Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Literary Addicts Weekly Meme: What Two Characters Should Hook Up?

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: What two characters from two different books/series would you LOVE to see hook up?

My Answer: Nancy Drew and Harry Potter

Honestly, I haven’t read the Harry Potter books, but I’ve seen the movies and I always thought that Jenny Weasley was a little too bland for Harry Potter. But if he’d had a girlfriend as smart and daring as Nancy Drew, she could have helped him solve the mystery of the missing Horcruxes much more quickly, and they could have wrapped things up in 4 or 5 books instead of 7.

Smart Super Sleuth + Magic Wizard = Mystery Solved!

But then, of course, less money would have made from a shorter series, so maybe that’s not a great idea…

What about you? What book characters from two different series do you think should hook up? CLICK HERE for links to the other blogs participating in this meme to find out their choices!

Last Day Book Tour: Giveaway for a $50 iTunes Gift Card

Last Day
by Richard LaPlante

Charlie Wolf is an undercover cop assigned to infiltrate the Sons of Fire motorcycle club, suspected of manufacturing and distributing methamphetamine up and down the East Coast. Charlie’s been undercover for a long time -- long enough to have broken the two cardinal rules of his work. He’s forged a strong friendship with Ray Sasso, president of the Sons of Fire. And he’s become addicted to meth.

A near-fatal mistake during the attempted bust by the cops leaves a bullet lodged in the right temporal lobe of Charlie’s brain. Operating to remove it would likely kill Charlie. Living with it will change him forever.

Two men linked by a tangle of lies and twisted loyalties. Two men who could not be more different -- or more the same. When they meet again, for one of them it will be the Last Day.

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About the Author
Richard LaPlante is the author of the popular Fogarty-Tanaka series of crime fiction novels as well as three memoirs. Last Day is his first paranormal thriller and explores his longtime interest in human consciousness and the Near Death Experience. A musician and lifelong student of martial arts, Richard lives with his two sons in the sunny mountains of Ojai, CA, and is a founding director of an independent publishing company, Escargot Books, where he blogs regularly.

Currently, Richard is also working on Hog Fever, an Ear Movie -- a movie without pictures -- based upon his motorcycle memoir, Hog Fever, and starring Academy Award nominee, Terence Stamp, produced by Grammy award winner, Greg Penny, and directed by British rock icon, Kevin Godley.

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An Interview with Judyann McCole, Author of "Adela Arthur and the Creator’s Clock"!

Susan Heim on Writing is pleased to be a stop on the book tour for Adela Arthur and the Creator’s Clock, Book 1 of 5 in The Chronicles of A series. I know you’re going to enjoy the following interview with the author!

What was the inspiration behind the Chronicles of A series?
My inspiration came from one of my jobs actually. I’m a babysitter to these 3 amazing little girls, all of whom love to read, and one day one of them demanded a new story. Apparently they wanted a girl to go on an adventure just like the boys, and so I wrote Adela Arthur. I told them story after story about Adela Arthur, and one day it just clicked to write them down.

How much do you have in common with Adela, the main character?
We are both book and movie nerds. Throughout the novel, she makes references to novels, TV shows and movies, which doesn’t really make sense to anyone since she is part of a new world. She’s quirky and also very hard on herself, traits that I also deal with.

Book 1, Adela Arthur and the Creator's Clock, is currently available. Four more books are to follow. When can we expect the next installment?
The next book in the Chronicles of A is Adela Arthur and the Eternal Evergreen. It picks up a month after the first book and takes place over the summer. Adela is forced to deal with the truths that are revealed to her in the first books, all while dealing with a new danger lurking the halls.

How do you find time to do so much writing as a full-time college student?
Ha ha, good question. So … I tend to forgo sleeping most nights. I love college, I really do, but it is hard to manage writing and school. I have a great circle of friends who help me focus and make me have fun. I’m not really sure how it’s all working right now, but I hope to keep all my balls in the air.

What are you currently studying?
Biology. Yep, every time I tell people they are always surprised.

Do you have any other writing projects in the works?
Yes, I have another Young Adult novel coming out in the fall/winter, hopefully by Tri-Destiny Publishing. It’s called Moonrise and follows the life of Cordelia Lane, a human, and Aedan Galahad, an angel. I love Young Adult novels, but after Adela Arthur and Moonrise, I’m outlining a Historical Fiction novel.

How does Maya Angelou inspire you?
Thank you for asking this question! Maya Angelou to me is huge. In all of her writings, I feel as though she is talking about me or trying to reach me. She inspires me because she makes me think and feel a different emotion each time I read her work. She’s just amazing!

You do book reviewing, in addition to everything else. What is your favorite genre to read?
I wish I could do more! I love books, and I really don’t have a favorite genre. I just read The White Queen by Philippa Gregory.

What are you reading now? What is coming up on your TBR pile?
Right now I’m trying to read The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay.

You also like to do book covers. Why do you redo covers on your blog?
By no means do I ever want to tear down an author’s cover. I just love art! And when a book has a cool title, my mind goes off into all of these ideas. I’ve done a whole bunch of covers for my books. Before I even write, I have to make a mock cover. I’m not sure why. It just inspires me to write and/or read.

What is something readers may be surprised to learn about you?
Um … I’m not sure. I really love politics and religion -- not the part where everyone is yelling at each other, but the learning aspect of them. I love learning about other people’s religion or lack thereof and what people believe. Knowing what people believe is a huge step in defining a character.

Is there anything else you would like to add?
Check out my book! Please and thank you!

Thank you so much for your time!
No, thank you! Your questions are amazing!

About the Author:
Inspired by Maya Angelou and even a little of Dr. Seuss, JUDYANN MCCOLE began writing when she was in middle school, but most of it was just simple poetry. She was a senior in high school when she started working on Adela Arthur and the Creator’s Clock during her history class. It started off as a short story for a group of young kids she babysat for and grew into an adventure she herself wanted to go on. She is currently attending college in Virginia where she hopes to finish the next adventure in Adela Arthur’s life.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Death Dealer Book Tour: Giveaway for a $30 Amazon or B&N Gift Card, Signed Books, and Swag

Death Dealer
by Ashley Robertson

Death: a word Mia Baron was all too familiar with since the murder of her parents when she was a young girl. Her drive for vengeance was the reason she became a Death Dealer -- a soul guide through the spirit realm -- signing her life away in her own blood. Pain forged a concrete wall around her heart, and no one or nothing would ever penetrate it … until she got what she desired most -- revenge.

Deacon Gage craves justice for his own horrific tragedy that forced him into the same life Mia chose, with the same promise of vengeance dangling just out of reach. His expert training makes him an Elite -- one of the few Death Dealers to ever achieve such a status -- and no one can shift his focus from the blood he seeks.

But when the two are partnered for yet another job and a heart-shattering case rips open Mia’s heart, Deacon realizes he’s the only one who can save her … at a price that might be too much to pay: opening his heart to her. The clock is ticking, and her life hangs on the balance of whether he can truly let go or will hold onto his desire for blood.

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About the Author:
Ashley Robertson resides in sunny Orlando, Florida, and loves writing about anything paranormal. She also composes poems and songs, though she learned long ago she doesn’t have a singing voice. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find her spending time with family and friends, sharing personal training and nutrition advice via, traveling and exploring new places, and drinking fine wines and gourmet coffees from her Nespresso machine.


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Prize #1: Signed Books Swag Bag (includes Crimson Groves, Unguarded, and Death Dealer), plus graphic custom bookmark and custom-made swag from The Book Swag Shop

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Please Help My Parenting Blog Become One of VoiceBok's Top 10 Giveaway Blogs!

I’m excited to share that my other blog, Susan Heim on Parenting, was selected as one of the Top 50 Giveaway Blogs of 2013 by VoiceBoks! Now, I’m hoping that you will help me make it to the Top 10. All you have to do is vote once. That’s it!

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Adela Arthur Book Tour: Giveaway for a $25 Amazon Gift Card and eBook

Adela Arthur and the Creator’s Clock
Book 1 of 5 in The Chronicles of A series
Genre: Fantasy
by Judyann McCole

To Whomever This May Concern:
I wish I could tell you the contents of this book were purely fictional. That I, Adela Arthur, was just a normal sixteen-year-old from Portland and that dragons, giants, elves and mermaids were just myths. I wish these were legends shared by crazy old grandparents around campfires. After all, that is what I used to believe. I never would have thought they lived on the other side of our mirrors in a world called Cielieu. But they do… I never would have thought there were humans, better known as Volsin, who lived among them with the ability to create light from a single thought. But there are… I never would have thought I was one of them… But I am. I am the last Arthur, and I was brought to the human world after a Volsin, filled with greed, began to strip the light from our kind. The human world was supposed to be a safe haven… but he’s found us, and the only way to stop him is to go back to Cielieu and begin training as a student in the Elpida Castle of Light. Like I said, I wish the contents of this book were purely fictional and not my life…

Adela Arthur is now on Amazon:

About the Author:
Inspired by Maya Angelou and even a little of Dr. Seuss, JUDYANN MCCOLE began writing when she was in middle school, but most of it was just simple poetry. She was a senior in high school when she started working on Adela Arthur and the Creator’s Clock during her history class. It started off as a short story for a group of young kids she babysat for and grew into an adventure she herself wanted to go on. She is currently attending college in Virginia where she hopes to finish the next adventure in Adela Arthur’s life.

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Cuspian Book Tour: Giveaway for Nail Polish, Jewelry and More!

by DC Hall

Twins Kendal and Kennedi Myles are the envy of their peers with a second-string spot on the varsity football team, smartass but loyal teammates, miniature pores, and a killer spray tan. They had big plans for sophomore year, until their mother is slaughtered during a botched robbery.

Forced to move with their estranged father, Kendal becomes fixated on finding their mother’s killer, while Kennedi tries to settle into life with their dad. After discovering a trail of unsettling clues, the pair begin to believe their mother’s death was part of a conspiracy. As the teens’ investigation digs deeper into their mom’s enigmatic past, a mysterious agency stumbles upon them, and the twosome learns they are Cuspians -- individuals gifted with supernatural abilities. Kendal and Kennedi are soon faced with the challenge of staying concealed from the shadowy organization hell-bent on enslaving powerful Cuspians while trying to solve a murder.

Family secrets, bloody breadcrumbs, and deadly obsessions guide the twins through tough decisions and awful mistakes. Desperate for their lives to return to normal, the pair find that normal is not written in the stars for either one of them.

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DC Hall is obsessed with argyle socks and the smell of books, and believes he is the smartest person in the room. Granted, he’s usually alone when he thinks this, but it still feels good. When his nose isn’t stuck in a book, DC is usually writing or trying to teach his dog, Brooklyn, how to wash dishes (success remains elusive). DC is from the south where the teas are sweet, distance is measured in minutes not miles, and the skies are always Carolina blue.

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Great Paranormal Beach Reading ~ Eternal Summer: A Collection of Short Stories

Eternal Summer: A Collection of Short Stories
Eternal Summer is a collection of eight paranormal short stories. Participating authors include: Olivia Hardin, C.G. Powell, Mandie Stevens, Liz Schulte, Lola James, Tawdra Kandle, Stephanie Nelson and Melissa Lummis.

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List of stories:

One Bite Paradise by Olivia Hardin -- author of the Bend-Bite-Shift trilogy
Jill’s wish gave Doc a new chance at life -- literally. Almost a decade of years have passed since Jill watched her lover get killed, and now that time is like a chasm between them. Can they learn how to make One Bite of Paradise become an eternity?

Cat Napped by C.G. Powell -- author of the Terra Stellar series
Tempers fly when Sarik makes last-minute changes to Jael’s and his vacation plans. How far will he go to get back in her good graces?

Eternally Yours by Mandie Stevens -- author of Eva and Thomas series
Eva and Thomas are bound by magic and are getting on each others’ nerves. Eva is ready for a vacation, but when someone from Thomas’s past is in trouble, her holiday comes second to saving a soul from Hell.

Dark Remnants by Liz Schulte -- author of the Guardian trilogy, the Easy Bake Coven series and the Ella Reynolds series
Ella Reynolds and vacations do not mix -- but she is willing to give it a try for Gabriel. However, when she stumbles across the ghost of a young woman who needs her help, all thoughts of fun and relaxation vanish from her mind. Can Ella solve this mystery before her vacation ends or will the spirit be trapped in an infinite loop forever?

Bound by Fate by Lola James -- author of the Spellbound series
Ben thought his trip to New York would be just like any other -- find two random people, nurture their love, and leave before his presence is detected. But when he runs into someone from his past, business as usual becomes complicated. The worlds of the Spellbound Series and the Fate Trilogy blend in Bound by Fate.

Stardust on the Sea by Tawdra Kandle -- author of the King series
Cathryn Whitmore does not want a vacation, not even in beautiful Cape May. But when she encounters a hot college professor at a bed and breakfast with a ghostly mystery, she just may change her mind.

Cursed Cove by Stephanie Nelson -- author of the Gwen Sparks and Anna Avery series
Gwen and Dorian head to Hawaii, but not for fruity drinks or sunbathing. A string of murders taint what the locals are calling Cursed Cove. Haunted by the infamous Captain Clarke, Gwen and Dorian must figure out how to rid the beach of the demonic ghost before more locals lose their lives.

Daylight Come by Melissa Lummis -- author of the Love and Light series
Some fun in the sun was just what Loti needed, but from the moment she and Wolf arrive at the not-so-quaint hotel, they know something’s off about the place. Cockroaches, dirty linens and an unkempt room turn out to be the least of their worries. An evil spirit haunts the beachfront resort, and it has no intentions of letting them check out until it gets what it wants. Can they solve the mystery before daylight comes?

Saturday, July 27, 2013

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Friday, July 26, 2013

A Wicked Kind of Dark Cover Reveal and Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

A Wicked Kind of Dark

Robert Duncan no longer believes in magic. However, a mysterious call about a blood moon leads him back to the magical world of his childhood and to Luthien, the beautiful girl with flame-coloured hair, whom he loved and lost.

As Robert unravels the secrets of his childhood, darkness enters his life, and an ancient evil awakens. To have any chance of defeating the dark forces that would destroy two worlds, Robert must find Luthien before the rise of the blood moon. He must, once more, believe in magic …

A Wicked Kind of Dark mixes vast and spectacular fantasy landscapes with gritty urban reality. This is a must-read for people of all ages who believe in the power of imagination and the importance of never losing touch with your inner child.

Author Jonathan K. Benton

Jonathan Benton always wanted to write books, having won first place in a short story competition when he was ten. Inspired by writers such as Ray Bradbury and Stephen King, Jonathan first discovered the crossover genre of literary/fantasy while reading Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes. Jonathan grew up in New Zealand, dreaming of travelling to London and finally making the pilgrimage in his mid-twenties. Returning from England, he settled in Australia, the country he now calls home, and decided to take his writing seriously.

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The Posse Book Blast: Giveaway for a Beach Basket, Amazon Gift Card, and More!

The Posse
Being a widow at the age of forty-four was never in Jude Hawthorne’s plans. After her husband’s death, she’s left with her family’s beach restaurant and two nearly-grown children. The last thing she’s looking for is another chance at love.

However, if her husband’s best friends, the Posse, have anything to say about it, love is just what she’s going to get. The Posse is determined to take care of Jude, and when they decide the best way to do that is for one of them to sweep her off her feet, three begin to vie for her affections. But only one can reach her heart.

In a story of friendship, loss and second chances, Jude will learn her life is far from being over.

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Tawdra Kandle
About Author Tawdra Kandle
Tawdra Kandle is the author of THE KING SERIES, a young adult urban fantasy quartet. Born in South Jersey, Tawdra published her first short story at the age of 13 in Child’s Life magazine. During the early years of her marriage and motherhood, she wrote articles and columns on parenting and homeschooling, as well as some homeschooling curriculum. THE KING SERIES is her first published full-length fiction. Tawdra currently lives in central Florida with her husband and children, both skin and fur types. And, yes, she has purple hair.

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Tangled Up in Trouble Book Tour: An Excerpt

Susan Heim on Writing is pleased to be a stop on the book tour for Tangled Up in Trouble, by Olivia Hardin!

About the book:
Lynlee Lincoln isn’t just a witch; she’s also a Neutralizer. Her job is a juggling act to keep magical and undead clients out of trouble. But getting back together with her old flame throws one more ball into the mix, and romance with a guy who has two kids can get complicated. When her old mentor asks her to investigate the goings-on of a dark witch, things turn messy. The witch is stalking supernatural creatures to collect ingredients for a potion that Lynlee can’t seem to figure out. To keep those closest to her from becoming the next victims, she may have to confront the demons within herself.

The first book in the series, Trolling for Trouble, is forever FREE. Get caught up on the series.

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Excerpt from Tangled Up in Trouble:

“That’s why you need to marry that boy. He’ll make an excellent housewife.”

I snorted and shook my head. Rhia and I were on our way to a call for one of my MAUCs, a vampire named Rufus. The poor fellow got himself entangled with an ultra-religious gal the previous evening. Perhaps she wasn’t all that religious after all because she did in fact sleep with Rufus. And that couldn’t be blamed on his ability to hypnotize because he preferred to feed on a woman after he seduced her. He liked the taste of the endorphins in their blood.

As we approached the grotto I noticed Rhiannon was distracted. She kept pulling her cell phone from her pocket, frowning, then putting it back. After almost a minute she would repeat the process again. I side-eyed her as I programmed our destination.

“You expecting a call?” I asked as we stepped into the stone enclosure.

Her face turned fuchsia and she fumbled to put the phone away. I pursed my lips and frowned at her, but she averted my eyes.

When we arrived at our destination I put a hand out to stop her from walking away from me. “I need you to focus here, Rhia. Is there something you need to tell me?”

Rufus lived in an apartment in Kansas City, Missouri, so Rhiannon and I had orbed into a forest near there so hopefully we wouldn’t be seen. I knew the moment we got there that we were alone, not sensing anyone else in the area. I faced my friend with a severe look.

“No,” she laughed, shaking her head in short jerky, movements. “Why would you think I need to tell you something?”

“Rhiannon, you know as well as I do that these kinds of vamp cases aren’t easy to treat. Do I need to confiscate that phone?”

“Pfft! C’mon, you. There’s no time for this silly conversation. We need to get in there.”

I followed her, a nagging concern about what might be going on with her pricking my brain. Shaking my head, I relayed the same advice to myself that I’d just given to Rhia. Focus!

Author Olivia Hardin is giving away a $50 Amazon or B&N gift card and other great items. CLICK HERE to enter!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Western Roundup Giveaway Hop: Enter to Win "Roses: A Novel" by Leila Meacham

Second Annual Western Roundup Giveaway Hop
July 19-31, 2013

Welcome to the second annual Western Roundup Giveaway Hop! Every giveaway in this event features books in the western genre and sub-genres, whether it’s cowboys, wizards on horseback, magical beings in the old west, or pioneers on a wagon train! When you’re done entering my giveaway, be sure to check out the linky under the Rafflecopter form to find the other blogs participating in this hop.

For my giveaway, I am offering an advanced reader's copy (paperback) of the New York Times bestselling novel, Roses, by Leila Meacham.

In the classic, bestselling tradition of The Thorn Birds comes a panoramic saga of dreams, power struggles, and forbidden passions…

Spanning the twentieth century, this is a tale set in a small East Texas town against the backdrop of its powerful timber and cotton industries, now controlled by the scions of its two founding families. Cotton tycoon Mary Toliver and timber magnate Percy Warwick should have married, but unwisely did not. Now they must deal with the deceit, secrets, and tragedies that surround them, and the poignant loss of what might have been -- not only for themselves, but also for their children and grandchildren. With expert, unabashed, and big-canvas storytelling, Leila Meacham pens a powerful epic of three generations of Texans, a deeply moving love story of struggle and sacrifice that will be cherished and read again and again.

One lucky winner will receive a 600+ page paperback (ARC) of Roses: A Novel, by Leila Meacham. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end at 11:59 PM ET on July 31, 2013. Enter through the easy Rafflecopter form below. (Each giveaway in this hop can only offer 3 possible entries!)

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Within the Realm Book Blast: Giveaway for Gift Cards and a Fan Pack!

Within the Realm
by Jillian Neal

The Gifted walk among us. They are unseen, but in plain sight. The Earth’s energies are as visible to them as the tangible world is to us, and they can harness and bend these forces to their will. Atop the Pentagon resides the government of the Gifted Realm.

Rainer Lawson is set to join the ranks of Elite Officers in the Gifted Police force. With his fellow officers, they will work together, using their abilities to try and end the most sinister criminal organization in existence. His parents fought and died to re-establish the Realm, and he won’t allow them to have sacrificed in vain.

The will to protect those he loves has always driven Rainer, but his desperation to protect Emily, the love of his life, consumes him. While passions ignite and vengeance is sought, Rainer may discover that all of his money, fame, and power could cost him the only thing that has ever truly mattered.

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Author Bio

Jillian Neal is the author of The Gifted Realm series of novels. She has a passion for telling strong, character-driven stories that stretch the imagination. Her debut novel, Within the Realm, was released in 2013, with the next installments of the series soon to follow. She lives near Atlanta with her husband and children. For more information, visit her website at

Twitter: @jilliannealauth


Prize: Gift Cards to Emily’s Favorite Stores
$25 Anthropologie Gift Card
$10 Victoria’s Secret Gift Card

$10 Bath and Body Works Gift Card


Within the Realm Fan Pack
- Virginia Beach Travel Mug
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- A box of Emily’s favorite tea
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Monday, July 15, 2013

Heaven’s Just a Prayer Away Book Blast: Giveaway for a $50 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash!

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Heaven’s Just a Prayer Away

Before we came to earth, we lived in heavenly realms. We knew our Heavenly Father. We walked and talked with Him. We heard His voice. We felt His love. In Heaven’s Just a Prayer Away, beloved author Diony George teaches us how to reestablish that relationship with Him here on earth. With the help of this book you will

• Learn that nothing is too small or unimportant to discuss with Heavenly Father
• Find peace and contentment through daily communication with God
• Gain a better understanding of why some prayers seem to go unanswered
• Develop a greater knowledge of the power of prayer

The inspirational and enlightening experiences found within these pages will change your life forever by strengthening your relationship with God and filling your life with peace, teaching us that heaven really is just a prayer away.

Praise for Heaven’s Just a Prayer Away:

“I found myself either smiling or teary-eyed as I immersed myself in these stories. I was reminded that prayer is healing and sanctifying, can bring inspiration, can ease burdens, and lets us feel the love of God for ourselves and those around us.”
~Heather B. Moore, author of Christ’s Gifts to Women

“In Heaven’s Just a Prayer Away, Diony provides a comprehensive discussion on prayer through inspiring stories, basic principles, and heartfelt testimony. Her personal approach makes answers to prayer and divine blessings seem more within reach.”
~John McConkie, Stake President

Author Diony George
Diony George is a wife, full-time mom of seven, grandmother of two, and a published author of uplifting women’s fiction and inspiring nonfiction. She is also a regular contributing writer for Deseret Connect and FamilyHow. Originally from Alaska, she currently lives in Salt Lake City with her family. Besides writing, she loves to read, especially romantic suspense, bake, sew and craft. Her current fiction WIP, Inside the Heart, is based around the kidnapping and disappearance of four-year-old Emma. Her newest nonfiction book, Heaven’s Just a Prayer Away, was just released by Cedar Fort, Inc.

Heaven Tour

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Book Review: The Folly at Falconbridge Hall, by Maggi Andersen

I love Victorian novels, so it was no surprise that I loved The Folly at Falconbridge Hall by Maggi Andersen. This is the story of Vanessa, who takes the position of governess after she’s left penniless when her parents die unexpectedly. Fortunately, she gets along well with her young pupil, Blythe, but she is shocked when Blythe’s widowed father asks her to marry him so that his daughter will be well-cared-for while he embarks on a scientific expedition to the Amazon. Vanessa agrees for the sake of Blythe even though she fears she’s falling in love with Lord Falconbridge, who’s surely only marrying her for his daughter’s welfare. Meanwhile, Vanessa learns of several mysteries. What happened to Blythe’s former governess, who simply disappeared along with a painting from the house? And what were the circumstances surrounding Blythe’s mother’s death? Meanwhile, Vanessa is warned against going into the woods alone due to a suicide there, and she sees lights and hears voices in the garden in the middle of the night.

The Folly at Falconbridge Hall is well-written and kept me turning the pages. The characters are well-drawn, and I cared about Vanessa and Blythe’s happiness and safety. All of the best elements of historical fiction, romance, and mystery are incorporated into this book, and you’ll be hard-pressed to put it down. I hope you’ll pick up a copy of The Folly at Falconbridge Hall or add it to your reading list. Learn more about this book and other books by Maggi Andersen at

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Book’em Danno Book Giveaway Hop: Enter to Win Chicken Soup for the Soul’s New Book for Writers

Book'em Danno Book Hop

Welcome to the Book'em Danno Book Hop!

This event is hosted by The Review Wire and is dedicated to book lovers everywhere. Whether it's hardcover, paperback, eBooks or gift cards to buy a book, each participating blog is offering you some kind of reading adventure! After you enter my giveaway, make sure to hop on down the list to see what each blogger has to offer. Also, you can enter The Grand Prize drawing over at The Review Wire. Two prize packs will be offered to two winners that include all children's titles, both valued at more than $110!

My giveaway is for my newest book:
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Writers
101 Motivational Stories for Writers -- Budding or Bestselling -- from Books to Blogs
By Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Amy Newmark & Susan M. Heim

From budding bloggers to bestselling novelists, your fellow writers share their best advice, writing tips, time management strategies, and personal ups and downs in the business of writing. These stories will motivate you, entertain you, and keep those words flowing!

Bestselling novelist J.A. Jance explains how her next book rights a wrong done to a friend killed in Vietnam. Award-winning Young Adult novelist Sarah Darer Littman talks about her “second book blues.” Read how bestselling author Hank Phillippi Ryan was mentored in the writing world by someone she had first mentored in the TV world, and how Jenna Glatzer overcame her agoraphobia to ghostwrite Celine Dion’s biography. Marc Tyler Nobleman explains how he unmasked the true creator of the Batman series.

With chapters on overcoming your fears, beating writer’s block, accepting rejection, and making time to write, you’ll feel like you’re at a first-class writers’ conference. Additional chapters cover how to use writers’ groups and mentors effectively, tried and true methods to find new inspiration, and how writing can change your own life and others.


One lucky winner will receive a paperback copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Writers! This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end at 11:59 PM ET on Friday, July 26, 2013.

Thirty-Two Going on Spinster Book Blast: Giveaway for a $50 Amazon Gift Card!

Thirty-Two Going on Spinster
By Becky Monson

According to Webster’s dictionary,
A spinster is:
1: an unmarried woman of gentle family
2: an unmarried woman and especially one past the common age for marrying
3: a woman who seems unlikely to marry
4: me

Julia Dorning is a spinster, or at least on the road to becoming one. She has no social life, hates her job, and lives in her parents’ basement with her cat, Charlie. With the arrival of Jared Moody, the new hire at work, Julia’s mundane life is suddenly turned upside down. Her instant (and totally ridiculous) crush on the new guy causes Julia to finally make some long-overdue changes, in hopes of finding a life that includes more than baking and hanging out with Charlie. But when the biggest and most unexpected change comes, will the new and improved Julia be able to overcome it? Or will she go back to her spinster ways?

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About the Author:
By day, Becky Monson is a wife and mother to three young children. By night, she escapes with reading books and writing. In her debut novel, Becky uses humor and true-life experiences to bring her characters to life. She loves all things chick-lit (movies, books, etc.), and wishes she had a British accent. She has recently given up Diet Coke for the fiftieth time and is hopeful this time will last ... but it probably won’t. Becky runs a large online book club called “This Chick Reads.” Check it out on Facebook!

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Literary Addicts Weekly Meme: Favorite Fairytales

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: “What is your favorite fairytale story?

This is going to sound really unoriginal, but my favorite fairytale was always Cinderella. This tale has been told in various forms throughout history, but Frenchman Charles Perrault often gets the credit for adding the pumpkin, fairy godmother and glass slippers in 1697. But the reason I love the story so much is because I have fond memories of my sister and I watching the annual TV showing of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella when we were children. It came out in 1965, and starred the young and beautiful Lesley Ann Warren as Cinderella. It was broadcast annually on TV for ten years, and it was one of the highlights of our year! We always swooned over Prince Charming, the music and dancing, and the romantic tale. I’m sure if I watched it today, it would seem a little dated and silly, but I’d still love it for the wonderful childhood memory it evokes!

The video belows shows Lesley Ann Warren performing the classic Cinderella song, “In My Own Little Chair.”

So, what is your favorite fairytale and why? CLICK HERE for links to the other blogs participating in this meme to see what their favorite fairytales are (and join the Literary Addicts while you’re there)!

Tangled Up in Trouble Book Blast: Giveaway for a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card, Signed Books and Swag!

Tangled Up in Trouble by Olivia Hardin

Lynlee Lincoln isn’t just a witch; she’s also a Neutralizer. Her job is a juggling act to keep magical and undead clients out of trouble. But getting back together with her old flame throws one more ball into the mix, and romance with a guy who has two kids can get complicated. When her old mentor asks her to investigate the goings-on of a dark witch, things turn messy. The witch is stalking supernatural creatures to collect ingredients for a potion that Lynlee can’t seem to figure out. To keep those closest to her from becoming the next victims, she may have to confront the demons within herself.

The first book, Trolling for Trouble, is forever FREE.

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About the Author

When Olivia Hardin began having strange movie-like dreams in her teens, she had no choice but to begin putting them to paper. Before long, the writing bug had her, and she knew she wanted to be a published author. Several rejections plus a little bit of life later, and she was temporarily “cured” of the urge to write. That is until she met a group of talented and fabulous writers who gave her the direction and encouragement she needed to get lost in the words again.

Olivia’s attended three different universities over the years and toyed with majors in Computer Technology, English, History and Geology. Then one day she heard the term "road scholar," and she knew that was what she wanted to be. Now she “studies” anything and everything just for the joy of learning. She's also an insatiable crafter who only completes about 1 out of 5 projects, a jogger who hates to run, and is sometimes accused of being artistic.
A native Texas girl, Olivia lives in the beautiful Lone Star state with her husband, Danny, and their puppy, Bonnie.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

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

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Ixeos Rebellion
With rebel leader Darian free at last, the humans and outsiders on Ixeos must find a way to join forces and defeat the Firsts. The problem? All slaves are tracked with GPS, the Firsts are the only ones with power, and roving gangs hate the rebels just as much as they hate the aliens. As Darian and the outsiders from Earth travel the globe through the mysterious tunnels in Paris, they learn that the Firsts are preparing to launch another wave of biological warfare. With a transporter that will allow the aliens to target any city, anywhere on the planet, the rebels know they must stop them at all costs. As things get more dangerous on Ixeos, the outsiders find that they’re pushed to their limit. Will they fight for freedom, no matter the price?

The McClellands are enjoying a lazy summer vacation at the beach when they are lured from our world into Ixeos, an alternate Earth. Finding themselves lost in a maze of tunnels under Paris and surrounded by strangers, they discover that they have been brought to Ixeos for one purpose: to take the planet back from humanoid aliens who have claimed it. With the aid of the tunnels and a mysterious man named Landon, the teens travel the world seeking the key that will allow them to free Darian, the long-imprisoned rebel leader. But the aliens aren’t the only problem on Ixeos -- the McClellands have to deal with brutal gangs, desperate junkies, and a world without power, where all the technology is owned by the aliens, and where most of the population has been killed or enslaved. The worst part? There’s no way home.

Author Jennings Wright
Born and raised in Florida, Jennings spent her early years reading anything she could get her hands on, when she wasn’t spending time in and on the water. She won a prize in the 6th grade for her science fiction stories.

Jennings attended the University of Tampa, graduating with a BA in Political Science, and almost enough credits for BAs in both English and History. She attended graduate school at the University of West Florida, studying Psychology. She spent time over the years doing various kinds of business writing, editing, and teaching writing, but mostly having and raising her family, homeschooling her children, owning and running a business with her husband, and starting a non-profit.

Thanks to a crazy idea called NaNoWriMo, Jennings got back into creative writing in 2011 and hasn’t stopped since. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband, also a business owner and writer, and two children, and travels extensively with her family and her non-profit in Uganda.

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Book Blast Giveaway
$50 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash
Ends 7/28/13