9/28/16

Chronicles of Steele: Raven by Pauline Creeden Full Serial Release


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Raven_ebookPromoI would not call myself a "steampunk" fan in general--but, I love Pauline Creeden's books.  All of them.  And this series was no exception.  If you missed the first parts of the serial--then--you are in luck!  This Chronicles of Steele compilation contains the complete works in one novel.

Quick Summary of Chronicles of Steele:  Raven.  This is the complete Steampunk Fantasy novel – all four parts of the serial in one volume! Human life has value. The poor living in the gutter is as valuable as the rich living in a manor. The scoundrel is no less valuable than the saint. Because of this, every life a reaper takes must be redeemed. Raven has lived by this first tenet since she was trained by her father to become a reaper. But since his death, she’s been spending years redeeming the lives she’s taken. By her count, she’s even and it’s time for that life to end. If she settles down and becomes a wife, she might just feel human again. But on the way to the life she thinks she wants, the baron of New Haven asks her to complete a task which she cannot ignore… Just when Raven decides to give up on her life as an assassin, she’s pulled right back in.

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About the Author

Pauline CreedenPauline Creeden is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy. In her fiction, she creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. 

She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long.

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9/27/16

Days of You and Me by Tawdra Kandle is Available Today!


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DAYS OF YOU AND ME

The final book in the Keeping Score Trilogy

is available now.

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While I have not read this trilogy, I have heard some very positive reviews about the books. If you enjoy romance novels, I do encourage you to learn more about Tawdra Kandle and the Keeping Score Trilogy! 

Quick Summary of Days of You and Me by Tawdra Kandle.  Once upon a time, not that long ago, I had just about everything I ever wanted. I was a star football player at one of the best colleges in the country, and I had the girl I’d always loved by my side. The promise of a future most guys can only dream about was close enough to touch.

13509802_807323562701103_153972270_o (1) But if there’s anything I’ve learned, it’s that life is unpredictable. One twist can change it all, and suddenly, I’m alone. Even football, the one constant in all the insanity, somehow isn’t enough anymore, because without her, everything else is empty. Meaningless. I’ve got one shot left. One more chance to win her heart. We’re not kids now, and I know that being good enough for Quinn isn’t some game I can fake my way through. She’s more than the prize; she’s my reason for living. The world only makes sense when we’re together. And this time, I’m going to do whatever it takes to give us our happy ending.  

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Meet the Author

2015AuthorPhoto (1539x1800)Tawdra Kandle writes romance, in just about all its forms. She loves unlikely pairings, strong women, sexy guys, hot love scenes and just enough conflict to make it interesting. Her books include YA paranormal romance, NA paranormal and contemporary romance, and adult contemporary and paramystery romance. She lives in central Florida with a husband, kids, sweet pup and too many cats. And yeah, she rocks purple hair. 

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9/20/16

Wonder Woman Inside: Guest Post by Yvonne Williams Casaus, author of A Drop of Water


Today, we have the wonderful opportunity to share a guest post from Yvonne Williams Casaus, author of A Drop of Water.  Enjoy her look at the Wonder Woman Inside--and check out the spotlight of A Drop of Water--and enter to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post!
 
Wonder Woman Inside
by Yvonne Williams Casaus

We all have a little Wonder Woman inside. I remember as a kid I loved to wear my Wonder Woman Underoos. They were my favorite. I used to feel like I could take on the world. All superheroes wear boring regular clothes on top of their superhero costumes. I want to feel like that again. I want to think of myself as a super intelligent, beautiful Goddess with divine wisdom and strong moral sense. I want enhanced vision, hearing, speed and strength. Most of all, I want super-human agility so I can fight each day with no rest. 

Like most moms, I am a superhero in many aspects of my life, saving the world on a daily basis. I try to help everyone I meet.  Every single day I give with every ounce of my being to help others.  I try to be a super mom, wife, sister, daughter, friend, therapist, maid, chauffer, etc...  I work full time and volunteer at my children’s schools. I drive back and forth to school, work, and practices. I try to cook and eat healthy meals. I try to keep the sink empty and the yard looking nice. Yet, I beat myself up when I cannot seem to keep the house sparkling or the laundry baskets from over flowing. It seems no matter how hard I try I can never seem to get those darn thank you cards out. I really struggle to squeeze in time to exercise. How does Wonder Woman stay so fit?  Thank goodness I have an amazing super hero husband that encourages me. Although he says he is more of a Batman than Superman. 

On the plus side, my intuition serves as my own “Lasso of Truth”. I have learned to trust my gut more, it is usually right. Meanwhile I am trying to do it all and serve the greater good with the patience and grace of a Goddess. I really do have more patience than I ever thought possible. I really try to treasure the little things. I try to appreciate precious moments like the sound of my children’s laughter. I make an effort to savor the first sip of warm coffee in the morning. I find delight in the morning dew sparkling in the sunlight. I was giddy like a school girl when Lynda Carter, the woman I idolized as Wonder Woman (aka Diana Prince) followed me Twitter. We have to remember, we all have a little Wonder Woman inside. I am just missing the invisible plane.


Meet the Author

Yvonne Williams Casaus is a Mom, Wife, Author, Counselor, and Play Therapist. She is an independently licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LPCC), a Registered Play Therapist (RPT), and is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. She specializes in Depression, Trauma and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She has a private practice in New Mexico and has been helping adults, children, adolescents, and families for over eleven years.

Yvonne’s areas of expertise include Depression, Anxiety, Divorce, Panic Attacks, PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), Sexual Abuse, Rape, Physical Abuse, Grief, ADHD and other issues. She also specializes in treating traumatized children with issues such as PTSD, Sexual abuse, Physical Abuse, Neglect, Adoption, and Reactive Attachment Disorder.

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In this extraordinary book, Yvonne reflects upon her past experiences, grief, and losses to find her way back to her spirituality and strength. She bares her soul, yet is able to use water as a lighthearted, uninhibited, and fun way to express how we are all connected. It is a spiritually inspired book about healing, grief, and personal growth.

It becomes a beautiful poetic journey as she discovers her love of water as part of what led her towards her spiritual path. Through her writing she expresses how she found her way through several tremendous losses, including the loss of her husband. In her ability to endure, she found a strength she never knew she had.

This book is for anyone that has ever struggled with depression, grief, or loss of any kind. It is for anyone interested in personal growth and healing. By sharing her personal story she is able to remind us that we are never truly alone. Water connects us all.

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9/19/16

Why is Self-Publishing so Very Scary? Guest Post from Mummy's Little Angel Author JW Lawson


We love it when authors share personal insights and guest posts with our readers.   This week, we are fortunate enough to share JW Lawson's thoughts on just why self publishing is so very scary.  JW knows a thing or two about the definition of scary--and we are also excited to put her latest book, Mummy's Little Angel, into the spotlight today too!  Check out JW Lawson's insights into the fears faced when self publishing, learn about her new book--and enter to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.

Why is Self-Publishing So Very Scary?
By JW Lawson

After three and a half years of research and writing, my first two books were almost ready to share with the world. The day of reckoning had arrived and my masterpieces were submitted to my copy editor. I recall my hand physically shaking as I pressed the ‘send’ button on my email, knowing that despite my blood, sweat, and tears, she would brutally dissect my words, tossing them aside into a dark abyss, never to be used again!


Copy editors are so cruel.  It broke my heart reading the criticism of my beautifully crafted Chapters, yet I knew she was right. Copy Editors always are! And so, an incredibly stressful six months followed, full of sleepless nights and anxiety and chopping and changing the manuscripts. Then came the cover design, preparation for e-books, more edits, and at last, the submission through Createspace. I was so excited, then, when the proof copies of the paperbacks finally landed on my doorstep, I was terrified.  I panicked. My books were real. I loved them. My friends and family did too, but, would anybody else? 

What if they hated my thrillers? Oh, God. What if …?


I then reminded myself of something very important. Writing my books was an extremely personal experience. My heart and soul went into Third Time Lucky and Mummy’s Little Angel and, naturally I wanted everybody to love them both.  But I knew that I had to be more realistic about how much opinions should matter, and whether I should let fear of controversial or negative reviews stop me doing something so important to me.


I’ve already had one major boost by winning The World’s Best Story 2015 for my thriller, Mummy’s Little Angel. I’m sure I’ll get some fantastic and some not so brilliant reviews – every writer does, even the best in the world.  But, I won’t take criticisms personally, I’ll learn from them in order to improve, then  I’ll re-read some of the positive comments I’ve received, to help me get balance.


I may not be the most experienced author; however, I am proud that I have made it this far and have won a major accolade for my second book. So, I guess that I shouldn’t be scared anymore. I should embrace every review, hold my head up high, and remind myself of my achievement. But there’s still a little piece of me that remains nervous every time I see a new review.   I believe that’s because I genuinely care what the reader thinks. The feedback will enable me to grow and improve as a writer allowing me the opportunity to write even better books in the future.  Not scary at all is it? But, trust me, my books are!

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Award Winning Author, JW Lawson is already gaining recognition for her writing talents in the US and world-wide. The second of a trilogy of sensational thrillers,Mummy's Little Angel is the winner of the highly acclaimed Worlds Best Story competition and has also received some outstanding reviews from the professional team of judges in the competition. She is currently writing her third thriller, Crossroads which will be available in 2017 and the final book of the current series, Hush Little Baby will be available in 2018.


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 Mummy's Little Angel is the first place winner of World's Best Story!



Joanne didn’t believe that her life could become worse than it already was. She had lost everybody and everything she had loved. She was alone. Surely she had suffered enough? The press had called her identical twins psychopaths. Her Maggie. Her Annie. But she still loved them, even though one of them had killed her husband, Jeff. Joanne believed that his murder had been an accident. How could one of her girls be a murderer? She knew them better than anybody else. They were good girls really.
She just had to prove it.

The brutal murder of her god-daughter Laura had never been solved. Items were missing when Laura’s remains had been discovered: clues that could lead to the capture of her killer. One of them was Laura’s doll … the doll that Joanne later discovered in her home. Joanne is facing the most horrific dilemma of her life. Has the wrong woman been imprisoned? Could her child have used such brutality against her best friend? Or could both women be innocent after all?

She needs to find somebody for her daughter to confide in; somebody she will trust. She needs a miracle. There is only one person who can help. He is compassionate and caring, with an amazing ability to gain the trust of the most difficult patients. He is Joanne's only hope. He is Jonathan Davies.

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9/9/16

Making A Halloween Bouquet Of Candy


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The fall season brings Halloween, a fun holiday with pumpkins, ghosts and more that make children and adults smile. A candy bouquet with a Halloween theme can be given as a gift to a child's teacher or used as a fun way to offer candy to children who are trick-or-treating. You can also use the bouquet as a fun centerpiece on a kitchen table or a table in the living room.

First, you need to find the proper basket or container for the bouquet. A basket that is wrapped with ribbon that features Halloween decorations is an idea, or you can use a glass vase so that you can easily position the craft sticks that are attached to the pieces of candy that are used.

After you find the container that you want to use, begin to decorate the outside of the container with stickers, small pumpkins and other items that you associate with the holiday. It's easier to decorate the outside of the container before you add the candy so that the candy doesn't fall out.

The fun part begins once the container is completed. Add a block of Styrofoam to the bottom of the container. You can wrap the foam in orange of black paper. Gather all of the candy that you want to use in the bouquet. It could be small candy bars, lollipops or pieces of candy that look like characters associated with Halloween, such as pumpkins or witches. These are often small pieces that come in a large bag.

Using a small amount of hot glue, attach a craft stick to the back of each piece of candy. You can use orange and black sticks if they are available, or you can paint the sticks to give more of a Halloween look to the basket. Once all of the sticks are in place, position the candy so that it looks like a bouquet of flowers. Add a few decorations, such as ghosts and witches, before placing the smaller pieces of candy around the bottom of the sticks to cover the foam block. If you are giving the bouquet as a gift, attach a card or a ribbon to the container.