Thursday, May 31, 2012

My Favorite Reads Giveaway Hop

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Until Next Time:
The Angel Chronicles, Book 1

by Amy Lignor


How does a girl choose between the one who steals her heart and the one who owns her soul?


Matt and Emily were created for a specific job. Raised and trained as the ultimate angel/warrior team, they are sent down to save, defend, judge and forgive, depending on the 'life' they've been assigned. What they don't realize is that the power of human emotions, such as love, anger, passion and fear can take over even the best of souls, causing them to make mistakes and follow paths that lead to confusion and heartache.


When the reason for their training is finally revealed, the angel/warrior team find themselves thrust into a world they know nothing about. Matt takes over the life of Daniel, a young man with a great deal of baggage. Emily becomes Liz, a girl living in a remote village who relies on nothing more than her own strength to survive. A violent storm erupts one night, and framed in the window of Liz's establishment is a frightening face. Let in by the soul of a Good Samaritan, the two visitors bring with them a past full of secrets that could literally change an angel's path and a warrior's plans.


From murder to redemption, this angel/warrior team must find a way to keep the faith they have in each other in a world that's ripping them apart.


http://www.the-angel-chronicles.com

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Debbianne DeRose - What I Did On My Midlife Crisis Vacation - Author Interview

Author Interview

1. How did you come up with the title?
It came in a flash one day, via cosmic download just like most of the writing. Most people smile when they see it and immediately flash back to some inane school paper they had to write about their family’s summer vacation. There’s a particularly funny take on that topic on Uncyclopedia.

2. Is there a message in your memoir that you want readers to grasp?
Everyone gets what they need, and which morsel appeals to any particular person I cannot say, but I suppose my underlying mission is to remind people how powerful and completely loved they are, and that they can choose to allow and accept everything, including themselves, at any point. I’ve found that self-love takes care of just about every issue we encounter in this dense time-space continuum. I’m your personal cheerleader.

3. How much of the book is realistic?
That’s a great question because although it’s full of 100% true actual experiences, truth is often stranger than fiction, and realism is in the mind of the reader. For some people, things like spoon-bending and instantaneous healings are matter-of-fact but for others they’re completely far-fetched. I tend to straddle both worlds and approach these things with an open skeptical mind... and perhaps an overly zealous sense of humor.

4. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
At this point, no. God knows I edited most of it forty-three times or more before releasing it. But there comes a time to tell the perfectionist to beat it and pronounce the thing “close enough for government work.”

5. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
My biggest challenge has been in overcoming the fear of making myself vulnerable---you know, exposing the soft white underbelly (and it is pretty dang white because I’m a pale northerner). The writing itself is pure joy and satisfaction.

6. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned a heckuva lot, particularly through feedback from professional editor types. Like how to ensure that narratives flow properly and make sense to the reader. I caught some fleeting glimpses of that elusive zone in which “honest” intersects “offensive”. The thing is, there’s so much diversity out there and what makes one person squirm evokes doubled-over laughter in the next. So I decided to stick with my inner guidance rather than be overly concerned about what other people think. I’d rather be controversial than boring.

7. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Probably it began in the womb, because everyone knows that dysfunctional family is some of the best creative fodder around. But it picked up speed when my third grade teacher returned a writing assignment with glowing remarks and a smiley face.

8. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I can never narrow down my favorite anything to just one. But just to play along, I love Erma Bombeck. That broad was fun-nay! And bold too, in the context of her era. I dig sassy women writers.

9. Tell us your latest news.
I’m currently working excitedly on my next book, “How I Met the Man of My Dreams: Reflections on the MANifestation Process”. It’s a true tale of woo… and woo-woo. I actually met my SuperLove just as I was finishing up “What I Did On My Midlife Crisis Vacation” and my friends asked if I was going to tack on the exciting love story. Well, I gave it some thought but decided against it because I like how it ends on a strong single-woman note. That feels more real and empowering to me than some fairy-tale Harlequin ending. But the sequel explains how becoming truly happy and accepting of myself allowed me to line up with this amazing lover man. And I have to say, all that Law of Attraction stuff is for real. So I’m writing it as a concrete example---sort of reverse-engineering the MANifestation---in order to inspire the single gals out there to understand that they too can meet the man of their dreams.

10. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
If everything and everyone is derived from spirit, then Jerry Springer and motocross are every bit as “spiritual” as a Buddhist temple. Put that in your pipe and smoke it!


About the Book

This saucy memoir is the oh-so-honest and humorous account of the author’s personal journey through a string of compelling adventures and ideologies of the woo-woo kind. Her story begins with confusion and discontentment that catalyzes bold life changes and sends her roaming in search of magic, miracles, and a deeper grasp of the metaphysical nature of reality. In a unique style akin to confessional reporting, she shares with you her keen insights into human behavior as you meet a plethora of colorful characters and occasional charlatans. With some good belly laughs, she effectively sorts out the wheat from the chaff---both within herself and the New Age world she’s romping in. It becomes a healing pilgrimage full of expansive revelations, and through the process of en-lightening up she emerges clear-headed and self-empowered with inspiration to spare.

Buy Link
Price: $17.00
Pages: 252
Genre: Memoir
Publisher: PiscAquarian Press
Release date: April 2012


About the Author

Debbianne specializes in humorous explorations of all things "woo-woo"---that is, metaphysical, spiritual, paranormal, New Agey---with intent to empower and entertain. Oddly enough, she was formerly formally trained in the Conservative Arts of engineering and economics, and enjoyed stints as database geek, non-profiteer, and inadvertent house-flipper before diving into the world of wordsmithery. She resides in the San Francisco Bay Area where she can swim regularly in the seas of woo, buoyed always by her Jersey girl sensibilities and sense of humor. After all, there’s nothing serious going on here.

Links to connect with Debbianne:
Web Site & Blog 
Facebook 
Twitter 
Goodreads

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Kristin Gleeson - Selkie Dreams - Guest Post

Guest Post

The Selkie Myth

The Selkie. The name conjures up romantic images, even if you’re not quite sure what they are--seals that come ashore and take on human form at midsummer’s eve. You can almost believe it when you look at their baleful eyes with their long lashes that look so human. And their mournful cries that convey such sadness. Is it a myth? Some people, especially in times past would have said, ‘not so.’

The myths of the selkie are usually found among people who inhabit the coastal waters of Scotland, Ireland and even far flung areas where the Saami (Laplanders) and the Inuit live. One of the theories used to explain their existence is that selkies are the souls of dead fishermen and other people lost at sea. Another theory is that they are fallen angels, doomed to live out their days as animals until judgement comes; or that they are humans forced to take animal form for some grave misdemeanour.

The various myths that feature selkies show them as either men or women who come ashore either Midsummer’s Eve, “every ninth night,” or “every seventh stream.” I use both types of selkies in my novel, Selkie Dreams. A myth of a woman selkie tells of a fisherman who spies a selkie woman on the shore and compels her to go with him after he steals and hides her seal skin. She bears him a child, but eventually she finds her seal skin and she returns to the sea, leaving her child behind with the promise she will come when the child calls.

“Yer mam left but she had no choice, so,” Cook would tell me as she watched Polly, the kitchen maid, chop the vegetables, or Annie the house maid collect the tea tray. “She went back to the sea, back to her seal folk. They live ashore for a brief spell, following human ways, until after a while the pull from the sea comes over them, strong and forceful like. It’s their true folk, the selkies, who call them home, so it is.” Excerpt from Selkie Dreams.

A male selkie myth is also a running theme in my novel and comes from the song The Silkie of Sule Skerrie, the song that frames the novel. It tells the story of a selkie man who comes ashore and seeks out a lonely woman. After spending only one night together the man departs and the woman spends her days searching the shoreline awaiting his return. Eventually, after she gives birth to a son, the man appears and gives her a gold chain for the son. Years later, when the son is seven years old, the selkie comes again to claim him. Though she mourns her son and lover, she marries a hunter who, not long after their marriage, shoots two seals, one with a gold chain around its neck.

With all the many versions of the myth, each contains the unmistakeable theme of transformation and the idea of humanity’s unbreakable link with the sea.



About the Book

Belfast, 1889. A young woman haunted by her mother’s death embarks on an Alaskan adventure to escape an unwanted marriage.

Máire McNair is lured by the selkie myth symbolism (seals that take on human form) to the promise of the Alaskan wilds to fulfill her dream of finding acceptance.

Cunning and determination get her there in the guise of teaching at the Tlingit Indian mission. But Alaska proves more complex and difficult than she imagined and the hope that this new place would transform her is elusive as ever.

The censorious Mrs. Paxson, the wife of the trading post manager, constantly finds fault with Máire’s efforts to teach the children. She has her own plans and Máire clearly is in the way. Will Máire be able to forge her own way and make a success of her teaching? And what should she do about the handsome and moody Lieutenant Green who actively courts her on ship and later on shore?

Then there is the Tlingit, Natsilane, a former mission protégé. Troubled and disaffected from the mission, he constantly confronts Máire’s naive views and perceptions as he seeks to regain his own cultural identity,by resuming a traditional lifestyle that draws from his memory and myth. But he cannot escape his past, nor can he or Máire escape the mutual attraction they feel, two outsiders in a world that permits no rulebreakers.

Buy links: Amazon US, Amazon UK, Book Depository
Price: $23.99 hardcover, $9.99 ebook
Pages: 386
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Knox Robinson Publishing
Release Date: June 7, 2012


About the Author

Originally from Philadelphia, Kristin Gleeson lives in Ireland, in the West Cork Gaeltacht, where she teaches art classes, plays harp, sings in an Irish choir and runs two book clubs for the village library. She holds a Masters in Library Science and a Ph.D. in history, and for a time was an administrator of a national denominational archives, library and museum in America. There she handled the letters, diaries, reports and artefacts of Alaskan missionaries and assisted Tlingit Indians in recovering their land and their past. Later, she served as a public librarian in America and in Ireland.

She has also published short stories and historical essays. Her essay, ‘Blazing Her Own Trail: Anahareo’s Rejection of Euro-Canadian Stereotypes’ was published in, Recollecting: Lives of Aboriginal Women of the Canadian Northwest and Borderlands edited by Sarah Carter and Patricia McCormack, Athabasca University Press, which has been nominated for the Canadian Historical Association prize for Canadian Aboriginal History.

Myths and other folk tales have always fascinated her and she combined her love of these tales with her harp playing and performed as a professional harper/storyteller at events in Britain, America and Ireland.

Links to connect with Kristin:
Web Site
Facebook
YouTube

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

J.G. Harlond - The Chosen Man - Author Interview

Author Interview

1. How did you come up with the title?
It was suggested to me by the novelist Sarah Harrison after she had listened to my plans and heard the first draft of the first chapter.

2. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Be careful who you trust, and be careful what you believe!



3. How much of the book is realistic?
The Dutch tulip scandal is pretty well known; the history behind Vatican espionage however, is still coming to light.

4. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
Not at present.

5. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The economics and financial details: prices and transactions for tulip bulb sales 1635/37 are well-documented - but I am not an economist so I needed help to make sense of how futures markets work and how borrowing ‘scandals’ occur.



6. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned self-belief, if one can say that? My first novel was well-received but it wasn’t until I finished the last edit of this novel that I began to think ‘I can do this!’ I’ve also learned – or had to finally admit - that I am a perfectionist. No sentence is ever quite good enough.



7. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I used to write stories in my primary school exercise books. I think I’ve been writing stories in my head all my life.



8. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I particularly admire the late Dorothy Dunnett, whose fiction was historically accurate with fascinating characters and compelling, page-turning plots. I love her meticulous detail, the conspiracies and the humour, the way she suggests ideas and then leaves the reader to discover what’s really going on for him/herself.

9. Tell us your latest news.
This novel is to be released in early June: I’m having a big book launch that will be followed by a special party for a significant birthday. I’m also currently tied up with another project and have to finish a y.a. version of a Norse saga by the end of the year – busy, busy!

10. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
If you are a reader who has “always wanted to write” my advice is, DO IT! Even if you only finish a first draft, start and finish that first draft. It’s very hard work, if you do it properly, but it is worth every moment.


Book Summary

Early spring 1635. A storm and pirate raid interrupts rogue Italian merchant Ludovico da Portovenere’s routine voyage from Constantinople to Amsterdam, disrupting his plans and entangling others in a secret commission.

The storm brings Ludo a quick-witted young admirer he uses as a spy. The pirate raid brings him a girl - Alina, who won’t go home. Ludo finds her an encumbrance so he sells her to a minor English nobleman in Plymouth and sails on, never dreaming she’ll be a means of saving his life.

While the Italian merchant sets about his mischief-making in Holland, Alina tries to establish herself in her new home, unwittingly making vicious enemies and putting her life in jeopardy. She dreams of Ludo: surely one day he’ll rescue her from the house that becomes her prison.

Eventually Ludo does arrive, but it is not how Alina imagined, and now there are two other men willing to love and protect her. Which one will she choose?

International politics and domestic intrigues, The Chosen Man relates a fictional version of what may have happened to accelerate the Dutch financial scandal known as ‘tulip mania’; it also shows how decisions made in high places can have terrible repercussions on innocent lives.

buy link: KnoxRobinsonPublishing.com
price: $23.99
format: hardcover
number of pages: 439 pages
genre: historical fiction
publisher: Knox Robinson Publishing
release date: June 7, 2012


About the Author

J. G. Harlond (Jane) grew up in the South West of England and studied in Britain and the USA. For many years she worked as an English teacher in European international schools. Jane now lives in southern Spain, where she writes school text book material and historical fiction.

Jane's fascination with historical fiction began while still at school, when she would read anything by Jean Plaidy instead of doing her homework. Later she read everything by Dorothy Dunnett and Mary Wesley: two very different authors whose well-chosen prose wove intrigue and sharp descriptive detail into compelling stories. What interests her about the historical fiction genre, she says, is the manner in which an invented narrative can examine the universal emotions of love, hate, jealousy and greed, and show how one individual’s life-choices may have affected real events. Jane's novels also consider the influence of genetic inheritance, showing how family character traits and physical appearance can follow through, or skip and re-emerge in different generations.

Apart from writing, Jane stays busy looking after two horses, keeping a small but demanding garden in order, and doing her best to stay up to date with what her family is doing in various different countries.

Connect with J.G.
Web Site
Email

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14th – 21st October, 2012

Do you have a story to tell?
Have you lived through events that ought to be recorded?
Do you know someone whose story should be told?
Is there something – fact or fiction - you would like to write for publication or just for your family?

Join Joan Fallon and J.G. Harlond for a workshop holiday dedicated to writing about the past.

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Telephone: +34 952 513 812

Splash into Summer Giveaway Hop

Congratulations to our winner!
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Enter to win the young adult ebook release, Until Next Time: The Angel Chronicles, Book 1 from Tribute Books.


1) Click here to add Tribute Books' upcoming YA release, The Color of Snow to your Goodreads to-read list.

2) Leave a comment with your email address.


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Until Next Time:
The Angel Chronicles, Book 1

by Amy Lignor


How does a girl choose between the one who steals her heart and the one who owns her soul?


Matt and Emily were created for a specific job. Raised and trained as the ultimate angel/warrior team, they are sent down to save, defend, judge and forgive, depending on the 'life' they've been assigned. What they don't realize is that the power of human emotions, such as love, anger, passion and fear can take over even the best of souls, causing them to make mistakes and follow paths that lead to confusion and heartache.


When the reason for their training is finally revealed, the angel/warrior team find themselves thrust into a world they know nothing about. Matt takes over the life of Daniel, a young man with a great deal of baggage. Emily becomes Liz, a girl living in a remote village who relies on nothing more than her own strength to survive. A violent storm erupts one night, and framed in the window of Liz's establishment is a frightening face. Let in by the soul of a Good Samaritan, the two visitors bring with them a past full of secrets that could literally change an angel's path and a warrior's plans.


From murder to redemption, this angel/warrior team must find a way to keep the faith they have in each other in a world that's ripping them apart.


http://www.the-angel-chronicles.com

Monday, May 21, 2012

Jamie B. Musings/Jamie White - The Life and Times of No One in Particular - Author Interview

Author Interview

1. How did you come up with the title?
I wrote this book during NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) 2011 and was stuck on what I was going to name my book. The website had a section in it's forums where you can "adopt a title." As soon as I saw the title, I knew I had to claim it for this story.

2. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Always be good to your muse! Also, don't be afraid to take a chance on a creative project.

3. How much of the book is realistic?
Totally fictional, although my muse might disagree.

4. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
No, I'm pretty happy with where it ended up.

5. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Fighting a tendency towards procrastination to get the daily NaNo word goal in.

6. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
That it is actually possible for me to write a full novel.

7. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
In my High School journalism class.

8. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I would have to say Christopher Pike was one of my early favorites along with Ann M. Martin. I've recently been reading a lot of indie authors like Mark Stone, Emlyn Chand and Marni Mann and love their work.

9. Tell us your latest news.
My first book, The Life and Times of No One in Particular, was released on May 22, 2012 and I am currently working on a number of blog and book-related projects.


10. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I hope you'll enjoy the story! Thanks a lot of taking the time to read this.


About the Book

Beware the muse with a chip on her shoulder.

Muses are often called uncooperative, grumpy, lazy beings who abandon a writer when they're needed most. Now, one of them has decided to tell their side of the story. Meet Clarissa, a muse who has spent centuries trying to inspire artists who sometimes are too stubborn to listen to her.

What is your muse trying to say to you? Clarissa might just be able to answer that...

Price: $0.99
Number of Pages: 216
Genre: Paranormal Fiction/Satire/YA
Publisher: Create Space
Release Date: May 22, 2012
Buy Link: Kindle


About the Author

Jamie B. Musings (Jamie White) is a music addict, book lover, pet servant and NaNoWriMo survivor. When she's not busy writing posts for Culture Shock, she's taking pictures for her new obsession (That Photo Blog) and spending time with her husband and pets. Her first book, The Life and Times of No One in Particular, was released this month.

Connect with Jamie:
Web Site
Blog - Culture Shock
Blog - That Photo Blog
Twitter
Facebook
YouTube

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Traci L. Slatton - Fallen - Author Interview

Author Interview

I know you get asked this question over and over but can you tell us a little about yourself? Maybe something juicy.
I am an author, wife, and mother who loves yoga. I’d rather travel than eat, though the two combine awfully well. I grew up all over the US because my dad was in the military. Currently, I am leaning toward anarcho-capitalism, because I am deeply skeptical of two groups: Democrats and Republicans. Also of liberals and conservatives. It seems to me the world is full of challenges too complex to reduce to a party line.

Something juicy? Ok, one of my dearest girlfriends recently threw out half my closet and then forbade me to wear industrial strength, granny-approved knickers. Now all my knickers are lacy. “Feel gorgeous from the inside out,” she advised. I am dutifully attempting this, and “a woman’s grasp should exceed her reach, or what’s a lingerie store for?”

When did you first start writing? Are you a full time author or do you do it on the side?
I’ve been writing my whole life. I read my first novel when I was six years old and knew immediately that I wanted to write novels. I wrote poems by the time I was seven. I am a full-time author—though I have children who come first, so it’s a juggling act.

Do you have a author that has really inspired you?
I’ve always loved Richard Powell’s book WHOM THE GODS WOULD DESTROY.

How long does it normally take you to write a book?
Between eight months to two years. Depending.

What do you think makes a story great?
Ahh, lovely question. I have three guidelines for writing novels, and this speaks to the first two: 1, Story is how your protagonist does NOT get what he or she wants, and 2, All story is an argument for a specific value. Take Macbeth: Overweening ambition contains the seeds of its own destruction. My novel IMMORTAL was an argument for two values: 1, Art is redemptive, and 2, Love is the only immortality we can know. FALLEN is an argument for this value, which I paraphrased for the front cover: When all else falls away, love is what remains. ‘When the world ends, all that is left is love.’

Can you describe "Fallen" in one sentence?
FALLEN is a dystopian romance that speaks to impossible love, overwhelming odds, constant danger and heart-felt sacrifice.

Tell us a little about your new series.
Well, COLD LIGHT is the sequel to FALLEN, and they are part of the AFTER Trilogy. COLD LIGHT continues the story, and takes place in the barrens of Canada, North Dakota, and Nebraska. It relates to passion and the extraordinary lengths to which people will go for freedom and love. The questions I am exploring are: When all else falls away, what's left? What is the greatest sacrifice we're willing to make for love? How do we balance desire and duty?

Have you done lots of research for your books or do the stories just come to you?
Both, actually! At the beginning, I have a burst of inspiration, usually from an image or scene that comes into my mind. I work back and forth between the oceanic forces of inspiration and the sobriety of structure and form—an outline. As I write and develop the story, questions come up: how would a small plane make the journey from Edmonton, Canada to Le Havre, France? If you are walking in the snow and kill a deer, how would you eat and preserve it? How can you make snow drinkable? I try very hard to get the details right. Accuracy makes for believability, and that’s my duty as a novelist.

What are you currently working on?
I am currently working on COLD LIGHT, a bittersweet contemporary romantic comedy, and a middle-grade children’s series, DR. CZARNECKI’S GREEN FLUX TIME MACHINE series.

Can you tell us about some of your prior achievements?
I was accepted into Yale University after my junior year of high school. I taught creative writing at Columbia, when I was in graduate school.

Is there anything that I didn't cover that you would like to talk about or say to your potential readers?
I wish my readers much joy of reading!

Just for fun:

Hardback or Paperback? Paperback.


Dog ears or Bookmarks? Dog ears, bien sur! Books are comestibles, I devour them. When I finish with a book, it wants to take a shower and a nap.


YA novels or Adult novels? Both.

Library or Bookstore? Hmmm…Book stores. They complain less when I examine ten books at a time.

Reading glasses or No glasses? No glasses right now.


Snack while reading or No snacks? I try not to snack because of my incredible expanding tushie. Lace knickers, remember?


Beach or Mountain? BEACH BEACH BEACH!! 


Vampire or Werewolf? Yuck. O, right, I wrote a vampire book, THE BOTTICELLI AFFAIR. So, vampire.

Hot or Flirty? Flirty. The brain is the biggest sex organ….


Movie 1st or Book 1st? Book! 


Contemporary or Historical? Hmmm…..both….


Page-Turner or Tear Jerker? Page turner, I love suspense!


About the Book

As chaos descends on a crippled Earth, survivors are tormented by strange psychic gifts. In this time of apocalyptic despair, love is put to the test. One woman with mysterious healing power guides seven children to safety. Charismatic Arthur offers her a haven. Slowly Emma falls for him. But at the moment of their sweetest love, his devastating secret is revealed, and they are lost to each other. Will Emma stay with him?

Fallen is the first in a romantic trilogy set during the end times.


Buy Links: Amazon, Kindle 
Price: $14.99 paperback / $5.99 e-book
Pages: 242
Publisher: Telemachus Press
Genre: dystopian/post-apocalyptic romance
Release date: July 7, 2011




 
About the Author:

Traci L. Slatton is a graduate of Yale and Columbia. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, sculptor Sabin Howard, whose classical figures and love for Renaissance Italy inspired her historical novel Immortal and their sculpture book The Art of Life. Her other books are the novels The Botticelli Affair and Fallen and the non-fictionPiercing Time & Space.Cold Light, the sequel to Fallen, is set for release July 2012.

Connect with Traci:
Twitter
Website
Blog


Love in Bloom Giveaway Hop

Congratulations to our winner!
susanhaugland [at] att [dot] net

Enter to win the young adult ebook release, Until Next Time: The Angel Chronicles, Book 1 from Tribute Books.

1) Click here to add Tribute Books' upcoming YA release, The Color of Snow to your Goodreads to-read list.

2) Leave a comment with your email address.


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Until Next Time:
The Angel Chronicles, Book 1

by Amy Lignor


How does a girl choose between the one who steals her heart and the one who owns her soul?


Matt and Emily were created for a specific job. Raised and trained as the ultimate angel/warrior team, they are sent down to save, defend, judge and forgive, depending on the 'life' they've been assigned. What they don't realize is that the power of human emotions, such as love, anger, passion and fear can take over even the best of souls, causing them to make mistakes and follow paths that lead to confusion and heartache.


When the reason for their training is finally revealed, the angel/warrior team find themselves thrust into a world they know nothing about. Matt takes over the life of Daniel, a young man with a great deal of baggage. Emily becomes Liz, a girl living in a remote village who relies on nothing more than her own strength to survive. A violent storm erupts one night, and framed in the window of Liz's establishment is a frightening face. Let in by the soul of a Good Samaritan, the two visitors bring with them a past full of secrets that could literally change an angel's path and a warrior's plans.


From murder to redemption, this angel/warrior team must find a way to keep the faith they have in each other in a world that's ripping them apart.


http://www.the-angel-chronicles.com

Thursday, May 10, 2012

LDS Authors Giveaway Hop

Congratulations to our winner!
chance!ssdawn2002 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Enter to win the young adult ebook release, Night Sky from Tribute Books.


1) Click here to add Tribute Books' upcoming YA release, The Color of Snow to your Goodreads to-read list.

2) Leave a comment with your email address.


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Night Sky by Jolene Perry

Girl I’ve loved, girl I’m falling for. Now that they’re both in view, the problem is clear.


After losing Sarah, the friend he’s loved, to some other guy, Jameson meets Sky. Her Native American roots, fluid movements, and need for brutal honesty become addictive fast. This is good. Jameson needs distraction – his dad leaves for another woman, his mom’s walking around like a zombie, and Sarah’s new boyfriend can’t keep his hands off of her.

As he spends time with Sky and learns about her village, her totems, and her friends with drums - she's way more than distraction. Jameson's falling for her fast.

But Sky’s need for honesty somehow doesn’t extend to her life story – and Jameson just may need more than his new girl to keep him distracted from the disaster of his senior year.


http://www.night-sky-book.com

Friday, May 4, 2012

Children's Book Week Giveaway Hop

Congratulations to our winner!
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Enter to win the young adult ebook release, Until Next Time: The Angel Chronicles, Book 1 from Tribute Books.


1) Click here to add Tribute Books' upcoming YA release, The Color of Snow to your Goodreads to-read list.

2) Leave a comment with your email address.


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Until Next Time:
The Angel Chronicles, Book 1

by Amy Lignor


How does a girl choose between the one who steals her heart and the one who owns her soul?


Matt and Emily were created for a specific job. Raised and trained as the ultimate angel/warrior team, they are sent down to save, defend, judge and forgive, depending on the 'life' they've been assigned. What they don't realize is that the power of human emotions, such as love, anger, passion and fear can take over even the best of souls, causing them to make mistakes and follow paths that lead to confusion and heartache.


When the reason for their training is finally revealed, the angel/warrior team find themselves thrust into a world they know nothing about. Matt takes over the life of Daniel, a young man with a great deal of baggage. Emily becomes Liz, a girl living in a remote village who relies on nothing more than her own strength to survive. A violent storm erupts one night, and framed in the window of Liz's establishment is a frightening face. Let in by the soul of a Good Samaritan, the two visitors bring with them a past full of secrets that could literally change an angel's path and a warrior's plans.


From murder to redemption, this angel/warrior team must find a way to keep the faith they have in each other in a world that's ripping them apart.


http://www.the-angel-chronicles.com

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted here, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is
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The Color of Snow
by Brenda Stanley
Publication Date: June 1, 2012

When a beautiful 16-year-old girl named Sophie is found sequestered in a cage-like room in a rundown house in the desolate hills of Arbon Valley, Idaho, the entire community is shocked to learn she is the legendary Callidora--a baby girl who was kidnapped from her crib almost seventeen years ago and canonized in missing posters with portraits of what the fabled girl might resemble. Authorities soon learn that the cage was there to protect people from Sophie, because her biological father believes she is cursed.

Sophie is discovered after the man she knows as Papa, shoots and injures Damien, a young man who is trying to rescue her. Now, unsocialized and thrust into the world, and into a family she has never met, Sophie must decide whether she should accept her Papa’s claims that she is cursed and he was only trying to protect others, or trust the new people in her life who have their own agendas. Guided by a wise cousin, Sophie realizes that her most heartbreaking challenge is to decide if her love for Damien will destroy him like her Papa claims, or free her from past demons that haunt her mind.

Click here to add The Color of Snow to your Goodreads to-read list.

James V. O'Connor - Another Man's Treasure - Author Interview

Author Interview

1. How did you come up with the title?
It’s from the common expression, “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.” It has several meanings related to the themes in the book.

2. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Definitely. No matter how content you are in a marriage or committed relationship, you’re likely to be attracted to someone other than your life partner. This is the nature of men and women, and it’s only dangerous if the feelings are strong, mutual, and expressed. In my book, the sexual tension keeps deepening and keeps you guessing the outcome. The underlining message is that relationships are complex, messy and sometimes disastrous, but often can be simplified with honest communications.

3. How much of the book is realistic?
All of it is plausible. The characters confront real issues that many readers can relate to.

4. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
Not one thing. I keep re-reading it, and I love it just the way it is.

5. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The sex scenes. Most writers agree. You don’t want to describe too much or too little, and you need to blend the physical with the emotional.

6. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I discovered how much fun it is to create characters and to have them confront and solve their problems. I also learned that, if you want to write a novel, you should first read a book or two on how it’s done. I read several while I was writing, which guided me to add more conflict and suspense and more dimensions to my characters. My next book will be much easier to write.

7. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
When I was a sophomore in college, I determined my destiny was to be a writer. I told my father, and he said writing is a good back-up skill for a real job! He was right. I was over 50 before I wrote my first book, CUSS CONTROL.

8. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I don’t have one. However, I like James Patterson’s use of short chapters with endings that keep you reading. Most of my 86 chapters are less than four pages long. Some are one page, the longest is six. My book is also light on narrative, heavy on dialogue. It’s easy to read and hard to put down.

9. Tell us your latest news.
I love my publisher, Post Mortem Press, which is currently producing an audio version of Another Man’s Treasure.

10. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I wrote this book for women to give them some idea of how men—especially the strong silent type—think about women they are attracted to emotionally, not just physically. To my pleasant surprise, men love the book, too! Why? Because most men who go through the emotional torment of sexual and romantic temptation are not likely to reveal their feelings or seek advice from other men. Male readers want to see how my character deals with his situation and comes out a winner. They stick with it, and discover there are many surprises!


About the Book

Another Man’s Treasure is a mystery-romance novel dealing with fidelity and temptation, generosity and greed. Ted McCormick, a professional organizer in Albany, NY, is hired by a difficult client to clean out his deceased father’s cluttered Victorian mansion. Ted’s secret task is to find something of great value that the client believes his eccentric father hid in the mysterious house. What—or who—is in the mansion trying to stop him? Although he’s married, Ted finds himself falling for another client, an attractive and flirtatious single mother. He resists her, but events keep bringing her into his life, intensifying their relationship. His wife and the woman’s jealous ex-husband suspect something is going on. Ted gets deeper in trouble before making several shocking discoveries, one that captivates the city, and one that determines his future. 

Price: $15.00, paperback
Format: Trade Paperback, 6” x 9” and ebook
Pages: 289
Publisher: Post Mortem Press
Release: September 2011
ISBN: 978-0-61551652-3 
Buy Link: Amazon


About The Author

JAMES V. O’CONNOR and his wife, Lynda, operate O’Connor Communications, Inc., a public relations firm specializing in book publicity. Jim also has a home organizing business, CLUTTER CONTROL, serving the northern suburbs of Chicago. He is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), and has appeared on several national and Chicago TV shows demonstrating ways to get organized. His first book, CUSS CONTROL, The Complete Book on How to Curb Your Cursing, became a best seller nationwide. He appeared on more than 100 TV shows, including Oprah, the View, the Today Show, the Early Show, CBS News Sunday Morning, and the O’Reilly Factor. Before starting his public relations firm in 1989, Jim worked in corporate communications for four Fortune 500 corporations. He is a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago. He and his wife live in Lake Forest, Illinois.

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