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Sneak Peek of The Queen of Emerald Falls by J. J. DiBenedetto

She might be gone, but she was still everywhere, in every room of the Chalet.  The place itself was a reminder of her; she’d been the one to recommend it to him when he’d grown tired of that wretched temporary apartment near the university.

The kitchen provided no relief from thoughts of her.  The marble island brought back memories of Sheryl’s disastrous attempt to make French toast.  A glance at the espresso machine called to mind the night she’d somehow caused it to spew hot coffee all over the floor.  He still didn’t know how she’d managed that; according to the manufacturer, it was physically impossible for the machine to do what she’d made it do.

She’d made over his living room against his will, defiled his kitchen, done unspeakable things to the finest espresso machine money could buy, driven him to distraction in more ways than he could count – and yet, if she were to come walking back through his front door, Jon knew he’d most likely forget all that and kiss her as though both their lives depended on it.

He could call her.  It would be the easiest thing in the world.  And didn’t he tell his patients that most of the obstacles they complained about were of their own making, that they had the power to overcome them, that – usually, anyway – all they really had to do was get out of their own way?

He did.  And it was absolutely true.  It was also – as so many of those patients remarked at the end of sessions – far easier to tell someone else to do, than to do it oneself.

The Queen of Emerald Falls

by J.J. DiBenedetto

Genre: Romantic Comedy


She’s spontaneous, passionate and has a habit of mangling the English language.

He’s calm and controlled and always has the perfect thing to say in every situation.

If their differing personalities were the only obstacle, they’d probably have smooth sailing. Unfortunately, things aren’t that simple in the town of Emerald Falls, and life keeps throwing curveballs at Sheryl Jones and Dr. Jon Hardy.

If they’re going to find true love, they’ll have to deal with Sheryl’s archenemy trying to destroy her business, and Jon’s interfering brother showing up to try and ruin his life. And then there’s the vindictive daughter of the richest man in town, not to mention a stolen vintage Rolls Royce.

Can this star-crossed couple fight their way past all the obstacles and make their way back to each other without losing their jobs, their sanity or going bankrupt in the meantime?

Romantic comedy fans will love this quirky mix of “How I Met Your Mother” and a daytime soap opera.


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J.J. (James) DiBenedetto was born in Yonkers, New York. He attended Case Western Reserve university, where as his classmates can attest, he was a complete nerd. Very little has changed since then.

He currently lives in Arlington, Virginia with his beautiful wife and their cat (who has thoroughly trained them both). When he’s not writing, James works in the direct marketing field, enjoys the opera, photography and the New York Giants, among other interests.

J.J. is the author of the Dream Doctor Mysteries, the Jane Barnaby Adventures and several other works.

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Book Spotlight: The Observer by Todd Stottlemyre

The Observer” is available for pre-order anywhere books are sold including:

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Many people know Todd Stottlemyre as an American former professional baseball player, most notably as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays. However, Todd Stottlemyre is also an author with a highly personal, transformative story to tell through his new book. The Observer, far from being a fiction novel, is the fable of Todd Stottlemyre’s life. He rose to superstardom winning two World Series with the Toronto Blue Jays but had yet to reach his true “peak” until the journey that began afterward.

Kat has it all (money, success, recognition, influence) except the one thing she desires desperately: a fulfilled life. A business entrepreneur in the high-end sportswear industry, Kat is driven in relentless pursuit of ever-greater success. The two anchors in Kat’s frenzied life have been her father; a famous baseball pitcher turned team manager, and her son, who is following in his grandfather’s footsteps. When both anchors become unstable, Kat’s life tips dangerously out of balance. The market and her finances flip, and relationships start slipping through her fingers. Eager for solutions, she turns to find uncanny wisdom from places she never expected.

The Observer unpacks the idea of 180-degree thinking, which changes everything for Kat. Now, seemingly impossible goals now come into focus with crystal clear clarity. As Kat focuses on the right things, the impossible becomes her new reality.

The Observer” is available for pre-order anywhere books are sold including:

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“A powerful work with insights that, once applied, will help you lift your life to a completely new level.”


“The Observer is a well-written book that embodies the ups and downs and potential roadblocks in one’s pursuit of not only success but happiness.”


“In The Observer, Todd’s concept of the 180-degree mindset aligns with my theory of every ‘coin’ having three sides — two sides and the edge. The more we see and learn and the more possibilities we explore, the smart and more powerful we become. Todd’s new book is, indeed, wisdom for the journey of life.”



About The Author

Todd Stottlemyre is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played for 15 seasons most notably as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays with whom he won two World Series championships. He also played for the Oakland Athletics, St Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers, and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Awarded for his outstanding integrity and dedication to community service, he received the prestigious Branch Ricky Award and the Lou Gehrig Award.

After leaving professional baseball, he pursued a career in finance building an asset management business at a high-profile Wall Street firm. He is the co-founder and owner of a private equity fund that owns, manages, and oversees a number of companies.

Today, Stottlemyre channels his passion for winning as a high-performance business coach, best-selling author, and keynote speaker. Taking all he has learned both on and off the field, he works to help people achieve unparalleled success in every dimension of their lives. His latest book, The Observer: A Modern Fable on Mastering Your Thoughts & Emotions releases on Dec. 29, 2020.

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Book Reviews

Book Review: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson


Title: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder

Author: Holly Jackson

Publication Date: February 4, 2020

Genre: Young Adult Mystery, Thriller

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About The Book

Everyone in Fairview knows the story.

Pretty and popular high school senior Andie Bell was murdered by her boyfriend, Sal Singh, who then killed himself. It was all anyone could talk about. And five years later, Pip sees how the tragedy still haunts her town.

But she can’t shake the feeling that there was more to what happened that day. She knew Sal when she was a child, and he was always so kind to her. How could he possibly have been a killer?

Now a senior herself, Pip decides to reexamine the closed case for her final project, at first just to cast doubt on the original investigation. But soon she discovers a trail of dark secrets that might actually prove Sal innocent . . . and the line between past and present begins to blur. Someone in Fairview doesn’t want Pip digging around for answers, and now her own life might be in danger.

My Thoughts 

A suspenseful young adult mystery with unsuspected twist.

Pip decides to work on a five year old murder case for her final project for school. She wants to prove Sal Singh didn’t kill his girlfriend, Andie Bell, and didn’t kill himself. I don’t believe she knew what she was getting herself into opening old wounds. Pip teams up with Sal’s younger brother, Ravi, who wants just as much to prove his brother’s innocence.

This was just what I needed, a great mystery with twists and turns I didn’t see coming. The list of suspects kept me on guard while Pip and Ravi found clues and tried to piece them together. I will say the character development was on point in this book and they fueled the story.

It was hard to feel sorry for Andie even though I wanted to. I really liked Pip because she was determined to get answers and I would want her in my corner. The reveal at the end was shocking even though I only had it half way figured out. This is a young adult mystery you want to read. I’m definitely getting the sequel.



Book Reviews

Book Review: The Vines by Christopher Rice

Title: The Vines

Author: Christopher Rice

Genre: Supernatural Thriller

Publication Date: October 21, 2014

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About The Book

The dark history of Spring House, a beautifully restored plantation mansion on the outskirts of New Orleans, has long been forgotten. But something sinister lurks beneath the soil of the old estate.

After heiress and current owner Caitlin Chaisson is witness to her husband’s stunning betrayal at her birthday party, she tries to take her own life in the mansion’s cherished gazebo. Instead, the blood she spills awakens dark forces in the ground below. Chaos ensues and by morning her husband has vanished without a trace and his mistress has gone mad.

Nova, daughter to Spring House’s groundskeeper, has always suspected that something malevolent haunts the old place, and in the aftermath of the birthday party she enlists Caitlin’s estranged best friend, Blake, to help her get to the bottom of it. The pair soon realizes that the vengeance enacted by this sinister and otherworldly force comes at a terrible price.

My Thoughts 

I’m not a fan of Voodoo or curses and books set in New Orleans normally give me the creeps. However, this book really intrigued me and I couldn’t help but finish it. It also happens to be the first book of read by this author.

This is a dark Supernatural Thriller about a plantation mansion, secrets and it’s tainted soil. The current on Caitlyn catches her husband cheating and decides to end it all by taking her own life. She is stopped in an unusual way and everything goes downhill from there once dark forces get involved.

The author does a great job with descriptions, which helped me visualize what was happening. Caitlin was a mysterious character I couldn’t help connecting with her at the beginning of the book. As the story progresses, I believe she takes things a little too far and this made the story more enticing. Nova, daughter to Caitlin’s handyman was more my speed, she was determined, not afraid and can sense the wrong at that mansion. It does reflect African Americans working for a white woman but it goes with the time and setting of the book. Rice doesn’t go overboard with the reference either. I did appreciate it.

I will definitely read more if this author’s work.