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Author Blog-in: Sedition by Tom Abrahams

SEDITION is what you might call a new style political thriller.

Sedition. A Political Thriller

As international bestselling author Marc Cameron wrote, Sedition is a “thinking person’s thriller.  If you are a lover of details, you will enjoy this book.”

Bestselling Amazon author Steven Konkoly called it a “tightly written, suspenseful thriller from start to finish.”

And the Kindle Book Review recommends it for “its intensity, realism and overall sense of urgency.”

It reads like a cross between a movie and a historical novel.  And it’s my first book:

The President of The United States is dead. There is no Vice President to take 
his place.

As the nation slips into a constitutional crisis, a small group of 
disenfranchised neo-patriots conspire to violently seize power. They have the 
will. They already have someone on the inside. And they have the explosives.

SEDITION navigates the thin line between good versus evil and 
patriot versus traitor, proving there’s always a reason behind treason.

I’m a lifelong political reporter who finally decided to trade the daily turn of soundbites and highlights for an in-depth, well-researched relevant narrative.

SEDITION is not a typical blow ‘em up, shoot ‘em down tale of suspense.  Instead, it is heavy on art, history, and detail a la Clancy, Baldacci, or le Carre.

Please see the website http://seditionbook.com for more about the story, an excerpt of the opening pages, and more about me.  You’ll also find links to artwork, photographs of locations, and downloadable documents mentioned in the story.

It’s available at Amazon, iBooks, B&N.com, and CreateSpace.

 

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Amputeddy Goes Back to School by Jean Boelter and Kate Policani

In 2005 I co-wrote a series of three books with my dear Aunt Jean. (We children in the family all called her Mimi.) Since their first publication, Mimi has passed away due to cancer.

These books were her creation to accompany her Amputeddy bears. I was honored to help her write and format the books for the appropriate age group.

Amputeddy Goes Back to School

by Jean Boelter and Kate Policani

Illustrated by Marta Creswell

Amputeddy is a little bear who has just recovered from an accident in which he lost his leg. This is his first day back at school! Join him in his fears and triumphs as he learns that he can still be a regular bear, just like everyone else.

Purchase paperback here https://www.createspace.com/3854942 (Available now!)

FREE ebook in all formats! https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/153192

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Author Blog-in Last Day!

Thank you!

A big round of applause for all our great viewers and especially for the wonderful books! Today is our last day of the October Blog-in. Please visit my book on these fantastic blogs:

http://tahlianewland.com/2012/10/18/coming-soon-dont-judge-a-book-by-its-magic-a-great-new-fantasy-by-kate-policani/

http://seanmacuisdin.wordpress.com/2012/10/18/october-author-blog-in-kate-policani/

http://themrsgraff.blogspot.com/2012/10/author-blog-in-kate-policani.html

http://thehighsthelowstheinbetweens.wordpress.com/new-books/dont-judge-a-book-by-its-magic/

http://hayleylinfield.webs.com/apps/blog/show/19411169-kate-policani-s-don-t-judge-a-book-by-its-magic-

If you have a book and a blog, you are invited to join us for the November Blog-in! Read all about it here: https://katepolicani.com/author-blog-in/

 

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Author Blog-in: The Truth about Dandelions


Author Blog-in

The Truth about Dandelions.

 Posted by hlinfield on October 12, 2012 at 7:05 AM

Today I would like to tell anyone who might be reading this blog about my recently released novel, The Truth about Dandelions.  I am an award winning author (recently taking first place in the Alice Munro Short Story Competition) with a long list of essay and short story publications.  This is my debut novel:

Mara isn’t a slut; she just can’t find what she wants. She wants to forget her mother’s death, her father’s hypocrisy, and the plane crash that follows her. As a child she couldn’t understand why the grass never got cut, and now as she gropes her way through university life, all those weeds, those dandelions, have stayed with her, haunting her dreams.

She can’t see a way out of her dark hole until she gets hit by a car on an Ottawa street and starts spending time with Jack, the guy behind the wheel. Kind, thoughtful, and a virgin – he’s the last person she’d ever expected to fall for.

As she opens up to Jack, the wounds she’d been trying to ignore surface, and she’s forced to finally choose between running from or facing the past that’s been haunting her all her life. Through nights out looking for release to the ultimate event that forces her to face herself, Mara finally learns the truth about dandelions.

(cover design by David Morris Photography: http://www.davidphoto.ca/)

You will not like this book if:

– you hate classic literature, particularly Charlotte Bronte

– you hate Richard Dawkins or people who criticize organized religion

– you get uncomfortable hearing about the brutal side of life

You WILL like this book if:

– you like questioning why people act they way they do

– you can hold two opposing views in your mind at the same time and not explode

– you can watch a person make mistake after mistake and still give them another chance

You can read the first 10% of The Truth about Dandelions for free on Amazon (link below).

It is now on sale for 99 cents starting on October 15, but only until October 31.   DON’T WAIT!

Download your copy at:

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/167710

http://www.amazon.com/The-Truth-About-Dandelions-ebook/dp/B008A3JVQI

And if you don’t already have an e-reader, join the 21st century and GET ONE!!

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Author Blog-in: Moments Collide by Angela Graff

For the next few weeks, I’m going to be participating in an Author Blog-in, courtesy of Kate Policani, and her wonderful efforts to showcase indie authors, and help each other gain more exposure and a larger potential fan-base.

Today I’ll be featuring my book.

My book, Moments Collide, is available here on Amazon and CreateSpace, and more information can be learned about my writing on my Facebook Page, or this blog.

Moments Collide is the story told by Felix LaPage, a young man with huge musical aspirations.  Growing up, Felix developed a love of music, and with his cello, worked his way through school to try and become a musical success.

However, that’s not the whole story.  While working toward his musical dreams, Felix met a woman who would change the course of his life, but not necessarily in a good way.  With this woman, Rayne, Felix learns that not everyone is kind or selfless.  Struggling through Rayne’s verbal and emotional abuse, Felix also must face getting over her multiple affairs.

It’s one night, on a long train-ride home, where Felix meets a young woman who shows him a different path, a path that could lead to his own personal happiness, free of struggle and pain.  It’s up to Felix, however, to choose whether or not he’s meant to walk the painful path with Rayne, or a path that allows him to be free.

Below is a short excerpt from the book.  The book is available on the Kindle Library, which I highly encourage people to check it out.  Any and all reviews are highly appreciated.  Please enjoy the small bit of my story.  Much love to all the readers and writers out there.  Thanks for checking out my blog!

Note: this excerpt has had the language edited to keep it to a G rating for other bloggers.  Please note that the actual text in the book consists of adult language.  Thank you! 

As I approached my door, my phone began to ring again, the bells piercing through my thoughts in an extremely unpleasant way.  I was not surprised to see Rayne’s number and this time I answered it.
“Hello?”
“Uhg, Felix,” she hissed at me.  “What have you been doing all day that you couldn’t answer my calls?”
“Oh, I was just busy,” I said, my voice oddly calm.  “I did want to tell you, though; I had a visitor last night around midnight.”
“What kind of visitor?” she asked, her voice heavy with suspicion.
“Well, it was your friend Richard, actually.  Before I go on, Rayne, is there anything you want to tell me?  Anything at all?”
“Um… no,” she said.  Her voice was suddenly small and scared.  “Why?”
“Oh I don’t know,” I said, and the hard edge began to form around my words.  “I thought maybe you’d like to confess to cheating before I call you out on it.”
“Felix,” she cried.  “Is that what he said?  He said he and I slept together?!  I told you that he was going to try and pull this when I left!  I told you he was in love with me!”
“He had pictures of the two of you… YOU CARELESS PERSON!”  My voice went from calm to rage in a nanosecond.  Fury rushed through me and I couldn’t stop screaming.  “HE HAD PICTURES OF YOU AND HIM FROM THE SECURITY CAMERA, YOU DIRTY, DISGUSTING, LYING…!  SO TELL ME AGAIN THAT HE’S LYING, RAYNE!  TELL ME AGAIN!”
She was sobbing now, hysterically, and I didn’t care.  She blubbered on behind her sobs, words that I didn’t understand.  I caught an “I’m so sorry”, “made a huge mistake”, “went too far”, but none of it mattered.  She was a liar, she was unfaithful, and above all she put me at risk because she didn’t bother to tell me the truth.
“Do you realize that I have to get tested now, Rayne?!” I shouted at her.  I was still outside, not caring who heard me.  I was pacing the grass, kicking around the towels that Richard had left out in the rain.  “Do you realize that I could be infected with something because you slept around and didn’t bother to care about who you affected?!  Are you proud of yourself, Rayne?  Is this something you’re proud of!?  Are you happy now, with what you did?  Was he worth it?!”
“Felix, please,” she begged, her sobs still punctuating every syllable.
“No, shut up.  You don’t get to talk to me.  You don’t get to say my name.  You don’t get to ask me for anything.  When we get home you and I will discuss the end of our relationship, and at least this long drive you have ahead of you will give you time to reflect on whether or not losing an upright, honest man was worth your little fest with some dirty piece of junk.  Good bye, Rayne.”
With that, I hung up.  I was shaking, and my neighbor was outside staring at me.  He gave me an ‘I’m sorry, man’ smile and went back inside as I opened my front door and walked in.  My adrenaline was pumping and part of me wished she was there right now so I could keep screaming.
Screaming, however, was not going to make it better.  Even in my state of mind I knew that, and the two hours it took her to get home allowed me to be calm.  I was sitting on the couch when she walked in.  Her face was white and she looked petrified.  She set her keys down and started to sit next to me so I stood up and walked across the room.
The pictures were now on top of the TV, still unopened, and I threw them to her.  “Enjoy the show,” I said as she opened the folder and pulled out the stack.  I took care not to look at them but it was clear by her face that whatever the cameras captured was pretty graphic.
“I had no idea there was a camera,” she said.
“Well lucky for me then, isn’t it, or I might have never known,” I bit.
“Felix, if you’ll just listen to me for a minute-”
“Rayne, you don’t get to talk,” I snapped at her, my temper perilously close to shooting off.  “You’re going to sit there, keep your mouth shut, and listen to what I have to say.”
Tears streamed down her cheeks and she let out a little sob, but she knew I had her.  I would have felt sorry for how I was treating her if for one moment I thought her tears were because she felt bad for what she had done.  Unfortunately, for both of us, I knew she was only upset because she’d been caught.  She’d been caught in such a way that she couldn’t talk her way out of it.
“Rayne, I can’t afford this place on my own yet, so I can’t kick you out.  I was already speaking with the office but because of your credit they won’t let me off the lease so I can move out to a place I can afford, so for now, you get to move out of our bedroom and sleep in the second bedroom.  You and I will split bills down the middle, and you will carry the weight of the extra finances until I can afford to buy myself a car– a problem I wouldn’t have if you hadn’t insisted I sell my car to buy you a ring which you threw in my face just weeks later.”
“We’re both going to get tested, which you’re paying for, and if we need any treatments, you’ll also pay for those.  You won’t talk to me, you won’t touch me, you won’t look at me.  You won’t be spending any time with me, and if you ask me for anything, literally anything, I will spit in your face.  Do I make myself clear?”
With tears pouring down her face, make-up smeared, looking devastated, hurt and on the verge of hysterics, she nodded.  “I’m so sorry,” she breathed from beneath her tears.  “I love you, Felix, I really do.”
“Don’t ever say that to me again,” I hissed at her, my temper boiling, my face going red and hot.  “Don’t you ever dare!”
“But I do!” she cried in defense.
“I don’t care if you think you do, Rayne!” I bellowed.  “Your sick, sick mind has no idea what love is!  You have no idea what selflessness, love, or compassion are.  You don’t get to use those words to me.  You gave away that right when you opened your legs and let that slime-ball in!  If I hear you say anything like that to me again so help me you will not like what happens.”
“Felix,” she wept, “what can I do to make it better?”
“Nothing,” I hissed, leveling my finger in her face.  “Nothing, Rayne.  It’s over.  You disgust me.  I can barely look at you right now without vomiting all over the floor.  You cheated on me and you lied about it!  You spat on everything that I thought was true about our relationship.  Five years, Rayne.  Five!  You have no respect for anyone or anything and believe me if I could kick you out right now I would.  I would not hesitate for a moment.”
At that point I was done.  I didn’t feel like she’d had enough, but I was done listening to her sobbing, because it was all self-serving.  If she had cared she wouldn’t have done it.  If it was a one-time affair I might have believed she was sorry, but they had been screwing for months, and she had been hiding and lying and there was no excuse.  There was no forgiveness for that.
I turned and went to my room, shutting the door and wishing desperately that we had a working lock.  She gave me some space until around ten that night when she knocked timidly asking for her things.  I grabbed a handful of clothes, not paying attention to what I had in my hands, and her pillow, and shoved them at her.  I didn’t look at her and didn’t give her a second to speak.
I shut the door again and flopped down on the bed, letting out a heavy sigh.  I wanted out so badly, but I was stuck.  I didn’t know how to make it work so she could be gone and that was the part that was killing me.
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Author Blog-in: Europa Rising by Sean MacUisdin

 

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Author Blog-in Day 2: Lethal Inheritance by Tahlia Newland

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Author Blog-in: Don’t Judge a Book By Its Magic

Don’t Judge a Book By Its Magic

(Book 1 of The Convergence series)

By Kate Policani

Genre: Fantasy

Mark the date on your calendar for Don’t Judge a Book By Its Magic’s Virtual Release Party Oct 26th-28th!

Guest spots available! Please email katepolicani(at)gmail.com to join the party as a guest!

 

Here is what my editor Kathleen Firstenberg has to say about my upcoming book: http://kathleenfberg.webs.com/apps/blog/show/14688705-how-to-win-friends-and-influence-magicians

A review by the Bookworm Extraordinaire: http://www.thebookwormextraordinare.blogspot.com/2012/09/review-dont-judge-book-by-its-magic-by.html

Synopsis:

I’m a normal girl. I am. I love shoes, fragranced body care, and hair products. I love all the chick flicks that have come out in the theaters in the last 2 years (and a lot of the old ones) and I obsess about my wardrobe.  I respond positively to most of the marketing directed at females in my age group.

My name is Colleen Underhill, and the only abnormal thing about me is that I just discovered I am, or I transformed into, a magician; not the disappearing bunny kind, but the power-shooting-out-of-your-hands kind of magician.

My problem now is that I do NOT believe in magic. Well, I believe in it. I have seen it shoot out of my own hands, but I oppose it in a moral sense; no hexes, no spells, no incantations, no potions, no amulets, no tomes, no casting circles, no eye of newt, none of that. I have to be very clear because people pressure me about it. Whatever they say about “how it’s done,” this is a morality issue for me and I will not cave in to their pressure.

But what do I do now?

Don’t Judge a Book By Its Magic on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16045564-don-t-judge-a-book-by-its-magic

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Today is My Day! Last Day for Blog-in September!

Thank you for visiting the Blog-in and extra thanks to our wonderful authors participating! Don’t forget to sign up for October’s Author Blog-in! Please visit my book, The Disenchanted Pet, on these awesome blogs:

http://harshadpassion.wordpress.com/blog/

http://sharonscrazycats.blogspot.com/

http://therapywriting.wordpress.com/

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Author Blog-in: The End of the World Sucks by Sharon Trembley

Author Blog-In: End of the World Sucks

Sharon’s such a good sport that I read and reviewed her book just for the Blog-in! Read it here: http://katepolicanisreviews.wordpress.com/2012/09/14/the-end-of-the-world-sucks-by-sharon-trembley/

 

The End of the World Sucks by Sharon Trembley

This is a genre blender book that might be compared to Lord of the Flies meets Let the Right One In in a post-zombie apocalyptic world. Don’t worry though, it’s about the people even though there are elements of horror.

Zombies, a Vampire, or her fellow Man – Which is most likely to kill Vanna Ames? Who can she trust?

After surviving a whole month past the End of the World by hiding and staying quiet, recent college graduate and fashion retail employee, Vanna, luckily finds others who have gathered together as a community for their mutual survival on a college campus.

Although claiming to be a democratic society, tempers become frayed, decisions defy logic, and rules are broken. Further emboldened by the lack of society and law, some even gain a sense of entitlement because they are self-labeled heroes.

Now that all the rules have changed, a vampire arrives with a deal – his help for blood. An equally beneficial offer or a Faustian bargain?

As the community’s flaws grow, Vanna must decide whether to stick with her own kind in relative safety, or reject their community service nightmare, risk her life, and appeal to a vampire who claims his only interest is human blood.

And for the Author Blog In, here’s an excerpt to give a better idea of Vanna’s character because she is a character.  This occurs after Vanna hears gun shots early in the book and goes for a walk to find out what happened –

When she reached a point where two rolls of chain-link were joined together with some twisted wire, Vanna saw her. If she had seen that dress before, she would have remembered.
Muumuus were made for a woman of this size. Displaying a cheery, floral print provided no slimming effects, but proudly declared big and beautiful. Along with the turquoise, orange, and pink poly-blend tent, she also wore a pair of nude knee highs, and filthy, pink terry scuff slippers, and large, turquoise-colored plastic earrings with a matching chunky bracelet.
The woman had fallen on her side facing the fence, and like most of the corpses, her eyes remained forever open. Vanna thought the zombies didn’t blink, so that might be why their eyes turned that spotty white color.
Even with a visible gunshot wound to her face, Vanna could see the trivial details that further defined who this used to be. The woman’s short, not-so-natural blond hair was arranged into a crown of curlsframing her face. She also had heavy blue eye shadow still caked all the way up to her plucked, then redrawn with brown pencil, eyebrows.
Her lower face was grimy, Vanna couldn’t confirm her expectation of coordinating lipstick to match her screaming pink nail polish, brightly visible on the tips of her dirt-caked fingers from a distance. Vanna’sconstant fearful imagination made the gunk smeared on the zombie’s lips still appear fresh, wet and red, when she knew it had been there for weeks.

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Author Blog-in Day 1: Post Your Own Book!

The Disenchanted Pet

By Kate Policani

Short synopsis:

Far into the future, the Earth is ruled by the ShaZha, a hyper-intelligent race of alien beings who are plagued by the violence and volatility of the human race. Supposedly intending to repair the broken societies and polluted planet, they have found the Human problem to be much more complex than they ever imagined. Zarah is a Prodigy, an obedient human, with a caring ShaZha master. Zarah wants to prove all her master’s hopes that humans can be civilized and responsible. When she is lost by her master and exposed to the other side of humanity, she must confront the possibility she might be not a valued citizen, but a pet.

I am currently writing my next book called The Stray, a second book set in the ShaZha Earth. It isn’t a sequel, but the story connects with The Disenchanted Pet

Buy The Disenchanted Pet on Amazon (Kindle and Paperback. Kindle copy free with Amazon Prime)

To buy multiple ebook formats, go to https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/93067

To buy the paperback, click here: https://www.createspace.com/3657962

For great reviews:

http://tahlianewland.com/2011/12/23/review-the-disenchanted-pet-by-kate-policani/

http://mainemuse.wordpress.com/2012/01/10/the-disenchanted-pet-by-kate-policani/

http://nadiariell.com/2012/01/18/a-book-review-for-the-disenchanted-pet-by-kate-policani/

http://www.speculativefaith.com/authors/kate-policani/

Long Synopsis:

The Disenchanted Pet is ashort Science Fiction novel that takes place in the popular “post-apocalyptic Earth” setting,  exploreing the unique problems with the Human Race and how to “fix” it.

Zarah is a young, optimistic girl, entering into the exciting world of adulthood with an idealistic perspective. But Zarah lives in the a future where Humanity is ruled by an alien race occupying Earth in order to rehabilitate and repair the planet and its people.

Reality intrudes on Zarah’s unspoiled outlook when she is attacked and separated from her SaSa, an alien guardian who is like a parent to her. Trapped within the Feral Facility, pregnant and separated from her home and new husband, she learns all the mistakes about the reality she believed in. She sees that the “Ferals”, who who aren’t serviceable within  the ShaZha’s plans, are not necessarily the monsters her Prodigy society has portrayed them to be.

Suffering through the harsh truth about her world and the errors in her ideals, she must face a future without the assurances upon which she always relied.

The Disenchanted Pet appeals to Science Fiction lovers as well as readers who have never explored the genre before. It explores the disillusionment of growing up and the harsh realities of adulthood, but with aliens.

Cover Art by Heidi Barnett and Erik Sederstrom warpfrenzy@msn.com

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Author Blog-in Coming Soon:Sign up now!

 

Don’t forget to sign up!

The author blog-in is coming up. To get your choice of days, please sign up now. Feel free to share the page with your author friends too. Spread the word and widen our audience about our wonderful books!

All the information is here: https://katepolicani.com/author-blog-in/

 

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Author Blog-in: Changing Gear

Here is our next book!

Sixty on a bike

Changing Gear cover

Changing Gear

by Eileen Sutherland

Changing Gear is about love, loss and adventure.It’s available on Kindle here.

In the summer of 2006 Allan and Eileen cycled from Britain to Bulgaria. He was a fit 52 year old with a new Dawes Galaxy bike and she was an overweight 54 year old with a dodgy knee and an old Trek. They set off with only a hazy idea of the route and not much money.

Three years earlier, on the 8th August 2003, their son Matt had died unexpectedly while on holiday. Things were never the same after Matt’s death. Allan and Eileen had tried living normally and found they couldn’t do it. So they looked for alternative ways of being, one of which was to cycle from Britain to Bulgaria.

‘As we got on our bikes I experienced an intense sense of freedom. A fraying of the cord of…

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Author Blog-in: Switcheroo!

This is new to all of us, and we’re figuring out how it works! Please pardon the switcheroo. Today is now my day for the Author Blog-in so the others can have time to catch up.

I’ll take this opportunity to invite you all to join in! This Blog-in is kinda short this time, which I’ll chalk up to August activities and my own laid-back approach. September 14-25 will be the next Blog-in, and we already have a sign-up! Lets fill up all the slots and maximize our collaborative audience. If you were shy about joining until now, don’t be! Shoot me an email and lets get groovy!

If you have blogged-in before, don’t worry! You’re still welcome to join in with a different book. Short stories and freebies are also welcome.

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