Sewing Can Be Dangerous Blog Tour

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Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour of Sewing Can Be Dangerous And Other Small Threads by S.R Mallery. This is a collection of 11 short stories. Featuring stories from genres like mystery, history, romance and action, this anthology has been highly rated by readers all over the world and has 4.8 out of 5 rating on Goodreads. 
 
And I am so excited to share this book on my blog today. Also, Sewing Can Be Dangerous And Other Small Threads by S.R Mallery is only 99¢/Rs. 63 from a limited time! 
 
~About the Book~

Title and Author: Sewing Can Be Dangerous And Other Small Threads by S.R Mallery

No. of Pages: 276

Publication Date: December 2013

Genre: Historical Fiction, Anthology, Short Stories, Romance, Mystery, Action

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Blurb:

The eleven long short stories in “Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads” combine history, mystery, action and/or romance, and range from drug trafficking using Guatemalan hand-woven wallets, to an Antebellum U.S. slave using codes in her quilts as a message system to freedom; from an ex-journalist and her Hopi Indian maid solving a cold case together involving Katchina spirits, to a couple hiding Christian passports in a comforter in Nazi Germany; from a wedding quilt curse dating back to the Salem Witchcraft Trials, to a mystery involving a young seamstress in the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire; from a 1980’s Romeo and Juliet romance between a rising Wall Street financial ‘star’ and an eclectic fiber artist, to a Haight-Asbury love affair between a professor and a beautiful macramé artist gone horribly askew, just to name a few.

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~Excerpt~
 
An Excerpt from Sewing Can Be Dangerous & Other Small Threads
 
From A
Drunkard’s Path
 
 “….Are you kidding me?” Deborah exploded. “My life is falling apart! C’mon, curses don’t really happen, do they? I mean, what can I do? You tell me now!” She segued into a screech.
“Come over to my place tomorrow and I’ll try to relate it all to you, I promise…”
….“Do you know anything about the Salem Witchcraft trials?” The older woman leaned in toward her niece, as if casting a
spell herself.
“No, not much, why?”
“You remember Martha Stinson from my quilt group? Well after the wedding, she showed me a journal written by a relative of hers and frankly, I am very concerned about you. It seems one of the accused witches from the original Salem trials might have actually had a connection with a real witch, an ancestor of Martha’s…”
 
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Inside the packed meetinghouse, dust particles from mud-caked boots floated throughout the air, rendering it dense, murky. That year, April had been an unkind month to Salem Village. Rain-drenched meadows produced a sludge that clung to the edges of women’s dresses, creating odors so foul that in such tight quarters, it became difficult to breathe. But people weren’t concerned with such matters on this day. They had gathered for a higher purpose: the Devil was in Salem, and they wished him thwarted at all costs. Even the constant threat of Indian attacks and surviving harsh winters paled in comparison to what was happening now, in that room, swelling with apprehension.
Crammed into high-walled pews, dark wooden benches, or simply shoved up against walls, spectators filled every conceivable space in the meetinghouse. Donning black hats, cloaks, and breeches, the men angled forward, their eyes boring holes into the five men sitting up front, yet it was the women who carried the greatest burden that day; their hooded coats and muffs covering their recently unkempt hair and unwashed fingernails, couldn’t disguise the uncertainty they felt about their community’s loyalty to them and how it would all end.
Sitting at the head of the counsel table, amongst other magistrates in the newly appointed Court of Oyer and Terminer, John Hathorne and Jonathan Corwin quietly conferred with each other before beginning their first round of questioning. Arrogant, self-important, the black-robed magistrates assumed their positions on the political totem pole, and having been brought to Salem for such a specific purpose, they dared not disappoint. They were on a mission to deliver souls. Hathorne, displaying the greatest exhibition of self-aggrandizement, seemed the most severe. With no real legal experience, and having only glanced at Sir Mathew Hale’s Trial of Witches, and Joseph Granvill’s Collection of Sundry Trials in England, Ireland the week before, he nonetheless believed he was more than competent to interrogate the accused.
At the front of the room facing the magistrates, sat all the accusers, the “afflicted” girls: Abigail Williams, her cousin Betty Parris, Ann Putnam, Sarah Bibber, Sarah Churchill, Elizabeth Booth, Mercy Lewis, Susanna Sheldon, Jemima Rea, Mary Warren, Mary Walcott and Elizabeth Hubbard. With downcast eyes and folded hands, they appeared demure; inwardly they were experiencing emotions quite different from anything they had ever known. Childhoods stocked with adult repression and fear now served as a springboard to the frenzy of accusations they had created, because on this day, along with their catharsis and even exhilaration, came the most important emotion of all: a sense of empowerment. At last, they were getting adults to listen to them, and it was intoxicating.
John Hathorne commenced with the proceedings. “Bring in the accused, Bridget Bishop….” 
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~Meet the Author~

What sparked your interest in becoming a writer?

Coming from a family of writers, for many years I wouldn’t touch that profession with a ten-foot pole!  It was far too much pressure. But slowly, surely, over the years, each time I watched a movie that involved a writer, I was curiously drawn to the character, as if I had somehow ‘come home.’

Then one day I was waiting for my teenage daughter to finish trying on clothes at a department store and thought, ‘Why not give storytelling a try?’ It ended up being this collection’s first story, “Sewing Can Be Dangerous,” all about the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire of 1911.  My father had told me about this horrific event earlier that year and suddenly, amidst saleswomen bustling by and customers lining up in front of a nearby cashier, I threw all caution to the wind. I pulled out my tiny, purse-size notepad and pen and started to write. And write. And write. It was like a drug; I never looked back.

What was the first novel you read that made an impression on you and what affect has it had on your writing career?

Although there have been various authors I’ve read and admired, perhaps Harper Lee was the most important one for me.  From her I learned early on that being simple yet lyrical, presenting appealing characters and touching subjects, and ‘showing not telling’ can be a very powerful combination.  I didn’t consciously try to incorporate those things into my writing, but I believe they’re still lodged somewhere in me, so whenever I try to be too verbose or too facile rather than coming from the heart, I know I’ll get into trouble.

Who is your hero and why?

Oh, dear, I have many—Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi, for meeting adversity with peace. Numerous female writers from long ago, such as Louisa May Alcott, Jane Austin, Mary Shelley, etc., for standing out from the mundane, suppressed female crowd, and ordinary everyday people who face unbelievable odds and still manage to give of themselves with dignity and grace.

What advice would you give to someone getting ready to publish for the first time?

I would tell him/her to make sure the manuscript in question is properly edited and read by several beta readers, in order to get other perspectives and critiques.  After all, as writers we can easily assume everything we write is going to be completely understood by others.  But it’s these other evaluations that keep us on track and bring us clarity. Believe me, I’ve learned the hard way…

What are five things that readers would be surprised to know about you?

  1. I was a professional singer, both at a large cathedral and in small clubs. My Yin and Yang, so to speak! The cathedral’s acoustics were amazing—my voice, trained in classical ‘art songs’ not heavy opera, floated through this sizeable cathedral that had won architectural design awards. Then at night, I sang in grade B clubs, where the espresso coffee machines, bartender’s glass clicking, and customer’s banter with waitresses competed with our small band’s forty-five minute sets.
  2. I was a professional calligrapher, mostly doing certificates and wedding invitations (before fonts were readily available on Word and the Internet). I remember I was once given a very precious blank certificate and told how important this document was. When I asked if there was another copy ‘just in case,’ the customer simply scoffed, so I soldiered on. However, I got so nervous I remember drinking a big, filled-to-the-brim glass of wine, which seemed to do the trick—the certificate came out okay. More than okay. In fact, it crossed my mind that perhaps in the future I should do all of my certificates with…not!
  3. I was a quilt designer/quilt teacher for over twenty years. I not only had my own work in shows, I had a business that I started called “Memento Quilts,” where I would take people’s treasured clothing and incorporate them––buttons, ribbons, zippers, et al.–– into their quilts. I also got a couple of How To articles published regarding my techniques on that subject.
  4. Years ago I was a production artist for a medical advertising firm. I was supposed to lay down printed text and photos and carefully line them up with my T-square, clamped against the left side of my drafting table. Exacting work and sometimes quite unpleasant, particularly when the photos showed skin diseases. Staring down at abscesses and oozing sores for hours did not make for a great lunchtime, but what I did gain from that experience was to this day, if I see a slightly crooked picture hanging on a wall that most people would ignore, I immediately want to straighten it!
  5. I currently teach adult ESL students from other countries part time. Many years ago I also taught the Laubach Literacy program to adults labeled ‘functionally illiterate’. Funny thing is though, those literacy students, who had gone through their entire lives hiding in shame, were some of the smartest people I have ever taught.  Food for thought?

S.R. Mallery has worn various hats in her life. First, a classical/pop singer/composer, she moved on to the professional world of production art and calligraphy.?Next came a long career as an award winning quilt artist/teacher and an ESL/Reading instructor. Her short stories have been published in descant 2008, Snowy Egret, Transcendent Visions, The Storyteller, and Down In the Dirt.

 
Website/Blog:  www.srmallery.com
Twitter:  @SarahMallery1
Pinterest:  (I have some good history boards that are
getting a lot of attention—history, vintage clothing, older films)
Amazon Author page:   http://www.amazon.com/S.-R.-Mallery/e/B00CIUW3W8/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

~Giveaway~

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Grade A Stupid Book Blitz

 
I am so excited to host the Book Blitz for Grade A Stupid by A.J. Lape. The Blitz will run on 16th and 17th March. This book is highly rated and currently free in US, UK, Canada, Germany, and Australia. It is only Rs. 60 in India.
~About the Book~
 
Grade A Stupid by A.J. Lape
Series: The Darcy Walker Series Book 1
No. of Pages: 375
Publication Date: November 2012
Genre: Young Adult Mystery, Thriller, Humor
AN AMAZON #1 BESTSELLER IN TEENS MYSTERIES & THRILLERS SPIES AND DETECTIVE STORIES! 
DARCYVILLE: Where stupidity is celebrated with a deadly dose of sin. 
 
Fifteen years ago, Darcy Walker’s parents thought it was a good idea to give her a unique name: Darcy, meaning “dark walker.” Whether that was a stroke of genius or stroke of stupid, they definitely nailed the irony. She lacks direction, her grades stink despite a high IQ, she’s boringly average–although flirting admirers claim otherwise–and God help her, she’s infatuated with a bad-boy. 
A bad-boy that her hottie best friend, Dylan, wishes would get acquainted with his fist. 
And, oh yeah, there’s that tattoo that was a royally stupid idea. 
With her life spiraling out of control, everything changes when she skips class and finds a dead body…in fact, it gets worse. It jump starts Darcy’s inner-verb, and her brain hardwired for action gets caught up in a situation she can’t let go. 
Set in the fictional Cincinnati town of Valley, Ohio, Darcy falls into a world of threats, violence, and gangland exploits chasing down every clue to finger the murderer. When a fellow misfit is arrested for the crime, Darcy goes from zero-to-sixty trying to clear his name–constructing aliases, breaking the law, everything that makes perfect sense to her but reeks of Grade A Stupid to everyone else. 
Trouble is…will she live to see sixteen?
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~Excerpt~
 
“THERE WAS ALWAYS a boy in your life that common sense and the prayers of parents told you to stay away from: fast talker, fast car, and fast hands. He was the boy your father kept a loaded shotgun by the door for and met on the front porch if he ever thought about venturing onto his property…let alone the threshold. He was the tall, dark, mysteriously handsome, and uncharacteristically quiet one that made you wonder what was going on in his head, and that little voice in your head said it wasn’t always so honorable. He was the boy you broke all of the rules over because bad-boys equaled excitement and the rebel in you liked the ride.”
 
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Amazon.com  {FREE in US, UK, Canada, Germany, and Australia}
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Smashwords {FREE}
~About the Author~
A. J. Lape is the author of the Darcy Walker Series which has stayed on Amazon’s teen’s mysteries and thrillers bestseller’s lists since its debut in 2012. She lives in Cincinnati with her husband, two daughters, an ADD dog, a spoiled hamster, and an unapologetic and unrepentant addiction to Coca-Cola–plus a lifelong love affair with bacon she has no plans to sever. A graduate of Morehead State University with a Master’s degree in Communications, she’s a PI wannabe and recently joined the Citizen’s Police Academy in her hometown but daily stops crime through the fictional ADHD character of Darcy Walker. If the FBI ever checks her computer, she’ll be wearing prison-orange due to the graphic and disgusting “wiki” articles she looks up…all in the name of career research, of course.
 
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~The Darcy Walker Series~
Book 1: Grade A Stupid by A.J Lape
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Book 2: No Brainer by A.J Lape


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Book 3: 100 Proof Stud by A.J Lape


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Book 4: DEFCON Darcy by A.J Lape–> New Release


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Born to Magic Book Blitz

 Book Blitz: Born to Magic by David Wind
Born to Magic by David Wind
Series: Tales of Nevaeh Volume 1
Genre: Scifi, Fantasy, Dystopian, Adventure, Epic
Publication Date: February 15, 2015
 

Welcome to my stop for the Book Blitz of BORN TO MAGIC by David Wind. This new release is a Scifi, Fantasy and adventure saga which has received rave reviews ever since its publication on February 15, 2015. Checkout the book and go grab your copy now! 🙂

~About the Book~
 
 
Blurb:
Welcome to Nevaeh— a world where technology no longer exists, but magic does. 
Long ago, the violence and radiation of the terrorist wars killed America. Those left dwell in a world of ritual and magic where ten dominions struggle for supremacy and a dark power rises to claim all. 
Areenna, the only daughter of the King of Freemorn, is barely eighteen, yet her psychic ability is strong. She is summoned to ‘The Island’ and learns that the fate of her world is in her hands. She must undertake a perilous journey to save Nevaeh from destruction. But she will not travel alone. 
 
Mikaal, the son of the High King of Nevaeh, has as much at stake as Areenna. Their quest takes them through haunted wastelands filled with mutants while an evil force does everything in its power to stop Areenna and Mikaal—for it wants Nevaeh as its own. 
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~Praise for the Book~

“Enchanting and simply irresistible!
This book has astounded me. For one, this genre is not my cup of tea. Although I love science fiction, I’m not a big fan of fantastical worlds, especially when a medieval type of life is involved. Yet, this book has been a delightful surprise for me. 
David Wind has created a world that expresses magic in every way; not just with the sparks and orbs of light that are expelled into the air with every wave and flick of the youngsters’ hands, but also with the suitably old-fashioned dialogue and the masterfully described scenes of the magnificent landscape. This amazing future world is simply irresistible and as I read on, I felt suitably mesmerized by it. I’ve had the best ‘mind trip’ of my life in years with this book. A true gem of its genre. Well done, David Wind!
I’m already looking forward to the next book in the Tales of Navaeh Series as to see what else this highly imaginative author has in store for the reader.
Don’t miss out. If you love fantasy, trust me, you want to read this book!” – 5 stars from Effrosyni Moschoudi [Goodreads]
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“A dystopic fantasy with a feminist twist! “
David Wind has penned a classic fantasy quest and a fabulous first installment in what promises to be an epic series.”-5 Stars from Lisa Verge Higgins

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(Lisa Verge Higgins is the Author of The Proper Care And Maintenance Of Friendship)

 
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 “A very original story, very detailed and well written. Each character has their own qualities, some are likable while others are not. There is suspense, adventure and magic. All the qualities of a great fantasy.”- 5 Stars from Sheri Wilkinson [Goodreads]

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~Meet the Author~
David Wind’s first novel was published in 1981 and he has published thirty-five novels of Science Fiction, Mystery and suspense thrillers. He lives and writes in a small village about thirty miles upstate of NYC, and shares his house with his wife, Bonnie and dog Alfie. 

In 2008, David published his first Indie book, Angels In Mourning, which won the Amazon.com Book of the Month Reader’s Choice Award. His Historical Fantasy, Queen Of Knights, reached #2 on the Amazon.Com bestseller lists for historical fantasy and medieval fantasy. 
In 1988, David was honored by science fiction writer and Hugo Award Grand Master Andre Norton, who, after reading Queen of Knights, asked David to write a short story for inclusion in her ‘Andre Norton’s Tales From The Witch World 2’ Anthology Series.

David also wrote the novelization of the ABC 7 day miniseries, The Last Days Of Pompeii.

David is currently working on a new sci-fi/fantasy series, Tales Of Nevaeh. Volume I will be released in February of 2015 and Volume II will be out in the late spring.
 
~Follow David Wind~
Twitter: @david_wind
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