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Burnt Edges

“Burnt Edges” by Dana Leipold

Published on… 21 October 2014
Published as… Women’s Fiction

About the Book

Abuse or an uncertain future. This is Laurel Lee Page’s choice when she is faced with an unplanned pregnancy at 18. Born into a broken family, all she has ever known is guilt and shame. No matter what she does or who she meets, Laurel appears to be living a condemned life but she is determined to find independence and freedom in spite of her family’s legacy of hatred and self-contempt. Can Laurel see that she is in a powerful position, poised to break the cycle of abuse? Set in Southern California during the tumultuous 1960s era, Burnt Edges is based on true events and proves that strength can be found even in the most horrific situations.

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About the Author

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Dana Leipold is a freelance writer, author, and member of the Association of Independent Authors and Creativity Coaching Association. Her debut novel, Burnt Edges, depicts the unwavering resilience of a young woman in the face of family violence and abuse. She has self-published two other books: a collection of limericks in Dr. Seuss-style for adults entitled, Stupid Poetry: The Ultimate Collection of Sublime and Ridiculous Poems, and a non-fiction book entitled, The Power of Writing Well: Write Well. Change the World. In addition, she coaches other writers on story structure, messaging, and writing skills so they can achieve their dreams to become published authors. Leipold lives with her husband and two children in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Review: “The First Noble Truth” by C. Lynn Murphy

“The First Noble Truth” by C. Lynn Murphy

Available from: Amazon
Released on: 25 July 2014
I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.

Description: “Just as the wind, blowing back and forth
Controls the movement of a piece of cotton,
So shall I be controlled by joy,
And in this way accomplish everything.”
-Shantideva

Machiko Yamamoto pulls out her hair, picks at her skin, and triple checks the locks to the house behind the school where she works. When a foreigner moves into a neighboring thatched roof cottage, she quickly falls in love with the quiet woman with the mangled hand.

Krista Black does not mind the weekly visits from the local English teacher. The scarred woman seems harmless, but she always wants to talk about travel and language and why Krista has come to the remote, Japanese village. Krista avoids her questions. She has seen much of the world, and she knows what it does to fragile people. Machiko may want to know her, but she could never understand her.

Set in Kyoto, New England, Africa and Kathmandu, THE FIRST NOBLE TRUTH is a story of redemption, interwoven between two protagonists, across two cultures. It peers beneath the comfort of expected storytelling to investigate the dualities of suffering and joy, religion and sex, and cruelty and kindness.

Review: I was about a quarter of the way through this book when I realized that I had no idea what was going on, or where the book was going; yet only a moment later, I knew that I didn’t care that I didn’t know. Some books feel kind of pointless and I’m disappointed. Some books feel without point, but that’s only because they meander through their prose.

This book was the latter, but it worked. It was addictively lyrical, and I just could not stop reading, even when I felt clueless.

Much of this book had an undercurrent of sorrow and it brought in many “harsh realities,” I’ll call them, but very subtly done. Through out, though, the sadness was mixed with enough streams of light that it didn’t drag you down. It just pulled you into the characters more, as you wondered about them and with them. Enough to bring hope along with it. And our two main characters were an interesting counter-balance to each other in terms of the sorrow and hope.

I’ll also note that Michiko’s troubles are of an interesting sort, in that it’s not something you expect to be chosen for a character. I know enough about the disorder from a non-fiction perspective, but it surprised me in fiction. Yet it worked, and added an intriguing layer.

This book entirely gripped me, but quietly. Like hands snatching my lapels but then smoothing down the wrinkles made. 5 Fireballs.

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Renee Novelle is Visiting! [Book Blast]

Paradise Coast

“Paradise Coast” by Renee Novelle

Published on… 30 April 2014
Published as… Contemporary Women’s Fiction

About the Book

Welcome to Naples, Florida! Where the beaches are perfect and every day is a vacation. But in this small town paradise that serves as a playground for the rich and elite, not everything is as beautiful as it first appears on the surface.

Offering an irreverent, and often sarcastic, glimpse into all the sexy scandals that go on behind closed doors, Paradise Coast, delves into the shadows of another way of life and proves that money doesn’t always buy happiness. Following five couples as they navigate their way through love, expectations and revenge, this story explores how different personalities react when faced with unsavory realizations about their current states of affairs.

Authors Note: This is not a romance. There are no alpha heroes who swoop in to save the day, or brooding bad boys who are easily converted into marriage material. If that’s what you’re searching for, then keep looking. Inside these pages is an unparalleled drama with many happy endings, but not so many happily-ever-afters. At least, not in the traditional sense… It’s a story about quick-witted women who find creative ways of empowering themselves and rising above their conflicting situations.

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About the Author

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Formerly a freelance journalist, Novelle has found placement of her pieces in both online and print publications since 2008. Additionally, she has written multiple screenplays, and contributed her writing to many non-profit and for profit organizations. She has launched several blogs over the years, which garnered international attention.

In 2013, Novelle returned to her first love – fiction. Writing under the names Renee Novelle and R.S. Novelle, she has a publication schedule that includes Psychological Thrillers, Suspense, Paranormal Fiction, Contemporary Women’s fiction, Chick Lit, and New Adult.

Though she received her Bachelor’s of Science in Communication, summa cum laude, she considers herself a constant student of the written word. She’s an avid reader, an enthusiastic quote poster, and rarely takes “no” as a final answer. She has an unhealthy obsession for theater, dance, music and art, and strongly believes that wine is simultaneously the beginning of, and resolution to, all of life’s problems. She believes in following dreams, and that in the end, you always end up where you’re meant to be.

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Gaelen VanDenbergh is Visiting! [Tour]

Running Against Traffic

Running Against Traffic

Published on… 15 February 2013

Published as… Contemporary Women’s Fiction

Gaelen’s Boom Baby Blast

1. One Random Fact: I’m addicted to the Food Network, but I’m a lousy cook. Truly. Terrible. But the Food Network keeps making me THINK I can cook, so I keep trying.

2. Fictional Character You’d Really Like to Be: As a child I wanted to be Pippi Longstocking. As an adult, I would say Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice. She is witty, intelligent and rebellious, but gets to be mistress of that gorgeous estate, Pemberly, too.

3. Your Authorial Theme Song: Looking for the Heart of Saturday Night, Tom Waits. It’s yearning, stumbling, reminiscing, looking forward, looking back.

4. Favorite Part of Being a Writer: Hemingway once said “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” After all the bleeding, it’s wonderful to read positive reviews, that someone actually loved what took so much.

5. Name of Your First Pet (Can include family or significant others…): A stray kitten named Chessie.

6. Music, Television or Silence While Writing: Music.

7. Early Riser or Night Owl: Natural night owl. Forced early riser.

8. Favorite Season: Fall. To me, it always feels like a new beginning. And I make so many mistakes, I’m all about starting afresh!

9. Did You Always Want to be a Writer: Since I could hold a pencil.

About the Book

Paige Scott spent her childhood shuffled between relatives who ignored her, and her adult life hiding in her crumbling marriage to wealthy David Davenport. When David suddenly thrusts her into a remote, impoverished world, Paige is forced to face the betrayals of her past – not to mention the colorful townies of her present. Unexpected friendships and her discovery of running propel her on a jagged and comical journey toward learning how to truly live.

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About the Author

Gaelen VanDenbergh

Gaelen VanDenbergh is a writer, runner, and compulsive list-maker who lives in Philadelphia with her family, a fat cat, and several fish. Her debut novel Running Against Traffic, was a Global Ebook Award nominee, a semifinalist in the The Kindle Book Review’s 2013 Best Indie Book Awards, a semifinalist in the Readers’ Favorite 2013 International Book Award Contest, Indie Book of the Day, June 30, 2013, a 2013 Beach Book Festival Award nominee, and has received a four star review in InD’tale Magazine.

When not writing, Gaelen enjoys reading, running races for charities, and spending as much time in Key West and the Adirondacks as she can.

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