Painting Life with Words of Encouragement

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In Tony Amico’s debut work, he takes the reader on a poignant and thought-provoking journey with his musings on self-discovery and the meaning of life. Follow along as he delves into his inner-turmoil on the darkest of days, and then pulls you into a place of hope and inspiration as he colors your world with words of encouragement.

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Marbles

Tomorrow the sun will rise, much as it did on August 25, 1993. It was a "Steel Blue Sky" as I recall. My Son, Michel would spend our last day together. Little did I realize it then. I certainly would have altered the course of events. We had breakfast that morning at "The Mid Valley Diner" (No longer exists), Michel claimed they made the best omelets. From there we traveled to South Scranton. We were preparing for a cellar entrance way. Excavating by hand. It was there he gave me the last things that would ever pass between our hands. 3 marbles. (I still have them) As we dug, the first of which was light blue. He tossed it to me; I missed his catch, but picked it up and placed it in my pocket. The second one he dug up (a bit darker in color, but also blue) and threw my way, I caught. And placed it in my pocket. And the third of which was much smaller than the other two and a much deeper blue, I caught also. And placed in my pocket.

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I remember the day as if it were a video playing over and over again in my mind. And every August 25th I will relive every moment as it plays out. But the marbles will always be a significant part. You see at the end of the day after losing my Son, being devastated and exhausted, in the wee hours of the morning, still in shock, I suppose…. I recall emptying my pockets, and finding those now oh so special marbles. Realizing what was in my hand, they now represent a significant part of him and I. The first marble, the one I missed, represents the part of his life I missed, when I wasn't paying attention and failed him as a Father.  The second marble, darker in color. The one I caught, is the part of him I never lost sight of. And continue to hold onto. And then there's the third and last of the marbles, small, dark blue. It represents, what’s left of me without him. And although there is such a great and precious piece of my life missing; and regardless of the many tears I've shed, on so many August 25th's, I recognize, that the sky will be "Steel Blue" again. I have many reasons to laugh and smile. I have the memories that only God and Michel could have given me. And my faith is as strong as it has ever been. Encouraging me to encourage others. To do my best. To leave a "Respectable mark" on this earth. If for no other reason, than to honor my ‘Michel’.  And tomorrow, the marbles will be in my pocket. They are the most valuable of my material possessions. They are "Priceless" in any sense. So if you happen to see me in your travels on that day, ask me if "I have all my Marbles". And I'll show that I do indeed.

Till we meet again, my boy, I love you with all my heart, deep to my very soul.

Your Father

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Reviews:C on Amazon wrote:

September 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
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A book that I could not put down....

LOVED this book! I read it from cover to cover the second it arrived. It’s profound, hilarious & truly heart-wrenching. Wow! The imagery the author portrays is so vivid & close to the heart that it can’t help but touch & transform you.


 

 

 

 

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Shine With Me: Book 3 – The Captivated Series

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ISBN: 978-1979930420
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The darkness is coming…

After Lilliana threatens to come back and extinguish everyone at the compound, their leadership decides to take a final stand against the woman whose family has been terrorizing them for years.

In this last installment of the bestselling Captivates series, follow Kat and Gabriel as they help prepare for battle against a conjurer who’d become darker than anyone could have fathomed. Will their love be enough to shine through it?

Recommended for readers 16 and up due to mature content.

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He kissed my tear away, then fused his lips to mine, salty and warm, his hand clutching the hair at my nape. If this was, in fact, the end of our time together, at least we would leave this world knowing what it was like to have been loved so passionately. So completely. And though we’d been robbed of more time, from both our loved ones and each other, our hearts would be full.

Gabe was right – that was something Lilliana could never take away. She could hurt us. Break us.

Butcher us.

Massacre every single one of us.

But at the end of it all, we knew we were loved. Yes, there was a small victory in that, so maybe that’s what they mean when they say love conquers all. Victory doesn’t depend on the outcome; it depends on how much your love can shine through the darkness, through death, and ours was a supernova kind of love.

Reviews:cher bear on Amazon wrote:

This seires is a must read... S.j never fails to captivate u with her work.. I loved this book seires n now im off to start kats moms story in vengance marked.. If i could give this book anymore thsn 5 stars i would

Traci on Amazon wrote:

I never want to put it down, never mind the world, it can just keep going without me right?
I love the stories. Not perfectly Christian, just real....but exciting anf fun without the filth I find in other books.


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Lilliana – Novella to the Captivated Series

Novella to the Captivated Series - Book 2.5

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ISBN: 978-1544166490
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This novella is meant to be read after Fight for Me.

The last living LaRoux sister is pissed and out for revenge. In "Lilliana," the second and final novella to the Captivated Series, follow the brazen, immortal dark conjurer as she sets out on a quest to make her sisters' killers pay.

Recommended for readers 16 and up due to mature content.

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That next morning, I awoke to the sound of a gasp. At first, I thought it was an echo of a dream. A figment of my maddening imagination. But when my eyes fluttered open and I saw Kai appraising the inside of my tent with a confused look, I realized it was neither of those things. The sound had come from him.
I pushed into a seated position and scanned the walls of the tents walls, my jaw going slack. What the….
All over the tent walls were the words, I am the darkness and the darkness is me. I numbly looked down to the pen that I’d used to write in my journal with. And apparently, all over the tent walls when I’d been asleep. I’d been… sleep writing?
Well, this was a new development.
“Is this what you were up all night doing?” he asked.
“No, I…” I traced the words with my finger, in awe. This black magic thing was even consuming me when I was asleep. This had to have meant that I’d graduated to the next level

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if that was even a thing. But if so, then what was next? I almost didn’t want to know. “Yeah,” I breathed. “I guess so. But I don’t remember it.”
“About an hour after you turned your lantern off last night, I heard a scratching noise against your tent walls.”
I raised an eyebrow at him. “And you didn’t think to come check on me? See what I was doing? If a bear was trying to get in and eat me?”
He gave me a weak smile. I could tell the sleep-writing episode had unnerved him a little, though he would never tell me so. I understood, though. To someone who wasn’t as immersed in the black magic as I was, it would look creepy as hell. I then had a flashback of the first time I’d seen the scribblings in my journal. Yeah. Creepy as hell. “To be honest, Lil, no… I didn’t. I knew you were okay. Besides, I don’t think anything would willingly try and get in here with you.” His eyes flickered to the growing ring of dead around my tent as if to drive his point home.
All I could do was shrug and flash him a smile. I guess he was right.

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Reviews:Diane wrote:

I couldn't put it down. It is a great read. Definitely one to add to your TBR list as is the rest of the series. You won't be disappointed.


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Iris: A Novella: The Captivated Series – Book 1.5

The Captivated Series - Book 1.5

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ISBN: 978-1542693011
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Pages: 140
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2016 TOP 10 AMAZON BESTSELLING SERIES IN TEEN AND YOUNG ADULT MYTHS AND LEGENDS

Nominated for FAVORITE VILLAIN in the "2016 Best of the Best" competition hosted by the Spunky-N-Sassy Book Blog.

"I really loved this book. You never think you'll feel something for the bad guy, but this book sticks it to you." ~ Amazon Reviewer

***This novella is meant to be read after Captivate Me***

Set before the events in Book One of the Captivated Series, Iris explores the depths of family bonds, new bonds, and the lengths a person would go to save the life of a dying sibling. In this novella, get to know Iris and her two sisters more intimately, as well as Gabriel, the first angel-human hybrid who agrees to live under her protection.

Recommended for readers 16 and up due to mature content.

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“The nurse has to go,” I whispered to Lilliana as she poured us both a glass of red wine. I didn’t want him here. We could care for our sister just fine.
“That’s the lesser of the battles, sis,” she replied, and then took a sip.
I nodded in agreement. We still needed to convince Rose to do the ritual. Hastily, I downed the wine, its warm sting coating my belly. Today, I needed something stronger than my elixirs.
Our conversation lapsed into silence as Claude placed our lunches in front of us – seared scallops over pasta.
“Besides,” she continued once he’d left. “Whatever the nurse is here to do, I’m sure it’ll help make her comfortable. We don’t want her to be in pain while she makes up her mind.”
I shot her a look that could kill.
“Jesus, sis… this isn’t a time for a debate between modern and holistic medicines.”
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d give her my own medicines too. All of this would be irrelevant anyway once we’d convinced her to do the ritual. “So you sensed it too?” I asked to change the subject. “I could see her cracking. I think we have a shot at convincing her.”
“She would never do it to save herself, though. It would have to be for us.”
For a flicker of a moment, I realized convincing her to go against what she thought was wrong so we didn’t have to live without her was selfish, but then I thought, really thought of what life would be like without her and the painful death she was facing, and I didn’t care. “I know. We’ll have to explain to her how-” my voice broke, and I stared into my glass. I’d wondered when the all-too-familiar wave of grief would hit. It consumed me now, wrapping me in a hollow ache. I filled my glass to the brim so I could numb it.
“How much she means to us,” she supplied, her own voice breaking, “How the three of us can’t be apart.”

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Reviews:Rhea, Goodreads Reviewer wrote:

It's well written, with just the right amount of drama and tension to keep you hooked. A definite winner...

Merissa, Goodreads Reviewer wrote:

This novella is a brilliant addition to the series and definitely adds to the story. Definitely recommended for all fans of the Captivated series.

Nomi's Paranormal Palace wrote:

Iris was an enjoyable read and although they are the bad people in the overall storyline, I liked getting to know them better.


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Life, Liberty, Pursuance

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For more than two years, Sanapia Jones believed her husband was dead. Reported missing while filming on location in the Peruvian jungle, Marc Brand returns home to Sana and their son a changed man. As Marc struggles to rebuild his life after the horrors he endured, Sana must find strength enough for all of them, especially now when the new life growing inside her poses the greatest threat of all. The stunning conclusion to Piken Sander's sizzling 'Life, Liberty, Pursuit' series.

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Sanapia reached for Marc’s arms.  “But I trust you, and that’s all I need.”   She took both his hands in hers and pulled him closer.  “I don’t know what to say to you to take away the hurt in your eyes, Marc.  So we need to take things one step at a time.  Can we do upstairs and maybe just soak in a nice hot tub and be quiet together?”

Marc nodded.  “I’ll do anything you want to make up for…”  His words were cut off by her fingers over his mouth.

“We need to take a lot of things slow, sweetheart,” Sanapia said.  “It may be dark in here, but I can see you’re trembling, and it isn’t because it’s cold.  I know only too well what it feels like to think you are going to wake up from some great dream and you’ll be back in a nightmare reality.  I’m here with you, Marc, just like you were here with me while I learned how to come out of my nightmare.”

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“You have to tell me if I hurt you again,” he said, his voice choked with emotion.

Sanapia reached up and wiped the tears from his weathered cheeks.  “I won’t need to.”  She took his hand and led him across the living room and foyer and up the stairs again.

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Captivate Me – The Captivated Series

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ISBN: 978-1539964735
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Pages: 239
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ISBN: 978-1-365-48153-6
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All seventeen-year-old Kathrin Walsh wanted when she transferred to a school for the Gifted was to feel accepted and normal, and she does... mostly. But when dreams of another boy make her question her relationship, kids go missing, and she learns something troubling about what she is and why her future will forever be altered, she quickly realizes that 'normal' is only an illusion, and that love can walk a fine line between captivating and maddening, or even worse - it can make you abandon all trace of reason. Love can be deadly.
From the bestselling author of the Alyx Rayer Chronicles, comes a refreshingly different Young Adult series with plenty of love, suspense, and a new take on the Paranormal.

Recommended for readers 16 and up due to mature content.

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While Anna snored with her headphones in, I paced by the window like a caged lion wishing to be freed. My lungs were constricting from the stagnant air in this room – this small room that was closing in on me with every passing minute. I paused, stared out into the woods – the cool, spacious woods.
I then thought of him. If my admirer had visited last night, he hadn’t left a flower. I had talked myself out of being disappointed all day, for mine and Levi’s sakes. I hadn’t dreamt of him last night, either. Did that mean something? Part of me wished it did, but part of me wished it didn’t. A bigger part of me wished it didn’t.
I stepped closer to the window and sighed, wishing to be free and inside the woods… with him. With that feeling he gave me. At this excruciating, claustrophobic moment, nothing in the world sounded better.
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color: #000000"> I gnawed on my lip with my eyes closed, an idiotic idea brewing inside me. No way. I would be the biggest moron in the world if I tried to escape to the woods tonight. With people being abducted and police everywhere, it was too risky.
I glanced at my tennis shoes by the closet and back to the window. Which would win? My insatiable desire to feel free and feel him, or my reasoning. And Levi - venturing into the woods would be a step in the opposite direction of where I was trying to take our relationship.
Shit. Shit, shit, shit. This should have been an obvious, easy decision.
And then I felt it – that pull. That pull I couldn’t deny. The itch in my heart longing to be scratched; as if a piece inside of me belonged there in the woods.
I went for my shoes.

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Reviews:Angelic Book Reviews wrote:

Captivate Me is a wonderful story that definitely captivated my heart. It was so great, if I could have, I would have read it in one sitting.

Alyssa, Goodreads wrote:

An engaging and astounding novel that will surely capture your attention

Nomi's Paranormal Palace wrote:

S.J. Pierce did a fantastic job weaving Kat's story and I am looking forward to see where things go. If you are looking for a fresh change in the YA fantasy/ paranormal genre, definitely give this series a whirl!

Musings From an Addicted Reader Blog wrote:

This story completely fascinated me. I have not been this entranced since reading the House of Night series.


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Fight for Me

Fight for Me

Book Cover: Fight for Me
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ISBN: 978-1541324404
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A fresh start - something Kat and Gabriel thought they would find when they left their pasts behind at Midland Pines High and moved to a compound for hybrids. Or at least safety from a witch seeking revenge. But... that's all changed. Thanks to a flirty hybrid hell-bent on winning Gabriel's attention, the terrifying visions of another prophetic Gifted, and the strange and worrisome behavior of one of their closest friends, Kat finds herself fighting for things that had once come so easily, including her relationship with her soulmate. And now she's afraid.

Recommended for readers 16 and up due to mature content.

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A light rain swept in, pinging against the tin roof in a soothing melody. Yet, even with a full belly and a cozy bed, I couldn’t manage to fall sleep.
The smell of mom’s pan-seared steak and roasted potatoes filled the air, a smell that made this brand new cabin feel more like a home, though it still didn’t feel like mine. Like I was just a visitor and would be leaving tomorrow with my parents to return to my real home where Sam and my cat Tinkles would be waiting for me.
My heart clenched at the thought. I couldn’t believe mom and dad were leaving tomorrow…
Funny how yesterday I’d wished they hadn’t come along, and now I wish they could stay forever.
I rolled to my side and pinched my eyes shut. A tear escaped and wetted my pillow. Quit torturing yourself.

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This was my life now. Here, with hybrid immortals like me. With my friends. With Gabe.
Gabe.
I pressed my hand against the wall; only wood and space separated us. If I were sure I wouldn’t get in trouble for being out after dark, I’d slip out of bed and sneak over to his cabin. Dad’s snores below made it pretty clear he was fast asleep. And when he was out, he was out.
But I could wait until tomorrow to see Gabe again… I think. I just needed his arms around me.

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