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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Book Spotlight: A Killer's Reflection

 

Category:

Erotic Thriller/Urban Fiction

Synopsis:


In the erotic thriller, A Killer’s Reflection, Bannerman’s third work of fiction, she entices the reader with a perfect combination of sex, lies and murder, as she invites the reader to relive the life story of a serial killer from the perspective of the killer, his psychiatrist, the detectives on the case, and his prey.

Even as a little boy, Douglass Randall Coleman Jr. knew that he was different. It wasn’t just the special attention from his mother, but the attention he got from his female teachers and young girls too. All it took was a flash of his winning smile, which he practiced in the mirror every day, along with a dash of charm, and the world was his for the taking. Raised in the midst of the chaos of urban life (drugs, alcohol, and abuse) Douglass didn’t have a fighting chance.

However, there was only one problem with getting everything he wanted, always getting his requests granted without question…hearing ‘No’ could be deadly. Douglass had to find a way to control his killer urges, and soon sought the help of a therapist.

Dr. Olivia Reed was a therapist with deadly secrets that could never be told. Unable to figure out if Douglass was a narcissist, sociopath, or both, he became her ‘special’ case study that could make her famous. Crossing the line between doctor-patient privilege, and preventing future murders, would plague Dr. Reed for years.

Meanwhile, Tara Walker thought she had met the perfect man online…charming, tall, handsome, doting, and charismatic. Her friends and family loved him, but behind closed doors, a monster emerged.

After his first kill, with the cops nowhere near solving the case, Douglas’ confidence grew even more. But lurking in the shadows, watching his every move, there was someone smarter than all of them, even the detectives. Despite being driven by jealousy and spite, he was determined to take Douglass down for all the crimes he had ever committed.

Only in the end, will the detectives get the break they’ve been waiting for. But until then, they wonder how many more must die before they have enough evidence to trap the man with the ‘Killer Reflection’.

 For more information, check out this blog review, the book's press release or watch the book trailer.

This book is available at Amazon in paperback and as an ebook


About the Author:

Even at the age of seven, up and coming Author Cheryl Denise Bannerman, would sit for hours on end reading about faraway lands, intriguing characters and intoxicating storylines.

And by a pre-teen, she was writing poetry for publication and short stories for school that moved the reader to laughter, tears, and sometimes anger. She was an old creative soul from a young age, experiencing way too much ‘life’ than she would have liked.

Now this little girl is all grown up with a child of her own. A child who also loves to write, and even has a unique and masterful talent for drawing as well.

When Author Cheryl Powell (pen name, Cheryl D. Bannerman) is not writing for her next book, she is running her 21-year old virtual B2B Training and Development company based out of her Orlando, Florida, home. Since 1996, she has been known as an Instructional Design and e-Learning Specialist — with clients all over the US and overseas — creating classroom training materials, e-Learning modules, job aides and more for corporate employees and their clients.

This author also holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and a Master of Science degree in IT Project Management and Leadership. She manages multiple projects over various time zones as an expert Training and Development Service Provider. Her wide range of training experience, from classroom-based as a Computer Instructor to online universities as a Professor, all the way to the corporate arena — in conjunction with her background in Technology — has greatly contributed to her success in the field of Training and Development.

In her spare time, Cheryl Powell loves to read murder mysteries, attend museums, watch movies, try new restaurants and cuisines, shop with her daughter, and take in the sun on the beach. And, although this author’s works are fiction, she has incorporated many of her personal life’s experiences into their stories.  


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Friday, November 17, 2017

Book Spotlight: Rainbow Balloons


Category:

Fiction

Synopsis:

Eighteen-year-old Anna Jones has been fascinated with balloons for as long as she can remember. So when her dream job of appearing in balloon clips comes up, she doesn't hesitate to take it. But Anna is naive and does not realise the true reasons for the clips, until she meets Mark, a handsome, charming young man who introduces her to the world of the 'looners' and changes her perspective on life forever...

This book is available as an ebook and paperback through Amazon

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Book Spotlight: Best Friends

 

Category:

Children/Family

Synopsis:

They met each other by a stroke of luck and became inseparable friends from then on. Both were faced with terminal birth defects that would make anybody desolate for fear of death, yet it did not stop them from being the best they can be individually and for each other.

Death did separate them physically but Joseph's lives on, in his friend's thoughts, bringing smiles to his face as he has always done when was alive.


This book is available from Amazon and direct from the author's website.

About the Authors:

Ronald Destra is a Floridian author, illustrator, publisher, and entrepreneur. Each of his books has a unique storyline that appeals to young ones, while teaching them about heavy subjects.

His books include: Best Friends, Santa's Little Helper, The Birthday Party, Hoppy the Frog, Tommy the Giraffe, The Little Hero, Fluffy the Bird, The Tattoo, Scrappy the Dog and many more.

Ronald Destra is the co-founder of Destra World Books Publishing. His passion is to help younger children learn that they do have a purpose in life and to never give up. 

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As Co-Founder & CEO of Miami-based Destra World Books Publishing, Juanita Destra — with her husband Ronald– provides professional literary services to authors and business owners. Their company specializes in book publishing, marketing, editing, graphic design, promotion and web development.

With a focus on multiple genres and formats, Destra World Books Publishing’s author-friendly business strategy allows writers to maintain all rights, worldwide distribution and 60% of net royalties from the company’s roster of distributors. Add to that prompt, friendly, hands-on customer service, which truly makes Destra World Books Publishing one of the best independent publishing houses in the U.S. Juanita notes, “You work hard to write your book. Now let our experts go to work for you on your projects. Author and business owners shine with us!”

Among Destra World Books Publishing’s first released titles is “Hoppy the Frog,” written by Ronald Destra. The title, available online everywhere– is aimed toward pre-teens, and designed to boost confidence, courage, character and perseverance. Juanita also collaborated with her husband on additional books “Fluffy the Bird,” “Scrappy the Dog” and “Tommy the Giraffe.”

Aside from her publishing expertise, Juanita has been employed in the medical field for many years which she strives to provide high-quality patient care.
 

 For more information, please visit RonaldDestra.com or JuanitaDestra.com.

Book Spotlight: Santa's Little Helper

 

Category:

Children/Family

Synopsis: 

In the quiet town, snowflakes lightly fall. Though the road to town is not well-travelled, a special visitor is to appear.

It is Daniel's first Christmas and he eagerly awaits him. Who is Santa Claus? Daniel wants to find out and see for himself!

When his parents are fast asleep, the sound of a Christmas carol makes him stir. His eyes slowly open, and the rumbling singing halts not. He must be here!

Running to the living room, his joyful gaze of anticipation meets that of the one and only Santa Claus, and does he have a job for Daniel!

This year, a Christmas wish is made come true! Being Santa's little helper, Daniel finds out this is the season of love, joy, and giving!

This book is available from Amazon or direct from the author's website

About the Author:

Ronald Destra is a Floridian author, illustrator, publisher, and entrepreneur. Each of his books has a unique storyline that appeals to young ones, while teaching them about heavy subjects.

His books include: Best Friends, Santa's Little Helper, The Birthday Party, Hoppy the Frog, Tommy the Giraffe, The Little Hero, Fluffy the Bird, The Tattoo, Scrappy the Dog and many more.

Ronald Destra is the co-founder of Destra World Books Publishing. His passion is to help younger children learn that they do have a purpose in life and to never give up. 


 For more information, please visit RonaldDestra.com

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Review: Marlene Dietrich: The Life

Marlene Dietrich: The Life Marlene Dietrich: The Life by Maria Riva
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Marlene Dietrich is best known for being a Hollywood actress in the 1930s and beyond. This book, written by her only child, goes far beyond the glitz and glamor of fame to the real enigma that is Dietrich.

What I really liked about this book is that the quality of the narrative grows as the narrator grows in age, from a small girl in Germany to being a full-time assistant to her famous mother. At times Riva is mesmerized by Dietrich as much as the public would have been, and other times she digs deeper into the story to expose the lies that Dietrich liked to tell herself and those around her. The book exposes a lot of Dietrich's diaries, starting back from when she was just a teen. It also exposes many of her affairs, though some still remain unnamed for various reasons. Overall, it is a star biography that cannot be passed up, especially for those who like vintage Hollywood.

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Review: My Ariel

My Ariel My Ariel by Sina Queyras
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My Ariel is a collection of poetry that both works against and pulls in the works of Sylvia Plath, as well as her personal life with her husband and children. Mostly, Plath's work and life parallels aspects of the Queyras's life, which makes for an interesting read. I have not read any version of Ariel, though before approaching this book I did know a bit about Plath from reading some other of her works. Combining Ariel and Plath's life with the poet's own experiences didn't take away from either, but added to make an intersection that is a satisfying read.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Review: A Record of My Vinyl: A Collector's Catalog

A Record of My Vinyl: A Collector's Catalog A Record of My Vinyl: A Collector's Catalog by Potter Style
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A Record of My Vinyl: A Collector's Catalog is a unique guide/journal that provides record collectors with useful information as well as a way to properly catalog their vinyl collection. The book includes a few pages that talk about how to care for your vinyl and how to grade your vinyl.

Much of the journal is made up of pages where you can collect information about each record that you own. The entries allow you to add the artist, album, label, catalog number, country, year, grade and liner notes. At the top of each page you can also assign a category to the group. If you are missing something from your collection, the back pages are for listing your most-wanted vinyal titles. These pages are perforated so you can remove them so you can refer to them when you vinyl hunting.

The best part about this journal is the cover. It is made to look like it has a record on it, but it goes a step further to have the raised grooves on it just like real vinyl. It is a high quality journal that any record collector would want to have to complement their collection.

*Book provided by Blogging for Books

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