Saturday, 16 December 2017

Christmas Countdown Blitz Day 6

Bennett lives a most unglamorous life in the beautiful state of Utah. She is the author of several YA books in many subgenres. She’s the mom of two daughters, two sons, two daughters-in-law, a son-in-law, four grandbabies, and a dog. She loves gooey cookies, dark chocolate, and cheesy popcorn. She hates housework and cooking, and has no plans to become a domestic goddess. Her favorite pastime—other than writing—is riding her Harley.

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~ Facebook ~ Website

"Banished from the South Pole, Kara tries to carve out a new life among the elves of the North. It’s not easy with a secret to protect—a secret she's cursed with by the unusual circumstances of her heritage: half-elf, half-fairy. In the North, she’s assigned to work with Seb on a special project. He's the most gorgeous elf she’s ever seen—and the orneriest.

As if being banished wasn’t punishment enough.

Seb introduces her to Trystin, a fairy from the nearby fairy forest. Trystin discerns her secret right away and promises to teach her how to use the powers given to her by the very thing she’s fighting to keep hidden."

Q&A With The Author: 

1.  Describe yourself in 50 words or less.
Writer, Mom, Grandma, lover. Everything else in life is secondary, some of it pleasurable, some of it hard. But I wouldn’t change anything about my life right now. Mistakes made have formed who I am, so I can’t regret them—too much. Motto: Love your life, and create your own happiness.
2. What do you love most in the world?
The people in my life, that’s what I love most.
3. What inspired you to become an Author?
I always wanted to write, but it was my 9th grade English teacher who made me realize that not only did I have the talent and ability, I had the passion. To actually become a published author was inspired by my daughters who read what I wrote and encouraged me to put my books out into the world.
4. What is your largest unfulfilled dream, and what are you doing to reach it?
A college degree. At this point in my life, it won’t do anything other than give me the ability to say, yes, I have a degree. But education is important to me (all four of my children have college degrees) and I love to learn. I have been taking college classes. It may take the rest of my life to achieve it, but I really hope to one day have a degree behind my name.
5. What is your trick for getting past writer's block? And what advice do you have for other authors who are struggling to tell their story?
That’s a tough one since I can’t always get past writer’s block. It mostly happens with persistence—keep writing even if you don’t feel like it. So, I guess that would be my advice: write even if you don’t feel particularly inspired. You never know what gem you may uncover by doing so.
6. Now that we've gotten to know each other, tell me a story. It can be long or short. From your childhood or last week. Funny, sad, or somewhere in between. Just make sure it's yours. What's your story?
On the subject of telling stories, and add to that, “out of the mouths of babes”: I can’t recall how old I was, but I was young enough to not understand the nuances of truth and a story. My dad, who passed away three years ago, and who I miss keenly, was a funny man. Even as a young kid, I recognized that he was perceived by all who knew him as a comedian. He had a sharp sense of humor, which I like to think I inherited to a certain degree.
He once told us kids a story about my mother. Keep in mind, I was too young to recognize the difference between truth and a story. I only remember that the story got a big laugh. A few months later, I’m at a church function with my mother. They went around the circle and asked for each mother and daughter to tell a story about the other.
Immediately I thought of my father’s story and the laugh it got. Of course, I decided that was the story to tell because I could get the laugh myself. I didn’t know just how inappropriate the story was to tell at a church function, nor the fact that it was just a funny, made up story that had no truth in it, which the first crowd that heard the story understood, knowing my dad. To my mother’s utter horror, this is the story I told:
“My dad told me that at a party recently, my mom got really drunk, and was dancing on the table.”

I couldn’t understand my mother’s upset (who didn’t drink alcohol, ever), but it was strong enough that to this day I remember the incident, and only later as I matured could I understand just how embarrassing and horrible it must have been for her. I have apologized to her, though by the time I did it was but a distant memory to her. Still, to this day, all these years later, I feel bad for it.

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Friday, 15 December 2017

Christmas Countdown Blitz Day 5

"Debra ""DJ"" Erfert, a winner of a 2017 Kindle Scout campaign, has authored five published novels, three novellas, and one Kindle World’s novella, and several short stories. She writes what her alter-ego dictates. Maybe it’s her super-ego. In her Window of Time series, Lucy is fearless and strong and has a secret power—all qualities Debra envies. In real life, spiders terrify her, which is why they appear on a regular basis in her books. “Confront your fears, and have your characters squish them!” 

Debra uses the pen name DJ Erfert for her paranormal suspense/thriller books, and Debra Erfert for her romantic suspense/mystery books. She is an award-winning fine artist who lives in a southwest desert city in Arizona with her husband, Mike, a retired police lieutenant, where the average summer temperatures are well above 100 degrees—truly hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk. After raising two Eagle Scouts, she now spends her time writing and shooing her polydactyl cats away from her keyboard."

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Blog ~ Website ~ Amazon ~

Artist Abigail Carson crashes off the deserted highway during a Wyoming blizzard while driving to reach her dying mother. Carbon County Sheriff Jackson Reynolds rescues her, leaving her Jeep in the snowdrift as the storm becomes a whiteout. They’re trapped at his ranch for the week leading up to Christmas, along with his two young daughters, a protective mother-in-law, and a bitter memory of his dead wife. 

Tensions rise as Abby’s attraction grows for the tough sheriff. She must crack through his emotional wall before the storm breaks or lose her only chance for real love. But if the storm doesn't stop soon enough, Abby may lose her opportunity to ask her mother's forgiveness for running away almost ten years before.

Snowdrift is a story about love, faith, and forgiveness."

~ Amazon ~ iTunesKobo ~ B&N ~

Q&A With The Author: 

1) 50 words or less about myself: 
If I had to describe myself I'd say that I'm not merely shy, but very sincerely shy. I dislike being in a crowd and having to talk to people. I'm afraid of making a fool of myself. This is why I love to read and to write. I only have to talk to my characters.

2) What I love most in the world is my family. I'd be happy without anything and everything as long as I am able to have my family.

3) I wrote my first story because I wanted to "see" a sequel to a movie that left the theater. 
Although it's not something that can ever be published (copyright infringement). 

4) My largest, unfulfilled dream is to be on the New York Times Best Seller list with a single title and not with a group boxed set. I want my writing to be the reason it makes the list, and not a group using a cut-rate 99¢ deal. I'm continually writing more books, and hopefully, my dream may come true. And to go to Scotland. 

5) Writer's block? I don't believe in it. Sorry--no offense.

6) This is a little glimpse into who I am. 

Several years ago I wrote a short story for the compilation book Value Stories for the Young Woman, published by Walnut Springs Press that has over 50 uplifting stories for young women. My title was Faith Epiphany. Not long before I wrote it, I was writing Changes of the Heart, a romance. The main character had a heartbreaking childhood where her mother had brain cancer. As a little girl, she had prayed and prayed asking God to heal her mother. The mother died 13 years after she was first diagnosed. The character believed the answer to her prayer had been a resounding no, or it was totally ignored. The experience left my character seriously doubting the power of prayer. After all, her mother hadn't been healed and had died from complications of her cancer. While I was writing a particular scene, I had my character have an epiphany that her mother had lived, she had lived long enough to see her daughter (my character) grow into an adult who could take care of herself. 

I modeled the character after me. 

As I wrote the words that flowed into my mind, I had my own epiphany about my own mother. My mother was first diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor when I was only 6, and I remember kneeling in front of the waiting room chair with my little hands folded tightly and my face down on the blue plastic seat, praying to God with all my heart for her to be healed. My mother battled her illness for 17 years before dying of a complication. I just looked at it as my prayer wasn't answered. Except... she had lived--she'd lived long enough to see all her children grow up and move away, and that God had, indeed, answered my prayers.

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Thursday, 14 December 2017

Artesans of Albia Review

Cas lives in the lovely county of Hampshire, southern UK, where she was born. On leaving school she trained for two years before qualifying as horse-riding instructor. During this time she also learned to carriage-drive. She spent thirteen years in the British Civil Service before moving to Rome, Italy, where she and her husband, Dave, lived for three years. They enjoy returning whenever they can. Cas supports many animal charities and owns two rescue dogs. She has a large collection of cacti and loves gardening. She is also a folk singer/songwriter and is currently writing and recording nine folk-style songs to accompany each of her fantasy books. You can listen to and download all the songs from her website:

See the video of her performing live at the King’s Envoy book launch here:

Find out more at her website:

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 ~ Blog ~ Amazon ~ Reverbnation ~

Taran Elijah’s quest for knowledge uncovers a plot that threatens the world...

Desperate to learn how to control his innate Artesan powers, Taran embarks on a foolhardy plan to acquire the teaching he craves. The military backlash his action unleashes forces Albia’s High King to send Major Sullyan as an envoy to the Fifth Realm. But a dark and treacherous power is moving through the realms and all will feel its influence.

Captured and tortured by the power-hungry Lord Rykan, Sullyan is trapped in Andaryon. Aided by the unlikeliest sources, the major formulates a plan to defeat Rykan and end his quest for the throne. But Sullyan’s strength is fading fast and time is running out. The only thing that can save her is Rykan’s mysterious Staff, which lies buried in the ruins of Taran’s cellar.

Sullyan’s lover, Robin Tamsen, sets out to recover the artefact, but the enemy is two steps ahead of him. If Robin fails to secure the Staff, Sullyan’s life, the Artesan craft, and the very existence of their world is under threat.

~ Amazon ~ Amazon UK

4 of 5 Stars

I read the first book in this series. The book starts off with the main character Taran making a colossal mistake, putting him and his 2 friends on a path that will either make them or completely destroy them. 

 I am accustom to having books where the story is focused on the main character. But this isn't how it works in this book. The main character isn't the best at what he does, he doesn't get the girl... I am assuming, he isn't the only person contributing to the storyline. This book is very careful of making the book more than just about Taran. You get insight in many different characters which could be distracting however it isn't. It allows you to immerse yourself more fully into the story being able to understand the different characters that make up this story. It was a different pace from what I am accustomed to read however I enjoyed it. The book pulls you in fairly quickly but there is the world building necessary to carry an entire series, luckily it is spread out throughout the book as to not bog you down.

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a fantastic fantasy series in a complex and yet believable world. This is definitely an adult book, not necessarily because of content but because of writing style. There are not really any warnings per se...Things that could be sensitive to some readers are mentioned but never embellished on. 

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Christmas Countdown Blitz Day 4

JR Simmons lives in Northern Utah with his wife and 4 boys. He loves spending time with his family and coaching his kids in all of their different sports. He is an avid gamer and is very excited that his boys are picking up on his hobby. 

JR was recently introduced to triathlons and has since found that he loves the sport. Most nights he can be found either sitting down with a good game or hunched over his laptop writing.

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~ Facebook ~ Website

An ancient prophet, witness to unspeakable sorrow, is called to deliver a message of hope.

A barren couple learns they will have a child in their old age, a child who will prepare the way for the coming Lord.

A virgin conceives a miracle.

As Zacharias goes about his duties in the temple, a visit from an angel brings unexpected but welcome news. The same angel appears to newly betrothed Mary, and his words will change more than her life. His message will change the world. From Hebron to Bethlehem to Nazareth, travel with the mother of the Savior of the world and the people she knew. Become part of the miracle and see the world where Jesus Christ was born. We all know how the story ends, but in Lo, How a Rose, see how it all began."

~ Amazon ~ Amazon Audiobook ~
~ Amazon PaperbackAudible ~

  • The Audio Books are read by two brilliant Narrators; Mark Deakins (reader of the Maze Runner series) and Emily Rankin (reader of Before We Were Yours)

The Audiobooks are well worth listening to!

  • Also the e-copy is on sale this christmas season for $1.99 so pick up your copy today!

Q&A With The Author: 

1.  Describe myself in 50 words or less.
I like to think myself as a devoted husband, a fun-loving dad, and an enthusiastic performer.  When I am not working, coaching, or doing the family thing, I love to write, watch movies, play video games, and participate in triathlons and other races.

2.  What do you love most in the world?
It may sound like a clichéd answer, but God and my family.  Out of everything that I have, those are the two things I would never give up.

3.  What inspired you to become an author?
The need to perform.  I've always loved singing and acting, but I wanted another outlet.  At the time, I did not feel like I was receiving enough opportunities to artistically express myself.  Writing allowed me to tell stories on a great big stage.  After becoming an author, I have found that I love communicating with my readers.  So if you dig chatting up authors (and especially if you have read my stuff and enjoyed it), hit me up on Facebook!  I'm pretty easy to find.

4.  What is your largest unfulfilled dream, and what are you doing to reach it?
This seems to shift with me quite often.  Of course I want to write a book that readers never want to put down.  One that I see readers carrying around with them through town.  At this particular moment, however?  I want to look like an actual triathlete.  I am what they call a Clydesdale in the triathlon world.  I would like to look like I actually belong in a triathlon.  I hate to put it like this, but right now I part of what I consider the sitcom family.  You know the type: hot wife with the big husband that has 'personality'.  My goal is to quit being the big husband (I’ll keep the personality).  Right now, I am fitting in lots of exercise, but I am going to start lifting more...and most important: watch what I eat.  Yeah, I know that probably wasn't the answer you were expecting, but hey, you asked :D.

5.  What is your trick for getting past writer's block?  And what advice do you have for other authors who are struggling to tell their story?
For me, it is all about writing.  When I get writer's block, I just write through it.  I may throw away what I've written, but I just need to power through.  As far as advice?  Same principle.  Just write!  Even if you hate what you have written, it is more than having written nothing.  A writer friend once told me that the hardest part of publishing a book is just finishing the story.  I have found that to be 100% true. The cool thing about this is that finishing the story is, perhaps, the only part that is completely under the writer's control.

6.  Now that we've gotten to know each other, tell me a story. It can be long or short. From your childhood or last week. Funny, sad, or somewhere in between. Just make sure it's yours. What's your story?
About seven years ago, I played basketball with a couple of adults and a few young men.  We were helping a particular young man lose enough weight so he could submit his papers to go on an LDS mission.  One of my best friends at the time was also playing...and he was lousy.  Horrible at basketball, flattest shot you ever saw.  I loved razzing him about it.  He would just smile and tell me that he was better suited to triathlons.  I would tease him, telling him that triathlons were not real sports. With a knowing grin he would simply shake my head and invite me to try one.
A year or two after, I decided to get into good enough shape to run a 5K.  It took a lot of work, because I have never been a runner, but eventually I got there.  After that, I decided I might as well up my mileage and try a half-marathon, but I still wasn't a huge fan of running.  Again, my buddy suggested I try a triathlon and even offered to let me borrow his bike.  I decided to take him up on it, and I competed in a small triathlon in Northern Utah.  Since then, I have never looked back.  I love doing them, and although my level of fitness fluctuates, I always keep myself in good enough shape to participate in the Spudman Tri.  I've been doing it for 5 years and I am now looking forward to #6.

Although I love the sport itself, it was difficult to eat that helping of crow.  My friend had a pretty good laugh at my expense when I went back to tell him I was wrong.  Triathlons are definitely real sports and they are a great deal of fun!

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Christmas Countdown Blitz Day 3

"Sarah-with-an-H Richardson is an introverted people person who likes to make people laugh. She is the youngest daughter in a large family and loves being an aunt to 50 children.
She grew up running, exploring, and adventuring in the wild forests of Missouri, that will always hold a special place in her heart.

Sarah-with-an-H is a multi-faceted human being, who has as much dark side as she has light (pun intended), and is nerdy, ridiculous, but a sincere, real human. One of her favorite quotes is: ""To be human is to be beautifully flawed"".

She is married, and she and her husband live in the country in North-West Missouri with three fur babies."

Connect with the Author here: 
~ Facebook

A handsome but perplexing stranger. A charming and attractive gentleman. Vyetta Redd must learn to navigate the unknown terrain of love and heartbreak before finding her fantasy of happily ever after.

~ Amazon ~ Amazon UK
~ Amazon CA
~ Amazon AU ~

Q&A With The Author:  

1.  Describe yourself in 50 words or less. 
I am a selfish person. I am greedy when it comes to sleeping and naps. I love classical music. I crave interactions with toddlers and elders. I'm super awkward and a comical mess. I thrive on solitude, meditation, the smell of old books, and honeyed tea in over-sized mugs!

2. What do you love most in the world?
I love my husband most in the world. Sappy, sure, but it's true!

3. What inspired you to become an Author?
I began reading when I was very young, and I began writing when I was 9. What inspired me to start the publishing process was a young vocal soloist. She wanted to share her gift with the world, and she didn't stop until she could. That motivated me to stop being afraid, and to push myself to share my stories.

4. What is your largest unfulfilled dream, and what are you doing to reach it?
My largest unfulfilled dream is to be a mother. To reach that dream I'm trying to keep my body healthy and in good shape.

5. What is your trick for getting past writer's block? And what advice do you have for other authors who are struggling to tell their story?
My trick to get past writer's block would be, take a break. When I write, I work for about 30 minutes to an hour and then take a 10 or 15 minute break where I stretch, get a snack, walk around my house outside, do laundry or wash dishes. Something where I can stop thinking for a minute and then I can re-focus. Sometimes, with writer's block, I will take a longer break, sometimes a week or more. In those times, I free write. I open up a blank document, and write absolutely whatever starts spilling from my mind to my fingers. Don't give up!

6. Now that we've gotten to know each other, tell me a story. It can be long or short. From your childhood or last week. Funny, sad, or somewhere in between. Just make sure it's yours. What's your story?
When I was about 10 or 11, my mother had an enormous wooden box that we stored folded blankets in. I used to take books and climb under a few blankets, hiding myself, and I would read until I fell asleep. I went "missing" several times until my mom and siblings got used to looking for me there. I quite miss that old blanket box.

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