Book launch today: Road Blocked

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A Reed Ferguson Mystery by Renée Pawlish

Launching May 10!

Road BlockedReed Ferguson returns in a gripping tale!

A dead body on a beach in Tahiti. A Medicare scam. A doctor who believes hired killers are after him. It’s all part of Denver private investigator Reed Ferguson’s latest case, where he matches wits with a dangerous adversary who will stop at nothing short of murder. Working with his wife Willie, and his quirky friends, Reed must unearth a killer before he becomes the next victim.

Road Blocked is a suspense-filled mystery, with a Bogie-wannabe detective, a dose of humor, and a clever homage to film noir. It’s available today from Amazon.

From the award-wining author of This Doesn’t Happen In The Movies.

 

 

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Sweet Treat Thursday: A romance giveaway

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ValentineBundle-FacebookIs there an avid romance reader that you want to be your Valentine?

No romance reader could resist a boxed set of 9 romantic e-books from the freshest voices in fiction today. And you can get them for FREE simply by signing up to receive the BestSelling Reads e-newsletter. Fill out the form on the right and you’ll get this nine-book volume in Kindle format FREE in your inbox.

We promise not to spam you. The BestSelling Reads email newsletter comes out three to four times per year, giving you advance notice on upcoming books from your favorite BestSelling authors. You can unsubscribe at any time, and of course we promise not to sell or give away your contact information to anyone else.

And you can make it the gift of romantic reading for your special Valentine.

Happy reading!

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Four Bestselling Reads authors join the Lei Crime Kindle World

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Toby Neal’s Lei Crime Kindle World gets bigger today, and she’s excited.

“Four of my fellow Bestselling Reads authors have jumped aboard the Lei Crime Series Kindle World, and have written wonderful novellas that expand the ‘world’ of my series,” Toby says.TobyNeal

Kindle Worlds is an Amazon initiative that allows authors to contribute to other writers’ fictional series. “And who wins? Everyone! I get to see my series go on, taken in new directions. Readers get more stories starring their favorite characters, and writers get to reap the fruits of their labor in a popular series that helps expose their work to loyal fans.

The Lei Crime Kindle World initially launched in April, 2015, with eight other authors, including BestSelling Reads author Emily Kimelman. Today, a second “surge” launches on Amazon, with three BestSelling Reads authors among the group: Scott Bury, Christine Nolfi and new member Eden Baylee.

You can win e-copies of all books by leaving a comment below, naming your favorite Lei Crime series character.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of Kindle Worlds, and I’ll be the first hitting the Buy button to see what my fellow authors have​ come up with. It’s a brave new world full of sharing and collaboration, all of it stimulating great new ideas and creativity that benefit readers,” Toby says.

Visit the Lei Crime Kindle World to find out more.

 

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Toby Neal’s World

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Toby Neal’s Kindle World launched this week with eight new novellas in the Lei Crime series—including one by new BestSelling Reads member and one by a former member.

Kindle Worlds are a wonderful new place on the Amazon site where any writer can develop stories within an established World. Included are TV shows, graphic novels/comics, and of course, popular book series.

The Lei Crime Kindle World fan fiction site is LIVE today, April 7!

Warrior DogWarrior Dog (Flavor: Action/Animal Star), by Emily Kimelman (parallel to Fire Beach)

Even a warrior dog fears some enemies.

From the unique perspective of Keiki, Lei and Stevens’s faithful guardian Rottweiler, Keiki’s role remains the same at it has been for centuries. She must protect Lei and her family. They are her pack and in need of her protection. But what can she do when the enemy is fire? How will Keiki save her family from this raging, uncontrollable beast, and those who start it?

 

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The Shell Keeper (Flavor: Sweet, Inspirational) byChristine Nolfi (Prequel to Blood Orchids)

In South Carolina, magic is as plentiful as sweet tea.

Thanks to her aunt’s unwanted generosity, policewoman Lei Texeira has embarked on a vacation—of the supernatural sort. What Lei discovers about the sorcery of belief, and the love promised to her future will begin to heal wounds she’s carried for far too long.

 

 

A Snake in ParadiseA Snake in Paradise, by (Flavor: Suspense) Eden Baylee(a parallel to Blood Orchids)

Lainey Lee has always dreamed of going to Hawaii. It should have been her honeymoon trip, only it never happened. Now, in a poetic twist of fate, she is making the journey twenty-seven years later—following a messy divorce. Once on the Big Island, Lainey discovers paradise, but white sand beaches and blue skies are not all Hawaii has to offer. She soon meets Julian, a mysterious stranger ten years her junior. They share an instant connection. Lainey is eager to shed the fears that trapped her in a loveless marriage, but is Julian a tempting distraction, a new beginning, or a snake in paradise?

 

Hidden PoppiesHidden Poppies (Flavor: Mystery & GLBT Themes), byM.L. Doyle (a parallel to Stolen in Paradise)

Nothing about this kidnapping makes sense. An army colonel’s daughter isn’t a typical target, and a full week goes by before the demand for ransom is delivered. FBI Special Agent Marcella Scott knows that if the circumstances are unusual, they’re also unpredictable. Unpredictable means dangerous. Agent Scott’s partner, Special Agent Ken Yamada, has difficulty focusing on the puzzling case. His long career has forced him to make sacrifices–especially in his personal life. When the young girl’s abduction brings him face to face with one of those sacrifices, Major Chuck Mathews, Yamada begins to question his choices.

 

Never AgainNever Again (Flavor: Suspense)by Julie C. Gilbert (Prequel to Blood Orchids)

Jealousy can kill. When college junior Alana Adams catches her boyfriend passionately kissing another woman, she promptly dumps Nathan and turns to her best friend, Michael, for advice and emotional support. At first, Nathan apologizes and showers Alana with gifts in an effort to win her back. He tries to get her to see they belong together, but when his efforts fail, he concludes the real problem in their relationship must be her best friend. As Alana’s rejection further sinks in, Nathan realizes there’s only one solution to their problem: kill Michael Stevens.

 

Fireweed TrailFireweed Trail (Flavor: Suspense/YA), by Craig Hansen(Prequel to Blood Orchids)

Hiking has never been so deadly. Troubled teen Leilani Texeira is on the edge of self-destruction. As a last-ditch effort to reach her, Auntie sends her to the Fireweed Trail program, a wilderness therapy hike down the Oregon Coast Trail. Things go well until a fellow hiker turns up dead. Damaged and fragile, Lei is pushed into one of the most harrowing adventures in her young life. Miles from civilization and help, she only has her own strength and determination to save herself from of a killer’s wrath.. Instead of hiking, she’s running for her life.

 

Saddle RoadSaddle Road  (Flavor: Mystery/Suspense) by J.L. Oakley(parallel to Fire Beach)

Just another bad day for some poor soul. A body shows up in Maui’s Kahului Harbor. It looks like just another bad day for some poor soul in paradise, until Detective Lei Texeira and Lieutenant Michael Stevens identify the victim as a well-respected veteran from Washington State. Soon, they find themselves in the middle of a charity scam where someone’s skimming money meant for returning veterans with PTSD. The clues lead Lei, and Stevens to an exotic animal hunting club on the Big Island where they encounter the killer on the high lava deserts of Saddle Road.

 

Half Moon GirlsHalf Moon Girls (Flavor: Mystery/Suspense)by Corinne O’Flynn (parallel to Torch Ginger)

Even paradise has a dark side…

When Detective Leilani Texeira begins investigating a murder on Kaua`i, she’s struck by one thing: the victim looks like her. As Lei battles dark memories stirred up by the likeness, a friend calls, worried that her daughter didn’t come home last night. Lei soon discovers that the dead girl and the missing girl were friends and last seen together the previous day. There’s nothing good to come for girls tattooed with a mysterious half moon.

Toby promises that more novellas will add to the Lei Crime Kindle World in the coming months.

Visit her site and leave a comment to enter a draw to win the Lei Crime Kindle World novella of your choice. Winners will be picked by Tuesday, April 14.

Toby encourages writers who want a new and interesting challenge, to let her know on her blog.

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Win-a-Book Wednesday: Broken Places

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By Rachel Thompson

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This week, award-winning and bestselling Rachel Thompson will give away an e-copy of Broken Places to readers who sample the book on Amazon and answer:

“What poem or essay from the Broken Places sample is your favorite?”

About Broken Places

Award-winning author Rachel Thompson courageously confronts the topics of sexual abuse and suicide, love and healing, in her second nonfiction book of prose: Broken Places. The sequel to Rachel’s first nonfiction book, Broken Pieces, Rachel bares her soul in essays, poems and prose, addressing life’s most difficult topics with honesty. As you follow one woman’s journey through the dark and into the light, you will find yourself forever changed. Rachel’s first book in this series, Broken Pieces, has been a #1 best seller on Amazon (eBooks) on Women’s Poetry and Abuse. Please note: this book discusses serious topics, and is intended for mature audiences only.

About Rachel Thompson

Rachel Thompson copyRachel Thompson aka RachelintheOC is a published author and social media consultant. Her books A Walk In The Snark, The Mancode: Exposed and Broken Pieces are all #1 Kindle bestsellers! When not writing, she helps authors and other professionals with branding and social media for her company, BadRedhead Media. She hates walks in the rain, running out of coffee, and coconut.

Rachel Thompson is the author of newly released Broken Places and the award-winning Broken Pieces, as well as two additional humor books, A Walk In The Snark and Mancode: Exposed. Rachel is published and represented by Booktrope. She owns BadRedhead Media, creating effective social media and book marketing campaigns for authors. For affordable group sessions check out Author Social Media Boot Camp, monthly sessions to help all authors! Her articles appear regularly in The Huffington PostThe San Francisco Book Review (BadRedhead Says…), 12Most.com, bitrebels.com, BookPromotion.com, and Self-Publishers Monthly.

Not just an advocate for sexual abuse suvivors, Rachel is the creator and founder of the hashtag phenom #MondayBlogs and the live Twitter chat, #SexAbuseChat, cohosted with certified therapist/survivor, Bobbi Parish.

She hates walks in the rain, running out of coffee, and coconut. She lives in California with her family.

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Focus Friday: Groovy Cool Writing Techniques

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New Release by Cinta Garcia de la Rosa
available March 1, 2015

Get an advance review copy to read.

When you look at a blank page that insists on being blank, or after thousands of attempts to write the typical boy-meets-girl story in a more original way, I’m sure that you have also exclaimed, “I’m not creative!” And maybe you have wondered what the difference between a creative and a non-creative person is. Or maybe you want to know whether a person’s personality or profession play a role in that.

I have good news for you: we are all creative. You can be creative in the kitchen, creating delicious meals. You can be creative in the artistic field, drawing beautiful pictures. You can even be creative as a homemaker, creating a wonderful and cosy home for your family. It’s not all about writing.

Creativity is not a talent that only some chosen people possess and others can only envy. It’s an ability and, as such, you can learn it, develop it, and use it. Everybody can learn to be creative. Don’t roll your eyes, I am serious! You can do it with practice.

Every creative process has three phases: previous, conception, and subsequent. Creators usually consider the previous moment as the most important of the three. We “write” the most during the hours previous to actually putting words on paper or on screen. This is also when we can have negative thoughts about our writing (“I can’t do it”, “I’m not good enough”) or when we can choose to postpone everything. So it’s necessary for us to combine two attitudes:

Disposition. To create it is necessary to believe, to see ourselves as creative people. Only if we believe in ourselves we will be willing to create something new. When writers believe they have everything they need, the fear to fail disappears and they let themselves flow.

Avoid thoughts like “I haven’t lived enough experiences,” “I don’t have a great imagination,” “I can only speak of what I have lived,” “I won’t be able to catch the reader’s attention”… Run away from negative thoughts! You don’t need them!

We write with anxiety when we lack self-confidence: what if the challenge of the novel I have in my mind is beyond my talent? If you have those thoughts and feel stressed, please stop!

Take ten deep breaths: this will help you to relax and find the flow your brain needs to work better with less energy. Breathe. Breathe so deep that the air gets to your belly button, helping you to find balance. Slowly.

Next, admit that everything you are looking for is inside yourself. The creative person that you are is waiting somewhere. There is a diamond in the rough you must find — a diamond that exists for sure and is called creativity.

Breathe. Trusting the creative process, your creative self, will revive your flow.

Believe in yourself: the text is a reflection of the self. Dive into the blank page like in a refreshing swimming pool on a hot day. Look for the idea that is shining at the bottom of the pool. Visualise the diamond! Repeat: “I believe in myself, I believe in my creative self”. Make of that sentence your personal mantra. Breathe. Now you are in the best disposition for creating, for finding your diamond, polish it, and make it shine.

About the Book

Groovy Cool Writing Techniques is a collection of essays developing techniques for improving writing in a creative way. Every person is creative; they only need to light that spark inside, so the magic can begin. A picture, a walk in the streets, your own childhood memories… Everything can hold stories. You just need to find the way to tell those stories in a creative way. This book can help you.

Author photo via Rosa StormAbout the author

Cinta Garcia de la Rosa has loved the written word since she was five years old and reads at least one hundred books every year. She has a B.A. in English with minors in Literature, Art, and Creative Writing from Oxford. She is an award-winning author who spends her time in the United States and Spain with her amazing husband. Along with writing, her career encompasses beta-reading, editing, proofreading, and translating Spanish/English. Cinta has published children’s books and contemporary short stories under her real name, and she also publishes horror stories under the pen name Rosa Storm.

In 2014, the Funny Adventures of Little Nani was a gold medal winner in the Children’s category of the International Readers’ Favorite Book Awards.

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