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Sneak Peek of Memories in December by Gina Ardito

Don’t get me wrong. I love my grandmother. But I swear she must have dropped the brown acid at Woodstock. She had no filter, no sense of decorum. I couldn’t imagine how my mom managed to grow up with Nana as her parental influence. Even Grandpa could never stifle her rowdy spirit.
Once, when I was about fourteen, I had a crush on this guy who lived across the street from us. Jimmy Vais was everything a teenage girl lusted after in those days. He was an older man, almost eighteen, and had long dark hair—even longer than mine!—and he played bass guitar in a band. He was tall and lanky and didn’t know I existed, much to my poor heart’s distress. That summer, I’d finally convinced my puritanical parents to buy me my first bikini, tame by today’s standards, by the way. One hot July day, I decided to wear my new bathing suit while washing Dad’s car. I know. Not a very original idea, but I was an MTV child, and all the sexiest videos had girls in bikinis or school girl uniforms, climbing on the hoods of sleek sports cars. So I’ve got the music blaring on some top forty radio station, and I’m soaking myself with the hose, practically kissing this enormous sponge, and here comes Nana Thea strolling up the walk.
“Well, look at you!” she exclaimed loud enough to drown out Britney Spears singing about getting hit one more time. “You’re gonna be a stunner when you’re finally able to fill out that bra cup.”
“Nana!” I screeched, but it was too late. The damage was done. I didn’t have to glance across the street to know Jimmy had heard her. His hoots of laughter rappelled down my spine and set my skin ablaze with embarrassment. It was the one and only time Jimmy paid the slightest attention to me. Of course, I did my own share of embarrassing things after that, which sent me on a tangent I’d rather never revisit. I’m sure Jimmy knew all about my stint at the clinic for eating disorders—the whole town did. To this day, whenever I hear people whisper around me, I wonder if they’re talking about me. Look. That’s her. They used to call her Barf Bag Bendlow…
Memories in December 
Calendar Girls Book 4
by Gina Ardito
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: November 7, 2019
Siobhan Bendlow is struggling with her recovery from an eating disorder and the financial downturn of her photography business. The last thing she needs is to become the sole caretaker of her wacky grandmother. Especially since the man of her teenaged dreams, Jimmy Vais, has moved back to town, newly single and available. So has his pesky younger brother, Justin. One Vais is fun, but juggling two is a problem.
Althea Bendlow may be in her seventies now, but she still craves all the things she wanted in youth: joy, comfort, laughter, and happiness for her loved ones. If gaining the latter means performing some matchmaking magic for her only granddaughter, she’s up to the task. As long as her own past doesn’t keep distracting her, in the form of Captain Lou Rugerman, a man who meant the world to her for one night only.
Welcome back to Snug Harbor, where the memories of a lifetime can become the dreams of tomorrow…
**easily read as a standalone!!**
I kill houseplants. There. Now you know one of my greatest shames. I’m not boasting. I just figure that if you’re reading this, you’re looking for more than how wonderful life is as a writer. You get enough of that elsewhere. Ditto for political rants, how to lose thirty pounds in a week, and creating gorgeous crafts with nothing more than twine and soup cans. My goal is to connect with you, dear reader, even if you’re not a writer, not a New Yorker, not a mother, not a female. We’re human (unless one of us is a spambot), and what we have in common is flaws. So here are a few more of mine:
I sing all the time. I sing songs most people don’t know–jingles from television, crazy stuff I used to listen to on Dr. Demento, Broadway and movie soundtracks, and I can even bum-bum-bum through instrumental music. I sing in the car. In the shower. While I’m grocery shopping. And I headbop while I sing. When I’m not singing, I talk to myself. Just ignore me and move on. You get used to it after a while.
I don’t eat my vegetables. Seriously. I only started eating salad about ten years ago, but I’d still rather have a cookie.
Given the option, I would live in a mall where I would never have to worry about freezing temperatures or too much sun. I’m extremely fair-skinned and could burn under a 60-watt light bulb.
I can’t sleep without background noise so the television’s on all night. If it’s too dark and too quiet, all I have are my thoughts. And even *I* don’t want to be alone with my thoughts.
Don’t ask me to Zumba, line dance, or march in the parade. I have absolutely no rhythm.
I color outside the lines. Not because I’m a rebel, but because I suck as an artist. My artistic ability is limited to being able to draw Snoopy sleeping on his doghouse. And I don’t even draw that well.
Regrets. I have more than a few.
My favorite activity is sleep, and I’m pretty good at it. I don’t clock a lot of hours, but I can powernap like a Persian cat and rejuvenate within ten minutes.
I consider shopping and dining out excellent therapy for anything wrong in my life.
My feet are always cold. Always. My husband of more than a quarter century claims it’s because I’m an alien sent to Earth to destroy him. (He might be right about that.)
Coming to my house for a visit? Unless you’ve given me plenty of advance notice, be prepared. My floor will not be vacuumed, there will be dishes in my sink, and I only make my bed when I change the sheets once a week (I’m climbing back into it ASAP. Why make it?) Housecleaning is not high on my priority list. Okay, to be totally honest, it’s not on the list at all.
I can resist anything…except ice cream.
Since this is our first date, I figure I’ve revealed enough secrets for now. But if you’ve read this bio and think I might be the author for you, pick up one of my books or stalk my website: www.ginaardito.com.
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Author Mick Bose shares The Dan Roy Thrillers Series

Hidden Agenda
The Dan Roy Series Book 1
by Mick Bose
Genre: Action Thriller
A terrifying global conspiracy is unfolding against America.
In Afghanistan and London, Dan Roy, a black ops soldier stumbles across the plot.
People around him begin to die mysteriously, and soon Dan and those close to him are chased by a force far greater than himself.
In a race against time to save the world from destruction, Dan Roy finds himself up against the most vicious terrorist imaginable.
But failure is not an option…
BONUS MATERIAL – NOVELLA INCLUDED!
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Dark Water
The Dan Roy Series Book 2
Dan Roy is back. So is a bullet with his name on it.
Dan intends to settle his affairs, then roam the world. But when an innocent woman is abducted in broad daylight, Dan responds to her call for help. His actions lead him into the dangerous vortex of a global plot to cripple America, maybe for good.
Deep under the blue waters of the Eastern Seaboard hides a deadly secret, and the enemy plan to use it to unleash mayhem. Only Dan Roy, ex Black Ops warrior, stands in their way.
Each book in the series can be read as a standalone
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The Tonkin Protocol
The Dan Roy Series Book 3
In the steamy tropical jungles of Myanmar, Dan Roy will meet his match…
Dan has joined the backpacker trail in far South East Asia. He wants nothing but peace, and to relax.
But trouble finds him soon enough. Kimberly Smith is a CIA agent. She is flown into Myanmar, to help locate another CIA agent, missing in action.
When Dan saves Kim from an ambush, their fates become entwined. Ignoring the instant spark between them, Dan leaves her alone. But when Kim is attacked and abducted before his eyes, he defends her with all his might. They escape, but they are now pawns in a CIA operation that could bring the world’s two superpowers to a global conflict.
The stakes rise, and Kim and Dan run from one exotic location to another, chased by powerful forces bent on their destruction. Finally, they are forcibly separated, and Dan is left to die in the dense, remote jungles…
A terrifying secret is revealed inside the beautiful, but rarely visited country of Myanmar. Its long border with China has always been under America’s watchful eyes. A covert operation, reaching up to the highest levels of power inside the CIA and Washington, is now in danger of being exposed. Dan Roy must lift himself up from his green grave, and fight back in the only way he can. To save the world, and to get Kim back.
She means more to him than his battle hardened heart can understand.
Once again, failure is not an option.
From Singapore to Langley, and Washington to Yangon, come ride with Dan Roy on an adrenaline drenched, high octane, exotic adventure that will you leave you breathless and wanting more.
Shanghai Tang
The Dan Roy Series Book 4
Shanghai Tang – a fast paced and heart pounding action thriller from the wildly popular Dan Roy Series.
A betrayed assassin is thrust into the secret life of Shanghai’s underworld.
Dan Roy, ex Black Ops legend, is becoming a new legend in the infamous blood fight tournament called Kumite, in Hong Kong. He is carving himself a new life, when disaster strikes his loved ones back home. He gets a phone call, and he cannot deny Kimberly Smith’s plea for help. Not only is Kim’s life endangered, the rumbles of discontent have reached the White House…
A devastating secret lurks inside the glamorous night life of Shanghai. Political interests are involved, and soon Dan finds himself in a ruthless and twisted struggle for survival. He gets help from Xiao Wei-Ling, A Chinese woman who is on the run herself. An ambitious Triad boss is making a bid to over rule the whole of Shanghai, and Dan Roy has become a thorn in his side. The Triads have help from the police, and all eyes are on Dan – alone in a foreign land.
Get prepared for a white knuckle ride from Hong Kong and Shanghai to the corridors of power in Washington, as we follow Dan on a terrifying adventure that could be his last.
Will Dan meet his nemesis in the murky underworld of Shanghai? Or will he fight to live another day?
Scorpion Rising
The Dan Roy Series Book 5
Hell hath no fury like an assassin scorned.
Her name is spoken in whispers. She kills in silence, with the sting of a needle. Her name? Scorpion.
But she was betrayed, and left for dead.
Now she wants revenge. And no one is going to stand in her way. Apart from one man. Dan Roy, a betrayed assassin himself. The only man who once caught a glimpse of her face. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, and Dan is about to find out why.
Two ruthless killers hunt for each other, and sparks fly when they meet, but the truth evades their grasp. A political nightmare revolves around an influential US Congressman, and the stakes are higher than ever before.
You will keep turning the pages of this spellbinding thriller, a heart pounding journey that takes you from secret jails in Russia, to the blue waters of the Bosporus, and deep inside the power corridors of Capitol Hill.
Get it now.
Just don’t start it late at night.
Deep Deception
The Dan Roy Series Book 6
A SPINE CHILLING AND ACTION PACKED THRILLER FROM THE WILDLY POPULAR DAN ROY SERIES.
BOUND BY BLOOD, DIVIDED BY FATE…
When a face from the past rises up like a ghost, will Dan Roy be able to confront it?
The face belongs to a vicious assassin, who is on the warpath. Mexico has its national elections, but a US friendly politician is butchered in broad daylight. The result is chaos, and soon the spiral of violence worsens. The CIA is involved, but its Director, Sidney Dvorak, is pursued by demons of his own, demons which could destroy national security if he is not careful.
A devastating plot is hatched in the golden rooms of the Kremlin, and the conspiracy stretches across the world, from Moscow, to Washington DC, and the swampy tropical jungles of Veracruz. Dan Roy is imprisoned in a jail from hell in Mexico, and somehow, he has to break free to bring justice. Secrets are teeming in this thriller, bullets fly fast, and hearts are broken. A tragedy, a family, and one man’s desperate choice between love and nation is pitted in this breathtaking tale.
This has everything you love in a Dan Roy thriller, and more.
Once you start, you won’t stop.
Guaranteed.
Scorpion Down
The Dan Roy Series Book 7
They tortured her. Left her for her dead. That was their first mistake.
But they didn’t know what she was fighting for. That was their second mistake.
The Scorpion doesn’t give a third chance.
Revenge runs in her blood like fire. There will be no reprieve.
A brutal conspiracy looms, stretching from the Middle East, Russia, to the heart of the American intelligence. The enemy is well prepared to strike a blow from which the world will not recover. Dan Roy stands in their way, and he has to fight against the one woman whose kills are legendary. A woman he once loved. Can he kill her? It is the only way Dan Roy will survive the greatest battle of his life.
Three lives collide in this gripping white knuckle ride, and the future of the Vatican hangs in the balance.
Nothing will ever be the same again.
Code Zero
The Dan Roy Series Book 8
This code will reduce the world to ground zero…
Only four people know the code.
Two are terrorists. One is a dead spy.
The fourth one is Dan Roy.
When a brazen murder takes place in broad daylight in Washington DC, a national manhunt begins to find the killer.
But this is no ordinary killer. He hides in plain view. His tentacles are everywhere, reaching deep inside the White House, the CIA and the FBI. He is a traitor who plans to start a new cold war. A secret hatched by the KGB will bring America to its knees. They have teamed up with terrorists in the Middle East and all of them are inside the USA, in a position to strike at the heart of power.
Only one man can stop them. Dan Roy discovers their secret, and together with FBI Special Agent Trisha Dunne, he must drag the world back from the brink of extinction.
Will he succeed?
From Moscow to Saudi Arabia, and London to Washington, a thrilling showdown looms between Dan Roy and his enemies.
Scorpion Sting
The Dan Roy Series Book 9
THE FIRST LADY IS MISSING, BUT NO ONE HAS NOTICED.
THE WHITE HOUSE HAS A SECRET THAT ONLY DAN ROY KNOWS.
SO DOES A FOREIGN POWER, AND THEY WILL USE IT TO BRING AMERICA TO ITS KNEES.
A fearsome terrorist has his eyes set on the ultimate prize – The President and his Family. The occupants of the White House are in grave and mortal danger, but they don’t know. Those who know are not sharing it. They are the highest power brokers in USA, but they hold secrets that can reduce the country to ruin…
Dan Roy finds out, but not before his life is threatened. He flies to London to catch a killer, but his old flame, the Russian assassin Scorpion, calls for help. She is imprisoned in France.
The Scorpion is also in the jaws of this conspiracy. Together with Dan, she must escape, to save herself and her family.
They must beat an invisible enemy, intent on destroying the western world as we know it.
As the President and his wife arrive in Paris, the plot against them kicks into gear. The Secret Service have no idea what they are up against.
Can Dan and the Scorpion save the day?
From the secret halls of power in Moscow, to the deserts of Arabia, to deep inside the White House, come join Dan Roy and the Scorpion for an unforgettable high octane adventure.

Editorial Reviews

“Gritty and lightning paced. The Dan Roy Series kept me reading late into the night!”
Blair Howard, Amazon Bestselling Author of the Harry Starke Series.
“There are very few authors for whom I will pause my current reading and take up their latest release. Mick Bose is one of them. Read him. You won’t regret it.”
Ty Patterson, USA Today Bestselling Author.
“Mick Bose is the standard bearer of a new generation of thriller writers. Complex plot lines, detailed descriptions of foreign locations and an emotional core to an action
driven story.”
– Hera B, Editor.
“Relentless action, great characters and suspense that cuts like a knife. Just a few pages shows why Mick Bose is an Amazon bestseller!” – Andrew Warren, Bestselling
Author of the Thomas Caine Series.
Mick Bose is the author of the Dan Roy action thriller series. If you like Reacher, Rapp and Baldacci you will love Mick’s books.
Mick has hiked in the Himalayas, farmed in a Kibbutz, floated in the Dead Sea, lived in Russia when Communism fell and was refused entry to a posh restaurant in Washington DC because he wasn’t wearing the right shoes.
Well, the food was overpriced. Mick’s books are not, and he writes them because he wants to entertain you.
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Book Spotlight of The Growing Roots by Chelsea Falin

 

Putting the Pieces Together
Growing Roots Book 4
by Chelsea Falin
Genre: YA Coming of Age
Publication Date: October 27, 2019
Living a “normal” life doesn’t always mean that things will always be good. Bad things happen to even the best of people, and this is a life lesson Willie must now learn when tragedy strikes her close-knit group of friends.
As she continues to grow and change, Willie knows that she is far from the girl who arrived in Oklahoma little over a year ago. She’s growing, changing, and working on putting the pieces together in her life – just as her friends struggle to do the same.
“You never know, Willie. Death doesn’t discriminate by age or gender or social status. It’s one of the few things that doesn’t care. When it comes for you, it comes. It could be today, tomorrow, or a hundred years from now, but when your time is up, it’s up. There’s nothing you can do to change that.”-Dakota
Praise for the ‘Growing Roots Series’:
“a great lesson in the way life can change at any time”
“an eye-opener for teenagers and older adults alike”
“Chelsea Falin is a great story-teller. With her clear descriptions of the characters, settings and dialogue, it was not difficult for me to imagine the characters and to picture every scene.”
Great Strides
Growing Roots Book 3
Publication Date: April 1, 2014
Willie has finally found her father, and he’s welcomed her with open arms. Now she must forge a relationship with the man she never even knew was alive. It isn’t just him, however, Willie must also find out how she fits in with her step-mother and half-siblings. Left in Alabama with no close-in-age peers, Willie makes great strides in finding out who she is as an individual without a group of close friends to rely on.
Alabama offers many firsts for Willie. The most notable in her own mind is her first relationship. There are other firsts in store, however, and a whole new cast of characters to get to know. How will Willie handle this newest experience? Will she handle it in the mature the way she has always handled change? Or will this be the point in which Willie loses herself?
“Genetics are a tricky business at times, and you just never know what you’re going to get when you throw two ancestry’s together.”
-Willie’s Mamaw
Personal Growth
Growing Roots Book 2
Publication Date: March 18, 2013
Willie, despite a rough start, has become immersed in the culture she should have been born into. As she grows in her own knowledge of her ancestral roots, she also grows in who she is as a person. All things are now within her reach, and all she must do is put forth a little effort. With all of this in mind, Willie has decided to dedicate herself towards her own ‘Personal Growth.’
“Our heritage might be bloody, but that’s no reason not to be proud!”
-Spike
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‘Personal Growth’ is the second installment in the fairly popular indie series, Growing Roots. It is the sequel to ‘Less Than Humble Beginnings.’ Here is what people have said about the series:
“The characters are believable and realistic.”
“Chelsea used concise descriptions of her characters which made it very easy to imagine their interactions.”
“Chelsea Falin is a great story-teller. With her clear descriptions of the characters, settings and dialogue, it was not difficult for me to imagine the characters and to picture every scene. With her excellent weaving of words, the world of Willie came alive as if I’m watching a movie.”
“Being a teenager is never easy, and Willie’s internal struggles were easy to relate to.”
Less Than Humble Beginnings
Growing Roots Book 1
Publication Date: November 24, 2012
Willie and Babette have long, long been shielded from their own culture and heritage by their mother. When circumstances change, the girls are thrown into what they were once shielded from – only to find it is nothing like they once believed.
While Babette adjusts easily, Willie finds herself much more hesitant. While she struggles to find her true self, Willie is forced to learn she is not the only one suffering from “Less Than Humble Beginnings.”
“Try to remember everyone here has their demons, but we put those demons to good use. Make ourselves better, stronger, wiser.” – Jack
Chelsea Falin is the 25 year old independent author of well over ten titles. She began writing with intents to publish in 2006, at age 16, and finally published in 2009, at age 19. Chelsea writes in a variety of genres, including but not limited to: romance, young adult, comedy, cooking, poetry, and dramatic fiction. Professionally, Chelsea is also a freelance blog/article writer, web designer, and book blogger.
In her personal life, Chelsea is the mother of a six year old daughter. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, fishing, hiking, biking, traveling, and spending time with her friends or family.
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Author Sarah Addison Fox shares Relevance Series

 

Irrelevant
The Relevance Series Book 1
by Sarah Addison-Fox
Genre: YA Dystopian Romance
Publisher: Double Edged Sword Publishing
Publication Date: June 28, 2019
☢☣ For fans who loved Divergent comes an action-packed love story celebrating Autism and Neurodivergence that you won’t want to put down. ☢☣
Mallory’s been hiding who she is for 18 years…
But now her terrible secret has been exposed.
Branded Irrelevant, Mallory is cut off from everything she knows.
Irrelevants are criminals, banished to live in the old city. But in the wasteland between the new city and the old, she stumbles on Cristan.
He’s bitter, paranoid, and possibly crazy…
He may also be right about everything.
To survive, Mallory must figure out who to trust, and embrace the behaviour she’s been taught to deny.
The answers may lie in a place even the most rebellious Irrelevants won’t go.
“An addictive adventure story with a Jekyll and Hyde flavour.” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“A riveting YA dystopian romance that hits all the familiar beats in fresh ways, and does a great job with neurodiversity.” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“The author’s diverse characters in this well-written story are all perfectly developed. I was thoroughly entertained on all levels of this fast-paced novel. Irrelevant, leaves you wanting more at the end with a cliffhanger that reminded me of Terry Brooks. I’m hooked. Brava!” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Irreverent
The Relevance Series Book 2
Publication Date: June 28, 2019
Embracing the past means accepting what they made you…
For the first time in her life, Mallory doesn’t have to hide her Irrelevance.
With the help of the rebel Irrelevants and Cristan, she’s embracing everything she’s been taught to deny.
But when an attack goes horribly wrong and Cristan is captured, Mallory will be forced to do what she never thought possible to survive…
Cristan has no choice but to get involved in a war he doesn’t want. Without his help, the
rebels stand no chance of defeating the corrupt government.
To save his brother, to keep Mallory safe, he’ll do whatever it takes…even if it means becoming the very thing he hates the most…
For fans of The Hunger Games, The Gender Game and Divergent comes an action-packed love story celebrating Autism and Neuro Divergence that you won’t want to put down.
Pick up a copy and fall in love with Mallory and Cristan today.
Irradiate
The Relevance Series Book 3
Publication Date: July 25, 2019
Face what you fear the most….
Discovering colour after a lifetime of grey has opened Mallory’s eyes to the beauty of Irrelevance.
But when she learns who Cristan is and what’s he capable of, she’ll be forced to question everything she feels for him…
When Cristan found rebel Irrelevants in the wastelands, he finally had the proof he needed to take down the government who think they own him.
But the rebels have secrets of their own.
Unsure of who he can trust, and with time running out, Cristan will be forced to choose between saving his brother’s life or Mallory’s…
No matter what he chooses, he’ll have to return to the new city and go back to the place that haunts his nightmares…
Sacrifice will be inevitable in the explosive conclusion to the Relevance Trilogy.
For fans of The Hunger Games, The Gender Game and Divergent comes an action-packed love story celebrating Autism and Neuro Divergence that you won’t want to put down.
Pick up a copy and fall in love with Mallory and Cristan today.
Sarah Addison-Fox is a misfit from New Zealand who writes action-packed YA fantasy with a smattering of punch-ups, mega amounts of romance and a dash of family values.
She has an astonishing amount of nail polish, has all her creative writing credentials shoved in a drawer somewhere, and has a husband who, after 28 years, can still make her blush.
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