Putting on My Writer Hat

writer_hat-rf51ee7016db941f989a33eaf9e1332c0_v9wfy_8byvr_324Like most humans (especially the female ones), I wear many hats in life. Wife. Mother. Daughter. Friend,  Employee. Volunteer. Blogger.  For about a year, I have flirted with the idea of putting on the Writer hat – I have always wanted one, actually.

A tiny book idea is being coaxed into the open where it can mature.   I have incredible friends and family in my corner, and I sincerely appreciate what they have done to encourage me to date.  I can only imagine the gratitude I will express when I sit to write the Acknowledgements part of this book. If all goes well, others beyond my team of supporters will read it.

As this project unfolds, I will be dialing back the number of reviews on this blog… one of the reasons I have not put on my writer hat sooner was because of previous commitments.  I have been a reading fool all year, and  I LOVE getting books from friends, agents and publishers in exchange for honest reviews.  I look forward to getting back to that in the new year.  Until then, I will continue to participate in promo posts, excerpts, guest posts, interviews and author spotlights when possible. From time to time, I will post my thoughts on this writing journey as I make my way from here to there.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for following this blog.  As of today, I have 1,480 subscribers via email, 877 likes on Facebook and 472 followers on Twitter.  I have been wearing this Blogger hat for a year and a half, and it is truly humbling to know that friends, fellow book lovers & kindred spirits  have supported this labor of love.  – kris

New Release: Queen of Someday by Sherry D. Ficklin

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Before she can become Catherine The Great, fifteen-year-old Sophie will have to survive her social-climbing mother’s quest to put her on the throne of Russia—at any cost.

Imperial Court holds dangers like nothing Sophie has ever faced before. In the heart of St. Petersburg, surviving means navigating the political, romantic, and religious demands of the bitter Empress Elizabeth and her handsome, but sadistic nephew, Peter. Determined to save her impoverished family—and herself—Sophie vows to do whatever is necessary to thrive in her new surroundings. But an attempt on her life and an unexpected attraction threatens to derail her plans.

Alone in a new and dangerous world, learning who to trust and who to charm may mean the difference between becoming queen and being sent home in shame to marry her lecherous uncle. With traitors and murderers lurking around every corner, her very life hangs in the balance. Betrothed to one man but falling in love with another, Sophie will need to decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice in order to become the empress she is destined to be.

In a battle for the soul of a nation, will love or destiny reign supreme?

Queen of Someday by Sherry D. Ficklin won’t be your average young adult book. No, this book will have something extra special within it. Queen of Someday will be enhanced with embedded videos throughout the story. These videos will give you behind the scenes looks into the life of Catherine the Great, as well as author commentary. Enhance your reading experience with this new enhanced young adult book! Enhanced e-books are fairly new, and Clean Teen Publishing is excited to be able to offer one to you!
*Please note that on many reading devices may not be able to show enhanced content. In this case, you will be able to follow a digital link that is embedded within the e-book to view each video online. Currently the best reading platform for enhanced e-books is iBooks. However, most Kindle and Nook devices will allow you to follow the link to our external secure website to view the bonus content. An internet connection is required for viewing.
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Release Day: October 7, 2014

Published by: Clean Teen Publishing

Genre: YA Historical Fiction

Series: A Stolen Empire Series


Praise for Queen of Someday:

“UGH. This book was just too perfect. How will I ever come down from this book high?”

~Kalla (Goodreads reviewer)

“If I could rate this book more than five stars, I would. It was INCREDIBLE.”

~Kelli from Beautiful Book Chaos

“Woah. This book kicked ass.”

~Leanne Bell (Goodreads reviewer)

“I don’t when the next book will be out but I can guarantee it will be too long.”

~Michelle (Goodreads reviewer)

“(This) book is utterly brilliant.”

~Pearl from Bibliopearl Reviews

“Ficklin’s writing is a marvel to read.”

~Sara from Smitten Over Books

“Queen of Someday is a bright new addition to the YA scene…”

~Bobbi (Goodreads Reviewer)

“…holy crap I loved that ending. It was perfect!”

~Eileen Lee of Book Captain Reviews

 

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A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR:

The true story of Catherine the Great is one fraught with betrayal, intrigue, and romance. While a good deal of my story is drawn from actual people and events, I have been very liberal in the rearrangement of dates, events, and places. Whenever possible I took my cues from her own words, intermixing my own thoughts and ideas. My thought upon the creation of the book was simple. I looked at the woman she was when she claimed the crown and then wondered, how did an innocent girl from Germany become such a force of nature? Most people aren’t born cold or ambitious, but have circumstances that forge them into those people. And that was the story I wanted to tell in this book. I wanted to see the events in her early life that would have changed her into the person she became, and not knowing the truth of that story, I simply made something up. That is what we, as writers, do best.
If you are curious about the real history behind Catherine, I suggest heading to your local library and doing a bit of research. This is not meant to be a historically accurate representation, but a flight of fancy, one that I hope you, dear reader, will enjoy as much as I have.


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ABOUT SHERRY D. FICKLIN


Sherry D. Ficklin is a full time writer from Colorado where she lives with her husband, four kids, two dogs, and a fluctuating number of chickens and house guests. A former military brat, she loves to travel and meet new people. She can often be found browsing her local bookstore with a large white hot chocolate in one hand and a towering stack of books in the other. That is, unless she’s on deadline at which time she, like the Loch Ness monster, is only seen in blurry photographs.
She is the author of The Gods of Fate Trilogy now available from Dragonfly Publishing. Her previously self-published novel After Burn: Military Brats has been acquired by Harlequin and will be released in 2015 with a second book in that series to follow. Her newest YA steampunk novel, EXTRACTED: The Lost Imperials book 1, co-written with Tyler H. Jolley is now available everywhere books are sold and her newest YA novel, Losing Logan, is due for release in 2014 from Clean Teen Publishing.



 

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#MustRead: The PSS Chronicles by Ripley Patton

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I LOVE THIS SERIES!!!  This blog is only 1.5 years old, but some of my favorite books I have shared on this site are Ghost Hand and Ghost Hold.  If you are looking for an original, action-packed, well-written paranormal adventure – this is the series for you!  Do yourself a favor and read the first two (Book 1 is FREE HERE!) & then dive into Book Three – Ghost Heart!

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Ghost Heart coverBook Three picks up where Book Two left off, and the mysteries continue as well.  Passion. Olivia and Marcus take turns telling the story, but one of my favorite chapters is the first one, where a Magic Eight Ball is swept up in a swift river current and it reports on its journey.  Awesome way to open set the scene.  Kudos to the author!

I really liked getting inside Passion’s head – she is one of my favorite characters, and her storytelling did not disappoint!  The triple POV was a great way to move the plot along while giving insight to past and current actions of all the players.  As always, I would rather be vague than risk spoilers – just know that if you enjoyed the unique world of Olivia crafted by Ms. Patton-  and all the surprises that come with it.

If you read the first two books and found them to be thrilling and addictive, you will equally enjoy this installment.  I had assumed the series was a trilogy, and it was a bittersweet surprise to know there is a Book 4 in my future.  Only bitter because I had hoped for a different ending – very sweet because I get to read more before I get there.  – kris

New Release: Ghost Heart by Ripley Patton

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This is my stop during the book blitz for Ghost Heart (The PSS Chronicles #3) by Ripley Patton. This book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 20 till 26 October, you can view the complete blitz schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours.
So far this series contains 3 books: Ghost Hand (The PSS Chronicles #1), Ghost Hold (The PSS Chronicles #2) and Ghost Heart (The PSS Chronicles #3).

Ghost Heart coverGhost Heart (The PSS Chronicles #3)
By Ripley Patton

Genre: Paranormal Thriller
Age category: Young Adult
Release date: October 14, 2014

Blurb:
In the aftermath of a brutal tragedy, Jason and Passion are on the run. Marcus is lost beyond reach, and The Hold is in shambles. If that weren’t enough, Olivia Black has been taken by the CAMFers to be used as Dr. Fineman’s personal lab rat in his merciless quest to uncover the mysteries of Psyche Sans Soma once and for all. But only if he can break her.

They are scattered.
They are devastated.
They are ruined.

Their only hope is Olivia’s stubborn determination to thwart her captors and unlock the secrets of her ghost hand before Dr. Fineman can. Will she finally find the strength within herself to embrace the full power of her PSS?

And will it even matter if Marcus has already betrayed her?

You can find Ghost Heart on Goodreads.

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Earlier books in the series:
ghost handGhost Hand (The PSS Chronicles #1)
By Ripley Patton

Genre: Paranormal Thriller
Age category: Young Adult

Blurb:
Seventeen-year-old Olivia Black has a rare birth defect known as Psyche Sans Soma, or PSS. Instead of a right hand made of flesh and blood, she was born with a hand made of ethereal energy.

How does Olivia handle being the girl with the ghost hand? Well, she’s a little bit morbid and a whole lot snarky.

Her mother thinks her obsession with death, black clothing, and the local cemetery is a bid for attention. But when Marcus, the new guy in Olivia’s calculus class, stares at her like she’s a freak, Olivia doesn’t like it. And when her hand goes rogue, doing things she never imagined possible, Olivia finds herself running for her life with Marcus from a group of men bent on taking the power of her hand for their own nefarious purposes.

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ghost holdGhost Hold (The PSS Chronicles #2)
By Ripley Patton

Genre: Paranormal Thriller
Age category: Young Adult

Blurb:
Olivia Black is back.

Only this time she’s not the one in need of rescue.

Samantha James, rich, popular, and an award-winning composer at age seventeen, is the next target on the CAMFers’ list. In order to convince Samantha to come with them, Olivia and Passion must pose as cousins, blend into the most affluent high school in Indianapolis, and infiltrate a mysterious cult known as The Hold.

Olivia doesn’t expect it to be easy, even with the PSS guys backing them up. But what she discovers over the course of the mission will call into question everything she ever believed about herself, her family, and especially about Marcus, the guy she is undoubtedly falling in love with.

You can add Ghost Hold to your to-read list on Goodreads.

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Ripley PattonAbout the Author:
Ripley Patton lives in Portland, Oregon with one cat, two teenagers, and a man who wants to live on a boat. She is an award-winning short story writer and author of The PSS Chronicles, a young adult paranormal thriller series.

Ripley doesn’t smoke, or drink, or cuss as much as her characters. Her only real vices are writing, eating M&Ms, and watching reality television.

You can find and contact Ripley here:
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#MustRead: Burying Water by K.A. Tucker

BW BT BannerThe Book Beacon is proud to be a stop on the Blog Tour for Burying Water by K.A. Tucker.  Please keep reading for information about the fantastic novel, a signed book giveaway, book excerpt and our 5 Star Review!

About BURYING WATER:

The top-selling, beloved indie author of Ten Tiny Breaths returns with a new romance about a young woman who loses her memory—and the man who knows that the only way to protect her is to stay away.
Burying Water finalLeft for dead in the fields of rural Oregon, a young woman defies all odds and survives—but she awakens with no idea who she is, or what happened to her. Refusing to answer to “Jane Doe” for another day, the woman renames herself “Water” for the tiny, hidden marking on her body—the only clue to her past. Taken in by old Ginny Fitzgerald, a crotchety but kind lady living on a nearby horse farm, Water slowly begins building a new life. But as she attempts to piece together the fleeting slivers of her memory, more questions emerge: Who is the next-door neighbor, quietly toiling under the hood of his Barracuda? Why won’t Ginny let him step foot on her property? And why does Water feel she recognizes him?

Twenty-four-year-old Jesse Welles doesn’t know how long it will be before Water gets her memory back. For her sake, Jesse hopes the answer is never. He knows that she’ll stay so much safer—and happier—that way. And that’s why, as hard as it is, he needs to keep his distance. Because getting too close could flood her with realities better left buried.

The trouble is, water always seems to find its way to the surface.

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Before I get into HOW MUCH I LOVED THIS BOOK, I need to quickly mention something: My friends tease me sometimes because my reviews are always so positive – like I love every book I read… but I don’t.  I just write about the ones I really like on my blog.  The purpose of The Book Beacon is to spotlight/ highlight/ call attention to the books (that are in my opinion), worth reading.   I don’t write or post bad reviews; I simply decline offers to participate if the book wasn’t for me.

That being said, THIS BOOK WAS FOR ME.  AND FOR YOU. AND FOR HER OVER THERE.

In the acknowledgements, the author describes Burying Water as “ambitious… the shift between past and present, alternating POVs, and two people falling in love twice was a lot to take on.” As a HUGE fan of her other work, I must thank K.A. Tucker for taking this story on.  It is exceptionally well done and crafted in such a way that you know you are participating in something complex and special.

The main character shifts from Alexandria to Jane Doe to Water and back again in a fantastic display of characteristics ebbing and flowing during her recovery from a violent assault.  The first few chapters were hard to read, knowing what she has been through, but her recovery from wounds and re-entry  to life is all the more remarkable for having survived.  Her love interest Jesse switches displays both age appropriate selfishness and sacrificial love when it comes to Alex/Jane/Water.  His actions – past and present – are authentic demonstrations of both self preservation and willingness to risk it all for the right woman.

I cannot imagine anyone reading this beautifully written story and not loving it.  Not telling others to read it – much like the author’s book, Ten Tiny Breaths – you read something like that and tell everyone who will listen that it should go to the top of their TBR.  That is also how I feel about Burying Water. – kris

Keep reading for an excerpt from the novel and information about the gifted author, K. A. Tucker…  Continue reading

Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: Vanished from Dust by Shea Norwood

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Vanished from Dust New AmazonBook Title: Vanished from Dust by Shea Norwood (Book 1 in the Vanished from Dust series)
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Pages: 320
Published: October 16th, 2013
Published by Createspace
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Synopsis:

A CHILL RUNS THROUGH HIS SKIN AS THE PHANTOM APPEARS.

 

HE SEES THEM EVERYWHERE . . .

 

Eric Stark is not insane. Or at least he doesn’t think so. He wishes everyone in Dust, Texas, felt the same way. But that’s not going to happen since the whole town thinks he’s crazy. Why didn’t he keep his mouth shut?

No one understands. Eric is alone as he battles his sanity in a town of tormenters. Suddenly a new friendship emerges after the new kid, Kyle Barrett, moves to town.

Eric reluctantly reveals his secret. Is it a curse or a gift? He isn’t certain, but with Kyle by his side he finds the courage to seek the truth.

They soon realize that something sinister is descending on the residents of Dust.

Is it caused by Eric’s phantoms or is it something else? Is it connected to the mysterious death of hundreds of townspeople over sixty years ago? One thing is certain—only Eric and Kyle can save them.

They set out on a heart-pounding adventure and find themselves transported to a disturbed and deserted version of their small southern town. They quickly discover that this new world has mysteries of its own to uncover. What they find could prove more than they bargained for, and it only leads to more questions. Eric and Kyle must face a horrifying fact—they may never get out alive.

“We’re gonna die here,” Kyle muttered.

 “I don’t believe that,” Eric said. “And neither do you.”

Will they survive their encounter with these dark and mysterious beings?

Will they find a way back home?

Or will they be lost forever?

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review1I really enjoyed Vanished from Dust.  The media kit includes the following:  The Vanished from Dust series is perfect for anyone who craves a hair-raising thriller packed with mystery and suspense. This paranormal story for young adults can be compared to Stand by Me, mixed with Odd Thomas, and a twist of The Dark Tower I agree completely.

This was a fun adventure/ coming of age/ paranormal mystery story with enough plot twists and suspense to keep any reader’s attention.  The characters are very well developed, and the setting of Dust, TX is vividly described.  The original plot is very well crafted and fast paced.  I enjoyed the author’s writing style, and this is the kind of story that grips you early and does not let go.  While geared for teens and young adults, this story of friendship, secrets and paranormal activity will be fun for every reader.

I loved the friendship between Eric and Kyle, and their adventures were a joy to read – I look forward to reading more from the series.

 

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CHAPTER    1    

  “I’m    not    crazy,”    Eric  Stark    shouted    at    the    crowd    of  seventh    graders    as    they    surrounded    him.    He    looked    up    from    the    ground,    which    consisted    of    patches    of    grass    and    dirt,    to  see    the    sunlight    glinting    off  of  the    metal    braces    of    a    girl    with    pigtails    as    she    pointed    and    laughed    with    the    rest    of    them.    Another    boy    kicked    him    in    the    stomach,    causing    him    to    retreat    into    a    fetal    position    to    guard    against    another    blow.

“Oh  yeah?”    Greg    Coffey    asked    as  he    towered    over    Eric.    His    lip  was  curled,    showing    his  crooked,    heavily    stained    teeth.    “What    happened    last  week  in  class?    You    said,    ‘They’re    watching    me.’    Remember    that,    loser?”

“I  didn’t    say    that.”    Eric    tried    to    get    up,    but    Greg    pushed    him    back    down    and    kicked    dirt    in  his    face.    Eric  rubbed  his  burning  eyes  with  both  hands.  When  he  opened    them    he    saw    four    more    kids    sneering    over    him,    all    laughing    at    his    expense.    Where    was  a    teacher    when    you    needed    one?    The    hot    Texas    sun    was  high    on    the  horizon,    almost    blinding    him    as    he    stared    back    at    his    tormentors.    Sweat    was    pouring    from    his    brow,    mixing    with    the    tears    that    streamed    down    his    face.

“Yeah  you    did,”    Adam    Marshall    said    with    a    smirk.    “You’re    going    off    the    rails,

crazy  train.”

“I    like    that—crazy    train.    Just    like    the    song,”    Greg    said.    He    laughed    and    gave    Adam

a    high    five.    “That’s    your    new    name.    Like    it?”    Greg    kicked  another  pile  of    dirt  at    Eric.    Eric    tried    to    spit    it    out,    but    his    entire    face    was    covered    in    a    muddy    film.    He

wished  that    he’d    just    kept    his    mouth    shut    about    it,    but    it    was    too    late    now.    News    traveled    fast    in    a    small    town,    and    he    was    sure    everyone    thought    he    was  insane    by    now.

He    didn’t    know    what    he    was.

“Leave  him    alone,”    a    kid    said.    He    leaned    over    to    help    Eric    to    his    feet.    “I    don’t    like

bullies.”

“Stay  out  of    it,    new    kid.”    Greg    said    and    gave    him    a    scowling    stare.

“Or  what?”  The  kid    got  closer.

“Let’s  go,”    Adam    said.    “There’s    a    teacher    coming.”    He    slapped    Greg    on    the

shoulder.

“This  ain’t  over,”    Greg  said  as  he  walked    away.    “Thanks,”    Eric  said.

“I’m    Kyle    Barrett,”    the    kid    said,    extending    his    hand.

Eric  shook    it.    “Did    you    just    move    here?”

“Yeah,    this    is    my    first    day,”    Kyle    said.    “It’s    hard    being    the    new    kid.    No    one    talks    to

you.”

“No  one    talks    to    me    either,    except    to    make    fun    of    me,”    Eric    said.

 

******

Six  months    after    the    dirt-­‐kicking    incident,    Eric  and  Kyle    had    turned    from    strangers

into    fast  friends.    But  everyone    else    still    thought    Eric    was    crazy.    Even    now,    he

couldn’t  be  sure  if  they  were    right  or  wrong.

He    only    knew    one    thing—he    hadn’t  actually    seen  them    in    several    months.    So    was

it  all    in    his    head?    His    mom    always    told    him    time    heals    all    wounds.    But    this    wound

was  more    like    a    cut    that    never    healed.    It    festered    in    the    eyes    of    everyone    in    Dust,    Texas.    He    was    just    a    mentally    defective    kid    who    barely    deserved    their    pity.

He    was    in    the    eighth    grade    now,    and    he  tried    to    put    those    troubled    years    behind

him.  It    seemed    that    most    of    his    classmates    felt    the    same    way,    but    a    select    few    never    grew    tired    of    reminding    him    of    his    sanity    (or    lack    thereof)    and    demeaning    nickname    from    time    to    time.

Eric  looked  up  at  the  clock.  The    second  hand    moved    in    a    slow,    agonizing    speed

before  the    bell  rang    loudly,    reverberating    throughout  the  building.

“Finally,”  he    said    quietly    to    himself.    The    sound  of  the  bell    signified    the  end  of  the    school    week,    and    he  was    happy    to    hear    it.    It    was    only    the    week    after    Thanksgiving    and    he    was    already    looking    forward    to    summer    break.    He    scrambled    down    the    stairs    and    out    the  heavy    double    doors.    Kyle  Barrett  waited  at  the    foot    of    the    steps    wearing

a    tucked-­‐in    red  polo.  They  had  been    inseparable    ever  since  Kyle    had    stood    up    for

him    that    day.

He  didn’t    stop    when    he    got    outside,    taunting    Kyle    to    a    footrace.    Kyle    ran    hard    to    catch    up    after    seeing    Eric    dart    by.    Kyle    was    five    months    older,    but    for    the    time    being    they    were  both    still    fourteen,    and  they  were  often  thought    of    as    brothers    due    to

their  similar    appearances.    Both    of    the    boys    had    dark-­‐brown    hair,    chestnut-­‐colored    eyes,    and    olive    skin.    But    Kyle    was    broader    in    the    shoulders    compared    to    Eric’s    slender    frame.

“Bet    I    can    beat  you    to  the    car,”    Eric  yelled.

“No  way,”  Kyle  said    as  he    raced    ahead    of    Eric.

Eric  wasn’t    going  down  without  a  fight,  so  he  ran  harder    while  dodging  several    students    loitering    outside  the    school.    He    was    closing    the    distance    when  he  tripped,    scattering    his    books    across    the    parking    lot.    A    group    of    girls    standing    on    the    sidewalk    giggled    as  he  got    to    his    feet  and  gathered  his  things    and    what    little    dignity    he    had

left.  Kyle    made    it    to    the    car    and    pointed    at    Eric,    laughing.    “You    busted    big    time,”    Kyle    said.

“You    got  lucky.    If  I  hadn’t  tripped    I  would’ve    beat    you,”  Eric  replied.

“Yeah  right,    you’ll    never    beat    me.”

Jean,  Kyle’s    mother,    rolled    down    the    car    window.    She    had    a    cigarette    hanging    from    her    lip.    Eric    watched    as    the    smoke    drifted    out    the    window    and    disappeared    into    the  wind.

“Can    I  spend    the    night    at    Eric’s    house    tonight?”    Kyle    blurted    out,    still    breathing

hard.

Eric  was  standing    anxiously    next  to  the  car,    waiting    for    her    reply.  He  bent    over  to    rub    his    knee.    He    was    pretty    sure    he’d    scraped    it    hard    enough  to  draw  blood.    He    looked    back  to  see    if    the    girls    were    still    watching    him.    They    were    on    the    sidewalk    waiting    for    their    rides    but    apparently    had    found    a    more    interesting    topic    to    discuss    since    they    were  no  longer  looking    at  him.

“Did  Eric’s    mom    say    it    was    all    right?”    Jean    asked.    She    flicked    her  ash    out  of  the    window    and  took    another  drag.    She  had  dry,  ashy-­‐brown    hair,    along  with    a    pair    of    large-­‐rimmed    glasses    that    draped    over    her    hazel    eyes.    She    wore    a    simple    mauve-­‐ colored  T-­‐shirt    and    blue    jeans.

Kyle’s  little    sister,    Katie,    and    older    brother,    Ben,    were    sitting    in  the    backseat.    Katie    Barrett,    the    youngest    of    the    family,    had    wavy    dirty-­‐blonde    hair    that  looked    like    a    poodle’s    fur.    Ben  was  Kyle’s  older    brother.

“She  is    okay    with    it,”    Kyle  said.

“Yeah,    we  asked    last  period,”    Eric  added.

“Well    if    she    doesn’t    mind,    then    it’s    fine    with    me,”    Jean    said.    She    took    her    huge    glasses    off,  wiped  the  lenses  with    her    shirt,    and    put    them    back    on.    “Kyle,    do    you    still    have    your  bike    at    Eric’s?”

“It    should    be  there.”    Kyle  eyed  Eric    for    confirmation,    and  he  nodded.

Eric  looked    in    the    backseat    and    saw    Ben    picking    his    nose    with    no    shame.    He    thought    about  pointing  it  out  but  quickly    decided    against    it.  It  was  only    a  couple    of    weeks    ago  that  Eric  had    narrowly    escaped    getting    his  head  dipped  in  the  toilet  by    him    at    the  high    school    football    game,    so    it    was    best    that    he    kept    a    little    distance    for    now.    If  it    hadn’t    been    for    the    school    principal    walking    in  during    the    act    he    would    have    had  the    unfortunate  opportunity    of  seeing    a    close-­‐up    view  of  the  inside    of  the    toilet    bowl.

“Dammit  Ben.    Don’t    pick    your    nose    and    throw    boogers    in    my    car,”    Jean

demanded.

Ben  looked    up    and    replied,    “I’m    not    picking    my    nose    Mom.”

“Katie,  did    you    see    him    picking?”    Jean    asked.

“No  ma’am.    I    didn’t    see    anything,”    Katie    said.    Eric    was    fairly    certain    that    she    had

in  fact    seen    her    older    brother    pick    a    fairly    large    booger,    methodically    roll    it    into    a    neat    ball,  and  then  flick  it  onto  the  floor  of  the  car,  but  she  probably  knew  that  it  was    much    wiser    to    keep    her    mouth    shut.

Jean  turned    and    gave    Ben    a  stern  look  before  turning  back  to  look  at  Kyle.  “Y’all

be  good    now.”

Kyle  and  Eric    nodded    in    near  unison    as  she    rolled    up  the    window    and  pulled  out

of  the  school  parking    lot.

 

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Shea Norwood newShea Norwood is an emerging author and native of West Texas that currently lives in the DFW area with his wife and son.He was drawn to writing at an early age and recently rekindled this passion after dusting off a decade-old manuscript, titled Vanished from Dust. The fictional town of Dust is loosely based on a small town south of Odessa, TX.
When he’s not writing, Shea loves to spend time with this family, read, and is a frequent globetrotter. His travels have taken him to France, the United Kingdom, Japan, Italy, Germany, and Mexico.Shea writes Young Adult Fantasy/Paranormal/Mystery

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New Release Giveaway: Sweet Unrest by Lisa Maxwell

SWEETUNRESTcoverA world where souls walk free and dreams become portals to the past…

Lucy Aimes has always been practical. But even her rational mind can’t explain her dark and familiar dreams of a time long ago, filled with people she shouldn’t know, but does. When her family moves to New Orleans, Lucy’s dreams suddenly become more intense. Reluctantly drawn into the old city’s mystical undercurrent, she searches for answers about the nighttime visions that haunt her.

What Lucy finds is Alex, a mysterious boy who behaves as if they’ve known each other forever. They’ve only just met, and she shouldn’t be drawn to him, but she is. As she tries to unlock Alex’s secrets, a killer strikes close to home and a century-old vendetta unspools, putting Lucy and everyone she loves in mortal danger.

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review1Sweet Unrest is a YA Paranormal Romance with a high creep factor. If you like your paranormal romances on the dark and mysterious side, this is the book for you. Eerie vibes surround the locations, characters, and plot. There are spooky plantations, ghosts, voodoo, and a mystery that spans time. Much of what Lucy experiences in modern day New Orleans is anchored in the city’s history, and the author does a wonderful job depicting both settings.

Lucy becomes immersed in the local voodoo culture while looking for an explanation and solution for her recurring nightmares. Before she knows it, she is thrust in the middle of a century’s old mystery and a modern day murder investigation. The plot unfolds as Lucy navigates current events and dreams of flashbacks. The writing and storytelling are well done. Sweet Unrest is unlike anything I have previously read, and I appreciated the original plot, authentic characters and vivid imagery.

There were a few details that, in my opinion, were not fully resolved or clearly explained, but overall I did enjoy the book.  – kris

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LisaMaxwellAUTHORAbout Lisa Maxwell: Lisa Maxwell is the author of Sweet Unrest (Flux, Fall 2014) and Heartless Things (Simon Pulse, Spring 2016). She has a PhD in English, and when she’s not writing books, she’s a professor at a local college. She lives near DC with her very patient husband and two not-so patient boys.
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New Release: Rhett in Love by J.S. Cooper

RHETT-IN-LOVE-AVAILABLE-NOWNew Standalone book from New York Times Bestselling author J. S. CooperRhett in Love is the sequel to the New York Times Bestseller Rhett, but can be read as a standalone book.

Rhett Madison and Clementine O’Hara were best friends for years before they decided to give dating a shot. Everyone around them thought they were perfect for each other, but neither one of them realized just how much their relationship would change once they got together.

They’d only been dating for a couple of months when they decided to move across the country and live together. Neither one of them were prepared for all the trials and tribulations they would face as a new couple living in sin, as Clementine’s Nanna called it.

Rhett’s still acting like he’s a bachelor and Clementine’s not sure if going from friends to lovers was the best decision they ever made. So they decide to enroll in a relationship course to see if they are meant to be together. Only it seems like Rhett’s more interested in the passionate side of their relationship, as opposed to the deeper more emotional side.

Hilarity and chaos ensues when Tomas comes to visit and Rhett and Clementine are both faced with questions that could change their relationship status once again. Neither one knows what’s going to happen, but no-one ever said that the pathway from friends to lovers was going to be an easy one.

Rhett in Love is a standalone sequel to the New York Times Bestselling book, Rhett.

Rhett in Love has special content in Part II that is not to be missed as it makes this book a truly interactive book!

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Cover Reveal: Last House Burning by Katy Scott

Last House BurningGenre: YA/NA urban fantasy with a touch of satire

In an old house in a deserted, burned-down village, a young woman called Verla lives alone. Year after year she stays there while the world changes around her, no one else ever stepping foot in the village, the people in the nearby towns leaving her well alone. Verla is used to it. It’s the way things have to be.
Until Ben, a bored teenager visiting the area with his family, barges into her life and demands to know her story. He’s strangely drawn to the house and its reclusive occupant, and when he finds out her terrible secret he’s only more determined to help.
But Ben is dealing with forces he never even imagined existed. As he spirals deeper and deeper into the bureaucratic world of Heaven and Hell that Verla is part of, he realizes that it’s going to take more than just an appointment at the local office of the underworld if he and Verla plan to face down her devilish foe and give her a final chance at freedom.

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authorKaty ScottI write books in a couple of different genres: urban fantasy and chick lit/romance. When I’m not writing books I write for lifestyle magazines and corporate websites, and I blog about gaming over at warpkey.org.

I like movies, video games, cheese, shoes and my husband. I’m technically an adult but most of the time I feel like I’m just pretending to be one.

Review: Breakdown by Amanda Lance

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Blurb:

Charlotte Ferro is about to jump.

Yet nothing ruins a perfectly good suicide attempt worse than a handsome do-gooder. After William O’Reilly convinces her to take one last ride with him, Charlotte finds herself forgetting about her own problems and enjoying a world of which she never dreamed.

Now addicted to the rush of fast cars and cool criminals, Charlotte finds herself leaning less towards the ledge and more toward the arms of her savior. But with reasons of his own for keeping Charlotte safe from herself, William is reluctant to involve her in his criminal undertakings. Will his career choice keep them apart? Will Charlotte’s painful past?

**Mature Content Warning** Recommended for ages 17+ due to language and sexual content.
 

review1I have to admit that the beginning of this book is difficult to read, but the 95% that follows is so good, you’ll be happy you stuck with it.  The main character, Lottie, has decided to end her life and is preparing to follow through the act.  She has done research on the how and when and where -she even explains the why.  It is hard to get your mind around the fact that this character you don’t even know yet has painstakingly planned and earnestly anticipates her suicide.  The first half of the first chapter is very disturbing, and as soon as you are tempted to stop reading and write her off (much like she is planning to do to herself), something happens that gives Lottie (and the reader) a much better story.

William drives by just in time to offer Lottie help.  He assumes she is stranded – late at night – on a bridge – all alone, but quickly gathers there is more to the situation than meets the eye.  He is immediately invested in her well being, and William’s willingness to get involved marks the beginning of Lottie’s re-entry to the world around her.  She doesn’t want the attention at first, but she tolerates his text messages and home visits. It is William’s persistent communication and interaction that helps her feel again. Their conversations are witty, their adventures are unique, and their relationship is as authentic as anything you’ll read in NA today.

The writing is excellent.  Lottie is beautifully depicted as she moves from utter desperation to indifferent participation to manic behavior.  Once she starts to feel again, she finds herself craving joy and exhilaration.  William is the cornerstone of her new outlook, and she calls him her “human anti-depressant.”  That unconditional support blossoms to mutual friendship, with the possibility of more.  The author does a fantastic job of taking readers along for ride from despair to hope. And as hard as it is to feel Lottie’s depression in the beginning, it is equally wonderful to feel her emerge from that darkness.

I LOVED the unexpected elements of this book – and there were many: the dark beginning, William’s hobby (and job… and friends… and backstory),  the one liners, the places they go and the things they do – I am being vague on purpose.  You need to read Breakdown and take the ride for yourself.  I sincerely look forward to reading more from this author. – kris