Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Blitz: Surprise, You're A Christmas Bride by Natalie-Nicole Bates

"Natalie-Nicole Bates is a book reviewer and author.
Her passions in life include books and hockey along with Victorian photography, Frozen Charlotte dolls, and antique poison bottles.
She currently resides in the UK where she is working on her next book and adding to her collection of 19th century post-mortem photos.

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When Maisey Gates is introduced by friends to The Love List as a way to find that special Christmas date, she wants no parts of it, but she doesn’t want to disappoint her new friends.

Love finds Maisey before she even has a chance to look at her Love List match.
Meeting Maisey is a breath of fresh air for Sean Marshall, but Sean has a lot of baggage, some of it potential deal-breakers for his new relationship. 

What Sean doesn’t know is Maisey has a secret of her own.

With Christmas fast approaching, will Maisey and Sean find their Merry Christmas together, or will it be another holiday spent alone?

~ Amazon ~ Amazon UK

Top Ten List: 

 1.      Staying up late.

2.      Sleeping in.

3.      Dark chocolate

4.      East European men.

5.      Hockey, hockey, hockey,

6.      Baseball, baseball, baseball

7.      Thunderstorms

8.      Binge watching Desperate Housewives

9.      The Victorian era

10.    The color red.

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Monday, December 18, 2017

Blitz: Christmas Secrets by Donna Hatch

I can't recommend Donna's books enough! She is one of my most favorite historical fiction authors. You will NOT want to miss this one!

Donna Hatch is the author of the best-selling “Rogue Hearts Series,” and a winner of writing awards such as The Golden Quill and the International Digital Award. A hopeless romantic and adventurer at heart, she discovered her writing passion at the tender age of 8 and has been listening to those voices ever since. She has become a sought-after workshop presenter, and also juggles freelance editing, multiple volunteer positions, and most of all, her six children (seven, counting her husband). A native of Arizona who recently transplanted to the Pacific Northwest, she and her husband of over twenty years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after.

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Holly's two Christmas wishes this year are to finally win her mother's approval by gaining the notice of a handsome earl, and discovering the identity of the stranger who gave her a heart-shattering kiss...even if that mystery kisser is the resident Christmas ghost.

~ Amazon ~ Amazon UK

Top Ten List: 

Because it is too cold in the winter....
Donna’s Top 10 Favorite Things to do in the Summer

1.      Go for long walks with a friend
2.     Have a tea party
3.     Go to the beach
4.    Build sandcastles
5.     Watch the sunset
6.    Visit gardens
7.     Make ice cream
8.    Hike with my family
9.    Play miniature golf

10.                        Read a good book

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Book Tour: The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper by Fiona Ingram

Blogger had a few technical difficulties, so I apologize for the late post! 
Introducing this fun, fabulous new read!

Continuing the adventure that ended in Britain just a short while ago, cousins Adam and Justin Sinclair, with their friend Kim Maleka, are now hunting for the third Stone of Power, one of seven mysterious stones lost centuries ago. The third stone might be located in an ancient city, hidden in the depths of the Mexican jungle. When their small plane crashes in the jungle, Adam, Justin, Kim, and James are rescued by an uncontacted tribe. James, who is wounded, must stay behind as the kids, with only a young boy, Tukum, as their guide, make their way through the dense and dangerous jungle to find the city. River rafting on a crocodile-infested river and evading predators are just part of this hazardous task.

Of course, their old adversary Dr. Khalid is close behind as the kids press on in search of the lost city of stone gods. But he is not the worst of their problems. This time Adam will clash with a terrible enemy who adopts the persona of an evil Aztec god, Tezcatlipoca, and is keen to revive the ancient tradition of human sacrifice. Adam, Justin, and Tukum must play a dreadful ball game of life and death and maybe survive. Will they emerge alive from the jungle? Will Dr. Khalid find the third Stone of Power before they do?

I am a children’s author, but up until a few years ago, I was a journalist and editor. Something rather unexpected sparked my new career as an author—a family trip to Egypt with my mother and two young nephews. We had a great time and I thought I’d write them a short story as a different kind of souvenir…. Well, one book and a planned book series later, I had changed careers. I have now published Book 3 (The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper) in my MG adventure series Chronicles of the Stone, with many awards for the first book, The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, and a few for Book 2, The Search for the Stone of Excalibur, and one already for Book 3! I also teach online novel writing for aspiring authors and I find that very satisfying. Relaxation time finds me enjoying something creative or artistic, music, books, theatre or ballet. I love doing research for my book series. I love animals and have written two animal rescue stories. I have two adorable (naughty) little dogs called Chloe and Pumpkin, and a beautiful black cat called Bertie.

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Top Ten List
My Top Ten (in no particular order):
  1. Travel – I have been fortunate enough to visit many countries but there are still 
    more on my list.
  2. Animals – I love animals and wish I had tons of money to donate to many of the 
    causes I read about. One day, I will!
  3. Movies – I LOVE movies. Detective, thrillers, animal feel goods, historical series, 
    adventure, action, marvel character movies, I love it!
  4. Books – I LOVE books, of course, and still have many of my old childhood 
    favourites inherited from my parents and grandparents.
  5. Music – listening to music, mainly classical and movie themes, is very relaxing.
  6. Theatre and ballet – would you believe it I started out studying drama at university, 
    went to drama school in London and mime school in Paris, came back home and 
    ended up in writing and publishing.
  7. Writing – not just writing middle grade adventures though. I have an alter ego 
    named Arabella Sheraton who writes Regency romances and has actually written 
    more books than I have. Arabella is the proud author of eight books so far. Do I 
    have a problem wearing two hats? Not at all. I love jumping into a historical fiction 
    romance and having fun.
  8. Antiques and collectibles – I have inherited so many beautiful antiques (furniture
     and collectibles) but that hasn’t stopped me browsing flea markets and antique 
    shops to enjoy the beautiful items of yesteryear and sometimes buy.
  9. Friends/family – getting together with good friends is something that can’t be 
    beaten. I love having friends/family over and making a great dinner for us to enjoy.
  10. Giving talks on child literacy – I didn’t start off as an expert on child literacy, but
    after I fostered and later adopted my daughter Mabel (a disadvantaged young
    African girl) I had to learn pretty quickly because she came to me just about
    illiterate at age eleven. From my experiences in teaching Mabel to read, I then was
    asked to address many institutions and groups on the topic. I enjoy helping parents
    and teachers to get kids to love reading.

Check out the Book Trailers of the first 2 books in the series

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Blitz: Halfling by Cindy Bennett

Bennett lives a most unglamorous life in the beautiful state of Utah. She is the author of several YA books in many subgenres. She’s the mom of two daughters, two sons, two daughters-in-law, a son-in-law, four grandbabies, and a dog. She loves gooey cookies, dark chocolate, and cheesy popcorn. She hates housework and cooking, and has no plans to become a domestic goddess. Her favorite pastime—other than writing—is riding her Harley.

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~ Facebook ~ Website

"Banished from the South Pole, Kara tries to carve out a new life among the elves of the North. It’s not easy with a secret to protect—a secret she's cursed with by the unusual circumstances of her heritage: half-elf, half-fairy. In the North, she’s assigned to work with Seb on a special project. He's the most gorgeous elf she’s ever seen—and the orneriest.

As if being banished wasn’t punishment enough.

Seb introduces her to Trystin, a fairy from the nearby fairy forest. Trystin discerns her secret right away and promises to teach her how to use the powers given to her by the very thing she’s fighting to keep hidden."

Top Ten List: 

1.     Doug—not the cartoon character, but the man I love. He’s what I look forward to the most each day.
2.     My family—I can’t imagine my life without these people who mean the world to me.
3.     My dog, Phoebe—she’s always over-the-moon happy to see me, and loves me no matter what.
4.     My friends—I am lucky enough (and smart enough) to have amassed a collection of really fun, sweet, supportive, loving friends. (This includes my writing group, The Wigz.)
5.     Old-time movies and radio shows—currently I’ve been listening to the old Jack Benny show. J-E-L-L-O!
6.     Dark chocolate—I even pretend it’s healthy for me.
7.     Indian food—particularly from a local restaurant called Bombay House. It’s the bomb (haha).
8.     Thai coconut soup—with chicken and lemongrass, I actually crave this on a regular basis.
9.     Hot chocolate—particularly from Beans and Brews, made with almond milk. Also, my own copycat recipe. (I also just noticed there’s a lot of food on this list.)
10.Writing. That goes without saying, right? I love creating characters and worlds that I can immerse myself in.

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Blitz: Snowdrift by Debra Erfert

"Debra ""DJ"" Erfert, a winner of a 2017 Kindle Scout campaign, has authored five published novels, three novellas, and one Kindle World’s novella, and several short stories. She writes what her alter-ego dictates. Maybe it’s her super-ego. In her Window of Time series, Lucy is fearless and strong and has a secret power—all qualities Debra envies. In real life, spiders terrify her, which is why they appear on a regular basis in her books. “Confront your fears, and have your characters squish them!” 

Debra uses the pen name DJ Erfert for her paranormal suspense/thriller books, and Debra Erfert for her romantic suspense/mystery books. She is an award-winning fine artist who lives in a southwest desert city in Arizona with her husband, Mike, a retired police lieutenant, where the average summer temperatures are well above 100 degrees—truly hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk. After raising two Eagle Scouts, she now spends her time writing and shooing her polydactyl cats away from her keyboard."

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Blog ~ Website ~ Amazon ~

Artist Abigail Carson crashes off the deserted highway during a Wyoming blizzard while driving to reach her dying mother. Carbon County Sheriff Jackson Reynolds rescues her, leaving her Jeep in the snowdrift as the storm becomes a whiteout. They’re trapped at his ranch for the week leading up to Christmas, along with his two young daughters, a protective mother-in-law, and a bitter memory of his dead wife. 

Tensions rise as Abby’s attraction grows for the tough sheriff. She must crack through his emotional wall before the storm breaks or lose her only chance for real love. But if the storm doesn't stop soon enough, Abby may lose her opportunity to ask her mother's forgiveness for running away almost ten years before.

Snowdrift is a story about love, faith, and forgiveness."

~ Amazon ~ iTunesKobo ~ B&N ~

Top Ten List: 

1) I have an intense fear of flying, bad enough I need medication to even walk toward a plane.

2) I have an unreasonable fear of heights. I’m pretty sure this has an impact on my fear of flying.

3) I have two polydactyl cats. What’s a polydactyl, you ask? They’re adorable kitties with more than the normal amount of toes. Polly and Jack both have thumbs on their front paws. They’re also known as Hemmingway cats. He had a fascination with them. His home in the Florida Keys is a sanctuary for polydactyls. 

4) I’m a multiple-award winning fine artist specializing in portraits. I received a drawing kit for Christmas when I was seven or eight years old, with a drawing pad, pencils, one of those silly gum erasers, and an awesome book that had step-by-step examples. I drew a little boy wearing a sombrero, and my mother used the side of a pencil and shaded it, making it pop off the paper. I used this memory in one of my books.

5) This little known fact is one that my husband dislikes; I love bags—handbags, tote bags, and messenger bags with sayings on them. I can’t pass by a display of bags without Mike grabbing my elbow and hurrying me by them. The top shelf in my closet is solely for bag and purse storage. I’m pathetic. It could be worse, I suppose. I might have the same obsession for matching shoes with each bag.

6) I’m married to a retired cop, who’s brother was a cop/latent identification expert, and who’s dad was a cop for 34 years, and now we have a son who’s in law enforcement. I'm never at a loss for experts when writing.  

7) I was a volunteer with our local police department for several years. I rode with willing officers, went on calls with them. On occasion, I even helped in taking report information and traffic control. They didn’t let me carry a gun, although I did design their shirt patch.

8) Readers would be surprised to know ... that I went to 13 different schools growing up. I actually went to 5 different high schools. We moved a lot. This is probably why I’m such an introvert. So if you see me at a conference or a book signing, say hi. You don’t know how much that would mean to me.

9) The Best thing about writing is ... being transported to another adventure. I’m a discovery writer. For the most part, I follow my characters, and only gently guide them where I’d like them to go.

10) When I am not writing, I like to .... do artwork and craft.

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