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Book Blast – MORNING STAR

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

When four maidels join forces to turn an abandoned barn into an Amish marketplace, the unmarried women have community in mind. But their fledgling enterprise promises to reap surprising rewards for each in turn, including the gift of unexpected love . . .

For Regina Miller, the new Morning Star Marketplace is a chance to share her secret work with the world—without revealing herself. Old Order Amish forbid the creation of art without purpose, but without a husband, Regina has been free to explore the joy of painting in her attic. Yet when Gabe Flaud’s curiosity leads him to speculate that Regina herself is the painter, the full weight of their community’s judgement falls on her shoulders. When Gabe stands up to defend Regina, questioning the Order’s restrictions, he reveals his own guilty secret and is shunned along with her. Forced to turn to each other for companionship, the young couple must learn to balance their own needs with their deep faith … and a love that will show them all things are possible.

Read an Excerpt

Regina entered her bedroom, stepped onto her large wooden trunk, and then opened the short, narrow door in the wall so she could climb the wooden stairs to the attic.

What if nobody wants my paintings, or worse yet, ridicules them? And what if folks figure out that I’m the artist—and that I’ve been living a lie for years? Best to nip this in the bud before I have to tell any more whoppers and get caught in them.

And yet, as Regina stood in the center of her secret studio, something deep inside her longed to display the work that so satisfied her soul. Nearly every evening, after a day of staining furniture, she spent a few hours in her hideaway, painting nature scenes.

Regina needed to paint the way most folks needed to eat and breathe. Her schoolteacher had complimented her artwork when she’d been young—and her parents had allowed her to take a short watercolor class at Koenig’s Krafts when she’d entered rumspringa. Dat’s brother Clarence was a preacher, however, so he’d been adamant about Regina joining the church at an early age. She’d secured her salvation at seventeen by being baptized, but she’d forfeited her innermost soul: in the Morning Star district, members were forbidden to create art for art’s sake because it was considered worldly and it called attention to the artist.

Regina had obediently tucked her paints and brushes into her wooden trunk, but she’d felt the loss of her art acutely. After her parents had died when a train collided with the bus they were all riding home from a wedding, Regina had kept herself sane by taking up her paints again, setting up her easel in the attic—out of sight when anyone came to visit. At twenty-two, she’d been rather young to live alone on her family’s small acreage but moving in with Uncle Clarence, Aunt Clara, and their young daughters would’ve killed her spirit forever.

Bishop Jeremiah had taken her side and had dropped in on her often until she’d gotten a little older. Martin Flaud had hired her because her father had been one of his finest craftsmen—and because Regina had proven herself to be more meticulous at staining and finishing than any of his male employees. She’d survived the rough, lonely times by working hard at the factory, and by surrounding herself with the quilts and curtains Mamm had made and the furniture Dat had built for their cozy home.

And so the last ten years had passed . . .

Regina had willingly given up any chance for marriage—because she couldn’t reveal her sinful pastime to a husband.

Gazing at the nature paintings that surrounded her on that Sunday afternoon, Regina felt torn. Why had God given her a keen eye and the talent to render woodland scenes, flowers, and wild creatures on paper if He wouldn’t allow her to paint pictures of His creation openly and without guilt?

About the Author:

In 1983, Charlotte Hubbard sold her first story to True Story. She wrote around 70 of those confession stories, and she’s sold more than 50 books to traditional or online publishers. A longtime resident of Missouri, she’s currently writing Amish romances set in imaginary Missouri towns for Kensington. She now lives in Omaha, NE with her husband of 40+ years and their Border collie, Vera.

Website http://www.charlottehubbard.com

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July 28, 2020

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VBT – THE DESCENDANT

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The Descendant
by Melissa Riddell

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GENRE: Sci-Fy Romance

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BLURB:

She wants her world back; he wants her heart.

Tilly Morgan and her four-legged companion, Kodiak, are just trying to survive the alien arrival. Two years ago, the visitors unleashed devastation—a world-wide EMP followed by a deadly virus that wiped out more than half of humanity.

Traversing the lonely landscape, she runs into an alien on patrol with one order: eradicate all human life. A mysterious, dark-haired stranger named Jareth comes to her aid, and she reluctantly allows him to join her quest to find her sister. He even persuades her to let the damaged alien tag along against her better judgment.

As her group travels the desolate world and inches closer to her goal, she’s forced to examine her unwanted feelings for Jareth and come to terms with her heart, even if the truth threatens to destroy her and everything she’s come to believe.

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EXCERPT

Jareth clears his throat. “I know it’s not much, but I like the way it feels—the earthy smell, the chalky texture. Plus, it gets cooler back in the tunnels, which makes for great food storage.” His voice bounces from the walls, projecting the sound all around me.

Shadows cast by the edge of the distant firelight flicker across his face, revealing the hollow of a small dimple in his cheek. It’s a face that’s near perfection. Too bad he had to open his mouth and ruin it.

“Like what you see, Red?”

Oh, my God. I’m going to kill this man. Blood rushes to my face, but I’m not sure if it’s from embarrassment or anger.

Pressing my lips together, I try to focus on anything that’s not him. The earthen smell he mentioned isn’t unpleasant. It reminds me of mom’s garden; digging our hands into the dark, moist soil to plant seedlings for the summer season. It’s a satisfying, honest scent.

But I’m not about to let him know that. “Kind of smells like bat crap in here.”

Hazarding a glance at his face, he nods his head, the small smile still playing about his lips. “Oh, that’s what the smell is? I thought it was body odor and dog fur.”

I will kill the jerk in his sleep tonight.

Pivoting on the balls of my feet, I stalk back to Kodiak.

Dreadful. Hateful. Spiteful man. “I hope a stalactite falls on your head.”

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Melissa Riddell is from a small, West Texas town in which she still lives with her husband. Her writing career started as a hobby when she was a teenager, writing poems and short stories. Eventually, she branched out and began constructing novels. When not contemplating new story ideas, she can be found traipsing around Texas State Parks, herding her cats, or reading a book.

You can follow her on several different social media platforms below:

Facebook: facebook.com/melcriddell
Twitter: twitter.com/MelCRiddell
Instagram: instagram.com/averela
Goodreads: goodreads.com/melcriddell
Website: https://averela13.wixsite.com/melissariddell

Amazon buy link:

The book will be $0.99 during the tour.
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RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY:

Melissa Riddell will giveaway to randomly drawn winners via Rafflecopter a $10 Amazon/BN GC, a signed copy of The Descendant (book 1), or an ARC of the second book in the series.

Enter to win a $10 Amazon/BN GC or other prizes

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Melissa, Tell us about you as a person.

I’m a certified medical auditor and a certified coder during the day. I was homeschooled from eighth grade and up. As a kid, I was a big tomboy and loved to skateboard and play baseball. Oh, and when I was fourteen, I was struck by lightning. As for what makes me who I am, I think it’s a combination of my life experience and hard work ethic. I am also obsessive over certain things and tend to annoy my family. I think they still love me, though.

If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?

Stephen King. I’d love to pick his brain. He creates such believable characters and his stories are always engaging.

What’s the story behind your latest book?

My latest book is the third novel of the Baltin Trilogy. It’s in edits right now, but it has been bittersweet wrapping up Tilly and Jareth’s story, which starts in The Descendant.

What is your writing process?

Generally, I listen to music while working my regular job and it gives me inspiration and ideas for my evening writing. Every day, for three hours, I try to write or do something that helps my writing.

Tell us about your main character:

Tilly Morgan is a twenty-year-old survivor of an alien invasion. Even though they’ve destroyed all electronics and most of humanity, she hopes her sister, living in another state, has also survived. Tilly sets out to find her. She’s strong-willed and brave, but also a hot-head, impulsive, and doesn’t hold back with her feelings or her language.

If your book was to be turned into a movie, who would play the lead role and why.

Hmm, I don’t know who would be a good Tilly, but I imagined Jareth, her love interest, as Kit Harington the entire time I wrote the book, sooooo, if you’re not too busy, Kit, I’ve got a role for you.

What are you working on next?

I’m currently writing Tilly’s prequel, The Intrusion, which will release on November 30. It’s going to cover the two years before she meets Jareth and show her surviving the electromagnetic pulse and alien virus.

What advice do you have for other writers who want to get the word out about their book?

Market, market, market. In a world filled with millions of books, and thousands releasing every year, a writer must put themselves out there and do things to get noticed, otherwise their book will get buried under all the others who are willing to put in the extra marketing effort.

What is your favorite book on your shelf right now?

I have too many to name. If I absolutely had to whittle it down, I’d say The Divergent trilogy, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit, The Dark Tower series, Game of Thrones series, anything by R. A. Salvatore, and The Wheel of Time series. See? Told you I couldn’t pick just one.

Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?

No, but there’s one thing I absolutely, positively cannot do, and that’s whistle. It drives me crazy.

You are given the choice of one super power. What super power would you have and why?

To read people’s minds. I’d love to see if people are just as twisted and crazy as I am. Wait, did I just say that?

List 5 things on your bucket list:

  • Make it on a bestseller list.
  • Learn to whistle.
  • Visit the Grand Canyon.
  • Visit Germany.
  • Visit England.

Where can readers find you on the web?

www.melissariddell.com or facebook@melcriddell

Any final thoughts?

To any aspiring writers out there: don’t give up. Even if you get rejections, use them as fuel to perfect your craft. Use critique partners and read, read, read. A writer who doesn’t like to read is the same as a cook who doesn’t like to eat; I’m not so sure I’m going to trust their writing or food.

VBT – THE WARRIOR’S PROGENY

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The Warrior’s Progeny
by Jeny Heckman

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GENRE: Paranormal/Fantasy/Romance

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BLURB:

Colton Stone is a newly traded tight end whose reputation is as battered as his football helmet. When he receives a vacation invitation from his new teammates, he accepts. There he collides with Dr. Lillian Morgan, a pediatric cardiovascular surgeon, and doesn’t know what to think.

A widow with two children, Lilly travels to Kauai to attend the wedding of a friend and witness the union she lost three years prior. When she meets Colt, she struggles between letting go of her perfect past for an uncertain future.

Strange events begin to occur, out of the realm of normal consciousness. Black energy touches their world and the couple become pawns of the immortal Greek gods. Is the love between them real, or part of a larger prophecy?

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EXCERPT

Colt’s body temperature heated until his helmet, now that of a Trojan, melted and became part of his skull. Painful, thick, fire plumes ignited from the sides of his head and curved toward the sky, until they solidified in a solid line down the middle of the helmet. Black snake-like smoke wafted up from the earth and encircled his ankles and wrists, locking him into place.

The smoke turned into bindings and massaged tentacles over his chest and phallus.

He looked over at Lilly, who now knelt helpless as her skin became dusky, then turned a brilliant shade of blue. However, the color became an iridescent hue that reminded him of something just outside the confines of his mind. Her skin bubbled, separated, and formed into thousands of compact hairs. Small points protruded from her shoulders and down her arms until they freed themselves from the surface of her skin, as she screamed. Several long, hollow shoots grew, lengthening into the elegant, arching rods, as more buds sprouted from them and turned into thready feathers. As the feathers lengthened, green and blue eyes opened in intervals. At a screech of transformation, Lilly turned into a peacock, whose tail plumed out in a perfect fan. A feathered diadem lifted from her skull and the beautiful eyes all blinked at him. He wanted to mate with her, devour her, possess her, and bellowed out an unearthly warrior battle cry. Breaking his bonds, he charged at her.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Award-winning author, Jeny Heckman, was born in Bellingham, Washington, and was the youngest of two daughters. She met her husband, Jeff, in August 1992, and eloped three months later, at Magen’s Bay, on St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.

She wrote her first book, the Catch, in a few short months but took several years before she gained the courage to self-publish it at her son’s urging, and her love for writing began.
In 2018, Jeny knew her next project would be a series that showed adults could have adventures in the paranormal-fantasy genre too. So, she created the Heaven & Earth series, a story of doomed Greek gods and their only salvation, their modern-day descendants. Her first book of the series, the Sea Archer, was immediately picked up by the New York publishing house, the Wild Rose Press, and won, “Best in Category” from the 2018 Chanticleer International Book Awards.

In the year 2020, Jeny released, Dancing Through Tears, a short story from the anthology, Australia Burns: Volume Two, highlighting the Route 91 massacre from the perspective of one family at the concert, and at Mandalay Bay. She also intends to release, the Warrior’s Progeny, and Dee’s Cornucopia, in 2020, continuing the Heaven & Earth Series.
Jeny lives in Washington State with her husband of over twenty-eight years.

Social Media Links

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These buy links are the pre-sale:
Amazon Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Warriors-Progeny-Heaven-Earth-Book-ebook/dp/B089PZQJ34
Nook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-warriors-progeny-jeny-heckman/1137148709
iBooks: https://books.apple.com/us/book/the-warriors-progeny/id1517325582

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RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY

Jeny Heckman will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Enter to win a $25 Amazon/BN GC – a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Jeny, Tell us about you as a person

I am a wife of twenty-seven years and a mother of two fantastic kids. What makes me, me? I’m caring and compassionate. I volunteer with Hospice as a volunteer and as a vigil member. I’m an introvert, I know a lot of people but have only a few friends that I would trust with everything I am. I enjoy people’s stories and believe everyone has a great story to tell.

If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?

Morgan Freeman! I LOVE Morgan Freeman. I think he would be fascinating to talk to. He’d be amazing to listen to. I love his views about most things, and he has all this experiences to back it up. He is a man that knows his truth and a man that is thirsty to learn.

What’s the story behind your latest book?

The Warrior’s Progeny is book two in my Heaven & Earth series. The first book, The Sea Archer established “the foundation” for the prophecy and quest the characters must undergo and book two, requires “strength in family,” for the quest to continue. The Greek mythology world realizes it can touch the modern-day world more and that is wreaking a little havoc.

What is your writing process?

My process. Well, when I start a new book I’ve found I’m a plotter. I organize an outline, collect and flesh out my characters, and create my setting. However, when I’m in the book, I become more of a pantser, and allow the characters to tell the story. I do have to reach milestone plot points but the outlines on how to get there, sometimes gets lost. I have to start a book with a spotless office, then it gets trashed! I need it to be quiet, however, I can listen to music, if there aren’t any words.

Tell us about your main character.

There’s really two. Lilly is a widow with two children. She’s a pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon and very good at her job. She hasn’t dated anyone since her husband, David passed away four years prior.

Colt is a Seattle Warrior football tight end. He has a reputation for not being a team player and is very ruthless on the field. When an incident happens, he’s traded to the Seattle team and decides to turn over a new leaf.

If your book was to be turned into a movie, who would play the lead role and why.

Sam Heughan is the model I used for Colton Stone, except he’d be American. He’s a red head, the correct build and in his angry moments he’s got Colt down. Mila Kunis would be a good Lilly. Her stature, eyes, humor and no nonsense personality seem to be that of the dedicated Dr. Morgan.

What are you working on next?

I’m editing Dee’s Cornucopia, a side novella from the Heaven & Earth series, featuring a fan favorite. I’m Re-writing the Catch, and working on getting both the Sea Archer and The Warrior’s Progeny made into audiobooks.

Next year I hope to get out book three of the series, and I’m working on and off-genre political thriller, as well as working on a YA series.

What advice do you have for other writers who want to get the word out about their book?

It’s so hard isn’t it!? It’s the one thing I wish I understood more before I got started writing. Not that I wouldn’t have become a writer, but I would have put some things into place first. I find working with other authors and helping them get their books out there, makes them want to do the same. Not to mention other writers understand who you are in a way no one else does. It’s one of the reasons I love conferences, because you can be yourself and no one looks at you funny when you speak about your characters as if they’re flesh and blood.

What is your favorite author on your shelf right now?

I’m really into Darynda Jones right now. I love her Charley Davidson series and was sad to see it end. However, she has some great new books out and I’m reading Betwixt right now.

Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?

Hmm, well, I guess most people would say I’m talented at being creative. I love to draw, design, create and implement so many things from jewelry to house plans to painting. I’m not the best, but I do have an above average talent at all things creative.

You are given the choice of one super power. What super power would you have and why?

Being a speed reader with a photographic memory. I know that’s not what you meant BUT I do consider it a superpower. To be able to recall anything you read at any given time, is pretty awesome!

List 5 things on your bucket list:

  • Visiting Greece before my series is finished
  • Own a vacation home in the Scottish Highlands
  • Write a best-selling novel
  • Visit every country my ancestors are from and stay a month there
  • Feel okay with the way I look in a swimsuit

Any final thoughts?

You one thing I’ve come to appreciate is time. There never seems like we have enough of it! I’d like to thank you for spending some moments with me and to Mr. Milson, thank you for hosting me today. It’s been a pleasure!

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