Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Tour Kickoff & Giveaway: Pluff Mud Murders by Ann Carpenter

New Release: Pluff Mud Murders
by Ann Carpenter

Atlanta, Georgia: Local author releases brand new suspenseful read, Pluff Mud Murders now available at Amazon.com.

Mandi Christine Kerr,
an American actress, director.


Book Description: Riley Jordan has come home to Charleston to begin a new life—a life interrupted when she was a young child, and still haunted by vague memories of danger and mystery. After years of living the fast-paced life of New York’s publishing world, Riley will be the editor-in-chief of Charleston’s Premier Health Magazine. It should be the perfect life. But things are not what they seem. Soon, Riley, who has suffered amnesia since a traumatic event in her childhood, finds herself embroiled in the past history and current events of the powerful Radisson family, a family whose evil deeds have evaded the long arm of the law, and whose influence reaches far beyond the city limits. When Riley is confronted with three tiny coffins upon a visit to the former Radisson Estate, she begins a journey into the past that will bring her into contact with Summer Radisson and her sister Hayden. Forced by current events to return to her tortured past, Riley is confronted with long-buried secrets that have an impact not only on her life, but on the lives of Alex Keys, a detective who is trying to find out who she really is, and his former partner, Phil Leatherman, who was forced from his position in the department because he knew too much. Under suspicion herself, Riley vacillates between wanting to remember whatever may have happened, and a desire to put the past—whatever it might reveal—behind her, and start life over. But the past is imposing itself upon her very life. As she learns through a series of revelations, “Death is the key that opens the door to the past.” This epitaph from Jefferson Radisson’s grave may indeed provide answers to the secret that has been buried too long—and that will finally set Riley free.


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Monday, May 2, 2016

Virtual Book Tour: Interviewed by God - A Journey To Freedom by Beth Banning



Title: Interviewed by God - A Journey to Freedom

Author Name: Beth Banning

Author Bio:

Beth Banning is a best-selling author, inspirational speaker, and spiritual catalyst who lives in California with her husband, their cat, and their six pound poodle. She was born in New York City and from a very young age could sense the feelings of people around her, felt kundalini energy running through her body, and experienced other unusual events that she didn't understand. The well-meaning adults in her life told her she was depressed and that these experiences were just her imagination. Growing up in this cloud of ignorance and disbelief, these gifts were buried and unable to flourish and so she was left confused and lonely.
As a young adult she recognized the same sense of confusion and loneliness in others and became passionate about helping people better understand themselves and those around them. Later in life she took this passion into her work with her husband Neill and co-founded Focused Attention, Inc. She has written numerous books, co-created the Pathway to Personal Freedom, and the Art of Conscious Connection Seminar Series.
After many years of integrating this consciousness shifting work into her own life and teaching it to others, she experienced a profound reconnection with God that turned her life upside down. This radically changed the way she perceives the world and functions in it. Beth now lives her life guided by her inner source of divine wisdom. She is committed to helping others discover this for themselves and fully experience the essence of who they truly are.

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Book Genre: Spirituality
Publisher: PuddleDancer Press
Release Date: September 1, 2014




Book Description:


Interviewed by God is an account of Beth Banning’s journey of spiritual awakening—her conscious connection with God and the lessons she’s learned along the way. From a very young age, Banning experienced phenomena that could only be called extraordinary: she’s received messages from spirit animals, felt kundalini energy awaken in her, and experienced dimensional shifts in her awareness that have allowed her to witness what only a few have seen. She was visited by totem animals, took ritualistic baths, and visited shamans and healers; she experienced ecstatic states and received messages; her ego mind began to battle against her higher mind. As she experienced her spiritual journey, a small voice within guided her. With doubt as her constant companion she continued to follow her inner promptings, which led her to higher levels of truth about her connection to herself and the world and reality as we know it. Written in a format in which the author is “interviewed by God,” the book is meant to be a mirror for the reader to reflect their own experiences back to them, and a gentle guide for those who are at the precipice of an extraordinary adventure and are either scared to jump or who hunger for answers and understanding.


Excerpt One:

Interviewed by God
Chapter 2, What is REALLY Real?
Pg. 11

God: Are you ready to get going?
Beth: I'm not sure why I'm writing about any of this. Who's going to care?
God: There are many people who are having experiences similar to yours and they're embarrassed or think it's all their imagination and are not allowing these experiences to blossom. There are others who are right at the precipice of these extraordinary, life-changing experiences, but they are pushing them away. These people need to know they're not alone and what they're experiencing is actually more real than what they thought was true.
Beth: They need to know that there is more to life than they are told about, is that it? They need to know that the world is much richer and more wonderful than they ever imagined.
God: Yes, it's time for people to know just how much more there is to life. You've already begun the process of transformation, and your experiences can help to guide them. I've heard you say you have had many unusual experiences. What do you mean by this?
Beth: Over the last four years, many things have happened to me that are outside the realm of ordinary human life. They come in different forms. I may feel them, hear them, or see them, but they are nothing like my previous day-to-day existence. Research has showed me that these types of experiences are not completely uncommon. On one hand, knowing that others have had similar experiences helped me at times when I thought I was going crazy. On the other hand, I mostly found that saints, eccentric geniuses or gurus in India were the ones having these experiences. There were only a few stories involving ordinary people like me.
God: So what has changed in your life over the last few years?
Beth: In short, I have gone from wanting to know everything, understand everything and control everything in my life, to a place of peacefulness and acceptance to a degree that I've never known. I don't mind now when plans change, or someone else thinks they have a better idea about how to do things. And I don't have to agree with or understand exactly what someone is talking about in order to hear what they're saying and be able to empathize with them. My whole being has shifted. As I continue to have these unique experiences, they change me and how I perceive the world in incredible ways. I've gone from an almost compulsive need to "know" everything to an acceptance of just what's going on in the moment, and a sense of calm trusting about the future.











Friday, April 15, 2016

Guest Blog: 5 Irritating Things About Traveling

5 Irritating Things About Traveling

Traveling is one of those necessary evils that almost none of us can escape from. Whether for work or pleasure, it has become a part of our lives. Mobility has increased so much that nobody thinks about having to travel as something special. Most of the times traveling is fun. You discover new places. Meet new people. Learn something new. But there are times when it simply becomes a pain in the neck.

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Among the many annoying things that you will encounter while traveling, below are 5 that you would rather not discover.
  1. People Taking Up (or spilling over) Your Seat
This little nuisance comes in many forms. You can choose and select which is your favorite variety. There is the instance of ‘bigger’ passengers spilling over the arm rest into your seat. These ‘neighbors’ could be large enough that their shoulders, back, chest and abdomen temporarily rest in part of your seat.
In transport which has a reclining chair, people in front of you can constantly keep their chair in a reclining position. It was not designed to be used in this manner. It obviously makes it difficult for you to move out of your seat, if you have this seat intruding into your personal space.
My favorite is when your side passenger uses your shoulder or head for their personal pillow. They enjoy their siesta while you worry about any contagious diseases which might be migrating as they sleep.


  1. Public Transport
Trying to figure out the public transport systems in foreign lands is like trying to figure out their ancient mythology. You could be forgiven for not knowing left from right, or for that matter, downtown from uptown. The change necessary for the fare is another common issue, as most travelers do not keep a handy stock of change as one of their traveling priorities.
In many countries, you have no clue where you’re headed. So getting down at the right stop is another challenge. True, by missing your intended stop and getting down someplace else, you would have a ‘real’ new experience. It is just a question of how much chaos can you take before you become chaotic yourself.


  1. Hidden Fees
There seems to be an unwritten law that the traveler and tourist in particular, is the chum. Airports are a favorite villain with their crazy charges. They love to nickel and dime their customers. They will charge you to use the trolleys in which you move your luggage around. They will charge you to park your car, for those coming to see you off. They will charge you for any extra weight in your baggage. I understand that they are running a business, but sometimes it all gets to a point that anybody would consider taking the bus instead.


  1. Tourist Hunters
These are those shady characters who will approach you out of the blue. They will act as your best friend, even though you have never ever seen them before. They will offer you advice and tell you the best place to buy anything under the sun. A guide is fine, but the scary thing is when these chaps are only interested in skimming money off the top for any ‘deals’ that they do involving you. I remember a shop in Hong Kong which had different signs for the same thing in English and in the local language, Cantonese. Basically they were opening distinguishing between those who could speak the local language and tourists. In the tourist places of India, it is not uncommon for ‘tourist rates’ to be far above the rates charged to locals for anything and everything.


  1. The Plane Talker
Beware this dreadful species. These are those ‘friendly’ people who will say ‘Hi’ to you even before you have taken your seat. They can’t wait to get a conversation started with you. It is as if they are feasting on your brains. These pseudo-cannibals will just not stop. It may begin innocently, with tales of their summer camp or first Christmas gifts. Then the horror unfolds. The tale takes many a turn and winds up god-knows-where. I have found that the best way to tackle these predators is to tell them politely but firmly that you would rather prefer silence. They will probably act shocked at your social manners. In the end, it is a simple choice. Who is going to be the fool tonight?


About the Author

Rohit is a frequent traveler. Having traveled in many countries, he knows that each time you take a step out of your house, it is the beginning of an adventure. How pleasant or wild it will be, nobody can tell. Maybe that uncertainty is part of the fun of it all. You can find more travel articles by Rohit at www.transindiatravels.com.