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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Orangeberry Book of the Day - Kaleidoscope World - Tomica Scavina

Tomica Scavina

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Genre – Psychological Thriller

Rating – PG

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A collector of kaleidoscopes and lousy relationships, Dahlia Kasper leaves her possessive alcoholic mother and moves from New York to Barcelona. In search of lost bits of her childhood, she starts living in an apartment where her father was murdered when she was four. As soon as she enters the apartment, strange things begin to happen.
Her favorite kaleidoscope becomes a gateway to another dimension where she encounters a ghost of a famous physicist from the 19th century who tries to persuade her that reality is like a moth-eaten sweater - full of holes. He needs her to help him plug up these holes and save the world from vanishing, while the only thing Dahlia really wants to save is her sanity.
This is just a part of Dahlia's problems. An elderly cello-playing neighbor turns her emotional world upside down and her longing for lost home takes her further than she ever imagined she could go. To collect all the scattered kaleidoscope-bits of her life together, Dahlia needs to go through an intense inner transformation that takes courage and a sharp sense of humor.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Lara Nance – How to Avoid the Rejection Blues

How to Avoid the Rejection Blues

by Lara Nance

Rejections should be viewed as tools. I can usually find a lesson in most rejections that I can use to avoid further rejections in the future. Look at it as constructive criticism and try to find some element that helps you with your craft.

I’ve even used rejections to meet agents and editors at conferences if there was something memorable about the rejection. Once I sent an agent flowers because she actually gave me some feedback with the rejection. At the RWA convention a year later she still remembered me because of that and encouraged me to keep pitching her.

There will always be that one psycho that is mean nasty and probably never even read your book. They will go to hell, so don’t worry about them.

Give yourself one day to pity yourself over a rejection, then stop thinking about it and move on.

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Genre – Paranormal Romance

Rating – R

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Website http://www.laranance.com/

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Fighting the Effects of Gravity: A Bittersweet Journey Into Middle Life by James Robinson Jr

Fighting the Effects of Gravity: A Bittersweet Journey Into Middle LifeFighting the Effects of Gravity: A Bittersweet Journey Into Middle Life by James Robinson, Jr.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What other books has this author written? This is the author’s first book. I would personally like to know if he plans on writing more non-fiction.

Did anyone in the book do something you did not like? Not really something I did not like. Just some things I questioned, however. When we all reach a certain age we question stupid things we did in the past.

What kind of book is this? This is a memoir. The author is talking about how middle-age has crept up on him. He talks about his sagging body, how children changed his life, and general mid-life issues.

What was the author's purpose or purposes in writing this book? I personally felt the author wants others to know what they are facing. I have not read a memoir specifically like Robinson's.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author.

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James Robinson Jr – 10 Things I did not Know…

10 things you didn’t know about Becoming a Published Author:

by James Robinson Jr.

  1. That no one would buy my book because there were 8 million other books online.
  2. That no one would buy my book because it isn’t a romance.
  3. That no one would buy my book because there wasn’t a picture of a zombie on the cover.
  4. That Amazon has robots that spy on everything that you do.
  5. That I would have to beg people to write reviews of my books.
  6. That I would have to “tweet” every day.
  7. That I would have to join on-line chat groups.
  8. That I would have to run paid promotions to sell books and that I would be happy when I ended up selling 40 units.
  9. That I would have to compete with thousands of authors who offer free books.
  10. That I would have to compete with John Locke.

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Genre – NonFiction Memoir

Rating – PG

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Orangeberry Book Tours – Fighting the Effects of Gravity by James Robinson Jr.

Fighting the Effects of Gravity is an Indie Excellence Award Finalist and recipient of a Readers Favorite 5 Star Review.

James Robinson, Jr. had it all: three beautiful children, a loving wife, a new home, a good job. But at age 36, the bottom would literally fall out of his life. He would watch his once firm deriere fall overnight never to rise again–succumbing to the evil forces of gravity.

Fighting the Effects of Gravity is a humorous, midlife, memoir full of anecdotes and life lessons. You’ll find yourself laughing out loud at the author’s experiences and how much they relate to your own. Life is short; don’t let gravity get you down.

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Genre – NonFiction Memoir

Rating – PG

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Orangeberry Book of the Day – Undertow by Elle Chardou


Five years ago, Evie Sandstrom and Finn Reilly were best friends and each other’s first love. Although neither has forgotten this time of their lives, they have moved on from one another and the secrets that continue to haunt them from the past.

Evie, now a college student, has decided to transfer for her junior year to Boston University to be closer to her family…and Finn Reilly is still there — waiting for her — in Charlestown.

During part of a gorgeous summer, the beauty of their love is rekindled again only to be torn apart by Evie’s mother, the beautiful and untouchable superstar, Athena Donahue.

Evie, angry and humiliated, is determined to avenge her mother for what she has done. Athena’s recently married Etienne Fournier, a thirty-year-old French model, and he is dangerously attracted to Evie.

Love and lust collide in the cruelest ways and now Evie finds herself conflicted, swept in the undertow and caught in the crossfire of temptation and desire for Etienne though she desperately wants to maintain the loyalty and fidelity she has promised to Finn.

Evie learns the most valuable lesson of all: falling in love is easy but for a young woman who doesn’t like to commit, maintaining a relationship is the hard part.

Publisher’s Note: Due to mature behavior, sexual references, drug references and language, this novel is recommended for those 17+.

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Genre – Contemporary Romance

Rating – R

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Orangeberry Book of the Day - Secrets by Liz Schulte

Secrets by Liz Schulte

While Olivia Martin observed life through her camera, the Abyss gazed back at her. She discovers mysterious men follow her around, people close to her are dying, and her dreams are no longer her own as she falls head over heels for a perfect stranger. A chance encounter leads to an obsession that could destroy everything she has ever known or loved. Olivia is about to find out there is a lot she doesn’t know and sometimes what you don’t know can kill you.

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Genre – Paranormal Romance

Rating – PG13

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Orangeberry Book Tours – The Lucky Escape by Dr. Heather Manley

Merrin and Pearl’s little brother Robbie has swallowed a penny. Now through magic and imagination they find themselves on an adventure through his digestive system where they must grab the penny, save Robbie, and narrowly escape his poopy diaper.

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Genre – Children’s Book

Rating – G

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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Orangeberry Book of the Day – Genetically Modified Foods vs. Sustainability – Bruno McGrath

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein
This ebook points out the surrounding issues of genetically modified fruit and vegetables that consumers are unaware of. While several parties defend the use of technology to create food, there seems to be little being done to increase awareness about this matter to the end consumer. It also points out alternative food sustainability options such as organic farming and land management.
This ebook will indicate that although some parties agree that genetically modified food items are cost effective and considered safe, its long-term results have not been adequately researched and the use of pesticides on these items are far higher than for other types farming or food products.
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Genre – Food & Cooking (PG)
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