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I belong to a Facebook group dealing with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (the autoimmune disease I happen to have). There is a troubling trend in this group that leads to one group literally bullying a select few. And, what is this bullying about? Gluten.

I kid you not.

A little background if you will. Apparently, several years ago, a doctor decided that the cells of gluten looked a lot like thyroid cells, so thus, people with thyroid disease (especially those with autoimmune thyroid disease) should never eat gluten again. Ironically, nothing about this is backed up by hard science, but that’s besides the point.

Well, because people tend to jump on bandwagons, loads of people with thyroid disease and osteopaths have jumped on this like ugly on a monkey. Some even proclaiming that if you stop gluten, eat a modified Paleo diet (which includes eliminating not only gluten, but sugar and dairy as well), then your Hashimoto’s will be cured.

There is a huge problem with this. One: There is no cure for autoimmune disease. Two: Because thyroid hormone is literally inside every cell in your body, you will never get rid of it. Even removing the thyroid gland isn’t enough. Mostly, because it is impossible to remove all trace of thyroid tissue.

So, what point am I making? These Gluten-Free-Paleo addicts are bullying the other thyroid sufferers. It is almost like a religious fervor. On a daily basis, I see people reprimanded for not being Paleo, not eating gluten-free– even when the person has stated that trying the diet did nothing for them.

What are they told? That you didn’t stay on the diet long enough. That you have to be on it for months before all traces of gluten are out of your diet. I’m sorry, but if you feel like hell on a diet, you shouldn’t stay on it for months just because someone on the internet thinks you should.

Are there some people with Hashimoto’s who also have Celiac disease? Sure. Are there some people who don’t have full-blown Celiac but seem to feel better not eating gluten? Yep. And, if either of these apply to you- then more power to you. But, you should not berate someone who does not have the problem- especially with something that hasn’t even been proven.

And, also, on that same note, if you follow the Paleo diet and it works for you, great! But, stop trying to force everyone around you into eating it. Egads.

I feel so strongly about this because I happen to not have issues with gluten. In fact, the other day I had an upset stomach and eating a piece of cake with cool whip on top made me feel completely better. So, I would imagine these gluten zealots would say I was lying. But I’m not.

Not everything works for everyone. And, no one should have to put up with being bullied just because the thing that works for YOU doesn’t happen to work for ME.

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About the Book:

Social worker Max Hollingsworth is no stranger to monsters. Supernatural or human, he’s faced all kinds. But when he’s called upon to investigate a missing child, he may have met his match.

Children are vanishing, not just from the streets, but from their parents’ memories. Max’s investigation leads him to a gang of neo-Nazi vampires running a child slavery ring. There, he comes face to face with the deadliest enemy he’s ever met, their charismatic and powerful leader Boone.

Running low on hope and options to find the missing children, Max turns to his friends for help. But even they aren’t enough. Forced to face the darkness of his own past, Max forges an alliance with the least likely ally of all. An enemy whose cruelty was almost his end, and haunts him still.

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About the Author:

Though born in Mesa, Arizona, Sean has spent most of his life in Missouri. After college, Sean went into social and investigative work, primarily with disabled adults and seniors. Sean’s background in sociology, criminology, and philosophy and his experience as an investigator for the State of Missouri, are heavy influences in his writing.

While Sean has been writing most of his life, he did not consider doing so professionally until he was inspired by a terrible vampire movie. During the film, Sean amused himself by imagining the vampires being attacked by a dragon. His imagination resulted in his series, The Dragon’s Blood Chronicles, featuring dragons and vampires.
Sean enjoys watching and reading science fiction, fantasy, horror, and thrillers. His hobbies include playing Xbox, fantasy role playing games and collecting firearms.

Moth is Book 1 of The Max Hollingsworth Paranormal Mysteries. Sean’s other books include The Shadow of Tiamet and The Will of the Darkest One, both from The Dragon’s Blood Chronicles.

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Moth will be available at retailers this summer.

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Thanks to Danielle for having me here to talk about my new book. THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT is Book two in the Speak of the Devil series. Speak of the Devil is the introductory book where we discover the characters, the world of angels and demons, and the situation. In TDMMDI we are left in that world, and taken even farther when the main character Lily discovers a prophecy about the Silence of God and is taken to Hell. It’s darker than the first book and is the transition between the origin book and the resolution book, which will be the third one in the series. It’s The Empire Strikes Back of the trilogy, hence my tag line: The demons strike back!

Danielle suggested I talk to you today about

The Top 10 angel weapons!

Here they are in no particular order…

1. Crosses
Angels and humans can use crosses to repel demons on Earth. They aren’t quite as effective as they usually are with vampires, but they do give demons pause if you need some time to get away.

2. Faith
In my books, God has gone missing. They call it the Silence of God, and for nearly a decade the angels haven’t had contact with him. Some of the angels start to fall because of this lack of connection to God. Those who keep their faith, remain strong.

3. Double bladed sword- Cassie’s weapon of choice
Cassie is one of the juniors at the high school who we discover is an angel. During the battle between the haloes and the horns, Cassie shows up with a double bladed sword all Darth Maul like.

4. Spirit Sword
The Spirit Sword is a holy sword used in the final battle in book one. It gets lost at the end of Speak of the Devil

5. Divine dagger
This is another holy relic the angels have yet to find.

6. Gun – Luc
Luc, our dreamy, angel hero, shows up to rescue Lily with the Spirit Sword, a regular dagger, and a handgun strapped to his hip.

7. Love
Obvs.

8. Teamwork
The angels follow a code and work together, for the most part. Once they get their act together. :p

9. Two short swords –
Belle, Lily’s angel bff, shows up to the holy war with two short swords to make short work of the demon battalion.

10. Lily’s ability-
Lily, a seemingly ordinary high school girl, has the ability to speak to the angels, to Heaven, and eventually between any of the planes which comes in handy since the angels are pretty well plane-bound until God is found.


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The Book:

The Devil Made Me Do It
Book Two: Speak of the Devil series
By Shawna Romkey

Coming July 1 – Go to hell!

The demons strike back!

Lily is working with the angels to stifle the last of the demon outbreaks and to figure out how to stop the Silence of God, so life can get back to boring normality. But all hell breaks loose when she’s stolen from school and brought face to face with the devil himself. Lily has to find her way back home to Luc, crack the prophecy that breaks the curse silencing God, and figure out how she and Luc can ever really be together; but Lucifer has other plans for her that don’t include her ever getting out of Hell in tact.

Book One, Speak of the Devil, is currently on sale for $2.99 for the Kindle.

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About the Author:

Shawna Romkey, teacher by day, writer by night (or day or whenever anyone leaves her alone long enough to get some work done). Bestselling YA / NA paranormal author of Speak of the Devil. The second in the series, The Devil Made Me Do It, will release July 1.

Shawna is from Kansas City, Missouri, but resides in Nova Scotia in a house by the sea with her husband, two sons, and currently two dogs but that’s subject to change depending on the local homeless dog population.

For more info, check out her website at http://www.shawnaromkey.com.

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Maer AuthorMy buddy, Maer Wilson, is the co-owner of the Mythbehaving podcast. She’s interviewed people such as Lyndee Walker, Gretchen McNeil, and others.

Well, she’s decided to start hosting blog tours. I can tell you, Maer will do anything in her power to make sure you get the exposure you need.

Here’s the link for the Deets. Mythbehaving Book Tours

Great value as far as I’m concerned.

We are pleased to present:

Jessica Moriarty appears to have it all—a successful career as an architect, a loyal group of friends, a gorgeous apartment, and an on-again-off-again affair with Boston’s most eligible bachelor. Behind this “perfect life” façade, Jessica hides the loss she feels over giving up her dream career as an artist, copes with a destructive relationship with her alcoholic mother, and struggles with heartbreak over a lost love.

Jacques Sinclair only needs his cameras, a backpack, and a good pair of walking shoes. A world-renowned photographer, he is a man without boundaries. Despite fame and fortune, he still yearns for the woman who shattered his heart when she vanished from his life five years ago.

A chance meeting brings Jacques and Jessica back together. Reunions aren’t always planned or welcomed, but chemistry has a way of revealing what is denied. Ensnared in a web of sabotage and conspiracy—carefully constructed by people who want to control their lives—Jacques and Jessica struggle to trust each other, break free from the status quo, reclaim their love, and build a life of extraordinary possibility.

Amber Lea Easton is a multi-published fiction and nonfiction author. Smart is sexy, according to Easton, which is why she writes about strong female characters who have their flaws and challenges but ultimately persevere. She currently has six contemporary romance and romantic suspense novels out in the world: Kiss Me Slowly, Riptide, Reckless Endangerment, Anonymity, In Between, and Dancing Barefoot. Her memoir, Free Fall, is dedicated to suicide prevention, awareness, and helping others navigate the dark journey of grief.

In addition, Easton works as an editor, freelance journalist, and professional speaker. She speaks on subjects ranging from writing to widowhood. Some of her videos on romance writing have appeared on the international Writers & Authors television network. Current radio appearances are linked via her author website, http://www.amberleaeaston.com.

Easton currently lives with her two teenagers in the Colorado Rocky Mountains where she gives thanks daily for the gorgeous view outside her window. She finds inspiration from traveling, the people she meets, nature and life’s twists and turns. At the end of the day, as long as she’s writing, she considers herself simply to be “a lucky lady liv’n the dream.”

Easton also publishes under the name Dakota Skye who has one paranormal erotic romance, Blurred Lines, currently available and another, Deadly Decadence, due out in the fall of 2014

 

Amazon Author Page: viewAuthor.at/AmberLeaEaston

Excerpt One (short)

 

She stood on the threshold of the bookstore dodging patrons and pedestrians. Ten past seven. Regret sagged her knees. For the second time in her life, she labeled herself the Queen of Self-Sabotage. As if leaning against a fierce wind of remorse, she pushed the door open, and forced one foot in front of the other.

“I’m looking for Jacques Sinclair.” She forced the words from a too-dry throat.

“I’m sorry, you just missed him.” The employee didn’t look up from the stack of books she arranged on a table.

Missed him. She nodded without truly understanding how she could have undermined herself like this. Again. “He’s really gone then?”

The girl worked as if she hadn’t spoken, head down, oblivious.

Her gaze connected with the cover of Jacques’s book. Legs heavy and unsteady, she maneuvered toward the display until she touched the cover with her fingertips.

Rome.

Closing her eyes, she smelled the overpowering scent of the roses, felt the early morning breeze against bare skin, sensed him moving behind her, tasted him on her lips, heard the low sound of his voice saying her name.

“Excuse me, do you know if Mr. Sinclair is staying in Boston tonight?” she asked.

The woman looked at her as if she were a stalker. “He probably went back to New York. His gallery exhibit isn’t until next weekend.”

“Back to New York?” Information overload crashed her system. So close. The same side of the Atlantic. She braced herself against the counter.

“He lives in New York,” she answered as if speaking to a small, slow child.

“Right. He has an exhibit next Saturday. I saw that in the article…what gallery?” She handed over her credit card and blinked at the cover again.

“The Bliss Institute.”

Breathing ceased again and she silently cursed Fate. Her friend Miranda owned the Bliss Institute. What was happening? Did Jacques know that? Of course not, how could he? She felt like an insane woman on the precipice of a major nervous breakdown.

“Are you all right?” The woman grabbed the book and slipped it into a bag.

“Perfect, never better.” She needed a martini…she’d give her life for a martini. Oblivion sounded like heaven right now.

The girl handed her the receipt before stepping away as if afraid of catching the insanity bug.

Six weeks. Jacques planned on being in Boston for six weeks.

Laughter from upstairs halted her retreat. As if dragging her legs through mud, she walked toward the stairs. With every step, memories overpowered her. Laughing in bed with rain falling outside open windows, whispered secrets in the dark, sharing wine directly from the bottle, feeding each other bread with their fingertips.

Him asking her to marry him, her saying yes.

Her throwing it all away for reasons that now seemed meaningless.

“We should go, Jacques. We’re running late. Miranda’s already at the restaurant.” A stick-like man with shaggy brown hair and black-framed eye glasses appeared at the top of the stairs.

She stood on the bottom step, one foot poised to ascend, her hand on the railing and blocking the way. She clutched the bag to her side and turned to flee.

“Jess?” The quiet question stopped her descent. “Jessica Moriarty?”

She gripped the railing and looked up at him.

Jacques stood at the top of the stairs, blond hair falling across his forehead and skimming his ears, different from the picture on display, more like it had been when they’d known one another, shaggy and disheveled. Emerald eyes snapped with fire as his gaze raked over her from head to foot. A cobalt blue shirt had been stuffed into black jeans, half in the waistband and half out as if he simply didn’t give a damn. He’d rolled the sleeves to his elbows, exposing tanned forearms, and a leather bracelet twisted around his left wrist. He walked toward her like a predator who’d cornered his prey. Slowly…surely. Sexuality oozed from his pores with every step he took.

She stepped back and swallowed the rush of saliva that flooded her mouth.

He stopped two stairs above her. “Running away from me again?”

 

 

 

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But first a taste of the early reviews…
4 stars
via Avid Reader:
I loved this
story.
It was refreshingly honest, brutally tragic, and at times lyrical in it’s flow. Their connection was so intense that as I read it, I was like this absolutely cannot survive. Love this intense and in your face has a slow burn to it, and will torch everything in i’s path until it is stamped out…There was nothing contrived about it. I felt like I was literally a fly on the wall and this was happening in reality and not fiction land. I liked them both, probably one of the best couples I have ever read.”…read entire review http://goo.gl/R191Sa
5 stars via ChristophFischerBooks
“Conflicting emotions and insurmountable chemistry cause both of them to reassess the past, their current lives and priorities. Easton shows the magnetic and hypnotic effect of physical and emotional attraction very well and the gradual crumbling of outer facades and deep inner resolve. This is a romantic fantasy written in a convincing and heart warming manner and with enough complications thrown in to make for a very entertaining and gripping read.”…read entire review http://goo.gl/R191Sa
5 stars via Sglas, Amazon reader review:
“Excitement, intrigue, twists and turns! Dancing Barefoot has it all. Very hard to put down.” read entire review http://goo.gl/R191Sa
GET IT TODAY!!
Amazon: myBook.to/DB
Link to the prequel, In Between: an Italian love story, that is a permanent free read on the author blog (14 chapters total): http://goo.gl/T9XCOj
Tune in for more:

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Genre: Urban Fantasy
Blurb:

Jesse James Dawson never wanted to find himself in the middle of a demonic war. However, with the addition of 275 extra souls to his life, he’s got a target painted on his back in the most literal sense. With his apprentice, Estéban Perez, in tow, he heads to Mexico where the boy’s mother, a powerful bruja, will hopefully be able to extract the souls without harm to any party involved.

Champions for generations, the Perez family knows all there is to know about magic and taking out demons. But, like every family, there is drama bubbling beneath the surface. Add to that an ancient evil that has been waiting for just this chance, and of course, things are all going straight to Hell.

My Review:

Oh goodness, what can I say about K.A. Stewart’s A Snake in the Grass? It’s amazing, action-filled, urban-fantasy deliciousness. With each installment of the Jesse James Dawson series, the stakes get higher and I just can’t get enough.

Axel is also back in his full glory. I can’t get into it much here because I don’t want to spoil things, but let’s just say we now know for sure who and what Axel is and it’s wonderful.

Stewart had set this up for a heck of a climax with the next book. Fans of Jim Butcher will love Jesse James Dawson. Long live “The Way.”

Five Freaking Awesome Stars

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Welcome to the Longclaws book blast. آ This one of a kind novel by Steve Peek is an amazing journey into a different kind of horror story, with a new version of the mythology the reader might not expect.

With an average of 4.7 stars out of 5, this is an amazing book that will take you places you don’t expect. آ Interested? آ Read more, or grab your copy at $0.99 while it’s on sale!Blurbb

 

Longclaws Stone Gates Trilogy Cover 04-23-14Their world is crowded with active volcanoes, sulfur and acid rains, permanent thick clouds turn day into deep twilight. It is a violent place: moment-to-moment survival is victory, every creature is constantly predator and prey, sleep is certain death.

This is home to the longclaws, beings of super-human speed, strength and senses. Their predatory skills allow themآ only a tenuous niche in their hellish environment. Though smart and fierce, their rank in the food chain is far below the top. One clan leader draws from ancient legends of paradise and devises a plan to escape and take his clan to the otherworld – a world filled with slow, defenseless prey.
The clan activates an Indian mound deep in southern forests and enters our world -hungry for prey.
Torrential rains and washed out bridges force a runaway teen, an old dowser and a Cherokee healer to face the horrors of the clan’s merciless onslaught.
Mankind’s legends are filled with vampires, werewolves, dragons and other nightmarish. Perhaps our legend of hell is based on the world of the Longclaws.

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Steve Peek

Steve Peek grew up in a family of readers and writers.آ  In the second grade a neighbor gave him a toy printing press and, using rubber linotype, he wrote and printed a neighborhood paper.آ  His first short story won a competition in his third grade class.آ  Sometimes he dreamed of being a policeman, fireman, lawyer, minister, soldier, politician, but in every dream he was also a writer.

Peek loves games.آ  He enjoyed a forty year career in the game industry which allowed him to travel the world where he was able to explore many of the ancient, mythical places he’d read about. Some legends associated with these enigmatic sites led him down a winding road to a junction where myth meets science and the hold of this magical place continues its grip.

Over the decades Steve always wrote.آ  Sometimes just here and there.آ  Twice he managed to have books published.

Now, with the precious time to write, Steve found the traditional publishing world in disarray and decided that it is more important for him to write than to sell books to the big publishing houses.آ  The venue of the e-book makes this possible.آ  So, for better or for worse, Steve sits at a kitchen table looking into the woods around his home in the Smokey Mountains and writes every day.

Reviewers have declared his books Longclaws and Alien Agenda: Why they came, Why they stayed to be a new sub-genre, â€کscience faction’.آ  Much of the books are based on history and science while the story falls under fiction.

Steve’s books are based on things that interest him and he works hard to make them interesting for his readers.

He would like to hear from you viaآ jstephenpeek on facebookآ or send himآ a message via his contact form.

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So, Steve, tell us a bitآ about what you’re writing now

Currently titled Dark Paradise, Steve is 60,000 words into one of his strangest tales of all.آ  One morning, all over the world, people on the coast wake up to discover many islands occupying what was empty sea the day before.آ  Governments and individuals are unable to set-foot on the islands.آ  People begin to disappear.آ  At first dozens, then hundreds, then millions simply vanish.آ  The Earth’s population drops of 8 billion to less than 500,000 million.آ  Civilization crumbles.آ  As the story unfolds the remaining individuals are faced with a choice.آ  It has been great fun to write.

And, why did you change Longclaws to a Trilogy?

Longclaws is truly a labor of love.آ  Written and re-written over 20 years there were many interesting stories and scenes that did not make it into the final version.آ  The trilogy, when finished, consists of a prequel set in World War II England where a young Royce Mason is recruited to fight in a war of the occult.آ  The final book brings the two main characters back together in the most hellish adventure imaginable.آ  I hope they survive but sometimes my worlds just take over and things don’t workout so well for puny humans.

And, you’re touring both Alien Agenda and Longclaws with us between July 12th and 26th – tell us a bit about Alien Agenda….

Alien Agenda:آ  Why they came, Why they stayed, is a book reviewers have dubbed science faction.آ  Written in the style of James Michener and Leon Uris, it mixes accurate and detailed history that most of us lived through, while weaving fiction into the fabric of what actually happened.آ آ  There is more truth in the book than fiction and it is often difficult for a reader to know what is real and what is not making it a very convincing work of “science faction.”

Remember, Longclaws is available over the next few days for only $0.99!

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Steve will be touring in Julyآ with the Finishing Fairies. آ Both books, Longclaws and Alien Agenda are available for review, and are interesting, engaging books that you’re sure to enjoy. آ If you’d like to join us, we’d *love* to have you. آ Please sign up here!

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