Call Sign: Wrecking Crew Storm Warning & U.S. Armed Forces Week 2017 ( @CSWCLynn )

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Synopsis: A team of CIA Special Operators, known by their call sign: Wrecking Crew, were assigned a special overseas mission that did not go as planned. Before they even arrived back to the Forward Operating Base, they had become disavowed. The active duty military assigned to that region were wary of this group. However, once they saw them in action, things began to change.

Dedication and appreciation: David McKoy and Lynn Hallbrooks are military veterans. They appreciate not only fellow veterans but those who are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Because of that and the interaction of team Wrecking Crew with active duty forces in Call Sign: Wrecking Crew Storm Warning, they have put the book on sale for only 99 cents USD throughout U.S. Armed Forces week. It is available to all Amazon marketplaces and can be accessed via this link:

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“The Diary of a Broken Father” Cover Reveal by Sylvia Stein ( @sylvia_stein07 )

The Diary of a Broken Father


Sylvia Stein

 Cover DiaryofaBrokenFatherFINAL-Amazon-2

Expected release date: June of 2016

Hello everyone,

I am so happy to be able to reveal the cover to my upcoming book, “The Diary of a Broken Father.”

This is a prequel to my novella Closure which was published in July 31, 2014.    This details the story from Garrison James point of view and this story will deal with his struggles through AA and direct the story from his own eyes. 

The main reason I wanted to write his story is because I did have readers ask me about him and felt they wanted me to have expanded on him more. This is his story and all the laments he has for what he is done. 

For now, I hope you enjoy the amazing cover designed by the awesome Natasha Brown.  

Sylvia Stein


 About Sylvia Stein

Sylvia Stein

Sylvia Stein is a published author with several anthologies with her Writer’s group 750 on LinkedIn. 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. When she is not writing she enjoys time with her children and husband.   Her latest work will be out this summer 2016.   A Prequel to Closure entitled, “ The Diary of a Broken Father.”

 About Sylvia Stein

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New Release~Chasing Clarity by Author Sylvia Stein ( @sylvia_stein07 )

Check out another new release from a dear friend and familiar face on this blog,
#amazingauthor Sylvia Stein ( @sylvia_stein07 )


Chasing Clarity


Sylvia Stein


“What happens when you lose the person most important to you and are left to pick up the pieces?

Mia Gerard had always wanted to be a trained dancer yet she has just lost the love of her life in a tragic accident. Leo Dancy was her best friend and soul mate. As she tries to deal with losing him, she finds his absence unbearable and she feels lost without him.

But then a great opportunity arises for Mia that she just can’t turn down.

She is accepted into the New York Dance Academy of performing arts.

At first she is overwhelmed but once she gets there she begins to allow herself to heal.

This is when she comes across Henry Watson a painter with aspirations of acquiring his own exhibit one day. While she ponders her feelings for Henry, will she be too late? or will she find the clarity she needs and chase after him?”

 About Sylvia Stein


Author Sylvia Stein began her path to writing when she joined the Writer’s Group on Linked in 750 in 2012 and she also started to connect with other authors through the World Literary Café.  She continued her journey by creating short stories, which were published, in the Giant tales Anthology series. While obtaining her Masters degree at Southern New Hampshire University online author Stein built a solid foundation with her colleagues who encouraged her to continue on her writing. That’s when Closure was born. With the help of her editor Closure grew from a short story to a full novella that Author Stein is excited to share.  Her First Debut Novel came in July 31, 2014 entitled, Closure and now she has just released her first YA called Chasing Clarity out October 8th 2015 .   “ This is the first of many to come.”

If you would like to know more about Author Sylvia Stein or her books~check here:

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Chasing Clarity Cover Reveal by Sylvia Stein ( @sylvia_stein07 )

Chasing Clarity


Sylvia Stein


Expected release date: February 2015

What happens when you lose the love of your life and are left to pick up the pieces? Mia Gerard is about to find out.

Mia has just lost Leo Dancy, her best friend and soul mate. His absence seems unbearable, but suddenly, an opportunity that she can’t turn down arises. She’s offered a teaching position in The New York Dance Academy of Performing Arts. At first, she’s overwhelmed, still dealing with the loss of Leo. But eventually, she allows herself to heal when she meets Henry Watson, a painter with aspirations of having his own exhibit one day, or does she?

As Mia and Henry become closer, Henry develops feelings for Mia, but she’s still unable to love. When Henry can’t have what he wants, he decides to move back to London with his agent and friend, Trina Michaels. Mia may lose him forever, and she’s faced with having the clarity to chase after Henry or let him walk away. Which will she choose?


 About Sylvia Stein


Author Sylvia Stein began her path to writing when she joined the Writer’s Group on Linked in 750 in 2012.
She continued her journey by creating short stories, which were published, in the Giant tales Anthology series.
While obtaining her Masters degree at Southern New Hampshire University online author Stein built a solid foundation with her colleagues who encouraged her to continue on her writing. That’s when Closure was born.
Closure was published this past July 2014.    Now author Stein is working hard to bring you her latest YA novel entitled Chasing Clarity.  This novel will be out in February 2015.      “ This will be another one of many books I hope to bring you.”

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Entertaining Angels by Emerald Barnes ~ Cover Reveal


I am super thrilled to show you the beautiful cover for my newest and upcoming novel, Entertaining Angels.  Again, my cover artist was Natasha Brown, and she is super talented.  She brought my disjointed vision to life, and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to thank her properly. 

I can’t wait to publish it, which I’m hoping will be in May.  That’s what I’m estimating anyway.  But, I couldn’t wait any longer to show you my beautiful cover!


About Entertaining Angels:

Madison Andrews can’t face her reflection in the mirror.  All she sees is a big, fat nobody.  Yet, deep inside she longs for something more, something that’s not skin deep.

Along comes Zach, the new guy in school.  He’s smoking hot and totally out of her league.  She somehow catches his eye, and he makes her feel beautiful for once.  But just as she gets close to Zach, her nerdy best friend, Chase, won’t let Madison doubt her true beauty, no matter how many meals she skips.

Even as Madison begins to realize that she is more than what she thinks, darker forces are at work, darker than the lies and mocking from her peers, stopping her from amounting to her full potential.  Can Madison find true happiness in her own skin?

Are you a book reviewer?  If so, please sign up for an ARC (Advanced Reading Copy) of my novel here.

Author Photo for March 2014

About Emerald:

Emerald Barnes graduated with a B.A. in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing at Mississippi University for Women. She resides in a small town in Mississippi and has the accent to prove it.

She mainly writes suspense/thrillers in the YA genre, but she dabbles in other genres and her books are enjoyed by all ages! She’s constantly working on new novels and has more ideas than she knows what to do with. She blogs which takes up more of her time than she anticipates but loves it so very much! She’s also a volunteer at the World Literary Cafe which is amazing, and she is a crazy grammar nazi who proofreads novels!

She’s an auntie to three beautiful nieces and two handsome nephews who take up the other half of her time, but she couldn’t imagine spending her time in any other way!

She’s a Whovian, a little bit of a nerd, a reader, a writer, and a family-oriented person. God is number One in her life, and she thanks Him continuously for His love and favor.

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Piercing Through the Darkness

Read Me Dead

Where am I touring?

March 17:

The (Mis)Adventures of a Twenty-Something year Old Girl

Andrea Buginsky, Author

Tammy’s Tea Time 

Rachelle’s Window — Guest Post

The Writing Realm — Interview

March 18:

ssteinwriting — Interview

Fran’s Stuff

Sitting On The Porch With Lynn — Guest Post

Angel Breath Books — Guest post

The Serious Reader

March 19:

Totally unrelated to this tour is my interview with Angie Brashear.

Sheila Deeth — Guest post

The Wonderings of One Person

J.L. Mbewe

Ever On Word — Guest Post

March 20:

Community Bookstop

Fictional Reality

A.R. Silverberry — Guest Post

Bonnie Blythe’s Pure Romance

March 21:

The Readers Realm

Blue Brown Books

Beck Valley Books, &

Nike Chillemi ~ Crime Fictionista — Guest Post

Books, Writing

Q and A with Author Carlyle Labuschagne

Recently, the wonderfully talented author, Carlyle Labuschagne was kind enough to take a few minutes to share with us a bit about herself and her brilliant work.

Welcome Carlyle!


Carlyle Labuschagne is a South African Debut Author working her way into the hearts of international readers with her First Young Adult Dystopian Novel “The Broken Destiny. She is not only an author but works as a Sales Rep and Marketing Manager by day. She holds a diploma in creative writing through the writing school at Collage SA. Loves to swim, fights for the trees, food lover who is driven by her passion for life. Carlyle writes for IU e-magazine India, an inspirational non-profit magazine that aims at inspiring the world through words. The drive behind her author career is healing through words. Carlyle is also the founder of the first annual book drive – Help build a library in Africa project.

“My goal as an Author is to touch people’s lives and help others love their differences and one another.”

A firm believer in – YA saves!

When did your interest in writing begin?

I started writing at the age of 12.

Where do you do you find your inspiration?

In life, in love in emotion, in everyday life.

What authors have most influenced your writing and life?

I learn from every, and each book I pick up; reading is an essential part of growing as a writer, especially if English is not your first language.

Do you get writer’s block? If you do, how do you work around it?

You have to walk away, take a moment. Come back to it and push through whatever is keeping you from getting to it.

Do you have any specific rituals or routines when you sit down to write? (i.e. listening to music, working outside your home, working at specific times, etc.)

Coffee. Music. In the summer I like taking a swim before the time. I find waking up in the early morning hours and then hitting the writing or editing really is the best time for me – when the rest of the world is sleeping, so to speak. In the winter I jump on the trampoline, or just recharge in the sun before and in between day time writing.

What tools/methods do you employ when writing a novel? ( i.e. Do you outline or are you a “pantser”? Do you work chronologically or a scene at a time, typing or longhand, etc.) How has this changed from when you started out?

My style is very much the same as it has always been. I keep each chapter more or less to a theme of the chapter heading, but mostly I just write, write, write. After the draft is done I rewrite about twice, this helps to throw out the unnecessary nonsense. But I really do cut a lot out right up until the final days of editing. In total I go through the manuscript about 10 ~ 12 times before I am ready to send it off for publishing.

What is the best advice you have received with regards to writing? What is the best advice you could offer a new writer?

You can never edit enough, take your time. Write every day.

What is the most memorable response you have had about your writing and has it changed the way you write?

Any favourable response I get is amazing; it lifts my confidence tremendously. It does change my writing in a way that it fuels it.

Which one of your characters (if any) would you want to be stranded on a deserted island with?

The heart-throb of my series of course!!! Troy!

Can you tell us what is coming up for you and where can we find you online?

‘Evanescent A Broken Novel’ will be released this November.


Twitter :!/CarlyleL

Website :


Facebook :!/pages/Carlyle-Labuschagne/189835811074342


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Evanescent cover reveal event! #giveaway

Broken Destiny

The Broken Destiny

Ava knows much more, and feels much more than she is allowed to. When she starts questioning her origins and the destruction of Earth, things go horribly wrong for her. She is saved by a Minoan boy from an attempted kidnapping on her life – the perpetrators are evil Zulus and their dark ancient magic. Humans and Minoans are forbidden to interact with each other, and as she is taken back to their village she finds out why – they know of her, her kind and her destiny to save a dying race. Ava must rid them from the Council’s ruling and free the galaxy of The Shadow. Her destiny is to rise above the fall, because within her soul is the key to an archaic weapon that has been missing in the mix of a genetic code since the time of the ancients. As the prophecy unfolds she learns of her bloodline – a bloodline that makes her less human than she could ever have imagined. She alone has the power to destroy or save, but the mind-shift is a horrible thing. Ava will become what she hates to save the ones she loves. Beaten, poisoned, possessed and betrayed by her own emotions, she has no choice but to rise above it all… for that is her Destiny. 

 The Broken Destiny was voted #3 on the goodreads Debut list for 2012 :


All my life, I had searched for something, something I thought I ought to be. I felt like I was living someone else’s life, waiting for the awakening of my own. I felt like an empty shell burning for life. That was, until the day I lay dying in the prince’s chambers. I could no longer feel the pain from the tear in my gut. The only sensation left was a hollowed-out feeling that I had made a huge mistake in assuming that taking my own life, would have stopped the ancestors’ spirit from raging out. I had given up. I didn’t want to see myself killing the ones I loved. I was the Chosen one, but I threw it all away for what I thought would save a life. Could you end a life to save a life? I did, and I have regretted it ever since. I realized then that things like me are not meant to exist. What had been missing my whole life? It was I. To find myself, I had to lose myself in the worst possible way. The consequences of my actions became the legend of The Broken.

Praise for The Broken Destiny

“Carlyle Labuschagne not only writes beautifully, she has proven that she’s an author to be reckoned with; she has shown me that she is more than capable of creating a whole new world; has completely captured my heart with her imagination; weaves a story I want to keep reading; engages me in such a way that I become one not only with the story – but one with it’s characters, and has magically uprooted me from my comfortable existence to the gorgeous planet she’s created – Poseidon. In short, The Broken Destiny is an exciting, thrilling, imaginative, compelling and impressive debut by Carlyle Labuschagne. -An author to watch out for.”

~SS Book Fanatics ~


“The Broken Destiny is a masterpiece of originality. The characters are beautifully flushed out, the plot is unique and tasteful. I honestly cannot wait for book 2, which I am hoping will come out soon. Ms. Labuschagne is brilliant. She’s made me fall in love with the color purple all over again, almost as much as I love her writing style. She’s absolutely amazing. I recommend this book for anyone that loves fantasy and adventure.”

~ Author Airicka Phoenix

I know you’ve been very busy and I thank you Carlyle  for taking a few moments to chat! 

Books, Writing

Interview with Indie Author Micheal Rivers

If you are familiar with the online Indie Author scene you have no doubt heard of Paranormal Thriller Author, Micheal Rivers. Micheal was kind enough to take a few minutes to share with us a bit about himself and his brilliant work. Welcome Micheal!

Author Micheal Rivers

Tell us a little about yourself. When did your interest in writing begin?

I was born in small town on the inner coast of North Carolina called Ahoskie. At the time, I believe the population was about six thousand and still trying to grow like so many towns of its size. At seventeen, I entered the Marine Corps during Vietnam and life rolled on from there with a lot of travel and seeing lands I thought only existed in a book somebody wrote. I am married to a fascinating woman and we are currently preparing a move to South Dakota. I love to fish and hunt so it is a little slice of heaven to me. We have six sons, one grandchild and another due in July. My interest in writing has been with me for as long as I can remember and I hope it never goes away. I love to watch the stories develop and where they will take me next

You have five books out, three fictions and two non-fictions. If you could possibly choose, which one was your favorite to write?

I enjoyed writing all of them and I hate to choose just one, but I guess I would have to say Ghosts of the North Carolina Shores because it revolves around my life as a North Carolinian. There is so much personal history there for me. The spirit of the founding of the United States as well as the actual amount of factual history is astounding. Anything from wars to famous men who shaped our lives can be found here. It is a land that the stars seem to shine just for you in a perfect blue-black sky.

Ghosts of the North Carolina ShoresWhat is the most important thing for you when writing your novels the characters or the plot?

Both are equally important to me. A tale cannot begin or end without characters. The story just happens like the Karma in your life. I believe a famous poet once wrote that a man is the master of his ship. That being said he decides his own fate. Hence, you have a story, good or bad. When I combine characteristics to create a character I sometimes laugh out loud at his or her actions. I almost have a tendency to want to see the bad guy get smacked for his behavior toward others. Sometimes people will get so engrossed in the story that they write to you and tell you they hated the story because the bad guy was a jerk. Mission accomplished, the reader gave a great review and never realized how much she actually became involved in the story in the book.

The Black Witch

What does your writing routine look like? How has this routine changed from when you first started?

My writing routine is a story in itself. I write inside my head regardless of what I am doing because I am always on the prowl for some quirk someone has or maybe an unusual look about him, such as the way he or she is built or their manner of speech. A million things to decipher and possibly use in the future are always present. My routine has always been the same. I never know when I am going to sit down and deliver a story of some kind. Not all will go into a book at the time. But, it’s like anything in life; its time will come sooner than later. Has the routine changed, I dare say not.

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What is the most memorable response you have had about your writing?

I received a five-star review of one of my books from a highly qualified reviewer. Her words were very humbling and I had no idea my writing had that kind of effect on her intellect. She gave me the kind of review I will hold forever in my memory. She knows who she is and thank you will never be enough.

Appalachia Mountain Folklore

.Which one of your characters (if any) would you invite to a party?

You are kidding, right? Hanging out with those people could get a guy arrested, or dead, take your pick. Seeing any of those people in one room mingling with your guest would cause a nervous breakdown. Except for one and he would be glad to give everybody advice while you listen to his life’s story. On the paranormal end of the party, I expect it would be very interesting..

Moonlight on the Nantahala

.What books and/or authors have most influenced your life?

Pick one. Almost all of any notoriety has had something special for someone to hang on to. Currently my favorite author in the Indie world is Glenn Starkey, a gentleman by all respects. He writes page-turners and I am ready for his next book. From the big six I have several. The classics are always at the top of the list with Voltaire, Poe, Dumas, Ellison, Faulkner, and Hemingway. These guys had style that is lost forever.

Can you tell us what is coming up for you and where can we find you online?

I have six books in the works at this time. One of them is out of my genre and for those who like a little history and adventure you may like this one. It will be a pleasant surprise to those who have read my work, not a single ghost in the story anywhere. The other five most likely be some more paranormal with more than a subtle twist to help you sleep with the lights on more often. The book entitled ‘Scratch” is based on a haunted house that has recently burned down much to some people’s satisfaction.

Thank you Belinda, I’ve enjoyed the chance to chat with you and your readers.

For those who wish to contact me online or by email just send your hellos or questions to:


I know you’ve been very busy and I thank you Micheal for taking a few moments to chat! To learn more about Micheal, please check out his links, not to mention his wonderful work!

Books, Chronic Illness

Belinda’s Blog ~ After The Diagnosis: The Journey Beyond

The onset of a chronic illness can drastically alter the course of your life!
Do dark days overwhelm you as you try to adjust to your new reality?
Do you yearn for the life you used to have –
filled with fun, laughter and joy?
When your health brings you dark days,
remember that at the end of every storm …
there is a rainbow!

The authors of “After The Diagnosis: The Journey Beyond” Trish Robichaud, Jeff Cadwell and Sylvia McGrath, know all about what you are experiencing. They are living life filled with optimal health, while coping with chronic illnesses themselves. They urge you to begin a step-by-step journey through the various stages of learning to “have a life” in spite of your chronic illnesses.

This book is jam-packed with life improving information, uplifting inspirational quotes, poems and exercises to help you develop the essential coping skills you need to move forward and get the most out of your life.

As you conquer each step in the process, you will gain confidence that you are on the healthiest road to adjusting to your new reality. You will discover how to empower yourself to take control and live a full and rewarding life. Helen Keller once said “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.”

Get ready to get back in the driver’s seat and
follow your road to the rainbow!

“Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from.” Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Books, Writing

Belinda’s Blog ~The Writer's Library ~ Five Books Every Aspiring Writer Should Own

© Belinda Witzenhausen Originally published on May 25, 2007

There are a ton of really great writing books on the market today however there are five books that are great resources to those just starting out.

These books have most areas of writing covered ranging from business to inspiration, along with a good dictionary and thesaurus, they are all you will need to get started and can be found online or at your nearest bookstore.
The Elements of Style – 4th Edition

William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White
Publisher: Longman
ISBN-13: 9780205309023

This is a must-have on every writer’s bookshelf. The Elements of Style is a classic that was first published in 1959 and is still widely used today. This book leads you through rules of grammar, principles of composition and also includes a section outlining the words most commonly misspelled. This is a book that you will use as a regular resource for years to come and is ideal for a beginning writer to a seasoned writing veteran.

The Writer’s Market 2007

Robert Lee Brewer, Editor

Publisher: Writers Digest Books

Revised August 4, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-1582974279

This annual book is for those who wish to break into publishing. The Writers Market has resources to thousands of agents, publishers and markets that can get you on your way. This book also offers great advice concerning how to write a book proposal as well as successful query letters, how to establish a freelance business and how to become a marketable writer.

Writing Tools – 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer,

Roy Peter Clark,

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

Copyright: September 1, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0316014984

Although just published last September, this book is definitely a book every writer should have. Poynter Institute Vice President Roy Peter Clark offers advice to those who are either beginners or established writers. Clark’s book is divided into 50 sections or “tools” which every writer should utilize. Each section lists strategies for incorporating the material covered in each section into your daily writing. This book covers everything from grammar to useful habits such as drafting a mission statement for your work.

Although this book covers some of the information that is available in The Elements of Style, it goes further by offering advice on character development, plotting, and the importance of creating a support group as well as being a great companion book.

The Writer’s Idea Book

Jack Heffron,

Publisher: Writer’s Digest Books

Copyright: May 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0898798739

Every writer encounters some form of writer’s block that may impair his or her writing projects. The Writer’s Idea Book is designed to get you past those blocks and enable the creative process to become a little easier.

In this book, Jack Heffron offers over 400 prompts to enhance your writing. Each section also offers sage advice on the creative process itself with chapters devoted to everything from “Enemies to Creativity” to “Leading a Creative Life”. This book will definitely teach you how to generate useable ideas for your projects and advise you on what you need to do to utilize them while writing.

The Right to Write – An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life

Julia Cameron

Publisher: Tarcher

Copyright: December 27, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-1585420094

The Right to Write gives you the tools to make the most of your creative drive. This book is composed of over 40 brief personal essays and exercises also known as “invitations” that are an endless source of inspiration. In The Right to Write, Cameron teaches you valuable tools to tackle problems such as procrastination, insecurity, lack of writing space and a lack of time. Cameron’s advice is valuable to anyone who has felt overwhelmed by the act of writing and helps you to break it down into pieces that are more manageable. This book is a favourite of many writers and will be a book you can revisit anytime you are in need of a dose of inspiration.

A library containing these five books is an investment in your writing life.

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