TODAY’S GUEST BLOGGER~ JOHN M. MABRY~ THE TREASURE AT DEVIL’S HOLE…with #Review, #Middle Grade

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Please help us welcome Jody M. Mabry to MBA&N today!!

WELCOME, JOHN M. MABRY!!

 

How to Keep Writing After You Lose Interest.

A mentor of mine once told me that unless you will love writing your book throughout the whole writing process then you’re better off to not start at all. At the time I could see both the positive and negative of this. The positive is that if I write something I love, I am more likely to write it well. The negative is that I would never write anything. There comes a point in all my writing over 50 pages, where I just am not as excited as I was at the start. There have even been times I purely hate it, ehem…editing. Twenty years later and not only do I think my mentor was wrong, but what he should have said was, “There will be times you don’t like what you are writing, and when this happens you need to reinvent your interest.” This has been something I’ve had to teach myself over the years. In the last five years I can say I have never run into a project that I have not been able to finish, and maintain interest. So, when you “hate” your book, try one of these simple steps:

• Write different scenes. In my current book Lake Norfork, I had a general idea of the plot. In my head I had a mess of scenes I thought were great, but no glue holding them together. Not knowing where to start I simply began writing the scenes without worry of how to link them. Once I had about ten scenes written, it became more of a fun game to link them together. This not only kept the book fresh for me, but almost felt as if I were writing several short stories, which kept the story fresh and fun to write.
• Change perspective completely. In my book The Treasure at Devil’s Hole, I knew I wanted to write a story about a boy digging a well with dynamite. I wrote the scene several times, but wasn’t happy with it, and eventually became frustrated. It was when I decided to change the perspective of the story to another character and have the well digging in the background that the story became fun. Not only did the story I want stay in the book, and last the entire duration, but I was able to open up what I had set as a limitation. The story became a treasure hunt instead of a lesson on how not to dig a well.
• Stop mid-sentence. This is a technique I use with all my writing now. I either set a time or word count. When the time expires, or I hit 2000 words, I stop. Whether I am mid-sentence or not, it doesn’t matter. I prefer when I don’t complete a sentence because it strikes a chord in me throughout the rest of the day. I want to finish the sentence. Life doesn’t seem right unless I do. This prompts me to think about that sentence and everything else I wrote that day. By the time I get back to writing I know exactly what I want and I never think about putting the book away for good.

Losing interest in work is something all writers face at one time or another. Finding new techniques to keep your writing fresh and fun is essential to growing as a writer and completing that book you’ve had in your desk drawer for months.

Thank you, for stopping by today!

Pump Up Your Book Presents The Treasure at Devil’s Hole Virtual Book Publicity Tour

 

Title: The Treasure at Devil’s Hole
Author: Jody Mabry
Publisher: Maybury and Gilliam Literary
Pages: 220
Genre: Middle Grade Children’s
Format: Paperback/Kindle

How would you feel if you knew you had a legendary treasure right in your own back yard? Francis “Bug” Mosser knows, and will do nearly anything to find it, even if it means defying the most villainous person he knows—Mom!

Standing in Bug’s way is his nemesis Tad Pricket, the red headed, pock-holed bully who’s suddenly been seen walking Bug’s girl, Melanie, home from school—worse, the walk ends with a kiss. Then there is the mysterious bald stranger and Miss Julia Brandon’s boyfriend who seems a little “too-classy” for the town of Possum Trot.

With the help of his brothers, and best friend Billy—along with his not-so-secret desire to impress Melanie Grainger—Bug goes off in search of fortune and glory, thwarting bad guys, stolen clothes, and explosions to find the one surprise about the treasure that he would have never dreamed of…

“Jody M. Mabry’s “The Treasure at Devil’s Hole” is a refreshing return to classic adventure, a genuine stand-out among modern YA fare. It calls to mind works such as “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” right down to the requisite treasure hunting, villains, expansive caverns, complicated young love, and rule-breaking exploits intelligent, free-spirited boys simply can’t resist. Well written and wonderfully paced, it keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish, with a clever resolution you never saw coming. I found this to be a delightful read, and in fact completed the book in one sitting, unable to put it down. Looking forward to Mabry’s next work, I hope one is in the works.” – Amazon reviewer

For More Information

  • The Treasure at Devil’s Hole is available at Amazon.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

 

MEET THE AUTHOR…

 

Jody MabryBorn at Great Lakes Naval Base in Illinois, Jody has had the opportunity to live in places such as Cuba, St. Croix USVI, Mississippi, Illinois, and Kenosha, Wisconsin, where he spent the teen years of his life in an 1800’s farmhouse that was, of course, haunted. At fourteen Jody first heard the story of Arizona’s “Lost Dutchman Mine,” sparking an interest in adventure, ghost towns, and lost treasure. Always prone to telling a good story, Jody now passes on the tradition to his children who will no doubt find their own treasure someday. Jody and his family live in the charming Linden Hills neighborhood of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

His lastest book is the middle grade novel, The Treasure at Devil’s Hole.

For More Information

FOLLOW THE TOUR…

Monday, May 4

Interview at The Writer’s Life

Tuesday, May 5

Guest Blogging at Mythical Books

Wednesday, May 6

Book Featured at What Is That Book About

Thursday, May 7

Book Featured at Reviews That Reveal

Friday, May 8

Book Featured at Jody’s Book Reviews

Monday, May 11

Interview at The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection

Tuesday, May 12

Book Featured at Bound 2 Escape

Wednesday, May 13

Interview at Shelf Full of Books

Thursday, May 14

Book Review at Books, Reviews, ETC.

Monday, May 18

Guest Blogging at My Life Loves and Passion

Tuesday, May 19

Guest Blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner

Wednesday, May 20

Book Review at WV Stitcher

Thursday, May 21

Book Review at The Blended Blog

Friday, May 22

Book Review at Deal Sharing Aunt

Monday, May 25

Book Featured at CBY Book Club

Tuesday, May 26

Book Review at My Book Addiction and More

Wednesday, May 27

Book Review at A Simple Life, Really?!

Thursday, May 28

Book Review at My Book Retreat

Friday, May 29

Book Review at Svetlana’s Reads and Views

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MY THOUGHTS:

THE TREASURE AT DEVIL’S HOLE by Jody Mabry is an adventurous Middle School Novel. Set in 1946 Izard County, Arkansas. Filled with adventure, treasure hunting, a bully, bad guys, young love, and a long-lost-treasure.
Fans of Huckleberry Finn and the Hardy Boys Mystery series will enjoy “The Treasure at Devil’s Hole”.
Ms. Mabry has certainly crafted a tale that is sure to be a treasure. A yarn told from an expert storyteller. Young Readers, Middle Grade readers are sure to devour this spell bound adventure. Sure to become a classic, with loveable characters, a strong storyline with many twists and turns, some I didn’t even see coming. A must read for Middle Grade Readers.

*Received for an honest review from the publisher*

**Cross-posted on My Book Addiction Reviews**

Rating: 5
Heat rating: N/ A
Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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HAPPY RELEASE DAY! COLLETTE CAMERON~ HEART OF A HIGHLANDER…

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HEART OF A HIGHLANDER

When Giselle McTavish left France as the wife of a Scottish laird, she never expected to be widowed two years later and left with a toddler to raise. Filled with animosity toward Highlander, Hugh Ferguson—the man she holds responsible for her husband’s drowning, and a man she must see every day because he, too, lives at Craiglocky Keep—she’s determined her son, the next laird, will be raised in Scotland, nonetheless. Her struggles to overcome loneliness and homesickness are compounded as it becomes more difficult to fight the warm feelings Hugh now stirs in her.

Hugh has loved Giselle almost from the moment he laid eyes on the petite Frenchwoman. But as the wife, and then the widow of his dearest friend, he has refused to act on his feelings. He blames himself for his friend’s death. Guilt as well as the belief Giselle hates him, keeps Hugh’s lips firmly closed and his heart sealed. That all changes one providential Valentine’s Day when he risks everything by using Scottish folklore and legend to at last proclaims his love.

 

Availiable for only 99 cents!!

HEART OF A HIGHLANDER

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Collette Cameron

Bestselling, award-winning author, Collette Cameron, has a BS in Liberal Studies and a Master’s in Teaching. Author of the Castle Brides Series, Highland Heather Romancing a Scot Series, and Conundrums of the Misses Culpepper series, Collette writes Regency and Scottish historicals and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and five mini dachshunds.

Mother to three and a self-proclaimed Cadbury Chocolate chocoholic, Collette loves a good joke, inspirational quotes, flowers, trivia, and all things shabby chic. You’ll always find dogs, birds, quirky–sometimes naughty–humor, and a dash of inspiration in her novels.

Her motto for life? You can’t have too much chocolate, too many books, too many hugs, or too many flowers. She’s thinking about adding shoes to that list.

**Visit Collette’s website to peek into her author world: http://collettecameron.com

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Connect & Socialize with Collette Cameron!

**Visit Collette’s website to peek into her author world: http://collettecameron.com

**Follow Collette’s blog to see what’s she’s been up to: http://collettecameron.com/blog/
Chocolate is usually involved!

**Follow Collette on Facebook here: http://facebook.com/collettecameronauthor
She loves to chat with readers!

**Follow Collette on Twitter here: http://twitter.com/collette_author
Warning, quirky humor at work!

**Become a friend or fan of Collette’s on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/collettecameron

**Follow Collette on Pinterest here: http://www.pinterest.com/colletteauthor/
Birds, flowers, shabby chic, dachshunds, and so much more!

**Connect with Collette on Google+ here:
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Sign up for Collette’s Monthly newsletter here: http://tinyurl.com/regencyrose
Be the first to know the latest news and enter giveaways!

Follow her Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Collette-Cameron/e/B00CWLYXL2/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

 

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RELEASE DAY BLITZ: SUMMER FIRE: LOVE WHEN IT’S HOT~BOX SET…with #Rafflecopter Giveaway and #Reviews

 

Summer Fire: Love When It’s Hot
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 26, 2015

 

 

 

20 ALL NEW Contemporary Romance stories by New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon Bestselling authors.
LIMITED TIME ONLY!
Love when it’s hot? So do we. Especially when we’re writing about gritty alphas, angsty bad boys, sizzling attraction, and unrequited passion. So loosen your buttons, turn the fan to oscillate and join us for this steamy, groundbreaking bundle of summer tales that are hot hot hot.

 

 

 
Sizzle Spies – Gennita Low
 
Lola and Jake, fall hard for each other. Is their love strong enough for one assignment that would risk everything?

 

 
Sinful – R.J. Lewis
Two different people from two different worlds find their lives colliding in the most sinful way.


Summer Storm – L. Wilder
VP Guardrail’s life has always been his MC club. It’s up to him to fix a wrong, but he wasn’t expecting Allie to take him by storm.


A Season in Gemini – Victoria Danann
The first time sexy biker, Brant Fornight, saw Garland St. Germaine, he knew she was going to turn him inside out. And she did.


Solstice Burn – Kym Grosso
Love and temptation flare in a tropical paradise. When Chase rescues Penny, she learns to embrace her inner fantasies.


Sun Burnt – Cat Miller
Kesslyn inherits a ranch, but the city girl is unsure she’s up for the challenge. Can her sexy foreman rope her into staying forever?


Big Girls Don’t Cry – Mimi Barbour
He’s everything she’s ever wanted in a man. And she’s nothing like the girl she wants to be. Something’s gotta change…


Killer  – Clarissa Wild
Secrets could kill you. He murdered her husband. She’s the prime suspect seeking justice. Only one of them can win.


Rodeo Romance – Teresa Gabelman
Jake McCabe had one rule. Never date a client. Trisha Summers had a new rule. Never date a man again. Rules were meant to be broken.


Irish Kisses – Helen Scott Taylor
Ten years ago he said he loved her, then he left and broke her heart. Now he’s back, and he wants her again, but can she trust him?


Sweet Surrender – Victoria James
Cade showing up on her doorstep is not what Julia wants-but this bad-boy is back and ready to convince her that this time is forever…


Husband for a Week – Mona Risk
A Sicilian vendetta, a fake husband, and a matchmaking grandmother complicate Jonathan and Isabella’s lives. Can love conquer all?


A Man for Hire – Patrice Wilton
Jordon’s ex-boyfriend is bringing home a bride. To save face she hires a hot guy for the weekend. Sparks fly–can this be love?


My Mile-High Mistake – Linda Barlow
Six years ago, she yearned for her sexy, forbidden high school teacher. Now she can’t resist his temptation at 35,000 feet.


Heat Lightning – Joan Reeves
Her husband found her, claimed her, rescued her. His touch makes her throb. Her body knows him, but she remembers nothing about him.


Tan Lines and Salty Kisses – Danielle Jamie
Becca and Parker have a second chance at summer romance. The spark is hotter than a Georgia July. Can it withstand news of his secret?


Someone Exactly Like You – Terri Marie
Cameron Barron’s plan was solid. A few lies, a disguise, and an apology to Chastity Newberry… What could possibly go wrong?


His Promise – Lorhainne Eckhart
A love they thought would last forever. A promise forgotten. Until one summer night.


Summer Rhythm – Brandy L Rivers
Doug never could resist Chloe. She always runs. Will this time be different or is their summer rhythm destined to repeat.


Anchor  – Nicole Blanchard
I thought it was a weekend from hell, until he showed me a little piece of heaven.

SUMMER FIRE: Love When It’s Hot Box set has twenty Best selling Contemporary author. From suspense to mystery and all in between. WOW! So much love in one place. What an amazing collection of both authors and stories. Gotta say, this Boxed set is well worth the price, in fact $. 99 is an amazing price.

It is hard to pick my favorite story or author. Some authors are new to me, some are not, all are amazing storytellers. Each tell a story in her own unique style. The H/H are engaging, believable, and enchanting. The storylines are unique, where the H/H are meet with challenges, hardships, romance, passion, secrets, and yes, love. When love runs hot, it’s very hot. Loved this collection! While, Contemporary Romance is not my favorite genre, or straight romance, I thoroughly enjoyed “Summer Fire”.  Fans of Contemporary romance, Rodeo, Spies, Bikers, Clubs, and plain romance, I strongly recommend this Box set. Rather you enjoy all the authors or just one, this set is a must read! Well done, Ladies! Sexy, and love, makes an awesome read!

Here is what is included in this Boxed set…

1. Gennita Low Sizzle Spies, Lola and Jake, fall hard for each other. Is their love strong enough for one assignment that would risk everything?

2. R.J. Lewis Sinful Two different people from two different worlds find their lives colliding in the most sinful way.

3. L. Wilder Summer Storm VP Guardrail’s life has always been his MC club. It’s up to him to fix a wrong, but he wasn’t expecting Allie to take him by storm.

4. Victoria Danann A Season in Gemini The first time sexy biker, Brant Fornight, saw Garland St. Germaine, he knew she was going to turn him inside out. And she did.

5. Kym Grosso Solstice Burn Love and temptation flare in a tropical paradise. When Chase rescues Penny, she learns to embrace her inner fantasies.

6. Cat Miller Sun Burnt Kesslyn inherits a ranch, but the city girl is unsure she’s up for the challenge. Can her sexy foreman rope her into staying forever?

7. Mimi Barbour Big Girls Don’t Cry He’s everything she’s ever wanted in a man. And she’s nothing like the girl she wants to be. Something’s gotta change…

8. Clarissa Wild Killer Secrets could kill you. He murdered her husband. She’s the prime suspect seeking justice. Only one of them can win.

9. Teresa Gabelman Rodeo Romance Jake McCabe had one rule. Never date a client. Trisha Summers had a new rule. Never date a man again. Rules were meant to be broken.

10. Helen Scott Taylor Irish Kisses Ten years ago he said he loved her, then he left and broke her heart. Now he’s back, and he wants her again, but can she trust him?

11. Victoria James Sweet Surrender Cade showing up on her doorstep is not what Julia wants-but this bad-boy is back and ready to convince her that this time is forever…

12. Mona Risk Husband for a Week A Sicilian vendetta, a fake husband, and a matchmaking grandmother complicate Jonathan and Isabella’s lives. Can love conquer all?

13. Patrice Wilton A Man for Hire Jordon’s ex-boyfriend is bringing home a bride. To save face she hires a hot guy for the weekend. Sparks fly–can this be love?

14. Linda Barlow My Mile-High Mistake Six years ago, she yearned for her sexy, forbidden high school teacher. Now she can’t resist his temptation at 35,000 feet.

15. Joan Reeves Heat Lightning Her husband found her, claimed her, rescued her. His touch makes her throb. Her body knows him, but she remembers nothing about him.

16. Danielle Jamie Tan Lines and Salty Kisses Becca and Parker have a second chance at summer romance. The spark is hotter than a Georgia July. Can it withstand news of his secret?

17. Terri Marie Someone Exactly Like You Cameron Barron’s plan was solid. A few lies, a disguise, and an apology to Chastity Newberry… What could possibly go wrong?

18. Lorhainne Eckhart His Promise A love they thought would last forever. A promise forgotten. Until one summer night.

19. Brandy L Rivers Summer Rhythm Doug never could resist Chloe. She always runs. Will this time be different or is their summer rhythm destined to repeat.

20. Nicole Blanchard Anchor I thought it was a weekend from hell, until he showed me a little piece of heaven.

*Received for an honest review from the publicist*

**Cross-posted on My Book Addiction and More dot com**

Rating: 4.5

Heat rating: Hot

Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

 

 

 

 

 

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