The Letter: Blog Tour

Today, we have Willowy Whisper joining us on the blog with her new book.

SYNOPSIS

the_letter_cover_625First it was just a letter, maybe a joke, a coincidence. Now it was more than that. Now it was a living nightmare, threatening everyone he loved, pulling his greatest fear into a reality . . .

As the letters keep coming, Brock Sumner watches his world shatter at his feet. Building a wall around his heart seemed like the only answer. Is there any other way to protect the woman he loves?

A drunk, with no incentive to change; a runaway, with a price on his back; a young child, afraid in the dark . . .Will the letters, perhaps, pull their lives together? Or will the killer find a way to destroy them all?

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Print Launch: Blog Tour

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Today, I have the privilege of telling you about the exciting release of not one, bug FIVE books that are now available in print! They have been available on eBook for some time, but now E. Kaiser Writes is making them available in print.

About the Books

Five Gems Series:

Original “medieval fantasy” with strong family values, friendship, honor and doing what’s right no matter how risky. Even if you’re young, inexperienced and surrounded by state secrets! Continue reading

The Gladiator and the Guard

Today, I have author Annie Douglass Lima on my blog talking about her new book, The Gladiator and the Guard. Make sure you read through for an exciting excerpt and interview as well as the link to the giveaway.

I’m excited to announce that Annie’s young adult action and adventure novel, The Gladiator and the Guard, is now available for purchase! This is the second book in the Krillonian Chronicles, sequel to The Collar and the Cavvarach

First Things First: a Little Information about Book 1: 

Bensin, a teenage slave and martial artist, is desperate to see his little sister freed. But only victory in the Krillonian Empire’s most prestigious tournament will allow him to secretly arrange for Ellie’s escape. Dangerous people are closing in on her, however, and Bensin is running out of time.  With his one hope fading quickly away, how can Bensin save Ellie from a life of slavery and abuse?
What is the Collar for, and What is a Cavvarach?

The story is set in a world very much like our own, with just a few major differences.  One is that slavery is legal there.  Slaves must wear metal collars that lock around their neck, making their enslaved status obvious to everyone.  Any slave attempting to escape faces the dilemma of how and where to illegally get their collar removed (a crime punishable by enslavement for the remover).  

Another difference is the popularity of a martial art called cavvara shil.  It is fought with a cavvarach (rhymes with “have a rack”), a weapon similar to a sword but with a steel hook protruding from partway down its top edge.  Competitors can strike at each other with their feet as well as with the blades.  You win in one of two ways: disarming your opponent (hooking or knocking their cavvarach out of their hands) or pinning their shoulders to the mat for five seconds.

Click here to order The Collar and the Cavvarach from Amazon 

for $2.99 a discounted price of just 99 cents through May 30th!

And now, The Gladiator and the Guard, with another awesome cover by the talented Jack Lin!

 

Bensin, a teenage slave and martial artist, is just one victory away from freedom. But after he is accused
of a crime he didn’t commit, he is condemned to the violent life and early
death of a gladiator. While his loved ones seek desperately for a way to rescue
him, Bensin struggles to stay alive and forge an identity in an environment
designed to strip it from him. When he infuriates the authorities with his
choices, he knows he is running out of time. Can he stand against the cruelty
of the arena system and
seize his freedom before that system crushes him?

Click here to order The Gladiator and the Guard in Kindle format from Amazon for $2.99 a discounted price of just 99 cents through May 30th!


Click here to order The Gladiator and the Guard from Smashwords (for Nook or in other digital formats) for $2.99 a discounted price of just 99 cents through May 30th!

Interview:

  1. What was your favorite part of writing The Gladiator and the Guard?

It was fun revisiting the characters I had created for The Collar and the Cavvarach, and figuring out what they’re like four years down the road. I had to get to know Bensin and his sister Ellie all over again, as an eighteen-year-old and a nine-year-old now. I enjoyed the challenge of figuring out how having a safe and stable life for the last four years would have shaped their personalities as they grew.

 

  1. If you could spend a day with one of your characters (from any book) who would it be and why?

I think it would be interesting to spend a day with Skipper, from right here in The Gladiator and the Guard. Skipper isn’t his real name, but he keeps his real identity a secret, and with good reason: if the authorities found out that he uses his sailboat to smuggle slaves away to freedom, his boat would be impounded and he would be sold into slavery himself. But I would love to hear about the different people this brave young college student has helped, and the stories behind how they managed to escape. Of course, convincing Skipper that it would be safe to talk to me about them might be tricky.

 

  1. The Gladiator and the Guardis the second in the series. How many do you plan to write?

There will be at least three altogether. I may eventually write a few more books, or perhaps short stories, set in the same world, but they would probably have a different cast of characters.

 

  1. What do you hope your readers will get out of reading The Gladiator and the Guard?

I hope readers will realize, as Bensin eventually does, that we can all choose the type of person we want to be, no matter what our circumstances are. We might not have a say in what happens to us, but we can decide how we will respond and who we will be.

 

  1. Who is your favorite fictional character?

Hmm, that’s a tough question. Maybe Eanren, the faerie cat/man in the Tales of Goldstone Wood series, by Anne Elisabeth Stengl. He’s got a fun personality, especially as he interacts with the character of Imraldera. I definitely recommend those books for anyone who likes fantasy!

Excerpt:

“Excuse me,” put in the man who had followed Bensin over. He shouldered his way forward and stuck out a hand. “Steene Mayvins? I’m Gile Murton, the manager here at Red Arena.”

“Oh.” Coach handed Bensin the icepacks and shook hands, his expression puzzled. “Okay. Nice to meet you.”

“Congratulations on your slave’s performance today. His skills are impressive, and it’s obvious he’s had the benefit of some excellent training.”

You could almost see Coach swelling with pride. “Thanks! Yeah, Bensin’s sure been doing great. I couldn’t be more proud. We’ve been working really hard for this, and I fully expect him to take first place next weekend.”

“Me too,” whispered Ellie.

“It will be his second time.” Coach grinned down at Bensin. “He won back when he was fourteen, as well.”

“Yes, I know. The Grand Imperial was held in Red Arena that year, too. But due to an injury sustained in the final match, he was unable to compete in cavvara shil for much of the next year. Though he did qualify for the next Grand Imperial in Blue Arena, he lost in the second rung. The year after that, fighting in the under-eighteen age group in Green Arena, he made it all the way to the seventh rung. Last year in Yellow Arena he came in third.”

They were all staring at the man now. “I make it my business to follow the careers of promising slave fighters,” Mr. Murton explained to Coach. “As you may know, Red Arena’s gladiators have a reputation for being the finest warriors in the business. Occasionally, when we see someone who we believe would be a good fit for our arena, we make his owner an offer.” He pulled a business card out of his pocket and handed it to Coach. “Regardless of how much further your slave advances in this year’s tournament, we’ve seen all we need to. If you’re interested in selling, we’ll make it more than worth your while.”

But Coach was already shaking his head. “No. Thank you, but Bensin’s not for sale.”

“Think it over,” the man urged. “You don’t have to decide right now. Red Arena has a large budget, and we’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse. Or name your price.”

“I’m already refusing.” Coach handed the card back. “Bensin’s practically my son; I mean, I adopted his sister and everything. I’m not selling him. Besides, after next weekend, I’m setting him free. He just has to win enough prize money first for me to buy a new truck. My current one isn’t going to last much longer.”

“Red Arena would pay you enough to buy several brand new vehicles. At least keep us in mind if he doesn’t win.”

The man tried to hand the card to him again, but Coach shook his head and wouldn’t take it. “No. I’m sorry; I’m not even going to consider it.”

“All right, then.” Mr. Murton turned to Bensin, who was icing his injuries on the floor. Smiling, he crouched down and held the card out to him instead. “Bensin. Congratulations on your upcoming change in status. Considering the talent you’ve shown so far, I have no doubt that you’re going to win next weekend and earn your freedom. Once you’re at liberty to make your own choices, keep Red Arena in mind. We mostly buy slaves, but we do occasionally sign contracts with free athletes. It would be a lifetime commitment, but we pay in advance, and I think you’ll find you’d be getting quite a deal. Why, you could put your sister through college with what we’re prepared to offer.”

From the corner of his eye, Bensin could see Coach frowning, but he took the card. “Okay. I’ll think about it.”

“Please do,” Mr. Murton urged, still smiling. “It’s obvious how much you love cavvara shil. Can you imagine being able to spend all day at it? No more hiring out, no more chores around the house. Nothing but training and competing in the sport you love, all day, every day, for the rest of your life, surrounded by people who feel the same way.”

“Sounds great.” Bensin slipped the card into his pocket. “Thank you, sir.”

“Call me Gile.” The man stuck out his hand, and Bensin shook it. It was always a little weird shaking hands with free people, but it felt good. “I’m so glad to have finally met you in person, Bensin. I can’t wait to watch you win next weekend, but remember, we’ll be glad to take you no matter how you do.” With a last warm smile, the man stood up and walked away, not sparing another glance for Coach Steene.

Coach was still frowning. “You should throw that card away. You don’t want to be a gladiator.”

Annie Douglass Lima spent most of her childhood in Kenya and

later graduated from Biola University in Southern California. She and her
husband Floyd currently live in Taiwan, where she teaches fifth grade at
Morrison Academy. She has been writing poetry, short stories, and novels since
her childhood, and to date has published twelve books (two YA action and
adventure novels, four fantasies, a puppet script, and five anthologies of her
students’ poetry). Besides writing, her hobbies include reading (especially
fantasy and science fiction), scrapbooking, and international travel.
Connect with the Author Online:

Email: AnnieDouglassLima@gmail.com

Now, enter to win an Amazon gift card or a free digital copy of The Collar and the Cavvarach!
Or find the giveaway at this link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/ad2fd99a3/?

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Bloggers and Reviewers needed!!

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Do you like to read? Great! We have ARC ecopies of Where the Light May Lead and need some people to read and review our book! If you are interested, please fill out this form: http://goo.gl/forms/BD6EZzuTdI.

Perhaps you are a blogger and are looking for blog material sometime between May 13-15. We’ve got an easy post for you to put up with multiple other options to add in. More details are on the form: http://goo.gl/forms/BD6EZzuTdI.

We would love to include you as part of the blog tour. No matter how many subscribers or followers you have, it doesn’t matter. If you are interested in promoting the book, but don’t have space on your blog during the tour dates, let me know and we can probably work something out.

As a little hint of what is in my short story, here’s a short excerpt:

Eleanor finished school and took some correspondence classes to become a teacher. By the time she got her certification, she had two job offers. One offer was from a town a week away by stagecoach, and the other was two days away by wagon. After writing each for more specifics on the positions, she accepted the job in Wabash, Indiana, which was about thirty miles from her home in Fort Wayne.

Her father took a few days off work to bring her to Wabash and get her settled. The school was small with only about fifteen children, so the pay wasn’t much, and she would live with a different family every month. Eleanor didn’t mind either one of those drawbacks since the only reason she wanted to work was so she would have something to do and so she could help others. She also loved that she would get to know each child better.

Henry drove the wagon into Wabash and pulled up to the general store. “Would you like to come in with me or wait here?”

“I’d like to go with you and meet some of the people.”

Henry nodded and jumped down. He walked around to the front and tied the horses to the hitching rail before helping Eleanor down. They walked into the store arm-in-arm.

“Top o’ the mornin’,” the proprietor said cheerily. “And a fine mornin’ ‘tis now. I have two new customers with bright an’ cheery faces.”

Eleanor’s quick gaze saw the redheaded Irishman’s honest, happy face. “Good morning. I’m afraid you will only have one customer from the two of us.” She let go of her father’s arm and walked up to the counter. “I am the new schoolteacher.”

The Irishman’s smile grew even broader, though Eleanor had no idea how. “And ‘tis happy I am to hear that. We’ve been needin’ a teacher for our wee ones for many a year, but no one would come for such little pay. I fear ye have yer work cut out for ye, lass. But what is it that brought ye in here this fine mornin’?”

Henry stepped up behind his daughter. “I’m Henry Miller, Eleanor’s father. We’re here to find out where to bring her things.”

“Ah. Ye’ve come to th’ right place, ye have. Y’see, I’m the head of the school board and happen to know where yer daughter will be staying this month, next month, the month after that, and all the months through the end of the school term. And if she dare stay through next term, I know where she’ll stay then.” The man winked at her and came around the counter. “I fear I’ve been lax. Me name is Patrick O’Toole. If ye’ll but wait a wee bit, I’ll get me wife to mind the store and introduce ye to the Cavendishes meself.”

“Thank you. We’ll be here when you get back.”

Where the Light May Lead

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On April 30th, there will be a new book published. It isn’t completely mine, but I do have a novelette in the book. What is the book about?

Six authors, six genres, six bite-sized stories of women living out their faith in ordinary and extraordinary circumstances. When the heart is willing to follow, where does the light lead?

Sample Old West justice. Watch a romance unfold over light years. Laugh as an introvert finagles her way out of a bridal shower. Agonize with an FBI agent as she negotiates for a child’s life. Imagine a shape-shifting cat who tracks down a kidnapper. And peek behind the scenes as a guardian angel argues with a double-talking auto mechanic. Learn again that the light of faith can lead you anywhere.

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I’ve read all the novelettes in this collection, and they are all good reads. If you are interested in being part of the blog tour, keep your eyes on my blog or Facebook page. The tour will be sometime in May (we haven’t decided for sure when yet).

And if you’d like to pick up your copy, here’s the link.

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Upcoming Cover Reveal

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Are you on Facebook? Yes? Great! Come join me for a super fun party we are calling “Stories for a Family Gathering.” It is for a friend of mine who is finally releasing all of her books in print as well as eBook. I am organizing it, so I’ll be there most of the party, but we also have 6 other authors coming to join in on the fun. The Facebook party will be April 23 from 1-4:45 Central time.

The part I’m looking forward to the most at the moment is the cover reveal I am planning to do at about 3:10 during the party. Only a very few people have seen the cover and I haven’t leaked the information about what I am writing and releasing in May either. Of course, I do realize that many of you may not be on Facebook, so I won’t leave you in the dark for long. If you can’t make it to the party, I will also post about the project, and the cover, on my blog that Monday, April 25th.

In addition to the cover reveal, there will be giveaways, games, trivia, and much, much more!

 

Project 74: a Review

Introduction:

I’ve read Aubrey’s first science fiction novella, Red Rain and a few little snippets of her upcoming novel, Unaccepted before, so getting to read this prequel novella was a real treat. It was really great to get the perspective of what happened before Red Rain happened and now I want to go back and read that book again. Continue reading

What Happens in the Alps… A Review

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Today I am part of a blog tour for What Happens in the Alps… by T. A. Williams. To find out what I thought about the book, read to the end for my review.

Summary

TAWilliams-Alps-CoverUp in the magical, snow kissed mountains…

Two years ago, Annie Brewer’s life was turned upside down when her adrenaline-junkie husband died in a tragic climbing accident. So she’s hoping that moving to the beautiful village of Santorso in the Italian Alps will finally put her life back on track!

…anything can happen!

She might be going into business with her oldest friend – notorious lady-charmer Matt Brown – but men are definitely out of the question for Annie! That is, until she bumps into tall, dark and delicious Alessandro Lago on the ski slopes…and spontaneously says ‘Yes’ to a date! It must be the crisp mountain air but suddenly, anything seems possible. The only trouble is, chivalrous Matt is looking more gorgeous than ever…

A sparkling romantic comedy guaranteed to beat the winter blues, What Happens in the Alps…is one story you don’t want miss in 2016! Continue reading

What is Indie Publishing?

I recently added a new page to my blog specifically for authors/writers. To aid in that page, I have decided to write up a couple of posts with some questions readers and authors alike may have. The first question is:

What is Indie Publishing and how is it different from Traditional Publishing?

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Authors who are independently published are often asked this question. It’s not an easy question to answer, either, but I’ll give it a try.

Some Differences:

Indie authors have to do their own writing, editing, proofreading, cover art, formatting, and marketing. Traditional authors do their own writing and some editing (with the possible exception of marketing).

Indie authors get a higher percentage of their royalty whereas traditional authors usually get more exposure due to the “big name” of their publishing house. Continue reading

Giveaway winner and April 1st

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Today is the day the giveaway winner is announced! Thank you to all the entrants, I was pleasantly surprised at how many people used the new format.

Without further ado, our winner is…

Lucy Reynolds!!!

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If you didn’t win, but would still like a paperback version of any of my books, please let me know and we can discuss pricing. OR, if you live in the La Crosse, Wisconsin area, you can come to Redemption Bookstore (201 Main St., Onalaska, WI 54650) on Saturday between 2:00 and 4:00 for my book signing! Continue reading