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Take Chances Teaser Tour Day 15

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Good Morning! My name is KC Sprayberry, and I'm hijacking my own blog today. The purpose is to tease all of my very dedicated readers with information about now released YA coming of age novel, Take Chances.

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Coming of Age in the Twenty-First Century – School Violence
Back when we were teens, we never … Insert the appropriate commentary today's teens have heard from their parents or grandparents, and there is an eye roll, a shaking head, even a snarky comment. Today's teens truly don't believe their issues have anything to do with the past.
That may be true. May be.
In some ways it isn't. Take school violence for instance. Teens today believe the violence they see in schools never happened to their parents or grandparents. Actually, school violence began in American, eleven years prior to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It wasn't an isolated attack, although if you'd asked the residents around what is now Greencastle, Pennsylvania, they migh…

Review: Dream Child by J.J. DiBenedetto

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Welcome back, J.J. DiBenedetto, Out of Control Character's guest today. We'll be reviewing the third book in his Dream series, Dream Child. J.J. (James) DiBenedetto was born in Yonkers, New York. He attended Case Western Reserve University, where as his classmates can attest, he was a complete nerd. Very little has changed since then. He currently lives in Arlington, Virginia with his beautiful wife and their cat (who has thoroughly trained them both). When he's not writing, James works in the direct marketing field, enjoys the opera, photography and the New York Giants, among other interests. The "Dreams" series is James' first published work.Dream Child "I would give anything to take this away from her.  I would gladly go back to having the nightmares myself – the very worst ones, the ones that had me waking up screaming in a pool of my own vomit – rather than see Lizzie go through this..."  As a resident at Children's Hospital, Sara can handle nin…

Review: Children of the Plague by Gregory Carrico

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Good morning, and welcome to today's guest, Gregory Carrico. We'll be reviewing his book, Children of the Sand.



Gregory Carrico is a former dental practice management consultant and software trainer. Abandoning his dream of working the daily grind until death, he was forced into the thankless life of a fiction writer. Now an Amazon.com Best Selling horror and science fiction writer, as well as a 2013 HFA Author of the Year Finalist, he finds a small degree of succor in crafting despicable bad guys and then tricking readers into caring about them. When not creating new worlds and plotting their destruction, he advocates for adopting rescue dogs, and politely urges slower drivers to get out of the passing lane.

Blurb: In the darkest corners of lower Manhattan, a battle like no other rages. The city is home to a hidden group of survivors of the nanite plague, and a brother and sister born to defend their race. With a touch that can destroy nanites, Lanni, sister of Alex, is their la…

Review: Dream Doctor by J.J. DiBenedetto

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Good morning and welcome to Out of Control Characters guest, J.J. DiBenedetto. Today, we'll review the second book in his Dream series, Dream Doctor! J.J. (James) DiBenedetto was born in Yonkers, New York. He attended Case Western Reserve University, where as his classmates can attest, he was a complete nerd. Very little has changed since then. He currently lives in Arlington, Virginia with his beautiful wife and their cat (who has thoroughly trained them both). When he's not writing, James works in the direct marketing field, enjoys the opera, photography and the New York Giants, among other interests. The "Dreams" series is James' first published work.FacebookTwitterWebsiteAmazon Author PageSmashwordsGoodreadsDream Doctor“I didn’t expect to be woken up by someone I don’t know dreaming about killing somebody.  I thought I was done with that once and for all…” But Sara’s not done with it.  As if adjusting to life as a newlywed and starting medical school weren’t diff…

Take Chances Teaser Tour!

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Wonderful Monday morning to everyone. Today kicks off the Take Chances Teaser Tour. Take Chances is my next young adult coming of age novel, and will release on Monday, September 30 – the same day the tour ends. Below, you'll find all the stops on this tour. Each will have a character interview, an author interview, or a guest post – all connected to this book. Enjoy!



Tour Schedule
9/16/2013 Day 1 Title: Character Interview – Julie Bond - Layers of Life 9/17/2013 Day 2 Title: Military Brats – Teens Who Only Want to Fit In - Words, Words, Words 9/18/2013 Day 3 Title: Author Interview - Penny's Tales 9/19/2013 Day 4 Title: Character Interview – Heather Billings - Naturally Grimm 9/20/2013 Day 5 Title: Ogre Mom - The Library at the End of the Universe 9/21/2013 Day 6 Title: Author Interview - Suzanne's Thoughts for the Day 9/22/2013 Day 7 Title: Character Interview – Tom Maxton - Projecting A 9/23/2013 Day 8 Title: Friends - Renee Entress 9/24/2013 Day 9 Title: Author Interview - The W…

Review: Sisters in Love by Melissa Foster

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Good morning. Today on Out of Control Characters, we welcome Melissa Foster and review her book, Sisters in Love.


Melissa Foster is an award-winning, International bestselling author. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary CafĂ©. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on  Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.  Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.
Visit Melissa onThe Women's Nest,Fostering Success, orWorld Lit Cafe. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs…

Dog Training Challenge

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Welcome to the Dog Training Challenge! What is it? A group event in which housebreaking issues are eliminated once and for all! (Now that the kids are back in school but it's not holiday season yet, it's the perfect time!)
Puppies: All need house training!Older dogs: Many still have accidents, whether frequent, occasional, excitement wetting, etc!Already housebroken dogs: Teach your pet to use a designated area instead of your entire yard!What do I have to do?
Decide that you're going to work on the above issues once and for all! (It will take 30 days or less!)Follow the instructions in "Everything You Need to Know About House Training Puppies & Adult Dogs."Enjoy extra help along the way through the author's group discussion/Q&A feature!How do I win?
Everyone wins by no longer having to deal with accidents in your house or poop all over your yard!One person at random wins the $20 Petsmart card... however, you can earn extra entries the more you particip…

Review: Shadow of the World by Gregory Carrico

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Good morning, everyone. Today, on Out of Control Characters, we welcome Gregory Carrico and review his first book of the Sand series, Shadow of the World.



Gregory Carrico is a former dental practice management consultant and software trainer. Abandoning his dream of working the daily grind until death, he was forced into the thankless life of a fiction writer. Now an Amazon.com Best Selling horror and science fiction writer, as well as a 2013 HFA Author of the Year Finalist, he finds a small degree of succor in crafting despicable bad guys and then tricking readers into caring about them. When not creating new worlds and plotting their destruction, he advocates for adopting rescue dogs, and politely urges slower drivers to get out of the passing lane.
Newsletter Email Website Blog Facebook Twitter Pinterest Amazon Author Page Goodreads Gregory has quite a few books available. Check them out here:
Apocalypstick: Amazon.com B&N.com
Smashwords Kobo
Tales from the Mist: From Amazon From B&N From Smash…

Review: Cry of the Wolf by David R. Bennett

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Good Morning! Welcome to today's blog tour – Cry of the Wolf by David R. Bennett, the second book in the Destiny Phoenix series. We'll be doing a review of this exciting next chapter in Destiny's life, but first let's learn a little more about David.



David R Bennett is an author from Spring, Texas in the United States of America. David R Bennett is a pen name that comes the reordering of his initials real initials. He, also, thinks the name has a ring to it. Not only is he an author, he, also, is an illustrator. His real name is what is credited with the cover art to his novels. He attended RockyMountainCollege if Art + Design in Denver, Colorado where he earned a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Advertising Graphic Design. The graphic design techniques he learned in college he uses to design his covers. He, also, reads a lot of sci-fi / fantasy / paranormal books. Some of his favorite monsters are vampires, mummies, zombies, goblins, ghouls, werewolves, etc. He has plans to…