Archive for February, 2016

Is the world shrouded in darkness?

Sunday, February 28th, 2016

The Secret of Isian by Serena Clarke book three of the Asian Series. This a Clean High Fantasy that is sure to be enjoy by many. 

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Here is the blurb:

The Secret of Isian: Many prophecies have been uttered about the impending war and those who will seek to stop it. With the war finally upon them, Rimelda, a talented seer, has heard the prophecies and believes she can help. Prince Ander, doubtful of her abilities and her true intensions, but determined to save his kingdom accepts her help and they proceed on a quest to end the war. Hindered by (more…)

In The Dying Light… James Bond or a book???

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

1.Angela, tell us where you were born

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I was born and raised a California girl and have a love affair with the sun to prove it

2.What is the most difficult thing about being an author?

There is never enough time to keep up writing and marketing! Anyone have a way to stop time

3.Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?

I want to say my critic group because they are amazing, but it’s probably my husband who pushes me to keep going even when it seems impossible.

4.Who or What inspired you to write this book?

This book is the second book in The Secret Keeper series so the question is more like what inspired the series. That would have to be the power of human regret. We make mistakes all the time, but truthfully most of us would love to stop and do everything perfectly. A secret keeper allows us that indulgence, but comes with a price. I guess you could say this book is inspired by human weakness (more…)

A Grave Matter is a Lady Darby Mystery

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

From the national bestselling author of A Grave Matter comes the latest riveting mystery featuring a most “unusual and romantic” (Judith Rock) sleuth…

The author:

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The book: 
Scotland, 1831. After a tumultuous courtship complicated by three deadly inquiries, Lady Kiera Darby is thrilled to have found both an investigative partner and a fiancé in Sebastian Gage. But with her well-meaning—and very pregnant—sister planning on making their wedding the event of the season, Kiera could use a respite from the impending madness.

Commissioned to paint the portrait of Lady Drummond, Kiera is saddened when (more…)

Rift Watcher; It looks like a pyramid and an octopus had a baby

Friday, February 19th, 2016

 

Sixteen-year-old Onnie, newly minted adult, isn’t sure what she wants in life, but she is sure what she doesn’t want, and going off to the Interplanetary Alliance’s Academy is at the top of that list. When she purposely flunks the entrance exam, she’s certain that’s why her father commanded her and her brother Jayesh to return to Rift Watcher Station. As Onnie settles into her new life on Rift Watcher, will she find a place of her own?

Chief Medical Officer Darragh Conally has issues. And secrets. As Onnie determinedly worms her way into his life and forges a friendship he doesn’t want, those secrets come dangerously close to being exposed. But how do you tell the Captain’s daughter to back off without risking your job?

There’s something wrong with the relationship between the Galladirans and the Earthers. It’s all polite on the surface; too polite. And Onnie can feel the tension rippling underneath. How long will it be until things break wide open?

 

                    

 

 

C R Simper was raised seven miles north of a small town, with two sisters, thirteen dogs, and an open sky painted every night with billions of stars. This unharried childhood allowed time for much reading, which led into a desire to create stories of worlds beyond her own. 

She is a member of the American Night Writer’s Association. She has two published short stories in the Steampunk genre. Besides writing, she has a passion for genealogy, volleyball, and bargain hunting.

              

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A pyramid-shaped space station built on the surface of an asteroid, which stoically guarded the edge of territory controlled by the Interplanetary Alliance, of which my home, Earth, was a charter member. No special tear or black hole warranted the name, just a division: us and them, and the expanse in between, long ago named The Rift.

Four docking towers rose high above the pyramid’s corners, four above-ground train tunnels exited the sides, hugging the spherical asteroid like a small party hat perched above a man’s ear.

Jay laughed. “It looks like a pyramid and an octopus had a baby.”

“Welcome to Rift Watcher.” I rode his humor to sound happy.

Yet, I couldn’t shake the feeling that our being here might be my fault. The timing of our father’s invitation had come suspiciously close on the heels of my recent failing of the Interplanetary Alliance Academy entrance exam.

On purpose.

 

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Fuchsia Minnesota Series… super ball or books???

Friday, February 19th, 2016

How long have you been writing?

I began writing professionally in 2005 when I was hired to be the weekly columnist for the Albert Lea Tribune with my column Something About Nothing. Under all the nothings we greet each other with there is always something left unsaid. I accepted a contract with Cozy Cat Press in 2013. That began my career as an author. I always have been a dreamer and in my youth would document my dreams and fiction ideas on paper.

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Tell us where you were born and where do you live now.

I was born in a small town in Minnesota and I still live there having left for a few years when my husband’s career made a move necessary.

How do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it? (more…)

Mom, how do I do Faith???

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016
Today we have first time author Bronwen Oehlschlager and her artist Tari Huffaker for a visit.
Bronwen, where were you born?
I was born in Washington State, but I grew up (for the most part) in various areas of Idaho. The last place we lived before I moved out to go to school was Harpster, Idaho. A tiny little blip of a town that you’d miss if you blinked.
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I know what you mean… What is the hardest part about being an author?
This is my first book. 🙂 I think the hardest part so far has been getting over my fears and breaking out of my safety zone. This little work is very special to me and I want to share it with the whole world… and I want to keep it secret in case someone doesn’t like (me) my point of view and inspiration. But hard things are good for us! So I’m overcoming those fears.
Good for you. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Well, faith has been something that has fascinated me since I was about 17. I made a study of it because I had a feeling that I was doing it wrong. I needed to know the nitty gritty. I needed to get it right. I was teaching it to my children when my 5 year old (now 7) asked me this all important question: “Mom, how do you DO faith?” That did it for me. I had to put something together to help her. The honor and glory truly go to the Lord for how it came together.
What is the name of your  children book?
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“Mom, How Do I DO Faith?”
What genre is it?
It falls under the genre: Faith
Tell us more about it
My book is a coloring book illustrated by Tari Huffaker (my talented mother).
My dream is to have my book come in to a great many Latter Day Saint homes who have children of any age. I want to help little ones get their heads around the faith process, and how to live in a high-vibrating-harmony with Father in Heaven’s laws – a harmony that will allow them to do miracles with their faith, and “expand with love”, as President Monson would say. The scriptures can be hard for a little one to search. With “Mom, How Do I DO Faith?” I hope that they will have a leg up on scripture study and understanding.
It can be purchased on Amazon. It is not in a digital format since it is a coloring book. http://www.amazon.com/Mom-How-Do-Faith-Home-School/dp/1519402740/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1453484538&sr=1-4&keywords=mom%2C+how+do+I+do+faith

About the Author

Bronwen Oehlschlager is an all American, homeschooling mom who feels passionately about teaching the ins and outs of faith to her own children. She loves reading, writing, teaching, and experiencing daily miracles both small and great! Bronwen has an amazingly wonderful husband who helps her with her work, and four brilliantly believing children. They live together in their “heavenly” mountain nook in “Happy Valley” Utah.
About the Artist, Tari Huffaker 

Tari, what inspired you to do the illustrations in this children book?

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Bronwen asked me to do the drawings.  She said that she wanted very simple “stick figures” and that this was to be a coloring book.  I don’t mind confessing that I was terrified by this request.  I am a potter not an illustrator…that is really my mother’s forte.  I pondered and pondered how to do stick figures for a coloring book…after all, true stick figures are just, well, boring!  I really prayed about this assignment and the drawings in the book are what evolved.

How long did it take you to do the illustrations?

It took months for me to complete the book…mostly because I was afraid to disappoint Bronwen. Secondly because if I couldn’t draw at just the right time of day my hand would shake too badly for me to make a decent Mom, or sister, etc.

Where were you born?

I am what is known as an Air Force BRAT.  Yes, that brat is in capital letters that are about 6 feet tall.  I was actually born at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Washington.  But Dad was transferred when I was almost 2.  So, I can say, like that country song, “I’ve been ev’rywhere, man. I’ve been ev’rywhere.”

LOL… When did you start to draw?

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​About 34 years ago I took a 6 week art class with my mom at Merced Community College.  The class was called “Drawing On the Right Side of the Brain”… I did okay and then never really drew a thing again.  Now I get credit for something the Lord really did…I have my name on the book my daughter had published​…but it should really be the Lord’s name.

Inheritance of Love il était une foi

Sunday, February 14th, 2016
Inheritance
of Love
il
était une foi (Once upon a time)- Book 1
By
Carol Cadoo
Genre:
Chick Lit, Romance
 
Bennett
Montgomery was the bachelor at large of his generation in San
Francisco with no problems and no responsibility except to show up
and look pretty on the red carpet. But overnight he was forced into a
situation where he had to grow up and take the reins of the family
business or risk losing it.
His assistant gave him the devastating
news that he had the responsibility but none of the money or control
until and unless he was married by thirty three. That started a
series of events in his life that put him on a collision course with
his past, the future and his present.
Chevon Bouche grew up fast after she
lost her parents in a horrible car accident. She was left on her own
to run the family business. Scheduled to marry her longtime boyfriend
and settle into a life of boredom and babies. When in her heart she
wanted to sing like a bird on the stages of the best Opera’s houses
in in the world.

After an unexpected meeting with
Bennett, Chevon’s life was thrown pell mell into a new life of
glamour and prestige she never dreamed possible. But because of
Bennett’s past there were complications that threatened their
contracted union and other women were the least of the problem.
Chevon and Bennett were forced to make a decision but would they
decide on the money or an inheritance of love.
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I
love writing Chick Lit/ Romance. I recently re-edited and reapplied
the lipstick of my Chic Lit Serial, Deja Vu of Love. The series
starts off with Deja Vu Packing for the Journey the first book of the
story in the Deja Vu Series. As a writer, I am partial to using a
third person multiple POV style of writing. Although not well known
it is frequently used in Romance and other genres where multiple
points of views add to the depth and value of the story line and
character interactions.
I
prefer moving the story along through the use of dialogue versus
narrative. I think it’s because I can give a distinct voice to all my
characters. As a writer, I believe that dialogue helps define the
characters as breathing, warm blooded people. I write about real
women with flaws who are strong and confident and ready to live life.
Women like all of us who don’t always have dinner ready on the
table. The one who acts inappropriately at PTA meetings once in a
blue moon you know the girl I’m talking about, it’s you.
I
enjoy watching my characters grow and change as the story of their
lives unfolds. I try not to be a control freak and let the characters
write the story after all, it’s their life.
So
if you’re a reader who likes to hear the voice of your characters
and share their POV I’m your next favorite writer LOL
Just
a little something about me I’m a retired Actress, Director,
Choreographer, who discovered her real passion in life, was writing.
I have two sons Zachary and Garette I also have two doggie kids Hazel
and Harry. My free time is spent in the garden enjoying nature,
decorating, and writing. I would love to have feedback from readers I
think we are always curious about what people think of our work.
So,
here is my suggestion get a great glass of red wine, start the bubble
bath grab a couple of chocolate covered caramels with sea salt and
enjoy a good book. I hope you love and enjoy reading the characters
with minimally twice the enjoyment I had writing them to life.
May
you enjoy all the bad boys of romance with none of the pain.
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Deja
Vu of Love- Packing For the Journey (Book 1)
Deja
Vu of Love- San Francisco (Book 2)
Deja
Vu of Love- Zurich (Book 3)
Deja
Vu of Love- New York (Book 4)
Deja
Vu of Love- Coming Home (Book 5)
 

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The task is to rescue a kidnapped American diplomat

Saturday, February 13th, 2016

Former Navy SEAL Jake Williams is the newly appointed head of a task force assigned to rescue a kidnapped American diplomat. Their only hope is Mya Amari, the daughter of a notorious Algerian hostage negotiator, but she is full of secrets and complications–something Jake takes as a personal challenge. As they grow closer, the threat to the mission escalates and time runs out for the hostages. Can Jake unravel the web of deception to save them all without getting caught in the crossfire?Mya Amari has been in hiding nearly her entire life to escape her father’s enemies. But when her sister is kidnapped along with an American diplomat, she’ll do anything to bring her home–including walking into the enemy’s lair. She doesn’t trust anyone, especially the too-handsome-for-his-own-good Commander Williams, but when all her careful plans explode out of control, he’s the only one she can turn to with the truth about her family. Is it too little, too late?

       

Julie Coulter Bellon is the author of more than a dozen romantic suspense novels. Her book All Fall Down won the RONE award for Best Suspense and Pocket Full of Posies won a RONE Honorable Mention for Best Suspense.

Julie loves to travel and her favorite cities she’s visited so far are probably Athens, Paris, Ottawa, and London. She loves to read, write, teach, watch Castle, Hawaii Five-O, and eat Canadian chocolate. Not necessarily in that order.

Julie offers writing and publishing tips as well as her take on life on her blog ldswritermom.blogspot.com You can also find out about all her upcoming projects at her website juliebellon.com

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Facts About the Author:

  1. When I am not writing I like to read, play board games with the family,
    (our new favorite is Sheriff of Nottingham), or watch Castle.
    2. I am working on the second book in my Griffin Force series called The
    Captain and it should be released in May 2016.

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He was looking out the kitchen window when Mya came in. He could see her out of the corner of his eye, standing in the doorway, watching him. She looked undecided, as if she wanted to come in, but didn’t know if she should. “Is everything okay?” he asked finally, turning his face toward her.
“Yeah.” But she still didn’t sound sure.
He moved to the table and motioned her toward it. “Looks like a pretty quiet neighborhood. I don’t think we have anything to worry about.”
“That’s what I thought about the last place.” She shuddered slightly. “Watching those gunmen through that camera made me feel so helpless. I thought they were going to kill them, then come for us.” Her voice trailed off.  “I’ve lost so many people in my life.”
The vulnerability in her voice was unmistakable, the longing for connection. Jake saw himself in her statement, their similar losses forging an emotional bond he’d never felt with anyone else.  He put his hand on hers, needing to touch her. “You won’t lose me.” The attraction that had been simmering between them flared to life. He lifted her hand, letting his thumb run over her knuckles. “I promise.”  She sucked in a breath, unable to keep her eyes off him as he flipped her hand over palm up and pulled it to his mouth, kissing the inside of her wrist. 
“Jake,” she whispered, leaning close. 
He lifted his hand to cup her face and she nestled her cheek against it. 
 

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After the Willis Asylum closed, the secrets of its past lingered in its decaying halls

Saturday, February 13th, 2016

What makes you passionate about writing?

I started life as a classically trained artist, and writing just evolved one day when I wasn’t looking. Writing, I found, and very much to my surprise, was just painting with words. With a brush you gently stroke indigo blue or vermilion onto a canvas to shadow a face in remorse. The same can be said of the words you brush across a page to project that same face, slowly drawn down into the collar of a borrowed, wool coat, shiny from wear, yet retained the strength in its weft and warp to comfort a penitent soul. Having the ability to close my eyes and see how sunlight would dance across a marble floor after a rain, or how the long shadows of dusk transform even the most ordinary of objects into that which we fear most, is inspirational.

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Do you have a writing routine?

Very much so. I write religiously every Saturday for 8-10 hours. Some Saturdays I’ll write three chapters, others I’ll spend hours researching and write only notes for the next week. This isn’t to say I don’t spend a little time during the week writing. I’ll jot down ideas, or plot twists that come to me and deposit them on my desk so I’m ready to write on Saturday.

Interesting. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

This is always a tough question because there are so many good ones to choose from. If I were casting for the protagonist, I would say Stana (more…)

Springett Hall is haunted?

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

What is the most difficult thing about being an author?

I think the hardest thing about being an author is finding the balance between considering your audience and not worrying too much about what people think. We write to share these ideas bouncing around in our heads—to get them out there on paper—so even though we’re telling stories that are important to us, we have an audience in mind. There’s nothing more exciting than getting a story into the hands of that audience and hearing good feedback about it, but there are going to be people who don’t love a story or don’t get it—people it just doesn’t speak to. That can be painful, but you can’t try to please everyone, and you can’t let it stop you from writing.

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Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?

I’m really grateful that I had parents who read to me as a child, teachers who encouraged me and taught me to write well, and a husband who supports my goals, but I can honestly say that my critique groups—the Cache Valley chapter of the League of Utah Writers and UPSSEFW—have probably made the biggest difference in my writing. They’ve given me the encouragement and the tough love I needed to push myself to get better and get published.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I wrote this book on a dare from my husband. We were talking about the various paranormal love stories out there—vampires, werewolves, zombies—and I said it was unfair that ghosts don’t get love stories. He said he didn’t think anyone could write a ghost love story that didn’t end badly. I wanted a break from the more serious manuscript I’d been working on, so I said, “Challenge accepted.”

What is the name of your new book? Tell us more about it.

My novel is The Haunting of Springett Hall.

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It’s a YA Victorian mystery about Lucy, a ghost who doesn’t remember how she died or much about her life before. She only knows that she died trying to do something important, and that someone is still trying to stop her from completing her task. She has to solve her own murder, fix the mistakes of her past, and stop a necromancer to protect the rest of the people in the house. She has help from Philip, the only living person who can see her, but he’s also suffering from amnesia and may have been her enemy when she was alive.

What genre does your book fall under?

YA mystery or paranormal romance—it has some aspects of both.

What other books would you compared to?

I think readers who like Jonathan Stroud’s Lockwood & Co. series about teenage ghost hunters in London would enjoy this book, as well as anyone who likes mystery, romance, magic, and a bit of spookiness.

What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader’s lives?

I hope readers finish the book feeling like they just had a fun adventure in Victorian England. They may also come away with some thinking points about what love means and our responsibilities for the choices we make.

Is your book self-published or represented by an agency?

The Haunting of Springett Hall is published by Sweetwater Books, an imprint of Cedar Fort Publishing.

Where can we find your book?

My book is available in store at Barnes and Noble and Seagull books, as well as online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Books and Things:

http://www.amazon.com/Haunting-Springett-Hall-E-B-Wheeler/dp/1462116728/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1428092592&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Haunting+of+Springett+Hall

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Always the bridal consultant, never the bride

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016
Always the bridal consultant, never the bride. That was former bad girl gone business professional, Pearl Walker‘s life until she put her hands on Tyson Morgan while measuring him for a tux.
Tyson was happy being a miserable man, taking care of his family’s land, and not involved with a woman. However, even he can’t resist the pull of attraction to the beautiful, and off limits, Pearl?
The feud between the Walkers and the Morgans had torn apart friends and families for generations. What might happen when Pearl Walker and Tyson Morgan become business partners—and more?
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Bernadette Marie has been an avid writer since the early age of 13, when she’d fill notebook after notebook with stories that she’d share with her friends. Her journey into novel writing started the summer before eighth grade when her father gave her an old typewriter. At all times of the day and night you would find her on the back porch penning her first work, which she would continue to write for the next 22 years.

In 2007 – after marriage, filling her chronic entrepreneurial needs, and having five children – Bernadette began to write seriously with the goal of being published. That year she wrote 12 books. In 2009 she was contracted for her first trilogy and the published author was born. In 2011 she (being the entrepreneur that she is) opened her own publishing house, 5 Prince Publishing, and has released contemporary titles and has begun the process of taking on other authors in other genres.

Bernadette spends most of her free time driving her kids to their many events. She is also an accomplished martial artist, working her way to her second degree black belt in Tang Soo Do.
An avid reader she loves to meet readers who enjoy reading contemporary romances and
she always promises Happily Ever After.

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WALKER BRIDE ~ EXCERPT 2

It had been worth inviting herself to tag along just to see Tyson’s expression, Pearl thought. Okay, she might have made his experience getting fitted for a tux a little too intimate. He didn’t know it wasn’t the norm and in no way did she violate him at all. She was just having some fun.

Tyson Morgan had always been a mystery to her. Of course, he was the older brother of her friend Lydia and he was off limits to any Walker to get to know. That feud between her father, grandfather and uncle with his grandfather had simply been ego—or pride. Pearl couldn’t have been more surprised when it came out that Tyson was, actually, her cousin Eric’s half-brother. That only made him more intriguing–shrouded in mystery and Pearl liked a mystery.

She also liked tall, muscular men who wore boots and ball caps. It didn’t hurt anything that he was twelve years older too. She liked them a little more seasoned than herself though she was no prude.

Pearl gave herself one last look in the mirror that hung over the sink in the back room. Fetching her lipstick out of her purse, she slid it over her lips, then pressed them together. She looked like a million bucks, she thought. Oh, she’d come a long way from the heavy eyeliner, ear piercings, and black hair. She had her mother’s blonde hair. Desecrating it with jet black color had made her skin so pale she nearly looked dead had pissed her parents off. Of course, that had been the point.

Heavy metal had blared from her stereo, and there was always a stash of stolen alcohol in the bottom of her closet. Not to mention she’d spent all of her money on fancy clove cigarettes.

That made her laugh. Now she drank champagne and nibbled on chocolate-covered strawberries with clients. The salon had a standing appointment for her hair and nails. Over the years, she’d become a fashionable and significant member of society.

Still, there was a little deviousness inside of her, and it had come out when that sexy Tyson Morgan walked in her door and she’d draped the measuring tape across his broad shoulders. Work had taken over her life lately. Especially now with so many people in her family getting married. It was time to let her hair down and have some fun. And it seemed as though her body was itching to have fun with Tyson. All she had to do was make her move and make him hers.

 

WALKER BRIDE ~ EXCERPT 3

“To a Friday afternoon full of promise,” she said.

“What kind of promise?”

She licked her lips again. “I don’t know. Let’s drink and find out.”

Pearl tapped her glass to his and then drank. She’d taken at least two or three sips before he realized he still had his glass in the air and was watching her. Oh, hell, he might as well enjoy this very awkward afternoon. God knew he wasn’t coming to town again for a very long time. And it had been a long time since a woman seemed to throw herself in his path. What wasn’t to enjoy about that? Except that this wasn’t just some woman. This was Pearl Walker, daughter of Byron Walker. The man had little morals and caused everyone in his wake more problems than necessary. But watching her pick up her sandwich and take a bite,nearly did him in. Tyson sipped his beer as he watched her, and he was fairly sure he knew what kind of promise she was offering. What man couldn’t see that?

The true choice would be whether he wanted to get involved in such a thing. This was his half-brother’s cousin. Wasn’t that a little too close to family? He thought again. Really—no—they weren’t related at all, but he was at least ten years older than she was. He didn’t need that headache

either; he thought as he took another sip.

 

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12 days of romance… Happy Valentine

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

A coincidence is God’s way of staying anonymous.

Buying the 1920s farmhouse south of Phoenix, where the rumors of John Dillinger’s gang hid out in the 30s, is supposed to be Grace Evanheart’s way of escaping an old romance. When she finds an ancient diary with a map under the bedroom’s floorboard, the rumors solidify into fact. She doesn’t know who to trust with the news; Micah Stevens, the handsome deputy and the great grandson of the original landowners with whom she’s attracted, or Jerry, the young historian who seems too intent on learning about her new home?

 Micah seems convinced their paths cross exactly at the right time and in the right place for them to fall in love. Now he just has to convince Grace of the same thing before suspicions of his real motive have her running again.   
      

 

Debra lives in Southwest Arizona, and has been married to Mike for
36 years. She’s the mother of two awesome sons, who married their forever
loves, and she’s a grandmother to three beautiful grandchildren with one more on the way.
Debra wrote her first novella thirteen years ago just for grins. That brief taste into the world of an author started an undeniable writing obsession rivaling only her love of chocolate. She’s an award-winning fine artist, and loves traveling with her husband.”

Facts about the Author:

1.      Readers would be surprised to know
… 
that I went to 13 different schools growing up. I actually went to 5
different high schools. We moved a lot. This is probably why I’m such an
introvert. So if you see me at a conference or a book signing, say hi. You
don’t know how much that would mean to me.
2.      I have always wanted to … learn to tap dance.
We just saw Riverdance in Tucson. It was awesome!!!
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Top Ten List:
1) I have an intense fear of flying, bad enough I need medication to
even walk toward a plane.
2) I have an unreasonable fear of heights. I’m pretty sure this has an
impact on my fear of flying.
3) I’m terribly claustrophobic. That might have something to do with my
fear of flying—maybe.
4) I’m a multiple-award winning fine artist specializing in portraits. I
received a drawing kit for Christmas when I was seven or eight years old, with
a drawing pad, pencils, one of those silly gum erasers, and an awesome book
that had step-by-step examples. I drew a little boy wearing a sombrero, and my
mother used the side of a pencil and shaded it, making it pop off the paper. I
used this memory in one of my books.
5) This little known fact is one that my husband dislikes; I love
bags—handbags, tote bags, and messenger bags with sayings on them. I can’t pass
by a display of bags without Mike grabbing my elbow and hurrying me by them.
The top shelf in my closet is solely for bag and purse storage. I’m pathetic.
It could be worse, I suppose. I might have the same obsession for matching
shoes with each bag.
6) I’m married to a retired cop, who’s brother was a cop/latent
identification expert, and who’s dad was a cop for 34 years, and now we have a
son who’s in law enforcement. I’m never at a loss for experts when writing.
7) I was a volunteer with our local police department for several years.
I rode with willing officers, went on calls with them. On occasion, I even
helped in taking report information and traffic control. They didn’t let me
carry a gun, although I did design their shirt patch.
8) I write a little bit of myself into every story. In Changes of the
Heart, poor Grace deals with my clumsiness. Really! Once, I sprained my ankle
so badly, the doctor told me that it would’ve healed faster if I would’ve
broken it. My foot turned black from my toes up to my knee.  
9) Changes of the Heart was a top 3 finalist in the 2014 Marilyn Brown
Unpublished Novel Contest. Marilyn and 
her husband have set up an endowment at
Utah Valley University to honor superior works of fiction written by literary
artists.
10) I dislike coconut. I mean, really, sincerely, honestly dislike
coconut.
 
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The Boy That Grew Teeth In His Ear

Sunday, February 7th, 2016

What makes you passionate about writing?

My passion for writing derives from life experiences and the events that have stuck in my mind.

roni kennedy

Do you have a writing routine?

No, not at this time, but would like to say evenings and early mornings are good when there is not a lot of noise and I have time to think.

What is the title of your book?

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The Boy That Grew Teeth In His Ear

What genre does your book fall under?

Children’s Picture Book

So you are an artist too. Are you taking new clients?

I am always up for more work and a challenge.

Can we buy your drawings one by one or do we have to buy a set?

You can buy them anyway you would like.

How do you charge for drawings, by inch, square feet or what?

I would probably charge by the page. I am pretty quick at the sketches; the computer part of coloring them in may take some time. I would say anywhere from $40 to $95 per page. A lot would depend on what the author is looking for in their books.

Where can we find more about your work? 

I have my own sign shop. You can go to my website at http://www.ronissigns.com or go to my Facebook page Roni Kennedy and look and review some of my work. There are not many sketches but I have an accredited art degree from The Antonelli School of Arts in Cincinnati, Ohio. I graduated in 1975 and The Good Lord has told us to develop our talents so I have! Thank You!

You are welcome. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Don’t Be A Bully

Is your book self-published or represented by an agency?

It is published through Idea Creations Press.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

It took two days to write and two weeks to illustrate.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I would probably compare the story to LDS church manuals that they teach in Primary, only mine giving the information about bullying in a story way; don’t be mean and hurtful to others. Be a Christian and be kind.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

First my mother and second my enemies and those that have either bullied me in some way or have been rude and disrespectful.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

The colorful illustrations are eye catching and portray the events very well.

Where can we find your book?

Amazon.com, http://www.amazon.com/Boy-That-Grew-Teeth-His/dp/0996665730/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1452703788&sr=8-1&keywords=the+boy+that+grew+teeth+in+his+ear, soon to be on Barnes & Noble and more.

Vanishing Act, a drama or suspense?

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

In a journey for retribution, lines blur between courage, justice, and revenge. 
 

A fresh start at college is exactly what Kate needs to ease the burden of her family secrets. When she meets the confident and charming Aaron Jackson, she weaves a new history for herself to fit into his seemingly perfect life. But the past refuses to stay where it belongs, causing a rift between their contrasting worlds.

When Ben reappears in Kate’s life, she is only pulled deeper into the childhood that she’s tried to forget. Driven by the abuse and pain that still lingers within him, Ben seeks Kate’s help in making a change. But in this journey for retribution, lines blur between courage, justice, and revenge.
Bound by their shared and damaged youth, Kate is forced to choose sides, and fast. The final act is almost here, and time is running out.
                    

Erica Kiefer’s debut novel Lingering Echoes was published by Clean Teen Publishing in November 2013. She continued the series with Rumors (A Lingering Echoes Prequel) and her newest release Vanishing Act. All of her books can be read as stand-alone contemporary YA fiction, touched with romance, emotional drama and suspense. With a degree in Recreation Therapy from Brigham Young University, Erica’s experiences working with at-risk youth have influenced the realistic and relatable nature of her writing. Her first inspirational non-fiction entitled Borrowed Angel (published in April 2014 with Currawong Press) describes the loss of her infant son and her journey towards healing.

Married since 2005, Erica resides in Las Vegas, Nevada with her four children and can often be found satisfying her sweet-tooth with chocolate-chip cookies and a glass of milk. One day, she hopes to dust off her collegiate rugby skills and dive back into the game.

Facts about the Author

1.      Readers would be surprised to know that I played college rugby at Brigham Young University. 

2.      I have always wanted to take horse riding lessons and gallop away into the sunset… Ok, maybe not quite that
poeticly, but I wish I had the skills to jump on a horse and take off! 

Connect with the Author:

         
Top Ten List:
1. I have lived in five countries including the United States, Taiwan, Fiji, Thailand, and Indonesia. 
2. My mother is from Thailand and my dad from the US.
3. Sadly, I am not bilingual.
4. My husband thought I was Hawaiian when we first met, which is one reason he was interested in me. He figured Thailand was a close 2nd! 😉
5. I am horribly, embarrassingly ticklish on my neck, a fact my family has abused since childhood.
6. Soda and candy do not tempt me, but baked goods like chocolate chip cookies do!
7. Waffles and crepes with berries and cream will win me over any day. I chose a fancy, scrumptious waffle over a birthday cake this year. Yum!
8. 2nd grade was the year I decided to be an author some day.
9. Ten years of marriage has given me four beautiful, crazy children ages 4, 3, 10 months, and one son in heaven. 
10. My husband says right before I crash at night, I get silly hyper for five minutes and then I’m out! 
 

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Mark Pulham is dressing the naked hand

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016
Mark, where are you from?
Where are I from?  I was born in the middle of Happy Valley, Provo, Utah.
 Mark

If you could travel to any time in history, when would you visit?

Time Travel..hmmmmmm  I would like to make a visit to family members in the 30’s and 40’s.  I like the music, movies, and fashions of that time.  The history was kinda rough and many things about it were way to sad, but I would like to visit family of the past.

If you could have dinner with any of your characters, which ones would be? What food would you serve?

Dinner with a Character from our book?  Probably Al Reed and Paige Turner.  They are just your average kids and would probably have something simple to eat. Maybe a Pizza, Mac & Cheese, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, or a bunch of finger foods.

If you could travel anywhere, on earth or off, where would you go?

Travel anywhere on earth or beyond. Since it’s winter and cold here, anywhere warm.  An island with white sandy beaches.  A place where time just ambles on and you could just relax and enjoy nature hikes and sunsets.

Describe your dream writing spot.

My Dream Spot for Writing?  I’ve enjoyed writing in a library surrounded by books.  All that written word energy seems to help my brain.  When the writing bug hits, I’ll write where ever it knocks me over.
How did you find enough commitment to complete your book?
When writing a book you need to have a partner with an enormous cattle prod.  Or someone that is constantly inspiring you and keeping your creative juices flowing.  And on our book, Amy was the Fire and Dallin, and I were the slow burning embers…that sometimes went out.  But Amy kept fanning the fires.

What is the name of your book?

What is a hand without a puppet?  Naked!  And when you put that puppet on your hand, tah dahhhh  you’re dressing the naked hand.  So what better title.  We hope that no hand will find itself naked for long, and that soon, hands around the world will be dressed and ready for puppet play.
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What kind of research did you do for this book?

The research we did for the book came about through reading books and more importantly, living, doing, and failing, and doing and doing…with over 30 yrs of puppetry experience I would hope I’ve learned something and could share that knowledge with others.

Links to the book:

http://www.amazon.com/Dressing-Naked-Hand-Book-DVD/dp/1938301137/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1452810954&sr=1-1&keywords=dressing+the+naked+hand+by+Mark+Pulham