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Book Blast for Ronald Chapman’s A Killer’s Grace and My Name is Wonder w/a rafflecopter giveaway!

 

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A Killer’s Grace

by Ronald Chapman and

GENRE: Suspense

BLURB:

 

 

MediaKit_BookCover_AKillersGraceA KILLER’S GRACE Blurb:

 

From the high desert of New Mexico comes a tale of mystery, murder and redemption. When journalist Kevin Pitcairn receives a disturbing letter from a serial killer, he is drawn into a compelling journey with profound psychological and spiritual implications, not just for the murderer, but for himself and society as a whole. As he tries to investigate and then tell the story, he finds himself battling his own inner demons and sordid history. Events conspire to propel an isolated matter to a national stage and audiences that are increasingly hostile. Forced to explore the roots of human psychology and sanity, Pitcairn must navigate moral and philosophical realms. What is the nature of evil? What powers of choice do humans actually possess? How may we be redeemed? And in the end, how do we reconcile with ourselves?

 

A Killer’s Grace Excerpt Three:

 

The nightmare began in 1988. He was on assignment for the Indianapolis Star a few miles down the Ohio River from Evansville, Indiana, in the town of Mt. Vernon. A plastics manufacturing site had been conducting studies to prevent catastrophic chemical emergencies, a major news story. He visited Hawk’s, a tiny bar and grill, then at the urging of the barman he meandered down the hill to the riverfront titty bar where he proceeded to get very drunk.

 

Somehow he drove his car to downtown Evansville, but rather than heading for his hotel room he found another bar. After that, his memory was spotty.

 

The nightmare filled in troubling details. Lurid wallpaper in a seedy, riverfront hotel formed the backdrop. His right hand clenched an ugly little man by the throat. Pitcairn’s whitened knuckles stood out in vivid contrast to the man’s face with its bulging blue eyes and torrid complexion. Bluish tinges of asphyxiation gave way to dark violet as bubbles frothed on the man’s lips. In the periphery of Pitcairn’s vision the man’s arms and legs flailed. A terrible focused fury held him against the wall until the struggling ceased. The little man’s eyes dimmed. He dropped with a dull, lifeless thud when Pitcairn eased his grip.

 

Pitcairn awoke at dawn, slouched sideways in the seat of his car. The dirt parking area lay atop a wooded bluff above the banks of the Ohio River. At first he had no recollection of the night, but when the image of the man he strangled came to him through the drug and alcohol induced fog, he bolted for Indianapolis.

 

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My Name is Wonder

by Ronald Chapman

GENRE: Suspense

MY NAME IS WONDER Blurb:

 

My Name is Wonder chronicles the transcendent adventures of a little goat with big dreams. Join Wonder and his wisecracking guide, the mysterious crow Mac Craack, on a journey through the scenic landscapes of the American Southwest and into the heart of a mindful presence. Along the way, you’ll meet an unforgettable cast of creatures, each with an important lesson to teach.

 

 

My Name is Wonder Excerpt Three:

 

 

Consciousness returned in ebbs and flows. Wonder was first aware of darkness. Was it nighttime already? When his awareness next stirred, he felt a blanket of straw beneath a body that still felt sluggish and numb. He heard vaguely the subtle sounds of other creatures around him. He tried to lift himself to look around but could not.

 

An otherworldly vision came to him then. Oren looked down upon him. There was a twinkle in the old goat’s yellow eyes as he spoke without the movement of his mouth. “My dear Wonder, this is most certainly an interesting detour. Remember, there is no path that is not in the Light. The secret is in what you do with the path that finds you.”

 

The vision slipped away as Wonder again lost consciousness.

 

The next thing he knew, the darkness had grayed into morning and his head felt like a hollowed-out gourd. As he rolled up, he found he was able to stand, albeit awkwardly. Staggering around like a newborn kid, he surveyed his surroundings. He was in an old, barnlike structure, filled with bales of hay and an odd collection of creatures large and small including a dozen or more goats.

 

From the rafters, he heard a familiar croak. “Wonder wondering?”

 

He looked up to find Mac Craack peering down at him. The bird was a welcome sight in this strange place.

 

“Where am I?” he asked, his voice slurred so that the words all ran together. Wonder shook his head to clear it, and as he did so, he discovered that something metal had been clipped into his right ear. He turned in a tight half circle, trying to see what the jangling thing was.

 

“Calm, calmer, calmest,” croaked Mac Craack.

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:MediaKit_AuthorPhoto_RonChapman

 

 

Ronald Chapman is owner of an international speaking and consulting company, Magnetic North LLC. In addition to international accreditation as a speaker and national awards for radio commentary, he is the author of two novels, My Name is Wonder (Terra Nova Publishing, 2016) and A Killer’s Grace (Terra Nova Publishing, 2016 and 2012), two works of non-fiction, Seeing True: Ninety Contemplations in Ninety Days (Ozark Mountain Publishing, 2008) and What a Wonderful World: Seeing Through New Eyes (Page Free Publishing, 2004) and the producer of three audio sets, Seeing True: The Way of Spirit (Ozark Mountain Publishing, 2016, 2005), Breathing, Releasing and Breaking Through: Practices for Seeing True (Ozark Mountain Publishing, 2015), and Seeing True – The Way of Success in Leadership (Magnetic North Audio, 2005). Ron provides a wide array of social media content at www.SeeingTrue.com,

content for people in substance abuse recovery at www.ProgressiveRecovery.org,  and other content from his master site, www.RonaldChapman.com.  He holds a Masters in Social Welfare from The University at Albany (New York.) Prior to his relocation to Atlanta, Georgia in 2008, he was a long-time resident of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

 

Note: A Killer’s Grace is one of two novels by Chapman being released simultaneously by Terra Nova Publishing, the other being My Name is Wonder. The publisher commented, ““It is remarkable that these two books can be so very different but somehow speak to the same messages.”

 

LINKS

 

A Killer’s Grace Goodreads:

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29449254-a-killer-s-grace?ac=1&from_search=true

 

A Killer’s Grace Amazon:

 

THIS IS AN OLD EDITION LINK BUT WE WILL SEND A NEW ONE ASAP!

http://www.amazon.com/Killers-Grace-Ronald-Chapman/dp/0615642616/ref=sr_1_1

 

 

Ron Chapman Websites:

 

http://www.RonaldChapman.com/ for other information from the author.

 

http://www.SeeingTrue.com/ for ongoing social media content including blogs, v-logs, graphical materials, etc.

 

http://www.ProgressiveRecovery.com/ for materials relevant to those in recovery from substance abuse.

 

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/seeingtrue/

 

Note: My Name is Wonder is one of two novels by Chapman being released simultaneously by Terra Nova Publishing, the other being A Killer’s Grace. The publisher commented, ““It is remarkable that these two books can be so very different but somehow speak to the same messages.”

 

My Name is Wonder Amazon Buy/Pre-Order: https://www.amazon.com/My-Name-Wonder-Tale-Adventure/dp/1938288785/ref=sr_1_1

 

 

 

PRAISE

 

“…a book for the ages, with profound truths simply stated. First there was Jonathan Livingston Seagull and then Yoda—Now there is Wonder…”

-Beverly Molander, Minister and Radio Host of Activating the Power of Yes

 

“…an exploration of human nature and into the allegorical realm that shows us how to be wise teachers and guides…”

-Paula Renaye, Author of Living the Life You Love

 

“Clarity is an aspect of love, it is seeing clearly. Ron Chapman sees with those eyes. He pays attention as few do to the miracles around us.”

-Stephen Levine, Author and Teacher

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Playlist for For Her Sister by debut author Lara Sleath w/a rafflecopter giveaway!


 

FOR HER SISTER
by Lara Sleath
YA Paranormal Suspense
EvernightTeen Publishing / 61,000 words
Eighteen-year-old Bresha blames herself for her younger sister’s death. She knew that Arlene was gullible and fragile. Yet she still let her tone-deaf sister meet with Saul Sanderstorm, a record company mogul whose
charisma is as big as his temper.
 
When Arlene is found floating in Camden Lock canal, the police call it suicide. But Bresha knows different. She knows that sleazy Saul is somehow to blame. And so does Arlene’s ghost. Why else would she fog up mirrors and trace the letter S for Saul through the condensation on the glass? Now, Bresha has to find a way to prove that Saul’s guilty. 
When Bresha discovers that Saul is getting a kick out of mentally breaking singers, she wonders if this happened to Arlene. The truth has to be ugly and shocking. Because why else would Saul be prepared to do anything to conceal it? 
Bresha faces a choice. Risk her life to unearth the facts. Or drop the case and be forever tormented by her
sister’s ghost. 
Buy Links:  Evernight
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Someone was screaming. She realized that it was her. She found herself on her feet. She took off down the path, her breath jagged, her shoes pounding over the gravel. Fire flashed against her legs, as the nettles stung her. She ran a few more steps. She had to be faster than him. Surely, she was faster. He was
paunchy old man. Her feet hit a boulder and she stumbled. She felt his hands on her back. Slam. He pushed her down. A burning pain shot across her cheek, as her face smashed into the gravel.
She scrambled up and ran on. He sprang on her from behind. Again, he brought her down. She
twisted around. He threw himself on top of her, his weight crushing her. She reached up and tried to claw his face, but he caught her hands and pinned them down by her sides onto the path.
“You will not to do this to me,” he snarled. “You will not ruin me.” Bresha tried to speak, but her tongue was frozen. She gazed into his eyes, hoping to reason with him on an unspoken level, human to human. She’d read somewhere that eyes were supposed to be the view point into people’s souls. Now she saw his soul. 

It looked like the photograph of a cancerous organ on the side of a cigarette packet, black and festering.
He brought his head toward her lips. Was he going to kiss her like he might have been trying to do that day on the couch? She turned her head away, pushing one side of her face into the grit. He’d never kiss her. She’d die before he kissed her. 
She felt him bite into her neck. He was giving her a love bite, the sick pig. She screamed as he drew blood. 

Playlist – For Her Sister Lara Sleath

 

A lot of writers like to listen to music when they’re creating their books. But not me. I need to work in silence or as close to silence as I can get. That way, I can hear the voice in my head that’s talking to me and telling me what to write. (Sounds crazy, I know). But now that my book’s finished, I can see that some songs would be awesome for the soundtrack!

 


Lost Boy
– Ruth B

This tune is dreamy and other-worldly exactly like Arlene – the girl on the front cover and the sister in my novel. When Arlene is alive, she often feels lost or overwhelmed by what’s happening and retreats into her head.
Don’t Let Me Down – The Chainsmokers (feat. Daya)

Don’t let me down, I need you right now – go the lyrics of the song. This is how Bresha feels when Arlene starts communicating with her from the dead. Bresha doesn’t want to let her sister down. She wants to find out how she died . . . even though this seems impossible.

Turn Down For What- DJ Snake, Lil Jon

The energy of this track is off-the-chain! It feels hard and spikey. And it reminds me of the energy in London or in any big city, which seems to flow through everything like a boiling undercurrent. I imagine this playing as Bresha hurrys through the high-rises to find Pixie, a rapper with the bubblegum pink hair. Bresha thinks that Pixie knows what happened to Arlene. Only Pixie is clearly too scared to tell her.

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British born Lara Sleath has been writing stories – on paper and in her head – for as long
as she can remember. But gave up on the idea of becoming a writer because she
believed that the idea was too far-fetched. Instead she took the only slightly
more sensible option of working in the music industry.
But even that proved too dull for Lara. In her mid-twenties, she set off from London with her
boyfriend in a battered VW van. Their aim was to drive to India. They arrived a
quarter of a year after adventures with warlords and after having seen many
mind-blowing sights.
Today, the boyfriend in the beaten-up VW van is Lara’s husband. She lives with him and
their two children in Vancouver, Canada close to the ocean and the mountains.
Lara writes every day surrounded by an army of cats. For Her Sister is
her debut novel.

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Playlist from In Her Own Time (the Bean Books #2) by Christine Potter w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @chrispygal

inherownti0me1lIn Her Own Time

The Bean Books, #2

 

by Christine Potter

 

Romance/Time Travel/Suspense

63K, Evernight Teen Publishing

 

Summer 1970: Bean Donohue’s sixteen, she’s finally got a good band together, and she’s crazy in love with her artist boyfriend Zak. She’s also about to get the coolest summer job ever, and her impossible mom’s conveniently out of town. 

So why does she keep ending up in 1953…or 1779?  And who’s that guy with the black ponytail and the Kent State t-shirt?  He knows way too much about her.  Should Zak be worried—or should Bean?

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Evernight Teen:  http://www.evernightteen.com/in-her-own-time-by-christine-potter/

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Her-Time-Bean-Books-Book-ebook/dp/B01IW9XZ8E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1469553563&sr=8-1&keywords=In+Her+Own+Time+by+Christine+Potter#nav-subnav

ARe:  https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-inherowntime-2079169-152.html

 

 

14+ due to sexuality and adult situations

 Excerpt:

Bean found herself alone, just outside the house. The air was sharp. Tall trees that had just been in full summer leaf were suddenly bare, and smaller than they’d been seconds before. Bean tried to peer back in through the kitchen window, but the lights were off, and she couldn’t see anything. She stood in her side yard, sometime in the past. It was happening again…

And It was enough of a shock that she didn’t even know how she felt. She’d been glowing from the night before with Zak, happy to have had Sam pound on her door with music and laughter. Bean stuck her hands in the pockets of her thin blue cotton robe, and looked up. The sky looked like early afternoon: pale sunlight behind a thin, high layer of clouds. In front of her house, underneath the living room windows stood three overgrown barberry bushes. Bean had never seen them before. The ground was hard and cold, and she was barefoot.

Alrighty, thenDamn it. Lately, Bean had been perfectly fine with life in 1970. What year is this supposed to be? She had no idea.

Zak said love is always why this happens, she thought. But then she felt the happiness beginning to leak out of her. If Zak were right, why had she slipped backwards just now? She had a whole June weekend to spend with him, feeling nothing but love…and now, this.

It made no sense. All she could do was watch, deal, and try to keep warm.

It really was pretty chilly. She tried jogging in place to warm up, which helped a bit. Her toes were soon numb, though.  After a few minutes, a black car with big, round bumpers pulled into the driveway and clattered to a halt. There was the rasp of an emergency brake being set.  And Beans father—very young, and too thin for his thick, grey winter coat—got out of the drivers side. Bean put a hand over her mouth, and watched as he ran urgently around to the passengers door. He yanked it open.

“Can you make it?” Bean’s dad called into the car.

“Of course I can make it,” said her mothers voice. A high-heeled shoe and a nylon stocking-covered leg emerged. Then came the rest of Bean’s mom, wearing a brown tweed overcoat and a floppy green beret. She walked a bit unsteadily, clutching a bundle of white blankets wrapped around a baby, which began to wail.

“Sh-sh. Sh-sh-sh,” said Julia as she wobbled up the walk. She stopped when she got to the front door.

“You wouldn’t happen to have remembered the house keys, would you, Tom?” she called. Tom patted down three pockets in his coat before something jingled. He rushed a key into the lock. Then he looked back at the car. Both its front doors now stood wide open, and he sprinted back down the walk toward them. Bean sucked in her breath hard, taking it all in. Was that her days-old self,crying, inside the house? Sixteen-year-old Bean felt a little weepy, too.  It’s 1953, then, she thought. Just after my actual birthday. Wow…

The wind blew and she shivered.

 And then there was a hand on her arm. 

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Book 1 in The Bean Books series

is now available:

Time Runs Away With Her

Evernight Teen  Amazon   ARe

 

PLAYLIST:

 

In Her Own Time is even more full of music than Time Runs Away With Her was!  Zak and Bean get involved in a radio station and have access to tons and tons of  1970’s best tunes. Here are just some of the songs in the book.  

 

Summertime—Janis Joplin—A great old live performance–https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bn5TNqjuHiU

 

 

Chestnut Mare—The Byrds—a really cool video from German TV back in the day.  Check out the floating gal DJ in the short shorts!  — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9cINH9yob4

 

 

Big Ted—The Incredible String Band—the single from their album Changing Horses— https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opYiUmSFv24

 

 

Evil Woman—Canned Heat—neat pics— https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSlEqsFVcX8

 

 

All The Tired Horses—Bob Dylan— from Self Portrait.  This is Bean’s favorite track on the record— https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDaUoilvtoA

 

 

You’re Probably Wondering Why I’m Here—Frank Zappa with The Mothers, from Freak Out! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Q1xRZERXlM

 

 

Venetian Boat Song—Felix Mendelssohn—This is the song Julia, Bean’s mom, plays the most on the piano— https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBIOSL9sdR0

 

 

The Maple Leaf Rag—Scott Joplin—Bean’s mom learns to play this when her new boyfriend, Tone brings her the music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reI43yUCaUI

 

 

Volunteers—The Jefferson Airplane—this was THE album of 1970.  It gets played at the WPOK July 3rd party: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxA3Q96a8XE&list=PLmMCb94_M1AmBCMYnNn72OdQRdPMSqTAw

 

 

In The Court of the Crimson King—King Crimson—Zak and Bean listen to this on WPOK on the way home from the July 3rd party— https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvCmtHDDuu0

 

 

Ohio—Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young—Paolo, a DJ at WPOK who becomes friends with Bean and Zak, was at Kent State during the protests that ended up with the National Guard killing four students there— https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68g76j9VBvM

 

 

The Only Living Boy In New York—Simon and Garfunkel—Bean plays on guitar this constantly in In Her Own Time, and Suzanne and Sam work out a great arrangement—  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJGSHMgbB0E

 

 

Talk About A Morning—Buzzy Linhart—  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_tbhsDL3VA

 

 

The Driving of the Year Nail—Leo Kottke—Crow tries to gift Bean with a copy of this album after using it as background music for an ad she makes with him—  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kv_ffps5J1k

 

 

Do You Believe in Magic?—The Lovin’ Spoonful—Suzanne has a crush on John Sebastian, a member of this band.  Great track—   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDYNuD4CwlI

 

 

St. Stephen—The Grateful Dead—Bean’s comfort music for a tough ride home—

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AtVtx6H738

 

 

Ice Cream Phoenix—The Jefferson Airplane—The last song in the book!  Check out the closing lyric.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocmBA1OEn2o

 

About the Author:Christine Potter

Christine Potter lives in a small town not far from the setting of Time Runs Away With Her, near the mighty Hudson River, in a very old (1740) house with two ghosts.  According to a local ghost investigator, they are harmless, “just very old spirits who don’t want to leave.”  She doesn’t want them to.

 

Christine’s house contains two pipe organs (her husband is a choir director/organist), two spoiled tom cats, and too many books.  She’s also a poet, and the author of two collections of verse, Zero Degrees at First Light, and Sheltering in Place. Christine taught English and Creative Writing for years in the Clarkstown Schools.  She DJ’s free form rock and roll weekly on Area24radio.com, and plays guitar, dulcimer, and tower chimes.

 

All purpose me on FB: https://www.facebook.com/christine.potter.543

Series FB page: https://www.facebook.com/beanstravels/

My blog: http://chrispygal.weebly.com

Twitter: @chrispygal

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chrispygal/

 

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