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Book signing for The Art of Being Rebekkah

Started by Karoline Barrett Jan 9, 2014. 0 Replies

Join me on 2/8 from 12-2 at Breakwater Books, Guilford CT. I will be signing copies of my debut novel, THE ART OF BEING REBEKKAH. Then I'll be at Bank Square Books, Mystic CT on 2/22 from 2-4. Hope…Continue

Tags: reading, fiction, womens, bookstore, Booksigning

My Debut Novel is Out!

Started by Karoline Barrett Dec 11, 2013. 0 Replies

My novel debuted on December 9th!! I am on a blog tour for the month of December and so excited!  THE ART of REBEKKAH is women's fiction. Please visit the link below the picture on where to buy, and…Continue

Tags: fiction, womens

Newbie and Hello!

Started by Denise Alicea Jun 3, 2013. 0 Replies

Hi! I'm new to the group and wanted to introduce myself. I'm from Connecticut and have been writing since I was 15 years old. I've published 3 short stories, the third which will be coming out in…Continue

Bragging about my new book

Started by O. Peart Apr 2, 2012. 0 Replies

My New Book, Life After High School; Traits that Help & Traits that Hurt is now…Continue

Tags: Self, help, high, school, guide

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Comment by Barry Reitman on October 25, 2012 at 8:55pm

Two upcoming (exciting) speaking gigs:
- Int'l Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries Nov. 8. - 4,000 Hassidic rabbis.
- NYPD Police Academy, December 10. 4-hour lecture for captains and higher.

Comment by Karoline Barrett on July 3, 2012 at 4:58pm

My poem, THE SMELL OF BREAD is featured in ALL THINGS girl under Writings. Here is the link--

Comment by Karoline Barrett on June 13, 2012 at 7:07pm

My novella BETWEEN HERE AND EVER AFTER is now available from

Killed in a freak accident, Madelyn Douglas has been given a task to complete before she can move on. She must save her ex-fiance, Brian Rossi. Thinking Brian is mixed up with the mob, Maddie does her best to convince him to walk the straight and narrow. But somewhere along the way she falls in love with him again. Is it possible for a ghost to have a happy-ever-after?

Comment by Brenda Sorrels on April 3, 2012 at 1:46pm

Brag:  "The Bachelor Farmers" is the story about two Norwegian brothers in Northern Minnesota, (winter of 1919)....their immigrant father has just died and the sons set out to develop the  land they have inherited.  One of them hires a beautiful half-breed Indian woman as personal cook when her husband is injured on their land and can't work.....things begin to heat up after's doing well on all the sites and I just had it converted into a hardback as well.....I'm learning, learning, learning.........and oh, yes, congrats to everyone else too!

Comment by Barry Reitman on April 2, 2012 at 11:15pm

Brag: My new book, "Secrets, Tips & Tricks of a Powerful Memory:The Memory Shock Oh-So-Easy How-to-Remember User’s Guide for Your Brain” (Jeesh, that's almost a paragraph right there), should be up on Kindle by month-end. It's the fun-to-learn method I teach at State University of New York community colleges and at the NYPD Police Academy. And yes, I'll gladly take advice about Kindle Select or not, and about CreateSpace vs. whoever for the POD.

Comment by Randye Kaye on February 7, 2012 at 4:24pm

congrats all!

here's my brag, combining my work as voice talent/audiobook narrator with my new world as published author

"Ben Behind His Voices" audiobook was nominated for a 2011 Listen Up Award in "Read by Author" category, after 2 starred reviews by Publishers Weekly.

- in this case, still honored to lose to John Lithgow, as my fellow nominees included Jane Lynch - and still great to be called "among the best of the best"

here is a link the review:

Comment by O. Peart on February 6, 2012 at 7:43pm

My book "Dangers of Medical Radiation," was reviewed by ASRT Scanner: Excerpt "For all the important information in this book, my favorite part was about the pioneers of radiation and those who used it for entertainment. Most impressive to me were the stories about traveling circuses that exposed customers and circus employees to fluoroscopy for the wonderment of all...."

Comment by Laurie Bellesheim on October 3, 2011 at 9:10pm

My BRAG: My first novel, SURVIVING EMILY, was just released last week!!! Feel free to read more about it on :)




2011 – New Fiction Release Shares Trauma of Sudden Loss, Love’s Power to Heal

Surviving Emily

is released by Laurie Bellesheim

When Abigail went to wake her best friend Emily, she had no concept of the nightmarish horror she was about to encounter; unbeknownst to Abigail, Emily suffered from epilepsy, and she was the victim of Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy. Emily’s death left a void in Abigail’s life, but Abigail was not the only one affected by the loss. Emily’s longtime boyfriend, Stephen, was shattered by the loss of the girl he planned to marry. In the years that pass, the two survivors find different ways to cope with their friend’s death. Stephen tries to drown his sorrows in booze, drugs, and meaningless encounters with faceless women; eventually, he pulls his life together, but he finds himself unable to commit to love again. Abigail buries her sadness so deep that even her husband doesn’t fully understand her loss; Abigail herself doesn’t realize how badly she was hurt by the events of her past until she encounters a client with epilepsy through her work in the Department of Children and Families.

Newly pregnant and struggling to deal with her epileptic client, Abigail crosses paths with Stephen once more. Stephen is in a foundering relationship with a caring and supportive nurse, but he finds himself unable to commit to the level that his girlfriend, Carolina, needs and deserves. Through a series of amazing events Stephen and Abigail manage to find peace with the events of that tragic day so long ago as well as the fortitude to continue on the paths that their lives had laid before them. Full of heartbreak and loss but ultimately hope,

Surviving Emily is a compelling story that explores the meaning of everlasting friendship and the healing power of love.

Surviving Emily


For further information contact: Ray Robinson at 317-228-3656, via email at, or through the website at:

is based on author Laurie Bellesheim’s personal experience with Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy; at the age of 18, Bellesheim lost a close friend to this silent killer. Prior to writing this, her first novel, Bellesheim worked as a social worker with the Department of Children and Families. A graduate of Southern Connecticut State University with a bachelor’s degree in social work, Bellesheim resides in rural Connecticut with her husband and their three children.

Surviving Emily

Laurie Bellesheim

Dog Ear Publishing


978-145750-562-1 312 pages US

Available at Ingram,, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.



Comment by Dvorah Lansky on October 3, 2011 at 12:16pm

D'vorah Lansky will be featuring our very own Brian Jud, as a guest expert in her Third Annual Book Marketing Conference Online! Brian joins 12 other book marketing experts as they present on a wide variety of book marketing topics in this virtual conference environment. In addition to hosting this event, D'vorah will be presenting several hands-on workshops.

If you'd like to take a peek head over to

Comment by Kay Balbi on October 2, 2011 at 10:38pm

Hi all, 


A great big thank you to Mike and Deb, as well as Dan and Sandy for giving me a warm welcome at the Big E. It was also nice to meet some of you. I am looking forward to meeting more.


I've been having a lot of fun recently.  a) I recently did a radio interview on WAQY102.1 about my book Bad Girl Gone Mom.  b) This coming Thursday I will be taping an interview with Lite 100.5 WRCH, it is a Christian radio station out of Hartford, and they have invited me to speak on teen sexuality, depression and making life changing decisions. c) This coming Saturday CNBC will be coming to my house to do a taping for the show called American Greed, and d) a couple of magazines in UK and Africa will be posting a piece of my story. Really loving my life right now and so glad I took a chance and wrote my memoir.


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