13 March 2018

SUGAR AND SPICE AND ALL THOSE LIES by EVY JOURNEY BOOK BLITZ @eholychair

 

 

 

Evy Journey, writer, wannabe artist, and flâneuse (feminine of flâneur), wishes she lives in Paris where people have perfected the art of aimless roaming. Armed with a Ph.D., she used to research and help develop mental health programs.

 

She’s a writer because beautiful prose seduces her and existential angst continues to plague her despite such preoccupations having gone out of fashion. She takes occasional refuge by invoking the spirit of Jane Austen to spin tales of love, loss, and finding one’s way—stories into which she weaves mystery or intrigue.

 

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Gina’s grandfather was a French chef whose life was cut short by a robber’s bullet. The only lasting legacy he could leave his family was his passion and talent for cooking.

 

Growing up poor but with a mother who is a gifted cook, Gina learns cooking a great meal is an act of love. An art that sustains and enhances life.

A world of new challenges, new friends, and new loves opens up for her when she’s chosen to cook for a Michelin-starred restaurant.

But danger lurks where one never expects it.

Can her passion for cooking help Gina survive and thrive in this world of privilege, pleasure and menace?

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Top Ten List:

Ten of my favorite things

Why do I love Paris? It has or does at least ten of my favorite things. I have “lived” as a transient in Paris a few times. That means I stay 2 to 6 months. It is:

  • A vibrant city where la joie de vivre is often evident in so many ways and nearly every day; 
  • A shot in the arm, and an escape into a different kind of reality;
  • A communion with history we can still relate with, a history boasting some of the greatest thinkers and great architecture spared from bombs that levelled other European cities;
  • A veritable tableau where a gathering of people in a park reminds you of a Manet or Monet painting;
  • An ode to light and colors celebrated in artistic revolutions that gave birth to gothic churches and modern art, starting with Impressionism;
  • A lover of art and culture with world-class exhibits in its world-class museums as well as days or nights dedicated to celebrating the arts;
  • Rich with world-class parks with beds and large vases of flowers massed in harmonious colors. They invite you to linger on benches and plentiful green metal chairs under sprawling shady trees;
  • Where you needn’t go beyond your block (or two) to find a boulangerie where you can get a warm crusty baguette in late afternoon, great macarons or tasty tarts—fresh, every day. And cheap, compared to pastries you buy in fancy bakeries in the US;
  • In a country where cultivating food and wine and preparing them for consumption is considered part of the patrimoine—the French national heritage, and;
  • Where mayonnaise and many other dishes and sauces that help make eating a pleasure were “invented”.

 

 

 

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23 February 2018

TARRAGON, DRAGON MAGE by KARLIE LUCAS BOOK BLITZ

 

 

After hundreds of years, the gates to Tarragon are open once more, fulfilling age-old prophecy. However, Anwen’s journey is far from over. The dragons still sleep and she has no clue how to wake them. Forced to retreat from the Mountain, she and her newfound friends must devise a new plan to wake the inhabitants of Tarragon.

Meanwhile, the Mage Circle, a group of dragon mages with a vendetta, is camped outside the Gates. Calling on allies of their own, they will stop at nothing to gain control of the Dragon City and all who dwell inside.

To complicate matters even more, Anwen’s mother has joined the party. But even with the help of all her friends, can Anwen overcome the ordeals set before her or will this spell the end of the dragons and the world as we know it?

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Karlie Lucas is a preschool teacher by day and a writer/artist by night.

A graduate of Southern Utah University, Karlie received a B.A. in Creative Writing, with a minor in art. She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, The International English Honor Society, as well as ANWA, the American Night Writers Association.

Karlie is interested in all things magical and mysterious, especially elves and dragons. She is an avid fan of J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling.

When not writing, Karlie can often be found drawing, baking, watching her favorite old school shows, or just spending time with her family.

She currently resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband and a cat named Kally

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Anwen moved to stand, arms down at her sides as she stared ahead, ignoring his reaching hand. “I can see the trees,” she continued. “And the particles that make them. They’re the same. The same as the ones that make up you and me. Like small planets circling miniature suns. I can see the smallest details.” Her eyes widened in awe. “It’s beautiful.”

Tyler stepped forward to stand beside her. Sometimes the plant had allowed such vision, but the cost was usually high. More than a handful with similar sight had gone blind from the experience. That was why it was better for mortals to “hear” everything rather than see it. He only hoped there would be no such resulting repercussions in this instance.

Concentrating, Tyler tried to reach out to the part of his soul that resided within hers. His soul gaze was met with an aura of brilliant golden light, entwined with hints of red and blue. Silver flashed throughout, like a protective cage made of lightning. It seemed to dare anyone to try and displace it.

Anwen turned towards Tyler. The morning sunlight glinted off her auburn hair like little sparks of fire. She closed her eyes and leaned into him, her lips meeting his. Both their hearts thumped like drums in perfect harmony. Despite that, Tyler stood frozen in shock. The kiss was brief but oh so sweet as she pulled away. “You taste like summer,” she observed with a wistful sigh.

Tyler felt rooted to the ground, his eyes wide at her rather unexpected advance. “Um,” he managed, looking at her. “Thank you?” Her eyes had returned to their normal coloring, he noticed. That was a good sign. Perhaps she wouldn’t go blind after all.

 

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7 February 2018

SOUL MIRRORS by Wiley A Haydon III BOOK BLITZ

 

 

 

My love of storytelling traces back to my step-mother, who spun wonderful fantasy stories when I was child. I finished my first novel at sixteen. That first attempt was terrible but taught me quite a bit about story construction. Though I would start numerous other projects in the following years, I wouldn’t actually complete another book for another 21 years.

I wasn’t idle in that time, though. I earned a degree in engineering, married the love of my life, worked as a semi- truck driver crisscrossing the country, moved from Texas to North Dakota and then came back home.

It’s been a fun and interesting journey. I really enjoy engineering, but writing was my first passion, and I’m excited to share it with you.

I currently live in West Texas with my wife and our two adorable (but weird) cats.

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“No one knows how human genetics evolved to create Mirrors. No one knows how the evidence of a criminal’s last horrendous act can be confirmed in a single gaze of a child’s silvered eyes. But just because science can’t explain something doesn’t mean it can’t be used, and this gift is simply too valuable to ignore.

Twins Thomas and Ashley Ross have grown up knowing they would be used as Mirrors for the “good” of humanity. When their powers mature at age twelve, they are taken weekly to fulfill their role. By reliving the most heinous crimes from a perpetrators’ perspective, they alone can assure that no innocent people will be executed, and that the worst offenders are not set free due to lack of evidence.

Justice is not without cost, however. Taking on the memories of others is a destructive process, one that quickly consumes the children involved until most take their own lives. As despair threatens to drown Thomas and Ashley, a distant hope keeps them from succumbing: If they can make it to their eighteenth birthday, their contract with the government will be fulfilled. Changing views on the morality of their role threatens to tear them apart, but the twins struggle to cling to each other and try to construct a fragile life above the weekly flood of horrors.

As their work takes it toll, however, a new question emerges: does survival even matter when you’re already broken beyond repair?”

 

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 Top Ten List

1.    Movie: It’s a Wonderful Life–It’s amazing how powerfully the sentiment of “Your life has mattered” resonates.

2.    Board Game: Twilight Imperium, 3rd Edition–I love playing board games, and the more complex the better. Twilight Imperium is a whirlwind of tactical combat, careful planning, and diplomacy. Definitely not for everyone, but I absolutely love it.

3.    Sports Team: Kansas City Chiefs–I didn’t like any sports until I was in college. My brother-in-law told me that this was because I had no team to root for and therefore had no investment. Taking up his challenge, I picked one at random: the Chiefs. It turns out he was right; emotional investment matters! Now I’m a faithful fan.

4.    Book: Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson–I love everything Sanderson writes, but Way of Kings just blew me away the first time I heard it. My wife and I were working as a trucking team at the time, and we picked it up as an audiobook. I listened during my daily shift and was so enamored with it after the first time that I went through it again almost immediately. Phenomenal.

5.    Season: Winter–I like cold weather, snow, and curling up under the blankets on a cold evening. I think some of this is that I grew up in Texas where these things tend to be pretty rare and blazing hot summers are the norm. Spending two winters in North Dakota didn’t cure this fascination with winter, though, so I’m probably just a little strange.

6.    Band: Queen–No logic here, I just love their music. Also, Freddy Mercury could sing. 

7.    Vacation Spot: Ruidoso, NM–It’s only a few hours away, the weather is nice and cool, and it’s where my wife and I went on our honeymoon. We try to go once a year.

8.    Restaurant: Babe’s Chicken Dinner House in DFW.–I love a good chicken fried steak, and they make the best. Their fried chicken is fantastic too. If we’re driving to, though, or near Dallas/Fort Worth, we’ll be stopping at a Babe’s 

9.    Favorite TV Show: I Love Lucy–The first time I remember seeing Lucille Ball’s work was on a tribute show shortly after she had died. I watched that with my step-mother, and we laughed together at each clip. It hooked me instantly, and never let go.

10.  Favorite Dessert: My wife’s chocolate cake–Seriously, it’s fantastic.

 

 

 

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18 January 2018

PRE-MEDITATED MURDER by Tracy Weber BOOK BLITZ @TracyWeberTypes

 

 

 

Tracy Weber is the author of the award-winning Downward Dog Mysteries series featuring yoga teacher Kate Davidson and her feisty German shepherd, Bella.

Her first book, Murder Strikes a Pose won the Maxwell Award for Fiction and was 2015 Agatha award nominee for Best First Novel. The third book in her series, Karma’s a Killer, will released January, 2016 by Midnight Ink.

Tracy and her husband live in Seattle with their challenging yet amazing German shepherd Tasha. When she’s not writing, Tracy spends her time teaching yoga, walking Tasha, and sipping Blackthorn cider at her favorite ale house.

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If Kate Doesn’t Act Fast,

the Only “I Do” in Michael’s Future

Will Be at His Trial

 

 

Yoga instructor Kate Davidson is ready to marry her boyfriend Michael, so she’s disappointed when a special dinner doesn’t end with a proposal. But disappointment turns to dismay and outrage as she learns the real problem: Michael is already married and his estranged wife is blackmailing him.

When his wife’s body is found―by Kate and her dog, no less―Michael is strangely unable to remember where he was the night she died. Since Michael has no alibi, Kate steps up to uncover what happened. What she walks into is a tangled web of deceit, obsession, and immigration fraud . . . with Michael trapped in the middle.

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Rene yelled from the front door, “Kate, get in here!”

She didn’t have to ask Bella twice. Bella lunged towards Rene’s voice, practically dislocating my shoulder. I slipped and slid and tried to hold on as she dragged me through the front door and down the long bamboo hallway.

Rene laughed and reached toward Bella’s collar. “For goodness sake, Kate. Let her loose.”

“I don’t think that’s a good id—”

The metallic clank of the leash’s clasp hitting bamboo interrupted my sentence. One hundred pounds of pure German shepherd bliss galloped down the hallway, leaving me in a horrified silence punctuated only by the scrape of German shepherd toenails against flooring. Not a single room escaped Bella’s inspection. A long drink from the guest bathroom toilet, a dig in the family room’s rug, and a joy-filled roll on a bedroom’s queen-sized mattress later, Bella flopped on the deep red couch across from the living room’s stone fireplace. A storm of silky black undercoat snowed down on the fabric around her.

Shedding season. Fabulous.

 

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17 January 2018

TARRAGON, KEY KEEPER by Karlie Lucas BOOK BLITZ

 

 

Karlie Lucas is a preschool teacher by day and a writer/artist by night.

A graduate of Southern Utah University, Karlie received a B.A. in Creative Writing, with a minor in art. She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, The International English Honor Society, as well as ANWA, the American Night Writers Association.

Karlie is interested in all things magical and mysterious, especially elves and dragons. She is an avid fan of J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling.

When not writing, Karlie can often be found drawing, baking, watching her favorite old school shows, or just spending time with her family.

She currently resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband and a cat named Kally.

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For hundreds of years, the gates of Tarragon have been sealed from the outside. Prophecy speaks of the day the last Key Keeper will return and wake the dragons from their spell-cast slumber, returning them to their rightful home.

Seeking to fulfill her father’s dying wish, Anwen Porter travels to the Drakonii Mountains where she meets Tyler, a mysterious local with a secret. With his help, she learns more about her clouded past and her own abilities. But when Courtney, a lovesick mage, tries to insert herself into their plans, things begin to go horribly wrong.

With death threatening at every turn, Anwen must learn to rely on her newfound friends to survive. But how can she unravel the mystery of her heritage when everything is trying to kill her?

 

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Top Ten List:

 

Top Ten People I would like to meet.

 

1. J.R.R. Tolkien. I mean, who wouldn’t want to meet the “father” of fantasy?

2. J.K. Rowling. If she can make it with an oddball fantasy series, surely I can too, and I’d love to pick her brain about that.

3. Joan of Ark – I think her life story is just fascinating.

4. C.S. Lewis – He was an amazing writer. Can’t imagine what life would be like without Narnia.

5. Robin McKinley – She’s always been one of my fave fantasy authors. I have a few bones to pick though, about hinted stories that never got written.

6. Mark Twain – He seems like he’d have been a great guy to know.

7. Albert Einstein – Would love to meet the man who contributed so much to how we see the world.

8. King Charlemagne – An ancestor on both sides of the family, I understand he was one of the first people to instigate a public education system for his people. That, and he had some really cool things happen in his life. 

9. Harrison Ford – He’s one of my fave actors of all time. He’s just awesome.

10. Danny Kaye – Another childhood favorite actor, I think Danny and I would have gotten along swimmingly. That, and the fact that he sang like a dream, even though he couldn’t read a note of music.

 

 

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16 January 2018

SWEET INDULGENCE by Debbie White BOOK BLITZ @dwhiteauthor

 

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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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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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While Annie ran the bathwater for Buffy, Jack helped by taking off her collar. Side by side, the two of them scrubbed, rinsed, and repeated as Buffy stood looking like a drowned rat.

“Oh, she’s cold. She’s shivering,” Jack said, wrapping her in a fluffy towel.

“Bring her in the bedroom. I’ll use the blow dryer on her.”

Jack held Buffy while Annie blew dry her coat. “Does she like to be brushed?” Jack asked.

“She tolerates it,” Annie said.

“This calls for a glass of wine,” Jack said, looking down at his grimy and wet clothes.

Annie poured two glasses of merlot. Motioning to her couch, she invited him to sit. “I’m sorry you got so dirty.”

“No worries. I’m glad to help. I hope she enjoys being clean,” he said.

“I’m glad we ran into each other,” Annie said, smiling.

“Well, I stopped by the bakery first and you’d already closed. I figured you were on your way home.”

“Ah, so you planned it,” Annie said as she leaned into him, hitting his shoulder.

“How about I take you out for a bite to eat?” Jack asked, taking a sip of his wine.

“Nah, let’s stay in. Do you like ramen? I lived on that stuff while I was in college and I still like it,” Annie said, getting up from the couch and crossing over to the kitchen.

Ramen made everything better, especially on a cool evening such as this. After they finished dinner, she poured their second glass of merlot, dimmed all the lights, and switched on the television. With Buffy curled up in her bed, exhausted from chewing her bone after her bath, Annie and Jack cuddled on the sofa, proud of their accomplishments.

They were laughing at the show, Funniest Home Videos, when her phone began to dance all over the glass coffee table. She quickly reached for the vibrating phone.

“We’d like to have you over for supper. Some financial papers came that we need to discuss.”

“What kind of paperwork?” Annie covered the phone and mouthed, “Grandmother” to Jack.

Jack raised his finger to his mouth, showing her he’d be closemouthed during the conversation.

“I have a very busy schedule. I’m trying to coordinate something with the Vickie and the girls and Jack.”

“Jack Powell?”

“Yes.” Annie dared her to say anything about it.

“When can we expect you?” Grandma Lilly said, not missing a beat.

Annie sighed into the receiver. “I’ll stop by tomorrow.”

“Everything okay?” Jack asked.

“Yes. I have to read over some paperwork that came in regarding my inheritance.”

“Oh.” Jack set his glass down. “Maybe I should be going, then.”

“No, you don’t need to go. Please stay.”

Jack nodded. “Alright.”

They continued to laugh at the crazy stunts on the show and soon Annie couldn’t even remember the conversation she’d had with her grandmother. After the show, Annie walked Jack to the door. “Thanks again for helping me. Giving her a bath can be such an ordeal.”

“You’re welcome. And thanks for dinner … and the wine.” He winked.

“Ramen and merlot, the dinner of champions.”

Jack reached out and gently stroked her arm. “I had a great time tonight. It was just the sort of evening I like to spend.”

“Eating ramen and drinking wine?”

“That, and …” He pulled her into his arms. “And this.” His mouth met hers in a soft kiss. She dropped her arms by her side. His sweet warm breath lingered just above her lips. He stepped back, brushing his hand through his hair.

“Hey, you can come back anytime to help me give Buffy a bath,” she said with a twinkle in her eyes.

“As long as you serve me ramen and merlot.” He gave her a quick peck and then he was gone.

 

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12 January 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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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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10 January 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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9 December 2017

BOOK BLITZ – SWEPT OFF MY FEET by Ines Bautista-Yao @inesbyao

Ines Bautista-Yao is the author of One Crazy Summer, What’s in your Heart, Only A Kiss, When Sparks Fly, All That Glitters, and Someday With You. She has also written several short stories. Among them are “Plain Vanilla,” “A Captured Dream,” one of the four short stories in Sola Musica: Love Notes from a Festival, “Things I’ll Never Say,” part of the Summit Books anthology Coming of Age, and “Before the Sun Rises,” part of the Ateneo University Press anthology Friend Zones.
She is the former editor-in-chief of Candy and K-Zone magazines and a former high school and college English and Literature teacher. She is also a wife and mom who lives in the Philippines with her husband and two little girls. Her books are available digitally on Amazon and Buqo.ph.

 

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Why my life sucks
by Geri Lazaro
1. My dad left when I was a kid.
2. My mom is in love (insert eye roll).
3. With a guy who is like 10 years younger than her!
4. My friends think he’s hot. (Gross)
5. I love ballet but our dance studio has a leak and we
have to dance in this smelly studio that doubles as an aikido dojo.
6. There’s this Dojo guy who thinks the studio belongs to
him.
7. Friends think Dojo guy is cute. (Ew.) (Okay, objectively
maybe but still, ew.)
8. I’m failing algebra.
9. Need to quit either basketball or ballet. Or both.
10. Dojo guy keeps showing up! (Fine, he does aikido in the
same building but whatever.)
11. Dojo guy is asking me to dance with him. And maybe he
is as cute as my friends say.
12. I don’t know what to do anymore! 

 

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Snippet:
“Did you see him?” My ballet classmate Helena, whose hair was always in a perfect bun without a single strand out of place, floated over to me, pink skirts flapping up and down in her rush. 

“Who?” 

 “This guy! I can’t believe you didn’t see him when you entered.” Then her bright, excited expression fell. “Oh, Geri, I hope you weren’t wearing your basketball outfit when you arrived.” 

I pulled her phone closer so I could study the image on it. I blinked when I saw who it was. It was Dojo guy. He was talking to someone else in a martial arts kimono too. A girl with long hair cascading down her back. So there was no question of who Helena had just stalked in that photo. I put Helena’s phone back in her hand and wrinkled my nose. “Ew. Yeah. We kinda got into an argument.” I saw her eyes widen. “And yeah, I was wearing my basketball clothes.” 

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21 October 2017

BOOK BLITZ – PISTOLS AND POPLIN (5 Novella Compilation)

 

 

USA Today bestselling author Kirsten Osbourne knows how to write romance. Each book is an experience that transplants the reader, indulging them in decadence, intense emotion and sweeping love.

Hailing from the state of Wisconsin, she has lived in Texas for over thirty years as a mother, writer, and wife. Married to the love of her life for more than fifteen years, she knows that true love exists and shares that vision with the world.

She writes contemporary and historical romance as well and also ventures into the realm of paranormal romance. She invites you to join her in her world of fantasy, love, and make believe, no matter the location, where there is always a happily ever after at the end.

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Amelia C. Adams is the author of twenty-five sweet Western romance novels, the mother of four children, and the eater of chocolate cake and tacos. Many tacos. Too many tacos to count. Because cheese. And meat. Meat and cheese.

She has hit the Amazon bestseller list three times and has the screenshots to prove it. Even though she’s only been publishing Westerns for two years, she plans to do it forever and ever, or until the cows come home, whichever happens first. She credits her own pioneer heritage for this new interest, and is glad that she doesn’t have to wear twelve petticoats to be considered modest.

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Carra Copelin is an award winning and Amazon Best Selling Author in contemporary and historical romances but, unlike so many other authors, she didn’t write from childhood or read long into the night beneath the covers with a flashlight. She found romance novels as an adult. After reading about a million, she discovered numerous people residing in her head, all looking for a way onto the printed page.

She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and Past President of Yellow Rose Romance Writers, plus she regularly contributes to romance blog, Smart Girls Read Romance. She is a member of The Daughters of the American Revolution and The Daughters of the Republic of Texas.

Carra and her hero live in North Central Texas, in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex where they enjoy family and their three beautiful grandchildren. In addition to writing and researching with her fabulous critique partners, she enjoys playing Bridge, working on crochet projects, and tracking down relatives through genealogy.

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Peggy L Henderson is an award-winning, best-selling western historical and time travel romance author of the Yellowstone Romance Series, Second Chances Time Travel Romance Series, Teton Romance Trilogy, and the Blemished Brides and Wilderness Brides Western Historical Romance Series. When she’s not writing about Yellowstone, the Tetons, or the old west, she’s out hiking the trails, spending time with her family and pets, or catching up on much-needed sleep. She is happily married to her high school sweetheart. Along with her husband and two sons, she makes her home in Southern California.

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A transplanted Scot, Margery Scott now lives on a lake in Canada.

Although she grew up as far away from the old west as possible, she’s always had a love affair with the men and women who settled the untamed land west of the Mississippi. Glued to TV westerns like Maverick, Rawhide and Gunsmoke, and reading stories of Annie Oakley, Roy Rogers and Rin Tin Tin, it was only natural that when she started writing, she wrote what she loved to watch and read. When she’s not writing or travelling in search of the perfect setting for her next novel, you can usually find her wielding a pair of knitting needles or a pool cue.

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“Five brand-new sweet Western novellas by five of your favorite authors!

Mail Order Miller by Kirsten Osbourne

No one wants to employ Doris Miller, and no man is interested in her. Traveling two-thousand miles across country to marry a stranger may seem strange to some, but it’s the answer to her troubles.

Harvey Butler’s children are the scourge of the town of Salmon, Oregon. When one of the women of the town insists he needs a bride, he’s certain he could never find someone willing to marry him. When he receives a response from Doris Miller, he’s convinced it will be a marriage of convenience, and they will simply coexist. Will Doris be able to change his mind about his future?

 

The Risk and the Reward by Amelia C. Adams

Sybil James has worked her way up and is now employed as the ladies’ maid for Lady Douglas, a wealthy woman of distinction. When Lady Douglas decides to travel to America to visit her son, she gives the girl a chance to see the world and experience things she could only dream about before.

Grant Douglas is enjoying his life as an American businessman, all the while knowing that he’ll eventually return to England to run the family estate. Circumstances force his hand early and he must drop everything to set things to rights–one of those things being the stewardship of a lovely young ladies’ maid who finds herself without a home.

Two very different worlds collide . . . two hearts must decide what it is they most want.

 

Emmeline: Bride of Arkansas by Carra Copelin

Emmeline Weidner was left at the altar by her intended. Seeking to heal her bruised feminine ego, she moves in with her sister. While learning to cope with her new life, she discovers she isn’t content to live the life of a spoiled society woman. Can she let go of her newfound independence when the right man comes along?

Lincoln Bass returns to Flat Rock Point, Arkansas a year after the accident that almost cost his life. His former employer has asked him for help at the lumber mill. He is apprehensive, but feels he owes the man who saved his life. Then he crosses paths with the most delectable, yet bewildering female he’s ever encountered.

 

In His Thoughts by Peggy L. Henderson

Assigned to a position in the newly formed Yellowstone National Park, life seems like it couldn’t get any better for Ben Ferguson. But patrolling for poachers is fraught with danger, and he soon finds his future looking bleak. Images of a blue-eyed guardian angel are the only thing he has to pull him from the edge of death.

Crazy. Worthless. Demon-possessed. Clara Youngblood has been labeled many things by people who cannot understand the challenges she must confront every day within her own mind. When all seems dark, a glimmer of hope appears in the form of a retired soldier.

Ben and Clara wouldn’t have chosen the circumstances that brought them together, but they soon discover their importance in rescuing each other.

 

The High Stakes Bride by Margery Scott

Chloe Taggart has one goal—to leave Rocky Ridge as soon as possible and see the world. She has no intention of ever being under a man’s thumb, and she has no desire to spend her life cooking and cleaning when she could be sailing the Pacific or touring ancient Greek ruins.

Even though Austin Hayward is content with his life on his ranch, it would be perfect if he had a wife to share it with. Unfortunately, there is only one woman he’s interested in marrying—Chloe Taggart. Chloe and Austin have known each other for years, but she’s never looked at him as anything more than a friend.

When Chloe’s father loses his diner to Austin in a poker game, Austin makes her a proposition—her father will get his diner back, and Austin will get Chloe.”

 

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The High Stakes Bride

by Margery Scott

Snippet:

Hopefully, one day he’d be able to kiss her the way he dreamed of and she’d respond the same way. For now, he’d have to be gentle and patient.

He spoke quietly, hoping his voice was soft enough that the pastor wouldn’t be able to hear him. “It’s not fatal, or if it is, I’m doing it wrong.”

He smiled at her. She nodded a moment before he lowered his head to hers. He grazed her lips softly, barely touching them, but it was enough to make him almost groan with the intensity of his desire for her.

He forced himself to pull away before he scared her. As it was, when he met her gaze, she was looking at him with a dazed expression on her face, as if she’d never seen him before. It was disconcerting, to say the least.

 

Random facts

  1. I was born in a town in Scotland that dates back to the 12th century. I’m told I’m a descendant of Robert the Bruce (of Braveheart fame <g>)
  2. I’m an ice cream addict.
  3. I’m phobic about bees, wasps and hornets.
  4. Shooting pool is one of my favorite things to do, and I’ve been lucky enough to win two trips to Las Vegas to play in a national championship.
  5. I’m trying to give up sugar, so I hung a warning sign on my office door 🙂

 

 

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