Showing posts with label Wordy Wednesday. Show all posts
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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Wordy Wednesday: The Chronicles of Trellah Excerpt #PromoBookTours



The Chronicles of Trellah 2
Title: The Chronicles of Trellah Book One: The Perpetual Rain
Series: The Chronicles of Trellah, book 1
Author: T.S. Graham
Publisher: Jagged Coast Publishing
Description: “The World’s Toughest Book Critics” have weighed in, and it’s high praise for Trellah!

“An excellent choice for readers eager for a suspenseful, emotionally satisfying fantasy adventure.” -Kirkus Book Reviews

Fourteen-year-old Sophina Murray will be the first to tell you: Bad luck comes in threes. First, her father is lost at sea. Then, the rains start . And don’t stop. And finally, her little brother is taken from his bed by a monster straight from her worst nightmare. A glimpse into the parallel universe of Trellah – a land of giant trees, bizarre creatures, and a glowing red mineral with mystical properties – convinces Sophina that all may not be lost. But first, she’ll have to survive in a hostile world where her darkest fears live and breathe.

Trellah is an original and realistic fantasy for ages 12 to 112. Parental guidance suggested for advanced readers ages 10-11 for moderate elements of horror.

The upcoming deluxe edition of this book will include illustrated paintings by artist Ryan Penney. Below is a sample of this talented artist’s work.

Excerpt: The wind flattened Sophina’s raincoat against her body as she stepped outside. Her mom was right; the storm was getting worse.

When the clouds had first rolled over Thomasville, they hadn’t shed so much as a sprinkle. The initial formations were striking, and each evening a growing number of townsfolk had gathered on the common to watch them reflect the red and orange hues of the sunset. But the clouds had thickened as the days passed, soon melding together to block out the last of the sun’s warming rays.

And that’s when the rain started.

So far, the anomaly had proved to be nothing more than a nuisance to the locals and a curiosity to everyone else. But Sophina feared that could soon change. This wind meant business, and it was only getting stronger.

Sophina stepped off the cobblestone walkway and turned right onto the brick sidewalk. This was usually the spot where she put her head down and left their old sea captain’s home at 4 Dirigo Drive behind, not looking up again until she’d arrived at the edge of Greystone Harbor. But today a strange sensation gave her pause. Somehow, she knew she was being watched.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Wordy Wednesday: Give Me by L.K. Rigel #BookReview

Give Me
Title: Give Me
Series: Tethers, Book 1
Author: L.K. Rigel
Publisher: Sanguibahd Press
Description: All she wanted was a vacation - but Dumnos offered a new life.

When Lilith Evergreen receives an antique ring, she dreams of a castle by the sea, a magnificent tree at cliff's edge, and a mysterious woman who bids Lilith to come to Dumnos, a land of mist and rain.

Cade Bausiney is the future Earl of Dumnos, but at present he just wants to bolster tourism to help the local economy. When Cade and Lilith meet, they're overwhelmed by desire for each other - so intense it must be magically induced.

Long ago a wyrding woman's spell ended in disaster that left two souls to haunt Dumnos to this day. Lilith and Cade must find a way to make things right - or be forever possessed by the spirits who've waited a millennium to consummate their love.

Review: I am completely in love with the world that L.K. Rigel writes about in her Tethers series. I read/reviewed Bride of Fae (Book 2) back in September. Book two actually tells part of the story that happens before Give Me so they can be read in any order. You will get glimpses of something from the other story in each one, but nothing that will ruin either.

This story is about Lilith, a girl who was raised by her terrified mother and spent her whole life trying to take care of those around her. She never really did much for herself. However, her life is about to change. She is certain her boyfriend is going to propose to her, but alas...He tells her he's been cheating on her and has actually proposed to the other girl. Out of guilt, he gives her a check to pay back all of the money she had given him to put him through college. What's a girl to do when you have no one, a broken heart, and a check for thousands of dollars? She decides to take a vacation which has been spurred on by crazy dreams. She finds herself flying across the globe to Europe where she runs into a soon-to-be lord that she is instantly attracted to, starts seeing ghosts, and finds herself inexplicably drawn to their local tourist trap. What she doesn't know is that the tourist trap, called The Handover, isn't really a tourist trap but rather a trap for just her. She learns that she isn't alone in Dumnos. She learns to love herself as well as one very unusual man. She also finds out who she really is. How all this happens is up to you to find out! I will say I read the book in a single afternoon and I loved it. I sooooo want to go to Dumnos myself now.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Wordy Wednesday: Davey the Detective Review #IOBookTours



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Title: Davey the Detective
Series: A Bird Brain Book
Author: Emlyn Chand
Publisher: Evolved Publishing
Description: Davey dubs himself the luckiest crow in the entire world when he finds a wonderful, shiny object. It even has a fantastic name: “paperclip.” Wow!

One dark and dreary day, Davey’s treasure goes missing, and he is beside himself with grief. Luckily, he knows just how he can find out which of the forest animals is to blame for the theft. Inspired by the torn pages of a Sherlock Holmes story that were used to fashion his nest, Davey calls on the help of Sarah the sparrow to investigate the mystery and, hopefully, retrieve his prize.

Together the two birds begin to collect clues. Their trail leads them straight to Mr. Bushtail, a greedy squirrel who keeps a giant store of objects in a hollowed-out tree trunk. When Mr. Bushtail refuses to cooperate, the two birds have no choice but to break into his tree house in search of the truth.

Justice will prevail and treasure will be found in this intriguing tale of mystery.

Review: Bird Brain books all tell a story from a bird's perspective in order to teach some lessons. In this story, Davey finds a paperclip and hides it in his nest right before bed. This is a characteristic of certain birds where they hoard shiny objects. When Davey wakes up, he digs through his nest for his treasure only to find it missing. Instead of calmly looking for it he decides that his treasure must have been stolen. He uses this as an opportunity to become a detective, something he has always dreamed of doing. He acquires a sidekick and goes in search of his lost paperclip. During his adventure, they accuse a completely innocent deer of being a thief without any real evidence. They also assume a squirrel is guilty and sneak into his home at night, destroying his stacks of nuts and scaring him in his sleep. The result of these assumptions is that Davey's sidekick finds his paperclip in Davey's nest right where he left it. You may be wondering what lesson a kid might learn from this story. I see a couple of lessons here. When you assume you make...Oh you probably know the rest of that one. Never trespass. Never accuse someone of something you aren't certain they did. The end of the story tells us that Davey learns the value of a real friend as well. Of course if you haven't read a Bird Brain book before, you really need to check out the art. The illustrations are always cute and sometimes humorous as well.
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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Wordy Wednesday: Grim Guest Post & Giveaway #FMBTours

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How to Write by the Seat of Your Pants: Outline or No?


An editor once told me that all writers fall into two categories: Architects and Gardeners.

Both are capable of incredible world building, intricate characters and compelling plot lines which captivate the imagination of readers everywhere. But when you’re just beginning on your road to becoming a published author, how do you know what sort of writing style works for you?

If you’re an architect, writing by the seat of your pants will likely leave you staring at a blank screen and a blinking cursor wondering what the heck you’re going to write. If you’re a gardener, the painstakingly methodical process of outlining, crafting character sketches and planning your entire story arc down to finite details may sap all of the enjoyment out of your work. Like your parents always told you, it’s important to be yourself whenever you sit down to create your story. It’s important to breathe life into your characters by utilizing a writing style which helps you best tap into your life experiences.

SIGNS YOU’RE AN ARCHITECHT

Though no two authors are exactly alike, they bear similar traits which may help them identify what sort of writing style may best suit them. Identifying these traits or signs should make it easier for each writer to find the style which works best.

  1. It’s all in the details
    If it’s important to you to narrowly define each dimension of your character, your plot and your story arc before you start creating, then you’re going to need in-depth character sketches, scene summaries and overall outlines to use as the bricks and mortar to house the direction of your narrative. All of this prep work will enable you to make sure your character remains consistent and keeps your story believable. Nothing turns away readers faster than a dramatic shift in the personality of a protagonist without the proper warning.

  2. What you’re writing
    One of the determining factors in your writing style may be easily defined by what you’re interested in writing. If you plan to write nonfiction, historical fiction, true crime or other stories in which it’s important to do copious amounts of research to maintain story integrity, then it’s best to create blueprints when you’re building your work. The last thing you want is for a reader to be turned off because they have more knowledge on the subject than you do.

  3. Your mind is made up
    If you tend to be inflexible during the editing process because it’s important to you as an artist to have your vision carried out strictly brick-by-brick from your initial plans, then you need to present your editors and publishers with clearly defined blueprints to adhere to when they’re trying to refine your manuscript. They’re going to want to know why a character has to look and feel a certain way before they go wading hundreds of pages deep into your masterpiece.

SIGNS YOU’RE A GARDENER

  1. You’re full of manure
    Some of the best fiction stories are spawned from only a general idea. This seed is planted, watered and the direction it grows from there may wind up being vastly different from where it started. These sorts of writers thrive on being able to shape and mold their characters on the fly to fit a changing plot line or story arc. These writers tend to leave more of the smaller details to the imaginations of individual readers. A popular example is George R.R. Martin and his Songs of Fire and Ice series. In interviews, Martin says he rarely plans exactly where his story is going.

  2. You get lost in translation
    Everyone’s mind works differently. For some writers, there’s no scarier level of Hell than being stuck in front of a computer screen staring at Roman numerals, letters or numbers. They shut down and lose focus altogether during planning. These writers often claim it’s hard to “speak” to their character when ripped out of the scene or story itself and put on paper to be defined by physical traits, clothing, pets, belongings, etc. During your planning stages, it’s important to ask yourself if certain aspects of the character or conflict or plot must be hammered out at that time if it’s blocking you from making progress. If it’s something which can be fleshed out later, then an exact blueprint isn’t necessary.

  3. You like to experiment
    Like the choose-your-own adventure fantasy books of our youth, some authors have to try out several paths to wander down before committing to the one they like best. It’s generally accepted that there’s at least three conflicts in fiction novels. Two of the conflicts are lesser ones which upon being resolved help to flesh out the major conflict. These sorts of writers often have to go into the lab and become a mad scientist to mix up the right chemistry experiment to create suspense and carry out the resolution in their novel. These sorts of writers must be patient because it involves creating and destroying several different scenarios before settling on the right one.

Joe Spencer is the author of Grim, a paranormal crime thriller released by Damnation Books in September 2012. It’s the first in the planned Sons of Darkness series. His second book, Wrage, is due out in 2013. He can be reached at www.josephbspencer.com.

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Title: Grim
Series:
Author: Joseph Spencer
Publisher: Damnation Books LLC
Desription: When everything is taken from him, Detective Adam White must choose what's most important. Does he stick to the heroic ideals which made him a famed paragon of justice and take down a murderous madman? Or does he give in to his vigilante impulses, avenge his wife's murder, and become the type of killer he's hunted for so many years?

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Tour Stops:
Jan. 1st- Laurie's Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews (Author Interview/Giveaway)
Jan. 2nd- Identity Discovery (Guest Post/Giveaway)
Jan. 3rd- A Bit of Dash (Guest Post/Giveaway)
Jan. 4th- Reading with Holly (Spotlight/Giveaway)
Jan. 7th- Musings of a Writing Reader (Guest Post/Giveaway)
Jan. 8th- My Escape (Review/Giveaway)
Jan. 9th- The Avid Reader (Interview/Giveaway)
Jan. 10th- Books & Beauty (Interview/Giveaway)
Jan. 11th- Harlie's Books (Guest Post/Giveaway)
Jan. 14th- Kaidans Seduction (Guest Post/Giveaway)
Jan. 15th- 1889 labs (Guest Post)
Jan. 16th- Full Moon Bites (Interview/Giveaway)
Jan. 17th- Paranormal Romance Fans for Life (Guest Post)
Jan. 18th- My Seryniti (Review/Giveaway)
Jan. 21st- Holly Adair (Spotlight)
Jan. 22nd- Simply Infatuated (Book Spotlight/Giveaway)
Jan. 23rd- Tamara's One Stop Indie Shop (Book Spotlight)
Jan. 24th- Off the Page (Interview/Giveaway)
Jan. 25th- Books & Tales (Interview/Giveaway)
Jan. 28th- My Bookshelf (Spotlight/Giveaway)
Jan. 29th- TBD
Jan. 30th- Bookluvrs Haven (Spotlight)
Jan. 31st- TBD
Feb. 1st- TBD
Feb. 4th- KMN Books (Guest Post/Giveaway)
Feb. 5th- My Cozie Corner (Review/Giveaway)
Feb. 6th- TBD
Feb. 7th- TBD
Feb. 8th- TBD
Feb. 11th- Book Lover's Hideaway (Guest Post/Giveaway)

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Wordy Wednesday: Velvet Excerpt #FMBTours

Velvet
Title: Velvet
Series:
Author: Xavier Axelson
Publisher: Seventh Window Publications
Description: The first novel from Xavier Axelson is set against a backdrop of decadence, privilege, and intrigue. Virago, the royal tailor, makes a discovery that will test the bonds of brotherhood, unravel the forbidden secrets of his heart and threaten the very fabric of his existence.

In a land where cruelty is disguised as allegiance, loyalty is masked by obligation and the laws of sumptuary govern the people, nothing is more dangerous than Velvet.

Excerpt:
I’d been staring at the vast body of water surrounding the ship when I was startled to find a woman, heavy with child standing by my side. She wore a red gown that gathered beneath her ample breasts. The gown fell freely, billowing against her in the brisk sea air. Her red hair hung in two braids threaded with crimson leather. Upon turning her head, small red jewels, woven throughout her hair, caught the light.

“The sea is dark as the grave, and as good at keeping secrets.”

“Who are you?” I asked. Since I’d boarded the ship the day before, I’d conversed only with Seton and my brother, Sylvain. I’d yet to earn my sea legs and everything seemed strange.

“I am Adis, wife of Doremme, the man whose ship you stand upon.” She came closer. “Secrets are only as powerful as those who carry them and the sea is a perfect place to bury what haunts you.”

“You talk as though you know me, and as I am a stranger on this ship, I know this cannot be.” I was about to bow and take my leave when she laughed.

“Fear is not your way, tailor. You were the royal tailor of the king whose land we left, were you not?”

Were the royal tailor… Her words struck at my heart. I felt this truth so keenly that I gripped the ship railings to steady myself.

“I fear only those who know more of me than I wish, and while I am indebted to your husband for granting us passage, I am in no mood for games.”

Though her laughter died, a smile lingered on her lips. “I mean you no harm, but you seem to have caught the interest of my child.”

I looked at her swollen belly. “Your child?”

“This is my third and final.” Her hands caressed her stomach. “She will be a visionary, and in her birth, I will know death. Not unlike your mother. She bore your brother, who I am told is also a visionary. And blind. How fortunate. Those who are physically afflicted see further than those who aren’t. Nature seldom curses without blessing at the same time.”

This time I laughed. “Perhaps you should ask my brother if he thinks himself fortunate. Or better, summon my father from the grave. Ask if he wished his wife lived and his son had sight!”

After this outburst, we grew silent, but the woman did not leave my side.

I closed my eyes and swallowing hard, felt the pull of the stiff fabric scrap tied around my throat. The raucous shrieks of hungry gulls overhead made me look up into the sky. I watched as the birds swooped and mercilessly chased each other. I envied their flight, but cringed beneath their cries. Behind my eyes, I saw white peacocks, heard their shrieks, and felt the crawl of disease. I shuddered, shook my head of further memory, and let my eyes fall upon the distant horizon. Would I never know peace? Or would memories chase me like the gulls chase one another, endlessly hungry and insistent?

When Adis eventually spoke, these questions and memories faded away. “True, your father suffered, but his gifts as a tailor delivered him from the grief of losing his wife and gave him the strength to care for a blind son.”

The truth in her words, stirred long buried pain. While Sylvain’s blind, tumultuous, and bloody welcoming into the world killed our mother, it also strengthened my father’s resolve to care for us at any cost.

I know not what would have become of us without King Killian’s demand for my meager abilities as a tailor. We would have been lost, we owe our king a great debt and service.

My father told this to me one day when I found him bleary eyed and exhausted at his work. I could remember the way his hands trembled, the nerves in his fingers twitching involuntarily as he struggled with buttonholes on a vest meant for Killian’s nephew.

When his voice vanished, a bitter sadness rose in me as the sea’s waves crashed against the ship.

“Say no more to me. If you were not mistress of this vessel I would think unkindly of you!”

Before she could reply, music, soft and familiar reached us. I knew the player of the tune, knew it because my heart leapt at its playing as it did the first time I’d heard it.

“Someone has leant Seton a lyre. How beautifully he plays, and how lucky his hands are healing. He is a man of passion and strength. It is no wonder you found love with him, as he with you.” Adis placed a hand on my wrist. “I am no witch or visionary. My daughter beckons from my womb. I am but a vessel as is this ship. She is my most precious cargo, and anxious to know life. You must forgive me if I have angered you. Her voice comes from my lips, so I am often unaware of what I say.”

The music rose, fell away only to start again, and as it did, I examined the woman, and seeing her kind face, put a tired hand over hers. “There is nothing to forgive. I am the one speaking from another place.”

“Your voice comes from the shores we have left behind. It would be wise to find a new sound to carry with you.”

Beyond her I saw my brother sitting cross-legged, his fox playing in his lap. He seemed peaceful. “I keep staring into the sea hoping it will take the past from me, but it seems I may never know peace.”

“In time, you shall. Nothing is forever, except the sea.” Adis cast her eyes from my face to the expanse of water surrounding us. “She is our eternal mother and will listen to you forever.”

Behind Adis’s rather mystical analogy, I had a sobering thought. “There is so much uncertainty in the world. I wonder if I have done right. Perhaps I could have done better.”

“You left a land soon to be riddled with illness. This alone made it the wisest decision for you all.”

Her knowing so much of my life discomforted me. “Must everything be told in portents and omens? What of reality? What of truth?”

“Ahh truth. It is a funny thing and varied as the sunlight on the waves. I am a merchant’s wife and have seen much in this world. Men who love men, women who love women, even a man who loved a woman he believed to have been transformed into a goat by the tree witches in the north! The world is wide and there are many lands with many kinds of people. You will see soon enough.”

“I have not heard talk of the tree witches since I played at my mother’s feet. Surely they no longer exist!” I replied, incredulously.

“I cannot say. Who can say if they exist or ever really did?” Adis said.

I sighed resignedly. “I have lived a small life in the court of a small king, and I carry the wounds of that life as sure as I carry the clothes on my back.”

“It is not for me to say what you carry with you, but I can give you a piece of advice not from my daughter, but from my own lips: Stop trying to escape what haunts you, instead think long and hard about it. Every detail, every nightmare, dream and transgression. Leave nothing out. Do this until you have expelled the poison, and when there is no more, you will find yourself exactly where you are supposed to be.”

With these words, Adis left me. I stood alone, listening to the sea, the sound of Seton’s music, the distant cries of the squabbling gulls, and my eyes focused on the unknown horizon.

What led me to find myself on the water, destination unknown? The life I knew was gone, broken, and mercurial as the swirling foam frothing in the ships crushing wake.

I would tell myself the story, if only to steal a glimpse at the unknown ending.

How would my tale end? Beginnings are for children; fairy stories begin with “Once upon a time.”

Once upon a time there was a tailor. He knew string, scissor, and pin. He did not know his heart.
My breath caught.

Oh, my heart. Once upon a time, there was a heart and it was not free… I was a tailor.
Once…
No, it cannot begin this way.
My heart knew dangerous things, but now it was free and in it’s new freedom I allowed it to teach me the way my story should begin and knew by wild instinct, if I followed it, I would know the ending, a true, and dare I hope, happy ending.

With no one to listen but the dark sea and the wheeling, crying gulls, I closed my eyes and let my thoughts move with the undulating water, its gentle rocking seeming to urge the release of my torment.

The castle, dark and glorious, loomed up in my memory…


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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Wordy Wednesday: Get Out of Debt and Retire A Millionaire So You Can Leave Your Mark on the World Excerpt #PromoBookTours

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Title: Get Out of Debt and Retire A Millionaire So You Can Leave Your Mark on the World
Series:
Author: Devin D. Thorpe
Publisher:
Description: Millionaire So You Can Leave Your Mark on the World 925 Ideas to Help You Save Money, Get Out of Debt and Retire A Millionaire So You Can Leave Your Mark on the World from the author of the highly acclaimed book, Your Mark on the World, is a collection of articles about family financial planning that originally appeared at FamilyHow.com.

925 Ideas… is an easy and readable guide to help your family find financial peace. Author Devin D. Thorpe explains:
1) how you and your spouse can find agreement on money matters,
2) how to teach your kids about money,
3) how to pay for your children’s college education,
4) how to live like a millionaire
5) how to come up with $25,000 in a crisis
6) how to make ends meet on one income
7) how to get out of debt and stay out of debt
8) why home ownership should be your family’s top financial priority
9) how to ask your boss for a raise
10) how to use your finances to do more good in the world.

Excerpt:

Excerpt from 925 Ideas to Help You Save Money, Get Out of Debt and Retire A Millionaire So You Can Leave Your Mark on the World by Devin D. Thorpe

How to invest your first $5,000 for retirement

So you’ve just accumulated $5,000 in your IRA and now you need to invest it. It is impractical, if not impossible to invest it directly into stocks and or bonds so you’ll want to invest in a mutual fund or ETF.

You could split your investment and invest in two or three funds, but if we presume that you will continue to make contributions to your retirement account and that those future investments can go into other funds, our goal for today is to help you choose your first mutual fund.

Let’s assess your situation.

Are you over or under 50 years old? If you are older, you have somewhat less time to invest, making the risk of a reversal greater for you so you’d want to invest more conservatively. If you are younger—or much younger—you can and should tolerate a bit more risk.

How do you feel about risk? Does the idea that you could check the value of your mutual fund at some point in the future and discover that its value has declined send you into a panic? Does the idea that it might be worth 20 percent more in a year excite you? Would knowing that your retirement savings is at risk prevent you from sleeping at night?

If you conclude that you can tolerate investment risk well, then you should be considering mutual funds that invest in stocks. Their values rise and fall more than funds that invest in bonds, but over the long haul you should expect to earn more in stocks than bonds. If you don’t tolerate risk well you may want to make your first investment in a bond fund.

If you feel panicked about risk, please consider that without taking some risk, it is almost impossible to save enough for retirement. Risk free returns don’t earn enough interest to keep up with the value eroding impact of inflation. Money in the bank is better than no money in the bank, but it will be worth less tomorrow than it is today. To retire comfortably you need to get comfortable with moderate risk.

Morningstar is a private company that rates and categorizes mutual funds. There are dozens of categories. Your first mutual fund investment in your IRA could come from one of the following three categories:

Large Blend: A large blend fund invests in the stocks of large companies with a balance of growth and value investments (growth stocks are those projected to grow faster than the market and usually do not pay dividends and value stocks are those that are perceived to be trading below some other measure of value).

Moderate Allocation: A moderate allocation fund invests in both stocks and bonds, with more money invested in stocks than bonds. A portion of the money may also be allocated to cash. These funds expect to achieve some appreciation as well as to generate returns through dividends.

Long-Term Government Bond: These funds invest in treasury bonds that mature more than ten years in the future. Such bonds have no credit risk, that is no risk of not being paid on schedule, but as interest rates change, the value of the bonds will fluctuate.

Each of these fund categories would make a good first fund for your retirement savings. They offer high expected returns—compared to what you can earn in a bank account. They are listed in order from most risky to least risky. You can decide which of these three best represents your risk tolerance based on your own situation.

Once you’ve decided upon a category, you’ll want to choose an individual fund based primarily on the expenses. Your broker should provide you with a list of mutual funds you can purchase with no transaction fees. You’ll also want to choose a fund that doesn’t charge a “load” or upfront fee. You’ll also want to avoid marketing and distribution fees called 12b-1 fees. Finally, you’ll want to look for funds with low expense ratios. All of these fees must be disclosed so you can figure out which fund is best for you.

Your broker should provide a screener to help you choose a mutual fund that meets your criteria. You may also want to try the Yahoo mutual fund screener.

With that, you’re all set to make your first mutual fund investment in your IRA.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Wordy Wednesday: Shifting Pride Review #CharismaMedia

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Title: Shifting Pride
Series:
Author: Laura Diamond
Publisher: Etopia Press
Description: Curiosity brings out the Kitty...

Sixteen-year-old Nickie Leone has proof her father is still alive. His watch arrives in the mail, with a note telling her to “keep it hidden,” and her curiosity is piqued. She obeys the request, even keeping it hidden from her mother. But when an email from her father disappears before her very eyes, she begins to question her own sanity.

And things get even more complicated when she meets Xavian Katz, the blue-eyed, blonde hottie whose contagious smile and ridiculous sense of humor make her want to tell him all her secrets. But there’s a current beneath his charm that she can’t quite read. He’s hiding something.

When Nickie grows pointed ears and whiskers…and then a tail!...Xavian (who always seems to knows the right time to be around) seems unsurprised. He’s a shapeshifter too, a coincidence that Nickie can’t deny or ignore. She needs his help to master her new abilities, because her father’s rival, Derek, wants her to join his tribe. The last thing she wants is to be under his rule, but Derek’s got something to do with her dad’s disappearance—she knows it. And maybe letting herself be captured is the best way to find out…

Review: This book was a pleasant change of pace for me. I love cats and so far have loved any werecat shifter book I have picked up. This particular story took me about eight hours to read. In the beginning you may be a little confused, but the main character Nickie is very confused. You get pieces of the puzzle fast enough to realize that Nickie is not ordinary and perhaps the people she surrounds herself with are not normal either. Her dad is missing, a new boy moves to the neighborhood whom is driving her crazy mentally and physically, her mom seems to willing to accept that her dad is probably dead, and to top it off, she's getting weird notes in different hand writings tell her conflicting things while always trying to convince her that she might be a werecat. How odd is that?

Well I absolutely loved the story. There were several twists that kept me wondering what would happen next. The biggest surprise came at the end. It's not a cliffhanger so don't think that is the surprise, but I was left with one big question that I hope means there will be a second book. I can tell you that there is a prequel to Shifting Pride called New Pride. As soon as I find time to read it, I plan to.

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New Pride
Thank you for visiting with author Laura Diamond on her Blog Tour for “Shifting Pride.” As a thank you, please go to Laura’s website to register for a free copy of “New Pride,” the prequel novella to Shifting Pride.

This is the Laura Diamond Fan Page link: http://authorlauradiamond.com/?page_id=37 Once you register, your name will be entered into the drawing. A random entry will be chosen and a copy of the prequel will be sent to the lucky winner!

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12/19 - http://identitydiscovery.net
12/20 - http://www.optimisticmommy.com
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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Wordy Wednesday: If I Should Die Before My Dog Excerpt #BeckValleyBooks

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A Dog Lovers lasting guide.......An beautifully illustrated interactive book that one fills in all of the information about their dogs life in the event they can no longer care for them to help ensure your pets are taken care of.
A thought provoking check list for dog lovers, who unfortunately and with much sadness can no longer take care of their dog. 

This book will assist those who want to prepare for their dogs future in an easy to use format that will guide them through the process of telling the "story" of their dogs life, for their pets "Next Guardian". 

None of us can predict the future, but in the event situations arise such as death, health impairment or left with no other choice but to give them up, this book will be there to assist your beloved pet with the transition from one home to another.



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Authors Joe and Cathy Connolly
Joe and Cathy Connolly have spent a lifetime owning, training and caring for dogs. Cathy grew up with a Collie breeder, dog groomer and dog handler while attending many different dog shows and eventually went on to work with other breeders as she grew older. They live in beautiful Northern Michigan with their 3 furry four legged children, one large dog, one small dog and the entire family is supervised by one bossy calico cat. 




Review: This is a wonderful book. It's not really meant to be sat down and read, unless you are the one receiving the book already filled in. It is a journal for you to tell the story of your dog's life. In my situation, I filled it out for two dogs. It is really meant only for one, but there's enough space on the pages to write information for another dog if needed. The purpose of this journal is so that if something terrible were to happen to you, the person who would end up with your dog will be better prepared to actually take care of him/her the way they are used to. You know the saying "You can't teach an old dog new tricks"? Well the truth to that saying lies in your dog developing his routine and not adjusting very well to people changing that routine. Your dog has a unique way to tell you when he needs to go outside, when he wants to go for a walk, when he isn't feeling good, etc. Your dog also is used to eating certain foods at certain times and only so much. If you were to leave your dog behind, how will the new owner know that your dog is say allergic to one brand of dog food and not another? How would they know that when your dog puts his head in your lap he is really trying to tell you that he needs to pee instead of wanting to be petted? These are all in this book. You are supposed to fill it out and put it in a safe place. I would say the best place would be to keep it with your will, where ever that may be. I would highly recommend this book for anyone with a dog they love dearly. I also hope to see something similar come available for cats.


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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Wordy Wednesday: Owlet Review #Owlet

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Title: Owlet
Series: Society of Feathers, Book 1
Author: Emma Michaels
Publisher:
Desription: Iris has a secret. She lost her memory eight years ago and never told a living soul. After an asthma attack one night she finds out that her dreams of a strange house on a snowy island may be a memory resurfacing but the more she learns about the past the more she realizes the life she has been living is a lie. As the fa├žade her father has built starts to crumble around her she will have to decide which means more to her; the truth or her life.

Review: When I originally was asked to review this book, I thought it was about shapeshifters. That is not completely accurate though. It's a story about a seventeen year old girl who has been home schooled, living in a remote place away from other people. She has a very serious case of asthma that flairs whenever she gets too emotional or tries to do anything remotely strenuous. Due to her illness, she has a caretaker. Iris believes that the only reason that Diana is around her is because she is paid to be, but that can't be further from the truth. Through the story you learn that Diana is essentially Iris's aunt and that her father, Roger, had them secluded from the world because they would be hunted down and killed. Her life seems so simple, but the truth is about to come slamming into her.

Her life really starts when her dad sends to the island of her dreams (literally) to discover who she really is and to learn about her mother who up to this point Iris believed had died in childbirth. Iris has no idea that she actually had her mother in her life for quite some time because all her memories from early childhood are gone. I don't know why she has amnesia, but it appears that no one else knows either. Upon getting to the island, Iris's life changes completely. She meets a boy that she is immediately comfortable with and might even love at first sight. As soon as Falcon is allowed to be by her side, he swears to never leave her again. I did say again. There is a lot of mystery surrounding the island, but I don't want to give it all away. This is definitely a story you need to read to appreciate it. It's superbly written and hard to put down.

Interview with the author, Emma Michaels:
  1. How much do you love birds to have written an entire story based on them?

    LOL. Great question. The story actually originally didn’t have all that much to do with birds but as it went on they become part of the story more and more. I am not the type of person who can stand to sit still long enough to bird-watch or who distinguishes enough between the different types to be able to name them but I love ornithology and the legends behind birds. I love watching as they soar through the trees outside my window and it was a big different between California and my move to Washington. In California I was lucky if I managed to see ravens and pigeons, and here in Washington in the span of a few hours you can see owls, eagles, finches, hummingbirds and tons of birds I can’t remember the names of :-p

  2. Why did they feel that Vermilions and Raven killed at birth? I know the story about the two that created the constellation, but how does that imply the others shouldn’t live?

    Ah, it is actually a show of the hypocrisy of the Eyrie. The same way that in our history there has been segregation, they never had segregation because they came from all over the world to the isle of white and everyone chose their loves based purely off of their own beliefs, which normally meant following their heart or the heart of their aves. They never had things like genocide because they kept their existence a secret. They did, however, have deathborns, which is really their Achilles heel because it is the ultimate form of injustice for a group of humans with unusual abilities to show prejudice against others for having even greater abilities. That is all I will give away for now but be assured we find out more about the reasoning behind their ways in book two

  3. Are any Stryx ever able to change into their bird forms?

    No. Stryx cannot change into bird forms because of the thin line between the two sides. The legends behind their creation that are further explored in the other two books explain a bit more about their creation and why they were made the way they were. It would go against who they are if they could change their form because what human wouldn’t want to escape into the sky and live their lives above others if they were given the chance to escape from hardships. 

  4. Why aren’t the children of two Stryx ever the same avian as either of the parents? How does their avian soul pick them?

    I like to think that there is something unique in every person’s core of who they are that drives them in curtain directions. It is based off of that core part of a person that leads them; only at their core they are not only human but also driven by a second set of instincts. 

  5. Will we ever learn the entire story of the Fairy Wren and her Sparrow?

    Yes. It is actually a big part of the overall story arc of the series. It will definitely be further explored.

  6. Tell us what to expect from you in the future? What are you currently working on?

    I am currently working on book two in the series Eyrie and after that will complete the trilogy with book three Stryx. My other series ‘A Sense of Truth’ will have the final of the quartet released next July. One of my short stories will be featured in an anthology coming out next May and after that we will see but when I finish writing the ‘Society of Feathers’ I plan on turning to a few stand alone novels I have part-way finished. Overall, you can expect more. Lots more! <3

    Fantastic questions and thank you so much for having me on Identity Discovery!


And now for your continued excerpt from Owlet! If you haven't read the others, start at the beginning of the tour and work your way chronologically so get the entire excerpt from the story Owlet

Iris felt herself give in to the dance and be led by him one way and then the next. Slowly the rest of the world with all its questions and fears simply melted away, leaving only the romance of the dance as Falcon chose Iris to be his for life. His touch, his smile, her racing heart were all Iris could see. Everything else was inconsequential.

You are right. I should be able to love, even if only as I sleep. Nothing can touch me here; nothing can hurt me.

She felt her feet leave the ground as they slowly rose into the air, each step and spin taking them higher into the sky. He led her closer to the trees and they jumped from one to the next, never letting go of each other’s hand as they continued their joyous circle. They drew higher and higher into the night sky as the moon slowly dipped below the water on the other side of the island and the sun rose, lighting the world with vivid colors.

Falcon looked at the sun and slowly stopped spinning, holding Iris afloat in mid-air. His face changed and slowly his smile grew smaller until his mouth was stoic.

“It is almost time for you to leave me,” he said, staring into her eyes.

“I don’t want to leave,” Iris responded, watching his smile reappear with her words.

“Love me.”

“Why? I do want to, but why is that the one thing you ask of me?”

He drew her close and with his lips next to her ear, he whispered, “Because I have always loved you.”

Iris felt her breath rush out of her body and knew that it had nothing to do with her asthma. Her heart felt like a hundred birds had burst into flight straight from her chest.

“Will you?”

“Will I love you?” Iris asked, scared to answer and sure she was about to wake up. She was losing her nerve and remembering her fears the way she had when she woke up from all her dreams.

“Will you find me?”


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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Wordy Wednesday: Moonshadows Book Review #LightningBookPromos

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Title: Moonshadows
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Author: Claude Dancourt
Publisher:
Desription: When Mira was turned into a werecat, she panicked. She ran away from her life and her boyfriend without a goodbye.

One year later, she’s on the verge of emotional and physical collapse, and answers are nowhere to be found. When the man she left behind shows up unexpectedly, Mira is so desperate to feel human again that she welcomes him back into her life despite her best resolves.

Erik has some questions of his own, and he won’t take no for an answer. He doesn’t believe in Supernatural, or in ancestral creatures. He wants a real explanation for her abandon. But when the new moon reveals the black panther inside Mira, he has no choice but to face the truth.

While the pair struggle to work out their issues, a killer lurks in the shadows. And its restraint is thinning…

Review: Have you read much about werecats? I love them and have read a few books about them. This one is all about a woman who is turned into a were-panther against her will (possibly even by accident). She has no idea what is happening to her so the first time she shifts into her cat form and kills a rat, she freaks out. She runs away from everyone she knows and loves in order to seek out information about what has happened to her. I think deep down she is actually searching for a cure. She denies her second self to the point of making herself physically ill. She is close to death when Erik, Mira's boyfriend at the time of turning, finds her hiding in Florida. Erik has been searching for her for no other reason than to get an explanation of why she left. I think he also just has to see her with his own eyes to truly believe that she is alive. What he doesn't expect to find is his beloved deathly sick, working in a bar, and never leaving the house during daylight. Mira's life has been completely turned upside down to a point where Erik struggles to recognize her.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It was interesting to read about how Claude Dancourt interpreted how a werecat would act as a human and in werecat form. I would have liked more actual werecat scenes, but the way I read it is that Mira "lost herself" every time she turned. In other words, she never remembers what happened once her cat took over. Great story though.

Interview with the author, Claude Dancourt:
  1. Why did you decide to write about werecats?

    I was fed up with vampires and werewolves. It seemed fun to have the heroine changing into something else (and something cute). I like cats, and panthers are just big cats :)

  2. Are all the terms you used in the story based on actual Indian legends? Where did you get your mythology?

    The basic legend : the creation of the world Panther and Wind bickering are actual Seminole Legend. However, the idea of moon being Panther's egg, the Kittahi, and Nethletulke/Nethlehasselawe are mine. It made sense to have someone watching the werecats, and having "twisted" once worked with the plotline.

  3. How did Mira figure out that she was a werecat when she doesn’t remember what happens after she turns?

    Well, if I was to wake up naked in a garden covered in blood, stinking of raw meat on me with fur under my nails, and bumped into a rat, I would figure out something not right quickly enough. Mira does remember something, mostly as images and feelings rather than real memories. She also remembers that the bus driver said he had seen a panther attacking her. She's ill, panicking, and she just put two and two together.

  4. What was Erik’s reaction to seeing Mira as a panther?

    I leave that one to the reader imagination.

  5. Mira was referred to as a skin walker a few times. What made her a skin walker and not a kittahi?

    A skinwalker is someone who is able to change into an animal (Navarro legend). In the book, a kittahi is someone who watches the Nethletulki, and kills the Nethlehasselawi. One is the hunted, the other the hunter. Kittahi are humans with training. Skinwalkers is another name for Werecats.

  6. Will there be a sequel? What are you currently working on?

    I don't think I'll write a sequel. But in the Right Place Universe, some characters appear in more than one novel. For an example, Erik is Gavin's (the nurse from SECOND CHANCES) brother. Adam Fielding (the FBI agent) will appear in my current WIP (SMOKE AND SHADOWS). Mira and Erik will probably do a cameo in another novel (just brainstorming for now). My current WIP is a romantic suspense : a pyroman is on the loose, and Adam will try to catch him, while dealing with his high-school-college sweetheart, and his sister's crazy schemes.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Wordy Wednesday: Spring Break Review & Interview #PromoBookTours

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Title: Spring Break
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Author: LC Kanon
Publisher: Story Girl Press, LLC
Desription: An all-expenses paid trip to Cancun for spring break? It wasn't exactly a hard sell for Leigh, Eva, Gia and Joy, frenemies from Arizona Southern University. But all is not well in the land of silver or lead. Soon after arriving, Leigh and the girls stumble upon some cartel carnage—a bloodbath of debauchery that makes even their wildest desert party seem tame.

Instead of doing the proper thing, like contacting the authorities, the girls go down the rabbit hole in this tale of sex, lies and bloodshed. It’s all fun and games until they make the acquaintance of Guero, a cartel kingpin who is none too pleased with their newfound lust for blood money.

These perky coeds aren’t on campus anymore, and after Guero lets them know just how serious he is, they make a run for the border no one will ever forget.

Review: This is one of those stories that makes me happy to not have had too many friends, especially rich, spoiled ones. The story starts out with the girls getting ready to get on a plane for Cancun. It is obvious that their is a fight brewing between them which we learn is the result of Eva sleeping with Gia's ex-boyfriend. You would think that after being apart for a year that Gia would have no claim over the man any more, or at least that is what Eva thought. Apparently in the spoiled diva code, once she dated him that made him off limits for all eternity. After reading a little bit about the storm that's coming, you will start questioning what terrible thing has been planned to remove Eva from their group. I honestly thought that the book description was talking about how the cartels got involved in killing Eva and what the other three girls had to do to pay them for their services. This is not correct though. What ends up happening is much much more dramatic and shocking.

Shocking is probably the best word to describe this book. You will never guess what is going to happen next. You certainly would not expect a couple of early twenty-something girls to be able to accomplish what they do. Their plans are spur of the moment and oh so effective. They have the two rivaling cartels second guessing everything they do. They also are so good at misdirection that both cartels are unaware that the "attacks" are coming from these unsuspecting (and unbiased) coeds. This isn't for the weak of heart. This is definitely for mature audiences. While not every adult situation is described in explicit detail, you know exactly what is happening at all times. It was very well written.

Interview with the author, LC Kanon:
  1. When the girls get on the plane for spring break in Cancun, there is an obvious problem between Eva and Gia. What exactly were Gia's plans for ensuring that Eva would "no longer be with the group"?

    Not trying to give too much away, Gia plans a pretty wicked manner of exiling Eva from the group, and she makes her move soon after the girls arrive in Cancun. Gia is basically a bully, and she intends to force Eva to go home out of sheer embarrassment. The character is based on a particularly nasty girl I knew in college, and let me tell you there is no end to Gia’s ability to socially torment. Let’s just say Eva suffers from a webcam incident.

  2. What made Leigh decide to take matters into her own hands instead of calling the police?

    Leigh is afraid of being caught for some bad behavior (again, not trying to give too much away). That can be a powerful motivator for running from the law. I think Leigh initially panicked, and then found herself unable to reverse her poor decisions. She just snapped. When I think of that character, I also associate her with the tension in her clique of friends. I think that pressure, in combination from the high she gets from doing very bad things, culminates in her taking the wrong way out of Mexico.

  3. Leigh obviously had some experience with a gun prior to their trip. Why was she such a good shot?

    Leigh was born and raised in Arizona, which in my mind explains her familiarity with firearms. I spent some time in the Southwest, and I can tell you that the gun culture out there is pretty marked. You’d be amazed by the number of well-adjusted young women who regularly conceal and carry. It’s probably a result of the frontier mentality, and I think Leigh was raised in a similar environment. Taking it a step further, I also saw the loss of her sister as somewhat responsible for her gravitation to risk taking, and guns certainly play into that picture.

  4. There were a lot of references to Leigh's sister going missing. Will there be another story about her or can you tell us what actually happened to her sister?

    I’d love to tell the story of what happened to Rachel, but you’ll have to wait to read about it in the sequel to Spring Break.

  5. La Familia ended up taking the fall for most, if not all, of the girls' actions. Were they planning on taking a direct attack on Los Muertos before being dragged into this adventure?

    Absolutely, I think they were feeling a bit cocky at taking over some of Los Muertos’ territory, so it wasn’t too far-fetched for La Familia to assume that Los Muertos had finally drawn first blood. The situation was a powder keg—the girls just lit the fuse.

  6. (Shameless plug time) What can we expect from you in the future?

    I’m working on a sequel to Spring Break, which takes place around 10 years from the events of that book. You’ll see some characters pop up who you might have assumed were dead. Basically, Leigh is going to have to get her machete ready for more action.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Wordy Wednesday: Destiny Unveiled Review and Interview

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Title: Destiny Unveiled
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Publisher: Free Focus Publishing
Desription: Gabriella and Darron thought their magickal battle was over when they defeated the evil warlock, Richard. When her Aunt Donna seeks Gabriella's help in rescuing her catatonic daughter from the Dark Coven, Gabriella discovers that her cousin holds a power within her that would be catastrophic in the hands of the evil witches.

Gabriella's coven sets out on a journey that may be their last. Along the way, they meet new allies, face devastating treachery, and battle not only the Dark Coven, but the darkness within themselves. When Gabriella finally comes face to face with the cousin she never knew existed, her true destiny is unveiled, and the fate of the mortal world is in her hands.

Review: Destiny Unveiled is the second book in the Destiny series. As a part of this tour, I was supposed to read both books, but I sadly didn't have time. I read just this second book and will hopefully read the first one at a later date. I can therefore personally tell you that you can read this one and understand everything without reading the first. In my opinion, that makes it a pretty good story and series.

In this story, Gabriella (or Gabby) has just graduated high school after apparently a very traumatic senior year. Her coven, consisting of two actual witches and two wiccan mortals, are in celebration mode when Monte, Gabby's stepbrother introduces them to his boyfriend Adam. Adam's appearance coincides with the appearance of a strange elflike woman and a redheaded man. It also started these magical migraine headaches for Darron. There are a lot of coincidences happening and then a sudden inescapable mission that requires Gabby and Darron to accept their extended families. Gabby is placed in a position where she has to accept her long lost aunt and two unknown cousins. It's a story about magic, covens, family, and lost/discovered loves. You will enjoy the twist when Gabby meets her missing niece. I look forward to finding out about Gabby's padt and what is yet to be.

Interview with the author, Laura DeLuca:
  1. Gabby appears not to remember pieces of her history, liking having an  aunt and what her mother had taught her about witchcraft. What caused this  memory lapse?

    In Destiny, it is explained that Gabriella suppressed all memories of witchcraft when her mother was murdered. Her memory of that time is gradually returning.

  2. Why do the witches refer to non witches as mortals? Are witches truly  immortal?

    They aren't immortal in the flesh but in the spirit. They always return in each life as witches. Some of the witches feel they are superior to humans without supernatural abilities and use it as a derogatory statement.

  3. Flora and Monte are part of the covenant, but they aren't actually  witches. What is the difference exactly?

    Their coven is a spiritual group that practices the religion of Wicca. Supernatural abilities aren't required, just a heart that is open to the love of the Goddess :)

  4. Would any children conceived between Gabby and Darron definitely be witches?

    In Destiny its explained that the abilities are passed from father to son or mother to daughter. Since Gabby & Darron are both witches, all of their children would have powers.

  5. Gabby and Destiny could talk telepathically. Was that a special skill of Destiny's? Could Destiny talk to Trevor too?

    The telepathy between Destiny & Gabby is a unique thing though Darron does have telepathic abilities and communicated with Gabby that way once in the first book. I do explain in the first book that witches have to be open to Darron's power for it to work. Destiny and Trevor are not able to communicate telepathically. 

  6. It appears that you are planning on at least one more book in the series. Care to give us a peak at what will be happening?

    In the third book I plan to delve more into Darron's past. He will learn how he came to be conceived and find out that he has some other relatives in England. That is pretty much all I can say for now. 
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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Wordy Wednesday: Cassandra by Starlight Guest Post #IOTours

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Title: Cassandra by Starlight
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Author: Susan Mac Nicol
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Desription: A London woman is swept off her feet into the glamorous yet surprisingly dangerous world of an up-and-coming star of stage and screen.

TO CATCH A RISING STAR
Unconventional though she may be, Cassandra Wallace leads the life of an average Londoner, from blind dates to rush hour traffic. Then, along comes Bennett Saville. Charming, erudite, the up-and-coming actor is like the hero of a romantic movie. He sets Cassie afire like he has the stage and screen, and defies the tragedy that brought them together. From the tips of his Armani loafers to their scorching hot first kiss, he’s perfect. Only, he’s ten years younger and from the upper class, and those emerald eyes invite dangerous secrets. The world is full of hungry leading ladies, and every show must have its villain. Yet a true romance will always find its happy ending.

Guest Post from the author, Susan Mac Nicol:
Book: Cassandra by Starlight
Author: Susan Mac Nicol
Topic: Who’d play your lead characters

One of the questions sometimes asked in author interviews is:

“If you had to choose someone to play your two main characters, who would it be?”

For me this is easy to answer. At the risk of sounding like a middle-­‐aged groupie, I watched a TV series over a year ago that made me ‘swoon’ and think, “Oh my God, I want one of those.” ‘One of those’ happened to be the British actor, Benedict Cumberbatch, playing the role of ‘Sherlock’ in the UK TV series.

I’d had the idea for Cassandra by Starlight already and needed some inspiration for my leading man. Mr. Cumberbatch was perfect from the tips of his toes to his hair (which seemed to change colour with alarming regularity depending on the part he was playing at the time). Instead of having a leading man who started off as a wealthy London City businessman, I changed his career path into that of an up and coming young actor. I knew I’d never have ‘one of those’ for my own, (being said middle-­‐aged groupie), so I decided to create one for myself. Talk about Dr. Frankenstein....

So Bennett Saville was born. Urbane, charming, talented, looking quite a bit like the original with a few tweaks, and I had a character that gave me the impetus to create him exactly as I thought he should be.

Cassie was always going to be a Michelle Pfeiffer look alike, as I’ve always thought Ms. Pfeiffer was one of the loveliest women I’ve ever seen on screen. So, nothing mind-­‐blowing behind that choice. Cassie became, in my mind, a fairly petite, strawberry blonde haired, attractive 47 year old woman who would give Bennett a run for his money and change his life in the process.

To me, getting these two characters together to play the roles of Bennett and Cassie would be an absolute charm and I think it fair to say, perhaps Mr. Cumberbatch might not mind too much either..... Purchase the book:
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9/24 - Queen of All She Reads - Review - http://queenofallshereads.blogspot.com/
9/24 - Harlie's Books - Review - http://harliebooks.blogspot.com 
9/25 - M-N's Amazing Book Reviews - First Chapter - http://mnsamazingbookreviews.blogspot.com
9/25 - Queen of All She Reads - Guest Blog, and Giveaway - http://queenofallshereads.blogspot.com/
9/28 - Harlie's Books - First Chapter and Giveaway - http://harliebooks.blogspot.com/?zx=a0b736b0528daf99
10/3 - Identity Discovery - Guest Blog - http://identitydiscovery.net
10/4 - Books, Books, and More Books - Review, Interview,and Giveaway - http://dream-reader-dreamer2229.blogspot.com/
10/4 - The Bunny's Review - First Chapter and Giveaway - http://bunnysreview.com
10/5 - Steamy Reading - First Chapter - http://www.steamyreading.com/
10/9 - Kaisy Daisy's Corner - Review and Giveaway - http://kswederski.blogspot.com/
10/10 - Book Lovin Mamas - Review, Interview, and Giveaway - http://www.booklovinmamas.blogspot.com
10/10 - Storm Goddess Book Reviews & More - Interview and Giveaway - http://www.stormgoddessbookreviews.blogspot.com/
10/11 - smartmouthtexan - Guest Blog, First Chapter, and Giveaway - http://smartmouthtexan.wordpress.com/
10/15 - I Just Wanna Sit Here and Read! - Guest Blog, First Chapter,and Giveaway - http://www.sithereandread.com/

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Wordy Wednesday: Racing with the Wind Author Spotlight

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Title: Racing with the Wind
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Author: Regan Walker
Publisher: Boroughs PublishingGroup
Desription: The intrepid daughter of an earl leaves Regency London for the Parisian court of Louis XVIII, where she finds adventure, mystery, and above all, love.

THE NIGHTHAWK Hugh Redgrave, marquess of Ormond, was warned. Prinny had dubbed Lady Mary Campbell “the Swan,” but no ordinary man could clip her wings. She was a bluestocking hellion, an illadvised match by every account. Luckily, he sought no bride. His work lay on the continent, where he’d become legend by stealing war secrets from Boney. And yet, his memories of Lady Mary riding her stallion were a thorn in his mind. He was the son of a duke and in the service of the Prince Regent…and he would not be whole until he had won her hand.

THE SWAN It was unheard of for a Regency debutante to postpone her first season, yet Lady Mary had done just that. Far more interested in politics than a husband, she had no time for foolishness or frippery. Already she had assisted her statesman uncle in Paris, and she swore to return to the court of Louis XVIII no matter the danger. Like her black stallion, Midnight, she would always run free. Only the truest heart would race beside her.

Author Spotlight!
As a child, Regan loved to write stories, particularly about adventure-loving girls. But by the time she got to college, more serious pursuits were encouraged. One of her professors thought her suited to the profession of law. Regan says, “I became a lawyer because I thought it would be better to be a hammer than a nail.” Years of serving clients in private practice and several stints in high levels of government gave her a love of international travel and a feel for the demands of the "Crown" on its subjects. Hence, her first romance novels involve a demanding Prince Regent who thinks of his subjects as his private talent pool. Regan says her stories will always involve adventure as well as love.

Regan lives in San Diego with her Golden Retriever, Link, who she says inspires her every day to relax and smell the roses.

Social Media Connect with Regan Walker: Check out her website, her blog/, her publisher Boroughs Publishing Group, her blog on her publisher's site, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

Buy the Book:
Amazon - Racing with the Wind (Agents of the Crown)
Barnes and Noble - http://bit.ly/PkXX6T
Smashwords - http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/207886


Tour Stops:
9/10 - Geo Librarian - Review - http://geolibrarian.blogspot.com
9/10 - LDS and Lovin' it - Review - http://ldsandlovinit.blogspot.com
9/10 - The Bunny's Review - Review - http://bunnysreview.com
9/10 - My Cozie Corner - Review - http://coziecorner.blogspot.com
9/10 - Books, Books and More Books - Review - http://dream-reader-dreamer2229.blogspot.com/
9/10 - mademoiselle Le Sphinx - Review - http://aliaaelnashar.blogspot.com
9/10 - Musings From An Addicted Reader - Review - http://musingsfromanaddictedreader.blogspot.com/
9/10 - huithiang! - Review - http://khamneithang.blogspot.com
9/10 - Sharing Links and Wisdom - Review - http://sharinglinksandwisdom.blogspot.com/
9/10 - I am, Indeed - Review - http://iamindeed.wordpress.com
9/10 - Queen of All She Reads - Review - http://queenofallshereads.blogspot.com/
9/10 - Mallory Heart Reviews - Review - http://archiestandwoodsreviewsandwritings.blogspot.com/
9/11 - I Just Wanna Sit Here and Read! - Guest Blog, First Chapter, and Giveaway - http://www.sithereandread.com/
9/12 - Sharing Links and Wisdom - First Chapter and Giveaway - http://sharinglinksandwisdom.blogspot.com/
9/12 - Identity Discovery - Promo and Giveaway - http://identitydiscovery.net
9/13 - M-N's Amazing Book Reviews - First Chapter - http://mnsamazingbookreviews.blogspot.com
9/13 - Queen of All She Reads - Guest Blog and Giveaway - http://queenofallshereads.blogspot.com/
9/17 - I am, Indeed - First Chapter and Giveaway - http://iamindeed.wordpress.com
9/17 - A Chick Who Reads - Review, Guest Blog, and Giveaway - http://achickwhoreads.blogspot.com
9/18 - Steamy Reading - First Chapter - http://www.steamyreading.com/
9/19 - Reading Romances - Interview and Giveaway - http://reading-romances.com
9/20 - Day Dreaming Book Reviews - Guest Blog, First Chapter, Giveaway - http://daydrmzzz.blogspot.com/
9/21 - Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer - Review and Giveaway - http://www.caffeinatedbookreviewer.com/
9/25 - The Avid Reader - Bio/Book Synopsis and First Chapter - http://the-avidreader.blogspot.com/
9/26 - smartmouthtexan - Guest Blog, First Chapter, and Giveaway - http://smartmouthtexan.wordpress.com/
9/28 - Mademoiselle Le Sphinx - Review - http://aliaaelnashar.blogspot.com


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