Monday, June 29, 2015

CAVES, CANNONS, AND CRINOLINES

Quote for the Week:  Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a  shadow. Helen Keller.

A new week begins. I hope everyone had a nice weekend. Would you believe June is almost over? Where do the days go? As we live in the present and look forward to the future, we also look back in history and hopefully learn from our mistakes. Today, I'm talking about my YA historical novel CAVES, CANNONS, AND CRINOLINES.







From the back cover:  Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines is the story of Elizabeth (Lizzie) Stamford and her family's daily struggle to survive a changing way of life during the American Civil War. This is a story of fear, courage and understanding that people, no matter where they live, have the same needs: love, peace and security.









Excerpt: This is a letter 14-year-old Lizzie is writing to her brother.

Vicksburg, Mississippi
Thursday, May 21, 1863

Dearest Brother Willie,

We went to the cave for the first time today-Mama, Nat, and I. And I hate it! I prefer to risk injury from the hissing, screaming shells in my house than to scurry underground like a scared rabbit. Papa is at the hospital, attending the sick and wounded. We see him so seldom these days. Sometimes I wish he was not a doctor. Then he could stay home with us, where he belongs.

I hate what this war has done to our family. You and Joseph are far away, in Virginia. I miss you all terribly. Mama worries about you. She worries about Papa. She scarcely lets me out of her sight. Most of my friends have left Vicksburg for safer places. The ones remaining are living in caves or basements. I'm supposed to watch Nat. Mama fears he will run away to find you. I know he shan't do such a thing. Every time a shell falls, he hides. The war confuses gentle Nat. He does not comprehend why men kill each other. Neither do I.

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Reviews:

"...McClure balances emotions of the Confederate and Yankee characters with such in-depth feeling the reader will find himself switching sides throughout the perilous journey of Lizzie Stamford and her family and their quest to reclaim Vicksburg." Donna M. McDine, author of The Golden Pathway and other award winning books.

"Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines is a thought-provoking young adult historical novel. ... I enjoyed reading this novel and felt transported to another time and place each time I picked it up to read another chapter." Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz, author of Ghost for Rent and other novels.

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If you enjoy historical fiction, take a look at CAVES, CANNONS, AND CRINOLINES

Available at Amazon, Kindle just $2.95

Barnes & Noble, Nook $2.99

and other places where eBooks and print are sold.


A quick fun story. At a signing I had when the book first came out, an elderly gentleman walked up, looked at the book and asked me what a crinoline was. I just happened to be wearing a dress from the time period, so I swirled around and showed him my crinoline. We both laughed. Now he knows what a crinoline is.

Happy Reading.


Friday, June 26, 2015

INFINITY DREAMS AWARD

This is Fun Friday. Are you ready for some fun after a busy week? I am. It's been a rough week. So, what is the fun? I know you just can't wait for me to tell you. I will.  Amazing Author Chrys Fey at Write With Fey has nominated me for The Infinity Dreams Award.  Thank you, Chrys. I'm honored.


Here are the rules:

1.  Thank the blogger who  nominated you.. 
2. Tell us eleven facts about yourself.
3.  Answer the questions that were set for you to answer.
4.  Nominate eleven bloggers and set questions for them.

Okay, if you're still with me, here goes.

I thanked Chrys above. If you haven't visited her site, please do so.

About me.

1.  I'm a retired teacher.
2.  I'm a mema and great mema.
3.  Blue is my favorite color.
4.  I cry when I read a sad book or watch a sad movie.
5.  I  enjoy genealogy and have researched my dad's family back to the kings and queens. My mother's family has been harder to trace.
6.  I'm a fourth generation Texan.
7.  I play the piano, and Beethoven likely does roll over when he hears me from his grave.
8.  I was Conservation Teacher of the Year in our district one year.
9.  My first published work was a poem in the anthology Young America Sings. I was in the 8th grade and my teacher sent it to a contest.
10. I hated to read when I was a kid.
11. And now I have no secrets, so this is the end.

Next, I'm to answer the questions that Chrys set for me. If you haven't fallen asleep yet, here goes:

1.  What is something you'd do tomorrow if money wasn't an object?
     I think I'd try to start a home or organization to find good homes for orphaned and/or abused children and maybe for dogs and cats too. There's a reason behind this that I hope to share with you soon.

2.  What is your biggest, wildest dream?
     To see one or more of my novels made into a movie.

3.  What are your goals for your blog next year?
    To come up with enough interesting stuff to post.

Okay, if your eyes are still focusing, we're almost finished. I'm to nominate eleven bloggers and set questions for them. Here are my bloggers, and I can choose however many I want to.

All of you that are so inclined to share your personal life with us are my nominations. It's easy. All you have to do is listed below:

Follow the rules above.

Be brave and answer these 3 questions.

1.  If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you choose?

2.  What would you do if you won $1,000,000?

3.  What are your plans for the future?

Are you having fun?

Happy Reading

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

DIVINE DINING BY JANET K BROWN

Welcome Wednesday. How is your week so far? After the beautiful rains over the past couple of months, we now have lovely sunshine, temperatures in the 90s and mosquitoes, as well as snakes. We have to take the "bad" (mosquitoes and snakes) along with the "good." And one of the "good" I want to share with you is DIVINE DINING, by Janet K. Brown.

 
A  365 Day Devotional by Janet K. Brown

 


Her passion for diet, fitness, and God's Word inspired her to help others in their search for a weight loss method that is in keeping with what the Lord wants for us. To the thousands of men and women who strive to be Christians, but suffer from compulsive overeating they can't control . . . THERE IS HOPE!
 
 
And let me tell you, it's not just for dieters of food. Ms. Brown has devotionals that touch all aspects of our lives.
 
June 24 and 25, you can get a Kindle copy of the book free.
Now that is a great deal!
 
 
 
 
I'd also like to share my review from a couple years ago.
 
 

DIVINE DINING Review

 
By Janet K. Brown
 
Book stores, both brick and mortar and online, are filled with devotional books, daily scripture books, and books of encouragement on just about every subject you can think of. Author Janet K. Brown’s DIVINE DINING is one of the best I’ve read. It deals with controlling what you eat.


Okay, I admit I’m a sugarholic. Anything sweet, especially chocolate, calls to me. I also admit that I’ve never had a weight or overeating problem. I try to eat healthy foods. So why does this book appeal to me? First, the author starts each day’s devotion with a scripture. These verses from the Bible apply to all aspects of our lives, not just what we eat. For instance, we read on June 15, John 15:6 “If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered and men gather them and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.” Next, the author tells a short story relating to this verse and how she applies it to her life. She closes with a prayer. She does each day of the year this way, with stories and her experiences. And there’s something there for everyone.


I could go on with other great examples, but you’ll enjoy DIVINE DINING more if you read it for yourself. I think you may see similarities to your life in some of the stories. I have. This would make a great gift for friends and family, especially those struggling with a difficult issue in their lives. The book will help them realize they’re not alone and with God’s help they will succeed in achieving their goals.

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Don't forget to get your copy. For free.

Happy Reading!



Monday, June 22, 2015

DRAGON OF THE STARS AND CASSA TRILOGY RELEASE

Quote for the week: I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're doing something. Neil Gaiman


Today I have the pleasure of hosting Author Alex J. Cavanaugh and his latest novel, DRAGON OF THE STARS. Take a look at this cover.


What can I say? It's gorgeous.
 
 
Dragon of the Stars
By Alex J. Cavanaugh
Science Fiction – Space Opera/Adventure/Military
Print ISBN 9781939844064 EBook ISBN 9781939844057
What Are the Kargrandes? http://whatarethekargrandes.com/
 
The ship of legends…
 
The future is set for Lt. Commander Aden Pendar, son of a Hyrathian Duke. Poised to secure his own command and marriage to the queen’s daughter, he’ll stop at nothing to achieve his goals.
 
But when the Alliance denies Hyrath’s claim on the planet of Kavil and declares war on their world, Aden finds his plans in disarray. Entrenched in battle and told he won’t make captain, Aden’s world begins to collapse. How will he salvage his career and future during Hyrath’s darkest hour?
 
One chance remains–the Dragon. Lost many years prior, the legendary ship’s unique weapon is Hyrath’s only hope. Can Aden find the Dragon, save his people, and prove he’s capable of commanding his own ship?
 
 
Purchase:
 

 
 
 
Now, let's hear what Alex J. Cavanaugh has to say about writing.
 
 
The Best and Worst of Writing
 
Everyone has a favorite aspect about writing. Something that is fun and easy. Something that places us in the zone.
 
Of course that means there’s something about writing that we loath. (That seems a bit harsh. Strongly dislike? No, we’ll stick with loath!) It’s that one part that drives us crazy.
 
So, I’m going to share with you the best and worst of writing for me. Maybe you can relate.
 
My least favorite – the first draft.
 
That’s right! The first draft. Most writers are excited at that point. They have a shiny new idea and the words are flowing. Not this writer. I’ve prepped with a very extensive outline, but that doesn’t make it any easier. I struggle to get my thoughts onto the screen. Add to the fact I am a slow typist (350 words per hour, tops) and the painful process just drags on forever. There is only one thing that offsets the torture…
 
My most favorite – revisions.
 
Some of you are moaning already. But it really is my favorite part. Once those words are out of my head and on the page, I can do something with them. And after outlining to death, it’s not a giant mess. It is the bare bones, but I can see what I’m doing and flesh the story out. This where it’s real to me. This is where I can see the overall story and feel good about it.
 
What’s the best and worst things about writing for you?

 
 
About the Author:
 
Alex J. Cavanaugh has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and works in web design, graphics, and technical editing. A fan of all things science fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and games. Online he is the Ninja Captain and founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. He’s the author of Amazon Best-Sellers CassaStar, CassaFire, and CassaStorm.


 
 
Thank you, Alex, for sharing your thoughts with us today.
 
 
Now get your copy of DRAGON OF THE STARS, Everyone.
 
 
Wait! There's More! Three in One!

 
Release date - June 22 2015
 
CassaSeries
By Alex J. Cavanaugh 
ISBN 9781939844118
Price - $5.99 eBook boxed set
Science fiction/adventure (FIC028010) and science fiction/space opera (FIC028030)
 
The Amazon Best-Selling Series!
 
CassaStar - Few options remain for Byron. Slated to train as a Cosbolt pilot, Byron is determined to prove his worth to his instructor, Bassa. As war brews on the edge of space, Bassa must make a decision that could decide the fate of both men. Will their skills be enough as they embark on a mission destined to stretch their abilities to the limit?
 
CassaFire - Byron’s days of piloting Cosbolt fighters behind him, the detection of alien ruins sends him to the planet of Tgren. Forced to train a Tgren named Athee and deal with an eager young scientist, he feels invaded. Tensions mount as the ruins reveal a potential weapon, plunging him further into the chaos. All Byron wanted was his privacy…
 
CassaStorm - Commanding the base on Tgren, Byron watches as a galaxy-wide war encroaches upon the planet. When the war hits Tgren, it triggers nightmares in his son. The ancient alien ship begins transmitting a deadly code and the probe that almost destroyed Tgren twenty years ago returns. The storm is about to break, and Byron is caught in the middle…
 
Find it here:
 
Alex J. Cavanaugh has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and works in web design, graphics, and technical editing. A fan of all things science fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and games. Online he is the Ninja Captain and founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. He’s the author of Amazon Best-Sellers CassaStar, CassaFire, and CassaStorm.


Happy Reading!
 




Sunday, June 21, 2015

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY

Sunday Special!
 
 
 
Happy Father's Day.
You're in Heaven, but your memories are still with me.
I remember sitting in your barbershop, watching you cut men's hair.
I remember you taking me to Spudder baseball games when I was young and didn't even know what baseball was. I was with you. That was all that mattered.
I remember walking along the fence of the high school football games with you. I knew nothing about football, but loved the band.
I remember vacations we went on, to the seashore and to the mountains.
I remember your words of encouragement when I was heartbroken.
You were the best dad ever.
I love you.
For always and always!



Friday, June 19, 2015

THE CREATIVE BLOGGER AWARD

Fun Friday. Today is fun. Yvonne Lewis has nominated me for THE CREATIVE BLOGGER AWARD. I am to share five facts about myself. So, here goes.
 
 
 
1.  I was a majorette with the band in junior high and senior high school.
 
2.  I once fell off a mountain and landed on my head. I rest my case.
 
3.  I was an actress for one day and played Sleeping Beauty at summer camp. I was eight years old.
 
4.  My favorite dessert is Angel food cake, strawberries and Cool Whip sprinkled with almonds.
 
5.  I teach a ladies Sunday school class at my church.
 
Now, I'm to nominate 10 to 20 bloggers for THE CREATIVE BLOGGER AWARD. I'd love to give the award to all of you, and I am, in a way. Here's what I want you to do. If you want to tell us five facts about yourself, then accept this award and post on your blog at your convenience. Be sure to let us know so we can visit you. Also, thank the person that nominated you. Have fun.
 
Thank you, Yvonne, for this lovely award.
 
Have a great weekend, dear friends.
 
Happy Reading.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

THE MONSTER WITHIN REVIEW

Welcome Wednesday. I have a treat for you today. Another review of a very interesting novel. So, sit back with your favorite drink, relax and learn a little about Author Kelly Hashway's young adult novel, THE MONSTER WITHIN.




THE MONSTER WITHIN Review

By Kelly Hashway

 

Imagine dying and then being brought back to life, yes, taken from your grave to walk the earth again, like a normal person. Only you’re not exactly normal, anymore. What would it be like? Are you still you? Are you a ghost? Or are you just there? Living a lie? Keeping secrets?

 

In Author Kelly Hashway’s YA fantasy novel THE MONSTER WITHIN, seventeen-year-old Samantha Thompson faces these questions. She died of cancer, but her boyfriend, Ethan Anderson, brought her back to life. Something is wrong though. She’s not the same. No, I’m not going to spoil the story for you and tell you the details, but I think you’ll really feel bad for Sam as she faces her new life after rising from the grave. I know I did. Ethan’s and her feelings for one another are so sweet. He loves Sam so much he’d do anything for her, and he pretty much does. I really wanted good things for them.

 

Almost every character in the story has a secret. Who is a girl to trust when one person tells her one thing and another tells her the opposite? Who is her real friend? Who is her enemy? Ethan is my favorite character. Who wouldn’t love a guy that puts you above his own welfare? In THE MONSTER WITHIN, Kelly Hashway’s characters made me either like them or hate them. Some scenes are really spooky. Others show a more typical relationship between two teens. The plot of the story moves along, making me wonder what will happen next.

 

Which reminds me: now I need to read THE DARKNESS WITHIN to find out.

 

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Happy Reading!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, June 15, 2015

THE GREAT TIME LOCK DISASTER REVIEW

Quote for the week: Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity, or registering wrongs. Charlotte Bronte


I read THE GREAT TIME LOCK DISASTER, Sequel to ALLIGATORS OVERHEAD, by C. Lee McKenzie in April and thought I'd posted my review here. But looking back I don't see it. April was the A to Z month, and animals were all I posted. So, here are my thoughts on this fun middle grade story by the fabulous C. Lee McKenzie. She just keeps writing the good ones.  Enjoy.

 
The perfect cover. Mysterious. What part does the clock play?
 

THE GREAT TIME LOCK DISASTER Review

By C. Lee McKenzie

 
Have you ever wanted to travel back in time or ahead to the future? What if you managed to do so but did not know the magic words to return back to your time? Well, Pete and Weasel, from ALLIGATERS OVERHEAD, are back and in trouble, again.

In THE GREAT TIME LOCK DISASTER, sequel to ALLIGTORS OVERHEAD, by Author C. Lee McKenzie, twelve-year-old Pete Riley thinks that he’s not a good wizard and he’s not a good kid. He seems to find trouble no matter what he does. When he accidentally unlocks a time lock, Pete and his friend Weasel find themselves in 1837 England with no clue how to return home.

I love the characters Pete and Weasel. They’re so real. Like normal kids, they make mistakes. Oh, as a wizard Pete is a bit different to most boys, adding more complications to his life. And, although I’m not normally a fan of alligators, Fanon is an exception. I wouldn’t mind having him for a pet. Descriptions of the places the boys visit are so vivid the reader, at least this reader, feels like she’s there, meeting the characters along with Pete and Weasel.

THE GREAT TIME LOCK DISASTER would be perfect for middle school libraries as well as your own library. I recommend this novel for readers that enjoy a good adventure story, with a bit of magic and characters you’d like to have as friends.

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Happy Reading

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Welcome Wednesday. Thanks for stopping by. I have a couple of reviews for you today. Warning: They're kind of spooky, well, one is really spooky. The other one just a little. I'll let you figure out which is which. Enjoy

 
Spooky Cover!
 
 
GHOST TOUCH Review
By La Dragoni
 
What if at a certain time each night, your barn, garage, house was filled with ghosts? You say you don’t believe in ghosts. Okay. But what if?
In GHOST TOUCH, by Author La Dragoni, Tamara believes in ghosts. In fact, she has proof they exist. Every night ghosts appear in her barn, hundreds, thousands of them. It isn’t bad enough that she’s still grieving over her mother’s death a few months earlier, she has to find a way to get rid of the ghosts. Between having to deal with the ghosts, falling for Cal, a cowboy ghost, and discovering that Dex, the live guy she works with at her job, is rather appealing too, Tamara has plenty of trouble.
The author does a nice job describing Tamara’s confused state of mind as she struggles with decisions of what to do. I could picture the ghosts as they swarmed out of the barn. Shudder. Not a pretty sight. However, I kind of agreed with Tamara that the cowboy ghost, with his polite way of talking was nice, even though he was skinless, just bones, and had a cold touch. Perhaps this is a reminder that the outward appearance of a person is not as important as what’s in their heart. I  really liked Dex and hoped things would work out for Tamara and him. No, I’m not telling.
When the unexpected happens, Tamara’s life gets really interesting. I enjoy a book that makes me look at life and people in a different way. GHOST TOUCH does just that. I’m looking forward to more from La Dragoni.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Another Spooky Cover!



GODLAND (Review)

By Stuart R. West

If we could look behind closed doors, we might be surprised, even horrified, by what we see. Do we really know the family next door or the farmer in the country? Do we even care what they’re like, or is it easier simply to ignore those that might seem a bit different to us?

In Author Stuart R. West’s novel GODLAND, the reader meets a cast of characters that push the word “normal” to the limits. I’m not going to give anything away by describing each character, but the major players are people that you do not want as neighbors. There are a few characters that can be classified as “normal”, namely the teens Lindsay, Shannon and Gavin, well, as normal as teens are, but 300 pound Joshua, man-boy, 16 or 17 years old, will make you have nightmares or touch your heart or both. No, I can’t explain. You’ll have to read Joshua’s story to understand. For me, Joshua is the character that I wanted to help. I think you’ll understand why.

Mr. West is a master at creating characters that are so real you hope you never run into some of them on a dark street, or a daylight one for that matter. At least this reader has no desire to meet the real Edwin (father of Joshua) or his son. Are people really that warped? I guess so.

All I can say is read GODLAND with the lights on and even better with friends or family present to keep you in the real world. You certainly don’t want to get lost in GODLAND. I believe that the author has achieved his purpose of writing a story the reader will long remember and will avoid deserted country roads and lonely farm houses.

 
Happy Reading, No Nightmares!



Monday, June 8, 2015

INTRODUCING RIPPLES IN THE INKWELL

Quote for the week: I start drawing, and eventually the characters involve themselves in a situation. Then in the end, I go back and try to cut out most of the preachments. Dr, Seuss



Ripples in the Inkwell #inkripples is a new monthly meme created by Kai Strand, Mary Waibel, and Katie L. Carroll. We’ll be posting on the second Monday of every month with a new topic. We’re all authors, but you don’t have to be to participate. Simply compose your post using the monthly theme, grab one of the images, and link back to the three of us. Make sure to use #inkripples when you play along and promote your posts. The idea is that we toss a word, idea, or image into the inkwell and each post is a new ripple. There’s no wrong way to do it!

The themes for the rest of the year are:

June: Summer/Vacation
July: PatriotismInkwellHashtag2
August: Dog days/Things that drag you down
September: Fall/School
October: Fears/Things That Go Bump in the Night
November: Remembrance /Thankfulness
December: Celebration /Gifts


I was so excited to learn about this. It looks like fun. I hope I'm not doing anything wrong. Thank you Mary Waibel, Katie L. Carroll, and Kai Strand for the great idea.

June is Summer/Vacation

This summer I have no plans to travel anywhere, though that could change. I would enjoy visiting my son and daughter-in-law in Charleston, SC, but I'm not big on flying. A visit with my other son and daughter-in-law in California would be nice too. Again, the flying part I'm not crazy about. Both are too far for me to drive, so I'll stay home and pester my son that lives next door. Bless him. I'll also paint some places on the house that need it, pull weeds from the flowerbeds and watch the Rangers baseball games on TV or my computer.

My cats would be lonesome if I left them, anyway. I also should have edits soon for my middle grade novel Princess Breeze, due out in early 2016. And my middle grade historical novel A Family for Leona is waiting for a cover and then I'll need to promote it. Maybe June, maybe later.

So, a quiet, yet busy June for me.

How about your June? Any  big plans?

Visit Kai, Mary, and Katie to see what plans they have.

Happy Reading!


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

INSECURE WRITER'S SUPPORT GROUP & WRITER'S REBEL CREED

This is the first Wednesday of June and that means it's INSECURE WRITER'S SUPPORT GROUP day.



Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer.

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

Awesome Alex J. Cavanaugh is the founder of IWSG. His awesome co-hosts for the June 3 posting of the IWSG will be M. Pax, Tracy Jo, Patricia Lynne, Rachna Chhabria, Feather Stone, and Randi Lee!


 
Today I'd like to talk about "Me Time." Lately, I cannot seem to accomplish anything. I work on "this" a little and "that" a little and "something else" a little.  Nothing ever gets "finished."
 
I make a schedule of what I hope to do each day. At nighttime, most of it hasn't been done. But I stayed busy all day. So what am I doing wrong?
 
One day, that little old light bulb went off in my brain. A person can do more than one thing a day, yes. When I was teaching, I taught reading, spelling, and science to my students each day. And everything was done, not in one day though.  We also took breaks. After lunch we went outside for recess and forgot about our lessons for a while. Sometimes, in science class I'd take the kids outside and we'd look at the clouds or the insects or flowers. Whatever we were studying. We did not sit at a desk all the time. We experienced the world we were learning about. I needed to experience the world I was writing about, whether the present world or the past.
 
So, I'm changing my schedule and allowing "Me Time" each day. I may go for a walk with my cat. I may dig weeds out of the flowerbed. I may play the piano and listen to Beethoven or Elvis. "Me Time" will not include thinking about a story or reading a book to review. "Me Time" will be living.
Do you ever feel overwhelmed, like you'll never finish anything? If you do, take a little "Me Time." See how it works.





Today is also WRITER'S REBEL CREED.
Sheri Larsen started this, and I'm happy to be a part of it.

I'm working on "Trust my gut." A story I want to write keeps changing. I think I need to go back to the original idea. Good. That's decided.

The above might lead to "Writing out of my comfort zone." Not sure.

Revisions are beautiful

How are you doing with your Writer's Rebel Creed?

That's all I have for now.

Happy Reading.
 
 
 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

THE DARKNESS WITHIN RELEASE DAY


THE DARKNESS WITHIN
Release Day Celebration Hosted by MMSAI Tours
June 2nd
 
 
ABOUT THE BOOK
 
The Darkness Within
The Monster Within #2

Author: Kelly Hashway
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press




SYNOPSIS:
 
After dying of cancer at seventeen and being brought back to life by an evil witch who turned her into a monster, Samantha Thompson thinks she's finally gotten past all the tragedy in her life. Now she's part of a coven of good witches who are helping her and her boyfriend, Ethan Anderson, learn to use the powers they received from other witches. Aside from the fact that Sam and Ethan are still in hiding from their old lives--the ones they had before Sam was brought back to life--things couldn't be better. Sam and Ethan are inseparable. What could go wrong? 

Magic. 

Ethan's magic came from a witch who'd turned as evil as possible, and though his coven thought he'd be fine, the more he uses his magic, the stranger he starts acting. The magic inside him is changing who he is. One minute he's Sam's sweet, perfect Ethan and the next, he's a complete stranger. Even with all her witchy power, Sam is helpless against the magic corrupting Ethan. Can Sam find out what's wrong with him before she loses him to dark magic forever?


Book Links:
 
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23420876-the-darkness-within

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Darkness-Within-Monster/dp/1633920216

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-darkness-within-kelly-hashway/1120636036?ean=9781633920217

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kelly Hashway grew up reading R.L. Stein’s Fear Street novels and writing stories of her own, so it was no surprise to her family when she majored in English and later obtained a masters degree in English Secondary Education from East Stroudsburg University. After teaching middle school language arts for seven years, Hashway went back to school and focused specifically on writing. She is now the author of three young adult series, one middle grade series, and several picture books. She also writes contemporary romance under the pen name Ashelyn Drake. When she isn’t writing, Hashway works as an editor for Leap Books as well as for her own list of clients. In her spare time, she enjoys running, traveling, and volunteering with the PTO. Hashway currently resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, daughter, and two pets. Hashway is represented by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary Agency. 
Website: www.kellyhashway.com
Blog: http://kellyhashway.blogspot.com
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/kellyhashway
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Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/kellyhashway/
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Congratulations, Kelly, on another super novel.

Happy Reading.