Tour :: Engines of Liberty


REBEL HEART
In 1776, the American rebels were thwarted by British magic. The leaders were executed, but the surviving soldiers went into hiding and kept the revolution alive. By 1984 they have developed better weapons and machinery to even the odds. Now all these “technomancers” need is an army for their arsenal, and their newest recruit is 15 year-old Calvin Adler of Baltimore. The problem is, he’s got a pretty strong will, and might give the technomancers at bit of trouble in training…
SUICIDE RUN
Calvin learns that the technomancers aren’t all good guys like he’d thought, and soon runs afoul of the worst of them. Now, with a bomb in his chest and a lot of ground to cover, he has a little over a week to save his life, or else become another casualty in the revolution. Meanwhile, an old enemy comes back stronger than ever, with ambition to spare…
 

PATRIOT’S GAME
Calvin is on the brink of death. The army is scattered, the commodore is dead, and the British mages know about the technomancers’ secret weapon. Just as all hope seems lost, Calvin and his friends find out the mages have a weakness, one that could end the war overnight and liberate the colonials.
But it will take a miracle to reach it…
 

 

 

Graham Bradley is a truck driver by trade, but has been writing since age eight, thanks to the encouragement of a childhood teacher, Mrs. Peplowski.Likewise, his grandmother made him promise to “do something” with his knack for drawing, so he illustrates as well.

He is fluent in Spanish, and knows the proper method of ironing a dress shirt. Despite spending less than 6 hours of his entire life in Indianapolis, the Colts are his team.

He lives in Henderson, Nevada, with his wife and sons.

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Top Ten List

Books that had a big impact on me over the years. (This isn’t necessarily a “top” ten, but a list of ten books going all the way back to my childhood.) In no particular order:
OH, BROTHER by Johnniece Marshall Wilson. The same 3rd grade teacher that got me into writing also gave me this novel, which was about two brothers with jarringly different personalities who had to share a bedroom. I found a ton of parallels in it when I considered my relationship with my own older brother (it’s written from the POV of the younger brother.) I read it several times, just absorbing it over and over, and as I reflect on it, I’m glad my teacher knew me well enough to know what book would find a place in my being the way this one did.
UNWIND by Neal Shusterman. I could write pages and pages about this book. Let me just cite two things: first, Shusterman found a way to take a hot-button social issue (abortion) and write a story about it that examined a very, very scary solution to it…without revealing his own opinion on the matter. And second, there’s one particular scene in the book that made me put it down and just not say anything for a while. It kind of wrecked me, it was so powerfully written and well thought-out, and it jarred my soul. If you’ve read this book, you know which scene I’m talking about. Nobody could mistake it. I want to learn how to do what Shusterman did in this book.

EDUCATION OF A WANDERING MAN by Louis L’Amour. If I hadn’t taken one of my college English classes, I would never have read this. Louis L’Amour was a frontiersman and a writer. These two things, plus his own views and philosophies about life, history, the world, and his craft, made for an impactful combination, and I find myself wanting to emulate a lot of his attitudes and methods on things. His writing philosophies especially shaped my approach to historical fiction.

HARD MAGIC by Larry Correia. Oh, man. What a rip-roaring adventure. This was the book that taught me never to hold back, that you don’t have to have just one good idea in a story or a series or a world. If you want to have magical secret wizards using X-Men style powers with awesome guns on airships while they fight magical samurai in an alternate 1930s Prohibition-era America, then by golly, why would you not? Because if you write the dialogue and the narrative bits the way that you would write any other serious piece of fiction, all of the cool bits are just icing on the cake.

THE WITCHES by Roald Dahl. Another great book from my 3rd grade days. I read the cover off this thing almost. I can only say that about a few books in life, and most of them are on this list.

BRIAN’S WINTER by Gary Paulsen. Of all the Brian Robeson books that Paulsen wrote (aka the Hatchet series) this one swept me away the most. I read it half a dozen times in the span of a few months back in 1998, and every time I read it afterward, it was less of a book and more of an experience. Paulsen knows how to sweep you into a world of wild solitude and show you the ways of survival without making it a tale of conquest. Love it.

THE SUPERNATURALIST by Eoin Colfer. One of his least-known titles, but probably his boldest. It’s only ten chapters long, but Colfer does more in those ten chapters—in terms of injecting ideas, details, motives, settings, characters, and scenarios—than a lot of writers can do in three books. This was the first book I gifted to my wife back when we were dating. We’re married now and have two kids. You do the math.

THE MAZE RUNNER by James Dashner. Watching James go from a practically-unknown dude with two books in the Jimmy Fincher series with a small publisher, to the megastar that he’s become now, really grounded my own dreams and visions for me. I’ve read plenty of books that were hugely successful and got turned into movies and so forth, but this was the first time that I saw it happen in real-time. James explained his idea for the book at a writer’s conference I attended in 2006, and three years later I was reading the ARC courtesy of the publisher. While it’s not my favorite book, it’s definitely important in my lexicon of encouraging publications, a testament that dreams really can and do come true, to real people, people I’ve interacted with and watched over the years. I’d be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge that.

THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW by Washington Irving. Imagine that, a classic that’s actually worth reading centuries later! Irving’s style and prose capture so much in such a short span, it’s hard not to get swept up in a book like this when you start reading the first few lines. I read this one regularly and I love it more every time. One day I will write a book that ties into it, but I’m almost scared to, because I know it won’t really be on par with Irving’s craft. (That won’t stop me, though.)

THE FALSE PRINCE by Jennifer Nielsen. If Larry Correia taught me to kick every component of my story up to Level Ten on the Fantastic Awesome Magic Firepower Scale, Jennifer Nielsen taught me that you can still punch people in the stomach with a fantasy book using nothing but the characters and the story. Seriously, for a “fantasy book” (set in a fictional kingdom), there is no magic, no non-human races, no monsters, none of that, and yet it blows most of its competition sky-high. I was floored by the roster of intriguing, ruthless, amusing characters, led by an incurable smart-mouth named Sage, who proves over and over again that you have no idea what he’s going to do next. This book is a true testament to wit.

Snippets

Book 1

Here’s a scene from REBEL HEART. It’s not the Boston Tea Party, but, well, the similarities are there.

Calvin recalled the trip he’d taken with his father. They’d left Baltimore and led a horse-drawn wagon all the way up to Massachusetts, where Father knew of a captain who would deliver their wool to a wholesaler in Nouveau France, for a small commission. Their meager stock from that season had filled only a small part of the deck on the captain’s ship; the rest of it was dried tea leaves in strong crates secured with a special kind of iron.

Frosted iron,” the captain whispered to Father. “So as it can’t be magicked away by the mages, you see. It’s a special product from Ohio. Your load’s safe on this ship, Mr. Adler.”

Father was impressed. “And all this tea?”

The captain told how he and a handful of his friends had planted the valuable crop many years prior, tended to it themselves, harvested the leaves and dried them with painstaking care. It would catch a king’s ransom on the open market, compared to what the crew normally sold on their voyages.

Father and the captain shook hands and parted ways. Yet it would seem that not all of the captain’s commercial associates had been so discreet that year. After Calvin and Father had gotten off the ship, a trio of mages showed up, wands in hand, and matching sneers on their faces.

At the time, Calvin hadn’t understood what was happening. The mages demanded to know the captain’s intent for the tea. He and his crew bristled at the question. Some of them quietly grabbed nearby instruments off the deck, but they weren’t holding them the way they held tools. The captain stated his business, that they meant to sell their haul, and the mage casually said he’d have to confiscate the load.

It just wouldn’t be fair to the other colonists, who don’t have any tea to sell,” the mage had said, signaling for his companions to seize every crate of product. Calvin scratched his head at this; if the captain and his men had done all the work, why shouldn’t they sell it?

Apparently the captain agreed with this sentiment. What happened next was burned into Calvin’s memory sure as a branding iron marked livestock.

Some of the crewmen were still loading crates of tea leaves onto the deck of the boat. Half a dozen crates sat on a platform mounted to the dock, all rigged up with ropes and pulleys so it could swing out over the water. While the platform hung between the dock and the boat, the captain uttered a word in what sounded like an Indian language. One of the crewmembers, a bronze-skinned man with pitch-black hair shaved in an extreme pattern, drew a tomahawk from behind his belt, spun around and hurled it with stunning accuracy at the rigging. The tomahawk’s blade bit into the ropes, sliced them clean through, and unlaced the complicated weave that allowed the platform to move. Six crates plunged into the salty water below, instantly ruined. To save the falling crates, the mages uttered summoning spells in the Old Saxon tongue, but the anti-magical iron did its job.

Calvin was pretty sure a fight had broken out after that, but he didn’t get to see it. Father clapped a hand over Calvin’s eyes and quickly whisked him away, telling him they were to return to Baltimore immediately.

Even now, Father refused to let Calvin speak of that day, and all of his questions since then had been met with a sharp command to put it out of his mind. Calvin had never forgotten it, though. After years of seeing Fitz and Birty squeeze coins out of the Baltimore residents, Calvin eventually understood why the captain had destroyed his load.

Book 2

Here’s a scene from SUICIDE RUN, introducing Sophronia Brimble, one of my favorite side characters.

A young lady emerged from the back room, her figure trim and muscular, covered primarily in form-fitting leathers and thin cotton fabric. She wore a leather vest and a black canvas skirt over skintight leggings tucked inside gatorskin boots that accentuated the curves of her calves. She also wore long daggers strapped to either leg. Unlike most faunamancers Godfrey had known, she let her hair grow long, though she braided it in a stiff tail that reached almost to her waist. A bandana covered her forehead and most of her hair, giving her a working-girl image that invited no nonsense.

Yeah?” she demanded, half-interested.

Eh, the owner . . .” Godfrey trailed off.

You’re looking at her.” She had a lilting colonial accent. Fitz’s badge indicated to Godfrey that this was not the same owner Fitz had known.

Um, hello,” Godfrey said.

Something I can do for you, bobby?” She asked it in such a way as to imply that she wasn’t in the mood to waste her time.

I was under the impression that Iphigenia Brimble was the manager?”

Aunt Iffie kicked the bucket two years back, din’t she? Ain’t no warm fuzzy neither, thanks for bringing it up.”

My apologies, I—”

Yeah, yeah. Anyway, I’m Sophronia Brimble, this is my gig. You got coin or what?” She fixed him with a hard stare.

Godfrey didn’t like that; he’d meant to come from a position of power. He’d have to come at her tough, really play the hard mage if he was to get her services. He curled his lip and tried not to straighten up too abruptly.

Name’s Fitznottingham, Deputy of His Majesty’s Continental Bureau of Intelligence.” He flashed the badge like he’d seen Fitz do it a dozen times. “I require the services of three fast airborne animals, post-haste. Official business.”

You’re a kid.”

At this, Godfrey glared. “And a bloody accomplished one. Age matters less than skill, Miss Brimble.”

Oh bollocks, you ain’t commandeering my flock, are ye?” Sophronia demanded. Godfrey steeled himself, doubling down on the act.

In the name of the Crown, yes. You will be generously compensated for answering the call to aid the kingdom in this time of crisis.”

I’d better,” she growled, and mumbled something under her breath that sounded suspiciously like wanker. “I’ve only got one other flyer on duty. Can you handle a wyvern?”

Book 3

1) Calvin is trapped in a burning house, surrounded by mages.

Think, think, think!

Sweat. Cloth. Layers. Damn it all, the jacket wouldn’t cover him forever. Water! Was there any water in the kitchen?

The wash basin! Mother kept a barrel full of water in the kitchen and emptied it once a week. It would be dirty. But it would also be water.

Wool would soak up water like a sponge, if he could remove his coat. It clung to him, having absorbed his sweat. Maybe he could tip the barrel over himself? Too heavy, he might waste it.

Think! Come ON!

The tablecloth! It was heavier, thicker than his coat, and likewise made of wool. It was the one family heirloom that his parents had brought from Europa before getting married in Meryka. Calvin grabbed a handful of the cloth, balled it up and dunked it in the barrel.

Hotter. Smokier. Harder to breathe…

When he could stand it no longer, he tugged the heavy cloth out and draped it over himself. The steam and smoke smothered what little air there was left. Now or never, do or die.

Gritting his teeth, he raised himself to a crouch and aimed at what he hoped was the remains of the back wall; it was impossible to see or make sense of his surroundings. He looked straight ahead and ran for it, and when he sensed that he was going to hit something, he shifted and put his shoulder into it, bracing for the worst.

2) The “honeymoon phase” of Calvin and Amelia’s relationship is over. They have a massive disagreement about something, and, well…

Calvin bit his lip and descended the ramp. His feet had just touched the tarmac when the ramp retracted and the lifter fans kicked back into gear. The downwash knocked several people aside, and he found himself sprawled on his back, shielding his eyes from the intense rush of air.

There were shouts of alarm and orders from Yahola to cease, but the wyvern went on, heedless. Calvin could only watch helplessly as Amelia spun it around and pointed it at the open hangar doors.

*

She took one last look at Calvin’s face. That face that she had come to love in such a short time. The life she had left everything to save…oh, how it killed her to do this, to know that she had to do this.

There could be no more delays. No more side trips. The Culper box had to get to Harrisburg, and now, with the machine a thousand pounds lighter, she could probably make it with her current fuel level. She had to finish Dad’s work.

Tears rolled down her cheeks. Before she could change her mind, she hit the throttle and took off, settling in for another long flight.

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Promo : A Living Hope

It was a match made in heaven. Or so everyone
thought. Sadie Mae Cummings is all set to marry her childhood sweetheart, Kyle,
when she is assigned to tutor Lincoln, the new college football running back.
This sophomore phenomenon has all the girls on campus knocking on his door. But
Sadie isn’t interested in his advances.
Lincoln’s
overblown ego doesn’t take well to being shunned, and he resolves to make Sadie
his own. He pursues her relentlessly, until finally Kyle finds himself shut out
of Sadie’s life, with their shared future crumbling around him.
After two years,
Sadie’s relationship with Lincoln ends, and she is left having to put the
pieces of her life back together. She desires nothing more than to recapture
her relationship with Kyle. He has stayed true to the dreams they had planned
together, living the vision even without Sadie by his side.
When she moves
back to her hometown, she labors to rekindle their love. But things have
changed, and Kyle has moved on. Sadie quickly discovers how hard it is to
rebuild burned bridges.
Follow Sadie’s
story as she fights for a chance to restore broken dreams. Will love endure?
This
inspirational romance by E. C. Jackson is book two of the Hope series and is a
standalone book.
 

 

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E. C.
Jackson began her writing career with the full-length play
Pajama Party. For three and a half years, she published the
Confidence in Life newsletter for Alpha Production Ministries, in addition to
writing tracts and devotionals. Teaching a women’s Bible study at her church
for eleven years led naturally to her current endeavor, writing inspirational
romance novels. Her mission: spiritual maturity in the body of Christ through
fiction.
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A Living Hope Chapter One Excerpt

Restless, twenty-one-year-old Sadie Cummings wiped down the counter space in her small kitchen nook. It was eleven o’clock. Five minutes had passed since the last time she’d checked. Sighing, she fretted about her boyfriend’s visit that morning.

Why does he agree to come over, then not show up?”

In no time, morning had slipped into early afternoon. The breakfast she’d hoped would receive raves from Lincoln congealed on the stovetop. So much for using her cooking skills to entice him. With several swift movements, she scraped the masterpiece into the garbage disposal, fighting to control the uneasiness she couldn’t dismiss.

She was an expert at fooling herself and others, but today her mind refused to be pacified. One could only pretend for so long before the bottom dropped out completely. Truth had a bad habit of intruding into fairy tales. Especially when the make-believe stories were about real-life events.

The ringing cell phone grabbed Sadie’s attention. That her mother was on the other end was a forgone conclusion. Except for an occasional chat with her younger sister and older brother, the cell phone never rang. These days only her mother contacted Sadie on a regular basis. She peeked at the caller ID.

A moment before the call transferred to voicemail, Sadie snatched up the cell phone, held it against her chest, then gave a cheery greeting. Minutes later, she sauntered through the studio apartment thinking up reasonable excuses to end the call early. Jeanette Cummings expected a good deal more than her middle child was able to give.

Still stumped about finding an excuse to satisfy her mother, Sadie walked around in circles.

Mother, I’m not trying to hurry you off the phone. I recognize your concern for the Franklins. Our families have been friends for years. It’s just . . . look . . . it’s . . . mother, I don’t have time to talk now.”

Sadie picked up twine from the counter and wove it between her fingers. Pulling it too tight, she winced, then unwound it from around her fingers and wrapped it around her thumb.

I made plans for the day.”

Lincoln could arrive any moment. Somehow, she had to quickly end this conversation without hurting the only person who regularly called. Friendships were difficult to maintain these days. And her brother and sister only gave duty calls, then ended the conversation in a snap.

Jeanette sighed loudly. “I would offer to call back at a better time, but there isn’t one, is there, Sadie?”

Mom . . .”

Sadie slowly shook her head. Guilt surfaced each time she talked to her mother. Raised in an orphanage, her mother wasn’t a clingy parent. She believed loneliness caused people to accept unhealthy conditions that a person who felt treasured might avoid.

Of course, you’re removed from the lives of the families in Shiatown,” said Jeanette.

Blowing breath through her lips, Sadie laid her head on the cabinet with more force than intended. Wincing in pain, she rubbed the sore spot. The lull in the conversation helped gather her thoughts as her fingers massaged the painful area on her forehead. She parted her lips, then she shut them in hopes that her mother would continue speaking.

After a long pause, Jeanette spoke with a harsher tone than any she’d ever used with her daughter. “Listen to me. The Franklin family supported us through your father’s illness and death. We are burying Pastor Franklin this afternoon. His wife deserves a phone call from you.”

She paused before continuing. “Don’t forget, Sarah treated you like a daughter. You and Pastor Franklin shared the same birthday. September twelfth is four days away. My friend is burying her husband four days before his fifty-eighth birthday. And . . . what about Kyle? He lost his father and inherited a ton of responsibility on top of it. Honey, be the friend that I know you are. Time is slipping away. The funeral starts in two hours.”

Sadie stretched her neck from side to side, hanging her head in despair. Lately, her mother had begun to accept her decisions without fussing. However, today she seemed determined for Sadie to send well wishes to a man she’d rather forget. Feeling faint, she squeezed her eyelids together, but all she could see was Kyle’s sad gaze begging, pleading with her to choose him over the man Sadie picked.

Instantly, anger rose as Sadie justified that choice. She couldn’t back down now. There was too much lost ground and no way to regain her footing. The future she’d hoped for was gone. Somehow the leftovers had to be salvaged into a win or, at least, a tolerable solution.

Eyes darting around the room, she braced against the wall. “Friend? Kyle and I didn’t break up as friends. He acted like a judgmental pig; his last remarks were cruel.”

Sadie fumed. With one look Kyle had made her feel like trash. Less than the muck beneath his shoes. Disposable at best, and at worse . . .

Sadie—”

Don’t excuse him, Mom. Kyle humiliated me in front of Lincoln.” She glanced at her shoes.

And the truth is, I didn’t deserve any better.

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Book Tour :: 31 Ghost stories to read before you Die

“As readers of Deb Atwood’s blog Pen In Her Hand know, Atwood is passionate about ghost fiction. Since 2011, Atwood has read, re-read, and written about ghost literature. 31 Ghost Novels to Read Before You Die presents a selection of the best of these posts. 


Among the books discussed are old favorites (The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson) as well as some indie gems few people will know about (The 20’s Girl, the Ghost, and All That Jazz by June Kearns). There are ghost novels for every reader, in genres ranging from historical to literary to romance. “

 

Deb Atwood holds an MFA and lives in California with her husband and rescue dog Nala. Her time-slip novel Moonlight Dancer was selected as a front page Featured Review by Book Ideas. Deb’s work has appeared in numerous anthologies. Her interests include ghost fiction, Korean culture, quilting, and, of course, reading.

 

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10 Things About Me

1.  I like spiders, but I’m afraid of yellow jackets (the insect, not the garment).

2.  My hair is purple.

3.  I love to wander around old cemeteries.

4.  I have traveled throughout the Korean countryside (and treasured every minute).

5.  My heart goes pitter patter for big dogs and fat cats.

6.  If I had to choose one mode of travel, I would choose the train.

7.  I suffer from math phobia.

8.  One time in London I inadvertently spent a night in a homeless hotel, and it changed me.

9.  I’m a scaredy cat passenger in a car (as my husband will attest).

10. I’m passionate about ghost fiction and ghost movies.

Snippet #1 for 31 Ghost Novels

So, here’s the question: Was my insomnia the result of an inability to abandon Bag of Bones until the final sentence?

Probably.

All I know is the night I started Stephen King’s novel, 2:53 AM found me munching cheddar cheese rice crackers and ploughing through page after page of Bag of Bones.

I was in love with this story from the first, empathizing with writer Mike Noonan as he struggles to come to terms with his wife’s untimely death. I could not help but root for widow Mattie, her precocious daughter Kyra, and Mike who falls in love with both of them and joins their battle against a heartless and powerful grandfather.

I have to say that two thirds of the way through the book, the narrative veered into dark territory, and I experienced reader shock. My mistake. This is, after all, Stephen King. What began as a sweet damsel in distress love story (I don’t mean that in a pejorative sense as Mattie possesses plenty of spunk and courage and strength) of the good guy vs. bad guy variety morphed into GOOD vs. EVIL on a magnified scale. (I’m thinking of the Richter scale here, and yes, I was quaking.)

 

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Book Blitz :: Summer Countdown Blitz – Day 12 The Suspect’s Daughter

 

 

Donna Hatch, author of the best-selling “Rogue Hearts Series,” has won writing awards such as The Golden Quill and the International Digital Award. A hopeless romantic and adventurer at heart, she is a sought-after workshop presenter, and juggles multiple volunteer positions and her six children. A native of Arizona who recently transplanted to the Pacific Northwest, she and her husband of over twenty years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after.




Q&A With the Author:

1.  What inspired your book?
The murder plot in The Suspect’s Daughter was inspired by a true event in England known as the Cato Street Conspiracy, which thankfully, was averted largely in part due to an undercover Bow Street Runner. This event happened in 1820, the same year my book takes place. When I read of the Cato Street Conspiracy, I knew it had to be Grant’s story. Obviously I took some creative license, but the suspense plot in my book strongly parallels the real one. As far as the romantic plot, Grant is so emotionally closed off, as readers of my other books already know, that I knew it would be fun to pair him with a spunky, vivacious, glass-half-full kind of girl who is emotionally strong enough to not only challenge him and match him wit for wit, but with a big enough heart to see through his defensive barriers into the lonely, vulnerable man hiding underneath. 
2. How do you spend your free time?

 

Free time? I don’t think I have ever had any free time. I’m not even sure what that means. When I’m too mentally or emotionally tired to write, and if my family doesn’t need me for anything pressing, I read. Reading recharges me in a way that nothing else can. I enjoy going for long walks, watching old movies–especially adaptations of Jane Austen novels and romantic comedies–and playing games with my family. I’ve become pretty good at ping pong (table tennis) and my husband is a ruthless opponent.

 

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“Determined to help her father with his political career, Jocelyn sets aside dreams of love. When she meets the handsome and mysterious Grant Amesbury, her dreams reawaken. But his secrets put her family in peril.                                                 Grant goes undercover to capture conspirators avowed to murder the prime minister, but his only suspect is the father of a courageous lady who is growing increasingly hard to ignore. He can’t allow Jocelyn to distract him from the case, nor will he taint her with his war-darkened soul. She seems to see past the barriers surrounding his heart, which makes her all the more dangerous to his vow of remaining forever alone. Jocelyn will do anything to clear her father’s name, even if that means working with Grant. Time is running out. The future of England hangs in the balance…and so does their love.”

 

 

Author Top Ten List:
1. I like cats–kittens are even more fun.
2. I am a harpist and I teach harp lessons.
3. Every morning after I get the children off to school, I go for a walk. (At least, that’s always the goal)
4. I hate spiders. HATE. With a passion.
5. Due to moves in my childhood, I attended 9 different schools. Being the new kid isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
6. I love cheesecake just as much as I love chocolate–chocolate cheesecake is even better. Caramel is a close second. Caramel-chocolate cheesecake, anyone?
7. Currently I’m juggling: a YA dystopian aka speculative fiction, a YA historical paranormal, book 4 of my Rogue Hearts Regency series, and a new Regency trilogy.
8. I am majorly claustrophobic, which is exactly why, when I had to give my super-warrior weapons master, Kai Darkwood in my fantasy Queen in Exile, some flaw or fear, I chose claustrophobia for his–I understand it.
9. I love to ballroom dance. LOVE.
10. I also love bodies of water of any kind–ocean, river, lake, stream, waterfall, backyard garden pond. It just does something for my soul. This is partly why we recently moved from the desert to Washington State. I even love water when it’s falling from the sky. Mermaid, anyone?
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Book Blitz :: Summer Countdown Blitz – Day 11 Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend

I am retired high school English teacher. A devourer of books growing up, my profession introduced me to writings and authors from times long past. Through my studies and teaching, I fell in love with the Ancient and Medieval Worlds. Now, I hope to inspire young readers and those Young-at-Heart to read more through my Quest Books set in these worlds.

I also conduct Medieval/Short Story Writing Workshops in Elementary/Middle School classes. Contact me if you are interested in holding a workshop for students: ccarpinello@mac.com.


Q&A With the Author:

1.  What
inspired your book?
My former students were my inspiration. When I taught
the Legend of King Arthur, my students knew next to nothing about Guinevere
other than she married King Arthur, cheated on him, and caused the downfall of
Camelot. I wanted kids to see a more rounded character of a young girl not much
different from them.
2. How do you
spend your free time

 

 

I enjoy spending time with my family, reading,
watching my favorite movies, and being outside. When I have an extended period
of time, we travel. Two of our biggest trips have been to Egypt and the United
Kingdom.

 

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At the dawn of Camelot, one young girl is about to take her place beside the greatest king in England’s history…. 

 

 

 

She is a mere child of twelve. But in these medieval days, this is the age when childish things must be put away and greater responsibilities accepted—all in preparation for a betrothal of marriage.

 

 

 

For young Lady Guinevere, on the advent of her thirteenth Birth Day, the whole idea is quite unbearable. After all, what could be better than spending her youth playing with her best friend Cedwyn, roaming the grounds around the castle looking for mythical creatures or hunting rabbits?

 

 

 

However, the wizard Merlyn—her teacher and friend—knows that destiny has a way of catching up with a person. His arrival sets in motion a series of events that will lead Guinevere to her destiny whether she is ready for it or not.

 

 

Author Top Ten List:
1.      Things
I like to do when not writing:
I enjoy traveling, reading, spending time with
my family, and working in the yard. I’m definitely not a housekeeper.
2.      How
I relax:
Sitting on
the beach in Puerto Aventuras, Mexico!
3.      My
favorite color:
Blue’s always been my favorite color. It’s the
color of my eyes, of the sky, and of the ocean.
4.      My
favorite drink:
Just can’t
pass up a good margarita!
5.      My
favorite snack:
I devour
nachos and Auntie Anne’s pretzels!
6.      My
your favorite movies:
Star
Wars, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter
, and The Mummy. I’ve watched
each of these so many times that I’ve lost track, and my husband shakes his
head when he sees one on and says, “Really?” I just smile.
7.      I
am a night owl:
I don’t
usually go to sleep until midnight, and now that I’m retired, I’m comfortable
not seeing the sun come up in the morning:)
8.      My
favorite food:
That would
be a smothered shredded beef burrito washed down with a good margarita.
9.      My
favorite authors:
I grab
anything by the writing duo of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Childs, and I also
love their individual books. David Baldacci’s books are also favorites. I’m
addicted to blood & guts & spy thrillers!
10.    If
I could live anywhere, it would be in Colorado.
We have the best weather—All four seasons. I
live next to the foothills, and a drive up in the Rockies is a cure for any
ailment. I can see the world famous Red Rock Amphitheater from my couch, and if
the wind is just right, we can hear the concerts. My immediate family is all
here, except for one sister who lives in Texas, poor soul. In addition to being
a retired teacher, I’m also a retired airline employee. So, when I need a
change, it’s so easy just to hop a plane and go to the beach.
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Book Blitz :: Summer Countdown Blitz – Day 10 A Doorway Back to Forever: Believe

Musician, author, and avid Star Trek fan, Nanette loves anything that challenges her mind and enlightens her spirit. She got the idea for her book series from her faith and love of family. Wouldn’t it be neat to travel back and forth through time to discover hidden powers and your true potential? Nanette thought so, and thus began the Doorway series. Believe is the first of seven books designed to entertain and inspire both young and seasoned readers. She is a frequent hiker at Glacier National Park, loves her dear husband and family, and when she isn’t writing, takes her dogs on long walks.




Q&A with the Author:

1.  What inspired your book?
I always loved The Chronicles of Narnia and Harry Potter. I wondered what would happen if Harry went to Narnia, and so my Doorway series was born. It’s a combination of my faith and the fantasy worlds I love to immerse myself in, taking readers to a world they once knew, a world they long to return to. 
2. How do you spend your free time?
I serve in my church and family, conduct a symphonic band, work out, walk my dogs, and I find ways to turn a sad situation into a happy one.

 

 

 

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Every great warrior begins by taking a stand.
 
Best friends share everything, right? Unless it’s a secret that could cost them their lives. Robyn and Kit are born with forbidden magic-sense, the power to see and hear beyond Earthly sight and sound. It’s a curse that haunts them, but the girls are strangely drawn to it—could there be more to this power than they’ve been told?
 

 

When they spill their secret, it opens a doorway back to Forever—a beautiful realm where magic-sense began. They learn the truth: they have been given a noble gift. It connects them to the Skyborn royalty of this new world. They’ve been summoned back by the forces for good to preserve the kingdom and revive the power where it once flourished—on Earth. It can thrive again, if Robyn and Kit are brave enough to follow.

 

 

However, the doorway awakens more than magical fairy-tales. A dark force is unleashed—one that has battled the Skyborn since time began, and it wants the girls dead, the Earth destroyed.

 

 

 

Beyond the doorway is where the adventure begins—trickery, kidnapping, a prison break, rescue teams, sword fights, magical gold-dust, holographic medallions, and singing orbs—but only for those who have the courage to believe.

 

 

Author Top Ten List:
  1. Nanette
    is a huge Star Trek Original Series fan. She and two friends took the
    train from NJ into NYC to go to one of the first Star Trek Conventions
    when she was twelve years old—they went without parental guidance,
    something you could do back in the day.
  2. Nanette’s
    dad is from Egypt. She and her family spent two summers there when she was
    a child, and she vividly remembers standing next to one of the paws of the
    Sphinx and marveling at how big it was.
  3. Nanette
    plays the trumpet and violin, became a music teacher, and still conducts a
    musical group today—the Rutgers University Alumni Wind Symphony, which is
    the only alumni band in existence, we think.
  4. Nanette
    loves dogs so much, she put her two dogs and her mom’s dog in her book.
  5. Nanette
    fell in love with a man so wonderful, she married him and then followed
    him to Japan for six months while he completed a job commitment. That’s
    where she found the gospel, too.
  6. Nanette
    could visit Glacier National Park every year and not get tired of hiking
    the many trails, but she lets her husband drive Going to the Sun Road.
  7. Nanette
    secretly wishes she could serve in Primary (the children’s group in
    church) for the rest of her life. Who is she kidding? It’s no secret.
  8. Nanette
    loves aviation, still entertains childhood dreams of being an astronaut,
    and picks an aviation themed piece of music to conduct in her wind
    symphony for each concert.
  9. Nanette
    is a convert to the LDS church, which she still thinks is the second best
    decision she ever made, next to marrying her wonderful husband. (He found
    her first, she found the church nine months later.)
  10. Nanette
    and her husband have black belts in karate and iaido, the Japanese art of
    drawing and cutting with a long sword. They never argue about who has to
    do the dishes when they can easily spar over it.
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Book Blitz :: Summer Countdown Blitz – Day 9 Rising Tide: Dark Innocence

Claudette Melanson writes & edits in Guelph, Ontario, with her husband Ron and four bun babies: Tegan, Pepper, Butters & Beckett. She graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a BA in English and an MA in Literature. She’s wished to be a Vampire since age five. She hopes to one day work full time as an author, since there are many, many books living inside her head.

In her spare time she enjoys watching Japanese Anime and reading vampire stories….along with other great fiction. She is also very interested in good health and is an advocate of Ketogenic eating, using whole and natural foods. Her favorite foods are bulletproof coffee, cashew flour crust pizza and treats made with xylitol and almond, coconut or cashew flours.

Future dreams include writing many more books and spending more time with her son Jacob. Her biggest dream is to make Universal Halloween Horror Nights a yearly event with hubby and son. A Rabbit Rescue fanatic, she also hopes to help rescues all over the world save many innocent lives.


Q&A With the Author:
1- When did you know you wanted to write books?  From about age five. I would always narrate things in my brain—all the things around me. I used to make up stories about people I’d see all the time. I even wrote a continuing story for my dance class that the teacher would read at the beginning of class every week.

 

2- What does your writing process look like?  The past year I’ve been doing a lot of editing for other authors. But that has kept me from writing. I intend for next year to be spent, predominantly, writing. It’s very sporadic right now, whenever I can fit it in, but I want it to become more of a fixed schedule. I like to write with music on or a horror movie on in the background, and also watching my bunbabies at play.


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Could Maura’s life get any worse? …turns out it most certainly can.
 

Isolated and sheltered by her lonely mother, Maura’s never been able to make friends. She seems to drive her classmates away—except for the odd times they pay enough attention to torture her—but she doesn’t understand why. Maura considers herself to be a freak of nature, with her unusually pale skin and an aversion to the sun that renders her violently nauseous. Her belief is only worsened by the fact that almost everyone around her keeps their distance.
Even her own father deserted her before she was born, leaving Maura alone with her emotionally distant mother, Caelyn. Even though Maura is desperate for answers about her unknown parent, Caelyn remains heartbroken and her daughter can’t bring herself to reopen her mother’s wounds. Or is there a more sinister reason Caelyn refuses to utter a word about her long-lost love?

When a cruel prank nearly claims Maura’s life, one of her classmates, Ron, rushes to her rescue. Darkly handsome & mysteriously accepting, Ron doesn’t seem to want to stay away, but Maura is reluctant to get too close, since her mother has announced she’s moving the two of them to Vancouver…nearly 3,000 miles away from their hometown of Indiana, Pennsylvania.

If life wasn’t already challenging enough, Maura begins to experience bizarre, physical changes her mother seems hell bent on ignoring, compelling Maura to fear for her own life. Vicious nightmares, blood cravings, failing health and the heart-shattering loss of Ron—as well as the discovery of a tangled web of her own mother’s lies—become obstacles in Maura’s desperate quest for the unfathomable truth she was never prepared to uncover.

Awards
 
2015 Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal Winner for YA Mystery

2015 RONE Award Finalist for YA Paranormal

2015 New Apple Top Medalist for Young Adult Ebook


Chosen as one of 400 for the second round of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award for 2014!!!


Rising Tide will sink its fangs into you, keeping you awake into the wee hours of the night

 

 

Author Top Ten List:
1.
I have four housebunnies, who
are spoiled to death. They have their own room, filled with toys, off the
living room. Tegan, Pepper, Butters & Beckett.
2.
In college, I lived in a
haunted house. The ghost would turn the light on (light bulb with a chain) in
the front closet every night at 9:00 PM. No one would ever believe me until
they saw it. It moved other things around too in a non-harmful way.
3.
When I was little, I was
obsessed with Dinosaurs and used to have this little plastic set I played with
all the time.
4.
Eating gluten makes my
Rheumatoid Arthritis go crazy, so I make all my cookies, cake and pizza dough
with nut flours and can make pretty much anything you could make out of regular
flour. Believe me when I say diet is what controls disease. I laughed at my
naturopath when she first told me this, but then had to admit how wrong I was.
5.
My favorite colors are red and
black…together. I don’t have a single favorite, must be those two together. I
try to make as much of my wardrobe as possible in these colors.
6.
In college, I was in every club
the English department had and between them and studying, had no free time. But
they were nice enough my senior year to name an award after me, which they
continued to give every year.
7.
I wanted to write a book since
the age of five, but once, I wrote a story for a Star Wars competition. My
mother was so critical, I rewrote it (and the second one sucked), completely .
I was nervous after that, and it took me six years to finish my first book, in
large part because of that incident.
8.
I can be competitive,
especially when someone is mean to me. I took an idea to one of my English
clubs in college for the upcoming alcohol-free mix off. One of the girls said
it was stupid in a very snarky way, so I went to a different club. We did a
whole Death’s Angst theme and even wrote a poem about how Death felt cheated,
since no one was driving drunk that night. We had a little graveyard with names
on the stones like, “Danny Drovedrunk.” We took Best of Show with the huge
trophy, and the college kept our poem to use at future mix offs, since we’d
followed the message they were trying to get across so well.
9.
It’s my dream to move to
Whitehorse in the Yukon Territories in Canada. I moved to Ontario from
Vancouver when I met my husband and hate living here. I regret leaving the
beauty of the west behind and hope next year to be living in this place, which
is so beautiful and offers so much more opportunity. I think it would offer so
much more writing inspiration too. Northern Lights are one thing I haven’t
experienced yet that I’m dying to see in person. Plus, I love snow, so it’s a
win-win.
10.
I was a breech baby when I was
born, and almost killed both myself and my mother at birth. The doctor let me
go too far for surgery and she ended up being in labor for over 48 hours.
Perhaps it was this early brush with near death that gave me such a love of the
macabre.
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Book Blitz :: Summer Countdown Blitz – Day 8 The Matchup

Having been raised in Arizona, Laura L. Walker and her husband whom she met at Northern Arizona University think it’s a great place to raise their six children. Laura and her family enjoy camping on beautiful Mt. Graham, reading, and learning history together. At the end of the day, Laura loves to curl up with a good book or write one of her own. The Matchup is her second novel.


Q&A With the Author:

1.
What inspired your book?

 

The
Matchup
is the continuation of the Logan family’s
story from Pierced by Love but it can
also be read on its own. I wanted to figure out why Gage, Pierce’s younger
brother, struggled with his faith. And then I discovered the perfect match for
him in Valerie and immediately knew that her struggle with single-handedly
raising an autistic son needed to be told as well.
 
1.
What kind of music do you
listen to while you write?

 

My “music” is either complete silence or my
kids’ favorite TV programs in the background.
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The last thing Valerie wants is to work for Gage Logan. But Valerie’s husband walked out on her and her children. Now she needs a job. Gage, on the other hand, has just taken custody of his four-year-old son and is swamped trying to balance his career, be a daddy, and fix past mistakes. Together they discover that when it comes to their faith and each other, it’s all about second chances.

 

~ Amazon ~ B & N

 

Author Top Ten List:
1.
I am somewhat ambidextrous – I
write, use utensils, and lead music with my left hand but use scissors, catch a
softball, and bat with my right.
2.
My favorite all-time movie is
The Sound of Music. I watched it so many times as a child that my brothers now refuse
to allow their wives to watch it.
3.
I met my husband while planning
an outing to the Grand Canyon. We talked like old friends for hours while hiking
the upper rim. I immediately knew he was the guy for me!
4.
I graduated from Northern
Arizona University the day after we got married.
5.
I like to sew quilts for my
kids.
6.
I’m a fairly good cook,
although I didn’t acquire this particular skill until after I married. I make a
mean oatmeal chocolate chip cookie.
7.
 Of my six children, only one looks like me and
has my blue eyes. She also fits in the same birth order as I do with my
siblings.
8.
A year ago, my heart’s left
ventricle was only working at 18% capacity. Now, it’s back to normal range
(which is 60%). Doctors are calling me a miracle and I know they’re right.
9.
My favorite color is red.
10.  I once found a baby Gila monster in my garage. Good thing it didn’t
stay!
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Book Tour :: A Gateway to Hope

Twenty-one-year-old Neka is a bit of an introvert, she also happens to be
stunningly beautiful.
When she discovers her friend James is about to be dumped, she sees the
perfect opportunity to escape from her quiet life. Can she summon the courage
to leave it all behind?
 
James Copley comes from a ruthless family. It’s rubbed off. Years ago, he
disengaged from his brother’s smear campaign, but now his father has offered
him an ultimatum, “Get married or lose your seat at the table.” Plotting to
stamp his design on the family business, he proposes to a woman, even though he
doesn’t love her. But his carefully laid plans start to unravel when she leaves
him on the day she’s due to meet his family. Could years of planning his
comeback vanish with her departure?
A possible solution comes in an unexpected form: Neka. She’s not only a
friend, but the daughter of his benefactor. And she’s right there, offering to
support him. But will her support stretch to marriage? He attempts to win her
over to his plan but collides with her powerful father who wants to leverage
the situation for his own gain.
In their fight for survival and love, they are forced to face some
uncomfortable truths.
Can they overcome thwarted dreams and missed chances to find true love, or
does forcing destiny’s hand only lead to misery?
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Amazon UK ~ Amazon CA ~

E. C.
Jackson began her writing career with the full-length play
Pajama Party. For three and a half years, she published the
Confidence in Life newsletter for Alpha Production Ministries, in addition to
writing tracts and devotionals. Teaching a women’s Bible study at her church
for eleven years led naturally to her current endeavor, writing inspirational
romance novels. Her mission: spiritual maturity in the body of Christ through
fiction.
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Book Blitz :: Summer Countdown Blitz – Day 7 Proposals and Poison

Rachelle is the award-winning author of ten books, including The Soldier’s Bride (A Kindle Scout Selection), Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things, Veils and Vengeance, and Christmas Kisses: An Echo Ridge Anthology. Her novella, “Silver Cascade Secrets,” was included in the Rone Award–winning Timeless Romance Anthology, Fall Collection.
Rachelle loves laughing with her husband while raising five children and dozens of chickens on a little farm in rural Idaho. She graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a degree in psychology and a minor in music. 



Q&A With the Author:

1.  What inspired your book? My book was inspired
by several different real news events that I had heard and a healthy dose of my
own over-active imagination. And it’s inspired by the beautiful state of Idaho!

 

2.
How do you spend your free time? I love to read whenever I can find a spare
minute. I also enjoy gardening and taking care of our flock of nearly 100
chickens.
 
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Love can be a very dangerous thing. 

 


At least it seems that way to Adri Pyper, the premier wedding planner in Sun Valley, Idaho. When one of her clients dies mysteriously, Adri takes the advice of the local detective and swears she will stay out of the investigation . . . this time. Luke Stetson’s involvement in the case, along with the possibility of a kiss between the two, should be enough incentive to keep Adri out of trouble. But when a dog-themed wedding is almost ruined by a suspect, Adri and her assistant, Lorea, are thrust into private eye mode. When poison enters the picture, even a reluctant sleuth can’t steer clear of danger.
 

 

 

Author Top Ten List:
1.
I learned how to incubate chickens last year and it’s one of the
coolest things ever to witness those little cheepers being born.
2.
I love extra dark chocolate, like 85% dark.
3.
I learned how to oil paint last year and I’m fascinated by this
art form.
4.
My favorite flower is a hyacinth
5.
I enjoy playing the piano, singing, and writing songs.
6.
My favorite children’s book is The Miraculous Journey of Edward
Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
7.
I graduated valedictorian from my high school with a full
scholarship to Utah State University. Go Aggies!
8.
I hate doing the dishes.
9.
I like to crochet, sew, and quilt, but I usually spend my time
writing nowadays.
10. I grew up on a farm in Idaho where I moved
lots of pipe, hoed weeds, rogued grain, chopped giant bull thistles with a
machete, and swam in the Snake river. 
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