Marla Martenson: The Buddha Made Me Do It

What starts as a search for a decorative Buddha statuette leads one woman on a spiritual journey that will change everything.

Marla lives the good life in Los Angeles—house, pool, her own business helping Cupid find love for LA’s most discriminating singles. Her handsome and ardent hubby Adolfo performs at an exclusive steak house in Beverly Hills. He tends to scoff at Marla’s green juice, vegan diet, yoga, and daily affirmations and can be a teensy bit of a control freak.

A discarded Buddha statuette that Adolfo suddenly can’t live without sends Marla searching through New Age boutiques along with her skeptical friend Julie. They are soon schooled by a charismatic “Goddess,” delving ever deeper into self-realization, conversations with angels, pendulums, candle “Magick,” Reiki, crystal healing, and more. Attend a Hindu Bajan? Sure. Orgasmic Meditation? (Wait, what…?) Maybe not that one.

Growing in her spirituality, yet exceedingly frustrated with some of her persnickety clientele—aging men who see themselves as Dorian Grays, worthy of exquisite young women—Marla’s world is shifting. She achieves certifications as an energy healer and encourages Julie to sample the concoction Julie calls “green gunk” and other healthy practices to help her conquer an addiction to unavailable men. Marla deepens her communication with the Beyond while Adolfo, always so practical, asks, “Have you lost your mind? Are you hearing voices? Angels aren’t real, come on!” Matters grow worse when certain psychics warn of “dangerous low-vibrational entities” and rabidly disagree with each other.

Her alternating universes give Marla spiritual whiplash, yet she discovers the LITE way to balance the human carnival with a transformational spiritual journey.

Author Bio

Marla Martenson is a professional matchmaker, energy healer, radio show host and the author of three memoirs, Diary of a Beverly Hills Matchmaker, Hearts On The Line & The Buddha Made Me Do It.

She has appeared on countless radio and TV shows including the Today Show, WGN Chicago Morning News, San Diego Living, Urban Rush, and Coast to Coast am with George Noory.

Marla lives in Los Angeles with her husband, composer, Adolfo Jon Alexi. You can connect with Marla at www.marlamartenson.com

Julia Blake Lost and Found

Arianna Santorini has had a hard life. Abandoned by her husband, left alone to raise their child for six long years, she’s made the best of things.
Then, she meets Luke Blackwood. Initially, he seems perfect, strong, kind, understanding and loving, everything she could possibly want.
But, Luke has a secret, he’s rich, very rich, and Arianna has a deep-seated prejudice against wealthy men, believing it turns them into men like her husband, manipulative, arrogant, bullies.
When she finds out the truth about Luke, her first response is to send him away, harden her heart to what might have been.
Then the worst thing that can happen to a parent, happens to Arianna, and the one person who can help her, is the one she’s vowed never to see again.
Sometimes, you have to lose everything, to find what’s really important…

About Julia Blake:
I was born and raised in the lovely historical market town of Bury St Edmunds, where I live still with my daughter. I’m a typical Cancer, in that although I like to visit new places and see new things, I’m always very pleased to get home again.
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I have been writing in one form or another ever since I was old enough to pick up a pen, writing plays for the other children to act out at break time. One year I was picked to write the Christmas play for my class, and have never forgotten the thrill of hearing my lines being acted out. I attempted my first novel at age thirteen but, of course, due to my age and lack of experience it was complete rubbish, although I have to say the plot wasn’t half bad, maybe one day I’ll dust it off and attempt a re-write.

I didn’t seriously start to write until my late thirties, when I was going through the divorce from hell. To cheer me up, a friend suggested I attend a writing course with her at our local college. From the very first moment it was as if a light bulb went on in my head and I started to write a novel. It was a totally cathartic experience, in which I purged all the negativity and intense emotional trauma of each day in frenzied bouts of writing.

Over the next ten years, I wrote six complete novels, one 17,000 word novella, half a dozen or so short stories and many poems. The question was, what to do with them all? One day, I simply decided to take the plunge, that if I was serious about my writing, then publication was the logical next step. A few months later, after considerable proofing and re-writing, The Book of Eve was published.

Now, here we are, three years and over fifty rave reviews later, and with three novels, one eBook novella and one collection of short stories and poetry under my belt, I can finally sit back and say with some satisfaction, yes, I am a writer…

Jess with Author David McCaleb

To save his family-and the free world-Red Harmon is back in the line of fire . . .

A sinister enemy is stalking elite military operator Red Harmon and his loved ones. Turning the hunter into his prey, Red uncovers a plot that spans nations and draws him into the remote snow-covered ravines of North Korea. His objective: penetrate the darkest prisons of this mysterious nation to restore national security-and save all he holds dear.

Caught in the danger . . .

Red’s not the only one who’s been living with secrets. His wife Lori is a lot more than the typical suburban soccer mom she appears to be, and she’s stumbled onto something massive. The future of world peace depends on them-and on an enemy soldier with a powerful personal agenda. If Red’s mission fails, the balance of superpowers may never recover . . .

Author Bio:

David McCaleb was raised on a rural farm on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. He graduated from the United States Air Force Academy, served his country as a finance officer, patented his own invention, and established several businesses. He returned to the Eastern Shore where he currently resides with his wife and two children. Though he enjoys drawing, painting, and any project involving the work of hands, his chosen tool is the pen. RECALL, the first of the Red Ops series, quickly became a national best seller. RELOAD was launched August 2017, and RECON will be available August 2018.