Friday, January 31, 2020

Happy Publication Day to MOVING AGAIN!!! WITH RYLAN AND HENRY | by Christy Jordan Wrenn! #NewPublication #ChildrensPictureBook #MilitaryFamilies #RABTBookTours

Children's Picture Book
Publisher: AuthorHouse

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Rylan is five and has a mouse friend named Henry. Soon after Dad arrives home from deployment, he announces that they are moving 4,421 miles away. Come on an adventure with Rylan and his family moving from Anchorage, Alaska, through Canada to their new home in South Carolina. Will Henry go with the family, be forgotten, or get packed in a box, left behind.

This book is dedicated to military families that mover thousands of miles each year.

About the Author

Christy Jordan Wrenn has been a published children's author since 2014. She is an Indie published author and illustrator of four books: Rylan and Burt (2014), Rylan and Henry (2015), Emma's Funny Birds (2016), Moving Again !!! With Rylan and Henry (2018), and the (second edition 2019). Currently, she is an Administrative Librarian at Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport, Louisiana. Christy has 40+ years of experience in the field of public, special and academic libraries.

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KRONICLES OF KORTHLUNDIA SERIES | by Jamie Marchant #Excerpt #Interview #YA #ComingOfAge #Giveaway #GoddessFish

Welcome to my stop on the excerpt tour for Kronicles of Korthlandia by Jamie Marchant.  This tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions.  Here on my stop, I have an exclusive excerpt for y'all as well as the tour-wide giveaway, which is for a chance to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card.  Pretty cool, right?  Be sure to follow the rest of the tour for more exclusive excerpts and opportunities to enter the giveaway.  Have fun and enjoy!

Publication:  DECEMBER 1, 2019
Length:  335 pages
Genre(s):  Coming of Age, Young Adult

Queen Samantha’s spirit brightens as the festival of renewal approaches. The Ancient Evil that drained life from the land has been destroyed, and life is returning to the joined kingdoms. The birth of her heir gives her even more reason to celebrate. But a coup orchestrated by the unlikely alliance between a freedom-loving count and a fanatical church shatters both her plans and the ancient throne itself.

With her infant daughter missing and death and destruction spreading, Samantha finds herself faced with an impossible choice: save her daughter or her people. Already torn between a mother’s love and her duties as a queen, Samantha learns that an even greater danger threatens: the goddess herself is fading. What sacrifices will Samantha have to make to stop an evil god from taking Sulis’s place?

1.      Tell us about your series in 280 characters or less (like a tweet on Twitter).

You are cruel. I can’t tell in a story in under 100.000 words. Here’s my best shot.

They see themselves as the mad princess and the demon peasant. But the Goddess has chosen them to rule. As the court and the church unite against them, they discover the Goddess has a task for them far more daunting than saving a crown. Only they can prevent the coming cataclysm.

2.       What was the most difficult thing about this story?

Getting Samantha’s character right. Robrek, the male main character, is essentially the same as I first envisioned him, but Samantha gave me endless trouble. In “The Princess and the Glass Hill,” the fairy tale that inspired the first book in The Kronicles of Korthlundia, the princess is unnamed. She has no personality and isn’t even described physically. She is nothing more than a prize to be handed off to the victorious male. One of the most important things to me in writing The Goddess’s Choice was to change that. I wanted my princess to be as strong, powerful, and interesting as the male character. I wanted her to be his heroic equal. But in attempting to accomplish this, the Samantha of my early drafts became a feminist caricature. She was generic “strong woman,” flat and uninteresting. All real people are flawed, even the best of us. I needed to find a way to keep her strong at the core, but flesh her out as a flawed, and therefore, real person. I don’t know how many revisions I had to go through before I was happy with her. In the final version, Samantha is a character that my previous readers have loved. She is no damsel in distress, but she struggles to become the woman she needs to be. Curiously, Samantha has continued to give me trouble in the later volumes in the series. I’m pleased with what she has become, but it was no easy task getting her there.

3. What surprised you about your series?

I think the most surprising thing about writing to me is that the things that I don’t plan, the things that just come to me as I’m writing end up being the most powerful parts of my novels. In particular in The Shattered Throne, Samantha learns a surprise about the goddess (no spoilers as to what the surprise is). Truth be told, I was surprised to learn it as well. I hadn’t thought to include this idea in the book, but the goddess spoke to me, and let me know how to write her story. It is that exact thing that makes the novel what it is.

4. Did the characters “talk” to you? If so, how?

Yes, I believe when you create truly deep characters, they come to life in a way, at least mine do. I’ll have an idea in my mind for a scene and try to write it the way I’ve envisioned it, but one of my characters will object, saying in effect, “I’d never do that. This is what I’d do instead.” They take over and speak through my fingers. When I allow them to do so, the results are almost always magical. When I try to reign them in and reassert control, the life drains out of the book. I’ve learned that my characters know their own story better than I do.

5. Think Fast: Dark or Light Chocolate?

Light. Absolutely light.

6. What’s next for you?

I’m presently working on the fourth novel in The Kronicles of Korthlundia, which I believe will complete the series. It doesn’t have a title yet, but I call it the dragon book. I wonder what kind of creature it may introduce into my world. I also have ideas for at least two other side novels involving characters from the series. Eventually, I also want to get back to the other series I started with The Bull Riding Witch and finish that story. 

As The Ghost entered Ares’s temple, an oppressive presence settled over him. He seemed to be alone in the huge sanctuary, but he knew the acolytes of Ares watched through hidden panels. Rumors claimed they waited for someone with signs of weakness to enter. Then they would pour forth, seize the unfortunate, and sacrifice him to their god. The Ghost had found no evidence to support such rumors, but he knew that animals and criminals were regularly sacrificed on Ares’s altar, bleeding out their lives into the bowl at the foot of his statue. It was a hard death, both the blood and the pain feeding the magic of Ares’s priests. The Ghost knelt at Ares’s feet, where the stench of blood was nearly overpowering. The altar was stained with it, and the bowl at the god’s feet was full from a fresh sacrifice. The power present in this place was undeniable—dark and forbidding, far from the peace and serenity in Sulis’s temples. But he was no longer worthy of Sulis’s blessing. The Ghost drew his dagger, held his left forearm over the sacrificial bowl, and sliced a new cut alongside his numerous scars. As he bled into the bowl, he felt the magic of the place coalesce around him. His blood sizzled as it hit the bowl, and the wound on his arm healed instantly, signaling that The Ghost truly belonged to the Saloynan god.


 AUTHOR Bio and Links: Jamie began writing stories about the man from Mars when she was six, and she never remembers wanting to be anything other than a writer. Everyone told her she needed a back up plan, so she pursued a Ph.D. in American literature, which she received in 1998. She started teaching writing and literature at Auburn University. One day in the midst of writing a piece of literary criticism, she realized she’d put her true passion on the backburner and neglected her muse. The literary article went into the trash, and she began the book that was to become The Goddess’s Choice, which was published in April 2012. Her other novels include The Soul Stone, The Ghost in Exile, The Shattered Throne, and The Bull Riding Witch. In addition, she has published a novella, Demons in the Big Easy, and a collection of short stories, Blood Cursed and Other Tales of the Fantastic. Her short fiction has also appeared in the anthologies Urban Fantasy, Of Dragons & Magic: Tales of the Lost Worlds, and Waiting for a Kiss. She claims she writes about the fantastic . . . and the tortured soul. Her poor characters have hard lives. She lives in Auburn, Alabama, with her husband and five cats, which (or so she’s been told) officially makes her a cat lady. She still teaches writing and literature at Auburn University. She is the mother of a grown son. 

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

THE WALL SERIES (The Wall Series Book 1) | by Alison Ingleby #YA #Dystopian #series #Giveaway #SilverDaggerBookTours

The Wall Series Book 1 
by Alison Ingleby 
Genre: YA Dystopian 

One girl. A corrupt government. A secret that could shatter a country. 

★★★★★ “I haven’t been this hooked on a dystopian series since The Hunger Games and Divergent.” 

What would you sacrifice to discover the truth? 

For twelve years, Aleesha has survived as an illegal citizen in poverty-stricken Area Four. She lives by one rule – trust no one. 

When her illegal status is discovered, Aleesha is forced to join a mysterious organisation intent on taking down the corrupt government. Then she’s introduced to Trey, an Insider who’s been brought up with everything she longs for: wealth, privilege, education. 

An Insider who, like her, is being hunted by the government’s sinister militia. 

Aleesha wants to hate him. But Trey may be the only person who can help her find her father – the man who could be her ticket out of poverty. If she can learn to trust him. 

But discovering the truth comes at a terrible price. And too late, Aleesha and Trey realize that they’re just pawns in a much bigger game… 

From USA Today Bestselling Author, Alison Ingleby, The Wall Series is an emotional rollercoaster packed with heart-pounding adventure, vivid characters and slow-burn romance. Perfect for fans of Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth and Marie Lu. 

The Wall Series Book 2 

They thought the truth would bring people together. Instead, they started a war. 

When Aleesha and Trey hand over the secret files they found in the basement of the government headquarters to the media, they hope it will bring Insiders and Outsiders together. United, they would have the power to rebel against the oppressive government. 

They're wrong. 

While the Insiders turn their backs, protected by the Wall that divides the city, Outsiders rebel in the only way they know how: riots, death and destruction. 

As London erupts in violence, taking down the government's sinister militia seems to be the only viable course of action. But what Aleesha finds inside the Metz compound will change her life – and her relationship with Trey – forever. 

Join Aleesha and Trey as they fight for truth, justice and freedom in dystopian London. With fast-paced action, romance, danger, intrigue and one kick-ass heroine, you won’t want to put it down! 

The Wall Series Book 3 

The battle for control of Area Four is over. Or is it? 

Aleesha is determined to give the captured Metz officers a chance to change. But as tensions rise between Outsider gangs and the newly freed officers, events take a devastating turn and Aleesha is forced to confront her darkest fears. 

Still reeling from the battle of Rose Square, Trey has his own decision to make. Does he remain Outside or listen to his mother's pleas and return to his family's aid? 

Forced to decide between family and friends, duty and their hearts, Aleesha and Trey must decide which path to choose and if that path involves each other. 

The explosive third book in The Wall Series features complex plot twists, heart-stopping fight scenes, romance and betrayal, plus all the characters you've come to love. Will they all survive? One-click to find out. 

★★★★★ "I loved this book and can't wait to read the next one!" 

★★★★★ "This series just gets better and better." 

The Wall Series Book 4 

When it comes down to it, what do you do – protect your family or follow your heart? 

Captured by the government, Aleesha is slated for execution. Only her father can save her, but doing so will put the Chain's plans in jeopardy. Is it worth risking the future of a country to save the life of one girl? 

As Trey investigates the mysterious additive in the Outsiders' food supply, his sinister boss closes in. Acting on his suspicions could risk his incarceration and his family's safety. But can he turn a blind eye to the truth? 

As the balance of power shifts and alliances are made and broken, Aleesha and Trey must decide who to trust. 

Because trust risks betrayal. 

And betrayal means death. 

Get your copy of the nail-biting conclusion to The Wall Series today and find out how the story ends. 

Alison Ingleby is a USA Today bestselling author of sci-fi and fantasy fiction. She loves writing cross-genre books featuring complex characters, twisting plots and fast-paced action with a dash of romance. 

When not writing, Alison enjoys reading, drinking tea and spending time outdoors. She lives in Yorkshire, England, but her heart loiters by the sea in north-west Scotland. 

You can find out more about Alison, sign up to her Readers' Club and get a free story by visiting her website: 

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

LITTLE WHITE LIES | by Jude Ouvrard #RecentPublication #NewAdultRomance #Excerpt #Giveaway #SilverDaggerBookTours

Little White Lies 
Truth or Lies Series Book 1 
by Jude Ouvrard 
Genre: New Adult Romance 
Publication Date: January 6, 2020

When Hunter Reed’s longtime plans go awry following her college graduation, she has two choices. She can wallow in her grief, or she can get away from Utah, and the people who broke her. Determined to escape the shadow of her parents and make it on her own terms, she lands her dream job at an up-and-coming graphic design company in Portland, packs her bags, and hits the road.

No sooner has Hunter arrived, than the adventures begin. With a new apartment, and learning her job comes with a private office—and a handsome boss who is her age—she settles in straight away, befriending neighbors and co-workers alike. Welcomed into the fold, the transition is smooth and easy.

Almost too easy.

Just when she gets comfortable with how perfect her life is going, an unforgettable Elvis at a costume party will make Hunter forget everything she was taught about propriety, leading to a night of drunken abandonment and dangerous encounters that will set in motion a web of little white lies which could undo everything she has worked so hard for.

Although Hunter finds herself facing two choices again, this time, her heart is on the line. 

I close my eyes and again find myself resting against him while he holds me there, safe. I love how caring he is with me even though he has no idea who I am. Which is funny. Everything about tonight is funny. My costume, my attitude, his costume… it’s all a game, and for now, I’m having the time of my life. No need to worry about if my father finds out I went out in public like this. He won’t. I’m far from home. This is my life. It’s past time I start living it.
The more I think about it, the more hilarious I find the situation. I never would’ve done half of what I’d done tonight if it weren’t for Catwoman. It’s weird. Who am I? For now, the only certainty is that I’m a single woman who’s enjoying a night out in a new city.
“Are you feeling okay?” Elvis asks again, and his concerns amuse me.
“Yeah, yeah. I’m fine. Hey, if not for the costumes, would you have done all of this with me tonight?” I ask, uncertain if I want to hear his answer.
“You mean dancing, making out,” his eyes lower to my lips, “and drinking. Maybe. I don’t know.” A little frown forms a crease in the makeup on his forehead. “I think we’re having fun, and that’s all we should think about now.”
“Hey, Hunter,” Xander calls my name, and I turn around. The look on his face tells me something isn’t right. “Emma isn’t feeling so good, so we’re heading home. Are you coming? You’re looking pretty drunk yourself, maybe you should come, too.”
Elvis steps away from me, then, and I can feel indecision tugging me in half. On impulse, I call back, “You can go, I’ll call a taxi later.”
There’s no way I’m leaving now; I’m having way too much fun.
“Are you sure?” Xander asks, his attention fixed on Elvis; it’s sweet of him to feel protective of me so soon after us meeting.
“Yes.” I nod. “Are we still hanging out tomorrow?”
“Sure, unless you end up marrying Elvis tonight.”
I start laughing. “In Vegas, maybe.” I laugh at my own joke for a few seconds more then turn to Elvis. “I have to say bye to my friend, I’ll be right back.”
I hook my arm into Xander’s, hoping not to trip. These heels have gotten harder to walk in as the night has gone on. The closer we get to the table, the more I can see how green Emma looks.
“Oh, my gosh. What happened to her?”
“She had one too many beers and her dinner came out her nose in the restroom,” Xander explains with a chuckle.
She’s worse off than me, and I feel bad for her. That must have hurt like hell.
“What’s up with you and the Elvis guy?” Xander asks.
“I don’t know. He’s nice.” I start laughing. “I don’t have a clue what I’m doing, Xander, other than having a good time. Maybe, for the first time in my life.”
He grins and squeezes me closer to his body.
“Hunter, I thought you’d forgotten about us.”
Despite feeling sick, Emma still noticed I’d been busy with someone. She cared, and I’m touched.
“No, no, guys. I’m sorry.” I hug Emma and regret it right away. She smells terrible. Vomit isn’t my fragrance of choice.
We walk outside, where the air is a lot colder.
“Will you be okay by yourself?”
Emma’s concerned, but she shouldn’t be. I can handle this. I tuck a strand of hair behind her ear.
“Don’t worry about me. Go home, drink a lot of water, and with any luck, tomorrow, you’ll be fine.”
“Okay, then, I’ll see you tomorrow.”
They depart in a taxi cab, leaving me alone. Elvis flashes in my mind, but I’m not in a hurry to go back inside. All the thumping music and elevated body temperatures were making me feel dizzy. The cool, fresh air is soothing, so I stay outside.
I look around and the city is quiet, it’s only in my head where things are kind of loud. I still feel the music vibrations in my pulse, and the touches of my mystery Elvis’ arms around my waist or teasing my bum. The few things we’ve said to each other replay in my mind.
I don’t know what I’m doing, I’m new to the dating thing. After so many years of being faithful to a man who dropped me, now I want to experience what people my age do when they are single. From what I know, Jared didn’t cheat on me in a physical sense, but it was clear he had eyes for someone else while we were together. I don’t let my mind think about the what ifs because it’ll kill my mood. We’re over. That’s all there is to say.
“Meeooowww,” someone says behind me, and I spin around.
“Are you lost, little kitten? Do you have a name tag or something? I would love to bring you home with me and pet you.”
His words repulse me. What kind of a pick-up line is that? It’s disgusting. “Eww, stop that. You’re gross.”

Jude Ouvrard is a mom, a girlfriend, a sister, and a daughter... well, you get the idea.

She's also an avid reader and writer. Ouvrard loves books--the words in them, and the worlds of fantasy they create. Basically, she's a sucker for any type of romance book. That's her thing.

Born and raised in a small village in the Canadian countryside, it's been nearly two decades since she moved out of the family home to go explore and enjoy the city life. Living with her longtime boyfriend, their son, and their fur babies in Montreal, her days are labored away at a law firm while she lives her dream job by night. Writing. Creating. Giving shape and form to the characters who whisper their stories in her head.

Ouvrard writes new adult, military, and contemporary romance tales filled with drama, love, and everything in between. 

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Sunday, January 26, 2020

THE WAKING OF GHOSTS | by Lilliana Rose #Teen #YA #Paranormal #Fantasy #BookReview #Giveaway #SilverDaggerBookTours

The Waking of Ghosts 
Lost Souls Academy Book 1 
by Lilliana Rose 
Genre: Teen, YA Paranormal Fantasy

There is an evil awakening.
At the Lost Souls academy, students aren’t your typical everyday alumni.
Rejects from clans, packs, and covens walk these halls, but there’s something more sinister haunting the academy.
A resident ghost has new student, Zarya, on the fight to banish it. Will her actions cause more enemies at her new school than friends?

‘I’m coming for you.’
A message from beyond has Zarya fearful. Her skills are underdeveloped, but as a ghost hunter, she must stand and fight this new evil.

Can Zarya grow to be the ghost hunter she’s destined to be or will forces overpower her and bring chaos and destruction to the Lost Souls academy? 

What a fun and fast-paced read! Paranormal from the get-go, filled with werewolves, 'n fairies, and ghost hunters, oh my! If that sounds like your ticket then you will love it. Zarya is the resident outcast, not only from her family but also from her witch coven and school as well, leaving her to fend for herself. Major drama when she meets her nemesis in the park.

Beware of the cliffhanger ending...not everyone's cuppa, causing them much angst and/or to wait for the next book to arrive. But all in all a well-written book with lots to look forward to!


I am voluntarily leaving my review and all opinions are my own.

Lilliana is an Amazon Bestselling author, who writes romance in the subgenres of contemporary, paranormal, steampunk, and rural. She enjoys helping characters overcome problems or issues, and the misunderstandings that often plague relationships, to help them fall in love. Whether it city heels being replaced with country work boots, or some magic beyond this world, or cogs and gears and corsets, each story shows how love can prevail. 

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THE INCARN SAGA | by Katharine E. Wibell #YA #NAFantasy #AwardWinning #Excerpt #BookReview #Giveaway #Lola'sBookTours

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The Incarn Saga
By Katharine E. Wibell
YA, NA Fantasy

Awards for the Incarn Saga book series to date:

Issaura’s Claws:
2018 New Apple Book Awards Solo Medalist Winner for Children’s/Young Adult eBook
2018 Fantasy/Paranormal Fiction Fist Place Winner by Epic eBook Awards
2018 Young Adult Fiction Gold Winner for Dan Poynter’s Global eBook Awards
2018 2nd place winner for the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards for Young Adult Fiction eBook

Ullr’s Fangs:
2019 National Indie Excellence Awards Finalist for New Adult
2019 November Gold Metal Award by Literary Titan

Crocotta’s Hackles:
2019 New Adult Fiction Gold Winner by Dan Poynter’s Global eBook Award

Issaura's Claws

According to legend, when the world was young, the goddess Issaura appeared among men. Those who treated her with kindness received the gift of the gods—the ability to transform into an animal form. This was a great honor but one that separated this race from other humans. Before Issaura departed the mortal realm, she promised to return if her people were ever at the point of destruction.

Now a threat is rising from a land across the mists of the ocean, a threat that will push this race to the brink of extinction. Responding to the call to war, seventeen-year-old Lluava heads off to find her destiny, one that will carve her name in history.

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Ullr's Fangs

According to legend, when the world was young, two gods of war — one male, one female — were destined for each other. Yet Ullr, forever unfaithful, lost the love of Issaura, his true match, and was forsworn. His violent anger and bitter rage grew and intensified, poisoning all creation and humanity.

Now that the Raiders’ long ships have faded from sight, the kingdom of Elysia is beginning to recover from the summer’s war with the brutal invaders from across the sea. Yet darker forces have taken root, forces that can alter the future of the land and its people in unthinkable ways. Seventeen-year-old Lluava must discover the means to prevent her world from collapsing. But in doing so, will she succumb to that darkness?

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Crocotta's Hackles

According to legend, when the world was young, Crocotta, Queen of the Gods, discovered her mate’s faithlessness. She vowed to prevent future threats to all matrimonial pacts henceforward, but for her it was too late. The child born from the illicit coupling was a warrior goddess—one whom Crocotta would seek to destroy throughout eternity.

Now that the Raiders’ elite army is threatening the kingdom of Elysia’s northern borders, seventeen-year-old Lluava must leave the familiarity and safety of her native land to venture into the wilderness. Her mission is to discover others like her who will come to Elysia’s aid; her hope is to unravel the secrets behind what it means to be Incarn. But what she finds could destroy everything.

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Giahem’s Talons

According to legend, when the world was young, Giahem, King of the Gods, realized that the pantheon was on the verge of self-destruction due to his own actions. To protect his favorite child, he hid the infant and gave her a false name in the hope that she would survive—a name that would forever be associated with the young goddess: Issaura.

Now, the capital has fallen to the Outlanders, the king has been overthrown, and the Raiders have entered the kingdom of Elysia in full force. Eighteen-year-old Lluava must flee in order to survive. After all the losses she has endured, the battles she has fought and won to no avail, she must face the worst fact of all: that she alone is responsible for the kingdom’s demise. Will she ever be able to rectify her wrongs?

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My Review About the Incarn Saga

I chose this book based on the plot and book cover but kept reading because of just how good it is! This fast-flowing, well-paced plot kept me spellbound as I read this fantasy saga based around teens yet it is not simply a book for teens.  Adults will love it too... so much so that I have purchased the remaining three books!  I love the author's imaginative style and would recommend it to any fan of fantasy fiction.

5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received my copy of Issaura's Claws with thanks from Ms. Wibell and Lola's Blog Tours. I am voluntarily leaving my review and all opinions are my own.

Excerpt from Issaura's Claws

‘…Suddenly she sensed a presence. Alert, she scanned the landscape. At first she did not see anything unusual, but a second look revealed a form standing in the darkness across the lake, so still it blended almost completely into the surrounding shadows. Only the gleam of its eyes gave it away.

“Hey!” Lluava called out.

The figure slid deeper into the shadows and was gone, leaving behind an uneasiness Lluava could not explain away. It was too late for the men of the camp to be about; she herself should have been back in Thowcelemine by now. Also, whoever had been watching her had done so in secret. And was still out there. She could sense him.

Lluava began to make her way back through the forest. The moon was too new to light the path; the only way to stay on the trail was to use her felid senses. She once again wondered how humans could survive as well as they did without a dual form. She was thankful for her acute night vision.

Twigs snapped in the distance.

Turning around, all Lluava saw was darkness. After a moment, she continued, now on high alert. A soft breeze toyed with the dried leaves around her. A rustling of a different sort made the hairs on the back of her neck stand on end.

Spinning around, she glimpsed movement in the darkness. Without hesitating, she ran after the figure in the woods, bolting past several climbing walls and other training objects scattered about. Sniffing the air, she could not discern any unusual scent.

Just as she was about to give up, something moved in the shadows to her left. Turning, she lunged ahead. As she shifted to her huntress form, her black-striped paws trod the ground. Just beyond sight, she heard someone running.

All of a sudden, the ground seemed to drop away right in front of her. Lluava made a giant leap to clear the wide trench. Her paws barely caught the edge on the far side. Hoisting herself up, she tried to spot the figure, but only darkness and silence greeted her questing senses.

Without warning, there was a hissing sound, followed by an enormous cacophony of crackling bangs. Brilliant white light temporarily blinded her. A gust of smoldering hot air blasted her. The force of the blast slung her across the trench, and she tumbled backward onto the ground…’

About the Author

Katharine Wibell’s lifelong interest in mythology includes epic poetry like the Odyssey, Ramayana, Beowulf, and the Nibelungenlied. In addition, she is interested in all things animal whether training dogs, apprenticing at a children’s zoo, or caring for injured animals as a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. After receiving degrees from Mercer University in both art and psychology with an emphasis in animal behavior, Wibell moved to New Orleans with her dog, Alli, to kick start her career as an artist and a writer. Her first literary works blend her knowledge of the animal world with the world of high fantasy.

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Friday, January 24, 2020

Happy Publication Day to SHADYTOWN | by Mike Sherer!! #NewPublication #MiddleGrade #Paranormal #Suspense #GuestPost #RABTBookToursandPR #INtensePublications

Middle Grade Paranormal Suspense
Published Date: January 24, 2020
Publisher: INtense Publications LLC

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Evil spirits have begun arriving in Sean's small suburban hometown. The ghost of his Grandmother tells him it is up to him to stop them. To help him in this struggle she gives him a Celtic Cross necklace handed down through the generations that open hidden doors, and a pet rattlesnake. Also, his middle-school classmates - Aaron, Tammy, Maeve, and the twins Sam and the Sham - rally around him. But as more and more evil spirits gather Sean will need much more help than this to stop the destruction of not only his family but also his school and all of Shadytown. His Grandmother says help is coming But she is only a ghost stuck in a bog. Sean feels completely overwhelmed. And that's before he even confronts the demonic tree in the field behind his house.

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10 Things I Didn't Know About Becoming a Published Author

            This blog could be split into 2 separate blogs by inserting the words 'good' and 'bad' between '10' and 'Things'. Since it wasn't, I'll do that myself and list 5 of each. Whenever a good news-bad news joke gets told, the good news is told first. Since this isn't a joke, I don't feel compelled to follow that formula. So here are 5 bad things:
            1.  I am not comfortable making personal appearances. I am much more comfortable sitting at a keyboard in front of a computer screen on my desk in my basement office. I'd rather converse with the characters in my head than with flesh and blood beings.
            2.  I am not comfortable putting myself out there. I'd rather be writing my next book than writing this.
            3.  I do not have the temperament for sales. I tried that once long ago going door to door trying to sell home fire alarms. I didn't sell a one, earned not a penny for my troubles, and felt humiliated begging to get back the job I quit in order to do this.
            4.  I didn't know this would be so hard or take so long. I have been at this since my pre-teen years when I wrote poetry, then song lyrics, then a record review column, then short stories, then novels, then stage plays, then a web site, then screenplays, then more short stories, then more novels, then novellas, then a travel blog. Just remembering all that effort makes me tired.
            5.  The time writing takes away from other endeavors. I have compensated all my life by sleeping less so I could get up early in the morning to write. That meant I usually got 4 to 5 hours of sleep a night most of my life. Since I have retired I now get 6 to 7 hours a night. That's quite an improvement.
            Now comes the good part - 5 good things:
            1.  I LOVE DOING THIS! There is no other thing I would rather invest my time in. I feel more alive crafting a story than at any other time. The only thing that comes close is when I'm hiking through the wilderness up a mountain along a beautiful stream to see an incredible waterfall. Nothing else touches this.
            2.  The sense of achievement when something I have written is published, be it in digital format or in print on actual paper. Sometimes I just sit and stare at the covers of the magazines, anthologies, and books that contain my stories.
            3.  Meeting other writers. I can talk politics with my political friends and talk sports with my sports friends, but I get really enthused talking writing with my writing friends.
            4.  How much I have learned. I enjoy doing research for my stories. With the Internet, this has become much easier. No more trips to the library or digging through encyclopedias (for younger readers, imagine Google printed out on paper). For example, I wanted to come up with some activity that could be done in a bog. I came across an article about moth walks. I had never heard of such a thing before (they are much more popular in Europe than here - I learned that in my research). I have never had the opportunity to go on one. But from reading accounts of moth walks people (mostly Europeans) have posted online, I got a general sense of how they went. So I put a moth walk in the part of my novel 'Shadytown' that took place in Cedar Bog (which by the way is a real place in Ohio).
            5.  How much hope is involved. It's easy, so I'm told, for people my age to endlessly mull over the past and yearn for younger days. Not me. I'm always looking forward for the next story to tell or the next book to be published. I'm always hoping for more.
            Although the list is split evenly, the good greatly outweighs the bad. And the bad is getting better. I recently set up a book launch event for my new MG novel 'Shadytown'. Didn't hurt a bit, and I kind of liked the people I met. I'm looking forward to it and meeting I hope a lot more people.

Mike Sherer, author of 'Shadytown'          

About the Author

Mike Sherer lives in the Greater Cincinnati area of southwest Ohio. His screenplay 'Hamal 18' was produced in Los Angeles and released directly to DVD. His paranormal suspense novel 'A Cold Dish' was published by James Ward Kirk Fiction. He has also published 4 novellas and 18 short stories. Links to all these are posted on his website: Also on the site is his ongoing travel blog 'American Locations', and information about his MG novel 'Shadytown', which is to be published January 2020 by INtense Publications.

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