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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.

Click on the cover to purchase Michele’s book!!

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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.

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS

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

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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 Karl Fields!

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Hello Friends!  Today, I welcome fellow author, Karl Fields.  I’m delighted to have him join us today for an interview. You can also read a blurb about his book The Odd Squad, and an short excerpt.

As an added benefit, Karl has some goodies for a lucky commenter:

One commenter from each stop will win a box of “Pinks,” which are pink fortune cookies that Ander, the main character has a fondness for. One $25 Amazon gift card will be given to a random commenter at the end of the tour.

(I know you’ll all want to give a comment at the end of this post to enter the drawing!)

Now, onto our interview with Karl:

How did you arrive at the idea for your book?

I think it’s common for writers to ask themselves a lot of “what if” questions. A couple years ago, I read a newspaper article about the approach a local middle school was taking toward bullying, which involved things like assemblies, counseling, zero tolerance policies, etc. One of the students quoted said he didn’t think it would work and the best way to address the problem was for the kids to come up with solutions. That got me thinking and eventually I asked myself, “what if there was a group of kids who took it upon themselves to even the score for those who’d been bullied?”

How did you come up with the title?

Titles are one of really fun parts of writing for me. Sometimes they come easier than others, and The Odd Job Squad started out as something else (I’ve since forgotten what it was). I’m a big James Bond fan and I was watching one of those Bond movie marathons on TV when “Goldfinger” came on. The villain’s muscle man is a guy who goes by the name “Odd Job.” In my story, the characters refer to their club as a business and every time they take on an assignment they call it a job, so almost as soon as Odd Job came onscreen, the title popped into my head.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve been writing since high school, though that stuff is really awful and no one besides me will ever see it. At one time, I wanted to be a screenwriter but I came to my senses about five years ago and decided what I really wanted to do was write novels.

Is writing your career? Or do you have a duo career at this point?

I’m not a full-time writer…yet. Currently, I have the dreaded day job, which can make it difficult to find time to write, but I hope to transition to writing as a career in the next year or so.

What’s the best thing that’s happened to you as an author so far?

Last year I got an email from a girl who’d read The Odd Job Squad and she was just gushing about Shooter, the main girl character. She said she liked that Shooter was tough but fair and that she related to what Shooter goes through. That was really cool, especially since that’s the sort of thing I had in mind when I was writing that character.

What’s the most difficult thing that’s happened to you as an author so far?

I’m probably just fortunate, but I feel like most of experiences as a writer have been good ones. The thing that’s most difficult is being discovered. There are so many great books out there, and readers only have so many hours in a day, so getting noticed is a chore.

What are your current projects?

I’m in the middle of the second book in my Mom Con series, which is for adults. Think of it as “Ocean’s 11” with a group of single mothers. I’m also planning a series for teens that’s a takeoff on The Three Musketeers, a comic book series, and I also have to work in the sequel to The Odd Job Squad. In other words, not much. J

What do you see in your near future?

A new computer! My existing one is about eight years old and definitely making its last lap.

What quirky thing would you like your readers to know about you?

I collect USB drives, the weirder the better. My most recent addition is one shaped like a Taco Bell hot sauce packet

What would you like written as your epithet?

He told great stories.

Tell us about The Odd Job Squad:

When he’s not struggling with algebra, thirteen-year-old Ander Cartwright is the leader of an anonymous revenge club that operates within the walls of Marina Middle School. Got a beef with a classmate? Shoot Ander’s crew an email and, if your case if legit, they’ll deliver some retribution on your behalf.

It’s not easy to right wrongs and stay under the radar at the same time. That’s why Ander developed three simple rules designed to keep him and his friends from blowing their cover.

But when Ander spots the opportunity to settle an old score of his own, he ignores his own rules, setting off a chain of events that threatens to blow his cover, and it’ll take all the butt-kicking, detention-dodging skill he can muster to keep a lid on his secret.

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You can find Karl at his website: www.karlfields.com

Click to buy his book at the following outlets:

Amazon

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Here’s an excerpt from The Odd Squad:

Christian and I swung the double doors open, upping the volume as voices – someone calling “foul” and someone else disagreeing, both at the top of their lungs – bounced off the walls. A handful of guys were shooting around at the basket closest to us, but at the far end, six others were locked up in their usual after-school game of three-on-three, and right in the middle of it was the target: one Greg Bilski.

Here’s the main thing you need to know about Greg: calling him a 49ers fan is like saying those Victoria’s Secret models are kind of pretty. He knew the name of every player the ‘Niners had drafted for the last ten years. He could analyze their playoff chances better than the guys on ESPN. The guy even blew off his own birthday party to watch a ‘Niners game – a preseason game.

On the day of the Drive Thru, he’d been running his mouth since homeroom about his new, officially licensed 49ers jersey, complete with his name on the back.  Everybody had heard about it by the end of school. There was no way that thing would ever come in contact with sweat – his or anyone else’s.

The second we entered the gym, I spotted the jersey, neatly folded and resting on the bottom row of bleachers at the far end of the court. I’d taken a couple steps towards it when I realized Christian wasn’t with me. “Ready to do this?” I asked. He licked his lips, nodded and we started down the sideline. “Did Shooter look okay to you?”

Friends, take a moment to leave a comment and be entered into the drawing! Not to mention, I always love to hear what you have to say.

And as always, thanks for stopping by,

Brenda

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Welcome Michael A. Rothman!

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Friends, I’d like to give a huge, warm welcome to fellow author, Michael A. Rothman! I’m so glad he’s here today!

Michael has written an fantasy called Lords of Prophecy. This is the third book of his epic series. As I began this book, I was reminded a bit of The Hobbit. Michael has provided maps of the area, which significantly help to get a feel of place for the story. 

And one can’t help but be drawn in when the first line of the book is “I’m a murderer.” The tone is set. There’s going to be action in this story–and a lot of it! Rothman doesn’t disappoint. Yet he does manage to interwine romance throughout the book.

Female readers will identify with Arabelle who is the strong female protagonist. She’s a bit surprising at times, but is a character who will resonate with readers.

I couldn’t help but enjoy the ending. I don’t want to be a spoiler, so I won’t give details. Suffice it to say that you leave the book satisfied, content, while still wanting more–which in my opinion is the best way to end a book.

As you know, I teach high school. I received a copy of Lords of Prophecy to read. So, now I get a double benefit: A fun romp of a read and a new book for my classroom library. I already have quite a few students in mind who will love Rothman’s book!

Here’s a blurb about Michael’s book:

The Riverton brothers have completed their training, and despite their own personal skills, they worry about the forces arrayed against them. Knowing the barrier that’s kept the people of Trimoria safe for over five centuries is weakening, the brothers ready their ragtag army of humans, dwarves, and elves for battle.

In the meantime, on the other side of the ancient barrier, a growing army of demons have readied themselves for the final battle against the people of Trimoria.

As the barrier weakens, Ryan is struck by bouts of debilitating madness. As the barrier crumbles, so does the hope of Trimoria’s citizens.

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Click Here to Purchase Michael’s book.

Here’s some great news:  Michael will be awarding a $50 Amazon GC to one randomly drawn commentor during the tour!

So, please take a minute to comment below! (I’d love for you to get the prize!)

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 now I introduce 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
Facebook
Blog

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Remember, your comment below enters you in a drawing for a $50 gift card from Amazon!

And as always, thanks for stopping by!

Brenda

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