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What Would the Founding Fathers Think: A Young American's guide to understanding the mess our country is in and how we get out
Isabelle Webb: Legend of the Jewel
Captive Heart
Cobble Cavern
Caller ID
Promises
Protected,
Summer of Secrets
On Little Wings
We Lived in Heaven: Spiritual Accounts of Souls Coming to Earth
Christ's gifts to women
A Woman's power: threads that bind us to god
Scary School
Hope's journey
Blue
Targets in Ties
Crater Lake: Battle for Wizard Island
Venom
With a Name like Love
Sean Griswold's head


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2019 Reading Challenge

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2019 Reading Challenge
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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Great Summer Reads 2019 : Countdown Blitz & Giveaway Day 18:Featuring Author TJ Amberson-THE KINGDOM OF NERETH,




TJ Amberson hails from the Pacific Northwest. With a love of writing in several genres, TJ strives to provide well-written, age-appropriate, & original novels for tweens, teens, and new adults.














  
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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.



  
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Q&A With the Author:

Question 1) What do you like to do when you're not writing? When I'm not writing, I enjoy working in my garden, bike riding, taking walks on a sunny day, star gazing with my telescope, and traveling whenever I can.

Question 2) What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? I would say an interesting writing quirk of mine is that I'm much more productive at certain times of the day, particularly right after waking up or in the late evening.

Question 3) Do you have any suggestions to help budding authors become better writers? If so, what are they? For budding writers, my advice on how to improve is to simply keep writing! Just like any skill or talent, you get better the more that you do it!

Question 4) Where do you get information and ideas for your books? I glean information or ideas for my books from just about anywhere - including random ideas popping into my head, online research, dreams, my educational background, witnessing something humorous or inspiring - ideas come from all around!

Question 5) What do you think makes a good story? I don't know if there's a way to articulate perfectly what makes a good story, but I would include on the list: characters that we can care about, a story that intrigues us, storytelling that makes us feel emotion, and a conclusion that satisfies.


Question 6) Tell us about your favorite summer vacation? Or what do you like to do in the summer? Summertime is all about being outside and enjoying sunshine! That can be anything from big to small, including a boat ride, traveling, or a peaceful evening enjoying dinner out on the patio.





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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Great Summer Reads 2019 : Countdown Blitz & Giveaway Day 17:Featuring Author Sonya Ray-The Three Crowns Series (Seven Books and Free Novella)/Kindle Edition






I grew up in Southeast Missouri; home of the Throwed Rolls, high cotton, and the St. Louis Cardinals. I have a little family consisting of son, daughter, son-in-law and a little Pi. Other than my children (and grandchild), my passion is writing. My current project is The Three Crowns Series. Sweet Tea is the first book in this seven-novel series which published October 15, 2013.

Besides reading and writing, I enjoy singing. I love music period. Music is in our family. Whether it be the bluegrass from the Ozarks that my Grandpa Sutton use to play on his banjo or fiddle, or the smooth, family harmony in which I am fortunate enough to sing with my Dad and Brother. But you can give me some kickin' AC/DC too! I like it all!

I work full-time as an Administrative Assistant. Every free moment is dedicated to my family and my current project, The Three Crowns, a seven-novel paranormal romance series.




It all starts with a Queen and a Plan.

The Three Crowns is a New Adult/Paranormal Romance series. There are seven books to complete the series, with a novella. This series has your modern day vampires dealing with the Old World Laws creating a struggle for ultimate power in the Night World.



THE THREE CROWNS SERIES SYNOPSIS

The Three Crowns series is about a normal girl whose life is more than what she will allow herself to imagine. It is the journey of her accepting that everything is not black and white, and our logic of what we understand does not mean something does exist. Throughout the story she is protected, loved, groomed and pushed to her limits to prepare her for what lies ahead of her. She is tested in all areas of her humanity which will someday bring her to know the person she is destined to be. The human nature of love is a tangled web of emotions for she feels the love of two men who are continually being taken away from her for the sake of their positions in the future as well.




Top Ten List:


1) I'm a MiMi!
2) I'm a cancer survivor
3) I LOVE all kinds of music
4) I sing with my brother and dad every Sunday
5) I'm writing a story in my head all the time
6) My celebrity crush would be Dwayne Johnson
7) I think maybe Arya Stark and Gendry will take the Iron Throne  
8) My favorite classic book - Pride and Prejudice
9) I love the beach
10) I'm a flip flop/barefoot kinda girl





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Monday, June 24, 2019

Great Summer Reads 2019 : Countdown Blitz & Giveaway Day 16: Featuring Author Cheryl Carpinello-Sons of the Sphinx



I’m a retired high school English teacher. A devourer of books growing up, my profession introduced me to writings and authors from times long past. 

Through my studies and teaching, I fell in love with the Ancient and Medieval Worlds. 

Now, I hope to inspire young readers and those Young-at-Heart to read more through my Tales and Legends for Reluctant Readers set in these worlds.





 If they fail...

She could die over 3300 years from home!



Tackle the elements & evil of Ancient Egypt...
A history-changing battle & Time Travel Thriller...


Fifteen-year-old Rosa doesn't see dead people...
She hears them & talks to them.

When she agrees to help King Tut's ghost find his lost queen & clear his family's name, she doesn't count on falling for him.

She & Tut must also outwit an evil pharaoh determined to stop them...
Even if it means one of them must die.

Get it today and see who triumphs.


2015 IAN Book of the Year Finalist YA
2015 CAL Book Award Finalist YA Fiction
2014 Literary Classics Seal of Approval
2015 Readers' Favorite Finalist YA
2014 Literary Classics Silver Medal for PreTeen/Tween




Q&A With the Author:

1. What do you like to do when you're not writing?

When not writing, I spend time with my family, enjoy the Colorado outdoors, catch up on my reading, go to concerts, and travel.

2. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I have tried several different methods for putting my thoughts down, but after 10+ years of writing have settled on just doing that—writing. I don't outline. I write one draft and recycle back through the last writing session to edit and add material. When I'm finished with the story, I send it do my editor and move onto the next. I love not being bogged down in multiple drafts.

3. What suggestions do you have any suggestions to help budding authors become better authors?

My suggestions won't work for everyone but I encourage all levels of authors to try it. Write the stories you like to read. Entertain your readers. Don't think you have to know how your story is going to end. Have you ever finished a book where you already knew the ending? Trust your creativity to write the story. And as a writing instructor told me, "When you are stuck just write the next sentence and the next and the next."

4. Where do you get information and ideas for your books?

My stories have all come from my love of the ancient and medieval worlds and my imagination. I write the stories I would like to have lived.

5. What do you think makes a good story?

One that entertains, has engaging characters, a magical/mystical setting, and moves at a fast pace.

6. Tell us about your favorite summer vacation. Or what you like to do in the summer.


In summer, we go down to southern Mexico for 8-12 days and just play in the sun and ocean. We read a lot, and I do some writing. We love to travel and usually plan a trip overseas very 3-4 years. When we go, we spend 3-4 weeks in the country traveling around on our own.




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Saturday, June 22, 2019

Offenders By Michael Brooks-Official Book Blitz & Giveaway! Only 99 cents on Amazon Kindle





Since a young age Michael Brooks has been told he was best at making things up. If it wasn’t concocting a lie to get out of trouble, it was creating wild tales about aliens abducting cows from the barn, or stories of ghosts haunting the woods that surrounded their farmhouse in Missouri. Now he’s all grown up, earned a degree in creative writing, and has turned his passion for “making things up” into a profession.. 
He lives in Utah with his beautiful wife, their five amazing kiddos, four crazy chicken, too many fish to count, an impressive wand collection, and one or two invisible dragons. He also writes and illustrates stories for younger readers under the name Mikey Brooks. You can find more about him and his other books at www.mikeybrooks.com.

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MURDER MADE HIM A PRISONER. TRUTH CAN SET HIM FREE.
In a distant  future, all criminals of violent crimes are sentenced to life in the  Arena where they must battle against both man and beast in a fight to  the death.

When sixteen-year-old Calvin Sawyer is wrongly  convicted of his father’s murder, his charmed life as the son of a  senator is changed forever. He’s stripped of his rights, his humanity,  even his name. Now as the property of the Arena, offender CS4521 must  learn to fight in the colosseum. It’s kill or be killed.  
See what people are saying about the book

“Murder, friendship, and forbidden romance in a tech-heavy futuristic world. Offender is everything we love about dystopian literature.”
—Rebecca Rode,  USA Today bestselling author of the Numbers Game Trilogy.
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Offender gripped me on the first page and didn’t let go until the last line. Sharp and emotional writing combined with a hero you can’t help but cheer on. It will keep you turning pages with anticipation. Can’t wait for the next installment!”
— Ilima Todd, bestselling author of the Remake series


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Friday, June 21, 2019

Wrong Place Wrong Time: A Suspense Novel: By E. James Harrison-Blog Tour Review and Giveaway

Product Details

  • Title: Wrong Place Wrong Time
  •  Author: E. James Harrison
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Covenant Communications, Inc. (June 1, 2019)
  • Genre: Murder Mystery/Suspense
  • ISBN-10: 1524407143
  •  "I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own."


 Book Summary

The first idyllic hours of Greg and Marena Walker's Caribbean vacation are filled with turquoise water, sand as soft and white as powdered sugar, and gentle ocean breezes. But all too soon, the Walkers find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. Now they are running for their lives ...

Scott Vaughn has made a lucrative career of secretly transporting illegal materials. Pay him enough, and he'll move whatever you want from anywhere to anywhere. And though he has never met the Walkers, he needs them dead. His future depends on making certain they don't have one.
Wayne Hovey desperately wants Scott Vaughn—alive is best; dead is acceptable. And luck has handed him the perfect bait: Greg and Marena Walker.
In a heart-pounding game of cat and mouse, each player is driven to succeed, never realizing they are all pawns in something much larger—and more dangerous—than any of them knows.

My Review

This was the first time reading a book by this author and I hope it won't be the last. Harrison is a wonderful writer using vivid descriptions that immerse you into the story from the first chapter. All of the characters are brought to life so brilliantly that this book runs like a movie in your head. You are never thrown out of this story because of the fantastic plot. Once you start reading you are going to want to keep on reading. 

This novel is told from many different POV's but is easy to follow. The novel begins with Greg and Marena Walker on a vacation in the Dominican Republic. That's where the good times end for them after witnessing a murder. The action and suspense in this novel never stops. I wondered throughout the novel who were the good and the bad guys. There were many questions wandering through my mind as I tried to piece this together.

 Honestly, this is one of the best books I've read so far in 2019. This is why this book recieves a 5-Star rating from me. I want more from this author, especially in this genre. This book is my top pick for your Summer reading!

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Meet Author E. James Harrison
 
 I grew up on the west side of Salt Lake City in a pretty typical family. My dad worked most of his life in a factory, my mom was a homemaker and my three sisters were…sisters! The two older ones were always bossing me around and I always had to give in to my younger sister. (They may not remember it exactly like that, but it’s true–really!) A mom and three sisters means a lot of estrogen in a house, so during my preteen years my dad and I would escape whenever we could to the quiet of the mountains and deserts of Utah pursuing my dad’s favorite hobby–rockhounding. Saturday’s meant trapsing over desolate ground and blasting old cans full of holes with a .22 rifle. 

My early teen years were filled with pimples and the clumsy awkwardness of getting to know girls and for the most part, those are years to be forgotten. It was during my high school years that two great things happened in my life. First, I discovered airplanes and boats–two things I thoroughly enjoy to this day. But second, and by far the most important and best thing that’s every happened to me, was I met my wife, Debbie. (That’s a picture of her over on the right.) I met her in a geometry class. The teacher sat us alphabetically and I ended up in the desk behind her. Had there still been ink wells in the desks, I’m sure I would have dipped the tips of her long dark hair in the ink in an effort to attract her attention. With no ink I had to satisfy myself with untying the bows made from ribbons that she used to tie back her hair. I succeeded in getting her attention, and ultimately convincing her to marry me, but not for several more years.

After high school there was a year of college (University of Utah) and then two years as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Returning from my missionary responsibilities I shocked everyone–including myself–by being accepted to Brigham Young University. And that’s when I first discovered writing. I had no idea what I wanted to be when I “grew up,” but the fiancĂ©e of one of Debbie’s roommates was majoring in public relations. I had no idea what that was, but it sounded fun so from then on I told everyone I was a public relations major. I thought it would be a bunch of back slapping and socializing. Little did I know that English and writing are at the heart of public relations. And the rest, as they say, is history. I ultimately got an Associate degree in public relations and a Bachelor degree in creative writing.


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Great Summer Reads 2019 : Countdown Blitz & Giveaway Day 15: Featuring Author E.C. JacksonL Pajama Party-The Story





E. C. Jackson began her writing career with the full-length play Pajama Party. For three and a half years she published the Confidence in Life newsletter for Alpha Production Ministries, in addition to writing tracts and devotionals. 

Teaching a women’s Bible study at her church for eleven years naturally led to her current endeavor of writing inspirational romance novels and teen and young adult fiction. Her mission: spiritual maturity in the body of Christ through fiction.




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Most sleepovers are simple. Food, fun, and pillow fights. But sixteen-year-old Karen Duncan has bigger plans for her slumber party. Family troubles have changed her over the past year, and she’s no longer the petty, selfish girl she used to be. Now she’s ready to shake things up with her friends. The guest list comes as a surprise to some and a slap in the face to others. This popular girl has invited some not-so-popular guests. Even more shocking, she’s left out some of the girls she’s hung out with since middle school.

Diane and Evette are outsiders, nervous about being stuck in a house with the same girls who tease them at school. Kathy, Lisa, and Joann come to the party with the confidence of the in-crowd, but they’re masking inner-turmoil that is bound to surface. Sandy and Angela are usually the voices of reason…usually. And then there’s Linda, the friend that got away. She may not ever forgive the girls who abandoned her years ago. Karen hopes to change her mind.

Her agenda is ambitious, and it could spell disaster. But Karen is convinced God will use this party to spark a new beginning for everyone involved. This companion book to A Living Hope gives us the inspired story Sadie Cummings wrote for the girls of Shiatown.


 


Q&A With the Author:

1.  What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Reading and working jigsaw puzzles. Those two hobbies supply me with ample alone time.

2. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I write then edit repeatedly until I feel the book is finished. I’ve only deviated from that practice with the last book, The Certain Hope. My editor warned me not to do so again. Actually, she asked if I’d done anything differently with that book. Only one change came to mind: I’d deviated from established routine.

3. Do you have any suggestions to help budding authors become better writers? If so, what are they?
Discipline is the key, and practice make the words flow easier. Keep writing until you write the end. Authors should follow their heart regarding storyline, and then hire good editors who care about their work.

4. Where do you get information and ideas for your books?
Most times, the books almost write themselves. Information comes from multiple sources, but each one begins within my mind. Life happens to everyone. I enjoy writing about real slices of life that affect genuine people.

5. What do you think makes a good story?
Characters coming alive on the pages make you hate for the book to end.

6. Tell us about your favorite summer vacation? Or what do you like to do in the summer?

Rest. It’s hasn’t happened yet, but I try each year.






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