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On Little Wings
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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Time Twist By Jeanie R. Davis-Official Book Tour and Giveaway: Special Author Interview!





Arianna Miller tosses her luggage and her hopes into her Subaru and sets out to prove her talent—by decorating a Victorian mansion thirty miles from nowhere. She needs a fresh start and a break from painful memories. However, she is soon haunted by reminders of her past and endangered by foreboding mysteries.

Christopher Flemming is determined to stop his father's crime spree, which began in nineteenth century London and now threatens present day Colorado. He must find and destroy the time-traveling machine that brought them forward in time. More importantly, he needs to save Arianna.
Because of Christopher's blurred focus, Arianna finds her attraction to him untenable. She wants to help him, but he refuses to reveal his connection to the mansion.

Everything changes when Arianna stumbles onto the time machine before Christopher does. Will her future end up in the past?





   Jeanie Davis is an Arizona transplant—twenty-four years and counting. She loves peach ice cream, shopping, a clean house…oh, and chocolate, of course. She has traveled extensively—from Fiji to Africa and Europe to Costa Rica—but prefers being at home creating new adventures on her computer.

     Her four daughters have left her nest empty, but they return often with grandchildren who bring real fun and adventure to her life. And thankfully, Jeanie's awesome husband, Rick, loves to join in on all her escapades.

      A good romance will always capture Jeanie's attention; add suspense or historical ties and she's totally hooked. She's the author of a time-traveling adventure, Time Twist—the first of a romantic/suspense series with a twist of paranormal; an historical fiction novel, As Ever Yours, based on the lives of her grandparents, and a children's Christmas book, I Don't Know Why I Did It.

     Jeanie is passionate about writing, and she always has a new story to delve into or an older one to revise. She began by writing poetry and music, which she still enjoys, but now novels have moved to the forefront of her avocational pursuits.
     When she's not spoiling her grandchildren, Jeanie spends her free time curled up with a good book or typing away on her most recent mystery, adventure or romance.








Author Interview
Author: Jeanie R. Davis
Book: Time Twist

When did you start writing, and was there a specific event or person who influenced you to become an author?  
I have written poetry and music for as long as I can remember, but I began writing novels in 2014. Shock! I’ve always loved to read, but never imagined myself as an author. I’ve had MS for 34 years and am proof that God gives us all a purpose in life.

How many books do you have out, and do you have a favorite? 
 I currently have three published books: As Ever Yours (Historical Fiction), I Don’t Know Why I Did It (Children’s Christmas book) and Time Twist (Romantic Suspense w/time travel). I always say the one I’m working on is my favorite 😊

How do you come up with character names?  
That’s a tough one. I usually start with a few that I like, then ask my daughters—who are much more hip (and don’t use words such as “hip”) than I am—for their opinions.

Do you have a favorite author? 
 I love historical fiction and romance and have several favorite authors. Some are: Sarah Eden, Jennifer Moore, Carla Kelly, Donna Hatch and Jennifer Griffith.

What is some of your favorite or memorable books that you’ve read? 
 Longing for Home/Hope Springs series by Sarah Eden, Legally in Love series by Jennifer Griffith, and… the Harry Potter series. I guess I’m a sucker for a good series.

What is one piece of advice you could give to a new author that you wish someone had passed to you?  
Just because you can read, doesn’t mean you can write. Learn the craft by taking classes and working in critique groups, then never give up.

Do you have any pets?  
Not anymore. Moki, my favorite dog, died last year. He was a Yorkshire Terrier and a very sweet pet.

What do you do in your spare time when you’re not writing? 
 I spend time with my family. And my husband and I do a fair bit of traveling, as well.

What is the best vacation you ever went on?  
Family vacation to Fiji, or vacation with my husband to Ireland—both were my favorites but were so different from each other.

If you could live anywhere else besides your current location, where would it be?  
I can’t think of anywhere else I’d rather live. We lived in New York for eight months last year, and I couldn’t wait to move home. My heart is where my kids and grandkids are (and nearly all of them live in Arizona). I have one daughter and her family living in Utah. If I had to move, I’d choose to live near them.

Are you currently working on a project, and if so, can you tell us anything about it?  
Yes! I’m currently polishing the sequel to Time Twist, which doesn’t end on a cliffhanger, but has more story to it. The name of the book is Time Trap. In this book the characters spend a lot of time in 19th century London, and in the end, Christopher and Arianna finally find their very happily ever after.

If you weren’t an author, what other profession would you be in? 
 I went to school to be an interior decorator. But with MS, that would be difficult. I’m happy I can write about Arianna, who is a decorator 😊

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Gratitude Giveaway Hop: November 15th-30th 2018

Welcome to the Gratitude Giveaway Hop! 
There are so many things to be
thankful for this time of year. 


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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Official Cover Reveal for: Jaguar-Book 3 of the Uncanny Valley Trilogy BY: C.A. Gray & Giveaway






C.A. Gray is the author of the YA Fantasy PIERCING THE VEIL trilogy, as well as the YA Dystopian trilogy, THE LIBERTY BOX. By day, she is a Naturopathic Medical Doctor (NMD), with a primary care practice in Tucson, AZ. Additionally, she writes medical books under her real name.

Her favorite authors include J.K. Rowling and Suzanne Collins, and she also reads an exceptional amount of non-fiction. She is blessed with exceptionally supportive family and friends, and thanks God for them every single day!









Synopsis:

Sometimes the person you lie to the most is yourself.

The Silver Six have blown the Renegades’ underground compound to bits, killing several of Rebecca’s best friends in the process—and to her horror, the boy Rebecca had convinced herself she loved for all these years was the one to betray them all. At the same time, General Specs, the company Liam was once slated to inherit, has developed a superintelligent robot called Jaguar which is quickly becoming godlike in her omniscience. As the remaining Renegades flee to their last bastion of safety in the Caribbean, Liam makes his way back to London, in a last ditch effort to convince his father to destroy Jaguar before it’s too late.

Rebecca, meanwhile, finally understands her own heart: she never loved Andy. He was merely a ‘safe’ choice who would never require anything of her. Liam, on the other hand, exasperating as he was, had seen past her defenses. All of his teasing and provoking had been his attempt to get her to be real with him—but the more he made her feel, the further she had retreated. She had even substituted her companion bot Madeline for real, deep human friendships, and for the same reason: she’d been avoiding love to protect herself from another loss like the one she had experienced when her father was killed for the Renegades’ cause. Ironically, she only realizes this once Liam is on his way to a similar fate.  But she’ll be damned if she lets him go without a fight.

This high stakes conclusion to the Uncanny Valley Trilogy envisions a world not too far off from our own, in which superintelligence is a reality, humanoid bots have supplanted human power and influence, and there are eyes watching and reporting our every move. If humanity is to survive, the Renegades will have to galvanize support across the globe, under the radar—and it will require every last bit of ingenuity they possess. But is attempting to outwit a superintelligent being really the answer? Or will it require something much more fundamentally human?


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Let's take a look inside the book with a Snippet:

“He can’t help us!” I shouted to Rick, “He’s unconscious!” 
With one glance back at the hovercraft, Rick tossed the hammer back inside and barked at Francis, “Cover us!” 
“What do you think I’m doing?” Francis yelled back. 
I realized Rick must have sliced open his hand on the jagged glass when he scooped Liam up over one shoulder, leaving trails of blood on his hospital gown. Rick scrambled back to the window, just as the chair in the doorframe slid all the way loose. 
“Closer!” Francis shouted to the hovercraft pilot bot. The hovercraft scraped the ledge now, but it was enough for Rick to leap up to the ledge and haul Liam’s shoulders aboard. I grabbed his legs, held them up, and shoved. 
“Stop!” called the bots in the doorframe. Francis opened fire, and I could hear the bullets glancing off the bots’ metallic bodies. You have to shoot them in the eyes! I thought frantically. The humanoid bots behind us fired bullets out of their wrists. Searing pain shot through my shoulder, just as a strong arm locked around my waist. Francis gave a cry, and just before I collapsed on top of Liam’s limp form, I saw the blossom of blood spreading across the side of Francis’s t-shirt. His face went white, and he let out a gurgle. 
No, I thought, just as Rick shouted at the pilot bot, “Go go go!” Then we rocketed up, leaving my stomach on the ground below.





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Friday, November 9, 2018

The Gem Thief By Sian Ann Bessey- Blog Tour and $25 Gift Card Giveaway


Product Details

  • Title: The Gem Thief
  •  Author: Sian Ann Bessey
  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Genre: Mystery/Suspense
  • Publisher: Covenant Communications, Inc. (November 1, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1524407739

***I recieved a review copy in exchange for an honest review*** 


Book Summary
Some Things Aren't Always What They Seem...
 
Gracie Miller is a small-town girl who has landed her dream job in New York City. As jewelry designer for one of the most prestigious jewelers in the world, she completed a particularly stunning piece, a custom setting for a large pink diamond. But when her billionaire client Mrs. Katsaros comes to repair a minor issue with the setting, Gracie is horrified to realize it is not the ring she created. Someone has forged her design, and the priceless diamond is gone.

Mrs. Katsaros has no desire to bring media attention to the jewelry heist, so she recruits her nephew, Quinn, and his FBI agent friend, Steve, to do some sleuthing off the record. When they discover that the missing ring is just one of many forgeries in the widow's collection, they look to Gracie for help. They need her to act the part of Quinn's fiancée. From the lights of New York to the shimmering islands of the Mediterranean, Gracie is swept into a thrilling hunt. But amid the search for the elusive thief, she and Quinn find themselves increasingly distracted by their growing feelings for each other. What neither realizes is how close the danger lies and how serious the vendetta is—because, apparently, it is worth killing for.

My Review
I loved "The Gem Thief"! This was a busy week for me being a teacher and having Parent Teacher Conferences.I didn't have time to read it earlier, so I picked up the book this morning and finished it in a few hours. Honestly, I couldn't put it down. It has so many wonderful elements that I loved. Of course it has an exciting mystery, an exotic setting on a fancy cruise ship touring Italy and Greece, endearing characters including main characters Quinn, Gracie, and Aunt Dorcas, and of course a slow burning romance that was icing on the cake of this fantastic novel. 

I have really liked Author Sian Ann Bessey's other books I've read, but this one is now my favorite. Also, the cover art is gorgeous! It fits the novel perfectly. The only thing I didn't like is when the book ended. I wanted so much more with the characters I grew to love. I almost wish that there could be another novel with all of the same characters. It's not often that I like the characters so much that I feel I'll miss them when the story is over.

I highly recommend this 5 Star book to readers that love a great mystery mixed with a nice romance and fantastic characters. This one is a true winner!

Meet Author: Sian Ann Bessey
Sian Ann Bessey was born in Cambridge, England, but grew up on the island of Anglesey off the coast of North Wales. She left her homeland to attend Brigham Young University in Utah, where she earned a bachelor's degree in communications with a minor in English. 

She began her writing career as a student, publishing several magazine articles while still in college. Since then she has published historical romance and romantic suspense novels, along with a variety of children's books. She is a USA Today best selling author and a Whitney Award finalist.

Although Sian doesn't have the opportunity to speak Welsh very often anymore, she can still wrap her tongue around, "Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch." She loves to travel and experience other cultures, but when she's home, her favorite activities are spending time with her family, cooking, and reading.

You can visit Sian on the web at www.sianannbessey.com

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The Kings Envoy: Artesans of Albia Book One By Cas Peace- Audio Book Blog Tour and Giveaway





Cas lives in the lovely county of Hampshire, southern UK, where she was born. On leaving school she trained for two years before qualifying as horse-riding instructor. During this time she also learned to carriage-drive. She spent thirteen years in the British Civil Service before moving to Rome, Italy, where she and her husband, Dave, lived for three years. They enjoy returning whenever they can. Cas supports many animal charities and owns two rescue dogs. She has a large collection of cacti and loves gardening. She is also a folk singer/songwriter and is currently writing and recording nine folk-style songs to accompany each of her fantasy books. You can listen to and download all the songs from her website: www.caspeace.com 

See the video of her performing live at the King’s Envoy book launch here: http://www.caspeace.com/cas-peace/the-wheel-will-turn



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About the Narrator

Born in the eighties, her formative years in the nineties, Rebecca's taste in music and fashion never really had a chance. Fortunately, you can't tell these things from her writing or voice over work. Her first novel, Trespasser, is as dark as her neon is bright, and you'd never guess from hearing her that she's narrating science fiction in nothing but unicorn pants.

Currently residing in London, Rebecca is passionate about travel, and has a good- albeit sometimes dubious- ear for accents. She graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama with a degree in something or other, has a background in musical theatre, a past career in burlesque, and is a classically trained opera singer. Oh, and she likes greyhounds. And wine.


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Taran Elijah’s quest for knowledge uncovers a plot that threatens the world...

In Albia, the fourth realm, the precious Artesan gift is dying. Although born to the craft, Taran is struggling to achieve his potential. Against his friends' advice, he embarks on a foolhardy plan to acquire the teaching he craves. Alone, he crosses into Andaryon, the fifth realm, but instead of finding a mentor, he stumbles upon a treacherous plot. 



In the wake of Taran's actions, Albia suffers a series of vicious raids, and Major Sullyan of the High King's forces is sent to oppose them. But a dark and treacherous force is moving through the realms, and both Taran and Sullyan will feel its power. Their craft, the lives of their friends, the very existence of their realm are under threat unless they expose and oppose the evil.

Review:
"Cas Peace's Artesans of Albia trilogy immediately sweeps you away:  the drama starts with King's Envoy, continues unabated in King's Champion, and climaxes in King's Artesan, yet each volume is complete, satisfying.  The Artesan series  propels you into a world so deftly written that you see, feel, touch, and even smell each twist and turn. These nesting novels are evocative, hauntingly real. Smart. Powerful. Compelling. The trilogy teems with finely drawn characters, heroes and villains and societies worth knowing; with stories so organic and yet iconic you know you've found another home—in Albia. So start reading now. I, for one, can't wait to find out what will happen next.

Janet E Morris: Bestselling Author of The Sacred Band of Stepsons seriesthe Dream Dancer series; I, the Sun; Outpassage; The Silistra Quartet;and editor of the Bangsian In Hell seriesFamed contributor to the shared universe fantasy series, Thieves World.





My family loved listening to The Kings Envoy. We are lovers of good fantasy and epic stories and this fit the bill perfectly. There was a lot of exciting adventures and great characters. We also liked the mystery of an unknown plot that Taran finds about on his journey. This adds so much to the story. We definitely want to continue reading this series. We are fully invested in this new world of magic and what happens in Albia. 





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Monday, November 5, 2018

The Kingdom of Nereth By TJ Amberson: Blog Hop Spotlight and Giveaway + Extras-Author Interview & Excerpt

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About the Book

The Kingdom of Nereth Final
Series: Nereth Trilogy Genre: Young Adult, Middle Grade, Fantasy, Historical, Mideval Publisher: Indie Publication date: March 1, 2016

Book Summary
Dark times are upon the land of Nereth. Centuries have passed since the rightful heir to the throne was banished. The people are losing hope in ancient legend, which foretells of one who will rise up, overthrow the evil king and queen, and restore peace. Like all others in Nereth, Edlyn has suffered greatly. Orphaned as a child, Edlyn grew up as the serf of a drunken lord. Now a spirited seventeen-year-old, Edlyn works to buy her freedom while fighting off the unwanted advances of Sheriff Hurst. One morning, Edlyn discovers a young man hiding in the stable. He is fleeing from Sheriff Hurst and inflicted with a sword wound that will surely be fatal without her help. In a split-second decision, Edlyn conceals the young man from Sheriff Hurst and begins nursing him back to health. As the young man’s strength returns, Edlyn learns that his name is Maddock, and she is stunned to find that he has come from the mysterious land to the north. Maddock soon comes to Edlyn’s aid, rescuing her from Sheriff Hurst. Suddenly declared outlaws, both Edlyn and Maddock must escape for their lives to enchanted Ravenshire Forest and then the desolate mountains beyond. As their adventure unfolds, Edlyn and Maddock discover that their meeting may have been more than chance, for their lives prove bound by a fate that neither of them could possibly have imagined.

About the Author

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TJ Amberson hails from the Pacific Northwest, where she lives with her husband and nutty cocker spaniel. Her most recent novels include The Kingdom of Nereth, The Council of Nereth, Fusion, and Love at Lakewood Med. When she’s not writing, TJ can probably be found enjoying a hot chocolate, pretending to know how to garden, riding her bike, playing the piano, or surfing the Internet for cheap plane tickets.
With a love of writing in multiple genres, TJ Amberson strives to provide well-written, age-appropriate, and original novels for tweens, teens, and new adults.

Author Interview

1. Who are some of your favorite authors and why?
I’m glad that you asked for “some” favorite authors, because I have too many to list, and they’re of quite different genres and time periods! So, in no particular order, here are a few:

L.M. Montgomery introduced me to Anne and the world of Avonlea when I was a young girl, for which she remains a favorite author of mine. Shakespeare, Shakespeare, Shakespeare. Victor Hugo wrote my favorite novel, LES MISERABLES. Jane Austen because, well, Jane Austen. Charles Dickens. Sophie Kinsella. Alexandre Dumas, especially for THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO.  Dan Brown. Beverly Cleary. I could go on and on!

2. What does a day in the life of TJ Amberson look like?
It varies! On the days when I’m not at work, I am typically doing immensely glamorous things like laundry, grocery shopping, or other errands. From spring through early fall, I spend time in the garden. If it’s not raining, I’ll go on a bike ride; on rainy days, I’ll exercise on the elliptical while watching re-runs of GILMORE GIRLS. Most days, I make time for author-related activities – it may be early in the morning, mid-day, or the last thing that I do before heading for bed.


3. What inspired the idea for The Kingdom of Nereth?
The concept for THE KINGDOM OF NERETH started when, out of nowhere, the opening scene began playing through my mind. I saw a medieval farm. It was sunrise. A young woman—strong and intelligent—was carrying water toward the barn.  The visual impact of that scene struck me so much that I immediately began writing a story around it.

4. What did you as an author take away from writing The Kingdom of Nereth?
Awesome question. Some years ago, I made the decision to write and publish professionally because I wanted to provide tween and teen readers with new, well-written, original novels that were also age-appropriate. I believed (hoped!) that there were young readers out there looking for novels that didn’t contain swearing, sex, drug use, extensive violence, or other more adult-type content.

What I have taken away from writing THE KINGDOM OF NERETH is that there are young readers out there looking for this type of novel. I can’t articulate how gratifying to hear from a reader – or a parent – that they loved THE KINGDOM OF NERETH and appreciated that the story was age-appropriate. Giving young readers wonderful stories like the ones I grew up with is the reason that I write.

5. What is your current WIP? What can you tell us about the project?
I’m thrilled to announce that THE COUNCIL OF NERETH – the sequel to THE KINGDOM OF NERETH – is coming out in December of 2018!

I’m also in the middle of tidying up another young adult novel, BETWEEN, which I intend to release in 2019. It’s an exciting, paranormal story of a young woman who winds up in limbo between heaven and earth.
​On the adult side, I am also working on my next romance novel, THE BEST MAN, which I also hope to release in 2019. Wish me luck!

Snippet

Edlyn noticed the blood-stained tear in Maddock’s dirty shirt. “You are hurt, sir.”
Covering his abdomen with one hand, Maddock took a step toward the stable door. “I will leave. I…”
Maddock trailed off when the chickens outside suddenly began clucking loudly. Edlyn jumped at the unexpected clamor, over which she heard the sound of horses approaching fast. After another glance at the young man, Edlyn rushed by him, opened the stable door, and looked out. Six men on horseback were galloping across the meadow toward the stable. Five of the riders had swords drawn, and the rider in front held a flag aloft—a flag, Edlyn realized with a shudder, which bore the symbol of the infamous Sheriff Hurst.
Edlyn slowly turned to Maddock. “I presume this is about you.”
Maddock did not respond. Wincing, he reached out with one arm to brace himself against the wall while keeping his other hand pressed on his abdomen.
“I could be imprisoned for helping a fugitive, or killed,” Edlyn went on frankly, shutting the stable door. “It depends on what you have done.”
Maddock found his voice, “I will not put you in danger.”
He made another move to leave but swayed and began to fall. Edlyn lunged forward, catching Maddock in her arms. Staggering under the weight of his limp body, she lowered him to the dirt. From the sounds outside, Edlyn knew that the riders were nearly upon them. She also saw that Maddock’s breathing was growing shallow and the life in his dark eyes fading. He would not escape those who hunted him. For one moment, Edlyn hesitated, looking between Maddock and the stable door. Then she spoke upward, as if to the sky:
“This young man might be an outlaw, but may the spirits of Ravenshire Forest curse me for eternity if I ever help Sheriff Hurst.”


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