Saturday, March 30, 2013

Blog Tour For Midnight Masquerade by Marcia Lynn McClure From August 21, 2013 to September 13, 2013 - Come Join Us!

Hello Everyone! I am extremely happy to announce that Marcia Lynn McClure will be touring the blogosphere to promote her fairy tale romance Midnight Masquerade. This is Marcia's first virtual book tour with I'm a Reader, Not a Writer! She will be coming to a blog near you from August 21, to September 13, 2013! Come join us for all the fun!

Midnight Masquerade Blog Tour Information:

Meet Marcia Lynn McClure

Marcia Lynn McClure’s intoxicating succession of novels, novellas, and e-books, has established her as one of the most favored and engaging authors of true romance. Her unprecedented forte in weaving captivating stories of western, medieval, regency, and contemporary amour void of brusque intimacy has earned her the title “The Queen of Kissing.”

Marcia, who was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has spent her life intrigued with people, history, love, and romance. A wife, mother, grandmother, family historian, poet, and author, Marcia Lynn McClure spins her tales of splendor for the sake of offering respite through the beauty, mirth, and delight of a worthwhile and wonderful story.

Connect and Socialize With Marcia!


About Midnight Masquerade

Stavos Voronin was not as blind-eyed as many nobles and royals. Evony’s physical gestures—even the simplest movement of her hands—revealed that she had not always been destitute. The same was true of the children—of their polished manners and the boy’s knowledge of horses and tendency to be bold and fearless of strangers.

Ah yes, Stavos enjoyed a good mystery. After all, interest in the inexplicable circumstances surrounding the royals of Abawyth was the very thing that had lured him to the kingdom—the enigma of Abawyth’s twelve sleepy princesses. And yet now—now his mind was all the more intrigued. Not only was the obscurity of what had caused the profound and baffling torpidity of Abawyth’s princesses laid out before him, but also he found his curiosity intensely piqued over the riddle surrounding the very lovely Evony and her siblings.

As Stavos strode through the village resting on the outskirts of Abawyth Castle, his mind reeled with possibilities. His musings were drawn back to why he had come to Abawyth at all—to solve the conundrum surrounding the twelve beautiful princesses of Abawyth kingdom—to solve the seemingly impenetrable crux and thereby win the hand of one of Abawyth’s princesses, as his father, King Letholdus of Ethiarien, had commanded.

Coming to Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Kindle soon!

Blog Tour Giveaway of $25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Ends September 17, 2013.




Midnight Masquerade Blog Tour Schedule:

Pre Tour Reviews
I Am A Reader, Not A Writer
readalot


August 14th 
Book Blast Giveaway

August 21st
Tour Kick Off at I Am A Reader, Not A Writer
Review at Literally Jen
Review at Katie’s Clean Book Collection
Spotlight at A Room With Books

August 22nd
Spotlight at Victoria Simcox’s Blog
Review at A Little Bit of Everything
Review at Crossroads Review
Spotlight at Rose and Beps Blog

August 23rd
Excerpt at Lena Sledge’s Blog
Review at Backing Books
Review at Why Not? Because I Said So!
Review at Zili in the Sky

August 26th
Review at Time 2 Read
Review at A Backward’s Story
Spotlight at Primrose Musings

August 27th
Spotlight at Kindle & Me
Review at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark

August 28th
Spotlight at Sarah’s Reviews
Review at Darlene’s Book Reviews
Review at Up in the Bibliosphere

August 29th
Spotlight at alwaysjoart
Spotlight at A Blog Hop Place for Books
Spotlight at Waiting on Sunday to Drown

August 30th
Review at Getting Your Read On
Review at Books Are Sanity
Review at From the Bootheel Cotton Patch

September 3rd
Review at Clean Teen Fiction
Spotlight at Deal Sharing Aunt
Spotlight at Bonnie Gets a Say

September 4th
Review at Sassy Book Lover
Spotlight at Sweeping Me

September 5th
Spotlight at The Wonderings of One Person
Reviews at Christy’s Cozy Corners
Review at Bookworm Lisa

September 6th
Spotlight at Inside BJ’s Head
Review at These are but Shadows

September 7th
Review at My Devotional Thoughts
Review at Book Savvy

September 9th
Spotlight at Mythical Books
Review at Romance with a Book
Review at Literary Time Out

September 10th
Spotlight at Paulette’s Papers
Review at Mel’s Shelves
Review at Mom Loves to Read

September 11th
Review at Brooke Blogs
Spotlight at Curling Up with a Good Book
Review at Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks

September 12th
Spotlight at Rose & Beps Blog
Spotlight at Cu’s Ebook Giveaways
Spotlight at My Crafty Zoo

September 13th
Review at A Book A Day
Spotlight at Blkosiner’s Book Blog
Review at Not Everyone’s Mama

Midnight Masquerade Excerpt:

She was tired—oh so very, very tired. Never—not in all her life—had Evony Elorietta known such thoroughgoing fatigue. As she trudged out of the dark woods still veiled in the shadows of early sunrise, out across the expanse of cold, dew-drenched grass and onto the main road of the village, Evony wondered how she would ever endure a day that was only just beginning. Every bone in her body ached—every muscle throbbed in misery, every inch of her flesh begged for respite. Yet there would be none—at least not until she had finished her stitching—finished the near thirteen hours of sewing she now faced under the ever observant, incessantly critical eye of seamstress Agnes Teche.

After such a long, chilled, and sleepless night spent in watching—peering through the darkness and into the rooms of the inn in the woods, until her eyes were too dry to watch any longer—after listening to the shallow, often vile conversations, until her ears hurt from the foul ferment of it—Evony dreaded sewing for Mrs. Teche more than ever before. The woman was a banshee of an employer. And yet, she was grateful Mrs. Teche had had the keen eye to recognize Evony’s superior skills with needle and thread—for how else would Evony have managed to feed Mikol and Tressa—to shelter them—to keep them hidden?

May you read well and often

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Computer problems have plagued me all week!

Hello everyone! Well, for the past week I've had an intermittent Internet connection because my cable company has been experiencing an increased number of outages around the area. I actually have no idea if or when I will have access to the Internet or email from one day to the next! It started out as somewhat sporadic, and has turned increasingly annoying!

In fact, we just had a cable service call today. The lady came and spent between an hour and a half to two hours this afternoon trying to find out what is wrong, as the television, telephone and Internet were all affected by outages at some point during the week. It appears to be fixed now, thank goodness! I just hope that it lasts!

For those of you who dropped by today expecting to find my review of Dead Money by Steve O'Brien, I was finally able to post it and I apologize for the lateness of my review - my computer is finally cooperating!

May you read well and often

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Roland Allnach, Author of Oddities and Entities, Chats About the Closeness of the Supernatural

Meet Roland Allnach

Roland Allnach has been writing since his early teens, first as a hobby, but as the years passed, more as a serious creative pursuit. He is an avid reader, with his main interests residing in history, mythology, and literary classics, along with some fantasy and science fiction in his earlier years. Although his college years were focused on a technical education, he always fostered his interest in literature, and has sought to fill every gap on his bookshelves.

By nature a do-it-yourself type of personality, his creative inclinations started with art and evolved to the written word. The process of creativity is a source of fascination for him, and the notion of bringing something to being that would not exist without personal effort and commitment serves not only as inspiration but as fulfillment as well. So whether it is writing, woodwork, or landscaping, his hands and mind are not often at rest.

Over the years he accumulated a dust laden catalog of his written works, with his reading audience limited to family and friends. After deciding to approach his writing as a profession, and not a hobby, the first glimmers of success came along. Since making the decision to move forward, he has secured publication for a number of short stories, has received a nomination for inclusion in the Pushcart Anthology, built his own website, and in November 2010 realized publication for an anthology of three novellas, titled Remnant, from All Things That Matter Press. Remnant has gone on to favorable critical review and placed as Finalist/Sci-fi, 2011 National Indie Excellence Awards; Bronze Medalist, Sci-Fi, 2012 Readers Favorite Book of the Year Awards; and Award Winner-Finalist, Sci-Fi, 2012 USA Book News Best Book Awards. Roland’s second publication, Oddities and Entities, also from All Things That Matter Press, followed in March 2012. It, too, has received favorable critical reviews, and is the recipient of four awards: Bronze Medalist, Horror, and Finalist, Paranormal, 2012 Readers Favorite Book of the Year Awards; Award Winner-Finalist, Fiction/Horror and Fiction/Anthologies, 2012 USA Book News Best Book Awards.

His writing can best be described as depicting strange people involved in perhaps stranger situations. He is not devoted to any one genre of writing. Instead, he prefers to let his stories follow their own path. Classification can follow after the fact, but if one is looking for labels, one would find his stories in several categories. Sometimes speculative, other times supernatural, at times horror, with journeys into mainstream fiction, and even some humor- or perhaps the bizarre. Despite the category, he aims to depict characters as real on the page as they are in his head, with prose of literary quality. His literary inspirations are as eclectic as his written works- from Poe to Kate Chopin, from Homer to Tolkien, from Flaubert to William Gibson, from Shakespeare to Tolstoy, as long as a piece is true to itself, he is willing to go along for the ride. He hopes to bring the same to his own fiction.

Synopsis of Oddities and Entities:

Oddities and Entities is a surreal, provocative anthology of six tales within the supernatural/paranormal/horror genres, exploring a definition of life beyond the fragile vessel of the human body. The stories are: ‘Boneview’, in which a young woman struggles to balance her ability to see through people with the presence of a supernatural creature in her life; ‘Shift/Change’, in which a hospital worker struggles to regain his memory as he is confronted by a series of desperate people; ‘My Other Me’, in which a lonely college student finds himself displaced from his body by his alter ego; ‘Gray’, in which a frustrated man is stunned to discover a little creature has been living in his head; ‘Elmer Phelps’, in which a brother and sister find themselves linked in a strange reality by a bat bite in their youth; and lastly, ‘Appendage’, in which a cynical mercenary is hired by his son to protect a research lab on the verge of a stunning discovery.

Praise for Oddities and Entities:

Oddities and Entities by Roland Allnach, categorized as horror fiction, is unlike any other horror fiction I have ever encountered. The book is comprised of six stories, each of which is written a cut above the norm. There are no recognizable monsters in these stories, no sophomoric zombies, no evil ancient vampires, and none of the standard fare I have become accustomed to in the horror genre. I do like the usual run of the horror genre, but this book is written with thoughtful intelligence, for an intelligent adult reader. I do not mean to imply sexual situations or coarse language. What I mean is, any intelligent reader, capable of deep thought, will find this book irresistible. The six individual stories are as unlike as any six stories can be, yet each one is so sufficiently well-written that, if sold as individual short stories, I wouldn't hesitate to award 5 stars to each of them.

To say I like this book is a crass understatement. Each story drew me in and evoked my empathy for various characters. These stories forced me to actually think beyond what I was reading. Each premise was unique, at least in my experience; I have never encountered any other stories that even approach the situations these present with authority and authenticity. If I could boil down my perception of this book into a single word, that word would be WOW! Roland Allnach’s first anthology, Remnant, which I have also read, was placed as a finalist in the Science Fiction category in the 2011 National Indie Excellence Awards. I absolutely expect Oddities and Entities to follow suit. If you read only one book this year, make it this one. Be prepared to have your comfort zone challenged.

Readers Favorite (ReadersFavorite.com)

Coming to Amazon and Barnes and Noble soon!

I would like to welcome Roland Allnach, author of Oddities and Entities to Emeraldfire's Bookmark. Mr. Allnach was kind enough to write a guest post for me and here it is below in his own words:

'The Supernatural Might Be Closer Than We Think'
by author Roland Allnach

There’s a natural trend of the human psyche to think beyond the immediate, evidenced in our capacity for abstract thought. To that end we have accumulated a rich cultural tradition regarding aspects of life we lack the ability to quantify. Religion has served to fill much of that gap, but as we’ve moved into modern times the abstract landscape has become more tolerant, and more open, to opinions of different natures, so to speak.

So, is there something out there beyond our flesh and bone existence? That is, of course, the elusive question. Sooner or later we come across things in life that challenge our delineation of the everyday world from phenomena that transcend the known natural order. We can call these things strange, weird, spine tingling, but for the most part they get lumped into the supernatural. Do we need strange creatures, premonitions, apparitions, or other-worldly entities to bear witness to the supernatural? I don’t think we have to go that far.

I’d like to illustrate this point with a personal experience. Last summer I lost a nephew in a tragic accident, just shy of his twenty-second birthday. A good man with a kind heart, he was working toward his pilot’s license. Unfortunately, this was not to pass. The day he was put to rest there was a large gathering of family and friends. In remembrance, family members released twenty two balloons at the conclusion of the prayers. Everyone looked up to watch the balloons. There were two clouds in the sky over our heads. As we watched the balloons rise through the silent altitude above us, a small propeller plane emerged from behind one of the clouds, crossed the sky over the balloons, and disappeared behind the other cloud. Needless to say, it was both an unnerving and soothing moment, for we felt we were given a sign that our nephew was at peace.

Now, I’m sure a cynic would say that it was nothing more than an exercise of probability. I’d like to turn that supposition on its head by another simple exercise of probability. If you factor the chance of those events coinciding - the release of the balloons, the position of the two clouds, the passage of the plane - there’s no other conclusion but a vast statistical improbability for things happening the way they did.

I won’t call it a miracle, but I’ll place my confidence that something happened that morning that logic can’t adequately explain. Perhaps it’s an emotional response to a very emotional moment, but I don’t think so. Odds weigh toward the opinion that something else was at work.

So, is it supernatural? Yes and no. Yes, something happened that morning that I can’t explain in ‘normal’ terms. On the other hand, no, it’s not something supernatural, because in reality it’s part of a world more complicated, and more subtle, than we often care to recognize. It is in fact quite natural, but made super because its factors combine to create something beyond their individual parts. Something that defied explanation was right there, and it wasn't hard to find.

All we had to do was look.

- Roland Allnach, author of Remnant; Oddities and Entities
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May you read well and often

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Book Blast Blog Tour For Be Careful What You Wish For by R. K. Avery From August 5, 2013 to August 30, 2013 - Come Join Us!

Hello Everyone! I am extremely happy to announce that R. K. Avery will be touring the blogosphere to promote her latest mystery/thriller Be Careful What You Wish For. This is R. K.'s first Book Blast with Pump up Your Book! R. K. will be coming to a blog near you from August 5, to August 30, 2013! Come join us for all the fun!

Be Careful What You Wish For Book Blast Information:


Meet R. K. Avery

As a recent graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature, R. K. Avery has written numerous, unpublished, children’s picture books, but her true passion is writing adult fiction.

“Having the ability to make people laugh or cry, just by using the written language, is a gift so powerful and I hope, one day, my name will be among those who possess it” ~ R.K. Avery

Be Careful What You Wish For is a psychological thriller. She calls it “works of fiction with truth sprinkled throughout” and is available for sale in both e-Book and paperback or wherever fine books are sold. Having been kidnapped from a beach as a small child, she has pondered time and time again what her life may have been like if her story didn’t have a happy ending. Now she wrote her own ending.

R. K. Avery lives in Northeast Ohio with her husband, two kids, and four dogs. She often jokes instead of a sign that says, "Don't let the dogs out,” she has a sign that says, "Don't let any more dogs in."

Visit her website at www.rkaverybooks.com.

Connect and Socialize with R. K.!


About Be Careful What You Wish For:

Bunting Valley, North Dakota - a scenic and picturesque town where nothing dreadful ever happens - is a place where people feel safe leaving their front doors unlocked and their cars running in the driveways. So when beautiful, blue-eyed, three-year-old Maggie Taylor mysteriously vanishes, the Bunting Valley Police Department begins a kidnapping investigation that uncovers unthinkable crimes spanning many years - not only in Bunting Valley, but also in surrounding states and jurisdictions.

Bea Miller is a penniless widow, living a meager existence among the town’s residents with her four young, rambunctious boys. Her entire life she wished and dreamed of having a little girl of her own. When everything she did to have one of her own failed, Bea takes matters into her own hands and lives by the chilling words of her estranged father, “If you want something, take it.” She and the boys visit a local beach and find the little girl of her dreams. She snatches the girl and they disappear in seconds, only to leave the parents bewildered and devastated.

Through the handwritten journals of Bea Miller, she takes you on a journey into the deranged mind of an individual who believes you can make your own wishes come true - at any expense; and sadly, also at the expense of others.

Purchase Your Copy!


R.K. Avery and Pump Up Your Book is giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card/Paypal Cash and a signed paperback copy of R.K.’s book!

Terms and Conditions:
  • By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
  • One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive $25 Amazon Gift Certificate or Paypal Cash and a paperback copy of R.K. Avery’s book, Be Careful What You Wish For.
  • This giveaway begins August 5 and ends August 30.
  • Winner will be contacted via email on Monday, September 2, 2013.
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.
  • Each blogger who participates in this promotion is eligible to win.
  • Visit each “stop” daily for more entries!

ENTER TO WIN!



Be Careful What You Wish For Virtual Book Blast Tour Schedule


Monday, August 5 - Celtic Lady’s Reviews
Monday, August 5 - The Writer’s Life
Tuesday, August 6 - Authors and Readers Book Corner
Tuesday, August 6 - Beyond the Books
Wednesday, August 7 - Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
Wednesday, August 7 - The Dark Phantom
Thursday, August 8 - Gina’s Library

Friday, August 9 - Community Bookstop
Monday, August 12 - Maureen’s Musings
Monday, August 12Literarily Speaking
Tuesday, August 13My Devotional Thoughts
Tuesday, August 13I’m Shelf-ish
Wednesday, August 14Literary Winner
Thursday, August 15Moonlight Lace and Mayhem
Friday, August 16Mary’s Cup of Tea
Monday, August 19Miki’s Hope
Monday, August 19 - Review From Here
Tuesday, August 20 - Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
Wednesday, August 21 - Jersey Girl Book Reviews
Thursday, August 22Freda’s Voice
Friday, August 23 - My Cozie Corner
Monday, August 26
The Phantom Paragrapher
Monday, August 26As the Pages Turn
Tuesday, August 27 - Books and Needlepoint
Wednesday, August 28 - Lori’s Reading Corner
Thursday, August 29 - Carol’s Notebook
Friday, August 30A Room Without Books is Empty

May you read well and often

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Roland Allnach - Oddities and Entities

11. Oddities and Entities by Roland Allnach (2012)
Length: 270 pages
Genre: Horror
Started: 16 March 2013
Finished: 21 March 2013
Where did it come from? From Netgalley with many thanks also to Dorothy from Pump up Your Book for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 4 January 2013
Why do I have it? I like horror and Roland Allnach is a new author for me.

Set in the mysterious space between everyday reality - which governs the real world - and an existence just beyond reach, Oddities and Entities by Roland Allnach traces a path through the supernatural, the paranormal, and the speculative. With moments of horror, dark humor, and philosophical transcendence, these six tales explore a definition of life beyond the fragile vessel of the human body.

In the first of these six tales, 'Boneview' - a young woman named Allison, attempts to balance her desire to have a normal life with her ability to see through people, as well as the presence of a supernatural creature that she calls 'The Curmudgeon'. In 'Shift/Change' - John, an amnesiac young hospital worker, struggles to regain his memories of his previous life as he is confronted by a series of desperate people. In 'My Other Me' - Noel, a lonely college student, finds himself displaced from his body by his alter ego.

In 'Gray' - a frustrated man named Dave is stunned to discover a tiny creature living in his head. In 'Elmer Phelps' - Elmer and his older sister Casey are bound together in a strange reality by a bat bite that occurred in childhood. In the last story, 'Appendage' - a cynical mercenary is hired by his estranged son to protect a research lab on the verge of a stunning discovery.

I found this book to be somewhat disturbing, but compulsively readable for me! I really enjoyed this book  and actually finished reading it late last night ('into the wee hours of the morning' - translated as 2:30 A.M!!!) As a result, I'm writing up this review a little late, as I wanted to organize my thoughts about what I read before I tapped it out on my computer keyboard! :) If I had to choose which stories I enjoyed most, I would say that the first three stories really were the most unusual for me. Overall though, I would give Oddities and Entities by Roland Allnach an A! He certainly is an author to look out for.

A! - (90-95%)

May you read well and often

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Blog Tour For Keeper of Reign by Emma Right From August 11, 2013 to August 30, 2013 - Come Join Us!

Hello Everyone! I am delighted to announce that Emma Right will be touring the blogosphere to promote her young adult fantasy Keeper of Reign. This is Emma's first virtual book tour with Pump up Your Book! She will be coming to a blog near you from August 11, to August 30, 2013! Come join us for all the fun!

Keeper of Reign Blog Tour Information:

Meet Emma Right

Emma Right is a happy wife and homeschool mother of five living in the Pacific West Coast of the USA. Besides running a busy home, and looking after their five pets, which includes two cats, two bunnies and a Long-haired dachshund, she also writes stories for her children. When she doesn’t have her nose in a book, she is telling her kids to get theirs in one. 

Right worked as a copywriter for two major advertising agencies and won several awards, including the prestigious Clio Award for her ads, before she settled down to have children. Visit Emma Right at her home site and blog for tips and ideas about books, homeschooling, bible devotions, and author helps of various sorts: www.emmaright.com.


Connect and Socialize with Emma!

 About Keeper of Reign:

Books written in blood. Most are lost, their Keepers with them. A curse that befell a people. A Kingdom with no King. Life couldn’t get more harrowing for the Elfies, a blend of Elves and Fairies. Or for sixteen-year-old Jules Blaze. Or could it? 

For Jules, the heir of a Keeper, no less, suspects his family hides a forgotten secret. It was bad enough that his people, the Elfies of Reign, triggered a curse which reduced the entire inhabitants to a mere inch centuries ago. All because of one Keeper who failed his purpose. 

Even the King’s Ancient Books, did not help ward off that anathema. Now, Gehzurolle, the evil lord, and his armies of Scorpents, seem bent on destroying Jules and his family. Why? Gehzurolle’s agents hunt for Jules as he journeys into enemy land to find the truth. Truth that could save him and his family, and possibly even reverse the age-long curse. Provided Jules doesn’t get himself killed first.

Purchase Your Copy From Amazon!

May you read well and often

Sunday, March 17, 2013

May You All Have a Wonderful St. Patrick's Day!


I hope that everyone; old and new friends, online and offline friends, and family from all over, have a wonderful and much blessed St. Patrick's Day. I am truly honored and blessed to have you all in my life! :)

May you read well and often

Friday, March 15, 2013

Prudence MacGregor, Author of Trilogy: A Collection Chats About the Joys and Difficulties of the Writing Process

Meet Prudence MacGregor

Prudence MacGregor was born on the isle of Manhattan and began writing stories at an early age. There are things besides writing that she loves to do. Mainly, travel, read, and indulge in decadent delights such as Australian red licorice and trying different perfumes.

Synopsis of Trilogy: A Collection:

Trilogy: A Collection is comprised of three stories, all of which have an otherworldly, paranormal theme to them. Each of the main characters in these stories wrestles with extraordinary circumstances in an otherwise ostensibly ordinary world. All of the tales have their own moral and life lessons, which Prudence MacGregor aims for each reader to individually formulate, as life itself is not clear cut and is at the mercy of the subjective. Journey with the stories’ main characters as they navigate the unplumbed depths of the unknown. 

The first story, 'Parallelograms', centers on protagonist Justine, a determined yet troubled young woman who, quite by accident, discovers that she has a double and thus finds herself facing unexpected and ultimately terrifying consequences. Her previously tightly controlled world spins out of control, causing her to question her very existence. 

The second story in the trilogy, 'Random', concerns Ulyssa, a young woman who is intrigued by the possibility of releasing a balloon with a note and seeing where it lands. This seemingly innocent activity will take her down a dark path, the circumstances of which may or may not be resolved. This will conflict with the outwardly picture perfect world that she thought she inhabited. 

The final title, 'Up There', focuses on Gregory, an unassuming office worker who is fascinated by the airplanes he sees in the sky. Quite by accident he meets Sherry, a beautiful motivational speaker who just may have a connection to one of the planes he has seen. An activity he previously saw as harmless and a bit innocuous -watching planes fly overhead and guessing their destinations - turns questionable and ultimately forces him to take a look at his world: is it real or has it always been an illusion?

I would like to welcome Prudence MacGregor, author of Trilogy: A Collection to Emeraldfire's Bookmark. Ms. MacGregor was kind enough to write a guest post for me and here it is below in her own words:

'The Joys and Difficulties of the Writing Process'
by author Prudence MacGregor

The idea for my book, Trilogy: A Collection, came to me over a period of months. I knew from the outset that I wanted to write a series of short stories that dealt with paranormal, otherworldly themes. And, I knew what particular situations that each story would address. Those parts were easy. What wasn't so easy was formulating the stories themselves, charting the course of each main character and the direction that each story was going to go. How would I present the situations that frame the stories. Would I have several main characters or just one? Would I have neatly-wrapped endings, or would I keep them open-ended? There were so many ways these stories could go. Of course, writing is my love, so of course I knew that my imagination would definitely serve me when it came to having everything all come together, but the process wasn't without some daunting moments. Writing in this genre was a challenge, albeit a good one, because I knew that I did want there to be believability to the characters and their everyday circumstances just when they confront their particular situations. I didn't want the stories to veer into the territory of unbelievability or "hocus pocus," if you will, since I was writing about situations that were beyond this world. There is a fine line between both and I wanted to straddle it as delicately as I could.

Just when I thought that I would have a story finished, another idea would pop into my head and I'd try that one out. I improvised a lot with each story, until I had what I think are narratives that each pack a visceral punch. I have always been heavy on description, back story and dialog, and I wanted to infuse, yet not overwhelm, my stories with each of those. There is no greater joy, at least for me as a writer, when the writing is done and I am pleased with my work. The only obstacle standing in the way with being pleased is the fact that I think we as writers don't want to get complacent with the writing. There is always more in the way of story, plot, theme and endings to pull out of our hats with each story we write.

Now I leave it up to the readers to enjoy the book, and interpret the stories how they see fit. The stories lend their interpretations to being very subjective, so I want the readers to formulate their own conclusions. I really hope the stories impart the overall theme of "nothing is as it seems" to those who read them.

- Prudence MacGregor Author of Trilogy: A Collection


May you read well and often

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Prudence MacGregor - Trilogy: A Collection

10. Trilogy: A Collection by Prudence MacGregor (2013)
Length: 107 pages
Genre: Horror
Started: 12 March 2013
Finished: 14 March 2013
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Rebecca at The Cadence Group for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 21 February 2013
Why do I have it? I like horror with a supernatural flavor to it and Prudence MacGregor is a new author for me.

Trilogy: A Collection by Prudence MacGregor is comprised of three stories, all of which have an otherworldly, paranormal theme to them. The book is not really classified as typical horror - I classified the book in that category myself. Anyway, the first story of the trio was 'Parallelograms', is about a young woman named Justine, whose previously tightly-controlled and well-ordered world is thrown into a tailspin by her chance meetings with two unusual people. One woman - Justine's doppelganger - is someone who appears to be shopping at the same supermarket while Justine is there, but mysteriously disappears when she looks for her. The second - a middle-aged man named Kenny - is someone who Justine encounters first in her local bookstore, while browsing the self-help section during her lunch hour - then meets again outside the same supermarket, and he appears slightly different physically. Justine ultimately finds herself facing an unexpected and potentially terrifying situation, that causes her to question her very existence.

'Random' is a story about a college student named Ullyssa who, just out of curiosity, decides to send up a balloon with a note attached, and see who answers her note. Such a simple project leads Lyssa into strange circumstances when a teenage girl named Prudence calls Lyssa's cell phone at 1:30 the next morning, claiming that she has found the balloon and wants to meet Lyssa.

'Up There' focuses on Gregory, an unassuming office worker who is fascinated by airplanes that he sees in the sky. Quite by accident he meets Sherry, a beautiful motivational speaker, who just may have a connection to one of the planes he has seen recently. Suddenly, Gregory's harmless and seemingly innocuous pastime - watching planes fly overhead and guessing their destinations - turns questionable and ultimately forces him to take a look at his world: is it real or has it always been an illusion?

Overall, I really enjoyed this book as I love books with paranormal themes. I think that I liked the last two stories in the trilogy slightly more than the first one. Although 'Parallelograms' was good in its own way, I was left wanting to know just a little bit more about Kenny's explanation of what exactly was the paranormal event that Justine was experiencing. I give Trilogy: A Collection by Prudence MacGregor an A! 

A! - (90-95%)

May you read well and often

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Kathryn Meyer Griffith Chats About How Her Writing Ambitions Turned Into a Forty Year Career

Meet Kathryn Meyer Griffith

Since childhood I’ve always been an artist and worked as a graphic designer in the corporate world and for newspapers for twenty-three years before I quit to write full time. I began writing novels at 21, over forty years ago now, and have had seventeen (ten romantic horror, two romantic SF horror, one romantic suspense, one romantic time travel, one historical romance and two murder mysteries) previous novels, two novellas and twelve short stories published from Zebra Books, Leisure Books, Avalon Books, The Wild Rose Press, Damnation Books/Eternal Press and Amazon Kindle Direct.

I’ve been married to Russell for almost thirty-five years; have a son, James, and two grandchildren, Joshua and Caitlyn, and I live in a small quaint town in Illinois called Columbia, which is right across the JB Bridge from St. Louis, Mo. We have three quirky cats, ghost cat Sasha, live cats Cleo and Sasha (Too), and the five of us live happily in an old house in the heart of town. Though I’ve been an artist, and a folk singer in my youth with my brother Jim, writing has always been my greatest passion, my butterfly stage, and I’ll probably write stories until the day I die…or until my memory goes.

Find the entire list of Kathryn Meyer Griffith's novels currently available through Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/Kathryn-Meyer-Griffith/e/B000AP9HXQ/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1374505033&sr=1-2-ent
Egyptian Heart Audio Book now available at ACX here: http://tinyurl.com/cgyhl66

Once again, I'm thrilled to welcome prolific author Kathryn Meyer Griffith, author of eighteen novels, two novellas and twelve short stories, back to Emeraldfire's Bookmark. Ms. Griffith was kind enough to write a guest post for me and here it is below in her own words:

'Yes, I’m a Horror Writer…'
But forty years later I’m so much more.
by Kathryn Meyer Griffith

I never started out to be a horror writer. I mean I never said one day, “I’m going to write horror like Stephen King and Anne Rice.” It just sort of happened. But, if I would have looked, the signs were there early on. I grew up loving scary movies and ghost stories; intrigued by tales of vampires and werewolves. My fondest childhood memories were of my Grandmother Fehrt dropping my younger brother, older sister and I off at the afternoon movie matinee at the grand old-fashioned movie palace to watch the horror or monster flicks in the early nineteen-sixties. For some reason I was always drawn to anything concerning the supernatural and read everything on it I could get my hands on, though I also devoured science fiction and historical romances as well. 

But years later, in the 1970’s, when I was a restless young wife with a baby son gurgling in his crib; no longer in college (I dropped out to have my child), I found myself, out of pure boredom, writing a sexy historical romance, which was all the rage at the time. I’d just read one I thought was awful and believed I could do better. Well, that’s what I thought. So arrogant. I had a lot to learn…and over the next forty years I learned it well.

Writing a book, any kind of book, isn’t easy, not cut-and-dry, and it rarely takes a straight course or a set amount of weeks or months to complete–and, wow, did it take me a long time to learn this. On an electric typewriter, I pecked out that first novel I eventually titled The Heart of the Rose in under a year but it took me over twelve to sell it. Life got in the way and, to be perfectly honest, I had to grow up some first. I went through having a child, getting divorced, finding a real day job as a graphic artist, meeting and marrying the man who’d be the true love of my life…and experiencing years of everyday life.

And somewhere in those twelve years, during the early days of my second marriage, as I was waiting for that revised historical romance to make the fiftieth or so slow snail-mail publisher rounds, I began another novel, a straight fiction, based on my idealistic childhood in the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s. 707 Suncrest. It was a story which wouldn’t let me rest until I finished it. But the publishers I sent it to didn’t want it, or at least, not like it was; though some of them commented they liked my writing and to not give up. In 1978, a kind editor at Towers Publisher advised me I should add an element of the supernatural to it, as my writing had a spooky ambiance to it anyway. She said I wrote like a horror writer so why not be one? Since horror, the pack being led by Stephen King, was so big by that time. 

It was the turning point for me and my writing. I added an ancient evil in the woods behind the family’s home and had it knock off all of them but a sister and a brother, then I fast forwarded the narrative twenty years and followed that grown-up brother and sister as they returned to their childhood home to fight that same evil which had begun killing children again. Ta-da! I renamed it Evil Stalks the Night and sent it to that kind editor. She loved it. Towers was going to publish it, but went bankrupt before they could and a paperback company called Leisure Books bought them out. My Tower’s editor hand delivered my manuscript to the new Leisure editor before she left, recommending it…and that editor bought it in 1984. They asked if I had any other books and I sent them the historical romance. And after a series of requested rewrites, they bought it, too, and brought it out the year after they released Evil Stalks the Night

So my third novel, released in 1989, was a horror, too. About a possessed gun. Leisure Books saddled it with the inane title Blood Forge (not my first choice, but in those days you took the title and the cover your publisher gave you). Then in 1990 and for the next four years came a new publisher, Zebra paperbacks, and they released my romantic horror novel Vampire Blood, my sf/horror The Last Vampire, a novel called Witches, and my ghost story, The Calling
 
After that I endured a long dry spell of eight years (again life and a new job got in the way) before two hardcover murder mysteries, Scraps of Paper and All Things Slip Away, came out from Avalon Books

And the years went by. My life went by. Twenty years. My ancient Egyptian ghost story, Egyptian Heart, came out; followed by a romantic suspense, Winter’s Journey, and a paranormal murder mystery, The Ice Bridge. Thirty years. A Time of Demons, a horror novel, and my vampire novel, The Woman in Crimson followed and Damnation Books/Eternal Press rereleased most of my revised older books between 2010 and 2012…this time in eBooks as well as print. I slowly kept writing and selling, like pulling teeth some years, my stories. Forty years. I tried something new and self-published another sf/horror, Dinosaur Lake; a vampire tale, Human No Longer and then republished my mystery Scraps of Paper. Oh, I kept writing horror, vampires, witches, and ancient Egyptian ghosts, but every once and awhile I found myself penning a time-travel romance, a suspense, or a love story; a few murder mysteries or short stories.
 
One day I looked at the old woman in the mirror and, smiling, said, “I’m not just a horror writer…I’m a storyteller.” Just like I heard Stephen King was calling himself. “I write stories and it doesn’t matter what genre they are. They’re my stories. The way I see and feel the world around me and try to explain it. The way I see and appreciate the beauty and the magic of life.” I was happy to be a storyteller. 

Now eighteen novels, two novellas and twelve short stories later, I’m content with my career as I gaze back over it. All its ups and downs. Defeats and triumphs. Sadness and joys. At the moment, my sixteenth novel, Dinosaur Lake, my first of three self-published with Amazon Kindle, is selling very well. I’m in the middle of working on eight ACX audio books of some of my novels and thinking, for my nineteenth novel, of writing a sequel to Dinosaur Lake when the audio books are done. If some narrator/producer doesn’t offer for another one of my other ten novels, that is. Even listening takes time and work.

Yes, I still consider myself a horror writer…but I’ve realized I’m so much more. I’m a writer. I’m a storyteller and proud of it. 

Thank you, 
author Kathryn Meyer Griffith 
rdgriff@htc.net


May you read well and often

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Blog Tour For I, Walter by Mike Hartner From August 5, 2013 to October 31, 2013 - Come Join Us!

Hello Everyone! I am extremely happy to announce that Mike Hartner will be touring the blogosphere to promote his historical romance I, Walter. This is Mike's first virtual book tour with Pump up Your Book! He will be coming to a blog near you from August 5, to October 31, 2013! Come join us for all the fun!

I, Walter Blog Tour Information: 

  Meet Mike Hartner

Mike Hartner is a father, son, author, patriot, geek (ret), and husband.

His love of all things genealogical led him to writing, and writing has now led him to fiction and a large epic saga.

He lives in Vancouver, BC with his wife and son.

His latest book is the historical romance, I, Walter.

Visit his website at www.accidentalauthor.ca.


Connect and Socialize with Mike!


About I, Walter:

This is the life story of Walter Crofter, an English commoner who ran from home at the age of 11. After two years living on the street, he ended up on a Merchant Mariners boat in the service of the Crown.

On his first voyage, he rescued a girl from pirates. A very important girl, who stole his heart before she was returned to her home.

This is the story of his life. What adventures he had at sea; what took him off the waters, and what happened to him as he lived his life and stayed true to his character.

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I, Walter Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule


Monday, August 5 - First Chapter Reveal at Pump Up Your Book
Tuesday, August 6 - Book Featured at Plug Your Book
Wednesday, August 7 - Book Featured at Literal Exposure
Thursday, August 8 - Guest Blogging at The Story Behind the Book
Friday, August 9 - Interview at The Writer’s Life
Monday, August 12 - First Chapter Reveal at Between the Covers
Wednesday, August 14 - Character Interview at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
Wednesday, August 21 - Book Featured at Mom Loves 2 Read
Thursday, August 22 - Book Featured at Moonlight Lace & Mayhem
Monday, August 26 - Release Day Diva Facebook Party (4 – 7 p.m. PDT)
Tuesday, August 27 - First Chapter Reveal at Beyond the Books
Friday, August 30 - Interview at The Dark Phantom
Monday, September 2 - Book Review at Miki’s Hope
Tuesday, September 3 - Top Ten Post at As the Pages Turn
Wednesday, September 4 - Interview at Review From Here
Thursday, September 5 -  Book Review at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
Friday, September 6 - Book Featured at Authors to Watch
Monday, September 9 - Book Featured at Read My First Chapter
Tuesday, September 10 - Interview at The Book Connection
Wednesday, September 11 - Guest Blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner
Thursday, September 12 - 20 Questions at The Book Rack
Friday, September 13 - Guest Blogging at Coffee and a Keyboard
Monday, September 16 - Interview at Examiner
Tuesday, September 17 - Guest Blogging at The Book Faery Reviews
Wednesday, September 18 - Book Review at My Devotional Thoughts
Thursday, September 19 - Interview at Broowaha
Friday, September 20 - Interview at Book Marketing Buzz
Monday, September 23 - Interview at Blogger News
Tuesday, September 24 - Interview at Literarily Speaking
Thursday, September 26
- Guest Blogging at Authors & Readers Book Corner
Friday, September 27 - Book Review at Deal Sharing Aunt
Monday, October 7 - Book Review at My Cozie Corner
Tuesday, October 8 - Interview at Goodreads
Wednesday, October 9 - Book Review at Bookworm Lisa
Thursday, October 10 - Book Review at Moonlight Reader
Friday, October 11 - Interview at Blogcritics
Monday, October 14 - Interview at I’m Shelf-ish
Tuesday, October 15 - Book Review at Blooming with Books
Wednesday, October 16 - Interview at Straight From the Author’s Mouth
Friday, October 18 - Interview at The Dark Phantom
Monday, October 21 - Character Interview at Beyond the Books
Tuesday, October 22 - First Chapter Reveal at As the Pages Turn
Wednesday, October 23 - Interview at Red Room
Thursday, October 24 - Interview at Beyond the Books
Tuesday, October 29 - Book Featured at Celtic Lady’s Reviews
Wednesday, October 30 - Interview at Between the Covers
Friday, October 31 - Interview at Pump Up Your Book

I, Walter Excerpt:

In my earliest days, I remember my father, Geoff, being a bit forceful with other people. I also recall my brother Gerald, nearly five years my senior, and myself being happy. Or at least as contented as two boys could be who were growing up in the late 1500s in England, and working every day since their seventh birthdays. It was a time when boys were earning coin as soon as they could lift or carry things. The money could never be for themselves, however, but for the parents to help pay the bills.

Father lived as a crofter should. He was an upright man and sold vegetables off a cart like his grandfather did, and he also dabbled in selling fine fabric for the ladies of status.

One afternoon, when I was eight years old, my brother came home and got into a heated debate with my father about something. When I ran to see what was the matter, they hushed around me, so I never got the full gist of the argument. But whatever it was about, it was serious, and the bickering continued behind my back for five straight days. When I awoke on the morning of the sixth day, Gerald was no longer at home. And he never came back.

Soon afterwards, my father lost enthusiasm for his business and became generally passive. I assumed this was because of Gerald's leaving, and only on occasion would I see flashes of my dad's former self. 

At the start of my tenth year, our family moved closer to London. We rented the bottom floor of a three-story building in which several families lived in the upper floors. My father said we relocated because he needed to be closer to more business opportunities. But my mom didn't believe he'd made the right decision, since he was now selling food out of a cart and not inside a storefront. One night, she greeted him at the door when he came home. She was wearing a frown and a dress that had seen better days. 

"Did you bring in any decent money?" she asked him before he had time to take off his coat.
"I told you, it will take some time. It's not easy to make good money these days."
"Especially when you let the ladies walk all over you."
"I know, I know. But what am I to do when they aren't running up to me to buy what I'm selling?"
"You at least bring home some food for us?" My father had carried in a bag under his arm.
"It's not much, a few carrots and some celery." He handed her the bag.
"What about meat?"
"We're not ready for meat yet."
"That’s true enough," my mother said. "But you should at least try to feed your family. Walter's growing, and so are our other children."
"Leave me be, woman. I'm doing the best I can for now." He sat in his chair, leaned his head against the wall, and fell asleep.

That same debate played out between my parents for the next two years. Except for the summer months, when food was plentiful; then the arguments subsided. But for the rest of the year, especially during the winter, the same discussions about money continued on a daily basis, and they were often quite heated. I lost two younger siblings during those two years. One during my tenth winter and the other during my eleventh winter. Neither of the children was older than six months. I always suspected hunger as the primary cause of their deaths.


May you read well and often

Friday, March 8, 2013

David Dennis - Why She Left Us

9. Why She Left Us by David Dennis (2012)
Length: 434 pages
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Started: 23 February 2013
Finished: 8 March 2013
Where did it come from? Many thanks to David for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 26 December 2012
Why do I have it? I like contemporary fiction and David Dennis is a new author for me.

It was the summer of 1985, and Betsy as the oldest of three sisters, was still young and inexperienced. However, she was longing to love someone and to be loved in return, when Wayne entered her life. Quiet, painfully shy, and lacking in proper social skills, he came across as a shady person to others because he was unable to look anyone in the eye. At the same time, while Betsy was desperately seeking the love and approval of a mother who never wanted her in the first place, events totally beyond her control claimed Betsy as their victim.

In the wake of these catastrophic events, those who were left behind are unable to cope with the enormity of her absence. Why She Left Us is written as a series of diary entries, the events seen through the eyes of several different people. But at its center, Why She Left Us by David Dennis is a love story that chronicles a romance that transforms the lives of two people who, for too brief a period of time, experienced the greatest happiness they had ever known.

After experiencing minor trouble getting into the story because of the multiple points of view, as well as the shifts back and forth in time from the summer of 1985 to the winter of 1986, I really started to enjoy this book. My difficulty with reading the story only lasted for the first couple of chapters or so, and then I got into  the style of writing and was completely drawn into the story. I have to say that while reading this book I found exactly three characters to be entirely likable - the rest were characters that I became infuriated with, and wanted to slap or shake some sense into - figuratively, of course - at various points in the story.

Overall, I found this book to be truly haunting and give it an A! Why She Left Us by David Dennis does contain strong language, implied sexual situations and drug usage, and is not for the faint of heart. However, I do recommend this book to others and look forward to reading more from David Dennis in the future.

A! - (90-95%)

May you read well and often

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Introducing Chasing Justice by Danielle Stewart!

Meet Danielle Stewart

Writing is a way to make a lot of different people do exactly what you want them to do. When I can’t get my toddler to listen to me, I turn to my characters. They always cooperate!

I currently live in Charlotte, North Carolina with my husband and three year old son. I have perfected the ability to write in a noisy house and create story lines while folding laundry.

Chasing Justice is book one in my Piper Anderson Series. It follows the evolution of a woman who feels unworthy of love and introduces a colorful and endearing cast of characters who are hell-bent on proving her wrong. The second book of the Piper Anderson Series will be out in August 2013.

 Chasing Justice by Danielle Stewart (2013)
Length: 402 pages
Download your copy for free from Amazon!

Chasing Justice Blurb: 

Piper Anderson has been given a fresh start in the picturesque town of Edenville, North Carolina. But her plans of settling into a normal life are derailed when she witnesses a prominent judge in her community committing a violent assault. Running from her own past and fueled by a passion to make the judge answer for his crimes, Piper is forced to decide if she’ll play by the rules or achieve justice in her own way.

Complicating things further, Piper finds herself fighting a powerful attraction to rookie cop, Bobby Wright. Although she’s increasingly enamored with Bobby, his staunch belief in the justice system is in stark contrast to her own. She may not share his opinions about the effectiveness of the law, but she certainly can’t deny how safe she feels when she’s in his arms or how every kiss leaves her desperate for more.

For Piper, the idea of finally living an ordinary life with a man to love is tempting. However, fate keeps placing the judge, quite literally, in her path. Will she decide the only way to win is to be as wicked as the judge, but with righteous intentions? And more importantly, will Bobby choose to let her go, or follow her as she crosses the line and takes justice into her own hands?

Piper Anderson Series:
Book 1: Chasing Justice
Book 2: Cutting Ties (Available NOW!) 
Book 3: Changing Fate (Coming Fall 2013!) 

May you read well and often

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Blog Tour For The Enchanted by Elaine Cantrell From August 5, 2013 to September 27, 2013 - Come Join Us!

Hello Everyone! I am extremely happy to announce that Elaine Cantrell will be touring the blogosphere to promote her paranormal romance The Enchanted. This is Elaine's first virtual book tour with Pump up Your Book! She will be coming to a blog near you from August 5, to September 27, 2013! Come join us for all the fun!

Ms. Cantrell is also doing an awesome giveaway - she is giving away a $100 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky winner at the end of her Blog Tour. Be sure to fill out the Rafflecopter form below, and I wish you all the very best of good luck in taking part!

The Enchanted Blog Tour Information:

 Meet Elaine Cantrell

Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina where she obtained a master’s degree in personnel services from Clemson University. She is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary society for women educators, Romance Writers of America, and EPIC authors. Her first novel, A New Leaf, was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest. When she’s not writing or teaching, she enjoys movies, quilting, reading, and collecting vintage Christmas ornaments.

Her latest book is the fantasy romance, The Enchanted.

Visit her website at www.elainecantrell.com.

 Connect and Socialize with Elaine!


About The Enchanted:

Forced by his father into a marriage he didn’t want, Prince Alan soon finds that his bride isn’t the sweet, submissive creature he expected. Morgane has the heart of a dragon and beauty beyond compare, but she isn’t thrilled about the marriage either. When black treachery threatens the kingdom, Morgane and Alan embark on a perilous journey that has an excellent chance of ending in failure and death for them and all of their people.

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Pump Up Your Book and Elaine Cantrell are teaming up to give you a chance to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card!
 
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  • By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old. 
  • One winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive one $100 Amazon Gift Certificate or Paypal Cash.
  • This giveaway begins August 5 and ends September 28 2013.
  • Winners will be contacted via email on Monday, September 30, 2013.
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.
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 The Enchanted Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule
 

Monday, August 5 - Interview with Blogcritics
Tuesday, August 6 - Book Trailer Reveal at Literary Winner
Tuesday, August 6 - First Chapter Reveal at Miki’s Hope
Tuesday, August 6 - Book Review at LDS and Lovin’ It
Tuesday, August 6 - Book Featured at Rose Wynters
Wednesday, August 7 - Book Trailer Reveal at Margay Leah Justice
Thursday, August 8 - Character Interview at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
Thursday, August 8 - Book Review at Community Bookstop
Friday, August 9 - Book Trailer Reveal at Working for the Mandroid
Monday, August 12 - First Chapter Reveal & Book Trailer Reveal at My Book Addiction and More
Monday, August 12 - First Chapter Reveal & Book Trailer Reveal at Thoughts in Progress
Tuesday, August 13 - Book Review at Books Beside My Bed
Wednesday, August 14 - Book Review at Inside BJ’s Head
Thursday, August 15 - Guest Blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner
Friday, August 16 - Interview at Straight From the Author’s Mouth
Monday, August 19 - Book Review at Bookworm Lisa
Monday, August 19 - Book Trailer Reveal at Books Books the Magical Fruit
Tuesday, August 20 - First Chapter Reveal at Literarily Speaking
Wednesday, August 21 - Interview at I’m Shelf-ish
Thursday, August 22 - Book Trailer Reveal at Mom with a Kindle
Friday, August 23 - First Chapter Reveal at You Gotta Read Reviews
Monday, August 26 - Book Review at Queen of All She Reads
Tuesday, August 27 - Guest Blogging at Old Musty Books
Friday, August 30 - Book Featured at Authors and Readers Book Corner
Monday, September 2 - Interview at Examiner
Tuesday, September 3 - 20 Questions with Elaine Cantrell at Between the Covers
Wednesday, September 4 - Interview at The Writer’s Life
Friday, September 6 - First Chapter Reveal at Bibliojunkies
Monday, September 9 - A Day in the Life with Elaine Cantrell at Literarily Speaking
Tuesday, September 10 - First Chapter Reveal & Book Trailer Reveal at Mom in Love with Fiction
Wednesday, September 11 - The Story Behind The Enchanted at The Story Behind the Book
Thursday, September 12 - Read the first chapter of The Enchanted at Read My First Chapter
Friday, September 13 - First Chapter Reveal & Book Trailer Reveal at Deal Sharing Aunt
Monday, September 16 - Interview at Review From Here
Tuesday, September 17 - Book Review at My Devotional Thoughts
Wednesday, September 18 - Book Review & First Chapter Review at Blooming with Books
Thursday, September 19 - Book Review & Guest Blogging at The Book Faery Reviews
Friday, September 20 - Book Review at Tifferz D
Monday, September 23 - Book Trailer Reveal at Cindy’s Love of Books
Tuesday, September 24 - Book Review at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
Wednesday, September 25 - Guest Blogging at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
Wednesday, September 25 - Book Review at My Cozie Corner
Thursday, September 26 - Book Review at Eccentric Eclectic Woman
Friday, September 27 - Book Review at Mom Loves 2 Read
Friday, September 27 - First Chapter Reveal at A Room Without Books is Empty

The Enchanted Excerpt:

The sound of a trumpet interrupted Alan. Meryn entered the room behind the trumpeters and called in a ringing voice, "His majesty, King Maccus, and his daughter, the Princess Morgane, wife of Prince Alan, heir to the throne of his father, King Bowdyn."

Everyone at the table rose to their feet and bowed as Maccus and Morgane paused at the door. Alan could not stop staring at the princess. He had not expected her to be so beautiful. Her red‑gold hair cascaded across her shoulders in swirling waves he ached to touch. Even from this distance he could see that her eyes were the color of the sea on a cloudy, stormy day. Her white, beribboned gown made their unique color stand out. She had a willowy, lithe figure.

Every inch the king, Bowdyn crossed the room and took Princess Morgane's hand. "Come. I will introduce you to your husband, Prince Alan."

She did not limp, but she stepped very quickly as if she did not want her feet to touch the floor any longer than necessary. Still, she held her head up high as she made her way across the hall, her heavy, stiff skirts rustling on the stone floor.

╩║My son, this is your wife, Princess Morgane. Morgane, this is your husband, Prince Alan."

Bowdyn placed Morgane's hand into Alan's. Her fingers were icy cold. He bowed to her and kissed her hand. "It is my honor to meet you. Will you be seated beside me?"

Morgane seated herself beside him as he held out her chair. Her skin looked as smooth as satin and as creamy as the finest milk, but no one could miss the horrible red scar that marred her face. She turned her head and caught him staring. Her face flushed red, causing the scar to look that much worse. Turning away from him, she fastened her eyes on the wall in front of her.


May you read well and often