Book Review The Longest Distance

The Longest Distance 215Title: The Longest Distance

Author: David Scott

Genre: Spirituality, Self-Help, Inspiration and Personal Growth, Literary Fiction

Buy: Amazon

Part love story, part adventure mystery, part travel guide for the soul, The Longest Distance is a meditation in traveling from our heads to our hearts, and an awakening to what lies within.

Shaken by tragedy in the wilds of Africa, Jeremy Braddock sets off in search of the answers to our questions about life, truth, and the all-too-trying-yet-wonderful emotion of love. From Kenya to Costa Rica – and a host of other venues along the way – the protagonist takes us on a rollercoaster ride and riveting journey that reveals to us the masters, the maniacal beauty of this planet, and the greatest mystery of all––the ‘one thing’ we came here to know. As with life itself, he is not alone in this adventure, with the many supporting characters providing him with mirrored reflections of love in its varied forms, and a windowed view into his soul. Armed with his wit, his will, and an ample dose of healthy humility, our vigilant warrior attempts to summon within himself the courage we must all find to see the face of Truth, and walk the path of a higher Love.

The Longest Distance evokes deeper contemplation à la Eat, Pray, Love with a level of discourse and discovery that will resonate with those who have been touched by the writings of Paulo Coehlo and Neale Donald Walsch. Interwoven within the tapestry of the novel and in between each storied tale is an uplifting dialogue with Jeremy’s higher self — the Friend that points the way. What adds to TLD’s universal appeal is the inspirational guest appearances of a myriad of Masters – from poets to statesmen to those of the cloth – along with each chapter’s unveiling of a key ‘quality’ that, when pieced together, helps to reveal the greater picture at hand — the Love within the love that beckons us home.

The Longest Distance is a sleuth of spirit and treasure hunt of the heart that awakens our soul and provides yet another clue for the curious, a jewel for the romanticist in us all.

The Longest Distance was nothing like I expected it. It was a mix of genres, a mystery wrapped in a literary work wrapped in an inspirational self-help book. This book isn’t for everyone, but I enjoyed it. It made me think about issues I hadn’t thought about since forever.

The writing is beautiful, but at times, a bit wordy. That would be my only complaint about the book – I enjoyed the story, the message.

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Book Excerpt from Rocket Ship

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RS_FrontCover_8_5_v3_AZTitle: Rocket Ship

Author: C.O.B.

Genre: YA Fantasy

Lincoln and Gary are best friends planning a simple trip to the night rock in the sky. However, they quickly find out that “easier said than done” is far more than just an outdated adage; it is a reality, for the dreamers face obstacle after obstacle in trying to gather the materials they need to build their ship. Not only that, but when their plan is discovered, their two-man field trip becomes much more than that. Now, the captain and the general will have to lead a rescue mission, one of far greater importance than they ever imagined. What would you do? Save only yourself or risk it all to save the lives of others as well as your own?

Rocket Ship is the miraculous, thrilling story of two friends, a tale of two hopefuls, two dreamers, two rescuers and the extremes they go through to save one another and others like them, before the world they live in destroys them all.

Author Bio

Rocket Ship is C.O.B.’s first young adult novel, but his third book overall. His first book, Hope(less), was a literary fiction about the journey a young couple endures for love. C.O.B.’s second book was a collection of works that included poems, short stories, and even a heartwarming tale told via screenplay.

Links

eBook-
http://www.amazon.com/Rocket-Ship-C-O-B-ebook/dp/B00KHBW956/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1404868286

Paperback-
http://www.amazon.com/Rocket-Ship-C-O-B/dp/0983002835/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1404868286&sr=8-1

Promo videos about the book:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cK9QJFlg0uQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTQ2dQg7EoQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYRnfuPj_fE

Website and contact:
http://greylinepress.com/
contact@greylinepress.com

Book Excerpt

Fully armored and protected, Crystal Tiffany is ready, a warrior. She runs. She looks behind her as urgency and concern grows on her face. She looks forward, digs deep within for a bit more energy, and finds it in desperation to continue running with haste.

Suddenly, a sparkling white horse, a stallion, gallops from behind, racing up to the warrior’s right. Crystal Tiffany extends her right hand and grabs hold of the horse’s long, flowing mane. She pulls herself up, mounting the creature with ease, strength, and rhythm. “Faster!” she yells. “I need you to go faster!!”

The sparkling white stallion obeys and begins galloping even harder, going even faster.

She then snaps her right arm behind her back, and more stars crystallize. Crystal Tiffany removes a sword from its sheath. The star-formed handle is golden, but the blade consists of the brightest stars in existence; it is white, like a strike of lightning. Crystal Tiffany lifts her right arm higher and higher. She then swings the arm down, slashing her sword across its back. A shrill scream fills the sky, and something golden and glowing falls from its grasp. The stallion gallops past it. The warrior pulls back on her stallion’s mane, forcing him to turn around. She hops off the horse and screams. She screams and yells again, as loud as she can. She must let it know she is here, that she is not afraid, so she emits her most vicious war cry. She was not running; no, Crystal Tiffany was giving chase.

She chases the giant, the monster, the entity, the beast comprised entirely of dark matter—the darkness of the sky, the evil of the Earth caused by all the wrongdoing, that which oozes up from the surface of the decrepit planet and creates acid rain that destroys all beneath it. This dark matter, the giant menace, has eyes that swirl inward, a vortex of a black hole. Its pupils glow, two twinkles, as if there once existed a light of hope and goodness there; clearly, that light was sucked inside the wickedness and now just falls and keeps falling endlessly, a reminder of the hollowness it created, the hollowness it is. The monster’s eyes are hypnotic, however; if anyone stares into those eyes in fear, that one’s soul will be devoured. Above those eyes are thick, charcoal-gray brows that flow upward, the stuff of smog and smugness.

The beast looks backward in search of the object it dropped, then quickly glances forward and lets out a deafening, horrific growl at Crystal Tiffany. It bears its black mouth, flaunting its ominous, jagged, metallic teeth. The animal then flashes the talons that make up his hands: sharpened, long, metallic claws instead of fingers, so deadly sharp and glowing silver.

They charge, running toward one another at the speed of vengeance.

“I’m not afraid of you!” Crystal Tiffany screams as she runs.

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Cover Reveal Party Rouse Me

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We’re hosting the cover reveal for contemporary romance “Rouse Me”. Take a look at the cover…

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About the Book

Alyssa Summers is not the kind of girl who cheats. Sure, she’s prone to over-indulgence. She spent years spiraling out of control before she checked herself into an eating disorder clinic. But she’s under control now. She spends her days locked in the prison of her apartment, waiting for permission from her fiancé, Ryan, to resume her acting career.

And then she meets Ryan’s business partner, Luke Lawrence. Tall, handsome, and disarmingly direct, Luke is the perfect temptation. There’s something so appealing about him, and it’s not just his big, brown eyes or his hard body. He’s witty, confident, completely apathetic to her engagement.

Alyssa knows Luke is after more than friendship, but she can’t resist his pursuit. The more time she spends with him, the more she wants him. But Ryan has done so much for her. How could she betray him? Even if she wants Luke more than she’s ever wanted anything. Even if this is the first time, in so long, that she’s wanted anything at all?

Author Bio

Crystal Kaswell is a novelist and screenwriter who writes love stories for grown ups. When she isn’t writing, she’s drinking tea, playing board games, or riding her beach cruiser around Los Angeles.

Links

Book Page:

http://www.crystalkaswell.com/rouse-me/

Mailing List Sign Up

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Twitter

https://twitter.com/CrystalKaswell

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/crystalkaswellwriter

Giveaway

The author is giving away eBook copies of “Rouse Me”. Fill in the form below to participate!

Go here to participate in the giveaway.

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Author Interview Connie B. Dowell

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I’m hosting an interview today for the book tour for “You Can Love Writing”, a non-fiction work by author Connie B. Dowell.

Author Interview

Please tell us about yourself.

I tutor undergraduate and graduate students in writing. When I’m not doing that. I like to write and read a lot. I also drink way too much coffee and bake things, like cake.


Tell us about your book.

You Can Love Writing is a starter guide for college level composition. It takes readers through the steps of the writing process while giving strategies to maximize learning and make the writing that students have to do as fun as possible. You Can Love Writing is all about taking charge of your own education so that writing assignments don’t have to feel like a quest not to get it wrong. Instead they can be expressive, enjoyable, and empowering.


What inspired you to write You Can Love Writing?

One of the best parts of tutoring people in writing is watching them gain confidence and start to have fun. One afternoon I was reflecting on a recent tutoring session and thought, Why couldn’t there be a book about that, having fun with the process?


How much time per week do you spend writing / editing your work?

It varies pretty widely. I work a job in which one week I could get 30 hours of writing time, no problem, but on other weeks none at all. That kind of schedule means I have to plan pretty obsessively. If I procrastinate, I know I won’t have a chance to make it up later. During semesters, I’d guess I average around 8 to 10 hours per week.


If you could meet three authors, which authors would you choose?

It’s almost a cliché at this point, but I would love to meet J.K. Rowling, if only to discuss plotting and worldbuilding. She really pushed her concept and the magical tools she gave the characters to their logical and emotional conclusions.

I’d also love to meet Barbara Tuchman, though I would need a time machine to do so, as she has passed on. I’d love to chat research with her. She had such an impressive body of work (nonfiction history, for those unfamiliar with her) covering vastly different time periods.

If I can push the boundaries of author a bit into screenwriter and filmmaker, I would make my final pick Mel Brooks. There’s a zillion writing/comedy related questions I could ask, but also I think just chatting and having lunch with him would be education enough.


What are you working on at the moment?

I’m busy on the first draft of a young adult historical mystery. It focuses on Southern suffragists. The research is intense but a whole lot of fun. I hope to have the first book in the series out next spring.

About the Book

coverTitle: You Can Love Writing: A Guide to get through your College Papers and Like it

Author: Connie B. Dowell

Genre: Non-Fiction, Educational

How would you like to

  • perform with the passion of an Oscar winning actor,
  • compete with the drive and fervor of an Olympic athlete, or
  • teach like you’ve got a Nobel Prize slung around your neck

all while doing your homework?

Believe it or not, you can do all of this and much more in the course of writing your college papers. This book takes you through the overlapping stages of the writing process, using game mechanics, cooperation, and learning styles to help you have as much fun as possible and take charge of your own education. With exercises and activities for groups and individuals, this text focuses on the meat of writing, the big picture elements that matter most in both college papers and real world writing situations, all with an eye toward enjoyment.

Sit down, crack open this guide, and give your favorite notebook a big hug. You may not have a choice about writing your papers, but who says you can’t love them?

Author Bio

Author Photo  C DowellConnie B. Dowell is a writing center coordinator and freelance editor. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Georgia and a Masters of Library and Information Science from Valdosta State University. She lives in Virginia with her husband, where they both consume far more coffee than is probably wise

 

Links

Websites: conniebdowell.com, bookechoes.com, and youcanlovewriting.com

Twitter at @ConnieBDowell

Facebook at facebook.com/editorcbdowell

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KC87A3U

 

Giveaway

There’s a tour-wide giveaway for “Break Your Block” Cards.

Break Your Block Cards

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Author Interview with Connie B. Dowell

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Today I’m interviewing Connie B. Dowell, author of “You Can Love Writing”. Enjoy the interview.

Please tell us about yourself.

I tutor undergraduate and graduate students in writing. When I’m not doing that. I like to write and read a lot. I also drink way too much coffee and bake things, like cake.


Tell us about your book.

You Can Love Writing is a starter guide for college level composition. It takes readers through the steps of the writing process while giving strategies to maximize learning and make the writing that students have to do as fun as possible. You Can Love Writing is all about taking charge of your own education so that writing assignments don’t have to feel like a quest not to get it wrong. Instead they can be expressive, enjoyable, and empowering.


What inspired you to write You Can Love Writing?

One of the best parts of tutoring people in writing is watching them gain confidence and start to have fun. One afternoon I was reflecting on a recent tutoring session and thought, Why couldn’t there be a book about that, having fun with the process?


How much time per week do you spend writing / editing your work?

It varies pretty widely. I work a job in which one week I could get 30 hours of writing time, no problem, but on other weeks none at all. That kind of schedule means I have to plan pretty obsessively. If I procrastinate, I know I won’t have a chance to make it up later. During semesters, I’d guess I average around 8 to 10 hours per week.


If you could meet three authors, which authors would you choose?

It’s almost a cliché at this point, but I would love to meet J.K. Rowling, if only to discuss plotting and worldbuilding. She really pushed her concept and the magical tools she gave the characters to their logical and emotional conclusions.

I’d also love to meet Barbara Tuchman, though I would need a time machine to do so, as she has passed on. I’d love to chat research with her. She had such an impressive body of work (nonfiction history, for those unfamiliar with her) covering vastly different time periods.

If I can push the boundaries of author a bit into screenwriter and filmmaker, I would make my final pick Mel Brooks. There’s a zillion writing/comedy related questions I could ask, but also I think just chatting and having lunch with him would be education enough.


What are you working on at the moment?

I’m busy on the first draft of a young adult historical mystery. It focuses on Southern suffragists. The research is intense but a whole lot of fun. I hope to have the first book in the series out next spring.

About the Book

coverTitle: You Can Love Writing: A Guide to get through your College Papers and Like it

Author: Connie B. Dowell

Genre: Non-Fiction, Educational

How would you like to

  • perform with the passion of an Oscar winning actor,
  • compete with the drive and fervor of an Olympic athlete, or
  • teach like you’ve got a Nobel Prize slung around your neck

all while doing your homework?

Believe it or not, you can do all of this and much more in the course of writing your college papers. This book takes you through the overlapping stages of the writing process, using game mechanics, cooperation, and learning styles to help you have as much fun as possible and take charge of your own education. With exercises and activities for groups and individuals, this text focuses on the meat of writing, the big picture elements that matter most in both college papers and real world writing situations, all with an eye toward enjoyment.

Sit down, crack open this guide, and give your favorite notebook a big hug. You may not have a choice about writing your papers, but who says you can’t love them?

Author Bio

Author Photo  C DowellConnie B. Dowell is a writing center coordinator and freelance editor. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Georgia and a Masters of Library and Information Science from Valdosta State University. She lives in Virginia with her husband, where they both consume far more coffee than is probably wise.

 

Links

Websites: conniebdowell.com, bookechoes.com, and youcanlovewriting.com

Twitter at @ConnieBDowell

Facebook at facebook.com/editorcbdowell

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KC87A3U

Giveaway

There’s a tour-wide giveaway for “Break Your Block” Cards.

Break Your Block Cards

Go here to participate in the giveaway.

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Author Interview Forecast Tour

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I’m interviewing Elise Stephens, author of YA Fantasy “Forecast”. Welcome to my blog, Elise.

Please tell us about yourself.

I’m mama to a one year old boy, I love to swing dance, and my favorite dessert is tiramisu. I write best next to windows with huge amounts of light pouring through them.


Tell us about your book.

Forecast is an adventure story with family drama, romance, mystery, and risk-taking. It’s a story about siblings, growing up, learning to forgive, and trying to fix something that looks unfixable.

What inspired you to write Forecast? 

The truth is, I’m totally obsessed with the future.

It’s the easiest thing to spend way too much time thinking about. Yet, most of us know that the wisest thing to do is live in the present, enjoy the moment, and take each day as it comes. And then we go right back and wonder about the future because we can’t help ourselves. I thought, if I could give someone their wish to see the future, would it really be as good as it seemed? I gave 15-year-old Calvin that desire, and gave him access to a magical door that is supposed to give him all the foresight he craved. Then I showed how crazy his world became. It was so much fun. J
How much time per week do you spend writing / editing your work? 

It’s a tricky balance. Before my son was born, I wrote and edited about 3-4 hours a day. Now that he’s almost one and settled into a routine of naps, I can usually write around 2-3 hours a day, if I utilize his naps fully. My mom helps with him once a week too—and my writing and I both thank her hugely for it!
If you could meet three authors, which authors would you choose?

Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, and Orson Scott Card! I met Orson Scott Card earlier this month at his literary boot camp in North Carolina. He’s a smart, kind, and encouraging man.


What are you working on at the moment? 

I’m currently working on a children’s fantasy about a twelve-year old boy living in 1950s Ireland who discovers a dragon egg. It has monsters and secrets and mysterious happenings and songs in it. I have a soft spot in my heart for dragons, especially baby ones.

Forecast

Forecast Elise StephensTitle: Forecast

Author: Elise Stephens

Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

Calvin isn’t a teenager, not really; instead, he’s spent his life trying to protect his mother and sister from his alcoholic father. Calvin keeps a knife close and sleeps with one eye open, even years after his father has left the family. A summer vacation spent at their late grandfather’s estate promises him and his sister the chance to leave their problems behind.

Instead of blissful freedom, they find the old house harbors secrets at every turn, like a mysterious stone door in the forest with rumored powers to give its entrants the gift of future-seeing. When Calvin faces the return of his seemingly-reformed father, he throws himself through the door to receive the gift of foresight. But the door offers more doubt than certainty, and the future he sees is riddled with disturbing confusion. With a revenge-obsessed lawyer hunting him down and a secret society out to control him, Calvin must figure out how to stop what he’s started before he loses what he holds most dear.

As he battles the legacies of his past and the shadows of his future, Calvin must accept help from unlikely sources, give trust he never thought possible, and learn that the greatest challenges lie not in the things to come, but in the present moment.

Author Bio

Elise StephensElise Stephens received the Eugene Van Buren Prize for Fiction from the University of Washington in 2007. Forecast is her second novel. Her first novel Moonlight and Oranges was a quarter-finalist for the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Her short fiction has appeared in the Unusual Stories anthology, as well as in multiple journals.

She lives in Seattle with her husband where they both enjoy swing dancing, eating tiramisu, and taking in local live theater.

Links

http://www.elisestephens.com/
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3413344.Elise_Stephens
https://twitter.com/elisestephens
https://www.facebook.com/AuthorEliseStephens

Amazon : amzn.to/1uYoAxK

Barnes & Noble: bit.ly/1wolB4h

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19192975-forecast

Giveaway

There is a tour-wide giveaway for a $10 Amazon gift card, along with these books:

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 Charis: Journey to Pandora’s Jar (by Nicole Y. Walters)

A Kingdom’s Possession (by Nicole J. Persun

Doublesight (by Terry Persun)

Always and Forever (by Karla J Nellenback)

Moonlight and Oranges (by Elise Stephens)

Go here to participate in the giveaway.

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Cover Reveal Party 5 Easy Chocolate Pieces

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We’re hosting the cover reveal today for erotic romance (gay/BDSM) “5 Easy Chocolate Pieces”.

Here is the gorgeous cover…

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About the Book

Troy Pettifer, a broken-hearted chocolate shop worker, isn’t sure what to do next when Richard Belden, a controlling but handsome sadist, walks into his life and gets him on his knees. Richard is nursing his own heart that was broken by a man who betrayed him and the entire BDSM community. Troy’s friends start fixing him up with vanilla guys, but for Troy to fulfill desires he didn’t even know he had, he’s going to have to embrace the beautiful leather man within.

Website: http://www.darkhollowspress.com/#!5easychocolatepieces/c1fln
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LTENBAW

Giveaway

Win an eBook copy of “5 Easy Chocolate Pieces”:

Go here to participate in the giveaway.

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