Wednesday, September 19, 2018

A Twenty-Year Project Culminates in a Kickstarter Campaign for a Children’s Character Education Book Series Fostering Self-Esteem and Core Values




Children will find new friends in the Communication Animals, stars of the new Character Education Heroes Series. Fara the Convincing Fox, Eddie the Supporting Elephant, and others will inspire kids to have positive self-esteem, practice effective communication, and cultivate core values.

“Children have been the focus of my life’s work, and I am passionate about giving them the tools to make good life decisions, communicate effectively, and be good problem solvers. When they are taught the curriculum, many elementary-age students can identify communication styles just as well as my former law students,” explains Dr. Tamara A. Fackrell, author of the series.

Dr. Fackrell has a PhD in marriage, family, and human development and is also an award-winning attorney-mediator who has been practicing in the family law arena for over twenty years. A popular keynote speaker for workshops and national conferences, Dr. Fackrell focuses on effective communication and conflict resolution in relationships. During her time as a professor at the J. Reuben Clark Law School, she broke down the concepts of complex problem solving for her law students. One day, she had an aha moment: if she could break these concepts down to their simplest forms, she could teach them to children.

Dr. Fackrell developed the six Communication Animals to teach problem-solving methods in a simple way, and she began presenting the curriculum in the classrooms of her own six children. She also received a grant to support undergraduate and law students in teaching the curriculum to thousands of youth throughout Utah. Many children are able to recall all six Communication Animals after just one lesson.



After a twenty-year journey, Dr. Fackrell’s dream is coming true: her curriculum will be available in book form for every child to have at home. She and her creative team, illustrator Rylee Witbeck and designer Celeste Tuttle, have been collaborating to create an unforgettable adventure for each child. The books are interactive, with a treasure hunt and engaging illustrations on every page. Most importantly, each book includes an individualized character-building plan, so children can develop specific strategies for their needs.

The goal of the series is for children to identify their own natural communication style and then to integrate the positive traits of the other five styles when appropriate. The book series also gives parents, children, and teachers terms to use when talking about problem solving and communication—terms such as self-soothing, ghost conflicts, and the listening pattern. Studies show that children who learn social skills when young have better well-being as adults across multiple domains such as education, employment, and mental health.

Dr. Fackrell has launched a funding campaign on Kickstarter to raise funds through pre-orders of the books for the printing of the first three books of the series.  Parents and teachers from around the world are being welcomed to participate in this campaign by making generous pledges and donations to make a difference for children around the world.

The website is CEHeroes.com. The Kickstarter Campaign is located on the web at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1946792775/character-education-heroes-a-childrens-book-series?ref=user_menu

THE 12 MYSTERIES OF CHRISTMAS series #Free on Amazon


Bethany has been acting as parental guardian for her younger sister ever since the death of their parents in a car accident. She tries hard to make Christmas a special as she can for her sister. But when her sister meets a man online who wants to meet her over the holiday, Bethany puts her foot down. Her sister shows her rebellious side and disappears. Now former police detective from Boulder is looking for the couple and suspects that the Christmas Killer from Boulder might have set his sights on their small town. Free September 19 - 21 on Amazon THE 12 MYSTERIES OF CHRISTMAS series: • IN THE NICK OF TIME by Susette Williams • GABRIEL’S SECRET by Alexa Verde • GUARDING CANDY KANE by V.B. Tenery • MURDER: UP ON THE ROOFTOP by Tina Dee • JOY IN JEOPARDY by Lynette Sowell • HOLLY IN HIDING by P. Creeden • STARR WITNESS by Susette Williams • NOELLE ON THE RUN by Alexa Verde • GOLDEN BELLES ARE WRINGING by Gina Conroy • DEATH BY FIGGY PUDDING by Tina Dee • DANGER FOR GLORIA by Lynette Sowell • MERRY WITHOUT MALICE by P. Creeden

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Smashing the Slate: A Stains Novella (Stains Trilogy Book 3)




When Fiona survived a college friend's attack, she thought she'd finally freed herself of her tangled past. 

Unfortunately for Fiona, things aren't that simple. After coming to realize the young daughter she'd been wary of keeping is someone from her past, she's forced to deal with nightmares again... and the danger that could be lurking in her own home. 

Will Fiona be able to untangle centuries of betrayal, anger, and death or will she fall victim to her past once more?





About the Author

Do you love weird, paranormal stories?

GREAT, because I’ve got plenty of them to tell.

I can help you journey into the unknown and discover the hidden, yet awesome world out there that most people either don’t see, or don’t want to see. 

I’ve been exploring that world unofficially since the first Poltergeist movie, and I haven’t lost that love for the paranormal since— that’s why I write about it.

That’s right, I’m a paranormal fiction writer. 

But what sets me apart from other paranormal fiction writers out there is… I actively explore the fascinating hidden world around us through meditation and other practices, like Reiki and chanting. I also work with crystals. These things are part of my world, both real and fictional, and I love sharing them.

I hope that, much like I felt after reading Christopher Pike’s work, you’ll feel inspired to explore the weird side of life by getting lost in one of my novels.

Who am I? My name’s Jamie White. Aside from being obsessed with all things paranormal and writing about that in my fiction novels I’m also a journalism geek. 

Before following my ultimate obsession into fiction writing I was an editor of multiple college publications, and interned at a major newspaper. You could say words have accompanied me for a long time. 

During leisure times, I would role play Buffy the Vampire Slayer and write song spoofs based on that and other things. The fiction bug was biting, but it really got me when I went to my first writing club meeting on a whim (the lesson? Listen to that inner voice). 

I had some much fun writing that first story, I kept going. And within a year, I had the insane idea to try and write a whole novel in a month. Yes, I was questioning my sanity.

Luckily, the muse was with me and her story, “The Life and Times of No One in Particular,” was born. Since then, I have been published by Pagan Writers Press, had a short featured in an anthology, won a library essay contest, and have several more projects coming, including the re-release of the Stains books and my new Lightworker series. 

On the weird side, I go to crystal classes, chanting classes, give tarot readings, and became a level II Reiki practitioner in February 2015. I'm taking a wild journey, and I'd love for you to join me. Fiction and the unknown? Works for me.


My Thoughts

Fiona has always been haunted my her past, but not in the traditional sense. With Fiona, it's her past lives that come back to terrorize her. First, it's only dreams and visions. Later, a shocking attack almost ends her life before it begins. Yet, despite all her troubles, Fiona has finally made peace with her past. She's married with a child, and everything should be perfect. Only, its not. The same person who tried to take her life once before has returned in a different form. Fiona finds herself torn between love and fear. With the help on her husband, she hopes to find a way to move on and break the chain of violence that has haunted her for centuries. 

The Stains series is a thrilling set of novellas that delves into the possibility of reincarnation, soul-mates, and physic abilities. This third installment was amazing, and shows us how the Universe always finds a way to balance out our karma.  It's a fast paced story with characters that are well-developed. The scenes are vivid , and the emotion seeps off the page. Anyone who enjoys a quick paranormal read will definitely love this story.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Cozy Up with Romance #Giveaway

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Twelve Nights of Christmas Cover Reveal


Twelve bestselling and award-winning authors each bring you a sexy night of romance, fun and a little magic. 'Tis the season for falling for the right guy! Can a magical fruitcake be the special ingredient for falling in love?

**'Tis the season for giving, too!**

20% of the proceeds will be donated to

the hunger relief organization Feeding America

Check out this sexy and seasonal cover . . .

and then go preorder YOUR copy now!




December 25: "Scrooge You" by MK Schiller

Christmas is nothing but a reminder of Eva’s tragic past. To make matters worse, her boyfriend invites his entire family over…so she goes into Scrooge mode. When three ghosts visit her, will she be able to remember the joy in her heart and the true meaning of Christmas?

December 26: "Unexpected Daddy" by Gemma Brocato

She let him go to pursue his dreams without telling him she was pregnant. Five years later, he’s back in town and her secret’s out. Can they get over past hurts to seize a future for their small family?

December 27: "The Meant to Be Girl" by Tawdra Kandle

When Ashley Webbar meets Zane Fletcher, it's insta-lust, but she soon suspects he's already smitten with someone else. Ashley is so busy matchmaking that she might miss out on her own happily-ever-after...if something doesn't intervene first. This just might call for a Christmas miracle.

December 28: "For One Night Only" by Carrie Elks

When two strangers are stranded at a rest stop in the middle of Nowheresville—thank you, Mr. Bus Driver—they’re forced to spend the night together. But when morning comes, they both find themselves asking one question. Will they see each other again, or was their connection for one night only?

December 29: "Best Friends for the Night" by Alice Gaines

Every year, Steve has been cheering up his army buddy’s widow with popcorn and zany movies on the anniversary of her husband’s death. Will a little holiday magic make Steve and Hannah more than friends?

December 30: "Entwined" by Kristi Rose

Donovan survived combat, but can he survive being stranded over Christmas with the girl of his dreams? He swore he’d stay away from his best friend’s kid sister years ago, but after a helicopter crash, this sailor knows second chances don't come around often. Loving Bailey would mean risking not only his friendship but his heart.

December 31: "Rekindled" by Stacy Finz

Branna and Drex are over…or at least they thought they were. But a little time trapped in an enclosed space with a magical fruitcake might just change that.Branna and Drex are over…or at least they thought they were. But a little time trapped in an enclosed space with a magical fruitcake might just change that.

January 1: "New Year's Negotiation" by Kate Allenton

When Detective Elizabeth Cross’s high school crush and star of her what-ifs shows up at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve ready to take her on a trip down memory lane, she’ll have to decide if this is a second chance at her happily ever after or the start of another broken heart.

January 2: "Playing House" by Kim Golden

Cassie Delk isn’t having the best holiday season. With her ex-husband about to get remarried, she’s not thrilled about still being single. The last thing she expects is for a second chance at love to turn up on her doorstep.

January 3: "Book of Love" by Cd Brennan

Nothing infuriates Melanie more than the one-armed, ex-army hunk who chucks her mail at her book shop door. When Nick delivers a special package at the end of the day, a blizzard strands them together, and the fruitcake delivery sparks magic between them instead. Melanie isn't sure what she wants to give him—a piece of her mind or all of her heart

January 4: "A Winter Wonderland" by Rebecca Hunter

Coming face to face with Jace after ten years is a reminder of everything Selena left behind when she moved from Delilah’s Cove. It’s even more dangerous when mixed with a little magic.

January 5: "Wild Honey" by Sarah Hegger

Two people who couldn’t be more different. One elevator, a dark and stormy night, and a magical, bourbon-laced fruitcake. What could go right?


Saturday, September 15, 2018

Illusion, Dark Musicals, The Second Act Coming Soon! - Get Phantom #FREE



Illusion, Dark Musicals, The Second Act is complete and in the hands of my editor. We are hoping for an October release. Here is a little about the new title:


Rebecca Hope-Patko and her husband, Lord Justyn, are living their dream. After a successful stint on Broadway, the super couple are heading down under for a special showing of Phantom Returns, where their son Erik will join them for his professional debut.

As soon as their plane touches down, they discover that a serial killer is stalking Melbourne. At the theater, a strange series of accidents leaves Rebecca fearing for the safety of her family. Could the two be connected? Rebecca struggles to unravel the mystery while coping with insecurities about her career which cause tension between her and Justyn.


It’s clear a very real Phantom is lurking among them, but Rebecca is no kid anymore. She’s tired of the villain getting the upper hand. This time, Rebecca is setting the trap. This opera diva will put her life and her marriage on the line to shatter the illusions surrounding Queen’s Theater, and stop the serial killer before they can strike again.


To celebrate the upcoming release of Illusion, I'm giving away Phantom, Dark Musicals Trilogy Book 1, for FREE on Amazon for a limited time. See how Rebecca and Justyn's story began, and catch up on the whole series before the new book hits virtual shelves.


The "Phantom" was a musical phenomenon that Rebecca had always found enchanting. She had no idea that her life was about to mirror the play that was her obsession. When her high school drama club chooses "Phantom" as their annual production, Rebecca finds herself in the middle of an unlikely love triangle and the target of a sadistic stalker who uses the lines from the play as their calling card. Rebecca lands the lead role of Christine, the opera diva, and like her character, she is torn between her two co-stars-Tom the surfer and basketball star who plays the lovable hero, and Justyn, the strangely appealing Goth who is more than realistic in the role of the tortured artist. Almost immediately after casting, strange things start to happen both on and off the stage. Curtains fall. Mirrors are shattered. People are hurt in true phantom style. They all seem like accidents until Rebecca receives notes and phone calls that hint at something more sinister. Is Justyn bringing to life the twisted character of the phantom? Or in real life are the roles of the hero and the villain reversed? Rebecca doesn't know who to trust, but she knows she's running out of time as she gets closer and closer to opening night. Only when the mask is stripped away, will the twenty-first century phantom finally be revealed.



Monday, September 10, 2018

First and Ten: A Contemporary Reverse Harem

First and Ten: A Contemporary Reverse Harem
A Team of Her Own Book 1: Preseason

by Erin Hayes and Margo Bond Collins






 When Madison Harte inherits a football team with three hot players who all want her, there’s one problem: when it comes to America’s favorite sport, she’s clueless. 

I have the worst luck. Failed tech startup? Check. Cheating ex-boyfriend? Check. No idea what to do next? Check.

Then my Uncle Dusty passes away and leaves a whole football team to me. Never mind that I’ve never even seen a game. Who has time for that, right?

But I can sell the team and turn my life around, so I fly from San Francisco to Birmingham, Alabama, where I find a whole new level of football obsession—and start to develop a fascination of my own. Mostly with the three players who are very, very interested in me. 

I never expected to find a team of my own. Or that there would be so many obstacles in our way.

Luckily, Madison won’t have to choose just one man in this contemporary reverse harem where Friday Night Lights and Bridget Jones collide and where—hallelujah—it’s still raining men.


Excerpt:

The last time I had anything to do with football, Timothy Bartley threw the ball at me during PE, and it hit me in the face. I was left with a shiner for three weeks after that, barely able to see out of my poor eye. Everyone made fun of me, and I still sported a small scar on my eyebrow where my skin had split from the swelling.

That was in sixth grade. Seventeen years ago.

Since then, I hadn’t watched a game, hadn’t paid attention to who’s who, or even glanced at ESPN. That was fine by me. I was happy not having to spend my Saturdays watching the big game. My money was spent on video games, comics, and shoes instead of tickets and merchandise.

Football was in an entirely different universe that didn’t touch mine in the slightest.

Until now.

“Excuse me?” I asked in disbelief, sitting forward in my chair. My black business suit stretched as much as it possibly could, but it still felt tighter than the last time I wore it. Yet another sign that my size-14 waist was now a size 16. I’d put on some weight since my ex Jacob and I broke up six months ago. My boobs looked great though, so I really didn’t mind. He was the one missing out.

“Did you just say what I thought you did?” I asked.

My lawyer, an old family friend named Daniel Reiss, a balding man with a permanent scowl, stopped his reading of my late uncle’s will and looked up. “Which part?”

He must have continued reading while my mind slowly processed what had been bequeathed to me.

“The part about the football.”

He frowned, the wrinkles in his face deepening, and he flipped back a few pages in my uncle’s very long will.

Uncle Dusty had been eccentric when he was alive, amassing a huge fortune that had once covered a vacation home in Tahiti, several of the most expensive cars ever produced, a private jet, and millions of dollars in capital. But, being eccentric, he had spent or sold most of it before he died. Fair enough, I would have done the same. Most of the will consisted of what to do with his coin collection or each of his rare, exotic stamps.

But the part about football was, well, let’s just say unexpected.

Finding his place on the page, Daniel cleared his throat. “‘I leave my football team, the Birmingham Yellowhammers, to my brother’s daughter, Madison Harte.”

Madison Harte. Me.

I blinked. “Is that like a little kid’s team or something? Or his collection of footballs? Or a set of those shirts they wear?”

“Jerseys?” Daniel supplied.

“Yeah, those.”

“No.” He watched at me, perplexed. “They’re a team for the major league.”

I looked at him blankly.

“As in professional football, Ms. Harte.” Ugh. Daniel only used my last name when he thought I was being stupid. I should’ve been used to it by nowhe’d used it for the last several months as I refused offer after offer from Jacob to buy out my half of our tech startup, even as my savings dwindled. I finally took him up on it when I had no choice.

I hesitated for another beat, still trying to come to terms with Daniel’s words. “You’re not talking about soccer, are you?” At least I knew something about soccer. I played on a rec team when I was in college. Still terrible at it, but at least I knew some of the rules. Like, you couldn’t use your hands to touch the ball.

Daniel couldn’t hide the derision from his face. No matter how grumpy someone looks, they can always make you feel like the stupidest person in the room.

“No, Miss Harte. American football.”

I worried my bottom lip, a million thoughts running through my head. “Uhm, how can you leave someone a whole football team?”

None of this made any sense.




About the Authors

Erin Hayes

Sci-fi junkie, video game nerd, and wannabe manga artist Erin Hayes writes a lot of things. Sometimes she writes books.

She works as an advertising copywriter by day, and she's an award-winning New York Times Bestselling Author by night. She has lived in New Zealand, Hawaii, Texas, Alabama, and now San Francisco with her husband, cat, and a growing collection of geek paraphernalia.
You can reach her at erinhayesbooks@gmail.com and she’ll be happy to chat. Especially if you want to debate Star Wars.

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Margo Bond Collins

USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times bestselling author Margo Bond Collins is a former college English professor who, tired of explaining the difference between "hanged" and "hung," turned to writing romance novels instead. (Sometimes her heroines kill monsters, too.)


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