Thursday, February 28, 2013

Booksessed: January/February Favorites

Booksessed: January/February Favorites: I don't know if there is a meme floating around the blogosphere showcasing book bloggers favorite books from the past month (or so). I d...

The Phil Naessens Show 2-28-2013: Learn How to See Who’s Viewing Your Facebook Profile!

Are the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets junk? How will former 49er QB Alex Smith fare in Kansas City? Where is the best place to watch a game and what is the best food to go with it plus learn how to see who is viewing your Facebook profile, fake fans vs real fans……plus much much more. Please join The Sports Goons Jameyan Smith and host Phil Naessens on Thursdays Phil Naessens Show.

Author Bill Jones, Jr. featured on The Examiner

10 Things you may not know about the Vikings

Diane Turner - London Rocks - 28-02-2013

Diane Turner - London Rocks - 28-02-2013
 Another great show.

History Trivia - Inquisition burns heretics

February 28

364 Valentinian I became Roman Emperor.

590 Gregory I (The Great) became Roman Catholic Pope.

870 The Fourth Council of Constantinople closed.

1066 Westminster Abbey opened.

1574 Two Englishmen and an Irishman were burnt for heresy on the orders of the Holy Office of the Inquisition.  

1638 The Scottish National Covenant was signed in Edinburgh, which denounced the attempts by Charles I to force the Scottish church to conform to English practices, at the same time urging loyalty to the king.

1694 Queen Mary II of England died after five years of joint rule with her husband, King William III.

Book Spotlight - Carla by Mark Barry featured on SSLYBLOG

Book Spotlight - New Release - Carla - Mark Barry via @ovalleba

Mary Ann Bernal review:

Carla is the story of a perceived mentally-ill person, John Dexter, who shares his story truthfully about his psychiatric illnesses, hospitalizations, and his obsessive love for a woman half his age. He speaks to the reader, as if writing a blog, sharing painful memories with acceptance, his writings cathartic, purging his fear.  The story held my interest to the very last page and I look forward to reading more novels by this author.  

Wednesday, February 27, 2013


BEARDED SCRUTINY: EPISODE 42 - A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD: SHOW SYNOPSIS:  This week the team tears into A Good Day To Die Hard. It's the newest addition to the Die Hard series, it's got B...

Book Review and Radio Interview: Hollywood Shakedown by Mark Barry

Book Review and Radio Interview: Hollywood Shakedown by Mark Barry

The Phil Naessens Show 2-27-2013: Fantasy Basketball: Playoff Rosters and Waiver Wire Suggestions

The Fantasy Basketball season is winding down and the playoffs are approaching quickly. Please join Sports-Kings Pass the Pill managing editor Andy Flint and host Phil Naessens as they discuss what impact, if any, last weeks NBA trade deadline moves affects Fantasy Basketball as well as tips and proven methods to help you solidify your roster as your team (s) head into the playoffs.

History Trivia - 15th recording of Halley's Comet

February 27

 280 Constantine I (The Great) was born.

380 Roman emperor Theodosius declared the orthodoxy of the Nicene Creed, and made Christianity the sole religion of the empire.

837 The 15th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet.

1560 The Treaty of Berwick, which expelled the French from Scotland, was signed by England and the Congregation of Scotland.

1594 Henry IV was crowned King of France.

Open House Editing | Affordable Editing - Home

Open House Editing | Affordable Editing - Home

Susan Griscom featured on The Examiner

Gladiator's Pen: Eleanor T. Beaty talks about Seeing Spirits on Gla...

Gladiator's Pen: Eleanor T. Beaty talks about Seeing Spirits on Gla...: Gladiator's Pen welcomes Elanor T. Beaty to the Ludis. She's guest posting with an interesting topic seeing spirits, in celebration ...

Sanguinary by Emma Edwards, Amazon Review

5.0 out of 5 stars Punchy, 27 Feb 2013

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This review is from: Sanguinary (Kindle Edition)
If you enjoy books told in the first person with short, punchy dialogue and your vampires hot and their lovemaking raunchy, you will love this book!

Sanguinary was a read in a different direction for me, not my usual choice but I tried it on recommendation. It took me a few chapters to get into it but once I did, Ms Edwards' storytelling brought me closer to the characters, the plot began to unfold and 'what ifs' and 'I wonder ifs' filled my mind as I read. When the relationship between the three girls grew and the complexities of the vampire 'family unfolded, Ms Edwards 'got me' and I couldn't wait to read to the end.

The sex in this book is explicit and, if I'm honest, a little too explicit for my taste. Though well written, it didn't add to the book for me but also, in no way detracted.

So, for a raunchy, rollicking, 'no holes barred', sexy vampire read, I can highly recommend this book. It gets my five stars as I enjoyed it, recommend it and will read it again before I read the next book in the series. This is a cracking debut novel.

Author Wendy Steele in the Spotlight

Check out the interview on Sarah PJ White's blog at:

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Gladiator's Pen: Eleanor T. Beaty talks about Seeing Spirits on Gla...

Gladiator's Pen: Eleanor T. Beaty talks about Seeing Spirits on Gla...: Gladiator's Pen welcomes Elanor T. Beaty to the Ludis. She's guest posting with an interesting topic seeing spirits, in celebration ...

History Trivia

February 26

364 Valentinian I, founder of the Valentinian Dynasty and considered to be the last great Western Emperor, was proclaimed Roman Emperor.

1266 Battle of Benevento was fought between Charles of Anjou and Manfred of Sicily. Charles' victory resulted in the collapse of Hohenstaufen rule in Italy.

1361  Wenceslas of Bohemia, Holy Roman Catholic German emperor (1378-1400) was born.  Not to be confused with the "Good King" of the same name, he was the son of the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles IV.  He was a peace-loving, but incompetent ruler, who died childless.

1616 Spanish Inquisition delivered an injunction to Galileo.


The Phil Naessens Show February 26, 2013: 2013 Major League Baseball Preview

Six Divisions. Thirty Teams. Everything you need to get you in the swing of things for the 2013 Major League Baseball season is on this program. Projected starting pitchers and closers, every move each team made during the off season as well as brief comments about each team. Please join Sports-Kings Reading Between the Seams baseball editor David Whitlock and Phil for your 2013 Major League Baseball preview on Tuesdays Phil Naessens Show.

Author Cheryl Casey featured on The Examiner

Cheryl Casey is a talented author and illustrator. Pre-made book covers start at $35 (subject to change from time of article). Custom book covers are available as well! To find out more visit her website at Credit: Cheryl Casey

Monday, February 25, 2013

Free on Kindle Feb 26-March 2nd - Their Journey Begins by K-Trina Meador

K-Trina Meador 4:16pm Feb 25
Free from Feb. 26th until March 2nd!

Their Journey Begins...

Years prior to the American Civil War, the hardships and tests of life are developing traits of strength, courage and integrity into the lives of individuals who are destined to meet. Freedom and their survival mean relying on others when they have all learned to rely on nobody…

Their Journey Begins is a prequel featuring individual short story vignettes of Greggory, Robert, Marissa, and Daniel before their lives converge into the full length novel, Journey to Freedom.

Greggory is a half-breed; a mix of Indian and black blood who struggles both emotionally and physically with hatred and prejudice.

Robert is a slave on a Florida plantation who takes in the starving, angry young Greggory under his wing and helps him grow into a man of courage and valor.

Marrissa is a young girl who watches her mother waste away working as a maid in the saloon after the death of her husband. Dodging the advances of the saloon owner and his threats to put her in service, Marrissa dreams of having a better life and strikes out on her own after her mother's sudden illness and death.

Daniel is an introvert who finds his safe haven nestled in a cabin away from civilization and his painful past. His business of trapping is successful and he finds contentment in the simple life he leads and a measure of peace until two visitors uproots his comfortable isolation.

What readers are saying about Their Journey Begins:

~ The author has created a great `prologue' style book that draws you in, and leaves you wanting more.

~ Their Journey Begins is a beginning, and an end, an interconnecting of lives interrupted, ripped away, by a society of oppression, a dark period in American history, when slaves were considered possessions.

~ It is written tightly and with heart, and holds the reader throughout, but it needs to be read in conjunction with its sequel for a fuller view to be grasped and understood, although without it, it still stands alone as a lovely read that I recommend for the whole family.

Can You Hear The Music? by Author Sandra Farris

Book Review and Radio Interview: Ultra Violence by Mark Barry

Book Review and Radio Interview: Ultra Violence by Mark Barry

Told as a narrative Ultra Violence is a comprehensive journey that follows a group of hooligan supporters of the legendary Notts County Football Team. The narrators, whose contemplating suicide because his life was a mess, runs into a former hooligan chum of his that allows the narrator to tell his story and retell the glory days of his youth as a hooligan. His chum Beanie even offers the narrator the chance to participate in one last battle of the hooligans!

My Paranormal Life: Its Not Too Late To Listen To Betty Dravis, Here I...

My Paranormal Life: Its Not Too Late To Listen To Betty Dravis, Here I...: What a fantastic fun show! Famous Director Armand Mastroianni stopped by to say hi. Betty was so happy.We all were! Barbara Watkins joined u...

The Phil Naessens Show February 25, 2013: Amnesty Kobe Bryant? Fire Mike Woodson?

On Mondays Phil Naessens Show Breaking the Backboards Brent Kitchin joins Phil to discuss whether or not Kobe Bryant should be amnestied, if the Lakers have a chance of making the playoffs, the New York Knicks woes and Sports-Kings co-founder Jason Whitney stops by to talk about his new podcast and shares his thoughts on the Lakers, Alex Rodriguez, Manti Te’o and the New York Knicks.

History Trivia -St. Walburga miracle at sea

February 25

777: Saint Walburga (Anglo-Saxon abbess and saint), patroness of sailors because her prayers calmed a stormy sea, and thereby saving a ship caught in its wake, died.

1570 Elizabeth I was declared a heretic by Pope Pius V.

1601 Robert Devereux, the second Earl of Essex and former favorite of Elizabeth I, was beheaded in the Tower of London for high treason.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

The Writers Showcase Podcast E10: Sweet Scent of Justice by Debbie Wilson

On this edition of The Writers Showcase Podcast Author Debbie Wilson discusses her true crime faith based memoir Sweet Scent of Justice, her journey as a writer and also treats us by reading a small portion of her memoir with us

History Trivia - First Christian king of England dies

February 24
616 King Aethelbehrt of Kent died. Aethelbehrt was the first Christian king of England and was converted by St. Augustine of Canterbury.
786 Pepin the Short of Gaul died. His dominions were divided between his sons Charles (Charlemagne) and Carloman.
1208 St Francis of Assisi, 26, received his vocation in Portiuncula Italy.
1303 The Scots defeated the English at the Battle of Roslin, the First War for Scottish Independence.
 1389 Battle at Falk√∂ping: Danes defeated King Albert of Sweden.
1496 England's Henry VII ended a commercial dispute with Flanders.
1582 Pope Gregory XIII published his plans for calendar reform (Gregorian Calendar) in a papal bull.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

This Week in Tennis February 23, 2013: Dr. Ray Brown, the International Olympic Committee and His Complaint Against the USTA

Dr. Ray Brown from EASI Academy joins host Phil Naessens to discuss his reasons why he has filed a complaint against the USTA with the International Olympic Committee.

Author R.P. Dahlke featured on The Examiner

SSLY Blog - Book Spotlight/Giveaway The Briton and the Dane: Concordia

Book Spotlight/Giveaway - Concordia - Mary Ann Bernal via @ovalleba

Travel back in time to late Ninth Century Anglo-Saxon Britain where Alfred the Great rules with a benevolent hand while the Danish King rules peacefully within the boundaries of the Danelaw. Trade flourishes, and scholars from throughout the civilized world flock to Britannia’s shores to study at the King’s Court School at Winchester.

Enter Concordia, a beautiful noble woman whose family is favored by the king. Vain, willful, and admired, but ambitious and cunning, Concordia is not willing to accept her fate. She is betrothed to the valiant warrior, Brantson, but sees herself as far too young to lay in the bedchamber of an older suitor. She wants to see the wonders of the world, embracing everything in it; preferably, but dangerously, at the side of Thayer, the exotic Saracen who charms King Alfred’s court and ignites her yearning passions.

Concordia manipulates her besotted husband into taking her to Rome, but her ship is captured by bloodthirsty pirates, and the seafarers protecting her are ruthlessly slain to a man. As she awaits her fate in the Moorish captain’s bed, by sheer chance, she discovers that salvation is at hand in the gilded court of a Saracen nobleman.

While awaiting rescue, Concordia finds herself at the center of intrigue, plots, blackmail, betrayal and the vain desires of two egotistical brothers, each willing to die for her favor. Using only feminine cunning, Concordia must defend her honor while plotting her escape as she awaits deliverance, somewhere inside steamy, unconquered Muslim Hispania.

History Trivia - Diocletian persecutes Christians

February 23

303 Roman Emperor Diocletian ordered a general persecution of the Christians.

532 work began on the third Cathedral of Santa Sophia in Constantinople.

1447 Humphrey Plantagenet, Duke of Gloucester and fourth son of Henry IV, brother of Henry V, died.  

1455  Johannes Gutenberg prints 1st book, Bible (estimated date).

Ngaire Elder: In The Spotlight - Children's Author - Jo Linsdell...

Ngaire Elder: In The Spotlight - Children's Author - Jo Linsdell...: Fairy May Written and Illustrated by Jo Linsdell It was lovely to catch-up with author, Jo Linsdell, on her virtual book tour fo...

Friday, February 22, 2013

The Phil Naessens Show February 22, 2013: Dodgers, Twins and Mike Piazza’s Long Shot Autobiography

On Fridays Phil Naessens Show its baseball time and joining Phil to discuss all the latest news from the LA Dodgers including his thoughts on Mike Piazza’s statements about legendary announcer Vin Scully is True Blue LA’s Eric StephenKnuckleballs Blog Eric Pleiss speculates on who he thinks will be the Minnesota Twins Opening Day Pitcher and Blogging Mets Mark Berman and Phil discuss Mike Piazza’s autobiography Long Shot.

History Trivia - Robert the Frisian victory

February 22
1071 Battle of Cassel:  Robert I the Frisian defeated Arnulf III who was killed in the battle.  Robert became count of Flanders and ruled until 1093. 
1276 Innocent V was crowned Roman Catholic pope. He is noted for his commentaries on the Pauline epistles (Letters of St. Paul - 13 New Testament books).
1495 King Charles VIII of France entered Naples to claim the city's throne.

Author Otis Ritch featured on The Examiner

In the Midst: On the radio again :)

In the Midst: On the radio again :): Author Mark Barry: With six books under his belt he is moving on up in the ranks and now talks with the Phil Naessens Show! Ultra V...

Thursday, February 21, 2013


Steve Draws Stuff: PRE-MADE COVER EXTRAVAGANZA!: So, here's the deal. I do a lot of covers for a lot of people these days. Sometimes when I whip up something for a client it doesn't exac...

Steven Novak is the illustrator for The Briton and the Dane Novels

CCR Book Cover Design: Contest? Children's Story Needed for these illustr...

CCR Book Cover Design: Contest? Children's Story Needed for these illustr...: February 21, 2013 I have some illustrations that need a mouse story to go with them. Any children's picture book writers interested? Any f...

IndieReCon: All about Audio by Stacey Wallace Benefiel

IndieReCon: All about Audio by Stacey Wallace Benefiel: Let’s talk Audiobooks! Since the audiobook of Glimpse came out in August, 2012, I’ve been on a mission to share how easy and cheap it is fo...

Open House Editing | Affordable Editing - Home

Open House Editing | Affordable Editing - Home

Angels Cried: Fundraiser Idea

Angels Cried: Fundraiser Idea: Are you looking for a fund raising idea for your school or organization? Would you consider teaming up with Indies In Action to help the vic...

Carla (and other Green Wizard stories): Carla - Reprise

Carla (and other Green Wizard stories): Carla - Reprise: Green Wizard 5: Carla (Reprise) I wrote Carla after coming back from a family holiday in Tenerife and shortly before the launch of...

Amazon Review

5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable December 15, 2012

Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase

After several days and two books later, I'm still thinking about Carla. A compelling read that wuthers through the heights of your memory for a long time. Must read!

Author Bill Jones, Jr featured on The Examiner

The Phil Naessens Show February 21, 2013: Lil Wayne the Lil Punk!

On Thursdays Phil Naessens Show The Sports Kings Jameyan Smith joins Phil to discuss the latest in the Oscar Pistorious murder case, Lil Wayne’s statements about the NBA, Miami Heat and Chris Bosh’s wife Adrienne, Wale, Facebook Fugazi’s, Danica Patrick taking the pole at the Daytona 500 and Josh Hamilton’s statements about Dallas Texas and their baseball fans.

History Trivia - Thomas Becket canonization rebukes the king

February 21
 1173 Thomas Becket was canonized. The Archbishop of Canterbury, one-time friend and opponent to King Henry II of England, had been murdered less than three years earlier, and the swift canonization by Pope Alexander III was a clear message of rebuke to the king.
1431 Public trial of Joan of Arc began.
1437 King James I of Scotland was murdered in the Dominican Friary at Perth, which sparked a civil war.

Ngaire Elder: The Big Giveaway for LILIANA

Ngaire Elder: The Big Giveaway for LILIANA: Author, Kim Scott, is hosting a massive giveaway on her website in honour of a special little girl, Liliana. Liliana was born with a heart ...

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

My Paranormal Life: Dr. Georgina Cannon - Past Lives And Interlives Fe...

My Paranormal Life: Dr. Georgina Cannon - Past Lives And Interlives Fe...: This show will be amazing, we ...

Mama's Got a Chainsaw: Concordia Giveaway on Goodreads

Mama's Got a Chainsaw: Concordia Giveaway on Goodreads: Travel back in time to late Ninth Century Anglo-Saxon Britain where...

Author Susan Griscom featured on The Examiner

The Phil Naessens Show February 20, 2013: Fantasy Basketball: Trading, Waiver Wire and Who’s Hot and Who’s Not!

On Wednesdays Phil Naessens Show Pass the Pill’s Andy Flint joins Phil to discuss the 2013 All Star Weekend, the debate surrounding Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Michael Jordan and the guys share their Fantasy Basketball advice regarding trades, waiver wire pick-ups and who’s hot and who’s not

Goodreads Content Giveaway: One Good Redneck Mama - A Texas Memoir by Cheryl Casey

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Rattle snake safety, fending off bullies, and dealing with psycho drama queens are all part of growing up in rural Texas. Join Cheryl and her family as she takes a humorous look at life in the wild Texas Big Country, navigates family crisis, and celebrates the happy in every day life.

Betty Dravis- Author-Celebrity Interviewer Live! 02/19 by Mackenzie K | Blog Talk Radio

Betty Dravis- Author-Celebrity Interviewer Live! 02/19 by Mackenzie K | Blog Talk Radio

History Trivia: First Recorded Wine Auction in London

February 20
1071 William FitzOsbern, a staunch support of William the Conqueror, died.
1472 Norway gave Orkney and Shetland islands to Scotland in lieu of a dowry for Margaret of Denmark.
1513 Pope Julius II died and was buried in a tomb sculptured by Michelangelo.
1547 Edward VI of England was crowned King of England at Westminster Abbey.
1673 First recorded wine auction held in London.