New Release: Women, Work and Wellness by Mary MacRory

A comprehensive, practical guide for the busy working woman to enable better understanding of yourself, your goals and how to identify and change negative behaviours and beliefs, manage stress and overwhelm and to practice better self-care. You deserve a happy, abundant, empowered and balanced personal and working life.

The book enables you to achieve this positive, abundant mindset and lifestyle:

  • Understanding your beliefs and shifting blocks
  • Achieving physical, mental, emotional and energetic wellbeing
  • Effectively managing time, stress, procrastination and overwhelm
  • Succeeding in the Corporate world
  • Tools, tips and techniques from Personal Development, Neuro-linguistic Coaching (NLP), Quantum Thinking Technology, Life Coaching and from personal experience
  • Modern research updates
  • Benefits of holistic and mainstream therapies.

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About the Author:

Mary MacRory has gone on this journey herself, an Accountant (FCCA), holding Finance Director roles whilst raising two children. Eventually, Mary stepped out of the finance world to seek a more balanced and joyful lifestyle.

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Wordly Traveller

 5.0 out of 5 stars

How to find happiness & balance for women in their busy lives

22 December 2018

Format: Paperback

This is a very useful self-help book for women who are trying to find the right work/life balance. It is broad ranging in covering psychology (mind), physical (body), spiritual (spirit) and emotional aspects of good living. It helps women to realise their baneful patterns of behaviour, stereotypes and limiting thoughts which hold them back from success and fulfilment and move past them, thereby realising their full potential for leading a happy life.

An empowering personal development book for the working woman who wants more from her life, drawing on neuro-linguistics, mainstream and complementary therapies, Indian chakras and various psychological well-being techniques, as well as the author’s own experience.

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Work, Women and Wellness by Mary MacRory is available in hardback, paperback, and e-book from Amazon UK.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Hidden by Megan Morgan

 

 

Hidden (Fire and Iceland #1)
Paranormal Romance / Urban Fantasy
Date Published: October 31, 2018
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
 

After a breathtaking journey through Iceland, Vanessa Evanston finishes her dream vacation with her two best friends in the capital city of Reykjavik—and wakes up the next morning on the ground, on a tiny island 250 kilometers north, with no memory of how she got there.

Luckily, handsome and kind-hearted local Gunnar Heimirsson stumbles upon her—unluckily, he can’t explain her mysterious journey either. Nor can anyone explain why Vanessa soon discovers “last night” actually happened a year ago, and everyone thinks she’s dead.

Iceland is known for its folklore, but beyond the elves and mountain trolls, there are other creatures: beautiful, powerful, and vengeful, known as the huldufólk. Gunnar has been alive for a century, trapped by their curse after angering them. From the far flung Westfjords to the black sands of Reynisfjara, the answer to Vanessa’s missing year might be connected to Gunnar’s punishment—as well as his long-lost wife, Hera—but the truth lies somewhere in the realm of magic, myth, and love, and Vanessa has only just discovered fairy tales are real.

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Megan Morgan is an award-winning paranormal and contemporary romance author from Cleveland, Ohio. A mild-mannered airport bar supervisor by day and purveyor of things that go bump in the night, she lives on the often-wintry shores of Lake Erie with her spoiled cat and adult son, both of whom shed too much.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Leather and Lies by Celeste Straub

 

Romantic Suspense
Date Published: 10-3-18
Publisher: 5 Prince Publishing

For twenty-four-year-old Skye Winters, criminal profiling is the perfect career: helping solve cases without all the emotional baggage. When her cousin, Kortney, becomes the latest in a string of young women to vanish, Skye’s professional and personal lives collide. Cue the nuclear mushroom cloud.

Amid the fallout, Skye meets Wes Carson, the mysterious and smart-mouthed new biker in her father’s motorcycle club. She tries to ignore their chemistry, even after accepting Wes’ aid in the search for Kort. Then one spontaneous afternoon takes them over the edge, forcing Skye to consider she might be in love. Too bad it’s with a liar.

Unraveling Wes’ lies leaves Skye ensnared in an FBI investigation, making her question her profiling skills and her heart. With Wes in danger, her affection overrules her caution with disastrous results. Will Skye survive to solve the case, save Kort, and still salvage a relationship with Wes?

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Celeste Straub is a hopeless romantic who enjoys plotting the slightly sadistic journeys her characters go on before they finally reach their happily-ever-after. She enjoys a quiet country life in northeastern Pennsylvania, residing on a piece of the old family farm with her husband, son, and two cats. Writing as a hobby since childhood, Celeste spends her days as the grant writer and operations director for a local non-pro3t agency focusing on public health issues. When she’s not penning steamy romance scenes in her spare time, her interests include traveling, visiting amusement parks, collecting baseballs, hiking, and reading. 

 

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New Release: The Vampire’s Mark by Rachel Jonas

Title: The Vampire’s Mark
Author: Rachel Jonas
Genre: Upper YA/NA Paranormal Romance | Urban Fantasy | Reverse Harem Romance | Vampire Romance
Cover Designer: Najla Qamber of Najla Qamber Designs
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Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

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Four blood-sucking princes. A beautiful anarchist. One dangerous mistake.
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To the vampires who dominate each quadrant of the Lydian Dynasty, I’m only known as “Blackbird”—a masked vigilante who, at nineteen, is already public enemy number one.
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To what’s left of humanity, I’ve been called a superhero, a title I neither welcome nor deserve. My only objective is to offer the enslaved what was stolen from us …
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Freedom.
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However, a failed plan lands me in the last place I imagined, at the mercy of all four Dynasty princes—Julian, Levi, Roman, and Silas. They’re monsters, each with a heart rumored to be as cold as his icy skin. And what’s worse, thanks to the slip-up, my fate is suddenly theirs to decide.
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It’s up to them whether I’ll swing from the gallows, and I’ve given them every reason to sentence me to such a fate. Yet, I felt something unexplainable when our paths first crossed.
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We should be one another’s worst nightmare. Only, I’m beginning to wonder if, somehow … these four princes might be my saving grace.
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Hey! I’m Rachel, a Michigan native with a passion for writing. I have several young adult releases on my schedule. Those releases will be within the genres of paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and dystopian fiction, so I hope you stick with me and check out my future work!
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Aside from the many hours spent happily pecking away at my keyboard, I’m a wife, mother of three, an avid reader, and a gamer with a penchant for all things Sims. There will always be a keyboard at my fingertips and I look forward to the words that will flow from them for many years to come. As a self-proclaimed nerd, there’s not a more satisfying career choice I could have made. Happy reading!
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“Interesting … A prince adored by the public, avoids them every chance he gets.”
In my peripheral, I caught the glint of white teeth when he smiled.
“Will that be the headline for your next article?”
My mouth curved up despite my best efforts to stop it. “I suppose if I had any interest in writing about you, it could be.”
“Ouch.” He chuffed a short laugh as his hands left the banister and slipped inside his pockets.
“I meant what I said about my being here having nothing to do with you,” I reminded him, hearing the flirty undertones I didn’t mean to let slip when adding a coy, “Your Highness”.
A breath hitched in my throat when he turned, facing me full-on. I refused to do the same.
“Is it bad I wish that weren’t true?” he asked. “That I wish you had come here for me?”
The question left me speechless. To keep from letting him see how he affected me, I tried distracting myself by naming the different flowers I could spot from here.
… Hydrangeas.
… Lilacs.
“I’m not usually so forward, but … you’re beautiful in this light, with the moon high and clear,” he stated boldly. “Although, I imagine I’d say the same even if we were standing in a storm.”
… Roses.
… Lilies.
I was suddenly aware of soft music floating to this terrace through the open doors of the one below, from the gala where Julian had just whisked me away. His formidable body moved closer and I stared when a hand was extended toward me.
“May I have this dance?”
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Christmas Countdown Blitz Day 18: One Winter Night by Heather Tullis

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HEATHER TULLIS has been reading romance for as long as she can remember and has been publishing in the genre since 2009. She has published more than twenty books. 
 
When she’s not dreaming up new stories to write, or helping out with her community garden, she enjoys playing with her dogs and cat, cake decorating, trying new jewelry designs, inventing new ways to eat chocolate, and hanging out with her husband. 
 
Learn more about her and sign up for her newsletter on her website.
 
 
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Jonah Owens thought moving to Echo Ridge to open his art gallery would solve all of his problems. The need to sell his grandma’s house adds an unexpected complication. It would be easier if his neighbor didn’t have all those farm animals.
 
 Kaya Feidler’s family has owned their land for nearly a hundred years–long before the neighbors were there. There’s no way she’s giving up the animal therapy business she’s been struggling to make profitable. She gets a temp job helping Jonah in the gallery. 
 
Spending time together is a recipe for romance, but can they overcome their own hangups to be more than friends?
 
 

 

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1.  Describe yourself in 50 words or less. 
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  I’m a small-town girl who loves writing sweet romance–even my mysteries have romance in them! When I’m not writing I and trying out new recipes, working in my garden, renovating my house, or getting sucked into someone else’s story.
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  Snuggling up with a great story and a cup of cocoa.
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  I’ve always had stories in my head, even when there wasn’t a book anywhere in sight. When I was going through a rough period in 2000, I decided to write one of them down and I haven’t been able to shake the desire to write for long since then.
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  Spending time with family and friends and putting up the tree! Oh, and making really terrific food. 
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When I had been out of college for a few months and was still looking for a job, I took on a bunch of temp jobs, including a one-shift job rolling burritos at a frozen burrito factory. I was told the shift would last for 8-10 hours, or until the batch was done. I worked 14 hours that day and have had trouble eating frozen burritos ever since–and it’s been nearly twenty years.

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Christmas Countdown Blitz Day 17: The Billionaire’s Blue Christmas by Jennifer Griffith

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Jennifer lives in Arizona where she writes escapist fiction she calls “Cotton Candy for the Soul.”

 

 

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He needs this job to honor his late wife.
 She needs to complete her late fiancé’s bucket list to be free.
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Former action-movie star Chet has counted the days since he lost his wife last New Year’s Eve almost a year ago. When he’s given a shot at starring in a reboot of her favorite TV show, he jumps at it. But there’s a catch: the producers won’t hire him unless he can prove he’s regained emotional stability—by bringing a steady girlfriend to his five auditions.
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Social worker Holly lost her fiancé to war. With his good life snuffed out too soon, she feels compelled to finish his bucket list of unselfish deeds. But four years later, several remain, and they’re ridiculously impossible. Until she accomplishes her soldier’s dreams, she can’t even consider moving on with her life.
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When they meet on the beach at Getaway Bay, what she doesn’t know is homeless-looking mourner Chet is actually Colt Winchester, screen star and fashion icon. What he doesn’t know is that he’s a means to an end.
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When their walls start to crumble on their Christmas season dates, can these two find love again, or will they forever be chasing ghosts?”

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I’m a wife, a mother, and I love a great book. I write sweet, escapist fiction I call “Cotton Candy for the Soul.”
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My husband! I was a writer, majored in writing in college. My jobs out of college were all political writing in the U.S. Senate and in the U.S. House, answering letters, writing press releases, and such. But when I quit a day job to do an all-day-and-all-night job raising kids, I was getting a little brain dead. My husband suggested I write a novel. I thought, no way. I only write technical things. But he encouraged me. And so I began. It took me six years to complete my first novel, and he cheered me on, making sure I had the proper tools and at least a little time now and then to create and edit. He’s my biggest cheerleader, and now he helps me plot and rework stories. I am probably the luckiest writer there is, in that matter. Plus, everything I know about romance, I’ve learned from him.
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Remember Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure? Well, the follow-up was Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, an inferior movie, in my opinion. However, its title perfectly mirrors my experience … with fake eyelashes.
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You may shake your head in a mix of horror and pity. It’s raw, it’s real, and it’s got a lot of jumps in verb tense. (Sorries. Lots of sorries for that.) It’s the tragic history of me and my eyelashes, also known as The Great Lash-tastrophe.
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In the late summer, before attending a couple of writing conferences, I decided I need fake eyelashes.
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Not sure why I came to this conclusion, since my normal eyelashes are actually one of the features I am okay with on myself. Eyelashes and ankles! As for everything else in between? Well, let’s not talk about that.
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Before I had allowed myself to give it too much thought, I’d texted my hairstylist and she’d slotted me in for the following morning at nine. No backing out now.
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I go through the nearly two-hour process (which sucked away nearly a whole morning of writing time—a precious commodity since I have kids at home and mornings are my only chance to write) and come out with these holy cow look at her lashes.
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If I’d been in a movie, they would have needed their own line in the credits.
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I mean, did I like them? Heck, yeah. They looked amazing. I asked my stylist how much I owed her. When she told me, I kept it together, but inside I was falling off the tilted table. H-h-h-how much? And h-h-h-how often do I have to redo this? Oh, twice a month? Oh. Oh … okay.
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The things we should research, people! The things!
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So, I go through life with these awesome lashes. I don’t have to put on mascara. I don’t really even have to wear other makeup or even really do my hair, since they’re the only noticeable feature on my person. I. Am. LashLady.
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Until…they begin to trickle out. My stylist warned me this would happen, which is why a fill is necessary after a couple of weeks. I hemmed and hawed about just caving and getting them filled, but we had a sudden household expense, and I realized that many dollars a month was just stupid when I have a kid in college and another teen about ready to need auto insurance.
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So I allowed lash-attrition (lash-trition?) to occur. After another couple of weeks, only the Truly Glued lashes remained. The brave, the strong, the ones that could have doubled as the legs of a black widow spider—which is basically how my eyes looked now. Like I’d killed a few beetles and done some kind of ritual sacrifice involving my eyelids.
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Something had to be done. But not something crazy-expensive, but what?
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Walgreens drugstore to the rescue. Turns out they have an enormous selection of false eyelashes and glues—from subtle to LashLady made of “faux mink” (whatever that is. I grew up in the country with neighbors who raised mink, and I saw very little resemblance.) I choose something middle of the road, and what looks like a durable glue.
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Maybe my first mistake (besides doing this in the first place) was not watching the YouTube how-to videos. Instead, I forged ahead. Who needs how-to videos when you’ve got common sense?
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Ummm… Forty-five minutes later, I’m sitting on my countertop in my bathroom (a place I’ve never once sat in eighteen years of owning the house), with little tiny balls of black glue all over my clothes, the countertop, the sink, an unlucky hand-towel, the floor. Some even ventured as far as the tub.
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Plus, my top and bottom eyelashes are glued together. I can’t separate them. I’ll be blind. Forever. And I’m late to take my daughter to school.
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At this point, what could I even do? I peeled them off, but now my eyelids were red and swollen—plus they still had the beetle-legs on them from the earlier stylist lashes. At which point I discovered that my natural lashes that had been quite nice were bare stubs.
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Disgust at my vanity gave me some kind of adrenaline-fueled superpower, because I reapplied glue, reapplied the sticker-lashes, and stomped out of my bathroom, swollen eyelids and all.
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Let’s just say that today, I’m wearing simple mascara on my formerly quite-nice lashes. They may grow back. Fingers crossed. Something about this feels like one of those fairy tales with an obvious moral. However, shouldn’t I come away from this wiser? 
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New Release: Catching Hell by Brandon D. Wyrick

When all that is good falls part what’s a man to do?

Kevin Bullard is a sexy, wealthy, ambitious, high power businessman who appears to have it all, or so he thought.

A sudden death in his company allowed him to take ownership of the pharmaceutical firm in downtown Dallas, Texas. Trying to prepare for his first child his pregnant girlfriend brings the drama with hot, wet, lustful sex when what seems to be almost an overnight chain of events throws his life into a whirlwind.

Can things somehow get better or will his life crumble before his very eyes?

 

Amazon reviews (4 only from 18 reviews):

Candace Leslie

5.0 out of 5 stars

Great investment and Collector’s Item

30 September 2017 – Published on Amazon.com

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Have you ever read a book where the words had a physical effect on you? Or you felt as if you were a part of the story line? Make this purchase and you will not regret it! I could not put this book down. Mr. Wyrick did an amazing job creating a novel that his readers can relate to. Steamy, sexy, fascinating; these words pop out when I think about Catching Hell. I am a fan of adult novels and I am glad I invested in this book. So put the kids to bed when you read this book. Moreover do not forget your “Do Not Disturb” sign.

 

 

Zumi Dogett

5.0 out of 5 stars

Dobyns Writes Another Winner

12 November 2017 – Published on Amazon.com

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Great read! Documents the ATF corruption (and US DOJ attorneys) that I experienced as an insider who worked a short stint with Agent Dobyns.

 

 

Kenneth Meade

5.0 out of 5 starsIt will grab your attention

14 September 2017 – Published on Amazon.com

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This is an amazing book and definitely a page turner. It was so good that I read the book in one night. This book is a great start to the many books to come from Brandon! And I’m excited! Keep writing friend, the world is finally getting to experience your storytelling.

Believe it or not, Brandon tells stories like this is real life and will put movements with it. Theatrical. Lol! But he grabs your attention. If you see him in person, ask him to tell you a story and act it out. You’ll love it!

Catching Hell by Brandon D. Wyrick is available in hardback, e-book and paperback from Amazon UK. It’s also available from Amazon US.

 

 

 

 

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New Release: Toxic Bedlam & Misadventure by Vinson Chard

Vinson Chard continues with accounts about working for another toxic waste company in ‘Special Operations.’

There are stories of a dismembered body, one of his colleagues being arrested as a terrorist in suburbia, exploding eyeballs, a sadistic stripper, a haunted hotel in Hertfordshire and working for Porton Down.

He also works for a small cosmetics company run by an eccentric owner who dresses outlandishly and generates problems with his, ‘off the wall,’ product requirements.

All these true stories unfold in Vinson’s inimitable humorous style.

 

 

About the Author:

Vinson Chard is author of three autobiographical books about his humorous time working in the toxic waste industry, the other two being “Life’s Rich Mix” and “Toxic Mayhem”:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Vinson-Chard/e/B00CWZCU5O

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“During one of the weeks working at Hoechst in Milton Keynes, we were unable to get rooms in our normal hotel, The Pear tree, which meant we had to go further afield to obtain accommodation, eventually ending up in one of the old villages, situated on the outskirts of Milton Keynes, called Stoney Stratford.

There are two Hotels right next to each other one called ‘The Cock, ‘the other called ‘The Bull.’ with a narrow alleyway running between them. Apparently, so the story goes, centuries ago, there were two old washerwomen. One worked in ‘The Cock,’ the other, in ‘The Bull.’ The two old women regularly chatted and gossiped to each other from the upstairs rooms across the narrow alleyway. The women became well-known locally, and gradually the term, ‘Cock and Bull Story’ came into being. To my immense joy, my colleagues and I stayed in the Bull for a couple of evenings.

So, summing up, despite Milton Keynes exuding a rather boring reputation for its lack of atmosphere and excitement to the outside world, I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent working there. Speaking from personal experience, I can dispute the erroneous personality which Milton Keynes portrays to the outside world.

Perhaps it is twinned with Sodom and Gomorrah after all?”

 

 

Toxic Bedlam & Misadventure by Vinson Chard is currently available in paperback and e-book from Amazon UK.

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Blog Tour: The Sheltering Palms by Preston Howard

 

Title: THE SHELTERING PALMS
Author: Preston Howard
Publisher: Preston Howard Press
Pages: 519
Genre:
Fictional Autobiography/Historical Fiction/Satire

 

Renowned police labor lawyer, Preston Howard, reached a watershed in his life—a forced retirement from the firm he built from the ground up and a cancer diagnosis. These two events made him take a step back and reflect over a life that had at times been hilarious, irreverent, self-mocking, eerie and even a bit, make that, quite lewd.

A family of unique characters guided the lawyer’s formative years: a bourbon-swilling, brilliant yet flawed grandfather who mentored the young lad in matters of religion, politics and the quest for knowledge; a psychic mother; an oversexed nanny; an aunt and uncle who fought on the front lines of integration; and a fire-balling uncle who got his fifteen minutes of fame in The Show.

Preston Howard first made his mark as a crime-fighting attorney representing the Tucson Police Department. Then he spent over forty illustrious years as a labor lawyer working with police officers and union leaders and handling the gamut of fascinating, high-profile cases across the country and even in other countries.

His many tall yarns might be viewed by some with the greatest suspicion, but his story-telling is undeniably first-class, witty, and absorbing.

 

PRAISE:

“The best book I’ve ever read about lawyers, cops, and unions.” Bob Helpert, Tucson, Arizona

ORDER YOUR COPY:

Link to book on Amazon:  https://amzn.to/2Re5jPf

Link to B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-sheltering-palms-preston-howard/1129662142

Link to Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-sheltering-palms

Link to Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1437685823

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I USED TO BE SOMEBODY—when Preston Howard walked down the street, kings and queens would move off to the curb. Okay, so that bit of paraphrased hyperbole, courtesy of George Thorogood, might qualify as excessive, but for sure, when I rode into town, mayors, city managers, and police chiefs became more than a little queasy over what kind of wrath I might bring down on their community.

As senior partner at the highly successful Austin labor law firm of Howard, Diamond, and McGowan, I was invariably the oldest person in any meeting. My partners and co-workers would refer to me as “gramps” or “pappy;” one of them commented that I surely must have been around to vote for Hoover in 1928. If I had actually been alive back then, my vote likely would have been for Al Smith, not that my ballot would have been of any benefit to the man.

I did have the satisfaction that sometimes when my colleagues were not trying to get my goat with the “old man” references, they would call me “Obi-Wan.” At least my long and productive career had earned me Alec Guinness status as an all-knowing legal Jedi knight.

A few years back, I began to acknowledge that the passage of time had worn me down. My work ethic started to diminish; my instincts, always on target before, sometimes failed me; and to their considerable annoyance, I became increasingly testy with colleagues. My partners urged—tactfully at first and then more impolitely—that I go out to pasture. What an irony: I hired this bunch of ungrateful bastards, and then they had the gall to start pushing me aside.

So as I began to seriously consider retirement two years back, The Fates turned my life upside down and made the decision easier to finish up my career. The cancer diagnosis and Social Security eligibility hit me in the gut less than two weeks apart.

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About the Author

Preston Howard spent his entire career working on behalf of police officers, representing them under adverse circumstances, negotiating contracts to improve officers’ benefits and working conditions, and training police union officials in the art of leadership. He has written numerous books and lectured not only in this country but abroad as well.

His latest book is the fictional autobiography/historical fiction/satire, The Sheltering Palms.

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