Sunday, July 31, 2011

Summer Giveaway Blog Hop


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The Cain Letters
By Pierre Roustan

All legends have beginnings— some are worth remembering -- others are better left to darkness. 

When college student, Marcus Brennan, discovers an ancient book revealing the origin of vampirism, all hell breaks loose not just in his life but for the world around him. He is holding the ultimate weapon two master vampires desire more than blood. It is the weapon that will give them the power to rule not only the Vampire Nation but all mankind. 

It is up to Alexandra Glade, fierce and radiant vampire hunter, and her team, the Berith Lochem, to find and protect Marcus in order to prevent the unthinkable… 

… The awakening of Cain. 


Keeping Grace Alive
By Annie Lee

For the past five years, accomplished hit man Jessie Conners has been secretly in love with Gracie Talbot, stepdaughter of his boss, Rudy Talbot. Rudy is head of America’s largest crime ring and due to Gracie’s perceived meddling in Rudy’s business and political affairs, Rudy wants her dead. As usual, Rudy turns to his number one hit man, Jessie, to make the kill. 

Jessie and Gracie met during a chance encounter five years ago and Jessie has yet to tell Gracie he has feelings for her. Jessie is faced with the gut wrenching decision to either assassinate the woman he loves to keep himself and his crew in Rudy’s good graces or to attempt to save Gracie, thereby risking everything and ensuring that he, Gracie, and his crew would spend the rest of their lives running from Rudy and his mercenaries.


Consumption
By Greg Johnson

In the dying days of British Hong Kong, Sara Sexton, upon breaking up with a Greek lover, visits her old friend Martin Blake, a high-profile, high-dollar interior designer. This suspenseful story shows the effects of a lifetime friendship going toxic as modern life pulls the once quasi-siblings in opposite directions. As Sara embarks on a simpler life, Martin becomes increasingly complex and erratic. Eventually Sara is forced to a terrible choice in the name of self-preservation.

In its witty dissection of middle class ideals and aspirations, G. S. Johnston's CONSUMPTION is a heart-rending, provoking novel about the nature of long term friendships. With beautiful prose, arresting characters, and intriguing setting, Johnston evokes the cities of Hong Kong and Sydney and immerses the reader in a world that is as beautiful as it is painful.


A Secret in the Attic
By Samantha Jillian Bayarr

Amy has two best friends. Emma is her best friend and rival, Jonathon is her childhood sweetheart.
But then she meets Jake, and everything changes.
When Amy finds an ancient book in an old steamer trunk in her grandmother’s attic, her world is turned upside down.
The book contains an old gypsy curse; a curse so powerful it’s called The Curse of the Widowed Bride.
Amy’s secrets could destroy all of them, but what’s a few secrets between friends?
Only one can break the curse.
Which one will walk down the aisle?
Find out in this urban fantasy 


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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Confidence in your Imagination Guest Post with Bryan Cohen

Description of Ted Saves the World (Available for just $0.99)http://www.amazon.com/Ted-Saves-World-Novella-ebook/dp/B0058EUSCI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1312138902&sr=8-1
A possessed cheerleader. A cursed gang of criminals. Mysterious telekinetic powers. An angry ex-girlfriend in gym class? One second, sophomore in high school Ted endures his first breakup in his favorite place in town. The next, a mysterious blue light turns him into a worldwide superhero sensation for taking down a posse of grisly murderers. As his views on YouTube increase and his friend Dhiraj tries to capitalize on the marketing potential, his dangers increase as well when a presumed-dead cheerleader begins taking a personal interest. Can Ted survive his first week as a superhero in the public eye? This novella is the first taste in a series of full-length novels about the adventures of Ted Finley and Erica LaPlante. The book is also available on http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Ted-Saves-the-World/Bryan-Cohen/e/2940012806734">Barnes & Noble and http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/70092 ">Smashwords for $0.99.


Confidence in Your Imagination
By Bryan Cohen

Most people think that they need a degree or to have studied with some guru in order to become proficient at a particular subject. It's as if someone told them one day that anything that's worth its salt must have been passed down from generations and generations of learned brilliant people. This is one of those twisted viewpoints that comes from hundreds of years of formal education being praised as the pinnacle of all learning.

Unfortunately, I think that this diminishes the amount of confidence that people have in the power of their own imaginations. In one of the first fiction writing classes I ever had, the instructor told me that my style of writing was not conducive to fiction. At first, I believed him and concentrated my writing in other areas like film and play scripts. Years later, after getting into the self-publishing world, I realized that it didn't matter that I hadn't received my teacher's blessing. It mattered that I enjoyed writing and that other people might enjoy it as well.

There haven't been that many reviews yet for my first fiction book, http://www.amazon.com/Ted-Saves-World-Novella-ebook/dp/B0058EUSCI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1312138902&sr=8-1Ted Saves the World, but nobody has had the similar complaints that my teacher did. My work didn't go through a publishing company and get the blessing of their higher ups either. What I do have going for me is that I'm confident that those reading my book will get a kick out of it.

Just because we haven't been certified in something or if we haven't taken a course in a certain field, it doesn't mean that we can't be extremely successful at it. Plenty of people who haven't finished college have become mega-billionaires using the power of their imagination and confidence. Some writers have been rejected dozens of times and then have become huge sensations like J.K. Rowling and more recently, Amanda Hocking, because they kept at it. They believed in themselves.

The important thing is not the certification or the degree. What is most important is having confidence that you can put out a good product that people will use or enjoy. If you have that, it's only a matter of time before you succeed.

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Giveaway:
Bryan Cohen is giving away four $25 Amazon gift cards, one for each week of his month long blog tour. To enter, simply comment with your e-mail address (feel free to substitute @ with (at) or other tricks to stop spammers from getting it). Bryan will draw the four names at the end of the tour, picking one entrant at random from each week’s set of blog posts. Entries will be counted through Monday, August 15th, 2011. Enter on as many sites as you want, follow the tour at http://www.build-creative-writing-ideas.com/blog-tour-for-ted.html;Build Creative Writing Ideas. If Ted reaches the Top 100 on Amazon at any point during the tour, a fifth $25 card will be added to the giveaway.

Biography:
Bryan Cohen is a writer, actor and comedian from Dresher, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005 with degrees in English and Dramatic Art and a minor in Creative Writing. He has written seven books including http://www.amazon.com/000-Creative-Writing-Prompts-ebook/dp/B0044DEL7C;1,000 Creative Writing Prompts: Ideas for Blogs, Scripts, Stories and More. Contact Bryan through http://bryancohen.com">his Ted Saves the World blog, http://www.build-creative-writing-ideas.com">his Build Creative Writing Ideas site or http://www.twitter.com/bryancohenbooks">Twitter.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Livingston Hall Publishers: The Power of Forgiveness...

Livingston Hall Publishers: The Power of Forgiveness...: " Forgiveness: To pardon or excuse: no longer to blame or be angry with someone who has done you wrong. NIV Bible Dictionary Terms 2..."

Friday, July 8, 2011

And the winner is...

Congratulations to Sakira!
You have won a Kindle of of:
Ted Saves the World
Raven Finch: The Curse of the Dead Woods
Hedgeland

Winner chosen using Random.org
Thanks to all who entered.
See you August 1st, for the next blog hop giveaway!
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