Tuesday, August 27, 2013

S.L. Wallace's 'Retrospection' is on sale for just 99¢

I am excited to be sharing my pages with S.L. Wallace today! She is an awesome writer that has a unique ability to tell a story that leaves you as the reader wanting for more.

S.L. Wallace seamlessly blends the paranormal with historical fiction in Retrospection, on sale for only 99¢ through the end of August. Have you ever wanted to witness the famous witch trials in New England or see what it’s like to be visited by a ghost in the 1950s? Have you ever heard of the Peshtigo Fire? All this and more will be revealed in Retrospection.
When Claire wakes up in the hospital, she discovers a stranger in her room who only she can see and hear. Learning Jhidhai's secrets will take her on a journey through both time and space. But Claire has secrets of her own—secrets that will lead her toward a destination she would never have imagined.

Set in Chicago 2001, as well as numerous historic time periods, the paranormal meets the historical in a seamless blend of action, wonder and excitement.
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Synopsis: Keira Maddock lives in a dark future in which the Elite have everything, and everyone else suffers. She is a survivor. Out of necessity, she has become a skilled seductress, thief and bounty hunter – a Freelancer. When a typical job goes awry, it changes everything. Alliances are formed, long kept secrets are revealed and lives are forever changed.

In book one of the Reliance on Citizens trilogy, S.L. Wallace introduces a world divided in which not everyone is who he seems to be. In a seamless blend of action, sci-fi, romance and political suspense, we are encouraged to consider the bonds that makes us human. 

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Synopsis: Greed. Power. Class division. Resistance.

The Terenian government has worked hard to divide the haves from the have-nots. Guy Bensen, Elite bachelor of the year, wants a better life for everyone. Thief/hired killer, Keira Maddock, hungers for equality. Together, they might be able to change society.

Meanwhile, due to tragic events caused by the Divide, Keira's younger sister, April, has left her baby in the realm across the sea. Now she returns to Terene. With the arrival of two very different men, her life becomes complicated. In order to be safe, April must hide her identity. In order to live, she must open her heart.

In book two of the Reliance on Citizens trilogy, S.L. Wallace delves deeper into political intrigue as we examine the bonds that make us human, blending the genres of action, sci-fi, romance and political suspense. 
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Synopsis:  The laws of Terene may have changed, but that doesn't mean the hearts and minds of its people have.

Life in the peaceful and technologically advanced realm of Mediterra is all eleven year-old diabetic Noah can remember and all his sister, Nadine, has ever known. With a new President of Mediterra, however, the family is forced to leave. Scott Maddock has decided to move his family back to his homeland of Terene where life has supposedly changed for the better. Being dropped into the heart of a prejudiced society and becoming the target of the baddest bully at school, Noah isn't so sure.

How far will they go to stand up for what is right?

In book three of the Reliance on Citizens trilogy, S.L. Wallace takes a look at equality, bullying and prejudice, while seamlessly blending the genres of action, sci-fi and political suspense. 
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Author Bio:
S.L. Wallace is an upper elementary Montessori teacher and life long writer who is a descendant of the famous William Wallace. Like him, she believes in freedom and independence. Unlike him, she fights her battles with the pen. S.L. has a quirky family and prefers quirky friends. If you see her out and about, she is likely looking for some fun.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Master Koda Select Author G Mitchell Baker!!!!!

Today from Master Koda Select Publishing I want to share some great books from an outstanding author, G Mitchell Baker. His latest release, Lethal Believers: DVM has been getting quite the buzz on Amazon.com. 

“Lethal Believers” is series of novels by G. M. Baker. These paranormal mysteries pit Malachi Danta-Mercadel, a retired Interpol Investigator against Mantid Tranquil, a mystic and persistent organization bent on employing the most lethal paranormal and psychological revenge given Danta’s handiwork for exposing and compromising the illicit organization. “Lethal Believers: The Innocents” is the first in the Lethal Believers series. For Intense Metaphysical Visionary Paranormal with Mythic elements, look to Master Koda Select Publishing™ for “Lethal Believers: The Innocents”, the latest Amazon Best Selling novel by G. Mitchell Baker.

“Malachi Danta-Mercadel reluctantly collaborates with the myth Lamia, and her growing ensemble of ethereal devotees all motivated to protect The Innocents, of whom the strong willed Kagan Brancher, the daughter of a good father, is one. Kagan has earned Danta and Lamia’s respect as she sets out to protect what is left of her rodeo family, after ‘Random’, a world champion competitor, and later Pastor Odie succumb to the evil of DVM, leaving ‘Wary’. Will there be a successful intervention, or will Wary, The Innocent replacement be left to rear and do battle against DVM, and the distorted Mantid Tranquil?”


“Someone has been hurting children and Danta vows to find them. As the sinister Mantid Tranquil rises to protect its criminal maneuvering, Danta is empowered by those from other dimensions to honor his commitment and defend The Innocents.”

"Jon Emerson, no longer the arrogant legal professional and sovereign over meaningless relationships, finds himself on the streets of Seattle, eventually experiencing meaningful relationships with the likes of Bug Dog, Chilly, Lutza, Speedy G, Abra, and Dana. They all, in their own way remind, and sometimes teach Jon to remain involved in his Childrens’ lives, and to honor their need for their father, to remain involved."

Bio

Now living in the Deep South, G. Mitchell Baker also enjoys living out west, from the southwest United States to western Canada. Having practiced law for more than twenty years, Baker enjoys researching and writing projects that draw him into the many genres, to include contemporary fiction, science fiction, and paranormal, metaphysical, and visionary works of fiction.  In addition, a writer of feature length screenplays, Baker enjoys adapting his novels to screenplay and, adapting his screenplays to novels.

Baker has been fortunate to compete at the highest levels in sports to include baseball and karate.  This spirit leads to his also striving to compete at the highest levels to entertain his readership. Moreover, it is in this spirit Baker invites you to visit and re-visit his ‘Anything But a Tired Barn’ author website and, to become familiar with his current and ongoing projects.   
“Lethal Believers: Cave Ravens” is now with Master Koda Select Publishing and scheduled for release 2014.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Welcome to Lisa Day's Blog Tour! Meet Wolfkeeper's Woman!!!


I am so pleased to be sharing Lisa Day’s compelling book, Wolkeeper’s Woman with you today!!! Not only is it a great read but it is on sale for just 99¢

A country where the strong survive. Some people are strong of body. Other people are strong in spirit.

The warrior Wolfkeeper is such a man. A man not only physically strong but strong willed with a wisdom beyond his years. A wisdom that serves his people well. 

Until the day he begins to question how he could have tender feelings for someone he considers an enemy.

There were no pangs of conscience when he took the child for his brother and sister-in-law to raise. They had no children of there own. The Mother even though an enemy the infant wouldn’t survive the journey if he hadn’t brought her along.

Cassie raised in an orphanage only recently began to believe she found happiness. Now she learned to hate. She just wants her son back.
Thrown into an unfamiliar lifestyle and unable to communicate she must learn how to stay alive for her son.

She will learn the language. She will follow the rules. She will do anything she needs to get her son back... But will it be enough?

My review

Wolfkeeper's Woman takes you to an entirely different era. A time period that I m not that familiar with but as I read the words from the page, I could see the images as if I were watching a movie. I felt emotionally involved from the beginning. This unimaginable tale seemed s true to life that I hurt for the main character Cassie all the way through. She was a woman who always had to learn to make the best of every situation. She just had to make do with what she was given.
This story moved me and disturbed me, at the same time. Still, I had to read on. I needed to know what would become of this innocent lost woman ho had nowhere to turn for help or comfort.
Wolfkeeper's Woman kept my interest all the way through.

"The knife blade in his right hand seemed to glow as the sunlight danced reflectively off it. Ever so slowly, he advanced toward her. He tried to maneuver her into the corner near the foot of the bed. Knowing if she allowed him to succeed in cornering her there she would be trapped and t his mercy. She responded by swiftly running to the far side of the small table, which formed a barrier between the two of them, but only for a moment."


If your antagonist went shopping, what ten items would they have on their shopping list

Bow
arrow 
Hatchet
Buffalo robes
Eagle feathers.
Scalping knife
breech cloth
vest made from bones
Wolf claw necklace
Moccasins

Blurb

The two women were pleased. All that was left was a few bags and containers, mostly Wolf keeper’s personal belongings. Cassie was hesitated to go through them. Grandmother insisted saying, ‘he said everything was to be sorted through,’ that included these remaining things of his. She left Cassie to do this chore alone.

Sitting there with his special personal items around her, Cassie realized she didn’t know the significance of anything to be able chose what to discard or keep.

Why that low down dog, she thought. Now she knew why he had her rummage through his belongs. No secrets, he said, there were to be no secrets between them. She could wring his neck. That son of a badger.

Cassie eyes closed and her head shook in disbelief. She remembered if she did wring his neck, she had better do it inside if she did not want see the whipping post. Inside would be just fine, she thought. Then she softly laughed, inside would be just fine. He should be called Cunning Fox not Wolfkeeper.

Suddenly, she stopped laughing. She felt like she’d been sucker punched in the gut. The truth of the man who called her Ghostwoman dawned on her. A fearless warrior on the outside, Wolfkeeper was a man of honor who cared deeply and wholeheartedly about the people he loved.

He respected honesty. Cassie remembered when she did not try to hide the events with the trader. He had told her many times not to lie. He demanded truth whether he liked what it exposed or not. He trusted her. Even when he was not watching over her, like now. That was what this was about. He wanted her to be honest, truthful, and trustworthy towards him.

She could be honest and truthful, but trusting she did not know. How do you trust someone who took what he had taken from her?
Bio
Lisa Day hails from New Jersey before 'Jersey Girls' became famous. Since living in the south for so long she now thinks of herself as a southern bell, just born in the wrong century. So, what else is a girl to do but write those pesky stories that live within her head.


If you are looking for another great book, Lisa Day has a brand new one available on Amazon.com
In 1859 the opportunities for women were scant unless one wished to take a chance. Calico Benson, a gentle bred woman wanting the security of marriage and family, answered an ad in the “Matrimonial News,” where men were advertising for wives. Along with five other women, Calico set out on the Santa Fe Trail hoping to find love at the end of the trip. What they all found was nothing short of a hellish nightmare journey. Follow Calico and the others while they seek safe haven at the end of the Santa Fe Trail. Join them as they meet the savage and the civil on their passage. Will their dreams be fulfilled or lost along the way?

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Philip Whiteland has a new book out called A Kick at the Pantry Door

I am pleased to present Philip Whiteland on my blog today. He has written a laugh out loud funny book called
A Kick at the Pantry Door that I just reviewed.
Welcome to the 'A Kick at the Pantry Door' restaurant. We have your favourite table ready and waiting and a selection of tasty and unusual dishes for your delectation and delight (but do bear in mind that the kitchen closes shortly as the Chef needs to go to his second job, rodding out blocked sewers). We have a few choice 'nostalgedy' stories for Starters, some meatier ones for your Mains, a selection of 'curmudgeonly rants' or keen observations (you take your choice) for Dessert, and something unspeakable to go with your Coffee and Mints.

Philip Whiteland tickles your fancy (it's not a crime yet) once again with this compilation of stories, often with a food-based theme, from today and yesterday. Pull up a chair and tuck in!

My Review

"The world seems a good deal larger when you're small and, apparently, far from home. Chocolate cake helps, of course."

These cute stories can't help from send you into a giggling fit. I really enjoyed the easy language and the fun escape. The descriptions made me laugh out loud as the writer described experiences from his past. I couldn't help but chuckle as he went through the names of dog treats he used to sample with his friends, his moms less than desirable baking, music lessons in which he pretended to play his instrument, his paperboy, adventure, cruising and road trips he used to take with his family.

The writing is sharp, clever and engaging. I was thoroughly entertained throughout this upbeat adventure ride.

"Car travel in the 1950s and 1960s was something of an overrated past time, particularly if you were of the infant persuasion. Summer days were a nightmare for those of us wearing short trousers, still de rigueur then, as you were in danger of third degree burns to the back of your legs from the red hot plastic. If you could survive this, then you still had the unpleasantness of extricating yourself from the seat at the end of the journey, by which time your legs had been welded to the seat by a mixture of heat and pressure, and could only be removed with a worrying tearing noise."


Steady Past Your Granny's

Take a trip back to a different place and time. Where crowds of hunched and oddly dressed youths would probably be train-spotters, where you could have a reign of terror on a Sunday afternoon just by riding your cast-iron scooter across the blue brick pavement, and where the height of excitement on the street was getting two Beech Nut chewing gum packets on the fourth turn of the handle.

Philip Whiteland entertains with this collection of articles presenting some keenly observed and very funny meanders through the past and present. Why not come and join him on the trip, but, whatever you do, remember to keep “Steady Past Your Granny’s” This newly updated version addresses some previously reported problems, has improved formatting and...includes pictures!

Enter the slightly odd world of Phil Whiteland and slip back a few decades to a time when a John Bull Printing Outfit was the height of toy technology, when the telephone never stretched more than two feet from the front door, when every boy's knee was covered by a three inch square of brown sticking plaster and when a trolley-bus into town was a great adventure. This bumper collection of 'nostalgedy' stories (what happens when you mix nostalgia and comedy) coupled with some contemporary observations, guarantees a smile on every page and a chuckle in every chapter. Settle down for a step back in time and a giant leap forward in enjoyment, and if anyone asks you what you're doing, just tell them "Leos for meddlers…" (Complete with pictures - you have been warned!)

Bio

Philip is a 58 year old university lecturer in Human Resource Management. He doesn't tend to tell too many people about this as he is acutely aware of their eyes glazing over as he speaks. He lives on the edge of the Peak District, or, as it sometimes seems, just lives on the edge. He was born and brought up, like so many things, in Burton upon Trent and much of his writing over the past few years, for the Derby Telegraph, Burton Mail's "times gone by" magazine and Mature Times has featured his recollections of growing up (allegedly) in the 1950s and 1960s. Philip has also broadcast a number of articles in Radio Derby's "Did I Ever Tell You" series of stories. He has occasionally been accused of humour. "Steady Past Your Granny's" was Philip's first, self-published, collection of 'nostalgedy' stories (what you get if you cross nostalgia with comedy, he considered 'comalgia' but decided it sounded too much like an unfortunate medical condition), closely followed by 'Crutches for Ducks' which continued the memoirs. Has just published his first foray into full-length humorous fiction, 'Jambalaya'.





Thursday, August 8, 2013

Master Koda Select Publishing presents Ziggy Returns by Nadia Kilrick

I am so thrilled to share a brand new paranormal short story by Nadia Kilrick, Ziggy Returns, published by Master Koda Select Publishing. Now available on Amazon.com!
Ziggy Returns

“Minna Fuller finds herself in an odd predicament when her moonshine guzzling husband carelessly causes an accident that changes both their lives. Though relieved to have her life back, she would never have wished death on her husband. Being a man who always had to have the last word, Ziggy returns to their home to instruct her on how she should live the remainder of her life by offering a suggestion she finds far-reaching, even for him. Will Minna be able to rid her home of her husband’s ghost and finally get on with her life? Will she accept his blessing and set onto the path he envisions her taking or will she ignore him and the advice from her friends?”

My Review:

This spooky story had me on the edge of my seat. Just the thought of what Minna was going through sent shivers down my spine. This story grabbed my attention from the very beginning. The writing was clean and realistic. I was entertained all the way through as it was an enjoyable read.

What do you get when there is a wife, a brother, a mistress, and an adorable puppy? Oh, and I forgot to mention the dead guy!!! You get Ziggy Returns!

"Though exhausted, her sleep was restless that night. Dreams of a young Ziggy, a man barely out of his teens when they married invaded her subconscious. Their time together before he started sampling too much of the product he cooked up were happy times. Those were the years before he turned into a vile and cruel man. Dreams turned into nightmares of their life together in the final years of their marriage. Many times during the night she heard his voice...."

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Tasty Summer Reads Blog Hop


Greta Burroughs’ tagged me to be a part of the Tasty Summer Reads Blog Hop.  To participate I am to post the answers to some "tasty" questions, an excerpt from my book, and a recipe.  So, without further ado. . .

Here is the blog hop general blurb:
Welcome to the Tasty Summer Reads Blog Hop! Each participant invites a number of others to answer five questions about a recent or forthcoming release, and a recipe that fits with it. Links to the participants I have invited may be found in a while, just above the excerpt and recipe. Their contributions should be in place soon after this, so check out their blogs over the next few days.
Now for the Random Tasty Questions:
  1. When writing are you a snacker? If so sweet or salty?
No snacking! Oh gosh, it is way too messy and not good for my keyboard. Which reminds me, I really need to do a good cleaning.
When I am writing I sip on water and suck on candies. I save the fun food for later!!! There is always a reward!!!
  1. Are you an outliner or someone who writes by the seat of their pants? And are they real pants or jammies? 
I am not organized enough to write an actual outline. Hahahahah!!! I guess you can say I write by the seat of my pants. I am usually wearing boys boxers when I am at home writing! No briefs!!! ;-)
  1. When cooking, do you follow a recipe or do you wing it?
Cooking? Excuse me, that is not really in my vocabulary. Not now. Not ever. I am not much of a cook. I was really spoiled because my ex-brother-in-law was the cook of the family. Anything we wished for he would make and it was all delicious! Besides missing my dogs, that might be one of the things I miss the most after the divorce. The food!!!! His cooking was out of this world!!!
  1. What is next for you after this book?
Home Wrecker I is part of a trilogy. Book two Home Wrecker II: The Brooklyn Chronicles will be out shortly! 

In "Home Wrecker: The Brooklyn Chronicles" we hear the story of things that shaped Brooklyn's life and helped make her who she is today. We learn about the trials of an unhappy marriage and a deep, abiding love that will not be denied. We also get a glimpse of the trouble a wife who does not want to become an "ex" can cause if she puts her mind to it. Will Brooklyn and Bo win the day, or will all be lost to a bitter woman?
 Last question…on a level of one being slightly naughty and ten being whoo hoo steamy, how would you rate your book?

Well, I would say that Home Wrecker I is more naughty than steamy. There is a lot of naughty (come on, it is a coming-of-age story) and the steamy parts leave most everything to the readers imagination. I haven’t read 50 Shades of Grey. ;-)

Now, who should I invite to carry on this silly blog hop?  How about John Emil Augustine and my girls Lisa Day, Mel Toye, and Paige Bleu!!!

Excerpt
I was physically attacked by a woman who didn’t even know me. Yes, my boyfriend was her former husband, but she tried to ruin me. While she was not my worst nemesis, I have had plenty of opposition from others. Yet she caused me plenty of grief during a time when I didn’t have the energy for anymore negativity. Throughout my life, I’ve had many disappointments, survived many losses and had more than my share of sorrow. I had my expectations crushed repeatedly, yet I was still optimistic and believed there were good things to come. 
 Even when I felt there should be more than this, somehow I was always able to find the positive in any negative situation. I believed life could be good and we could do well. That said, I still believed people should be accountable for their actions; not that I was a saint or anything even close to that. The bottom line was, I believed in payback. Ruth, the soon to be ex-wife of my boyfriend, deserved to be punished for her actions.  When she came after me with her racial slurs and wads of spit, I realized just how uncivilized a person could be. 
Recipe
I am really a chocolate person above everything else but I will share a great recipe my brother used to use when making couscous. I couldn’t walk away without his recipe so here it is!!!

MOROCCAN COUSCOUS
Serves 6-8

2 cups butternut squash, diced (3/4-inch)
2 cups yellow onion, chopped (2 onions)
1 1/2 cups carrots, diced (3/4-inch) (about 4)
1 1/2 cups zucchini, diced (3/4-inch) (about 2 medium)
2 Tbsp good olive oil
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups homemade chicken stock, or canned broth
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp saffron threads
1 1/2 cups couscous
2 scallions, chopped, white and green parts
1. PREP VEGETABLES: Preheat oven to 375. Place squash, onions, carrots, and zucchini on a baking sheet and toss with olive oil, 2 tsp salt, and 1 tsp pepper. Roast until vegetables are tender and just beginning to brown, 30-35 minutes, turning once or twice with a spatula.

 2. PREP BROTH: In a saucepan, bring chicken stock to a boil. Turn off heat. Add butter, 1 tsp salt (depending on the saltiness of your broth), 1/2 tsp pepper, cumin, and saffron. Stir and let it sit for at least 15 minutes.
COMBINE: When the vegetables are done, bring the chicken stock back to a boil. Remove from heat. In a large bowl, place couscous and then add vegetables. Pour stock over it all. Do not stir. Immediately cover the bowl with plastic wrap or foil and let it sit at room temperature for 15 minutes. Add scallions and toss the couscous and vegetables with a fork. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Home wrecker I
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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Wendy Siefken and Charles Siefken Blog Tour


Today I have the pleasure of sharing Wendy & Charles Siefken blog tour for an awesome book, Kai’s Journey:The New World Chronicles (The Kai and Clover Series)




Description

Kai has been fighting for survival and trying to find a way rid the world of the disease his father created... 
Kai's father accidentally created a race of zombies and like a virus; it soon spreads throughout the entire world!
Kai comes across a young woman named Clover, who is part of a clan traveling across the United States to try to find what is left of humanity. 
Clover is a part of a clan who has a secret of their own. Hiding among what is left of the human race, will Kai be able to handle the truth?
Kai and Clover are watching a meteor shower when their lives are changed forever! 
Kai and Clover begin a heroic journey, fueled by the increasingly dim hope that somehow, the human race will have a chance to start over.



What is the most embarrassing moment of your life Charlie?
I was talking to a couple of people who I thought were my friends and didn’t realize until I got closer to them that they weren’t my friends but total strangers! I saw them and just fell in behind them talking with them. When they turned around though I knew right away they weren’t who I thought they were. They looked at me with a look of “Who are you?” I just let them know that I thought they were friends of mine and that I was sorry. They said no biggie and we kept on talking about how we had all done things like that. The one girl who I thought was my friend told me how she had thought this lady one time was her mom. She had started talking to her when she realized it wasn’t her and she quickly walked away. The guy that was with her said he had done something like that with his brother. Only thing he said was “Sorry dude” to the guy and walked away. 
Come to find out we have all done something similar and we can look back and laugh about it now. But at the time you turn about 20 shades of red and try to find a hole to hide in. That day I had walked up to those two I had thought were my friends I had put in a long day of a double shift when I had run into these two people. I was just glad they didn’t yell at me or call the cops! We all laughed and just chalked it up to long days of work. Sometimes it’s not so bad living in a small town where even strangers can talk like friends.



Bio Charles Siefken (1992-present) is a recent graduate of high school. This is his first book of many to be published. He currently resides in rural central Iowa where he enjoys reading sci/fi books and playing video games among other things. He currently works at a local auto mechanics shop and will be attending college this fall to get a degree as well. Christopher Paolini was his inspiration to become a writer.
Wendy Siefken (1966-Present) Currently working full time from home on writing stories and now a virtual assistant to those in need of an extra pair of hands online. Wendy lives on a farm with her family and enjoys reading, gardening and other activities with her family and friends. This is our first publication with many more to follow. This all started as a school project for her youngest son and business partner, Charles Siefken, which has grown into a desire to be published.
The book is a journey into the fantasy realm of what if's. Zombies took over the world? What if werewolves were real? What if dragons were really not from earth but from another planet? I hope you enjoy this YA book. This book is ideal for a young reader who you may not want reading a book with a lot of blood and gore. This book doesn't have that. It has a story without all the graphics of a battle.