New Release REVIEWS Only for Author, Joe Siccardi and His New Book “My Name Is Sam” …The Novel Follow-Up of ‘Heaven Shining Through.”



Sit down with a cup of coffee or a nice wine and visit with Sam as she shares a lifetime of memories in this new Christian-themed fictional memoir. My Name Is Sam … and Heaven Is Still Shining Through is a follow-up to the breakout novella, Heaven Shining Through. It introduces Sam (Samantha), her family and friends in more detail than the original, and picks up where the novella left off. I hope readers get to know Sam as a friend, a life long friend. Share her life … complete with some drama, some humor, some heart tugs. Just a free-willed suburban Jersey girl trying to figure out this journey called life with the presence of God in her ordinary life as the underlying theme.

Pages: 193
Publication Date: June 30, 2019
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Purchase Price ~ Ebook: $2.99 – Paperback: $13.99
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Amy¬†rated it … “It was amazing” ~ July 9, 2019

My Name Is Sam … and Heaven Is Still Shining Through is another fabulous read by Joe Siccardi.
This is an amazing light Christian based fictional memoir about Sam and her life struggles. It is quite an emotional but yet inspiring journey. I enjoyed getting to know Sam and seeing how she was able to cope with her life struggles.¬†¬†I give My Name Is Sam … and Heaven Is Still Shining Through five-plus stars.
I highly recommend Sam’s story to all other readers.
I loved it! I received this book from the author but was not required to write a review.


Mary rated it on Goodreads ~ Aug. 3, 2019

I give 5 stars to ‚ÄúMy Name is Sam‚Ķand Heaven Is Still Shining Through,” a fictional memoir, written by Joe Siccardi. This is a great book! I felt like it started a bit slow, just (my opinion) too many conversations, but about a quarter of the book later, I was hooked!

Our main character, of course, is Sam. The author starts the story in her college days but gives us plenty of glimpses of her younger years also. When Sam meets the love of her life, we are able to follow their marriage, the heartache of breaking various news to both sets of parents, and watching the choices that they all make as they are combining families.

Sam shares her decisions and rationalizations with us as we fall in love with her! We get to follow her throughout her life, share in her joys and sorrows, (yes, I am being intentionally vague, sorry). All the while we are knowing that God is on His throne, and nothing will happen in Sam’s life without His knowing.

I don’t want to say too much and give away the storyline, but I can say, if you don’t pick up this book, you will be missing out. I feel like the back of the book really doesn’t do the story justice! My Name is Sam, is a clean story. I think it would be suitable for teens and up. It is an easy read and a must-read! (This review contains my own opinions.)



July 1, 2019. ~Amazon Reviewer 

4.0 out of 5 stars  Page turning, enjoyable read

While there is a Christian worldview to the book, it isn’t preachy and the focus stays on navigating the joys and sorrows of life. Some laughter, some tears, which is my personal preference in a book. The characters were reasonably developed and authentic. Definitely recommend reading, especially for a beach read this summer or fall reading!



Editorial Media Amazon Review:

Exceptional Fiction Memoir …

If you happened to have read Author Joe Siccardi’s debut book of “Heaven Shining Through” like I did, then you are going to enjoy reading this new full-length novel, the follow-up and the full story about the main character ‘Samantha,’ actually the backstory to her life. The perils and the fun of Sam’slife, if you will, is written, flows, and is told as if you and Sam are sitting in a coffee shop and reminiscing about life memories. It’s a definite 5 stars!
Right from the first chapter, the author draws you in, and as I was reading, I felt as though I was reading about my own life and primarily through my 20s of meeting friends at a dance club mixing it up over some drinks and having fun. But that is just the tip of the story iceberg of Sam’slife. With a Christian filter, the story unfolds, and Sam begins to learn that Gods presence has¬†always been within her life as she looks back and even when she was never aware.

When a writer makes you feel apart of the story, it means a great job with the writing was accomplished which is offered in this novel and so much more. By the time you learn all about Sam’s life, you will wish she was real as you could be life-long friends! This read has a little of everything about relationships, marriage, even parenting trials. The mother and daughter drama, some humor, and a few tissue moments are a few of the highlights.

Even though Sam has gone through some perils and beauty in her life through the years, Sam is consistently reminded that even in the worst of days, God has always been with her in protection and love through her life storms and as well as all the good life brings.

Just a fantastic read for anyone, especially for women. Even though it is a work of fiction, it reads like a real-life story if you enjoy memoirs or a unique fictional biography.

Author, Catherine Townsend-Lyon ~ “Lyon Media Services and Cat Lyon’s Reading Den”


See All Books By Author, Joe Siccardi …Now Available From His¬†Amazon Author Page.

Another New Release Garnshng Amazing Book Reviews by Joe is “Wisdom From A Father! Now Ebook Just .99 Cents and read FREE with Kindle Unlimted!



How To Kick Off Summertime Reading? Do a Free/Low-cost E-Book Promotion Just Like Cat. It’s Just That Simple!

Happy Summer Reading Friends and Authors!

In just a few short weeks SUMMER will be here! Well, here in Arizona it has already has hit as I have been writing poolside in the mornings to get my dose of vitamin D before it hits 100 or over each day …Lol.

It is, however, a perfect time to generate some new excitement for your E-Books as readers will be hitting the beach, lake, pools as it is vacation time too and they love reading to relax. That makes it the right time to run a lower cost promo for e-books. There are many things you can do just as I am with e-books to help readers find your books on sale that don’t cost a thing.

And there are amazingly low-cost places to run ads for it too! You can even add your books to free sites and they offer a self-serve Author Interview to make you and your books shine with large readerships. Here is how I will set up my e-book promotion for my Memoir, “Addicted To Dimes” …


First: Make sure you have your e-book cost lowered a day or two before your promo starts. That way YOU know it is at the right price beforehand. You do this through your KDP vendor account. If you have a publisher, send the request to lower your e-book price a few weeks ahead of your promotion.

Second: All my authors know you need to have accounts on Facebook, Goodreads, and have an Amazon Author Page which is free and done through Author Central Amazon and at the bottom of your page, there is an area when you are in your author page to add an EVENT. Add your e-book promotion so readers on Amazon can know all about it. Next, do the same on your Facebook page.

Use the Create an Event setting and add an image, a title, and date of the event, and a description of your event: Summer E-Book Promotion! Invite all your FB friends and FB Group members and do posts and share the FB link to the event too! Now, go to your GoodReads account and sign in and add an Event Page there too.

You will have just set up FREE advertising of your e-book promotion on three different venues and it didn’t cost you a thing! Better changes of more SALES and BOOK REVIEWS! It’s just that simple. Here is my Facebook Event so you can see how it’s done! Link:¬†

it is time for your e-book promo to some Free Book Sites to gain more exposure! My first go to place is Vinny of¬†Awesome Gang ‚Äď Where Awesome Book Readers Meet Awesome …¬† Just click on “Submit Your Book” and fill out the form. They do give you a low-cost and free option to share the e-book you are going to have on sale. You can choose what works best. Another very low price option comes with nice Book Teaser/Banners to use when you promote the sale for only $10!!! Here is mine they made and you can get yours here:¬†Author Shout Promo Teasers.



Now, hen you are done submitting your book on Awesomegang, then click here to submit a free self-serve Author Interview Submit An Author Interview and for even more FREE options click here Free Promotion for more book sites they are connected with and submit your sale and e-book there too AND you are DONE! Now use the links form your FB and GoodReads promos and promote them throughout your Social Media!

Your off and running with a free or low-cost promotion for your E-Book Sale and Like a Pro! … I wish you much success, reviews, and Sales!!


New Book Review – Kim Carter Mysteries – Sweet Dreams, Baby Belle by Melissa J – Book Addicts Reviews!

Cat’s Book Review Blog Pick of The Week! And? She gave Author, Kim Carter a Rave Review of Book One of her New “Clara & Iris Mystery” titled “Sweet Dreams, Baby Belle!” ~ Melissa J is my Blogger of The Week!

xoxo CAT



Lyon Book Promotions Welcomes The Man of Mystery and Spy Buff ~ Indie Author Tim Jopling.

UK Independent Author, Tim Jopling has released his first book of his fantastic book¬†series titled, “Underground Murmurs” book one of The Akira and Deane Thriller. Now available on Amazon Books & Barnes and Noble online.




Already an AMAZON KINDLE STORE BEST-SELLER for¬†Espionage Thrillers – No 6 in the chart Suspense Thrillers – No 41 in the chart UNDERGROUND MURMURS – ‘Akira & Deane Thriller Series Book 1’¬†~ “Nothing is ever what it seems. . .¬† Don’t turn your back on anyone or anything” .¬† .¬† .¬† .

Akira is a dangerous man, a man who has lost everything and has nothing to lose. Fuelled by the death of his beloved wife Madeline and desperate to seek revenge on those who took her from him, Akira is on a mission, a mission to rid the world of the corrupt West and everything it stands for and he has one man set in his sights. Thomas Deane, a fiercely loyal MI6 agent and one half of an elite partnership he is everything Akira despises – a patriotic man devoted to the service of his country, no matter what the cost. Assisted by the brave S.U.C.O. agents (Special Undercover Covert Operations) the elite MI6 team, are completely unaware of what lies ahead. Will they succeed in bringing Akira out of the shadows?

                                                      ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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“My name is Tim Jopling and I love any spy and espionage books, TV, or films! People always say you write about what you know and although I‚Äôve never had any personal experience (I‚Äôve worked in the IT sector for 16 years!) I‚Äôve read a lot of novels (you can‚Äôt really beat the original Ian Fleming novels in my opinion) and watched as many TV shows and films as I possibly can. I‚Äôm a big James Bond fan (not the spoofy ones, my favourites are the grittier ones with Daniel Craig and Timothy Dalton is my favourite Bond ‚Äď nothing to do with the name mind you!) and loved all the seasons of 24.”

Tim lives in Croydon,¬†United Kingdom, and is a big¬†tennis buff. He has coached tennis professionally and enjoys playing any chance he gets. He’s a runner as well. He is an IT Server –¬†Network Manager by day, and a passionate spy/espionage writer by night. He attended John Ruskin College with A-levels in Computer Science and Business studies. He is married to his beautiful wife, (sorry ladies!), and enjoys football, Formula 1 and cricket.

Now I myself have read Book One of his Thriller Series, and I was blown away. It ‘s full of mystery, thrills, edge of your seat suspense! I normally don’t read these types of spy books and novels, but Tim has made me a fan of his, and I can not wait for the¬†next¬†installment to release. I gave him a 5 Star Review on both Goodreads and Amazon. Here is a bit more about his book series and the main characters of his thriller stories,¬†and share what readers are already raving about Underground Murmurs!

Product Details
Underground Murmurs (Akira and Deane Thriller Series Book 1) (Volume 1)
$0.99 to buy  You can download the E-book version for a Special Promo Price Today!



The identity of Akira is still a mystery.¬†Many people have theories on just who Akira might be but as yet we don‚Äôt know for sure. What we do know is that he was once married to a woman called Madeline but she died under mysterious circumstances some years ago. Since that tragic loss he now ‚Äėhears‚Äô Madeline in his thoughts and he is convinced she is still with him.
Akira calls on Madeline whenever he needs her the most and still wears a locket around his neck that was given to him during their marriage. Since the loss of his wife he dropped off the radar and resurfaced with his new identity, someone that the likes of Thomas Deane and the rest of MI6 don’t seem to be aware of. Akira is obsessed with a vision that both he and his wife share. A vision where the West no longer dominate the world and have to adhere to a new way of life.  Akira operates in the shadows pulling the strings as he tries to make his vision a reality. . .



Thomas Deane is a fiercely loyal MI6 agent and plays a leading role within the agency as a mentor figure. His partnerships with other agents have proven to be the most effective over the years. Deane is a patriotic man devoted to the service of his country and will follow the rules to complete any operation. With no children of his own he regards his partners past and present as the children he never had and will do anything to protect them. He can come across as aloof or arrogant but this is often a way of shielding his real feelings.

Thomas Deane was recruited by MI6 whilst still at Kings College University London over two decades ago and though he did marry in his late twenties he could never fully pull himself away from the service he values above anything else. The marriage ended and he hasn’t spoken to his ex-wife since.

Deane joined the agency at the same as Kevin Ramsey and though they were rivals in the early years they now have a healthy respect for each other and get on well. Ramsey has now risen to the Chief Of MI6 and decides on who Deane works with and what Operations he takes on. Deane had several opportunities to leave the field as he gained more experience but he turned them down, never seeing himself suited to management and a desk based role.

In Underground Murmurs we find Deane with his long-term partner Sam Olsen (Deane was also the partner of Olsen’s father when he joined the service two decades ago) and also the young rookie William Hawk. Deane’s experience and his ability to survive over two decades of service have made him a key figure to train younger agents but the older he gets the less open he is to new partners.


Reader Feed Back For Underground Murmurs  РBook 1

5 Stars ~ “I’m a spy fiction fan, so this was always going to be one for me. If you like Bond or Bourne, you’ll enjoy this – though it most reminded me of one of my favorite books series, Barry Eisler’s “Rain Fall” books. Recommended if you like any of the above!

5 Stars ~ “Really enjoyed this book. There was a lot going on to keep me interested and the Olsen and Deane relationship is great to read together with Akira lurking in the background to keep things interested. I’d recommend it!”

5 Stars ~¬†“The writing was fast paced and really pulled me in! I did love the story and I’ll be looking out for part two!”
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Now I asked Tim a few questions of my own to see if I could get a little more ‘personal’ information about him that you may not read anywhere else about this Man Of Mystery.¬† .¬† .¬† . LOL. Her are his answers to my questions.
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1.) How did you become a writer? What you made you decide to write? I had never thought of writing anything until I saw an episode of Season 1 of 24 back in 2001. It had a scene about a safe house, and a very small character call, Ted Paulson who was one of the government agents and it just blew my mind! Everything about it made such an impression, the character, the scene of the safe house being infiltrated, just how tense it was, there was so much visually it just blew me away. The very next day I started writing a short story called, Shadow-Hawk that I ended up using as a template for the style of writing I was looking for. I then used this for ‘Underground Murmurs’, using the some of the same characters, and it all just¬†progressed from there.

2.)¬†Since you have a full-time day job, what are your challenges as a writer? I think for me, it’s all about time and then making use of that time. I’ve always been someone that needs at least an hour of reading through what I had previously written (i.e. the previous chapter if I’m writing a novel) before I can write anything new. I have to get myself into the characters again, and back into the scene and the story. When you work full-time that makes it very hard to get any writing done! So lately I’ve tried to get myself organized on what I’m trying to do and make more use of the pockets of time that come up as I very rarely have an hour or more to spare. Its hard going, and that’s why I’ve enjoyed these short stories I’m working on (that follow ‘Underground Murmurs’), as they give me that flexibility.
Once I’ve mastered this I think I’ll be in a better place to write the next novel ‘Rogue Retrieval’.

Tim Jopling
Independent UK Author, Tim Jopling

3.) Since self publishing your first book, what is the best thing that has happened to you as an author?
I would have to say getting feedback from people that have read my book. Thankfully there has been more positive than negative, but either way its a real buzz to receive feedback from someone you are¬†never going to meet but they enjoyed reading your book. There have been several examples of where they really ‘got’ what I was trying to do. That is so encouraging it really is!

4.) If you had one literary wish given to you, what would you wish for? I have five novels planned for this series (that includes ‘Underground Murmurs’), but as I work full-time it’s very difficult to make the progress I would like.¬† So I suppose if I had one wish it would be for it to be published in the mainstream, be successful, and allow me to do this as my all the time¬†‘job’ so to speak, and¬†have the time to write the other titles as well as some spin-off’s!
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So, Welcome Tim Jopling to The Lyon Book Promotions Family of Fine Authors! Thank you for letting me share all about your new book series, and a wee bit more about you with all my followers and readers!
Readers, go connect and follow Tim on all his social media¬†links listed below, let him know you read about him on ‘Lyon Book Promotions’.
Connect with Tim below:
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E-book Special Underground Murmurs Only .99 cents!




Meet My Good Friend, and Now Award winning Author, Jo Ann V. Glim for her Biography: BEGOTTEN With Love.

Hello and Welcome Readers, Friends, and Visitors.

My writer pals seem to be racking in the awards this month! First my friend and Author, Jack Barr wins a “Mom’s Choice Award” for his fabulous book titled, Failing Fatherhood. And now my wonderful friend and Author, Jo Ann V. Glim has also won a new award! Her book won First Place for the Biography category of The Florida Writers Associations,¬†2014 Royal Palm Literary Award for her book titled; BEGOTTEN With Love, every family has its story.

FIRST PLACE – Biography – Published

Every Family Has Its tory
About This Fantastic Biography:
*** FIRST PLACE WINNER of the Florida Writers Association 2014 Royal Palm Literary Award for Biography ***

Begotten With Love is a sometime turbulent, sometime rollicking story spanning 150 years of American history and five generations of an immigrant’s family. The stories on these pages are tales of courage, triumph, folly and forgiveness. You’ll laugh and cry as the author brings each generation to life and lets you live the experiences as the characters and plots unfold. As one reader put it, “It reads like fiction . . . but it’s not!”

Based on the author’s 30 years of research, the book brings to life each generation and lets the readers live the experiences as the characters and plots unfold.

“My family is a writer’s dream,” Glim said, “filled with remarkable characters but then every family has its share of dreamers and doers, cowards and cads, heroes and heroines. I hope after reading Begotten With Love you will love my family as much as I do . . . warts and all. More than that, I hope you will love your family even more!”

About The Author:
 Award Winning Author, Jo Ann V. Glim
Jo Ann V. Glim‘s professional career (as a disc jockey and copy-writer) began in the late 1960s in Chicago on the all jazz¬†radio station WSDM-FM when she answered a help wanted ad in the Chicago Tribune which ¬†boldly ¬†stated: No experience necessary.¬†The 24-year-old ¬†(whose ¬†personal ¬†life ¬†was ¬†in shambles — a ¬†six-year marriage on the¬†rocks and no marketable job skills) laughingly thought,¬†“For once, I qualify”!

That ¬†was ¬†the “glamorous”¬†side of her career.¬†One she is¬†grateful to have enjoyed but she was¬†also¬†fascinated by the ¬†inner ¬† workings of business management and¬†now, remarried¬†and¬†living in the suburbs, wanted to experience corporate¬†life. Glim began as a¬†file clerk with Kelly Services and throughout the years took advantage of every business class Kelly and local¬†junior colleges offered.¬†¬†Sixteen years later, Glim retired as an on-site manager at “Baxter¬†Healthcare’s Human Resources (IV Systems) division” . . . still employed through Kelly Services.
The one constant in Glim’s life has been writing. As a forty-year veteran of freelance writing. with¬†credits to her name for “Hallmark Cards” and one-liners for nationally known comedians . .¬† . And for the rest of Jo Ann’s fabulous life story, you just have to visit her Author Website at:¬†¬† … You can even read a sample of her book while your there too!
I have known Jo Ann, my “Florida Girl”¬†for a long while now, and I believe we met through Twitter & Facebook. But we do see each other a lot on Social Media. She has always engaged and interacted with me on both sites, and when she sent the direct message of her good news of winning this fabulous award, I told her I just had to “Spotlight” it¬†for her!
Then, …. I got sick with an upper ling infection. So I’m sorry girl this took way to long to share your *Special Honor & Award*!! “But you know Jo Ann¬†I always got your back dear”!! Now I do have her book added to my Goodreads “Want To Read” book list, and when I’m done, I’ll be doing a nice Blog Post Review her for you when I’m done reading!
See, that’s what it’s all about, authors helping and networking together to help all of us be Successful as authors & writers!
So I Thank Jo Ann for letting me share her book and award with all my readers and blog friends. And if you’re a reader on Goodreads? Please connect with my good friend Jo Ann V. Glim on Goodreads and grab a copy of her award-winning biography at:
Also connect with her on Facebook:  LIKE/FOLLOW:
And check out her blog too:

Here is what readers say about her Biography from reviews:

This review is from: Begotten With Love: Every Family Has Its Story (Kindle Edition)
“Such an incredible story of a family! If you like the these types of stories, you will love this of her family. You really get to know the characters and experience what they went through at that time. Just buy it, you will love it.”
“After reading “Begotten With Love”, I am truly amazed at the lives lived by the author’s ancestors as well as the author’s own life. This is definitely a testament to hope, love and forgiveness and a wonderfully crafted tale that will keep your attention from beginning to end.”
This review is from: Begotten With Love: Every Family Has Its Story (Kindle Edition)

“Begotten with Love takes us through five generations of American history. The action never stops as we see how this family came together through rough times and adversity. In the end it is a tale of hope, love and forgiveness. I highly recommend it”!

Happy Holidays Readers,
Author, Catherine Townsend-Lyon of “Lyon Book & Social Media Promotions!

Lyon Media Welcomes New Author, A.R. Tirant & Her New Book “Echoes from the Oasis”…

Hello and Welcome Readers & Friends,


Today I Welcome, A. R. Tirant, ‘Rosie’ to me and you, as she is a¬†brand new UK Author! Her book is available in both the United Kingdom, United States, and a few other countries.

Rosie and I met through a few social media sites, and when she told me a little about her new book, I had to go take a peek on Amazon & Goodreads myself to investigate! What first took my breath away was her beautiful book cover! And the book blurb is fantastic too.¬†And yes, I added her book to my Goodreads “Want To Read book” shelve.¬†Here is a little about her new novel that will be part of a wonderful series …

About Her Book:

In early 1900 on the island of Mahe in the Seychelles, women were confined to specific roles and expectations, and custom and traditions prevailed with reverence. But, 16-year-old Anna, being passionate, nature-loving and rebellious, wanted more out of life. She had different desires and bigger dreams…

The book tells the emotional and dramatic story of Anna‚Äôs younger years. Forbidden love brought joy and meaning to her life, but it was quickly followed by a dreadful smallpox epidemic that brought tragedy to Mahe‚Äôs Victoria hospital where Anna worked.¬† Would she survived the ordeal ? Louis agonised and prayed… fate did lend a hand, and after months of separations they were finally reunited. Surely all will now be fine for them ?

Meanwhile in the background, the threatening atmosphere of a dark and closely guarded secret ‚Äď witchcraft practices ‚Äď has the islanders of this close-knit Catholic community shivering in fear, but it is the arson, murder and rape rearing its ugly heads that were more frightening.

Suddenly, in a dramatic twist of fate, Anna‚Äôs life was turned perilously upside down… Will she be able to overcome that new drama and survived the First World War at the same time? …

A Little Novel Points Of Interest:

Seychelles Islands¬†¬† –¬† July 1912
Anna Savy made a brutal and painful discovery on her 16th birthday.

From the abundance of nature of her exotic island she found comfort and help, and something else…

As the island way of life plays out, Anna uses her wit and the advice of her only friend to achieve an impossible dream.

Her fate and predicament are laid bare as she faces the confinement of her situation, and the close-knit Catholic community she must abide to.

Commerce and business rivalry are the focus of two important families :  the du Barre’s  and the Benezet’s, and deadly consequences follow.

The beauty of Christmas in this small picturesque seaside village shows the faith and culture of the islanders at its best.

The role of women from all backgrounds and status are laid bare, as all positive and negative effects of their Catholic faith molds them.

The rites of a traditional Wedding Proposal and Engagement are played out, showing its importance and the pride and joy it brings.

A look at the island’s economy and the importance of the monthly Steam Ship visit from Europe.
By May 1913, the friendship and bond between Anna and Louis du Barre‚Äô are growing beautifully. But, it was on 1st July that they shared a tender moment at their oasis, as he presented her with a gift he had created for her birthday …

*Now you will need to go purchase to , “Read The Rest of the Story”* …

About The Author, A. R. Tirant:

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Rosie Tirant-Longhurst, aka A.R. Tirant, was born in the Seychelles in November 1958. The daughter of a policeman and, the eldest in a family of four brothers and four sisters. She grew up on the northern coast of Mahe island, in the tiny  seaside village of Beau-Vallon. Her working life started in 1975 as a nurse at Mahe’s Victoria Hospital, and followed there after by a long career in the Hotel Industry. She emigrated to England in 1995, and lives in West Sussex with her husband. She has two grown-up sons and a granddaughter.
Rosie wasn’t born with a pen in her hand, far from it. Life growing up was hard and strict. The home comforts we all now take for granted was but a dream for the young girl whose days was divided between household chores, cooking, cleaning and looking after her young siblings. Water for all the household use had to be carried from the stream, with one hand holding the pail on her head, whilst keeping the second pail in her other hand from spilling. Education only happened because it was the one way of getting some rest during the daytime, even if the chores still had to be done by the lights of the coconut oil lamp.
They were difficult times, times when she would lean against the pillar of the outdoor kitchen while waiting for dinner in those black pots to finally get ready, and stare at the tropical skies above, marvelling at the diamond beauty of the scattering of stars, and wishing for a different life …

‚ÄúEchoes from the Oasis‚ÄĚ is her debut novel which will be followed by other titles in the same series.
So, now that we know a wee bit more about Rosie Tirant, and more about her new novel, the only real thing to do now is go grab a copy of her book! And since it is going to be a series?
Read book one to be ready for the next chapter of this Fabulous Novel Series.

Now we also know that reviews can tell us so much about a good-read,¬† and that it¬†IS worth your time and money to buy and enjoy, so here are a few¬†early ‘Amazon Reviews’ to let you¬†know just that! And I can also share with my friends and readers here,¬†that she has ALL 5 STAR Amazon Reviews already in just the couple of months of her release. That tells you many are enjoying¬†book one of her¬†New Novel …
A couple 5 star reviews:

Highly recommended By Ginette Ally on 30 Jun 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase

“A realistic insight into the lives of the Seychellois during the late 19th and early 20th century.
The story line is woven around a young, white Seychellois defying all odds for a different future!
Very interesting read and looking forward to the sequel”!
Intriguing, captivating and well written By Miss Cunningham on 4 Aug 2014

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
“This book isn’t something I would ordinarily read (most of my collection falls within the fantasy/sci-fi genre) but occasionally I find a well written book outside of my normal sphere of reference which captures my interest; this was one such story. I was enchanted from start to finish.
The characters and their intricate back stories are complemented by vivid descriptions of the environment and culture which surrounds them – I am going to have to reread the book again soon (at a more leisurely pace) so I can better appreciate this aspect. In addition to the carefully crafted context, the narrative itself is cleverly paced and enticing.

I didn’t want to put the book down; I was reading whilst walking from the train station to the office (much to the annoyance of everyone around me)…… the only negative I can find is that I’m going to have to wait for the next one. Would definitely recommend”!*I want to say a big “Thank You” to my new friend and fellow Author, Rosie Tirant for letting me share her New Novel, and¬† a bit more about her with all my friends and readers here today, and all those who come by in the future. I’m so excited to get to¬†reading her new novel,¬†that way¬†I can come back SOON and blog my¬†own review”!

You also connect with Author, A.R. Tirant on a few social media sites below. So go check out her new novel in paperback, or download on your Kindle or laptop today!
And as I always ask and close with? Please, go back and do your review of her book, as it helps all use authors grow as writers, and lets us know what our readers think about our craft of writing and authoring books¬†… HAPPY READING!
Connect With Author, Rosie Tirant:


Echoes from the Oasis





I’m Happy & Honored to Welcome My Guest Author And Friend, “Gerald G Griffin” To My Blog!

Hello And Welcome Readers And New Friends,

One of the wonderful things about Social Media is you meet some really nice people, and that is where I met my guest author, Gerald G Griffin.
We met on LinkedIn, as we are both in the same group, ‘Author & Book Reviews.” So never underestimate the power of networking through social media sites…

I asked Gerald if I could share a little about him, and his books to all of my friends and readers here! And so it’s my honor to share his most recent book titled; “Of Good And Evil.” He has a few other books available on Amazon as well, but I have heard good things of this book. And of course all the outstanding Amazon reviews don’t lie.

I have gone to GoodReads and added his book to my “Want To Read” bookshelf, and as soon as I get it read? I’ll do a follow-up post to share my own Review. But I have heard the Buzz, and read the reviews on both Amazon and GoodReads, and they are fantastic! But before I share the a little¬†bit about his current book,¬† just who is Gerald G Griffin?¬† Well lets find out shall we?

Gerald G. Griffin

Gerald  G. Griffin
Author, Gerald G. Griffin

A native of Flint, Michigan, Gerald Griffin wrote his first short book of fiction while in the 9th grade. Ever since then he has felt compelled to write — his style reminiscent of Frederick Forsythe, with a dash of Damon Runyon and Tom Clancy.

He received his Ph.D. in psychology from Michigan State University and set up practice as a consulting psychologist in Atlanta, Georgia — though unable to resist writing part-time as his busy practice permitted.
Following several years of private practice, his two sons grown and away, Gerald eased into writing full-time — non-fiction, fiction, and ghost writing, first turning out the published non-fiction work, THE SILENT MISERY — WHY MARRIAGES FAIL. This was followed by his three published novels, THE CORRUPTORS, THE DEATH DISCIPLE, and THE LAST COMING, this last novel written in collaboration with Robin Moore. After this came his published non-fiction ghost writing works, TRAPPED IN THE LAWYERS’ DEN WITH BLOODSUCKERS and GBI AGENT.
A nature lover, he relocated from Atlanta to the lake scenery of Gainesville, Georgia. He lives in a quaint home, high on a hill, surrounded by inspiring forest foliage not far from the waters of Sidney Lake Lanier; the forest floor a protective canopy for the passing deer. In this setting, Gerald wrote the novel OF GOOD AND EVIL, followed by its sequel A TIME OF RECKONING.
Nancy Cline, a member of MENSA, said in review of Gerald’s writings: “In this age, yes, there is a nobility of spirit and the courage to preserve and to protect that nobility. In the field of fiction we have men of great stature… To that list add the name of Gerald Griffin…”
Gerald is a member of International Thriller Writers (ITW). While in practice in Atlanta he was listed in Marquis Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, Personalities of America and Notable Americans.
*Here are a couple of GoodReads Reviews, and¬†one place you can find and connect with the Author, Gerald G. Griffin, as he is¬†in the ‘Author Program on GoodReads!¬†

Review ~ GoodReads  Rick F. rated it 5 of 5 stars

In creating the character of Ron Sheffield, Gerald Griffin has proven himself to be a writer of extraordinary skills. Of Good and Evil is a novel that is so finely written, so well plotted and paced that the reader is immediately drawn into the book from the first page. Mr. Giffin, in able to use mere words to introduce the reader to Ron Sheffield is nothing short of breath-taking it is not often that a writer can make so complex a character, a person with such internal torments and external gifts, resonate so perfectly with a plot nad locations that keep the reader glued to the book from start to finish.
Highest recommendation.
GoodReads Review ~ Starr Reina 

‚ÄúOf Good and Evil‚ÄĚ by Gerald G. Griffin: ‚ÄúOf Good and Evil‚ÄĚ by Gerald G. Griffin:A quick pace and an intriguing, action-packed story are what Gerald G. Griffin delivers in this no-nonsense, timely novel.Trained as a Green Beret but born with unique, almost paranormal abilities, Ron Sheffield carries with him guilt for being the lone survivor of his squad during a mission. Which mission puts into his possession documents the government wishes he’d never seen and tries to kill him for.
He meets Amber Ash while recovering from a severe beating and gunshot wounds, compliments of the Mafia. It is soon discovered Ash has the same special powers as he and together they hunt down evil for the sake of good.But one evil…one major threat against the United States may just be the incident that Sheffield and Ash cannot survive, which means the death of millions of others as well. Will Sheffield be able to stop the terrorists and keep Ash and many other innocent people alive?
An absolute must read! It’s not your typical fight between good and evil and the suspense will grab a hold of you and keep you turning the pages.Reviewed by Starr Gardinier Reina, author of ‚ÄúDeadly Decisions‚ÄĚ for Suspense Magazine…

*Now as I said, Reviews have been¬†fantastic, so here are a couple of what ‘Amazon Readers’ had to say about Gerald’s book*…

Amazon Review ~ April 19, 2014 By: Tarzana Kid…

Well!¬†¬†If Ron Sheffield don’t get you, his woman Amber Ash will.
I’m not going to rehash the plot because other have done that bit. However, I found this a well-balanced and constructed thriller with a slight touch of the paranormal. It is written in an easy-to-read style and whilst obviously an American tale, it doesn’t leave the poor English reader thinking “what was all that about, then?” -as some US writers do.

It will appeal to fans of Lee Child, Stephen Leather & possibly David Baldacci. I have no doubt Griffin will further mould the redoubtable Ron Sheffield into a more rounded character undergoing deeper personal challenges other than contract killing and loving the mysteriously sensual Amber Ash. Sheffield has demons from his military passed to conquer and these resurrect at awkward times to plague his conscience and cloud his judgement and cold killing efficiency.
Mr. Griffin’s experience in the world of psychology will enable him to exploit this facet of Sheffield’s vulnerability in future sequels. Thankfully the reader will be pleased to know that Sheffield’s victims are thorough ‘bad guys. Sheffield’s feet are kept firmly planted by the equally gifted Amber Ash who ensures his physical needs are fulfilled whilst also providing intuitive help in tracking transcendentally his opponents’ moves.
The climax in tackling the bad guys on a crowded Atlanta street is masterfully done.
‘Nuff said – buy it!
*And here is one more Amazon¬†5 Star Review*…

Amazon Review ~ “Of Good And Evil” Feb 2014
“Of Good and Evil” by Gerald G. Griffin is a fascinating suspense thriller with a story that captivates the reader from the very first sentence. It is a story about an ex-Green Beret soldier, Ron Sheffield, who owing to his supernatural and telepathic gifts was the only survivor on a mission in the Middle East. When he realizes that his discharge from the military was due to his possession of Iraqi secret documents, he sought revenge and eventually became a well qualified hit man working for the mob. Multiple plots follow in an almost rhythmic pattern of equation: ‚Äúaction minus evil equals good.‚ÄĚ Ron battles government cell, Mafia, secret society and at the end is confronted with the imminent nuclear obliteration of a city by a terrorist cell.

The book is also a captivating story of true love between a man and a woman, Ron Sheffield and Amber Ash, who possesses abilities similar to Ron‚Äôs. It’s the kind of romance that women can only dream about ‚Äď the gravitational pull between two souls who genuinely love each other and so intensely. It gives a refreshing balance between Ron’s justified-in-his-mind killings and Amber’s sweet love ‚Äď a mesmerizing combination that would keep any woman captivated.

Gerald G. Griffin is an intriguing, galvanizing, even a bewitching writer. The story hypnotically trapped me inside the pages as they turned quickly at the speed of the story line. It is action-filled, full of vivid characters, and intriguing happenstance. The book leads the reader to get involved in the never-ending question of how good and evil are perceived by the society, by various groups and by each individual and how they justify their actions. The author ingeniously plays tricks on the reader’s psyche as it debates the points of reason. Several times the story introduced the concept of violently eliminating the bad as a good deed, and I found myself questioning my own rationalism.
All-in-all, it is a magnetic read!

-Reviewed by Olga Gladky Verro, Editor of Voices From The Past by Orest M. Gladky…
*Here is where you can click & purchase a copy of¬†¬†“Of Good And Evil”¬† for yourself*

*Now like many writers and authors, we like to share and continue or stories, or share other places you can find our work through our ‘Author Websites & Blogs’ and Gerald has done the same. His beautiful “Author Bio and Website for his book can be visited here;¬†¬† & his Blog as well here, —¬†Here is a sample, and a little more about Gerald’s blog and one of my favorite blog posts of his*…

Gerald G. Griffin

Gerald G. Griffin
Visit the Official Website ~ Author Website


Recently, while reading a blog comment on a sheet of paper, a devoted but perplexed friend of mine, Sue, approached me and stated:

“For gosh sakes, when’s your next posting? Don’t you know bloggers are supposed to post every week…or at least once a month.”

I gazed up at her with¬†a vague look. “Really?”

“Yes, really. And you haven’t posted for over four months, leaving me hanging! I so enjoyed your last fascinating and eye-opening post and have been eagerly anticipating your next one. But after four months — NOTHING?!”

My vague look dwindled. I sighed. “Easy. Sorry, I’ve been quite busy.”

“So busy as to ignore your blog — your followers,” she reprimanded, frowning. “Some darn blogger you are!”

I returned her frown. “For heavens sake, don’t be so critical. I’ve been too pressed finishing my screenplay for OF GOOD AND EVIL to write a new blog post.”

“No excuses. Unacceptable. A blogger blogs –regardless!”

My frown deepened. “Boy, you give no quarter, do you?”

“Not on this!” Sue was adamant.

“Just out of the blue, what do you expect me to post?”

“Anything! Right now, I’d settle for…for…You mentioned your screenplay. How about something on that?”

My frown eased into a profound expression. “Okay, you want screenplay, you get screenplay. But before beginning, you must understand that for the mind a novel is more internal and meditative, where a movie is more external and visually expressive. I learned that in spades doing the screenplay; really learned the difference between a movie and the book it’s based upon”

Sue’s lovely features suddenly sparkled. “Now you’re talking!” she exclaimed, excited. “What did you learn?…Did you have any help with your screenplay?…”

“Actually, the initial screenplay drafts were written by a movie script pro working with my film representative. Then all corrections and changes in their script — plenty of them, no mean task, I can tell you — were left for me to make, this becoming the final draft.”

“I take it that was a problem,” Sue said, a sympathetic tone.

“At first, yes. A big problem. You see, the screen script they gave me was limited in scope compared to the novel. At one point it even lost me.”

“That lousy?!”she shuddered.

“No, no. The screen script was amazing in its own right — still captivating…moving with graphic lure…sticking to the gist of the storyline. But for me the problem was that the perfect resonance between the characters and the plot in the novel was choppy and abrupt in the screen draft; this, as I discovered, dictated by the constraints of movie reality.”

“Oh, my.”

“Oh, my, indeed! Some major scenes in the book…some minor characters…had to be cut, as well as some essential character threads, nuances and developments, sort of deleting part of the book’s soul. I tried as best I could to restore this soul; restore what I felt was needed for plot cohesion, but I couldn’t completely.¬†I had no choice but to compromise for the movie’s sake else the screen script would be too long. The script I ended up with would be two hours of movie as it was.”

Sue stared at me in alarm. “Will the book’s magnificence be lost in the movie?” she asked, a certain sadness in her tone.

“My film representative certainly doesn’t think so. When I presented the final corrected screen script to her, and after she read it, she replied to me, and I quote:

“Griff, YOU ARE AMAZING! THE SCRIPT LOOKS AND READS as in PERFECT! I AM YELLING THIS OUT OF PURE JOY AND DELIGHT! God only knows what they will do when we actually send it out….Thank you so much for helping us to fix your script. It was a biggie because you are a Giant as in…a really good soul. I am honored to know you and to work with such a sweet, kind and understanding spirit as you. I am blessed.”

Hearing this, Sue seemed transfixed, for a moment¬†becoming strangely still. Then she pursed her lips, then spoke in a quiet voice. “I have a feeling about your script. A spiritual one.”

“Spiritual? I’d settle for good timing and good luck.”

“No, I don’t think you’ll need so much of that with this movie,” she said, more energy now in her voice. “If what your film representative says about your screen script is true, the movie will automatically achieve its own unique magnificence. I just FEEL it!”

“Wow, you’re really into this.”

“You bet I am. Now!” Sue’s dark eyes were flaming with spirit. “Besides what you’ve heard from your script pro and your representative, what have others said about the possibility of your movie?”

“Well, for an inkling, read this.” I handed Sue the sheet of paper I had been reading when she arrived. On it was commentary from Leigh Savage. Standing in for me, Leigh had answered as if she were me to a question directed to myself by a reader on her blog ‘Comments’ section at the bottom of Leigh’s author interview with me on my novel.

Engrossed, her eyes glittering with amazement, Sue began reading Leigh’s commentary:

“Vickie, thank you for your question. This is Gerald’s answer. ‘I feel very close to the military. Many on both sides of my family have served in the U.S. Military, as well as close friends, a couple in Special Forces. In addition, while a psychologist in private practice, I had in psychotherapy several returning¬†military veterans having difficulty adjusting to normal society because of continuing combat trauma.
I was presented first hand what they unhappily endured, as though I was with them in combat. This background with the military –very close to my heart, in addition to the 9/11 attacks¬†and other factors of national security, are what prompted me to write the story of my novel. This type of storyline in OF GOOD AND EVIL, with some of the same characters, is continued in the novel’s sequel. In spite of my novel OF GOOD AND EVIL receiving powerful reviews and presently being explored for the screen, it is lacking in sales one would expect from such a powerful book. It is ironic and unfortunate that it may take a movie to bring this captivating novel to a¬†broader range of readers and the literary world. Whatever can be done to spread the word of the novel, before a possible movie is made upon it, would be a great contribution to that world.’ ”

When finished reading, Sue immediately gave¬†me a¬†resolute look. “We’ve¬†got to get busy on this.¬†Never mind the¬†blog posting!”

*So in closing, I have to say to my new friend and fellow author, Gerald….. I have to agree with “Sue”, you need to get to your blog buddy and blog post more often for your readers and book fans!…LOL!
I hope you all enjoyed my guest author today, and here are a few more places you can connect with, Author Gerald G. Griffin. What an honor to be able to share such an established author and writer her on my blog today. I hope you’ll go grab a copy of his book and let me know what YOU thought in my comment section her on my blog. I want to THANK Gerald for letting me have the pleasure of sharing him with all my Supportive and Fabulous readers and friends*

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