Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Missing by Peggy McAloon




Have you ever had to sacrifice something to bring back something or someone you love? Peggy McAloon is here today to talk about the second book in her Lessons from Fiori series, Missing. Elle's brother has been kidnapped. Will she be able to save him?

About the Book


Kidnapping. Monsters. Magic.

Elle's desperate to find her kidnapped brother. She teams up with the winged warriors from the dimension of Fiori to save him, but JJ isn't the only one in danger. What will Elle sacrifice to bring her brother home? Can she fulfill the ancient prophecy and restore the magic of the Bronze Pendant?
 
You will love this Coming of Age, action-packed fantasy for middle-grade readers. Elle Burton's goal is to rescue her brother. What she discovers is pure evil. The author provides a female role model who strives to overcome her flaws and inspire kids everywhere.
 
"Missing" blends the magic of a fairytale with the contemporary realities of the world today's youth inhabit. You will discover a new world order through the journey of a young girl who exhibits both compassion and jaw-dropping courage in her quest to fulfill an ancient prophecy. Find yourself caught in the ultimate struggle between good and evil. "Missing" is the second book in the "Lessons from Fiori" series.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

The Dragons of Alsace Farm by Laurie Lewis





Everyone has their secrets and Tayte, Agnes, and Noah are no exception. In Agnes’s home, though, those secrets—or dragons—might just tear them all apart. Part of the Kindle Scout competition, The Dragons of Alsace Farm, was hot and trending for four weeks before its launch. Find out why during this blog tour!

About the Book



In need of his own redemption, Noah Carter finally confronts his childhood hero, the once-beloved uncle who betrayed him. Instead of vengeance, he offers forgiveness, also granting Uncle John a most curious request—for Noah to work on the ramshackle farm of Agnes Deveraux Keller, a French WWII survivor with dementia.

Despite all Agnes has lost, she still has much to teach Noah. But the pair’s unique friendship is threatened when Tayte, Agnes’s estranged granddaughter, arrives to claim a woman whose circumstances and abilities are far different from those of the grandmother she once knew. 

Items hidden in Agnes’s attic raise painful questions about Tayte’s dead parents, steeling Tayte’s determination to save Agnes, even if it requires her to betray the very woman she came to save, and the secret her proud grandmother has guarded for seventy years.

The issue strains the fragile trust between Tayte and Noah, who now realizes Tayte is fighting her own secrets, her own dragons. Weighed down by past guilt and failures, he feels ill-equipped to help either woman, until he remembers Agnes’s lessons about courage and love. In order to save Agnes, the student must now become the teacher, helping Tayte heal—for Agnes’s sake, and for his.

About the Author


L.C. Lewis (Laurie) was born and raised in rural Maryland, surrounded by history-rich Philadelphia, Washington, and Baltimore. She and her husband Tom reside in Carroll County, Maryland, where they raised their four children.

The Dragons of Alsace Farm, Laurie’s eighth published novel, was inspired by a loved one’s struggle with the dragon of dementia. Her women’s fiction novels include Unspoken (2004) and Awakening Avery (2010), written as Laurie Lewis. Using the pen name L.C. Lewis, she wrote the five volumes of her award-winning FREE MEN and DREAMERS historical fiction series, set against the backdrop of the War of 1812, America’s nearly forgotten second war of independence: Dark Sky at Dawn (2007), Twilight’s Last Gleaming (2008), Dawn’s Early Light (2009), Oh, Say Can You See? (2010), and In God is Our Trust, (2011).

Dark Sky at Dawn and Twilight’s Last Gleaming were finalists in the 2008 USA Best Books competition. Oh, Say Can You See? was a 2010 Whitney Award finalist.

Three new books are in progress. Please watch for her remake of Awakening Avery, a political suspense novel titled The Shell Game, both of which are slated for later in 2016, and a March 2017 novella, Laurie’s contribution to the multi-author “Destination Billionaire Romance” series.

Laurie loves hearing from her readers and may be contacted through her website: www.laurielclewis.com. You can also follow her on Twitter @laurielclewis or on her blog at www.laurielclewis.blogspot.com. She also enjoys interacting with book clubs. Contact her to arrange a video chat with your group.

Book Club

The back of the book contains some thought-provoking book club questions. Laurie would love for you to schedule a video conference with her if their book club chooses The Dragons of Alsace Farm as one of their selections in the next six months. You can email her at: laurielclewis@laurielclewis.com.

Giveaway


First and foremost, The Dragons of Alsace Farm is a love story, about the power of tested love, the promise of new love, and the strength of family love. Here's a love basket, with a fun date night, Agnes's favorite breakfast for the morning, and an autographed copy of the book to read on a lazy afternoon.  Always remember love.


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Goodreads Giveaway

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Excerpt

Agnes’s face softened into a palette of sorrow. “Angeline’s dead. My baby girl is dead.”

Tayte felt Tyler’s arm tighten around her shoulder. It was all too much to take in, and she surrendered to the hurt, releasing silent tears. “I know. I’m sad too.”

A gentle, wrinkled hand reached up to wipe Tayte’s tears. “There, there,” said Agnes, opening her arms wide, offering comfort to the crying girl.

Tayte left Tyler’s side and stepped into that waiting embrace. Gone were the smells of fresh bread and jam. The essence of familiar French cologne Agnes had undoubtedly dabbed on at the mention of company was marred by traces of some foul scent that lingered in her clothes. Tayte pulled back momentarily, but unable and unwilling to resist the offer to be loved, she laid her head on her grandmother’s shoulder and hugged her right back.

She hadn’t even realized how deeply she ached to experience the osmosis of love exchanged when maternal arms wrapped around her, but now that she was within that circle, she felt comfort and love soak into her, filling the void and renewing parts of her that had felt stone cold. Her aversion to dirt and to her grandmother’s tainted scent dissipated the longer they embraced, dispelled by the logic that with enough soap and water, all could be made right.

Tayte didn’t want the moment to end, but when Agnes pushed her back and framed her face in work-worn hands, those aged eyes gazed into Tayte’s with so much love that her young heart burned more fiercely.

“Oh, my sweet girl. Do not cry. I am very happy to meet you. I am Agnes Devereaux Keller. Now, who might you be, and tell me, what has made you so sad, ma chérie?


Tour Schedule


July 31
Bookish Orchestrations-Tour Introduction

August 1
The Overactive Imagination-Author Interview

August 2

August 3

August 4
Laurel's Leaves-Author Interview

August 5
Phrey Press-Author Interview

August 6
Bookish Orchestrations-Tour Conclusion and Giveaway Announcement
 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Just As I Am by Faith Blum



Faith Blum's newest novella is available! This one is double trouble! Not only is it about twins, but these twins have reckless and adventurous spirits. When they go against their family, they run into more trouble than they bargained for.

About the Book

Just as I am, without one plea
But that Thy blood was shed for me
And that Thou bidst me come to Thee
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.


Eve and Evangeline Collins are adventurous twins who decide to take a risk and head west as mail order brides. Their parents are less than pleased, but do nothing to stop them. Eve and Eva don’t realize their danger until they stop just outside Cheyenne. Will they ever see their family again? 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A Love to Come Home to by Alicia G. Ruggieri

I am delighted to announce the final book in the A Time of Grace Trilogy. I have loved every moment of working on these cover designs. So, without further ado, the A Love to Come Home To.


Hardened Ben Picoletti thought he’d turned his back on Depression-era Rhode Island years ago. Nothing remains there for him, except for haunting memories of an abusive childhood. Yet when a criminal accusation shatters his ambitions, Ben has nowhere to flee but back to his stepfather’s home.

There, he finds that redemption yet waits for him… but the sacrifice required to attain it may exceed the limits of his family’s hearts.

Meanwhile, his musical sister Grace continues her studies in New York. She longs to hear a word of affection from her high-school beau… yet only Paulie’s silence greets her. Grace must decide whether she wants to live in the past or move into an unknown future with unexpected love.
Lyrical and sensitive to the aching heart, A Love to Come Home To affirms that God delights in being a stronghold in times of trouble; that He renews His mercy every morning; and that He will work every bitter thing together for the good of His children.


A Love to Come Home To
Book 3 in the A Time of Grace Trilogy
By Alicia G. Ruggieri
Releases: July 22, 2016 in softcover and on Kindle


Alicia G. Ruggieri writes grace-filled, Christ-centered fiction, including the A Time of Grace Trilogy. She’s a graduate of Rhode Island College, where she studied Communications and History, and her adventures include children’s theatre direction, restaurant management, and small business ownership. Alicia and her husband live in coastal New England, where she may be found drinking far too much coffee and penning stories with her emotionally-disturbed second-hand pug by her side. 





Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Interview with Red Rain author Aubrey Hansen


Good morning, Ladies and Gents! Welcome aboard Flight 74 heading for the Red Planet, Mars. Please strap on your seat belts because this promises to be one wild ride. We've got free books galore, three fun giveaways, author interviews, and more. Let's get this adventure started!

 About the Book

17-year-old Philadelphia has been imprisoned most of her life because of her Christian beliefs. When her father is sent to Mars against his will to work on a mysterious science project and a benevolent official allows her to accompany him, Philadelphia knows she must keep her head down or be sent back to prison on Earth. But when she stumbles into the wrong hallway and accidentally learns too much, Philadelphia is faced with a question she doesn’t want to answer: the choice between returning to Earth—or destroying it.

Free Offer


Aubrey is such a generous gal. She's not only offering Red Rain for free this week, but if you sign up for her newsletter, you can also get the prequel short story for free! What are you waiting for?

About the Author

Aubrey Hansen is a pink-haired, caffeine-fueled twenty-something. She's a writer (obviously), barista, dog trainer, and the co-founder of Penoaks Publishing. She shares her house in Kansas City with three cats, a pit bull, a snake, a ferret, and a husband.

What Reviewers are Saying

One day while I was busy mindlessly entering data into the computer at work, I put on my head phones and started listening to the book. I was hooked from the first few sentences. In fact, I stayed up late when I got home (even though I had to get up early the next morning) to finish the book.”-Amazon Reviewer

With solid craft and poignant world building, Aubrey Hansen has outlined a future both horrifying and realistic. I appreciated Hansen's character building skills.”-Amazon Reviewer

I loved this book! I didn't realize it was a short novella, and I wished it would have been longer.”-Goodreads Reviewer

“The story was fascinating. I wasn't really sure what to expect, but everything came together in the end and it made sense.”-Goodreads Reviewer

Giveaway

Aubrey is offering three paperback copies of her book, Red Rain. This book will have the new cover on it. And the grand prize offering will also have the paperback of Faith Blum's book, Heaven's Jubilee, a Christian futuristic collection of short stories. To enter the giveaway, please fill out this Google form (you do not need a Google account to enter). The only required entries are your name and email address, but the more you do, the more chances you have to win.

Excerpt


The bus was quiet on the way home. I sat by myself and thumbed through the Bible on my reader. I skimmed the virtual pages, picking up random verses.

My times are in Thy hands… deliver me… from them that persecute me…

I jumped when Cami slipped across the aisle and squeezed in next to me. I looked at her face and instantly knew what she was going to ask.

“Can you?”

I held out my hand. She pressed a tiny chip into my palm.

I closed out my window and snapped the chip into my reader. The screen chirped.

Cami explained while I navigated my library to find the appropriate file. “The Marksens, the new people, had their data wiped.”

“Weren’t they caught transmitting?”

“Yeah. Apparently the father signed the file to keep his job, but the kids hadn’t. Or something. But they lost all their data.” She picked at the bench with her fingernail. “Dad wanted me to ask you to do it.”

I didn’t need an explanation. I knew why I always made the copies, even though Cami’s reader was perfectly capable. Everyone else stopped making copies after my mother died.

I suppose they stopped for the same reason my father kept doing it—and kept letting me do it. Even if his wife had died for violating the “no transmitting” law.

I suspected the commander knew what I was doing. After all, my device was continually connected to the camp’s cloud. He could monitor my activity if he wanted to. I assumed he didn’t care, not if I limited my distribution to my fellow inmates. We were all criminals anyway.

I knew he would care if he found out my dad was transmitting copies from work.

“Thanks,” Cami said finally.

I nodded and tapped the screen. The progress bar seemed stuck at 15%. Usually it took about three seconds, five if my dinosaur of an electronic was feeling grumpy.

“Something wrong?” Cami asked, probably more worriedly than she intended.

“It’s stuck. I’m going to try again.” I canceled the transfer and backed out to the menu. I clicked on the Bible folder and got a hideous beep. I shuddered and looked at the screen.

It said: File not found.

I frowned and backed out a few folders, then went in another way. This time, I couldn’t even find the folder.

“What’s wrong?”

“It’s gone.”

“What?”


“My Bible—the file. It’s gone.”

Author Interview

So, Aubrey, tell us a bit about you.
Hi! Big secret, but my real name is actually Rachel Greene, but I’ve been writing under the penname Aubrey Hansen for years and am not about to let it go. I’m in my twenties, run purely on caffeine, and have (partially) bright pink hair. When I’m not writing my own books or building my company, Penoaks Publishing, I’m either watching movies or working with animals. I train dogs and have six assorted animals in my house, plus a husband. We live in the Kansas City area.

What can you tell us about the world of Red Rain.
Philadelphia’s future is one where the “United,” a one-world government, has stomped out all individuality in favor of a fake unity. Social structures, racial heritage and patriotism, and religion are all outlawed in an attempt to make society “one.” The result is a strict mold enforced with even stricter rules and punishments, and there’s no room for freedom of religion...

What inspired the character of Philadelphia?
At first Philli was just a first-person voice, a lens with which to view the transpiring events. I think it took me just as long to realize what made her unique as it did for her to discover herself. I think the realization that we have something to contribute, and we can do great good even if it’s in small ways, is a notion we all have to discover as we grow up.

What can you tell us about the sequel?
Philadelphia gets arrested. Cea reveals that she and Ephesus have been up to some interesting exploits. A forgotten friend walks back into Philli’s life. Things explode. (No, really, they do.) Oh, and half of the book is told from Dr. Nic’s POV.

What other projects do you have in the works?
As I type this, I’m working on finishing a collection of Christmas-themed short stories featuring the characters from Peter’s Angel—a little Christmas present for my readers. I’m also working on editing and photographing a homemade frappe recipe book—a completely new project for me. In other news, my film mentor will be flying over from Hollywood to direct my first feature film in October.   

Thank you so much for stopping by and spending time with us. It has been wonderful to learn more about you and your many projects. I personally am eagerly awaiting the sequel to Red Rain.

Tour Schedule

June 2
Bookish Orchestrations-Tour Introduction and Excerpt
Laurel’s Leaves-Author Interview

June 3
Gabriellyn-Excerpt and Author Interview
Joyful Peacock-Author Interview

June 4
Another OtherWorld-Character Interview with Philadelphia

June 5
Mary’s Writing World-Book Spotlight
Rachel Rossano’s Words-Excerpt and Author Interview

June 6
Tale Weaver-Author Interview

June 7
BookishOrchestrations-Tour Wrap-up and Giveaway Announcement