Monday, April 29, 2013

Glimpse into Mountain Charm by Sydney Logan


Hey everyone, today I have a great post to share with you.  A glimpse into author Sydney Logan's new book Mountain Charm.  This book is being released in July and I can't wait.  Enjoy!

Mountain Charm

by Sydney Logan




Prologue

Angelina Clark gazed down at the shining candle. Its yellow flame flickered and glistened against the darkness of the living room. She had eagerly anticipated this day—her thirteenth birthday—since she’d been a little girl.

“Today is a special day,” her mother said, her voice solemn.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Author Stephen Zimmer talks about Word Counts

Today I have another great guest post.  Author Stephen Zimmer is here to talk about Word Counts and if they really mater.  So let's get to it.  Enjoy!!! 


The Roadblock of Word Counts

By Stephen Zimmer

                Being the writer of an epic fantasy series, and an epic-scale urban fantasy series, generating a sizeable word count for a novel is something I am fairly familiar with.  Yet I never lose sight of the fact that writing a novel echoes the process of building a house or other significant structure, in that it is put together piece by piece, day by day, over the course of time involving many variances in productivity and elements.   Some of those elements are large, and others are small, but all are components of the end result, and that is what I want to discuss here in regards to writing. 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Book Review: The Mirror of The Moon by TRAVIS SIMMONS

Title: The Mirror of The Moon
Author: TRAVIS SIMMONS
Category: Fantasy
Pub. Date: 03/15/2013
Publisher: Wyrding Ways Press
Format: E-Book
Pages: 265
ISBN#: 9781300696
Series: The Revenant Wyrd Saga #2

Synopsis:   
With the death of one of the companions, Grace must answer for the secrets she’s kept. The path before them is ever lengthening in their quest for Amber. There are changes they all must face, and when Joya enters her trials of sorcery, danger lurks around every corner. The power within Angelica and Jovian is strengthening and with it comes confusion. What are they? It is painfully obvious nothing like them has ever existed before. Why is it at times they seem more one person than two separate people? With all the mystery surrounding their latent power, Angelica stumbles upon a passage in a book of sorcery indicating she is evil. Could she be the Mask prophecy speaks of? Is she destined to turn against her own flesh? To make matters worse, the Well of Wyrding (a giant well that controls all sorcery) has been breached and wyrd itself is spiraling into chaos.  

Book Review: The Bonds of Blood by Travis Simmons

Title: The Bonds of Blood
Author: Travis Simmons
Category: Fantasy
Pub. Date: 01/01/2009
Publisher: Infinity Publishing
Format: E-Book
Pages: 432
ISBN#: 0741454556
Series: the revenant wyrd saga book one
Synopsis:   
Events build to a dramatic conclusion in this epic fantasy of family ties. On a hunting trip Jovian is attacked by a demon destroyed ages ago when the last of the fallen angels were driven into hiding. Angelica is plagued by haunting visions depicting the fall of her family. Joya begins hearing voices and communicates with a geometry book that calls forth the destructive force of Wyrd within her. Amber is stolen in the night, and a being who calls himself “Grigori” seeks the destruction of the Neferis name.

Even before a rescue attempt can be made for Amber, the family comes under attack by forces they are not ready to face. The adventure becomes one haunted by mystical creatures and events as two forces try to help them, and hinder them. With every step more and more questions arise.
There are seemingly no answers until they are confronted with an ancient enemy of their family. Will this enemy grant the answers they seek, or will she fray the tenuous threads binding them to their old lives?
 
 

Book Review: UNSTOPPABLE by NICK VUJICIC

Title: UNSTOPPABLE
Author: NICK VUJICIC
Category: Christian/Biography Memoir
Pub. Date: 10/02/2012
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 256
ISBN#: 0307730883

Synopsis:  
Being unstoppable is about believing and achieving. It’s about having faith in yourself, your talents and your purpose and, most of all, in God’s great love and His divine plan for your life.

Millions around the world recognize the smiling face and inspirational message of Nick Vujicic.  Despite being born without arms or legs, Nick’s challenges have not kept him from enjoying great adventures, a fulfilling and meaningful career, and loving relationships.  Nick has overcome trials and hardships by focusing on the promises that he was created for a unique and specific purpose, that his life has value and is a gift to others, and that no matter the despair and hard times in life, God is always present. Nick credits his success in life to the power that is unleashed when faith takes action.

But how does that happen?  In Unstoppable Nick addresses adversity and difficult circumstances that many people face today, including:

·         Personal crises
·         Relationship issues
·         Career and job challenges
·         Health and disability concerns
·         Self-destructive thoughts, emotions, and addictions
·         Bullying, persecution, cruelty, and intolerance
·         Balance in body, mind, heart, and spirit
·         Service to others

Through stories from his own life and the experiences of many others, Nick explains how anyone wanting a “ridiculously good life” can respond to these issues and more to become unstoppable. What’s standing in your way?  Are you ready to become unstoppable?
 
 

Book Review: esther by BETH MOORE

Title: esther
Author: BETH MOORE
Category: Bible Study
Pub. Date: 11/01/2008
Publisher: Lifeway Christian Resources
ISBN#: 1415852898


Synopsis:   
Join Beth in an in-depth and very personal examination of this great story of threat and deliverance. She peels back the layers of history and shows how very contemporary and applicable the story of Esther is to our lives. If you've ever felt inadequate, threatened, or pushed into situations that seemed overpowering, this is the study for you. Just as it was tough being a woman in Esther's day, it's tough today. This portion of God's Word contains treasures to aid us in our hurried, harried, and pressured lives.Leader kit contains: 6 DVDs (10 teaching segments and bonus content),1 Member Book, and 1 Leader Guide.  

Book Review: Forgiven by Karen Kingsbury

Title: Forgiven
Author: Karen Kingsbury
Category: Christian Fiction
Pub. Date: 09/20/2005
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Format: Audio CD 
ISBN#: 1596001976
Series: Firstborn #2

Synopsis:  
A Deadly Accident The Christian Kids Theater group is devastated by a tragedy greater than any of them could've imagined. Now their director, Katy Hart, must find a way to walk the kids through their grief and give them a reason to believe again. But will hatred and revenge have the final word? An Aching Emptiness Dayne Matthews is at the top of the Hollywood list, working on what could be his best movie yet. Still, he is empty and unfocused, aching for real love and the family he?ll never know. Then a friend tells him about a teaching center and a way to become like God. Is this the answer Dayne's been searching for? A Shocking Discovery John Baxter reconnects with an old friend and shares a buried secret, one that he and his wife shared all their married lives. Now - in his wife's honor - he decides to continue a very special search. But in the process he makes a critical mistake. What will happen when one of his daughters stumbles onto a letter she was never supposed to see? In this season for the Baxters, grace and redemption will play a greater role than ever before.   

Author Guest Post with Author D.A. Adams


Today I have an awesome Guest post to share with you from the author of The Brotherhood of Dwarves series,  D.A. Adams.  I want to thank him for sharing this post with us and I must say I love this topic.  




As a child, I remember reading The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lord of the Rings, The Shannara Series, and many other fantasy-based works that told compelling stories without relying on gratuitous sex and foul language to keep the reader’s attention. However, over the years, there’s been a trend in entertainment of chasing shock value for the sake of drawing in an audience. Books, TV shows, and movies continue to push the envelope, ramping up sexual content, profanity, and graphic violence. When I began pondering the concept of The Brotherhood of Dwarves, the “hole in the market” to me was a lack of sophisticated, compelling, heroic tales that could be read by 10 years olds yet still appeal to adults. The works I saw geared to young adults seemed condescending and cartoonish, dumbed-down to the point of absurdity. Everything else seemed to be chasing the shock factor.

So before I ever wrote the first word, I committed myself to writing the complete series without one utterance of profanity and without more than a subtle hint of sexuality.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Book Review: Maelstrom by J.D. Watts

Title: Maelstrom
Author: J.D. Watts
Category: Paranormal/Romance
Pub. Date: 12/13/2012
Publisher: The Writers Coffee Shop
Format: E-Book
Pages: 142
ISBN#: 1612131115
Series: Children of Creation

Synopsis:  
Daniella Rossi, prophesied Convergence and child of all three races of creation, now faces her destiny with a full gambit of knowledge and abilities at her disposal, but will they be enough?

Two years in hiding…Two years of training and preparing. Two years of falling in love and finding herself surrounded by a family she never dreamed she would have. They’ve all been a blessing, keeping her tranquil in their Caribbean island hideaway, but the darkness of the Fallen ones is closing in and the time for hiding has come to an end.

Separated from her Guardian husband Nate, and alone in New York City with an infant to protect, Dani must find the strength within her to survive and help those that need her. New acquaintances become allies, helping her hide until she is strong enough to search for her loved ones. Can she reunite with her family and protect this innocent little baby who deserves a safe and happy future, or will they be thwarted by evil forces?

Dani has worked hard to prepare for confronting the ultimate evil. Will she emerge victorious, or will she fail in her final quest to follow the Master’s will? Join Dani in the final chapter of this epic tale as she struggles to resist the evil that seeks to claim her, body and soul.

Book Review: Induction by J.D. Watts

Title:  Induction 
Author: J.D. Watts
Category: Paranormal/Romance
Pub. Date: 09/29/2011
Publisher: The Writers Coffee Shop
Format: E-Book
Pages:  208 
ISBN#: 1612130623
Series: Children of Creation #2

Synopsis:    
This is the second novel in the Children of Creation series.

Daniella Rossi has had a tough year. She’d always felt she was different from those around her, and within a matter of months, she discovered her life and that all she believed was true was nothing more than a farce. As a child of three different races of creation, Dani truly fits in with none.

As she waits out the winter in hiding with her two most trusted friends, her Guardians Nate and Ana, Dani struggles with the evolution of her romantic relationship with Nate, while being haunted most nights by dreams of a little boy begging for help. She doesn’t know where he is or what is wrong, but she has an overwhelming need to help him.

Forced to move on with the advent of spring, they search for answers while Dani completes her induction into the world of the unseen. She learns many things about love, life, and herself, as well as the true depth and nature of the strength within her along the way. 

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Author Interview with Jan Moran




Today I am really excited to showcase author Jan Moran on the blog for her blog tour, Scent of Triumph.  I have a great Q and A for all of you.  So Enjoy!!! 



Why did you want to become a writer?

As a child, I was an avid reader. Writers were my rock stars! Books were my passport to exotic locales and fascinating characters.


Who are your favorite authors and books?

A Woman of Substance by Barbara Taylor Bradford was an early inspiration. Also love Shanghai Girls by Lisa See and The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory. And who can forget Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, or War and Peace—the best Russian soap opera ever!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Book Review: SCENT OF TRIUMPH by JAN MORAN

Title: SCENT OF TRIUMPH
Author: JAN MORAN
Category: Historical Fiction
Pub. Date: 05/01/2012
Publisher: Briarcliffe Press
Format: Kindle/E-Book
Pages: 428
ISBN#: B0081VRCOSS

Synopsis:     
Scent of Triumph is the story of Danielle Bretancourt, a talented young French perfumer with a flair for fashion and a natural olfactory gift. In the language of perfumery, she is a Nose, with the rare ability to recognize thousands of essences by memory. The story opens on the day England declares war on Germany, and Danielle and her family are caught in the midst of a raging disaster sweeping across Europe.

Her life takes a tragic turn when her husband and son are lost behind enemy lines. She spies for the French resistance, determined to find them, but is forced to flee Europe with fragments of her family. Destitute, she mines her talents to create a magnificent perfume that captures the hearts of Hollywood's top stars, then gambles again to win wealth and success as a couturier. Her intelligence and flair attracts the adoration of Jonathan Newell-Grey, of England's top shipping conglomerate, and Cameron Murphy, Hollywood's most charismatic star.

Danielle charts her course through devastating wartime losses and revenge; lustful lovers and loveless marriages; and valiant struggles to reunite her family. Set between privileged lifestyles and gritty realities, here is one woman's story of courage, spirit, and resilience.
 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Book Review: FAME by Karen Kingsbury

Title: FAME
Author: Karen Kingsbury
Category: Christian Fiction
Pub. Date: 06/01/2005
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Format: Audio CD
ISBN#: 159600195x
Series: Firstborn #1

Synopsis:     
Karen Kingsbury brings listeners a new series that picks up where the Redemption series left off. The Firstborn series focuses on the surprise new member of the Baxter family: Dayne Matthews. As Dayne Matthews returns to Hollywood after his shocking discovery in Karen Kingsbury's bestselling novel Reunion, he faces the dangerous world of fame and paparazzi. Meanwhile, Katy Hart receives the offer of a lifetime ? starring opposite Dayne in a Hollywood film. Dayne and Katy's choices will change their hearts and lives forever.  

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

TEASER TUESDAY

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teas.                                                                                                                      

Monday, April 8, 2013

Cover Reveal and Giveaway: Mountain Charm by Sydney Logan


Cover Reveal: Mountain Charm by Sydney Logan

I'm so excited about this cover reveal, its for Mountain Charm by Sydney Logan! 


“True love and sweet whispers, till death do us part;
Send someone to love my Appalachian heart.”



Saturday, April 6, 2013

Blog Tour: Guest Post with Author Jennings Wright




So today I have a great guest post for you by the author of IXEOS, Jennings Wright.  I hope you enjoy. 



The Nuts and Bolts of Writing a Novel

Since November 2011, I have participated in – and won – five NaNoWriMo events. The sixth will be in April, when I do the year’s first Camp NaNo. Our area has a lot of people who participate in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), and a couple of the writing groups I’m in have tried to do it as a group. They are always wanting to pick my brain as to how to “win” the event. I think the advice I give holds true even if you aren’t doing a contest and are just trying to figure out how to write a complete novel.
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