Author Martha Char Love (Honolulu, Hawaii-USA)

A Little About Martha’s Writing Career . . .

Martha retired in 2008 with her husband, Michael (Zardoa) Love, to Oahu, Hawaii. And immediately upon first laying on the sandy beaches, she decided to use her leisure time to begin a writing career. Three years later, she published as a co-author with her colleague of 40 years, Robert W. Sterling, a book called What’s Behind Your Belly Button? A Psychological Perspective of the Intelligence of Human Nature and Gut Instinct. It is a narrative of the maturation of sciences of psychology and neurology that explores gut feeling intelligence and is based on their lifetime career experiences as guidance counselors, educators, and school psychologists. They also have a recent book publication, Increasing Intuitional Intelligence, that explores the education of gut intelligence for developing intuition, wellness, and longevity. Over the past four years, she has also contributed as a co-author to many of the 34 books written and published with her husband under the pen name The Silver Elves, both fiction and non-fiction, on magic and enchantment and the Elven Way. And in 2014, she also published a cookbook called Mom’s Island Bakens: Over 50 Altered Recipes for a Happy Gut and Healthy Heart, which is written to help people improve their lifestyle choices for healthy eating and shares her original recipes for a happy gut and a healthy heart. Her latest book, Maggie’s Kitchen Tails, is coauthored with Rosemary “Mamie” and Douglas Adkins and is a delightful book of original dog food recipes and puppy tales.

Martha Char Love was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, and grew up primarily in Georgia and Mississippi. She received her BS in Elementary Education in 1968 and an MA in Educational Psychology in 1970, with a 5th year certificate in Psychometry in the School Psychology department. She was a counselor/instructor in the ’70s and early 80’s, working as both a career counselor and instructor at Meridian Junior College and later in a large community college, Santa Fe Community College (SFCC), in Gainesville Florida, as well as a licensed School Psychologist for the Alachua County Schools K-12. It was at that time that she first wrote a text for her classes with her colleague, Robert Sterling, about the gut instinctive responses that they were discovering with people they were working with in career exploration. In 2005, she received her MA in Depth Psychology and continued her study of the gut instinctive response in a research study at Sonoma State University. In 2008, she received her PMA in Art Therapy. After years of study and new medical breakthroughs supporting the intelligence of the gut brain, she and Robert Sterling have written the groundbreaking book “What’s Behind Your Belly Button?

Featured Book: What’s Behind Your Belly Button?: A Psychological Perspective of the Intelligence of Human Nature and Gut Instinct

Although numerous books and articles have recently talked about the gut instincts as valuable in giving us useful hunches in the decision-making process, What’s Behind Your Belly Button? goes much further and explains how gut feelings not only have a psychological intelligence of their own, but are also understandably rational in their functioning. The authors explore how gut feelings are like a gas gauge in our guts indicating through an emotional feeling of emptiness or fullness how well the two instinctive human needs for acceptance (attention from others) and of control of one’s own responses (freedom) in our lives are being met and how our behavior attempts to keep these two instinctive needs in balance at all times. They explore how these two instinctive needs motivate our personality all through our lives and that the feeling memory of how well these needs are met from moment-to-moment may be accessed through somatic awareness of our gut feelings of empty and full by using the Somatic Reflection Process the authors have developed.

In 1998, neurological research at Columbia University published the work of Dr. Michael Gershon that identified the enteric nervous system as a center of feeling intelligence in the gut, which he called the “Second Brain”. The authors carefully examined this material and accepted the research findings as pointing to the same universal feeling intelligence they experienced in counseling with hundreds of people. Utilizing the medical research of Dr. Gershon, the work of Dr. Lise Eliot who charts the development of children from conception through the first five years of life, recent research of their own in the Psychology Department at Sonoma State University, and their vast clinical experience, the authors have presented an interpretation of recent medical research into a Gut Psychology and a more accurate understanding of the Self and human nature than has previously been available. They share a complete protocol and results of their clinical research findings for the Somatic Reflection Process that they have created and used successfully, with themselves and hundreds of people, to assist the process of getting in touch with the voice of the gut and learning to follow its wisdom toward a healthy life–unifying the body-mind split in the individuation process of personal development.

Over a period of 45 years, there has been a utilization of further graduate studies in Depth Psychology and Religious Education on the part of the authors, and giant steps forward in the fields of Neurology and Psychology, which help form a new more accurate image of human nature. The authors present this new image of human nature and the meaning of its understanding in making positive changes in our lives. They suggest that we are at the beginning of a Renaissance in human consciousness and that understanding our true human nature is the way to thrive in this present era. This book also discusses the implications of this new image of human nature in education and for rehabilitation of those incarcerated. The authors suggest that early in the child’s learning process of personality and development, care be taken to offer the experience of freedom and acceptance to the preschooler to form a positive self-concept and to self-regulate his or her behavior as part of the learning process in becoming a loving, caring person.

After careful examination of life’s processes, they conclude that of all the mammals in the animal kingdom, humans seem to be the only species that has been denied the open use of their natural instincts. “Out of ignorance, fear or wanton control by others, we are denied the use of the brains we were born with”. This awareness is of growing concern since the absence of the use of the feeling intelligence of the body interferes with a major stabilizing force–built into the human system–that can affect human behavior, provide a sense of well-being, and the ability of the body to combat disease.

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Author Michael Smart (Henderson, Nevada-USA)

Michael Smart is a native New Yorker, experienced blue water sailor, and pilot, two passions the protagonists in his novels also share. Michael writes mysteries and science fiction.

His debut novel, Dead Reckoning, is the first volume of the Bequia Mystery Series, set in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, a tropical archipelago in the Eastern Caribbean where Michael lived and sailed for many years. Michael draws on his knowledge of the islands, its people, and his sailing experiences around the Caribbean to create intimate and lively portraits of the islands and the people surrounding these compelling mysteries.

Learn more about Author Michael W. Smart: www.michaelwsmartauthor.com
The Bequia Mysteries: www.bequiamysteries.com
Michael W. Smart’s Sea Quill Blog: www.bequiamysteries.com/blog

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Featured Book: Dead Reckoning (The Bequia Mysteries) (Volume 1) by Michael Smart

MYSTERY AND ROMANCE SET IN THE CARIBBEAN ISLANDS OF ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES.

A STUNNING FIRST INSTALLMENT IN THE BEQUIA MYSTERY SERIES.
A must read if you enjoy a page turner featuring compelling characters, a unique setting, danger and romance, written in a style reminiscent of a good hard-boiled mystery that holds you by the throat and doesn’t let go until you finish it. Grab your copy today.

Gage didn’t have friends. He’d led an emotionally isolated life, avoiding personal attachments, a mantra for survival. And the last thing he needed was disruption and exposure of the quiet retirement he’d settled into on Bequia, living aboard his schooner Wherever. He’d buried his past. Forged a new life. And in doing so broke his cardinal rule, he’d formed attachments. A burgeoning romantic relationship with the island’s police Superintendent Jolene Johanssen, whose love awakens dormant emotions and reconnects him to the world. A relationship he’s unsure he’s emotionally equipped to handle. And a close friendship with the discerning Commissioner of Police Mike Daniels, who perceives more regarding Gage’s past than Gage is comfortable with. And who lies in a coma, fighting for his life. In pursuing his friend’s shooter Gage becomes embroiled in the vicious world of narco traffickers, money laundering, and a possible nemesis from his past, threatening to upend his new life, resurrect his inner demons, and put the people he’s come to care about in the cross-hairs.

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Author Daphne DeWitt (Georgia-USA)

Daphne DeWitt lives in the backwoods of Georgia, stays busy by tending to the world’s most stubborn group of dogs, and knows a thing or two about a good sweet.

An avid reader since grade school, Daphne has always had a soft spot for mysteries, especially those with a dose of humanity and a splash of magic.

Both of which are things that Daphne believes are absolutely necessary to make like worthwhile.

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Featured Book: Twice Baked Murder: A Cozy Mystery (The Rita Reincarnated Cozies Book 1) by Daphne DeWitt
Rita never thought much about how she was going to die.
…turns out that might have been a problem.

Two months prior to her wedding, pie maker extraordinaire and sheriff’s daughter Rita Clarke is rudely pushed down a flight of stairs by an unseen man with a burly voice and meaty hands. And that was the last thing that ever happened to her.

Until now.

Two years after her untimely demise, Rita returns to her small town of Second Springs with a brand new body, a dusty red pickup truck, a guardian angel named Charlie, an aloof Irish setter that used to be the mayor, and a mission to solve a string of murders (including her own) before she can move on.

But things in Second Springs aren’t what they used to be. Rita’s fiancé is now engaged to her former best friend, her father has been outed as town sheriff, and his replacement is irritatingly cocky and sure that Rita is hiding something.

When a young man is murdered on Rita’s first night back, she finds a wrench at the scene of the crime; the same thing she saw before her own murder.

Now Rita must try to work through the craziness of her new life, coexist with her ex friend and fiancé, and dodge the ever encroaching eye of the new sheriff if she’s going to stand a chance of catching the person responsible and moving on.

And you thought death was the end of all the fun!

Note this book was previously released under the J.C. Kilgrave penname. They have since been re-edited and reissued.

Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Mystery, Supernatural, Werewolves & Shifters, Vampires, Psychics

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Author Martin Roy Hill (California-USA)

Martin Roy Hill is the author of the military mystery thriller, “The Killing Depths,” the mystery thriller, “Empty Places,” and the award-winning short story collection, “DUTY: Suspense and Mystery Stories from the Cold War and Beyond.” “Eden: A Sci-Fi Novella,” was released in November 2014 to outstanding reviews. “The Last Refuge,” released in February 2016, was similarly received.

Martin spent more than 20 years as a staff reporter and editor for newspapers and magazines, before becoming a military analyst specializing in battlefield medical operations for the Navy. His freelance credits include Reader’s Digest, LIFE, Newsweek, Omni, American History, Coast Guard Magazine, Retired Officer Magazine, the Los Angeles Times Sunday Opinion Section, and many more.

Much of Martin’s freelance work involves historical topics, especially military history. He was a lead contributor to the 1995 WWII anthology, “From Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki: America at War,” published by the Retired Officer Association (now called the Military Officer Association. He was also a contributor to the Civil War anthology, “Gettysburg: Three Days that Saved the United States,” published by I-5 Publishing.

Martin’s short stories have appeared in such publications as Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, Alt Hist: The Magazine of Historical Fiction and Alternate History, Plan B Mystery Anthology, The Off the KUF Anthology Vol. 2, San Diego Magazine, and San Diego Writer’s Monthly. His first book, “DUTY,” was named the Best Short Story Anthology/Collection during the 2013 San Diego Book Awards (SDBA). “The Killing Depths” was also named a finalist for the SDBA Sisters In Crime Mystery Award in 2013. “Empty Places” received the same honor in 2014.

A veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and Navy Reserves, and the California National Guard, Martin has also served on a sheriff’s wilderness search and rescue team, and on two disaster response teams. He lives in La Jolla, CA.

Martin is a professional member of Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers.

Featured Book: The Butcher’s Bill – by Martin Roy Hill

In Iraq, a shipment of $9 billion in cash goes missing. Each effort to find it ends in death. In Southern California, a mercenary’s murder, a severed head, and a bloody hand-written message spark a massive manhunt.

The man connecting these two events is William Butcher, aka The Butcher. Those who stole the money want him dead. The cops want him for murder. Butcher’s only hope is his former NCIS colleague and closest friend, Linus Schag.

Torn between loyalties, Schag walks the thin line between doing his job or betraying his friend. Working from opposite ends, Schag and Butcher peel back the layers of conspiracy, revealing a criminal enterprise reaching into the highest levels of government.

Torn from today’s headlines, the plot of The Butcher’s Bill ranges from the California mountains to the waters of the Pacific, and will keep readers on edge until its final, explosive climax.

Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, International Mystery & Crime

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Author Cara E. Moore (Alexandria, VA-USA)

Cara E. Moore is a Crystal Healing and Herbalism Practitioner, Hatha Yoga Teacher, Illustrator, Poet, Writer, Scriptwriter, Singer-Songwriter and TEFL Instructor. She writes for Newspapers, Magazines and Online Sites on the arts, business, health and beauty and travel.

She is the author of Crystal Healing & The Chakra System, Herbal Primer, and a collection of poems, Horizon’s Place And Time Meet. Crystal Healing Workshop Training and Herbalism Workshop Training are accredited by the World Metaphysical Association and are part of the Crystal Arts And Health Training Workshop Series. She is a Fellow in the Mantic Arts via the News Age Foundation and author of the Mantic Arts Workshops, Angel Ritual Workshop Journal, Dragon Magic Workshop Journal and Magical Oils & Incense Workshop Journal. She trained as a Hatha Yoga Teacher with the British School of Yoga and has written, Hatha Yoga & The Chakra System Workshop Journal.

She is also the author of the fictional mystery series, A Nathan Vallor Investigation mystery series featuring Richmond, Virginia based P.I. Nathan Vallor. Haven of Danger: A Nathan Vallor Investigation is the first book in this series. All these books are available as a paperback and a Kindle edition.

Featured Book: Angel Ritual Workshop Journal (Crystal Arts And Health Training Workshop Book 4)

Angel Ritual Workshop Journal facilitates working magically with your Angels for better health and wellbeing for yourself and for sharing with others.

Angel magic rituals are included for working with the seasons and for higher advanced rituals of aspecting Angel qualities with the help of your guardian Angel and Archangel Watchtowers.

Work with the Angel of Harmony & Love for better relationships with yourself and others, the Angel of Prosperity and Abundance for using resources for the highest good and the Angel of Courage and Protection for things seen and unseen.

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Author Randy Weir (Denver City, Colorado-USA)

I live in the Mile High city with my wife, daughter and dog, where the Rocky Mountain High isn’t always achieved with an herbal substance.

When not glued to the computer for work and writing, I relax by enjoying the outdoors; playing tennis, travelling in our motorhome and riding a motorcycle wherever the wind takes me.

My writing beckons back to the days of detectives and dames, but with modern plots and twists. PI Jarvis Mann is tough, resourceful and a man with as many faults as virtues. His oddball sense of humor is much like mine, though I’m not nearly as tough and fearless as he is. Though no evil stands a chance against my written word!

Featured Book: Twice as Fatal: A Jarvis Mann Detective Novel

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Best Detective Novel of the Year!! “I am hooked, R Weir you did it again. I am not going to spoil it for the True Believers, as Stan Lee would say “Excelsior!” I am sure that I could navigate through some of the streets of Colorado just by the vivid and very detailed descriptions provided by R. Weir. The plot is incredible with twists and turns. The characters are also well developed and the description of them gives you a perfect image of them and makes it easier to see the words you read flow like a movie on the screen.”… B.K. Maxwell

“I absolutely love the Jarvis character. He just has a great, dont mess with me attitude that is easy to relate too. I also am really rooting for him and Melissa. 🙂 To me, this book was the best one yet and kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I really enjoy reading books by R. Weir. His writing is good and the stories are easy to love and get swept into. I look forward to reading more from him in the future”…Stormi

“This is a well detailed, can’t put it down thriller/mystery story. R. Weir once again keeps us on the edge of our seats!” …Chrissy

***TWICE AS FATAL SYNOPSIS***
Twice the business, twice the danger and Twice as Fatal. PI Jarvis Mann has two cases he is working, making his professional and personal life twice as difficult.

Ray Malone is a promising college football star whose career is derailed by injuries. When he disappears, close friend Jarvis is recruited by Ray’s father to locate him. After tracking him down a video is sent of Ray with the warning of it going public, threatening his career and those that love him.

Case two has landlord Kate Tanner hiring Jarvis to gather evidence against her cheating, thieving husband so she can divorce him. As Jarvis investigates he learns of the husband’s connection to a powerful man, with a dangerously perverted agenda that crosses into Kate’s life with deadly consequences.

Across the Rocky Mountain Front Range Jarvis tries to balance both cases, each dragging him deeper into different sleazy underworlds, jeopardizing him, his clients and their families. With danger and death all around him, he somehow must rescue everyone before this fatal business claims the lives of all involved, his life and the one he is growing to love.

***MORE REVIEWS***
“Twice as Fatal is R. Weir’s third Jarvis Mann Detective novel. It is an engaging page-turner with an intricate plot and a wide variety of interesting characters. Weir weaves in characters and references from the prior Jarvis Mann books, however, each book can be thoroughly enjoyed as a stand-alone novel”…Xkoqueen

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Please check out the other Jarvis Mann PI stories:

Dead Man Code: A Jarvis Mann Detective Novel #5
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LY8JZND

Blood Brothers: A Jarvis Mann Detective Novel #4
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B019S6AQXW

Tracking A Shadow: A Jarvis Mann Detective Novel #2
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MQHVKJA

The Case of the Missing Bubble Gum Card: A Jarvis Mann Detective Short Story #1
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JGEZNSU

 

Author Joanne Simon Tailele (Marco Island, Florida-USA)

Joanne Simon Tailele was born a mid-west girl in Youngstown Ohio and wrote her first short story at the age of ten in blue colored pencil. It was titled “The Mystery of the Missing Marble.” For most of her life, writing was for pleasure only. In 2010, Tailele wrote her first novel. Two and a half years of edits and rewrites later, it was ready for publication. ACCIDENT is the reincarnated version of that original story. It is available on Amazon in print and e-book.

A second novel, Town Without Mercy released in January 2014. “I love Jodi Picoult’s description of her stories, coined ‘moral fiction.’ I do not expect to change the minds of my readers, however, I hope to cause them to re-think difficult contemporary issues and see them through a different lens.”

June 19, 2015, launched the biography of Mari-Rae Sopper, Within Her Grasp. . Her dream was to be a professional gymnast. Sometimes her tumultuous personality got in her way. Her climb was slow, but focused and determined. Finally, it was all within her grasp. The day was September 11, 2001.

Her next women’s fiction, Re-homing Pigeon, is about “when international adoption goes all wrong.” Cecile Beaudreax thinks her dreams of motherhood are dashed forever when she is trapped in an attic during Hurricane Katrina. But on the other side of the world, six-year-old Natalia Varishnokov is destined to be her daughter. It will take gaining, and losing Natalia for Cecile to finally understand true motherly love.

Ms. Tailele currently resides on Marco Island on the SW Gulf coast of Florida with her husband. The proud the parents of six his-and-hers kids and ten grandkids, they spend their time boating, golfing and enjoying the white sandy beach of Marco Island.

Author Joanne Simon Tailele is past president of Marco Island Writers. She is author of two Contemporary Women’s Fiction titled Accident and Town Without Mercy.

Featured Book: Rehoming Pigeon by Joanne Simon Tailele

When Cecile Boudreaux and husband, Armand, adopt six-year-old Natalia from Russia, they think their dreams of being a whole family are complete. But things don’t go exactly as planned. Natalia has her own agenda to get back to her brother, Nikolai no matter what. When things reach a breaking point, unthinkable decisions have to be made. It will take love and loss before everyone recognizes the many faces of family.

Amazon Customer Review: Joanne Tailele’s novel, Rehoming Pigeons: I was happily engaged in the story’s clever melding of seemingly unconnected events. And, those taking place inside dark Russia. Not only of the vivid physical descriptions but of the social/political environment of the time. I felt I was actually there experiencing it.

Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Family Life, Literature & Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Women, Domestic Life

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Author Belinda G. Buchanan (Taylorsville, Kentucky-USA)

I am an author of edgy, women’s fiction & mystery.

My stories are filled with angst, intimacy, despair, and hope. If you like these things, and don’t mind a few racy scenes or a sprinkling of profanity here and there, then my books are for you.

I have written four novels to date: “After All Is Said And Done”, “The Monster of Silver Creek”, “Seasons of Darkness”, and the recently released “Tragedy at Silver Creek”.

Be sure and click on the video trailers to get a sneak peek of what I’m talking about. —->

I love to chat almost as much as I like to write, so come visit me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Belinda.G.Buchanan.author
Or hop on over to my website to learn about my newest releases and giveaways: belindagbuchanan.com

Featured Book: The Monster of Silver Creek

TERROR HAS COME…

This small town in Prairie County, Montana has been rocked to its very core with the brutal murders of four women. A serial killer, whose calling card is as unusual as it is twisted, is on the loose – and troubled Police Chief Nathan Sommers is bent on stopping him at all costs.

While tracking the killer, Nathan must battle his own demons as he struggles to cope with the death of his wife. He feels her dying was a direct result of his actions and is consumed with guilt. Nathan’s personal life becomes even more complicated when he meets Katie, the pretty new owner of the bakery.

As Nathan draws closer to the killer, everything in his life suddenly comes undone. He is forced to deal with his feelings for Katie as well as his love for his dead wife.

Author David DeRosa (USA)

David-DeRosaBorn in 1959, David has acted in and directed stage plays and musical productions, written songs and performed in rock bands. He’s done voices in dramatizations for radio.

His interest in entertaining has driven him always to learn new skills in the arts. He juggles, knows a little slight-of-hand, and plays guitar and piano.

He’s also been known to cut and stitch in the costuming department, or to pick up a tool belt to help build a set. His love of acting led to many character studies, biographies, books on psychology, history, and of course science fiction and fantasy adventures.

His thirst to know what makes us human is a life-long examination of the stories we tell.

Thus much of what he is… is in what he tells.

Featured Book: Jake: Going Home (The Immortal Jake) by David DeRosa

Jake-Going-Home-The-Immortal-Jake-by-David-DeRosaJake’s life is a merry jaunt around a militant mindset of misusing impossible science.

He’s a seven thousand year old teenager, an extraterrestrial marooned since the Bronze Age, waiting patiently for humans to advance in science and social graces. A few unsavory characters know what he is and want what he knows. They have their eyes on him.

At the dawn of the twenty-first century human science is close to offering the immortal what he needs to get home. While Homeland Security, a rogue C.I.A. agent and a would-be arms dealer all try to steal his research, a handful of trusted friends join him in a race to complete his work.

He’s let secrets slip before and has witnessed ensuing disaster. So, when the arms dealer and the rogue agent get hold of a mathematical formula that could destroy us all the ancient kid must ruin their plans.

Jake is certain that what he wants is just around the corner, and surprised when he finds it right in front of him. He’s determined to leave this world until a friend reminds him that life is not about where you are. It’s about who you’re with.

This ‘coming of the ages’ story is suitable for young adults and geriatric children.

Genre: Science Fiction

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Author Scott Thomas Campbell (Carlsbad, California-USA)

Featured Book: An American Resurrection

Teetering on the edge of suicide, Peter Cameron sets out on one final journey with the simplest of goals: he will plant a tree.

Unfortunately, even the simplest objectives can be muddled by the unpredictable hazards of life and along the way Cameron finds himself caught up in a scandal that he alone must fix.

In the end, Pete must come to terms with the beautiful insignificance of his life if he hopes to leave this world on good terms.

“An American Resurrection” is a story about failure, redemption and a reminder that life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.

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