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Book Buzz: Leaving the Hall Light On by Madeline Sharples

September 16, 2012
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Leaving the Hall Light On“I recommend this book to not only those who lost a child or who struggle with the mental illness of a child, but to anyone at all who wants a deep, intimate read where the author bares her soul and lets you into her world!” ~ Bonni Rubinstein, Organizer of the Facebook group “Loss of an Adult or Young Adult Child

Hello Digital Book Today readers. The Book Buzz segment today features Leaving the Hall Light On by Madeline Sharples which is rated 4.8 stars on 41 reviews. Madeline Sharples offers the story of her son Paul’s journey into madness and the life she rebuilt from the rubble of profound sorrow and heartbreak. Sharples describes her grief and the guilt-ridden aftermath, and then moves forward to share with readers how she emerged from a heart-crushing event alive, whole, and productive. Interspersed with photographs, as well as poems stunning in bare emotion, Leaving the Hall Light On explains what happened in the life of Madeline’s family before and after the death of her eldest son, and how Madeline, her husband, and younger son claimed the ability to move forward with their lives–honoring the memory of Paul and facing honestly the toll his mental illness took on their family. Leaving the Hall Light On is a wonderful book that is rated 4.8 stars on 41 reviews.

“This book is a testament to the power of the human soul. It shows the strength of a woman and a family who had to go through the worst human tragedy, and get to the other side in a loving, peaceful and compassionate way.  ~ Barbs, Amazon Review

“IIn Leaving the Hall Light On, Madeline Sharples has graciously given forth the experience of her son’s journey through life as a precious gift. Her son’s life and how he lived it, holds out tremendous value to those who care to listen. ~ Keith Alan Hamiliton, Amazon Review

Book Description: Leaving the Hall Light On: A Mother’s Memoir of Living with Her Son’s Bipolar Disorder and Surviving His Suicide charts the near-destruction of one middle-class family whose son committed suicide after a seven-year struggle with bipolar disorder. Madeline Sharples, author, poet and web journalist, goes deep into her own well of grief to describe her anger, frustration and guilt. Read more »

The 50 Shades of Grey Infographic

September 15, 2012
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Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades TrilogyThe designers at Neo Mammalian Studios have created “50/50 Shades of Grey,” an infographic looking at the sales figures, genre stats and literary merits of E. L. James‘ mega-bestselling erotica novel.

We understand you can only read so much about this “literary masterpiece”. However the chart below does a great job in providing stats about bestselling books, but also some genre stats.

The last part of this chart covers some of the more important parts of the book such as:

  • How often “blushing” is used.
  • Number of references to Christian’s hair
  • References to Lip-biting
  • How often Ana says “Holy” compared to Robin saying “Holy” in the Batman TV series
  • and many more.

Since the graphic is so large you will need to click on the read more button to see the entire page.

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Author Interview: Laura Rizio Author of Blood Money

September 15, 2012
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Blood MoneyOur interview today is with Laura Rizio the author of Blood Money (rated 4.1 stars on 56 reviews) which is a legal thriller. Before the interview a book description: Nick Ceratto, a young, cracker jack litigator looking for a partnership in the prestigious Philadelphia law firm of Maglio, Silvio, and Levin discovers his firm’s dark secret for increasing it’s bottom line while preparing a medical malpractice case for trial.The partners are setting up major cases by seriously injuring and even murdering their clients to produce huge jury awards. When the firm discovers he knows, Nick’s only hope is to stay one step ahead of the hitman long enough to intentionally lose his case and expose the firm’s corruption. As his mission careens towards an explosive climax, the only question left, is whose lives will be sacrificed along the way.

Blood Money is a classic examination of the duality of the American justice system, it’s strengths and weaknesses, and the interplay between it and raw ambition. Blood Money is a disturbing depiction of a system gone wrong, and the one time golden boy who is finally able to understand the bigger picture and remember the oath taken and his dream that was once so clear.

Interview with Laura Rizio

WHAT WAS IMPORTANT ABOUT THE SETTING FOR Blood Money?

Philadelphia, like any big city has a good mix of cultures, neighborhoods, economic groups and colorful characters that an author can draw upon to paint interesting pictures for the reader. I like to paint a character as I would a painting. Also, again, like any big city, Philly has it’s share of corruption which is featured strongly in the book. Most of all, I know Philadelphia. I lived in the city for twenty years and still practice law there and so I know what makes the city tick. I understand it and love it even with all of its flaws.

WHAT ARE THE BASIC THEMES EMPHASIZED THROUGHOUT THE BOOK?

Greed, the pursuit of money for money sake, raw ambition, and redemption are themes repeated throughout the book. Read more »

Saturday Morning Freebies – A Great Day For Kindle Digital Books

September 15, 2012
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The Leopard TreeWe have 25+ new titles and many that are new to our The Top 100 Best Free Kindle Books. Do you need a great weekend Free Kindle Digital eBook to read that won’t break the bank for the weekend? All of our books listed today are free ($0.00)!   As a service to our authors, if you read a free book please give the author a review on Amazon.Thanks. Remember that many of the free kindle books are priced at $0.00 for a very limited time (24-48 hours).

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See the Top 80 – 100 free, handpicked titles that is updated daily on The Top 100 Best Free Kindle Books on Amazon. This list is not available on Amazon.

Book Buzz: The Folks at Fifty-Eight by Michael Patrick Clark: A Cold War Spy Novel

September 14, 2012
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The Folks at Fifty-Eight“A touch of LeCarre, a dash of Ludlum.” ~ Linda A. Root, Amazon Review

Hello Digital Book Today readers. The Book Buzz segment today features The Folks at Fifty-Eight an entertaining spy novel by Michael Patrick Clark. This “delicious spy novel, bold and graphic” takes place at the start of the cold war after WWII and is rated 4.3 on 20 reviews. The author has done a splendid job in weaving his plot into a well researched historical time period. The story of The Folks at Fifty-Eight is told in the popular alternate chapter character format. I think this concept works great especially in a good vs evil thriller. If you enjoy the spy, historical fiction, WWII history, or the cold war genres, then you will surely enjoy The Folks at Fifty-Eight.

“A very well written thriller with lots of racy sex!! Thoroughly enjoyed it, now my husband is going to read it as well. ~ Lucinda, Amazon Review

“I am a fan of this genre and a WWII history buff, so I loved this book. The author did his home work not only to render the real events accurately but deepen and enrich it with his own invisible twists and speculations. You really can’t tell where the real history ends and the fiction begins. Its some of the best research I have seen from this era. ~ Amuzed2Pieces, Amazon Review

Book Description: Gerald Hammond is the exception to the rule; an honourable spy, whose lofty principles have brought him nothing but loneliness and isolation. Catherine Schmidt is the stunning young daughter of an assassinated spymaster, whose murderous quest for vengeance has left her at the mercy of the infamous Head of Soviet State Security. On a covert operation, in Soviet-occupied Germany, Hammond has no knowledge of the unseen forces that sponsor and oppose his mission. He only knows that he must somehow save her to save himself, but, as ever-more disturbing revelations come to light, begins to wonder which poses the greater threat; the enemy he runs from, or the friend he runs to?

Set against a factual background of government conspiracy, and one of the most audacious espionage coups in history, the The Folks at Fifty-Eight is a beautifully-paced tale of seduction, betrayal, blackmail, and murder that blurs the boundaries between fact and fiction. Read more on Amazon. Read more »

A Great Day For Free Kindle Digital Books: 30+ Free Books: All 4.0+ Stars

September 14, 2012
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Children of the FogWe have 30+ new titles with many greatly exceeding our minimum of 4.0+ stars and 10+ reviews that are new to our The Top 100 Best Free Kindle Books. Grab a book or two for the weekend. All of our books listed today are free ($0.00)!   As a service to our authors, if you read a free book please give the author a review on Amazon.Thanks. Remember that many of the free kindle books are priced at $0.00 for a very limited time (24-48 hours).

Never miss a great free book again. Join our Reader Mailing List and be notified daily of The Best Free Kindle Books.

See the Top 80 – 100 free, handpicked titles that is updated daily on The Top 100 Best Free Kindle Books on Amazon. This list is not available on Amazon. See our great list of titles that you missed and are not longer free. Read more »

What’s in Your Back Yard?

September 14, 2012
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For Keeps (Sam Moore mystery)Our guest blogger today is Aaron Paul Lazar author of several books including For Keeps (a Sam Moore mystery) which is FREE Sept. 14 – 16.

What’s in Your Back Yard?

I’ve had some interesting “lunch walk” partners over the years. When I started engineering at Kodak twenty-seven years ago, I found friends who shared my lust for the outdoors–who craved fresh breezes and blue sky–and who longed to break out of the gray enclave and burst into sunlight in the middle of the workday. We walked regularly, usually for three miles around the perimeter of the dozen buildings that sprawled in a massive complex.

There was Gangaram, my Gujarati friend, who stomped over the grass with certainty, expostulating about family and tradition, and sharing stories of his exotic and colorful childhood in India. In spite of his attempt to live a healthy life, an old problem cropped up. He died of a heart attack, sixteen years ago. I still think of him fondly and often recall our deep discussions of fatherhood.
Next came Dave, a true kindred spirit, whose life seemed to parallel mine in the realms of children and reading. Dave’s four daughters were ten years ahead of my three girls, and I learned many lessons in the virtues of patience and quiet endurance during our walks together. He introduced me to Clive Cussler’s Dirk Pitt novels. Dave is retired and now boasts fourteen (or is it fifteen?) grandchildren.
I became attached to my walking buddies over the years. Friendships blossomed and our lives were enriched.
Then, there were the years I hiked alone. Read more »

Thrifty Thursday: A Great List of Kindle Books to Download Without a Charge

September 13, 2012
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Yellowstone Heart Song (Yellowstone Romance Series Book 1)We have a great list of 25+ new titles today. Look at the 10 books below. High ratings combined with a high number of customer reviews. Looking for highly reviewed Kindle books to download without a charge? See the rest by visiting The Top 100 Best Free Kindle Books.  Thanks. Remember that many of the free kindle books are priced at $0.00 for a very limited time (24-48 hours).

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See the Top 80 – 100 free, handpicked titles that is updated daily on The Top 100 Best Free Kindle Books on Amazon. This list is not available on Amazon. See our great list of titles that you missed and are not longer free. Read more »

Author Interview #113: claire-obscure by Billie Hinton

September 13, 2012
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claire-obscureOur interview today is with Billie Hinton the author of claire-obscure (4.3 stars, 27 reviews). Before the interview a brief book description: Lonely, unfulfilled, and envious of her best friend who has moved to Italy, Claire Caviness heads out to the same old club one night but takes a right turn out of her usual routine and meets Finn Weston, a mysterious and disturbed medical student who lures her into a folie a deux – a shared madness that forces Claire to look at the things she’s tried desperately to leave behind. When Claire’s friend Lucy is found dead and Finn is implicated in the murder, Raoul Duras, a Delta Force operator with a penchant for rescuing prostitutes, offers a way out of the madness. In a raw, edgy journey from trauma to restoration, Claire examines her deepest fears: grief for her distant mother and gay father, the awakening of her conflicted sexuality, and the darkness that pulls her to the intrigue and danger of two very different – and dangerous – men.

Interview with Billie Hinton

Was there a basis for your story? A previous experience? Something else?

Years back in my first creative writing class with Lee Smith at NCSU I began to write about a character named Claire. I remember naming her Claire because the name means light, and I remember being fascinated with chiaroscuro around that time because of art history and film classes I was taking. Somehow all of that wound up in this character, whose name meant light, but who lived at the edge of darkness.

Every time I started a new short story Claire would take it over, and the feedback from teachers and classmates was always: this is not a short story. It’s a chapter from a novel. By the time I got around to actually writing the novel, years had passed, and Claire’s story had been simmering on the back burner all that time.

What research did you have to perform to back up your story? Any research that really opened your eyes or gave you new respect for a topic or profession? Read more »

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