The Countdown Begins – Unravel the ‘Sinister Ties’

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Come join Max Devon in this page-turner as he sets off in a race against time to save his family.

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Title: Sinister Ties (Curse of the Demon Series, Book I)

Release Date: July 15, 2016

Author: Shirley S. Simon

Categories: Fiction, Horror, Occult, Fantasy, Dark

Words: 37,360

Language: English

ISBN: 9781311426345

Published by Smashwords

Synopsis

A cold stormy night conjures up a terrifying nightmare for Bodhi. Is it just a dream or a premonition of something terrible coming his way?

Max Devon is living a happy peaceful life with his wife and daughter. One day his past comes knocking on his door and his whole world is threatened by this harbinger of death. Will he be able to protect his family in time? Will he be able to escape his cursed past?

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Book Review—The Cilantro In Apple Pie by Kimberley N. Knights

The Cilantro In Apple Pie by Kimberley Nadine Knights

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this book as part of the author program by BooksGoSocial.com in exchange for an honest review.

I loved the book. I think it is one of the most insanely sensible books, I’ve read this year. It was so funny and yet so touching, And I would definitely have to say that my first YA without any romance… zilch… nada… absolutely none at all—making it all the more an interesting read.

With an overdose of courtship, sex, romance and PDA in most of the books that I’ve come across recently, I found ‘The Cilantro in Apple Pie’ a very refreshing and endearing story—a welcome change from the milieu out there.

For a debut novel, Knight has truly delivered a much better work than some of the more popular authors out there. A fine story in itself but the writing style is impressive. It flows smoothly, encouraging you to read it in one go. The characters are well–developed. I liked the way the protagonists Rubie and Gil have been drawn. Their friendship is truly precious and completely relatable. You will enjoy their skirmishes and taunts and also savor the relationship they share.

A book definitely worth the time spent on it.

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Latest Art and Book Review: The Lie Spinners

Hey Everyone!

Hope you all are keeping in good health.

After quite a few months of sabbatical, I took to photomanip once again. It’s a great way to de-stress and freshen up over the weekend.

My latest digital artwork is my interpretation of the final battle in the book ‘Deception Dance‘ by Rita Stradling. I really loved the book and when I read through the second book (an ARC) this vision kept going in my head, and so you have The Final Battle. I share this here with you. Hope you all like it as much as I enjoyed making it. 🙂

The Final Battle
The Final Battle

 

And here’s my review of Lie Spinners  the latest work by Rita Stradling :

 

The Lie Spinners (The Deception Dance, # 2)The Lie Spinners by Rita Stradling

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved the first book-‘Demon Dance’ and was looking forward to the second book. I am glad to say that it is so much more than what I was expecting.

Rita Stradling creates an intense plot that is edgy, thrilling and has many OMG moments. There is a whole new world of demons and demon hunters-a world of deceit, treachery, and cold-blooded politics; where everyone has a hidden agenda and will do anything to achieve it.

The story is exciting, more gripping and fast-paced as compared to the first book, and I was disappointed when it ended. Characters mature so does the author. Many new characters are introduced in this book, and there are surprises at every turn of the page.

A bit of editing may still be required, along with a thorough once over. Couple of spelling and grammar mistakes were visible, but these are minor hiccups, easily reparable.

To sum-up-the book is a good read, and I would recommend it to everyone. Rita has done a good job and is definitely an author to watch out for.

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Blog Tour: P.S.Bartlett ‘Fireflies’

Please welcome my Guest Blogger today–P.S.Bartlett, author of the lately released book ‘Fireflies’. Here she shares with us the inspiration behind writing the book and a little about herself.

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WHY I WROTE “FIREFLIES”

by P.S.Bartlett

PS BARTLETT (PHOTO BY SHERRY FORNOFF)

“Fireflies” most likely started when I was born. When I make that statement, what I’m really saying is growing up as the youngest of eleven children in a blended family of five half-sisters, two half-brothers and a sister and two brothers by your shared parents, was as much interesting and fun as it could be tragic and confusing. However, this story isn’t about my family, although my experiences of being raised in such a chaotic yet loving atmosphere certainly fed my creative process and gave me tons of material to work with.

I’ve always been fascinated with history as well as the paranormal. I’ve been especially curious about the area where my mother grew up, as a second generation American of completely Welsh heritage. My father on the other hand is a mystery, except for the fact that he was Scotch-Irish. Other than that, I know very little of his lineage. My Mother, however, was able to pass down how my Welsh ancestors, primarily my great grandparents, came over from Cardiff Wales in the late 1800’s by way of Philadelphia and settled in a little town called Nanticoke, Pennsylvania. Writing “Fireflies” gave me even more opportunity to research the area and study the immigration process.

My next objective was girl power. I wanted a character that embodied those formidable women who paved the road with opportunities for women of today. She had to be a brave, insightful and smart as well as possess grace, humility and the faith to go for what she wanted and be determined not to settle for anything less than her dreams. In essence, a girl who wanted it all; a career, family and love and the ability to prove to everyone that it was possible. Teagan wasn’t really ahead of her time; she was a trailblazer for women of the future.

It was also important to me to prove that not all paranormal events are negative and that the objective of these spirits isn’t always to terrify and threaten. Don’t get me wrong, I certainly enjoy a malevolent and frightening haunting as much as the next reader and they certainly keep the pages turning. I just wanted to share a story about what could happen if we looked at these visitations from another perspective, through the eyes of a complete innocent. My hope is that we may all learn something from Ennis about seeing the unknown as we see a flower or a tree; it’s just there and how we perceive it, regardless of how others do, is our truth.

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A little about the author:

I was born on Valentine’s Day a long, long time ago in South Baltimore, Maryland, less than a mile from FortMcHenry and Federal Hill. I’m a very simple person. I love my life and am always striving to make it better for myself and my family.

I write, I draw and I work full-time as a sales and marketing office manager herding cats – I mean taking care of a lovable group of sales people all day long. I also paint beautiful watercolors with my two and a half-year old granddaughter.

I’ve been married for nearly 19 years and together we have two sons and a daughter.

I finished my début novel “Fireflies” in about six weeks, over the summer of 2012. Needless to say I don’t sleep much. After several rounds of edits, feedback and more edits, I began submitting “Fireflies” to literary agents and publishers in groups of five at a time. Through my diligent efforts, persistence and fabulous luck, I am blessed to now be a part GMTA Publishing’s fold.

I’ve been reading everything I can get my eyes on as to how this whole process works and I confess that I still don’t understand it and the social media aspect is just as perplexing. However, now I have the guidance and support of GMTA to help me succeed at doing what I love and I’ve told myself to above all, just keep writing. I’m so excited because I’m about 30,000 words into my second novel which I have already begun to map out a sequel to. I don’t even know where these thoughts came from but I’ve never looked a gift horse in the mouth that hasn’t kicked the crap out of me, so I place my hands on the keyboard and just let go.

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About ‘Fireflies’

Find it on Amazon
Find it on Amazon

Dr. Owen Whelan and his wife Sarah have seven bright and expressive children. However, one of them is very unique; he’s been followed since birth by lost souls. However peculiar Ennis Whelan has been for the first six years of his life, not until the day he found the bird did the degree of his strangeness become so tangible. When Ennis also reveals the gift of sight, he questions his father about visions of his past, including his voyage to America in 1844. Owen prayed he’d never have to share those tragic memories but he will share them, when he realizes he has no choice. Ennis’ life depends on it.

Find the book on Amazon and Smashwords. It would shortly be available on Barnes & Noble, Apple, Kobo, Diesel, Baker & Taylor Blio, Baker –Taylor Axis360, Page Foundry, Library Direct and in print on Barnes & Noble, and Createspace. Check out the author’s site for more details.

 

Connect with the author here:-

Blog: http://psbartlett.wordpress.com/

Twitter:https://twitter.com/PSBartlett

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/PSBartlett

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Blog Tour: Emma by Debbie Brown

Hey Everyone!

It gives me immense pleasure to welcome you all today to the Blog Tour of the book – ‘Emma‘ by Debbie Brown.

All her life, Debbie has spun stories in her mind, watching characters come to life, seemingly by themselves. After working as a nurse, teacher, martial arts instructor, artist, and CIC officer in the Canadian forces, not to mention her many hobbies, her life reads like a story itself. And, yet her favorite thing is still a cozy fire, a good book, and country living with her husband JP and her youngest of four children. After graduating from the Institute of Children’s Literature’s advanced writing course, she is finally devoting herself to writing these stories down, taking us all on a ride we won’t quickly forget.Today, she joins us to discuss an unconventional topic – Image building for authors. She shares with us her thoughts on few habits that we as authors often ignore and which inadvertently turn out to be bad publicity for us.

So, ladies and gentlemen – without further ado, presenting – Ms. Debbie Brown.

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Building Your Image by Debbie Brown

DEBBIE BROWN
DEBBIE BROWN

If you have published your book, you will want to find readers. More than you might have ever imagined, you will be promoting yourself everywhere…from the many places found on the www, to newspapers, book signings, radio and television interviews (let’s think big) and more. In no time a simple internet search can bring up all kinds of information and pictures of you and your book.

To your friends and family, you are most likely loved and accepted, but to the rest of the world, (at first anyway) you are a name on a book. Creating your author (or public) image is important, and there are a few things to keep in mind.

Pictures of you hanging out with the guys, drinking beer and partying hard is just as bad as a picture of you at a cluttered table with laundry on the floor or inappropriately dressed. Now, if you think I am exaggerating, take a few minutes to look up authors online, on facebook, Goodreads or Amazon. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

I’m not telling you to run out and get a $200 professional head shot. With today’s digital cameras you can ask someone to take a ‘nice’ picture of you that can be used.

OK, good, now we have a ‘nice’ picture.

What about the rest of your image? One of the first things you should do is separate your personal facebook page from your author/book page. Readers might not appreciate what goes on between you and your friends as much as you might think. Watch your language and what you post. Try and keep it book related or at least in good taste. Have fun relating to your followers, and just keep it clean.

If you have a blog or a website, keep in mind that first impressions are important so you’ll want to have some order or structure to you pages. Think about what the viewer will see when he or she first arrives on your page. Make sure your sites are user friendly. Place the ‘follow button’ close to the top of your page where it is visible if you want people to follow you. Limit the number of posts per page (2-3 is enough), I have seen blogs that had one endless page. No one wants to scroll down more than a page or two; it’s easier to click on a link to get to what you want. A search button is also very helpful.

The media kit makes a good template if you are not sure what to post on your author page. Make sure all the elements are included, either in categories (or pages) throughout your site or if you are limited to a single page on a joint site simply place all items on your single information page. If you do not have or know what a media kit is, check here:  http://amethysteyesauthor.blogspot.ca/2012/03/media-kit.html.

If you are part of an author group then you will want to be sure that everyone maintains a certain level of professionalism. One bad or inappropriate page can be enough to turn readers off the site all together. If you are uncertain of HOW to create your media pages/sites ASK. There are enough people out there who are willing to help. I’ll gladly help any way I can.

Take the image you project seriously…because your readers most certainly will.

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You can connect with Debbie at these links:

Coming Soon!
Coming Soon!

As an ER nurse, Emma knows life can change in the blink of an eye. When fate comes knocking, she finds herself far away from the city and back on the mountain ranch where she grew up – with the intention to close up and sell the house so she can move on. 

But fate isn’t done with her yet, and that’s when she finds him, the one Two-Feathers calls ‘Star Brother’. Wounded and unconscious, Emma assumes he’s a military test pilot, until he opens his amethyst eyes and stares into the very essence of her being.

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If you like the book go spread the word. Share a review, gift it to friends and family. Take some time to drop a line to Debbie. She’ll love to know what you think of her work.

Thank you for joining us today. Until next time… happy reading! 🙂