Friday, June 28, 2013


For the past few months I've been editing, editing, editing. I'm going crazy. (Well, crazier than I already am.) So yesterday I pulled out a story I started back in 2010. Where did the years go? Anyhow, I'm going to work on this story now. It's historical fiction set in the 1700's based on genealogy research I did years ago. I have all my research notes so hope they will refresh my memory.

I'm also playing with the idea for another historical fiction (wonder if I'll confuse the time periods if I work on both) and also another tween. Keeping busy helps me not to think.

Have a nice weekend. Happy Writing.

I may take a lesson from my cats and relax this afternoon.

Monday, June 24, 2013


I am delighted to announce the launch of Catherine Stine's new novel RUBY'S FIRE. So sit back, relax, and enjoy reading what Catherine has to say about her latest book.

RUBY'S FIRE by Catherine Stine
(I absolutely adore this cover.)
If everything about you changes, what remains?


Seventeen year-old Ruby, long-pledged to the much older Stiles from the Fireseed desert cult, escapes with only a change of clothes, a pouch of Oblivion Powder and her mute little brother, Thorn. Arriving at The Greening, a boarding school for orphaned teens, she can finally stop running. Or can she? The Greening is not what it seems. Students are rampaging out of control and as she cares for the secret Fireseed crop, she experiences frightening physical changes. She’s ashamed of her attraction to burly, hard-talking Blane, the resident bodyguard, and wonders why she can’t be happy with the gentler Armonk. She’s long considered her great beauty a liability, a thing she’s misused in order to survive. And how is she to stop her dependence on Oblivion to find a real beauty within, using her talent as a maker of salves, when she has nightmares of Stiles without it?

When George Axiom, wealthy mogul of Vegas-by-the-Sea offers a huge cash prize for the winner of a student contest, Ruby is hopeful she might collect the prize to rescue her family and friends from what she now knows is a dangerous cult. But when Stiles comes to reclaim her, and Thorn sickens after creating the most astonishing contest project of all, the world Ruby knows is changed forever. This romantic fantasy set in 2099 on earth has a crafty heroine in Ruby, and a swoonworthy cast, which will surely appeal to the YA and new adult audience.

Excerpt #2: Shortly after Ruby and her little brother escape the desert cult in the dead of night, and come upon a compound with a thick crop of hidden plants.

Hard crunches explode by my right ear—a wild beast charging? I snap upright. And see it. A large human in an iguana skin suit with an arrow pointed at my heart.

“Hey!” I cry. No!”

The owner of the arrow steps forward. He grazes the sharp tip against my forehead above my molded burn mask. The guy’s dark eyes blaze out at me from his own mask. The little I see of his exposed skin is bronze and his long black hair gleams even under this dank tarp. Despite his fierce gaze, he doesn’t shoot the arrow. “Lift your mask,” he orders.

Thorn is up and clutching at my cloak. Am I this man’s dinner now, my brother his dessert? Why didn’t Thorn give me a sign earlier? My heart pounds through my ribs.

When the man sees my face and my electric haze of hair, his eyes soften. That spark of wonder that men get whenever they gaze at me is in his eyes. That spark I almost always hate. Somehow with this stranger, it fills me with unexpected lightening. “You’re from that desert cult,” he remarks, as if he knows everything about anything.

“How do you know?” The lightening fades.

He says, “Those flower brands on your wrists. There’s talk about your people, down in Chihuahua. How you think the flower is god, think it lives in the sky.”

“It does.”

“Does the flower god sit on a throne like a king?” Laughter escapes him.

“Fireseed is god. And god is right here. Fireseed saved us.” I give the red plant beside me a loving stroke.

Thorn frowns at the guy and aims his toy dragon tail out like a sword.

“That’s Fireseed?” The bronzed guy’s eyes widen as he examines it—its winding red branches that sway, its artful sprinkle of thorns, its curving tendrils that look like dancing cacti. He lowers his bow, slides the arrow back in its quiver.

Thorn, wordless as always, packs his toy away in his latch bag.

“Why don’t you take off your mask?” I ask.

The young man shrugs and pulls down the mask to rest it on his neck. A brand marks each high cheekbone with a leaf. A matching leaf earring dangles from one ear. Twine around his neck has a shiny, curlicue gem on it. His face is deeply tanned, chiseled, with a faraway glint in his eyes. I see now that he’s not a man, but a boy about my age. He’s dressed in the strangest clothes, a suit resembling lizard skin that clings to every muscle and slope. I try not to gape but it’s hard not to.


A Little About the Author

BIO summer 2013

Catherine Stine
Catherine Stine writes YA, New Adult and middle grade fiction. Her YA futuristic thriller, Fireseed One, illustrated by the author won finalist spots in both YA and Science Fiction in the 2013 USA Book News International Book Awards. It was also granted a 2013 Bronze Wishing Shelf Book Award and a 2013 Indie Reader Approved notable stamp. Her YA Refugees, earned a New York Public Library Best Book. Middle grade novels include A Girl’s Best Friend.
Fireseed One sequel, Ruby’s Fire is earning advance praise from reviewers and authors:

Ruby's Fire, returns to the sun-scorched earth of Fireseed One. In this long-awaited sequel, Stine delivers a thrilling adventure led by a new and exciting cast of characters. Ruby, Armonk, Thorn and Blane are memorable, and the romance is really well handled. Favorite quote: " It feels wrong to lean on Armonk right now with Blane staring at me, a hungry, lonely look in his eye. It’s as if he’s never been hugged, never been fed, never been loved..." ” -YAs the Word.
More and more, Catherine enjoys writing speculative tales where her imagination has wild and free reign. She has taught creative writing workshops at the Philadelphia Writing Conference, Missouri University Summer Abroad, The New School and in her own ongoing NYC writing workshop. She loves her readers, and enjoys blogging.
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Friday, June 21, 2013


Happy First Day of Summer. Where did spring go? This Friday I have another awesome book to tell you about, BEWARE OF THE WHITE, by Kai Strand. So read on and meet Terra and friends.


By Kai Strand

How did you celebrate your twelfth birthday? A party? Balloons? Cake? Ice cream? Your best friends singing “Happy Birthday” to you while you blew out twelve candles?

In Kai Strands new fantasy eBook for tween readers, BEWARE OF THE WHITE, Terra celebrates her twelfth birthday by discovering she’s a Natures Spirit and it’s time for her to learn what her special talents are. With her Introguide, Hermie, Terra enters the Underworld, a new world filled with unusual characters, some friendly, some dangerous. In the course of her Underworld studies, Terra finds that she is named in a prophecy, which could mean her death. Frank, gorgeous eighteen-year-old, is assigned as her Spirit of Security protector to keep her safe.

Wow! So much is going on in this story that you can’t put the book down for wanting to see what happens to Terra and the friends she makes along the way. At least I wanted to keep reading and let everything else go. Kai Strand builds a fascinating world of mother love, honor, respect, and danger as secrets about the prophecy are revealed, along with secrets Terra’s mother has kept from her daughter. Terra is strong and brave. She’s also human and not perfect (even though she is a Natures Spirit), making her a good role-model for other twelve-year-olds, especially the way she stands up to the “real” world girls that bully her at school.

BEWARE OF THE WHITE will appeal to young readers that are searching for meaning to their lives, which at this age can be quite confusing. They may even get a lesson in how to deal with a bully. The eBook will make a nice gift for the tweens in your life and for yourself, as well, as you journey with Terra to a land in need of a heroine, like Terra. Happy reading.


Monday, June 17, 2013


Have you read any good books lately? If so, tell us about them. One of the stories I read recently is TOUCH OF DEATH by Kelly Hashway. Here are my thoughts.


By Kelly Hashway

Imagine how you’d feel if every living thing, human or animal, that you touched died. Imagine discovering that you have the power to bring them back to life. Imagine learning that you aren’t exactly a normal human being.

In Author Kelly Hashway’s YA fantasy novel TOUCH OF DEATH Jodi Marshall faces such a dilemma. It seems something bad happens to everyone she’s around. She hits a deer with her car, killing it, but it vanishes. The school nurse dies minutes after she gives Jodi the all-clear to return to class after the accident. The list goes on and on. To add to her problems, a guy Jodi’s never seen before is stalking her. I won’t even mention what happens to her hunk of a boyfriend. She soon finds herself in a whole new world that she never knew existed, but that she is a major part of.

Kelly Hashway weaves secrets, zombies, mythology, and an unlikely romance into a tale of intrigue and adventure. She adds some surprises along the way. A variety of characters, both good and evil, keep the story moving and the reader, this reader anyway, racing ahead to see what happens next. Warning, some of the scenes are pretty graphic. So curl up in your favorite spot, turn on all the lights, and enjoy TOUCH OF DEATH.



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Happy Reading.


Friday, June 14, 2013


Well, it's Friday again. When I was teaching I really looked forward to the weekend. Even though I'm retired, I still like Saturday and Sunday. I change my schedule those days, and they're more like free days. I've reviewed several books lately and will post them later, but this Friday I decided to mention my ebooks. If you're looking for a YA novel for your eReader for a good price I have just the right ones for you.

For lovers of ghosts, not scary ones but funny ones, give LISTEN TO THE GHOST a try.
A ghost who doesn’t want to be a ghost.
A girl who wants to forget her ex-boyfriend with the lying lips.
A one-hundred-year-old neighbor who talks in riddles.
A handsome sax player who changes everything.
Just $2.99 at
For you animal lovers how about REBEL IN BLUE JEANS.
What’s a girl to do when her mother runs away with the drummer in a rock band, her friendly relationship with the boy on the neighboring ranch turns serious, and a handsome college guy with a bad reputation takes an interest in her?
$2.99 at
And my Award Winning YA Civil War Novel CAVES, CANNONS, AND CRINOLINES is great for historical fiction fans.
Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines is the story of one girl and her family’s day-to-day struggle to survive a changing way of life during the War Between the States. This is a story of fear, courage, and understanding that people, no matter where they live, have the same needs: love, peace and security.
$2.99 at
So spend the summer relaxing, reading, and enjoying life. (I have other books online too, if you're interested in paperback.)
Happy Reading! 

Monday, June 10, 2013


Today, I have the pleasure of hosting Author D. A. Bale on her Virtual Book Tour for her novel RUNNING INTO THE DARKNESS.

Running into the Darkness Book Summary
Death follows Dr. Samantha Bartlett throughout her life until it claims everyone close to her. There's one powerful man responsible on whom Samantha sets her sights for revenge. The price is her soul. For centuries, sex has been the weapon of it's her turn.

“I never intended to kill the President. As a doctor, I swore an oath to protect life – not take it. But that was before...”

Second year resident, Dr. Samantha Bartlett, is swept from the frigid New York winter to once again confront the sting of death back home – and face those she left behind. But she’s not alone. A strange man she dubs Shades haunts her every step as she seeks answers to the inferno which claimed her grandmother, an eerie reminder of her parents’ deaths. The secrets Samantha uncovers forever changes her image of those she only thought she knew.

Confronted by Shades, Samantha joins a secret underworld known only as the Elite, where a web of power and control is woven deep within governments worldwide. Their sights are set on the power structure of the United States, and Samantha becomes the unlikely key to infiltrating the White House at its most intimate levels.

The quest for blood threatens to destroy Samantha. From the darkness there is no escape.

Ohh! Don't you love the cover? So mysterious.
D. A. Bale was kind enough to answer some questions for me.
Bev: Hi, DA. Welcome to my blog. Please tell us about yourself and how you became a writer.

D A: Thanks, Bev, for hosting me on your blog today. A bit about me, a bit about me. Well, I spent over twenty years in various areas of the banking industry, traveling around the country, working with government agencies like the SBA, USDA and various congressional offices. It was quite an eye opener for how government REALLY works. J I also saw what money and power can do to people, how people would be willing to sell out their own mother for a grasp at another step up the ladder – you name it. After so many years, I grew quite jaded by it all. But it also afforded me the chance to see so many interesting places and meet some really wonderful people along the way. I treasure many of the friendships created during those years and have fond memories I keep close.

From the time I was a little girl, I loved to read just about anything I could get my hands on and desired to be an author when I grew up. My teachers always commented about how descriptive my writing was, and I flourished under their praise. But it wasn’t until I went through some really hard times as an adult that writing came back to mind. It helped me deal with the overwhelming circumstances assaulting me from every angle. Writing can be a real catharsis. That’s why I have no trouble putting my characters through some really difficult things themselves. Reality stinks sometimes! Tragedy draws people together or tears them apart, and I like to explore what it is in people that create the different responses.

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

D A: Oh gosh, I’m so terrible with Twitter! Okay, let me see what I can come up with for Running into the Darkness – “Do any of us know the depravity we’re truly capable of? What if someone killed those you love most? How far would YOU go to exact vengeance?”

How’s that?

Bev: You did a great job, D. A. How did you come up with the idea for your latest book and were there any glitches along the way?

D A: When aren’t there glitches? Oh yeah! The idea for the book really came together over a period of time as I was exploring this whole idea of why difficult circumstances cause one person to fall off a cliff and another to rise above them. So many people seem to get into a mindset that because they’ve done these terrible things or terrible things have been done to them, they aren’t worth rescuing, redeeming, loving, whatever. They eventually become warped and twisted, doing things they would NEVER have imagined. Others may fall down for awhile but then something happens or someone comes into their life to help them pick up the pieces and put their life back together. Then sometimes these people end up accomplishing things absolutely amazing, things that help others from sliding down the slippery slope. That’s in essence where this series came from – asking the question of “how far is too far” or is there even a “too far”. I don’t believe there is a “too far” where people can’t turn back around and make something positive out of the chaos. But most of the time it takes someone to hold our hand along the trudge back out of the darkness. Running into the Darkness is pretty much what it says – it’s the story of how Dr. Samantha Bartlett finds herself at a crossroads and makes a decision that takes her down a dark path. And let me tell you – it gets pretty dark at times.

Bev: If we peeked inside your closet, what would we see?

D A: A mess!!! It’s pretty sad. I used to be kinda anal about organizing my closet and keeping things really neat. Dresses and suits were in one section, dress shirts here, dress pants there, casual in another, and grubbies tucked out of the way. The past – oh – maybe two years, things have gotten completely out of hand. My shoes usually get tossed in there willy-nilly (if they even make it to the closet) and my dress, casual, and grubbies are rather jumbled together. I don’t get the chance very often anymore to wear my pretty suits and dresses, which I miss. But casual is kinda nice too!

Bev: Tell us your favorites:

Only one? Can’t do that – the extended editions of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy and…hmm…probably “Red”.

Actor: Also a toughie ‘cause there’s so many good ones! Depends but probably Karl Urban or Bruce Willis (they were great together in “Red”). Bruce Willis is just so…well, Bruce Willis. I enjoy watching him kick the pants off the bad guys, all the while with a tongue-in-cheek, self-deprecating humor and sharp wit that cracks me up. Karl Urban is sooo versatile in his performances. In the LOTR’s extended version, there’s a scene where he finds his sister, Eowyn, near dead on the battlefield. Up to that point, he’s been the quiet, tough, outcast soldier that good depends on. When he sees his sister, he falls apart completely with a cry that tears through your soul. Then they show him sitting by her in the halls of healing, looking like a lost child waiting for even a scrap of hope. Why they had to cut that from the original theatrical release is a travesty.

Actress: This is so bad, but there really hasn’t been a mainstream actress out there in a long time that makes me want to go to a movie because she’s in it. The closest thing right now would probably be Helen Mirren.

Book: Now this one is pretty easy. Jane Eyre has been my favorite book for God knows how long. The growth we see in Jane through the years, from a sad, mistreated orphan girl who has to fight for even the tiniest morsel of a corner in the world, to a quiet and unassuming governess, to a woman who isn’t afraid to do what’s right no matter what – I just absolutely love the strength of character we see in Jane. I try to read it about once a year. She’s rather my heroine. J

Singer or Group: Skillet! Yes, I’m a pan-head.

Bev: Coffee or tea?

D A: Definitely a coffee girl. I’m not human until I’ve had at least two cups of coffee in the morning (milk, two sugars). If they could ever figure out how to administer it intravenously before getting out of bed, I’d do that. Then again, I’ve really come to enjoy the taste.

Bev: Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter?

D A: I’m a fall/winter girl (though I love the flowers of spring too, just not the humidity). If ever I could have a little summer place in Alaska, I’d escape there every year and just write. Hey, that’s funny! Most people are snow bunnies and escape the cold to get to Arizona or Florida during the winter. Yes, I guess that makes me the odd-ball – I go and look for winter during the summer. My mom always did say I was unique. J

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

D A: The ability to see what’s really in someone’s head and heart – discern their thoughts and motivations. A lot of problems and misunderstandings could easily be resolved then, and a lot of trust would not so easily be misplaced.

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

D A: Gotta go with the past on this one. Big history buff here! It would be fun to see if what has been written about the past is truly accurate. Plus, I’d love the chance to wear some of those gorgeous gowns, though the corsets would be a bear! Knowing my luck, I’d end up a poor wench instead of a noble lady.

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

D A: You betcha! A couple of things actually. I’ve been working on a fan requested sequel to my short story, The Study, but since it’s not coming together the way I’d like, it’s been placed on the back burner for now so I can more fully get into the third and final book of the Deepest Darkness series, Rising from the Darkness. There’s so many elements to tie up in this final book I don’t want to rush it, so I don’t have a firm period on when it will be released – probably sometime in 2014. Then there are several other books in various forms that I’m just dying to plunge back into when the opportunity allows. One is an historical/paranormal book, another is a fantasy/suspense, and there’s another thriller that I started a few years ago and then got caught up in RITD. I think there’s probably nine or ten other books on my hard drive, just waiting for the time to complete them. When that will happen is still a mystery to me – “SIGH”

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

D A: I am deeply honored you’ve chosen to read my work – and you actually enjoy it! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I’d love to hear directly from more fans if ever you’d like to contact me at I will do my best to respond to each of you personally.

Thanks again, Bev, for the great interview questions during my Tribute Books blog tour. It has been a pleasure meeting you and your readers.

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

D A Bale's Bio:

Sometimes life emulates fiction.

Life is filled with tragedy and Ms. Bale's writing reflects this reality. However, there is always a silver lining...even if one must spend their entire life searching for it.

In her previous career, Ms. Bale traveled the United States as a Government Relations Liaison, working closely with Congressional offices and various government agencies. This experience afforded her a glimpse into the sometimes "not so pretty" reality of the political sphere. Much of this reality and various locations throughout her travels make it into her writing.

She dreams of the day she can return to visit Alaska.


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Price/Format: $1.99 ebook
Pages: 236
Publisher: self-published
Release: November 3, 2011

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013


No matter what goes on in a person's life, the world keeps moving. I think that's good. It keeps one busy. It gives one hope for the future. Today, I'm delighted to announce an approaching new birth in my family. My latest book for middle grade readers will soon be here. I have no definate date. Will post when I do. Now, I'm giving the story one last check for those silly little things that pop up no matter how many times a story is read.

Watch for the cover reveal and the announcement of a new member in my book family. STAR OF THE TEAM from 4RV Publishing.

Happy Reading