Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – Brother Love (A Crossroad) by Teagan Riordain Geneviene.

One of my favourite writers, bloggers and people with a new book – don’t miss it!

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Delighted to share the news of a new release Brother Love (A Crossroad) by Teagan Riordain Geneviene. If you have been following the serial on her website, you can now enjoy in this novella bringing all the episodes together.

About Brother Love

“Brother Love – a Crossroad” is a mysterious “Twilight Zone-ish” short novella. It was inspired by the combination of Neil Diamond’s song and the blues legends of Robert Johnson and the Devil at the Crossroads. As in the real world, things in this tale are not what they seem. The setting is rural Mississippi in the 1950s. A group of outcasts are in a small southern town. They don’t realize they are looking for something. Will they find it?

Head over and buy the book:https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07V25SXFR

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07V25SXFR

Also by TeaganRiordain Geneviene

A recent review for the Atonement Tennessee

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The Man Who Came Out of the Cold

Cold

StockSnap_MGCKAHKLE4 photo by Oliver Sjöström

“Here on Koh Samui, nobody gives a tinker’s cuss whether you’re a writer. They’re more interested in who’s buying the next round –John Dolan

I’ve read every one of John Dolan’s books. If a British noir detective story set in a beachy, glamorous place with a seedy underbelly appeals to you like it does me, then pour yourself a Mai Tai and read on.

Some of you may already know John’s writing, as I’ve featured him here in the Cold before (check out How NOT to write a bestelling thriller here!). Others, especially newbies to Cold, may see him as a shiny new penny. Either way, he’s got a book out in his Time, Blood and Karma series so I invited him to come back on. It’s called Everyone Dies, and as the title suggests, it’s the last in his popular thriller saga.

But that’s not really why I’m featuring him front…

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Author tools: Social media image sizes

2019 Social Media Image Sizes Cheat Sheet

Original and full post here https://makeawebsitehub.com/social-media-image-sizes-cheat-sheet/

Last updated: 6th December 2018

Social media platforms are forever changing the image sizes and formats, so to keep you all updated I have re-created the 2018 social media image sizes cheat sheet and updated it to 2019.

The need for strong social media presence has soared in 2016 and will only increase in prominence in 2019. This is why you really need to keep up to speed with your business / brand / personal profiles, and to optimize them with the right images to represent you!

“The 2018 Social Media Image Sizes Guide” below explains to you what the best image sizes are for each social network and the image types to use. Every major social media platform is listed on here so you’re up-to-date with social media platform optimization.

This year I’ve added in two new platforms to the list. With the growing popularity of  Chinese social media networks, it’s only right that I include WeChat and Weibo.

I’ve also added in Ello social media image sizes as well, as I know a few of you guys are starting to use that platform more and more.

Also this graphic displays specific dimensions and we have also added some very quick tips and insights to help you make your mind up on what photo to use on what social media platform.

I hope you find this graphic as useful as the last few I did in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

DOWNLOAD THE NEW 2019 PRINT READY PDF

Good luck people! Get social media image optimizing 🙂 !

 

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DO NO HARM Author Spotlight: Edwin Dasso

DO NO HARM Author’s Spotlight –

Edwin Dasso, MD

Author: Edwin Dasso, MD

Author Genre: medical thrillers

Twitter: @DassoEdwin
E-Mail: jackblackcloud2@hotmail.com
Facebook: Check Out Facebook

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Author Description: 
Edwin Dasso, MD, an Amazon #1 Best-Selling medical thriller author, writes works of fiction that leverage many of his “stranger than fiction” experiences from years of practice at major medical centers and community hospitals.

“You might be shocked at some of the events in the books that are based on an actual experience.”

His “Jack Bass Black Cloud Chronicles” series has been developed into a TV series, “Jack Bass, MD,” which is actively being discussed around Hollywood. Network feedback has been very positive.

Fiction writing is reviving a lost love from earlier periods in his life where he enjoyed writing short stories.

In addition to a number of years as a practicing anesthesiologist and critical care specialist, he has published articles in national healthcare journals, written many “Ask the Doctor” columns and has spoken frequently at national healthcare forums. He has also been instrumental in designing and deploying population health programs to help people deal with depression related to poor health.

Interview Excerpt

Next: The next installment is called “Death Hub.” Book #7 of the series. Jack Bass, MD, discovers that new medical technology can work wonders…if it doesn’t kill you first.

Social media: Honestly, I just try to interact and be entertaining on social media. I think people appreciate genuine and have engaged well.

Great covers: I usually have a general theme in mind but I like to turn the creativity over to the cover designer – they always outdo my expectations. My designer, Melinda DeRoss, does a great job at getting the covers to represent the theme of the book.

Primary genre: My genre is medical action/thriller. I’ve often seen advice to writers to “write what you know” so that’s what I do. There’s so many storyline directions to go in this genre that I don’t see stepping out of it anytime soon.

Free books: I have a mixed opinion about free book deals. On the one hand, it seems to be what much of the public wants. On the other hand, I don’t know that it’s really all that effective as a marketing approach.

Your series, “Jack Bass, MD,” being actively discussed for a TV series: It is a thrill – albeit an unexpected one. It was a word-of-mouth process. A promoter I was working with liked it and referred it to a scriptwriter who referred it to a producer and they decided to pursue it.

Reviews have become a real challenge for me. Seems like your “routine” readers just aren’t doing them much anymore.

Do No Harm: They are a great bunch of authors! My main goal was to put together a good set of interesting medical thrillers that readers will enjoy. Secondarily, the ability for authors to all cross promote and have the readers of 17 authors as a fan base vs. just one author was very appealing. And, of course, we all agreed to support a couple of very worthy charities, Operation Renewed Hope Foundation and AniCira.

Author’s Book List
Do No Harm
Death Hub
Empty Promises: A Jack Bass, MD Thriller
Do I Know You?: A Jack Bass, MD, Thriller
You’ll be Safe: A Jack Bass, MD, Thriller
Death Management: A Jack Bass, MD, Thriller
Past Aghast: A Jack Bass, MD, Thriller
In the Line of Ire: A Jack Bass, MD, Thriller
Stuffed: A Misty, Mark Medical Thriller


For the rest of the story…View Edwin Dasso, MD – HBS Author’s Spotlight

Review by Olga NM: THE SILENT PATIENT by Alex Michaelides

An intriguing subject and a book still on my tbr list before it becomes a film
The review is by Olga – originally posted on http://www.authortranslatorolga.com/2019/07/02/tuesdaybookblog-the-silent-patient-by-alex-michaelides-netgalley-an-intriguing-read-but-not-an-accurate-depiction-of-mental-healthcare/

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides “An intriguing read, but not an accurate depiction of mental healthcare.”

ALICIA
Alicia Berenson writes a diary as a release, an outlet – and to prove to her beloved husband that everything is fine. She can’t bear the thought of worrying Gabriel, or causing him pain.

Until, late one evening, Alicia shoots Gabriel five times and then never speaks another word.

THEO
Forensic psychotherapist Theo Faber is convinced he can successfully treat Alicia, where all others have failed. Obsessed with investigating her crime, his discoveries suggest Alicia’s silence goes far deeper than he first thought.

And if she speaks, would he want to hear the truth?

https://www.amazon.com/Silent-Patient-most-anticipated-thriller-ebook/dp/B07G17DR4X/

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07G17DR4X/

Author Alex Michaelides
Author Alex Michaelides

About the author:

Alex Michaelides was born in Cyprus to a Greek-Cypriot father and English mother. He has a MA in English Literature from Cambridge University and a MFA in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. The Silent Patient is his first novel.

https://www.amazon.com/Alex-Michaelides/e/B07CZQY3KT/

Olga’s review:

Thanks to NetGalley and to Orion for providing me an ARC copy of this book that I freely chose to review.

Being a doctor (although I’d always had the same interest, even before studying Medicine), I’m always intrigued by books with the word “patient” (or doctor, hospital, or similar healthcare-related terms) in the title. Being a psychiatrist and having worked in forensic psychiatry in the UK, the description of this book seemed right up my alley. (And yes, in case you’re curious, I have treated patients who presented as temporarily mute, more than once, although not in circumstances quite as shocking as those in the book. Even one of the characters in one of my own thrillers is totally unresponsive after she is accused of a crime, but that’s another story). So I requested this book and it went into my very long list of books to read and review. Then, I started seeing great reviews, recommendations, etc., and grew curious, to the point where it jumped up to the top of my list.

Now, it’s quite difficult to review this book without revealing any spoilers, and this is a book where the twists in the plot are quite important, so I won’t be able to say much, as I’m sure many people will enjoy it and I don’t want to ruin it for them.

What can I tell you? What did I think? Well, I know this is a work of fiction, rather than a treatise in psychiatry or psychotherapy. (Theo Farber, one of the main characters, is a psychotherapist, a psychologist by training, not a medical doctor and, let’s say, he is not too enamoured with psychiatrists, anyway). But still, having work experience in high secure units in the UK, and also in low and medium secure units, both NHS and private, I couldn’t help but find so many things wrong with the characterisation of the professionals involved in the care of the other main character, Alice Berenson —the silent patient of the title— and also with the procedures followed and the way the unit is run, that it shattered my suspension of disbelief and made the rest of the book difficult to judge in its own right, for me. Despite the great reviews the book has had, I’ve noticed some other people have also had issues with the characterisation of the therapist and with other details of the novel, so if you are somebody who likes mysteries and thrillers to be realistic and tight when it comes to details, I’d say you should give it a miss.

The actual mystery side of the story… Well, as I said there are twists, more than one, red herrings, and some people have described it as original. Others, not so much. How well the twists work depends on how much you engage not only with the story, but also with the main characters. The story is narrated from two points-of-view, both in the first person, one the therapist’s, and one the patient’s, although, as must be evident from the title, the patient mostly does not talk, and what we get are entries from her diary, the diary she wrote before the events that landed her in the psychiatric unit. I like unreliable narrators, and they can work very well for mysteries, indeed. Here we have two. If Alice might be seen as an unreliable narrator due to her mental state, Theo seems to be very good at not applying his therapeutic insights (such as they are, but I’ve already said my piece on that and won’t insist) to himself and his own situation. But, I’m sure you won’t be surprised if I tell you that things are not quite as straightforward as they seem, even if you suspect they are far from straightforward.

My inkling is that people who don’t read tonnes of thrillers or mysteries are likely to enjoy this book more than people who mostly read thrillers and are used to smelling a rat from afar. Because of the issues I had with the novel, I included the editorial reviews, so you can get a sense of what the official line is on it. When I read the negative reviews I saw that some readers felt cheated by the twist (and yes, I understand that point of view, although,  as I said, I had other issues with the book); there were complaints about not liking any of the characters (other than the two main characters, none of the rest are drawn in much detail, I agree); some readers found the descriptions of therapies and the use of psychotherapeutic terms over the top (too much telling and not enough showing, and some complained they slowed the action); some reviewers objected to the use of swear-words (as this was mostly by one of the patients, from personal experience I’d say that bit is not unrealistic); and also some comments about a somewhat prejudiced depiction of a couple of characters (the Greek professor running the clinic comes out of it much better than the Turkish patient, it’s true). I mention those as a warning for people who are thinking about reading it and the concerns might resonate with them.

After reading the whole book, and with the caveats I’ve mentioned, personally, I was intrigued by the reference to a play by Euripides I hadn’t heard about, Alcestis, and I want to explore it further. I also enjoyed the references to Alice’s paintings and her creative process.

If you aren’t familiar with psychiatric care (particularly forensic psychiatric care in the UK), don’t regularly read tonnes of mysteries, and prefer books with enticing plots rather than those focused on a strong and psychologically consistent depiction of the characters, you are likely to enjoy this book. Otherwise, my recommendation would be to check a sample of the book and see if it hooks you and you feel compelled to keep reading.

 

THE SILENT PATIENT is the gripping must-read debut thriller of 2019 – perfect for fans of THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW by A.J. Finn and THE GIRL BEFORE by JP Delaney.

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

An Amazon Best Book of February 2019: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides feels like it could be the big psychological thriller debut of 2019. The novel takes a few chapters to clear its throat and set the plot in motion, but once the tracks are laid it’s full steam ahead. Alicia Berenson is one-half of a glamorous couple—she’s an artist married to her fashion photographer husband, Gabriel. But when Gabriel returns home late one night, she shoots him five times in the face and refuses to speak again. Now she is being held in an institution outside London called the Grove. When a psychotherapist named Theo Faber becomes obsessed with her case, he finds his way to the Grove to treat her. Dark twists and delightful turns follow, secrets (and a diary) are revealed, and you will likely find yourself racing to the end.–Chris Schluep, the Amazon Book Review

“Impressive first novel… with an ending worthy of a classic Agatha Christie mystery.”
The Wall Street Journal

“Superb… This edgy, intricately plotted psychological thriller establishes Michaelides as a major player in the field.”
Publisher’s Weekly, starred review

“Pulling off a novel where the protagonist stays mum isn’t easy, but this impressive, immersive debut―Brad Pitt’s company has snapped up film rights―establishes Michaelides as a writer to watch.”
People, Book of the Week

“Impressive debut…The Silent Patient is intelligent, imaginative and a terrific read.”
The Times (London), Book of the Month

The Silent Patient may be a first novel, but it has the pace and finesse of a master.”
BBC

“That rarest of beasts: the perfect thriller. This extraordinary novel set my blood fizzingI quite literally couldn’t put it down. I told myself I’d just dip in; eleven hours laterit’s now 5:47 a.m.I’ve finished it, absolutely dazzled.”
―A. J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

The Silent Patient sneaks up on you like a slash of intimidating shadow on a badly lit street. Alex Michaelides has crafted a totally original, spellbinding psychological mystery so quirky, so unique that it should have its own genre. I read it in two nights and savored every luscious word, every grim encounter, every startling twist. The pages will burn with the friction from your hands turning them.”
―David Baldacci

“Smart, sophisticated storytelling freighted with real suspense―a very fine novel by any standard.”
―Lee Child

“One of the most spellbinding psychological thrillers we’ve read in years. Beautifully written, exquisitely plotted, the story relentlessly pulls you in and doesn’t let you go until the last shocking (and yet brutally logical) twist. This is an absolutely fantastic and extraordinary read.”
―Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, #1 New York Times bestselling authors of the Pendergast series

“Alex Michaelides has written one of the best psychological thrillers I have ever read. The Silent Patient is a swarming, paranoid nightmare of a novel with an ending that is destined to go down as one of the most shocking, mind-blowing twists in recent memory.”
―Blake Crouch, New York Times bestselling author of Dark Matter

“This is a wonderful new voice. Listen to it. It’s about to tell you a thrilling and scary story. The Silent Patient paints a picture, crawling into your soul in the very best way. Take a chance.”
―Brad Meltzer, author of The Escape Artist

“Dark, edgy, and compulsively readable.”
Library Journal

The Silent Patient isn’t quiet at all. It loudly announces that Alex Michaelides is a new talent in the field of psychological thrillers.”
Shelf Awareness

“Unputdownable, emotionally chilling, and intense, with a twist that will make even the most seasoned suspense reader break out in a cold sweat.”
Booklist

“A taut, meticulously plotted and compelling novel.”
The Observer

Suzanne Jenkins – Do No Harm collection author

Suzanne Jenkins – Do No Harm collection author shares her experiences on the Indie Author’s Corner Blog

Originally posted on https://hbspublications.blogspot.com/2019/07/suzanne-jenkins-do-no-harm-collection.html
Today the HBS Author’s Spotlight is showcasing Author Suzanne Jenkins and the book set: Do No Harm: A Collection of 17 Seventeen Medical Thrillers written by USA Today, Wall Street Journal and Amazon best-selling authors! These are some of the BEST DEALS from outstanding Authors for the Kindle at Amazon. Pre-Order NOW.

Follow this blog for interviews with outstanding Authors, their profiles and book lists.

Do No Harm Collection is COMING SOON. [July 30, 2019]

Suzanne Jenkins novel is included: The Savant of Chelsea

Do No Harm 
Seventeen Medical Thrillers

Author: Suzanne Jenkins

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DO NO HARM is an extraordinary, limited collection of medical thrillers written by USA Today, Wall Street Journal and Amazon best-selling authors!Do you crave reading books with nail-biting suspense, twisted plots and great characters who get caught up in whirlwinds of crime, deception and lies?

Do you love sitting on the edge of your seat, wondering who will survive…and who won’t?

From the mountains of West Virginia, to acute care hospitals, the battlefields of the Middle East and the hallowed halls of our educational system, join us for these incredible stories of healthcare gone wrong.

Suzanne’s writing experience with DO NO HARM

1. How did you get involved with the Do No Harm collection and this group of authors?

I heard about the set and begged to be included, basically. Lol! I knew it would be the perfect set up for The Savant of Chelsea.

2. What blogging, newsletter and social media promotions will you use to promote Do No Harm?

I have it in my weekly newsletter and also post on Facebook and Twitter and have asked for newsletter swaps.

3. Would you recommend authors get involved in collections with other authors? What do you believe the rewards are for you? Are there any drawbacks?

Yes! I love being part of a set. The rewards include increasing your audience. Are there any drawbacks? The drawbacks are minimal. If you want the set to succeed, you really have to promote it, at times at the expense of promoting your other books. Work, work, work! 🙂

The more authors you work with, the more exposure you have to a new audience, this time with crime fiction and thrillers.

I like working with others, and I am a good promoter, so it’s hard for me to say no when I get invited.

Time is always a drawback for me – there is never enough of it!

Author: Suzanne Jenkins

Author Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Suspense

Website: Suzanne Jenkins
Author’s Blog: Suzanne Jenkins
Twitter: @suzannejenkins3
E-Mail: suzannejenkinswriter@gmail.com
Goodreads: Check Out Goodreads
Facebook: Check Out Facebook

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Author Description: USA Today Bestselling Author Suzanne Jenkins writes page-turning contemporary romance, mystery, and women’s fiction with passionately gripping characters that stay with readers long after they turn the last page. The Detroit Detective Stories, beginning with The Greeks of Beaubien Street are truly American with a touch of fantasy. Pam of Babylon books consistently rank in the Top 100 Best Sellers in American Drama with over 500,000 downloads.

A retired operating room nurse, Jenkins lives in Southern California.

Author’s Book List

Esmeralda’s – Happy-Time Cabin for Lost Hikers

Kelly and Jeff Fairchild live a charmed life in their renovated Victorian mansion in the Jersey suburbs. Wall Street traders with a golden touch, they plan their vacations with the same detail and finesse used with their deals on Wall Street.

The next big outing is a hiking trip on an island in the Canadian Muskoka. Everything is perfection, from the brand name of their hiking boots, to their silk long johns. Nothing can go wrong, right?


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Pink Heaven – Perfect for Him Book 2

When the pressures of life overwhelm Tina Jones, she finds a safe place to decompress. Suffering from teen angst, she loses ground after learning of her mother’s cancer diagnosis. A boyfriend who really isn’t offers advice and support. A kind school bus driver and her love of crochet help Tina keep her head above water.


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If I Ever Leave You – Pam of Babylon Book #16

After Randy leaves for Greece and another Adventure Trek season, family demands on Pam make an impromptu trip to the Greek Islands to meet up with him more appealing. While Pam debates leaving, Lisa is confronted with a startling revelation, Alison takes a chapter from Pam’s playbook and looks the other way, Sandra is caught in a maelstrom of intrigue, and Violet, still not completely comfortable with her new skinny body, is swept into a love affair that shocks everyone.


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My Christmas Romance – A Novella

Twenty-something Cindy Strapopolous accepts that she’ll live a solitary life, just like her maiden aunt Eleni. So when her father dies and she leaves her job in Manhattan to return to the family home in a small Michigan town, an unexpected home improvement project introduces her to Jake, an old friend of dad’s, and she has a change of heart. A few shocking surprises along the way have the power to thwart their chance at love, but Jake is determined that Cindy is going to have the best Christmas ever. A clean romance.


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Bittersweets – Brenda and Larry – Steamy Romance

A trip to the emergency room leads to a whirlwind romance for Philadelphia law student Brenda and ER physician Larry. Head over heels in love with Brenda, nothing can disturb the love he has for her, not even a dark secret from her past.


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The Jade Emperor
After a stranger appears on their doorstep, a picture-perfect family takes a side trip to crazy town in this story of a soldier’s last chance at love.

A marriage of nearly half a century faces its greatest challenge when a stranger arrives, bearing life changing news. Although Steve and Kelly Boyd live together, they barely tolerate each other. Marrying in their teens and quickly becoming parents, the separation due to the war in Vietnam forms the foundation for the next forty-five precarious years.

Filling the empty marriage with the companionship of her twin sister, Karen, and the family she made with Steve, Kelly’s life revolves around her six adult children.

The stranger’s sudden appearance clarifies so much about Steve’s lifetime behavior to Kelly.

Heartfelt conversations at the local coffee shop where son Reggie works as a barista, help the family resolve differences, build new relationships, and grow in acceptance of one another.

At the end, love outweighs everything.


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Second Chance – Pam of Babylon #15

Just when life settles down to a dull roar for those people whom Pam holds closest to her heart, the pendulum swings in the opposite direction and everyone is tossed into the air. Who will they hold on to as they fall back to earth?


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Pam’s Adventures in Babylon – Pam of Babylon Book #14

Life at the beach takes on a new twist as Pam embraces the children Jack left behind. The triad of Lisa, Allison, and Ryan grows closer, then further apart when Ryan’s lust gets out of control. Even the reappearance of someone from Ryan’s past isn’t enough to keep him in check.

The rest of the players cope with life as each drama is thrown their way. Discover what Dan and Julie, Cara and Roger, Sandra and Tim, Gladys and Ed, Ted and Jeanie, the Great Neck Gang, Claire Maddox, and the rest are up to. #15 brewing!


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Pam of Babylon
Warning! This book contains themes of sexual abuse and infidelity.

For Long Islander Pam Smith, keeping house and staying beautiful dominate her daily routine as she awaits the return of her husband, Jack, every Friday evening. When he suffers a fatal heart attack on the train home from Manhattan, Pam’s exquisitely arranged life is catapulted into turmoil as she is forced to face the realization that her marriage is nothing more than a black hole plagued with cruel infidelity, abuse, and sexual deviance. Witness Pam as she graciously and gracefully accepts the foul world her husband’s “other life” forces on her previously immaculate existence. Come along for the ride of your life as you ask yourself this one question. How well do I know my husband? Kirkus Review says of Pam of Babylon, “An intriguing first novel that revolves around a husband’s death and hidden secrets…consistently interesting, this psychological novel contains some mystery and moves along quickly for a non-thriller.” Of Don’t You Forget About Me, “An exciting, surprising story that leaves the reader hungry for the next book.”

And of Dream Lover, the third in the series, “A gritty, realistic portrait of the aftermath of deceit.”


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HBS Author’s Spotlight: Uvi Poznansky

Uvi Poznansky – HBS Author’s Spotlight Showcase

features Overdose which is included in the Do No Harm Medical Thrillers Collection

Original post here: https://hbsauthorspotlight.blogspot.com/2019/06/uvi-poznansky-hbs-authors-spotlight.html?
Today the HBS Author’s Spotlight is showcasing Author Uvi Poznansky and the book set: Do No Harm: A Collection of 17 Seventeen Medical Thrillers written by USA Today, Wall Street Journal and Amazon best-selling authors! These are some of the BEST DEALS from outstanding Authors for the Kindle at Amazon. Pre-Order NOW.

Follow this blog for interviews with outstanding Authors, their profiles and book lists. 

Author: Uvi Poznansky

Author Genre: Contemporary, Historical Fiction, Poetry

Website: Uvi Poznansky
Author’s Blog: Uvi Poznansky
Twitter: @UviPoznansky
Goodreads: Check Out Goodreads
Facebook: Check Out Facebook

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Author Description: Uvi Poznansky is a USA TODAY bestselling, award-winning author, poet and artist. “I paint with my pen,” she says, “and write with my paintbrush.” Her romance boxed set, A Touch of Passion, was the 2016 WINNER of The Romance Reviews Readers’ Choice Awards. Her romantic suspense boxed set, Love Under Fire, reached #44 on the USA TODAY bestselling list.

Education and work:
Uvi earned her B. A. in Architecture and Town Planning from the Technion in Haifa, Israel and practiced with an innovative Architectural firm, taking a major part in the large-scale project, called Home for the Soldier.

Having moved to Troy, N.Y. with her husband and two children, Uvi received a Fellowship grant and a Teaching Assistantship from the Architecture department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. There, she guided teams in a variety of design projects and earned her M.A. in Architecture. Then, taking a sharp turn in her education, she earned her M.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Michigan.

She worked first as an architect, and later as a software engineer, software team leader, software manager and a software consultant (with an emphasis on user interface for medical instruments devices.) All the while, she wrote and painted constantly, and exhibited in Israel and California. In addition, she taught art appreciation classes. Her versatile body of work includes bronze and ceramic sculptures, oil and watercolor paintings, charcoal, pen and pencil drawings, and mixed media.

Books and Genres:
Ash Suspense Thrillers with a Dash of Romance is a suspense series. It includes Coma Confidential and Virtually Lace.

Still Life with Memories is a family saga series with touches of romance. The series includes My Own Voice, The White Piano, The Music of Us, Dancing with Air, and Marriage before Death.

Still Life with Memories Bundle series includes volume I, Apart from Love (My Own Voice+The White Piano); and volume II: Apart from War (The Music of Us+Dancing with Air+Marriage before Death.)

The David Chronicles is a historical fiction series with a modern twist. It includes three novels–Rise to Power, A Peek at Bathsheba, and The Edge of Revolt–and six art through the ages collections, describing each moment of the story.

Her poetry book, Home, is in tribute to her father. Her collection of dark tales, Twisted, and her Historical Fiction book, A Favorite Son, are both new age, biblically inspired books. In addition, Uvi wrote and illustrated two children books, Jess and Wiggle and Now I Am Paper. For each one of these books, she created an animation video (find them on YouTube and on her Goodreads page.)

Author’s Book List

Overdose
Months after recovering from coma, Ash discovers that the man who performed her brain surgery has a questionable medical experience and a dark past. Should she expose him, at the risk of becoming vulnerable to his revenge?

Coma Confidential – Ash Suspense Thrillers with a Dash of Romance Book 1

Ash finds herself in the ER diagnosed with coma. She has no memory of what has happened to her, but what she can do–despite what everyone around her might think–is listen to the conversations of her visitors. One of them is the man who raped her. For Ash, there is little time to gather clues: blackouts are happening not only in the hospital but throughout California. The Russian hackers who are intent on sabotaging the power grid are trying to blackmail her boyfriend, Michael, into helping their cause. And what better way for them to do it but by kidnapping her out of the hospital?


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Virtually Lace
Haunted by the memory of Lace, a beautiful dancer whose throat has been slit, Michael sets out to create a virtual reality simulation of her murder. Can he bring the mystery to life? Can he solve its clues in time, before the killer turns on the woman he loves, Ashley?

Suffering memory loss due to a horrific incident in her own past, Ash is unable to identify her attacker. Despite the persistent fear, she puts her life in danger. In a nail-biting twist, she draws out the man who killed Lace, so as to avenge her murder.

Meanwhile, the cops treat Michael as their prime suspect for the crime. The only reason they haven’t arrested him yet is an urgent call for their assistance in a rescue, as Laguna Beach is engulfed in flames. On his way back to the murder scene, will Michael manage to slip away from them and save his sweetheart, before it’s too late? And will he get the murderer?


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Seventeen Medical Thrillers

Author: Uvi Poznansky

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From the mountains of West Virginia, to acute care hospitals, the battlefields of the Middle East and the hallowed halls of our educational system, join us for these incredible stories of healthcare gone wrong.

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My Own Voice – Still Life with Memories Book 1

Ten years ago, when she was seventeen, Anita started an affair with Lenny, in spite of knowing that he was a married man. Now married to him and carrying his child, she finds herself condemned to compete with Natasha’s shadow, the memory of her brilliance back in her prime, before she succumbed to early-onset Alzheimer’s. Despite Anita’s lack of education, her rough slang, and what happened to her in the past, Lenny tries to transform her. He wants her to become Natasha.

Faced with his compelling wish, and the way he writes her as a character in his book, how can Anita find a voice of her own? And when his estranged son, Ben, comes back and lives in the same small apartment, can she escape the love triangle? Can she keep the balance between the two men, whose desire for her is marred by guilt and blame?

Do you like reading a family secrets and romance novel, especially when it is tinged with family saga romance and family sagas historical fiction about the 20th century, with a second chance in love with a strong female lead? Then this family saga series, Still Life with Memories, is for you.


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The White Piano – Still Life with Memories Book 2

Coming back to his childhood home after years of absence, Ben is unprepared for the secret, which is now revealed to him: his mother, Natasha, who used to be a brilliant pianist, is losing herself to early-onset Alzheimer’s, which turns the way her mind works into a riddle. His father has remarried, and his new wife, Anita, looks remarkably similar to Natasha—only much younger. In this state of being isolated, being apart from love, how will Ben react when it is so tempting to resort to blame and guilt? “In our family, forgiveness is something you pray for, something you yearn to receive—but so seldom do you give it to others.”

Behind his father’s back, Ben and Anita find themselves increasingly drawn to each other. They take turns using an old tape recorder to express their most intimate thoughts, not realizing at first that their voices are being captured by him. These tapes, with his eloquent speech and her slang, reveal the story from two opposite viewpoints. What emerges in this family is a struggle, a desperate, daring struggle to find a path out of conflicts, out of isolation, from guilt to forgiveness.

Do you like reading a family secrets and romance novel, especially when it is tinged with family saga romance and family sagas historical fiction about the 20th century, with a second chance in love with a strong female lead? Then this family saga series, Still Life with Memories, is for you.


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The Music of Us – Still Life with Memories Book 3

In 1970, Lenny can no longer deny that his wife is undergoing a profound change. Despite her relatively young age, her mind succumbs to forgetfulness. Now, he goes as far back as the moment he met Natasha during WWII, when he was a wounded warrior and she—a star, brilliant yet illusive. Natasha was a riddle to him then, and to this day, with all the changes she has gone through, she still is.

“Digging into the past, mining its moments, trying to piece them together this way and that, dusting off each memory of Natasha, of how we were, the highs and lows of the music of us, to find out where the problem may have started?”

To their son, Ben, that may seem like an exercise in futility. For Lenny, it is a necessary process of discovery, one that is as tormenting as it is delightful. He often wonders: can we ever understand, truly understand each other—soldier and musician, man and woman, one heart and another? Will we ever again dance together to the same beat? Is there a point where we may still touch?

This is a historical fiction novel about world war II wounded warrior military romance, a young woman love story. It is also one of family sagas best sellers. Do you like this genre, especially when it is tinged with family saga romance, and wrapped with a second chance in love with a strong female lead? Then this family saga series, Still Life with Memories, is for you.


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Dancing with Air – Still Life with Memories Book 4

Serving on the European front, Lenny longs for Natasha, the girl who captured his heart back home. He writes bogus reports, designed to fall into the hands of Nazi Intelligence. To fool the enemy, these reports are disguised as love letters to another woman. This task must remain confidential, even at the risk of Natasha becoming suspicious of him.

Once she arrives in London, Lenny takes her for a ride on his Harley throughout England, from the White Cliffs of Dover to a village near an underground ammunition depot in Staffordshire. When he is wounded in a horrific explosion, Natasha brings him back to safety, only to discover the other woman’s letter to him. He wonders, will she trust him again, even though as a soldier, he must keep his mission a secret? Will their love survive the test of war?

In the past Natasha wrote, with girlish infatuation, “He will be running his fingers down, all the way down to the small of my back, touching his lips to my ear, breathing his name, breathing mine. Here I am, dancing with air.” In years to come, she will begin to lose her memory, which will make Lenny see her as delicate. “I gather her gently into my arms, holding her like a breath.” But right now, during the months leading up to D-Day, she is at her peak. With solid resolve, she is ready to take charge of the course of their story.

Dancing with Air is a standalone WWII historical fiction novel, as well as the fourth volume of a family saga series titled Still Life with Memories, one of family sagas best sellers of all time. If you like family saga romance, wounded warrior romance books, military romantic suspense, or strong female lead romance, you will find that this love story is a unique melding of them all.


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Marriage before Death – Still Life with Memories Book 5

After D-Day, her photograph appears on the most-wanted Nazi propaganda posters. Who is the girl with the red beret? She reminds him of Natasha, but no, that cannot be. Why does Rochelle step into his life when he is lead by SS soldiers to the gallows? At the risk of being found out as a French Resistance fighter, what makes her propose marriage to a condemned man?


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Apart from Love – Still Life with Memories Bundle Book 1

Apart from Love is not your typical love story. All-consuming, heart-wrenching, and dark, it is a family saga that starts when Ben returns to meet his father, Lenny, and his new wife, Anita. It is then that he discovers a family secret. How will they find a path out of conflicts, out of isolation, from guilt to forgiveness?

My Own Voice (“As told by Anita”):
Ten years ago, Anita started an affair with Lenny, in spite of knowing that he was married and that his wife was succumbing to a mysterious disease. Now married to him and carrying his child, how can she compete with Natasha’s shadow and with her brilliance in the past? Given Anita’s lack of education, how can she resist his compelling wish to transform her? Can she survive his kind of love?

Faced with the way he writes her as a character in his book, how can Anita find a voice of her own? And when his estranged son, Ben, comes back and lives in the same small apartment, can she keep the balance between the two men, whose desire for her is marred by guilt and blame?

The White Piano (“As told by Ben”):
Coming back to his childhood home after years of absence, Ben is unprepared for the secret, which is now revealed to him: his mother, Natasha, who used to be a brilliant pianist, is losing herself to early-onset Alzheimer’s, which turns the way her mind works into a riddle. His father has remarried, and his new wife, Anita, looks remarkably similar to Natasha—only much younger. In this state of being isolated, being apart from love, how will Ben react to these marital affairs, when it is so tempting to resort to blame and guilt? “In our family, forgiveness is something you pray for, something you yearn to receive—but so seldom do you give it to others.”

Behind his father’s back, Ben and Anita find themselves increasingly drawn to each other. They take turns using an old tape recorder to express their most intimate thoughts, not realizing at first that their voices are being captured by him. These tapes, with his eloquent speech and her slang, reveal the story from two opposite viewpoints.

Dealing with the challenging prospects of the marriage of opposites, this book can be read as a standalone novel as well as part of one of family sagas best sellers. Still Life with Memories is a family saga series tinged with family saga romance, fraught with marital issues, and riddled with the difficulty of connecting fathers and sons.


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Rise to Power – The David Chronicles Book 1

Here is the story of David as you have never heard it before: from the king himself, telling the unofficial version, the one he never allowed his court scribes to recount. In his mind, history is written to praise the victorious—but at the last stretch of his illustrious life, he feels an irresistible urge to tell the truth. In the first volume, Rise to Power, David gives you a fascinating account of his early years, culminating with a tribal coronation. Rooted in ancient lore, his is a surprisingly modern memoir.

In an era of cruelty, when destroying the enemy is deemed a sacred directive, the slayer of Goliath finds a way to become larger than life. His search for a path to power leads him in ways that are, at times, scandalous. Notorious for his contradictions, David is seen by others as a gifted court entertainer, a successful captain in Saul’s army, a cunning fugitive, a traitor leading a gang of felons, and a ruthless raider of neighboring towns who leaves no witnesses behind.

How does he see himself, during this first phase of his life? With his hands stained with blood, can he find an inner balance between conflicting drives: his ambition for the crown, his determination to survive the conflict with Saul, and his longing for purity, for a touch of the divine, as expressed so lyrically in his psalms and music?


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Inspired by Art: Rise to Power – The David Chronicles Book 6

Inspired by Art: Rise to Power is a collection of art throughout the ages, around the story of David. This volume focuses on the decline of the House of Saul and David’s rise to the throne.

These amazing sculptures, paintings, etchings, and manuscripts inspired the author to write The David Chronicles, a series of three volumes, the first of which is Rise to Power, where she imagines the decline of the House of Saul and the rise of David. Besides being an artist and having worked as an architect, she taught art history, and this collection served as the basis for a research course analyzing the contrasts in viewpoints around the biblical story.


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Inspired by Art: A Peek at Bathsheba – The David Chronicles Book 7

Inspired by Art: A Peek at Bathsheba is a collection of art throughout the ages, around the story of David. This volume focuses on the most torrid love affair ever told: David’s forbidden love affair with Bathsheba and his attempt to cover it up.

These amazing sculptures, paintings, etchings, and manuscripts inspired the author to write The David Chronicles, a series of three volumes, the second of which is A Peek at Bathsheba, where she imagines the love affair and the ensuing scandal. Besides being an artist and having worked as an architect, she taught art history, and this collection served as the basis for a research course analyzing the contrasts in viewpoints around the biblical story.


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Inspired by Art: The Edge of Revolt – The David Chronicles Book 8

Inspired by Art: The Edge of Revolt is a collection of art throughout the ages, around the story of David. This volume focuses on the rape of his daughter Tamar by her half-brother Amnon; the assassination of Amnon at the hands of her brother Absalom; and Absalom’s revolt, trying to topple David from his throne.

These amazing sculptures, paintings, etchings, and manuscripts inspired the author to write The David Chronicles, a series of three volumes, the second of which is A Peek at Bathsheba, where she imagines the love affair and the ensuing scandal. Besides being an artist and having worked as an architect, she taught art history, and this collection served as the basis for a study course analyzing the contrasts in viewpoints around the biblical story.


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Inspired by Art: The Last Concubine – The David Chronicles Book 9

Inspired by Art: The Last Concubine is a collection of art throughout the ages, around the story of David. This volume focuses on the last concubine, Abishag, the rivalry between his sons, Adonijah and Solomon, and the transition of power to his chosen heir, ensuring his legacy for future generations.

These amazing sculptures, paintings, etchings, and manuscripts inspired the author to write The David Chronicles, a series of three volumes, the second of which is A Peek at Bathsheba, where she imagines the love affair and the ensuing scandal. Besides being an artist and having worked as an architect, she taught art history, and this collection served as the basis for a study course analyzing the contrasts in viewpoints around the biblical story.


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A Favorite Son
In this plot of mistaken identity, Becky instructs her son to cheat his elderly father Isaac, who is lying on his deathbed. Will Jacob pretend to be that which he is not? Is he ready for the last moment he is going to have with his father?

This is a modern twist on a very old story. It is so much more than a morality tale. Do you find sibling rivalry in adults intriguing? Are you troubled by the notion that the sins of the fathers will be visited upon the children? If so, you will find this story utterly captivating.


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Book Bites: The Wrong Girl – Still Life with Memories 6

The Wrong Girl offers samples from books in the Still Life with Memories series. These samples give a taste not of Natasha (the girl Lenny loves) but rather of another woman, Lana. Flirtatious enough to stir suspicion, she upsets the course of his life time and again.

You will find these samples not only delicious but also arousing an irresistible craving for more.


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Twisted
Come into a dark, strange world, where everything is firmly rooted in the familiar—except for some quirky detail that twists the yarn, and takes it for a spin in an unexpected direction. So prepare yourself: keep the lights on.

If you like to read a horror anthology in the strain of Edgar Allan Poe, or if you like to witness the battle between the devil and God, you will enjoy outwitting the devil in this book. As befitting a dark fantasy, it is a woman–or rather, her ghost–who finds a way to outwit him.


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Home
Home. A simple word; a loaded one. You can say it in a whisper; you can say it in a cry. Expressed in the voices of father and daughter, you can hear a visceral longing, in poems and prose, for an ideal place. A place never to be found again.

Imagine the shock, imagine the sadness when a daughter discovers her father’s work, the poetry he had never shared with anyone during the last two decades of his life. Six years after that moment of discovery, which happened in her childhood home while mourning for his passing, Uvi Poznansky presents a tender tribute: a collection of poems and prose, half of which is written by her, and half—by her father, the author, poet and artist Zeev Kachel. She has been translating his poems for nearly a year, with careful attention to rhyme and rhythm, in an effort to remain faithful to the spirit of his words.

Zeev’s writing is always autobiographical in nature; you can view it as an ongoing diary of his life. Uvi’s writing is rarely so, especially when it comes to her prose. She is a storyteller who delights in conjuring up various figments of her imagination, and fleshing them out on paper. She sees herself chasing her characters with a pen, in an attempt to see the world from their point of view, and to capture their voices. But in some of her poems, she offers you a rare glimpse into her most guarded, intensely private moments, yearning for Home.


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Jess and Wiggle
Written in rhyme, this is a story about a little girl who rarely smiles, till the day she meets Wiggle, an imaginary creature with whom she is having a contest: who will be the one to burst in laughter first?

Once there was a little girl
With the cutest reddish curl
Her name—how could you guess?
It was simply: Jess….

The paintings for the cover and interior pages were done by the author herself. The text is hand-written in a whimsically designed font. When Jess talks, her lines are drawn in a straight line; when Wiggle talks, his lines are drawn on a wiggly curve. Each color illustration is a hand-made collage.

Whether you are looking for a picture book for toddlers or a picture books for kids, a children’s books ages 2-5 or a children’s books ages 4-8, you will find this book fascinating not only to your child but to you as well.


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Now I Am Paper
Written in rhyme, this is a children’s book for all ages, about longing for a child who has gone on her way and left the old tree behind. The tree gives voice to love and loss, fear and hope, death and rebirth in a new form, as it is transformed first to pulp and then to paper, the very paper from which the child reads this story. Sensually told, it brings forth the sounds and smells of the forest.

I remember: a gentler sound,
The forest rustling in the rain
Leaves were swirling all around
I heard soft footsteps up the lane…

The paintings for the cover and interior pages are watercolor on paper, done by the author. She drew the text for each verse by hand, in a ‘Gothic’ font that is as flowery as the tree used to be in its prime. Children would love the highly decorative style of the writing, and the sudden long strokes that express the emotions in this story.

Each verse appears on a paper leaf that floats over transparent paper in the shape of an ellipse, which symbolizes a puddle of tears at the foot of the tree.

If you liked The Giving Tree, you will love this picture book for kids, which mothers and fathers find utterly fascinating.


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The 17 authors of DO NO HARM #medical thrillers in time for your summer vacation

Let me introduce you to my author friends

Originally posted by Uvi Pozmansky https://uviart.blogspot.com/2019/06/let-me-introduce-you-to-my-author.html
Let me introduce you to my author friends
We have joined forces to bring you an extraordinary boxed set:
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Writing to make the reader feel like they are right in the scene.
Medical Thrillers based on true hospital drama with a hint of Romance!
I paint with my pen, and write with my paintbrush.
Award-Winning Author: Bestsellers.
Tamara creates stories so enchanting, they will make your heart stop…
Award-Winning multi-genre author. In my former life I was a CPA and now I love the journeys where my characters take me.”
Author of gripping page turners that keep you on the edge of your seat.
Writing riveting mystery, suspense, and young adult fiction about real life issues.
I write suspense novels set in the Pacific Northwest that explore the complexity of human nature.
Bestselling author Danielle Girard writes gripping thrillers that will keep you reading until the final, unforgettable page.
Bestselling-author Jenifer Ruff writes dark and twisty psychological suspensethrillers.
The author of a prolific body of work in medical thrillers, historical fiction contemporary fiction.
‘Doctor Barbara,’ The Credible Medical Fiction Writer and a former anesthesiologist, sprinkles credible medicine into the background of her novels where her vivid characters and plots take center stage. 
Author of gripping medical mysteries and award winning science fiction.
Medical Thrillers and Historical Fiction.
Fueled with Imagination, Inspired by History, Grounded in Truth.
Author of Emerald City Thrillers, gripping crime thrillers that take place in Seattle.
Award-wining author of the popular Unit 1 thrillers series and the Whitlock Trilogy.
Author of the Pam of Babylon series, The Greektown Stories, Burn District & others.

School Days, Reminiscences of Joy Lennick

Norah Colvin

Welcome to the School Days, Reminiscences series in which my champion bloggers and authors share reminiscences of their school days. It’s my small way of thanking them for their support and of letting you know about their services and publications.

This week, I am pleased to introduce Joy Lennick, author and poet. Joy joined in the conversations from the outset, sharing snippets from her war-time schooldays. Intrigued to learn more, I invited Joy to join in with a post dedicated to her own reminiscences and she accepted. I’m certain you’ll find them as interesting as I do.

Before we begin the interview, I’ve invited Joy to tell you a little of herself:

From a young age, I was never happier than when reading or writing (and perhaps dancing!). I was evacuated with my two brothers to live on a mountain (Hare) in Wales, being half Welsh on my mother’s…

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