Saturday, May 7, 2016

It's All About May

Welp, it's a new month and the first Saturday and that can only mean one thing?  Do you know what it is?  Sure you do!  It's AAMBC time!  Enjoy your selection this month!  


BOOK SUMMARY:

Success Is Your Birthright: God’s Success takes us on a spiritual, emotional, and inspirational expedition, prodding and challenging us to think, feel, and explore. This expedition forces us to appraise or reappraise our views, values, and traditions as well as misinformation shaped as truth.

The biblical Joseph Story is the basis for this expedition. Never before has this story been told with such passion and conviction. Those familiar and unfamiliar with this story come away with a profound perspective. Joseph becomes more than a biblical personality. The author cleverly brings him to life by paralleling our experiences with Joseph’s personal roller coaster. We, then, associate him with ourselves.

As Joseph’s biography unfolds, his difficult moments become very apparent. His character stands up and out, during those moments, instilling uncompromising hope. Within the storyline, there are several, simultaneous threads weaving this tapestry - success, coping with life’s roller coaster, God, humanity, and religion.

Society focuses on success’ smallest facet, materialism. Tucker broadens our concept of success. Success, here, is an inclusive, selfless attitude that celebrates common everyday feats of courage, love, common kindness, respect, and perseverance. Its linchpin is God.

God’s desire for relationship with us is profound. Relationship is measured by His standard of morality, right, and responsibility. Relationship with God hinges on loving Him, and “love thy neighbor as thyself.” To love yourself is to love and serve others. There lies our humanity.

God’s success is central to relationship, not religion. Tucker offers a compelling revelation on this sensitive topic. This text lays that foundation by distinguishing between the Christian and believer. “The Christian focuses on the religion; the believer focuses on relationship. Simply, the difference is, the former is a concept; the latter is a commitment.”

Success Is Your Birthright: God’s Success is a captivating appraisal, making it hard to put down. We discover life’s beauty and the confidence to bounce back from life’s unpredictable moments.

Excerpt:

"Success Is Your Birthright (God's Success) by R. Stanton Tucker is the first book I have read by this amazing and most talented writer. He brings a book that is not just inspiring to read but one that will leave an imprint upon his readers forever. Success is a loose term that can be described by both individuals and society in different ways. Yet, this beautifully told guide leads readers onto a journey in exploring what really matters and what they are doing now versus what they should be doing with their lives. Success is defined as not letting life's many curves balls throw us off from achieving our dreams. That meaning we should try our very best to be the best we can be. If we can do that then no matter what, we will be successful and successful in God's eyes too. This is not a biblical guide telling you to give up your sins and pray but it does have some very wise sayings from the Bible throughout to lure reader's into a long moment of wondering what they are doing and what they will do next. Each chapter is realistically well-written in a way that allows readers to follow a self-journey of hope, love, and a confidence that they would not normally find. R. Stanton Tucker's book takes not only our minds but our hearts and very souls deep into this roller-coaster ride that will keep readers coming back from time to time. I have found this to be a great read, and I highly recommend it to all."


Get to Know R. Stanton:


AAMBC: Tell us about yourself.

Let me first say thank you for this interview and commend you on your efforts to elevate authors. I am a family man, and I love my family dearly. When I am not writing, I spend a good bit of my time with them. Family, for me, is quite extensive. They inspire me in many ways. LaShanda, my wife, is its crown jewel. She unselfishly loves and encourages me. I am truly blessed.

Additionally, I am a man of faith. I do not say that lightly. Faith, for me, has nothing to do with religion rather a relationship with Yahweh [God] and service to others. I am working diligently to be a hearer and doer of our Father’s will and following the pattern of His messenger Yahshua [Jesus], Son and Servant of God.

Like all believers, I am in God’s classroom. None of us are really scholars, rather students at various stages in our relationship with Him. As a student, I am continuing to rehash past materials, digging deeper into the Bible, and allowing God to use daily experiences and encounters as my laboratory to learn of Him and His will. God through time, prayer, and reading and re-reading scriptures has provided me with some spiritual revelation. Studying has helped me to connect the Old and New Testaments, and led to researching historical references. Strabo’s Geography, Book XVI, Chapter h2, for example, sheds some light on Paul’s physical description being associated with an Egyptian revolutionist in Acts 21:38.

Life is rewarding.

AAMBC: Tell us about your journey to publication.

I had no intentions of writing this book. God was dealing with me on a spiritual and personal level. I began to take notes and before I knew it, I had over a hundred pages of notes. Wherever I was, day or night, I took notes. Of course, I read the Bible and questioned what I thought I knew, and searched for answers to lingering questions and new ones. That is why I noted I was God’s secretary in the “Acknowledgement.”

Although the book is available, marketing and visibility are challenges. This is a part of the process, especially for books that are not published by the large publishing houses. They have the command of so many outlets and resources to influence readers. I am thankful for AAMBC and other similar outlets from authors to share the book with readers. The process is a blast and an education I value.

AAMBC: What genre is your book?

The genre is Christian Living.

AAMBC: Why Success Is Your Birthright God’s Success?

There is not a short answer. First, life resembles a roller coaster. It consists of countless moments that make us smile, laugh, cry, and ask for Divine Intervention. Life’s beauty, however, gets lost on our disappointments and hurt. We all have emotional and psychological scars from those difficult moments. Some have wounds that have not begun to heal. How do the hurt and hurting bounce back? The book takes the reader on an inspirational journey to bounce back from life’s difficult moments using the biblical Joseph Story as its basis. Success Is Your Birthright: God’s Success challenges us to look at those not so great moments as legos to a better tomorrow. More importantly, it reintroduces some and introduces others to God [Yahweh].

Secondly, our humanity is fading. The sacredness and respect for life is continuing to dwindle. Much of this is fueled by society’s fascination and obsession with self and materialism. This is worldwide and crosses all demographics. This intoxication has closed eyes, hands, minds, and hearts to the emotionally, physically, and financially hurting. There is a willingness to exploit the vulnerable, children, women, and seniors. Everything is negotiable – one’s integrity, dignity, and body. Murder continues to be excusable in the name of political interest, pseudo-bravado, “It is my body,” and God. The blurring of right, responsibility, and morality, particularly God’s standard, are inextricably linked to our fading humanity. Narratives are created and recreated to suit personal moods. Sadly, this has made its way into the corporate organizations and buildings called churches. There are those who misrepresent God and His Son, The Christ, through hustlerism and attempts to augment the Gospel to be congregational and society friendly. This is the salt losing its savor. (Matthew 5:13)

AAMBC: What is God’s standard?

God’s standard is similar to the parents-children relationship. Parents have expectations for all their children in an effort to nurture responsible adults. Relationship reinforces and supports those expectations. When the children do not meet those expectations, the parents communicate their concerns and reiterate what is expected. There are times when grounding, time outs, suspending privileges, and the like are employed to get their attention and nudge them back on track. Because the parents are displeased and have taken action, does that mean they love their children less? Quite the opposite. They love them more. There are times children are adamant about opposing their parents’ expectations. Peer validation empowers them to feel their actions are reasonable. The more the children challenge their parents’ expectations, the more normal it feels. Parents are faced with compromising, walking back their expectations, or standing firm in love and continuing to nurture in hopes their children will get back on course. What does this have to do with God’s standards you may ask?

God’s standard is His expectations for us. Meeting His expectations lend to eternal life, not eternal damnation. It is not His Will that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (paraphrase II Peter 3:9) His standard begins with loving and serving Him unconditionally. Loving Him is accepting His Son, Servant, and our Elder Brother as The Christ. Yahshua [Jesus] gave us the blueprint to worshipping God and loving one another. Does God love us any less when we do not meet His expectations? Absolutely not! He is displeased and desires a repentant mind and heart, and commitment to His standard. Opposition to His expectations is called sin. That is not a popular word. Its detractors prefer expressing one’s self or exercising ones independence. It is appalling because sin implies something is taboo, forbidden. Democratic dialogue postulates nothing is taboo and everything is negotiable, especially with the right spin and public sentiment. A number of professed clergy and Christians have entertained those notions. They deceive themselves and others. Though all wobble with God’s expectations, believers work fervently to resist sin and repent when they stumble. Are we perfect people? Far from it. Every believer has a past and every non-believer has a future. We too are working daily toward eternal life. We wrestle against thoughts, feelings, and actions inconsistent with God’s standard. Adulthood and democratic dialogue do not give us a license to do whatever we think or feel.

AAMBC: Is life as a believer boring?

Of course not. Believers are like everyone else. We go to the movies, enjoy a cup of coffee at the local coffee shop, eat a slice of pizza, shop at the malls and boutiques, laugh, cry, appreciate nature, and love ourselves, family, friends, and everyone in between. God’s standard lends to a more enjoyable and less chaotic life. Life as a believer is fulfilling. Our lives are faced with challenges. Do we stumble at times? Sure. None of us is stumble free; however, believers are committed to resisting sin – a commitment not without challenges.

AAMBC: What lessons can we grasp in the 21st century and after from this book?

Man is not central to the universe, no matter our discoveries or the latest gadgets. God is the central force in and to the universe. His standard of right, responsibility, and morality minimizes life’s unnecessary conflicts and chaos. Life is not about what we have or do not have but our relationship with Him and one to another. To love is to have a service agenda. Imagine if we measured success by the lives we encouraged, engaged, and assisted. Material success would not be an obsession.

AAMBC: What do you hope this book accomplishes?

I am glad you asked that question. Success Is Your Birthright God’s Success is a spiritual and inspirational expedition. My hope is that people will read it and start to re-evaluate their relationship with God, and others. Many believe in a religion void of a relationship with God and people. These cherry-pick what they will or will not adhere to and engage in selective service to others, if at all, all the while calling themselves Christians or something else. Reading this book will somehow inspire them in a profound way.

AAMBC: In your opinion, what’s the measure of a successful writer?

A writer is already a successful. To produce a product, particularly as self-publisher, is success. Unfortunately, book reviewers, the media, and some bloggers tilt toward celebrity names and large publishing houses. Many good writers’ works consequently do not get the attention warranted. We all want to be on someone’s bestsellers list; however, we all will not due to the aforementioned bias and the limited advertising dollars. Success, for me, is measured by ones perseverance.

AAMBC: Any tips for upcoming authors?

Let me say every person is an author or has the capacity to be one. The keys are listening to the voice inside yourself that says, “I can” and developing your creative process. Too often, we try to imitate someone else, his or her writing style, and process for developing a manuscript. My writing technique is to write whatever comes to mind then piece it together later. This may be considered laborious to most; but it allows me to be comfortable and creative.


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Kimberly Ranee Hicks, Author/Poet/Reviewer

Your Existence Has a Purpose!
The Key Is, YOU'VE Got to Figure It Out!

Friday, May 6, 2016

#Book #Review . . .See How They Run

How far would you go to save your family? In the dead of night, new parents Alice and Harry French are plunged into their worst nightmare when they wake to find masked men in their bedroom. Men ruthless enough to threaten their baby daughter, Evie.

This is no burglary gone wrong. The intruders know who they’re looking for – a man called Edward Renshaw. And they are prepared to kill to get to him.

When the men leave empty handed, little do Alice and Harry realise that their nightmare is just beginning. Is it a case of mistaken identity? Who is Renshaw? And what is he hiding?

One thing is clear – they already know too much.

As Alice and Harry are separated in the run for their lives, there is no time for breathe in their fight to be reunited. And with their attackers closing in, there is only a choice:

STAY ALIVE. OR DON’T.

Terrifying, unputdownable and full of twists and turns, this stunning thriller will have you on the edge of your seat right to the very last page.

Read what everyone is saying about See How They Run ‘Tom Bale is one of the best British thriller writers around’ Simon Kernick

‘Fast paced, shocking turns and thrilling scenes which make the reader focus purely on the characters’ plight within the pages. See How They Run is a fantastically thrilling whirlwind of a book. It is a tense, masterful lesson in putting ordinary characters into extraordinary circumstances and watching the story unfold. A highly entertaining 5 star read for me!‘’ ‘Bibliophile Book Club

‘Heart-poundingly brilliant, the tension was palpable. I could almost hear the adrenaline coursing through my veins. The action is non stop … I could hardly catch my breath.' Sincerely Book Angels

‘See How They Run is a perfect thriller with moments that make you hold your breath and hope that everything will be OK. A fantastic novel that will make you double check and then triple check you locked your back door.’ Blabbering About Books

‘Totally intense read, which I couldn't put down. I actually thought I was going to have a heart attack it got my heart racing that much!' Chelle's Book Reviews


M & J’s Review


The last time my heart thumped this hard was when I read The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown. Wow, this book takes your breath away and then you suddenly realize, “Hey, I’m not breathing!” You have to continually tell yourself “I’m reading” and this is not happening to you, the reader, per se.

Harry and Alice French are ordinary people living a very ordinary life. Both work and they just added an addition to their family, eight-month-old Evie. One evening after settling down for the evening, only to be horrifyingly awaken by a shadowy figure standing at the foot of their bed advising Harry to “wake up!” Confused and feeling as though he’s still dreaming when he eventually figures out this isn’t a dream, but his worst nightmare come true, he’s terrified beyond belief for himself and his family.

Unfortunately, Alice wakes up and joins in the fear with her husband. There aren’t one, but two men standing in their bedroom, one brandishing a firearm, while the other one uses their daughter as a bargaining chip. What these men want isn’t something the French family can readily give, for you see, they don’t know anything about an Edward Renshaw. First off, they have no idea who the hell this guy is, and secondly, he doesn’t live at their current residence. In fact, Harry offers up other addresses similar to theirs wherein these thugs have made a grave mistake. Hmm, or did they?

As the story builds, your heart continues to beat a mile a minute right along with the characters. In fact, I was so engrossed in this story, I could actually hear theme music in my mind as if the words were an actual movie reel. Talk about adding effect for good measure. You’re scared to death to find out if they make it out of this nightmare, but the action is so tremendous, you can’t tear your eyes away from the pages. My eyes were so sore due to the stretching and lack of blinking for fear I’d miss one single word the entire time I read. This was an aah-maa-zing action packed journey that is nail-biting, shirt clutching, heart thumpingly good! (Is that a word? LOL) Who needs exercise when you can get your heart pumping with a book this enticing. 

Harry and Alice French weren’t just a figment of Bale’s imagination. They were you and me, which makes this story so believable. How good was this book? It was so good it had me screaming and talking out loud as if Harry and Alice could hear me telling them where to run and what they need to watch out for. I found myself doing this several times. I’m sure passersby witnessing me reading outside probably thought I was nuts. And ask me if I cared? You know I didn’t. When a book makes you behave like that, you know you’re in the moment! 

Bale places the reader front and center in the story line. If you aren’t feeling their pain, you’re not human! My, my, my what a book! Oooh I love it! Mello & June gives See How They Run Five Stars and beyond! Readers, if you want a story that will jumpstart your day, add See How They Run! I guarantee you, you’ll be running in place while you read. This I can assure you. Buckle up readers—‘cause you’re in for one hell of a bumpy ride! The book is on sale right now! Get it and read immediately! Don’t add to your shelf. Read right now! You’ll be so glad you did!






Kimberly Ranee Hicks, Author/Poet/Reviewer

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

#Book #Blitz. . .Kale's Paroxysm

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Featuring Author, Nina Schluntz



Kale's Paroxysm 

By Nina Schluntz 

Genre: M/M Romance 

Kale has spent years in a volatile relationship with his ex, Martin. Convinced he will come back, even after a conflict that results in Kale being incarcerated and suspended from his law firm, Kale begins a no-strings-attached relationship with the man he meets in jail. 

Eli has always kept his romances with men temporary. He hasn’t always been honest about being gay and he prefers to keep the secrets of his past hidden. Kale’s obsessive nature makes it difficult though, and soon their relationship is edging toward something more. Kale’s possessiveness appears to have no limits, nor do his fits of rage, and Eli worries, as Kale’s affection shifts from Martin to Eli, that he may become Kale’s next victim rather than his lover. 




GET TO KNOW NINA R. SCHLUNTZ


Nina Schluntz is a native to rural Nebraska. In her youth, she often wrote short stories to entertain her friends. Those ideas evolved into the novels she creates today. 

Her husband continues to ensure her stories maintain a touch of realism as she delves into the science fiction and fantasy realm. And their kitty, a rescued Abyssinian, is always willing to stay up late to provide inspiration. 

“Kale’s Paroxysm” is Nina’s first contemporary novel, but will not be her last. Visit her blog, mizner13.wordpress.com, for information regarding previous and upcoming publications. She also posts book and movie reviews for a wide variety of genres. 



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Kimberly Ranee Hicks, Author/Poet/Reviewer

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

#Book #Blitz How Two Have a Successful Relationship

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Featuring Authors, Phil and Maude Mayes


How two: Have a Successful Relationship

By Phil and Maude Mayes

Genre: non-fiction, self-help,
relationships - adult romance

Publisher: Olive Branch communications, Inc. 

In “How Two: Have a Successful Relationship” Phil and Maude describe a simple step by step understanding that is easily accessible to everyone. They share their personal experience of how it's possible to have a loving passionate relationship without conflict and alienating arguments, one based on shared core values and a complete acceptance of each other's individuality. They have outlined an effective process for creating mutual solutions and a method of practice that they hope will help spread peace in the world, one relationship at a time. Their strong desire to make their direct experience available to all couples shines through their writing and will renew your faith in what is possible and attainable.

In this book you will learn:

* How to find mutual solutions to decision making and problem solving
* How to remain an individual within the relationship
* How to break the vicious cycle of anger and recrimination
* How to avoid the pitfalls that create separation and estrangement
* How to keep that original loving connection to your partner

This book is a gem. It's short, it's practical, it's based on real life experience. If you want to improve your relationship, this is the book for you.



GET TO KNOW PHIL AND MAUDE



Author Bios

Phil and Maude Mayes live in Santa Barbara, California, having started in New York City and London, England respectively. They have been writing and speaking about spreading peace one relationship at a time for many years. They wrote the book Secrets of a Successful Relationship Revealed, and write a weekly relationship newsletter, as well as a weekly blog available on their website
http://PhilandMaude.com. Phil and Maude are the producers of a number of relationship videos, as well as the series Kit and Kat Relationship Experts, all of which are to be found on their YouTube channel The Couples Project. They have been featured in a number of live interviews and write articles, both online and in print.


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Monday, May 2, 2016

#Book #Review . . .The Last Good Girl


SYNOPSIS:

In the bestselling tradition of Jodi Picoult and written in a style that’s as real as it gets (USA TODAY), this ripped-from-the-headlines novel features prosecutor Anna Curtis as she finds herself again at the center of a national story involving a freshman girl at a prestigious university who disappears after filing rape charges against a young man in a powerful fraternity.

Emily, a freshman at a Michigan university, has gone missing. She was last seen leaving a bar near Sigma Pi, the prestigious and secretive fraternity known on campus as “the rape factory.” The main suspect is Dylan Highsmith, the son of one of the most powerful politicians in the state. But so far the only clues are pieced-together surveillance footage of Emily leaving the bar that night…and Dylan running down the street after her.

Anna Curtis is on the case when she discovers the video diary Emily kept over her first few months at college, exposing the history she had with Dylan—and accusing him of rape before she disappeared.

Emily’s disappearance gets media attention and support from Title IX activists across the country, but Anna’s investigation hits a wall. Now Anna is looking for something, anything she can use to find Emily alive. But without a body or any physical evidence, she’s under threat from people who tell her to think hard before she ruins the name of an “innocent young man.” Inspired by real-life stories, The Last Good Girl shines a light on campus rape and the powerful emotional dynamics that affect the families of the men and women on both sides.

M & J's Review

This is the fifth installment in the Anna Curtis series.  It's the first time I've read the series and I must say, this book had me on the edge of my damn seat--squirming quite a bit.

What should have been the time of her life, as would be expected of any young freshman hopeful embarking upon college life, didn't quite pan out that well for Emily Sharpiro. College life wasn't unfamiliar territory for Emily.  In fact, she and her family lived in the campus community.  This was her dream to one day become a student and enjoy the life she imagined other students enjoyed. 

She carried a secret, and one she'd hope none of the other students would ever find out.  It wasn't anything that would hinder her work, but it would cause her peers to look at her differently, and she didn't want that.  Her roommates asked her to go to the party of the year and mingle with frat boys.  After all, isn't this why parents paid all that money for their kids to go to college, to party, drink and become hungover?  But what Emily's parents couldn't possibly foresee was their daughter, in which she was one of many girls, sexually assaulted by a particular high-profile frat brother, Dylan Highsmith.

Dylan had all the prestige any Highsmith was afforded.  His father was a well-respected man in the community and a high ranking political figure and he wanted to ensure that his son would graduate top in his class, as well as carry on the legacy of their family name. Unfortunately, Dylan would carry on the name, but not in the way his father would have respected.  It would appear Dylan has a problem with the word "no."  When Emily came into contact with Dylan, she thought he was cute and she liked him.  They were getting along and dancing to the music and acting crazy like all the other college kids were doing.  There didn't appear to be anything out of the ordinary.  He was such a gentleman to ask if she wanted something to drink, and Emily happily accepted.

The next morning when she awoke, she found herself lying next to a sleeping Dylan, nude and sore.  She thought she recalled seeing him on top of her at one point, but she blacked out and couldn't remember.  
Unfortunately, what happened to Emily was a fact of life that sometimes happens to women on college campuses.  Of course, the colleges and/or universities want to sweep those unfortunate "incidents" under the rug for that kind of publicity would stop potential applications from coming their way.  Any school worth its salt needs a student body in order to survive.  Was the rape all in Emily's head or was she just an intoxicated naive girl out for a little fun, but got a little too carried away?  

Dylan and Emily were seen having an argument.  When the argument was over, it appears that Dylan went after Emily and that would be the last time he or anyone else saw her alive. Emily's mother was extremely distraught of her daughter's disappearance, but her father didn't think much of it at the time.  As the reader continues with the story, what you learn will be mind blowing and quite witty at the same time.

This was a fast-paced thrill ride type of read.  I hated to get off! Between the legal aspect and Emily's disappearance, there was so much going on your mind will be in a whirlwind of drama.  Mello & June gives The Last Good Girl five stars.  This book will be available for sale tomorrow.  If you love legal thrillers, this is most definitely the one to read!  Get yourself a copy wherever books are sold!



Kimberly Ranee Hicks, Author/Poet/Reviewer

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Don't Hide Yourself!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

#Book #Blitz . . . Psychopomp and Circumstance

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Featuring Author, Adrean Messmer



Psychopomp and Circumstance

By Adrean Messmer

Genre: Horror, New Adult

Publisher: A Murder of Storytellers

It starts on Facebook—an update that Nell doesn’t remember making. It’s bad enough that she’s dying and none of her friends know. Now, she’s pretty sure she’s going crazy. She sees the Sewercide Man everywhere she goes.

The bright, safe little town of Bandon is descending into darkness, dragging the inhabitants along for the ride. Death follows madness for those bound to the Sewercide Man’s will.

But the Sewercide Man is more than just a ghost or a monster. He is death without justice. He is destruction without remorse. He doesn’t have a plan.

He just wants to bring everyone home.

"A blend of gritty realism and dark supernatural, Psychopomp and Circumstance is Heathers meets It Follows, with a sprinkling of The Twilight Zone, all told with black humor, nihilist teen angst, and a buried need to be loved and accepted."—Richard Thomas, author of Tribulations



GET TO KNOW ADREAN MESSMER



Author Bio

Adrean Messmer is a horror writer living in Tulsa, Oklahoma with a tiny human she put together from some spare parts and a technowizard husband. She has a cat named after a Batman villain, and a dog who's really a magician.

When she was eight, she asked her mother to read Stephen King's It to her as a bedtime story and her mother actually did it. So, that probably explains a lot.








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Kimberly Ranee Hicks, Author/Poet/Reviewer

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