Sunday, April 19, 2015

Never Surrender Your Soul by Brian Michael Good - Media Blitz

“Never Surrender Your Soul” is a synopsis of Brian Michael Good’s life struggles and triumphs, meant to encourage struggling individuals make sense of the world and find hope to live a meaningful life. The book explains how the author was able to rise from the ashes of defeat to live a successful and rewarding life and feel peace and contentment. Brian's spiritual and lifestyle insights provide the truth and inspiration individuals need for creating significant life changes. The title reflects the heart of the book, as the author beseeches the reader to consider areas of life that can weigh them down, such as hardship, fear, and depression, which can drive them to give up their soul – their very ticket to the afterlife. Decide to keep your ticket to the afterlife by never surrendering your soul. This book will show you how!
Publisher: Big Bang Publishing
Publication Date: December 29, 2014
Genre: Self-Help/Spiritual/Memoir
Formats: Paperback, Kindle
Print Length: 104 pages
Paperback Price: $8.00
Kindle Price: $0.99
Amazon Paperback: Paperback
Kindle: Kindle
Brian Michael Good is a self-made man. He has lived a life buffeted by character-altering hurricanes. His life storms began in his trauma-filled childhood within his dysfunctional family.
He survived childhood verbal, physical, and sexual abuse; the death of two siblings; the stigma of being homeless - not once, but three times; two bankruptcies; a six-pound cancer that was doubling every two months; a near-fatal suicide attempt in 2003; the death of his best friend; three divorces; and the rejection of his only daughter.
How can one man encounter so many hurricanes, survive them, learn from them, and then strive to make the world a better place? This was the question Brian asked himself that led to “Never Surrender Your Soul.”
Excerpt - 


We are taught to nurture the health of our body, mind, and soul; often they are neglected. While our health declines as each year passes, we value our soul more knowing that it is all that will remain.
We are born with free will, a soul, and a ticket to the afterlife. Your soul comes with a passport and visa with a destination of the afterlife. Your passport is your free will, which allows you to choose your belief system. You should nurture your belief system (your visa) as a mother nurtures an infant. It is best to choose a belief system that allows you to be fair-minded and even-handed. Be aware you may lose your visa based on the belief system you choose, making your ticket to the afterlife with your soul unable to reach your desired destination. Your ticket to the afterlife is your soul. Decide to keep your ticket to the afterlife by never surrendering your soul and count yourself a survivor.
If you surrender your visa, making your passport useless and thus your ticket to the afterlife worthless, one may not make it to the afterlife except for Weshemehe [my universal word for “God”] of second chances.
Reincarnation is a possibility. Even if one could prove reincarnation to be true, each life of reincarnation would most likely get substantially harder… especially if you kill, die by suicide, steal, or take someone’s free will. If you screwed up in a lifetime and surrendered your soul in your present life, you have until your last breath to meet your true destiny. A true destiny must be met without greed or thirst for money. It must be unselfish and spiritual in nature, only then will Weshemehe consider giving you a second chance.
There is always a choice. What you choose today, you live with tomorrow. We will all be accountable for how we live our lives. We may be judged on what we could have done when you had a moral obligation to help someone in need. You have free will. It is your choice.
Modern society sets the benchmark for eternal life far lower than it has ever truly been because our morals have lapsed and yet we still want a feel-good comfort about death and the afterlife even though we have morally failed. The moment you feel you are saved, it may put you in a comfort zone where you forfeit your ticket to the afterlife by surrendering your soul with complacency. Most of us fail when we are judged by Weshemehe because we did not respect, but rather judged others, even when we have evoked Weshemehe’s name or our Bible of Faith as the basis for our judgement or treatment of others.
Believing that Weshemehe will provide does not happen unless you work hard to get what you want. Hoping for a miracle is the same as hoping to win the lottery or hoping to receive an entitlement. Hoping for an entitlement is not what President Franklin Delano Roosevelt meant during his “Four Freedoms Speech” in his State of the Union Address on January 6, 1941: “The freedom of speech, the freedom of worship, the freedom from want, and the freedom from fear.” “Freedom from want,” means you have the responsibility to provide for your own needs and the free will to pursue the occupation of your choice. Often “freedom of want” is achieved with stable and enduring relationships, education, hard work, sacrifice, and by saving a portion of your earnings. Weshemehe rewards those who believe in their ability to help themselves with an honest day’s work. That is the difference between having hope and hoping.
Allow me to offer a pearl of wisdom. Authority, control, and wealth come with great responsibility. Weshemehe expects major shareholders and management to pay honest wages for an honest day’s work. Greed does not give you any reward in the afterlife. You have already taken more than your fair share.
Illicit drug abuse, synthetic drugs, distracted driving, drunk driving, binge drinking, and overdosing when you didn’t take prescription drugs as instructed is playing Russian roulette. In each case you knew there was a chance that the shot you were about to take could cause your death. It was your decision to insert the needle into your body and take the shot of drugs that killed you. It was your choice to shoot shots of alcohol and the binge drinking that lead to your drunk driving death. It was your decision to take more than the normal dose of prescription drugs that would cause you to die from your drug overdose. Just as it was your decision to place, the muzzle against your head and pull the trigger of the gun that shot the bullet that killed you; in each case, you took your life and died by suicide.
Death by suicide includes any irresponsible, dangerous, or reckless behavior that causes your premature death; except for dangerous situations, someone may encounter in the military, public service, occupation, sports activity or an unavoidable accident.
I have compassion for people who choose (free will) death-with-dignity under a doctor’s supervision for terminal illnesses that would inflict pain and suffering that most people would find unimaginable. My reasoning is that if an astronaut running out of air, or about to be burned up in the atmosphere in their spacesuit, they would be allowed to crack their cyanide pill and die. I cannot fault a soldier who heroically dies by suicide by falling on a grenade to save the lives of his/her fellow soldiers. Anyone’s decision to die by suicide under a doctor’s supervision to avoid medical symptoms before they became too severe may be justifiable because of free will and compassion. Yet, many people with terminal illness choose to die a natural death even if the pain is unbearable. We should be able to die well but most of all we should do our Best to Live.
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Sunday, April 5, 2015

The Southern Chocolatier - Bananas + Chocolate = Yum!


Dad’s Best Ever Chocolate Banana Milkshake
Serves: 2
¼ cup homemade chocolate syrup, plus more for garnish
⅓ cup milk
1 ripe banana, sliced
1. Blend together chocolate syrup, ice cream, milk and banana until smooth.
2. Pour shake into glass, top with whipped cream. Garnish with chocolate syrup drizzle, banana slice and 1 chocolate wafer cookie.
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SEAL My Home by Sharon Hamilton Blog Tour, Giveaway

Bad boy Rory Kennedy was raised in foster care, bouncing in and out of trouble along the way. He finds his true family and real brothers as a Navy SEAL, one of the Navy’s elite warriors. When his BUD/S instructor barked the SEAL’s Motto: Only Easy Day Was Yesterday, he knew he had found home.
Megan Palmer works in a bookstore and finds her passion in life through reading steamy romance novels. Her brief affair with a man she later found out was married has left her damaged, until she meets the handsome SEAL, who stands ready to open her world and give her things she’s only dreamed.
On a skiing trip, Rory suffers a possible career-ending injury and also comes face to face with a past he never knew of, and a family who had abandoned him. His relationship with Megan is tested to the breaking point as Rory wades through the dark waters of recovery and whether or not he can live without the life he loves. A home-grown terrorist cell forces his hand and he discovers his true purpose.
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Whatever she’d bottled up had come loose. Her appetite met her need, which should have scared him. But for the first time, he wanted her to need him. He could fill he up. She was starving for it.
And so was he.
She was sleeping, and he fell into her rhythm, inhaling when she did, exhaling also in tandem, feeling her soft sex crowning his thigh. He thought of all the lovely things he wanted to say to her, but knew he shouldn’t. He knew the speaking part would mess up what he now felt, something he rarely felt.
He tried to breathe without making a sound, hoping that this time together, which was as precious to him as the love making part, was prolonged for as long as possible. She was fire and ice. The salt and the caramel. She tucked inside the hard exterior of his soul and shivered, rested there under his protection.
He must have twitched or done something, because she startled and rose up quickly, rolling to the side and covering herself up. He could almost feel her heavy thoughts tossing about the room as he viewed her light pink spine glowing in the near moonlight as she sat on the edge of the bed away from him. An inch of her butt crack was in shadow, but the alabaster surface of her skin was flawless and made her look like a statue.
He inhaled without a sound, and let his index finger trace down the middle of her back, traveling over the ridges of her vertebra. She stiffened at first, then rolled her head to the side and killed him with the blue gaze that showed him she was still hungry.
“Come here, Megan,” he said, worried he’d been a little too loud.
She touched her shoulder with her ear in a shy move that belied her real feelings for him. He could see it in the coral shaded corners of her lips, how they quirked up at the ends.
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NYT and USA/Today Bestselling Author Sharon Hamilton’s SEAL Brotherhood series have earned her Amazon author rankings of #1 in Romantic Suspense, Military Romance and Contemporary Romance. Her characters follow a sometimes rocky road to redemption through passion and true love. Her Golden Vampires of Tuscany earned her a #1 Amazon author ranking in Gothic Romance.
A lifelong organic vegetable and flower gardener, Sharon and her husband live in the Wine Country of Northern California, where most of her stories take place.
You can find Sharon at
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Playing with Temptation by Erika Wilde - Blitz

When Raina Beck is given an invitation to The Players Club, all she wants is a night of decadence with a gorgeous, sexy stranger. The seductive, mysterious man she meets fulfills her deepest desires and most erotic fantasies, giving her a night she’ll never forget. But forgetting him isn’t quite so easy.
Logan Cruz prefers his women submissive and compliant in the bedroom . . . everything the independent Raina is not. Yet from the first moment he lays eyes on her, he’s determined to make Raina his. Despite her resistance. When Logan is assigned to protect Raina from a stalker, everything between them changes. Sex becomes more than just physical, and emotions run deep. Falling in love was never on Raina’s agenda, but can she let go of the past and surrender the one thing he wants the most . . . her heart?
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My Review - Stay tuned!
Erika Wilde (aka Janelle Denison) is the USA Today bestselling author of over 50 contemporary romances for multiple print publishers.
So, why the new pen name?
As Janelle Denison I've always written sexy books, but lately my writing has taken on more erotic elements that I wanted to keep separate for readers because not everyone likes their reading material on the spicier, kinkier side of romance. However, please be assured that even as Erika Wilde, you will still get an emotionally layered story with characters you'll care about and fall in love with. That is always my goal, whether I'm writing straight contemporary romances, or more erotically charged stories.
Currently, I'm working on The Marriage Diaries and making sure that Dean and Jillian enjoy exploring the more erotic side to their marriage. The series will be on-going, with no foreseeable ending as of right now, for as long as readers want to be voyeurs to Dean and Jillian's sizzling new relationship.
I'm also planning a spin-off series in the future, featuring the hot military men that work security for Dean at Noble and Associates. Sign up to receive my newsletter for updates and news!
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Sunday, March 8, 2015

The Party Plan by Melanie Jayne - Review

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Avery Grant has been through a rough patch, she gave up her career to move home to help take care of her ailing parents. She married a man that she did not love and he almost bankrupted her family's farm. Now she is going to get what she wants and for over twenty years she has wanted Kade Martin.
Kade has been attracted to his sister's best friend for twenty years. In the beginning Avery was too innocent, then she was married and he was busy working hard and playing harder.
The plan is simple.
After tonight's party for their godson's engagement, Avery is going home with Kade. One night of sex with no strings.
That's the plan.
 The Party Plan is available on Kindle or Paperback
My Review:
Hot, Fast, and Cheap! Well, take back the cheap there! If you only have a few minutes and you are looking for a great sexy read - look no further! The Party Plan will have you hot and bothered in a smoldering New York second as the saying goes.
Two people who have spent half their lives longing for each other find themselves unattached and at each other's beck and call. Let the flirting begin.
Not the normal genre I review on my blog, but I like experimenting with my reading every now and then. I'm giving The Party Plan a huge thumb's up.
Check back tomorrow for an interview with the author!
This domineering side of Kade was the man she had fantasized about being with. Avery moistened her lips as she prepared her answer, “Yes.”
Yes what?”
Oh God,” his lips continue teasing her sensitive neck. It was so hard to form words, lost in the feeling. “I, uhm, I like this. I like your hands on me.” She tilted her head further so that he would have better access to her sensitive skin.
Kade chuckled, “Very good, Avery. For the record, I’ve wanted you for a long time. Christ, you were still a shy teenager when I wanted you the first time. I remember watching you spread suntan lotion on your body, your oil covered hands touching your skin. I was home on leave, but back then you were too innocent for me. So I stayed away, I knew it wasn’t the right time. I’ve been waiting for that time to come. I won’t stay away tonight.”
The Author, Melanie Jayne -
I live on a grain farm southeast of Indianapolis, Indiana with my very patient husband of twenty-five years and our two English Mastiffs, Buster Brown and Ginger. I graduated from Indiana University when it was the #1 party school in the country and I took great pride in helping the school achieve that ranking.
I haven’t figured out what I want to be when I grow up. I change careers every decade. I have worked in retail, a federal courtroom, travelled across the state closing loans, and behind the scenes in a casino.
I’ve always had an active imagination so when a good friend suggested that I try writing a book, I thought why not, it should be fun. It has, but I have had to work very hard to learn how to do it. I am so lucky for the outpouring of advice and education from so many in the industry, plus the hand-holding and cheerleading from My Gurls. I also have an incredible Ad-man-istrative Assistant, who tries to keep me under control. He rolls his eyes so much that I worry about a permanent condition.
When I ‘m not working or writing type stuff, I sleep, watch courtroom TV shows, and sports. I was a competitive pro-am ballroom dancer for ten years and I read as many books as I can.
​I love to attend Author-Reader Conventions and look forward to meeting you.
By Melanie Jayne
-Turning Tables by Adele
-Colorblind by Amber Riley (the Cast of Glee)
-I’ll Be by Edwin McCain
-Raise Your Glass- Pink
-Glitter in the Air- Pink
-Fields of Gold- Sting
-If I Were a Boy- Beyonce
-Don’t Speak-No Doubt
-Only Happy When It Rains-Garbage
-This is the Time-Billy Joel
-Clown-Emeli Sande
-Animal-Nine Inch Nails
-Hate On Me- Jill Scott
-Cowboy-Kid Rock
-Bawitdaba-Kid Rock