Saturday, July 14, 2018

Game Breaker by Cheree Alsop - GIVE AWAY




Breccan has struggled to adjust to his new life after a tragedy that cost him more than just his arm. To help him cope, his cousin introduces him to the Edge, the virtual reality world teenagers plug into when their bodies are sleeping. Avatar battles, mind-blowing levels, and a girl with a secret challenge his perspective. But when the security in the Edge begins to kill off avatars, Breccan finds himself caught up in a virtual battle that will impact their entire world.




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Interview - How My Writers’ Club Changed My Life - All Is Assuredly Well



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How My Writers’ Club Changed My Life
“I’m hosting a wine and read-around at my house,” said our writers’ club powerhouse, John.  “I have room for the first dozen who sign up.”
I signed up. 
Several years earlier, my “like-a-second-father” and I had written a picture book depicting King Phillip and his husband, Don Carlos Emiliano Felipe Compañero y Campañero.  They lived contentedly for decades until King Phillip was called to the Hero’s Journey to earn the right to a baby girl to complete their family.
A retired teacher and professor of 36 years, I knew our book was exquisite and lyrical, one that would contribute to a canon in desperate need of books: the canon of picture books for the young children of same-sex parents. 
Having had five non-fiction books published by traditional publishers, and with my books shelved on more than 1200 libraries on every continent except Antarctica, and the rights to one of those books sold to a publisher in France, I knew I would have easy time finding an agent.  I sent the manuscript to seven agents who said they were seeking picture books about diverse families.  I never heard back from any of them.  Apparently diverse exclusively meant ethnically diverse.
I put the manuscript away.
But I retrieved and read it at John’s event.
The members asked, “Why isn’t this published?”   I told them. 
The members said, “You need to self-publish this.”
I rolled my eyes and said, “Self-publishing is the last bastion of the untalented.”
They rolled their eyes and disagreed.  “Millie, the publishing world has changed in the last decade.  You don’t know what you’re talking about.  Self-publishing is perfectly respectable.”  They began to share stories with me. 
And some of them said that they had self-published.  I wanted to crawl in a hole.
The following week, I started looking for an illustrator. 
Two years after I’d found my illustrator and she’d completed nine stunning paintings, and before I’d absolutely, positively made my final decision to self-publish, I attended a conference of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and purchased a ten-minute slot for $30 to pitch my book to a young book editor from a MAJOR publishing house whose books you have on your children’s shelves.  And maybe your own. 
When I say young, although she didn’t tell her age, in addition to the fact that she looked 18, she was wearing a Hello Kitty tee-shirt, ripped shorts, flip-flops, earrings that looked like crayons, and was chewing gum when I pitched my book to her.
Although I knew that publishers didn’t typically purchase a manuscript and illustrations together unless from an author/illustrator like Jan Brett, half of my illustrator’s breath-taking paintings were finished, so I showed the editor the illustrations and the manuscript.
Still chewing her gum, she said, “I’ll buy the story, but not the illustrations.  You’ll have to cut the illustrator loose.  I have a completely different vision for the book.”
I said, “I won’t sell it without the illustrations.  It’s all or nothing.”
She said, “I won’t buy it with the illustrations.  If I buy it, it becomes my baby, and I create it with an illustrator I choose to make it into the book I envision.  My baby.”
I said, “Then I won’t sell it to you. I’ll publish it myself.”
“Good luck,” she said.
A few days later, I started talking in my mind to a distinguished Choctaw writer friend who had died the year before at 91.   “Owanah,” I said, “Should I do this?”  I heard her say, “Email my Choctaw ‘son’ (Bishop Steve Charleston).”  I knew Bishop Charleston, and I knew he had started a publishing company for his eight books, but you don’t just write a bishop…  I ignored Owanah. 
A couple of days later, I bought a refrigerator magnet of an owl that had fierce, piercing eyes. I bought it because its eyes looked exactly like Owanah’s.  I hate refrigerator magnets, but I brought it home and put it at eye level on my pristine refrigerator door.  Owanah’s strigiformic eyes glared at me from that magnet every time I walked by, waiting for me to get off my ass and DO something.
The following day, I called my favorite cousin and said, “Aunt Doris (from whom my cousin and I had inherited some money) was an entrepreneur.  Do you think she would want me to use my inheritance to start a publishing company?”
“I know she would,” said my cousin. “She borrowed money to start her antique business back in the 1930’s when EVERYONE told her that she should stay home and bake pies and take care of her husband. She’d want you to use her money this way.” 
Right after I hung up, I reached down into the bottom of my Hermione Grainger-type bag for my keys and stuck my thumb on something sharp.  I yelped and jerked my hand out. Stuck into my thumb was a pin that had been on a card of four pins I’d bought at Books-a-Million weeks earlier.  I’d worn the pin I wanted (Nice women seldom make history) and when I’d pulled the card out to throw the other pins away, this one must have fallen off.  I glared at it as I sucked the blood from my thumb.  It read, It’s not what you think or say, but what you actually do that matters.
I knew prickly Owanah had stuck me with this pin, and I heard her say to me, “Get off your ass, email Steve, and start your goddam company.”  
So that’s what I did.  Bishop Charleston wrote me back a long email saying that he didn’t give business advice, but he would tell me about his personal journey.  He had bought Self-Publishing for Dummies and followed every word.  He said that his journey was rewarding, and that the two hardest parts were figuring out where to store his inventory and keeping up with the computer “stuff.”
I’ll be honest.  I’ve spent $25,000 to date on my micro-publishing company.  First was the $7000 I paid my wonderful illustrator, and she was worth every penny.  Her asking price was $385 per painting.  I’ve already promised her $500 per painting on the next book because her illustrations are the key to the success of our book.
Then I hired lawyers and accountants to do some of the things other people do for themselves.  I hired two marketing firms and have spent nearly $10,000 on marketing.  I hired a company to put the book in paper and e-form to be published (doing a picture book is a much more difficult process than a novel), and then I paid another company over $5000 for the first run of a thousand books. 
I’m not through paying out money yet, but thanks to the quality of our book, knowing a market niche in desperate need of development, and spending liberally on marketing, the money is starting to come in little by little.  I’m not thinking of the money as being $25,000 I should have left in mutual funds and bonds.  I’m thinking of it as a $25,000 investment that will bring me, my colleagues, and the children and families who need this book a lifetime of returns.
The takeaway?  If I hadn’t joined a writers’ club, my story would still be in the tombs of my computer instead of having won a Kirkus star; being for sale on Amazon; being on this blog tour; and with library book signings (including the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library) coming up next month. 
So find a good writers’ club.  Join it, commit yourself to it, and see what happens next. 







Professor M. C. Gore holds the doctorate in education from the University of Arkansas.  She taught first grade through graduate school for 36 years in New Mexico, Missouri, and Texas.    She was a professional horse wrangler and wilderness guide and continues to play clarinet in two community bands.  She is Professor Emeritus from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas where she held two distinguished professorships. Her books for teachers and parents are shelved in over a thousand libraries throughout the world.  She is retired and lives in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas.






Maestro Phillip Wilson was a public-school band director, music teacher, composer, and arranger for 28 years.  His primary instrument is the trumpet, and he is also a campañero (bell ringer). Although he is over 80, he continues to serve as Music Director and Cantor at his church.   He is a life-long resident of New Mexico and was born in Santa Fe. Although his genotype is Dutch and Scotch-Irish, his soul is Hispanic.  He was Professor Gore’s music teacher and band director, and although the loving biological father of seven musical children, he is a soul-father of the hundreds of students he has taught.








Artist Angie F. M. Trotter holds a BA in Religion and Fine Art. Her pen and ink illustrations are a fusion of icons, illuminated manuscripts, stained glass window design, and her spiritual life. She is also a chronic migraine suffer and her art helps calm her symptoms. Her mother was a folk artist; her father was an architect and fine artist, so she has been surrounded by art her whole life. Her work has been compared to the masters of the Golden Age of British book illustration.  She lives in Arkansas.
























Thursday, March 22, 2018

Final Book in the Haunted High Series by Cheree Alsop - GIVE AWAY



A dangerous force is about to attack Haunted High. This time, everyone at the school is needed to defend it. But Finn has other problems that start with his own kidnapping and end with a revelation of such magnitude it has the potential to change the way he sees his entire world. Can Finn stop the demon prince and end the threat to Haunted High once and for all, or will the school he has come to love become the demon’s latest victim?


Book 1- The Wolf Within Me
Book 2- The Ghost Files
Book 3- City of Demons
Book 4- Cage the Beast
Book 5- Ashes of Night

About Cheree:
Cheree Alsop is an award-winning, best-selling author who has published over 45 books. She is the mother of a beautiful, talented daughter and amazing twin sons who fill every day with joy and laughter. She is married to her best friend, Michael, the light of her life and her soulmate who shares her dreams and inspires her by reading the first drafts and giving much appreciated critiques. Cheree works as a fulltime author and mother, which is more play than work! She enjoys reading, traveling to tropical beaches, riding motorcycles, playing the bass for the band Alien Landslide, spending time with her wonderful children, and going on family adventures while planning her next book.
Cheree and Michael live in Utah where they rock out in their garage band, enjoy the outdoors, plan great quests, and never stop dreaming.



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Thursday, January 25, 2018

The Haunted High Series Book 3- City of Demons by Cheree Alsop




When Professor Briggs vanishes with the piece of demon heart, Finn chooses to go after him. But the coordinates lead to the feared mythic labs where even Finn’s friends are afraid to go. Searching for answers, Finn comes across the one thing he doesn’t expect, the scent of another werewolf. Jumping down a rabbit hole of gruesome experiments, a deadly demon bite, and humans straight from his nightmares, Finn risks losing everything to rescue the girl and unveil the secret she’s vowed to keep.
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Thursday, September 28, 2017

The Haunted High Series by Cheree Alsop





A life-threatening accident reveals that Finn is a werewolf; the next morning, he receives an invitation to a secluded high school. Finn quickly realizes that the school is in fact an academy for monsters and is far more perilous and full of adventure than he ever expected. But Haunted High has had a dangerous history with werewolves. Can Finn survive monster politics, life-threatening pranks, and teachers more likely to kill him than help him in time to answer the real question: Who is the girl haunting the cemetery and why does he sleepwalk to her grave each night?


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Monday, May 8, 2017

Aphrodite's Closet by Suzy Turner



Aphrodite's Closet
Agatha Trout didn’t even know she had a Great Aunt Petunia, so imagine her surprise when she finds Petunia left her a corner shop in her will. But it’s not just any old corner shop—it’s a corner shop that needs something unique, something the town of Frambleberry has never seen before. Influenced by her confident best friend, Coco, Agatha is soon convinced that there’s only one way to go: an adults-only sex shop.
While some of the townspeople are clutching their pearls in horror, others are open to the new experiences this shop offers. But not everyone in Frambleberry is convinced. Will the women soldier on in the face of violent threats or will their fears get the best of them—and their new venture—before it even gets off the ground?

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About the author
Born in England and raised in Portugal, Suzy lives with her childhood sweetheart Michael, two crazy dogs and a cat.
Shortly after completing her studies, Suzy worked as a trainee journalist for a local newspaper. Her love of writing developed and a few years later she took the job of assistant editor for the region's largest English language publisher before becoming editor of a monthly lifestyle magazine. Early in 2010 however, Suzy became a full time author. She has since written several books: Raven, December Moon, The Lost Soul (The Raven Saga), Daisy Madigan's Paradise, The Ghost of Josiah Grimshaw, The Temporal Stone, Looking for Lucy Jo, We Stand Against Evil (The Morgan Sisters), Forever Fredless,  And Then There Was YouStormy Summer and her latest, Aphrodite’s Closet.
In 2015 she launched her popular 40+ lifestyle blog which continues to go from strength to strength, while just over a year later, she trained to become a yoga instructor. Suzy continues to write, blog and teach yoga in one of Portugal’s loveliest settings - the Algarve.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Dragon of the Month Club by Iain Reading - REVIEW

Dragon of the Month Club





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On the thirteenth of every month a new dragon conjuring spell is revealed and the two friends attempt to summon the latest Dragon of the Month. The varieties are almost endless: Air Dragons, Paper Dragons, Fog Dragons, Waterfall Dragons, Rock Dragons, Tree Dragons - not to mention special bonus dragons for all the major holidays, including a particularly prickly Holly Dragon for Christmas.

But one day when a conjuring spell somehow goes wrong Ayana and Tyler find themselves unexpectedly drawn into a fantastical world of adventure based on the various books scattered all across Tyler's messy bedroom. Travelling from one book-inspired world to the next with nothing to rely on but their wits and a cast of strange and exotic dragons at their disposal they must try to somehow find their way home again.

Drawing inspiration from some of literature's most memorable stories - from 19th century German folktales to the streets of Sherlock Holmes's London - the adventures of Ayana and Tyler bring these classic stories to life in delightfully strange and unexpected ways. Filled with fascinating detail and non-stop action these books will spark the imaginations of readers of all ages to inspire a life-long love of reading and seeking out books that are just a little bit off the beaten track.




REVIEW:

What a fun book for children. The story was completely unique with its own mythology (which is harder to find today).
The main characters, Ayana and Tyler, learn to call forth dragons from a book found in a forgotten part of the library. Each dragon is unique with their own story and personality.

These dragons and book ultimately lead them on an incredible magical journey.

Five Stars


Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Prince of Ash and Blood by Cheree Alsop GIVEAWAY



THE PRINCE OF ASH AND BLOOD is about a vampire prince imprisoned under false charges. The appearance of a new prisoner, a werewolf girl who was betrayed and tortured in the name of the crown, interrupts his plots of revenge. With a new cause to stand behind, the vampire prince plans his own death as a means for her escape. But the kingdom has needs only the prince can fulfill. If both survive the dungeon, can they also survive the world of political intrigue, vengeance, and a newly awoken threat to the crown and his people?

Action, adventure, conspiracy, and danger intertwine in this paranormal take of The Count of Monte Cristo.

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Author Bio:
Cheree Alsop is an award-winning, best-selling author who has published over 40 books, including two series through Stonehouse Ink. She is the mother of a beautiful, talented daughter and amazing twin sons who fill every day with joy and laughter. She is married to her best friend, Michael, the light of her life and her soulmate who shares her dreams and inspires her by reading the first drafts and giving much appreciated critiques. Cheree works as a fulltime author and mother, which is more play than work! She enjoys reading, traveling to tropical beaches, riding motorcycles, spending time with her wonderful children, and going on family adventures while planning her next book.

Cheree and Michael live in Utah where they rock out in their garage band, enjoy the outdoors, plan great quests, and never stop dreaming.

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Slow Echoes by Kristina M. Serrano




Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Series: Post Worlds (Book 1)
Age Range: 12 and up
Selk Baioumi is Croatian. She’s also Egyptian. And American. Despite her vast heritage, the only family she has known is her mom and late grandfather. Other than that, the closest relationship she has is with her boxing/kickboxing instructor, Cliff. And she’s perfectly happy with her life, until two new men show up in her cozy hometown of Snow Hill, Maryland. The first, Whistler, an ill-reputed boxer with a paranormal secret. The second, Zahid, the Egyptian father who’d left her mother the day after Selk was born.

Zahid’s return brings the truth about Selk’s ancestry and promises of death for many, including Whistler, the not-so-bad boy who’s stolen her heart with his dry smile and effortless empathy. In order to obliterate those promises, Selk and Whistler must enter and survive an alternate Egypt where crocodiles swim in venom, stained-glass labyrinths come to life and mummies can slow your every move, even speech—if overprotective Cliff doesn’t kill Whistler first.
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After starting college at sixteen, Kristina M. Serrano graduated from Cape Fear Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Arts, as well as a BFA in Creative Writing Fiction and a Certificate in Publishing from The University of North Carolina Wilmington, landing on the dean’s and chancellor’s lists. She was the Executive Editor and Prose Editor of an online literary magazine, and, while in college, had the privilege of singing the national anthem at four large events. SLOW ECHOES is her first published novel, but she has dozens of unfinished YA fantasy and paranormal romance novels stored away for a rainy day. She currently resides in North Carolina with her hyper Bichon Frisé, Jake.