Recovering Addict Finds Inspiration through Loss

Author Jeffrey Walker turns heartbreak
to creative comedy in his new book

Jeffrey Walker lost his close friend and uncle to AIDS and almost lost his own life to a heroin/opioid addiction. Instead of giving in to his addiction, Walker found inspiration in his tribulations and used his experiences to pen his debut novel.

In “The Black Hand,” Jeffrey Walker tells the story of “Elliot,” who has spent years enveloped in a heroin addiction, when he suddenly loses his uncle and only friend. After crashing his truck while under the influence, Elliot ends up in a recovery center and his new, bizarre adventures begin.

“As a society, we need to have more open dialogue about addiction and recovery, mental illness and suicide,” Walker said.

A recovering addict, Walker knows first-hand the struggles of addiction and grief.   He earned his BA in English from UC Riverside and has published a number of articles, essays and personal prose.

“This book is for anyone who has been touched by loss, addiction or mental illness,” Walker said. “To be able to find humor in our darkest moments and afflictions, I think, gives us all hope.”

“The Black Hand”

By Jeffrey Walker

ISBN: 978-1-4808-5010-1

Available at Archway Publishing and Amazon

About the author

Jeffrey Walker is a writer from Southern California. He studied English at the University of California, Riverside, where he first began writing creative nonfiction and personal prose for various publications.

To learn more about the author and his book, please visit

or follow him on Twitter @jeffwalkersdead.

This is his first novel.


Time and Tide Book Series (3 Book Series)

Time and Tide Book Series
(3 Book Series)

book #1

Why do people go missing? Will they be found?

First in the Time and Tide series that looks at missing people and the consequences in 5 fictional short stories.

Amanda, missing 5 years suddenly finds her face on the television screen.
Ellie chases a new lead in the search for her brother.
Marina dead for 25 years, who killed her?
Police interviews of Michelle’s family and friends. Nobody is admitting anything.
Shelby returns to her hometown knowing something bad has happened to her best friend.

++++A Great Collection of Short Stories ++++
Each story covers the subject of a runaway from a different angle and would hopefully highlight the plight of the missing and the missed.

Buy all 3 books Amazon

About the author:

Karen J Mossman comes from a family of journalists with her grandfather and uncle having been newspaper editors. Further back a 2x grandfather wrote for his local paper and also published a book based on those articles. Karen is the only one to go into fiction.

Two of her novels are romantic suspense and one is a thriller. She also has three themed short story collections.

Karen is also an avid blogger and book reviewer, “It’s especially important to me to have feedback from my readers, so please leave a review when you have read one of my books.”

Karen lives on the beautiful Isle of Anglesey off the North Wales coast with her husband and elderly Yorkshire terrier. She has two grown up children, who were both born on the same day, two years apart.

“I enjoy writing in different genres and you can see some of my shorter stories on my website.”
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Meet Alana (Siegel) Mag, author of the (after)life series

  Alana is the author of the young adult fantasy series, Olivia Hart and the Gifted Program. Books in the series include: The Charm (#1), The Retreat (#2), and The Rescue (#3) and are published under her maiden name, Siegel.

She grew up on Long Island in New York and graduated with a B.A. from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University. Alana currently lives in San Francisco, California, with her husband and two ragamuffin cats named Zeus and Thor. Since early childhood she loves to read fantasy books. Add a little romance and a happy ending and in her eyes you have a perfect afternoon of reading.

Twitter: @AlanaSiegel

The Curse of the Winklevoss Twins
((after)life lessons Book 2)


THE CURSE OF THE WINKLEVOSS TWINS is a young adult fantasy novel and book #2 in the (after)life lessons series.

Death is optional.
Communicating with spirits may be normal for some people, but forcing a spirit back into a body is downright creepy. Hair-raising abilities aside, bringing her boyfriend back to life doesn’t come close to crowning Jules Winklevoss the most dramatic in her family, which is prone to headline-grabbing feuds and life-or-death spectacles.

Jules’s mother and grandmother are always at odds. Her grandmother enforces law and discipline, while Jules’s mother is touted as the Great Liberator of the Downtrodden for exposing the spirit-seeing community’s embarrassing secrets.

The downtrodden may not be grateful when these secrets strike a nerve with the elusive evil spirit, Machiavelli. If the High Spirit Advisory Council is unable to prepare proper defenses, Vita Post Mortem Academy students are not only helpless, but Machiavelli’s first target. Jules and an unusual crew will need to band together if they have a shot at saving the school.

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No More Guesswork When Looking for Love

Men Chase, Women Choose is warm and witty with a perfect balance of science and insight. You’ll find yourself wondering why a book of this magnitude didn’t come out sooner. But like everything else in life, all in due time.” – Gabe Berman, author of Live Like a Fruit Fly

“Understanding the anthropological principles that underlie our responses to love does not lessen its beauty and enigmatic wonder, but allows us to clearly view love as a biological responsibility.”- Lisa McCourt, author of Juicy Joy: 7 Simple Steps to Your Glorious, Gutsy Self
A question that seems as old as time comes closer to a definitive answer than ever before ― What is love? In Men Chase, Women Choose, Dawn Maslar, MS, provides engaging insights into one of life’s most elusive and misunderstood topics by offering science-based research to help anyone discover and sustain love. Maslar’s relatable and easy-to-read book uses the most relevant neurological, physiological, and biochemical studies on the science of love, while incorporating stories and examples based on participants of her popular classes and seminars.

For the past decade, the “love biologist” has been using her cutting-edge research to describe how the brain works when two people first meet, start to date, fall in love, and then move on to a more passionate, lifelong love. Even simpler, she breaks down her love science into four precisely timed phases:

1.    Attraction
2.    Dating
3.    Falling in love
4.    Real love

During these phases, Maslar explains that “love” is actually neural activity as well as the presence or absence of certain neurotransmitters. Most people associate love with the euphoric feeling during which anxiety is low or nonexistent among these brain signals. However, Maslar demonstrates that levels of anxiety and other feelings can fluctuate throughout love’s path. “Love isn’t just one thing that you luckily fall into,” says Maslar. “Finding and maintaining lifelong love is a process … Because the stages are different, you can feel different emotions during each phase.”

Maslar reasons that once we understand how love works, we can make educated decisions. Men Chase, Women Choose helps readers in this boundless endeavor by addressing all those time-honored questions like:

•    Does love at first sight really exist?
•    Who should make the first move?
•    What happens to your brain when you fall in love?
•    Why won’t he commit?
•    Why does love make us crazy?
•    What can you do to have love that lasts a lifetime?

Readers can expect answers involving how love is a biological need, the “natural laws” of love, purposes of the brain’s anatomy, and how testosterone and other biochemical differences between men and women affect how we love. Maslar states, “When you understand the science of love, it will help you easily and effortlessly find nourishing and passionate, long-lasting love.”

More praise for Men Chase, Women Choose

“Whether in between relationships or currently in one, readers will find valuable insight on how men and women interact with each other and what dynamics long-term relationships need to work. Maslar mixes scientific concepts, often with humor, making it a light and enjoyable read. – Theresa Braun, author of Groom and Doom: A Greek Love Story and dating blogger.

“Finally, a book that doesn’t treat finding true love like a Nora Ephron movie! Biology, nature, evolution … they all play a role in helping us find that special someone. Or in keeping them from us forever. – Eric Rogell, author of The Art of War for Dating

About the Author:

tnDawn Maslar, MS, award-winning author, adjunct biology professor and the go-to authority on the science of love. She was voted one of theTop 20 Most Followed Dating Experts on Twitter and Best 28 Dating, Marriage and Relationship Blogs in the UK to follow in 2015. She is a contributing author at, a collection of leading experts in the field of scientific relationship research. She is a TEDx speaker on How Your Brain Falls in Love and worked with the TED Education division to create their Science of Attraction video. Her work has been featured on South Florida Today, Pittsburgh Tribune and NPR. Her online videos have had over 2 million views. In addition to the book, she has created The Great Love Experiment; a show where audience members learn about the science of love by participating in research reenactments on stage. It’s a fun and often hilarious event that she does at colleges, comedy clubs and singles events. See excerpts of the show here:

Men Chase, Women Choose: The Neuroscience of Meeting, Dating, Losing Your Mind and Finding True Love
By Dawn Maslar, MS
Available directly from the publisher at or 800-441-5569
and at fine bookstores everywhere
ISBN: 9780757319259


In Time for Halloween! Niagara’s Most Haunted

The Niagara’s Most Haunted Experience:
Two of North America’s Most Haunted Places!

In a thoughtful, scary-good new book, renowned author, psychologist and TV show host Peter Andrew Sacco shares some excellent ghost stories, visiting two of the more profound, haunted places in Canada, two locations bordering on the USA. In The Niagara’s Most Haunted Experience, he asks, are there really such things as ghosts?

“After working on this TV series for the last 6 years, I thought I had seen and heard it all, but I would definitely have to say the last year has really opened my mind up more to the true existence of ghosts,” he says. “I have brought in one of Canada’s leading paranormal investigators featured on many ‘hauntings’ shows in both Canada and the USA and she literally made the hair on my neck and arms stand on end!” People love shows and books on ghost and hauntings because they not only like to feel scared, but also secure in knowing that there is an afterlife. “When you get to visit two of the most haunted locations in all of North America which I did the last twelve months, and see and hear things, it kind of makes you sigh in amazement, and chuckle with a sense of nervousness.” Some people need to see to believe and The Niagara’s Most Haunted Experience shares moments that could make a believer out of readers.

The Niagara’s Most Haunted Experience includes a one month shoot throughout the town of Ridgeway, Canada, one of North America’s oldest towns, and Willowbank, one of Canada’s most esteem historical mansions, sitting directly across from Lewiston, New York. The book is based on these two film shoots, and features actress/comedian Rita Carrey (sister of actor Jim Carrey), actor/producer Mitch Markowitz and esteemed Canadian newspaper reporter Richard Hutton, all invited to participate first hand with real paranormal investigators. “I think at least two out of the three celebrities were skeptics before the filming,” Sacco says. “During and after the shoots, I saw lots of jaws dropping and lips pursing together from all three, along with the entire crew, and I can’t leave out myself!” His new book examines some of the most haunted places in all North America.

Peter Sacco is also the acclaimed author of Niagara’s Most Haunted: Legends and Myths and Paranormal Niagara: Cases of the Mysterious and Macabre. Both books are collections of historically-based ghost stories and haunted places throughout the Niagara region, in both Canada and the United States. The books are based on his hit TV series Niagara’s Most Haunted which is now in its 6th year of production and seen at film festivals, comic cons and fan expos.

In addition to being an author of many books and more than 800 magazine articles, Sacco is an award-winning lecturer at universities in both the USA and Canada, specializing in relationships, criminal psychology, addictions, and mental health. He is also a frequent resident expert on several television programs and appears regularly as a guest expert on many news talk radio shows in the USA (FOX, ABC, CBS, Iheart, Coast To Coast, etc.). He is also an award-winning executive film producer and host of documentaries on relationships, psychological issues and child issues.

For more information, please visit

The Niagara’s Most Haunted Experience
Available in digital formats online ~ Amazon  Barnes&Noble  KOBO
and from the author’s website 



By Katie Duffy Schumacher
Publication Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2016
ISBN-10: 0692731814
ISBN-13: 978-0692731819
Paperback | $14.95
Kindle | $9.95

Don’t Press Send: A Mindful Approach to Social Media, An Education in Cyber Civics is a clear and kind approach to aid in preventing the misuse of social media. From the onset, children today grew and evolved with increasingly sophisticated smartphone technology and social media. Author Katie Duffy Schumacher advocates that although adults may feel that they will never be as tech-savvy as the younger generation, they should not shy from their responsibility in the proper protocol and encourage and enforce respectful and safe use of cyber technology.

Don’t Press Send features helpful strategies for parents and educators when it comes to navigating unfamiliar online territory: teaching their children to be respectful of their peers and understanding the power of the written word, developing mindful healthy habits to support electronic engagement, and more. The book serves as a guide for parents to help their children think mindfully about their choices, both on social media and offline. Key things such as, what parents should be communicating when handing their child a cell phone for the first time.

Author Katie Duffy Schumacher comments on the importance of an education in cyber civics, “we have to help our children push past the emotional barrier that the screen creates and internalize that on the other side of it is another living, breathing, feeling human being; a person who must be treated with kindness. Online or off, the rules should be the same. If you aren’t comfortable saying something face to face, then you should not be posting that online or texting it to them.”

The book, Don’t Press Send, removes the guesswork when it comes to communicating electronically and offers guidelines for adults to broach with minors. It gives parents and educators a way to manage their children and students’ activities and behavior in the cyber world. It enforces the concept of leading by example, encouraging children to think mindfully about their choices on and offline, and provides them with the strategies to foster kind and healthy interactions online. The author recommends having this conversation both at home and in schools, to reinforce the ramifications of privacy breaches, cyberbullying, and cyber mistakes that could damage reputations and have serious offline consequences.

Children feel safe, secure, and less anxious when they know what the rules are, irrevocably. This is the objective of Don’t Press Send, to educate and empower children to use technology responsibly and with good intent.

Important topics that are discussed in Don’t Press Send: A Mindful Approach to Social Media, An Education in Cyber Civics include:

  • Cell phone directives for parents beyond the rules “don’t break it” or “don’t lose it”
  • Strategies that will help to create a kind cyber community by strengthening children’s empathetic skills
  • Reinforcing the emotional skills, discipline, and mindfulness that will result in kind and careful online communication to foster a more thoughtful and safer cyber community for all
  • How to embrace a healthy balance with technology by teaching kids to being mindful before they press send on a post


image003Katie Duffy Schumacher has used her years as a teacher, her mindfulness training, and her on the job experience as the mother of three teens to develop the Don’t Press Send Campaign, and the popular app by the same name. As a frequent lecturer, she has been able to spread the message of kind and careful communication to thousands of students, parents, and educators, inspiring them to incorporate a mindful approach to social media. In July 2016, Ms. Schumacher penned her first book, Don’t Press Send: A Mindful Approach to Social Media, An Education in Cyber Civics, to give parents the tools and strategies they need to arm their children to create a better cyber community.

For more information about the Don’t Press Send book and initiative, please visit

Don’t Press Send: A Mindful Education to Social Media; An Education in Cyber Civics is now available in paperback and Kindle versions on Amazon.



It Can Happen to Anyone

Hacked Again ― Why One Of The Nation’s Top Cyber Experts Says  No One Is Safe And How To Protect Yourself

Cyber warfare has become a very real part of our business, our government, our technology and our culture. Real cyber attacks have increased exponentially in the past 12 months and the growing fear of them has gone off the charts. Still, many of us do not incorporate simple, best practices when it comes to things like creating passwords or engaging with social media. When it comes to help with cyber hacking, Scott Schober, CEO of Berkeley Varitronics Systems, is the go-to man for advice.

Schober’s new book: Hacked Again: It Can Happen to Anyone Even a Cyber Security Expert follows his initiation by fire into our craziest period of cyber security hacks and scandals ever. Trace through Scott’s media highlights and personal blunders as he tries to run a successful business and all while trying to not get hacked again.

This respected cyber security expert and industry go-to man was there from the beginning of the Target hacking over a year ago and witnessed the chaos and turmoil a cyber attack of this magnitude can inflict on a business. Lax security standards led to this breach which prompted Target to commit $100 million to technical upgrades. And Target wasn’t the only corporate giant to take a hit – so did Nieman Marcus, Adobe, Yahoo, Michael’s, and hospitality industry leader White Lodging (which includes Marriot, Hilton, Sheraton and Westin).

Schober regularly appears on Good Morning America, Bloomberg, CCTV, CBS News and CNBC as a technology and cyber security expert, with numerous appearances on Fox Business Channel, Al Jazeera America, Fox News, Inside Edition, MSNBC, CNN, PIX11, The Blaze, OAN and more.

Berkeley Varitronics Systems is a 40-year-old provider of advanced wireless solutions for the telecommunications and security markets. Since we know the problem of hacking is only going to continue to increase, President and CEO Scott Schober has become the trusted expert that corporations and individuals turn to when it comes to understanding cyber security issues and what needs to be done to keep personal information safe.

For more on Scott Schober, his latest book, BV Systems, or to learn expert security tips, please visit the websites at: or