November 27, 2015

Quest of the Hart by Mary Waibel #Freebook

Speaking of free books...'cause we were, weren't we?

My critique partner and dear friend, Mary Waibel's book is free for a couple more days. If you like kick butt heroines, twisted fairy tales, and princesses, this is the book for you. The whole series is great, but you can take it for a test drive for free with Quest of the Hart.

Princess Kaylee has never had to fight for anything. Her entire life has been arranged, even her marriage. But when Prince Devlin falls under an enchantment, she finds she is willing to do anything to save him, even if it means fighting a dragon.

Devlin's own sister, Princess Arabella, is behind the deadly plot. She wants the throne and will use any means necessary to gain it. Her perfect plan unravels, leaving Devlin caught in a magical sleep that is slowly spreading through the kingdom of Breniera. All Arabella needs to finish her spell and claim the crown is a drop of Kaylee's blood, but obtaining the single drop is proving more difficult than expected.

To save her betrothed, Kaylee embarks on a quest to find an ancient sword and gather a drop of dragon's blood, while trying to stay out of Arabella's traps. But Arabella's traps aren't the only danger. Time is everything. For once the last inhabitant of the kingdom falls asleep, the spell will be sealed, and not even true love's kiss will break it.

Download your free copy from:


(Always verify the price is still set to $0.00 before downloading.)

Happy reading!

November 25, 2015

Worth the Effort Now Available in ePub! #freebook

The tough part of self-publishing is that it all falls to you. ALL being the operative word. Because I publish independently as well as with small press, there is always something going on that gives me an excuse to put off that which I don't know. This is my official excuse for why it took more than a year for me to publish my Worth the Effort series in ePub.

But ALAS-the deed is done!

And to celebrate, I've decided to offer Ella's Story for free. Forever. Or at least for now, since this industry can change faster than my underwear, which I promise I change daily.

Here are the links for the Worth the Effort series on all the major ePub retailers.

Ella's Story

Ayden's Story 

And an exciting bonus: while I slept Amazon did their amazing price match thing for Ella's Story and by the time I woke up, she'd already started to climb the charts. Seriously, it's fun to see movement on a book without having to spam the world about it! So, thanks Amazon and I hope all those fine new readers LOVE book 1 (and book 2, and Finding Thor, and...) If you haven't downloaded your free Kindle copy of Ella's Story yet, you can do so here.

Okay all you ePubbers - go download your weekend reads now. Or gift the books to your ePubbing friends. I'm sorry it took me so long! Welcome to my world of heartfelt fiction.

November 18, 2015

Three Times A Charm with Rita Monette

Welcome to Three Times A Charm. I love to introduce readers to the people involved in childrens publishing. Today we welcome middle grade author, Rita Monette. Rita, can tell us a little about yourself?

I was born and raised in the bayous of Louisiana, and I write stories set in my home state. I retired to the mountains of Tennessee, which is above sea level. Yep, no swamps or gators! I stay busy writing and doing face and body art at local festivals. I enjoy painting, visiting waterfalls, and being entertained by the birds and other wildlife around my humble pad in the woods.

Im sure you werent sad to leave those alligators behind. Can you tell us more about your most recent release, please?

The Curse at Pirate’s Cove is the second in the Nikki Landry Swamp Legend series about a young girl growing up in a houseboat in the bayous of Louisiana in the 1950s. The stories are based on the many legends told surrounding the swamps of southern Louisiana. There’s always a mystery to solve and an adventure for Nikki Landry.

I recommend my book to readers who like: The Laura Ingalls Wilder books and/or Leaving Gees Bend by Irene Latham.

Lets get to know you a little better. Share with us your top three responses to the following questions.

         Top 3 most admired people and why you admire them.

I admire people that are intelligent, have something to say, and not afraid to say it, even if it’s controversial and shakes things up, which include the following:

Dr. Ben Carson. I love his story of his humble beginnings to becoming a top neurosurgeon. His honesty and openness.

Dr. Martin Luther King. Dr. King had something to say, he said it well, and was brave enough to say it.

Margaret Thatcher. A woman that wasn’t afraid of expressing her ideas, even though they rubbed many people the wrong way. 

         Top 3 professions you wanted to be when you grew up.

I wanted to be a ballerina (oh well, no grace)
I wanted to be a singer (did that for awhile)
I wanted to be an artist (still do that)

         Top 3 favorite personality traits that appeal to you.

Honesty, open-mindedness, humbleness.

Okay, so where can our tech savvy readers find you and your book online?

It was lovely of you to visit Strands of Thought. Best of luck to you and The Curse at Pirate's Cove!


November 9, 2015

November #InkRipples #Giveaway

Ripples in the Inkwell is a monthly meme hosted by Mary WaibelKatie L. Carroll, and me, Kai Strand. We post on the second Monday of every month. If you would like to participate compose your own post regarding the theme of the month, include any of the images displayed on this page, and link back to our three blogs. Feel free to post whenever you want during the month, but be sure to include #inkripples when you promote so readers can find you. The idea is that we toss a word or idea into the inkwell and each post is a new ripple. There is no wrong interpretation.

Themes remaining in 2015:

December: Celebration /Gifts
I'm feeling really pathetic here. My #InkRipples post is supposed to go live in a few hours and I'm having a heck of a time coming up with the content for it. The worst part is that this month's topic is Remembrance/Thankfulness. Seriously - what is wrong with me?

It isn't as if I'm not thankful for anything or anyone in my life. It's not as if I'm not grateful for the myriads of things I've learned or gained from those who have come before me. I think the topic is just too big for me to figure out what to target.


And then do I choose one of those topics to hone in on? I'm thankful for so many things and a host of people-past and present-it simply isn't possible for me to narrow it down. 

So this post is being composed in the last minute. The giveaway is even generic, simply because I couldn't decide what kind of book to giveaway or the subject I most wanted to share with you. Instead, I'll leave that to you. To enter to win a $5 Amazon gift card, leave a comment and tell us what you are thankful for this year. To increase your chances of winning, share the giveaway on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Just be sure to tag me and use the hashtag #InkRipples.

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Are you like me? Are you thankful for so much, you have to compose a list? Or is there one thing above all that you are beyond grateful for this year? I look forward to hearing from you. But hurry. You have through November 22nd to let us know!

After you enter the giveaway and share the link all over social media, be sure to visit Katie's post. Mary will be posting a week late this month because she has an awesome event going all week on her blog (of which I'm a guest - or rather, prisoner - on Thursday the 12th!) So please do visit her too, and participate in Realms Faire and then visit her again on the 16th for her ripple.

November 6, 2015

Cover Reveal - Under the Purple Moon by Beverly Stowe McClure

The lovely and talented Beverly Stowe McClure has a new book coming out and I'm excited to help her show off the stunning cover and share some information about the story. I'm even more excited for the book to release. I've read this book several times during its creation process and I love it.  The four main kids really find their way into your heart. Their struggles are so relateable and I love how their friendship grows when they begin to trust one another. Even when it isn't your own book, it's always so fun to have the final version in your hot little hands. But it isn't out yet. So I'm:


Under a Purple Moon
By Beverly Stowe McClure

No Love in the Garden of Eden...

Eden Rose has learned to deal with her mother’s criticism that she can do nothing right. What she can’t deal with are the arguments between her parents. To escape their angry words, she finds refuge in an old abandoned house. She always returns home, hoping her mother will love her one day, even though Eden’s not sure what the word love means.

Three other teens with problems also hang out at the Old House. Meeting Murphy, Toby, and Josh changes Eden’s world, and she begins to have faith in herself. Perhaps she can do something right, after all.

Thanks to the boys, she begins to understand the meaning of love. But will it be enough to save her broken home life?

Release date - March 15, 2016
$17.95 USA, 6x9 Trade paperback, 270 pages
Freedom Fox Press - Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C.
Fiction/Young Adult - General (JUV000000) / Girls & Women (JUV014000)
Print ISBN 9781939844132 eBook ISBN 9781939844149
$4.99 EBook available in all formats

Most of the time, you’ll find Beverly Stowe McClure at her computer, typing stories little voices whisper in her ears. When she’s not writing, she’s snapping pictures of wildlife, flowers and clouds. She’s sometimes known as the “Bug Lady.” She’s not telling why.

November 4, 2015

#IWSG - Eep! A Book Signing

For more info & for a complete list of blogs, visit the #IWSG site
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

The co-hosts for November are:
Denise Covey  

Please be sure to visit their sites to thank them for hosting!
Today I'm insecure about book signings!

I have an event coming up in a real live bookstore. I've done bookstore events before and I really, really enjoy them-when people show up! Those of you who've had events before know it's hard to attract guests to book signings, plus this one is taking place in a town I don't live in. Even more difficult.

However, even though I'm nervous as all get out, I'm also very excited. I really love visiting with readers and I hope I get a chance to meet some new ones. The event is at Once Upon a Storybook in Tustin, California, on November 17th. If you are in the area, I'd LOVE for you to attend. You can find more info on my Facebook Event page. Please also help me stuff the store with readers by sharing the event with anyone you know in the Orange County area.

Do you have a favorite tip you'd like to share for a successful signing that you've hosted or attended?

November 2, 2015

Another Favorite Childhood Book

Another treasured find from our recent garage purge brought a huge smile to my face. Since The Peanuts Movie releases Friday, this is a great time for me to share this book.

The Snoopy Festival by Charles M. Schulz

Snoopy was one of my all time favorite characters when I was a child. Ah, what am I saying? He still is! I even received a 3 foot tall stuffed Snoopy when I was barely taller than that (I'm guessing I got it for Christmas 1968 or 9.) I used to drag him around by his ear because he was too tall and wide around for me to pick up. There is a picture of me with him somewhere in this world, unfortunately I'm not in possession of it. My 3 foot tall Snoopy perished in a garage fire about fifteen years later. He was threadbare. His head drooped and he listed to one side because his stuffing was so compacted. But I still loved him. Happily, he lives on in my memories.

Now I can revisit my favorite character on a regular basis through the book I received from my mom for Christmas in 1974. Even more special is the dedication she penned inside the front cover. It's wonderful to see her lovely script again. So uniquely hers.

Between the covers you'll discover Snoopy, the world famous author,

Snoopy, the World War I flying ace,

Joe Cool,

and some beloved friends - such as Woodstock, who could take shorthand-did you know? Hey, is there anyone out there who can translate what Woodstock wrote below?

I'm a little nervous about The Peanuts Movie, because it doesn't often end well when they try to bring an old favorite into a modern world. But regardless of if the movie fairs well or not, I have my fantastic find to reminisce with.

What/who were your favorite childhood characters?