Swallowed by a Secret by Risa Nyman

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Swallowed by a Secret by Risa Nyman

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Genre – Middle Grade contemporary mystery

Page Count – 198 pages

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One dead father.

One lying mother.

After twelve-year-old Rocky overhears Mom admit her story about how his dad died is bogus, his trust in his one remaining parent unravels. The For-Sale sign appears on the front lawn right after the funeral, forcing Rocky to leave the house linked to so many memories of his dad.

Consumed by the secret and struggling to adjust to changing schools mid-year, Rocky is startled by a familiar voice. Dashing into a restroom stall to hide, the voice of his father tells him that the only way to learn the truth is to return to his old town.

Can you take advice from a dead person?

Rocky finds a real partner in a new friend, Olive, who offers to be his assistant sleuth and help him crack the secret and get his life on track. The pair’s schemes go bust, but they embolden Rocky to embark on a journey of risks, eavesdropping and snooping to discover the truth about the father he thought he knew.

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Born in Boston with the accent to prove it, Risa lived within ten miles of the city for decades until a recent move to the neighboring Ocean State.

 

For many years, Risa worked in a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting active participation in our democracy, with a special focus on voting and elections.

 

Risa’s deep dive into creative writing started with finding three pennies in a neat stack in a completely empty apartment that belonged to her mother. It’s a long story. 

 

When not writing, Risa is reading, exercising or doing therapeutic ironing – unless the grandchildren are around.

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Grace’s Ghosts by Stephenie Wilson Peterson

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Grace’s Ghosts by Stephenie Wilson Peterson

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Genre – Fantasy (middle-grade)

Page Count – 176 pages

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Twelve-year-old Grace and her feline best friend, Midnight, have a secret: Midnight is a ghost. But then again, so are the rest of Graces’ friends.

Since she’s the only person in hundreds of years with the ability to see them, the many ghosts of Tansy have flocked to Grace since birth. She doesn’t mind. She prefers the company of the dead to that of the cliquey kids at school.

Grace is happy with her strange life, until one day, the ghosts tell her about the secret her town has hidden for centuries. There’s a reason there are more ghosts than living people in Tansy. Three-hundred years ago, a lonely witch cast a spell that mistakenly trapped the soul of every person to ever set foot in the tiny town. So when the spirits beg her to find a way to break the curse, Grace is eager to help.

As she searches for answers, Grace makes discoveries about the secret her family hid for generations and a world of magic hidden in her own backyard.

Grace soon realizes that if she succeeds in breaking the curse, she’ll lose Midnight and all of her ghost friends, but if she fails, everyone living in Tansy will face the same fate. Can Grace break the curse before it’s too late?

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Stephenie is the author of Grace’s Ghosts and the Nellie Nova series. Stephenie and her family live near Raleigh, North Carolina. She writes, teaches creative writing, and homeschools her three

amazing kids. Stephenie is represented by Jessica Reino of Metamorphosis Literary Agency.

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Love the Way You Dance by Allison M. Boot

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Love the Way You Dance by Allison M. Boot

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Genre – Young Adult / Fantasy

Page Count – 270 pages

Since being adopted by the King and Queen of Starrycrest two years ago, Kara has lived a magical life, complete with doting parents and staff as well as a starring role in the Starrycrest Starlets’ production of The Nutcracker. The princess is on top of the world until big changes threaten her place in the Denison family as well as in the kingdom.

Kara’s magical life quickly turns into a nightmare when she is forced to face her deepest insecurities and prepare for the biggest night of her life with a dance partner whom she does not even like. To complicate matters even more, Stella Dixon, the Starlets new dance instructor, tells the princess about a program in Eclipston that helps orphans find their forever families. Kara loves the idea and wants to implement a similar program in Starrycrest, but others in the royal family refuse.

The tiny royal soon realizes that, in order to be the princess she has always hoped to be and make Starrycrest a better kingdom, she must take matters into her own hands as her mother once did. After an encounter with Victrollia, an evil troll who hates the Denisons and wants to avenge the death of her cousin, Trovella, goes terribly wrong, the princess and her loyalty to her family is put to the ultimate test. In the end, Kara will learn that living life to the fullest means you must love the way you dance.

Much like the main characters in her novels, Allison M. Boot, has a disability. She writes to spread messages of self-acceptance and equality to young boys and girls traveling paths similar to hers in hopes of inspiring them to live their lives to the fullest.

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 Allison M. Boot, otherwise known as the Wheelin’ Wordsmith, writes stories to spread messages of acceptance and equality to kids with disabilities. She earned a Master of Arts in Mass Communication from the University of Dayton and currently resides in Urbana, Illinois with her husband, Dylan. Since relocating to Illinois, she has been blessed to become a member of the Alliance for Inclusion & Respect (AIR), the planning committee for Champaign-Urbana’s annual disABILITY Resource Expo and the Illinois Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC). She also advocates for the rights of those with disabilities as a contributing writer for Yahoo Lifestyle and The Mighty. In addition to her writing, Allison uses social media to advocate for those with disabilities and spread awareness. While she enjoys being a daughter to 2, a sister to 11, an auntie to 12, it is being a wife and a dog mom to 2 that she loves most.

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The Sister Pact: Home is Where The Heart is by Jacquie Biggar 

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The Sister Pact: Home is Where The Heart is by Jacquie Biggar 

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Genre – Women’s Fiction, Family

Page Count – 204

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Holly Tremaine is living on borrowed time. A life-threatening illness ends her promising musical career and sends her home in the hope of making amends for the past.

 

Levi Anderson is on the fast track to a successful year within his profession- the last thing he has time for is his twin brother’s shenanigans. But when it includes the one woman Levi hasn’t been able to forget, his conscience won’t let him avoid the temptation to see her again.

 

Can remorse heal all wounds? Or will past betrayals continue to ruin family ties, one thread at a time?

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JACQUIE BIGGAR  is a USA Today bestselling author of Romance who writes about smart, sassy females and tough, alpha males who learn the true power is love. Free reads, excerpts, author news, and contests can be found on her web site

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The Fat Girl’s Guide to Loving Your Body by K.L. Montgomery

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The Fat Girl’s Guide to Loving Your Body by K.L. Montgomery

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Genre – health/advice/self-help/journaling

Page Count – 342 pages

Cover designer – K.L. Montgomery

Publisher – Mountains Wanted Publishing

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Make loving your body your 2020 New Years Resolution!

Do you wonder if you’ll ever be happy with your body?

It’s a choice, you know.

This book is one part humor, one part journal, one part recipe for self-love. Mix it all together, and you’ll come out the other side with a greater appreciation for both what’s on the outside AND what’s on the inside.

The Guide tackles:

-how to deal with bodyshamers

-how to dress for your body

-relationship and sex advice

-365 #bopo meditations

Plus, strategies for learning to love the skin you’re in now and forever.

Have you ever struggled to love your body?

YOU NEED THIS BOOK. NOW.

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K.L. Montgomery writes #bodypositive sweet romance and romcom. A librarian in a former life, she now works as an editor and runs the 4600-member Indie Author Support group on Facebook in addition to publishing under two names.

Though she remains a Hoosier at heart, K.L. shares her coastal Delaware home with some furry creatures and her husband, who works in law enforcement. She has an undying love for her three sons, Broadway musicals, the beach, Seinfeld, the color teal, IU basketball, paisleys, and dark chocolate.

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Singles and Other Singularities (The woman Scientist Trilogy 2- The Italian Saga Book 8) by Gaia B Amman

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Singles and Other Singularities (The woman Scientist Trilogy 2- The Italian Saga Book 8) by Gaia B Amman

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Genre – Women’s literature

Page Count – 366 pages

Cover Designer – Gaia B Amman

 Publishing Company – Kuki Publishing

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Epigenetics, gene silencing, passion, and friendship—Leda Balni is one of many graduate students, scrambling to make a difference in the race for the cure.
Is work all that matters?
Flora is engaged to the wrong man, Emin is a player, Makoto is in love with his experiments, and gorgeous Iul is smitten with unrequited feelings—not to mention exasperating Amar, who kissed Leda probably out of spite.
All of them are in the hands of temperamental bosses, funding agencies, and the United-States Immigration Services.
Does anyone ever find love? Results? Funding? Will Leda?
You’ll adore this riveting novel because it’s like Grey’s Anatomy in cancer research: funny, emotional, and extremely relatable with soothing pearls of wisdom for the single and paired.
Read it now.

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Born and raised in Italy, Gaia B. Amman is the author of Linked, a sizzling sci-fi political thriller about empathy and diversity, and The Italian Saga (six volumes released so far). She was the 1996 and 1997 winner of a Short Story Award in Arese (MI), Italy.

Fluent in four languages, Amman has a Master in Medical Biotechnology (genetic engineering) and a PhD in Molecular Oncology (molecular cancer research). She is a Professor of Biology at D’Youville College in Buffalo, New York, and the recipient of several science awards (UniMI fellow 2002-05, DOD fellow 2005-07, AICF fellow 2007-08, AICR fellow 2007-09, DOD fellow 2010-12, 2017, 2016 DYC Researcher of the Year, 2016 AAUP Scholar of the Year).

An avid traveler for work and pleasure, Amman has backpacked across the world. When nobody is watching, she binge-reads novels and manga, watches anime, or rocks it out with her band, the 9Ts On.

Amman’s novels delve into the depths of human nature, combining the realistic approach of a scientist with the humor and empathy of a survivor.

She is a vegetarian and a fervent supporter of diversity and human rights.

Among her favorite authors are J.K. Rowling, Jandy Nelson, Neil Gaiman, Chuck Palahniuk, Kurt Vonnegut, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Antoine De Saint Exupèry.

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Tangles by Sharleen Scott

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Genre – Family Drama, Contemporary Fiction

Page Count – 294 Pages

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Publishing Company – Out West Press

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While faced with the challenge of his mother’s escalating Alzheimer’s disease, Logan McKinnon discovers secret journals that leave him questioning everything he knows about his family. With no one to ask, Logan must find a man mentioned in the journals to discover a truth he may not want to know.

Set in Washington state–both eastern and western–Tangles is a story of love and forgiveness with a dose of Alzheimer’s reality.

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Sharleen Scott is the author of the romantic suspense Caught Series and Tangles, the story of a man struggling with his mother’s escalating Alzheimer’s disease. She lives in the eastern foothills of the Cascade Mountains with her husband Brett, two college kids, two spoiled cats, and a pup.

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Shameless (The Orphan Train Saga Book 2) by Sherry A. Burton

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Shameless (The Orphan Train Saga Book 2) by Sherry A. Burton

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Genre – Historical Fiction

Page Count – 272 Pages

Publishing Company – Dorry Press

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As The Orphan Train Saga continues, Cindy and her mother continue to uncover the secrets in the journals that are hidden in her grandmother’s attic.

The story resumes in 1914, as young Tobias is forced onto the streets of New York City. Like so many other orphans of the era, he learns to lie, cheat, and steal just to survive. Armed with a silver tongue and his wits, Tobias soon finds himself headed west on one of the orphan trains. When that placement doesn’t work, Tobias is returned to NYC and back on the streets he once called home. Slightly older and much wiser, Tobias thrives in his new setting. That is, until he becomes obsessed with Mileta and finds himself on yet another orphan train headed west and adopted into the infamous Purple

Gang Society.

Will this gang, with its emphasis on criminal activity at any cost, claim what is left of the young man’s soul?

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Born in Kentucky, Sherry got her start in writing by pledging to write a happy ending to a good friend who was going through some really tough times. The story surprised her by taking over and practically writing itself. What started off as a way to make her friend smile started her on a journey that would forever change her life. Sherry readily admits to hearing voices and is convinced that being married to her best friend for thirty-eight plus years goes a long way in helping her write happily-ever-afters.

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Al Capone at the Blanche Hotel by Linda Bennett Pennell

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Al Capone at the Blanche Hotel by Linda Bennett Pennell

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Genre – Historical Suspense

Page Count – 320 Pages

Publishing Company – Soul Mate Publishing

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Lake City, Florida, June, 1930: Al Capone checks in for an unusually long stay at the Blanche Hotel, a nice enough joint for an insignificant little whistle stop. The following night, young Jack Blevins witnesses a body being dumped heralding the summer of violence to come. One-by-one, people controlling county vice activities swing from KKK ropes. No moonshine distributor, gaming operator, or brothel madam, black or white, is safe from the Klan’s self-righteous vigilantism. Jack’s older sister Meg, a waitress at the Blanche, and her fiancé, a sheriff’s deputy, discover reasons to believe the lynchings are cover for a much larger ambition than simply ridding the county of vice. Someone, possibly backed by Capone, has secret plans for filling the voids created by the killings. But as the body count grows and crosses burn, they come to realize this knowledge may get all of them killed.

Gainesville, Florida, August, 2011: Liz Reams, an up and coming young academic specializing in the history of American crime, impulsively moves across the continent to follow a man who convinces her of his devotion yet refuses to say the three simple words I love you. Despite entreaties of friends and family, she is attracted to edginess and a certain type of glamour in her men, both living and historical. Her personal life is an emotional roller coaster, but her career options suddenly blossom beyond all expectation, creating a very different type of stress. To deal with it all, Liz loses herself in her professional passion, original research into the life and times of her favorite bad boy, Al Capone. What she discovers about 1930’s summer of violence, and herself in the process, leaves her reeling at first and then changed forever.

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I have been in love with the past for as long as I can remember. Anything with a history, whether shabby or majestic, recent or ancient, instantly draws me in. I suppose it comes from being part of a large extended family that spanned several generations. Long summer afternoons on my grandmother’s porch or winter evenings gathered around her fireplace were filled with stories both entertaining and poignant. Of course being set in the American South, those stories were also peopled by some very interesting characters, some of whom have found their way into my work.

As for my venture in writing, it has allowed me to reinvent myself. We humans are truly multifaceted creatures, but unfortunately we tend to sort and categorize each other into neat, easily understood packages that rarely reveal the whole person. Perhaps you, too, want to step out of the box in which you find yourself. I encourage you to look at the possibilities and imagine. Be filled with childlike wonder in your mental wanderings. Envision what might be, not simply what is. Let us never forget, all good fiction begins when someone says to her or himself, “Let’s pretend.”

I reside in the Houston area with one sweet husband and one adorable German Shorthaired Pointer who is quite certain she’s a little girl.

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Monty and the Monster by Rhonda Smiley

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Monty and the Monster by Rhonda Smiley
Genre – Middle Grade adventure
Page Count – 232 Pages
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When seventh grader Monty Hyde moves for the fourth time in two years, it’s the same old story. New neighborhood, new school, new bullies, no friends. With his dad working all the time and his older brother too popular to notice, he’s the lonely outcast yet again. That is, until he finds a mysterious replication serum in his basement and decides to make a friend. From scratch.
But when his creation turns out to be a stinky, hairy eight-foot-tall monster that might be eating the neighborhood kids, Monty knows he must undo his experiment. Problem is, it’s the best friend he’s ever had.

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Rhonda Smiley is a writer living in Glendale, California. After graduating from Concordia University in her native Montreal, Canada with a BFA in Film Production, she began writing for television. Her passion for storytelling led her to become an author and her first novel, the young adult fantasy “Asper,” was awarded the BRAG medallion. “Monty and the Monster” is her second book. Visit her website to learn more about her TV shows and books.

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