Excerpt from The Simple Soul of Susan by Noel Branham

“Simple is as simple loves.”

Susan Combs had long ago found the love of her life. The only problem was the other party still didn’t know he had been found. 

Every day Susan saw Calder Hurtz, her next door neighbor and childhood best friend. They always enjoyed the short drive to school down the dusty streets of their small Texas town. She was happy in those perfect moments, for her life at home was most imperfect. The challenging homestead she inhabited was also the favorite subject of local gossip.

But one autumn day she overhears two boys having a conversation. This occasion of accidental audience sets Susan’s life on an unforeseen path. In the seasons to come, her future will be changed by two hospitalizations, two confessions of love, and one betrayal.

Compulsively readable, The Simple Soul of Susan is an engaging, soul-endearing romance and a mesmerizing debut.

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Goat Skedaddles

Susan grabbed at the “Have a Nice Day” sticker and pulled it off.

“The greeter said I had been a ‘really good girl’ so he gave me a sticker. I tried to reach out for it, but he just stuck it on me…there. He…he was just being nice.”

“Susan.” Calder put his hand on the buggy to stop her. “He was not just being nice.”

“I don’t think…”

“You should report him.”

“It’s just a sticker, and I’m… I mean, they can’t prove anything.”

“I can tell you didn’t like that.”

“Well, no, but…”

“No buts. He shouldn’t have done that to you.”

“I’ll just forgive and forget…”

“I won’t.” He turned around and headed back to the store.

“Calder, really there isn’t anything that can be done…”

“Be right back,” he called.

Susan loaded the lantana into the back of the truck and wondered what Calder was doing in the store. Seven minutes later Calder was back. He jumped in the passenger’s seat and put on his seat belt.

“What did you do?” she asked suspiciously.

“Nothing.” He smirked.

“Tell me!”

He wouldn’t.


After a quick stop at the sheriff’s office to drop off food for Calder’s dad, they unloaded the plants together, first heading to Susan’s barn to grab a wheelbarrow.

As they rounded the corner from the house, Calder stopped and stared. “Whoa. Did you paint the barn?” he asked.

“Yeah,” Susan replied dismissively. “And reinforced the supporting beams. The city was going to write a violation.”

Calder scratched his head. “But where did you—” he began.

“What is the mulch for?” Susan interrupted, nodding to a small bag Calder carried.

“Hiding the evidence,” he concluded with a wink.

They confirmed that Goat was still where they had left her in the shed. Goat shot them a rebellious glare regarding her confinement. Calder had procured a shovel and was removing the bushes when Susan came back outside after putting away a few groceries she had bought.

“Hey, what are we going to do with these old ones?” Calder asked, grunting with the effort of pulling a plant while trying not to tear the root system.

“Oh, I know! I’ll buy them from you and put them in my yard,” Susan offered.

“Sounds good, minus the buying part,” Calder said as he pulled.

“No, I will pay you back. It was my fault Goat got out.”

“They’re a really early birthday present. This way you’ll get flowers from me every year,” Calder quipped.

“It’s a nice thought, but what if the frost gets them before then?”

“Then I guess I’ll just have to buy you some,” Calder said as he loaded a newly excavated plant into the rusty wheelbarrow.

It was a sweet answer, but Susan didn’t take him with any degree of seriousness. He always said nice things to girls, and she knew better than to take his words to heart.

“Why are there stickers all over your rear end?” Susan exclaimed as Calder turned from the wheelbarrow to retrieve his shovel.

“Ha, dagnabit! I forgot to take them off!”

He pulled off one of his work gloves and threw it down to begin pulling the stickers off one by one.

“Calder, what happened? Just tell me!”

“Nope. Did I miss any?” He looked over his left shoulder and then the right to inspect the back of his work jeans.

“I’ll use your middle name,” Susan threatened, ignoring his previous statement.

“Sue! Is that how you treat your friends?”

“Friend. I only have one apparently, remember?”

“I wanted you to hear it from the gossips in town,” he almost whined.

“Just tell me!” Susan ordered, all playfulness set aside.

“Fine. I passed the greeter who did that to you and demanded a sticker for my rear. He refused, so I made a comment about him putting stickers in inappropriate places for other ‘youngsters.’ And then I grabbed one and made a scene.”

Susan laughed. “Thanks, Calder. But how did you end up getting so many stickers from him?”

He stopped shoveling, crossed his hands at the top of the shovel, and rested his chin on top of them. “Well, you see, Sue, I was a really, really good boy.”

Born and raised in a small Texas town, Noel Branham started her career
in digital communications after graduating with a degree in English. An
award winning communicator, she now writes from her home in Florida about
things closest to the heart: home, family, and love. Her debut novel will
be published Fall 2017.


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The Workings of Energy in the Human Energy Field

The happenings in your life are not erratic, whimsical occurrences. They are external expressions of the content of your energy field.

Before there is matter, there is energy. Your thoughts, beliefs, history and soul attributes exist as energy in your energy field. They create the reality that you know. When you change the content of your energy field, you change your life.

The Workings of Energy shows you how energy operates in your energy field and offers tools to successfully work with energy. When you have this crucial knowledge, you have power; you can consciously work with energy to create your life.


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Zorica Gojkovic, Ph.D., is a professional psychic consulting with people all over the world. By reading energy in their aura, she helps clients heal core issues, realize their soul potential and experience ever-greater joy, love and peace.

She received her Ph.D. in English. Her dissertation is about evolution of consciousness, mysticism and physics as they relate to the novel. Giving psychic readings has significantly expanded this original research.

By reading energy in their aura, she helps clients heal core issues, realize their soul potential and experience ever-greater joy, love and peace.

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Prophecy of the Awakening by Daniel A Willis


Nikki thought she was crazy. Now she knows that not only is the voice in her head real, it the voice of a goddess!

David is a devout Catholic. Can he continue to cling to his faith in the light of what is going on around him?

Cardinal Santarem knows the truth. But he is not going to let it tear down two thousand years of religious domination.

Amber is a self-absorbed Hollywood starlet. She is the last person anyone would choose to become a mother, let alone the one who will fulfill the Prophecy of the Awakening.

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Daniel A. Willis writes both fiction and nonfiction. In his historical works, he describes the world as it was. In his fantasy novels, he envisions it as it could be. A native of Ohio, Mr. Willis has called Colorado home for three decades.

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Review Helios Awakened and Giveaway


The Helios Chronicles is a contemporary romance series that follows the lives of Andrew ‘Helios’ Harrison and Madison Ellis as they fight for their happily ever after in a world that seems determined to tear them apart. It is only through their love for one another, that we are able to see that we are more than the mistakes we’ve made, more than the labels placed upon us and more than even what we believe we are worth. Can their love survive the life he had before her or will the consequences of his past prove too much to bear. Read the Helios Chronicles to find out!

The Helios Chronicles is a five book series which includes three full length novels, one prequel novella and one epilogue novella. Please note that this is an adult romance and as such there will be some graphic language and situations that are clearly not suitable for younger audiences.

Ashley’s Review of Helios Awakened (on sale for only $.99) She received a copy in exchange for her honest review.

If you’re looking for the next killer love story that you won’t be able to put down, Look no further! Andrew and Madison’s love story is fast paced, adventurous, flirty, and fun all wrapped up in one. I absolutely adored all of the main character’s in this story. This isn’t your average Prince Charming swoops in to save the damsel in distress. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. You have an extremely independent, can definitely take care of herself woman who is hooked on the bad boy at first sight. I loved reading how much it completely shook these two to their core when they realized how drawn to each other they really are. This story is a wild ride and a great reminder that love comes out of unexpected situations in life! No matter what our past choices have been, everyone deserves a second chance and the opportunity to find love and friendships like this!

Beginnings Cover v3 VerticalIn the prequel novella, Helios Beginnings, we will explore Helios’ life before he becomes Helios, beginning with his time in Detroit, through his difficult life on the streets and subsequent incarceration and ending in Bakersfield with the arrival of Madison Ellis, the woman that would forever change the way he saw the world.

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Helios Awakened: https://www.books2read.com/u/4N1qnWHelios Awakened Promo 3Exposed VerticalIn Book 2, Helios Exposed, we will find out whether or not Andrew and Madison can survive a life in New York City, where they find that things aren’t as simple as they hoped they would be. They soon discover that there are just as many enemies back east as there were on the west coast. When everything begins to crumble around them will their love be enough to hold them together?

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Deadly Trespass: A Mystery In Maine Sandra Neily

deadlytrespassWinner: Mystery Writers of America McCloy Award. National finalist: Women’s Fiction Writers Association “Rising Star” contest.

Cassandra Patton Conover is about to become an outlaw. Searching for her wayward dog in Maine’s dense woods, she finds her best friend Shannon crushed under a tree. Then she finds tracks larger than any animal she knows and a mystery only wild animals can help her solve.

Before she can absorb the loss of her friend, Patton is hired to guide a surly reporter who suspects extinct wolves have returned to Maine, but the forest has too many agendas. A billionaire hopes wolves will become a save-the-forest strategy. A timber company plans to exterminate the pack. A game warden loyal to his Penobscot tribe, his attraction to Patton, and his law enforcement life, has too many tough choices, and a black ops mercenary rips open Patton’s wounded life so he can aim her at the wolves.

When gold wolf eyes issue a challenge at her tent door, Patton is drawn deeper into Shannon’s mysterious murder and the wolves’ fate. To find her friend’s killer, she must find and trust the pack. To save her dog, the wolves, and her own life, she must step outside the law, sacrifice her career, and embrace a wild world.

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I’ve been chased by moose, river otters, and mad mother partridges. And that’s recent. My seriously unsupervised AAEAAQAAAAAAAAheAAAAJDBjMDg5YzkzLTc1ZjItNDhkNy04MDY0LTE5MjI0NzY5NzI0NQchildhood exploring clam flats, deep forests, and secret streams grew into my mystery/thriller,”Deadly Trespass.”

“Deadly Trespass” has received the national Mystery Writers of America McCloy award, was named a national finalist in the Women’s Fiction Writers Association “Rising Star” contest, a finalist in the international Mslexia novel competition, and in Maine, received Honorable Mention in the Joy of the Pen competition.

The novel is infused with the drama and laughter of various outdoor careers, the sadness of loss, and close encounters with dogs and wildlife. I’ve been a whitewater river outfitter, licensed Maine Guide, co-founder of a coalition to protect the Penobscot River from a dam, and I am the author/editor of “Valuing the Nature of Maine,” and ‘Watching Out for Maine’s Wildlife” (reports that document nature’s economic value).

My ValueNature blog shares research and documentation useful to those who want to prove that the natural world has impressive economic might.

I live on Moosehead Lake with my husband and Labradors and would rather be fly fishing, skiing, paddling, or just generally “out there”–unless I’m writing new stories that guide people to a disappearing world.


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Revenge Fires Back Tour

Revengefiresback5He tries to control his anger,but it gets the best of him.
He makes poor decisions,and quickly discovers
Brady Clark’s family chooses horrible timing for their first camping trip – a night when a fierce storm leaves them stranded in the woods. Circumstances that leave him running around in the forest wearing, well, let’s just say less than appropriate attire cause him to unleash his anger by physically assaulting his father.
Not yet ready to face the discipline he has coming, Brady makes false allegations against both of his parents. That one foolish move throws the Clarks into a world they know very little about. A world that could possibly prevent them from ever dwelling together again as a family unit.
Can God use these trials to wake this family up to His purpose?

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Christian novelist JR Thompson, and his wife Hannah, are residents of Montana. He
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contain any foul language.

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