him to adulthood and he changes the world one person at a time.
Mark Stevens is the unlikely defender of the working class and down trodden. Coming from the upper class he looks down upon them. Turning his back on his own family his deeds go far to aid those in need; trying desperately to find peace within.

Is it too late to salvage what little time is left to make amends?

Sorrowed Souls:  http://www.strategicpublishinggroup.com/title/SorrowedSouls.html


Author Bio:

Brenda was the youngest child in a very large family and never felt like she really fit in. To make matters worse, her parents were divorced in the 60’s, before divorce was the ‘in’ thing. She found herself disappearing into her own world where she observed others. That was not a great place for a child to be, but turned out to be rather advantageous for an author. She didn’t really find her own voice until her writing was published.
Brenda has always had the ability to empathize, constantly harboring strays, even when it meant less for her. Writing comes naturally to her and she has been writing since high school, keeping journals since college. When her first novel came out, Private Scars, she tackled the very difficult subject of domestic abuse from the victim’s point of view. From that moment forward she has written what she calls "Fiction With a Purpose". Her novels deal with social issues that she feels need attention.
Brenda tries to bring the reader along for the ride from the character's point of view and if at the end of the book, a reader puts it down and asks, "Was that real?" She did a good job! Brenda believes that ONE person can make a difference and that all things happen for a reason. We are all on this planet for a purpose and that she has finally found out what her purpose is.
Brenda Youngerman writes fiction with a purpose and hopes that the tales that she weaves entertain as well as give people hope. Brenda lives in southern California and she loves to walk on the beach with her dog and watch the pelicans!

Brenda's Goodreads Profile:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1813183.Brenda_Youngerman

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