Book tour*Unreachable Skies * Karen McCreedy

Welcome to the virtual book tour for
Unreachable Skies by Karen McCreedy.

 

In a world where it is normal to fly, what happens when you can’t?
About Unreachable Skies:
When a plague kills half the Drax population, and leaves the hatchlings of the survivors with a terrible deformity – no wings – suspicion and prejudice follow. Continuously harassed by raids from their traditional enemies, the Koth, the Drax are looking for someone, or something, to blame.
Zarda, an apprentice Fate-seer, is new to her role and unsure of her own abilities; but the death of her teacher sees her summoned by the Drax Prime, Kalis, when his heir, Dru, emerges from his shell without wings.
A vision that Dru will one day defeat the Koth is enough to keep him and the other wingless hatchlings alive – for a time. Half-trained, clumsy, and full of self-doubt, Zarda must train Dru to one day fulfil the destiny she has foreseen for him, even if it is quickly becoming clear that the Prime’s favourite adviser, Fazak, is not only plotting against the wingless, but is gaining more of Kalis’ trust by the day.
Efforts to fight prejudice and superstition are certain to lead to death for some and exile for others; while Zarda’s own journey to understanding her role in events may lead her to abandon all tradition in order to protect her peoples’ future.

 

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Book Information:
Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Adventure – This book is targeted toward a general audience.
Page Count: 242 pages
Publish Date: August 17, 2018
Publisher: Mirror World Publishing
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Review Quotes: 
“In the tradition of Ursula K. LeGuin and Anne McCaffery, with Unreachable Skies Karen McCreedy has created a nuanced alien culture populated by compelling characters.” ~ James Swallow, bestselling author
Meet the Author:
Brought up in Staffordshire, England, Karen McCreedy now lives in West Sussex where she recently retired from the University of Chichester. She has written articles on films and British history for a number of British magazines including ‘Yours’, ‘Classic Television’, and ‘Best of British’.
Karen has had a number of short stories published in various anthologies. She also won second prize in Writers’ News magazine’s ‘Comeuppance’ competition in 2014 with her short story ‘Hero’.
‘Unreachable Skies’ is her first novel.
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SPOTLIGHT*Debut author*CIVIL TERROR:GRIDLOCK* J. LUKE BENNECKE

 

  • Publication date: March 5, 2018
  • Publisher: Jaytech Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07B8LK9XG
  • Pages: 465 pages

About the book:

Self-driving vehicles finally arrive. But so do the terrorists.

A thought-provoking thriller about artificial intelligence and the self-driving revolution.

You’ll be forced to consider how you’d react if you were cornered

and trapped in a terrifying life-threatening situation.

Fed up with slogging through the treacherous LA traffic to get to work, Jake Bendel and a cunning team of experts create a roadway system for self-driving cars — preventing thousands of traffic deaths and reducing commute times from hours to minutes.

For three months, no traffic congestion. No accidents. No fatalities. People finally feel safe in their cars. But should they?

Especially when the dark side of humanity sees this as a chance to destroy the United States.

A Syrian terrorist group weaponizes the system and devises a scheme to kill more Americans in one day than the 407,000 + U.S. soldiers killed in World War II.

Viktor, a tormented psychopath and the mastermind behind this ruthless attack, is driven by the voices of his dead mother and Allah …who guide his every move.

While he and his brothers mercilessly annihilate Americans in the name of the Jihad, Viktor plants evidence that convinces the public Jake is the architect behind the most heinous terrorist attack in U.S. history.

But one rogue FBI agent believes Jake is innocent. Together they unearth a mole deep inside the FBI, go off the grid, and hash through a trail of hidden clues to stop Viktor from slaughtering millions of unsuspecting American drivers in a matter of minutes.

The clock is ticking. Can they stop him in time to prevent another savage bloodbath?

Civil Terror: Gridlock will grab you by the throat and pull you into a vicious struggle that will define the fate of the world for generations to come.

If you like Dan Brown, Lee Child, or Jon Grisham, you’ll love J. Luke Bennecke.

 

About the author:

J. Luke Bennecke is a native Californian and a 25-year veteran civil engineer who has spent his career helping people by improving transportation systems in Southern California. Like most commuters, he longs for the day when traffic congestion is a thing of the past and highway fatalities are a distant memory. He has a BS in civil engineering from Cal Poly Pomona, an MBA from Cal State San Bernardino, a private pilot’s certificate, and is a partner in the successful firm, Southstar Engineering, based in Riverside.

He has been happily married to the woman of his dreams, Tammy, for two-and-a-half-decades and enjoys spending time with his grown daughters.

Visit his website: www.jlukebennecke.com

 

Review coming soon!

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RELEASE DAY BLITZ~~THE HIGHLAND COMMANDER~AMY JARECKI with #Giveaway and #Review

THE HIGHLAND COMMANDER 

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: THE HIGHLAND COMMANDER
Author: Amy Jarecki
Series: Lords of the Highlands, #2
On Sale: June 27, 2017
Publisher: Forever
Mass Market: $7.99 USD
eBook: $3.99 USD
Audio: $22.98 USD

 

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She cannot resist the man behind the mask…

As the illegitimate daughter of a Scottish earl, Lady Magdalen Keith is not one to partake in lavish balls or other frivolities. Yet at her father’s urging, she agrees to dance with the battle-weary officers at this year’s holiday masquerade. It’s practically her civic duty! But when one such officer—whose dashing good looks cannot be disguised by a mere mask—sweeps her off her feet and into his arms, the innocent lass can’t help herself. Her lips are his for the taking.

But will he betray his country for a kiss?

Navy lieutenant Aiden Murray has spent too many months at sea to be immune to the charms of this lovely beauty. Even after he returns to his ship, she lives in his dreams. But when he discovers Maddie’s true identity—and learns that her father is accused of treason—will the brawny Scot risk his life to follow his heart?

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The Series

THE LORDS OF THE HIGHLANDS SERIES

THE HIGHLAND DUKE, #1
THE HIGHLAND COMMANDER, #2
THE HIGHLAND GUARDIAN, #3

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Amy Jarecki is a descendant of an ancient Lowland clan and adores Scotland. Though she now resides in southwest Utah, she received her MBA from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. Winning multiple writing awards, she found her niche in the genre of Scottish historical romance. Amy writes steamy edge-of-your-seat action adventures with rugged men and fascinating women who weave their paths through the brutal eras of centuries past.

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My thoughts:

The Highland Commander by Amy Jarecki is a fantastic Medieval Scottish Romance. #2 in the highly anticipated series,  “Lords of the Highlands”, but it can be read as a stand alone.

Fast paced with a most enjoyable cast of characters.  Lady Magdalen Keith, an illegitimate daughter of a Scottish earl and Navy lieutenant Aiden Murray are the stars of this most intriguing story of treason, passion, adventure,  intrigues and romance. Can Magdalen and Aiden save her father from the gallows, as their love blossoms?

Once again, Ms. Jarecki has created a story readers can relate to, and love in fall with, as they transverse the terrain of politics, love and treason. Another absolute heart pounding tale by the fabulous Amy Jarecki!  I can’t wait for the “Highland Guardian”. Ms. Jarecki is a master Medieval Scottish romance! She brings the characters to life on the pages of another great read! Her vitualizations, and her details brings the Highlands to life for readers. An absolute must read for fans of Highland Romance, brawn Highlanders and the feisty lasses who tame their hearts. Another WOW story!!

I received a  complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.

 

Rating: 5

Heat rating: Mild

Reviewed by: AprilR

 

 

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THE PRISONER OF SILVERWOOD CASTLE (DARKE OF NIGHT, BOOK 2) BY MARIE TREANOR with #Review

The Prisoner of Silverwood Castle (Darke of Night Book 2) by Marie Treanor

Date of Publication: August 16, 2016

Blurb

Dead men don’t tell tales. They wail them from the top of the tallest tower.

Darke of Night, Book 2

Lady Guinevere (Guin) Harvey would much rather be writing gothic tales of intrigue and adventure than dancing attendance on her sister, the newly married Duchess of Silberwald. Until they arrive at Silberwald Castle, a place of enchanting perfection—and gothic shadows.

Ghostly groans and clanking chains lead Guin through ancient, misshapen passages to one of the castle’s many mysteries: a cell where the odd but charming Kasimir is kept chained like an animal. He could be a figment of her vivid dreams, the ghost of a dead, mad prince, or just a political prisoner no one wants to talk about.

Desperate to discover what beast is howling such soul-chilling cries, Guin summons the medium Barbara Darke. But by the time Barbara arrives, Guin can no longer distinguish dream from reality, friend from enemy. Even with all Barbara’s unique talents, they have to face new dangers before they finally discover the terrifying truth of Silberwald Castle.

 

Warning: Gives new meaning to falling madly in love…

 

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About Marie Treanor

 

 

Marie Treanor lives in Scotland with her eccentric husband, three much-too-smart children and a small puppy who rules them all. Having grown bored with city life, she resides these days in a picturesque village by the sea where she is lucky enough to enjoy herself avoiding housework and writing sensual stories of paranormal romance and urban fantasy – with a bit of science fiction and time travel thrown in.

Marie is the award winning author of over forty sexy paranormal romances – Indie, New York and E-published. Since childhood, she has always written stories, at first secretly and for her own amusement, later with more serious intention to earn a living by writing. After working as a researcher and a librarian, she was lucky enough to have her first romances, GHOST UNLAID and QUEEN’S GAMBIT, immediately accepted by an e-publisher in 2004. Since then, she has published continuously, most notably with NAL, Samhain, Changeling Press, Ellora’s Cave and The Wild Rose Press. She now writes full time.

In 2010, she made her New York publishing debut with BLOOD ON SILK, first of the award winning Awakened by Blood vampire romance trilogy. Reviewers have described her undead anti-hero Saloman as the best vampire in the genre. Most recently, she has been trying her hand at self-publishing, with three new paranormal romance series, Serafina’s, The Gifted, and Blood Hunters (a sequel series to Awakened by Blood).

When not writing, Marie can generally be found among the chaos of her family, or walking the dog on the beach in all weathers. She loves to travel and meet new people. – See more at: http://www.marietreanor.com/about-the-author-marie-treanor/#sthash.ahFX5oNK.dpuf

 

 

 

 

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BOOK BLITZ~ MASK OF DUPLICITY~ JULIA BRANNAN… with #Review

MASK OF DUPLICITY by Julia Brannan
Series: Jacobite Chronicles, #1
Genre: ‪‎Historical Romance‬

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SYNOPSIS

Following the death of their father, Beth’s brother Richard returns from the army to claim his share of the family estate. However, Beth’s hopes of a quiet life are dashed when Richard, dissatisfied with his meagre inheritance and desperate for promotion, decides to force her into a marriage for his military gain. And he will stop at nothing to get his way.

Beth is coerced into a reconciliation with her noble cousins in order to marry well and escape her brutal brother. She is then thrown into the glittering social whirl of Georgian high society and struggles to conform. The effeminate but witty socialite Sir Anthony Peters offers to ease her passage into society and she is soon besieged by suitors eager to get their hands on her considerable dowry. Beth, however, wants love and passion for herself, and to break free from the artificial life she is growing to hate. She finds herself plunged into a world where nothing is as it seems and everyone hides behind a mask. Can she trust the people professing to care for her?

The first in the series about the fascinating lives of beautiful Beth Cunningham, her family and friends during the tempestuous days leading up to the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745, which attempted to overthrow the Hanoverian King George II and restore the Stuarts to the British throne.

Join the rebellion of one woman and her fight for survival in…

The Jacobite Chronicles.

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Meet the author:  JULIA BRANNAN

Julia Brannan
Julia has been a voracious reader since childhood, using books to escape the miseries of a turbulent adolescence. After leaving university with a degree in English Language and Literature, she spent her twenties trying to be a sensible and responsible person, even going so far as to work for the Civil Service. The book escape came in very useful there too.
And then she gave up trying to conform and resolved to spend the rest of her life living as she wanted to, not as others would like her to. She has since had a variety of jobs, including telesales, teaching and gilding and is currently a transcriber, copy editor and proofreader. In her spare time she is still a voracious reader, and enjoys keeping fit and travelling the world. Life hasn’t always been good, but it has rarely been boring. She lives in rural Wales with her cat Constantine, and her wonderful partner sensibly lives four miles away in the next village.
Now she has decided that rather than just escape into other people’s books, she would actually quite like to create some of her own, in the hopes that people will enjoy reading them as much as she does writing them.

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MY THOUGHTS:

MASK OF DUPLICITY by Julia Brannan is an exciting new Scottish Historical Romance set during the 1740’s. Book 1 in this new and fantastic series of “The Jacobite Chronicles” and what a beginning.

“The first in the series about the fascinating lives of beautiful Beth Cunningham, her family and friends during the tempestuous days leading up to the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745, which attempted to overthrow the Hanoverian King George II and restore the Stuarts to the British throne.”

Meet Beth Cunningham, her brother Richard, Sir Anthony Peters, and a wonderful, albeit,  treasonous cast of characters, where some have a mask of duplicity.

Fast paced, tale that is well written, with passion, action, fights, sensual tension, duplicity, treason, and finding a HEA for Beth. A must read for Historical Romance fans who enjoy action, adventure, and yes, treason. The Jacobite Rebellion pitted brother against brother, committed many treasonous acts all in the name of restoring the Stuarts to the British throne.

The cast of characters is long, but a necessity to help carry the story forward. The reader is easily caught up in the story, the lives of the characters and the depth of the story.

Ms. Brannan is a new author to me, but I look forward to reading more of her “Jacobite Chronicles”. While, “Mask of Duplicity” had a satisfying conclusion, I would say it is a continuing tale, as many questions are left unanswered. Not necessarily a cliffhanger, but a continuing storyline, I look forward to finding out Beth’s fiance’s true identity and issues this will cause between her and others.

Well researched. I would strongly recommend “Mask of Duplicity” to fans of Scottish Historical, The Jacobite Rebellion and uprising, Historical Romance fans, and fans of Scottish-British history. A fascinating story with a long cast of characters who will capture your interest and hold your attention. A true treasure! An enjoyable and satisfying read and one I would strongly recommend.

*Received for an honest review*

Rating: 4.5

Heat rating: Mild

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

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CALVIN SPARKS AND THE CROSSING TO CAMBRIA~ RUSTY ANDERSON…

Calvin Sparks blog tour

23575074About the book:

When Calvin discovers a mysterious cabin in the woods, it seems like the world’s coolest clubhouse! But there’s more to this place than he knows. Hidden inside the cabin is a portal to another world, and Calvin’s not the first person in his family to use it. Filled with action, adventure, mystery, and magic, this story is sure to entertain kids and parents alike.

 

  • Print Length: 270 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc. (November 9, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00PGC38KG

 

Find Calvin Sparks on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iTunes.

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About the author:

Rusty discovered his passion for writing at an early age. When he was in the fourth grade he was given an assignment to write, illustrate, and bind a book. He liked it so much, he wrote three––most of which were pretty awful. One of those books, however, received accolades at a district writing competition.

Originally from California, Rusty is no stranger to apple boxes and packaging tape. He attended three different middle schools and two different high schools between California and Utah. He lived in Guatemala, learned to speak Spanish, and eventually made his way back to Utah, where he graduated from the University of Utah. Rusty’s first job out of college was the editor of a monthly Utah newspaper. For the past thirteen years he has been working in graphic design and marketing.

On the weekends, Rusty stays up late playing games and watching movies with his family. He and his wife, Jayne, reside in the beautiful mountains in Heber Valley with their six children.

For more information about me, check out my website: www.rustyandersonblog.com
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“Calvin Sparks and the Crossing to Cambria” blog tour schedule:

January 7: Little Light Design Collective
January 8: Little Red Reads
January 9: I am a Reader
January 10: Readalot
January 11: Jorie Loves a Story
January 12: Wishful Endings
January 13: Batch of Books • The Victorian Vanity
January 14: Mel’s Shelves
January 15: My Book Addiction and More
January 16: It’s All About Books
January 17: Books and Benches
January 18:
January 19: Katie’s Clean Book Collection
January 20: The Stubby Pencil • EmmyMom
January 21: Literary R&R • The Hungry Family • Author Jodi Woody

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MY THOUGHTS:
Calvin Sparks and the Crossing to Cambria by Rusty Anderson is an interesting  Children’s Books/Action & Adventure/ Science Fiction, Fantasy & Scary Stories. A fast paced tale of fantasy, science fiction, with a bit of magic and lots of adventure. Oh, and I forgot the sword play. Perfect for any young reader who enjoys action, adventure, and a bit of magic. If you enjoyed HARRY POTTER, you will enjoy this tale. Well written with wonderful imagery, and action. It will keep the reader engaged. A wonderful addition to any readers library, rather young or old.
*Received for an honest review from the author and/or publisher*
Rating: 4
Heat rating: N/A
Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

 

 

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TODAY’S GUEST: AMANDA FORRESTER~A WINTER WEDDING~ with #Giveaway and review

Please help us welcome today’s guest….

AMANDA FORRESTER

{A WINTER WEDDING}

WELCOME, AMANDA!!

a winter wedding

AmandaForester-1MBA&M: Please tell our readers a bit about yourself?

I have a PhD in psychology and worked many years in academia before discovering that writing historical romance was way more fun. Whether in the rugged Highlands of medieval Scotland or the decadent ballrooms of Regency England, I enjoy stories that are fast-paced adventures, filled with wit, intrigue, and romance. When I’m not writing, I enjoy camping, scrapbooking, eating chocolate, and flying on zip-lines (ok, I did it once but I thought I needed to sound more exciting).

MBA&M: What is the allure of historical romance with intrigue, wit and romance?

I enjoy writing the types of books I would like to read. Don’t you love books that make you laugh, give you an adventure, and make you fall in love? I do! In A Winter Wedding, Miss Penelope Rose, the notorious Madame X, exclusive matchmaker to London’s elite, has made a modest fortune creating love matches for everyone but herself. Her toughest client yet, the Duke of Marchford, has commissioned her to find him a bride, but he is more interested in tracking down a spy than in interviewing potential mates. Marchford is willing to do anything to find that spy, including announcing an impromptu engagement to force Penelope to stay close and help him catch the traitor. When Penelope refuses to play along, Marchford takes to wooing her to stay, including embracing that most perilous of holidays–Christmas! As Penelope and Marchford work together to uncover a deadly plot, they find falling in love is the most dangerous adventure of all.

MBA&M: What is next for you as a writer?

My next release, The Highlander’s Bride, will travel back to the 14th Century to check in on Sir Gavin, who was left behind in France in my last Scottish medieval novel (True Highland Spirit). Sir Gavin has agreed to escort the beautiful Lady Marie Colette to meet her affianced husband in Scotland. Needless to say, things don’t quite go according to plan.
Back in the Regency, in A Winter Wedding there was one lady for whom Penelope could not make a match. Lady Kate was a hardened case, so naturally I had to take her on myself and I am currently writing her tale. She has been giving me trouble and protesting quite a bit, but I have a few surprises for her. And if that doesn’t work, I’ll be forced to trap her into marriage. It’s for her own good!

MBA&M: What inspired you to write about England, traitors, matchmaking and romance?

The months leading up to the passage of the Regency Act in 1811, which officially gave the Prince of Wales the control of the government in lieu of his ailing father, King George, were quite tumultuous. The King was clearly no longer able to rule but even to discuss this matter might be seen as treasonous. The war with France raged on, and Napoleon was looking supremely confident in his march across Europe. Nothing makes a better backdrop for romance than a little adventure and international intrigue!

MBA&M: Why write a romance during this era?

Ever since I read Pride and Prejudice in junior high I have loved the Regency time period. It is a wonderful time in history with great political turmoil, high manners and societal rules, and a great wardrobe! I would love to sweep across a ballroom floor in a sumptuous Regency gown! If I had a time machine, I would definitely travel to the Regency and enjoy learning how they really lived.

Reader Question: If you had a time machine, where would you go?

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Read more about Penelope and Marchford, in A Winter Wedding now available. To get you started in the series, the first book in the trilogy, Wedding in Springtime is being offered FREE for a limited time, and Midsummer Bride is currently only $1.99.

AmandaForester-1About the author…

Amanda loves to hear from readers so visit her at her website, facebook, or twitter.

Amanda Forester holds a Ph.D. in psychology and worked for many years in academia before discovering that writing historical romance novels was decidedly more fun. Whether in the Highland hills or a Regency ballroom, Forester’s critically acclaimed novels offer fast-paced adventures filled with wit, intrigue, and romance. She lives with her supportive husband and naturally brilliant children in the Pacific Northwest.Visit her at www.amandaforester.com.

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a winter weddingAbout the book…

This adventurous duke…
The Duke of Marchford requires a suitable bride, but catching spies for the Foreign Office takes up most of his time. Not wanting to face another London season as an eligible man, he employs the notorious Madame X to find him a match.
Has met his match
Miss Penelope Rose knows the rules of marriage among members of the ton better than most. Her own unsuccessful attempts at matrimony did not stop her from becoming London’s most exclusive matchmaker. Marchford proves to be a difficult client, but as he draws on her social expertise to help him flush out a dangerous traitor, they find that falling in love may be the riskiest adventure of all.

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a winter weddingMY THOUGHTS:

A WINTER WEDDING by Amanda Forrester is an intriguing Regency Historical Romance set in 1810. # 3 in the “Marriage Mart” series, but can be read as a stand alone. Filled with adventure, romance, traitors, matchmaking,spies and passion.

An arrogant Duke and a gutsy companion found more than they bargain for, in “A Winter Wedding”, but not more than they can handle, including a bit of fun. I enjoyed this series. While, it is faith based, it is not “preachy”, but filled with energy, romance, and yes, passion.

Another light-hearted, witty, delicious romp through England, with a spy or two, twists and turns, any reader is sure to delight in reading.

What a delightful series,this has been. I look forward to the next grand adventure. It was great to see how Penelope Rose and James Lockton, the Duke of Marchford story comes together and ends. A must read!

*Received for an honest review from the publisher*

RATING: 4

HEAT RATING: SWEET

REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More



a winter wedding~GIVEAWAY ALERT~

(Sponsored by the publisher)

*Prized to be mailed directly from the publisher*

Thanks to Amelia/Sourcebooks, we are offering 1 lucky commenter a print copy of A WINTER WEDDING by Amanda Forrester.


Open to U.S. and Canada residents only!

**You MUST answer the above question (Reader question) in order to be eligible**

*Giveaway will run from September 30 until October 7, 2014*

GOOD LUCK!

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ANAIAH PRESS PRESENTS: Today’s guest with giveaway~ LIBERTY BELLE~EMILY UNGAR…

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Welcome, Emily!!

We would like to know…

What is the allure of contemporary fiction for Middle Grade readers?

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I believe that the biggest draw for readers of contemporary MG fiction is relatability. Now, before the historical and fantasy writers throw their keyboard at me, let me preface that! Every novel has elements we can relate to, whether through characters or setting. That’s why we read these books. An MG novel that takes place in 16th century Scotland may have a main character who reminds us of our 21st-century best friend. Or a parent from a high fantasy trilogy might remind us of our own parent’s discipline strategy (even if that fictional parent happens to be a dragon robot with two heads)!

In contemporary middle grade, however, the books often read like they could have been written yesterday. There are often references to pop culture. certain clothing styles. and the language of today’s tweens. These stories feel like they could have been written about the same people in your school. I think there’s a fascination in feeling like these stories are about you or people you know. Its like looking inside the window of an exclusive party or overhearing a conversation in the bathroom. If the main character is relatable to you, then its almost like you’re on the adventure too. Bonus: you’re able to hear little nuggets of fun dialogue and experience the risks and rewards that go along with a great plot. You may not hang out with the middle school soccer team in real life, but it’s fun to imagine what their conversations might sound like in a book where the main character is the star of the soccer team. Books taking you to worlds you never imagined isn’t just for fantasy, and I think that young readers enjoy the everyday escapes to other parts of likfe just as much as they would traveling to worlds beyond Earth.

Just like a healthy meal should include a balance of vegetables, protein, and Brie cheese (kidding on that last one…sort of). I would suggest that the balanced bookshelf of a young reader should include the three whats: Even if an MG reader gravitates toward one category, I would definitely recommend trying these and many other styles even for those readers who prefer contemporary fiction.

● What happened? Remember that 16th century Scotland book I mentioned above? Our young readers don’t always relate to history through textbooks. It’s often beautifully written historical fiction that captures the spirit of history and packages it up beautifully to make it relevant to the modern day.
● What now? This is contemporary fiction, and it feels like it’s happening right this very minute!
● What if? It’s not always satisfying enough to think only about what’s happening in the past and what’s happening now. What is happening in the future? If the world was taken over by dragon robots, should dragons be ALLOWED to drive school buses? These are the kinds of thought-provoking questions that allow us to examine our world in a very different way.

I like to add elements of many types of fiction to my books. It’s fun, for example, to bring in bits of history. My book LIBERTY BELLE is set in Washington DC, a city rich in history. So it’s fun to pull in little tidbits here and there. And the elements that make a book great are often similar. That said, I love writing middle grade contemporary and I hope to write many more contemporary books (perhaps even a sequel to LIBERTY BELLE) in the years to come.

Oh my, what an interesting story! Thanks, Emily, for stopping by today and spending time with our readers!



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Liberty Belle by Emily Ungar

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Blurb:
On the same day she turns twelve years old, Savannah moves away from everything she’s known in sweet, sunny Georgia to preppy Washington D.C. Not only will she miss her best friends Katie and Tessa, Savannah will start a new school. She soon discovers that her schoolmates love to brag—about their clothes, their parents’ governmental connections, and even who has the in with the school authorities.

Unhappy and lonely, Savannah decides if she can’t make life better, she can at least make it sound that way. Soon she is living in the childhood home of George Washington, riding in the limo of the vice president’s daughter, and even moving into the former Luxembourg embassy.

All is well until she learns that her true friends from Georgia are coming for a visit. Now Savannah must create the life she’s been talking about in her letters—and fast! Will Savannah find herself or lose her friends?

Release Date:
12th August 2014

Buy Links:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Liberty-Belle-Emily-Ungar-ebook/dp/B00MMZCR34

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Book Links:
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21802855-liberty-belle
Anaiah Press: http://www.anaiahpress.com

 

 

 



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Emily Ungar is a graduate of Indiana University, where she majored in journalism. After living in seven different U.S. states by the time she finished college, she now lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, with her husband and very curious twin toddlers. When she isn’t chasing after her twin boys, Emily loves to curl up in a chaise lounge with a book in one hand and a lemon cupcake in the other. Emily loves connecting with her readers, so she welcomes you to say hi on her blog at emilyungar.com.

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ROWENA AND THE VIKING WARLOAD~ MELODIE CAMPBELL…review

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Rowena 2Title: Rowena and the Viking Warlord
Author: Melodie Campbell
Publisher: Imajin Books
Pages: 252
Genre: Paranormal Romance Time Travel
Format: Paperback/Kindle

He was her enemy and her lover…

As Cedric fights battles down south, Rowena unwittingly rides into an enemy war camp and is taken prisoner by her old friend Lars, who is not what he seems.

Yet Rowena is not helpless. After all, she is a hereditary half-witch with a whole lot of magic in her.  Too bad she doesn’t know how to use it. Escaping from the camp, she continues to botch up spell after spell. Soon Kendra joins her on the trek back to Huel, along with the latest magical mistake, a flame-burping dragon called Cinders.

When war comes to Land’s End, it brings the one man who threatens to conquer everything in Huel, including Rowena’s heart. Now she has to make the biggest decision of her life. Will she return through the wall to safety in Arizona? Or will she stay in Land’s End for good, and fight to save her people from the Viking Warlord?

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About the author…

Billed as Canada’s “Queen of Comedy” by the Toronto Sun (Jan. 5, 2014), Melodie Campbell achieved a personal best when Library Digest compared her to Janet Evanovich.

Winner of nine awards, including the 2014 Derringer (US) and the 2014 Arthur Ellis (Canada) for The Goddaughter’s Revenge (Orca Books), Melodie has over 200 publications, including 100 comedy credits, 40 short stories, and seven novels.

Melodie got her start writing stand-up.  In 1999, she opened the Canadian Humour Conference. Her fiction has been described by industry reviewers as “hilarious” and “laugh-out-loud funny.”

Melodie has a commerce degree from Queen’s University, but it didn’t take well.  She has been a bank manager, college instructor, marketing director, comedy writer and possibly the worst runway model ever.  These days, Melodie is the Executive Director of Crime Writers of Canada.

Her latest book is the paranormal romance time travel, Rowena and the Viking Warlord.

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MY THOUGHTS:

Rowena and the Viking Warlord by Melodie Campbell is an interesting Paranormal Romance Time Travel. Book 3 in the Land’s End series. See, “Rowena Through the Wall” and “Rowena and the Dark Lord”. While, I would suggest reading the other two in this Trilogy, it can be read as a stand alone.

In this one Rowena, is more mature, as is the other characters, Lars, Cedric, Kendra, Gareth and Thane. Rowena  finds herself in more trouble. In this one we have more twists and turns, more funny bits, the sexy parts are sexier than in the previous stories, with serious bits too.  It is a well written tale of time travel, romance, and adventure with great character and world building. A sexy, funny romp through time! An enjoyable read! Received for an honest review.

Rating: 4

Heat rating: Mild

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

 

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COVER REVEAL~ OPERATION TREE ROPER: AN EYE ABOVE~ ROBERT A. POLK

 

 

Operation Tree Roper: An Eye Above by Robert Polk
Adventures, Anaiah Press
Blurb:

 

Twelve-year-old Declan Parker was born with only one eye, but all he seems to have trouble seeing in proper perspective is himself.  All he wants is for kids to see him as normal before he starts a new school in the fall. To that end, he sets out to make money helping with his dad’s tree care business.

 

Unfortunately, when his dad lands in the hospital after a climbing accident, Declan’s surgery hopes are wrecked. His only hope remains in a neighbor girl and her uncle, a wounded army veteran. Can they help him save his dad’s business, or will Declan’s once-courageous drive turn into total despair?

 

Operation Tree Roper: An Eye Above is a well-crafted story about a strong, dauntless young man who redefines the value of self-reflection. Declan is a character you won’t be able to forget.

 

Welcome to your new favorite book…
Release Date:
October 7, 2014
BookLinks:
Anaiah Press: www.anaiahpress.com

 

Author Bio:

 

 Robert Polk lives in western Nebraska where he shares his love of books and the great outdoors with his wife and seven children. He is a former school counselor, business owner, and tree climbing arborist. Robert participates in his church and local community, currently serving on several non-profit boards.
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