Monthly Archives: October 2014

Book Tours: Cover Reveal I Woof You From the Bottom of my Heart

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The Book Gazette is proud to present the cover reveal today for “I Woof You From The Bottom of my Heart”,  a children’s book by Kathy Vassilakis.

 

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Title: I Woof You From the Bottom of my Heart

Author: Kathy Vassilakis

Genre: Children’s Book

The idea to write this book came from my daughter and my dog. This book was written to show children how special a bond and friendship they can have with their dog. Dog’s are wonderful pets and love us unconditionally. They will protect and love us no matter what. Children deserve to learn that at a very young age and grow to love all animals. Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character

Author Bio

Personal Biography of Kathy Vassilakis

Kathy Vassilakis used to work in the corporate world. She majored in accounting from Brooklyn College and followed her dream to work in corporate accounting for 15 years until she became a mom.

Being a mom was her dream all along and she left accounting to raise her beautiful daughter Sophia. She’s been writing stories for her daughter for quiet some time and decided to write her first children’s book of many to come I Woof You From The Bottom Of My Heart.

The idea to write this book came from my daughter and my dog. This book was written to show children how special a bond and friendship they can have with their dog. Dog’s are wonderful pets and love us unconditionally. They will protect and love us no matter what. Children deserve to learn that at a very young age and grow to love all animals. Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character.

Growing Up

I grew up in Brooklyn NY. I was the second child out of two. I have one sister named Joanne and always had animals. We had many dogs throughout my childhood from Pomeranians to Chows. I also had ducks, roosters, chickens, bunnies and many more animals. I was and still am a huge animal lover.

My love of books started when my mother used to read wonderful stories to my sister and me every night. She always tried to teach us both languages Greek and English. My parents were born and raised in Greece so Greek was their first language. Most of the stories she read to us were in Greek but that started my love for reading and writing. I learned both languages and am now fluent in writing and reading Greek which I am very proud of.

Family

I’ve been married now for five years and have one beautiful daughter. My daughter Sophia is 17 months old and she is my whole world. I also have a Japanese Chin named Bella. My husband, Greg, has always supported and believed in me, and my family will always be my inspiration.

Creating I Woof You From The Bottom Of My Heart

I have spent twenty years writing stories and brainstorming ideas for children’s books with my family. I came up with the characters Sophia and Bella after my own family. I was inspired by my daughter and the relationship she has with Bella and created I Woof You From The Bottom Of My Heart to teach children ho special a bond they can have with their dogs.

Compassion for animals is greatly connected to goodness of character this is the motto of the book. All animals deserve to be loved, respected, and treated right.

After a lot of hard work and many sleepless nights, I was finally able to publish my first book: I Woof You From The Bottom Of My Heart. To me, finally seeing my book in print and being able to share it with the public has made all the late nights and long hours worthwhile.

Links

Website- http://www.kathyvassilakis.wix.com/iwoofyou

Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/IWoofYouFromTheBottomOfMyHeart

Twitter- https://twitter.com/Vassilakis0515

Amazon- http://amzn.com/1500576085

Barnes & Noble- http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/i-woof-you-from-the-bottom-of-my-heart-kathy-vassilakis/1120334279?ean=9781500576080

Reader’s Favorite review- https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/36144

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Book Excerpt from Cursed Heroes: The Beginnings

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The Book Gazette is sharing a snippet today from “Cursed Heroes: The Beginnings”. Enjoy the excerpt.

Book Excerpt

Will’s arm flexed as he pulled the trigger, the shoot flew through the air string at the enemy. His men quickly jumped back to man the cannons opening fire as soon as they could. The enemy ships opened fire again this time they were intent on destroying Will’s ship. Will kept offsetting the enemy shots to keep his ship safe but he was approaching his limit. The hits he took had done a lot more damage to his body than he thought, and only being able to use one hand was pushing him to his limit even faster. However, Just as he reached his limit the shots stopped and, it went quite every enemy ship had ceased their fire. Something big was going to happen Will knew what was coming and he knew he couldn’t handle it in his current state, even if both of his hands were perfect, if they were planning what he thought he wouldn’t be fast enough.

“Please stop this now you still have a chance to walk away with what little loses you have now!” Will yelled, his voiced echoing so every ship could hear. The pirates looked on laughing mocking him as they took aim. “Ready men, on my mark… FIRE!” The pirate captain’s voiced echoed out. Will closed his eyes as the loud crackling explosion of all the pirate ships firing at once filled the air. Every eye aboard Will’s ship was closed as they awaited their deaths.

Will spoke two words. “Star-core activate.” Will’s eyes glowed a bright yellow; it was as if the sun itself burned within them. His Body healed in an instant, he could see everything around him slowing almost to a stop. He didn’t waste even a moment he took aim and fired.

About The Book

beggins-cover-kendleTitle: Cursed Heroes: Beginnings

Author: WilliamD.  Ollivierre

Genre: Science-Fiction / Fantasy

In a universe where technology and the bad guys have gotten out of control, and a place where the destruction of a planet filled with people to test a weapon is the best way to show its power. Something must keep the balance of power, so the universe doesn’t fall into chaos. But when all forms of police and law keepers fail these heroes known as the Brothers Will stand tall.

Cursed by faith or maybe something much more powerful. Theses heroes fight risking everything in order to protect the universe they live in. Asking for nothing in return not even recognition, or so it may seem. These cursed souls are cursed to wander the universe forever protecting it against their own will.

Come see where they came from in this epic telling of just a few of their stories.

Author Bio

authorpicAuthor William D. Ollivierre, was created to write science fiction. With an imagination, that takes him out of this universe, to one of the wondrous worlds, heroes, and adventures. Then with his captivating voice, he takes you by the hand taking you for a ride in these worlds, pulling you deeper and deeper with each word.

He has published four books to date, one book of poems (The will of the heart, the love within) and three Science fiction works. Two short story collection and one novel, all as part of his Cursed Heroes saga that has only just began.

Links

http://mindofwill.com/

http://mowuniverse.com/

Buy the book on:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008HLVJQI
https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=dTDEBAAAQBAJ
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/483927

Promo Post A Different Kind of Safari

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Today The Book Gazette is hosting a promo for a children’s book called “A Different Kind of Safari”. We hope you like the promo!

A Different Kind of Safari

bookcover_smallTitle: A Different Kind of Safari

Author: Helen Hipp

Genre: Children’s Books

Has a book ever changed your life? Not just inspired you but helped you to see you’re life differently? In a tale that celebrates differences “A Different Kind of Safari”  addressing the many questions life asks by offering up lighthearted, ever-changing perspectives that transform personal challenges into opportunities. Engaging and fun young children begin to figure out how they are the same and different from other people, and how they feel about the differences. Full of fun and enjoyable teachable moments that move children and allow them to make personal connections with the characters handling of similar fears, interests, and concerns that they experience.

Author Bio

Hip9860_7x5final150dpiHelen Hipp’s experience raising a special needs child led her to an M.A. in clinical psychology and certification as a life coach. She began her career as a psychotherapist to help people find answers for their life problems. Her work eventually evolved into a coaching practice, WithinU Life Coaching, focusing on individuals with special needs and their families. Helen uses her 13+ years of counseling experience and 20+ years’ experience as a successful advocate for individuals with special needs by helping them reveal their innate ability to solve difficult situations. Her debut book ” A Different Kind of Safari” puts into words the essence of Helen’s teachings addressing the many questions life asks by offering up lighthearted, ever-changing perspectives that transform personal challenges into opportunities.

Links

For more information, visit the books official website and to see a picture of the real Rosie the real life pink hippo that inspired this story, go to www.adifferentkindofsafari.com

Award Winning Book trailer: http://youtu.be/5vd_sH64kt0

Buy the Book:

A Different Kind Of Safari | Hardcover

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-different-kind-of-safari-helen-c-hipp/1115058594?ean=9780989013406

A Different Kind Of Safari | Hardcover

http://www.amazon.com/Different-Kind-Safari-Helen-Hipp/dp/0989013405/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1403620957&sr=8-1&keywords=a+different+kind+of+safari

A Different Kind Of Safari | Audio Book

http://www.audible.com/pd/Kids/A-Different-Kind-of-Safari-Audiobook/B00FWXPS2U

Promo Post for Globaloonies

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About Globaloonies

Globaloonies1_EbookTitle: Globaloonies

Author: Max Candee

Genre: Children’s Picture Book, Time Travel

“Joey Papagopolis is your typical 10-year-old.

Like most boys that age, Joey has a pet chameleon named Larry and a mysterious Big Red Button that can transport the two of them through time and space to the far reaches of the planet…

Hey, wait a second, that’s not typical at all! In fact, that’s pretty amazing — which is why you will want to follow along as Joey and Larry set off on their first Big Red Button adventure.

An absent-minded wish and an accidental pressing of the button land Joey and Larry smack in the middle of a conflict between a Native American tribe and some English settlers. Yikes!

Are their lives in danger? Can Joey resolve the conflict? Will Larry teach them all how to line dance? Does Larry even know how to line dance?

The answers to these questions and more await you in the fun and fantastic adventure of THE BIG RED BUTTON.

65+ illustrated pages (may vary by device).
Humorous illustrations by Anne Zimanski.

Includes a professionally crafted audiobook. Look for the link inside!“

Author Bio

Max Candee is a dad of three curious kids. He writes books for children together with twelve-year-old Ivan, seven-year-old Naomi and five-year-old Maya, who all share their passionate opinions and creative ideas. They even draw in Max’s manuscripts, and they love it when professional illustrators build on their suggestions.

In fact, Max only publishes those books which his children loved and wanted to share with their friends.

Links

Website: http://maxcandee.com/globaloonies/

To buy at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DE0CG1O

Guest Post The Best of Jonathan’s Corner

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Guest Post

God, as commonly understood, is said to be invisible. But I would like to make a slightly deeper exploration, along similar lines to what I said about “Do not store up treasures on earth” in Treasures in Heaven: The Inner Meaning of “Do Not Store Up Treasures on Earth”.
C.S. Lewis’s Till We Have Faces is considered by many Lewis fans to be Lewis’s best work, a point on which Lewis agreed: “I think it much my best work but not many people agree.” I have heard one woman nominate it as the best male author’s portrayal of a female character she’d seen. My own reaction was that I thought a lesser work would be easier for me to relate to. And in fact all these puzzle pieces fit together. Lewis is doing an impressive job of portraying the character and narration of a woman, an old woman, a cramped woman with a warped, toxic love for her sister (a love that would rather kill her than join her and step into her larger world), and most of the features that I find endearing in Lewis’s writing are excluded by design. It is, so to speak, a work C.S. Lewis executed so well that it does not seem to be a work by C.S. Lewis. And even though I know that I would be asking for a lesser work, I really would have found it easier to relate to if Lewis had done a more half-baked job, with his usual charm and grandeur in plain sight at first glance.
Something of the same is true of God’s care for the whole world: I would find it a lot easier to appreciate if He were doing a more half-baked job. A good deal of my prayers have been asking him to operate according to my cramped desires when He is trying to draw me into an infinitely larger world.
And that brings me to a complex of articles on themes that run throughout The Best of Jonathan’s Corner. God is greater than anything else that can be thought, and indeed greater than can be thought, as prayed in Doxology. God looks over and provides for all people, as explored in God the Spiritual Father. This life is an apprenticeship meant to lead to an eternal glory, as studied in Apprentice gods. Many of these threads come together in the work that opens the whole collection, a sort of heavenly and angelic counterpart to Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters, namely The Angelic Letters. Some of how this has worked out in my own life is in An Author’s Musing Memoirs, and later in A Shaft of Grace.
In all of this, God is invisible, not only literally in that he cannot be seen, but his Plan and his Providence are invisible even to many eyes of faith. But now as in any time, God is present and at work. No matter who governs, or what diseases and scares there are, or what economic conditions, there is an invisible hand governing all for each. We have a say in the choices we make, but in all of these there is Someone behind it all, working our good if we will cooperate.
All​ of these works (besides Till We Have Faces and The Screwtape Letters) are included in The Best of Jonathan’s Corner.

About The Book

the-best-of-jonathans-corner-front-coverTitle: The Best of Jonathan’s Corner

Author: CJS Hayward

Genre: Creative non-fiction / many genres / religion and spirituality / Eastern Orthodox

The Best of Jonathan’s Corner, newly expanded ​ after getting five star reviews​, is a collection of varied works of Eastern Orthodox mystical theology. It spans many topics and many different genres of writing, but it keeps coming back to the biggest questions of all. It is inexhaustible: the works are independent, and you can read a few, many, or all of them to suit your taste. Fans of CS Lewis and GK Chesterton will love it.

Author Bio

wardrobe_full Christos Jonathan Seth Hayward wears many hats as a person: author, philosopher, theologian, artist, poet, wayfarer, philologist, inventor, web guru, teacher.

Some have asked, “If a much lesser C.S. Lewis were Orthodox, what would he be like?” And the answer may well be, “C.J.S. Hayward.”

Called “Jack of all trades and master of many” by one boss, he also wears many hats professionally: open source / IT generalist, front end developer, JavaScript programmer, back end web developer, Pythonista, PHP and Perl user, Django developer, end to end web developer, Unix/Linux/Mac wizard, LAMP guru, SQL generalist, Unix shell (both using existing shells and implementing a new shell), system administrator, researcher, technical writer, usability advocate, UI developer, UX/IA enthusiast, and more.

Hayward has lived in the U.S., Malaysia, England, and France, and holds master’s degrees bridging math and computers (UIUC), and philosophy and theology (Cambridge).

Links

http://tinyurl.com/best-of-jonathans-corner

http://CJSH.name

http://amazon.com/author/cjshayward

http://JonathansCorner.com

Book Tours: Release Party All The Pretty Bones

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About The Book

23201655Title: All The Pretty Bones

Author: Camela Thompson

Genre: Paranormal Thriller

After ten years of living in the shadow of her stalker, a diagnosis of terminal cancer pushes Olivia Kardos to take matters into her own hands. Her final days will not be spent isolated from the world nor hiding like a hunted animal. It’s time for Mark Porter to die. Going against a trained killer alone would be foolish, but the handsome arms dealer who offers to help her has a dark secret of his own.

Homicide Detective Sean Howard has tried to push his ex out of his mind, but his next case brings her crashing back into his life. A woman is found exsanguinated and brutally stabbed in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood and she could be Olivia’s doppelganger. As more women are murdered and the similarities grow, Sean can’t shake the feeling that Olivia is next.

In a world where demons and vampires lurk just beneath the surface, what you don’t know can kill you.

Author Bio

3403042When I was a little girl, I loved writing stories about animals doing amazing things. Ducks could speak with humans, and hamsters had a suspicious tendency to follow plot lines that were strikingly similar to Indiana Jones. I grew up, found a career, and got married, forgetting the need to tell stories. A week cooped up in my house with an illness resulted in a random decision to write a novel. That first novel will probably never see the light of day, but it woke up something that had been dormant for years.

Despite dabbling in many genres, there is a driving force behind my stories. I love writing about women who shine in difficult circumstances. I will back them up against the wall and sit amazed as they manage to come out on the other side stronger than ever.

Links

Website: http://www.camelathompson.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8548767.Camela_Thompson

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Camela-Thompson/1473446329557330

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CamelaThompson

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=8935820&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+CamelaThompson/posts

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/camelat/

Buy a copy of the book: Amazon and B&N

Book Excerpt from Deviation

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About Deviation

deviation_cover_ebookTitle: Deviation

Author: Christine Manzari

Genre: Young Adult Dystopian

Being a Sophisticate of the Program seems like it’d be a pretty sweet deal: a little genetic alteration and anyone can be smarter, faster, and stronger. It’s a dream come true. All you have to give up is your freedom.

Cleo is a Sophisticate and she has a bright future in the Program. But she has a secret. When she gets upset, bad things happen. Explosive things. Things she can’t control.

When her secret is discovered, she’s sent to the Academy to train in the military branch of the Program. She’s destined to be a human weapon in the war that’s been going on since Wormwood occurred nearly 30 years ago. She soon learns that although her ability is unique, there are others like her — other Sophisticates with lethal skills and odd code names like Archerfish and Mimic Octopus.

Immersed in a dangerous game of supernatural powers and dubious motives, Cleo doesn’t know who to trust. Ozzy, the annoyingly attractive cadet who has perfect aim in weapons class and deviant lips behind closed doors, begs her not to use her powers. He’s the golden boy of the Program, but can she trust him? Or will she find herself a target, caught in his crosshairs?

Author Bio

tineredThe first thing Christine does when she’s getting ready to read a book is to crack the spine in at least five places. She wholeheartedly believes there is no place as comfy as the pages of a well-worn book. She’s addicted to buying books, reading books, and writing books. Books, books, books. She also has a weakness for adventure, inappropriate humor, and coke (the caffeine-laden bubbly kind). Christine is from Forest Hill, Maryland where she lives with her husband, three kids, and her library of ugly spine books.

Links

Website
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads
Wattpad

Deviation on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Deviation-Sophisticates-Book-Christine-Manzari-ebook/dp/B00EFZAUYM

Deviation on B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/deviation-christine-manzari/1116503777

Deviation on Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/345818

Book Excerpt

I could hear Arabella’s and Sterling’s warnings to stay away from Ozzy echoing in my thoughts, but my lips seemed to have a mind of their own. I leaned into him and my mouth met Ozzy’s once, twice, three times. And when my lips parted in invitation, his arms tightened around me and his breath quickened as his kissing became more eager, as if he was dying of thirst and only I could quench it. His tongue slid across my top lip and then he sucked on my bottom one.

He gently walked me backwards until my back pressed up against the clothes hanging from the rack behind me. I dropped my pajamas and toiletries to the floor and my hands went to his chest, roaming inside his jacket, working their way under his shirt to touch the tight skin of his stomach. Even knowing how dangerous this boy was and what he was capable of, I couldn’t stop myself from touching him. The light graze of my fingertips caused his kissing to become more insistent. I reached up and tried to pull his jacket down his arms. There was too much clothing between us; I wanted to feel the muscles of his arms, the warmth of his skin.

When he continued to kiss me and run his hands through my hair, ignoring my desire to get his jacket off, I swung him around and roughly pushed him up against the clothes rack, ripping the offending clothing off his shoulders and throwing it to the floor. My less than gentle treatment caused him to smile through the kiss, our teeth grazing briefly.

“Flame Fatale,” he murmured against my lips. “You’re an animal.”

I was surprised at my own actions. I certainly had never acted like this before. I’d tried kissing one of the Homework Harpies once, just to see what all the fuss was about, and I hadn’t been impressed.

But Ozzy . . . Ozzy’s kisses tasted like mystery, and danger, and promises of things I never knew I wanted. His breath was intoxicating, his hands were persuasive, and I wondered why I’d been trying to prevent this from happening in the first place. I was crazy to push him away and I was crazy with the thought that he might pull away and take his kisses with him.