Monday, April 29, 2013

$300 Home Depot Gift Card and Brood X Giveaway

Welcome to the Brood X $300 Home Depot Gift Card Giveaway!

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Sponsored by author Michael Phillip Cash.

Are you prepared for the invasion of Brood X? It's here, and you need to get ready!

Nothing will stop this 17-year swarm from happening. All humanity can do is hope that they will not stay around long.

Introducing Michael Phillip Cash's new book, Brood X. It is available on Amazon and coming soon to online book stores near you. Now you can win a copy of Brood X and a $300 Home Depot Gift Card or $300 USD via PayPal to help you get prepared for the invasion!

About Brood X:

Seth is laid off from work. His wife Lara just found out they are expecting a baby this summer. Seth plans on documenting the entire pregnancy with his brand-new digital camcorder.

During an evening home watching television, the news reports that a swarm of cicada (Brood Ten) are expected to overwhelm the entire Northeast.

Brood Ten is vicious and ready to invade.

During a sweltering summer night, Brood Ten emerges and wreaks havoc with the electric grid, phone and cell service, wi-fi, food and water supply. Civilization as they know it is gone.

Seth and Lara are thrown back to the Stone Age in their own home with trillions of cicada trying to deposit their eggs and breed.

Will Seth grow up and take responsibility for his family? Or will the devastating bugs destroy humanity?

About Michael Phillip Cash:

Born and raised on Long Island, Michael Phillip Cash has always had a fascination with horror writing and found footage films. He wanted to incorporate both with his debut novel, Brood X. Earning a degree in English and an MBA, he has worked various jobs before settling into being a full-time author. He currently resides on Long Island with his wife and children.


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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Literary Addicts Weekly Meme: Music as Inspiration

It’s Wednesday! And that means it’s time for the Literary Addicts Weekly Meme! Every Wednesday, they suggest a fun theme to write about. The theme of this week: “Book playlists (pick a song list). Authors are famous for using music as inspiration. What would yours be?”

This is a tough question to answer because I don’t like to listen to music when I write. I find it too distracting. I want to listen to the song instead of the thoughts in my brain! But I attended a presentation once by an editor from a major publishing house, and he said that if he ever received a manuscript with a story like the one in this song, he would recommend publication! The song is “Travelin’ Soldier” by The Dixie Chicks, and it’s one of my favorite songs. If you haven’t heard it before, listen to it and read the words in the video below. You’ll see why it’s such an interesting story!

Does any music inspire you to write? CLICK HERE for links to the other blogs participating in this meme to see what songs awaken their muse!

Showers of Books Giveaway Hop: Enter to Win "The Jane Austen Marriage Manual: A Novel"!

Showers of Books Giveaway Hop
April 24th to 30th
Co-hosted by Books à la Mode

Welcome to the Showers of Books Giveaway Hop. Every blog participating in this hop is giving away at least one book or a gift card so you can purchase books! For my giveaway, I am offering:

The Jane Austen Marriage Manual: A Novel
By Kim Izzo

Katherine Shaw -- Kate -- is happy with her life. She has supportive friends, a glamorous magazine career, and a love of all things Jane Austen. But when she loses her job, and a financial disaster forces a sale of the family home, Kate finds herself facing a crisis that would test even the most stalwart of Austen heroines.

Friends rally round, connecting her to freelance gigs and presenting her with a birthday gift -- title to land in Scotland -- that’s about to come in very handy. Turns out that Kate’s first assignment is to test an Austen-inspired theory: In the toughest economic times, is a wealthy man the only must-have accessory? What begins as an article turns into an opportunity as Kate -- now Lady Kate -- jetsets to Palm Beach, St. Moritz, and London, where, in keeping company with the elite, she meets prospects who make Mr. Darcy look like an amateur. But will rubbing shoulders with men of good fortune ever actually lead her to love? And will Kate be able to choose between Mr. Rich and Mr. Right?

One lucky winner will receive a paperback copy of The Jane Austen Marriage Manual: A Novel, by Kim Izzo. Enter through the easy Rafflecopter form below. None of the entries are mandatory. The more you do, the more entries you receive. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end at 11:59 PM EDT on April 30, 2013.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Through the Valley Love Endures Book Tour: Giveaway for a $25 Amazon Gift Card, a $15 Starbucks Gift Card, and More!

Through the Valley Love Endures
What if death came for you today? Would you be ready?

Forced to face his own mortality, Eddie Santiago fought to stay alive in a broken world. His incredible journey through heartbreak, abuse, and adversity left him with one truth: every life makes a difference.

This is the true and compelling story of his supernatural quest through the valley of death, doubt, and darkness. Eddie provides a passionate story that will capture the attention of even the toughest skeptics.

Angels, demons, heaven, hell, Jesus and the devil: Are they fiction, or are they more real than anything else in the world?

Purchase Through the Valley Love Endures as a paperback or for the Kindle!

About Eddie David Santiago
Eddie David Santiago has worked in the mental health/substance abuse field since he was 18 years old. He holds bachelor’s degrees in both psychology and religious studies and has provided counseling related services for multiple mental health, substance abuse and human service agencies. In addition, he earned his master’s degree in counseling along with certification in educational administration.

With over fifteen years of counseling related experience, Eddie founded the organization L.E.A.D. (Love Endures And Delivers), which offers interactive group trainings, seminar sessions, speaking opportunities for groups of all ages, and crisis counseling sessions.

THROUGH THE VALLEY, LOVE ENDURES is based on Eddie’s early collection of writings, through which he found his voice. He seeks to inspire others to find their voice and share their own stories.

Eddie resides in the Midwest with his beautiful wife Sarah and their three amazing children, Faith, Isaiah and Makaylah.


Prizes include a $25 Amazon gift card, a $15 Starbucks gift card, a messenger bag, and 5 swag water bottles and pins! Open to U.S. residents only. This giveaway ends at 11:59 PM ET on May 31, 2013. Fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter!

Monday, April 22, 2013

David’s Song Book Blast: Giveaway for a $50 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash

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David’s Song

Annie only ever really loved two men in her life. One broke her heart; the other married her. Four children and fifteen years later, Annie’s marriage is in jeopardy. Money is tight, and her husband questions the very foundation of their relationship. When Annie is unexpectedly given the opportunity to see the young man who broke her heart -- a man who is now a megastar in the music industry -- Annie is faced with choices that will determine what is of more value -- a second chance at lost love and unfulfilled dreams or commitment, trust, and love built on years of experience.

David’s Song is a psychologically subtle, yet compelling tale about how the instinct and need for love overcomes self-doubt and personal inadequacy.

Author A.R. Talley

April R. Talley was born and raised in the Rubber City, Akron, Ohio. She is the youngest of six children. She attended Brigham Young University for a time, but withdrew to work fulltime for Osmond Productions in Orem, Utah as a member of The Osmond production staff. After a brief stint working in television, she returned to Akron to finish her education. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Mass Media Communications in 1981. April later worked as vice president and part owner of a dance and sportswear boutique. Married in 1982, she is the proud mother of seven children and is deeply involved in volunteer work for her church. April spends her time working on future projects, caring for home and family, and traveling. David’s Song is her debut novel and the first of a trilogy.

Praise from reviews on

“Not just your typical romance novel.” ~Tracy Williams

David’s Song is a great read that leaves you thinking about the story and pondering your own relationships.” ~Anna Pavkov

“Sucked me in from the first page.” ~Jill Walker

“Loved this book ... could not put it down!” ~Dana Vieira

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Tin God Book Tour: Giveaway for a Swag Pack!

Tin God
Getting pregnant as a teenager and being coerced into giving her baby up for adoption left a festering scar on Jaymee Ballard’s life. Trapped by poverty and without many allies, Jaymee nearly gives up hope of getting her daughter back after her best friend is murdered. Now, four years later, a wealthy woman with legal connections hires her as a housekeeper, and Jaymee gathers the courage to seek her help. But Jaymee’s last chance ends up in a puddle of blood in one of the historic antebellum mansions in Roselea, Mississippi.

I just murdered your wife…again.

An unsigned letter consisting of six horrifying words turns Nick Samuel’s stagnant life upside down. Stuck in emotional purgatory since his wife’s unsolved murder four years ago, Nick is about to self-destruct. The arrival of the letter claiming credit for his wife’s murder and boasting of a new kill sends Nick to Roselea, where he and Jaymee’s worlds collide.

Jaymee and Nick realize exposing the truth about her daughter’s adoption is the only way to solve the murders. Up against years of deception, they rush to identify the killer before the evidence -- and Jaymee’s daughter -- are lost.

But the truth doesn’t always set the guilt-ridden free. Sometimes, it destroys them.

About the Author
Born in Indiana and raised in Iowa, Stacy Green earned degrees in journalism and sociology from Drake University. After a successful advertising career, Stacy became a proud stay-at-home mom to her miracle child. Now a full-time author, Stacy juggles her time between her demanding characters and supportive family. She loves reading, cooking, and the occasional gardening excursion. Stacy lives in Marion, Iowa with her husband Rob, their daughter Grace, and the family’s three obnoxious but lovable canine children.

You can find her debut novel, INTO THE DARK, as well as TIN GOD, in both digital and print.

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Friday, April 19, 2013

A Nail-Biting Excerpt from "A Scholar’s Journey: The Divine Tempest," by Herrick C. Erickson-Brigl!

A Scholar's Journey The Divine Tempest
Susan Heim on Writing is pleased to be a stop on the book tour for A Scholar’s Journey: The Divine Tempest, by Herrick C. Erickson-Brigl! This no-holds-barred fantasy brawl begins when the God of Justice and Retribution opens The Abyss and unleashes a vengeful demon upon the mortal realm of Therra. Now it is up to scholar Penndarius Greyson and his tormented protector, martial artist Soren Luna Mortalitas, to stop a crisis that would send shockwaves through the very fabric of creation. In addition, Penndarius is waging an internal battle with a disembodied presence attempting to possess his mind. The two heroes must avoid death or capture, but there is a catch: They have only one day to solve a riddle older than history before a dark host of unstoppable demons is released into the world.

Enjoy the following excerpt from A Scholar’s Journey: The Divine Tempest!

Penndarius found himself in familiar surroundings. He was in the open, flat, gray plane again. Soothing monotone clouds decorated the horizon. He felt a presence at his side, looked over, and saw a majestic, white-furred creature from the strange incident in Ed's tower. It was Rhea.

The events from the past came flooding to the fore. “Where are we?” he asked.

Rhea shook her head in apology. “Not now, my dear,” she said. “Feel the air quiver with the coming storm. They are almost here.”

The scholar felt the slight pang of pain in his head as he turned, and then he noticed a swath of evil enter the realm around him and muddy it, as if the perversion were a stain on the pristine serenity of the flat land. Roiling clouds of indigo that emitted cobalt lightning blighted the peaceful gray sky, and their chaotic presence was mirrored perfectly on the ground.

Malicious alien intent reached out almost tangibly to make itself known through resonating vibrations in the air. The pain in the scholar’s head steadily worsened as the intrusion became more visible.

In the invading gloom, Penndarius and Rhea watched as two figures appeared from afar. They walked inexorably toward the pair and seemed to vanish several times, only to reappear closer instantly until they were in front of them.

It was Diametries, accompanied by a creature unknown to Penndarius. In this place they were separate entities.

The creature reached up and scratched a deep line into a seeping wound where a wing had been long ago. The other wing seemed still to be intact. He rolled his eyes upward in ecstasy as the pain filtered into his consciousness. “Yesss...,” he said to himself with masochistic delight.

Rhea wrinkled her nose as if a putrid smell had entered the air around her. “Kestrel, it is such a...” She paused, as the words themselves seemed to corrupt the air around her, and then continued. “...a pleasure.”

“Salutations to the one of the great betrayers. Rhea, it is so wonderful to see you. My claws are aching to repay the debt they owe you from when last we met,” Kestrel asserted and then laughed sardonically as his eyes glinted with danger. He flexed his long, sharp, deep blue claws to accentuate his meaning.

“What is he?” Penndarius asked as he examined the creature before him.

“I regret to say that he is one of my kind,” Rhea said with obvious distaste.

Diametries drew his hand diagonally across the air with disdain. “The history lesson is over,” he interrupted. “Erase their essences, and be done with it, creature,” he commanded coldly. “I tire of this banter.”

“Aye, my lord ... with pleasure,” Kestrel said as he grinned with excitement and began to crawl toward Penndarius and Rhea.

Rhea moved in front of Penndarius. “I will not allow this boy to come to harm,” she said, and her action surprised the scholar.

Kestrel sneered. “What reasons do you -- ah, I see ... a contract. You slipped up, didn’t you?” he asked, and his eyes betrayed his interest. “How surprising.”

“Come forward as you will,” Rhea said as she took up a protective stance, and a white barrier lined with a tinge of green formed in front of her and Penndarius.

“Aye, I will!” Kestrel roared in delight to the molten gold-and-azure sky and then bounded toward Rhea and clawed at her barrier with his hand. The attack left deep, jagged blue lines in her wall of defense, deep crevices that burned with residual sapphire-colored fire.

Rhea fought back with sweeping waves of her white-furred hands that sent shockwaves rippling along the pale ground.

As the two vaedziur met in battle, the pain in Penndarius’s head went from noticeable to debilitating and brought him to his knees, like a knife plunging through his temples and being twisted back and forth.

With maniacal laugher, Kestrel continued to hack and slash at random while Rhea dodged from left to right, throwing up her barrier to block his attacks. Whenever she could, she retaliated, but it became apparent that Kestrel was more than able to match her in combat, and more jagged lines appeared as he cut her barrier to ribbons.

Diametries smiled as he watched the fight unfold. “It will not be much longer,” he asserted with deathly calm.

Expelling a cry, Rhea threw a punch, slamming Kestrel backwards with a powerful wave of emerald-hued energy. Kestrel skidded along the ground, digging one of his clawed hands into the gray surface and leaving swaths of indigo fire in his wake. Then he rebounded to continue his assault.

The hacking and throbbing lacerated Penndarius’s mind repeatedly and seemed to increase in intensity.

“This is taking too long,” Diametries said with disgust. He raised his hands, and a golden glow emanated from the tips of his fingers. Five golden threads of energy extended from the Speaker’s hand, lashing out at Rhea and slamming into her.

Rhea saw the attack coming and had to cross her white arms protectively across her body. She was instantly forced on the defense.

Kestrel pressed his advantage and pounced on her, slashing against her barrier. All the while he laughed maniacally as he kept her backpedaling.

Rhea was unable to retaliate against either opponent through the continuous onslaught and was continually forced back. She turned her head toward Penndarius in agony as she struggled.

“I cannot hold!” she yelled frantically. “I need you, Penndarius!”

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Captive Spirits Book Blast: Giveaway for a $50 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash

Captive Spirits

Aztar is a planet where no one remembers a time of peace. Fear of those who wield a mystical cruelty holds people as CAPTIVE SPIRITS. All that remains is the waning belief in a savior who will someday come to restore peace to a blood-soaked land. Zmeria, an ancient text recovered, brings a Prophecy to life. The leaders of each Region come together with a plan to reunite Aztar’s divided people and make way for their savior. They arm themselves with the recently discovered revelation of peace long past. A dream is born and legends revived as Aztar’s people determine to fight the evil and Reclaim Aztar. The Evil’s grasp is strong on the CAPTIVE SPIRITS of Aztar.

Leaders know this battle to free the will and spirit of the people will not be easily won. They decree a King must be chosen. One man of the entire world stands out from the rest. Si, the firstborn son of the house of Volcum, is well known for valor and victories in battle. A kingdom must be established. As the center of his kingdom, Si Volcum decreed an ancient, long deserted castle far to the north that contained the lost records of Aztar’s forgotten glory. He accepted his chosen bride, Alexis, unseen from a house as old as his own. Si ruled and the land prospered for fifteen years while evil silently waited. The King did not know when evil struck it would be personally against him or that the price would be so high. The people of Aztar chose well in their King. Si will not hesitate. The King will pay the price. From his love and chosen path, the Saga of Aztar begins with the legend of her first King, Si Volcum. “Reclaim Aztar!” will be their battle cry.

Author M.A. Adair

Mary A. Adair is an Amazon bestselling author of Native American romance. CAPTIVE SPIRITS is her first Young Adult Fantasy. It is the beginning of a Young Adult Fantasy series that can also be enjoyed by all adults. Mary’s other works include Passion’s Vision and Passion’s Price, both bestselling Native American romances. Mary did extensive research on several Native American tribes in the time period of her books. One of her many sources for learning about the rich Native American culture of that time period was a book written in the mid-1700s by one of her husband’s ancestors, James Adair.

PASSION’S VISION is a story filled with romance, excitement and danger. This story features James Fitzgerald, an agent in the court of King George II, and New Moon, sister to Chief Dancing Cloud. PASSION’S PRICE is a poignant love story with a twist of humor. It is a next-generation story filled with adventure and determination as well as self-realization and, of course, romance. PASSION’S PRICE continues with James and New Moon’s daughter, Golden Dawn.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Literary Addicts Weekly Meme: My Book Hoard

It’s Wednesday! And that means it’s time for the Literary Addicts Weekly Meme! Every Wednesday, they suggest a fun theme to write about. The theme of this week: “Show us your book hoard! Take a picture and show us what you have!

I wish I had been asked this question about a month ago because I would have had SO much to show you! I had two large bookcases in my bedroom that were overflowing with books, plus a nightstand that was unrecognizable as a piece of furniture because it was covered with so many books. But my husband and I decided to replace the carpeting in our bedroom with bamboo flooring, and so we did a major clean-up! All the furniture had to be moved out of the bedroom, so I donated a lot of my books to our library’s used bookstore, and we boxed up many more. So, for now, you get to see the two shelves of books that are on my “to-read list.”

Can you see why I can’t accept many book reviews? I have enough books lined up to read for years. And this doesn’t even include the books I have downloaded to my Nook or those I’ve saved on my Amazon wish list. There are just too many wonderful books in the world! I’m getting stressed out just thinking about it…

So, while I go grab a cup of tea (or something stronger) to de-stress, I’d love to know: What does your book hoard look like?

CLICK HERE for links to the other blogs participating in this meme (and become a member of Literary Addicts if you're not already so you can join us in the weekly meme, too)!

Moonlit Book Blast: Giveaway for a $50 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash


Eighteen-year-old Tanzy Hightower knows horses and has grown up with them on Wildwood Farm. She also knows not to venture beyond the trees that line the pasture. Things happen out there that can’t be explained. Or undone. Worse, no one but she and the horses can see what lurks in the shadows of the woods.

When a moonlit ride turns into a terrifying chase, Tanzy is left to question everything, from the freak accident that killed her father to the very blood in her veins. Broken and confused, she turns to Lucas, a scarred, beautiful stranger, and to Vanessa, a charming new friend who has everything Tanzy doesn’t.

But why do they seem to know more about her than she knows herself?


“Virginia’s trees look like they’re burning. Most of them blaze crimson or gold, but some still have a chokehold on their green. I wish they’d give it up already. Leaves are more beautiful when they’re dying.”

And so Moonlit begins. From here the story rolls from one twist to another with many vivid characters whose motives are hard to predict. I found myself being suspicious of everyone, wanting to tell Tanzy to be very careful. The deeper I fell into the plot, the more questions kept rising to the surface. But not to worry, all of my questions were answered. Appropriate for all ages, if you love paranormal fantasy mixed with suspense, mystery and other-worldly romance, you’ll love this novel!
~Author Julie Ford


The first anniversary of my father’s death was even harder on my mother. Back then, I thought she was haunted most by what she didn’t know. I refused to blame her when she raged above me on our staircase that night, drunk and sad and angry. When she made me promise I’d never ride again. When she hurled a half-full bottle of vodka at my face and it exploded on the wooden stairs at my feet. I hadn’t tried to get out of the way. She had just missed.

I wanted to tell her that knowledge was no solace, that what you know can burn inside you until there’s nothing left but guilt and ash. I also wanted to protect her from losing the only piece of him she had left. So I didn’t say a word.

Author Jadie Jones

Georgia native Jadie Jones first began working for a horse farm at twelve years old. Her love of horses is matched only by her love of books. She went on to acquire a B.A. in equine business management and worked for competitive horse farms along the east coast. The need to write followed wherever she went. She currently coaches a hunt seat equitation team that competes in the Interscholastic Equestrian Association, and lives with her family in the foothills of north Georgia. When she’s not working on the next installment of the Moonlit series, she is either in the saddle or exploring the great outdoors with her daughter. Moonlit is her first book.

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The Gatekeeper’s Daughter Book Blast: Giveaway for a $30 Amazon Gift Card, Signed Books, and More!

The Gatekeeper's Daughter
The Gatekeeper’s Daughter
In The Gatekeeper’s Sons, Therese and Thanatos, the god of Death, met and fell in love. In The Gatekeeper’s Challenge, they did everything they could to be together, even break an oath on the River Styx. But the Olympians don’t tolerate oath-breakers. In this final book in the trilogy, The Gatekeeper’s Daughter, Therese may have finally succeeded in becoming a goddess, but if she wants to remain one, she’ll not only have to discover her unique purpose, but also make some allies among the gods. Artemis sends her on a seemingly impossible quest across the world, while Than searches for a way to appease Ares. To make matters worse, her aunt’s baby’s life hangs in the balance.

About Author Eva Pohler
Eva Pohler writes fiction for teens and adults and teaches writing and literature at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where she lives with her husband, three kids, two dogs, and two rats.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Signed Book Giveaway Hop: Enter to Win "Put On Your Crown," Written and Autographed by Queen Latifah!

Signed Book Giveaway Hop
April 16th to 22nd
Featuring Books Signed by the Author
Co-hosted by Wholly Books

Welcome to the Signed Book Giveaway Hop! Every blog participating in this hop is offering a book that’s autographed by the author! For my giveaway, I am offering:

Put On Your Crown:
Life-Changing Moments on the Path to Queendom
By Queen Latifah

Oscar-nominated actress, Grammy-winning entertainer, entrepreneur -- Queen Latifah has done it all. Through everything she has encountered, she has come to love herself, including her flaws. But this transformation didn’t happen overnight: The Queen had to overcome a series of challenges -- difficult moments -- before she knew she was going to emerge triumphant. We all have moments like these. The question is: How can we learn from such experiences and use them to turn ourselves into strong, confident women? Queen Latifah provides the often surprising answers in this rewarding and inspiring book.

And, yes, this beautiful hardcover book is signed by Queen Latifah herself!


One lucky winner will receive a hardcover autographed copy of the book, Put On Your Crown, by Queen Latifah! To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway will end at 11:59 PM EST on April 22, 2013.

Helga Book Blast: Giveaway for a $100 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash

Helga: Out of Hedgelands

From Author Rick Johnson: Twelve-year-old Helga has more danger in her life than most beasts her age -- Wrackshee slavers after her, a vicious attack by bandits that nearly kills her, a race against dragons pursuing her, and leading a daring rebellion to save her life and rescue friends and family from the insidious WooZan. And that is just the beginning. But what do you expect when you are a young beast who just can’t see the stupid rules of the world making any sense? Helga can’t accept things as they are and ends up taking on not just one, but two all-powerful, supreme tyrants in two different realms.

Helga never intended to lead a revolution. It just sort of happened because she wouldn’t go along with the “rules of normal” that keep tyrants in power and entire societies enslaved. Beginning on a dangerous quest to solve some mysteries in her own past, Helga leads her quirky comrades on a journey that will not only forever change them, but upset ancient civilizations.

As an author, I’m drawn to eccentric, unexpected characters: those who surprise because they hear a distant galaxy, see a different music, create their own fragrance rather than get hooked on a soundtrack; the child who has her own ideas about how the emperor is dressed; the lunatics and rebels who tell stories on the boundaries. Helga’s unusual story will take readers to worlds they never imagined -- definitely a whole new ride.

Time and again, the unconventional heroine and her eccentric comrades overcome ominous tyrants and black-hearted slavers, not by battling to the last beast standing, but by being the first beast to think differently.

Helga: Out of Hedgelands is divided into three books that introduce the epic saga of the Wood Cow clan and their role in overturning centuries of slavery and tyranny. This story will continue in additional volumes of the Wood Cow Chronicles now in development. Over the series of current and future volumes, the entire history of the Wood Cow clan, the fall of Maev Astuté, and the coming of Lord Farseeker to the Outer Rings, will be told.

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Author Rick Johnson

I am a native of the Great Plains, having grown up on a farm in the Platte River Valley of western Nebraska. I love the wild beauty of the Plains and nearby Rocky Mountains -- the too hot, too cold, too empty, too full of life extremes. Typically, the awesomely diverse and the awesomely stark are much the same, even as they are different. Although I have lived in Michigan, North Carolina, and British Columbia, the western plains, mountains, and desert are in my heart.

As my day job, for over thirty years I have been a faculty member and administrator in higher education. Teaching broadly in the liberal arts, including creative writing, my professional publications include educational materials, poems, and 28 stories for young readers. During my spare hours, I have also collected and carefully studied the records of former times upon which the Wood Cow Chronicles are based. It is my privilege to bring this astonishing saga to light.

The Wood Cow Chronicles have been researched and written with the irreplaceable assistance of Barbara, my beloved wife of more than thirty-five years, and our children. Indeed, the essential research into the history of the Wood Cows has been conducted during the odd hours of family reading and storytelling “around the campfire” as we say -- even when there is no campfire! This research continues and grows richer as our family expands across generations and continents.

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Excuse Me, My Brains Have Stepped Out Book Blast: Giveaway for a $50 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash

Excuse Me, My Brains Have Stepped Out
Anya Michaels is having the time of her life. She has the man of her dreams by her side. She has graduated at the top of her class. She has the job others were lining up for. Between late night drinks at her favourite bar and fancy dinners at the most expensive restaurants, she has a string of adoring friends.

Everything changes when she hears the dreaded words, “You are sick.” Being diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder, her world starts to fall apart, one piece at a time. Now dumped, her four-year relationship is nothing but a memory filled with pictures, thoughts and a very broken heart. Her job becomes an even further challenge as she tries to hide her condition. Her friends suddenly have more important things to do. What is a party without a party girl? Perfect could not crumble any faster. Soon, caught between situations, people and pieces of life that she never dreamed of planning for herself, Anya begins to wonder if her brain condition is all that bad. As she absorbs the changes in her life and realization sets in, she begins to wonder if she is the only one saying: Excuse Me, My Brains Have Stepped Out.

Author Pandora Poikilos

Pandora Poikilos has been writing for more than ten years for various media, which include newspapers, radio, television and various websites. A social media enthusiast who is passionate about blogging and finding her way around the virtual world, she wiles away time in the real world by reading, writing and people watching.

Book Blast Giveaway
Prize: $50 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash
Ends 4/28/13

Thursday, April 11, 2013

No Strings Attached Giveaway Hop for April: Enter to Win a $100 GlobalGiving Gift Card! (WW)

If you hate the hassle of pursuing multiple entries to enter giveaways, this contest is for you! For every giveaway in this hop, you will only be asked to leave your name and contact information. No tweets, follows, posts, questions or hassles!

The response was so wonderful when I did this giveaway in the past that I’m giving YOU another opportunity to do good! One winner will receive a $100 GlobalGiving gift card! This very special gift allows you to support one of more than 1,000 charities in the United States and worldwide. These groups have all been pre-screened by GlobalGiving to ensure that they are providing real-world solutions to help “educate children, feed the hungry, build houses and infrastructure, protect our environment, empower women (and men), rescue animals, support active military and veterans” and more. You get to choose which cause(s) you’d love to support!

TO ENTER: Simply leave your name and email address in a comment on this blog post.

***IMPORTANT: When you’re done entering here, please hop over to my other blog, Susan Heim on Parenting, for the chance to win an additional GlobalGiving gift card! Yes, I am giving away TWO $100 GlobalGiving gift cards -- one on each of my blogs.***

This giveaway is open to anyone who can use a GlobalGiving gift card at and will end at 11:59 PM EST on April 17, 2013. [U.S. winners will be mailed a physical gift card; international winners will be emailed a code.] Void where prohibited.

CONTEST CLOSED. Congratulations to the winner: AquarianDancer!

Now hop around to the other blogs participating in this hop!

Disclosure: GlobalGiving has generously donated these gift cards as a thank-you for my participation in a promotional campaign.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Feed Your Reader Giveaway for a Kindle Fire or $100 Amazon Gift Card or $100 in PayPal Cash!

Inspired Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer has launched a new site aimed at bringing you the best Kindle Ebook Deals and Steals.

Each day on you’ll find a new list of available ebook deals (most for under $3).

And, of course, there will be lots of Featured Freebies, too!

To celebrate the launch of the new site, she is giving away a Kindle Fire or Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash!

Win a 7" Kindle Fire (US only)

Or $100 Gift Card (International)

Or $100 in PayPal Cash (International)

Giveaway Details
One winner will receive their choice of a Kindle Fire 7" (US Only), $100 Amazon Gift Card or $100 in PayPal Cash (International).
Ends May 5, 2013

Literary Addicts Weekly Meme: What Character Would You Be?

It’s Wednesday! And that means it’s time for the Literary Addicts Weekly Meme! Every Wednesday, they suggest a fun theme to write about. The theme of this week is “What character would you be?” Share yours!

Ever since I was a child, I wanted to be Susan Pevensie from the Narnia series by C.S. Lewis. First of all, she shared my name and was the oldest sister, like me. But best of all, she got to go on great adventures in Narnia and even become a queen! And after she was a queen, she got to relive her childhood all over again back in England. She was very brave and a great shot with an arrow. And she was pretty, too. What’s not to like?

So, now it’s your turn: What character would you be?

CLICK HERE for links to the other blogs participating in this meme!

This post contains my Amazon affiliate link.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Titanic Giveaway Hop: Enter to Win "The Killing Sea" by Richard Lewis!

Titanic Giveaway Hop
April 8th to 14th

Featuring Books with
Tragic Disasters & Epic Love Stories

Welcome to the Titanic Giveaway Hop! Every blog participating in this event is featuring a book with a tragic disaster or epic love story. For my giveaway, I am offering a novel that takes place during the tsunami of 2004 in Indonesia.

The Killing Sea: A Novel About the Tsunami That Stunned the World
By Richard Lewis

Ruslan slipped away from the café and the curious onlookers. He began to run, not knowing exactly why, but instinct making him head away from the sea....

And in the distance, along the seafront of Ujung Karang, screams rose from a hundred, a thousand, mouths.

Aceh, Indonesia. December 2004. Ruslan, an Indonesian boy, and Sarah, an American girl, are brought together in the aftermath of the devastating tsunami. Ruslan is searching for his missing father, while Sarah is trying to get medical treatment for her sick brother. Together they travel through the destruction, barely believing all that they see.

The Killing Sea is a high-stakes survival story that puts a human face on a terrible tragedy.

About the Author: Richard Lewis, who lives in Indonesia, was there during the tsunami and worked as a relief worker in Aceh in the days and weeks following it. This novel is based on his firsthand experiences.

Note: Cover differs from the one shown above. I purchased this book from my local library’s bookstore, so the book is in slightly used but excellent condition. This is a HARDCOVER book!


One lucky winner will receive The Killing Sea: A Novel About the Tsunami That Stunned the World, by Richard Lewis, in hardcover! To enter, simply fill out the easy Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents and will end at 11:59 PM EST on April 14, 2013.

Saturday, April 6, 2013