Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Cat That God Sent

 Jake Wilkerson, a disillusioned young pastor who is an expert at hiding his fears, takes on a new assignment at a small rural church in Coudersport, Pennsylvania. It's a far piece from anywhere and full of curiously odd and eccentric people, including Emma Grainger, a single woman and a veterinarian who dismisses all Christians as "those people," and Tassy, a young runaway with a secret. His first day on the job, however, Jake is adopted by Petey - a cat of unknown origins and breed - but of great perception. Petey believes that he is on a mission from God to redeem Jake and bring him and his quirky friends back to the truth.

Jim Kraus

Jim Kraus is a longtime writer and editor who has authored or co-authored more than 20 books, both fiction and nonfiction. His best-selling humor book, Bloopers, Blunders, Jokes, Quips, and Quotes, was published by Tyndale House Publishers, sold more than 40,000 copies and inspired several spin-off books. Jim, and his wife, novelist Terri Kraus, and one son, live in the Chicago area.
Also residing with them is a sweet and gentle miniature schnauzer named Rufus. Coincidently, Rufus is also the name of the dog in Jim's latest book, The Dog That Talked to God. "What a coincidence," Jim said. "What are the odds of that happening?" They also share space with an ill-tempered Siberian cat named Petey.
Jim recently was awarded a Master of Writing Arts degree from DePaul University. "Now, I am able to write more better," Jim said. (Yes, that is supposed to be humorous.)
Passionate about writing, Jim loves to create true-to-life characters. "I tend to be the one at the party that is on the edge of things--observing how folks act and react. Plus, I'm not that crazy about people in general--so it works out fine." (Again, it's supposed to be funny.)
The idea of the last book came from Jim's twice-daily walks with his dog, Rufus. "I tend to think through problems as we walk, and I sometimes, softly, pose questions to the noble dog Rufus. And if he could, he would answer them. I know he wants to. Sometimes I give his answers a voice. And I imagined that most pet-owners do the same thing. The idea of a talking dog didn't seem so far-fetched. And the story grew from there." 
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Friday, January 13, 2017

The Irish Cowboy

 A touching, heartfelt tale of lost love, regret, and personal redemption.

The government wanted his land. He just wanted to be left alone.

Hap Wilkes is a spiritually fractured Montana rancher facing a painful past, an increasingly uncertain future, who now fights with everything left in a broken and failing body to keep the one thing still left to him - his pride.
The Irish Cowboy is a family drama spanning decades from the time of lost love, to a family found, and finally spiritual redemption and the always-present human yearning for love and forgiveness that marks the most personal novel to date from bestselling author D.W. Ulsterman.
If you enjoyed The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks, you'll LOVE the Irish Cowboy!

READERS CHEER THE IRISH COWBOY!

  • "The Irish Cowboy is a 10 STAR NOVEL - MY HIGHEST PRAISE! The author has outdone himself!"
  • "A great love story but an even greater story about liberty and freedom. If you worry about the power of the federal government, this is a must-read!
  • An interesting mix of romance, family drama and a war for one man's right to own his own land.
  • "A really great family drama of lost love, a test of faith, and a family finding itself. Prepare to cheer and cry at the same time. I absolutely loved the ending..."
  • "My favorite western romance of the year. Had me up all night laughing, crying and praying for Hap and Shirley to find their love..."

˃˃˃ AN AMAZON FAMILY DRAMA BESTSELLER!

"I've read D.W. Ulsterman's action novels so was a little surprised he came out with a western set in Montana. Well let me just say he did a wonderful job. There's action, romance and more action, and whole lot to say about how messed up our country seems to be these days..."
"The best real-life western romance this year..."
"If you are a fan of Christian-themed westerns with an emphasis on the family, you HAVE to read the Irish Cowboy..."
"A nice little romance that left me cheering for Hap and Shirley and their grandkids..."
"A broken down Montana rancher tries to come to terms with a lost love that he finds out isn't quite so lost after all in this excellent family drama by D.W. Ulsterman..."
"I read The Longest Yard by Nicholas Sparks and that was good. Then I read the Irish Cowboy and as far as romance stories go, the Irish Cowboy was better..."
"Normally I wouldn't touch a western romance with a ten foot pole but because this was a D.W. Ulsterman story I gave it a shot and I'm glad I did. Really lays out the plight of America's ranchers as they face big government that seems to only want to shut them all down..."
"A lovely story that keeps the romance clean and doesn't hit the reader over the head with the Christian themes. I'd call it an almost perfect story..."
"Lucky I had a box of tissue when I read this one. What a beautiful story..."
"Having grown up on a Montana ranch in the 1960s this hit all the right notes. I read a lot of historical romance/family drama books and this was one of the best..."
"As an animal lover this western was just about perfect..."
"Sure is nice to be able to share a story with your kids, and the Irish Cowboy is a western that allows you to do just that..."
"This wasn't just another western for me. In so many ways it felt like my own story. I'm not a failed rancher but I know lost love and the Irish Cowboy brought all those emotions back to me in what was a wonderfully told story..."
"The Irish Cowboy has plenty to say politically and does it in a way that fits perfectly in the cowboy genre..."
"Call it cowboy romance or family drama, or Christian romance, I don't care. I'll just call it a really great story..."

D.W. Ulsterman

"I just found a new favorite author and his name is D.W. Ulsterman!"
-Toni Markel

A KINDLE SCOUT AWARD-WINNER.

Welcome to D.W. Ulsterman's Amazon author page, home to some of the best mystery, thriller, and suspense novels available today! All titles are available FREE via Kindle Unlimited and to date there have been over TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND COPIES of D.W. Ulsterman books sold in both e-book and paperback format.

D.W. lives near his beloved waters with his beautiful wife of 23 years, and their two teenage children, along with two cats and two dogs.

Many of D.W. Ulsterman's personal interests are reflected in his novels, including a love of America and its rich tapestry of people, backgrounds, and experiences, good music, better times, and helping to secure a brighter and more prosperous future for generations to come.

Among his works are the bestselling, military-action adventure MAC WALKER series of books, including the epic tales DOMINATUS and TUMULTUS, as well as the political mystery-thriller, BENNINGTON P.I. series.

He is also the author of the contemporary western bestseller, THE IRISH COWBOY, and the ongoing RACE WARS collection.

His most recent novel, DARK WATERS, is the follow-up to the 2016 Kindle Scout Award winner, THE WRITER and is now available for purchase at Amazon.com and is the second installment of what will be the ongoing, San Juan Islands Mystery series.

"Thank you so much to the readers who continue to support my work. It is very much appreciated." -DWU
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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Now Live on Amazon~MERLOT IN MAINE - Book # 3 in my Wine and Sweat Pants series~5 stars!~


 Sometimes the only way to truly start over is to move. That’s exactly what Elaina Samuels and her unruly band of cohorts decided to do. Elaina, Tawny, Grace, and Steph bought a bed and breakfast in Maine. The trip from Cherry Ridge, Ohio to Portland is a wild and crazy ride, filled with things they never could have foreseen. In this adventure, there’s laughter, tears, doubt, and a little danger thrown in to keep them on their toes. Will this relocation to the northeast be the key to real happiness? Or will it test their friendship to the breaking point?
Jan Romes is a hopeless romantic who grew up in northwest Ohio with eight zany siblings. Married to her high school sweetheart for more years than seems possible, she is also a proud mom, mother-in-law, and grandmother. She likes to read most genres, writes witty contemporary romance and women's fiction, enjoys finding new ways to stay fit and gardens even though she doesn't claim to have a green thumb.

Jan's passionate about reading, writing, publishing, and anything else that involves the written word. She loves to connect with readers. You can find her on Twitter, Facebook, at writer's conferences and book signings. If you love books as much as she does, she'd love to hear from you.

If you'd like to stay current on her most recent works-of-heart, click the Follow button here on Amazon or check out her.




My Review 
Elaina, Tawny, Grace, and Steph along with a dog and a cat embark on a crazy adventure to open a bed and breakfast across country. From Ohio to Portland and finally to Maine, the fiery, middle aged woman chance meet many obstacles that will put their kindred spirits to the test. Getting strung up in a tree with the dog, encountering illness, meeting men along the way, their escapade will have you laughing and tearing. Jan is a mastermind at creating stories that stir the soul. Her characters are witty, humorous, lovable, very real and totally relatable. As I read ‘Merlot in Maine’ I thought of how fun it would be to hang out with these four women. Never a dull moment. Jan’s writing is so smooth and fluid. I was never confused or bored. Every page had something funny, crazy or touching. She must be a great cook as well because the dishes the gals cook are very tantalizing, you may just want to try them yourself. I know I will. Bravo to yet another 5 star read by the talented Jan Romes
 
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Monday, December 26, 2016

The 6 Most Important Decisions You'll Ever Make: A Guide for Teens

 From Sean Covey, the author of the international bestseller The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, this bestselling follow-up book builds upon the legacy of the 7 Habits and shows teens how to make smart choices about the six most crucial choices they’ll face during these turbulent years.

The challenges teens face today are tougher than at any time in history: academic stress, parent communication, media bombardment, dating drama, abuse, bullying, addictions, depression, and peer pressure, just to name a few. And, like it or not, the choices teens make while navigating these challenges can make or break their futures.

In The 6 Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make, Sean Covey, author of the international bestseller The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, gives teens the strong advice they need to make informed and wise decisions. Using real stories from teens around the world, Sean shows teens how to succeed in school, make good friends, get along with parents, wisely handle dating and sex issues, avoid or overcome addictions, build self-esteem, and much more. Jam-packed with original cartoons, inspiring quotes, and fun quizzes, this innovative book will help teens not only survive but thrive during their teen years and beyond.

Sean Covey is Sr. Vice President of Innovations and Products at FranklinCovey, a world renowned organization devoted to helping individuals and organizations achieve greatness. Sean graduated from BYU with a degree in English and later earned his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. As the starting quarterback for BYU, he led his team to two bowl games and received numerous honors. He is the author of Fourth Down and Life to Go, and the international bestseller, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens which has sold over three million copies and is translated in over 15 languages. He is a popular speaker to youth and adult groups. Sean and his wife Rebecca live with their kids in the Rocky Mountains. 


Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 8 Up—In this practical and lively self-help title, the author argues that teens have six key decisions to make, and that their choices will make or break their futures. The decisions involve getting a good education, choosing true friends, getting along with parents, dating and sex, avoiding addictions, and establishing a healthy sense of self-worth. Covey provides tips for making and following through on each of these areas and delivers concise sound bites of advice peppered with colorful graphics, cartoons, and movie quotes. He supports his arguments with facts, statistics, and analysis. For example, in urging teens to stay in school and keep up their grades, he provides a chart of lifelong earnings based on the highest degree earned, as well as the money needed for a family. The author briefly addresses problems associated with the choices. For example, regarding school, he gives tips on dealing with stress, time management, learning disabilities, and preparing for college. He is frank in discussing sex and dating myths and the dangers of STDs and teenage pregnancy. This book covers typical self-help territory, but does so in a manner that teens will appreciate. Its downfall is its wide scope and the author's failure to cite most of his sources. However, the volume is not designed to be read straight through, and its quick and easy tips will appeal to most readers.—Jane Cronkhite, Cuyahoga County Public Library, OH
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Twitter: @seancovey

Monday, December 19, 2016

The Medallion (The Bernovem Chronicles Book 3)


The 3rd instalment in The Bernovem Chronicle is here!
This time Kristina’s stayed on in the magical land, to join Hector Mysteria, in the search for the wizard, Azaril Crimson, who’s hidden Bernovem’s Book of Prophecy in the forsaken land of Jalmara. Sentiz is also back and in search of a key item―the Medallion―that she’ll need in order to cast her final spell to rule Bernovem. Things would be much easier for her, if only the whereabouts of the Medallion were known.

Join Kristina as she continues her adventure, on her dangerous journey, where she’ll soar high above the land and seas, on the back of a dragon, barely escape the clutches of death, as well as meet someone from her past she’d never dreamed of seeing in Bernovem. 

The Author 


Victoria Simcox lives with her husband and three children in western Washington. Besides being a writer, she is an elementary school art teacher. 
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Saturday, December 17, 2016

The Guy's Guide to God, Girls, and the Phone in Your Pocket: 101 Real-World Tips for Teenaged Guys


The Guy's Guide will encourage your faith, challenge you spiritually, and give you real-life advice how to live out your faith in today s highly secularized culture, with distractions lurking around every corner. . .and just a click away.

Jonathan McKee is the author of twenty books including the brand new 52 WAYS TO CONNECT WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE OBSESSED KID; MORE THAN JUST THE TALK; SEX MATTERS; THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR TEENAGERS; THE GUY'S GUIDE TO GOD, GIRLS AND THE PHONE IN YOUR POCKET; and youth ministry books like CONNECT, and the 10-MINUTE TALKS series. With over 20 years youth ministry experience, Jonathan speaks to parents and leaders worldwide. You can follow Jonathan on his blog at JonathanMcKeeWrites.com, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan, his wife, Lori, and their three kids live in California.


Twitter: @InJonathansHead