Welcome to Bloggers Between the Covers, a page where I showcase books published by fellow bloggers.This is a randomly ordered list, which is updated as more books become available. If you are an active visitor to 4am Writer, and you would like your book showcased on this page and/or reviewed in a post, please leave a comment for me below! Even if I have already listed one of your books, and you have another book out, please don’t hesitate to ask me to put you on this page again.The only exception is that I won’t add any books that were published prior to my starting this page, which was March 2012.
I’m trying to add all the books you guys are publishing since that time, but I know I’m missing a bunch. Please don’t be afraid to remind me to add your book(s) to this list!
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WISDOM THAT EVERYONE CAN PUT TO WORK IN THEIR LIVES
Learning from Dogs, by Paul Handover, is a beautiful, touching, inspirational book on the relationship between humans and dogs. Handover examines the behaviors and qualities of dogs that can and should teach humankind in a meaningful, positive way.
Starting his book as a memoir, Handover writes about his early relationships with dogs, namely Pharaoh, a German shepherd, who helped Handover discover he is innately tuned in to a dog’s sensitivities, needs, and wants. From this enriching experience, Handover and his wife, Jean, built a home for dogs of all walks of life—from a homeless dog found on the streets of Mexico to dogs rescued from animal shelters.
Handover’s interactions with dogs have led him to believe that the human-dog bond offers a means to learn the values we need for a sustainable future. His revelation that “dogs are beacons of integrity and truth” is just one small part of his amazing journey. Qualities that range from love, trust, sense of community, playfulness, sharing, honesty, forgiveness, openness, acceptance, and adaptability (being open and willing to change) are examined chapter by chapter, underscored by examples from Handover’s personal life as well as narratives from other dog lovers.
Not only do we get a detailed breakdown of a dog’s best qualities and how we can use these gifts to enrich our own lives, but Handover also discusses the evidence of co-evolution between man and dog (i.e., The Wolf Who Stayed, Appendix I). His beliefs are supported by scientific studies, archeological records, historical data, and domestication experiments. Handover’s research is astounding; his book is richly detailed with quotes, cited articles, and excerpts from publications.
Handover’s writing style is warm, clear, and confident. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and fully intend to put his suggestions to use in my life. Handover has written an engaging, thought-provoking book that can only convince you that dog is indeed man’s best friend, if not his master.
For more info visit http://learningfromdogs.com
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Jeremy, a lonely and obese teenager, shoots into the limelight when a headstrong public health nurse persuades him to sue the food industry. Tossed into a storm of media buzz and bullying, the teen draws the attention of a serial killer who’s targeting the obese. Soon the boy, the nurse, and their loved ones take center stage in a delusional man’s drama.
Debut by Ileandra Young, a novel with bite!
In Silk Over Razor Blades, Lenina Miller, ditsy and pampered bride to be, must uncover the true connection between herself and the 2000 year old vampire haunting her dreams, before a half-mad vampire with a taste for her blood returns to finish his meal.
Ileandra Young is one of the pen names of Leah Osbourne, 31 year old Leicester self-published author and freelancer. Leah writes fantasy, erotica and general fiction and contributes regularly to the blogs of Leicester’s Phoenix Writers. She also writes fiction and ‘how-to’ articles for Creative Frontiers, an online forum dedicated to readers and writers of all skills and backgrounds. Her existing releases are released published through Little Vamp Press.
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Britt Skrabanek is out with her third novel!
They were unladylike rebels, three young women abandoning rolling pins for baseball bats to join the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. They changed history and that changed them. After the league folds in 1954 Nola, Fran, and Evie meet by chance on a popcorn-scented summer day where it all began…Wrigley Field, Chicago. They team up once again to fight for a pivotal cause these dames can only win by uniting as one.
Inside these ball players lies a fierce beauty, an unconventional destiny beyond the kitchen. Foregoing the American dream of sparkling cars and pastel suburbia, together they face up to the reality of nuclear drills and civil rights. Their story is uncovered nearly forty years later when Jacks Demonte discovers a trail of clues tucked away in a vintage handbag. The extraordinary lives of these women intersect with Demonte’s as she falls deeper into a heroic past.
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Neville Pitty-Rose is a brand-new author on the scene with his YA novel, Gods of the Green Moon.
However, he has begun to develop strange abilities – powers he doesn’t understand and can’t control. After a disastrous demonstration for his friends Seb lapses into a coma and he and his parents, Max and Martha, are kidnapped by a tall, bald man determined to test the boy’s increasing power and manipulate him to further his own agenda.
A group of strange wandering druids join forces with Isaac and together they set out to rescue Seb’s parents from the tall man and find Seb before time runs out and he is forced to put the tall man’s plan into action, which could have disastrous consequences for the entire planet – but is he working alone?
‘Gods of The Green Moon’ is a fast-paced fantasy action adventure story for young adults and grown-up young adults.
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The battle for Ciara’s power has drawn the attention of the Emperor and the Imperial Mages, forcing Bolin to put duty above safety and take her to Nisair. It won’t be an easy trip, even with an Imperial escort and a Galysian elder accompanying them. Especially since Donovan has found himself some new allies, one of who wields a dark magic that has literally gotten under Bolin’s skin.
For Ciara, coming to terms with the increasingly tangible manifestation of her power could destroy her. Even if they make it to Nisair–something that grows more unlikely by the day–there is no surety of safety for Ciara, or any of them. Not with Donovan willing to gamble everything to achieve his goals, or Bolin’s uncharacteristically reckless behavior, the result of which is the attention of something that has everyone worried.
Loyalties will be tested, lives will be lost, and no one will emerge unchanged as they find things are not always so clear on the line dividing Darkness and Light.
Visit Kathi at My Random Muse to learn more about this author and her other books.
When Kai’s telepathy spirals out of control, her husband Oliver brings her to the quiet Wisconsin hometown he abandoned a decade ago, where he must confront the secrets of his past to save their future.
Kourtney Heintz, the author of The Six Train to Wisconsin, writes emotionally evocative speculative fiction that captures the deepest truths of being human. For her characters, love is a journey never a destination.
Her debut novel, The Six Train to Wisconsin, was a 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Semifinalist.
Read Kourtney’s blog for more information on her latest career upswing.
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Aurora Jones dreams in pictures. Pictures that depict tragedy and death.
After the death of her mother and sister, Aurora’s father, Merv, moves them across the world to LA, where he forges a new career as a celebrity ghost hunter, thanks to Aurora’s dreams. But Aurora sees her father changing into a character she doesn’t recognize – his alter ego – Clive Soul.
Soul’s Child won the 2012 YWO Book of the Year Award
Visit Dianne’s author website for more information on her short stories and novels.
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Faerie Tales from the White Forest is a middle grade fantasy adventure series by Danika Dinsmore. Set on the imaginary world of Faweh, the elemental faeries from the protected realm of The White Forest face greater and greater challenges when destiny calls on them to “make the balance right again” after the Great World Cry.
Brigitta of the White Forest is book one of the series. The second book, The Ruins of Noe, is already published. The third book, Ondelle of Grioth, is due to be released Fall 2013.
Check out Danika’s author website for more details!
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Hello Pepi : A Toy Dog is for Real is a small seven-part series about a little dog who exploded onto the scene of Alarna’s life, and gave her sixteen years of joie de vivre.It is a story about love and friendship, as well as the adventures, lessons and mishaps that come with parenting a tiny dog.
Told in verse, with whimsical illustrations by Kim Sponaugle, it is a series that grownups and littlies alike will love to read.
Visit Alarna Rose Gray to discover more about this delightful series.
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Dr. Sydney McKnight, a young physician battling the deadliest influenza pandemic of all time, joins forces with Dr. Casper Jones, an odd new research virologist whose arrival coincides with the virus’s advent, and whose presence raises more questions than answers.
Eyes of Light takes opposites to a whole new level–from Hispanic drug capos to Mormon missionaries in Guatemala. The protagonist, Suvi Goldstein, is smart and resourceful, yet unaware of her true potential. She tries to escape her past, but life’s whirlwinds suck her back into danger and intrigue as she falls for a man with secrets as deadly as her own. Torn between violent men in one world and a kind, forgiving man in another, Suvi must find her way toward redemption. But will she ever be free from the darkness that binds her? Can she ever forgive herself for what happened…so that she can love again?
Eyes of Light is book one of the series. The second book, Secret Keepers, was recently published, and book three, Hands of Mercy, is yet to be released.
Read Char’s author website for more information on her self-published books.
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“Doesn’t she know you can’t do real magic alone?”
Freshly graduated from the Voleno Academy, Faylanna Derrion is trying to find her solitary place in a world where she and her fellow Magicia are expected to find their magical partner as soon as possible. When her mentor and his partner are taken by a terrible darkness before her eyes, her flight to find help brings Tavis into her life. Can she learn to see him as more than a simple farmer or will she accede to her father’s demands to return to her family’s home, following a path others have laid out for her? Can she choose her own course, after a lifetime of refusing to bind herself to anyone?
Bound is the first book in The Mirrors of Bershan series. Books 2 and 3, Possession and The Nine, are coming soon.
Read Word Flows, J. Elizabeth Hill’s blog for more information on this debut author.
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Award-winning collection of international folktales about storytelling and the role of stories in transmitting information, history, and values. Visit Naomi’s blog to see her wonderful photos from trips she’s made across the world.
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When Hamnet, a tiny boy trapped in a stone promises Will Blyton time travel, he thinks his problems are over. When a 14th century monk becomes his Stinking Shadow, he realises the trouble has just begun. Find out how Will stops the malicious shapeshifter, Ravensmite, from returning Hamnet to his cursed existence whilst, at the same time, plotting to send The Stinking Shadow back in time. Amidst the chaos and dark humour is the story of a boy battling with his own self worth and the start of a strange and powerful friendship. Visit the strange seaside town of Groaningsea and have the adventure of a lifetime as Will Blyton becomes The Alternative Detective.
Visit Michelle’s blog, Loony Literature, for more information on her books.
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Forest Avenue Press released its first title, a homegrown collection of essays and interviews about the writer’s life, in October 2012. Brave on the Page: Oregon Writers on Craft and the Creative Life features essays and interviews about authors’ habits, frustrations and successes. It was named the Powell’s on Oregon Blog’s Book of the Year for 2012.
Brave on the Page includes author interviews with Kristy Athens, Jon Bell, Kim Cooper Findling, Sarah Cypher, Duncan Ellis, Michael Gettel-Gilmartin, Shasta Kearns Moore, Lauren Kessler, Matt Love, Stephen O’Donnell, Liz Prato, Scott Sparling, Julia Stoops, Crystal Wood and Yuvi Zalkow.
Visit Laura’s blog for more information on the book and her new small press, Forest Avenue Press, which publishes and promotes Oregon writers.
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“She loves the lost ones, the pretty ones, the hungry ones.” (from The Cosmology)
The Widow (La Viuda) is ninety-two years old. She lives in a house filled with photos and coins, jewels and a sable coat. Aware that her memory is failing but burning with desire to record the story of her life on paper, she hires Gabriela, a nineteen-year-old Mixteca from Mexico. Gabriela is one of the few survivors of a massacre and treacherous journey to El Norte.
Gabriela and The Widow is a story of chaos, revenge, and change: death and love, love and sex, and sex and death. Gabriela seeks revenge for the destruction of her village. The Widow craves balance for the betrayals in her life. In the end, The Widow gives Gabriela the secret of immortality.
Jack Remick is a poet, short story writer, and novelist. Visit Jack’s website to learn more about his work.
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In the heartland of oil money, Jaye Davis spends her whirlwind existence trapped in the battle fields of high fashion. Surrounded by sparkling ambition and plastic perfection, she reluctantly masquerades as a sales drone at Lyman’s, a luxury store in Dallas. After escaping a turbulent past and leaving everything behind, Jaye struggles to find her place in the world. Armed with a quiet determination, she embarks on a solitary quest, searching for certainty in an uncertain future.
But Jaye Davis isn’t her real name–only a byproduct of the witness protection program. Once her fabricated identity is thrown into jeopardy, she flees to the haunting allure of Prague. Unearthing her roots in an important step toward self-discovery, she learns to surrender to the life she truly deserves.
Visit Britt’s fun-loving blog, A Physical Perspective, to learn more about this author.
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Everyone, it seems, wants to dictate what Ciara does with her life: Serve the Goddess, destroy the Goddess, do as you promised your aunt. All Ciara wants is to keep the two magics she possesses from ripping her apart.
And that won’t be easy.
Not only are they in complete opposition to each other, blood ties pull her in divergent directions as well. And then there’s Bolin, the man sworn to protect her. There’s no denying the growing attraction between them, but is it Ciara he wants? Or her power?
None of which will matter if Ciara can’t overcome her fear and learn to use her gifts.No one knows the depths of the ancient power she possesses, or what will happen if it manages to escape her control.
Will she lose herself entirely? Or be forever trapped between darkness & light?
Visit Kathi at My Random Muse to learn more about this author and her other works in progress.
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She thought she had everything under control, that her future would always include her best friend Katie… Until everything changed.
Now her life in Bloom is one big morning after hangover, filled with regret, grief, and tiny pinpricks of reminders that she was once happy. A happy she ruined. A happy she can’t fix.
So, she is counting down the days until she leaves home for Colson University, cramming her summer with busywork she didn’t finish her senior year, and taking on new hobbies that involve glue and glitter, and dodging anyone who reminds her of her old life.
When she runs into the stranger who drove her home on graduation night, after she’d passed out next to a ditch, she feels herself sinking again. The key to surviving the summer in Bloom is unraveling whatever good memories she can from that night.
But in searching for answers, she’ll have to ask for help and that means turning to Evan, the stranger, and Kyle, Katie’s ex-boyfriend. Suddenly, life flips again, and Whitney finds herself on not only the precipice of happy but love, too, causing her to question whether she can trust her feelings, or if she is falling into her old patterns of extremes.
As she uncovers the truth about her memories, Whitney sees that life isn’t all or nothing, and that happy isn’t something to wait for, that instead, happy might just be a choice.
Visit Coleen’s blog for more information on this debut author.
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The men in Darcy MacDonald’s life are disappearing. Is it fate, misfortune or foul play?
Life has dealt part-time mystery novelist Darcy MacDonald a lousy hand. The men she knows are either missing, dead, drunk or demented.
Lying next to the corpse of her boyfriend, the head of Bloodhound Investigations, definitely qualifies as lousy since he’s the man who also issues her paychecks.
The doctor says her boss had a massive heart attack during an orgasm, and it wasn’t Darcy’s fault. But she can’t help feeling guilty, since his orgasms were her responsibility. Or so she believed, until his grieving widow shows up, along with a mysterious, punk rocker chick who weeps inconsolably at the funeral and claims he was murdered.
Visit author Nancy Lauzon at her blog, The Chick Dick Mysteries, for more info on her other books.
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