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Author Interview: Lindzee Armstrong, MISS MATCH May 8, 2015

I have a fun author interview today with Lindzee Armstrong. She is celebrating the release of her latest book (a contemporary romance), Miss Match. But, before we get to the interview, a little about the book!

MISS MATCH is finally here! I’m so excited to share the rest of Brooke and Luke’s story with the world. To celebrate, it’s on sale for $0.99 this week only. Sale ends May 10th!

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About MISS MATCH
Billionaire CEO Luke Ryder doesn’t want to hire his best friend, Brooke, as his matchmaker. Not when he’s been in love with her for eight years. Too bad she doesn’t see him as relationship material and is engaged to another man. If the matchmaking company she works for closes, Brooke is out of a job, and Luke is out a best friend. There will be nothing stopping her from moving to Italy with her fiancé. And Luke isn’t about to let that happen.

Brooke’s dream career may be crumbling, and she will do anything to keep Toujour in the black. Even recruit Luke, America’s favorite bachelor, as her next client. Surely his perfect smile and swollen bank account will send clients swarming to their doors. But when matching up Luke works a little too well, Brooke wonders if she’s with the right man. Maybe she should finally forget Luke’s playboy image and admit he’s changed. All Brooke has to decide is if she’s willing to risk her heart.
Because I’m so excited about this book–and to celebrate Mother’s Day–the short prequel novella, Meet Your Match, will be FREE on kindle from May 6th – May 10th. So you can get both the novella and novel for less than a dollar, this week only! Get your copies before the prices go up! And I hope you enjoy Brooke and Luke’s story.

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Now, for our interview!Lindzee Armstrong

(Sticking with questions using the letters from the book title)

Miss Match:

M is for Matchmaking: What drew you to, or gave you the idea of a matchmaking agency?

A few years ago, I saw this commercial for a reality television show about matchmakers. That’s where my initial idea was sparked. I watched the show, and really wasn’t impressed. I thought “I can come up with something way better than this!” and started working more and more on my idea. The show was canceled after only a few episodes, and I don’t even remember the name of it. But I’m glad it was around for a little while or I might never have written this book!

A is for Advice: What life advice would each of your main characters give someone?

I think Brooke’s life advice would be “learn to trust others, even if you get hurt.” Luke’s life advice would be “don’t let fear stop you from making the right choices and decisions.”

T is for Trials: Without spoilers, what do you think you characters have learned through the trails they have gone through?

It’s tied closely to their advice, I think. Brooke learns to trust others, especially men, and to not let her past affect her future. Luke learns that some things are worth taking risks and fighting for.

C is for Continuing: Will this be a continuing series? What will be your ‘continuing’ works (next books)?

Yes! There’s already a prequel novella to the series, Meet Your Match. It tells the story of how Brooke and Luke meet in high school, and can be read before or after Miss Match.

The No Match For Love series will continue for at least two more books, but I’m guessing many more. Book two is tentatively titled Objectionably Matched and will overlap the timeline of Miss Match. That’s Andi’s story. And Book three is Not Your Match, and will be Zoey’s story. It’ll take place a year or so after Miss Match. I’m also hoping to write a few more novellas for this series. The possibilities for this series are really endless! I’ll keep writing on it until I run out of stories to tell.

H is for Hobbies: What are your favorite hobbies?

Wow, hobbies…what are those? 😉 Writing and reading used to be my hobbies, but now they’re my job, and between work and family there isn’t time for much else. But I am a total TV junkie. I love reality TV, dramas, comedies…anything with really compelling characters and an interesting plot. I also enjoy playing the piano, although I rarely have time for that. And I LOVE to travel. We traveled a lot while I was growing up, and my husband and I are doing our best to give our children those same experiences.

Thank you, Lindzee, for visiting with us today! I loved this book (and the prequel novella!). I will be looking forward to the other books in the series too. 🙂

 

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Book Feature: OBSIDIAN THREADS by Charlie Pulsipher December 14, 2014

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Today I am featuring the second book in The Lost Shards series (Young Adult, Sci Fi/Fantasy) by Charlie Pulsipher entitled Obsidian Threads. I am actually reading the first book in the series, The Crystal Bridge (On sale for $.99 right now) and I am fascinated by it. I am loving the characters, the story line, and world building. So I am really looking forward to getting this book too! Here is the synopsis:

Rho has awakened. Its acolytes will tear worlds apart to release their deity from its prison. Any hope of Rho’s defeat lies with two people lost in a strange universe. Kaden and Aren must learn to harness all their unique gifts if they are to rival the god of darkness reborn.

They will not fight alone. A brilliant geneticist, a furry dwaro, two less than friendly elves, dragons, and a spunky red-haired computer stand with them. But if Kaden and Aren fail to reach their full potential, all of reality will be devoured until nothing remains but Rho.

 

(Yay!) You can find this awesomness HERE

Charlie Pulsipher

 

Author Bio: Charlie Pulsipher is a were-hamster and lemur enthusiast living in Southern Utah with his lovely wife and neurotic dog. He writes sci-fi and fantasy, and sometimes both at the same time. He’s obsessed with surviving the inevitable zombie-pocalypse. It’s coming. Tell your friends.

 He spends his time away from the keyboard hiking and camping in stunning Southern Utah. He also enjoys woodworking, painting, drawing, and pretending to have super powers.

He neglects his twitter account.

 His velociraptor impression is worth seeing. Ask him to show you. It just may be the coolest thing about him.

(I have actually seen the velociraptor impression and it is full of awesome!)

You can find him at these places: 

www.charliepulsipher.com

https://www.facebook.com/charlie.pulsipher

https://twitter.com/charliepulse

 

Author Interview: Tifani Clark SHADOW OF A LIFE August 18, 2014

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I have another author interview today! Today we are visited by Tifani Clark, the author of “Shadow of a Life” (Soul Saver Book 1) — a ghost story based upon the mysterious real life story of the ship Mary Celeste. So, first the cover and a bit about the book:

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Jamie Peters plans to spend the summer before her junior year with her nose stuck in a book—not saving lost souls. Usually the girl that blends into the crowd, Jamie’s world is turned upside down when a mysterious ghost begins to follow her.

But Sophia isn’t just any ghost.

A hundred years earlier, Sophia’s disappearance sparked a national mystery that remained unsolved. Jamie knows the legends surrounding Sophia’s disappearance, but she never dreamed she would find out what really happened . . . or that her family might have had something to do with Sophia’s disappearance.

Determined to set Sophia free, Jamie blows the dust off her family’s past and unearths clues to discover what she must do to save Sophia’s soul. She enlists the help of childhood friend—and secret crush—Peter Ashby as she sets off on a dangerous quest to find a missing map. Spending the night in a graveyard, crawling through a dilapidated barn, and staring down the barrel of a gun aren’t enough to deter Jamie from helping Sophia. But can she find the answers she needs before another ghost gets revenge on her and Sophia?

 

You can find the book here on Amazon or here on Barnes and Noble

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Tifani Clark grew up on a farm in southeastern Idaho (yes, that’s where they grow all the potatoes) as the middle of five children. She had a lot of space to imagine and daydream and often pictured herself as a character in one of the many books she read. She was habitually found pretending to be Scarlet O’Hara. Tifani loves mystery and hates it when one goes unsolved. She is married to the love of her life and is the mother to four fabulous children. When not writing, she enjoys playing the violin and piano and traveling to new places. She especially enjoys visits to national parks and places of historical significance.

Tifani can be found here: http://www.tifaniclark.blogspot.com/

 

 

Now to our interview, based upon the book’s title.

Shadow of a Life

S is for Setting:  Can you tell us about the setting for your book and why you chose that place?

          Shadow of a Life takes place in Marion, Massachusetts. The setting for this book was an easy decision for me. Since the book is based on a true story, I chose to focus on the town where the real Sophia Briggs lived. I did a lot of research about the town in an effort to make it as accurate as possible. I even got a close-up look at the town thanks to Google Earth! Some of the places the characters go are real (like the cemetery and the library), but the restaurant they frequent is fictitious.

H is for  Hobbies: What are your favorite things to do?

          I have all kinds of things that I enjoy doing. Sometimes it just depends on the day. I play the violin and piano and I have a couple of violin students. I obviously enjoy writing, and reading is just as great. With my family, I love to travel. We want to visit all 50 states and we’re doing pretty good so far.

A is for Advice: What piece of advice would Jamie, Peter, and Sophia each give?

          Jamie: “Ordinary people can do extraordinary things.”

          Peter: “Life’s an adventure. Hang on and enjoy the ride.”

          Sophia: “Always have hope in the future and never give up.”

D is for Danger: Your main character, Jamie, has to face some dangerous things. What would she say she is most afraid of?

          Failure. Jamie isn’t afraid of things like spiders, and snakes, and heights…and ghosts. She lacks confidence in herself and is terrified that she won’t accomplish what she set out to do. As the book progresses, her confidence builds and she is able to overcome that fear of failure.

O is for obstacles: What sort of obstacles do your characters overcome (without spoilers) and what do you feel you learned from writing their journey?

          My characters find themselves in a few tricky and dangerous situations. Probably the biggest obstacle that the living characters have to overcome is to actually believe in ghosts and a different reality than they’ve ever lived before. The ghost characters have to put their trust in those who are living and that is kind of hard for them.

W is for  “What next”: So what is next for you? Do you have other books in the works?

          The first sequel to Shadow of a Life is finished and in the editing phase and the second sequel is in the planning stages. Hopefully it will be completed by the end of the year. I’ve finished a couple other books (Young Adult Suspense) that I’m getting ready to market as well.

Life  If you had a chance as a ghost, to do one thing that you didn’t get an opportunity to do in this life, what would you pick?

          Good question! This one made me think. Hmm… I want to see the world. I am fascinated with history and culture and life. I would have to say that I would use my “ghost powers” to travel the world and see things from a non-tourist view. It’s easier to truly experience a new culture when you don’t have tourist written across your forehead.

 

The book looks really interesting, I’m excited to read it. Thanks for being here today Tifani! 

 

 

Book Feature: FRACTURED by Karen J Hoover August 4, 2014

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I am featuring a YA fantasy book today that I loved. The take on the fae and the mythology of it was a fun, unique twist. The heroine, Sianna, is damaged, scarred, brave, and amazing. I am hoping to feature an interview with the author sometime soon and you will get to hear more about this book, but for now–just know that you really want this book! 🙂

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Book title: Newtimber: Fractured
Author: Karen E. Hoover
Release Date: June 21st
Tour Dates: July 15th – August 15th
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Trifecta Books
Tour Host: Silverbow Promotions 

 

Book Synopsis: 

 

There was absolutely no way a black dragon hovered outside of

Newtimber. Sianna rubbed her eyes, but the dragon was still there, clutching a round object that looked

like a spotted egg. And then the egg fell, hitting the ground like an atomic bomb, sending out waves of a

slow-moving fog that distorted everything it touched.

 

The citizens of Newtimber change. The old man down the street

stretches into a screaming tree. Sianna’s skateboarding friend, Matt, transforms into a giant green

dragon. Pegasus. Sirens. Griffins. Vampires. Zombies. Creatures from the myths of every culture come to

life through the people.

Even Sianna changes, her skin becoming stone hard, and she gains

the ability to travel from the human realm into the dimension of the fae, using it to free her father from

prison and enlist his aid in battling the evil bent on taking over the world.

 

One person to heal a family, a town, and save the world. It seems an

impossible task, but with the help of her new friends, it could happen.

 

Right?

 

Get your copy of the book now! 

 

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~ About the author ~

 

Karen E. Hoover has loved the written word for as long as

she can remember. Her favorite memory of her dad is the time he spent with

Karen on his lap, telling her stories for hours on end. Her dad promised he

would have Karen reading on her own by the time she was four years old … and he

very nearly did. Karen took the gift of words her dad gave her and ran with it.

Since then, she’s written two novels and reams of poetry. Her head is fairly

popping with ideas, so she plans to write until she’s ninety-four or maybe even

a hundred and four.

Inspiration is found everywhere, but Karen’s heart is fueled

by her husband and two sons, the Rocky Mountains, her chronic addiction to pens

and paper, and the smell of her laser printer in the morning.

 

Follow Karen! 

 

 

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Books read in June and July

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Beta read #5,6,and 7

Half-off Ragnarok  by Seanan McGuire

Extracted by Sherry D Ficklin and Tyler H Jolley

Torn Canvas by Donna K Weaver

Aurelia by Anne Osterlund

Trouble in Mudbug by Jana DeLeon

The Chaos of Stars  by Kiersten White

Fractured (Newtimber #1) by Karen Hoover

Spell Check by Julie Wright

Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

 

Book feature: THE SHAMAN’S CURSE by Meredith Mansfield July 11, 2014

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Here is another book I am really excited about. I have read excerpts from this world and it is a wonderfully complex dual magic system fantasy world (along with different cultures). I have read another of Meredith Mansfield’s books and loved it. Really glad this one is out AND on sale for the month of July!

INTRODUCTORY SPECIAL: $0.99 for the month of July only

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 Blurb: 

Vatar risked his life to try to save his friend–and failed. Now he has an implacable enemy in the vengeful shaman, who blames Vatar for the death of his only son. In his isolation, Vatar finds some comfort in daydreams. He knows the strange girl he sometimes imagines is just that–a dream. She’d better be.

Because, if she’s real things could get even worse for Vatar. The accepted magic of Vatar’s plains tribe wouldn’t enable him to see or communicate with a girl he doesn’t even know–or know where to find. That would be more like the magic passed down in certain, closely-guarded bloodlines among the ruling class of the coastal cities. And that’s bad. Very bad.

Unlike their own, Vatar’s people think the city magic is evil. If the shaman ever found out, it could be the weapon he needs to destroy Vatar. And yet, finding a way to accept the other side of his heritage may be the only way Vatar can ultimately defeat his enemy.

The two kinds of magic have always been totally separate. Until now.

 Enjoy an Excerpt:

Vatar reined his horse back behind his friends and turned his head slowly to scan around the endless circle of the plains that merged with the sky at the far horizon. The earth was all golden brown now, the grasses prematurely dried up by the lack of rain. Here and there, the green smudges of trees dotted the savannah, marking the waterholes. The darker blue-green line of the Great Forest marked the eastern horizon. Another line of trees, much closer, marked the course of the river. Everything seemed normal, but that spot between his shoulder blades still itched with a premonition of undefined danger that grew stronger the closer they got to the river.

Ariad slowed down to match Vatar’s pace, allowing the other two boys to go ahead. “Lions?”

Vatar shook his head. That was one danger he could dismiss out of hand. His connection to the Spirit of the Lion told him the nearest lions–in the shade at a distant waterhole–were sleeping off a full meal. “None we need to worry about.”

“What then?” Ariad asked.

“I don’t know. Something . . .” Vatar caught himself before he said too much. It was one of his mother’s oldest admonitions–almost as old as “Don’t touch the fire!” From the very first time he’d tried to describe that infrequent feeling of danger, she’d warned him not to mention it to anyone but her and Pa. Even his little sister Kiara didn’t know about it.

Vatar was already different enough–dark-haired and strongly-built among the tall, lanky, fair Dardani. Though she was Dardani now, his mother had come originally from a far-off city on the sea coast. The Dardani would accept his hair color and height, but not anything that even hinted at forbidden magic. Other than a few old stories, Vatar had no idea why his people had such deep-seated superstitious fear of magic, but he knew full well that it was one of the few things they’d never forgive.

Vatar didn’t think the itch between his shoulder blades was magic, any more than his ability to sense lions. That was his connection to his clan’s totem spirit–just like Ariad could sense eagles. But Mother’s caution was second nature by now. He forced one corner of his mouth up in a half-smile. “Maybe I’ve just heard one too many of Pa’s stories about Themyri ambushes.”

Ariad barked a laugh. “Haven’t we all? To hear our fathers tell it, the river is almost as dangerous as the Great Forest.” He shuddered a little at the reference to the one place all plains-dwelling Dardani feared most and made a surreptitious sign against magic and evil spirits. Being Eagle Clan, Ariad’s hand curled in an imitation of an eagle’s talons.

Where to find it:

Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LKP49TM

Barnes & Noble

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-shamans-curse-meredith-mansfield/1119702692

Apple

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-shamans-curse/id887236843

Kobo

http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-shaman-s-curse

The related short story “Becoming Lioness” is free in all those places and more.

A little about Meredith Mansfield: 

Professionally, I’ve been a financial analyst and a visual basic programmer. I also have a paralegal certificate, although I’ve never worked in that field. It’s anybody’s guess what I’ll be when I grow up.

Imagining stories and writing have always been an important part of my life. It’s one I finally got to spend a significant amount of time on while I cared for my mother who had Alzheimer’s disease. 

Connect with me on my blog: 

MeredithMansfield.WordPress.com

 

Book Feature: SECOND DAUGHTER by Susan Kaye Quinn (with a giveaway) July 7, 2014

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I am so excited for this book. I read the first book (Third Daughter) and loved it! (I mean, really– steampunk, flavor of India, adventure, romance– what’s not to love?) So I have been waiting for this next book to come out. AND the first book is on sale for only $.99 until the 21st. What are you waiting for? 😀

NEW RELEASE

Second Daughter (The Dharian Affairs #2)Assassins, skyships, and royal intrigue… Kindle, Kobo, AllRomance

Second Daughter is the second book in The Dharian Affairs trilogy (Third Daughter, Second Daughter, First Daughter). This steampunk-goes-to-Bollywood (Bollypunk!) romance takes place in an east-Indian-flavored alternate world filled with skyships, assassins, royal romance and intrigue.

Reviews of the first book, Third Daughter:
“The author fuses carriages, steam trains, airships and clockwork with the rich eastern culture that underlies Bollywood storytelling…” – Cherie Reich
“The political intrigue, the steampunk gadgets, and the beautiful costumes kept me in wonderment.” – Tony Benson
“Third Daughter is vividly breathtaking. Quinn delivers royal intrigue, exotic locations, and sweeping romance. Not to be missed!” – Pavarti Tyler, author of Shadow on the Wall

ON SALE – 99cents until 7/21 Third Daughter (The Dharian Affairs #1)

Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iTunes, AllRomance (also available in print)The Third Daughter of the Queen wants her birthday to arrive so she’ll be free to marry for love, but rumors of a new flying weapon may force her to accept a barbarian prince’s proposal for a peace-brokering marriage. Desperate to marry the charming courtesan she loves, Aniri agrees to the prince’s proposal as a subterfuge in order to spy on him, find the weapon, and hopefully avoid both war and an arranged marriage to a man she does not love.

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