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Books are so cheap and easy to get that people don’t bother stealing them, which is the essential rule of piracy that the music business learned much too late.
By Maureen Bonatch: What Will They Say About You?
I like to think we’re leaving an impression behind us every day, and not just after we’re gone. That what we do, and how we treat others, will be how we’re remembered. Authors might have a little of an advantage in that we can leave a little bit of ourselves in our stories, or share some of our personal journey through life on our blogs, although this depends on just how much we want to share with our readers.
This tour reminded me to be mindful of how routine interactions each day could leave a lifelong impression. Of how our stories, both in reality and fiction, can live on in other’s lives.
I don’t anticipate people wanting to tromp through my home one day and discuss the mundane details of my life, or peer into my writing room and try to make sense of my mind from the material articles I’ve left behind. But I can only hope that by being true to my heart and passions, and good to those around me, that the impression I leave is a good one and that perhaps one day I’ll inspire others to follow their dreams too.
What Do You Hope People Will Say About You?
Maureen Bonatch grew up in small town Pennsylvania and her love of the four seasons—hockey, biking, sweat pants and hibernation—keeps her there.
Limecello: Ask Me Anything 2.0
Hi friends! Today’s post is on a whim. Yes, the topic is right and true. You can ask me anything. It’s inspired by a conversation I had at RWA. Jamie Beck told me I did something nice – and to be honest I’m still not entirely convinced she meant me – and that she isn’t confusing me with someone else … but it was really nice to hear, so <3.
ANYWAY ideally, this is a time for you to ask anything book related. Blogging, guest posting, reviews, so on. I promise to answer any question you might have about it. “The industry.” Of course, we all understand the answers are all just from my experience/my opinion. I also invite anyone else to chime in with their own answers too! 🙂
You can feel free to ask me a question about anything else as well … but I reserve the right to not answer that.
You can also check out previous instances of “AMA ALBTALBS Style.”
Happy weekend, and start firing off those questions!
You’ll Never Know, Dear: A Novel of Suspense
by Hallie Ephron (Author)
An addictive novel of psychological suspense from the award-winning author of Night Night, Sleep Tight, about three generations of women haunted by a little girl’s disappearance, and the porcelain doll that may hold the key to the truth . . .
Seven-year-old Lissie Woodham and her four-year-old sister Janey were playing with their porcelain dolls in the front yard when an adorable puppy scampered by. Eager to pet the pretty dog, Lissie chased after the pup as it ran down the street. When she returned to the yard, Janey’s precious doll was gone . . . and so was Janey.
Forty years after Janey went missing, Lis—now a mother with a college-age daughter of her own—still blames herself for what happened. Every year on the anniversary of her sister’s disappearance, their mother, Miss Sorrel, places a classified ad in the local paper with a picture of the toy Janey had with her that day—a one-of-a-kind porcelain doll—offering a generous cash reward for its return. For years, there’s been no response. But this year, the doll came home.
It is the first clue in a decades-old mystery that is about to turn into something far more sinister—endangering Lis and the lives of her mother and daughter as well. Someone knows the truth about what happened all those years ago, and is desperate to keep it hidden.
5-Minute Daily Meditations: Instant Wisdom, Clarity, and Calm
by Sah D’Simone (Author)
Five minutes is all it takes to make mindfulness a part of your everyday routine with 5-Minute Daily Meditations.
Whenever you’re ready to take five—on your commute, between appointments, or after dinner—5-Minute Daily Meditations offers quick and easy guidance for instant wisdom, clarity, and calm.
These short and accessible daily meditations allow you to practice mindfulness any day, anytime, and anywhere. With 365 daily meditations on everything from emotions and fears to forgiveness and love, 5-Minute Daily Meditations is a go-to guide for mindful living when life gets busy.
5-Minute Daily Meditations helps you be present in everything that you do with:
5-Minute daily meditations that foster self-reflection and awareness, even on the go!
Flexible structure with daily meditations that span one full year, from January to January, so that you can start whenever you’re ready
Everyday awareness with daily meditations that speak to the most common problems, hardships, emotions, joys, etc. that we face on a daily basis
Live your most mindful year yet. 5-Minute Daily Meditations offers quick and easy guidance to reset and find purpose—no matter how busy life gets.
Girls Inc. Presents You’re Amazing!: A No-Pressure Gude to Being Your Best Self
by Claire Mysko (Author)
You’ve heard it all before: Get good grades. Keep your room clean. Wear the right clothes. Try new extracurricular activities. And why don’t you have a boyfriend? All these demands can be mind-boggling! What’s a girl to do?
Girls Inc. Presents: You’re Amazing! is a guide to help you deal with the amount of pressure you endure to be “perfect.”
In this fun and enthusiastic, not-your-mother’s book, you’ll get advice on not-so-easy topics, including how to:
Deal with stereotypes and cliques
Figure out the best way to balance school and a social life
Navigate the crushes and dating world
Find a place in your family
Packed with guidance from older teens, female role models, and activities from Girls Inc., this fun to read book is truly a guide to being your very best-and happiest-self.
Out of the Shoebox: An Autobiographic Mystery (Historical Nonfiction story)
by Yaron Reshef (Author)
Did you ever get a phone call that changed your life?
That is what happened to author of this book.
A mysterious unexpected phone call hurls Yaron Reshef into an intensive two-year journey, during which he has to solve a mystery that took shape in the 1930s and gradually unfolded in the present. A mysterious lot, a forgotten bank account, a people long gone ”” along with their memory which were obliterated during the Holocaust. All of these rise to the surface, bearing with them memories and emotions previously hidden away in the shoebox.
Out of the Shoebox is a fascinating journal that reads like a detective story, comes across as an imaginative quest into the past, yet is the true personal story of the writer, Yaron Reshef.
“I had no intention of writing a book. I had no need to write a story in general nor a story about my family and the Holocaust in particular. But life being what it is, sometimes things happen in mysterious, even surprising ways. Stuff that used to take center stage moves to the background, and background stuff moves downstage and center. That’s what happened in my case.”
Picture Perfect Murder (A Ryli Sinclair Mystery Book 1)
by Jenna St. James (Author)
Ryli Sinclair had no idea that moonlighting as a Forensic Photographer for the Granville Police Department would put her directly in the path of a crazed killer. Determined to identify the murderer before she becomes the next victim, Ryli enlists the help of her best friend, Paige, and her elderly great-aunt, Shirley, a former private investigator. From the driver’s seat of Aunt Shirley’s coveted ’65 Falcon, Ryli and the girls are hot on the trail of the murderer…and hilarity ensues, as the ridiculously handsome chief of police, Garrett Kimble, throws stumbling blocks in their path at every turn.
The Noah Reid Action Thriller Series: Books 1-3 (plus special bonuses)
by Wesley Robert Lowe (Author)
A Shaolin master. A crime family on the rise. Each showdown pushing to a greater breaking point…
Three novels. Two bonus prequels. 800+ pages of thrilling, edge-of-your-seat martial arts action!
Noah Reid would rather fight Hong Kong’s criminal underground in a court of law, not on the mean streets. As the son of Christian missionaries and a Shaolin devotee, he never thought he’d take on a Triad mob family single-handed. But when his boss embezzles billions from a ruthless Triad leader, Noah must square off with his entire family who’ve twisted martial arts skills for the dark, deadly purpose of getting the family fortune back.
To defeat his bloodthirsty foes, he must dig into the essence of his training: The five animals of the Shaolin. He summons the power of the tiger, fighting spirit of the dragon, speed of the leopard, grace of the crane and the guile of the snake. With the body count rising, Noah stretches beyond his limits to save his loved ones and bring the ruthless mob family to its knees.
The Noah Reid Action Thriller series contains the first three exhilarating novels plus two bonus prequels that provide a behind-the-scenes look at the origin stories of Noah Reid and his crime lord nemesis. If you like action heroes with heart, criminal underworlds, and shocking twists and turns, then you’ll love Wesley Robert Lowe’s high-octane page-turners.
On The Black
by Theo Cage (Author)
One of the most decorated covert agents in U.S. history, Burroughs Rice, has been “on the black” for ten years, deep under cover and running for his life from some of the world’s most dangerous power brokers.
When a mysterious government agency stumbles onto the ex-agent in the wilds of Washington State, they force Rice to deal with a terrible secret. What follows is a harrowing road trip across the American heartland with Rice at war with an army of International mercenaries, an organized crime family, and an ultra-violent biker gang.
Complicating his mission is a young hitchhiker he rescues – and an ER trauma nurse who becomes an unwitting ally.
ON THE BLACK comes to a surprise climax in the nation’s capital – an armed showdown in one of the country’s most famous national treasures.
Based on hundreds of hours of research, including interviews with actual intelligence operatives, ON THE BLACK is epic, suspenseful, and painfully revealing.