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Great Summer Reads 2018 Countdown Blitz: Day 24

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Love on a Limb by Laurie Lewis

 

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day 24 coverMatthew Grayken is young, successful, and dying, which is why he’s about to propose to a total stranger. He isn’t interested in love. He needs a caregiver, a companion, and someone to be his legal voice when he can no longer speak for himself.

Lonely, compassionate nurse Mikaela Compton is intrigued by Matt Grayken’s tender request, but when their friendly marriage turns into love, she rejects the inevitability of Matt’s death and prays for a miracle instead.

Mikaela succeeds in reigniting Matt’s will to fight, but his body is losing the battle, and her determination to save him causes her to betray the fundamental promise she made him–to help him die peaceably.

Their last hope at saving Matt’s life will require a sacrifice from each of them, and force them to decide how far out on a limb they’re willing to go for love.

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Day 18 AuthorLaurie (L.C.) Lewis will always be a Marylander at heart—a weather-whining lover of crabs, American history, and the sea. She admits to being craft-challenged, particularly lethal with a glue gun, and a devotee of sappy movies. Her ninth published novel, her first romance novella, Sweet Water, was inspired by a visit to Oregon’s magnificent coastline, and time spent with Mother Eugenie, upon whom the character Mother Thomasine is based.

Laurie’s women’s fiction novels include The Dragons of Alsace Farm (2016), Awakening Avery (2010), and Unspoken (2004), written as Laurie Lewis.

Using the pen name L.C. Lewis, she wrote the five volumes of her award-winning FREE MEN and DREAMERS historical fiction series, set against the backdrop of the War of 1812: Dark Sky at Dawn (2007), Twilight’s Last Gleaming (2008), Dawn’s Early Light (2009), Oh, Say Can You See? (2010), and In God is Our Trust, (2011).

She is currently completing a political suspense novel planned for a summer 2017 release, a re -release of a romantic comedy, and she’s working on another historical fiction novel for a 2018 release. She loves to hear from readers.

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Top Ten List:

Ten fun facts:

  1. I love all things Maryland crab-based–crab cakes, crab soup, and just eating them right from the steamer.

  2. I am a kidney donor.

  3. I once recorded a demo single.

  4. I was a shot put thrower in high school.

  5. I love twinkle lights. I hang them inside, outside, stuff them into jars. They make me happy.

  6. I have a crazy love for Christmas nesting boxes. I use them every Christmas to wrap gifts, but it’s a family joke that you have to return the box. Lol!

  7. My husband and I met on a CB radio when I was 15. (Don’t ask . . .  LOL.

  8. I break into accents with little provocation. My favorites are Irish and British. 

  9. I like to write characters with accents, and when I read through my work, I narrate their parts using their accents. (see 8 above.)

  10. When I’m sitting at a light with my blinker on, I hear the beat and break into the song, “Sleigh Ride.” Try it! It’s the perfect rhythm!

 
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Great Summer Reads 2018 Countdown Blitz: Day 19

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Dark Days of Promise by Shaunna Gonzales

 

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Thirty-four year old Vicki Laramie must learn to trust before she can love, but she might die trying.

Day 19 coverWhile Vicki’s children grapple with the death of their father — a man whom she’s successfully fabricated as loving, a lie her rebellious teenager recognizes — she must find a way to support her family and find a role model for her boys.

She never intends to fall for Staff Sergeant Chase, her best friend’s son, who suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She’d much rather choose a safer man to love, but her children have a voice in the decision she makes.

With two deaths to deal with, a suitor after her money, a rebellious son, and Sergeant Chase’s repeated attacks, she can only hope to survive the danger she faces. If she doesn’t, her children will be left without either parent.

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Day 13 AuthorShaunna Gonzales currently resides with her family in the greater Seattle area. Married
over thirty years, her role as wife and mother of four continue to be her priorities.

A storyteller in her youth, she endevored to extend her love of stories to the written word and in 2005 began to write her first novel. Though that manuscript will remain buried, she has continued to learn.

Once told by her doctors that she would never leave her wheelchair — due to her Multiple sclerosis. It has been tucked in a closet while she continues on. (In other words muddles on.)

Shaunna has worked as a professional reviewer for InD’Tales eMagazine for three years. In 2012 she also served as the vice president of Moonwriters, the on-line chapter of American Night Writers Association (ANWA She prefers to write romantic fiction and has ventured into the romantic suspense, and time-travel genres. Her debut novel, Dark Day s of Promise was released by Desert Breeze Publishing in 2012 re-released 2015.

Although she prefers to spend her days writing, she is willing to share what she has learned from the school of life and is often found “giving back.”

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Top Ten List:

10 favorite actors in no specific order.

  1. Hugh Jackman

  2. Matthew McConaughey

  3. Tom Cruise

  4.  George Clooney

  5. Sean Connery

  6. Harrison Ford

  7. Daniel Craig

  8. Pierce Brosnan

  9. Robert Downey Jr.

  10. Brent Spinner

 
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Great Summer Reads 2018 Countdown Blitz: Day 18

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The Dragons of Alsace Farm by Laurie Lewis

 

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Day 18 CoverIn need of his own redemption, Noah Carter finally confronts his childhood hero, the once-beloved uncle who betrayed him. Instead of vengeance, he offers forgiveness, also granting Uncle John a most curious request—for Noah to work on the ramshackle farm of Agnes Deveraux Keller, a French WWII survivor with dementia.

Despite all Agnes has lost, she still has much to teach Noah. But the pair’s unique friendship is threatened when Tayte, Agnes’s estranged granddaughter, arrives to claim a woman whose circumstances and abilities are far different from those of the grandmother she once knew.

Items hidden in Agnes’s attic raise painful questions about Tayte’s dead parents, steeling Tayte’s determination to save Agnes, even if it requires her to betray the very woman she came to save, and the secret her proud grandmother has guarded for seventy years.

The issue strains the fragile trust between Tayte and Noah, who now realizes Tayte is fighting her own secrets, her own dragons. Weighed down by past guilt and failures, he feels ill-equipped to help either woman, until he remembers Agnes’s lessons about courage and love. In order to save Agnes, the student must now become the teacher, helping Tayte heal—for Agnes’s sake, and for his.

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Day 18 AuthorLaurie (L.C.) Lewis will always be a Marylander at heart —a weather-whining lover of crabs, American history, and the sea. She admits to being craft-challenged, particularly lethal with a glue gun, and a devotee of sappy movies. Her ninth published novel, her first romance novella, Sweet Water, was inspired by a visit to Oregon’s magnificent coastline, and time spent with Mother Eugenie, upon whom the character Mother Thomasine is based.

Laurie’s women’s fiction novels include The Dragons of Alsace Farm (2016), Awakening Avery (2010), and Unspoken (2004), written as Laurie Lewis.

Using the pen name L.C. Lewis, she wrote the five volumes of her award-winning FREE MEN and DREAMERS historical fiction series, set against the backdrop of the War of 1812: Dark Sky at Dawn (2007), Twilight’s Last Gleaming (2008), Dawn’s Early Light (2009), Oh, Say Can You See? (2010), and In God is Our Trust, (2011).

She is currently completing a political suspense novel planned for a summer 2017 release, a re-release of a romantic comedy, and she’s working on another historical fiction novel for a 2018 release. She loves to hear from readers.

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Top Ten List:

  1. I have a bunion that should get it’s own zip code

  2. I’m a kidney donor

  3. I once eyed a singing career

  4. My mom was told I’d never have children. Four kids later. . . . . LOL!

  5. I met my hubbie over a CB radio when I was 15 and pretending to be a British exchange student

  6. I ran a lab and raised organisms for elementary children to study in their Hands-on Science curriculum. Over Christmas, I’d bring the creatures home. We had frogs and crayfish in our bathtub over Christmas!

  7. I have a weakness for twinkle lights, nesting boxes, and anything sung by Groban or Bocelli

  8. I never met a plate of fried chicken I didn’t love

  9. Favorite saying: “Everything’s better with sound effects.”

  10. I keep a little lighted Christmas tree up all year long

 

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Great Summer Reads 2018 Countdown Blitz: Day 17

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The Guise of a Gentleman by Donna Hatch

 

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Day 17 CoverThe widowed Elise is a perfect English lady living within the confines of society for the sake of her impressionable young son. Her quiet world is shattered when she meets the impulsive and scandalous Jared Amesbury. His roguish charm awakens her yearning for adventure. But his irrepressible grin and sea-green eyes hide a secret.

A gentleman by day, a pirate by night, Jared must complete one last assignment from the Secret Service before he can be truly free. Elise gives him hope that he, too, can find love and belonging. His hopes are crushed when his best laid plans go awry and Elise is dragged into his world of violence and deceit. She may not survive the revelation of Jared’s past…or still love him when the truth is revealed.

The Guise of a Gentleman is a clean and wholesome Regency Romance, a.k.a. “clean” that explores finding one’s true self, loyalty, honor, and trusting loved ones. With plenty of swashbuckling action, it provides a several good twists that play off of familiar situations and proudly proclaims the redemptive power of love.

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Day 17 AuthorDonna Hatch is the author of the best-selling “Rogue Hearts Series,” and a winner of writing awards such as The Golden Quill and the International Digital Award. A hopeless romantic and adventurer at heart, she discovered her writing passion at the tender age of 8 and has been listening to those voices ever since. She has become a sought-after workshop presenter, and also juggles freelance editing, multiple volunteer positions, and most of all, her six children (seven, counting her husband). A native of Arizona who recently transplanted to the Pacific Northwest, she and her husband of over twenty years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after.

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Top Ten List:

Donna’s Top 10 Favorite Things to do in the Summer:

  1. Go for long walks with a friend

  2. Have a tea party

  3. Go to the beach

  4. Build sandcastles

  5. Watch the sunset

  6. Visit gardens

  7. Make ice cream

  8. Hike with my family

  9. Play miniature golf

  10. Read a good book

(Actually, I love doing most of these in the winter, too.)

 
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Double Release

from D M Singh & Sherri A. Wingler

 
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2 New releases: Two books by two different authors, with a cross-over character!

 

Wings of Defiance

The Immortal Sorrows: Book 3

by Sherri A. Wingler

Wings of DefianceGwen’s best friend Izzy fell in love with Death. Everyone knows there’s no happy ending to something like that, right? It wasn’t a surprise when tragedy struck in the form of a vengeful Fate, but it left Gwen to pick up the pieces of her life and move on alone.

Devastated and angered by the loss of her friend, she simply wants to withdraw from the world for a while. Too bad for her, because Izzy wasn’t the only one the monsters want. She’s something special, a human who carries Reaper blood, and that makes her valuable to the right people. Her only hope of survival lies in the hands of an inept guardian angel and an egotistical Reaper who’s as sexy as he is lethal.

Don’t miss Wings of Defiance, the third book in the Immortal Sorrows series by Sherri A. Wingler. If you like sexy angels, ruthless demons, or snarky romance, then this book will have you turning the pages! Come check it out!

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Before Death

A Dead Normal Novel

by D M Singh

Before Death

 

I am young, in love and dead.

It’s hard to imagine that people or things like me come from somewhere, but just like every superhero or villain, we all have an origin story.

This is mine.

My name is Derek but you can call me Death.

#deadisthenewsexy

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About the Authors:

Sherri Wingler

Sherri A. WinglerSherri Wingler is the author of Wings of Darkness, Book 1 of The Immortal Sorrows series. She lives and works (way more than full-time) in Indiana. She shares her home with her husband, Steve, way too many rescued kitty cats, two geriatric dogs, and a co-dependent Shih-Tzu named Spanky. (Without Spanky’s help, Wings of Darkness would have been finished much sooner!)

When she isn’t working in the real world, or writing stories to keep herself entertained, her spare time is spent raising money for her local Humane Society, in the hopes that she can save at least a few little critters.

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D M Singh

D M SinghDawn Singh always found comfort in books as a child and from a young age and could be found reading or writing. Her first attempt at fiction was at 10 years old and was entitled Hippo In The House. Dawn wrote and illustrated the book about a little girl, who returns from home to find a Hippo in her bathtub and the trouble they get into trying to return the Hippo to the zoo .

This was a turning point as Dawn decided that from that moment on the only thing she wanted to do was write, she also decided that she would never be an illustrator as her drawing skills were somewhat lacking, to say the least.

Fast forward a few years after school and Dawn married, had three children and completed a degree in counselling and psychology. She returned to writing in 2005 when she had an overwhelming flood of ideas for several stories and began writing immediately at every opportunity.

Dawn is heavily influenced by YA novels, Sci-fi and fantasy, being a huge fan of the genres.

Dawn currently resides with her husband, two daughters, son and cat Mario in Bradford, West Yorkshire in the UK.

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Great Summer Reads 2018 Countdown Blitz: Day 16

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Zenobia by Russ Wallace

Challenging a Legend ( book 2)

 

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Day 16 CoverSequel to the award-winning Zenobia – Birth of a Legend.

The continuing saga of the deadly young warrior who will one day challenge Rome for the supremacy of her world. As the dynamic girl continues her education in Egypt, for a time she is diverted from her warrior path. Complicating Zenobia’s life is a budding romance with her brilliant and charismatic instructor. The challenge – he is the scholar, she the warrior. Can they blend their worlds to become the most exciting couple in Alexandria?

Learning of a slave trade in kidnapped young women, Zenobia determines to free the oppressed. Warrior skills will not be enough. Her new challenge – to become a pirate, then a temptress in her fight for justice.

The Author is putting both books in this Series on special offer on Amazon 25 – 26th of July 2018! 
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Day 15 Author

 

Russ Wallace is a long-time student of history and religion. He employs a vivid imagination to fill in the life of Zenobia, a real historical figure and one of the most fascinating women who ever lived.

He is working on future books in the Zenobia Book Series. Zenobia – Birth of a Legend won a 2012 IPPY award in Historical Fiction.

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Top Ten List:

10 random facts about Russ Wallace:

  1. Russ loves humor. You might even consider him an amateur stand-up comedian. Whenever opportunity allows he loves to share this talent with others. Russ’s wife Ruth says when they cruise; Russ enjoys doing his stand-up comedy on talent night.

  2. Russ was a string cheese sales person, he had a cleaning business but most of his life he designed and built houses. All before he was a writer, of course. 

  3. Russ is a great gardener and landscaper- wherever he lives you are sure to find lots of trees, plants, and flowers all around.

  4.  We say Russ is a world traveler and we mean it, he has visited over 37 different countries.

  5.  Favorite food? Peanut Butter

  6. Favorite movie? Gone with the Wind

  7. Favorite book? Bible

  8. Russ grew up in the suburbs of Chicago

  9. Russ loves finding good deals and is a garage-sale-enthusiast

  10. One of his favorite vacation spots is Hawaii

 
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Dawn by Dan O’Brien

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Title: Dawn
Series: Society of Dawn Book 1
Author: Dan O’Brien
Genre: Fantasy, Romance

 
DawnThe world is divided between a nation of men and a nation women, each of whom rules with absolute authority. A war brews deep beneath the surface of the peaceful negotiations between these two nations as a love blossoms between a princess and her guardian, a slave of the Society of Dawn, in the first entry of this romantic fantasy series.

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Excerpt:

Aurora had never journeyed so far alone. In the six years that Aeschylus served as her guardian, she left Pa’ngarin no more than a handful of times. She touched her saddle horn and rubbed the pearl there delicately.

She thought about the day Aeschylus was chosen as her guardian. It was her twelfth birthday, a milestone among maidens and Children of the Dawn. Her aunt, the Lordess Ascendant, the beautiful and powerful ruler of Pa’ngarin, picked Aeschylus for Aurora from among the horde of unseasoned and dirty men who worked the mines and fields.

Her aunt’s words were soft that day.

Soft speech wasn’t Lordess Ascendant’s way. However, on the day when Aurora was presented before the Court of the Nine Blossoms, she spoke in hurried, loving words. She told the young maiden that this man was the strongest among the bloodthirsty and hate-mongering species of men.

He would protect her until his death.

Her new guardian would be her steadfast companion for as long as she saw fit. He would see to all her needs; and if she required, be her First––marking her ascendance.

Aurora smiled as she remembered young Aeschylus. He was already a man when he was appointed as her guardian. Strong-jawed and tight-lipped, he was a cordial, but removed, warrior just a moon past his eighteenth birthday.

At the time, she didn’t know that Aeschylus followed her around long before he became her guardian. His mother died in the same Scythian raid that killed her mother when she was an infant. Every time young Aurora wandered without supervision, Aeschylus wasn’t far away.

But his assistance had a price.

When he was only thirteen, he carried Aurora from the orchards after she fell down and injured her foot. It was against Pa’ngarin law for a man to touch a woman without consent, especially to treat her as if she were powerless to help herself. His act of compassion earned him ten lashes at the center of the Court of the Nine Blossoms. After that incident, he became more careful, making certain to remain hidden from view as he protected her.

Aurora shook herself from her reverie.

Along the side of the road sat a heavy black stone etched in sparkling silver lettering. The letters read Ma’oren.

Ma’oren was a rich town built around mining and forestry operations and run by a minor ascendant named Eris. Aurora couldn’t remember having met her.

Rows of tall trees obscured her vision to the north and south, but she had little fear in her heart despite the circumstances of the previous evening. The silence enveloping the surrounding forest would’ve been disarming if Aurora didn’t know that mining drove the creatures of the forest deeper into the woods. There were few dangers to a woman of her station in a society governed by women. If she were attacked and kidnapped by brigands, they would swing in the Court of the Nine Blossoms.

The trees lining the road soon gave way to cramped male dormitories built upon each other like sloping cliffs. The buildings had no windows except for a wide opening on the second floor.

A man stepped out of one of the dormitories’ slanted doors. His long gray hair was pulled back into a tight ponytail and his brown eyes, wide and wise, watched the young maiden pass. He didn’t meet her eyes, but instead stared intently at her mount. He knew the penalty for looking at a woman, if not asked to do so, was the sealing of the eyes.

Opposite the dormitories stood a vast cavern dug deep into the earth, beside which sprawling mining equipment was placed. A piercing whine filtered from the mine’s entrance, as if a whistle were being blown deep below. Aurora spurred her mount forward through the haze of dirt and dust spewing from the mine and made her way up the road toward the city proper.

As if by magic, the haze disappeared and a gleaming citadel rose in the distance. A dawn sphere was a great, ribbed structure composed of symmetrical, ivory pillars from ground to sky.

 

 
The Author:

Dan O_BrienDan O’Brien has over 50 publications to his name––including the bestselling Bitten, which was featured on Conversations Book Club’s Top 100 novels of 2012.

Before starting Amalgam Consulting, he was the senior editor and marketing director for an international magazine.

You can learn more about his literary and publishing consulting business by visiting his website. Follow him on Twitter.

 

 

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