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Emotional Paramedics by Susan Barton

My first novel is available on Amazon in eBook and print formats!

  • File Size: 1136 KBEmotional Paramedics by Susan E. Barton Cover Photo Final
  • Print Length: 201 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: eBook Review Gal Publishing (August 18, 2016)
  • Publication Date: August 18, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English


*Please be aware that this book deals with some serious social issues. It includes some strong language and mature situations.

August Gallagher is a sweet and intelligent Brooklyn girl just trying to find her place in the world during the turbulent 1960s. Unfortunately, her mother, Alis, doesn’t make things easy for her. Bad choices, poor parenting and abusive men create chaos at every turn. Yet, through it all, August reluctantly remains a devoted daughter and continues to be Alis’s emotional paramedic.

Along the way, August finds friendship, romance and makes a few dangerous enemies. When Alis hits rock bottom, August is forced to come to terms with the fact that it’s finally time to cut the dysfunctional cord to save herself from Alis’s emotional grasp.


Susan Barton is an author, marketer, copywriter, photographer, artist and coach. She loves helping authors market their books. Susan currently resides in North Texas with her husband and their two dogs.

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The Battle for Darracia by Michael Phillip Cash Virtual Book Tour Stop

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  • Print Length:542 pages
  • Publisher:CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (6/22/2015)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10: 1511831545
  • ISBN-13:9781511831543


The Battle for Darracia Books I, II, and III, are now combined into this one epic novel!

On the planet Darracia, an ever-widening social gap between its inhabitants is causing turmoil that is fracturing a once peaceful world. Struggling with his identity, nineteen year old Prince V’sair must harness the power of the elusive Fireblade, the secret to a warrior’s heart, in order to overcome his uncle Staf Nuen’s lust for supremacy. Will the energy of the Elements guide the young prince to his true destiny or will Staf Nuen conquer Darracia?


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Michael Phillip Cash is an award-winning screenwriter and novelist. He’s written ten books including the best-selling Brood X, Stillwell, The Flip, The After House, The Hanging Tree, Witches Protection Program, Pokergeist and Battle for Darracia series.

Michael resides on the North Shore of Long Island. He writes full-time with his screaming kids in the background.


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Review of Lighthouse Nights by Jake Vander Ark

Lighthouse Nights by Jake Vander ArkTrevor and Jules are a dysfunctional couple who take advantage of suicidal people they meet in an internet chat room. They encourage deeply depressed individuals to end it all so they can steal their valuables. Trevor is clearly psychotic, with no qualms whatsoever about what they’re doing. Jules, on the other hand, is running from a tragic past and has more of a conscience. When it comes time to help Gabe Jones commit suicide she falls in love with him instead, driving Trevor into a dangerous and murderous rage.

Lighthouse Nights is definitely dark and twisted. The author clearly has the ability to tap into an evil side – a sign of a gifted writer. As I read, I found Gabe and Jules to be likable characters and I was able to care about the outcome of their relationship. Trevor’s villainous character was also well written.

The author chose to write the entire book in lower case, which, although I found it unusual, I found it worked well and wasn’t distracting like I thought it might be. The book is a fairly quick read, but it’s a deeply engaging story. I suspect the author’s screenwriting experience has much to do with it – no long-winded dialogue or superfluous narrative here.

If you’re looking for a unique and dark romance, Lighthouse Nights is it. While this book is written about teens and twenty-somethings, the subject matter should appeal to readers of any age. Just be aware that the story is intense, but in the end the take away is important – life is hard, but we’re not alone, all we need to do is reach out to seek help.

5 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton

Review of Delano in Hollyhook by Cameron Glenn

Delano Farnsworth grew up without his parents, having been left in an uncle’s care on his third birthday. Growing up, Delano read many stories about orphaned kids with glamorous lives. These fantastical orphans were cool and lived daring, magical lives. Yet, Delano knew these glamorous lives weren’t real. Orphans didn’t live this way and he was living Delano in Hollyhook Book Cover by Cameron Glennproof.

Delano wanted to know more about his parents, since he had so many questions. He’d often ask his uncle about them but would only receive vague answers. Finally, one morning, Uncle Ted said Delano was old enough to know the truth. They were having “the talk” after school that day.

Later, at school, Delano was so busy daydreaming he couldn’t concentrate. During class, a red metallic wasp stung him on the neck, yet no one else saw it happen. Was it a hallucination? The sting made him dizzy and sick. When he rushed home, he found that Uncle Ted wasn’t home. Even more bizarre – the bathroom mirror was suddenly a video screen showing scenes from a “misfit camp”. Delano was offered an all-expense paid trip to a place he could feel free and be himself. All he needed to do was board the awaiting Zeppelin.

Delano in Hollyhook is a fast-paced story that really kicks off after Delano’s arrival at summer camp. After discovering that the camp is not what it seems to be, Delano and his new friends investigate the camp’s true purpose. I could not put this book down! The characters embark on a journey that’s jam-packed with breath-holding events and aha moments. Readers are able to jump into a magical carnival ride of mystery to unravel the real purpose of Hollyhook. I would love to see this story become a movie!

5 of 5 Stars, Review by Monica McDaniel for eBook Review Gal

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Review of Blue Karma by J. K. Ullrich

Water is the resource of life. Without water humans, plants and animals would perish. Blue Karma by J. K. UllrichWater is crucial for survival and its absence can contribute to feelings of  anger, greed and depression. But what about extreme amounts of water? As many of us know, too much water can be destructive and deadly to just about everything on Earth.

Amaya is a typhoon survivor. As I read her story, I couldn’t help but admire her. During the storm she loses everything – her home, and most of her family. Amaya, just a teen herself, takes her younger sister and flees. Survival isn’t easy. There are hundreds of homeless people, all struggling to survive. Because of the severe shortage of fresh water, Amaya does everything possible to survive even if it involves ice poaching. I admired her determination and incredible will to survive under these extraordinary conditions.

The water shortage brings about ice poachers. Breaking icebergs and melting them to produce fresh water becomes a way to survive for many but it also becomes a big business. Nilak, a large company with a contract to harvest ice, produces fresh water from the bergs and sells it to those who can afford to pay. Therefore, the poachers are a nuisance to Nilak.

Amaya meets and falls in love with Logan. Logan is a military deserter whose job is to guard the arctic from poachers. Logan and Amaya are caught up in one scandal after another to protect Logan’s hometown with hopes of building a new life there.

This is a fast-paced, action-packed story. Amaya and Logan take readers on a spiraling journey of intense emotions. I was able to feel the love and compassion they have for one another while struggling to survive. I could also feel their frustration and hate for the bullies who set road blocks for them along the way. Blue Karma is a story of love, deceit, and manipulation. Will Karma win in the end? I recommend reading this book to find out.

5 of 5 Stars, Review by Monica McDaniel for eBook Review Gal

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Review of Brave New Girls: Tales of Girls and Gadgets, Edited by Paige Daniels and Mary Fan

Brave New Girls: Tales of Girls and GadgetsBrave New Girls: Tales of Girls and Gadgets by Paige Daniels

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a fantastic concept for an anthology. A book that highlights a diverse group of intelligent young heroines is sure to be a hit among youngsters and adults. The stories contained within Brave New Girls (Tales of Girls and Gadgets) are as varied as the contributing authors are. All are unique and all include positive, scientifically inclined role models.

I especially love the fact that all of the proceeds go to a great cause – a scholarship fund through the Society of Women Engineers. Sharing the idea that girls can excel in male-dominated fields and have the ability to become scientists, inventors, space explorers, programmers, etc. just as boys do is an admirable basis for a book geared towards teens of either sex.

I would recommend this book for teens and lovers of YA SciFi. Brilliantly empowering!

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Self-Publishing: Now is the Right Time, Guest Post by Author Michael Bolan

Self-Publishing Guest Post by Michael Bolan Author

I was speaking recently with a fellow author, one slightly more successful than yours truly. He has published over 40 books and short stories, selling millions of copies. He’s what you could call “the real deal”. And he’s just given up all of his publishing contracts.

I know. I can hear your jaws dropping. Why would someone who was so established just walk away from all of the support, which powers his books to the top of the bestsellers lists? When I asked him, his initial answer was simple – money. He stands to make about twelve times as much per book on his own.

Which is why the major publishing houses are running scared, and why there is no better time than now to self-publish. I understand that the skills needed to promote and market a book are different from those needed to write one, but marketing isn’t an art, as most people think. It’s a process-driven, experience-based numbers game, which can be learned, copied and applied to any situation.

My famous author friend also cited control as another reason to switch to self-publishing. He would pitch a book to his editor, who would then suggest changes to make the book more marketable. The editor’s sales targets were in the hundreds of thousands, whereas the author would be happy with tens of thousands. If you can make ten times as much per book on your own, the end result is the same.

Unless you have been living in a cave, you’ll have heard of Amazon’s tiff with the publishing house Hachette. Don’t get me wrong, the world’s largest eBook retailer is no angel. It’s a business and it sure does make life easy for new authors. I spoke with another author friend who recently chose to publish traditionally. She regrets the decision and is busy working on her next novel, which will be released electronically. As she said, Amazon sells over three billion eBooks every year and she wants a slice of that pie. Yes, that’s billion with a “B”. From initial idea to release will take her about a year, as opposed to the epic three-year journey with her publisher.

Traditional publishers claim to act as a buffer for the reading public, filtering out titles that really should never see the light of day; in the odd instance, they may have a point. Recent developments, however, would suggest that traditionally published authors don’t have a monopoly on ideas or the ability to spin a good yarn – just look at the sales figures for self-published vs. the big firms. Publishers argue that they provide countless value-added services such as story advice, editing, cover design, PR and promotion, and so on, ad nauseam, whereas self-publishing leaves all of this up to you.

I have great respect for the major publishing houses – they are sophisticated businesses, which bring the written word to millions. They are very professional and they care deeply about the long-term strength of their brand. There are, however, myriad small “publishing houses”, full of wondrous promises, which are little more than snake oil salesmen. You have a brilliant idea, you work hard for months to capture it on paper, you spend a small fortune to have it published and then find yourself doing everything yourself anyway.

Part of the problem lies in the fact that, with the development of technology, there are no major barriers to becoming a publisher. As with all industries there are those that would take advantage of the unwitting. It’s often tough for an independent writer to decide if their publisher will actually do what they promise, so self-publishing becomes a “safer” route.

But there’s still work to be done. All the services provided by the publishing house still need to be performed, so get yourself a good editor, have a proper cover designed, learn some basic marketing and get to work.  All the information you need is out there, so read the self-publishing blogs and don’t be scared to ask for help. Social media has helped create a community, which can and will support you.

Just don’t forget your roots when you sell your millionth copy.

Michael Bolan Author PhotoMichael Bolan is the author of The Sons of Brabant, available on Amazon. Michael encourages readers to connect with him on Facebook and via his website.