Friday, August 29, 2014

Marital Privilege by Greg Sisk

Marital Privilege

by Greg Sisk

Candace Klein is one of the lucky ones in her professional life, finding genuine meaning in her work as a law professor. But her personal life is troubled by a growing distance from her husband, Bill, who languishes in a dead-end job working for her father.

Suffering the horrific loss of her child in a car bombing, Candace grieves and seeks solace in her faith. Then a politically climbing prosecutor, Robby Sherburne, takes control of the criminal investigation and promises the death penalty for a child-killer. Meanwhile, Ed Burton, a suburban cop, simply tries to follow the evidence where it leads.

When her husband becomes the target of the investigation, Candace asserts her "marital privilege" and refuses to cooperate. This ultimately provokes a crisis of identity between her professional commitment to the justice system and her resolute loyalty to her husband.

BIOGRAPHY

Professor Greg Sisk published his first novel, “Marital Privilege,” with North Star Press in 2014. In the novel, which is set in the Twin Cities, a young law professor suffers the loss of her child, seeking solace in her faith. When her husband becomes the target of the investigation, she asserts the “marital privilege” and refuses to cooperate with the politically-ambitious prosecutor. This ultimately provokes a crisis of identity between her professional commitment to the justice system and her resolute loyalty to her husband.

FIND OUT MORE
Author Blog: http://mirrorofjustice.blogs.com/mirrorofjustice/sisk_greg/
Look for Greg at the University of St. Thomas booth at the State Fair tonight (8/29/2014)!

PURCHASE
Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

How to Date Dead Guys by Ann M. Noser

cover1000How to Date Dead Guys

by Ann M Noser

College sophomore Emma Roberts remembers her mother’s sage advice:  “don’t sleep around, don’t burp in public, and don’t tell anyone you see ghosts”.  But when charming Mike Carlson drowns in the campus river under her watch, Emma’s sheltered life shatters.
Blamed for Mike’s death and haunted by nightmares, Emma turns to witchcraft and a mysterious Book of Shadows to bring him back.  Under a Blood Moon, she lights candles, draws a pentacle on the campus bridge, and casts a spell.  The invoked river rages up against her, but she escapes its fury.  As she stumbles back to the dorm, a stranger drags himself from the water and follows her home. And he isn't the only one.

Instead of raising Mike, Emma assists the others she stole back from the dead—a pre-med student who jumped off the bridge, a desperate victim determined to solve his own murder, and a frat boy Emma can’t stand…at first.  More comfortable with the dead than the living, Emma delves deeper into the seductive Book of Shadows.  Her powers grow, but witchcraft may not be enough to protect her against the vengeful river and the killers that feed it their victims.

Inspired by the controversial Smiley Face Murders, HOW TO DATE DEAD GUYS will ignite the secret powers hidden deep within each of us.

AVAILABLE AT

BIOGRAPHY

My to-do list dictates that I try to cram 48 hours of living into a day instead of the usual 24. I’ve chosen a life filled with animals. I train for marathons with my dog, then go to work as a small animal veterinarian, and finish the day by tripping over my pets as I attempt to convince my two unruly children that YES, it really IS time for bed. But I can’t wait until the house is quiet to write; I have to steal moments throughout the day. Ten minutes here, a half hour there, I live within my imagination.

Like all busy American mothers, I multi-task. I work out plot holes during runs. Instead of meditating, I type madly during yoga stretches. I find inspiration in everyday things: a beautiful smile, a heartbreaking song, or a newspaper article on a political theory. For example, a long drive in the dark listening to an NPR program on the SMILEY FACE MURDERS theory made me ask so many questions that I wrote HOW TO DATE DEAD GUYS to answer them to my satisfaction.

I’d love to have more time to write (and run, read, and sleep), but until I find Hermione Granger’s time turner, I will juggle real life with the half-written stories in my head. Main characters and plot lines intertwine in my cranium, and I need to let my writing weave the tales on paper so I can find out what happens next.

Find out more about Ann at:

Website: http://annandersonnoser.blogspot.co.uk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnnMNoser
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnnMNoser
Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/118390339643517269645/posts

Monday, June 2, 2014

Cover Reveal: How to Date Dead Guys by Ann M. Noser

cover1000I'm really excited: my friend, Ann Noser, is about to release her debut novel, published by Curiosity Quills! The cover reveal is today, and its release date is July 15, 2014.

Along with several other people, I worked through this story as a critique partner. It's so cool to see it so close to meeting the world!

Here's a short blurb:

College sophomore Emma Roberts remembers her mother’s sage advice:  “don’t sleep around, don’t burp in public, and don’t tell anyone you see ghosts”.  But when charming Mike Carlson drowns in the campus river under her watch, Emma’s sheltered life shatters.
Blamed for Mike’s death and haunted by nightmares, Emma turns to witchcraft and a mysterious Book of Shadows to bring him back.  Under a Blood Moon, she lights candles, draws a pentacle on the campus bridge, and casts a spell.  The invoked river rages up against her, but she escapes its fury.  As she stumbles back to the dorm, a stranger drags himself from the water and follows her home. And he isn't the only one.

Instead of raising Mike, Emma assists the others she stole back from the dead—a pre-med student who jumped off the bridge, a desperate victim determined to solve his own murder, and a frat boy Emma can’t stand…at first.  More comfortable with the dead than the living, Emma delves deeper into the seductive Book of Shadows.  Her powers grow, but witchcraft may not be enough to protect her against the vengeful river and the killers that feed it their victims.

Inspired by the controversial Smiley Face Murders, HOW TO DATE DEAD GUYS will ignite the secret powers hidden deep within each of us.

Join me in congratulating Ann on her awesome cover and upcoming release. Put July 15th on your calendar to pick up this exciting new novel!

Find out more about Ann at:

Website: http://annandersonnoser.blogspot.co.uk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnnMNoser
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AnnMNoser
Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/118390339643517269645/posts

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Revenge of the Dust Bunnies - Mike Kalmbach

Revenge of the Dust Bunnies

by Mike Kalmbach
illustrated by Christopher Osman

Book 1 of the Spooky Snacks series. "Scary short stories with a silly twist!"

Best for 4th-6th grade students. Perfect for fans of Goosebumps!

40 pages
Paperback: 5 B&W illustrations and 2 games
Ebook: 5 full-color illustrations

Don't clean your room!

Dust always seems to collect in strange places: on your dresser, behind the TV, and under your bed.

It's not random. There's something sinister going on. A hidden group is behind this.

And they have a plan.

BIOGRAPHY

Mike Kalmbach grew up in a forest near Lake Michigan. Spending his summers chasing wizards and battling evil ogres, Mike has always had a creative mind. He'll often share stories from his past, and some of them are even true.

After time dragged him from childhood, Mike moved into freelance editing, helping other authors improve dozens of stories. During the daylight hours, he writes software to help with genetics research. He leads the Rochester MN Writing group and often speaks on topics from writing and editing to engineering and robotics.

Luckily, Mike now has two sons, so he has plenty of excuses to set down the pen and play. He lives in Minnesota where he, his family, and a band of pirates can still be found battling ogres, dust bunnies, and even the occasional dragon.

FIND OUT MORE

Author page: http://mikekalmbach.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mikekalmbachauthor
Goodreads: http://goodreads.com/mikekalmbach
Twitter: http://twitter.com/mikekalmbach

PURCHASE
Exclusively on Amazon


OTHER WORKS

Thursday, May 9, 2013

The Mighty Quinn, illustrated by Katie and Aaron DeYoe

The Mighty Quinn

by Robyn Parnell
illustrated by Katie and Aaron DeYoe


Ages 8 & up
Quinn Andrews-Lee feels anything but mighty, and faces a dismal school year. His little sister outshines him athletically and socially, and he yearns for a service award his peers disdain. Not to mention charismatic bigot Matt Barker's goal in life is to torment Quinn and lure his friends to the dark side. When Quinn reports an act of vandalism, he finds himself accused of injuring Matt. Neally Standwell, a free-spirited new kid in Quinn's class, helps Quinn deduce who hurt Matt, but Matt would probably die—and would definitely lie—before admitting the truth. Through events both comical and poignant, Quinn and Neally solve the right mystery just as everything seems to go wrong and thwart a bully without becoming one in turn. And at the end of the day, the fabled ability to belch the entire alphabet might very possibly trump any award ever presented at Turner Creek School.

BIOGRAPHY
Katie and Aaron DeYoe met while studying graphic design at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Though they are both full-time graphic designers, they spend most of their free time drawing, doodling, painting and printing. They also enjoy riding their serendipitously matching red Schwinns around Minneapolis.

WEBSITE
Katie - http://www.hellokatieevans.com/
Aaron - http://aarondeyoe.com/

SOCIAL MEDIA
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Mighty-Quinn/314422698666956?fref=ts 
Twitter: @aarondeyoe   @hellokatieevans 

PURCHASE
Amazon

PUBLISHER
Scarletta: http://scarlettapress.com/catalog/

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Bullwhacked - Kathy Cohen

Bullwhacked

by Kathy Cohen

Retired bullrider Cooper Lydell is finally happy. After years of living in his truck, and eating more cheeseballs than he cares to count, meals are coming regularly. Sheets and pillowcases are the norm, too, and he’s got his eye on some property in Montana…all thanks to his very successful bullrider son Tommy.

And then, suddenly, Cooper is BULLWHACKED.

Son Tommy is gone . . . with a sexy blonde in a red Thunderbird. No more meal ticket, no more hotel rooms, no more RETIREMENT.

Cooper begins a grim search for Tommy, aided by a herd of his friends. Soon someone is following him. Then there’s a murder.

BIOGRAPHY

Kathy Cohen has lived in northern Virginia, Germany, Omaha, and the Washington D.C. area. She currently resides in Minneapolis. With a degree in English literature and some non-fiction credits, she has recently completed her first novel, Bullwhacked.

WEBSITE
Author - https://sites.google.com/site/kathykcohen/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/KathyKloppCohen

PURCHASE
Amazon

ADDITIONAL INFO

Why I picked the rodeo circuit for my setting: I wanted to use something that was distinctive, but something I knew at least a little about. I grew up showing quarter horses in the Midwest, and my stepfather is a very good horse trainer. We went to rodeos for entertainment and marveled at how really dangerous the sport is. My stepfather once lent a pair of chaps to a contestant who was then killed in the arena. He felt too awkward to try to get the chaps back, under the circumstances.  

I thought it would be interesting to use such a dangerous sport and yet find some humor in it. Bull riders are pretty macho guys, so I thought I’d try to show something less stereotypical to readers.  I’d like to add that training and showing horses isn’t like lounging in a recliner and watching the television either. My stepfather suffered a fractured pelvis, brain trauma, and many lesser injuries over the years, and I had one side of my face kicked in by a horse. Thank heavens for plastic surgeons!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Jacqueline the Great! Runs for President by Christin Berger


Jacqueline the Great! The Pirate Captain

by Christin Berger

It is election time in the U. S. and Jacqueline has decided to run for President! It is her birthday and she has turned the birthday party into her opportunity to campaign for President in what promises to be a tight election. Jacob comes over early to help her set up only to find out that he is the Vice Presidential nominee! Will she win the election? You will have to read it to find out!

BIOGRAPHY

Christin Berger has a deep and abiding love of books and has been writing stories and poetry since she was a child.  Her passion for writing is second only to her passion for spending time with her family.

Ms. Berger sees childhood as a great adventure and grew up in a family that valued creativity and imagination.  Her love of both is evident today in her writing.  She will take you on a journey that will make you laugh and inspire you to re-discover the joy in parenting and play!

WEBSITE
Author - http://www.christinb.com
Book - http://www.jacqueline-the-great.com
Twitter -  https://twitter.com/ChristinBerger
Goodreads - http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6541650.Christin_Berger
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Christin-D-Berger/284701868260704

PURCHASE
Amazon

OTHER PUBLISHED WORKS
Jacqueline the Great! The Pirate Captain