Book Promotion: Cedar Woman (The Cedar Woman Saga) by Debra Shiveley Welch

Today’s book promotion comes from Debra Shiveley Welch and her book called Cedar Woman (The Cedar Woman Saga). If you like Fiction, take a look below. You might just find another book for your “to read” pile!

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Book:  Cedar Woman (The Cedar Woman Saga)
Author: Debra Shiveley Welch
Genre:
Fiction

 

Publisher: Debra Shiveley Welch
Format:
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Release Date:
5/20/2014

 

Summary:
Winner of the Best Native American Fiction Award 2011, Cedar Woman is a powerful book filled with courage, romance and the beliefs, ceremonies and language of the Lakota Sioux.

 

The Author:
Debra Shiveley Welch’s Website: Here
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Q & A:
What was the best thing about writing this book?
I thoroughly enjoyed the research into a culture that I was not acquainted with or had much knowledge of.  With the help of my sister, Julie Spotted Eagle Horse, I was able to write an authentic romance with the main characters being of Lakota decent.  I also learned some of the Lakota language, beliefs, ceremonies and philosophies.  It has been a truly remarkable journey. 

Where did you get your idea for the story?
Up until Cedar Woman, I had not written a romance.  I wanted to explore that genre and thought, Why not?  This could be very interesting and fun, not to mention educational, to write. 

Every chapter has within it something that comes from me, so many of the ideas also sprung from my experiences: powwow, the Hunkapi, Sweat Lodge, Naming and Pipe ceremonies; the regalia, music and cadence of speech.  The more I got into the book, the more I drew from my life history.

What would you tell aspiring authors out there?
If you love it, and must do it, write; write everyday.  Hone your craft and edit, edit, and then, edit.

What is your favorite book?
The Source by James A. Michener

Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?
Tea

Anything else you would like to add?
Cedar Woman is a project I have wanted to work on for several years.  Written with the help of my adopted sister, Julie Spotted Eagle Horse Martineau, it is a book which I have thoroughly enjoyed writing.

I asked my sister to act as a consultant.  I did so because I didn’t want to write about the sacred things which are not supposed to be written about and I wanted to write about those which I could with utmost authenticity.  I also wanted to make sure that I represented the Lakota people with the deepest respect and honor.

Within Cedar Woman you will find many words of the Lakota Sioux.  Pronunciation and meaning is included the first time each word is used.  There are three dialects in the Lakota language and no standardized spelling.   I have chosen the spelling and pronunciation of these words in keeping with the dialect of my sister, Julie Spotted Eagle Horse Martineau, who is of the Lakota Plains Native Americans.

Powwow is described in detail, as well as the various forms of regalia, etiquette, music, and as with any ethnic festival – the food!

My son and I have attended the Muddy River Powwow for many years, and in doing so, have come to know and love our adopted family;  they have brought us much joy.  This book was written to honor them.

I hope you enjoy Cedar Woman.

Toksa Ake Wakan Tanka Nici Un – Walk With God  

 

I want to thank Debra Shiveley Welch for allowing me to promote her book on my blog. I hope this post has inspired you to go out and read Cedar Woman (The Cedar Woman Saga)!

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Book Promotion: Whispering Peak by Alyssa Cooper

Today’s book promotion comes from Alyssa Cooper and her book called Whispering Peak. If you like Dystopian fiction books, take a look below. You might just find another book for your “to read” pile!

 

Book:Whispering Peak
Author: Alyssa Cooper
Genre:
Dystopian fiction

Publisher: Self-published title
Format:
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Release Date:
4/30/2014

Summary:
Martha and her brother were born in the Outlands. They have only heard stories of Invictus, the grand capital city; they have never seen it for themselves. But when their general is taken hostage, Martha and Asher have no choice but to make their way through the monumental steel gates that enclose the city, and bring him home.

Their valiant rescue attempt will teach them one thing: the darkest of Invictus City’s secrets – underground prisons, mutated monsters, psychotropic brainwashing – have been kept hidden behind the wall.

There, they will face the horrors that they never knew existed.

 

I want to thank Alyssa Cooper for allowing me to promote her book on my blog. I hope this post has inspired you to go out and read Whispering Peak!

 

Book Promotion: Whispering Peak by Alyssa Cooper

Today’s book promotion comes from Alyssa Cooper and her book called Whispering Peak. If you like Dystopian novels, take a look below. You might just find another book for your “to read” pile!

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Book:Whispering Peak
Author: Alyssa Cooper
Genre:
Dystopian fiction

Publisher: Self-published title
Format: ebook
Release Date:
5/1/2014

Summary:
Martha and her brother were born in the Outlands. They have only heard stories of Invictus, the grand capital city; they have never seen it for themselves. But when their general is taken hostage, Martha and Asher have no choice but to make their way through the monumental steel gates that enclose the city, and bring him home.

In their valiant and misguided rescue attempt, the pair will come to learn that the darkest of Invictus City’s secrets – underground prisons, mutated monsters, psychotropic brainwashing – have been kept hidden behind the wall.

There, they will face the horrors that they never knew existed.

The Author:

Alyssa Cooper’s Website: Here
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Alyssa Cooper’s Facebook: Here

Q & A:

What would you tell aspiring writers out there?
Don’t ever stop. Every word you write is your own personal achievement!

What is your favorite book?
The Romantic, by Barbara Gowdy

Coffee, Tea, or Hot Chocolate?
tea!

Anything else that you would like to add?
I’ve been a ravenous reader my entire life: I still remember hiding flashlights between my mattresses, so that I could stay up past my bedtime and read under the covers.

I just want to inspire my fans the way that so many authors have inspired me.

 

I want to thank Alyssa Cooper for allowing me to promote her book on my blog. I hope this post has inspired you to go out and read Whispering Peak!

Book Promotion: The Motel Room by Alyssa Cooper

Today’s book promotion comes from Alyssa Cooper and her book called The Motel Room. If you like Supernatural Fiction, take a look below. You might just find another book for your “to read” pile!

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Book: The Motel Room
Author: Alyssa Cooper
Genre:
Supernatural Fiction

 

Publisher: Self-published title
Format: ebook
Release Date:
5/2/2014

Summary:
“The Motel Room is a new take on the classic ghost story, telling the tale of a haunted motel room from the perspective of the haunter, rather than the haunted.

 

Since his death, our Narrator has been trapped in a motel room, watching the comings and goings of his nightly guests. The strangers never stay more than a night or two, and they never pay him any mind. Then one morning, a maid turns her head and the two lock eyes – the first time he has been seen since his death. Only then does he begin to discover the true power behind his ghostly form.”

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Release Blast: Raven Falling by Misti Murphy

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Title: Raven Falling

Series: Shadows and Light #1

Author: Misti Murphy

Audience: Adult

Genre: Paranormal Fiction

Formats: E-Book

Publisher: Misti Murphy

Cover by: Yocla Design

Date Published: 17 July 2014

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Raven Mackenzie has a normal life, a great job in finances and a never-ending closet. At the end of a hard day the only thing she wants is to spend time with her best friend Luke, her constant companion since they were teenagers.

Ash is an Angel of Death and for thousands of years he’s been taking souls to the other side. Now he faces his toughest mission. He made a promise to Raven’s father, a promise he intends to keep. He must help Raven survive no matter what the cost. Even if it means taking her into a world he hates.

When Raven meets Ash, her normal life is rocked to its core. No longer a human but an Angel of death, she is given a choice. She must decide between eternal torment and murder.

As Raven’s world crumbles around her, she finds herself torn between the decision she must make, her past, and the future she wants.

Will Raven be able to make the right choice before time runs out?

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RAVEN STOOD in the middle of Ash’s living room. It was not what she had expected. The furnishings were sparse, and thick with dust. Nothing about the place spoke of the man in front of her. His intensity, and his impeccable taste, obvious by the clothes he wore should have been noticeable in his belongings. Instead, his house looked like it should be tore down, and the way he fidgeted, shuffling his weight from one foot to the other made her think he wanted to be anywhere but here.

In the kitchen, he put the kettle on to boil and pulled a chipped blue mug from a cupboard, plunking a tea bag into it. “I hope you don’t mind it black.”

The room seemed to grow smaller with every moment she watched him, his agitation rubbing off on her. The air was thick with dust and she coughed, wondering if it would be rude of her to leave so soon. Her gut twisted, now he was not paying any attention to her, she couldn’t shake the feeling something was wrong.

He pushed the mug, the string of the tea bag still hanging down the side, in front of her and she took the warm cup. Sipping her tea, she followed him into the living room, noting the fading yellow paint, and threadbare carpet, full of waxy-edged burn marks. Abandoned, she thought, was the feeling she got from the house.

The night was not turning out the way she had wanted it to. He flung himself down into the armchair and waved for her to sit. She looked at the couch, and hoped her tetanus shots were up-to-date. It sagged heavily in the middle and she was sure she could see the end of one of the springs poking out of the worn upholstery.

She wanted to go back to when the night had promised kissing, when she had been excited to be going home with this good-looking stranger.

Together they sat in silence, the clock ticking quietly in the background. She waited impatiently. The longer she waited the more frustrated she got. Her nerves frayed with how weird the situation was, but she could not bring herself to leave. He had not made a move to speak, or to look in her direction, as if he had forgotten she was there.

He watched her as she shifted in her seat, unable to get comfortable. The hardness of the worn-out couch was causing her butt to go numb. Having sobered up considerably and the warmth of the tea having dissipated, she stood up to leave. There was no point in continuing this night and her bed called in a soft and inviting voice.

His voice sliced through her. “This is more difficult than I thought it would be. I have to tell you something important and I need you to listen.”

“What?” She gaped at him, as she slid back on to the couch. What could he possibly have to say that she needed to hear?

A shiver swept up her spine and she tried, unsuccessfully, to shake it off. She didn’t go home with random guys, no matter how handsome they were, or how good they smelled, and now he wanted to tell her something. Her heart was beating hard with the sense of danger, but she was stubborn too, and she would stay until she knew what she needed to know, whatever it was.

She had trusted him enough to leave the club with him, so she could give him the benefit of the doubt. She jostled her legs as she considered whether she might need to run away. Having run track all through high school, she knew she was fast, and hoped with a head start she would be able to outrun his long legs. She stared at the door for a moment and then gave him her full attention, not wanting him to realize what she was thinking. He rubbed his hands through his glossy black hair, making it look even more styled than it already was.

“I don’t know how to start this…,” he said, looking around the room, at anything but her. “I’m just going to have to tell you and hope you will not be too difficult to persuade.”

She didn’t know if he was trying to frighten her, but every word added to the uncertainty of the situation, and had her struggling to keep her eyes from the door. She wished for the second time that night she had chosen to wear ballet flats instead of heels. She was slowly deciding heels were not a girl’s best friend.

He sat forward, knotting his fingers under his chin and resting his elbows on his knees, looking her over as if she were an exotic specimen under a magnifying glass. “I don’t want to scare you, but I can’t see how I am going to tell you this without you freaking out.”

“Just tell me!”

“I’ve been sent to…mentor you through your testing.”

She had no idea what he was talking about, but he was right, she was freaking out. His eyes told her he was worried about her reaction, but his words were having that exact effect. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

“I have no choice… You have no choice. I was sent to watch you until… It’s time Raven. You are one of the chosen, one of ours and now it’s time.”

What the hell was happening? She felt like she was on the verge of a breakdown. Somewhere between dancing with Tarra, and now, her mind had simply vanished. She needed the full story, and she was no longer willing to wait to hear it.

However, he continued to circle his point.

“Your father was my friend. I promised him that when it was time, I would be there to help you.”

She did not understand why he would bring her father into it. He could not possibly have known her father, Sam. He had died fifteen years ago, and she had never seen Ash before tonight.

She had at first glance assumed he was not much older than she was, and on second glance she would not place his age over thirty-five. Even if he did have a full nine years on her, she didn’t really think he would have been the type of person her father would have known.

She stood up, her hands automatically going to her hips. It was a stance that had gotten her through many difficult situations. “Whatever you are trying to tell me, you need to tell me now. I am two seconds away from walking out the door.”

“Right.” He stood too, towering above her, causing her to step back. “Let me get straight to the point then. It is my job to know who you are, to protect you, and to help you survive. Your father was an amazing man. He was a very gentle man but he had a hard job, one that I am afraid you will inherit in a very short time, and I promised him I would prepare you for it. Your father was an angel. He and I, we are of the same line. We are Takers of Souls.”

“Takers of Souls?” The concept was familiar and she searched her memory. “Angels of Death? Shouldn’t there be only one?”

She couldn’t begin to process his far-fetched story, but the fact he thought he was an angel of death scuttled her nerves. She could see it in his eyes, in the way he talked that he truly believed what he was telling her. Oh, God, was she going to die tonight?

What if he was stuck in his own fantasy world? How could he know enough about her to get her here, alone, in such a dangerous situation? Could he have been watching her, following her and had she simply not noticed? She tried to remember if she had seen him before, but she knew she would have remembered him. Anyone who saw him would have to notice him.

Her legs jiggled with adrenaline. Despite wanting to run, she felt compelled to listen to him, to stay and hear him out.

Every word he said sounded like the truth. It was only her brain, which kept her from believing, from falling under his spell. Her brain was a logical thing and would require proof. Something she was sure he would be unable to provide. She glanced at the door for the millionth time.

“Your father is dying, Raven, and even though he fell many years ago, his role has not been replaced. When he passes, that role will be yours. You are being called to serve.”

“Wait! What do you mean my father is dying?” Raven could not believe what she was hearing. Her father had died. She had been at his funeral; it was the last time she had gotten to say good-bye to the man who had meant so much to her.

She could still remember that day clearly. She had held her mother’s hand as they entered the church. Inside she could hear the voices of the many people who had come to say good-bye to her father. His coffin had been at the front of the room, and they had had to walk past the rows of pews to where her father’s body rested. Her mother had been broken as they stood beside the coffin saying their final good-byes; she had squeezed her mother’s hand, holding on as she watched her mother’s tears trailing silently down the woman’s cheeks.

She had wanted to comfort her mother, but didn’t know how to reach out to the woman who had shut down completely on hearing the news of her beloved husband’s death. They had stood silently hand in hand for a long time, staring at the man laid out in a black suit.

She had wondered why her father had been in a suit, and not in his customary uniform of denim and a T-shirt. It was the only time she could remember seeing him in a suit and it had looked so wrong on him. His skin had been pale, tinged blue and his eyes closed, and she hoped that he was only sleeping, although she knew, that he would never wake up. She had leaned closer and whispered to him, “Don’t leave me, Daddy.”

The tears had flowed freely then, dashing a mad race down her cheeks, as her mother pulled her quickly to the front pew where they sat silently side-by-side for the rest of the funeral. She hadn’t gone to the cemetery, although she had wanted to. Her mother had sent her home to prepare for the visitors that would arrive shortly after they lowered her father into the ground.

“My father died a long time ago,” she said.

“No. He didn’t.” His voice was quiet, and sliced through her like steel. Raven stopped and turned.

“Yes…” He had her questioning herself. “… he did.”

“Your father is an angel. Angels are immortal beings, and as such, he cannot die. However, to hide himself and you from us, he has had to siphon off his immortality, now he is getting weak and they will find both of you.” He was coming toward her, his hands moving rapidly as he talked.

“Them? Do you mean God?”

“No! I mean them!” He hissed, rolling his eyes heavenwards. “The Shadows. God is for humans—those that don’t know any better.”

“So my father is not dead?”

“Yes.”

“You’re lying. Why are you lying to me?” she snapped and took a step toward him, her hands balled in fists at her sides.

She did not want to believe him anymore than she wanted to go through the pain of losing her father a second time, adding to it the misery of finding out he had abandoned her all those years ago.

“Unfortunately, Raven, that’s not your choice to make. You are required for service. It’s time to face your past and your future.” He was stalking her across the room and she took another step back, the back of her knees hitting against the coffee table. There was nowhere for her to go.

“Why? Why should I?” She did not know why she kept having this conversation with him.

“Because you are the only heir your father had. As our leader, he must be replaced by his own bloodline, and when he dies that role will be assigned to you. You don’t get a choice in whether you accept it, only whether you survive it.”

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imageMisti Murphy has lived in a fantasy world most of her life. She is away with the faeries, the angels, vampires, shifters and dragons.

Misti writes to give voice to her imaginary friends, who want a real life on paper, where they can be free to be themselves.

When she’s not writing, she is almost always reading anything she can get her hands on. She reads word like they are chocolate, and must be devoured in one sitting.

She can often be found multi-tasking effortlessly while reading a book and spending time with her husband, four children and two dogs.

She loves chocolate as much as she loves reading, and enjoys baking desserts that result in diabetic comas. In her downtime she procaffinates with friends and stalks Facebook.

 

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Blog Tour and Giveaway: The Last King by A. Yamina Collins

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Title: The Last King by A. Yamina Collins

Series: The Last King: Book I

Vol #: 1-3

Author: A. Yamina Collins

Audience: Adult Fiction

Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance, Suspense

Formats: E-Book

Publisher: DeeBooks Publishing, LLC

Pages: 230 pages per episode

ASIN: B00IC0M8HS

Date Published: February 8, 2014

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The Last King, Book I by A. Yamina Collins is an 11-part serial novel. A modern-day fantasy romance about a young woman innocently caught in a war between two age-old nemesis: God, and immortal beings whose ancestors ate from the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden.

Twenty-eight year Emmy Hughes has never quite fit in—she’s six feet tall, dark-skinned, and daydreams of being Galadriel from Lord of the Rings. But when she is badly injured in a car accident that kills her mother, Emmy does not dream of fantastical worlds anymore—she just wants her shattered life to be normal again.

Unfortunately, normalcy is the last thing in store for her once she meets Lake George’s newest arrival, Dr. Gilead Knightly. Granted immortality from a line of people whose Great Ancestor marched into the Garden of Eden and ate from the Tree of Life, Gilead has been alive for centuries and has met everyone from Nubian kings to Napoleon.

But Gilead and his eccentric family are also hunted beings because God considers the Edenites’ possession of immortality to be theft. And for thousands of years He has dealt with their transgression by sending each of them a “Glitch” —an unsuspecting human meant to retrieve this stolen “property” of immortality and kill them off.

When Emmy discovers that she is Gilead’s Glitch, she is not only thrown into a world of immortals who eat bone marrow, panthers who read minds, and a family whose blood is made of pulsing gold, but she finds herself the target of Gilead’s vengeance: he must get rid of her before she gets rid of him.

Easier said than done. Because Glitches are not only an Edenite’s greatest threat—they’re also their greatest love.

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Book Review from Black Pearls Magazine Online
The Last King by A.Yamina Collins, a Science Fiction Romance, is a marvelously layered story filled with drama, suspense and memorable characters. The author, a masterful storyteller, brings to life a story about a line of people who cannot die because their ancestors marched into the Garden of Eden and ate from the tree of life. God, however, considers this act, and the subsequent immortality that came with it, to be theft. God wants their immortality returned and he deals with their transgression by playing a cosmic sort of chess game with the Edenites!
The Last King is part fantasy, romance, religion and history. What an interesting mix for an 11 part series. This was my first time reading a serial novel and I have to say this one was excellent! I can’t wait to read the other chapters to this phenomenal storyline. I highly recommend this serial novel to the readers.
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EXCERPT FROM THE LAST KING, EPISODE # 2
CHAPTER 8 – Her

Kill her, a voice in his head tells him.

Yes, of course, he responds. That’s what I have to do. And how should he do it? Should he follow her home when the lecture is over, come up behind her in her driveway, or wherever she lives, and snap her neck like a twig? Whatever he does, he needs to be cruel. He needs to teach her and the One who sent her a lesson. Yes, that’s it. He will do to her what his brother Micau did to his own Glitch: something so physically twisted that it would make the ears of any human who hears about it and finds her remains, shutter.

Slowly he starts to straighten up and just in time. The door to the auditorium swings open suddenly, and out it walks. He cannot make out her whole face because her hands are covering her mouth and nose, but he can see her big eyes, and the alarm in her face. Two other people are following it – following her, and making a commotion behind her.

“Hold your head back,” one of them is saying, trying to still the bleeding woman’s franticness.

But blood has already seeped onto her white dress, and Gilead can hear her saying, “Not again, not again,” as she rushes past him. Not again. So it’s happened before. Gilead thinks. Of course it has It happened the other day, while Gilead was standing outside the restaurant, didn’t it? She was somewhere around the vicinity that night, near the boardwalk, wasn’t she?

In a moment, the woman, looking a bit disoriented no, disappears into the bathroom and Gilead closes his eyes and bites his lower lip.

Now he knows why he missed the fine print on the flier, and why he had a desire to come to this lecture in the first place.

It’s Him.

Gilead curses under his breath; curses Him with everything he’s got.

Her? He thinks, in disgust. Against the greatness of me? That simple-looking thing?

It’s insulting.

Opening his eyes, he takes the opportunity to move toward the exit as a few more new comers enter the building. It’s all Gilead can do to appear as normal as possible—he stands up straight and forces himself not to clutch his stomach.

Outside, he takes in several quick breaths of air, and doubles over again.

Why should he fear her?

“I will break her,” he mutters to himself. “If I have to rip off her whole face, I will break her.”

Something about him saying this brings him a feeling of relief. He is clear-eyed and focused for a moment, even self-assured, for he knows that once he makes up his mind about reaching a goal, it’s as good as done.

He will kill her tonight, somehow.

But before he can contemplate how to execute his plans, he cups a hand over his mouth, rushes toward a nearby bush, and vomits onto the leaves and branches.

( Continued… )

© 2014 All rights reserved. Book excerpt reprinted by permission of the author, A. Yamina Collins.

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Book Promotion: The Fallen Body by Stone Patrick

Today’s book promotion comes from Stone Patrick and his book called The Fallen Body. If you like Mystery/Suspense novels, take a look below. You might just find another book for your “to read” pile!

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Book: The Fallen Body
Author: Stone Patrick
Genre:
Fiction: Mystery/Suspense

Publisher: CreateSpace
Format: Hardback, Paperback, ebook
Release Date:
10/25/2013

Summary:
Small-town lawyer Taylour Dixxon meets Sarah Cockrell Baines, a New Jersey socialite and millionairess, and their budding friendship begins with promise. However, soon after they meet, Sarah is arrested for the murder of her husband. When Taylour volunteers to defend Sarah, she has no idea that her struggling solo law practice in the sleepy, fictional, small town of Marlinsville, Texas, will be turned upside down. From a lovable, adolescent nephew who moves in with her, to a hired assassin who is determined to hide the truth, and a handsome Texas Ranger who becomes the object of affection in a love triangle between the two friends, Taylour’s life will never be the same.

The Author:

Stone Patrick’s Website: Here
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Q & A:

The best thing about writing this book?
That I stuck to it when I didn’t think that it was possible to finish.

Where did you get your idea for this story?
Even though I am a man, I love women sleuths. 1. Not enough attention is given to the small-town lawyers that are an integral part of society in rural area. 3. I am not an attorney, but I always wished that I had studied law. These are the main ideas that came to me.

What would you tell aspiring writers out there?
Find the main reason why you write, i.e. fame, fortune, or just for the love of creating something from nothing, and don’t let anyone discourage you. Hang around people that will encourage you to write. And, don’t forget to tell people that you are a writer. They will be impressed!

What is your favorite book?
The Book of Mormon

Coffee, Tea, or Hot Chocolate?
Hot chocolate

Anything else that you would like to add?
I appreciate the opportunity to promote my book through your website! Thank you!

 

I want to thank Stone Patrick for allowing me to promote his book on my blog. I hope this post has inspired you to go out and read The Fallen Body!

Review for The Seduction of Miss Amelia Bell by Paula Quinn

 

the seduction of miss amelia bell

My Rating: 4/5
Author: Paula Quinn
Title: The Seduction of Miss Amelia Bell
Genre: Historical Romance

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Background:
Amazon Description:
A HIGHLAND ROGUE

Edmund MacGregor will do anything to save Scotland from English rule-even kidnap Lady Amelia Bell for ransom. As the daughter of a duke and the chancellor’s betrothed, she’s the perfect pawn in this game. But from the moment he first lays eyes on his spirited captive, he can’t resist stealing a kiss . . .

AN ADVENTUROUS LADY

Lady Amelia’s duty is to marry well, but that hasn’t stopped her from fantasizing about true love. So when a sexy Scot appears in her home, she’s beguiled. When he kidnaps her, she’s furious. Yet as Edmund introduces her to a world of passion beyond her wildest dreams, can she leave her family behind for this handsome Highlander? And will Edmund risk the only true home he’s ever known to capture the heart of this lovely lass?

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Opinions:
My Short Summary:
Born English but raised Scottish, Edmund MacGregor would stop at nothing to keep his precious Scotland from joining with England. To buy some time, Edmund and his highlander family devise a plan to stop the signing of the Treaty of Union by kidnapping Amelia Bell – the Chancellor’s fiancé and Duke’s daughter. All does not go according to plan. For one, there is another woman that is kidnapped with Amelia. Two, Amelia Bell seems to attract bad luck. And three, falling in love is not the best idea when trying to stay on track with the plan. Add in a rival clan and you have an interesting novel.

Narration:
Multiple third person

Character Development:
The characters are well-developed in this novel. With the multiple viewpoints, the reader can understand better what the characters are really thinking and how they tick. Both protagonists are torn between love and loyalty. They step outside their comfort zones as they continue their journey together. Other characters – such as Sarah and Darach – have similar confrontations with their ideas of love. There is even love and loyalty amongst the dogs.

Plot Development/Flow:
The story flows well. There is enough romance and action to keep things balanced. The only complaint that I would have is a few spots where there are some redundancies. For instance, Amelia is troubled about doing what is right for her family (especially her father) and what she wants. The reader knows she is conflicted but the same argument goes through her head in different spots in the book. This could have been cut back a little and still be conveyed to the reader.

Standalone or Part of a Series:
Standalone in The MacGregors: Highland Heirs

Book Promotion: Last Pirate at Fort Matanzas by Charles Frankhauser

Today’s book promotion comes from Charles Frankhauser and his book called Last Pirate at Fort Matanzas. If you like fiction novellas, take a look below. You might just find another book for your “to read” pile!

Book: Last Pirate at Fort Matanzas
Author: Charles Frankhauser
Genre:
fiction, sea story, humor

Publisher: CreateSpace
Format: Paperback, ebook
Release Date:
12/13/2013

Summary:
A novella for all readers in the form of a parody (based on humor of pirates voting for a new Captain because nobody else can cook after surviving a battle with a galleon of King Phillip II’s Treasure Fleet during the mid 16 century near St. Augustine, Florida). One kiss and the theft of a sliver spoon from Bonita’s dollhouse in Madrid launches Alberto the garlic gardener into a vocation as Captain Alberto Dicer of the pirate ship El Dreadful.

The Author
Q & A:

The best thing about writing this book?
I visited the locales and wanted to entertain all readers with a good story

Where did you get your idea for this story?
From visiting historical sites and many years spent at sea

What would you tell aspiring writers out there?
Write and submit to readers willing to offer suggestions

What is your favorite book?
The Great Gatsby

Coffee, Tea, or Hot Chocolate?
All

I want to thank Charles Frankhauser for allowing me to promote his book on my blog. I hope this post has inspired you to go out and read Last Pirate at Fort Matanzas!

Book Promotion: The Shifter’s Trail by Adam Alexander

Today’s book promotion comes from Adam Alexander and his book called The Shifter’s Trail. If you like Science Fiction, take a look below. You might just find another book for your “to read” pile!

Book: The Shifter’s Trail
Author: Adam Alexander
Genre: Fiction, Science Fiction, Adventure

Publisher: Outskirts Press
Format: Paperback, ebook
Release Date:
11/25/2013

Summary:
The Shifter’s Trail is a tween/teen sci-fi adventure that stems from a couple of questions. First, if you were a member of a highly advanced star-traveling species and you wanted to study the Earth, how would you go about it? Would you land a giant spaceship in the middle of Central Park, New York or do something more subtle? Second, if Einstein is right and there is no practical way to travel faster than the speed of light, star travel will always be incredibly hard. So, if, after dozens of years, you can only bring a few hundred or a few thousand aliens to the Solar System, how do you occupy and control a planet of seven billion people?

OK, so the last paragraph is sort of “grown up.” The basic premise of the book is this. Except for an unfortunate attachment to numbers, Andromeda Brown is an ordinary girl with an ordinary life at a perfectly ordinary school. Until, that is, a spaceship crash-lands near her home in Chicago, and circumstances throw her into contact with folks whose zip code is, quite literally, out of this world. Her new acquaintances are in trouble and desperately need her help. They are frantically looking for a shape-shifting alien scientist who has been hiding out and observing planet Earth for, well, ages. But hard as it is to track down someone who can change appearance at will, Andromeda’s difficulties are multiplied by the fact that she and her friends are not the only ones on the shifter’s trail. Darker forces are at work. For if the shifter’s knowledge falls into the wrong hands, humanity is in for a very bad day.

The Author:

Adam Alexander’s Website: Here
Adam Alexander’s Youtube: Here

Q & A:

The best thing about writing this book?
The way the characters insisted on doing their own thing, regardless of what I had originally intended to write. They are a headstrong bunch!

Where did you get your idea for this story?
I love reading fantasy fiction – I remember getting the complete “Lord of the Rings” for my thirteenth birthday and never looked back – but I never forget that the world we live in is built by science. Without science, the Internet wouldn’t exist; without science, we would die from what we now view as minor ailments (appendicitis anyone?); and, without science, even if there were supermarkets, there’d be next to no food on the shelves: most of us would starve. Science matters.

And yet I sometimes wonder if science – and scientists – get enough credit for the world we live in. We weave marvelous tales of wizards and magic and the paranormal without stopping to think that science already performs most of these marvels for us. In a death match between wizards and “ordinary” 21st Century folk, wizards would most likely come out second. An airplane is more comfortable and far faster than a broomstick, a torch is every bit as effective as any form of witchlight, and a dark wizard’s death dealing wand is seldom better at what it does than the average handgun. As for modern medicine, what can one say? Pure magic!

So, I got to thinking: could you write a story with all the twists and turns of a magical fairy tale with science instead of magic? Aren’t science and mathematics every bit as challenging (and life changing) as the most difficult spell? Aren’t wizards, when all is said and done, just scientists with an old fashioned name? Well… maybe. I had a blast trying to find out!

What would you tell aspiring writers out there?
Treat it like a job. Aim to write a certain number of words per day and then write them, regardless of how you feel. You’re going to have to rewrite anyway, so don’t worry too much if you’re not happy with it the first time around. It’s better to have a novel that needs editing than no novel at all.

What is your favorite book?
Masters of the Vortex by EE Doc Smith – because it was my first “grown-up” book. I was 10!

Coffee, Tea, or Hot Chocolate?
I’m a Brit by birth, so tea: hot, not iced (ick!)

Anything else that you would like to add?
I hope to publish another book towards the middle of 2014 – a YA dystopian with the working title of Saviors’ Spring. I’m also mulling over a sequel to The Shifter’s Trail: I have some ideas but I would like them to be really, REALLY good before I launch Andromeda and her friends on another adventure.

 

I want to thank Adam Alexander for allowing me to promote his book on my blog. I hope this post has inspired you to go out and read The Shifter’s Trail!