Saturday, May 30, 2015

SPOTLIGHT: One-Minute Meditation On Four Words - Sebastian Dackow


Try something new – completly different from meditations like „sit quietly and focus on your breath”!

You can improve your mood, your approach to life, relationships with people and even your physical and mental state by devoting only one minute to these changes! It’s not magic. It’s the One-Minute Meditation on Four Words. It’s the only one of its kind, as it was created by the author based on his many years of research and experience. Which is why you don’t need to have any experience in meditation!

It’s short, simple and effective.

If you want to savor its soothing, multidimensional effects for more than a minute, you’ll also find different ways to do so. You can even develop it into a deeper 12-day program! It’s a unique, transforming experience...

It doesn’t matter how quick the pace of your life is, you can enjoy the wonderful effects of the One-Minute Meditation on Four Words anywhere, in any stressful situation – even with your eyes open!

About the Author

Sebastian Dacków (born in 1978, Poznan, Poland) has been interested for many years in topics related to the improvement, broadly understood, of mood and health, spiritual development and all kinds of "energies". As a child he used to play with his father's dowsing pendulum, eventually pleading for his own.

As an adult, he began his adventure with such "miraculous subjects" anew with a course on Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Nui massage. Later, he became involved in Reiki (current level: Master), and then in dozens of other energy systems (with initiations from Masters and Teachers from Europe and the USA). He has basic experience in Tai Chi and Qi Gong, channeling, as well as various card types (including Tarot) and runes.

Before concentrating on the Meditation on Four Words, he was very involved in Reconnective Healing (Level III certificate) and had also tried the potential of systems connected with quantum physics: Richard Bartlett's Matrix Energetics and Frank Kinslow's Quantum Entrainment. Until now, he shared the possibilities opened up by his newly-discovered systems only with his family and friends.

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Friday, May 29, 2015

BLOG TOUR: The Tipping Point - Walter Danley + Excerpt + Review + Giveaway!

The Tipping Point
by Walter Danley


Sure to Take Readers Off the Edge

… get your blood pumping, your heart racing and keeps you guessing right up to the end… can't wait until the next one. … tailor-made adventure…triggers suspicions … you will find yourself wanting more.— Cyrus Webb "Conversations Book Club"


… thriller kept my attention from beginning to end. … smartly written… an iron-clad plot, believable characters … suspense to keep you guessing… This is a great read, … high-paced action thriller.— Bibliophile Book Reviews

Financial Suspense and Murder

Something sinister is going on at CapVest… covering a global playing field and lots of twists and turns…a fast-paced, riveting suspense story…I positively recommend this quality fiction novel.—Susan Uttendorfsky Adirondack Editing


Skiing from the sun-streaked slopes onto softer snow, Burke heard the skier behind him. Some moron is trying to pass me, and on my left! Does this guy know nothing? Burke couldn’t believe it. Wrong side, you jerk!. The thought had just crossed his consciousness when cold, wet gloves encircled his neck, covering his ears. The weight of another body pushed Burke suddenly to his right. In that split second, Burke’s face smashed into immovable tree bark at over fifty miles an hour.

The Assassin skied on, down the track, and was gone before the rooster-tail of snow spitting from his skis settled over the crumpled corpse of Thomas K. Burke.



A great read packed full of action and adventure. A who-dun-it filled with a little romance, too! Walter Danley delivers a little something for everyone in his novel The Tipping Point. When a partner in Garth's company, CapVest, dies the police declared it an accident. Garth suspects it was something else. 

He and another partner are trying to prove that something underhanded is going on in the company and he begins his own investigation, uncovering lies, deceit, scandal, and fraud. The closer he gets to finding who is behind all of these dastardly deeds, the more partners start being killed off. With the help of his love interest, Lacey, they chase down a killer. 

You will not be able to put this book down once you start it. There is enough action and mystery to keep you hanging on to the edge of your seat, anxiously awaiting turning the next page. The scandals and accusations of fraud bring this story to reality, reminding you of all the recent big companies with fraud scandals across the country. These characters are fleshed out and written in such a way that you feel like you're surrounded by the story. Danley is a master of his craft and I cannot wait to read more from this author!

**I received this book via Goddess Fish Promotions in exchange for an honest review. Any thoughts and opinions are my own.**


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Danley’s blue-collar background is far from the high-flying characters of The Tipping Point. He was born an Indiana Hoosier before Danley’s family moved to California when his father took employment as a machinist in a World War II defense plant.

Following D-Day, Walter Sr. reasoned that returning service men and women passing through the beautiful state of California might want to live there. He decided to be a home building contractor. His idea was good; the small error was that Danley’s dad built houses one at a time while contractors on the east coast built thousands at a time. However, this is the environment that young Walter grew up in; construction and real estate.

Much later, Walter served his country as a U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman. After Corp School Danley, thinking Medical Doctor as his career goal, enrolled in a specialist school as an Operating Room Technician (read scrub nurse) and transferred to the San Diego Naval Hospital.

He had the good fortune to work on the sixth floor Sick Officers Quarters with the Navy’s best. It is the Chiefs of Staff for each service; Orthopedics, Oncology, Internal Medicine, and others that tend to the patients in SOQ, and this became fodder for his fantasized future career.

The US Navy had little interest in his post-Naval plans. Danley was eventually transferred to the Fleet Marine Force as a Medic at U.S. Marine Corps’ Weapons Training Battalion, San Diego. Young Marine Corp recruits spent weeks training with the Corp’s small arms weapons. With live ammunition in the hands of trainees, a Medic was required to be on duty on the firing range. The author reports that there are many stories from the firing range and that some of these will undoubtedly find their way into future Danley novels!

Following an honorable discharge and with a new wife, he found his way back to the construction industry, selling kitchen cabinets to tract house and apartment builders. With bidding new construction projects and attending college at night, it left little time to help his wife raise his first two sons.

It was at this time Danley was recruited to join a commercial real estate firm. The first few years were spent in the land business, managing sales crews on projects as varied as raw acreage, improved lots and commercial land suitable for shopping centers or industrial parks. That set the stage for moving into income properties. Danley spent most of his working career on the investment side of this business.

Danley’s five grown sons have parented many grandchildren for him while building their own successful careers. He credits their mother’s outstanding child rearing skills together with the wonderful influence of their stepmother, Christopher Norris—a Broadway, film, and television actress—for the fine family with which he is blessed. Walter and Christopher were married for eighteen years, during the boys’ formative years. She remains a good friend to the boys and Walter.

Danley reignited his education in mid-career at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management, earning an MBA. Encouraged by the Pepperdine experience, he pursued a terminal degree in Management Theory at the Peter F. Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate School of Business.

A four-decade veteran of real estate investments on a national platform, Danley authored the course, Creative and Unconventional Finance and taught it at five campuses of the University of California Extension School for several years. During that period, Danley served on the UCLA Real Estate Advisory Board.

Walter lives in the Texas Hill Country, where he works on Inside Moves, the sequel to his suspense thriller, The Tipping Point. He confides that the Inside Moves will test his protagonist in ways unimagined in earlier works. Beyond that novel in Danley’s work in process and scheduled for release in 2016, is an as yet untitled stand-alone mystery. Danley describes it as a historical western but with a fantasy twist.


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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Let's Talk About the 'F' Word In Books

Warning: Lots of 'F' words in this post. 

Let's talk about the 'F' word. Mainly, a writer's use of the 'F' word in a book. 

Now, before I get too deep in this post, I am a writer that has used the word "fuck" in a book. Several of my characters use it throughout the book in times of anger, frustration, and even friendly barbs at each other. That being said, I get it. I get why you would use the word in your writing, especially if you're trying to portray a character a certain way. 

That being said....

There is such a thing as too much "fuck". 

I refuse to out the book because it hasn't been published yet and I am reading an advanced copy so there may be changes before it finally goes to print but I am currently reading a book that had 15 'F' words on the first page. The first fucking page. (See, that's a legitimate use.) And then I turned the page. And there were 15 more. 

Listen, I have a foul mouth sometimes. In the almost 4 years that my husband and I have been married he's threatened to invoke a swear jar, wash my mouth out with soap, and put hot sauce on my tongue about a million times like my grandmother used to do when I was a kid. I promise you, nothing is going to work. Sometimes it just feels good to cuss. But I don't get that same good feeling when my eyeballs are assaulted with f-bombs every other sentence. 

After a while it just becomes exhausting. The writer is trying to portray this character as a big, scary bad-ass and he's just coming off as a little boy who is trying to get out as many cuss words as he can before his mom comes back in the room. 

To me, it takes away from the actual story. I'm so distracted by all of the weirdly placed 'F' words that I can't focus on the characters and what's going on with them. All I'm thinking about is how ridiculous someone would sound actually using all of those 'F' words the way the author wrote them. "I think I want a hamfuckingburger with french fucking fries and a fucking coke and don't you skimp on the mayofuckingaise you fucking burger flipfuckinger"  (Okay, so that's not actually a quote from any book, thank goodness, but you get the idea!) 

If you must use cuss words in your books, that's okay! Just make sure that they're actually necessary. If there are so many cuss words in your writing that those words outnumber regular words, you should probably try eliminating some. Maybe try reading it out loud and seeing how it sounds? 

Maybe it's just me? 

Does this bother anyone else or am I just being a pansy? 

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BOOK BLITZ: Girl of Mine - Taylor Dean + $100 GIVEAWAY!

Taylor Dean's newest book is now available!


The book trailer:


The song that inspired me while writing GIRL OF MINE:
(Watch until the end. There's a surprise!)

A interesting tidbit about GIRL OF MINE:
My dad always worried about the cost of the electricity bill. If he walked past my bedroom and noticed that my light had been left on, he would turn it off and holler,
"That's okay, Taylor, I got your light."
It became a bit of a joke in our household. My siblings and I loved to try and catch my dad leaving on a light, just so we could say,
"That's okay, Dad, I got your light."
Now that I'm an adult with my own family, the term takes on new meaning.
The message behind it has worked its way into my new novel, Girl of Mine.
My father brought me into this world, he cared for me, and he taught me well. He gave me my "light," my life.
He nourished my "light" and helped me become the person I am today.
So, Dad, thanks for getting my light.
I'll always be grateful.

Taylor Dean lives in Texas and is the mother of four grown children. Upon finding herself with an empty nest, she began to write the stories that were always wandering around in her head, quickly finding she had a passion for writing, specifically romance. Whether it's paranormal, contemporary, or suspense--you'll find all sub-genres of clean romance in her line-up.


  $100 Blast Giveaway 
 Enter to win an Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Ends 6/15/2015 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. 

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

BOOK BLITZ: Beautiful Collision/Beautiful Conviction - Toni Vallan

Eighteen year old Gray McAllister is on the run. Leaving her dangerous past behind her is easier said than done, even when she finds herself at last able to forge a new life.
But then the planets align and Gray finds herself bumping into super-hot Thane Blackwell. Drooling over him from afar is safe but that's only until she is forced to look after Thane while he recovers from surgery.

Being holed up in her apartment is a bad, bad idea. Can Gray control the fire that Thane seems to light inside her, or will she give in to her deepest desires. Can Thane achieve his goal without hurting Gray in the process?

The stakes are impossibly high, but love and lies don't play nice with each other. Will Gray's past catch up with her first? Or will Thane's own secrets explode and tear them apart?

Book 2 in the Desperation series. 

Gray McAllister is taken back to Roshkov's house, having found that leaving her past behind is nearly impossible. 
Thane Blackwell is determined to save her, and will go to any length to succeed. 

Gray's heart is broken, her freedom taken away, but she is still protected by Alexei. But reality has a way of laying the cards on the table and with the harsh truth of sex trafficking staring Gray in the face, she soon faces a decision that will change her life. And maybe put her life in danger. 

Can Gray go up against her captors? Can she do some good while she is held within the mansion? And when the time comes will she be able to lay her life on the line for all the women held in the basement? 

The stakes are impossibly high in this final installment of the Desperation series, but courage, family and love may be the only way to come out alive.

About Toni Vallan

Toni Vallan is the author of two contemporary titles in the contemporary suspense series DESPERATION, and her ongoing Thriller line. Toni loves the dark side of the soul, and studied to become a neuropsychologist. A career path taken over by her first love - writing.
Toni lives in the land of the Hobbits, and secretly wants a Hobbit house, although her husband and two daughters may not agree.

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