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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.

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Buy links:

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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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Giveaway Hop

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Greetings, Friends! Welcome to our Freedom to Read Giveaway Hop! I hope you have a great time “hopping” around between all of the participating blogs. Remember that there are free books or prizes at each stop, so you won’t want to miss any blogs!

I’m delighted that you’ve stopped by my blog. Here, you will find many contemporary teen reads. (I have adult fans, too! Personally, I love reading YA.) Please give a glance at the books in the side margin. I hope you’ll find one or two that intrigue you. Some of them are bargain-priced!

As we’re focusing on freedom for this blog hop, I’d like to share some quotes with you:

For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.  Nelson Mandela

The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask.   Jim Morrison

If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.   George Washington

I thought these quotes were especially thought-provoking. I hope you enjoy them, too.

For this blog hop, I am giving away a copy of Cornered and Player. To be entered in the drawing, simply click on the link below!!

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To find the other blog hop participants, click here.

Good luck! I’d love to hear from you. What does freedom mean to you?

Thank you, again!

And as always, thanks for stopping by,

Brenda

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A Spring in Your Step Blog Hop

Greetings, Friends! I write this with sincere hope that we are truly moving into spring! New beginnings are always a thrill, and spring is full of new beginnings!

To celebrate the new season, here are some beautiful quotes of spring:

“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”  Rainier Maria Rilke

“I glanced out the window at the signs of spring. The sky was almost blue, the trees were almost budding, the sun was almost bright.”   Millard Kaufman

“April hath put a spirit of youth in everything. (Sonnet XCVIII)”   William Shakespeare

“The deep roots never doubt spring will come.”  Marty Rubin

“Spring work is going on with joyful enthusiasm.”  John Muir

And perhaps my favorite:

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”   Margaret Atwood

Of course, this is my favorite because I simply adore digging in the dirt. In Indiana, that is pretty much an impossibility during the winter. I could break a shovel trying! But when the ground thaws, you’ll find me out ankle deep in the mud. I love it! Ever optimistic, I often plant too soon. I’ve been known to run around at night putting blankets over my fragile new plants.

Which of course, is why God created tulips and daffodils and narcissus.  🙂

Wherever you live, I wish you thawed gardens and sunny skies. If you feel like taking off for the Washington Coast to enjoy a coming-of-age romance, grab a copy of Cornered. Find out if Courtney is able to save her sister, capture the guy’s heart, and still care for her ill mom who has fibromyalgia.

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If you’d like to enter to win a FREE copy of Buried Truth (Ocean Mist Book One), ENTER our Rafflecopter giveaway!

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If there are little ones in your life, you’ll enjoy visiting Lynda Raymond Books.  Click here: Lynda Raymond Books.

Tell me about your spring rituals. I love hearing from you!

And as always, thanks for stopping by.

Brenda

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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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I hope you enjoyed that little taste! (If you’d like to order the book, click on the cover above.)

 

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I hope all of you have a warm and wonderful Valentine’s Day with the people you love. I wish you many happy memories.

Feel free to share your thoughts with a comment below. I love hearing from my readers.  🙂

And 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!

BLURB:  

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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Remember friends, you can leave a comment below to be entered in his $50 gift card giveaway!

And as always, thanks for stopping by!

Brenda

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P.P.S.  Want to get in the Christmas mood with a tender short story about forgiveness and second chances? Click here to grab a copy of Seeking Christmas!

Thank you!

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