Friday, March 28, 2014

Spotlight: TRUSTED by Krista Wayment

I am so pleased to share with you today a book by my good friend, Krista. I've heard Krista talk a lot about this book, and it sound phenomenal. I can't wait to read it!

Back Cover Blurb
genre: middle grade fantasy
Renick, the fifth son of a dragon breeder, crashes into an unexpected adventure that challenges everything he thought he knew about dragons, history, and himself.

Stranded in the massive Helath forest, Renick meets two other passengers: Thane, a noble training to be a dragon knight, and Lainey, the orphaned niece of a healer. Together they survive an attack by vicious wolves, rescue a baby dragon with a broken wing, and escape from a band of dragon hunters as they make a perilous climb into the mountains. What they discover there will change everything.

Excerpt from TRUSTED
"The poor thing." Lainey cupped the dragon's head in her hands. "Let's see if we can patch you up."

"Leave it," Thane said coldly.

Renick looked up to find Thane towering over them. "It will slow us down," he offered by way of an argument.

Next to him, Lainey snorted.

"And eat most of our food," Thane tried again.

Renick turned back to the dragon. "He's young enough that he won't need much."

"And its mother will come after us."

"Its mother is dead," Lainey blurted. She looked over at Renick, her eyes sad. "He needs us."

"No," Thane said.

Renick stood and spun around to face Thane. "Who put you in charge?" he demanded. Before the words finished leaving his mouth, he started to lose his nerve. Thane looked so intimidating, especially with his hand on the pommel of his sword like that. Renick felt a reassuring hand touch the back of his leg. "This dragon is hurt, and we can help it. Right?" Renick turned to Lainey who stood up next to him.

"Right." She crossed her arms. With a sideways glance at Renick, she added, "You don't scare us," and stuck out her tongue. Thane just stared back at her, his mouth pressed in a tight line.


"All right, then." Renick knelt back down next to the dragon. Lainey joined him. She pulled her shoulder bag around to the front and opened it.

About the Author
Krista Wayment has been making up stories since she learned to talk. Writing naturally grew out of that. Krista is an avid Fantasy and Science Fiction fan, and a total nerd. She is also a software engineer and loves playing video games. Although, curling up with a good book is still one of her favorite past times.

Social Media Links
author website * book website * Facebook * Twitter * Goodreads

Buy Links
Goodreads * kindle * paperback
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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Cover Reveal: THE PRINCESS AND THE PROM QUEEN by Jaclyn Weist

I am SO excited to participate in the cover reveal for my friend Jaclyn's new book, The Princess and the Prom Queen. I've heard a lot about this book, and I can't wait to read it! The ebook releases April 29th and the print edition will be out shortly after.

And now, for the cover reveal...



TA-DA! Isn't it pretty? I think it's great how you already know what the story is about, just by seeing the cover and nothing else.

Trifecta Books would like to invite anyone and everyone to attend the online launch party for this book at 7 pm MST on April 29th. The party will be hosted on facebook, at this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/312279742253197/.

Back Cover Blurb
genre: YA urban fantasy
Jenny’s had it with her life. Six siblings in an overstuffed house are enough to drive anyone crazy, and sometimes she dreams of escaping to some fantasy world. When she suddenly wakes up to find herself being kissed by a strange—but very handsome—prince, Jenny knows her life just got a lot more exciting. Now stuck in a medieval land of castles and royalty, when Jenny learns that the queen has agreed to marry her off to the prince, it’s time to take matters into her own hands. She goes on a quest to find out who dragged her to this time while trying to keep from falling in love with either of the boys vying for her attention.

Princess Genevieve has only known life under her mother’s rule. She wants to do more than go to battle or deal with suitors. She wakes to find herself in a new world filled with gadgets, electricity, and moving carriages. She finally has the freedom to be who she wants to be with a family who cares deeply for her and a boy worth any sacrifice. It’s more than everything she always wanted. 

As Jenny and Genevieve settle into their new lives, they face an unknown evil which threatens everything they care about and makes them face tough questions—like who they are and what they really want their lives to become. 

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Massive Ebook Sale!

Today I get to share with you a massive book sale...14 titles! Some of these books have never been discounted before, some are new, and some are back because readers are asking for them. There's a little bit of everything, genre wise....from children's books to adult novels, romance to speculative fiction. I've read quite a few of them and really enjoyed them, and there's a few others I'll definitely be picking up. If you do find a book you enjoy, please take the time to give the author a nice review and maybe check out their other books. Nothing says "thank you" to an author quite like a great review. These prices are good through April 1st unless otherwise stated, so feel free to pass them along!

The Cure by Teyla Branton

Unbounded Series - Contemporary Urban fantasy with over 100 four- and five-star reviews! - 298 pages 99 cents on Kindle (reg. 3.99) Or buy for print Erin Radkey’s life has altered completely since her Change made her one of the Unbounded. Yet she has learned the hard way that some things never change. Over the centuries the long-lived Unbounded have divided into two groups, the Emporium who craves money and power and will do anything to achieve its ends, including experimenting on its own people, and the Renegades who protect humanity. Erin’s new abilities are tested as she and fellow Renegades fight the Emporium in a struggle that soon becomes all too personal, and where lines of loyalty are blurred by relationships of the past. Everything is at risk, including the lives of her friends—and the love of Ritter Langton, the Renegade Unbounded who both infuriates and excites her.

 

The Ember Gods by Andrea Pearson

Kilenya Seies - Middle grade fantasy with 19 five-star reviews! - 282 pages
99 cents on Kindle (reg. 3.99)
Or buy for print
Jacob Clark has just returned from the world of Eklaron, where he frustrated the evil plans of the Lorkon and returned the magical Key of Kilenya to its rightful owners. His quest is far from over, though—Aloren is trapped in Maivoryl City by the Ember Gods, and Jacob can't return to save her until he receives the potion that will protect his team from the corrosive influence of the Lorkon. Balancing between this new world and his own proves tricky. Not only has he started his first year of high school, but his magical abilities are bringing him too much attention. He feels pulled by both sides, hoping he'll figure out his special powers to save Aloren in time. BTW, the first book The Key of Kilenya is FREE on Kindle March 26-28th during this promotion.

To Love and to Promise by Rachel Ann Nunes

Inspirational Romance - 298 pages
99 cents Kindle (reg. 3.99)
Or buy for print
When Brionney Fields marries handsome and charming Derek Roathe, she feels like her life is a fairy tale come true. And when baby Savannah comes along, she's sure of it. Then, with a horrifying discovery, the dream is shattered and her fairy tale begins to unravel. Trying to pick up the bits and pieces of her life, she wonders if she'll ever be able to take a chance at love again. The answer finally comes, but is Brionney ready for it? Can she set aside a world of pain for the hope of true love? She's heard all the promises before, but they've been empty and tainted by lies. Why should she believe them now? Join Brionney as she learns that the road to true love and happiness is never easy . . . but in the end it's worth every prayer, every tear, and every leap of faith along the way.

A Heartbeat Away by Rachel Ann Nunes

Inspirational - 212 pages
99 cents on Kindle (reg. 3.99)
"You think it's never going to happen to you. I know because that's how I was—untouchable. Bad things only happen to someone else. Or if something bad actually did happen, it was always something the doctor could fix with fiberglass or a pill. That's the way it was with my family—at least until the year I turned thirteen." When their young daughter, Kristin, is kidnapped, Gary and Angie Marshall struggle to make sense of the unthinkable. Who could do such a thing? And why Kristin? As more time passes in their desperate search for their daughter, their hopes slowly dwindle. They are left with "if onlys" and a glaring uncertainty that damages their marriage and their relationships with their other children, especially their oldest daughter, Meghan. Meanwhile, Kristin's first job in her new "life" is to heal the hearts of her family. But doing so turns out to be more of a challenge than she ever expected. But time is running out. As she blames herself for Kristin's disappearance, Meghan turns down a road that can only lead to more unhappiness. Kristin must find a way to help her sister find healing—and perhaps love.

Behind the Mask Part 1 by Anita Stansfield writing as Elizabeth D. Michaels

Historical romance - 294 pages
FREE for Kindle (reg. 99 cents - Free March 26-30 only)
Part 1 of Behind the Mask for an introductory price. There are three parts of this extended saga and each part is like a full book.
Abbi has the gift of dreams. But her uncanny ability to see glimpses of the future has no apparent purpose or meaning until a dream leads her to a man on the brink of despair and destruction. Cameron is a man without a name and without a country, framed for a crime he didn’t commit. Long ago forced into exile and believed dead, the passing of years have defaced him of all hope. The country of Horstberg suffers beneath the weight of tyranny, and only Cameron holds the secret that could see her ruler undone and restore the people to peace and prosperity. While revolution brews and whispers of treason threaten all that is dear to Abbi, she remains unaware of her own ability to answer a nation’s prayers. Trusting only her heart and the power of her dreams, Abbi gives all that she has to lead Cameron back into a civilized world, where love is real and freedom comes only in facing what hides behind the mask.

Breathtaking Box Set - 7 Full Novels!

 Clean Romance and Suspense
99 cents on Kindle through March 29th only
Baggage Claim by Amanda Tru - A weekend trip to New York takes a dangerous turn when Rachel's luggage is lost and she is accosted by an infuriating Homeland Security agent.
A Perfect Fit by Heather Tullis - Cami DiCarlo wasn't happy about being coerced to work at her father's latest hotel in the Rocky Mountains, but her expectations of a boring year are blown away by sexy landscape architect Vince Talmadge, and someone in the shadows who is out to bring her family down.
Home Before Dark by Christy Barritt - When country music star Daleigh McDermott digs deeper into what she believes is the murder of her father, the only person who gives credence to her concerns is small town mechanic Nick Shields.  As they dig deeper into things best left alone, they realize they must rely on each other or the darkness they discover will swallow them whole.
You Belong With Me by Shannon Guymon - Love could restart a stalled heart. Love could comfort and cleanse. Love could renew. Love was a miracle. Burned out social worker, Layla Kendall is about to learn exactly what love can do.
Unbelievable by Sherry Gammon - Unbelievable, Book 2 in the Port Fare Series. A firestorm named Delilah Dreser is about to ignite Cole Colter's quiet little world. But will he and his friends survive?
Blog This by Cami Checketts - In a race against time, can Natasha evade a hitman and expose her enemies before the assassin murders her family and shatters her world?
Cassie's Cowboy Crave by Kimberly Krey - This fun western romance features a Seattle editor, a handsome cowboy, and a witness protection program that has them posing as husband and wife.

Fair Catch by Cindy Roland Anderson

Contemporary Romance - 344 pages
99 cent Kindle (reg. 2.99)
Or buy for print
NOTE: DOES NOT GO ON SALE UNTIL MARCH 27TH
Ellie Garrett never planned on being a divorced, single mother—she also never planned to get married again. Ever. Her ordinary life changes when the house across the street is sold. The new owner is Nick Coulter—quarterback and MVP for the Sacramento Defenders. Oh yeah, he’s also one of People magazine’s top 100 most beautiful people and America’s most eligible bachelor. So why would she pick him to have her first crush on since her divorce? Recently retired from the NFL, Nick is more than ready to find a wife and start a family. He's tired of his high-profile lifestyle and moves to Pleasant Wood, Colorado, hoping to finally settle down and focus on his foundation Kids Come First. It would just feel nice to be a normal guy. Of course being rebuffed by Ellie the first few times he meets her makes him feel a little too normal. As Nick and Ellie become acquainted, their mutual attraction is hard to ignore. But Ellie’s been hurt before by her womanizing ex-husband. She’s not sure that Nick has left behind his playboy reputation. Can she risk falling in love with the celebrity football player or will she miss her chance at scoring big in the game of love?
   

Gathering  Storm by Kenneth R. Tarr

The Last Days Series - inspirational apocalyptic - 312 pages
FREE on Kindle (reg 3.99 - Free until March 26-30 only)
Or buy print
THE FULFILLMENT OF PROPHECY IS UPON US
Steven Christopher struggles to make sense of his life after his wife abandons him and their three children to join a polygamous cult. He meets Mary Fleming at his new LDS ward, but his bitter experience with marriage makes him feel unworthy and afraid to give his heart to another woman. Mary, recovering from her own failed relationship, sees something in Steven that even he doesn't realize exists, but how can he trust her? Then the first great catastrophe strikes. Steven and Mary soon find themselves in the midst of apocalyptic prophecies regarding latter-day events—both terrible and marvelous—that unfold shortly before the Second Coming of the Lord. As natural disasters, plagues, anarchy, and the collapse of the American government lead to the degradation of civilization throughout the world, a great worldwide secret combination expands its evil influence. The people of God are the only power that can stand against this evil, people like Steven and Mary—if they will accept the challenge.

Samara (A Kilenya Romance novella) by Andrea Pearson

YA romance - 58 pages
Buy for Kindle here (99 cents)
When Samara Oldroyd takes a break from her somewhat insane family to browse a music store, she meets the funniest, most attractive and awesome guy ever. A phone call interrupts their conversation, and she has to leave before she can find out anything about him—what his name is, where he's from, and why his smile is so familiar. Her wishes that they'll run into each other again come true, but not how she expects. When her older sister finally lets the family meet her new boyfriend, Samara is shocked to see it's the guy from the music store! Awkward and hilarious situations thrive as Samara tries—in vain—to undo the crush she's formed. Inspired by the film Dan in Real Life, this novella will tickle you pink. 

The Whispering Ruins by S. Jackson Rivera

Jungle Series - YA fantasy - 421 pages
99 cents on Kindle (3.99)
Or buy for print
A mysterious whispering from ruins deep within the jungle pulls Sunna from the trance that has been holding her mind hostage for years. Kael, the young prince, seeks adventure outside the palace walls and is also drawn to the jungle. There he meets Sunna, and their fates become intertwined. When three dangerous men come to their land and begin their hunt for a missing fugitive, the secrets that have shielded both Sunna and Kael are nearly revealed, and supernatural events threaten to destroy everything they've worked to create—leaving their lives in ruins.
  

At Midnight by Stephanie Fowers

Twisted Tales Series - YA fantasy - 383 pages
99 cents on Kindle (Reg. 2.99)
Or buy for print
Stop the Clock from Striking Twelve!
Bridgette has Cinderella complex big time. She has to find true love's kiss to get some weird guy off her back who claims to be her faery godmother. But who is she really? Loser of Omak High? Victim of the evil stepmother who runs the group home?
Not-so-proud owner of a hearth where fire-starting goblins live?
Asylum wannabe with occasional schizophrenic episodes? Not even Bridgette knows. Even if her faery godmother wasn't some guy who knows nothing about romance, how is Bridgette supposed to get true love's kiss if everyone she cares about disappears? Bridgette must find out who she really is in the faerytales or she'll lose everything.
  

Mansfield Ranch by Jenni James

The Jane Austen Diaries - YA Romance - 144 pages
99 cents on Kindle (reg. 4.99) 
 Does true love really prevail? All Lilly Price has ever known is living in the shadow of her widely successful foster family. But when a twist of fate deals Lilly the hand of Harrison Crawford, the most popular guy in Bloomfield, NM, everything flips upside down. Sean Benally is a hard worker, he’s funny, he’s generous, and he’s kind. He’s also the most amazing guy Lilly has ever known. And she's totally fallen in love with him. But he’s her foster brother . . . Now she must choose between the unavailable love of her life—or the guy who promises to be available forever. 
  

 Awakening by Christy Dorrity

The Geis Series - YA fantasy - 300 pages
FREE on Kindle (Reg. 3.99)
Or buy for print
. . . because some Celtic stories won’t be contained in myth. A little magic has always run in sixteen-year-old McKayla McCleery's family—at least that’s what she’s been told. McKayla’s eccentric Aunt Avril travels the world as a clairvoyant for the FBI, and her mother can make amazing delicacies out of the most basic of ingredients. But McKayla doesn't think for a second that the magic is real—it’s just good storytelling. Besides, McKayla doesn’t need magic. She recently moved to beautiful Star Valley, Wyoming, and already she has an amazing best friend, a solo in her upcoming ballet recital, and the gorgeous guy in her physics class keeps looking her way. When an unexpected fascination with Irish dance leads McKayla to seek instruction from the mute, crippled, janitor at her high school, she learns that her family is not the only one with unexplained abilities. After Aunt Avril comes to Star Valley in pursuit of a supernatural killer, people begin disappearing, and the lives of those McKayla holds most dear are threatened. When the janitor reveals that an ancient curse, known as a geis, has awakened powers that defy explanation, McKayla is forced to come to terms with what is real and what is fantasy.

A Challenge for Brittany by Lisa J. Peck

CTR Club ages 6-10 - 85 pages
99 cents on Kindle 
FREE on Nook
Brittany Stevenson, her little sister Christine, and her best friend Meagan have been asked by their bishop to be friends with Parker—a new kid in the ward. But Parker is autistic and loves to play with Brittany's braids. He even tries to stick them in his mouth! Brittany isn't sure anyone can overcome that kind of embarrassment! Or is there a way?

Secret Sisters by Tristi Pinkston

Secret Sisters Series - Cozy mystery - 155 pages
99 cents on Kindle (reg. 3.99)
Or buy print
Ida Mae Babbitt, president of the Omni 2nd Ward Relief Society, didn't mean to become a spy. But when visiting teaching stats are low and she learns that one family under her care is in financial trouble, she'll do whatever it takes to make sure they have what they need. If that includes planting surveillance cameras in their home and watching them from a parked car in the woods, well, isn't that what any caring Relief Society president would do? With the help of her counselors Arlette and Tansy, Ida Mae soon learns that there's more to the situation than meets the eye. It's all in a day's work for the Relief Society. (This is an update of the original version published in 2010 with a purple cover.)

The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back by Sariah Wilson

YA fantasy - 224 pages
99 cents on Kindle (reg. 2.99)
Or buy print
Everyone knows how all those fairy tales go. The princess gets beautiful, nabs her prince, falls instantly in love, lives happily ever after and leaves her evil stepsisters in the dust.But what happens when you’re the ugly stepsister and your obnoxiously perfect—read pretty, smart, and, worst of all, sickeningly nice—stepsister is dating the charming, tall, devastatingly handsome guy you’ve had a thing for since you were nine years old? Quirky, artistic and snarky Mattie Lowe does not lead a charmed life. Her mother is constantly belittling her on Skype. Mercedes, the school mean girl, has made it her personal mission to torment Mattie. But worst of all? Her stepsister Ella is the most beautiful, popular girl in school and is dating Mattie’s secret longtime crush, Jake Kingston. Tired of being left out and done with waiting for her own stupid fairy godmother to show up, Mattie decides to change her life. She’ll start by running for senior class president against wildly popular Jake. Ella can keep her Prince Annoying. Mattie’s going to rule the school. And no one, not even a cute and suddenly flirty Jake, is going to stop her. 

That's all for this time! I'm pretty confident there's a little something for everyone here. Remember that a kind review really helps authors spend more time writing and less time begging random people to buy their books. Happy reading!

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Tuesdays in Twinland: Disneyland!

I'm sorry, peeps. I know my Twinland posts are spotty at best. All I can say is life with twins is exhausting.

This particular post I've been thinking about for some time. A few weeks ago, husband and I loaded up the kids and headed to Disneyland! Hubby and I are HUGE Disneyland fans, and this is a trip we have been planning and fantasizing about for years, long before the twins were even born.

So hubby graduated from college in December. FINALLY!!! Sweet mercy, but it's been an eternity that we've been in the "college" phase. Hubby has been in college our entire marriage, 5 years. But I was in college for 3 years before that, so I've been in the college phase for 8 years. Needless to say, graduation felt like cause to celebrate.

When I graduated with my bachelors, we took a Mexican cruise. We had the time of our lives, but with the twins it just didn't seem practical. I can't bring myself to leave them for a week, and the idea of them on a cruise ship (where they most definitely will try to jump off the deck into the very scary ocean) sends me into a panic.

We decided a much better idea to celebrate hubby's graduation was Disneyland. The timing is perfect...the twins are old enough to enjoy the park and have a good time, but not yet old enough we have to pay for their park entrance fee. For cheapskates like us, that's music to our years. :)

I was nervous for how Disneyland would go. The last major vacation we took was San Antonio, and the twins were still babies then. We'd never had that long of a road trip. But the children did fantastic, and we had a blast! In fact, we had so much fun we extended our trip by two days, just to soak up all the fun we could.

Before leaving, I scoured the web for advice on doing Disneyland with young children, or even twins. The information is plentiful, but most of it is along the "bring snacks, did you know you can stroller swap for rides, here's where the best changing stations are" type information. After going to Disneyland with 2-1/2 year old twins, I've compiled my own list of advice for a fun vacation.

1. Bring movies for the trip down. If you're driving to Disneyland, make sure you have a DVD player. We wouldn't have survived the drive there or back without it.

2. Don't wait in line, at least not for long. At this age, the children care less about which ride they go on, and more about how long the wait is. By about day two, we figured this out. From then on, if a wait was longer than 20 minutes, we didn't go on it. Sometimes this meant riding Buzz Lightyear three times in a row. This meant only going on Dumbo once. But the twins didn't care! They just wanted to ride something, and they totally didn't understand the whole "it's not our turn" concept. (Keep in mind we went during off season.)

3. Let them sleep when they can. If your kids fall asleep in the stroller, just push them around until they wake up. I promise, you will regret it if you don't let them get their rest. My kids took about a two hour nap in their strollers every day. This meant we lost 10 hours of riding rides...the equivalent to an entire day at the park. But they woke up much happier, and excited to go again. it was worth it, promise. Hubby and I used nap time to wander into some of the exhibits, do some shopping, and buy yummy treats like ice cream. :)

4. Expect meltdowns. If you go into it expecting the children to be angels, you will be disappointed. Meltdowns will happen, and that's okay. Roll with it. Realize that this isn't home, and so maybe you need to handle the situation differently. At home, when the kids are really cranky and tired I put them in their room and let them fall asleep. At Disneyland, we did whatever kept them happiest...carrying them, giving them snacks, letting them examine all the treasures in the ride gift shops. If you know meltdowns will happen, you'll be more patient and less frustrated when they occur.

5. Take advantage of the shows. I've never really paid attention to much but the rides (okay, and Fantasmic and the Aladdin musical) at Disneyland and California Adventure. This time, though, we saw all the shows and most of the parades. The kids absolutely loved them, and it was a great break from "waiting" in line for a ride.

6. Take leashes. You can call them child safety harnesses if it makes you feel better. We call ours backpacks (since that's what they're attached to). But we all know they're really leashes. And they are totally worth the peace of mind they create. My children are runaways, and they were attached to their backpacks every second of the day on this trip. It gave them the freedom to have both their hands free, and me the comfort of knowing they couldn't dart into the crowd and disappear forever. You will get rude comments from others ("oh look, puppies!") but you are the parent, and you are responsible for your child's safety.

7. Have fun. Sounds like silly advice, but the truth is family vacations are stressful and sometimes that overshadows the fun. For us, the key to having fun is being flexible. You're traveling with toddlers...things won't always go smoothly. That's okay. If they're hungry, stop and eat. If they want to go on Casey Jr.'s Circus Train instead of Snow White, let them. If they're tired, try and let them sleep. If they want to play in the water fountain for awhile, that's okay. A vacation is about building memories, and you want them to be good ones.

I'm already planning our next trip to Disneyland, and it's going to be soon (I hope). We had SO much fun, and I can't wait to do it again!

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Spotlight: THE FORTUNE CAFE by Julie Wright, Melanie Jacobson, and Heather B. Moore

Fortune Cafe
Back Cover Blurb
genre: contemporary romance
MIS-FORTUNE: Emma, a waitress at The Fortune Café will do anything to avoid opening a fortune cookie. Each fortune is rumored to somehow magically come true. Being a girl grounded in reality, she doesn’t have time for that kind of nonsense. But when trying to prevent a food fight at the café, Emma accidently cracks open a fortune cookie: “Look around, love is trying to catch you.” If there is one thing that Harrison, her former best friend in high school is good at, it’s catching her unaware.

LOVE, NOT LUCK: Lucy has always been lucky . . . until her parents meet her fiancé’s parents at a disastrous lunch at The Fortune Café, and she breaks her lucky jade necklace. Even worse, her fortune cookie reveals that “True love is for the brave, not the lucky.” How is she supposed to read that? She’s always considered it lucky how she met her fiancé. But after breaking her necklace, Lucy’s luck takes a dive. And when her fiancé dumps her, the only person she can turn to is Carter, the unluckiest guy she knows.

TAKEOUT: Stella is content in her new life of taking over her mom’s jewelry shop. No more boyfriend to worry about, and as long as she stays busy, she doesn’t have to dwell on her non-existent love life. When Evan comes into the shop with his young daughter, Stella is charmed. But she is reluctant to complicate her straightforward life, so when she reads her fortune after ordering takeout from The Fortune Café, she completely ignores it. After all, how can a fortune as vague as “Do the thing you fear and love is certain,” apply to her?

Buy Links
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About the Authors
JulieWJulie Wright started her first book when she was fifteen. She’s written over a dozen books since then, is a Whitney Award winner, and feels she’s finally getting the hang of this writing gig. She enjoys speaking to writing groups, youth groups, and schools. She loves reading, eating writing, hiking, playing on the beach with her kids, and snuggling with her husband to watch movies. Julie’s favorite thing to do is watch her husband make dinner. She hates mayonnaise, but has a healthy respect for ice cream.
 
MelanieJ
Melanie Bennett Jacobson is an avid reader, amateur cook, and champion shopper. She consumes astonishing amounts of chocolate, chick flicks, and romance novels. After meeting her husband online, she is now living happily married in Southern California with her growing family and a series of doomed houseplants. Melanie is a former English teacher and a sometime blogger who loves to laugh and make others laugh. In her down time (ha!), she writes romantic comedies and pines after beautiful shoes.
 
 
HeatherM Heather B. Moore is a USA Today bestselling author. She writes historical thrillers under the pen name H.B. Moore, her latest is Finding Sheba. Under Heather B. Moore she writes romance and women’s fiction. She’s the co-author of The Newport Ladies Book Club series. Other women’s novels include Heart of the Ocean, The Fortune Café, the Aliso Creek Series, and the Amazon bestselling Timeless Romance Anthology Series.
Fortune Cafe Tour
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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Spotlight: The Spark of a Feudling by Wendy Knight

By now you all know I'm a huge fan of Wendy Knight, fantastic author and friend. :) The final *sniff sniff* book in the Fate on Fire series was released today, and I'm so happy to share it with you!

Back Cover Blurb
genre: YA historical fantasy
Hate can start a war, but a shattered heart can fuel it for centuries.

Everything Ada does is wrong. She’s the daughter of a Duke but she isn’t proper or formal. She prefers the company of her servants—particularly Christian, the boy she’s loved since she was six years old, and his sister, Charity, Ada’s very best friend in the entire world.

Ada isn’t just the daughter of a Duke. No, she’s the daughter of one of the most powerful Edren sorcerers alive, and no matter how strong she is, it isn’t strong enough. Ada will give up almost everything to earn her father’s pride.

Christian has loved Ada since the day his mother became her governess. But two societies are determined to keep them apart—the aristocracy who say a groom will never be good enough for a Duke’s beautiful daughter, and the sorcerers who say a Carules and an Edren can never be together. Christian will do anything to make Ada his—even drive himself to madness.

When Ada suspects her father of hurting Charity and Christian in his quest for knowledge, she is torn between loyalty to him, and a fierce determination to protect them. The division tears her soul and breaks her heart.

The pieces of her broken heart will start a war that can only be stopped by the death of the most powerful warrior alive by the hand of the boy who loves her.

**Bonus Story –Feudlings in Peace** Join  Ari, Shane, Ada, Christian and everyone they love as they chase their happily ever after.

Excerpt from THE SPARK OF A FEUDLING
He sprinted down the path, into the forest, leaping over huge rocks and tree roots and through streams he couldn’t see but his magic told him were there. He had no idea where he was going, but there seemed to be a tether from his heart to hers — he always knew where Ada was. He ran straight to them, nearly colliding with her father’s guards as he raced through the thick trees.

“What happened to her?” he bellowed, jerking Ada out of Davis’s bloodstained arms.

“She was hit, saving me,” Harrison answered. “Can you help her?”

If there had been time, any time at all, Christian would have paused at that. How exactly had his tiny little Ada saved the giant Harrison? But there wasn’t time. He laid her on the thick grass, searching for the wound. But there was so much blood.

“There!” Davis snapped, jabbing the air above her stomach.

Flames roiled across Christian’s hands and he held them above her, letting the flames soothe the skin before he tried to touch it. They swirled through the air, seeping and mending the broken, charred skin.

“Does she breathe?” Harrison asked, crouching close to put his face next to her mouth.

Christian ignored him. He didn’t care if she breathed or not.

She would breathe, or he would die with her.

“She does.” Harrison sat back, relieved.

“Can you not heal at all? Stop the blood flow from her shoulder!” Christian snapped.

Harrison gaped at him. “We’re Edren. We don’t heal.”

“I’m Carules and I can throw a lirik if need be,” Christian muttered under his breath, but he couldn’t argue with them now.

She moaned.

They all froze in shock, and then redoubled their efforts. Davis jerked his shirt off and held it to her shoulder while Christian’s blue flames leaped and danced from his hands, fighting the poison eating through her body.

“Christian. I knew—” she whispered as her skin healed, leaving only pink burns behind.

“Shhh. Don’t speak. You’re still very weak.” He moved from her stomach to her shoulder, pushing Davis’ shirt out of the way. It was stiff with dried blood and she shrieked when he ripped it from the wound. “Forgive me, dear one,” he whispered, his mouth near her temple, kissing the pain away. “Forgive me.”

“I knew… you would come. I knew you… could heal me.” Her eyes fluttered open, dazed with pain, dark orbs barely reflecting the moonlight.

“Always, Ada. Forever.” 

Author Bio
Wendy Knight is the bestselling author of the young adult series Fate on Fire and Riders of Paradesos. She was born and raised in Utah by a wonderful family who spoiled her rotten because she was the baby. Now she spends her time driving her husband crazy with her many eccentricities (no water after five, terror when faced with a live phone call, no touching the knives…you get the idea). She also enjoys chasing her three adorable kids, playing tennis, watching football, reading, and hiking. Camping is also big—her family is slowly working toward a goal of seeing all the National Parks in the U.S.

You can usually find her with at least one Pepsi nearby, wearing ridiculously high heels for whatever the occasion. And if everything works out just right, she will also be writing. 

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Twist of Luck Blog Tour

Twist of Luck Blog Tour



Every day a different blog will post a question. When you find the answer, send an email to me at:   jaclynweist@gmail.com

I will draw a winner each day from those that got it correct. You can find the answers on Wikipedia.

The answers will also be posted the next day on the next post in the tour, along with the next trivia question. Some questions deal with colors of the rainbow. Other questions deal with leprechauns. 

And, of course, at the end of the rainbow, there's a pot of gold. In that pot of gold will be an Amazon gift card! Those that answer questions by sending me an email will be entered to win the gift card on the last day.

And don't forget to purchase a copy of book one, Stolen Luck. You can purchase it for only $3.99! That link is here



Good luck!!


Yesterday's Answer:

The answer is VIOLET.


Today's Question:

In Twist of Luck, Megan must fight several different creatures. Which creature would you be most afraid to go up against?

The prize:

A $20.00 Gift Certificate to Amazon!


About Twist of Luck: 

Megan finally has her luck back and hopes that life will return to normal. Unfortunately, the magical world has other plans. Suddenly, she find she has fairies following her to provide security, dragons become a constant threat, and an imp tracks her every move. As if that wasn’t enough, her luck begins to manifest itself in ways she could never imagine.

About Jaclyn:

Jaclyn is an Idaho farm girl who grew up loving to read. She developed a love for writing as a senior in high school, when her dad jokingly said she was the next Dr. Seuss (not even close but very sweet). She met her husband, Steve at BYU and they have six happy, crazy children that encourage her writing. After owning a bookstore and running away to have adventures in Australia, they settled back down in their home in Utah. Jaclyn now spends her days herding her kids to various activities and trying to remember what she was supposed to do next.


Find the answer for the pot of gold here:
jaclynweist.blogspot.com
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