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M9B Two for Thursday Book Blitz: The Atman City series by @Michelle_E_Reed with Giveaway #T4T @chapterxchapter @Month9Books @tantrumbooks

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Welcome to this week’s Two for Thursday Book Blitz #T4T
presented by Month9books/Tantrum Books!

Today, we will be showcasing two titles that may tickle your fancy,
and we’ll share what readers have to say about these titles!

You just might find your next read!

This week, #T4T presents to you:

The Atman City series by Michelle E. Reed!

Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

 

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In Life, A.D. you have two choices: join the program or face the consequences.

Seventeen-year-old Dez Donnelly crashes headlong into fate on the side of a rural highway, her life ending in a violent collision of steel and screaming brakes. The train that delivers her newly departed soul to the crossroads of the afterlife won’t be carrying her to the sweet hereafter until she accepts her abrupt end and learns to let go of the life she’ll never finish.

Her new reality is conduct manuals, propaganda, and unrelenting staff, all part of a system to ease her transition from life to death, while helping her earn her way out of limbo. Atman City, beautiful and enticing, is an ever-present temptation that is strictly off limits to underage souls. The promise of adventure proves too strong, and beneath the city’s sheen of ethereal majesty, Dez discovers a world teeming with danger.

Welcome to Life, A.D. where being dead doesn’t mean you’re safe, and the only thing harder than getting out of limbo is getting through it.

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WHAT READER’S ARE SAYING:

 

I loved this book. it takes on the aspect of death and afterlife, transforming it into a character driven story.” – Troy, Goodreads Reviewer

 

There was a theme threaded throughout the tale: Most people are busy living life preparing for the future instead of living in the moment. Gosh, I love that.”S.A. Larsen, Author

 

“I think Life A.D. holds high potential for a fantastic series. It was GREAT and I really do think that people would really get into it if it became a series.” – Olivia, Book Comet

 

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Dez is finally hitting her afterlife stride. She hasn’t missed a meeting or session in 42 days, and she’s put the adventures and danger of her first days at Atman behind her. Life after death is becoming tolerable, yet nothing is quite what she’d hoped. Confusion over her feelings for Charlie, residual resentment over losing Hannah, and a continuous stream of unwanted assignments leave Dez restless and argumentative. In a missed encounter with Crosby, her prying gaze lands upon a single entry in the datebook on his unoccupied desk. These few, hastily scribbled words reveal an enormous secret he’s keeping from her. Possessed by a painful sense of betrayal, she once again sneaks off to Atman City, determined to find answers to an unresolved piece of her life. It begins as all their adventures do, but as light falls into darkness, a stop in an unfamiliar neighborhood sets forth a chaotic series of events. Dez will have to fight for her very existence, and will face painful, irreparable loss in an afterlife teeming with demons wielding ancient powers.

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WHAT READER’S ARE SAYING:

 

“This was a wonderful continuation to the Atman City series!”Bri, Books and Ashes

 


“I couldn’t put it down!!

Now I desperately await the next installment. I’m nowhere near the writer Michelle Reed is, so I won’t bother trying. I’ll simply say this book is a must read, following the first installment, “Life A.D.””Amy, Goodreads Reviewer

 

“M.I.A. had an interesting ending and I imagine there will be a third book in the series based on it. I look forward to reading it.” – Dawn, Bound 4 Escape

 

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Michelle Reed

Michelle E. Reed was born in a small Midwestern town, to which she has returned to raise her own family. Her imagination and love of literature were fueled by a childhood of late nights, hidden under the covers and reading by flashlight. She is a passionate adoption advocate who lives in Wisconsin with her husband, son, and their yellow lab, Sully.

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M9B Two for Thursday Book Blitz: The Pretty Dark Nothing Series by @HeatherLReid with Giveaway #T4T @chapterxchapter @tantrumbooks @Month9Books

 

Welcome to this week’s Two for Thursday Book Blitz #T4T
presented by Month9books/Tantrum Books!

Today, we will be showcasing two titles that may tickle your fancy,
and we’ll share what readers have to say about these titles!

You just might find your next read!

This week, #T4T presents to you:

The Pretty Dark Nothing series by Heather L. Reid!

Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

 

 

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It’s been twenty three days since Quinn has slept for more than minutes at a time. Demons have invaded her dreams, stalking her, and whispering of her death. The lack of sleep and crippling fear are ruining her life. Energy drinks and caffeine pills don’t make a dent. When Quinn dozes off in the school hallway, Aaron, an amnesiac with a psychic ability, accidentally enters her nightmare. The demons are determined to keep them apart, and Aaron from discovering the secret locked away in his memory. Together, they could banish the darkness back to the underworld for good. That is, unless the demons kill them first.

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What Readers are Saying:

 

“This is a surprisingly very psychologically draining book and reminded me of the first season American Horror Story and Stephen King’s Carrie.” – Syahira – Requiem for More Books

 

“The characters, the world building, the plot… I really think the author had great control over her craft.”Alyssa – Eater of Books

 

“This is a thrilling story that will keep you up at night!” Katie – Curse of the Bibliophile

 

 

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It’s been five weeks, two days, and eight hours since the demons forced Quinn to throw herself into the raging river, since Aaron sacrificed himself to save her, since his body disappeared without a trace.

Everyone wants Quinn to move on, but she can’t, not after a spirit appears to her at Aaron’s memorial, convincing her he’s still alive.

When a mysterious box materializes on the very spot Aaron disappeared, Quinn finds she’s at the center of an ancient prophesy of betrayal, revenge, and sacrifice that takes her to the depths of the underworld to face Lilith—Adam’s first wife.

If Quinn can stop Lilith from unleashing the demon horde Eve, trapped inside the box during the Battle of Eden millennia ago, she will save the human realm and free Aaron from an eternity in torment.

All it will cost is her blood.

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“A love story that lasts for eternity.”
Sherry, Fundinmental

 

“This book was engrossing and engaging, and functioned well as a sequel novel.”Alyssa – Eater of Books

 

“…I definitely recommend giving this series a try if you’re looking for a refreshing take on demons or like paranormal romance.” – Analee – Book Snacks

 

 

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Heather L. Reid is both American and British and has called six different cities in three different countries, home. Her strong sense of wanderlust and craving for a new adventure mean you might find her wandering the moors of her beloved Scotland, exploring haunted castles, or hiking through a magical forest in search of fairies and sprites. When she’s not venturing into the unknown in her real life, she loves getting lost in the worlds of video games or curling up by the fire with good story. For now, this native Texan is back in the Lone Star State, settling down with her Scottish husband and writing new tales of fantasy and horror.

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Ten things I’ve learned about writing @AlexNaderWrites

Whoo hoo! And here it is folks …

 

Burdin of Choice

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Burdin of Choice

Title: Burdin of Choice (Beasts of Burdin #2)

Author: Alexander Nader

Publisher: J. Taylor Publishing

Release Date: November 10, 2014

Keywords: Urban Fantasy

 

Blurb:

Ty Burdin is back. Back to drinking and back to avoiding demons. He is, of course, the leading expert in his field. In both subjects.  That’s probably why, when a customer offers him way too much money just to locate a missing car and some mysterious cargo, he readily agrees. The dude is human after all—Ty’s prime target client base.  Along with the money comes a slew of disappearances which Ty tries to ignore while tracking down that car, because, of course, those missing people might be demon related, and as he’s said before, that’s agency business. Not his. Period.  Until today.  Ty Burdin is to back drinking as well as everything he vowed never to get involved with again.  Question is, which one will kill him first? The booze, the demons, or the Agency?

 

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Hey all, Julie has asked me to stop by and share with you from my endless expanse of authorly knowledge. There’s a ton of it. I’m like an encyclopedia of grammatical flawlessness. Seriously, Strunk and White? They took notes from me. The Chicago Manual of Style? Where do you think their style came from? Literarily speaking, I’ve got better moves than Jagger *and* Steinbeck. So, now that that’s out of the way, let me give you the list of ten things I’ve learned about writing.

  1. Writers are full of crap.
  2. Authors are full of crap.
  3. Wordsmiths are full crap.
  4. Word forgers are full of crap.
  5. Sentence wranglers are full of crap.
  6. Artists are full of crap.
  7. Scribes are full of crap.
  8. Scribblers are full of crap.
  9. Ink slingers are full of crap.
  10. No, really I’m serious.

The internet is flooded with writers giving each other advice and encouragement and ego stroking and I think that that is a good thing. BUT, I also think it can be a bad thing. With so many opinions on the subject, and we authors do love to share our opinion, some are bound to conflict and that can be confusing for a new author. Lots of well-established writing advice columns will admonish the use of adverbs, but you know what? I kind of like adverbs and I’ve read some very entertaining authors who go through them like Kleenex. Please, read all the writing advice you like, but take it all with a grain of salt. Someone famous once said, “There are three rules to writing the perfect novel. The only problem is that no one knows them.” This is solid advice, adhere to it. Then again, what do I know? I fall under items 1-9.

About the author:

Alex lives in the tourist infested hills of east Tennessee with his amazing wife/muse and three superb children. He would tell you more about how awesome they are, but you probably wouldn’t believe him. When he’s not hanging out with them he’s making pizzas and occasionally he jots a few words down. He’s a big fan of good music, good storytelling, and fun, lots of fun.  He once wrote a short story about pirates to his wife via text message that blossomed into a full length novel and never stopped after that.

 

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Alexander Nader is actually pretty funny: Guest Post

Hey guys!

Thrilled to have guest blogger and author Alexander Nader on the  site today! Let me introduce him first, and then we’ll get to it … 

He looks so normal, right? I thought so, too. Just wait … but first, his bio … 

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Alex lives in the tourist infested hills of east Tennessee with his amazing wife/muse and three superb children. He would tell you more about how awesome they are, but you probably wouldn’t believe him. When he’s not hanging out with them he’s making pizzas. When he’s not doing that he’s working at a bookstore and occasionally he jots a few words down. He’s a big fan of good music, good storytelling, and mixed martial arts.

He once wrote a short story about pirates to his wife via text message that blossomed into a full length novel and never stopped after that.

And so, without further ado, I give you the very entertaining, Alex Nader …

Hello boys and girls, ladies and gentlemen. Julie has asked me to drop by this nice little space of hers and share some words with y’all. It’s okay, don’t be scared. Well, yes, I do spit when I talk, but you are on the opposite end of the internets; I don’t think my spittle will affect you other there. And technically I’m typing. I don’t spit when I type. That would be weird. Probably just drooling at that point, right? Eh, you can debate it in the comments in between calling me dumb or curly haired or something. Fair enough?

Now that’s over with, I can type about what I hiked my lazy bum over here to type about. Over here to the keyboard that is. Not to your house because we’ve already established, the internets. Stuff’s everywhere. So. I want to talk about voice with you guys. I’m going to talk about it in the writing sense, but I need any kids reading this to understand it can be applied to life too.

The first novel I wrote sucked. The world I built was cool and the characters were mostly interesting and the plot was acceptable, but it still sucked. Same thing with the second novel I wrote. You wanna know why? It’s because I wrote how I thought a book should sound, not how I sound. I held back things I would normally say because they didn’t seem literary. I added stuff I wouldn’t normally say because it sounded literary. The result: two terribly worded novels. Yup, it was a complete waste of a hundred-seventy thousand words or so.

My third book I told myself to forget about everything and write how I wanted to write. I wrote my book. You know what happened? It got picked up by a publisher and they asked for two follow up novels. There were even multiple publishers asking to read it. All attention my first two books didn’t come close to, simply by being myself.

I found my voice and people kind of liked it. Some people probably hate my voice. None of those people are around to vouch for that though. Why? Because I put them in a blender to make protein shakes. What? I said I found my voice, I didn’t say I took criticism well.

My point for all this is simple. If you are an author, write your book for you first. If you want to be published then find a publisher that appreciates your voice. Find fans that like and want more of what you have to say. There are so many sub-genres and indie everythings out there that you can find like minded people. I’m sure of it.

Bigger point: if you are a teen reading this and putting up with the treacheries of high school, find and listen to your voice. Inner and outer. Listen to the voice in your head that tells you what’s right. Don’t look at me like that, there are voices in your head too. I’m not crazy. *pushes the men in white coats away and keeps typing* Let your inner voice guide your outer voice. Speak as yourself. It’s scary and I’m not going to lie, you’re probably not always going to do it. I didn’t. Don’t get me started on how many times I should have listened to myself and didn’t. There was this one time. Wait, no. What are you doing? Get your hands off me! *Shoes squeak against linoleum as the men in white coats drag me back to my nice room*

His new book … 

Beasts of Burdin

Release Date: February 10, 2014  Adult, Urban Fantasy

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Blurb:

Demon hunter Ty Burdin hung up his guns, knife, trench coat and fedora a year ago. Bags packed, hands washed of all demon politics, he’s done. Forever.

In fact, to get far far away, he dragged Nora, his rockabilly secretary, from Miami to the Tennessee mountains where he’s lived a life of peace—if peace can be defined as drowning in scotch and taking private eye jobs to keep the lights on. Jobs for real people. Not demons.

No demons.

He’s retired from that. Remember?

Demon hunters aren’t a dime a dozen, though, and when Ty’s brother asks him for a favor—just one—what’s a brother to do? Agreeing to take down one hillbilly demon shouldn’t take that long. In. Decapitate. Out. Favor complete. Back to the office where Nora and his bottle of whiskey are waiting.

Unfortunately for Ty, staying retired doesn’t seem to be in the cards, and an avalanche of bad luck draws him right back to an agency he despises and the career that nearly cost him his sanity.

This time, Ty has no way out and will have to face his own demons just to survive.

Excerpt:

“Ty Burdin! Answer the phone already. It’s your brother.” The voice comes from the next room in a tone usually used by stress-fried mothers, not twenty-something-year-old receptionists. The harsh words crack through my whiskey-soaked brain like someone snapped a bullwhip in my ear. I pick my head up off the desk and wipe the drool from my mouth, as she bursts in the door.

“He’s adopted, and good morning,” I say, opening the drawer to my desk and digging through it.

“It’s not morning. It’s past noon, you lazy drunk.” Her tone is accusing, but there’s a slight smile to her ruby red lips. I really do think Nora gets enjoyment from trying to keep me in line. Her rockabilly style, all tattoos and polkadots, might scare some people off, but honestly, I think it’s kind of cool.

“Fine, I was wrong about the time, but you’re wrong, too,” I say.

“Oh, yeah? How’s that?” Nora kicks her hip to the side and props a hand on her leopard print skirt.

“I’m not drunk. I’m hungover.” I pull out a flask full of scotch and take a long drink. “I’m working on getting back on track, though.” I tip the flask toward her.

“I swear someone’s gonna find you in a ditch one day.” Her voice has a trace of concern, but it’s mostly drowned out by annoyance.

“In my line of work, that’s almost a guarantee. Now, can you tell me why you disturbed my ugly sleep?” Ugly sleep is a gross understatement. No amount of alcohol ever seems to drown out the vision of the young, innocent girl burned into my memory. The scene is even more ominous in my dreams than it was in real life.

A thunderclap breaks the silence of my memories. Nora stares down at me, hands stuck together. “Wake up, drunkard. Hartnet’s been trying to reach you on the phone for the past fifteen minutes.”

The pocket of my jacket buzzes, probably been ringing the entire time. Nora walks over to where it hangs by the door and withdraws the phone. “Jesus, Ty. You’ve got four missed calls, ten new messages, and over twenty emails. Do you ever check this thing?”

“No.” I have the phone, but honestly, I hate it.
Nora sets the still ringing phone on my desk, puts her hands on her hips and, using only facial expressions, guilts me into picking up.

“Hello,” I say into the phone that smells of smoke. I use my free hand to dig out cigarettes and a lighter.

“Ty! Finally, man, where you been?” Hartnet asks.

“Oh, you know me. I just got back from hiking the Swiss Alps with Edmund Hillary.”

“Real funny, Ty, but I imagine you’ve been spending more time with Jim or Jack.”

“God, no, I hate southern whiskey,” I say. “I prefer a fine scotch, Macallan to be specific.”

“You prefer whatever’s in front of you as long as there’s a proof label on the bottle,” Hartnet says.

I don’t have any argument for that. “So, what do you want?”

Thanks  for stopping by today, Alex! Loved having you here 🙂


Crossroads Saga Book Blast and Giveaway!

The Crossroads Saga

Crossroads Saga

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Crossroads (Book 1)

Can two worlds collide in dreams?
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Protecting her from the fallen was his duty.
Falling in love was never part of his plan.
Loving her was forbidden.
Being with her was all that mattered, even if it meant he would be exiled for all eternity.

Claudia Emerson’s life is about to change when her good friend, who coincidentally shares the same first and last name, dies in a tragic accident after the homecoming dance. Distraught at the loss of her friend, Claudia’s dreams become tumultuous, and through them she mysteriously travels to another world called Crossroads. Unknown to her, Crossroads is like a second heaven, a place between heaven and earth, where the souls of humans in comas or near death experiences may wander. There, she unexpectedly meets Michael, a nephilim–half angel, half human. It turns out that this isn’t her first visit, which is an enigma, for she has no recollection of being there, and is told that no human has crossed over…until Claudia. Now that she’s been there, fallen and demons are after her, suspecting she must be special, and it is up to Michael and the other nephilim to protect her. Her dream becomes a nightmare as more secrets are revealed about who she really is, and the true identities of the people she loves most. The situation becomes even more complicated when she is unable to hinder her feelings for her swoon-worthy guardian angel. Can Michael fight his growing feelings for Claudia and protect her as a guardian angel should, or will he be too blinded by human emotions and the struggles of being who he is?

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Praise for Crossroads

“Crossroads contains action, twists and romance that has you flipping through the pages so fast that you’re at the end and ready for more before you know it.” ~Gabby, Nashville Young Adult Fiction Examiner/What’s Beyond Forks

“Watch out Edward Cullen! The angel Michael has officially given you a run for your money! Teens everywhere will add a new fictional boyfriend to their ever growing lists! OMWings! An amazing paranormal angel romance that stays with you long after the last page has turned. I need more!” ~Jennifer Howell with LateBloomerOnline.com

“Crossroads by Mary Ting has it all: danger, romance, suspense, incredible characters and an original plot that is sure to thrill. The action never stops as good and evil battle to the death. This well written and fascinating love story will keep readers entranced.” ~ReadersFavorite.com

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Though Phillip had already told me that I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between an alkin and a fallen, it was confirmed as I watched the battle. They looked just like the alkins as the two sides battled with swords. Watching, I noticed that Michael had one too, but where had it come from?
“No!” Michael shouted, suddenly standing directly in front of me. “You don’t need her. She’s just a human.”
“Get them!” Aden shouted again.
During the entire fight Michael stayed by my side, protecting me. They fought so swiftly that even with my flashlight it was hard to distinguish alkins from the fallen. I focused intently, trying to figure out who was who, but it was no use. They were too fast for human eyes. I pointed the flashlight, hoping to blind or distract them, but that also proved to be pointless. It was only useful for my vision.
In the blink of an eye they were here, there and everywhere. The clanging of swords colliding was painful to hear. As the screeching sounds continued, all I could see were sparks as the swords made contact, as if we were in the middle of a lightning storm. Fearful of any alkin getting hurt, I covered my ears, hoping that it would end soon.
Suddenly, Aden raised his hand toward the stars, and the fallen stopped. The sounds of the swords crashing against each other came to a dead halt. Aden started circling around Michael and me. As he drew closer, I could see that he looked exactly as I remembered him from my dream. The wrinkles on his forehead defined his age, and though I conceived him as evil, his voice scared me more than his appearance. Aden never lifted a finger to fight; instead, he relied on the fallen to carry out his battle strategies.
“Michael, come with me. I’ll give you anything you want.”
“There is nothing I want from you.”
“They’ve turned you against me. I should have killed you when I had the chance.” Aden’s eyes raged with anger.
“They didn’t turn me against you. I did it of my own free will.”
“Move out of my way!” Aden shouted.
“You’ll have to go through me first!”
As Aden continued to circle around us, I could sense movement from the fallen, edging closer to Michael and me. The alkin must have sensed it too as they positioned themselves right behind us and immediately began to attack the fallen.
Michael moved me to the left and then to the right, fighting while shielding me. Though the fallen were fewer in number than before, they were retaliating in full force. In the midst of all the chaos, I lost my grip on the flashlight, and it tumbled off the cliff. Instinctively I reached for it, and in that split second someone or something collided against me, and I plummeted off the cliff.
Gravity was pulling me faster than my body could resist. I’d always heard that at the moment of death, one’s life flashed before their eyes; all the moments that had brought them to that point, big or small. All I could think of was death itself and the one person who had changed my life forever—Michael.

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Bestselling/award-winning author Mary Ting resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.

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Illuminating Gracie by Lisa C. Temple

As an old woman’s lifeless body lies on a cold stone floor, her soul stands before an angel who offers her a miraculous opportunity: the chance to do it all again. But that is easier said than done. In order to change the path her life has taken, she must put aside years of self-loathing and pain, so she can help the young girl she once was become the woman she should have been.

At 17 years old, Grace Bennett is a bitter young woman. Though blessed with a loving family, looks and brains to spare, she hides her light under a bushel, spending most of her time in the darkness of her mind with little more than sarcasm and self-pity to keep her company.

But things are about to change for Grace. While delivering food for her family’s bed and breakfast, she turns onto a desolate dirt road and drives straight into her destiny.

It’s on this isolated country lane that the damaged girl meets a strangely familiar old couple and two mysterious young men. Together the group fights the demons that surround Grace, and they teach her what it means to let her light shine.

“Illuminating Gracie” is, at once, a metaphorical tale of the fight between good and evil and a spiritual saga of one girl’s journey from darkness into the light. If you liked “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games,” you will love the story of Gracie.

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Because he was an angel, Lochedus carried the power of life and death in his touch. With the wave of his hand, he could calm an angry sea or rain down terrible destruction on the heads of the guilty. He could grant peace to the troubled and visit devastating disease on the deserving. But no matter how hard he tried he could not, that night, pull himself from the depression that threatened to tear him apart. It had taken the touch of a small boy to do what a mighty angel could not and the far- reaching fallout from the child’s selfless act would echo throughout eternity.

Through the years, Lochedus had checked in on the boy, quietly keeping vigil – never speaking, only watching. Not one time did the boy acknowledge his existence or seem to see him again. Not even in his darkest hours did he call out for help. That is, until tonight. The boy, now an old man, didn’t beg for his own soul, but for the soul of another – the one he loved most in the world. And now, the angel would move Heaven and Earth – and Hell if he had to – to help the one to whom he owed so much.

Praise for Illuminating Gracie:

“A well-paced fantasy story of redemption and self-improvement.” ~Kirkus Review (Sept. 1, 2013 Magazine)
“Just the right amount of love story to the action packed plot line left this book a perfectly balanced read.” ~Maryann (Amazon “Top 1000” Reviewers)

“The story also contains little mysteries that keep you turning the pages, as gems of insight turn up along the way. It is a story of hope and redemption, and a beautiful request of each of us to let our light shine brightly.” ~Kimberly Raadt Higgins (Amazon Review)

“On a personal level, I can relate to Grace in so many ways. As I read, a lot of memories and feelings from my teenage and young adult years have come flooding back, some a little painful, others fun and exciting, even hopeful. Yet it also has me contemplating where I am today as a middle-aged adult; am I who I thought I would be, who I want to be?” ~N.J. Collar (Amazon Review)

“The plot is masterfully drawn and keeps the reader guessing until the end. This book tells the story of the fight between good and evil in a young woman’s life. It is brilliant in its use of humor and emotion to draw the reader into the characters.” J. Pitts (Amazon and Goodreads)

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Author Lisa C. Temple

On thirty-nine Senior scrolls, the Headmaster of author, Lisa C. Temple’s, small, private school wrote “Good Luck and best wishes for a prosperous future!” On the fortieth and final scroll, which was Temple’s, the Headmaster penned the words, “Lisa, I can’t wait to see to what use you put your unusual talents!” Temple spent the next 30 years trying to assuage her former leader’s curiosity – and her own.

She sold BMWs in her hometown of Montgomery, Alabama, and hillbillies (as a booking agent) in Nashville, Tennessee. In an effort to escape the enforced servitude of the Junior League, she even attended and was graduated from law school and passed the Alabama State Bar exam in 2002. Through it all, she battled problems and illnesses, many of her own making. But, it wasn’t until her father – her hero – was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS), that Temple found her true calling – the “talent” that she finds joy in putting to use.

“Illuminating Gracie,” is loosely autobiographical and born from a desire to, if only, metaphorically right the wrongs of Temple’s own past. It tells the story of a miserable old woman who is given the opportunity – by an angel – to go back in time and help the young girl she once was become the woman she should have been. “Illuminating Gracie,” is the first book in a four-book series. The second book, “Instigating Gracie,” is due for release in December 2013.

Temple laughs when saying she has a loving and complicated husband she deserves, and a wonderful son and two loving stepchildren that she does not. She also shares her life with her beloved pets: Pomeranian, Phebe; Bordernese, Flash; and Tabby cat, MInx.

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Amaleen Ison lets her hair down

Hi everybody!

Today I’ve got a treat!

I’m excited to introduce fantastic writer and friend, Amaleen Ison.  I completely and utterly love this story and I’m jealous of  the rich and gorgeous voice she writes with. Follow me and get to know the lovely Ms. Ison better …

Here’s the cover and blub for her story…

Eighteen-year-old Millie Scrubbings must decide if she can stomach her responsibilities as Hell’s new Gatekeeper, or risk the denizens of Hell defiling her home turf.

When eighteen year old Millie Scrubbings moves to new digs on East London’s Nightingale Estate, she believes she’s finally closed the door on a childhood dictated by strangers. But overnight, her peaceful high-rise turns bonkers, and a series of grisly murders leaves Millie frightened and more helpless than ever.

Millie must accept her lead role in rescuing Nightingale from its descent into anarchy, or risk all Hell breaking loose.

Here’s what people had to say who loved it like I did …

♣ Demons, angels, hellhounds, gate keepers and familiars all packed in to one fast, fun story. Goodreads Review

♣ All of the ingrediants of a fantastic read were there–fast pacing, clever writing, high-stakes, and heavy on the occult and paranormal. Plus it doesn’t hurt that this author seems to have a knack for writing descriptions stunning in their originality! Amazon review

♣ Her descriptions are spectacular, writing style smooth and engaging, and her imagination knows no bounds. This tale will have you gripping your e-reader, flipping page after page until you make it to the end. Goodreads Review

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And now on to Amaleen herself  …

Amaleen Ison is a 35 year old married mother of one. She lives with her family in Hertfordshire, England, along with her two cats (Oscar and Winston) and two guinea pigs (Thelma and LouLou). She writes Young Adult fantasy stories that meander into a variety of sub-genres – urban, paranormal, supernatural, preternatural, and horror.

Is that all?

Of course not.

As a child, I lived most of my life in my head. I’d go about my daily routine, but imagine myself in mystical lands populated by the weird and wonderful.

At twelve years of age, I read a fantasy series called The Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce. The story follows Alanna of Trebond, a girl of noble birth who switches places with her twin brother to train as a knight. It was the first YA book I’d read, and I gobbled up every word. I couldn’t think of anything else but Alanna’s adventures for months after, and I harassed the school librarian to order the entire quartet. The poor woman grew to hate my daily pestering at the enquiry desk.

Even now, as an adult, I read YA books. The fantasy element is important, but more so the raw emotion of a first experience. Whether it’s first love, first ride on a broomstick, or first battle with a demon, the hodgepodge of emotions that result from each new encounter fuel my passion for reading and writing YA fiction.

Ms Ison will now take your questions …

Q. As an adult, what is your favourite genre to read and write? Why?

I’m never so happy as when I’m reading YA books. Genre isn’t especially important, but I tend to read more fantasy and horror than anything else. I love YA books because the emotion is amplified. You experience everything as if it’s fresh and brand new. Who wouldn’t want to fall in love for the first time over and over again, or share that first kiss a hundred times over?

Q. What books first inspired you as a child/teen?

I could talk for hours about the books I read as a child, because I took something special from each and every one of them.  But the novel that began my love affair with YA books was from a fantasy series called The Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce. The protagonist, Alanna, switched places with her twin brother to train as a knight. The subterfuge and romance blew my mind. I couldn’t think of anything else but Alanna’s adventures for months after.

Q. Can you chat briefly about your road to publication?

I’d dreamt of writing a book for years, but never did anything about it until after my daughter was born. The thought of creating a novel she might one day read, love, and cherish ignited something in me.

I’m a tenacious woman once I set my mind to something and set about teaching myself to write by reading mountains of craft books and joining on-line critique groups. The most helpful was a writing community called Scribophile. The site ran all sorts of short-story and flash competitions. My entries to those competitions eventually got published and gave me confidence to submit larger works to new markets. I also benefited from meeting lots of amazing writers like you, Julie. J

Q. What was your inspiration for ‘The Trouble with Nightingale’?

The Trouble with Nightingale developed from an anthology prompt about witches. Unfortunately, or fortunately, the story ran too long and veered from the original premise – as my stories so often do. When I realised I couldn’t sub to the anthology, I looked to other publishing markets and found Musa Publishing. They were prepared to print my novella as a solo publication, and that really appealed (of course J).

Q. What was the most challenging scene you’ve ever written?

I find any scene that requires backstory seamlessly woven into dialogue rather tricky. The conversation always starts off sounding contrived and authorly.

Q. What type of reader does your work appeal to?

Everyone, I hope. J

Q. What advice would you give to aspiring YA novelists?

The key to successful writing is reading (lots), learning craft, and seeking feedback.

Q. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I love anything that involves escapism. So reading, watching films, drawing and painting all feature near the top of my favourite things to do list. But, the top spot goes to spending time with my daughter. J

Q. We’re huge animal people here. Can you tell us a bit about your pets and how they came to be in your life?  (If you’re willing, please include any photos of your pets I might post)

It’s been a slow process introducing my husband to pets. He never had any as a child and wasn’t keen to open up his home to them. But …he’ll do anything for our little girl. When she asked for a guinea pig, he couldn’t refuse. He bought her two, Thelma and Lou-lou, who have the run of our back garden (which is fully enclosed) in the summer and an open cage in the house to jump in an out of in the winter (because we don’t believe in caging animals).

Next my daughter asked for a kitten. J Hubby bought her two, because he couldn’t bear to leave the last one (the runt) behind. Yes, my husband is a total softy. One year on, Oscar and Winston are full family members. We wouldn’t be without them.

I’m just keeping my fingers crossed that my five year old doesn’t ask for a pony next. We couldn’t fit a stable in our backyard.

For more on this wonderful author:

http://musapublishing.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=162

http://www.amazon.com/The-Trouble-with-Nightingale-ebook/dp/B00700EYL4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1341224676&sr=8-1&keywords=the+trouble+with+nightingale

http://www.amaleenison.com

Thanks Amaleen, for letting us get to know you better. It’s been wonderful having you today.

For my readers, doesn’t her story sound fantastic? Give us a shout out and let us know what you think …