Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Christmas Countdown Blitz Day 3





"Sarah-with-an-H Richardson is an introverted people person who likes to make people laugh. She is the youngest daughter in a large family and loves being an aunt to 50 children.
  
She grew up running, exploring, and adventuring in the wild forests of Missouri, that will always hold a special place in her heart.

Sarah-with-an-H is a multi-faceted human being, who has as much dark side as she has light (pun intended), and is nerdy, ridiculous, but a sincere, real human. One of her favorite quotes is: ""To be human is to be beautifully flawed"".


She is married, and she and her husband live in the country in North-West Missouri with three fur babies."


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A handsome but perplexing stranger. A charming and attractive gentleman. Vyetta Redd must learn to navigate the unknown terrain of love and heartbreak before finding her fantasy of happily ever after.






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~ Amazon CA
~ Amazon AU ~




Q&A With The Author:  

1.  Describe yourself in 50 words or less. 
I am a selfish person. I am greedy when it comes to sleeping and naps. I love classical music. I crave interactions with toddlers and elders. I'm super awkward and a comical mess. I thrive on solitude, meditation, the smell of old books, and honeyed tea in over-sized mugs!

2. What do you love most in the world?
I love my husband most in the world. Sappy, sure, but it's true!

3. What inspired you to become an Author?
I began reading when I was very young, and I began writing when I was 9. What inspired me to start the publishing process was a young vocal soloist. She wanted to share her gift with the world, and she didn't stop until she could. That motivated me to stop being afraid, and to push myself to share my stories.

4. What is your largest unfulfilled dream, and what are you doing to reach it?
My largest unfulfilled dream is to be a mother. To reach that dream I'm trying to keep my body healthy and in good shape.

5. What is your trick for getting past writer's block? And what advice do you have for other authors who are struggling to tell their story?
My trick to get past writer's block would be, take a break. When I write, I work for about 30 minutes to an hour and then take a 10 or 15 minute break where I stretch, get a snack, walk around my house outside, do laundry or wash dishes. Something where I can stop thinking for a minute and then I can re-focus. Sometimes, with writer's block, I will take a longer break, sometimes a week or more. In those times, I free write. I open up a blank document, and write absolutely whatever starts spilling from my mind to my fingers. Don't give up!

6. Now that we've gotten to know each other, tell me a story. It can be long or short. From your childhood or last week. Funny, sad, or somewhere in between. Just make sure it's yours. What's your story?
When I was about 10 or 11, my mother had an enormous wooden box that we stored folded blankets in. I used to take books and climb under a few blankets, hiding myself, and I would read until I fell asleep. I went "missing" several times until my mom and siblings got used to looking for me there. I quite miss that old blanket box.




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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Christmas Countdown Blitz Day 2






Karlie Lucas is a preschool teacher by day and a writer/artist by night.

A graduate of Southern Utah University, Karlie received a B.A. in Creative Writing, with a minor in art. She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, The International English Honor Society, as well as ANWA, the American Night Writers Association.

Karlie is interested in all things magical and mysterious, especially elves and dragons. She is an avid fan of J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling.

When not writing, Karlie can often be found drawing, baking, watching her favorite old school shows, or just spending time with her family.

She currently resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband and a cat named Kally

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Marie never expected to wake up in North Pole City, let alone become Santa’s Emergency Replacement. It was a job she never wanted but couldn’t turn down, thanks to Clarence, Santa’s right hand man. Now, Marie has to work with Clarence, who believes she is some kind of criminal who will cause the destruction of everything he holds dear. 

Trying to prove that he’s wrong, Marie keeps making mistakes that push them even further apart. It doesn’t help that she has a past she’d rather keep hidden. However, trying to keep her past where it should belong isn’t easy. 

Just when Marie starts to feel like things are coming together, a madman with a bone to pick, and Christmas to ruin, threatens the whole of the North Pole Organization. Marie must rely on Clarence and her new friends to help her face her past before Christmas is gone forever. But does she have the courage to truly be herself when it could mean losing everything?




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Q&A With The Author: 


1.  Describe yourself in 50 words or less.
I am a dreamer of fantasy and adventure. I like to spend time with my hubby and kitty, but will forever be a writer. I can't get the stories to stop, be they original or fan fiction, there is always at least one going on in my head. I believe stories make us whole and give us hope, which is why I will never stop writing.

2. What do you love most in the world?
I would have to say I love my family the most in the world. Without them, I wouldn't be who they are, be they related by blood or ties of friendship. They mean everything to me.

3. What inspired you to become an Author?
I have always wanted to write, from a very young age. I love a good story and love to be able to convey them even more. It's a joy to see the looks on peoples faces when they read my work and love it. It's even more wonderful when I learn it somehow changed their lives for the better.

4. What is your largest unfulfilled dream, and what are you doing to reach it?
My largest unfilled dream, aside from having children, is to bring my publishing company into a place where I can help other authors bring their works out into the open, to give them a chance at being published, even if their books aren't the typical fair.

5. What is your trick for getting past writer's block? And what advice do you have for other authors who are struggling to tell their story?
I like to have several irons in the fire, as it were. If I get stuck on one project, I start working on another until I get stuck with that, or an idea for the original project comes to mind. Sometimes I try to work on different scenes until I can figure out how to connect them with the rest of the story. As to advice to other authors, just keep writing. You never know when something you think is trash will either lead you to an amazing scene or a completely different story that's even better than the one you're working on. Never stop writing.

6. Now that we've gotten to know each other, tell me a story. It can be long or short. From your childhood or last week. Funny, sad, or somewhere in between. Just make sure it's yours. What's your story?

Living in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, I come across all kinds of crazy things, mostly crazy drivers. One day, while on my way to work at the preschool, I had a driver decide to be completely mental. I had stopped for a red light and was behind several cars from the intersection on the far inside lane. There was a car behind me that wanted to get into the turn lane, which I, unfortunately, had blocked because I couldn't move forward. 
Well, this car decided I wasn't giving them enough room to get into the turning lane so they started just honking. I inched up as far as I could, but that still didn't get them anywhere near enough room. They kept honking. The car in front of me moved up a few more inches so I did the same. There still wasn't enough room.
The car kept honking like an angry, barking little yappy dog. I put my hands up in the air to illustrate there was nothing I could do but they kept honking. Finally, the light turned green and we slowly inched forward as the car at the front of the line got into gear. The car behind me shot into the turn lane as soon as he had enough room, still honking. And then, without looking, he boomeranged into his left-hand turn, narrowly avoiding getting hit by the cars coming from the other direction.




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Monday, December 11, 2017

Christmas Countdown Blitz Day 1






Ann lives in Texas with her husband and rescue pets. She taught reading and other subjects for a number of years before leaving to devote more time to her first love—writing. Reading with children was always her favorite part of teaching.

Cool Well Press published her ghostly series for the young at heart, Stevie-girl and the Phantom Pilot, Stevie-girl and The Phantom Student, and Stevie-girl and The Phantom of Crybaby Bridge.

Her adult novels—All For Love, women’s fiction, and the suspense trilogy Stutter Creek, Lilac Lane, and Copper Lake, are all published by 5 Prince Publishing.

Takers, Ann’s foray into speculative fiction, was released earlier this year.

She has won several awards for fiction since her college days and has had short stories and essays published in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, The Binnacle, Timeless, an anthology, Seasonal Sweet, and Suspenseful, an anthology, Jitter Press, Fictionterrifica, The Rusty Nail, The Sandstorm, Reflections, an anthology, and Blue Mountain Review.  




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Senior prom is the happiest night of Gabi’s life. Her crush has just revealed that he is every bit as infatuated with her as she is with him. When he has a car wreck and is transported to the hospital in a coma, Gabi feels as if she’s taken a knife to the heart. But his jealous cousin, Rose, sees her chance to give the knife an even harder twist. She convinces Gabi to meet her at a local parking spot outside town. It's a night that will change several lives forever. One of the girls will return, and one will become known as the remains in the pond.









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~ Amazon CA





Q&A With The Author:         

1.  Describe yourself in 50 words or less.

I’m a reader, writer, wife, mom, grandma, and pet mom. I'm short-tempered and sometimes stupidly cruel. My love of reading probably came from my father whose only gifts to me were books. It’s all he could afford on the 12¢ per hour they paid him in the prison plate shop.

2. What do you love most in the world?

My greatest love in the world is my family.

3. What inspired you to become an Author?

I write to make sense of my world.

4. What is your largest unfulfilled dream, and what are you doing to reach it?

My largest unfulfilled dream is to to have a major NYT bestseller. One that makes people talk, one that becomes a bookclub must read. I'm working on it. Everyday. Like Ray Bradbury said, "Just get out of the way. Your subconscious knows what to write." Oddly enough, it's easier said than done.
5. What is your trick for getting past writer's block? And what advice do you have for other authors who are struggling to tell their story?
I don't believe in writer's block. I have the beginnings of hundreds of stories and novels in my computer. If I write myself into a corner on one book, I simply put it aside and pull out another one. Eventually, the story will resolve itself, or it won't. Not everything should be told, you know.
6. Now that we've gotten to know each other, tell me a story. It can be long or short. From your childhood or last week. Funny, sad, or somewhere in between. Just make sure it's yours. What's your story?

This is a story I wrote about an incident that happened when I was a young mother throwing newspapers to make extra money while I wrote stories and took a few college classes during the daylight hours.

Winter
by
Ann Swann
            Even as the new flakes drift down, the old woman sweeps them away.
            Her thin white hair stands out against the early morning blackness like a frothy halo. I want to get out of my car and take her by the hand, lead her inside, tuck her into bed where she belongs.
            But it’s three a.m.  I’m afraid she will scream or run away.  
            Like before.
            It’s been so long the black door wreath has faded to gray, but I think for her it hasn’t been that long. I slow the car and toss the newspaper gently into her periphery.
            Her broom halts in mid-arc.
            I smile, wave, and goose the accelerator with the toe of my boot.
            In the mirror, she resumes sweeping, but her eyes follow my car.
            If she’s still out when I make the block, I will call someone. 
            I throw the other low-rents hurriedly, parking to hand-deliver the disabled units.  In number fifty-six, someone is playing the piano in the darkness. I stand until my own fingers are frozen, listening to the melancholic opening of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. The notes hang on the cold air. When the pianist stops, I hurry back to my still-warm car.  
            The image of a person sitting alone at a piano in the dark stays with me until I glimpse the 7-Eleven in the distance. It beckons like a snow-globe of light behind the tumbling flakes. It is always my last stop. Especially on cold winter nights.
            But first . . .
            I turn the corner and breathe a sigh of relief.
            She is gone. Perhaps someone is staying with her now. Maybe they woke and found her bed empty.
            Wait.
            Is that a slipper in the road?
            Yes.
            And there’s her broom.
            I press 9 -1-1 on my phone and cruise the curb, watching for a bare footprint in the snow. Should I go to the door and ring the bell? I don’t want to scare her even worse. I think if someone were there, they would have felt the draft of an open door.
            Maybe I’d better just chill until the cops arrive. I’m sure it won’t be long. Last time they were here in minutes.
            I make a careful U-turn and park a few houses down, holding my numb fingers in front of the heater vents.
            The thought of hot coffee is so strong I can smell it.




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Sunday, December 10, 2017

New Release - An Extraordinary Few by Pam Eaton



Synopsis:

To be extraordinary is rare, but to be unique is downright dangerous. Rebecca Hunter thought senior year would be all about hockey games, parties, dances, and college applications. When Becca’s absentee mom dies, things take a drastic turn. She just inherited a super power, but has no idea what it is. And now instead of worrying about homework, she’s got a secret group from the FBI at her door looking to recruit her. Her days of being an ordinary seventeen year old are over, because she’s one of a hundred people left in the world with superpowers. This covert group, Project Lightning, offers to train her, but soon they discover she doesn’t just have her mom’s power, she has more. And that’s never been seen before. As they try to help her manipulate this new power, agents from Project Lightning go missing, and a few turn up dead. They’re being hunted. And when two men almost kidnap her, she realizes she’s being hunted too. What was supposed to be an amazing senior year has turned into brutal training to find the lost, protect those she loves, and harnessing this new power.




 
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About Pam Eaton

  Pam Eaton lives in the deserts of Arizona, but she’ll always consider herself a New Englander at heart. She graduated from Arizona State University with degrees involving education and history. While she loves history, it’ll always take a backseat to the fictional world she stumbled into as a young girl She lives with her husband, two kids (with one on the way), and two crazy, but lovable labs. It’s a chaotic life, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. Especially since they let her read an insane amount of books, and watch way too many Food Network shows.







 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Review for Loving Yourself in Style by Shabana Feroze





Loving Yourself in Style is filled with tips and tricks, straight forward advice, and experiences to learn from in fashion, beauty, and life.

Shabana Feroze, author of the blog, The Silver Kick Diaries, is an entrepreneur who built her way up the ladder and dropped her high paying job as a Marketing Manager at a big company on the Island, to take the next big step.

Through the years, Shabana has fought for what she believes in and wear and do whatever feels right. In Loving Yourself in Style, she speaks about her past and the lessons she's learned in chasing her dreams, fashion, beauty, and most importantly, in loving herself.









This book is about finding what you love about yourself, and then focusing on it until you really do love yourself all around. I've read a lot of books about style and about loving yourself, but this sweet book combines the two and has some tried and true tricks for loving yourself in style. I adored reading it and finding that the advice is sound, and the idea is wonderful. Often we focus so much on inner beauty that we forgot that we should let that inner beauty reflect on the outside. If we love what we see in ourselves, then people will too. They are attracted to the outer beauty and by care about ourselves and loving ourselves so that our style is reflected, it invites people in. And then they approach us to find the inner beauty that we have. The book was a quick read and very simple to understand, but it approached everything in a light that I really enjoyed. Shabana has a writing style that is just as sweet and fun as her clothing style. This is a great read and I highly recommend it.






Shabana Feroze is the owner of advertising agency, The Silver Kick Company, and co-owner of Lace Love, a lace business that she started with her mother. She is a Les Mills fitness instructor, teaching BodyCombat and BodyBalance classes. She enjoys dressing up, chasing her passions, traveling the world, staying fit and encouraging people to do the same. She lives in Bahrain with her family of humans and cats.



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Monday, December 4, 2017

Christmas Secrets Tour and Review





Holly's two Christmas wishes this year are to finally win her mother's approval by gaining the notice of a handsome earl, and discovering the identity of the stranger who gave her a heart-shattering kiss...even if that mystery kisser is the resident Christmas ghost.






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 Now, I know you have all heard me rave about Donna's books before. I love her books, I love her as a person, and knowing her is such a privileged. But don't think that influences my views of her books. I love her books because she is an excellent author and, unlike many authors who get in a rut, Donna's books always have their own twist, their own ideas, and always keep my attention.
That being said, I'll admit that even among all her books I do have favorites and some that don't resonate the same with me as with others. ... but this book, CHRISTMAS SECRETS, just hit that favorite list.
This story stole my heart. Maybe it's my love of all things Christmas. Maybe it's my love of sweet, clean romance, or maybe it's my love of a well written book that makes me go tingly inside as I wait for a Happily Ever After ... or maybe it's just the fact that Author Donna Hatch took all those elements and wove them into an entrancing Christmas Romance that I adored reading and maybe have already read again. I loved the characters and the emotions in this story - the desire to please a parent while wanting to also please her own heart endeared the main character to me immediately. As did her sweet innocents in wanting to discover if she could love someone or if her only chance at happiness really did lay with a ghost. The over eager mother who really did want what was best for her daughter, just didn't understand that her wishes and her daughter's may not match. I couldn't even hate her because her intent was good even though she went about it wrong at times. And the Male lead ... the ghost as it were ... he made me happy every time he made the female lead happy.
I cannot say enough good things about this book. It was perfect not only for this time of year, but any time your heart needs a little pitter-patter from a sweet story. I highly recommend this book.




Donna Hatch is the author of the best-selling “Rogue Hearts Series,” and a winner of writing awards such as The Golden Quill and the International Digital Award. A hopeless romantic and adventurer at heart, she discovered her writing passion at the tender age of 8 and has been listening to those voices ever since. She has become a sought-after workshop presenter, and also juggles freelance editing, multiple volunteer positions, and most of all, her six children (seven, counting her husband). A native of Arizona who recently transplanted to the Pacific Northwest, she and her husband of over twenty years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after.


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