Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Dawn of the Mages Giveaway


I need your help. Dawn of the Mages has been up for pre-order on Amazon since July. It's finally available. I think. Not sure because it says it's out of stock. 

Anyway, it's now possible for people to write reviews on Amazon. I have several copies of the book that have the incorrect blurb on the back that I can't sell and don't feel I can send to review sites. So, I'm giving them away for honest reviews. Seriously, even if you don't love it (but can give at least 3 stars) I'm all in! With Amazon it's simply a numbers game, and it's so hard to get reviews.



Blurb:
The Dragumon have been defeated, but the planet Sendek will never be the same.

In order to save their world, Talia and Landry Sutton had to wake the forgotten magic on Sendek. But instead of restoring peace, it creates chaos on the city streets, with those unable to work magic turning against those who can. When Talia and Landry travel to the planet Orek to discover how it combines magic and science, they find a new, anti-magical government. The Controllers have all the tech, weapons, and natural resources. On Orek, the magical outcasts beg Talia and Landry to help them rise up against their oppressors. The two must decide whether to help save Orek or return home and save their own planet. Talia and Landry are torn apart by the conflicting missions. Talia knows what Landry wants, but if she gives in, she could lose what she loves the most.

You've got a week to enter to win. I'll give away four copies of the book and mail them by Friday the 26th.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Release of Until Summer Ends by Elana Johnson

Today I have an interview with Elana Johnson in honor of her newest release, Until Summer Ends.

Read my review of Until Summer Ends.

What is your favorite color?
Pink! I have a pink phone case, a pink Kindle case, a pink iPod… Pink, pink, pink!

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I’m not that skilled at establishing worlds. I have to work really hard at it. Writing romance is a bit easier, because it’s a contemporary world and the “rules” are mostly established already. No magic systems, no technology to invent, etc. I still write those novels, they just take a lot more time, energy, and they’re challenging for me.

Do you have any advice for other writers?
My best advice is to write what you love. Don’t worry about writing everyday—make writing fit into your life. You’ll be happier, and your writing will reflect that.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I love my romance readers! They are so kind and encouraging. I hope this romance, while not inspirational, is still in line with what they like to read. I was told that there wasn’t much room for a hero like Mont—that actors weren’t very popular in romance right now—and I hope that my readers will love him as much as I do.

Do you write an outline before you write?
Yes! I use Jami Gold’s romance beat sheet. It has saved me many times by helping me identify the key points that should be in a romance (which is different for a fantasy!) and where they should happen. That helps my pacing, my plotting, my character-building.

How did you come up with the title?
I had titled the book Summer’s Almost Over, but the apostrophe was freaking me out! LOL. I brainstormed some other titles and came up with UNTIL SUMMER ENDS.

What has been the best compliment?
I gave this book – which isn’t inspirational – to my inspirational reviewers, and they liked it! I was thrilled. UNTIL SUMMER ENDS is a clean romance. There’s no swearing, and one fade-to-black love scene. I was worried my readers wouldn’t cross over, but they did. #yay

How did you come up with your pen name?
I chose Liz Isaacson for my inspirational romances, because it’s a combination of my daughter’s name and my son’s name. Eliza and Isaac = Liz Isaacson.

Please fill in the blank: Keep Calm and _____EAT BACON!____________ (I knew the answer to this one!)


About Elana Johnson: 

Elana's work includes the young adult dystopian romance seriesPossession, Surrender, Abandon, and Regret, published by Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster). Her popular ebook, From the Query to the Call, is also available, as well as a young adult dystopian short story in the Possession world, Resist.

Her newest release is the beginning of a new adult fantasy series. ECHOES OF SILENCE came out with Amazon Publishing on May 3, 2016. See all of her books here.

Elana also writes inspirational western romances under the pen name Liz Isaacson. Check out all 5 books in the Amazon #1 Bestselling Three Rivers Ranch Romance series, and get ready for the rest of the series by the end of 2016.

Find her online:

Blog
Website
Facebook
Twitter
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Join her romance-only newsletter: (get a free novella when you do!)


About UNTIL SUMMER ENDS: 

Sophie Newton is determined to prove herself to her father, who insists she could never run a successful business. She opens a beachside taco stand called The Sandy Tortilla and plans to make her own way, one burrito at a time.

When she loses her summer help, Sophie rushes to find somebody to help take orders. She finds that somebody in Montgomery Winters, a struggling actor from LA. Mont takes the job; the money's useful, though he finds that his curvy boss is what really keeps him around.

As Sophie and Mont work together, they discover an intense attraction between them. But when Mont's agent calls him about a career-making audition, he decides he must pursue the opportunity, even though he can't get Sophie out of his head. Now, Sophie must choose between chasing after the man she's falling in love with and the business she's fought so hard to build.

Buy Links:

Amazon
B&N
Kobo
iTunes
Goodreads

Paperback comes out on May 9, 2017.

Giveaway for the blog tour: 

Go to this website to enter to win a Kindle Paperwhite.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

IWSG 30 Years of Friendship, 20 Years of Marriage

Big hair first date, Jr. Prom 1991



Well, my July writing goals fell by the wayside, but it's okay. First, I'll report that I'm physically all better from last month's tumble down the hillside with my car. Even the poison ivy or whatever it was is finally on the mend. I've managed to let go of most of the guilt associated with the accident, but I still need to work on letting the fact that I've made things harder on my family go as well. I'll get there. I'm lucky to have a very loving husband who constantly reminds me I'm more important than a car or car payment.

*sigh*

August is usually one of my favorite months of the year. It's my birthday and our anniversary. Last year I had big plans for this year. I've been married to my best friend for 20 years this year! I had hoped to do something special. Ideas included going somewhere foreign (because we never have--cruises don't count!), going back to where we spent our honeymoon, getting a cabin in the mountains closer to home (when the house didn't sell, and didn't sell, and didn't sell...), but none of that is going to happen. Sadly, my dear hubby will be traveling for work over our anniversary.

You'd think as a writer I could figure out how to put my thoughts and emotions into words. However, there really is no way to explain how much I love this man who works so hard to take care of our family. This amazing man didn't even blink when I asked if my mom could move in with us! He's usually quiet on the emotion front himself. After 20 years we are just comfortable together, and yet he still knows how to make me feel loved and cherished. It's wonderful knowing that my best friend is right beside me for this crazy life journey.

Happy 20th, Nathan!


IWSG AUGUST 3Rd QUESTION:

What was your very first piece of writing as an aspiring writer? Where is it now? Collecting dust or has it been published?

Well, how far back should I go for this question? I have a folder with some handwritten pages of a story I started in high school. It's about two best friends, a good guy, a bad guy, and one of the girls gets hooked on drugs. I didn't get very far into it because at the time I was pretty clueless about the nitty underbelly of teen drugs and love triangles. What can I say? I grew up pretty naive. :)


There's also a few pages of dot matrix printed pages with an LDS teen romance. LOL, not much better than the other story, but they will probably continue to move with me until I die.


Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time. Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post.

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!  Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

Co-Hosts:
Tamara Narayan
Tonja Drecker
Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor
Lauren @ Pensuasion
Stephen Tremp
Julie Flanders

Sunday, July 31, 2016

The Dragons of Alsace Farm Blog Tour





Everyone has their secrets and Tayte, Agnes, and Noah are no exception. In Agnes’s home, though, those secrets—or dragons—might just tear them all apart. Part of the Kindle Scout competition, The Dragons of Alsace Farm, was hot and trending for four weeks before its launch. Find out why during this blog tour!

About the Book

In need of his own redemption, Noah Carter finally confronts
his childhood hero, the once-beloved uncle who betrayed him. Instead of vengeance, he offers forgiveness, also granting Uncle John a most curious request—for Noah to work on the ramshackle farm of Agnes Deveraux Keller, a French WWII survivor with dementia.


Despite all Agnes has lost, she still has much to teach Noah. But the pair’s unique friendship is threatened when Tayte, Agnes’s estranged granddaughter, arrives to claim a woman whose circumstances and abilities are far different from those of the grandmother she once knew. 


Items hidden in Agnes’s attic raise painful questions about Tayte’s dead parents, steeling Tayte’s determination to save Agnes, even if it requires her to betray the very woman she came to save, and the secret her proud grandmother has guarded for seventy years.


The issue strains the fragile trust between Tayte and Noah, who now realizes Tayte is fighting her own secrets, her own dragons. Weighed down by past guilt and failures, he feels ill-equipped to help either woman, until he remembers Agnes’s lessons about courage and love. In order to save Agnes, the student must now become the teacher, helping Tayte heal—for Agnes’s sake, and for his.


Excerpt 

A sudden tinge of pain radiated from Agnes’s cheek, distracting her. She stepped in front of the antique mirror—a cherished family heirloom from her father’s people in the Alsace region of France—to see the cause. A welt surrounded an inch-long bloodless scratch. “Bad cat,” she said as she touched her saggy cheek. The face was still her, and yet somehow it was not. She smiled into the glass, hoping the sparkle would return to her eyes, but the effort produced but a caricature of the woman she remembered.

Bijou rubbed against her leg, crying to be picked up. Agnes bent and brought the cat to her shoulder, where it snuggled against her neck like thirteen pounds of therapy. Love was what she needed, and to give love. Tony was dead. Angeline ran off with that boy. What was his name? Oh, yes. Stoddard Donnelly. The name she had cursed every day for many years. Thief! Liar! Charlatan! Agnes spit three times into the air. Tony was gone now. So was Angeline. Agnes knew she was alone now, except for her animals. They were her family. They were her children.

About the Author


L.C. Lewis (Laurie) was born and raised in rural Maryland, surrounded by history-rich Philadelphia, Washington, and Baltimore. She and her husband Tom reside in Carroll County, Maryland, where they raised their four children.

The Dragons of Alsace Farm, Laurie’s eighth published novel, was inspired by a loved one’s struggle with the dragon of dementia. Her women’s fiction novels include Unspoken (2004) and Awakening Avery (2010), written as Laurie Lewis. Using the pen name L.C. Lewis, she wrote the five volumes of her award-winning FREE MEN and DREAMERS historical fiction series, set against the
backdrop of the War of 1812, America’s nearly forgotten second war of independence: Dark Sky at Dawn (2007), Twilight’s Last Gleaming (2008), Dawn’s Early Light (2009), Oh, Say Can You See? (2010), and In God is Our Trust, (2011).

Dark Sky at Dawn and Twilight’s Last Gleaming were finalists in the 2008 USA Best Books competition. Oh, Say Can You See? was a 2010 Whitney Award finalist.

Three new books are in progress. Please watch for her remake of Awakening Avery, a political suspense novel titled The Shell Game, both of which are slated for later in 2016, and a March 2017 novella, Laurie’s contribution to the multi-author “Destination Billionaire Romance” series.

Laurie loves hearing from her readers and may be contacted through her website: www.laurielclewis.com.

You can also follow her on Twitter @laurielclewis or on her blog at www.laurielclewis.blogspot.com.
She also enjoys interacting with book clubs. Contact her to arrange a video chat with your group.

Book Club

The back of the book contains some thought-provoking book club questions. Laurie would love for you to schedule a video conference with her if their book club chooses The Dragons of Alsace Farm as one of their selections in the next six months. You can email her at: laurielclewis@laurielclewis.com.

Giveaway


First and foremost, The Dragons of Alsace Farm is a love story, about the power of tested love, the promise of new love, and the strength of family love. Here's a love basket, with a fun date night, Agnes's favorite breakfast for the morning, and an autographed copy of the book to read
on a lazy afternoon.  Always remember love.


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Goodreads Giveaway

Enter here for the chance to win a paperback of The Dragons of Alsace Farm.

Excerpt/Interview


Tour Schedule


July 31
Bookish
Orchestrations
-Tour Introduction

August 1
The
Overactive Imagination
-Author Interview

August 2

August 3

August 4
Laurel's Leaves-Author
Interview

August 5
Phrey Press-Author
Interview

August 6
Bookish
Orchestrations
-Tour Conclusion and Giveaway Announcement

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Almost There Blog Tour


Imagine with me a city. You’re almost there. It’s a city you’ve always wanted to go to. The [enter your favorite mode of transportation] is creeping ever closer. Then it stops. Almost there, but not quite. Laurel Garver is with us today to talk about her book, Almost There. Let’s see how many times we can use the title in different contexts.



About the Author
Laurel Garver is a writer, editor, professor’s wife, and mom to an arty teenager. An indie film enthusiast and incurable Anglophile, she enjoys geeking out about Harry Potter and Dr. Who, playing word games, singing in church choir, and hiking in Philly's Fairmount Park.
Contact Links:
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Twitter


About the Book

Title: Almost There
Genre: YA inspirational / Christian YA

Description:
Paris, the City of Lights. To seventeen-year-old Dani Deane, it’s the Promised Land. There, her widowed mother’s depression will vanish and she will no longer fear losing her only parent, her arty New York life, or her devoted boyfriend.

But shortly before their Paris getaway, Dani’s tyrannical grandfather falls ill, pulling them to rural Pennsylvania to deal with his hoarder horror of a house. Among the piles, Dani finds disturbing truths that could make Mum completely unravel. Desperate to protect her from pain and escape to Paris, Dani hatches a plan with the flirtatious neighbor boy that only threatens the relationships she most wants to save.

Why would God block all paths to Paris? Could real hope for healing be as close as a box tucked in the rafters?

Buy links:
Ebook
Kobo 

Paperback


Excerpt

I crush the paper scrap with the hospital’s number in a trembling fist. For all I know, Poppa will be dead in minutes if they don’t operate. But without Mum’s approval, they legally can’t.

I cannot believe Mum left Theo and me alone in the apartment. She usually checks on us every ten minutes like clockwork, bugging us with questions or roping Theo into chores like opening jars or pulling things off high shelves. It’s like she has this bizarre fear that we’re going to rip each other’s clothes off at any moment and make me the next teen pregnancy statistic.

Well, she can’t have gone far — probably just to the little market on Columbus to pick up dinner ingredients. Surely she’ll be back any minute. I should call the front desk and ask the doorman if he saw her go out. Theo could hold down the fort while I look for her.

Gosh, I can just picture her standing in line at Rico’s, looking for all the world like a bohemian free spirit in her snug t-shirt, paint-spattered jeans, strappy sandals, gobs of gypsy jewelry, hair in long, loose layers. She’ll glance up from her basket of Thai basil and coconut milk, see my face and just know. Know that I’m about to hurl a bomb at her. Know that trouble’s found her yet again, like it always does.

How can I tell her? How? It’s only been a year and a half since Dad’s car crash and the month of ICU agony before he was snatched from us. How can she possibly cope with Poppa right now? He’s as fatherly to her as a lion is to a gazelle. I just wish I could make this all go away.


Giveaway


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Tour Schedule 

July 25
Bookish Orchestrations-Tour Introduction
Robyn Campbell-Review and Author Interview

July 26

July 27


July 28

July 29
Peggy's Hope 4U-Author Interview

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