January 12 2018

REFLECTIONS Book Blitz by The Pamlico Writers’ Group

 

 

 

With a love for poetic words and their meaning, a well-respected business owner and native of Beaufort County had a vision. He wanted others to experience and feel the powerful meaning of words. The birth of the Pamlico Writers’ Group by Jerry Cuthrell in the late 70’s has made that dream what it is today.

Since its inception, the Pamlico Writers’ Group has helped many authors achieve their dreams. Some have written and published books of their own. Others have been inspired to resurrect works long forgotten. Many have come and gone, but the Pamlico Writers’ Group stands as a beacon of hope to future writers and their dreams.

The Pamlico Writers’ Group’s mission is to help other aspiring writers accomplish their goal in writing. We achieve this through our local critique group meetings, online critique groups, and by offering as an incentive to our young people, a High School Scholarship fund. We’re honored to be a co-sponsor of the Pamlico Writers’ Conference that helps make funding possible for this scholarship. Our visions, help shape the minds of the future.

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Reflections: Images and Memories, is a collection of exemplary writing by our members and future members. The prose and poetry in this volume represent a collage of work by published authors and emerging writers. Pamlico Writers’ Group is particularly honored to include prose and poetry from high school students—young emerging writers to whom we entrust our future. Each writer whose work is included in the anthology has expertly crafted a piece around his or her own interpretation of this year’s theme—Reflections: Images and Memories. The collection is the culmination of hard work and truly affirms the group’s commitment to its mission. With this anthology, The Pamlico Writers’’ Group is proud to deliver its finest product to date.

 

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Meet The Other Half of The Authors

 

Kate Ahearn, pen name: Kate Louise Wood, lives with her husband in Edenton, NC. A regular guest columnist for the Chowan Herald, she’s had work published in the 2015 and 2017 editions of Estuaries, the visual arts and literary review of College of the Albemarle. You can read her blog at KathrynLouiseWoodAuthor.blogspot.com and visit her author Facebook page at WoodlyWords. She is a member of Hampton Roads Writers, North Carolina Writers’ Network, and her local writers’ group, Wordsmiths.

 

 

Katirie Leach is a native of Tarboro, North Carolina. She moved to Washington in 1996 when she married her husband, Jim, who is a lifelong resident. She has indulged her love of writing and painting through various endeavors in the local community.

 

 

James Keen: A Pamlico Writers’’ Group member since 2008, I have served as Chairman. I have written two newspaper columns chronicling my sailing adventures: Nautical Musings, a weekly column about family adventures on the coast; and In the Loop, a bi-weekly column featuring adventures while crossing the Atlantic. My book Trinidad Express is a detailed chronicle of the 5,300-mile doublehanded South Africa to Trinidad Atlantic crossing. My ebook, Log of S/V Irish Mist chronicles my singlehanded 13-month, 6,000-mile circumnavigation of the eastern United States, an adventure named “America’s Great Loop.” Nautical Musings I and II are ebook anthologies of my newspaper articles.

 

 

Keenan Dupree, known professionally as K. Dupree, is both a writer and author. He was born in the Bronx, New York in October of 1992. Soon after, his family moved to Prince George’s County, Maryland where he was raised. He currently lives with his mother and father, Sharon and Vincent Hayes, in Greenville, North Carolina. He began as a tyro writer in the third grade, where he received the initial push to write by his teacher, Mr. Victor Turner. Dupree enjoys reading, playing videogames, watching movies, and writing. So far, he’s written one book—his first book—entitled Boy from the Clouds, and he looks forward to his many future published works.

 

 

Landis Wade is a Charlotte author and trial lawyer who starts each day walking two rescue dogs named after characters from Larry McMurtry’s classic western, Lonesome Dove.

He won the 2016 North Carolina State Bar short story contest for his story, The Deliberation and he’s the author of The Christmas Courtroom Adventure Series, a set of whimsical legal mysteries where characters who believe in Santa Claus are put on trial and the time to Christmas is running out.

Landis serves as a Board member of the Charlotte Writers’ Club and he is an active participant in CharlotteLit and the North Carolina Writers’ Network. He’s a 1979 graduate of Davidson College and a 1983 graduate of Wake Forest Law School.

When he doesn’t have a dog leash or a keyboard in his hands, he’s probably holding a fly-rod, a golf club or a cold beverage at a Carolina Panthers or Charlotte Knights game.

 

 

Linda Bledsoe was born in Henry County, Virginia in 1949 and raised in Virginia and North Carolina. She completed an RN Degree and later attended UNC at Chapel Hill, received a certificate to practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 1978. She moved to Nashville, Tennessee and worked in the city’s ghetto providing health care. Later she graduated with a BS in Liberal Arts from New York State University. After moving to Maryland, in 1995 she received a Master’s Degree in Applied Behavioral Science in Counseling Psychology from Johns Hopkins University.

While serving 33 years as a Nurse Practitioner she formulated public awareness programs with local judges, churches, and counselors for abused and neglected children in Rockingham County, NC and in Henry County, Virginia for addictions. She also co-founded the Ecumenical Family Life Center during the early 1980’s for counseling services for abused and neglected children in Rockingham County, NC.

She wrote and formatted a book for infertility clients, which was utilized for her teaching classes at National Naval Medical Center (NNMC) while working there. At NNMC she co-authored several research medical journal articles published in JAMA and OB-GYN.

After returning to Virginia, her childhood roots, she purchased an historic home and opened Victoria’s Hearth Bed & Breakfast.

She was recently awarded first prize at the Rockingham County Fine Arts Festival for an excerpt called “Granny Isabelle and Us” from her novel “Through the Needle’s Eye.”

Awarded honorable mention at Pamlico Writers’ Conference and Competition 2016 for non-fiction “Eighty Something.”

 

 

Lois Biggs Tetterton

Birthdate: September 25, 1940, Beaufort County, NC

Attended: Pinetown Elementary and Bath High School

Attended: Mars Hill College and graduated ECC in 1962

Taught school in Pitt County, Virginia Beach, VA, Pinetown Elementary and Bath High School. Primarily, a wife, mother, and bookkeeper for my husband’s businesses.

Married to Earl for 57 years.

Have four adult children, seven grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and one step-great grandchild.

Have lived in the same house, built by Earl, for the past 50 years in Pinetown.

Have had no previous writing experience.

 

 

Louis Edwards, has traveled around the world and lived in many countries. His experience and love for the Lord has helped him to minister to many people. Serving as a song leader, adult Sunday School teacher, and filling in as a minister brings him great joy.

He now lives in Eastern North Carolina, with his wife Roberta of thirty-five years. He has two children and seven grandchildren.

Using the talent the Lord has given him, he has written many devotions that he uses on his blog and in church. His writing has helped and inspired many in their time of need. His greatest desire is to honor the Lord with his writing.

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Phil. 4:13

 

 

Marni Graff is the award-winning author of The Nora Tierney Mysteries, set in England, and The Trudy Genova Manhattan Mysteries. She writes crime book reviews at www.auntiemwrites.com, is Managing Editor of Bridle Path Press, a member of Sisters in Crime, and the NC Writer’s Network. All books available in paperback, Kindle and Audible at Amazon and Bridle Path Press. Email Marni at bluevirgin.graff@gmail.com.

 

 

Marty Silverthorne holds degrees from St. Andrews Presbyterian College and East Carolina University.  He has published seven Chapbooks including his latest Holy Ghosts of Whiskey and forthcoming Naming the Scars, the 2017 longleaf press Chapbook winner. He has received several grants from the NC Arts Council and in 2015 he won the NC Poetry Society Poet Laureate Award. Marty’s poems have appeared in over 100 journals including NCLR, Tar River Poetry, St. Andrews Review and others.

 

 

Max Willis is a senior in high school attending Ayden-Grifton High School. Max plans to attend N.C. State or ECU and is wanting to graduate with a degree in business. Max is an exceptional student with a 4.4 GPA and he has many achievements. These achievements include: President of FBLA, National Honor Society, volunteering, Teen Leadership Institute, Presidential Merit award, Junior Marshall, and business owner. When Max wrote the poem “A Better Me”, he saw a movement that could actually happen. A movement of reflection and teaching oneself to reflect was the goal of the entire poem.

 

 

Natalie Pauline Valentine was born in San Jose, California, and her family now currently resides in Greenville, North Carolina. She is a senior in High School, and is currently attending UNCSA in the High School Program studying Drama. Aside from writing and acting, she is an alumnus of the Outdoor Academy and loves backpacking, rock-climbing, and canoeing. She hopes to attend college to receive her degree in acting, and go on to be a professional actress. Her dream is to perform at the Royal Shakespeare Company. She hopes to continue writing while she pursues her acting career.

 

 

Pam Desloges grew up in the mountains of New Hampshire and spent much time on the rugged coast of Maine. After retiring from a small New England college, she now lives in New Bern, NC, with her husband, Max.

Her writing has been published in “Sniff and Barkens,” “The Skinny Poetry Journal” and in the anthologies “Art Inspires Poetry” and “A Carolina Christmas.” Her poems and fiction have won awards in various competitions. She is a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network, the Pamlico Writers’ Group, and is a founding member of the Neuse River Writers’ group.

 

 

Richard Knowles began writing after retiring, about six years ago. Since then he has been a winner in a number of writing contests. He is a two-time winner in both the Pamlico Writing Contest, and the Carteret Writers’ Contest. This year he was also a winner in the Porter Fleming Literary Competition, sponsored by the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Georgia. Richard’s favorite genres are nonfiction and fiction. He currently resides and writes on Harkers Island, with his wife Jill and Labradoodle Rosie.

 

 

Sherri Lupton Hollister is the recent chairperson for the Pamlico Writers’ Group. She loves everything about writing from the first glimmer of an idea to the final product. Reading, reviewing, discussing and learning about other writers and their process has helped develop her own writing. Sherri writes romantic suspense set in a small southern town. She lives with her own romantic hero, her husband of more than twenty-five years. Together they raised six sons and will soon welcome their eighteenth grandchild. Sherri hopes to publish the first book in her series, Chrome Pink this spring.

 

 

My name is Chelsea Long, I am 17 years old. I live in Winterville, North Carolina and I’m a senior at South Central High school. The poem I submitted is about my Grandmother, Mary-Margaret, who passed away the second of August 2014. She raised me from birth and had a huge impact on my life. She did everything she could alongside my mother, Cat Smith, who used to be a police officer until I was around 14, give or take a couple of years. My grandmother showed me that I could be anything. She was a firefighter, published author, painter, teacher, dancer, … anything you can think of. She inspired the poem I submitted, I hope you enjoy.

 

 

Travis Green is an aspiring novelist in the fields of horror and speculative fiction. Following in the footsteps of literary pioneers such as Ira Levin, Ray Bradbury, and Richard Matheson, his stories are most often at home in the twilight between the real world and that of the fantastic. He lives in New Bern, North Carolina, where he is currently at work on a new novel.

 

 

Michael Worthington retired after teaching college for 30 years. He now writes full-time. Usually, his pug sleeps on the recliner’s footrest while Michael types away on his laptop, and looks out the window at their Bradford ornamental pear tree, which blooms every spring.

His books are Hi/Lo (high interest/low reading difficulty) YA novellas designed to entice teenage reluctant readers, although adult readers often say that the books are easy reads for the beach or a rainy afternoon. He suggests you read Hi/Lo books and then gift them to teens. If you purchase one of his paperbacks from Amazon, you can buy a Kindle edition “Match Book” for free. Discuss the book with your teenager, chapter by chapter, to encourage them to read more.

 

 

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January 10 2018

SERVIE’S SONG by Heidi Tucker Book Blitz @heidi_tucker_

 

 

 

Heidi Tucker won the 2017 Illumination Award for her first inspirational book Finding Hope in the Journey and her newest release is entitled Servie’s Song. Her passion for writing and speaking about light and hope has inspired thousands. Heidi is known as a great storyteller who motivates us to rise up and find new strength. She teaches how to recognize truth and make a difference.

 

When Heidi isn’t writing her next book, or speaking at a conference, you’ll find her spending time outdoors with her husband, four grown children and eight grandchildren. She loves sunflowers, hiking, and ice cream … not necessarily in that order.

 

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The true story of one mother living in Zimbabwe, Africa who encounters a devastating loss leaving her unable to care for six children. In a heart-wrenching sacrifice she surrenders to a desperate plan to leave her children and find work in the United States. It is a door which feels impossible to walk through. But perhaps, the only door which holds any promise.

 

Servie’s Song takes you on an emotional journey of tragedy and heartbreak to an inspiring path of hope. This touching story is complemented by gospel principles which will teach and motivate you to grab onto your faith and move forward trusting that you are never alone. God always hears your prayers.

 

 

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Top Ten List

 

1. I love to hike. Hiking keeps me emotionally healthy. It is a space to clear my mind and organize my thoughts, whether that be prayerful meditation or reflection on future writings. I’ve gathered so many thoughts during those hikes. I often speak those thoughts into my phone and then write them up as soon as I get home to my computer.

 

2. My favorite flower – the sunflower. I love everything about it. Their bright yellow color is happy. They turn their heads in the direction of sunlight – always looking for the light. There’s a message in that.

 

3. I love true stories. I have a quote next to my computer that reads – A good story can not only teach an important principle, but make us feel it. That is true for me and for so many others. Life teaches us so many lessons and I see them. I think that’s why I write nonfiction inspirational.

 

4. I hate snakes. Then why do I live in the Arizona desert? Ha! I’m on high alert when walking on my property or when I hike because I’ve had many close encounters with rattlesnakes. I never let my boy have a pet snake in the house. No amount of begging would work. Absolutely not.

 

5. I have eight grandchildren. My four children are all grown and married, and I am best friends with all of them. But there’s something beautiful about this new grandma role. No worries or discipline or stress about their futures. I just love them fiercely.

 

6. Best dessert – ice cream. I can turn down a number of great desserts, but ice cream is always a definite yes.

 

7. I love teenagers. I have volunteered with youth groups my entire life. I admire and respect where they are in their life. They are like sponges. Soaking up everything and trying to figure out who they really are. I always see their potential.

 

8. No glossophobia here (fear of public speaking). One of the best perks of writing and publishing books is the opportunity I get to speak about it. I love presenting messages that I am passionate about. When I speak at various events, I always meet individuals who were touched by something that I said. That makes all the hard work and time worth it.

 

9. I do some of my best writing in the middle of the night. Why now? That’s what I say to myself when great ideas strike at 2:00 a.m. I’m known to sneak out of bed and onto my computer at all hours of the night. There is something about the dark and the quiet that allows creativity to flow.

 

10. I married my high school sweetheart. And yes, we’re still married 37 years later. When I pull out those pictures of us from high school, it’s entertainment for the whole family!

 

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January 8 2018

SWEET INDULGENCE by Debbie White BOOK TOUR @dwhiteauthor

 

Real Men Eat Cupcakes

Annie McPherson has had it with all the blind dates her grandmother and auntie set her up with. She just wants to be left alone to run the Sweet Indulgence cupcake bakery – even if it means she’ll remain single forever.

Jack’s just been through a gut-wrenching break-up, and women are the last thing on his mind. Now he’s on a mission to pick up cupcakes for his niece’s birthday party—not a mission to fall in love. Pulled in by Annie’s good looks and witty charm, though, temptation proves too sweet.

But will Annie’s pesky grandmother and auntie welcome Jack as Annie’s choice or will they have him jumping through hoops to prove he’s the one?

Fans of Debbie Macomber, Sherryl Woods, and Susan Wiggs are sure to love Sweet Indulgence, the first sweet romance novel in the Charleston Harbor series.

This book is too sweet to pass up! Scroll down to the buy links below and begin your indulgence today!

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Debbie currently lives in northern California where the beautiful landscapes are often the settings in her books. The jagged coastline, the rolling hills with vineyards and the redwood forest make wonderful sceneries for her romance novellas.

When Debbie isn’t writing or traveling to a book signing, she’s visiting her family on the east coast, traveling to other places on her bucket list, enjoying her backyard, hiking with her husband and riding on the back of their motorcycle.

As an avid animal lover and parent to two rescue dogs, Debbie donates a portion of her proceeds to animal rescue organizations. When you purchase one of her books, you’re also helping a furry pet with shelter, food and ultimately a new home!

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Character Casting

Get to know some of the cast of Sweet Indulgence!

Annie McPherson – is slim and petite with green eyes, shy at first, often rolling over with whatever her grandmother and auntie want but gradually finds her voice and becomes a very strong character. You can see her evolve through the chapters!

Jack Powell – is tall dark and handsome, quiet and very hardworking. He knows instantly Annie is special.

Grandmother Lilly – Strong willed lives with her sister, Patty. Both of them are widowers and have plenty to say to both Annie and her sister Mary. They mean well but often overstep their authority. Think well-dressed Charleston elite, old money types.

Auntie Patty – is soft-spoken of the two elderly women. She is happy being the silent partner in this dynamic duo.

Mary McPherson – Annie’s younger sister. She’s a free-spirited type who traipsed off to Europe after she graduated from College only to bring a guy back with her. This doesn’t go over well with her grandmother. She finally settles down, but she’s always the one on edge. The one everyone invites to the party.

Danny Powell – Is Jack’s nephew. He’s a former military guy who has seen some action during conflicts and as a result, has PTSD. His character is developed more in book 2, Sweet Magnolia.

Robert and Milly Powell – Are Jack’s parents. Hardworking middle class come from a large family with both of their parent’s still alive and has small parts in all books.

Richard and Diane Powell and daughter Crystal – Are Jack’s sister and her husband and niece. Richard works for the family limousine service with Jack and Diane runs the family travel business. They don’t have big parts, but they are definitely an integral part of the Charleston Harbor Novels.

 

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January 5 2018

HOTHOUSE FLOWER by Taylor Dean Blast @taylordeanbooks

HOTHOUSE FLOWER, BOOK THREE IN

THE SOUND OF SILENCE SERIES

IS NOW AVAILABLE!!!

Did you miss Book One, STONE SILENCE?

No worries. It’s FREE for five days, Jan. 1-5!!!

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HOTHOUSE FLOWER

by TAYLOR DEAN

Hothouse Flower

by Taylor Dean

I loved Jace Faraday with all my heart.

I loved everything about him, from his huge smile to his fabulous laugh. Another man never caught my eye. It was always Jace and Shay, together forever.

Until it wasn’t.

He devastated me, he ruined me. I’ve never gotten over it.

But, I’m a survivor. I’m not a precious flower that can only thrive if kept safe from the perils of the outside world.

Except now Jace has returned home. He’s just across the street from me, so close I swear I can actually feel his presence.

I can’t avoid him forever. At some point I have to face him. And when I do, I know sparks will fly.

To redeem himself for his past actions, I need major remorse. I need a profuse apology and maybe even a little begging for forgiveness. I won’t settle for anything less.

However, when the truth behind our break-up is revealed, I’m stunned. It leaves me reeling—and yearning for the six years that have been lost to us.

The thing is, once the truth is known, there’s nothing to keep us apart.

Absolutely nothing.

Dear Reader: This book deals with a sensitive issue.

 

The Sound of Silence Series is a three book series.

Book One: Stone Silence, Spencer’s Story
Book Two: Jailbird, Mia’s Story
Book Three: Hothouse Flower, Shay’s Story

Each book has a happy ending and there are no cliffhangers. They are not standalones and should be read in order.

Read an excerpt from HOTHOUSE FLOWER:

I’LL BE RIGHT down to help with dinner, Mom,” I holler. It will just be a few minutes because I’m busy staring out the window at the man I’ve loved nearly all my life.

He’s home. He’s actually home—just across the street from me, only yards away. I swear I can physically feel his presence and it’s killing me.

Jace Faraday. The love of my youth.

He just arrived at his mother’s house across the street. It’s early evening and I’m watching from my upstairs bedroom window just like I used to do as a teenager. All those old feelings I had for him are rushing over me just as strong as ever. Except now I’m a twenty-six year old woman and, sadly, I feel as though I’m too old to feel giddy over a man.

He is the one man in my life that I have ever truly loved. I loved everything about him from his huge smile to his soft voice to his fabulous laugh. I loved his brawny physique, yet the fact that he had such a gentle touch.

I loved his sense of humor the most of all. When we first started to say I love you to each other, they were serious moments and I knew he meant it as much as I did. As time went by, I would whisper I love you to him and he’d respond in a silly voice, “And I’ve grown fond of you.” It reduced me to a writhing mass of giggles every time.

I was young when I first met him. His family moved in across the street when I was in kindergarten. By the time I was in fifth grade, I was sure he was the man I would marry. I was just a little girl with stars in her eyes, someone who was in love with love. By then Jace was in the eighth grade and seemed larger than life to me.

That feeling of hero worship I felt as a little girl has never left me.

 

“I’d resort to drastic measures then.”

“What drastic measures?”

“I’d have to pull out the Barry Manilow. He’s only to be used in rare moments and with extreme caution.”

 

 

Stone Silence

by Taylor Dean

Great big beautiful love.

Does it really exist?

Everyone tells me it does. They say, “Spencer Elliott, don’t worry, you’ll find it one day. You just have to find the right man and when you do, it will surprise the heck out of you.”

I’m still waiting for that heck of a surprise to hit. It has proven to be elusive thus far. I’m pretty sure the entire world is lying about love and the joke is on me.

I know I want a man in my heart and in my life. Unfortunately, most men immediately push my OFF button and I lose interest quickly.

Feeling pressure to prove I’m trying to find my soulmate, I finally give in and agree to a date. Huge mistake. Afterward I find myself abandoned in the middle of nowhere, in desperate need of help.

That’s when I meet Stony by chance.

He’s a silent and unsmiling man who intrigues me with his ability to keep going after life has knocked him down. Suddenly the abstract notion of love becomes tangible and within my reach. Once I experience it, I wonder how I ever lived without it.

That’s when I stay with Stony by choice.

But when Stony’s hidden past and present-day reality collide, his silence is broken. And the truth about his life nearly brings me to my knees. I can’t compete with ghosts from the past.

I refuse to fight for a man’s love. He either loves me or he doesn’t. It’s as simple and as complicated as that.

My only hope is . . . he does.

 

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Jailbird

by Taylor Dean

My hometown decided to rename me Jailbird.

Every day I silently scream out, “My name is Mia Faraday!” My time in jail does not define me. I am so much more than one heated mistake.

And yet, my slip-up weighs on me. There’s so much more to the story than anyone realizes. I must face Stony, my ex, and confess everything.

I don’t want to. I’d rather have five teeth pulled. While I’m awake. Without anesthesia.

But this is something I have to do, something I need to do. Not just for Stony. I need to do it for me. Especially for me. I can’t move forward with my life until I gain closure from the past.

When I meet Grayson Elliott, I am easily pulled into his orbit and it’s exactly where I’d love to stay. He makes me laugh and not take life so seriously. He makes me want to live again.

But I don’t love me right now, and that healing needs to come first. I’m not relationship-ready or marriage material. My mind is focused on redemption. I want it. I need it.

Besides, when Grayson hears about my colorful past, I’m sure he’ll be gone before I have time to utter the word goodbye.

After all, who could ever love a jailbird?

 

Praise for JAILBIRD:

Mia’s story about forgiveness and redemption is packed with emotion and will leave you wanting more! -Jana, Amazon Review

An adventure from start to finish, a wonderful sequel to Stone Silence. -atvtnv, Amazon Review

Once I started reading, I just couldn’t stop! It has been a LONG time since a book has kept me up WAY past my bedtime! -KJ’s Book Nook

Author Taylor Dean

Taylor Dean lives in Texas and is the mother of four grown children. Upon finding herself with an empty nest, she began to write the stories that were always wandering around in her head, quickly finding she had a passion for writing, specifically romance. Whether it’s paranormal, contemporary, or suspense—you’ll find all sub-genres of clean romance in her line-up.

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December 24 2017

The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper Book Tour @FionaRobyn

 

Continuing the adventure that ended in Britain just a short while ago, cousins Adam and Justin Sinclair, with their friend Kim Maleka, are now hunting for the third Stone of Power, one of seven mysterious stones lost centuries ago. The third stone might be located in an ancient city, hidden in the depths of the Mexican jungle. When their small plane crashes in the jungle, Adam, Justin, Kim, and James are rescued by an uncontacted tribe. James, who is wounded, must stay behind as the kids, with only a young boy, Tukum, as their guide, make their way through the dense and dangerous jungle to find the city. River rafting on a crocodile-infested river and evading predators are just part of this hazardous task.

Of course, their old adversary Dr. Khalid is close behind as the kids press on in search of the lost city of stone gods. But he is not the worst of their problems. This time Adam will clash with a terrible enemy who adopts the persona of an evil Aztec god, Tezcatlipoca, and is keen to revive the ancient tradition of human sacrifice. Adam, Justin, and Tukum must play a dreadful ball game of life and death and maybe survive. Will they emerge alive from the jungle? Will Dr. Khalid find the third Stone of Power before they do?

 


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I am a children’s author, but up until a few years ago, I was a journalist and editor. Something rather unexpected sparked my new career as an author—a family trip to Egypt with my mother and two young nephews. We had a great time and I thought I’d write them a short story as a different kind of souvenir…. Well, one book and a planned book series later, I had changed careers. I have now published Book 3 (The Temple of the Crystal Timekeeper) in my MG adventure series Chronicles of the Stone, with many awards for the first book, The Secret of the Sacred Scarab, and a few for Book 2, The Search for the Stone of Excalibur, and one already for Book 3! I also teach online novel writing for aspiring authors and I find that very satisfying. Relaxation time finds me enjoying something creative or artistic, music, books, theatre or ballet. I love doing research for my book series. I love animals and have written two animal rescue stories. I have two adorable (naughty) little dogs called Chloe and Pumpkin, and a beautiful black cat called Bertie.

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Adam opened his eyes. The screaming sound of tearing metal had stopped. So had the thudding and the rush of breaking branches outside his window. Still strapped in his seat, he hung upside-down at an angle. His seat belt was the only thing preventing him from hurtling through the gaping hole in the roof of the plane and onto the jungle floor. The strap cut into his chest as his whole weight pressed against the fabric. He craned his neck, twisting awkwardly to see the others. His body ached after the awful jarring and jolting when the plane fell. He shoved his hand into his right-side pants pocket to feel for his golden scarab. It was safe. Relieved, he squeezed the scarab for a few seconds to get his courage up. It felt warm and comforting.

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December 23 2017

Author Laura L. Walker – Christmas Countdown Blitz, Day 12

Laura L. Walker grew up in a large family in the beautiful Gila Valley of southern Arizona. From the time Laura was young, she spent hours drawing characters on paper and fantasizing about their adventures. Life became more serious, however, when Laura met her own hero and they eventually became
the parents of six children. In between spurts of grocery shopping, sewing costumes or quilts, transporting kids to practices, and making dinner, Laura still enjoys putting her imagination to good use. She is the author of four contemporary romances.

 

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1890 Nebraska
 
For schoolmarm Amanda Cordell, Christmas Eve means getting through the special program she and her pupils have put together for the townsfolk in Langdon. And even though she has vowed to not set eyes on handsome Calvin Hunsaker, it becomes inevitable when his incorrigible son needs her help. Everyone knows how bitter Calvin is over his wife’s sudden death, and somehow Amanda senses that he sees her the same way, as the spineless, helpless socialite she used to be.
Calvin Hunsaker is determined to ignore the feeling of attraction stirring inside him for the new schoolmarm, even if she is the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen. But she’s here to pick up the pieces after her brother and sister-in-law’s untimely deaths and raise their two youngsters, not bedazzle him with the same charms his first wife possessed. Better to bundle up and head out of this one-room schoolhouse the second the program’s ends.
But a winter storm and two mischievous boys have other plans, and Amanda and Calvin’s plans to avoid each other go awry when Calvin is stranded at Amanda’s house over the Christmas holiday. Will there be joy and thanksgiving in their future or will the winter blues descend on them once again?”

 

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Top Ten List: 
  1. My husband
  2. My children
  3. Red roses
  4. Romance stories
  5. Chocolate chip cookies
  6. Soft music
  7. Writing
  8. Mountains
  9. Swimming
  10. Christmas
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December 22 2017

Author Cindy Roland Anderson – Christmas Countdown Blitz, Day 11

Cindy Roland Anderson is an Amazon best selling author who
writes clean, contemporary romance with a combination of humor, romantic tension and some pretty great kissing scenes. She and her husband live in northern Utah, and are parents to five children, and grandparents to six adorable grandchildren. She is a registered nurse and has worked in the NICU as well as the newborn nursery. She loves to read, almost as much as she loves writing. And she loves chocolate…probably a little too much.
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Lucy Phillips doesn’t want to spend her Christmas vacation dodging her ex-boyfriend, so when he turns up at the airport to give her a ride home, Lucy panics and asks a complete stranger to kiss her. Although the kiss is incredible, Lucy never expects to see the guy again. 
 
Is it bad luck or destiny when Lucy comes down with a sore throat and the new doctor in Snow Valley is none other than Cole Taggart, the guy she kissed at the airport?
 
*NOTE TO READER: THIS IS A REVISED EDITION WITH A BONUS EPILOGUE.

 

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Top Ten List: 
  1.      Chocolate covered cinnamon bears
  2.          Sunsets
  3.         Writing
  4.      Reading
  5.      Autumn season
  6.      Shopping at Bath & Body Works
  7.      Clean sheets fresh out of the dryer
  8.      Hallmark Christmas movies
  9.      Camping with my family
  10.      My grandchildren
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December 21 2017

Author Tamara Passey – Christmas Countdown Blitz, Day 10 @TamaraPassey

Tamara Passey was born and raised in Massachusetts around a large family, one that has served as inspiration for most of her writing. She was named Arizona Young Mother of the Year in 2013 and contributes marriage and family articles to FamilyShare.com. She loves most creative endeavors and when she isn’t writing or re-writing, you can find her baking or cross-stitching or walking–though not all at the same time. She lives with her husband and three children in Arizona. Other titles by Tamara include The Christmas Tree Keeper: A Novel, and Mothering through the Whirlwind, a short memoir.
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Four seasons. That’s how long Angela Donovan hoped to know Mark Shafer before they married. But less than a year later, she still fears that she’s repeating the mistake of a failed relationship. 
 
As Christmas approaches, she senses Mark’s plans for a proposal, and wonders if she can learn to trust again. Mark has learned all there is to know about the Shafer miracle trees—or so he thinks. 
 
Papa reveals secrets about the trees’ matchmaking power just as a highway expansion threatens to destroy the family legacy. Mark is determined to save the farm, and the promise of love stirring in the branches of the Shafer miracle trees. Heartwarming and engaging, 
The Tree Keeper’s Promise captures the warmth and wonder of the holiday season.
Q & A with the Author
Describe yourself in 50 words or less
I can write a novel, but ask me to describe myself, and I get writer’s block. I’ve lived as many years in the southwest as I have in the northeast. Both places are dear to me. Also, I love to be creative for the joy it brings.  
What do you love most in the world? 
My family.
What do you fear most? 
Scorpions.
What is your largest unfulfilled dream, and what are you doing to reach it?
Finishing my degree. What am I doing to reach it? Deciding my major.
What is the hardest thing you’ve ever done? 
Motherhood (and still doing it).
Now that we’ve gotten to know each other, tell me a story. It can be long or short. From your childhood or last week. Funny, sad, or somewhere in between. Just make sure it’s yours. What’s your story?
Once upon a time there was a little girl who wanted to write books so she could share stories with her friends. But every time she would visit the library, or read a great book, she would get the idea that she wasn’t smart enough to write her own. Until she was grown and became a mom and was taking care of her daughter who had been sick for several days—during a sleepless night, she had an idea—miracle Christmas trees. She was so excited about the story, she didn’t stop to doubt herself. And The Christmas Tree Keeper was born!
 
 
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December 20 2017

Author Tamara Passey – Christmas Countdown Blitz, Day 9 @TamaraPassey

Tamara Passey was born and raised in Massachusetts around a large family, one that has served as inspiration for most of her writing. She was named Arizona Young Mother of the Year in 2013 and contributes marriage and family articles to FamilyShare.com. She loves most creative endeavors and when she isn’t writing or re-writing, you can find her baking or cross-stitching or walking–though not all at the same time. She lives with her husband and three children in Arizona. Other titles by Tamara include The Christmas Tree Keeper: A Novel, and Mothering through the Whirlwind, a short memoir.
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Though Angela Donovan is out of work and needs money for rent, she yearns for her eight-year-old daughter to have a carefree holiday.
The last thing she wants is the pressure of her daughter expecting a miracle.
But when they pick out a Christmas tree at a cozy Massachusetts tree farm that’s exactly what happens when they learn the trees might be miracle trees.
Mark Shafer is soon to be the new keeper of the Christmas trees when he inherits the family farm. He’d like to run it with a family of his own, but his girlfriend wants nothing to do with farm life. He makes plans to sell so he can propose to his girlfriend and pursue a career in music. Then he meets an unforgettable customer and her daughter, and an  anonymous gift compels them to learn the truth about the trees.

With a buyer willing to pay top dollar for the land, Mark has the fate of the trees in his hand. Will he be able to see what and who is most important? And will Angela give the miracle of love a chance?”
Top Ten List: 
  1. Born in Stoughton–Massachusetts, pronounced Stow-ten, basically not like it looks.
  2. Grew up in Brockton, Massachusetts, home of Rocky Marciano, the boxer. Other than our hometown, he and I don’t have anything else in common. I’m a writer, not a fighter.
  3. I took sailing lessons on the Charles River one summer.
  4. I loved riding my bike, exploring streams, and playing at the park near my house.
  5. I learned to bake bread when I was 36 and found out I’m pretty good at it.
  6. I worked as janitor in college, my hours were 3 to 6 in the morning. I learned how much goes on in the world while most people are sleeping. And the importance of warm socks.
  7. In 2013, I was named Arizona Young Mother of the Year. I attended a convention in NYC and had to give a speech. I was very humbled and also terrified, I burned my forehead with my curling iron and have the scar to help me remember the lovely honor.
  8. I cross-stitch. I think it’s a lost art.
  9. I won a poetry contest in high-school, which may have given me too much encouragement.
  10. I love life even when it is hard.
 
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December 19 2017

Author Natalie-Nicole Bates – Christmas Countdown Blitz, Day 8 @BatesNatalie

Natalie-Nicole Bates is a book reviewer and author.
Her passions in life include books and hockey along with Victorian photography, Frozen Charlotte dolls, and antique poison bottles.
She currently resides in the UK where she is working on her next book and adding to her collection of 19th century post-mortem photos.
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When Maisey Gates is introduced by friends to The Love List as a way to find that special Christmas date, she wants no parts of it, but she
doesn’t want to disappoint her new friends.

Love finds Maisey before she even has a chance to look at her Love List match. Meeting Maisey is a breath of fresh air for Sean Marshall, but Sean he a lot of baggage, some of it potential deal-breakers for his new relationship. 

What Sean doesn’t know is Maisey has a secret of her own.

With Christmas fast approaching, will Maisey and Sean find their Merry Christmas together, or will it be another holiday spent alone?

 

 

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Top Ten List: 

 
  1. Staying up late.
  2. Sleeping in.
  3. Dark chocolate.
  4. East European men.
  5. Hockey, hockey, hockey!
  6. Baseball, baseball, baseball!
  7. Thunderstorms.
  8. Binge watching Desperate Housewives.
  9. The Victorian era.
  10. The color red.
 
 
 
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