Friday, June 20, 2014

Euclid author publishes book on relationship with God

From a news release:
“Death Never Crossed My Mind,” a new book by Anne Allen, has been released by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc.

Accepting God in your life can truly change you as a person. In her deteriorating health due to a brain tumor, the author tells a piece of her life, how God healed and cared for her during her times of great need. She tells how the Word of God became her source of strength and comfort whenever she feels frail, and how she falls back and finds herself again in the comforting love of God.

The book discusses different aspects of the author’s life and what she thinks about the past as she looks at it now. She shares lessons learned from many years of struggle, pain, doubt, hatred, and jealousy, but also shows enough of the happiness that God and her loved ones have imparted in her life.

Death Never Crossed My Mind, by Anne Allen, is a selfless pouring and sharing of wisdom gleaned from a fruitful life’s journey.

Anne Allen was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She is now retired and resides in Euclid with her husband of thirty-five years, and dedicates her time to serving the Lord and helping other people.  
“Death Never Crossed My Mind” is a 108-page paperback with a retail price of $14.00. The ISBN is 978-1-4349-2842-9.  It was published by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For more information, or to request a review copy, please go to our virtual pressroom at or our online bookstore


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Brook Park author explores importance of family in new book

From a news release:
BROOK PARK, Ohio — In her new children’s book, “Cricket, the Unhappy Frog,” author Mary Lu Stary tells a story that showcases the importance of family to one’s personal happiness.
The story introduces readers to a little female frog named Cricket. When her father and sisters suddenly disappear from the pond, Cricket knows it’s up to her to find them. Readers will follow her as she hops along highways and through forests to find the family she didn’t realize was so important to her happiness.
Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher, or by visiting or
Stary is the mother of six and a grandmother of 10. She lives in Brook Park, Ohio, with two of her children. She has dreamed of becoming a published author since her days as co-editor of the high school newspaper.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

#bookyourtrip with NPR

Because I'm always looking to add to the list of books I'm in the middle of reading or hope to finally crack open, I was excited to see this news release in my inbox. NPR Books has put together a summer reading collection titled Book Your Trip:

June 17, 2014; Washington, D.C. – Who needs destinations? This summer, NPR Books focuses on the journey. Tales of travel and transit inspire this year’s Summer Books package, an annual recommendation of literature and reading centered around a select theme. “Book Your Trip” launches today with an introductory story airing during Morning Edition and a dozen online lists from notable critics, librarians and tastemakers. Start exploring now at  
The 12 “Book Your Trip” reading lists collect favorite books about incredible journeys, and can be browsed by mode of transportation: Train, Plane, Car, Bike, Boat, Foot, City Transit, Horse, Balloon, Rocketship, Time, and even Dragons, Drugs and Giant Peaches. The lists feature selections from NPR staffincluding Michele Norris, Lynn Neary, Neda Ulaby and Mandalit del Barco, as well as book critics Nancy Pearl, Maureen Corrigan, Ellah Allfrey, Alan Cheuse and Jane Ciabattari. Audiences can share personal favorites in the comments section of the lists or in social media using the hashtag #bookyourtrip.  
In complementary reports airing across NPR newsmagazines, NPR’s Arts and Entertainment desk explores how the way people get from place to place connects to larger human issues – women’s rights, race, loss, citizenship, peace and freedom. Expected coverage includes NPR TV critic Eric Deggans examining the travel experience of whites and blacks through The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963; Neda Ulaby following the journey of Snowpiercer from graphic novel to the big screen; pieces revealing the gender issues surrounding The Little Engine That Could and revving up literature with motorcycles; and NPR film critic Bob Mondello sharing some journey-inspired show tunes.  
NPR Books helps a busy audience find great reads. Recently redesigned to better serve those on-the-go, the site brings together news about books and authors with original interviews, reviews and recommendations from every genre and non-genre. It also compiles popular recurring series such as the "This Week’s Must Read,” "My Guilty Pleasure” and “Crime in the City,” which begins its 2014 summer run in late June with crime fiction stories about Melbourne, Australia; Shetland Islands, Scotland; Natchez, Miss.; Los Angeles, Calif.; and for the first time ever, New York, N.Y. In December 2013, NPR Books took its year-end “best of” list to a new level with the launch of the NPR's Book Concierge, an app that allows readers to sort, shuffle and surf their way through more than 200 of the year’s best reads. “Book Your Trip” is the latest addition to this expanding library of outstanding books coverage at www.npr/books.

Where are your books taking you this summer?

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Monday, June 16, 2014

New ebook available in local author's mystery series

Local author Annmarie Cleversey (previously profiled here) has released the fourth book in her Hailey Hanson mystery series. "Reunions Can be Dangerous" is available on Amazon as an ebook download for $2.99.
Book summary from a news release:
It's summer time and children's librarian Hailey Hanson and her best friend Kayla Martin are looking forward to their 10 year high school class reunion and visiting with old friends. But neither imagined that reunion weekend would bring up old jealousies, rivalries and old flames wanting to be rekindled. While Kayla is fighting off the advances of her former high school sweetheart, Hailey is trying to figure who is responsible for seemingly harmless pranks that are occurring. But reunion weekend turns deadly when Hailey finds a classmate dead at one of the reunion events. Is the killer amongst the reunion guests? Hailey is determined to find out and with Kayla's help tracks down the killer. 
Earlier books in the series include "Trouble Comes to Town," "Deadly Deceptions" and "Buried in the Past." All can be found on Amazon as ebooks for $0.99 each.

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