Letter Y on The A to Z April Challenge 2014

Today is letter Y on the April A to Z blog Tour. My book today comes from Tony Carnival and is the first book in his Over Odyssey Series called Yellow. Genre – Fantasy Fiction

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As if being a teenager wasn’t tough enough, Exodus Magaba (Ex) must come to terms with the loss of his beloved older sister, the sudden disappearance of his father, and a move to another town in another state.  On the night of his thirteenth birthday, Ex has an unexpected meeting with a mysterious man.  This encounter reveals Ex’s supernatural destiny as an “Era Key,” the only one of his generation, who can move freely and mysteriously through time. Now, with help from his mother’s chronodelias—mystical flowers that let you watch memories as though watching tv—and his new group of zany but street-tough friends, Ex must piece together the truth of the mysterious man, the forgotten magical world of Odyssia wherein lie his roots, and the connection with a new and lavish videogame…and his future.

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Tony Carnival is that rare author who comes along once in a generation.  Born with a penchant for storytelling and an uncanny ability to weave innovative ideas into cogent prose, he has developed from the nine-year-old short-story writer to the current epic fiction talent.  Over Odyssey: Yellow is the first novel in a sextet of epic fantasy, which has already been heralded as “lavish and captivating,” and as “an amazing roller coaster ride of excitement and thrills.”  A New Jersey native, he now lives in New York with his beloved family and is busy writing the second book in the sextet, Over Odyssey: Blue – a sequel that is already greatly anticipated by his fans.
Other Links
Twitter Handle: @Over_Odyssey

Here are some randomly selected links to other bloggers who are taking up the challenge, please find time to visit them too.

http://www.clairegillian.com/

http://welshbloggers.wordpress.com/

http://indiewritersmonthly.blogspot.co.uk/

http://elsieelmore.com/

During the challenge we are asking people to leave comments on as many blogs as possible, all supportive comments are very much appreciated, thank you.

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Letter R on The A to Z April Challenge 2014

Today’s letter on the April A to Z Challenge is R. My Book is Red Clay and Roses by S. K. Nicholls. Genre: Historical, Life & Relationships.

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Red Clay and Roses by S.K. Nicholls

Book description-

A fictionalized true story of life in the Deep South during the time of Jim Crow Law, and before Roe vs. Wade. Women were supposed to keep quiet and serve, abortion was illegal, adoption difficult, and racism rampant. The discovery of an old ledger opens a window into the dynamics of the 1950s-60s. Unspoken secrets are shared between Beatrice, The Good Doctor’s wife, and Moses Grier, their black handyman. The Grier’s daughter, Althea, suffers a tragedy that leaves her family silent and mournful. Her brother, Nathan, a medical student, looks for answers from a community that is deaf, blind, and dumb. A summer romance between Nathan and Sybil, an independent, high-spirited, white woman, leaves more unresolved. Nathan is thrust into the centre of the Civil Rights Movement. Sybil is torn between living the mundane life of her peers, or a life that involves fastening herself to a taboo relationship. Witness social progress through the eyes of those who lived it!

You can read my review of the book here http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-4Ge and find out more about the author from her guest post. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-4Hp

Find a copy of this book here;

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Apple:

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Find out more about S.K. Nicholls here;

S. K. Nicholls

Blog: http://redclayandroses1.wordpress.com/

Facebook author site:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/SK-Nicholls/352131918230990

Here are some links to other bloggers who are taking up the A to Z Challenge, please find the time to visit them too.

http://authorsusankoenig.wordpress.com/

http://alex-hurst.com/

http://www.claredavidson.com/blog/

During the challenge we are asking people to leave as many comments as possible on blogs, and supportive comments are much appreciated, thank you.

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Letter P on The A to Z April Challenge 2014

Today I bring you letter P on the A to Z Challenge. Today my book is The Potter’s Daughter by Daniel Arthur Smith. Genre: Life Story Romance

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The Potter’s Daughter is a slice of life story about Abby Bellen and her father Will.

After a promise to her dying mother, Abby Bellen, the estranged daughter of an aging ceramic artist, feels obligated to return to her home on Willow Lake to put her father’s life in order. Years have passed since Abby fled the home of her youth and a past she would rather forget. Now Abby has no choice other than confrontation as the long buried rift that exists between the two surfaces and they must together face the failures of their misspent relationship as she discovers, with the help of new romance Mitch Carlson, what she needs to make herself whole.

E-book

UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/Potters-Daughter-Literary-Daniel-Arthur-ebook/dp/B00CNUWJ2W/

US http://www.amazon.com/Potters-Daughter-Literary-Daniel-Arthur-ebook/dp/B00CNUWJ2W

AU http://www.amazon.com.au/The-Potters-Daughter-Literary-Series-ebook/dp/B00CNUWJ2W

Print

UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/Potters-Daughter-Daniel-Arthur-Smith/dp/0988649314/

US http://www.amazon.com/Potters-Daughter-Daniel-Arthur-Smith/dp/0988649314/

US http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-potters-daughter-daniel-arthur-smith/1115323521

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Links to your author sites

Author Pages (Amazon)

UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/Daniel-Arthur-Smith/e/B00A7IO4MK/

US http://www.amazon.com/Daniel-Arthur-Smith/e/B00A7IO4MK/

Author Twitter

Twitter:  http://twitter.com/authordasmith

Author Website

http://www.danielarthursmith.com

Facebook

http://facebook.com/danielarthursmith

Goodreads

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6893816.Daniel_Arthur_Smith

Serial Sites

http://pottersdaughter.com

http://thecatharitreasure.com

Here are some randomly selected links to other bloggers who are taking up the A to Z Challenge, please find the time to visit them.

http://irenewaters19.com/

http://sabrinagarie.com/

http://northofandover.wordpress.com/

During April we are asking people to leave as many comments as they can on blogs, any supportive comments are much appreciated, thank you.

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Letter O on The A to Z April Challenge 2014

Our letter on the April A to Z Challenge is O today. My book is The Orphan and the Thief by Melissa LeGette. Genre: Fantasy

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Book Title: The Orphan and the Thief

Author: M.L. LeGette

Description: Toad thought it’d be easy to steal from Mr. Edward P. Owl. Unfortunately for Toad, he isn’t the best of thieves. Caught in the act, he’s in more trouble than ever before. Now to save his hide, Toad must track down five rare potion ingredients for Mr. Owl. Or else.

All Melena Snead wants is her family back, but after the Miggens Street Fire, that isn’t very likely. Orphaned and miserable, forced to work in an apothecary, she’s determined to find Milo, her missing brother. No matter what.

When Melena finds Toad ransacking her apothecary, Toad gets a nasty shock: apothecaries don’t carry Mr. Owl’s ingredients. Luckily, Melena’s willing to help, for a price.

With Melena’s pet Spit-Fire dragon and Toad’s enchanted talking beer mug, they embark on a fantastical journey, traveling the country in search of the potion ingredients. But can they gather all of them in time, what with monsters, pirates, and axe-wielding thieves? And if they do, is there an even greater danger waiting for them at the end?

You can read my review of this book here; http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-4KH

Where to purchase:

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Author Links:

blog: http://mllegette.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/M-L-LeGette/119655051430835

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MelissaLeGette

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1499928.M_L_LeGette

Here are some randomly selected links to sites of other bloggers who are taking up the challenge, please find the time to visit them too.

http://lindaghill.wordpress.com/

http://scribblinginthestorageroom.wordpress.com/

http://rosebfischer.wordpress.com/

http://lisavooght.blogspot.co.uk/

During the challenge we are asking people to visit and leave comments on as many blogs as possible, all supportive comments are very much appreciated, thank you.

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Letter I on the A to Z April Challenge 2014

Today is the turn of the letter I on the A to Z Challenge. My books today are The Imdalind Series, by Rebecca Ethington. Genre ; YA, Fantasy.

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Reading order: Kiss of Fire (1), Eyes of Ember (2), Scorched Treachery (3), Soul of Flame (4), (Dawn of Ash (5) Coming soon to 2014)

Kiss of Fire Blurb: Joclyn Despain has a scar. In fact, it is almost like a brand on her skin. She doesn’t know why it appeared on her neck, but she doesn’t want anyone to see it, including her best friend Ryland, who knows everything else about her. The scar is the reason she hides herself behind baggy clothes, and won’t let the idea of kissing Ryland enter her mind, no matter how much she wants to. The scar is the reason she is being hunted. If only she knew that she was. If only she had known that the cursed stone her estranged father sent for her 16th birthday would trigger a change in her.

Eyes of Ember Blurb: Joclyn is in hiding, hunted by the man she still desperately loves. Ryland is gone, his mind erased; no memory of Joclyn remains, but Joclyn’s heart desperately begs her to hold out hope. Meanwhile the black-eyed monster that possesses him attempts to kill her over and over again. If it wasn’t for Ilyan, Joclyn would be dead by now. Ilyan, the man who once stalked her, is now Joclyn’s protector, the only person she has left. He protects Joclyn from the men who seek to end her life, and all the while, she is haunted by dreams where Ryland begs her to break the bond between them.

Scorched Treachery Blurb: While Joclyn is trapped in the tormenting hell of Cail’s mind, the battle around her only continues to grow and spread. Edmund has infiltrated the underground hallways of Prague, guiding the massacre that would end the lives of the last of the great magical race. In her attempts to stop him, Wynifred has been captured and her magic restrained. Chained up in the ancient dungeons of Prague, her fate is left in the hands of her father, who has tried to kill her before.

Soul of Flame Blurb: The Time for the final battle has come. Edmund’s armies have surrounded the Rioseco Abbey, trapping the few survivors inside. The sight that Ilyan was given a thousand years ago is about to come to pass. If only Joclyn was able to fight. Joclyn is tormented by the hallucinations that Cail’s mind has left her with, her magic an uncontrollable torrent that even Ilyan cannot control. Her moments of lucidity are broken by fears of dripping pipes and bleeding walls, and a desire to kill Ryland that she is having trouble trying to ignore. The sight has shown her power, shown her success, but it has also shown her death – The end of her life something she is not quite willing to give up on yet.

Through Glass, Blurb: Everyone remembered the day the sky went black. The day the sun was wiped from the sky. They remember the wind as it brought in the darkness; the way the earth shook and everything changed. I remembered because it was the day I became alone. It was the day that everything was perfect until the monsters took it away. Then the house went silent and the birds stopped singing. It was the day when everyone disappeared, everyone except the boy, the only person I have seen in two years. The boy I talk to through the glass.

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Rebecca Ethington

Website: http://www.rebeccaethington.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rebeccaethington.author

Twitter: @RebEthington

Imdalind Website: www.Imdalind.com

Here are some randomly selected links to other bloggers who are taking part in the challenge, please find the time to visit them too.

http://blackfrogpublishing.wordpress.com/frog-blog/

http://amandamckee.wordpress.com/

http://odetoblogging.blogspot.co.uk/

http://www.skanthony.com/

During the challenge we are asking people to leave comments on as many blogs as possible, all supportive comments are much appreciated, thank you.

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Letter D on the A to Z April Challenge

Today is letter D on the A to Z Challenge. My book today is “Derek’s Revenge” by Mac Black, Third book in the Derek Series. Genre: Adult Humour

Let’s meet Derek, he currently works as a newspaper reporter, but his life’s ambition is to write a best selling book.

Name: Derek Toozlethwaite.

Objective: To write a factual best seller.

At long last a great idea for the book – about a rock band that made the big-time in the USA.Dereks' revenge

RABID REVENGE – and they came from Newingsworth UK – his town!

In the USA they made their name,

Top gee-tar-ists in the ‘Hall of Fame’

Wow, they’re celebs – from Derek’s town.

Trust TOOZLETHWAITE

He’ll track them down.

They’ve had their glory

Their time at the top

They’re older now,

They’ve had to stop.

Rabid Revenge – rockers, acting tough

But they’ve made their money,

They’ve had enough.

Will he let them settle? He will not!

There’s a book to be written!

And DEREK’S …hot!

Read about his escapades, if you dare, and become a ‘Derek’ fan…

Mac Blacks books

Derek Toozlethwaite’ series:

Please…Call me Derek. Derek travels from child to confused adult, from reporter for the local paper to any job available, doing everything he thinks he should, but doing it his way. Pursuing life and employment leads Derek to fling himself into the sort of sticky situations he won’t want to have to explain to his friends or his family. With determination, gritting his teeth, doing everything for the best, how could anything go wrong.

Derek’s in Trouble.  As funny as ever and as unlucky as always, Derek is going through another unexpected crisis in his life. A local reporter with the partner of his dreams, his life is all set to be perfect. So, how will he explain his foray out in his wife’s dress? Then, there’s the leggy lady intent on making a lasting impression …on top of that, there are everyone else’s problems to sort. Is his Gran, the secret Radio agony aunt, capable of helping anyone?

Derek’s Revenge. Derek has not had much success getting his first great novel started – in fact, the research it requires has nearly cost him his marriage and ruined several pairs of his wife’s tights. All he needs is a better topic, maybe he should be writing non-fiction, he is a journalist, after all… As is normal for Derek, things go pretty rapidly and hilariously downhill from there!

Derek’s Good Relations. Relations and Relationships – poor Derek has far too many of both – he has a book to write – a mother he has only just met – a wife about to give birth and a poodle who hates him. Life had been so different a year and a half ago. Back then it had been a life before ET and Mom and a heap of other people interfering with his good intentions.

Derek’s Secrets (out soon)

Available from:

Amazon.co.uk (paperback/kindle);

Amazon.com (paperback/kindle);

Waterstones (paperback)

Barnes and Noble (paperback);

Mac Black contacts:

Email: macblack.author

Facebook: facebook.com

Goodreads

Back in January, I reviewed the first book “Please Call Me Derek” http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-4nZ and Mac was also my guest author for the day. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-4oJ You can also read my review of “Derek’s in Trouble” here. http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-4Y1

Mac BlackHere are some randomly chosen links to blog from others taking up the challenge, please find a few moments to visit their sites too.

http://kmdlifeisgood.blogspot.co.uk/

http://rhymetime24.blogspot.ca/

http://multicoloreddiary.blogspot.co.uk/

http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.co.uk/

http://asoutherngypsy.com/#sthash.ql9BPF5C.dpbs

During the challenge we are asking visitors to leave comments on as many blogs as possible, all supportive comments are much appreciated, thank you.

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Guest Writer Dave Landry (Nov 12th)

Today my guest is Dave Landry, Dave contacted me a few weeks ago and asked to be considered as a guest on the blog, here’s how Dave introduced himself; “I’ve ghost written dozens of articles and am just venturing out as a freelancer. I would love this opportunity to gain exposure for my work. I specialize in finance and debt management but can cover a wide variety of issues.” Not the usual subject matter we have here on the blog, but after a few discussions we came up with a plan and Dave has written a piece for us. Let us know what you think.

Dave Landry

        Is Self-Publishing in the UK Difficult?

The internet has become a revolutionary resource for authors around the world; allowing them to bypass traditional publishing houses and self-publish their own material in the form of e-books or affordable book printing companies. This is a very liberating advantage to an author, giving them total control of their work and the empowerment to publish their own effort in a variety of forms, without having to adhere to strict guidelines from publishing houses.

However, the process can be difficult in the United Kingdom. Amazon is one of the key sites that authors use to self-publish e-books but it is becoming complicated and rife with policies that make it hard to publish, gain royalties, and gift books to friends and reviewers. Along with that, one of Amazon’s e-book competitors in the United Kingdom have recently ceased self-publishing activity.

Here are some of the basic problems in regards to self-publishing in the UK, along with some alternatives:

Advantages and Issues with Amazon

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Amazon is the largest site for independent authors self-publishing their work into ebook format through the Kindle. However, there are many problems with Amazon that make it difficult for an author to self-publish their work.

Producing an e-book on the site has many advantages including global distribution, 5-minute publishing times, a “70% royalty,” the option to make changes to your book at any time, and publishing to Kindle devices and free Kindle apps. These benefits make Amazon the lead network for self-publishing on the e-book format in the United Kingdom, a format where over 11% of the sales are from self-published authors.

There are a number of disadvantages though making it harder for authors to publish and to share their works. One of the major issues with independent authors publishing books for Amazon’s Kindle site is with the alleged “seventy percent royalty.” This applies solely for books with a cover price between £1.98 and £6.60 ($2.99 to $9.99). If the price of the book is above or below that amount, authors only receive 35% of the royalties. This rule is apparently made so authors can keep their price down but as The Telegraph pointed out this prevents authors from making a modest income. Another problem with royalties is that an author has to clear £10.00 of royalty sales before the site deposits them their profits (in Australia, Amazon doesn’t offer direct deposit and will only send checks after $100 of sales have been made). Royalties are only paid out after 60 days have passed since the calendar month the sales were made in. So after a £10 minimum is reached, the author must wait 60 days to receive the royalties. This applies to each site, making marketing internationally difficult for the authors.

On top of this is the issue with taxing. All royalties are taxed doubly: authors are taxed from their local tax offices based on any income from sales, on top of a 30% tax from Amazon (since Amazon is an American company, all authors are taxed through the IRS as a foreign entity). This decreases the income an author receives greatly.  The second Taxation in the US can be avoided by an arduous process involving calling the IRS to obtain an EIN, as author David Gaughran explains here.

Lastly there is disadvantage in regards to the “gifting” option. Gifting allows an author to share their work with reviewers or friends. However for Amazon.co.uk, you cannot simply “gift” the book to another user. There is no option for this. Instead, users can create a customized gift card with the name and cover photo of the book. While, this is a way around the gifting option it is not as convenient, especially since gift certificates from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk are not interchangeable.

The Self-Publishing Shutdown

Since there are so many disadvantages with Amazon, perhaps self-publishing an ebook from another site would be the best option. However, Amazon’s UK ebook competitors such as Kobo and their site WH Smith, have recently gone offline due to complaints on the content from some self-publishers as reported by The Guardian. With censorship becoming an issue in the United Kingdom in regards to e-books, burgeoning self-publishing platforms are now on hold while site managers are reviewing content.

Some Alternatives;               

Yet there are some alternatives for self-publishing in the UK, if Amazon’s policies and issues with WH Smith are not welcoming to independent authors. There is Smashwords, which is a global distributor of e-books. Through the site, an author can sell their works on a variety of other sites like Amazon or Barnes and Nobles with minimal legwork. Smashwords also offers easy to use codes to “gift” free books to readers but their taxing policies are the same as Amazon’s.

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Courtesy of Lulu.com

Another option is self-publishing physical copies of books through companies like Lulu. These sites offer discounted rates for bulk copies of a self-published work. At a minimal price and available in 15 different sizes and a variety of paper quality, Lulu seems to be an interesting alternative for the self-publisher, especially since it does offer the ability to publish e-books, or sell your physical copies on sites like Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

The ability to self-publish in itself is very liberating but it does seem that in order to have this opportunity, authors in the United Kingdom must abide by a variety of rules and regulations in order to get their work published without having to go through the tenuous task of finding a publishing house that would publish their work.

Thank you Dave,

Dave Landry is a financial adviser who frequently contributes to National Debt Relief to provide support to anyone going through bankruptcy or a financially difficult time. Dave is also an aspiring writer located in the US who has recently taken to researching self-publication and e-books in order to get his content out on the market faster and was appalled by some of the policies he found in the UK, hence the basis for this article. He wishes you luck in your publishing endeavours and hopes that this article helps you in some way!

Fall in Love With Reading 1-7th October

Seven authors and ten books for a $.99 sale from October 1-7th. (Prices may vary in the UK)

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Love Exactly by Cassandra Giovanni

Love ExactlyEmma Walker was a writer who’d lost herself to someone else’s anger–who had given up on ever feeling like herself again. Evan Levesque was a rock-god–the one all the woman wanted, but he’d  never gotten used to the loneliness between the stage and real life. With just one cup of coffee they’ll begin a journey of self-discovery  at each others sides, but can Emma handle Evan’s fame while dealing with her own demons? Emma’s checkered personal past, a bad relationship that haunts the edges of her memories, threatens to make everything implode  on them when Evan takes matters into his own hands. Sticks and  stones may break my bones, but your words…they’ll destroy my soul–Can Emma handle being put back together and facing who she’s become because of it?

Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble ~ Kobo

Casted by Sonya Loveday

CastedJade had spent the majority of her life running from the Triad. The Triad,  are a powerful group, who would stop at nothing to obtain Jade and the  missing spell book for leader, Lorenzo’s, nefarious plans. And now that  she has absorbed the highly coveted magic contained inside the missing  book, there is nowhere left for her to hide. With the help of her  friends, Jade steps out from the shadows and learns how to fight back.  But no one is prepared for Elinor-the woman bound inside of the book  that’s trapped in Jade’s mind. Now she not only needs to protect herself from the Triad, but from what’s hiding inside her mind as well. Jade never expected the answer to it all would revolve around love. Edge is dark, mysterious, and a sworn member of the Triad. He also  hides a secret past that threatens the thin line he walks between good  and evil. Lives are at stake when Jade and Edge’s two worlds collide.  Can Jade learn to trust him when he says he is her pre-ordained and vows to do everything he can to protect her? But more importantly, can she  trust herself and the woman in her mind?

Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble

 Waterfalls Down by Danielle Rohr

Water Falls DownWhat have they done to me here, to cause me to be unable to see beyond my cage?

Three teenagers committed and locked away in a mental institution act on  impulse, and manage to escape. Without a plan, money, ore even  identification Lynn, Chelsea, and Garret must find their way in a very  big, and very predatory world. After a great deal of travel and agony,  they find paradise in the form of Yosemite National Park. Battling the  elements of nature, as well as mental illness leaves these three broken, and defeated. Will they find the solution that can save them, or will  they fight against the current until they grow weak, and become just  another statistic?

Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble

Mere Enchantment by Alicia Rivoli

Mere EnchantmentA World Like No Other…

When a newly formed group of friends finds themselves fighting for survival, little did they know that was just the beginning.

When Chloe, Megan, Jason and Zach are forced to take cover in a nearby cave  from a violent storm they find their new friend Preston there as well.  Zach guides the group through the cave but as they go deeper strange  things begin to happen and they find themselves separated in a magical  kingdom surrounded by unusual people and wizards. Things get even more  dangerous as they travel the kingdom in search of the city of Mere and  each other.

As their journey unfolds, Preston discovers that the  bedtime stories he was told as a child are true and that his rightful  place in time must be realized. The kingdom itself has gone under attack as Jacan, a traitor to the crown, forces his armies through the magical borders.

Looking back Preston should have recognized that it was  all real. He should have seen the signs. But how could he have known?  After all, Jacan was just a villain in a story that took place in a far  off mystical land. How could he have imagined that the stories that his  father told him as a child were true?

How could any of them have  known that their destinies were already written, and that to discover  who they really are would take courage that they never realized they  had?

Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble ~ Smashwords

American Girl on Saturn By Nikki Godwin

American Girl on SaturnThe summer after graduation is supposed to be that first real taste of  freedom – but not for eighteen-year-old Chloe Branson. Just as that  breeze of freedom is making its way into her galaxy, her  secret-service-agent dad drops a meteor-sized bomb of bad news on her  and her sisters. An attempt has been made on the lives of Canadian  boyband, Spaceships Around Saturn, during their USA tour, and the guys  have to go into hiding ASAP. The only problem? In the midst of the  crisis and media frenzy, their dad volunteered to hide the guys…in  their house.

Six-year-old Emery is as ecstatic as any  self-proclaimed Saturnite would be, but Chloe and her seventeen-year-old sister Aralie watch their summer plans crash and burn like a falling  star. The SAS guys aren’t happy with the situation, either. Bad boy  Jules picks fights with Aralie about everything from his Twitter  followers to his laundry, and heart-throb Benji can’t escape Emery’s  fangirlisms for more than three minutes.

But after the super-cute  Milo kisses Chloe during a game of hide-and-seek, she finally  understands what Emery means when she talks about SAS being “out of this world.” If this is what Saturn feels like, Chloe doesn’t want to come  back to Earth.

Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble ~ Smashwords

First I Love You by Genevieve Dewey

First I Love YouOne part Godfather, two parts Emma and a dash of Casablanca mixed together, “First, I Love You” isn’t a detective novel, a gangster novel, a mystery, a romance or a family saga. It’s a little of all of the above.

Imagine being a detective with a mobster for a father, or a mobster with a  straight arrow, good cop for a son. This is a relationship that is  tricky on its best day. Add in some well-meaning meddling from a mob  princess sister, an arrogant DEA agent, and gangsters running a human  trafficking ring and you have a recipe for a book that refuses to follow the rules. Told from the perspective and point of view of each the six  main characters this is the first novel in a trilogy about love,  loyalty, revenge and redemption.

Omaha Detective Tommy Gates has  kept his gangster father at arm’s length his whole life. Mickey Downey  has spent the better part of the last two decades trying to find ways to get back the son he lost through Witness Protection. Now Tommy has  taken an opportunity to work on a Federal Human Trafficking Joint Task  Force in Chicago where his father lives. Tommy’s sister Kiki and his  mother Mary see this as an opportunity to build a relationship between  the two. Tommy’s new DEA partner James Hoffman sees it as an opportunity to gain leverage over Mickey Downey. Tommy’s other partner, FBI Agent  Ginny Sommers wants to keep Tommy’s family as far from the case as  possible. When Kiki and James join forces, sparks fly and it sets fire  to a maelstrom of unexpected consequences for everyone involved.

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A Construct of Angels by Andrew Toynbee

A Construct of AngelsAfter accidentally triggering the spontaneous resurrection of a dead student, an ordinarily routine day for York-based paramedic Sara Finn erupts  into a series of events that propel her on a terrifying journey,  promising to forever change her pragmatic opinions of life and death.

Still haunted by her domineering and abusive stepfather and driven by a  life-long search for her missing younger brother, Sara finds herself  caught in the crossfire between warring forces, powerful beyond human  comprehension, that threaten to plunge civilisation into hellish chaos  and eternal darkness.

This, the first in the ‘Angels of York’  series, follows Sara’s increasingly dangerous adventures during the six  days that lead up to the September Equinox, a time of increasing  darkness. As the population of York is plunged into panic, overwhelming  the emergency services, Sara finds her loyalties torn between her  newfound companion, now incarcerated within York’s largest mental  institution, and her sworn medical duties.

Should she lend any  credence to his insistence that his purpose on Earth is to prevent an  imminent catastrophe? Or that it is being orchestrated from within the  city itself?

As her nights are filled with terrifying dreams and  she is once again confronted by the memories of her abusive childhood,  Sara is forced to accept that only one avenue remains open to her – to  put her own life to one side in order to help prevent the rapidly  approaching doomsday.

Amazon ~ Amazon UK

Deer in the Headlights by Staci Hart

Deer in the Headlights

Sweary, Sexy 18+ Romance

How do the Greek gods kill time? Because they’re always bored. It’s an  unavoidable downside of being alive for thousands of years. So, they  play games. Games with human players. Remember Shakespeare? Yeah, that  was Apollo. Bonnie and Clyde? Aphrodite vs Ares.

It’s Aphrodite’s  turn once again in the rounds of competitions, and she’ll defend her  domain: Love. She hasn’t lost a competition on her turf in over three  millennia, and she’s not about to start now. Apollo is her first  competitor, and he’s on a mission to win. If he wins, he’ll get a token; a favor that Aphrodite must fulfill. And with that favor, he’ll finally get the one woman he’s never been able to have.

Aphrodite and  Apollo will choose their human players, and if Aphrodite can’t get them  together before the clock runs out, Apollo will get his way. And she  couldn’t have that.

Lex and Dean are perfect for each other. They just don’t know it yet.

Dean is a perpetual bachelor, and a man-whore. A brooding, gorgeous, rock  star man-whore. Lex always has a boyfriend, but she’s never let anyone  in enough to let herself go. Not really. Not ever. Aphrodite has her  work cut out for her, but if she can’t make it work, no one can.

But she has more at stake than just Lex and Dean. Apollo killed her mortal  love, and that beef has been dragging on for thousands of years. Ares,  the douchebag, is forever trying to start a fight, and get Aphrodite  into bed. And Persephone, her best friend, is the one person she can  confide in, laugh with, and always count on for a healthy helping of  bacon when she’s having a bad day.

Follow the gods as they fight, laugh, cry, lose love, and gain power. Making a mess with humans has never been so fun.

 Snake in the Grass by Staci Hart

Snake in the GrassIt’s Round Two of high stakes Love Connection on Olympus, and this time, everything has changed. For Aphrodite, at least.

Ares is on deck, and Aphrodite is nervous. As much as she loves to hook up  with him, she doesn’t trust him as far as she could throw him, which  isn’t very far. He’s a big dude. They haven’t been together in a very  long time, but she can’t resist him. She never could. Even when every  part of her screamed that he was a liar.

Ares has a plan to keep  Aphrodite, for good this time. He wants to win the game, but he’ll hold  back to get what he wants. He’s sitting on a chance that he’s been  waiting thousands of years for, and he’ll do what he has to do to  convince her to stay forever.

The only thing that could stop him  is the secret that he’s been keeping from her for eons. If she finds  out, it will destroy everything.

Kat and Dillon have been through a lot, and everything has been to protect their younger siblings. They  have sacrificed everything to make sure their brother and sister are  safe. The players are tough and loyal. Fierce and determined. But they  become each other’s weakness, even though they fight it, and even though it means danger for Kat and her sister.

If Aphrodite can get the  players over their egos and issues long enough to see that they’re meant for each other, the competition will be a piece of cake. One that  she’ll eat a la mode, right in front of Ares, if she beats him.

Amazon ~ Smashwords

 What the Heart Wants by Staci Hart

What the Heart WantsIt’s 1984, and Tanaka Katsu is paving his way in the Yakuza. His marriage to Yuki was a business deal, and one that he has paid for with his  happiness.

Aphrodite can’t stand that he’s so miserable, and Hera, the goddess of marriage and monogamy, has a strong hold on Yuki, who  will do whatever it takes to get what she believes is hers. Aphrodite  won’t sit by and watch Katsu’s life slip away with no chance at love, so when he takes a trip to Vegas, she’ll introduce him to his match.

Kim never thought she’d be in the situation like the one that’s coming her  way, but what the heart wants is a powerful thing, and one that’s  impossible to walk away from.

Amazon ~ Smashwords

“O” of the AtoZ Challenge

Letter “O” brings us a book by Karen Whitaker. We are now over half way through the challenge, I can’t believe how fast it’s going. PLEASE try to leave a comment below, they are greatly appreciated as part of the challenge. Lastly I hope you enjoy reading about  Karen’s book.

Here is my submission for the letter “O”.

The book title:
One Woman’s Choice

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/one-womans-choice-karen-whitaker/1005508769?ean=9781475952155

http://www.amazon.co.uk/One-Womans-Choice-Karen-Whitaker/dp/1475952155/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1364054507&sr=8-2#_

Here’s what Karen had to say about her book;

One Woman’s Choice is a true story of a young female and her journey into adulthood and eventually motherhood.  It digs deep within the emotions and issues that women face every day.  But mostly, it’s a story of faith and perseverance.  It’s about believing in yourself, your choices and your decisions.

Thank you so much for your interest and including me in your AtoZ 2013 challenge

One Woman's Choice

A little more about the book;

One Woman’s Choice depicts a heartfelt and emotional story about a young woman who faced difficult decisions: abortion, single parenting, and adoption. Lingering in sorrow and guilt can be destructive. Examining the past and re-analysing life and previous choices can help one to cope with emotional pain. Karen Whitaker delves deep within her past and shares her own story to help other women overcome fear and helplessness. Facing the realities of abortion and adoption can empower women and establish a voice of strength that heals the heart and restores faith. One Woman’s Choice is a story about faith and the undying will to persevere and survive, no matter the obstacle. This is not a debate over Pro-choice or Pro-life, but an inspiring example of how one woman overcame the odds.

Here are today’s 5 randomly chosen links to other AtoZ bloggers;

http://www.lifeandaview.blogspot.co.uk/

http://www.amberrisme.com/

http://thoughtsfromthepurplerockingchair.blogspot.ca/

http://butteredtoastrocks.blogspot.co.uk/

http://travellatte.net/

Book Bomb for Ben Wolverton on Wednesday 10th April

Help Someone in Need: A Book Bomb for Ben Wolverton

Ben Wolverton, age 16, was in a tragic long-boarding accident on Wednesday the 4th, 2013. He suffers from severe brain trauma, a cracked skull, broken pelvis and tail bone, burnt knees, bruised lungs, broken ear drums, road rash, pneumonia, and is currently in a coma. His family has no insurance.

Ben is the son of author David Farland, whose books have won multiple awards, and who is widely known as a mentor to many prominent authors, such as Brandon Sanderson, Stephenie Meyer, and Brandon Mull. Costs for Ben’s treatment are expected to rise above $1,000,0000. To help raise money for Ben, we are having a book bomb (focused on Nightingale and Million Dollar Outlines) on behalf of Ben.

You can learn more about Ben’s condition, or simply donate to the Wolverton family here: http://www.gofundme.com/BensRecovery

What is a Book Bomb?

For those that don’t know, a Book Bomb is an event where participants purchase a book on a specific day (Today)to support the author, or, in this case, a young person in serious need: Ben Wolverton.

 Product Details

David Farland’s young adult fantasy thriller Nightingale has won seven awards, including the Grand Prize at the Hollywood Book Festival—beating out ALL books in ALL categories. It has been praised by authors such as James Dashner (The Maze Runner), Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn), and Paul Genesse (Iron Dragon series), and has received four and a half starts on Amazon. You can read reviews here: http://www.amazon.com/Nightingale-ebook/dp/B006P7SEBY/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1365432857&sr=8-2

(Book Synopsis)

Some people sing at night to drive back the darkness. Others sing to summon it. . . .

Bron Jones was abandoned at birth. Thrown into foster care, he was rejected by one family after another, until he met Olivia, a gifted and devoted high-school teacher who recognized him for what he really was—what her people call a “nightingale.”

But Bron isn’t ready to learn the truth. There are secrets that have been hidden from mankind for hundreds of thousands of years, secrets that should remain hidden. Some things are

too dangerous to know. Bron’s secret may be the most dangerous of all.

Nightingale is available as a hardcover, ebook, audio book, and enhanced novel for the iPad.

You can purchase it on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Nightingale-ebook/dp/B006P7SEBY/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1365432857&sr=8-2

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/nightingale-david-farland/1107084747?ean=2940016100463

on the Nightingale website: http://www.nightingalenovel.com/

or, you can get the enhanced version, complete with illustrations, interviews, animations, and its own soundtrack through iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/nightingale/id560309064?mt=11

If you can’t spare any money, but would still like to help, you can do so by telling others about Ben’s donation page, and/or this Book Bomb. Share it on facebook, twitter, pinterest, your blog—anywhere you can. We have an event page set up on facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/453677124707603/

Thank you! Ben and his family greatly appreciate your support, and so do all who love and care about them.

If you are a writer, you may want to consider purchasing David Farland’s Million Dollar Outlines instead. Both books are part of the book bomb. Million Dollar Outlines has been a bestseller on Amazon for over a month and is only $6.99.Million Dollar Outlines

(book description:)

As a bestselling author David Farland has taught dozens of writers who have gone on to staggering literary success, including such #1 New York Times Bestsellers as Brandon Mull (Fablehaven), Brandon Sanderson (Wheel of Time), James Dashner (The Maze Runner) and Stephenie Meyer (Twilight).

In Million Dollar Outlines, Dave teaches how to analyze an audience and outline a novel so that it can appeal to a wide readership, giving it the potential to become a bestseller. The secrets found in his unconventional approach will help you understand why so many of his authors go on to prominence.

Get it on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Million-Dollar-Outlines-ebook/dp/B00B9JYJ6W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1365434120&sr=8-1&keywords=Million+Dollar+Outlines

Or on Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/million-dollar-outlines-david-farland/1114285069?ean=2940015965148
Read one of the 26 reviews here: http://www.amazon.com/Million-Dollar-Outlines-ebook/dp/B00B9JYJ6W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1365434120&sr=8-1&keywords=Million+Dollar+Outlines

Would you like to just donate money? You can do that here: http://www.gofundme.com/BensRecovery