Monday, July 24, 2017

STILL ME ... AFTER ALL THESE YEARS REVIEW

Quote of the week:

Today, I'd like to share an anthology I just finished reading. The stories are great no matter your age.

STILL ME ... AFTER ALL THESE YEARS



STILL ME…AFTER ALL THESE YEARS

24 Writers Reflect on Aging

By Karen Helene Walker



“Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, The last of life for which the first was made; Our times are in His hand…” As I read the stories in the anthology STILL ME…AFTER ALL THESE YEARS, Poet Robert Browning’s words from RABBI BEN EZRA came to mind. I never really thought about them when I was younger, but now I understand what he was saying, at least what it means to me.


As we go through life we learn, at least we should. And in the individual stories of this anthology we see that just because one is growing older doesn’t mean their active life is over. Quite the contrary. Many new adventures are waiting for us, if we just recognize them. We see this in these stories. Some discuss physical changes in our bodies. So, our hair turns gray, our muscles grow flabby. That doesn’t mean we can’t still dance and swim and do the things we enjoy doing.


Losing parents and other family members is heartbreaking, but as one story mentions we still have the wisdom we learned from our parents and/or siblings.


These stories will have you laughing, and thinking, and counting your blessings, so pick up a copy and enjoy STILL ME …AFTER ALL THESE YEARS. I think you’ll be glad you did.


Have a lovely week.

Happy Reading.

Monday, July 17, 2017

PRINCESS BREEZE TOUR CONTINUES

I hope you all had a great weekend and are ready for a new week. The tour for Princess Breeze continues. This is the second and last week. We've been having fun, meeting new people on the tour. And this week Breeze will be appearing at the following blogs. Thanks for visiting.



Stop by all these lovely blogs and say "Hi."

July 17 – The Bookworm Chronicles – Excerpt & Feature

Celtic Connexions – Excerpt & Feature

July 18 –

July 19 – The Children’s & Teen Book Connection – Guest Post

Bound 2 Escape – Excerpt

Strand of Thought – Guest Post

Rockin’ Book Reviews – Review & Interview

July 20 – Thoughts in Progress – Feature

July 21 – A Bluestocking’s Place – Excerpt

Reviews by Crystal – Excerpt

Deal Sharing Aunt – Review & Interview

August 1 – Writers & Authors – Interview



PRINCESS BREEZE is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and 4RV Publishing.

PRINCESS BREEZE  is the sequel to JUST BREEZE. Remember her?



There is a Rafflecopter giveaway of two paperback copies of Princess Breeze. (US only)

I don't have the link, but you can find it on the host blogs. Good luck. Breeze and I look forward to hearing from you.

Happy Reading.

Monday, July 10, 2017

PRINCESS BREEZE TOUR

Today is the beginning of a new week and also the beginning of the tour for my latest novel PRINCESS BREEZE. Here is the schedule for this week. I'm giving away two paperback copies of the book, so if you're young at heart or know teens who like to read, you have a good chance of winning a copy. This is the sequel to JUST BREEZE.




July 10 – Juneta @ Writer’s Gambit – Guest Post


Mythical Books – Guest Post


Writers & Authors – Guest Post


Alex J. Cavanaugh – Guest Post



July 11 –


July 12 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – Review & Interview


July 13 – Stephanie Faris, Author – Guest Post




Breeze says "Good luck." She'd like to share her story with you.

Happy Reading! 

Friday, July 7, 2017

AUDIO BOOK GIVEAWAY

I seldom post on Fridays, but I just have to let you know, in case you're interested. Dancing Lemur Press is giving away a copy of my audio book UNDER A PURPLE MOON. All you have to do to enter is retweet it.


Here's the link.

Happy Retweeting.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

THE INSECURE WRITER'S SUPPORT GROUP

Today is the first Wednesday in July, and you know what that means.


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.

The founder of the IWSG is the Awesome Ninja Alex J. Cavanaugh.

His awesome co-hosts for the July 5 posting of the IWSG are Tamara Narayan, Pat Hatt, Patricia Lynne, Juneta Key, and Doreen McGettigan!

Be sure to visit the Insecure Writer's Support Group Website

Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. Remember, the question is optional!!!

July 5th question:

What is one valuable lesson you've learned since you started writing?

Good question.

The first one that comes to my mind is patience. I tend to want everything done right now. In writing, that does not happen, as you well know. I write and write and think I'll never finish. Patience.  

Next, I ask my wonderful, kind, understanding critique friends to read the thing and tell me what it needs. Patience.

After I go back trough the story, reading their comments and making changes, I write a query letter and send my story to the perfect publisher. Patience. 

When the reply comes, with a contract, I shout "Yippee!" My book will soon be out. Patience.

(When I receive a polite "no thanks" instead of a contract, I send it out again.) Patience.

After an acceptance, come the edits, edits, edits. Do they ever end. Patience.

Months, or even years later, I can hold my book in my hands. Patience.

Wait for reviews. Wait for readers' comments. Patience.



Happy reading.
Remember, the word is patience.

Monday, July 3, 2017

GUARDIAN'S TOUCH COVER REVEAL

Quote for the week:
I know it's a day early, but I seldom post on Tuesday. So Happy Early 4th of July!

Today, I'm excited to share with you the lovely, lovely cover  and information about Author LA DRAGONI's latest book. I think it's gorgeous and just right for the story.


For a ghost there are only two choices. Heaven
or Hell.

Coming August 1, 2017
Guardian's Touch, Touched by Afterlife, Book 2

Life has returned to normal for Tamara and Dex after helping
a horde of ghosts cross over. Their brush with the afterlife affirmed one
thing: happily ever after is real.

When odd pranks around the farm escalate to destruction,
Tamara fears mischievous teenagers are vandalizing the neighborhood. Then Dex
starts to act out of character. Meanness slips into his usually playful
disposition. One day he even ridicules a co-worker publicly. Tamara watches
helplessly as he seems to lose the ability to control his own actions. When
Dex’s abnormal anger turns violent—toward Tamara—their happily ever after is
threatened. Desperate to help Dex and herself, she sends out a silent prayer
for help.

She didn’t expect Cal to come to her aid.
***
Mark as to read on Goodreads:
Follow LA Dragoni on Amazon

Ghost Touch, Touched by Afterlife Book 1 ebook
is marked down to just $0.99 for a limited time.

For fifteen minutes each night a portal opens in Tamara’s
barn and a horde of ghosts spills into her yard. Their leader, Cal, a quiet,
unassuming cowboy, fulfills an aching loneliness the death of Tamara’s mother
left behind. Tamara can help the ghosts cross, but can she let Cal go?

Available in ebook, audiobook, and
print from Amazon.
Also available on Barnes
and Noble
, Kobo,
iTunes, and other
e-tailers.
But hurry before the price returns to $2.99.

About the author:

LA Dragoni isn’t too
particular about who falls in love or where they fall in love. Whether it’s
paranormal, mythical, or time travel, LA simply considers it her job to divine
their story and share it with you. She lives in Central Oregon with her husband
and children, but haunts ghost towns and cemeteries throughout the west, in
search of the next adventure to sift through her storytelling brain. Learn more
about LA and her work at ladragoni.com



Now, I have to read this and see what Tamara and Dex are up to now.

Thanks for sharing LA Dragoni.
Happy Reading!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

IS IT WEDNESDAY ALREADY?

Welcome Wednesday. Where did Monday and Tuesday go? I thought I'd have some book reviews ready for today. Thinking gets me in trouble every time. I haven't been reading as much lately. Too many other things need to be done. Here's what's happening.


PRINCESS BREEZE is going on tour.



If you'd like to be a part of the tour, you are invited. Sign up here.

And, if you're still reading this post, CLC has a nice review for A FAMILY FOR LEONA on their blog. Check it out here.


Both covers are by the talented AidanaWillowraven.

Or here's the review, because you have to scroll down to read the one on their blog.

In the year 1921 life was challenging, but times were especially hard for Leona and her family who had recently lost their mother.  At ten-years-old Leona is just one of six siblings.  With her mother gone, her father is unable to provide and care for his children, the youngest of whom is just a baby.  With nowhere to turn, he takes them to the Brooklyn School and Home for Destitute Children.  At first Leona believes it will be just for a short while.  Expecting her father to collect them any day, she’s always on the lookout for his return.  But he does not come back and eventually, one at a time, her siblings are gone.  First her fourteen-year-old brother runs away in hopes of finding a job.  Next, with the opportunity of becoming a nurse, her older sister leaves as well.  Eventually her other siblings are adopted, leaving just Leona and the baby.  Determined to hold on to her last remaining family thread, she’s devastated when, against her will, she’s put on an orphan train to Texas, leaving her baby sister behind. 


Author Beverly Stowe McClure is a skilled story-teller.  As with all her books, she writes with a depth of emotion that helps readers connect instantly with her characters.  With a page-turning plot and a story which begs to be discovered, A Family for Leona is a book which rises to the occasion for fans of her work and will certainly draw new fans who will come to want more from this exceptionally talented author.  Recommended for home and school libraries A Family for Leona is a wonderful book that will speak to the hearts of readers of all ages.  

LITERARY CLASSICS Book Awards & Reviews International Book Awards • Top Honors Youth Book Awards • Seal of Approval http://www.clcawards.org