Friday, July 13, 2018

IT HAPPENED ON DUFFERIN TERRACE COVER REVEAL

Thanks for stopping by on this lovely Friday. I have a treat for you today, so relax and enjoy a new novel by Melanie Robertson-King that's just out.


I love this cover. It looks like so much fun.


Author Melanie Robertson-King brings you the “It Happened series...


Miracle on 34th Street meets Sleepless in Seattle

Toronto business consultant, Serenity Layne, knew the only person she could depend on was herself. Married to her career, she has no time for other pursuits and life’s intangibles.
Widowed for three years, Roger Scott, a data security specialist in Quebec City, is a single parent to his ten-year-old son, Adam.

On a day out on the Plains of Abraham with their black Labrador retriever, Roger’s cell phone rings incessantly. Adam has played matchmaker and put his father’s profile on a number of online dating sites.

The week before Christmas, Serenity is heading up a series of meetings after a six-month study of the Canadian retail chain, jonathans. After an unpleasant encounter with one of the store managers, she escapes from the boardroom of the Ch√Ęteau Frontenac Hotel, only to be bowled over by Roger and Adam’s dog.
Guilty over the accident, Roger invites Serenity out for a drink by way of apology. Over the course of the week, and spending time together, feelings long dormant for Roger are re-awakened. At the same time, emotions foreign to Serenity fill her with contentment and happiness.

Will the couple get their happily ever after?

It Happened on Dufferin Terrace is the first book in the It Happened series, a set of sweet, contemporary romances by author, Melanie Robertson-King. If entertaining and heartwarming romances are for you, then you'll fall in love with this entry in a light, romantic series set in picturesque Canadian locations.

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EXCERPT

The following morning, six months of gruelling work came to fruition. In the Place d’Armes conference room, Serenity turned on her MacBook Air with the PowerPoint presentation and ensured the projector functioned. In addition to the electronic copy, the hard copies she made in Montreal for the jonathans participants were placed them in front of each chair.

This was the first time her superior sat in on one of her meetings, making her more nervous than normal. Did he not trust her judgement?

Scheduled to start at ten a.m., a number of attendees were still missing. The time function on her Fitbit indicated three minutes to go. The managers had to arrive soon or her boss's trust in her abilities would be shattered. A brief assessment of her leather-bound notebook confirmed the time and date.

Gradually, men in three-piece suits, shirts and ties straggled in. They nodded at her as they took their seats. During her visits to the outlets across Canada, she came together with them. All were friendly and cooperative. Some stores performed well, while others struggled.

The head of jonathans made his entrance. Well over six feet in stature, with a stocky frame, his imposing size commanded respect and attention.

“Good morning,” she said.

The man acknowledged her with a nod of his head and moved to the head of the table.
Now, she and the other attendees waited for her missing employer and one last jonathans employee.

“We’ll give them another five minutes then we’ll start. In the meantime, feel free to look at the documents in front of you.” She lingered by the chair used by the director of the Vancouver location and smiled.

The door burst open, eliminating the opportunity to speak with the gentleman. In the gap stood the man from the Yorkville Avenue outlet, as unkempt as the first time she met him. When he looked up, his eyes bulged, and his jaw dropped. “You’re the hard-nosed, jumped up high and mighty who made trouble. You’re the reason we’re having this powwow,” he snapped.

The hairs on the back of her neck bristled. Coat plucked from the rack, she darted out the door putting on the garment on the fly. The man busted her straight away. No way could she head this meeting now. Where was Martin Thacker? He would have stood by her.

She left the hotel, turned right, and scurried through the arched vehicular entryway on Rue Saint Louis. From there, she stumbled to the boardwalk running adjacent to the spectacular architecture and overlooked the St. Lawrence River and the town underneath.

Snow, packed down from shovelling and plowing, made the boards slippery. High-heeled shoes were inappropriate for the conditions, but escaping that room was paramount.

Why did she allow that man to antagonize her? Any other time, any other meeting and she would have let comments like his roll off her. This action was out of character.

Struggling to maintain her balance, she picked her way to the hand rail. At least she had gloves in her pockets. After extracting the knitted mittens, she pulled them on her hands and tried to regain her composure so she could go back to the meeting. She would have to create an excuse for her sudden departure.

Arms resting on the bannister, she took in long, slow breaths. Each time she exhaled a puff of steam formed in front of her.

About to go back into the warmth of the hotel’s conference room, she let go and turned. A massive black dog charged at her with a man and a boy in pursuit. The ear flaps of the man’s trapper hat resembled wings. Stretched out horizontally, how he managed not to take flight astounded her.

"Tori, bad girl. Halt.” The man shouted commands to the canine, but the animal was oblivious to them.

Before she had an opportunity to react, the black Lab launched itself in the air and hit her square in the chest knocking her to the ground. The impact sent her eyeglasses flying and they crashed on the granite ledge beneath the handrail. The child dove for them but couldn’t get a proper grip. His fingertips brushed the frames and her eyewear skittered away from him on the icy rock and vanished.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR








Melanie Robertson-King has always been a fan of the written word. Growing up as an only child, her face was almost always buried in a book from the time she could read. Her father was one of the thousands of Home Children sent to Canada through the auspices of The Orphan Homes of Scotland, and she has been fortunate to be able to visit her father’s homeland many times and even met the Princess Royal (Princess Anne) at the orphanage where he was raised.

It Happened on Dufferin Terrace is Melanie’s seventh book.

Thanks for letting us know about your latest novel, Melanie.

Happy Reading!


Monday, July 9, 2018

DEL TORO MOON Review

At last! The novel I've been waiting for forever it seems is scheduled for an October 2 release. Yay! I'm so happy to have an ARC and to share my thoughts about this exciting story. Sit  back, relax, and meet a very interesting family.


This cover is exactly right for the story. Beautiful!

Blurb from Good Reads:

“Ride hard, swing hard, and take out as many of those creepy critters as you can.”

Twelve year old Matt Del Toro is the greenest greenhorn in his family’s centuries-old business: riding down and destroying wolf-like monsters, known as skinners. Now, with those creatures multiplying, both in number and ferocity, Matt must saddle up and match his father’s skills at monster whacking. Odds of doing that? Yeah, about a trillion to one. Because Matt’s father is the legendary Javier Del Toro—hunter, scholar, and a true caballero: a gentleman of the horse.

Luckily, Matt has twelve hundred pounds of backup in his best friend—El Cid, an Andalusian war stallion with the ability of human speech, more fighting savvy than a medieval knight, and a heart as big and steadfast as the Rocky Mountains.

Serious horse power.

Those skinners don’t stand a chance.


My Thoughts



DEL TORO MOON

Review


By Darby Karchut



What do you do when you read a book that you don’t want to end, but it does, of course? I’ll tell you what I just did. I was enjoying the story so much, I was not ready to let go of it. So, I did the logical thing and read it again. I’m happy, happy I did because I grew even closer to the characters and their lives and the way each of them faced a situation in his or her own way. What am I talking about? Multi-award-winning author Darby Karchut’s latest novel, DEL TORO MOON, a story that took me on an adventure I shall always remember.


As I followed the Del Toro family through their good times and bad, I laughed, I cried, and I fell in love. The author has a magic touch when it comes to creating characters so real I can imagine them as my neighbors. The Del Toro family would make for an exciting neighborhood for sure.


Twelve-year-old Matt is my favorite character. Javier, his father, is doing a good job of raising Matt and his older brother, Ben, after their mother’s death in a car accident, years earlier. They have disagreements as in most families, but they are solved. Their father knows how to deal with his sons. Matt also has a lot of questions about life and girls, which he will learn a little at a time. But one thing he knows is horses.  


Here again, Darby Karchut shows her knowledge of an animal that fascinates me. I know a little about horses: quarter horses and thoroughbreds. In DEL TORO MOON, I met a breed of Andalusian War Horses. Wow! The description of them makes me want to see a live one. There’s El Cid and Turk and Izzie, who all play important roles in the novel and in some ways are the stars. At least to me. They also have a special talent, but I’m not telling what. Surprise.


I must not forget the creatures known as skinners. They mean death to whomever they bite. If you have a weak stomach maybe don’t read about them while you’re eating. The author describes them very vividly, and it’s not a pretty picture. I hope to never meet such a creature. 


Thank you, Darby Karchut, for taking me on this wild adventure. Does Matt have any more plans for the future? Hint, hint. I highly recommend this story.


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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

JULY IWSG

Today is Insecure Writer's Support Group day, early because of the holiday tomorrow.




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 Ninja Alex J. Cavanaugh is the creator of IWSG. 


His awesome co-hosts for the July 3 posting of the IWSG are Nicki Elson, Juneta Key,Tamara Narayan, and Patricia Lynne!

Every month we have a question you  can answer or not.

July 3rd question is: What are your ultimate writing goals, and how have they changed over time, (if at all)?


Mm, I'm thinking. That's not easy. All right, I have it. My ultimate writing goals are to write stories that will encourage young and teen readers and help them see that, yes, they have problems. Life doesn't always go the way they want it to. But they don't have to face their troubles alone. There is help for them, whether it's a parent, a teacher, a friend, or whoever. By creating characters living in different kinds of situations,I hope the readers will learn to reach out and help others, too.

My goals have changed in the many years I've been writing. At first, I just wrote for fun, not really considering whether my stories would make a difference in the readers' lives. Then, reading and hearing about the teen suicides and bullying and so many challenges young people have today, I still write with humor, but also with a serious note. Not preaching or criticizing young people. They get enough of that from others. I hope to give them courage to face their demons. Maybe I can. Maybe not. I'm going to try. 

That's my story and I'm sticking to it. Be nice to others.

Have a happy 4th of July.













Monday, July 2, 2018

PURPLE DRAGONFLY

Welcome July. Do you believe it? This year is half over. Slow down, world. Let me catch up. Nothing I can do about it so here is my news for today. This will be short. I'm posting IWSG Tuesday, like everyone else. But today, I'm smiling. This is the reason why.



My novel for tweens and teens won 1st place in the 2018 Purple Dragonfly Awards, historical division. Now,  dragonflies are lovely insects, but I've never seen a purple one. Have you? No matter. I'm excited. You may already have seen my post on Face Book.

https://www.dragonflybookawards.com/

This contest is sponsored by Story Monsters LLC 

From their site.

Story Monsters LLC is home to the award-winning Story Monsters Ink® magazine, the literary resource for teachers, librarians, and parents — selected by School Library Journal as one of the best magazines for kids and teens. 

We also help authors of all genres strive for excellence through our marketing and publicity services, Dragonfly Book Awards contests, Story Monsters Approved! awards program, and opportunities to connect with schools and the media

Have a great Monday. See you tomorrow.

Happy Reading!

Monday, June 25, 2018

PROJECT US REVIEW

Quote of the week:“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” 
― C.S. Lewis

Here is one of the books I just finished reading. Very interesting.




I did not post the blurb from Good Reads because it would give everything away, which would spoil your curiosity.


My thoughts.


PROJECT US



By Ottilie Weber



Imagine you’re on a school field trip, a trip that turns into a project to teach the students the responsibility of adulthood. Sound a little weird, does it? Just wait. This is only the beginning.


In PROJECT US by Ottilie Weber, the reader meets a group of high school students as they set out on an overnight field trip, at least that’s the way it starts out. When Rachel Hertz discovers that her roommate is Nick March, a guy she’s known for years, she’s puzzled. Something is wrong. Teachers would not allow a girl and a guy to share a room, right? No mistake has been made, however. The other students are matched the same as Rachel and Nick, a boy and a girl assigned to each room. 


Even worse, if possible, they have little or no contact with their parents to help straighten matters out. I don’t want to give anything away, but the situation gets worse.


Rachel is a likeable character, trying to figure out her life as most teens do. Nick is adorable, and the connection between the two is fun and realistic. Told from alternate points-of-view (Rachel and Nick) we get to see both sides of the story.


A fun read with some serious thoughts, which led me to the question: how much control should the government have over our schools and students? What about the parents? Shouldn’t they know what’s going on with their children? What do you think?

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Happy Reading!

Monday, June 18, 2018

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY



HAPPY FATHER'S DAY, DAD



I love you, Dad. I miss you. You are my hero. Dad is the barber. I used to watch him cut men's hair.

He is the father of one son and two daughters.




This is my husband, dad of my four sons. 
He rests now with our oldest boy.
I miss them too.

He was Tiger's hero. Mine too.

Have a great week.





Monday, June 11, 2018

CHRYS FEY New Release and Giveaway

I'm so happy you stopped by today. We have a wonderful book from fantastic author Chrys Fey to share with you. Take a look.

NEW RELEASE & GIVEAWAY!


Catch the
sparks you need to write, edit, publish, and market your book!

Write with Fey: 10 Sparks to Guide You
from Idea to Publication offers an abundance of data in one handy book. From
writing your novel to prepping for publication and beyond, you’ll find sparks
on every page, including 100 bonus marketing tips. You’ll also discover how to
write specific scenes and characters, adding depth to your work.

•        Spark One:
Being a Writer
•        Spark Two:
Story Essentials
•        Spark
Three: A Book’s Stepping Stones
•        Spark Four:
How To
•        Spark Five:
Character ER
•        Spark Six:
Editing
•        Spark
Seven: Publishing
•        Spark
Eight: Marketing
•        Spark Nine:
Writing About
•        Spark Ten:
Final Inspiration

With so much information, you’ll take
notes, highlight, and flag pages to come back to again and again on your
writing journey.


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 AUTHOR BIO:

 Chrys Fey is the
author of the Disaster Crimes Series, a unique concept blending romance,
crimes, and disasters. She’s partnered with the Insecure Writer’s Support Group
and runs their Goodreads book club. She’s also an editor for Dancing Lemur
Press.

Fey realized she wanted to write by
watching her mother pursue publication. At the age of twelve, she started her
first novel, which flourished into a series she later rewrote at seventeen. Fey
lives in Florida and is always on the lookout for hurricanes.
 
Chrys Fey’s Links:




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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

INSECURE WRITER'S SUPPORT GROUT - JUNE

It's June, a new month, and you know what that means. Yes!


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!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially 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. Link to this page.

Ninja Alex J. Cavanaugh is the founder of IWSG. 

His awesome co-hosts for the June 6 posting of the IWSG are Beverly Stowe McClure,Tyrean Martinson, Tonja Drecker, and Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor!

Every month we ask a question that you can answer or not. Your choice. The question for June is:

What's harder for you to come up with, book titles or character names?

This is an easy one for me. With most of my novels the title came first. The title for LISTEN TO THE GHOST, one of my earlier books that is now out of print, the title came to me one summer on vacation. We went to South Carolina to visit our son and daughter-in-law. Charleston is a land of magic for those who love history. They took us on several tours to old houses, some with ghosts, Fort Sumter, White Point Gardens where pirates were hanged, the College, and so many other interesting places. The stories about ghosts haunting some of the houses fascinated me and gave me a story as well as a title.

When we visited Vicksburg and I learned how the citizens survived the Civil War there by living in caves at times, my novel CAVES, CANNONS, AND CRINOLINES was born. No doubt about the title in my mind.

STAR OF THE TEAM, for middle grade readers, came from watching my granddaughter and her friends play basketball. I knew nothing about the sport, but learned and wrote their story.

I could go on and on about the titles, but I won't bore you. Yay!

As for character names, they sometimes take a while to come up with, and I even change them at times in early drafts when they don't sound right.

How about you? Titles or Character Names?

Happy Reading!












Monday, June 4, 2018

JUNE BIRTHDAYS AND STORIES FROM THE HEART

It's Monday again. Where did the week go? At least half of the things I planned to do last week are still waiting. Shh! Don't tell anyone. I'll do them, eventually. In the meantime, I'm celebrating the month of June with birthdays. My real sister has one this month and several of my story book children have birthdays too. Before we wish them Happy Birthday, I just have to share my latest review with you. No, no, don't go away. I promise not to take long.


This is my mg/tween historical fiction novel loosely based on my mother's life. It took a lot of research, but I learned so much about the time period the story takes place and about the Orphan Trains and the children that road them.

Here's the latest review.


Reviewed by Lauren Davis for Readers' Favorite


Beverly Stowe McClure’s story, A Family for Leona, is a poignant tale of adoption that is sure to melt your heart. Eleven-year-old Leona Chapter and her five siblings experience hardship and loss before ending up in the Brooklyn School and Home for Destitute Children. One by one, the Chapter children are sent off in different directions and we wonder if and when they will reunite. The setting is the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries when trains carried orphans from New York to Texas. Leona is forced to board that train, all the while scheming for a way back to her family in New York. When Leona is selected from the group of homeless children and she finds herself riding over flat land in a Model T, the possibility of a return seems bleaker by the second, but Leona is tenacious and hopeful about returning.

A Family for Leona is a story of hope and restoration geared to children and young teens. The adventures and trials Leona and her best friend, Noah, endure pull us into their plight and we cheer and ache with them. Their experiences from a tenement dwelling in Brooklyn to farm life in Texas are quirky, enchanting and ultimately satisfying. Beverly Stowe McClure’s emotional fictional narrative is beautifully written through the eyes of a stubborn adolescent girl with a penchant for increasing her vocabulary. With themes like new beginnings, friendship, love and family, I recommend A Family for Leona and rate this book 5 stars.



Now for my other children's birthdays in June. 


Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines
This is another historical fiction novel set during the American Civil War in Vicksburg. When we visited the city and I heard about the citizens living in caves, I knew I had to write their story. The research was really interesting. I can not imagine living in a cave.
June 15, 2010


Happy Birthday, Lizzie!
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Frankie's Perfect Home

A picture book for young readers about an armadillo searching for the perfect home. The idea for this story came to me when my son found a nest of baby armadillos in our pasture. Fascinating critters.
June 13, 2011


Happy Birthday, Frankie and brothers.
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Life on Hold

A YA novel about a girl that learns a secret her parents have kept from her for 16 years.
June 20, 2013


Happy Birthday, Myra.
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Princess Breeze

Tween/teen novel about a girl who sails to an island in the Pacific Ocean to visit the prince she met at school and his family.
June 11, 2017


Happy Birthday, Breeze.

My family is growing.

Happy Reading!

Monday, May 28, 2018

BOOK BLAST ONCE...

What an exciting book I have for you today. Please welcome Author Ronel Janse van Vuuren and her new book.





I love fairy tales and legends. Looks very, very interesting.

Book Blast Once…

Blurb:

Damsels in distress, curses, echoes of faery tales and tragic love affairs swirl together in sixteen stories found in a dragon’s lair by a curious half-fae.

Unexpected changes to reality causes more than one damsel to turn into a strong, independent woman who takes charge of her own life.

A collection of short stories about Faerie and the fae that live in the human realm. A few of the stories had won competitions and all of them had enchanted readers.

Learn their secrets and enter the realm of the fae…

ISBN EPUB: 978-0-6399476-2-4

ISBN Paperback: 978-0-6399476-3-1


Publication date: 23 May 2018

Available on most online retailers.

Also available in Afrikaans as “Eens…”.

Excerpt:


Mortals cannot perceive the veil unless they are invited to – or extremely gifted. For centuries, Man and Fae have been kept apart, for nothing good ever comes from them mixing. The collection of The Adventures of Saphira the Faery Dog is proof of this.


Still, there are magical creatures that side neither with Man nor Fae.
Dragons are such creatures. They hold the knowledge of both worlds. Some even collect it in the written word, keeping it safe in their lairs.


An inquisitive half-fae once broke into the lair of a dragon known to hoard books. The knowledge she found was too much to keep to herself…


Here are a few tales, myths and legends from Faerie. Some may sound remarkably similar to legends held by mortals, while others are…  well… as otherworldly as the fae themselves.

Author Bio:

Ronel Janse van Vuuren is the author of New Adult, Young Adult and children’s fiction filled with mythology and folklore. Her dark fantasy stories can be read for free on Wattpad and on her blog Ronel the Mythmaker. She won Fiction Writer of the Year 2016 for her Afrikaans stories on INK: Skryf in Afrikaans. Her published works can be viewed on Goodreads.


Ronel can be found tweeting about writing and other things that interest her, arguing with her characters, researching folklore for her newest story or playing with her Rottweilers when she’s not actually writing.

All of her books are available for purchase on Amazon.

Connect with Ronel on:
Amazon: amazon.com/author/roneljansevanvuurenmythmaker
Twitter: https://twitter.com/@miladyronel/
Pinterest: https://za.pinterest.com/miladyronel/
Google+: https://plus.google.com/+RonelJansevanVuurenMythmaker
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17528826.Ronel_Janse_van_Vuuren
Ronel the Mythmaker: https://ronelthemythmaker.wordpress.com/

Universal Book Links for Afrikaans and English versions of this book:
“Eens…” https://www.books2read.com/u/bwYWzZ
“Once…”  https://www.books2read.com/u/bzPPpD

Universal Book Link (UBL)
UBLs give you one link that leads to every online retailer selling your book.
And when your readers click on that link, they're shown a list of everywhere your book appears online, so that they can choose the retailer or eReader that works best for them
One link. Every bookstore online.


Congratulations, Ronel. 

Happy Reading All!

And we do not want to forget Memorial Day. Thank you to all the brave men and women who risk their lives to keep us safe.




My brother was under age during WWII but he went to California and joined the army, anyway.
While stationed in Egypt, he met the lovely girl that would soon be his wife, and they both came home safely.

Have a great week.