His Wicked Lady by Sharon Drane – BOOK SPOTLIGHT 

His Wicked Lady

By Sharon Drane

Genre: Historical Romance/Regency


Book Summary


“I say, where did you find such a dress? Or should I say ‘mess’?” Baron William Hargreaves, arbiter of all things fashionable, loves nothing more than firing his derisive salvos at his favorite target—Caroline Burgess, newly come to London society and the fading glory of the Ton.

Caroline will never admit she enjoys their skirmishes. Nor will she admit to the dreams he inspires, or the sensations he stirs deep inside her.

William tries to hide his growing attraction to Caroline, but as their relationship warms, Caroline outrageously accepts a role in a play—an unforgiveable profession for a lady of the Ton. Nonetheless, William cannot ignore her.

When Caroline is forced to shoot a man to death on a London street, she initiates a scandal far worse than her calling as an actress. Brokenhearted, she returns home to Philadelphia determined to leave England and her pain behind.

A blow to his own reputation overshadows William’s judgment when he becomes trapped in a mockery of a marriage because of a product of a youthful indiscretion.

But where there is love, there is hope. His Wicked Lady, Book #3 in the Touch the Sky series.



Author Bio


Sharon Drane first set foot on a stage at the age of six. For the next fifty-four years she acted in productions. In her early 20s she began directing, a second career which lasted over forty years. Employed by various agencies with the State of Texas, she worked for over thirty-five years as a social worker in the field, and then as a manager of contracts. She worked first at the regional level and then was promoted to Austin and management of statewide contracts.


She began writing short stories and poetry in high school, later moving on to science fiction fanfic. During her tenure in the field of social work Sharon began writing love stories, completing two novels in spite of her hectic schedule. She retired in 2009 and moved to Florida on family business. It was here she rediscovered her love of writing. During her time in the Sunshine State, she has completed a novella and two published novels, with the third in the series due to release on December 1. Her fourth novel is currently in progress and slated to be published in 2017.





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Crushing Mediocrity: 10 Ways to Rise Above the Status Quo by Rene Banglesdorf and Lisa Copeland – BOOK SPOTLIGHT 

Crushing Mediocrity: 10 Ways to Rise Above The Status QuoBy Rene Banglesdorf & Lisa Copeland

Genre: non-fiction, women in business


Book Description

Are you surrounded by people who are stuck in the “status quo” or satisfied with participation trophies? Is this mediocrity your new standard? Have you settled for a mundane existence, as it would appear millions of people have? Is that what you envisioned for your family, your workplace, or your community? 
The truth is, you have the option to improve your world, rise above the status quo, and crush mediocrity. With some genuine encouragement and a little guidance, you can take the first steps to making a much bigger impact, starting right where you are today. No matter your age, your circumstances, your background, or your struggles with fear and failure, you can make choices today that will transform your life and legacy into something great. 
In Crushing Mediocrity, authors René Banglesdorf and Lisa Copeland draw from their own—and others’—experiences to explore 10 tried-and-true principles you can use to improve your current situation and become extraordinary. Both Banglesdorf and Copeland have applied these very principles to their own lives and have climbed to the top of two male-dominated industries, namely aviation and automotive. This book examines the importance of knowing your purpose, owning your choices, working together, standing out and using your influence for good. It provides a clear path to rising above the status quo and crushing the standard of mediocrity across all demographics and personality types. The world is waiting for you to do something to change it. What are you waiting for?


Author Bios:


René Banglesdorf is a writer and entrepreneur with experience in the telecom, tech, retail and aviation industries. She is co-founder and CEO of Charlie Bravo Aviation, a company that buys and sells private jets and helicopters all over the world. René also sits on the President’s Council of the National Air Transportation Association and is the Vice President for Business Aviation for the International Aviation Women’s Association. She is a member of the Women Presidents Organization and a Global Ambassador for EBW (Empowering a Billion Women). René and her husband have two grown children, Jake (and his wife Kate) and Brooke, and a very spoiled American Bulldog named Bazooka. They live just north of Austin, Texas, although they still root for THE Ohio State Buckeyes.


From her platform as an automotive icon, Lisa Copeland is a speaker and visionary on igniting change in women’s lives at every level. She was named one of the Top 100 Women in Automotive News in 2015 for her work with the Fiat brand in North America and four dynamic terms on Fiat Chrysler Automobiles National Dealer Council. Lisa is active in a number of organizations that empower and educate women, including Girl Scouts, American Heart Association, and presently serves as the Chief Marketing Officer of EBW. She has been married to James for 28 years and has two grown children, Allix and JT. Her grandma name is Lala, and she’s expecting another grandson in February!


Together, René and Lisa founded Crushing It Academy to provide a place where people who want to build a legacy can get real-world advice, practical insights, and access to stories and interviews of other amazing “mediocrity crushers.”


On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CrushingItAcademy 

On Twitter: https://twitter.com/CrushItAcademy


On Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2d8MWYN 

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How Lenin and Stalin Brainwashed Russians by Larisa Vetrova – BOOK SPOTLIGHT 

How Lenin and Stalin Brainwashed Russians

By Larisa Vetrova

Genre: Non-Fiction Historical


Ever wished to explore the atrocious murder frenzy of the Soviet Bolsheviks?


Each of sixteen book chapters peels off, layer after layer, how the Bolsheviks mercilessly repressed their citizens leading them to a state of near-serfdom.


Our concise, easy-to-read book is illustrated with more than fifty propaganda posters or photos. At the end of each chapter, quotes from evil thinkers like Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin and others have been added.


By reading it, you will build a solid foundation of the Soviet Russian era and how the Communist Bolsheviks sought to brutally impose their Utopia. The 1917 Bolshevik Revolution with its aftermath had an immense impact on the Russian society and till today, has been mostly ignored or regretfully poorly covered by our Western mass media.


In this innovative book covering the period between 1917 and 1939 (two more books are in preparation spanning from 1940 till the USSR meltdown in 1991), you will read namely:


⦁ How two Russian dictators, Lenin and Josef Stalin created a Political System that murdered Millions of Innocent Russians;

⦁ How the Bolshevik Propaganda was Organized;

⦁ The Red Army and its Exactions;

⦁ The State-controlled Executioners: the Cheka and NKVD;

⦁ How botched collectivizations of Russian Farmers created large-scale famines;

⦁ The Silent Power Struggle in the Kremlin;

⦁ Stalin and the Great Purge;

⦁ And more on ceaseless tidal waves of Bolshevik Repressions.


Can you truly afford to ignore past crucial political events when nowadays widespread radical Islamic terrorism tries to impose another form of Utopia on our Western Civilization? ”



Author Bio


Born in 1962 in St. Petersburg in a Nomenklatura family (my father was a Colonel in the Soviet Army in charge of the satellites launching pad of Baïkonour), I spent my youth following a mandatory schooling programme primarily geared to root in our young brains “How Beautiful and Promising” our future world would be, following MarxismLeninism ideals. 

Later on, at St. Petersburg University, I earned a Masters degree in Social Psychology. I also managed in the last few years to access the official USSR archives recently opened to the public. 

I quickly understood how visual and printed propaganda, though primitive and misleading, could lead to straight, profound social manipulation that led to mass assassinations of our people. 

I spent most of my life in Russia till the days of Perestroika, the fall of the Berlin wall and the next ten years that saw namely a devaluation of one thousand percent of the Russian Ruble.

In 2002, I met my Belgian husband, emigrated to his country and now my heart and soul belong to Belgium  

No longer enslaved by Soviet propaganda, I decided to create a suite of three ebooks collecting the most interesting posters supported by narratives on specific Bolshevik fallacies or just straight lies. These Soviet posters will show better than any words the sad and traumatic history of my country as well as the deepest psychological problems it created among Russian citizens confronted with cold-blooded Soviet murderers. 


More on my website russianhistory.club


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Plum Pudding Bride by Anne Garboczi Evans – BOOK SPOTLIGHT 


Patience Callahan is twenty-five and fast becoming an old maid. But she’s spent most of her life dreaming over romantic European literature and wants a dashing d’Artagnan, not a bookish Bob Cratchit. Alas, the Colorado town of Gilman’s chock-full of Cratchit’s without a d’Artagnan in sight.

Peter Foote, the general store owner, has been in love with Patience for seven years. But every time he’s on the verge of proposing, she cuts him off; he can only imagine on purpose. This time though, dadburn it, he’s going to go through with it.

Ring in hand, he’s moments from touching knee to floor, when Patience pulls out a list of mail-order bride advertisements and declares her intention of marrying a backwoods stranger on Christmas Day.

He’s got two weeks to change her mind.

         There she was, the girl he’d loved for seven years. And she was sorting preserve cases at his store, as she’d done for the last four years. She stood not six paces from him, and yet so far away.

          Peter’s fingers squeezed the ring box in his jacket. This time he was going to go through with it, no matter if she pointedly changed the subject, or hastily found excuses to be elsewhere, or pushed other eligible young women at him. Dadburn it, today he’d have his answer, a “yay” or a “nay” instead of living in this wretched bog of uncertainty.

         The store had already closed. He just needed to grate the key in the locks while Patience tidied the shelves. The falling winter sun made long shadows on the floor between them. Now she had put down the strawberry preserves and taken an inventory list. She moved towards the mercantile section.

          His heavy boots clomped on the hardwood floor, but his heart clomped louder. His fingers tightened around the red velvet box. It was a white gold ring and a miner’s cut diamond. Size six, as he’d discovered four years ago when he’d stolen her glove.

           Patience’s brown hair twisted back around her ears. She always complained it lay too flat, and said her younger sister teased her about having a mottled complexion. But he’d never seen hair shine like hers, and her soft skin set off brown eyes that possessed a luster no girl in Gilman could match. And her smile. Oh, her smile. She could turn Antarctica into the tropics by just curving her lips.

           A head-high shelf of baking perishables hemmed them in on one side while bolts of fabric made up the other side of the narrow aisle.

          “Patience Callahan, will you,” Peter slid the box out of his pocket, and started to lower one knee to the ground.

           Her gaze flicked to the ring box. “Why, Peter,” she stepped into him, blocking all attempts at kneeling. “I’ve been meaning to tell you my news.”

           Her long fingers were slender. Yet, they could move lickety-split when sorting spools or organizing canned goods.

           “I just received this.” Patience tugged a newspaper clipping out of her pocket along with a small daguerreotype. “This is Arnie Dehaven. He’s a Montana rancher. I’ve answered his mail-order bride advertisement and I’m marrying him.”

Author Bio

Anne Garboczi Evans is a mental health counselor, military spouse, and mama to an opinionated preschooler named “Joe-Joe” and a very dramatic baby called “Chip.” Her inspiration for Plum Pudding Bride came from moving to the Colorado Rockies. You can find Anne online at 




Buy link: https://www.amazon.com/Pudding-Bride-Christmas-Holiday-Extravaganza-ebook/dp/B0175P1QZ0

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Seed of Control by Lawrence Verigin – BOOK SPOTLIGHT 

Seed of ControlBy Lawrence Verigin

Genre: Thriller


Nick Barnes is back, setting off a chain of events that uncovers a conspiracy beyond moral comprehension against Earth’s entire population; save a chosen few. The scheme has taken generations to develop and it’s on the cusp of being fully implemented.


Agrochemical and pharmaceutical industrialist Dr. Hendrick Schmidt and media baron Davis Lovemark lead the scheme with the unerring belief that they are the stewards of humanity and that they alone have the right to decide the fate of the masses.


Nick’s chase spans continents as he works desperately to foil Schmidt and Lovemark. But he quickly discovers that it might already be too late.


Immerse yourself in the action and intrigue of this high concept thriller that may not be as far from reality as you might think.


About the Author

Lawrence Verigin is the author of the award winning novel DARK SEED and the just released sequel, SEED of CONTROL. He is currently writing the third book in the “SEED” series.

His goal is to entertain readers while delving into socially relevant subjects. Lawrence and his wife, Diana, live in Vancouver, Canada.


On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lawrence.verigin.7 

On Twitter: https://twitter.com/LawrenceVerigin

Website: http://www.lawrenceverigin.com

On Amazon: http://amzn.to/2efsQbQ 

On Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2dvIcL2 

On B&N: http://bit.ly/2dWAQQ5

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The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict- ON SALE!

You can read my review here.

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Night School by Lee Child 


It’s 1996, and Reacher is still in the army. In the morning they give him a medal, and in the afternoon they send him back to school. That night he’s off the grid. Out of sight, out of mind.Two other men are in the classroom—an FBI agent and a CIA analyst. Each is a first-rate operator, each is fresh off a big win, and each is wondering what the hell they are doing there.

Then they find out: A Jihadist sleeper cell in Hamburg, Germany, has received an unexpected visitor—a Saudi courier, seeking safe haven while waiting to rendezvous with persons unknown. A CIA asset, undercover inside the cell, has overheard the courier whisper a chilling message: “The American wants a hundred million dollars.”
For what? And who from? Reacher and his two new friends are told to find the American. Reacher recruits the best soldier he has ever worked with: Sergeant Frances Neagley. Their mission heats up in more ways than one, while always keeping their eyes on the prize: If they don’t get their man, the world will suffer an epic act of terrorism.

From Langley to Hamburg, Jalalabad to Kiev, Night School moves like a bullet through a treacherous landscape of double crosses, faked identities, and new and terrible enemies, as Reacher maneuvers inside the game and outside the law.


Jack Reacher has always been a fabulous book character. The strong, silent type. However, this one fell a little short for me.  I did not feel Reacher’s strength coming through the pages. There were many places he just felt wrong.

 I also had trouble following the story in places. I am not sure if the problem was me or if the story just didn’t have it. Probably a little of both. I did enjoy all the different places the story took you. It just didn’t have a “Jack Reacher” feel. 

As I have said in previous posts, Jack Reacher has been my book boyfriend…well forever. There are only a handful of book series I have stuck with. This is one of them. And I have not even read them all, nor have I read them in order. He is just a character which I feel a connection with. 

Have I given up on the Reacher series?  Absolutely not!  I will give this series several more books before I say good bye.  

And as a side note…Tom Cruise is NOT Jack Reacher! 

I received this novel from Netgalley for a honest review.

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