Legacy by Ellery A. Kane –book tour

 

Legacy
Ellery A. Kane
(Legacy #1)
Publication date: September 5th 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult

How do you want to feel today?

In 2041, the choice is yours.

San Francisco is deserted, the Bay Bridge bombed, and the BART subway trains grounded. The Guardians, members of an elite and mysterious government-appointed military police force, are maintaining order at all costs—thanks to emotion-altering drugs like Emovere that suppress fear and anxiety. Lex Knightley, daughter of a prominent forensic psychiatrist, risks entering the devastated city to partner with the Resistance, a group of rebels intent upon exposing the dangers of Emovere. Lex discovers an ally in Quin McAllister, a magnetic Guardian Force recruit with a haunting past that binds them together. As she uncovers the secrets of the Guardian Force and confronts the truth about her family, Lex begins to realize that even those closest to her are not quite who they seem.

Legacy is the first book in the Legacy trilogy but can also be enjoyed as a standalone.

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Top 10 Favorite Fictional Female Characters, in no particular order:

  1. Amy Dunne, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Because who doesn’t like a bad, bad girl.
  2. Katniss Everdeen, Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. Because it takes uncommon bravery to risk your life for others.
  3. Hermione Granger, Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. Because girls are wicked smart.
  4. Beatrice “Tris” Prior, Divergent series by Veronica Roth. Because she embraces her differences.
  5. Molly Weasley, Harry Potter series. Because there is nothing like a mother’s love.
  6. Carrie Mathison, Homeland television series, Showtime. Because her weaknesses (including a fairly serious case of Bipolar Disorder) only make her stronger.
  7. Ramona Quimby, Ramona series by Beverly Cleary. Because sometimes a little mischief is just what the doctor ordered.
  8. Scout, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Because she stands up for her convictions in a cynical world.
  9. Elle Woods, Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown. Because looks can be deceiving.
  10. Clarice Starling, The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris. Because she goes toe-to-toe with a serial killer and lives to tell about it.

Author Bio:

Forensic psychologist by day, young-adult novelist by night, Ellery Kane has been writing—professionally and creatively—for as long as she can remember. Just like her main character, Lex, Ellery loves to ask why, which is the reason she became a psychologist in the first place. Real life really is stranger than fiction, and Ellery’s writing is often inspired by her day job. Evaluating violent criminals and treating trauma victims, she has gained a unique perspective on the past and its indelible influence on the individual. An avid short story writer as a teenager, Ellery recently began writing for enjoyment again, and the Legacy series was born.

Ellery’s debut novel, Legacy, has received several awards, including winning the Gold Medal in the Independent Publisher Book Awards, young adult, e-book category. Ellery was recently selected as one of ten semifinalists in the MasterClass James Patterson Co-Author Competition.

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Siomai & Friends Fries by Chris DeBrie–book excerpt

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Kaon na? These are the impressions of an American visiting the Cebu region of the Philippines for the first time. An enlightening and hilarious account from writer Chris DeBrie.

Unlimited Kids [chp 4]

At my host family’s house, I found out that the surrounding neighborhood was dotted with relatives. When I visited the house, up to twenty children under fourteen would come running.

That’s a cousin, the host family told me, those are our other cousins… and she is our sister in law…

My wife laughed at the look on my face as I tried to process all of the faces and names and talking. Unlimited kids, she said.

A few of the kids held their arms up to my arm, comparing tones. They looked at each other, talking excitedly in Visaya, and laughing. I sang the Bahay Kubo song, and they took over, almost screaming the words. Drew pictures of superheroes and animals on someone’s homework after I’d motioned for a pen and pad. A finger reached and tapped my illustration of the Hulk. “His head’s too wide,” said one boy who could speak English a bit better. “Everybody’s a critic,” I said, and he grinned.cebu-kids-pray

There were no smartphones and iPads here. No MP3 earbuds. These children were squatting in the dirt, or leaning against my shoulders. Someone brought me a chair though I didn’t ask, and I sat in it, still ham-fistedly entertaining all the kids gathered around me, staring and trying to communicate. Kaon na? Musta na? I learned a few new words of Visaya and quickly forgot them.

Only one boy, maybe two years old, looked disturbed to see me. Wearing only a dirty white shirt, he stood a bit away from us. I could see him over their heads. He glared, ran away, stopped to see if anyone was chasing. He glared again from a distance, and then ran out of sight.

For about a half hour, I joined in a game they were playing: You and another person each held a trading card in the palm. Both of you slap palms and the card facing up takes both cards. Ties mean a do-over. A very satisfying game, and not only because I was winning before we were called to eat.

“They love you,” said one of the neighborhood uncles, who had married into the family. “You want to take one cebu-shipIMG_6231home with you?” No, salamat po. “Do you want a lot of kids?” Will take what the Lord gives me…

Lots of food had been cooking. The activity was in preparation for a birthday party. Kebobs, dipping sauces, chicken wings and whole chickens, and some veggies I had requested after trying some street vendors, and plenty of rice. My favorite was the lumpia [basically an eggroll], both the ones with meat and the ones with a fried banana inside. A fancy chocolate cake got eaten and smeared on toddlers’ faces—then on adults’ as well. Then a blast of feedback got all the kids excited and running off into the darkness.

Karaoke time… a VERY LOUD speaker system was assembled beneath a small tarp. As the sun set, lots of people (mostly females) did their thing, blasting out (mostly American) pop tunes of the last thirty years. Not my thing, but I was persuaded to sing so persistently, I finally did Elvis: “Heartbreak Hotel.” I was alarmed at how loud my voice was. Did this kind of thing make the neighbors angry? Or maybe everyone just took turns belting Britney Spears and Michael Jackson.

I had read about the pinoy culture where men were almost expected to have someone on the side. And I’d heard jokes in my youth about Catholic-majority nations where they dropped babies continually, because birth control was off-limits according to the Vatican. One expat complained that poorer Filipinos kept having children cebu-toledo-paradethat they couldn’t afford and wouldn’t use control… he partly blamed those attitudes for the poverty. Perhaps he is correct.

I only know that the Filipino children I met had a more child-like, free spirit than most American youth. That was an eye-opener because I am used to meeting children who are swimming in their apps and who ‘know everything’… not used to children who stand back and wait for their elders to get food. Not used to being treated like a respected uncle by the very young; to being protected where ever I went by a dozen little bodyguards. It was discouraging to return to the States only for that reason—because most youth here don’t have time to look you square in the eye.

Chris DeBrie is an American publisher, cartoonist, and musician.

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Ashley Terrell – The Black Sheep Shadow – Virtual Book Tour

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Non Fiction / Self-Help / Memoir

Date Published: April 19, 2016

 

 

The city lights blind your amazement. The sound of the traffic challenges you to be alive. Families ask bystanders to make magic and capture the moment with photographs. Newly engaged couples seal their union by kissing under shooting stars while loving by crossing their hearts.

 

But if your heart was under arrest, wouldn’t you want to embrace something to feel like others?

 

Go insider the world of one courageous sheep as she discovers that her heart was under attack by darkness. As she travels on a spiritual journey to understanding her purpose, overcoming the undertones of low confidence, self-acceptance, and the importance of inspiration, she rose against the odds with forgiveness and strengthening her faith.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:    MAY 4, 2016

 

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An Opening in a Dark Sky

The “White in Black Places” Breaking Barriers

 

Greensboro, NC: The evolution of time presents itself in trends and rhythms of skinny jeans, colored lipsticks and natural afro puffs. Within the understanding of identity, men and women are becoming comfortable with uncovering their potential.

Chairmen and executives find advantageous marketing positions to heighten their importance of their influential products. As various products fly off shelves in nearby stores, businesses are escaping the secret to what encourages high gross sales and supply in demand.

“Example of intentional change,” author, Ashley Terrell, explained. “Instead of trying to change it to go away, we need to begin to accept why our flaws are here. It is to influence self-acceptance.

Terrell, author of the nonfiction book, The Black Sheep Shadow, reflects on days that she felt were intentional to endure to be able to become a true disciple for self-betterment and resilience.

“We decide if we want an unconditional relationship with ourselves. We have to decide if it will be a choice or decision.  The rhythm of your journey will be based on your thinking of what you choose (reactive behavior) or decide (proactive behavior),” she explains.

Terrell’s The Black Sheep Shadow has received raved reviews from the cast of Bounce TV’s Saints and Sinners cast, and USA Today. The potent yet vivid descriptions of each turning point has gained its own hashtag trend [as #TheBlackSheepShadow] on social platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

“The most successful person has to lose [unexpected] ones along the way to find strength. Successful people have to skip and ration meals to see how far they will go to eat. Successful people have to lose money to learn how to keep it the second time. Sometimes successful people have their world burned entirely to see their purpose is to influence far bigger [than their own],” Terrell expressed deeply. “Successful people are the ‘white in black places’. I am tired of hoping someone sees we need to do better. I’m GOING to break the barrier(s).

Purchase The Black Sheep Shadow on Amazon NOW!

                                For Terrell’s #TheBlackSheepShadow tour dates, visit www.blacksheepandcompany.com.

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Ashley Terrell is the founder of Stella Bistro Foods and Black Sheep Inc. Terrell is the host and co-director of Cooking with Stella (2016).  She resides on the East Coast where she enjoys Author Info Card Updated black sheep.jpgblissful sunsets and sounds of ocean waves.

 

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