I am delighted to host Amy Lignor on her virtual book tour today.
Amy Lignor's Bio:
Amy Lignor began her career at Grey House Publishing in northwest Connecticut where she was the Editor-in-Chief of numerous educational and business directories.
Now she is a published author of several works of fiction. The Billy the Kid historical The Heart of a Legend; the thriller, Mind Made; and the adventure novel, Tallent & Lowery 13.
She is also the owner of The Write Companion, a company that offers help and support to writers through a full range of editorial services from proofreading and copyediting to ghostwriting and research. As the daughter of a research librarian, she is also an active book reviewer.
Currently, she lives with her daughter, mother and a rambunctious German Shepherd named Reuben, in the beautiful state of New Mexico.
Until Next Time: The Angel Chronicles, Book 1 Summary
How does a girl choose between the one who steals her heart and the one who owns her soul?
Matt and Emily were created for a specific job. Raised and trained as the ultimate angel/warrior team, they are sent down to save, defend, judge and forgive, depending on the 'life' they've been assigned. What they don't realize is that the power of human emotions, such as love, anger, passion and fear can take over even the best of souls, causing them to make mistakes and follow paths that lead to confusion and heartache.
When the reason for their training is finally revealed, the angel/warrior team find themselves thrust into a world they know nothing about. Matt takes over the life of Daniel, a young man with a great deal of baggage. Emily becomes Liz, a girl living in a remote village who relies on nothing more than her own strength to survive. A violent storm erupts one night, and framed in the window of Liz's establishment is a frightening face. Let in by the soul of a Good Samaritan, the two visitors bring with them a past full of secrets that could literally change an angel's path and a warrior's plans.
From murder to redemption, this angel/warrior team must find a way to keep the faith they have in each other in a world that's ripping them apart.
Release: February 1, 2012
Do you have a guardian angel watching over you? You’re not sure? Think about little incidents that happen that keep you safe. Perhaps you run out of gas on your way to an important meeting or to school and you’re really upset, until you discover that if you’d been on the highway you’d have been involved in a horrendous accident. Or perhaps your boyfriend dumped you and your heart was broken then you met the hottest boy in the universe and he liked you. Could your guardian angel be responsible?
Until Next Time: The Angel Chronicles Book 1, by Amy Lignoe, introduces us to Emily and Matt, the neatest pair of angels you’ll ever meet. They’re seventeen human years old and they’re soulmates. Their job is to go down to Earth where their souls are placed into human shells and make the world a better place. Told from different points of view to give us insight into the major characters feelings, we follow the angels as they strive to do their job. Sometimes things don’t work out easily, but Emily and Matt, in their earthly bodies never give up. Romance and danger, along with a cast of characters, both good and evil, make for an exciting read.
Until Next Time: The Angel Chronicles Book 1 is the first in a series. I look forward to seeing who Emily and Matt will be in the next book. This is a good story for fantasy lovers, especially if you like angels, which I do.
Quote for the Week: A house is not a home ... uness it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body. Benjamin Franklin
Today, I am delighted to review Karen Cioffi's award winning book, Walking Through Walls.
From Good Reads:
Walking Through Walls is a fantasy chapter book based on an ancient Chinese tale, providing a magical adventure. Fun for children and adults alike .
Title: Walking Through Walls
Author: Karen Cioffi
Illustrator: Aidana WillowRaven
Publisher: 4 RV Publishing LLC
Have you ever wanted something so much that you’d do almost anything to get it, even go against your father’s wishes? What if your goal turned out to be much harder to attain than you expected? Would you give up, or would you keep trying, no matter the cost?
Author Karen Cioffi’s fantasy chapter book, Walking Through Walls, taken from an ancient Chinese tale, is a story of magic, dragons, and legends. Twelve-year-old Wang wants to be an Eternal and have money and power. So one day, ignoring his father’s pleas to stay home and help in the fields, Wang sets off to find the Eternals where he hopes to become one of them. Little does he know how rough the road ahead will be. Not noted for his patience, Wang soon discovers that to become an Eternal he will need to have more patience than he can imagine, as well as have the right heart. Walking Through Walls is a story about learning what’s important in life and the path to our dreams is not always what it seems.
The author includes questions and activities, along with a little background on The Ming Dynasty, family life, and other information about the time period. Walking Through Walls would make a great addition to school classrooms, especially history classes, and libraries. I think children would enjoy following Wang on his journey to finding not only the Eternals, but himself, as well.
For centuries, there have been rumors about a lowly caste of supernatural beings known as the Terrae Angeli. Armed with the power to control Earth, Fire, Wind and Water, these warriors and their apprentices clandestinely serve as guardians for humans in danger.
Forced to become mortal, ex-teen angel Griffin has been banished from the Terrae Angeli. Struggling to adjust, he enrolls in the heaven-and-hell known as high school. In spite of his friends’ support, Centennial High proves to be a battleground, complete with a malicious math teacher.
And to make matters worse, his Mentor, Basil, has been ordered to take on a new apprentice, the gifted and egotistical seventeen-year-old Sergei, whose covert attacks make Griffin’s home life as bleak as a Siberian winter.
Caught between school, Sergei, and a desperate secret, Griffin is certain of one thing: the only way to fight a Cold War is with Fire.
Ah, the teen years. They’re difficult enough for a “human” teen. But what if you’re a Tiro, an angel in training as a Terrae-Angelus whose job is to save people’s lives, and through no fault of your own you’re stripped of your super powers of fire and earth. Are you then a human? Are you an angel? Or are you both?
In Griffin’s Fire (Book Two: Fire), by award winning author Darby Karchut, sixteen-year-old Griffin Raine faces these questions. Deep inside, Griffin feels that he’s supposed to be a Terrae Angelus, but his life is in turmoil. He stays in trouble at home and at school. His mentor, Basil, is frustrated with Griffin’s behavior. Even his relationship with his girlfriend, Katie, is falling apart. Then something really weird happens to Griffin, something he cannot tell Basil or share with Katie, as much as he wants to.
As if keeping a secret that Griffin wants to shout out to the world isn’t difficult enough, Basil becomes mentor to Sergei, a new Tiro. Sergei and Griffin clash from the start, which makes life in the Raine household uncomfortable for all. Griffin’s Fire is full of action, teen angst, romance, and delightful characters. Griffin is far from perfect as a boy or as an angel. He doubts himself. He wonders which world he belongs in. Katie is loyal and encouraging, the kind of girlfriend a boy needs. Their romance is sweet and just right, even with the rocky moments. As for Sergei, well, I’ll let you decide about him. Each minor character, even though in the story only for a short time, is well developed and adds to the plot. Ms. Karchut’s characters are so real you’ll either love them or hope they get what they deserve.
Griffin’s Fire would make a great addition to school classrooms and libraries. I’m going to talk to local librarians about adding the books to their libraries. The author’s note at the end of the book gives additional information about angels. You also get a sneak peek at the third book in the series: Griffin’s Storm (Book Three: Water). I loved Griffin Rising and Griffin’s Fire and anxiously await the next one. I just wish Book Three wasn’t a year away.
At Barinkoff Academy, there's only one rule: no students on campus after curfew. Phoenix McKay soon finds out why when she is left behind at sunset. A group calling themselves night students threaten to taste her flesh until she is saved by a mysterious, alluring boy. With his pale skin, dark eyes, and mesmerizing voice, Demitri is both irresistible and impenetrable. He warns her to stay away from his dangerous world of flesh eaters. Unfortunately, the gorgeous and playful Luka has other plans.
When Phoenix is caught between her physical and her emotional attraction, she becomes the keeper of a deadly secret that will rock the foundations of an ancient civilization living beneath Barinkoff Academy. Phoenix doesn’t realize until it is too late that the closer she gets to both Demitri and Luka the more she is plunging them all into a centuries old feud.
Spring is in the air (except for the 32 degree temps and chilling rain yesterday). Birds are building their nests. Wildflowers cover the pasture. And cottontail babies (one of my favorite of God's creatures) huddle in their nests.
Enter Patches the cat. She's a hunter, as are most cats. Last week she brought me a tiny rabbit. His eyes were still closed; his ears lay flat, so he was less than nine days old. He wasn't injured though so, after Googling what to do with baby rabbits, I set out to find the nest. I had no idea where Patches found him. A patch of tall grass at the back of our yard seemed the likely place, so I settled the baby there, covered him with grass to keep him warm, and prayed he'd survive.
Spring forward to today, a week later. Again, Patches brought me a cottontail. God answered my prayers. I can't be positive, but I believe this is the baby from last week. He's a couple inches longer. His eyes are open, his ears standing up. He wasn't injured. So I shooed Patches and Tiger into the house and took the little guy to his nest, at least I think it is. Still no other bunnies were around, but the mother only comes to the nest at night.
Now, Patches and Tiger are restricted to the house, except the times I can go outside with them. Until the little guy leaves or is big enough to run away from the cats.
Speakin of Tiger, the little stray that was so sick. (I mentioned him above.) Good news there too. After many visits to the vet's office and bills that left a smile on the vet's face, Tiger is doing great. He eats like a horse. He plays like a cat, chasing balls and other toys. He stays out of Patches' way because she's not so friendly with him. And he loves to take walks with us. Sometimes I wonder if he's part dog. Has a cat ever owned you that loved to go on long walks?
Today I'd like to introduce you to Larry Peterson, author of The Priest and the Peaches.
Larry Peterson was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. A former Metal Lather/Reinforcing Iron-worker, he left that business after coming down with MS. He, his wife and three kids moved to Florida 30 years ago. Larry began doing freelance newspaper commentary after graduating from Tampa College in 1984.
His first children's picture book, Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes was published in 2011. In 2012, his full length novel, The Priest and the Peaches was released and he is presently working on the sequel.
He also has a blog (http://www.ThePriestandthePeaches.com) where he posts weekly commentary. He lives in Pinellas Park, Florida and his kids and six grandchildren all live within three miles of each other.
The Priest and the Peaches Book Summary
Historical fiction novel set in the Bronx in the mid-1960s
Take a seven day journey with the five, newly orphaned Peach kids, as they begin their struggle to remain a family while planning their dad's funeral.
They find an ally in the local parish priest, Father Tim Sullivan, who tries his best to guide them through the strange, unchartered and turbulent waters of "grown-up world." A story that is sad, funny, and inspiring as it shows how the power of family love and faith can overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
Release: January 1, 2012
THE PRIEST AND THE PEACHES (Review)
By Larry Peterson
A priest and peaches? Now that’s a title that begs to be read. All sorts of images ran through my head. A priest that enjoys eating peaches? A priest that has some sort of incident with peaches? Hum. I had to find out, and I’m so glad I did.
The Priest and the Peaches by Author Larry Peterson, is not quite like any other book I’ve read, and I’ve read many books. The Priest is a priest, Father Sullivan, but the Peaches are a family, made up of Pops, Joanie, Teddy, Dancer (James), Beeker (Robert) and Joey. Their mother is deceased, and their father, Pops, soon will be. Interesting titles with each chapter give the reader a hint at what might happen in that chapter. When Pops dies, and the Peach children are left orphans, their lives become one catastrophe after another. Teddy, 18, and Joanie, 16, do their best to provide for their younger siblings. But Murphy’s law seems to take control. What can go wrong will go wrong. The young people learn fast that being an adult carries with it responsibilities and is not an easy task. Humor spread throughout the story keeps a light touch to the story, even though the children are suffering from the loss of their father.
The author, however, does a lot of telling, rather than letting the characters show their emotions through action and dialogue. At times, it pulled me out of the scene. I often wanted to stay with the children to see how they would deal with each situation that arose, rather than being given information about another character. One point of view character, preferably Teddy since this is a young adult novel, would have worked better, I think. That said, I enjoyed the novel. The children were believable, not perfect, getting into trouble like normal kids do. I could feel their pain even when they were laughing and trying to cope with what life dealt them. The novel The Priest and the Peaches will stay with you a long time after reading the last page. And the story of the Peach children may make you appreciate your family a little more.
Recent news from my publisher, Twilight Times Books.
Read an E-Book Week Mar 4-10, 2012. A free ebook given away each day. Twenty authors tell amazing stories about the efforts that went into writing their first book in a free ebook, How I Wrote My First Book: the story behind the story.
Mayra Calvani conducted a series of interviews with 22 publishing professionals regarding book reviewing including Magdalena Ball, Judi Clark, James Cox, Lesa Holstine, Carolyn Howard-Johnson, Cheryl C. Malandrinos, Sharyn McGinty, Alex Moore, Stephanie Padilla, Andrea Sisco, Irene Watson and others. The interviews have been compiled in a free ebook, Book Reviewers Talk about their Craft.
ebook ARCs now available for upcoming releases:
Divided, historical novel by Ralph Freedman Equity of Evil, medical thriller by Rudy Mazzocchi Essentially Yours, mystery by Aaron Paul Lazar Griffin's Fire, fantasy by Darby Karchut Shadows of Kings, epic fantasy by Jack Whitsel The Patriot Spy, military historical by S. W. O'Connell.