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Games of Make-Believe by Julie Ann WambachGames of Make-Believe by Julie Ann Wambach

Thanks to Rebecca Brown of  Cadence Group, I am giving away one print copy of Games of Make-Believe by Julie Ann Wambach.

Description of Games of Make-Believe by Julie Ann Wambach

Julie Ann Wambach, an Arizona resident for fifty years, sets her new book, Games of Make-Believe, in the early Phoenix, Arizona, area where the population by 1990 had grown by seven and half times of that in 1960. During these years, the explosive building boom and rapid cultural changes brought by an influx of diverse people from many other parts of the country imposed a heavy price tag on residents. For Dr. Wambach, a retired college professor whose early writings were primarily in the academic arena, this is her first work of fiction.

Amidst the 1960-1990 Phoenix transformation, the Prince family struggles to create what we now call a “blended family” before they ever heard the term. When a prosperous gentleman convinces her to marry him, Bella’s arduous existence suddenly holds the promise of enchantment. Thus begins twenty-eight stories, some in the style of a romantic fairytale, others of a comedy or a tragedy. Together, the stories explore the role of make-believe in a dysfunctional stepfamily trying to make sense of their lives in the changing community around them.

At the center of the family discord is the daughter who Bella’s husband brings into the marriage. Renata immediately rejects her new stepmother and two stepsisters. No one knows how to unify this group. As an adult survivor of child abuse, Bella struggles to create a convincing self-identity within her new husband’s affluent world. Her take-charge approach to running the family convinces others, but not herself. In an effort to make sense of it all, Bella latches onto a series of religions and pop psychologies, while her husband wholly devotes himself to the intense competition surrounding his flourishing home development business. 

About Julie Ann WambachGames of Make-Believe by Julie Ann Wambach

A retired college professor whose publications were primarily academic, Dr. Julie Ann Wambach offers her first work of fiction, Games of Make-Believe. She was born in Wisconsin to a large family and has always been interested in the dynamics of both her own family and those of her friends and acquaintances.

Having lived in Arizona for 50 years, Wambach knew Phoenix when it was a sleepy community and she watched the changes in size and population makeup as it grew into a huge metropolitan area. How these changes affected families led Wambach to create a work of fiction wherein a family with roots from outside Arizona struggled to make sense of who they were and how they might fit into the this complicated new world.

While their two grown children have settled elsewhere, Dr. Wambach and her husband still live in the Phoenix area.

Giveaway of Games of Make-Believe by Julie Ann Wambach

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Assassins by Mike Bond: Giveaway

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Assassins by Mike BondAssassins by Mike Bond

Thanks to Matt Gillick of Meryl Moss Media, I am giving away one print copy of Assassins by Mike Bond.

Description of Assassins by Mike Bond

From its terrifying start in the night skies of Afghanistan to its stunning end in the Paris terrorist attacks, Assassins is, in novelized form, the story of the last thirty years of war between Islam and the West. Based on the author’s experiences in the Middle East, Assassins lives this unending conflict from the viewpoints of an American commando, a French woman doctor, an Afghani warlord, a Russian major, and a British woman journalist.

Drop by parachute into the deadly mountains of Afghanistan, fight door to door in the bloody
cities of Iraq and the lethal deserts of Syria, Sinai and Africa, know the terror of battle inside a Russian tank, feel the power of passion and love when at any moment you both can die – it’s all there, all real, in Assassins.

Did the Saudi government finance 9/11? Did the Bush administration let Osama bin Laden
escape Afghanistan and then lie about Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq? Did President
Obama’s decision to leave Iraq in 2011 lead to the rise of ISIS and its worldwide fanaticism?
It’s all there, all real, in Assassins.

Praise for Mike Bond

“The master of the existential thriller.”-BBC

“One of the 21st century’s most exciting authors.”-Washington Times

“Grips the reader from the opening chapter and never lets go.”- Miami Herald

“A work of compelling fiction … Very highly recommended.”- Midwest Book Review

About Mike BondAssassins by Mike Bond

MIKE BOND is the best-selling author of Saving ParadiseHouse of JaguarThe Last SavannaHoly WarTibetan Cross, and Killing Maine. He is a war and human rights journalist and ecologist who has lived and worked in many dangerous and war-torn regions of the world.

His critically acclaimed novels depict the innate hunger of the human heart for good, the intense joys of love, the terror and fury of battle, the sinister conspiracies of dictators, corporations and politicians, and the beauty of the vanishing natural world.

Giveaway of Assassins by Mike Bond

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River at Night by Erica FerencikRiver at Night by Erica Ferencik

Thanks to Alexa Limbach of Wunderkind, I am giving away one print copy of River at Night by Erica Ferencik.

Description of River at Night by Erica Ferencik

Winifred Allen needs a vacation.

Stifled by a soul-crushing job, devastated by the death of her beloved brother, and lonely after the end of a fifteen-year marriage, Wini is feeling vulnerable. So when her three best friends insist on a high-octane getaway for their annual girls’ trip, she signs on, despite her misgivings.

What starts out as an invigorating hiking and rafting excursion in the remote Allagash Wilderness soon becomes an all-too-real nightmare: A freak accident leaves the women stranded, separating them from their raft and everything they need to survive. When night descends, a fire on the mountainside lures them to a ramshackle camp that appears to be their lifeline. But as Wini and her friends grasp the true intent of their supposed saviors, long buried secrets emerge and lifelong allegiances are put to the test. To survive, Wini must reach beyond the world she knows to harness an inner strength she never knew she possessed.

With intimately observed characters, visceral prose, and pacing as ruthless as the river itself, The River at Night is a dark exploration of creatures—both friend and foe—that you won’t soon forget.

Praise for River at Night by Erica Ferencik

“A gal-pal vacation goes over the falls and into hell. You won’t put it down.”-Kirkus Reviews

“Raw, relentless and heart-poundingly real, this book knocked me off my feet like a river in spate.”-New York Times bestselling author Ruth Ware

“A twisting, turning thrill ride of a novel, The River at Night will sweep you along, pull you under and not let you come up for air until you’ve turned the last page.  Erica Ferencik expertly captures the wild, untouched Maine landscape and the ferocity of both nature and humankind.”-New York Times bestselling author Jennifer McMahon

“The River at Night is a white water thrill ride to be sure. But it’s more than than that. Erica Ferencik digs deep into friendship, midlife angst, and how we can surprise ourselves when the worst things happen. Wini is a character I can imagine myself knowing, sharing secrets over coffee. I pulled for her the whole way, through all the rapids, all the bends and twists of this terrific debut.”-New York Times bestselling author Lisa Unger

About Erica Ferencik

River at Night by Erica Ferencik

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Erica Ferencik is a graduate of the MFA program in Creative Writing at Boston University. Her work has appeared in Salon and The Boston Globe, as well as on National Public Radio. Find out more on her website EricaFerencik.com and follow her on Twitter @EricaFerencik.

Giveaway of River at Night by Erica Ferencik

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