Monday, January 30, 2017

THE REMNANT BOOK TOUR

What a wonderful way to start the week.
 
Author William Michael Davidson is on tour with MC Book Tours featuring his new novel, THE REMNANT, being released Feb. 7 by Dancing Lemur Press L.L.C.


You can follow Davidson’s tour schedule HERE for reviews, excerpts, interviews, features, and a chance to win a copy of his book.


◊THE REMNANT
◊by William Michael Davidson
◊Release date: February 7, 2017
◊$15.95, 6x9 Trade paperback, 242 pages
◊Science Fiction (FIC028000) / Christian Futuristic Fiction (FIC0402020)
◊Print ISBN 978-1-939844-29-3
◊eBook ISBN 978-1-939844-30-9
◊Order through Ingram, Follett, or from the publisher
◊$4.99 eBook available in all formats
 
One nation, without God...
 
          Colton Pierce apprehends Abberants—those who display symptoms of faith—and quarantines them on a remote island to ensure public safety.  Years prior, the government released a genetically-engineered super flu that destroyed the genes believed to be the biological source of spiritual experience in an effort to rid the world of terrorism. As an extractor with the Center for Theological Control, Colton is dedicated to the cause.
          But Colton's steadfast commitment is challenged when he learns his own son has been targeted for extraction. An underground militia, the Remnant, agrees to help Colton save his son in exchange for his assistance with their plan to free the Aberrants on the island.
          Colton is faced with the most important decision of his life. Remain faithful to the CTC? Or give up everything to save his son?
 
THE REMNANT is available to order in eBook form at the following sites:
 
The print format of the book is available at these sites:
 
Be sure to add THE REMNANT to your bookshelf on Goodreads.
 
 
 
Chapter 5 Excerpt

 

When Colton pulled his Lexus into his parking space at the rear of CTC Headquarters, he reminded himself that today was all business. He had a point to prove. He would dispel any notion that Ashton Lampson was a reasonable candidate for Chief Officer, and he would do it with unflinching authority.

“Very big day today,” Colton mumbled to himself as he stepped through the screening corridor.

A fatigued security officer sat behind a desk illuminated by several screens. He nodded approvingly when the first chime indicated that the NRNT chip in Colton’s skull identified him positively as Colton Pierce; a second chime indicated that he was unarmed. As a green light above the security monitor flashed on, the officer waved him through.

The door behind the security monitors unlocked, slowly hissed open, and Colton walked into the large lobby with marble floors, spiraling staircases, windows pouring in sunlight, and the general commotion of CTC workers running around like ants. Typical for a Monday morning.

Colton stepped over to one of the coffee machines to replenish his portable mug, and Kramer, half-looking down at his tablet and half-looking up at Colton, waddled up to him.

“Good morning, Kramer,” Colton said as he finished pouring himself a fresh cup. “Beautiful day out today, don’t you think?”

“Um, yes, if you say so.”

As usual, Kramer looked disheveled, slovenly dressed, with half of his white shirt tucked in and the other half hanging out. It seemed that Kramer employed all of his organizational talent on others but little, if any, on himself. In this way, Colton always found Kramer to be a contradiction. An interesting one. Kramer could probably tell Colton every appointment he had from now until his retirement, but at the same time, Kramer probably couldn’t tell anyone what he himself was doing day-to-day.

“Listen, we have some important business to get to today. We have that new hire in Extraction Team Seven. You need to do a personal interview. PR stuff. Doug wants a copy of your opinion by the end of the day. At least three Senior Extractors are needed before a final decision is made, and you’re the last one left.”

“Okay, let’s do that just before lunch. I’d like to walk around the offices for a little while. It’s been too long. I’d like to see what’s going on.”

Kramer looked down at his tablet, back to Colton, back to his tablet. Colton thought, by the look on Kramer’s face, that he had said something horribly offensive.

“Um, I’m afraid you don’t have time,” Kramer said. Now he was sweating, and he adjusted the tie that was already crooked to an even more crooked position. “They’re filming a public service announcement today—you know, typical PR stuff. We need you to say something. There’s some follow-up paperwork for your extraction last week regarding Josh Mosley. We need that before he can be sent off to the Quarantine Zone. And, of course, there’s been such a surge in calls these last several months, you could get a call any minute. You might need to suit up and leave.”

 
 
 
William Michael Davidson lives in Long Beach, California with his wife and two daughters. A believer that "good living produces good writing," Davidson writes early in the morning so he can get outside, exercise, spend time with people, and experience as much as possible.
 
A writer of speculative fiction, he enjoys stories that deal with humanity's inherent need for redemption.
 
For more on Davidson and his writing, connect with him on Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, and Amazon Author’s Page.
 
This is a tour-wide giveaway for two (2) print copies that are available to those living in the U.S. only and one (1) eBook copy available international. The giveaway will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Sunday, Feb. 26. You can enter to win at each stop of the tour.
 
Thanks for stopping by today. Be sure to visit the other blogs on the tour for more chances to win. The schedule is located HERE.

 
 
 

 

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

HOW TO GET GREAT BOOK REVIEWS

Welcome Wednesday. My subject today is about something vital to authors: getting book reviews. Maybe doing so is no problem for you, but for me it seems almost impossible. It seems I'm not alone though. I just went through my email, way back to June, 2016 (I know, that's bad) and deleted at least 30 requests for reviews from Amazon customers, every thing from jewelry to products I don't even know what they are to books. I don't know how it happened, exactly, but somehow I'm on the Amazon list as a top reviewer. I hate turning people down, but there are only so many hours in the day and I had no choice. I am determined, though, about gaining more reviews for my work. I owe it to my publishers and to my stories, so I bought a book that I think will help me overcome my shyness of asking for reviews.

 
I've read the book from cover to cover. I've started a spiral notebook with Carolyn's suggestions and ideas. I'm making a schedule. And I will get reviews for my books. Here's a bit more about this wonderful, helpful book.
 

HOW TO GET GREAT BOOK REVIEWS FRUGALLY AND ETHICALLY

By Carolyn Howard-Johnson

 

Every writer knows the importance of reviews for their work. Whether you write fiction or non-fiction, books for children or teens, romance or adventure, or any of the other genres, honest reviews help sell books. That said, how do authors get reviews? It’s not easy, let me tell you.

 

I’m one of those writers in need of honest reviews for my stories. So are hundreds, thousands of other authors. There are lots of reviewers, true, but they are flooded with review requests. I know, because I also review books. So what’s a poor author to do?

 

I wish I had some easy answers. I don’t, but Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s book, HOW TO GET GREAT BOOK REVIEWS FRUGALLY AND ETHICALLY, is filled with information and advice to help us in our search.

 

From the introduction, “Before We Get Started,” where Ms. Johnson discusses the magic of reviews, as well as the downers, to the final chapter, “When Your Book Sales Get Musty,” and the Appendices with resources and samples, the author shows us how and where to find reviewers, scams to be aware of, do’s and do not’s, and way more than I can mention in a review. In Chapter One, “Book Reviews Aren’t What You Think,” she explains the process of getting reviews. Other chapters explain “why” we need reviews and the problems of  “free” books, “shifty reviewers,” and “other scams.” There’s a good discussion about Amazon, and the way reviews there work. The book goes on and on and my personal copy has lots of yellow high-lights of things I hope to do for my novels.

 

If you’re having trouble finding reviewers for your work, then take a look at Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s book. I think you’ll be happy you did.

 

Recommended!

And don't forget the giveaway for a copy of the audio book for UNDER A PURPLE MOON. Two audio books will be given away. Just leave a comment whether you enjoy audio books or not, follow me on Twitter and on Amazon. And you're entered. Good luck. Winners announced next week.

 
Silver Award Winner in the 2016 Children's Literary Classics Awards, teen category.
 
 
Happy Reading!

 

Monday, January 23, 2017

GIVEAWAY, CARDINALS, AND WOODPECKERS

Quote for the week: Whether it's the best of times or the worst of times, it's the only time we've got.  Art Buchwald.


First, a gentle reminder of my giveaway of two copies of my audio book Under a Purple Moon, silver winner in the 2016 Children's Literary Classics Awards, teen category.
 
 
What people are saying:
Under a Purple Moon is a book about friendship, and in particular, about one young girl who comes to accept her own self-worth. Author Beverly Stowe McClure has done a splendid job depicting the wide and varied range of emotions experienced by Eden and her friends. Literary Classics Book Reviews


In case you missed how to enter the giveaway, here it is.

1.  Leave a comment on my blog saying whether you like audio books or not.

2.  Follow me on twitter.

3.  Follow me on my Amazon Page.

You earn one point for each thing you do. You can do one or two or three or none. Tell me in your comment how many points you've earned, and that's it. I'm giving away two audio copies. The giveaway will run from Jan. 16 through Jan. 31. Winners will be announced the following week.

I'll write everyone's name that enters on strips of paper, one strip for each entry, put them in a basket, and Patches will draw the winners. Don't laugh she's done it before. If she's not in the mood, then I'll choose the winners.
Next, I have some photos to share with you. What? You're not surprised? Yeah, I do take a lot of pictures.
 
 

It's winter where I live! Cold wind! Snow! Ice! Wait a second!
Right now, as I'm typing this, the temperature is 70 degrees.
A few rays of sunlight are breaking through the clouds.
Also a few drops of rain are falling from time to time.
This is winter? I'm not complaining, I love it.
The birds do too. Here are some recent visitors to my yard.
 
 
Cardinal


 
One afternoon, I looked outside and saw four cardinals in the yard. Knowing me, you can guess what I did. Yep, I got my camera and slipped quietly out the door. Three of the birds flew away. This little guy stayed so I could take his picture. Some people say that seeing a cardinal at a particular time in their life is a comforting signal from a deceased loved one. Whether this is factual or not, there is no doubt of the blessing received with a glimpse of a creature's beauty. Seven states have named the Cardinal their official bird.
 
Cardinals do not migrate. If you provide them cover and food, they will remain permanent residents. Their favorite food is black oil sunflower seeds.
 
 
Woodpecker
 

 
I'm not sure what kind of woodpecker this is, but he was outside my writing room window one day. A second bird was in the tree too, but they were moving so fast, eating insects in the tree, that I couldn't keep up with them. Was lucky to get this shot. It's dark because the day was cloudy, and if the flash comes on through the window, there's just a blur.

Have any birds visited  you lately?

Don't forget to leave a comment for the giveaway.
 
Have a great week. Hope your weather is nice.
 
Happy Reading!

Friday, January 20, 2017

I SURVIVED BLOGFEST

"This is Chrys Fey reporting for Disaster 5 News. I am in Corpus Christi, the Gulf Coast of Texas, where a tsunami hit yesterday morning. I have BJ McClure with me, a survivor of the tsunami. BJ, can you tell our viewers what happened, and how you survived?"

 I'll try, but I'm still a bit shaky. The cats and I came to Corpus Christi on vacation. Every morning we take a walk on the beach. I love to watch the waves roll in. The cats like to dig in the sand.  Yesterday morning was different. The ground was shaky, and I heard a roaring noise, like a jet plane was flying over. I searched the sky. No plane. But I knew we were in trouble when I glanced across the water and saw this huge wave, I mean gigantic, stretching as far in both directions as I could see. And it was headed for shore.
 
Now, I'd heard of tsunamis, but never saw one. And I hope to never see another one. I also knew we had to find shelter. We'd walked a good distance from the hotel. No way could we reach it before the wave came ashore. I had no idea how far inland the water would come. In the meantime, the cats were meowing and prowling around my legs, clearly  sensing disaster. I did the only thing that came to mind. Tucked one cat under one arm, the other cat under my other arm and took off in a run, which was more like wading through mud, at the speed I managed.

I was about ready to collapse, when a couple of guys drove up in a truck, waved for me to hop in the back with my cats and a half dozen other people, which I did thankfully. And minutes later we were safe at a shelter in town. I never did find out my rescuers names. But they save my life.
 




Title: Tsunami Crimes
Series: Disaster Crimes #3
Author: Chrys Fey
Genre: Romantic-Suspense
Page Count: 272



BLURB: Beth and Donovan have come a long way from Hurricane
Sabrina and the San Francisco earthquake. Now they are approaching their
wedding day and anxiously waiting to promise each other a lifetime of love. The
journey down the aisle isn’t smooth, though, as they receive threats from the
followers of the notorious criminal, Jackson Storm. They think they’ll be safe
in Hawaii, but distance can’t stop these killers. Not even a tsunami can.

This monstrous wave is the most devastating disaster Beth
has ever faced. It leaves her beaten, frightened. Is she a widow on her
honeymoon? As she struggles to hold herself together and find Donovan, she’s
kidnapped by Jackson's men.

Fearing her dead, Donovan searches the rubble and shelters
with no luck. The thought of her being swept out to sea is almost too much for
him to bear, but the reality is much worse. She’s being used as bait to get him
to fall into a deadly trap.


If they live through this disaster, they may never be the
same again. 




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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

WINNIE THE POOH HAS A BIRTHDAY

Happy Birthday to You. Happy Birthday to You. Happy Birthday, Dear Winnie the Pooh. Happy Birthday to you.

Welcome Wednesday! January 18 celebrates the birth of A. A. Milne in 1882. He wrote several children's books and created Winnie the Pooh and his friends, Christopher Robin, Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet, and Roo. It is not known who started this day, but many parties are scheduled to celebrate the occasion.

 
He was first known as Edward and made his debut in A. A. Milne's poem, "Teddy Bear" on February 13, 1924. He first appeared as Winnie the Pooh on December 24, 1925. And now you know.

Don't forget the audio book giveaway of UNDER A PURPLE MOON. If you haven't read about it, check here.

What people are saying about the novel.

"Be forewarned, you will not be able to put this book down! Beverly Stowe McClure gets into the mental psyche of teenagers with deep clarity and conviction the reader will feel the emotions of each character to their core." Donna McDine, multi-award winning author of stories for children.

Good luck!

Happy Reading

Monday, January 16, 2017

AUDIO BOOK GIVEAWAY

Quote for the week: Great books help you understand, and they help you feel understood.
–John Green

It's here. The audio book for UNDER A PURPLE MOON. Thank you, L. Diane Wolfe, my publisher, for the audio edition of the novel.



I'm so excited, I want to share it with all my friends. So, I'm having a giveaway. Since Rafflecopter and I don't get along too well, I'm doing it the "old-fashioned" way. I'm a bit old-fashioned about a lot of things, but that's another story. Anyhow, here's how the giveaway will work.

1.  Leave a comment on my blog saying whether you like audio books or not.

2.  Follow me on twitter.

3.  Follow me on my Amazon Page.

You earn one point for each thing you do. You can do one or two or three or none. Tell me in your comment how many points you've earned, and that's it. I'm giving away two audio copies. The giveaway will run from Jan. 16 through Jan. 31. Winners will be announced as soon as I can see again after the cataract surgery.

I'll write everyone's name that enters on strips of paper, one strip for each entry, put them in a basket, and Patches will draw the winners. Don't laugh she's done it before. See.

She's looking them over.
 

Choosing is tiring work. She has to rest a minute.
 
Finally, she wakes up, and the winner is ...

If Patches doesn't cooperate, I'll draw the winner, unless Tiger wants to choose. He'd rather climb trees, so I'm not counting on him. I'll post the winners on my blog for your email and where you want me to send the audio book.

Good luck!
 
Happy Listening!
 
Also, the two critique groups I was in have faded into the sunset. I'm searching. If anyone knows of a group that's open to new members, please contact me. I write for children and teens. My email is Beverlysmcclure (at) aol (dot) com
 
Thanks!
 

I've corrected the links. I hope. For some reason, I'm having all sorts of problems with Blogger. Sorry.


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

CITY OF SAINTS & THIEVES REVIEW

Welcome Wednesday.  I receive e-mails from several different publishers and they often offer ARCs of forthcoming books. I try to ignore them, but sometimes I can't. That's how I received an ARC of CITY OF SAINTS & THIEVES by Natalie C. Anderson.  Publication date January 24, 2017. Here are my thoughts.

 
CITY OF SAINTS & THIEVES arc review
By Natalie C. Anderson
 
Refugee: a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disasters. The world today, as in the past, is filled with refugees, searching for a home, a place of safety for their families. Some find happiness, but sadly, others do not.
 
CITY OF SAINTS & THIEVES, by Author Natalie C. Anderson, is the story of sixteen-year-old Tina , a refugee from the Congo. Her mother is dead, murdered by Mr. Grayhill, her employer, or so Tina believes. Her younger sister, Kiki, is on scholarship at a boarding school, and Tina is a member of the Goondas, the gang in Sangui City. Not exactly the new life her mother had wanted for her children. Tina’s goal in life is to watch the wealthy Mr. Grayhill’s world crumble around him. Then she’ll kill him, the way he did her mother. But life is complicated, and Tina soon learns the truth about Mr. Grayhill’s family, as well as about her own.
 
Natalie C. Anderson has created characters that seem human. They’re not perfect. They have their faults, as well as their good points. Tina is tough. She has to be to survive. She’ll also do most anything to get her revenge. When it comes to her younger sister, though, she’s loving and caring and gentle. Her emotions about Michael, Mr. Grayhill’s son and her friend, are even more complicated.
 
Tina’s search for the truth, the choices she makes, and what she discovers about her family make for a fascinating read. CITY OF SAINTS & THIEVES is filled with action, violence, tender moments, and a girl’s coming of age. This novel would make a great addition for middle school classrooms and libraries, as well as public libraries and your own. Recommended.   
 
 
Happy Reading!

Monday, January 9, 2017

INK RIPPLES BOOK COVERS

Quote for the week: Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend. Albert Camus




#InkRipples is a meme created by Katie L. Carroll, Mary Waibel, and Kai Strand. They post on the first Monday of every month with a new topic. I post, but not always the first Monday. It's a lot of fun, and you can post too, any day that fits your schedule. Be sure to link back to Katie, Mary, and Kai.

January's topic is Book Covers. What about a cover attracts you? A lovely scene, mountains, rivers, animals, and characters get my attention. Here are some of my favorites, not all by any means.


You're not surprised? Of course, I like cats.
 
 
This is so inspiring and the colors are warm and lovely.
 
 
The cover tells the story.
 
What are your favorite covers?
 
Happy Reading!


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR IWSG

Welcome to the first Wednesday of 2017, 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 - aim for a dozen new people each time. Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post.
 
Ninja Alex J. Cavanaugh is the founder of IWSG.
 
His awesome co-hosts for the January 4 posting of the IWSG will be Eva @ Lillicasplace, Crystal Collier, Sheena-kay Graham, Chemist Ken, LG Keltner, and Heather Gardner!

Stop by their blogs and say "Thank You."
 
The question for January is "What writing rule do you wish you'd never heard?"
This question is optional.

Maybe you have set goals for 2017. Maybe not.
I have, sort of, mostly to relax more and not worry about my writing when it's going wrong.
Also to take a break when I'm having trouble, work on other stories, then go back to it with fresh ideas.
I hope to try some new things this year for promotion, too. That is my most insecure place.
Nothing I do seems to sell more books. Maybe I'll find the magic answer, if there is such a thing. I'm going to try.
And, I must get organized. Ha, ha. Enough said.

To answer the above question: there are writing rules? Mmm, I had to check on that. So I looked it up; there are, and some of the rules made me laugh, especially on a site called The Guardian, where famous authors you will recognize share their top 10 rules. Here's the link. I couldn't copy them because of copy right.
As for serious rules I wish I'd never heard of, I really can't think of any, because most rules help me.

The rule for who gets the cat tree is

the cat that's the toughest!


Or maybe Tiger is just a gentleman cat and lets Patches have the tree.

Have a wonderful 2017.


Happy Reading!