Friday, February 27, 2015


Friday Fun!
The weekend to look forward to.
Did you know that yesterday was "Tell a Fairy Tale Day?" It was.
Feb. 26th is a day that Fairy Tales are made of. Since I didn't post yesterday, I wanted to do it today. This is a great opportunity to read to your kids. If the kids aren't around, read to yourself.
To qualify as a fairy tale, a story does not have to begin with "Once upon a time." It is a requirement that the story has a happy ending. There's nothing better than a good story that ends with "and they all lived happily ever after".      

 What is your favorite fairy tale? I can't name just one. Some of my favorites are:

The Princess and the Pea
Sleeping Beauty
Beauty and the Beast
Little Red Riding Hood

Now, this story isn't a fairy tale, but if you have a chance today, stop by Kai Strand's blog. She interviews Nick from I LIVE IN A DOGHOUSE. Nick would love for you to stop by and say "Hi." He might even tell you why he lives in a doghouse sometimes.

Have a great weekend.

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


Welcome Wednesday!
How has your week been so far?
Has your weather improved? We went from spring to winter. A little snow, but mostly ice. I'm not complaining because it's nothing compared to other states. Most area schools closed Monday and started late Tuesday. I hibernated.
I also had some great news yesterday. I saw the galley for WEIRD NOISES IN THE  NIGHT.
This is a picture book mystery for ages 6-9, from Guardian Angel Publishing. I've been waiting a long time for this one. Watch for a cover reveal soon.
Happy Reading.

Monday, February 23, 2015


Monday Musings!
I've been busy reading, reading, reading.
Now I have to write, write, write reviews.
I'm way behind and hope to catch up by the first of March. We'll see.
I have several new books to read, looking forward to them.
I'm not sure where the arithmetic comes in.
Counting the books, maybe? Adding up pages read?
Patches helped me choose contest winners one time.
She couldn't read the name, so I read it for her.
Happy Reading!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


Welcome Wednesday!
She's back, our favorite Martian Girl, with more adventures and fun
by Author Brent LeVasseur.
Book Description:
Aoléon and Gilbert receive a special mission from PAX, a wanted criminal and leader of the Martian resistance movement to investigate the Luminon of Mars, who he suspects is planning an invasion of Earth to steal its milk cows. Gilbert has an encounter with the Luminess (the mate of the Luminon) and discovers something strange about her during a procession, and the duo are chased by the Royal Paladin Guard.

At Aoléon’s home, Gilbert meets Aoléon’s family, her sister Una, mother Phobos and father Deimos as well as her overzealous pet Zoot. He is also introduced to Bizwat, a covert operator and Procyon Commando, who uses his Saturn Pizza delivery job as a cover.

Gilbert then gets to visit the Martian Space Academy (Aoléon’s school) where he encounters Aoléon’s nemesis, Charm Lepton and her friend Quarkina, as well as receiving a history lesson on the Martian people by Plutarch Xenocrates. After class, Gilbert and Aoléon get to train in zero-G and Gilbert is treated to a Psi-ball match between Martian Space Academy and Martian Science Academy.
Book Details:
Book Title: Aoléon The Martian Girl: A Science Fiction and Fantasy Saga - Part 2: The Luminess of Mars, written and illustrated by Brent LeVasseur
Category:  Middle-Grade, 90 pages
Genre: Science-fiction and Fantasy
Publisher: Aoléon Press
Release date: February 23, 2015
Available for review in:  PDF
Will send books: Internationally
Tour dates: February 2015
Content Rating: G

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Meet the Author:

Mr. LeVasseur enjoys crafting good stories based on lovable characters designed to translate well to multiple media formats such as books, games, movies, and toys. He lives in New York when he is not commuting between Southern California and Olympus Mons, Mars. His hobbies include writing, 3D animation, musical composition, and intergalactic space travel. He also enjoys various sports such as skiing, running, and exospheric skydiving.

Connect with Brent:   
Website  ~  Twitter  ~  Facebook  ~  Aoléon: The Martian Girl 
My Review:
By Brent LeVasseur
Aoleon, our lovable Martian girl, and Gilbert, our adventuresome Earthling boy, are back. Author Brent LeVasseur’s AOLEON: THE MARTIAN GIRL, PART 2, follows our hero and heroine on another wild adventure as Aoleon introduces Gilbert to life on her planet. The reader learns a lot about Mars. For instance, on Mars, Gilbert has almost super human strength and speed. Nice. We also learn there is an age difference: Aoleon is a teenager on Mars, but according to Earth time she’s around 108 years old. The Martians can read each other’s minds, too, which sounds like fun, but it does have disadvantages. You can’t tell a lie because everyone knows when you do.  
Gilbert and Aoleon do a lot of fun things on Mars, like eat pizza, even though it’s quite a bit different to Earth pizza. They also attend school with students from Mars and “exchange students” from other planets, which is pretty interesting. Everything about Mars isn’t fun though. Danger also threatens the kids, and they soon find themselves on a mission to discover exactly what’s going on.
Mr. LeVasseur has invented some very unusual characters. Or has he? Do we really know what’s out there on other planets? Aoleon and the other characters in the story could be real. Who knows? The author also scatters colorful and fascinating illustrations throughout the story that give the reader a visual image of the characters and the planet. AOLEON: THE MARTIAN GIRL PART 2 is a nice follow up to the first book. I wonder what the daring duo will be up to in book 3.
This is a fun read for middle grade/tween readers. Adults will enjoy it too.


Monday, February 16, 2015


Monday Musings!
Another fabulous book will soon be released. Super Bad, the third book in
Author Kai Strand's SVA series. How about that cover. Congratulations, Kai.

It's hard to be good when it's so much fun to be bad

Excerpt from Super Bad:

After sliding the card out of
the envelope, she stared at it for so long Lexa finally said, “Well?”
Sandra glanced at her friend
before frowning again at the card. Finally she handed it to Lexa and stared at
the flowers.

Seeing you last night was as refreshing as the clean smell after a

Lexi’s lip curled up. “What does
this mean?”
“I’m not sure.” Sandra spoke
tentatively. “He obviously has a thing for weather.”
“And you,” Lexa said.
Lexa rolled her eyes. “What do
you mean, maybe? He became a stalker at the party last night, and now he’s sent
you your very first flowers.”
Sandra shook her head. “There’s
something…I don’t know.”
A thought somewhere deep in her gray matter teased
her, but kept getting overridden by images of Set’s beautiful face lowering
toward hers in the dark of the hedge cave. She mentally scolded herself to
focus, but then she remembered the feel of his power pulsing from him and
making her skin thrum when he came within a few inches of her, and her
concentration scattered.
She shook her head not wanting
to relive those memories. “I don’t know. I don’t really think it’s me he
Lexa smelled an oversized rose unfurled in full bloom
in the middle of a bouquet that somehow looked like a summer storm stuffed into
a vase—all whites and lavenders, purples and deep blues. “It sure looks like
he’s focused on you, Sand.”

SUPER BAD The unexpected conclusion to the
Super Villain Academy series.

The world is in chaos. Violence and thievery reign. And with
the supers still balanced, it’s only getting worse. Without good versus evil,
the supers care less and less. In order to restore purpose, the world needs its
super heroes and its super villains, but the one who balanced them in the first
place is missing.

Sandra’s concern over finding her brother, Jeff, isn’t her
only problem. Her pathetic excuse for super powers has left her needing a new
ankle. And though she’s still very much committed to her boyfriend, Source,
she’s growing unreasonably attracted to Set, the boy who double crossed Jeff by
stealing his girlfriend.

When Sandra is taken and held as bait by kids who want to
unbalance the super world, it becomes the inciting event that changes things
for supers everywhere and forces them to answer the question, “Hero or
Super Bad is scheduled for release in June, but there have been whispers
of it releasing sooner. Don’t miss out. Subscribe to Kai’s mailing list and be
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King of Bad - Jeff Mean would rather set fires than follow rules. He wears his bad
boy image like a favorite old hoodie; until he learns he has superpowers and is
recruited by Super Villain Academy – where you learn to be good at being bad.
Is Jeff bad enough for SVA?

Polar Opposites - Heroes and villains are balanced.
After Oceanus is kidnapped, Jeff learns the supers are so balanced, they no
longer care to get involved. Ironically Jeff’s superpowers are spiraling out of
control. Will they find Oci before he looses it completely, and will they find
her alive?
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About the author:

her children were young and the electricity winked out, Kai Strand gathered her
family around the fireplace and they told stories, one sentence at a time. Her
boys were rather fond of the ending, “And then everybody died. The end.” Now an
award winning children’s author, Kai crafts fiction for kids and teens to
provide an escape hatch from their reality. With a selection of novels for
young adult and middle grade readers and short stories for the younger ones,
Kai entertains children of all ages, and their adults. Learn more about Kai and
her books on her website,

Friday, February 13, 2015


Fun Friday!
What can be more fun than the cover reveal for Author Ashelyn Drake's new book,
LOOKING FOR LOVE? Isn't it gorgeous?


Fans asked, and Ashelyn Drake agreed. Mike from the Campus Crush companion series needed another story. The final installment of the Campus Crush series, Looking For Love, will release on March 17th. Because this is a companion series, the books stand on their own and do not need to be read in order.

Right now, you can read the other books in the series for FREE. Find them on Kindle and Nook as individual books

or all together in one boxset. (The boxset does not include Looking For Love.)

And now for the cover of Looking For Love!

Mike Hannigan is looking for love in all the wrong places. Maybe that’s because having his heart torn to shreds by who he thought was the perfect girl left some emotional scarring. But that’s about to change. 

Summer Patterson isn’t like anyone Mike’s dated before, and he can’t help but be intrigued by her. Now if only he could keep his foot out of his mouth long enough to win her over. But when a secret involving Summer brings Mike’s past crashing back to the present, he’ll need some backup from his best friend and wingwoman, Mindy, to sort out the mess.

Will Mike find love before he leaves Timberland College for good?

Add it on Goodreads.

*This is a New Adult title and is not suitable for younger readers.*

Ashelyn Drake is a New Adult and Young Adult
romance author. While it’s rare for her not to have either a book in hand or
her fingers flying across a laptop, she also enjoys spending time with her
family. She believes you are never too old to enjoy a good swing set and
there’s never a bad time for some dark chocolate. She is represented by Sarah
Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary Agency.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015


Welcome Wednesday!
I'm so excited. I have a treat for you today. It just arrived in my mail last night.
"What is it?" you ask.
I'm glad you asked.
We're talking about the cover for Author Kai Strand's latest novel. It is a beauty.


The wait is almost over! 

Tragedy has left Cara Cassidy broken and the only thing keeping her from giving in completely is her guilt. Until Nik Rock.

Nik stirs up feelings in degrees she has never experienced, and causes her to do things that most assuredly give him the wrong impression – like kiss him before their first date. Somehow, he breaks down the walls around her emotions until she has no choice but to forgive herself and feel again.

But a mysterious, troubled past follows Nik, and Cara may prove to be his weakest link.

When a royal princess shows up looking for Nik, and an international gang arrives looking for missing jewels, Cara lands in mortal danger. Will she be able to save herself? What will happen to her newly repaired psyche if she loses Nik?

Romance, mystery, and high stakes – just another day in high school.
Early reviews say:

Hold onto your seats when you open this book!
omance that grips you by the collar and doesn't let you go until the end.
-Could not put this book down!
Click here to add to Goodreads - then click below to claim your exclusive offer
Exclusive: Free Chapter (drop me an email after you've added it to your shelf)
Congratulations, Kai.
Happy Reading.

Monday, February 9, 2015


Monday Musings!
I'm reading my first audio book. Divergent by Veronica Roth.
I'm really enjoying it, though it is different to hear rather than to see.
Do you listen to audio books? What's the verdict?
Speaking of books. I suppose most of you have heard the news by now. Harper Lee's new book,
Go Set a Watchman, is due out this summer. According to the article I read, it was written in the 1950s, before To Kill a Mockingbird, and I thought I was slow.  So there's another book to add to my mountain that's about to tumble over.
Happy Reading!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015


Welcome Wednesday!
Today is the first Wednesday of February, Insecure Writer's Support Group
and 2015 Writer's Rebel Day.
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
Awesome Alex J. Cavanaugh is the founder of IWSG. His awesome co-hosts for the February 4 posting of the IWSG are Gwen Gardner, Dolorah, Sarah Foster, and M. Pax!
Visit other blogs on this Hop here
All I have to say today is "Stay With It." No matter how long it takes, how many revisions, if you like your story don't give up on it.

From 2011 until 2015, I typed and revised my story, typed and revised, again and again. My critique partners read it and offered great advice. Thank you, Beth, Cheryl, Gail, and Kai. I revised some more. I sent it to an editor. She had great suggestions. It still needed more work.

I gave it a new title and lots of changes. My patient crit partner read it again with very helpful comments, finding things that didn't work. Thank you, Kai.

So, last Friday, I submitted the manuscript to a publisher. Whether they'll like it or not, I have no idea. But I stayed with it, for better or for worse. And I'll send it out again and again, if necessary.

We'll see what happens.

How about you? Do you stay with a story you really like, until you make it the best you can?

This is also the day I post 2015 Writer's Rebel Creed, Sheri Larsen's baby.

I guess mostly I trusted in the beauty of revisions because I've done a lot of that in the past three months.

I accepted my flaws and trusted my gut.

This was my personal writing journey: to complete this story

How are you doing with your Rebel Creed?

I'd like to leave you today with this great review from Reader's Favorite for my MG novel Star of the Team.

Reviewed By Michelle Robertson for Readers’ Favorite

Kate Taylor loves to play basketball. She played on the Angel's basketball team last season and dreams to be the star player on the team this season with the most points scored. With her mom as the coach and her sister's boyfriend Ray as the assistant coach, Kate feels she is as good as gold for the star position. But that dream suddenly takes a different turn in the road when Kate has an accident, and Emily, the new girl, begins to shine in her place. Is scoring the most points the only way to be a star player? Will Kate overcome the challenge of taking her star player spot back from Emily, or will Emily cause her dreams ultimate defeat this season?

Star of the Team by Beverly Stowe McClure is a wonderful children's book introducing young readers to the concepts of patience, teamwork, and friendship. Children often find themselves believing it is more important to be the best of the best when playing a sport, but at the age of the characters in the book - eleven - the most important issues in playing a sport are teamwork and learning the basics. The author does a great job portraying those concepts with creative character development and a heartfelt dialog throughout the book. The text is written as though it is coming straight from an 11-year-old's thoughts.

The pure innocence of a youthful mind is both humbling and humorous. The life lesson and message included in the story are powerful. Children and adults alike who play sports, coach, or have played in the past will enjoy this story, but those readers who have not would benefit and enjoy reading it as well.

Happy Reading!

Monday, February 2, 2015


Monday Musings.
Crazy weather. One day it's spring.
The next day it's winter.
We did receive some much needed rain.
And cold days are good for reading.
I've just finished another great novel and would like to share it with you.
Now you know this teen has a story to tell, and likely not a happy one.
Great cover.

By C. Lee McKenzie
Sometimes a tragedy occurs in a person’s life, a tragedy so heartbreaking they want to keep it a secret. They try to run away from it, perhaps by moving to a new town, hoping to start over again. But the secret haunts them, and they can’t forget. They shouldn’t forget, for it’s a part of their lives, forever.
SUDDEN SECRETS, Author C. Lee McKenzie’s latest novel for YA readers, is a story the reader won’t forget for a while, at least this reader won’t forget. It’s the tender story of a family falling apart. High school junior Cleopatra Brown, her mother and grandfather, along with Tut, a Great Dane, Nefertiti, a cat, and Clyde, Grandpa’s pet boa, move into a dilapidated old house in a new town. They hope to put the past behind them. Cleo’s father is in Afghanistan “saving pieces of history” rather than being with his family that needs him, especially Cleo. Cleo is supposed to go to a new school and live, like everything is normal. But her life isn’t normal. It never will be again because of the secret she carries with her. Even handsome hunk Ethan, funny Rudy and gorgeous Stacy, her new friends, cannot help Cleo forgive herself. My favorite character is Rudy, with his mostly positive attitude that brightens the darker scenes. Then there’s the house across the street that appears to be empty, except for the occasional light Cleo sees through the window and the van that arrived every Saturday morning.
C. Lee McKenzie has woven a tale of mystery and suspense in SUDDEN SECRETS. The effect of the tragedy on the family is believable, and I was hoping they’d resolve their problems and be a family again. Then the author threw in an unexpected surprise, at least to me. And I’m not saying what. Looking back I can see the subtle hints Ms. McKenzie planted along the way. Very nice.
SUDDEN SECRETS may bring tears to your eyes. It did mine. I felt the pain of the family, especially Cleo, as they struggled to survive the past. An enjoyable read that I highly recommend.
Happy Reading!