Monday, December 31, 2012


At last! The book I've been waiting for is out. GRIFFIN'S STORM, the third book in the Griffin Series. And it was worth the wait. I'd like to share my thoughts with you, dear readers. Thank you, Darby Karchut, for your angels, who though are not perfect, are delightful to know.

GRIFFIN’S STORM (Book Three Water) Review

By Darby Karchut

Have you ever started reading a book where the real world goes away and you’re caught up in the imaginary world of the characters? You tell the cats “I’ll feed you later.” You tell the homework that’s due tomorrow “You can wait.” And you put a “Do not Disturb” sign on your bedroom door then vanish into your hideaway, where angels soon cast a spell over you. GRIFFIN’S STORM, the third book in the Griffin Series, by award winning author Darby Karchut, is that kind of book. I’ve been looking forward to the release of this novel for tween/young adult readers for months. Now it’s here and is everything I had hoped it would be and more.

Tiro Griffin is back. So are his powers as a guardian angel. It’s a good thing too, for Griffin is about to face the greatest challenge of his sixteen years. Nicopolis, Griffin’s former abusive Mentor is back as well and out for revenge on Griffin, blaming him for being stripped of his rank as a Mentor. To add to Griffin’s troubles, Guardian Sukalli sends Sergei, recently promoted from Tiro status and who Griffin gets along with about as well as my two cats get along, to be Griffin’s body guard. The scenes with Sergei and Griffin are my favorite parts of the book. Their behavior is so human in the way they talk to each other, sometimes teasing, sometimes like they’re worst enemies about to tear each other’s heads off. (Being Terrae Angeli they could do it.) They very much remind me of real teens, with their faults as well as their good points. Can Sergei put aside his and Griffin’s past differences when danger threatens? Can Griffin? Can they work together to defeat Nicopolis and his followers and save not just themselves but all the Guardian Angels? Add his spats with his human girlfriend, Katie, and Griffin thinks his life can’t get any worse.

Darby Karchut moves the plot along smoothly with tender scenes of young love, mixed with scenes of fast-paced adventure and danger. Vivid descriptions make the reader feel like he or she is in the middle of the action. GRIFFIN’S STORM is a story of what happens when an evil angel takes control and is determined to destroy all those that oppose him. GRIFFIN’S STORM is also a story of an angel father and son, like mortal fathers and sons, willing to give their lives for each other. I mustn’t forget Mentor Nan-ja and her Tiro Vassar, also sent to protect Griffin and Basil. When Griffin, Sergei, and Vassar get together, well, three teens, even teen angels, can get in trouble too.

I’ve always believed that we have guardian angels watching over us. GRIFFIN’S STORM gives us a look at what they might be like. This novel is perfect for school libraries and classrooms, as well as your own personal library. Of course you’ll want to read the previous books, GRIFFIN RISING and GRIFFIN’S FIRE, as well. Now, when does the next book come out? Soon, please. Thank you, Darby Karchut, for introducing your readers to characters that we won’t soon forget, if ever.


Available at Amazon and other major stores.

 Darby Karchut is an award-winning writer, a teacher, and a compulsive dawn greeter. She lives in Colorado with her husband and owns more backpacks than purses. As she should.

Happy Reading 

Friday, December 21, 2012


At last! The day has arrived. The cover reveal of my forthcoming YA/TWEEN paranormal eBook, A PIRATE, A BLOCKADE RUNNER, AND A CAT. TaDa! Here it is.

The talented artist is Nika Dixon.
Thirteen-year-old Erik Burks’ life is falling apart. When he discovers a lace bra in the glove compartment of his dad’s car, his mom leaves his father and drags Erik from being king of the hill in Texas to the bottom of the pits in South Carolina. No Dad, no baseball, no friends, just Starry Knight (a girl who reads minds) and her equally weird brother, Stormy, the twins that live down the block.

Just when Erik thinks life can’t get any worse, while hanging out at the beach one evening, he and the twins notice lights radiating from the lighthouse. The only problem is the lighthouse was deactivated years ago. Stranger still, a ship materializes in the moonlit harbor. Curious, the twins and a reluctant Erik investigate and discover the ghost of a blockade runner, a phantom cat, and a pirate who prowls Charleston Harbor, all searching for rest.

A former nonbeliever in the existence of ghosts, Erik cannot deny the proof before him. And he has a revelation: The ghosts may be the answer to his desire to return home. Erik soon makes a deal with the ghosts. He’ll help them find what they’re looking for so their spirits can rest in peace. In return, the ghosts will scare Erik’s mother so she’ll be on the next flight back to Texas. Star thinks his plan stinks, but Erik wants his life back, even at the cost of his mother’s sanity.


Release Date: Jan. 4, 2013

Pre-Order at MuseItUp Bookstore: 20 % discount

It's available for all kinds of eReaders.

Thank you for letting me share my good news.

Happy Reading

Monday, December 17, 2012



Eight-year-old Robert is eager to share his wish list with Santa at the mall on Christmas Eve. When he meets Glenn, who has only one request for Santa, Robert is confused over what he should do. Can he cast aside what he wants and ask Santa to bring his new friend a special gift?

Inspiration Behind A Christmas Kindness

How is it that children have the ability to reach out and help others in ways adults don't always think to do?

One year, our oldest daughter--then only eight--went door-to-door in our neighborhood collecting money for Toys for Tots. Coordinated by the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve, this program collects new, unwrapped toys each year and distributes them as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in our communities. This summer, my girls ran a lemonade stand so they could bring money to a local animal shelter.

Why don't I think of doing such things? I guess it's easier to write a check and send it in the mail. But what effort is involved in that? My children make it personal, and much more meaningful, by giving something of themselves.

With A Christmas Kindness, I hope to capture the generosity of a child's heart--the way they look at the world as a place of endless opportunities to make a difference.

May you be blessed this holiday season.

Cheryl Malandrinos, writing as C. C. Gevry, is a children’s author and editor. She is a member of SCBWI. A Christmas Kindness is her first book with 4RV Publishing. Visit her online at

Pump Up Your Book and C. C. Gevry are teaming up to give you a chance to win some fabulous prizes!






Each person will enter this giveaway by liking, following, subscribing and tweeting about this giveaway through the Rafflecopter form placed on blogs throughout the tour. If your blog isn’t set up to accept the form, then after they visit your blog, they are directed to where they can fill out the form to gain more entries.

This promotion will run from December 17th - December 21st. The winner will be chosen randomly by Rafflecopter, contacted by email, and announced on December 24th.

Each blogger who participates is eligible to enter and win.

Visit each blog stop below to gain more entries as the Rafflecopter widget will be placed on each blog for the duration of the tour.

What a great way to not only win these fabulous prizes, but to gain followers and comments too! Good luck everyone!


A Christmas Kindness Book Blast Schedule

Monday, December 17th

Carpinello’s Writing Pages

Celtic Connexions

WV Stitcher

Seasons of Opportunities

The Busy Mom’s Daily

The Book Connection

The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection

George Beddingfield

Margay Leah Justice

The Story of a Writer

Janet K. Brown

Bluebell Books

Paperback Writer

Hollywood Daze

Writing Daze

Maureen’s Musings

Coffee & A Keyboard


a Rafflecopter giveaway

If the form doesn't work, you can enter at:

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


I got a sneak peek today of the cover for my forthcoming MG/Tween ebook, A PIRATE, A BLOCKADE RUNNER, AND A CAT. I love it. Very ghostly. Hope to share it with you soon. In the meantime you can preorder the ebook at a discount from the publisher MuseItUp Publishing. Read the blurb and an excerpt to meet the kids, Eric, Star, and Stormy.

Also, check out the interview Carolyn Krecklow, Editor of the SCBWI Northeast and North Central Texas Newsletter, did of me for the Endcap. It's a PDF so should be easy to download.

Happy Reading.

Maven McClure (You'll have to read the newsletter to know what that means.)

Monday, December 10, 2012


Look who stopped by my blog today. Maggie Lyons.

Maggie was kind enough to answer some questions for me. She is quite the interesting author. I think you'll agree. 



Bev: Hi, Maggie. Welcome to my blog. Please tell us about yourself and how you became a writer.

Maggie: I’m a trapeze artist, astronaut, spy—just kidding! Well, the bit about being a spy is true. It happened a long time ago when I worked at the British embassy in Romania, which was struggling under the yoke of a communist government at that time. I found myself playing unofficial spy with the blessing of my embassy. It was silly fun, short-lived, and planets away from my middle-class upbringing in the UK. I was born in a little coal-mining town in South Wales and properly brought up in England where I did English things such as attending an all-girls grammar school, playing rounders (the English equivalent of baseball), doing two hours of homework every day, and going on soggy caravan (RV) holidays with my family. With no concern for the aural well-being of my family and neighbors, I also trained as a classical pianist, putting in daily four-hour practices.

Once I grew up—wait, that’s a fib; I’ve never actually grown up. Well, as a twenty-year-old child, I experimented with hedonism in Paris, where, among other things, I taught English to naughty French schoolgirls and failed to abide by the British embassy’s social rules in Romania—but that’s another story. My job in Bucharest was, among other challenges, to appease visiting Royal Ballet dancers. If you’ve ever attempted to herd butterflies, you’ll know what I mean.

Soon after that I gravitated to the USA because the streets here were supposed to be paved with gold. They weren’t, but I stayed anyway and finally wound up catching my breath in a tranquil fishing and farming community on Virginia’s coast.

My so-called professional life has been a regal zigzag through a motley slew of careers from orchestral management to law-firm media relations to academic editing, all of which entailed a lot of writing and editing. Although that work brought me plenty of satisfaction, it didn’t produce the kind of magic that can come from writing fiction and nonfiction for children, which I began to do about five years ago, at the start of my so-called retirement.

Bev: When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Maggie: Everything and nothing. When I grew up in the UK in the forties, fifties, and early sixties, girls were not encouraged to think in terms of professional careers. I was told I had three options: teaching, nursing, and secretarial work, which were merely a prelude to marriage and reproduction, the sacred and only destiny of all right-minded females. An obedient child, I accepted that advice. I didn’t think I could make a successful career as a concert pianist; I didn’t want to teach—I’d had second thoughts after trying to corral feisty French schoolgirls; I wasn’t a particularly altruistic young woman and quite squeamish, so nursing was out. That left secretarial work, which I plunged into but discovered the old saying was true: never learn to type or you’ll be stuck doing it permanently. I’d hoped to rise from the secretarial ranks to the executive ranks. Didn’t happen. British management in those days was predominantly a male stronghold. That’s when I turned back to music, only I wrote about it: I became the program annotator and in-house musicologist of the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington, DC. Super job. I wallowed in it.

Bev: Twitter your newest release in 140 characters or less.

Maggie: Dewi and the Seeds of Doom: moxie, firepower, and catastrophe-skirting capers abound when small Welsh dragon battles evil corn baron.

Bev: How did you come up with the idea for your latest book and were there any glitches along the way?

Maggie: For a long time I’d wanted to contribute my two cents’ worth to developing awareness of Wales, its history, culture, and landscapes in the same way that the Scotland and Ireland enjoy global recognition. I decided to make a Welsh national symbol, the red dragon—y ddraig goch, as the creature is called in Welsh—the hero of a story for children. Welsh dragons are symbols of national pride and therefore not your average hostile, snarly, eat-little-boys-for-breakfast mythical beast. In my story, Dewi and the Seeds of Doom, a young Welsh dragon named Dewi knows he must do good deeds to uphold the reputation of all Welsh dragons as symbols of national pride. He’s nosy and feisty, attributes that propel him into becoming an amateur detective. The story goes downhill from there. It’s a boisterous romp with a serious underlying message: the dangers of consuming genetically modified organisms, something which most Americans do every day without realizing what they’re eating.

Bev: You’re shipwrecked on a deserted island. What character from a book other than yours would you want to be stranded there with you? Why?

Maggie: Roald Dahl’s Matilda because she’s smart and feisty. I wish had been as self-confident and resourceful when I was young. And I bet she’d get us both off that island in no time.

Bev: What would we see if we opened your closet door?

Maggie: Literal or metaphorical closet? Either way, ghosts of the past and vestiges of the present: clothes I can no longer get into but keep in the forlorn hope of losing the necessary poundage; photos of people whose names I no longer remember; and an accordion I’m going to learn to play some day. I’m still working on turning those images into metaphorical ones.

Bev: Tell us your favorites:

Far too many to have one favorite, but of the most recently viewed movies, I’d vote for St. Ives (based on a novel by Robert Louis Stephenson) for its witty humor. I’m going to cheat and add two more, Cold Comfort Farm, again for its wit, and the old classic, The Third Man, for edge-of-seat, thought-provoking drama, an intelligent script, and one of the most famous monologues in movie history, the “Swiss Cuckoo Clock” speech.

Actor: Rufus Sewell, gorgeous eye candy

Actress: Glenda Jackson, woman of wit and conviction

Book: Again, too many to have one favorite, but a favorite among the most recently read is Jane Gardam’s Old Filth. Gardam is a master (mistress?) of the English language.

Singer or Group: The late soprano, Elizabeth Schwarzkopf, whose spine-chilling performance of Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs is unforgettable. And in the same nostalgic vein, soprano Jessye Norman’s performance of Samuel Barber’s Knoxville, Summer of 1915 is ethereal bliss.

Bev: Coffee or tea?
Maggie: Ginger tea

Bev: Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter?
Maggie: Spring in Virginia, summer in Scotland, fall in southern France, winter anywhere it’s warm

Bev: If you could have super powers what would you wish for?

Maggie: Superpower is dangerous, but I would like to be able to make people question things they’ve always taken for granted, examine their beliefs, search more diligently for the truth, be less gullible—and I’d love to have the power to bring a sense of humor to those who lack one.

Bev: If you could choose to live in another time, would you prefer the past or the future?

Maggie: I’m old-fashioned, so would also choose the past, even if it meant foregoing the benefits of modern conveniences and technology. A couple of hundred years ago, the air was cleaner, food contained few chemicals and was far more nutritious, and lifestyles allowed people to be vastly more sociable.

Bev: Are you working on any new books now? Tell us about them.

Maggie: Possible sequels to both Vin and the Dorky Duet and Dewi and the Seeds of Doom.

Bev: Where can your fans learn more about you?







Halo Publishing:

MuseItUp Publishing:


Bev: Would you like to share anything else with your fans?

Maggie: A very heartfelt thank-you for reading this far. Come visit me and my books.

Bev: Thank you, Maggie, for taking time out of your busy day to visit with us. Stop by anytime.

Maggie: Thank you, Beverly. It’s been a pleasure.

How's this for a neat dragon?
Happy Reading!

Friday, December 7, 2012


Lately, I've had little time to blog or write. I have been reading, however. My latest reads are GRIFFIN'S STORM, written by my talented friend and award winning author Darby Karchut, and a fun book quite different from Darby's, NERD GIRLS A CATASTROPHE OF NERDISH PROPORTIONS, by Alan Lawrence Sitomer. These books are perfect for the MG/Tween/YA readers.

Author: Darby Karchut
Publisher: Copper Square Studios
From the jacket:
"For centuries, there have been rumors about a lowly
caste of supernatural beings known as the Terrae Angeli.
Armed with the power to control Earth, Fire, Wind and
Water, these warriors and their apprentices serve
as guardians for humans in danger."
(Review coming soon.)
 Author: Alan Lawrence Sitomer
Publisher:  Disney, Hyperion Books
From the jacket:
"Three Things I Love:
chocolate, laughing, friends.
"Three Things I Hate:
girls who think they're better than me because
they're prettier than I am, public speaking,
jokes about my body."
(I want socks like those.)
(Review coming soon.)
What have you been reading?
Have a nice weekend.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012


my dear friend and awesome author, Darby Karchut. She has so much going on it's hard to keep up with her. It is my pleasure to host Darby today and let her tell you about the exciting stuff in her life.

Darby writes for MG and YA readers with male point of view characters. And she does it very nicely, winning many awards for her books. Her first book is GRIFFIN RISING.

And if you haven't read these two in the Griffin's Series, you should, because look at the next one that I'm reading now, GRIFFIN'S STORM.
I'm so excited to finally see what Griffin looks like. Just right for a guardian angel, don't you think?
As if this series isn't enough, look what else Darby has in store for her readers.
A whole new series, with a new hero, due out in 2013. So why are Darby's main characters teen boys? Here's what she has to say:
Bev, it’s wonderful to be back visiting you and your followers today! *waves from Colorado*
Writing for teen boys is a passion of mine. I’ve now written five books, all with male protagonists: my Griffin series (with Griffin’s Storm being the latest) and my Finn MacCullen series (Finn Finnegan will be published by Spencer Hill Press in March 2013 with the next book in the series, Gideon’s Spear, scheduled for February 2014).
Today, I thought I’d share some tips for writing for boys. These tips are in no particular order and do not necessarily need to be used in every book.
Elements to think about when writing a boy book:
· Male protagonist
o Duel protagonists popular right now
o m/m or m/f; teen/adult
o Side kicks
· Boy questions are asked and answered
o How do I position myself with other boys?
o How do I become a man, whom do I model myself after?
o What do I aspire to do and to be?
· Action, but not action for action’s sake
o Internal
o External
· Write up, not down (honor their intelligence)
· Use smart humor: body fluids/sounds can only go so far
o Appeal to their sense of mischief
o Make them laugh, especially after an intense scene
· Life-expanding appeal (ideas worth discussing/arguing/defending
o What is real power?
o How do you do the right thing even when it’s hard?
o Does good always overcome evil?
o What makes a real hero?
· Relationships with friends, parents, siblings, girls
· Trust
o Whom do I trust with my feelings?
o Whom do I trust with my hide?
· Sense of justice (bad guys got theirs)
· Sense of assurance that I can have some control in my life
· Weapons and tattoos are always cool
· Start with a bang (physical, emotional)
· Always include at least of the senses on every page:
o smell
o taste
o sound
o sight
o touch
o temperature
o dizziness/balance
o others?
· Physical reactions to emotions
o his gut clenched, sweat broke out on his face, etc.
o I always start at the top of the head and work my way down, then choose an area of the body
o Boys act and talk side-by-side, girls face-to-face
· Have your MC make dumb choices once in a while
· Don’t cut foes or friends slack
· Always have your friend’s back
· Jockeying for position in various peer groups
o Consistent; the pressure never lets up
o Close friend he can relax around
· Girls: boy doesn’t know if he wants her, but doesn’t want others to have – likes to keep options open
· Strong desire to fix things
One of the greatest gifts I’ve been given as an author has been the opportunity to be part of a weekly book club made up of 7th and 8th graders (half boys, half girls). We’ve met faithfully for two years now during the school year. Last year, one of the books was Griffin Rising. This year, we are currently in the middle of Griffin’s Fire. Listening as teens talk about books has been immensely helpful to me as a writer. Therefore, the last piece of advice I can give anyone who writes YA or middle grade is to find a way to get out amongst teens. Visit a mall. Join a youth group. Hang out at a library in the teen section. Go to a “teen” movie. Watch. Listen. Take notes. And most important, enjoy the process of writing!
Thanks again, Bev, for hosting me today. To all the followers: please feel free to ask me any questions. I love chatting with fellow writers and book lovers.
Thank you, Darby, for giving such good advice about writing for boys.
Learn more about Darby Karchut and where you can purchase her books at her blog. If you have teens on your Christmas list, especially teen males, though the books will appeal to the girls too, pick up a copy or two.
Happy Reading

Monday, November 26, 2012


I love putting up Christmas decorations, even now though our children are grown and away. The tree is my very favorite. Once upon a time we always went to the tree lot and bought a live tree. The fresh scent of the evergreen added to the Christmas spirit. Now, I put up an artificial tree, but miss the "real" thing. I don't miss cleaning up the dropped needles if the tree was decorated too early, which I usually did.

My favorite memory of decorating a tree was in 2006 when all the grandkids and great grandkids were here and they hung the decorations on the tree. The lower branches were heavy with angels and mice, horses and cowboys. The upper branches were a little bare, except for the angel that I put on the top. The tree was beautiful because of the little hands that worked their magic turning it into a special tree.

Do you have a special memory of your favorite tree? If so, please share with us. Thanks.

Also, if you have young children you're shopping for, may I suggest my book TUMBLEWEED CHRISTMAS?

Christmas is the time for miracles, but sometimes a child must make her own miracle and one for her siblings. An early reader.

Available at the publisher: 4rv publishing , Amazon , and Barnes and Noble.

If you know children that love animals, they might enjoy my picture book FRANKIE'S PERFECT HOME, for ages 4-8.

Frankie Armadillo has too many brothers. His burrow is too crowded, so he sets off in search of the perfect home, just for him. But every place he likes is already occupied, sometimes by fierce looking creatures.. Will Frankie find the perfect home?

Available at the publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing , Amazon , and Barnes and Noble.

Books make great stocking stuffers.

Have a super week.

Happy shopping.

Friday, November 23, 2012


MuseItUp Publishing is having a super sale. November 23 until midnight November 25. And don't forget, with each $25.00 purchase from our bookstore from now until December 7, we'll send you a $10.00 MuseItUp Gift Certificate within 48 hours to keep or give to someone special in your life.

For the entire month of November, with any purchase made from our MuseItUp Bookstore, we will donate 10% of the purchase price to the Red Cross toward the devastation caused by Sandy. Thank you for your support.

Check it out at the MuseItUp Bookstore.
The ebook of my MG/Tween paranormal, A Pirate, a Blockade Runner, and a Cat, due out January 4, 2013, is available at a discount for $4.40. Watch for the cover reveal.
I hope you got the bargains you shopped for on Black Friday. I stayed home. Hate crowds. :)
Happy reading,

Friday, November 16, 2012


I haven't posted this week because my husband has been in the hospital. He's home now and doing fine so I have "A Bit of Fun" for you to start the weekend. These links are from Lee Chambers, author of The Pineville Heist that will soon be a movie. Have fun. Feel free to tweet them if you want to.

Free free to use these Sample tweets:

Morgan Freeman in The Pineville Heist? Wow! @pinevilleheist

Patrick Stewart in The Pineville Heist? Wow! @pinevilleheist

Reading The Pineville Heist screenplay with Andy Garcia @pinevilleheist

Good or bad casting? Morgan Freeman as Sheriff Tremblay in @pinevilleheist

Good or bad casting? Patrick Stewart as the Principal in @pinevilleheist

Good or bad casting? Andy Garcia as... Amanda??? in @pinevilleheist

Campaign: Don't let Woody Allen direct @pinevilleheist

Thursday, November 8, 2012


Today I have the pleasure of hosting Amy Lignor on her Virtual Blog Tour for her novel GILDED WINGS. 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.

Amy Lignor
Gilded Wings Summary
The Beloved Angel-Warrior Team from Until Next Time Returns!When Matt and Emily are sent on their second mission they have no idea how truly dark human nature can become...

Emily never wanted to face humans again. With the heartache that went on down below, she’s still trying to figure out how to save souls that don’t deserve saving. The only one she wants to see again is Jason - the young man she fell in love with who became the soulmate she simply can’t forget...

Matt was trained to protect and defend the souls down below. Longing to feel the heartfelt emotions that come from being human, Matt wants nothing more than to have just one life - one chance - to live and love the girl of his dreams...

The powerful team find themselves in a brand new century, living in the Gilded Age of New York City. Emily takes over the body of Anya, a young Russian girl who arrives on Ellis Island after a hideous tragedy. There she meets up with a strangely familiar young man by the name of Drew Parrish, who helps Anya survive in an unknown world of luxury, snobbery and…obsession.

What Anya’s inner angel doesn’t know is that the soul she loves is also back. This time around Jason goes by the name of Max Carrow. Once a quiet and kind boy, he’s now part of the ‘Four Hundred Club,’ and wants nothing more than to be among the most admired as he climbs the shaky ladder of society’s elite.

As two worlds merge, Emily and Matt struggle under the weight of their “Gilded Wings.” Not only will they have to figure out who they should fight to save, but they must also face a romantic choice that could destroy them both.

Here is the portion of the excerpt for the read along.***

The passengers enclosed in the ship’s cramped quarters talked to Anya nonstop. The older couples spoke to Anya of a time long past that was filled with love and peace, while the younger group rattled on about what their new lives would be like in the birthplace of freedom—where the streets were paved with pure gold. They regaled her with the stories they’d heard of the riches that could be made there. All a man had to have in order to achieve success was a strong back, a sound mind and a dream. Anya returned their excitement as best she could. She, too, wanted to see the shores of the country they were already so enamored with, she longed to finally erase the memories of blood and death that sat like a demonic image inside her mind.

On the third day of the long journey, as the steerage compartment began to ripen with the scent of unwashed bodies, Anya bumped into a father and son. The older man looked lost, like a soul searching for nourishment. They sat down beside Anya on the weathered bench, and propped their bodies up against the wall, as the massive boat rocked back and forth in the waves.

“I am Gregori.” The young boy grinned. “I am ten.”

Anya returned his happy smile and ruffled the boy’s dirty hair; his curls dripped with oil and sweat. “You’re a good speaker of English, Gregori.”

He puffed out his small chest. “I’ve been practicing. I’m to be an American.”

The Rafflecopter Giveaway:

Linky HTML embed code (complete listing of links for read along blog tour stops):


Gilded Wings Twitter hashtag:#GildedWings

Gilded Wings Goodreads page:

Until Next Time Goodreads page:

onicles web site:

The Angel Chronicles Facebook page:!/pages/The-Angel-Chronicles/168932393209654

Amy Lignor's Facebook:

Amy Lignor's Twitter:!/HelloWritersAmy

Amy Lignor's Website:

Amy Lignor's Blog:

Amy Lignor's GoodReads:

Tribute Books website:

Tribute Books Facebook:

Tribute Books Twitter:

Building a Bond with Your Publisher!

When I wear my editor’s cap for The Write Companion, I come up against the same ‘belief’ a great deal of time when working for a debut author. They feel as if St. Martin’s or Random House or one of the ‘biggies’ should take their book no matter what. Problem is, when this doesn’t occur, they become highly depressed and want to simply walk away from the whole ‘being a writer’ dream. This makes me extremely sad because, yes, it is horribly difficult to get in with a huge publisher; but when you receive a ‘form’ response or a negative reply, that does NOT automatically mean you’re writing isn’t up to par. Especially in this economy.

There are daily stories about how publishers are closing their doors, being bought out, how authors (some extremely well-known) are having their contracts voided, whereas other big houses are simply going with the big names and will no longer even look at a debut author’s work because they can’t take the risk. This is the economy. These are the days when making a move, going out on a limb, daring to put support behind a new name - is something that the bigger publishers simply won’t do. BUT, as I tell all the authors I work with, starting with a small company is in many ways far better.

A while back I had the opportunity to go with a big ‘name’ in the publishing industry but chose not to. I know, some people will say this is ridiculous - BUT, you should have seen the contract. There were some loopholes and odd phrases where I knew that if I didn’t do well - and quickly - that I would be in the proverbial doghouse when all was said and done. In addition, I’m one of those really annoying people who want to work with people who love my characters as much as I do, or at least 80% as much as I do. If my story doesn’t affect them, then they’re not the ones I should ‘team’ up with.

When a wonderful lady by the name of Nicole and I fell over each other when working on something else, things happened and Matthew and Emily were brought into the Tribute family. Until Next Time, the first in this series, was new for me. I had never written a YA novel and I knew that Nicole was taking a chance on me. Not only did she turn out to be a friend, but she is beyond professional, works twice as hard than ANY ‘major’ publisher would on my behalf, and even provided me with the BEST cover artist in the industry who made the characters in my head come to life. I was beyond humbled and extremely grateful.

When I emailed her - about anything - the response was almost immediate. When she needed something for the book - blogs, interviews, etc. - I did them for HER immediately. This was (and, thankfully is) the kind of working relationship I want for all my novels no matter what genre they are. In fact, Nicole has spoiled me; and, if possible, I have become even more picky after being a part of the Tribute clan and getting such professional service.

Writing is a lifelong career. It is also a lifelong struggle to be able to tell a great story that will entertain or effect reader’s lives in, hopefully, a great way. There will always be all-nighters, aggression with various social media networks when you want to throw your computer out the window and see if it will fly - all of that is part of the tough job of being a writer. But when it comes to the publisher, the partnership that you crave more than anything, make sure to NEVER discount the smaller presses, indie publishers, or eBook/electronic publishers. Chances are you will find a perfect partnership that you will be eternally grateful for!

Until Next Time, Everybody,


ISBN: 9780985792220
ISBN: 9781301335541
Pages: 275
Release: November 1, 2012

Gilded Wings: The Angel Chronicles, Book 2 buy links:

Kindle buy link - $2.99

Nook buy link - $4.95

iBookstore buy link - $4.99

Smashwords buy link - $4.99

PDF buy link - $4.95

Until Next Time: The Angel Chronicles, Book 1 buy links:

Kindle buy link - $2.99

Nook buy link - $4.95

iBookstore buy link - $4.99

Smashwords buy link - $4.99

PDF buy link - $4.95

Until Next Time: The Angel Chronicles, Book 1 Summary

How does a girl choose between the one who steals her heart and the one who owns her soul?

Matt and Emily were created for a specific job. Raised and trained as the ultimate angel/warrior team, they are sent down to save, defend, judge and forgive, depending on the 'life' they've been assigned. What they don't realize is that the power of human emotions, such as love, anger, passion and fear can take over even the best of souls, causing them to make mistakes and follow paths that lead to confusion and heartache.

When the reason for their training is finally revealed, the angel/warrior team find themselves thrust into a world they know nothing about. Matt takes over the life of Daniel, a young man with a great deal of baggage. Emily becomes Liz, a girl living in a remote village who relies on nothing more than her own strength to survive. A violent storm erupts one night, and framed in the window of Liz's establishment is a frightening face. Let in by the soul of a Good Samaritan, the two visitors bring with them a past full of secrets that could literally change an angel's path and a warrior's plans.

From murder to redemption, this angel/warrior team must find a way to keep the faith they have in each other in a world that's ripping them apart.


Happy Reading!

Monday, November 5, 2012


Quote of the week:  A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.  George Bernard Shaw

Today, I have the pleasure of reviewing my friend and critique partner's new book for children, RIVER GIRL. Linda Jo Martin is a novelist and content writer living in Northern California. You can learn more about Linda at her website.

From the back cover of RIVER GIRL:

In 1918 Claire Welch moves from the San Francisco Bay Area to the coastal town of Eureka, far to the north. She must leave her dearest friend behind.

From there Claire heads toward a difficult life, traveling inland to Happy Camp, a small town in the middle of a huge forest.

Near Happy Camp, in the Klamath River Valley, she faces the pain of loneliness and learns the true meaning of friendship.


My Review:


By Linda Jo Martin

Have you ever had to move away from the only home you’ve ever known, to a new place where everyone is a stranger? How did you feel when you had to leave behind your best friend and most of your personal belongings? Were you angry or happy, sad or excited?

Author Linda Jo Martin’s novel for middle grade readers, RIVER GIRL, is the story of nine-year-old Claire Welch whose life is suddenly turned upside down when her father, Elijah, inherits an estate on the Klamath River, at a town called Happy Camp. Even the doll her mother gives Claire cannot make up for having to leave her friend, Emily, and her home. Worse trouble awaits them on the journey to their new home. Elijah dies, leaving his widow, daughter Claire, and son, Toby, to fend for themselves. The year is 1918 when life was tough for most families, but especially so for a young widow and her children. The author gently tells Claire’s story and how she and her family make a new life for themselves in difficult circumstances, including a new father for Claire and Toby when their mother marries again. As most children do, Claire sometimes makes bad choices; she also learns from her mistakes.

RIVER GIRL reminds me of the Little House on the Prairie books. Not only does the reader meet a family trying to survive through death, illness, and a new land, the author paints a lovely historical picture of a simpler life without TV, computers, iPhones, and other luxuries we take for granted today. RIVER GIRL would make a nice addition to school classrooms for discussion, especially in history classes. I recommend Ms. Martin’s book for not only children but adults, too, who love history and/or stories about families.


Happy Reading.

Friday, November 2, 2012


Have you made your Christmas shopping list yet? I have some great suggestions to help you out. My publisher 4RV Publishing LLC is having a gigantic sale on books. What better gift to buy for family and friends than a book? At 4RV you'll find books for all ages and all subjects, including nonfiction. See the deal below and then check out the bookstore for the titles you want. 4RV Publishing. Here's the link to my  books for young readers and teens.

Christmas Book Sale

15% off total order: 3 or more books

follow instructions below

1. Make list of books wanted, with author's name and price (includes tax and shipping in the United States.
2. Email list with needed information to
3. Include your name and mailing address.
4. 4RV will send a return email with total (including shipping if order is to be sent out of the U.S.).
5. Payment instructions will be included in your reply.
6. Books will be shipped as soon as payment is received.
7. Orders must be received by 4RV before December 10 for guaranteed delivery before Christmas.

NOTE: Prices marked include sales tax and shipping in the U.S.
Order Information
Individuals may order through PayPal
PayPal button with each book entry, price includes shipping and any sales tax for U.S.
Outside U.S., email for price.

Stores, libraries, and schools order
1. Send an email to
with company information, contact person,
books wanted and quantity.

2. A quote with discount will be returned,
including shipping costs.

Contact Information

PO Box 6284
Edmond, Oklahoma 73083
Phone: (405) 225-7298


Web site:
Happy Reading.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


Welcome to the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop, hosted by I Am a Reader Not a Writer, co-hosted by The Diary of a Book Worm
Close to 500 blogs are participating. Wow! That's a lot of giveaways. To see the other participants go to this link: 

My giveaway is easy. I love ghost stories, so I'm giving away a copy of my YA Paranormal Novel Listen to the Ghost to two winners. All you have to do is leave a comment with your email. You don't have to follow me, but if you do, you earn an extra entry. 
Happy hopping and good luck!
A big thank you to everyone who entered my contest. Hope you had a super Halloween.
And the Winners of a Signed Paperback Copy of Listen to the Ghost Are:
(I forgot to mention drew the winners.)
Emails have been sent.
The book is also available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in eBook for $2.99, in case you want to read more paranormal stories. Again thanks for participating.
Happy Reading.

Sunday, October 21, 2012


Do I have a great novel to tell you about. This is the first book I've read from Lisa Nowak. It won't be the last.


By Lisa Nowak

Sometimes teens do crazy things that get them in trouble. Growing up, finding oneself is difficult, especially when a kid has little or no family support. As a result of one wild moment, the teen may find himself at a crossroads, with few choices.


In author Lisa Nowak’s young adult novel RUNNING WIDE OPEN Cody, caught in a prank painting a wall of the zoo with his friends, has to make a decision that will change his life forever. When the police let Cody go, his dad gives him two choices: military school or live with Cody’s mother’s black sheep brother, Race, an artist and race car driver. Some choice, huh? His mother left them long ago. He never could please her anyway. Even though he doesn’t know Race, he chooses to live with Race, the best decision he’s ever made in his life, though he doesn’t realize it at the time. Cody has an attitude, and their relationship is rocky at first. Two single guys trying to adjust to a life together makes for a tender story of giving, taking, forgiving, and forgetting. I don’t want to give anything away, but Cody and Race each go through their own discovery of who they really are.


The author gives a lot of fascinating information about the auto racing world in RUNNING WIDE OPEN. Knowing nothing about cars and the men/women that drive them, I enjoyed learning what racing is all about, the people involved and how they think of each other as competitors and as friends. Ms. Nowak’s novel should be a hit not only with the racing crowd, but with others like me who enjoy a good story. Also, the gentle romance between Race and Kasey will appeal to readers who like a little love in a story. I recommend the novel for junior high and high school libraries. You’ll also want to add this book to your personal library. I’m looking forward to reading GETTING SIDEWAYS, the next book in the series.


EBook Courtesy of the author


Happy Reading.