Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Author Linda Bolton Wow's Wednesday with her new book Incantation

Wowing this Wednesday with author Linda Bolton and her new book Incantation.


Christina is a Dallas entertainment reporter wanting to do a story with more substance, when she is sent to Las Vegas to write a promotional article for a magician. Her love life is as dry as the Vegas desert. 

Tristen is more than a magician, he’s an entertainer. He’s handsome and likes his way with the women. Vegas hasn’t seen magical talent like Tristen’s before, no one has. He has Las Vegas under his spell, will Christina fall under his spell too?

Please join the Incantation Release Party on Wednesday June 25th 6:00pm -8:00 CST time




Take 2


Alexandra Daniels is a forty-something, hard-working mom, wife and employee. Her life has been plodding along at a snails pace and she’s longing for excitement. She wins a trip to her favorite talk show in New York, the Veronica Becker Show, and it just so happens the actor of her dreams is a guest, Derek Dunbar! Is Alex’s life about to change? 


Derek Dunbar is Scottish, an actor and a hunk! Every woman in America drools after him. He has his pick of women but stinks at relationships. At forty, is he longing for a more meaningful relationship? Does he even know how to have one? Is he willing to make the effort or will it just be too complicated? 


Bio
Incantation is Linda Bolton’s second book. Take 2 is her first novel and is available on Amazon and Barnes & Nobel. When she’s not writing, Linda is a GiGi, playing with her new granddaughter Z, and working full-time. While working on a future projects Linda can be found:











Author Rhonda Patton is on a mission to outlaw bullies!


While on Facebook marketing "Ty the Bull" I  was looking for others who write about bullies and came across Author Rhonda Patton. Besides writing several children's books she has also published books on depression. She is multi-talented and shares positive messages to her readers. She is a very generous person and wants to spread her inspiration all over.

Rhonda is a giver. She does children's book reviews free… under 50 pages and has graphics design page. She makes the best banners at a low cost.


Her book "Grayson the BULLY Frog with Ted and Raymond" caught my attention. I love that the author is getting the word around that bullies are not cool. She is on a mission to see that there are no more bullies left in this world! 


"Grayson is the Biggest frog who loves to Bully other frogs. In this book he gets taught a lesson. Also, this story shows kids how when one gets bullied how one feels."


Bio

Rhonda is a Children's book writer, a mother, and wife. She is a children's book reviewer. Rhonda goes to college full-time as a graphics designer. Ted and Raymond came from a story that she created from another story of her own. Rhonda encountered a little frog one day and ever since she became fascinated with collecting frogs, then writing about them. Ted and Raymond are frog friends, who loves to tell their story and help others. Rhonda hopes you will enjoy her frog friends and other stories she has to tell.
She is inspiring kids to be better.
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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

DW Davis W O W 's this Wednesday with his upcoming release, The Boy from Buzby Beach


Today with great pleasure I get to Wow one of my favorite W O W Wednesday Authors, D W Davis, author of the beautiful River Dream trilogy. His new book The Boy from Buzby Beach is being released on June 21st DW is now signed with Master Koda Select Publishing.

Please join us Saturday June 21 at 3:00 pm EDT on Facebook for fun, games, and prizes!

Synopsis
The book opens with the main character, Jacques O’Larrity, a fifteen year old boy with unruly black hair, fussing about having to rise before dawn on the first morning of summer vacation to open his mother’s coffee shop. His mother, a single mom since Jacques was three, thinks Jacques is old enough to start taking on more responsibility. The Parisian Bean is located on the sound side of Buzby Island in the town of Buzby Beach. In the first chapter we meet several Buzby Island residents, long-term and newcomers, from the bakery delivery truck driver who actually owns the bakery to the daughter of the couple that bought the bar next door to the coffee shop and turned it into an ice cream shop.
Jacques goes through a short-lived crush on Ginger Mumples, the girl from the ice cream shop next door, before he meets and falls for Scarlett, a girl from the western part of the state visiting her sister in Wilmington. Scarlett is mildly disfigured from a car accident, but Jacques doesn’t notice Scarlett’s scars. He’s captivated by her eyes and good humor. Scarlett’s father, who objects to her seeing a local beach bum, comes and takes her home, leaving Jacques broken hearted.
Meanwhile, Jacques childhood summer friend, Cienna, the granddaughter of the owners of the bookstore across the street from the coffee shop, arrives on the island for her extended summer visit. While the two have known each other for years, they’ve never seen each other as anything but friends during her previous summers on the island. When she arrives and finds Jacques in puppy love with Scarlett, Cienna’s hopes for a summer of romance with Jacques appear dashed until Scarlett is removed from the picture.
While his love life is in turmoil, Jacques hears from his estranged father, Sean O’Larrity, absent these twelve years. Sean – grown up, sober, and somewhat successful as a motivational speaker – wants to reconnect with his son. Jacques has to decide whether to see his father and if he does, whether to let Sean back in his life.
Sean presses the issue by showing up at the coffee shop, leading to a tense confrontation between Sean on one side, and Jacques, Scout–a quiet Afghan War vet who watches over Jacques and Marie, and Joe Bagley–the bakery truck driver on the other. Sean backs down and leaves after telling Jacques to think about coming to see him.
With Scarlett gone and his dad in town, Jacques finds Cienna a comforting presence and the two of them grow closer as friends. On the day Jacques decides to go face Sean, they share their first kiss.
As the book concludes, an uneasy truce is achieved between Jacques’s mother and father. Jacques agrees to keep in touch with Sean and to give him the chance to earn back the title, Dad. Jacques and Cienna find the summer love both had hoped to find in each other and when Cienna’s visit ends, Jacques learns that she won’t be gone long. Her father is retiring from the military and moving to the island to take over the bookstore. Cienna will be back in time for school. The book ends with Jacques standing at the foot of the stairs to Cienna’s grandparents’ apartment, promising to wait for her.



The Boy From Buzby Beach Excerpt (from Chapter One)
A stiff sea breeze ruffled Jacques’ shaggy black hair as he blinked the sleep out of his eyes and tried to focus on getting the key into the lock on the front door of his mother’s coffee shop.
“Stupid lock,” he muttered to himself. “Stupid street light. Why don’t it light up the door better?”
So far, the first day of summer vacation wasn’t much of one. His alarm went off at four in the morning so he could drag his butt out of bed and open the coffee shop for his mother. Since he’d turned fifteen two weeks before school let out, his mother decided Jacques could be responsible for opening the shop.
The Parisian Bean, referred to as The Bean by its regulars, opened for business at six in the morning, six days a week. Jacques’ mom, Marie Babineaux O’Larrity, was usually in the cafe by five. The bakery that provided most of her pastries and bread dropped off every morning at five-thirty. Some specialty confections Marie baked herself. Jacques even baked a popular selection of spritz cookies. Marie let him keep the profit from those.
“Finally,” Jacques said when the key slipped into the lock. He had to twist the key a little, jiggle the knob a couple of times, and twist the key the rest of the way before the door opened.
“I wish Mom would get this stupid lock fixed.” Jacques pushed the door open, pushed his glasses up his nose, breathed deep of the scent of roast coffee permeating the cafe, and stepped inside.
His hand absently searched for the light switch next to the door. The bright light coming from the chandelier that his mother had put over the sitting area caused him to squint against the glare.
“Ouch, that’s bright.  Stupid light.”
Once his eyes adjusted to the light, Jacques turned, locked the door, and made sure the shade was pulled down. Then he rolled his eyes, pulled back the shade, and made sure the “CLOSED” sign was turned out toward the street.
“Stupid sign.” 
Growing up the son of a coffee shop proprietor, Jacques was never himself until he’d had his first cup of coffee. He didn’t know for sure, but Jacques suspected his mother had filled his baby bottles with cafĂ© latte.
Assured the “CLOSED” sign was indeed visible to any early risers, Jacques made a bee line for the espresso machine. With an expert touch born of years of experience, he’d been making espresso since he could reach the counter, Jacques made himself a Buzby Bucket sized caramel macchiato. The Parisian Bean was the only place in town where a person could get a 32 ounce cup of coffee. It wasn’t cheap, but it was one of their best sellers during the summer tourist season.

“Mmm,” Jacques moaned as the first warm, smooth, taste of the macchiato coated his throat and his body reacted to the promise of caffeine. As his mind reacted to the stimulant, the world didn’t seem so stupid anymore.


My Review

 D. W. Davis has a comforting way of reeling in his readers. The Boy from Bugzy Beach is no exception. I read the River Dream series and fell in love with the story lines and the flawless writing style that came across effortless on the pages. The author has a gentle style that takes his reader into the lives of his characters.
This story captured my attention from the first beautifully poetic paragraph. Just Mr Davis' use of wordage is so pleasing. I couldn't help but take my time holding onto the many memorable phrases and endearing moments.

The three dimensional characters are familiar and life-like. There is a vulnerability to his characters that makes me drawn to them even more.Young love is so endearing. This coming of age story is so sweet with all the awkward moments and the firsts. It's really nice seeing new love through a guys point of view. This is more than just that. This is an emotional read that is sure to touch people.


“Jacques clamped his mouth shut, pointed to the placard advertising the teen romance, River Dream, and held up two fingers. The clerk, a girl he recognized from South Hanover High, but didn’t really know, smirked at him and told him he owed twelve bucks. Jacques handed her a twenty and she counted out his change before handing him the two tickets. 
“Enjoy the movie,” the clerk said automatically, before instantly forgetting him and turning her attention to the next person in line.”


Bio

DW Davis is an independent author of young adult romance novels told from the guy's perspective. DW’s writing reflects his memories of growing up along the North Carolina coast near Wrightsville and Carolina Beaches. DW left that area when he graduated high school and traveled half-way around the world and back collecting memories and experiences which help shape his characters. Now back in eastern North Carolina, DW enjoys bringing to life characters whose adventures take place in his favorite part of the world.


Other Books by DW Davis





Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Wowing the Week (Wednesday too) with the lovely Jane Carroll, author of Bertha-Size Your Life! On sale for 99¢

I have the pleasure of having my dear sweet southern friend, Jane Carroll on my blog today. We always have so much fun together. She and Bertha always put me in a fine mood with their positive wisdom! Why don't you get to know her a little bit while I sit back and hang out with the pink flamingos that have continued to live with me after her last Bertha blast! ;-)

Oh by the way, it's a great time to pick up a copy. BERTHA-SIZE YOUR LIFE IS ON SALE FOR 99¢



Hello, I’m Jane Carroll author of Bertha-Size Your Life! I’ve spent most of my life earning a living as a registered nurse but writing, speaking and coaching are my true passions. 
I’ve always loved to read and have especially enjoyed reading personal growth books. About ten years ago I decided to write one of my own for women who were going through the empty nest period of life. It was going to be a book of self-discovery exercises entitled, When Little Birds Fly: Feathering Your Empty Nest with Brightly Colored Feathers. Yeah, the book was about as exciting as the title. I won’t go into all the details (they’re in the book) but a quirky character named Bertha took over the book and my life.
Bertha-Size was first released back in 2006 as a paperback…yes, before Kindle was even around. And we had quite the adventure. In fact, I sold my house in order to finance what I thought would be a blossoming career as a writer, complete with an appearance on Oprah. Well it didn’t happen quite like that and I was broke and back to work in a couple of years. I thought my ‘life’ and writing career were over but Bertha had other ideas. She let me wallow in it for a few years before she kicked me in the backside with her highest heels and told me to get back to writing…she wanted to see the world. So I found a new publisher and she started traveling…Bertha-Sizing women all over the globe.
After another transition, Master Koda Select Publishing has just re-released Bertha in the Kindle format. I’m thinking the third time is definitely the charm and I’m very happy to be part of the MKSP family.

Bertha-Size Your Life! Synopsis:

Her kids are grown, her relationship is winding down. For better or worse, she is about to settle into her empty nest, or so she thinks. A chance meeting with a familiar stranger changes all of that and Bertha, a zany redhead, moves in bringing along her own personalized soapbox for impromptu lessons.
With each chapter, the narrator becomes more familiar with Bertha’s quirky wardrobe of colorful capris, tube tops, and high-heeled sandals. She even anticipates the next words of wisdom as Bertha conquers life’s everyday issues in delightfully unique ways. 
Although each chapter is designed to entertain, Bertha finds a way of showing us how to embrace life rather than just survive it.

My Review
Reading Bertha-Size Your Life was almost as important as when I was a kid and read The Little Train That Could. The same message is there: Change your way of thinking and change will come. It is a much needed reminder to think positive and to wipe those unkind messages out of our minds. I am often guilty of spending too much time with the negative voices in my head. It is a learned trait and is something I have molded and perfected throughout the years.

This book deals with a woman going through an empty nest syndrome but it could apply to all of us. We all need to step outside ourselves to find a way to make our lives better.

I am so glad this book was written because it makes you STOP and THINK about how much those voices are weighing us down. This was a very sweet book and an enjoyable read.


Bio:
Alabamian Jane Carroll, Author of Bertha-Size Your Life, is a Life Coach, Speaker, Blogger, Registered Nurse, Reiki Master, Mother, Grandmother, and long-time student of life. She has seen the focus of her over 30 year nursing career change from illness to wellness to wholeness, a philosophy that permeates everything she does. 
Jane gives a face, a wardrobe, and a flare to inspirational humor. Her writing weaves a rich tapestry of humor, inspiration, insight, southern roots, and friendship for readers in the empty nest period of life.
While she enjoys all aspects of her life, writing is her passion and she is currently working on Bertha’s latest adventures.


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Berthaisms:
Joys are like stray cats…the more you feed them…the more you get! ~Bertha
When life hands you an ostrich…make a boa! ~Bertha
Life is full of choices…choose the good stuff! ~Bertha
A journey of a thousand miles…starts with a great pedicure! ~Bertha
There’s more to life than struggling! ~Bertha
Everything you need is where you are! ~Bertha
The least you can do is nothing…everything else is gravy! ~Bertha
Get over who you were and be who you are! ~Bertha
You gotta love the life you’re living until you’re living the life you love! ~Bertha


Sunday, June 1, 2014

Please help Author Arlene R O'Neil who needs surgery to rebuild her leg


Today I come to you all with a plea of help. Arlene R O’Neil is one of the most giving people I know. She is not a taker and never will be. It was so hard to convince her to let me take on this challenge to get her the assistance she needs right now. She has to undergo an intense hip surgery. This will make this her fifth surgery in total. 


In Arlene’s powerful memoir, “Broken Spokes” she writes about the accident she had on her bike when she was just a little girl. In this story you suffer right along with Arlene as she shares the hardships she had to endure. Our Arlene is a fighter and is not about to give up. She has so much to live for. She has goats and dogs that are her babies along with her grown son,Tanner who has been in the army for 13 years, five tours of duties, won a bronze star and continues to fight for our country. 

Besides her family, Arlene has many friends that love and adore her. That is because of the person she is.



But she can’t do this without our help. There are times in life when we need to reach out to others for support. After much convincing Arlene has agreed to let me start a Go Fund Me page for her. She knows without the help she will not be able to have the surgery that might very well save her and her leg. This surgery is long overdo. 


All support and prayers are welcomed. It takes a village and I am here to come together to help this woman who so desperately needs us now.


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