Great Summer Reads Countdown Blitz 2017

Day 7:
The Pirate and the Princess by Liz McCraine

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The mischievous Princess Jules of Aggadorn has been pampered and protected her entire life. More than anything, she longs to experience challenges and adventure. But with her mother’s threat to marry her off hanging over her head, Jules fears she will never have the chance. All that changes when she’s kidnapped by pirates.

Forced to labor for her passage aboard Captain Jaymes’ vessel, Jules learns more about life than she bargained for. Captain Jaymes doesn’t fit Jules’ idea of a thieving buccaneer. Beneath his rough exterior lies a man of honor desperate to save his people from a murderous sorcerer. Jules never expects to fall in love with the handsome young captain or to involve herself in the pirates’ plight, much less have the power to save an entire kingdom.

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“No, the servants aren’t the only ones you play tricks on, are they? Let’s not forget the feast we had last spring. Ten visiting dignitaries, and you put salt in all their drinks!” –Queen Lissa of Aggadorn

The girl was trouble. He could feel it in his bones. –Jaymes, Captain of the Avenging Lady

The nagging feeling that the captain wasn’t as cruel as he seemed stayed with her. His silent attention didn’t go unnoticed, and she wasn’t entirely certain it was unwanted. –Princess Julianna of Aggadorn

 

 
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Liz McCraine is an outdoor enthusiast, military spouse, and mother. She loves to ride horses and go hiking with her family. When she isn’t writing or corralling children, Liz enjoys relaxing with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate. Her motto is: If it doesn’t have a happy ending, I don’t want to read it.

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Meet the Author: Michael E. Dellert

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Book Signing: Author Comes Home at Black Dog Books

Sussex County, New Jersey resident and fantasy author Michael E. Dellert is coming to Black Dog Books in Newton, NJ on July 15, for a book signing, reading, and discussion of his heroic Medieval Celtic fantasy books, “The Matter of Manred Saga.”

Book Signing, Reading, and Discussion

Michael E. Dellert will be appearing at Black Dog Books in Newton, NJ to read from Hedge King in Winter, A Merchant’s Tale, The Romance of Eowain, and his newest book, The Wedding of Eithne, as well as take questions and discuss influences, inspirations, and process, and sign patron’s copies.

As an added treat, his younger daughter will be there! She’s a budding actress herself, and they’ll be doing a dramatic reading from A Merchant’s Tale! It’s Mr. Dellert’s own personal, “Bring Your Daughter to Work Day.”

Black Dog Books
188 Spring Street
Newton, NJ 07860
201-230-3900
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About the Author:

michaelEdellert-300x450-200x300Michael E. Dellert grew up in Sussex County, New Jersey on adventure films like “Tarzan,” the stories of King Arthur and his knights, fantasy literature such as “The Lord of Rings,” and the bedtime tales that the Irish-American side of his family told of Old Country heroes like Finn MacCool and Cormac MacArt.

“My great-grandparents were tenant-farmers in the west of Ireland before they emigrated to America early in the 20th Century. They brought the myths and legends of Ireland with them, and passed them down through the generations,” noted Dellert.

Those stories of myth, legend, and adventure helped Dellert craft his debut novella, published by his own Skylander Press and released in 2016. “Hedge King in Winter,” is a fictional fantasy tale about a young lord forced to choose between his country, a war-torn tribal realm inspired by Irish history and culture, and his brother, a local hedge-king being forced to abdicate. The-Wedding-of-Eithne-KindleCover-188x300He has since gone on to write three more books in the series, collectively known as “The Matter of Manred.” The most recent is his second full-length novel, The Wedding of Eithne, published in April.

“Once upon a time, there were Irish ways and Irish laws. I wanted to craft stories that took place on the threshold of that time when Irish legend became overshadowed by English history, but that had all the flavor of the old ways, as well as the elements of medieval fantasy that I grew up reading.”

Dellert will be doing a book signing, reading, and discussion of his work at Black Dog Books on Spring Street, Newton NJ on Saturday, July 15, from 6:30-9:00 p.m.

It’s a homecoming of sorts for Dellert, who grew up in nearby Vernon Valley, and lived in Sparta for many years.

“I’m really looking forward to doing the presentation and seeing some people I know and meeting new people I don’t know,” Dellert said. “I’ve been a lot of places and seen pictures of the rest, but the landscape and people of Sussex County have had—by far—the greatest influence on my work.”

Dellert, who now resides again in Vernon Valley after recently returning from Los Angeles, said he started the books about 20 years ago.

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“Ancient Irish myth and Medieval Irish history are such an incredibly rich tapestry of intrigue and war and wonder that very few people are familiar with,” Dellert said. “But I wanted to do this story as a fantasy, to use some imaginative fancy, yet stay with the history too. I did a lot of research and talked to a lot of people. The family at the center of the stories is ‘the Donnghaile family,’ who were the ancestors of the Donnelly side of my own family. I thought this was a story that had not been told in this way before.”

HedgeKinginWinter_CoverDesign4-Final_300dpiRGB-200x300But he says with a laugh that he took so long to finish and publish these stories because, “Well, I was kind of busy.”

Dellert first studied writing at Vernon Township High School, where he took advanced placement English courses, studied Drama under the late William Donald, and was three times a student of Donna Spector’s Literary Journal Production class.

He then went on to study English Literature, pursuing his studies for a time at Sussex County Community College in Newton, before earning his Bachelors of English (Writing Concentration).

He studied Celtic History at New York University for a time, and later went on to earn a Masters of English Language and Literature. He also worked twenty years in the New York City and Los Angeles publishing industry, and amidst all that, still found time to become father to two daughters, now in their teens.

“But I also just didn’t know how to write a novel. I had to really study how the form is structured, and how it’s written, and what the elements are. That’s the reason it took some time,” Dellert said. “College writing courses focus on the short story, because it’s feasible to write and critique a complete story in a semester. This teaches the writer to keep the story lean and pointed, but for the would-be novelist, it’s like training for a marathon by doing nothing but wind-sprints.”

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When asked if the books are suitable for young adults, Dellert replies, “I write the story that wants to be written, but my books are definitely PG-13. As Madeleine L’Engle once said, ‘If it’s too difficult for adults, then you write it for children.'”

I purchased this book for a 12-year-old who is an avid reader. The following is a review written by him: “5 stars, it really showed how much responsibility it takes to be a king. It also showed lots [of] religious beliefs, witchcraft and superstitions. It was a very well thought out plot and I can’t wait to read the sequel.” — Anonymous Reader of “Hedge King in Winter,” Amazon Review.

Dellert said finishing the books has been, “indescribable,” then went on to say, “I’m pleased to have done it. It’s been gratifying to see these stories resonate with readers right here at home, as well as those from England, Australia, especially Ireland, and even India and the Philippines. One reader has even taken to writing fan-fiction. She’s recently finished a middle-grade novel set in the world of my stories, and is already working on a second book. It’s really just… wonderful, that’s the only word for it. I’m filled with wonder.”

About Black Dog Books:

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CytEQcNUkAE3TyN-219x300Black Dog Books is an independent general bookstore, with plenty of history books, a good selection of biographies, literary fiction, children’s books, mysteries, thrillers, sci-fi/fantasy, and non-fiction, located in Newton, New Jersey, next to the Between the Bread restaurant. They sponsor book signing, reading, and discussion events.

Catherine Cassidy opened Black Dog Books and brought her lifelong love affair with books to Spring Street in Newton on July 9, 2016. It’s the fulfillment of a dream that its owner, a retired nurse, has had since she was 18 years old, when she worked in a bookstore. The name comes from Cassidy’s own pup, Yeava, whom she adopted after the dog was brought back from the Middle East by military personnel. Yeava sometimes accompanies Cassidy to the store.

While the store has an extensive selection of books, Black Dog Books can also order books for patrons and have them arrive within two days.

Black Dog Books is located at 188 Spring St. in Newton. It is open from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Sunday. The store is ADA-compliant and wheelchair-accessible.

For more information visit facebook.com/blackdogbooksnj or http://blackdogbooksnj.com/.

To reserve signed editions of Mr. Dellert’s The Matter of Manred Saga in advance, please fill out the form here, then complete your purchase on Saturday, July 15 at Black Dog Books and pick them up at the reading.

Or call Black Dog Books at 201-230-3900 to reserve your signed copies in advance.

Seniors, persons with mobility needs, parents with small children, and advance-order patrons will receive priority accommodation during the book signing.

Great Summer Reads Countdown Blitz 2017

Day 6:
Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend, Book 2 by Cheryl Carpinello

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Even the Goddess doesn’t know who will Live or Die

 
Guinevere Dawn of Legend Cover FINAL FB“Think before acting,” her father always warned. But Princess Guinevere is ruled by her heart. Her betrothal to King Arthur has not changed this.

When Guinevere and Cedwyn’s latest adventure takes a dangerous turn, they find themselves embroiled in a life-or-death struggle as foretold by Merlyn’s Goddess of the Stones Renegades—foiled in their attempt to kidnap the princess—steal the children of Cadbury Castle to sell as slaves.

Guinevere and Cedwyn vow to rescue the children, but a miscalculation puts them all in more danger. The plan quickly unravels, and Guinevere’s impassioned decisions come crashing down as Cedwyn chooses to turn his dream of becoming a knight into reality.

Will their courage be strong enough to survive, or will one make the ultimate sacrifice?

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1. The Goddess Speaks:

      Many trials await the two of you. Perhaps the hardest are the ones you will have to endure alone.
      “You, Guinevere, will find yourself lost. You—who are destined to be a great queen—will have to traverse a journey of immense pain and self-doubt. You must let your inner feelings guide you. The journey will be hard and painful. You must summon the courage of your soul to sustain you.
      “You, Cedwyn, faithful friend of the princess and the queen. Your journey may be the hardest of all. You will be sent far from those you serve and love. Your duty will demand that you see this most difficult journey to its end. Whether it be death or life for you will depend upon many things. Your courage must also come from deep within your soul for one so young. Your love of family and friends must be great. But greater still must be your loyalty to the knight’s duty. For your knight’s vow comes soon. You must embrace it. You must defeat the temptations to turn aside for your own safety.

 

 
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Author Picture 500x500I’m a retired high school English teacher. A devourer of books growing up, my profession introduced me to writings and authors from times long past. Through my studies and teaching, I fell in love with the Ancient and Medieval Worlds.

Now, I hope to inspire young readers and those Young-at-Heart to read more through my Tales and Legends for Reluctant Readers set in these worlds.

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Day 5:
Accidentally in Love by Shannon Guymon

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A funny and bittersweet look at grief, love and families who maybe love each other too much.

 
Accidentally in Love - eBook smallLetting go of the past and facing the present and future is harder said than done for Kam Matafeo. Getting over his wife’s death isn’t something on Kam’s list of things to do.  But when Grace Jackson, his new Sous Chef walks in, life is turned upside down. And not just for him either.  Anne, his mother-in-law, is not open to the idea of anyone new in Kam’s life and will do anything to stop his romance from blooming. But when the ‘Love Witches’ step in to protect him, the battle lines are drawn. Fircrest is in for some fireworks when the fight for Kam’s heart not only affects his family, but his friends’ lives too.

Things get so crazy that Grace has to make the decision to stay and fight for herself and Kam or to give up and let Kam slip back into the darkness.”

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      Barry gestured to the guests.  “This is Pule Matafeo and his wife, Posey. And this couple is Asher and Meredith Murphy.”
      Grace frowned and stared at Pule Matafeo.  Was the whole town nothing but Matafeos?
      “Uh, any relation to those guys?” she said gesturing over her shoulder to Tate and Tai. She looked back at the table and all four heads looked down as if they had been staring in her direction.
      Pule smiled serenely and nodded. “Those two men are my cousins and Kam is my big brother.”
      Grace smiled and reached out her hand to shake.  “It’s a privilege to meet you.  I have to say, I love working for your brother.  He is so kind and thoughtful.  I can’t even imagine what it would be like to grow up with Kam as an older brother,” she said.
      Pule snorted and was about to say something when the woman sitting next to him elbowed him in the side.  Pule smiled and nodded.  “Kam was wonderful.”
      “He is wonderful,” his wife said.  “Hi, I’m Posey, Wren Downing’s younger sister.  She’s told me about your gnocchi.”
      Grace grinned. “I love Wren! She’s my favorite.  Are you a chef too?”
      Posey shook her head.  “Oh, no. I can barely microwave food.  I write children’s books.”
      Grace shook her head. “That is so cool.  Good for you.”
      “And I’m Kam’s ex-girlfriend.”
      Grace swiveled her head to see an attractive blond with a razor sharp angled bob looking her up and down.
      “Um, okaay. That’s nice for you.”
      The man sitting next to her rolled his eyes and sighed loudly. “I’m Asher Murphy.  And since you’re new in town, we run the Match and Mingle web site for singles in the Fircrest and Tacoma area.  The first month is free.”
      Grace frowned and looked down at her hands.  “I probably should look into something like that but I have the worst luck with men.  The last guy I dated, emptied out my savings account. I think I’ll stick to what I’m good at. Cooking.”
      “Gotcha. You’re a cat lady,” Meredith said with a small, self-satisfied smile.
      Grace turned and smiled directly at the woman, not breaking eye contact. She made it a rule to never back down from a bully and she wasn’t going to start now, even if it was an ex of Kam’s.
      Meredith looked away first and blushed.  “Sorry, that was rude,” she finally said.
      Grace didn’t bother acknowledging the obvious and looked back to Pule and Posey.  “So how was dinner tonight?” she asked, changing the subject.
      Posey pointed to her almost empty plate.  “I’m about to order another meal just so I can take home some leftovers.  It was amazing, Grace.  Truly, delicious.”
      Pule stopped glaring at Meredith to smile at her.  “Let’s just say we’ll be coming back every week for dinner and twice for lunch if I have anything to say about it.”
      Asher put his fingers to his lips and make a kissing motion.  “Perfection.  Thank you for moving to Fircrest, Grace.  We’re all very happy you’re here. Right, Meredith?”
      Grace watched curiously as Meredith winced.  If she wasn’t mistaken, someone was getting kicked under the table.
      “She might be a halfway decent cook but that doesn’t mean that she’s good enough for K…” she gasped suddenly and didn’t finish her sentence. She glared across the table at Pule. “That hurt!”
      Pule ignored Meredith and smiled up at her.  “I think you are good enough for Calzones.  I’ve been after Rob forever to add them to the lunch menu.”
      Grace smiled in confusion.  “Good enough for calzones? Uh, sure.  I’ll see what I can do.  You all have a wonderful evening.  I have one more table to say hi to.”
      She walked away, motioning to Barry to show her the last table.  That was the weirdest encounter she’d had since moving to Fircrest.  She was going to stay clear of Meredith. That woman was psycho.

 
 

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I live in Rocky Mountains with my husband and children and love my home when it’s not snowing. I’m the author of 36 books so far. I also write YA Paranormal Romance under my pen name, Katie Lee O’Guinn.  I enjoy the outdoors, reading and being with my family. I’m a huge believer in happy endings. Scarlett really should have been happy with Rhett and it’s a darn shame Leo and Kate didn’t float safely into New York on the Titanic. Don’t even get me started on Romeo and Juliet.

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Great Summer Reads Countdown Blitz 2017

Day 4:
The Golden Hour: A Nora Tierney English Mystery by Marni Graff

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coverAmerican writer Nora Tierney is house hunting in Oxford to solidify her little family that includes her almost-year old son, Sean, and her partner, Det. Insp. Declan Barnes. But why does she feel like she’s being followed?

When tracking devices confirm Nora has a stalker, it sets off a chain of events that connect to Declan’s murder investigation of a young Oxford art restorer, and will bring bioterrorism and a psychopath into their lives, while Sean’s hangs in the balance. The fourth Nora Tierney English mystery is the most tension-filled yet, a meditation on what is family and home, combined with art theft and an international conspiracy.

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In the 10 weeks he’d been following her, it became obvious that Nora Tierney was a competent mother who loved and cared for her child. It seemed they had a fairy-tale life, bouncing back and forth between the storied city and the nature-filled village.

From the overheard talks with Barnes, her friends, and phone conversations, plus the house viewings, he learned she planned to move back to Oxford. When would that happen? How long would she stay in Bowness this time?

How long could he keep following her?

As long as it took.

 

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MKGHdshotMarni Graff writes two award-winning mystery series: The Nora Tierney English Mysteries and The Trudy Genova Manhattan Mysteries. She teaches writing workshops and mentors the Writers Read program, and is Managing Editor of Bridle Path Press.

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Day 3:
Tarragon: Dragon Mage by Karlie Lucas

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dragonmagecoverAfter hundreds of years, the gates to Tarragon are open once more, fulfilling age-old prophecy. However, Anwen’s journey is far from over. The dragons still sleep and she has no clue how to wake them. Forced to retreat from the Mountain, she and her newfound friends must devise a new plan to wake the inhabitants of Tarragon.

Meanwhile, the Mage Circle, a group of dragon mages with a vendetta, is camped outside the Gates. Calling on allies of their own, they will stop at nothing to gain control of the Dragon City and all who dwell inside.

To complicate matters even more, Anwen’s mother has joined the party. But even with the help of all her friends, can Anwen overcome the ordeals set before her or will this spell the end of the dragons and the world as we know it?

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Courtney stopped abruptly as the scatterings of a cave-in came into view. “Oh no,” she whispered, one hand to her mouth. Moving slowly, she noticed a body slumped in the hallway. “Please don’t be dead,” she said over and over again as she moved closer. She couldn’t help but wonder which of her friends lay there, and what had happened to the other.
 
The closer she came, the more detail came to light. She recognized Tyler Durand as he lay on his side. His light-colored hair lay limp against his head. His skin was unnaturally pale. At least she didn’t think he was dead. It took a lot to kill a dragon. But just beyond him, a little more out of the way, lay Anwen Porter. And she wasn’t moving.

 
 
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authorKarlie Lucas is a graduate of Southern Utah University, where she received a B.A. in Creative Writing with a minor in art. She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, The International English Honor Society, SCBWI, as well as ANWA, the American Night Writers Association.

Karlie is interested in all things magical and mysterious, especially elves and dragons. She is an avid fan of J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling.

When not writing, Karlie can often be found drawing, baking, watching her favorite old school shows, or just spending time with her family.

She currently resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband and a cat named Kally.

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Day 2:

The Heart of The Hunter by Natalie-Nicole Bates

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Heart of the Hunter

 

After a devastating accident, Barret Atkins has accepted a quiet, solitary existence. His life is turned upside down, when he finds the badly injured Kansas Smith, left for dead in a case of mistaken identity. As Kansas begins to recover, Barret must face some deep scars of his own. When the couple begin to fall for each other, their lives spin into a revival of past hurts, jealousies, and betrayals, causing Barret to put a halt to their budding relationship.

Barret’s hesitation causes his best friend-turned vicious rival, Duncan Craig, to pursue a friendship with Kansas. Where will this leave Barret? Can they all hold on long enough to escape Kansas’s attacker, and will they ever conquer their own inner demons intent on keeping them apart.

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Barret climbed onto the bed, and slid his arms around her, pulling her against his bare chest. “Don’t be afraid.” He kissed her hair. It smelled of lilacs and jasmine. He closed his eyes, he held her tight. “It’s okay, Kansas,” he murmured. “You’re safe, perfectly safe.”

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Natalie-Nicole Bates is a book reviewer and author.
Her passions in life include books and hockey along with Victorian photography, Frozen Charlotte dolls, and antique poison bottles.
She currently resides in the UK where she is working on her next book and adding to her collection of 19th century post-mortem photos.

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