Book Promo Day: 1st August, 2013

One of my own books, The Sigil of Ahriman, is featured on Rose & Beps Blog, which offers a similar opportunity to authors to have one of their books featured.  You may like to check it out yourselves!

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Detour Trail by Joy V. Smith

Westward bound on the Oregon Trail, Lorena Emerson is alone after her uncle is killed. Ignoring the wagon master’s advice to go home, she rounds up others needing help, and they join a later wagon train, but down the trail, they leave that train; she’s forging her own path again. And then she rescues Barrett Lee – with Gray Cloud’s help. After this man from the wilderness recovers, he and the wolf leave – with a nudge from Lorrie. Will he return? Will these two independent people make room for each other?

Purchase from:

Melange Books

More information:

Author’s website


Ulterior Motives by Mel Parish

Kidnapped while on vacation in the Philippines, an American expatriate’s struggle to survive is complicated by his wife’s chilling silence to the ransom note and an outrageous new demand from his captors.

Purchase from:

Available in UK from http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ulterior-Motives-Mel-Parish/dp/148273494X
Print £9.66  or e-book £2.99

and in the US from http://www.amazon.com/Ulterior-Motives-Mel-Parish/dp/148273494X
Print  $13.49 or e-book $4.99

More information:

Author’s blog


And the Whippoorwill Sang by Micki Peluso

Happy time, a sunny day, a driving drunk, eight lives forever changed.

Micki and Butch face the horror every parent fears – awaiting the fate of one of their children. While sitting vigil in the ICU waiting room, Micki traverses the past, as a way of dealing with an inconceivable future.

From the bizarre teenage elopement with her high school sweetheart, Butch, in a double wedding with her own mother, to comical family trips across country in an antiquated camper with six kids and a dog, they leave a path of chaos, antics and destruction in their wake. Micki shows the happy times of raising six children while living in a haunted house as the young parents grow up with their kids. She bravely attempts to be the man of the house while her husband is working out of town. Hearing strange noises, which all the younger kids are sure is the ghosts, Micki tiptoes down to the cellar, shotgun in hand and nearly shoots… an Idaho potato that has fallen from the pantry and thumped down the stairs. The rest of her children feel obligated to tell the world. Just when their lives are nearly perfect, tragedy strikes–and the laughter dies.

There is a terrible accident in the placid valley nestled within the Susquehanna Mountains in the town of Williamsport, Pennsylvania. It occurs on a country lane just blocks from the family’s hundred year old haunted farmhouse. Micki , in a state of shock, muses through their delightful past to avoid confronting an uncertain future – as the family copes with fear and apprehension.

One of her six children is fighting for life in the hospital; in a semi-coma, hovering between this world and the next. Both parents are pressured by doctors to disconnect Noelle, their fourteen-year-old daughter. Her beautiful girl, funny and bright, who breathes life into every moment, does cartwheels in piles of Autumn leaves, singing and dancing down country roads – loves her family with all her soul. How can Micki let this child go? The family embarks upon its unbearable journey to the other side of sorrow and grasps the poignant gift of life as they begin… to weep… to laugh… to grieve… to dance  – and forgive.

Purchase from:

Amazon.com:

Kindle $3.99
Paperback from $11.00-$13.00
autographed copy available by mail: $14.95

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Book Promo Day: 25th July, 2013

An exception to normal Book Promo Day entries:

Smashwords Sale from Sarah Baethge

Smashwords is having a sale!
If you want a cheap read, now is the time to check out Smashwords.

My short story, Right Now is free with the code SSW75 .

My novel, Panoptemitry is only $1.25 with that same code: SSW75 .

My other two short stories are always free, you can get to them from my Author Page.


Fraudulent Robert Spake Fraudulent by Robert D. Spake

It’s the late 19th Century. William Traven is returning home to England after four years of travelling. Along the way he feels as though he’s lost himself, so he comes home hoping to recapture his lost spirit. However, he’s worried that a sense of belonging will still elude him and if he can’t find it at home he fears that he’ll lose all hope. There’s also Eleanor, the girl who promised to wait for him while he went away. He feels an obligation to marry her but he doesn’t know whether he can carry out his duty if he doesn’t truly love her, or whether he can be the man his parents expect. He’s torn between honour, duty and love, and death hangs like a shadow over him as he struggles to find a place in the world.

Purchase details:

Amazon.co.uk
Amazon.com

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Letters Home: Afghanistan by Teresa Jones

Letters Home: Afghanistan is the story of a soldier and his family that experience the ups and downs of a year of deployment to an active war zone. In this story we watch as the son John, deals with the reality of war in addition to missing out on all the wonderful things that come along with being part of a family and a community. We also get a peek into how the family on the home front deals with their son being so far away and in harm’s way each and every day.

Together they must find the strength to stay strong and positive while struggling daily to be a constant source of encouragement and support to each other.

~This book is a novella that is the first in a set of four from the “Letters from War” series. ~
~This book reads like a packet of old letters instead of in typical chapter formation~

Available exclusively on Amazon.com with Createspace version coming soon!

Purchase Location: Amazon.com
Current Price: 0.99 cents!

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“Sunflower” Blog Tour

Sunflower by Cass J. McMain

Final Digital Cover Published June 15th 2013

Hardback (203 x 127mm):
£19.99 / USD $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-909374-44-7

Paperback (203 x 127mm):
£11.99 / USD $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-909374-45-4

Kindle
£3.99 / USD $5.99
ISBN: 978-1-909374-46-1

ePub
£3.99 / USD $5.99
ISBN: 978-1-909374-47-8

BIC Code: FA

Michael is a metalworker with a name for building good fences. He’s even known by some neighborhood kids as Mr. Fence Man. But he wants to be something more: an artist like his former business partner, Alex. An artist, like his girlfriend, Jess, wants him to be. The commissions are starting to come in, and along with steady work making fences, things are looking good. The only problem he has is with his closest neighbor, who won’t allow visitors to pass through a gate between their properties. This dispute becomes a fight and Michael, enraged, makes a wrong choice.

Haunted by the result of his choice, Michael starts to fall apart: a death weighs down on him, exposing the weaknesses in the persona he was creating for himself, the weaknesses at the heart of him.

Sunflower is a story about a man having a bad day and making one bad choice. But underneath that, it also about his coming to terms with himself: who he is – and who he is not. Ultimately, Sunflower is about how we define ourselves as people, and how we seek to be what we are not.

An extraordinary and beautiful novel.

Editor’s Review:

I was pointed in the direction of Sunflower by a friend who had seen it on a writing forum. Within a couple of pages I was sure that this was worth reading, and approached Cass through the mutual friend. She duly sent me the manuscript, apparently a little surprised at my interest.

I realised then how long it was – 140,000 words, a real epic. Too long, according to conventional wisdom – surely too long unless it contained suitably epic events and huge cast of characters.

One Saturday late morning I opened the Word document and, seated at my desk, began reading. I read straight through, stopping only for coffee. 140,000 words in one day. Very little happens in the book, to be truthful, and what there is doesn’t happen quickly. Characters? Well, there are maybe three or four who are central, and perhaps a dozen (including a waitress and a salesman who appear for a few lines) in all. The style is simple, and there are no great phrases, no extended analyses, no bravura passages. I felt as though I had read a brief, simple book, and as though I had been immersed in another life.

Above all I knew this should be published.

It is hard, though, to describe or characterise. If it was a painting it would undoubtedly be in the impressionist style – or some midway point between pointillism and the obsessive twisting strokes of Van Gogh. There is a rhythm and a repetition, an extraordinary care with each word, each sentence, each punctuation mark, but it is true art, for one is never aware of the effort nor of the innate skill.

The reader is taken into the lives of the characters, the life, above all, of Michael. Like most lives his is composed of small moments, small worries, and small ambitions; as with most lives there is a fragility to his. The fragility is in part due to a fault line in him – the kind of fault line we all have. One particular small moment has a butterfly effect on the whole; the structure begins to crumble, quietly, almost unnoticed, and a life of quiet desperation emerges.

Throughout there are those moments that strike home and for me there was one particular moment: a telephone call, innocuous and unimportant, that made me stop reading for a little while, so personal was the recognition. There is throughout a kind of gentle descent – and the most gentle dissection of a person one can imagine. Yet in the end this about strength and hope, about life-giving light as well as life-denying darkness.

It is indeed a story of small things and profound truths.

Robert Peett

image About the Author

Cass McMain was born in Albuquerque and raised in the far North Valley, among the cottonwoods. Her first love was always houseplants, and she now maintains a house full of them.

Her background as a greenhouse manager led to a long career in garden center management, but when the bottom fell out of the local industry, she took a new path. Or rather, an old path; Cass started writing at the age of six, knocking out stories on her typewriter.

While her love of nature came in part from her father, a man with the heart of a farmer and the soul of a philosopher, much of the writing Cass did as a child was done to please her mother, a woman with the heart of a philosopher, the soul of a demon and the unquenchable thirst of the mind reserved for the brilliant.

Recently, Cass’s writing muse has again been speaking to her: a voice she stopped paying attention to a long time ago. Her plants, some of which she has had since she was nine years old, remain the heart of her life, but now she has a desire to express herself in other ways.

Bowed, but not broken, Cass keeps her eye on the horizon, looking for a greenhouse to manage. Her favorite saying these days is “that was then; this is now.”

An Excerpt from Sunflower:

Michael got home late in the afternoon, and he was worn out. He didn’t feel like working on the Tragedie piece. But if he didn’t do anything on it, he knew Jess would nag at him. Maybe he could sort of review it, without a lot of work. Those guys had taken a lot of energy out of him. He mixed himself a gin and tonic and walked out to the shed.

The piece stared at him. He wondered again why the owner of this restaurant was so determined to have such a somber image as their icon. That reminded him about the curls he was going to try on the cheeks. He set his drink down and took up the coil he had experimented with before. The heat from the torch had definitely brought out some different coloring. Michael decided to give it a shot on a grander scale.

Working with a much larger strip of metal, Michael fashioned a coil about a foot across and two inches thick. To change the color of it he fired up his torch and played the flame across the metal. This gave the coil some irregular markings that brought out depth and made it more interesting. Michael ran his hand along the edge and realized it was dangerously sharp, so he ground down the edges and ran the torch over it again. He doubted anyone would be actually petting the artwork, but it wouldn’t be smart to take the risk.

Once the metal was curled, he welded it to the cheek of the mask, under the left eye. The mouth was unevenly curved by design and as Michael worked he came to the conclusion that the second curl should be placed lower, to follow the direction of the mouth. He stepped back to look at the piece from a distance, and bumped into the table which held his drink. Michael caught the drink before it spilled, and absent-mindedly swallowed it at a gulp. The ice had melted; he had not realized how much time had passed, and it was now after 5:00.

Michael set down the glass again. It can’t be that late, he was thinking, when he heard Jess pull into the driveway. It was indeed that late. He went out to meet her.

She stepped out of the car. Her cotton skirt blew out behind her as she moved toward him, making her look almost like she was floating.

“Hi sweetie,” he called to her. “How was your day?”

“Was OK, how about yours? Get anywhere on your mask?” She caught up to him and gave him a peck on the cheek.

“Yeah, come look at this idea I got,” Michael said enthusiastically. “I really think this helps the piece look less formidable.” He led Jess to the shed.

She looked in at the mask. “The curlicue?” she asked. When Michael nodded, she said “I like it. Doing another on the other side?”

“Yeah,” Michael said. “Down lower though, to keep with the mouth.” He pointed at the spot. “Think it helps?”

Jess agreed that it did make the mask less frightening. “But it still looks mean,” she said. “It isn’t supposed to look mean, it’s supposed to look sad.”

“Well, I don’t know what else I can do,” Michael said. He was irritated, but he tried not to let it show. Easy for her to say, he thought. “What do you think I was trying to do with the curls?”

“Honey, don’t get upset,” Jess replied. “I just mean—well here, why don’t you add some turned down eyebrows?” She took up a notepad nearby and sketched. “Like this.” She held the pad up for Michael to view.

It was perfect. It would only take a couple of hours to do, and it would completely change the piece. Michael was stunned and, he hated to admit, resentful. She did in three seconds what I couldn’t do in three weeks, Michael thought. Just like Alex.

Purchase Sunflower from:

http://bookShow.me/1909374458 (this is a new system that should allow whoever clicks on it to reach their local Amazon site)

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Waterstones
Foyles

There was a day… A Guest Post From Peggy Bechko

A big welcome is extended to Peggy Bechko, who kindly relates her story as an author.  Her success is undeniable, but here we discover just how narrow the margins are!

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There was a day when I was very young, around 13 when I started writing stories. Why? I couldn’t tell you. It seemed like fun.

Then it seemed like something more and I was bitten by the “I want to see my books published and other people reading them” bug. My first novel was published by Doubleday when I was 22; a western, written in the first person, as a middle-aged man. It certainly got a lot of attention from my editor when he realized the rough western (Night Of The Flaming Guns) who’s lead was a gnarled 40-something man had been written by a 21-year-old female. Oh, and by the way, back then I was told “women don’t write westerns”. Ummmmm.

Well mostly, but I had been challenged by a friend to do it. He knew I was writing and said, “so why don’t you get a western published?”

So for the publication of westerns I became P.A. Bechko as of course they couldn’t put a woman author’s name on a western novel (was I born in the stone age?).

Disney World Guide Book Final Cover So how did it all happen and what brought me to where I am now, writing westerns, romance, SciFi/fantasy (my latest release being Stormrider, available in paperback and Kindle editions) and screen scripts (oh and don’t forget the non-fiction: I just released The New Grown Ups Disney World Guide Book)?

It’s an ongoing process – a career that’s thus far been filled with dreams, focus, determination and good luck that fell into my lap.

The first novel’s publication was chaotic. I’d signed with an agency, the agency went belly-up and I was frantic about the whereabouts of my manuscripts when I got a call from an agent who’d been associated with them with an offer from Doubleday to publish – he became my new agent as he started his agency. He sold several books for me and we became great friends.

Romances were beginning their great growth spurt so he encouraged me to write one – I did and sold that to Harlequin (you can now read a sample and get the romance Cloud Dancer in digital edition on Kindle .

Two more followed. More westerns followed that, publishing with Pinnacle, Manor and other houses. I even ghosted as Bill Haller for SideWinder’s Trail.

Stormrider Cover - New 8-23-12_j My agent retired and I had one more so-so agent after him. Then I had a very bad agent (not in the good luck category there) and broke with him after the sale of several westerns but some very bad blood between us.

From there the good luck followed again as I decided I also wanted to write for the movies and Larry Brody, TV Writer and producer was giving some classes on just that. I enrolled. I worked. Larry and I became friends (I still write guest posts for his blog at TVWriter.com) and I’ve optioned scripts in the US and overseas in addition to having written an episode for an animated series called Diabolik that was produced in France.

What it boils down to for a writer, I believe, is to create, work, learn, put yourself out there and be ready to jump when opportunity presents itself.

And new opportunity did with the arrival of digital publishing and Ebook readers. It’s a new world for writers with even MORE to learn to create, publish and market their work.

There’s still the traditional publishing as well which I certainly intend to keep a finger in, but in the immediate future I’ll be re-releasing my novel Hawke’s Indians, originally published by Doubleday, in digital format on CloudDancerFINALCover JPEG Amazon. Look for it in a couple of weeks.

My newest novel as an original release will be as an Ebook on Kindle. That release will be several months down the road; a paranormal romance with the tentative title of Serpent’s Tail. It’s a whole new avenue.

Every writer will experience trials along the way. I’ve endured a very bad agent (just having an agent isn’t always the best), long droughts between sales, frustrations with editors (one who wanted me to cut a book’s length by 1/3 – I did it by the way, but not the way it was intended and still got the sale), part-time and full-time day jobs to fill in the gaps when the sales were thin and yes, even more dark moments.

But from it all I’ve learned that for me as a writer it’s all about focus, learn, persist and value your own work. There are more critics out there than creators. Be a creator.

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Book Promo Day: 11th July, 2013

Beyond the Eyes by Rebekkah Ford

“A thrilling, wholly satisfying first book to a new young adult series. It will keep you wanting more.” – Valentina Cano,  Carabosse’s Library

Beyond the Eyes is haunting yet passionate. This breakout novel is quick and hip, a saucy must-read.” – Charles Land, Judas Pistol

Paige knows evil exists in this world, but she never imagined it would want something from her.

After a ghostly voice whispers a haunting message to seventeen-year-old Paige Reed, Paige’s life takes a nightmarish turn. Unwilling to tell her friends about the supernatural occurrences happening in her life, Paige feels more alone than ever–until she meets Nathan Caswell.

Nathan is not only hot, but seems to peer into Paige’s soul, evoking a magnetic energy between them that cannot be denied. But he’s no ordinary guy. He tracks dark spirits, and becomes alarmed when they set their sights on Paige.

And then there are the two power-hungry dark spirits who believe Paige can find King Solomon’s magical ring for them, because when her father was alive, he was close to finding it. If Paige doesn’t comply with their demands, they’ll kill her.

Paige is forced to dig deep into her father’s past and unearths shocking secrets about him and his bloodline. With the past and present colliding, Paige is only sure about two things in her life: she needs to outwit the dark spirits to stay alive, and she’s completely and helplessly in love with Nathan.

More information:

Author’s Website/Blog


Tails of Sweetbrier by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Tails of Sweetbrier is an award-winning, inspiring, autobiography about a little girl who wants nothing more than to become a champion equestrian, in spite of her handicap. What happens when things don’t go well? What happens when she falls off her horse? Even if she prevails, Deanie will need exactly the right horse so they can become a winning team. This story will show that nothing is impossible if you persevere.

This book is available on Kindle: Amazon.com

The paperback version will be published soon.

More information:

Author’s Blog


Gemini Rising Book I – Ethereal Fury by Jessica O’Gorek

Angry at the human race and its methodical destruction of her resources, Mother Earth recruits souls who have just left their bodies to serve Her, and turns them against humanity. Gemini, a clan of paranormal beings, picked from these possessed humans, emerges. A powerful, rising force proceeds to carry out Mother Nature’s plan to systematically destroy towns, cities, states… and eventually, the world. Amidst the chaos, a forbidden relationship between a human girl, Violette, and Onyx, a lead Gemini, begins. They will both find themselves in the middle of a revolutionary war that will either save, or destroy our world.

More information:

Goodreads.com
Amazon.com
Author’s Blog


Before Barack: They Said This Day Would Never Come by Sonia Grant

The United States has come a long way since the days when twelve of her former presidents owned slaves; eight of them while in office. The paradigm shifted irrevocably, however, when an African-American, Barack Hussein Obama, was elected the country’s 44th President.

With President Obama’s landmark second-term well underway, thoughts have turned to his legacy. Sonia Grant’s book is an unvarnished look at other black presidential candidates. Designed to advance the discourse beyond the hackneyed “first black president” and a sense of weariness expressed when Jesse Jackson opined that, “Some of the excitement has gone,” Before Barack presents the President’s achievement in a unique historical perspective.

But, she argues, more significant than the nuts-and-bolts of the individual campaigns of Blanche Kelso Bruce; George Edwin Taylor; James W. Ford; Charlotta Bass; Clennon W. King; Dick Gregory; Eldridge Cleaver; Angela Davis; Reverend Jesse Jackson; and Reverend Al Sharpton, outlined in her book, were the conditions which gave rise to their candidacies. Indeed, it was America’s unprecedented social upheaval – spanning Slavery, Reconstruction, domestic terrorism, race riots and Segregation – which paved the way for Obama’s ascendancy.

However, in terms of race, Grant contends that America still seemed conflicted. Despite hard-fought gains borne out in the Civil Rights Movement, for instance, centuries of systematic and deep-seated racism still haunted; and, on occasions, the nation was schismatic and betrayed signs of polarization.

Nonetheless, she observes that many optimistically hung on to the notion that the election of the country’s first black president was transformative; indeed, it was, but Grant suggests it also proved to be as revelatory as it was historic. To that extent, Before Barack is a lens through which the confluence of race, class, and [presidential] power is examined in the context of America’s eventful social and political history.

An accessible narrative, the book charts the trials and triumphs of the black presidential candidate: beginning speculatively in the nineteenth century; approached earnestly in the twentieth; but only destined to be realized – or not – in the twenty-first, with the election of Barack Obama.

Before Barack is available for $22.49 in paperback from Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/171tjEu; and $8.99 as an eBook from Amazon: http://amzn.to/11xYA3G

Contact:

info@sonia-grant.com / @SoniaSGrant / www.sonia-grant.com


Book Promo Day: 4th July, 2013

Domus Inter – House Between by Sarah Carter

Seventeen-year-old Harriet (Harry) Lawson expects her life to change when her mother inherits Domus Inter – a grand house in Wales – from a mysterious man called Jack Lloyd. But she doesn’t expect her whole world to be turned upside down, and that’s exactly what happens when she meets Jack Lloyd’s solicitor and a disturbing young man who calls himself Mord. The two men tell Harry an unbelievable tale – of murder, another world, and a magic pendant called the True Heart.

Harry has never felt like she belongs in this world, and she is about to find out why. Not knowing what to believe or who to trust, Harry’s desire to discover her true identity will embroil her in a conflict as old as memory. The legends of this world are the prophecies of another…but have they been interpreted wrongly?

More information:

Author’s Website/Blog


The Basement: Robbie’s Rite of Passage by Vashti Quiroz-Vega

The Basement is my first novel a Suspense/Thriller aimed at an Upper Middle Grade/Young Adult audience.

“A kid should not be aware of his own heartbeat”, he thought.

Never forget the unexplored territories in your own back yard, or under your house.  Here, Vashti Quiroz-Vega gives voice to the young inhabitants of one neighborhood where things are more than they seem.

Robbie is an ordinary boy in a normal world, as we first enter the neighborhood and witness an idyllic scene of prepubescent children at play; but what happens in silence and in the dark will amaze you.   Join Robbie as he journeys to explore unknown and forgotten tales of intrigue, fear and blind faith.

Ask yourself:

What kinds of monsters lurk in your world?
What will you do when you can no longer see?

The Basement is a tale of angst, teamwork and solutions, of treasure hunts and adventure, and of facing your fears.  It is a focus on the small- but everything- world of one group of pre-teens and the very real and wondrous world they face.

Purchase details:

Paperback: $12.99
ebook: $10.99

Both from Tate Publishing

More information:

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Keltrius and the Armor of God by D.L Partee

This is a story of a young man who was born to become a Spiritual superhero for God. His objective is to help those less fortunate and stand up for what’s right and good in the world, all while trying to prevent Armageddon. As he is growing up and learning to accept his mission he is plagued by what he thinks are childhood bullies but in reality they are demons from hell trying to destroy God’s creation. Along the way he forms some allies as well as enemies, some unexpected and close to home.

Purchase information:

Amazon.com Kindle ebook and paperback

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Author’s Amazon page


Amazing Matilda: A Monarch’s Tale by Bette A. Stevens

Judges of the 2013 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards contest, which recognizes excellence in children’s literature, have spoken, and Amazing Matilda: A Monarch’s Tale by Maine author Bette A. Stevens, won an Honorable Mention place in the Picture Books – 6 & Older category.

Amazing Matilda: A Monarch’s Tale, is about a monarch caterpillar who only wants to fly. ‘How can a creature without wings every hope to fly?” Matilda’s friends wonder as they laugh at the tiny caterpillar. As Matilda progresses from egg to butterfly she learns that if she keeps trying, she can do anything that she really wants to do. Amazing Matilda’s storyline and illustrations follow the actual life cycle of the monarch butterfly and includes milkweed, an environmentally near-threatened plant. Milkweed is the only plant that monarch caterpillars will eat.

The book retails for $9.49 (paperback) and $3.99 (Kindle/eReader) and can be purchased at Amazon.com or your favorite online bookstore.  Visit the author at her website/blog:  www.4writersandreaders.com.


Love Me Till Tomorrow by Dave Donahue

This is a love story about two people who crash land in the Mojave Desert after a plague has wiped out the entire east coast.  The plague concocted by the US government was designed to curb population control.  The two survivors Mark and Desiree find themselves in a desperate situation, they must find their way to the west coast to find survivors, if any are left.

More information:

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In the Words of Jennifer Priester: An Author Interview

scan0143 Please welcome author Jennifer Priester to Imagineer-ing!  Defying being cast as a genre-specific writer, Jennifer offers her readers a wide selection of delights.  But let’s hear the facts from Jennifer herself…

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When did you first discover the desire to write was so strong in you?

I discovered this back when I was in second grade. I just started writing and never stopped.

Do you usually write in the same genre you tend to prefer to read?

I do write in the same genre I read, although I am more subject based than genre and read almost all genres so I also write in multiple genres. Currently these genre’s include: fantasy, children’s fiction, short stories, sci-fi/fantasy, sci-fi, general fiction, nonfiction, comic books, graphic novels, and supernatural…I think. There may be others and I’m actually not sure supernatural is a genre. The subjects I read and write about are animals, the relationships between humans and animals, magic, the supernatural, and superheroes, space travel, and alternate realities or dimensions. At this time I also read a lot of books with the subject of time travel, but I don’t write about it… yet.

When reading, do you prefer traditional printed books or ebooks?

I still prefer to read print books, but I have begun to buy and read some books in eBook format, and actually when buying a book new if it is available as an eBook this is how I will buy it.

Have you been influenced and/or inspired by another writer, or writers?

My first book/book series, Mortal Realm Witch, was more inspired by a TV show than anything else, but over the course of my writing, writers such as David Clement-Davies, Erin Hunter, Richard Adams, and more have influenced and inspired me to some degree, especially on my currently unpublished books featuring adventures about animals.

Do past or current events in your life have an influence on your writing?

They do and sometimes certain events get written directly into a story I am working on, such as my unpublished comic book/graphic novel; Spider and Jackal which is about the relationship between the two dogs I used to own. Many of the stories in this book actually happened. A story of mine that is in my untitled book of animal adventures called; “Pit-bull Park” was actually inspired by the Pit-bull bans that have been happening in many places. Current events in my life, and current events in general, influence my writing more than past ones, but although I will probably never reveal which ones, past events have had some influence.

Have you got a favourite author, who stands well ahead of all others?

For me, it is actually a group of authors who write under the name of Erin Hunter. The Erin Hunters are my favourite animal fantasy writers. I really love all three book series; Warriors, Seekers, and Survivors. When trying to figure out how to write animal battles that felt natural, meaning they reflect the animals behaviour realistically, even though my first one was wolves and the Erin Hunters don’t write about wolves, I often referred back to the battles written about in the various Warriors book series.

Have you got both printed and digital books published?

MRW Learning About Magic with title My first book, Mortal Realm Witch: Learning About Magic, is available in both formats, but at the moment the eBook is Kindle exclusive, which I am not sure if this will change or not. Most of my other books will be available in both formats. No book will be print exclusive, but a few will be only available as a digital book such as a couple of free stories I am working on and a two book eBook exclusive.

Do you try to write to satisfy what is fashionable, or do you write pieces that you would want to read?

I only write what interests me. Overall I write for myself and hope that others will like it as much as I do. Sometimes I am interested in something that is currently fashionable and sometimes I am not. I only read what I am interested in, and never read anything just because it is fashionable so why would I write this way? I don’t see the point, because I write for the reason that I enjoy doing it and if I’m not liking what I am writing about, chances are my readers won’t like what I wrote either, because I feel a writer needs to love what they write for the book to have any appeal to readers.

How do you fit writing into your life? Do you have set times for writing?

I don’t usually have set writing times. I have tried this and usually ended up throwing out what I wrote because it sounded really stupid to me, so I just write as I get ideas. I have always been writing and it has always been a fun thing for me, so writing more or less fits into my life as both my work and my play. Even when I have no plans on writing I usually end up doing it anyway so there really is no need to schedule specific time to do so.

Do you keep every jotting of ideas, just in case they might be developed at some later date?

I actually often wait a while after I get an idea, and if it sticks with me for twenty four hours or more, only then do I consider it to be a good idea and write it down. Often these are pieces for stories already being developed, but sometimes they are completely new ideas for stories. The only times I write down an idea right away is when it is something that came to me in a dream. Because even my best dreams often disappear as soon as I wake up and from that first moment I begin to forget more and more of it, I usually grab a pencil and notebook as fast as I can get to them and write down everything I can remember. Sometimes I end up writing everything out of order, but if once I get back to it and reread what I wrote, and still really like it, I will rewrite it in order or in whatever order seems to be the best for the story I am planning on it becoming. Sometimes I also begin to write out as much of the actual story right away and other times I wait to see if more ideas come first.

Do you write freeform or do you faithfully plan every piece meticulously before you start on a piece?

I usually write freeform. When ideas come, they come and usually they don’t stop until I stop writing. Sometimes, when I am at a stuck point or I have had so many different pieces that I have written down for later use in a certain story do I find the need to organize and plan out where my story is heading and what I want to happen in it.

When writing, most authors now use a computer of some description. Which do you find more satisfying: writing using any means available, using a computer, using a typewriter or using a pen/pencil?

I prefer to use a mechanical pencil and a notebook for my writing. Because I usually need to watch TV while I write and because I find myself able to use a pencil for longer than I can type this is how I prefer to write. I also am able to get my ideas down faster and I make less mistakes this way. I always type everything up on the computer after I either stop writing and haven’t been back to a story in a while to organize and make everything easier to read, or after completion of a story.

Have you ever been somewhere and discovered a copy of a book that’s extremely difficult to find, and drooled over the discovery?

Not exactly. I have found some U.K. books that are hard to find in the U.S. which I was excited to get, but considering I could always get these books from the U.K. they aren’t considered to be extremely difficult to find.

If you’ve had books published in print form, have you ever come across a copy of one of your own books by accident?

No, but once I almost accidentally grabbed my own book in the library on impulse just because the cover got my attention. I realized it was mine before actually grabbing it.

What is your greatest ambition in writing?

I would really love for my writing to make money, but overall I hope to write things that are both fun for me to write and entertaining for my readers.

Where can readers find out more about your works?

MRW_2 The Magic Continues Edited 5 w title and sized to 5x8 There are many places, but the best place for readers to learn more, at this time, is by visiting my website: www.mortalrealmwitch.com, and my author blog: www.animalsandmagic.wordpress.com. Eventually the websites of: www.ammoonlightcreations.com and www.jenniferpriester.com will also be places to learn more because the Mortal Realm Witch site will become exclusive to the series. When this happens the best place to learn about my works will be the Jennifer Priester site, but for now everything including my books that aren’t part of the Mortal Realm Witch series are on this site. Some direct links to my works are:

Mortal Realm Witch series: booksmrwseries
Other non-series works in progress: otherbooksbyjenniferpriester
Another series I am working on: animalworld
More about some of the books I am working on: meettheanipals
More about the Mortal Realm Witch series: meetthecharacters
Discover my writing (Free PDF story): freetoreadstories
Mortal Realm Witch: Learning About Magic Excerpts: 3-book-excerpts-mortal-realm-witch-learning-about-magic

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Book Promo Day: 23rd May, 2013

Tangram Zoo by Bette A Stevens The Tangram Zoo and Word Puzzles Too! by Bette A Stevens

Looking for some Special Summertime Fun with the kids or grandkids?  Need some quality ‘together time’ on a rainy day?  Visit The Tangram Zoo and Word Puzzles Too! for hours of creative learning and hands-on fun.  Solve 18 puzzles and riddles, make your own tangram puzzle pieces; then write your own riddles and add your own animals to The Zoo!  Solutions and project ideas included.

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On special at Amazon.com right now for only $6.29

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Making It Home by Christine Campbell Making It Home by Christine Campbell

Kate had a home, but her heart wasn’t in it… or in her marriage.

So she left them both.

Phillis had a home…and her heart was in it…but she wanted something more.

So she shopped.

Naomi had no home and her heart was in cold storage, frozen by grief and fear.

So she shopped.

They found one another in a department store.

Shopping.

The problem with ‘retail therapy’: you can overdose.

As friendship grows between these three women, they help one another face up to their problems, realising along the way, that every heart needs a home and it takes more than a house to make one.

A contemporary novel about women who want more.

Price:

Paperback – £7.99
Kindle ebook – £2.74

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Murder at the Galvez by Kathleen Kaska

Murder at the Galvez (LL-Publications) is the third mystery in the Sydney Lockhart Mystery Series.

Eighteen years after discovering the murdered body of her grandfather in the foyer of the historic Galvez Hotel, Sydney Lockhart reluctantly returns to Galveston, Texas to cover the controversial Pelican Island Development Project conference. Soon after her arrival, the conference is cancelled; the keynote speaker is missing. When his body turns up in the trunk of Sydney’s car, she’s hauled down to the police station for questioning. The good news is Sydney has an alibi this time; the bad news is she finds another body—her father’s new friend—he’s floating facedown in a fish tank with a bullet in his head. Her father’s odd behavior and the threatening notes delivered to her hotel room leads Sydney to suspect that her grandfather’s unsolved murder and the present murders are connected. As if this wasn’t bad enough, just a few blocks from the hotel at her parents’ home, people are gathering, sparks are flying, another controversial event is in the planning, one that just might rival the Great Storm of 1900.

Paperback: 280 pages
Publisher: LL-Publications (December 7, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0957472617
ISBN-13: 978-0957472617

Price and Purchase from:

Paperback: $13.99
eBook: $5.99

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Website: www.kathleenkaska.com
Blog: www.kathleenkaskawrites.blogspot.co.uk


Distant Thunder by T D Griggs Distant Thunder by T.D.Griggs

Bangalore, 1893.  Frank Gray’s enchanted Indian boyhood comes to a brutal end the night his mother is savagely assaulted by a British cavalry officer.  As the scandal destroys his family, Frank has only revenge left to live for.

Grace Dearborn grows up in England, wealthy and privileged. But once she learns the human cost of her family’s fortune, she is on a collision course with the father she adores.

Frank and Grace share more than a hatred of injustice.  Their personal demons drive them from bohemian Vienna to the savagery of the North-west Frontier, from the slums of London to the deserts of the Sudan. But escaping the past is the hardest battle of all.

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Book Promotion Day: 16th May, 2013

The Tattered Prayer Book by Becky Schastey The Tattered Prayer Book by Ellen Bari, illustrated by Avi Katz

The Tattered Prayer Book  is a gentle introduction to the Holocaust for children ages 6-10. Ruthie discovers a secret about her father, while looking through a box of mementos from the ‘old country.’ As her father tells his surprising story, Ruthie learns a piece of her father’s story, a slice of Jewish history and the circumstances under which the family fled Nazi Germany.  A burnt prayer book taken in secret from a destroyed synagogue after Kristallnacht offers solace to her father as a young boy, at the most difficult time in his life. Once safely settled in America, he tries to bury the prayer book along with his painful past.  Many years later, sharing the story with Ruthie, allows father to heal and daughter to grow.

Price:

$18.95 7” x 10” hard cover, 32 pages.  ISBN: 978-0-9819906-8-2

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Gihon River Press, Inc.

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CIty of the Gods - The Descendant by S J McMillan City of the Gods: The Descendant by S J McMillan

In 700 A.D. Teotihuacan, Mexico, the High Priest believed himself to be a powerful as the gods. He set a plague on the city as a demonstration of his power. The Gods took pity on the remaining loyal congregation. They granted each survivor immortality and an extraordinary ability. Three loyal survivors were given a mission of great importance: train the lone human descendant of their civilization to stop the evil from damning the rest of humanity.

Now in San Diego, California, the time has come to finally make Katalina Deckard aware of her destiny. Her life has been a constant struggle since the loss of her parents when she was young. These struggles have made her a fighter, but she doesn’t believe they have prepared her to save the world. Her friends, who have survived for so long, must convince her that she has what it takes to accept the mantle of the Redeemer.

City of the Gods: The Descendant is the first book in an urban fantasy trilogy. The second book, City of the Gods: The Betrayal will be released later this year.

Price and Purchase from:

Paperback is available on Amazon.com for $12.99 plus S&H.
E-book format is also available on Amazon for $6.99.
It is also available on Barnes & Noble.com and Kobobooks.com

More information:

Author Website: www.mcmillansj.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/mcmillansj
Twitter: www.twitter.com/mcmillansj


Culloo by Murielle Cyr

Tala can’t answer the door. The welfare officer is knocking and her father isn’t home again. She needs to find him before her and her young brother get placed in foster care. Their quest brings them to secluded woods where they discover bear poachers are responsible for their father’s disappearance.

Their adventures bring them in contact with the legendary woodland characters: the pipe-smoking frog-like people and the giant, ferocious black bird. Will they be able to survive the night alone with hungry bears and angry poachers and find their father before the hunters do?

Price:

$1.17 Kindle ebook

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Amazon.com

More information:

Author website: www.muriellerites.wordpress.com
Amazon Author Page: www.amazon.com/Murielle-Cyr/e/B00C4L464O


Book Promotion Day: 2nd May, 2013

EternalNights-V S Nelson Eternal Nights – Sekhmet’s Guardians – Book Two by V S Nelson

V.S. Nelson has surprised us again with the second book in her award winning series, Eternal Nights. Like all of her books they are available in Kindle format, print and large print for those with less than perfect vision.

With each passing day Jessica’s consciousness grew stronger. For twenty years she was content to remain as she was—trapped inside another. The life she led came to an abrupt end the moment she laid eyes on Raphael. At first she suspected they were destined to be together–his gentle touch confirmed it. Although he didn’t know it, he ignited waves of a fiery passion that burned deep into her soul. It became brighter every day, giving her the strength she needed. Somehow she would find a way to free herself from her grandmother’s powerful magic.

Since her birth she learned vicariously from observing others of her kind and until now she was satisfied with the life she led. She had everything one would need to live a meaningful life without the stress the human world inflicts on its inhabitants. With each passing day her obsession to be more than she was, intensified. Jessica knew she was gifted with her race’s abilities to communicate with others but until now she had never used them. They say practice makes perfect and she was at a point now where she could make her presence known—at least to him.

Video trailer for Eternal Lovers by V S Nelson

Note: Some adult images feature in this video trailer!

Price:

$19.99 Paperback
$10.30 Kindle ebook

Purchase from:

Amazon.com

ISBNS:  Print ISBN-13:978-1482904771
ISBN-10:1483904776
Large Print    ISBN- 13: 978-1483925530
ISBN- 10: 1483925536

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Master-of-Miasma-by-Poppet Master of Miasma (The Valhalla Series) by Poppet

Falling in love with a shadow sounds impossible, taken home to live with myths is even more insane, yet on Yule’s night this is exactly what befalls Emma. Nothing in this modern world could prepare her for this new reality, the mark of Valhalla, or the depths of her connection to the mysterious Macala.

Destiny dances a wicked tango, locked to her master of miasma nothing makes Emma want him more than the imposed separation. He’s enigmatic, a paradox, and everything she’s ever needed. Disclosure doesn’t sever their bond, it simply forges them closer. Walking the paths of Norse gods, Emma rises to the call of her heart.

Price:

$3..03 Kindle ebook (Paperback also available)

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Amazon.com

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TheSilverCross The Silver Cross (The Vampire Nightlife, Book 1) by Debra L Martin & David W Small

There are two things Boston detective Lacey Gardner knows about killing vampires. Slicing off a head or a hit directly to the heart are the only surefire ways to kill one. Silver is their Achilles heel. A vampire never wears silver.

When she meets bartender extraordinaire, Damon Harte, her heart does a quickstep for the dark hunky guy. She’s learned the hard way that having a love interest in her line of work can be heart-wrenching. She’s kept to herself for years, but something about Damon captivates her and draws her to him. When she learns Damon’s devastating secret, she knows what she has to do: kill the man who has stolen her heart.

4.2/5 star rating over 28 reviews.

Price:

$7.99 Paperback
$2.91 Kindle ebook

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Amazon.com

More information:

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