REVIEW: Out From The Underworld by Heather Siegel


Posted by Ryder Islington, author of Ultimate Justice, a Trey Fontaine Mystery I’m not usually one for reading memoirs but Out From The Underworld caught me by surprise. In it, Heather Siegel tells the story of her childhood, as her mother disappears and her dad moves Heather and her siblings into the basement of his childhood home. Crowded, dark, and musty, the basement reminds her of Persephone’s trip to the underworld. But Heather and her siblings survive their dad’s craziness, and their grandparents’ rules as they decide that they must find out what happened to their mother. Ms. Siegel pulls the reader into the dark, into the insecurity, into the confusion only a child can suffer when things go wrong and no one has answers. I found in it dark humor, and hope. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good story. Below you’ll find a book description, an author bio, a list of other sites where you can find reviews, interviews, guest posts and chances to win a copy of this poignant book. Also, there are ways to contact the author and a chance to win a copy of Out From the Underworld at the bottom of this page.     Out from the Underworld   Book Description:

Heather Siegel was six years old when her mother disappeared, sending her father into a tailspin that took Heather and her siblings down with him— from a comfortable suburban home to a barely habitable basement apartment, a dark world they soon found themselves fighting to return to from the exile of foster care, then fighting even harder to escape.

Forty years later, Heather Siegel tells the remarkable story of how she and her siblings, Jaz and Greg, banded together to find out what happened to their mother and fight their way Out from the Underworld with nothing but their wits, determination, unbreakable bonds and gifts for humor and compassion to sustain them. A wrenching, inspiring story filled with heartbreak, hope and love, Out from The Underworld will move you to laughter and tears.     Heather Siegel Author’s Bio:

 

Heather Siegel holds an MFA in nonfiction writing from The New School. Her work has appeared on Salon.com and in The Mother Magazine and Author Magazine, as well as in various trade publications. She was a finalist for the 2010 Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Award in Nonfiction Writing, the 2011 San Francisco Writers Conference Nonfiction Writing Award, the Carolina Wren Press 2012 Doris Bakwin Award and the 2012 Kore Press First Book Award. A multi-creative person with interests in the arts, nutrition, health and beauty, she has founded several independent businesses, including a coffeehouse, a café, an organic juice bar and a natural beauty bar. She currently lives with her husband, Jon, and daughter, Julia, in the woods of Long Island in a house filled with light.

Tour Schedule:

May 18 – Library of Clean Reads – review / giveaway May 19 – T’s Stuff – review / guest post / giveaway May 19 – The Cheshire Cat’s Looking Glass – book spotlight / giveaway May 20 – TW Brown on Border Collies, Zombies, and the Indie writing scene – review / guest post May 20 – Vic’s Media Room – review May 21 – Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – review May 22 – Life as Leels – review May 22 – Back Porchervations – review  May 25 – The All Night Library – review May 25 – Pinky’s Favorite Reads – book spotlight / author interview May 26 – Svetlana’s Reads and Views – review May 27 – The Things We Read – review  May 27 – chic.toronto – review May 28 – Sincerely Stacie – review May 29 – Room With Books – review / author interview / giveaway June 1 –  Deal Sharing Aunt – review June 1 –  A Blue Million Books – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway June 2 – The World As I See It – review / giveaway June 3 – Nighttime Reading Center – review / author interview / giveaway June 4 – Jessica Cassidy – review / author interview / giveaway  June 5 – The Discerning Reader – review / giveaway June 11 – Confessions of a Reader – book spotlight / author interview June 15 – Ryder Islington’s Blog – review June 17 – A Splendid Messy Life – review / author interview / giveaway June 18 – Girl With Camera – review June 19 – Essentially Italian – review / giveaway

Connect with Heather:  Website  ~  Facebook  ~  Twitter

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SHOWCASE: Dead In Dubai by Marilynn Larew


Posted by Ryder Islington, author of Ultimate Justice, a Trey Fontaine Mystery

A CIA thriller! I love those. After reading the synopsis and an excerpt of Dead in Dubai, I’m intrigued. This went straight to my TBR list. Looks veeeery in-ter-est-ing.

Below is the synopsis, an excerpt and the author bio and ways to reach the author, plus a list of places where you can find reviews, interviews, and guest posts, and at the end, an opportunity to enter a drawing for a free copy of Dead In Dubai. 

Dead in Dubai

by Marilynn Larew

on Tour April 27 – May 31, 2015

Book Details:

Genre: Thriller, Espionage

Published by: Artemis Press

Publication Date: April 30, 2015

Number of Pages: 283

ISBN: 978-0-9910912-4-9

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Synopsis:

Why is CIA officer George Branson dead?

Out of the Agency and looking for work, former CIA analyst Lee Carruthers accepts the request of George’s wife that Lee go to Dubai and find out what really happened. When she arrives, she walks into a deadly war between rival Merchants of Death for market share. She learns that George had worked for each man under a different name, one in Dubai and one in Istanbul. With his own, that gave George three identities. Which man was murdered? Had George really been working for the Agency, or had he sold out and, if so, to whom? Who are the men following her? And why does she keep finding diamonds?

Read an excerpt:

Is there life after the CIA? I wondered as I stamped my foot into the bindings of first one ski and then the other. I was among the few early birds on the slopes; we were hoping to avoid the rush of celebrities modeling their designer ski togs. The view was spectacular! Snowy hills covered with pine trees stretched away and away. I lowered my goggles and pushed off. As I gathered speed I laughed aloud at the awesome feel of the wind in my face, the best antidote to my time in the Algerian desert I could think of. Halfway down the piste, something buzzed past my face. Then I heard a crack. Somebody was shooting at me? I bent as far down as I could and snowplowed to the side of the run, stopping just before I got to the trees. Great! Nothing. Not even a knife.

I ripped off my goggles and kicked out of the bindings. Stepping carefully into the woods, bent almost double, I advanced with a ski pole in each hand. I wish my gear wasn’t burgundy, I thought. On the other hand, I hadn’t expected to have to channel the Fourth Mountain Brigade that morning. I heard steps crunching toward me in the snow and ducked behind a tree. A man in black wearing a black face mask, his rifle held lightly in his right hand, slipped carefully forward, scanning to the left and to the right. He was looking too high to see me. When he was half a meter away, I yelled and launched myself at him with the ski poles thrust forward, but he deflected them with the rifle. He raised the rifle for another shot. I threw myself at him again, and he dropped the rifle. I grabbed it, and swung it hard, hitting him in the left shoulder. I reversed the rifle, backed up and fired. Off balance. Tried again.

He turned and ran. Should I follow him? What would I do with him if I caught him? I considered the rifle. I could hardly take it back to the ski lodge with me. I dropped the clip and whacked it up against the side of a tree, sending a jolt all the way down to my toes, and buried it in the snow by the side of the trail, throwing the clip as far as I could into the woods. I retrieved my ski poles and stood panting, heart pounding. I started to tremble and told my body it would have to wait until I got to the bottom of the slope, but it paid no attention, so I trembled.

“Who?” I asked myself. “Who?” I sat down with my back against a tree for a count of five hundred before I stopped shaking. Blowback from Morocco?

I stomped the snow off my boots and slipped them into the ski bindings. I couldn’t find my goggles, but I wanted to be in cover as soon as possible so I didn’t spend much time looking for them. With a shooter in play, I felt terribly exposed. Maybe the shooter had a friend. Unarmed. I was unarmed. Not even a nail file. I wanted a gun and badly. Where could I get a gun in the peaceful countryside of Switzerland? Breaking into a gun shop was always an option.

At the bottom of the slope, I kicked my way out of my skis and carried them back into the rack. I felt cold deep down inside, and gin seemed advisable. A drink in the lounge? Too public. Back in the room I made one of my very dry martinis—gin and a cube of ice. Maybe that would help me unscramble my brain. I looked at my watch. Ten thirty. Drinking in the morning was a sure sign of something or other. I finished the drink, but I was still cold. I took a long, hot shower and lay curled up under the duvet remembering.

I had been sent to Morocco to find a missing colleague and wound up fighting my way out of a terrorist camp. They killed Kemal. I touched the bloodstained pearl hanging around my neck. I killed his killer, but Kemal was still dead.

Would the Pure Warriors of Islam send an assassin all the way to Switzerland to get me? Possibly, but it seemed unlikely. Whoever he was, he knew me, and I didn’t know him. I went to sleep listing the people who might want to kill me.

When I woke, I ordered lunch from room service. The waiter who delivered it looked like an Arab. Arab guest workers in Switzerland? The shooter could disappear into the crowd of Arab workers. He might even be one of them. If I couldn’t find and neutralize him, I was going to have to cut and run. I hate to do that, but I disapprove of assassination, particularly my own.

Author Bio:

MARILYNN LAREW is a historian who has published in such disparate fields as American colonial and architectural history, Vietnamese military history, and terrorism, and has taught courses in each of them in the University of Maryland System.

Before settling on the Mason-Dixon line in southern Pennsylvania, she lived in Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Georgia, Wisconsin, Ohio, South Carolina, Maryland, in Manila, and on Okinawa. It’s no surprise that she likes to travel. When she’s climbing the first hill in Istanbul to Topkapi Palace, strolling around Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi, or exploring the back streets of Kowloon, she is not just having fun, she’s looking for locations for her next novel.

When she’s not traveling, she is writing or reading. She writes thrillers and likes to read them. She also likes to read Vietnamese history and Asian history in general, as well as military history. She lives with her husband in a 200-year-old farmhouse in southern Pennsylvania.
She belongs to Sisters in Crime, the Guppies, and the Chinese Military History Society.

Catch Up:

Tour Participants:

1. 04/27/2015 Showcase @ 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too!
2. 04/30/2015 Guestpost @ Writers and Authors
3. 05/03/2015 Interview @ Suspense Magazine
4. 05/04/2015 Review @ Vics Media Room
5. 05/19/2015 Interview @ Hott Books
6. 05/–/2015 Review @ It’s a Mad Mad World
7. 05/–/2015 Review @ Mallory Heart Reviews

Giveaway:

This is a giveaway hosted by Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours for Marilynn Larew. There will be TWO winners of an ebook copy of Dead in Dubai by Marilynn Larew. The giveaway is open to US residents only. The giveaway begins on April 27th, 2015 and runs through June 2nd, 2015. Visit the tour stops for additional giveaways!

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REVIEW: How To Sell Books by the Truckload on Amazon by Penny C. Sansevieri


Posted by Ryder Islington, author of Ultimate Justice, a Trey Fontaine Mystery

Authors know that books don’t sell themselves. We no longer live a a world where writers get to just write, while all other aspects of the writing business is handled by publishers and agents. Now, if want your book to sell, you have to sell it. How To Sell Books by the Truckload on Amazon is the perfect book for those of us who have written a book and need to increase our sales. It doesn’t matter if you’re an old pro or a newbie, this book is a great asset for writers.

Ms. Sansevieri explains how Amazon works, how to research key words, Amazon Author Central, free promotions, how to find top Amazon reviewers, and much, much more. And the real key is, even an old fogie like me can understand what she’s saying!

This book is going on my reference shelf with those keepers that I rely on regularly for writing, publishing, and promoting. A great book for wannabes and pros.

Below you can see the cover, read a book description and an author bio, find out where to get the book, and find other reviews, as well as interviews of the author and posts by her. And don’t forget to put your name in the hat for a chance to win a free copy of How To Sell Books by the Truckload on Amazon  by Penny C. Sansevieri.

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Book Description:

Amazon wants you to sell a lot of books. And How to Sell Your Books by the Truckload teaches you exactly how to do it. Internationally renowned Amazon book marketing expert, Penny Sansevieri, has created the ultimate guide for mastering the Amazon marketing system.

And in moments it can be right at your fingertips! The savings in time you’ll gain is enormous—when compared to painstakingly researching this information yourself.

When you follow Penny’s time-tested proven formulas you’ll instantly skyrocket the exposure you receive and kick your book promotion campaign into overdrive!

Plus, you can bypass all of the misinformation out there about how Amazon works. That’s because every secret you need to know to understand the Amazon marketing system inside and out is right here. Penny Sanseveri takes you step-by-step through simple and dynamic processes that show you how to:

  • Get top visibility for your book on Amazon
  • Increase sales through perfectly-timed pre-order campaigns
  • Leverage a secret tool to get hundreds of reader reviews
  • Use Kindle Unlimited to your greatest advantage
  • Boost sales by knowing when to give away your e-book – it really works!
  • Use keywords and book descriptions that puts your book in front of tons of buyers
  • Identify and locate secret categories that drive bigger sales

Get your booked ranked #1 in your category!

Penny C. Sansevieri

Author’s Bio:

Penny C. Sansevieri, Founder and CEO Author Marketing Experts, Inc., is a best-selling author and internationally recognized book marketing and media relations expert. She is an Adjunct Professor teaching Self-Publishing for NYU.

Her company is one of the leaders in the publishing industry and has developed some of the most innovative Social Media/Internet book marketing campaigns. She is the author of fourteen books, including How to Sell Your Books by the Truckload on Amazon and Red Hot Internet Publicity, which has been called the “leading guide to everything Internet.”

AME was the first book marketing and publicity firm to use Internet promotion to its full impact through The Virtual Author Tour™, which strategically harnesses social networking sites, Twitter, blogs, book videos, and relevant sites in order to push an author’s message into the online community. AME has had over eleven books top bestseller lists, including those of the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal.

To learn more about Penny’s books or her promotional services, you can visit her web site at www.amarketingexpert.com.

Connect with Penny:  Facebook  ~  Twitter  ~  Pinterest   Google +

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REVIEW: Going Against The Grain Italian Style by Nuccia Ardagna


Posted by Ryder Islington, author of Ultimate Justice, A Trey Fontaine Mystery For those of us who are gluten sensitive, gluten intolerant, or have full-blown celiac disease, this book is a life saver.  With an informative forward by Peter HR Green, MD, who helps the reader understand what gluten is, and how it affects those of us who don’t tolerate it, and details directly from the author about her own journey, Going Against The Grain Italian Style, reminds us of our limitations, while opening us up to the wonderful possibilities of great food that’s gluten free! Nuccia also details how to read labels for gluten, how to eat out gluten free, how to deal with cross-contamination, and providing for children who can’t tolerate gluten. The recipes are clear and easy to understand, and delicious! I’m so glad I had the opportunity to read and use this book. It has really allowed me to enjoy food again without the miserable symptoms that accompany gluten intolerance. I would recommend this book to anyone who has problems with gluten, as well as anyone who cooks for a sufferer of sensitivity, intolerance or celiac. In fact, the recipes are so good that anyone who loves good Italian food will love this book. Below you’ll find details about the book and author, as well as a list of other sites where you can find more reviews, and also, opportunities to win a free copy of this fabulous book. Good luck!   Going Against the Grain

Book Description:
 

This two-part book is a vital adjunct to any home attempting to be gluten-free. The first part guides you through early diagnosis and is an essential guide for any beginner diagnosed with celiac disease or some form of gluten sensitivity. You will learn how to identify symptoms of the disease, how celiac disease is diagnosed, and the consequences if left untreated. It will help you to understand how to read labels and how to manage your gluten-free home in a shared environment. It outlines practical advice for parents of children with celiac disease as well as tips for eating out and dealing with social settings such as special occasions or when traveling. Honorary foreword provided by renowned Dr. Peter HR Green, MD – Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University. Growing up authentically Sicilian, Nuccia Ardagna thought that getting rid of gluten meant giving up her favorite traditional foods, but that could not be further from the truth! Nuccia combines her passion for eating amazingly Italian with her new dietary needs to bring you scrumptious, traditional Italian (and Sicilian) recipes. From simple, classic appetizers to decadent desserts you thought you could never enjoy, every recipe is easy-to-follow and offers beautiful full-color pictures throughout. You can feel confident about entertaining guests and family with these mouth-watering recipes. You can eat healthier, feel better, and truly enjoy living gluten-free while never having to sacrifice great taste! In this book, Nuccia not only shares her personal story with celiac disease but also the recipes she grew up with at home and uses to entertain guests. Look for the bonus section at the end of the book along with a section dedicated to her favorite links and resources. We hope you enjoy the book and find it helpful in your journey.   Author’s Bio: Displaying Nuccia Ardagna.jpg Nuccia Ardagna loves to travel to the place of her roots: SICILIA! Being Sicilian, she grew up with mamma, nonna and all her zie learning all the tricks of the trade and creating DELICIOUS Italian food from scratch. When diagnosed with celiac disease she was forced to learn new habits and, now, after trial and error and experimenting, wants to share her exquisite culinary creations with you. She IS a true Italian to the core.   Tour Schedule:

May 4 – Sarah Rehmatullah – review May 4 – Working Mommy Journal – review May 5 – Get Cooking – review / guest post May 6 – Library of Clean Reads – review / author interview / giveaway May 6 – Girl With Camera – review / giveaway May 7 – Mrs. Mommy Booknerd’s Book Reviews – review / author interview May 8 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – review / giveaway May 11 – Freda’s Voice – review / giveaway May 11 – T’s Stuff – review / guest post / giveaway May 12 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – review / guest post / giveaway  May 12 – One Frugal Girl – review / giveaway May 13 – I’d Rather Be At the Beach – review / giveaway May 13 – Ryder Islington’s Blog – review / giveaway May 14 – Il Mio Tesoro – review / author interview May 15 – Ivory Owl Reviews – review / giveaway May 18 – Storeybook Reviews – review / giveaway May 19 – Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh My! – review / giveaway May 20 – Brooke Blogs – review / guest post / giveaway May 20 – Genuine Jenn – review / giveaway May 21 – Celticlady’s Reviews – review / giveaway May 22 – Create With Joy – review / giveaway May 22 – Anglers Rest – review / giveaway

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