Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The 'Clear Your Shelf' Giveaway Hop Begins Soon!


Hello Everyone! I'm delighted to announce that from August 20th-27th - yes, for one entire week - the delightful Mary from Bookhounds and Kathy from I am a Reader, Not a Writer are hosting the 'Clear Your Shelf' Giveaway Hop!

The objective is to give away books from your own bookshelf. It can be one book or an entire box! This hop features books in need of a new home. It is time to clear out those books you have already read or will never read, so you can get more books!

At the moment, there are over 100 blogs participating so that means multiple giveaways for you to enter and take part in. Read all about Kathy's Giveaway Hop guidelines here.
Crossroads: A Novel
Belva Plain is one of
my mom's favorite authors
Hunter's moon
Okay, so the cover turned out blurrier
than I was expecting, but it is
a Harlequin Romance called
Hunter's Moon by Carole Mortimer
The Glass Flame
Phyllis A. Whitney is one of my
 favorite authors of Gothic romance
This is actually
a children's book
that my mom read
The Last Stand (Star Trek: The Next Generation #37)
Yes, I'm a 'Closet Trekkie'
- Gotta love Captain Picard!





      My mom occasionally
      reads Debbie Macomber
      as well


      Say Not What If
      Andrew Friedman sent
      me this book to review














      Another Gothic romance
      by Phyllis A. Whitney
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      May you read well and often

      Sunday, April 28, 2013

      Book Blast Blog Tour For Run With the Wolves by T. C. Tombs From October 21, to November 1, 2013 - Come Join Us!

      Hello Everyone! I am delighted to announce that T. C. Tombs will be touring the blogosphere to promote his paranormal fantasy book Run With the Wolves. This is Norman's first virtual book blast blog tour with Pump up Your Book! He will be coming to a blog near you from October 21, to November 1, 2013! Come join us for all the fun!

      Mr. Tombs is also doing an awesome giveaway - he is giving away a $25 Amazon Giftcard to one lucky winner at the end of his Book Blast 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!

      Run With the Wolves Book Blast Information: 

      Meet T. C. Tombs

      T. C. Tombs earned degrees from Trent University and Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada. Like many Canadians, he loves hockey and golf, and he has a passion for medieval history, folk lore, literature, film, and music. Terry and his wife, Sandra, live in the Greater Toronto Area in Ontario, Canada, where they have raised five daughters.

      About Run With the Wolves:

      It is the fifteenth century, and three kingdoms are caught up in the dire conflicts of their time. As the possibility of a peaceful resolution provides hope that a decade-long war will finally end, no one realizes that dark forces are waiting to invoke chaos as a full moon rises.

      On a farm nestled beneath the Euralene Mountains along the western border of Medinia, young Willie works for the Smythes as a serf. One moonlit evening when the Smythes are gone to a neighbouring village, Willie hears the terrified cries of animals in the pastures. When he goes to investigate, he discovers that this wolf pack attack is like no other. Badly injured during the raid, he survives—but now he is afflicted by the full-moon madness that will soon transform him into one of the wolf creatures he dreads. With his life seemingly warped forever, Willie must face the prospect of a lifelong descent into horror.

      In a time of witchcraft, superstitious folk lore, and fearsome creatures roaming the night, Willie struggles with an uncertain destiny and must seek help from the one man he holds most responsible for the dark fate that awaits him during the next full moon cycle.

      Purchase Your Copy From IUniverse!

      T. C. Tombs and Pump up Your Book is giving away an Awesome $25 Amazon Gift Card!

      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 one $25 Amazon Gift Certificate or Paypal Cash. 
      • This giveaway begins October 21 – November 1. 
      • Winners will be contacted via email on Saturday November 2, 2013. 
      • Winner has 48 hours to reply. 
      Good luck everyone!
      ENTER TO WIN!
      Run With the Wolves Virtual Book Blast Tour Information:


      October 22 - Naturally Kim B
      October 22 - The Dark Phantom
      October 23 - I’m Shelf-ish
      October 24 - Hardcover Feedback
      October 24 - As the Pages Turn
      October 25 - Miki’s Hope
      October 25 - The Writer’s Life
      October 28 - Mary’s Cup of Tea
      October 28 - Carol’s Notebook
      October 29 - Every Free Chance
      October 29 - Review From Here
      October 29 - The Fiction Enthusiast
      October 30 - Literal Exposure
      October 30 - Beyond the Books
      October 30 - Ali’s Books
      October 31 - Minding Spot
      October 31 - Between the Covers
      November 1 - She Writes


      Praise For Run With the Wolves:

      “Beware of the full moon. This one is for all of the werewolf lovers!”
      Top Book Reviewers

      A well-written and addictive first novel.
      Blue Ink Review

      A well-developed, tightly plotted fantasy; readers will want installments two and three.
      Kirkus Reviews

      May you read well and often

      Thursday, April 25, 2013

      Connie Corcoran Wilson's Red is For Rage - Free For Download From Amazon Stores

      Hello Everyone! For those of you who may have read The Color of Evil by Connie Corcoran Wilson - the  award-winning first book in her series - I'm delighted to tell you that the second book, Red is For Rage is now available as a free download from Amazon, but only for a brief period of time - from Monday, August 5th to Friday, August 9th.

      I have already downloaded my copy and so can you! Below is the author's biography and a brief synopsis of the first two books in the series.

      Meet Connie Corcoran Wilson

      Connie (Corcoran) Wilson taught composition at 6 IA/IL colleges and wrote for 5 newspapers. She currently writes for 6 blogs, was named 2008 Content Producer of the Year by Associated Content (2009), Midwestern Writing Center Writer of the Year (March 30, 2010), received the Illinois Women's Press Association Silver Feather Award on June 6, 2012, and has received numerous E-Lit Gold Medal awards for her works, including the first book in The Color of Evil series. She currently is a Featured Contributor for Yahoo, reviewing movies, television, entertainment and politics.

      A graduate of the University of Iowa, Berkeley, Western Illinois University, Northern Illinois University and the University of Chicago, she was film and book critic for the Quad City Times during the 70’s and 80’s. Her (Jan., 2011) nonfiction release It Came from the ‘70s: From The Godfather to Apocalypse Now consists of 50 reviews written during the seventies, with 76 photos, major cast and interactive trivia.

      Connie’s continuing short story collection, Hellfire and Damnation, stories focused on the 9 Circles of Hell described in Dante's Inferno will soon have a third installment. Her screenplay based on her novel Out of Time was a winner in the 2007 “Writer’s Digest” competition.

      In addition to interviewing Kurt Vonnegut, William F. Nolan, David Morrell, Joe Hill, Frederik Pohl, Jon Land, John Irving and Anne Perry for print and online publications, Connie taught for 33 years, founded and was CEO of 2 businesses (Sylvan Learning Center #3301 and Prometric Testing Center #3301), has a son (Scott) and a daughter (Stacey) born 19 years apart, is married 45 years to husband, Craig. Her twin granddaughters, Ava and Elise, who appear on the cover of her humorous book of essays, Laughing Through Life, turned four on January 11, 2013.

      She lives in Chicago and in the IA/IL Quad Cities.

      The Color of Evil by Connie Corcoran Wilson (2012)
      Length: 254 pages
      Purchase your copy from Amazon!

      The Color of Evil Blurb:

      Tad McGreevy has a power that he has never revealed, not even to his life-long best friend, Stevie Scranton. When Tad looks at others, he sees colors. These auras tell Tad whether a person is good or evil. At night, Tad dreams about the evil-doers, reliving their crimes in horrifyingly vivid detail.

      But Tad doesn't know if the evil acts he witnesses in his nightmares are happening now, are already over, or are going to occur in the future. He has no control over the horrifying visions. He has been told (by his parents) never to speak of his power. All Tad knows is that he wants to protect those he loves. And he wants the bad dreams to stop.

      At Tad's eighth birthday party (April 1, 1995) in Cedar Falls, Iowa, the clown his parents hire to entertain Tad's third-grade classmates is one of the bad people. Pogo, the Killer Clown (aka Michael Clay) is a serial killer. So begins 53 nights of terror as Tad relives Pogo's crime, awakens screaming, and recites the terrifying details to his disbelieving family. The situation becomes so dire that Tad is hospitalized in a private institution under the care of a psychiatrist--who also does not believe the small boy's stories.

      And then the police arrest Pogo, the Killer Clown.

      Flash forward to the beginning of Tad's junior year in high school, 8 years later. Tad is 16 and recovered from the spring of his third-grade year. When Michael Clay was caught and imprisoned, the crime spree ended and so did Tad's bad dreams.

      Until now, in the year of our Lord 2003, when evil once again stalks the land.

      This is a terrifying, intense story of the dark people and places that lurk just beneath the surface of seemingly normal small-town America. As one reviewer says, "Wilson nails the darkness beneath the surface of small-town Midwestern life with an intense story based on fact."

      Tad must wage a silent war against those who would harm the ones he loves. A battle to the death.

      Red is For Rage by Connie Corcoran Wilson (2013)
      Length: 260 pages
      Available For Free Download From Amazon this Monday through Friday!!

      Red is For Rage Blurb:

      Red is For Rage is the second book in the award-winning The Color of Evil series by Connie (Corcoran) Wilson. The Color of Evil won the E-Lit Gold Medal for Horror (Jenkins Group), and the Silver Feather (IWPA). 

      In Book Two, we learn more about the exact nature of Tad’s paranormal power, Tetrachromatic Super Vision. Can this keen sight help Tad find Stevie Scranton? Will Tad suffer another breakdown from reliving the crimes of serial killer Michael Clay (aka, Pogo, the Killer Clown), as he did when only eight years old? Can Tad learn to harness his special sight to help his loved ones?

      When Stevie Scranton goes missing, best friend Tad vows to do everything he can to find him. Even if Stevie is dead, Sally and Earl Scranton, (his parents), and Shannon, (Stevie’s older sister), crave closure. Tad enlists the help of retired policeman Charlie Chandler and a team of volunteers, including Charlie’s old partner, Evelyn Hoeflinger. This rag-tag team of detectives continues searching for Stevie Scranton, the runty misfit of Cedar Falls’ Sky High. In their search, they discover a monster every bit as dangerous as Pogo and must confront him in order to save Stevie.

      Tad sees auras around others that tell him whether they are good or evil. The truly evil are surrounded by a khaki aura (THE COLOR OF EVIL). At night, Tad suffers vivid nightmares that depict the crimes of the evil-doers. Michael Clay (the serial killer Pogo) escapes custody. On the loose again, Pogo’s actions restart the vicious cycle of violent nightmares. Pogo poses a threat to the entire town of Cedar Falls, but he is especially a threat to Tad McGreevy. 

      Pogo has one main goal: kill Tad McGreevy so that Tad cannot disclose Clay’s location. Pogo doesn’t realize that, up until now, Tad has been unable to harness the paranormal ability he possesses. Now, Tad McGreevy must try to learn to use his unique gift. Stevie Scranton’s fate hangs in the balance. Tad’s power, if precognitive, could save everyone he loves.

      Jenny SanGiovanni returns from her father’s home in Boulder, Colorado, to finish her senior year with her old classmates. She brings home a new set of problems. Jeremy Gustaffsson, the fifth-year senior boyfriend in Jenny’s junior year, graduated. But Jeremy is still in town, still obsessed with Jenny, still dangerous. When Jenny broke up with Jeremy, it made Jeremy mad. Bad things happen to good people when Jeremy Gustaffsson gets angry and descends into a red rage.

      All Jenny’s cheerleader friends from her junior year are back. Many, like Janice Kramer, Heather Crompton and Melody Harris, have problems of their own. Jenny deals with adolescent issues such as self-esteem and self-worth, problems that tax her soul. But Jenny is not alone. Another Sky High student is driven to the brink. Will that individual plunge into the abyss of despair?
       

      And what of the adults? What has the stress of Stevie’s nine-month ordeal done to Earl and Sally Scranton’s marriage? What problems confront the other adults in Cedar Falls as three evil-doers rise up to create chaos and do them harm?

      Red is For Rage and rage runs rampant in this small Iowa town in the year of our Lord 2004.

      Download Your Copy Today!!

      May you read well and often

      Tuesday, April 23, 2013

      Blog Tour For Janitors 3: Curse of the Broomstaff by Tyler Whitesides From September 9, 2013 to September 30, 2013 - Come Join Us!

      Hello Everyone! I am extremely happy to announce that Tyler Whitesides will be touring the blogosphere to promote the third installment of his mid-grade fantasy series, Janitors. Janitors: Curse of the Broomstaff is Tyler's third book published by Shadow Mountain Publishing; and his first virtual book tour with Shadow Mountain. He will be coming to a blog near you from September 9, to September 30, 2013! Come join us for all the fun!

      Janitors: Curse of the Broomstaff Blog Tour Information:


      Meet Tyler Whitesides

      Tyler Whitesides worked as a janitor at an elementary school to put himself through college. He graduated from Utah State University with a degree in music. In addition to writing novels, Tyler is an avid composer and arranger of instrumental music. He and his wife, Connie, who teaches third grade, live in northern Utah.

      Connect and Socialize with Tyler on Twitter!

      About Janitors:

      Have you ever fallen asleep during math class? Are you easily distracted while listening to your English teacher? Do you find yourself completely uninterested in geography? Well, it may not be your fault.

      The janitors at Welcher Elementary know a secret, and it s draining all the smarts out of the kids. Twelve-year-old Spencer Zumbro, with the help of his classmate Daisy Gullible Gates, must fight with and against a secret, janitorial society that wields wizard-like powers. Who can Spencer and Daisy trust and how will they protect their school and possibly the world? Janitors is book 1 in a new children s fantasy series by debut novelist Tyler Whitesides. You ll never look at a mop the same way again.

      Purchase Your Copy From Amazon on 26 June 2012!

      About Janitors: Secrets of New Forest Academy:

      Janitors with wizard-like powers continue their battle, and Spencer, Daisy, and even Dez must fight to save schools everywhere. Toxites, the small creatures that love to feed on the brain waves of students are just the beginning of their troubles. The Bureau of Educational Maintenance (BEM) is after Spencer, and the Rebels hope to sneak him to safety within the walls of an elite private school.

      But danger follows Spencer and his friends, testing their loyalty and trust as well as their Toxite-fighting skills. Can they hold out long enough to discover the true secret of New Forest Academy and what it means to the future of education?

      Purchase Your Copy From Amazon on 6 August 2013!

      About Janitors: Curse of the Broomstaff:

      A secret society of Janitors with wizard-like powers continue their battle, and now, the stakes are even higher. The Bureau of Educational Maintenance is after Alan Zumbro and this time they mean business deadly business. Spencer, Daisy, and their little team of rebels must find the source of all magical Glop and destroy it before it can destroy the world as we know it. No small task with the BEM and their monster toxites at their heels.

      It's a wild and dangerous ride as they follow the trail of clues all the way to the hiding place of the mysterious aurans: guardians of a secret landfill. What they discover there will change the way Spencer sees himself, not to mention the fate of the rebels.

      Purchase Your Copy From Amazon on 10 September 2013!

      Janitors: Curse of the Broomstaff Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schudule



      Pre-Release Reviews

      Wednesday, August 28th - Review at Never Too Fond of Books

      Janitors: Curse of the Broomstaff Blog Tour Week 1

      Monday, September 9th - Review at A Book a Day 
      Monday, September 9th - Review at Indie Book Blogger 
      Monday, September 9th - Review at I Love to Read and Review Books 
      Tuesday, September 10th - Review at Bonnie Gets a Say 
      Tuesday, September 10th - Review at Compass Book Ratings
      Tuesday, September 10th - Review at Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
      Wednesday, September 11th - Review at Classic Children’s Books
      Wednesday, September 11th - Review at I Am Not “A” Mused
      Wednesday, September 11th - Review at Shelli Proffitt Howells
      Wednesday, September 11th - Review at WV Stitcher
      Thursday, September 12th - Review/Giveaway at All Things Purple
      Thursday, September 12th - Review at Diapers and Divinity
      Thursday, September 12th - Review at Getting Your Read On
      Thursday, September 12th - Review at The Readathon
      Friday, September 13th - Review at Why Not? Because I Said So!
      Friday, September 13th - Review at LDS And Lovin It
      Friday, September 13th - Review/Giveaway at Classic Children’s Books

      Janitors: Curse of the Broomstaff Blog Tour Week 2

      Monday, September 16th - Review at LDS Women’s Book Review
      Monday, September 16th - Review at LDS Writer Mom
      Monday, September 16th - Feature/Giveaway at Mymcbooks’s Blog
      Tuesday, September 17th - Review at Snogging on Sunday 
      Tuesday, September 17th - Review at The Things I Love
      Tuesday, September 17th - Review at  Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
      Wednesday, September 18th - Review at Lisa Is A Bookworm
      Wednesday, September 18th - Review at Rachelle Writes
      Wednesday, September 18th - Review at News Wahl
      Thursday, September 19th
      - Review at My Pile of Books
      Thursday, September 19th - Review at M R Buttar’s Books
      Friday, September 20th
      - Guest Post at Fire and Ice
      Friday, September 20th - Review at Beth’s Book Reviews
      Friday, September 20th - Review at A Year of Jubilee Reviews
      Saturday, September 21st
      - Review at Bloggin Bout Books

      Janitors: Curse of the Broomstaff Blog Tour Week 3

      Monday, September 23rd - Review at Camp Costinak
      Monday, September 23rd - Review at Lu Ann’s Library
      Tuesday, September 24th - Review at Pages I Turn
      Wednesday, September 25th - Review at Min Reads and Reviews
      Wednesday, September 25th - Review at Everyday Notes
      Thursday, September 26th - Review at Cami Checketts
      Thursday, September 26th - Review at My Devotional Thoughts
      Friday, September 27th - Review at Sweetly Made (Just For You)
      Friday, September 27th - Review at Literary Time Out 

      Janitors: Curse of the Broomstaff Blog Tour Week 4

      Monday, September 30th - Review at Ordinary Happily Ever After
      Monday, September 30th - Review at Emma Michaels

      Janitors and Janitors: Secrets of New Forest Academy Reviews

      Tuesday, July 23rd - Review of Janitors at Indie Book Blogger
      Thursday, August 1st - Reviews of Janitors and Janitors: Secrets of New Forest Academy at Getting Your Read On
      Thursday, August 1st - Review of Janitors at I Love to Read and Review Books
      Monday, August 19th - Review of Janitors: Secrets of New Forest Academy at I Love to Read and Review Books
      Monday, August 23rd - Review of Janitors at Ordinary Happily Ever After
      Sunday, August 29th - Review of Janitors: Secrets of New Forest Academy at Ordinary Happily Ever After
      Previously 
      Review of Janitors at Compass Book Ratings
      Review of Janitors: Secrets of New Forest Academy at Compass Book Ratings

      May you read well and often

      Saturday, April 20, 2013

      Our Library Visit For April

      Hello Everyone! How are you on this fine Saturday? I'm doing just fine. :) So, for the second time this year my mom and I went to our local library and bought books at the library book sale. :) I suppose we each thought our separate TBR piles needed replenishing! We had promised ourselves that we wouldn't go overboard, but I think that that particular promise went out the window as soon as we both walked through the door! :) We came away with two boxes and three bags of books - not bad!!!

      We hadn't been to the library since February of this year. We arrived at the library at about 12:00 P. M. and spent two hours there. We had a wonderful time together - as we always do!

      Between us, we bought 27 hardcovers, 26 paperbacks and 4 oversized paperbacks, as well as 3 audiobooks and 4 movies. We spent a whopping $65 for a total of 60 books. A pretty good haul, if I do say so, myself. :)

      At the moment, I'm reading an ebook Conquering Your Goliaths: A Parable of Five Stones by Kathryn Elizabeth Jones, which I am currently stalled in reading because my Kindle's battery overloaded and so I have been unable to use it since Monday night, April 15th. I'm also reading The Journals of Eleanor Druse: My Investigation of the Kingdom Hospital Incident by Eleanor Druse (the pen name of author Rick Dooling). I've been reading this book since Monday, April 8th.

      May you read well and often

      Thursday, April 18, 2013

      Blog Tour For Blackmoore: A Proper Romance by Julianne Donaldson From September 8, 2013 to September 30, 2013 - Come Join Us!

      Hello Everyone! I am extremely happy to announce that Julianne Donaldson will be touring the blogosphere to promote her proper Regency Romance Blackmoore, the latest title in the A Proper Romance product line from Shadow Mountain Publishing. This is Julianne's second virtual book tour with Shadow Mountain. She will be coming to a blog near you from September 8, to September 30, 2013! Come join us for all the fun!

      Blackmoore: A Proper Romance Blog Tour Information:


      Meet Julianne Donaldson

      Julianne Donaldson grew up as the daughter of a U.S. Air Force fighter pilot. She learned how to ski in the Italian Alps, visited East Berlin before the wall came down, and spent three years living next to a 500-year-old castle. After earning a degree in English, she turned her attention to writing about distant times and places. She lives in Utah with her husband and four children.



      Connect and Socialize with Julianne on Facebook!

      About Blackmoore: A Proper Romance:

      Kate Worthington knows she can never have her heart’s desire and so believes she will never marry. But Kate’s meddlesome mother has other plans. Kate journeys to the stately manor of Blackmoore on the cliffs above the seashore, where she must face the truth and the man that has kept her heart captive.

      Set in northern England, Blackmoore is a Regency romance that tells the story of a young woman struggling to learn to follow her heart. With hints of Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters, Blackmoore is a page-turning tale of romance, intrigue and devotion.

      Purchase Your Copy From Amazon and Barnes and Noble!

      Blackmoore: A Proper Romance Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule


      Pre-Release Reviews

      Wednesday, June 26th - Review at Snogging on Sunday
      Wednesday, June 26th - Review at Bookworm Nation
      Sunday, June 30 - Review at One Reader a Thousand Lives
      Tuesday, July 2 - Review at Spader Family
      Wednesday, July 3 - Review at Amy’s Reviews
      Friday, July 5 - Review at Katie’s Clean Book Collection
      Thursday, July 11 - Review at Works of Fiction
      Saturday, July 13 - Review at A Garden Carried in the Pocket
      Wednesday, July 17 - Review at Kindle And Me
      Sunday, July 28 - Review at The Ramblings of Two Readers
      Sunday, August 4 - Review at Good Reads, Heather
      Monday, August 5 - Review at The Bluestocking Society
      Saturday, August 10 - Review at Wedin2001

      Blackmoore: A Proper Romance Blog Tour Week 1

      Sunday, September 8 - Review at Minding Spot
      Monday, September 9
      - Review at Our Busy Homeschool
      Monday, September 9
      - Review at LDS Women’s Book Review
      Monday, September 9
      - Interview at I Am A Reader Not A Writer
      Monday, September 9
      - Review at LDS Writer Mom
      Monday, September 9
      - Review at Cami Checketts
      Monday, September 9
      - Review at Sunlit Pages
      Monday, September 9
      - Review at Cracking the Cover
      Tuesday, September 10
      - Review at Key Lime
      Tuesday, September 10
      - Review at Fire and Ice Photo
      Tuesday, September 10
      - Review at Acting Balanced
      Tuesday, September 10
      - Review at Booking and Cooking
      Tuesday, September 10
      - Review at The Things I Love Most
      Tuesday, September 10
      - Review at I Read to Relax
      Tuesday, September 10
      - Review at Booking and Cooking Around
      Wednesday, September 11
      - Review at Literary Timeout
      Wednesday, September 11
      - Review at My Pile of Books
      Wednesday, September 11
      - Review at Min Reads and Reviews
      Wednesday, September 11
      - Review at Rachelle’s Writing Spot
      Wednesday, September 11
      - Review at A Book A Day
      Wednesday, September 11
      - Review at Classic Children’s Books
      Thursday, September 12
      - Review at Raising Memories
      Thursday, September 12
      - Review at Bonnie Gets A Say
      Thursday, September 12
      - Review at I Love to Read and Review Books
      Thursday, September 12
      - Review at Real Treble Maker
      Friday, September 13
      - Review at Diapers and Divinity
      Friday, September 13
      - Review/Giveaway at All Things Purple
      Friday, September 13
      - Review at Thoughts From the Heart
      Friday, September 13
      - Review at Mundie Moms
      Friday, September 13
      - Review at Blog Critics
      Friday, September 13
      - Review at Dreaming Under the Same Moon
      Friday, September 13
      - Review at Jelly Bean Moments
      Saturday, September 14
      - Review at Austenprose

      Blackmoore: A Proper Romance Blog Tour Week 2

      Sunday, September 15 - Review at Everyday Notes
      Sunday, September 15
      - Review at Fantasy World
      Monday. September 16
      - Review at Ordinary Happily Ever After
      Monday. September 16
      - Review at Why Not? Because I Said So!
      Monday. September 16
      - Review at Swinging On Small Hinges
      Monday. September 16
      - Review at Book Tours and More
      Monday. September 16
      - Review at Gamila’s Book Review
      Monday. September 16
      - Review at Simply Stacie
      Tuesday, September 17
      - Guest Post/Giveaway at Acting Balanced
      Tuesday, September 17 - Review at Compass Book Ratings
      Tuesday, September 17 - Review at LDS And Lovin It
      Tuesday, September 17 - Review at One Literature Nut
      Tuesday, September 17 - Review at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
      Wednesday, September 18 - Review at Raising Memories
      Wednesday, September 18 - Review at Writing, the Universe and Everything Books
      Wednesday, September 18 - Review at Reading Girls
      Wednesday, September 18 - Review at Becky’s Book Reviews
      Wednesday, September 18 - Feature/Giveaway at So Many Precious Books, So Little Time
      Wednesday, September 18 - Review at Tressa’s Wishful Endings
      Wednesday, September 18 - Review at About To Read
      Thursday, September 19 - Review at Pages I Turn
      Thursday, September 19 - Review at LuAnn’s Book Reviews
      Thursday, September 19 - Review at Good Clean Reads
      Friday, September 20 - Review at My Devotional Thoughts
      Friday, September 20 - Review at Bookworm Lisa
      Friday, September 20 - Review at My Mommy Style
      Friday, September 20 - Review at The Romance Reviews
      Friday, September 20 - Review at News Wahl
      Sunday, September 22 - Review at Thoughts in Progress


      Blackmoore: A Proper Romance Blog Tour Week 3

      Monday, September 23 - Review at Books Are Sanity
      Monday, September 23 - Review at Someone in Mind
      Monday, September 23 - Review at Bloggin Bout Books
      Monday, September 23 - Feature/Giveaway at Beth’s Book Reviews
      Tuesday, September 24 - Review at Sweetly Made (Just for You)
      Tuesday, September 24 - Review at Getting Your Read On
      Tuesday, September 24 - Guest Post at Indie Book Blog
      Tuesday, September 24 - Review at Brooke Blogs
      Tuesday, September 24 - Review at Brooklyn Berry Designs
      Tuesday, September 24 - Review at Terry’s Treasures
      Wednesday, September 25 - Review at WWW Book Babe
      Wednesday, September 25 - Review at Novel Reviews
      Wednesday, September 25 - Review at Writer Off The Leash
      Thursday, September 26 - Review at Camp Costinak
      Thursday, September 26 - Review at Attack of the Books
      Thursday, September 26 - Review at Brazen Bookworm
      Thursday, September 26 - Review at A Word’s Worth
      Friday, September 27 - Guest Post/Giveaway at Acting Balanced
      Friday, September 27 - Review at 2 Kids and Tired Books
      Friday, September 27 - Review at Christy Dorrity
      Friday, September 27 - Review at Emily’s Reading Room
      Monday, September 30 - Review at The Compulsive Reader
      Monday, September 30 - Review at Bookfan
      Monday, September 30 - Review at Kimberly’s Book Life
      Monday, September 30 - Review/Giveaway at Kelly’s Lucky You
      Monday, September 30 - Review at Romance With A Book
      Monday, September 30 - Review/Giveaway at Library of Clean Reads

      May you read well and often

      Monday, April 15, 2013

      Introducing The Feast by Kathryn Elizabeth Jones!

      Kathryn Elizabeth Jones will be having a signing for her latest Christian Fiction book The Feast: A Parable of the Ring, at her West Valley City, Utah home on October 19, 2013 from 1 to 4 PM. The Feast is Kathryn's second book in her Parables Series - the sequel to Conquering Your Goliaths: A Parable of the Five Stones, which I read and reviewed in May of 2013.


      Meet Kathryn Elizabeth Jones

      When I was young I thought I had to sound like a great writer to be one. It was all so overwhelming; now I know I only need to sound like myself. My ideas come from two primary sources. My work might spark from the enlightening words of a friend, teacher or writing prompt. At other times, I am sitting in a very still space and the words I should write come to me like a powerful and glowing wind.

      My favorite tool is the pen. Though computer keys get the words down quicker and easier, I like to put pen to paper, smell the ink, see the words as they are developed and renewed by new phrases or thoughts.

      I enjoy traveling to wherever the character takes me. This often means even I am surprised and warmed at the outcome. In the end, when my writing is done, I like to watch the eyes of the reader whenever I can. Their reflective expression gives me the greatest glimpse into what my writing has become.

      Before I was one, I loved to read books-or at least, pretend to. I couldn't walk yet but I would crawl to the bottom shelf for what I wanted. My Grandma says my books were placed near the floor for that very reason, and my mother speaks of me pulling my favorite book from the shelf and crawling back to the couch with the book safely in tow.

      I would sit on the couch and pretend to read, speaking the language of some foreign diplomat-or perhaps, the tongue of angels, my mother wasn't quite sure which, and when I was done, I would crawl back to the shelf for another story.

      When I am not writing I'm reading. I am an avid reader of the scriptures and books of spiritual merit. I have been married 30 years and enjoy teaching and working with youth and children-including my own three girls, three grand-daughters and grandson.

      A published writer since 1987, I have published various newspaper and magazine articles for teens and adults.

      For more information, be sure to visit Kathryn's website at www.ariverofstones.com.

      Conquering Your Goliaths: A Parable of the Five Stones by Kathryn Elizabeth Jones (2012)
      Length: 104 pages
      Purchase your copy from Amazon!

      Conquering Your Goliaths Blurb:

      David gathered five smooth stones to meet and defeat Goliath. What did these stones represent and how can you use them to conquer Goliaths in your own personal quests? Ms. Virginia Bean will show you how.

      Travel with her on her own personal journey. See what she does. Learn how she grows. Discover what she becomes.
       

      Conquering your Goliaths—A Parable of the Five Stones is for anyone desiring to travel beyond mediocrity, pain and fear. Learn of the great power within you, a power given to you from God, a power that must ultimately be unleashed to conquer the Goliaths in your own life. Come to an even deeper understanding of God and what he wants for you. Come…

      The Feast: A Parable of the Ring by Kathryn Elizabeth Jones (2013)
      Length: 118 pages
      Purchase your copy from Amazon

      The Feast Blurb: 

      Virginia had experienced the power and direction of the five stones; now, she would need to use them again.

      For entirely different reasons.

      Keeping her marriage together was not the only thing on her mind. Having a child wasn't going to happen in the usual way, and Virginia was determined that adoption was the answer. If she did all of the right things, said all of the right words; if she remembered the five stones in her journey to get her child, God would surely have to answer her.

      It wouldn't be too difficult.


      Parables Series:
      Book 1: Conquering Your Goliaths: A Parable of the Five Stones
      Book 2: The Feast: A Parable of the Ring

      May you read well and often

      Friday, April 12, 2013

      Blog Tour For Wrage by Joseph Spencer From September 2, 2013 to October 31, 2013 - Come Join Us!

      Hello Everyone! I am delighted to announce that Joseph Spencer will be touring the blogosphere to promote his occult crime thriller Wrage. This is Joseph's second virtual book tour with Pump up Your Book! He will be coming to a blog near you from September 2, to October 31, 2013! Come join us for all the fun!

      Mr. Spencer is also doing an awesome giveaway - he is giving away Two (2) Starbucks Gift Cards to two lucky winners at the end of his 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!

      Wrage Blog Tour Information:

      Meet Joseph Spencer

      As a boy, Joseph Spencer immersed himself in the deductive logic of Sherlock Holmes, the heroic crime fighting of Batman and Spider-Man, and a taste for the tragic with dramas from poets like Shakespeare and Homer.

      Before Joseph took to spinning his own tales, he pursued a career in print sports journalism, graduating summa cum laude from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He covered such events as NASCAR’s Subway 500 race in Martinsville, the NBA Draft Camp in Chicago, the Junior College World Series, and Minor League Baseball’s Midwest League All-Star Game during a ten-year career throughout the Midwest. Now, he works as an emergency telecommunications specialist with an Illinois police department. The combination of years of writing experience with a background working with law enforcement professionals gave rise to his writing aspirations.

      Joseph was married to Dr. Amy (Waggoner) Spencer, an accomplished veterinary doctor, on March 14, 2012. He received word his debut novel was accepted by his publisher, Damnation Books, the next day. Joseph is hard at work on the rest of the series. Book 2 – Wrage – was released June 1, 2013. The Spencer family enjoys reading Charlaine Harris, George R.R. Martin, Mary Janice Davidson, and most paranormal stories. The Spencers also enjoy quoting movie lines from The Princess Bride, Rain Man, Bridesmaids, and Office Space.

      Visit his website at www.JosephBSpencer.com.

      Connect and Socialize with Joseph!

       
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      About Wrage:

      Sometimes the toughest fight lies within yourself.

      As more dark secrets come to light, the battle for souls pushes Prairieville to the brink of war in the living and supernatural realms.

      Jeff Wrage swears a blood oath to Abaddon, the supernatural avenger of murder victims, to hunt the crooked cop who butchered his wife. Jeff wonders whether he can be the executioner Abaddon requires. Their pact throws the supernatural realm in chaos and threatens to trigger an apocalyptic fight for control of the afterlife between the Sons of Darkness and Sons of Light foretold in the Dead Sea Scrolls.

      Orlando Marino sees the death of Cyrus Black as his opportunity to restore the Marino family’s stronghold in Prairieville’s organized crime scene and become a mob kingpin. He unleashes a plague, turning its victims into mindless followers. Cyrus’ heir is busy rooting out a traitor and is unable to stop the coming turf war in the realm of man.

      The fate of all rests with Homicide Detective Anna Duke, who steps into the shoes of her mentor while coming to terms with unrequited love. As she tries to clear the fallen hero’s name, she takes on a case where corpses go missing. Her new partner is reported dead. She learns the truth about her true identity and uncovers a trail of secrets questioning her tragic past. She journeys to avert the destruction of all creation.

      Purchase your copy from Amazon and Damnation Books!

      Terms and Conditions:
      • By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.
      • Two winners will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive one $25 Starbucks Gift Card.
      • This giveaway begins September 2 and ends October 31.
      • Winners will be contacted via email on Monday, November 4, 2013.
      • Winner has 48 hours to reply.
      • This is an international contest.

      Good luck everyone!

      ENTER TO WIN!



      Wrage Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule



      Monday, September 2 - Character Interview at Beyond the Books
      Tuesday, September 3 - Book Featured at Examiner
      Wednesday, September 4 - Interview at I’m Shelf-ish
      Thursday, September 5 - Book Trailer Reveal at The Book Connection
      Friday, September 6 - Guest Blogging at Bookingly Yours
      Saturday, September 7 - Interviewed LIVE on Blog Talk Radio’s A Book and a Chat (11 a.m. eastern, call ins welcome!)
      Monday, September 9 - Interview at Between the Covers
      Tuesday, September 10 - Guest Blogging at The Dark Phantom
      Wednesday, September 11 - Book Trailer Reveal at Moonlight Lace & Mayhem
      Thursday, September 12 - Interview at Blogcritics
      Monday, September 16 - Interview at Review From Here
      Tuesday, September 17 - Book Trailer of the Week at Pump Up Your Book
      Wednesday, September 18 - Character Guest Post at Lori’s Reading Corner
      Tuesday, September 24 - Interview at As the Pages Turn
      Thursday, September 25 - Book Featured at Plug Your Book
      Monday, October 7 - Interview at Fantasy Pages
      Tuesday, October 8 - Guest Blogging at The Story Behind the Book
      Wednesday, October 9 - First Chapter Reveal and Book Trailer Reveal at Read 2 Review
      Thursday, October 10 - Interview at Red Room
      Friday, October 11 - Interview at Between the Covers
      Monday, October 14 - Book Review, First Chapter Reveal and Book Trailer Reveal at Deal Sharing Aunt
      Tuesday, October 15 - Book Review at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
      Wednesday, October 16 - Guest Blogging at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
      Thursday, October 17 - Interview at Pump Up Your Book
      Friday, October 18 - Book Review at Review From Here
      Monday, October 21 - Book Featured at Book Marketing Buzz
      Tuesday, October 22 - Top 20 Interview at Literarily Speaking
      Thursday, October 24 - Interview at The Book Rack
      Monday, October 28 - Book Trailer Reveal at If Books Could Talk
      Tuesday, October 29 - Book Review at Mary’s Cup of Tea
      Wednesday, October 30 - Book Spotlight at Authors and Readers Book Corner
      Thursday, October 31 - Guest Blogging at The Book Connection

      May you read well and often

      Wednesday, April 10, 2013

      Introducing Sworn to Transfer by Terah Edun!

      Meet Terah Edun

      Terah Edun's latest YA Fantasy novel, Sworn to Transfer, will be released on September 20, 2013. Her next projects include a new YA Fantasy novel with a girl determined to change the odds on the streets of the city she knows best - Sandrin. 

       Sworn to Raise by Terah Edun (2013)
      Length: 275 pages
      Purchase your copy from Amazon

      Sworn to Raise Blurb:

      Seventeen-year-old Ciardis has grown up in poverty, a cleaner in a small vale on the outskirts of the empire. But beneath her empire's seemingly idyllic surface lies a hidden secret. Whispers of an inept crown Prince are growing ever louder--intensified by the five year anniversary of the soulbond initiations.

      Amidst scandalous whispers, Ciardis finds herself chosen to train for the Companions Guild. She leaves her home and sets off on a personal journey to become a Court Companion. A position she'd never thought possible for a lowly servant to obtain, she must prove that she has the skills to attract a Patron.

      But she must master those skills quickly. If the legends are true, only Ciardis can harness the power to raise a Prince in an Imperial Court sworn to bring him down.

      This sensational series debut melds intricate storylines with remarkable characters and unforgettable magic. Sworn to Raise is ideal for fans of Kristin Cashore, Michelle Sagara, and Maria Snyder.
       

       Sworn to Transfer by Terah Edun (2013)
      Length: 275 pages
      Purchase your copy from Amazon! - Release Day Sale: $2.99 for a Limited Time

       Sworn to Transfer Blurb: 

      Eighteen-year-old companion trainee Ciardis Weathervane has won the friendship of the royal heir and saved his claim to the throne. Yet her interference in the inheritance rights leaves more harm done than good. The Ameles Forest lies unprotected and it's inhabitants are dying.

      As humans begin to die in gruesome deaths, the Emperor dispatches the royal heir to the forests with the solution to the kith concerns.

      With enemies closing ranks in Sandrin, Ciardis can little afford to leave the city's nest of vipers to take on a new task. But she's given no choice when her loyalty to the crown and courts are called into question.

      To keep the Companions' Guild happy and the favor of the Imperial Court, Ciardis will be tested in frightening new ways, especially when she's faced with an obstacle that could risk the lives of her friends and the family she never thought she had.

      This second novel continues the story of Ciardis Weathervane from Sworn To Raise.

      Courtlight Series:
      Book 1: Sworn to Raise
      Book 2: Sworn to Transfer


      About the Courtlight Series:

      It’s a series of full length novels focusing on a young woman’s fight to rise from poverty to elegance. Each book is a clean, teen read with lots of magic and a hint of romance. If you’ve enjoyed books such as the Graceling Series and the Grey Wolf Throne Series then you’ll love this series.



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      May you read well and often

      Monday, April 8, 2013

      Blog Tour For Lion's Head Deception by Chuck Waldron From August 5, 2013 to October 31, 2013 - Come Join Us!

      Hello Everyone! I am delighted to announce that Chuck Waldron will be touring the blogosphere to promote his dystopian thriller Lion's Head Deception. This is Chuck's second virtual book tour with Pump up Your Book! He will be coming to a blog near you from August 5, 2013 to October 31, 2013! Come join us for all the fun!


      Lion's Head Deception Blog Tour Information: 


      Meet Chuck Waldron

      Chuck Waldron’s latest novel, Lion’s Head Deception, is a dystopian story about an investigative blogger who uncovers more than he ever imagines…and has no idea what to do with his discovery.

      An investigative blogger uncovers a sinister conspiracy, a billionaire’s plan backed by select government officials, designed to exterminate citizens who do not live up to a predetermined screening matrix; under the guise of rioting and a destabilized city, the plan is implemented and the blogger fights not only to discover and reveal the truth, but to survive.

      “I grew up,” Chuck said, “listening to my grandfather, an Ozark Mountain story teller, spinning tales of the caves on his farm, describing them as hiding places once used by the Jesse & Frank James’ gang. It didn’t matter if the stories were true or not. Those legends set fire to my imagination, creating images that emerged slowly over the years, finally igniting as my short stories and novels.”

      Now, thirty-plus short stories and three novels later, ideas keep coming, with more novels under development. Do they share anything in common? Each has its own unique voice and tale to tell, yet, at their heart, his stories tell about the human condition – the good, the bad and the ugly.

      As Chuck tells it, “stored images that echo in my writing include train whistles in the night, Norman Rockwell childhood scenes, U.S. Army memories, blue collar jobs, university, a professional career, and finally retirement. Many of my images are drawn from this pool of memories: places visited, sights seen, and people met. The rest I fill in with my imagination: dreams of places yet to be visited, sights yet to be seen, and people yet to meet.”

      His literary roots were planted in the American Midwest and thrived when transplanted to the rich, cultural soil of Ontario. He and his wife, Suzanne, are now warmed by the sun on Florida’s Treasure Coast.

      His latest book is Lion’s Head Deception.

      Visit his website at www.WriteByMeBooks.com.

      Connect and Socialize with Chuck!


      About Lion's Head Deception:  

      In the prologue, the backdrop for Lion’s Head Deception is set, amongst rioting and unrest in a destabilized city.

      Matt Tremain is a shy, private person who discovers a passion for writing blogs—a mission that propels him into investigative reporting. A tipster warns him of a diabolical scheme Matt simply can’t ignore. After the tipster is killed, Matt honors his memory by going forward to investigate the truth behind the conspiracy. He meets a television reporter and a cameraman also investigating the intrigue. Are they potential partners or rivals? A detective offers his assistance, but Matt is unsure of his true motivation. He is equally unsure of the allegiance of those in the top administration of police services. Matt Tremain and his friends are forced to go on the run, evading the newly-formed security teams. They must expose the truth before they are discovered, arrested and perhaps exterminated themselves…

      The reader is introduced to Matt Tremain when a test message warns him of impending arrest. The first part of the novel provides an understanding of how he learns about a conspiracy, and the person behind it. A television journalist is investigating the same treachery. Will they be able to join forces? The end of part one introduces a police detective. Will he be friend or foe?

      Part two takes place at a private retreat. The antagonist, the scheme’s architect, unveils the complete details of his plan and gets the backing of his three co-conspirators. The location is the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario. It takes place at Lion’s Head and gives the novel the working name.

      In an action-packed run to the finish line, will Matt and his partners be able to face the challenges it will take to expose the lies and treachery behind Operation CleanSweep?

       Purchase Your Copy From Amazon and Barnes and Noble!

      Pump Up Your Book and Chuck Waldron are giving away a Kindle Fire HD!

      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 one Kindle Fire HD.
      • This giveaway begins August 5 and ends October 31.
      • Winners will be contacted via email on Monday, November 4, 2013.
      • Winner has 48 hours to reply.
      • Only U.S. citizens can win the Kindle Fire but if you are an international winner, you will be sent $200 Paypal Cash. Must have Paypal account to enter.
      Good luck everyone!

      ENTER TO WIN!

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      Lion's Head Deception Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule



      Monday, August 5 - First Chapter Reveal at Pump Up Your Book
      Tuesday, August 6 - Interview at Goodreads
      Wednesday, August 7 - Book Trailer Reveal at Mom With a Kindle
      Thursday, August 8 - Book Featured at Examiner
      Friday, August 9 - Guest Blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner
      Monday, August 12 - Book Trailer of the Week at Pump Up Your Book
      Tuesday, August 13 - Guest Blogging at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
      Wednesday, August 14 - Book Trailer Reveal at Margay Leah Justice
      Wednesday, August 14 - Win prizes at Chuck’s Release Day Diva Facebook Party!
      Thursday, August 15 - Guest Blogging at The Story Behind the Book
      Friday, August 16 - Interview at Between the Covers
      Monday, August 19 - Book Featured at Authors & Readers Book Corner
      Tuesday, August 20 - Book Trailer Feature at If Books Could Talk
      Wednesday, August 21 - First Chapter Reveal at Literarily Speaking
      Friday, August 23 - Interview at Examiner
      Monday, August 26 - Guest Blogging & Book Trailer Reveal at My Book Addiction and More
      Thursday, August 29 - Book Trailer Reveal at My Devotional Thoughts
      Friday, August 30 - Character Guest Post at My Devotional Thoughts
      Monday, September 2 - Character Guest Post at Beyond the Books
      Monday, September 2 - Book Featured at Books Books the Magical Fruit
      Tuesday, September 3 - Book Review, Book Trailer Reveal & First Chapter Reveal at Mom in Love with Fiction
      Wednesday, September 4 - Book Trailer Reveal at Tome Keeper
      Thursday, September 5 - Interview at The Dark Phantom
      Monday, September 9 - Character Guest Post at Read 2 Review
      Tuesday, September 10 - First Chapter Reveal at As the Pages Turn
      Wednesday, September 11 - Interview at Divine Caroline
      Thursday, September 12 - Interview at I’m Shelf-ish
      Friday, September 13 - Interview at Straight From the Author’s Mouth
      Monday, September 16 - Book Trailer Reveal at The Writer’s Life
      Tuesday, September 17 - First Chapter Reveal at Read My First Chapter
      Wednesday, September 18 - Interview at Blogger News
      Thursday, September 19 - Interview at Blogcritics
      Friday, September 20 - Book Featured at Paperback Writer
      Monday, September 23 - Interview at Review From Here
      Wednesday, September 25 - Interview at Authors to Watch
      Thursday, September 26 - Interview at The Writer’s Life
      Friday, September 27 - Book Featured at Plug Your Book!
      Monday, October 7 - First Chapter Reveal & Character Guest Post for Thoughts in Progress
      Tuesday, October 8 - First Chapter Reveal & Book Trailer Reveal at Literary Winner
      Thursday, October 10 - Guest Blogging at Books R Us
      Friday, October 11 - Book Trailer Reveal at SheWrites
      Monday, October 14 - Interview at The Book Connection
      Tuesday, October 15 - Book Feature at Literal Exposure
      Wednesday, October 16 - First Chapter Reveal at Beyond the Book
      Friday, October 18 - Interview at Red Room
      Monday, October 21 - Guest Blogging at Coffee and a Keyboard
      Wednesday, October 23 - Book Review & First Chapter Review at Blooming with Books
      Friday, October 25 - Book Review at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
      Monday, October 28 - Book Featured at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark
      Wednesday, October 30 - Book Review at Celtic Lady’s Reviews
      Friday, October 31 - First Chapter Reveal at A Room Without Books is Empty


      May you read well and often