Wednesday, May 31, 2017

GIRL WITHOUT A FACE REVIEW

Welcome Wednesday. Today I'm so excited to share my latest read with you. So sit back, relax, and enjoy a story that will touch your heart, believe me.


Fascinating cover.

GIRL WITHOUT A FACE
By Medeia Sharif

The teen years are tough. Sometimes a teen does things that later she/he regrets. But what if a person cannot remember who they are? What if they keep having disturbing dreams about why they are in the hospital and then go home with their mother, where more questions arise? Why does their mother seem so strange? These are questions that teenager Destiny Mathieu faces.

What can I say? Medeia Sharif has done it again with her latest novel Girl Without a Face. Ms. Sharif is a master at mystery and keeping her readers guessing what will happen next. At first Destiny doesn’t know who she is. She has dreams of an accident in the rain and her car burning. She doesn’t remember. In her dreams she follows some girls at school, one of them faceless. She thinks she might be one of the girls. She doesn’t know. And when she’s awake she can’t remember the past. And she suspects that her mother is keeping secrets from her.

I don’t want to give away anything, so all I can say is you really ought to read Girl Without a Face. Just when I thought I had figured out what would happen, the author added a neat twist that I never saw coming. Sometimes people are not who we think they are. And that’s all I’m saying, except you really want to read this book.
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Amazon and other places

Happy Reading!

Monday, May 29, 2017

MEMORIAL DAY

Quote for the week:

 Today, the U. S. celebrates Memorial Day. You may already know this, but in case you don't here's how this honor to fallen soldiers was started. From Wikipedia.

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces. The holiday, which is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May, originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans founded in Decatur, Illinois, established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the Union war dead with flowers. By the 20th century, competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions, celebrated on different days, had merged, and Memorial Day eventually extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service.[1] It marks the start of the unofficial summer vacation season,[4] while Labor Day marks its end.

The preferred name for the holiday gradually changed from "Decoration Day" to "Memorial Day," which was first used in 1882.[45] Memorial Day did not become the more common name until after World War II, and was not declared the official name by Federal law until 1967.[46] On June 28, 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which moved four holidays, including Memorial Day, from their traditional dates to a specified Monday in order to create a convenient three-day weekend.[47] The change moved Memorial Day from its traditional May 30 date to the last Monday in May. The law took effect at the federal level in 1971.[47] After some initial confusion and unwillingness to comply, all 50 states adopted Congress' change of date within a few years.

I did not know this, but now I do. How about you?


Tomb of the Unknown!


Gettysburg National Cemetery! 

Thank you to the men and women who gave their all for our freedom.

Happy Reading!



Wednesday, May 24, 2017

RADICAL NEW ME REVIEW

Welcome Wednesday. I'm delighted to share an exciting novel that I just finished reading with you. Perhaps you've heard of it. RADICAL NEW ME, a novel, by P. K. Hrezo. If not, take a look. I think you'll be glad you did.


Intriguing cover. Saw it on Goodreads.


This is the cover on Amazon.and Goodreads. It's neat too.
I don't know which is official, so I posted both.


RADICAL NEW ME a novel review

by P. K. Hrezo


Have you ever had a problem with the way you look? Too fat? Too skinny?” Too tall or short? Frizzy hair? Straight hair? Freckles? We could go on and on, but you get the picture, right?

In Author P.K. Hrezo’s latest novel, RADICAL NEW ME a novel, Callie Crown was overweight in her teen years. She was called names, one especially that crushed her. Now she’s twenty-three, and she’s changed. Yes, she’s lost weight, a lot of weight, thanks to a program called “Rouby’s Roadmap to a Radical New You.” We follow Callie’s progress through You Tube Videos she makes. Her family is having financial problems, so she puts off attending college and goes to work for her Aunt Delilah at, you guessed it, Delilah’s Cupcakery, where they make cupcakes, this job for a girl on a diet.

Life gets even more complicated for Callie when she meets a guy, well, I don’t want to give away Callie’s life, but it gets quite exciting.

So when you’re in the mood for a fun read with a romance, friendship, and plans that go astray, pick up a copy of RADICAL NEW ME a novel. I think you’ll be glad you did. The author has written a story that many people can relate to. Can you?
Recommended.
Available at Amazon and other places

Congratulations to P. K. It is a fun read.

Happy Reading!


Monday, May 22, 2017

STORM CLOUDS AND DEER

Quote for the week: Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
Louisa Mae Alcott

Last week was hectic with copy edits for Princess Breeze, two critiques I did, reviews, and stormy weather, so I'm sharing pictures with you today. When all the world goes mad, taking pictures relaxes me. Thursday and Friday we had stormy weather in the area and up into Oklahoma. Tornadoes and hail in some places. Those of you that live nearby know. We had wicked looking clouds and rain, good rain which we always need, but no severe weather where I live, though it wasn't too far away. Clouds are beautiful, and this is what I saw.



Those are raindrops on the lens. Yes, I have no sense. I stand outside.

One morning I looked out the bedroom window and this is what I saw. At first, I thought it was a doe, but a closer look showed me the beginning of antlers. They shed their antlers in the winter and grow new ones. He grazed a little while and then went away.

Maybe you can see the antlers better here. I hope he comes back when they're larger. Would love to have a picture then. You also see where they got their name: white-tailed deer.

That's it for me today.

Happy Reading.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

MARKED BEAUTY COVER REVEAL

I am so excited to host S. A. Larsen (Sheri) on her cover reveal today. It's beautiful. You just have to see it. So, here it is.


Title: Marked Beauty

Author: S.A. Larsen

Publisher: Ellysian Press

Release Date: October 2017

Uncovering hidden secrets can sometimes kill you . . . or worse, steal your soul.

Anastasia Tate has a secret. She can feel the emotions of others through their life energy auras. Not a welcome gift for a teenager. Especially when a sinister presence begins stalking her.

Viktor Castle also has a secret. He’s tasked with protecting humanity yet cursed by an ancient evil to destroy it.

After Viktor saves Ana’s life, her abilities grow stronger. Drawn together, she senses Viktor has answers to lifelong questions. Only he shuns her at every turn, knowing he has saved her only to put her in more danger.


As Ana struggles with her attraction to Viktor, he tries everything to bury his unexpected feelings for her. But they must find a middle ground. For only together can they combat the dark forces threatening both their lives . . . and their souls.



Here's more:



Have I mentioned I love butterflies?

About the Author

S.A. LARSEN is the author of the award-winning novel Motley Education, the first book in a fantasy-adventure series for middle grade readers. Her work has appeared in numerous local publications and young adult anthologies Gears of Brass and Under A Brass Moon by Curiosity Quills Press. Marked Beauty is her debut young adult novel. Find her in the land of snowy winters and the occasional Eh’ya with her husband of over twenty-five years, four children, a playful pooch, and three kittens. Visit her cyber home anytime at www.salarsenbooks.com.

Connect with her on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Blog | Goodreads


Congratulations, Sheri. 

Happy Reading!

Monday, May 15, 2017

COVER REVEAL PRINCESS BREEZE

It's here, at last., the gorgeous cover for my latest tween/teen  novel, by Aidana WillowRaven, fantastic artist.




Blurb:

For months, Breeze Brannigan has heard nothing from Cam, the prince she met at school and who disappeared one night without telling her goodbye. The night she graduates from middle school, however, he contacts her and invites her to visit Isla del Fuego, his home. Who could refuse such an invitation?

Breeze along with her whole family and best friends, Amy and Allison, sail to the island where she and Cam renew their friendship. But, danger lurks; a legend comes to life; and Breeze finds herself in the middle of a battle that can have one  winner.
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The book isn't out yet so I have no links. Coming soon, I hope.

I never thought about writing a series or even a sequel. Sometimes, life has different plans for us. So Princess Breeze was born.

You may recall Just Breeze, the story that started it all. If you haven't met Breeze and her friends, they can be found at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and most places books are sold.


Happy Reading.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

CHANGE OF PLANS AND HORSE RACES

Welcome Wednesday. I had it all planned what I'd post today, but as often happens in the world of writing, my plans have changed. I will mention my forthcoming book, but don't have the cover yet to show you. Will have it soon, I think. So, today, I'd like to share some pictures with you, instead. Imagine that. Did you watch the Kentucky Derby last Saturday? If not, I have pictures of the race and the winner. Enjoy. If you don't care for horses, there are a couple pictures of the cats and what they thought of the race.


 The track was muddy, as you can see.
 
 
This one's a bit blurry, too far away I guess.
 
 
Poor horses. I don't know how they ran in the mud.
 
And the winner is:
 
 
Always Dreaming. Isn't he a beauty?
 
 
This is what Patches thought about the race.
 
 
Tiger wasn't impressed either.
 
Stop by Monday where I hopefully will have news about my latest novel.
 
Happy Reading!

Monday, May 8, 2017

#INKRIPPLES and FAIRY TALE

Monday, already? Where did the weekend go? Sometimes I wish I could slow down time. Mmm, good idea for a story, no? Anyhow, today I'm doing '#InkRipples. The topic is Fairy Tales.


It's no secret. When I was a kid I hated to read. No one insisted I read, so I only did what was necessary to pass from grade to grade. However, I did enjoy listening to Fairy Tales on the radio. Years ago, before many of you were born, a program called "Let's Pretend" came on the radio. Yes, this was before TV, but I had my own little radio in my bedroom and listened to it almost every night. Actors spoke the part of the different characters from favorite Fairy Tales. I loved listening to "Sleeping Beauty" and the other magical stories. The show did not make me want to read the books, but I did learn to care for the characters.

"Let's Pretend" was originally called "The Adventures of Helen and Mary." Nila Mack produced the show and thought children should tell the story since they were for children. So the actors were children actors. The show was on the air from 1934 to 1954. It won the Peabody  Award. The Peabody Awards were originally only for radio, but in 1948 television awards were introduced. In the late 1990s additional categories for material distributed via the World Wide Web were added.[2] Materials created solely for theatrical motion picture release are not eligible.

Today, since I've learned I really do enjoy reading, I have several anthologies of fairy tales. They are some of my favorite stories, even though I'm no longer a child.

#InkRipples is a monthly meme created by Kai Strand, Mary Waibel, and Katie L. Carroll. They post on the first Monday of every month with a new topic. They're all authors, but you don't have to be to participate.

The idea of #InkRipples is to toss a word, idea, image, whatever into the inkwell and see what kind of ripples it makes. The topic for June is Blurbs. Oh, I'm looking forward to this one. So, how about joining the fun. Just be sure to link back to Katie, Kai, and Mary.

Happy Reading.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

INSECURE WRITER'S SUPPORT GROUP

Today is the first Wednesday in May, 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 here.
 
Ninja Alex J. Cavanaugh is the founder of the IWSG.
 
His awesome co-hosts for the May 3 posting of the IWSG will be Nancy Gideon, Tamara Narayan, Liesbet @ Roaming About, Michelle Wallace, and Feather Stone!
 
The question for May 3 is:
 
What is the weirdest/coolest thing you ever had to research for your story.
 
The question is optional. 


I always enjoy research, sometimes so much that I never want to quit. But there comes the time when I have to start writing. I've researched a lot of different subjects during the years I've been writing. I learned a lot about the American Civil War in Vicksburg, when I wrote my Civil War novel. I discovered that tumbleweeds can make lovely Christmas trees, when I wrote my early reader. 
 
One of the coolest things, however, has been the Orphan Trains and the children that rode on the trains. It's a little known part of America's history, but it's becoming better known because of different organizations that spread the word.
 
Maybe you've heard of them. Maybe not. Some of the stories have happy endings. Others end on a sad note. I wrote to several different places in New York for information. The Children's Aid Society sent me great stuff. I learned about the man who started the Orphan Trains, as they later were called. I learned about homeless children and the fate of many of them. I found pictures of the trains and children, and pictures of what a tenement house, where so many families lived, was like. 
 
What made the subject so interesting to me, is the fact that my mother was one of those Orphan Train Riders, in 1921. So I had to write a story about those children. I was afraid, at first. It was such a tender story. Would I be able to show the good things as well as the bad about the program? I had to try.
 
Do you have an Orphan Train Rider in your family history? It is estimated that some 2 million people in the U S today are descendants of these children. You might be one of them.
 
 
 
Happy Reading!