Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Stairway to Awesomeness by Comic Strip Mama FREE OCTOBER 23-25

Stairway to Awesomeness!: 30 Fundamental Steps to Living a Life of Awesomeness! by Comic Strip Mama

AWESOMENESS—Only YOU can choose to make the climb!
Being a happy, positive person and living a life of awesomeness is a choice. In the face of adversity, it isn’t always easy to make, but it is a necessary choice if you want to live life to the absolute fullest.
Written and illustrated with infinite wisdom and an original comic twist,Stairway to Awesomeness is the ultimate 30-step self-improvement guide that will make you want to change your life forever and encourage others to do the same. 
Comic Strip Mama cartoonist and writer, Tanya Masse, shares her tragedy-to-triumph life story with the world and proves that no matter what adversity you are faced with, as long as you have a shred of sanity left, you CAN rise above and BE AWESOME!
Comic Strip Mama shows you how to:
·         CHANGE your way of thinking about certain things you have been conditioned to believe
·         STOP taking life SO SERIOUSLY
·         Focus on the POSITIVE lessons
·         Recognize the BLESSINGS
·         Find the HUMOR in everything. Yes, even tragic things!
    Now make your choice, and start climbing the Stairway to Awesomeness
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    Editorial Reviews:
    "I just finished reading Stairway to Awesomeness and Comic Strip Mama has opened my heart and my eyes to a brand new way of looking at life! She is absolutely right when she says, life is too short, to take things way too seriously! I believe that if everyone practiced the simple steps outlined in her book, this world would be a brighter place! Her spirit shines through even during her darkest moments. She has inspired me to start embracing all that is good in this world and to find the joy in everyday life even when it seems like the impossible! I will no longer settle for anything less than a life filled with awesomeness!!! Thank you, Comic Strip Mama, for showing us that with a little bit of effort, it can be done! You are a wonderful teacher and inspiration to us all!" —Carolyn Coppola, author of Minivans, Meltdowns & Merlot
    "Stairway to Awesomeness is like having a witty, wise aunt there for you during the bumpy times in life, who wipes away tears while serving a cup of hot cocoa and making you laugh so hard your sides hurt. Comic Strip Mama uses humor to point out some of the most common mistakes people make in the way we view the world any time we think, "My personality is me and my attitude depends on you." This is the perfect book for every parent to keep in their own time-out flip through, find any one of a number of sanity-saving illustrations, and regain a grip on setting a better example than the previous generation. Highly recommended!" —Cynthia Sue Larson, bestselling author ofReality Shifts
    "Stairway to Awesomeness by Tanya Masse is an inspiring, motivating and enjoyable read. Its premise is that anyone, with the right attitude, can not only overcome any challenge that life throws at them, but can thrive through adversity. Tanya uses her own life as an example of awesomeness in action as she takes readers through her early years that were rife with tragedy. Any one event from those times could have turned her into a bitter, angry person but her sense of positivity kept her moving forward until the day she realized that she could shape her own destiny through the choices and attitudes she adopts. Tanya, also known as 'Comic Strip Mama,' uses life stories, self-reflection, honesty, and humorous cartoons to illustrate her position that life is (dare I say it?) awesome. Her subject matter could easily devolve into platitudes, but Tanya is much better than that. She accepts – and recommends that readers accept – that no one is 'perfect' and that trying to be so simply sets oneself up for failure and misery. Rather, she recommends that we stop trying so hard all the time, that we laugh as much as possible (even at ourselves), that we live our lives with the understanding that what goes around comes around (karma), and that we trade in a sense of entitlement for a sense of gratitude. Stairway to Awesomeness will make you smile and laugh as you meet yourself in its pages. A kinder, gentler you, perhaps, but the “you” you should really allow yourself to be." —Katherine Mariaca-Sullivan, author of The Complication of Sisters
    "What a zany, quirky, addictive go-to book. I really enjoyed reading this. Best of luck, Tanya, on this novel approach to happiness." —Dr. Neal Houston, The Life Therapy Group
    "Life changing. Truly. Tanya uses her naked candor and refreshing humor to relay her tried-and-true life lessons in an entertaining and inspiring way. Her shocking, yet somehow relatable, life story proves that if she has figured out a way to be happy, the rest of us don’t really have an excuse. Here’s to awesomeness!" —Nicole Coon, Rachel Morrow and Jennifer Quinn, authors of  Not Your Ordinary Parenting Book: Newborn Edition: 101 Tricks That Take the Guesswork out of Parenting
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    Tuesday, October 22, 2013

    Lucky Phoo by Stacia Deutsch & Rhody Cohon FREE October 22/23

    Lucky Phoo by Stacia Deutsch & Rhody Cohon

    When luck and the magic of friendship combine, anything is possible…
    Seventh graders Caylie Jiang-Kahn, Lauren Blindell and Sabrina Robinson are making a movie about their friendship when a dirty stray dog shows up and ruins the day. In frustration, Lauren mutters, “Oh phooey,” which leads to the girls naming the dog “Phoo.”
    When Phoo is caught and taken to the animal shelter, the girls agree to foster him until he can be adopted. They immediately notice something strange. Every time the dog is around, lucky things seem to happen. The moment he’s gone, the luck disappears.
    What happens when they all need the dog’s magic at the same time? It’s up to Caylie, Lauren and Sabrina to decide once and for all: Is Phoo truly a lucky dog?
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    Editorial Reviews:
    “With punchy dialogue and a fast moving pace, LUCKY PHOO takes readers on a wild adventure as three friends try to share fostering duties of a lovable stray dog.” —Marianne Mitchell, author of FIREBUG
    “Stacia Deutsch and Rhody Cohon are two very best friends who write books together, which is very lucky for their readers. You’ll want to share LUCKY PHOO with all your friends, too!” —Jennifer J. Stewart, award-winning author of CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF A THIRD WORLD KIND
    “LUCKY PHOO is a great story about friendship, love and responsibility—Phoo, the lucky dog who wanders into Sabrina’s, Caylie’s and Lauren’s world is indeed  lucky—although maybe not as lucky as these girls whose life he changes. Okay, full disclosure: I LOVE good, strong, dog stories—Lucky Phoo is precisely one of those!” —Terry Trueman, award-winning author of STUCK IN NEUTRAL
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    Wednesday, October 9, 2013

    Sweet Karoline by Catherine Astolfo FREE October 9-11

    Sweet Karoline by Catherine Astolfo

    If I knew what I know now, would I have searched so hard for the truth?
    Anne Williams says she killed her best friend, Karoline. But did she? Or is there more to Karoline's mysterious death than meets the eye?
    Anne embarks on a compelling journey to discover her past and exposes an unusual history, horrific crimes and appalling betrayals. Through unexpected turns and revelations, Anne learns about love, family and who she really is. Can she survive the truth?
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    Editorial Reviews:
    "A deliciously vibrant portrait that realistically muddles good and evil." Kirkus Reviews
    "Astolfo's wonderful first sentence in Sweet Karoline explodes on the page and resonates right to the end of this twisting examination of dangerous minds. Never have I encountered a narrative voice that alternates more deftly between alienating and enticing." —Mel Bradshaw, author of Fire On The Runway
    "A deliciously twisted story about the perplexing power of adult female relationships. By turns scathingly funny and darkly insightful, Sweet Karoline is a hedonistic journey with all the right ingredients: lust, betrayal, true love and mystery. Grab a glass of wine and have the bottle handy. A compelling read from the start through to the surprising end." —Robin Spano, author of Death's Last Run
    "In Catherine Astolfo's chilling new novel Sweet Karoline, things aren't always as they seem. Anne, the multifaceted anti-heroine in this noir tale takes a fateful journey into her forgotten past, uncovering the painful roots of her childhood. While furrowing for answers, a mystery unfolds, truths swirl to the surface, a heinous murder occurs. Who's the killer? Caught in a tangled web of greed, lies and deceit Anne must come to terms with her past, present and future, and the bleak realization that those we hold close may be the last ones to trust. Compelling, visually descriptive, deftly delivered…Catherine Astolfo's got the goods!" —Douglas Wickard, author of A Perfect Husband
    "Sweet Karoline is a multi-layered mystery, where nothing is as it seems. The story grips you on page one and leads you through a maze of history, twisted relationships, and ultimately the darkness of the human mind." —Liz Bugg, author of Oranges and Lemons
    "In Sweet Karoline, Astolfo has created a daring hybrid mystery that combines elements of romance, history, and suspense in a carefully crafted story that keeps you guessing to the very end. Astolfo explores new boundaries as she extends her reach beyond the cozy mystery in this psychological exploration of the mind of a killer. A unique exploration of guilt and revenge." —Michael J. McCann, author of The Fregoli Delusion
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    Tuesday, October 1, 2013

    Devolution by Peter Clenott FREE October 1-3

    Devolution by Peter Clenott

    What does it truly mean to be ‘Human’?
    Chiku Flynn wasn’t raised to be human. Born in the Congolese rainforest, she spends her first eleven years as part of an experiment. For her, the aboriginal—the primitive—is ‘normal.’
    Just after her eleventh birthday, Chiku witnesses the horrifying death of her mother, and her father sends her ‘home’ to the United States, to a normal teenager’s life. But she can’t adapt. She is the proverbial wild child—obstinate and defiant.
    When her father disappears, sixteen-year-old Chiku heads back to the primordial jungle, where she uncovers her own dark past and puts to use her greatest skill: she can communicate via sign language with the wild chimpanzees of Chimp Island.
    But there is turmoil in the rainforest—civil war, environmental upheaval…and murder. The lives of the chimps and the safety of the people she loves depend upon one teenaged girl who refuses to be messed with—Chiku Flynn.
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    Editorial Reviews:
    "Peter Clenott's story of a troubled teen searching for her father in the African jungle skillfully combines the breakneck pace of a thriller with the emotional tug of a coming of age novel while providing a fascinating glimpse into the relationship between people and chimpanzees that will leave readers questioning which species is more humane. A thought-provoking read." —Tasha Alexander, New York Times bestselling author of Behind the Shattered Glass
    "Devolution is an enthralling, action-packed and fast-paced jungle thriller from beginning to end. The story is set in modern day Africa and is centered on the book's heroine, Chiku, a firecracker of a girl full of energy and spirit. She can also talk to chimpanzees! The backdrops to the story are as old as time itself—war, racism, hunger and greed. Can a strong-willed sixteen-year-old girl and a band of chimpanzees survive in war-torn Africa? Or will death find its way into this strange yet wonderful family! This book is an interesting coming of age tale full of intrigue, wonder, romance and danger. A truly exciting and original read! This is not your grandparent's Tarzan tale!" —Christopher P. Obert, founder of the New England Authors Expo
    "If it takes a bipolar teenager and some chimpanzees to save their piece of the Congo, then Chiku and her primate friends are the ones to do it. Label them superheroes. Peter Clenott has captured diverse characters in a vibrant setting and added snappy dialogue for this unique and interesting novel." —Shirley Ann Howard, author of the Tales series
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