Jolt by Kris Bryant

>> Thursday, October 23, 2014

Mystery writer Bethany Lange wasn’t prepared for the twisting emotions that left her breathless the moment she laid eyes on folk singer sensation Ali Hart. Of course she was flat on her back and looking up and backward at the gorgeous singer, but that didn’t stop her body and heart from bursting into a kaleidoscope of want, need, and lust.

Mystery writer Bethany Lange wasn’t prepared for the twisting emotions that left her breathless the moment she laid eyes on folk singer sensation Ali Hart. Of course she was flat on her back and looking up and backward at the gorgeous singer, but that didn’t stop her body and heart from bursting into a kaleidoscope of want, need, and lust. Scared at the intensity of her feelings, Bethany does everything she can to avoid Ali at Camp Jacomo, the camp designed specifically for children of lesbian and gay families where Bethany volunteers every summer. The camp director convinces the hottest singer at the moment, Ali Hart, to spend a week teaching the children music to everybody’s delight except Bethany’s. On her last day at camp, Ali approaches Bethany with an offer of friendship, but they both know it’s the prelude to something bolder. Should Bethany take the risk? Does she really believe she can balance her quiet private life with Ali’s outspoken one?

About Kris Bryant

Kris Bryant grew up a military brat living in several different countries before her family settled down in the Midwest when she was twelve. Books were her only form of entertainment overseas, and she read anything and everything within her reach. Reading eventually turned into writing when she decided she didn’t like the way some of the novels ended and wanted to give the characters she fell in love with the ending she thought they so deserved. Earning a B.A. in English from the University of Missouri, Kris focused more on poetry, and after some encouragement from her girlfriend, decided to tackle her own book.

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Foodie's De-Lite by Randi Davis

This book was inspired by a health conscious weight loss coach in a quest for good tasting food that does not sacrifice health. That means no tofu. “Fuey”! No rubbery cheese or card board pasta. “Yuk”! This armoire is a lineup of tasty and satisfying meals that can be shared with family and friends that actually ask for the recipe.

Losing weight and sustaining a healthy lifestyle does not have to be the result of dieting and deprivation. I lost 70 pounds years ago and defend that feat every day. Foodie’s De-Lite is collection of original recipes and some traditional make-overs. It was created by popular demand with the health conscious food lover in mind. The beauty of these recipes, however, is that they can be enjoyed by all. They taste great, look great and fact that they are light, is simply a bonus.

About Randi Davis

Randi has been a weight loss coach for over a decade. Her weight loss instruction is inspired by her 70 pound weight loss success, which she attributes to eating real food. She enjoys cooking and hosting family gatherings and special occasions. Her favorite pass time is cooking with her two year old granddaughter.

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Buying A California Business In The New Economy by Peter Siegel, MBA

The reduced rate of completed California small business transfers, over the past few years, demonstrates that accepted practices for valuing businesses, getting purchase money and reaching agreements are not working as effectively since 2008. A leading small business sales expert provides business buyers, sellers and brokers with the strategies needed to succeed in the New Economy.

Buyers and sellers of the corner grocery store, delivery service, fast-food franchise, small manufacturing enterprise and the thousands of other types of small California businesses, face new challenges in this, the New Economy. Whether borrowing purchase money, valuing businesses for sale or structuring a buy/sell agreement, entrepreneurs who want to succeed in today’s business-for-sale marketplace need to know how the “best practices” have changed since the economic tsunami that started in 2007/2008. While the rate of small business sales in the California has dropped dramatically in the past few years--mirroring employment figures and other economic indices—there is evidence of a slow recovery. It is lead by buyers, sellers and their intermediaries who are able to effectively overcome the problems that leave many other entrepreneurs frustrated, and unable to achieve their objectives. Meanwhile, the market is being transformed by new pressures from the buy side, as more and more people decide that buying a business is a better career choice than taking your chances in the employment merry-go-round. And thousands of business offerings are coming on stream as baby boomer owners decide to retire. This new book, by one of the country’s foremost small business sales experts, points out what familiar methods are no longer effective in this quickly changing marketplace. And it explains what successful entrepreneurs are doing to make and close deals. Their strategies form the basis of the way small business buyers, sellers and the professionals who help them will succeed in the New Economy.

About Peter Siegel, MBA

Peter Siegel, MBA, is the Founder and President of, niche online community serving buyers and sellers of small businesses throughout the California market since 1994. In addition to his syndicated blog posts and articles about all aspects of buying, selling and financing the purchase of small and mid-sized businesses, Siegel has authored seven books on these subjects. Through his frequent writings, online webinars and ongoing consulting practice, Siegel provides assistance for thousands of entrepreneurs and professionals involved in California’s business for sale marketplace.

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Collateral by Callie Hart

>> Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Zeth & Sloane fight together one last time to overcome the dangers that threaten their blossoming relationship, along with all those they love.

The final instalment of Zeth & Sloane's story is here!

With Lacey missing and everything falling apart, Sloane and Zeth will do everything they can to get her back. If that includes facing off against Charlie Holsan, the DEA, and anyone else who gets in their way, then so be it.

Faced with heartbreak, danger, and the increasing need to protect the ones he loves, Zeth Mayfair is finally realizing what it means to have a family. With her fears coming full circle, Sloane must learn that forgiveness is the only way to move forward.

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Depth Astrology: An Astrological Handbook – Volumes 1-4 (Introduction, Planets in Signs, Planets in Houses, Planets in Aspect) by Gargatholil

>> Monday, October 20, 2014

The complete set of Gargatholil's 4-volume work, Depth Astrology: An Astrological Handbook--the first comprehensive handbook interpreting the astrological symbol set using the psycho-transformative depth astrology approach. For the novice or professional, this work is an introduction to depth astrology and explores the meanings of planets in signs, houses and aspect. Sample individual volumes.

This is the complete set of Gargatholil's 4-volume work, Depth Astrology: An Astrological Handbook--the first comprehensive handbook interpreting the astrological symbol set in the tradition of such pioneers as Dane Rudhyar, Liz Greene and Stephen Arroyo. In the Introduction, Gargatholil explains the theory and philosophy behind his approach to depth astrology. The Introduction also is a basic astrological primer, providing essential meanings from a depth astrology viewpoint for the astrological symbol set--planets, signs, houses, aspects, elements and modalities. In Planets in Signs, planetary placements in each of the 12 zodiacal signs are interpreted using the psycho-transformative depth astrology approach. In Planets in Houses, planetary placements in each of the 12 astrological houses are interpreted. In Planets in Aspect, each of the six major astrological aspects--conjunction, sextile, square, trine, opposition and, for most planetary combinations, the quincunx) are interpreted for each binary planetary aspect occurring in the twentieth century and in the twenty-first century through 2013. "Planets" include the 10 traditional astrological planets, the Ascendant and Midheaven, the Moon's Nodes and the Part of Fortune, except that the Ascendant and Midheaven are not contained in Planets in Houses. Each interpretation contains: an explanation of the essential meaning and potential manifestations of the planet in its placement, based on the interaction between the planetary and other zodiacal symbols; the transcendent potential of the planetary placement; and manifestations of the planetary placement from a place of insecurity. Planets in Signs also includes common meanings of the planetary placement on a positive-to-negative continuum and the "influence" of the planet when aspecting or aspected by another planet. Planets in Houses includes an interpretation of the focus of the psychological function symbolized by each planet. The handbook is searchable using the Table of Contents, with links back to the Table of Contents for ease of multiple look-ups.

Depth Astrology: An Astrological Handbook is a valuable tool for the novice just entering the field of depth astrology, for the professional astrologer desiring a look-up of planetary interpretations that provide guidance to the unfolding potentialities of planetary placements, or for anyone seeking to use the astrological symbol-set as a tool for self-discovery and growth.

To sample Planets in Signs, Planets in Houses, or Planets in Aspect, please go to those individual volumes.

About Gargatholil

Gargatholil's interest in astrology began more than 40 years ago with his discovery of the works of Dane Rudhyar and Alan Leo. In the 1980s, Gargatholil;s knowledge of astrology was further informed by the writing of Donna Cunningham, Stephen Arroyo and Liz Greene. Gargatholil has always appreciated astrology as a tool for self-knowledge and personal growth. He believes, while transits may be valuable for understanding the "astrol weather" one is experiencing, it is the natal chart that holds the key to interpreting the drives and motivations, qualities, internal conflicts and challenges, and potential of the personality resident in this lifetime. Gargatholil has long rejected using astrology to attempt to predict the future on both practical and spiritual grounds.

Gargatholil has a Libra Sun and Taurus Ascendant (both ruled by Venus), with Moon in Capricorn in the tenth house (both ruled by Saturn) cusp Aquarius (ruled by Uranus). The primary rulers of Gargatholil's chart, Venus and Saturn, are conjunct in Virgo, while the Moon forms the point of a Yod to Saturn and Uranus. Understandably, Gargatholil has a straight gig and does not wish his identity to be revealed. He also is grateful to have been blessed with the capacity to bring the content of the Higher Mind to a more concrete and structured level.

Gargatholil has eclectic taste in music. His criteria for considering something worthwhile listening to boils down to "as long as she's been doin' it right."

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How I Did It by Michael Rich

>> Sunday, October 19, 2014

The future has arrived, but history has come to a hard stop. A well-meaning industrialist named Jasper Jennings has spent several decades creating a highly functional dystopia. Many years after his death, the Jennings family discovers a manuscript that seems to provide a roadmap of how he came to control the world and how humankind may some day chart a new horizon.

The future has arrived, but history has come to a hard stop. A well-meaning industrialist has spent several decades creating a highly functional dystopia. The nations of the world have been subsumed by a centralized, quasi-governmental, corporate arrangement, tightly controlled by the Jennings family. The family patriarch, Jasper Jennings, has long since died and the arrangement is now managed by his son, Jasper Jennings, Junior, and Junior’s counselor, Dannika Weber.

The Jennings family has recently discovered a manuscript that they believe may have been written by the late Jasper Jennings. The manuscript appears to provide a roadmap describing how Jasper Jennings came to control the world, and a formulation explaining how humankind might one day reclaim control, both as individuals and as separate nations, to reset history and chart a new horizon.

As a serialized version of the manuscript is released, chapter-by-chapter, the story uses multiple perspectives to explore the relationship between the subjective reality experienced by the characters, the subjective reality offered by Jasper Jennings, and the analysis of perceived reality offered by regular media “news” reports and commentary. The story explores the confusion, anxiety, and alienation of our times, and is meant to encourage debate within the mind of the reader on practical and philosophical questions of right and wrong, public policy, and how humankind should move forward to benefit the general welfare.

About Michael Rich


I'm Michael Rich. I was born in Glendale, California in 1962. I've lived in California my entire life and currently reside in Northern California with my daughter. I'm a single parent; my wife passed away in 2011. I have always enjoyed writing and I studied creative writing in college. So far I have published one novel, but more are on the way. I'm currently working on the second novel, which has a working title of "The Preserve." I am also going to publish a series of short stories that are already completed, but need editing and formatting. If you like this first novel, "How I Did It," you can look for the short story collection in early 2015. I also enjoy writing songs (I play guitar and sing), golf, and alpine snow skiing.

My writing is inspired primarily by four writers, in alphabetical order: Albert Camus, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Aldous Huxley and Jack London. I am not as talented as any of those writers, but their writing inspires me, informs my writing in subtle ways, and sets a standard of quality that I aspire to.

If you buy "How I Did It" and you like it, I would welcome a posted review. Thanks for checking out my Smashwords profile.

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Barring Complications by Blythe Rippon

When a gay marriage case arrives at the US Supreme Court, two women find themselves at the center of the fight for marriage equality. Closeted Justice Victoria Willoughby must sway a conservative colleague and attorney Genevieve Fornier must craft compelling arguments to win five votes. Complicating matters, despite their shared history, the law forbids the two from talking to each other.

It’s an open secret that the newest justice on the Supreme Court is a lesbian. So when the Court decides to hear a case about gay marriage, Justice Victoria Willoughby must navigate the press, sway at least one of her conservative colleagues, and confront her own fraught feelings about coming out. ­­

Just when she decides she’s up to the challenge,­­ she learns that the very brilliant, very out Genevieve Fornier will be lead counsel on the case.

Genevieve isn’t sure which is causing her more sleepless nights: the prospect of losing the case, or the thought of who will be sitting on the bench when she argues it.

About Blythe Rippon

Blythe Rippon holds a PhD in the humanities and currently teaches writing to undergraduates. Until now, her publishing has been of the academic variety. When not grading papers or imagining plots for future novels, she is usually holding forth about the political injustice of the day, hiking, or experimenting in the kitchen. She has lived all over the United States and at present can be found in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she lives with her wife and children.

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