Monday’s Spam. 

Morning, folks. I’m opening up the comments again for all of your book links, Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, helpful writers resources, & any funny memes that may have made your weekend.

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Book Tour – Spotlight Stop. Hell Will Rise: The Bloodthirst Mafia Series Book One. Skyla Murphy. 

“When dawn breaks…”

This was never what I wanted, but fame in the mafia was what I got.

When you see numbers like I can, death becomes a constant threat. It lingers, waiting for you to make one wrong move. One falter. One fatal step out of line. The endless presence will drain you, layering you with guilt and regret. Until one day, you’re covered in blood. And in that moment, you realize you’ve become the grim reaper yourself.

Nothing could stop me from saving my little sister. Nothing could weaken me until my boss threw a blonde slave at my feet. Once I found out who she was, I should have wanted her dead.

But I had a bad habit of breaking the rules.

And I loved that she hated me.

Like a stupid man named Romeo, I fell for the daughter of the feuding family. Like an idiot named Juliet, she didn’t try to run.

And when I fell for the fair maiden, I shook a pair of dice. I smoked a cigarette, but she paid the final price. As I offered her a smile, my venom filled her core. I watched her drink my poison as her soul walked out the door.

Book Review. Chuck the Rooster loses his Voice. Sigal Haber. 

When Chuck the Rooster lost his voice, life on the farm began to go wrong. 
In an attempt to deal with the situation, the animals try to find a replacement from amongst themselves, to fill the sick rooster’s place. So they organize a singing contest. 

Will someone be found to take Chuck’s place? How will the rooster react to the idea? And will there be another “Farm Idol”? 

“When Chuck the Rooster Lost His Voice” is Dr. Sigal Haber’s children book. 
Its Theme was inspired by the world of organizational management in which she specialized for many years. 
The story describes, with humor and wit, what happens when an employee in the imaginary animal farm has trouble functioning or is absent from work. The farm animals, who are amusingly anthropomorphized, are exposed to issues such as duty, cooperation, and dealing with the unexpected.

Book Review. The Body Image Blueprint – Your go to guide for Radical Self – Reverence. Jenny Eden Berk. MSEd. 

The Body Image Blueprint is an honest, refreshing, and oftentimes, witty approach to finding body love and acceptance in a society that preaches otherwise. The Body Image Blueprint recounts Jenny Eden Berk’s struggle to find clarity in a culture obsessed with dieting. Through her own experience and with her proven techniques, Jenny helps readers navigate their own body image blueprint.

In this book you will find:

– Interviews from more than 50 men and women between the ages of 22-70 talking about their own body image perceptions.

– Conversations about the rawness and commonalities between so many of us who struggle with body image

– Techniques and effective strategies for building your own personal body image blueprint.

Never before has a book combined the beautiful vignettes of a classic memoir combined with the healing how-to’s of a self-help book in this way. The body image stories and journey’s of the men and women featured through Jenny’s interviews complete this debut book in a stunning, poignant and powerful way.

Everyone deserves to learn to love and accept themselves. Whether you’ve been struggling or just need a little self-love boost, buy this book and start your journey today!

“Jenny wraps up the experiences of becoming, growing into, and loving our bodies in a way that captivates the soul and encourages true compassion toward ourselves. I found myself smiling, cheering in agreement, and saying yes to her action steps. Jenny’s artful way of storytelling along with her mindful eating expertise bring this book together in a way that encourages every woman to celebrate who they are in profound ways well beyond the body and into the mind and soul. Every woman should own this book and share it relentlessly!” – Sarah Steckler, self-care strategist

Book Review. Laundry. Vanessa Frances. 

A collection of poetry, prose, and essays, touching on triumph and tragedy, overcoming one’s own demons, abuse, as well as the bittersweetness of first love and first loss. as with dirty clothes, humans themselves are given the chance to wash, rinse, dry, and fold themselves over and over again. with every cycle, we gain more of our own wear and tear, adding to our own individuality. everything comes out in the wash.

Book Review. The Human Condition is a Terminal Illness. Matthew Hall. 

To be human is to come to terms with a repetitive and trying history; an acceptance of the potential beauty and the overiding toxicity of mankind. The Human Condition is a Terminal Illness, pulls individual and societal insecurities out from our collective subconscious in an effort toward analysis and question. More often than not, in the midst of a confused, selfish, self-hating populace, the answers are left wanting.
I’ve always believed the best compliment to give a writer is to say he or she is generous, and Matthew J. Hall is undoubtedly so, with a variety of observations and declarations, organized between remembrances only poets can make. From love to death, to all the aching moments in between, Hall finds sympathy for his subjects at each and every turn, usually when they need it the most. All this, while he asks optimistically, if everything is meaningless, why does the heart beat so fiercely?

~Matthew Snee author of the novel, The Cardboard Spaceship and poetry collection, Evil Summer.

The Human Condition Is A Terminal Illness full of troubling reality and its many disturbing elements of flaws, sadness, and banality brimming with pain underneath. These real life story poems have small glimmers of hope repeatedly sinking down beneath disappointment and heavy dankness. When you want more, but you feel inundated with the many pointless parts of existence. When you crave connection to genuine love, but that is overtaken with glitches of hurtfulness. When part of you desires to fix people’s broken pieces, but the other part of you knows that you can’t or you won’t.

~Juliet Cook, poet and editor of Blood Pudding Press, which published Matthew J. Hall’s poetry chapbook, Pigeons and Peace Doves (2015)

You will find nothing here but raw emotion, honest language, and truth–as Hall pulls every photograph from the scrapbook and tries to put together a desperate salvage mission.

~Wolfgang Carstens, Founder of Epic Rites Press and author of poetry collections, Crudely Mistaken For Life, The Abyss Gazes Also and Factory Reject.