Camp 80 by Lee Ducote ~ Review


Camp 80 by Lee Ducote

~ Review

Camp 80 (Cedar Branch)Genre: Fiction Humor
Date Published: 22nd August 2016
Publisher: Grave Distractions Publication

What do you get when six retirees find themselves trucked off (not entirely willingly) on a get-acquainted trip before moving into Cedar Branch Retirement Community? A week of outlandish fiascos, hilarious revenge, memorable tears, and most important… laughter. Derrick St. Clair, a social worker for CBC, has led many trips for this eccentric community, but never experienced a crew of new residents like these. One thing of many that Derrick didn’t expect was falling in love with co-worker Katlyn Rose, only to have his crew of creative seniors take advantage of his distraction to plan their own trip, including stealing the van and rearranging the attitudes of three disrespectful young men.
With a lady’s man from Manhattan, two kooky sisters from Arkansas, a grumpy husband from Alabama, and a quiet recent widower from Atlanta, Derrick will find this week one for the books. Take a trip with Cedar Branch and fall in love with the characters that now reside in the number-one retirement community in the South. Who knows—you just might make plans to move in.

Review

There is nothing worse than packing up a house for a move. Putting memories into boxes and organising everything to happen at just the right moment. Just when you start to feel how unsettling this is, along comes a sniggering laugh you can’t control.  The characters are well rounded and easy to like, you can’t help but fall in love with them.  There is a realness to them too, and the little touches like Jack offering to matchmake someone with their own wife and Betty ordering the Long Island version of Ice Tea.
The writing style is easy to follow and down to earth.  Anyone could pick up this book and devour it from cover to cover.  The good news is that it’s the start of the series so there are more books to come.

About the author:

After graduating from high school in 1989 and attending one year at NLU I decided (actually my parents did) I wasn’t ready for college, so I did what every 19-year-old kid does….I moved to the Marshal Islands in the mid pacific.  After a few years, I came home, meet my wife and settle down for a short bit.  I worked construction, opening my own sporting goods store, became a full-time fireman, opened a candle manufacturing company, and even rodeo for a short term.  Just not at the same time.  In 2003 we moved to Franklin TN where I sold fire trucks until 2010 when I moved to Arkansas.  Since here in the Ozark Mountains, I have written eight novels and currently working on my ninth, a new adult novel.  So that’s me in a quick whirlwind.  And yes, if you check out my website or social media you will see me with our pet raccoons, Tucker and Otter.
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When I’m With You – Danielle Dickson


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Title: When I’m With You
Author: Author Danielle Dickson
Cover designer: Marisa-rose Shor / Cover Me Darling


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Synopsis:
I’m far from your typical girl-next-door. My piercing blue stare coupled with the ink that winds its way around my arms throws people off, judging who I am before they’ve even spoken to me.
It doesn’t bother me anymore… I’m used to it.
Putting up a front and wearing my steely exterior like a wall of armor is something that I’ve perfected.
I’ve had to become this way. Everyone that I’ve ever met has treated me like dirt and thrown me to the side like a piece of trash. So what’s the point in making an effort just for me to get hurt?
There isn’t… and that’s exactly why I am the way that I am. Protect myself first… always. My past has taught me that much.
The very people that were meant to love me unconditionally turned their backs on me when I needed them the most. With their lifestyle and the company they kept, I shouldn’t have expected anything less.
But… I never expected him to turn his back on me. The one person who made me feel safe. The only one who ever really cared.
I’ve moved across the country to get as far away as I can… from all of them… but deep down I know that they aren’t finished with me yet. I know it’s just a matter of time before they finally catch up to me, and when they do, I just hope I can make it out alive.


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Excerpt:

The back of the van opens with a creak and my breath hitches as I feel hands wrap around my ankles as I get jerked forward. I try to steady my shaking hands, but who am I kidding? I’m scared shitless.
Apart from his hands pinning me down, he’s not made a move to do anything else yet so my pulse slows down and my head to mouth filter stops working.
“So let me guess, you’re the little bitch doing all the dirty work while my dad sits on his ass? Hmm? Oh come on, Mr silent, give me a little something, it’s not like I can do anything with it.” He doesn’t say or do anything. “Come on, the least you could do is tell me where you’re taking me, you have just taken me hostage, you sick fuck.”
Normally by now they’d have lashed out at what I’m saying, but apart from breaking into my salon and apartment, trashing the place and taking me against my will, he hasn’t actually made a move to hurt me. My mind is swirling, if he isn’t going to hurt me, then maybe I can try and get away?
Just as that thought rolls through my mind I hear the sound of another vehicle approaching, and I stiffen before my mind catches up and I thrash about tirelessly against his arms, but it’s no use. I manage to connect with a few parts of his body that has him wheezing, but he wraps his arms around me to restrain me.
The other engine cuts out and the sound of a door opening makes me freeze. I hear footsteps coming toward us and the gravelly lilt to my attackers’ voice grinds out over the air. “You were supposed to be here an hour ago, I had to drive around for a bit longer so I didn’t look too suspicious.”
I stop breathing, waiting for the other person to speak, but he gets no answer in reply. I feel him ease off me. “She’s feisty, watch out for those feet.”
He chuckles as if this is all just a big joke, like my life means nothing, and then I feel all his weight come off me and another replace his.
The sound of keys being exchanged and retreating footsteps are next, and I breathe in the smoke of whoever is stroking their grubby paws up the outside of my left leg. I stay still and try to contain the panic I’m starting to feel. This exchange is different; I can feel the dark vibes rolling off this person in waves.
Their hand travels across my thighs and down the other leg making me want to throw up as I feel their calloused hands glide across my skin. Fuck this shit, I kick out with both bound feet and smile as they connect with something that makes him curse.
“Fuckin’ bitch!”
I freeze as years of bad memories assault me, I know that voice better than my own. I’d rather die than be in his hands again.

Author Bio:
Danielle has always dreamt about writing a book. With many stories to tell, she finally pulled her finger out one morning when one story screamed at her louder than the rest. When Danielle’s not writing, she can be found painting people’s faces with makeup or watching twenty minute cat videos late at night, procrastination is strong in this one. If you’re ever short for shoes to match your outfit, she’s the person to go to. With an extensive shoe collection that cost more than your mortgage (although she would insist she doesn’t have a problem), you can take your pick. An avid reader all her life, she gets lost in the magic a book immerses you in and hopes to capture that for her readers.

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Slumber – J L Weil


There is no such thing as happily ever after.

Everything Charlotte Winston thought she knew has been thrown out the window. From slumber.jpgthe moment she opens her eyes, the world she remembered ceases to exist, and in its place is a post-apocalyptic realm filled with unimaginable dangers. And one very smoking hot guy who has an uncanny ability to make her blood sing, then boil in a blink of an eye.

Dash Darhk is everything her parents would hate. He’s six feet and two inches of dark temptation and a killer smile, that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in his wake. But her parents are nowhere to be found. Charlotte is alone in this new world. Destroyed by a toxic mist, the land isn’t the only thing altered, but the inhabitants as well. As Charlotte begins the hunt for her family, gifts she’s never fathom awake inside her. And with the gifts come problems. Enormous ones. Charlotte is running out of options and places to hide.

If she can’t figure out who to trust—and fast—she will lose more than her heart.

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Descendant – Eva Truesdale


Alexandra is having a hard enough time being human, dealing with the unexpected death of her father and a family that’s slowly unraveling in the wake of that death.

So she really, really didn’t need a werewolf attempting to kill her on top of everything else.

descendantBut life just sucks sometimes, apparently. Because that’s what happens: a vicious werewolf attack leaves Alex infected, confused, and suddenly surrounded by strangers who all claim they want to help her. Now, all she has to do is decide who to trust. Which would be a lot easier if one of those people trying to earn her trust wasn’t Kael, a boy who manages to be arrogant, infuriating, and entirely-too-hot-for-his-own-good, all at once–and who also might know more about herself than she does. Although, it turns out, that isn’t saying much.

Because her whole life has been a lie.

But now the dangerous truth is surfacing, and Alex suddenly finds herself a would-be pawn in the center of an ancient war between wolves and monsters. A war that will force her to make an impossible choice, thanks to the magic tied to her bloodline. Magic that could protect the entire human world…

…Or leave it to the mercy of the monsters.

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We’re not in Kansas anymore – R J Hore


Science Fiction/Thriller
Date Published:  2016
Publisher: eTreasures Publishing

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Archeologist and single mother, Macy, and her teenage daughter, Tiffany, are off on a fool-hardy search for traces of an ancient Egyptian cat-goddess, Bastet. What they find is far more than they bargained for: a dangerous dictator, a mysterious police inspector, and a grizzled Indiana Jones look-alike.
You might say the trip takes them right out of this world. Will they get home alive, or simply disappear into very thin air?
Set in the near future, with a blend of thriller and speculative fiction, and a hint of romance.

Excerpt
Macy rose to her feet, leaned over, and poured the entire ruby contents of her wine glass neatly over the crotch of his light gray slacks. For one brief second she considered following this up with a slap across his now-shocked face; instead she gritted her teeth, set the glass with care on the table, and picked up her purse.
“You bastard! You waited until the night before I was going away for three weeks to tell me we’re breaking up. Because you find us boring!” She took a deep breath to stop the shaking. “Enjoy your dinner. You can have mine too, to remember me by.”
Macy glared around at the patrons at the nearby tables, all trying to pretend they weren’t listening or watching; all that is, except the fat idiot who was filming the proceedings with his wrist-cell. Gathering what little dignity remained, she pointed her nose at the sparkling ceiling and stalked between the diners. She half expected a plaintive “Do you know how much that wine cost?” to follow her across the room.
Her dramatic exit, marred briefly by a slight stumble on the steps at the entrance, led directly past the live hostess frozen at her station, menu tablets in hand, waiting with a party of four. That young lady, her clinging black gown displaying far too much analog information, stood, jaws gaping. The two men beside the hostess took a quick nervous step backward as Macy swept by. One of their lady friends smiled at her, the other winked and whispered, “Good for you.” Macy did not look back.
Blinking away tears, she grabbed her coat and swept out through the revolving doors. Of course, the rain, forecast for tomorrow, had arrived early and turned Yonge Street into mini class-three rapids rushing down toward the waterfront. The first taxi plowed by, silent except for the bow wave that drenched her from her five-inch heels to her knees. The second cab slowed, decided she looked too dangerous or distraught, and purred away into a night that smelled of wet garbage and rain tinged with ethanol.
Fiercely, she punched the worn buttons on the nearby taxi pillar, brushing the dim screen with her wrist to activate. With luck, she could summon an auto-cab and avoid any unnecessary human contact.
The rain beat on the pavement, traffic thinned, and the city seemed to be shutting down around her in slow motion. At this critical point in time and space, icy rivulets of water forced their way into places she preferred to keep private. Finally, her frantic wits smoldering and near termination, she shouldered her way around a young couple struggling to collapse their automatic umbrella, and dived into the back seat of their waiting live-cab.
“Hey, that’s ours.”
“Tough. Driver, if you know what’s good for you, get going before I lose what little is left of my mind and decide to throttle you just for fun.”
The driver hit the pedal and the electrics kicked in, launching them into the street. “Where to, lady?”
About the Author
After winning a Canadian Authors national contest, Ron connected with Champagne Books of Alberta to complete “The Dark Lady” fantasy trilogy, followed by “The Queen’s Pawn” trilogy, and his fantasy detective series of eight novellas: “The Housetrap Chronicles.” His latest novel with Champagne is “Alex in Wanderland.”
Ron recently signed with a second publisher, eTreasures Publishing of Florida with, “We’re Not in Kansas,” a near-future thriller, followed by a what-if, “Toltec” trilogy. The first book in the series, Toltec Dawn is available now, with the second, Toltec Khan, available shortly.
Ron, a member of several writing groups, reviews genre novels for an on-line magazine and sometimes escapes to his sailboat on Lake Winnipeg.
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Love-Based Money & Mindset- Michele PW


Personal Development/ Self-Help
Date Published:  December 2016
Make The Money You Desire Without Selling Your Soul
Publisher: Love-Based Publishing
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Are you ready to step into a life of peaceful prosperity?
For many of us, money is a source of angst. Maybe there’s never enough and it’s a constant source of stress. Maybe no matter how hard you work, you’re never able to get ahead. Or maybe you’re in so much debt, all you feel is shame and despair.
If any of this sounds familiar, then you’re in for a treat. Love-Based Money and Mindset is designed to help you heal your relationship with money so you not only feel peaceful about it, but so you’re also able to attract all the abundance you want.
While this book is designed to help everyone who struggles with money issues, it’s particularly helpful for those who have (or want to have) a business. The bottom line: The more you can cultivate a love-based mindset, the more easily and effortlessly you’ll attract money into your life.
Other Books in the Love Based Business Series

Business, Writing
Publisher: Love-Based Publishing
Published: July 2014
Do you hate the way sales and marketing copy makes you feel? Sales-y? Inauthentic? Hype-y? Just plain icky? You’re not alone … and there’s a reason you feel that way. It’s because traditional sales and marketing copy (also known as direct response copy) sells by tapping into fear.
But, you don’t have to use fear – you can sell and market your business using love instead. And when you do that, you stop manipulating and twisting arms to get buyers, and instead start attracting, inspiring and inviting your ideal clients into your business.
Ahhh — doesn’t that sound wonderful?
In this book, copywriting and marketing expert Michele PW (Pariza Wacek) teaches you the philosophy and the foundational principles behind selling with love versus fear – the same principles she’s used to help her clients build their businesses over the years. Plus, she includes dozens of exercises so you too can easily implement love-based copy in your own business.
Whether you’re a seasoned entrepreneur or business owner or just starting out, you’ll discover valuable tips and strategies around selling and marketing with love. And not only will you feel great about it, so will your ideal clients.
Business, Writing
Publisher: Love-Based Publishing
Published: September 2015
If you’re a business owner, entrepreneur, expert, speaker, author, coach or consultant who would love to create marketing materials that attract, inspire and invite your ideal prospects to become ideal clients without sounding hype-y or sales-y, then this book may be exactly what you’ve been looking for.
In Michele’s first book, “Love-Based Copywriting Method,” she walks you through the philosophy of love-based copywriting and explains why traditional copy and marketing feels so icky. In this book, “Love-Based Copywriting System” she rolls up her sleeves and walks you though her exact system for writing copy that converts without feeling sleazy.
You’ll discover exercises, examples, templates and more — in fact, it’s designed to be a “copywriting course in a book.” You’ll get detailed, step-by-step teachings of everything from headlines to features and benefits to presenting your offer and more, so if you follow along and complete the exercises, by the end of the book, you’ve got your copy created.
Also as a bonus, it included a free workbook!
Business, Marketing
Publisher: Love-Based Publishing
Published: April 2016
As an entrepreneur, small business owner, coach, consultant, speaker, author, and/or expert, you know marketing is the lifeblood of growing a successful business. Yet, for so many of us, marketing is also one of our biggest struggles.
Well, that’s all about to change. In Love-Based Online Marketing, Michele PW walks you through exactly how to create an Online Marketing Plan tailored specifically to you and your goals so you can grow a business you love AND that loves you back!
And the best part, thanks to the Assessment included in this book, your Online Marketing Plan will be based around your Marketing Love Factor. This means you’ll not only love your marketing (really! Even if you’ve always hated it before!), but you’ll also be empowered to market your business in the exact, perfect way for you.
So if attracting, inspiring and inviting your ideal prospects to become ideal clients and customers without being hype-y, sales-y or slime-y feels like a breath of fresh air, this book may be exactly what you’ve been looking for.
About the Author

When Michele was 3 years old, she taught herself to read because she wanted to write stories so badly.

As you can imagine, writing has been a driving passion throughout her life. She became a professional copywriter (which is writing promotional materials for businesses), which led to her founding a copywriting and marketing company that serves clients all over the world.

Along with being a copywriter, she also writes novels (in fact, she just published her first two psychological thriller/suspense/mystery novels called “The Stolen Twin” and “Mirror Image'”) plus, she is also the author of the “Love-Based Copy” books, which are a part of the “Love-Based Business” series and cover both business and personal development.

She holds a double major in English and Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently she lives in the mountains of Prescott, Arizona with her husband Paul and southern squirrel hunter Cassie.


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The Mad King


The Mad King

By JoVee Winters

A new world in chaos, and a legendary love that never was…

the-mad-kingHatter and Alice. Alice and Hatter. Two parts making up one whole. Their love was legend, until a curse came and ripped them apart forever. Rewriting their past, present, and future. But a couple of powerful fairy godmothers and one taciturn god are determined that curse or no, the lives of two of Kingdom’s most famous inhabitants will be set to rights. Only problem is, one of them has just died and time is now running out for the other. Can Kingdom ever be restored again?

Only time will tell…

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The Mad King is live at Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, and BN.This book will remain vendor wide for approximately 2 weeks before making it exclusive to Amazon. Also, for those who’ve been wondering, The Dark Queen will be going wide again in just a few more days. The Fairy Queen will, likewise, follow in about a month’s time. Links below.

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2hQTZaJ

iBooks: http://apple.co/2hQc1VE

Kobo: http://bit.ly/2hQecZy

BN: http://bit.ly/2iDnJFj