Monday, January 31, 2011

February Romance Novel Event: Obsession from Sally Royer-Derr

We're kicking off our February Romance Novel Event with an upcoming title from MuseItUp Publishing.

OBSESSION BY SALLY ROYER-DERR

Evil can be closer than you think.

 After her husband’s tragic accident, Joanna Dresden seeks to rebuild her life. She finds love again in the arms of a much younger man and feels her life moving forward again. She didn’t realize her husband’s death wasn’t an accident, but rather a calculated murder, by a man willing to do anything to be with her. A man she knew well…

Read an excerpt!

A slow drizzle of rain pelted the freshly mowed grass of the cemetery. Wet blades of green clung to Joanna’s black pumps as she solemnly walked to the burial plot. Simon held a large, black umbrella over her and Jilly as they walked in silence.

It seemed as if the whole town came to the funeral service, only about one hour earlier, but Joanna had insisted on a private burial. Family and close friends only.

She sat on the hard folding chair sitting in front of the flower-adorned closed casket. Despite the humidity, she shivered, thinking of her hand touching Jared’s only a few moments ago for the last time. In her heart, she knew his soul, his spirit lived on. His earthly body was only a casing for his true soul, which now looked down from Heaven at her. I know he’s in a better place. A place without hurt or death. But what about me and Jilly? How are we going to live without him?

Jilly looked unusually small today in her dark funeral dress. She gripped Joanna’s hand and sat hunched over, staring at her father’s casket. She hasn’t said a word since finding out he was killed. Will she ever find her voice again? Joanna’s head hurt with all the troubling thoughts swirling around in her mind. I can’t think about that now.

The pastor said words, but she could not understand them. The words, like the murmuring of condolences spoken to her at the funeral, jumbled together into an unrecognizable blend of sounds. I can’t do this. This can’t be happening to me.

She felt tears start to rise up within her, and she pressed her eyes shut for a moment, hoping to shut out the scene in front of her. Opening her eyes again, she watched as Jared was slowly lowered into the ground, and tears stung her face. Don’t leave me, Jared. Her silent pleas were unheard. The only man she’d ever loved was gone.

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She looks so beautiful in black. His gaze traveled over her appealing form draped by the dark material. He liked how pale her face looked today, almost ethereal, like an angel from Heaven. Her hair was pulled away from her face in a brown tortoiseshell clip, revealing the delicate bone structure of her face. He watched her sit on the sofa, picking at her full plate of food. She lifted her head, her sad blue eyes looking expectantly around the room, and then suddenly clouding over as she looked back to her plate of untouched food.

He longed to go to her, to touch her, to tell her everything would be okay. He would glide his hand over her silken hair and whisper softly in her ear, to reassure her and to make her know that he would always be there for her. Her blue eyes would gaze into his, the sadness starting to melt away, and she would see him, the real him, for the first time. And she would know in that moment they were meant to be together.

He shook his head, feeling slightly unsettled about his fantasy—the fantasy he so desperately wanted to become a reality. One day it will be my reality. One day very soon. Now that Jared was out of the picture, thanks to him, there were no more obstacles deterring him from her.

As it should be. Jared had stood in the way of his happiness for too long. From the moment he knew Joanna was destined to be his, Jared was an obstacle for him. A smile spread across his face. Not anymore.

He gripped his cup of coffee tightly, and it spilled over his hand. Grabbing a napkin from a nearby table, he wiped the liquid away. He glanced back to the couch where Joanna had been sitting, but it was now unoccupied. He quickly put his cup down and went off in search of her.

Wow! Now I really can't wait for this one.

You can read a bit more about Sally and Obsession on her author page at MuseItUp Publishing.


Sally Royer-Derr has been writing for as long as she can remember. She's been known to fill many notebooks with ideas and stories from her overactive imagination, as she prefers to handwrite all her first drafts. Daydreaming is one of her favorite past times, since daydreaming is the seed of imagination. Although Sally has always possessed the love of writing, there was a problem. She would enthusiastically start a story but never quite get to the ending. Luckily, this isn’t a problem for her anymore. Sally is a multi-published author, and she continues to work on many other creations destined for completion.


Sally has a B.S. in Psychology and also works in special education. Her favorite activities, other than writing, are reading, watching movies, shopping, and taking walks. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, son, and furry Labradoodle.

You can find her online at:

www.sallyroyer-derr.weebly.com
http://twitter.com/sallyroyerderr
http://www.facebook.com/people/Sally-Royer-Derr/1780521669


OBSESSION BY SALLY ROYER-DERR - COMING IN JULY 2011 FROM MUSEITUP PUBLISHING!







Saturday, January 29, 2011

You Want Some Snow? I Have Plenty to Send

In case you hadn't heard, the East Coast has gotten hammered with snow this year. I think this is even worse than 1999/2000, when it seemed to snow at least once a week. We moved into our house two weeks before Christmas in 1999. By Christmas we had snow, and it really didn't stop snowing for what seemed like forever. We didn't have a snow blower then, and let me tell you, I was so ready for spring that year.

This winter we've had three major snow storms that have dumped 8 inches or more. You take your life in your hands trying to pull out of a side street onto a main drag. The plow crews have been doing a great job keeping up with it all, but there is nowhere to put the snow anymore. Bucket loaders would need to come and haul it away. But to where?

Here are a few pictures from around the homestead:


I guess it's good I didn't trim the holly bushes. At least those aren't buried.



I'm not getting into the shed anytime soon.


Good thing all this white stuff looks beautiful, because it's a real pain to clear a path through to anywhere. That mound in the far left corner with a tiny bit of black visible is my compost bin. Needless to say, I'm not trekking out there every day to add my food scraps.

The weather report is calling for more snow this coming Tuesday. I might just book a one way ticket to California.

Friday, January 28, 2011

New Release from White Rose Publishing! - Stealing Home by Rhonda Gibson


Charisma Diner is busy with her floral business as well as caring for her young brother Joey since their parents' deaths. But when Joey befriends Will Lovelace at the baseball diamond, she realizes just how much she's been neglecting her little brother.

Will is part of Charisma's past. He may not recognize her, but she'll never forget the affect he had on her. Her heart fluttered for him during college, but he never even noticed her. Now Charisma doesn't want Will in her life. But how can she deny a lonely little boy a friendship that makes him happy...or the growing attraction between herself and Will?

PURCHASE A COPY OF STEALING HOME TODAY AT http://www.whiterosepublishing.com/Stealing-Home!



Rhonda Gibson lives in New Mexico with her husband James. She has two children and one beautiful grandchild. Rhonda speaks at conferences and local writing groups.


You can visit her at http://www.rhondagibson.blogspot.com/.

Other titles by Rhonda include:

Lethal Lasagna
To Trust an Outlaw

She has also contributed to the following:

What's In Your Closet
Shelter in Seattle
A Connecticut Christmas
Desert Roses


Author Spotlight: New Self, New World by Philip Shepherd

"If we were to consider the towering crises faced by the 21st century and trace them to their roots, we would find that each of them leads back to the same cultural force: the one that tells us who we are. Our culture’s vision of what it means to be human seeps into us from infancy on – and it presents reality as a shattered world of bits and pieces that are organized by randomness and cannot be felt as a whole. By assuring us of that, our culture tacitly informs us that wholeness is a mere phantasm, something that we shouldn’t expect to feel even in the self. As a result, we persevere in our deeply divided lives, unaware that our failure to sense and live the wholeness of life is not germane either to our own nature, nor to that of the world itself. It is a product of who we have become, and the stories we have come to believe. Our culture has habituated to its own fictions. And we suffer from mistaken identity.


The foremost sign of the effect that our tenacious fictions have on us is to be seen in the way that we live in our heads, consider that to be entirely natural, and know of no other way of being. Living in our heads is actually so commonplace that we have come to consider it inevitable: after all, that’s where our brain is, it’s where we think – where else would our thinking self be centered? Culturally speaking, ‘living in the head’ is the elephant in the room: it dominates all we do, and no one seems willing to start a conversation about it.

New Self, New World initiates that conversation. The book shows that living in the head is a form of self-supervision by which we withdraw from the sensations of the body, thereby creating the essential division of self-consciousness. Standing apart from our being, spectators on our own lives, we intervene in them and resort to telling ourselves what to do. We are so constantly in that state of self-supervision that we habituate to it, which then makes us susceptible to supervision by others – so much so that we often barely notice when it happens: we are supervised in the workplace by rigid hierarchies and work stations; on the streets by sidewalks and signs and traffic lights; in our homes by television shows that cue our every response with laugh tracks and mood music and emotive, unreal acting; and in our personal expectations by the relentless, subliminal blandishments of our consumerist society.

As New Self, New World shows, such supervision is a form of tyranny, and results from a profound male bias in our culture that virtually disregards being and obsesses over control: we are always doing, planning, sorting, judging, calculating, out-thinking, and we provide almost no allowance for being. In our individual, daily lives, we have all but forgotten how to just ‘be’: doing overrides being through all the moments of our waking hours, supervising thought, word and deed. That male bias has been fostered in our culture over six thousand years – since its inception in the Neolithic Revolution – and New Self, New World tracks it by noting how, over time, the experience of the self in the body has changed.

To understand that change, it is necessary to understand that the body has two brains. That is not a metaphoric claim, but a physiological fact. We all know about the cranial brain – it is the one we mistakenly refer to it as the brain, suggesting it stands alone; but there is another brain, independent of the cranial brain, that lies in our gut: the enteric brain. The cranial brain is associated with idea and analysis and the vision that guides our actions; as such, it is the center of our male intelligence, and so too the source of our doing. The enteric brain is associated with nourishment and integration and the processes of life; as such, it is the center of our female intelligence, and so too of our being.

New Self, New World looks to language and cultural beliefs to show that in the early Neolithic era, the thinking self was experienced in the belly. As people increasingly identified themselves as ‘doers’, that center migrated towards the head. By 800 BC it had arrived in the chest area, and by 350 BC it had taken up residence in the head. As our lives have grown increasingly abstract since then, it has increasingly consolidated itself there. And that consolidation of the thinking self in the head is the experience by which we in the 21st century identify what it is to be human.

If New Self, New World is unflinching in its assessment of the story by which we live our lives, and of the impoverishment into which that story is carrying us, it is nonetheless a book of profound hope. It gives the reader a very practical set of principles by which they can quiet the incessant chatter of the supervisor in the head and return to the genius of their integrated intelligence. And it shows how that genius awakens us to the sacred axis within the body that brings head and belly into correspondence, and is hungry to live in the present and find guidance there. Healing the crisis of identity into which our culture has plunged is ultimately a personal journey and will be different for each of us; but it is the most gratifying journey anyone can take, for when the self is renewed, so too is the world."

Read the Reviews!

“... an exceptionally important book ...”


Andrew Harvey

"... Highly recommended."

Larry Dossey, MD

“This is an exceptionally important book and should be read by anyone concerned with a possible human future. New Self, New World combines profound spiritual intelligence with an exhilarating range of reference, and is written with urgent passion and great aesthetic delicacy. The time has come for the message of this book, and there will be many who will hear it and rejoice in it.”


Andrew Harvey, Scholar, Mystic, Author of Son of Man, The Return of the Mother, The Way of Passion

Philip Shepherd currently lives in Toronto. He traveled extensively after leaving his home in Canada at age 18. Upon his return, he founded an interdisciplinary theatre company, worked as a corporate coach, taught creativity workshops, penned a documentary for CBC television and wrote several plays. He is the editor of The Compleat Art Critic and has played lead roles in several films. A faculty member of the Institute for Sacred Activism in Chicago, Shepherd is the director of Reactor Core Theatre, which puts the philosophy of his book into practice. His website is http://www.philipshepherd.com and his fan page on Facebook can be found at http://www.facebook.com/NewSelfNewWorld.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Book Publicist Charlie Barrett to give away Kindle at Facebook Party TONIGHT

Charlie BarrettHollywood, CA - - Award winning national book publicist Charlie Barrett (http://www.thebarrettco.com/) will guest at a "FaceBook Party" hosted by the leading book promo Internet firm Pump Up Your Book on Thursday, January 27th, 9-11pm EST. A free Kindle ($189 value!) will be given away during the session. Those interested can log on to http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=494281102448 to participate in this Net event and have a real time chat with Mr. Barrett, who heads The Barrett Company based in the nation's creative center, Hollywood.

During the two-hour session Thursday evening with Pump Up Your Book, Mr. Barrett will take questions from those participating such as how to get your book marketed in the evolving publishing marketplace, how authors can get booked on top market radio and TV shows and overall tips on creating a best seller book by using creative publicity techniques.

Mr. Barrett was voted Book Publicist of the Year by the Southern California Book Pub Society and is a member of the Publishers Association of Los Angeles. His book publicist credits range from Carla Malden's upcoming book Afterimage to Ben Berkley's Before You Say I Do Again to many, many others in the non-fiction and fiction genres. The Barrett Company also represents personalities and companies involved in both film and television production. Earlier Mr. Barrett served with NBC as the publicist for Johnny Carson's Tonight Show. His new website may be accessed via http://www.thebarrettco.com/
* * * * *

WE'RE HAVING A FACEBOOK PARTY!

WIN A FREE KINDLE ($189 VALUE)!!!!

Full details at http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=494281102448!

Pump Up Your Book Announces February ‘11 Authors on Virtual Book Tours


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Join a talented and diverse group of 23 authors who are touring with Pump Up Your Book Virtual Book Tours during the month of February 2011.

Follow these authors as they travel the blogosphere from February 1st through February 25th to discuss their books. You’ll find everything from psychological mysteries to personal narratives, from business books to thrillers, from self-help books to romance novels, and more!

Amazon bestselling author Vincent Zandri returns to Pump Up Your Book to promote his latest thriller, “The Innocent.” We also welcome back C.W. Gortner, who is promoting the re-issue of his historical mystery thriller, “The Tudor Secret.” Other returning authors include Becky Due and her contemporary romance novel, “The Dumpster”, Lou Aronica and his fantasy novel, “Blue”, Rose A. Valenta and her humor book, “Sitting on Cold Porcelain”, Frank C. Matthews and his urban fiction book, “Respect the Jux”, Kath Russell and her comical mystery thriller, “A Pointed Death”, David Richards and his women’s fiction book, “Pairs”, and Pamela Samuels Young and her legal thriller, “Murder on the Down Low.”

Frank Edwards, James LePore, and Allan Leverone are promoting their thrillers, while mysteries are being promoted by Jeanne C. Davis and Frank Scully. Business books come to you from Cynthia Kocialski and Lynne Matthews, and Michael Ferris is touring with his personal narrative, “Crossing Borders.”

Also on tour in February 2011 are Dr. Jennifer Freed, Sheila Hendrix, Kristina McMorris, and Tom Roy. Erin Bassett is touring during the last two weeks of the month with her urban fantasy online series, “Clockwork”, and New York Times bestselling author Diana Gabaldon is touring mid-February through mid-March with the first book in her popular historical romance sci-fic adventure series, “Outlander.”

Visit Pump Up Your Book on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7oSG8JZlac to view a video trailer introducing our authors on tour in February.

Pump Up Your Book is a virtual book tour agency for authors who want quality service at an affordable price. More information can be found on their website at http://www.pumpupyourbook.com/.

Contact Information:
Dorothy Thompson
Founder of Pump Up Your Book Virtual Book Tours
P.O. Box 643
Chincoteague, Virginia 23336
Email: thewriterslife@yahoo.com

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Author Spotlight: Beneath the Silver Lining Trilogy: Secrets of the Black Box by Amanda Wolfe

On the outside, her family appeared to be one big, happy family. Their house, with her parents, three sisters, and two brothers, was the epitome of a simple yet fulfilling life lived in a small town. But as the author would soon discover, her childhood was in fact a nightmarish phase of her life she would always be running from. Growing up as a carefree girl, Wolfe struggled to comprehend why she was reared in a family where children are deprived of their right to know the truth, adults are always right, and smoothing out a misunderstanding is never an option.

At the young age of nine, she started experiencing cruelty at the hands of her father, who not only abused her emotionally, but physically and sexually as well. Her mother, whose love she sought, was a stern woman who refused to see her husband’s mistakes. As if her deeply troubled relationship with her parents was not enough, Wolfe also had to deal with inner secrets involving creepy characters from the afterlife. Feeling tormented, confused, solitary, and even filthy, this na├»ve girl had yet to be transformed into a strong-willed woman who would become cynical about love and learn to depend on no one but herself while facing more of life’s bitterness.

The first of a series of three, Beneath the Silver Lining Trilogy: Secrets of the Black Box chronicles the author’s journey along a perplexing road of growing up. It was originally written as a therapeutic way to heal her inner wounds and to let go of the pain and anger. However, it is now shared to bring inspiration to readers — especially women.

Read the Reviews!

"A book of total honesty and bravery. This is the story of an amazing woman and the courage she shows in the face of horrific circumstances. You will not only be shaken by the author's story of her childhood, you will also be moved by her unquenchable spirit. I can't wait for the second book in this trilogy!"
-June Mcleish

"This book documents a courageous effort to reveal the horrors of a secret and disturbing childhood endured by a young woman trapped in a dysfunctional family. Despite beatings and personal violations on numerous occasions, this young child makes a valiant effort to unravel the confusion, search for the truth and persevere with a positive outlook on life."

-M. Jacobs





Amanda Wolfe was born in Ottawa, Canada in the mid ‘60s. She matured at a very young age out of necessity growing up in unusual circumstances. She has always been a happy-go-lucky, carefree spirit and a very strong-willed person. She has done everything from waitressing to owning her own restaurant and selling things from Mary Kay cosmetics to real estate.


She is married to a wonderful man. They currently reside in the great state of Texas with their horses. When she is not at home writing her latest novel, you will find her and her husband flying in their plane and traveling the world together.

For more information on Amanda and her book visit http://www.beneaththesilverlining.com where you'll find an excerpt from Beneath the Silver Lining.


Monday, January 24, 2011

The Year of Leland Thomson by Cary Franklin Smith Giveaway at Linda Weaver Clarke's Blog

It's a new week, which means a new giveaway at the blog of Linda Weaver Clarke.

The Year of Leland Thomson is a story about a sixteen year old boy from the Hills of Arkansas, who plays the cello with a maturity and grace that can only be explained by, “God gave him the gift.” Leland lives with a calling, an inner voice urging him beyond life in the saw mill community of Pine Hollow. Ralph Watkins discovers Leland and persuades his family to allow him to go to New York and present his talent at Carnegie Hall. Though asked not to pray publicly before he played, Leland begins to play but soon stops. He can’t go on without acknowledging the One who had given him the gift. Ralph realizes his mistake and tells him to pray. When he does, Leland reconnects with the music within, honors God and finishes the concert.

Cary Franklin Smith has pastored at several Baptist churches in Texas, California, and Nevada. He has a B.A. from Howard Payne University and an M.R.E. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Cary is a husband, father of 3, and grandfather of 5 (with another on the way).


You can visit him online at http://caryfranklinsmith.com/.

Visit Linda Weaver Clarke's blog at http://lindaweaverclarke.blogspot.com/2011/01/interview-with-christian-author-cary.html to read her interview with Cary and for details on this International giveaway. Ends on January 31st!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Product Review and Giveaway: Happy Goats Soap




Happy Goats Soap is made from rich ingredients like: shea butter, cocoa butter, Olive oil and apricot kernel oil. These ingredients are blended together with goats' milk to create unique soaps you are sure to love. They come in a variety of shapes with a nice fragrance that isn't overpowering for those with allergies--like me. These soaps are made in small batches using the cold process method.

What I liked best about the soap I received is it left my skin feeling soft and smooth. I suffer from extremely dry skin in winter, which isn't helped along by the long baths I take each night while I read. Last night I washed up first and soaked for about an hour. When I climbed out, my skin will still nice and soft. I have to admit to being very impressed. I usually use a soap for sensitive sky, but Happy Goats Soap has got that beat 100 times over.

While browsing the Happy Goats Soap website, I discovered this neat Favor Soap. While the regular bars are 3 to 4 ounces, these Favor Soaps are 1.5 ounces, the perfect size for weddings, showers, and parties. Additional lead time is necessary to order these, but they will be well worth it to have such a unique and useful gift for your guests.

I've saved the best for last. Pricilla, the famous spokesgoat for Happy Goats Soap is allowing me to give away three bars of soap to my readers. That means we'll be choosing three separate winners and those lucky people will receive a FREE bar of Happy Goats Soap.

I received this free sample from Happy Goats Soap in exchange for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation.

Here are the details on how you can enter for a chance to win!


1) You must be a follower of Book Tours and More to win. Leave a separate comment for each entry.


2) Visit the Happy Goats Soap website and leave a comment here telling us what your favorite soap is. Be sure to leave a valid email address so we can contact you if you win!

3) One additional entry if you like Broken Teepee on Facebook, which is a blog run by Pricilla's owner, Patty.

4) One additional entry if you follow Patty/Broken Teepee on Twitter.

5) Three additional entries if you blog about this contest. Leave a link to your post here.

6) You must reside in the U.S. or Canada to be eligible to win.


Deadline for entries is 11:59 PM Eastern on Sunday, February 6, 2011. Winner will be selected out of all entrants who followed the rules governing this contest. Winner will have 72 hours after being contacted to email me their mailing address. If I have not heard from the winner within that time frame, I will select a new winner. Product will be shipped directly from Happy Goats Soap in Montana. Book Tours and More is not responsible for lost or damaged goods. Only those who follow the guidelines governing this contest are eligible to win.

February Romance Novel Event



 
Starting on February 1st, we will be featuring romance novels in a variety of genres. Our special focus will be on the romance novels from new Canadian e-Publisher, MuseItUp Publishing.
 
We hope you'll join us all month long while we celebrate the month dedicated to lovers.
 

Product Review: Breathe Right Advanced Nasal Strips


I received a free sample of Breathe Right Advanced Nasal Strips through my membership with QualityHealth.com. I had used the original Breathe Right Nasal Strips when they first hit the market, but it's been a long time.

As a year-round allergy and asthma sufferer, I am often looking for products to help make breathing easier. When the sample of Breathe Right Advanced Nasal Strips arrived, I was also in the midst of a winter head cold. The Advanced strips are shaped differently than the originals. Their 4 points of contact open your nose more completely. From the moment I put it on, I was breathing better. These strips stayed put as long as I wore them.

The sample contained two strips, one I wore at night and the other during the day. I slept more soundly that night, despite my cold, than I had the two nights before when I suffered through sniffling and waking up half the night to blow my nose. The only downside was that the strips seemed to increase the amount of sinus pressure I felt from the cold. When I used the second strip the following day, the sinus pressure had subsided, so it wasn't an issue.

Additional versions of Breathe Right Nasal Strips are:

  • Breathe Right Kids
  • Breathe Right Extra
  • Breathe Right Original Tan
  • Breathe Right Clear
  • Breathe Right Menthol
I'll be stocking up on these next time I'm at the store.

This free sample was provided through an offer from Qualityhealth.com. No review was required to receive the sample. I also received no monetary compensation to provide this review.

Product Review: Dole Fruit Crisp - Apple Cinnamon


I received a coupon in my weekly paper for Dole Fruit Crisp. Since we are all trying to eat a more balanced diet this year, but aren't ready to cut out sweets altogether, I thought this would be a good alternative.

Made with all natural fruit and whole grain oats, this is a delicious 160 calorie snack. I tried the Apple Cinnamon version, but Dole Fruit Crisp is also available in Pineapple Mango or Apple Pear.

Their are two bowls in each package. I put my servings in the microwave, following the manufacturer's instructions. It's like having a piece of apple crisp right out of the oven.

This is definitely a product I will be buying again. Just the right size to tuck into your lunch box and perfect as a mid-afternoon snack, Dole Fruit Crisp is a snack you won't feel guilty about eating.

Look for additional information and recipe ideas at http://www.dole.com/EatRightLanding/EatRtProductIndex/Fruits/PackagedFruits/PackagedFruitDetails/tabid/590/Default.aspx?contentid=10895

This product was purchased during my regular weekly grocery shopping trip . I received no monetary compensation for this review.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

What is That Book?



On a blog I subscribe to, an agent reviewed a popular book, which she didn't care for. Her comments and the conversation that flowed out of it got me to thinking. There's always one book you couldn't get through, no matter how many times you tried. People said it was great. They recommended it. But it wasn't your cup of tea at all. Maybe it wasn't the worst thing you ever read, but it certainly was as painful as a tooth extraction without Novocaine while you were trying to get through it.

For me, that book was The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike. I tried to read it three times without success. I didn't like the main characters at all. Maybe I just couldn't relate to them at that point in  my life. Twenty years later, I might consider trying it one more time to see if my opinion has changed.

What is that book for you? Is there one? Is there more than just one?

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Does Social Networking and Commenting Really Make a Difference?



Writers (I include bloggers in that term) are told over and over again about the importance of social networking. Twitter and Facebook have changed our ability to reach out to potential readers. Gather, Shelfari, Goodreads, Ning groups, and other similiar sites have also allowed us to connect with more readers traveling through the World Wide Web.

Over the past month I've made a concerted effort to be promoting online more than ever before; but not only for me, for others. I reached out to several author groups I am part of and asked if authors wanted to be featured at my blog, The Book Connection. Most were not authors I knew well, if at all, but I like to keep my blogs active and interesting for my readers.

In addition, I belong to a blogging syndicate where members agree to post comments at each others' sites. Though the group had been barely active the last few months, we've gained several new members and we're on track again. While comments don't read books, I'm also gaining followers and subscribers.


Another thing I've made a point to do this month is take an hour each day and retweet items of interest I've found on Twitter. Most are book related, but some are giveaways for great products. I've picked up dozens of new followers since I started.

Now, the jury is still out on whether this is a action plan I can maintain when I have a heavy workload, but it has brought more readers to The Book Connection than ever before. My experience has shown that social networking and commenting at other blogs does make a difference.

I would love to hear about your experiences.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Interview: Tanya Stowe, Author of Tender Touch


Joining us today is Tanya Stowe, author of Tender Touch. Tanya has had an eclectic career in market research, arts education and event coordination. She has written for the real estate industry, television, publicity firms and national publications. Her first novel, Time’s Embrace, a time-travel adventure, was released in the United States in 1993 and internationally released in 1995. Most recently Tanya contributed to a collection of women’s survival stories titled, "Triumph! The Beautiful Face of Courage" and collaborated on her first full-length play, a Christmas musical titled "The Night Before Christmas."


Tanya has been a member of Romance Writers of America since 1992. She’s taught at writing conferences and numerous workshops as well as seminars and conferences throughout California. On her blog, Creative Writing Forces, she blogs about all things writing. Follow the workshops, classes and ups and downs of writing at www.creativewritingforces.blogspot.com.
Tanya has been married to her high school sweetheart for thirty-seven years. They have four children and seventeen grandchildren.

Welcome to my blog, Tanya. It's wonderful to have you here. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

My husband was an Air Force brat. He lived all over the world, including Japan and Germany. I was born in Colorado and lived there until I was 11 years old.

We figured out that we were in Colorado about one hundred miles apart for about a year before he went to live in Germany. Then we both ended up in California and became high school sweethearts. Thirty plus years later, we’re going to travel again but this time together!

When did you begin writing?

I started writing in junior high because I didn’t like how my favorite television stories ended so I rewrote them in my head to my satisfaction. Finally I decided I could start the stories too, so I wrote my first book. I only stopped writing long enough to have my babies. When the fourth child was about three, I started writing again and never stopped.

What is the inspiration behind Tender Touch?

The inspiration for Tender Touch came shortly after I started writing again. My husband needed to go back to school. He worked and went to school full time so I was basically a single parent with four rambunctious children. My sister decided to help me out and planned a trip in her motor home through the California gold country. I loved the quaint towns we saw and I wondered how they survived after the gold ran out. It took me a long time to figure out why Lacy, my heroine, was living as a recluse on a mountain above a gold mining town.

What is one of the challenges you deal with as a writer?

I have a hard time with my characters. No matter how many character charts or interviews I do, I can’t get a handle on my characters until I write their story. I have to sit down and start writing. I have to let the characters play before I get a feel for them. And sometimes when I come to a dead stop, I know it’s because I’m making the character do something that isn’t right for them. When that happens, I know I finally have a realistic character. I couldn’t find the real Lacy for a long time. I had her as an early environmentalist, abused, multiple back stories and none worked until I finally realized she needed to be a healer.

What is Lacy's story?

She’s graced with the gift of healing. She can save strangers…even those undeserving…yet fails to save her mother. Rejecting her gift, God, and society, she's content to live alone high above the mining town of Harperville. But her solitude is shattered when Royce Darnell builds a water flume through the middle of her mountain. To protect her sanctuary, Lacy sabotages his efforts. Little does she expect Royce to track her through a blizzard and end up half frozen to death on her doorstep. She can heal him, but why should she when he threatens to steal her peace...and her heart? With the livelihood of the miners and their families depending on his project, Royce refuses to stop building, no matter how good the reason or how lovely the masked saboteur turns out to be. Besides, he's convinced God wants Lacy to use her gift for good and not to hole up in her cabin like a reticent recluse afraid of human contact. But first, she must learn to trust, and Lacy doesn't trust anyone, not Royce and especially not God. Soon Royce finds himself in a battle to save the two things he loves the most…Harperville and Lacy. Is his faith strong enough to save them both?

Where can readers purchase a copy of Tender Touch?

Readers can purchase Tender Touch online through my publisher, White Rose Publishing, http://www.whiterosepublishing.com/. The website also has other fabulous stories to download and a great reader’s loop!

Is there anything you would like to add?

I’m running a contest on my website, http://www.tanyastowe.com/, titled God’s Healing Touch. I love stories about God working in our lives so I’m looking for short, 2 paragraph submissions about His healing, mental or physical, in your life. The winner will receive a lovely handmade necklace and I’m going to post the story on my blog, http://www.creativewritingforces.blogpsot.com/ in February. In between all the interviews, signings and contests for Tender Touch, I’m working on the story of two secondary characters. Alex and Penny have a heart wrenching story of their own to tell. I hope to finish Tender Trust sometime in the spring … before I head over for our big adventure in the Middle East!

Thanks for spending time with us today, Tanya. We wish you continued success and safe journeys.


Melinda and the Wild West by Linda Weaver Clarke Giveaway at I'm A Reader, Not A Writer

If you somehow missed it, I truly loved reading Melinda and the Wild West by Linda Weaver Clarke. If I had more free time I would have devoured every single book in this series by now.

You can read my full review over at The Book Connection.

You can enter to win a copy of this sweet historical romance at I'm A Reader, Not A Writer. This is a great blog. Kathy hosts my Pump Up Your Book clients from time to time.

This giveaway is open to residents of the United States and Canada. The deadline to enter is January 31, 2011, so visit http://iamareadernotawriter.blogspot.com/2011/01/author-interview-book-giveaway-melinda.html now and enter for your chance to pick up a copy of this great book!

21 Simple Things You Can Do To Help Someone With Diabetes by Cherie Burbach Giveaway at Linda Weaver Clarke's blog

Does someone you know have diabetes? Then why not take a moment to visit Linda Weaver Clarke's blog and enter for your chance to win a copy of  21 Simple Things You Can Do To Help Someone With Diabetes by Cherie Burbach.

This takes a more personal look at the disease and will help change your perception about diabetes. Here is what Cherie has to say in her interview with Linda:

"I've been a Type 1 diabetic for 20 years, and over time I've noticed that many of my friends and family say and do some really dumb (and sometimes hurtful) things in relation to my disease...I don't think people mean to be hurtful, I just think if you don't have the disease, you view it from the assumptions and misinformation you've heard."

Visit Linda's blog at http://lindaweaverclarke.blogspot.com/2011/01/interview-with-author-cherie-burbach.html for details on how to enter. This is an international giveaway. An eBook will be offered to a winning reader outside of the U.S. and Canada. A resident of the U.S. and Canada will have a choice between an eBook and a printed copy. This giveaway ends on January 24th, so hurry on over now!

Monday, January 17, 2011

YA Booklover Blog: Giveaway: ARC of White Cat by Holly Black

YA Booklover Blog: Giveaway: ARC of White Cat by Holly Black Visit this blog for a giveaway of an ARC of White Cat by Holly Black.

I had the chance to meet Holly at a writers conference in October of last year. I was embarassed to admit I really didn't know who she was, though I had heard of The Spiderwick Chronicles. She is very knowledgable about book promotion. I went ahead and bought the first book in The Spiderwick Chronicles after the conference. I had to see what this talented lady was writing about.

This giveaway ends on January 31, 2011, so hurry on over!

Giveaway: Once Read Copy of A Girl's Guide to Life by Katie Meier

Here is a portion of my review for this book as part of the Amazon Vine program:

"In A Girl's Guide to Life by Katie Meier, teen girls are treated to a book by someone who understands where they are coming from, who talks their language, and who isn't going to get all preachy on them. Yes, this is advice told from a Christian perspective, but not once does Meier talk down to the reader or come across judgmental.

Broken down into three sections--Mind, Body, and Soul--this book tackles issues important to teen girls: romance, peer pressure, beauty, fashion, sex and sexuality, and so much more!

The author shares some of her own experiences, which helps readers to know she remembers what it was like to be them. Throughout the book they will find Big Myths and and Real Deals, which share some of the misconceptions that young women might come across. Where necessary, there are resources with contact information where teens can find help if they need it.

This review copy has a slight bend in the front cover and a small blemish in the purple area under the title. The inside is in excellent condition.

Here are the rules and details for this giveaway:


1) You must be a follower of Book Tours and More to win.
2) Leave a comment telling me how you follow with a valid email address so I can contact you if you win. You cannot win if I don't have your email address.

3) One additional entry if you friend me on Facebook. Leave a comment with your profile link to show you're friending me.

4) One additional entry if you follow me on Twitter. Leave a comment with your profile link to show you're now a follower.

5) Three additional entries if you blog about this contest. Leave a link to your post here.

6) You must be 18 years of age or older and reside in the U.S. or Canada to be eligible to win.

Deadline for entries is 11:59 PM Eastern on Sunday, January 30, 2011. Winner will be selected out of all entrants who followed the rules governing this contest. Winner will have 72 hours after being contacted to email me their mailing address. If I have not heard from the winner within that time frame, I will select a new winner. Book will be shipped Media Mail through the USPS. Book Tours and More is not responsible for lost or damaged goods.

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Looking for Products and Movies to Review

Book Tours and More is actively seeking products (other than books) and movies to review. While my focus has always been on books, I welcome the opportunity to review your products and movies. Preferred products are:

* household items
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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Win The Light, The Dark & Ember Between by J. W. Nicklaus from Confessions of an Overworked Mom

Win The Light, The Dark & Ember Between by J. W. Nicklaus from Ellen's blog, Confessions of an Overworked Mom. In case I didn't mention it before, she is participating in the Bubbles of Love Valentine's Event going on right now.

This giveaway is for residents of the USA only and open to those who are 18 or older. Deadline to enter is 1/22/2011.

Book Spotlight: Mr. Shipley's Governess by Joanne Troppello

Sophie Baird is looking for a way to escape the painful reality of her parents' deaths. Unable to live in their home any longer, she takes a job as a live-in tutor to Anastasia Shipley to remove herself from her painful memories and the feeling that God has abandoned her.

Anastasia has an illness that has prevented her from ever attending school and makes her father, Sebastian, over protective.

When Sophie first meets Sebastian, she cannot deny the intense attraction she feels toward him. When an unexpected romance begins between them, she starts to rebuild her relationship with God, with the help of a certain little girl.

READ THE EXCERPT!

Sophie took a deep breath and knocked on the dark wooden door. She felt like Queen Esther trying to gain an audience with King Ahasuerus. A moment later, she heard Sebastian respond for her to enter.

He looked up from his work, and she thought she detected a look of surprise on his face.

“Is everything all right?” he asked.

“Yes, I was hoping I could talk to you for a moment, but if now’s not a good time, I can come back.”

“Forgive my manners.” Sebastian stood up and offered her a seat in front of the desk. “How did your morning go?”
“It went well. I guess I wanted to know what you’ll be expecting from me while I’m here.”

Sebastian’s eyebrows rose. “Well, to teach my daughter. I thought we established that.”

Sophie hurried to assure him. “Of course, I understand that part. I was curious what your involvement would be in regard to supervision of my teaching.”

He leaned back in the chair and stretched his arms over his head. “I see. I suppose you can think of me as an interested observer. I did check out your references, and I trust your experience with children. I won’t hinder your method of operation here, unless, of course, you decide to suggest a field trip on an African Safari.”

Sophie laughed, and Sebastian leaned his arms on the desk. “You find that amusing?”

“A little. You don’t have to worry about that right now. That’s part of the curriculum for next semester.” She saw him barely begin to smile, and spoke without thinking, “You’re very serious, Sebastian, aren’t you?”

She experienced regret right away, but Sebastian’s response alleviated repercussions from that slip of the tongue. “Actually, yes, I am, but I do have some sense of humor. I think you’ll be good for Ana, and I’m glad you’re here.”

Sophie took that as her exit cue. “Thank you for talking with me.”

“I hope I’ve cleared up any uncertainties in your mind.”

She started to walk out.

“Mrs. Andrews usually serves dinner around six o’clock. I hope you don’t mind, but I think it would be good for Ana if you eat with us, unless you have any objections.”
“Oh, that would be fine. I’ll see you later.”

WATCH THE TRAILER!





PURCHASE A COPY OF MR. SHIPLEY'S GOVERNESS HERE!

Published By: Wild Horse Press


Published: Nov 09, 2010

ISBN # 9781456350895

Word Count: 71,400

Genre: Inspirational romance

Price: $5.99

Available in: Adobe Acrobat, Palm DOC/iSolo, Microsoft Reader, Rocket

Joanne Troppello is a romantic suspense and inspirational romance author writing contemporary romance with a classic feel, Ms. Troppello is also a freelance writer / marketing consultant, located in Pennsylvania. She has two books published. Shadowed Remembrances is a mystery novel and Mr. Shipley's Governess is an inspirational romance novel, published through Wild Horse Press. She is contracted to work for several different companies, to write non-fiction, how-to articles each week. She also works as a freelance marketing consultant for a local medical organization and manages facebook and twitter accounts for different clients.

Ms. Troppello loves to write and read and spend time with her family.

Visit Joanne online at http://joannetroppello.weebly.com/.

Blending Online and Bricks-and-Mortar Shopping | Bookselling This Week

Check out this neat article: Blending Online and Bricks-and-Mortar Shopping Bookselling This Week

Win $25 credit from Maria at Mary Kay from The Socialite's Closet

Win $25 credit from Maria at Mary Kay from Ellen at The Socialite's Closet. Last day to enter is 1/22/2011, so hurry on over to learn how to enter for your chance to win!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Confessions of an Overworked Mom Giveaway!

Confessions of an Overworked Mom is running another great giveaway. This time it is for a Chocolate Drizzled travel tin candle from North Fork Gifts.

Visit Ellen's blog for details, but do it quickly. This giveaway ends on January 21st!

Coming Soon! - The Promises She Keeps by Erin Healy

Promise, a talented young singer with a terminal illness, is counting on fame to keep her memory alive after she dies. Porta is an aging sorceress and art collector in search of immortality.

When Promise inexplicably survives a series of freak accidents, Porta believes that she may hold the key to eternal life.

Enter Chase, an autistic artist who falls in love with Promise and fascinates her with his mysterious visions and drawings.

Soon, all are plunged into a flesh-and-blood confrontation over the mystery and the cost of something even greater than eternal life…eternal love.

PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY HERE!

Erin Healy is an award-winning fiction editor who has worked with talented novelists such as James Scott Bell, Melody Carlson, Colleen Coble, Brandilyn Collins, L. B. Graham, Rene Gutteridge, Michelle McKinney Hammond, Robin Lee Hatcher, Denise Hildreth, Denise Hunter, Randy Ingermanson, Jane Kirkpatrick, Gilbert Morris, Frank Peretti,Lisa Samson, Randy Singer, Robert Whitlow, and many others.


She began working with Ted Dekker in 2002 and edited twelve of his heart-pounding storiesbefore their collaboration on Kiss, the first novel to seat her on “the other side of the desk.”


Erin is the owner of WordWright Editorial Services, a consulting firm specializing in fiction book development. She lives with her family in Colorado.

Visit Erin online at www.erinhealy.com where you can read the first three chapters.

You can also find her at:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/erinhealybooks 

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/erinhealybooks 

LORI'S READING CORNER: Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop

LORI'S READING CORNER: Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop: "Welcome to the Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop This Hop runs Friday January 14th - Monday January 17th. Each of the 180+ blogs listed  is hosting their own giveaway. Hopefully you can find time during the few days that this hop runs to visit each blog and enter each giveaway.
A little HINT: To keep track of which giveaways you have entered you can print off the linky list and cross them off as you enter them."

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Author Spotlight: Quantum Angel Healing by Eva Maria Mora

Identifying and transforming the true cause of an illness or difficult life situation is a very complex task. Through connecting and communicating with angels, Quantum Angel (QA) Practitioners help those living with pain access the divine matrix and restore health and balance by applying the "Angel Healing Formula."QA Healing applies fundamental concepts of quantum physics to perform healing, either hands-on or at a distance. It uses diagnostic intuition, clairvoyance, telepathy, energy healing, and prayer and goes beyond physical death and integrates nonphysical helpers in the process.



PURCHASE YOUR COPY OF QUANTUM ANGEL HEALING HERE!

Eva Maria Mora has contributed to Quantum Angel Healing: Energy Therapy and Communication with Angels as an author. Eva-Maria Mora's journey from being an international top management consultant to becoming a clairvoyant medical intuitive and spiritual teacher led to her discovery of Quantum Angel Healing (QAH). Eva-Maria and her husband, Michael, teach seminars and QAH certification programs worldwide.



Mora earned her MBA from the University of Kassel in Germany and worked as a consultant in the corporate world before dedicating her life to healing. She is the founder of the Quantum-Angel-Healing method and a certified Quantum-Touch Instructor. Mora currently lectures and holds workshops worldwide with her husband, Michael. For more information, visit www.quantumangel.com.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Interview: Inspirational Romance Author, Mary Manners

Joining us today is inspirational romance author, Mary Manners. Born in Chicago, she knew she wanted write early in life. We'll talk to Mary about her upcoming release, White Rose Publishing, and what's up next.

Thank you for visiting my blog, Mary. It's wonderful to have you here. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I was born in Chicago, Illinois, the second of five children. I knew she wanted to write from a very early age. Most of my earliest childhood memories are centered around writing (or ‘pretending’ to write). I attended the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and received a teaching degree in Special Education. I moved to East Tennessee following my college graduation and have taught middle-school students for the past 25 years. I continued to write and enter contests (and my sweet daughter offered to kiss the envelope of each submission for good luck). I am married to Tim, the most supportive and patient man on the face of the earth. I have one daughter, Danni, and two sons named Tyler and Brad, who are both serving in the air force.

When did you begin writing?

I began writing at birth :). No, really, my earliest memories are of writing (or ‘scribbling’ as it was in the beginning). It has always been a passion of mine—like breathing.

Do you write during the day, at night or whenever you can sneak a few moments?

I love to get up super-early when the rest of the world is sleeping. My best writing is done then, and by eight o’clock when everyone is just beginning to wake, I feel like I still have a full day ahead of me—and I do. My favorite day is when I can wake up in the dark and write until dark that evening without any distractions. It rarely happens, but when it does it’s so sweet.

What is this book about?

Tender Mercies is the second-chance love story of Lexi Taylor and Cooper Jackson. Cooper was a star quarterback for the University of Tennessee before her went on to a lucrative NFL career with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He and Lexi dated while childhood friends and dated through college. They planned to marry…until the lure of the NFL swept Cooper away. Lexi runs a youth center called Thursday’s child, and she hosts an online dating auction to raise funds for the program. When she’s matched with Cooper, who’s returned home following a career-threatening injury, the door is open to their reconciliation. But what Cooper doesn’t know is that Lexi’s been carrying a terrible secret since the day he left.

I won’t tell you the secret…you’ll have to read the book to find out :)

What inspired you to write it?

My husband absolutely loves football, and Tennessee tradition runs deep here in the Knoxville area. I wanted to combine football and a love story and see what happened. I really like the result!

Who is your biggest supporter?

Oh…definitely my husband and kids. Just a few weeks before I got ‘the email’ my daughter said—out of the blue as we were driving home from school one afternoon—“Mama, I know you’re gonna get published soon.” Wow, that just warmed my heart and made my whole week!

Do you have an agent or are you looking for one?

I don’t have an agent. I work directly with my editor at White Rose Publishing, Nicola Martinez. Nicola, by the way, is positively wonderful. I cannot imagine working for a kinder, more business-savvy person.

Was the road to publication smooth sailing or a bumpy ride?

It was…all of the above and then some. I run marathons, and I truly believe the long-distance training has served me well on my pursuit to publication. It took a long, long time and billions of words and countless rejections, but I can honestly say I wouldn’t change a thing. God’s timing is perfect, and I’m truly a testament to that. All the hard work has paid off, and I’m a worlds better writer today that I was when I began the journey.
Where can readers purchase a copy of your book?

My books are all available through: White Rose Publishing http://www.whiterosepublishing.com/
Amazon http://www.amazon.com/
Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/
Borders http://www.borders.com/
As well as numerous other Christian Romance sites.

Do you have a website and/or blog where readers can find out more?

Yes, I can be found at http://www.marymannersromance.com/ or on the author page at http://www.whiterosepublishing.com/Mary-Manners-622?osCsid=6c85d62dc0f42c2bf2b8262fbff17804 I love to hear from my readers, and will be glad to mail information on upcoming releases to anyone who signs up on my contact page. Also, autographed print copies of my books can be ordered through my website.

Do you have a video trailer to promote your book? If yes, where can readers find it?

I do not have a trailer for Mended Heart but there is one for Tender Mercies. You can find it on White Rose Publishing’s homepage or YouTube. There will be one for my upcoming release, Light The Fire. Watch for it on Youtube. Check my website for updates and further information.

What is one piece of advice you would like to share with aspiring authors everywhere?

My advice is simple—WRITE WRITE WRITE and believe in yourself. Don’t quit. That’s it.

What is up next for you?

Oh…a lot. I have a Dollar Download, Brenna’s Choice, due out in February, and a novel, Light The Fire releasing in the spring. I also have another novel, a Dollar Download, a Free Read and a four book series in the works, so readers should check my website and the White Rose Publishing website often for updates.

Is there anything you would like to add?

I’d like to say thanks to everyone who’s visited today and taken the time to get to know a bit about me and my books. I appreciate you!

Thanks for spending time with us today, Mary. We wish you continued success.


Monday, January 10, 2011

Author Spotlight: Award-winning Inspirational Romance Author Wendy Davy

Today we are featuring the work of award-winning inspirational romance author Wendy Davy. She uses her active imagination and love of adventure to create faith based stories of the heart. When not writing or chasing around her young children, she spends time reading, enjoying her real-life hero and watching movies.


Federal Agent James Montgomery is used to getting what he wants. Right now, he wants to find out what Victoria Connor knows about her grandfather's illegal activities. Prepared to do whatever it takes, he plunges into her life with single-minded determination, intent on gaining the trust she is so reluctant to give. But, when his compassionate suspect challenges him to face the past that still haunts him, he discovers he has much more to learn from her than he first assumed.

PURCHASE A COPY OF A MATTER OF TRUST HERE!



Maggie Reynolds needs a place to hide. Drake's Retreat is the perfect solution. Nestled deep in the back country of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Drake Strong's couple's retreat is the ideal location for Maggie to regain control of her shattered life. But, convincing the intimidating resort owner to allow her to attend the retreat, without a partner, is the first of many obstacles she must overcome in the heart of the wilderness.


Drake Strong's responsibility to his guests includes keeping them safe from the dangers they may encounter at his retreat. When Maggie shows up alone and unprepared for his remote resort, his responsibility to her becomes much more personal than he had ever intended.


PURCHASE A COPY OF DRAKE'S RETREAT HERE!



Newspaper reporter, Cali Stevens, boldly walks into Sheriff Nick Justice’s office, with one goal in mind: To find her best friend who disappeared while vacationing. When the no-nonsense sheriff refuses to give her details of the investigation, Cali takes matters into her own hands and starts her own investigation. She never intends to fall for the sheriff…or into the clutches of the Coral Isle’s first serial kidnapper.


Coral Isle’s recent abductions give Nick Justice enough to worry about without adding any complications into the mix, and his attraction to Cali Stevens is definitely a complication. When Nick encourages Cali to leave the island, she refuses. Now he must manage to find the missing women while keeping Cali and the rest of the women on Coral Isle safe.


PURCHASE A COPY OF NIGHT WAVES HERE!



A blizzard brings them together…


A twist of fate threatens to tear them apart.

Seeking her father’s approval, ski patrol candidate, Isabelle Rollins, will stop at nothing to secure her place among the highly respected patrollers at Snowcap Resort, even if it means risking her life. When she becomes lost in a blizzard, she fights her way to the doorstep of a handsome stranger, only to discover he is the one man who can stand in the way of her dream.

Seeking refuge from his tragic past, Ski Patrol Director, Mitchell Donovan, prays his new environment will help his daughter heal and overcome her persistent nightmares. When a stranded woman shows up on his doorstep desperate to survive a raging blizzard, he brings her in from the cold and into his life, only to discover she's the one woman he has no business falling for.

PURCHASE A COPY OF SNOW ANGELS HERE!

COMING IN MARCH 2011!!!



Jordan Harrison no longer trusts relationships, so when her widowed mother is swept away by a handsome, wealthy architect, Jordan fears the hasty engagement will end in disaster. After all, how well can her mother know the guy after only a few months? Intent on saving her mother from certain heartbreak, Jordan races to Breckenridge Manor to delay the wedding, but runs into more than she’s bargained for—a handsome, understanding man intent on helping her heal past wounds and open her mind to new possibilities.


Known as the man with nerves of steel, Tanner Breckenridge lives up to his reputation, but it doesn’t take long for him to discover he has a soft spot for Jordan Harrison, the daughter of his father’s future bride. Loyal to his father, but captivated by Jordan, Tanner puts his heart on the line and risks everything for a chance at love.




You can visit Wendy online at http://www.wendydavy.com/ and followe her on Facebook!

Wendy's books are also available in electronic format. Visit her page at the White Rose Publishing website at http://www.whiterosepublishing.com/Wendy-Davy-493?page=1

Author Spotlight: Award-winning Inspirational Romance Author Wendy Davy

Today we are featuring the work of award-winning inspirational romance author Wendy Davy. She uses her active imagination and love of adventure to create faith based stories of the heart. When not writing or chasing around her young children, she spends time reading, enjoying her real-life hero and watching movies.



Federal Agent James Montgomery is used to getting what he wants. Right now, he wants to find out what Victoria Connor knows about her grandfather's illegal activities. Prepared to do whatever it takes, he plunges into her life with single-minded determination, intent on gaining the trust she is so reluctant to give. But, when his compassionate suspect challenges him to face the past that still haunts him, he discovers he has much more to learn from her than he first assumed.

PURCHASE A COPY OF A MATTER OF TRUST HERE!



Maggie Reynolds needs a place to hide. Drake's Retreat is the perfect solution. Nestled deep in the back country of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Drake Strong's couple's retreat is the ideal location for Maggie to regain control of her shattered life. But, convincing the intimidating resort owner to allow her to attend the retreat, without a partner, is the first of many obstacles she must overcome in the heart of the wilderness.


Drake Strong's responsibility to his guests includes keeping them safe from the dangers they may encounter at his retreat. When Maggie shows up alone and unprepared for his remote resort, his responsibility to her becomes much more personal than he had ever intended.


PURCHASE A COPY OF DRAKE'S RETREAT HERE!



Newspaper reporter, Cali Stevens, boldly walks into Sheriff Nick Justice’s office, with one goal in mind: To find her best friend who disappeared while vacationing. When the no-nonsense sheriff refuses to give her details of the investigation, Cali takes matters into her own hands and starts her own investigation. She never intends to fall for the sheriff…or into the clutches of the Coral Isle’s first serial kidnapper.


Coral Isle’s recent abductions give Nick Justice enough to worry about without adding any complications into the mix, and his attraction to Cali Stevens is definitely a complication. When Nick encourages Cali to leave the island, she refuses. Now he must manage to find the missing women while keeping Cali and the rest of the women on Coral Isle safe.


PURCHASE A COPY OF NIGHT WAVES HERE!



A blizzard brings them together…


A twist of fate threatens to tear them apart.

Seeking her father’s approval, ski patrol candidate, Isabelle Rollins, will stop at nothing to secure her place among the highly respected patrollers at Snowcap Resort, even if it means risking her life. When she becomes lost in a blizzard, she fights her way to the doorstep of a handsome stranger, only to discover he is the one man who can stand in the way of her dream.

Seeking refuge from his tragic past, Ski Patrol Director, Mitchell Donovan, prays his new environment will help his daughter heal and overcome her persistent nightmares. When a stranded woman shows up on his doorstep desperate to survive a raging blizzard, he brings her in from the cold and into his life, only to discover she's the one woman he has no business falling for.

PURCHASE A COPY OF SNOW ANGELS HERE!

COMING IN MARCH 2011!!!



Jordan Harrison no longer trusts relationships, so when her widowed mother is swept away by a handsome, wealthy architect, Jordan fears the hasty engagement will end in disaster. After all, how well can her mother know the guy after only a few months? Intent on saving her mother from certain heartbreak, Jordan races to Breckenridge Manor to delay the wedding, but runs into more than she’s bargained for—a handsome, understanding man intent on helping her heal past wounds and open her mind to new possibilities.


Known as the man with nerves of steel, Tanner Breckenridge lives up to his reputation, but it doesn’t take long for him to discover he has a soft spot for Jordan Harrison, the daughter of his father’s future bride. Loyal to his father, but captivated by Jordan, Tanner puts his heart on the line and risks everything for a chance at love.


You can visit Wendy online at http://www.wendydavy.com/ and follower her on Facebook!

Wendy's books are also available in electronic format. Visit her page at the White Rose Publishing website at http://www.whiterosepublishing.com/Wendy-Davy-493?page=1