Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Giveaway of 10 pretty Christmas Cards (Bauble)


I am giving away 10 high quality Christmas Cards with envelopes
The design is entitled Bauble and, as the picture above shows, it shows a Christmas Tree Bauble
Very pretty
The Christmas Cards measure 6" x 6"



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Monday, 27 October 2014

Book Review & Giveaway: MAGIC OF THE GARGOYLES BY REBECCA CHASTAIN


My thoughts on this fantasy adventure novella ........

MAGIC OF THE GARGOYLES
BY
REBECCA CHASTAIN


Publisher:  Mind Your Muse Books
Pub Date:  20 October 2014
Pages:  approx 79 (ebook)



Someone has kidnapped a nest of helpless baby gargoyles and is using them as pentagram focuses, devouring their magic—and their lives—for a horrific, illegal power boost. Swept into the dangerous underworld of black magic, earth elemental Mika Stillwater must cobble together her limited resources and skills to have a chance at being the hero the baby gargoyles desperately need. If she fails, the city will be at the mercy of the gargoyles’ murderers and their overwhelming destructive magic. But pitting herself against powerful black-magic villains is proving just as deadly for Mika as for the gargoyles.



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Mika, a mid-level earth elemental, wants to be her own boss and her dream is to own a Pinnacle Pentagon Showroom but first she needs to finish making 12 of her one-of-a-kind quartz masterpieces, if she manages to sell them all she can then afford a down payment.

With one last twist of a filament of earth magic, I fused together the delicate seams of the quartz tube. Slumping forward, I braced my elbows on the table and rested my cheekbones on my palms, cupping my weary eyes in darkness.  Six down, six finicky tubes to go.  The specifications of this project taxed my substantial skills with quartz magic....this project would launch my business.

All is going well until a hatchling gargoyle literally lands in her apartment and desperately pleads for her help in rescuing her kidnapped siblings.

Together with her friend Kylie they try to think of a plan to rescue them before they are sold to people who want them for their own selfish dark magic reasons. 

But to do so would cost Mika all her life savings and her dream, maybe even her life!  She would be up against stronger forces than her magic, can she defeat them or will she be defeated.

I really enjoyed reading this fantasy adventure novella, I liked the magical parts and the fact that magic dominates lives, (though some of the descriptions of the magic sounded complicated and were hard to picture), the story held my interest throughout, I wanted to know what would happen, there were illusion spells, air spells, magic traps, spell lights, good versus evil, it had all you could want in a fantasy adventure.

Even though this was a very good stand alone novella, I do hope that the author can develop this magical world into a series as there seems a lot of potential for further adventures for Mika.  

I would certainly recommend this to any fantasy fans - it is available as an ebook from Amazon UK and AmazonUS

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About the Author


REBECCA CHASTAIN has found seven four-leaf clovers to date, won a pure bred Arabian horse in a drawing, and once tamed a blackbird for a day. She has been employed as a VHS sales clerk, bookshelf straightener, government pseudo-employee, professional finder of lost sporting goods, and strategy guide wrangler in the video game industry. Dreaming up the absurd and writing stories designed to amuse and entertain has been her passion since she was eleven years old, and she’s incapable of stopping. She lives in northern California with her wonderful husband and two bossy cats. To find out about new releases, sales, and freebies, sign up for Rebecca's newsletter: http://www.rebeccachastain.com/newsletter/.

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Saturday, 25 October 2014

Promo Tour and Giveaway: FALLING: ANGELS AMONG US: THE COMPLETE SERIES BY LINN B. HALTON



Ceri  thinks  she  sees  angels ...  everywhere.  She  struggles  to  keep  separate  what  feels  like  two very different sides to her life. As a manager in an advertising company she’s been working with the gorgeous Alex for two years. They have a friendship based upon the image she portrays whilst she’s at work and it helps to keep her sane. One mad, crazy night spent sharing their secrets and a lot of wine result in them ending up in bed together and their relationship changes. When Alex explains that the reason he doesn’t date is because someone broke his heart, how can Ceri admit that she feels a deep connection to him?

Ceri knows she’s different. What she doesn’t fully appreciate, is that her task in life is to correct a series of  incidents  that  affect  some  of  the  people’s  lives  with  whom  she  comes  into  contact. She’s simply putting  right  little  errors  that  could  ripple  outwards  and  change  the  course  of their  destiny. When she finds  herself  getting  pulled  into things that  happen  around  her,  how  can she  prove that  she  really  has made a difference? Is it all in her head?


She’s  alone for  a  reason;  she’s  not meant to fall  in  love  in  her  earthly  life. Alex  is  supposed to  cross paths with her and help Ceri during a phase where she begins to question the signs she’s being given. It’s meant to be a turning point for them both—but in opposite directions. They are destined to travel very different paths ... but Ceri doesn’t know that and neither does Alex ...



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About Linn B Halton


Linn B Halton lives in the small village of Lydbrook, Gloucestershire in the UK, but was born in Bristol. She resides there with her husband and cat with 'catitude'- Mr Tiggs.

Linn began writing in March 2009 and her debut novel was published in February 2011. In a recent interview Linn was asked about genres:

"From a very young age I knew romantic fiction was always going to be my genre. I am, and will always be, madly in love with love! Whether that's love of life, a partner, or the things I'm passionate about. My stories are about love, life and real relationships - but romance is always the one thing that holds each story together. Often there's a light, psychic touch and I never dreamed I would write drawing upon my personal psychic experiences. But as my interest and understanding has grown in the subject, it is now such a part of my life it finds its way into my fictional tales. However, what is heartening is that most of my experiences have been uplifting and it's wonderful to know loved ones are around me always. I hope it will make readers stop and wonder 'What if?'

The result is that I get a lot of mail from readers who have had similar experiences and some are sharing theirs for the first time with me. I always feel that's something rather special and for which I'm very grateful."

Love, life and beyond... but it's ALWAYS about the romance!

Linn is published by HarperImpulse and Sapphire Star Publishing.
Linn is the editor of Loveahappyending Lifestyle emagazine.

Website:  (linnbhalton.co.uk)
Facebook: Author Linn B Halton
Bookshelf: http://viewauthor.at/LinnBHalton
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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Book Review, Tour and Giveaway: MURDER IN REAL TIME BY JULIE ANNE LINDSEY



My Thoughts on this enjoyable cozy mystery ........


MURDER IN REAL TIME
BY
JULIE ANNE LINDSEY


Publisher:  Carina Press
Pub Date:  29 September 2014





Book three of The Patience Price Mysteries
With the chaos of summer tourists and fall birders out of town, counselor Patience Price is looking forward to the quiet life she remembers. She longs for some peace. And an apple fritter. But the calm is cut short when a reality show sets up camp to film a special about ghosts on her little island. Now fans, reporters and crew have flocked to sleepy Chincoteague. Who knew ghost hunters had an entourage?
When two cast members are killed in a room at the local B&B—a room usually occupied by Patience’s FBI agent boyfriend, Sebastian—she finds herself on the case. Sebastian doesn’t want Patience ruffling any feathers but, as always, she can’t help herself.
Patience promises to let Sebastian handle the investigation—he is FBI, after all—but after a drive-by shooting, her wicked curiosity gets the best of her. And with the TV show forging ahead with filming, the list of suspects (and the line of food trucks) only grows. But has the shooter already flown the coop? And how do you find a killer when you don’t know who the target is?
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The small town of Chincoteague, Virginia sounds like the epitome of small town living, peaceful and beautiful with just 1200 islanders living there.  

But when two bodies are found shot dead in a B&B the island is no longer peaceful, it's chaotic with food trucks lining the streets, cars bumper to bumper, horns blaring, not to mention the ghost hunters!

All Patience wants is for her life to get back to normal, but, of course, when there's a murder mystery to solve her life is anything but normal.  This is the third in the series and several mentions were made of the events in the other books without much in the way of explanation, which I found odd.

However, this was a pretty enjoyable mystery, I liked the way Patience talked to people and got information out of them, you can tell she's a counsellor, she has a way with her of getting people to open up.  The mystery was well plotted and intriguing, there's a nice romantic touch, lovely descriptions of the island, and with plenty of suspects that kept me guessing till the end, 
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About This Author
Julie Anne Lindsey is a multi-genre author who writes the stories that keep her up at night. She’s a self-proclaimed nerd with a penchant for words and proclivity for fun. Julie lives in rural Ohio with her husband and three small children. Today, she hopes to make someone smile. One day she plans to change the world.
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Giveaway of 10 cute Christmas Cards (Penguin)


I am giving away 10 high quality Christmas Cards with envelopes
The design is entitled Penguin and, as the picture above shows, it features an adorable Penguin with some Presents!
Very cute
The Christmas Cards measure 4" x 4"



The words inside read

" Season's Greetings
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The winner will need to respond within 48 hours of being contacted, failure to do this may result in another winner being selected

The Cards will be posted as soon as I receive address details, in plenty of time for Christmas!




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Sunday, 19 October 2014

Book Review: HOLD THE DARK BY WILLIAM GIRALDI


My Thoughts on this deep, dark, unsettling but compelling novel .......


HOLD THE DARK
BY
WILLIAM GIRALDI


Publishing Date:  February 2015
Publisher:  No Exit Press
Approx Pages:  201


At the start of another pitiless winter, the wolves have come for the children of Keelut. Three children have been taken from this isolated Alaskan village, including the six-year-old boy of Medora and Vernon Slone.

Stunned by grief and seeking consolation, Medora contacts nature writer and wolf expert Russell Core. Sixty years old, ailing in both body and spirit, and estranged from his daughter and wife, Core arrives in Keelut to investigate the killings. Immersing himself in this settlement at the end of the world, he discovers the horrifying darkness at the heart of Medora Slone and learns of an unholy truth harboured by this village.

When Vernon Slone returns from a desert war to discover his son dead and his wife missing, he begins a methodical pursuit across this frozen landscape. Aided by his boyhood companion, the taciturn and deadly Cheeon, and pursued by the stalwart detective Donald Marium, Slone is without mercy, cutting a bloody swathe through the wilderness of his homeland. As Russell Core attempts to rescue Medora from her husband’s vengeance, he comes face to face with an unspeakable secret at the furthermost reaches of American soil—a secret about the unkillable bonds of family, and the untamed animal in the soul of every human being.



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Hold the Dark is one of the most unsettling, shocking and deeply disturbing books I've ever read.  But it is also one of the most compelling.

The inhabitants of the Alaskan town of Keelut are not very friendly to outsiders, they look after their own, and they don't appreciate strangers coming and trying to meddle in their affairs.  It is a sad and depressing town, but somehow this makes it more readable, more interesting .... what secrets are they hiding?

When the writer, Russell Core, makes a shocking discovery, the woman who had written to him and asked him to help find her son who was taken by wolves then disappears into the pitiless wilds of Alaska.  But why?  And why won't any of the villagers talk to him or help him?

Some of the incidents in the story are truly shocking, yet didn't stop me reading, I was totally engrossed in this darkest of dark tales, I wanted to know some answers and couldn't put it down.  The writing was intelligent, never boring, always moving on, no words were wasted, I felt a sense of foreboding throughout.  

A gripping and mysterious thriller that I would recommend to readers who enjoy a darker side to their novels.

My thanks to Real Readers and No Exit Press for a review copy of this book

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About the Author

William Giraldi is the author of the critically acclaimed novel, Busy Monsters 
(W.W. Norton). He teaches at Boston University, is the Senior Fiction Editor for the 
journal AGNI, and is a regular contributor to the New York Times Book Review. He 
has been a finalist for a National Magazine Award in the category of Essays and 

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Friday, 17 October 2014

Virtual Book Tour - HOLD ON! BY PETER DARLEY Guest Post & Giveaway of $30 Amazon Gift Card


HOLD ON!
BY
PETER DARLEY

Romantic Suspense/Thriller
Date Published:  9 July 2014


Two lovers! A deadly conspiracy! A race to freedom! 

When Carringby Industries, a government-contracted arms manufacturer, is raided by what appear to be terrorists, the CEO’s secretary, Belinda Reese, is rescued by Brandon Drake, a dashing young AWOL soldier. Using an experimental test aircraft, he flees with her to his remote, isolated cabin in the mountains of Aspen. 

While assisting in the design of military weaponry, Brandon discovered a plot within his own government to attack its own facilities, under the guidance of immoral politician, Senator Garrison Treadwell. Belinda’s body was not found among the dead at Carringby Industries, and Treadwell suspects that Drake was responsible for rescuing her. In an effort to entrap him, Treadwell arranges for an all points bulletin to be placed on Belinda. 

Deeply in love, Brandon and Belinda attempt to escape from America, only to endure one harrowing experience after another as they try to evade and expose Treadwell’s corrupt faction. 

But on the run, with danger around every corner, Brandon makes a discovery so devastating that it shatters the very foundations of his reality.


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The Nemesis You Never Knew About

Toward the end of my quest for a publisher, and also during the coveted editing process, the reason behind my prior rejections was finally identified. They were largely down to multiple points of view within scenes, popularly known as ‘head hopping.’

Head-hopping, is when you write a scene, and you illustrate the thoughts, feelings and actions of all characters present. Single POV scenes are what are required today. This means that the entire scene must be entirely from one person’s point of view. Anything that the primary POV character can see, hear, or feel can be described, but the emotions of any other character within the scene cannot. The POVs of the other characters must be reserved for subsequent scenes or chapters, where it becomes their turn to dominate the scene. 

It is my experienced view that the single POV rule has no actual, discernible merit. It is, primarily, a recent phenomenon. 

So how did it come about?

From the outset, I will admit that I am speculating here. What follows should be interpreted as a hypothesis.

Consider the identified drop in educational standards over the last fifty years, and the growing epidemic of illiteracy in Western culture. One visit to a Youtube video forum will reveal the social decline in spelling, punctuation, and the fact that a sentence begins with an upper-case 
(or ‘capital’) letter. 

Picking up the phone and talking to someone, or dropping round for a coffee have taken a back seat to texting, emailing, and Facebook. Human physical interaction is on the decline, in deference to the soulless vacuum of typing across cyber-space. The experience of seeing a reaction in someone’s eyes, or feeling their emotional response is vanishing from the human experience. We will send someone an email (from our POV) and then we will wait for a response (page break). Then the other person’s response will come through (from their POV) and then they will have to wait for our response (another page break). 

Nothing is ‘in the moment’ with the way we communicate anymore – and I believe that this has affected the way in which people read. I feel that this is evidenced by the fact that the single POV style has only become virtually mandatory in recent times. This will become immediately apparent when a modern paperback is compared to any one of the classics

I don’t agree with it, but I can’t stress enough the importance of going along with it if you wish to be signed to an agent or publisher. It may require that you spend months re-editing your novel, and literally restructuring your vision. It’s heartbreaking, it’s laborious, and you may well be feeding into the social collapse of literary standards.

But this is the world in which we now live.

Peter Darley
Hold On!

Soul Mate Publishing, 2014

An interesting and thought-provoking piece from Peter Darley


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Peter Darley (P.D. to his friends) is a British novelist, whose professional history is in showbusiness. He is a graduate of the Birmingham School of Speech and Dramatic Art, and he studied television drama at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA.) His television credits include guest-starring roles is UK productions such as BBC’s Crime Ltd, Stanley’s Dragon for ITV, The Bill, and Sky One’s Dream Team, and numerous TV commercials. He has also worked as a model, presenter, and voice-over artiste for ten years, and has acted as an agent for several variety acts.

His lifelong admiration of heroes, and love of roller-coaster-style thrills have been a huge influence on his writings.

He is a keen athlete and body builder, and lives with his partner in rural England.

Website: www.peterdarley.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PDAuthor
Twitter:@Pete_Darley
Blog: http://www.peterdarley.com/blog



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