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Book Blast – THE TIGRESS AND THE YOGI

 

 

Hot off the presses! THE TIGRESS AND THE YOGI by Shelley Schanfield is
available now! Sign up to win a paperback copy of her book or one of 5 ebooks!

 

Title:
THE TIGRESS AND THE YOGI
Author: Shelley Schanfield
Publisher: Lake House
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Pages: 382
Genre: Historical Fantasy
A talking tigress.
A wandering yogi.
A young woman’s harrowing journey through an ancient land where chaos
threatens gods and mortals alike.
A tigress speaks to the outcaste girl Mala, and as she flees in
terror, she encounters an old yogi. She offers him hospitality. As an
untouchable, her very shadow may sully the holy man, but he accepts, repaying
her kindness with stories that awaken her hunger for forbidden spiritual
knowledge. Soon after he leaves, she is orphaned and enslaved, but the warrior
goddess Durga appears in a vision and offers her hope. 
Thus begins her quest for liberation, on which she meets gods and goddesses, high-born
Brahmins and lowly keepers of the cremation grounds, outlaws and kings, and
young Prince Siddhartha Gautama, who is prophesied to become the Buddha. She
finds happiness for a brief time, but when she loses everything, her quest goes
terribly wrong. She becomes an outlaw warrior, worshipping the dark goddess,
Kali. She masters occult powers but descends into madness, misusing the
supernatural gifts the goddess bestows, and when she again encounters the old
yogi, she must decide whether to continue on the path of bloody vengeance or
seek transcendence through the power of yoga.
The Tigress and the Yogi is an historical fantasy that brings to life the
vivid mythical world of ancient
India and transports the reader
to the Buddha’s time in a story filled with love and fear, anger and desire.
This visionary novel
creates a memorable portrait of a powerful woman, her extraordinary daughter,
and the men they challenge and inspire. It examines the yearning for spiritual
transformation and inner peace, and the ways in which the pursuit of wisdom and
compassion can go terribly wrong.

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Book Excerpt:

Fragrant trees shaded the
grove, though open patches among the leaves admitted some dappled sunlight.
After the thick, dense forest, this place was like a spacious and cool green
temple. There was a tall, slender stone pillar set in a circle of stones in the
very center. The snake-loving Nagas, the most fearsome of the hidden forest
tribes, must have sacrificed here once. Nagas had not been seen near the
village in years, but everyone still feared them. Sometimes when a village man
disappeared, people whispered that the dark ones had sacrificed him to their
Great Mother, She who was ancient as the earth.
Mala shrugged off a whisper of
unease. It was so peaceful and beautiful, there could be no danger. She crawled
to a tree trunk and curled up against it to rest awhile. The birds and insects
remained silent. Her own breathing was loud in her ears. It felt good just to
rest her hand on her belly as it rose and fell. Soon she was aware of nothing
else.
Her back against the tree and
her head nodding, Mala slipped into a strange new place of lights and sounds. The
tree’s roots cradled her and the earth’s coolness was like a soothing caress.
Light fell from the leaves above like drops of water. Then she gasped.
On a tigress’s back, a many-armed,
beautiful goddess appeared in radiant splendor, waving hands carrying weapons.
One hand the goddess held before her breasts in a strange gesture, thumb and
forefinger touching. The other she held out toward Mala, and from its upward-facing
palm shot a beam of light. Mala prostrated before the vision.
Om, Divine One,” Mala said. Om!”
The bejeweled goddess
dismounted from the tigress and with her two free hands lifted her ruby and
diamond garland from around her neck, smiling as she did so.
I am Durga, Mala. Durga held out the garland. One day this will be yours. As Mala reached for the sparkling
necklace, the red jewels began to drip blood. Mala cried out.
She woke. The vision flitted at
the edges of consciousness like a wild animal hiding in the forest’s shadows.
Dusk was approaching. In the distance, there was something or someone: a horse
whinnied, human voices called and laughed. Or did she imagine it? Was Durga
only a dream?
No. The warrior goddess was
real. Warriors had strength and courage. It was a sign. Mala must be strong and
courageous, too. But what did the jewels dripping blood mean?
That when a warrior fights for
justice, blood is shed.

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About the Author

 

Shelley Schanfield’s passion for
Buddhism and yoga arose sixteen years ago, when she and her son earned black
belts in Tae Kwon Do. The links between the martial arts and Buddhist techniques
to calm and focus the mind fascinated her. By profession a librarian, Shelley
plunged into research about the time, place, and spiritual traditions that 2500
years ago produced Prince Siddhartha, who became the Buddha. Yoga, in some
form, has a role in all of these traditions. Its transformational teachings
soon prompted Shelley to hang up her black belt and begin a yoga practice that
she follows to this day.
Because she loves historical
fiction, Shelley looked for a good novel about the Buddha. When she didn’t find
one that satisfied her, she decided to write her own novels based on the
spiritual struggles of women in the Buddha’s time. She published the first book
in the Sadhana Trilogy, The Tigress and the Yogi, in 2016 and will
publish the second, The Mountain Goddess in early 2017.

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Giveaway Details:

Shelley is giving away one
autographed copy of The Tigress and the Yogi PLUS 5 ebooks!

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  • Six winners will be chosen
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  • This giveaway ends midnight January 27.
  • Winner will be contacted via
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  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.
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Book Blast – FIRE AND SWORD

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The three volume set of Fantasy/Horror Author Dylan Doose’s SWORD AND SORCERY SERIES is available now! You can find out about all three books below!

 

Title: FIRE AND SWORD
Author: Dylan Doose
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 332
Genre: Fantasy/Horror
Condemned to hang for their crimes, they’ll march instead to perish as heroes, or live as free men.
A broken nation in need of a savior – ravaged by plague, decimated by dark magic, infiltrated by a foreign evil seeking to dominate from within. Three will rise to save the beleaguered land. But will they be enough?
A fantasy adventure for fans of Joe Abercrombie, Mark Lawrence and Scott Lynch!
Three men condemned to die: Aldous Weaver, a heretic monk turned sorcerer, imprisoned for accidentally incinerating the leader of his order. Kendrick the Cold, an infamous crusader turned fugitive, is a villain who knows he can never be a hero. Theron Ward, an aristocrat with a penchant for slaughtering monsters, and a legend in his own mind.
When the kingdom of Brynth is threatened by a far greater evil, the unlikely trio must make a choice — seek to escape this land that cries for their execution, or find the true heroes within themselves. And then, armed with fire and sword, march together against the forces of darkness. But can three such disparate warriors ever prevail?
 **Fire and Sword received an Honorable Mention from Library Journal 2016 and a Shelf Unbound Magazine
Notable 100 for 2015**
Don’t miss the dark fantasy that reviewers are calling ‘gritty, fast-paced and compelling’—get your copy of Fire and Sword today!

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About the Book:
Title: CATACOMBS OF TIME
Author: Dylan Doose
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 59
Genre: Fantasy/Horror
A fantasy adventure for fans of Joe Abercrombie, Mark Lawrence and Scott Lynch!
In a world where the Rata Plaga and ghouls feast on the dead, doctor Gaige De’Brouillard believes science, not magic, conquers all. 
Even death is just an equation to be solved. 
When De’Brouillard is called upon by the Lord Regent to cure a curse and save one of the damned, he must battle for his career, his faith in science, and even his life. In the darkest slums and deepest catacombs, the doctor finds himself staring death in the eye with no scientific solution at hand. Has the doctor finally come across a question that science cannot answer, and will he pay with his life?
Don’t miss the dark fantasy that reviewers are calling ‘visceral,’ ‘fantastic,’ and ‘intriguing’—get your
copy of Catacombs of Time today!

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About the Book:
Title: THE PYRES
Author: Dylan Doose
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 268
Genre: Fantasy/Horror
Once again, three unlikely heroes must band together in a fiery conflict between gods and demons.
A country ravaged by civil war, now threatened with evil unleashed by rivers of blood. Three must rise again to save the beleaguered land and thwart a dark prophecy.
A fantasy adventure for fans of Joe Abercrombie, Mark Lawrence and Scott Lynch!
Theron Ward, Aldous Weaver and Kendrick the Cold must band together and fight again. This time, they are caught in the timeless clash of gods and demons, and led by the dark prophecy of dreams.
A ruthless warlord, the Dog Eater, rises out of the rivers of blood from civil war. As friend and foe reach out from futures past, the three will see a city of white stone turn black with ash … and the only way forward is through the fire. One thing is certain, none of them will ever be the same. And one will be transformed in ways he never dreamed. Dare the three depend on the blood ties of the past to carry them through this terrible night?
Don’t miss the next thrilling installment in the dark fantasy that reviewers are calling ‘gritty, fast-paced and compelling’—get your copy of The Pyres today!

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Book Excerpt from FIRE AND SWORD:

The thing left a trail of thick black blood and green pus.
More a stream than a trail, if Theron Ward, hunter of monsters, wanted to be
precise. It was wounded and wounded horribly, but not dead.
Grimmshire was not the only town ruined by the plague. As
far as Theron knew, the whole country had a piece of it. The rats came with
those terrible black boils. Rats larger than dogs. In the beginning, they came
in swarms. Now they appeared alone or in small roving packs, as if a once
powerful tether that bound the group had been weakened.
Four years ago, they had come and spewed their filth into
the town. Two days was all it had taken until half the town was crawling and
squealing with the rats, puking up pus and bursting black boils. The other half
of the town became the swarm’s feast.
Those who didn’t turn simply couldn’t. The priests said that
only the sinners turned, that the pious were protected from the plague. Theron
doubted that, for he was not a pious man and he knew a thing or two about
sin—sins of the flesh mostly—and he had been exposed to enough plague to wipe
out a city.
Yet he had not turned.
Theron suspected something more sinister than nature, or the
work of gods and devils to be the villainy incarnate that had unleashed such
wickedness upon the land. He suspected something more human, or slightly more
than human. Unpopular opinion, but his opinion nonetheless.
It was midday, but
it was dark in the ruined town. The clouds shrouded the sun, gray and
threatening, but not a drop of rain. The once green pastures were yellow as far
as the eye could see. Once this had been a bustling, happy little town. Now
there were just the colors of pus and piss and ash all around, beneath those
suffocating gray clouds.
There came a rustling sound from the chapel, the one
building in the town not entirely burned to the ground. It had been painted
white when it was built, and painted black with soot and ash when death had
come to its town. The stained glass windows were shattered, shards of the
vibrant panes scattered round in the dirt and the yellow grass.
Theron burst through the door. His skin crawled at the sight
of the wounded thing within the chapel; they always made his skin crawl, though
he had killed over a hundred. He could kill over a thousand and still his skin
would crawl.
Theron was a beast hunter, had been for nearly a decade, but
the rats had always disturbed him the most, more than any creature or demon.
What made the things so terrible was not the giant, rotting buckteeth that
burst from the mouth. It was not the boils or the tufts of matted fur. Not the
long tail or the brutish muscles, not the naked, sagging female breasts or the
male parts dangling, filthy and crusted.
It was the eyes, for the eyes remained entirely human. And
so, Theron was certain that a human being was still left in there, with no
control over what it had become and begging for its torment to end.
This one had been a woman once, perhaps a mother, a lover, a
sister, a daughter. For a dreadful moment he pictured his own sister taking the
form of the wretched thing before him.
About the Author:

Writer. Sculptor. Bad fitness advice. In between writing books, award winning fantasy author Dylan Doose fills his not-so-busy schedule with martial arts, mountain biking, paddle surfing, weight lifting, and of course HBO, PS4 and increasing the size of his beloved personal library. Dylan’s Fire and Sword received an honorable mention from Library Journal in 2016 and was a Shelf Unbound Notable 100 for 2015.

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Blog Tour – Never Go Alone

 

Hot off the presses! NEVER GO ALONE by Denison Hatch is
available now! Please a comment below and say hi!

 Title: Never Go Alone
Author: Denison Hatch
Publisher: Lookout Press
Pages: 300
Genre: Thriller/Mystery/Police Procedural

A rash of elaborate cat burglaries of luxury buildings in Manhattan
has the police and mayor panicked. When a group of social media obsessed
millennials—a loosely organized crew that call themselves “urban explorers”—are
suspected in the heists, NYPD detective Jake Rivett is assigned the case.Already undercover with one foot on each side of the blue line, Rivett is
ordered to infiltrate the group and discern responsibility. Battling against
both his own personal demons and misgivings regarding his superiors, Rivett
dives deep into the urban exploration scene in pursuit of the truth. But what,
and who, he finds—deep in the sewers, up in the cranes above under-construction
skyscrapers, and everywhere else in New York—will
change not only Jake, but the city itself.

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Book Excerpt:

Two feet hammered the pavement. With movement as rapid as it
was controlled, the explorer’s muscles tensed for what was to come. The target,
all twenty stories of unabashedly neo-classical splendor, towered across the
street. Infiltrating the building would be easy, but the next step was
difficult. And the rest? Brilliant meets impossible.
The explorer was wearing a small camera on his chest, which captured his
viewpoint with slightly shaky but high-definition clarity. A parking post stood
ahead—cement poured into a strong iron tube. The man sprinted forward and
vaulted onto the post. He maintained his momentum, springing off the top of the
post onto an enormous industrial air-conditioning unit. Now eight feet in the
air, he had only one stride before his next jump. He sailed through the empty
air, arms outstretched, fingers tensing—a twelve-foot-high brick wall ahead.
Just reaching the wall, the explorer’s fingers grasped the edge. His right hand
couldn’t find traction. His fingernails scraped desperately as he started to
fall. But two fingers on his left hand did their job. He hung on, swinging
precariously before centering himself and pulling his body up and over the
wall.
The explorer dropped down on the other side. His body contracted into a tight
ball as he careened toward the construction gravel below. At the last moment,
he rotated and achieved a rolling landing—lessening gravity’s impact. He came
to a stop. Breathing heavily, he took a brief respite from the task at hand.
His chest heaved as he peered around the construction site that he’d just
infiltrated. He knew that a lone security guard sat in a booth on the other
side of the block. But he also knew the guard was engrossed in his cell phone,
only stopping occasionally to gaze onto an adjoining street. As long as the
explorer was quiet, the guard would be none the wiser. The coast was clear. He
reached for a mic attached to the side strap of his backpack.
“All silent. Only one clown in the circus,” the explorer whispered into the
microphone. Still out of breath, he reached for his hydration tube and took a
long sip of water. Then he rotated and watched as three more compatriots
covertly slid over the top of the tall brick wall.
They each hit the ground in the same rolling manner, limiting trauma with
expert precision. The entire crew was clad in dark outdoor technical clothes,
breathable shirts, top-of-the-line Gore-Tex pants and trail runners with all
reflective surfaces blocked out by black Sharpie. Their faces were covered by
bandanas or ski masks. Respirators, climbing gear, knives, and cameras were
both hanging from and strapped to their belts and backpacks.
The crew split in three different directions, acting as lookouts for any errant
guard or construction manager onsite in the middle of the night. It was
unlikely, but their plans called for extreme caution. That’s what had made them
so successful—their secret sauce was not daring; it was preparation. After
confirming that the others were in position, the explorer focused on the
mission at hand.
An enormous tower crane stood against the edge of the construction site. Built
like a towering T, the machine’s base was a concrete shithouse holding up three
hundred feet of crisscrossing steel. The explorer expertly grabbed the side of
the crane. Instead of heading for the control booth at the bottom, he simply
began to ascend up the latticework that made up the sides—hands followed by
legs on an upstream ladder.
Stopping midway to catch his breath, the man couldn’t help but look down.
Vertigo’s tendrils reached out like forbidden fruit. His foot wavered to catch
hold of a one-inch bar of the latticework. But he controlled the panic,
centered himself, and continued climbing.
A few minutes later, the explorer reached the top of the crane. He pulled
himself over the T’s edge and gazed along the hundred-and-fifty-foot-length
atop the long horizontal span. Instead of traversing in the direction of the
construction site from which he’d originated, the explorer headed the opposite
way. Careful with the placement of his feet, he headed towards the side of the
crane that extended halfway across the street below. It was a slow process. The
latticework consisted of both ninety-degree and diagonal pieces of steel, like
a series of bars with a crosshatch pattern strung across it. And between the
pieces of the crane’s structure was nothing—a dark void. One misstep, one
hesitation, one dash of grease and the explorer would plummet over twenty
stories through thin air and become one with the blacktop of the city. It was
not a pleasant thought, making the already difficult process deeply
nerve-wracking.
“You will not bust.” The man talked himself through the fear as he reached the
far end of the crane. He was now extended as far across the street below as the
machinery would take him.
The explorer gazed down the gleaming city from the Upper West Side,
all the way through Midtown and into Chelsea.
It was more than a place now, more than a landscape. By this point at its
evolution, Manhattan represented a
geospatial-and-social coordinate on the razor’s edge of modernity. It was no
longer what the future could be. It was the future itself, right now, happening
in front of one’s eyes and reaching the stage of infinite singularity. As the
years had gone on, the surfaces of the metropolis had become smooth, the lights
perfect, the façades utterly complete. It no longer beckoned for the masses
humbly—it repelled them. The construction site the explorer had ascended from
would soon consist of glass, marble, and sex. That was all, and that was
everything, and if one was rich enough, one could buy it. The new culture
didn’t care for culture itself. It did not bow to subtlety of argument or
freedom of soul. It only knew money—astronomical levels of money. The only
people who could afford to live here would be the progeny of sovereign wealth
fund managers, tech moonshot winners, and industrial titans. Nothing was free,
for anyone—not even the views.
Except for our explorer—right now. It was his, alone. He admired the panorama
of New York. Yes, there was the
mission, but this was deserving of a photograph. He pulled the camera off his
chest harness, activated selfie mode, and turned it towards himself. He lined
up, framing the background of the city behind him. Click. The camera’s flash
erupted. He flipped his hand down, as if to form an upside down V slogan.
Click. Another flash—another selfie—his face shrouded by a hood throughout the
entire process.
Having finished memorializing the scene, the man ducked down towards the crane.
As he secured something to the crane, he gazed away from the construction site
and towards his target.
A sharp contrast to the modern structures popping up like weeds, the limestone
apartment building across the street was built during the turn of the
century—the last century, not this. Its hulking body did not undulate as it
rose. Instead the building consisted of strong vertical bands that ran up to
form elaborate choragic arches and support the pointed top of the roof. Four
large penthouse balconies graced each corner of the building, easily visible to
the explorer who stood above them on the crane. He breathed deeply, then jumped
off the crane into the darkness below.
Suspended by a climbing rope, the man careened from the top of the crane and
over the street, until he was positioned directly above the penthouse balcony
of the old building. The pendulum continued, however, and he swung back.
The second time he was ready. His toes landed lithely on the penthouse’s
balcony. He paced towards the enclosed glass greenhouse. One of the small
windows of the greenhouse was unlatched, exposing a sliver of access.
The explorer carefully maneuvered the window open.
He climbed into the penthouse.
And the city’s lights twinkled as if nothing had happened at all . . .
About the Author
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Denison Hatch is a screenwriter and novelist based in Los Angeles.
Although he lives in the proverbial desert now, he is originally from Delaware—land
of rolling hills and DuPont gunpowder. Denison
has a number of feature and television projects in development, including his
original screenplay, Vanish Man, which is set up at Lionsgate. A graduate of Cornell
University, Denison
lives with his wife and big dog in a little house in Hollywood.
Never Go Alone is the second novel in the Jake Rivett series.

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VBT ~ Time to Live and Time to Die

Inside the Book:

 
 
Title: Time to Die
Author: John Gilstrap
Release Date: May 10, 2016
Publisher: Lyrical Underground
Genre: Mystery/Suspense
Format: Ebook
WIN, LOSE, OR DIE
 

In the fourth electrifying installment of John Gilstrap’s five-part novel, a desperate manhunt for two reckless lovers takes a dangerous turn—heading straight for a dead end . . .

Nicki Janssen is no longer the innocent little girl her father thinks she is. She’s a wanted criminal on the run—with a convicted killer she thought she could trust . . .

Brad Ward knows he can’t outrun the cops forever. But it’s too late to stop now. With Nicki’s life and health at risk, he’s got no time to waste—and nothing left to lose . . .

Speeding away from the scene of a brutal robbery-murder, the lovers manage to stay one step ahead of the law. Nicki’s father, Carter Janssen, teams up with Deputy Sheriff Darla Sweet to follow their trail across North Carolina. But when Alex and Nicki hijack a car—and take two hostages with them—all bets are off. All stakes are raised. And all roads lead straight to danger . . .

“Grabs hold of you on page one and doesn’t let go.”—Harlan Coben

“Gilstrap as a master of jaw-dropping action and heart-squeezing suspense.”—Austin Camacho

“If you like Vince Flynn and Brad Thor, you’ll love John Gilstrap.”—Gayle Lynds

“Gilstrap is one of the finest thriller writers on the planet.”—Tess Gerritsen

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 Inside the Book:

  Title: Time to Live
Author: John Gilstrap
Release Date: May 24, 2016
Publisher: Lyrical Underground
Genre: Mystery/Suspense
Format: Ebook

Fasten Your Seatbelts

In the explosive conclusion of John Gilstrap’s five-part novel, the high-speed pursuit of two fugitive lovers kicks into overdrive–on the ultimate collison course with destiny . . .

Nick Of Time
Part 5: Time to Live

After plotting their escape, evading the police, and witnessing a murder, Nicki and Brad have reached the end of the line–and there’s nowhere left to hide . . .

Holed up in a house in a North Carolina fishing village, they’ve run out of time, run out of luck, and run out of options. All they’ve got are a couple of hostages . . .

Two innocent people–a feisty senior and her grandson–are the bargaining chips Alex needs to buy more time. But Nicki can’t wait any longer. Her life is in jeopardy, and her father is desperate enough to do anything to save her. Deputy Sheriff Darla Sweet is finding evidence that could change everything for the young lovers. But when every second counts, the only real justice comes in a hail of bullets. . .

“Gilstrap is a master of action and drama.”–Gayle Lynds

“When you pick up a Gilstrap novel, one thing is always true–you are going to be entertained at a high rate of speed.”–Suspense Magazine

“One of the best thriller writers.”–Genre Go Round

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Meet the Author:

John Gilstrap is the acclaimed author of eight thrillers: Threat Warning, Hostage Zero, No Mercy, Six Minutes To Freedom, Scott Free, Even Steven, At All Costs, and Nathan’s Run. His books have been translated into more than 20 languages. A safety and environmental expert and former firefighter, he holds a master’s degree from the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. John has also adapted four books for the big screen: Red Dragon (uncredited) from the Thomas Harris novel, Word Of Honor from the Nelson DeMille novel; and Young Men And Fire, from the Norman Maclean book. He lives in near Washington, D.C.

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Blog Tour ~ The Daffodils Still Grow

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About the Book:

Title: The Daffodils Still Grow: A Book for Grieving Daughter
Author: Sherri Elizabeth Tidwell
Publisher: Mascot Books
Pages: 38
Genre: Children’s Picture Book

The Daffodils Still Grow is a full-color illustrated book that portrays life after a loved one dies as seen from the observations of a motherless child. “Beautiful and inspiring.”

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Sherri Elizabeth Tidwell is giving away a The Daffodils Still Grow T-shirt!

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  • By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.

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The Daffodils Still Grow was inspired by diary entries of the author/illustrator, Sherri Elizabeth Tidwell, after the death of her mother when she was 14. “My mother committed suicide when I was 14, and after nearly a year of crying and hurting, I was surprised — almost shocked — to see the daffodils she planted right before her death still bloom again. It was a big wake-up call to me that, even though she was gone, I could still carry on without her FOR her. Somehow, our loved ones still find a way of communicating with us when we need it the most.” Sherri Elizabeth now attends Seton Hill University’s MFA program in Writing Popular Fiction. She has a BA in both communications and studio arts from Austin Peay State University. She hopes that every parent will know how irreplaceable and loved they are to their children and that every child who has lost a parent will know they are not alone. Remember, the daffodils still grow!

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Interview With….

Sherri, thanks for being here today. Tell us about you. 
I guess I could say I’m a deeply flawed person in a lot of ways, but who a person is, I think, should always be entangled into who they are as a writer – or as an artist, or a creator of any kind. Writing (creating) runs deeper than jobs that are done for dollars, and it has the power to bridge gaps, to touch people’s hearts and to heal. Being vulnerable and brave enough to put your heart out there as an artist and as a person is the one decision that will usually make what you are creating worthwhile and make it matter. It will be the one reason why it connects to those who see it or read it. So, be vulnerable. Be open. Be brave and be you.

If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?
Brenda Euland (1891-1985) because she was so encouraging of writers and because she was such an inspiration

What’s the story behind your latest book?
The Daffodils Still Grow: A Book for Grieving Daughters was inspired by diary entries I wrote as a child while grieving for my mother. It gives a voice to children who experience that loss and also shares some hopeful insight about how a mother’s love and legacy continues on.

What is your writing process? 
I usually start by asking myself what I want people to get out of the book, how I want it to make them feel and why (I hope) it will be worth their time reading it. Then, I ask myself how I can do that.

If your book was to be turned into a movie, who would play the lead role and why.
The model who posed for the illustrations in the book is also an actress, so of course she would play the lead role — Hayden Gael Barnes.

What are you working on next?
I’m trying to branch out into fiction, specifically YA mysteries.

What advice do you have for other writers who want to get the word out about their book?
I would approach it with a giving spirit. If you can find people who are in need of the story you’re telling, give them your story. They will pay you back in feedback and in doing their own marketing for your book, because they’ll be that excited and that pleased.

What is your favorite book on your shelf right now?
If You Want to Write by Brenda Euland

Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?
Tenacity? Does that count?

You are given the choice of one super power. What super power would you have and why?
Magic – so that I could magically fix everyone’s problems and make everything okay

List 5 things on your bucket list:

  1. To have children and be an excellent mother

  2. To do something that helps animals in a powerful way

  3. To write and publish at least 3 novels that make a positive difference in the world

  4. To provide more for the people I love

  5. To make a living as a writer

Where can readers find you on the web?

www.facebook.com/thedaffodilsstillgrow

www.facebook.com/sherrielizabethtidwell

www.sherrielizabethtidwell.com

www.twitter.com/daffodilsgrow

www.twitter.com/booksbysherri

Any final thoughts?

A quote from Natalie Goldberg: “Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split open.”

VBT – A is for Apprentice by Steve DeWinter

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Title: A is For Apprentice
Author: Steve DeWinter
Release Date: November 2, 2015
Publisher: Ramblin’ Rose Publishing
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Format: Ebook

It is said that when the student is ready the teacher will appear.

In Midguard, Spinners are practitioners of innate magic who must learn to control the power that lives inside them before it destroys them.

With the mysterious death of his father, only days before his training is to begin, the knowledge of Van’s lineage as a powerful Spinner is hidden from him. Five years later a near-death experience awakens the dangerous powers within.

Halen, a banished Spinner, is the only one willing to teach Van to manage the magic before it consumes him. He must train Van to hone it into the powerful force needed to stop a vindictive Spinner whose personal mission to conquer Midguard would start a war resulting in the deaths of millions.

But how do they save the world, and Van’s very life, when both apprentice and master are forbidden from ever crossing paths by the same organization created to bring them together?

A IS FOR APPRENTICE is a fantasy novel from the #1 Bestselling Amazon Action & Adventure Sci-Fi Author, Steve DeWinter. This is his next foray into the genre after releasing A Tale of Two Cities with Dragons, a fantasy mashup of the #1 Bestselling Novel of All Time, co-authored with Charles Dickens.

Yes! That Charles Dickens.

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Steve DeWinter is one of the best adventure authors in the world and, after authoring over 40 books, he still works tirelessly to keep up with the growing demand of readers wanting more across multiple genres.

His books have hit #1 on the Amazon Children’s Action & Adventure Sci-Fi Bestseller list and his adult thrillers reached as high as lucky #13 on the Amazon Action & Adventure Bestseller list. He also has the distinction of having nine books in the top twenty of the Amazon Children’s Action & Adventure Sci-Fi Bestseller list all at the same time.

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Visit Steve’s website.
Connect with Steve on Twitter and Facebook

 

Interview With ….

Steve. Thanks for being here. Could you please tell us a little about your book?
A is for Apprentice is the story about a boy whose magic lineage is withheld from him. The story follows him as he enters, rather unexpectedly, an unknown world and has to come to grips with who he really is. I was so intent on making it as hard as possible on my main character that, at the end of the first chapter, not only is his intended teacher forbidden from ever training him but also the main character is forbidden from ever being trained by anyone. This was the world he lived in and it was fun to see how both he and his teacher managed to overcome these restrictions. Or do they?

Did something specific happen to prompt you to write this book?
After finishing Shade Infinity, a book that started out as a romantic suspense but quickly became a science-fiction cloning thriller, I was looking for a new story concept that fully embraced the fantasy genre as my next project.

Who or what is the inspiration behind this book?
The inspiration for this book came from using the alphabet as titles for a long running fantasy series. The other inspiration comes from fantasy elements always trying to creep into my non-fantasy stories.

Who is your biggest supporter?
My biggest supporter has to be my 10-year-old son. The reads, and tells me he enjoys, everything I write.

Your biggest critic?
My biggest critic is myself. And I think that’s a good thing because it forces me to keep improving with each new story.

What cause are you most passionate about and why?
I’m passionate about getting kids to read. With video games and tablets taking time away from other endeavors it’s quite a challenge to make a story strong enough that kids are willing to read it instead of doing anything else. I was a successful with a previous series to get kids excited about reading and so for that I am happy and constantly striving to repeat that success.

In the last year have you learned or improved on any skills?
One of the skills I am happy to have enhanced recently was my outlining process for novels. I think I have finally hit on a good method based on how James Patterson outlines his novels. And he’s a very successful writer.

Do you have any rituals you follow when finishing a piece of work?
Don’t know that I would call it a ritual, per say, but every time I finish a piece of work I have this mental crash of intense sadness. I guess because it’s over? But then I start working on the next project and I’m fine again. I guess that makes me a storytelling junkie.

Who has influenced you throughout your career as a writer?
Robert Ludlum, Larry Niven, and James Rollins are just a few of the authors I really admire and aspire to weave engaging stories as they do.

What is the most important thing in your life right now?
The most important thing in my life is my family. To that end, I’m working very hard to make sure that I make time to spend with them.

What are you currently working on?
I am currently working on my second fantasy mashup of a Charles Dickens novel. The first fantasy mashup for A Tale of Two Cities was a lot of fun and I have an idea for another one of his popular stories that will be equally as enjoyable.

Do you have any advice for writers or readers?
My advice for writers is to write what you would enjoy reading. My advice to readers is to find the writers you enjoy reading and encourage them to write more.

Is there an author that inspired you to write?
As I mentioned before, Ludlum, Niven, and Rollins were all instrumental in me wanting to use the written word to entertain others.

What are some of your long term goals?
Well, one of my long-term goals is to write all 26 novels in the series that starts with A is for Apprentice. Another long-term goal is to get A is for Apprentice onto television as an ongoing series. I’m a fan of Once on television and see A is for Apprentice appealing to the same audience.

What do you feel has been your greatest achievement as an author?
My greatest achievement as an author was in finding a name for the magic users in my series that fulfilled two functions. One, I needed a term that has not seen heavy use in fantasy literature to date yet still had roots in early storytelling about magic users. And two, when you found out what it meant it you would say to yourself, “Of course. Why hasn’t anyone else done that?”

What do you feel is your biggest strength?
My biggest strength in writing is the ability to plot out an intricate yet satisfying story.

Biggest weakness?
My biggest weakness is emotional depth. I am a plot machine but when it comes to diving deep into the characters… Well let’s just say, that’s why I have built up an excellent team of editors to help me.

What do you feel sets this book apart from others in the same genre?
This story feels familiar, i.e. fish out of water, boy who doesn’t know he’s this great hero, villain trying to prevent the hero from recognizing as potential, etc. But I incorporate my experience of writing white-knuckle heart-pumping thrillers to ratchet up the excitement and adrenaline in telling a fantasy tale that is both familiar but also fresh and new. I have also ensured that there are no throwaway characters in my stories. If they show up, they have significance whether it is in this story directly or in one of the 25 follow-up novels that will roll out over the years.

You know the scenario – you’re stuck on an island. What book would you bring with you and why?
Vertical Run by Joseph Garber. Reading that book is like watching the Die Hard movies in text form. It is one of the few books I’ve read dozens of times and repeatedly repurchase as I give my copy away.

If you could go back and change one day, what would it be?
There are no days I would change. Every day in my life brought me to today and I am more than happy to actually be here.

Are you a different person now than you were 5 years ago? In what way/s?
I am very different than I was five years ago. The most notable difference is that I’ve learned how to make my own luck rather than hope lucky things happen to me.

What is the most important lesson you have learned from life so far?
The most important lesson I have learned from life is that things take time.

Is there anything you regret doing/not doing?
While there will always be things I can look back at and say, “I should’ve done that or I shouldn’t have done this,” I live by a strict code of “No Regrets”. If I did it, I did it. If I didn’t do it, I didn’t do it. At the time, I must have had a good reason either way.

What is your favorite past-time?
I love experiencing story in all its varied formats whether it is a book, a movie, or a video game.

Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
I have a lot of fun when I’m writing my stories and I sincerely hope that translates to the page. When you pick up and read one of my stories I want you to have as much fun reading it as I did writing it.

Book Tour ~ Hazard of Shadows

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Hazard of Shadows

 Title: Hazard of Shadows
Author:Mike Phillips
Publisher: Caliburn Press
Pages: 280
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Ecopy/Paperback

The enchanted creatures of legend still exist, taking refuge from an age of camera phones and government labs in a secret place called the World Below. After leading a revolution against Baron Finkbeiner, the despotic ruler of the World Below, Mitch Hardy has taken the throne. Unknown to him, ancient powers are at work. The Lords of Faerie seek to revenge the death of Baron Finkbeiner and recover the mysterious Blade of Caro. Soon Mitch is fighting for his life against hellish monsters, the likes of which he never imagined.

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Meet the Author

Mike Phillips grew up on a small farm in West Michigan, living much the way people did at the turn of the century. Whether it was growing fruits and vegetables or raising livestock, Mike learned the value of hard work and responsibility at a young age.

While his friends spent their summers watching reruns of bad sitcoms, Mike’s father gave him a very special gift. He turned off the television. With what was affectionately referred to as “the idiot box” no longer a distraction, Mike was left to discover the fantastic worlds that only exist in books. When not tending sheep, gardening, building furniture, chopping wood, or just goofing off, Mike spent his time reading.

With all that hard work at home, Mike was always eager to go to school. He excelled as a student and went on to pursue a career in the sciences. Working as a Safety Engineer in the Insurance Industry, Mike soon became bored with the corporate grind. Writing engaged him like nothing else. After a few novels and numerous short stories, he thought getting published would be a pretty neat idea. And so, here it goes…

 

Book Tour ~ Crystal the Christmas Angel

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About the Book:

Title: Crystal the Christmas Angel
Author: Theresa Oliver
Publisher: Write More Publications
Pages: 66
Genre: Children’s Picture Book

All of the angels in Heaven are preparing for a big event, and Crystal, a little angel, wants to be a part of it. But the more she tries, the more the angels tell her that she is just too little. That is, until God himself gives her the biggest, most important task of all … going with the Archangel Gabriel to Mary, and bringing God’s greatest gift to the world. But can Crystal do what God asks? Journey with Crystal as she discovers that God sometimes chooses the most unlikely for the greatest tasks. Crystal also discovers that you are never too little to do great things. You just need to believe and never give up.

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  • Crystal the Christmas Angel is available at Amazon.

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  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

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About the Author

Theresa Oliver

Theresa Oliver grew up in southern Indiana, across from Louisville, Kentucky, in Clarksville, Indiana. In her childhood, she fell in love with the power of the written word, a love affair that has continued her whole life. She moved to Florida, where she has lived much of her adult life. She attended the University of Tennessee at Martin, Martin, Tenn., and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communications degree, News Editorial sequence. She also earned a Master of Arts in Teaching degree, Early Childhood Education sequence, from Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah, Ga. She is currently a writer, a full-time teacher, and the owner of Write More Publications and TNT Author Services. However, her greatest adventure is as a mother of three beautiful boys. Oliver currently resides in Kissimmee, Florida, with her husband and children.

Her latest book is the children’s picture book, Crystal the Christmas Angel.

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Interview With….

Theresa, thanks for being my guest here today. Tell us about you.
Ever since I could remember, I wanted to be a writer. I fell in love with the power of the written word at a young age and that love continued throughout my life. However, I used to think that I would live my life and when I was through living it, I would write about it. (Strange, I know! ) So, I didn’t write anything for years. But after the Twilight Saga came out, I was introduced to writing for young adults. Once the writing bug bit me, I was hooked once again. Soon, I came to realize that one should live your life and write as you live. Now, I enjoy writing and journeying into my worlds. I soon discovered that inspiration is everywhere, if one only opens their eyes and his or her minds.

If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?
I would love to hang out with Stephanie Meyer. She’s a mom also, so we have a lot in common. It would be cool to sit down over a cup of hot tea or coffee and just shoot the breeze while I picked her brain and chatted as friends about writing, characters, our children, etc.

What’s the story behind your latest book?
One Christmas years ago, I was thinking about the Star of Bethlehem, how it was an anomaly, and how experts said that several planets had aligned perfectly to create the magnificent star and that it was a coincidence that it just so happened to appear during the time of Jesus’ birth. As most writers do, I began to play the “What If” game, wondering if the star had actually been an angel, lighting the way to Jesus for all who seek him. At the time, I didn’t have children of my own, so I sat down to write the story for my nephews and niece. Since the story was for children, I decided to make Crystal a little angel, a child like the readers. Soon, the ideas began to flow and the story was born. I wrote the original first draft in one night. Years later, I rewrote it into the version that that it has become today. One thing led to another and years later, Crystal the Christmas Angel was born.

What is your writing process?
Personally, I watch television or my children play video games on it while I write. I grew up in a house with a semi-large family and there was always a lot of noise in the house. As an adult, I find that I concentrate better with some noise. If it’s too quiet, I turn on the TV for background noise. That said, I usually try and write at least one chapter per week. However in the summer, I write one chapter a day, especially during Camp NaNoWriMo in July. But if there is a day when I can’t write, I don’t beat myself up about it and move on. Tomorrow is another day. I write full-length novels much quicker this way.

Tell us about your main character:
Crystal is a little angel in Heaven. She notices the buzz around her and learns that a huge celebration is about to take place. Crystal becomes determined to help, but botches every attempt. Soon, everyone tells her to go play, and that she’s just too little to help. But God has other plans and trusts her with the biggest job of all—bringing God’s own son to the world.

Oftentimes, children are told that they are just too little and to “go out and play”. However, children have the power within themselves to change the world, but they must first believe in themselves. For it is my belief that people can do great things, no matter their age.

It is my hope that this book inspires confidence in children, will help them to believe that they can do anything if they set their mind to it, and to trust that God has a plan for them.

If your book was to be turned into a movie, who would play the lead role and why.
Probably a blonde Makenzie Foy. She is a lovely young girl and a great actor. She has a bright future ahead of her.

What are you working on next?
I have several projects in the works. One is Half Dozen Roses, a middle grades children’s book about a twelve-year-old, turn of the century girl who is suddenly thrust into the role of caregiver for her five younger siblings. This will educate children about child labor laws as well as the famous Shirtwaist Factory Fire. Half Dozen Roses is loosely based on the experiences of my maternal grandmother, who was born in 1900. She quit school at a young age and went to work in a factory to help her father support and raise her younger siblings after her mother’s death. This book will show what life was like for children at the turn of the century before it was mandatory for children to attend school. I’m also working on sequels to my series books, including Star Unchained (C.I.A Vampire Series, Book 2), Thou Shalt Not Kill Love (Thou Shalt Not Kill Series, Book 2), and The Journey Home (Cambria Series, Book 3). I am also working on a story about a faerie named Raine, based in my Cambria world, titled Raine and the Locks of Samson. Also, I have another children’s picture book in the works titled Five Loaves, Two Fish, One Boy, and Jesus, the back story of the boy in the biblical story.

What advice do you have for other writers who want to get the word out about their book?
Never give up. For every rejection notice you receive, remember that everyone who is anyone was told they couldn’t do it. Keep in mind that it only takes one publisher or agent to say yes. Also, learn as much as you can about your craft and how to market your book, as well. But every time that someone tells you that you can’t do something, remember that you are in good company, for John Grisham was rejected by 14 literary agents before number 15 said yes. His manuscript? A Time to Kill. Also, Stephanie Meyer once received a nasty rejection letter from a publisher regarding her first book Twilight. Look where she is today. You’re in good company.

What is your favorite book on your shelf right now?
Um … I have many but A Knight I Shining Armor, by: Jude Deveraux. It is the book that launched the romance time-travel genre and the book to which all time-travel romance books should be compared.

Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?
LOL! I have the gift of gab—or so my husband says. But seriously, I also have a knack for seeing people for who they are, for seeing the good in people, and for connecting with them. I don’t know how and I can’t explain it, but I usually can read a person when I first meet them and can tell what kind of person they are and their motives right away. It has helped me considerably as a teacher as well as a writer.

You are given the choice of one super power. What super power would you have and why?
The superpower that makes people happy and the world a better place—to create a world free from abuse, hunger, and war.

List 5 things on your bucket list:

  1. To see the Grand Canyon

  2. To live long enough to see my children raised and grown

  3. To become a world famous, bestselling author (hopefully, overnight! He, he, he)

  4. To make the world a better place.

  5. To instill confidence in and encourage children to succeed

Where can readers find you on the web?

I can currently be found on the following venues:

Any final thoughts?

Thank you so much for having me here today! I Hope you enjoy my book Crystal the Christmas Angel and look forward to your thoughts in regard to it. Special thanks to Deanna McRae, the illustrator who created the wonderful pics for this book! I look forward to chatting again!