Friday, July 31, 2015

VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR FOR MADISON'S SONG

Remember awhile back we had a cover reveal for MADISON'S SONG by Author Christine Amsden. Today, we have much more. I'm happy to be a part of the author's tour. Enjoy.



Her voice is enchanting; his soul is black...

Madison Carter has been terrified of Scott Lee since the night he saved her from an evil sorcerer – then melted into a man-eating monster before her eyes. The werewolf is a slave to the moon, but Madison's nightmares are not.

Despite her fears, when Madison's brother, Clinton, is bitten by a werewolf, she knows there is only one man who can help. A man who frightens her all the more because even in her nightmares, he also thrills her.

Together for the first time since that terrible night, Scott and Madison drive to Clinton's home only to discover that he's vanished. Frantic now, Madison must overcome her fears and uncover hidden strengths if she hopes to save him. And she's not the only one fighting inner demons. Scott's are literal, and they have him convinced that he will never deserve the woman he loves.

*Stand-alone companion to the Cassie Scot series

Buy Links




Paperback Release: October 15

Audiobook Release: TBA

The Cassie Scot Series

Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective (Cassie Scot #1)




Secrets and Lies (Cassie Scot #2)




Mind Games (Cassie Scot #3)




Stolen Dreams (Cassie Scot #4)




About the Author

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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MADISON’S SONG Review

By Christine Amsden


When you hear the word werewolf, what comes to mind? A savage beast that kills for the joy of killing? A human who turns into a furry creature at the full moon? A poor soul who would rather be human, but has no choice? Or perhaps you think all these things.

Award winning author Christine Amsden’s latest fantasy novel, MADISON’S SONG, starts with action in the prologue and never lets up.  Madison is drawn to Scott and possibly loves him. She also fears Scott because he has the power to change her life, and not for the better. Scott is a werewolf (his pack's alpha) and also a powerful sorcerer, who loves Madison, but doesn’t want to hurt her and tries to protect her from himself.  When her brother calls and tells her he’s been turned into a werewolf and needs magic, she knows the only one who can help her save her brother is Scott. Madison and Scott soon discover that much more is going on than her brother being turned into a werewolf.

Madison has a power of her own, though she seldom uses it. She has little confidence in her abilities, but when she discovers that her gift may be all that saves them from death or worse, will she find the courage to use her power?

Ms. Amsden has written a story about werewolves, magic, sorcerers, romance and prayer. Most of all, MADISON’S SONG is a story about making the best of the life one has. I especially like the way Madison doesn’t depend on just her power to succeed, but puts her faith in God through prayer. This is a story that shows the brutality of the werewolf, along with the evil in man. The author also manages to make Scott a likable character in spite of his behavior as a werewolf. I can only hope we see more of Madison and Scott in the future.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

BOOK BLITZ- A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER

Please join me today to celebrate with Author Elodie Nowodazkij her latest story, A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER.

YouTube video of the author: https://youtu.be/eS0qQRr0vRQ

A Broken Dreams Novella

She’s his best friend’s little sister. He’s the biggest player of them all.

They shouldn’t be together. But this summer’s just too tempting.

Sixteen-year-old Emilia Moretti’s goal for the summer is simple: forget her brother’s best friend—Nick Grawsky—ever existed. It should be easy: He’s spending his summer in the Hamptons, adding girls in tiny bikinis to his list of broken hearts. Guarantee he won’t be telling them they’re like his little sisters. This summer, Emilia won’t stay awake at night thinking about him. She’ll need flawless ballet movements to have a shot at next year’s showcase, and she’s finally ready to search for her birth parents. But when Nick decides to stay in the city, Emilia’s resolve disappears in a pirouette. Maybe it’s the spin they needed to be together. As long as she doesn’t get stuck believing in happily ever after…

Nick is tired of pretending to be the happy, let’s-have-fun guy. His father wants him to change his career from professional dancer to…lawyer. He needs to put all of his focus on dancing to prove to Daddy Dearest he’s good enough to make it big. And he may have a case of the bluest balls in history courtesy of Emilia. She’s off-limits: The bro code with Roberto even forbids the dirty thoughts he has about her. Besides, he’s not boyfriend material. He only has time for flings, for girls who don’t expect much, for girls he doesn’t want to kiss goodnight. He knows he should resist her, but he’s not sure he wants to…

At least for this summer.

It’s going to be a summer like no other.

Buy it now :) (Special price of $0.99 ends on Sunday August 2nd)




Five Facts about A Summer Like No Other

1.      Elodie’s sister’s name is Emilie. This may or may not have influenced the name of the main character to Emilia J

 

2.      The sentence, “It’s nothing but a brief touch, a brief brush of our fingers, a brief hurricane of feelings.” was written in cooperation with her husband. She asked him for a word, he said “storm,” she changed it to “hurricane”.

 

3.      Elodie designed the cover of A Summer Like No Other.

 

4.      A Summer Like No Other almost never saw the light of the day, it was only supposed to be a few notes to help Elodie draft Always Second Best, but the characters wanted their summer to be told.

 

5.      A lot of kissing was added during the revision stage.

 
To celebrate the release of A Summer Like No Other, I have set up a giveaway with pretty special prizes
(including a leather bracelet from Chloe + Isabel)
You have mannnnny ways to enter and you have an entire month to do so!
Link to participate: http://smarturl.it/ASLNOgiveaway  Open internationally.
Thank you SO MUCH!!!
Other books by the author:
·         One, Two, Three – available now (AmazonB&NiTunesKobo)
·         One Dream Only – Free! (AmazonB&NiTunesKobo)
·         Always Second Best – Available for pre-order (Amazon)
 

About the author
 
 
 
Elodie Nowodazkij was raised in a tiny village in France, where she could always be found a book in hand. At nineteen, she moved to the US, where she learned she’d never lose her French accent. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Modern Language & Linguistics, and later earned master’s degrees in German Cultural Studies and European Studies. Unbeknownst to her professors, she sometimes drafted stories in class. Now she lives in Maryland with her husband, their dog and their cat. She's also a serial smiley user.
Connect with the author
Facebook reader group (chat with the author, early excerpts, ARCs opportunities, giveaways…) – https://www.facebook.com/groups/954159761294820/
Newsletter (Exclusive bonus scenes, regular updates, videos, giveaways…) – http://elodienowodazkij.us3.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=4fe2ebb3f95df52e0954e0044&id=f404024751
Congratulations, Elodie!
 
Happy Reading!

Monday, July 27, 2015

TRUTH TELLER REVIEW

Quote for the week:  Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today, I'm delighted to share another book I finished reading recently: TRUTH TELLER by Kurt Chambers. So, relax with an iced tea, coffee, or your favorite drink and snack and enjoy.


Mysterious Cover, Right?
 
TRUTH TELLER Review
By Kurt Chambers
 
Do you enjoy shopping in antique stores or grungy looking shops that you think you probably should stay away from, but something pulls you inside anyway? Have you ever spotted something that you just had to purchase, though you had no idea why?
In Author Kurt Chambers’ novel, TRUTH TELLER, ten-year-old Charlotte, her parents and six-year-old sister, Beth, are on holiday, when Charlotte  wanders  into an old shop where she sees a snow dome without snow. Inside the dome is a miniature planet revolving in slow motion. She really wants that dome. When an old man in the shop offers it to her for free, how can she refuse? The only catch is she must always tell the truth. If she only knew what lay ahead, she might have had second thoughts about accepting the dome. Or maybe not. Anyway, what follows is an adventure with elves, dark creatures, trolls, magic, danger and a lot more.
The author has created a fantasy world with all sorts of creatures, good ones and bad ones, exactly what a good story needs. I especially liked Elderfield, AKA Elder. He was so kind and helpful to Charlotte. The kind of big brother a girl should have. There’s plenty of action and some violence, along with gentle moments and humor.  So for your next reading adventure, follow along with Charlotte and Elder in TRUTH TELLER.
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Happy Reading!

Friday, July 24, 2015

ASHELYN DRAKE'S OUR LITTLE SECRET TAG LINE BLITZ AND SEVENTH GRADE ALIEN HERO


Ashelyn Drake has a new book due out soon.
 
 
 




 
 
Congratulations, Ashelyn!
 
That's a good question. Will have to think about it.
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I also have a fun review to share with you today.
 
Meet a SEVENTH GRADE ALIEN HERO!
 
 
 

SEVENTH GRADE ALIEN HERO Review
By K. L. Pickett
Have you ever dreamed of being famous? Would you like to do something spectacular that will get you in the newspapers and on TV? Maybe you’ve been successful and accomplished your dreams. Or maybe you became famous in a different way than you imagined.
In Author K. L. Pickett’s MG science fiction novel, we meet Dustin Cotter as he and his mother adjust to a new home in a new state after his parents’ divorce. A move to a strange town, where you don’t know anyone at school, is tough on a seventh-grade boy, or any boy for that matter. Making friends is hard to do. There’s Miranda, his nearest neighbor who isn’t very near since they live way out in the desert. He’d like to know Miranda better. Then there’s Max, who picks on Dustin. Yes, it’s a tough beginning for Dustin in his new home.
If only he could do something to make himself famous, Miranda might pay attention to him and he might remind his dad he has a son. When a tiny, tiny spaceship crash lands out in the desert, Dustin sees his chance. As has happened for most of his life, things turn out a lot different than he has planned. I’m not going to give anything away, but be prepared for an adventure you won’t soon forget as you travel along with Dustin, Miranda, and Max on a journey that only seventh-graders could think of.
K. L. Pickett has written a fun story that young readers and older readers alike should enjoy. SEVENTH GRADE ALIEN HERO might remind you of those days when you were a kid and believed that most anything could happen if you wanted it enough. I recommend this book for school libraries, public libraries, and your own personal library.
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Available at:
 
MUSEITUP PUBLISHING  AMAZON and other places where eBooks are sold.
 
Happy Reading!
 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

TIM'S MAGIC CHRISTMAS!

What better way to cool these hot summer days than to think  Christmas?

I am delighted today to share Author Melanie Robertson-King's latest story, TIM'S MAGIC CHRISTMAS, with you. So, here's a little Christmas in July. Enjoy.



This cover is so adorable. Look at that smile.

Tim’s Magic Christmas Blurb:

For Tim Frost, Christmas 2011 is a washout. No Santa. No presents. Nothing. His father lost his job when the mill closed and now the family is on the verge of losing their home.

A chance encounter with Nick Kringle, a modern-day Santa Claus teaches Tim that the greatest gift you receive is the gift of giving.

Buy Links:

In paperback directly from the author. Email melanie@melanierobertson-king.com for details.

Coming soon in mobi and epub formats for most e-readers.
 
My Review
 
 
 
 
TIM’S MAGIC CHRISTMAS
Melanie Robertson-King
 
Christmas, that magical time of the year when children make their “wish” list for the gifts they hope to find under their trees. Sometimes, however, a child’s wishes may not be answered in the way he or she had hoped, but perhaps in an even better way.
In TIM’S MAGIC CHRISTMAS, Author Melanie Robertson-King’s new story for children, the holidays are fast approaching, and Tim Frost wants an iPod for Christmas. There’s one problem. His father has lost his job and money is scarce. His parents can barely pay the bills and buy groceries, much less buy expensive gifts for their children. So, Tim, thinking like a sixth-grader how he can help his family in these tough times, decides to take the $35 and change he’s saved and run away from home. Without him, his parents will have one less mouth to feed.
Little does Tim know the surprises that await him when he rides the bus away from his home town. The places he goes and the people he meets give Tim a new understanding of the true magic of Christmas. Melanie Robertson-King has written a beautiful story about giving and sharing and discovering what’s truly important in life. I recommend this story for school libraries, public libraries, and your own private library. It will renew your faith and hope in our world and the gentle people in it.
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Melanie Robertson-King has always been a fan of the written word. Growing up as an only child, her face was almost always buried in a book from the time she could read. Her father was one of the thousands of Home Children sent to Canada through the auspices of The Orphan Homes of Scotland, and she has been fortunate to be able to visit her father’s homeland many times and even met the Princess Royal at the orphanage where he was raised.
 
A Shadow in the Past, Melanie’s debut novel set in Scotland was published by 4RV Publishing in 2012. Its sequel, Shadows From Her Past, will be coming soon.
 
Melanie has also published a number of her short stories in The Consequences Collection
 
Thank you, Melanie, for sharing your lovely story with us.
Congratulations on your new book.
 
Happy Reading!
 
 

 

Monday, July 20, 2015

HOT PINK IN THE CITY COVER REVEAL


Quote for the week: Pick the day. Enjoy it - to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come... The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present - and I don't want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future. Audrey Hepburn

Today, it is my pleasure to host Medeia Sharif for the cover reveal of her YA novel HOT PINK IN THE CITY

Cover Reveal

HOT PINK IN THE CITY, Prizm Books

Author: Medeia Sharif
Release date: August 19, 2015

Asma Bashir wants two things: a summer fling and her favorite
'80s songs. During a trip to New York City to stay with relatives, she messes
up in her pursuit of both. She loses track of the hunk she met on her airplane
ride, and she does the most terrible thing she could possibly do to her strict
uncle…ruin his most prized possession, a rare cassette tape. A wild goose chase
around Manhattan and Brooklyn to find a replacement tape yields many
adventures—blackmail, theft, a chance to be a TV star, and so much more. Amid
all this turmoil, Asma just might be able to find her crush in the busiest,
most exciting city in the world.

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Medeia – YA and MG Author

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Friday, July 17, 2015

LIFE WITHOUT THE INTERNET: A HORROR STORY

Friday Fun!
 
Yes, yes, yes, I'm back.  I've been without Internet Service for two weeks, but as of Thursday afternoon I'm back in business. I'm cross posting this from the Obscure Kid Lit Authors blog.
 
My horror story started one creepy Friday evening. I turned on my computer. I clicked on the blue “e” with the golden crown. The screen popped up. Blank, except for these words. You’re not connected to a network. Then it gave instructions how to fix the problem. Gasp. Nooooooooo! That can’t be. It worked earlier in the day. But now those little green lights on the modem in the window were winking at me.



Okay. I took several deep breaths. No big deal. It’s happened before. I’ll just unplug everything, wait a few minutes and plug it all back in. I paced the floor, thinking of all the stuff I needed to do on the Internet. A few minutes later, I connected all the wires and waited for Google to show up. No luck, so I tried again. Three times I tried. Those stupid green lights just danced and laughed (don’t say lights can’t talk. These were evil lights.)



I know when I’m beat, so I turned off the computer and told myself it would be all right tomorrow. The next day, however, I decided a wicked genie evidently cast a spell on my Internet Service. (To protect the innocent, I won’t  tell who it is/was, since I’ve since cancelled with them.) Since I was having no luck with making contact, I called the company and after I pushed the right numbers a few times, I finally talked to a very nice young man. He apologized and apologized, and assured me they were working on the tower and service would be restored in two to twenty-four hours. Well, that was 12 days ago.


I now have a different provider and the Internet was installed Thursday afternoon. I've enjoyed my afternoons at the library, using their WIFI. The ladies there are the nicest people.  I’ve been to the library almost every day. And you know what? I’ve enjoyed the quiet, the no interruptions, and the occasional child that wants to show me his/her toys and reminds me of why I write for children.


I also have discovered that life goes on without the Internet. My house is now much cleaner. You can almost see the flowers in the flowerbed where weeds once choked them out. I’m working on putting pictures in albums. I have a slew of them. And I’ve been writing, though slowly, which is just me.


Maybe I needed a break. Maybe I needed a reminder of the real world. Oh, but I miss the cyber world. Nice to be back.
 
What do you do when your Internet takes a vacation?


Happy Reading!