Greg's Dad and Mom were artists, his father painted and his mother wrote poetry and loved to garden. Most Saturdays the family loaded up the 1970 Chevy Impala to trek to a one man show somewhere or other. Greg took a different track graduating with a business degree; owning and operating an Award Winning Franchise Fitness Center. Currently a professional manager, Greg is living in Florida with his beautiful wife and children, and following his passion.

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Jack Canon's American Destiny

Jack’s Destiny is: TO SOMEDAY HAVE THE POWER--TO DEDICATE THE HIGHEST OFFICE IN THE LAND--TO MAKE THINGS RIGHT. THIS TIME I’M ALL IN.

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Greg Sandora

Rayne Hall writes fantasy and horror fiction. She is the author of forty books in different genres and under different pen names, published by twelve publishers in six countries, translated into several languages. Her short stories have been published in magazines, e-zines and anthologies.

After living in Germany, China, Mongolia and Nepal, she has settled in a small Victorian seaside town in southern England. Rayne holds a college degree in publishing management and a masters degree in creative writing. Over three decades, she has worked in the publishing industry as a trainee, investigative journalist, feature writer, magazine editor, production editor, page designer, concept editor for non-fiction book series, anthology editor, editorial consultant and more. Outside publishing, she worked as a museum guide, apple picker, tarot reader, adult education teacher, trade fair hostess, translator and belly dancer.

Currently, Rayne Hall writes fantasy and horror fiction and tries to regain the rights to her out-of-print books so she can republish them as e-books.

Her books on the writing craft (Writing Fight Scenes, Writing Scary Scenes, The Word-Loss Diet) are bestsellers.

Recent books published in e-book format include: "Storm Dancer" (dark epic fantasy novel) "Six Scary Tales Vol 1, 2, 3" (mild horror stories) "Six Quirky Tales Vol 1" (humorous fantasy stories) "Six Historical Tales Vol 1" and many others.

Rayne Hall is the editor of the Ten Tales anthologies: "Bites: Ten Tales of Vampires" "Scared: Ten Tales of Horror" "Haunted: Ten Tales of Ghosts" "Cutlass: Ten Tales of Pirates" "Beltane: Ten Tales of Witchcraft" "Spells: Ten Tales of Magic" "Undead: Ten Tales of Zombies" with more titles coming soon.

The "Six Scary Tales" Series: The stories in these book are mild horror: suspenseful, creepy and disturbing. They don't aim to gross out the reader and contain little or no violence and gore. However, they may not be suitable for young readers. Many of these stories have been previously published in other books or magazines.

British English: All Rayne Hall's books use British words, spellings, grammar and punctuation. If you're allergic to British English, avoid them.

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Storm Dancer

Demon-possessed siege commander, Dahoud, atones for his atrocities by hiding his identity and protecting women from war's violence - but can he shield the woman he loves from the evil inside him?

Principled weather magician, Merida, brings rain to a parched desert land. When her magical dance rouses more than storms, she needs to overcome her scruples to escape from danger.

Thrust together, Dahoud and Merida must fight for freedom and survival. But how can they trust each other, when hatred and betrayal burn in their hearts?

'Storm Dancer' is a dark epic fantasy. British spellings. Caution: this book contains some violence and disturbing situations. Not recommended for under-16s.

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Six Quirky Tales

Six quirky short stories with fantasy elements.

This collection contains the following stories: Gunda's Garden Gnomes, How the Toilet-Maker's Daughter Become Queen, The Prince Who Came out of the Plaice, Scylla and the Pepper Pirates, To Catch a Heart, The Devil Eats Here.

Most stories have been previously published in magazines, e-zines, short story collections and anthologies. British English.

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13 British Horror Stories

Thirteen creepy, atmospheric stories by Rayne Hall, all set in Britain.

This collection includes:

Take me to St Roch's Seagulls Never Leave Me Double Rainbows Scruples Through the Tunnel The Devil You Know I Dived the Pandora Four Bony Hands Beltane Druid Stones. Burning Only a Fool

The stories have been previously published in magazines, ezines, anthologies and collections. Some are also included in the Six Scary Tales books.

The words, spellings, grammar and punctuation are British English.

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The Colour of Dishonour

Six short stories from the mystical Bronze Age world of the dark epic fantasy novel Storm Dancer:

Kin Greywalker The Water of Wealth Each Stone, A Life The Colour of Dishonour A Horse for a Hero

The stories span the fantasy and horror genres, varying in tone from light to dark, from quirky to disturbing.

Some have been previously published in magazines, ezines, collections and anthologies, others appear here for the first time. British spellings.

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Six Historical Tales, Vol. 1

Six short stories for different historical periods:

Greetings From Jerusalem (Ancient Rome) Scruples (Middle Ages) The Holed Stone (England 1900) The Black Boar (Middle Ages) Beltane (Ancient Britain) Queen of Ithaka (Ancient Greece)

Please note: some of these stories have been published in other collections. British English.

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Scared: Ten Tales of Horror

Ten stories of spine-tingling suspense, edited by Rayne Hall.

In this collection, you'll find scary stories for almost every taste, each penned by a different author with a different writing style and a different taste in horror. This allows you to explore your own preferences. Which story gives you the most delicious frights?

The authors have played with “What if” scenarios: What if the safe world we take for granted is changing and we don't know? What if a seemingly harmless object grows into a menace? What if an everyday occurrence turns into something nasty? What if a minor irritation is actually a sign that something big is underfoot? What if threats are outside our control? Picking up the phone, going to the toilet on the train or buying a birthday gift may be the start of a nightmare.

These stories don't seek to shock you with chainsaw massacres or to gross you out with mounds of gore. Rather, the authors aim to scare you in subtle ways, creating the kind of fear which creeps up on you, grabs you by the throat, and sometimes lingers long after you've finished reading.

To preserve the authors' individual voices, some of the stories are in American English, others in British.

Enjoy the goose-pimples, the clammy hands, the creeping chills, and the pounding heart. When you've finished reading, you can return to the real world and know you'll be safe. Or will you?

1.OUT OF ORDER by Karen Heard What do you do when the lights go out and the screaming starts?

2. OUR LADY OF THE TOADS by Deborah J. Ross writing as Deborah Wheeler The large, ugly toad perched in front of the gate was truly worthy of being a witch's familiar.

3. FAMILY HEIRLOOM by Pamela Turner This weapon has a mind of its own.

4. RING OF STONES by Donna Johnson Jake Barnes seeks revenge on the cursed creature living in the abandoned well.

5. DEATH COMES FOR MAGGIE MCDANIEL by Grayson Bray Morris A bully's cruel hand grants Maggie's dearest wish.

6. CREATURES OF THE NIGHT by William Meikle What if intense fantasies create a different reality?

7. DRUID STONES by Rayne Hall Modern druids enact an ancient ritual, and a woman watches in secret.

8. THE LOFT by Liv Rancourt Three women from the church choir learn that evil is everywhere.

9. LIFE IN MINIATURE by Tracie McBride Street kid Michael thinks it's his lucky day when a do-gooder picks him up off the street.

10. YOU HAVE ONE MESSAGE by Jonathan Broughton Press * for connection.

Some of these stories have been previously published in magazines, ezines, story collections and anthologies. They may not be suitable for young readers.

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Cutlass: Ten Tales of Pirates

A story collection with ten thrilling adventure yarns, edited by Rayne Hall.

Pirate stories are exciting. They give us a taste of adventure and daring, of freedom and romance. While historical reality was unglamorous and brutal, in fiction, we enter a world of excitement, set sail for a great adventure, enjoy freedoms outside the confines of society and law, fight on the side of righteous rebels or defeat the villains and find buried treasure.

This story collection contains ten pirate yarns, some spiced with sprinkles of realism, others peppered with fantasy, all seasoned with the salt of adventure. While this is a fiction book for adults, the stories are suitable for older children.

To reflect the authors' individual voices, you will find both American and British words and spellings in this book. Some stories have been previously published in magazines, ezines, story collections and anthologies.

1. KHABALLO by Margo Lerwill Careened on a cursed island, the old captain and her men are caught between warring navies.

2. VICTORIA AND THE IRONCLAD by Douglas Kolacki An escaped slave and a pirate captain race to capture the Confederacy's ultimate weapon.

3. BLIND MAN'S BLUFF by Jonathan Broughton The trickster's reward is deceit.

4. SKRITCH by John Blackport Your enemy may be your best ally.

5. DIAMONDS AND BONES by Kris Austen Radcliffe In space, you may need to deal for the diamonds your bones need.

6. UN HOMME DE COULEUR LIBRE by Liv Rancourt Fate sets Robert's life on a new course.

7. SCYLLA AND THE PEPPER PIRATES by Rayne Hall A spunky young woman sets out to rescue her long-lost lover.

8. BROADSIDED by KJ Kiegan Love can take you off course.

9. THE PENSIONER PIRATES OF MARINE PARADE by Jonathan Broughton Rebel pensioners revolt.

10. THE BOOK OF ADVENTURES by Douglas Kolacki In the Great Depression, two brothers find two kinds of escape.

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Undead: Ten Tales of Zombies

Welcome to the world of the not-quite-living.

While zombies still have physical bodies, their minds are irrevocably changed. No longer governed by a conscience, incapable of reason, unrestrained by values of right and wrong, they often follow primitive instincts. If their new focus is overwhelming hunger, they let nothing get in the way of their urge to feed. Confronted by a zombie, how would you defend yourself and those you love? What if it was your friend, relative or spouse, with remnants of their old personality - would you protect them or kill them? Is a zombie an individual with human feelings and rights, or is it a menace to be destroyed?

In this story collection, ten authors share their visions of the undead, each with their own style of storytelling and their own imagination of how ghouls may impact our lives.

Some of these zombies have been infected by virus-spreading bites, some were raised from their graves, and some have chosen the undead state for reasons of their own. Most have their wits about them, but their priorities have changed. They are single-minded in pursuit of what they need... which may or may not be living human flesh.

The authors come from around the globe. They write variously in British or American English, with different word choices, grammar, spelling and punctuation. Their tales range from short flashes to long yarns, from fantasy to science fiction, from funny to macabre and from thought-provoking to scary.

See which story of these ten appeals most to your taste. But beware: Some of these ghouls are deceptive, and by the time you realise the danger, it may be too late.

Story List:

1. IMMUNITY by Jeff Strand What if the body’s immune system can shake off the infection?

2. GREYWALKER by Rayne Hall A dying man will pay any price to gain time.

3. LAST CHANCE TO SEE by Tracie McBride You have twenty-four hours before death becomes permanent.

4. FURZBY HOLT by Jonathan Broughton Collecting census information in this English village should be an easy job.

5. ANOTHER OLDIE BUT GOODIE by Paul D. Dail Retirement home resident Margaret is hearing music that no one else can hear.

6. ZOMBIE MOTHER-IN-LAW by Tara Maya Mama lives in the basement.

7. I’LL LOVE YA, FOREVER, BUT… by April Grey Faithful to a fault, that’s my Fred.

8. DECISION OF THE COUNCIL by John Hoddy The year is 2225. Is it safe to reanimate a person from the barbarous past?

9. THE REASON FOR ZOMBIES by Douglas Kolacki My limbs are not as cooperative as they used to be.

10. FEEDING FRENZY by Matt Hults These zombies are hungry.

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Writing Scary Scenes

Are your frightening scenes scary enough? Learn practical tricks to turn up the suspense. Make your readers' hearts hammer with suspense, their breaths quicken with excitement, and their skins tingle with goosebumps of delicious fright.

This book contains practical suggestions how to structure a scary scene, increase the suspense, make the climax more terrifying, make the reader feel the character's fear. It includes techniques for manipulating the readers' subconscious and creating powerful emotional effects.

Use this book to write a new scene, or to add tension and excitement to a draft.

You will learn tricks of the trade for "black moment" and "climax" scenes, describing monsters and villains, writing harrowing captivity sections and breathtaking escapes, as well as how to make sure that your hero doesn't come across as a wimp... and much more.

This book is recommended for writers of all genres, especially thriller, horror, paranormal romance and urban fantasy.

British English.

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Writing Fight Scenes

Learn step-by-step how to create fictional fights which leave the reader breathless with excitement.

The book gives you a six-part structure to use as blueprint for your scene. It reveals tricks how to combine fighting with dialogue, which senses to use when and how, how to create a sense of realism, and how to stir the reader's emotions.

You'll decide how much violence your scene needs, what's the best location, how your heroine can get out of trouble with self-defence and how to adapt your writing style to the fast pace of the action.

There are sections on female fighters, male fighters, animals and weres, psychological obstacles, battles, duels, brawls, riots and final showdowns. For the requirements of your genre, there is even advice on how to build erotic tension in a fight scene, how magicians fight, how pirates capture ships and much more.

You will learn about different types of weapons, how to use them in fiction, and how to avoid embarrassing blunders.

The book uses British spellings.

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The Word-Loss Diet

Tighten and tone your writing style, and use simple revision tricks to slim down your manuscript. Shed thousands of words without changing the plot.

Strip away the word fat and reveal the muscle of your unique author voice.

This book is short, but potent.

It is perfect for - self-editing before you submit your book to agents and publishers, or before self-publishing - understanding why your stories get rejected, or why so few readers buy your book after downloading the sample chapters - taking your writing craft skills to the next level - polishing your writing style for the move from amateur to professional

The book is based on Rayne Hall's popular class of the same title which has helped many writers shed word weight and develop a leaner, stronger writing style. Some authors say the class was the best investment they ever made. Now you can study the techniques in book form at your own pace.

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Six Scary Tales, Vol. 1

Six spine-tingling stories from the Mistress of the Macabre, Rayne Hall. Volume 1 contains 'Only A Fool', 'Four Bony Hands', 'The Black Boar', 'Double Rainbows', 'Druid Stones' and 'Burning'.

About the 'Six Scary Tales' series: These stories are mostly subtle psychological horror and don't contain graphic violence and gore. However, they may be disturbing and are not recommended for readers under the age of thirteen.

Some of the stories have been previously published in magazines, e-zines, printed books and anthologies. British spellings.

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Six Scary Tales, Vol. 2

Six spine-tingling stories from the Mistress of the Macabre, Rayne Hall.

This collection contains 'Scruples', 'Seagulls', 'Night Train', 'Through the Tunnel', 'Black Karma' and 'Take Me To St Roch's'.

About the 'Six Scary Tales' series:

These are stories of mild horror, free from graphic violence and gore. However, they may be disturbing and are not recommended for readers under the age of thirteen.

Some of the stories have been previously published in magazines, e-zines, print books and anthologies. British spellings.

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Six Scary Tales, Vol. 3

Six more spine-tingling stories from the Mistress of the Macabre, Rayne Hall. Volume 3 contains the following stories: Turkish Night, Never Leave Me, The Colour of Dishonour, Beltane, The Painted Staircase, I Dived The Pandora.

About the 'Six Scary Tales' series: These stories are mostly subtle psychological horror and don't contain graphic violence and gore. However, they may be disturbing and are not recommended for readers under the age of thirteen.

Some of the stories have been previously published in magazines, e-zines, printed books and anthologies. British spellings.

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Kent Burden found his way to the world of health and wellness after a college football injury left him a paraplegic at the age of 20 and confined to a wheelchair for nearly a year. During his journey through multiple surgeries, rehabilitation and eventual recovery, he discovered the benefits of yoga, Pilates and meditation. 

During the course of his career in mind/body wellness, he has trained Oscar-, Emmy-, and Grammy-winners, NFL and NBA champion athletes and people from all walks of life. He is a certified master wellness coach and is certified to teach in 18 different fitness modalities. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Natural Health Science. In addition to his award-winning first book, Yin Yang Fitness: The Whole Package of Health co-authored with his wife Maria, he is also the creator of Kent Burden's Essential Triangle, a unique DVD workout that combines yoga, Pilates and meditation. 

His latest books "Exercise Sucks! The Secret to Losing Weight Without Really Trying" and "Is Your Chair Killing You?" are available on Amazon.com.

His work has been published in Shape, Fitness, Self and Body and Soul among others and he has appeared on TVs Access Hollywood where he was named yoga instructor to the stars.

Nearly 30 years after regaining his ability to walk, he is recognized as one of the world's top wellness experts. In public appearances, his conversational, engaging and entertaining style makes him a popular speaker. 


Kent Burden is available for readings, lectures and other public appearances. To inquire about a possible appearance, please contact him at kent@mylifefitness.com.

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Exercise Sucks

For many people, the title of this book sums up how they feel about working out: Exercise Sucks!

But the reality is that losing weight and keeping it off through diet alone is virtually impossible, which is why most of us fail. To lose the weight and get that lean body you dream about you have to eat well and be active on a regular basis. New research reveals that most of us sit an astounding 7-11 hours every day!

Exercise Sucks! is based on the new science of sedentary studies, which points to the startling conclusion that “exercise” as we know it may not even be the most effective way to lose weight.

This sure-to-be-controversial book will show you how to:

  • Change your habits and bring more regular activity to your day, allowing you to burn far more calories than you would “exercising.” 
  • Bring “real food” that is delicious and healthy back into your life easily! 
  • Learn movements that can be done at your desk or kitchen counter that will improve strength, flexibility, balance and energize you without breaking a sweat 
  • Choose foods that will help you lose weight without really trying 
  • De-stress your life to make weight loss easier and faster 
  • Make the most out of a short workout program to lose weight fast

Exercise Sucks! will help you lose the weight you want to lose with little or no time spent doing the thing most people hate… exercise.

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Is Your Chair Killing You? 


Sitting for extended periods of time is as bad for your health as smoking cigarettes. And exercising for 30-60 minutes a day isn't enough to undo the damage from extended periods of sitting. Is Your Chair Killing You reveals shocking new research showing that sitting for long periods greatly increases your risk of developing obesity, heart disease, diabetes, stroke and cancer. Our bodies were designed to move constantly over the course of the day, but most of us sit for hours a day at work and at home! Fitness and wellness expert and award-winning author Kent Burden has created brief, simple movements you can incorporate into your daily life to combat the damaging effects of sitting. These simple movements, done standing for 1-5 minutes each hour will burn calories, energize and refresh you, and you won't even break a sweat; you'll even improve your back pain. This book is a how-to for weight loss and disease prevention. Read this book--you'll be healthier in as little as 8 minutes a day.

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Workout At Work

Workout at Work is the revolutionary new book series based on the emerging science of sedentary studies that is proving that sitting may be the worst thing you can do for your health and your career.

This revolutionary book will help you lose weight, get rid of back pain and ward off heart disease, diabetes and even certain forms of cancer. You can improve your health and get fit by doing these easy-to-do activities for the work place. Best of all these exercises won’t interfere with your productivity at work.

Doing these desk exercises for just 1-5 minutes each hour is the no-sweat way to improve your health. The first book in this series "25 Upper Body Strength Exercises with Resistance Bands to do at Your Desk" will show you how to exercise while working to strengthen and tone your upper body in just minutes a day.

Learn how to:

  • Do simple exercises at your desk to improve upper body strength
  • Incorporate micro workouts into your day (1-5 minutes an hour) for weight loss and improved health 
  • Lower your risk of diabetes, heart disease, obesity, back pain and certain forms of cancer 
  • Find out why no sweat “ultra low intensity cardio” may be better than conventional exercise for weight loss 
  • Be more focused, creative and productive in the workplace 
  • Feel more energized and powerful all day long!

Don't wait! Get your copy today and start down the road to a healthier, happier, more productive you!

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Kent Burden

Ever since I can remember, I have always enjoyed Creative Writing. There was always something about being able to travel to a different place or become a different person with just the stroke of a pen - or in today's world a touch of the keyboard. I have been writing poetry for years and finally got the inspiration to write my very first novel about a year and a half ago. Once I started the idea's kept flowing, my fingers kept typing - and here it is! It's a beautiful love story that focuses on so many different relationships: the love of a man and a woman, a parent and a child, friendships and those that are not bound to us by blood but by love. So, I'm hoping all of you get as much enjoyment reading this as I did writing it! 

Oh and here's a little bit about bit me - my life is not as interesting as the story or the characters in it, but then again whose life is? I was born and have lived in New Jersey my whole life. I'm a mom of twin teenage boys, a teenage step-son, a crazy Border Collie and a cat with an identity crisis! I guess you can say writing is my form of Calgon! I am married to a wonderful guy - but we'll keep that between us, I don't want him getting a big head! Thanks for taking the time to learn about my book and me! If you decide to read it (and I hope you do!) please be sure to go on and review it for me - yes, even if you don't like it!

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The Exception To The Rule

When Katrina “Kat” Vallia, an idealistic if somewhat naive 20-something American pediatrician travels halfway across the globe to volunteer in a poor African village, she looks at it as a means of closure. Following a bitter breakup with her unfaithful boyfriend, she decides to throw herself into her work without any distractions from a man. That’s until she encounters Dr. Julian Kiron, a handsome, career driven pediatric oncologist. Even though she tries to fight it, Kat finds herself falling deeply for him; until she painfully realizes that they both want totally different things from life. Not willing to compromise for the other, they sadly say goodbye, cutting all ties.

Five years later, Kat’s happy world is turned upside down when she is given devastating news.  She must now confront her past and the secret she’s harbored for years. But will saving the one she loves most also rekindle the love she let slip away?

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An Unplanned Lesson

Nicole Morgan, the new second grade teacher at Pineview Elementary school, has it all together in the classroom; it’s her personal life that she can’t find peace with. Unable to let go of the guilt that she is harboring from her past, she punishes herself by running from all potential relationships.

Her patience is put to the test when Dailan O’Maley the obnoxious but very sexy uncle of one of her students enters her life. She slowly cracks away at Dailan’s crude, crass exterior when they are forced to work together for the sake of his nephew. The two of them learn a lesson in love that neither had planned as they discover that the guilt they are hiding deep inside isn’t the only thing they have in common. Unbeknownst to her, he holds more than just the key to her heart.

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Beth Rinyu

Gail McFarland was once the girl known for never failing to get an 'A' in Honors English. Today, she is the published author of more than 100 short romantic confessions and short stories, numerous ebooks, and ten popular contemporary novels including:

SUMMERWIND (BET/Arabesque)
THE BEST FOR LAST (BET/Arabesque)
WHEN LOVE CALLS (BET/Arabesque)
BOUQUET with Roberta Gayle and Anna Laurence (BET/Arabesque)
DREAM RUNNER (Genesis Press)
DREAM KEEPER (Genesis Press)
WAYWARD DREAMS Genesis Press)
LADY KILLER (LULU Books)
ALL FOR LOVE (CreateSpace Books)
DOING BIG THINGS (CreateSpace Books)

Best known for her contemporary romantic novels, Ms. McFarland is a contributing member of The GA Peach Authors. Ms. McFarland is also a dedicated wellness/fitness advocate. She is currently an active fitness instructor, health coach, wellness consultant, and community health volunteer.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Ms. McFarland now makes her home and place of literary creation in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Doing BIG Things

Ever wonder if nonmedicated menopause was a justifiable defense for murder? 

Loi Cramer has had an amazing life. She is a woman of a certain age, with an interesting past. She's gone from rags to riches and has the stories to prove it, but nobody is more surprised than she is when fate, a cheating husband, and a false friend conspire to take her back to rags. 

And she's not happy about it!


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Lie Down With Dogs

Loi Cramer is a woman of styleand confidence, and she's been in Atlanta a long time -- long enough to make it her home. She's forgotten a lot of old memories, but then, she's made so many new ones. When Ronnie, her long-lost sister, turns up on her doorstep, trying to outrun the past and intent on securing a piece of Loi's "good life" for her own future, life gets difficult.

When Ronnie turns up dead, life gets...

Complicated.


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All For Love

Family is a good thing, right? Family will always love you, right? But how far will family go to help you fall in love with the right man?

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Eye of the Beholder

Nobody wants to be a habit, to have their love taken for granted. But once offered flirtation, how do you find the value in what you have?

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This Side of Forever


The end of a perfect romance, a perfect love, and a perfect marriage leave one man unable to use the word, Forever, until he meets the perfect remedy. She's sleek, smart, and self-reliant, and she had no idea he was there -- until their mothers got together and introduced them both to the possibilities on This Side of Forever.

** Originally included in the BET/Arabesque BOUQUET Anthology.


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Gail McFarland

My name is John Burnett, and I see dead people.

Well, not really; actually, I'm a professor of English at Wayne County Community College in Detroit, Michigan. And while I would never equate any of my students to disembodied souls or zombies, sometimes, on days when a class is having particular difficulty grasping the finer points of irony in all things Poe, or the symbolism in anything Hemingway, it sometimes feels like I'm walking in the netherworld.

Those excursions into literary puzzlement notwithstanding, I have the best job in the world. I get to introduce hundreds of students each year -- from different races, backgrounds, and life experiences --to the wonder of great fiction specifically, and the joy of reading in general. The reward for watching students have an epiphany of discovery when they "get it", even if it's only a few of them, is priceless. When that light bulb over their heads begins to glimmer, however faintly, it's "mission accomplished."

And how many people can honestly say that their job affords them the opportunity to actually change someone's life - even if in a very small way? Putting a student on the road to becoming a lifelong reader certainly does that.

After having taught literature at the college level for several years, I could no longer resist the siren call to try my hand at storytelling myself. It was a voice that had been whispering softly in my ear for a good many years, but I had stubbornly chosen not to heed.

Until now.

That whisper later became a muse whose song I found impossible to ignore any longer.

I have some stories to tell, my friends, some for younger readers, others for the not-so-young. Many of these stories are about the magic all around us. I'm not talking about magic set in scary English castles, terrifying Transylvanian villages, or other, alien worlds; these stories are about the enchanted realm that sits atop our own everyday existence, unseen and unfelt, like a transparent overlay. Sometimes, those worlds interact, either accidentally or by design.

My stories describe what happens when that occurs. 

Come along, won't you?


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Autobiography of the Boogerman

The Boogerman is a scary guy. Even he will admit this, if reluctantly, preferring instead to explain several centuries worth of terrifying urban mythology surrounding him as his simply being “tragically misunderstood.” He finally decides to become more proactive in rehabilitating his image in the bone-chilling thriller Autobiography of The Boogerman. This is a fast-paced e-book adventure for young readers, in which the forces of light and darkness openly wage a heretofore hidden war of magic on a battlefield spread over several dimensions, across time and, ultimately, in the streets of urban Detroit.

The book chronicles the genesis of an uneasy partnership between The Boogerman and Stetson Oliver, a regular 11-year-old Detroit schoolboy who remembers all too well the night terrors and secret trauma the title character inflicted on him in the very recent past. Resentment, skepticism, and a healthy dose of fear colors Stetson’s every conversation and interaction with his mysterious visitor, whose murky explanation for why he chose Stetson to tell his story—and the ensuing consequences--leaves a great deal to be desired.

Their tenuous alliance established, Stetson and The Boogerman embark on a fantastic adventure fraught with danger and discovery, and charged with magic. It is an odyssey that could end very badly for both the human boy and the ageless urban myth.


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John Burnett

Alecia Stone has been in love with anything and everything paranormal for many years. She grad­u­ated with a BA in Film & TV and has worked in tele­vision for a short period of time before branch­ing out into storytelling. When she isn't writ­ing, she enjoys going to the movies, lis­ten­ing to music, and travelling. Talisman Of El is her first novel. She currently lives in England, UK.

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Talisman of El

WHAT IF YOUR WHOLE LIFE WAS A LIE?

One Planet.

Two Worlds.

Population: Human ... 7 billion. Others ... unknown.

When 14-year-old Char­lie Blake wakes up sweat­ing and gasp­ing for air in the mid­dle of the night, he knows it is hap­pen­ing again. This time he wit­nesses a bru­tal mur­der. He's afraid to tell any­one. No one would believe him ... because it was a dream. Just like the one he had four years ago - the day before his dad died.

Char­lie doesn't know why this is hap­pen­ing. He would give any­thing to have an ordi­nary life. The prob­lem: he doesn't belong in the world he knows as home.

He belongs with the others.

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Gina London is an Emmy-award winning veteran CNN correspondent and anchor. Based in Italy, she now works as an international executive media trainer and presentation coach, travel expert and voice-over talent. She’s the author of "Because I'm Small Now and You Love Me"--adventures in parenting and life overseas. 

London was editor of her high school newspaper in the tiny Indiana town of Farmland where she grew up. The town’s tallest building was the grain elevator and her home was surrounded by corn and soybean fields. But her parents weren’t farmers. Her mom was an instructor at the nearby university and a terrific baker; her dad was a self-taught architect, oil painter, and professional pilot. He was also Gina’s softball coach and hero until he died suddenly in a plane crash just two weeks before Christmas when she was 11 years old. The tragedy of losing a loved one helped Gina be more empathetic and compassionate when she was a journalist and often compelled to interview families of victims like those from the Columbine High School shooting; the Oklahoma City bombing; 9/11; and even other airplane crashes.

During her days as a CNN anchor and correspondent, Gina also covered President Bill Clinton including the infamous Monica Lewinsky scandal that led to his impeachment. She then reported on the George W. Bush Administration including the 9/11 terrorist attacks with stories from New York and Washington, DC. Now, Gina is an internationally recognized communications expert whose work has taken her across the globe from Egypt to the UAE, to Cambodia, to Indonesia to Jordan to Romania to Macedonia and more.

She has worked hand in hand with Iraqi women running for Parliament and Baghdad’s City Council, high-level women in the Persian Gulf committed to social change, and opposition party activists in Egypt. Her work in Egypt during the Hosni Mubarak regime led the government to shut her program down, threaten her life and ultimately forced her to flee the country. Gina now lives in Tuscany where her husband Scotty Walsh studies Comedia dell’Arte. Their daughter Lulu is in preschool and proudly declares she speaks “English, Fran├žais, Italiano and also the languages of cats and dogs.”

Her collection of adventures and conversations with Lulu have become the book: “Because I’m Small Now and You Love Me.” Available now! When Gina isn’t writing or taking care of Lulu she enjoys sipping espresso or prosecco surrounded by 500-year-old buildings and chain smoking locals.

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Because I'm Small Now and You Love Me

Romantic, exotic, wacky and fun!

Set in Paris, Tuscany and the good old U.S. of A., this anthology of true exploits and conversations between acclaimed journalist Gina London and her indomitable daughter Lulu creates a story like no other. 

"Because I'm Small Now and You Love Me" shows the magic of life happening--with a lot of faith, pluck, and adventure. 

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Gina London

James “Jimmy” Hyten is a freelance writer and works for the Colorado Department of Public Safety. Born in Houston, Texas his time there was short-lived as he was born into an Air Force family requiring him to move every couple of years. Finding himself back in Houston he was married and after a very stressful and emotional yet educational time, divorced. Eventually he settled down once again after meeting his current wife and the love of his life. James graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelors degree in business. He is currently pursuing graduate studies at the University of Denver. His debut book, MY AWFULLY WEDDED LIFE, is about the perils of his first marriage and it’s told through anecdotes that remind everyone at Sakura Publishing of David Sedaris and his stories of a dysfunctional family. Truly inspiring work, this book for anyone who has ever gone through a divorce or know what it’s like to live with somebody who drives you crazy.

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My Awfully Wedded Life

Ever wondered what it’s like to go through a nasty divorce? Maybe you have, or maybe you know somebody that has gone through marital problems and eventually split. Denver author Jimmy Hyten has written MY AWFULLY WEDDED LIFE, a non-fiction true to life story about his OWN marriage, which started out great but gradually and painfully went south! However, instead of complaining about it, Jimmy chronicled all the ups and downs of his marriage with humor and introspection. The result is a book that will make you laugh and make you think twice about taking the plunge until you actually KNOW your partner enough to actually believe they are your significant other in body and soul! 



Jimmy Hyten

Elizabeth Good is a dental office manager for a prominent Monmouth County, New Jersey dentist. She hails from Brooklyn, New York, and currently resides in Toms River, New Jersey, with her husband and 13-year-old shih tzu, Saverio. She has one son, three stepchildren, and three grandsons. Just Another Sunday is Elizabeth's first novel.

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Just Another Sunday

"Just Another Sunday" Is Anything But Ordinary

Set against the backdrop of the turbulent late 1960s and early 1970s, Just Another Sunday is inspired by actual events and follows Lia Benedict, a teenager growing up in the suburbs of New Jersey. In the spring of 1968, Lia is 15 years old when her Italian-American family decides to leave Brooklyn for their dream home in the suburbs. But Lia is reluctant to pull up roots and go anywhere, especially to some godforsaken Jersey town. "I would rather thrive in the grime of New York than be plucked from my roots and transplanted in Nowheresland, just to wither away and die. I swear this is the kiss of death." Her father, Frank Benedict, has worked hard to afford his own home for his wife, Marie, and five children after years of renting in Brooklyn. With the recent marriage of their eldest daughter, and visions of grandchildren in their future, new life in suburbia couldn't be more promising. But their dream home quickly becomes a living nightmare, and the family's move will prove to be the last they will ever make as an intact family of seven. Just Another Sunday is a compelling five-year snapshot of one woman's life, taking us through teenage angst and rites of passage, new love and broken hearts, friendships and betrayal, triumph and tragedy, and one family's struggle to cope with the inconceivable. You will search your soul and ponder Life's most provocative questions as you experience the unforgettable conclusion to Just Another Sunday.

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Elizabeth Good

Born In Kenya and raised in New York City since i was 5 yrs old. My Interests include a Love of Gushy Romantic stories, Scuba Diving, And Painting, Enjoy Writing short stories.Graduated from Fordham University with a degree in Radiology,and I Currently live in Miami with my two cats.


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Put a Ring On It

On this fateful evening, she was strolling along the shores of the Indian Ocean waiting for darkness to fall so that she could venture into town and look for sex-starved tourists who paid big bucks for a piece of the Kenyan women. 

Prostitution was illegal in Kenya and was culturally a taboo. But what was a young orphaned girl with little education to do when she had to fend for three of her younger siblings? As she watched the waves hit the shores, she noticed a young handsome man staring at her from a distance.

He had a great body and smooth black hair which he let down to his shoulders. The wind blew his hair away from his shoulders and brought it back in perfect harmony. He was well built and had a tattoo on his left arm.


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Stephanee Killen resides in Ohio, where the weather is fickle but the people are hardy. Her passions include learning to embrace the ridiculous and showing others how to engage their spirituality through humor and authenticity.

After working as a freelance editor for the Ballantine Publishing Group, and then as a web editor for 1stBooks Library (now Authorhouse), Stephanee went on to become the senior editor and project manager at Integrative Ink, a publishing pre-production company she established in January of 2001. A busy entrepreneur, Stephanee also has a lifelong love of the arts. She is the founder of the Creative Cosmic Experiment, a forum for experimental and contemporary fiction, music, poetry, and social commentary.

When she’s not helping people become famous authors, she plays percussion, sips Ginger tea, and shares her poems about the meaning of life with her very smart dog.

It's Valentine's Day--the day candy and card companies unite in their desperate bid for your hard-earned dollars (or, in the case of the recently single, the day when the world apparently wants us to smother ourselves using giant stuffed bears holding heart-shaped pillows). Look, don't give your money to the people who want to feed you chocolate! Or, go ahead and give your money to them, but also buy a copy of "Buddha Breaking Up." Studies show that it provides the same feel-good chemicals and antioxidants you receive from a good bar of Chocolove XOXOX. (Okay, not really. We didn't do any such study. But it's still a reasonable assumption.)

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Buddha Breaking Up 

The world needs another self-help book like it needs another Reality TV show. At least, that’s what I would have said a year ago, right up until I found myself in need of something—anything!—to pull me through the worst breakup of my life. What do you do when you want to be gracious, graceful, pragmatic, and filled with equanimity, but you’re so hurt and angry you feel as if you could go around town ramming your car into random stationary objects without batting an eyelash? What do you do when your friends and family run out of platitudes and old, tired slogans like, “Time heals all wounds” and “Better to have loved and lost...”? (Slogans which, incidentally, make you want to scoop out your frontal lobe with a melon baller.)

This is the stuff that drives us to the very edge of annihilation. At least, it feels that way. It feels like a very real obliteration of the self. But this breakdown can be the worst thing that’s ever happened to you, or it can be the best thing for precisely this moment in your life.

Buddha Breaking Up is a modern-day spiritual guide for how to embrace dramatic, life-altering change and use it as a means of rediscovering the Self. It answers the age-old question, What’s next? (Changing out of your bathrobe and combing your hair.)

Combining humor, pop culture, and Zen principles, Part I of Buddha Breaking Up explores the science of falling in love, provides useful tools for riding out the heartbreak—including how to handle social networking and other technology apparently designed for liberal applications of self-torment—and offers unique and practical techniques for moving through the lowest depths of the shattering. Part II, “The Bodhicitta of Breaking Up,” illuminates methods for battling the wounded ego, dealing with anger, creating better relationships, and finally, loving and valuing yourself so you can reach a place of acceptance and grace in your new life.

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