By Brittany Tenpenny
Four planes. Three thousand victims. Two towers. One morning. September 11th 2001: the day that changed America forever.
Imagine waking up and getting ready for yet another day of work. You put on your best outfit, grab a cup of coffee and swing by the local bakery for a last minute breakfast. When you finally arrive at work, you settle into your desk and prepare for the day ahead. Then, barely an hour into your shift, the unthinkable happens: your office goes up in flames.
This was reality for the people who died on that fateful Tuesday morning. Some were in the towers, others in the Pentagon and the rest thirty thousand feet in the sky and digging through the smoldering rubble below. America watched in horror as the world was engulfed in flames. Our country crumbled to the ground. But from the ashes rose a new nation, one united in grief, despair and a longing for justice.
“In the Blink of an Eye: September 11th Stories” immortalizes that day in vivid detail. The short story “And Then He Smiled,” tell the heart wrenching tale of a mother’s grief over losing her child with a supernatural twist and the poem “One Dark September Morning,” champions hope even in the darkest of times. Filled with moments of joy and despair, of faith and disbelief, of life and death, Brittany Tenpenny’s “In the Blink of an Eye: September 11th Stories,” is a literary anthology destined to touch the heart and inspire the soul.
For the first month of the book’s release (Sept 1-Sept 30), all proceeds will be donated to the National September 11th Memorial and Museum in New York City.
Author website URL: http://brittanytenpenny.com/
Baby Boomer Relationships & Menopause
A New Novel Dramatizes the “The Change of Life”
(US & UK, August 2014) As the number of baby boomers turning 50 and older continue to create a dramatic shift in the population landscape, the issues of this dominating demographic are taking center stage. The AARP estimates that by next year approx. 45% of the U.S. population will be 50 and over. For this age group there are two major quality of life concerns. One is retirement preparation and the other is the effect of menopause on baby boomer relationships.
As with any major “quality of life” challenge, humor has a way of softening the impact. And British author, Stevie Turner has managed to capture the humor in menopause and “the Change of Life.”
In her 5th novel, “No Sex Please, I’m Menopausal,” Turner thrusts us head first into the complicated and evolving relationship of Lyn and Neil. As Lyn experiences “the change” and suffers a diminished desire for sex, Neil chooses to abandon the relationship that is no longer serving “his needs.” Turner craftily orchestrates the unfolding drama, in a poignant style that brings humor and compassion to an experience likely shared by a burgeoning segment of society.
Stevie Turner was born and raised in London, England. She began writing while still at primary school, but now that her children have flown the nest she is able to devote more time to writing women’s fiction. She writes about the darker side of relationships that tend to be glossed over. However, she always sprinkles in her special brand of humor as well to sweeten the pill. She is currently working on her sixth novel.
Herbert Wants To Come Home
A blend of two mythologies, two fears; the African fear of an ancestral spirit aggrieved at being shut out of the family home…and the European fear of deceased kin who rise as vampires and knock on doors, demanding, pleading to be allowed in.
When Herbert Mutsepe suddenly dies of anaemia in the United Kingdom, his family have his body brought back to his native Zimbabwe for burial. A year later, they gather from the four corners of the globe to conduct the kurova guva ceremony-evoking his spirit to return home to the family homestead to join the pantheon of vadzimu, the family ancestral guiding spirits. This, despite the influence of Christianity, is at the heart of the beliefs of a large number of southern African peoples.
James Muramba, a homicide detective investigating the presumed death of a customs officer at Harare International Airport who vanished the day Mutsepe’s body was brought in is beginning to see a dark and disturbing picture. It seems that all is not well with Herbert’s soul, and perhaps it would not be a good thing at all to let him come home. He suspects, nay, fears, that Mutsepe is no longer the person he was, that exile has mutated him in to a monster.
Meet the Author: Masimba Musodza
Masimba Musodza is a writer of short-stories, novels, screenplays and essays. He has been published in the UK, U.S., South Africa, Zimbabwe, India and South Africa. His ‘MunaHacha Maive Nei?’ is the first sci-fi novel in the ChiShona language, for which he won an award in 2011. Musodza lives in Middlesbrough, North-East England.
In the Clutches
of a Drug Lord:
A Modern Day Love Story
by Eve Rabi
“A crude rendition of Beauty and the beast.” amazon reviewer
I was twenty-one, a sassy college student who took crap from no one. While holidaying in Mexico, I was accosted by The Devil of Mexico called Diablo and shot, because the bastard mistook me for a spy.
I survived, only to encounter him again months later. How’s that for luck?
Furious and sick of all that I’d been through because of him, I slapped him, told him to go fuck himself and braced myself for the bullet. He could shoot me – I no longer cared.
But, to my surprise, he became fascinated with me and blackmailed me into becoming his woman. He’d slay the entire village that sheltered me if I rejected his proposal.
He was Kong, hairy, tattooed from fingertips to face, with scary ass piercings, blood-shot snake eyes, a ruthless killer and above all, he was my murderer – how could anyone expect me to say yes?
To save the village I had to.
He took me by force, terrorized me into submission and made me his. To make matters worse, I had to put up with his ruthless, backstabbing family who hated me and wanted to kill me.
I despised the bastard and I told him that. Spark flew. Fists too.
When the FBI came on the scene and secretly recruited me to help put Diablo behind bars, I was thrilled. I wanted them to throw his ass behind bars, then torment him for the rest of his life like he was doing to me. I was willing to do whatever it took to get him there.
But, the more I rejected Diablo, the more he wanted me.
At times he wanted to kill me because of my insolence, but other times he just wanted me to love him.
I was his Gringa and in an attempt to get my love, he began to change for me. Drastic changes that made me laugh at him at first, then made me curious and even intrigued me.
As the days went by, I found myself drawn to him and I began seeing him differently. When I found out about his past, everything changed.
I now wanted to protect my murderer, my tormentor.
My days in Mexico were filled with violence, hate, lust and sorrow. It was also filled with laughter, love and passion and most importantly, it taught me that love conquers all.
Gringa – a modern–day, love story that will have you laughing, crying and wanting more!
WARNING: This book contains sexual violence, sex scenes, graphic language, drug references, violence and is suitable for mature readers
by Rich Marcello
Rich Marcello brings readers another powerful novel that examines the complexities of love.
Paige Plant is destined to be a rock star, to save the world, to inspire revolutions with her songs, and that is exactly what she sets out to do in “The Big Wide Calm.” Rich Marcello’s new novel follows Paige on her quest to create the perfect album–12 songs that will make her galactically famous and, during their creation, take her to places she never imagined possible.
“The Big Wide Calm” is at its core a story of trust and the complexities of love through the eyes of the young and old. The novel is the second of three Rich Marcello is writing about different kinds of love, and it explores an emotional connection rarely seen between male and female characters.
Praised for his captivating writing and understanding of love, honesty and relationships in The Color of Home, author Rich Marcello brings equally compelling prose and understanding to “The Big Wide Calm.” Marcello gives Paige such a distinct voice that readers will connect with her from the very first page.
Available on Amazon & Barnes&Noble
About The Author: Rich Marcello
Rich Marcello grew up in New Jersey surrounded by song and word. He wrote and recorded his first original songs for his college folk group at the University of Notre Dame. Marcello eventually ended up in a career in high technology, managing several multi-billion dollar businesses for Fortune 500 companies. However, he never stopped creating art. He is now pursuing his love of poetry, song and fiction with the same enthusiasm and discipline he demonstrated in the business world. “The Big Wide Calm” is Marcello’s second novel. His debut novel, “The Color of Home,” was released in December 2013.
Connect with Rich at: www.richmarcello.com
by Eve Rabi
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“The part I hated most about my miserable existence – the bedroom.
I hated the way he demanded sex just about every night, forced me into perverted positions and the fact that he was insatiable.
Hated the way he roughed me up during sex, grabbed my hair, twisted my neck, the way his hand fastened around my throat while thrusting vigorously into me, the way he took total control over my body and my soul and dominated me in the harshest possible way, the way he demanded I orgasm in record time, then got irritated when I didn’t, the way I had to fake it just to please him, the way I broke down and cried in the bathroom so many times after sex with him, the man I had chosen to have and to hold.
“Revenge and romance. How could it not be 5 stars.”
“This is a love story more than anything else and it was funny too!”
“Excellent, held my attention, eager to find out what Arena would do next…..”
“Brilliant. Felt real. Wanted to know more.”
“Revenge can be soooo sweet! Loved it!”
“a cracking good read, has elements of a thriller, although it does contain some sweet romance.”
“…a great story, beautiful romance and funny!”
“Wow. Rabi does it again. Fantastic but disturbing.”
“One of the best books I have ever read!”
NB: Contains strong language, violence, sex scenes.
WARNING: MATURE CONTENT
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Eve Rabi lives in Sydney Australia, but was born in South Africa. She is the author of 21 books and is known for her kick-ass leading ladies, her alpha males and her ability to make you cry and make you laugh as you fall in love.
By Gabriella Kovac
Be Inspired to overcome your own adversity
Holocaust Survivors – Georgina – Holocaust Survivor Stories
An Incredible True Story of Survival Audacity and Deception from the Darkest Days of the Holocaust December1944 whilst heavy snows fall over Budapest and soldiers battle for the streets, Georgina a young Jewish woman, is nearly starving to death with her new born son. The battle outside is one of the most savage in the entire war. She knows that go into the streets is virtually a death sentence or rape, but she must find food within the next few hours or her baby will certainly die. For Georgina there is no choice. Alone and completely vulnerable she heads out into the freezing cold. Georgina My Mother’s Story is an incredible true story of one woman’s bravery and daring in Hungary during the Holocaust and through the brutal communist regime beyond. It’s the story of a carefree young woman thrust into the worst tragedy in human history- and emerging triumphant.
Meet the Author: Gabriella Kovac
Gabriella Kovac was born in Hungary, Just after the Second World War had drawn to a close. She lived through the Hungarian uprising against the Communists in 1956, and remembers vividly Russian tanks sitting under her bedroom window. Through the genius of her mother Georgina, their family managed to leave the Communist bloc and come to Australia in 1957. Gabriella is a passionate public speaker, chef (her favourite dish is Hungarian Goulash) and has been very successful in fashion, even authoring the book “Magic Drafting,” which can also be found on Amazon. Throughout her life, Gabriella has been inspired by her mother’s amazing tenacity, enthusiasm and will to live.
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Tiana, you have had such a well rounded education with degrees in Technology, Psychology and Management. How does becoming an author fit in to your diverse background?
That’s a good question. Believe it or not I get this particular question more often than anyone would think. Becoming an Author doesn’t fit into any of the educational endeavors I sought out to achieve. Writing was something I’ve always wanted to do. Becoming an Author allowed me to add another skill set to my list of accomplishments due to my loving the idea of being a jack of all trades. Being diverse allowed me to conquer the idea of not allowing limitations to my career.
When did you realize that you had a passion for storytelling and writing?
I’ve always been inspired to write since I was around or about the age of 13. I would write short stories that were intended to be full novels, however somehow I would tell the entire story in the first five pages. I was discouraged by that particular short coming, and because of that I stopped writing as much. I officially started to develop a writing career in 2010. I was employed as a Call Center Response Coordinator, and at the time when I was least expecting it to happen I started writing full time.
Was there someone special who inspired you or encouraged you with your writing?
Absolutely there is. The list is extremely long and almost impossible to narrow down. The very first novel that I read inspired me so much that I re-read the book five times. I loved the story just that much. That novel was titled Disappearing Acts by Terry McMillan. After reading that title I went on to read each and every word that she’d ever written, and because of her style of literature I was influenced to put my best foot forward.
Your first book in this series, Deceitful Temptations sounds like a real intriguing storyline. You have a beautiful couple, a man of the cloth, politics and deceit. What was your inspiration for this series?
My inspiration was I felt as if I needed to shed light on the fact that regardless of who we are in life, and what we’ve set out to accomplish, we all have our flaws and our faults. No one person has perfected the craft of life. We all have imperfections.
We share Chicago as home base, and there’s plenty of crazy politics, temptation, and deceit in this busy city. Does any Chicago style drama inspire your storytelling?
It’s always music to my ears when I hear someone reveal The Windy City is their hometown. Because we’re both from the same city, we both know how much deceit and drama the city has to offer. Chicago is a beautiful city, however I chose to not draw my inspiration from the background due to the nation wide press coverage on violence that’s being conveyed through the media waves. In my opinion we’ve heard all that we could bear within the media in regards to the issue, and I didn’t want to inflict the same message, in my writing and for that reasoning I chose to go a different route for my story line.
In this first book, Deceitful Temptations, your main characters Pastor Maurice & Charmaine are flawed with some questionable morals. Will your readers have sympathy for them or will we want to see them punished for their sins?
As I developed the characters I myself felt both sympathy and punishment was very deserving, and I’m the Author behind the pen. (LOL) So to answer the question I definitely think the readers decisions will be the feelings of both sympathy and punishment.
So once your readers are hooked after reading Deceitful Temptations what should we expect next in Deceitful Revenge and Deceit over Loyalty? Do these upcoming books continue the story of Maurice & Charmaine?
With both Deceitful Revenge, and Deceit over Loyalty the readers can expect a much more intense and higher level of page turning drama. Both titles will in fact continue to either touch bases on the lives of Charmaine & Maurice, or continue to tell their story all while introducing new characters to the storyline that will definitely add a mind blowing twist.
When do you expect to release the next 2 books?
At Dark Berry Publications we’re adamant about producing quality over quantity. With those important aspects being a major part of what we stand for, I wouldn’t want to speak out of terms by producing an exact date, however I’m hopeful we can set an official release date before the holiday season goes into full swing.
Is there anything else you would like to share with your readers?
Of course, I would like to thank my readers for all of the support and love I’ve received. Almost daily I receive an inquiry in reference to the release of Deceitful Revenge. Those readers give me the motivation to keep thriving, and for that I am grateful because without any dedicated readers….there would be no Tiana Nicole. I’d also like to inform my readers that I won’t keep you all waiting for too long, and to keep your eyes open and your ears to the streets for a mind blowing project that’s currently in the works with myself and a few more talented Authors who have been proven to put heat to their pens.
Thank you Tiana for giving us an opportunity to share your book with our followers during your Book launch Book Tour!
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Quotes and Questions:
A 60-Day Guided Experience
a personal transformation/meditation book
by Brandi J Roberts
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This book is filled with 60 pages of spectacular images, resonating quotes, and powerful questions.
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About the Author:
Brandi Roberts was born in Fort Worth, Texas. She currently resides in Boise, Idaho with her husband, two boys, and the family dog, Martha Washington.
“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” — Thich Nhat Hanh
Finding What’s Right With a Wrong-Sided Heart
by Daniel Wallock
Right-Hearted: Finding What’s Right With A Wrong Sided Heart, is a short memoir about my life-threatening heart conditions and an unforgettable girl. I was born with a broken heart. Literally. My heart is on the right side instead of the left. I was also born with 6 other random congenital heart defects, which have demanded that I undergo dangerous open-heart surgeries since my birth 16 years ago. After my last operation 3 years ago, at barely 14, I was sent away to live so that I would not kill myself. I spent 2 years learning to accept my heart conditions and learning to appreciate my beating heart. The blurry ambulance rides, countless surgeries, metal machines and two years in a Montana therapy school have all contributed to the unique teenager I am today.
I never knew anybody who completely understood my unique struggles until that night under the full moon.
Standing before the sky I had little idea my next two weeks would be overwhelmed with wild love, lust, confusion, tears and a beautiful girl. She and I would share the stories of our hearts…our right-sided hearts. Right-Hearted: Finding What’s Right With A Wrong Sided Heart is the story of two lustful teenagers who together confront their life-threatening conditions and learn to embrace their broken hearts.
Meet The Author: Daniel Wallock
Daniel has published one book and his writing has appeared in Burningword, Wild Quarterly, Paragraph Planet, ExFic, The Vending Machine Press, and The Bolt Magazine. He’s received four writing awards including first place in San Jose State University’s Nonfiction Short Story Contest. He also received a Gold Key for nonfiction, the highest regional honor, from Scholastic’s Art and Writing Awards. Daniel worked as manager of marketing at Ginosko Literary Journal and he’s founder of This Very Breath Journal.
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Memoir / Heart Conditions and Love