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Friday, September 4, 2015

Giveaway and Sweeps Linkup Time!!

Welcome to our Giveaway Linkup hosted by Let's Start Saving Now,  Beck Valley Books,  Finger Click Saver, A Gluten Free Mom and Book Worm & More! This is a great place to list and find giveaways hosted all around the blogosphere by some great bloggers.

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Book Review - The Ragnarök Conspiracy - A Novel by Erec Stebbins

Book Review
The Ragnarök Conspiracy - A Novel 
by Erec Stebbins

Book Description
A thriller that spans the globe in an ever-widening arc of intrigue, violence, and personal conflict, where the stability of the world hangs in the balance. 

An American bin Laden. An FBI agent. Connected by a terrible loss on 9/11, they now confront each other over acts of vengeance so horrific, the world is brought to the brink of war. As Muslims around the world are being targeted in a series of devastating attacks, agent John Savas is drawn into a web of international intrigue. He must put aside his personal pain and work with a man who symbolizes all he has come to hate. Both are drawn into a race against time to prevent a plot so terrible that it could shatter civilization itself. Only by transcending his own devastating loss can Savas hope to prevent the ultimate calamity unleashed by the Ragnorök conspiracy.

"Outrageously entertaining: epic, explosive, subversive, engaged and compassionate, like a Michael Bay movie written by Aaron Sorkin." --Chris Brookmyre, author of Where The Bodies Are Buried

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Hubbie's Book Review
In difficult times where the world has a very serious threat from terrorists the author has tackled this issue and written an excellent novel. 

When an unknown cell starts targeting Muslims the FBI have an urgent task to find out the perpetrators and bring them to justice. The very strong message that I got from the storyline is no matter what your beliefs are, killing and revenge are not the answer, there is more strength in forgiveness.  The novels title says it all, taken from Norse Mythology Ragnarok was the Armageddon of Norse legend a final battle between good and evil to settle the stewardship of the world. 

I found this book very hard to put down and from page 1 to the end there was a lot of action, mystery and suspense to keep anyone interested.  As already stated above this novel will make you think about your convictions and beliefs whilst portraying the message that there is good and evil on both sides of the coin,people from the different cultures are fighting for peace and harmony and not just looking to dominate the world through terror. The text language and short chapters make it a leisurely read and the only disappointment is when the story finishes.,,..more please!!!

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About the Author
Erec Stebbins is a biomedical researcher who writes novels in a variety of genres, focusing on thrillers and science fiction. His work has consistently been praised for its action and thrills alongside a deeper, often philosophical angle. 

His novels have been called "unique" and "pulse-pounding" (THE RAGNARÖK CONSPIRACY), "altogether profound, reminiscent of Bradbury and Dan Simmons’ Hyperion“ (DAUGHTER OF TIME TRILOGY), and "startlingly dark" (EXTRAORDINARY RETRIBUTION) with five star ratings in Foreword Reviews, San Francisco Book Reviews, Portland Book Review, and others. His work has been a Readers' Favorite Honorable Mention, Beach Book Festival Winner, and Reader Views Literary Award Winner.

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Guest Post from author of Sweet Mountain Rancher, Loree Lough

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Sweet Mountain Rancher (Those Marshall Boys, #2)Sweet Mountain Rancher
(Those Marshal Boys, #2)
by Loree Lough
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 385 pages (large print)
September 1st 2015 by Harlequin Heartwarming

HE CAN SAY NO TO EVERYONE BUT HER...

Nate Marshall used to be a yes-man... until being so agreeable cost him dearly. But Eden Quinn has a way of getting him to reconsider his "just say no" policy. Which is how a bunch of troubled teens end up at his ranch for the weekend. Nate can't help but be attracted to the woman who keeps them in line.

This cowboy knows Eden's no damsel in distress, yet hers isn't a one-woman job. If she must do everything on her own, how can he help her... let alone get her to fall for him?

The First Book in the Series

Once a Marine

Yes, it's true: Once upon a time, best-selling author Loree Lough (literally) sang for her supper, performing before packed audiences throughout the U.S. Now and then, she blows the dust from her 6-string to croon a tune or two for the "grandorables," but mostly, she just writes. (And writes.) Over the years, her stories have earned nearly 100 industry and "Readers' Choice" awards, 7 movie options, and over 80 4- and 5-star reviews.

There are more than 5,000,000 (yes, that's FIVE MILLION) copies of Loree's books in circulation, and in September of 2015, she'll have 108 books (fiction and non-fiction for kids and adults) 72 short stories, 2,500+ articles in print. To date, she has received 50,000+ letters from fans (a carton of books goes to Meredith P. in Joliet, IL -- which she has elected to donate to her local library --for writing the 50,000th letter)!

Loree loves sharing learned-the-hard-way lessons about the craft and the industry, and her comedic approach makes her a favorite (and frequent) guest of writers' organizations, book clubs, private and government institutions, college and high school writing programs both here and abroad.

A writer who believes in "giving back," Loree dedicates a portion of her income to Soldiers' Angels, Special Operations Warrior Foundation, and other worthwhile organizations.

She splits her time between her home in the Baltimore suburbs and a cabin in the Allegheny Mountains, and shares both with her real-life hero Larry, who rarely complains, even when she adds yet another item to her vast collection of lighthouses, wind chimes, and "wolf stuff."


Guest Post


Have you ever wondered how a book’s video trailer is created? Well, I can’t tell you about the dozens of hours that a designer puts in to come up with the final product, but I can share what I do to help make her job a little easier.
She needs the title, publisher, my name, photo and author bio. She also needs a brief overview of the storyline, and a few photographs (purchased from a reliable source) to help her tell the story in pictures.
Then she needs a few lines that she can use as captions for each frame of the video. Kind of like this:
Script for CURRENCY OF THE HEART (#1 in the Whitaker House “Secrets on Sterling Stree” historical series) by Loree Lough

Setting: Denver, Colorado and Remington Ranch, 10 miles outside the city.

Time period: 1882

Young widow Shaina Sterling hates living a lie.
Desperate to keep bill collectors from the door,
she secretly sells valuable possessions
piece by piece
and hopes Denver’s elite never discover
that his lavish lifestyle left her a near pauper. 

She’s unaware that as her husband lay dying,
successful rancher Sloan Remington made him a promise.
And Sloan guards her secrets
as carefully as he looks after her safety.

When fire devours Sterling Hall,
leaving her homeless and penniless,
he brings her to Remington Ranch
to manage his household.
His kindness makes Shaina beholden to him
…and threatens to expose the secret
that could destroy him.

Will trials and tragedies bring Sloan and Shaina together?
Or will secrets—and the cost of exposing them—
drive them apart forever?


Hero: Sloan Remington
age 30
5’11”
190 lbs.
brown hair (collar-length, wavy)
green eyes
muscular
rancher
(see attached synopsis for character background/details)

Heroine: Shaina Sterling
age 22
5’4”
105 lbs.
black hair (long, wavy)
lavender eyes
sturdy/petite build
former socialite/widow
(see attached synopsis for character background/details)



 Remington Ranch, just outside Denver, CO










Shaina’s house on Sterling Street (Denver, CO) before the fire
that destroyed it and rendered her homeless.











 Denver’s Union Station, 1882




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Guest Book Review - Fractured Not Broken by Kelly Schaefer with Michelle Weidenbenner plus $25 Amazon GC / Paypal Giveaway


New Release....

AWARD-WINNING and BESTSELLING AUTHOR

Parts of this memoir appeared on ESPN and in Rosie.

Fractured Not Broken is a true story of loss, faith, and a rare love that only happens in nonfiction.

In a sweeping and heart-wrenching narrative, Kelly exposes the truth about what happened after a drunk driver rendered her a quadriplegic. She shares how she found her way back—through faith and pain, her community, her family, and the love of a man she’d prayed for.

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"This book has been a true encouragement to me. Thank you Kelly for sharing your story— the loss and the unexpected joy— so that each reader can be uplifted knowing there is a full, rich life available to those who lean in to our Lord Jesus." —Renee Bondi Award-Winning Singer and Songwriter 

"Life has its tragic moments of defeat, setbacks, and fracturing for everyone. Kelly's story proves, however, that individual momentum, personal progress, and genuine achievement can still be attained. Her courage and optimism are uplifting. Open these pages and experience the joy of ultimate victory." —Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, Author Jesus in All Four Seasons 

"This is a real life story of heroic virtue—especially of courage, humility, and generosity—a triumph of faith, hope and love. This story involves the very essence of the human spirit, family, and community. To know Kelly and her journey of miracles is to know that with God all things are possible." —Most Reverend Charles C. Thompson Bishop of Evansville

Fractured Accident Scene
Guest Book Review by Jacqueline Albrecht
What an amazing story!!  I have never read a book that took me through so many emotions.  The book was really well written from start to finish, and had me wanting to keep going back to read a little bit more.

Kelly is truly an unsung hero, and her family are amazing. When the accident first happened, it made me both upset and angry. Upset at the fact that both Kelly and Jason's lives were going to change so dramatically, and angry that this was caused by some silly man that didn't give a second thought to driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, even though he was told not to.

As I read further into the story, I found I could only admire Kelly's determination and courage at the way she handled the change to her whole life, and also the sheer determination of her family to help her achieve everything she wants.

I am so pleased that both Kelly and Jason had such amazing family and friends around them to help them cope with the changes to their bodies, and I hope they both go on to achieve everything they want.

The highlight of the story for me was Kelly achieving her goal to become a teacher and how the children welcomed her with open arms and showed her so much love, and also her wedding.

I hope that Kelly goes on to write a follow on book so that we can find out if she eventually got the children from the Congo and also how both her and Jason's recovery is.

Everyone who complains about minor ailments and everyday problems should read Kelly's book because it really makes you sit up and think how lucky we are and what we can achieve if we put our minds to it.

Kelly Schaefer
Kelly is a true heroine, finding God as she battles with a life as a quadriplegic. Overcoming obstacles every day, she's a speaker, teacher, and Skittles lover. Michelle, Kelly's aunt, is an award-winning and bestselling author who penned Kelly's memoir to bring others hope. She writes stories that move her, and this one is close to her heart.

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Time for celebrations

Michelle Weidenbenner
Michelle is a fulltime employee of God’s kingdom, writing and encouraging writers every day. She’s often a sucker for emotional stories, her sensitive side fueling the passion for her character’s plights, often giving her the ability to show readers the “other” side of the story.

She grew up in the burbs of Detroit with five brothers. No sisters. Each time her mom brought the boy bundle home from the hospital Michelle cried, certain her mom liked boys better than girls. But when her brothers pitched in with the cooking, cleaning, and babysitting—without drama, Michelle discovered having brothers wasn’t so bad. They even taught her how to take direct criticism without flinching, which comes in handy with book reviews.

Michelle is living her dream—writing every day and thanking God for the stories He puts in her path. When Michelle isn’t writing she’s winning ugly on the tennis court. She’s known as “Queen of the Rim Shots.” No joke. It’s ugly.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Winners updates....


The Lucky Winner is 
Shelly D 
Congratulations!!

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The Lucky Winner is 
Jerrica E
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The Lucky Winner is 
Jazmin
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The Lucky Winner is 
Bill B
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#RomancingSeptember Day 1 Taken by Love by @Melissa_Foster #Romance #Books

Welcome to Romancing September 2015 Day 1
30 Day, 30 authors, 2 locations
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We open our tour with Melissa Foster and her chosen book Taken by Love.

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Where is your home town?
Maryland

How long have you been writing romance? 
Since 2011

What is your favourite sub-genre of romance?
I love contemporary and new adult romance.

The Bradens are part of a very successful series what is the first book in that series?
The Bradens are part of the Love in Bloom series, which follows several families. The Snow Sisters, Bradens, Remingtons, Seaside Summers gang, and the Ryders. The first book in the series is SISTERS IN LOVE (Snow Sisters, Book 1), and you meet Treat Braden (yum!), the hero in the first Braden book in book three, SISTERS IN WHITE. The Braden series is LOVERS AT HEART.

Did you always intend the books to be part of a series?
Absolutely! I had too many wonderful connections to ignore!

Taken by Love is about Daisy Honey, how much fun do you have with the names of your characters? 
Names for my characters are so important to me. Without the right name, I simply can't write them! Silly, but true! Daisy Honey's name, IMHO, fit her perfectly. It was one of the things she'd spent her life trying to overcome, and I think it really helped her grow as a character.

What has happened to Daisy in the past and what brings her back to the town of Trusty?
Growing up, Daisy experienced a lot of bullying and teasing because of her name, and her incredibly sexy appearance, which was all natural. Many of us wish we looked like Daisy, and Daisy shows us how uncomfortable it can be. You'll have to read the book to see why she returns to Trusty, CO

I’ve read several of your books and they can easily be stand-alone books as well as enjoyed as part of the series, do you have a favourite Hero/ Heroine from any of the books?
Oh goodness no! That would be like choosing a favorite child. I can't do that. They're all so wonderful!

Tell us what you are working on at the moment.
I'm currently working on The Ryders, the newest addition to the Love in Bloom family. The Ryders have been entrenched in the Seaside Summers, Remingtons, and Bradens series, and it's time for them to find their happily ever afters.

Where can readers find out more about you?
Readers can sign up for my newsletter to stay up to date with my releases, giveaways, and more! I'm creating a special short story that will be released exclusively for newsletter subscribers.

SIGN UP for MELISSA’S NEWSLETTER to stay up to date with new releases, giveaways, and events, and connect on social media to chat with me directly
NEWSLETTER: http://www.melissafoster.com/newsletter

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Melissa's Bio
Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance (M/F, M/M, F/F), romantic suspense, thrillers, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa also co-writes the Love on Rockwell Island series with New York Times bestselling author Bella Andre. Melissa's emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Her interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod. Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on social media or her personal website. Never miss a release! Follow Melissa here on Amazon and sign up for her newsletter: www.MelissaFoster.com/Newsletter

Melissa's Social Media 
NEWSLETTER: http://www.melissafoster.com/newsletter 
WEBSITE: http://www.MelissaFoster.com 
STREET TEAM: http://www.facebook.com/groups/melissafosterfans 
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/MelissaFosterAuthor 
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/Melissa_Foster 
PINTEREST: https://www.pinterest.com/thinkhappygirl/ 
AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE: http://www.amazon.com/Melissa-Foster/e/B002LTT7U2/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1 
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3023973.Melissa_Foster

Find out more from Melissa in today's second post coming from Georgia, USA  http://stephanie-hurt.com/2015/09/01/romancing-september-across-the-world-day-1-melissa-foster/

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