Monday, April 29, 2013

MEET AUTHORS BIL AND BON FRANKS

Quote for the week: No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.  Proverb

Today, I have the pleasure of featuring Bil and Bon Franks on my blog.
 
Bil Franks: I am a retired United States Air Force NCO, whose background is in small arms. My hobbies are martial arts and reading-mostly fantasy. Bon Franks: I was born and raised in Nevada and attended the University of Southern California, where I majored in English and Comparative Lit. I’m interested in herbology/plants/gardening, aside from writing romance novels.
We live in Central Texas with four cats and two Mac computers.



The authors have an interesting story to tell you about their recently published series. 




Odyssey of a Saga: My Husband is a Genius . . . or Just Plain Lucky

“The Twilight of Magic” is a saga written for ‘tween through late teen, and beyond to adults too. Based on real history of the fifth century AD, it is a series of four novels that recount the adventures of a young girl in Britannia and Ireland, and from there to a world called Faerie. As a matter of fact, these four books later on stretch into a trilogy called “The Dawn of Ireland,” plus three more, all aimed at audiences 18 and over.
So how did ten books come from the chance remark of my husband, Bil Franks?
Let me begin by saying that Bil is a voracious reader of fantasy of all kinds. One day three years ago, he looked up from some fantasy-or-other and wondered aloud to me about something that would change our lives.
“Why did Arthur survive these last thousand years in a thousand different books? And why does every school kid know the exploits of Robin Hood? But there are no similar fantasies, tales and movies about a man whose exploits were far greater than theirs—St. Patrick.”
Bil’s insight spurred both of us to sit down and begin to research and write. We started with a spoiled, self-indulgent young girl named Caylith who gets swept into danger in her own world and escapes to perhaps a greater danger—the perils of a parallel world called Faerie. Along the way she meets Patrick, then a humble priest in a small-town church, who befriends her.
When Caylith much later returns to bring the denizens of Faerie and Britannia to safety in Ireland, she rejoins Patrick, who of course has already gone to Ireland and who has immersed himself in the politics of the day and who has begun to change the history of that country forever. Besides being fanciful, the adventures are as real as history can tell us, from the Hill of Armagh to the Hill of Tara, with handsome clansmen, treacherous druids and many more compelling characters.

Bil and I wrote the first four books together, the ones whose covers you see arrayed below. The first two have been published by MuseItUp, and you’ll also see the buy links. We hope you will take the time to read the sagas, beginning with RUNNING OVER RAINBOWS, suitable for ‘tween to twilight years.

 

RUNNING OVER RAINBOWS ...
 
 



HIDDEN BY THE ROSE ...


CHILDREN OF THE DUST ...
http://bit.ly/ZcQab4 (20% preorder discount)

WHERE WILD PONIES RAN ... Coming in July
 
To learn more about Bil and Bon, check out these sites:
 
B&Bhttp://twilightofmagic.wordpress.com/BilBon Franks:Running Over Rainbows on MuseItUpRunning Over Rainbows on AmazonRunning Over Rainbows on ask.DavidHidden by the Rose on MuseItUp BookstoreHidden by the Rose on AmazonChildren of the Dust pre-orderWhere Wild Ponies Ran from MuseItUp in July 2013http://about.me/bfranks/#

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

SHOWERS OF BOOKS GIVEAWAY HOP

I'm excited to participate in the Showers of Books Giveaway Hop, Hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer, Co-hosted by Books à la Mode



I am giving away an ebook of my Tween Paranormal A Pirate, a Blockade Runner, and a Cat to one winner. So if you have tweens in your family, this is a book they should enjoy, especially young male readers.

A second winner will receive a paperback copy of my YA Paranomal Listen to the Ghost. Yes, I'm in to ghost stories at the moment. Also, a paperback of my YA Contemporary Novel Life on Hold, recent recipient of the Children'[s Literary Classic Seal of Approval.

It's very easy to enter. All you have to do is follow me at GFC and then leave a comment with your email so I can contact you if your're the winner.
Good luck and have fun.



Monday, April 22, 2013

VICTORIA AND THE GHOST REVIEW

Quote for the week:  Weather is a great metaphor for life. Sometimes it's good, sometimes it's bad, and there's nothing much you can do about it but carry an umbrella.  Terri Guillemets

It has been my pleasure to read Janet K. Brown's YA Novel VICTORIA AND THE GHOST, and I'd like to share her story with you.


VICTORIA AND THE GHOST (Review)

By Janet K. Brown

A family torn apart.
A girl uprooted from her home.
A boy with killer abs and a cowboy hat.
And a ghost.

No doubt about it. Victoria Peterson's live has changed, and not for the better, in her opinion. In Author Janet K. Brown's debut YA novel, Victoria and the Ghost, 15-year-old Victoria moves from the city to the country with her dad and sister after her parents' divorce, leaving behind her friends and most of all her mom. She hates her new life. Not even the hot cowboy, Brad Williams, can make her like the country. All she wants to do is live with her mom. But her mom has a new husband now, along with a stepdaughter. Nothing is the way it used to be and Victoria doesn't know where she belongs anymore.

Victoria and the Ghost is a story of family and change. It's a story of give and take. To have a friend you have to be a friend. The people Victoria meet as she attempts to find her place in life, some friendly, others downright hateful and even dangerous, help her grow in understanding of what love really means. As for the ghost she encounters in the cemetery ... well, you know how ghosts are, right? If not, you will when you read the story.

So pick up a copy of Janet K. Brown's Victoria and the Ghost, curl up in your favorite chair, and take a trip to the country and the wonderful characters that live there. You'll be glad you did.
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About the Author:
Janet K. Brown lives in Wichita Falls, Texas with her husband, Charles. Though she has written most of her adult life, since her retirement as a bookkeeper and medical coder, she writes as a second career and as a ministry. Divine Dining is the author’s second book. It encompasses her passion for diet, fitness, and God’s Word. Janet released her debut novel, an inspirational young adult, Victoria and the Ghost, in July, 2012.
She and her husband love to travel with their RV, visit with family, and work in their church.
Where to find Janet and her book:
Contact Janet at:
Website:
http://www.janetkbrown.com
E-mail: Janet.hope@att.net
Facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Jane...
Twitter: https://twitter.com/janetkbrowntx

Purchase link for Pen-L Publishing to order Divine Dining
http://pen-l.com/zen/index.php?main_p...

Purchase link for 4RV Publishing to order Victoria and the Ghost
http://www.4rvpublishingcatalog.com/j...

They can also be purchased through Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
 
 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

A Privilege - Book 3 of the Angel Chronicles


A Privilege:
The Angel Chronicles, Book 3

The beloved Angel/Warrior team face pure evil in their final climactic story!

The first time they were sent down, Irish lives were led. Emily, the angel, ended up embedded in murder and lost in the realm of true love. While Matthew, the warrior, took over a life that left blood on his hands and anger in his soul.

With their second coming, Emily found herself facing an oncoming war that brought her to the shores of America. While Matthew tried desperately to unveil the evil character of a young man who was intent on locking his partner in a ‘gilded’ cage.

Now...Emily and Matthew find that their lives are all their own. Yet, all the memories, hatred, longing and regret have come hand-in-hand with this newfound freedom.

In small town U.S.A., Matthew finds himself loving his new life. From his military school existence to a new, ‘odd’ friend who’s arrived in town, Matthew’s looking forward to graduation and heading off into a brilliant future with Emily by his side.

Emily wants nothing more than to hide. Although doing her best to fit in, she lives a life on the edge, wondering when her past love with reappear to either forgive or seek revenge on the angel who let him down. Battling the shadows that seem to be breaking her soul in two, Emily soon discovers that her small, quiet town has a secret that’s beyond dangerous...

As she and Matthew join forces to help a ‘haunted’ victim, they open the door on a mystery neither of them can believe. A true villain has returned from the past, and not even their heavenly family will be able to save them. This time they’re on their own, as they face a fight that could lead them straight to Hell…and end the angel/warrior team forever.



Excerpt

Without a word, Matthew reached out, took Emily by the hand and pulled her down beside him. He looked into her eyes and smiled. “I knew my Emily was still in there.”

Out of the blue, the room became incredibly hot, as if Gabriel had entered in order to give a lesson to his favorite students. “What?”

“That spark.” He pulled Emily’s face closer before she could push herself away. “You’ve been acting all this time like you’re just here to sit and wait it out until you’re lucky enough to go Home. But you’re still in there, Emily. You still have all that energy and belief in there and you want to do something. That’s the partner I know.”

Shaking her head, Emily listened to her own breathing intensify as she stared at his full lips and wondered why she felt so completely and utterly strange...vulnerable even. “I want to help this girl. This is a job, maybe my only job down here. She saw a ghost and she wants me to help her out, that’s all.”

“And you will.” Matthew captured Emily’s lips, and she could no longer feel the breath in her lungs. Completely different than the one kiss they’d shared up above so long ago, this one was far more demanding, as if Matthew was a young man determined to kiss his human love for the very first time.

Sitting back, Emily practically jumped off the bed.

“I’m sorry,” she heard him whisper behind her. “I guess I was just excited to see you again.”

Not trusting her voice, she remained silent.

“We have jobs, but we also have a life to live. Our own lives this time around. Maybe you should think about adding that into your angelic plans.” Matthew continued softly, “Jason isn’t here, Emily.”

The name being said out loud sent a chill down Emily’s spine. It reminded her of the vow she’d made a long time ago—a vow that an angel couldn’t break.

She cleared her throat. “It doesn’t matter if he’s here. We were sent to do a job, and maybe helping this little girl prove her story is what I need to begin.”

Standing up, Matthew looked as if he was a man who wanted nothing more than to turn back the clock and erase the name he’d spoken aloud. He walked to the open window. “Well, I hope the job goes well. Good luck with it.”

“Matthew,” Emily took a step toward him. “Don’t leave like this.”

He nodded at the book on the bed. “You have your mission, Emily...your job. Ghosts, goblins, lost souls—knock yourself out.” He took a deep breath. “I wonder when you’re going to figure out that the living souls around you would like some of your attention as well.”

Closing her eyes, Emily shed silent tears as she heard his feet hit the ground beneath her window. A friend, a partner, the one who actually listened, was now just an angry young man racing back to The Armory—a place where warriors reigned.

Emily sighed. She’d done it again. No matter how hard she tried to be good, her mouth always got her into trouble. She needed Matthew to understand. She’d made a promise to a young man a long time ago; a promise that was supposed to last for eternity. How was she to know at the time that their eternity would include death by her hand? Had the second time around broken their vow? Emily had no idea. But whatever happened she could not and would not offer Matthew her heart if payment was still due for her past sins. Above all, Matthew was the last person who deserved to be punished for her mistakes.


Author Amy Lignor

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.





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Monday, April 15, 2013

Beth's Blitz


 


Meet Beth Fred! That's me! I'm a full time ELF keeper and part time writer/blogger/writing instructor. I'm represented by Kathleen Rushall of Marsal Lyons Literary Agency. I like my tea hot, my romance sweet, and my guys chivalrous. Real men hold open doors, refer to you as ma'am, make promises they keep, and aren't afraid to profess their undying love. It's not breakfast if there aren't carbs(at least, not in the South). Fajitas, carnitas, and churros are just few of my favorite things. Bet you can't guess where I'm from ;) Wanna know more about me? You can find that here:

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When twenty-four-year-old Tiffany escapes her sister Kammy's too wild Cancun bachelorette party, she finds herself in a bar with the unwanted attention of a gorgeous local named Luke.

Luke may be charming but Tiffany is leaving in two days and doesn't need any complications. But complications are exactly what she gets when the cops show up to raid Kammy's party. When Kammy is arrested, Tiffany agrees to have dinner with Luke, so he'll help her get Kammy out of jail. Kammy's arrest forces her to spend an extra day in Cancun, meaning she'll miss a crucial meeting, and as an accountant in tax season, she is already drowning in work. Not to mention, every second she spends with Luke makes it harder to leave. With Luke, Tiffany can forget about work.

But will the airport be their final goodbye?
Available at:
Amazon & Smashwords

 ebook, 42 pages

Published September 12th 2012 by Amazon

ASINB0096PWTUO

edition language: English

original title: Kismet


 

When twenty-four-year-old dance school drop out Kammy Marlowe is evicted by her mother, she goes to her favorite bar. She finds an unlikely friend in the blunt eye candy, Enrique. But Kammy knows there is no way she and Enrique have a shot because he's her brother-in-law’s brother and has been privy to her wild past.

 

Enrique swears he’s only interested in the person she is today, but their relationship is tested when her ex-husband's drug dealer attacks her, looking for money. With no options and a money hungry drug dealer on her back, Kammy accepts a position as a dancer at a strip club. But when Enrique shows up at the club, their relationship is over. With no reason to stay in Texas anymore, Kammy auditions for the Bolshevik Ballet and gets the opportunity to go to Russia. Only Enrique is determined to stop her.

Will she give up the chance of a lifetime to stay with the man she still loves?
Available at:
Amazon

Ebook: 107 pages

Published: April 5th 2013

edition language: English

 

Monday, April 8, 2013

PHEME THE GOSSIP $100 BOOK BLAST GIVEAWAY


Goddess Girls #10 - Pheme the Gossip

Get to know Goddess Girl Pheme…the original “gossip girl”!
As the goddess girl of rumor and gossip, Pheme prides herself on being “in the know” and having the most up-to-date info on anyone and everyone at Mount Olympus Academy. To make sure that people really get her VIP messages, her words tend to linger in cloud letters above her head—just in case people don’t catch what she says!

But not everyone is thrilled with Pheme’s insider knowledge on everything MOA—including the Goddess Girls. Can Pheme ever be trusted? Or will this “gossip girl” find herself on the other end of the rumors?




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Praise for The Goddess Girls
“…a clever take on Greek deities…”
~ Booklist

"Readers familiar with Greek myths should get a kick out of this plucky restaging."
~Publisher's Weekly

 “…an enchanting mythological world with middle-school woes compounded by life as a deity…”
~ School Library Journal


The Goddess Girls Series

The Goddess Girls series, by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams puts a modern spin on classic Greek myths. Follow the ins and outs of divine social life where the most privileged godboys and goddessgirls in the Greek pantheon hone their mythical skills.
  • Athena the Brain Finding out she’s a goddess and being sent to Mount Olympus brings Athena new friends, a weird dad, and the meanest girl in mythology—Medusa! 
  • Persephone the Phony Hiding her feelings works fine for Persephone until she meets a guy she can be herself with—Hades, the bad-boy of the Underworld. 
  • Aphrodite the Beauty Sure Aphrodite is beautiful, but it’s not always easy being the goddessgirl of love. 
  • Artemis the Brave She may be the goddess of the hunt, but that doesn’t mean Artemis always feels brave. 
  • Athena the Wise Zeus says Heracles has to do twelve tasks or he'll get kicked out of MOA! Although she's not sure it's wise, Athena agrees to help out. 
  • Aphrodite the Diva Isis claims she's the goddess of love? Ha! But to keep the title all to herself, Aphrodite has to find the perfect match for Pygmalion, the most annoying boy ever. 
  • Artemis the Loyal It’s time for the annual Olympic Games, and Artemis and her friends are not happy. It’s boys only. Not fair! 
  • Medusa the Mean Medusa wants to be more like her two sisters and the other kids at Mount Olympus Academy -- immortal. Is that too much to ask? 
  • The Girl Games (Goddess Girls Super Special) Listen in on what all four goddess girls are thinking as Mount Olympus Academy hosts visitors from many lands--including an adorable kitten!The first-ever standalone superspecial in the Goddess Girls series! 
  • Pandora the Curious Pandora is one of the few mortals at Mount Olympus Academy—and probably the most curious of all the students in school.
The Goddess Girls


Author Suzanne Williams

Suzanne Williams is the award-winning author of nearly 40 books for children, from picture books and easy readers to chapter books and middle grade fiction series. A former elementary school librarian, she lives near Seattle. Her picture book Library Lil (illustrated by Steven Kellogg) won the New Mexico children's choice award in 2000 and was on several other state award lists. She is co-author (with Joan Holub) of the popular Goddess Girls series(for ages 8 - 12) and Heroes in Training (ages 6 - 11). Other series include Fairy Blossoms and Princess Power.








Author Joan Holub

I graduated from college in Texas with a fine arts degree, and then freelanced as an art director at a graphic design firm for eight years. I dreamed of working in children's books, so I moved to New York City and became associate art director in Scholastic trade books, where I designed books for children and worked with editors and illustrators. It was a great job.

I illustrated my first published children's book in 1992 and soon began illustrating full time. I began completing manuscripts and mailing them out to publishers in the early 1990s. In 1996, I sold my first two manuscripts -- Boo Who? A Spooky Lift-the-Flap Book (Scholastic) and Pen Pals (Grosset & Dunlap). Yippee!

Now I write full time and have written and/or illustrated over 130 children's books. Creating books that entertain, inform, and interest children (and me) is a fabulous job that I truly love.







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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

CASSIE SCOT:PARANORMAL DETECTIVE (Review)

Awhile back, Christine Amsden visited my blog and told us a little about herself and her latest book. I had the privilege of reading CASSIE SCOT:PARANORMAL DETECTIVE and would like to share my thoughts with you.

About the book:

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.


CASSIE SCOT: PARANORMAL DETECTIVE (Review)

By Christine Amsden

 
What if you were born into a family of practitioners with knowledge of the paranormal, but you were only normal, an outsider, with no magical skills of your own? What if one day your parents do the unthinkable, proving you’re right and you don’t belong in their world or any world it seems? What would you do?

In Author Christine Amsden’s latest novel, CASSIE SCOT: PARANORMAL DETECTIVE, Cassie Scot, at 21, faces a turning point in her life. The detective agency that she’s opened brings in few customers until one day she’s hired to serve a subpoena to a sorceress. Simple enough job, right? Or perhaps not, for in Cassie’s world, where magic exists, nothing is what it seems and people are seldom what/who you think they are. Cassie is soon on the trail of a murderer. She faces vampires intent on stopping her, fires that almost roast her, and questions about who to trust, when everyone around her seems to be hiding a secret.

In addition to her attempts to avoid vampires that would like to taste Cassie’s blood, there’s Braden, her boyfriend, who wants to marry her. She also finds herself attracted to Evan, the boy she went to school with, who has special powers of his own and whose family her parents despise. Even Cassie’s love life is not normal. Vivid action scenes (with great vampires as well as brothers and sisters that really care for Cassie, by the way), romance, and family relationships make for an exciting read. I recommend CASSIE SCOT: PARANORMAL DETECTIVE for mystery and fantasy lovers, and also for everyone that enjoys a good read with characters you’ll find yourself liking and hoping life turns out the way they want it, or hoping that the villains get what they deserve. I only wish the next book in the series was out because I’m ready to see what choices Cassie makes. And she has a few. Will she marry Braden? Will she decide Evan is the man for her? Will her relationship with her parents improve?

I hope we don’t have to wait too long for the answers. Very nice novel, Christine Amsden.

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Purchase link and first chapter preview:


http://www.twilighttimesbooks.com/CassieScot_ch1.html

Find Christine Amsden on the web:

Web Site:
http://christineamsden.com/wordpress/

Blog:
http://christineamsden.com/wordpress/?page_id=200

Facebook: Christine Amsden

Twitter: @ChristineAmsden

Goodreads: Christine Amsden

Goodreads Q&A Group:
http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/48134-q-a-with-christine-amsden

About the author:

Award-winning author Christine Amsden has written stories since she was eight, always with a touch of the strange or unusual. She became a “serious” writer in 2003, after attending a boot camp with Orson Scott Card. She finished Touch of Fate shortly afterward, then penned The Immortality Virus, which won two awards. Expect many more titles by this up-and-coming author.

Happy Reading.

Monday, April 1, 2013

LIFE ON HOLD SEAL OF APPROVAL

Quote for the week: It's spring fever that is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want-oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so. Mark Twain

It's so much fun to receive good news. I've posted this elsewhere, so you've probably already heard, but thought I'd mention it again here, in case you missed it. My YA contemporary novel has been reviewed by Children's Literary Classics, and they've given it their Seal of Approval. They will now forward the book to their awards department for the next step in the CLC International Book Awards program. You can read the review at http://www.clcreviews.blogspot.com. Scroll down the page until you come to Life on Hold. It's also posted on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. 
Have a great week.
Happy Reading.