Sunday, 31 March 2013

A Really Cool Idea...

So I have just signed up for an interesting month long class. I'm passing it on to all of you, so maybe you could take advantage of the class. It starts on April 1 and runs for a month. 

This class is for MOMMIES!!! 

But anyone who is an adult can actually take this class. What this class is, is a journaling class. I am going to be making A Book About ME! What a cool idea. Between home educating my son, writing my books, and reading for reviews I believe I've lost ME. So this class is going to help me find that person. Hidden behind the 21 years of being a mother, hidden behind the wife, hidden behind the avid reader, who am I? So if you're looking to find yourself as well how about signing up for the class along with me! We can have a ton of fun! Just click on the link if you want more information. 

I hope to see you there!
You can follow this link and take the class along with me!

Saturday, 30 March 2013

Reaper's Novice Cover Reveal!


Title: Reaper's Novice (Soul Collector #1)
Author: Cecilia Roberts         
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Blitz Host: Lady Amber's Tours

17- year- old Ana Maria Tei’s life has always been perfect: loving parents, good grades, and a future so bright it outshone the sun. But now words like “separation” and “divorce” are sending her world plummeting to hell. Determined to keep her family intact, Ana plans a family-bonding trip from Vienna to Tuscany. Except fate has other plans. Ana’s parents and siblings are killed in a car accident on their way to pick Ana up from school.

Enter Grim, aka Ernest. He promises to relinquish the four souls if Ana agrees to trade her soul for theirs and serve a lifetime as his novice. In order for Ana to graduate from her Reaper’s Novice station to a Soul Collector graduate, Grim puts her to test. To her horror, she finds out becoming a Reaper’s Novice didn’t happen by chance. It was preordained, and she is forced to make a choice: save her family’s souls or come to terms with who she really is and complete the task set for her.

Zig and I settle ourselves opposite Grim. Doors burst open as servers roll out carts full of food. A man—I think—scuttles past me, hind legs trying to catch up with the front as he places plates, which look like they are made of gold, in front of the guests. A ghost sails above, humming and dropping what looks like rolls on plates with impressive accuracy. Across the table, a man with hypnotic dark eyes and mussed up hair winks at me. How does he look behind that Charm? Does he have big teeth? Bulging eyes? For a moment, Rikar’s image flashes through my mind. I shudder.
I nudge Zig with my elbow. “Who are all these—” Not certain what to call them, I gesture with a sweep of my hand. “Are they from the Afterworld?” Before I wrench my eyes from the veiled faces to Zig, I catch the man from across the table staring at me with glowing eyes. He smiles—or what I think is a smile. For a second, his Charm slips and I catch a glimpse of an old tree trunk with vines and grass, which look like tentacles covering his face. The Charm falls back into place like a curtain, barring my eyes from that hideous face.
“The Forest Lord,” Zig says.
I turn to Zig. “The what?”
“Leshy, the protector of forests.” He leans closer to me. “Rumour has it he loves to haul pretty women to his lair.” He wiggles his eyebrows.
I clutch the table. “Really?”
Zig nods, his face serious. “And I hear he is really good to the women. In fact,” he says as he starts to rise to his feet, “I was thinking of getting some tips from him.”
Zig’s mouth widens into a grin. He slumps back on his seat laughing. “Gods, you should have seen your face. Priceless.”
I exhale, trying to slow my racing heart. “Gosh, Zig, you’re a horrible person.”
“No, I’m not.” He wipes tears from his eyes. “Besides, you love my wicked humour, lovely.”
Unable to resist, I chuckle. I am sort of getting used to his humour.
His laughter fades. “You have to be careful, though. Most of the creatures here might be friendly inside the castle, but outside the gates, you are fair game. Grim enjoys playing host and invites anyone who can listen, and they flock in droves. Who can refuse a good, free dinner, right? One other thing, lovely.” His gaze is so intense fear buries itself in every crevice of my body. “Never ever get anywhere close to the partition we saw outside. It separates the two Realms. Shadow and Light.”
I swallow, unable to breathe.
“I’ve seen that wall suck people in, and believe me…” He blows out a breath. “…it’s not fun.”
Oh, I’m not in a hurry to go exploring anytime soon.
Something nudges my right arm. I turn and a well-toned hand places soup in front of me. As he withdraws his hand, it brushes along my exposed skin and I shiver. I look up and wish I hadn’t.
Black eyes, framed by equally dark lashes on a golden-skin face. And his lips. Sweet baby Jesus! Full lips curl into a smile, promising unimaginable things I’ve only read in those hot romances I usually “borrow” from Mom.
“Cut it out, Levi,” Zig growls. Levi’s eyes lazily drift over to Zig, then back at me. He bows and leaves without a word.
I breathe out, brushing a hand over my face. Are there more Levis hanging around? Because this place could easily resemble Sodom and Gomorrah. “Who is he?” My voice sounds breathless, and my body’s still trying to bottle some wild emotions raging through me.
“The resident chef and a Selkie to boot. Their powers of seduction are legendary.” He places a hand on mine. “Are you all right?”
“As long as he doesn’t come near me again,” I mutter. “A Selkie?”
Before Zig can answer, the cacophony in the hall shrinks. Then snatches of conversation fade to coughs and throat clearing. I look around. Every head is turned to Grim, who leans forwards, his elbows on the table, with fingers steepled. His eyes sweep the hall. Silence shrouds the dining hall.
“Thank you for attending my Novice’s Unveiling. I hope you will extend your respect to her, as you do me. And Zig.” Everyone seems to be holding their breath. Was it like this with Zig as well, when he was introduced to this world?
Not sure what I’m supposed to do exactly, I wave and nod, trying to maintain eye contact with the sea of eyes.
Grim tilts his body to face a woman on his right. I’ve been so distracted I didn’t notice the women bracketing him. “Ana, meet Verdandi, Skuld, and Wyrd.” From the way Grim emphasizes their names, and of course the fact that they’re sitting on his immediate right and left, they are worth taking note of.
Zig shifts in his chair, leans towards me, and whispers, “Fates. Very unpredictable and not to be trifled with. Nod. More details later. Chin up.”
I nod, my mind reeling. Fates? The ones Grim mentioned during my family’s accident? Zaynab also mentioned them.
I wipe my hands on my dress and lick my dry lips. “It is a pleasure to meet you…” I freeze, unable to remember their names. They watch me with sky-blue eyes. Their blond hair cascades behind their backs. One has what seems to be a perpetual smile on her lips, another a pout, and the other a sneer.
Talk about different expressions sitting at the same table. It’s scary. Zig squeezes my hand in encouragement. I lift my chin, returning their scrutiny.
Right after the Fates is a man Grim introduces as Sinteler, and before my mind can process the intensity of the eyes studying me and where I heard his name before today, I’m introduced to the next guest. My heart leaps, excited and anxious, as he announces the Soul Collectors—Erik, Andrei, Sam, and another handful of names my mind fails to remember. Before I can catch which part of the world they are stationed, Grim has already moved to the next bunch of guests.
I’m overwhelmed. I wish he would slow down.
I give up any hope of catching names and follow him with my eyes, not wanting to appear rude. Does he mean to introduce every single one of his guests? Seriously? I glance at the rows of tables and back at him, smiling as he does the introductions.
I glimpse a flash of teeth. Shark Teeth, and beside him Rikar. Why am I not surprised?
I pick up the glass of some fruity smelling liquid, bring it to my parched lips, then halt. My eyes widen at the next guest.
Isn’t that Accordion Guy? He waves gaily as if I’m a long lost friend.
Two seats down, my breath stops altogether. The glass slips from my fingers.

Cecilia Robert lives in Vienna with her two children, has an incurable obsession with books, anything romantic, TV and medieval architecture. When not working in her full time job, catching up with her two children, writing or reading, she can be found, knitting or crocheting, taking photos of old buildings.

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Broken Gates Cover Reveal!

Today I have something special. I have a lovely Cover to show you. But first let me tell you a little bit about the trilogy.                        
Book 1-Hidden Gates
For P.J. Stone, being a “Seer” who has never seen anything is less than fun. And P.J. isn’t known for her patience.

To make matters worse, she must choose a suitable mate to continue the Seer bloodline. Duty always comes before her heart…at least that’s what her parents taught her. When she finds herself wanting someone who is considered off-limits, P.J. is forced to question everything she believes.

As if navigating her love life isn’t complicated enough, P.J. finally receives a vision—of a threat to her world that only she can perceive. But no one will believe a fledgling Seer’s warnings. With nowhere else to turn, she may decide to trust a stranger with her life, her world, and maybe even her heart.

Fire and Ash Blast!

Fire and Ash by Anne Patrick

Fire and Ash is the story of female fire investigator Sadie McGregor.  When she was a child, Sadie lost her family in a horrific fire that still haunts her.  She's now been called in to investigate a fatality fire in her hometown of Emerald Point, Missouri. What Sadie and the handsome new police chief discover will not only affect those close to them, but will rock the entire community.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Re-Release Event of Mystic Series Books!

Today I have an extra special re-release with all new covers of B.C. Burgess's Mystic Series. I have to say I HIGHLY recommend these books! So make sure you pick them up soon! And the new covers are absolutely stunning! I've included an Excerpt from the first book in the series to give you a taste of B.C. Burgess's writing style. And I've made it very easy for you, just click the link in the format you prefer and go buy your very own copy of this absolutely splendid series! I have given it a resounding 5 stars across the board. So grab it while you can! This book is for the Mommies! It is considered a New Adult Book and I can say that it is an 18 and older series.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

A Life Lesson in the strangest of places.

This is a tad bit different for me. But I saw this video and I thought that it is exactly the sort of message I want my followers to see.  How many of us are living our lives doing things we hate, to make money to buy things we don't need or really want? How many of us have time to stop and look at the beauty in the world around us? How many of us are teaching our children to lead miserable lives, just like our own, going to work from 6-5 in a job we hate, owing more money than we can ever hope to repay, buying things we don't need and will probably rarely use, and for what? How many of us take the time to enjoy the simple things in life, or for that matter even play with our children?

For those who do not know, my son has Asperger's and other Developmental delays. For the last 8 months I have been fighting an educational losing battle with him or so I thought. And two years prior to that while I fought with schools.  But while I have been struggling hard to teach him how to be a success later in life, it took this one video to teach me a very important lesson.

He is HAPPY, just as he is. 

Why am I struggling so hard to change him into a student who reads, writes, and does mathematics, when he is such a happy and loveable little boy just the way he is? Why am I struggling to teach him and not pay attention to what he is teaching me? Yes education is important if you want to have a job that makes a lot of money and own lots of fancy things. But in truth is money really all that important? My husband would say yes. I've always thought no. But the truth is we DO need money to survive. But do we need to give up everything we love to earn it?

I do what I like. I read, and review books, I do my arts and crafts, I do my jewelry making and have opened my own Etsy shop to try to make a little side income to help the family out so my husband doesn't have to work so hard. I'm writing my own books and will be published soon. So why is it that I allow myself to do as I please, but I can't allow my son to do the same thing?

Is it simply because I am an adult and I've seen more and understand how hard life is? Do I fear the future world he is growing up to live in? Do I fear how other's treat him? The answer to all those is simply a big resounding yes. But after watching this video, I decided that I would lesson up a bit on the lessons for his future and to a degree allow him to lead me down the path he wishes to go. That does NOT mean I am going to let him get away with no school work. What that does mean is that I will set up the lessons for the entire week based on his current interests, and he can choose what he does per day. Some days he feels like maths other days he doesn't. At the end of the week, I'm sure with a little nudge here or a nudge there he will have the work done. After all for a child who couldn't read or write or do basic maths in 2 years he has grown by leaps and bounds and in the last 8 months has grown in English more than I could have dreamed. He even has his own blog now. Where he reads and reviews indie authors or just writes a little story about what's been happening in his world. So that says something doesn't it? He is learning by following my lead and learning a love for the written word. What more can a mother ask?

So take a moment, watch the video and see if it changes YOUR perspective of life and how it should be lived.

Monday, 25 March 2013

Wildflowers Review

Wildflowers 99 Cent Tour

Okay this is officially the saddest book I've read in a long time. A story filled with abusive parents, bullying townsfolk, misunderstood teenagers. Adults who don't care about what's happening to a young boy and his sister, and the horror of what rich people get away and the abuses they foster upon those who cannot afford anything better.

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Kick-Butt Characters Blog Hop

I think its time for another 
Blog Hop! 

But this time I am going to have to do 

Butt Kicking Characters!!!!  

Friday, 22 March 2013

Paint Me Beautiful Cover Reveal!

Title: Paint Me Beautiful
Author: CM Stunich
Genre: Adult Contemporary
Tour Organizer: B3 Tours

“I'm dying to be beautiful.”
My story isn't unique. You've heard it before. I'm just a girl who doesn't eat as much as she should. See, I have goals, big ones, and nobody is going to stop me, not even a boy named Emmett. He has good intentions and he's hot as hell, but he doesn't understand what it's like to want something so bad that you'll do anything for it. I'm going to become a model, even if it kills me. Dream big or go home, that's what they always say, right?

Book Links:

C.M. Stunich was raised under a cover of fog in the area known simply as Eureka, CA. A mysterious place, this strange, arboreal land nursed Caitlin's (yes, that's her name!) desire to write strange fiction novels about wicked monsters, magical trains, and Nemean Lions (Google it!). She currently enjoys drag queens, having too many cats, and tribal bellydance.
Always a fan of the indie scene and 'sticking it to the man,' Ms. Stunich decided to take the road less traveled and forgo the traditional publishing route. You can be assured though that she received several rejections as to ensure her proper place in the world of writers before taking up a friend's offer to start a publishing company. Sarian Royal was born, and Ms. Stunich's books slowly transformed from mere baking chocolate to full blown tortes with hand sculpted fondant flowers.
C.M. is a writer obsessed with delivering the very best and scours her mind on a regular basis to select the most unusual stories for the outside world.


Thursday, 21 March 2013

Betwixt Promo

Only $1.99 until March 31st.

"Gripping and evocative. A dark tale that strikes close to your heart, rekindling hope and faith." 
T. G. Ayer - Author of The Valkyrie Novels.

For every copy of Betwixt sold, a portion will be donated to a charity organisation - Love146.

These guys are working to prevent child exploitation and trafficking. They also help with rehabilitation and gifting the freed children a chance at a life filled with hope and promise.

Betwixt is a story about being rescued and redeemed. Love146 does an amazing job at restoring those who have been broken.
Beautiful, wild-chid Nicole Tepper is hit by a car and left for dead. But when she wakes the next morning, Nicole finds herself in bed without a scratch. Perhaps she was more intoxicated than usual, as her mother is giving her the silent treatment and her friends are ignoring her as well. 

Things take a turn for the weird when Nicole soon discovers she is actually hovering between life and death. Her body is lying in the forest while her spirit is searching for anyone who can hear her. Unfortunately the only person who can is Dale Finnigan, the guy she publicly humiliated with a sharp-tongued insult that has left him branded.

Desperate, Nicole has no choice but to haunt Dale and convince the freaked-out senior to help her. Will he find her body before it's too late? Or will the guy who tried to kill her with his car, beat him there and finish her off before anyone finds out?

Check out Amazon stores to purchase a copy.

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Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Spring Cleaning Blog Hop

Today I have a little something special... 

I absolutely must get some spring/fall cleaning done! As you can see from the image I am literally buried in book! 

So here I go! No, I'm keeping that one, no that one too...

Oh heavens what is a woman to do?

As I struggled to choose just the right book or books to giveaway I decided that I would stick with the theme and give away a children's book. But then I couldn't just choose one. So instead one lucky winner will get 5 mint condition books! All 5 books in the DEADLY series by Paul Jennings!

So my loss is YOUR gain!

All are kid friendly and come highly recommended from my 9 year old son!