A Sergeant in the House wins Stars and Flags Gold Medal

SergeantCover-AwardDURHAM, NC -- Light Messages Publishing is thrilled to announce that A Sergeant in the House by children's author Betty Turnbull has won the Stars and Flags Gold Medal in the Children's Book category.

The Stars and Flags book awards seek to honor worthy, meaningful books with content about the military. In fact, Stars and Flags is the only national contest where the book content is required to have a military connection.

A Sergeant in the House, this year's gold medal winner for children's books (early childhood) tells the story of Lenny who desperately wants a puppy. His father is in the military, the family must move frequently, and Lenny is still very young to care for an animal, so Lenny strikes a bargain: When his daddy becomes a sergeant, Lenny can have a puppy. When his father is deployed to war, Lenny learns what it means to be responsible, to care for his family, and to help around the house. A dreaded phone call brings the news that Lenny's father has been injured and is being sent home. When Lenny's father explains that this means he'll never become a sergeant, Lenny realizes that what he truly wants is his daddy--puppy or no puppy.

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Contest to Name a Character in Best-Selling Series

Light Messages Publishing and author Brad LaMar are hosting a contest for readers to name a character in The Dominion Pulse, book 3 of the Celtic Mythos series.

The Megalith Union, book 2 of the best-selling YA fantasy series, will be released October 24, 2013. The third installment is scheduled for sometime in 2014.

Normal BrownieRules for Entry:

  1. Tell Brad "Who was your favorite character from The Obsidian Dagger and why?"
  2. Read the Brad's description of the character in book 3 of the Celtic Mythos series.
  3. Give a character a name that you think is fitting. Tell Brad why you picked that name and make him want to choose it.
  4. Whoever comes up with the most awesome answer and the best fitting name will receive a signed copy of The Megalith Union (Celtic Mythos, #2) and have their suggested name chosen for the character in Book 3. PLUS... Brad will mention the winner by name in the acknowledgements of The Dominion Pulse.

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Celebrating the Release of 'A Sinner in Paradise' by Deborah Hining


Readers Fall for Local Author's A Sinner in Paradise

sinner in paradiseDURHAM, NC -- Light Messages Publishing is thrilled to announce the release of A Sinner in Paradise, an inspirational women's fiction novel by Durham-based author, Deborah Hining. Set in 1977 West Virginia, A Sinner in Paradise is a heartwarming, uproarious affair with love in all its forms.

Though Mrs. Hining has previously published financial books before retiring as a financial planner, this is her first novel. Mrs. Hining began writing A Sinner in Paradise over 20 years ago and since then the book has undergone numerous transformations before being published by Light Messages.

The novel tells the story of Geneva who, when jilted by her fiancé, watches her seemingly idyllic life suddenly fall apart. Bereft and desolate, she packs up her nine cats and leaves her home in Washington, DC, to return to her native hills of West Virginia where she plans to rest and heal from her heartbreak. When Geneva's ambition and machinations run up against rugged mountain ways, she finds herself flung from one perilous adventure and heartbreak to another. After facing illness, disaster in the wilderness, and courtships gone wrong, Geneva finally finds what she's been missing. Ultimately, Geneva realizes she must face herself before she is free to truly love and be loved.

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'Can't Buy Me Love' Hits Top 5 in Contemporary Women's Fiction at Amazon

cant buy me loveDURHAM, NC -- Yesterday, the women's fiction novel, Can't Buy Me Love (Light Messages Publishing, June 2013) by Summer Kinard hit the best seller charts at Amazon.com, coming in at #4 for Contemporary Women's Fiction and #12 for General Fiction, while placing in the Top 50 for paid Kindle books across all genres.

Can't Buy Me Love--which tells the story of a freegan in Durham, NC, who falls in love with a man in a scrapbook she pulls from the dumpster--was chosen as Amazon.com's Daily Deal for Kindle, a move the publisher is crediting for the most recent spike in rankings.

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The Obsidian Dagger Hits No 1 on Amazon Kindle

The Obsidian Dagger Hits #1 in Fantasy on Amazon Kindle

ObsidianDagger-Num1Light Messages Publishing is thrilled to announce that its recent release of The Obsidian Dagger by Brad A. LaMar has hit #1 in contemporary fantasy on Amazon Kindle. LaMar's young adult fantasy received the big boost primarily due to its feature as Amazon's daily deal on April 18, said Elizabeth Turnbull, Light Messages senior editor.

Mr. LaMar, who resides in Indianapolis, said he was nearly floored to see his book on the top of a best selling list. "It's a thrilling sensation that I will never forget," Mr. LaMar said.

Amazon deal shoppers aren't the only ones loving The Obsidian Dagger though. The book has already been met with great enthusiasm by teachers, librarians, and, especially, young readers.

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Iowa Author Garners National Attention

David-KovachWhen Ames, IA author David Kovach released his debut novel, Five Days of Fear, in November 2012, he received much acclaim from reviewers and independent booksellers. But now, Kovach's suspense novel has caught the national attention of bookselling giants Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.

Five Days of Fear will be featured as one of Amazon's Hot 100 Kindle Books for the month of March. The Hot 100 is reserved for a few select titles in each genre and almost guarantees a place on the best-selling list. Throughout March, the Kindle book version of Five Days of Fear will be available for less than $3.99.

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Celebrating the Release of The Obsidian Dagger


The Obsidian Dagger (Celtic Mythos, Book One)
is now available for sale


Light Messages Publishing is excited to announce the official release of The Obsidian Dagger,book one in the new YA fantasy series, Celtic Mythos, by Brad A. LaMar.

The Indianapolis-based authorand Light Messages Publishing will be celebrating the launch of The Obsidian Dagger on Saturday, February 23 from 4:00 pm-7:00 pm at Indy Reads Books in Indianapolis, IN. Among other activities for readers, Mr. LaMar will be signing copies of The Obsidian Dagger, the first book in the new young adult fantasy series, Celtic Mythos. Guests will also have the opportunity to have their photo super-imposed on the book cover in a virtual "book cover contest."

In this exciting new release, when a mad witch with a magically crafted and frightfully powerful Obsidian Dagger threatens to obliterate humanity and overtake the magic clans of the Celtic Isles, destiny forces 17-year-old American, Brendan O’Neal, and his younger sister, Lizzie, to intervene.  Joining the desperate princess of the Leprechauns, Dorian, and her two loyal companions, Rory and Biddy, they embark on a dangerous and wondrous adventure across Ireland and Scotland to thwart the witch and save mankind.

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Dave Edlund Appearances & Media

Interact with Dave Edlund at one of this exciting events.


All times listed are PACIFIC STANDARD TIME

Mark & Matt

Monday, July 21, 2014
6:30-6:40 am (PST)
Waverly, IA

LiveLine with Anne Holliday

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
10:15 am-10:25am (PST)
Bradford, PA/Buffalo, NY 

Mornings on Main with Dan Manley

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
6:00am-7:00am (PST)
Lexington, KY

Morning Conversations with Jeff Williams

Monday, May 4, 2015
7:50am-8:00am (PST)
Carbondale, IL

The Michael Dresser Show

Thursday, May 7, 2015
3:33pm (PST)
Priority Radio Network

Live Line with Anne Holliday

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
10:15am-10:25am (PST)
Bardford, PA (*Heard in Buffalo, NY)


Readings and Signings

Central Oregon Writers Guild

Thursday, July 24, 2014
6:30pm-8:30pm (PST)
DeArmond Room at the Deschutes County Servies Building
1300 Wall St, Bend, OR

Second Sunday Know Local Authors Event

Sunday, August 10, 2014
2:00pm (PST)
Downtown Bend Library
Bend, OR
(Sponsored by Deschutes County Library)


Launch Party & Book Signing!

Sunday, March 9, 2014
3:00pm - 5:00pm

Dudley’s Bookshop Café
135 NW Minnesota, Bend, OR


Groundbreaking Cookbook Offers a Tasty Toast, To Our Health


DURHAM, NC - A toast, To Our Health! Torchflame Books, an imprint of Light Messages Publishing, is pleased to announce the release of To Our Health, a groundbreaking cookbook by Raleigh-Durham health and wellness coach, Denise Souza.

While there are many existing books focusing on gluten-free, dairy-free, proper food combining, and over all nutrition, with over 180 recipes To Our Health is the first comprehensive cookbook to combine all of these wellness-relevant lifestyles. With wellness and vibrancy as the goal, To Our Health recipes are also free of nightshade vegetables and low in salt, fats and animal protein.

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A new Children's Book and Special Partnership Honors Military Families

For Immediate Release

Light Messages Publishing is pleased to announce the release of A Sergeant in the House, a children's book about a little boy's wish and the sacrifices of our nation's heroes.Hope_For_The_Warriors-logo-web

In honor of our military men and women, children's author Betty Turnbull has partnered with Hope For The Warriors, agreeing to donate all of her author's royalties from A Sergeant in the House. Hope For The Warriors is an organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for post-9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty.

Betty's latest book, A Sergeant in the House, tells the story of Lenny who desperately wants a puppy. His father is in the military, the family must move frequently, and Lenny is still very young to care for an animal, so Lenny strikes a bargain: When his daddy becomes a sergeant, Lenny can have a puppy.

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Featured Authors

Learn more about Nancy >>

 Nancy Boyarsky


The Swap is "full of page-by-page surprises" (Kirkus Reviews).

Nicole Graves arranges a summer-long swap of her and her husband's Los Angeles home with a London couple. Although Nicole had hoped that the European adventure would be the idyllic time away that her and husband needed, things don't turn out the way she expected. 

People begin following and threatening Nicole, but she can't get the police or her husband to believe her. When confrontations turn deadly, it's going to be up to Nicole to solve the case...or become the next victim.

Now available everywhere books are sold!

Learn more about Dave >>

Dave Edlund


Award-winning author Dave Edlund brings you Hunting Savage, the fourth installment of the Peter Savage series.

When an unthinkable act of treason and a clandestine pact threaten to redraw the map of the Middle East, Peter Savage is hunted by those he once trusted...Peter Savage is now targeted by assassins from both sides of the Atlantic.

Peter becomes both hunter and prey. With his own fate uncertain, Peter must fight overwhelming odds to reveal the truth before full-scale war engulfs the Middle East.

Now available everywhere books are sold!

Learn more about Rebecca >>


Rebecca Brewster Stevenson

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"A gorgeous meditation on broken bodies, fractured faith, and the soul-wrenching path to serenity." –Kirkus Reviews

Healing Maddie Brees is the story of a marriage and the memories that pit themselves against it, of the uncanny power of the body in both diesease and desire, and of whether true healing ever really happens. In this exquisetly written narrative, Stevenson explores the questions of honesty and commitment, of disease and isolation, and the many shapes healing takes.

Ask for Healing Maddie Brees at your favorite bookstore!

Learn more about Kate >>


Kate Rademacher

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Part memior and part mediation, Kate reflects on her journey towards embracing a relationship with Christ.

After years of maintaining a "pick-and-choose" approach to spirituality, Rademacher writes about the ways she slowly learned to follow the breadcrumbs that God seemed to leave out for her. She not only explores the "why" of Christianity, but the "how." Both the searcher and long-time believer will benefit from Rademacher's experience and insights.  

Now available everywhere books are sold!



Learn more about Brad >>

 Brad A. LaMar 


Magicks and humans, friends and enemies, ally themselves in a battle to save all realms...

In his quest to become an Immortal, Elathan seeks the Emerald Crown of the World, which holds a magic so ancient and powerful that its been hidden from all realms. As Earth’s rightful Protector, only Brendan stands a chance to stop the golden god, to save the Earth and her inhabitants. But when Brendan falls under a curse that poisons his mind, Lizzie, Dorian, Frank, and their friends must band together to save him while Elathan grows in power.

The Bloodline Inheritance is now available!


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