Check it out…Meeting Dennis Wilson by Max Harrick Shenk

Kindle edition: $9.99 Paperback $22.46

Kindle edition: $9.99
Paperback $22.46

COMPLETE SINGLE VOLUME LIMITED EDITION of the seven-book serialized novel.

15-year-old softball pitcher (and Beach Boys fan) Margo LeDoux has a crush on Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson, and wants to meet him, but her boyfriend, Scott, doesn’t really like the idea (“I don’t want you runnin’ off and bein’ some groupie!”).

Meanwhile, Margo’s best friend (and our narrator) Brian Pressley and his girlfriend, Christy Kelly, decide that they’re going to “take steps” toward going all the way, steps which seem to get them into trouble no matter how careful they are.

And then there’s Christy’s big sister Kathy, who’s stricken with a bad case of senioritis and a boyfriend who’s avoiding her just weeks shy of the senior prom… and Brian’s buddy Marty, a shy kid with a Beatles obsession and a crush on Margo… and Margo’s catcher Tara Longbaugh, whose parents have a Beach Boys connection that could get Margo closer to meeting her heart-throb… not to mention parents, brothers, sisters, classmates and teachers who just seem to make life harder, not easier.

In Margo’s words: “How do we put UP with all these people?”

And how can a girl with a rockstar-sized crush meet the drummer of her dreams?

This LIMITED EDITION complete volume contains all of the contents of the seven individual serialized books (except the “bonus track” extra stories included in books 1 through 4). It will be available only during December 2013, after which time it will be deleted from publication.

The seven serialized volumes will remain available in print and Kindle editions.

Reader reviews of the series…

“SHENK’S HOME RUN! A great story with subtle undercurrents between the characters that hook the reader… Friendship and the emergence of first love combine with some downright laugh out loud writing… a great beach read… an engaging story with a killer soundtrack…. a wonderful book with great details… a story for all ages… I can’t wait to read the next one… I started reading and could not stop… I recommend this book to anyone at any age.”
(excerpts from reader reviews on Amazon and Goodreads)


About the author

Name – Max Harrick Shenk

Born – February 6, 1964, Carlisle, PA (same date as Babe Ruth, Bob Marley, J.E.B. Stuart, Christopher Marlowe, Francois Truffaut, and Fabian)

Middle child (older sister Amy, younger brother Joe) of Larry and Marge Shenk

Single, divorced twice. “Hoping that the third time’s a charm.”

Education – Carlisle High School; Harrisburg Arts Magnet School; Temple University (BA, communications, 1986); Goddard College (MFA, Creative Writing, 2007 and MA, Education, 2010)

Work – Community College of Vermont (English instructor) and The Bridge (Montpelier VT newspaper, Production editor).

Currently lives in – Worcester, Vermont

Favorite writers – Henry Miller, Edward Abbey, Henry David Thoreau, Miller Williams, Ring Lardner, Jimmy Breslin, Mark Twain, John McPhee, Thomas Boswell, Mary Oliver, Larry David

Favorite books – “My favorite book of all-time is The Marx Brothers Scrapbook by Groucho Marx and Richard Anobile. It’s mainly interviews with Groucho, interspersed with other interviews with people who worked with the brothers. I love the layout, the pictures and the ephemera, and the straight Q&A format… but what I love most about it is the way that all of the interviews– even some of Groucho’s own reminiscences– contradict and complement each other. It taught me so much about the veracity of a book and how truth can be so subjective and relative. And finally, it’s just funny.
“Walden may be the greatest book I ever read. It hits me on so many different levels, and in a different way each time I read it. It’s deep and rich and, again, it’s funny. Thoreau had a very dry, underappreciated sense of humor. As much as I love Walden, though, I think that Thoreau’s greatest literary work was his journal. In Walden he was ‘on;’ in his journals, he was writing mainly for himself, although I sense that he was aware of posterity. So in a way, the journal feels like he’s writing to us… to me.”
“I don’t read much fiction; I prefer non-fiction, and I think it’s because I want my stories to read more like memoirs than fiction.
“I think I learned more about writing from watching TV than from reading. TV shows like M*A*S*H and Barney Miller and Star Trek taught me about how story is driven by strong characters and good dialogue. And stuff like SCTV and Monty Python taught me that silliness and satire had its place.”

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5 Stars for A Place For Sinners by Aaron Dries

5 star

Coming in May 2014!

Coming in May 2014!

Not your ordinary horror novel! It doesn’t have the vampires, werewolves, or a demon hiding in your closet. But who needs them when you have the monsters in this book! After you read this story,  you will never want to leave your house again.

These monsters are the one’s you least expect to hurt you, they creep into your life and before you know it… They have clawed your face off, and used your eyeballs as marbles. 

Warning- This book is gruesome. I wouldn’t recommend it to your grandma. But if you are a horror fan like myself, you have to read this book! This is the first book I’ve read by Aaron Dries, and it is definitely not my last. 

I was gifted with,  A Place For Sinners for exchange of an honest review, Thank You Aaron Dries! 

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Check it out…The Master’s Plan by STEPHANY TULLIS, free today thru the 19th!

FREE today thru the 19th! Grab your e-copy now!

FREE today thru the 19th!
Grab your e-copy now!

The Master’s Plan is a realistic but warm and inspirational story of a woman’s struggle to find her purpose in life. The story is written with a touch of humor and a solid backdrop of both public service and church ‘politics’! Snappy dialogue, interesting yet realistic plot twists, and strong likable characters who have an opinion about everything make this a fun to read and thought-provoking novel.

Selena Beatrice Jones, aka ‘SB’ to her friends, is married to Pastor Woodruff T. Jones, pastor of Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, Smoothville, Georgia and still sometimes struggles with her status as the good Pastor’s second wife and the daily challenges it brings…with his family and his church of 25 years.

But after recently celebrating her 50th birthday, Selena thinks she’s got it ‘going on’ and is excited about God’s plans to use her to move Mt. Sinai into the 21st century via The Master’s Plan. In her excitement to fulfill her purpose, Selena doesn’t realize that when Commissioner Reginald Thompson II, aspiring political candidate, agrees to buy into her Master’s Plan, he does so because he has his own ‘master plan’. One designed to get him into the State Legislature!

Selena is on a mission to fulfill her God-given purpose on earth, confident that her steps are ordered by the Lord! Reginald is just as confident that his master plan will get him into office and that Selena B. Jones is the lady who can help get him there.

While the Commissioner’s staff struggle to convince him of the importance of adhering to the often painful and seemingly unnecessary bureaucratic details associated with federal funding of faith-based programs, Selena attempts to garner the critically needed backing of church family, community and friends for the Plan. Suddenly her husband disappears!

The Plan takes on a life of its own and without the good Pastor’s approval. Selena’s hands are full as she struggles to understand Woody’s sudden and highly suspect disappearance while defending both his reputation and position as Pastor of Mt. Sinai to a disgruntled and sometimes hostile committee of church elders.

The Commissioner’s flagrant reliance on his charm, good looks and ‘massage the truth’ tactics to accomplish his mission causes his chief strategist, Shawn Mallory, to challenge the integrity of the plan. Deciding that his boss has finally crossed the line, Mallory jumps ship just as the master plan project is launched.

Unusual and atypical relationships form between government and church officials; old and new friends; and past and present family making this a ‘must read’ for everyone struggling to find purpose!




Stephany’s life changed dramatically in the fall of 2008. The professional contract and business writer was unable to find the senior manager job she expected to easily find after her relocation to Atlanta, Georgia. The move was for family reasons and a little sooner than expected but was a part of her personal life plan.

Refusing to succumb to the heavy disappointment of not advancing her career in a city with such promise, Stephany struggled to understand purpose behind sudden and unexpected life changes. When her oldest son asked, ‘why don’t you just write a book? Do what you love to do?’, after a few weeks of thought, she decided to give it a shot.
She loved to write and realized that one of the reasons she succeeded as a proposal writer was because of her ability to ‘create programs and program designs’ —so effectively that they were loved by her business clients and convincingly presented to and funded by grant sources!

From inception to publication, Stephany worked for four years on her first novel, The Master’s Plan, A Novel About Purpose. When thinking about how much she continually enjoys reading her debut novel, she writes, “I still laugh at all my favorite chapters and have yet to decide who is my favorite or least liked character. It’s amazing! I was able to spin a tail around two frameworks that have had a major influence on my life: church and government politics. In writing The Master Plan, I was reminded of what a blessed life I have had and that despite what appeared to be very dismal circumstances, I was able to use my creativity and love of writing in a different way. Truly, I can see and believe, it was all part of a master plan.”

Stephany Tullis graduated from Russell Sage College with a Masters in Public Service Administration. She is the recipient of several leadership and career related rewards. She continues to consult for not for profits and lives in Georgia with her family.

Her second novel 48 Hours Till Christmas is scheduled for release in November, 2014.

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Check it out…Stolen Innocence by Joe B. Parr

Kindle edition $3.99 Paperback $10.76

Kindle edition $3.99
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Stolen Innocence is the second of the Jake Hunter series of mystery suspense novels.

Finding the body of a beautiful young teenage girl launches Fort Worth Police Detective Jake Hunter and his partner, Billy Sanders, into an investigation that pulls them into a world of human trafficking where powerbrokers buy and sell human beings like cattle.

What started out as a suspected runaway escalates into a high-speed ride through massage parlors, brothels and human holding centers. Hunter and his team combine forces with Texas Ranger’s Detective Connor Barkley as the case expands across several Texas cities.

Together, the team follows a trail of evidence and ex-cons discovering that their one victim is connected with multiple others. Their investigation leads them to suspects with big Texas money and connections all the way to the State House.

The story highlights the evils associated with an industry that treats people like commodities, how that impacts society as a whole and how the media shapes perceptions and distorts reality.

The action never stops as the team is racing not only to solve the original murder but to rescue the ongoing victims.

Available @ Amazon

About Joe


Joe B. Parr is a North Texas-based Mystery Suspense writer. As a native of the Fort Worth, TX area, his novels are crime dramas based in and around DFW. Residents of the area will enjoy the familiar sights and sounds. For others, he provides a virtual tour highlighting the area’s feel and diversity.

His current releases, The Victim and Stolen Innocence, are available in both paperback and e-book (Kindle, Nook) on and

He writes entertaining fiction with an undercurrent of social commentary. His books address provocative issues by introducing characters who provide multiple perspectives so that the reader is driven to explore their own thoughts.

In The Victim, those issues include gangs, media stereotypes and the racial tensions within the community. In Stolen Innocence, he highlights the growing issue of Human Trafficking and its disproportional impact on immigrant and minority communities.

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5 Stars Out Of The Box Regifted by Jennifer Theriot

5 starunnamedLove…

This one word kept creeping up in my mind as I read Out of the Box Regifted.


When I realized I was about to begin another book with Ash Harper in it! He is the king of SEXY! Plus, he knows how to treat a woman, that makes him #1 in my book.


When I read about Olivia & Ash’s combined family. Their love for one another brought a smile to my face, and a tear to my eye as I felt their pain as it was my own family. Jennifer Theriot makes you wish you could dive right in and enjoy a family dinner with them, or listen to the band play a concert. It’s hard not to fall in love with Jennifer’s characters. 

Yep, I LOVE this series! It warmed my heart on one page, then made me blush on the other. It has everything I enjoy in a romance novel, and I highly recommend it!

I was gifted with this book to help me create Jennifer’s book trailer. Thank you Jennifer Theriot! You are a gifted writer and I can’t wait to read the third book in the Out of the Box series.

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Here is the trailer I created for Out of the Box Regifted…enjoy:)

Check it out…Destruction by Sharon Bayliss

Coming in April!

Coming in April!

David Vandergraff wants to be a good man. He goes to church every Sunday, keeps his lawn trim and green, and loves his wife and kids more than anything. Unfortunately, being a dark wizard isn’t a choice.

Eleven years ago, David’s secret second family went missing. When his two lost children are finally found, he learns they suffered years of unthinkable abuse. Ready to make things right, David brings the kids home even though it could mean losing the wife he can’t imagine living without.

Keeping his life together becomes harder when the new children claim to be dark wizards. David believes they use this fantasy to cope with their trauma. Until, David’s wife admits a secret of her own—she is a dark wizard too, as is David, and all of their children.

Now, David must parent two hurting children from a dark world he doesn’t understand and keep his family from falling apart. All while dealing with the realization that everyone he loves, including himself, may be evil.

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IMG_9658_hi_res_finalSHARON BAYLISS

As a child, Sharon enjoyed playing in mud, collecting frogs, and was so certain that there was a ghost in her closet that her mother admits that she half-expected to really find one there. She began writing her first novel at the age of fifteen (handwritten in a spiral marked ‘private’).

A proud Austinite, Sharon never saw much sense in moving anywhere else and got her degree in social work from the University of Texas at Austin. As an author and social worker, she has devoted her life to making the lives of real people better and the lives of fictional people much, much worse.

When she’s not writing, she enjoys living happily-ever-after with her husband and two young sons. She can be found eating Tex-Mex on patios, wearing flip-flops, and still playing in the mud (which she now calls gardening).


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Check it out… Feathers in the Dark by Dwane Johnson

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Six women and seventeen children vanish from their homes. The result: a community that doesn’t want to walk out of their front door. The cause: a man who the newspapers nickname the Cradle Robber.
By fate or by chance Corey Reynolds and his friends are thrown into the middle of it all,and it will take everything they have to survive. Their trip home will change their lives forever. With everyone being a suspect and no one being safe, answers and the identity of the Cradle Robber are not easily found.
Only one thing is certain: nothing is as it seems. The surprise that waits for them will shock Corey and his group to their core.

Written by Dwane Johnson

Length: 238 pages

Publication Date: March 15, 2014

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5 Stars for At the Window by Joseph Forte

5 star

Kindle edition $0.99 Paperback $13.20

Kindle edition $0.99
Paperback $13.20

My eight-year old daughter, and I really enjoyed this book! 

It brought up a conversation that has never come up in our house before… “Mom, Where is their mommy & Daddy?”

As I read this heart warming story to my daughter, she would ask me where Henry, and his sister’s parents were. So I explained as best I can about an orphanage, and why there is children all across the world that have to live their. But this book showed my daughter that some kids may not have a mom and dad but they can still have someone who loves, and cares for them, like Henry and Emily did with Ms. Agnes.

In the Window is a beautiful written book that will warm your heart no matter what age you are.

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Check it out…Follies Past by Melanie Kerr

Kindle edition $7.95 Paperback $16.16

Kindle edition $7.95
Paperback $16.16

“I must now mention a circumstance which I would wish to forget myself, and which no obligation less than the present should induce me to unfold to any human being…”
So begins Mr. Darcy to lay before Elizabeth his faithful narrative of Mr. Wickham’s villainy toward his sister, Georgiana. The facts he sets out are brief but potent. They contain a story unto themselves, and that story is the subject of this book.
Taking its facts from Austen’s own words, Follies Past opens almost a year before the opening of Pride and Prejudice itself, at Pemberley, at Christmas. Fourteen-year-old Georgiana has just been taken from school and is preparing to transfer to London in the spring. It follows Georgiana to London, to Ramsgate and into the arms of the charming and infamous Mr. Wickham.
To read this book is to step back into the charming world of Jane Austen’s England, to pass a few more hours with some of her beloved characters, sympathetically portrayed as they might have been before ever they came to Netherfield, and to discover a host of new characters each with engaging histories of their own. Authentic in its use of language and meticulously researched, it is a truly diverting entertainment.


Melanie Kerr


Melanie Kerr studied linguistics, English and theatre at the University of British Columbia and law at the University of Alberta. Melanie is a reckless lover of clotted cream, a staunch defender of the semi-colon and a fierce opponent of unpleasant music. She wooed her current and only husband with false promises of skill at word games and eternally good hair. She lives in Edmonton, where she raises her two sons, sews her own Regency costumes, runs a Jane Austen Fun Club, blogs on all things old and English, endeavours to take over the world and occasionally practices law. Follies Past is her first novel.