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Pump Up Your Book’s 12 Days of Christmas December ‘09 Authors on Virtual Book Tour – Day 12

Posted by admin on December 16, 2009

Welcome to Day Twelve of Pump Up Your Book’s 12 Days of Christmas December ’09 Authors on Virtual Book Tour! Follow along as these talented authors travel the blogosphere all month long to talk about their books, their lives and their future projects. Leave a comment at their blog stops and you could win a FREE virtual book tour if you’re a published author with a recent release or a $50 Amazon gift certificate if you are not published. So, pick your favorites, follow their tours, and make sure you leave them a note to tell them you stopped by!

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Mass Casualties

Michael Anthony, author of the Iraq war memoir, Mass Casualties: A Young Medic’s True Story of Death, Deception, and Dishonor in Iraq will be stopping off at Bookfoolery! They say the Army makes a man out of you, but for eighteen-year-old SPC Michael Anthony, this fabled rite of passage is instead a dark and dangerous journey. After obtaining his parents’ approval to enlist at seventeen, Anthony begins this journey with an unshakable faith in the military based on his family’s long tradition of service. But when he finds himself in a medical unit of misfits as lost as he is, Anthony not only witnesses firsthand the unspeakable horror of war, he experiences the undeniable misconduct of the military. Everything he’s ever believed in dissolves, forcing Anthony to rethink his ideals and ultimately risk his career—and his freedom—to challenge the military that once commanded his loyalty. This searing memoir chronicles the experiences that change one young soldier forever. You can visit his website at www.masscasualties.com

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Accidental Lessons

David W. Berner, author of the memoir, Accidental Lessons, will be stopping off at Brizmus Blogs Books! Accidental Lessons is a remarkable memoir by successful Chicago journalist David W. Berner. Berner takes the reader inside his own personal journey; a heart wrenching and inspirational account of self-discovery. After a series of personal upheavals – his marriage falls apart, his father becomes terminally ill, and his career crumbles – this respected reporter makes a difficult decision that changes his life forever. Berner takes a job in a public school outside Chicago where the students are facing traumatic obstacles – dysfunctional families, gangs, and drugs. What he learns from them teaches him invaluable lessons about himself, who he is, and why he became a journalist in the first place – to seek out the truth and give voice to those who need their story told. You can visit his website at www.davidwberner.com or www.accidentallessons.com.

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The 3 Secret Pillars of Wealth

James Burns, author of the financial nonfiction book, The 3 Secret Pillars of Wealth, will be stopping off at Bookshipper and Reading for Sanity! The 3 Secret Pillars of Wealth is a virtual survivor’s manual for the investor informing them of what they face in the future that is new and unpredictable and how much investing is costing them with traditional investment vehicles. Forward-thinking financial planners will avail themselves of the technical information outlined in The 3 Secret Pillars of Wealth, while the average investor will have a roadmap that guides them to financial success. One of many recent books to go against the grain and inform the public how much investing is costing them and how they are in a losing battle where executives of the big investment firms take $52 million dollar Christmas bonuses. The book is ultimately written for entrepreneurs and investors who are busy with life or lack financial education and are defenseless targets by opportunists abusing the financial planning system because of the compensation grids unique to the U.S. You can visit his website at www.3pillarsofwealth.com.

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Rain Dance

Joy Dekok, author of the contemporary women’s novel, Rain Dance, will be stopping off at Crazy for Books and  Mozi Esme! Jonica is infertile. Stacie chooses an abortion. One is prolife the other prochoice. Both are suddenly alone in misunderstanding, facing hypocrisies in their belief systems, and grieving – one the death of a dream and the other the death of her child. As their hearts break where in the world will they find healing and grace? Can shattered dreams be part of the plan? You can visit her website at www.joydekok.com.

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World War II Heroes of Southern Delaware

James Diehl, author of the historical nonfiction, World War II Heroes of Southern Delaware will be stopping off at Working Writers! World War II Heroes of Southern Delaware is a book unlike any other ever written. In its pages are profiles of 50 ordinary Americans who did extraordinary things during a time unlike any other in American history. These are men and women who today call southern Delaware home. In the 1940s, these brave Americans put their lives on hold to fight for freedom and democracy against the horrific threat imposed on the world by Emperor Hirohito of Japan and German Fuhrer Adolph Hitler. When Imperial Japan attacked the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941, the world changed forever. These men and women were a big part of that change; they fought to protect our freedom and our way of life. You can visit his website at www.ww2-heroes.com.

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The Possibility of Everything

Hope Edelman, author of the personal memoir, The Possibility of Everything, will be stopping off at Book Reviews by Buuklvr81! From the bestselling author of Motherless Daughters, the real-life story of one woman’s search for a cure to her family’s escalating troubles, and the leap of faith that changed everything for her. In the autumn of 2000, Hope Edelman was a woman adrift, questioning her place in her marriage, her profession, and the larger world. Feeling vulnerable and isolated, she was primed for change. Into her stagnant routine dropped Dodo, her three-year-old daughter Maya’s curiously disruptive imaginary friend. Confused and worried about how to handle Maya and Dodo’s apparent hold on her, Edelman and her husband made the unlikely choice to bring her to Mayan healers in Belize, hoping that a shaman might help them banish Dodo-and, as they came to understand, all he represented-from their lives. You can visit her website at www.thepossibilityofeverything.com.

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Purged by Darkness

Michael Estepa, author of the young adult crime fiction book, Purged by Darkness, will be stopping off at Lori’s Reading Corner and Reading for Sanity! Purged by Darkness revolves around six friends in Melbourne, Australia, and their journey inside the organised crime syndicate known as the Triads. In the gang lifestyle, honor and absolute loyalty is demanded of all members, while fear, death and betrayal often follow. The group’s friendship endures as the six try to define their lives interwoven with their life of crime. In their world, no one ever wins and everyone involved finds it too difficult to ever get out. To them, the city represents violence and the countryside, peace. In this strange existence, love and loyalty among the friends flourish because they can only depend on each other. But friendship is pushed beyond all normal limits, as danger waits at every turn. You can visit his website at www.michaelestepa.com.

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Hakim and Terrance

Bernadine Fegins, author of the children’s book, Hakim and Terrance Shadow Mystery, will be stopping off at Giving Reading a Chance and As the Pages Turn! Hakim and Terrance Shadow Mystery is a wonderful story about a lost dog. Two best friends go on an adventure to bring Shadow home. Along the way you will meet nice neighbors, some kind business owners and many others. The mystery begins when someone finally provides a clue. What do you think that clue is? Find out today with your purchase of Hakim and Terrance Shadow Mystery. You can visit her website at http://www.mvpmedia1.com/feaginsworld/.

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The Truth

Barbara Becker Holstein, author of the tween and teen fiction book, The Truth: I’m a Girl, I’m Smart and I Know Everything, will be stopping off at A Mom After God’s Own Heart and Lady D Books! THE TRUTH, (I’m a girl, I’m smart and I know everything) is a delightful, humorous secret diary, written by a girl who is 10-11 years of age. She is wise and yet so innocent. She makes us laugh and cry and know that we are secretly heroines. This easy read for girls, (the mother’s edition has a different introduction, different questions at the end, and some pages that are slightly more sophisticated) has within it a psychological message for girls, that they can and must hold on to the best of themselves as they grow up. Girls love the book and so do their mothers. Girls recognize themselves and finally feel totally understood while their moms remember themselves, feel closer to their daughters and everyone has lots to talk about. You can visit her website at www.enchantedself.com.

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Wind of the Spirit

Joan Hochstetler, author of the historical novel, Wind of the Spirit, will be stopping off at Thoughts in Progress! Elizabeth Howard’s assignment to gain crucial intelligence for General Washington leads her into the very maw of war at the Battle of Brooklyn Heights, where disaster threatens to end the American rebellion. Yet her heart is fixed on Jonathan Carleton, whose whereabouts remain unknown more than a year after he disappeared into the wilderness. Carleton, now the Shawnee war chief White Eagle, is caught in a bitter war of his own. As unseen forces gather to destroy him, he leads the fight against white settlers encroaching on Shawnee lands—while battling the longing for Elizabeth that will not give him peace. Can her love bridge the miles that separate them—and the savage bonds that threaten to tear him forever from her arms? You can visit her website at www.jmhochstetler.com

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Buckley's Story

Ingrid King, author of the personal memoir, Buckley’s Story, will be stopping off at Reading at the Beach! Buckley’s Story is the story of how one small cat changed the author’s life in ways she never could have imagined. In this warm-hearted memoir, Ingrid King shares the story of Buckley, a joyful, enthusiastic and affectionate tortoiseshell cat she meets while managing a veterinary hospital. When Ingrid leaves her job at the veterinary hospital to start her own business, Buckley comes home to live with her and Amber, another tortoiseshell cat who had adopted the author several years earlier. Buckley’s Story is a celebration of the soul connection between animals and humans, a connection that is eternal and transcends the physical dimension. You can visit her website at www.ingridking.com.

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War on Privacy

Jacqueline Klosek, author of the legal human rights book, War on Privacy, will be stopping off at Entertainment Realm! In today’s globalized society, the war on terror has negatively affected privacy rights not just in the United States, but everywhere. When privacy rights are curtailed around the world, American efforts to spread freedom and democracy are hindered, and as a consequence, Americans are less secure in the world. Ironically, the erosion of individual privacy rights, here and abroad, has been happening in the name of enhancing national security. This book sheds light on this apparent contradiction, and argues that governments must do more to preserve privacy rights while endeavoring to protect their citizens against future terrorist attacks. You can visit her website at www.jacquelineklosek.com.

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Tales for Delicious Girls

Barbora Knobova, author of the relationship book, Tales for Delicious Girls, will be stopping off at Divine Caroline! Twenty-five exhilarating real-life stories about delicious women, eccentric men and stubborn dogs. This book is meant to entertain you. It will make you laugh until there are tears in your eyes. It will become your faithful companion, and will help you find yourself. It was written for you because you’re delicious – the most delicious girl in the world. Tales for Delicious Girls offers witty, refreshing, clever and ironic insight into relationships between men and women from all points of view. The book is a modern relationship manual, providing answers to the most pressing dating and friendship questions that strong, independent, modern women want to know. “Tales for Delicious Girls” deals with wishes, desires and dreams – as well as hilarious mishaps and dating disasters. You can visit her website at www.barboraknobova.com.

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Evolution of a Sad Woman

Gale Laure, author of the mystery thriller, Evolution of a Sad Woman, will be stopping off at Books, Books, The Magical Fruit and, Introducing Writers and  American Chronicle! Five very different men – all strangers – are drawn together to solve a murder by an uncommon thread – the love of the same beautiful woman, Kizzy. When she is murdered, they pull their past into their present, their present explodes, and their future is filled with surprise and changed forever! When police detective Evan Picard, attorney William Newton, cabdriver Jimmy Smithson, former pro-football player turned used car salesman Tom Hastings and Father C.D. Casmiersky are forced together – personalities explode, tensions build and relationships develop. The ending to this chapter of their lives and to Kizzy’s murder will have a surprise none of them will ever expect. You can visit her website at www.evolutionofasadwoman.com.

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A Jolly Good Fellow

Stephen Masse, author of the suspense fiction novel, A Jolly Good Fellow, will be stopping off at Libby’s Library News, The Library of a Distracted MusicianBrizmus Blogs Books and Broken Teepee! Two weeks before Christmas, Duncan Wagner gets into his car for another attempt at kidnapping the son of his most despised enemy, State Representative Win Booker. When he drives into the wealthy Boston suburb, he is surprised to find the boy hitchhiking. So begins Wagner’s quest for revenge as he finds himself face to face with a real boy, and without a clue about how to run a kidnapping. Wagner, a self-styled charity Santa Claus, comes to realize that eleven year old Gabriel Booker is truly a runaway, much more curious than scared. Gabriel has no idea who Duncan Wagner is—or could be. You can visit his website at www.ajollygoodfellowthebook.com.

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Just Breeze

Beverly Stowe McClure, author of the teen/tween contemporary novel, Just Breeze, will be stopping off at The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection and  A Mom After God’s Own Heart! Eighth grade starts out the same as every other year for Breeze Brannigan. She’s still the tallest student, boy or girl, in her class, wears shoes that would fit an elephant, and her smile reveals dazzling braces that blind everyone within ten feet. She also has to deal with the dented fender on her sister’s VW that they paint to cover up and the new girl in school, Allison, who likes to steal boyfriends. Breeze isn’t concerned. She’s everybody’s bud. No boy is interested in her. Then there’s Cam, AKA Carlomango Christiano y Moises, who Breeze thinks must be from another planet because none of the boys At Whispering Springs Middle School are that polite. He also has a secret, a secret that could mean life or death for Cam and his mother, a secret Breeze must help him keep. You can visit her blog at http://beverlystowemcclure.wordpress.com.

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The Light The Dark & Ember Between

J.W. Nicklaus, author of the book of short stories, The Light, The Dark & Ember Between, will be stopping off at Cafe of Dreams, Broowaha and Review From Here! A collection of short stories, each a splinter’s reflection of the human condition, firmly centered upon our oft tenuous, sometimes tensile bond with Hope, and careening flirtation with Love. Fifteen stories: From the wispy fog of a love lost at sea, to an orphaned child who delivers a present of her own during a war-torn Christmas. These stories are gentle reminders to each of us of what it is to be human, and certainly of our affinity for the slightest glint of Hope. You can visit his website at www.avomnia.com.

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Cemetery Gates

Cemetery Gates

Maryann Paige, author of the horror novel, Cemetery Gates, will be stopping off at The Hot Author Report! Dead things everywhere. Nightmares of bloody bodies and eaten corpses. Michael knows he’s coming for him. The prophecy cannot be fulfilled without him. From behind the Cemetery Gates, his brother, Shane, enters the world. He’ll force Michael and the others to take their rightful place at his side. When Michael decides to go to a neighbor’s party, a beautiful stranger thrusts him into his past. Through meditation, Michael is thrown back into a world he had long tried to forget. He works quickly because time is short. Shane is on the prowl. He’ll force Michael to fulfill his destiny. Only, Michael has a problem with what he was created to do, and he’s tired of running. As he recalls who and what he is, he realizes he’s humankind’s only hope for survival. He decides to battle his brother, not only for the woman he loves, but also for the redemption of his soul. You can visit her website at www.maryannpaige.com.

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One Noble Journey

Dixie Phillips, author of the children’s picture book, One Noble Journey, will be stopping off at As the Pages Turn and 4 the Love of Books! Dixie Phillips has delivered another delightful tale in One Noble Journey. Two cultures collide in the tiny village of Westbury. An orphan girl from the lowlands, the daughter of a Count from the highlands and a baby raccoon will entertain the hearts of children of all ages. One Noble Journey is guaranteed to help shape small souls. Artist is Kim Sponaugle. This award winning duo, Dixie and Kim, teamed up again to produce another winner. Stubby’s Destiny won the Literary Award for Excellence Best of 2008 in the Children’s Animal Story category. Suggested age for readers 3-10. You can visit her online at www.floydslighthouse.com.

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Corrigans' Pool

Dot Ryan, author of the historical fiction novel, Corrigans’ Pool, will be stopping off at Broowaha! Bitter with thoughts of the darkly handsome stranger who promised to marry her and then left town without a word, Ella Corrigan hastily weds a neighboring planter—a man whose cold indifference is merely a disguise for cunning insanity. His cruelty to his slaves horrifies her and, even though her family has owned slaves for generations, she questions the concept of human bondage for the first time while desperately missing her cherished Greenpoole plantation and Corrigan’s Pool … a beautiful phenomenon of nature that the slaves call “Conjuring Pool” for reasons they cannot explain when asked. You can visit her website at www.dotryanbooks.com.

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The Magic Warble

Victoria Simcox, author of the children’s fantasy chapter book, The Magic Warble, will be stopping off at Gothic Asylum Reviews, Pick of the Literate and Shawn’s Sharings! Twelve-year-old Kristina Kingsly feels like the most unpopular girl in her school. The kids all tease her, and she never seems to fit in. But when Kristina receives an unusual Christmas gift, she suddenly finds herself magically transported to the land of Bernovem, home of dwarfs, gnomes, fairies, talking animals, and the evil Queen Sentiz. In Bernovem, Kristina not only fits in, she’s honored as “the chosen one” the only one who can release the land from Queen Sentiz’s control. But it’s not as simple as it seems. To save Bernovem, she must place the gift she was given, the famous “Magic Warble” in its final resting place. And she must travel through the deep forest, climb a treacherous mountain, and risk capture by the queen’s “zelbocks” before she reaches her destination. Guided by her new fairy friends, Clover and Looper and by Prince Werrien, a teenage boy, as well as an assortment of other characters, Kristina sets off on a perilous journey that not only tests her strength but her heart. You can visit her website at www.themagicwarble.com.

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The Dog Ate My Planner

Pat Snyder, author of the book of the humor/self help book, The Dog Ate My Planner, will be stopping off at Denyse Bridger’s Fantasy Pages and Blogging Authors! The Dog Ate My Planner: Tales and Tips from an Overbooked Life offers genuine stress relief to parents, caregivers and everyone else with its upbeat “me too” stories and tips for tackling an overloaded life. With cartoon illustrations throughout, The Dog features short, fun confessionals about a dozen different “dogs” that have made the author’s life go amuck (computers, kids & pets, fashion, health, stress relief, home construction projects, the holidays, food, shopping, self-help, aging parents, partners) along with 74 “Leash Laws” to tame them. Written by a seasoned humor columnist and mother of three, The Dog brings home an important message: Simplify your chaos when you can; when the dogs get out of control, laugh away the chaos and reduce your stress. You can visit her website at www.PatSnyderOnline.com

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The Ghost, The Eggheads and Babe Ruth's Piano

Larry Sweitzer, author of the young adult fiction novel, The Ghost, The Eggheads, and Babe Ruth’s Piano will be stopping off at Libby’s Library News and The Life of an Inanimate Flying Object! It’s the summer of 2004 and Freddie Holtzman can’t wait to get to Camp Mason, a summer camp for eggheads or rather, gifted teens. He hopes to reconnect with Ginny Haig, a girl he met at camp last year. Freddie’s old friends, Logan and Monty, are there along with some new faces. He tries to win Ginny’s affection, but every time he tries to talk to her, he says—and does—nerdy things. At Camp Mason, a science fair pits the eggheads against one another for the top prize of a five thousand dollar scholarship. But, when the projects go missing, friendships are put to the test, relationships get put on hold, and everyone’s a suspect. To make matters worse, the camp is haunted by young Billy Mason who died there decades ago. You can visit his website at www.larrysweitzer.com.

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Hearts of Courage

John Tippets, author of the Alaska Aviation history book, Hearts of Courage, will be stopping off at Books, Books, The Magical Fruit! On January 5, 1943, an airplane with six onboard goes missing in remote Southeast Alaska with the pilot’s only radio message of “one engine has conked out, expect trouble.” The winter weather is extreme, searchers find no signs of the Lockheed-Electra aircraft, and all are presumed lost. One of those passengers was Joseph Tippets, age 29, of Anchorage, Alaska, an employee of the Civil Aeronautics Administration, and the first branch president of the small Latter-day Saint Anchorage congregation. Joseph’s wife, Alta, with her two-year-old son in Anchorage does not give up hope and is a source of strength and encouragement to others. On February 3, the crew of a small coast guard vessel on a routine patrol in Boca de Quadra was stunned to discover two starved and freezing survivors of the missing plane. One of those was Joseph Tippets. You can visit his website at www.JohnTippets.com.

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The Scottish Thistle

Cindy Vallar, author of the historical romance novel, The Scottish Thistle, will be stopping off at Starting Fresh! Loyalty and honor. A Highland warrior prizes both more than life, and when he swears his oath on the dirk, he must obey or die. Duncan Cameron heeds his chief’s order without question, but discovers his wife-to-be is no fair maiden. Although women are no longer trained in the art of fighting, Rory MacGregor follows in the footsteps of her Celtic ancestors. Secrets from the past and superstitious folk endanger Rory and Duncan as much as Bonnie Prince Charlie and his uprising to win back the British throne for his father. Rory and Duncan must make difficult choices that pit honor and duty against trust and love. You can visit her website at www.cindyvallar.com.

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A Note From an Old Acquaintance

Bill Walker, author of the soul searching romance novel, A Note From an Old Acquaintance, will be stopping off at Readaholic and Simply Stacie! Brian Weller is a haunted man. It’s been two years since the tragic accident that left his three-year-old son dead and his wife in an irreversible coma. A popular author of mega-selling thrillers, Brian’s life has reached a crossroads: his new book is stalled, his wife’s prognosis is dire, and he teeters on the brink of despair. Filled with tender romance and taut suspense, A Note from an Old Acquaintance is an unforgettable story about fate, honor, and the power of true love. You can visit his website at www.billwalkerdesigns.com/

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Jesus is for Everybody

Sophia White, author of the inspirational Christian book, Jesus is For Everybody, will be stopping off at TBF Reviews and Luxury Reading! In today’s society it seems like we have everybody telling us what’s right and what’s wrong. The Christian religion has become an expression not of a relationship with God but of a right wing political standpoint. Author Sophia White takes religion out of the courtroom and puts it back where it belongs-in the hearts of Americans everywhere-with her new book “Jesus is for Everybody.” In “Jesus is for Everybody” Sophia explores the science behind the scripture, breaking concepts down into simple, everyday applications that make sense for people of every walk of life and reminds people that religion is meant to be built on a deep, personal relationship with God. Many churches have lost that relationship. There are hundreds of Christians out there floundering because they are so busy trying to be Christians that they’ve forgotten who their father is. You can visit her website at www.jesusisforeverybody.org.

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Pump Up Your Book’s 12 Days of Christmas December ‘09 Authors on Virtual Book Tour – Day 11

Posted by admin on December 15, 2009

Welcome to Day Eleven of Pump Up Your Book’s 12 Days of Christmas December ’09 Authors on Virtual Book Tour! Follow along as these talented authors travel the blogosphere all month long to talk about their books, their lives and their future projects. Leave a comment at their blog stops and you could win a FREE virtual book tour if you’re a published author with a recent release or a $50 Amazon gift certificate if you are not published. So, pick your favorites, follow their tours, and make sure you leave them a note to tell them you stopped by!

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Mass Casualties

Michael Anthony, author of the Iraq war memoir, Mass Casualties: A Young Medic’s True Story of Death, Deception, and Dishonor in Iraq will be stopping off at Broowaha! They say the Army makes a man out of you, but for eighteen-year-old SPC Michael Anthony, this fabled rite of passage is instead a dark and dangerous journey. After obtaining his parents’ approval to enlist at seventeen, Anthony begins this journey with an unshakable faith in the military based on his family’s long tradition of service. But when he finds himself in a medical unit of misfits as lost as he is, Anthony not only witnesses firsthand the unspeakable horror of war, he experiences the undeniable misconduct of the military. Everything he’s ever believed in dissolves, forcing Anthony to rethink his ideals and ultimately risk his career—and his freedom—to challenge the military that once commanded his loyalty. This searing memoir chronicles the experiences that change one young soldier forever. You can visit his website at www.masscasualties.com

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Accidental Lessons

David W. Berner, author of the memoir, Accidental Lessons, will be stopping off at Marta’s Meanderings and Good Books and Good WineAccidental Lessons is a remarkable memoir by successful Chicago journalist David W. Berner. Berner takes the reader inside his own personal journey; a heart wrenching and inspirational account of self-discovery. After a series of personal upheavals – his marriage falls apart, his father becomes terminally ill, and his career crumbles – this respected reporter makes a difficult decision that changes his life forever. Berner takes a job in a public school outside Chicago where the students are facing traumatic obstacles – dysfunctional families, gangs, and drugs. What he learns from them teaches him invaluable lessons about himself, who he is, and why he became a journalist in the first place – to seek out the truth and give voice to those who need their story told. You can visit his website at www.davidwberner.com or www.accidentallessons.com.

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The 3 Secret Pillars of Wealth

James Burns, author of the financial nonfiction book, The 3 Secret Pillars of Wealth, will be stopping off at The Book Faery Reviews! The 3 Secret Pillars of Wealth is a virtual survivor’s manual for the investor informing them of what they face in the future that is new and unpredictable and how much investing is costing them with traditional investment vehicles. Forward-thinking financial planners will avail themselves of the technical information outlined in The 3 Secret Pillars of Wealth, while the average investor will have a roadmap that guides them to financial success. One of many recent books to go against the grain and inform the public how much investing is costing them and how they are in a losing battle where executives of the big investment firms take $52 million dollar Christmas bonuses. The book is ultimately written for entrepreneurs and investors who are busy with life or lack financial education and are defenseless targets by opportunists abusing the financial planning system because of the compensation grids unique to the U.S. You can visit his website at www.3pillarsofwealth.com.

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Rain Dance

Joy Dekok, author of the contemporary women’s novel, Rain Dance, will be stopping off at What You Reading Now?! Jonica is infertile. Stacie chooses an abortion. One is prolife the other prochoice. Both are suddenly alone in misunderstanding, facing hypocrisies in their belief systems, and grieving – one the death of a dream and the other the death of her child. As their hearts break where in the world will they find healing and grace? Can shattered dreams be part of the plan? You can visit her website at www.joydekok.com.

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World War II Heroes of Southern Delaware

James Diehl, author of the historical nonfiction, World War II Heroes of Southern Delaware will be stopping off at A Book and a Chat! World War II Heroes of Southern Delaware is a book unlike any other ever written. In its pages are profiles of 50 ordinary Americans who did extraordinary things during a time unlike any other in American history. These are men and women who today call southern Delaware home. In the 1940s, these brave Americans put their lives on hold to fight for freedom and democracy against the horrific threat imposed on the world by Emperor Hirohito of Japan and German Fuhrer Adolph Hitler. When Imperial Japan attacked the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941, the world changed forever. These men and women were a big part of that change; they fought to protect our freedom and our way of life. You can visit his website at www.ww2-heroes.com.

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The Possibility of Everything

Hope Edelman, author of the personal memoir, The Possibility of Everything, will be stopping off at Brizmus Blogs Books and My Book Views!  From the bestselling author of Motherless Daughters, the real-life story of one woman’s search for a cure to her family’s escalating troubles, and the leap of faith that changed everything for her. In the autumn of 2000, Hope Edelman was a woman adrift, questioning her place in her marriage, her profession, and the larger world. Feeling vulnerable and isolated, she was primed for change. Into her stagnant routine dropped Dodo, her three-year-old daughter Maya’s curiously disruptive imaginary friend. Confused and worried about how to handle Maya and Dodo’s apparent hold on her, Edelman and her husband made the unlikely choice to bring her to Mayan healers in Belize, hoping that a shaman might help them banish Dodo-and, as they came to understand, all he represented-from their lives. You can visit her website at www.thepossibilityofeverything.com.

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Purged by Darkness

Michael Estepa, author of the young adult crime fiction book, Purged by Darkness, will be stopping off at Considering All Things Literary and Book DilettantePurged by Darkness revolves around six friends in Melbourne, Australia, and their journey inside the organised crime syndicate known as the Triads. In the gang lifestyle, honor and absolute loyalty is demanded of all members, while fear, death and betrayal often follow. The group’s friendship endures as the six try to define their lives interwoven with their life of crime. In their world, no one ever wins and everyone involved finds it too difficult to ever get out. To them, the city represents violence and the countryside, peace. In this strange existence, love and loyalty among the friends flourish because they can only depend on each other. But friendship is pushed beyond all normal limits, as danger waits at every turn. You can visit his website at www.michaelestepa.com.

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Hakim and Terrance

Bernadine Fegins, author of the children’s book, Hakim and Terrance Shadow Mystery, will be stopping off at Jen’s Book Talk and Lady D Books!  Hakim and Terrance Shadow Mystery is a wonderful story about a lost dog. Two best friends go on an adventure to bring Shadow home. Along the way you will meet nice neighbors, some kind business owners and many others. The mystery begins when someone finally provides a clue. What do you think that clue is? Find out today with your purchase of Hakim and Terrance Shadow Mystery. You can visit her website at http://www.mvpmedia1.com/feaginsworld/.

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The Truth

Barbara Becker Holstein, author of the tween and teen fiction book, The Truth: I’m a Girl, I’m Smart and I Know Everything, will be stopping off at Mom’s Not All! THE TRUTH, (I’m a girl, I’m smart and I know everything) is a delightful, humorous secret diary, written by a girl who is 10-11 years of age. She is wise and yet so innocent. She makes us laugh and cry and know that we are secretly heroines. This easy read for girls, (the mother’s edition has a different introduction, different questions at the end, and some pages that are slightly more sophisticated) has within it a psychological message for girls, that they can and must hold on to the best of themselves as they grow up. Girls love the book and so do their mothers. Girls recognize themselves and finally feel totally understood while their moms remember themselves, feel closer to their daughters and everyone has lots to talk about. You can visit her website at www.enchantedself.com.

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Wind of the Spirit

Joan Hochstetler, author of the historical novel, Wind of the Spirit, will be stopping off at The Book Rack! Elizabeth Howard’s assignment to gain crucial intelligence for General Washington leads her into the very maw of war at the Battle of Brooklyn Heights, where disaster threatens to end the American rebellion. Yet her heart is fixed on Jonathan Carleton, whose whereabouts remain unknown more than a year after he disappeared into the wilderness. Carleton, now the Shawnee war chief White Eagle, is caught in a bitter war of his own. As unseen forces gather to destroy him, he leads the fight against white settlers encroaching on Shawnee lands—while battling the longing for Elizabeth that will not give him peace. Can her love bridge the miles that separate them—and the savage bonds that threaten to tear him forever from her arms? You can visit her website at www.jmhochstetler.com

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Buckley's Story

Ingrid King, author of the personal memoir, Buckley’s Story, will be stopping off at The Animal Communication Book Club! Buckley’s Story is the story of how one small cat changed the author’s life in ways she never could have imagined. In this warm-hearted memoir, Ingrid King shares the story of Buckley, a joyful, enthusiastic and affectionate tortoiseshell cat she meets while managing a veterinary hospital. When Ingrid leaves her job at the veterinary hospital to start her own business, Buckley comes home to live with her and Amber, another tortoiseshell cat who had adopted the author several years earlier. Buckley’s Story is a celebration of the soul connection between animals and humans, a connection that is eternal and transcends the physical dimension. You can visit her website at www.ingridking.com.

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War on Privacy

Jacqueline Klosek, author of the legal human rights book, War on Privacy, will be stopping off at Considering All Things Literary! In today’s globalized society, the war on terror has negatively affected privacy rights not just in the United States, but everywhere. When privacy rights are curtailed around the world, American efforts to spread freedom and democracy are hindered, and as a consequence, Americans are less secure in the world. Ironically, the erosion of individual privacy rights, here and abroad, has been happening in the name of enhancing national security. This book sheds light on this apparent contradiction, and argues that governments must do more to preserve privacy rights while endeavoring to protect their citizens against future terrorist attacks. You can visit her website at www.jacquelineklosek.com.

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Tales for Delicious Girls

Barbora Knobova, author of the relationship book, Tales for Delicious Girls, will be stopping off at Caridad Pineiro! Twenty-five exhilarating real-life stories about delicious women, eccentric men and stubborn dogs. This book is meant to entertain you. It will make you laugh until there are tears in your eyes. It will become your faithful companion, and will help you find yourself. It was written for you because you’re delicious – the most delicious girl in the world. Tales for Delicious Girls offers witty, refreshing, clever and ironic insight into relationships between men and women from all points of view. The book is a modern relationship manual, providing answers to the most pressing dating and friendship questions that strong, independent, modern women want to know. “Tales for Delicious Girls” deals with wishes, desires and dreams – as well as hilarious mishaps and dating disasters. You can visit her website at www.barboraknobova.com.

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Evolution of a Sad Woman

Gale Laure, author of the mystery thriller, Evolution of a Sad Woman, will be stopping off at American Chronicle! Five very different men – all strangers – are drawn together to solve a murder by an uncommon thread – the love of the same beautiful woman, Kizzy. When she is murdered, they pull their past into their present, their present explodes, and their future is filled with surprise and changed forever! When police detective Evan Picard, attorney William Newton, cabdriver Jimmy Smithson, former pro-football player turned used car salesman Tom Hastings and Father C.D. Casmiersky are forced together – personalities explode, tensions build and relationships develop. The ending to this chapter of their lives and to Kizzy’s murder will have a surprise none of them will ever expect. You can visit her website at www.evolutionofasadwoman.com.

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A Jolly Good Fellow

Stephen Masse, author of the suspense fiction novel, A Jolly Good Fellow, will be stopping off at Rundpinne and Libby’s Library News!  Two weeks before Christmas, Duncan Wagner gets into his car for another attempt at kidnapping the son of his most despised enemy, State Representative Win Booker. When he drives into the wealthy Boston suburb, he is surprised to find the boy hitchhiking. So begins Wagner’s quest for revenge as he finds himself face to face with a real boy, and without a clue about how to run a kidnapping. Wagner, a self-styled charity Santa Claus, comes to realize that eleven year old Gabriel Booker is truly a runaway, much more curious than scared. Gabriel has no idea who Duncan Wagner is—or could be. You can visit his website at www.ajollygoodfellowthebook.com.

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Just Breeze

Beverly Stowe McClure, author of the teen/tween contemporary novel, Just Breeze, will be stopping off at Must Read Faster , As the Pages Turn and Write for a Reader!  Eighth grade starts out the same as every other year for Breeze Brannigan. She’s still the tallest student, boy or girl, in her class, wears shoes that would fit an elephant, and her smile reveals dazzling braces that blind everyone within ten feet. She also has to deal with the dented fender on her sister’s VW that they paint to cover up and the new girl in school, Allison, who likes to steal boyfriends. Breeze isn’t concerned. She’s everybody’s bud. No boy is interested in her. Then there’s Cam, AKA Carlomango Christiano y Moises, who Breeze thinks must be from another planet because none of the boys At Whispering Springs Middle School are that polite. He also has a secret, a secret that could mean life or death for Cam and his mother, a secret Breeze must help him keep. You can visit her blog at http://beverlystowemcclure.wordpress.com.

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The Light The Dark & Ember Between

J.W. Nicklaus, author of the book of short stories, The Light, The Dark & Ember Between, will be stopping off at Books, Books, The Magical Fruit ,Pump Up Your Book and Allvoices!  A collection of short stories, each a splinter’s reflection of the human condition, firmly centered upon our oft tenuous, sometimes tensile bond with Hope, and careening flirtation with Love. Fifteen stories: From the wispy fog of a love lost at sea, to an orphaned child who delivers a present of her own during a war-torn Christmas. These stories are gentle reminders to each of us of what it is to be human, and certainly of our affinity for the slightest glint of Hope. You can visit his website at www.avomnia.com.

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Cemetery Gates

Cemetery Gates

Maryann Paige, author of the horror novel, Cemetery Gates, will be stopping off at The Hot Author Report! Dead things everywhere. Nightmares of bloody bodies and eaten corpses. Michael knows he’s coming for him. The prophecy cannot be fulfilled without him. From behind the Cemetery Gates, his brother, Shane, enters the world. He’ll force Michael and the others to take their rightful place at his side. When Michael decides to go to a neighbor’s party, a beautiful stranger thrusts him into his past. Through meditation, Michael is thrown back into a world he had long tried to forget. He works quickly because time is short. Shane is on the prowl. He’ll force Michael to fulfill his destiny. Only, Michael has a problem with what he was created to do, and he’s tired of running. As he recalls who and what he is, he realizes he’s humankind’s only hope for survival. He decides to battle his brother, not only for the woman he loves, but also for the redemption of his soul. You can visit her website at www.maryannpaige.com.

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One Noble Journey

Dixie Phillips, author of the children’s picture book, One Noble Journey, will be stopping off at 4 the Love of Books! Dixie Phillips has delivered another delightful tale in One Noble Journey. Two cultures collide in the tiny village of Westbury. An orphan girl from the lowlands, the daughter of a Count from the highlands and a baby raccoon will entertain the hearts of children of all ages. One Noble Journey is guaranteed to help shape small souls. Artist is Kim Sponaugle. This award winning duo, Dixie and Kim, teamed up again to produce another winner. Stubby’s Destiny won the Literary Award for Excellence Best of 2008 in the Children’s Animal Story category. Suggested age for readers 3-10. You can visit her online at www.floydslighthouse.com.

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Corrigans' Pool

Dot Ryan, author of the historical fiction novel, Corrigans’ Pool, will be stopping off at As the Pages Turn! Bitter with thoughts of the darkly handsome stranger who promised to marry her and then left town without a word, Ella Corrigan hastily weds a neighboring planter—a man whose cold indifference is merely a disguise for cunning insanity. His cruelty to his slaves horrifies her and, even though her family has owned slaves for generations, she questions the concept of human bondage for the first time while desperately missing her cherished Greenpoole plantation and Corrigan’s Pool … a beautiful phenomenon of nature that the slaves call “Conjuring Pool” for reasons they cannot explain when asked. You can visit her website at www.dotryanbooks.com.

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The Magic Warble

Victoria Simcox, author of the children’s fantasy chapter book, The Magic Warble, will be stopping off at Gothic Asylum Reviews and Kylee’s Journal!  Twelve-year-old Kristina Kingsly feels like the most unpopular girl in her school. The kids all tease her, and she never seems to fit in. But when Kristina receives an unusual Christmas gift, she suddenly finds herself magically transported to the land of Bernovem, home of dwarfs, gnomes, fairies, talking animals, and the evil Queen Sentiz. In Bernovem, Kristina not only fits in, she’s honored as “the chosen one” the only one who can release the land from Queen Sentiz’s control. But it’s not as simple as it seems. To save Bernovem, she must place the gift she was given, the famous “Magic Warble” in its final resting place. And she must travel through the deep forest, climb a treacherous mountain, and risk capture by the queen’s “zelbocks” before she reaches her destination. Guided by her new fairy friends, Clover and Looper and by Prince Werrien, a teenage boy, as well as an assortment of other characters, Kristina sets off on a perilous journey that not only tests her strength but her heart. You can visit her website at www.themagicwarble.com.

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The Dog Ate My Planner

Pat Snyder, author of the book of the humor/self help book, The Dog Ate My Planner, will be stopping off at Beth’s Book Review Blog! The Dog Ate My Planner: Tales and Tips from an Overbooked Life offers genuine stress relief to parents, caregivers and everyone else with its upbeat “me too” stories and tips for tackling an overloaded life. With cartoon illustrations throughout, The Dog features short, fun confessionals about a dozen different “dogs” that have made the author’s life go amuck (computers, kids & pets, fashion, health, stress relief, home construction projects, the holidays, food, shopping, self-help, aging parents, partners) along with 74 “Leash Laws” to tame them. Written by a seasoned humor columnist and mother of three, The Dog brings home an important message: Simplify your chaos when you can; when the dogs get out of control, laugh away the chaos and reduce your stress. You can visit her website at www.PatSnyderOnline.com

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The Ghost, The Eggheads and Babe Ruth's Piano

Larry Sweitzer, author of the young adult fiction novel, The Ghost, The Eggheads, and Babe Ruth’s Piano will be stopping off at One Person’s Journey Through a World of Books and Northern Mama!  It’s the summer of 2004 and Freddie Holtzman can’t wait to get to Camp Mason, a summer camp for eggheads or rather, gifted teens. He hopes to reconnect with Ginny Haig, a girl he met at camp last year. Freddie’s old friends, Logan and Monty, are there along with some new faces. He tries to win Ginny’s affection, but every time he tries to talk to her, he says—and does—nerdy things. At Camp Mason, a science fair pits the eggheads against one another for the top prize of a five thousand dollar scholarship. But, when the projects go missing, friendships are put to the test, relationships get put on hold, and everyone’s a suspect. To make matters worse, the camp is haunted by young Billy Mason who died there decades ago. You can visit his website at www.larrysweitzer.com.

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Hearts of Courage

John Tippets, author of the Alaska Aviation history book, Hearts of Courage, will be stopping off at A Bookworm Reads! On January 5, 1943, an airplane with six onboard goes missing in remote Southeast Alaska with the pilot’s only radio message of “one engine has conked out, expect trouble.” The winter weather is extreme, searchers find no signs of the Lockheed-Electra aircraft, and all are presumed lost. One of those passengers was Joseph Tippets, age 29, of Anchorage, Alaska, an employee of the Civil Aeronautics Administration, and the first branch president of the small Latter-day Saint Anchorage congregation. Joseph’s wife, Alta, with her two-year-old son in Anchorage does not give up hope and is a source of strength and encouragement to others. On February 3, the crew of a small coast guard vessel on a routine patrol in Boca de Quadra was stunned to discover two starved and freezing survivors of the missing plane. One of those was Joseph Tippets. You can visit his website at www.JohnTippets.com.

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The Scottish Thistle

Cindy Vallar, author of the historical romance novel, The Scottish Thistle, will be stopping off at Broowaha! Loyalty and honor. A Highland warrior prizes both more than life, and when he swears his oath on the dirk, he must obey or die. Duncan Cameron heeds his chief’s order without question, but discovers his wife-to-be is no fair maiden. Although women are no longer trained in the art of fighting, Rory MacGregor follows in the footsteps of her Celtic ancestors. Secrets from the past and superstitious folk endanger Rory and Duncan as much as Bonnie Prince Charlie and his uprising to win back the British throne for his father. Rory and Duncan must make difficult choices that pit honor and duty against trust and love. You can visit her website at www.cindyvallar.com.

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A Note From an Old Acquaintance

Bill Walker, author of the soul searching romance novel, A Note From an Old Acquaintance, will be stopping off at Reading at the Beach and Lori’s Reading Corner!  Brian Weller is a haunted man. It’s been two years since the tragic accident that left his three-year-old son dead and his wife in an irreversible coma. A popular author of mega-selling thrillers, Brian’s life has reached a crossroads: his new book is stalled, his wife’s prognosis is dire, and he teeters on the brink of despair. Filled with tender romance and taut suspense, A Note from an Old Acquaintance is an unforgettable story about fate, honor, and the power of true love. You can visit his website at www.billwalkerdesigns.com/

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Jesus is for Everybody

Sophia White, author of the inspirational Christian book, Jesus is For Everybody, will be stopping off at Jennifer’s Book Reviews! In today’s society it seems like we have everybody telling us what’s right and what’s wrong. The Christian religion has become an expression not of a relationship with God but of a right wing political standpoint. Author Sophia White takes religion out of the courtroom and puts it back where it belongs-in the hearts of Americans everywhere-with her new book “Jesus is for Everybody.” In “Jesus is for Everybody” Sophia explores the science behind the scripture, breaking concepts down into simple, everyday applications that make sense for people of every walk of life and reminds people that religion is meant to be built on a deep, personal relationship with God. Many churches have lost that relationship. There are hundreds of Christians out there floundering because they are so busy trying to be Christians that they’ve forgotten who their father is. You can visit her website at www.jesusisforeverybody.org.

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Pump Up Your Book’s 12 Days of Christmas December ‘09 Authors on Virtual Book Tour – Day 10

Posted by admin on December 14, 2009

Welcome to Day Ten of Pump Up Your Book’s 12 Days of Christmas December ’09 Authors on Virtual Book Tour! Follow along as these talented authors travel the blogosphere all month long to talk about their books, their lives and their future projects. Leave a comment at their blog stops and you could win a FREE virtual book tour if you’re a published author with a recent release or a $50 Amazon gift certificate if you are not published. So, pick your favorites, follow their tours, and make sure you leave them a note to tell them you stopped by!

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Mass Casualties

Michael Anthony, author of the Iraq war memoir, Mass Casualties: A Young Medic’s True Story of Death, Deception, and Dishonor in Iraq will be stopping off at Allvoices! They say the Army makes a man out of you, but for eighteen-year-old SPC Michael Anthony, this fabled rite of passage is instead a dark and dangerous journey. After obtaining his parents’ approval to enlist at seventeen, Anthony begins this journey with an unshakable faith in the military based on his family’s long tradition of service. But when he finds himself in a medical unit of misfits as lost as he is, Anthony not only witnesses firsthand the unspeakable horror of war, he experiences the undeniable misconduct of the military. Everything he’s ever believed in dissolves, forcing Anthony to rethink his ideals and ultimately risk his career—and his freedom—to challenge the military that once commanded his loyalty. This searing memoir chronicles the experiences that change one young soldier forever. You can visit his website at www.masscasualties.com

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Gringos in Paradise

Malana Ashlie, author of the travel autobiography, Gringos in Paradise: Our Honduras Odyssey, will be stopping off at Pump Up Your Book! Gringos in Paradise by Malana Ashlie is a delightfully amusing and lighthearted autobiography chronicling her move from Hawai’i to the Caribbean Coast of Honduras. When she and her husband decide to relocate to a more secluded paradise the fun begins. She shares the trials and triumphs of building a new life in Central America, in what can best be described as a spiritual journey of faith. You can visit her website at www.wisdompathway.com.

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Accidental Lessons

David W. Berner, author of the memoir, Accidental Lessons, will be stopping off at Marta’s Meanderings! Accidental Lessons is a remarkable memoir by successful Chicago journalist David W. Berner. Berner takes the reader inside his own personal journey; a heart wrenching and inspirational account of self-discovery. After a series of personal upheavals – his marriage falls apart, his father becomes terminally ill, and his career crumbles – this respected reporter makes a difficult decision that changes his life forever. Berner takes a job in a public school outside Chicago where the students are facing traumatic obstacles – dysfunctional families, gangs, and drugs. What he learns from them teaches him invaluable lessons about himself, who he is, and why he became a journalist in the first place – to seek out the truth and give voice to those who need their story told. You can visit his website at www.davidwberner.com or www.accidentallessons.com.

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The 3 Secret Pillars of Wealth

James Burns, author of the financial nonfiction book, The 3 Secret Pillars of Wealth, will be stopping off at Examiner! The 3 Secret Pillars of Wealth is a virtual survivor’s manual for the investor informing them of what they face in the future that is new and unpredictable and how much investing is costing them with traditional investment vehicles. Forward-thinking financial planners will avail themselves of the technical information outlined in The 3 Secret Pillars of Wealth, while the average investor will have a roadmap that guides them to financial success. One of many recent books to go against the grain and inform the public how much investing is costing them and how they are in a losing battle where executives of the big investment firms take $52 million dollar Christmas bonuses. The book is ultimately written for entrepreneurs and investors who are busy with life or lack financial education and are defenseless targets by opportunists abusing the financial planning system because of the compensation grids unique to the U.S. You can visit his website at www.3pillarsofwealth.com.

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Rain Dance

Joy Dekok, author of the contemporary women’s novel, Rain Dance, will be stopping off at Book Reviews by Buukluvr81! Jonica is infertile. Stacie chooses an abortion. One is prolife the other prochoice. Both are suddenly alone in misunderstanding, facing hypocrisies in their belief systems, and grieving – one the death of a dream and the other the death of her child. As their hearts break where in the world will they find healing and grace? Can shattered dreams be part of the plan? You can visit her website at www.joydekok.com.

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World War II Heroes of Southern Delaware

James Diehl, author of the historical nonfiction, World War II Heroes of Southern Delaware will be stopping off at Beth’s Book Review Blog! World War II Heroes of Southern Delaware is a book unlike any other ever written. In its pages are profiles of 50 ordinary Americans who did extraordinary things during a time unlike any other in American history. These are men and women who today call southern Delaware home. In the 1940s, these brave Americans put their lives on hold to fight for freedom and democracy against the horrific threat imposed on the world by Emperor Hirohito of Japan and German Fuhrer Adolph Hitler. When Imperial Japan attacked the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941, the world changed forever. These men and women were a big part of that change; they fought to protect our freedom and our way of life. You can visit his website at www.ww2-heroes.com.

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The Possibility of Everything

Hope Edelman, author of the personal memoir, The Possibility of Everything, will be stopping off at Pump Up Your Book! From the bestselling author of Motherless Daughters, the real-life story of one woman’s search for a cure to her family’s escalating troubles, and the leap of faith that changed everything for her. In the autumn of 2000, Hope Edelman was a woman adrift, questioning her place in her marriage, her profession, and the larger world. Feeling vulnerable and isolated, she was primed for change. Into her stagnant routine dropped Dodo, her three-year-old daughter Maya’s curiously disruptive imaginary friend. Confused and worried about how to handle Maya and Dodo’s apparent hold on her, Edelman and her husband made the unlikely choice to bring her to Mayan healers in Belize, hoping that a shaman might help them banish Dodo-and, as they came to understand, all he represented-from their lives. You can visit her website at www.thepossibilityofeverything.com.

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Purged by Darkness

Michael Estepa, author of the young adult crime fiction book, Purged by Darkness, will be stopping off at Considering All Things Literary and First ChaptersPurged by Darkness revolves around six friends in Melbourne, Australia, and their journey inside the organised crime syndicate known as the Triads. In the gang lifestyle, honor and absolute loyalty is demanded of all members, while fear, death and betrayal often follow. The group’s friendship endures as the six try to define their lives interwoven with their life of crime. In their world, no one ever wins and everyone involved finds it too difficult to ever get out. To them, the city represents violence and the countryside, peace. In this strange existence, love and loyalty among the friends flourish because they can only depend on each other. But friendship is pushed beyond all normal limits, as danger waits at every turn. You can visit his website at www.michaelestepa.com.

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Hakim and Terrance

Bernadine Fegins, author of the children’s book, Hakim and Terrance Shadow Mystery, will be stopping off at Paperback Writer and A Book Blogger’s Diary!  Hakim and Terrance Shadow Mystery is a wonderful story about a lost dog. Two best friends go on an adventure to bring Shadow home. Along the way you will meet nice neighbors, some kind business owners and many others. The mystery begins when someone finally provides a clue. What do you think that clue is? Find out today with your purchase of Hakim and Terrance Shadow Mystery. You can visit her website at http://www.mvpmedia1.com/feaginsworld/.

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The Truth

Barbara Becker Holstein, author of the tween and teen fiction book, The Truth: I’m a Girl, I’m Smart and I Know Everything, will be stopping off at What You Reading Now?! THE TRUTH, (I’m a girl, I’m smart and I know everything) is a delightful, humorous secret diary, written by a girl who is 10-11 years of age. She is wise and yet so innocent. She makes us laugh and cry and know that we are secretly heroines. This easy read for girls, (the mother’s edition has a different introduction, different questions at the end, and some pages that are slightly more sophisticated) has within it a psychological message for girls, that they can and must hold on to the best of themselves as they grow up. Girls love the book and so do their mothers. Girls recognize themselves and finally feel totally understood while their moms remember themselves, feel closer to their daughters and everyone has lots to talk about. You can visit her website at www.enchantedself.com.

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Wind of the Spirit

Joan Hochstetler, author of the historical novel, Wind of the Spirit, will be stopping off at As the Pages Turn! Elizabeth Howard’s assignment to gain crucial intelligence for General Washington leads her into the very maw of war at the Battle of Brooklyn Heights, where disaster threatens to end the American rebellion. Yet her heart is fixed on Jonathan Carleton, whose whereabouts remain unknown more than a year after he disappeared into the wilderness. Carleton, now the Shawnee war chief White Eagle, is caught in a bitter war of his own. As unseen forces gather to destroy him, he leads the fight against white settlers encroaching on Shawnee lands—while battling the longing for Elizabeth that will not give him peace. Can her love bridge the miles that separate them—and the savage bonds that threaten to tear him forever from her arms? You can visit her website at www.jmhochstetler.com

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Buckley's Story

Ingrid King, author of the personal memoir, Buckley’s Story, will be stopping off at My Book Views! Buckley’s Story is the story of how one small cat changed the author’s life in ways she never could have imagined. In this warm-hearted memoir, Ingrid King shares the story of Buckley, a joyful, enthusiastic and affectionate tortoiseshell cat she meets while managing a veterinary hospital. When Ingrid leaves her job at the veterinary hospital to start her own business, Buckley comes home to live with her and Amber, another tortoiseshell cat who had adopted the author several years earlier. Buckley’s Story is a celebration of the soul connection between animals and humans, a connection that is eternal and transcends the physical dimension. You can visit her website at www.ingridking.com.

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War on Privacy

Jacqueline Klosek, author of the legal human rights book, War on Privacy, will be stopping off at A Blog of Books! In today’s globalized society, the war on terror has negatively affected privacy rights not just in the United States, but everywhere. When privacy rights are curtailed around the world, American efforts to spread freedom and democracy are hindered, and as a consequence, Americans are less secure in the world. Ironically, the erosion of individual privacy rights, here and abroad, has been happening in the name of enhancing national security. This book sheds light on this apparent contradiction, and argues that governments must do more to preserve privacy rights while endeavoring to protect their citizens against future terrorist attacks. You can visit her website at www.jacquelineklosek.com.

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Tales for Delicious Girls

Barbora Knobova, author of the relationship book, Tales for Delicious Girls, will be stopping off at Boomer Chick! Twenty-five exhilarating real-life stories about delicious women, eccentric men and stubborn dogs. This book is meant to entertain you. It will make you laugh until there are tears in your eyes. It will become your faithful companion, and will help you find yourself. It was written for you because you’re delicious – the most delicious girl in the world. Tales for Delicious Girls offers witty, refreshing, clever and ironic insight into relationships between men and women from all points of view. The book is a modern relationship manual, providing answers to the most pressing dating and friendship questions that strong, independent, modern women want to know. “Tales for Delicious Girls” deals with wishes, desires and dreams – as well as hilarious mishaps and dating disasters. You can visit her website at www.barboraknobova.com.

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Evolution of a Sad Woman

Gale Laure, author of the mystery thriller, Evolution of a Sad Woman, will be stopping off at Fictionary and As the Pages Turn! Five very different men – all strangers – are drawn together to solve a murder by an uncommon thread – the love of the same beautiful woman, Kizzy. When she is murdered, they pull their past into their present, their present explodes, and their future is filled with surprise and changed forever! When police detective Evan Picard, attorney William Newton, cabdriver Jimmy Smithson, former pro-football player turned used car salesman Tom Hastings and Father C.D. Casmiersky are forced together – personalities explode, tensions build and relationships develop. The ending to this chapter of their lives and to Kizzy’s murder will have a surprise none of them will ever expect. You can visit her website at www.evolutionofasadwoman.com.

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A Jolly Good Fellow

Stephen Masse, author of the suspense fiction novel, A Jolly Good Fellow, will be stopping off at Ruby Loves Adventure and As the Pages Turn! Two weeks before Christmas, Duncan Wagner gets into his car for another attempt at kidnapping the son of his most despised enemy, State Representative Win Booker. When he drives into the wealthy Boston suburb, he is surprised to find the boy hitchhiking. So begins Wagner’s quest for revenge as he finds himself face to face with a real boy, and without a clue about how to run a kidnapping. Wagner, a self-styled charity Santa Claus, comes to realize that eleven year old Gabriel Booker is truly a runaway, much more curious than scared. Gabriel has no idea who Duncan Wagner is—or could be. You can visit his website at www.ajollygoodfellowthebook.com.

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Just Breeze

Beverly Stowe McClure, author of the teen/tween contemporary novel, Just Breeze, will be stopping off at Write For a Reader! Eighth grade starts out the same as every other year for Breeze Brannigan. She’s still the tallest student, boy or girl, in her class, wears shoes that would fit an elephant, and her smile reveals dazzling braces that blind everyone within ten feet. She also has to deal with the dented fender on her sister’s VW that they paint to cover up and the new girl in school, Allison, who likes to steal boyfriends. Breeze isn’t concerned. She’s everybody’s bud. No boy is interested in her. Then there’s Cam, AKA Carlomango Christiano y Moises, who Breeze thinks must be from another planet because none of the boys At Whispering Springs Middle School are that polite. He also has a secret, a secret that could mean life or death for Cam and his mother, a secret Breeze must help him keep. You can visit her blog at http://beverlystowemcclure.wordpress.com.

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The Light The Dark & Ember Between

J.W. Nicklaus, author of the book of short stories, The Light, The Dark & Ember Between, will be stopping off at 25 Hour Books and Introducing Writers!  A collection of short stories, each a splinter’s reflection of the human condition, firmly centered upon our oft tenuous, sometimes tensile bond with Hope, and careening flirtation with Love. Fifteen stories: From the wispy fog of a love lost at sea, to an orphaned child who delivers a present of her own during a war-torn Christmas. These stories are gentle reminders to each of us of what it is to be human, and certainly of our affinity for the slightest glint of Hope. You can visit his website at www.avomnia.com.

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Cemetery Gates

Cemetery Gates

Maryann Paige, author of the horror novel, Cemetery Gates, will be stopping off at The Hot Author Report! Dead things everywhere. Nightmares of bloody bodies and eaten corpses. Michael knows he’s coming for him. The prophecy cannot be fulfilled without him. From behind the Cemetery Gates, his brother, Shane, enters the world. He’ll force Michael and the others to take their rightful place at his side. When Michael decides to go to a neighbor’s party, a beautiful stranger thrusts him into his past. Through meditation, Michael is thrown back into a world he had long tried to forget. He works quickly because time is short. Shane is on the prowl. He’ll force Michael to fulfill his destiny. Only, Michael has a problem with what he was created to do, and he’s tired of running. As he recalls who and what he is, he realizes he’s humankind’s only hope for survival. He decides to battle his brother, not only for the woman he loves, but also for the redemption of his soul. You can visit her website at www.maryannpaige.com.

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One Noble Journey

Dixie Phillips, author of the children’s picture book, One Noble Journey, will be stopping off at Broowaha! Dixie Phillips has delivered another delightful tale in One Noble Journey. Two cultures collide in the tiny village of Westbury. An orphan girl from the lowlands, the daughter of a Count from the highlands and a baby raccoon will entertain the hearts of children of all ages. One Noble Journey is guaranteed to help shape small souls. Artist is Kim Sponaugle. This award winning duo, Dixie and Kim, teamed up again to produce another winner. Stubby’s Destiny won the Literary Award for Excellence Best of 2008 in the Children’s Animal Story category. Suggested age for readers 3-10. You can visit her online at www.floydslighthouse.com.

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Corrigans' Pool

Dot Ryan, author of the historical fiction novel, Corrigans’ Pool, will be stopping off at Between the Pages! Bitter with thoughts of the darkly handsome stranger who promised to marry her and then left town without a word, Ella Corrigan hastily weds a neighboring planter—a man whose cold indifference is merely a disguise for cunning insanity. His cruelty to his slaves horrifies her and, even though her family has owned slaves for generations, she questions the concept of human bondage for the first time while desperately missing her cherished Greenpoole plantation and Corrigan’s Pool … a beautiful phenomenon of nature that the slaves call “Conjuring Pool” for reasons they cannot explain when asked. You can visit her website at www.dotryanbooks.com.

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The Magic Warble

Victoria Simcox, author of the children’s fantasy chapter book, The Magic Warble, will be stopping off at Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My and The Neverending Shelf! Twelve-year-old Kristina Kingsly feels like the most unpopular girl in her school. The kids all tease her, and she never seems to fit in. But when Kristina receives an unusual Christmas gift, she suddenly finds herself magically transported to the land of Bernovem, home of dwarfs, gnomes, fairies, talking animals, and the evil Queen Sentiz. In Bernovem, Kristina not only fits in, she’s honored as “the chosen one” the only one who can release the land from Queen Sentiz’s control. But it’s not as simple as it seems. To save Bernovem, she must place the gift she was given, the famous “Magic Warble” in its final resting place. And she must travel through the deep forest, climb a treacherous mountain, and risk capture by the queen’s “zelbocks” before she reaches her destination. Guided by her new fairy friends, Clover and Looper and by Prince Werrien, a teenage boy, as well as an assortment of other characters, Kristina sets off on a perilous journey that not only tests her strength but her heart. You can visit her website at www.themagicwarble.com.

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The Dog Ate My Planner

Pat Snyder, author of the book of the humor/self help book, The Dog Ate My Planner, will be stopping off at The Book Faery Reviews! The Dog Ate My Planner: Tales and Tips from an Overbooked Life offers genuine stress relief to parents, caregivers and everyone else with its upbeat “me too” stories and tips for tackling an overloaded life. With cartoon illustrations throughout, The Dog features short, fun confessionals about a dozen different “dogs” that have made the author’s life go amuck (computers, kids & pets, fashion, health, stress relief, home construction projects, the holidays, food, shopping, self-help, aging parents, partners) along with 74 “Leash Laws” to tame them. Written by a seasoned humor columnist and mother of three, The Dog brings home an important message: Simplify your chaos when you can; when the dogs get out of control, laugh away the chaos and reduce your stress. You can visit her website at www.PatSnyderOnline.com

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The Ghost, The Eggheads and Babe Ruth's Piano

Larry Sweitzer, author of the young adult fiction novel, The Ghost, The Eggheads, and Babe Ruth’s Piano will be stopping off at Book Bound and The Library!  It’s the summer of 2004 and Freddie Holtzman can’t wait to get to Camp Mason, a summer camp for eggheads or rather, gifted teens. He hopes to reconnect with Ginny Haig, a girl he met at camp last year. Freddie’s old friends, Logan and Monty, are there along with some new faces. He tries to win Ginny’s affection, but every time he tries to talk to her, he says—and does—nerdy things. At Camp Mason, a science fair pits the eggheads against one another for the top prize of a five thousand dollar scholarship. But, when the projects go missing, friendships are put to the test, relationships get put on hold, and everyone’s a suspect. To make matters worse, the camp is haunted by young Billy Mason who died there decades ago. You can visit his website at www.larrysweitzer.com.

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Hearts of Courage

John Tippets, author of the Alaska Aviation history book, Hearts of Courage, will be stopping off at Tristi’s Takes and Confessions of an Overworked Mom On January 5, 1943, an airplane with six onboard goes missing in remote Southeast Alaska with the pilot’s only radio message of “one engine has conked out, expect trouble.” The winter weather is extreme, searchers find no signs of the Lockheed-Electra aircraft, and all are presumed lost. One of those passengers was Joseph Tippets, age 29, of Anchorage, Alaska, an employee of the Civil Aeronautics Administration, and the first branch president of the small Latter-day Saint Anchorage congregation. Joseph’s wife, Alta, with her two-year-old son in Anchorage does not give up hope and is a source of strength and encouragement to others. On February 3, the crew of a small coast guard vessel on a routine patrol in Boca de Quadra was stunned to discover two starved and freezing survivors of the missing plane. One of those was Joseph Tippets. You can visit his website at www.JohnTippets.com.

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The Scottish Thistle

Cindy Vallar, author of the historical romance novel, The Scottish Thistle, will be stopping off at Readaholic! Loyalty and honor. A Highland warrior prizes both more than life, and when he swears his oath on the dirk, he must obey or die. Duncan Cameron heeds his chief’s order without question, but discovers his wife-to-be is no fair maiden. Although women are no longer trained in the art of fighting, Rory MacGregor follows in the footsteps of her Celtic ancestors. Secrets from the past and superstitious folk endanger Rory and Duncan as much as Bonnie Prince Charlie and his uprising to win back the British throne for his father. Rory and Duncan must make difficult choices that pit honor and duty against trust and love. You can visit her website at www.cindyvallar.com.

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A Note From an Old Acquaintance

Bill Walker, author of the soul searching romance novel, A Note From an Old Acquaintance, will be stopping off at Brizmus Book Blogs! Brian Weller is a haunted man. It’s been two years since the tragic accident that left his three-year-old son dead and his wife in an irreversible coma. A popular author of mega-selling thrillers, Brian’s life has reached a crossroads: his new book is stalled, his wife’s prognosis is dire, and he teeters on the brink of despair. Filled with tender romance and taut suspense, A Note from an Old Acquaintance is an unforgettable story about fate, honor, and the power of true love. You can visit his website at www.billwalkerdesigns.com/

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Jesus is for Everybody

Sophia White, author of the inspirational Christian book, Jesus is For Everybody, will be stopping off at Divine Caroline! In today’s society it seems like we have everybody telling us what’s right and what’s wrong. The Christian religion has become an expression not of a relationship with God but of a right wing political standpoint. Author Sophia White takes religion out of the courtroom and puts it back where it belongs-in the hearts of Americans everywhere-with her new book “Jesus is for Everybody.” In “Jesus is for Everybody” Sophia explores the science behind the scripture, breaking concepts down into simple, everyday applications that make sense for people of every walk of life and reminds people that religion is meant to be built on a deep, personal relationship with God. Many churches have lost that relationship. There are hundreds of Christians out there floundering because they are so busy trying to be Christians that they’ve forgotten who their father is. You can visit her website at www.jesusisforeverybody.org.

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Pump Up Your Book’s 12 Days of Christmas December ‘09 Authors on Virtual Book Tour – Day 9

Posted by admin on December 11, 2009

Welcome to Day Nine of Pump Up Your Book’s 12 Days of Christmas December ’09 Authors on Virtual Book Tour! Follow along as these talented authors travel the blogosphere all month long to talk about their books, their lives and their future projects. Leave a comment at their blog stops and you could win a FREE virtual book tour if you’re a published author with a recent release or a $50 Amazon gift certificate if you are not published. So, pick your favorites, follow their tours, and make sure you leave them a note to tell them you stopped by!

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Mass Casualties

Michael Anthony, author of the Iraq war memoir, Mass Casualties: A Young Medic’s True Story of Death, Deception, and Dishonor in Iraq will be stopping off at (no stop today)! They say the Army makes a man out of you, but for eighteen-year-old SPC Michael Anthony, this fabled rite of passage is instead a dark and dangerous journey. After obtaining his parents’ approval to enlist at seventeen, Anthony begins this journey with an unshakable faith in the military based on his family’s long tradition of service. But when he finds himself in a medical unit of misfits as lost as he is, Anthony not only witnesses firsthand the unspeakable horror of war, he experiences the undeniable misconduct of the military. Everything he’s ever believed in dissolves, forcing Anthony to rethink his ideals and ultimately risk his career—and his freedom—to challenge the military that once commanded his loyalty. This searing memoir chronicles the experiences that change one young soldier forever. You can visit his website at www.masscasualties.com

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Gringos in Paradise

Malana Ashlie, author of the travel autobiography, Gringos in Paradise: Our Honduras Odyssey, will be stopping off at Pump Up Your Book! Gringos in Paradise by Malana Ashlie is a delightfully amusing and lighthearted autobiography chronicling her move from Hawai’i to the Caribbean Coast of Honduras. When she and her husband decide to relocate to a more secluded paradise the fun begins. She shares the trials and triumphs of building a new life in Central America, in what can best be described as a spiritual journey of faith. You can visit her website at www.wisdompathway.com.

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Accidental Lessons

David W. Berner, author of the memoir, Accidental Lessons, will be stopping off at (no stop today)! Accidental Lessons is a remarkable memoir by successful Chicago journalist David W. Berner. Berner takes the reader inside his own personal journey; a heart wrenching and inspirational account of self-discovery. After a series of personal upheavals – his marriage falls apart, his father becomes terminally ill, and his career crumbles – this respected reporter makes a difficult decision that changes his life forever. Berner takes a job in a public school outside Chicago where the students are facing traumatic obstacles – dysfunctional families, gangs, and drugs. What he learns from them teaches him invaluable lessons about himself, who he is, and why he became a journalist in the first place – to seek out the truth and give voice to those who need their story told. You can visit his website at www.davidwberner.com or www.accidentallessons.com.

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The 3 Secret Pillars of Wealth

James Burns, author of the financial nonfiction book, The 3 Secret Pillars of Wealth, will be stopping off at Vintage DM! The 3 Secret Pillars of Wealth is a virtual survivor’s manual for the investor informing them of what they face in the future that is new and unpredictable and how much investing is costing them with traditional investment vehicles. Forward-thinking financial planners will avail themselves of the technical information outlined in The 3 Secret Pillars of Wealth, while the average investor will have a roadmap that guides them to financial success. One of many recent books to go against the grain and inform the public how much investing is costing them and how they are in a losing battle where executives of the big investment firms take $52 million dollar Christmas bonuses. The book is ultimately written for entrepreneurs and investors who are busy with life or lack financial education and are defenseless targets by opportunists abusing the financial planning system because of the compensation grids unique to the U.S. You can visit his website at www.3pillarsofwealth.com.

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Rain Dance

Joy Dekok, author of the contemporary women’s novel, Rain Dance, will be stopping off at The Book Faery Reviews! Jonica is infertile. Stacie chooses an abortion. One is prolife the other prochoice. Both are suddenly alone in misunderstanding, facing hypocrisies in their belief systems, and grieving – one the death of a dream and the other the death of her child. As their hearts break where in the world will they find healing and grace? Can shattered dreams be part of the plan? You can visit her website at www.joydekok.com.

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World War II Heroes of Southern Delaware

James Diehl, author of the historical nonfiction, World War II Heroes of Southern Delaware will be stopping off at The Hot Author Report! World War II Heroes of Southern Delaware is a book unlike any other ever written. In its pages are profiles of 50 ordinary Americans who did extraordinary things during a time unlike any other in American history. These are men and women who today call southern Delaware home. In the 1940s, these brave Americans put their lives on hold to fight for freedom and democracy against the horrific threat imposed on the world by Emperor Hirohito of Japan and German Fuhrer Adolph Hitler. When Imperial Japan attacked the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941, the world changed forever. These men and women were a big part of that change; they fought to protect our freedom and our way of life. You can visit his website at www.ww2-heroes.com.

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The Possibility of Everything

Hope Edelman, author of the personal memoir, The Possibility of Everything, will be stopping off at Examiner and A Sea of  Books! From the bestselling author of Motherless Daughters, the real-life story of one woman’s search for a cure to her family’s escalating troubles, and the leap of faith that changed everything for her. In the autumn of 2000, Hope Edelman was a woman adrift, questioning her place in her marriage, her profession, and the larger world. Feeling vulnerable and isolated, she was primed for change. Into her stagnant routine dropped Dodo, her three-year-old daughter Maya’s curiously disruptive imaginary friend. Confused and worried about how to handle Maya and Dodo’s apparent hold on her, Edelman and her husband made the unlikely choice to bring her to Mayan healers in Belize, hoping that a shaman might help them banish Dodo-and, as they came to understand, all he represented-from their lives. You can visit her website at www.thepossibilityofeverything.com.

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Purged by Darkness

Michael Estepa, author of the young adult crime fiction book, Purged by Darkness, will be stopping off at (no stop today)! Purged by Darkness revolves around six friends in Melbourne, Australia, and their journey inside the organised crime syndicate known as the Triads. In the gang lifestyle, honor and absolute loyalty is demanded of all members, while fear, death and betrayal often follow. The group’s friendship endures as the six try to define their lives interwoven with their life of crime. In their world, no one ever wins and everyone involved finds it too difficult to ever get out. To them, the city represents violence and the countryside, peace. In this strange existence, love and loyalty among the friends flourish because they can only depend on each other. But friendship is pushed beyond all normal limits, as danger waits at every turn. You can visit his website at www.michaelestepa.com.

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Hakim and Terrance

Bernadine Fegins, author of the children’s book, Hakim and Terrance Shadow Mystery, will be stopping off at American Chronicle and Pump Up Your Book! Hakim and Terrance Shadow Mystery is a wonderful story about a lost dog. Two best friends go on an adventure to bring Shadow home. Along the way you will meet nice neighbors, some kind business owners and many others. The mystery begins when someone finally provides a clue. What do you think that clue is? Find out today with your purchase of Hakim and Terrance Shadow Mystery. You can visit her website at http://www.mvpmedia1.com/feaginsworld/.

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The Truth

Barbara Becker Holstein, author of the tween and teen fiction book, The Truth: I’m a Girl, I’m Smart and I Know Everything, will be stopping off at Books, Books, the Magical Fruit! THE TRUTH, (I’m a girl, I’m smart and I know everything) is a delightful, humorous secret diary, written by a girl who is 10-11 years of age. She is wise and yet so innocent. She makes us laugh and cry and know that we are secretly heroines. This easy read for girls, (the mother’s edition has a different introduction, different questions at the end, and some pages that are slightly more sophisticated) has within it a psychological message for girls, that they can and must hold on to the best of themselves as they grow up. Girls love the book and so do their mothers. Girls recognize themselves and finally feel totally understood while their moms remember themselves, feel closer to their daughters and everyone has lots to talk about. You can visit her website at www.enchantedself.com.

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Wind of the Spirit

Joan Hochstetler, author of the historical novel, Wind of the Spirit, will be stopping off at Sips ‘n Cups Cafe and Reading Room and A Few More Pages!  Elizabeth Howard’s assignment to gain crucial intelligence for General Washington leads her into the very maw of war at the Battle of Brooklyn Heights, where disaster threatens to end the American rebellion. Yet her heart is fixed on Jonathan Carleton, whose whereabouts remain unknown more than a year after he disappeared into the wilderness. Carleton, now the Shawnee war chief White Eagle, is caught in a bitter war of his own. As unseen forces gather to destroy him, he leads the fight against white settlers encroaching on Shawnee lands—while battling the longing for Elizabeth that will not give him peace. Can her love bridge the miles that separate them—and the savage bonds that threaten to tear him forever from her arms? You can visit her website at www.jmhochstetler.com

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Buckley's Story

Ingrid King, author of the personal memoir, Buckley’s Story, will be stopping off at Cafe of Dreams and Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews! Buckley’s Story is the story of how one small cat changed the author’s life in ways she never could have imagined. In this warm-hearted memoir, Ingrid King shares the story of Buckley, a joyful, enthusiastic and affectionate tortoiseshell cat she meets while managing a veterinary hospital. When Ingrid leaves her job at the veterinary hospital to start her own business, Buckley comes home to live with her and Amber, another tortoiseshell cat who had adopted the author several years earlier. Buckley’s Story is a celebration of the soul connection between animals and humans, a connection that is eternal and transcends the physical dimension. You can visit her website at www.ingridking.com.

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War on Privacy

Jacqueline Klosek, author of the legal human rights book, War on Privacy, will be stopping off at Considering All Things Literary! In today’s globalized society, the war on terror has negatively affected privacy rights not just in the United States, but everywhere. When privacy rights are curtailed around the world, American efforts to spread freedom and democracy are hindered, and as a consequence, Americans are less secure in the world. Ironically, the erosion of individual privacy rights, here and abroad, has been happening in the name of enhancing national security. This book sheds light on this apparent contradiction, and argues that governments must do more to preserve privacy rights while endeavoring to protect their citizens against future terrorist attacks. You can visit her website at www.jacquelineklosek.com.

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Tales for Delicious Girls

Barbora Knobova, author of the relationship book, Tales for Delicious Girls, will be stopping off at Epic Rat! Twenty-five exhilarating real-life stories about delicious women, eccentric men and stubborn dogs. This book is meant to entertain you. It will make you laugh until there are tears in your eyes. It will become your faithful companion, and will help you find yourself. It was written for you because you’re delicious – the most delicious girl in the world. Tales for Delicious Girls offers witty, refreshing, clever and ironic insight into relationships between men and women from all points of view. The book is a modern relationship manual, providing answers to the most pressing dating and friendship questions that strong, independent, modern women want to know. “Tales for Delicious Girls” deals with wishes, desires and dreams – as well as hilarious mishaps and dating disasters. You can visit her website at www.barboraknobova.com.

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Evolution of a Sad Woman

Gale Laure, author of the mystery thriller, Evolution of a Sad Woman, will be stopping off at The Writer’s Life and  Jen’s Book Talk! Five very different men – all strangers – are drawn together to solve a murder by an uncommon thread – the love of the same beautiful woman, Kizzy. When she is murdered, they pull their past into their present, their present explodes, and their future is filled with surprise and changed forever! When police detective Evan Picard, attorney William Newton, cabdriver Jimmy Smithson, former pro-football player turned used car salesman Tom Hastings and Father C.D. Casmiersky are forced together – personalities explode, tensions build and relationships develop. The ending to this chapter of their lives and to Kizzy’s murder will have a surprise none of them will ever expect. You can visit her website at www.evolutionofasadwoman.com.

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A Jolly Good Fellow

Stephen Masse, author of the suspense fiction novel, A Jolly Good Fellow, will be stopping off at The Life of an Inanimate Flying Object! Two weeks before Christmas, Duncan Wagner gets into his car for another attempt at kidnapping the son of his most despised enemy, State Representative Win Booker. When he drives into the wealthy Boston suburb, he is surprised to find the boy hitchhiking. So begins Wagner’s quest for revenge as he finds himself face to face with a real boy, and without a clue about how to run a kidnapping. Wagner, a self-styled charity Santa Claus, comes to realize that eleven year old Gabriel Booker is truly a runaway, much more curious than scared. Gabriel has no idea who Duncan Wagner is—or could be. You can visit his website at www.ajollygoodfellowthebook.com.

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Just Breeze

Beverly Stowe McClure, author of the teen/tween contemporary novel, Just Breeze, will be stopping off at One Writer’s Journey! Eighth grade starts out the same as every other year for Breeze Brannigan. She’s still the tallest student, boy or girl, in her class, wears shoes that would fit an elephant, and her smile reveals dazzling braces that blind everyone within ten feet. She also has to deal with the dented fender on her sister’s VW that they paint to cover up and the new girl in school, Allison, who likes to steal boyfriends. Breeze isn’t concerned. She’s everybody’s bud. No boy is interested in her. Then there’s Cam, AKA Carlomango Christiano y Moises, who Breeze thinks must be from another planet because none of the boys At Whispering Springs Middle School are that polite. He also has a secret, a secret that could mean life or death for Cam and his mother, a secret Breeze must help him keep. You can visit her blog at http://beverlystowemcclure.wordpress.com.

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The Light The Dark & Ember Between

J.W. Nicklaus, author of the book of short stories, The Light, The Dark & Ember Between, will be stopping off at The Life of an Inanimate Flying Object! A collection of short stories, each a splinter’s reflection of the human condition, firmly centered upon our oft tenuous, sometimes tensile bond with Hope, and careening flirtation with Love. Fifteen stories: From the wispy fog of a love lost at sea, to an orphaned child who delivers a present of her own during a war-torn Christmas. These stories are gentle reminders to each of us of what it is to be human, and certainly of our affinity for the slightest glint of Hope. You can visit his website at www.avomnia.com.

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Cemetery Gates

Cemetery Gates

Maryann Paige, author of the horror novel, Cemetery Gates, will be stopping off at Nishita’s Rants and Raves and  The Plot! Dead things everywhere. Nightmares of bloody bodies and eaten corpses. Michael knows he’s coming for him. The prophecy cannot be fulfilled without him. From behind the Cemetery Gates, his brother, Shane, enters the world. He’ll force Michael and the others to take their rightful place at his side. When Michael decides to go to a neighbor’s party, a beautiful stranger thrusts him into his past. Through meditation, Michael is thrown back into a world he had long tried to forget. He works quickly because time is short. Shane is on the prowl. He’ll force Michael to fulfill his destiny. Only, Michael has a problem with what he was created to do, and he’s tired of running. As he recalls who and what he is, he realizes he’s humankind’s only hope for survival. He decides to battle his brother, not only for the woman he loves, but also for the redemption of his soul. You can visit her website at www.maryannpaige.com.

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One Noble Journey

Dixie Phillips, author of the children’s picture book, One Noble Journey, will be stopping off at Just Another Day of Catholic Pondering! Dixie Phillips has delivered another delightful tale in One Noble Journey. Two cultures collide in the tiny village of Westbury. An orphan girl from the lowlands, the daughter of a Count from the highlands and a baby raccoon will entertain the hearts of children of all ages. One Noble Journey is guaranteed to help shape small souls. Artist is Kim Sponaugle. This award winning duo, Dixie and Kim, teamed up again to produce another winner. Stubby’s Destiny won the Literary Award for Excellence Best of 2008 in the Children’s Animal Story category. Suggested age for readers 3-10. You can visit her online at www.floydslighthouse.com.

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Corrigans' Pool

Dot Ryan, author of the historical fiction novel, Corrigans’ Pool, will be stopping off at The  Bookworm! Bitter with thoughts of the darkly handsome stranger who promised to marry her and then left town without a word, Ella Corrigan hastily weds a neighboring planter—a man whose cold indifference is merely a disguise for cunning insanity. His cruelty to his slaves horrifies her and, even though her family has owned slaves for generations, she questions the concept of human bondage for the first time while desperately missing her cherished Greenpoole plantation and Corrigan’s Pool … a beautiful phenomenon of nature that the slaves call “Conjuring Pool” for reasons they cannot explain when asked. You can visit her website at www.dotryanbooks.com.

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The Magic Warble

Victoria Simcox, author of the children’s fantasy chapter book, The Magic Warble, will be stopping off at My Reading Room and As the Pages Turn! Twelve-year-old Kristina Kingsly feels like the most unpopular girl in her school. The kids all tease her, and she never seems to fit in. But when Kristina receives an unusual Christmas gift, she suddenly finds herself magically transported to the land of Bernovem, home of dwarfs, gnomes, fairies, talking animals, and the evil Queen Sentiz. In Bernovem, Kristina not only fits in, she’s honored as “the chosen one” the only one who can release the land from Queen Sentiz’s control. But it’s not as simple as it seems. To save Bernovem, she must place the gift she was given, the famous “Magic Warble” in its final resting place. And she must travel through the deep forest, climb a treacherous mountain, and risk capture by the queen’s “zelbocks” before she reaches her destination. Guided by her new fairy friends, Clover and Looper and by Prince Werrien, a teenage boy, as well as an assortment of other characters, Kristina sets off on a perilous journey that not only tests her strength but her heart. You can visit her website at www.themagicwarble.com.

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The Dog Ate My Planner

Pat Snyder, author of the book of the humor/self help book, The Dog Ate My Planner, will be stopping off at Jen’s Book Talk! The Dog Ate My Planner: Tales and Tips from an Overbooked Life offers genuine stress relief to parents, caregivers and everyone else with its upbeat “me too” stories and tips for tackling an overloaded life. With cartoon illustrations throughout, The Dog features short, fun confessionals about a dozen different “dogs” that have made the author’s life go amuck (computers, kids & pets, fashion, health, stress relief, home construction projects, the holidays, food, shopping, self-help, aging parents, partners) along with 74 “Leash Laws” to tame them. Written by a seasoned humor columnist and mother of three, The Dog brings home an important message: Simplify your chaos when you can; when the dogs get out of control, laugh away the chaos and reduce your stress. You can visit her website at www.PatSnyderOnline.com

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The Ghost, The Eggheads and Babe Ruth's Piano

Larry Sweitzer, author of the young adult fiction novel, The Ghost, The Eggheads, and Babe Ruth’s Piano will be stopping off at The Book Faery Reviews! It’s the summer of 2004 and Freddie Holtzman can’t wait to get to Camp Mason, a summer camp for eggheads or rather, gifted teens. He hopes to reconnect with Ginny Haig, a girl he met at camp last year. Freddie’s old friends, Logan and Monty, are there along with some new faces. He tries to win Ginny’s affection, but every time he tries to talk to her, he says—and does—nerdy things. At Camp Mason, a science fair pits the eggheads against one another for the top prize of a five thousand dollar scholarship. But, when the projects go missing, friendships are put to the test, relationships get put on hold, and everyone’s a suspect. To make matters worse, the camp is haunted by young Billy Mason who died there decades ago. You can visit his website at www.larrysweitzer.com.

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Hearts of Courage

John Tippets, author of the Alaska Aviation history book, Hearts of Courage, will be stopping off at Confessions of an Overworked Mom! On January 5, 1943, an airplane with six onboard goes missing in remote Southeast Alaska with the pilot’s only radio message of “one engine has conked out, expect trouble.” The winter weather is extreme, searchers find no signs of the Lockheed-Electra aircraft, and all are presumed lost. One of those passengers was Joseph Tippets, age 29, of Anchorage, Alaska, an employee of the Civil Aeronautics Administration, and the first branch president of the small Latter-day Saint Anchorage congregation. Joseph’s wife, Alta, with her two-year-old son in Anchorage does not give up hope and is a source of strength and encouragement to others. On February 3, the crew of a small coast guard vessel on a routine patrol in Boca de Quadra was stunned to discover two starved and freezing survivors of the missing plane. One of those was Joseph Tippets. You can visit his website at www.JohnTippets.com.

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The Scottish Thistle

Cindy Vallar, author of the historical romance novel, The Scottish Thistle, will be stopping off at Must Read Faster!! Loyalty and honor. A Highland warrior prizes both more than life, and when he swears his oath on the dirk, he must obey or die. Duncan Cameron heeds his chief’s order without question, but discovers his wife-to-be is no fair maiden. Although women are no longer trained in the art of fighting, Rory MacGregor follows in the footsteps of her Celtic ancestors. Secrets from the past and superstitious folk endanger Rory and Duncan as much as Bonnie Prince Charlie and his uprising to win back the British throne for his father. Rory and Duncan must make difficult choices that pit honor and duty against trust and love. You can visit her website at www.cindyvallar.com.

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A Note From an Old Acquaintance

Bill Walker, author of the soul searching romance novel, A Note From an Old Acquaintance, will be stopping off at Queen of Happy Endings! Brian Weller is a haunted man. It’s been two years since the tragic accident that left his three-year-old son dead and his wife in an irreversible coma. A popular author of mega-selling thrillers, Brian’s life has reached a crossroads: his new book is stalled, his wife’s prognosis is dire, and he teeters on the brink of despair. Filled with tender romance and taut suspense, A Note from an Old Acquaintance is an unforgettable story about fate, honor, and the power of true love. You can visit his website at www.billwalkerdesigns.com/

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Jesus is for Everybody

Sophia White, author of the inspirational Christian book, Jesus is For Everybody, will be stopping off at As the Pages Turn and Reading at the Beach! In today’s society it seems like we have everybody telling us what’s right and what’s wrong. The Christian religion has become an expression not of a relationship with God but of a right wing political standpoint. Author Sophia White takes religion out of the courtroom and puts it back where it belongs-in the hearts of Americans everywhere-with her new book “Jesus is for Everybody.” In “Jesus is for Everybody” Sophia explores the science behind the scripture, breaking concepts down into simple, everyday applications that make sense for people of every walk of life and reminds people that religion is meant to be built on a deep, personal relationship with God. Many churches have lost that relationship. There are hundreds of Christians out there floundering because they are so busy trying to be Christians that they’ve forgotten who their father is. You can visit her website at www.jesusisforeverybody.org.

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Pump Up Your Book’s 12 Days of Christmas December ‘09 Authors on Virtual Book Tour – Day 8

Posted by admin on December 10, 2009

Welcome to Day Eight of Pump Up Your Book’s 12 Days of Christmas December ’09 Authors on Virtual Book Tour! Follow along as these talented authors travel the blogosphere all month long to talk about their books, their lives and their future projects. Leave a comment at their blog stops and you could win a FREE virtual book tour if you’re a published author with a recent release or a $50 Amazon gift certificate if you are not published. So, pick your favorites, follow their tours, and make sure you leave them a note to tell them you stopped by!

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Mass Casualties

Michael Anthony, author of the Iraq war memoir, Mass Casualties: A Young Medic’s True Story of Death, Deception, and Dishonor in Iraq will be stopping off at (no stop today)! They say the Army makes a man out of you, but for eighteen-year-old SPC Michael Anthony, this fabled rite of passage is instead a dark and dangerous journey. After obtaining his parents’ approval to enlist at seventeen, Anthony begins this journey with an unshakable faith in the military based on his family’s long tradition of service. But when he finds himself in a medical unit of misfits as lost as he is, Anthony not only witnesses firsthand the unspeakable horror of war, he experiences the undeniable misconduct of the military. Everything he’s ever believed in dissolves, forcing Anthony to rethink his ideals and ultimately risk his career—and his freedom—to challenge the military that once commanded his loyalty. This searing memoir chronicles the experiences that change one young soldier forever. You can visit his website at www.masscasualties.com

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Gringos in Paradise

Malana Ashlie, author of the travel autobiography, Gringos in Paradise: Our Honduras Odyssey, will be stopping off at My Reading Room! Gringos in Paradise by Malana Ashlie is a delightfully amusing and lighthearted autobiography chronicling her move from Hawai’i to the Caribbean Coast of Honduras. When she and her husband decide to relocate to a more secluded paradise the fun begins. She shares the trials and triumphs of building a new life in Central America, in what can best be described as a spiritual journey of faith. You can visit her website at www.wisdompathway.com.

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Accidental Lessons

David W. Berner, author of the memoir, Accidental Lessons, will be stopping off at As the Pages Turn! Accidental Lessons is a remarkable memoir by successful Chicago journalist David W. Berner. Berner takes the reader inside his own personal journey; a heart wrenching and inspirational account of self-discovery. After a series of personal upheavals – his marriage falls apart, his father becomes terminally ill, and his career crumbles – this respected reporter makes a difficult decision that changes his life forever. Berner takes a job in a public school outside Chicago where the students are facing traumatic obstacles – dysfunctional families, gangs, and drugs. What he learns from them teaches him invaluable lessons about himself, who he is, and why he became a journalist in the first place – to seek out the truth and give voice to those who need their story told. You can visit his website at www.davidwberner.com or www.accidentallessons.com.

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The 3 Secret Pillars of Wealth

James Burns, author of the financial nonfiction book, The 3 Secret Pillars of Wealth, will be stopping off at Book Reviews by Buuklvr81! The 3 Secret Pillars of Wealth is a virtual survivor’s manual for the investor informing them of what they face in the future that is new and unpredictable and how much investing is costing them with traditional investment vehicles. Forward-thinking financial planners will avail themselves of the technical information outlined in The 3 Secret Pillars of Wealth, while the average investor will have a roadmap that guides them to financial success. One of many recent books to go against the grain and inform the public how much investing is costing them and how they are in a losing battle where executives of the big investment firms take $52 million dollar Christmas bonuses. The book is ultimately written for entrepreneurs and investors who are busy with life or lack financial education and are defenseless targets by opportunists abusing the financial planning system because of the compensation grids unique to the U.S. You can visit his website at www.3pillarsofwealth.com.

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Rain Dance

Joy Dekok, author of the contemporary women’s novel, Rain Dance, will be stopping off at Christy’s Book Blog! Jonica is infertile. Stacie chooses an abortion. One is prolife the other prochoice. Both are suddenly alone in misunderstanding, facing hypocrisies in their belief systems, and grieving – one the death of a dream and the other the death of her child. As their hearts break where in the world will they find healing and grace? Can shattered dreams be part of the plan? You can visit her website at www.joydekok.com.

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World War II Heroes of Southern Delaware

James Diehl, author of the historical nonfiction, World War II Heroes of Southern Delaware will be stopping off at If Books Could Talk and Paperback Writer! World War II Heroes of Southern Delaware is a book unlike any other ever written. In its pages are profiles of 50 ordinary Americans who did extraordinary things during a time unlike any other in American history. These are men and women who today call southern Delaware home. In the 1940s, these brave Americans put their lives on hold to fight for freedom and democracy against the horrific threat imposed on the world by Emperor Hirohito of Japan and German Fuhrer Adolph Hitler. When Imperial Japan attacked the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941, the world changed forever. These men and women were a big part of that change; they fought to protect our freedom and our way of life. You can visit his website at www.ww2-heroes.com.

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The Possibility of Everything

Hope Edelman, author of the personal memoir, The Possibility of Everything, will be stopping off at Carol’s Notebook! From the bestselling author of Motherless Daughters, the real-life story of one woman’s search for a cure to her family’s escalating troubles, and the leap of faith that changed everything for her. In the autumn of 2000, Hope Edelman was a woman adrift, questioning her place in her marriage, her profession, and the larger world. Feeling vulnerable and isolated, she was primed for change. Into her stagnant routine dropped Dodo, her three-year-old daughter Maya’s curiously disruptive imaginary friend. Confused and worried about how to handle Maya and Dodo’s apparent hold on her, Edelman and her husband made the unlikely choice to bring her to Mayan healers in Belize, hoping that a shaman might help them banish Dodo-and, as they came to understand, all he represented-from their lives. You can visit her website at www.thepossibilityofeverything.com.

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Purged by Darkness

Michael Estepa, author of the young adult crime fiction book, Purged by Darkness, will be stopping off at Pick of the Literate! Purged by Darkness revolves around six friends in Melbourne, Australia, and their journey inside the organised crime syndicate known as the Triads. In the gang lifestyle, honor and absolute loyalty is demanded of all members, while fear, death and betrayal often follow. The group’s friendship endures as the six try to define their lives interwoven with their life of crime. In their world, no one ever wins and everyone involved finds it too difficult to ever get out. To them, the city represents violence and the countryside, peace. In this strange existence, love and loyalty among the friends flourish because they can only depend on each other. But friendship is pushed beyond all normal limits, as danger waits at every turn. You can visit his website at www.michaelestepa.com.

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Hakim and Terrance

Bernadine Fegins, author of the children’s book, Hakim and Terrance Shadow Mystery, will be stopping off at The Writer’s Life and Divine Caroline! Hakim and Terrance Shadow Mystery is a wonderful story about a lost dog. Two best friends go on an adventure to bring Shadow home. Along the way you will meet nice neighbors, some kind business owners and many others. The mystery begins when someone finally provides a clue. What do you think that clue is? Find out today with your purchase of Hakim and Terrance Shadow Mystery. You can visit her website at http://www.mvpmedia1.com/feaginsworld/.

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The Truth

Barbara Becker Holstein, author of the tween and teen fiction book, The Truth: I’m a Girl, I’m Smart and I Know Everything, will be stopping off at Broowaha! THE TRUTH, (I’m a girl, I’m smart and I know everything) is a delightful, humorous secret diary, written by a girl who is 10-11 years of age. She is wise and yet so innocent. She makes us laugh and cry and know that we are secretly heroines. This easy read for girls, (the mother’s edition has a different introduction, different questions at the end, and some pages that are slightly more sophisticated) has within it a psychological message for girls, that they can and must hold on to the best of themselves as they grow up. Girls love the book and so do their mothers. Girls recognize themselves and finally feel totally understood while their moms remember themselves, feel closer to their daughters and everyone has lots to talk about. You can visit her website at www.enchantedself.com.

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Wind of the Spirit

Joan Hochstetler, author of the historical novel, Wind of the Spirit, will be stopping off at The Hot Author Report! Elizabeth Howard’s assignment to gain crucial intelligence for General Washington leads her into the very maw of war at the Battle of Brooklyn Heights, where disaster threatens to end the American rebellion. Yet her heart is fixed on Jonathan Carleton, whose whereabouts remain unknown more than a year after he disappeared into the wilderness. Carleton, now the Shawnee war chief White Eagle, is caught in a bitter war of his own. As unseen forces gather to destroy him, he leads the fight against white settlers encroaching on Shawnee lands—while battling the longing for Elizabeth that will not give him peace. Can her love bridge the miles that separate them—and the savage bonds that threaten to tear him forever from her arms? You can visit her website at www.jmhochstetler.com

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Buckley's Story

Ingrid King, author of the personal memoir, Buckley’s Story, will be stopping off at Bookin’ with Bingo! Buckley’s Story is the story of how one small cat changed the author’s life in ways she never could have imagined. In this warm-hearted memoir, Ingrid King shares the story of Buckley, a joyful, enthusiastic and affectionate tortoiseshell cat she meets while managing a veterinary hospital. When Ingrid leaves her job at the veterinary hospital to start her own business, Buckley comes home to live with her and Amber, another tortoiseshell cat who had adopted the author several years earlier. Buckley’s Story is a celebration of the soul connection between animals and humans, a connection that is eternal and transcends the physical dimension. You can visit her website at www.ingridking.com.

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War on Privacy

Jacqueline Klosek, author of the legal human rights book, War on Privacy, will be stopping off at As the Pages Turn! In today’s globalized society, the war on terror has negatively affected privacy rights not just in the United States, but everywhere. When privacy rights are curtailed around the world, American efforts to spread freedom and democracy are hindered, and as a consequence, Americans are less secure in the world. Ironically, the erosion of individual privacy rights, here and abroad, has been happening in the name of enhancing national security. This book sheds light on this apparent contradiction, and argues that governments must do more to preserve privacy rights while endeavoring to protect their citizens against future terrorist attacks. You can visit her website at www.jacquelineklosek.com.

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Tales for Delicious Girls

Barbora Knobova, author of the relationship book, Tales for Delicious Girls, will be stopping off at If Books Could Talk! Twenty-five exhilarating real-life stories about delicious women, eccentric men and stubborn dogs. This book is meant to entertain you. It will make you laugh until there are tears in your eyes. It will become your faithful companion, and will help you find yourself. It was written for you because you’re delicious – the most delicious girl in the world. Tales for Delicious Girls offers witty, refreshing, clever and ironic insight into relationships between men and women from all points of view. The book is a modern relationship manual, providing answers to the most pressing dating and friendship questions that strong, independent, modern women want to know. “Tales for Delicious Girls” deals with wishes, desires and dreams – as well as hilarious mishaps and dating disasters. You can visit her website at www.barboraknobova.com.

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Evolution of a Sad Woman

Gale Laure, author of the mystery thriller, Evolution of a Sad Woman, will be stopping off at Paperback Writer! Five very different men – all strangers – are drawn together to solve a murder by an uncommon thread – the love of the same beautiful woman, Kizzy. When she is murdered, they pull their past into their present, their present explodes, and their future is filled with surprise and changed forever! When police detective Evan Picard, attorney William Newton, cabdriver Jimmy Smithson, former pro-football player turned used car salesman Tom Hastings and Father C.D. Casmiersky are forced together – personalities explode, tensions build and relationships develop. The ending to this chapter of their lives and to Kizzy’s murder will have a surprise none of them will ever expect. You can visit her website at www.evolutionofasadwoman.com.

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A Jolly Good Fellow

Stephen Masse, author of the suspense fiction novel, A Jolly Good Fellow, will be stopping off at The Princess and the Monkey! Two weeks before Christmas, Duncan Wagner gets into his car for another attempt at kidnapping the son of his most despised enemy, State Representative Win Booker. When he drives into the wealthy Boston suburb, he is surprised to find the boy hitchhiking. So begins Wagner’s quest for revenge as he finds himself face to face with a real boy, and without a clue about how to run a kidnapping. Wagner, a self-styled charity Santa Claus, comes to realize that eleven year old Gabriel Booker is truly a runaway, much more curious than scared. Gabriel has no idea who Duncan Wagner is—or could be. You can visit his website at www.ajollygoodfellowthebook.com.

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Just Breeze

Beverly Stowe McClure, author of the teen/tween contemporary novel, Just Breeze, will be stopping off at Review From Here! Eighth grade starts out the same as every other year for Breeze Brannigan. She’s still the tallest student, boy or girl, in her class, wears shoes that would fit an elephant, and her smile reveals dazzling braces that blind everyone within ten feet. She also has to deal with the dented fender on her sister’s VW that they paint to cover up and the new girl in school, Allison, who likes to steal boyfriends. Breeze isn’t concerned. She’s everybody’s bud. No boy is interested in her. Then there’s Cam, AKA Carlomango Christiano y Moises, who Breeze thinks must be from another planet because none of the boys At Whispering Springs Middle School are that polite. He also has a secret, a secret that could mean life or death for Cam and his mother, a secret Breeze must help him keep. You can visit her blog at http://beverlystowemcclure.wordpress.com.

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The Light The Dark & Ember Between

J.W. Nicklaus, author of the book of short stories, The Light, The Dark & Ember Between, will be stopping off at Blogging Authors! A collection of short stories, each a splinter’s reflection of the human condition, firmly centered upon our oft tenuous, sometimes tensile bond with Hope, and careening flirtation with Love. Fifteen stories: From the wispy fog of a love lost at sea, to an orphaned child who delivers a present of her own during a war-torn Christmas. These stories are gentle reminders to each of us of what it is to be human, and certainly of our affinity for the slightest glint of Hope. You can visit his website at www.avomnia.com.

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Cemetery Gates

Cemetery Gates

Maryann Paige, author of the horror novel, Cemetery Gates, will be stopping off at The Plot! Dead things everywhere. Nightmares of bloody bodies and eaten corpses. Michael knows he’s coming for him. The prophecy cannot be fulfilled without him. From behind the Cemetery Gates, his brother, Shane, enters the world. He’ll force Michael and the others to take their rightful place at his side. When Michael decides to go to a neighbor’s party, a beautiful stranger thrusts him into his past. Through meditation, Michael is thrown back into a world he had long tried to forget. He works quickly because time is short. Shane is on the prowl. He’ll force Michael to fulfill his destiny. Only, Michael has a problem with what he was created to do, and he’s tired of running. As he recalls who and what he is, he realizes he’s humankind’s only hope for survival. He decides to battle his brother, not only for the woman he loves, but also for the redemption of his soul. You can visit her website at www.maryannpaige.com.

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One Noble Journey

Dixie Phillips, author of the children’s picture book, One Noble Journey, will be stopping off at Northern Mama! Dixie Phillips has delivered another delightful tale in One Noble Journey. Two cultures collide in the tiny village of Westbury. An orphan girl from the lowlands, the daughter of a Count from the highlands and a baby raccoon will entertain the hearts of children of all ages. One Noble Journey is guaranteed to help shape small souls. Artist is Kim Sponaugle. This award winning duo, Dixie and Kim, teamed up again to produce another winner. Stubby’s Destiny won the Literary Award for Excellence Best of 2008 in the Children’s Animal Story category. Suggested age for readers 3-10. You can visit her online at www.floydslighthouse.com.

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Corrigans' Pool

Dot Ryan, author of the historical fiction novel, Corrigans’ Pool, will be stopping off at the The Writer’s Life! Bitter with thoughts of the darkly handsome stranger who promised to marry her and then left town without a word, Ella Corrigan hastily weds a neighboring planter—a man whose cold indifference is merely a disguise for cunning insanity. His cruelty to his slaves horrifies her and, even though her family has owned slaves for generations, she questions the concept of human bondage for the first time while desperately missing her cherished Greenpoole plantation and Corrigan’s Pool … a beautiful phenomenon of nature that the slaves call “Conjuring Pool” for reasons they cannot explain when asked. You can visit her website at www.dotryanbooks.com.

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The Magic Warble

Victoria Simcox, author of the children’s fantasy chapter book, The Magic Warble, will be stopping off at Layers of Thought and The Princess and the Monkey! Twelve-year-old Kristina Kingsly feels like the most unpopular girl in her school. The kids all tease her, and she never seems to fit in. But when Kristina receives an unusual Christmas gift, she suddenly finds herself magically transported to the land of Bernovem, home of dwarfs, gnomes, fairies, talking animals, and the evil Queen Sentiz. In Bernovem, Kristina not only fits in, she’s honored as “the chosen one” the only one who can release the land from Queen Sentiz’s control. But it’s not as simple as it seems. To save Bernovem, she must place the gift she was given, the famous “Magic Warble” in its final resting place. And she must travel through the deep forest, climb a treacherous mountain, and risk capture by the queen’s “zelbocks” before she reaches her destination. Guided by her new fairy friends, Clover and Looper and by Prince Werrien, a teenage boy, as well as an assortment of other characters, Kristina sets off on a perilous journey that not only tests her strength but her heart. You can visit her website at www.themagicwarble.com.

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The Dog Ate My Planner

Pat Snyder, author of the book of the humor/self help book, The Dog Ate My Planner, will be stopping off at 4 the Love of Books! The Dog Ate My Planner: Tales and Tips from an Overbooked Life offers genuine stress relief to parents, caregivers and everyone else with its upbeat “me too” stories and tips for tackling an overloaded life. With cartoon illustrations throughout, The Dog features short, fun confessionals about a dozen different “dogs” that have made the author’s life go amuck (computers, kids & pets, fashion, health, stress relief, home construction projects, the holidays, food, shopping, self-help, aging parents, partners) along with 74 “Leash Laws” to tame them. Written by a seasoned humor columnist and mother of three, The Dog brings home an important message: Simplify your chaos when you can; when the dogs get out of control, laugh away the chaos and reduce your stress. You can visit her website at www.PatSnyderOnline.com

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The Ghost, The Eggheads and Babe Ruth's Piano

Larry Sweitzer, author of the young adult fiction novel, The Ghost, The Eggheads, and Babe Ruth’s Piano will be stopping off at A Book Blogger’s Diary and Cafe of Dreams! It’s the summer of 2004 and Freddie Holtzman can’t wait to get to Camp Mason, a summer camp for eggheads or rather, gifted teens. He hopes to reconnect with Ginny Haig, a girl he met at camp last year. Freddie’s old friends, Logan and Monty, are there along with some new faces. He tries to win Ginny’s affection, but every time he tries to talk to her, he says—and does—nerdy things. At Camp Mason, a science fair pits the eggheads against one another for the top prize of a five thousand dollar scholarship. But, when the projects go missing, friendships are put to the test, relationships get put on hold, and everyone’s a suspect. To make matters worse, the camp is haunted by young Billy Mason who died there decades ago. You can visit his website at www.larrysweitzer.com.

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Hearts of Courage

John Tippets, author of the Alaska Aviation history book, Hearts of Courage, will be stopping off at Jen’s Book Talk! On January 5, 1943, an airplane with six onboard goes missing in remote Southeast Alaska with the pilot’s only radio message of “one engine has conked out, expect trouble.” The winter weather is extreme, searchers find no signs of the Lockheed-Electra aircraft, and all are presumed lost. One of those passengers was Joseph Tippets, age 29, of Anchorage, Alaska, an employee of the Civil Aeronautics Administration, and the first branch president of the small Latter-day Saint Anchorage congregation. Joseph’s wife, Alta, with her two-year-old son in Anchorage does not give up hope and is a source of strength and encouragement to others. On February 3, the crew of a small coast guard vessel on a routine patrol in Boca de Quadra was stunned to discover two starved and freezing survivors of the missing plane. One of those was Joseph Tippets. You can visit his website at www.JohnTippets.com.

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The Scottish Thistle

Cindy Vallar, author of the historical romance novel, The Scottish Thistle, will be stopping off at Simply Stacie and Review From Here!  Loyalty and honor. A Highland warrior prizes both more than life, and when he swears his oath on the dirk, he must obey or die. Duncan Cameron heeds his chief’s order without question, but discovers his wife-to-be is no fair maiden. Although women are no longer trained in the art of fighting, Rory MacGregor follows in the footsteps of her Celtic ancestors. Secrets from the past and superstitious folk endanger Rory and Duncan as much as Bonnie Prince Charlie and his uprising to win back the British throne for his father. Rory and Duncan must make difficult choices that pit honor and duty against trust and love. You can visit her website at www.cindyvallar.com.

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A Note From an Old Acquaintance

Bill Walker, author of the soul searching romance novel, A Note From an Old Acquaintance, will be stopping off at Sweeps4Bloggers! Brian Weller is a haunted man. It’s been two years since the tragic accident that left his three-year-old son dead and his wife in an irreversible coma. A popular author of mega-selling thrillers, Brian’s life has reached a crossroads: his new book is stalled, his wife’s prognosis is dire, and he teeters on the brink of despair. Filled with tender romance and taut suspense, A Note from an Old Acquaintance is an unforgettable story about fate, honor, and the power of true love. You can visit his website at www.billwalkerdesigns.com/

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Jesus is for Everybody

Sophia White, author of the inspirational Christian book, Jesus is For Everybody, will be stopping off at Simply Stacie, As the Pages Turn and Reading at the Beach!  In today’s society it seems like we have everybody telling us what’s right and what’s wrong. The Christian religion has become an expression not of a relationship with God but of a right wing political standpoint. Author Sophia White takes religion out of the courtroom and puts it back where it belongs-in the hearts of Americans everywhere-with her new book “Jesus is for Everybody.” In “Jesus is for Everybody” Sophia explores the science behind the scripture, breaking concepts down into simple, everyday applications that make sense for people of every walk of life and reminds people that religion is meant to be built on a deep, personal relationship with God. Many churches have lost that relationship. There are hundreds of Christians out there floundering because they are so busy trying to be Christians that they’ve forgotten who their father is. You can visit her website at www.jesusisforeverybody.org.

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Pump Up Your Book’s 12 Days of Christmas December ‘09 Authors on Virtual Book Tour – Day 7

Posted by admin on December 9, 2009

Welcome to Day Seven of Pump Up Your Book’s 12 Days of Christmas December ’09 Authors on Virtual Book Tour! Follow along as these talented authors travel the blogosphere all month long to talk about their books, their lives and their future projects. Leave a comment at their blog stops and you could win a FREE virtual book tour if you’re a published author with a recent release or a $50 Amazon gift certificate if you are not published. So, pick your favorites, follow their tours, and make sure you leave them a note to tell them you stopped by!

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Mass Casualties

Michael Anthony, author of the Iraq war memoir, Mass Casualties: A Young Medic’s True Story of Death, Deception, and Dishonor in Iraq will be stopping off at the Pump Up Your Book! They say the Army makes a man out of you, but for eighteen-year-old SPC Michael Anthony, this fabled rite of passage is instead a dark and dangerous journey. After obtaining his parents’ approval to enlist at seventeen, Anthony begins this journey with an unshakable faith in the military based on his family’s long tradition of service. But when he finds himself in a medical unit of misfits as lost as he is, Anthony not only witnesses firsthand the unspeakable horror of war, he experiences the undeniable misconduct of the military. Everything he’s ever believed in dissolves, forcing Anthony to rethink his ideals and ultimately risk his career—and his freedom—to challenge the military that once commanded his loyalty. This searing memoir chronicles the experiences that change one young soldier forever. You can visit his website at www.masscasualties.com

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Gringos in Paradise

Malana Ashlie, author of the travel autobiography, Gringos in Paradise: Our Honduras Odyssey, will be stopping off at One Person’s Journey Through Books! Gringos in Paradise by Malana Ashlie is a delightfully amusing and lighthearted autobiography chronicling her move from Hawai’i to the Caribbean Coast of Honduras. When she and her husband decide to relocate to a more secluded paradise the fun begins. She shares the trials and triumphs of building a new life in Central America, in what can best be described as a spiritual journey of faith. You can visit her website at www.wisdompathway.com.

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Accidental Lessons

David W. Berner, author of the memoir, Accidental Lessons, will be stopping off at The Book Faery Reviews and Entertainment Realm! Accidental Lessons is a remarkable memoir by successful Chicago journalist David W. Berner. Berner takes the reader inside his own personal journey; a heart wrenching and inspirational account of self-discovery. After a series of personal upheavals – his marriage falls apart, his father becomes terminally ill, and his career crumbles – this respected reporter makes a difficult decision that changes his life forever. Berner takes a job in a public school outside Chicago where the students are facing traumatic obstacles – dysfunctional families, gangs, and drugs. What he learns from them teaches him invaluable lessons about himself, who he is, and why he became a journalist in the first place – to seek out the truth and give voice to those who need their story told. You can visit his website at www.davidwberner.com or www.accidentallessons.com.

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The 3 Secret Pillars of Wealth

James Burns, author of the financial nonfiction book, The 3 Secret Pillars of Wealth, will be stopping off at Book Reviews by Buuklvr81! The 3 Secret Pillars of Wealth is a virtual survivor’s manual for the investor informing them of what they face in the future that is new and unpredictable and how much investing is costing them with traditional investment vehicles. Forward-thinking financial planners will avail themselves of the technical information outlined in The 3 Secret Pillars of Wealth, while the average investor will have a roadmap that guides them to financial success. One of many recent books to go against the grain and inform the public how much investing is costing them and how they are in a losing battle where executives of the big investment firms take $52 million dollar Christmas bonuses. The book is ultimately written for entrepreneurs and investors who are busy with life or lack financial education and are defenseless targets by opportunists abusing the financial planning system because of the compensation grids unique to the U.S. You can visit his website at www.3pillarsofwealth.com.

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Rain Dance

Joy Dekok, author of the contemporary women’s novel, Rain Dance, will be stopping off at As the Pages Turn! Jonica is infertile. Stacie chooses an abortion. One is prolife the other prochoice. Both are suddenly alone in misunderstanding, facing hypocrisies in their belief systems, and grieving – one the death of a dream and the other the death of her child. As their hearts break where in the world will they find healing and grace? Can shattered dreams be part of the plan? You can visit her website at www.joydekok.com.

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World War II Heroes of Southern Delaware

James Diehl, author of the historical nonfiction, World War II Heroes of Southern Delaware will be stopping off at As the Pages Turn, Pump Up Your Book and My Reading Room! World War II Heroes of Southern Delaware is a book unlike any other ever written. In its pages are profiles of 50 ordinary Americans who did extraordinary things during a time unlike any other in American history. These are men and women who today call southern Delaware home. In the 1940s, these brave Americans put their lives on hold to fight for freedom and democracy against the horrific threat imposed on the world by Emperor Hirohito of Japan and German Fuhrer Adolph Hitler. When Imperial Japan attacked the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941, the world changed forever. These men and women were a big part of that change; they fought to protect our freedom and our way of life. You can visit his website at www.ww2-heroes.com.

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The Possibility of Everything

Hope Edelman, author of the personal memoir, The Possibility of Everything, will be stopping off at Review from Here and Rundpinne! From the bestselling author of Motherless Daughters, the real-life story of one woman’s search for a cure to her family’s escalating troubles, and the leap of faith that changed everything for her. In the autumn of 2000, Hope Edelman was a woman adrift, questioning her place in her marriage, her profession, and the larger world. Feeling vulnerable and isolated, she was primed for change. Into her stagnant routine dropped Dodo, her three-year-old daughter Maya’s curiously disruptive imaginary friend. Confused and worried about how to handle Maya and Dodo’s apparent hold on her, Edelman and her husband made the unlikely choice to bring her to Mayan healers in Belize, hoping that a shaman might help them banish Dodo-and, as they came to understand, all he represented-from their lives. You can visit her website at www.thepossibilityofeverything.com.

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Purged by Darkness

Michael Estepa, author of the young adult crime fiction book, Purged by Darkness, will be stopping off at Book Revues! Purged by Darkness revolves around six friends in Melbourne, Australia, and their journey inside the organised crime syndicate known as the Triads. In the gang lifestyle, honor and absolute loyalty is demanded of all members, while fear, death and betrayal often follow. The group’s friendship endures as the six try to define their lives interwoven with their life of crime. In their world, no one ever wins and everyone involved finds it too difficult to ever get out. To them, the city represents violence and the countryside, peace. In this strange existence, love and loyalty among the friends flourish because they can only depend on each other. But friendship is pushed beyond all normal limits, as danger waits at every turn. You can visit his website at www.michaelestepa.com.

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Hakim and Terrance

Bernadine Fegins, author of the children’s book, Hakim and Terrance Shadow Mystery, will be stopping off at The Hot Author Report! Hakim and Terrance Shadow Mystery is a wonderful story about a lost dog. Two best friends go on an adventure to bring Shadow home. Along the way you will meet nice neighbors, some kind business owners and many others. The mystery begins when someone finally provides a clue. What do you think that clue is? Find out today with your purchase of Hakim and Terrance Shadow Mystery. You can visit her website at http://www.mvpmedia1.com/feaginsworld/.

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The Truth

Barbara Becker Holstein, author of the tween and teen fiction book, The Truth: I’m a Girl, I’m Smart and I Know Everything, will be stopping off at InkyBlots! THE TRUTH, (I’m a girl, I’m smart and I know everything) is a delightful, humorous secret diary, written by a girl who is 10-11 years of age. She is wise and yet so innocent. She makes us laugh and cry and know that we are secretly heroines. This easy read for girls, (the mother’s edition has a different introduction, different questions at the end, and some pages that are slightly more sophisticated) has within it a psychological message for girls, that they can and must hold on to the best of themselves as they grow up. Girls love the book and so do their mothers. Girls recognize themselves and finally feel totally understood while their moms remember themselves, feel closer to their daughters and everyone has lots to talk about. You can visit her website at www.enchantedself.com.

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Wind of the Spirit

Joan Hochstetler, author of the historical novel, Wind of the Spirit, will be stopping off at Between the Lines! Elizabeth Howard’s assignment to gain crucial intelligence for General Washington leads her into the very maw of war at the Battle of Brooklyn Heights, where disaster threatens to end the American rebellion. Yet her heart is fixed on Jonathan Carleton, whose whereabouts remain unknown more than a year after he disappeared into the wilderness. Carleton, now the Shawnee war chief White Eagle, is caught in a bitter war of his own. As unseen forces gather to destroy him, he leads the fight against white settlers encroaching on Shawnee lands—while battling the longing for Elizabeth that will not give him peace. Can her love bridge the miles that separate them—and the savage bonds that threaten to tear him forever from her arms? You can visit her website at www.jmhochstetler.com

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Buckley's Story

Ingrid King, author of the personal memoir, Buckley’s Story, will be stopping off at Bookin with Bingo! Buckley’s Story is the story of how one small cat changed the author’s life in ways she never could have imagined. In this warm-hearted memoir, Ingrid King shares the story of Buckley, a joyful, enthusiastic and affectionate tortoiseshell cat she meets while managing a veterinary hospital. When Ingrid leaves her job at the veterinary hospital to start her own business, Buckley comes home to live with her and Amber, another tortoiseshell cat who had adopted the author several years earlier. Buckley’s Story is a celebration of the soul connection between animals and humans, a connection that is eternal and transcends the physical dimension. You can visit her website at www.ingridking.com.

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War on Privacy

Jacqueline Klosek, author of the legal human rights book, War on Privacy, will be stopping off at Book Publishing Secrets! In today’s globalized society, the war on terror has negatively affected privacy rights not just in the United States, but everywhere. When privacy rights are curtailed around the world, American efforts to spread freedom and democracy are hindered, and as a consequence, Americans are less secure in the world. Ironically, the erosion of individual privacy rights, here and abroad, has been happening in the name of enhancing national security. This book sheds light on this apparent contradiction, and argues that governments must do more to preserve privacy rights while endeavoring to protect their citizens against future terrorist attacks. You can visit her website at www.jacquelineklosek.com.

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Tales for Delicious Girls

Barbora Knobova, author of the relationship book, Tales for Delicious Girls, will be stopping off at Chick Loves Lit! Twenty-five exhilarating real-life stories about delicious women, eccentric men and stubborn dogs. This book is meant to entertain you. It will make you laugh until there are tears in your eyes. It will become your faithful companion, and will help you find yourself. It was written for you because you’re delicious – the most delicious girl in the world. Tales for Delicious Girls offers witty, refreshing, clever and ironic insight into relationships between men and women from all points of view. The book is a modern relationship manual, providing answers to the most pressing dating and friendship questions that strong, independent, modern women want to know. “Tales for Delicious Girls” deals with wishes, desires and dreams – as well as hilarious mishaps and dating disasters. You can visit her website at www.barboraknobova.com.

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Evolution of a Sad Woman

Gale Laure, author of the mystery thriller, Evolution of a Sad Woman, will be stopping off at Glamourastic Eats! Five very different men – all strangers – are drawn together to solve a murder by an uncommon thread – the love of the same beautiful woman, Kizzy. When she is murdered, they pull their past into their present, their present explodes, and their future is filled with surprise and changed forever! When police detective Evan Picard, attorney William Newton, cabdriver Jimmy Smithson, former pro-football player turned used car salesman Tom Hastings and Father C.D. Casmiersky are forced together – personalities explode, tensions build and relationships develop. The ending to this chapter of their lives and to Kizzy’s murder will have a surprise none of them will ever expect. You can visit her website at www.evolutionofasadwoman.com.

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A Jolly Good Fellow

Stephen Masse, author of the suspense fiction novel, A Jolly Good Fellow, will be stopping off at A Bookworm Reads and The Princess and The Monkey! Two weeks before Christmas, Duncan Wagner gets into his car for another attempt at kidnapping the son of his most despised enemy, State Representative Win Booker. When he drives into the wealthy Boston suburb, he is surprised to find the boy hitchhiking. So begins Wagner’s quest for revenge as he finds himself face to face with a real boy, and without a clue about how to run a kidnapping. Wagner, a self-styled charity Santa Claus, comes to realize that eleven year old Gabriel Booker is truly a runaway, much more curious than scared. Gabriel has no idea who Duncan Wagner is—or could be. You can visit his website at www.ajollygoodfellowthebook.com.

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Just Breeze

Beverly Stowe McClure, author of the teen/tween contemporary novel, Just Breeze, will be stopping off at One Writer’s Journey! Eighth grade starts out the same as every other year for Breeze Brannigan. She’s still the tallest student, boy or girl, in her class, wears shoes that would fit an elephant, and her smile reveals dazzling braces that blind everyone within ten feet. She also has to deal with the dented fender on her sister’s VW that they paint to cover up and the new girl in school, Allison, who likes to steal boyfriends. Breeze isn’t concerned. She’s everybody’s bud. No boy is interested in her. Then there’s Cam, AKA Carlomango Christiano y Moises, who Breeze thinks must be from another planet because none of the boys At Whispering Springs Middle School are that polite. He also has a secret, a secret that could mean life or death for Cam and his mother, a secret Breeze must help him keep. You can visit her blog at http://beverlystowemcclure.wordpress.com.

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The Light The Dark & Ember Between

J.W. Nicklaus, author of the book of short stories, The Light, The Dark & Ember Between, will be stopping off at Market My Novel and Reading at the Beach! A collection of short stories, each a splinter’s reflection of the human condition, firmly centered upon our oft tenuous, sometimes tensile bond with Hope, and careening flirtation with Love. Fifteen stories: From the wispy fog of a love lost at sea, to an orphaned child who delivers a present of her own during a war-torn Christmas. These stories are gentle reminders to each of us of what it is to be human, and certainly of our affinity for the slightest glint of Hope. You can visit his website at www.avomnia.com.

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Cemetery Gates

Cemetery Gates

Maryann Paige, author of the horror novel, Cemetery Gates, will be stopping off at Paranormal Book Lovers and Pump Up Your Book! Dead things everywhere. Nightmares of bloody bodies and eaten corpses. Michael knows he’s coming for him. The prophecy cannot be fulfilled without him. From behind the Cemetery Gates, his brother, Shane, enters the world. He’ll force Michael and the others to take their rightful place at his side. When Michael decides to go to a neighbor’s party, a beautiful stranger thrusts him into his past. Through meditation, Michael is thrown back into a world he had long tried to forget. He works quickly because time is short. Shane is on the prowl. He’ll force Michael to fulfill his destiny. Only, Michael has a problem with what he was created to do, and he’s tired of running. As he recalls who and what he is, he realizes he’s humankind’s only hope for survival. He decides to battle his brother, not only for the woman he loves, but also for the redemption of his soul. You can visit her website at www.maryannpaige.com.

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One Noble Journey

Dixie Phillips, author of the children’s picture book, One Noble Journey, will be stopping off at A Mom After God’s Own Heart! Dixie Phillips has delivered another delightful tale in One Noble Journey. Two cultures collide in the tiny village of Westbury. An orphan girl from the lowlands, the daughter of a Count from the highlands and a baby raccoon will entertain the hearts of children of all ages. One Noble Journey is guaranteed to help shape small souls. Artist is Kim Sponaugle. This award winning duo, Dixie and Kim, teamed up again to produce another winner. Stubby’s Destiny won the Literary Award for Excellence Best of 2008 in the Children’s Animal Story category. Suggested age for readers 3-10. You can visit her online at www.floydslighthouse.com.

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Corrigans' Pool

Dot Ryan, author of the historical fiction novel, Corrigans’ Pool, will be stopping off at the The Writer’s Life! Bitter with thoughts of the darkly handsome stranger who promised to marry her and then left town without a word, Ella Corrigan hastily weds a neighboring planter—a man whose cold indifference is merely a disguise for cunning insanity. His cruelty to his slaves horrifies her and, even though her family has owned slaves for generations, she questions the concept of human bondage for the first time while desperately missing her cherished Greenpoole plantation and Corrigan’s Pool … a beautiful phenomenon of nature that the slaves call “Conjuring Pool” for reasons they cannot explain when asked. You can visit her website at www.dotryanbooks.com.

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The Magic Warble

Victoria Simcox, author of the children’s fantasy chapter book, The Magic Warble, will be stopping off at The Home Sweet Home Writing Challenge! Twelve-year-old Kristina Kingsly feels like the most unpopular girl in her school. The kids all tease her, and she never seems to fit in. But when Kristina receives an unusual Christmas gift, she suddenly finds herself magically transported to the land of Bernovem, home of dwarfs, gnomes, fairies, talking animals, and the evil Queen Sentiz. In Bernovem, Kristina not only fits in, she’s honored as “the chosen one” the only one who can release the land from Queen Sentiz’s control. But it’s not as simple as it seems. To save Bernovem, she must place the gift she was given, the famous “Magic Warble” in its final resting place. And she must travel through the deep forest, climb a treacherous mountain, and risk capture by the queen’s “zelbocks” before she reaches her destination. Guided by her new fairy friends, Clover and Looper and by Prince Werrien, a teenage boy, as well as an assortment of other characters, Kristina sets off on a perilous journey that not only tests her strength but her heart. You can visit her website at www.themagicwarble.com.

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The Dog Ate My Planner

Pat Snyder, author of the book of the humor/self help book, The Dog Ate My Planner, will be stopping off at 4 the Love of Books! The Dog Ate My Planner: Tales and Tips from an Overbooked Life offers genuine stress relief to parents, caregivers and everyone else with its upbeat “me too” stories and tips for tackling an overloaded life. With cartoon illustrations throughout, The Dog features short, fun confessionals about a dozen different “dogs” that have made the author’s life go amuck (computers, kids & pets, fashion, health, stress relief, home construction projects, the holidays, food, shopping, self-help, aging parents, partners) along with 74 “Leash Laws” to tame them. Written by a seasoned humor columnist and mother of three, The Dog brings home an important message: Simplify your chaos when you can; when the dogs get out of control, laugh away the chaos and reduce your stress. You can visit her website at www.PatSnyderOnline.com

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The Ghost, The Eggheads and Babe Ruth's Piano

Larry Sweitzer, author of the young adult fiction novel, The Ghost, The Eggheads, and Babe Ruth’s Piano will be stopping off at Must Read Faster! It’s the summer of 2004 and Freddie Holtzman can’t wait to get to Camp Mason, a summer camp for eggheads or rather, gifted teens. He hopes to reconnect with Ginny Haig, a girl he met at camp last year. Freddie’s old friends, Logan and Monty, are there along with some new faces. He tries to win Ginny’s affection, but every time he tries to talk to her, he says—and does—nerdy things. At Camp Mason, a science fair pits the eggheads against one another for the top prize of a five thousand dollar scholarship. But, when the projects go missing, friendships are put to the test, relationships get put on hold, and everyone’s a suspect. To make matters worse, the camp is haunted by young Billy Mason who died there decades ago. You can visit his website at www.larrysweitzer.com.

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Hearts of Courage

John Tippets, author of the Alaska Aviation history book, Hearts of Courage, will be stopping off at (no stop today)! On January 5, 1943, an airplane with six onboard goes missing in remote Southeast Alaska with the pilot’s only radio message of “one engine has conked out, expect trouble.” The winter weather is extreme, searchers find no signs of the Lockheed-Electra aircraft, and all are presumed lost. One of those passengers was Joseph Tippets, age 29, of Anchorage, Alaska, an employee of the Civil Aeronautics Administration, and the first branch president of the small Latter-day Saint Anchorage congregation. Joseph’s wife, Alta, with her two-year-old son in Anchorage does not give up hope and is a source of strength and encouragement to others. On February 3, the crew of a small coast guard vessel on a routine patrol in Boca de Quadra was stunned to discover two starved and freezing survivors of the missing plane. One of those was Joseph Tippets. You can visit his website at www.JohnTippets.com.

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The Scottish Thistle

Cindy Vallar, author of the historical romance novel, The Scottish Thistle, will be stopping off at The Book Faery Reviews! Loyalty and honor. A Highland warrior prizes both more than life, and when he swears his oath on the dirk, he must obey or die. Duncan Cameron heeds his chief’s order without question, but discovers his wife-to-be is no fair maiden. Although women are no longer trained in the art of fighting, Rory MacGregor follows in the footsteps of her Celtic ancestors. Secrets from the past and superstitious folk endanger Rory and Duncan as much as Bonnie Prince Charlie and his uprising to win back the British throne for his father. Rory and Duncan must make difficult choices that pit honor and duty against trust and love. You can visit her website at www.cindyvallar.com.

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A Note From an Old Acquaintance

Bill Walker, author of the soul searching romance novel, A Note From an Old Acquaintance, will be stopping off at Brizmus Blogs Books! Brian Weller is a haunted man. It’s been two years since the tragic accident that left his three-year-old son dead and his wife in an irreversible coma. A popular author of mega-selling thrillers, Brian’s life has reached a crossroads: his new book is stalled, his wife’s prognosis is dire, and he teeters on the brink of despair. Filled with tender romance and taut suspense, A Note from an Old Acquaintance is an unforgettable story about fate, honor, and the power of true love. You can visit his website at www.billwalkerdesigns.com/

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Jesus is for Everybody

Sophia White, author of the inspirational Christian book, Jesus is For Everybody, will be stopping off at A Cup of Coffee and a Good Book! In today’s society it seems like we have everybody telling us what’s right and what’s wrong. The Christian religion has become an expression not of a relationship with God but of a right wing political standpoint. Author Sophia White takes religion out of the courtroom and puts it back where it belongs-in the hearts of Americans everywhere-with her new book “Jesus is for Everybody.” In “Jesus is for Everybody” Sophia explores the science behind the scripture, breaking concepts down into simple, everyday applications that make sense for people of every walk of life and reminds people that religion is meant to be built on a deep, personal relationship with God. Many churches have lost that relationship. There are hundreds of Christians out there floundering because they are so busy trying to be Christians that they’ve forgotten who their father is. You can visit her website at www.jesusisforeverybody.org.

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Pump Up Your Book’s 12 Days of Christmas December ‘09 Authors on Virtual Book Tour – Day 6

Posted by admin on December 8, 2009

Welcome to Day Six of Pump Up Your Book’s 12 Days of Christmas December ’09 Authors on Virtual Book Tour! Follow along as these talented authors travel the blogosphere all month long to talk about their books, their lives and their future projects. Leave a comment at their blog stops and you could win a FREE virtual book tour if you’re a published author with a recent release or a $50 Amazon gift certificate if you are not published. So, pick your favorites, follow their tours, and make sure you leave them a note to tell them you stopped by!

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Mass Casualties

Michael Anthony, author of the Iraq war memoir, Mass Casualties: A Young Medic’s True Story of Death, Deception, and Dishonor in Iraq will be stopping off at the Examiner! They say the Army makes a man out of you, but for eighteen-year-old SPC Michael Anthony, this fabled rite of passage is instead a dark and dangerous journey. After obtaining his parents’ approval to enlist at seventeen, Anthony begins this journey with an unshakable faith in the military based on his family’s long tradition of service. But when he finds himself in a medical unit of misfits as lost as he is, Anthony not only witnesses firsthand the unspeakable horror of war, he experiences the undeniable misconduct of the military. Everything he’s ever believed in dissolves, forcing Anthony to rethink his ideals and ultimately risk his career—and his freedom—to challenge the military that once commanded his loyalty. This searing memoir chronicles the experiences that change one young soldier forever. You can visit his website at www.masscasualties.com

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Gringos in Paradise

 Malana Ashlie, author of the travel autobiography, Gringos in Paradise: Our Honduras Odyssey, will be stopping off at Cafe of Dreams! Gringos in Paradise by Malana Ashlie is a delightfully amusing and lighthearted autobiography chronicling her move from Hawai’i to the Caribbean Coast of Honduras. When she and her husband decide to relocate to a more secluded paradise the fun begins. She shares the trials and triumphs of building a new life in Central America, in what can best be described as a spiritual journey of faith. You can visit her website at www.wisdompathway.com.

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Accidental Lessons

David W. Berner, author of the memoir, Accidental Lessons, will be stopping off at Lori’s Reading Corner! Accidental Lessons is a remarkable memoir by successful Chicago journalist David W. Berner. Berner takes the reader inside his own personal journey; a heart wrenching and inspirational account of self-discovery. After a series of personal upheavals – his marriage falls apart, his father becomes terminally ill, and his career crumbles – this respected reporter makes a difficult decision that changes his life forever. Berner takes a job in a public school outside Chicago where the students are facing traumatic obstacles – dysfunctional families, gangs, and drugs. What he learns from them teaches him invaluable lessons about himself, who he is, and why he became a journalist in the first place – to seek out the truth and give voice to those who need their story told. You can visit his website at www.davidwberner.com or www.accidentallessons.com.

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The 3 Secret Pillars of Wealth

James Burns, author of the financial nonfiction book, The 3 Secret Pillars of Wealth, will be stopping off at As the Pages Turn! The 3 Secret Pillars of Wealth is a virtual survivor’s manual for the investor informing them of what they face in the future that is new and unpredictable and how much investing is costing them with traditional investment vehicles. Forward-thinking financial planners will avail themselves of the technical information outlined in The 3 Secret Pillars of Wealth, while the average investor will have a roadmap that guides them to financial success. One of many recent books to go against the grain and inform the public how much investing is costing them and how they are in a losing battle where executives of the big investment firms take $52 million dollar Christmas bonuses. The book is ultimately written for entrepreneurs and investors who are busy with life or lack financial education and are defenseless targets by opportunists abusing the financial planning system because of the compensation grids unique to the U.S. You can visit his website at www.3pillarsofwealth.com.

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Rain Dance

Joy Dekok, author of the contemporary women’s novel, Rain Dance, will be stopping off at (no stop today)! Jonica is infertile. Stacie chooses an abortion. One is prolife the other prochoice. Both are suddenly alone in misunderstanding, facing hypocrisies in their belief systems, and grieving – one the death of a dream and the other the death of her child. As their hearts break where in the world will they find healing and grace? Can shattered dreams be part of the plan? You can visit her website at www.joydekok.com.

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World War II Heroes of Southern Delaware

James Diehl, author of the historical nonfiction, World War II Heroes of Southern Delaware will be stopping off at Examiner and Reading to Know! World War II Heroes of Southern Delaware is a book unlike any other ever written. In its pages are profiles of 50 ordinary Americans who did extraordinary things during a time unlike any other in American history. These are men and women who today call southern Delaware home. In the 1940s, these brave Americans put their lives on hold to fight for freedom and democracy against the horrific threat imposed on the world by Emperor Hirohito of Japan and German Fuhrer Adolph Hitler. When Imperial Japan attacked the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941, the world changed forever. These men and women were a big part of that change; they fought to protect our freedom and our way of life. You can visit his website at www.ww2-heroes.com.

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The Possibility of Everything

Hope Edelman, author of the personal memoir, The Possibility of Everything, will be stopping off at The Hot Author Report and The Life of an Inanimate Flying Object! From the bestselling author of Motherless Daughters, the real-life story of one woman’s search for a cure to her family’s escalating troubles, and the leap of faith that changed everything for her. In the autumn of 2000, Hope Edelman was a woman adrift, questioning her place in her marriage, her profession, and the larger world. Feeling vulnerable and isolated, she was primed for change. Into her stagnant routine dropped Dodo, her three-year-old daughter Maya’s curiously disruptive imaginary friend. Confused and worried about how to handle Maya and Dodo’s apparent hold on her, Edelman and her husband made the unlikely choice to bring her to Mayan healers in Belize, hoping that a shaman might help them banish Dodo-and, as they came to understand, all he represented-from their lives. You can visit her website at www.thepossibilityofeverything.com.

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Purged by Darkness

Michael Estepa, author of the young adult crime fiction book, Purged by Darkness, will be stopping off at Book Revues! Purged by Darkness revolves around six friends in Melbourne, Australia, and their journey inside the organised crime syndicate known as the Triads. In the gang lifestyle, honor and absolute loyalty is demanded of all members, while fear, death and betrayal often follow. The group’s friendship endures as the six try to define their lives interwoven with their life of crime. In their world, no one ever wins and everyone involved finds it too difficult to ever get out. To them, the city represents violence and the countryside, peace. In this strange existence, love and loyalty among the friends flourish because they can only depend on each other. But friendship is pushed beyond all normal limits, as danger waits at every turn. You can visit his website at www.michaelestepa.com.

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Hakim and Terrance

Bernadine Fegins, author of the children’s book, Hakim and Terrance Shadow Mystery, will be stopping off at The Plot and Cafe of Dreams! Hakim and Terrance Shadow Mystery  is a wonderful story about a lost dog. Two best friends go on an adventure to bring Shadow home. Along the way you will meet nice neighbors, some kind business owners and many others. The mystery begins when someone finally provides a clue. What do you think that clue is? Find out today with your purchase of Hakim and Terrance Shadow Mystery. You can visit her website at http://www.mvpmedia1.com/feaginsworld/.

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The Truth

Barbara Becker Holstein, author of the tween and teen fiction book, The Truth: I’m a Girl, I’m Smart and I Know Everything, will be stopping off at As the Pages Turn! THE TRUTH, (I’m a girl, I’m smart and I know everything) is a delightful, humorous secret diary, written by a girl who is 10-11 years of age. She is wise and yet so innocent. She makes us laugh and cry and know that we are secretly heroines. This easy read for girls, (the mother’s edition has a different introduction, different questions at the end, and some pages that are slightly more sophisticated) has within it a psychological message for girls, that they can and must hold on to the best of themselves as they grow up. Girls love the book and so do their mothers. Girls recognize themselves and finally feel totally understood while their moms remember themselves, feel closer to their daughters and everyone has lots to talk about. You can visit her website at www.enchantedself.com.

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Wind of the Spirit

Joan Hochstetler, author of the historical novel, Wind of the Spirit, will be stopping off at The Book Connection! Elizabeth Howard’s assignment to gain crucial intelligence for General Washington leads her into the very maw of war at the Battle of Brooklyn Heights, where disaster threatens to end the American rebellion. Yet her heart is fixed on Jonathan Carleton, whose whereabouts remain unknown more than a year after he disappeared into the wilderness. Carleton, now the Shawnee war chief White Eagle, is caught in a bitter war of his own. As unseen forces gather to destroy him, he leads the fight against white settlers encroaching on Shawnee lands—while battling the longing for Elizabeth that will not give him peace. Can her love bridge the miles that separate them—and the savage bonds that threaten to tear him forever from her arms? You can visit her website at www.jmhochstetler.com

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Buckley's Story

Ingrid King, author of the personal memoir, Buckley’s Story, will be stopping off at The Book Faery Reviews and I’m Booking It! Buckley’s Story is the story of how one small cat changed the author’s life in ways she never could have imagined. In this warm-hearted memoir, Ingrid King shares the story of Buckley, a joyful, enthusiastic and affectionate tortoiseshell cat she meets while managing a veterinary hospital. When Ingrid leaves her job at the veterinary hospital to start her own business, Buckley comes home to live with her and Amber, another tortoiseshell cat who had adopted the author several years earlier. Buckley’s Story is a celebration of the soul connection between animals and humans, a connection that is eternal and transcends the physical dimension. You can visit her website at www.ingridking.com.

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War on Privacy

Jacqueline Klosek, author of the legal human rights book, War on Privacy, will be stopping off at AllVoices!  In today’s globalized society, the war on terror has negatively affected privacy rights not just in the United States, but everywhere. When privacy rights are curtailed around the world, American efforts to spread freedom and democracy are hindered, and as a consequence, Americans are less secure in the world. Ironically, the erosion of individual privacy rights, here and abroad, has been happening in the name of enhancing national security. This book sheds light on this apparent contradiction, and argues that governments must do more to preserve privacy rights while endeavoring to protect their citizens against future terrorist attacks. You can visit her website at www.jacquelineklosek.com.

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Tales for Delicious Girls

Barbora Knobova, author of the relationship book, Tales for Delicious Girls, will be stopping off at My Book Views and I Read! Twenty-five exhilarating real-life stories about delicious women, eccentric men and stubborn dogs. This book is meant to entertain you. It will make you laugh until there are tears in your eyes. It will become your faithful companion, and will help you find yourself. It was written for you because you’re delicious – the most delicious girl in the world. Tales for Delicious Girls offers witty, refreshing, clever and ironic insight into relationships between men and women from all points of view. The book is a modern relationship manual, providing answers to the most pressing dating and friendship questions that strong, independent, modern women want to know. “Tales for Delicious Girls” deals with wishes, desires and dreams – as well as hilarious mishaps and dating disasters. You can visit her website at www.barboraknobova.com.

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Evolution of a Sad Woman

Gale Laure, author of the mystery thriller, Evolution of a Sad Woman, will be stopping off at The Writer’s Life, Review from Here and Cym Lowell! Five very different men – all strangers – are drawn together to solve a murder by an uncommon thread – the love of the same beautiful woman, Kizzy. When she is murdered, they pull their past into their present, their present explodes, and their future is filled with surprise and changed forever! When police detective Evan Picard, attorney William Newton, cabdriver Jimmy Smithson, former pro-football player turned used car salesman Tom Hastings and Father C.D. Casmiersky are forced together – personalities explode, tensions build and relationships develop. The ending to this chapter of their lives and to Kizzy’s murder will have a surprise none of them will ever expect. You can visit her website at www.evolutionofasadwoman.com.

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A Jolly Good Fellow

Stephen Masse, author of the suspense fiction novel, A Jolly Good Fellow, will be stopping off at Bookin with Bingo! Two weeks before Christmas, Duncan Wagner gets into his car for another attempt at kidnapping the son of his most despised enemy, State Representative Win Booker. When he drives into the wealthy Boston suburb, he is surprised to find the boy hitchhiking. So begins Wagner’s quest for revenge as he finds himself face to face with a real boy, and without a clue about how to run a kidnapping. Wagner, a self-styled charity Santa Claus, comes to realize that eleven year old Gabriel Booker is truly a runaway, much more curious than scared. Gabriel has no idea who Duncan Wagner is—or could be. You can visit his website at www.ajollygoodfellowthebook.com.

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Just Breeze

Beverly Stowe McClure, author of the teen/tween contemporary novel, Just Breeze, will be stopping off at Teens Read Too! Eighth grade starts out the same as every other year for Breeze Brannigan. She’s still the tallest student, boy or girl, in her class, wears shoes that would fit an elephant, and her smile reveals dazzling braces that blind everyone within ten feet. She also has to deal with the dented fender on her sister’s VW that they paint to cover up and the new girl in school, Allison, who likes to steal boyfriends. Breeze isn’t concerned. She’s everybody’s bud. No boy is interested in her. Then there’s Cam, AKA Carlomango Christiano y Moises, who Breeze thinks must be from another planet because none of the boys At Whispering Springs Middle School are that polite. He also has a secret, a secret that could mean life or death for Cam and his mother, a secret Breeze must help him keep. You can visit her blog at http://beverlystowemcclure.wordpress.com.

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The Light The Dark & Ember Between

J.W. Nicklaus, author of the book of short stories, The Light, The Dark & Ember Between, will be stopping off at Beth’s Book Review Blog! A collection of short stories, each a splinter’s reflection of the human condition, firmly centered upon our oft tenuous, sometimes tensile bond with Hope, and careening flirtation with Love. Fifteen stories: From the wispy fog of a love lost at sea, to an orphaned child who delivers a present of her own during a war-torn Christmas. These stories are gentle reminders to each of us of what it is to be human, and certainly of our affinity for the slightest glint of Hope. You can visit his website at www.avomnia.com.

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Cemetery Gates

Cemetery Gates

Maryann Paige, author of the horror novel, Cemetery Gates, will be stopping off at Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My! Dead things everywhere. Nightmares of bloody bodies and eaten corpses. Michael knows he’s coming for him. The prophecy cannot be fulfilled without him. From behind the Cemetery Gates, his brother, Shane, enters the world. He’ll force Michael and the others to take their rightful place at his side. When Michael decides to go to a neighbor’s party, a beautiful stranger thrusts him into his past. Through meditation, Michael is thrown back into a world he had long tried to forget. He works quickly because time is short. Shane is on the prowl. He’ll force Michael to fulfill his destiny. Only, Michael has a problem with what he was created to do, and he’s tired of running. As he recalls who and what he is, he realizes he’s humankind’s only hope for survival. He decides to battle his brother, not only for the woman he loves, but also for the redemption of his soul. You can visit her website at www.maryannpaige.com.

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One Noble Journey

Dixie Phillips, author of the children’s picture book, One Noble Journey, will be stopping off at Jen’s Book Talk! Dixie Phillips has delivered another delightful tale in One Noble Journey. Two cultures collide in the tiny village of Westbury. An orphan girl from the lowlands, the daughter of a Count from the highlands and a baby raccoon will entertain the hearts of children of all ages. One Noble Journey is guaranteed to help shape small souls. Artist is Kim Sponaugle. This award winning duo, Dixie and Kim, teamed up again to produce another winner. Stubby’s Destiny won the Literary Award for Excellence Best of 2008 in the Children’s Animal Story category. Suggested age for readers 3-10. You can visit her online at www.floydslighthouse.com.

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Corrigans' Pool

Dot Ryan, author of the historical fiction novel, Corrigans’ Pool, will be stopping off at the A Book Blogger’s Diary! Bitter with thoughts of the darkly handsome stranger who promised to marry her and then left town without a word, Ella Corrigan hastily weds a neighboring planter—a man whose cold indifference is merely a disguise for cunning insanity. His cruelty to his slaves horrifies her and, even though her family has owned slaves for generations, she questions the concept of human bondage for the first time while desperately missing her cherished Greenpoole plantation and Corrigan’s Pool … a beautiful phenomenon of nature that the slaves call “Conjuring Pool” for reasons they cannot explain when asked. You can visit her website at www.dotryanbooks.com.

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The Magic Warble

Victoria Simcox, author of the children’s fantasy chapter book, The Magic Warble, will be stopping off at Must Read Faster and A Sea of Books! Twelve-year-old Kristina Kingsly feels like the most unpopular girl in her school. The kids all tease her, and she never seems to fit in. But when Kristina receives an unusual Christmas gift, she suddenly finds herself magically transported to the land of Bernovem, home of dwarfs, gnomes, fairies, talking animals, and the evil Queen Sentiz. In Bernovem, Kristina not only fits in, she’s honored as “the chosen one” the only one who can release the land from Queen Sentiz’s control. But it’s not as simple as it seems. To save Bernovem, she must place the gift she was given, the famous “Magic Warble” in its final resting place. And she must travel through the deep forest, climb a treacherous mountain, and risk capture by the queen’s “zelbocks” before she reaches her destination. Guided by her new fairy friends, Clover and Looper and by Prince Werrien, a teenage boy, as well as an assortment of other characters, Kristina sets off on a perilous journey that not only tests her strength but her heart. You can visit her website at www.themagicwarble.com.

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The Dog Ate My Planner

Pat Snyder, author of the book of the humor/self help book, The Dog Ate My Planner, will be stopping off at The Hot Author Report and As the Pages Turn! The Dog Ate My Planner: Tales and Tips from an Overbooked Life offers genuine stress relief to parents, caregivers and everyone else with its upbeat “me too” stories and tips for tackling an overloaded life. With cartoon illustrations throughout, The Dog features short, fun confessionals about a dozen different “dogs” that have made the author’s life go amuck (computers, kids & pets, fashion, health, stress relief, home construction projects, the holidays, food, shopping, self-help, aging parents, partners) along with 74 “Leash Laws” to tame them. Written by a seasoned humor columnist and mother of three, The Dog brings home an important message: Simplify your chaos when you can; when the dogs get out of control, laugh away the chaos and reduce your stress. You can visit her website at www.PatSnyderOnline.com

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The Ghost, The Eggheads and Babe Ruth's Piano

Larry Sweitzer, author of the young adult fiction novel, The Ghost, The Eggheads, and Babe Ruth’s Piano will be stopping off at Carol’s Notebook and Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My! It’s the summer of 2004 and Freddie Holtzman can’t wait to get to Camp Mason, a summer camp for eggheads or rather, gifted teens. He hopes to reconnect with Ginny Haig, a girl he met at camp last year. Freddie’s old friends, Logan and Monty, are there along with some new faces. He tries to win Ginny’s affection, but every time he tries to talk to her, he says—and does—nerdy things. At Camp Mason, a science fair pits the eggheads against one another for the top prize of a five thousand dollar scholarship. But, when the projects go missing, friendships are put to the test, relationships get put on hold, and everyone’s a suspect. To make matters worse, the camp is haunted by young Billy Mason who died there decades ago. You can visit his website at www.larrysweitzer.com.

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Hearts of Courage

John Tippets, author of the Alaska Aviation history book, Hearts of Courage, will be stopping off at Book Tours and More! On January 5, 1943, an airplane with six onboard goes missing in remote Southeast Alaska with the pilot’s only radio message of “one engine has conked out, expect trouble.” The winter weather is extreme, searchers find no signs of the Lockheed-Electra aircraft, and all are presumed lost. One of those passengers was Joseph Tippets, age 29, of Anchorage, Alaska, an employee of the Civil Aeronautics Administration, and the first branch president of the small Latter-day Saint Anchorage congregation. Joseph’s wife, Alta, with her two-year-old son in Anchorage does not give up hope and is a source of strength and encouragement to others. On February 3, the crew of a small coast guard vessel on a routine patrol in Boca de Quadra was stunned to discover two starved and freezing survivors of the missing plane. One of those was Joseph Tippets. You can visit his website at www.JohnTippets.com.

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The Scottish Thistle

Cindy Vallar, author of the historical romance novel, The Scottish Thistle, will be stopping off at Everything Distils into Reading! Loyalty and honor. A Highland warrior prizes both more than life, and when he swears his oath on the dirk, he must obey or die. Duncan Cameron heeds his chief’s order without question, but discovers his wife-to-be is no fair maiden. Although women are no longer trained in the art of fighting, Rory MacGregor follows in the footsteps of her Celtic ancestors. Secrets from the past and superstitious folk endanger Rory and Duncan as much as Bonnie Prince Charlie and his uprising to win back the British throne for his father. Rory and Duncan must make difficult choices that pit honor and duty against trust and love. You can visit her website at www.cindyvallar.com.

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A Note From an Old Acquaintance

Bill Walker, author of the soul searching romance novel, A Note From an Old Acquaintance, will be stopping off at Simply Stacie! Brian Weller is a haunted man. It’s been two years since the tragic accident that left his three-year-old son dead and his wife in an irreversible coma. A popular author of mega-selling thrillers, Brian’s life has reached a crossroads: his new book is stalled, his wife’s prognosis is dire, and he teeters on the brink of despair. Filled with tender romance and taut suspense, A Note from an Old Acquaintance is an unforgettable story about fate, honor, and the power of true love. You can visit his website at www.billwalkerdesigns.com/

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Jesus is for Everybody

Sophia White, author of the inspirational Christian book, Jesus is For Everybody, will be stopping off at Considering All Things Literary! In today’s society it seems like we have everybody telling us what’s right and what’s wrong. The Christian religion has become an expression not of a relationship with God but of a right wing political standpoint. Author Sophia White takes religion out of the courtroom and puts it back where it belongs-in the hearts of Americans everywhere-with her new book “Jesus is for Everybody.” In “Jesus is for Everybody” Sophia explores the science behind the scripture, breaking concepts down into simple, everyday applications that make sense for people of every walk of life and reminds people that religion is meant to be built on a deep, personal relationship with God. Many churches have lost that relationship. There are hundreds of Christians out there floundering because they are so busy trying to be Christians that they’ve forgotten who their father is. You can visit her website at www.jesusisforeverybody.org.

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Pump Up Your Book’s 12 Days of Christmas December ‘09 Authors on Virtual Book Tour – Day 5

Posted by admin on December 7, 2009

Welcome to Day Five of Pump Up Your Book’s 12 Days of Christmas December ’09 Authors on Virtual Book Tour! Follow along as these talented authors travel the blogosphere all month long to talk about their books, their lives and their future projects. Leave a comment at their blog stops and you could win a FREE virtual book tour if you’re a published author with a recent release or a $50 Amazon gift certificate if you are not published. So, pick your favorites, follow their tours, and make sure you leave them a note to tell them you stopped by!

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Mass Casualties

Michael Anthony, author of the Iraq war memoir, Mass Casualties: A Young Medic’s True Story of Death, Deception, and Dishonor in Iraq will be stopping off at The Impression I Get! They say the Army makes a man out of you, but for eighteen-year-old SPC Michael Anthony, this fabled rite of passage is instead a dark and dangerous journey. After obtaining his parents’ approval to enlist at seventeen, Anthony begins this journey with an unshakable faith in the military based on his family’s long tradition of service. But when he finds himself in a medical unit of misfits as lost as he is, Anthony not only witnesses firsthand the unspeakable horror of war, he experiences the undeniable misconduct of the military. Everything he’s ever believed in dissolves, forcing Anthony to rethink his ideals and ultimately risk his career—and his freedom—to challenge the military that once commanded his loyalty. This searing memoir chronicles the experiences that change one young soldier forever. You can visit his website at www.masscasualties.com

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Gringos in Paradise

 Malana Ashlie, author of the travel autobiography, Gringos in Paradise: Our Honduras Odyssey, will be stopping off at The Fantasy Pages and Blog Business World! Gringos in Paradise by Malana Ashlie is a delightfully amusing and lighthearted autobiography chronicling her move from Hawai’i to the Caribbean Coast of Honduras. When she and her husband decide to relocate to a more secluded paradise the fun begins. She shares the trials and triumphs of building a new life in Central America, in what can best be described as a spiritual journey of faith. You can visit her website at www.wisdompathway.com.

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Accidental Lessons

David W. Berner, author of the memoir, Accidental Lessons, will be stopping off at Reading at the Beach! Accidental Lessons is a remarkable memoir by successful Chicago journalist David W. Berner. Berner takes the reader inside his own personal journey; a heart wrenching and inspirational account of self-discovery. After a series of personal upheavals – his marriage falls apart, his father becomes terminally ill, and his career crumbles – this respected reporter makes a difficult decision that changes his life forever. Berner takes a job in a public school outside Chicago where the students are facing traumatic obstacles – dysfunctional families, gangs, and drugs. What he learns from them teaches him invaluable lessons about himself, who he is, and why he became a journalist in the first place – to seek out the truth and give voice to those who need their story told. You can visit his website at www.davidwberner.com or www.accidentallessons.com.

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The 3 Secret Pillars of Wealth

James Burns, author of the financial nonfiction book, The 3 Secret Pillars of Wealth, will be stopping off at  Divine Caroline! The 3 Secret Pillars of Wealth is a virtual survivor’s manual for the investor informing them of what they face in the future that is new and unpredictable and how much investing is costing them with traditional investment vehicles. Forward-thinking financial planners will avail themselves of the technical information outlined in The 3 Secret Pillars of Wealth, while the average investor will have a roadmap that guides them to financial success. One of many recent books to go against the grain and inform the public how much investing is costing them and how they are in a losing battle where executives of the big investment firms take $52 million dollar Christmas bonuses. The book is ultimately written for entrepreneurs and investors who are busy with life or lack financial education and are defenseless targets by opportunists abusing the financial planning system because of the compensation grids unique to the U.S. You can visit his website at www.3pillarsofwealth.com.

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Rain Dance

Joy Dekok, author of the contemporary women’s novel, Rain Dance, will be stopping off at Reading at the Beach! Jonica is infertile. Stacie chooses an abortion. One is prolife the other prochoice. Both are suddenly alone in misunderstanding, facing hypocrisies in their belief systems, and grieving – one the death of a dream and the other the death of her child. As their hearts break where in the world will they find healing and grace? Can shattered dreams be part of the plan? You can visit her website at www.joydekok.com.

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World War II Heroes of Southern Delaware

James Diehl, author of the historical nonfiction, World War II Heroes of Southern Delaware will be stopping off at Examiner! World War II Heroes of Southern Delaware is a book unlike any other ever written. In its pages are profiles of 50 ordinary Americans who did extraordinary things during a time unlike any other in American history. These are men and women who today call southern Delaware home. In the 1940s, these brave Americans put their lives on hold to fight for freedom and democracy against the horrific threat imposed on the world by Emperor Hirohito of Japan and German Fuhrer Adolph Hitler. When Imperial Japan attacked the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941, the world changed forever. These men and women were a big part of that change; they fought to protect our freedom and our way of life. You can visit his website at www.ww2-heroes.com.

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The Possibility of Everything

Hope Edelman, author of the personal memoir, The Possibility of Everything, will be stopping off at My Reading Room! From the bestselling author of Motherless Daughters, the real-life story of one woman’s search for a cure to her family’s escalating troubles, and the leap of faith that changed everything for her. In the autumn of 2000, Hope Edelman was a woman adrift, questioning her place in her marriage, her profession, and the larger world. Feeling vulnerable and isolated, she was primed for change. Into her stagnant routine dropped Dodo, her three-year-old daughter Maya’s curiously disruptive imaginary friend. Confused and worried about how to handle Maya and Dodo’s apparent hold on her, Edelman and her husband made the unlikely choice to bring her to Mayan healers in Belize, hoping that a shaman might help them banish Dodo-and, as they came to understand, all he represented-from their lives. You can visit her website at www.thepossibilityofeverything.com.

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Purged by Darkness

Michael Estepa, author of the young adult crime fiction book, Purged by Darkness, will be stopping off at AllVoices! Purged by Darkness revolves around six friends in Melbourne, Australia, and their journey inside the organised crime syndicate known as the Triads. In the gang lifestyle, honor and absolute loyalty is demanded of all members, while fear, death and betrayal often follow. The group’s friendship endures as the six try to define their lives interwoven with their life of crime. In their world, no one ever wins and everyone involved finds it too difficult to ever get out. To them, the city represents violence and the countryside, peace. In this strange existence, love and loyalty among the friends flourish because they can only depend on each other. But friendship is pushed beyond all normal limits, as danger waits at every turn. You can visit his website at www.michaelestepa.com.

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Hakim and Terrance

Bernadine Fegins, author of the children’s book, Hakim and Terrance Shadow Mystery, will be stopping off at Book Tours and More and The Plot! Hakim and Terrance Shadow Mystery  is a wonderful story about a lost dog. Two best friends go on an adventure to bring Shadow home. Along the way you will meet nice neighbors, some kind business owners and many others. The mystery begins when someone finally provides a clue. What do you think that clue is? Find out today with your purchase of Hakim and Terrance Shadow Mystery. You can visit her website at http://www.mvpmedia1.com/feaginsworld/.

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The Truth

Barbara Becker Holstein, author of the tween and teen fiction book, The Truth: I’m a Girl, I’m Smart and I Know Everything, will be stopping off at Jen’s Book Talk! THE TRUTH, (I’m a girl, I’m smart and I know everything) is a delightful, humorous secret diary, written by a girl who is 10-11 years of age. She is wise and yet so innocent. She makes us laugh and cry and know that we are secretly heroines. This easy read for girls, (the mother’s edition has a different introduction, different questions at the end, and some pages that are slightly more sophisticated) has within it a psychological message for girls, that they can and must hold on to the best of themselves as they grow up. Girls love the book and so do their mothers. Girls recognize themselves and finally feel totally understood while their moms remember themselves, feel closer to their daughters and everyone has lots to talk about. You can visit her website at www.enchantedself.com.

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Wind of the Spirit

Joan Hochstetler, author of the historical novel, Wind of the Spirit, will be stopping off at Between the Covers and Historical-fiction.com! Elizabeth Howard’s assignment to gain crucial intelligence for General Washington leads her into the very maw of war at the Battle of Brooklyn Heights, where disaster threatens to end the American rebellion. Yet her heart is fixed on Jonathan Carleton, whose whereabouts remain unknown more than a year after he disappeared into the wilderness. Carleton, now the Shawnee war chief White Eagle, is caught in a bitter war of his own. As unseen forces gather to destroy him, he leads the fight against white settlers encroaching on Shawnee lands—while battling the longing for Elizabeth that will not give him peace. Can her love bridge the miles that separate them—and the savage bonds that threaten to tear him forever from her arms? You can visit her website at www.jmhochstetler.com

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Buckley's Story

Ingrid King, author of the personal memoir, Buckley’s Story, will be stopping off at As the Pages Turn and The Life of an Inanimate Flying Object! Buckley’s Story is the story of how one small cat changed the author’s life in ways she never could have imagined. In this warm-hearted memoir, Ingrid King shares the story of Buckley, a joyful, enthusiastic and affectionate tortoiseshell cat she meets while managing a veterinary hospital. When Ingrid leaves her job at the veterinary hospital to start her own business, Buckley comes home to live with her and Amber, another tortoiseshell cat who had adopted the author several years earlier. Buckley’s Story is a celebration of the soul connection between animals and humans, a connection that is eternal and transcends the physical dimension. You can visit her website at www.ingridking.com.

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War on Privacy

Jacqueline Klosek, author of the legal human rights book, War on Privacy, will be stopping off at Simply Stacie!  In today’s globalized society, the war on terror has negatively affected privacy rights not just in the United States, but everywhere. When privacy rights are curtailed around the world, American efforts to spread freedom and democracy are hindered, and as a consequence, Americans are less secure in the world. Ironically, the erosion of individual privacy rights, here and abroad, has been happening in the name of enhancing national security. This book sheds light on this apparent contradiction, and argues that governments must do more to preserve privacy rights while endeavoring to protect their citizens against future terrorist attacks. You can visit her website at www.jacquelineklosek.com.

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Tales for Delicious Girls

Barbora Knobova, author of the relationship book, Tales for Delicious Girls, will be stopping off at The Writer’s Life! Twenty-five exhilarating real-life stories about delicious women, eccentric men and stubborn dogs. This book is meant to entertain you. It will make you laugh until there are tears in your eyes. It will become your faithful companion, and will help you find yourself. It was written for you because you’re delicious – the most delicious girl in the world. Tales for Delicious Girls offers witty, refreshing, clever and ironic insight into relationships between men and women from all points of view. The book is a modern relationship manual, providing answers to the most pressing dating and friendship questions that strong, independent, modern women want to know. “Tales for Delicious Girls” deals with wishes, desires and dreams – as well as hilarious mishaps and dating disasters. You can visit her website at www.barboraknobova.com.

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Evolution of a Sad Woman

Gale Laure, author of the mystery thriller, Evolution of a Sad Woman, will be stopping off at Chasing Heroes and Cym Lowell! Five very different men – all strangers – are drawn together to solve a murder by an uncommon thread – the love of the same beautiful woman, Kizzy. When she is murdered, they pull their past into their present, their present explodes, and their future is filled with surprise and changed forever! When police detective Evan Picard, attorney William Newton, cabdriver Jimmy Smithson, former pro-football player turned used car salesman Tom Hastings and Father C.D. Casmiersky are forced together – personalities explode, tensions build and relationships develop. The ending to this chapter of their lives and to Kizzy’s murder will have a surprise none of them will ever expect. You can visit her website at www.evolutionofasadwoman.com.

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A Jolly Good Fellow

Stephen Masse, author of the suspense fiction novel, A Jolly Good Fellow, will be stopping off at Bookin with Bingo! Two weeks before Christmas, Duncan Wagner gets into his car for another attempt at kidnapping the son of his most despised enemy, State Representative Win Booker. When he drives into the wealthy Boston suburb, he is surprised to find the boy hitchhiking. So begins Wagner’s quest for revenge as he finds himself face to face with a real boy, and without a clue about how to run a kidnapping. Wagner, a self-styled charity Santa Claus, comes to realize that eleven year old Gabriel Booker is truly a runaway, much more curious than scared. Gabriel has no idea who Duncan Wagner is—or could be. You can visit his website at www.ajollygoodfellowthebook.com.

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Just Breeze

Beverly Stowe McClure, author of the teen/tween contemporary novel, Just Breeze, will be stopping off at Cafe of Dreams! Eighth grade starts out the same as every other year for Breeze Brannigan. She’s still the tallest student, boy or girl, in her class, wears shoes that would fit an elephant, and her smile reveals dazzling braces that blind everyone within ten feet. She also has to deal with the dented fender on her sister’s VW that they paint to cover up and the new girl in school, Allison, who likes to steal boyfriends. Breeze isn’t concerned. She’s everybody’s bud. No boy is interested in her. Then there’s Cam, AKA Carlomango Christiano y Moises, who Breeze thinks must be from another planet because none of the boys At Whispering Springs Middle School are that polite. He also has a secret, a secret that could mean life or death for Cam and his mother, a secret Breeze must help him keep. You can visit her blog at http://beverlystowemcclure.wordpress.com.

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The Light The Dark & Ember Between

J.W. Nicklaus, author of the book of short stories, The Light, The Dark & Ember Between, will be stopping off at The Hot Author Report and A Book and a Chat at 6:30 PM Eastern ! A collection of short stories, each a splinter’s reflection of the human condition, firmly centered upon our oft tenuous, sometimes tensile bond with Hope, and careening flirtation with Love. Fifteen stories: From the wispy fog of a love lost at sea, to an orphaned child who delivers a present of her own during a war-torn Christmas. These stories are gentle reminders to each of us of what it is to be human, and certainly of our affinity for the slightest glint of Hope. You can visit his website at www.avomnia.com.

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Cemetery Gates

Cemetery Gates

Maryann Paige, author of the horror novel, Cemetery Gates, will be stopping off at Must Read Faster! Dead things everywhere. Nightmares of bloody bodies and eaten corpses. Michael knows he’s coming for him. The prophecy cannot be fulfilled without him. From behind the Cemetery Gates, his brother, Shane, enters the world. He’ll force Michael and the others to take their rightful place at his side. When Michael decides to go to a neighbor’s party, a beautiful stranger thrusts him into his past. Through meditation, Michael is thrown back into a world he had long tried to forget. He works quickly because time is short. Shane is on the prowl. He’ll force Michael to fulfill his destiny. Only, Michael has a problem with what he was created to do, and he’s tired of running. As he recalls who and what he is, he realizes he’s humankind’s only hope for survival. He decides to battle his brother, not only for the woman he loves, but also for the redemption of his soul. You can visit her website at www.maryannpaige.com.

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One Noble Journey

Dixie Phillips, author of the children’s picture book, One Noble Journey, will be stopping off at The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection! Dixie Phillips has delivered another delightful tale in One Noble Journey. Two cultures collide in the tiny village of Westbury. An orphan girl from the lowlands, the daughter of a Count from the highlands and a baby raccoon will entertain the hearts of children of all ages. One Noble Journey is guaranteed to help shape small souls. Artist is Kim Sponaugle. This award winning duo, Dixie and Kim, teamed up again to produce another winner. Stubby’s Destiny won the Literary Award for Excellence Best of 2008 in the Children’s Animal Story category. Suggested age for readers 3-10. You can visit her online at www.floydslighthouse.com.

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Corrigans' Pool

Dot Ryan, author of the historical fiction novel, Corrigans’ Pool, will be stopping off at the Examiner! Bitter with thoughts of the darkly handsome stranger who promised to marry her and then left town without a word, Ella Corrigan hastily weds a neighboring planter—a man whose cold indifference is merely a disguise for cunning insanity. His cruelty to his slaves horrifies her and, even though her family has owned slaves for generations, she questions the concept of human bondage for the first time while desperately missing her cherished Greenpoole plantation and Corrigan’s Pool … a beautiful phenomenon of nature that the slaves call “Conjuring Pool” for reasons they cannot explain when asked. You can visit her website at www.dotryanbooks.com.

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The Magic Warble

Victoria Simcox, author of the children’s fantasy chapter book, The Magic Warble, will be stopping off at Book Junkie and Marta’s Meanderings! Twelve-year-old Kristina Kingsly feels like the most unpopular girl in her school. The kids all tease her, and she never seems to fit in. But when Kristina receives an unusual Christmas gift, she suddenly finds herself magically transported to the land of Bernovem, home of dwarfs, gnomes, fairies, talking animals, and the evil Queen Sentiz. In Bernovem, Kristina not only fits in, she’s honored as “the chosen one” the only one who can release the land from Queen Sentiz’s control. But it’s not as simple as it seems. To save Bernovem, she must place the gift she was given, the famous “Magic Warble” in its final resting place. And she must travel through the deep forest, climb a treacherous mountain, and risk capture by the queen’s “zelbocks” before she reaches her destination. Guided by her new fairy friends, Clover and Looper and by Prince Werrien, a teenage boy, as well as an assortment of other characters, Kristina sets off on a perilous journey that not only tests her strength but her heart. You can visit her website at www.themagicwarble.com.

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The Dog Ate My Planner

Pat Snyder, author of the book of the humor/self help book, The Dog Ate My Planner, will be stopping off at A Book Blogger’s Diary! The Dog Ate My Planner: Tales and Tips from an Overbooked Life offers genuine stress relief to parents, caregivers and everyone else with its upbeat “me too” stories and tips for tackling an overloaded life. With cartoon illustrations throughout, The Dog features short, fun confessionals about a dozen different “dogs” that have made the author’s life go amuck (computers, kids & pets, fashion, health, stress relief, home construction projects, the holidays, food, shopping, self-help, aging parents, partners) along with 74 “Leash Laws” to tame them. Written by a seasoned humor columnist and mother of three, The Dog brings home an important message: Simplify your chaos when you can; when the dogs get out of control, laugh away the chaos and reduce your stress. You can visit her website at www.PatSnyderOnline.com

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The Ghost, The Eggheads and Babe Ruth's Piano

Larry Sweitzer, author of the young adult fiction novel, The Ghost, The Eggheads, and Babe Ruth’s Piano will be stopping off at Pump Up Your Book! It’s the summer of 2004 and Freddie Holtzman can’t wait to get to Camp Mason, a summer camp for eggheads or rather, gifted teens. He hopes to reconnect with Ginny Haig, a girl he met at camp last year. Freddie’s old friends, Logan and Monty, are there along with some new faces. He tries to win Ginny’s affection, but every time he tries to talk to her, he says—and does—nerdy things. At Camp Mason, a science fair pits the eggheads against one another for the top prize of a five thousand dollar scholarship. But, when the projects go missing, friendships are put to the test, relationships get put on hold, and everyone’s a suspect. To make matters worse, the camp is haunted by young Billy Mason who died there decades ago. You can visit his website at www.larrysweitzer.com.

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Hearts of Courage

John Tippets, author of the Alaska Aviation history book, Hearts of Courage, will be stopping off at (no stop today)! On January 5, 1943, an airplane with six onboard goes missing in remote Southeast Alaska with the pilot’s only radio message of “one engine has conked out, expect trouble.” The winter weather is extreme, searchers find no signs of the Lockheed-Electra aircraft, and all are presumed lost. One of those passengers was Joseph Tippets, age 29, of Anchorage, Alaska, an employee of the Civil Aeronautics Administration, and the first branch president of the small Latter-day Saint Anchorage congregation. Joseph’s wife, Alta, with her two-year-old son in Anchorage does not give up hope and is a source of strength and encouragement to others. On February 3, the crew of a small coast guard vessel on a routine patrol in Boca de Quadra was stunned to discover two starved and freezing survivors of the missing plane. One of those was Joseph Tippets. You can visit his website at www.JohnTippets.com.

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The Scottish Thistle

Cindy Vallar, author of the historical romance novel, The Scottish Thistle, will be stopping off at (no stop today)! Loyalty and honor. A Highland warrior prizes both more than life, and when he swears his oath on the dirk, he must obey or die. Duncan Cameron heeds his chief’s order without question, but discovers his wife-to-be is no fair maiden. Although women are no longer trained in the art of fighting, Rory MacGregor follows in the footsteps of her Celtic ancestors. Secrets from the past and superstitious folk endanger Rory and Duncan as much as Bonnie Prince Charlie and his uprising to win back the British throne for his father. Rory and Duncan must make difficult choices that pit honor and duty against trust and love. You can visit her website at www.cindyvallar.com.

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A Note From an Old Acquaintance

Bill Walker, author of the soul searching romance novel, A Note From an Old Acquaintance, will be stopping off at Kay’s Bookshelf! Brian Weller is a haunted man. It’s been two years since the tragic accident that left his three-year-old son dead and his wife in an irreversible coma. A popular author of mega-selling thrillers, Brian’s life has reached a crossroads: his new book is stalled, his wife’s prognosis is dire, and he teeters on the brink of despair. Filled with tender romance and taut suspense, A Note from an Old Acquaintance is an unforgettable story about fate, honor, and the power of true love. You can visit his website at www.billwalkerdesigns.com/

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Jesus is for Everybody

Sophia White, author of the inspirational Christian book, Jesus is For Everybody, will be stopping off at Considering All Things Literary! In today’s society it seems like we have everybody telling us what’s right and what’s wrong. The Christian religion has become an expression not of a relationship with God but of a right wing political standpoint. Author Sophia White takes religion out of the courtroom and puts it back where it belongs-in the hearts of Americans everywhere-with her new book “Jesus is for Everybody.” In “Jesus is for Everybody” Sophia explores the science behind the scripture, breaking concepts down into simple, everyday applications that make sense for people of every walk of life and reminds people that religion is meant to be built on a deep, personal relationship with God. Many churches have lost that relationship. There are hundreds of Christians out there floundering because they are so busy trying to be Christians that they’ve forgotten who their father is. You can visit her website at www.jesusisforeverybody.org.

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Pump Up Your Book’s 12 Days of Christmas December ‘09 Authors on Virtual Book Tour – Day 4

Posted by admin on December 4, 2009

Welcome to Day Four of Pump Up Your Book’s 12 Days of Christmas December ’09 Authors on Virtual Book Tour! Follow along as these talented authors travel the blogosphere all month long to talk about their books, their lives and their future projects. Leave a comment at their blog stops and you could win a FREE virtual book tour if you’re a published author with a recent release or a $50 Amazon gift certificate if you are not published. So, pick your favorites, follow their tours, and make sure you leave them a note to tell them you stopped by!

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Mass Casualties

Michael Anthony, author of the Iraq war memoir, Mass Casualties: A Young Medic’s True Story of Death, Deception, and Dishonor in Iraq will be stopping off at Allvoices! They say the Army makes a man out of you, but for eighteen-year-old SPC Michael Anthony, this fabled rite of passage is instead a dark and dangerous journey. After obtaining his parents’ approval to enlist at seventeen, Anthony begins this journey with an unshakable faith in the military based on his family’s long tradition of service. But when he finds himself in a medical unit of misfits as lost as he is, Anthony not only witnesses firsthand the unspeakable horror of war, he experiences the undeniable misconduct of the military. Everything he’s ever believed in dissolves, forcing Anthony to rethink his ideals and ultimately risk his career—and his freedom—to challenge the military that once commanded his loyalty. This searing memoir chronicles the experiences that change one young soldier forever. You can visit his website at www.masscasualties.com

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Gringos in Paradise

Malana Ashlie, author of the travel autobiography, Gringos in Paradise: Our Honduras Odyssey, will be stopping off at Libby’s Library Reviews! Gringos in Paradise by Malana Ashlie is a delightfully amusing and lighthearted autobiography chronicling her move from Hawai’i to the Caribbean Coast of Honduras. When she and her husband decide to relocate to a more secluded paradise the fun begins. She shares the trials and triumphs of building a new life in Central America, in what can best be described as a spiritual journey of faith. You can visit her website at www.wisdompathway.com.

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Accidental Lessons

David W. Berner, author of the memoir, Accidental Lessons, will be stopping off at Reading at the Beach! Accidental Lessons is a remarkable memoir by successful Chicago journalist David W. Berner. Berner takes the reader inside his own personal journey; a heart wrenching and inspirational account of self-discovery. After a series of personal upheavals – his marriage falls apart, his father becomes terminally ill, and his career crumbles – this respected reporter makes a difficult decision that changes his life forever. Berner takes a job in a public school outside Chicago where the students are facing traumatic obstacles – dysfunctional families, gangs, and drugs. What he learns from them teaches him invaluable lessons about himself, who he is, and why he became a journalist in the first place – to seek out the truth and give voice to those who need their story told. You can visit his website at www.davidwberner.com or www.accidentallessons.com.

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The 3 Secret Pillars of Wealth

James Burns, author of the financial nonfiction book, The 3 Secret Pillars of Wealth, will be stopping off at Vintage DM! The 3 Secret Pillars of Wealth is a virtual survivor’s manual for the investor informing them of what they face in the future that is new and unpredictable and how much investing is costing them with traditional investment vehicles. Forward-thinking financial planners will avail themselves of the technical information outlined in The 3 Secret Pillars of Wealth, while the average investor will have a roadmap that guides them to financial success. One of many recent books to go against the grain and inform the public how much investing is costing them and how they are in a losing battle where executives of the big investment firms take $52 million dollar Christmas bonuses. The book is ultimately written for entrepreneurs and investors who are busy with life or lack financial education and are defenseless targets by opportunists abusing the financial planning system because of the compensation grids unique to the U.S. You can visit his website at www.3pillarsofwealth.com.

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Rain Dance

Joy Dekok, author of the contemporary women’s novel, Rain Dance, will be stopping off at The Plot! Jonica is infertile. Stacie chooses an abortion. One is prolife the other prochoice. Both are suddenly alone in misunderstanding, facing hypocrisies in their belief systems, and grieving – one the death of a dream and the other the death of her child. As their hearts break where in the world will they find healing and grace? Can shattered dreams be part of the plan? You can visit her website at www.joydekok.com.

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World War II Heroes of Southern Delaware

James Diehl, author of the historical nonfiction, World War II Heroes of Southern Delaware will be stopping off at The Story Behind the Book, The Book Connection and The Book Faery Reviews! World War II Heroes of Southern Delaware is a book unlike any other ever written. In its pages are profiles of 50 ordinary Americans who did extraordinary things during a time unlike any other in American history. These are men and women who today call southern Delaware home. In the 1940s, these brave Americans put their lives on hold to fight for freedom and democracy against the horrific threat imposed on the world by Emperor Hirohito of Japan and German Fuhrer Adolph Hitler. When Imperial Japan attacked the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941, the world changed forever. These men and women were a big part of that change; they fought to protect our freedom and our way of life. You can visit his website at www.ww2-heroes.com.

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The Possibility of Everything

Hope Edelman, author of the personal memoir, The Possibility of Everything, will be stopping off at Readaholic and As the Pages Turn! From the bestselling author of Motherless Daughters, the real-life story of one woman’s search for a cure to her family’s escalating troubles, and the leap of faith that changed everything for her. In the autumn of 2000, Hope Edelman was a woman adrift, questioning her place in her marriage, her profession, and the larger world. Feeling vulnerable and isolated, she was primed for change. Into her stagnant routine dropped Dodo, her three-year-old daughter Maya’s curiously disruptive imaginary friend. Confused and worried about how to handle Maya and Dodo’s apparent hold on her, Edelman and her husband made the unlikely choice to bring her to Mayan healers in Belize, hoping that a shaman might help them banish Dodo-and, as they came to understand, all he represented-from their lives. You can visit her website at www.thepossibilityofeverything.com.

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Purged by Darkness

Michael Estepa, author of the young adult crime fiction book, Purged by Darkness, will be stopping off at Simply Stacie! Purged by Darkness revolves around six friends in Melbourne, Australia, and their journey inside the organised crime syndicate known as the Triads. In the gang lifestyle, honor and absolute loyalty is demanded of all members, while fear, death and betrayal often follow. The group’s friendship endures as the six try to define their lives interwoven with their life of crime. In their world, no one ever wins and everyone involved finds it too difficult to ever get out. To them, the city represents violence and the countryside, peace. In this strange existence, love and loyalty among the friends flourish because they can only depend on each other. But friendship is pushed beyond all normal limits, as danger waits at every turn. You can visit his website at www.michaelestepa.com.

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Hakim and Terrance

Bernadine Fegins, author of the children’s book, Hakim and Terrance Shadow Mystery, will be stopping off at Broowaha! Hakim and Terrance Shadow Mystery is a wonderful story about a lost dog. Two best friends go on an adventure to bring Shadow home. Along the way you will meet nice neighbors, some kind business owners and many others. The mystery begins when someone finally provides a clue. What do you think that clue is? Find out today with your purchase of Hakim and Terrance Shadow Mystery. You can visit her website at http://www.mvpmedia1.com/feaginsworld/.

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The Truth

Barbara Becker Holstein, author of the tween and teen fiction book, The Truth: I’m a Girl, I’m Smart and I Know Everything, will be stopping off at The Hot Author Report! THE TRUTH, (I’m a girl, I’m smart and I know everything) is a delightful, humorous secret diary, written by a girl who is 10-11 years of age. She is wise and yet so innocent. She makes us laugh and cry and know that we are secretly heroines. This easy read for girls, (the mother’s edition has a different introduction, different questions at the end, and some pages that are slightly more sophisticated) has within it a psychological message for girls, that they can and must hold on to the best of themselves as they grow up. Girls love the book and so do their mothers. Girls recognize themselves and finally feel totally understood while their moms remember themselves, feel closer to their daughters and everyone has lots to talk about. You can visit her website at www.enchantedself.com.

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Wind of the Spirit

Joan Hochstetler, author of the historical novel, Wind of the Spirit, will be stopping off at Reading the Past! Elizabeth Howard’s assignment to gain crucial intelligence for General Washington leads her into the very maw of war at the Battle of Brooklyn Heights, where disaster threatens to end the American rebellion. Yet her heart is fixed on Jonathan Carleton, whose whereabouts remain unknown more than a year after he disappeared into the wilderness. Carleton, now the Shawnee war chief White Eagle, is caught in a bitter war of his own. As unseen forces gather to destroy him, he leads the fight against white settlers encroaching on Shawnee lands—while battling the longing for Elizabeth that will not give him peace. Can her love bridge the miles that separate them—and the savage bonds that threaten to tear him forever from her arms? You can visit her website at www.jmhochstetler.com

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Buckley's Story

Ingrid King, author of the personal memoir, Buckley’s Story, will be stopping off at Psychotic State! Buckley’s Story is the story of how one small cat changed the author’s life in ways she never could have imagined. In this warm-hearted memoir, Ingrid King shares the story of Buckley, a joyful, enthusiastic and affectionate tortoiseshell cat she meets while managing a veterinary hospital. When Ingrid leaves her job at the veterinary hospital to start her own business, Buckley comes home to live with her and Amber, another tortoiseshell cat who had adopted the author several years earlier. Buckley’s Story is a celebration of the soul connection between animals and humans, a connection that is eternal and transcends the physical dimension. You can visit her website at www.ingridking.com.

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War on Privacy

Jacqueline Klosek, author of the legal human rights book, War on Privacy, will be stopping off at Personovelty! In today’s globalized society, the war on terror has negatively affected privacy rights not just in the United States, but everywhere. When privacy rights are curtailed around the world, American efforts to spread freedom and democracy are hindered, and as a consequence, Americans are less secure in the world. Ironically, the erosion of individual privacy rights, here and abroad, has been happening in the name of enhancing national security. This book sheds light on this apparent contradiction, and argues that governments must do more to preserve privacy rights while endeavoring to protect their citizens against future terrorist attacks. You can visit her website at www.jacquelineklosek.com.

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Tales for Delicious Girls

Barbora Knobova, author of the relationship book, Tales for Delicious Girls, will be stopping off at Wendy’s Minding Spot! Twenty-five exhilarating real-life stories about delicious women, eccentric men and stubborn dogs. This book is meant to entertain you. It will make you laugh until there are tears in your eyes. It will become your faithful companion, and will help you find yourself. It was written for you because you’re delicious – the most delicious girl in the world. Tales for Delicious Girls offers witty, refreshing, clever and ironic insight into relationships between men and women from all points of view. The book is a modern relationship manual, providing answers to the most pressing dating and friendship questions that strong, independent, modern women want to know. “Tales for Delicious Girls” deals with wishes, desires and dreams – as well as hilarious mishaps and dating disasters. You can visit her website at www.barboraknobova.com.

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Evolution of a Sad Woman

Gale Laure, author of the mystery thriller, Evolution of a Sad Woman, will be stopping off at Home Sweet Home Writing Challenge! Five very different men – all strangers – are drawn together to solve a murder by an uncommon thread – the love of the same beautiful woman, Kizzy. When she is murdered, they pull their past into their present, their present explodes, and their future is filled with surprise and changed forever! When police detective Evan Picard, attorney William Newton, cabdriver Jimmy Smithson, former pro-football player turned used car salesman Tom Hastings and Father C.D. Casmiersky are forced together – personalities explode, tensions build and relationships develop. The ending to this chapter of their lives and to Kizzy’s murder will have a surprise none of them will ever expect. You can visit her website at www.evolutionofasadwoman.com.

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A Jolly Good Fellow

Stephen Masse, author of the suspense fiction novel, A Jolly Good Fellow, will be stopping off at Review From Here! Two weeks before Christmas, Duncan Wagner gets into his car for another attempt at kidnapping the son of his most despised enemy, State Representative Win Booker. When he drives into the wealthy Boston suburb, he is surprised to find the boy hitchhiking. So begins Wagner’s quest for revenge as he finds himself face to face with a real boy, and without a clue about how to run a kidnapping. Wagner, a self-styled charity Santa Claus, comes to realize that eleven year old Gabriel Booker is truly a runaway, much more curious than scared. Gabriel has no idea who Duncan Wagner is—or could be. You can visit his website at www.ajollygoodfellowthebook.com.

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Just Breeze

Beverly Stowe McClure, author of the teen/tween contemporary novel, Just Breeze, will be stopping off at Reading Junky’s Reading Roost! Eighth grade starts out the same as every other year for Breeze Brannigan. She’s still the tallest student, boy or girl, in her class, wears shoes that would fit an elephant, and her smile reveals dazzling braces that blind everyone within ten feet. She also has to deal with the dented fender on her sister’s VW that they paint to cover up and the new girl in school, Allison, who likes to steal boyfriends. Breeze isn’t concerned. She’s everybody’s bud. No boy is interested in her. Then there’s Cam, AKA Carlomango Christiano y Moises, who Breeze thinks must be from another planet because none of the boys At Whispering Springs Middle School are that polite. He also has a secret, a secret that could mean life or death for Cam and his mother, a secret Breeze must help him keep. You can visit her blog at http://beverlystowemcclure.wordpress.com.

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The Light The Dark & Ember Between

J.W. Nicklaus, author of the book of short stories, The Light, The Dark & Ember Between, will be stopping off at The Impression I Get! A collection of short stories, each a splinter’s reflection of the human condition, firmly centered upon our oft tenuous, sometimes tensile bond with Hope, and careening flirtation with Love. Fifteen stories: From the wispy fog of a love lost at sea, to an orphaned child who delivers a present of her own during a war-torn Christmas. These stories are gentle reminders to each of us of what it is to be human, and certainly of our affinity for the slightest glint of Hope. You can visit his website at www.avomnia.com.

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Cemetery Gates

Cemetery Gates

Maryann Paige, author of the horror novel, Cemetery Gates, will be stopping off at As the Pages Turn! Dead things everywhere. Nightmares of bloody bodies and eaten corpses. Michael knows he’s coming for him. The prophecy cannot be fulfilled without him. From behind the Cemetery Gates, his brother, Shane, enters the world. He’ll force Michael and the others to take their rightful place at his side. When Michael decides to go to a neighbor’s party, a beautiful stranger thrusts him into his past. Through meditation, Michael is thrown back into a world he had long tried to forget. He works quickly because time is short. Shane is on the prowl. He’ll force Michael to fulfill his destiny. Only, Michael has a problem with what he was created to do, and he’s tired of running. As he recalls who and what he is, he realizes he’s humankind’s only hope for survival. He decides to battle his brother, not only for the woman he loves, but also for the redemption of his soul. You can visit her website at www.maryannpaige.com.

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One Noble Journey

Dixie Phillips, author of the children’s picture book, One Noble Journey, will be stopping off at Mozie Esme! Dixie Phillips has delivered another delightful tale in One Noble Journey. Two cultures collide in the tiny village of Westbury. An orphan girl from the lowlands, the daughter of a Count from the highlands and a baby raccoon will entertain the hearts of children of all ages. One Noble Journey is guaranteed to help shape small souls. Artist is Kim Sponaugle. This award winning duo, Dixie and Kim, teamed up again to produce another winner. Stubby’s Destiny won the Literary Award for Excellence Best of 2008 in the Children’s Animal Story category. Suggested age for readers 3-10. You can visit her online at www.floydslighthouse.com.

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Corrigans' Pool

Dot Ryan, author of the historical fiction novel, Corrigans’ Pool, will be stopping off at Beyond the Books! Bitter with thoughts of the darkly handsome stranger who promised to marry her and then left town without a word, Ella Corrigan hastily weds a neighboring planter—a man whose cold indifference is merely a disguise for cunning insanity. His cruelty to his slaves horrifies her and, even though her family has owned slaves for generations, she questions the concept of human bondage for the first time while desperately missing her cherished Greenpoole plantation and Corrigan’s Pool … a beautiful phenomenon of nature that the slaves call “Conjuring Pool” for reasons they cannot explain when asked. You can visit her website at www.dotryanbooks.com.

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The Magic Warble

Victoria Simcox, author of the children’s fantasy chapter book, The Magic Warble, will be stopping off at Revenge of the Book Nerds and Between the Covers! Twelve-year-old Kristina Kingsly feels like the most unpopular girl in her school. The kids all tease her, and she never seems to fit in. But when Kristina receives an unusual Christmas gift, she suddenly finds herself magically transported to the land of Bernovem, home of dwarfs, gnomes, fairies, talking animals, and the evil Queen Sentiz. In Bernovem, Kristina not only fits in, she’s honored as “the chosen one” the only one who can release the land from Queen Sentiz’s control. But it’s not as simple as it seems. To save Bernovem, she must place the gift she was given, the famous “Magic Warble” in its final resting place. And she must travel through the deep forest, climb a treacherous mountain, and risk capture by the queen’s “zelbocks” before she reaches her destination. Guided by her new fairy friends, Clover and Looper and by Prince Werrien, a teenage boy, as well as an assortment of other characters, Kristina sets off on a perilous journey that not only tests her strength but her heart. You can visit her website at www.themagicwarble.com.

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The Dog Ate My Planner

Pat Snyder, author of the book of the humor/self help book, The Dog Ate My Planner, will be stopping off at Pump Up Your Book! The Dog Ate My Planner: Tales and Tips from an Overbooked Life offers genuine stress relief to parents, caregivers and everyone else with its upbeat “me too” stories and tips for tackling an overloaded life. With cartoon illustrations throughout, The Dog features short, fun confessionals about a dozen different “dogs” that have made the author’s life go amuck (computers, kids & pets, fashion, health, stress relief, home construction projects, the holidays, food, shopping, self-help, aging parents, partners) along with 74 “Leash Laws” to tame them. Written by a seasoned humor columnist and mother of three, The Dog brings home an important message: Simplify your chaos when you can; when the dogs get out of control, laugh away the chaos and reduce your stress. You can visit her website at www.PatSnyderOnline.com

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The Ghost, The Eggheads and Babe Ruth's Piano

Larry Sweitzer, author of the young adult fiction novel, The Ghost, The Eggheads, and Babe Ruth’s Piano will be stopping off at Beyond the Books! It’s the summer of 2004 and Freddie Holtzman can’t wait to get to Camp Mason, a summer camp for eggheads or rather, gifted teens. He hopes to reconnect with Ginny Haig, a girl he met at camp last year. Freddie’s old friends, Logan and Monty, are there along with some new faces. He tries to win Ginny’s affection, but every time he tries to talk to her, he says—and does—nerdy things. At Camp Mason, a science fair pits the eggheads against one another for the top prize of a five thousand dollar scholarship. But, when the projects go missing, friendships are put to the test, relationships get put on hold, and everyone’s a suspect. To make matters worse, the camp is haunted by young Billy Mason who died there decades ago. You can visit his website at www.larrysweitzer.com.

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Hearts of Courage

John Tippets, author of the Alaska Aviation history book, Hearts of Courage, will be stopping off at Paperback Writer! On January 5, 1943, an airplane with six onboard goes missing in remote Southeast Alaska with the pilot’s only radio message of “one engine has conked out, expect trouble.” The winter weather is extreme, searchers find no signs of the Lockheed-Electra aircraft, and all are presumed lost. One of those passengers was Joseph Tippets, age 29, of Anchorage, Alaska, an employee of the Civil Aeronautics Administration, and the first branch president of the small Latter-day Saint Anchorage congregation. Joseph’s wife, Alta, with her two-year-old son in Anchorage does not give up hope and is a source of strength and encouragement to others. On February 3, the crew of a small coast guard vessel on a routine patrol in Boca de Quadra was stunned to discover two starved and freezing survivors of the missing plane. One of those was Joseph Tippets. You can visit his website at www.JohnTippets.com.

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The Scottish Thistle

Cindy Vallar, author of the historical romance novel, The Scottish Thistle, will be stopping off at Drey’s Library! Loyalty and honor. A Highland warrior prizes both more than life, and when he swears his oath on the dirk, he must obey or die. Duncan Cameron heeds his chief’s order without question, but discovers his wife-to-be is no fair maiden. Although women are no longer trained in the art of fighting, Rory MacGregor follows in the footsteps of her Celtic ancestors. Secrets from the past and superstitious folk endanger Rory and Duncan as much as Bonnie Prince Charlie and his uprising to win back the British throne for his father. Rory and Duncan must make difficult choices that pit honor and duty against trust and love. You can visit her website at www.cindyvallar.com.

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A Note From an Old Acquaintance

Bill Walker, author of the soul searching romance novel, A Note From an Old Acquaintance, will be stopping off at Queen of Happy Endings, Brizmus Blogs Books and Book and Needlepoint! Brian Weller is a haunted man. It’s been two years since the tragic accident that left his three-year-old son dead and his wife in an irreversible coma. A popular author of mega-selling thrillers, Brian’s life has reached a crossroads: his new book is stalled, his wife’s prognosis is dire, and he teeters on the brink of despair. Filled with tender romance and taut suspense, A Note from an Old Acquaintance is an unforgettable story about fate, honor, and the power of true love. You can visit his website at www.billwalkerdesigns.com/

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Jesus is for Everybody

Sophia White, author of the inspirational Christian book, Jesus is For Everybody, will be stopping off at As the Pages Turn! In today’s society it seems like we have everybody telling us what’s right and what’s wrong. The Christian religion has become an expression not of a relationship with God but of a right wing political standpoint. Author Sophia White takes religion out of the courtroom and puts it back where it belongs-in the hearts of Americans everywhere-with her new book “Jesus is for Everybody.” In “Jesus is for Everybody” Sophia explores the science behind the scripture, breaking concepts down into simple, everyday applications that make sense for people of every walk of life and reminds people that religion is meant to be built on a deep, personal relationship with God. Many churches have lost that relationship. There are hundreds of Christians out there floundering because they are so busy trying to be Christians that they’ve forgotten who their father is. You can visit her website at www.jesusisforeverybody.org.

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Pump Up Your Book’s 12 Days of Christmas December ‘09 Authors on Virtual Book Tour – Day 3

Posted by admin on December 3, 2009

Welcome to Day Three of Pump Up Your Book’s 12 Days of Christmas December ’09 Authors on Virtual Book Tour! Follow along as these talented authors travel the blogosphere all month long to talk about their books, their lives and their future projects. Leave a comment at their blog stops and you could win a FREE virtual book tour if you’re a published author with a recent release or a $50 Amazon gift certificate if you are not published. So, pick your favorites, follow their tours, and make sure you leave them a note to tell them you stopped by!

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Mass Casualties

Michael Anthony, author of the Iraq war memoir, Mass Casualties: A Young Medic’s True Story of Death, Deception, and Dishonor in Iraq will be stopping off at Personovelty! They say the Army makes a man out of you, but for eighteen-year-old SPC Michael Anthony, this fabled rite of passage is instead a dark and dangerous journey. After obtaining his parents’ approval to enlist at seventeen, Anthony begins this journey with an unshakable faith in the military based on his family’s long tradition of service. But when he finds himself in a medical unit of misfits as lost as he is, Anthony not only witnesses firsthand the unspeakable horror of war, he experiences the undeniable misconduct of the military. Everything he’s ever believed in dissolves, forcing Anthony to rethink his ideals and ultimately risk his career—and his freedom—to challenge the military that once commanded his loyalty. This searing memoir chronicles the experiences that change one young soldier forever. You can visit his website at www.masscasualties.com

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Gringos in Paradise

Malana Ashlie, author of the travel autobiography, Gringos in Paradise: Our Honduras Odyssey, will be stopping off at The Hot Author Report! Gringos in Paradise by Malana Ashlie is a delightfully amusing and lighthearted autobiography chronicling her move from Hawai’i to the Caribbean Coast of Honduras. When she and her husband decide to relocate to a more secluded paradise the fun begins. She shares the trials and triumphs of building a new life in Central America, in what can best be described as a spiritual journey of faith. You can visit her website at www.wisdompathway.com.

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Accidental Lessons

David W. Berner, author of the memoir, Accidental Lessons, will be stopping off at Review From Here! Accidental Lessons is a remarkable memoir by successful Chicago journalist David W. Berner. Berner takes the reader inside his own personal journey; a heart wrenching and inspirational account of self-discovery. After a series of personal upheavals – his marriage falls apart, his father becomes terminally ill, and his career crumbles – this respected reporter makes a difficult decision that changes his life forever. Berner takes a job in a public school outside Chicago where the students are facing traumatic obstacles – dysfunctional families, gangs, and drugs. What he learns from them teaches him invaluable lessons about himself, who he is, and why he became a journalist in the first place – to seek out the truth and give voice to those who need their story told. You can visit his website at www.davidwberner.com or www.accidentallessons.com.

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The 3 Secret Pillars of Wealth

James Burns, author of the financial nonfiction book, The 3 Secret Pillars of Wealth, will be stopping off at Simply Stacie! The 3 Secret Pillars of Wealth is a virtual survivor’s manual for the investor informing them of what they face in the future that is new and unpredictable and how much investing is costing them with traditional investment vehicles. Forward-thinking financial planners will avail themselves of the technical information outlined in The 3 Secret Pillars of Wealth, while the average investor will have a roadmap that guides them to financial success. One of many recent books to go against the grain and inform the public how much investing is costing them and how they are in a losing battle where executives of the big investment firms take $52 million dollar Christmas bonuses. The book is ultimately written for entrepreneurs and investors who are busy with life or lack financial education and are defenseless targets by opportunists abusing the financial planning system because of the compensation grids unique to the U.S. You can visit his website at www.3pillarsofwealth.com.

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Rain Dance

Joy Dekok, author of the contemporary women’s novel, Rain Dance, will be stopping off at The Plot! Jonica is infertile. Stacie chooses an abortion. One is prolife the other prochoice. Both are suddenly alone in misunderstanding, facing hypocrisies in their belief systems, and grieving – one the death of a dream and the other the death of her child. As their hearts break where in the world will they find healing and grace? Can shattered dreams be part of the plan? You can visit her website at www.joydekok.com.

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World War II Heroes of Southern Delaware

James Diehl, author of the historical nonfiction, World War II Heroes of Southern Delaware will be stopping off at Cafe of Dreams! World War II Heroes of Southern Delaware is a book unlike any other ever written. In its pages are profiles of 50 ordinary Americans who did extraordinary things during a time unlike any other in American history. These are men and women who today call southern Delaware home. In the 1940s, these brave Americans put their lives on hold to fight for freedom and democracy against the horrific threat imposed on the world by Emperor Hirohito of Japan and German Fuhrer Adolph Hitler. When Imperial Japan attacked the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941, the world changed forever. These men and women were a big part of that change; they fought to protect our freedom and our way of life. You can visit his website at www.ww2-heroes.com.

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The Possibility of Everything

Hope Edelman, author of the personal memoir, The Possibility of Everything, will be stopping off at Luxury Reading! From the bestselling author of Motherless Daughters, the real-life story of one woman’s search for a cure to her family’s escalating troubles, and the leap of faith that changed everything for her. In the autumn of 2000, Hope Edelman was a woman adrift, questioning her place in her marriage, her profession, and the larger world. Feeling vulnerable and isolated, she was primed for change. Into her stagnant routine dropped Dodo, her three-year-old daughter Maya’s curiously disruptive imaginary friend. Confused and worried about how to handle Maya and Dodo’s apparent hold on her, Edelman and her husband made the unlikely choice to bring her to Mayan healers in Belize, hoping that a shaman might help them banish Dodo-and, as they came to understand, all he represented-from their lives. You can visit her website at www.thepossibilityofeverything.com.

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Purged by Darkness

Michael Estepa, author of the young adult crime fiction book, Purged by Darkness, will be stopping off at Just Me! Purged by Darkness revolves around six friends in Melbourne, Australia, and their journey inside the organised crime syndicate known as the Triads. In the gang lifestyle, honor and absolute loyalty is demanded of all members, while fear, death and betrayal often follow. The group’s friendship endures as the six try to define their lives interwoven with their life of crime. In their world, no one ever wins and everyone involved finds it too difficult to ever get out. To them, the city represents violence and the countryside, peace. In this strange existence, love and loyalty among the friends flourish because they can only depend on each other. But friendship is pushed beyond all normal limits, as danger waits at every turn. You can visit his website at www.michaelestepa.com.

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Hakim and Terrance

Bernadine Fegins, author of the children’s book, Hakim and Terrance Shadow Mystery, will be stopping off at Between the Covers! Hakim and Terrance Shadow Mystery is a wonderful story about a lost dog. Two best friends go on an adventure to bring Shadow home. Along the way you will meet nice neighbors, some kind business owners and many others. The mystery begins when someone finally provides a clue. What do you think that clue is? Find out today with your purchase of Hakim and Terrance Shadow Mystery. You can visit her website at http://www.mvpmedia1.com/feaginsworld/.

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The Truth

Barbara Becker Holstein, author of the tween and teen fiction book, The Truth: I’m a Girl, I’m Smart and I Know Everything, will be stopping off at Review From Here! THE TRUTH, (I’m a girl, I’m smart and I know everything) is a delightful, humorous secret diary, written by a girl who is 10-11 years of age. She is wise and yet so innocent. She makes us laugh and cry and know that we are secretly heroines. This easy read for girls, (the mother’s edition has a different introduction, different questions at the end, and some pages that are slightly more sophisticated) has within it a psychological message for girls, that they can and must hold on to the best of themselves as they grow up. Girls love the book and so do their mothers. Girls recognize themselves and finally feel totally understood while their moms remember themselves, feel closer to their daughters and everyone has lots to talk about. You can visit her website at www.enchantedself.com.

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Wind of the Spirit

Joan Hochstetler, author of the historical novel, Wind of the Spirit, will be stopping off at Beyond the Books! Elizabeth Howard’s assignment to gain crucial intelligence for General Washington leads her into the very maw of war at the Battle of Brooklyn Heights, where disaster threatens to end the American rebellion. Yet her heart is fixed on Jonathan Carleton, whose whereabouts remain unknown more than a year after he disappeared into the wilderness. Carleton, now the Shawnee war chief White Eagle, is caught in a bitter war of his own. As unseen forces gather to destroy him, he leads the fight against white settlers encroaching on Shawnee lands—while battling the longing for Elizabeth that will not give him peace. Can her love bridge the miles that separate them—and the savage bonds that threaten to tear him forever from her arms? You can visit her website at www.jmhochstetler.com

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Buckley's Story

Ingrid King, author of the personal memoir, Buckley’s Story, will be stopping off at Libby’s Library News! Buckley’s Story is the story of how one small cat changed the author’s life in ways she never could have imagined. In this warm-hearted memoir, Ingrid King shares the story of Buckley, a joyful, enthusiastic and affectionate tortoiseshell cat she meets while managing a veterinary hospital. When Ingrid leaves her job at the veterinary hospital to start her own business, Buckley comes home to live with her and Amber, another tortoiseshell cat who had adopted the author several years earlier. Buckley’s Story is a celebration of the soul connection between animals and humans, a connection that is eternal and transcends the physical dimension. You can visit her website at www.ingridking.com.

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War on Privacy

Jacqueline Klosek, author of the legal human rights book, War on Privacy, will be stopping off at The Impression I Get! In today’s globalized society, the war on terror has negatively affected privacy rights not just in the United States, but everywhere. When privacy rights are curtailed around the world, American efforts to spread freedom and democracy are hindered, and as a consequence, Americans are less secure in the world. Ironically, the erosion of individual privacy rights, here and abroad, has been happening in the name of enhancing national security. This book sheds light on this apparent contradiction, and argues that governments must do more to preserve privacy rights while endeavoring to protect their citizens against future terrorist attacks. You can visit her website at www.jacquelineklosek.com.

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Tales for Delicious Girls

Barbora Knobova, author of the relationship book, Tales for Delicious Girls, will be stopping off at As the Pages Turn and Psychotic State! Twenty-five exhilarating real-life stories about delicious women, eccentric men and stubborn dogs. This book is meant to entertain you. It will make you laugh until there are tears in your eyes. It will become your faithful companion, and will help you find yourself. It was written for you because you’re delicious – the most delicious girl in the world. Tales for Delicious Girls offers witty, refreshing, clever and ironic insight into relationships between men and women from all points of view. The book is a modern relationship manual, providing answers to the most pressing dating and friendship questions that strong, independent, modern women want to know. “Tales for Delicious Girls” deals with wishes, desires and dreams – as well as hilarious mishaps and dating disasters. You can visit her website at www.barboraknobova.com.

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Evolution of a Sad Woman

Gale Laure, author of the mystery thriller, Evolution of a Sad Woman, will be stopping off at Blogging Authors! Five very different men – all strangers – are drawn together to solve a murder by an uncommon thread – the love of the same beautiful woman, Kizzy. When she is murdered, they pull their past into their present, their present explodes, and their future is filled with surprise and changed forever! When police detective Evan Picard, attorney William Newton, cabdriver Jimmy Smithson, former pro-football player turned used car salesman Tom Hastings and Father C.D. Casmiersky are forced together – personalities explode, tensions build and relationships develop. The ending to this chapter of their lives and to Kizzy’s murder will have a surprise none of them will ever expect. You can visit her website at www.evolutionofasadwoman.com.

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A Jolly Good Fellow

Stephen Masse, author of the suspense fiction novel, A Jolly Good Fellow, will be stopping off at Book Tours and More! Two weeks before Christmas, Duncan Wagner gets into his car for another attempt at kidnapping the son of his most despised enemy, State Representative Win Booker. When he drives into the wealthy Boston suburb, he is surprised to find the boy hitchhiking. So begins Wagner’s quest for revenge as he finds himself face to face with a real boy, and without a clue about how to run a kidnapping. Wagner, a self-styled charity Santa Claus, comes to realize that eleven year old Gabriel Booker is truly a runaway, much more curious than scared. Gabriel has no idea who Duncan Wagner is—or could be. You can visit his website at www.ajollygoodfellowthebook.com.

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Just Breeze

Beverly Stowe McClure, author of the teen/tween contemporary novel, Just Breeze, will be stopping off at Write What Inspires You! Eighth grade starts out the same as every other year for Breeze Brannigan. She’s still the tallest student, boy or girl, in her class, wears shoes that would fit an elephant, and her smile reveals dazzling braces that blind everyone within ten feet. She also has to deal with the dented fender on her sister’s VW that they paint to cover up and the new girl in school, Allison, who likes to steal boyfriends. Breeze isn’t concerned. She’s everybody’s bud. No boy is interested in her. Then there’s Cam, AKA Carlomango Christiano y Moises, who Breeze thinks must be from another planet because none of the boys At Whispering Springs Middle School are that polite. He also has a secret, a secret that could mean life or death for Cam and his mother, a secret Breeze must help him keep. You can visit her blog at http://beverlystowemcclure.wordpress.com.

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The Light The Dark & Ember Between

J.W. Nicklaus, author of the book of short stories, The Light, The Dark & Ember Between, will be stopping off at Working Writers! A collection of short stories, each a splinter’s reflection of the human condition, firmly centered upon our oft tenuous, sometimes tensile bond with Hope, and careening flirtation with Love. Fifteen stories: From the wispy fog of a love lost at sea, to an orphaned child who delivers a present of her own during a war-torn Christmas. These stories are gentle reminders to each of us of what it is to be human, and certainly of our affinity for the slightest glint of Hope. You can visit his website at www.avomnia.com.

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Cemetery Gates

Cemetery Gates

Maryann Paige, author of the horror novel, Cemetery Gates, will be stopping off at Jen’s Book Talk! Dead things everywhere. Nightmares of bloody bodies and eaten corpses. Michael knows he’s coming for him. The prophecy cannot be fulfilled without him. From behind the Cemetery Gates, his brother, Shane, enters the world. He’ll force Michael and the others to take their rightful place at his side. When Michael decides to go to a neighbor’s party, a beautiful stranger thrusts him into his past. Through meditation, Michael is thrown back into a world he had long tried to forget. He works quickly because time is short. Shane is on the prowl. He’ll force Michael to fulfill his destiny. Only, Michael has a problem with what he was created to do, and he’s tired of running. As he recalls who and what he is, he realizes he’s humankind’s only hope for survival. He decides to battle his brother, not only for the woman he loves, but also for the redemption of his soul. You can visit her website at www.maryannpaige.com.

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One Noble Journey

Dixie Phillips, author of the children’s picture book, One Noble Journey, will be stopping off at The Book Faery Reviews! Dixie Phillips has delivered another delightful tale in One Noble Journey. Two cultures collide in the tiny village of Westbury. An orphan girl from the lowlands, the daughter of a Count from the highlands and a baby raccoon will entertain the hearts of children of all ages. One Noble Journey is guaranteed to help shape small souls. Artist is Kim Sponaugle. This award winning duo, Dixie and Kim, teamed up again to produce another winner. Stubby’s Destiny won the Literary Award for Excellence Best of 2008 in the Children’s Animal Story category. Suggested age for readers 3-10. You can visit her online at www.floydslighthouse.com.

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Corrigans' Pool

Dot Ryan, author of the historical fiction novel, Corrigans’ Pool, will be stopping off at (no stop today)! Bitter with thoughts of the darkly handsome stranger who promised to marry her and then left town without a word, Ella Corrigan hastily weds a neighboring planter—a man whose cold indifference is merely a disguise for cunning insanity. His cruelty to his slaves horrifies her and, even though her family has owned slaves for generations, she questions the concept of human bondage for the first time while desperately missing her cherished Greenpoole plantation and Corrigan’s Pool … a beautiful phenomenon of nature that the slaves call “Conjuring Pool” for reasons they cannot explain when asked. You can visit her website at www.dotryanbooks.com.

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The Magic Warble

Victoria Simcox, author of the children’s fantasy chapter book, The Magic Warble, will be stopping off at Revenge of the Book Nerds and The Story Behind the Book! Twelve-year-old Kristina Kingsly feels like the most unpopular girl in her school. The kids all tease her, and she never seems to fit in. But when Kristina receives an unusual Christmas gift, she suddenly finds herself magically transported to the land of Bernovem, home of dwarfs, gnomes, fairies, talking animals, and the evil Queen Sentiz. In Bernovem, Kristina not only fits in, she’s honored as “the chosen one” the only one who can release the land from Queen Sentiz’s control. But it’s not as simple as it seems. To save Bernovem, she must place the gift she was given, the famous “Magic Warble” in its final resting place. And she must travel through the deep forest, climb a treacherous mountain, and risk capture by the queen’s “zelbocks” before she reaches her destination. Guided by her new fairy friends, Clover and Looper and by Prince Werrien, a teenage boy, as well as an assortment of other characters, Kristina sets off on a perilous journey that not only tests her strength but her heart. You can visit her website at www.themagicwarble.com.

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The Dog Ate My Planner

Pat Snyder, author of the book of the humor/self help book, The Dog Ate My Planner, will be stopping off at Cafe of Dreams! The Dog Ate My Planner: Tales and Tips from an Overbooked Life offers genuine stress relief to parents, caregivers and everyone else with its upbeat “me too” stories and tips for tackling an overloaded life. With cartoon illustrations throughout, The Dog features short, fun confessionals about a dozen different “dogs” that have made the author’s life go amuck (computers, kids & pets, fashion, health, stress relief, home construction projects, the holidays, food, shopping, self-help, aging parents, partners) along with 74 “Leash Laws” to tame them. Written by a seasoned humor columnist and mother of three, The Dog brings home an important message: Simplify your chaos when you can; when the dogs get out of control, laugh away the chaos and reduce your stress. You can visit her website at www.PatSnyderOnline.com

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The Ghost, The Eggheads and Babe Ruth's Piano

Larry Sweitzer, author of the young adult fiction novel, The Ghost, The Eggheads, and Babe Ruth’s Piano will be stopping off at My Overstuffed Bookshelf and Write for a Reader! It’s the summer of 2004 and Freddie Holtzman can’t wait to get to Camp Mason, a summer camp for eggheads or rather, gifted teens. He hopes to reconnect with Ginny Haig, a girl he met at camp last year. Freddie’s old friends, Logan and Monty, are there along with some new faces. He tries to win Ginny’s affection, but every time he tries to talk to her, he says—and does—nerdy things. At Camp Mason, a science fair pits the eggheads against one another for the top prize of a five thousand dollar scholarship. But, when the projects go missing, friendships are put to the test, relationships get put on hold, and everyone’s a suspect. To make matters worse, the camp is haunted by young Billy Mason who died there decades ago. You can visit his website at www.larrysweitzer.com.

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Hearts of Courage

John Tippets, author of the Alaska Aviation history book, Hearts of Courage, will be stopping off at The Writer’s Life! On January 5, 1943, an airplane with six onboard goes missing in remote Southeast Alaska with the pilot’s only radio message of “one engine has conked out, expect trouble.” The winter weather is extreme, searchers find no signs of the Lockheed-Electra aircraft, and all are presumed lost. One of those passengers was Joseph Tippets, age 29, of Anchorage, Alaska, an employee of the Civil Aeronautics Administration, and the first branch president of the small Latter-day Saint Anchorage congregation. Joseph’s wife, Alta, with her two-year-old son in Anchorage does not give up hope and is a source of strength and encouragement to others. On February 3, the crew of a small coast guard vessel on a routine patrol in Boca de Quadra was stunned to discover two starved and freezing survivors of the missing plane. One of those was Joseph Tippets. You can visit his website at www.JohnTippets.com.

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The Scottish Thistle

Cindy Vallar, author of the historical romance novel, The Scottish Thistle, will be stopping off at Allvoices! Loyalty and honor. A Highland warrior prizes both more than life, and when he swears his oath on the dirk, he must obey or die. Duncan Cameron heeds his chief’s order without question, but discovers his wife-to-be is no fair maiden. Although women are no longer trained in the art of fighting, Rory MacGregor follows in the footsteps of her Celtic ancestors. Secrets from the past and superstitious folk endanger Rory and Duncan as much as Bonnie Prince Charlie and his uprising to win back the British throne for his father. Rory and Duncan must make difficult choices that pit honor and duty against trust and love. You can visit her website at www.cindyvallar.com.

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A Note From an Old Acquaintance

Bill Walker, author of the soul searching romance novel, A Note From an Old Acquaintance, will be stopping off at Alexia’s Books and Such! Brian Weller is a haunted man. It’s been two years since the tragic accident that left his three-year-old son dead and his wife in an irreversible coma. A popular author of mega-selling thrillers, Brian’s life has reached a crossroads: his new book is stalled, his wife’s prognosis is dire, and he teeters on the brink of despair. Filled with tender romance and taut suspense, A Note from an Old Acquaintance is an unforgettable story about fate, honor, and the power of true love. You can visit his website at www.billwalkerdesigns.com/

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Jesus is for Everybody

Sophia White, author of the inspirational Christian book, Jesus is For Everybody, will be stopping off at LadyD Books and A Blog of Books! In today’s society it seems like we have everybody telling us what’s right and what’s wrong. The Christian religion has become an expression not of a relationship with God but of a right wing political standpoint. Author Sophia White takes religion out of the courtroom and puts it back where it belongs-in the hearts of Americans everywhere-with her new book “Jesus is for Everybody.” In “Jesus is for Everybody” Sophia explores the science behind the scripture, breaking concepts down into simple, everyday applications that make sense for people of every walk of life and reminds people that religion is meant to be built on a deep, personal relationship with God. Many churches have lost that relationship. There are hundreds of Christians out there floundering because they are so busy trying to be Christians that they’ve forgotten who their father is. You can visit her website at www.jesusisforeverybody.org.

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