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What Would the Founding Fathers Think: A Young American's guide to understanding the mess our country is in and how we get out
Isabelle Webb: Legend of the Jewel
Captive Heart
Cobble Cavern
Caller ID
Promises
Protected,
Summer of Secrets
On Little Wings
We Lived in Heaven: Spiritual Accounts of Souls Coming to Earth
Christ's gifts to women
A Woman's power: threads that bind us to god
Scary School
Hope's journey
Blue
Targets in Ties
Crater Lake: Battle for Wizard Island
Venom
With a Name like Love
Sean Griswold's head


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Monday, October 16, 2017

Monster Mash Halloween Countdown Blitz and Giveaway: Day 1-Riptide: Betrayal of Blood By Claudette Melanson






Claudette Melanson writes & edits in Kitchener, Ontario, with her husband Ron and four bun babies: Tegan, Pepper, Butters & Beckett. She graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a BA in English and an MA in Literature. She's wished to be a Vampire since age five. She hopes to one day work full time as an author, since there are many, many books living inside her head.

In her spare time she enjoys watching Japanese Anime and reading vampire stories....along with other great fiction. She is also very interested in good health and is an advocate of Ketogenic eating, using whole and natural foods. Her favorite foods are bulletproof coffee, cashew flour crust pizza and treats made with xylitol and almond, coconut or cashew flours.

Future dreams include writing many more books and spending more time with her son Jacob. Her biggest dream is to make Universal Halloween Horror Nights a yearly event with hubby and son. A Rabbit Rescue fanatic, she also hopes to help rescues all over the world save many innocent lives.


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The 3rd book in the 1st of several trilogies featuring Maura & her family! 

Maura has never felt so alone in her life…nor has her existence ever been so overshadowed by peril… 

Not only do both her parents—her distant but loving mother and recently- returned father—remain absent from her life, but due to the hideous error in judgement executed in collusion with her best friend, Valdamir, and adoptive sister, Susie, Maura has been cut off from the pair’s friendship and support, forbidden by both her father and the fallout from the dire outcome to see either of them. The heartbreak she suffers, brought on by the weight of these estrangements, is only intensified by the continued mysterious absence of her supernaturally-destined mate, Ron…whose disappearance delivers grave consequences Maura would have never dreamed possible…

Despised by her vampire cousin, Aldiva, for reasons Maura cannot yet comprehend, the young changeling will be forced to guard her back with every step, as she comes to realize this member of her vampire family would love nothing more than to bring about her demise. Aldiva’s wrath calls forth other members from both Vancouver covens, forcing them to rush to Maura’s aid—even though her father, their king, has expressly forbidden the other vampires to initiate contact with his daughter. Will her extended family on Vancouver Island obey, abandoning Maura to her doom, or will they instead rebel against Maxwell’s wishes in order to save her life? 

In addition to the menace personified in her unsolicited enemy, the unlikely vampire princess will find herself drowning as she is pulled down into the depths of a far more devastating crisis…one which may condemn her to a fate she considers much more undesirable than death. But in order to tear herself free from the deadly pull which is drawing her under, Maura must enlist the help of her preternatural family, exposing her newfound friends to a danger none of them have ever had the misfortune to face before. Can she be saved or will the riptide drag Maura under…along with those she loves the most… 

In this third and final book of The Maura DeLuca Trilogy,the first of several trilogies to come, the reader will delve even deeper into the secrets guarded by Maura’s father, the mystery of Ron’s role in her life and the identities of the mysterious Vancouver Island Coven members who have, up until now, remained hidden in the shadows. This trilogy rounds out the segment of Maura’s life during which she discovers she is a member of The Born—a human destined to complete her transformation into a vampire! This series of young adult fantasy novels has been enjoyed by readers of nearly every age and are found by them to be dramatically different from any other vampire books they have read in the past. Discover a magical world filled with fae, angels, elves, pixies and other enchanting creatures in addition to two families made up of some of the most likeable vampires—for the most part—to ever exist.







Q&A With The Author:

1.         When did you start writing, and was there a specific event or person who influenced you to become an author?
I started writing at the age of five. My mom read to me since I was a baby, so I always loved stories. I wrote a continuing fairy tale for my ballet class and my teacher let me read it at the beginning each week. I was always narrating things in my head. My first big influence was Stephen King. Since my mom thought I was too young to read his books,  my Aunt Betty started slipping them to me when I was about twelve.
2.         Are you currently working on a project, and if so, can you tell us anything about it?
Yes, I have two books which are being published next month. The first is my 2nd Children’s Book, Teggie Wants a Hippo for Christmas. The book is based on a running joke in our house with our eldest bunny, Tegan, aka Teggie. The eBook is on sale for $1.99 until its release date on November 1st. These are the links to pre-order:
I will also have a Christmas Horror Anthology coming out around the end of November titled, The 12 Terrors of Christmas. It will include a bonus story by Author Lynn Lamb, a story I wrote for Halloweenpalooza (previously only found on the blog), and eleven original stories written by me. One of those will be a sneak peek at Maura’s last Christmas, skipped over in Riptide that will include some new information for fans of the Maura DeLuca Trilogy.
3.         What is your favorite writing snack?
Does tequila count? LOL, I do like to have a bit if I’m having a hard time or getting blocked. It frees up the thought process. As far as food goes, I do love grass-fed beef jerky. Plus, it has the added benefit of being easy to eat while typing.
4.         If you could have dinner with any of your characters, which ones would you choose? Why? What food would you serve?
Definitely would have to be Millicent. I love her snark and the way I know she could scare the bejeezus out of me with her dark humor. I would have to serve me since Millicent is a vampire and could only hope to talk her into making me one of her kind. The dinner conversation would be fantastic, given her nearly six centuries of experiences. Plus, she loves a good book ;)
5.         Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Being an indie author is not easy. Marketing is a necessary evil but steals away too much of my writing time.
6.         How do you relax, or what do you enjoy doing when you are not writing?
Going to any amusement park and riding all the coasters. I also love to read every night before bed. It helps me escape from the stress of never being able to get everything done. And of course, I love hanging out and playing with my bunnies. They bring me immeasurable joy!
7.         What is your largest unfulfilled dream, and what are you doing to reach it?
I want to hit the NY Times bestseller list. The only thing I can do is keep writing more books. I have pages of ideas, so I plan to keep at it for as long as I’m breathing.
8.         What do you fear most?
Losing those I love. My bunny who moved from Vancouver with me, Cuddles, passed away four years ago, and losing her crushed me. If one of them isn’t feeling good, I go into full panic mode.
9.         What advice would you give someone who wants to write a book some day?
Keep writing. That is the best thing you can do. Watch your time on social media and marketing; don’t let it eat up all your writing time. Just keep pushing. The only way you will ensure your failure is to give up.







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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Dark Days of Promise By Shaunna Gonzales-Book Blitz and Giveaway





Shaunna Gonzales currently resides with her family in the greater Seattle area. Married over thirty years, her role as wife and mother of four continue to be her priorities.
A storyteller in her youth, she endevored to extend her love of stories to the written word and in 2005 began to write her first novel. Though that manuscript will remain buried, she has continued to learn.
Once told by her doctors that she would never leave her wheelchair -- due to her Multiple sclerosis. It has been tucked in a closet while she continues on. (In other words muddles on.)

Shaunna has worked as a professional reviewer for InD'Tales eMagazine for three years. In 2012 she also served as the vice president of Moonwriters, the on-line chapter of American Night Writers Association (ANWA She prefers to write romantic fiction and has ventured into the romantic suspense, and time-travel genres. Her debut novel, Dark Day s of Promise was released by Desert Breeze Publishing in 2012 re-released 2015.
Although she prefers to spend her days writing, she is willing to share what she has learned from the school of life and is often found "giving back." 


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Thirty-four year old Vicki Laramie must learn to trust before she can love, but she might die trying.


While Vicki’s children grapple with the death of their father -- a man whom she’s successfully fabricated as loving, a lie her rebellious teenager recognizes -- she must find a way to support her family and find a role model for her boys. She never intends to fall for Staff Sergeant Chase, her best friend’s son, who suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She’d much rather choose a safer man to love, but her children have a voice in the decision she makes. With two deaths to deal with, a suitor after her money, a rebellious son, and Sergeant Chase’s repeated attacks, she can only hope to survive the danger she faces. If she doesn’t, her children will be left without either parent.






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Snippet:

Was he telling me the truth about Carter calling? I wasn't sure. The reality of whether or not I'd survive the night and claim I'd made the right choice to accept a ride from such a dangerous man was, as of yet, to be determined. A fierce battle raged within me. Although grateful for the ride, and the warmth of his Jeep, a cold shudder of terror slithered up my spine every time he glanced my direction. The locked door added to my apprehension. Cold overwhelmed me again.

He exercised a considerable amount of care in adjusting the army blanket higher across my chest with one hand. His warm hand brushed against my skin. I flinched, wanting to scream, but managed to keep it in check, in all honesty because I couldn't ... The phantom pressure of his hands lingered at my throat.

It seemed incomprehensible. I'd once thought him in need of my comfort, only to have him turn on me, becoming a killer. Never, if I lived forever, would I forget the coldness in his eyes at the moment I knew I'd die. The memory of his eyes, the cold purposeful reflection of them, caused me to shudder. I couldn't bring myself to look at him. Would his seeming gentleness be absent, replaced instead by the killer I knew existed behind the veil of concern for my well-being? Though good-looking, he'd proved beyond dangerous -- he'd proven deadly. He'd held my life in his hands. The option of my continued breathing his choice and his alone. I wasn't at all sure by what fate I continued to breathe and feared it had been a calculated move on his part to heighten my terror. He'd measured me well if such were his intentions.


It required a firm determination on my part to remain calm. In the subconscious recesses of my mind, I considered myself his prisoner. Distrust replaced my calm acceptance of his explanation of finding me with emphatic surety. I tried in vain to calm my instincts to run should the opportunity present itself.



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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Safe House by Traci Hunter Abramson Blog Tour & Giveaway

{Product Details}
Title: Safe House
Author: Traci Hunter Abramson 
Paperback:293 pages
Genre: Mystery/Suspense
Published: October 8, 2017 by Covenant Communications

ISBN13: 9781524402754)

FTC, FYI: I received a review copy in exchange for an honest review.



{About the Book}
The guardians, the shadowy heroes of the top-secret program designed to protect members of the most elite government organizations, are being hunted down one by one. There is a single explanation: a traitor must be embedded somewhere in their midst. But if they themselves are the target, who will protect them?

CIA operative Renee Niezen has heard tales of the guardians, though she’s never really believed in their existence until she is approached by Charlotte, an old friend who desperately needs her help to stop the systematic destruction of the guardian program. Renee accepts the plea for assistance, but not everyone is thrilled to have her on the team. Kade, one of the last guardians standing, is unimpressed with Renee’s qualifications and turns instead to the legendary Saint Squad for help. But when Renee is caught in the crosshairs, Kade must set aside his antagonism for the woman in order to protect her. Their grudging alliance soon develops into much more, but before the pair can examine their feelings, their investigation takes a dramatic twist. With lives on the line, Renee and Kade must use their spy training at every turn as they draw dangerously close to the shocking truth.

{My Review}
Safe House is still another fabulous book by author Traci Hunter Abramson. I was excited to read another book that includes the Saint Squad of Navy Seals. If you haven't read the other books in that series you've been missing out.



This book, Safe House, is about the Guardians, a secret group of agents that protect the most elite in the USA Government. Members of the Guardians are being killed off and it's up to the Kade, A Guardian, CIA operative Renee, and members of the Saint Squad to find out who is behind the murders. This book is such a sweet mixture of mystery, action, and romance. Traci knows how to do this so well in all of her books. 


One thing I noticed in this book is that the suspense factor is high as the characters are waiting for things to happen as they are figuring out who is behind all of the mayhem. Also, this novel focuses highly on the emotional growth of both Kade and Renee as they both finally learn how to open up, let go and allow themselves to fall in love. I truly enjoyed this aspect of Safe House. The romance was a key factor of enjoyment for me while I read this book.



Safe House turned out to be a fast read for me, lacking a little on action but huge on character growth as two lonely, vulnerable people work together, risking their own lives to finally reach out and grab a slice of happiness for themselves. I hope there is more to come in this series.


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{Meet Author: Traci Hunter Abramson} 



Traci Hunter Abramson was born in Arizona, where she lived until moving to Venezuela for a study-abroad program. After graduating from Brigham Young University, she worked for the Central Intelligence Agency for several years, eventually resigning in order to raise her family. She credits the CIA with giving her a wealth of ideas for suspense novels as well as the skills needed to survive her children's teenage years. She has gone on to write a number of bestselling suspense novels that have consistently been nominated as Whitney Award finalists. She considers shoes an optional accessory which became evident when she won her first three Whitney Awards in 2013 (Code Word), 2014 (Deep Cover), and 2016 (Failsafe.) She currently lives in Virginia with her family where she enjoys sports, travel, writing, and coaching high school swimming.





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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Brutal: An Epic Grimdark Fantasy by James Alderdice...On Sale for 99 cents through Saturday!

A man of violence. A duchess with dangerous desires. Two warring wizards. Things in Aldreth are going to get Brutal. A man known only as the Sellsword has come to the border city of Aldreth, where rival wizards struggle for control of a weak-willed duke. Amidst murderous conspiracies and a scandal plagued dynasty, the Sellsword plays all sides to his advantage, bringing about a full-scale gang war between the two ambitious and unscrupulous men, while wooing the reckless and willful duchess. Though corrupt paladins, demonic adepts, and a surprisingly formidable assassin stand between the Sellsword and the unwholesome truth, spells and blades might not be what take the Sellsword down. It could be plain old bad luck... BRUTAL is an powerful sword and sorcery tale with colorful characters and wit straight out of a 80's flick. If you like humor in your pulp, gritty heroes, despicable villains and grimdark fantasy then you'll love this riveting debut by James Alderdice. Grab a copy now!

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and sorcery adventure today! Now on sale for ONLY 99 Cents...today through Saturday, October 14th, 2017 at midnight!!



{My Review}
Brutal is a wild tale of a strong man who hires out as a Sellsword. He comes to the town of Aldreth where two wizards are battling for power and control of the people and the riches found there. This book is not for the weak stomach as the Sellsword is quick with his sword and not to be taken lightly by his enemies, which most find out way too late. The body count is high as so many foolishly go up against the Sellsword. 

I truly liked this character as I found him to be somewhat of an "Anti-Hero" at times. He dishes out justice where he sees fit but on the other hand protects those whom he feels needs his attention and compassion. There are many bright characters that almost jump off of the pages of this book and this story plays out as an action movie in your mind while reading. The action is almost non-stop and it rushes along at a very fast pace. It's been a long time since I've read a book that doesn't give you much breathing room.

I was surprised by some of the twists the story took in the last 1/4 of the book. I won't be giving any details away but let's just say you probably won't see it coming either. This dark fantasy book is about war so it's very violent but is well written, full of magic, betrayal, and a lot of things to keep you intrigued until the very last page.


{About the Author}
James Alderdice writes dark fantasy and weird westerns because the voices in his head won’t quiet until someone else can hear them. He is a great fan of sword & sorcery, ghosts and lost ruins, so of course he lives in Utah with his wife and children.                 

Game Changer by Charissa Stastny-Book Blast and $100 Blast Giveaway

 
  Game Changer by Charissa Stastny 
 Meridee Mansford wants nothing to do with the popular crowd. She’s comfortable being invisible. But that doesn’t stop her from dreaming about the hunky football player who visits the campus ice cream shop where she works. Still, she’s smart enough to know he’d never notice a girl like her, and she’d never want him even if he did. Too much unwelcome attention. Parker Harrington basks in the glory that’s been his since the game-changing passes he caught that pushed his team into the national spotlight. Sticky Fingers is his media moniker now, and the cheerleaders who used to ignore him when he sat the bench have become his most devoted fans. But when he accidentally crashes into a quiet coed and covers her in orange chicken, it throws off his offensive game. As fate, ice cream, and orange chicken throw the opposites together, will Parker continue keeping company with women he knows are only using him for his fame, or will he change up the game and risk his heart on a genuine girl who despises the attention he craves?  


  Praise for the Book 

“A fun and flirty new adult romance. It’s a sweet indulgence that keeps you turning pages. The start to what is sure to be a great new series. – Jennifer Peel, author of Pianos and Promises series

  “Opposites attract when the overlooked sweet girl lands herself the popular football star in this quasi-Cinderella story. It’s the perfect read to keep you up way past your bedtime...”Taylor Dean, author of Chasing Fireflies  


  Excerpt: 
Parker waggled his brows at me. “I’m waiting.” When I glared, he leaned over to whisper. “Call your man, or I’ll know you’re lying and be by to pick you up tomorrow night for our date. Tara told me where you live.” His blue eyes crinkled at the corners. Tara had what? I folded my arms. No way would I let him ruin my first date in over three years. “Fine. I’ll call him.” He raised an infuriating brow. “Thanks, Mare. I can’t wait to meet your soul-mate.” “It’s Meridee.” I stomped into the break room and sent Danny out to handle the teenage rush with Bryce. Soul-mate. What a moron. Pulling out my phone, I hit speed dial. On the third ring, my big brother answered. “What’s up, Mare?” “Thanks for answering.” I released the breath I’d been holding. “I need a huge favor.” “Name it, sis. You know I’m here for you.” I frowned at the pity I detected in his voice. But pride had no place at the moment, not with Parker Harrington waiting in the shop. “There’s this guy bothering me at work. Stalking me.” If he suspected danger, Mark would rush right over to save me. “Can you come to the shop and pretend to be my fiancĂ© so he’ll leave me alone?” “Ew. You’re my sister.” “It’d only be for pretend. Please? I need your help, Mark.” “You don’t expect me to hold hands or kiss you, do you?” “Oh, shut up. Just get over here and let me introduce you to him. He doesn’t believe I have a boyfriend.” “You don’t.” I gnashed my teeth. “I know. That’s why I need your help.”    


Meet Author Charissa Stastny
 Charissa Stastny is an avid reader, happy writer, wasp-hater, iris-lover, and food connoisseur (especially sushi and chocolate, but not together). She was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, but has never pulled a handle of a slot machine and can’t shuffle cards to save her life. She is married to her high school sweetheart and has four children that make her smile and laugh all the time. She called Idaho her home for years, but has recently moved to Utah, where she was thrilled to discover dozens of flavors of hot chocolate to keep her happy in the winter. The cherry one might be her favorite (this week). She is the author of five books and ‘imagine-eer’ of many more.
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Grace From The Fall By Mike Mabe-Blog Tour and Giveaway




Mike Mabe is a young man ready to graduate from high school, but ends up in prison instead. Angry and confused, he wants a better life. 

Given a sentence of over a year, he must learn how to cope with prison while discovering that better life. With the aid of his family and some unlikely relationships, he begins to find that better life. 

Based on a true story, Mike fights the daily inward and outward battles to avoid prison becoming a permanent part of his future.












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Michael Mabe is no stranger to adversity. As a young man recently graduated from high school, he was arrested for crimes he committed in his youth. While his friends were making plans to attend college, he was sent to prison for a year and a half.

Thirteen years later, Michael has completely changed the direction of his life. He is married, has three kids, graduated from college with a 3.7 GPA, and has experienced success as a professional. Change did not come without significant challenges.


The author of the biographical fiction, entitled ‘Grace From The Fall,’ Michael encourages people to be something better than the day before.



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“You can call me Sir or Mr. Warden,” he said, before embarking in reciting what appeared to be a prepared and often delivered speech. "Before you do anything further, I want you to look around and make a simple observation.”
 I looked around blankly, not really attempting to make any clear observations. It was cold outside and a pillar of smoke rose up from a large white building near the parking lot. Trees were tipped with frost and patches of the first dusting of snow of the winter season scattered amongst the small gaps in between branches.
 "You don't see any fences," he said. "You know why there aren't any fences?"
 "No," I replied.
 "It isn't because we trust you,” he replied. “It's because there isn't anything to run to." He paused for a moment before pointing in different directions. "You run that way, the bears will get you. You run that way, the hillbillies will eat you. You run that way, you'll run into the max security prison on the mountain and they'll shoot you. You run that way, and you are running straight to the Sheriff's office." 
 I peered around with his pointing finger, eyeing each direction nonchalantly. I had no intentions of running, but his presentation appeared to be rehearsed for the sake of discouraging any such inclinations.
 “So, do not attempt to run,” he finished. “If you do, you will either get caught or come running back begging for food and water. In either situation, you will be charged with attempted escape and given another two years on top of your sentence. Are we clear?”

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