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Great Summer Reads 2018 Countdown Blitz: Day 6

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Queen Mary’s Daughter by Emily-Jane Hills Orford

 

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QueenMarysDaughter500X750There are so many possibilities that affect the course of history. One change, one small item overlooked, can make a world of difference, not only in a person’s life, but in the history and well-being of an entire nation. And then there are those multiple scenarios of what if?

What if King James VI of Scotland didn’t succeed in amalgamating Scotland with England? What if there had been another heir to the throne of Scotland? One who would secure its independence? Would Scotland have remained free and independent and a nation of its own well into the twenty-first century? And would Scotland, this independent version, make its own decision to join the European Union when its southern neighbor was choosing to pull away?

“Queen Mary’s Daughter” presents another plausible timeline, one that incorporates both historical fact and fiction with the endless possibilities of time travel.

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photoEmily-JaneHills OrfordEmily-Jane Hills Orford is an award-winning author of several books, including Gerlinda (CFA 2016) which received an Honorable Mention in the 2016 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, To Be a Duke (CFA 2014) which was named Finalist and Silver Medalist in the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and received an Honorable Mention in the 2015 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. She writes about the extra-ordinary in life and her books, short stories, and articles are receiving considerable attention.

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Top Ten List:

Things I like:

  1. my family
  2. my dog (though he’s really not a thing)
  3. my garden
  4. chocolate
  5. books
  6. piano
  7. music
  8. painting
  9. nature
  10. life

 

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Great Summer Reads 2018 Countdown Blitz: Day 5

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Courage by Lauren H Salisbury

(The Legacy Chronicles Book 1)

 

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Can one woman evade an alien empire to save her son’s life?

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Gilla and Elias have the perfect life—or as perfect as life can be for slaves living deep in the Esarelian Empire. Elias wants freedom for his precious wife and daughter, and the rest of their people, and he is willing to fight to get it. Pregnant with her second child, Gilla only wants a happy, healthy family who share a strong faith in the God of Old Earth and to get through her workload each day.

When the Esarelians decide to teach their rebellious slaves a lesson they will never forget, Gilla’s entire life is turned upside down. She must trust that God has a plan to protect her new-born son, and have the courage to follow it, choosing the strangest of allies in an effort to ensure his survival.

Courage is a science fiction retelling of the Biblical story of Moses’s birth. It has strong, quirky characters, strange alien worlds, and a gripping plot with a twist on the original.

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Facebok PhotoLauren H Salisbury was an English teacher for sixteen years with an MA in Education. She is now a writer who dabbles with tutoring and lives with her husband and a room full of books in Yorkshire, England.

She likes to spend winters abroad, following the sunshine and becoming the seasonal envy of her friends. When she’s not writing, she can be found spending time with family, reading, walking, crafting, or cooking. Courage is her debut novel.

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Top Ten Lists:

Ten Fun Facts

  1. I love making my own greeting cards and sometimes sell them at Christmas.

  2. I’m allergic to lots of things, including my own hair.

  3.  I have an MA in education with a focus on games in English.

  4. I lived in Beirut, Lebanon for a year and southern Spain for six months. I still speak some Arabic but only a little Spanish.

  5.  I play Minecraft at the weekends with my nieces in Canada, and we’re going to build the settlement and space cruiser from my novel, Courage, in one of our shared realms.

  6.  I know how to professionally frame pictures and once spent a summer working in an art gallery.

  7.  I’ve learned to walk twice as an adult. Once after dislocating my knee and tearing the ligaments, and once after a long-term illness that left my muscles partially wasted.

  8.  I donated my hair to the Princess Trust a year ago and plan to do so again.

  9. My young nieces invented lots of the animals and plants for my stories, including vevom (chicken-like creatures with eight tentacles instead of legs).

  10. I like to renovate old houses, and I’m about to find my fourth.

 

Ten Favourite Things

  1. Reading. I can read for hours without noticing night falling.

  2. Evaporated milk. Every baked dessert tastes better with evap, except possibly cheesecake.

  3.  My tablespoon. I love cooking and baking, but I never weigh anything on scales. I’ve used the same spoon for years and know how to measure every ingredient using it. Besides, it has a comfy handle.

  4.  Messenger. It’s how I communicate with family living in Canada.

  5.  My fleecy grey jumper. It’s warm and soft—perfect.

  6.  Dry humour.

  7. Firefly. I love the mash-up between outer space and old west, English and Chinese. The main characters’ sense of wit helps too.

  8. Long showers to wake me up and get my brain working.

  9. Coming up with new twists for my series; hidden links between characters are my absolute favourite.

  10. Designing a new card. I love to make my own.

 

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Great Summer Reads 2018 Countdown Blitz: Day 4

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Sons of the Sphinx by Cheryl Carpinello

 

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 If they fail…
She could die over 3300 years from home!

Tackle the elements & evil of Ancient Egypt…
A history-changing battle & Time Travel Thriller…

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Fifteen-year-old Rosa doesn’t see dead people…
She hears them & talks to them.

When she agrees to help King Tut’s ghost find his lost queen & clear his family’s name, she doesn’t count on falling for him.

She & Tut must also outwit an evil pharaoh determined to stop them…
Even if it means one of them must die.

Get it today and see who triumphs.

2015 IAN Book of the Year Finalist YA
2015 CAL Book Award Finalist YA Fiction
2014 Literary Classics Seal of Approval
2015 Readers’ Favorite Finalist YA
2014 Literary Classics Silver Medal for PreTeen/Tween

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Author Picture 300dpi copyI’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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Top Ten List:

  1. Things I like to do when not writing:

    I enjoy traveling—I will travel anywhere, any time; reading; spending time with my family; and working in the yard. I’m definitely not a housekeeper.

  2. How I relax:

    Sitting on the beach in Puerto Aventuras, Mexico!

  3. My favorite color:

    Blue’s always been my favorite color. It’s the color of my eyes, of the sky, and of the ocean.

  4. My favorite drink:

    Just can’t pass up a good margarita!

  5. My favorite snack:

    I devour nachos and Auntie Anne’s pretzels!

  6. My favorite movies:

    Star Wars, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, and The Mummy. I’ve watched each of these so many times that I’ve lost track, and my husband shakes his head when he sees one on and says, “Really?” I just smile.

  7. I am a night owl:

    I don’t usually go to sleep until midnight, and now that I’m retired, I’m comfortable not seeing the sun come up in the morning:)

  8. My favorite food:

    That would be a smothered shredded beef burrito followed by coconut ice cream.

  9. My favorite concerts:

    Elton John, Sting, Paul McCartney, and Mumford & Sons.

  10. If I could live anyway, it would be in Colorado.

    We have the best weather—All four seasons. I live next to the foothills, and a drive up in the Rockies is a cure for any ailment. I can see the world famous Red Rock Amphitheater from my couch, and if the wind is just right, we can hear the concerts. My immediate family is all here, except for one sister who lives in Texas, poor soul. In addition to being a retired teacher, I’m also a retired airline employee. So, when I need a change, it’s so easy just to hop a plane and go to the beach.

 

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Great Summer Reads 2018 Countdown Blitz: Day 2

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Tarragon: Dragon Bane by Karlie Lucas

 

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The Revenants are coming. 

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Only recently woken from their centuries’ long slumber, the dragons are unprepared to face them. But when a legend is uncovered, revealing the existence of a lost tribe of mages, hope flickers to life.

The race is on as Tyler Durand and Anwen Kaida rush to find this missing tribe while the others prepare for their last stand. But time and numbers are against them, and Anwen fears that even if they find the lost mages, it will be too late.

 

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AuthorKarlie Lucas is a preschool teacher by day and a writer/artist by night.

A graduate of Southern Utah University, Karlie 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, 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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Top Ten List:

Top Ten comfort/go to books

  1. Christy by Catherine Marshall

  2. Dragon Harper Trilogy by Ann McCaffrey

  3. Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

  4. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

  5. Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya

  6. Streiker’s Bride by Robin Hardy

  7. So You Want To Be A Wizard by Diane Duane

  8. Deerskin by Robin McKinley

  9. Skip Beat! By Yoshiki Nakamura

  10. The Dalemark Quartest by Diane Wynne Jones

 
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Embraced by Raechel Lynn

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Author, Raechel Lynn continues Magnus and Eleanor’s story in Enthralled

 
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Eleanor and Magnus are exploring each other, sexually and emotionally pushing the boundaries of their relationship. Magnus wants nothing more than to keep her safe, Eleanor wants nothing more than to keep him happy.

Meanwhile, the Faction is hunting Eleanor and Magnus, attacking their friends and hunting Magnus every time he tries to feed. It’s only a matter of time until their trap snaps shut, can they make it out alive?

Release: June 30, 2018
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Author Bio:

frisco1oRaechel Lynn is an almost 30-year-old erotica author living in the pacific northwest. Her biggest passion outside of writing is competing with her two American Quarter Horses, Cinder and Frisco. She is an adoption advocate, and her 70-lb Pitbull Remington is a lap dog. Her full-time job is lifeguard, swim instructor, and swim team coach.

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A-Z: Books I’ve Read

A-ZG is for Ghost

 

The 11th Percent

T.H. Morris

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 11th Percent : Review

The 11th PercentI 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.

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T.H. Morris is the pen name of myself, Terrick Heckstall.

​The initials T.H. honors my family name, and the surname Morris honors my late grandmother, Dora B. Morris, whose passing serves as one of the seeds for my series.

 

Ghostly Writes Anthology 2016

Enter the chilling Ghostly Writes Anthology and be prepared to be scared with 27 short stories from around the world. Creepy houses, murder mysteries, paranormal and much more to haunt and thrill those who dare.

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Ghostly Writes Anthology 2016: Review

Ghostly Writes Anthology 2016 If you like ghost stories, you’ll be entertained by this excellent creepy collection of short stories from a wide variety of authors.

Some stories were scarier than others, but they were all well-written and most held my interest.
As is usual with the variety of tales in anthologies, I found some of them more enjoyable than others.

In fairness to all the authors involved, I’m finding it difficult to choose only one or two favourites, although Cabins by JB Taylor, Canvas by Sarah Moiser, Hello Dear by Stewart Bint and Ruby Kisses by Jessica Wren are at the top of my list…
and I would love to read more of Soul Man by Claire Plaisted