Sunday, August 17, 2014

Release Day!

Happy Release Day to Stacy Allen! 


Expedition Indigo by Stacy Allen
Riley Cooper Series (Book 1)
Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Fiery Seas Publishing, LLC
August 18, 2014

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Blurb: 

Archaeologist Riley Cooper is offered the chance of a lifetime: a chance to find the Crux Fidelis, the coronation cross of Charlemagne. Under Water Sea Adventures members believe they have found remains of the Indigo, a heavily laden cargo ship commissioned by Charlemagne and presumed lost on its maiden voyage off the coast of southern Italy in the early 800s. If Riley can find the cross, it will prove Charlemagne’s coronation as the First Holy Roman Emperor by Pope Leo III on Christmas Day had not been a spontaneous act, but rather a desperate political maneuver by a Pope in need of protection. 

When Riley joins UWSA off the coast of Sorrento, Italy, tensions and tempers fly as a competing team arrives in search of the treasure and an approaching hurricane gains strength and heads straight toward the dive site. And when one of the crew is murdered, Riley must find the strength to fight back and keep the treasure out of the other team’s hands. 

About the Author:

Stacy’s passion for adventure has taken her to five continents to explore over fifty countries. Stacy also plays guitar and sings, when she isn’t traveling around the world in search of new locales and new stories. 

Stacy served on the Board of Trustees of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association, the Pacific Northwest Mystery Writers of America chapter, and currently serves as Vice President of the Southeast Mystery Writers of America (SEMWA) chapter. She lives in Georgia with her husband and a very large house cat named Valentino.

Excerpt: 

In her grandmother’s world, behavior was clear and concise. There was no room for tantrums, self-pity, or melancholy. Period. Grandmother wasn’t interested in hearing reasons or excuses. The reasons were unimportant. Grandmother believed there was never a reasonable excuse for cursing.
She had come home from school one day and was running up the stairs to her room, angrily stomping and talking to herself. Without realizing her grandmother was within earshot, she vented her frustration about losing a competition to another piano student. Grandmother had heard the cursing and called her to task before Riley even made it up the stairs.
“Riley Cooper, you come down here at once. I will not tolerate that language. You have no excuse for expressing yourself with words that are coarse or vulgar. I am not sending you to the best school in Boston to learn how to curse. Ladies do not act that way.”
Riley snapped to attention and turned on the stairs to look down at her grandmother, who was standing in the foyer, glaring up at her. She stood for a moment, trying to think of a better way to express her feelings, since it was clear Grandmother was waiting to hear one. Riley slowly descended the stairs.
The woman had a frightening ability to stare for an unending period of time, with not as much as even one blink. Her eyes were like a double-barrel shotgun. Riley felt like a trapped fawn seconds away from certain death. Her grandmother walked into the parlor and Riley, though frightened, followed.
Riley found her wits and began again, this time in the most controlled tone of voice she could muster. “I apologize, Grandmother. I meant to say… I meant to say that I’m disappointed. I’m disappointed and frustrated. Dawn Beechum won the competition. It’s just because her father is on the board of trustees of the school. It isn’t fair.”
Grandmother’s pencil-thin eyebrows flickered. “Miss Beechum is very talented. You can hear it in her performance. She interacts with her audience. You completely disregard everyone, not even making eye contact or smiling out into the crowd. You play the piano as if you are alone in a faraway tower in some imaginary world. You should have picked a piece that audiences recognize and can relate to, but instead you insisted on choosing an obscure overture, written by an obscure German composer. Your audience does not recognize the piece, so they cannot hum along in their heads. They have no idea where the piece is going or how long you are going to play. They just sit there, waiting for you to finish, enduring the notes without feeling anything.”
Riley seethed inside but knew to keep silent. Since when was Georg Philipp Telemann obscure?
“I will pick out the appropriate piece for you to learn. You will spend this next year perfecting your performance. You will know the piece without even trying. Next year, when the tryouts are held again, you will shine. You will win the audition and you will represent the school. I have to think about what piece would be appropriate. Until then, you will run your scales and work on your other exercises for at least two hours each day.”
“Grandmother, Telemann is—was a magnificent composer.”
“Riley, you will play what I tell you to play.”
And, just like that, it was done. Riley turned to leave the parlor.
“I am not done with you, young lady,” her grandmother snapped.
Riley froze mid-step, then turned back to face her sentence.
“Now, as to your cursing. It is obvious that you are involved with the wrong crowd down at that community center. First you began to use slang and speaking in contractions constantly, which you know I find appalling. Now you are picking up their coarse language. You will resign from that swim team immediately.”
“Resign? Grandmother, please. I can’t resign from the team, especially now. What about Saturday? It’s the regional finals.”
“You will not continue swimming. You will not take even one day off from piano practice until you are chosen next year to represent the school.”
“Grandmother, the team won’t win without me. I have to go Saturday. I’m… I mean, I am the only one who can swim the eight hundred meter fast enough.”
“As of this moment, you are no longer swimming. Saturday or any other day from now on. Your focus is to be on school work and on your piano lessons. You will practice every single day until next year’s try outs.”
“We’re nearly to the final meet of the season, Grandmother. Please let me swim one more time. They need me.”
Her grandmother stood rigid, then took Riley by the shoulders and held her firmly. “I have tolerated this all I am going to. I let you go swimming when you first came here because I thought it could be helpful for you to have a distraction from dealing with Elizabeth’s death, but it has been a year now, and you need to snap out of whatever it is you are going through. Your mother and father are dead. Life is full of disappointment and pain. It is high time you realized that you are living under my roof and by my rules.”
“I know you don’t approve of them, but they are my friends. I can’t let them down,” Riley whispered softly, tears swelling in her blue-gray eyes.
Her grandmother released Riley’s shoulders. “Those young women come from questionable families. I realize it is not their fault that they have not been given adequate supervision. They have never been taught how to behave, but it does not change the fact that their behavior is unacceptable, and now you bring home this type of language? Riley, these friends of yours go to public school. There is no telling what kind of environment they are exposed to there, but their bad influence is rubbing off on you, and I will not tolerate it anymore.” Grandmother waved a bejeweled hand to indicate Riley was dismissed.
There was no point in arguing. Riley retreated, making a conscious effort to walk softly up the stairs. Tears stung the corner of her eyes before she opened her bedroom door, and she sobbed softly as she buried her head in the numerous decorative pillows that covered the top half of her bed.
She wondered what piece of music Grandmother would choose. Something excruciatingly common, no doubt. The level of difficulty wouldn’t intimidate her. It was the idea that Grandmother’s selection would be the same piece that at least half the other contestants would play at their auditions. Riley couldn’t stand to be ordinary.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Cover Reveal



A Navigator's Tale: The Arcane Map of West
 by D. Martin




A Navigator's Tale: The Arcane Map of West by D. Martin
October 6, 2014
Sci-fi Romance
Blog Tour Dates: October 6, 2014 - October 20, 2014 
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Blurb:

A dangerous man and an unbelievable offershe should have run.

Starship navigator Hanna Baskira is entangled in a job contract with a hostile merchant-trader who doesnt trust women pilot-navs. Captain West has hidden agendas. Hes also the commander of an elite military crew. Theyre the intersystem governments secret weaponsand the captain is the most dangerous weapon of all.

He plans on using Hanna in his espionage against an intersystem rebel network, but the captain has a thing about sharing plans. And she has trust issues with the military.

If she wants to survive her new job, Hanna must trust the unpredictable captain of secrets and resist her attraction to him.






About the Author: 

D. Martin likes science and finding out how things work. She has a science degree from Eastern Illinois University, where modern dance and creative writing also caught her interest. Her professional career as science researcher has ranged from biochemistry to industrial chemistry applications. She retired to pursue a lifelong dream to write.   

She believes a person can never have too many books. She reads everything, but is fond of Sci-Fi fantasy and romance. Shes a sporadic gardener, whod rather write than pull weeds. World cultures and their foods fascinate her. She loves Sci-fi movies. She once wanted to be an astronomer and adores the NASA app on her phone.    

She lives in the Midwest with her husband and daughter, who are both very understanding when shes off the planet writing.  





Monday, June 2, 2014

Cover Reveal: Expedition Indigo by Stacy Allen

Cover Reveal: Expedition Indigo by Stacy Allen




Expedition Indigo by Stacy Allen Riley Cooper Series (Book 1)
Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Fiery Seas Publishing, LLC
Coming August 2014


Blurb:

Archaeologist Riley Cooper is offered the chance of a lifetime: a chance to find the Crux Fidelis, the coronation cross of Charlemagne. Under Water Sea Adventures members believe they have found remains of the Indigo, a heavily laden cargo ship commissioned by Charlemagne and presumed lost on its maiden voyage off the coast of southern Italy in the early 800s. If Riley can find the cross, it will prove Charlemagne’s coronation as the First Holy Roman Emperor by Pope Leo III on Christmas Day had not been a spontaneous act, but rather a desperate political maneuver by a Pope in need of protection.

When Riley joins UWSA off the coast of Sorrento, Italy, tensions and tempers fly as a competing team arrives in search of the treasure and an approaching hurricane gains strength and heads straight toward the dive site. And when one of the crew is murdered, Riley must find the strength to fight back and keep the treasure out of the other team’s hands.


About the Author:

Stacy’s passion for adventure has taken her to five continents to explore over fifty countries. Stacy also plays guitar and sings, when she isn’t traveling around the world in search of new locales and new stories.

Stacy served on the Board of Trustees of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association, the Pacific Northwest Mystery Writers of America chapter, and currently serves as Vice President of the Southeast Mystery Writers of America (SEMWA) chapter. She lives in Georgia with her husband and a very large house cat named Valentino.






Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Release Day! ELECTED by Rori Shay!



Today is my stop on the blog tour for ELECTED by Rori Shay! This is one book you don't want to miss and is out TODAY! The kickstarter to this book will be available today http://www.silenceinthelibrarypublishing.com/elected-rori-shay/. You will be able to get a copy of ELECTED in hardcover and/or paperback with a free ebook, a lot of special limited-edition items and other free books. Don't wait, get your copy today!




ELECTED by Rori Shay
Silence in the Library Publishing
YA Sci-fi
April 22, 2014

Blurb: 

It's the year 2185, and in two weeks, Aloy will turn eighteen and take her father's place as president of the country. But to do so, she must masquerade as a boy to avoid violating the Eco-Accords, four treaties designed to bring the world back from the brink of environmental extinction. Aloy hopes to govern like her father, but she is inheriting a different country. The long concealed Technology Faction is stepping out of the shadows, and as turmoil grows within her country, cryptic threats also arrive from beyond the borders.

As she struggles to lead, Aloy maintains her cover by marrying a woman, meanwhile battling feelings for the boy who knows her secret - the boy who is somehow connected to her country's recent upheaval. When assassination attempts add to the turmoil, Aloy doesn't know whom to trust. She understood leadership required sacrifice. She just didn't realize the sacrifice might be her life.



Author Bio: 

Rori Shay is an author living in the Washington, DC area with her husband, daughters, black lab, and cat - just not quite in the same exciting circumstances as ELECTED’s main character, Aloy. She enjoys running, gardening, reading, doing yoga, and volunteering with the Dwelling Place non-profit.  Rori is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

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Don't forget to enter the giveaway! 

~Kindle
~Items seen in ELECTED such as a marriage binding (temporary tattoo)
~Hemlock soap
~Necklace as seen in ELECTED
~Signed paperback copy of ELECTED
~Optional FaceTime or Skype session with the author for 1/2 an hour (can be used one-on-one or at the winner's book club, etc.)



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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Today I'm sharing an upcoming release. This is one book you don't want to miss! The kickstarter to this book will be available today http://www.silenceinthelibrarypublishing.com/elected-rori-shay/. You will be able to get a copy of ELECTED in hardcover and/or paperback with a free ebook, a lot of special limited-edition items and other free books. Don't wait, get your copy today!




ELECTED by Rori Shay
Silence in the Library Publishing
YA Sci-fi
April 22, 2014

Blurb: 

It's the year 2185, and in two weeks, Aloy will turn eighteen and take her father's place as president of the country. But to do so, she must masquerade as a boy to avoid violating the Eco-Accords, four treaties designed to bring the world back from the brink of environmental extinction. Aloy hopes to govern like her father, but she is inheriting a different country. The long concealed Technology Faction is stepping out of the shadows, and as turmoil grows within her country, cryptic threats also arrive from beyond the borders.

As she struggles to lead, Aloy maintains her cover by marrying a woman, meanwhile battling feelings for the boy who knows her secret - the boy who is somehow connected to her country's recent upheaval. When assassination attempts add to the turmoil, Aloy doesn't know whom to trust. She understood leadership required sacrifice. She just didn't realize the sacrifice might be her life.



Author Bio: 

Rori Shay is an author living in the Washington, DC area with her husband, daughters, black lab, and cat - just not quite in the same exciting circumstances as ELECTED’s main character, Aloy. She enjoys running, gardening, reading, doing yoga, and volunteering with the Dwelling Place non-profit.  Rori is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

Social Media: 


Don't forget to enter the giveaway! 

~Kindle
~Items seen in ELECTED such as a marriage binding (temporary tattoo)
~Hemlock soap
~Necklace as seen in ELECTED
~Signed paperback copy of ELECTED
~Optional FaceTime or Skype session with the author for 1/2 an hour (can be used one-on-one or at the winner's book club, etc.)



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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Book Trailer Reveal: Winter in the Soul by Jennifer Novotney

Winter in the Soul by Jennifer Novotney

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Blurb:

In a world divided by power and greed, seventeen-year-old Lilika harbors an intense desire to return to Winter in the Soul, the place her family left to escape the darkness that was manifesting from a coldness of the soul.
When she meets Talon, their connection is evident right from the start, and together they travel through the Black Kingdom to recover Lilika’s stolen locket. And in search of an answer to the mystery behind Winter in the Soul.

Lilika holds the key to stopping the darkness from spreading. The fate of their world lies in her hands. Will she stop the Black Kingdom before its darkness overtakes them all, or will they succumb to the darkness that is spreading across the land?

Release Date: July 15, 2014


Author Bio:

Jennifer Novotney was born in Burbank, California and lived in Los Angeles for most of her life until settling in North Eastern Pennsylvania with her husband and daughter. She attended California State University, earning a bachelors degree in journalism, and Northern Arizona University, earning a masters degree in English. After college, she spent several years writing and teaching, including at Pennsylvania State University.


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Friday, March 7, 2014

Cover Reveal: A Long and Winding Road: A Caregiver’s Tale of Life, Love and Chaos

Cover Reveal
A Long and Winding Road: A Caregiver’s Tale of Life, Love and Chaos


A Long and Winding Road: A Caregiver’s Tale of Life, Love and Chaos
by Linda Brendle
Anaiah Press
Release Date: July 1, 2014

Blurb:
Sometimes reality really bites. Alzheimer’s has wrapped Mom’s brain into knots, vascular dementia has attacked Dad, and, instead of carefree retirees, we have become caregivers. Regardless, dreams die hard, and we somehow stumbled into the purchase of a forty-foot motor home. That’s when all four of us set out on this seven-week trek across sixteen U.S. states. Now, Dad stopped-up the toilet again, Mom wet her last pair of clean jeans, and David just announced that he was hungry. My head is beginning to pound, and I know this isn’t going to be the easygoing retirement we’d imagined for ourselves.

Linda Brendle takes you on a roller-coaster ride of emotional and spiritual challenges that many families are facing right now. Co-dependency, mental breakdowns, and finding love after divorce are just a few of the issues weaved into this journey of caregiving. Whether you’re looking for an inspirational story to help teach you how to “let go and let God,” considering becoming the caregiver for one of your own parents, or are just looking for an entertaining travel book, this story is sure to strike a tender nerve.  




Author Bio:
After 15 years as a family caregiver, Linda began writing to encourage, inspire and amuse other caregivers. She loves to travel and since retiring has traveled mostly by motorcycle and RV. She and her husband live in a small East Texas town where she gardens, writes and attends church.

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