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09 October, 2015

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"This is not just a literary contest, we're looking for stories that will be consumed in multiple media formats – from books to the big screen and beyond," says Vincent Salera, founder of World's Best Story. "Our goal is to revolutionize the traditional literary contest and identify a story with blockbuster appeal. We're looking for a story that audiences will love and help authors turn that story into trans-media franchises, which is why we're empowering readers to judge the contest."

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Readers will vote for stories and awarded judges will declare the final Top 10 winners.

2015 Judges: Warren Adler, Victor Malarek, Tamarra Kennelly, Brooke Burgess, Samreen Ashan, Alistair Cross, Rhonda Hayter


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The top 3 winners will receive a full publishing package by FriesenPress, trademark protection in the U.S. and Canada by IP agency Benoit & Cote, a virtual book tour by Laura Fabiani of iRead Book Tours as well as consulting/marketing services with book expert Anne Chaconas of BadAss Marketing. Busbud and YoDough will be providing lots of goodies for both writers and readers.

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Everything She Forgot by Lisa Ballantyne Spotlight with Giveaway!

Lisa Ballantyne, international bestselling author of The Guilty One, delivers a compelling domestic thriller with impeccably observed characters and masterful edge-of-your-seat storytelling in a novel that leaps between past and present with page-turning finesse.

“A sweet novel of love, redemption, and loss that chronicles one family's struggle with a difficult past.”—Kirkus

(William Morrow Paperbacks, On-sale 10/6, ISBN: 9780052391483, $14.99)

They’re calling it the worst pile-up in London history. Driving home, Margaret Holloway has her mind elsewhere—on a troubled student, her daughter’s acting class, the next day’s meeting—when she’s rear-ended and trapped in the wreckage. Just as she begins to panic, a disfigured stranger pulls her from the car just seconds before it’s engulfed in flames. Then he simply disappears.

Though she escapes with minor injuries, Margaret feels that something’s wrong. She’s having trouble concentrating. Her emotions are running wild. More than that, flashbacks to the crash are also dredging up lost associations from her childhood, fragments of events that were wiped from her memory. Whatever happened, she didn’t merely forget—she chose to forget. And somehow, Margaret knows deep down that it’s got something to do with the man who saved her life.

As Margaret uncovers a mystery with chilling implications for her family and her very identity, Everything She Forgot winds through a riveting dual narrative and asks the question: How far would you go to hide the truth—from yourself…?

Lisa Ballantyne is the author of the Edgar Award-nominated The Guilty One. She spent most of her twenties working and living in China, before returning to the UK in 2002. She lives in Glasgow, Scotland.

Margaret Holloway
Thursday, December 5, 2013

Margaret Holloway wrapped her scarf around her face before she walked out into the school parking lot. It was not long after four o’clock, but a winter pall had shifted over London. It was dusk already, wary streetlamps casting premature light onto the icy pavements. Snowflakes had begun to swirl and Margaret blinked as one landed on her eyelashes. The first snow of the year always brought a silence, dampening down all sound. She felt gratefully alone, walking out into the new darkness, hers the only footprints on the path. She had been too hot inside and the cold air was welcome.
Her car was on the far side of the parking lot and she wasn’t wearing proper shoes for the weather, although she had on her long brown eiderdown coat. She had heard on the radio that it
was to be the worst winter in the past fifty years.
It was only a few weeks until her thirty-sixth birthday, which always fell during the school holidays, but she had so much to do before the end of term. She was carrying a large handbag, heavy with documents to read for a meeting tomorrow. She was one of two deputy head teachers at Byron Academy, and the only woman on the senior management team, although one of the four assistant heads below Margaret was female. The day had left her tense and electrified. Her mind was fresh popcorn in hot oil, noisy with all the things she still had to do.
She walked faster than she might have done in such wintry conditions, because she was angry.

“Don’t do this,” she had just pleaded with the head teacher, Malcolm Harris.
“It’s a serious breach,” Malcolm had said, leaning right back in his chair and putting two hands beside his head, as if surrendering, and showing a clear circle of sweat at each armpit. “I know how you feel about him. I know he’s one of your ‘projects’ but—”
“It’s not that . . . it’s just that permanent exclusion could ruin him. Stephen’s come so far.”
“I think you’ll find he’s known as Trap.”
“And I don’t think of him as a project,” Margaret had continued, ignoring Malcolm’s remark. She was well aware of Stephen Hardy’s gang affiliations—knew him better than most of the teachers. She had joined the school fresh out of college, as an English teacher, but had soon moved into the Learning
Support Unit. The unit often worked with children with behavioral problems who had to be removed from mainstream classes, and she had been shocked by the number of children who couldn’t even read or write. She had taught Stephen since his first year, when she discovered that, at the age of thirteen,
he still couldn’t write his own address. She had tutored him for two years until he was back in normal classes and had been so proud of him when he got his GCSEs.
“He was carrying a knife in school. It’s a simple case as far as I can see. He’s nearly seventeen years old and—” “It feels like you’re condemning him. This is coming at the worst time—he’s started his A Levels and he’s making such good progress. This’ll shatter his confidence.”
“We can’t have knives in school.”
“He wasn’t brandishing the knife. It was discovered by accident at the gym. You know he carries it for protection, nothing more.”

Reprinted courtesy of HarperCollins Publishers.


1) Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson

A beautifully crafted mystery with stunning prose and a pace worthy of contemporary times, this novel remains untouched - centuries later - as one of the best examples of psychological suspense. 

2) The Premature Burial - Edgar Allan Poe 
This is still unparalleled as the most terrifying story I have ever read. 

3) The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins. 
With multiple narrators and a plot that used Collins own legal skills, this classic of the genre also highlighted the vulnerabilities of married women under the law in the nineteenth century. 

4) The Secret History - Donna Tartt 
This gang of flawed anti-heroes compel from the first page as we read to find out why they killed their classmate, Bunny. 

5) We Have to Talk About Kevin - Lionel Shriver 
As well as being a dark examination of maternal ambivalence and nature-nurture, this is also a wonderfully constructed narrative building up to the final twist.


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You Are Dead by Peter James Spotlight!

You Are Dead is the eleventh thrilling crime novel in Peter James's Roy Grace series.  

The last words Jamie Ball hears from his fiancée, Logan Somerville, are in a terrified cell phone call. She has just driven into the underground car park beneath the block of apartments where they live in Brighton. Then she screams and the phone goes dead. The police are on the scene within minutes, but Logan has vanished, leaving behind her neatly parked car and cell phone.  

 That same afternoon, workmen digging up a park in another part of the city unearth the remains of a woman in her early twenties…who has been dead for thirty years.  

 At first these two events seem totally unconnected to Roy Grace and his team. But then another young woman in Brighton goes missingand yet another body from the past surfaces. Meanwhile, an eminent London psychiatrist meets with a man who claims to know information about Logan. And Roy Grace has the chilling realization that this information holds the key to both the past and present crimes. Does Brighton have its first serial killer in over eighty years?

Peter James is the #1 international bestselling author of the Roy Grace thriller series. Before writing full time, James lived in the U.S. for a number of years, producing films including The Merchant of Venice, starring Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Joseph Fiennes. A TV adaptation of the Roy Grace series is currently in development, with James overseeing all aspects, including scriptwriting. James’s novella ‘The Perfect Murder’, started its world stage premiere in 2014, and his first Roy Grace novel Dead Simple has now been adapted for stage, and will tour the UK in 2015. 

In 1994, in addition to conventional print publishing, James’s novel Host was published on two floppy discs and is now in the Science Museum as the world’s first electronic novel. Famed for his in-depth research, in 2009 James was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Brighton in recognition of his services to literature and the community, and in 2013 he was awarded an Outstanding Public Service Award by Sussex Police with whom he rides along regularly. He has also been out many times with the NYPD and the LAPD in the US and with many other police forces around the world, as well as doing extensive research with offenders in prisons and psychiatric institutions. He has served as two-times Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association and is a board member of the US International Thriller Writers.He has won numerous literary awards, including the publicly voted ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards People’s Bestseller Dagger in 2011 and was shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize for Perfect People in 2012. James’s novels have been translated into thirty-six languages and three have been turned into films. 

All of his novels reflect a deep interest in the world of the police, with whom he does in–depth research and has unprecedented access, as well as science, medicine and the paranormal. A speed junkie, who in his teens was selected to train for the British Olympic Ski Team, he holds an international motor racing license and switches off from work by racing his classic 1965 BMW. James divides his time between his homes in Notting Hill in London and near Brighton in Sussex.


L.A Long's It's Not Too Late for Therapy and Operation No Coincidence Book Spotlight and Giveaway!

Book Details

  • File Size: 1460 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing (August 5, 2015)
  • Publication Date: August 5, 2015
  • Sold by Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

About It's Not Too Late for Therapy
IT’S NOT TOO LATE FOR THERAPY is the not-so-classic story of love the second time around. Charlotte Mason is a brilliant, generous woman who is scarred by years of childhood bullying and the betrayal of two men she once loved. For the last decade, she's raised her daughter alone after the death of her philandering husband in a one-vehicle crash, which took not only his life but that of his lover. 

Despite the challenges, Charlotte believes she's found balance nurturing her daughter and pursuing a challenging, and sometimes heart-wrenching, a career as a victims' advocate, never acknowledging that she, too, is a victim. 

All that changes when she runs into Gregg Wyte, her first love, on a homecoming/visitation weekend to Albion College with her daughter. Gregg is as surprised to see Charlotte as she is to see him, but while she’s dismayed, he's delighted. Gregg is determined to prove he's not the selfish, indiscreet bastard he was in college. But Charlotte's been hurt so many times by cruel words and deeds she's doing her best to prove she's no one's doormat. Then, just when Gregg seems to be making inroads to her heart, a secret from her husband’s past comes to light. As if that's not enough, Gregg's been hiding his own secret and when Charlotte finds out, it threatens to shatter their world. 

Book Details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing (January 6, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1619353725
  • ISBN-13: 978-1619353725

About Operation No Coincidence
No drama. That's what insurance executive Victoria Ashton strives for, but it eludes her at every turn. Just this morning, she foiled a snatch and grab of her laptop. Question is: was that all it was? The witness and investigating officer think otherwise. The same evening, her on again, off again lover, Gabriel Barnes, materializes from the darkness. He announces he's retired from the Navy SEALs, home to stay, looking for a wife, children, and the white picket fence. Victoria's not fooled. She knows his retirement is no such thing. While the sex is great, she isn't going to play runner-up to his new Black Ops venture, Under Cover Angels (UCA). UCA is trying to stop the supply arms to Pakistan, human trafficking to the Middles East, and if the bad guys can get the funding, dirty bombs could be heading to the US. Everything changes when their two worlds collide. Her insurance fraud suspect and his Russian arm's dealer turn out to be one and the same. Victoria says coincidence. Gabriel says there are no coincidences. When the case takes an unexpected turn, Victoria and Gabriel must join forces to stop the terrorists, before it's too late. 

About L.A.Long
L.A.Long is an insurance industry executive with a long history investigating insurance fraud. She applies her knowledge of the law, investigation, and human behavior to developing her story lines. She lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with her family, three cats, and a very human dog.

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08 October, 2015

Home Alone 25th Anniversary Giveaway

Home Alone 25 Anniversary

Christmas can come a little early this year! Now, before you groan in disbelief, let us share with you a reason to get excited: it’s the 25th anniversary of HOME ALONE! And now you can get even more excited, because to celebrate, ReelMama.com and friends are bringing you a chance to win the Home Alone: Ultimate Collector's Edition arriving on Blu-ray and DVD. This cute movie lover’s collectors’ set is already available, and what a fun holiday gift it will make. Home Alone: Ultimate Collector's Edition Home Alone: Ultimate Collector's Edition[/caption] Here’s the official description of the Home Alone: Ultimate Collector’s Edition:
This must-have gift set includes: all five films packed together in a collectible paint can full of limited edition movie memorabilia that will keep the whole family excited including a McCallister Christmas ornament, Kevin’s battle plan for the Wet Bandits, his tarantula and a wanted poster of the thieves – Harry (Joe Pesci) and Marv (Daniel Stern) – and more!
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You can relive the memories of Home Alone that you grew up with and be introduced to the sequels. Maybe you can even introduce your kids to it for the first time like I’m going to.

Joe Pesci on fire in HOME ALONE

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Near the Wild by Maureen Willett Blog Tour!


Publication Date: June 15, 2015
eBook; 229 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
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COWBOYS AND LEPRECHAUNS. Both occupy Maeve MacKeighry’s world in 1870, and she must decide which will win her heart. Leprechauns are feared, even in Ireland, but that doesn’t prevent Maeve from striking up a friendship with one who lives near her village. But once Maeve becomes a young woman, the local villagers start to gossip, especially since the MacKeighrys are known to practice magic in their home. It’s just for entertainment, but the town folk don’t see it that way. Rather than be outcasts, the MacKeighrys set off to America to homestead in Kansas, vowing to leave their magical ways and friends behind. Little do they know that Maeve’s friend follows and protects them on their journey.
The MacKeighrys encounter many adventures along the way to Kansas, only to find a simple sod house on their new farm at the end of the journey. The untamed land offers a fresh start for the family, as well as two very interesting men who both compete for Maeve’s attention. Pretty young women in a wild western town are a rarity. But can she forget her magical friend, and turn her attention to two of the most interesting men she has ever met? Perhaps cowboys and outlaws have a certain charm that a leprechaun doesn’t, after all.
Most of the novel takes place in Kansas in 1870 and is based on my family’s history. The idea of the MacKeighry’s sod house came from the home of my great grandfather. I was lucky enough to visit it as a teenager before the house was destroyed. One of the characters, Nikki Fuerst, is based on an ancestor, a prince from Austria who was disinherited for marrying a commoner and sent off to America. Stories I’ve been told my entire life about my family’s history and traditions, such as levitating tables, are included in Near The Wild.



Maureen Willett is a writer of fiction that pushes the boundaries of established genres. Her stories mostly come from her own family legends that have been passed down through generations, but then she tops them off with a twist of faery dust and angel wings. But at the core of each story are great characters in very human conflicts that anyone will find compelling. Each novel is crafted as an experience that will take readers beyond their day-to-day lives, incorporating themes of time travel, reincarnation, and magic. She is a former journalist, public relations professional, and media marketing specialist. Maureen lives in Hawaii with her family and walks the white-sand beaches of Oahu each day to get her inspiration for writing.


Blood Stripe: The Susanna Marcasi Chronicles Spotlight!

Fast-Paced Novel or Military Exposé?
Can America Handle the Truth?
WASHINGTON, D.C. – After spending her career as a military historian, defense writer, and publicist, author Gina Maria DiNicolo has just released a double-take thriller of corruption in Congress, scandal in the Pentagon, and a systemic abuse of power that thrusts the Marine Corps into unspeakable acts.

DiNicolo has filled her first work of fiction, Blood Stripe: The Susanna Marcasi Chronicles, with headline fodder: sexual assaults against uniformed women who serve with distinction, U.S.-funded paramilitary outfits fighting for the highest bidder, and the multilevel dysfunction preceding the catastrophic failure of New Orleans levees in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The metaphors speak to serious issues. Violence and sexual themes abound where combat is a constant.
Blood Stripe ignites with reports that a senior Marine officer has killed himself on the Memorial Bridge in Washington, D.C. It burns its way to Susanna Marcasi, an exiled Marine and Naval Academy alum, who battles dark forces to find truth. Her quest leads to a web of corruption and deceit. A physically and emotionally scarred Susanna finds herself toe-to-toe with Manfred Stahl, a retired Marine general, whom a cowering president has crowned defense secretary. Stahl’s unabashed lust for power and emotional instability are eclipsed only by his vile and vindictive nature. Circumstances land the two on the deadly collision course they shared a lifetime earlier.
Sexual tension permeates an often violent backdrop. A risqué yet troubled senator satisfies her voracious need for sex with a Marine whom she summons even during meetings with foreign dignitaries. A megalomaniac with a penchant for South American prostitutes and Argentine tango, works naked in his office. Lost love reappears, but must battle brutal forces to survive. 
Power proves an aphrodisiac to all, revealing an underlying tale of desire, yearning, and love—pure as well as demonic.   
Amazon reviewer John Kelly in his critique of Blood Stripe writes: “Like a literary version of ‘A Few Good Men (and Women)’ on steroids, Gina Maria DiNicolo rips into your emotional core like a ‘kill shot’ from page one and never lets up for 217 pages. This book, not for the weak of heart, tells the story of strength, courage and no mercy in the most elite units of the U.S. Armed Forces.”
Grady Harp, a Top 100 Amazon Hall of Fame Reviewer calls Blood Stripe “One of the most controversial novels of the year. A brilliant thriller, a challenging and courageous novel, one that is headed for awards.”
DiNicolo’s first book, The Black Panthers: A Story of Race, War, and Courage – the 761st Tank Battalion in World War II, (Westholme 2014), is the nonfiction account of the first African American armored unit to see combat duty in World War II.
Reviewers held the narrative in high regard. Publishers Weekly wrote: “… the book really heats up when she writes of the intense, deadly clashes with General Patton's 761st tanks taking on the powerful German Panzer units in snowy forests and French towns. Written with fine detail and in a spirited style, DiNicolo's tribute to The Black Panthers illuminates a fighting armored unit that made both their community and their country proud.”
Blood Stripe: The Susanna Marcasi Chronicles (ISBN 978-0966298604, 2015, St. John’s Press, 290 pages, $15.99) Available on Amazon and everywhere fine books are sold and the author’s website: www.ginamariadinicolo.com/

About Gina Maria DiNicoloBaltimore native Gina Maria DiNicolo graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a degree in history and an attraction to the unconventional. She accepted a commission in the U.S. Marine Corps where she worked in aviation, recruiting, history, and public affairs. As a fulltime author and historian, in addition to her two books, DiNicolo has written scores of articles for the Military Officer magazine and other publications. After publishing Blood Stripe, she sought to get her historian game on and accepted a one-year, work/study assignment as a senior writer/editor for the U.S. Army Center of Military History in Washington, D.C., producing studies on military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. She is a dancer specializing in Argentine Tango.
Gina Maria DiNicolo:
Marine Officer,
Military Historian,
Born in Baltimore and raised near Annapolis, Md., author Gina Maria DiNicolo graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1984 with a degree in history and an attraction to the unconventional. She accepted a commission in the U.S. Marine Corps, a military career that took her to the remote Solomon Islands to see World War II history firsthand, to New Orleans at a time when crime and corruption careened out of control, as well as Washington, D.C., where everyone has something on someone. Following an early retirement, she went from news editor to defense journalist and occasional muckraker back to historian. After more than a decade, she moved from magazine contributing editor and staff blogger to author.

Her second book, due out November 10Blood Stripe: The Susanna Marcasi Chronicles, is a pulsating thriller about an exiled Marine who must battle dark forces through a maze of intrigue and deceit in her quest for redemption. Though fiction, and somewhat thinly veiled, she pulls from her wild-ride experiences and unique lens. The work is as violent and sexually charged as it is heart-wrenching and unforgettable. 
DiNicolo won the 2008 Gold Award from the American Society of Business Publication Editors for “Building Stability,” a feature article detailing provincial reconstruction teams in Afghanistan. The article appeared in Military Officer magazine where she was a contributing editor for many years. More than 20 of her articles graced its cover.  She was a recent finalist for the Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award for her first book, The Black Panthers: A Story of Race, War, and Courage – the 761st Tank Battalion in World War II (Westholme 2014)
In this highly acclaimed narrative of the 761st, she tells the story of the first African American armored unit to see combat in World War II. Future baseball great Jackie Robinson served with the unit. The 761st fought under General George Patton against Hitler’s best. One of the unit’s members, Sgt. Ruben Rivers, is one of only seven African Americans to have earned the Medal of Honor for heroism in World War II.
Gina DiNicolo lives in Alexandria, Va., as a fulltime author and historian. She accepted a one-year, work/study assignment as a senior writer/editor for the U.S. Army Center of Military History in Washington, D.C., producing histories on military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. She dances ballroom and specializes in Argentine Tango.

Selections From Blood Stripe: The Susanna Marcasi Chronicles
  • He had long assumed the Marine Corps would stand as his legacy, as it had his father’s, in part, as well as his grandfather’s. Within days he realized he deplored the Corps as much as the burden of his heritage. In contrast, Susanna, dubious of her choice to shun the Navy, found a home much to her surprise.  Resentment between the two careened out of control. 

  • The rains had made the bank treacherous, but Lori saw that only the ground stood between her and Joe. Her lifeless eyes had swollen like the river. But as her tears flowed, her rage welled. She watched as the police made their way across the bridge, cordoned off with yellow “Do Not Cross” tape. Lori had lost her sense of time. Had she arrived an hour ago? Two? She cleaned the mud off her watch. Her twenty minutes there seemed like an eternity. 
  • Arlington Cemetery rose to a commanding ridge above the Potomac. At the top stood magnificent Arlington House, the home Lee and his family had to abandon because of his choice to fight with the Confederacy at the beginning of the Civil War. Susanna continued her hike, extending her legs with each step. Weeks lay just ahead. Section 5 of the cemetery had an unobstructed view down onto the Memorial Bridge. 

  • The affable 18-year-old reminded Bartholomew of his dreams just nine years earlier. Without knowing it, Mike Singleton rescued Ken Bartholomew, who fought his way back from his certain professional grave. The enlightened lieutenant replaced his flag-level drinking with AA meetings, tobacco, and Jesus Christ.  Being born-again did not mean he had to upgrade his vocabulary. In his mind, his colorful word choices brought him closer to the Lord.

  • Mike became agitated, rare as far as Bartholomew knew. “Anything is possible. In fact, there is more evidence that Jimmy Hoffa is buried in the end zone of Giants Stadium than suggesting Earhardt shot himself. Joe? Blow his head off on a bridge? No way. I have known him 20 years. I lived with him for four. He may be a Marine lieutenant colonel, but he is as vain as Miss America.” 


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