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Welcome, Mindy Mymudes!

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Greetings, Friends! A very warm welcome to fellow author Mindy Mymudes! We’re here today celebrating her book Tillie’s Tale! Mindy will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N Gift Card to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. (You can enter the rafflecopter near the end of this post!)

Here is the delightful cover to her book:

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Here’s the blurb for you:

Who is the mysterious ghosty haunting puppygirl Tillie? And why? George, the magical basset hound familiar is on the trail.

It’s not often a basset hound puppy is haunted by an unhappy ghost, but George’s packmate, Tillie, manages to attract one. George and Tillie need to find out how to help the ghost before she turns into a poultry-ghost.

And here’s a fun little excerpt for you:

“Wrrrrttttle.”

Tillie’s tail is spinning in circles. She’s staring at a filmy thing sitting on the steps of an old, rough-brick building. I know it’s really a large Peeps’ den, but since it’s bad to be in the dog house, I assume it’s bad to be in a house. Why don’t they just call it a den if houses are so bad? From the smelltaste of cooking, Peeps, dust, skin, and the other stuff Peeps like, there are many small dens inside. Tillie “wrrrrrtttles” again and adds a soft “wuff.” Her front goes down into a play bow. The thing she’s trying to get to play is shimmery and clear, with thick and thin spots swimming on the surface.

“Snoof. Snuffle” I lick my lips. There’s a disturbing smelltaste of dustmoldlightningozone.

Oh mousefleas.

It’s a ghosty.

Today, I’m not only interviewing the author, but also George, the main character! (He’s the magical basset hound!) Have fun:

Where are you from?

Mindy: Originally, New York. I’ve been in Wisconsin for years, now.

George: My mom.

Tell us your latest news?

Mindy: I’m working on the third book of the Magical Drool series, Phoebe’s Pause. I’m also dog sitting whippets and retrievers. I suspect they’ll show up somewhere in the story.

George: <Raises a brow> If they weren’t in the story why do you think they’ll suddenly appear there? You seem to think you can dictate what’s in the story. You forget, it’s my life I’m dictating to you.

When and why did you begin writing?

Mindy: I think when most kids do, first grade or so. I wrote a poem called ‘If I was a raindrop’. It was actually about the water cycle. Which is weird. It won an award, though, which is why I remember it.

George: I don’t write, it’s beneath me. However, my story is important, so I hired my Secret-ary.

Mindy: Hire would imply I get money.

George: <Noses over a partially chewed rawhide bone>

Mindy: Bleah.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Mindy: Honestly, I don’t. It doesn’t feel like I’m an author. Maybe if I had an agent? It feels like I’m just telling a story.

George: You are. Mine.

What inspired you to write your first book?

Mindy: I wanted to remember my foster child, Joey, who had recently passed on, and our dog, Quark. The two of them were inseparable, and got into some interesting predicaments.

George: <Whimper> He’s Karly’s brother.

Do you have a specific writing style?

Mindy: I don’t think so. I sit down and write. There’s a loose outline, but generally I put down what I see in my head. Not quite a pantser. Not exactly a plotter.

George: Best way to show her what to put on the computer.

How did you come up with the title?

Mindy: George Knows

George: Tillie’s Tail gets into everything.

Mindy: And George thinks with his Nose.

The series is named for George’s magical drool.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Mindy: I was a teacher for a long time. Without hitting anyone over the head, I wanted to show how important history is. In the end, I want the story to be fun.

George: It’s meant to educate Peeps on how to understand and speak dog. If we have to understand you, then you need to understand us.

How much of the book is realistic?

Mindy: Many of the individual scenes are real things that my dogs have done. They were tied together by the mystery and fantasy.

George: <Huffs at Mindy> This is my life. It is all realistic.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Mindy: In Tillie’s Tale, the story is about rescuing a ghost searching for something. Other than searching for my keys and phone very day, I can’t say that it’s anything I’ve experienced.

George:  I hate repeating myself, but it is my life.

What books have most influenced your life most?

Mindy: I think the science fiction I read as a kid led me to getting an advanced degree in biology. Brave New World is one that comes to mind. There were the Robert Heinlein books, Isaac Asimov, Anne McCaffrey. Not specific books, but authors who built intricate worlds.

George: I don’t need books. I have in stink.

Mindy: You sure do.

Thanks for putting up with us.  (Ha ha! My pleasure!)

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

I’ve worked in a hazardous waste lab, where under the sign for the Right To Know law, was added: if you can figure it out. I’ve been a metals tech, a bakery clerk, a professional gardener, taught human anatomy and ran two university greenhouses. Along the way I picked up my Master’s Degree in Biology, specializing in the population genetics of an endangered plant. I am also a top breeder, handler, trainer of English springer spaniels, with three in the equivalent of the National Club’s (ESSFTA) hall of fame. Every time I think I know dogs, another dog comes along and proves my beliefs are totally wrong.

Check out Mindy’s links:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Mindy-Mymudes/486126501426333

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6702514.Mindy_Mymudes

Website: http://mindymymudes.weebly.com

Blog: http://bassetbones.wordpress.com

PURCHASE LINK (Click here)!

Friends, enter the prize drawing here: Enter to win a $25 Amazon/BN GC 

And as always, thanks for stopping by! Let me know how everything’s going! 🙂

Brenda

P.S. If you’re in the mood for a bit of romance, try Amish Days: Abram’s Bride!

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Welcome, Michele Barrow-Belisle!

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Greetings, Friends! Today, I extend a warm welcome to fellow Astraea Press author, Michele Barrow-Belisle! Welcome, Michele! We are celebrating the publication of her YA novel, Bittersweet. (I love the cover!)

Michele is giving away a $10 gift card, so be sure to enter below! I love it when my readers win!

Here is the BLURB:

To save the Faery world and her mother’s life, seventeen year old Lorelei sacrificed everything, and the dangerous bargains she made in Nevermore had lasting repercussions. Now safely back in her own world, Lorelei seems the same to her high school friends and her supernatural boyfriend, despite the dark magic growing within her. Love across dimensions is complicated, especially when an invisible veil between the two worlds is sealing, threatening to separate Lorelei and Adrius forever.

Determined to find a solution, Lorelei resorts to exploring her new found powers. But when her friends fall ill, and her healing touch only makes things worse, Lorelei can’t help but wonder if she’s responsible.

Nightmares from the Nevermore tighten their icy hold when someone arrives determined to destroy Lorelei’s world, starting with those closest to her. Once again she’s forced between her family… her friends… and a love that was ill-fated from the start.

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Here’s an excerpt for your enjoyment! 

“One kiss and now you believe you love this creature? Preposterous. I will not have it. She has you hexed. Bewitched from your right mind. That is the only reasonable explanation to account for such impudence. Such lusting can only be derived from dark magic. It seeps from her pores, can you not feel it?” Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness surveyed me with cold disdain before refocusing her wrath on her son.

“I would never do that,” I blurted. “I’d never use magic to force someone into loving me.” Venus and I were very different that way.

Mab snarled. “Do not address me unless I have given you permission to do so,” she said. “I am the queen of this court. And you are nothing more than a whelp on the verge of losing her life.” Her cutting glare flicked back to her son. “I cannot allow this. You traipsing across lands following this…” she waved her hand in my direction. “It is madness. I prayed that after you’d taken a taste you would have been satisfied, satiated of such empty hollow carnal delights and moved on to saner tasks. Like serving your mother.”

“You removed me from your court, Mother. I no longer serve you,” Zanthiel replied evenly.

Mab’s voice lowered, and grew sickly sweet. “My darling, it was but to show you your love for me. Your loyalty lies within you still. It merely needed a subtle reminder.”

“By way of banning me from my home, and resigning me to live among thieves, shadows and the dead. It is an odd way of demonstrating motherly love.”

“There are many expectations of you. You cannot fulfill your duty with your mind blinded by your heart. This unhealthy obsession has you transfixed, Zanthiel. Can you not see? She has you immobilized.” Her voice grew louder and the rafters latterly shook. “And to what end?”

She looked at me, but I wasn’t certain she wanted me to answer, so I remained silent. I studied the chains enclosing Zanthiel’s hands and ankles. Could I break them open, dissolve them?

What if something went wrong, and I hurt him instead? No, it wasn’t the right time. I glanced over at her statuesque guards, their skin blue from decades of cold. Two of them were studying me with a vile mix of curiosity and hunger. One caught my eye and he ran a bloated tongue across his chaffed lips. My stomach turned over.

“I am hers for as long as she requires my assistance. It has always been that way. Fated by prophecy. You know this to be true, Mother.”

He was having trouble speaking and yet his expression held that same icy glare. By looking at him you’d never know what pain he was in. But I knew him on a deeper level. I was beginning to see through his façade, like a smokescreen of glamour, I saw behind the mask. The fear and loathing and the inexplicable suffering as the iron ate into his flesh like acid.

The queen’s eyes narrowed and grew impossibly colder. “Why have you come? Surely you did not expect a grand and hospitable welcome. What purpose drew you into my court to face imminent death? Do speak now, whelp,” she said with sudden impatience. “And know that if you are caught lying I will cut out your tongue and feed it to the trolls.”

I shuddered, having no doubt she actually would. “We have a… request.”

I glanced at Zanthiel, blood seeping from the iron chains binding his wrists and ankles. I couldn’t let him continue to suffer. The poison would eventually seep into his bloodstream and kill him.

Then she’d direct her wrath at me.I took a tentative step forward, not fully convinced I wouldn’t be cut down where I stood, for being so bold.

But she leaned back against her throne and tapped a broken fingernail impatiently. “You have my full attention. Come out with it. What is this request of which you speak?”

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

BIO

A dreamer at heart, Michele Barrow-Belisle has always lived with one foot in this reality and one foot in another, one of her own imagining. So it follows that she would grow up to write about the characters from those enchanting worlds she knows and loves so well. A fan of all things romantic, her young adult novels are populated with scintillating witches, vampires and fey. Her bestselling debut book series Fire and Ice (Faerie Song Trilogy) was optioned for a major motion picture this year. Michele resides in southern Canada with her hubby and son who indulge her never-ending obsession with reading, writing and most importantly… chocolate.

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Website: http://www.michelebarrowbelisle.com (join my mailing list)

Blog: http://www.michelebelisle.blogspot.ca

Facebook Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/authormichele

Facebook Street Team page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/396189297153826/

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3059577.Michele_Barrow_Belisle

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/MicheleBelisle

Pintrest: http://www.pinterest.com/micheley26

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/micheley26

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/110546512991850441753/posts/p/pub

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Michele-Barrow-Belisle/e/B00BVRJADY

Okay, friends:  Enter HERE to win a Amazon/BN GC $10

I’d love to hear from you! If you’re in the northern hemisphere, I hope you’re enjoying a beautiful spring!

And as always, thanks for stopping by!

Brenda

P.S. If you’re in the mood for a short story Amish Romance, try this:

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Welcome, Barbara Becker Holstein!

91cw+RmKDJL._SL1500_A warm welcome to fellow author, Barbara Becker Holstein! We’re here celebrating her tween book, The Truth, Diary of a Gutsy Tween!  The title alone invites interest!

If you’re intrigued – like I am – here’s the blurb:

“I hate Angela and I wish she would move away tomorrow!”

“I get so worried when I hear my parents fighting at night.”

“My mother thinks my crush is silly. I know I am in love!”

“I have so many questions about growing up. Who will answer them?”

“I feel so awful when Jake makes fun of me.”

“When I grow up I going to remember how to have fun with my kids and never look away.”

Growing up is tough. Adults don’t always understand you (even though they were once kids), and children today face increasing pressure to be, look, or act a certain way. Written in the voice of a girl on the cusp of becoming a teenager, The Truth provides young girls with an opportunity to see how a girl, who is in many ways like themselves, handles her toughest problems and most personal thoughts. Each new page brings forth a discussion to help girls handle everyday problems: How do you survive a bully? How do you handle a crush on a boy?

What can you do about relentless teasing by your peers? What really matters as you grow older? In a positive and supportive diary-entry format, Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein encourages tween girls to carry the most precious parts of themselves into adulthood. A great book for mothers and daughters to read together, The Truth is aimed to improve communication, understanding, and self-esteem for young girls as they enter the rocky road of teenager-dom.

And some fun news:

Barbara will be awarding $20 Amazon or B/N Gift Card to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. (Enter near the end of this post!)

Here’s an excerpt for you to enjoy:

Date: July 7

Dear Diary:

I feel so lonely. I can’t believe my parents made us move. Don’t they understand how awful it is for me? I don’t have anyone to share secrets with. I talk to Angela on the phone, but it isn’t the same. Sometimes when I’m on the phone with her I get the feeling that she is on her computer at the same time or maybe just thinking about other stuff. I don’t feel that closeness with her anymore. I want to feel it, but I don’t know how. I’m afraid to ask her if she is playing a game on the computer or chatting on Facebook at the same time as she’s on the phone with me.

The only good thing that happened is I asked Angela if she wants to send selfies back and forth to each other. My phone is old and I don’t have FaceTime, but I can still take pictures and send them to her. She loved the idea, so I spent hours yesterday sending her pictures of me in different rooms in my house and in the backyard, too. It was a lot of fun. I dressed up as if I was putting on a play and each room was a new scene. I wore a velvet scarf and one of my mom’s fancy hats and put on an old long petticoat I used to dress up in as a kid and then I went outside and stood on the swing that is hanging from a tree. It was hard to keep the swing still enough to get a good Selfie, but finally I did, and I sent it to Angela. She sent back a selfie of herself dressed up like a Flapper girl from the 1920s, posing with a long stick as if it was a cigarette in a holder. We laughed and laughed on the phone, and it was the best I have felt since we moved. The best part was that if felt like we were together again even though we are apart!

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Here’s where you enter the drawing!! (I love it when my readers WIN!) 

Enter to win a $20 Amazon/BN GC

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

I have been a positive psychologist in private practice for the past thirty years. In the course of working with my clients, I originated the idea of THE ENCHANTED SELF(R), a positive psychology therapy where I teach people how to recognize and utilize their strengths, talents, skills and even lost potential. I have developed a number of methods, including using our memories to rediscover what is right about ourselves and our lives, rather than what went wrong, helping people to overcome adversity, experience positive emotions and live the good life!

Since developing this concept, I’ve been able to use many tools to bring the Enchanted Self to everyone, particularly women and girls. I’ve written many books, starting with THE ENCHANTED SELF, A Positive Therapy, and then Recipes for Enchantment, The Secret Ingredient is YOU! My books for girls are very popular, as they are great fictional reads and also help deal with many of the questions that trouble kids as they move into the tween and teen years. The Truth, Diary of a Gutsy Tween and Secrets, Diary of a Gutsy Teen are the first two books in this series.

I really love to teach and educate about happiness and how to benefit from positive psychology in ways that let us lead lives of meaning and happiness. You can find me all over the place on the web. In particular, www.enchantedself.com, www.thetruthforgirls.com, on Facebook at Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein: Psychologist & Author, and on Pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/barbarabeckerho/ and on You Tube. Just look for me on You Tube via Barbara Becker Holstein.

Order Barbara’s book by clicking on the image above or by clicking here!

I’d love to hear from you! Do you have any ‘tweens in your life?

And as always, thanks for stopping by!

Brenda

P.S. If you have little ones, why not snuggle up together and read Scaredy Cat?  🙂

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Welcome, Laura DeBruce!

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A very warm welcome to author Laura DeBruce! I’m so glad she’s visiting. We’re here to celebrate the release of her book, The Riddle of Prague! I have to admit that the title completely intrigues me because this summer I’ll be traveling to Prague for the first time. (Yay!!)

There are some special prizes to be given away during this tour! They are:

• One randomly chosen commenter will win a $50 Amazon/BN.com gift card.

• Two randomly chosen hosts will each receive a $25 Amazon/BN.com gift card.

So, remember to comment below AND enter the rafflecopter at the end of this post!!

BLURB for The Riddle of Prague:

When 18-year-old Hana Silna travels to Prague to reclaim her family’s home, she discovers a riddle that may lead to a long-last flask.

The contents of that flask could change the fate of the world. When a ruthless enemy kidnaps her family Hana has to find the flask to rescue them. On her quest she meets a mysterious man with a penchant for poetry, a Gypsy girl with a haunting past, and Alex, an all-American boy who’s trying to save his sister from a crippling disease.   It’s hard to trust anyone when the stakes are this high — especially when surrounded by experts in deception.

There’s only one flask, and Hana desperately needs to find it.

Here’s an EXCERPT for you!

JFK Airport, New York, 1991

My mother says when we face our fears, we tap into a reservoir of courage. I’m not so sure. I’m strapped to this seat like a captured beast, and all I feel is panic. The airplane screams down the runway and thrusts its 800,000 pounds of steel into the sky. We’re taking off in the middle of a thunderstorm. My seatmate, immersed in a book, seems oblivious to the danger.

He’s got curly, blond hair that’s a little on the long side and one of those perfectly sculpted noses, and he’s wearing jeans and a batik-patterned shirt. Early twenties, I’m guessing. Not much older than me. The airplane gives a sickening lunge, and I tug the seatbelt tighter. My seatmate glances over, a bit eagerly, with piercing blue eyes.

“You all right there?” he asks with a crisp, European accent of some kind.

“I’m fine.” I’m not fine at all, but I don’t want to tell him that.

“This is the amazing part.” He gestures out the window, twirling his hand as if he’s conducting the storm outside. “Look!”

“I’d rather not.” The plane shakes, and I grab the armrests.

I’m only on this flight because my mother has inherited a house in Prague. Actually she’s reclaiming a house—the one where she grew up. The one the Communists took from her family when they seized all private property. My mom and dad had to escape when the Soviets invaded Prague in 1968. Now the Iron Curtain has lifted, and the people who left can finally return without being thrown into jail. Unfortunately for my mother, now means surgery and doctors. She’s at a hospital and can barely walk down the hallway, much less haul herself onto a plane. This didn’t matter to the bureaucrats in charge of the restitution of property. If the transfer of the house doesn’t happen immediately, they say it might not happen at all. That’s why my mother is sending me, her only child, in her place. That’s why I’m on this airplane instead of at the hospital at her side, where I should be.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Laura DeBruce is a documentary filmmaker and writer. She grew up traveling all over the world thanks to her father’s work with the U.S. Embassy. She and her husband spent twelve years living in Europe including Prague, Paris, Amsterdam and London where she found inspiration to write The Quicksilver Legacy Series. In Prague she worked as a lawyer for the first private nationwide television station in the former Communist bloc.  It was there that she fell in love with the ancient city of Prague and its legends.

She lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband and son and an unruly Golden Retriever.

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I’d also love to keep in touch with you through my FREE Newsletter Gang! You’ll get all the news about the latest releases, contests, giveaways, and fun tidbits! Gain Access Here!

I look forward to hearing from you!

And as always, thanks for stopping by,

Brenda

P.S. Know a teen girl who’d like to crack the dating game?  Check out my new book Dating Advice for Girls from the Guys! Teen Guys Speak Out! It’s a quick, fun, and informative read! (I had a ball interviewing teen guys!) A perfect surprise gift!

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Warm Welcome to M.J. Stewart!

AuthorPicHello, Dear Friends! Today, I’m welcoming M.J. Stewart to my blog! We’re celebrating the release of her book, Two Degrees from Zero! Be sure to leave a comment as Stewart will be awarding a $25 Amazon Gift Card to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

Also, I’d love to have you join my FREE Newsletter Gang! Be the first to get the news about my releases, contests, and opportunities for prizes. Get Access Here!

And now, some info about M.J. Stewart’s new book!

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Two Degrees from Zero is about friends who face danger in the cold Colorado mountains.

M.J. Stewart has written an entertaining adventure story featuring two young teens who are easy to like. Derek is struggling with very serious issues and his best friend Janae is right there with him the whole way. Even with terrible blizzards, abandonment, dangerous tough guys after Derek, and an almost-step-dad that he doesn’t like or trust, Derek, along with Janae, takes on the tough job of doing what needs to be done.

Here’s an excerpt for you!

“You know we’re missing an ultimate powder rush, because we have to ride in this goofy sleigh,” Derek said to Janae.

“Here you go,” Janae said. “Ruining this amazing experience because of your grumpiness.”

“Not grumpy on the slopes today,” Derek said. “Thomas spent lots of bucks on this trip, but I wish he’d stop acting like my dad, or really my Fake Dad.”

“Be nicer to your mom’s friend.”

“Easy for you to say,” Derek retorted. “Want to do the rails with me tomorrow?”

“Maybe. You were so full of yourself ripping through the pow,” Janae teased. “You’re a hucker, and you’ll try whatever trick you see another guy doing. You charge fast, fly through the air, and sometimes you even land upright.”

“I’m not a hucker. Wish I could lay down some cool tricks like the pros do,” Derek said.

“I saw you rolling down the windows a couple of times,” Janae said. “I’ll stick to the jumps.”

“Guess you’ll do anything to catch your balance. I like my cool Burton board I got at the rental shop. Except the left strap gave me trouble,” Derek complained.

“So that’s your excuse for not landing tricks,” Janae said.

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A bit about M.J. and her Links:

M.J. Stewart is a Colorado author and lives in Colorado Springs. Her love for the outdoors has provided many exciting adventures and include downhill skiing, biking, hiking, camping, and nature photography.

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Don’t forget to leave a comment and your email below to be entered in the drawing!

Have any of you had any great snow adventures lately! I’d love to hear about them.

And as always, thanks for stopping by.

Brenda

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14 Days of Christmas!

Greetings, Friends! I’m totally excited to be participating in the Fourteen Days of Christmas Giveaway Hop! There are some  wonderful prizes available. I hope you’ll enter on everyone’s blog. (Including mine!) I’m giving away a$10 gift card from Amazon to a lucky winner!

A warm welcome to you first-time visitors! I’m so delighted you’ve stopped by. A big thank you to my regular readers, too!

We’re celebrating the season with all sorts of Christmas books during this blog!  Each participating author is showcasing their book. I hope all of you discover some wonderful holiday reads. (Isn’t it fun to discover new authors and new books?) And I definitely hope you can carve out some precious time for yourselves during these busy December days to curl up and read!

This season, I have a new Christmas release. It is the short story,  Seeking Christmas!  Here’s the blurb for those of you who are new visitors:

The Christmas season has eighteen-year-old Courtney crossing the state line with her little brother Dennis to rendezvous with the man who deserted them years ago. Courtney remembers him only as the tall man who ran away. Dennis doesn’t remember him at all. Courtney is furious, but Denny is curious. Will their meeting result in a happy Christmas memory or another miserable disappointment?

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I’m so grateful to wonderful readers who’ve given Seeking Christmas great reviews. Enthusiastic readers infuse everything an author does with joy and purpose. Thank you, readers!  I am a mega grateful author.  *smiley face*

I hope you will want to grab Seeking Christmas for yourselves or your teenagers. It’s on sale for 99 cents right now at major online retailers.

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As I mentioned, I love blog hops because I get to make new friends. Folks I probably wouldn’t have met otherwise. I’d sure like to get to know you better. Please take a minute to leave me a comment below.

And don’t forget to enter for the $10 gift card!

CLICK HERE TO ENTER for the GIFT CARD! 

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As always, thanks for stopping by.

Brenda

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Welcome back, Michael A. Rothman

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Greetings, Friends! I’m excited to welcome author Michael A. Rothman to my blog once again. Last time we were together, we celebrated the release of Lords of Prophecy. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Even more  exciting to me was the response of one of my students. I thought this series would be something he’d enjoy, and I was right. He devoured the book and begged me for more.

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Now I can give him more! Michael now has available, Princess Interrupted. This book is actually a prequel to Michael’s two other books in The Prophecies Series.

In the prequel, we are again plunged into Rothman’s carefully developed world. We get the lay of the land with a helpful map at the beginning, which I found very helpful as a reference throughout the story. We join Arabelle in her struggle to come to grips not only with the devastating poison but with her gift of prophecy. The names Rothman gives his characters and locations show a lot of creativity, helping to build his interesting kingdom.  And of course, what’s a kingdom without a haunted forest! I have to admit that I have a weakness for tough female leads, and Princess Interrupted doesn’t disappoint. If you like fantasy with a good dose of action, magic, and love, this is the book for you.  I don’t want to include any spoilers, but the last line of this prequel compels the reader to continue on!

By the way, Michael gives the best prizes! One randomly drawn commenter will receive a $50 Amazon gift card. Just leave a comment below!

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PRINCESS INTERRUPTED is a tale about a fourteen-year-old daughter of a merchant king in the land of Trimoria named Arabelle. Her life of leisure is shattered when she suffers an attack from a poisonous creature that hasn’t walked the land in over five centuries.

Arabelle must learn to overcome the debilitating effects of the poison that courses through her body. All the while, she must resist monstrous foes that threaten her people and the ones she loves.

She must do this while keeping a dark secret that only she can bear.

Excerpt:

As I tiptoed through the woods looking for the familiar paths that the elves had left, a high-pitched gurgling roar shattered the silence.

My heart beat quicker as I heard the crack of a twig. A lizard-like creature with green scales, the size of a large dog, was giving me a sinister stare that sent shivers up and down my back. This ominous creature was unlike anything I’d ever seen or heard of in Trimoria. Its yellow and black eyes glared at me as it slowly opened its mouth and growled menacingly. The creature scratched the ground with its claws and unfurled a set of wings. I saw it gather itself for a leap.

I slowly backed away. Then a series of gray blurs flew past me and the creature made a coughing sound and sprouted a pair of arrows.

An elf appeared, seemingly out of nowhere, and chopped the monster’s head off. As the elf backed away, the twitching body rhythmically spewed streams of blood from its neck as the decapitated head spasmodically opened its jaws for the last time and its snake-like eyes closed.

The elf turned to me with an appraising look. “Are you hurt?”

I felt a burning sensation near my ribs. The creature must have spit something at me just before the elf killed it. I looked down and saw two steaming holes in my traveling clothes and I suddenly felt nauseated. The world blurred and spun as the ground came rushing up to meet me…

For those of you who might not remember, here’s some info about Michael:

I’ve been writing throughout my career as an engineer, however my writing had been relegated to technical books and technical magazine articles. Heck, you might even find a couple of those musty tomes still for sale if you look hard enough.

With my foray into epic fantasy, I’ve shed the shackles of technical writing and created novels that I hope will be attractive to a much wider audience.

I’ve always admired truly epic tales. You know the ones I mean. The book you crack open, wander through and utterly get immersed in. The story takes you on twists and turns you never expected, run into dead-ends that make you wheel your arms backward to prevent you from falling into an endless abyss. By the time you reach what you think is the end, you’ve read hundreds of pages and realize the end is really only the beginning of the story.

You close the book and wonder out loud. “Do I have the next book? Is it out yet?”

My goal when I started writing the first book (HEIRS OF PROPHECY) that involved the Riverton family was to make a story that would allow a younger audience access to such a tale. Since then, a second book (TOOLS OF PROPHECY) was released, and also the third book in the series with LORDS OF PROPHECY.

As to my other writing activities, I’ve completed another as of yet unreleased novel in the Prophecies series, and they are scheduled to be released as soon as – well, as soon as the paperwork on them is complete, and the lawyers nod their heads up and down.

I hope you enjoy the novel.

In the meantime, if you want to see my ramblings, I lurk at the following social media portals:

Twitter – @MichaelARothman
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