Happy Tax Day

NOT! Grumble, grumble, grrr, grrr, grrr. To alleviate some of the bitterness of paying Uncle Same your hard earned money, I thought I’d put up a couple of deals that are available right now in the book world (my favorite world).

Ahhhh. Books!

For all of April, my good friend, Gina Barlean, has priced her new book, Thorns of Rosewood, at only 99 cents!

This mystery suspense totally hooked me. The characters are so well done, the villain is completely evil, and the mystery had me guessing wrong the whole time. Love when that happens. Gina has a sharp wit that comes out in her writing. Her characters are so real and unique. They stick with you long after you finish reading “The End.” So pick up this gem before April is over (and if it’s anything like March, it will be done in the blink of an eye).

Next, I want to do a shout out for Taylor Dean’s new release, I’m With You.

This just came out TODAY, but I was lucky and got an early copy to review. This story deals with the unique topic of child loss, specifically to Trisomy 18 syndrome. I felt Chloe’s pain, her loss, her detachment from others and understood WHY as she lived her grief. Chloe’s story of grief, growth and healing is poignant and had me wanting to shed tears one moment and then smiling as hope took root and bloomed in her heart.

I’m in awe that Dean could weave in an intense, wonderful romance that makes you smile, laugh and sigh throughout all the pain and grief. But she did it! This story touched a deep chord in me. It could be painful to someone who has lost a child…but also very freeing to read and know they’re not alone. The author’s daughter lost a child to this syndrome, so Dean has experience and handles the subject with passion, yet careful consideration and compassion. It’s a heartfelt work of love.

There you go. I hope these put a smile back on your face. Happy reading!

Char

 

Free until Monday

HawthorneHawthorne by Sarah Ballance

After a terrifying encounter with the unexplained, it takes 10 years and the news of her grandmother’s passing for Emma Grace Hawthorne to return to her childhood home. She seeks peace in saying a proper goodbye, but what she finds is an old love, a sordid family history, and a wrong only she can right.

Living in the shadow of Hawthorne Manor, Noah Garrett has never forgotten about Emma Grace. In a house full of secrets, his search for missing documents reveals a truth that can cost him everything. What he finds gave Emma the freedom to walk away from the mansion, her heart free and clear, but at what price to Noah?

 

Praise for Hawthorne

“This is a marvelous ghost story. The mystery, the suspense, the eeriness – all collaborate to weave a spell-binding tale . . . The story seamlessly flows to a shocking ending that is utterly brilliant.” — Coffee Time Romance

“When I finished it, honestly, all I could do was sit there – a little awestruck.” — Kick Back & Review

Hawthorne will be FREE on Amazon from April 10th to 14th

Excerpt from Hawthorne

Noah closed in on the convertible, giving the nearby grounds a cursory look. The lawn was meticulous, the beds overflowing with sprays of purple garden phlox which trailed around the bend in the road and disappeared. A riot of white and rust-red irises backed the smaller purple flowers, their leaves deep green and glossy. Overhead, Spanish moss swayed only occasionally atop a maze of live oak, more likely a result of a passing swarm of insects than an actual air current. The land was still. If there were tourists snapping photos of the historic plantation — or doing anything else — he didn’t see them. But someone had been there. The car was certainly real, even if that too-familiar scream had been a figment of his imagination.

Wasn’t it always?

Resigned to another night alone with his memories, Noah pivoted.

And found himself nose to nose with Emma Grace.

Astounded, he opened his mouth, then closed it. He wanted to reach for her, but his arms refused the notion; they hung uselessly by his sides, the effort futile. His mouth wasn’t much on cooperation, either. Finally, he found his tongue. “Em—”

Her expression cut him off. Green eyes wide, skin pale, her small frame shaking, she spoke. “I saw her, Noah. She’s back.” The words, nearly soundless, seemed to catch in the thick air. Lingering. Threatening.

And ripping the heart from his chest.

sarahAuthor Sarah Ballance

Sarah and her husband of what he calls “many long, long years” live on the mid-Atlantic coast with their six young children, all of whom are perfectly adorable when they’re asleep. She never dreamed of becoming an author, but as a homeschooling mom, she often jokes she writes fiction because if she wants anyone to listen to her, she has to make them up. (As it turns out, her characters aren’t much better than the kids). When not buried under piles of laundry, she may be found adrift in the Atlantic (preferably on a boat) or seeking that ever-elusive perfect writing spot where not even the kids can find her.

She loves creating unforgettable stories while putting her characters through an unkind amount of torture—a hobby that has nothing to do with living with six children. (Really.) Though she adores nail-biting mystery and edge-of-your-seat thrillers, Sarah writes in many genres including contemporary and ghostly paranormal romance.

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BookBlast Giveaway

$50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

Ends 4/30/14

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Gift of the Phoenix

Gift of the Phoenix

I’m part of the blog tour for another author that lives in my part of Idaho–WhoooHoo!!! Boise is the Best! Here’s the summary.

When three strangers are brought together by the discovery of a common enemy, they must fight to keep the magic of the Phoenix out of dangerous hands before their world is destroyed forever. The Three must learn to unite in spite of what separates them, and unlock the magic of three stones that seem to harm as much as they help. But uniting will not be easy for Nicolai, the simple peasant with a powerful secret; Marcellus, the warrior prince who’s no longer heir to the throne; and Corren, a gifted wizard whose ambitions threaten to ruin them all. Full of magic, mystery, and a touch of romance, Gift of the Phoenix is an epic fantasy that takes the reader deep into the heart of a wondrous world and the three men destined to defend it.

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Praise for Gift of the Phoenix

“An incredibly impressive book that grips you from the very start. There is plenty of action in the story, some wonderful characters and magical, atmospheric settings. Donna has created a fascinating realm in this story which, even if you don’t consider yourself a fantasy fan, you’ll definitely enjoy.” – Excerpt of Stephanie Dagg’s review at Books Are Cool.

“As an avid reader of fantasy, I often encounter boring or overused plotlines—this was neither! With a fresh new take on fantasy adventure, Cook constructs an enchanting world of magic, kingdoms, rebirth, and death.” – Excerpt a review by Artemis at Fantasy Book Lovers Unite

“Gift of the Phoenix reminds me of a mix of Paolin’s Eragon and Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, but stands on its own as a unique fantasy-adventure. Cook creates a magic system that is intricate and unique, which can be hard to do in a genre littered with magic. The story is very complex, and yet very easy to follow… layers upon layers of intertwined plots that all culminate to a fantastic ending. I would recommend this book to anyone of any age.” – Excerpt of a review by Will Wortner at Zero2Fiction

Awards

Gift of the Phoenix has won several awards, including Semifinalist in the Kindle Book Review Book of the Year Awards, and Notable Read in the Shelf Unbound/Half Price Books Indie Book of the Year competition

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DonnaAuthor Donna Cook

Donna Cook is an Arizona native transplanted to Boise, Idaho, where she is delighting in the change of scenery. When she’s not writing she spends her time chasing the kids, exploring delicious eateries downtown, and dancing with her talented husband. Her fantasy adventure, Gift of the Phoenix has won several awards, including Semifinalist in the Kindle Book Review Book of the Year Awards, and Notable Read in the Shelf Unbound/Half Price Books Indie Book of the Year competition. It was also nominated for the Whitney Award, which recognizes LDS writers. She’s currently working on the sequel to Gift of the Phoenix.

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Tour Giveaway

$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

Ends 4/31/14

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Bridge the gap


In honor of March Madness, I’m guest posting over at Rebecca Belliston’s blog about using context to bridge the gap between readers and authors so that readers get the most out of our stories. Hope you can pop on over for a second to say Hi. I love Rebecca’s March Madness Writing series. She’s done it for the last 3 years and I’ve learned a lot from all the authors who participate. So go check it out before the timer runs out. I don’t want this ‘game’ to go into overtime!

Spring Break

It’s spring break here…which is lovely. But I also found a great deal that gives your wallet a break as well. The Breathtaking Set (7 love and suspense novels) is only 99 cents starting today. Wow! 7 books for under a dollar. You can’t go wrong at that price. I’ve read 2 of these book by Checketts and Krey already, and they were pretty good.

Here are the links to get this set while it’s on sale.

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And now I will end this commercial break to let you get back to enjoying spring. Talk to you later.

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Change your fortune

Fortune Cafe

I’m taking part in the book blast for The Fortune Cafe’s release this week. It’s the first book of its kind that I’ve read–a novel written in three parts by three different authors. How cool is that?

I didn’t know what to expect, but just like the characters in this book have their fortunes turn after breaking open a fortune cookie from the Fortune Cafe, I feel that my fortune changed for the better from reading this. It was like breaking open my very own magical fortune cookie and seeing dreams come true. Fun, fun, fun. I highly recommend this little gem. Here’s a synopsis. Continue reading