Monday, March 18, 2019

MASQUERADE TOUR


Masquerade: Oddly Suited Book Spotlight

Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for Masquerade: Oddly Suited, a young-adult romance anthology from The Insecure Writer’s Support Group which is coming out on 30th April 2019!



About the Anthology
Title: Masquerade: Oddly Suited
Release date: April 30th, 2019
Publisher: Dancing Lemur Press
Genres: Young Adult Fiction: Romance – General / Paranormal / Contemporary
Print ISBN: 9781939844644
EBook ISBN: 9781939844651

Synopsis
Find love at the ball…
Can a fake dating game show lead to love? Will a missing key free a clock-bound prince? Can a softball pitcher and a baseball catcher work together? Is there a vampire living in Paradise, Newfoundland? What’s more important—a virtual Traveler or a virtual date to the ball?
Ten authors explore young love in all its facets, from heartbreak to budding passion. Featuring the talents of L.G. Keltner, Jennifer Lane, C.D. Gallant-King, Elizabeth Mueller, Angela Brown, Myles Christensen, Deborah Solice, Carrie-Anne Brownian, Anstice Brown, and Chelsea Marie Ballard.
Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these ten tales will mystify and surprise even as they touch your heart. Don your mask and join the party…

Links


Stories Featured
Oddly Suited, LG Keltner
The silliest situations may be oddly suited for romance.
Behind the Catcher’s Mask, Jennifer Lane
Who can help her through a meltdown on the pitcher’s mound?
The Dark Charade, CD Gallant-King
The new girl in town falls in love for a mysterious boy who is maybe, probably, most definitely, a vampire.
The Cog Prince, Elizabeth Mueller
Falling in love, saving the day, and a masque—oh my! Will a missing key free a clock-bound prince?
A Diver’s Ball, Angela Brown
You can be anything you want in the online world of Cumulus. A human. An elf. A powerful beast mutation from your wildest imagination. But can you be in love?
Flower of Ronda, Myles Christensen
What if life’s price of servanthood could be changed?
Fearless Heart, Deborah Solice
Is he a figment of her imagination conjured to keep her sane, or is he something else…something more?
Charleston Masquerade, Carrie-Anne Brownian
Can two worlds come together and find love?
Sea of Sorrows, Anstice Brown
What could a shapeshifting siren know about love?
Remedy, Chelsea Marie Ballard
Everything is against Remy and Rudy, but on the night of the Masquerade Ball, they must choose: each other or their lives?

You can find out more about the authors of Masquerade: Oddly Suited here.

Giveaway
The authors of Masquerade: Oddly Suited are giving away a $50 Amazon gift card to one winner. To enter, please complete the Rafflecopter below. The giveaway is open internationally from 12:00 am GMT 17th March to 12:00am GMT 6th May.





Tour Schedule
Visit the other blog tour hosts below to find out more about the stories and authors featured in Masquerade: Oddly Suited. 
·         Mon 18th March: Spotlight @ The Story of a Writer
·         Fri 22nd March: Guest post by Anstice Brown @ Nicki Elson’s Not-So-Deep Thoughts
·         Sun 24th March: Interview with Jennifer Lane @ Nancee Cain, Romance with a Serrated Edge
·         Tues 26th March: Guest post by Angela Brown @ Blog of Author J Lenni Dorner
·         Wed 27th March: Debut author spotlight with Chelsea Marie Ballard & Anstice Brown @ Operation Awesome
·         Fri 29th March: Spotlight @ April Blogging from A-Z Challenge
·         Mon 1st April: Interview with Deborah Solice @ Dusting the Soul
·         Thurs 4th April: Spotlight @ Elements of Emaginette
·         Fri 5th April: Guest post by C.D Gallant-King @ Writer’s Gambit
·         Mon 8th April: Interview with Elizabeth Mueller @ Just Jemi
·         Fri 12th April: Guest post by Carrie-Anne Brownian @ Jennifer Lane Books
·         Mon 15th April: Guest post by Chelsea Marie Ballard @ My Pet Blog
·         Tues 16th April: Guest post by Myles Christensen @ Quiet Fury Books
·         Mon 22nd April: Interview with all the authors @ Alex J. Cavanaugh
·         Sat 4th May: Interview with L.G Keltner @ The Cynical Sailor & His Salty Sidekick


Wednesday, March 6, 2019

MARCH IWSG

Here it is a new month. Where do the days go? Welcome to March and IWSG.

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!
Our Twitter is @TheIWSG and hashtag #IWSG.

Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. Remember, the question is optional!!!

March  6th question: Whose perspective do you like to write from best, the hero (protagonist) or the villain (antagonist) and why?


Awesome Alex J. Cavanaugh is the founder of IWSG

His awesome co-hosts for the March 6 posting of the IWSG are Fundy Blue, Beverly Stowe McClure, Erika Beebe, and Lisa Buie-Collard!


Now for the question

So far, I've always written a story from the perspective of the hero or heroine. Never actually gave it a thought to write from the villain's point of view. It might be fun though. 

Why? Many of my stories start with a title. Often a title just pops into my head. I jot it down and think about it for awhile and see what happens. I think it would be neat to write a story alternating the main characters. One chapter from the viewpoint of the hero; the next chapter from the villain. Oh, yes. I  want to do that. Have you done that? Thanks for the idea. If I ever finish what I'm working on, I may try it. My current hero is making all kinds of changes to what I thought was finished. He has other ideas. 

Looking forward to see your answers. Should be fun.

Happy Writing.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

READ AN E-BOOK WEEK MARCH 3rd through 9th


Read an E-Book Week will run from March 3rd - 9th this year.


The following titles will be offered as free give-aways via the Twilight Times Books web site during Read an E-Book Week, March 3 - 9, 2019.


All that Glitters by Loren K. Jones
An Elfy on the Loose by Barb Caffrey
Anselm: a Metamorphosis by Florence Byham Weinberg
Book Reviewers Talk about their Craft by Mayra Calvani
Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective by Christine Amden
Caves, Cannons and Crinolines by Beverly Stowe McClure MY CIVIL WAR YA NOVEL
Changing Faces by Barb Caffrey
Equity of Evil by Rudy A. Mazzocchi
For Keeps by Aaron Paul Lazar
Hamster Island by Joan Heartwell
How I Wrote My First Book: the story behind the story by Anne K. Edwards and Lida E. Quillen, Editors
Jerome and the Seraph by Robina Williams
Laughing All the Way by Darrell Bain
Literary Sampler by Mayra Calvani, Aaron Paul Lazar and Anne K. Edwards
Lucid by Natalie Roers
Monkey Trap by Lee Denning
No Place for Gods by Gerald Mills
Rue the Day by Ralph Freedman
Saga of Rim by Cecilia Wennerström 
Schooled in Magic by Christopher Nuttall
Stories of the Confederated Star Systems by Loren K. Jones
Sunstruck by Mayra Calvani
The Accidental Art Thief by Joan Schweighardt
The Ex-Club Tong Pang by Janis Hashe
The Immortality Virus by Christine Amsden
The Last to Fall by Anne K. Edwards
The Wolfman, the Shrink and the Eighth-Grade Election
 by D. M. Nigro

This is the link to the freebies web page. Shows which days the books are available for free. CAVES, CANNONS, AND CRINOLINES is free on March 4. The link will take you there.


CLC Gold Winner 
Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist
Eric Hoffer Award Winner

A Review:



"The year 1863 finds outspoken, 14-year-old, Lizzie Stamford at a crossroads of what her parents believe to be acceptable behavior for a young lady and her secret desire to join the Confederate Army disguised as a boy. Her two brothers, Willie and Joseph, willingly joined the Confederacy to defend Vicksburg from the Yankees, and Lizzie longs to be part of the glory. Her blind courage brings her into the midst of a battleground at night. Much to her dismay, war is not what she believed it to be. The horrific acts of violence overwhelm her and she runs away quickly after she arrives.

"Lizzie’s emotions and beliefs that all Yankees are evil is put to the test by an unexpected encounter with a Yankee soldier. Will Lizzie come to terms with the ever changing world and circumstances that surround her? And what is to become of her beloved brothers and the city of Vicksburg?



Now I must go see what I'd like to read. Happy Reading!


Monday, February 25, 2019

INNOCENCE LOST TOUR

What a treat we have for you today. So sit back, relax, and enjoy!





Innocence Lost (+ Giveaway)
When you mention the Roaring 20s you can’t help but think of Prohibition and the mystery surrounding it. Today, lets step back in time and see how a widow copes with criminal elements and comes to rely on a ghost from the past.

Author Sherilyn Decter is visiting today to share her latest release, INNOCENCE LOST, the first installment in her Bootleggers’ Chronicles. She also has a fun giveaway she’s hosting for the tour. Be sure to check it out at the end of the post.

In a city of bootleggers and crime, one woman must rely on a long-dead lawman to hunt down justice…
          Philadelphia, 1924. Maggie Barnes doesn't have much left. After the death of her husband, she finds herself all alone to care for her young son and look after their rundown house. As if that weren't bad enough, Prohibition has turned her neighborhood into a bootlegger's playground. To keep the shoddy roof over their heads, she has no choice but to take on boarders with criminal ties…
          When her son's friend disappears, Maggie suspects the worst. And local politicians and police don't seem to have any interest in an investigation. With a child's life on the line, Maggie takes the case and risks angering the enemy living right under her nose…
          Maggie's one advantage may be her oldest tenant: the ghost of a Victorian-era cop. With his help, can she find justice in a lawless city?
          Innocence Lost is the first novel in the Bootleggers' Chronicles, a series of historical fiction tales. If you like headstrong heroines, Prohibition-era criminal underworlds, and a touch of the paranormal, then you'll love Sherilyn Decter’s gripping tale.

Check out INNOCENCE LOST on bookfunnel and the Media Page on the author’s website. INNOCENCE LOST is also available to buy on Amazon. The second book in the series,TASTING THE APPLE, is available to pre-order.  


For those unfamiliar with the author, here’s a bit of background on her.

The Roaring Twenties and Prohibition were a fantasy land, coming right after the horrors and social upheaval of World War I. Even a century later, it all seems so exotic.

Women got the vote, started working outside the home, and (horrors!) smoked and drank in public places. They even went on unchaperoned dates (gasp)! Corsets were thrown into the back of the closets, and shoes were discovered to be an addictive fashion accessory after hemlines started to rise. And thanks to Prohibition, suddenly it was fashionable to break the law. The music was made in America- ragtime, delta blues, and of course jazz. Cocktails were created to hide the taste of the bathtub gin. Flappers were dancing, beads and fringes flying. Fedoras were tipped. And everyone was riding around in automobiles (aka struggle buggies and I leave it to your imagination why- wink.)

Bootleggers’ Chronicles grew out of that fascination. Writing as Sherilyn Decter, I will eventually have a series of historical crime fiction novels dealing with the bootleggers, gangsters, flappers, and general lawlessness that defined Prohibition. The Bootlegger blog rose out of all the research that I’ve been doing about this incredible era.

Growing up on the prairies and living next to the ocean, I am a creature of endless horizons. Writing allows me to discover what’s just over the next one. My husband and I have three amazing daughters, a spoiled grandson, and two bad dogs.

Sherilyn Decter is enthralled with the flashing flappers and dangerous bootleggers from the Roaring Twenties and Prohibition. Through meticulous research, that lawless era is brought to life. Living in a century-old house, maybe the creaking pipes whisper stories in her ear.

To get the inside skinny on the Bootlegger’s Chronicles, you can reach Sherilyn at the following links:

WEBSITE          FACEBOOK      PINTEREST

GIVEAWAY
Author Sherilyn Decter is giving away two autographed paperback copies of INNOCENCE LOST. Each of the books comes with a couple of sheets of flapper paper dolls. Click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instruction to enter. If you can’t see the widget, just click HERE.


Thanks for stopping by today. Be sure to comment on the post and enter to win your copy of this tantalizing tale.




How about an excerpt?

Chapter 1 

Philadelphia has not yet lost its soul. It’s still the early days of Prohibition. Sure, you can see the rot around the edges beginning to creep in, but people, for the most part, are enjoying the thrill of being lawbreakers. The times; they’re dangerous, but not yet deadly. Bootleggers are still the boys from down the street, and hooch still has a bit of quality control to it. Hell, the most dangerous thing about the Twenties, so far at least, is hemlines. Those short skirts are trouble. 

You can smack your lips at the scandal of it all. Everyone has a bit of an outlaw in them, don’t they? Many of the good people of Philadelphia are secretly thrilled to be able to thumb their noses at a senseless bit of government regulation imposed by morons in Washington. It’s a buzz
to sneak out to the local speakeasy, get in with a secret password, and tip back a refreshing swig of illegal booze. 

Ah yes, that inevitable illegal booze. Stashed in old warehouses; some of them are by the river, some close to the tracks, all hidden from view. Brick carcasses of abandoned enterprise, those warehouses now bustle with new business. Risky business. Bootlegging.

Inspector Frank Geyer leans against the brick wall inside one such warehouse. Shrouded by shadow, he is a dapper old gent, his walking stick resting beside him. The high shirt collar, heavy woollen suit, and thick moustache over a neatly trimmed beard paint him from a different
generation. 

The slow draw off his cigar provides fuel for his dark thoughts. Frank doesn’t see the glamour that his fellow Philadelphians seem to be enjoying; the comfortable danger, the shaking off of the heavy burden of the recent Great War. He’s been trained to recognize crime when he sees it, regardless of the cheap dress it wears. Like a bloodhound, his heightened senses catch that faint whiff of decay. 

‘Death is nothing. But to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.’ Perhaps Napoleon was right. Certainly, ‘inglorious’ is a good description of Philadelphia these days. But have the bootleggers and corruption managed to defeat her? Have we lost the fight so easily? Have I been reduced to this: an old man standing idly by? Maybe Philly isn’t the only one defeated.

Dark thoughts, indeed.




Now, I've got to read the rest of this story. 

Don't forget to enter the contest.

Congratulations, Sherilyn.

Happy Reading!



Monday, February 18, 2019

Welcome to my blog. Today I have a review for you. Haven't been reading as much as usual lately. Spending my time writing, hoping to finish soon. Here's the latest novel you might enjoy.





THE LIGHTHOUSE BETWEEN THE WORLDS

By Melanie Crowder

Lighthouses fascinate me. They’re so mysterious. Though I’ve never seen a real one, pictures of them hint at secrets that only the lighthouse knows. Author Melanie Crowder’s novel THE LIGHTHOUSE BETWEEN THE WORLDS, is a perfect example of a lighthouse that is more than just a warning for ships to not come near the land. This lighthouse is the story of a family, a mother who is dead, or so they believe, a father who disappears, and a boy who must find the answers to his father’s whereabouts and his mother’s death.

Melanie Crowder has written a touching story about a family torn apart and a lighthouse that is much more than a lighthouse. As I read, the story pulled me deeper and deeper into young Griffin’s life as he finds himself in another world. This novel kept me reading to discover the answers to Griffin's questions. You may be surprised at what he finds. I was. And that makes for a fascinating story.

THE LIGHTHOUSE BETWEEN THE WORLDS would make a nice addition to school libraries, public libraries, and your own library. Enjoy.

Also, Happy Presidents' Day



Wednesday, February 6, 2019

FEBRUARY IWSG

Here we are, the first Wednesday in February. Welcome.



The Insecure Writer’s Support Group
 

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!

Alex J. Cavanaugh is the founder of IWSG.

His awesome co-hosts for the February 6 posting of the IWSG are Raimey Gallant,Natalie Aguirre, CV Grehan, and Michelle Wallace!


Our Twitter is @TheIWSG and hashtag #IWSG.

Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. Remember, the question is optional!!!

Today's question is: Besides writing what other creative outlets do you have?


I'm thinking. I'm thinking.

Well, I enjoy playing the piano. When I need to relax, playing old tunes takes me back to the past, when I was a kid taking lessons. That was years ago, but I still have some of those old songs and it's fun to play them again. MY WAY, written by Paul Anka  and sung by Elvis Presley is one of my favorites. 
 Do you do things your way?

I also used to like to draw with pencil, mostly fashion designs. Haven't done that in awhile.

Other than the piano I don't do anything creative, unless you consider taking the cats for a walk creative. 

Looking forward to reading about your creative talents.

Happy Reading!

Monday, January 21, 2019

'TIS THE SEASON

I have the neatest story to share with you today. Here is the latest b y Author Victoria Simcox. And even better, it will be a series. Enjoy.








’TIS THE SEASON


NORMA ELLIOT’S SECRET JOURNAL


BOOK 1

By Victoria Simcox



Do you know someone who thinks his or her name is horrible? If so, why do they believe this? In Author Victoria Simcox’s latest novel, ’Tis the Season (Norma Elliot’s Secret Journal Book 1) we meet 4th grader Norma Elliot, a character you won’t soon forget. Norma is not happy with her “old lady’s” name she calls it. She’s named after her dad, Norman, who really wanted a boy instead of a girl when she was born. Not a great way to begin your life. But her name is the least of Norma’s problems. Being the spunky girl that she is, Norma deals with each situation she faces in her own unique way.


One part I especially like is Norma’s journal where she writes her “true feelings” to God. A scripture is on each page to help her. She also knows that she cannot hide what she does from God. Norma is priceless, sarcastic at times, serious at times, and fun at times. Her relationship to her older sister, younger brother, and parents may remind you of your own family or families that you know. They don’t always get along with each other, but the love is there.


’TIS THE SEASON is a beautiful story about family, friendship, and following God’s will. I am so excited to see that there will be other books about Norma because I’m curious as to what she will do next. This book would be ideal for school libraries from elementary to middle school, as well as public libraries and your own personal library. Norma is a character you really should meet. You’ll never forget her. Happy Reading.



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Monday, January 14, 2019

BEWARE-ANOTHER DOG STORY


Welcome to my zoo!

If you don't like dogs, stop reading now, because today's story is about the dog that adopted me. I still do not have a name for him. Looking for the perfect one. It does appear that he will be staying with me for ... who knows how long. No one has claimed him, and I cannot turn him over to the Humane Society or other places that will most likely put him to sleep after a certain length of time. Nope, can't let that happen. He is entertaining. You may not think this is funny, but I'm going to tell you anyhow.





Okay, I have to keep him outside, even on the days like today when the temperature is below freezing. Wait before you condemn me for cruelty. I tried to let him stay in the house at least at night. Now this is a big dog. Part German Shepherd and similar to the dogs above, except his ears are floppy and he was a disaster in the house. My coat was lying on a chair and sometimes during the night he chewed all the buttons off and swallowed them, I guess, because I never found them. He did other things that I shall not mention, but I knew then that he was not a house dog.

 He has a doghouse, of sorts, that I put a blanket, towels and bath mat in to keep him warm and dry. This house is a round white tube that someone is giving to the animal shelters for free. So I got one. The dog loves it. He sleeps in it at night. And naps during the day. He is young, maybe around 1 or 2 years old, and he loves to play, so what does he do with the blanket and towels?

Yes, he drags them out of the doghouse, carries them to the yard, which is fenced so he can't run wild, and lays on them in the yard. He also loves to carry the towels or bath mat around the yard trying to get me to chase him. Now that's a sight you don't want to miss. Anyhow, two or three times a day I put everything back in the doghouse so he has a warm place to sleep. I guess I am playing his little game.

Aren't I a cute one. Please play ball with me. 

Mm! Maybe I'll write his story some day.

Happy Reading!

Monday, January 7, 2019

WELCOME TO A NEW WEEK! HOW ABOUT SOME REVIEWS TODAY?

I'm way behind in my reading. Did not reach my goal at Good Reads. Hope to do better in 2019. I do have a few reviews to share and a couple more when I write them. Reading books by other writers helps me to see how my work might improve. Does that happen to you? I'll hush now. Enjoy.





SHADOWS OF AIZAI


By Mary-Jean Harris



Time travel has always fascinated me. What would it be like to travel to the past? To the future?  Or how about visiting different worlds. It would be even more exciting, I think, to know that you were to be one of the founders of a new world. If you can’t do this in real life, how about reading a book that takes you to places you can only imagine.


SHADOWS OF AIZAI, By Mary-Jean Harris will do just that. In addition to countries and worlds you’ve only imagined, you’ll find yourself caught up in the magic of unusual lands and people. You’ll meet characters that are good and that are bad. Two ingredients that make for an exciting novel.


Our heroes are eighteen-year-old lads, Wolfdon and Toulouse, who live in 17th century Spain. They will become founders of a future paradise called Aizai. It’s not going to be easy. Magicians known as the Magi threaten them, along with other troubles they run into. Different chapters are told from the different characters’ points of view.


Mary-Jean Harris has created a lot of characters in her novel to keep track of, and I sometimes got lost. But each character has a role to play in the events of the story. If you love adventure, magic, and men and women that make a world, whether it is present, past, or future a good place to live, SHADOWS OF AIZAI has it all. I was cheering for Wolfdon and Toulouse to succeed in founding a new city. Did they, or was it all a dream?

What do you think?







THE CITY HEROES

And other stories from the Heart Of Africa

By Omoruyi Uwuigiaren


CHAPTER ONE

The Outside World


THE CITY HEROES by Omoruyi Uwuigiaren is a series of short stories introducing the reader to the lives of different characters in Africa, from animals to humans. Lovely artwork throughout the book adds a nice touch, giving the reader a glimpse of what is to follow in that particular story. We meet cats as they discuss their problems in life. One story introduces the reader to a priest and his wife. Then there are the jungle ants and their struggles to survive. And so much more.


Each story has a message, such as “fighting doesn’t solve anything” and “learn from one another and work hard,” to name a couple. The stories also gave me a glimpse into the lives of a different culture, that of Africa. This is a delightful group of short stories to make a person thankful for his or her blessings. The author gives the reader a good look at another world, that in some ways is much the same as my world yet also different. 


Middle grade readers and even young teens should enjoy reading about the adventures of the cats, rats, and ants, while also learning about the people of another country, Africa. This would make a nice addition to school libraries, public libraries, and your own private library.





THE DEEPEST ROOTS

By Miranda Asebedo


Three girls, best friends. They’ll do most anything for each other. It turns out they may have to do more than they imagined. Like every girl born in Cottonwood Hollow in the last century, Rome, Lux, and Mercy each have a special talent. Then mysterious events begin to happen that challenge the girls and their friendship. And this is only the beginning of a fascinating story, with magical happenings, about these girls and the Kansas town where they live.


In the novel THE DEEPEST ROOTS, author Miranda Asebedo has created characters that could be your friends in school. They worry about their schoolwork. They’re interested in boys. They have family problems.  They also have a mystery to solve, a mystery that threatens their friendship and might even cause the death of the girls.


THE DEEPEST ROOTS is a story of family, life, and friendship, with a touch of fantasy. The problems the girls face touched my heart. I wanted to help them as I followed their journey through the good times and the bad, hoping their story had a happy ending. This novel would make a nice addition to high school libraries as well as your own library.


Now, these novels should keep you busy for awhile. Happy Reading!