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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Book Review: Merry Christmas, Henry

Blurb:

Henry, a shy and talented artist, moonlights as a security guard at a museum and loses his heart to a beautiful, melancholy woman in a painting. As his obsession grows, he finds a kindred soul who helps him in his search for happiness. On Christmas Eve, Henry dares to take a chance on love and fulfill his dream.

Book Information:


Publication Date: November 5, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Fantasy (Holiday)
Word Count: 10,000
Formats Available: ePub, MOBI, PDF


Book Review:

This is my first holiday romance of the season, and it certainly is filled with holiday miracles. It was easy to feel sorry for Henry, the main character, because he had such a ho hum kind of life. He had artistic talent that he refused to develop and spent his time as a guard in an art museum. As time passed, he obsessed over a portrait of a beautiful woman. Finally, at Christmas time, he decided to add his own touches to the painting.

I had an idea where this story might go, but it didn't end the way I thought it would even though Henry does find happiness in a Christmas miracle.

While the story ended well, I wasn't a fan of the ending. I wanted to give Henry a kick and tell him to shape up. The story is well written with some great description, and it's possible that someone else may be kinder to poor Henry than I was. On a scale of 1-5, I'd give it a 4.



Hymns of the West Book #2

 

Welcome to Faith Blum's blog tour. Faith, thank you so much for visiting. Could you tell us who designed your cover?

Perry Elisabeth at www.perryelisabethdesign.blogspot.com. She does an awesome job finding pictures that will work.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

Don't rush the publishing. Connecting with other authors is also helpful.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Write, rewrite, edit, and rewrite again. Take breaks, but not for too long. Do NOT rush into the publishing process.


Blurb:

Anna Stuart is comfortable with her life. She may be a 30 year old spinster, but she has her routine and enjoys taking care of her father and older brother. One letter shatters all her routines, comfort, and enjoyment. After learning of her brother’s death, Anna feels like her life will never be the same again.
Then she meets two motherless boys. Did God place them in her life to lead her to a new vision of life? Can she trust God to give her the desires of her heart before she even knows what they are?


EXCERPT:

The church was empty when I dragged myself out of the pew and headed out the door. As I opened the door, the corner of my eye caught a flicker of movement which I chose to ignore. I walked down the steps and was nearly bowled over by two wild boys. With arms grown strong and quick from man-handling two brothers growing up, I grabbed the two boys before they had a chance to escape me.

AUTHOR INFO:

An avid reader, Faith Blum started writing at an early age. Whether it was a story about the camping trip that summer or a more creative story about fictional characters, she has always enjoyed writing. When not writing, Miss Blum enjoys reading, crafting, playing piano, moderating on the Holy Worlds Historical Fiction Forum and playing games with her family (canasta, anyone?).
As a history enthusiast who has been fascinated for years with the Old West, Faith has endeavored to create a clean, fun, and challenging Western story. Faith lives with her family on a hobby farm in the Northern Midwest, where she enjoys the many cats they have.
You can find Faith on her Website, Blog, Facebook, and Twitter
Google: https://plus.google.com/u/0/102215478367164319526/posts Be Thou My Vision (Hymns of the West Book 2)
http://www.amazon.com/Thou-Vision-Hymns-West-Book-ebook/dp/B00NF3QV52/

What Casts the Shadow?

What Casts a Shadow?
by Seth Mullins

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BLURB:


A troubled young rock musician, a mystic mentor, and a generation of lost souls longing for a new voice to emerge from thewilderness...


When an altercation outside of a performance venue nearly proves fatal, Brandon Chane begins to realize how far his life is spinning out of control. His efforts to channel his pain, frustration and thwarted loves into his music may not suffice to save him. Then he meets Saul, a crisis counselor with the soul of an ancient medicine man, and a far-reaching journey of healing - one that may teach him how to steer away from the very edge of the abyss - begins.

EXCERPT:

The Edge

I suppose you could compare it to driving on a high mountain road. You don’t realize how close you are to free-fall, or how sheer and far is the plunge, until you go around a bend where one side is exposed to open air and then there it is: The Abyss.

There’s this edge that you can come to – I imagine it’s a different place for each of us – and you just know that once you get swept over it you won’t be coming back. By the time you’re close enough to see it it may already be too late. You could find yourself teetering, suddenly hearing the warnings that life had been giving you all along, knowing that it’s become impossible to step back; because by that time, those other forces – the ones pounding like the rapids at your back, always trying to push you towards that edge and then over it – have grown too strong.

Tommy and I first talked about forming a band together before either of us had learned to play an instrument. We both perceived music – particularly, its heavy, extreme underside - as the ideal vehicle for our personal salvation. The first guitar that I purchased, a Fender Telecaster that I immediately spray painted black to my father’s horror, became my refuge. It was my best friend and confidante. It gave me a convenient excuse to avoid social situations that, more often than not, would only remind me of how far off the beaten path I really was.



AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Seth Mullins draws upon the great sweep of human soul-journeying to weave his tales. He's inspired by music, shamanism, dreams and the mysteries and miracles of our inner life. His greatest love as a writer is for fiction that depicts a journey towards self-awareness in the deepest sense.

"Probably the most valuable thing that I learned throughout my spiritual journey in this life is the importance of trusting in one's self. Many of our cultural lessons encourage us to ignore or even fear our inner reality. And yet it is this realm that really does hold the answers to all of our questions, and can point the way towards the most fulfilling life experiences possible for us."

Mr. Mullins has lived in Maine, Connecticut, New Mexico, Oregon and Vermont.

http://www.humanityswayforward.com (Humanity's Way Forward - my website)

http://frontiersofconsciousness.blogspot.com (The Edge of the Known by Seth Mullins - my blog)

"What Casts the Shadow?"  (The Edge of the Known) on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1rkhffS  

My Amazon author page: amazon.com/author/sethmullins

https://www.facebook.com/seth.thomas.37454

http://twitter.com/SethMullins1

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 One randomly chosen winner via rafflecopter will win a $50 Amazon/BN.com gift card. Use the rafflecopter link below to enter. You can find Seth's schedule at http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2014/09/vbt-what-casts-shadow-by-seth-mullins.html


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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Halloween Costumes

My Halloween costume is simple but fun, and if you need one at the last minute it's easy to do. Look at the picture and guess what it is.


Can't guess? I'm a serial killer, and Rascal is wearing a crown.  If you'd like to see the slideshow I made for Rest Thy Head, you can see it here. I think it's pretty.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Beyond the Book: National Chocolate Day

Welcome to Beyond the Book, your chance to interact with the characters you've come to know in my writing. Today's guest is Jake Douglas, hero of Rest Thy Head. Jake is a former marine who was badly burned in Afghanistan. He operates a beautiful mountain inn, Rest Thy Head. Here's Jake.

Okay, like Elaine said, I'm Jake Douglas. My brother and I operate the inn together, and I was the one who got charge of the kitchen. I try to learn one new recipe a week. This week, in honor of National Chocolate Day, I'm offering chocolate cake for dessert. Oh, you didn't know October 28 is national chocolate day?  LOL. Now that you know you can try this recipe. It's good, very moist and decadent according to my wife Peyton. Let me know if you try it.

Wet Chocolate Cake

2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 stick butter
½ cup cooking oil
1 cup water
4 TBSP cocoa
½ cup buttermilk
1 tsp soda
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla

Sift flour and sugar together in a large mixing bowl. Place butter, oil, water, and cocoa into a saucepan and bring to a rapid boil. When mixture boils, remove from heat and pour over sugar and flour mixture. Mix well with spoon and add buttermilk, soda, eggs and vanilla. Beat lightly and pour into greased and floured 13 X 9 X 1 ½ inch pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes.

Wet Chocolate Frosting 1 stick butter 4TBSP cocoa 6 TBSP evaporated milk 1 box powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Place butter, cocoa, and milk in saucepan. When mixture comes to a boil remove from heat and add 1 box powdered sugar and 1 tsp vanilla. Pour over cake while hot.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Secrets

BLURB:

Someone is making homeless cats disappear and Michelle Slade wants to put a stop to it. The office manager at Aegar Investigations and owner of cat rescue Cats Alive, she struggles to keep together the life she’s forged since the one she knew shattered five years ago on the night she was raped. She couldn’t have predicted that the rape’s impact would reach into her present life and put a strangle grip on all she holds dear, thanks to the evil machinations of powerful businessman, William Carter.

When Michelle’s problems with Carter escalate, friends rally to help her, with private investigator Casey Mitchell at the top of the line. When Casey finds his investigation takes him down a very dark path of diabolic and life-threatening research conducted by Carter Enterprises, he attempts to keep his work life and his private identity as a were-lynx separate. However, though he’s been trained his whole life to keep his identity and his colony of were-cats protected, he now struggles with terrible aloneness.

As they are thrown together to save the missing cats and remedy worse problems, Michelle and Casey can triumph and find true love, or lose everything.


Excerpt One:

Casey parked under a large tree down the street from the William Carter, Enterprises campus and turned off the car. He sat in the dark, desperation warring with detachment.

When Michelle had broken off with him, the loneliness didn’t simply return, it nearly took him over. It shouted in his head, brutal thoughts of getting what he deserved for letting her get close. It tainted his dreams with endless dark hunts searching for her in nameless and unfamiliar forests.

6:35 PM 8/31/2014Casey shrugged off the clamor of loneliness, and focused his vision on the building down the street. It was his prey tonight.


My Review:

Things I liked:
1.The best thing of all about the book is that the author expressed a concern for homeless cats. People are so mean to animals, and I loved that the author had a story where someone cared for them.
2. I liked learning about werecats. I'd never heard of one before.
3.I thought the author did a good job on making her characters seem three dimensional and real.
4.The author created some memorable villains. 
5.I'm a sucker for a happy ending, and the author gave us one.

Things I wondered about:
1.After the heroine found out about the werecats, it was okay for them to protect her, but it's kind of scary to me to think that anyone was cruising around my yard without my knowledge.

All in all, I enjoyed the book. If you're a paranormal fan, I think you'd like this one. 5 stars.





AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Lynn Crandall lives in the Midwest and writes in the company of her two cats. She has been a reader and a writer all her life. Her background is in journalism, but whether writing a magazine or newspaper story or creating a romance, she loves the power stories hold to transport, inspire, and uplift. In her romances, she focuses on vulnerable, embraceable characters who don't back down. She hopes that readers discover, over and over, stories of ordinary people who face ordinary life challenges and are transformed by extraordinary love.

Links:

www.lynn-crandall.com

@lynncrandall246


https://www.facebook.com/LynnCrandallAuthor?ref=hl

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Terra Cotta Beauty

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Paperback: 142 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 12, 2014)
ISBN-10: 1491271671
ISBN-13: 978-1491271674
Genre: Fiction
About The Author
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Jola Naibi was raised in Lagos, Nigeria and studied in in the United Kingdom. She enjoys writing and blogging as a way to satisfy and extremely eager imagination.
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Follow the daily lives, loves, and hopes of an entire community in Jola Naibi’s moving debut, Terra Cotta Beauty. A carefully crafted selection of short stories, this collection examines life in Lagos, Nigeria, during the era of military rule. It reveals the struggles, loves, and hopes of a disparate group of people whose lives always manage to intersect—sometimes in the most devastating of ways. With each brief conversation and split-second decision containing consequences that reach further than anyone could ever imagine, each of the book’s seven tales is a delicate thread that helps form the social fabric of a nation divided. From a woman whose journalist husband is jailed for criticizing the government to a young man’s reluctant descent into crime, Terra Cotta Beauty acts as a carefully crafted ode to the essence of Lagos itself: its people.
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