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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

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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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Teens Teach Senior Citizens and a Freebie for You!

Greetings Friends! I always get excited when I read about good works done by teens. (And there are plenty!) This morning, I read about teens in Kansas City who are being trained with a grant from Google Fiber to teach senior citizens how to use the Internet on computers. This project matches teens with seniors for technology lessons. There is a rigorous 60-hour training for the teens before they can do the teaching. They receive a stipend for their work.

I love this idea! What a brilliant way to harness the expertise of our teenagers to benefit our senior citizens. If you’d like to read about it, the full article is here.

FREEBIE: The third book in the Ocean Mist series is FREE today! Grab your copy here. TheReturn 500x750

Blurb: Following her mother’s death, Tiffany’s missing father reappears intending to take control of both her and her brother. Tough and rebellious, Tiffany doesn’t take kindly to meddling jerks and insists that neither she nor her little brother needs help, especially from the likes of him.

Tiffany plots her escape, but her plans become tangled when Jason, a new student whose past is shrouded in rumors, moves to Ocean Mist. Despite her intention to remain aloof, Tiffany falls for him and is driven to discover his secret.

When Tiffany’s brother sides with their father, Tiffany decides to run. But where can she go? Can she desert both her brother and Jason?

 

Feel free to share news with us about what the teens are doing in your community. (I love hearing from you!) Also, I’d love to hear your thoughts on The Return.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Brenda

P.S. Please share this blog post with your friends! I’d love them to grab a free copy of The Return, too!

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Writing Process

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Greetings, Friends! Thanks for joining me as I ruminate about writing. I’ve been tagged by my good friend, Jim Cangany. (By the way, he has two dynamite sweet romance books out, plus a Christmas story. Visit him here!) So here are my answers to the assigned questions!

How does my work differ from others in its genre?

My genre is contemporary young adult. I think one thing that sets my books apart is my effort to keep things PG rated. I’ve found that there is quite a large contingent of readers who like books without any embarrassment factor.

Why do I write what I do?

I’m lucky to spend massive time around teens, so I get an inside look into their world. These resilient young adults inspire me. I get to see the challenges they face. I see their tears of both joy and anguish. These wonderful teens are often my inspiration.

The biggest compliment to me is when my students read and enjoy my books. Sometimes, a teen will walk into class steaming about one of my characters. I love that! If I’ve brought a character to life enough that my students want to strangle him, I’ve accomplished my dream!

How does my writing process work?

My first drafts can be quite messy. I just want to get the story down. Then, my inner critic takes over and I start cleaning them up. I also find that reading my stories out loud to be unbelievably helpful. The things I hear — well, sometimes I can’t believe I didn’t see the mistakes the first three or four or five times through! Ha!

I sneak in writing time whenever I can. Early morning is best for me. I get my quota finished and then I feel a sense of accomplishment! It can get hectic, and writers (including me) often push ourselves too hard. Recently, I took a few weeks off to concentrate on other aspects of the writing business. It made me realize that breaks can be valuable!

How about you, dear readers. I know some of you are writers, too. Any thoughts to share?  I’d love to hear from you.

And as always, thanks for stopping by!

Brenda

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P.P.S.  Read about the latest characters my students want to strangle:

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Now Released!

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Greetings, Friends!  I’m over-the-moon excited to introduce you to Lizbet’s Lie. You know how some books just get to you when you read them? They wrench your emotions from the bottom of your gut?

Well, this book did that to me while I was writing it. The characters made me so mad! They would NOT cooperate. And they were downright mean. Lizbet didn’t deserve it. Not even a little.

Here’s the blurb:

Assaulted and pregnant, sixteen-year-old Lizbet Morgan is shipped off to give birth in secrecy and hand her baby over to strangers. When she returns home to her family’s strict religious community, she is expected to pick up where she left off.

But the nightmare isn’t over. Her friend Johnny isn’t the only one asking questions, and Lizbet fears that the reason for her absence will soon be discovered.  She must decide whether to tell the truth or continue to obey a religious system that forces her to tell intolerable lies.

And a little taste:

I carefully re-folded the letter and slipped it into my pocket. I left my room and nearly smacked into Susanna. I attempted to walk around her in the narrow hallway, but she blocked my path.

“Johnny is not available,” she said, her voice tight.

“No one in our community is,” I said and pushed her to the side.

“I mean it, Lizbet. You were gone, like, forever, and things changed.”

I paused at the head of the stairs, turned to her, and glowered. “I’m aware.” I stepped down the stairs, being careful to tread as if on eggshells.

Ned stood at the door of his truck, waiting for me. He seemed jumpy, as if he couldn’t wait to leave. “Got it?” he asked.

I pulled out the letter and handed it to him. “Maybe she’ll be out in the living room and you’ll see her.”

He opened the truck door and climbed into the seat. He put his face close to mine. “Maybe I’ll get lucky.”

“Momma will have a fit.”

“I told Dad I was running an errand.”

“He didn’t question you?”

“He’s not Momma.”

“She’ll die if she knows.”

“Lizbet, I’m merely delivering a letter to your former roommate. What’s so weird about that? It’s only natural you’d be close to her, considering you lived together for months. Even Momma could understand that.”

“Oh, she’d understand, but she wouldn’t approve.”

“She doesn’t know Farah’s story.”

“It’d be worse if she did.”

Ned sighed and grasped the steering wheel. He knew I was right. “I’m delivering a letter. Period.”

I took a step back so he could close the door. He rolled down the window.

“Tell her I miss her,” I said.

He nodded. “Will do.” He rolled the window back up, and I heard him shift into gear. With a light spray of gravel from the back tires, he was off.

I stood and watched him go. I wished I was in the truck with him. Not to go back to the Home — no, never. But to get away from our community, yes.

Oh, I so hope you’ll want to grab this book up! Click Here to purchase!

Let me know what you think of it. I’d love to hear.

And as always, thanks for stopping by.

Brenda

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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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Valentine Scavenger Hunt (Blog Hop)

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Greetings Friends! Okay, get ready for fun prizes! I’ve joined with some great fellow Astraea Press writers in bringing you a brand new Valentine’s Day anthology, Love and Diamonds!

As part of our release announcement, we’re having a scavenger hunt!  Woo Hoo!! It’s easy! From each participating blog, you capture a key word. (Hint:  Look at the visual above to grab mine!) Then take these key words to this entry form, post them there, and you could be the winner of great Astraea Press books! There are six bundles of five books each, and they will be listed at the Astraea Press Blog.

Remember that the more blogs you visit, the more chances of winning you have! AND here’s the beautiful cover of the new Valentine’s Day anthology! Read stories from fifteen different authors in a variety of genres, all PG rated. (No worries about embarrassment!)

Grab your copy! Here’s the blurb for my contribution to the Anthology, Meet Me in the Copy Room:

Dumping her long-time boyfriend gives Leanne a welcomed new lease on life. Until that same boyfriend promptly proposes to her best friend. A gloating best friend, a propositioning ex, a meddling mother, and a handsome newcomer all conspire to give Leanne a day she won’t soon forget…

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In the spirit of my Valentine scavenger hunt word, here’s my favorite kiss scene from The Return. (Soon to be released!)

“Tiffany.” Something in his voice stopped me, and I turned to look at him.

“Come here.”

The bubble of panic burst into nothingness and I went. Just like that. I walked into his arms and lost myself in his embrace. His kissed me, at first soft and tender and then with more force. I kissed him back, exploring his taste, his scent. I wanted more of him. I wanted to disappear into him. We clung to each other, swaying slightly to the barely heard rhythm of the waves. His heartbeat pounded against my ear, and he tightened his embrace.

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I hope you enjoyed that little sample! Don’t forget to grab your copy of  Love and Diamonds here!

Click here to find the other participating blogs!  (I hope you win!)

Do you have any special plans for Valentine’s Day? If so, tell me about them. I’d love to hear!

I’d also love to keep in touch with you through my Newsletter Gang! You’ll get all the news about the latest releases, contests, Amazon gift card giveaways, and fun tidbits! Click Here to Join for Free!

And as always, thanks for stopping by.

Brenda

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No Strings Attached!

Hello Friends! Today, I’m having a ball participating in a no strings attached blog hop! This is fun news  because all you have to do for a chance to win any of the prizes is leave a comment with your email! That’s it!

Those of us in the northern hemisphere are in the depths of winter right now. So, I decided to have my prize be a two eb00k combo (Player and Buried Truth) which takes place on the Washington Coast. (And NOT in deep snow! Ha!)

Here’s a little taste from one of the prizes (Player):

The next morning when I opened the shop door, Daniela was standing behind the counter with a warm smile. I did a double take; she wasn’t supposed to be there when I got in.

“Andrew, you’re here.”

“Morning, Daniela.”

Her teasing tone sent jingles of excitement through me. A hot ache grew in my throat, and I turned quickly and headed for the stock room.

I set my backpack on a table piled high with an assortment of shipping boxes. A mirror hung next to the bathroom door, and I gave it a quick glance, smoothed my hair, and ventured back out.

“Didn’t expect you so early,” I said, busying myself straightening the keychain rack.

“Sue said you’d teach me the cash register. That’s why I’m here first thing instead of this afternoon.” Daniela joined me at the rack and started picking through the key chains, catching the ones hanging on the wrong pegs. She brushed against my side, and a jolt of electricity zinged through me.

“I’m glad you’re my teacher today,” she said. “I’m good at math, so I’ll catch on right away.”

I gazed down at her face as she concentrated on the chains. Her eyebrows furrowed a bit, and her eyes crinkled like she was a little girl figuring out how to tie her shoe. The whole picture was so adorable it sent tremors through me.

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Remember to leave a comment with your email address so I can contact you if you win! Good luck!

I heard a quote the other day that inspired my thinking, and I’d like to share it with you:

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.  Pablo Picasso

So have fun this week, friends, washing the dust off your souls.  🙂

Click here to visit other participating blogs.  Enjoy!

As always, thanks for stopping by.

Brenda

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