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

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Just a Closer Walk by Faith Blum

If you have read any mail order bride stories, you've probably noticed that even though the bride and groom never met each other, they are both genuinely good people. It's a rare story that has a scam or a truly bad person either write or respond to the mail order bride advertisement. Faith Blum took that rare theme and wrote three novellas about five young ladies duped into becoming mail order brides only to find out the men they were supposed to marry weren't what they had appeared in the letters. The first of those novellas just released on June 26th and Faith is here today to share a little about it.

About the Book

Just a Closer Walk_FrontI am weak, but Thou art strong/Jesus, keep me from all wrong/I’ll be satisfied as long/As I walk, let me walk close to Thee.
Katie and Joanna meet on a train headed to Cheyenne, Wyoming. They start talking and find out they are both headed there to become mail order brides. They quickly become good friends. When they get on a stagecoach with three other young women, Katie becomes suspicious. What is going to happen to them? Or is it really possible that nothing untoward is happening?