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Book Review The Unknown Mother

bookcoverTitle: The Unknown Mother: A Magical Walk with The Goddess of Sound

Author: Dielle Ciesco

Genre: Metaphysical / Inspirational Fiction

It isn’t every day that one meets a goddess, let alone a Matrika or being that presides over the sounds of language. It is said such deities can bring us complete liberation. Will that prove true for a struggling vocalist named Wrenne when a mysterious woman appears and offers to help her find her True Voice? This beguiling and eccentric teacher guides us all on a deep and powerful journey through 10 mystical gates of sound, sharing great insights, secrets, and profound wisdom about the power of letters, words, and our very own voice to transform the world around us.

Did you know that “Abracadabra” comes from the Aramaic…” abraq ad habra”, which literally translates to “I will create as I speak”? The message of The Unknown Mother is to reawaken people to this truth and to that which we habitually take for granted…the power of the voice. When we bring our awareness to our voice and learn to express it in new ways, with impeccability, we rediscover our true message. Voice is the key to unlocking our power and magnificence. The Unknown Mother is an adventure for lovers of word, sound, and voice taking the reader into these heart of sonic mysteries. This isn’t standard knowledge; this is a gift for our times.

Inspiring and touching, those are two great, fitting words to describe “The Unknown Mother”. Struggling vocalist Wrenne meets a mysterious woman, Matrina, who helps her get through a rough period in life, and who helps her find her true voice through an inspiring journey through 10 mystical gates of sound.

I didn’t think I’d learn a lot from this. I took a class on “finding your true voice” about five years ago, and it didn’t do much for me. But this was completely different. Explanations were clear, rational, and easy to understand. I felt like I was learning alongside the main character.

The writing was clear and consistent. A solid, inspiring book for everyone looking for their true voice.


December 28, 2013 at 3:26 pm Leave a comment

Release Day Party for The Emperor’s New Clothes


We’re happy to celebrate the release day party today for “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, a scifi M/M romance novel.

You can buy your copy from Amazon or Smashwords!


About the Book

rboxTitle: The Emperor’s New Clothes

Author: Aldous Mercer

Genre: SciFi M/M Romance

Imperial Agent Royce Ree needs to pull off the biggest heist the Universe has ever seen, or it’s bye-bye cushy government job, hello cleaning toilets in a dive-bar on Baga-V.

To succeed, he will need help from the last person he’d ever ask: his ex.



Royce has a simple mission: steal some tech from the newly-discovered civilization of Baldessh. But Royce thinks HQ’s mission specifications are utterly stupid. So he disobeys a direct order, and goes to steal the tech his own way.

“The Empire has survived wars, supernovae, democracy, and the collapse of a neighborhood universe. Let us hope it survives the good intentions of Agent Royce Ree.”
– Author unknown (personal communication to the Emperor) 


Royce’s primary mission has been abandoned in the chaos of Baldessh’s hostile takeover by a third party. Now his only objective is to get himself, and his fellow “agent” off-planet as fast as possible. Unfortunately for Royce, nobody is quite ready for him to leave just yet.

“”I find it curious that the agent was not rescued before the comms-blockade, Spymaster.”
“Imperial Intelligence is not in a habit of rescuing AWOL agents, Councillor. Apprehend and prosecute, yes, but not rescue.”
“I suppose both of us must wait. For…evidence.”
“Would you mind waiting somewhere other than my office? Only, we can’t all be Councillors, Councillor, and I have real work to do.”
-Conversation, Imperial Intelligence Headquarters, Trinity Prime


Royce now has three days to rescue 40,000 space marines, and he’s just been told that the tech he came to Baldessh for doesn’t actually exist. He also has some real problems—his co-agent’s time is running out, and somewhere, far away, traitors are plotting to start a war that will engulf the entire Universe in flames.

Hope, however, can sometimes be found in the darkest of places. Like ventilation ducts.

“ “Every pre-FTL civilization we know of has alcohol. I mean, imagine being stuck to a single planet, wasting decades just crossing your own solar system! Who wouldn’t invent vodka?”
-Gaste Trade Cartel Sales Representative (Conversation overheard at spaceport dive-bar, Gomo-Prime) 


Royce has been betrayed, Baldessh’s burgeoning rebellion is going to be crushed, and all the animals are going to be exterminated. But Royce is smiling. Because Royce, like always, has a Plan.

“ “An Imperial Agent cultivates paranoia the way an Imperial Gardener cultivates prize-winning rosebushes.”
-Master Mess-Remeier,”The Nature of Empire: Volume 7”, 1st Edition


It looks like things are going to be OK for everyone except Royce and his ex. Looks can be deceiving—there are plots within plots, and Royce’s true test awaits him at the edge of Imperial Space.

“ “I’m sorry, sir, your payment didn’t go through.”
“What! Why?”
“There is a hold on your accounts, pending a Deadbeat Investigation.”
“I’m the Procurement Officer for the entire Kovan Fleet, woman!”
“Yes, sir, I recognized your uniform. But I’m afraid your job description has nothing to do with this conversation.”
“The hell it doesn’t! What are my soldiers going to do if you don’t sell to us?”
“Respectfully, sir, that’s not my problem.”
“We’re in the middle of an invasion!”
“I’m very sorry to hear that. Perhaps your soldiers could target a facility that manufactures the toilet paper you need?”
–Transcript, Kovan Flagship: “Comms exchange between Fleet Procurement and Gaste Cartel Customer Service.”

ROYCE REE #6: ON THE TAKE is coming out in 2014.

Author Bio

A native of Toronto, Aldous Mercer enjoys martinis and relaxing on the beac-ha! No.

Aldous Mercer is a workaholic with a penchant for numerical mind games and caffeinated beverages. He uses his degree in Engineering to ensure that none of the spaceships in his books have cubic pressure-vessels. In real life he always annotates Engineering Drawings in Iambic Tetrameter.

Aldous can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Gmail.





December 27, 2013 at 10:35 am Leave a comment

Book Excerpt from Twelve Houses


I’m hosting an excerpt from contemporary fiction novel “Twelve Houses”. Enjoy the snippet!

Book Excerpt

You promised you would never leave me. Thirty-five years ago, I looked you directly in the eye and heard, “I will never leave you,” as we stood next to the ocean. And now, like a thief in the night, you go. No last words, no promises, no tears.
May you find joy in every day, forgiveness in every thoughtless action on my part, and know my love in every breath.
I make the cab driver go in circles for some time, as I pretend to be sightseeing in order to have time to process what just happened.
Thinking about her last words… feeling regret and acceptance become one.
Maybe that’s the thing: Love makes us do stupid, selfish, irrational acts.
I figure that detachment can bring clarity, but for those of us immersed and close, it can cause blindness.
If I allow myself to be pulled into your gravitational force I may lose myself completely.

About Twelve Houses

portada twelvehouses finalTitle: Twelve Houses

Author: Olga Soaje

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

 What will she do now? Amelia Weiss wakes up alone, with the body of her husband cold beside her, dead. She cannot believe he has left her when he swore he never would. It is almost as if she is nothing without him.

But this novel is not about a man’s death. It is about a woman coming back to life. Slowly, painfully, a sensitive artist and mother makes new connections, finds new occupations, and rediscovers her place in the world.

 Raised to believe a widow’s role is to take care of grandchildren and make grief her companion, Amelia takes a different path. She embarks on the most challenging year of her life.

  She struggles to repair her broken relationship with her daughter and develops a second career in midlife. If she can find a way to allow herself to act in the face of her guilt and her daughter’s disapproval, she may even find love again.

 This heartfelt novel is the story of a courageous woman’s spiritual rebirth. As Amelia begins to rediscover herself, readers will share in her refusal to give in to loss or to accept anything less than a rich and meaningful life.

Author Bio

foto olga libro twelve housesIn my novel Twelve Houses, I tell the story of a widow who discovers that her life story is far from over. Amelia is a brave woman who struggles to find her true place in the world and at the same time to create a life that holds spiritual meaning and purpose. Though my first book, Borrowing My Mother’s Saints, was a comedy set in New York, I think both books describe a similar spiritual journey. I always consider the spiritual aspects of a character’s story as I write.

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December 26, 2013 at 12:53 am Leave a comment

Book Review The Emperor’s New Clothes

rboxTitle: The Emperor’s New Clothes

Author: Aldous Mercer

Genre: SciFi M/M Romance

Purchase: Amazon

Imperial Agent Royce Ree needs to pull off the biggest heist the Universe has ever seen, or it’s bye-bye cushy government job, hello cleaning toilets in a dive-bar on Baga-V.

To succeed, he will need help from the last person he’d ever ask: his ex.


The Emperor’s New Clothes is a whirlwind of humor, science fiction, great writing and characters I couldn’t help but root for.

The book follows Imperial Agent Royce Ree on his adventures and misadventures as he tries to pull off the biggest heist the Universe has ever seen. He tumbles from one hilarious scene into another. I found myself laughing out loud several times while reading – and this has never happened before!

With great writing and a wonderful cast, plenty of surprises and plot twists, this was one of my favorite books of the year.


December 25, 2013 at 5:59 pm 1 comment

Book Excerpt from Maisy and the Missing Mice


I’m hosting an excerpt today from children’s mystery novel “Maisy and the Missing Mice”. Enjoy!

Book Excerpt


The light from the street lamps made gray circles on the sidewalk and pavement all around her.  Maisy rested against the building, adjusted her fedora hat, and pulled her last cherry lollipop from her pocket. Distracted by the sweet scent of her candy, she didn’t notice her dog’s low growls that should have warned her of the approach of someone on a bike who was rapidly coming toward her.  Suddenly, she heard a low, gruff voice call her name. She looked up in time to see a paper being tossed into one of the circles of light on the ground. She pushed herself off of the building and made her way toward the lamp post. With unsteady fingers, Maisy reached down to pick up the note.  She opened the crinkled paper and saw it was smudged with dirt from where it had rested on the sidewalk.  It only took her a moment to read the note.

If you ever want to see your lollipops again, forget about the missing mice.

-The Black Boot

Her eyes narrowed into tiny slits.  The Black Boot, as he had taken to calling himself, appeared to be nothing but a thief.  Maisy didn’t know how, but she was going to take him down. Of course, she had to figure out who he was first.  It was bad enough that he had stolen the school’s mascots, but now he had admitted to stealing her collection of cherry lollipops.  And nobody got away with stealing Maisy’s cherry lollipops.

About The Book

Maisy Cover FinalTitle: Maisy and the Missing Mice

Author: Elizabeth Woodrum

Genre: Children’s Mystery

Maisy Sawyer is not your average fourth grade student. She is a detective with a special skill for solving mysteries. She loves black and white mystery movies, cherry lollipops, and her dog, Reesie. When a thief known as The Black Boot steals the school’s mascots and her lollipops, Maisy sets out to solve the case. Can she help return the mice to their home in the science lab? Will she ever see her beloved lollipops again? Find out in the first book in The Maisy Files series.

Author Bio

Elizabeth WoodrumElizabeth Woodrum is a full time elementary teacher in Ohio. She began writing as early as when she was in elementary school, but more recently began writing material for use in her classroom. From that writing, grew the desire to write books for the general population of children and adults alike. The Maisy Files, a children’s series, is the first series that she has published. The series currently has one book, The Missing Mice. Elizabeth plans to add more books to the series, and would also like to publish books for adults in the future.

As a reader, Elizabeth prefers the fantasy genre, but she enjoys realistic fiction as well. Some of her favorite authors include JK Rowling, Stephenie Meyer, Rick Riordan, Veronica Roth, Suzanne Collins, and Nicholas Sparks.

Originally from Indiana, Elizabeth currently resides near Dayton, Ohio with her two pets: a cat named Butterscotch and a dog named Reese Cup.

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December 23, 2013 at 8:07 am Leave a comment

Release Party Down to Business


We’re happy to celebrate the release day party for NA contemporary romance novel “Down to Business” today. Come join in the fun!

About Down to Business

downtobusiness_promocoverTitle: Down to Business

Author: J.C. Alexander

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

While everyone else headed off to college, small town girl, Autumn Malone, stays behind to help manage her family’s failing restaurant. Two years later, when a scholarship at Adelphi University comes her way, she can’t resist the chance to start a new life. The one thing that she isn’t planning on…is falling for irresistible Vinny Mazzola.

To outsiders, Hamptons born Vinny Mazzola has it all: good looks, money, and an esteemed reputation. While studying business at Adelphi, the last thing he expects to do is fall in love with awkward Autumn Malone, who forces him to ask himself what’s really important in life.

When the opportunity arises for Autumn to work at Vinny’s family-owned Italian restaurant, Mazzolas, it seems like a perfect way for her to get to know him better. That is until she meets his over protective mother and his conceited ex-girlfriend who both want nothing more than to get rid of her. Between frats, family, friends, and foes, when it comes down to business, will Autumn and Vinny have to sacrifice everything for a love they can’t live without?




Author bio

authorJ.C. Alexander was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. When she is not busy being a mother, wife, and author, she enjoys online gaming and losing herself in a good book.


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Other published works

 Red Deception (A novella) by J.C. Murtagh


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December 22, 2013 at 8:20 am Leave a comment

Book Excerpt from The Beardless Man of Tornobia & Other Stories


I’m hosting an excerpt from folklore / children’s tales “The Beardless Man of Tornobia & Other Stories”. Enjoy!

Book Excerpt




For the rest of that evening as well as the last couple of nights that she stayed, the princess could talk of nothing but how Adua had managed to survive the assaults of every wild animal.

“You sure must be very strong and intelligent to come out of all those hunting expeditions and tracking of wild animals alive. Or is there something you have not yet told me?” she will prod. But she did not get any explanations from Adua until the very last night.

This time, she directly asked Adua, “You humans do resort to higher powers to protect you from animals don’t you. Do you have a higher power?”

Adua laughed and said “Yes”. He then went on to tell the princess the secret behind his success; “When an animal is too strong for me to humanly withstand it, I change into a tree”.

“A tree,” said the princess. “But supposing the animal should charge at the tree, what will you do?”

“Oh, I will simply turn into a bird and settle on another tree,” Adua answered.

“Ah well”, said the princess, who seemed not to be impressed, “what if the bird is attacked?”

“Oh, I will turn into a mushroom at the base of the tree” Adua replied.

“And what if an animal decides to eat the mushroom”, the princess prodded.

“I will turn into a blade of uneatable thorny grass”, Adua responded. “But if an animal is bent on eating the thorn, what will you do”, the princess inquired.

“Ah, then I will turn into a grasshopper and hop away”, Adua said. “And after that what?” the princess probed further.

“Ah I will turn into an earthworm and burrow into the soil.”, Adua answered.

“What if that should fail”, the princess pointed out.

“I will turn into cow dung”, Adua replied.

“Cow dung?” the princess laughed. “And if someone comes along to collect the cow dung for fuel what will you do?”

“Oh, then I will turn into a nee…” said Adua but his mother cut him short before he could finish his sentence.


The Book

THE BEARDLESS MAN BOOK - BOOK COVERTitle: The Beardless Man of Tornabia and other stories

Author: Bernice Agyekwena

Genre: Folklore and Children’s Tales

In the grand storytelling tradition of ‘One Thousand and One Nights’ comes “The Beardless Man of Tornabia & Other Stories” by Bernice Agyekwena.

‘The Beardless Man of Tornabia & Other Stories’ is a collection of original African fairy tales rooted in the traditional beliefs, practices, myths and cultural practices of the peoples of Africa. It shares the same characteristics with traditional fairytales from all over the world. These include common themes such as an ordinary girl getting married to a personage of royalty, deprived children finding a benefactor, as well as tales examining the eternal battle between right and wrong, good and evil.

So, re-discover Africa with this vivid and exciting collection of unique African fairy tales, deeply rooted in African myths, folklore and cultural traditions, with the very talented Bernice Agyekwena in her stunning debut work for children and adults of all ages.


Author Bio

AUTHOR PHOTO - BERNICE AGYEKWENABorn in Ghana, Bernice Agyekwena attended the Ghana Institute of Journalism from where she graduated with a Diploma in Journalism. She later joined the Ghana News Agency after her National Service in 1991 where she covered issues ranging from politics, health, economics and agriculture to issues on the environment, climate change, culture and human rights. Bernice also holds a Masters Degree in Social Communication from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and a Bachelors Degree in Social Science from the same university.

‘The Beardless Man of Tornabia & Other Stories’ is Bernice Agyekwena’s first published work.






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December 22, 2013 at 7:59 am Leave a comment

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