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Elite Book Promotions presents my review of Seth Mullin’s Humanity’s Way Forward (Book 3)

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Book Description

Humanity’s Way Forward (The Edge of the Known: Book 3)

“The echoes of those scars can clearly be heard in Edge of the Known’s music. But one can also discern, quite distinctly, that other inexplicable thing that is within us all, the undying flame that transcends our wounds and sufferings…”

Brandon Chane had always seen life through the eyes of an outcast, a misfit, a young man at odds with the world and with himself. Now they’re calling him a wounded healer; a shamanic Pied Piper for the throngs of alienated youth; a thief of fire.

He wonders if he and his band can escape the claims that the world has suddenly laid upon them. But what about the cherished dream that he’s struggled so desperately to fulfill, the dream that finally seems to be coming to fruition?




My Review

Seth Mullins is back with the 3rd book in his Edge of the Known series and he still has it!!! I love his style of writing from its clear, concise wording to the realistic imagery of a band on its rise to fame while trying to keep firmly grounded. I really liked the flawed main character, Brandon and his relationships with his bandmates especially Tommy.  It was easy for Seth to make Brandon a typical alpha jerk like alot people would have done, which annoys me but this author chose not to go that overdone, tired path. he made Brandon a protagonist I could get behind. He had a kind, thoughtfulness to him that added to creating a whole personality that was real for me. He wasn’t a goody two shoes or anything but it did make me enjoy the story even more. I would definitely recommend anyone looking for something out of the ordinary to read! 

About the Author
Seth Mullins writes visionary fiction that merges our invisible inner world with the waking world that we call ‘the real’.  His stories aim to reveal aspects of the deeper mysteries of reality and of our own souls.
His most recent project, The Edge of the Known trilogy, was largely inspired by his experiences as a twenty-something songwriter and performing musician. Seth has spent years in Connecticut, New Mexico and Oregon, and currently lives in Vermont.

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Elite Book Promo’s presents a Guest Post by the author of The Invitation, Dawn Kohler

The Invitation by Dawn Kohler


Despite having a loving fiancé, Kate Edwards is haunted by a feeling that something is missing in her life.

After losing her job as a reporter, a sense of inspiration is ignited by an invitation to spend the weekend with Emma Daines, a retired professor of social anthropology and the former US ambassador to Germany. Kate has long admired Emma’s accomplishments and for years has attempted to obtain an interview. Yet Emma Daines is known to be deeply suspicious of journalists, as she holds a secret that reporters have wanted to get their hands on for decades.

A thoroughly mesmerizing novel, The Invitation takes us to a beach community in Northern California, where through a series of outdoor adventures Kate struggles with her internal conflicts over love, ambition, and her need to gain Emma’s trust. Little does she know how her life will change when she stumbles upon Emma’s hidden memoir which exposes the underbelly of her determination, her relationships, and brings to light the walls that keep us separated from one another.

This riveting, insightful, and unpredictable story brings us into the heart of two women who ultimately learn from each other what’s important in life and the real and powerful meaning behind receiving The Invitation.

About the Author, Dawn Kohler: dawnkohlerpic1

Journey of personal awakening unfolds in new novel, The Invitation


Kate Edwards’ future career, happiness depends on one woman’s secret in ‘The Invitation

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. — Author Dawn Kohler has spent over a decade coaching top executives in the Entertainment, Technology and Fashion Industry.  She now taps that experience in her debut novel, “The Invitation: A Weekend with Emma” (published by Balboa Press).

In this first of a planned series, Kohler shows the vulnerabilities of a highly acclaimed woman as she finds her authentic self through a series of setbacks. “I wanted to show a story about a woman that is not defined by the tragedies in her life,” Kohler says, “but instead has learned how to use this time of global change to gain strength, wisdom, and to be truly productive and fulfilled in the world as a result of these experiences.”

The book is written from the point of view of Kate Edwards, an ambitious reporter. When Kate loses her job, she receives an invitation to spend a weekend with the reclusive Emma Daines, a retired social anthropologist and former U.S. ambassador to Germany. Kate jumps at the chance to meet her idol and sets out for Northern California in hopes to acquire Emma’s secret untold story, and answer her own questions about love, longing and how to pursue a meaningful life.

“It’s an intimate read,” Kohler says, “with several unpredictable twists. Like so many of us, the characters struggle with feelings of unworthiness, longing and rejection. These feelings often drive our choices and can veer us from the more authentic paths in our personal and professional lives. ”

Kohler aims to convey a message about personal responsiblity as a means for global progression.  In conjunction to the book series, she has established the Emma Daines Society, a community to support others through transformational changes and to inspire conscious and purposeful living.

 Buy the Book


“The Invitation”

By Dawn Kohler

Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 176 pages | ISBN 9781452515755

Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 176 pages | ISBN 9781452515731

E-Book | 176 pages | ISBN 9781452515748

Publication Date: 8/26/2014

Hard Cover Price: $30.95

Paperback Price: $13.99

Available at Amazon , Barnes & Noble, Balboa Press and www.dawnkohler.com

Dawn Kohler has previously published a memoir “A New Dawn Rising.” She lives in Laguna, Ca. near her three adult children.


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My review of E. James’ 9 Based on a True story…#chilling


So I recently read E. James’ 9 and I found it utterly terrifying!! honestly Brad scared me to my core and that’s a huge feat. I was scared because I could see myself and so many other people in my life in Nikki and how easily her story could become theirs. Nikki was so relatable, she wasn’t a character you hated but you did end up pitying her and wanting to rescue her and that had me both fascinated and horrified.
E. James knocked this book out of the park!! From start to finish this wasn’t just a page turner, it was a page gripper! The story refused to let you go until it was finished with you.
Nikki was like so many women who thought they’d found their dream guy to only find out way too late that he was a bully and a manipulative maniac.
E. James, you definitely know how to tell a story and I truly want to hug the person/people who’ve gone through this and are currently going through abuse like Nikki had to go through (and there is no arguing that what went on in their relationship was abuse)!

Check out the book links below and the other book tour stops for more info on this life changing book!



Book Description

Of all the possibilities of her predictable life in Spokane, abruptly meeting the man of her dreams was the least bit expected for Nikki. Brad, a man of seductive quality, seizes control of her mundane lifestyle and soon they embark on an exotic life together. That is, until she is faced with the suspicion that not everything about her new love is what it seems. After nearly a decade of deceit and brutality, a crushing blow is made in an attempt to end her freedom and erase her existence entirely. Will she escape from his hands in time? Or will Nikki be doomed to become Brad’s next victim? Follow this true story as Nikki takes the road less traveled in her face-off with a sociopath—battling against his deep desires for sexual exploitation, wealth and ultimately power.

Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/9-based-story-E-James-ebook/dp/B00LWS4GVS/ref=sr_1_7?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1414695589&sr=1-7

Book Tour Schedule: http://www.elitebookpromotions.com/book-tours


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Character Interview with Jack Vance, the protagonist of The Manipulator by Steve Lundin

A Top 100 Amazon best selling book- The Manipulator by Steve Lundin is a satirical techno-noir business thriller about advertising, greed, and the out-of-control edge of a media addicted culture. It’s a darkly humorous and prophetic look at the evil twins of marketing and communications just a few years over the horizon, when master media manipulators will insidiously shape almost every aspect of our programmed and highly regulated world. Powered by an authentic perspective, The Manipulator is a fast moving, snarky action packed story that will keep you turning pages while you should be working!

ManipulatorBlogBannerAvailable NOW! On Sale October 24-30th for only $.99 cents!!! 

The hilarious author, Steve Lundin gave me the inside scoop (thanks to Elite Book Promotions) on his main character to learn more about him. So I thought I’d share it with all of you!!

Without further adieu here’s my cheeky interview with Jack Vance, CEO of Blowfish Communications

and the protagonist of The Manipulator: Jack Vance FinalA Satirical Tech Noir Business Thriller (Really)!



How do you feel about your family, now that you’re an adult?

Who said I was an adult? There are many questions concerning my father that are unsettled, including who is responsible for his death. I saw him, as a 78 year old man, expire in a hospital bed from gunshot wounds. Come on, a guy his age should have died from prostate cancer or something a little more respectable. In terms of my mother, I’d love to find her but those federal witness protection programs are getting better and better. One day though…

What do you want from life?

To build the world’s smartest global marketing firm with take no prisoners type A hard chargers. Love and puppies and Facebook are for people with too much time on their hands.

If you were granted three wishes, what would you ask for?

You make your own luck, so my first wish and last wish would be that I never, ever get asked an inane wish question again.

What three things would you take to a Desert Island?

A SAT phone, a kindle and some sunscreen. I’d stick around long enough to catch up on some reading then call in a lift home.

In your relationship with others, how are you different with family than you are with friends? Why?

Well, my father is deceased, my mother is in a witness protection program and I have no siblings. So it’s just me and my business associates. I treat everyone based on the amount of respect they have earned. I have no time or interest in helping those who project pathos or expect obsequiousness because of their power or position. In other words, if you haven’t earned my attention through your own hard work, don’t waste my time and I won’t waste yours, because you’re probably already an expert on that.

How do you fall in love? At first sight? Over a long period?

Over a bottle, usually

What parts of loving come easy for you? Hard?

The hangover and the bar receipt, in that order.

How do you decide if you can trust someone? Experience with others? with this person? First impressions? Intuition? Do you test the person somehow? Or are you just generally disposed to trust or not to trust?

Trust is earned. I have had enough experience with users, cads, charlatans and scumbags to count my fingers after shaking hands with most people for the first time.

When you walk into a room, what do you notice first? Second?

The smell, then the window.

When you walk into a room, what do you expect people to notice about you?

If it’s my room and my people they damn well better notice that it’s time to get to work. If it’s someone else’s room I’d rather be an observer than the center of attention. I keep a running tally of how many people think they can get away with picking their nose in public places. You would be amazed at the results.

Describe yourself to me.

I’m a strategic idea guy who specializes in the most attention getting and provocative marketing campaigns in the world. You probably read about the Phantom jets that I had buzz the Macy’s Parade to advertise new Jet Blue routes. Yeah, that was me. And I got kicked out of NY because of it, which means that they’re too thin skinned out there or I’m too funny. Either way I’m a Chicagoan now, but not the high squeaky voiced, fat assed, acid washed jeans, sausage eating variety. Opinionated? Yes. Creative? Yes. Funny? Depends on who you ask. You want to know more about me? Read the book, cheapskate!

Is one sense more highly developed than another? (Are you more visual, or audial, etc, or do you rely on the famous sixth sense?)

Good mescaline always brings my Third Eye into the equation.

Did you turn out the way you expected? The way your parents predicted?

I didn’t expect anything and was raised by a German nanny who my father smuggled out of Berlin after the wall was erected. If anything she gave me the one lesson that has served me well: be doubtful until proven otherwise, keep an escape plan handy and gun control means using both hands.

What really moves you, or touches you to the soul?

A great single malt, a 500 HP engine and the rare honest marketing person (I have yet to encounter the third but I am hopeful).

What’s the one thing you have always wanted to do but didn’t/couldn’t/wouldn’t? What would happen if you did do it?

Fire myself from my own agency and give myself enough of a severance package to retire. If I did I’d be broke.

What do you consider are your strengths?

Creativity, intuition and a nose for good alcohol.

What do you consider are your weaknesses?

Good alcohol.

What are you most proud of about your life?

Getting an escort onto the International Space Station to do a live Skype broadcast promoting a new Russian condom. We call it an out-of-this-world fucking case study on our website.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done? Why?

Not fired the wrong people fast enough over the Holidays.

Describe your ideal mate.

She can reload a .45 magazine while solving a Rubik’s Cube, doing shots, fending off reporters and pulling up her size three bikini bottoms.

What are you most afraid of?

The banker that says no.

What’s the most important thing in your life? What do you value most?

Smart, creative, hardworking people. They are hard to find. I can find self-absorbed, effected toadies lurking in just about every one of the 100 resumes I receive on a daily basis.

How do you feel about your life right now? What, if anything, would you like to change?

My email address.

If you could be an animal, what would it be?

A silvertip grizzly can smell people and fear from 18 miles away. That’s the kind of head start I could use.

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stevelundin2headshotSteve Lundin is the Chief Hunter and Gatherer of BIGfrontier, a Chicago media strategy boutique. He is an award winning marketing professional, journalist and pop culture anthropologist. He has written hundreds of feature stories for a diverse assortment of regional and national publications including the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, International Watch and Aviation History. As a marketer he has had extensive experience successfully revitalizing consumer and business to business products and services for companies ranging in size from Fortune 100 to two guys in a garage.

In 2000 he founded theBIGfrontier event series, a regional marketing/technology thought leadership showcase that has hosted over 70 significant national speakers.Lundin is formerly trained in Journalism/Cultural Anthropology with graduate work in clinical psychology; his métier has always been research driven measurement of human motivation, tempered with creative gut instinct. He has also worked as an artist, photographer, made television commercials, published a comic strip newspaper and may hold the record for the greatest number of published Mickey Spillane interviews. If he could do it all over again he’d be a PI. 
 Get in touch with Steve: 
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