Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Cheryl Malandrinos - Little Shepherd - Guest Post and Giveaway



Guest Post

THE BLESSINGS OF FRIENDS

If I started counting down the list of what I am thankful for, we would be here a very long time. God has blessed me richly. So, I’m going to focus on the blessing of friends.

In the years I’ve been involved in the publishing industry—both as a writer and a book promoter—I’ve been so blessed to have the support of friends from around the world. There are the fellow writers who critique my work. Where would I be without their gentle direction? Most likely, still unpublished. How about my mentors, who encourage and inspire me? On some of the darkest days of my career, when a rejection truly got me down or things weren’t going as planned, their desire to see me succeed pushed me beyond the sadness and got me writing again. And who can forget those publishers who have taken a chance on a late starter who didn’t even plan to write for children in the first place? I wouldn’t even be writing this post right now if it weren’t for them.

In the years I’ve been promoting books online, I’ve met hundreds of authors, publicists, and bloggers. I’m blessed that my fellow writers have confidence in my abilities to promote their work. There are so many companies out there now. It’s touching to know someone chose me. Virtual book tours have been going strong for years. Every time a publicist agrees to work with me, I’m grateful to have a chance to represent their clients. And I couldn’t do any of this without the help of bloggers who simply love talking about books. As someone who runs seven blogs and contributes to dozens of others, I know how much work it is. What a blessing every time one of these men or women says, “I would love to participate in this tour.” Some of these people have become my closest friends, even though we’ve never met.

No matter how you’ve helped me along over the years, I hope you know how appreciated you are and how much I am touched by your support and friendship. May God bless you now and always.

Happy Thanksgiving!


About the Book


Obed is in the hills outside Bethlehem when the angels appear to announce the Savior's birth. Can he trust that the miracle of the first Christmas will keep his flock safe while he visits the newborn King?


Prices/Formats: $9.95 paperback
Pages: 16
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing
Release Date: August 21, 2010
Buy Links: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, IndieBound, Guardian Angel Publishing


Excerpt

Off in the distance, a wolf howled. Obed moved closer to his flock, scanning the hills for any sign of a pack that might race in and steal his sheep. His family depended upon the sheep for food and their wool for clothing. No sheep would be lost under his watch.

He shivered inside his cloak. While the days were getting warmer, the nights still chilled him. He walked over to the large fire blazing inside the pit. He rubbed his hands together and held them up to the fire to warm them.

Above him, the sky twinkled with millions of stars. Obed couldn’t remember a night so clear.

Suddenly, a bright light filled the sky.

Obed trembled. “Father, what is happening?”


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About the Author

Cheryl Malandrinos is a children’s author and freelance editor. She is the author of Little Shepherd, released by Guardian Angel Publishing, and A Christmas Kindness, released by 4RV Publishing, under her pen name, C.C. Gevry. A digital version of A Christmas Kindness will be released in 2013.

Since 2007, Cheryl has been an online book publicist specializing in virtual book tours. She is a member of the SCBWI, a book reviewer, and blogger.

Ms. Malandrinos lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband and two children. She also has a son who is married.


Links to Connect with Author:
Web Site (Cheryl Malandrinos)
Web Site (C.C. Gevry)

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Joyce Zeller - Maddie's Choice - Review and Giveaway



About the Book

Romance writer Maddie Taylor is fed up with New York City. She is getting nowhere with her latest manuscript and does not believe true love exists outside of her imagination. When a friend, Jonah Spartman, dies and wills her half of his Arkansas cattle ranch, she sees the chance for a new beginning. Jonah has also left behind two orphaned great-grandsons desperate for affection and an accounting book in the red.

The other half of the failing ranch belongs to Gideon Spartman, Jonah’s grandson, who believes all capacity for love was torn from him during his tour of duty in Afghanistan. Rugged and sexy, Gideon is the enthralling physical manifestation of the hero in Maddie’s current manuscript. He is far from happy to be sharing an inheritance that is rightfully his. As she senses the need behind Gideon’s rough and unwelcoming exterior, Maddie acknowledges her own yearning for love and family.

Jonah’s will requires Maddie to stay on the ranch for three months. When that time is up, will she return to her comfortable but emotionally barren existence or embrace the challenges of her new life, which include cattle rustlers and drug dealers? Maddie’s choice proves to be far from simple.


My Review

The sexual tension in this book is off the charts, and I love that it's written by a feisty grandma who just so happens to be one hell of a romance novelist. Kudos to Joyce Zeller in penning a story that gets the pulse racing and the heart pounding. Maddie and Gideon are a couple you won't soon forget. The electricity between them will have sparks shooting out of your e-reader.

Maddie's the isolated writer, depressed and alone in the teeming metropolis of New York City. Gideon's the rugged, chiseled cowboy just home from the war in Afghanistan. They're both dealing with mental health issues to varying degrees. Maddie needs some fresh air in the great outdoors, not to mention some companionship. While Gideon needs a shoulder to cry on and someone to unburden the guilt he's been carrying after the atrocities he witnessed in combat. They're two battered souls looking for safe harbor from the dark clouds hovering above them.

For a girl who's never even been to Wal-Mart, Maddie is hoping to impress with her bright red boots and her take no prisoners attitude. But she's bowled over when she has a 'time stands still' kind of moment, worthy of any romance novel, when she first lays eyes on Gideon. He feels it too, but instead of flirting, he resorts to sparring with her. He's afraid of experiencing any kind of emotion, and he tries ever so hard to keep her out of his heart.

But to no avail. Maddie's already daydreaming about what it would be like to spend the rest of her life with him. In her mind, she can't help comparing him to every other man she encounters. Gideon craves her affection, even though he tries to deny himself. He's been bottled up for so long, it's like he's a ticking time bomb ready to go off. They have an awkward first attempt at expressing their love, getting lost in their utter neediness. The second time around, they're both ready for it. Gideon overcomes his fear of hurting her and Maddie experiences a new awakening. Zeller sums it up best by saying, "She'd written this scene in a dozen books. Finally she got to experience it."

Maddie and Gideon come from two completely different worlds, but together they just work. For once, Maddie doesn't feel like she's in a temporary situation. It feels permanent. She can set up roots with this man after breaching his defenses. He's no longer lost in his world of death. She saved him from that. And he brought her out of her fantasies and back into the real world by interweaving her life with his. Now they're determined to take care of each other, and there's nothing more romantic than that.

***

Maddie's Choice can be purchased at:
Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords

Prices/Formats: $4.95 ebook, $14.95 paperback
Pages: 274
Publisher: Camel Press
Release: September 1, 2013
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About the Author

Joyce Zeller has written articles for a magazine and a cooking column for a chain of suburban newspapers north of Chicago. She has written five books and published two, The Hidden History of Eureka Springs, and Accidental Alien, a work of science fiction, both available on Amazon. Her short story, “Love is a Seed,” is featured in Embrace: A Romance Collection, (2012 Goldmine Press). Joyce has served in the United States Army. As a professional perfumer (School of Perfumery, London, England) and an aroma-therapist, she made custom fragrances in her store. Her creation, Mountain Air, was declared the Arkansas Sesquicentennial Fragrance in 1965. Her latest achievement was getting elected as Alderman to the Eureka Springs City Council. Maddie’s Choice is a romance with her favorite theme, that being human is a lonely business, but for everyone there is somebody to love. It’s a matter of finding them. There will always be kids and animals in her books, and always, humor, “because life without humor is unthinkable.”

Links to connect with Joyce:
Web Site
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads
Blog
Blog Tour Site



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