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When the empires collide, no one is safe, and there is no place in the galaxy to hide

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018
Galactic
Mandate: A Radical Cause
by
M.R. Richardson
Genre:
SciFi, Space Opera
 
The
galaxy is in turmoil. The two main powers, the Acolyte Empire and the
Clone Defense Force, vie for supremacy. 

 

 

 

Caught
in between are the weaker Galactic Planetary League and independent
planets, pawns to be used and discarded in the greater game. The
peace of the galaxy rests on a powder keg…and the fuse is about to
be lit.

 

 

As
the son of the Acolyte Emperor God-Reign, Devante lives a life of
power and luxury that few can fathom.

 

 

Since
childhood, he has devoted his life to one thing: freeing the clone
slaves of the CDF and banning the practice of cloning throughout the
galaxy. But he is about to uncover a secret that goes to the heart of
the empire he loves and serves, one that will set him on a course of
vengeance and destruction that will shake the galaxy to its
core.

 

 

Against
this backdrop of war, treachery, and intrigue, Galactic Mandate tells
an epic saga of god-emperors and assassins, spies and queens,
princesses and slaves.

 

 

The
lives of all will be irrevocably changed as Devante embraces his
destiny—for when empires collide, no one is safe, and there is no
place in the galaxy to hide.

 

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M.R.
Richardson is a new African-American science fiction author. He hopes
to spread a new type of story. Something raw, and original that
everyone over 18 can enjoy.
M.R.
Richardson is the author of Galactic Mandate: A Radical Cause, and
the founder of Room 10 Publishing.
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It’s hard enough to deal with losing Sydney, but now she may lose her best friend, too

Sunday, April 15th, 2018
Seven
Days to Goodbye
A
Trina Ryan Novel #1
by
Sheri Levy
Genre:
YA Coming of Age Fiction
 
After
Trina’s beloved dog dies, she swears she’ll never get another
one. But then she learns about service dogs, and realizes that if she
becomes a puppy raiser, she could train puppy after puppy and never
worry about them dying. But like all great ideas, this one has a
serious flaw: her first service puppy must be returned to his kennel
at the end of their week-long summer vacation. And saying goodbye to
Sydney is going to be much tougher than she ever imagined.

 

 


Trina’s
last week with Sydney is made that much harder by her newly strained
friendship with her best friend, Sarah, who’s become so
over-the-top boy crazy that she’s almost like a stranger. Sarah is
determined to have them hang out with every boy at the beach, but
when a boy named Chase takes an interest in Sydney and Trina, it puts
an even bigger strain on the friendship.


 


It’s
hard enough to deal with losing Sydney, but now she may lose her best
friend, too. And even if she manages to patch things up with
Sarah—and figures out what to do about Chase—she still must face
a daunting decision: is she strong enough to take on another service
puppy?


 

Author
Sheri S. Levy deftly taps adolescent themes of love, loss and
friendship through the added lens of a service dog’s life-changing
effects on her young trainer. A fresh twist on the familiar
coming-of-age tale. Well done!” — Jennifer Leeper, author, Padre:
The Narrowing Path

 

 

Trina’s
foray into the world of boys, friendship, and fashion while focusing
on the important task of training service dogs strikes just the right
balance. This canine-inspired coming-of-age tale is a poignant but
fun summertime story.” — Val Muller, author, the Corgi Capers
series and The Scarred Letter

 

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Starting
Over
A
Trina Ryan Novel #2

Trina
Ryan’s challenging summer starts off with a puppy-fueled energy
burst as she takes on another service dog for training—an
eight-week-old black Labrador named Colton. And to help explore
another dream, she’s taken a job at the barn next door in exchange
for riding lessons with the barn’s schooling horse. Before long,
Trina butts heads with Morgan Hart, an ill-tempered but skilled rider
with a gorgeous thoroughbred named Knight. 
Adding
to the list of frustrations is the difficulty in maintaining a
long-distance relationship with Chase, her first boyfriend from last
summer, while trying to deal with unwanted attention from a new boy
in her puppy training class. At least best friend Sarah still has her
back, but as Trina wearies of Morgan’s constant insults and her
heartless treatment of Knight, she decides to use her dog training
skills to look underneath Morgan’s hostile attitude and develop a
sense of trust.
Slowly,
Morgan’s angry shield cracks enough to where she’s able to share
a troubling family secret. Can Trina help Morgan confront her family
problems and make a fresh start?

Levy
is on sure ground in this enjoyable page-turner for young adults.
Readers see the world through the eyes of Trina Ryan, a freckle-faced
redhead with a big heart for horses, service dogs, and people in
need. Trina learns some of life’s most important lessons: that
people are not always what they seem, growing up involves tough
choices, and a first crush can be more exciting than she ever
dreamed. Poignant, fun, and adventuresome.” — Peggy Jo Shaw,
award-winning journalist, PR specialist, and book
author/editor

Starting
Over is a book you’ll want to give your daughter. A story about
best friends, boyfriends, enemies, and how to handle them all. Throw
in horses and puppies, and you have the perfect mix for an
entertaining, self-evolving read.” — C. Hope Clark, author,
Carolina Slade Mysteries and Edisto Island Mysteries

How
do you help a friend and stay true to yourself? Trina Ryan’s
struggles to cope and regroup should ring true for teens. Most people
probably never dream so much is involved. Teens who love to read
about animals should truly enjoy Starting Over.” — Lisa Williams
Kline, author, Eleanor Hill, Princesses of Atlantis, Write Before
Your Eyes, and the Sisters in All Seasons series

There’s
a lot going on in Trina’s life, but Levy weaves each thread
seamlessly. I especially enjoyed the detail about how to train a
service dog, as well as her experience in the barn mucking out
stalls, caring for the horses, and learning to ride. A must-read YA
novel for anyone who loves dogs and horses.” — Judy Sheluk,
author, The Hanged Man’s Noose and Skeletons in the Attic

Dogs!
Horses! Boys! What could be better? An energetic puppy learning to be
a service dog, a sweet-tempered horse, an absentee boyfriend, and
Trina, the girl who has to make some difficult decisions about all of
them. A lovely, thoughtful coming-of-age novel.” — Ellyn Bache,
author, Kaleidoscope, The Art of Saying Goodbye, and Safe Passage

 

 

 
 
 
Sheri,
a California gal, moved to Greenville, SC, & taught special
education. Her goal was to instill the love of books. When Sheri
retired, her students had created a desire for her to write. She
joined SCBWI, & Dog Writers Association. After years of enjoying
Edisto Beach with her Aussie and Black Lab, it became the setting for
her first YA novel, Seven Days to Goodbye. 

Seven
Days to Goodbye involves a service dog connecting with a child with
autism, girls learning about the importance of friendships and trying
to keep theirs intact while flirting with guys for the first time. A
loggerhead turtle helps bring the girls together. The story has humor
and plenty of puppy love in both varieties. The second book in the
series will be, Starting Over.

 

 

 
 
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The silence around us makes my stomach twist…

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

 

16-year-old Eridale Storm must leave the only home she’s ever known and brave the dangers of the unknown wilds to escape capture by Imperial soldiers.
The only safe place is with her mother, who abandoned her to lead the freedom movement when Eridale was just a child. On her journey, Eridale learns that she holds a key role in the confilct between the Empire and the Freedom Fighters. Her choices could lead the people back to freedom or shackle them under the imperial throne forever.
Can Eridale face the heritage that will define the rest of her life?

 

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Melanie is an author, designer, photographer, and flight attendant all rolled into one. She has told stories all her life and finds her passion in sharing the plots that spin through her head. She now lives in Portland, Oregon, with her two dachshund-chihuahua dogs. She loves the beauty of the Pacific Northwest that feeds her imagination.

When no one is listening, Melanie loves to belt Broadway songs in her living room and car. Someday she hopes to be on a flight where someone is reading her book.

 

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Scot tugs at my elbow, urging me toward another natural passageway that widens into an open space twice the size of the previous cavern. I stare up at the rounded ceiling above my head. The formation appears natural though the six hollowed openings all around the edges do not. Each of the six openings has a man-made desk situated in it, and each opening looks like it serves a specific purpose. Some have computer screens attached to the wall, others have devices that look like strange ear muffs.

Before I can find out more, Scot leads me down the dimly lit hall to the left. With each step my body tenses. If these people aren’t who they say they are, I’m in big trouble. I scan the area, mentally mapping my surroundings and searching for the best possible escape routes. My fingers tighten on my bow. I take a breath to calm the rising paranoia, telling myself that if they were the enemy, they wouldn’t take a chance leaving me armed.

We turn a corner and enter another cavern. This one is more than triple the size of the first. The whole stinking mountain must be hollow. Several levels of openings, each with their own group of busy people, rise above me to the ceiling nearly forty feet overhead.

My mouth drops open, and my eyes dart around the room, trying to take in everything all at once. On one side of the cave, six computers surround a screen similar to the one Melami used to show Leahli and me the information about Mericon. The people at the computers watch the screen intently, accompanied by a low murmur of voices. Opposite the computers I notice a short passage to another room where, at a glance, I make out all sorts of gadgets and equipment.

On the second level people move around dressed in white coats, and I wonder if they are medicine men and women, or doctors as Tolaree’s textbooks termed them. I turn in a circle, craning my neck to see what is on the third and fourth levels, but my limited height hides them from view.

As I turn, the murmur of voices slows and eventually stops. The eerie silence captures my attention. My gaze comes full circle to meet a slightly older but otherwise mirror-image version of myself. Everything from the petite frame right down to the flaming red hair and violet eyes is the same. My mother, Guinolen Storm.

Now that I regard her in person, I notice the subtle differences between us. Her milky white skin is much paler than mine, and her hair is much tamer and more controlled, with a lot less curl. She’s a fraction of an inch shorter than me, and her mouth is heart-shaped while mine is more oval.

The silence around us makes my stomach twist, and I shift my feet.

Guinolen smiles. “Eridale.”

Her smooth voice holds a lilting hint of an accent. As it sounds across my ears, a thousand brief memories assault me. I remember that voice singing softly in the darkness. I remember it crying as well as fighting. I remember it pledging love to Tanier McClough and later telling me I have a sister. Tears spring to my eyes as these memories flood in, momentarily pushing the harsher feelings back. That lasts for about five seconds before all the longing, sorrow, frustration, and anger return with a vengeance. I swallow hard, working to rein in my tumultuous emotions.

My voice is flat and emotionless when I respond. “Mom.”

 

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Except for twelve survivors

Friday, September 1st, 2017
The Blue Unicorn’s Journey to Osm
by Sybrina Durant
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
 
Everybody loves unicorns! OK maybe they don’t but for those who do, they will
love this story about a little unicorn who was born into a tribe of
magical, metal horned unicorns. The little guy has no magic and he
has no metal but somehow he must save the tribe from an evil
sorcerer. Read the book to find out if he can do it.

The metal horned unicorns are doomed!” That’s what Lauda Lead Horn
wailed when she first saw the tribe’s new savior. OK, so his horn
was not metal. . .and he did not have a magic power. . .and he was
really a puny little runt. But doomed? Were things really that bad?
Well, things were pretty bad in the land of MarBryn. Magh, an evil sorcerer
utilized unicorn horns and hooves to create his magical potions and
spells. Those he used, to increase his power and to conquer everyone
in his path. All of the unicorns from the Tribe of the Metal Horn
were now gone . . . except for twelve survivors.
Before the blue unicorn was born, Numen told Alumna, the aluminum-horned
oracle, that he had a plan to bring the tribe back home to Unimaise.
His prophecy was, “Only the blue unicorn can join with the
Moon-Star. Until then, no new unicorns will be born.” Blue was the
last unicorn born. Twenty years later, his horn was still covered
with a plain blue colored hide. There was not a glint of metal to be
seen on it or his hooves. And he still didn’t have any magic. But
he was no longer scrawny and he had his wits. Though no one else in
the tribe thought he had a chance, Blue felt ready to make Magh pay
for his evil deeds. And he went off to do it alone. That was Blue’s
first mistake. If the entire tribe was not standing horn-tip to
horn-tip at the proper time and the exact place to help usher the
Moon-Star Spirit into Blue’s horn, he would die. Then, the rest of
the tribe would really be doomed.
Readers will follow along two journey paths in this book. Blue is joined in
his travels by his mentor Gaiso, the Stag and his friend, Girasol the
Firebird as they try to find their way across a danger-filled MarBryn
to Muzika Woods. The rest of Blue’s tribe is forced to follow
another route due to Nix Nickle Horn’s unfortunate incident with a
Manticore. Nix, the great unicorn defender must safely lead the way
for Ghel, the Golden-Horned unicorn; Silubhra Silver Horn; Cornum the
Brass-Horned unicorn; Steel Horned Style; Cuprum the Copper-Horned
unicorn; Tin-Horned Tinam; Dr. Zinko; Iown the Iron-Horned unicorn
and the others in an action packed adventure to their destination in
Muzika Woods. Both journey paths converge there in the Nebulium
Circle.
This chapter book is a collector’s dream containing page after page of
lavish artwork. It contains nearly 100 pages of story text by Sybrina
Durant and the same number of pages of magnificent water-color
illustrations by Dasguptarts. This book, written by Sybrina Durant
and illustrated by Dasguptarts, offers readers a visual feast of over
forty beautiful water-color pictures that each span two pages.
Forty-two – easy to digest two-page chapters are chock full of
adventurous and entertaining morsels. This illustrated book will
become a favorite of teen and older fantasy readers.  A
companion coloring/ character description book is also available at
any online bookstore.
 
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Hi!
I’m Sybrina. . .. . .Just one of millions of wannabe
author/singer/songwriters out there but I hope, after reading or
hearing my books and songs, you’ll think my contributions to the
world have as much value as any other famous artist out there today.
Fame is all in being in the right place at the right time but at least
with the internet and venues like this, all of us have opportunities
to share our creativity with the world. I’m so happy that I am able
to share my works with you. That is awesome!
The books I’ve written span a wide range between illustrated picture
books, coloring books and YA novels to technical and how-to books.

 

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Can every day Women Inspire Women?

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Leslee, how long have you been writing?

I wrote and produced school productions in grade school and was always taking some kind of writing courses. I worked in the movie industry and then started my own production company. I wrote, produced and directed shorts and docs.

I decided that I was going to start writing non-fiction kindle books and my 1st book that I published this month became a #1 best seller.

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

I am a native Calgarian.

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

You can do a lot of research for non-fiction and see what people are buying. Of course Romance always sells. I do my research and hope for the best.

This book was written because I had a business “Women Inspiring Women” and I wanted to (more…)

Tips on how to Write a Book Review?

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

A review is a personal view of the story you have just read. Author’s love reviews; they sell books. So consider writing a review every time you read a book. It doesn’t have to be huge, just five well-written phrases will do.

Always start with something good about the story.

Things like: “It is an interesting story” or “A quite fascinating reading,” even, “I couldn’t put it down,” will work well.

Always respect the creativity and the time the author took to write the book.

Never belittle the author in any way or form.

Never say that you would have done the book this or that way. If that is how you feel, then write your own book in your own words and with your own characters. (more…)

How to interview and be interviewed. 

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

It is simple, be a guest on someone else’s blog or have a guest on your blog. Especially when your book is coming out. You can always find an author or someone extraordinary to swap interviews with. You want to choose those with many followers, but a little is exposure too.

Follow other’s blog before you ask them for an interview. It is good form. Follow people relevant to what you want to promote, i.e. if you promote books befriend some authors and a lot of readers.

readingpeople

Where to follow them? Facebook, twitter, Linkedin, goodreads, shelfari, but mostly on their blogs. Why follow them? Do unto others what you would like done to you. Help them and they will help you. (more…)

Interview with Author Lu Ann Brobst Staheli

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Lu Ann it is good to have you back. Tell us when did you first know you wanted to be an author?

Sometime in grade school I started telling people I wanted to be a writer. I loved to read and I wanted to write stories that other people would want to read, sort of a self perpetuating future, as far as I could see. Unfortunately, my mother thought I should “get a real job” so I could support myself someday if needs be. I ended up earning a B.S. degree in Secondary Education, with a major in English. I figured I could read all I wanted, and in the summer I could write.

Parent tend to be so real, don’t they? What makes you passionate about writing?

The ideas for books come easily to me, so I have a list of books I want to write that is so long I would have to write twenty plus hours a day for the rest of my life to get to them all, yet the ideas just keep coming. I think the passion started with being a voracious reader. (more…)

Mikey Brooks: overview of an author/illustrator

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

Today we have Mikey Brooks visiting us.

Mikey Brooks is an author/illustrator with a BS in Creative Writing from Utah State University. Illustration has always been a love of Mikey’s. His art has been seen in many forms from picture books to murals for community art productions. He creates full-room murals and loves to doodle (more…)

Interview with humorous author Connie Sokol

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

Welcome Connie. Tell us what did you just finish reading?

Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight V. Swain for writing; Caller ID by Rachelle J. Christensen for fun:)

How fun… What book(s) have changed your life?

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh, Agatha Christie’s Poirot and Marple series. Each has taught me something different about writing and life– (more…)

Marsha Ward is talking about her new book ” Spinster’s Folly”

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

Q: Marsha, is so good to have you with us this week. Could you please tell us when did you first know you wanted to be an author?

A: According to my older sister, I wrote from the time I could hold a pencil, and constantly talked about writing “my novel”. Although I believe her, I have no idea how a child so young as I was even knew about novels. Be that as it may, there’s never been a time that I didn’t have some kind of story to tell. I was editor of the 4th Grade class newsletter. About that time, I wrote a play dealing with the Acadian people’s migration. I wrote a couple of screenplays for a film club I was involved in during my high school years. And of course, my “Great American Novel” began its life in 1965. I didn’t get the commercial I-think-I’ll-actually-let-other-people-read-my-work bug until the 1980s, though. (more…)

How to interview and be interviewed

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

Be a guest on someone else’s blog or have a guest on your blog. Especially when your book is coming out. You can swap interviews with other authors. Some blog have many followers but a small blog will give you exposure nonetheless, so don’t worry about it just do it.

  1. How to find authors. Go to Facebook or google authors and see what comes up. Go visit their sites and befriend them in Facebook. Why Facebook? you can see their friends and many authors have many authors friends and they would love to be interview and hopefully interview you too. Don’t hesitate to ask after their interview airs in your blog if they could interview you. (Especially when your book first comes out.)
  2. You don’t need to follow others before you ask them for an interview.
  3. If you chose to fallow them you will find them:
    1. Facebook, twitter, Linkedin, goodreads, shelfari, Pinterest, Yahoo, and on their blogs.
    2. Why follow them? Do unto others what you would like done to you. Help them and they will help you. But your main goal is to befriend readers if you are an author.
    3. Visit other peoples interview and copy some of other authors questions and then make them relevant to the topic that fits your blog.
  4. Keep a list of questions and answer them according to your expertise or what you want to promote. Then when someone tells you they have never done an interview, you can tell them that you have one handy and can send it to them. This also works for you. Answer the question yourself and you have an interview ready when someone wants to do yours and doesn’t know how.
  5. Many bloggers struggle to find things to put on their blogs and they would love to have material ready to post.
  6. Be professional and double edit your interview. No negative talk or bad language.
  7. Remember to go to the site where the interview is being hosted and make sure you leave a comment that says how thankful you are for being a guest.
  8. Also go back often, for the duration of the post, to answer any questions the readers have for you. (Some post change every other day others stay up a week.)
  9. Do not forget to add live links to all the places your book or whatever you want to promote is sold somewhere in the post. (Usually at the end)
  10. Make sure you tweet the interview and put it on Facebook with a live link, all that time  the post is up. If you save the link to your interview, no to your host blog, you can use it every so often after that week and send new would be fans to it.
  11. Be polite, be grateful, but funny. We all need a good laugh.

“Don’t Write What You Know” by guess author Jennifer Griffith

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

Thank you for letting me be your guest blogger today! It’s an honor.

Do you remember those skits by Monty Python, “And Now for Something Completely Different?” You probably wanted something completely different on this blog today, so here’s a post about sumo wrestling!

Sumo. It’s gross, right? Flabby, mostly-naked guys slamming into each other at full speed? (more…)

Blog Hop… what are they?

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

I have always said that if we as authors stick together we can be strong. Our support and encouragement of each other, without feeling obligated to spend money will take us to the top. In case you are wondering, Yes, I do believe in “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

If you give positive support you will receive positive support. So, pay it forward and become a believer.

Here are some of the things I do for other fellow authors: (more…)

Deirdra Eden Coppel a fantasy author’s interview.

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

Deirdra is a fresh new YA author with a strong voice and a passion for creative marketing in a changing literary world. She works full time as a professional writer and illustrator. In 2009 she began creating animation for e-books.

Using a combination of history, mythology and fantasy Deirdra has spent (more…)

interview Margaret L. Turley Author

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Today we interview Margaret L. Turley author of the book Save the Child.

Anna: Welcome, Margaret, it’s good to have you with us.

Answer: Thank you for allowing me to share Save the Child and Writers Unite to Fight Cancer with you today.

Anna: What genre is your book and who is your target audience?

Answer: I wrote Save the Child as a fiction novel. I felt that I would (more…)

The Wrong Time review for ReadersFavorite.com

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

The Wrong Time

by Robby Charters

This is the most interesting tale of a man, Sean, who is transported to a parallel universe by chance. He meets people and goes to places he has never been before to find the way to his home world. And back to his wife Erin.

In some universes he is married to Mimi and he doesn’t like it, so he looks for the universe in which he was happy with Erin. It isn’t easy but after many tries he gets the hang of it. Sean travels to multiple universes and enjoys the freedom it gives him, (more…)

A check list for aspiring authors

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

What should you do when you want to write a book?
• First thing “Keep your day job.” To publish and promote your books takes money and sometime lots of it. Promotion may include travel, business cards, bookmarkers, renting tables at fairs, posters, and free copies for reviews, etc.
Now that that is out of the way, let’s get down to writing. (more…)

7 Goals for a Future Author

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Some of your goals as a future author should be:
1. Learn to fix what you write
2. Learn to improve your good writing
3. Learn how to create interesting writing
4. Learn to let others read your work
5. Learn to accept criticism
6. Learn to put down all that is in your mind
7. Learn to have a discipline to write a bit every day
Now I will explain each of this goals, but keep in mind that probably there are many more. (more…)

Help your kids love books

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Here is a great list of books for children from 7 to older teens and the best part is most of them are at your local Library; and if they are not you can ask them to get them for you. They are good clean fun. (more…)