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Romancing the Smokies Reader/Author Event

How we made centerpieces for Romancing the Smokies Reader/Author Event

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I’m happy to share with readers and authors alike my experience doing a crafty project. You see several of the authors in my local writing group would be participating in Romancing the Smokies. We wanted some pretty centerpieces for the luncheon. Attending readers will come away with great books and lots of swag, but we also wanted these centerpieces to be prizes given away.

We set out to make many of them reminiscent of spring with bright colors. One could certainly do all of them alike, but we had the idea of naming the tables. Some readers had requested to have lunch with authors they wanted to get to know better. Instead of being seated at table 5, our guests would be seated at the pansy or daisy table.

I know you are all asking, “How is that cup suspended in air?” Hidden among the flowers is a bent-up fork that has been hot glued to the cup and saucer. On this black and white version, I covered the fork with some black satin trim.

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On this centerpiece I covered the fork with some of the green leaves. Sometimes after you get all the flowers arranged they have covered up the fork nicely. But to ensure it looks magically suspended it is worth taking the time to hide it from the get go.

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As with many creative endeavors, you can spend a great deal of money on supplies and tools or you can do things in an economical fashion. I’ll share with you that some things about this project are very reasonable. I found a whole bag of silverware for three bucks at a local thrift shop. They also have silverware at the Dollar Tree store.

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I also found some cups and saucers for fifty cents.

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For the purposes of this blog post I also wanted to show a more modern set of saucer and mug with a beachy scene. Even buying those two pieces brand new was only three dollars for both.

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There was a great deal of variance in pricing at the different retail stores. I found the sea shell items at Carolina Pottery for three dollars a bag. I was later at JoAnn’s and they were the same brand, size of bag and they were asking almost double.

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I also found some great artificial flowers at Dollar Tree. Don’t forget to check out the jewelry section at the thrift shops while you are looking for teacups. I found a green bracelet for a dollar that have fabulous big green pearl like baubles that went perfectly with some of the green and orange large flowers.

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There is one thing you can’t skimp on: the right glue gun and glue. You can use any regular glue gun for the flowers and decorations. Gluing the fork to the saucer and cup must be the hard-drying high temp glue. The glue that is rubbery and can be peeled off can’t hold the weight or the seal with metal to glass. Here is a shot of the type of glue that worked superbly for the fork attachment.

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A couple of points to keep in mind:

  • The thinner the fork, the easier it will be to bend.
  • Make sure when you glue the fork down, the weight of the cup will still be ‘over’ the saucer. Otherwise it will tip the saucer over.
  • Do put down some newspapers or other covering on your work area. I was being careful, but some strings of hot glue do end up threading places you didn’t intend. And when you set the gun down on occasion some glue drops may still get on the work surface.
  • We used regular pliers to bend the fork. Most needle nose pliers have a section close to the fulcrum that is a wire cutter also. They can also be used to snip the artificial flower pieces you need.
  • Place the whole arrangement on the saucers to see how it all works together BEFORE you start gluing the decorative items down.
  • Use a spare fork as a poker and tucker tool. All of us burned our fingers at one point or another the afternoon we put these together. It is so easy to think “I’ll just push this to get it placed correctly.” But the heat can travel through the thin layer of silk flower. I suppose a popsicle stick would work just as well and save your fingers.

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Did you have a sharp enough eye to notice I used the seashell bag to look like a fish net on this one?

We all had a great time meeting at one of the authors homes to create these beauties for our readers. Just to let you know the level of difficulty here. I had never even used a hot glue gun before this day. Nor had I taken any type of flower arranging class. It was just a fun process to mix and match and see what looked good together.

We hope the winners of these get as much enjoyment from them as we had in making them for those fabulous readers!

         

Felita Daniels is currently working on The Case of the Sad Sons. Follow her on Amazon to be notified when it’s released.

Her non-fiction book is available at Amazon.

Felita Daniels will be attending

Romancing the Smokies

March 17-18, 2017  |  Hilton Knoxville Airport, Alcoa, TN

Romancing the Smokies, a production by Sweet Romance Author Donna Wright, is a romance readers dream with an Emerald Isle event, author meet and greet, an elegant luncheon, book signing, Masquerade Ball including fun casino games, plus tons of swag and giveaways.

Here, readers get to meet their favorite authors and authors get to connect with readers. We have put together authors from every sub-genre of Romance and even some Mystery authors so you, the reader, can make a personal connection and really get to know the authors whose books you’ve loved.

See full details at our website.

See ticket options at Eventbright.
(the book signing from 2 to 4 on Saturday is free to the public)

Find out how to win the

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A Brief Look Back

2015 grew into a pretty good year, even though it didn’t start off too well.

Brian and I celebrated 25 years of marriage and I gained three new family members a grandson, a granddaughter and a daughter-in-law. 💖

 

I have met a lot of new people, mostly involved one way or another in the Indie Author movement/industry, authors, editors, P.A.s, cover artists, readers and fans.
I am happy to say, that most of these people have welcomed me into their lives and I have become good friends with some of them.
I have also read some damn good books that I probably would have missed out on, had I not become a part of the indie family, and what a family they are! 💖

I started blogging this year and now have two reasonably successful blogs, plus a book review page on Facebook.
Without the encouragement of my friends this blog would probably have been abandoned by now, and my review page wouldn’t exist.
My biggest shock this year is that I have authors asking me to read and review their books.
Looking back to my first post on this blog I said:

I can’t imagine anyone being interested enough, in what I say, to read it.

It would seem, however, that some people are interested… who knew!

I would like to take a moment to thank each and every one of you who have shown me true friendship and supported me during the past year.💖

I hope that 2016 brings you good health and happiness!

RBR

Make Wishes Come True

Reblogged from Scott A Borgman – Author

With the holiday fast approaching, while we’re all scrambling to put up decorations, preparing for parties with co-workers and friends, and getting ready to take trips to spend the holidays with family, there are others out there – children, who are fighting against life threatening illnesses.

The organization I’ve chosen to donate to this year was founded with these children in mind, to help make their wishes come true. In so doing, they’re helping these children feel better, both physically and emotionally. Wishes come in all shapes and sizes, just like the children who make them.

Life isn’t about what we can get, but what we can give. Our lives are not defined by what we have, they’re defined by what we do. I’ve taken part in www.extra-life.org to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network, helped raise money for a new library facility near me, and donated books to two different libraries. Now, for this holiday season, with your help we can make wishes come true for children. That’s what the holidays are meant to be about, after all.

My latest release bundles all three books in my Exiled trilogy together into a single Collector’s Edition. In a way, it’s very fitting that it’s being released for the holiday season.
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Here is the book description:

 

The complete story:

The Exiled

David doesn’t believe in the devil or angels. But when he’s hunted by one and protected by the other, the veil is lifted, and David discovers that his beliefs don’t matter. He holds the key to Lucifer’s prison – and Lucifer will stop at nothing to get it.

The Exiled: Continuation

The story continues as the impossible is made possible, and Lucifer begins a new game of deception. When 22-year-old Kaly becomes his target, her normal life is shattered beyond belief. The veil lifts once more as Kaly discovers who she really is, and that some horrors and nightmares are real.

The Exiled: Infinity

The veil is torn away and nothing is held back as the ultimate battle for survival begins. Kaly faces off with Lucifer, which begins a journey that will test her beyond anything she’s ever imagined. While the angels fight to defend Heaven and the old gods battle for Olympus, humanity faces the Apocalypse. Every story needs an ending… and this one will last until Infinity.

 

The Exiled Trilogy is a Paranormal Romance that weaves an action-packed tale of honor, duty, deception, betrayal, desire, and love… while taking a hard, emotional look at humanity. It was meant to be written. Destined to be told. Even fiction has truth within it.

**Due to some language and sexual content (not explicit), it may not be suitable for anyone 17 and under**

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During the month of December, for every paperback copy of #TET that is bought directly from CreateSpace, the company that prints the book, $4 will be donated, and for every sale of it from Amazon (digital version included) $2 will be donated.

For Kindle Unlimited members, all of my books are available for you to read for free – the Tal’Avern Chronicles (YA Epic Fantasy) and the Exiled trilogy (Paranormal Romance – both in their individual books and bundled in the CE). As Amazon now pays authors whose books are in the program on a ‘per page read’ basis, you too can help make wishes come true… simply by reading my books. At least 50% of the profits I receive from pages read in December I will be donating. In all honesty, I’d love to bump that even higher, so the more books of mine that Kindle Unlimited members read, the higher I can raise that percentage.

If you need a gift for someone or even just want one for yourself, please consider picking up a copy of #TET. If you’re a Kindle Unlimited member – read, read, read!! You’ll be doing so much more than just giving a gift or reading  books. You’ll be helping to make wishes come true for children battling against their illnesses.

You can help by spreading the word as well. Please, share this on your blogs. Post it on your Facebook. Tweet about it. Tell your friends and neighbors.

And if you choose to make a purchase or read with Kindle Unlimited, please come back here afterwards and post a comment on this particular blog entry and let us all know – because while I will be making the donation in the end, you are the ones who should get the recognition.

 

For your convenience, here are the links which will take you directly to the book’s Amazon and CreateSpace pages:

Amazon:  http://hyperurl.co/c6ltbq

CreateSpace:  http://hyperurl.co/h4gqdg

And for you Kindle Unlimited members, here is the link to my Author Page on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/author/scottborgman

Thank you everyone. May you all have a joyous holiday season. Now, let’s get to work! We have smiles to put on the faces of children, and wishes to help grant!

All My Best,
Scott A. Borgman

Books I read in November


Cemetery at Devil’s Bend

by Gina Moray

A well-written and spooky short story that grabs hold of you at the start and drags you along to the end.
Plenty of suspense and twists to keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat, right up to the surprising conclusion.
I was, very quickly, just as curious as Marty, to find out about the creepy cemetery.

 

Something strange is happening to Pine Creek. A cemetery pops up just outside of town and it’s fueling the residents’ fears. The headstones bare the names of residents interred in town and the townsfolk are left wondering … what’s buried beneath the soil. Marty Duller, a historian with a passion for cemeteries, starts to ask questions and learns that all is not what it seems in Pine Creek. There are more than bodies buried in the town’s history and their very souls may be at risk.

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Ascension Within: A Story of Angels & Fallen-Angels

by Julie Nicholls

Wow! A fantastic conclusion to what has been a fantastic series.

For the final time, I joined Eloise, Kai, and all their friends in their adventures as they endeavoured to win the game and save all of humanity.
I am going to miss them all!

I don’t know what to say about this book, that I haven’t said about the previous two.
The steamy scenes, violent fights, surprises, intrigue, and adventure that I loved, in the first two books, are all back in this book, along with more sadness, joy, secrets, rage and excitement.

If you haven’t read Demon Within and Angel Within, then you need to read them before you read this one.

Thanks again to Julie Nicholls who gifted me an eCopy of the book. 

The story continues from book two, Angel Within, where we left Eloise in a state of unrest at Kai’s disappearance. Can Eloise save Kai? If she does, is he going to be the same man she fell in love with? Or will he revert to his old persona? Confused by overwhelming emotions of despair and betrayal over losing her lover, Eloise finds inner strength and rages with determined purpose to aid her husband’s return.
Together with her comrades and the angel, Anael, she makes her plan to rescue Kai, but as always when dealing with angels, it is not so easy. The angels are cooking more plots and schemes; they just won’t leave the mortals alone! Anael reveals additional secrets regarding Eloise and Kai’s past, and she’s angry and hurt. Lashing out at the Angel, she condemns his actions and his interferences with the lives of mortals.
The battle is on to release Kai, and to save the souls of man from Nivel, a dark angel. He’s playing a dangerous game and the prize is all of humanity.
The witch Jana is aiding Nivel. What deceit is she planning this time after hiding her intentions in Angel Within? Nivel strives to win a game he and Anael started over 25 years ago, but who has the better team?
You will learn everything in the final book, Ascension Within, book three in the Fallen Angels Series.
Ascension Within has more secrets and plots, just as with Demon Within, and Angel Within. Together with sensual, erotic bedroom scenes, and an adventure that will keep you guessing, you will be riveted to know the conclusion of this saga.
The Fallen Angels series is a story of love, passion, good overpowering evil, and loyalty.
Includes an additional bonus short story
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The 11th Percent

by T.H. Morris

I enjoyed this exciting, fast-paced and original book. It brings a fresh and unique look at spirits and the afterlife.

The story is well-written, with lots of action and plenty of suspense. I was hooked from the first page.

Johan and the supporting cast were well-developed, had their own personalities, and were, for the most part, likeable. Even the unpleasant Trip, turned out not to be a villain, which I didn’t see coming!

Thanks to the descriptive and engaging writing, I felt as though I had joined Johan and his new friends in the challenging world of the 11th Percenters.

The book ended well, leaving room to continue the story, but without a cliffhanger.

Thank you to the author for gifting me an eCopy of the book.

Jonah Rowe, a bored accountant and aspiring novelist, is sick and tired of his job as an accountant. He is burnt out from all the office gossip, politics, and double talk, and he longs for his life to matter. Truth be told, Jonah wants anything besides the lame routine of coasting through his workday….only to psych himself up enough to do it all over again the next day. He only wishes that his life had some meaning.

Amidst the combination of writer’s block and society’s expectations to have a “real” 9-5 job, Jonah gets his wish.

His world is turned completely upside down one evening when his vision inexplicably turns blue for several moments. He then receives a warning from a spectral visitor that not only is he in danger, but everything in his life is about to change.

Overnight, Jonah transforms from an overworked, underpaid accountant to the centerpiece of a spectral battle. Will he rise to the occasion? Can he accept that everything he knows about life and death is completely wrong? And, most importantly, will he be able to comprehend and harness the power of the mysterious 11th Percent?

Follow Jonah’s journey in this new breed of ghost story!

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The Felix Chronicles: Freshmen

by R.T. Lowe

I really enjoyed reading this book. If you like your books short and sweet, this isn’t the book for you!
I have no problems reading a good long book as it gives me something to sink my teeth into.

The Prologue is long and at first I was unable to see the connection to the story, but it all made sense as events happen and the various plot lines meet along the way.

Q. What do you get if you mix monsters attacking and eating people in a forest, a serial killer who kills teenagers, a stalker, a band of assassins and a group of college kids?
A. A damn good story!!

The book is well-paced, with vivid descriptions, and plenty of suspense and action. There are violent scenes, some of which are quite graphic. However, there is also normal college life and moments of humour.

Felix and his friends are all realistically portrayed and wonderfully fleshed out. As are The Faceman and other villains of the piece.

I was surprised and slightly disappointed to find the end of the book wasn’t the end of this complex story and I am eager to find out what the author has planned next, for Felix and his friends.

I received an ecopy of “The Felix Chronicles: Freshmen” from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Reeling from a terrible accident that claimed the lives of his parents, Felix arrives at Portland College hoping only to survive the experience. In time, however, his reality star roommate shows him there is more to higher education than just classes, shared bathrooms and bad dorm food, and Felix gradually dares to believe he can put his past behind him. But a fateful storm looms on the horizon: In the nearby woods, two hikers become the latest victims in a series of gruesome murders; a disfigured giant embarks on a vicious cross-country rampage, killing teenagers who fail his ‘test’; and an ancient society of assassins tasked with eradicating the wielders of a mysterious source of power awakens after a long silence. Only one man–the school’s groundskeeper–knows that the seemingly unrelated events are connected, and that an eighteen-year-old boy stands in the center of the storm.
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Awethology Dark

by The #Awethors

A great collection of stories by some awesome authors. Some of the authors were ‘new to me’ and this was a great introduction to their writing.

I find with most anthologies, that I prefer some stories to others and this book isn’t really any different. Though in fairness to all the authors involved, I have to say that I am struggling to pick only one or two favourites, as they were all well written and all held my interest.

I am looking forward, with anticipation, to reading the other book of the pair, Awethology Light

Because one voice in your head isn’t enough, here are so many more, as the Awethors chime together with our vast collection of stories and poetry to make you laugh, make you cry and make you feel alive. We are the Awethors and these are our words to you.

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Vampyr: The Complete Trilogy

by K. M. McFarland

I enjoyed this somewhat steamy trilogy, and getting to know all the characters and their relationships to one another.
K. M. McFarland has taken the vampire genre and given it a new twist, giving us vampires with ‘humanity’ but without losing their predatory nature, and a unique take on vampire reincarnation.
My feelings towards the characters changed often, some for the better and others from like to dislike, depending on their role within the story.

As characters joined, left and reappeared, it could have got complicated and confusing, but the author kept it all straight in my mind.

My only complaint would be the occasional repetitiveness of one character explaining the past to one another, but all in all, it was an entertaining and interesting read.

The author gifted an ecopy of this trilogy to me

Vampires are alive and well in the Big Easy. In the modern world of forensics, technology, and security cameras everywhere, vampires are now forced to live in secret. In this new age where vampires have evolved into gentle predators mainly depending on alternative methods for acquiring blood, vampire bars have risen in popularity. Owned by a former rock star turned vampire, Quinn Forrester, Vampyr is New Orleans’ most popular venue. Aside from being the French Quarter’s coolest music club, it is also a secret vampire bar serving the finest quality human blood to its vampire clientele. The cryptic alley next to it seduces the most delectable humans just itching to quench a vampire’s thirst. Welcome to Vampyr…

SONG OF THE VAMPIRE: Successful rock star, Quinn Forrester, isolates himself after being turned to a vampire. Eighteen years later, a chance meeting with the daughter he abandoned as a baby the night he was turned shakes his lonely, tormented world.

UNDER A BOURBON STREET MOON: Quinn and his vampire lover seem to have the perfect romance, but their relationship is put to the test when a beautiful mortal woman from his past and an adorable country singer, who has just arrived from Nashville with her own connection to Quinn, enter his world.

MASQUERADE: Quinn has his hands full as the owner of all three vampire bars in New Orleans. As he gets closer to his new attractive young personal assistant, the successful entrepreneur also must deal with a vampire daughter, a mortal daughter who sees dead people, a spiritually connected vampire ex-girlfriend who is her mentor and a deceased ex-wife that just won’t stay dead.
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Now You See Her…

by Dale Mayer

I enjoyed this book and felt immersed in the story. I tagged along as Dean and Stefan struggled to keep Tia safe and find out who was targeting her. It was a fast-paced read, with plenty going on to keep me engaged.
The characters were well defined, realistic and likable.
The story was a rollercoaster of emotions as Tia and Dean came to terms with their abilities and their feelings for each other.
Although this is book 8 in the Psychic Vision series, it does work well as a stand alone book.
I have read books 1-3 of the series and fully intend to get back and read 4-7, when I have time.
I received an eCopy of Now You See Her… from Barclay Publicity in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Energy. The life force of good … and evil
And sometimes evil is stronger.

Tia spent years imprisoned in a ‘special’ program. When she finally escaped, she ran as far away as she could. But it wouldn’t leave her alone.

Only one person can help her. Stefan. But when she contacts him for help, she gets more than she bargained for. Six weeks later, she awakens from a coma to find more problems than ever – and she’s still being hunted.

Dean, moonlighting as a guard at the hospital, finds himself in an impossible situation. His belief system is stretched out of control by someone whom he can’t forget … and can’t believe. Until he has no choice.

With everything on the line, Tia and Dean must work together to solve the problem that has somehow – in a very unique way – entwined them both.

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Desert Wolf

by Heather Long
When I first started reading this book, I was a bit confused as to who all the characters were, but as I read on everything, and everyone, fell into place.
The book is well written and moves along at a good pace, with plenty of action and adventure.
The characters are interesting and well fleshed out. Their interactions and emotions are believable, and this made me care about what happened to them.

It’s an entertaining read, which can be read as a stand-alone story, despite being part of a series.
I haven’t read any of the previous books in the Wolves of Willow Bend series, although I do now want to. I’d like to know what happened before.

I received an eCopy of Desert Wolf from Barclay Publicity in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Cassius, Alpha of Sutter Butte, leads the most ruthless and dangerous pack in the United States. A pack comprised of misfits who didn’t fit in their previous packs, cast offs discarded by their packs and forgotten wolves who rose to create a pack more than a century before it utter defiance of the order of the day. Sometimes pitiless and cruel, he wants more for his people than a yearly bloodbath as they fight for a new place, a better spot in the pecking order. To change his pack, means to change himself and he will find rebellion on all sides, not the least of which is his own defiant heart.

Sovvan Stark, Omega of Delta Crescent, lives a cherished, beloved life in the center of her pack, a delicate and hard won balance. Though she is not the only Omega, she is the most experienced with the tremors of pack upset when power shifts from Alpha to Alpha. When her Alpha approaches her about Sutter Butte’s request, Sovvan considers the matter for several long months. While she might hold within her the key to helping the Sutter Butte Alpha, the undertaking could very well kill her.

Accompanied by a single Hound, Sovvan begins a journey to help Cassius rebuild the foundation of his pack, but first she will have to transform him…

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Where Death Is a Hunter

by Christopher Stookey

An exciting, well-written, fast-paced book that is a mix of medical drama, legal drama, and mystery.
It kept my attention from cover to cover, and with a multitude of suspects it was impossible to identify the offender before the climax.
The author is a doctor and his medical background shows in the stories realistic feel. He focuses on what’s important and doesn’t get bogged down with irrelevant details and jargon, which makes this book easy to read and understand.
Hannah is such a great character, that she slightly overshadows the supporting cast, who weren’t quite as fleshed out but still believable.

I received an eCopy of Where Death Is a Hunter from Christopher Stookey in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

 

Hannah Fâtier is a thirty-two-year-old physician fresh out of residency training. She’s just started her first job as an anesthesiologist at Deaconess Hospital in San Francisco, she’s bought a new home, and she’s engaged to be married.

In short, life is good for Hannah–until, one morning at work, tragedy strikes. A patient under her care dies unexpectedly during a routine operation. An investigation into the case reveals the cause of death to be a basic medical error committed by Hannah. Wracked with guilt, Hannah falls into a malaise of depression and self-reproach. Yet the more she ponders her alleged “error,” the more she realizes that something about the way her patient died doesn’t add up. Digging deeper into the records of the case, Hannah discovers a number of puzzling inconsistencies. She begins to suspect that someone has framed her for a medical mistake she never made. But who would do such a thing and why? And, more importantly, if there was no medical error, then why did her patient really die that morning on the operating table?

Where Death Is a Hunter is a medical mystery dealing with hospital death, betrayal, one doctor’s self-doubt, and the search for redemption.

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6 Ways to Where

by R. Mac Wheeler
The characters were superbly portrayed, as were their interactions with one another. Mar particularly caught my imagination as a strong but flawed teen.
The writing was descriptive and drew me into the story.
The suspense and build up was well written, along with the action scenes, but I felt that something was missing, that I was waiting for something to happen.
I’m not sure whether or not it’s because this is the 3rd book of the series and I haven’t read the previous two.

I received an eCopy of 6 Ways to Where from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

At eighteen it’s tough to decide a life path when the threat of pandemic hangs over the world, your brother is the genius who engineered the plague, and you’re repeatedly drawn into the fight against the terrorists spreading it. Plenty of people would kill an Abernathy on sight so it would be wise for Mar to visit the dojo, otherwise play invisible, but her brother is manipulating her into another adventure.

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A Boo-tiful Halloween

by Angela Shori

The illustrations in this short children’s book are bright and colourful, and the ‘monsters’ aren’t at all scary.

The vocabulary doesn’t seem too challenging for the upper age range (5 yrs) that this book is aimed at.
At the same time, it would be a fun book to read to younger children.

I received an eCopy of A Boo-tiful Halloween from Angela Shori in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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I liked it.
The liked all the pictures, they were a bit spooky.
It was easy to read.

Gather all your ghouls and goblins for a colorful journey with the friendly monsters of A Boo-tiful Halloween.
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Rawblood

by Catriona Ward
I don’t like to leave things unfinished, so deciding not to read this book all the way to the last page was hard for me. I nearly didn’t leave a review, but on reflection I think I should.

I gave it a good shot, I read 152 of the 352 pages and I can’t say that it’s a ‘bad’ book, it’s just not for me. The writing is descriptive and the book is well-edited, but nothing much happened.

I was bored and eventually decided that I have far too many books on my to-read list to persevere with this one.

I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

In 1910, eleven year old Iris Villarca lives with her father at Rawblood, a lonely house on Dartmoor. Iris and her father are the last of their name. The Villarcas always die young, bloodily. Iris knows it’s because of a congenital disease which means she must be strictly isolated. Papa told her so. Forbidden to speak to other children or the servants, denied her one friend, Iris grows up in solitude. But she reads books. And one sunlit autumn day, beside her mother’s grave, she forces the truth from her father. The disease is biologically impossible. A lie, to cover a darker secret.

The Villarcas are haunted, through the generations, by her. She is white, skeletal, covered with scars. Her origins are a mystery but her purpose is clear. When a Villarca marries, when they love, when they have a child – she comes and death follows.

Iris makes her father a promise: to remain alone all her life. But when she’s fifteen, she breaks it. The consequences of her choice are immediate and horrific.

Iris’s story is interwoven with the past, the voices of the dead – Villarcas, taken by her. Iris’s grandmother sets sail from Dover to Italy with a hired companion, to spend her final years in the sun before consumption takes her. Instead she meets betrayal, and a fate worse than death. Iris’s father, his medical career in ruins, conducts unconscionable experiments, to discover how she travels in the Villarca blood. Iris’s mother, pregnant, walks the halls of Rawblood whispering to her, coaxing her to come. As the narratives converge, Iris seeks her out in a confrontation which shatters her past and her reality, revealing the chasm in Iris’s own, fractured identity. Who is she? What does she desire? The answer is more terrible and stranger than Iris could have imagined.

Book Reviews ARE Important!

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It has been about 10 months since I became involved in the Indie Author Community. My first involvement was to simply share posts for my daughter’s first published novel. She became more involved in the social media connections with other authors. There were several Facebook events that she participated in, her ‘parties’ as she called them. She invited me and the first couple I really was not interested in ‘attending.’ However, about the third I hung around looking over her shoulder and the fourth I actually participated. book memeThat was a really fun event, the dialog in the posts was fun, entertaining and enlightening in regard to Indie Authors in general. I found them to be a mutually supporting and congenial community. There wasn’t competition between authors. Instead I discovered they are a lot like the groups of quilters I’ve been a part of for some time. Encouraging, helpful, sharing and developing…

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MPL: A Poem

Jen Winters is an Indie Author

One of my dearest friends on the internet is an author and has been having trouble recently. Being an author, especially an indie author, can be a hair-raising experience of self-doubt, pessimism, and despair. Marketing is a huge struggle for indies, but more than that, finding the right niche of readers to get you book read is difficult. I have host Ani Manjikian on my blog before, several time and I encouraged her to express herself and her frustrations and the poetry she wrote speaks to me and I suspect to many, many of my readers.

The Fake Smile

By Ani Manjikian

I am writer

Creator of worlds and characters

Lover of my craft

Hater of the BS that goes with it

Whine, bitch, complain

No! No! No!

That’ll send the wrong message

You must be in control

Show your strength and pride

Even as you wither and die inside

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The Charlie McClung Mysteries by Mary Anne Edwards

 
 

Mary Anne Edwards is the author of The Charlie McClung Mysteries, Brilliant Disguise, A Good Girl, and Criminal Kind. The fourth book in the series, Sins of My Youth, will be released winter, 2015.

These are traditional murder mysteries with a touch of romance. There are six more books planned for this series. But her imagination tends to run wild, so you never know when it may end.

Mary Anne was born in Mercedes, Texas. She now lives in Georgia with her husband of 34+ years and her Tuxedo cat, Gertrude. She and her husband dream of retiring in … Well, they have not decided yet.

For years, she only dabbled in writing, but with the encouragement of her husband, she left the accounting world to write full-time.

Mary Anne is an advocate for the developmentally challenged and sits on the advisory board of Rockdale Cares, Inc. She is an active member of Sisters in Crime – Atlanta Chapter. When Mary Anne is not writing, she loves to read and watch all kinds of mysteries.

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The Books

Brilliant Disguise

 

Detective Charlie McClung no longer finds his job fulfilling and has given up finding that “someone” his granny promised he would find. So he leaves behind the big city and his close-knit family and takes a job in a small town police department in Georgia, resigned to live a quiet life in solitude.

Things change when he meets Marian Selby while investigating the mysterious death of her best friend. But Marian swore never to love again after the death of her husband 11 years ago. What seems to be a suicide turns into a tangled web of deceit, corruption, and complicated shadows.

Can the two of them come to grips with their feelings for each other before the killer closes in on them?

Brilliant Disguise Playlist – http://www.podsnack.com/mysterygal/a1um69np

What people are saying about Brilliant Disguise.

“Brilliant Disguise is first-rate mystery that harkens you back to the days of Agatha Christie. You’ll feel a sense of nostalgia as you immerse yourself in the story, investigating alongside Det. McClung and eagerly awaiting clues at every turn. It’s an edge-of-your-seat whodunit!”
~Monique Michelle Mason, Author of Moving at the Speed of Single

“I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Charlie McClung and Marion. A brilliantly written murder mystery. Ms. Edwards infused humor into the serious plot and sweet developing romance. She had me laughing several times within the first few pages. The plot had me engaged the entire time. This was a straight read through for me;, I didn’t want to put the book down! A couple little twists near the end were unexpected. Great read, well edited, and worthy of a five star review.”
~Pygmy Amazon Reviews

What I think about Brilliant Disguise.

Mystery and romance rolled up into one story. The characters are well developed and colourful. The descriptions and detail drew me in. The book was intriguing, well-written, and kept me guessing until the end.

A Good Girl

For Charlie McClung, going home to Virginia with Marian was supposed to be a joyous occasion, but upon arrival at his childhood home, he’s met with a note instead of his family.

“Don’t worry, Love, we’re all okay. Come to the shop. A dead girl was found in an armoire delivered just now. Huggies, Ma”

Charlie is quickly recruited to help solve the murder of a young girl who was on the path to becoming a nun. The suspects begin to mount as Charlie delves deep into the girl’s life, revealing a sordid and ugly side of the town’s good girl.

A Good Girl
 
 
 

What people are saying about A Good Girl.

 

“Is there anything more fun to read than a book that’s equal parts captivating mystery and charming romance? A GOOD GIRL will keep you on the edge of your seat guessing and will warm you to your bones as Marian and Charlie, meant for each other, race to the end. I couldn’t put it down.”
~ Gretchen Archer, USA Today Bestselling author of the Davis Way Crime Capers

“This fast-paced mystery is so captivating and well written it draws you in from the beginning! Strong, vibrant characters and a gripping plot, will keep you wanting more and reading until the very end. I’m eagerly awaiting the next book in this terrific series.”
~ Shelley’s Book Case

What I think about A Good Girl.

The second book in the series picks up soon after the first, with another crime and another mystery. It introduces us to Charlie’s extended family who were fun and likable. The introduction of so many new characters was done in such a way as to not overwhelm you. Each book could be read as a stand-alone mystery because you are not left hanging, but you wouldn’t have the background or see the love developing between Charlie & Marian. Another well-written mystery, although this time I did have the suspect pegged before the end.

 

Criminal Kind

It’s the perfect setting for a romantic getaway at sea: Caribbean breezes, clear blue skies, passionate nights, and murder? Not exactly what Detective Charlie McClung and Marian had in mind for their honeymoon. When one of their fellow passengers is murdered on her 35th wedding anniversary, Charlie and Marian get pulled into the investigation. Who would want to kill poor Tammy Ferguson in such a brutal way? As Charlie uncovers more sordid details about Tammy and her husband, Peter, it becomes clear that someone else has found the same skeletons in the Ferguson’s closet and Tammy has paid the price. Is Peter next?

Trapped on the ship with an insidious killer, shadows seem more ominous and even the most innocent faces seem sinister. Has Charlie inadvertently put Marian in harm’s way? How long does Charlie have before the hunter becomes the hunted?

Criminal Kind
 

What people are saying about Criminal Kind.

“Marian and Charlie McClung are the best crime fighting couple since Jennifer and Jonathan Hart. CRIMINAL KIND, the third in this wonderful series, is like taking a vacation. A vacation with murder. The setting is gorgeous, the mystery masterful, and if you think you know whodunit, you’ll never guess how. I’m a huge fan.”
~ Gretchen Archer, Author of the USA Today Bestselling Davis Way Crime Caper Series

“Oh, the shenanigans! Charlie and Marian’s honeymoon with a touch of murder kept me entertained to the very last page. Kick back, pour an umbrella drink, and tag along with the delightful McClungs as they track down an ingenious cruise ship killer.”
~ Alice Loweecey, Author of the Giulia Driscoll mysteries

“The story leads you through a maze not of who done it, but of who would have. Marian and Charlie do it again … balancing their love for each other while hunting down a truly creative and diabolical killer.”
~ Marlene Patterson, A Cozy Girl Reads

What I think about Criminal Kind.

I haven’t read Criminal Kind yet, but I’ll be sure to let you know what I think once I have.