Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Blitz: My Perfect Mirror by Rosalyn U. Ikpatt

Rosalyn discovered her love for writing as she wrote her final papers in college many years ago. A mother of four amazing young men and women, she is also a daughter, a cousin, a sister, an aunty, a wife and a friend, among many other diverse multicultural connections and experiences.

Every aspect of her life has given her various unique perspectives of the power of God. She identifies herself primarily by her intimacy with God through Christ Jesus and by His Spirit, something she is very grateful for. She enjoys writing and speaking about God, and about the beauty of the human life and human connections. She is a vegan and enjoys trying out new and strange recipes. Loves to watch nature documentaries, game shows and PBS Independent Lens.

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"My Perfect Mirror" is every person's reality check. Armed with the power and truth of God's word, it seeks to light up your life and bring clarity to your mind: so much that you would question everything else. You will be pleased to discover that all things have always been available to you in Christ Jesus.

"We must completely understand that we were once only an idea in God's mind, and He created each one of us carefully and specifically for a purpose. Your earthly presence started in the mind of God before you were born, so your destiny depends not on where you were born, on whom you were born to, or any other such circumstances. Your life story- with all the things you've never told anyone, all the shame and so called successes - can find its true manifestation only in Christ, your perfect mirror. You don't need to carry your burdens anymore; your worth is determined not by favorable or unfavorable statistics but by whose you are."

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Blog Tour: The Closing by Jenny Hudson

 A story about dying with dignity, friendship and love

Two friends run a real estate business where they sell the homes of elderly, terminally ill people, and help them "close." Anne, a frustrated artist, is conflicted and breaks away to take some of her clients on a cruise meant to be their last hurrah, only to find some romantic complications. In this novel about dying with dignity, friendship, and love, Anne struggles in her journey to be true to herself.

Jenny Hudson, a designer and writer, creates novels, stories, poetry and artwork about contemporary
life. She has completed five novels and has written columns for several Boston area papers. She owns Merrimack Media and hosts and produces The Author Connection, an interview show for both readers and writers.

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“I don’t know,” said Trudy, as if she’d been reading Anne’s mind. “I think it’s good to push yourself past your fear, to try new things.”
“I push myself,” said Anne. “I just do it in my artistic life where every painting is an adventure. I live on the edge of a creative cliff.”
“I suppose that’s how you explain your artwork,” said Trudy, rolling her eyes.
They were served bubbly sunny-side- up eggs with toast and ate as they watched a couple kissing over their coffee cups, darting tongues.
“Disgusting,” said Trudy. “Maybe they should get a room.”
“They already have one and I think it’s right next to mine,” said Anne. “Trust me, it was an interesting night. No wonder I need a massage.”
“Maybe you just need to get laid,” said Trudy, grinning lewdly.
“Shut up,” said Anne.
“You’re a fine one to talk, Trudy,” said Denise. “Did you ever consider that your adventures are just misplaced sexuality?”
“Don’t hit me with your psycho-babble, Ms. Therapist. I have to do something! Besides, I haven’t lost my sexuality. I know exactly where it is. It’s been on a vacation since Mr. Not-so- wonderful left.”
“Maybe he couldn’t keep up with you,” said Anne.
“I need a guy who handles me; that’s all. I just haven’t met him yet,” said Trudy.
From the doorway, Carlos motioned that the zip-line taxi was there. As they said goodbye, Trudy unexpectedly turned and gave Anne a brief hug, saying, “Are you sure? I’ll miss you, Babes.”
“No, you go and have fun.”
Trudy waved, and Denise blew her a kiss as they sailed out the door.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Blitz: Scattering Stars by Wendy C Jorgensen

Wendy C. Jorgensen grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and began writing in second grade, furiously recording her hopes and dreams in a denim-covered diary. Besides hanging out at the library, she loved soaking up the rays—while reading a book, of course. During her sophomore year of high school, Wendy’s family moved to Carson City, Nevada, and she thought her life had ended. The desert, sagebrush, and cowboys were a far cry from the ocean, palm trees, and surfers of Florida. Fortunately within six months, the family relocated to Lake Tahoe, and her outlook improved dramatically.

Wendy started college at the University of Colorado in Boulder, followed by a year at the University of Nevada in Reno and two years at Brigham Young University, where she worked as a reporter and copy editor for The Daily Universe. A decision to take a short break from school turned into a twelve-year hiatus in Lake Tahoe. After a two-year stint in the civil engineering program at California State University in Sacramento, Wendy returned to Colorado and graduated from CU with a degree in English Writing. It was a long, but valuable, educational journey.

After twenty years in Colorado, Wendy recently moved back to Northern Nevada, close enough to Lake Tahoe to enjoy the beautiful scenery but far enough away to escape the heavy winters. She lives with a wonderful husband who’s a financial guru–thank goodness–and a golden retriever who’s often mistaken for a sloth. Her two brainy and creative sons challenge her intellect and make her want to be smarter. Wendy hopes someday to journey to the stars.

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Deep in the Colorado Mountains lie many secrets. One of them could change the world.
When sixteen-year-old Eve Hunter returns to her childhood home of Ridgway, Colorado, she discovers a tight-knit colony of scientists and their families led by her grandfather, Jarak. Ten years earlier, her mother drowned suspiciously in a nearby canyon, and Eve becomes convinced the townspeople are hiding something. By lineage, Eve belongs to the colony and despite her reservations, she feels drawn to the colonists—particularly one of them: Daniel Winter, an eerily familiar, intense boy whose determination to monitor her and all the colonists is more than a little disturbing.
After Jarak reveals her true heritage, Eve learns her return to Ridgway is not a coincidence. She’s a key piece in Jarak’s plan. As secrets are revealed, Eve becomes entangled in a deadly game—and time’s running out to master the rules. One wrong move could jeopardize the future of the planet. "

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We emerged into a clearing and found Sarah, perched at the edge of a steep cliff, staring out at an incredible snow-covered panorama.
     Daniel frowned seconds before Erik called out a shrill warning. “Sarah, don’t get so close to the edge. The mountain got a lot of snow last night, and it hasn’t had time to pack down.”
     Sarah brushed off his warning. “Relax, Erik. Nothing’s going to happen.”
     But something did happen. Erik must’ve heard a crack or sensed a shift in the snow bank because he shouted “Get back!” at the precise moment a section of the cliff gave way.
     Emily and I screamed, expecting to see Sarah tumble over the cliff with the plummeting snow. But instead of falling, her body froze, suspended in mid-air, then shot forward, speeding directly toward Erik as if she’d been ejected from a canon.

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Spring Cleaning Blitz: Day 12: Swan and Shadow by Kaki Olsen

"Aislin is cursed. A regular college student at night and a swan during the day, Aislin can only break the curse by finding her true love. But when her beloved discovers the truth, will his fear override their love? This modern adaptation of Swan Lake will help you discover what love really means."


Kaki Olsen is always on the brink of another adventure. If she couldn't be a writer, she'd be a full-time musician or travel guide and she would take her lunch breaks at Fenway Park. Until that happens, she speaks both Spanish and English at her every-day office job, but she has vacationed enthusiastically in such places as Istanbul and Ireland. She has lived in five states, but will always refer to Boston as home.

She regularly contributes academic papers on zombies or wizards to Life, the Universe and Everything, a sci-fi/fantasy symposium originated at her alma mater, Brigham Young University. Her published works have appeared in such magazines as Voices and AuthorsPublish.

She is a doting aunt and librarian of two bulging bookshelves.

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3.      What is the thing you struggle with the most while writing? And how do you defeat it?  When I have a meaning to a specific story, I stick with it and it's very hard to depart from that.  I wrote this story to illustrate the bravery of the main character in choosing a less-than-ideal life, but wound up writing a different choice for her that showed her to be brave in a different way.  It's what my interpreter trainer would call intra-lingual interpretation, where you have to look for different meanings or definitions to express the same word when you can't identify what you need to say.

4.      Which of your personality traits did you write into you characters? (Deliberately or accidentally)  One of the few things that I'm very good at in personal interaction is giving advice while listening well.  Both of my main characters have that trait, but for one of them, it doesn't manifest until she has to befriend someone she thought of as her antagonist.  I also turned one character into a fashion enthusiast, which is another one of my hobbies.
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Excerpt #1

"How was work?" I asked after another round of Crazy Eights.

I'd cleverly invented a summer job at a day camp to explain my sister's long absences.  The fictional employer even had Fourth of July festivities and was something of a slave-driver.

"You know," Aislin joked, "running around like a chicken with its head cut off."

Everyone laughed at that and Sosi paused in mid-shuffle to respond.  "I'm surprised you had to work."

"I get holiday pay to kid-herd," Ash said with a wave of her hand.  "We made patriotic lanyards, listened to one of the counselors do his George Washington impression..."

"Torture with benefits," Avril chuckled.  "I'm jealous."

"Why?" I teased.  "We had that lady who called the fly-overs alien invasions."

"Are we sure they're not?" Ethan countered.  "They're probably waiting for the 1812 Overture."

"What about the scavenger hunt?"

Aislin dug her list out of her shorts pocket and scanned it for effect.  "I got everything.  The guy wearing a flag as a skirt was the hardest one, but he was at the Charles/MGH stop."

"No fair," Ethan protested.  "We couldn't use the T."

"You had the whole Esplanade and worked in teams," my sister pointed out.  "How did the petition go?"

"Ask the boys," I suggested.  "We were trying to find a World War II veteran."

"One hundred and thirty-seven signatures and an offer to post on an animal rights website," Darren announced.  "I bet we could have gotten more if we hadn't stopped for lunch."

"And just what are we saving the Pacific narwhal from?" I asked.

Darren and Ethan exchanged looks and said, in unison, "Surfers."
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Friday, April 15, 2016

Spring Cleaning Blitz: Day 11: A Savage Ghost by Donna K. Weaver

-->A wife, mother, grandmother, Harry Potter geek, Army veteran, karate black belt, and online gamer. Author of the Safe Harbors series; Second Chances 101, Book 5 in the Ripple Effect series; and A Savage Ghost.

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-->Lia Savage reluctantly puts her dream of opening a dessert boutique on hold to help her dad remodel a castle he’s inherited in Washington State. Soon, a specter targets her younger sister.

Lia enlists the help of strapping Coop Montgomery, the head gardener and her former crush. As they search together for a way to rid the castle of its ghost, the romance she used to dream about with Coop kindles. But Lia’s gentle giant means to stay in Washington while she’s determined to return to California. She must find the courage to face both the ghost and her future.

With Coop. Or without him. 

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3.      What is the thing you struggle with the most while writing? And how do you defeat it?

Like most writers I know, I begin to doubt myself. I have thoughts of, "Wow, this is terrible. No one's going to like these characters or this storyline. This has to be the worse thing ever written. Why do I even bother?" Those are the days this song's my theme song:

4.      Which of your personality traits did you write into you characters? (Deliberately or accidentally)

I think there's probably a lot of my traits that shows up in my characters. From being a black belt to hating crowds to being in love with Irish castles. Yeah. But, unless you know me, you won't know which.

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