Saturday, September 29, 2012

Winners

I forgot to share the winners from the past two contests. Sorry! Gayle Humpherys won Carnival Girl and Jenn Hoyt won Rock of Ivanore. Thanks to all who entered and especially to the authors for donating the books. If you haven't entered the giveaway for Castles on the Sand you should do it now. It's an amazing book and the author is willing to ship internationally, what a sweetheart, that can be spendy stuff! Click here to enter.
Friday, September 28, 2012

Ebook Prices

I've been reading different articles on the issue of why ebooks cost so much when there is no printing or distribution cost. The publishers argue that the printing cost is only 10 to 15 percent of a book's price and they are making the same margins with ebooks as they are with print books. Click here to read the full article in "The Telegraph".
The thing that confuses me about ebooks being $9.99 or more is somehow small publishers are putting them out there for $3.99 and under. It's interesting because the small publishers are obviously selling a lot less copies, but are somehow able to turn a profit on ebooks selling them for less than half of what the big guys are.
What are your thoughts? Do you think the price of ebooks is going to or should come down?
Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Reluctant Bachelorette

Unknowingly cast as the bachelorette for her town’s charity event, Taycee Emerson wants out. Especially when she discovers her old teenage crush, Luke Carney, is one of the bachelors and it's up to the viewers--not her--to decide which bachelors stay or go.

Coerced into participating, Taycee does what any self-preserving girl would do. She launches a subtle attack on Luke’s good name with the hope of getting him voted off the show. Unfortunately, Luke's an eye-for-an-eye kind of guy, and when he discovers what she's up to, it means revenge.

But when their pranks go south, will they screw up any chance they have at a future together, or will they be able to forgive and forget and prove that love really does conquer all?

 
 
My Review:
 
I bought The Reluctant Bachelorette last week because the reviews were so positive and I was not disappointed. This book was just good, clean fun. It was better than watching a fabulous romantic comedy movie like "17 Dresses " or "The Holiday" because it was not only romantic and fun it was also clean. Luke is so dreamy (I know, the word dates me but I can't think of a better way to describe him, dream boat?). Taycee is fun and feisty, but still a nice person. The interactions with Taycee's best friend and others in the town made the book even better. Loved, loved, loved The Reluctant Bachelorette. I can't wait to read Rachael Anderson's other books.
 
If you're like me and hadn't read Rachael's books before, today is the perfect time to try her out as The Reluctant Bachelorette is only $.99 on Amazon for the next couple of weeks. Rachael has also agreed to give away a copy of the book on this blog on October 15th.
 
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Also, you do not want to miss the blog tour for The Reluctant Bachelorette hosted by I Am a Reader, Not a Writer. It begins October 1st. Click here for more details.
 
Tour Giveaway - October 1st to 31st:Grand Prize
Print copy of The Reluctant Bachelorette (Ebook for International winner)
$15 Amazon Gift Card
Copy of the DVD Sneakers (US only)

Print copy of The Reluctant Bachelorette

3 Kindle Ebook Copy of The Reluctant Bachelorette
 
Monday, September 24, 2012

Book Giveaway - Castles on the Sand

Today is such a fabulous day. I get to giveaway a copy of Castles on the Sand. I hope you all love this book as much as I do. Click here for my review. Click here for more info about the book. I just noticed on Amazon the book is only $.99 right now.

I think E.M. Tippetts is just an amazing author and person so I had to ask her:
What is the most insane thing you've ever done?
 
I took two manuscripts I'd written for the LDS chick lit market (talk about niche), ignored all the publishing contacts I'd built up over a ten year career, and uploaded them onto Kindle. No publisher, no publicist, no in-house editor, only a cover designer. It was completely insane, but hey, it worked out well!

Enter the rafflecopter form below to win either an ebook or print copy of Castles on the Sand. The contest is open internationally.

Back Cover Blurb:

Madison Lukas knows her place in the world. She’s not pretty, not interesting, and therefore easy to forget. When it comes to romance, she has to take what ever is on offer. John Britton has been praying for fifteen years to find the sister he lost in his parents’ divorce. She is beautiful, talented, and makes kindness a fine art. Few, if any, guys are worthy to date her. When John and Madison cross paths, he recognizes her at once, but Madison is certain that he’s got it all wrong. Even if she is his long-lost sister, she can’t possibly be the exceptional, amazing girl he thinks she is, can she?

Excerpt:

I am on my way to work, after school, when I see them. Two men in suits and pea coats, their breath frosting in the chill air. I'm walking down the side of the street that abuts redwood forest, the tall trees reaching high into the mist. They're walking on the side of the street with houses, the little, four street subdivision that is home to all of us who aren't millionaires, but who live here in Pelican Bluffs. The homes are small and dilapidated. More than one has a car up on blocks in the front yard. Junked out appliances slouch against the back fence of the house directly across from me. The stucco is cracked and an ancient television antenna juts up from the roof, twisted and broken.
The MAV shoots past as I walk – that's what we call the gray minivan that arrives at the high school every morning full of Mormons, and leaves every afternoon with just Carson and Chelsey Montrose. (MAV stands for “Mormon Assault Vehicle”.) Carson and Chelsey wave at the two men in suits, and receive a jovial wave in reply. This confirms my suspicion. The two men are Mormon missionaries.
“Hey,” barks one of them.
I glance around, but find that no one else is on the sidewalk just now. More cars shoot past, and it looks like everyone else either drove or hitched a ride from the rapidly emptying high school campus.
The missionaries have stopped walking, though. One of them stares intently at me. He’s maybe five eleven and has dark blonde hair and skin that's bright red in the cold.
I pause and turn. We face each other across the dusty, gray, asphalt road. The other missionary, a brunette, says something to his friend, but I can’t hear a word from this far away. What is now clear to me, though, is that the “Hey” was meant for the blond, staring missionary, not me. His friend shakes him by the shoulder. It’s odd behavior, but I decide to ignore it and resume walking.
Only, the blond missionary keeps pace with me on the opposite side of the road. I speed up and so does he until the other missionary grabs him by the arm. There’s a brief scuffle, and then the blond missionary darts across the street, right in front of a sports car. An SUV gives an indignant honk.
I run.
“Hey!” shouts the brunette missionary.“Elder Britton. Stop! What are you doing?”
Good question, I agree. More honks make me glance over my shoulder, and I see that the brunette has run the blond down. He holds him back. No one’s chasing me anymore.



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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Castles on the Sand by E.M. Tippetts

Madison Lukas knows her place in the world. She’s not pretty, not interesting, and therefore easy to forget.

John Britton is serving his mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and has been praying for fifteen years to find the sister he lost in his parents’ divorce. She is beautiful, talented, and makes kindness a fine art.

When John and Madison cross paths, he recognizes her at once, but Madison is certain that he’s got it all wrong. Even if she is his long-lost sister, she can’t possibly be the exceptional, amazing girl he thinks she is, can she?

My Review:

I fell in love with E.M. Tippetts writing when I downloaded Someone Else's Fairytale to my Kindle without knowing anything about the author. I enjoyed Castles on the Sand just as much. I think the beauty of these books is the characters are so real. They're flawed and wounded and someone you really, truly care about. The family relationship in Castles was heartbreaking to me and I was so grateful for the tactful manner the author dealt with mental illness and its effect on a family.
Madison's family life is very sad as her mother neglects her horribly. It was interesting that when her brother kept telling her how much he loved her and how beautiful she was, she struggled to acknowledge or return the feelings because she'd never felt that unconditional love. I cried when John told her about the day their mother took Madison from her dad and brothers, I could just imagine my baby giving his older brother his teddy bear to make him feel better. The story is a beautiful example of forgiveness and gives me hope that my children will love me even if I give them lots of material for their memoirs.
I would recommend Castles on the Sand to young adult on up. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Check back for a giveaway of this amazing book Monday, September 24th. The author is offering a print or ebook copy internationally.

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Book Giveaway - Carnival Girl

Carnival Girl
Searching for God in the Aftermath of War
Fourteen-year-old Sonja has always known there is a God who loves her. But when you spend your life on the road with the carnival, traveling the country in a tiny caravan home, it’s hard to imagine a normal, churchgoing life.
Everything changes when Sonja meets two Mormon missionaries. Even though her parents don’t approve, her brothers and sisters taunt her, and her whole life is on the move, Sonja can’t help how she feels. Now she’ll have to choose between the carnival and her convictions, between her family and her faith.
Based on Sonja Herbert’s real childhood in postwar Germany, this incredible, true story is beautifully written and full of heart—A powerful reminder for readers everywhere how much God loves each one of us and how his strength can make dreams come true.
And here is the one page excerpt. It’s the second page of the book, telling about how my mother saved my older sister’s life when she was born prematurely:
My half-Jewish mother, a woman of much sorrow, despised and hated by her own government, presented the world with new life at a time when the Nazis were feeding her people by the millions to the furnaces.
During her first two pregnancies, Hitler was still in power, and Mutti didn’t dare see a doctor for fear of being recognized as Jewish. My oldest sister was born in a circus caravan, far too early, and lived only a few hours.
Mutti became pregnant again early in 1945. She felt that if there were a God, maybe He finally would have mercy on her. This time, surely things would turn out all right.
In June the war ended, and Germany became safe for people of Jewish descent. Mutti and Vati, as we called our father, were finally able to be married by a representative of the hastily thrown together new German government. Just a few weeks later, Mutti gave birth to her second baby, this time in a hospital.
Carmen, too, was premature. Her breathing was labored and painful, and she hardly moved. The skin on her bottom was so thin, Mutti saw the blood vessels through it.
The doctor’s eyes were red with exhaustion and discouragement when he handed the new baby to Mutti. “I’m so sorry, Frau Francesco. There is nothing I can do. The incubators are destroyed, and we just don’t have the resources to keep your little girl alive.”
Mutti looked up, her face wet with tears. “Please, Herr Doktor, what can I do?”
“Take her home. Try to feed her. If God wills, maybe she’ll survive.” He smiled a tired, sad smile. “Your love can do more for her than what we can do here.”
Mutti took the barely breathing baby home to their rickety, old circus caravan.
Amid putting up and taking down the circus, selling tickets, and trying to entertain the war-shocked populace, Vati and Mutti took turns feeding Carmen. She needed food every two hours, day and night. For many months, it didn’t look like she would survive. Mutti pumped the milk, and they fed her first by eyedropper, and when she finally was able to suck, with a bottle.
Author's Blog's:
http://www.germancarnivalgirl.com/,
http://germanwriter.com/pb/wp_0949bfaf/wp_0949bfaf.html,
http://germanwriter.blogspot.com/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Carnival-Girl/125364304246712
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13422998-carnival-girl
http://www.amazon.com/Carnival-Girl-Searching-God-Aftermath/dp/159955996X
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/carnival-girl-sonja-herbert/1110792101

What makes you laugh? The hardest I’ve ever laughed is when watching Arsenic and Old Lace, a 50’s movie. Most American humor goes over my head.
 
Tell us about the best day of your life. Probably when my son Daniel was born. I lay on the sofa, watching an old horror movie and ignoring the pains. By the time I really noticed them, we barely made it to the hospital. Daniel was born quickly and easily, and his dad brought me a dozen roses before I fell asleep. A perfect day with two great presents!
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Friday, September 14, 2012

Admitting the Truth

Writer's Group was amazing last night, I learned a lot and found renewed enthusiasm to improve my novel. But I finally admitted to my dear friend, Amber Argyle, that I am an imposter. I pretend to know what other writers are talking about when they throw around terms like beta reader, purple prose, WIP, antagonist, onomatopoeia, and anaphora. Okay, so I do now what most of those mean but come on, anaphora? (Several consecutive sentences all starting with the same words.)

Maybe I didn't listen very well in English class. Sometimes I feel like the squib of my writing group (the only one who can't perform magic). They're all talented and hard-working. I really appreciate them letting me be a part of the group but there's a little voice in my head that says, "Soon they're going to figure out you are an imposter, kick you out of the Facebook loop, and uninvite you to meetings." The upside is I learn a tremendous amount from these patient writers and maybe someday when I'm at a writer's conference and somebody starts taking about assonance I won't think they're cussing my backside.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Book Giveaways and J.K. Rowling news

Today is the last day to win Dead Running in the Reading Clean Giveaway hop. Click here to enter. Don't forget to enter to win The Rock of Ivanore here.
Jennifer Wilson won Witch Born by Amber Argyle. Congrats Jennifer and thanks to Amber for donating the book!

Have any of you heard that J.K. Rowling is working on something new? I saw it on her Twitter the other day, she said something like, very different from Harry but has been just as much fun to write. I am so excited about this news! I know she's a multi-billionaire but it just killed me that she would quit writing. Here's my question to all of you. If you were completely and totally successful (Harry Potter or Twilight kind of successful), would you give up writing (or whatever talent you're pursuing) or maybe just write for yourself? I like to think I would keep writing just for the joy of writing, but who knows!

Hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday!
Monday, September 10, 2012

Book Giveaway - The Rock of Ivanore

 
The annual Great Quest is about to be announced in Quendel, a task that will determine the future of Marcus and the other boys from the village who are coming of age. The wizard Zyll commands them to find the Rock of Ivanore, but he doesn’t tell them what the Rock is exactly or where it can be found. Marcus must reach deep within himself to develop new powers of magic and find the strength to survive the wild lands and fierce enemies he encounters as he searches for the illusive Rock. If he succeeds, he will live a life of honor; if he fails, he will live a life of menial labor in shame. With more twists and turns than a labyrinth, and a story in which nothing is at it seems, this tale of deception and discovery keeps readers in suspense until the end.


I love learning a bit about the author so Laurisa agreed to answer some questions.

Cami: What is the most insane thing you've ever done? 
Laurisa: I don't usually do insane things. I'm pretty stable. lol! But a couple years ago my husband took my younger kids on a trip to Tennessee to visit family. It was the first time in almost two decades I had a whole week without my hubby. I was so excited I packed my baby and teenagers in the car and drove eight hours to Mesa, Arizona to visit a friend I hadn't seen in nearly 30 years. My husband thought it was crazy, but I loved doing something so spontaneous.

Cami: What makes you laugh? 

Laurisa: My kids. My son, Marc, is a natural comedian and sometimes he just cracks me up. He reminds me of Jim Carrey.

Cami: Tell us about the best day of your life.

Laurisa: Other than when my kids were born? Probably the day I signed the publishing contract for The Rock of Ivanore. That was a dream come true.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Reading Clean Giveaway Hop


It's so fun to be a part of these giveaway hops with I Am a Reader, Not a Writer. I'm giving away an autographed copy of Dead Running. Use Rafflecopter to enter and don't forget to check out all the blogs participating with fabuous clean reads below. Thanks for stopping by!




Cassidy Christensen is running.
Running from the mercenaries who killed her parents.
Running from a scheming redhead intent on making her life miserable.
Running from painful memories that sabotage her dreams of happiness.
With two very tempting men competing for her attention, she hopes she'll finally have someone to run to, but can she trust either of them? When secrets from her past threaten her family, Cassidy decides to stop running and fight for her future.


Dead Running is available on Kindle during the giveaway hop for only $.99. Click here to read an excerpt or buy.



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The Rock of Ivanore

 
The annual Great Quest is about to be announced in Quendel, a task that will determine the future of Marcus and the other boys from the village who are coming of age. The wizard Zyll commands them to find the Rock of Ivanore, but he doesn’t tell them what the Rock is exactly or where it can be found. Marcus must reach deep within himself to develop new powers of magic and find the strength to survive the wild lands and fierce enemies he encounters as he searches for the illusive Rock. If he succeeds, he will live a life of honor; if he fails, he will live a life of menial labor in shame. With more twists and turns than a labyrinth, and a story in which nothing is at it seems, this tale of deception and discovery keeps readers in suspense until the end.


My Review:

I started reading The Rock of Ivanore and realized immediately that my sons would love the book. I handed it off to my 13yo, Denver, yesterday about 4 p.m. He started reading, only taking a break to go to football practice and help fold laundry. He got in a bit of trouble sneaking the book out during laundry folding, and when Dad got home and realized the lawn hadn't been mowed because Denver had been too immersed in a book.
He finished the book about 9:30 p.m. and told me it was a really, really good book. He loved how intense and different it was. His two questions: When is the sequel coming out? Has the author written anything else? This is high praise from a 13yo boy! Denver and I both recommend The Rock of Ivanore and can't wait for the sequel.

Look for a giveaway of The Rock of Ivanore on Monday, September 10th.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Win Dead Running on Literary Time Out

Literary Time Out gave a wonderful review of Dead Running and is doing a giveaway of print or ebook. It's easy to enter, just comment on her blog. Click here.

Also, Joan Sowards won Daughters of Jared by H.B. Moore. Thanks Heather for donating the book and congrats to Joan! Don't forget to enter to win Witch Born by Amber Argyle. Click here.
Monday, September 3, 2012

Book Giveaway - Witch Born by Amber Argyle

Brusenna thought it was finished.

She defeated the Dark Witch, saving the Haven Witches from imprisonment and death. She found love and a place to belong.

She was wrong.

Haven is not the sanctuary it appears to be. Even love is in danger of slipping away like water through cupped hands.

Some things can't be saved.

A new threat merges with the old as the Witches’ dark history begins to catch up with them. Only Brusenna knows the extent of the danger and how to stop it, though doing so might cost her everything.

Including her life.

Will Brusenna be required to make the ultimate sacrifice? 
 

Cami: Share with us the happiest day of your life.
Amber: The happiest day of my life recently, when my husband surprised me with a tickets to Hawaii for our 12th anniversary. I've ALWAYS wanted to go to Hawaii. And we're going swimming with dolphins, which has been on my bucket list since before I knew what a bucket list was. Also, flying over the volcanoes. We'll be flying out in November. I'm soooo excited!

Cami: Wow. I'd better get bugging my husband to step it up on the anniveraries. That is amazing!

I'm so excited for this sequel to Witch Song. I loved that book and am hoping Brusenna stays with Joshen.
Amber has graciously agreed to give away a Smashwords copy of Witch Born. Smashwords is great because you can download any format from it. To enter use the Rafflecopter form below. Thanks!

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