Monday, September 28, 2015

Cover Reveal: FRIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS


Cover reveals are always fun, and even more fun when they center around Christmas (which will be here before we know it)! And, also, how cool does a spooky Christmas anthology sound? 


It's the most wonderful time of year...or is it? 

Christmas Eve is a night of mystery and magic, but not always in ways we expect. Things lurk in the shadows and they're not the least bit jolly or merry. Let's just say some presents are better left unopened.

‘Tis the season to be screaming along with our thirteen tales of holiday horrors. Ghosts. Monsters. Demons. And more! 

This Christmas, be careful what you wish for... 
Author List:
Richard Ankers  
Jackie Horsfall
Boyd Reynolds
Lea Storry
Ally Mathews
Laura Pauling
Ty Drago
Jessica Bayliss
Judith Graves
Andrea Stanet
Patrick Hueller
Dax Varley
Medeia Sharif
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Fright Before Christmas by Shannon Delany

Fright Before Christmas

by Shannon Delany

Giveaway ends December 05, 2015.
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(P.S. I'm picky about book trailers, but this is a really good one, everyone!)


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Chattin'

Hey all! I feel it's been awhile since I just dithered about things here, so that's the kind of post I'm going with today.

On the writing front, it's been slow. I've barely written anything in the past month,which for me is not normal. It all has to do with life stress and I feel super guilty about it. I have done a lot of thinking on my WiP, so that's good, being I've worked out quite a few plot issues. But still...I need to do the whole BICHOK* thing asap. 

Then there's the near-future thriller that I've got hanging around begging to be revised. I have critique partner notes all ready to go, but no motivation. I know it's just one of those phases that I'll eventually work my way through. Until then...(shrugs and goes and reads another Regency romance).

I have been creative in other areas, as I decided to make my own cupcake stands. I scoured the junk shops in my area and came up w/lots of white (well, white-ish) plates. Then I went to the Dollar Store and bought candle stick holders. Here's what they look like, they just need to be glued down. Most of the DIY blogs recommended E6000 superglue, and I've yet to meander out and buy it. 


Setting the stage for the picture. Nothing says party like fun straws, in my opinion.


Up close of my favorite one.

I think they'll look nice at either end of a table, one with savory food stuffs on it, and the other sweet. Cupcakes, of course! I also bought lots of little jelly jars. I had two at home and bought eight more. 


I'd like to use them for dessert shooters. I can imagine all kinds of combos of cream cheese layers, graham cracker crumbs, and whatever fruit filling you're feeling at the moment. 

Ugh, I'm so making myself hungry right now. 

*If you don't know what BICHOK stands for, just ask in the comments! ;)

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Out Now: OUR LITTLE SECRET by Ashelyn Drake



OUR LITTLE SECRET by Ashelyn Drake

“Is there a difference between a secret and a lie?”


Becca Daniels needs a passing math grade…but what she wants is to spend more time with Toby Michaels.

The only problem is Toby is her best friend’s twin, and Tori has a very firm “no dating the brother” policy.

But Becca’s grade has hit rock bottom and she needs a tutor. It just so happens that Toby is a math genius and more than happy to help—lucky her! Working so closely with the handsome, popular Toby, Becca can’t hide her attraction, and it soon becomes obvious he feels the same way.

Becca doesn’t want to lose her best friend, but she isn’t willing to give up Toby either.

At first, sneaking around is fun, stealing kisses right under Tori’s nose. But things take an ugly turn when Toby’s ex-girlfriend Meredith catches them together. Meredith demands Toby take her back and restore her reputation, or she’ll tell Tori their secret. Do they dare tell Tori the truth? Or would that just make things worse?

Surrounded by secrets and knee-deep in deception, something has to give…

How far is Meredith willing to go to keep Toby and Becca apart?

And how much is Becca willing to risk to keep…

Our Little Secret?

Cover Reveal: THE FULFILLMENT by Erin Rhew


For your viewing pleasure today, here's the third & final book in Erin Rhew's The Fulfillment series!


Layla’s world tumbles out of control when she discovers the truth of her parentage and realizes the Prophecy—the one she upended her entire life to defend—is incomplete. When her new friends share the entire Prophecy, the revelations contained within it alter her destiny and challenge everything she and Wil believe in. Now, she must confront the Outlander queen to save the Ethereal kingdom while grappling with this new reality.

Tortured and imprisoned, Nash accepts his fate and offers the First Ones the one thing he has left to give: his life. In a desperate attempt to save the people he loves most, he surrenders himself to the Outlander queen and a destiny darker than he could have ever dreamed possible. Wil, tormented by the consequences of his choices, realizes he may never be able to uphold his end of the Prophecy. His mistake casts a deep, foreboding shadow over his kingdom and those he loves, while its ripples threaten to shatter both the Prophecy and everything he and his family have sworn to protect. In this epic conclusion, lives are lost, kingdoms clash, friendships are tested, and love and fate collide.

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Erin Rhew is an editor, a running coach, and the author of The Fulfillment Series. Since she picked up Morris the Moose Goes to School at age four, she has been infatuated with the written word. She went on to work as a grammar and writing tutor in college and is still teased by her family and friends for being a member of the "Grammar Police." A Southern girl by blood and birth, Erin now lives in a rainy pocket of the Pacific Northwest with the amazingly talented (and totally handsome) writer Deek Rhew and their “overly fluffy,” patient-as-a-saint writing assistant, a tabby cat named Trinity. She and Deek enjoy reading aloud to one another, running, lifting, boxing, eating chocolate, and writing side-by-side.

Find me online:
Twitter: @ErinRhewBooks
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Erin-Rhew-Books/182769448541270
Website: www.erinrhewbooks.com
Goodreads The Prophecy: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23265671-the-prophecy
Goodreads The Outlanders: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23302633-the-outlanders?from_search=true&search_exp_group=group_b

Friday, September 11, 2015

Cover Reveal: BRIDGETOWN HIGH by Paul West


Today I'm delighted to help author Paul West show off his dramatic cover for his debut novel (love the blue and aqua together!).





Seventeen year old Mark Wilkerson has no memory of the fiery crash that killed his family on the Carquinez Bridge…

Living with his grandmother and burdened with guilt, Mark vows to find the hit-and-run driver and take his revenge. The only detail he remembers is round taillights swerving in front of his family’s car, and he’s shocked when he notices the car of the high school’s bully, Jeff Marino, has identical taillights—and a suspicious dent.

Now he wants revenge more than ever…

Jeff believes Mark is an anti-Vietnam War activist like his cousin Gary—and despises him for it. To make matters worse, when Jeff’s girlfriend Genie Lombardi dumps him for Mark, it kicks Jeff’s hatred for him to a dangerous new level.

Lies and threats escalate, until drugs and a shocking death send Jeff over the edge, and his campaign to get Genie back any way he can turns violent.

When Mark’s memory begins to return, it leads to a terrifying confrontation. 


Will he finally prove the identity of the guilty driver? Or will he and Genie become one more tragedy associated with the Carquinez Bridge?


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Paul West is a freelance writer and novelist. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Paul claims to be a “Prune Picker,” though he now makes his home in Taylorsville, Utah.

The rustic San Francisco Bay Area countryside, the quaint small town in which he grew up, and the colorful people who once lived there, have all teamed to fertilize his ever-churning mind with stories that are yearning to be told.

From his earliest days in high school, his English teachers saw some raw writing ability in him, both for fiction and non-fiction, and urged him to pursue his dream of being a writer. In college his creative writing professors also encouraged him to mold his ability into a talent.

After settling on a career as an environmental biologist, where he’s written numerous technical publications, the stories swarming through his mind kept crying to get out. So Paul began writing fiction, but only as a hobby at first. He has recently finished his first novel, BRIDGETOWN HIGH, and is working on his second. Paul intends to keep letting his stories out through future novels.

Paul is the originator and former moderator of a private critique known as “The Writer’s Pen,” a sub forum in the “Authors by Design” web site (now defunct). He is also a member of Query Tracker forum; and Children's Writer's & Illustrator's forum; Utah Children’s Writers forum; among others. In addition to his writing, he and his wife, enjoy spending time with their four children and thirteen grandchildren, gardening, reading, traveling, and researching their family history.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Kidlet's Room: An Update

Almost two years ago, I posted about the kidlet's room. Just last week, I looked around at that same room, and realized...it needed an update. Not a decorating update, but a content update. The kidlet's two bookshelves were full-- of baby stuff. Stacks of receiving blankets and baskets that still had diapers and pacifiers in them. Baby monitors and booger sucker-upers (there is probably a technical term for those things, but honestly, that's pretty much what they do). 

The kidlet didn't play in there often, except to check out his books and make book piles on the floor. And no wonder, because there were hardly any toys in there. I mean, who wants to play with a booger sucker-uper?  The majority of his toys were in the den, and some in a basket in the living room. That has since changed, as one evening (and then most of the next morning) I organized 80% of his toys on his shelves. He loved helping, and is in love with the results. Especially the robot shelf. He's kinda obsessed with that shelf...


Before:

Now:

The biggest change between the above pics is the fish tank my in-laws bought. I (like a true decorator) was sad that my adorable button lamp arrangement on top of the dresser had to be replaced, but no way could a pressed wood and laminate bookshelf hold a ten-gallon fish tank, so onto the dresser it had to go.


A close-up of the treasured robot shelf. The book contains a robot you can take out and make.





Before:

Now:
As you can see, we add to add another basket for the books. (Which makes me happy!)
 

Here is Popcorn (in the ball) and Goldie, and below is Master of the Submarine, Stripes.


Another change since he's became a big boy, are posters. The super-hero one actually glows in the dark. We got these posters from inside of books. Thin paperbacks, that cost around $6-7 at our local bookstore, Viewpoint Books. The Thomas the Train book also has train tickets in it, and stickers. Can't beat that kind of small investment!


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So there you are, an update of the kidlet's room. Who knows, next time I do one of these, there will probably be teenage clothes strung everywhere and strange band posters instead of cartoon ones. I need to enjoy all this small child fun while I can! 

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Author Stop: Piper Huguley

Today we have the lovely Piper Huguley stopping by to share a few odds and ends with us! 


1. You've won an exculsive writing retreat w/any author in the world! (not really, but wouldn't that be nice?!) Who would be that author?

Well, since I'm already going on a writer's retreat in January with my first choice of authors, I'll make note of my second choice. I would love to retreat with Jewell Parker Rhodes, the author of Douglass's Woman. Brilliant biographical fiction


2. What is a fav salty snack, and a fav sweet snack?

My favorite salty snack is a mixture of plain potato chips and pretzels mixed together.
My favorite sweet snack are white chocolate pretzel joys which are bits of pretzels in white chocolate....So many pretzels, the Pennsylvania in me is showing....


3. If you could receive any writing award, what would it be and why? 

I think all authors would like to win the Pulitzer someday. It's the big prize in United States fiction. I'm not putting down the Nobel prize because I don't think any Americans are going to win that one for a long long time.


4. I love historicals, and am often in awe of how authors manage to peg their settings. How do you go about researching you historical novels? 

I am a professor of United States literature from the 19th and 20th centuries. Before I can teach the literature, I have to set up the historical context for the students. So the historical research is part of what I do for the day job I've been doing for nearly 14 years, not counting graduate school.


5. What is a fav line(s) from A Most Precious Pearl?

"Ooohh Mags, you is kissing him!"

I'm not going to say who says it and under what circumstances. You'll have to read A Most Precious Pearl to find out. Thanks!


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They’re cut from different cloths…but their hearts are a perfect fit.

Asa Caldwell returned from the Great War with nothing to show for it—as in nothing below his left knee. Forget about the journalism career he loved. His story is over. Done.

Yet he finds the strength to journey to Winslow, Georgia, to get Ruby Bledsoe Morson’s sister out of trouble. Before he can bring Mags Bledsoe home, though, a spate of mysterious attacks reawakens his investigative instincts.

During the war, Mags did her duty to God and country by stepping into a management role at the textile mill. Now she’s been shuffled back to the rank and file—and Asa has her hard-earned job. Not only is the infernal man doing everything wrong, her plan for revenge against the mill owner who lynched her childhood sweetheart is farther out of reach than ever.

As they clash over almost everything, Mags begins to set fire to Asa’s soul, bright enough to dim the memory of the killing fields of France. Enough to give him a new mission in life—to make her feel the same way.

Warning: Contains a wounded warrior who’s done with fighting…and one feisty woman who makes him snap to attention.


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Named in 2015 as a top ten historical romance novelist in Publisher's Weekly, Piper Huguley is the author of the Reconstruction era "Home to Milford College" series. She is a 2013 & 2014 Golden Heart finalist for two novels in the "Migrations of the Heart" series about the Bledsoe sisters and set in the early twentieth century.

 As always, a $5 Amazon gift card will be rewarded to a commenter. Please remember to follow Piper at one or more of her social media sites. Thanks!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Book Anticipation & Appreciation

Some of you may remember I like horses. I did a post on Black Beauty here, and mentioned the Triple Crown on a post at some point (so excited we finally got a Crownee this year, after 37 years!) 

Anyhoo, in my list of favorite books, The Scorpio Races is on there. It's by Maggie Stiefvater, and features water horses that come in from the sea and want to eat you. It's. Fabulous. Seriously, if you haven't read it yet, go do it! 

As I was perusing my blog feed the other day, I came across a blog post on Mundie Moms, about this book:

Goodreads

Ack. *Dies* Just falls over and dies. Like my fav The Scorpio Races, it's a book about HORSE RACING (I have been trying to come up w/an idea for a horse racing book for awhile. The last brainstorming attempt combined velociraptors and horses in a dual race. I kid you not. I can't decide if it's genius or utter crap. Leaning toward utter crap...)

So to read about this book, with MECHANICAL HORSES and a girl jockey-- needless to say, I'm eXcItEd!! It comes out in February, and I'm going to tell my husband I want a late Valentine's Day gift of a book about robot horses (I'm sure I'll get an eye roll in return). Now I only have to wait 5 more months...sigh.

As for book appreciation, we picked up Max and the Won't Go to Bed Show at the library last week. 


It's SO cute. Reading this out loud is so much fun, as the narration is done as if you are an announcer.
 

I love coming across gems like this. I put a review up for it on Amazon in support of my warm fuzzies for it (and for getting to read it for free, yay, libraries!), but I just might have to shell out some $$ to buy this this book and add to our own collection. 

What about you all? Any books you're anticipating or appreciating lately? 

Friday, September 4, 2015

Month9 Books Cover Reveal: SUPERFREAK by Vanessa Barger

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Welcome to this week’s M9B Friday Reveal!
This week, we are revealing the cover for
Super Freak by Vanessa Barger
an MG title presented by Tantrum Books!
Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!
 
Super Freak
 
Thirteen-year-old Caroline is a freak. Her parents have uprooted her to a town full of Supernaturals. You'd think she'd be thrilled. But, with someone without a magical bone in her body, this daughter of tree sprites feels like even more of an outcast than she has ever before. 
To make matters worse, her new home is cursed. But when Caroline takes to investigating the mysterious and strange happenings of Harridan House, her BFF goes missing. Seems someone doesn't want Caroline sticking her non-magical nose where it most certainly does not belong. Determined to prove herself, Caroline uncovers a plot to destroy her new hometown. 
Undeterred, Caroline can't give up. But what's a human without magical powers to do? Caroline better figure it out fast, before she loses everything she has ever loved and the whispers she's heard all her life prove true: Caroline is a useless superfreak.

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Super Freak by Vanessa Barger Publication Date: October 13, 2015 Publisher: Tantrum Books Genre: MG, Fantasy
 

About-the-Author

Vanessa Barger was born in West Virginia, and through several moves ended up spending the majority of her life in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She is a graduate of George Mason University and Old Dominion University, and has degrees in Graphic Design, a minor in Medieval and Renaissance Literature, and a Masters in Technology Education. She has had articles published in Altered Arts Magazine, has had some artwork displayed in galleries in Ohio and online, and currently teaches engineering, practical physics, drafting and other technological things to high school students in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. She is a member of the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators), the Virginia Writer's Club, and the Hampton Roads Writers. When not writing or teaching, she’s a bookaholic, movie fanatic, and loves to travel. She is married to a fabulous man, and has one cat, who believes Vanessa lives only to open cat food cans, and can often be found baking when she should be editing.
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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Cover Reveal: STATIC by S.K. Anthony


STATIC
The Luminaries
Book Two

Title: STATIC
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: September 2015
Cover Design: Regina Wamba of Mae I Design



Synopsis:

Kevin Pierce is a teleporter, a ladies’ man, and a loyal friend . . . or so he thought.

As a genetically altered Luminary, he helps the government bring down some of the most dangerous criminals. Not very challenging if you have his special abilities. But when a group of rebel Luminaries attacks his Organization the fight for survival begins.

One shattering event after another tests the depth of his relationships, his sanity, and his powers. Emotionally torn, Kevin must choose carefully where his loyalty lies. In the middle of all the unexpected chaos he gets the biggest shock of his life when he’s faced by a betrayal he never saw coming. Angry, injured, and ready to even the score, Kevin goes Static . . .

Add it to your Goodreads *here*



About the Author:


S. K. Anthony is a writer, a reader and a make-stuff-up-er who lives in New York with her husband and toddler twins. She is a wine connoisseur, which just really means she knows she loves it, and a caffeine addict. When she isn’t busy with her family she finds herself being transported into the world of imagination. Well, either that or running away from spiders…she is convinced they are out to get her!

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