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Welcome Stefan Haucke!

MEDIA KIT Author1Greetings, Friends! A very warm welcome today goes to fellow author, Stefan Haucke!  We are cheering the release of his book, Shadow of Ghosts. Since we have recently celebrated Halloween here in the United States, this book seems especially timely! 🙂

To whet your appetite, here is the blurb for Stefan’s book:

Shadows of Ghosts carries readers to Enara, a kingdom at war with itself, where for centuries centaurs have been treated like animals because of their horse-like lower bodies; they’ve been forced to work as slaves in the southern agricultural provinces, and have been bought and sold like livestock. But a strong abolitionist faction has convinced many that centaurs’ human torsos, heads, and intellectual abilities make them humans, who should be liberated from slavery and granted the same rights as any other person.

After four years of being forced to live in a remote village and having to keep his real identity a secret, Cal Lanshire, days away from his thirteenth birthday, is given the best birthday present he can imagine. He is told the war is almost over and he will soon be allowed to return home.

But then an old acquaintance unexpectedly arrives with news that changes everything. Cal’s father, the king, has been assassinated.

Suddenly the outcome of the war and the very fate of the kingdom depend upon Cal being able to reach the capital where he will take his father’s place.

With only his crafty best friend by his side and an escaped centaur slave to guide him, can Cal make it through an enchanted, hostile wilderness, past the assassins sent to kill him, and back to the capital before it’s too late?

MEDIA KIT Shadows of Ghosts_Front CoverAnd here’s a short excerpt for you:

After they had been walking for a while, Cal began to hear an occasional high-pitched noise, but he couldn’t tell which direction the noise was coming from. The noise echoed and seemed to be coming from every direction. Kozal started muttering unhappily to himself. The hard ground now felt soft, as if they were walking on a thin carpet. The high-pitched noise was becoming more frequent and seemed to overlap as if it was coming from different sources.

“What is that?” Cal asked.

“They make such a nasty mess,” Kozal grumbled. “We’re stepping in filth.”

“What are they?” Cal asked. “Where are they?”

“They’re above us,” Kozal said. “Many of them. We’re in their home, and they’re not happy. They’re not used to visitors.”

Cal was about to ask Kozal if the creatures he was talking about were dangerous when there was an explosion that sounded as if the top of the cave was coming down. Cal let go of Kozal’s shoulders and instinctively threw his arms over his head and crouched low to protect himself from whatever was falling from above. The high-pitched noises were incredibly loud now, but the high-pitched noises were being drowned out by what sounded like hundreds of leather coats flapping in the wind. Cal felt something briefly touch the side of his face, and then something slapped the top of his head. He tried to crouch lower and fell forward, and when he thrust his hands out to break his fall his hands slid because the ground was covered with a thick, slimy substance.

“Bats!” Mont called out.

It’s always fun to know a bit about the authors. (I love to see how their personalities shine through their writing!) Here’s the info on Stefan: (And I see that Stefan is a fellow traveler!)

Stefan Haucke, driven by the desire to learn about other cultures and the need for adventure, has traveled to over twenty nations. He rode a camel near the pyramids in Egypt, swam with sea lions in the waters of the Galapagos Islands, climbed the Great Wall of China, hiked near the Acropolis in Athens, went dog sledding in northern Michigan, and photographed polar bears in Canada.

Along his many travels, Stefan has successfully worked as a deckhand, a shepherd, a dispatcher for an emergency services unit, an electric meter reader, and an office manger. He has also found the time to study the literature and history of ancient Greece, Russia, and the United States, and loves reading folktales, fairytales, and urban legends. He also enjoys astronomy, and on clear nights can be found gazing at the stars and planets with his telescope.

Here are the links you need for Stefan’s book and to stay in touch with him:

Website:

GoodReads page:

To purchase his book: 

Amazon

Kindle Edition

Barnes & Noble

Indie Bound – Independent Bookstores

And lovely readers, here is your chance to win a prize! Please let me know if you win! I’d love to celebrate with you. 🙂

Prizes for the tour are as follows:

  • One randomly chosen winner via rafflecopter will win a $50 Amazon/BN.com gift card.
  • One randomly chosen host will receive a $25 Amazon/BN.com gift card.

Enter to win a $50 Amazon/BN GC – a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Are those of you in the Northern Hemisphere ready for winter? I’ve put on the flannel sheets, so I guess I’m moving in that direction! Ha! Stay warm! And read much!

As always, thanks for stopping by.

Brenda

P.S. You can still escape to the warmer weather with Mags in Buried Truth! (And visit the Pacific Ocean while you’re at it!)

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Welcome, Suzanne Lilly!

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I’d like to extend a warm welcome to my friend and fellow-author, Suzanne Lilly!  Today, we’re celebrating the release of her book, Untellable. If you like New Adult, romance, and a touch of mystery, this book is for you!

Suzanne will be awarding a backlist eBook (winner’s choice of Shades of the Future, Bad Hair Day, or Rapunzel’s Daughters) to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour. So please take a moment to comment! I’d love to have one of my readers win!

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You just have to love a main character who’s named after a beautiful tree. Her name is Aspen, and she has a past she’d love to bury.  Here’s the blurb to tell you a bit more:

Aspen Dwyer, recently emancipated from foster care, is searching for a place to hide from a past with secrets too dark to share. Honey Creek, Ohio, presents itself as the best place to start a new life and stay undercover. There she meets Colton Moraine, a man with strong family ties and an even stronger sense of loyalty. His boisterous, loving family welcomes Aspen with warmth she hasn’t felt in years. She’s surprised at how quickly and deeply she falls for Colton. When a dangerous criminal comes to Honey Creek, intent on his revenge against her, Aspen must choose between two options. Should she stay and risk her life and the rejection of the people she’s grown to love? Or should she run again, and leave behind any chance of a happy future?

And here’s an excerpt to whet your appetite:

He gazed at me long and hard before finally saying, “You’re a little less green around the gills now. You’re sure you’re all right?”

“I’m sure. Now, are you going to let me drive this old tank, or do I have to watch you eat something else?”

“Hmm. Sassy is back. Yep. You’re definitely on the mend.” He stepped out of the cab and walked around the front of the truck, beating a light rhythm on the hood as he came around to the passenger side.

“First of all, put your right foot on the brake. That’s this one.” He touched my right knee. I swiped his fingers off my leg. Colton smiled. “Now slide the gear shift into drive.”

I did as he told me and waited. My hands were slick on the wheel.

He reached down into an ice chest sitting on the floor of the passenger side of the truck and pulled out a pop.

“What are you doing?” I wanted to scream it, but I kept my voice level.

He popped the top on the can. Foam squirted up, and he took a sip to keep it from overflowing.

“I do love my ice cold pop on a hot day,” he commented.

“So what of it?” I rolled my eyes, foot glued to the brake pedal.

“This is what of it.” He balanced the pop can on one knee and placed the other hand on the seat between us. “This is going to be a one can driving lesson.”

“What’s that supposed to mean?”

“It means that if you spill even one drop of pop on my new Wranglers, your driving lesson is over.”

“You’re not serious.”

He raised the can, tapped its top with his finger, and took another sip, never taking his eyes off me.

I brushed the hair back from my face. “I’m ready.”

“Now take your foot off the brake, and very gently, push on the gas. Remember, this can is almost full.”

 

I’ve read Untellable and enjoyed it thoroughly. It’s a good, clean read that whisks you away, providing an entertaining release from a busy day. The characters became my friends, and I looked forward to spending time with them. Now, that’s the kind of book I like. 🙂

About the author:

Suzanne Lilly writes lighthearted young adult stories with a splash of suspense, a flash of the unexplained, a dash of romance, and always a happy ending. Her short stories have appeared in numerous places online and in print, and she has placed and received honorable mentions in writing contests. Her debut novel was Shades of the Future in 2011 followed by Untellable in 2012. She lives in Northern California where she reads, writes, cooks, swims, and teaches elementary students.

Visit Suzanne Here:

Amazon Author Page

Website

Blog

Facebook

Goodreads

Twitter

Buy Untellable Here:

Smashwords

Turquoise Morning Press

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

YouTube Video

Remember to leave a comment to be entered in the drawing.

And as always, thanks for stopping by!

Brenda

P.S. After you finish reading Untellable, you might enjoy Along Came Jordan!

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Read an E-book!

You’ve got to love a company that would dedicate time to Read an E-book Week. Smashwords has done just that!

I remember when digital books first came out. I couldn’t figure out how I could possibly enjoy reading  books on a screen. What about the crisp feel of the page, the smell of the new binding, the ability to write my name in loopy cursive inside the front cover?

Well, it didn’t take long before I got the hang of it!  While I still don’t enjoy reading on a computer screen where I have to keep scrolling, e-readers and tablets are another story. I’ve been surprised by how much I don’t mind them. Okay, that sounded strange.  I guess I’ve been surprised by how much I enjoy them! Wonder of wonders.

Plus, the price point of digital books is totally something to rejoice in!

I have to admit, my house is still somewhat overflowing with actual  hard copies of books. And I’ve never figured out how to safely read an e-book in the tub, but I’ve jumped on the bandwagon even so far as publishing my first book in digital format.

So, long live physical copies of books, and long live our digital miracles!

How about you?  Do you like to read digital books? Or do you prefer hard copies? I’d love to know.

And as always, thanks for stopping by!

Brenda

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