Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Reluctant Debutante

Tragedy. Sacrifice. Love. 

New York City, 1830. Clarissa Tanner is carefree and joyous until the sudden death of her parents. Forced to pay off family debts, she's given one choice: auction off her beloved horses or reluctantly enter 1830s New York Society to face the dreaded marriage market. 
Nicholas is a man on a mission. He is hunting for his missing brother who got mixed up with the wrong crowd at the wrong time. To pay his way, Nicholas takes a position as a dance instructor, providing refresher lessons to the beautiful but distracted Clarissa. 
As Clarissa trains her thoroughbreds and Nicholas continues his search, the two find a connection through grief and movement. With the season looming, Clarissa wonders if she could possibly lose her parents and the man of her dreams in rapid succession. 
The Reluctant Debutante is an American historical romance set in New York's Hudson River Valley in the 1830s. If you like strong female characters, 19th century historicals, and sizzling chemistry, then you'll love Jean Jacobsen's stunning debut novel.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Books of the Week - June 24, 2017 - Maniac Reading Is In Your Hands

Featured Books of the Week - Saturday, June 24, 2017

Clay Jar, Cracked: 

When We Are Broken But Not Shattered

With its hybrid format of part devotional and part autobiography, Clay Jar, Crackedprovides the authentic account of a woman’s walk through one of the most traumatic relational stories ever told. Cortney Donelson writes a powerful testimony about her personal marriage crisis and how God revealed Himself and became the lead role in securing an ending that defies cultural expectations and statistics. Clay Jar, Cracked shares a specific marriage story, but the thought-provoking messages 

The Baby Chronicles:

Where You Were Before you Were

by Beatrice Bruno

The Baby Chronicles is the story behind the scenes of creation of four “pre-born” baby girls who eventually meet in the US Army: Beverley, Emmaline, Joyce, and Margarette Ann. Although many of the pre-borns you meet are excited about the prospect of having an “Earth assignment,” at least three of the main four would rather stay in Heaven with Abba. They don’t want to carry out their mission on Earth, especially with the families they have been assigned to. If you have ever wondered where you were before you existed on Earth this book will give you pause to think of the possibilities you had before you were even born.

Voyage of the Soul

by Brett A. Reif

It wasn’t that long ago that the world we live in was run differently. Some of the past still surrounds us, but is much less prevalent. The world of which I speak was controlled by money and power. Those who had it suppressed the weak and poor. The suppressed had no choice but to abide by the suppression. This show of power existed in every aspect of life, from love to war. During this time, bias and prejudice were ways of life. The wealthy did as they pleased. They married to keep status. This still happens today, but not to the same extent. Many were forced to learn to love, rather than be free to find it as were the poor. The poor could find their mate, rather than be forced into an arranged marriage. Love and life were very much dependent on the class into which you were born.
This book is the story of a man, who wished to be his own man. He knew his place in this world wasn’t what was given or laid out before him. Jacque wished to make his own way. During his exploits, he found himself onforeign and biased soil. This is where his life would change; it would begin. He fell in love with a woman he was forbidden to marry. Their love for each other carried them to places neither of them thought possible, both good and bad. This is a story not just about love, but life. Unfortunately, it is honest and true, for life is filled with as much happiness as it is pain. Here is Jacque, a Frenchman, who loved Elizabeth, an Englishwoman, and their story.

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Other Great Books to Check Out

by Jayda Iris 

Taut and filled with strong gut wrenching emotions in the love triangle to end all love triangles. Filled with sexual tension and desire on a human level.

Finding Home
by Emilia Finn

Not every girl wants a knight in shining armour.  Kit Reilly is strong, hardworking and fiercely independent, but when a death in the family results in an inherited belligerent teenage dependent, she longs for simpler times. Finding Home is an action packed life or death race to the end.

Dragonfly Wishes
by Penny Harmon

Callie Daniels has lost everything-her loving husband and her beautiful, young son.  Now, she is struggling to find a way to go on.

More Beginnings
by Iris Blobel

Zach Taylor enlists the help of Natasha Peterson when his teenage friend, Mia, runs away.  And although Natasha is attracted to him as well, she has her own problems to deal with, not to mention her initial reaction to Zach's occupation.

Harley & Countdown
Love Means Never Saying Goodbye
by Cassandra Parker

When Mari met Harley little did she know he was her soul mate; the love of her life. This is a love story full of joy, laughter, heartbreak, and loss. The journey of Mari and Harley is wistful and endearing.

Rotten in Suburbia
by Shasta Philhour

Here I am the daughter of the Prince of Darkness himself and a zombie - nice combination right. I have no idea what this means for my future, I'm just trying to navigate through high school and develop a relationship with my biological father despite my mother's vehement disapproval.

Tales from the Mind Field
by R.M.Villoria

A Collection of Short Stories
* Horror * Suspense * Mystery

Are you or someone you know suffering from anxiety, lack, infertility, marital conflict, debt, sickness or any other life issues?  Find out what the Word of God says about the situation and how you can break free by saying what God says. The Word of God has creative power which allows it to bring itself to pass when we speak it.  Applying Heaven’s Promises to Earth’s Problems is filled with over two hundred scriptural promises prescribed for the believer to use in battle against the enemy.

The Murder in a Child's Mind
by Rita Marcoli

Three people involved in a chilling murder who arrived too soon and stayed too long. " In your mind, no one can hear you scream ".

Under Winter Lights: Part One
by Bree M. Lewandowski

Three hearts in a dance made for two. A world made of music and motion. Come step Under Winter Lights: Part One!

Break Sugar Cravings or Addiction, Feel Full, Lose Weight

Break Sugar Cravings or Addiction, Feel Full, Lose Weight: 

An Astonishing Essential Oil Method 

(Sublime Wellness Lifestyle Series Book 3)

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Friday, June 23, 2017

The Mapmakers Daughter

Less than a decade after millions flee or die from starvation and persecution in Ireland, a strange refugee arrives on this Emerald Isle.

She falls, this refugee, practically into the arms of Paddy O'Brien...

the day after Paddy's mum dies in mysterious circumstances and he's left to care for his two younger brothers.

He doesn't know that Akemi, this refugee, is the mapmaker's daughter, and the shogun of Japan has commissioned ruthless pirates to bring her back alive.

But Jun, a lowly transgender slave aboard one of these pirate ships, who has lived in so many places she has nowhere to call home, may ruin everyone's plans. Except her own, if she can help it.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Murder Aboard the Queen Elizabeth II

Wealthy Beverly Hills socialites, Brian and Sylvia Sinclair, are celebrating their 25th Anniversary on a cruise from London to New York on the luxurious QEII. Joining the couples joyous excursion is their rebellious daughter and her controlling husband, their scheming son and his wily girlfriend, six of their longtime friends, and a surprise person from their past. Also on board is private eye Richard Manning, who volunteers to investigate when a member of the party dies an unnatural death. Manning’s search reveals dark secrets and everyone becomes a suspect. Ferreting out the truth is a daunting challenge, and time is short – once the ship reaches New York, the parties will scatter, making it almost impossible for authorities to solve the case. Will Manning figure it in time? Follow him on his quest to unmask the killer this captivating mystery.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Agile Scrum

Organizations are increasingly embracing agile to best meet their business needs and successfully manage projects. Agile Scrum: Your Quick Start Guide with Step-by-Step Instructions provides those interested or involved in innovation, project management, product development, software development or technology management with an authoritative roadmap to easily and quickly implement Scrum, the most popular agile project development and delivery framework. It encompasses a powerful set of principles and practices that help teams deliver products in short cycles with rapid adaptation to change, faster time-to-market, and continuous improvement. Reactions to the book have been incredibly positive.

  • Winner in the 5th Annual Beverly Hills International Book Awards ― Business-General category
  • Winner in the 5th Annual Beverly Hills International Book Awards ― Technology category
  • Winner in the 2016 London Book Festival ― Business category
  • Winner in the Fall 2016 Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards ― Business category
  • Winner in the 2017 Feathered Quill Book Awards ― Informational (Business) category
  • Winner in the 2016 New Apple Book Awards ― Technology category
  • Winner in the 2017 Independent Press Award ― Technology category 
  • Winner in the 11th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards ― Technology category 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Looking Out From the Inside

In her first literary accomplishment, Tressa Mitchener gives a gritty account of her life as a child from a broken home, a teenage mother, and a drug dealer. 

Her words of transparency will allow you to see her walk into a dark place and God’s love for her to bring her into the light. Tressa’s story is inspiring, uplifting and will cause you to step into purpose through accepting Jesus as your Lord & Savior!