Monday, October 29, 2012

Book Giveaway - Deadly Chase by Wendy Davy




Seattle, Washington
Stark terror brought Sierra Malone fully awake as a heavy body pressed her deep into the mattress. Darkness cloaked the room, but she didn’t need vision to know who had invaded the privacy of her home. His sickening, familiar scent washed over her, confirming Kevin Eason’s reign of terror continued.

His sweaty palm clamped over her mouth and powerful fingers closed around her throat, constricting her airway. She clawed his skin and thrashed her legs. Sheets tore from the bed, wrapping her in a shroud of tangled cotton. His bruising strength outmatched hers, dooming her attempts at freedom. Pinpricks of light danced before her eyes. Just when she feared she’d pass out, Kevin removed his hand from her mouth and eased the ironclad hold on her throat. Sierra filled famished lungs to capacity and opened her mouth to scream, but managed only a strangled sound.

He shifted and switched on the lamp. As light flooded the room, Kevin’s face—contorted with fury—came into focus. Revulsion turned her stomach. How could she ever have thought him charming and handsome? Blood beaded along his jaw where her
fingernails had penetrated, and a heavy drop fell onto Sierra’s bare shoulder.

"If you kill me, they’ll put you in prison for the rest of your life." She forced the words through her raw throat.
"They didn’t catch me before. They won’t this time."

"What do you mean?" Sierra rasped the question as panic squeezed her chest.

"You’re about to find out." Heated breath, tinged with peppermint, scorched her skin. "Did you really think I would let you walk away from me? Did you think a flimsy piece of paper could protect you?"

"I have a right to live my own life."

Molasses-colored eyes, which once regarded her with adoration, now projected contempt. "I thought I made myself clear, bien-aimée. You have no life apart from me."






Deadly Chase is every bit as intense as this excerpt. I hope you all love it as much as I did. Romance, suspense, inspiration, heart-breaking backstory - what's not to love? Click here for my review.
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Friday, October 26, 2012

Dying to Run

We finally have a cover for Dying to Run, the sequel to Dead Running; the blog tour is being organized by I Am a Reader Not a Writer; and I'm almost through with the edits. Yeah! The book should be available soon. I'll let you know. Until then, here's the back cover blurb and a short excerpt.

Cassidy Christensen wants to run.
Captured by the traffickers who killed her mother, her only hope is Dr. Tattoo, a man she loves but nobody trusts. When she finally gets a chance to run, someone else she cares about is taken. Running might be her only chance at survival, but she won’t allow another family member to be killed in her place. 

 
Excerpt
A gunshot echoed through my peaceful neighborhood. Not again. Two weeks without someone trying to kill me was apparently too long.
I dropped to my hands and knees before realizing the light was still on. My trembling hand slid up the smooth wall to the switch, my tanned arm contrasting with the white paint. If the shooter looked up he could make me an amputee before hunting me down. Shaky fingers closed around the switch and the room plunged into soothing darkness.
I crawled towards the window. It was October, but the day had been so warm I still had my window open to cool off my second-story room. My ears strained for any abnormal human activity outside, but the chilly air revealed nothing. I peered down into the darkness, our feeble porch light losing the battle against the night.
The shooter didn’t make me wait long for his dramatic appearance. He lumbered towards the front door, steadying himself against the railing. The porch light cast his mammoth shadow against the ground.  
Yikes! There was a giant on my front porch who had either just been shot at or just shot someone else. My fingers dampened the windowsill with sweat. Nana was downstairs snoring without a worry. Could I get to her in time?
The man pulled a key from his pocket, turned it in the lock, and eased through the door. What the crap? Who was this beastly dude and how did he have the key to our house?
I dialed 9-1-1 on my cell phone and searched the floor for some kind of weapon. My hand closed around a twenty-pound dumbbell. Seriously. I was bringing a dumbbell to a gunfight.
 
Thursday, October 25, 2012

$100 Amazon Book Blast - The Waiting Booth


The Waiting Booth by Brinda Berry

A missing boy, government agents, an interdimensional portal... Mia has one goal for her senior year at Whispering Woods High-find her missing older brother. But when her science project reveals a portal into another dimension, she learns that travelers are moving in and out of her woods in the most alarming way and government agents Regulus and Arizona are policing their immigration. Mia's drawn to the mysterious, aloof Regulus, but it's no time for a crush. She needs to find out what they know about her brother, while the agents fight to save the world from viral contamination. But when Regulus reveals that he knows Mia's secrets, she begins to wonder if there's more going on than she thought...and if she was wrong to trust him...
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Praise for The Waiting Booth:
"The book kept me on the edge of my seat with its perfect balance of teenaged angst, interdimensional portals, and a fractured family."
~ Author Christine Ashworth

"The description was so good I could easily see things as they happened...like a movie playing in my mind as I read. I just love Regulus. He's my kind of hero for sure."
~ Author Lynn Rush

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Winner - The Reluctant Bachelorette

Jen Gavey won The Reluctant Bachelorette by Rachael Anderson. Thanks to all who entered and to Rachael for donating the book.
You can get a Kindle version of the book for only $.99 until October 31st. Fabulous price for a clean romantic comedy. Read my review here.

Don't forget to enter to win one of two autographed copies of The Broken Path. Click here to enter.

Tomorrow I'm participating in my first ever book blast with I Am a Reader Not a Writer featuring The Waiting Booth by Brinda Berry. Check back for your chance to win a $100 Amazon or Paypal gift card.
Monday, October 22, 2012

Book Giveaway - The Broken Path



Involved in a debilitating accidnet at age six, Ethan Searle believes women eye him with a mixture of pity and disdain. He's tried love before. He won't again.  Autumn Reader escaped her abusive marriage with her daughter, a stack of debt, and fear. Autumn's precocious two-year old becomes enraptured by Ethan. Autumn is on the path to following her daughter's example when her ex-husband reappears.
The Broken Path is officially out of print and I have decided to give away the last two print copies of the book. The only other place to get print copies is on Amazon for $1111.00. I know, it's ridiculous, but the price was $8450.00 last week so $1111.00 sounds like a steal!
The Broken Path has been a fun book to have published. I love Ethan and Autumn and hope to soon have news of it being republished with the ability to buy print copies for $9.99. We'll keep praying, until then enter the Rafflecopter form to win a free copy.
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Saturday, October 20, 2012

A wonderful friend

Isn't it interesting how you make a friend online and even though you have never and maybe will never meet them in person, you know you would be the best of buddies if you did. My friend Vicki from I'd Rather Be Reading at the Beach is like that. She's so thoughtful, always stopping by the blog to make kind comments and pointing out to me when there's some issue with my blog that I would never know about. She's amazing. I also love her blog. She gives insightful reviews. I was so thrilled when I found she'd reviewed Dead Running. Here's what she had to say:

"Dead Running can make a claim not many mystery/thrillers can, and that is that it is also really funny. While Cassidy is training, she runs across quite a few characters that are, well…characters. Each of them have their own quirky personalities, and Cami Checketts did a great job of making them grow on you. Even the bad guys are interesting and humorous at times. And Cassidy gave them some great nicknames that made them so easy to follow. I never found myself thinking “which character is that?”.
There are so many options when it comes to who the bad guy(s) is, that I was a little shocked when the truth came out. I like that though, a book is no fun when you figure it out before you’re finished with it.
I loved Cassidy’s grandmother. She was fiesty, but very protective of the people she loved. In fact, I loved everything about the book. There was murder, romance, family bonds, 5K training, humor, good guys, bad guys and an ending that left room for a sequel.
What could be better than that?
If you haven’t read this book, go get it. Now!! Don’t walk…RUN!"

Thanks Vicki for being so wonderful!
Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Book Review - Noble Vision

Noble Vision is the gripping story of a beautiful ballerina who suffers a devastating injury and a young neurosurgeon who is determined to help her. He has discovered a new medical treatment that might cure her—but he must first get permission to use it from an unwieldy state bureaucracy that runs medicine.
An unusual hero, a tender love story, a revolutionary medical breakthrough, and a bitter conflict with the law are interwoven in a page-turning plot that will surprise and delight you from start to finish.

My Review:

I was extremely impressed with this book, especially the themes and morality issues the author raised. I have to include this quote from the book because I love the way the heroine phrases the question of entitlement. This is Nicole's response when the lawyer asks her how she expects the disadvantaged to rise.
"How do you think I rose? How do you think they would rise? I'm telling you from personal experience, the worst thing you can do for the disadvantaged is to keep feeding them like a mother bird that wont' let her babies fledge. My blindness is . . . devastating . . because it makes me dependent on others. Why would anyone want an self-imposed blindness? Basically, there's only you and the world, and you take your chances. That's the challenge-and the glory-of life, isn't it?"

The whole book is full of thought-provoking quotes and themes like that. My only problem with the book was there was a lot of medical description that I skipped over and the hero was married when he started falling in love with the heroine, but it is a clean romance and an inspiring story. I would recommend you read it and then come tell me what you think.

It's only $.99 on Amazon.
Monday, October 15, 2012

Book Giveaway - 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?


I loved this book and apparently other readers agree with me as it has gotten only five-star reviews on Amazon and is ranked #20 for humorous fiction. Click here for my review. I'm so happy that Rachael has offered to giveaway a copy of The Reluctant Bachelorette on my blog. Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. And don't forget to enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card or the print copy of The Reluctant Bachelorette, a $15 Amazon gift card, and a copy of the DVD Sneakers through I Am a Reader, Not a Writer.

Here is a little excerpt to entice you to read more.

“Thanks for convincing me to come,” Taycee said. “I needed this.”
“It didn’t take much convincing.”
“True,” she said. “Were you on your way here when you saw me?”
“No. I was headed home.”
“Well, thanks for changing your plans.”
Luke hesitated, feeling like he’d stumbled upon another chance at coming clean. Who knew how many more chances he’d have? He cleared his throat, his heart hammering. “Anything to get some time with you.”
The silence that followed made him feel exposed, as if he’d put his heart on a platter for her to take or wave away. A few more seconds came and went without a word. Not good. Was she trying to think of a nice way of letting him down, or was she scared too—like Luke? Hopefully the latter. He should reach for her hand, touch her, something. Only a few inches and his hand would brush against hers. Still, Luke hesitated.
Coward. Hold her hand already, you pathetic excuse for someone named Luke.
Before he could talk himself out of it, Luke’s fingers laced through hers. At first her hand hung limply in his, but then her fingers tightened. Luke let out a breath he didn’t realize he’d been holding. Her fingers were soft and cold, but her hand fit perfectly in his. Probably the same way she’d feel in his arms or the same way her lips would feel against his.
Luke stared at the starlit sky, feeling that his world had suddenly aligned. As though all the dots had been connected, creating an awesome picture, way better than Hercules or Draco or any of the other constellations out there. He felt something good. Something real. Something he’d never expected to find with his old friend from Shelter Springs, Colorado.


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Friday, October 12, 2012

Book Title?

I need some advice. The sequel to Dead Running is almost done and should be released December 1st but I am struggling with a title. Please vote on one of the following or any new suggestions are very welcome! Here's the basic gist of the book:


Cassidy wants to run.
Captured by the slavers who killed her mother, her only hope is Dr. Tattoo, a man she loves but nobody trusts. When another family member is taken, can Cassidy survive at the expense of their life?
(Sorry, it's a little rough!)

Here are the title ideas:

Dying to Run
Nowhere to Run (dozens of book share this title, small drawback)
No More Running
No Place to Run
Running out of Time

Deadly Chase by Wendy Davy

Sierra Malone trusted the wrong man and now he’s trying to kill her. After narrowly escaping Kevin Eason’s brutal attack, Sierra leaves her home, her family, and everything familiar. She finds temporary shelter, but it provides little relief from her constant fear. Desperate and alone, she considers an offer of protection from a stranger—but she soon learns he’s harboring a potentially deadly secret.
Chase Price wants Eason behind bars, and he’s willing to do anything to get him there, even if it means waiting for Eason to strike again. With an innocent life on the line, Chase sets out to finish this battle once and for all—but he soon learns guarding Eason’s beautiful victim leaves him wanting much more than he anticipated.
 
 
My Review:
I've loved all of Wendy's books, but Deadly Chase is definitely my favorite. The book has everything I want in a novel: suspense, action, and romance. Deadly Chase is a faith-promoting and touching story that I didn't want to put down. I found myself reading when I should've been working on my own books, sleeping, or being a fun Mom. Deadly Chase is an amazing novel that you don't want to miss.
 
 
Watch for a giveaway of Deadly Chase on October 29th. 
 
Monday, October 8, 2012

Tag, I'm It - - The Next Big thing

What is your working title of your book? Nowhere to Run - the sequel to Dead Running

Where did the idea come from for the book? Cassidy spent most of Dead Running running so I wondered how she'd deal with not running.

What genre does your book fall under?
Clean romantic suspense.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I'm so old I'd choose Russell Crowe and Julia Roberts even though they're both over twenty years older than my hero and heroine!

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? 
Captured by the slavers who murdered her mother, Cassidy wants to run but when someone she loves is taken can she selfishly survive?
(Sorry, it's rough, I'm horrible at spitting out something like that.)

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Self-published-yay! Love being in control.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? May we see an intro?
About three weeks. (It's only 19K words).

Intro:

A gunshot echoed through my peaceful neighborhood. Not again. Two weeks without someone trying to kill me was apparently too long.

I dropped to my hands and knees before realizing the light was still on. My trembling hand slid up the smooth wall to the switch, my tanned arm contrasting with the white paint. If the shooter looked up at the window right now he could make me an amputee before hunting me down and killing me. My fingers closed around the switch and my room was plunged into blissful dark.

I crawled towards the window. It was October, but the day had been so warm I still had my window open to cool off my second-story room. My ears strained for bullets or someone creeping towards the house, but the chilly night air revealed nothing. I peered down into the darkness, our feeble porch light losing the battle against the night.

The shooter didn’t make me wait long for his dramatic appearance. He lumbered towards the front door, steadying himself against the railing. His shadow cast from the porch light was mammoth.

Yikes! There was a giant on my front porch who had either just been shot or just shot someone else. My fingers dampened the windowsill with sweat. Nana was downstairs snoring without a worry, could I get to her in time?
  

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Cassidy. She's in my head a lot but she's hilarious so we have a good time.

What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?
The book is a light-hearted suspense but it deals with the horrific issue of child trafficking. I'm hoping others will learn about and help fight against this growing evil.

I'm tagging:
Amber Argyle
Daniel Coleman
Lo Johnston
JoLynne Lyon
Janet Jensen

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*Answer the ten questions about your current WIP (work in progress)
*Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop over and meet them.

Book Giveaway - The Serpent's Ring

Evan and Claire Jones are typical teenagers, forced to go with their parents to yet another boring museum ... that is, until something extraordinary happens to make their day a little more than interesting. After following a strange little creature into a closed exhibit, Evan and his older sister, Claire, discover the Serpent’s Ring, one of the magical relics formed from the shattered Mysticus Orb. Purely by accident, they have awakened its powers and opened a portal to Sagaas, land of ancient gods.
Before the siblings can comprehend what has happened, the Serpent’s Ring is wrenched from Evan’s hand by an enormous bird and flown back to Aegir, the Norse god of the sea. Evan and Claire, accompanied by a band of unlikely heroes, must retrieve the Serpent’s Ring before Aegir uses its immense powers to flood all the lands on Earth.


I am so excited to giveaway a copy of The Serpent's Ring, a rune box, and the autographed bookmark. Read my review of this fun and fast-paced novel here.

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The Leaves

My husband and I drove through Sardine Canyon and admired the unreal beauty of leaves: green, yellow, orange, and red. Some trees were green on the bottom and fiery red on the top. So pretty. I ran up Smithfield Canyon and the leaves were just starting to change, not nearly as pretty as Sardine but I enjoyed them more. I think it was the slow pace of my running versus the speed-demon driving my husband prides himself on! My thought for today is to slow down, take a walk, enjoy this lovely time of year. I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Serpent's Ring by H.B. Bolton





The Serpent's Ring (Relics of Mysticus, #1) Evan and Claire Jones are typical teenagers, forced to go with their parents to yet another boring museum ... that is, until something extraordinary happens to make their day a little more than interesting. After following a strange little creature into a closed exhibit, Evan and his older sister, Claire, discover the Serpent’s Ring, one of the magical relics formed from the shattered Mysticus Orb. Purely by accident, they have awakened its powers and opened a portal to Sagaas, land of ancient gods.

Before the siblings can comprehend what has happened, the Serpent’s Ring is wrenched from Evan’s hand by an enormous bird and flown back to Aegir, the Norse god of the sea. Evan and Claire, accompanied by a band of unlikely heroes, must retrieve the Serpent’s Ring before Aegir uses its immense powers to flood all the lands on Earth.

My Review:

This was a fun and easy read that I'm sure my sons will enjoy. I am definitely not the target audience for a middle grade fantasy, but I still enjoyed the book. I thought the author did a great job of creating real-life characters, Evan and Claire fought and teased, yet complimented each other's talents and truly cared about each other. I also loved the author's descriptions. I could almost taste the eclairs Evan was stuffing in his mouth and feel the golden sand Claire formed into a boat.
Football has taken over our lives or my older boys would have read this book before I posted the review. I can't wait to share it with them and get their input. In my opinion The Serpent's Ring will be well-loved by many middle-grade readers.
H.B. Bolton’s links:
Website: http://www.hbbolton.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/h_b_bolton
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HBBoltonAuthor
Author on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6150459.H_B_Bolton
You can find the book on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15769991-the-serpent-s-ring
Purchase Links for The Serpent’s Ring:
Amazon Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/The-Serpents-Ring-Relics-Mysticus/dp/1478332573/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1347573815&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Serpent%27s+Ring
Amazon Kindle book: http://www.amazon.com/Serpents-Ring-Relics-Mysticus-ebook/dp/B008OOXUVU/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1347573815&sr=8-2&keywords=The+Serpent%27s+Ring
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-serpents-ring-hb-bolton/1112328213?ean=9781478332572

Read other reviews of The Serpent's Ring and enter to win a copy of the book as well as a rune treasure box and signed bookmark. My giveaway will begin on October 8th. Check back then.

10/1- Lisa’s World of Books with a Review and Guest Post
10/2- Beauty and the Bookshelf with an Interview
10/3- The Flyleaf Review with a Review and Giveaway
Love. Pray. Read. with a Review
10/4- The Book Monsters with an Author Interview and a Giveaway
Imaginary Reads with a Review and Guest Post
10/5 Lizzy’s Dark Fiction with Review, Guest Post and Giveaway
10/8 Love. Pray. Read. Book Giveaway and Spotlight
Monday, October 1, 2012

Book Giveaway - The Lost Stones by Paul Rimmasch



I am so excited to be giving away The Lost Stones by Paul Rimmasch. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, great pacing, intricate plot, fabulous characterization, and I learned something! Read my review here. To win an autographed copy, enter with Rafflecopter below. Thanks!


Ammon and John are searching for the glowing stones that guided the brother of Jared across the ocean--but for very different reasons. Joined by John's daughter, Sariah, they get more than they bargained for as they learn they aren't the only ones searching for these precious artifacts. This thrilling adventure will have your whole family racing to the last page.


I asked Paul what is the craziest thing you've ever done and who is your hero? I love his answers.

Ok hero... That would have to be George Washington. Very very few men in the history of the planet have been offered the crown and turned it down.
Craziest thing?... Due to my current occupation in law enforcement... I will neither confirm or deny that I've ever dome anything crazy ;)
 
 
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