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Cover Reveal: Battered Mind by Sylvia Stein

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Synopsis:

Sadie Martin Carlyle is on trial for the murder of her husband Dante Caryle. She claims she killed him in self defense and that he was a monster. She was a battered woman and if she had not defended herself he would of killed both their young daughter and her.  In short, She feared for their lives.
However, there is more to this case than meets the eye. Sadie Martin is not your typical woman. Her family consists of her Criminal lawyer father Jackson Martin from Atlanta and her mother Barbara Reece Martin is one of the main leaders of the Southern Belles of Atlanta.

From the very start, there are secrets that are hidden that no one will see coming. Sadie’s story will take the reader through a very emotional journey throughout. Once the case begins, everything you think you know about what happened between Sadie and Dante Carlyle will have you asking many questions and is everything being said the truth?

 

Battered Mind Excerpt:

Copyright by Sylvia Stein

As I lie here holding on to my sanity.   I have to say never in a million years would I have thought all would turn out the way it did. 

You see for most of my life I had been searching and hoping that one day I would find the one

and be able to finally lead “the normal life.”

However, nothing could be farther from the truth.  My name is Sadie Martin Carlyle and on

May 27, 2010, I was charged with the murder of my husband Dante Carlyle. 

The thing that makes this so horrific is that I do not even remember committing the crime.  

All I know is that when I awoke the next morning, My husband Dante was dead and I was found next

to his body and the murder weapon. 

As of now all I can do is await my trial which will not be for a few months. 

Sadly because of the circumstance of the crime, I will have to sit in a jail cell until my trial.

You must be wondering why I seem to know so much about the law in particular. 

One second, “Can you please let me finish talking.”

  Sorry being locked away in this cell has made me a bit paranoid.

Well in any case as I was saying.  The reason I know so much was that my beloved husband was a lawyer and before I got married.  We both met in law school. 

Oh, it was so simple back then. 

If only I could go back to the beginning.   Things were easier.  At least I thought they were.   However maybe if I can just go back to the beginning I can try to salvage a bit of my dignity.

Besides, I was born and raised to be a good girl. But right now I am really placing a damper on all the years my parents spent trying to make me something I never wanted to be.   You see I was born and raised in Atlanta Georgia.

It’s too damn bad I was never able to lead a normal life.  Thanks to my dear parents!

My mother was born to parents of money and my father was no different.  However, he was known for being one of the best criminal defense attorneys in all of the state of Georgia.  

He was deeply admired for his hardcore antics.  My father was never one to give up on his client and

he is both loved and hated throughout the community. 

On the other hand, my dear mother Barbara Reece Martin has always been in the public eye.  As a child, her parents owned several wineries all over the state of Georgia and North Carolina and she was left with a trust fund and decided to invest in stock and has done pretty well.  She is now the Ceo of The Reece Winery and overlooks them along with my father and she is also one of the main members of the Women of Atlanta social club.  

All in all, she is always busy and thinks that I am just spoiled.   My mother and I are not close.

She was always gone when I needed her.  The only person that seemed to care and worry about me was my father Jackson. 

He always made time to see me and for that, I am very grateful.  My father has always said I was his

everything.   At the time I thought I was but then I discovered it was all lies.  I will get to that later.

As I was saying my mother was never around as a kid.  She was always out and busy with all her numerous work and charitable events. 

I hated her, and I still do!”

As you can see I get a bit angry being cooped up in here.  I mean there are many criminals in here and I know they are women like me.  But I am not one of them.  I am different and I want to do is start over again. 

Let me outta here.  

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Sylvia Stein is a published author with several anthologies with her Writer’s group 750 on linked

in. Stein obtained a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New

Hampshire University this past July 2015. She is a mother of three beautiful children Paul 10,

Michael 9 and Consuelo 6. She resides in the city of Fuquay Varina with her amazing husband

Jeremy. Stein has also published two solo books one was her first novella Closure which she

worked on while attending SNHU and published in July of 2014 and the other her first YA

Chasing Clarity was published this past October 2015 and it was created during National Novel

Month (Nano) in 2013. Her latest book is entitled, The Diary of a Broken Father which came

Out in February 2017. Her new thriller which she has been working on since 2014 will be out

Late 2018 and is entitled, Battered Mind.

 

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Meet the Cover Artist: Michael Dangremond

Michael Dangremond and his lovely wife Alanna Dangremond

My name is Michael Dangremond and I am mainly a self-taught artist. My professional Media is tattooing. I’ve been involved in art for the better span of my life. I grew up in a small town called Hopkins in the state of Michigan. Growing up had its challenges and equally; it’s lessons. After high school, I lived in Grand Rapids, Michigan to begin a career in the culinary arts. After bouncing from kitchen to kitchen and climbing the ladder, I decided to reinvest myself in the art my heart called me to pursue. I am happily married to my wife, Alanna and I am blessed with my daughter, Sophia. This story of mine continues growing in my passion for my brand of art. 

 

You can find Michael on  Instagram page under Mykaldangerous

https://www.facebook.com/ artbymykaldangerous/

 

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books, New Release, thriller

New Release! A Killer’s Reflection by Cheryl Denise Bannerman

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Synopsis

In the erotic thriller, A Killer’s Reflection, Bannerman’s third work of fiction, she entices the reader with a perfect combination of sex, lies and murder, as she invites the reader to relive the life story of a serial killer from the perspective of the killer, his psychiatrist, the detectives on the case, and his prey.

Even as a little boy, Douglass Randall Coleman Jr. knew that he was different. It wasn’t just the special attention from his mother, but the attention he got from his female teachers and young girls too. All it took was a flash of his winning smile, which he practiced in the mirror every day, along with a dash of charm, and the world was his for the taking. Raised in the midst of the chaos of urban life (drugs, alcohol, and abuse) Douglass didn’t have a fighting chance.

However, there was only one problem with getting everything he wanted, always getting his requests granted without question…hearing ‘No’ could be deadly. Douglass had to find a way to control his killer urges, and soon sought the help of a therapist.

Dr. Olivia Reed was a therapist with deadly secrets that could never be told. Unable to figure out if Douglass was a narcissist, sociopath, or both, he became her ‘special’ case study that could make her famous. Crossing the line between doctor-patient privilege, and preventing future murders, would plague Dr. Reed for years.

Meanwhile, Tara Walker thought she had met the perfect man online…charming, tall, handsome, doting, and charismatic. Her friends and family loved him, but behind closed doors, a monster emerged.

After his first kill, with the cops nowhere near solving the case, Douglas’ confidence grew even more. But lurking in the shadows, watching his every move, there was someone smarter than all of them, even the detectives. Despite being driven by jealousy and spite, he was determined to take Douglass down for all the crimes he had ever committed.

Only in the end, will the detectives get the break they’ve been waiting for. But until then, they wonder how many more must die before they have enough evidence to trap the man with the ‘Killer Reflection’.

Buy It Here:

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Excerpt from A Killer’s Reflection:

Silence.
Tyra had no idea how long she had been sitting in the kitchen by the front door. The silence was both calming and excruciating at the same time. It was only the faint sound of the TV from the neighbor upstairs that filled the building. He was elderly and partially deaf in one ear, so he played his TV quite loud.
Weeks had gone by, and things had gotten worse between her and Dougy. She had decided that today was the day she would confront him about everything. She would tell him that it would be better if he gets his own apartment or goes back to live with his mama. She loved him, but she could not take the partying, women, drugs, or violence in her life anymore.
More silence.
The click of the key in the lock startled her. It was time.

 

Follow this link to view the book trailer:

https://vimeo.com/239172466

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authors, books, children's literature, interviews, kids books

In the Words of an Author: An Interview With Elijah & Isaiah Smith

Have there been any authors who have influenced your work? If so, who?

Our mom (LaDonna Smith- author of the award winning children’s book “The Money Tree”) is a children’s book author and she is our biggest influence. Our mom helped us publish our book Pick Me, Pick Me! through her publishing company, Follow Your Dreams Publishing.

 

Out of all the characters you’ve written, who is your favorite? Why?

Pick Me, Pick Me! is our first book. Cree is our favorite character because we used ourselves as the inspiration for his character.

 

What would you say the most rewarding part of being an author is?

The most rewarding part about being a kid author is being able to go to schools to read our book and talk to other kids. Kids are usually inspired to start their own businesses after they meet us and it makes us feel good that we are inspiring other kids to do something good for themselves.

 

What advice do you have for authors just starting out in their journey?

I would tell other kid authors to follow their dreams and not give up. Once your book is finally done you will be proud of all of your hard work.

 

Do you have a writing ritual? If so, please explain.

Sometimes we write a story together and other times we do what our mom calls tag team writing. With tag team writing, one of us will start writing the story and wherever we stop we tag the other in and he continues writing until our story is done.

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Was being an author something you always wanted to do?

Yes. When our mom published her first book a few years ago we decided we wanted to follow in her footsteps and be authors too.

 

If you could have a conversation with any one person, alive or dead, who would it be and why?

We would want to talk to our grandmother (our moms mother). She passed away when were only 1 and 2 years old so we never really got to know her.

 

To find out more about the Smith brothers, find them on Facebook:

www.facebook.com/ballingwiththesmithbrothers
authors, books, New Release, young adult fiction

NewRelease From A.D. Johnson

Wonders: A Wanderer’s Journey (The Wonders Series, Book One)

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Author Bio:

AD Johnson specializes in young adult fantasy adventures. She has a long-standing love for series such as Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and The Maze Runner. Between aliens, gods, and denizens of the land of the dead, AD Johnson will give you characters and tales to keep readers of all ages fascinated for years to come!

Story Synopsis:

It has been 400 years since the Wonders established themselves here on Earth. Shortly after they arrived, the walls were erected, the protected Cities were established, and the first deadly wave of the Pox swept the world. Now, the Lord Proctor, Draven Lucere, rules what remains of the once-free nation. His lineage has sought to cripple the population in more ways than one; some apparent and some despicable and underhanded.

While humanity has atrophied in the Cities, the Wonders have evolved and adapted to their new home. They live among us and sometimes even combine forms with earthborn creatures.

In this world of Wonders, Maia and those who accompany her must learn to adapt and survive, as they take the fight for freedom to the ruling elite who have held it from the rest of the population for generations.

Facebook and Amazon Author Pages:

https://www.facebook.com/adjohnsonswonders/

https://www.amazon.com/AD-Johnson/e/B075MP8M71/ 

Twitter:

@AshleiDaylen

Instagram:

@AuthorAshlei
authors, books, horror

FanGirl Friday: Stephen King

This week’s author is one who oozes creativity out of every pore. It’s because of this creativity you will often see me mention him in interviews as an author I admire. In my opinion, there is no match for Stephen King- never has been; never will be. All contradictory opinions will be rejected.

I won’t deny there are others with talent equal to, or even greater than, Mr. King’s, but he has a way of making the unbelievable, believable.

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I’m still waiting for a psychically-powered typewriter (that doesn’t run off the energy of a poor, old dog), and I’d love to walk down the beach by Big Pink and hear the seashells whisper to me at night. It would be fascinating to stand in The Overlook hotel with just a touch of the shine and see what can’t be seen. Or, maybe, just step into MidWorld where Mr. King brought so many of his characters and concepts together. I’d definitely take a ride on Blaine and play a game of riddles.

Over and over again, Mr. King amazes me with his story-telling ability. I won’t claim to have read everything he’s ever written, but some day maybe I’ll get close to that goal.

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As with all authors, he didn’t start out at the front of the game. He struggled in the early years of his writing career, but he endured. He gives me hope that some day I won’t be the author who is struggling to put my work in front of readers.

While the term “idol” is one that makes me uncomfortable, Stephen King would be mine within the writing world. The man is a machine built to put incredible stories out for consumption. His fan base has extended passed those who read with many of his concepts turning to TV or film. He doesn’t need commercials threatening to kill off beloved characters; he just needs to finish that next book and watch them fly off the shelves. He is the King of Horror, plain and simple.

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books, fiction

FanGirl Friday: The Wheel of Time series

Some books are written to entertain; others are written to inform, but still there are those rare gems that are written to stay with you. The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan (and finished by Brandon Sanderson) is one of those series that has stayed with me through the years.

Robert Jordan had a way of telling a story, so everything could be perfectly visualized and yet not once did I feel like skimming over any part of the books… Okay, that’s a lie. I always wanted to rush through anything that was just about Perrin Aybara. It’s not that I didn’t like him… I just thought he was less fun than, well, anyone. There was definitely a different writing style in the final three books, but I admire Mr. Jordan wanting his story to be finished, even if he couldn’t be the one to finish them. (RIP, Robert Jordan!) The series stretched on for years and the characters became like friends, and I know anytime I want to I can go back and read the pages and visit them again.

While set in a world full of magic and legend, the characters are real. They have human reactions, flaws, and imperfections.

The Aes Sedai are the embodiment of feminine power, however, they are fearful of men with the same powers, as the male half of the source has been contaminated and drives men who wield it insane. The world needs the Dragon Reborn, but the Aes Sedai want nothing to do with a man who can channel. The only good male magic user in their opinion, is a dead one. In fact, they have a whole group of Aes Sedai that have made hunting down men who can channel their ultimate mission in life. Luckily, for Rand Al’Thor not everyone feels that way. When Moraine Sedai comes into the small village of Two Rivers, she sweeps Rand and his friends away, certain one of them is the Dragon Reborn, and their only hope of salvation.

As each character discovers their own path, they grow from wide-eyed youths to more-or-less responsible adults (cough, Mat Cauthon.) From learning about the world outside of village life to battling the Forsaken, they take each new experience in stride.

The Wheel of Time series is the reason I hardly ever mark a book DNF. The first time I read the books, The Fires of Heaven almost made me quit the series entirely. Okay, so that’s not exactly the whole truth. I did quit reading them… for years. Moraine was my favorite and when she disappeared after battling Lanfear, I was devastated, felt completely betrayed. I didn’t pick the books back up until I knew she was safe and sound. Since then, I have read the series in its entirety no less than three times… In fact, it’s getting about time to revisit these books…

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In the Words of An Author: An Interview with faturoti Kayode Fattkay

Have there been any authors who have influenced your work? If so, who?

Yes I do. Neil Patel.

 

What would you say the most rewarding part of being an author is?

Seeing people get results from your guide is the fulfilling part

 

What advice do you have for authors just starting out in their journey?

I advise they keep at it. Building a writing career is a gradual process, continue doing it.

Do you have a writing ritual? If so, please explain.

I have my own way of putting words together which seems quite different from the norm. I believe in making contents not too serious and inserting comic reliefs in my books.

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Was being an author something you always wanted to do?

Not really. It just happens subconsciously.

 

If you could have a conversation with any one person, alive or dead, who would it be and why?

Neil Patel.

Would you care to provide an excerpt from one of your books as a sample of your work?

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