Amazon Featured Book of the Week: Martha’s Vineyard Burning: A Tragicomedy Memoir of Drugs, Sex & Arson by David Duarte & Ginger Martin

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Martha’s Vineyard Burning: A Tragicomedy Memoir of Drugs, Sex & Arson by David Duarte & Ginger Martin

(3.5 Stars – 12 Customer Reviews) Price: $20.95

Martha’s Vineyard Burning: A Tragicomedy Memoir of Drugs, Sex & Arson is the coming-of-age story of David Duarte, a second-generation son of Martha’s Vineyard who also descends from Portuguese whalers first arriving in the area in the 1800s. Along with coauthor Ginger Martin, Duarte chronicles the pitfalls and obstacles he overcame without the help of a male mentor. Humans have the ability to do horrible things to fellow humans, but Martha’s Vineyard Burning reminds readers that we’re never alone, no matter how much we may feel we are, in times of deep pain.

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This week’s Amazon Featured Book is Is There Something You Want? Take It From Me! by Dr. John McKinney

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Is There Something You Want? Take It From Me! by Dr. John McKinney

(5 Stars – 1 Customer Review)      Price: $26.95

Are you struggling with finances, relationships, or personal growth? Then you will want to read this book. You do not need extraordinary talents to master the principles taught here in order to improve the conditions in your life. You will gain the ability to live by the laws that govern how things are manifested in the world in general and in your unique life in particular.

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This week’s Amazon Featured Book is The Intelligence of Captain Heinz by Steven Dodge

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The Intelligence of Captain Heinz by Steven Dodge

(5 Stars – 4 Customer Reviews)

Price: $19.95

If we could alter history, should we? Dr. Jane Gaffey is a new breed of scientist – one who is able to experiment with history using computer technology but what kind of change would be necessary to significantly alter the outcome of the surprise Japanese attack of December 7, 1941, which triggered America’s entry into World War II? Volunteer Bill Baxter—a former Navy fighter pilot is introduced directly into the complex, highly realistic computer simulation. As the experiment draws to a close, Dr. Gaffey must face the answer to her research question along with a new one: Will she be able to extract her volunteer from the simulated world of 1941?

Shadows by William Stephen Edwards is the Amazon Featured Book of the Week

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Shadows

by William Stephen Edwards

(5 Stars – 2 Customer Reviews)

Price: $17.95

William Stephen Edwards’s “Shadows” is a collection of experiences and feelings wrung from 50 years of being engaged with the world by a farm-raised speech/language pathologist. The collection is both lyrical and hard-hitting, with poignant verse and unflinching honesty—all rich in imagery and imagination. The poems are reflections on love gained and lost, war, working with disabilities, being lost in nature, philosophical musings, introspection, and whimsy. Somewhere in the pages of this brilliant collection may be a shadow that matches one of your own.

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Author Poll: Writer Thomas Tinnin wants your help with his cover

Thomas Tinnin is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press. And he wants your help deciding his book cover.

Book Summary

When the era of the nation-state has ended, it will be replaced by corporate city-states under a world government.

About the Author

Thomas Tinnin was raised and lives in Colorado. After having joined the Navy at an early age, he obtained his MA in economics from the University of Colorado and has since been employed as a statistician for the government. Always an avid reader, his pastimes include reading philosophy, history, and political science—and writing in his spare time, both fiction and nonfiction. This fictional work, set in the near future, was started over 20 years ago as a result of a dream, but was subsequently set aside over career demands, along with a companion nonfiction work. The two works have endured all these years, mostly unchanged, and are even more relevant today.

Please take a look at two possible covers below and then vote on the choice you recommend for Thomas.

 

 

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Uniquely Me “in how I came to be” An IVF story

by Sonya Blackburn

(5 Stars – 6 Customer Reviews)

Price: $31.95

Sonya Blackburn’s ‘ Uniquely Me: “in how I came to be” An IVF story.” ‘ A family story about Mya, a 4 year old preschooler, that reflects on what are the qualities that make her unique. She discovers that what made her unique is not only her interesting characteristics but is also in how she was born into this world through in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure.

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Lawrence Graham Bigelow: An Artist Sees for His Country

by Barbara D. McMillan

(5 Stars – 14 Customer Reviews)

Price: $21.95

Barbara D. McMillan’s “Lawrence Graham Bigelow: An Artist Sees for His Country.” Lawrence Graham Bigelow was an American artist who achieved prominence in the mid 20th century, while at the same time working undercover for the CIA. Did the requirement of secrecy deny him the recognition his artwork deserves? His luminescent watercolors often framed landscapes from his travels around the world, as he sought to blend his public and private occupations. Bigelow was born in Paris in 1925 to Foreign Service parents, and was a decorated war hero in World War II before becoming an OSS agent in Italy and later joining the CIA. While his paintings no longer command the audience they once did, his life and artistry remain a captivating tale of a double-life.

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Self-Publishing Author Conor Mitchell Discusses Lockdown: 100 Days in San Francisco Facing COVID-19, Protests, and An Uncertain Future

Author Conor Mitchell is taking his latest book, Lockdown: 100 Days in San Francisco Facing COVID-19, Protests, and An Uncertain Future on tour — a Virtual Book Tour, that is, with Outskirts Press! Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box, and nowadays you can market a self-published book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join Conor Mitchell and Lockdown: 100 Days in San Francisco Facing COVID-19, Protests, and An Uncertain Future as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Conor Mitchell was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of Lockdown: 100 Days in San Francisco Facing COVID-19, Protests, and An Uncertain Future


OP: Tell us a little bit about Lockdown: 100 Days in San Francisco Facing COVID-19, Protests, and An Uncertain Future. What is it about?

Conor:  My book documents the first 100 days of the COVID-19 pandemic in San Francisco using pictures that I took on my iPhone.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Conor:  I decided to write it after I had taken thousands of photos of the city, shared them with family, and every one of them had told me to get these put into a book.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Conor: A friend of mine from New York City had published with Outskirts Press and she had recommended my name to them in order to help move the process of the book along.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

Conor: I think everyone would be interested in this book. We have all lived through some part of the pandemic and we each saw some perspective of what happened. Being able to see something like this in a city as famous as San Francisco would certainly be something everyone will want to see.

OP: What is special about your book?  

Conor:  This documents a very specific time in the pandemic when nothing was certain and a time in San Francisco’s history that is unlike anything the city had ever experienced before.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Conor: For each day I was taking these pictures, I kept notes to myself about how each day was in terms of how I felt or what was going on at the time. It not only offers a view into what the city must have looked like but also what it must have been like to experience it first-hand.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Conor: I have not published any other books but I do plan to publish a follow-up to this book, which will focus on the recovery of San Francisco and the revival of different sectors of the city.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Conor: You can learn more about it through LockdownSF.com and order the book through Amazon.

OP: Thanks for your time, Conor! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Conor Mitchell, a photographer and videographer lives in downtown San Francisco. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he found himself alone in the city he had called home for just 18 months. Taking as many pictures as he could, Conor curated a collection of photos in this book to best illustrate what a total lockdown in one of the most famous cities in the world looked like.

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Self-Publishing Author DL Larson Discusses Back Home Again: Book 5, Douglas Family Saga

Author DL Larson is taking her latest book, Back Home Again: Book 5, Douglas Family Saga on tour – a Virtual Book Tour, that is, with Outskirts Press! Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box, and nowadays you can market a self-published book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join DL Larson and Back Home Again: Book 5, Douglas Family Saga as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, DL Larson was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of Back Home Again: Book 5, Douglas Family Saga.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Back Home Again: Book 5, Douglas Family Saga. What is it about?

DL:  Back Home Again is a family saga set in Kentucky 1850s. Family secrets are finally revealed in a way if you have not read the previous books, you are still a part of the discovery. Francis travels the broken road back in his mind in order to be whole for is new wife and family. His son, Jim, learns about what it means to be a millionaire’s son and the adjustment that it will take to carry that burden into adulthood. He helps his cousin Ruf with horseracing only to discover his own desire to be a part of the Douglas horse racing legacy. Young Hattie and Granny have a deep secret. Hattie promises to keep that awful time between her and God, only to discover her actions may well affect the rest of her life. And Ruf’s.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

DL:  I wanted to tell a story about everyday problems in a historical setting. I hope my readers find comfort that others before them have overcome domestic abuse, abortion, greed, jealousy, and heartbreak. And through it all, love still shines through. Love is what binds us together and gives us the strength to trust again, no matter what has happened in the past.

OP: How did you get your book published?

DL: I’ve had my last two books published with Outskirts Press.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

DL: If you like family stories, lives entwined with others, you will enjoy my Douglas Family Saga.  Here’s a little bit about my series: If you like American Indian stories and the War of 1812, you’ll enjoy Memories Trail, still available in ebook, on Amazon.com. Promises To Keep and the sequel Promises My Love are about family secrets, gambling, and kidnapping, as well as young love, forbidden love, and unstable love. (Available in book and ebook form). Coming Home might intrigue you with high stakes horse racing and politics of the time, along with learning what love really is. And…Back Home Again, Book 5 of the Douglas Family Saga…real life issues cause my characters to search for their strength in dire circumstances. Francis doesn’t want to harm his family, but his past mocks him, tests him beyond his endurance. Ruf is sure he has ruined Hattie’s life and his own. His guilt propels him more than love. And Jim, continues to search for his place in the family. He’s not a gambler, a horse racer, or even that good a son. Politics intrigue him and he wonders what his future holds.

OP: What is special about your book?

DL: I believe readers will connect with my family of characters as they struggle with life lessons. The evils of gambling, the memories of child abuse, an unwanted pregnancy, and where is God in all of this? Where does love fit into make life bearable? It’s a question we all struggle to understand. Will love overshadow the hurt and loss? The Douglas family comes through with hope in their hearts for a better tomorrow. Something we all strive for.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

DL: I’m not sure other books tackle social issues as mine has. We hear statistics but rarely hear personal life struggles so openly. In Kentucky 1850, there were no abortion clinics, no abusive hotlines, no gamblers anonymous, etc. There was only family and what you entrusted to share with one another. Social unjust is nothing new. We as a society tend to forget that…so I hope my book(s) help remind folks, these struggles have been with us a long time and only hope for a better tomorrow will see us through.

OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?

DL: Yes, my other books in my Douglas Family Saga. I am currently working on the next Douglas family installment, called, When Tomorrow Comes. Jim and his family head for New York where he discovers a runaway slave. His involvement will change his life he only begins to realize. Hattie leaves with Granny for the western territories to see the Great PowWow, a counsel with the U.S. Government. Ruf is stuck at home helping with the building of the town library…until he receives a letter from a young man who tells him Hattie no longer belongs to him. Ruf heads west and ends up kidnapped by young Indian scouts… (I was also a contributing author to the WindyCity RWA Anthology 2019, called A Wicked Appetite. All proceeds for that book went to Breast Cancer Research.)

OP: How can someone learn more about your book or purchase it?

DL: You may purchase my books at Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble. Please leave a review. Visit me at my website: www.DLLARSON.com Or visit me on Facebook: DL Larson; or visit Twitter: DL_storyteller.

OP: Thanks for your time, DL! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

DL Larson lives in northern Illinois with her farming family. Back Home Again is the fifth book in the Douglas Family Series. Visit DL Larson on Facebook or visit her website at: http://dllarson.com Purchase DL’s books at Amazon.com. Leave a review.

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From the Edge of Empire: A Memoir

by Ian Hume

(5 Stars – 9 Customer Reviews)

Price: $34.95

Ian Hume’s “From the Edge of Empire: A Memoir” is an eyewitness account of a life’s journey through the Winds of Change in Southern Africa, Eastern Europe and the United States. When Ian Hume, a young Rhodesian Army captain, decided in 1963 not to fight the oncoming war over majority rule, he left the army and the country to study in Cape Town, his future unknown. Later, he was invited back home to help prepare Rhodesia’s transition to Zimbabwe. He finds himself living through the very war that he earlier tried to avoid. Much to his regret, the transition in his native Zimbabwe leads, ultimately, to devastation and catastrophe. He regrets the outcomes in the country he left. He describes a different path to majority rule his countrymen could have taken. Had they done so, both the war as well as the brutality, corruption and devastation of Mugabe’s Zimbabwe could well have been avoided.

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