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4/26/14

Coming soon - Starlight!





Starlight will be available on Friday, May 2, 2014 at online venues at your fingertips. You can pre-order this romantic suspense novel now for the sale price of $3.99 at Muse It Up Publishing 



Blurb:

Jayme Barclay sees her 15 year old swinging on a rope from a tree at Starlight, the mansion the county commissioner is making over. Brad Patterson loses a piece of himself when he answers the 911 call to get to Starlight on a snowy December night.
A year later, the mystery surrounding Tawni's "suicide" haunts both Jayme and Brad. Events spiral until Jayme must return from her isolation and face her demons. After reuniting with Brad, she reveals a secret she hid from him.

They work with Tawni's friends to uncover the activities at Starlight and rescue another teen before she kills herself.


Excerpt:

         Help me, Mama!
          The plea jerked Jayme Barclay from a restless sleep. She bolted upright on the bed, the sheets tangled around her sweat-drenched body.
          "Tawni? Baby? Where are you?"
          Then it hit. The pain hanging heavy in her heart sharpened as she remembered the importance of today's date. One year ago, her fifteen-year-old daughter, Tawni, had died. The official cause of death on the certificate was suicide. The determination, made within days of the discovery of her body, was wrong. Jayme had tried to challenge the autopsy, but every official door had slammed closed as soon as she mentioned her name.
          "It wasn't just another death, a suicide." Jayme swung her long legs off the bed of her octagonal cabin and strode into the bathroom. "Tawni never would have climbed into a tree to kill herself. She had severe acrophobia. Nobody listened, except Brad. They all claimed we didn't know how depressed she was."
          Her voice boomed off the walls and echoed around her. The words she'd said mocked her, reminding her of the scorn and ridicule she'd suffered, until she left.
          No one else lived with her, nor did she have any close neighbors. Jayme had picked this house for its isolated location, but the silence bothered her from the day she moved in, even though it was what she craved more than anything else. After three days, she began speaking her thoughts, as a way to maintain her tentative hold on sanity.
          "Why do I feel like I'll lose touch with reality if I don't do something?"
          A glance in the mirror brought home how at thirty-five, Jayme was nothing like the dewy-eyed innocent she'd been so many years ago. Fine lines traced a path outward from her deep blue eyes. Her black hair now had strands of gray threading through it, a testament to the trials she'd  survived, and her creamy complexion paled with the massive shadows beneath her eyes.



About the Author:

KC Sprayberry started writing young, first as a diarist, and later through an interest in English and creative writing. Her first experience with publication came when she placed third in The Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge contest while in the Air Force, but her dedication to writing came after she had her youngest child, now in his senior year of high school.
Her family lives in Northwest Georgia where she spends her days creating stories about life in the south, and far beyond. More than a dozen of her short stories have appeared in several magazines. Five anthologies feature other short stories. She has three books that are Amazon best sellers: Softly Say Goodbye, Who Am I?, and Mama's Advice. Her other novels available are: Take Chances, The Ghost Catcher, Family Curse … Times Two, Secret From The Flames, Where U @, The Wrong One, Pony Dreams, Evil Eyes, and Grace.

4/24/14

Spotlight - Retribution by T.G. Ayers




RETRIBUTION (Chronicles of the IRIN, Book #1)
Genre: NA Urban Fantasy
Publication Date: 14th March 2014
Publisher: Infinite Ink
Pages: 220

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Her name is Evangeline and she is Nephilim.

Evie belongs to the Brotherhood Irin and together with all the other Nephilim of the world she is protector to humanity, protector against evil. But evil has found its way into the Brotherhood. Someone has murdered her guardian and Marcellus, the New Master makes demands of the warriors that go against all they stand for. Demands Evie just can’t carry out.

Evie uncovers Marcellus’ plan to collect a set of special seals, but when a high-level demon reveals the truth behind the Seals of Hades, Evie know there is no way she can allow the Master of the Irin to get his hands on them. But will keeping the Seals from Marcellus cause her to sacrifice more that she should? Will vengeance for her guardian’s death be enough or will she need more to satisfy her Immortal soul?


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The hand at her throat didn't allow her to defend herself. Or speak in her defense. So drastic action was required or she would be dead before she got any information from her captor.
Evie shut her eyes and concentrated.

A fullness spread along her back. Her shoulder-blades rose and pressed against the skin of her back as her wings poked through the glamored slits in her upper back. In an instant, both Evie and Baa'ruk were enveloped by a pair of shimmering white and silver wings. Foot-long feathers sent wisps of silvery white dust floating around them.

She had hoped for a strong reaction. Perhaps the fear of God? Or maybe shocked, awed reverence. Certainly not an ear-shattering fit of sneezing.

The Head Demon now stood, hands over his nose, mouth slightly open, eyes scrunched up in silent expectation of the next bout of ground-shaking sneezes. Little blades of grass peeked out from between the flagstones, shivering in the wake of the thunderous sneezes.

Evie flapped her wings, which was unavoidable when folding them up behind her, and in a blink, both magnificent silver-tipped wings were gone.

Of course, she felt bad that she'd now started another fit of sneezes with a second breeze of wing dust. And of course, the whole thing wasn't really that funny especially when she'd so recently almost met her maker. But Evie couldn't help it. The first giggle that escaped her was tentative, mild. The next second she was having a full-blown giggle-fest.

I have been a writer from the time I was old enough to recognise that reading was a doorway into my imagination. Poetry was my first foray into the art of the written word. Books were my best friends, my escape, my haven. I am essentially a recluse but this part of my personality is impossible to practise given I have two teenage daughters, who are actually my friends, my tea-makers, my confidantes… I am blessed with a husband who has left me for golf. It’s a fair trade as I have left him for writing. We are both passionate supporters of each other's loves – it works wonderfully…

My heart is currently broken in two. One half resides in South Africa where my old roots still remain, and my heart still longs for the endless beaches and the smell of moist soil after a summer downpour. My love for Ma Afrika will never fade. The other half of me has been transplanted to the Land of the Long White Cloud. The land of the Taniwha, beautiful Maraes, and volcanoes. The land of green, pure beauty that truly inspires. And because I am so torn between these two lands – I shall forever remain cross-eyed.

 

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4/22/14

Cover Reveal: Transcending the Legacy by Venessa Kimball

The final book in the Piercing the Fold series releases May 13, 2014!
In Book 1, Jesca's reality was set askew. 
In Book 2, Jesca and the guardians fought to surface the rim of reality. 
In Book 3, Jesca ascended the veil of our world to bring back those she loves.
In Book 4, Jesca must transcend her legacy to salvage humankind's existence. 
The question is, will the stakes be too high and the sacrifice too great?
Amazon Best Selling Paranormal Sci-Fi series

4/9/14

Review: P.S. I Killed My Mother by Stephanie Campbell


Today, I'm reviewing a wonderful YA novel by Stephanie Campbell, P.S. I Killed My Mother. First, though, let's learn more about this wonderfully talented author.



About the Author:
Stephanie Campbell had her first book published at the age of seventeen. Now, at twenty-one, she is still wacking away at her computer, one day at a time. When she isn't reading or writing, she likes to dance, take karate lessons, and run. After all, you never know when you're about to be sucked into another world.

Blurb:
Whitney has been abused all of her life. One day, when her mother hits her, she fights back. Unfortunately, her actions lead to the death of her mother. Whitney grows so frightened of what she has done that she is forced to cover up the crime. Soon, as the police begin to track down the murderer, Whitney is forced on the run and her life changes forever.



Review:
Whitney Cooper kills her mother. Years of physical and emotional abuse at this woman's hand have driven Whitney to a self-protection mode during a particularly brutal beating and she can't take it any longer.
Stephanie Campbell takes her reader into the dark world of child abuse, and the effect on the child. Her at times curt and emotionless portrayal of Whitney gives some insight into the protective measures these victims take in order to survive in a world they see as uncaring of their needs.
From the first word, I was hooked on this novel. The violence with which Whitney lived resonated against my most basic instincts. Whitney's guilt over her actions brought sympathy for a teenager forced into a horrendous act when no one around her – teachers, her father, the police – none would recognize the raving madwoman attacking a child. The realism of Whitney's reaction to the act, the numbness felt throughout the time she ran from what she thought would be everyone's reaction to her act, and her recovery all provide the reader with moments of tears, soft smiles, and finally laughter.
I highly P.S. I Killed My Mother for all readers, no matter what their age.

4/8/14

Take Chances - School Violence Aftermath





Welcome to today's Tuesday Blog. Take Chances is my book of this week. My motivations behind this book are as powerful as the story it tells. I am a parent of children ranging in age from their forties to eighteen. One of my biggest fears was that one of them might experience this nightmare. Luckily, they didn't but they can't help but be affected by the shootings they've seen on the news or heard about from various sources.
For so long I would ask myself how does one cope with this situation? What happens afterward? How does a person move forward after such terror?
The normal aftereffects of such a situation have been examined until most of us can repeat them in our sleep. The flashbacks, bad dreams, invasive thoughts, numbing emotions, feelings of guilt, worry, and depression are normal. Then I ask myself is there another way to deal with these feelings than the accepted norm? What else can a person do to overcome the memories of a few seconds of absolute terror?
Julie Bond is a teen who grew up with a nomadic life in Europe. Her parents were in the military. This gave her a set of survival instincts far above the normal student in a rural high school in the United States. She was used to dealing with leaving close friends behind. She didn't like this, but it was expected with the jobs her parents had. Julie had even experienced school violence in kindergarten, something she never talked about until just before what would become another day of terror in her life.
In the aftermath, she had no time to go through the normal emotions associated with a school shooting. Yes, she felt anger and a bit of depression, but she was also tugged into fighting back for another survivor who faced charges for something he didn't do. Her remaining friends and she had to step into fighting back mode. They were handed the opportunity to make a difference.
Instead of thinking about what happened, her focus turned to the future. In this future, she discovered she didn't have to take the path she had designed for herself. She and those who walked away from the violence grabbed onto new and different experiences, ones that would give them a chance to heal while also discovering new vistas.
What Julie discovers about herself, about her friends, is what makes Take Chances a novel teens will connect with and enjoy.



About the Author:
KC Sprayberry started writing young, first as a diarist, and later through an interest in English and creative writing. Her first experience with publication came when she placed third in The Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge contest while in the Air Force, but her dedication to writing came after she had her youngest child, now in his senior year of high school.
Her family lives in Northwest Georgia where she spends her days creating stories about life in the south, and far beyond. More than a dozen of her short stories have appeared in several magazines. Five anthologies feature other short stories. She has three books that are Amazon best sellers: Softly Say Goodbye, Who Am I?, and Mama's Advice. Her other novels available are: Take Chances, The Ghost Catcher, Family Curse … Times Two, Secret From The Flames, Where U @, The Wrong One, and Grace.

Excerpt:
Achtung!
The German word for attention echoes through my head as I sit in the last French class I'll ever take. In an instant, the comforting cream-colored walls of Landry High School vanish. I'm crouched under a table with tears streaming down my face. Three men and two women point huge, black automatic weapons at my classmates.
Blurb:
Julie Bond grew up in Europe as a military brat. She found her very first permanent home in Landry, GA as a teen going into high school. Almost four years later, she's having pre-graduation jitters and flashing back to an incident of school violence she experienced in Europe. She attempts to convince herself that it can never happen again, but continually finds herself flashing back to that day no matter how hard she tries.
The people around her present any number of problems for Julie, and she's hard put to keep from drowning under all the issues. Then Michael--a cool guy she's had a crush on for the last three years—returns from traveling the US as a photographer, and Julie now has one more thing to distract her as she prepares to leave high school. One thing she firmly believes in: no one will ever invade her classroom with violence again.
Once again, the impossible happens. Once again, she's in a classroom with a madman holding a gun. Once again, she must survive. 

4/7/14

Spotlight - Revenge The Cowboy Way

Penny Estelle takes over Out of Control Characters today to spotlight her latest, Revenge the Cowboy! Take it away, Penny!







When Brian Thornton is taken by surprise at gunpoint, while in the bed of a beautiful, wealthy woman, he swears his revenge. But when he learns his humiliation was at the hands of a young woman and a boy, his vengeance knows no bounds.

Revenge, the Cowboy Way, is the story of hate, love and revenge. The question is whose revenge is it?

Comes out April 8 but can be pre-ordered now and you save $1!





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4/1/14

Where U @ - The Consequences of Texting and Driving


Welcome to the Tuesday blog for my Book of The Week! We're featuring Where U @ this week, a book about texting and driving.

The message to avoid texting while driving has been out for many years, but it seems there are more and more accidents attributed to this recently.

Gwent Police in the U.K. decided to let the world see a demonstration of what can happen when someone texts and drives.

This video exploded into existence in 2009, but it's message is just as important now, five years later. Texting, even for just a second, can and does have tragic results.
In Where U @, Trea loves the music of Shy-Anne Horvorka. This song becomes what Trea leans on after a texting and driving accident.
100,000 accidents every year are the result of texting and driving. This documentary has people from both sides of these accidents talking about the impact this act has on their lives.
From one second to the next, your life can change because of a text.
The images in these videos aren't nice. They aren't meant to be. They're meant to prove that texting and driving doesn't work.
Where U @? Driving? Don't look. Don't text and drive.





Blurb:



The text is from my guy, Dave Woods. It's a code, a way for him to help me feel better about everything. Mostly, it's his way of showing me that he cares.




Author Bio:


KC Sprayberry started writing young, first as a diarist, and later through an interest in English and creative writing. Her first experience with publication came when she placed third in The Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge contest while in the Air Force, but her dedication to writing came after she had her youngest child, now in his senior year of high school.

Her family lives in Northwest Georgia where she spends her days creating stories about life in the south, and far beyond. More than a dozen of her short stories have appeared in several magazines. Five anthologies feature other short stories. She has three books that are Amazon best sellers: Softly Say Goodbye, Who Am I?, and Mama's Advice. Her other novels available are: Take Chances, The Ghost Catcher, Family Curse … Times Two, Secret From The Flames, Where U @, The Wrong One, and Grace.