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Spotlight on Shadow Fire by Kimber Leigh Wheaton #Giveaway

Shadow Fire Favorite Quotes
The villagers will be awaiting my return, skulking in the shadows, desperate to catch a glimpse of the walking dead girl. ~Ashlyn
After all, love conquers nothing but fools. ~Delistaire
Perhaps you shouldn’t have chased the poor pirate all over the ship shooting light daggers at him. ~Zane
How would you like a tour of this grand vessel, my angelic beauty? I’ll show you my favorite trysting spots. ~Taranis

Praise for shadow Fire
"Shadow Fire has something for everyone: suspense, love, action, adventure…all woven together perfectly making this debut novel a winner." ~ BTS Book Reviews
"I thought the writing was strong; it had me turning the pages quickly to see what would happen next. The characters were engaging and the dialogue well-written." Lisa Temple ~ Author of Illuminating Gracie
"Oh, I truly loved this one! Shadow Fire, by Kimber Leigh Wheaton, is a snappy, sassy, sweet, all-that-kind-of-awesome-and-then-some YA read. I couldn't p…

Cover Reveal - Polar Opposites by Kai Strand

I'm so excited to bring you the cover of POLAR OPPOSITES: Super Villain Academy, Book 2

The supers are balanced. Academies have altered their curriculum to teach both sides of the super power spectrum. All’s well in the super world. Right?
When Mystic kidnaps Oceanus, Jeff learns it isn’t all right. Turning to the newly balanced supers for assistance, he panics to find they’ve done nothing to rescue Oceanus. When no ransom request follows, he worries Mystic’s plan never included returning his girlfriend. Frustrated, he’s forced to work with the only super willing to help. Oceanus’ ex-villain, ex-boyfriend, Set.
Mystic isn’t the only one hiding something. Nothing about Jeff is balanced. Temper flares result in scorched clothing or flying furniture, and his charm has become an indiscriminate people-magnet.
Jeff is convinced, or maybe just hopeful, that his lack of control is directly related to Oceanus being gone. But will he and Set find her before Jeff loses control completely …

Three Times A Charm with Krystalyn Drown

Welcome to Three Times A Charm. Introducing readers to new authors, illustrators, bloggers, agents, editors or promoters from the children’s publishing industry makes me happy.
Today’s guest is author, Krystalyn Drown. Thanks for joining us, Kriystalyn. Please tell us a little about you.
I spent thirteen years working at Walt Disney World in a variety of roles: entertainer, talent coordinator, and character captain. My degree in theatre as well as many, many hours spent in a dance studio, helped with my job there.
My various other day jobs have included working in zoology at Sea World, as an elementary teacher, and currently as a support technician for a website. In the evenings, I do mad writing challenges with my sister, who is also an author.
I live near Orlando, Florida with my husband, son, a were cat, and a Yorkie with a Napoleon complex.
What a fascinating background. That must feed well into writing fiction. Speaking of, we’d love to hear about your book.
All Riesa Adair wants…

Three Times A Charm with Theresa Kay

Welcome to Three Times A Charm. I love introducing my readers to new authors, illustrators, bloggers, agents, editors or promoters from the children’s publishing industry.
Today’s guest is author, Theresa Kay. Thanks for joining us, Theresa. Please tell us a little about you.
When I was a kid, I was a bit of an oddball. I preferred books to television, was never really up to date on the latest music, and I liked hanging out in my room with whatever cast of fictional characters inhabited the book I was currently reading. This early love for reading also created an early love for writing. I penned my first story at age seven or eight and I wrote through most of my school age years.
Then, for a while, life got in the way and I put aside my hopes of becoming a writer. It wasn’t until 2010 when I got my first Kindle and started reading indie books that I started thinking that maybe my dream was still possible. After a few NaNoWriMo challenges (50k words in 30 days), I finally put together s…

Three Times A Charm with Marva Dasef

Welcome to Three Times A Charm. I love introducing my readers to new authors, illustrators, bloggers, agents, editors or promoters from the children’s publishing industry.
Today’s guest is author, Marva Dasef. Thanks for joining us, Marva. Please tell us a little about you.
Thank you, Kai, for giving me a little of your valuable web space. It’s appreciated.
I’m a retired tech writer now making my way in fiction. Primarily I write fantasy books for kids from ten to 100. When I first began my authorial career, I wrote lots of short stories, and have had more than 40 stories published in various on-line and print magazines. In 2007, I decided to try for a longer book via NaNoWriMo. I got my 50K words (many of them to be tossed out). That gave me the confidence to write longer works. Most of my books are in novella length (35K-50K) because that’s the right length for younger readers (and the length I prefer on my ereader). Since my first published book (actually a collection of short stori…

Make Your Mark with a Proof of Purchase - Bonus Giveaway

In my new novella, Worth the Effort, Ella reaches out to befriend Ayden by giving him coffee. I hope to do the same - sort of.

Last week a proof of purchase got you 15 minutes of fame on my Facebook page. This week your .99 (US dollars) proof of purchase could make a mark. A bookmark that is.

Email me your proof of purchase and I'll enter you into a drawing for this lovely coffee themed bookmark. ($5 value)

I'm happy to mail it anywhere in the world, so all you international book readers, feel free to participate!

Plus your PoP qualifies you for five entry points in my other giveaway found here.

What are you waiting for? Order your copy of Worth the Effort and then send the receipt to me.

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But don't delay. You need to email your PoP to me for this giveaway AND for my other giveaway by Sunday.

Writer's Rebel Creed - May Check-In

Word Count            Submissions              Rejections        Acceptances

 6,000                          1                           0                        0

Sometimes progress in writing has very little to do with word count or submissions. I haven't produced a lot of new material this month, but I was busy publishing a novella, so I'm not too concerned about my lack of production. The publishing side of things is so very different from the creative side. Since it was my first indie title, I had a learning curve to work through. Obviously, nothing insurmountable. My husband is fond of the saying, "If it was easy, everybody would be doing it." Well, it seems like everybody is self-publishing, so I knew it had to be (if not easy) doable. Tomorrow will be a week since I released the book. Don't miss the last week of my mini blog tour or your chance to win fun stuff. I'm working on edits for the second novella in the series. I tentatively plan to release …

Cover Reveal – Curse of the Granville Fortune by Kelly Hashway and Giveaway

Welcome to the Cover Reveal for Curse of the Granville Fortune by Kelly Hashway presented by Month9Books! Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post! Find the fortune, break the curse!
The hunt is on for an ancient treasure tied to nine-year-old J.B.'s family history. He's been having visions that make him sweaty, lightheaded, and certain he’s turning into some kind of freak—or worse, going insane. But things are worse than he imagined. The visions stem from a family curse. An ancient ancestor was accused of stealing the massive Granville fortune, and now J.B.’s entire family will suffer. To break the curse, J.B. must find and return the Granville’s stolen property. But he's not the only one searching for the treasure. As he sets out on his journey through a dark and foreboding forest, he'll battle his worst fears and fight terrifying creatures along the way. And when he meets two others who share the missing pieces of his visions and suffer from the sa…

Your Proof of Purchase Gets You 15 Minutes of Fame

Email me proof of purchase for my .99 novella - WORTH THE EFFORT - and not only does it qualify you for my giveaway, but I'll write you into a fictional status on my Facebook page. Tell me your dream vacation, favorite celebrity, or ideal job and I'll pretend you into a mini story that makes your dreams real. Plus you'll be able to enter to win coffee and books.

Tweet: Claim your 15 minutes of fame w/@KaiStrand
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Three Times A Charm with Camille Matthews

Welcome to Three Times A Charm. I love introducing my readers to new authors, illustrators, bloggers, agents, editors or promoters from the children’s publishing industry.
Today’s guest comes to us through World of Ink Tours. I’d like to introduce picture book author, Camille Matthews. Thanks for joining us, Camille. Please tell us a little about you.
I live in Reading PA along with the real Quincy. I am a clinical social worker and equine assisted growth and learning specialist. The real Quincy, who inspired the Quincy the Horse books when he was 7 is now 24 years old. He is an American quarter horse who was a trail riding horse for many years and is a mainstay of my equine therapy program.
What a fascinating profession. I’ve heard such wonderful things about equine therapy. We’d love to hear about your book.
I recently released Quincy and Buck, the third book in the Quincy the Horse series for children in K-4th grade. This book tackles the topics of overcoming fear and dealing with bu…

Release Day - Worth the Effort: Ella's Story

Yippee!! Worth the Effort: Ella's Story is finally released into the wild. I've redecorated my blog for the occasion. What do you think?

First and most important: THE BOOK. In case you missed it here is what it's all about:

Ella Jones is a coward. There is a teen boy living in the alley behind her work and she is terrified of him.
Desperate to leave behind the stereotypical and judgmental world she was raised in, Ella forces herself to make a true connection with seventeen-year-old Ayden Worth. As their friendship grows Ayden’s quiet, gentle ways teach her true courage.
But there’s more to Ayden’s story than Ella knows. When their worlds collide in the most unexpected place, Ella feels betrayed. Will she find the courage to learn who Ayden really is, or will she determine he’s not worth the effort?

WORTH THE EFFORT: Ella’s Story a young adult contemporary romance novella at 19,000 words.
It's short. It's cheap (only .99). What are you waiting for? This is where you …

The Only Boy by Jordan Locke-Book Blast Giveaway

The Only Boy by Jordan Locke Mary is stuck in Section One, living with three hundred women in a crumbling hospital. She wonders what life was like two centuries ago, before the Cleansing wiped out all the men. But the rules—the Matriarch's senseless rules—prevent her from exploring the vacant city to find out. Taylor's got a dangerous secret: he's a boy. His compound's been destroyed, and he's been relocated to Section One. Living under the Matriarch means giving up possessions, eating canned food and avoiding all physical contact. Baggy clothes hide his flat chest and skinny legs, but if anyone discovers what lies beneath, he'll be exiled. Maybe even executed. Mary's never seen a boy—the Matriarch cut the pictures of men from the textbooks—and she doesn't suspect Taylor's secret. If she knew, she might understand the need to stop the girls from teasing him. If she knew, she might realize why she breaks the rules, just to be near him. Then again,…