Sunday Sneak Peek – April Emerson

 

 

Coming July 21st 
a new adult romance
 
A Flawed Heartby April Emerson

 
Synopsis:Claire Brighton has just finished college and is abandoning her warm, southern home in favor of gritty New York City. She searches for the perfect roommate and finds Lydia Taylor. Lydia lives a life of privilege in her father’s penthouse, but like Claire, she’s ready to go out into the world on her own. Claire and Lydia rent a little apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, not far from Lydia’s older brother, Jason. Claire is intrigued by Lydia’s stories of Jason, who is the black sheep of the family—and a musician. The minute Claire hears him sing, she falls for him. Claire thrives in her new urban surroundings, treasuring her time with Jason and exploring her new found sexuality, but both Claire and Jason carry shadows with them. They’re each fighting to move on from wounds of their past, but they learn that they will need each other to do it. 

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Teaching the Old Dog New Tricks

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I self-published my first novel back in, like, 2001.

At the time, most everyone I knew who was writing decried this decision, telling me it would

ruin my potential to get picked up by a publisher,

that it indicated

I wasn’t “good enough”

to get picked up by someone, etc.

Not everyone, but many folks felt this way back then. I guess I was a self-publishing hipster.

I tried a few different avenues, but wound up with CreateSpace after trying others and was quite happy with them. I even paid to have one of my print novels converted to Kindle. This was years ago, and it was not quite the “do it yourself” project that it is, today.

As it happens, one of my self-published books was picked up by a publisher and I have finished the contracted trilogy so…so much for naysayers, eh? 

But! I am still a self-published novelist and I have been trying to get another of my titles, Summer’s Music, available on Kindle. I thought I had it all neat and tidy, but the formatting was Just Not Right, so I had to reformat the whole book.

This happened just before the Mad Deadline Dash with Éire’s Devil King.

But that’s not what this post is about. This post is about How I Relearned the Process.

So.

createspace-logoFirst, I checked in with CreateSpace to see what was up, in getting Summer’s Music to Kindle. They were very helpful and gave me many links and Help options.

I wanted to make a new cover. My usual awesome cover artist found herself swamped and couldn’t pitch in on this project, so I, gulp, learned to play with GIMP a little and made my own eBook cover. I do not think I could do a paperback cover, but the simplicity of the eBook made it do-able.

For this step, aspiring self-pubbers, Go to a site like Shutterstock.com to look for images. You can buy them there and, using the proper licensing, use them for eBook covers. It’s great. Or, you can find one of the wonderful cover artists who make eBook covers to do it for you.

Then, you have to get your manuscript in.

Mine had already been in paperback for years, so I just had CreateSpace send me the files. And KDP said they “could” take PDF (the format that I had submitted the book to CreateSpace in originally, years ago) but it might not look right once it was Kindled.

They were right. I uploaded my new cover and old document and it was horrid.

So, I read that they took MS Word doc and docx files.

macbook_pro_13inchLet me tell you, copying a PDF file (copy and paste) into a Pages file (which is what I have since I’m a Mac girl) was a mess. It took me days to fix it to look right. Days.

Days that I largely wasted my time, as it happened.

So, I got it all looking nice and then converted it to Word, per the Pages conversion option.

And THEN, I saw at the KDP site that for doc and docx files? You should really insert page breaks at the chapters to make for a smoother reading experience.

So I went back and did that. And then I added symbols at the section breaks in the middle of chapters so that they’d be clearer, too.

And then I uploaded the doc. Finally. After days of work, days of spacing. Days of checking for alignments and so on. Because that transition from PDF was messy, remember.

But at last, it was time to preview.

Angry, Frustrated Woman --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

Angry, Frustrated Woman — Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

It was a mess. Each letter had its own line.

Each.

Letter.

Imagine my frustration.

Well, I went back to the KDP help pages to look for alternatives. What I found was that you could submit a book to Kindle publishing if it was in ePub format.

Did you know that Apple’s Pages application converts their docs to ePub format? No muss, no fuss? Well, it does, so now you do.

I converted it again and submitted it again and previewed it again (btw, the online preview options for Kindle publishing are very accommodating!) and sighed in relief.

Next time I plan on converting one of my self-published books to Kindle, it will be far less stressful. 🙂

Look for Summer’s Music for YOUR Kindle today! 🙂

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Click here for the Kindle Edition!

Autism and Middle School

Back to School ChalkboardHere in the House o’Layne, we are having a whopping one-week vacation (okay, maybe ten days) between the end of one school year and the beginning of the next.

Next week, my younger son will be in 7th Grade. Smack dab in the middle of middle school.

Autistic folks in middle school are like middle schoolers everywhere, taken on a case by case basis. I spent many years teaching Sunday School to middle schoolers, as well as substitute teaching at that level. These are people with whom I am familiar. Autism, though, does add its own edge to the experience.

Autism Concept.Since my son is going to a private school, he is not “mainstreamed” into a typical middle school culture. He is instead in class with young people much like himself, yet each as uniquely individual as can be. Popularity? Not an issue. Crushes? Oh, maybe, but with the huge differential in male-to-female population, it’s not surprising. The girls in his grade (there might be two) are not subject to the same attention as they might be in a “regular” public school. The boys don’t put one another down, there isn’t competition in athletics at this age (that I’m aware of, anyway), and it’s still very much each student for him/herself.

Still, I know my son and I know middle schoolers. These are kids who are dealing with hormones in their own ways, I’m sure. It’s just that a lot of the social insecurity that is often present at this age isn’t happening with these kids. Many of them are working hard just to maintain their behavior in class, perhaps, or stay focused during a lesson. Thankfully, there is no bullying, in his class. No social drama, either. As a mom, honestly, this is a relief.

According to my son, the hardest thing about middle school is that there is so much more work than there was before. The best thing is the free time, because he’s moved “beyond the whole recess thing.”

Middle School Boy Using a ComputerIs life ideal? No. He has a lot of concerns directly related to autism in addition to having concerns that any seventh-grade boy would have in dealing with authority, in self-acceptance, and even having mood swings. The trick is to recognize each turn for what it is and handle it appropriately.

I pray. A lot.

middle school boySo while most of the people I know are relaxing comfortably here at the beginning of summer, or wondering what to do with kids home all day every day, I am prepping for the next school year. There will be new challenges for my son as well as new triumphs. In another year, he might get to start in on woodworking.

That would be awesome. 🙂


 

All images in this post are from depositphotos.com and are used w/permission.

Blog Tour – Soldier On

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I’m so pleased to be included in Sydney Logan’s tour for her latest romance, Soldier On. This is her first self-published book and it’s quite engaging! I read it all in one sitting.

Will his call of duty break both their hearts?

SoldierFullTemplateRemake-FrontLosing her father in Desert Storm has left Stephanie James with a bitter soul when it comes to the military. As a college senior juggling a full course load, Steph’s only goal is to graduate with honors at the end of the semester. She’s focused, determined, and a firm believer in all work and no play. Then she meets Brandon Walker at a New Year’s Eve costume party. Despite his disguise, Steph finds herself attracted to the camouflaged soldier who curls her toes with a scorching midnight kiss.

Brandon is an engineering major and ROTC student from the hills of Kentucky. Growing up as the son of a major general has given Brandon firsthand knowledge of the struggles military families sometimes face. Now that his father’s memory is fading, Brandon is even more determined to make  his dad proud and graduate as an officer in the United States Army. Then he meets Stephanie, and suddenly, his focus is less on his military service and more on the pretty brunette who has stolen his heart. When he becomes aware of Steph’s resentment toward the military, he worries their relationship is doomed.

When faced with the realization that she’s fallen in love with a soldier, can Steph’s wounds from the past be healed with love in her present . . . and in her future?

Review

This is a delightful New Adult Military Romance.

“Do you have someone to kiss at midnight?” he asks.

I simply shake my head. He steps closer, pinning me between his body and the bookshelf.

“You do now.”

Not quite the opening sequence but very close!

The story between Brandon and Steph really works for me for several reasons. Steph is a real person with a serious chip on her shoulder. I can understand her, but I don’t like how this chip has affected parts of her life. Still, she has maintained a largely positive relationship with her mother, has good friends, and is an intelligent young woman ready to make her way in the world. She’s focused and doing her best to prepare for anything.

And I have to say a word about her friend, Tessa, who is Steph’s biggest mainstay as we go into the story and the man whom Steph hasn’t prepared herself for.

“You know, sometimes I step on the scale and wonder how I’ve gained twenty-five pounds since my freshman year. Then I remember I’m living with Rachael Ray.”

Tessa is in a long-term, loving relationship with a sports star at their university. Tessa is open, supportive, and an awesome cook. She and said boyfriend provide Steph with sounding boards and balance in a world in which Steph sees goals and lists of things that have to be done. So getting to see Steph being playful is very helpful, because otherwise? We might not like her much.

Due to that chip on her shoulder. A chip that Our Hero, Brandon, finds out about early on.

Brandon is a dedicated young man with a plan, rather like Steph. But his plans include time in the Armed Forces and he’s in the ROTC — Reserve Officer Training Corps. As he gets acquainted with Steph, he finds out she hates all things military. And, because he’s really into her and doesn’t want to drive her away before they get to know each other, he doesn’t tell her he’s in the military.

Not so brilliant, right?

And Steph doesn’t pick up on the abundance of clues that surround Brandon, either. She has avoided all things military her whole life so it’s as if part of her brain refuses to see a soldier when he’s right there in front of her.

The revelation is not pretty.

But. It happens.

So, why did I enjoy this story?

Not for the deceptiveness of the hero or the close-mindedness of the heroine. I loved it because it was well-written, fast-paced, and had some terrific elements.

One of these is Brandon’s dad. Like his dad, my father is a veteran and facing memory issues. The way Sydney Logan portrays that here is excellent. Good days, bad days, but the family loves and “soldiers on” even so.

Another is how the romance works AFTER the big reveal. There is pain, there is healing, there is a determination to move beyond it and to grow and love anyway. It’s a perfect time in their lives to learn that this is one way to grow up. And they do.

“You always have a choice, Steph.”

Steph sighs softly before placing a soft kiss below my ear.

“That’s the thing, Brandon. I don’t have a choice at all. I love you. You love me. The only choice we have is to make it work.”

I bury my hands in her hair and pull her face down to mine. Our hands roam as we kiss, causing shivers to radiate up my spine. Steph breaks the kiss to grab the hem of my shirt. She lifts it over my head and tosses it aside.

Then she surprises me by placing her hand over my heart.

“No matter where you are, I will be right here.”

Another is because Sydney Logan is a fun writer.

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I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in a real-world, new adult romance that has its ups and downs. Want a sweet hero? He’s here. Want your HEA? That’s here, too. Do things get…warm? Yep, they do. But it’s not too heavy, honest. It’s just sweet and passionate and well-timed.

You should pick up a copy for your shelves or Kindle! Find it at Amazon!

On this Blog Tour, there is even a giveaway. Click on the image below to go to it and enter to win one of two Soldier On autographed books and swag packs!

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Click here to enter!

 

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ddd5f-sydneyloganbiopic2Sydney Logan is an Amazon bestselling author and holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. With the 2012 release of her debut novel, Lessons Learned, she made the transition from bookworm to author. Her second novel, Mountain Charm, was released in 2013. She is also the author of four short stories – Mistletoe MagicThe Little Drummer BoyForce of Nature, and Stupid Cupid. A native of East Tennessee, Sydney enjoys playing piano and relaxing on her porch with her wonderful husband and their very spoiled cat.

You can find her at her website, Facebook, and on Twitter.

 

Sunday Sneak Peek – Sydney Logan

Sydney Logan is celebrating the release of her third novel, Soldier On! I’m on the blog tour for this and will have a review posted here on TUESDAY.

 

Keep reading to learn more about the book, click the buy link to grab your copy at the special introductory price, and be sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom of the post!

 Release Date: June 20
Genres: Romance/Military/New Adult

 
Will his call of duty break both their hearts?
Losing her father in Desert Storm has left Stephanie James with a bitter soul when it comes to the military. As a college senior juggling a full course load, Steph’s only goal is to graduate with honors at the end of the semester. She’s focused, determined, and a firm believer in all work and no play. Then she meets Brandon Walker at a New Year’s Eve costume party. Despite his disguise, Steph finds herself attracted to the camouflaged soldier who curls her toes with a scorching midnight kiss.

Brandon is an engineering major and ROTC student from the hills of Kentucky. Growing up as the son of a major general has given Brandon firsthand knowledge of the struggles military families sometimes face. Now that his father’s memory is fading, Brandon is even more determined to make his dad proud and graduate as an officer in the United States Army. Then he meets Stephanie, and suddenly, his focus is less on his military service and more on the pretty brunette who has stolen his heart. When he becomes aware of Steph’s resentment toward the military, he worries their relationship is doomed. 
When faced with the realization that she’s fallen in love with a soldier, can Steph’s wounds from the past be healed with love in her present . . . and in her future?
 
http://www.amazon.com/Sydney-Logan/e/B0096LZK90/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1401309284&sr=1-1
Regular Price: $2.99 (ebook) 
Also available in paperback



 

Sydney Logan is an Amazon bestselling author and holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. With the 2012 release of her debut novel, Lessons Learned, she made the transition from bookworm to author. Her second novel, Mountain Charm, was released in 2013. She is also the author of four short stories – Mistletoe Magic, The Little Drummer Boy, Force of Nature, and Stupid Cupid.A native of East Tennessee, Sydney enjoys playing piano and relaxing on her porch with her wonderful husband and their very spoiled cat.
 

Sunday Sneak Peek – Jeanne McDonald

 
Jeanne McDonald is revealing an excerpt of her upcoming release The Certainty of Deception (The Truth in Lies Saga #2) coming July 8, 2014.
“Granny,” Jared laughed, slipping out Lindsey’s hold to embrace the woman.  “How are you, sweetheart?”
She tweaked his cheek.  “Better now that we have some fresh meat in this house.”
I couldn’t help but laugh.  This old woman had a feisty spirit.  “Mhm,” she moaned, looking at me.  “And your pictures don’t do you justice, handsome.”  She waddled toward me, her eyes roaming down my body, as though she were admiring the package.  “Very nice.  My granddaughter has impeccable taste.”  She cupped my chin between her index finger and thumb, pulling my face to hers.
McKenzie turned around, her eyes wild with surprise. “Granny!”
Granny waved her hand, dismissing her granddaughter.  “Hush, child.  I’m just getting a good look at this fine specimen of a man.”
“I told you he was a hottie,” Lindsey confirmed, stepping away from me to return to her work.
“You did.  No woman could resist these eyes or dimples.  I bet you get lucky with all the ladies, don’t cha?”
My smile widened.  This woman was a riot.  “I do okay.”
“Don’t be so modest.”
“Drew? Modest?  He wouldn’t know modesty if it bit him in the butt,”Jared declared.  
A loud laugh, more like a snort, came from where McKenzie stood.  I shifted my eyes to catch her hand flying up over her mouth.  The most beautiful shade of red painted her face and neck as she covered her mouth, turning her back to us.
“You see,” I started, “I have eyes for only one woman.” I glanced over to McKenzie.  I couldn’t see her face, but her posture told me she knew exactly whom I was referring to.  
 
The Certainty of Deception (The Truth in Lies Saga, #2)
Begin McKenzie and Drew’s journey with The Truth in Lies.  Now available on Amazon.
Mark your calendars.  The Certainty of Deception Blog Tour and Online Release Party starts July 8th, 2014.  
 
After years of living in the darkness of his past, Andrew Wise, a young attorney working for his family’s law firm in Sarasota, Florida, has finally broken free of the demons that haunt him.  Wealth, success, happiness, and true love; everything a man could ever dream of, was right at his fingertips.  Or so he thought.  But in the blink of an eye, all of that changed.  Upon discovering that his ex-girlfriend, Olivia Hamilton, was pregnant, Drew fell back into some old habits, which led to him losing the one person that mattered the most in his life – McKenzie Evans.
 
When McKenzie left him and returned to Texas, Drew was beside himself.  The night before she left, he made an agreement with her best friend Jared Christopher, that he would give her time and space to come to grips with the fact that he’d fathered her best friend’s child.  Now, two months later, he feels as though he held up his end of the bargain, Drew can’t take their separation any longer.   With his brother’s wedding mere weeks away, Drew devises a plan to win McKenzie back.
 
Under the guise of a bachelor getaway for Gavin, Drew, along with his brother and Jared, jets off on an adventure to the panhandle of Texas.  There, he will learn what made McKenzie who she is and will find strength within himself that he never realized existed.  
 
In this charming sequel to The Truth in Lies, Drew and McKenzie discover that not everything is as it seems, forgiveness is a matter of acceptance, and true love really can conquer all.
 
 

Jeanne McDonald began telling stories at the ripe young age of five, when her mother considered the truth to be a lie due to her extensive embellishment to the retelling of an event.  She wrote her first short story when she was twelve years old, and at the age of sixteen she tried her hand at poetry.  She reconnected with her love for writing in 2010 thanks to the encouragement of a dear friend. 



Her passions include a “mild” Starbucks addiction, music, reading, quotes, movies, and romance.  When she’s not spending time with her family, she can be found reading, writing, chatting with her friends or diligently working toward her bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology.  A proud Texan, Jeanne currently resides in the Dallas/Fort Worth area with her family.

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The End to the Beginning

As many of you know, I was able to type this on Saturday:

The End

 

This was a wonderful moment in the my life, as it marked the completion of my first-ever TRILOGY. If you’ve been here a while, you know it’s been a hard road to reach that point, for me. Many of my friends encouraged me to celebrate and, believe me, I wanted to!

I was just too tired.

Today, though, I got to start the fun part: rewriting. Tweaking. Fixing. Editing after my beta-reader got through with reading my story and making all kinds of notes.

To me, this is the best. But of course, that’s because I have a great beta. She sends me pages of my manuscript with notes all over it, knowing that I will read each one and change what I’ve written based upon her thoughts.

Or not.

We have a solid relationship, my beta and I. Anyone looking for a beta needs to find someone whom they trust implicitly. With whom they are free to be themselves, who will not judge them based upon the words they have written for a story. Not that my beta isn’t pleased to read my work; she is. But if she hated every other page, we would still be close, still be in a solid place, still respect one another.

No. Matter. What.

Which means she can be honest. Which means I can heed or ignore what she says. Which means that I get the inside jokes she will leave in the margins.

woman working on laptop at homeSo today, I went back to the beginning. To the notes I wrote on page one. Notes no one but my beta will ever see. Reaching The End was terrific, but it’s only part of the process. Today, I moved on, back to page one, and read everything my beta wrote, marking up my copy of my manuscript as necessary. Tomorrow, I will go over the same chapters again without her notes, reading and making more notes.

Then, I’ll have a rewrite.

All the way to The End.

Again. 🙂

 

Sunday Sneak Peek & Giveaway – T.M. Franklin

Sneak Peek Sunday

Today we get a sneak peek of How to Get Ainsley Bishop to Fall in Love with You, the new YA release coming from T.M. Franklin on June 12th!

“You realize you’re forgetting one very important thing, don’t you?”

“What’s that?” I followed Viney’s gaze to the auditorium doors in time to see Ian Buckley stride into the room, all sun-bleached hair and tanned skin, with broad shoulders and biceps perfectly wrapped up in a letterman’s jacket. “Oh. Ian.”

“Yes. Ian.” Viney leaned against the console next to me. “Good-looking, popular jock. How do you compete with that?”

“Looks and popularity aren’t everything.”

“Right. He’s also rich and has a great car.”

“His family owns a dealership. Hardly a great personal achievement.” Still, I chewed on my thumbnail as Ainsley waved to Ian, a bright smile on her face. Ian was a bit of a challenge. More than a bit, actually. Not insurmountable, though. He wasn’t perfect either, and definitely not perfect for Ainsley, even though she had yet to see it.

“He thinks pi was named after, you know, pie,” I told Viney.

It took a minute for him to get it. “Seriously? Apple or blueberry?”

I laughed, shaking my head. “I’m not kidding. I heard him talking to Nathan. He said that’s why it’s used to find the circumference of a circle. Because a pie is a circle.” I mean the logic wasn’t entirely flawed, but still. Pie. Really?

Viney’s mouth twisted as he watched Ian clowning around with Nathan in the front row of seats. “So he’s not the sharpest knife in the drawer. He’s still Ainsley’s boyfriend.”

“On-again-off-again.”

Viney grimaced as she bent down to kiss him. “Looks like it’s ‘on-again’ to me.”

I sighed heavily. The truth hurts. “I know. She’ll see the light, though. It’ll just take some convincing.” I hoped I sounded more confident than I was.

Viney eyed me sideways. “You’re going to bad-mouth her boyfriend?”

“Of course not.” Not only would that be unethical, it would also be ineffective. I’d seen enough romantic comedies to figure that out. Not that I liked romantic comedies. I did have a mom, though, and every now and then she got the pick on Movie Night, so my dad and I had to endure it all with side eyes and quiet huffs. (She got annoyed if we huffed too loud.) I figured it was good research fodder, anyway, although there were definitely as many items for a not-to-do list as for a to-do one in one of those movies.

So, yeah, bad-mouthing the current boyfriend would definitely fall on that not-to-do list. Ian wasn’t a bad guy anyway, not really. Just not right for Ainsley. Not like, well, me.

“I simply mean to show her that she has options,” I said.

Ainsley burst out laughing as Ian swept her off the stage and swung her through the air before wrapping her up in a tight hug.

“Good luck with that,” Viney muttered.

Ainsley Blog Tour

The Ainsley Blog Tour is underway! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway to win a signed paperback, or some other fun prizes!

Ainsley

Seventeen-year-old Oliver Wendell Holmes (Yes, his parents are just that peculiar, but his brother’s name is Sherlock, so it could have been worse) knows that he’s different. He’s quirky, awkward, and he’s okay with that. Oliver also likes making lists-meticulous procedures for achieving his goals, step-by-step. Whether it’s “How to Get an A in Chemistry” or “How to Get Accepted to MIT,” he has a process, and it’s worked for him so far. He doesn’t even care that the popular kids mock him. Oliver’s got his eye on the prize.

So when he decides it’s time to declare his feelings for Ainsley Bishop, the girl of his dreams, it’s only natural for him to make a list-a point-by-point strategy to win her heart. He knows it will take a grand gesture for her to see all he has to offer, and her approaching birthday provides the ideal opportunity for Oliver to put his plan into action.

Finding the perfect gift is a challenge Oliver meets with his usual dogged determination. He’ll need to watch her carefully for clues to pinpoint exactly what he should give her. And along the way, he might just learn that what Ainsley really needs is not quite what he expected.

Ainsley is available now for Pre-Order!

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T.M. Franklin T.M. Franklin started out her career writing non-fiction in a television newsroom. Graduating with a B.A. in Communications specializing in broadcast journalism and production, she worked for nine years as a major market television news producer, and garnered two regional Emmy Awards, before she resigned to be a full-time mom and part-time freelance writer. Her first published novel, MORE, was born during National Novel Writing month, a challenge to write a novel in thirty days. MORE was well-received, being selected as a finalist in the 2013 Kindle Book Review Best Indie Book Awards, as well as winning the Suspense/Thriller division of the Blogger Book Fair Reader’s Choice Awards.

In addition to MORE and its sequel, The Guardians, Franklin penned the Amazon best-selling short stories A Piece of Cake andWindow, which also won a Blogger Book Fair Reader’s Choice Award for Short Story/Fantasy. Her new YA romance, How to Get Ainsley Bishop to Fall in Love with You, is Franklin’s first love story without a paranormal or fantasy element, although she believes love is the best kind of magic.

TWELVE, the final installment in the MORE Trilogy will be released in the fall of 2014.

Connect with T.M. Franklin

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Giveaway – The Land of the Shadow

The Land of the Shadow is due to be released in August, and Lissa Bryan is giving away an autographed Advanced Review Copy!

Blurb:

In the highly anticipated stand-alone sequel to The End of All Things, Lissa Bryan returns readers to a world devastated by disease, and the breakdown of modern society.



Two years after a horrific virus swept the globe, decimating the world’s population, Carly Daniels and her husband, Justin, have made a safe home in the isolated southern town of Colby. Protected by fences and a vigilant population, the residents there had somehow managed to keep the Infection out. Until the sight of Carly and Justin’s healthy baby girl convinced them it was safe to allow Outsiders in.



Now, in the wake of fresh losses, the small band of survivors struggles to rebuild a community. With only nineteenth-century technology to aid them, they must learn skills long forgotten to provide for their basic needs. Each day brings new challenges, and every choice they make affects their long-term survival. While Carly and Justin adjust to a growing family, and to their roles as community leaders, they must rely on one another for strength and support when they face difficult questions.



Carly has to decide how to move forward in a world where equality, justice, and freedom from tyranny are no longer guaranteed. And when new threats emerge, she has to decide what she is willing to do—and how far she’s willing to go—to protect what she has worked so hard to build.



When the end has come and gone, it’s a journey down a long and broken road through The Land of the Shadow.


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Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Land of the Shadow by Lissa Bryan

The Land of the Shadow

by Lissa Bryan

Giveaway ends June 19, 2014.See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

While you’re waiting for the book’s release, check out Tales from the End, a collection of short stories featuring the characters from The End of All Things and The Land of the Shadow. Only .99!

 

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About the Author:

Lissa Bryan is an astronaut, renowned Kabuki actress, Olympic pole vault gold medalist, Iron Chef champion, and scientist who recently discovered the cure for athlete’s foot … though only in her head. Real life isn’t so interesting, which is why she spends most of her time writing.

She is the author of three novels. Ghostwriter is available through The Writer’s Coffee Shop, Amazon, iTunes, and Kobo. The End of All Things is available through TWCS, Amazon, and iTunes. Under These Restless Skies is available through Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, and directly from the publisher.

She also has a short story in the Romantic Interludes anthology, available from TWCS, Amazon and iTunes, or can be purchased separately from Amazon. A short story collection featuring the characters from The End of All Things is also available from Amazon.

Cover Reveal – Sherri Hayes

Crossing The Line (Daniels Brothers #3)
 
Summary
Detective Paul Daniels has spent four and a half years mourning the loss of his wife. He’s been doing his best to raise their daughter, Chloe, with the help of his in-laws. When they inform him right before Thanksgiving that they’re going to be moving over two hours away, Paul finds himself without anyone to watch Chloe—especially when he’s called out to a crime scene in the middle of the night. Little does he know that meeting his baby brother’s girlfriend and her sister, Megan, will change everything.
Megan Carson has taken a few wrong turns in her life, but she’s doing her best to get back on track. When she meets Chloe, the little girl swiftly worms her way into Megan’s heart. The opportunity to help Paul out and watch his daughter appears to be a blessing in disguise. She quickly volunteers to be Chloe’s live-in nanny.
Everything is working well until the three of them head back to Ohio for Chris and Elizabeth’s wedding. Paul has a little too much to drink during the reception, and he and Megan end up sharing a heated kiss. When he wakes up the next day, he has a pounding headache but remembers nothing.
Megan, however, isn’t willing to forget. Over the past few months since she’s been playing nanny, her feelings for Paul have changed. He is everything she never knew she wanted, and now that she knows there might be something there, she’s going after what she wants—Paul.

Sherri spent most of her childhood detesting English class. It was one of her least favorite subjects because she never seemed to fit into the standard mold. She wasn’t good at spelling, or following grammar rules, and outlines made her head spin. For that reason, Sherri never imagined becoming an author.
At the age of thirty, all of that changed. After getting frustrated with the direction a television show wastaking two of its characters, Sherri decided to try her hand at writing an alternate ending, and give the characters their happily ever after. By the time the story finished, it was one of the top ten read stories on the site, and her readers were encouraging her to write more.
Seven years later, Sherri is the author of seven full-length novels, and one short story. Writing has become a creative outlet for Sherri that allows her to explore a wide range of emotions, while having fun taking her characters through all the twists and turns she can create. Sherri’s eighth novel, Crossing The Line, is scheduled to release September 2014.

 

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