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FEATURED BOOK: Exodus Lost by S.C. Compton

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Exodus Lost by S.C. Compton

Title: Exodus Lost

Author: S.C. Compton

Genre: Non-Fiction/History/Ancient Civilizations

Format: Paperback/ebook

Pages:    344

Publisher: Booksurge, LLC 

Synopsis:

Aztec and Mayan chronicles told of distant ancestors who came from across the Atlantic Ocean from Tlillan Tlapallan, literally “Black Land Red Land.” Exodus Lost reveals for the first time that this was an actual place, “Black Land Red Land” being the literal translation of the ancient Egyptian name for Egypt, Kemet Deshret. Bolstered by extensive research, this initial discovery opens the door to a series of ground-breaking insights into the origins of Mexican and Western civilizations, including the first archaeological confirmation of two major Bible stories. 

Buying Links:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/exodus-lost-s-compton/1102964509?ean=9781439276839#productInfoTabs

 

About S.C. Compton:  

S. C. Compton has been fascinated with ancient civilizations since childhood adventures living in the rainforests of Peru with his grandparents and exploring Incan ruins in the nearby Andes. He went on to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in the Humanities cum laude from Shimer College, a Master of Liberal Arts from the University of Chicago, a Master of Arts in Literature from Northwestern University, and studied at Oxford University and in Switzerland at L’Abri. Compton dedicated 14 years to the research and writing of Exodus Lost, including travels to archaeological sites in Egypt, Mexico, Greece, Israel, and Turkey and to relevant museum and library holdings across Mexico, Europe, and America. He currently edits academic journals in the fields of history and literature for Oxford University Press.
Author’s Website:   http://sccompton.com

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Featured Book: Escaping Cyprus II: The Final Chapter by Gus Constantine

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Title: Escaping Cyprus II:  The Final Chapter

Author: Gus Constantine

Genre: Fiction/Historical

Format: Paperback (387 pages)

Publisher: CreateSpace

Publication Date: November 14, 2016

Synopsis:

Escaping Cyprus II: The Final Chapter continues forty-two years after Escaping Cyprus. Be prepared to be on the edge of your seat as you continue to live with Rebecca and Haji. Although it’s forty-two years later the atrocities they had inflected on them never left. As the saga continues with the next generation as the twists and turns will keep you from putting the book down.

Amazon Link:  https://www.amazon.com/Escaping-Cyprus-II-Final-Chapter/dp/1540415716/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1486479079&sr=8-2&keywords=escaping+cyprus

MBS Note:      The predecessor to Escaping Cyprus II: The Final Chapter was the winner of the 2015 Independent Fiction Award for Best Fiction.

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February 7, 2017 · 3:04 pm

New Release: Consumed by Joseph Pontillo

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Consumed by Joseph Pontillo

Title: Consumed

Author: Joseph Pontillo

Genre: Fiction/Drama/Romantic Intrigue

Format: Paperback/Harcover/eBook

Publisher: AuthorHouse

Publication Date: December 12, 2016

Synopsis:    This book is about love, deep love adoration, arrogance, self righteousness, and over powering consumed hatred and revenge which is and becomes over the top uncontrollable hatred that lingers for decades. There is a fine line between love and hate. Anyone who has ever been in any kind of a relationship in life can attest to that.

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1537108441/ref=cm_sw_su_dp

Meet the Author:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/book-signing-with-joe-pontillo-author-of-consumed-tickets-30972868684?aff=es2

 

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Featured Book: The Beauty of the Fall by Richard Marcello

January 11, 2017-

Title: The Beauty of the Fall

Author: Richard Marcello

Genre: Fiction/Novel

Format: ebook/paperbook

Pages:    378

Publisher: Langdon Street Press (October 25, 2016)

Synopsis:

 

A TECHNOLOGY EXECUTIVE CHARTS A HIGH-RISK, UNCONVENTIONAL PATH WHILE GRIEVING THE LOSS OF HIS SON 

Dan Underlight, a divorced, workaholic technology executive, suffers lingering grief over the death of his ten-year-old son, Zack. When Dan’s longtime friend and boss fires Dan from RadioRadio, the company that he helped create, he crashes and isolates himself. 

Willow, a poet and domestic violence survivor, helps Dan regain his footing. With her support, Dan ventures on a pilgrimage of sorts, visiting Fortune 500 companies to flesh out a software start-up idea. He then recruits three former RadioRadio colleagues and starts Conversationworks, a company he believes will be at the vanguard of social change. 

Guided by Dan’s leadership, Conversationworks enjoys some early successes, but its existence is soon threatened on multiple fronts. Will Dan survive the ensuing corporate battles and realize the potential of his company? Or will he be defeated by his enemies and consumed by his grief?

Buying Links:

https://www.amazon.com/Beauty-Fall-Novel-Rich-Marcello/dp/1635054028/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1478271000&sr=8-2

Additional Information:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32711997-the-beauty-of-the-fall

https://www.facebook.com/richmarcelloauthor/

https://www.instagram.com/rich.marcello/

About Richard Marcello:  

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Rich is a poet, an accomplished songwriter and musician, a creative writing teacher at Seven Bridges’ Writer Collaborative, and the author of three novels, The Color of Home, The Big Wide Calm, and the forthcoming, The Beauty of the Fall, due out in 2016. Previously, he enjoyed a successful career as a technology executive, managing several multi-billion dollar businesses for Fortune 500 companies.

The Color of Home was published in 2013 by Langdon Street Press, and melds together honest generative dialogue, poetic sensory detail, and “unforgettable characters who seem to know the complete song catalog of Lennon or Cohen.” The Big Wide Calm was published in 2014, also by Langdon Street Press. The US Review of Books stated, “Marcello’s novel has a lot going for it. Well-written, thought-provoking, and filled with flawed characters, it meets all of the basic requirements of best-of-show in the literary fiction category.” The Beauty of the Fall will be published in 2016. Faulkner Award Winner Mark Spencer commented, “Few novels are as intelligent and relevant as The Beauty of the Fall. Almost none is as eloquent, compelling, heartbreaking, and ultimately, uplifting.”

As anyone who has read Rich’s work can tell you, his books deal with life’s big questions: love, loss, creativity, community, aging, self-discovery. His novels are rich with characters and ideas, crafted by a natural storyteller, with the eye and the ear of a poet.

For Rich, writing and art making is about connection, or as he says, about making a difference to a least one other person in the world, something he has clearly achieved many times over, both as an artist, a mentor, and a teacher.

Rich lives in Massachusetts on a lake with his family and two Newfoundlands, Ani and Shaman. He is currently working on his fourth novel, The Latecomers.

 

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My Sexy Stranger: (Book 1 of the Wolfe Brothers Navy SEALs Erotica Thriller Series) by Valetta Steele

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December 28, 2016-

Title: My Sexy Stranger: (Book 1 of the Wolfe Brothers Navy SEALs Erotica Thriller Series)

Author: Valetta Steele

Genre: Fiction/Erotic Fiction/Romance

Format: eBook 

Publisher: Valetta Steele

Publication Date: September 28, 2016

Synopsis:

My name is Savannah Elizabeth Montgomery.

I’m horny and my life is a mess.

Oh, I’m also on the brink of financial ruin. All thanks to my ruthless ex-husband, Harlan Ready.

So what’s the harm of having a hot one-night stand with a sexy stranger on a cold, winter night in New York City to momentarily forget my troubles?

He is more than I could ever dream of. So why do I feel uneasy about him? Why do I feel this night of passion is connected to Harlan? Is there no limit to how far my ex-husband’s tentacles of treachery reach?

Book 1 of the Wolfe Brothers Navy SEALs Erotica Thriller Series.

Buying Links:

Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Stranger-Wolfe-Brothers-Erotica-Thriller-ebook/dp/B01LZZ6MJ0

 

 

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Featured Book: Laurel Hill: New Beginnings by Erin Mackey

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Laurel Hill: New Beginnings by Erin Mackey

Title: Laurel Hill: New Beginnings

Author: Erin Mackey

Genre: Fiction/Young Adult/Middle School 

Format: Paperback

Pages:    82

Publisher: InspiringVoices

Publication Date: October 28, 2013

Synopsis:

When Maggie and her Mom move to the small town of Laurel Hill, Maggie’s a little nervous how it will turn out. She isn’t exactly shy, but it’s not the easiest thing to make new friends – especially near the end of the school year.

Nikki, Jennifer, Amy, Morgan, and Katie have been friends for years – they do everything together! But when Maggie is introduced in their class as a new student, they think she would be a welcome addition into their group.

What follows is a story of finding best friends, solving mysteries, learning to deal with bullies, and making memories that will last a lifetime! Laurel hill is the story of finding new beginnings when it looks like all is lost, and how God renews his promises to us day by day.

Laurel Hill: New Beginnings is the first book in a series of chapter books geared toward girls ages 8-12. Maggie and her Mom move to Laurel Hill for a fresh start, but Maggie never dreamed she would meet five girls who would become her best friends. Laurel Hill: New Beginnings is a story that brings our childhood back to life – sleepovers, birthday parties, trips to amusement parks, and adventure.   It demonstrates that new beginnings can be blessings in disguise and that God is with us through difficult times.

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Buying Links:

https://www.amazon.com/Laurel-Hill-New-Beginnings-Book/dp/1462407781/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1474208778&sr=8-1&keywords=laurel+hill%3A+new+beginnings

About Erin Mackey:  Erin Mackey currently lives in Martinsburg, WV, with her husband. Erin worked as a nurse for 13 years, including Pediatric Nursing, and obtained a B.S. in Forensics. She currently works as a Systems Analyst with Wells Fargo and enjoys spending time with her family, including her nieces and nephew: Emily, Kate, Morgan, and Gabe who she says are her inspiration for writing children’s books. She is currently working on the second book in the Laurel Hill Series.

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Featured Book: The Handmade Entrepreneur by Dani Marie

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Title: The Handmade Entrepreneur

Author: Dani Marie

Genre: Non-Fiction/Business/Marketing

Format: eBook (176 pages)

Publisher: Principis Publishing

Publication Date: June 12, 2015

Synopsis:

Every day you wake up and eagerly visit your Etsy account (or website) to see how many sales, clicks, or “favors” it has received from shoppers, but for many, this routine only ends in disappointment. 

What if you could start your day out with an excited shout instead of a frustrated sigh? Unfortunately, selling handmade goods online is no longer as simple as throwing together a product listing and waiting for sales to roll in. There are now millions of people with handmade products and they are all eager to build a sustainable income. The Handmade Entrepreneur uses precise methods based on proven marketing techniques to set you above the competition. It teaches you how to create a genuine business you can count on rather than a bundle of shop pages and social media accounts built on a foundation of guesswork. 

What You Can Expect to Learn from This Book: 

•How to take DIY pictures that get clicks and sales 
•How to set up a shop that turns visitors into buyers in under two seconds 
•How to price your items 
•How to write titles and descriptions 
•How to brand your business with DIY techniques 
•How to rank your pages 
•How to find targeted audiences 
•How to build up your list of followers 
•Where to promote your listings 
•How to sell without selling 
•How to form relationships with people who can send you extra sales 
•How to start a “buzz” about your products 
•Which tools to incorporate into your business 

The goal of this book is to free you from having to rely on any third-party website for your sales. Yes, you can take advantage of platforms like Etsy, and you should, but websites come and go, and if all your sales come only from that website, you run into trouble every time there are algorithm changes, a saturation of sellers, or cheaper products to compete with. You are trying to generate sales, which means that you are trying to run a business, which in-turn means that you need a real business plan. Brick and motor stores don’t just buy a bunch of goods, throw them in a building, and hope people will come. They plan, study their target market, pick a perfect store location, and prepare to market themselves. Just because you sell online does not mean that you can skip all of these steps. You have billions of products to compete with online and a crowd of shoppers who have an overwhelming number of options before them. You must prepare your storefront, get your products ready, know your audience, and then know how to market to them. 

Optimizing Your Shop for Sales 

Dani starts out showing you how to prepare your products with photos that attract clicks and sales. It doesn’t just tell you how to do it, though. It SHOWS you. Thanks to the help of many carefully selected Etsy sellers, there are many example photos for each point. In addition to this, the author only shows you DIY photos to prove that you can do it all on your own. 
Next, Dani discusses how to optimize your shop. She goes through every aspect such as banners, profiles, descriptions, tags, and titles. You will learn how to optimize your pages so that people stay there instead of leaving instantly. This can be done by creating an inviting environment with images and content that buyers can skim through in under two seconds. If buyers can determine that your page is worth staying on in less than two seconds, you have won the battle. 

Finding Targeted Audiences and Marketing 

The issue with selling online is finding people who would be interested in your products. The book gives you several ways to locate your target audience so that you can send shoppers to your products and generate sales instead of just views and “favors.” Next, you learn ways to build up a list followers, how to stay engaged with them, and how to sell to them without actually selling. Just spamming links all over the place is not effective because you irritate your audience. You must tastefully put your products in front of shoppers.

 

Buying Links:

https://www.amazon.com/Handmade-Entrepreneur-How-Sell-Anywhere-Updated-ebook/dp/B00ZK7986U/

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