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Welcome, Nancy Pennick!

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Greetings, Friends! I’d like to give a warm welcome today to fellow author, Nancy Pennick! She has written a new YA historical romance, Broken Dreams. So, for those of you who love romance and history, this one’s for you! Nancy is offering an Amazon or BN gift card of $20 to a lucky reader! You can enter below. (I love it when my readers get the prize!)

Here is the blurb for Nancy’s story:

Two friends…
Blood sisters till the end…
Until they’re not.
     One cold night in a boarding school dorm, two fourteen-year-old girls make a blood sister pact. Friends forever. As young schoolgirls, they’re determined to find true love, learning the hits and misses along the way. As graduation nears, the girls have different outlooks for the future. Lucinda longs for adventure. Anna chooses city life and marriage. Finding their way back together, the girls head west for an experience of a lifetime until a handsome cowboy bursts into their lives, changing the course of their friendship forever.

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 And here’s an excerpt to whet your appetite!

Anna tentatively put the other foot on the ice. “I’m doing it!” She grinned widely for a second until her body slipped out from under her.

“Anna!” Lucinda grabbed for her, but it was too late. Anna lay a few feet away from the boy who still struggled to get on his feet.

“Come on.” Lucinda seized Anna by one arm and the boy by the other and marched them to a bench. “Watch and learn.” She daintily walked away on her skates and slipped slowly back onto the ice. She caught up with her sister. Arm in arm they disappeared into the crowd.

“Hello, I don’t think we formally met.” The young man stuck out his hand. “James Trent.”

“Anna. Anna Douglass.” She shook his gloved hand. He had a nice smile, auburn hair and golden brown eyes. A few freckles were sprinkled across his nose.

James smoothed his hair back and replaced the cap he probably lost during the fall. “I’m a sophomore over at Lake Forest.”

“This is my first year at Ferry.” Anna gazed down at the snowy ground, suddenly nervous.

“First time on skates?” He laughed and snorted at the same time.

Anna relaxed and looked him in the eye. She saw a faint redness creep up his neck and knew he was embarrassed. “You couldn’t tell?” She giggled, hoping he noticed she forgave the snort.“Well, I’m not giving up. I hope you won’t either. What I mean is I hope I see you here again.”

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A little bit about Nancy:

Born and raised in Northeast Ohio, Nancy currently resides in Mentor, Ohio with her husband and son, plus a delightfully entertaining lovebird. Her writing is influenced by all the years of working with young people as a teacher and raising her own son. When not writing, Nancy loves to travel with her husband and enjoys a good cup of tea. Broken Dreams is a stand alone companion piece to her young adult Waiting for Dusk series.

BUY LINK:  Publisher- Fire and Ice

Links to Nancy:

Twitter

Facebook Fan page

WordPress blog

Amazon Author Page

Goodreads

Links to other books:

Waiting for Dusk

Call of the Canyon

Stealing Time

FREE short story:

Taking Chances: A Waiting for Dusk Story

Remember to enter the drawing for an Amazon/BN gift card! Enter to win a $20

That’s it for today, friends! Feel free to leave a comment – I love to hear from you.

And as always, thanks for stopping by.

Brenda

P.S. If you want to escape to the ocean, try this: Cornered

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Welcome, Angella Graff!

Friends, please help me extend a warm welcome to fellow author Angella Graff! Today, we’re celebrating the release of her middle grade book, Alexandra Fry, Private Eye. (Now, doesn’t that title intrigue?)

Be sure to enter the Angella’s Rafflecopter below for a chance to win a $10 Amazon/BN gift card. I love it when my readers win!  🙂

Here’s the blurb for Angella’s new book:

Now an 8th grader and the senior of Sage Brush Middle School, Alexandra Fry is looking forward to having a nice, calm, mystery-free year. But her hopes are dashed when she’s visited by none other than the famous boy Pharaoh, Tutankhamun who has a very special request: to find the carved jade crocodile that once belonged to the mummy of his unborn child. With a fight brewing between Alexandra and her two best friends, Penelope and Jack, this case won’t be as easy as it seems.

New friends, a first crush, and a new threat from the spirit world, Alexandra must use everything she’s learned to uncover the mysteries in this case. Who is the bad guy this time? Who can she trust? And above all, what is the Shadow Man?

It’s up to Alexandra, her friends, and possible new allies to save the day in the thrilling new tale of Alexandra Fry, Private Eye.

And now to enjoy an excerpt:

“No!” I said, feeling angry now. “I mean, I don’t agree with them keeping it from you. I was really upset when I found out and I told your mom I didn’t want to do it, but she begged me. But Penelope, I like your mom, and so does my dad. They make each other happy, and I thought you could be happy for them.”

“I can’t even believe I’m hearing this. How can you take their side over mine!”

“Maybe because you’re being totally unreasonable!” I was frustrated and the words slipped out before I even realized I’d said them. I instantly regretted it.

Going pale, Penelope narrowed her eyes and took three steps back. “Maybe I am,” she said, her voice low and furious. “And maybe you and I aren’t friends anymore.” She stormed toward the door, but before she opened it, she turned back to me. “And maybe don’t expect me to save your stupid butt again next time some crazy person tries to kill you. It’s no wonder Jack’s using you for adventure. It’s all you’re good for.” With that, she went in, slamming the door behind her.

Her last words hit me like a blow to the gut. Tears instantly sprang into my eyes and I sat down right in the middle of the grass. How did it get so messed up? For the first time in my life, I’d had friends, friends who knew my secrets and accepted me for them. Friends who cared, who were there for me. Then one small mistake and everything fell apart.

Here’s a bit about the Angella: Angella Graff was born and raised in the desert city of Tucson, Arizona. She married and became a mother very young, and after getting started with her family, began her University studies where she found her passion for creative writing, history and theology.

She now resides in Tucson with her husband Joshua, three children, Christian, Isabella and Adia, and their three cats and three dogs.

Links to stay in touch with Angella:

angellagraffbooks.wordpress.com

https://www.facebook.com/AngellaGraffAuthor

@pantsarefancy

Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Angella-Graff/e/B009GLDA9C

And here’s where you can buy her book!

Buy the book at Amazon

Now to enter the giveaway:

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Friends, I hope you enjoyed hearing about Angella’s book and will want to grab it for yourself and your middle graders.

How is everyone doing this getting-colder-by-the-minute November? I actually dragged out my winter coat yesterday, and boy, did it feel good. Ha! Have a lovely week, everyone.

And as always, thanks for stopping by!

Brenda

P.S. Looking for a fun Thanksgiving book for your little ones? Here’s one you’ll like:  (Click on the cover!)

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Welcome Back, Angela Myron!

Greetings, Friends! I’m so happy to be welcoming back author Angela Myron!  We’re here celebrating her book, Ennara and the Book of Shadows.

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Be sure and enter Angela’s prize raffle. I love it when one of my readers gets the prize!

Angela will be awarding a the winners choice of one of the following prizes (international giveaway — All photos used from Etsy shops that she plans to purchase the gifts from. Actual gift will be sourced from winner’s country and will likely look different for international winners):

1.  Dragon earcuff. A tiny dragon that wraps around your ear just like Ennara’s wraps around her wrist! Ennara would not approve.

2. Potions master decal kit: Trick out your Kitchenaid with this decal kit! Ennara approved.

3. Emergency Potion Necklace: Potion/necklace dependent on winner’s location. Ennara approved.

 

Or the winner may choose something from Ennara Swag (if they live in the US).

When strange accidents start happening around thirteen year-old necromancer Ennara and her friends, she must search for the mysterious stolen artifacts causing the attacks while learning the highest form of magic–the spells that could prevent the fruition of a terrible prophecy.

 

Now enjoy an excerpt:

“You haven’t much time,” Formult said, glancing again at the door. He crossed to the far edge of the dome and opened a huge glass panel. The winged horses enthusiastically trotted to the edge of the roof, and the griffins took up the rear.

The professor patted Snowflake’s neck. “I’m fairly certain I saw the book when I was in Dordonne. That is, I saw the Bishop of Dordonne with an odd-looking book in the Royal Court. It was my last clear memory before the spell… Anyway, when you find the bishop, I believe you’ll find that book.”

Ennara had heard of the Bishop of Dordonne once before, but where? She shook her head. Now they had two clues to look for—the crypts, and the bishop. Maybe hunting down the Book of Shadows was something they could do, after all.

Formult clapped Snowflake on the hindquarters and stepped aside. She leapt from the door and into the air effortlessly. Ferrus and the two griffins followed.

“Take good care and don’t worry about us,” Formult called after them. “We’ll have the school straight by the time you get back.”

The horses ascended as the door to the aviary burst open. The two druids from the hall tumbled forward. They quickly assessed the scene and raised their wands to the flying creatures. Smoos crouched to pounce and Formult unfurled his whip.

“Let’s get out of here!” Kithe yelled.

Without further instruction, the pegasii and griffins pounded their muscular wings and lifted them away. Galdurlan retreated, quickly becoming a tiny village, then a bay, and then an island alone in a cold, dark ocean. Ennara wrapped her cloak tightly and pulled her hood up as she settled into Snowflake’s rhythmic flight. The air grew icy, and she leaned into the horse to share its warmth. Beside her, Cinne did the same, resting her face against Ferrus’s dark mane.

Gevin and his griffin flew slightly above and behind the pegasii, to the left. His bright green eyes shone from behind his heavy black hood. He was enjoying the flight as much as she. Kithe rode his lion-eagle ahead of the other. He’d bundled himself up in his hunter green cloak and smiled as he gazed into the distance. The hilt of the Sword of Gisilfrid glinted on his shoulder.

From the tiny castle on the retreating island, a screech tore through the air, then another. Two tiny black objects rose in pursuit. Then another, larger object. Two larger objects. The tattoo on Ennara’s hand prickled. Her stomach grew queasy. They would not be let off the island without a fight. Long necks and massive wings pulled the large creatures into the sky. Dragons.

A Little about Angela

Angela Myron was born in Vancouver, Canada in 1973. She grew up in the piney forests of southern British Columbia, studying tiny blue bells, dodging hidden cacti, and creating fantasy worlds in her back yard. She loved to imagine lands of fairies and goblins, then invite friends over to introduce them.

Angela studied biology and professional writing at university, starting her degree at the University of Victoria in Canada and finishing it at San Francisco State University. She wrote grant proposals for nonprofits, technical manuals for software, and freelance journalism before writing fiction.

www.angelamyron.com

https://www.facebook.com/myron.angela

https://twitter.com/AngelaMyron

http://www.pinterest.com/angelamyron/

Buy links:

http://amzn.com/0692239626

http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/ennara-and-the-book-of-shadows

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/449530

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Please leave a comment. I’d love to know how you’re doing as we move into November.

And as always, thanks for stopping by.

Brenda

P.S.     She never meant to be a bully. . . Buried Truth

 

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Welcome, Marian Cheatham!

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Greetings, Friends! Today, we’re extending a warm welcome to Marian Cheatham! She is the author of the YA book, Ruined. I absolutely love the cover!   (BTW, Marian is giving some great prizes during her tour. Details are further down in this post!)

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Here’s the BLURB to give you the gist of the story: (If any of you are Shakespeare lovers, you’re going to want to grab this book immediately!)

 When your life has been ruined by lies, do you seek justice … or revenge?

Blythe Messina spends her senior year focused on her studies and college, and not on her ex, Stratford High’s lacrosse star, DB Whitmore. At least, that’s what Blythe keeps telling herself. But her younger cousin, Bonni, knows otherwise. Same goes for DB, who swears to be over Blythe and their breakup, but his teammates aren’t fooled.

When scandalous photos of Bonni and the team captain are texted around Stratford, Bonni’s virtuous reputation is ruined. She professes her innocence, but no one believes her. No one, except Blythe and DB, who come together to uncover the truth. But, will they stay together?

Ruined is a modern twist on a classic Shakespearean romance.  “Deceit, loyalty, honor, and romance–Ruined has it all! A teen version of Much Ado About Nothing that Shakespeare aficionados are sure to savor!”

Kym Brunner, Author of Wanted: Dead or in Love & One Smart Cookie

All books in the Stratford High series will be modern retellings of a Shakespeare classic. Ruined is inspired by Much Ado About Nothing.

Here’s an EXCERPT to tickle your taste buds:

I watched through the sliding glass doors as my baby brother disappeared into the depths of Mr. M.’s house with DB. I hoped Jon wasn’t getting sick. The Mai Tais at this party were kind of sweet. Or maybe the sun had gotten to him. No denying it was hot outside, and this deck didn’t have a sheltered awning. Dad used to tell Jon to toughen up, and Jon had, once he’d started playing lacrosse. Wasn’t his fault, he was on the short side. Jon got that from his mother. She was just a pale wisp of a thing. Maybe that was what Dad had liked about her. She was the polar opposite of my long-legged, big-boned Amazon mom.

Dad. What a player. He had the best of both worlds in women and sons.

A hand clamped down on my shoulder. “Don’t worry about your brother,” Mr. M. said. “Jon’s in capable hands. That DB is a good guy. I only wish my niece could see his better qualities.”

Bonni shook her head. “Blythe’s too hung up on the past. At least she pretends to be. She’s always DB did this and DB did that. Acting annoyed when she’s really in love with him.”

“Same with DB,” said Cory. “He say he hates Blythe, but I know he’s always plotting ways to run into her on the sly.”

“Me thinks they doth protest too much,” said Mr. M. “Too bad. Those two seem perfect for each other. If only they could find their way back together.”

“Maybe they just need a push.” A seed of something had taken root in my brain.

“Go on.” Mr. M. smiled at me. “What’re you thinking, Paolo?”

“Maybe we can trick them into admitting how they really feel. What if you and Bonni let it slip that DB wants to work things out? You know, have a conversation when Blythe’s not supposed to be around, but really she is. Let her overhear you talking.”

“We can do that, right, Daddy? We can make Blythe believe DB still cares.”

“Absolutely!” Mr. M. high-fived her.

“And you and I will do the same with DB,” I told Cory. “When we’re sure he’s listening, we’ll drop the bomb that Blythe is still into him. Then we stand back and let nature take its course.” I extended my hand. My three co-conspirators piled their hands on top of mine.

“We’re all in?” Bonni, Cory, and Mr. M. nodded.

“Good. Operation Cupid is a go.”

Below is a short interview with Marian:

Where are you from?

I was born in Chicago where I spent the first five years of my life. Then my parents moved to the suburbs, Elmwood Park, IL, to be exact, where I attended grade school and high school. I went to Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL, and then returned to the suburbs after graduation to teach and work in business before marrying. Now we live in another Chicago suburb, Elk Grove Village, IL, northwest of the city near O’Hare airport. Guess you could say, I’m a true Chicagoan.

Tell us your latest news?

Right now, I’m writing Book Two of the Stratford High Series. No title yet, but the story is inspired by Shakespeare’s play, The Merchant of Venice. This summer, I started writing a blog for the Chicago Tribune’s Chicago Now site. My blog, Everyday Eastland, deals with the Eastland boat disaster of 1915 and is also the subject of my first novel, Eastland. I’ve also started giving guided tours about the Eastland, visiting sites associated with the disaster in and around Chicago. It’s really been a fun summer! I have a haunted tour scheduled for October. We’ll see if we can conjure up a few ghosts of the Eastland.

When and why did you begin writing?

I was teaching special education to primary-aged students and reading library picture books to them every day. I don’t know who enjoyed story time more – me or them. So I got it into my head that I could write picture books. They were short, only 400 words or so. A mere 36 pages long. Easy, right? Wrong! Writing a great picture book takes talent, something I just didn’t possess. I have a boxful of rejection letters from editors/agents to prove my point. So I tried my hand at middle grade novels. Again, many, many rejections. But I do have a few completed manuscripts in a box in my closet. They’ll never see the light of day again, but the writing was good practice. Finally, I made an attempt at young adult fiction and got an agent with my first novel. She never sold that novel, and we eventually parted ways, but I kept writing and writing, practicing my craft until I finished Eastland.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Probably when Eastland went ‘live’ on Amazon. That was a very exciting day. One that I’ll never forget. After several congratulatory calls from friends and family, I felt like a real, honest-to-goodness writer. And I was. But it was just the beginning of my journey. Now I write nearly every day, if not on my latest novel, then I’m working on a blog post or networking about my two published books, Eastland and Ruined. I always have something to write about.

Do you have a specific writing style?

Yes. When I’m writing a novel, I try to finish an entire chapter every time I sit down at my laptop. Then I make notes for the next chapter before logging off for the day. This way when I start that next chapter, I have some guidelines to use. This system seems to work for me.

How did you come up with the title?

‘Ruined’ came from the storyline and theme of the play, Much Ado About Nothing. A young bride’s virtuous reputation is ruined by lies and trickery. For me, the key word was ‘ruined,’ so I went with that for the title. It seems to say it all.

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

I hope they take away the notion that revenge is never the right answer. Yes, we can be angry over a destructive situation, but retaliation only prolongs the conflict. Justice, not some hot-headed, crazy revenge scheme, is the right way to settle the problem.

How much of the book is realistic?

I think a great deal of the book is realistic, at least, I was going for that genuine high school feeling when I wrote Ruined. I heard from a reader on Goodreads who said that she knew people from this book in her senior year in high school. That made my day. She could relate my story and my characters to her life. Ruined had struck a realistic chord with her, and I’m was very glad and grateful to hear that.

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

In other novels I’ve written, characters have had some of my characteristics and/or personality traits of people I know. It’s hard for a writer not to use their own experiences, their own emotions, when creating a character. If you need a bossy character, you envision that bossy co-worker you had years ago and put some of him/her onto the page. But in Ruined, I was focused on re-creating Shakespeare’s characters. I had personality guidelines to work with, and not just a blank slate like I have when I create my own characters for my own stories. So I’d have to say, a piece of me might have snuck into Ruined, but it wasn’t my intention.

What books have most influenced your life most?

In classical literature it would have to be anything by Shakespeare, of course. I love Jane Austen, especially Pride & Prejudice and Sense & Sensibility. Charles Dickens wrote one of my most favorite books, A Tale of Two Cities. I admire John Steinbeck for his Of Mice and Men, and Cannery Row. J.R.R. Tolkien’s Hobbit and all of the Lord of the Rings books. Contemporary writers that I love include, Stephen King and his Richard Bachman stories like The Running Man. J.K. Rowling and her incredibly imaginative, Harry Potter. Any southern lawyer novel by John Grisham. Scary, sci-fi books by Robin Cook. But my favorite writer was Michael Crichton. Jurassic Park blew me away. I still can’t believe he’s dead. Oh, well, his writing lives on! Yay!

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 AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Marian is a full-time writer of contemporary and historical young adult fiction. A native Chicagoan and a graduate of Northern Illinois University, Marian taught special education and worked in the business world before pursuing her dream of becoming a writer. She would rather be at her desk than almost anywhere else, but of course, that isn’t always possible. So when she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, gardening, walking the dog, travelling with her husband, and researching new projects. Not necessarily in that order.

She adores anything Shakespeare. An avid reader of Shakespeare biographies, she has traveled the world to see his plays, visiting Stratford, Canada as well as Stratford-Upon-the-Avon, Great Britain, and the new Globe Theater in London. Her latest YA novel, Ruined, Book One in her new Stratford High series – modern retellings of Shakespeare’s plays – is inspired by the Bard’s classic romance, Much Ado About Nothing. Book Two, inspired by the Merchant of Venice, is due out fall 2014.

Her debut YA, Eastland, came out in February 2014. Based on the real-life story of the 1915 Eastland boat disaster in Chicago, Marian lectures about the Eastland to schools, libraries, and book clubs, as well as co-hosting haunted Chicago tours of Eastland disaster sites. She writes a post on the subject on the Tribune’s Chicago Now blog site. Visit her at:

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 Facebook

 Goodreads

Twitter  @CheathamMarian

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PRIZE NEWS:  Marian will be awarding an eBook copy of Ruined to a randomly drawn commenter at each stop during the tour. A Grand Prize of a signed paperback copy of Ruined plus a new DVD of Much Ado About Nothing starring Kenneth Branagh and Emma Thompson will be awarded to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour (US ONLY). A signed paperback copy of Ruined will be awarded to a randomly drawn host (US ONLY).

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I’d love one of my readers to win this prize!!

Friends, I’m also a real Shakespeare lover, how about you? Let me know!

And as always, thanks for stopping by!

Brenda

P.S. Still time to escape to the beach before the weather turns cold! Join Tiffany in The Return.

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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 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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Leap into Books Giveaway Hop!

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Greetings, Friends! For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, this has been quite a winter. So, although Mother Nature isn’t quite ready to leap into spring, we are ready to leap into books. (Always!) The weather doesn’t matter, right? In fact, books can help us escape any type of weather to all sorts of magical worlds.

If you’re in the mood to escape to the Washington Coast, you’ll enjoy my young adult Ocean Mist Series. In fact, the prize book bundle I’m giving away during this hop includes PDF copies of Player, Buried Truth, and Cornered. You can follow Courtney, Tiffany, Andrew, and Keegan as they struggle to overcome confusion, angst, and love gone wrong. To be eligible to win, all you have to do is leave a comment below!

Do you know any teen girls who are frustrated or struggling with the whole dating scene? I have a book for that! Grab a copy of Dating Advice for Girls from the Guys and give it as a gift. This book climbs inside a teen guy’s head and let’s you see what he’s thinking. A great group of guys freely shared their wants, needs, and even annoyances regarding the girls with me. And I’ve put it all in this book for you. No worries! It’s PG rated. So grab a copy for someone today!

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If you’d like to get in on contests for FREE Amazon gift cards and news of hot new releases, click here! That click gives you access to my free Newsletter Gang!

Here’s hoping for a warmer March! For a chance to win the book bundle, remember to leave a comment below!

And as always, thanks for stopping by.

Brenda

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Romance in the Air Blog Hop!

Hello Friends! I simply couldn’t resist! This blog hop is focusing on Young Adult and New Adult novels, and since that’s what I write, here I am!

Three winners will be chosen during this hop! Winners may have the choice of one PDF copy of any of the my books which are shown to the side of this post. So, happy choosing!  😀

In the spirit of romance, I’m including an excerpt below from Someday You’ll Laugh (My almost true love story!):

I looked down at my clasped hands. Greg put his fingers under my chin and lifted my face to his. He leaned forward and kissed me. “I’ve missed you. More than I ever thought I would.” His voice was gentle and the tenderness flowing from him engulfed me and made it difficult to breathe.

I knew he was waiting for me to respond, but whirling confusion had grabbed my words, and I didn’t know what to say. As the silence grew, Greg’s brow creased and the muscles around his mouth tensed.

“Brenda?”

My eyes were wide and I knew tears hovered on my lashes. “Yes?”

“What’s going on?”

“You said you wanted to see other people.”

“Oh that,” he said, and he sighed with obvious relief. “Is that what’s bothering you?”

He grabbed my arm and looked at me, his eyes moist but full of joy. “I was worried there for a minute. Don’t give another thought to what I said. It was stupid. I was stupid. We don’t have to see anyone else. I don’t want to, not even a little.”

He tried to pull me into his arms, but I remained stiff. His hands dropped from me, and he moved back a few inches. His eyes searched my face.

“Oh no,” he whispered. “You’ve met someone.”

The tears that had been balancing on my lashes began to fall. I stared into Greg’s stricken face. “No. No, I haven’t. Well maybe. Kind of. Yes.”

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