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Monday, March 30, 2015

Past lives reading.

This is a past lives reading I got from Shoshannah J Kirchbaum yesterday. I fixed some minor typographical errors, but otherwise it's exactly as she wrote it. What do you think? I think I have some book ideas here. Read the original for yourself here;

https://www.facebook.com/events/1645634622326064/permalink/1648321555390704/





Shoshannah J Kirschbaum Joseph McGarry: So are you Irish mate? Lol. You are truly a male version of me, lol. You are working first on responsibility and second on psychicness so they will thread thru all your lives. And you are truly giftedgrin emoticon. In your last life you were a priest, and a chaplain in the army. You were American. Your unit had gotten thru many scrapes so they called you Father Lucky. But one day as you were giving last rites to a young man your unit was strafed by some German airplanes and almost the entire unit was killed. In the early 1800's you were of Irish decent and owned a large plantation in Georgia. You were kind and fair and then married the neighbor's only child and doubled your holdings. Your wife died in childbirth with your third child, all boys and you raised them well and responsibly. But one day in your 40's you died checking a field from a snake bite. In the 1700's you were English, and was the second son, you inherited money when your father died so you invested in a great ship, and became a pirate! You used your psychic gifts often to stay from storms, from capture and to find the richest ships. Your wife thought you were a sailor, You had 2 daughters, and had enough money behind a wall in the cellar When you died of an illness they buried you at sea and your first mate, and your best friend inherited the ship and gave a letter to your wife about the monies below the floors in the wall. 1600's you were a shaman in the Lakota tribe. You had great visions that kept your people fed and moving to the best spots for them. You also did amazing healings. Your tribe got status just by having you in it. You loved your wife and your oldest son had your abilities so you trained him to be a shaman. The other was a great warrior. One day when you were about 40 you told your wife you were going to die. You loved your wife, ate your favorite meal and then died at sunset. IN the late 1500's you were a German who lived in your father's house and was a healer and herbalist. At about age 23 you were actually burnt as a witch after a child died you could not heal. You have been an Incan priest, an Egyptian astrologist, a Buddhist monk, and advisor to Genghis Khan, and had many more lives. You have a couple left and those gifts make you important to raise people's vibrations in the now. Namaste.
  

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Notre Dame Day.

My new page for Notre Dame Day, starting April 26 at 6:42 PM EDT. More to come. GO IRISH!

http://notredameday.nd.edu/JosephMcGarry



In case you're wondering, I have 2 degrees from Notre Dame.

  1. Bachelor's in Accounting 1986
  2. Law 1989

Monday, March 9, 2015

Confessions of the World's Oldest Shotgun Bride

Confesssions of the World's Oldest Shotgun BrideConfesssions of the World's Oldest Shotgun Bride by Gail Hart
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The book is about Steve and Katie. Katie is 40 years old, a successful career woman, who has given up on love after breaking up with her boyfriend. Steve is a pilot in the Air Force, in his early 20s. They were next door neighbors growing up. Steve lusted after Katie as soon as he was old enough to know what lust was. They meet while they were both on vacation in the Cayman Islands. They hook up several times on vacation. When they get home, Katie wants to go back to her work life and just pretend it was just a vacation fling. Steve, however, wants to make this a relationship. Then Katie finds out she's pregnant. What will happen next? (By the way, that was not a spoiler. That's on the cover of the book.)

The plot moves along quickly. This is the younger man lusting after the older woman, a switch on how it usually plays out in the novels. The main problem I had is that some of the other characters weren't fleshed out enough. I felt like there were some subplots that could have been explored further. For example, Katie is up for promotion to president of the firm. That seems to be given short shrift. Some characters, like Katie's and Steve's friends, also pop in just long enough to move the plot along. Also, the section where Katie wonders if she's pregnant went on for too long. We already know she's pregnant, so why drag it out? Without giving away any spoilers, I thought the ending was contrived. It cut things too short. I also would have liked to see what happened 1 year later, after the baby was born. An OK book, but not special.

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Friday, March 6, 2015

You could win a FREE autographed copy of my novel and a $25 Amazon GC.

Who would like a free autographed copy of my novel, Operation Mermaid: The Project Kraken Incident, once it's published? When I get to 2000 likes, I will draw for one person to get one. (US only, please). I'll also throw in a $25 Amazon GC. To enter:

1. Like the Operation Mermaid page if you haven't already.
https://www.facebook.com/operationmermaidprojectkraken

2.Tell your friends and family to like this page. We need 532 more as of today (March 6) to get to 2000.

3. Become a fan of my Pubslush page.
https://pubslush.com/project/4008

4. Go to my Pubslush page and support me before April 15. (As a tax accountant, I am well ...aware of the April 15 deadline.) Any amount, even $2, will help. One of the incentives is a free autographed copy if you contribute $30 or more. if you win this giveaway, I'll waive that requirement.

5. Share the campaign with your family and friends, and encourage them to support me.


I need at least $3500 to meet my minimum. The money is being used to help cover the cost of editing, professional cover design (the design you see is a mockup, cut and pasted from Google), and the cost of the incentives. Your book will be sent once it's published. Thanks in advance for your help.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Pubslush campaign is live

My Pubslush campaign for my new novel, Operation Mermaid: The Project Kraken Incident, is now live. The link is at the end of this post. Any amount you can give is greatly appreciated. Thanks.


 
 
 

Friday, February 27, 2015

The Language of Flowers

The Language of FlowersThe Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received a free copy of this book from the Cambridge Public Library, as part of their reading group.

The book focuses on Victoria, who is a girl living in San Francisco, and has been through the foster care system. She has just turned 18, and is now legally an adult. After 3 months living in an apartment, and not paying rent, she is homeless. She meets a florist, Renata, who takes her in. One of Victoria's most prized possessions is a dictionary of the Victorian language of flowers. The book also flashes back to when Victoria was 10, and was placed with Elizabeth, a single owner of a vineyard. Elizabeth is estranged from Catherine, her sister. Catherine's son, Grant, becomes a major character in this book. I'll stop here to avoid spoilers.

I found the book very confusing. For one thing, it bounces back and forth between the present day (whenever that is; the book really doesn't say) and when Elizabeth is 10, without any warning. It would have been nice to have the chapters labeled "Now" and "Then", or something like that. The plot developments seemed a little forced. Everything just seemed to happen at the right time. Again, I can't say too much without revealing spoilers, but the ending seemed too much like a Hallmark Channel movie for me. Everything is wrapped up in a nice, neat little package, tied with a bow on top. Everybody lives happily ever after. The author said, in an interview at the end of the paperback edition, that she was trying to show the problems of the foster care system. I didn't see that. Maybe because I live in Minnesota, and the book takes place in California, I don't understand the foster care system described in the book. Not one of my favorite reads. I agree with one of the other participants in the group, who said that after a while, this became a chore read. If not for the book club, I would have stopped.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Pubslush campaign for Operation Mermaid.

'Mockup cover. Not final yet. I'm open to suggestions.'

I'm having a pubslush campaign for my upcoming book. Details are in the link at the end of this post. Pubslush is a crowdfunding website to help authors like me publish their books. The money I raise will be used to cover the cost of the books and the promotional items. I also intend to use part of the funds to help donate books for group readings to libraries I've worked with. Many of them are on limited budgets, and I'd like to help. The campaign runs from March 1 to April 15. I don't mean to push anyone. If you can't help, I understand. I've been there myself. Anything you can give, though, would be appreciated.

Pubslush link; https://pubslush.com/project/4008

Facebook page link: https://www.facebook.com/operationmermaidprojectkraken

Friday, February 13, 2015

Operation Mermaid 1000 likes giveaway!

Giveaway going on at my Operation Mermaid page.
***GIVEAWAY***
As promised, here is the giveaway. It's a $10 Amazon Gift Card. To enter, just follow these instructions:
1. Like my Operation Mermaid page if you haven't already....
2. Like this post on Operation Mermaid.
3. Share this page (link below) with your friends or on your page.
4. Come back to this post on the Operation Mermaid page and comment with an answer to the following: What is the most fascinating thing about mermaids? (Comments to my personal page don't count.)

That's it. I'll pick the winner Sunday, Feb 15 at noon US Central Time. You must have an Amazon account to claim the prize.
DISCLAIMER: Facebook has nothing to do with this giveaway. I am totally responsible for it. Good luck to everyone, and thanks again for liking my page.
https://www.facebook.com/operationmermaidprojectkraken

Thursday, February 12, 2015

One to Love





Title : One To Love
Author : Tia Louise
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Tattoos, bad boys, love...
Boxing, fame, fortune
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Loss.


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Their chemistry is undeniable, their love blazing hot, but is history destined to repeat itself?

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A STAND-ALONE, ONE TO HOLD NOVEL. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.




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Tia Louise is the Amazon and International Bestselling author of the ONE TO HOLD series.

Her debut adult romance ONE TO HOLD was #1 in Military Romance on Amazon, a 2014 "Lady Boner" award-winner, and a Top 20 Contemporary Romance novel for several months. Subsequent books in the series have performed equally well.

From being a "Readers' Choice" nominee two years running, to picking up USA Today "Happily Ever After" nods, nothing makes her happier than communicating with fans and weaving new tales into the Alexander-Knight world of stories.

A former journalist, Louise lives in the center of the U.S.A. with her lovely family and one grumpy cat. There, she dreams up stories she hopes are engaging, hot, and sexy, and that cause readers rethink common public locations...

It's possible she has a slight truffle addiction.



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