Friday, September 19, 2014

KING OF BAD GIVEAWAY


Hey everybody, my name is Kai Strand. I was unpacking books
at a signing and came across a copy of King of Bad with a torn cover. Bummer. I
can’t sell that! But my loss is your gain. Because I can hold a giveaway
instead!

Along with a slightly damaged copy
of King of Bad, I’m also giving away several sets of character trading cards.
These cards have been specially designed for book one in the series. There will
be a separate set of cards designed for each book – so be among the first to
own a set.

About the book:

Jeff Mean would rather set fires than follow rules or
observe curfew. He wears his bad boy image like a favorite old hoodie; that is
until he learns he has superpowers and is recruited by Super Villain Academy –
where you learn to be good at being bad. In a school where one kid can
evaporate all the water from your body and the girl you hang around with can
perform psychic sex in your head, bad takes on a whole new meaning. Jeff
wonders if he’s bad enough for SVA.

He may never find out. Classmates vilify him when he
develops good manners. Then he’s kidnapped by those closest to him and left to
wonder who is good and who is bad. His rescue is the climactic episode that
balances good and evil in the super world. The catalyst – the girl he’s crushing
on. A girlfriend and balancing the Supers is good, right? Or is it…bad?

Available in print or electronic: Whiskey Creek Press, Amazon, Barnes and Noble 

Excerpt:

[Pyro] swung the door open with a flourish and
indicated for Jeff to go inside. Jeff stepped into the doorway and stopped.
They were in some sort of gymnasium. Kids ranging from about 12 to 18 years old
were hard at work testing their athleticism in a freak show sort of way. A girl
did chin-ups at twice the speed of a top Olympian. A boy ran across a high
wire. The most beautiful girl Jeff had ever laid eyes on leaned against the
wall across the room. Jeff tore his eyes from her when an oddly shaped ball
soared over the heads of the kids. Two boys enjoyed a game of catch. At least
Jeff thought the sneers on their faces indicated enjoyment. Suddenly a head
popped out of the ball.
“Come on, you wimps, get further apart.”
Jeff’s stomach lurched when he realized the ball was a
contorted girl.
In the far corner of the gym a couple of kids were
involved in extreme wresting. Jeff watched one kid leap six feet off the ground
and pile drive the other kid into the thick stack of mats. He thought they’d
have a future in WWE if the super villain thing didn’t pan out for them. Jeff’s
gaze wandered back to the beautiful redhead. She smiled at him and his stomach
fluttered.
Pyro nudged Jeff into the gym and let the door close.
“Each S.V. has at least one prominent ability. Most of us are faster and
stronger than the average human, but there are a few that are faster or
stronger than the average S.V. There are also those of us who have fire as well
as those who have ice. You can usually find an S.V. with a complementary
ability to yours.” Pyro pointed at a dark haired girl standing in the center of
the room.
The girl had a
large bucket in front of her. Her face was contorted with concentration, but
Jeff couldn’t see anything happening. Then all at once a geyser of water burst
toward the ceiling and it fell back down on the assemblage in a misty rain. The
girl’s face broke into an exultant smile as the dripping kids groaned and
grumbled around her.
“Wow, that’s
really hard to do,” Pyro said, “break an element into so many little particles.
She’ll have a headache later.”

Reviews:

I found myself
falling in love with all the characters in the book. I loved the different
abilities each one of them have. Kai did an outstanding job writing this book.
I could not put it down. It is filled with lots of action and even some
romance. Everything you want in a book. Victoria for Page Turners Blog

Can't wait for the sequel! – Christopher White for Amazon

About the author:

When her children were young and the electricity
winked out, Kai Strand gathered her family around the fireplace and they told
stories, one sentence at a time. Her boys were rather fond of the ending, “And
then everybody died. The end.” Now an award winning children’s author, Kai
crafts fiction for kids and teens to provide an escape hatch from their
reality. With a selection of novels for young adult and middle grade readers
and short stories for the younger ones, Kai entertains children of all ages,
and their adults. Learn more about Kai and her books on her website, www.kaistrand.com.





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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

STOLEN DREAMS TOUR AND REVIEW



Stolen Dreams (Cassie Scot #4)

 

Edward Scot and Victor Blackwood have despised one another for nearly a quarter of a century, but now their simmering hatred is about to erupt.

 

When Cassie Scot returns home from her sojourn in Pennsylvania, she finds that her family has taken a hostage. Desperate to end the fighting before someone dies, Cassie seeks help from local seer Abigail Hastings, Evan Blackwood’s grandmother. But Abigail has seen her own death, and when it comes at the hand of Cassie’s father, Victor Blackwood kills Edward Scot.

 

But things may not be precisely as they appear.

 

Evan persuades Cassie to help him learn the truth, teaming them up once again in their darkest hour. New revelations about Evan and his family make it difficult for Cassie to cling to a shield of anger, but can Evan and Cassie stop a feud that has taken on a life of its own? Conclusion to the Cassie Scot series.

 

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Print Release Date: October 15, 2014

Audiobook Release Date: TBA



The Cassie Scot Series:
Cassie Scot is the ungifted daughter of powerful sorcerers, born between worlds but belonging to neither. At 21, all she wants is to find a place for herself, but earning a living as a private investigator in the shadow of her family’s reputation isn’t easy. When she is pulled into a paranormal investigation, and tempted by a powerful and handsome sorcerer, she will have to decide where she truly belongs.
 
 
 
STOLEN DREAMS: a Cassie Scot novel Review
By Christine Amsden
 
Feuding families and kidnappings. Vampires and seers. Magic and murder. Just another day in the life of Cassie Scot. If Cassie thought her life was complicated before, she’s about to discover things can and do get worse.
In Award-winning author Christine Amsden’s latest novel, STOLEN DREAMS: a Cassie Scot novel, the fourth and final book in the Cassie Scot series, Cassie returns home after being away for two months and finds the feud between her family, the Scots, and the Blackwoods, her ex-boyfriend Evan’s family, has escalated in her absence. Not only does she have to deal with Evan, who claims he still loves her, but people are dying and Cassie needs to stop the murders. Can she and her ex work together to find out who’s responsible? And will Evan give her magic back?
I love this series. Ms. Amsden has a talent for making the characters come to life so that the reader either loves a character or hates him/her. I don’t know a lot about magic and spells and such, but the characters sure know  and some of their feats are amazing. While Cassie is a wonderful young woman, interesting and appealing, Evan is my favorite character. He’s not perfect, maybe that’s why I like him; he’s human, well with special abilities. And he truly loves Cassie and regrets things he’s done in the past. Yes, I think she should give him a second chance. Does he? You’ll have to read the book to find out.
STOLEN DREAMS is a great read for readers that love science fiction, fantasy, and the magic (literally) of romance.  And  if you haven’t read the three previous books, I’d suggest you do so. You’ll be happy you did.
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Author Bio
 
Christine Amsden has been writing fantasy and science fiction for as long as she can remember. She
loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Christine writes primarily about people and relationships, and it is in this way that she strives to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone.
 
At the age of 16, Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, a condition that effects the retina and causes a loss of central vision. She is now legally blind, but has not let this slow her down or get in the way of her dreams.
 
In addition to writing, Christine teaches workshops on writing at Savvy Authors. She also does some freelance editing work.
 
Christine currently lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Austin, who has been her biggest fan and the key to her success. They have two beautiful children.
 
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Monday, September 15, 2014

MEET MY CHARACTER BLOG TOUR

Monday Musings
Autumn is in the air.
Cooler Temperatures.
Even rain. Yay! (Snow in some areas, I hear.)
I think I'll do a little painting around the house.
And perhaps I'll catch up on those projects I keep putting off.
Today, let's talk about characters. Okay?
 
I've been invited to join the Meet My Character Blog Tour
and introduce a character from one of my novels. Thank you Wanda Snow Porter for the invitation.Wanda has written some great novels for young readers. Learn more about her books at: http://www.WandaSnowPorter.com

I'd like to introduce you to Kate Taylor, the main character from my soon to be released MG/Tween novel STAR OF THE TEAM. Kate is a fictional character, but typical of many eleven-year-old girls that love sports. You're on, Kate.

Thanks, Ms. McClure. Hi, everyone. My name's Kate , I'm eleven-years-old, in the fifth grade at River Bend Elementary School, and I love basketball better than anything in this world, except for my mother, who is also my coach. Isn't that cool? Mom played basketball too, when she was in school.

This is my second year to play in a little league and my goal is to be the star of the team. I'm good and plan to get better this season. I do have a problem, though. Emily, the new girl in school is good too. She's also sneaky and hateful and tries to get on the good side of my mom and the assistant coach Ray. Mom tells me to be nice to Emily cause she doesn't know anyone and just wants to be friends. Ha. Yeah. I know what she really wants. To be Star of the Team. See my problem.

As if my life wasn't complicated enough, my tooth was knocked out at one of the games. The dentist replanted the tooth, but Mom says I can't play anymore until we see if the tooth heals or not. So, guess what I'm doing. Instead of playing in the games, I'm sitting on the bench, the new assistant, assistant. Wow! My life is ruined unless I can figure a way to get in the games. I gotta go now and think about that. See you.

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STAR OF THE TEAM will be out any day now from 4RV Publishing LLC.

I was supposed to have five authors for next week, but no one replied to my email. This is such a busy time of year, everyone's snowed under. So, I'm just going to mention a couple of authors you might want to check out their work.


Kai Strand: Author of stories for children and teens.
Learn more about Kai here.

Darby Karchut: Author of stories for tweens and teens and adults.
See Darby's work here.

Suzanne de Montigny: Author of stories for teens.
Visit with Suzanne here.

Happy Reading







Friday, September 12, 2014

FIRSTBORN -and- BABYGIRL

Friday Fun!
Well this wasn't fun in the beginning. Now, years later, I can think of the fun the babies are having. David with his little niece, Sierra, dancing and singing and chasing rainbows. Waiting to see their family one day.
The poems are for you, little ones.
 
FIRSTBORN
 
 I held you in my arms
Only one time.
My firstborn.
 
Your hair was red
Your fingers were tiny.
They grasped at my fingers
To hold mine.
Perhaps you knew.
The angels were near.
My firstborn.
 
Your toes were all there.
I counted them.
Five on each foot.
You frowned.
You puckered.
Sweet baby lips
So tiny
So tiny.
My firstborn.
 
You kicked sweet legs.
Your arms reached out
Little fists.
Perhaps you knew
The angels were near.
My firstborn.
 
I have no pictures
To remember you by.
Your face is a dim memory.
My firstborn.
 
I held you in my arms
Only one time.
You live in my heart
Forever.
My firstborn.
 
David Lloyd McClure
September 10, 1957 - September 12, 1957

 
SWEET BABY GIRL

 

So tiny

So frail

Sweet baby girl.

I saw you only one time

Through the glass

In the nursery.

Tiny lips smiling.

Or were they frowning

For you knew what was to come?

Cute little nose

The size of a button.

Sweet baby girl.

You were not meant for this world.

God had other plans for you.

I wish I could hold you

And tell you I love you.

I think you know

Sweet baby girl.

God wanted you with him

To tell you He loves you too.

We miss you

Sweet baby girl.

One day I’ll see you again.

And tell you I love you

My granddaughter.

My sweet baby girl.

,

Sierra Marie McClure

August 20, 1983 to August 26, 1983


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

INTO THE FIRE - and - PERFECT FOR YOU

Ashelyn Drake has two young adult novels releasing September 9th! Yes, two! The first is a YA romantic fantasy called Into the Fire.

Seventeen-year-old Cara Tillman’s life is a perfectly normal one until Logan Schmidt moves to Ashlan Falls. Cara is inexplicably drawn to him, but she’s not exactly complaining. Logan’s like no boy she’s ever met, and he brings out a side of Cara that she isn’t used to. As the two get closer, everything is nearly perfect, and Cara looks forward to the future.

But Cara isn’t a normal girl. She’s a member of a small group of people descended from the mythical phoenix bird, and her time is running out. Rebirth is nearing, which means she’ll forget her life up to this point—she’ll forget Logan and everything they mean to one another.. But that may be the least of Cara’s problems.

A phoenix hunter is on the loose, and he’s determined to put an end to the lives of people like Cara and her family, once and for all.


Goodreads

Amazon

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The second is a young adult contemporary romance called Perfect For You.

Seventeen-year-old Meg Flannigan isn’t very self-confident, but what girl would be after her sophomore-year boyfriend dumped her by making out with another girl in front of her locker? 

Now a senior, Meg catches the eye of not one, but two gorgeous guys at school. Sounds good, right? What girl wouldn't want to be in Meg's shoes? One cute boy happens to be her boyfriend, and the other? Well, he wants to be. And Meg? She's torn between Ash, the boy she's been with for nearly five months, and Noah who is pretty irresistible. 

But Meg is playing with fire. Pitting two boys against one another, even if she doesn't intend to, could end badly if she isn't careful. 


Goodreads

Amazon







To celebrate the releases Ashelyn is giving away a SWAG pack that includes:

  • A flame pendant from Into the Fire
  • a phoenix button
  • a heart bracelet from Perfect For You
  • $5 Amazon Gift Card
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Monday, September 8, 2014

RIDING BABYFACE REVIEW and HUG A BOOK WEEK

Monday Musings.
September 6th - 14th is HUG A BOOK WEEK! Sounds like fun, huh? To learn more go here
 
Speaking of books to hug, yes we are, I recently read a book that I can hug. The story has so much in it that's huggable. I think you'll agree once you read it.
 
RIDING BABYFACE
by Wanda Snow Porter
 
 
This is such a lovely cover. Makes me want to go riding.
 
Yes, it has horses in it, a wonderful reason to hug the book.
 
Here are my thoughts.
 

RIDING BABYFACE Review
By Wanda Snow Porter
 
The year is 1957.  Some things about life in the 50’s were quite different than in today’s world. For instance, in the 50s, $1.00 bought you a movie ticket, popcorn and candy and you had money left over. But some things never change, no matter the time period. In today’s world, as in the past, some people had problems with drinking alcohol, destroying themselves as well as their families.
Author Wanda Snow Porter’s MG/Tween historical novel RIDING BABYFACE takes the reader back to the 50’s where Winna has just graduated from eighth grade. Not only will she attend high school next year, a new experience, her life is changing in other ways she could never have imagined. Her family moves to an apple farm on the California coast. Her daddy gets Winna and her sister, Veronica, a horse they name Babyface, to Winna’s delight since she wants to be a trainer some day. She has new neighbors, one of them a cute boy that she could really fall for, but her sister likes him too, and Veronica is a lot prettier than Winna. But the worst is yet to come.
The author gets the characters just right for the time period, their way of talking, the words they use, and even the way they dress. Even though Winna lives in the 50s, she faces the same challenges teens do today, and it will take all of her courage and strength to hold her family together when the unthinkable happens. RIDING BABYFACE will have you laughing; the story will have you crying. You’ll find yourself offering encouragment to Winna, in her darkest moments. At least this reader did. RIDING BABYFACE would make a great addition to middle school libraries and classrooms, especially history classes. Your public library and your own private library need copies too. Ms. Porter’s novel should appeal to lovers of recent history and to readers that enjoy a good story.
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Available at Amazon.
and other places where books are sold.

Friday, September 5, 2014

BOOK SALE, TOUR, AND EDITS

Friday Fun!
Yes! Edits for I LIVE IN A DOGHOUSE are done and sent to the editor. Fun.
Yes, all of the interview questions and guest posts for my A PIRATE, A BLOCKADE RUNNER, AND A CAT are finished and sent to the tour hostess. Watch for more about it.
Yes, A PIRATE, A BLOCKADE RUNNER, AND A CAT is still on sale at Amazon for .99.
 Don't wait, Get a copy for your e Reader now.