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June Book Reviews and a wedding picture! @TonyaWrites @sgc58 @WordDreams @SueColetta1 @teagangeneviene @DAntion @AnnalisaCrawf #writingcommunity #readersoftwitter

A Secret Gift

By Tonya Penrose

Halley, who is a successful businesswoman, receives an anonymous offer to live her dream in a town she fell in love with. The only catch is she must find love within the year, a part-time job, and write a book. With her book started, and a job obtained, she finds two interesting men who might be a love interest, one more than the other according to her test, but not necessarily her heart. This is a pleasant seaside town where everyone is nice—with an exception or two. I could easily imagine myself living in this location and would love to get an offer like Halley received. The town is welcoming, and Halley is offered a dwelling to live in while the cottage was being finished that she bought through her mysterious benefactor. Along the way, she learns about herself and what is important to her. There is humor and growth along this journey for Halley. I love the relationships she develops, especially with Mick, the sea captain, Libby who offers good advice, Ginger, her new best friend and boss, and especially Sally and her daughter Tulip. But it’s the one with Ben that adds a special layer to this sweet story and offers a real chance to Halley to find love if they can get past themselves. An excellent clean, romantic read that I thoroughly enjoyed and can recommend.

Tales From The Garden 

By Sally Cronin

“Tales From The Garden” is a whimsical collection of stories that dives into the magical world just outside our window. Each tale captivated me, especially when the fairies were involved. I particularly loved when the pregnant deer found this garden, as well as a young boy who was protecting a goose. The collection ends with a beautiful tribute to the 94-year-old mother or Mollie (The Duchess) Coleman. I always knew those statues outside in the garden held a little magic and these charming stories captured that beautifully. A quick but very satisfying read for adults of any age who want to remember that spark we carried inside as children. It would be a splendid set of stories for children to share with their adults too. I can easily recommend these tales.

 Twenty-Four Days Rowe-Delamagente #2

By J. Murray

I read and loved “To Hunt a Sub” and have been eager to read this second installment in the Rowe-Delamagente Series. I not only enjoyed “Twenty-Four Days” but thought the story was even more exciting, which I didn’t think was possible. The same characters that I rooted for, and against, returned. Otto the AI’s growth, and new body, made him my favorite character, and it was nerve-racking seeing Sean trying to do the right thing. It was up to Kali, Zeke, and Otto to save the world from war. Like the first book, the attention to detail drew me deep into the story. The reader is taken into a submarine and onto the open sea on a Navy ship with cruel terrorists lurking. North Korea and the hijacking extreme terrorists seem determined to start a conflict, but Kali and Zeke need to find out who is running things. A well-written, action-packed story that was hard to put down. I can easily recommend “Twenty-Four Days” but suggest you start with the first story, so you don’t miss anything!

Cat and The Dreamer

By Annalisa Crawford

Julia survived a suicide pact she’d made with her only friend and the new kid in school, Rachel. Fifteen years later, she is still trying to survive. Julia lives with her parents and has a job but again no friends. She meets a kind young man, Adam, who changes all of that. Her life changes slowly in a more positive direction, but her inner world is just under the surface. At first, I found the story hard to wrap my mind around. Although I understood the dream world parts, it was her alternative that took me a minute to realize what was going on. Julia combined all the people who bullied her. I quickly settled into the story and her realities. Then I found it hard to put down, especially when she flashed back to her suicide attempt and how she met Rachel. “Cat and The Dreamer” deals with some powerful issues, that include suicide, bullying, and mental health. Everything comes together by the end, and I came up with a theory of what really happened, but I won’t share that here. A very unusual and powerful heart-wrenching read where I just couldn’t help but root for Julia. I can easily recommend this novella.

The Inyan Beacon 

By Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene and Dan Antion

“The Inyan Beacon” is a quick read that not only easily blends two authors but two genres, sci-fi, and westerns. Tank and his synth, Compass are passing through a small western town in the future. Tank is determined to get into a tower and feels he can undo some of the harm from the past. My favorite character quickly became Compass. Who wouldn’t want beautiful blue skin? There was a fun twist waiting for them, which I enjoyed. A short and satisfying read, and a world I’d like to explore more.

Restless Mayhem (The Mayhem Series Book 6) 

By Sue Coletta

I have the rest of The Mayhem Series on my Kindle and have been eager to block out some time to read it. Usually, I’ll go back and start a series from the first book, but “Restless Mayhem” tugged at me. So, I jumped right in and found that I could easily figure out what was going on as I learned who everyone was. I loved Shawnee and her relationship with her grandfather and now mentor, Mr. Mayhem, but my favorite characters were the crows, especially Poe. Shawnee, her grandfather, and Mr. Mayhem are eco-warriors who want to save gray wolves from horrible conditions while Shawnee embarks on a spiritual journey. The details and information created a world that I was swept into. There is a pull between handling situations more spiritually than physically. Plus, something evil has awakened that they have to contend with during their sometimes-bloody missions. I will definitely go back to learn more about these characters’ journeys. I can highly recommend this story to those who love animals, Native American spirituality, action, and justice at all costs.

I only post my 4 & 5-star reviews here! If I don’t like the book, I won’t finish it. It wouldn’t be fair to leave a review for an unfinished story, and life is too short not to enjoy my reading journey!

NOTE:

Wedding, 1983
Honeymoon, 1983
  • There will be no post next week as I will be celebrating our 40th Wedding Anniversary. We plan to go to South Lake Tahoe and enjoy a boat ride and stay at a local hotel 🙂 Maybe later in the week we’ll venture to a hot springs too.
  • I will be back June 19th with another From Finn’s Forest.

Embrace your inner child by reading a great book! D. L. Finn

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#TankaTuesday Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 322, Spirit Animal Poetry #tanka #owls #poems

Here is Colleen Chesbro’s Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge #322. This week we took a quiz to find our spirit animal and then write a poem about it. Mine was the owl: Link 

Take the challenge here to find out what spirit animal you are: Link

effortless soaring

above the silent forest

almost touching stars

guided by instinct and sounds

the owl hunts in the darkness

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From… Finn’s Forest #1! #poetry #photos #writingcommunity #nature #forest #readersoftwitter #authorblog

Hi!

Today is my first From Finn’s Forest where I’ll be sharing my love of animals, nature, and a bit of magic I find in this forest or even the ocean as I explore the world around me. The posts will vary between poetry, photos, stories, updates, or some interesting facts. This will come on weeks when there isn’t any book reviews. I’m limiting book review posts by putting more into one post.

I have shared that my husband created a trail for me to walk on that we call the Magical Trail. This last winter it took a hard hit with all the unusual storms. So, I thought that would be a good place to start. We are already heavy into clean up, have fixed the part of the front deck that collapsed, and are focusing on clearing around the house first.

Here are some photos from the storms and when I was first able to get back on the trail. After the pictures is a poem from my upcoming book.

sun and snow on front deck
This is a shot from the front door and the part of the deck that had no problem with all that snow.
bird in snow
Some visiting birds that I offered food.
bears in snow
A mama and baby bear got up early from their winter nap. They not only got into our garbage but cleaned up the bird food.
feather by snow
I saw this at the beginning of the Magical Trail one day. The white feathers reminded me of angel wings.
fallen cedar
This cedar came down right in the middle of the trail. It is scheduled to be cleaned up soon.
tree top down
I watched when the top of a cedar snapped off during a storm. It is laying on a couple of other trees. It reminded me of Dominos when it happened. Not sure how we are going to clean up this mess.
burn pile
We spent a day burning the branches and debris from the tree that fell in the driveway and the large oak branches that broke near the house. I ended up with a burn that looked like a human bite. Didn’t hurt much though but strange looking.
spring arrived. dogwood and bleeding heart flowers.
Spring finally arrived in May. Here are some dogwood blooms, and bleeding hearts, along with the lilac that I got last year for Mother’s Day.
red flower
This camellia bloomed late this year, in May, but very glad to see it!
river rocks
Here is the latest batch from the rock tumbler. We picked these up at the Yuba River. There is mostly quartz, lava, jasper, and, granite, and epidote. Another batch of river rocks is tumbling right now. I use a rock app on my phone to identify them.

I will be sharing photos as we get everything all cleaned up! Here is a poem that is a reminder that magic is never too far away no matter what life or nature throws at us.

BY THE RIVER

The raging river

Releases in a final thrust

Over the jagged cliff

Into the peaceful pool

Where its journey begins.

In the silent reflection…

On a warm winter morning…

Over the river’s roar…

I heard the fairy’s sweet song

That awakened my magic.

 

Note:

  • I had a fabulous time on my vacation. It was busier than normal, but fun packed. Under the warm tropical waters, I was able to write three haikus on an underwater tablet while snorkling. I also went to a coffee plantation, beautiful gardens, explored caves, saw wild bottle nosed dolphins, sea turtles, and flocks of parrots. There are some pictures on Facebook and Instagram from the trip. My writing reset button was pushed 🙂
  • Next week is June’s Book reviews.

Embrace your inner child. D. L. Finn

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May Book Reviews, updates, and blog tour winners! @Virgilante Sandra_Cox @Dwallacepeach @CherylOreglia @bakeandwrite @GodsAngel1 @SmithaVishwana4 @JMastrangeloArt @YvetteMCalleiro @Dwallacepeach @bubbalee04

I know this is a day late but I decided to wait until the blog tour was over. Thank you too all the hosts who kindly opened up their blogs and made this such a big success. Huge hugs to all!

Blog Tour winners follow the reviews.

Now on to the reviews:

Once Upon a Time in the Swamp

By C.S. Boyack

“Once Upon a Time in the Swamp” starts with a peaceful moment as Mari is hunting for a meal for her family. What she comes home to is heartbreaking and a loss so bad that her life is never the same. At first, it seems the story is being told in the past, but as details are added, it becomes clear that something has happened—a civil war that ended modern society. When Mari attempts to get help from local authorities, she is brushed aside. So, she sets out to hunt down the men who did this to her family. Some of my favorite characters were the ox, Dirt and the puppy, Worthless, and Mari’s interactions with them. Although set in the grim aftermath of a war, there were people still willing to help her. These were the places I hoped she’d find some peace and give up her vengeance. But Mari’s strength and determination became inspiring when she refused to give up on getting her family some justice. The settings were highly detailed, down to making soap and learning to shoot and fight, which immersed me in this world and made me wonder if I could do what she was doing. This was a hard story to put down, and I honestly wasn’t sure how this would all turn out, but I was happy with the conclusion. A well-written post-apocalyptic world that gives us a glimpse of what could be if we stay on our current path. Despite that, there is some hope weaved into it as there’s still good left too. I can easily recommend this story.

Love, Lattes and Angel  (Mutants #3)

By Sandra Cox

“Love, Lattes and Angel” continues where the second book left off. Piper is with her grandfather, boyfriend, Tyler, Amy, Joel, and Angel—who is Piper and Joel’s biological daughter. The group believes they are safe but soon finds out they have been located again by a man who is determined to recapture the product of his lab experiment, Angel. She is a dolphin hybrid like Piper and Joel and is prized. The group splits up to escape, and Piper, Joel, and Angel take a strange trip through the Bermuda Triangle. They end up on an island where the religion of Vodou is practiced. I enjoyed the love triangle between Piper, Tyler, and Joel, and I’m glad this story clarifies who ends up with whom. I envy them as they swim so carefree in the ocean, especially Angel. My favorite part is the pet Angel ends up with, and the island they have found refuge on. An excellent conclusion to the Mutant Series that kept me up late toward the end as I wanted to see how it all played out. I can easily recommend it to YA readers and those who are young at heart.

Poetry Treasures 3: Passions

By Kaye Lynne BoothRobbie Cheadle, Patty Fletcher, D. Wallace Peach, Yvette Prior, Penny Wilson, Colleen M. Chesebro, Abbie Taylor, Yvette Calliero, Smitha Vishwanath, Chris Hall, Willow Willers, and Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer.

“Poetry Treasures 3: Passions” is a beautiful collection of poetry and poets. I started highlighting my favorites to include here but decided against it. Each poet brought their flavor to this poetry mixture, and they were all good in different ways. I was familiar with about half of the authors and was happily introduced to the others. The poets were given their own month, except December, and a brief history of their works. There were two guest poets included at the end. I liked how they all interpreted passion in expected and unusual ways. An excellent opportunity to enjoy good poetry penned by authors I already enjoy, plus find new ones to follow. This is a collection to be read more than once and one I can easily recommend.

Grow Damn It!: The Feeding and Nurturing of Life

By Cheryl Lynn Oreglia

“Grow Damn It!” is an insightful and often humorous collection of essays that blend into an amazing memoir. It was like I was sitting with an old friend having a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, and Ms. Oreglia was sharing life stories with some lessons weaved into them. Subjects varied, some light and some not, like the drive to the hospital after her son was in a car accident. There was an adventure on a tandem bike, which intrigued me as I have always wanted to try it. I laughed at the silly comment they got over and over when they rode. Clear Lake, where they bought a second home, was beautifully captured. I spent a lot of time there as a child, and the essays made me re-live my memories. I appreciated the love of family plus an enduring marriage. The raw honesty was welcomed because things aren’t perfect all the time, but love is always there. We all need to learn life lessons and live life to the fullest. This book captures living and reminds us that each day is a gift to enjoy and, on those certain days… survive. A book I felt on many levels. I highly recommend this collection. I know I will read it again and add it to my bookshelf.

Sunwielder

By D. Wallace Peach

“Sunwielder” is a fantasy that not only offers a second chance but twenty-seven of them. Gryff is a farmer who loves his family. Everything changes for Gryff when his farm is attacked, and he loses his family and is dying. Here he is offered a medallion to change his path. This part of the story reminds me of “Groundhog Day,” where Gryff relives certain moments trying to get it right. Although he gets his family back, his life goes in a direction he couldn’t have foreseen. Because of a lord’s unreasonable hatred, Gryff gets pulled into a war. I love this part of the book where Gryff grows and learns as his path shifts and changes. His loyalty to those he loves as he tries to correct wrongs had me rooting for him to find happiness. The details weaved into the story brought Gryff’s world to life, whether on the farm or battlefield. It is a wonderful fantasy that not only explores new possibilities when things are bleak but friendship, family, and love—a fantasy I can easily recommend.

I only post my 4 & 5-star reviews here! If I don’t like the book, I won’t finish it. It wouldn’t be fair to leave a review for an unfinished story, and life is too short not to enjoy my reading journey!

UPDATES:

  • Huge congrats to the Blog Tour Winners! I threw all the hosts name in a hat and picked three. From there I had my daughter, Danielle, pick a number from the amount of people who commented on that post. That’s how the winners were chosen 🙂
  • D. Wallace Peach won the $20 Amazon Gift Card on Craig’s post! Valerie Jael won the $10 Amazon Gift Card on Sandra’s post, and Vera Day won on Beem’s post. Thank you for all the support and comments, it was a lot of fun.
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  • I will be gone next week on vacation. Book reviews will be back on June 5th and Finn’s Forest will debut June 19th.

Embrace your inner child by reading a good book. Aloha! D. L. Finn

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In the Tree’s Shadow – “Man on the Pier” @BalroopShado #writingcommunity #readersoftwitter #paranormal #shortstories #newrelease

Hi,

Today I’m visiting with Balroop Singh for the final tour stop to talk about the short story “Man on a Pier” here.

Below includes my review of Balroop’s latest book, “Hues of Hope,” and the tour schedule. There is a chance to win an Amazon gift card too! Winner will be announced tomorrow in the book review post.

Balroop Singh, an educator, a poet and an author always had a passion for writing. She would jot down her reflections on a piece of paper and forget about them till each drawer of her home started overflowing with poetic reminders, popping out at will! The world of her imagination has a queer connection with realism. She could envision the images of her own poetry while teaching the poems. Her dreams saw the light of the day when she published her first poetry book: ‘Sublime Shadows Of Life.’ She has always lived through her heart. She is a great nature lover; she loves to watch birds flying home. The sunsets allure her with their varied hues that they lend to the sky. She can spend endless hours listening to the rustling of leaves and the sound of waterfalls. She lives in California. You can visit her blog at http://balroop2013.wordpress.com

“Hues of Hope” is a beautiful collection of poems that examines the hope in life. There are so many wonderful poems that it is hard to pick favorites, but I always connect the most with nature poems. Although all the poetry brought vivid images to me as I read them, here are some examples of the words that moved me. In the poem HOW FRAGILE IS LIFE! I could easily relate since I live where fire danger is very serious: “When you watch helplessly/Mother Nature wreaking havoc/Holding your heart in smithereens/You think of those who couldn’t make it/Reduced to bones and ashes within seconds.” MAGIC captured my heart: “I’ve never believed in magic/Yet I look for it everywhere/In the sunshine that lights/Crevices within me.” A TOUCH offers pure hope: “Her magical, dewy carpet/Carries calm whispers/Her Lilting leaves remind me/Of songs that we sang together.” If you enjoy poetry, as I do, you don’t want to miss this collection. I can easily recommend it!

Here is the tour schedule.

A link will be added to the list as each stop becomes available. There will be a post with the link and author information included here for each stop.

Three winners will be randomly picked from the tour comments for a $20, $10, or $5 Amazon Gift Card on May 16th!

Since it’s a short story collection, each stop will be different.

In the Tree’s Shadow Pre-order Tour:

Tuesday, April 4thRobbie Cheadle “Book Video.”

Wednesday, April 12th Sally Cronin “Pre-order Book Promotion.” 

In the Tree’s Shadow Release Tour:

Monday, April 17thGwen Plano, “Stranded.” 

Tuesday, April 18th Joan Hall, “The Dolphin.”

Wednesday, April 19thJohn Howell, “Lyrical Dragon.” 

Thursday, April 20th Staci Troilo, “It’s Only a Dream.”

Friday, April 21stCraig Boyack, “In the Shadows.”

Monday, April 24thHarmony Kent, “The Boy.” 

Tuesday, April 25th Jan Sikes, “End of the Road.” 

Wednesday, April 26thStephen Geez, “The Day the Ground Moved.”

Thursday, April 27thBeem Weeks, “A Day at the Lake.”

Friday, April 28th Sandra Cox, “In That Moment.” 

Monday, May 1st Jacquie Biggar, “The Bench.”

Tuesday, May 2nd D. Wallace Peach, “Effervescent Potion.”

Wednesday, May 3rdMae Clair, “When the Lights go Out.”

Thursday, May 4th Jacqui Murray, “Faith.”

Friday, May 5th Yvette M. Calleiro, The Bike.”

Monday, May 8th Miriam Hurdle, “Playdate.”

Tuesday, May 9th Marcia Meara, “Alone.”

Wednesday, May 10th Annette Rochelle Aben, “Deadline.”

Thursday, May 11thKaren Ingalls, “The Bonsai.”

Friday, May 12th“Last Ride of the Night.”

Monday, May 15thBalroop Singh, “Man on the Pier.”

 

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In the Tree’s Shadow Blog Tour- That Last Ride of the Night. #writingcommunity #bookrelease #readersoftwitter #shortstory

Hi,

I wanted to let you know that it was decided not to have a blog post today due to unforeseen circumstances. The final stop is on Monday, and then I’ll announce the three Blog Tour Winners on Tuesday.

I thought you might be curious as to what was in the post. Here’s the background information, excerpt, Fun Finn Facts, and I’ve also included my host book review and tour schedule:

“Last Ride of the Night” was written for the much missed and loved Susanne Burke’s ‘Fiction in a Flash Challenge.’

The image was of a Ferris wheel. I love going to our local county fair every year if I can. I enjoy the exhibits, food, and a few rides. The Ferris wheel is not one of the rides I like since the height and constant stops terrify me.

But it got me thinking, what if being way up at the top became a good thing? If it was the safest place to be. Pete and Lacey find themselves in that situation, stopped at the top, unable to believe what they see.

EXCERPT:

The monsters remained in the shadows, waiting. My husband and I sat at the top of the Ferris wheel. I would have enjoyed the view any other time, but not with death lurking below us. Pete wrapped his arm protectively around my shoulders as the last hopeless scream faded away. It was the older man who operated the ride, the same man who had winked at us and said we had the wheel all to ourselves because it was almost closing time. We didn’t even know the name of the hero who had stopped the ride right before—

No, I couldn’t think about that.

I tried to dial 9-1-1, but there was no signal. I couldn’t text or email. There was no way to communicate or get information.

“We’re safe up here, Lacy.”

“What if they climb up?”

“These creatures can barely walk. They’re like zombies.”

I nodded, watching the monsters approach a building where a family had taken shelter. I’d seen that beautiful family in line when we got our favorite chocolate swirl ice cream in a cup. The two young boys had been so excited about their first monster truck show. I hoped the actual monsters didn’t find them now.

FUN FINN FACTS:

  1. I have three kids, two girls, and one boy.
  2. My husband and I flew on a water plane over the Alaskan Fjords. I was thrilled when we landed in the water and could stand outside the plane. I have secretly always wanted to be a bush pilot.

Angie and Mandy are ordinary teenagers until a horrible tragedy tears their lives apart. It’s heartbreaking, and I wondered if the family would survive what’s happened. They don’t. Mandy takes the blame and is sent to live with her aunt and uncle. Here she becomes Lisa and finds some understanding. Angie, who doesn’t step up and do the right thing, can’t live with her guilt. She runs away, only to find life hard and survival harder. It’s at a funeral that the two girls meet again as adults. This is when pain and anger collide with a touch of love and forgiveness. Right or wrong, each character deals with the pain and loss in their own way. The past was gone and mishandled, but these broken people had the present moment. That’s when hope came into the story and brought back something that seemed impossible. I was taken on a journey through all my emotions. “Sisters” was a hard story to put down, and I highly recommend it.

Here is the tour schedule.

A link will be added to the list as each stop becomes available. There will be a post with the link and author information included here for each stop.

Three winners will be randomly picked from the tour comments for a $20, $10, or $5 Amazon Gift Card on May 16th!

Since it’s a short story collection, each stop will be different.

In the Tree’s Shadow Pre-order Tour:

Tuesday, April 4thRobbie Cheadle “Book Video.”

Wednesday, April 12th Sally Cronin “Pre-order Book Promotion.”

In the Tree’s Shadow Release Tour:

Monday, April 17thGwen Plano, “Stranded.

Tuesday, April 18th Joan Hall, “The Dolphin.”

Wednesday, April 19thJohn Howell, “Lyrical Dragon.”

Thursday, April 20th Staci Troilo, “It’s Only a Dream.”

Friday, April 21stCraig Boyack, “In the Shadows.”

Monday, April 24thHarmony Kent, “The Boy.”

Tuesday, April 25th Jan Sikes, “End of the Road.”

Wednesday, April 26thStephen Geez, “The Day the Ground Moved.”

Thursday, April 27thBeem Weeks, “A Day at the Lake.”

Friday, April 28th Sandra Cox, “In That Moment.”

Monday, May 1st Jacquie Biggar, “The Bench.”

Tuesday, May 2nd D. Wallace Peach, “Effervescent Potion.”

Wednesday, May 3rdMae Clair, “When the Lights go Out.”

Thursday, May 4th Jacqui Murray, “Faith.”

Friday, May 5th Yvette M. Calleiro, The Bike.”

Monday, May 8th Miriam Hurdle, “Playdate.”

Tuesday, May 9th Marcia Meara, “Alone.”

Wednesday, May 10th Annette Rochelle Aben, “Deadline.”

Thursday, May 11thKaren Ingalls, “The Bonsai.”

Friday, May 12th“Last Ride of the Night.”

Monday, May 15thBalroop Singh, “Man on the Pier.”

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In the Tree’s Shadow – “Deadline” @YouAreTheExpert #writingcommunity #readersoftwitter #paranormal #shortstories #newrelease

Hi,

Today I’m visiting with Annette Rochelle Aben to talk about the short story “Deadline” here.

Below includes my review of Annette’s latest book, “Tell Me a Story,” and the tour schedule. There is a chance to win an Amazon gift card too! I will add stops as they become available.

Words are like threads that when woven together with passion and purpose can create a tapestry in which you long to wander. That passion was ignited in me when I was a small child and continues to burn bright even today. I was encouraged by educators who challenged me to try and by career paths that demanded I become a proficient wordsmith. I would like to think I have done them proud. Over the years, I have won awards, been nominated for an EMMY for television writing, and penned a #1 Best Selling book of poetry. My collection of books available here on Amazon include self-help, inspirational, and of course poetry. I have been invited to participate in anthologies and collections, several of which are here as well. Welcome to my world of words. Should you find something in which to lose yourself, I shall raise my glass in a toast to your happiness. Thank you for your kind attention.

“Tell me a Story” is an impressive collection of stories that vary from light-hearted to serious subjects. I am always amazed when so much can be packed into 99 words, and Ms. Aben did it well. Each story held my interest, but here are a few that captured my heart: Bedfellow, Daybreak, Eloise, I Wish I May, Knowledge is Power, and Promises Kept. Like the poetry I enjoy from this author, this can be read more than once. A well-written group of tales that has something for everyone that I can easily recommend.

Here is the tour schedule.

A link will be added to the list as each stop becomes available. There will be a post with the link and author information included here for each stop.

Three winners will be randomly picked from the tour comments for a $20, $10, or $5 Amazon Gift Card on May 16th!

Since it’s a short story collection, each stop will be different.

In the Tree’s Shadow Pre-order Tour:

Tuesday, April 4thRobbie Cheadle “Book Video.”

Wednesday, April 12th Sally Cronin “Pre-order Book Promotion.” 

In the Tree’s Shadow Release Tour:

Monday, April 17thGwen Plano, “Stranded.” 

Tuesday, April 18th Joan Hall, “The Dolphin.”

Wednesday, April 19thJohn Howell, “Lyrical Dragon.” 

Thursday, April 20th Staci Troilo, “It’s Only a Dream.”

Friday, April 21stCraig Boyack, “In the Shadows.”

Monday, April 24thHarmony Kent, “The Boy.” 

Tuesday, April 25th Jan Sikes, “End of the Road.” 

Wednesday, April 26thStephen Geez, “The Day the Ground Moved.”

Thursday, April 27thBeem Weeks, “A Day at the Lake.”

Friday, April 28th Sandra Cox, “In That Moment.” 

Monday, May 1st Jacquie Biggar, “The Bench.”

Tuesday, May 2nd D. Wallace Peach, “Effervescent Potion.”

Wednesday, May 3rdMae Clair, “When the Lights go Out.”

Thursday, May 4th Jacqui Murray, “Faith.”

Friday, May 5th Yvette M. Calleiro, The Bike.”

Monday, May 8th Miriam Hurdle, “Playdate.”

Tuesday, May 9th Marcia Meara, “Alone.”

Wednesday, May 10th Annette Rochelle Aben, “Deadline.”

Thursday, May 11thKaren Ingalls, “The Bonsai.”

Friday, May 12th Judith Barrow, “Last Ride of the Night.”

Monday, May 15thBalroop Singh, “Man on the Pier.”

 

 

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In the Tree’s Shadow – “Alone” @MarciaMeara #writingcommunity #readersoftwitter #paranormal #shortstories #newrelease

Hi,

Today I’m visiting with Marcia Meara to talk about the short story “Alone” here.

Below includes my review of Marcia’s book, “A Boy Named Rabbit,” and the tour schedule. There is a chance to win an Amazon gift card too! I will add stops as they become available.

Marcia Meara lives in central Florida, just north of Orlando, with her husband of over thirty years and four big cats.

When not writing or blogging, she spends her time gardening, and enjoying the surprising amount of wildlife that manages to make a home in her suburban yard. She enjoys nature. Really, really enjoys it. All of it! Well, almost all of it, anyway. From birds, to furry critters, to her very favorites, snakes. The exception would be spiders, which she truly loathes, convinced that anything with eight hairy legs is surely up to no good. She does not, however, kill spiders anymore, since she knows they have their place in the world. Besides, her husband now handles her Arachnid Catch and Release Program, and she’s good with that.

Spiders aside, the one thing Marcia would like to tell each of her readers is that it’s never too late to make your dreams come true. If, at the age of 69, she could write and publish a book (and thus fulfill 64 years of longing to do that very thing), you can make your own dreams a reality, too. Go for it! What have you got to lose?

 

CONTACT MARCIA HERE:

The Write Stuff: http://marciamearawrites.com/

Twitter: @marciameara

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/marciameara/

BIBLIOGRAPHY OF MARCIA’S BOOKS:

Wake-Robin Ridge

A Boy Named Rabbit: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 2

Harbinger: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 3

The Light: Wake-Robin Ridge Book 4

Swamp Ghosts: A Riverbend Novel

Finding Hunter: Riverbend Book 2

That Darkest Place: Riverbend Book 3

The Emissary: A Riverbend Spinoff Novella

The Emissary 2: To Love Somebody

The Emissary 3: Love Hurts

The Emissary Trilogy: A Riverbend Spinoff Collection

Summer Magic: Poems of Life & Love

I read the first Wake-Robin Ridge book and had been looking forward to continuing with the series. It was good to see Mac and Sarah back, but the new character, Rabbit, stole my heart. I fell in love with his innocence and wisdom. If I could have reached into the book and hugged him, I would have. The world, through his eyes, is a place I want to live. He was raised away from the world, in the woods, by his grandparents. He believed people were evil, but on his grandmother’s deathbed, she let him know there are good people too. She sent him on a quest to find one of those good people. His growth inspired me as much as it inspired those he encountered. There were some heart-wrenching parts along with some endearing ones, and I deeply felt each one. I highly recommend this book and look forward to continuing the journey with Rabbit.

Here is the tour schedule.

A link will be added to the list as each stop becomes available. There will be a post with the link and author information included here for each stop.

Three winners will be randomly picked from the tour comments for a $20, $10, or $5 Amazon Gift Card on May 16th!

Since it’s a short story collection, each stop will be different.

In the Tree’s Shadow Pre-order Tour:

Tuesday, April 4thRobbie Cheadle “Book Video.”

Wednesday, April 12th Sally Cronin “Pre-order Book Promotion.” 

In the Tree’s Shadow Release Tour:

Monday, April 17thGwen Plano, “Stranded.” 

Tuesday, April 18th Joan Hall, “The Dolphin.”

Wednesday, April 19thJohn Howell, “Lyrical Dragon.” 

Thursday, April 20th Staci Troilo, “It’s Only a Dream.”

Friday, April 21stCraig Boyack, “In the Shadows.”

Monday, April 24thHarmony Kent, “The Boy.” 

Tuesday, April 25th Jan Sikes, “End of the Road.” 

Wednesday, April 26thStephen Geez, “The Day the Ground Moved.”

Thursday, April 27thBeem Weeks, “A Day at the Lake.”

Friday, April 28th Sandra Cox, “In That Moment.” 

Monday, May 1st Jacquie Biggar, “The Bench.”

Tuesday, May 2nd D. Wallace Peach, “Effervescent Potion.”

Wednesday, May 3rdMae Clair, “When the Lights go Out.”

Thursday, May 4th Jacqui Murray, “Faith.”

Friday, May 5th Yvette M. Calleiro, The Bike.”

Monday, May 8th Miriam Hurdle, “Playdate.”

Tuesday, May 9th Marcia Meara, “Alone.”

Wednesday, May 10th Annette Rochelle Aben, “Deadline.”

Thursday, May 11thKaren Ingalls, “The Bonsai.”

Friday, May 12th Judith Barrow, “Last Ride of the Night.”

Monday, May 15thBalroop Singh, “Man on the Pier.”

Continue reading “In the Tree’s Shadow – “Alone” @MarciaMeara #writingcommunity #readersoftwitter #paranormal #shortstories #newrelease”

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In the Tree’s Shadow – “Playdate” @mhurdle112 #writingcommunity #readersoftwitter #paranormal #shortstories #newrelease


Hi,

Today I’m visiting with Miriam Hurdle to talk about the short story “Playdate” here.

Below includes my review of Miriam’s latest book, “The Winding Road,” and the tour schedule. There is a chance to win an Amazon gift card too! I will add stops as they become available.

Miriam Hurdle is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She published four children’s books at twenty-six years old. Her poetry collection received the Solo “Medalist Winner” for the New Apple Summer eBook Award and achieved bestseller status on Amazon.

Miriam writes poetry, short stories, memoir, and children’s books. She earned a Doctor of Education from the University of La Verne in California. After two years of rehabilitation counseling, fifteen years of public-school teaching and ten years in school district administration, she retired and enjoys life with her husband in southern California, and the visits to her daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughters in Oregon. When not writing, she engages in blogging, gardening, photography, and traveling.

Learn more about Miriam at:

https://theshowersofblessings.com

https://www.goodreads.com/author/edit/17252131.Miriam_Hurdle

“The Winding Road” is a heartfelt memoir that takes the reader through a cancer diagnosis to the outcome. I felt like I was experiencing this journey with Ms. Hurdle, as she not only talks about how she is feeling, but how she had to deal with insurance, appointments, and the physical toll of the treatments. Once Ms. Hurdle learned how rare and deadly the cancer was, a decision was made to try experimental treatments for six months. I’m not sure I could have handled what she endured. Being so ill during the treatments with no guarantees would be hard, but a strong will to live shined through and balanced that out. This was a painful insight into the reality of cancer, mixed with her belief that life is precious, that left me inspired and full of hope. A read that not only shows us the darker side of life when illness strikes, but how the love and support of family and friends can help carry some of that heavy burden. A highly recommended story that can inspire anyone going through not only illness but other challenges.

Here is the tour schedule.

A link will be added to the list as each stop becomes available. There will be a post with the link and author information included here for each stop.

Three winners will be randomly picked from the tour comments for a $20, $10, or $5 Amazon Gift Card on May 16th!

Since it’s a short story collection, each stop will be different.

In the Tree’s Shadow Pre-order Tour:

Tuesday, April 4thRobbie Cheadle “Book Video.”

Wednesday, April 12th Sally Cronin “Pre-order Book Promotion.” 

In the Tree’s Shadow Release Tour:

Monday, April 17thGwen Plano, “Stranded.” 

Tuesday, April 18th Joan Hall, “The Dolphin.”

Wednesday, April 19thJohn Howell, “Lyrical Dragon.” 

Thursday, April 20th Staci Troilo, “It’s Only a Dream.”

Friday, April 21stCraig Boyack, “In the Shadows.”

Monday, April 24thHarmony Kent, “The Boy.” 

Tuesday, April 25th Jan Sikes, “End of the Road.” 

Wednesday, April 26thStephen Geez, “The Day the Ground Moved.”

Thursday, April 27thBeem Weeks, “A Day at the Lake.”

Friday, April 28th Sandra Cox, “In That Moment.” 

Monday, May 1st Jacquie Biggar, “The Bench.”

Tuesday, May 2nd D. Wallace Peach, “Effervescent Potion.”

Wednesday, May 3rdMae Clair, “When the Lights go Out.”

Thursday, May 4th Jacqui Murray, “Faith.”

Friday, May 5th Yvette M. Calleiro, “The Bike.”

Monday, May 8th Miriam Hurdle, “Playdate.”

Tuesday, May 9th Marcia Meara, “Alone.”

Wednesday, May 10th Annette Rochelle Aben, “Deadline.”

Thursday, May 11thKaren Ingalls, “The Bonsai.”

Friday, May 12th Judith Barrow, “Last Ride of the Night.”

Monday, May 15thBalroop Singh, “Man on the Pier.”

 

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In the Tree’s Shadow – “The Bike” @YvetteMCalleiro #writingcommunity #readersoftwitter #newrelease #paranormal #shortstories

Hi,

Today I’m visiting with Yvette M. Calleiro to discuss the short story “The Bike” here.

Below includes my review of Yvette’s latest book, “HYPE,” and the tour schedule. There is a chance to win an Amazon gift card too! I will add stops as they become available.

Yvette M. Calleiro is the author of the Chronicles of the Diasodz fantasy series, HYPE, and two short stories. As a heavily addicted reader of both young adult and adult novels, she spends most of her time pseudo-living in paranormal worlds with her fictional friends (and boyfriends).

When she’s living among real people, she is a middle school Reading and Language Arts teacher. She’s been sharing her love of literature with her students for over twenty years. Besides writing about the various characters that whisper (and sometimes scream) in her head, she enjoys traveling, watching movies, spending quality time with family and friends, and enjoying the beauty of the ocean.

Yvette lives in Miami, Florida, with her incredible son who has embraced her love for paranormal and adventurous stories. She also shares her space with an assortment of crazy saltwater animals in her 300-gallon tank.

“HYPE” is a YA story centered on Cici’s life at home and school. She is a popular co-captain of the cheering squad, and her boyfriend is the quarterback on the football team. Everything is perfect in her world, except her dislike of her co-captain, Nicole. But everything changes when her mother remarries, and she gets not only a stepdad but a new stepsister that everyone avoids at school. Cici’s POV is direct and takes the reader into her world. She can be shallow but has her world figured out until she doesn’t. Halfway through the story, there is a betrayal and horrible event that is painful to read, and my heart went out to Cici. Although Cici is a strong character that I was rooting for, I loved her stepsister Gaby/Grub’s complexity. How Cici’s relationships grow and change is skillfully reflected in what is happening in her life. This is a good read for not only YA readers but adults too. I highly recommend it.

Here is the tour schedule.

A link will be added to the list as each stop becomes available. There will be a post with the link and author information included here for each stop.

Three winners will be randomly picked from the tour comments for a $20, $10, or $5 Amazon Gift Card on May 16th!

Since it’s a short story collection, each stop will be different.

In the Tree’s Shadow Pre-order Tour:

Tuesday, April 4thRobbie Cheadle “Book Video.”

Wednesday, April 12th Sally Cronin “Pre-order Book Promotion.” 

In the Tree’s Shadow Release Tour:

Monday, April 17thGwen Plano, “Stranded.” 

Tuesday, April 18th Joan Hall, “The Dolphin.”

Wednesday, April 19thJohn Howell, “Lyrical Dragon.” 

Thursday, April 20th Staci Troilo, “It’s Only a Dream.”

Friday, April 21stCraig Boyack, “In the Shadows.”

Monday, April 24thHarmony Kent, “The Boy.” 

Tuesday, April 25th Jan Sikes, “End of the Road.” 

Wednesday, April 26thStephen Geez, “The Day the Ground Moved.”

Thursday, April 27thBeem Weeks, “A Day at the Lake.”

Friday, April 28th Sandra Cox, “In That Moment.” 

Monday, May 1st Jacquie Biggar, “The Bench.”

Tuesday, May 2nd D. Wallace Peach, “Effervescent Potion.”

Wednesday, May 3rdMae Clair, “When the Lights go Out.”

Thursday, May 4th Jacqui Murray, “Faith.”

Friday, May 5th Yvette M. Calleiro, “The Bike.”

Monday, May 8th Miriam Hurdle, “Playdate.”

Tuesday, May 9th Marcia Meara, “Alone.”

Wednesday, May 10th Annette Rochelle Aben, “Deadline.”

Thursday, May 11thKaren Ingalls, “The Bonsai.”

Friday, May 12th Judith Barrow, “Last Ride of the Night.”

Monday, May 15thBalroop Singh, “Man on the Pier.”

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In the Tree’s Shadow – “Faith” @AskATechTeacher #writingcommunity #readersoftwitter #paranormal #shortstories #newrelease

Hi,

Today I’m visiting with Jacqui Murray to talk about the short story “Faith” here.

Below includes my review of Jacqui’s latest book, “Natural Selection,” and the tour schedule. There is a chance to win an Amazon gift card too! I will add stops as they become available.

Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-12 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice, CSTA presentation reviewer, and a contributor to NEA Today. You can find her resources at Structured Learning. Read Jacqui’s tech thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days here on Amazon Kindle. Also, read her new series, Man vs. Nature, starting with Born in a Treacherous Time–also on Kindle.

I have read and loved the first two books in the Dawn of Humanity Series and have been looking forward to this final story. I wasn’t disappointed. Lucy sets out to rescue her tribe mates after they were captured. I have grown very fond of many of these characters and was rooting for them. The detail of their daily life brought me into a life I otherwise couldn’t imagine. Eating raw meat or insects while trying to survive in harsh conditions was just a way of life for our prehistoric ancestors. The amount of research into this story and series was impressive and made Lucy’s quest more real. I loved the animals that joined this tribe, including the Canis and Homotherium kit. Although I was sad to see this end, I enjoyed the journey into the past. A book and series I can highly recommend!

Here is the tour schedule.

A link will be added to the list as each stop becomes available. There will be a post with the link and author information included here for each stop.

Three winners will be randomly picked from the tour comments for a $20, $10, or $5 Amazon Gift Card on May 16th!

Since it’s a short story collection, each stop will be different.

In the Tree’s Shadow Pre-order Tour:

Tuesday, April 4thRobbie Cheadle “Book Video.”

Wednesday, April 12th Sally Cronin “Pre-order Book Promotion.” 

In the Tree’s Shadow Release Tour:

Monday, April 17thGwen Plano, “Stranded.” 

Tuesday, April 18th Joan Hall, “The Dolphin.”

Wednesday, April 19thJohn Howell, “Lyrical Dragon.” 

Thursday, April 20th Staci Troilo, “It’s Only a Dream.”

Friday, April 21stCraig Boyack, “In the Shadows.”

Monday, April 24thHarmony Kent, “The Boy.” 

Tuesday, April 25th Jan Sikes, “End of the Road.” 

Wednesday, April 26thStephen Geez, “The Day the Ground Moved.”

Thursday, April 27thBeem Weeks, “A Day at the Lake.”

Friday, April 28th Sandra Cox, “In That Moment.” 

Monday, May 1st Jacquie Biggar, “The Bench.”

Tuesday, May 2nd D. Wallace Peach, “Effervescent Potion.”

Wednesday, May 3rdMae Clair, “When the Lights go Out.”

Thursday, May 4th Jacqui Murray, “Faith.”

Friday, May 5th Yvette M. Calleiro, “The Bike.”

Monday, May 8th Miriam Hurdle, “Playdate.”

Tuesday, May 9th Marcia Meara, “Alone.”

Wednesday, May 10th Annette Rochelle Aben, “Deadline.”

Thursday, May 11thKaren Ingalls, “The Bonsai.”

Friday, May 12th Judith Barrow, “Last Ride of the Night.”

Monday, May 15thBalroop Singh, “Man on the Pier.”

 

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In the Tree’s Shadow – “When the Lights Go Out” @MaeClair1#writingcommunity #readersoftwitter #paranormal #shortstories #newrelease

Hi,

Today I’m visiting with Mae Clair to talk about the short story “When the Lights Go Out” here.

Below includes my review of Mae’s book, “Things Old and Forgotten,” and the tour schedule. There is a chance to win an Amazon gift card too! I will add stops as they become available.

A member of the Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers, Mae Clair is also a founding member and contributor to the award-winning writing blog, Story Empire. She has achieved bestseller status on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble, with several of her novels chosen as book club selections.

Mae writes primarily in the mystery/suspense genre, flavoring her plots with elements of urban legend and folklore. Married to her high school sweetheart, she lives in Pennsylvania and is passionate about cryptozoology, old photographs, a good Maine lobster tail, and cats.

Discover more about Mae on her website and blog at MaeClair.com

This is a wonderful collection of short stories, each with a unique flavor. The descriptions and images pulled me into each tale’s world. Although I enjoyed all the stories, many stood out including, “Robin of Sherwood,” “Miss Lilly Makes a Wish,” and “Father’s Day.” I loved the twist of a post-apocalyptic Robin Hood and saw all the favorite characters in a new yet familiar role. When Miss Lilly finds a lamp with a genie in it, it’s so much fun. I didn’t expect that ending or how she handled things. Then, in Father’s Day, there was a lot of raw emotion, along with a scenario that completely surprised me. These short stories were hard to stop reading. I had planned on going through the book at a leisurely pace, but found I needed to read just one more story. I highly recommend “Things Old and Forgotten.”

Here is the tour schedule.

A link will be added to the list as each stop becomes available. There will be a post with the link and author information included here for each stop.

Three winners will be randomly picked from the tour comments for a $20, $10, or $5 Amazon Gift Card on May 16th!

Since it’s a short story collection, each stop will be different.

In the Tree’s Shadow Pre-order Tour:

Tuesday, April 4thRobbie Cheadle “Book Video.”

Wednesday, April 12th Sally Cronin “Pre-order Book Promotion.” 

In the Tree’s Shadow Release Tour:

Monday, April 17thGwen Plano, “Stranded.” 

Tuesday, April 18th Joan Hall, “The Dolphin.”

Wednesday, April 19thJohn Howell, “Lyrical Dragon.” 

Thursday, April 20th Staci Troilo, “It’s Only a Dream.”

Friday, April 21stCraig Boyack, “In the Shadows.”

Monday, April 24thHarmony Kent, “The Boy.” 

Tuesday, April 25th Jan Sikes, “End of the Road.” 

Wednesday, April 26thStephen Geez, “The Day the Ground Moved.”

Thursday, April 27thBeem Weeks, “A Day at the Lake.”

Friday, April 28th Sandra Cox, “In That Moment.” 

Monday, May 1st Jacquie Biggar, “The Bench.”

Tuesday, May 2nd D. Wallace Peach, “Effervescent Potion.”

Wednesday, May 3rdMae Clair, “When the Lights go Out.”

Thursday, May 4th Jacqui Murray, “Faith.”

Friday, May 5th Yvette M. Calleiro, “The Bike.”

Monday, May 8th Miriam Hurdle, “Playdate.”

Tuesday, May 9th Marcia Meara, “Alone.”

Wednesday, May 10th Annette Rochelle Aben, “Deadline.”

Thursday, May 11thKaren Ingalls, “The Bonsai.”

Friday, May 12th Judith Barrow, “Last Ride of the Night.”

Monday, May 15thBalroop Singh, “Man on the Pier.”

 

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In the Tree’s Shadow – “Effervescent Potion” @Dwallacepeach #writingcommunity #readersoftwitter #newrelease #paranormal #shortstories

Hi,

Today I’m visiting with D. Wallace Peach to discuss the short story “Effervescent Potion here.

Below includes my review of Diana’s latest book, “The Neocramancer’s Daughter,” and the tour schedule. There is a chance to win an Amazon gift card too! I will add stops as they become available.

A long-time reader, best-selling author D. Wallace Peach started writing later in life when years of working in business surrendered to a full-time indulgence in the imaginative world of books. She was instantly hooked.

In addition to fantasy books, Peach’s publishing career includes participation in various anthologies featuring short stories, flash fiction, and poetry. She’s an avid supporter of the arts in her local community, organizing and publishing annual anthologies of Oregon prose, poetry, and photography.

Peach lives in a log cabin amongst the tall evergreens and emerald moss of Oregon’s rainforest with her husband, two owls, a horde of bats, and the occasional family of coyotes.

 

For book descriptions, excerpts, maps, and behind the scenes info, please visit http://dwallacepeachbooks.com.

For her blog on all things writing, please visit http://mythsofthemirror.com.

Ready for an adventure?

The Ferryman and the Sea Witch

The Sorcerer’s Garden

Sunwielder

The Bone Wall

The Melding of Aeris

Unraveling the Veil Series:

Liars and Thieves

Allies and Spies

Lords of Chaos

The Shattered Sea Duology:

Soul Swallowers, Book I

Legacy of Souls, Book II

The Rose Shield Tetralogy:

Catling’s Bane, Book I

Oathbreakers’ Guild, Book II

Farlanders’ Law, Book III

Kari’s Reckoning, Book IV

The Dragon Soul Saga:

Myths of the Mirror, Book I

Eye of Fire, Book II

Eye of Blind, Book III

Eye of Fire, Book IV

Grumpy Ana and the Grouchy Monsters: A Children’s Space Tale

5.0 out of 5 stars I love Aster’s journey!

Aster is the necromancer’s daughter. She and her queen-mother die when Aster is born. The healer, Barus, sees the baby and steals her away to bring her back to life. The king stays in the background but watches as the healer raises this girl as his own because he knows no one would accept a child brought back to life. When the King finally approaches Aster, his only heir, he triggers his enemies to act, who upends her peaceful life as a healer. Determined to set things right and help Barus, Aster sets off to find help. I love the people she meets along her journey, especially when she crosses the mountain. The son of her enemy is a very complex character. Although he helps her more than once, his upbringing and devotion to the Blessed One aren’t too far behind and weigh him down. Aster shows what genuine goodness is over those who use it to seek power. Even if Aster’s actions aren’t popular, her innocence and ability to do the right thing guide her through some dark times. This is a fantasy filled with magic, danger, love, loyalty, fantastic imagery, and dragons that I can highly recommend.

Here is the tour schedule.

A link will be added to the list as each stop becomes available. There will be a post with the link and author information included here for each stop.

Three winners will be randomly picked from the tour comments for a $20, $10, or $5 Amazon Gift Card on May 16th!

Since it’s a short story collection, each stop will be different.

In the Tree’s Shadow Pre-order Tour:

Tuesday, April 4thRobbie Cheadle “Book Video.”

Wednesday, April 12th Sally Cronin “Pre-order Book Promotion.” 

In the Tree’s Shadow Release Tour:

Monday, April 17thGwen Plano, “Stranded.” 

Tuesday, April 18th Joan Hall, “The Dolphin.”

Wednesday, April 19thJohn Howell, “Lyrical Dragon.” 

Thursday, April 20th Staci Troilo, “It’s Only a Dream.”

Friday, April 21stCraig Boyack, “In the Shadows.”

Monday, April 24thHarmony Kent, “The Boy.” 

Tuesday, April 25th Jan Sikes, “End of the Road.” 

Wednesday, April 26thStephen Geez, “The Day the Ground Moved.”

Thursday, April 27thBeem Weeks, “A Day at the Lake.”

Friday, April 28thSandra Cox, “In That Moment.” 

Monday, May 1st Jacquie Biggar, “The Bench.”

Tuesday, May 2ndD. Wallace Peach, “Effervescent Potion.”

Wednesday, May 3rdMae Clair, “When the Lights go Out.”

Thursday, May 4th Jacqui Murray, “Faith.”

Friday, May 5th Yvette Calleiro, “The Bike”

Monday, May 8th Miriam Hurdle, “Playdate.”

Tuesday, May 9th Marcia Meara, “Alone.”

Wednesday, May 10th Annette Rochelle Aben, “Deadline.”

Thursday, May 11thKaren Ingalls, “The Bonsai.”

Friday, May 12th Judith Barrow, “Last Ride of the Night.”

Monday, May 15thBalroop Singh, “Man on the Pier.”

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In the Tree’s Shadow – “The Bench” @JacqBiggar #writingcommunity #readersoftwitter #newrelease #paranormal #shortstories

Hi,

Today I’m visiting with Jacquie Biggar to about the short story “The Bench” here.

Below includes my review of Jacquie’s latest book, “Letting Go,” and the tour schedule. There is a chance to win an Amazon gift card too! I will add stops as they become available.

Jacquie Biggar is a USA Today bestselling author of romance who loves to write about tough, alpha males and strong, contemporary women willing to show their men that true power comes from love. She lives on Vancouver Island with her husband and loves to hear from readers all over the world!

In her own words:

“My name is Jacquie Biggar. When I’m not acting like a total klutz, I am a wife, mother of one, grandmother, and a butler to my calico cat.

My guilty pleasure are reality tv shows like Amazing Race and The Voice. I can be found every Monday night in my armchair plastered to the television laughing at Blake’s shenanigans.

I love to hang at the beach with DH (darling hubby) taking pictures or reading romance novels (what else?).

I have a slight Tim Hortons obsession, enjoy gardening, everything pink and talking to my friends.”

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Renee left home after her father committed suicide, leaving her boyfriend, mother, sister, and brother behind. She returns after her mother dies, knowing her sister, Izzie, would be angry and that her brother was not a little boy anymore. Renee immediately runs into her ex-boyfriend, Simon, who is engaged to be married. She considers leaving again more than once. The story unfolds in first person through three points of view: Izzie, Renee, and Simon. I rooted for each of them to find peace and happiness. The family dynamics made this a hard story to stop reading, along with finding out what made Renee leave after her dad passed. Each person has their grief to deal with, and I kept hoping Renee and Izzie would reconcile, at least for the younger brother who needed a guardian. I loved Simon’s grandma, who is not only tough but direct with both Simon and Renee. This story tugged on my heartstrings as there were no bad people, only people in bad situations. I can’t wait for the second book to come out so I can see what happens next. I can highly recommend “Letting Go.”

Here is the tour schedule.

A link will be added to the list as each stop becomes available. There will be a post with the link and author information included here for each stop.

Three winners will be randomly picked from the tour comments for a $20, $10, or $5 Amazon Gift Card on May 16th!

Since it’s a short story collection, each stop will be different.

In the Tree’s Shadow Pre-order Tour:

Tuesday, April 4thRobbie Cheadle “Book Video.”

Wednesday, April 12th Sally Cronin “Pre-order Book Promotion.” 

In the Tree’s Shadow Release Tour:

Monday, April 17thGwen Plano, “Stranded.” 

Tuesday, April 18th Joan Hall, “The Dolphin.”

Wednesday, April 19thJohn Howell, “Lyrical Dragon.” 

Thursday, April 20th Staci Troilo, “It’s Only a Dream.”

Friday, April 21stCraig Boyack, “In the Shadows.”

Monday, April 24thHarmony Kent, “The Boy.” 

Tuesday, April 25th Jan Sikes, “End of the Road.” 

Wednesday, April 26thStephen Geez, “The Day the Ground Moved.”

Thursday, April 27thBeem Weeks, “A Day at the Lake.”

Friday, April 28thSandra Cox, “In That Moment.” 

Monday, May 1st Jacquie Biggar, “The Bench.”

Tuesday, May 2ndD. Wallace Peach, “Effervescent Potion.”

Wednesday, May 3rdMae Clair, “When the Lights go Out.”

Thursday, May 4th Jacqui Murray, “Faith.”

Friday, May 5th Yvette M. Calleiro, “The Bike.”

Monday, May 8th Miriam Hurdle, “Playdate.”

Tuesday, May 9th Marcia Meara, “Alone.”

Wednesday, May 10th Annette Rochelle Aben, “Deadline.”

Thursday, May 11thKaren Ingalls, “The Bonsai.”

Friday, May 12th Judith Barrow, “Last Ride of the Night.”

Monday, May 15thBalroop Singh, “Man on the Pier.”

 

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Pre-Order: “Broken Ties” by Jude Itakali @JItakali #writingcommunity #preorder #readersoftwitter #whattoread

I want to welcome Jude Itakali here today to celebrate his upcoming release, “BROKEN TIES: Book 2 Realms of the Mist.” It is available for pre-order, and my review is below.

BLURB

Kamau, Ninuwe and Kena, are bound by the trials of their recent past, and forced onto a dark and magical quest through the Gifted realms of Africa. They must assemble the God-killer, an ancient weapon that can destroy the Evil One. The problem is; the Evil One has irreversibly merged with Kamau’s once closest and only friend, Irina.

War is brewing. Monsters are slipping into the greater human world. Gods are toying with them. The mission demands sacrifices that seem too costly to pay, and yet they must also navigate a desperate love triangle and the personal ambitions of young adults.
With allies who blur into enemies
Will Kamau and his friends find the strength to sacrifice anything,
And do whatever it takes,

Can they give up all that they hold dear, to save people they barely know?

 

FUN FACT

The term Luzan is one I derived from the Zulu and the San of Southern Africa. The Luzan share strong characteristics with both tribes.

Anubis and Anput are the ancient Egyptian gods of death. In some myths, they were one, in others they were siblings, lovers… and others. I used them as the past forms of my goddesses of death, the Blessed Sisters, who are twins and oddly in the form of little girls.

I did create a number of my own myths and legends and history. Look out for their cameos.

SPECIAL EXCERPT

“Okay, listen closely,” her voice was serious now. “You know about Gifted magic and touch. The gods intended it that way, so you would always be close to the earth and nature. In many ways, it is you who bind them to this world, or else they would have no sense of identity.”

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I wanted to talk a little about magic here on Denise’s stop of the tour, but the excerpt above pretty much sums up what actually makes the Gifted, gifted. I had an array of what kind of magic system to use as there are countless myths and lore from African traditions. However, I wanted to use a worldly system that you can find anywhere; touch.
While the events in this book take place on the African continent, there are mentions of a Gifted world that exists all over the world. That’s probably why I wrote this in the contemporary modern day, because it is meant to be for a global audience, just set in Africa.

MY REVIEW
I read and enjoyed “Realms of the Mist” and was eager to read “Broken Ties.” The story opens with a couple watching a mountain that’s activity foreshadows what is coming. This scene pulled me back into the exquisitely described world Mr. Itakali created. Ninuew, Kamau, and Kena have joined forces to fight the Evil One in the Gifted Realms. Unfortunately, the Evil One has taken over the body of Kamau’s best friend, Irina. The group has to assemble a weapon that will take out their enemy while dealing with their issues. There is growth in these characters from the last book, especially Kamau. I feel for the choices he has to make. Some surprising twists made me unable to put the book down. Reading the books in order would be better with such a beautifully crafted realm and story. The end offered some answers but also set up the story for book three, which I enthusiastically await to see what happens next. You will enjoy this story if you love fantasy, mythology, and moving descriptions!
BLOG TOUR PERKS
Pdf/epub copies of Broken Ties to three of the most regular participants in the blog tour comments section, as well as a copy of CROSSROADS for each.

 

AUTHOR BIO

Jude Itakali is a poet, writer, and fiction author from the suburbs of Kampala, Uganda.

His latest novel, “Broken Ties” is the second in his debut fantasy trilogy, Realms of the Mist, with the third book in production.

Jude’s poetry has been featured in No.1 bestselling anthologies like Hidden in Childhood and Poetry Treasures, as well as his first poetry collection; “Crossroads (Winds of love)”.

When not crunching numbers into a computer, or pursuing infrequent exercise routines, you can find Itakali writing fiction in a small cubicle, or under a tree writing poetry and short stories for his website Tales told different.

You can get Jude’s tour schedule by visiting his blog:

 

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In the Tree’s Shadow – “In That Moment” @Sandra_Cox #writingcommunity #readersoftwitter #newrelease #paranormal #shortstories

Hi,

Today I’m visiting with Sandra Cox to talk about the short story “In That Moment” here.

Below includes my review of Sandra’s book, “Return to Silverhills,” and the tour schedule. There is a chance to win an Amazon gift card too! I will add stops as they become available.

Sandra, who also writes as S. Cox, is a vegetarian, animal lover and avid gardener. She lives with her husband, their dog and several cats in sunny North Carolina.

An award-winning author, her stories consist of all things Western and more.

Foodie Facts:

She spent a number of years in the Midwest chasing down good Southern BBQ. By the time she moved to North Carolina where Southern BBQ is practically a staple, she’d become a vegetarian.

Pineapple is a must-have on pizza, along with black olives and onions.

She loves pumpkin waffles. Pumpkin cream cheese, not so much.

I read and loved the first book, “Silverhills,” and was excited to see there was going to be a sequel. “Return to Silverhills” captivated me just like the first book did. There are many memorable characters, and revisiting the ones from the first book was like a joyful family reunion. Brandon and Alex return home with a larger family and a new friend, Lisa. Jeff, Brandon’s younger brother, is set to make a cattle run, but their cook has injured his arm. Lisa volunteers to go along and help. There is immediate chemistry between Lisa and Jeff, but she has sworn off men after what has happened to her. I love the grandfatherly relationship between Lisa and Cookie, and the sweet baby calf, Lucky, that thinks Jeff is his mother. The scenery is beautifully described, and I could easily imagine riding on the Chisholm trail with them. Lisa’s a strong character searching for her inner strength and a way to heal. As the group tries to survive the elements and cattle thieves, there is someone close to them to deal with. A fantastic western romance with healing, survival, family, trust, and love that I highly recommend.

Here is the tour schedule.

A link will be added to the list as each stop becomes available. There will be a post with the link and author information included here for each stop.

Three winners will be randomly picked from the tour comments for a $20, $10, or $5 Amazon Gift Card on May 16th!

Since it’s a short story collection, each stop will be different.

In the Tree’s Shadow Pre-order Tour:

Tuesday, April 4thRobbie Cheadle “Book Video.”

Wednesday, April 12th Sally Cronin “Pre-order Book Promotion.” 

In the Tree’s Shadow Release Tour:

Monday, April 17thGwen Plano, “Stranded.” 

Tuesday, April 18th Joan Hall, “The Dolphin.”

Wednesday, April 19thJohn Howell, “Lyrical Dragon.” 

Thursday, April 20th Staci Troilo, “It’s Only a Dream.”

Friday, April 21stCraig Boyack, “In the Shadows.”

Monday, April 24thHarmony Kent, “The Boy.” 

Tuesday, April 25th Jan Sikes, “End of the Road.” 

Wednesday, April 26thStephen Geez, “The Day the Ground Moved.”

Thursday, April 27thBeem Weeks, “A Day at the Lake.”

Friday, April 28thSandra Cox, “In That Moment.”

Monday, May 1st Jacquie Biggar, “The Bench.”

Tuesday, May 2ndD. Wallace Peach, “Effervescent Potion.”

Wednesday, May 3rdMae Clair, “When the Lights go Out.”

Thursday, May 4th Jacqui Murray, “Faith.”

Friday, May 5th Yvette M. Calleiro, “The Bike.”

Monday, May 8th Miriam Hurdle, “Playdate.”

Tuesday, May 9th Marcia Meara, “Alone.”

Wednesday, May 10th Annette Rochelle Aben, “Deadline.”

Thursday, May 11thKaren Ingalls, “The Bonsai.”

Friday, May 12th Judith Barrow, “Last Ride of the Night.”

Monday, May 15thBalroop Singh, “Man on the Pier.”

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In the Tree’s Shadow – “A Day at the Lake” @BeemWeeks #writingcommunity #readersoftwitter #newrelease #paranormal #shortstories

Hi,

Today I’m visiting with Beem Weeks to talk about the short story “A Day at the Lake” here. 

Below includes my review of Beem’s book, “Strange Hwy: Short Stories,” and the tour schedule. There is a chance to win an Amazon gift card too! I will add stops as they become available.

Beem Weeks is an author of novels, short stories, and essays. He is also an editor, audio/video producer, blogger, and podcaster.

“Strange Hwy” is another amazing collection of short stories by an author I’m already a fan of, Mr. Weeks. Each story has a unique flavor, but they all tugged a bit at my heart. Although I’m not going to choose which is my favorite because I enjoyed them all, I’m still thinking about Alzheimer, justice and a family reunited after finishing the book. This is a highly recommended read that is not only well-written but filled with beautiful descriptive passages and insight.

Here is the tour schedule.

A link will be added to the list as each stop becomes available. There will be a post with the link and author information included here for each stop.

Three winners will be randomly picked from the tour comments for a $20, $10, or $5 Amazon Gift Card on May 16th!

Since it’s a short story collection, each stop will be different.

In the Tree’s Shadow Pre-order Tour:

Tuesday, April 4thRobbie Cheadle “Book Video.”

Wednesday, April 12th Sally Cronin “Pre-order Book Promotion.” 

In the Tree’s Shadow Release Tour:

Monday, April 17thGwen Plano, “Stranded.” 

Tuesday, April 18th Joan Hall, “The Dolphin.”

Wednesday, April 19thJohn Howell, “Lyrical Dragon.” 

Thursday, April 20th Staci Troilo, “It’s Only a Dream.”

Friday, April 21stCraig Boyack, “In the Shadows.”

Monday, April 24thHarmony Kent, “The Boy.” 

Tuesday, April 25th Jan Sikes, “End of the Road.” 

Wednesday, April 26thStephen Geez, “The Day the Ground Moved.”

Thursday, April 27thBeem Weeks, “A Day at the Lake.”

Friday, April 28thSandra Cox, “In That Moment.”

Monday, May 1st Jacquie Biggar, “The Bench.”

Tuesday, May 2ndD. Wallace Peach, “Effervescent Potion.”

Wednesday, May 3rdMae Clair, “When the Lights go Out.”

Thursday, May 4th Jacqui Murray, “Faith.”

Friday, May 5th Yvette M. Calleiro, “The Bike.”

Monday, May 8th Miriam Hurdle, “Playdate.”

Tuesday, May 9th Marcia Meara, “Alone.”

Wednesday, May 10th Annette Rochelle Aben, “Deadline.”

Thursday, May 11thKaren Ingalls, “The Bonsai.”

Friday, May 12th Judith Barrow, “Last Ride of the Night.”

Monday, May 15thBalroop Singh, “Man on the Pier.”

 

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In the Tree’s Shadow – “The Day the Ground Moved” @StephenGeez #writingcommunity #readersoftwitter #newrelease #paranormal

Hi,

Today I’m visiting with Stephen Geez to talk about the short story “The Day the Ground Moved” here.

Below includes my review of Stephen’s latest book, “Comes This Time to Float,” and the tour schedule. There is a chance to win an Amazon gift card too! I will add stops as they become available.

Stephen Geez earned his undergrad and grad degrees at the University of Michigan. A composer, TV producer, publisher, graphic artist, and writer, he focuses now on novels, essay collections, short fiction, authors’ how-to under the GeezWriter brand, and scripts. Founding member of the publisher Fresh Ink Group, he works with a wide variety of authors to produce their best possible work. Watch for his essays, stories, books, and blog posts at http://www.StephenGeez.com. Find him and his author friends at http://www.FreshInkGroup.com. Send him a note from his member page or the Contact Form.

Reviewed in the United States on August 23, 2022“Comes This Time to Float” is an impressive collection of short stories that cover many genres. I enjoyed all of them, but “Vapor Girl,” “Comes Time to Float,” and “Age Eater” were some of the very favorites that I know will stick with me for a while. Each fictional piece had a common thread of attention to detail and emotions that drew me in. Before each story, Mr. Geez shared why he wrote or the history behind each one, which was fun to know. There was also an accompanying picture that added to my reading pleasure. There’s a lot of heart inside the 19 short tales, which I really felt in “Veneer,” but humor, intriguing insight, and variety were also woven in. It’s a wonderful read where each piece offers something different. A well-written collection that I can easily recommend.

Here is the tour schedule.

A link will be added to the list as each stop becomes available. There will be a post with the link and author information included here for each stop.

Three winners will be randomly picked from the tour comments for a $20, $10, or $5 Amazon Gift Card on May 16th!

Since it’s a short story collection, each stop will be different.

In the Tree’s Shadow Pre-order Tour:

Tuesday, April 4thRobbie Cheadle “Book Video.”

Wednesday, April 12th Sally Cronin “Pre-order Book Promotion.” 

In the Tree’s Shadow Release Tour:

Monday, April 17thGwen Plano, “Stranded.” 

Tuesday, April 18th Joan Hall, “The Dolphin.”

Wednesday, April 19thJohn Howell, “Lyrical Dragon.” 

Thursday, April 20th Staci Troilo, “It’s Only a Dream.”

Friday, April 21stCraig Boyack, “In the Shadows.”

Monday, April 24thHarmony Kent, “The Boy.” 

Tuesday, April 25th Jan Sikes, “End of the Road.” 

Wednesday, April 26thStephen Geez, “The Day the Ground Moved.”

Thursday, April 27thBeem Weeks, “A Day at the Lake.”

Friday, April 28thSandra Cox, “In That Moment.”

Monday, May 1st Jacquie Biggar, “The Bench.”

Tuesday, May 2ndD. Wallace Peach, “Effervescent Potion.”

Wednesday, May 3rdMae Clair, “When the Lights go Out.”

Thursday, May 4th Jacqui Murray, “Faith.”

Friday, May 5th Yvette M. Calleiro, “The Bike.”

Monday, May 8th Miriam Hurdle, “Playdate.”

Tuesday, May 9th Marcia Meara, “Alone.”

Wednesday, May 10th Annette Rochelle Aben, “Deadline.”

Thursday, May 11thKaren Ingalls, “The Bonsai.”

Friday, May 12th Judith Barrow, “Last Ride of the Night.”

Monday, May 15thBalroop Singh, “Man on the Pier.”

 

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In the Tree’s Shadow – “End of the Road” @JanSikes3 #writingcommunity #readersoftwitter #newrelease #paranormal #shortstories

Hi,

Today I’m visiting with Jan Sikes to talk about the short story “End of the Road” here.

Below includes my review of Jan’s latest book, “Saddled Hearts,” and the tour schedule. There is a chance to win an Amazon gift card too! I will add stops as they become available.

I’ve been an avid reader all my life. I can still remember the excitement that surged through me the first time I realized I could decipher words. There’s nothing I love more than losing myself in a story.

Oddly enough, I never had any ambition to be a writer. But I wound up in mid-life with a story that begged to be told. Not just any story, but a true story that rivaled any fiction creation. Through fictitious characters, the tale came to life in an intricately woven tale that encompasses four books. Not satisfied to stop with the books, I released music CDs of original music to match the time period of each story segment. In conclusion, to bring the story full circle, I published a book of poetry and art. I was done.

Wrong!

The story ideas keep coming, and I don’t intend to turn off the creative fountain.

I love all things metaphysical and often include those aspects in my stories.

I am a member of the Author’s Marketing Guild, The Writer’s League of Texas, Story Empire, and the Paranormal Writer’s Guild. I am an avid fan of Texas music and grandmother of five beautiful souls. I reside in North Texas.

Connect through Jan’s website: http://www.jansikes.com

Follow Jan on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorJanSikesBooks

Follow Jan on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/JanSikes3

Follow Jan’s Blog: http://www.jansikesblog.com

I read and loved the first two White Rune Series stories and was looking forward to this one. Colt runs a horse sanctuary ranch. I love his relationship with the horses and the beautiful setting of the ranch. He is their first suspect when a stranger dies after a run-in with Colt. Now he needs help from the beyond and finds that in a medium, Sage. The blend of a western romance with spirituality and the developing relationship between Colt and Sage makes this a hard story to put down. Seeing other characters from previous stories was heartwarming, and the music was woven in naturally. I went back and forth about who the killer might be, and none of my guesses were correct. This might be my favorite of the three because of the ranch, but this has been a fantastic series that I can highly recommend!

Here is the tour schedule.

A link will be added to the list as each stop becomes available. There will be a post with the link and author information included here for each stop.

Three winners will be randomly picked from the tour comments for a $20, $10, or $5 Amazon Gift Card on May 16th!

Since it’s a short story collection, each stop will be different.

In the Tree’s Shadow Pre-order Tour:

Tuesday, April 4thRobbie Cheadle “Book Video.”

Wednesday, April 12th Sally Cronin “Pre-order Book Promotion.” 

In the Tree’s Shadow Release Tour:

Monday, April 17thGwen Plano, “Stranded.” 

Tuesday, April 18th Joan Hall, “The Dolphin.”

Wednesday, April 19thJohn Howell, “Lyrical Dragon.” 

Thursday, April 20th Staci Troilo, “It’s Only a Dream.”

Friday, April 21stCraig Boyack, “In the Shadows.”

Monday, April 24thHarmony Kent, “The Boy.” 

Tuesday, April 25th Jan Sikes, “End of the Road.” 

Wednesday, April 26thStephen Geez, “The Day the Ground Moved.”

Thursday, April 27thBeem Weeks, “A Day at the Lake.”

Friday, April 28thSandra Cox, “In That Moment.”

Monday, May 1st Jacquie Biggar, “The Bench.”

Tuesday, May 2ndD. Wallace Peach, “Effervescent Potion.”

Wednesday, May 3rdMae Clair, “When the Lights go Out.”

Thursday, May 4th Jacqui Murray, “Faith.”

Friday, May 5th Yvette M. Calleiro, “The Bike.”

Monday, May 8th Miriam Hurdle, “Playdate.”

Tuesday, May 9th Marcia Meara, “Alone.”

Wednesday, May 10th Annette Rochelle Aben, “Deadline.”

Thursday, May 11thKaren Ingalls, “The Bonsai.”

Friday, May 12th Judith Barrow, “Last Ride of the Night.”

Monday, May 15thBalroop Singh, “Man on the Pier.”

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In the Tree’s Shadow – “The Boy” @harmony_kent #newrelease #paranormal #shortstory #writingcommunity #readersoftwitter

Hi,

Today I’m visiting with Harmony Kent to talk about the short story “The Boy” here. 

Below includes my review of Harmony’s latest book, “Sorrowful Soul,” and the tour schedule. There is a chance to win an Amazon gift card too! I will add stops as they become available.

Harmony Kent is an award winning multi-genre author. Her publications include:

The Battle for Brisingamen (Fantasy Fiction) AIA approved

The Glade (Mystery/Thriller) AIA Approved/BRAG Medallion Honouree/New Apple Literary Awards Official Selection Honours 2015

Polish Your Prose: Essential Editing Tips for Authors (Writing/Editing) New Apple Literary Awards Top Medallist Honours 2015

Finding Katie (Women’s Fiction)

Slices of Soul: Book 1 in the Soul Poetry Series (Contemporary Poetry)

Life & Soul: Book 2 in the Soul Poetry Series (Contemporary Poetry)

Interludes 1 & Interludes 2 (Erotic Short Stories)

Moments (Short Stories and Poetry)

Jewel in the Mud (Zen Musings)

Backstage (Erotic Romance)

FALLOUT (Apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic Dystopia) BRAG Medallion Honouree

The Vanished Boy (Psychological Thriller)

As well as being an avid reader and writer, Harmony also offers reviews and supports her fellow authors. Harmony works hard to promote and protect high standards within the publishing arena. She is always on the look out for talent and excellence, and will freely promote any authors or books who she feels have these attributes. Harmony lives in Cornwall, England.

Resonance (Home)

twitter: @harmony_kent

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/HarmonyK

I have read and enjoyed the first two books in this series. I was looking forward to reading this collection, yet I worried it would be a heavy read. Instead of heavy, it was powerful. The free verse poetry told a story with vivid images and emotions that explored loss. Arranged by the seven stages of grief, the words painted a picture of the expected feelings during the process. All of us face a loss at some point in our lives, leaving us to deal with it in our own way. This book lets us know it’s okay to be in denial, sad, or angry at a situation out of our control. In the end, hope peeked through, offering a new road to take once we journey through our grief and hopelessness. For those who can’t see that light, Ms. Kent offered some valuable information for those who might need someone to talk to. This is a must-read for those who love emotional poetry that provides understanding and healing.

Here is the tour schedule.

A link will be added to the list as each stop becomes available. There will be a post with the link and author information included here for each stop.

Three winners will be randomly picked from the tour comments for a $20, $10, or $5 Amazon Gift Card on May 16th!

Since it’s a short story collection, each stop will be different.

In the Tree’s Shadow Pre-order Tour:

Tuesday, April 4thRobbie Cheadle “Book Video.”

Wednesday, April 12th Sally Cronin “Pre-order Book Promotion.” 

In the Tree’s Shadow Release Tour:

Monday, April 17thGwen Plano, “Stranded.” 

Tuesday, April 18th Joan Hall, “The Dolphin.”

Wednesday, April 19thJohn Howell, “Lyrical Dragon.” 

Thursday, April 20th Staci Troilo, “It’s Only a Dream.”

Friday, April 21stCraig Boyack, “In the Shadows.”

Monday, April 24thHarmony Kent, “The Boy.” 

Tuesday, April 25thJan Sikes, “End of the Road.”

Wednesday, April 26thStephen Geez, “The Day the Ground Moved.”

Thursday, April 27thBeem Weeks, “A Day at the Lake.”

Friday, April 28thSandra Cox, “In That Moment.”

Monday, May 1st Jacquie Biggar, “The Bench.”

Tuesday, May 2ndD. Wallace Peach, “Effervescent Potion.”

Wednesday, May 3rdMae Clair, “When the Lights go Out.”

Thursday, May 4th Jacqui Murray, “Faith.”

Friday, May 5th Yvette M. Calleiro, “The Bike.”

Monday, May 8th Miriam Hurdle, “Playdate.”

Tuesday, May 9th Marcia Meara, “Alone.”

Wednesday, May 10th Annette Rochelle Aben, “Deadline.”

Thursday, May 11thKaren Ingalls, “The Bonsai.”

Friday, May 12th Judith Barrow, “Last Ride of the Night.”

Monday, May 15thBalroop Singh, “Man on the Pier.”

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In the Tree’s Shadows – “In the Shadows” @Virgilante #writingcommunity #newrelease #readersoftwitter #paranormal #shortstories

Hi,

Today I’m visiting with C. S. Boyack to talk about the short story “In the Shadows” here.

Below includes my review of Craig’s latest book, “Midnight Rambler,” and the tour schedule. There is a chance to win an Amazon gift card too! I will add stops as they become available.

I was born in a town called Elko, Nevada. I like to tell everyone I was born in a small town in the 1940s. I’m not quite that old, but Elko has always been a little behind the times. This gives me a unique perspective of earlier times, and other ways of getting by. Some of this bleeds through into my fiction.

I moved to Idaho right after the turn of the century, and never looked back. My writing career was born here, with access to other writers and critique groups I jumped in with both feet.

I like to write about things that have something unusual. My works are in the realm of science fiction, paranormal, and fantasy. The goal is to entertain you for a few hours. I hope you enjoy the ride.

“The Midnight Rambler” was another fun addition to the Hat Book Series. Lizzie and the Hat run into some crazy fruit at a roadside stand. This is when Hat realizes his old enemy is after him. The flood they had to deal with creates an obstacle when their time is limited to find this clever monster while trying to save Lizzie’s friend, Ray. I could feel the cold water sloshing through Lizzie’s slippers and her concern for her friends. The relationship between Ray and Lizzie added another layer to the story and created extra tension in the hunt for where Hat’s enemy had Ray’s creator. The Midnight Rambler was always one step ahead and seemed to enjoy a good hunt, but that never stopped their search. A mystery to solve with all the humor, music, and danger blended nicely with every day worries. The ending has me looking forward to the next story. Although this is a perfect Halloween read, it can be enjoyed any time of the year.

Here is the tour schedule.

A link will be added to the list as each stop becomes available. There will be a post with the link and author information included here for each stop.

Three winners will be randomly picked from the tour comments for a $20, $10, or $5 Amazon Gift Card on May 16th!

Since it’s a short story collection, each stop will be different.

In the Tree’s Shadow Pre-order Tour:

Tuesday, April 4thRobbie Cheadle “Book Video.”

Wednesday, April 12th Sally Cronin “Pre-order Book Promotion.” 

In the Tree’s Shadow Release Tour:

Monday, April 17thGwen Plano, “Stranded.” 

Tuesday, April 18th Joan Hall, “The Dolphin.”

Wednesday, April 19thJohn Howell, “Lyrical Dragon.” 

Thursday, April 20th Staci Troilo, “It’s Only a Dream.”

Friday, April 21stCraig Boyack, “In the Shadows.”

Monday, April 24thHarmony Kent, “The Boy.”

Tuesday, April 25thJan Sikes, “End of the Road.”

Wednesday, April 26thStephen Geez, “The Day the Ground Moved.”

Thursday, April 27thBeem Weeks, “A Day at the Lake.”

Friday, April 28thSandra Cox, “In That Moment.”

Monday, May 1st Jacquie Biggar, “The Bench.”

Tuesday, May 2ndD. Wallace Peach, “Effervescent Potion.”

Wednesday, May 3rdMae Clair, “When the Lights go Out.”

Thursday, May 4th Jacqui Murray, “Faith.”

Friday, May 5th Yvette M. Calleiro, “The Bike.”

Monday, May 8th Miriam Hurdle, “Playdate.”

Tuesday, May 9th Marcia Meara, “Alone.”

Wednesday, May 10th Annette Rochelle Aben, “Deadline.”

Thursday, May 11thKaren Ingalls, “The Bonsai.”

Friday, May 12th Judith Barrow, “Last Ride of the Night.”

Monday, May 15thBalroop Singh, “Man on the Pier.”

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In the Tree’s Shadow – “It’s Only a Dream” @stacitroilo #writingcommunity #readersoftwitter #paranormal #shortstories #newrelease

Hi,

Today I’m visiting with Staci Troilo to talk about the short story “It’s only a Dream” here.

Below includes my review of Staci’s latest book, “The Haunting of Chatham Hollow,” and the tour schedule. There is a chance to win an Amazon gift card too! I will add stops as they become available.

Staci Troilo grew up in Western Pennsylvania writing stories and poetry in her free time, so it was no surprise that she studied writing in college. After receiving creative and professional writing degrees from Carnegie Mellon University, she went on to get her Master’s Degree in Professional Writing, and she worked in corporate communications until she had her children. When they had grown, she went on to become a writing professor, and now she is a freelance writer and editor.

Staci is a multi-genre author. Her fiction is character-driven, and despite their protests, she loves to put them in all kinds of compromising or dangerous situations.

You can find out more about her on her website (stacitroilo.com).

I was excited to see two authors I admire co-author a book. They blended their talents together seamlessly to create a must-read for those who love paranormal mysteries. “The Haunting of Chatham Hollow” has two timelines and moves with ease between them. In 1888, Victor is a likable authentic medium that cuts corners. He is persuaded to attend a séance run by another medium. Benedict and his very tall sidekick put on a good show but are just cons looking for gold. Then something unexpected happens. That event affects what is going on in 2022. In the present time journalist, Aiden is against the town having a popular ghost show come and film the reenactment of the séance. It isn’t because he’s worried about the curse but doesn’t believe in ghosts and all that goes with that. Aiden is plunged into his own mystery that concerns his boss, while his grandmother pushes him to embrace his natural talents. Each timeline has its own compelling stories within the main one that concerns the town and what happened during that first séance. The settings were vivid in both timelines, with characters to root for and dislike with a couple of surprise twists. This is a story I can highly recommend.

Here is the tour schedule.

A link will be added to the list as each stop becomes available. There will be a post with the link and author information included here for each stop.

Three winners will be randomly picked from the tour comments for a $20, $10, or $5 Amazon Gift Card on May 16th!

Since it’s a short story collection, each stop will be different.

In the Tree’s Shadow Pre-order Tour:

Tuesday, April 4thRobbie Cheadle “Book Video.”

Wednesday, April 12th Sally Cronin “Pre-order Book Promotion.” 

In the Tree’s Shadow Release Tour:

Monday, April 17thGwen Plano, “Stranded.” 

Tuesday, April 18th Joan Hall, “The Dolphin.”

Wednesday, April 19thJohn Howell, “Lyrical Dragon.” 

Thursday, April 20th Staci Troilo, “It’s Only a Dream.”

Friday, April 21stCraig Boyack, “In the Shadows.”

Monday, April 24thHarmony Kent, “The Boy.”

Tuesday, April 25thJan Sikes, “End of the Road.”

Wednesday, April 26thStephen Geez, “The Day the Ground Moved.”

Thursday, April 27thBeem Weeks, “A Day at the Lake.”

Friday, April 28thSandra Cox, “In That Moment.”

Monday, May 1st Jacquie Biggar, “The Bench.”

Tuesday, May 2ndD. Wallace Peach, “Effervescent Potion.”

Wednesday, May 3rdMae Clair, “When the Lights go Out.”

Thursday, May 4th Jacqui Murray, “Faith.”

Friday, May 5th Yvette M. Calleiro, “The Bike.”

Monday, May 8th Miriam Hurdle, “Playdate.”

Tuesday, May 9th Marcia Meara, “Alone.”

Wednesday, May 10th Annette Rochelle Aben, “Deadline.”

Thursday, May 11thKaren Ingalls, “The Bonsai.”

Friday, May 12th Judith Barrow, “Last Ride of the Night.”

Monday, May 15thBalroop Singh, “Man on the Pier.”

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Special Birthday Prompt #TankaTuesday Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 316 #senyrus #poems #poetrycommunity #writingcommunity

I didn’t plan on extra posts during my blog tour, but I couldn’t pass this up. Here’s Colleen Chesebro’s Special Birthday Prompt #TankaTuesday Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 316. The prompt was:  Create a syllabic form with 65 syllables, or a combination of words that amount to 65.

I went with 65 syllables. I combined three senyru 5/7/5 poems with two repeat seven-syllable lines that connected them. I used a “birth” and “faerie”  theme 🙂 Title not included in count.

CELEBRATION

dazzling sage eyes

captivating windswept smile

loving elation

forest faeries celebrate

magical moment

nestled amongst mighty redwoods

under the mushrooms

forest faeries celebrate

food, presents, balloons…

welcome the baby princess’

first enchanted breath

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In the Tree’s Shadow – “Lyrical Dragon” @HowellWave #writingcommunity #readersoftwitter #shortstory #paranormal #newrelease

Hi,

Today I’m visiting with John W. Howell to discuss the short story “Lyrical Dragon” here.

Below includes my review of John’s latest book, “The Last Drive,” and the tour schedule. There is a chance to win an Amazon gift card too! I will add stops as they become available.

John began his writing as a full-time occupation after an extensive business career. His specialty is thriller fiction novels, but John also writes poetry and short stories. His first book, My GRL, introduces the exciting adventures of the book’s central character, John J. Cannon. The second Cannon novel, His Revenge, continues the tension. The final book in the trilogy, Our Justice, launched in September 2016 concludes the thriller series. John’s fourth book Circumstances of Childhood, launched in October of 2017 tells a different thriller story of riches to rags, football, Wall Street, brotherly love, redemption, and inspiration with a touch of paranormal to keep you riveted. The fifth book is a collaboration with the ​award-winning author, Gwen Plano titled The Contract. Heavenly bodies become concerned about the stability of the Earth and send two of their own to risk eternal salvation in order to save the planet. The Contract achieved number one status in its genre. John’s latest book is titled Eternal Road – The final stop and launched in September 2020. In search of their eternal home, Sam and James discover a threat to human existance. They also encounter the prince of darkness. The question is; can they save humankind and their eternal souls. All books are available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions.

John lives in Lakeway, Texas with his wife and their spoiled rescue pets.

I loved “Eternal Drive” and was eager to see where the second book would go. I wasn’t disappointed and glad to see James, Sam, and the 1956 Buick Oldsmobile reunite. They were tasked to locate a missing guide, Eddie Rickenbacker, and a new soul, Ryan Sanders, who had died a hero in Afghanistan. One of my favorite parts of the story is the history weaved in and how it is navigated by this group, with Lucifer always a step behind or ahead of them. They visit the Titanic, World War l trenches, the Roman Coliseum, a gold mining camp, and the Auschwitz concentration camp. It is obvious how much research went into the story, which brought their journey to life. Some past events are hard to relive as the group was challenged not to change history. Sam was cruelly treated in their travels by not only Lucifer but men in the past. Luckily there is not only some humor mixed in but hope and faith to counter the hopelessness of a situation. Even with the heaviness of some subjects covered, this story left me hopeful. “The Last Drive” was a wonderful blend of history and paranormal that I can easily recommend. 

Here is the tour schedule.

A link will be added to the list as each stop becomes available. There will be a post with the link and author information included here for each stop.

Three winners will be randomly picked from the tour comments for a $20, $10, or $5 Amazon Gift Card on May 16th!

Since it’s a short story collection, each stop will be different.

In the Tree’s Shadow Pre-order Tour:

Tuesday, April 4thRobbie Cheadle “Book Video.”

Wednesday, April 12th Sally Cronin “Pre-order Book Promotion.” 

In the Tree’s Shadow Release Tour:

Monday, April 17thGwen Plano, “Stranded.” 

Tuesday, April 18th Joan Hall, “The Dolphin.”

Wednesday, April 19thJohn Howell, “Lyrical Dragon.” 

Thursday, April 20thStaci Troilo, “It’s Only a Dream.”

Friday, April 21stCraig Boyack, “In the Shadows.”

Monday, April 24thHarmony Kent, “The Boy.”

Tuesday, April 25thJan Sikes, “End of the Road.”

Wednesday, April 26thStephen Geez, “The Day the Ground Moved.”

Thursday, April 27thBeem Weeks, “A Day at the Lake.”

Friday, April 28thSandra Cox, “In That Moment.”

Monday, May 1st Jacquie Biggar, “The Bench.”

Tuesday, May 2ndD. Wallace Peach, “Effervescent Potion.”

Wednesday, May 3rdMae Clair, “When the Lights go Out.”

Thursday, May 4th Jacqui Murray, “Faith.”

Friday, May 5th Yvette M. Calleiro, “The Bike.”

Monday, May 8th Miriam Hurdle, “Playdate.”

Tuesday, May 9th Marcia Meara, “Alone.”

Wednesday, May 10th Annette Rochelle Aben, “Deadline.”

Thursday, May 11thKaren Ingalls, “The Bonsai.”

Friday, May 12th Judith Barrow, “Last Ride of the Night.”

Monday, May 15thBalroop Singh, “Man on the Pier.”

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In the Tree’s Shadow Blog Tour – “The Dolphin” @JoanHallWrites #writingcommunity #readersoftwitter #paranormal #shortstories #newrelease

Hi,

Today I’m visiting with Joan Hall to talk about the short story “The Dolphin” here.

Below includes my review of Joan’s latest book, “Menagerie,” and the tour schedule. There is a chance to win an Amazon gift card too! I will add stops as they become available.

Joan Hall has always enjoyed reading or listening to stories about inexplicable events, so it’s not surprising she writes mystery and romantic suspense. A lover of classic rock music, songs often serve as the inspiration for her books.

When she’s not writing, Joan likes to observe the night skies, explore old cemeteries, and learn about legends and folklore. She and her husband live in Texas with their two cats. Learn more about Joan at her website, http://JoanHall.net.

“Menagerie” is a wonderful collection of short stories linked together with small-town living. Each story is unique, and several genres and time periods are included. They are beautifully written with attention to detail and vivid descriptions that captured my imagination. It’s hard to pick the ones I liked the best, but “Lone Wolf” immediately won my heart. Jake is trying to get over a painful breakup and camps in the mountains he loves every chance he gets. He runs across a lone wolf, and they watch each other from a distance. There was a potential for healing and a look at a relationship between man and a wild animal. I fell in love with that wolf and the land’s extraordinary beauty, but it isn’t always safe for wild animals around ranches. “Ghost Bridge,” a doctor, fell victim to a local legend in 1889. It is said he haunts a bridge now. Kate moves to an isolated house that overlooks this bridge. I admired the peace she found there but also something else. I enjoy exploring local legends in stories and how they affect the living. “Friends” was a mystery and a reconnection to the past. Cassie is a detective in a small town, and her ex-partner comes to help solve a cold case. It was fun guessing whodunit, along with her working with her partner, Nick. These are thirteen stories that I can highly recommend!

Here is the tour schedule.

A link will be added to the list as each stop becomes available. There will be a post with the link and author information included here for each stop.

Three winners will be randomly picked from the tour comments for a $20, $10, or $5 Amazon Gift Card on May 16th!

Since it’s a short story collection, each stop will be different.

In the Tree’s Shadow Pre-order Tour:

Tuesday, April 4thRobbie Cheadle “Book Video.”

Wednesday, April 12th Sally Cronin “Pre-order Book Promotion.” 

In the Tree’s Shadow Release Tour:

Monday, April 17thGwen Plano, “Stranded.” 

Tuesday, April 18th Joan Hall, “The Dolphin.”

Wednesday, April 19thJohn Howell, “Lyrical Dragon.”

Thursday, April 20thStaci Troilo, “It’s Only a Dream.”

Friday, April 21stCraig Boyack, “In the Shadows.”

Monday, April 24thHarmony Kent, “The Boy.”

Tuesday, April 25thJan Sikes, “End of the Road.”

Wednesday, April 26thStephen Geez, “The Day the Ground Moved.”

Thursday, April 27thBeem Weeks, “A Day at the Lake.”

Friday, April 28thSandra Cox, “In That Moment.”

Monday, May 1st Jacquie Biggar, “The Bench.”

Tuesday, May 2ndD. Wallace Peach, “Effervescent Potion.”

Wednesday, May 3rdMae Clair, “When the Lights go Out.”

Thursday, May 4th Jacqui Murray, “Faith.”

Friday, May 5th Yvette M. Calleiro, “The Bike.”

Monday, May 8th Miriam Hurdle, “Playdate.”

Tuesday, May 9th Marcia Meara, “Alone.”

Wednesday, May 10th Annette Rochelle Aben, “Deadline.”

Thursday, May 11thKaren Ingalls, “The Bonsai.”

Friday, May 12th Judith Barrow, “Last Ride of the Night.”

Monday, May 15thBalroop Singh, “Man on the Pier.”

 

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In the Tree’s Shadow – “Stranded” @gmplano #writingcommunity #bookrelease #readersoftwitter #shortstories #paranormal

Hi,

Today I’m visiting with Gwen Plano to talk about the short story “Stranded” here.

Below includes my review of Gwen’s latest book, “Redemption,” and the tour schedule. There is a chance to win an Amazon gift card too! I will add stops as they become available.

Gwen M. Plano, aka Gwendolyn M. Plano, grew up in Southern California and spent most of her professional life in higher education. She taught and served as an administrator in colleges in Japan, New York, Connecticut, and California. Gwen’s academic background is in theology and counseling. Recently retired, she now lives in the high desert of Arizona, where she writes, gardens, and travels with her husband.

Gwen’s first book is an acclaimed memoir, Letting Go into Perfect Love. Her second book, The Contract between heaven and earth, is a thriller fiction novel, co-authored by John W. Howell. It has received multiple awards and is an Amazon Best Seller. The Choice, the unexpected heroes is the sequel to The Contract. It is also a thriller, involving the attempt of an unfriendly nation to take over the world. The third book in the series, The Culmination, a new beginning is an action-packed military thriller that spans the globe and involves multiple Heads of State and the threat of World War III. Only love can change the fate of humanity.

When Gwen is not writing, she’s often in the beautiful Red Rocks of Sedona, where she finds inspiration.

“Redemption” is a fast-paced thriller that hooked me from the first page. Lisa came home to visit her parents. She had a bad feeling when the doorbell rang, but she couldn’t stop what happened next. With her father dead, her mother fighting for her life, and her brother, Trace, in another country, she struggles to figure out what happened. Lisa quickly realizes she needs to be careful whom she trusts because her world is turned upside down as the truth slowly unravels. Luckily, her brother and his friend, Ryan, come to her aid. I love how they are there for each other, while Lisa’s strength, love of family, and intelligence are inspiring. She bravely stands by her mother while trying to understand her father. I found this book hard to put down with all the twists weaved into a family’s story. The research put into this mystery made it even more chilling because of the possibility that it could happen. The themes of redemption and forgiveness tugged at my heart, and I highly recommend this suspenseful family drama.

Here is the tour schedule.

A link will be added to the list as each stop becomes available. There will be a post with the link and author information included here for each stop.

Three winners will be randomly picked from the tour comments for a $20, $10, or $5 Amazon Gift Card on May 16th!

Since it’s a short story collection, each stop will be different.

In the Tree’s Shadow Pre-order Tour:

Tuesday, April 4thRobbie Cheadle “Book Video.”

Wednesday, April 12th Sally Cronin “Pre-order Book Promotion.”

In the Tree’s Shadow Release Tour:

Monday, April 17thGwen Plano, “Stranded.”

Tuesday, April 18thJoan Hall, “The Dolphin.”

Wednesday, April 19thJohn Howell, “Lyrical Dragon.”

Thursday, April 20thStaci Troilo, “It’s Only a Dream.”

Friday, April 21stCraig Boyack, “In the Shadows.”

Monday, April 24thHarmony Kent, “The Boy.”

Tuesday, April 25thJan Sikes, “End of the Road.”

Wednesday, April 26thStephen Geez, “The Day the Ground Moved.”

Thursday, April 27thBeem Weeks, “A Day at the Lake.”

Friday, April 28thSandra Cox, “In That Moment.”

Monday, May 1st Jacquie Biggar, “The Bench.”

Tuesday, May 2ndD. Wallace Peach, “Effervescent Potion.”

Wednesday, May 3rdMae Clair, “When the Lights go Out.”

Thursday, May 4th Jacqui Murray, “Faith.”

Friday, May 5th Yvette M. Calleiro, “The Bike.”

Monday, May 8th Miriam Hurdle, “Playdate.”

Tuesday, May 9th Marcia Meara, “Alone.”

Wednesday, May 10th Annette Rochelle Aben, “Deadline.”

Thursday, May 11thKaren Ingalls, “The Bonsai.”

Friday, May 12th Judith Barrow, “Last Ride of the Night.”

Monday, May 15thBalroop Singh, “Man on the Pier.”

 

Continue reading “In the Tree’s Shadow – “Stranded” @gmplano #writingcommunity #bookrelease #readersoftwitter #shortstories #paranormal”

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In the Tree’s Shadow Pre-order Stop 2! @sgc58 #writingcommunity #newrelease #paranormal #preorder #readersoftwitter

Hi,

Today I’m visiting with Sally Cronin to share the good news of an upcoming release and pre-order here!

Below includes my review of Sally’s latest book, “Variety is the Spice of Life: A blend of poetry and prose,” and the tour schedule. There is a chance to win an Amazon gift card too! I will add stops as they become available.

Sally Cronin is the author of sixteen books including her memoir Size Matters: Especially when you weigh 330lb first published in 2001. This has been followed by another fifteen books both fiction and non-fiction including multi-genre collections of short stories and poetry.

As an author she understands how important it is to have support in marketing books and offers a number of FREE promotional opportunities on her blog and across her social media. The Smorgasbord Bookshelf.

Her podcast shares book reviews, poetry and short stories Sally Cronin Soundcloud

After leading a nomadic existence exploring the world, she now lives with her husband on the coast of Southern Ireland enjoying the seasonal fluctuations in the temperature of the rain.

My blog is https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com

And for more information on my books listed here at Amazon please visit

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/my-books-and-reviews-2019-2021/

5.0 out of 5 stars For those who love poetry and stories that make you feel.

“Variety is the Spice of Life” is a wonderful collection of poetry and short stories. The poetry is presented in the first half of the book. It was moving and thoughtful, as each word was carefully crafted. The short stories in the second half were my favorite part. Each story had its gift to offer us, but I wiped away a tear or two with “Mrs. Lloyd’s Robin.” “The Healer” left me with chills wondering what-if. What connected the stories and poetry to me was their humanity—or heart of them. A must-read collection for those who love poetry and stories that make you feel.

Here is the tour schedule.

A link will be added to the list as each stop becomes available. There will be a post with the link and author information included here for each stop.

Three winners will be randomly picked from the tour comments for a $20, $10, or $5 Amazon Gift Card on May 16th!

Since it’s a short story collection, each stop will be different.

In the Tree’s Shadow Pre-order Tour:

Tuesday, April 4thRobbie Cheadle “Book Video.”

Wednesday, April 12th –  Sally Cronin “Pre-order Book Promotion.

In the Tree’s Shadow Release Tour:

Monday, April 17thGwen Plano, “Stranded.”

Tuesday, April 18thJoan Hall, “The Dolphin.”

Wednesday, April 19thJohn Howell, “Lyrical Dragon.”

Thursday, April 20thStaci Troilo, “It’s Only a Dream.”

Friday, April 21stCraig Boyack, “In the Shadows.”

Monday, April 24thHarmony Kent, “The Boy.”

Tuesday, April 25thJan Sikes, “End of the Road.”

Wednesday, April 26thStephen Geez, “The Day the Ground Moved.”

Thursday, April 27thBeem Weeks, “A Day at the Lake.”

Friday, April 28thSandra Cox, “In That Moment.”

Monday, May 1st Jacquie Biggar, “The Bench.”

Tuesday, May 2ndD. Wallace Peach, “Effervescent Potion.”

Wednesday, May 3rdMae Clair, “When the Lights go Out.”

Thursday, May 4th Jacqui Murray, “Faith.”

Friday, May 5th Yvette M. Calleiro, “The Bike.”

Monday, May 8th Miriam Hurdle, “Playdate.”

Tuesday, May 9th Marcia Meara, “Alone.”

Wednesday, May 10th Annette Rochelle Aben, “Deadline.”

Thursday, May 11thKaren Ingalls, “The Bonsai.”

Friday, May 12th Judith Barrow, “Last Ride of the Night.”

Monday, May 15thBalroop Singh, “Man on the Pier.”

Continue reading “In the Tree’s Shadow Pre-order Stop 2! @sgc58 #writingcommunity #newrelease #paranormal #preorder #readersoftwitter”

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April Book Reviews Part 2! @PatFurstenberg @judithbarrow77 @Sandra_Cox #writingcommunity #whattoread #mustreads #readersoftwitter #readersoffacebook

As Good as Gold: A dog’s life in poems

By Patricia Furstenberg

“As Good as Gold” is a wonderful collection of poetry for the young at heart to share with the children in your life. It gives us a glimpse of the world through an animal’s perspective. There are several themes, including seasonal and a great insight into what a dog might be thinking. Different styles of poetry are showcased, each a tiny slice of a dog’s life. It’s hard not to smile when looking through a dog’s eyes. This is a beautiful collection for dog and animal lovers of all ages who enjoy poetry.

Sunset

By Sandra Cox

Eighteen-year-old Gillian has wealth, beauty, and a stunning house, but she also lives with a curse. During the night hours, she and her best friend, Merrick, the cat, can do anything they want, but at sunrise they are whisked into a big chuck of marble to spend the day. It was a genie’s tradeoff for all her ancestor’s riches. The other catch to this wish, after falling in love, the first-born daughter dies after giving birth to their first-born daughter. Gillian lives with this, especially avoiding interaction with young men. That all changes when she saves a young girl, and realizes her caretakers have hired the handsome older brother. Gillian is determined to find the genie and break the spell, while someone means her harm. I love the relationship between Gillian and Merrick, the talking cat, and her loyal caretakers. She is a strong young woman who wants to make changes while fighting her feelings. A read that was hard to put down and I can easily recommend it, especially to those who love a good paranormal romance.

Yes I Can!

Bobbi Dot

“Yes I Can!” is a whimsically illustrated young reader’s book with a positive Christian message. It is great for parents to read with their young children or beginning readers. Its theme is not only believing in yourself, but God. This is ideal for parents and even Sunday schools that want to get that message across. A fun and meaningful debut by Ms. Dot.

Sisters

By Judith Barrow

Angie and Mandy are ordinary teenagers until a horrible tragedy tears their lives apart. It’s heartbreaking, and I wondered if the family would survive what’s happened. They don’t. Mandy takes the blame and is sent to live with her aunt and uncle. Here she becomes Lisa and finds some understanding. Angie, who doesn’t step up and do the right thing, can’t live with her guilt. She runs away, only to find life hard and survival harder. It’s at a funeral that the two girls meet again as adults. This is when pain and anger collide with a touch of love and forgiveness. Right or wrong, each character deals with the pain and loss in their own way. The past was gone and mishandled, but these broken people had the present moment. That’s when hope came into the story and brought back something that seemed impossible. I was taken on a journey through all my emotions. “Sisters” was a hard story to put down, and I highly recommend it.

Return to Silverhills

By Sandra Cox

I read and loved the first book, “Silverhills,” and was excited to see there was going to be a sequel. “Return to Silverhills” captivated me just like the first book did. There are many memorable characters, and revisiting the ones from the first book was like a joyful family reunion. Brandon and Alex return home with a larger family and a new friend, Lisa. Jeff, Brandon’s younger brother, is set to make a cattle run, but their cook has injured his arm. Lisa volunteers to go along and help. There is immediate chemistry between Lisa and Jeff, but she has sworn off men after what has happened to her. I love the grandfatherly relationship between Lisa and Cookie, and the sweet baby calf, Lucky, that thinks Jeff is his mother. The scenery is beautifully described, and I could easily imagine riding on the Chisholm trail with them. Lisa’s a strong character searching for her inner strength and a way to heal. As the group tries to survive the elements and cattle thieves, there is someone close to them to deal with. A fantastic western romance with healing, survival, family, trust, and love that I highly recommend.

I only post my 4 & 5-star reviews here! If I don’t like the book, I won’t finish it. It wouldn’t be fair to leave a review for an unfinished story, and life is too short not to enjoy my reading journey!

NOTE:

Book reviews and regular posts will be back May 16th after the Blog Tour.

You may have noticed more books in my review posts. This is what I’m doing now since I want to bring in other topics but don’t want to add another day other than my challenges, new releases, or updates.

One idea floating around is Finn’s Forest. This would vary from poetry, local lore, interesting animals facts to strange orbs. Plus, I can venture out into other nature areas too.

Embrace your inner child, and read a good book! D. L. Finn

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In the Tree’s Shadow Pre-Order Blog Stop! @bakeandwrite #booktrailer #writingcommunity #bookrelease #preorder #paranormal

Hi!
Today I’m visiting Robbie Cheadle for a pre-order stop to share my book trailer here!

Below includes my review of Robbie’s latest book, “When a Lion Screams,” and the tour schedule. There is a chance to win an Amazon gift card too! I will add stops as they become available.

 

Award-winning, bestselling author, Robbie Cheadle, has published thirteen children’s book and three poetry books. Her work has also appeared in poetry and short story anthologies.

Robbie also has two novels published under the name of Roberta Eaton Cheadle and has horror, paranormal, and fantasy short stories featured in several anthologies under this name.

The ten Sir Chocolate children’s picture books, co-authored by Robbie and Michael Cheadle, are written in sweet, short rhymes which are easy for young children to follow and are illustrated with pictures of delicious cakes and cake decorations. Each book also includes simple recipes or biscuit art directions which children can make under adult supervision.

Robbie’s blog includes recipes, fondant and cake artwork, poetry, and book reviews. https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/
My Book Review for “When a Lion Screams”

5.0 out of 5 stars A creative collection for animals lovers!

“Lion Scream” is a creative collection of poetry, photos, information, links, and a short story. The poetry tells a story of the wildlife in South Africa. It is not always a pleasant narrative with the loss of their habitat or cruel hunters maiming for profit. I learned a lot about the animals and found all the poems fascinating on many different levels. Ms. Cheadle discusses the Sixth Mass Extinction and Climate Change effect on animal life through her visits to wildlife reserves and personal interaction. She shares extra reading through links to learn more, which I appreciated. This was a meaningful way to bring the plight of animals to people’s attention. The short story, at the end, tackled another important subject of our youth’s mental health and the medication used. I won’t pick out my favorites because the message is too important. A book not to be missed by those who love animals and the world we share with them.

Here is the tour schedule.

A link will be added to the list as each stop becomes available. There will be a post with the link and author information included here for each stop.

Three winners will be randomly picked from the tour comments for a $20, $10, or $5 Amazon Gift Card on May 16th!

Since it’s a short story collection, each stop will be different.

In the Tree’s Shadow Pre-order Tour:

Tuesday, April 4thRobbie Cheadle “Book Video.”

Wednesday, April 12th Sally Cronin “Pre-order Book Promotion.”

In the Tree’s Shadow Release Tour:

Monday, April 17thGwen Plano, “Stranded.”

Tuesday, April 18thJoan Hall, “The Dolphin.”

Wednesday, April 19thJohn Howell, “Lyrical Dragon.”

Thursday, April 20thStaci Troilo, “It’s Only a Dream.”

Friday, April 21stCraig Boyack, “In the Shadows.”

Monday, April 24thHarmony Kent, “The Boy.”

Tuesday, April 25thJan Sikes, “End of the Road.”

Wednesday, April 26thStephen Geez, “The Day the Ground Moved.”

Thursday, April 27thBeem Weeks, “A Day at the Lake.”

Friday, April 28thSandra Cox, “In That Moment.”

Monday, May 1st Jacquie Biggar, “The Bench.”

Tuesday, May 2ndD. Wallace Peach, “Effervescent Potion.”

Wednesday, May 3rdMae Clair, “When the Lights go Out.”

Thursday, May 4th Jacqui Murray, “Faith.”

Friday, May 5th Yvette M. Calleiro, “The Bike.”

Monday, May 8th Miriam Hurdle, “Playdate.”

Tuesday, May 9th Marcia Meara, “Alone.”

Wednesday, May 10th Annette Rochelle Aben, “Deadline.”

Thursday, May 11thKaren Ingalls, “The Bonsai.”

Friday, May 12th Judith Barrow, “Last Ride of the Night.”

Monday, May 15thBalroop Singh, “Man on the Pier.”

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April Book Reviews Part One and Vocal Challenge! @bakeandwrite @Sandra_Cox @katharinewrites @vocal_creators #writingcommunity #whattoread #mustread #readersoftwitter #bookreview #vocalchallenge #poetry

Lion Scream: Syllabic Poetry About Southern African Wildlife

By Robbie Cheadle

“Lion Scream” is a creative collection of poetry, photos, information, links, and a short story. The poetry tells a story of the wildlife in South Africa. It is not always a pleasant narrative with the loss of their habitat or cruel hunters maiming for profit. I learned a lot about the animals and found all the poems fascinating on many different levels. Ms. Cheadle discusses the Sixth Mass Extinction and Climate Change effect on animal life through her visits to wildlife reserves and personal interaction. She shares extra reading through links to learn more, which I appreciated. This was a meaningful way to bring the plight of animals to people’s attention. The short story, at the end, tackled another important subject of our youth’s mental health and the medication used. I won’t pick out my favorites because the message is too important. A book not to be missed by those who love animals and the world we share with them.

Black Opal Amulets #3

By Sandra Cox

“Black Opal” is the third book in the Amulet series. Sabina is a famous singer who has the power amulet. While singing on stage, she is almost killed but is saved by Adam Morelly, the nephew of a mob boss. There is an immediate attraction between them that she chooses to ignore because of his relatives. Yet, he is determined to keep her safe from someone trying to kill her. Seeing Maureen and Bella back from the first two books is fun. I love their friendship and how they are there for each other no matter what. At the same time, a killer on the loose wants everything these women have, including Adam. There is a sweet moment when Adam also finds a kitten, Bones, in the garbage and takes it in. An excellent addition to the series that can be a standalone read, but I enjoyed reading it from the beginning! A book and series I can easily recommend.

Tall, Dark and Undead

By Sandra Cox

Suzanne gets attacked by three men in an alley on the way home. A kickboxer, she can usually take care of herself, but this time she was overwhelmed. A hero appears, a handsome mystery man with strange eyes with unusual abilities, and saves her. He gets her to the hospital, where she recovers. A strong woman who has made her job as an assistant at the hospital her entire focus, finds herself drawn to two men, one a cop and one a vampire. I love the developing relationship between her and Adrian. He is a vampire with a conscience and a vegetarian, or he doesn’t feed on humans anymore. He is as torn as Suzanne as feelings grow between them. I adore the connection between Suzanne and her fatherly boss, Kess. A paranormal love story that I can easily recommend.

Lily Adler Mystery #4

Murder at Midnight

By Katharine Schellman

“Murder at Midnight” is the fourth book in the Lily Adler Mystery Series, but I could easily follow along once I got through the first couple of chapters. Set in 1816, some guests attending a ball can’t make it home because of a sudden heavy snowstorm. The host, Lady Grantham, offers her hospitality, but they wake up to a murder. Lily is one of those guests. She is a young widow who attended with her family and is known for solving mysteries. Lily immediately becomes involved in this one. Gossip and innuendos can ruin a young woman’s reputation and put a family friend, Amelia, right into the suspect’s chair. Amelia’s brother, Jack, was Lily’s husband’s best friend and is now hers. There are developing relationships, and hidden motives interweaved into this story, along with solving a murder. This is for you if you enjoy historical mysteries with a strong female character.

I only post my 4 & 5-star reviews here! If I don’t like the book, I won’t finish it. It wouldn’t be fair to leave a review for an unfinished story, and life is too short not to enjoy my reading journey!

UPDATE:

I wasn’t going to do this Vocal Poetry Challenge but in one of my I sleepless moments, it came. I did a tanka poem 5/7/5/7/7 and made each word start with the same letter which turned out to be F. The challenge was that all the words start with the same letter. I’d love for you to stop by to like, comment and/or share it. Here is the link:

https://vocal.media/poets/forest-fairies

Embrace your inner child, and read a good book! D. L. Finn

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March Book Reviews Part 4! @gmplano @A_Varga_Author @stacitroilo@JoanHallWrites @Chelepie @PCZick #writingcommunity #readersoftwitter

Redemption: A Father’s Fatal Decision

By Gwendolyn M. Plano

“Redemption” is a fast-paced thriller that hooked me from the first page. Lisa came home to visit her parents. She had a bad feeling when the doorbell rang, but she couldn’t stop what happened next. With her father dead, her mother fighting for her life, and her brother, Trace, in another country, she struggles to figure out what happened. Lisa quickly realizes she needs to be careful whom she trusts because her world is turned upside down as the truth slowly unravels. Luckily, her brother and his friend, Ryan, come to her aid. I love how they are there for each other, while Lisa’s strength, love of family, and intelligence are inspiring. She bravely stands by her mother while trying to understand her father. I found this book hard to put down with all the twists weaved into a family’s story. The research put into this mystery made it even more chilling because of the possibility that it could happen. The themes of redemption and forgiveness tugged at my heart, and I highly recommend this suspenseful family drama.

Jump In Time #2

The Celtic Deception

By Andrew Varga

“The Celtic Deception” is a fun YA read that blends history and fantasy. I haven’t read the first book, but I found this story easy to follow. Seventeen-year-old time jumper, Dan, comes home to an unwelcomed visitor who was responsible for his father being in a coma. I was immediately drawn into the story. Although the visitor had taken something that seemed so important, Dan was carefully trained by his father and was prepared for that. Soon, Dan and his jumping partner, Samantha, need to make a jump to fix history. I loved the time they went into 60 CE when Romans dominated, and Celts were on the run or fighting back. The relationships they developed in the Celt tribe had me rooting for them, even against all odds and history. A read meant for teens, but adults can appreciate it too. I thoroughly enjoyed this mix of the reality of a historical moment and time-traveling teens trying to survive while not changing the past that would affect the future.

Bright Lights and Candle Glow

By Staci TroiloMichele JonesPamela FosterJan MorrillDave KwiecinskiJoan HallP.C. Zick, and Grace L. Reilly

“Bright Lights and Candle Glow” is a beautiful holiday collection of eight short stories. The tales transport the reader into many places, including the Civil War or a ranch in Montana. Each story was a satisfying read for the holidays or any time of the year, and I won’t be picking any favorites. There were not only some fantastic twists I didn’t expect but vivid settings that pulled me right in.  I can easily recommend this group of well-told holiday stories for Christmas and Yule reading.

I only post my 4 & 5-star reviews here! If I don’t like the book, I won’t finish it. It wouldn’t be fair to leave a review for an unfinished story, and life is too short not to enjoy my reading journey!

NOTE:

I will be quiet on social media and blog visits this week. I’m going to take a bit of me-time before I get busy with my upcoming release and blog tour.  Have a great week xo

Embrace your inner child by reading a good book! D. L. Finn

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Under The Full Moon: A Vocal #ShortStory @vocal_creators #writingcommunity #readersofstwitter #werewolves

Hi 🙂

I wrote a short story for a Vocal Challenge, Under the Full Moon. It has to start with this sentence: The mirror showed a reflection that wasn’t my own. It is under horror, and I might have veered off from the intent of it being a magic mirror, but I go where the story takes me! I’d love for you to stop by and read it if you can. Comments and sharing are always welcomed.

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2023 Spring Edition of “Books That Changed Me!” @AnnalisaCrawf @gmplano @supermegawoman #topreading #writingcommunity #readersoftwitter #readersoffacebook

Welcome spring! I am ready to enjoy the return of the birds, flowers, and the landscape bursting with life. It’s my favorite time of year, along with fall. We had quite a winter here. Some epic and sometimes overwhelming storms finally ended our three-year drought—at least in our area.

Time to enjoy nice spring hikes along the river, take Harley rides, and read some great books! Stories and poetry can touch us in many different ways and change us. You have already seen these books reviewed here on my blog. Since I have read some fantastic books lately, more of those will be making their way here in other seasons. Today these are the book revisiting with their blurbs as some of my top reads.

Redemption: A Father’s Fatal Decision

By Gwendolyn M. Plano

Family secrets can be deadly. When Lisa visits her parents one fateful Saturday morning, she hugs her father and takes her suitcase to her childhood bedroom. The doorbell rings, and one minute later her father lies dead on the floor—three bullets to the chest. The death of Eric Holmes sends shockwaves throughout the quiet neighborhood. But for the Holmes family, it is devastating.
In this fast-paced psychological thriller, Lisa and her brother embark on a quest to solve the mystery of their father’s murder. The journey takes them into a secret world where nothing is as it seems. Once the puzzle pieces begin to coalesce, they realize that their father had multiple lives. As the facts unravel, the siblings discover the true meaning of Redemption.

The Clock in My Mother’s House and other stories 

By Annalisa Crawford

Life can change in an instant, but that’s not always a bad thing.

A hotel explodes leaving staff and guests in peril; a woman retrieves an old clock from the attic with disturbing consequences; one man leaves heart break behind him, and another arrives to bring adventure.

In this haunting collection, Annalisa Crawford creates characters who will charm, captivate, and intrigue you.

Annalisa’s stories have featured in Fairlight Shorts, Fictive Dream, and Reflex Fiction; and have been short- and longlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, the Bath Short Story Award, Globe Soup, and more.

The Bubble Reputation

By Alex Craigie

If you want to destroy someone’s reputation, social media provides the perfect tool.

Emmie Hobson, children’s author and TV presenter, is riding high on a wave of popularity when an unscrupulous newspaper editor, desperate for a scoop, brings Emmie’s world crashing down.

Social media picks up the baton and a terrifying backlash of hate and abuse is unleashed. Threats are made and there are those, inflamed by the rhetoric, prepared to take the law into their own hands.

For the young at heart and middle grade readers:

Amanda in France: Fire in the Cathedral (An Amanda Travels Adventure Book 9) 

by Darlene Foster

Amanda explores the exciting streets of Paris, the fabulous Palace of Versailles and the gardens of the painter Claude Monet, while being drawn into the mystery surrounding the destructive fire of Notre Dame cathedral.

Amanda is in love! With Paris – the city of love. She’s in awe of the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, and Notre Dame Cathedral. While there, she gets to work as a volunteer and stay in a famous book store, along with her bestie, Leah, and Leah’s eccentric Aunt Jenny. A dream come true for a book lover like Amanda.

Except, while she’s at the Paris Opera House there is a bomb threat. Then the lights go out during their visit to the Louvre. Worst of all, a devastating fire blazes in Notre Dame. Why does a mysterious man, who claims to be a busker, writer and artist, show up every time something bad happens?

Join Amanda as she explores the exciting streets of Paris, the fabulous Palace of Versailles and the gardens of the painter Claude Monet, all the time looking for clues as to who would want to destroy such a beautiful, historic cathedral.

Embrace your inner child by reading a great book—D. L. Finn

 

 

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March Book Reviews Part 3! @JMastrangeloArt @JacqBiggar #writingcommunity #whattoread #readersoftwitter

Sunset Beach

By Jacquie Biggar

After reading “Sweetheart Cove,” I wondered about a single dad, Trace, and a single mom, Mona. Both were minor characters in the other book, but their attraction shone through, even if it was from dating in high school, so I was glad to see they were the main characters in “Sunset Beach.” Although there seems to be an attraction, Mona holds back the information of who is the father of her daughter while Trace focuses on his job as the mayor and raising a teen. Their daughters, Samantha and Beth, are best friends, forcing the two to interact more than they are comfortable with. I enjoyed revisiting this island, seeing how Jacob and Josie were doing, and discovering if Trace and Mona could work through their confused past. This is a quick, fun read for romance fans.

Sweetheart Cove

By Jacquie Biggar

Josie took a job to escape after her best friend and fiancé got together. Jacob needed someone to help care for his six-year-old daughter, who uses a wheelchair. When Josie arrives to start her new job, Jacob is unhappy that she isn’t more grandmotherly. They immediately clash, but she stays to offer physical therapy for the daughter. I love the sweet relationship between Jane and Josie and the addition of Mischief. The setting is a charming little island where residents and guests arrive by water plane. I could easily see myself living on this island and quickly fell in love with the seaside community. Sparks, misunderstandings, and a bit of patience mix in to make this a page-turning quick read that I can easily recommend.

THE MAGIC BLANKET

By Judy Mastrangelo

“The Magic Blanket” is a fun read for beginning readers and their parents. Amy is given the gift of a blanket, and the characters on it come alive when she goes to sleep. Then, Amy is taken on an incredible adventure. The illustrations are beautiful, adding that extra layer to the story, and after, there are activities for the reader to enjoy. This is a book I bought in paperback to give to my granddaughters, and I can easily recommend this charming tale.

I only post my 4 & 5-star reviews here! If I don’t like the book, I won’t finish it. It wouldn’t be fair to leave a review for an unfinished story, and life is too short not to enjoy my reading journey!

NOTE: Tomorrow is the Books That Changed Me—Spring Edition! 

Embrace your inner child, and read a good book! D. L. Finn

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New Release! “Return to Silverhills” by Sandra Cox @Sandra_Cox #newrelease #writingcommunity #readersoftwitter #westernromance

I’m thrilled to have friend and fellow author, Sandra Cox, here today to talk about her latest, “Return to Silverhills.”

I had the pleasure of reading this as a beta reader. I can highly recommend “Return to Silverhills,” but I decided to enjoy the story one more time before writing the review 🙂

I found all the words in the puzzle below. Fun!

A trail boss with a fast gun. A damaged woman. A cattle drive fraught with danger. And a combustible attraction.

Short Excerpt:

Boom.

The unexpected sound made her heart crash against her ribs, her hands grow clammy and her breath push in and out in sharp gasps. Her horse sidled in response to her nerves.

Boom.Boom.

More gunfire and whoops sounded in the distance.

She flinched. The bang and flash of gunfire. The sight and scent of sulphur. Always a reminder of the night the Comancheros had captured her and slaughtered her family.

Fighting back the painful memories, Lisa Reiner stared into the valley at the ranch below, the mountains behind it throwing off a blinding glitter wherever the sun touched. Alex talked incessantly about those flashes of silver in the hills. Alex. Who’d cared enough to take her out of the mission and bring her to her own home to start fresh, to live with her like a sister.

Slowly. Tentatively. Fear and nerves crawled into excitement. Silverhills.

Buy Link:

https://www.amazon.com/Return-Silverhills-Sandra-Cox-ebook/dp/B0BS77JXFV

Foodie Facts:

She spent a number of years in the Midwest chasing down good Southern BBQ. By the time she moved to North Carolina where Southern BBQ is practically a staple, she’d become a vegetarian.

Pineapple is a must-have on pizza, along with black olives and onions.

She loves pumpkin waffles. Pumpkin cream cheese, not so much.

Old West Puzzle

Can you find: remuda, longhorn, lasso, rope, saddle, bridle, saddlebags, coffee, gun, canteen, saloon, tobacco?

S A D D L E A L Y A Z B C
A B M Z B X D N G U N R Y
D C U E O Z I Q Y E L I N
D R D O V C F P A J R D Z
L O N G H O R N P W Q L B
E P E Q R F C K S A F E J
B E F R G F T O B A C C O
A G S H S E D L T B G K L
G H T I T E M U C H L N A
S A L O O N U J U E N V S
I V K F C A N T E E N V S
W J L X G O W D I M P Q O
X M K W R E M U D A H P X

Bio:

Sandra, who also writes as S. Cox, is a vegetarian, animal lover and avid gardener. She lives with her husband, their dog and cats in sunny North Carolina.

An award-winning author, her stories consist of all things Western and more.

You can find her at:

http://www.sandracoxwriter.com

http://www.cowboytrivia.blogspot.com

https://sandracoxblogspot.com

http://www.twitter.com/Sandra_Cox.

Buy Link:

https://www.amazon.com/Return-Silverhills-Sandra-Cox-ebook/dp/B0BS77JXFV

 

 

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March Book Reviews Part 2! @merril_mds @RowennaM #writingcommunity #whattoread #readersoftwitter #bookreviews

The Fairy Bargains of Prospect Hill

By Rowenna Miller

A family receives land after a bargain with a fairy, which is then passed down to the next generation. Two sisters in this family have been warned to deal carefully with the fairies and bargains. Alaina uses the bargains for better crops, but everything changes when her sister marries into a wealthy family. Delphine later admits to her sister that her husband is cruel and abusive, but is trapped in her life. Alaina, who runs the family orchard, tries to help her sibling. Alaina was a strong woman with a supportive husband and daughter when women had few rights, including voting. Her devotion to her land and family led her down a path where she had been cautioned not to travel, and it made me very nervous that she was doing so. The book’s first half focuses mainly on the sisters and their relationships. It was a slower and more thoughtful pace as Alaina found ways to help her sister. The book’s second half deals more with the consequences as it picks up the pace and veers into another realm. This story has many layers, including family relationships, magic, folklore, woman’s rights, trust, and love. A good read that held my attention, especially at the end.

Secrets in the Blood

By Unity Hayes

“Secrets in the Blood” opens with a young boy witnessing his mother’s death and his older brother finding him. Then the story moves on to the current POVs set in a charming old western town park. West, the handyperson, is looking for a job, and Cassidy is drawn to him. There is a mystery to his past, and things aren’t what they seem. Plus, there is a killer on the loose with the arrival of West. I loved the developing feelings between Cassidy and West. It was obvious that West was hiding something from his first interaction with Cassidy. Although he tried to conceal his physical scars, most found it hard to trust him, including his brother. The setting was vivid, making me wish this was a place I could visit with the staged train robberies and other interactive activities. A few surprising twists, mysteries, love, and family dynamics made this fast-paced story hard to put down.

River Ghosts

By Merril Smith

“River Ghosts” poetry evokes a depth of emotion through beautiful imagery. I enjoyed all the poems I read, and here are a few that touched me. “Too late,/watch the last butterfly/in a shimmering glow/of gold and tangerine”—Observe, And Again. “Once stars shimmered brighter in/the night,/and you left your handprint, a/symbol on the wall,”—Handprint. “and we reach up, swallow them-/then filled with honeyed light/we whisper in glimmering tones,/leap-and fly.”—Dreams and Stars. “Angel-breath flowers in the morning/and soft blush-clouds sail/in dancing rhythm/waking all the ifs—/and so—/let ghosts fly.”—The Secret of Poetry Stars. These are just some of the ones I highlighted. A wonderful collection meant to be read over and over, and I can easily recommend it to poetry lovers.

I only post my 4 & 5-star reviews here! If I don’t like the book, I won’t finish it. It wouldn’t be fair to leave a review for an unfinished story, and life is too short not to enjoy my reading journey!

Embrace your inner child, and read a good book! D. L. Finn