Sunday, September 30, 2018

The 6 Most Important Decisions You'll Ever Make: A Guide for Teens

 From Sean Covey, the author of the international bestseller The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, this bestselling follow-up book builds upon the legacy of the 7 Habits and shows teens how to make smart choices about the six most crucial choices they’ll face during these turbulent years.

The challenges teens face today are tougher than at any time in history: academic stress, parent communication, media bombardment, dating drama, abuse, bullying, addictions, depression, and peer pressure, just to name a few. And, like it or not, the choices teens make while navigating these challenges can make or break their futures.

In The 6 Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make, Sean Covey, author of the international bestseller The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, gives teens the strong advice they need to make informed and wise decisions. Using real stories from teens around the world, Sean shows teens how to succeed in school, make good friends, get along with parents, wisely handle dating and sex issues, avoid or overcome addictions, build self-esteem, and much more. Jam-packed with original cartoons, inspiring quotes, and fun quizzes, this innovative book will help teens not only survive but thrive during their teen years and beyond.

Sean Covey is Sr. Vice President of Innovations and Products at FranklinCovey, a world renowned organization devoted to helping individuals and organizations achieve greatness. Sean graduated from BYU with a degree in English and later earned his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. As the starting quarterback for BYU, he led his team to two bowl games and received numerous honors. He is the author of Fourth Down and Life to Go, and the international bestseller, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens which has sold over three million copies and is translated in over 15 languages. He is a popular speaker to youth and adult groups. Sean and his wife Rebecca live with their kids in the Rocky Mountains. 


Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal


Grade 8 Up—In this practical and lively self-help title, the author argues that teens have six key decisions to make, and that their choices will make or break their futures. The decisions involve getting a good education, choosing true friends, getting along with parents, dating and sex, avoiding addictions, and establishing a healthy sense of self-worth. Covey provides tips for making and following through on each of these areas and delivers concise sound bites of advice peppered with colorful graphics, cartoons, and movie quotes. He supports his arguments with facts, statistics, and analysis. For example, in urging teens to stay in school and keep up their grades, he provides a chart of lifelong earnings based on the highest degree earned, as well as the money needed for a family. The author briefly addresses problems associated with the choices. For example, regarding school, he gives tips on dealing with stress, time management, learning disabilities, and preparing for college. He is frank in discussing sex and dating myths and the dangers of STDs and teenage pregnancy. This book covers typical self-help territory, but does so in a manner that teens will appreciate. Its downfall is its wide scope and the author's failure to cite most of his sources. However, the volume is not designed to be read straight through, and its quick and easy tips will appeal to most readers.—Jane Cronkhite, Cuyahoga County Public Library, OH
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Twitter: @seancovey

Saturday, September 29, 2018

The Pillar of Light: The Milana Legends, Part One

When Nani awakens in the jungles of Brazil, she has no idea who she is or how she came to the tiny missionary hospital. When she finally manages to make new friends, the entire group is whisked away to another world where they quickly find themselves under threat from the Hunters of Avoria.

​In order to unravel her past, Nani is forced to align with one of the young men trying to capture her. But can she trust him? Will Nani forgive him for his past, in order to regain her own?

The first book of The Milana Legends, The Pillar of Light is, a Christian fantasy adventure about brave living, redemption, and forgiveness. Discover a thrilling journey through an enchanting world where faith blends with the fantastic.

"Fans of fantasy, mystery, and other worldly places will enjoy The Pillar of Light. Anna Travis presents a smoothly crafted tale that incorporates magic and mystical surroundings with adventure and intrigue." - Sally Kruger ​aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

"The Pillar of Light is the first book in a series by Anna Travis... Much like C.S. Lewis' stories about Narnia, the young people find themselves in a world other than their own with a challenge they must face in order to save themselves, but also to destroy the evil forces. Like Lewis, the author of The Pillar of Light parallels parables from the Bible to develop her plot. This is an exciting story for young people, a story about faith, love and the power of friendship as they work together to combat the many forces of evil. - Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

Anna Travis seeks to live a life filled with authentic faith, fantastic imagination, adventure, books, and fresh air. She hates shoes, loves salt water, and reads either The Lord of the Rings or The Chronicles of Narnia every year. Kindness, loyalty, and real food are very dear to her, and her faith bleeds into everything she does, including her writing.
Links
Twitter :  @ALTravis

Shattered Rose (Winsor Series Book 1)

 “For any girl who has struggled to love herself.” –Tammy L. Gray

Avery Nichols knows how to wear the mask. Perfect student, perfect daughter and perfect friend. Nobody would ever guess that inside Avery is a prisoner to her own self loathing.

Then she meets him…and everything changes.

Handsome, charming and self assured, Jake Matthews sweeps Avery off her feet in an effortless fashion. Avery knows that Jake is everything she needs and all she has ever wanted.

She would destroy herself to be loved by him…until he walks away.

Broken and lost, Avery meets Parker. His genuine, caring nature reaches past the mask and the shattered pieces of her heart slowly begin to heal. But just when Avery starts to feel whole again, she faces the impossible truth.

Jake never really left.

Shattered Rose is book one in the Winsor Series. (All books are stand alone, full-lengh novels.)

Winsor Series:
Book 1 -- Shattered Rose
Book 2 -- Shackled Lily
Book 3 -- Splintered Oak
And don't miss my Winsor spin off -- Mercy's Fight
Tammy L. Gray lives in the Dallas area with her family, and they love all things Texas, even the erratic weather patterns. She writes modern Christian romance with true-to-life characters and culturally-relevant plot lines. She believes hope and healing can be found through high quality fiction that inspires and provokes change.

When not chasing after her three amazing kids, Tammy can be spotted with her head in a book. Writing has given her a platform to combine her passion with her ministry.

Tammy L. Gray has lots of projects going on. For all the latest info, visit her website at http://tammylgray.com

I'd love to hear from all of you! Come join me on 

~Anything For A Mystery~

 Stormi Nelson, best-selling romance author, moved into her huge Victorian house in the private community of Oak Meadows Estates. When her agent tells her that her characters are becoming too cardboard and that she needs to get out and mingle with people, she comes up with the idea of a Neighborhood Watch Program. The only problem is … she’s the only member. On her first night of patrol, she stumbles over a dead body, meets a hunky detective, who happens to be her neighbor and clearly frustrated with her, and her mother, sister, niece and nephew arrive to shake up Stormi’s peaceful life. As she is immersed ever deeper into the mystery surrounding a neighbor’s murder, she decides to change writing tactics and write a romantic mystery based on her experiences. What follows is a frolicking good time as Stormi finds hersel
Meet the Author
 
About the Author

Multi-published and Best-Selling author Cynthia Hickey had three cozy mysteries and two novellas published through Barbour Publishing. Her first mystery, Fudge-Laced Felonies, won first place in the inspirational category of the Great Expectations contest in 2007. Her third cozy, Chocolate-Covered Crime, received a four-star review from Romantic Times. All three cozies have been re-released as ebooks through the MacGregor Literary Agency, along with a new cozy series, all of which stay in the top 50 of Amazon’s ebooks for their genre. She has several historical romances releasing in 2013 and 2014 through Harlequin’s Heartsong Presents, and has sold more than 160,000 copies of her works. She is active on FB, twitter, and Goodreads. She lives in Arizona with her husband, one of their seven children, two dogs and two cats. She has five grandchildren who keep her busy and tell everyone they know that “Nana is a writer”. Visit her website at www.cynthiahickey.com 

Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/hv9jo5z

 

Friday, September 28, 2018

Redemption at Shadow Lake

Samantha Dunning needs a change of scenery after a lengthy relationship that ends in a bad breakup. Can a big city girl find peace and happiness in the small town of Shadow Lake as a real estate broker?

Just when Samantha begins to enjoy her new surroundings, she meets Calvin Benham, a handsome and charismatic investment broker planning on building a resort in Shadow Lake. But does he have a hidden agenda?

When her GPS mysteriously resets itself and takes her to the abandoned McClure Mansion her adventurous side takes over. Frightened by something inside, she flees and finds herself in the arms of Jonathan Williams, a local photographer. Just a coincidence or something more?

Will the hidden secrets of the McClure Mansion destroy any chance for a relationship between Samantha and Jonathan or has God brought them together? What will the secrets of the historical McClure Mansion reveal?

In a field crowded with disappointing tomes, what a pleasure it was to read Redemption at Shadow Lake by J.E. Grace and be introduced to something exceptionally well written. Fans of the mystery and suspense genre will love having a nibble on this one! An absolutely unputdownable book.

– Emerald Book Reviews

About J.E. Grace

J.E. Grace was born in California and has a background in Retail Management.

She now resides in the Midwest and retired from a career in real estate in 2012 to pursue her writing. Her interests include poetry, painting in traditional oils/pastels, digital art and photography. Her work can be viewed on Society 6, Zazzle, and Fine Art America. She also runs Literary Reflections Book Blog online.

"The Zarion-Saving Mankind" was her debut science fiction novel. Her writing has spiritual overtones due to deep roots in her faith. More of her writing can be found in the Author's Den.
http://www.authorsden.com/jegrace

Her new Pacific Cove Series; Haunted Visions-Book 1 and Testament of Faith-Book 2, were published in March 2016." A Walk with Heavenly Spirits" was released 12/5/17.

She is published by Winged Publications and released a Christian suspense novel titled,"Redemption at Shadow Lake" April 2018. She is currently working on another mystery novel, Book 3 of the Pacific Cove series, and the sequel to The Zarion.

Interview with the Author

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Website: http://jegrace.webs.com
Twitter @bizwings

In Between (A Katie Parker Production, Book 1)

 Can we overcome our past?
Katie Parker is about to get a new life—whether she wants one or not. With her mom in prison, and her father AWOL, Katie is sent to live with a squeaky-clean family who could have their own sitcom. She launches a full-scale plan to get sent back to the girls’ home when she finds herself in over her head...and heart. When Katie and her new "wrong crowd" get into significant trouble at school, she finds her punishment is restoring a historic theater with a crazy grandma who goes by the name of Mad Maxine. In the midst of her punishment, Katie uncovers family secrets that run deep, and realizes she's not the only one with a pain-filled past. Katie must decide if she'll continue her own family’s messed up legacy or embrace a new beginning in this place called In Between.
 The Author
Award-winning author Jenny B. Jones writes romance with sass and Southern charm. Woefully indecisive, she writes YA, New Adult, and women’s romance. Since she has very little free time, Jenny believes in spending her spare hours in meaningful, intellectual pursuits, such as watching bad TV, Tweeting deep thoughts to the world, and writing her name in the dust on her furniture. You can find her at www.jennybjones.com. 
TWITTER: @JenBJones

The Ugly Princess: The Legend of the Winnowwood

 
What would you give up to be beautiful? I don’t mean attractive, or pretty or any other term you could conjure up to describe that thing most women seek to be or most men seek to be with.

I mean staggeringly beautiful, men falling at your feet with hopeless adoration as they gaze upon you dumbfounded. That beautiful. I could become that beautiful if I chose, but only with a steep price. Would you pay the price? Does that call to your heart?

It doesn’t call to mine. Yes, when I look at the girl in the mirror, I see a young woman of average height and slight build. I see her lovely emerald green eyes and I see her coarse, orange hair poking out in all directions like some unnatural haystack.

I see the forty-seven warts that line her face, which accompany one large lump and two small boils. You’d probably think that I would be more than eager to trade for the great gift of beauty because I know some, if not all of you, would call me hideous. But I don’t think of myself as ugly.

I think of myself as powerful, strong and fierce – for I have magical powers – powers that amaze and terrify me at times. And today is the most important day of my life, because today my mother will say the words over me and seal my fate. For I, Olive, am the last of the Winnowwood and this is my story.

Based on the award winning screenplay of the same name, The Ugly Princess will take you on an amazing adventure filled with twists, turns and an ending that will take your breath away because it is also a love story of the most unusual, magical kind.

“In the tradition of The Princess Bride (with somewhat less whimsy) and The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, Smith’s debut is a fairy tale in a new world…. The twists along this charming road make for an enchanting journey.” -- Kirkus Reviews

READER REVIEWS:

Reading this book was an amazing experience. The story itself was breathtaking. I'll be honest, if you read this book you won't regret it. You'll fall in love with Olive and her friends, and you'll be glad to make their story a part of you. Marisol

This book was absolutely flawless...not one wrong step, and is therefore the first book I am awarding a 5 star rating in the Read4Review program. I absolutely loved the Olive character, her strength and unwavering faith are beautiful traits. Highly recommended read!! Virginie

WOW, just WOW! This book was amazing. For all the ugly talk about Princess Olive, I only saw beauty. Her thoughts, her actions, all that made her, all was truly beautiful.Kitlina

I won this book through Goodreads, and am speechless...Incredible. Awe-Inspiring. Beautiful. and full of Hope and Love. This novel blew me away! Sarah

I have nothing but love for this book!! It was amazing, simply said. I thought the premise was new, original and well thought out. Alexandra

I don't frequently come across books that just blow me away, but The Ugly Princess is one of the few books that did. The fact that this book stresses how talent surpasses beauty makes me love it even more! Long story short, this book is DEFINITELY my new favorite. Helen

I think that it doesn't matter if you are beautiful, ugly, or something in between, at some point every girl has an inner little voice that tells her she might not be good enough. And this story is more than an enchanting fairy tale about a magical ugly princess, it is a tale about finding true beauty within yourself, despite of what others may think. It's a story about what true love really is: seeing someone for their strengths, instead of their faults. I loved it and it brought me to tears. Raquel V 
About the Author
Henderson Smith
I grew up as a military brat who traveled the world with my family. We moved 10 times before I was 12. Given that transient lifestyle, I had very few friends and I was quite shy. It always took some time to warm up to new surroundings and by the time I did, we were off to our next assignment. Books became my best friends and I lost myself to them. The wonderful adventures and magical realms of possibility were so appealing to my quiet existence. I really became a fan of fairy tales; I think most little girls do. It’s fun to think of yourself as having magical powers and living a magical life. As time went on, however, I became a bit disillusioned with fairy tales as all of the princesses who were the stars of the story were beautiful. I was not beautiful. Did that mean I was not entitled to have these amazing adventures because I did not have the right face? It always troubled me. As an adult, I finally wrote the fairy tale that I wanted to see: a magical princess who was brave and kind and amazing and smart, but not beautiful. In fact, she is rather ugly. But this ugly princess is the most amazing heroine and the one I had always wanted to read about. Now, you can. I hope you love the amazing Olive and the bravest princess whose heart is far more beautiful than anyone else’s face. 

Grade School Super Hero

Being a super hero isn't all it's cracked up to be!

Have you ever wondered what it was like to be a super hero?
I'm JW, and I no longer have to ask myself that question...because, you see, I am one. And I'll tell you, it's not all it's cracked up to be. Sure you have super powers and all that jazz. But when you actually have to use them...it can get pretty scary.
Check out my first adventure by scrolling down and clicking the Amazon button!

Hey there,
Justin here.
I want to thank you so much for taking the time to check out my books for your kids. I hope you find something your kids enjoy.

I write a lot of different types of stories for kids in the 6-12 year age range. Most of my books are short stories or adventure series.

Thanks again for checking out my work. I hope you and your child will want to read more of my stories.

Justin Johnson 
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A Heart’s Betrayal (A Journey of the Heart)

Emmie finds shelter in the arms of a soldier, but her secret could drive them apart.
When Emmie Croftner answered the door to her late husband’s home, she discovered an awful truth: her deceased husband was a bigamist. And what’s more, the home she thought she inherited never belonged to her at all.
Suddenly displaced, powerless, and ashamed, Emmie can’t stay in Wabash, Indiana. She makes a hopeful start for Fort Laramie, Wyoming, to find her friend Sarah Montgomery and a new beginning. But when she arrives, she discovers she’s pregnant—and without a husband. The new start she’d hoped for slips from her fingers. 
But then she meets Isaac Liddle, a handsome soldier with a kind heart. When he begins to court her, Emmie wonders whether she could ever really be his—and whether she dares to tell him she is carrying another man’s baby.
Best-selling author Colleen Coble's 
novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, the ACFW Carol Award, the Romance Writers of America RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers' Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has over 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana. 

Commitment for Two: (Inspirational Christian Romance) (The Naomi Chronicles Book 4)


In love. Chaz and Naomi have waited forever. With the consummation of their wedding vows, Naomi discovers what it feels like to be loved and to love. But, the next morning Lola who caused Naomi to flee, comes to live in the casa again. Author, Allison Kohn's 5-Star rave says, "Each book keeps getting better!"

Due to an embezzlement trial, Chaz must leave a pregnant, bedridden Naomi in Lola's care. Their time together heals each woman's heart. When Lola asks, Naomi teaches her about God's Word.

With two wedding dinners, a marriage, the birth of three babies, and Chaz finding and bringing Naomi's sisters and mother for a visit there is much to celebrate. However, a riot at the park leads to Naomi's life being threatened with the knife now held at her throat. Will what is said cause her death? Only God and those who read this book will know!

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The Naomi Chronicles were written to be read one after the other. However, each book is a stand-alone and can be read independently of each other. For the best reading experience, we suggest reading them in order:
Book #1: No Other Choice
Book #2: Choosing toBe Book #3: BeginningAnew
Book #4: Commtment for Two
And soon to release, Book #5: Sorrow Season
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Writing great Inspirational Christian Romances, Thrillers, Nonfiction, Memoir, Self-help and works to encourage are author Paula Rose Michelson’s passion. Her desire to inspire others comes from being a late reader, who discovered books were her best friends! A lover of inspiring fictions where the heroine was one for her families’ sake, she writes about amazing women, and unique faith challenges. When asked about her idea for The Naomi Chronicles, Paula likes to say, "I cannot take all the credit for Naomi started telling me her story, and together we penned the six fictions."

When not involved in writing, speaking or helping other writers, Paula pursues other passions while supporting her husband Ron who is a Lutheran Pastor and Chosen People Ministries field missionary. At one point, both of them worked for the mission. However, when the Lord called Paula to write full-time, she gladly left to devote herself to this work.

This happy mother of two married daughters and grandmother of seven, has friends who often tell her that she weaves such wonderful tails they lose track of the time. Since both family and her ever-increasing reader family matter to Paula, she hopes to impart a blessing to those who read her books.

Some who first knew Paula as the founder, head, and facilitator of LAMB Ministries, have mentioned that a few of those biblical teachings are found within her books. Paula knows this to be true for her desire to faithfully depict Gods love, compassion, and forgiveness while showing her readers The Jewish Messiah of Israel and the world parallel her wish to see those who feel 'less than' restored to wholeness. Therefore, within each of her books, she includes a few of the teachings God gifted her so readers can overcome and feel good about themselves.

Email Paula at: Paula.Wordsmith@yahoo.com

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Gross Gus and the TIME OUT Chair ~ Spotlight


(Children's Book) Gross Gus and the TIME OUT Chair
Funny Rhyming Picture Book for Beginner Readers/Bedtime Story (ages 2-8)
Book 4- Gross Gus Series
Your child will laugh as they follow Gus's antics in Kindergarten class. Why does Gus spend so much time sitting on the Time Out Chair?
Does he learn his lesson?
Find out what mischief Gus gets in to at school and what happens when he breaks the rules?
Click the LOOK INSIDE feature above to get a sneak preview!

Check the other Gross Gus books in the series
Book 1- Gross Gus
Book 2- Gross Gus's Rotten Christmas
Book 3- Gross Gus and Enormous Ellie 
About the Author
Kally Mayer 
is the oldest of 7 children and has always loved writing and poetry. She recalls her mother being concerned that she read so much that she never came out of her room.
Working as a Youth worker with special needs children Kally has been around children her whole life. She really enjoys entertaining them with her silly rhymes and made up stories.
Kally has 3 children and two grandchildren which has inspired her to publish books for younger children.
Kally believes that literacy is an important indicator of the success of your child and entertaining them while reading is key. Gone are the days of Dick and Jane. The more fun you and your child have, the more you will hook them into reading! 
Links: 
Twtter:  @kallymayer

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Cabin On Pinto Creek

 Elisha Evans is out of luck. By the age of twenty-five, he’d planned to have his own ranch. Instead, he’s forced to beg for a job, destroying his dreams of having a family he can provide for and protect. Betrayal and loss bring him to a cabin on Pinto Creek in the high Colorado Rockies. Just before winter hits, he finds a broken-down wagon in the snow with precious cargo inside. Perhaps, his luck is about to change.

Susana Jamison doesn’t feel so lucky. Despite being rescued by Elisha, she is challenged to the limit of her strength, both physically and spiritually, when faced with the brutal conditions of frontier living and the dangers she encounters. Can she hold on to her faith in the midst of this desperate situation, especially when she’s forced to marry a man she’s doesn’t love?

An inspirational historical western romance, Cabin On Pinto Creek is the first in the Cedar Ridge Chronicles.
NOVELS BY A J Hawke
CEDAR RIDGE CHRONICLES
Cabin on Pinto Creek, 1
Joe Storm No Longer a Cowboy, 2
Colorado Morning Sky, 3
Colorado Evening Sky, 4
OTHER NOVELS
Mountain Journey Home
Caught Between Two Worlds
Lance McTavish Home To Texas (Releasing Soon

A J Hawke

I write inspirational historical and contemporary western stories. My goal is for my readers to have a satisfying experience with likable, even lovable characters that they can relate to and even feel that they have become a friend. At the end of the story, I want to have offered a journey for my readers to travel through difficult challenges and life events with the stories' characters that leave the reader with a satisfied sigh and a smile as they close the book.

ABOUT A J HAWKE
Born in Spur, Texas into a multi-generational Texas family, A J Hawke has traveled throughout the American West as well as other parts of the world. She enjoys reading, writing, friends, family, and being a Christian. To get an email whenever A J Hawke releases a new title, sign up for the author's newsletter at AJHawke.com (just copy and paste into your browser.)

Author of the Inspirational Historical Western Romance
Series Cedar Ridge Chronicles
CABIN ON PINTO CREEK, Book 1
JOE STORM NO LONGER A COWBOY, Book 2
COLORADO MORNING SKY, Book 3
COLORADO EVENING SKY, Book 4
Stand Alone Novels
CAUGHT BETWEEN TWO WORLDS
MOUNTAIN JOURNEY HOME
LANCE MCTAVISH HOME TO TEXAS 
Twitter:  @AJHawkeAuthor

Colonization~ spotlight~

Finding a new home has never been so dangerous. Andromeda has spent all seventeen years of her life aboard a deep space transport vessel destined for a paradise planet. Her safe cocoon is about to break open as Paradise 21 looms only one month away, and she must take the aptitude tests to determine her role on the new world and her computer assigned lifemate. As a great-granddaughter of the Commander of the ship, she wants to live up to her family name. But, her forbidden love for her childhood friend, Sirius, distracts her and she fails the tests. The results place her in a menial role in the new colony and pair her with Corvus, the oaf? But when Andromeda steps foot on Paradise 21, her predestined future is the least of her worries. Alien ghosts from a failed colonization warn her of a deadly threat to her colony. And when Sirius's ship crashes on the far ridge in an attempt to investigate, she journeys to rescue him with Corvus. Andromeda now must convince the authorities of the imminent danger to protect her new home. What she didn't expect was a battle of her own feelings for Sirius and Corvus. Can she save the colony and discover her true love?
About the Author
Aubrie Dionne
Aubrie grew up watching the original Star Wars movies over and over again until she could reenact every scene in her backyard. She also loved The Goonies, Star Trek The Next Generation-favorite character is Data-, and Indiana Jones. But, her all-time favorite movie is The Last Unicorn. She still wonders why the unicorn decided to change back to a unicorn in the end.
Aubrie's books have received the highest ratings from Romance Times Magazine, as well as Night Owl Reviews and Two Lips Reviews. Her writings have appeared in Mindflights, Niteblade, Silver Blade, Emerald Tales, Hazard Cat, Moon Drenched Fables, A Fly in Amber, and Aurora Wolf. Her books are published by Astraea Press, Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Publishing, Inkspell Publishing, Lyrical Press, and Gypsy Shadow Publishing. When she's not writing, Aubrie teaches flute and plays in orchestras. Romantic Science Fiction and Fantasy
Get Swept Away to Other Worlds...

My thoughts:
The New Dawn is a space ship, vast as a large city. It has been home to Andromeda (the protagonist), her family, and her colony for many generations; however this all changes when it lands on the long anticipated planet called Paradise 21.
The new world, Paradise 21, is breathtaking, but with deadly infectious plant life that could potentially infect an entire colony. Andromeda works against the clock to save her colony from being wiped out. Along her journey she will encounter all kinds of strange and unusual things and situations; even communicating with a ghost of a person she once knew as well as alien ghosts.
I am a sucker for teen romance and Aubrie did a fantastic job on incorporating this into the story. First I fell for Sirius and hoped that Andromeda and he would be able to break the ridged rules of being matched for marriage to someone other than each other. But then, as the story continued, I really began to like Corvus. His strength of character, sweet personality, loyalty and good looks were hard to resist. Soon I found myself rooting for him instead of Sirius. Even so, I am hoping that Aubrie will bring Sirius back into the story for some good ole romantic rivalry with Corvus.
This book was so much fun to read and I recommend it to teens, tweens, and adults. I am looking forward to see what will happen in book 2, Reconnaissance.

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Twitter:  @AuthorAubrie

Always With You

 Can she move forward without knowing her past?
Will he enjoy his present if he can’t free himself from what he left behind?In the heart of the Adirondacks, Isabelle lives in the shadow of a dark family secret whose silent burden strips her family of emotional warmth and faith in God. Tyler belongs to the religious sect called The Faithful, which Isabelle’s father dislikes immensely. Yet, because Tyler belongs to this group, Isabelle sees only a man devoted to his family and faith.She wants it; she gets it; they marry. And when the truth comes out, Isabelle faces two choices:
Staying could endanger her child.
Leaving could cost her life.
Elaine Stock 
writes contemporary fiction, fusing romance, family drama, and psychological suspense in a "clean fiction" style, suitable for teens to any age adult. ALWAYS WITH YOU, her debut novel, is a 2017 Christian Small Publishers Association Book of the Year Award winner in the fiction category. Elaine's short stories were published in the best-selling Amazon anthology "Christmas Treasures: A Collection of Christmas Short Stories" and FamilyFiction's "The Story: 2014 Anthology." She is also a regular contributor to the HappySis Magazine. On her blog, Everyone's Story, she hosts guests weekly to help encourage readers, writers, and all those in-between.
 website: www.elainestock.com 
Twitter: @ElaineStock

Caves, Cannons and Crinolines~Spotlight




 In May of 1863, fourteen-year-old Elizabeth (Lizzie) Stamford decides to enlist in the Confederate Army. Two incidents trigger her decision. First, for months General Ulysses S. Grant and his Federal troops have been shelling Vicksburg, Mississippi. To control Vicksburg is to control the Mississippi River. Now, Vicksburg is under siege, cut off from the rest of the world.

Caves, Cannons and Crinolines is the story of Elizabeth (Lizzie) Stamford and her family's daily struggle to survive a changing way of life during the American Civil War. This is a story of fear, courage, and understanding that people, no matter where they live, have the same needs: love, peace and security.

Caves, Cannons and Crinolines by Beverly Stowe McClure is an Award-Winning Finalist in the 2012 Eric Hoffer Book Award in the category Young Adult, an Award-Winning Finalist in the Novella category of the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and also an Award-Winning Finalist in the category of Teen Literature Fiction in the 2011 Global eBook Awards.
  
About the Author



Most days, you'll find Beverly at her computer writing stories young voices whisper in her ear. When she's not writing, she plays the piano. Her cats don't appreciate good music and run and hide when she tickles the ivories. She's sometimes called the "bug lady." She's not telling why. 



My Review 

At the time of the American Civil War, Elizabeth Stamford and her clan’s everyday existence is hard tried. Lizzie, at a tender age of 14, chose to register in the Confederate Army. Severed from the remainder of the world, Vicksburg is blockaded. Bombarding Vicksburg, Mississippi, General Ulysses S. Grant and his troops are aiming to regulator the great Mississippi River. Love, harmony and refuge is a universal necessity thread in this read, and author, Beverly Stowe McClure has outdone herself in bringing the passion of this message in this moving tale, where bravery and fortitude of fellow citizens, standing for what is honorable, no matter the consequences is of most importance. Hats off!

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Timeless Moments

 Jack Vines has the Victorian home of his dreams--or so it seems until he discovers an intriguing beauty lurking in the shadows. Stunned, he finds they share the house but live a century apart. The realization leads him to questions so disturbing it changes both their lives forever. She is a prisoner of the past, shrouded in a world of dark mysteries. He holds the keys that will protect their future. But first, he must solve the mystery concealed for nearly a hundred years.
Born and raised in the heart of Virginia, Michelle Kidd is an author, quilter, and avid reader. Michelle lives with her husband of 25 years, two sons, the world’s craziest cat, and dorky dog. When not writing, she enjoys homeschooling and time with family. A lifelong writer, she enjoys weaving her faith through her stories. 
Michelle enjoys hearing from her readers and learning how the stories and characters have impacted them. 
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Twitter:  @MichelleKidd67

The Magic Imagination Box

 A fun an imaginative read for young children. "The Magic Imagination Box," follows the adventures of Gramma and her four grandchildren as they use their imaginations, with a touch of magic too!
Victoria Roberts Siczak 
was born in upstate New York and lived on the shore of the Oneida River during her childhood. She attended Oswego State and Syracuse University and published many short stories and poems. Victoria moved with her family to Tennessee in 1994. She is a wife, a mother and grandmother and momma to one spoiled beagle/terrier. Victoria is a storyteller with the unique ability to blend science-fiction, fantasy and mystique, with realism, spiritualism, and historical actualizations. Her own intrinsic character portrays a distinctive mystique in her writing and her life. Victoria lives in the southeast and enjoys reading and writing almost as much as she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Her favorite quote is from Actress and Civil Rights Activist Josephine Baker: “The day will come when color means nothing more than the skin tone, when religion is seen uniquely as a way to speak one's soul, and all men are born free. Only understanding this, will enable us to breed love and brotherhood.” “This,” she hopes, “Will one day come to be!”
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Twitter  @VickiRobertsSic

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The Biggelow

 Once upon a time, in Swampers Lagoon, there lived a little Biggelow monster. Everyone knew that monsters are supposed to be scary, but the little Biggelow was most definitely not scary. In this sweet story, the Biggelow learns how to be happy just being himself. Adored by teachers, parents, and children, this book along with its beautiful illustrations captivates both young readers and experienced story tellers.
Jack Gardner 
has been writing and illustrating children’s books since he was six years old. He has won the PBS kids Go! Writers Contest two times with his books Frank the Monster and Frank and George Save the Day. The Biggelow is the first of his books to be published. Now 15, Jack lives in Lake Stevens, Washington with his family and continues to write and illustrate new stories.
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Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/y8w5oeoc

Growing Your Monster

 Read one of the most unapologetically politically incorrect books ever, Growing Your Monster.
Tragically, at the young age of seven, Kevin has already discovered that he is invisible to his family. Since he is invisible, it is hardly surprising that family members ignore his warnings about leaving their home in Mt. Zion and moving to Taresville, which is inhabited by Alternative Lives, commonly called ALTs.
Kevin’s fear about the move increases when they find an ALT named Sinny already living in their new home. Kevin asks if “Sinny” stands for sin, but since he is invisible, no one answers his question.
Kevin’s mom is amused that Sinny starts growing when the family moves into their new home. Kevin is not amused. He believes that Sinny’s growth is directly proportional to his family’s spiritual condition.
The move to Taresville quickly proves disastrous. Despite his best efforts, Kevin remains invisible to his family. His parents begin drinking heavily and fighting continually; Kevin’s older sister rides off on a motorcycle with a skell; and Kevin’s older brother invites friends over to hang out in the basement and do drugs. Sinny has increased in size and boldness, but strangely, seems to fear Kevin.
Kevin’s downfall is finally making a friend. Chad is trouble. From stealing sodas out of a machine to stealing a bicycle, the older boy drags Kevin along on his illegal adventures. Then Chad’s situation changes. His good luck is hard on Kevin, as his only friend moves away.
Tragedy strikes the Halford family with twin blows. It will take a miracle for them to survive the move to Taresville. If they are successful in shaking off the tragedy, will they ever notice their youngest child—the invisible one?
Stephanie Parker McKean Biography

I’ve survived mauling by an African lion.
I’ve survived being bitten by a water moccasin snake.
I’ve emerged victorious from having been sexually abused as a child. Fleeing that abuse, I lived under a bridge and washed myself and my clothes in the river—even during the coldest months of the year. I painted signs in exchange for money for meals. If I didn’t make enough money, I didn’t eat. Now instead of living under a bridge, I write about them as in Bridge to Nowhere, released by Sunpenny Publishing.
I’ve learned that what doesn’t make you bitter makes you better. As trite as the saying is, you can’t make lemonade without the lemons.
And thank God, I’ve made the transition from atheist to Christian. My two favorite Bible verses are: in everything give thanks, and all things work together to good to them that love the LORD.
The worst day in my life was the day that I lost my job; my mother died and I couldn’t make plans to attend her funeral because my husband had just been sent home from the hospital to die; our sheepdog died, and my truck caught on fire in downtown San Antonio. With flames shooting up from under the hood, I raised my hands to the sky and thanked God. I was safe! Everything bad that could happen to one person in one day had already happened to me. It could only get better. It did.
Thanks to Sunpenny Publishing, Bridge to Nowhere joins my other Christian mystery-romance-suspense books: Heart Shadows, Until the Shadows Flee, and Shadow Chase. I’m now married to wonderful Alan McKean, author of The Scent of Time and The Scent of Home. We live in the lovely Black Isle of Scotland with our rough collie, Angel Joy. But I bet you want to hear more about the lion.
First, I was born in Texas, which was at that time the biggest state in the U.S. I learned at an early age that everything in Texas is bigger and better. When Alaska became a state, I cried. But what about the lion?
Along with an innate pride for Texas, I was born with a love for animals. At age four, my first pet was a large grasshopper that I carried around on a silver spoon. When I accidentally dropped spoon and grasshopper down the radiator in the upstairs apartment building, I sobbed at the tragic loss of my pet. My mother sobbed right along with me. The spoon had been a wedding gift.
History repeated itself years later when my four-year-old son’s pet grasshopper was consumed by a much smaller spider. He sobbed inconsolably. Son Luke Parker is now a U.S. Marine, which would make any parent proud. But I’m most proud of him for walking with God. But back to the lion.
My love for animals led to the snake bite. Because I was an unpopular child, I made pets out of snakes. Other girls were afraid of them. Riding a bicycle with a snake around my neck made boys notice me—they thought I was crazy! The day after I appeared on a local television show explaining how to tell a poisonous snake from a harmless snake, I caught a snake to see which it was. It was poisonous—a water moccasin—and it bit me. Now, finally—the lion!
Ebenezer arrived in the back of a station wagon to join our family’s roadside zoo, a collection of animals that included opossums, raccoons, assorted harmless snakes, a fox, a large boa constrictor, monkeys, a skunk, and a jaguarundi. The 200-pound pet fit right in with our family, until he reached 400 pounds and became a lion.
Sadly, when I became mature enough to quit riding bicycles with snakes in my quixotic attempt to impress boys, I remained immature enough to use a gimmick like an African lion. I invited a fellow college student home to see Eb. Not realizing that Eb had transformed from pet to lion overnight, I boldly walked up to him. Eb grabbed me by the stomach, threw me to the ground, and began mauling me. My terrified college friend jerked me out of the cage—which made Eb bite even harder because he was about to lose his toy. “I hope I did that right,” he panted. “I’ve never had to rescue anyone from a lion before!” I never saw him again.
And now you know about the lion. And when you read Bridge to Nowhere, an adult Christian mystery-romance-suspense set in Three Prongs, Texas, where the misfits fit, you’ll understand a bit more about Texas.
And hopefully, you’ll learn how to make lemonade out of lemons. Because what doesn’t make you bitter makes you better. And with God's help, all you need to add is a little prayer, a little praise...a little sugar. 
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Twitter:  @StephaniePMcKea

Monday, September 24, 2018

The Warble Preview


Murder On Military Road

 There's a double murder on Military Road. The bodies of Colonel Matthew Hanson and his wife Susan are discovered with a single shot to the head. Detective Faye-Lynn Johnson is assigned the case, but even with her extraordinary powers of observation and deduction, the killings are baffling. Faye-Lynn and her partner can find no possible motive for the horrible murders. Enter General John Brittan, Commander of a Top-Secret Strategic Defense Program, he orders the detectives to back off the case. The murders are part of an intense inquiry by the Criminal Investigation Command (CID); one so highly classified that Faye-Lynn and her partner are not allowed to see the evidence. Faye-Lynn never has been on to follow the rules, expecially with the stakes so high. She unravels critical information regarding a possible international murder conspiracy. Forced into an uneasy alliance, Faye-Lynn must remain laser focused on her one and only goal: solving the case before it's too late.
Ricky Corum 
currently resides in Frederick Maryland with his wife Chrissy. He worked as a Builder/Contractor for over 25 years. His Contracting background sparked his first book How to be Your Own Contractor which was publish in 1996. As an avid reader of murder mysteries, Ricky was inspired to write his first crime fiction in 2014, The Lipstick Murders, followed by The Bicycle Gang in 2015. 
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Twitter: @CorumRicky

Elle Burton and the Reflective Portals Audible Audiobook

Elle Burton is an ordinary kid... or so she thinks. She loves to wear pretty clothes, play with her friends, and finish her homework. On her 10th birthday she encounters Eunie Mae, a tiny, fairylike being who comes from a world called Fiori. She begins a journey that leads her from this world into another dimension through reflective portals where winged creatures called Fiorins are linked to all human life. Other than some children under the age of eight, the only human beings who can see Fiorins are guides - humans who have been chosen to help the inhabitants of Fiori protect the children of Earth.
Being a guide seems like the opportunity of a lifetime. Elle loves helping others, and now she'll have magical assistance. There are those who don't want her to succeed. Evil forces do everything in their power to keep the guides from offering support to those in need. Will Elle be able to unleash the magic in the pendant she has been given by the Fiorin leader Mother Blue or will she have to depend on others for solutions?
Elle is not sure she has what it takes to be a Guide. She questions everyone's belief and trust in her, especially when she stumbles into trouble. In spite of her fears and insecurities in her new role as a guide, she is always there when called upon to help children in trouble
Join her as she enlists the Fiorin warrior Amadeus and others to help her protect human children against bullying and physical abuse. The children Elle encounters are dependent on her decisions and quick responses. Travel with her to Fiori and discover magical foot lockers, spider elevators, and the beloved Pegasus. Join her crusade to protect the world's children.
Her journey to adulthood begins as she attempts to complete the three challenges, predicted centuries ago. She is a modern-day role model who embodies everything that is good in this world. Will she be strong enough to combat the problems children face in the 21st Century?
Peggy M McAloon 
is on a mission to inspire kids everywhere to stand up to abuse and bullying. Her “Lessons from Fiori Series” about a young girl from Wisconsin, provides a strong female role model who isn’t afraid to show compassion or hack into a con man’s computer if the need arises. Peggy’s courageous battle with depression, abuse, and a traumatic brain injury has enabled her to identify with both children and adults who have suffered from abuse and bullying.

She’s a retired trainer and speaker in the field of commercial credit. Her first book, “The Art of Business Credit Investigation” was featured in Inc. Magazine. She’s been interviewed by the Associated Press and appeared on news shows in her efforts to protect our water resources. 
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Website:peggymcaloon.com  
Twitter: @PeggyMcAloon