Climb in the wagon with me. We’re off to another stop on this short tour!
Today we are taking this magical gypsy wagon across the waters to the UK for a visit with Harmony Kent!
I have known Harmony for many years and have the deepest respect and admiration for her writing talent, diversity, and bravery. She is a fellow Story Empire member and is known for her wonderful support of other authors. If you visit her website, you’ll find this quote and I think it aptly describes her. “As well as being an avid reader and writer, Harmony also offers reviews and supports her fellow indie authors, Harmony works hard to promote and protect high standards within the indie publishing arena. She is always on the lookout for talent and excellence, and will freely promote any authors or books who she feels have these attributes.”
Her most recent release is a compelling psychological journey that had me on the edge of my seat, biting my fingernails. She depicts a parents’ worst nightmare in a visual and emotive way. I could not stop reading until I knew what happened to this boy, and the ending left me reeling. I highly recommend it!
To see Harmony’s diverse selection of books, visit HERE!
Grab a book or two from this talented author, then head on over to the blog tour.
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Climb in the wagon with me. We’re off to another stop on this short tour!
The destination is D.L. Finn‘s beautiful blog site!
D.L. Finn is an eclectic author whose motto is “embrace your inner child.” I’ve enjoyed her work for many years. I would be hard-pressed to pick a favorite from her extensive catalog, so I’m going to tell you about her latest release and share my review.
I have enjoyed everything I’ve read from this author and this book is no exception. The author has a unique talent for making you stop and think, “What if?” In this book about the tree fairies and the ancient Redwood trees, we find an ordinary family with an extraordinary connection to nature on a camping trip. What happens to the children first, then to the adults is both heartwarming and magical. The family is given a mission to save the beautiful Redwood forest from destruction. The author takes us years ahead and we find the two children, Daniel and Colette grown, married, and with children of their own. The tree fairies visit again and the connection is forged between the human and fairy families. The two short stories following, are in two different fairies’ POV and are delightful as well. This book is classified as a Middle School level, but at almost seventy, I thoroughly enjoyed it, so it is a wonderful read for all ages! If you love magic, nature, and fantasy all combined into a lovely heartwarming story, you will love this book! I highly recommend it.
So, pick up a book from this talented author, then head on over to the blog tour.
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I am thrilled to take Mountain Laurel Christmas on a short blog tour!
The gypsy wagon rolls on to Gwen Plano’s Blog today.
I first met Gwen Plano many years ago when we were both members of a book club. We co-hosted a radio show for a couple of years with another talented author and in that time I got to know her kind and gentle spirit and big heart. Her first book is a memoir that I highly recommend. It is well-written and pulls no punches as she addresses spousal abuse and life afterward.
Boyack is a speculative fiction and fantasy writer extraordinaire! I have read most of his work and highly recommend it for great entertainment.
A series that is diverse and eclectic is Lizzie and The Hat.
Lizzie St. Laurent inherits an old hat from her grandmother’s estate. The hat had belonged to her grandfather. But this is no ordinary hat. Being from another dimension, the Hat has powers! Lizzie and her new partner embark on journeys to hunt and destroy dark entities such as vampires and werewolves. And all while playing music in a band.
Another fabulous series from Boyack takes place on the high seas aboard a ship known as The Lanternfish. I devoured these books and there is a brand new one I haven’t had a chance to crack open yet.
I am thrilled to welcome my friend and fellow author, Yvette Calleiro, to my blog today. She has a brand new YA book out that deals with some pretty tough social issues. But I’ll let her tell you about it.
On Writing a Foreword
I first wrote Hype about ten years ago. It was the second book I had ever written, and it needed major revising (not that I knew it at the time). I tried to get it traditionally published and was not successful, but one publisher did provide me with a few suggestions on ways to improve the story. Hype took a spot on the forgotten shelf for the next decade as I wrote my Diasodz series. Ignored but not forgotten. I knew Cici’s story had to be shared, but I wanted to make sure it was well-received when I gave it to the world.
When I finally decided to revise the story, I felt it was missing an introduction of sorts. When the reader first meets Cici, she has quite an intense personality. She’s quite sure of herself and doesn’t hold anything back. Her voice is strong with a splash of attitude (maybe more than a splash). Some readers may be turned off by such a strong character, and I didn’t want a reader to put the book down before they got to know the real her.
Nowadays, readers want the action to happen on page one, but this story builds up to horrors a bit more slowly. So, a foreword made sense to me. I chose to introduce Cici as a grown adult through an introductory letter. Here it is:
Time is constantly progressing. It stops for no one. It doesn’t slow for one to further enjoy a moment, nor does it quicken to allow one to forget a difficult time. It treks along on its own constant path, oblivious to our requests.
As with time, our lives are always moving forward. And with time comes experiences that forever shape the people who we are. Every moment, every minute, and every second carries with it a choice that affects which path we will follow. It molds the person we become.
People do not stand before you now without being a collection of their past experiences and the choices they made as a result of those moments. To truly understand someone, you must open yourself up to understand the particles of time that have formed a person’s soul.
It is with these words I find the courage to share with you my story. I am whole today, but there was a time when I was broken. To truly understand, you must understand my story from the girl I once was before my path was forever changed.
Do not ridicule my innocence. Do not mock my naivety. Try not to judge me, like I judged others. Allow my voice to integrate into your mind without prejudice so you can truly hear my story. Then maybe you will understand.
Cecilia M. Gonzalez
My hope is that this will allow the readers to accept Cici as she is in her teen years, flaws and all. The voice in this letter does not match the voice in chapter one. Cici is living a great life when the story opens. As her life falls apart, her voice will change because tragedy changes all parts of a person, including her voice.
This is my first book with a foreword. My other works do not have one. I’m not sure I’d write one again, but for this story, it doesn’t feel complete without it. I’d love to hear your thoughts on using a foreword to introduce a story. Do you appreciate them or do you tend to skip right over them?
To follow along with the rest of the Hype tour, please visit the author’s blog. Thanks for supporting Yvette M Calleiro and her work!
Yvette M. Calleiro is a heavily addicted reader of both young adult and adult novels. She spends most of her time pseudo-living in paranormal worlds with her fictional friends (and boyfriends). When she’s living among real people, Yvette M. Calleiro is a middle school Reading and Language Arts teacher. She’s been sharing her love of literature with her students for over twenty years. Besides writing about the various characters that whisper (and sometimes scream) in her head, she enjoys traveling, watching movies, spending quality time with family and friends, and enjoying the beauty of the ocean.
Yvette lives in Miami, Florida, with her incredible son who has embraced her love for paranormal and adventurous stories. She also shares her space with an assortment of crazy saltwater animals in her 300-gallon tank.
I want to offer a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who pre-ordered! It should now be on your reading device.
Since I am on a tight budget with Christmas so close at hand, I was fortunate to find the owner of this Gypsy wagon who allowed me to put some advertising on the side of it while we tour.
So, hang on for a ride. This is going to be a fun tour and I hope you’ll join in on each stop!
A man with three names is deeply embroiled in a struggle within himself. He should be on top of the world. After all, he’s living his dream of making it big in the music business. But instead, he’s drowning and dying inside. A heavy blanket of guilt is his constant companion. He’s failed his family and himself.
Everyone has to find redemption in their own way and that is exactly what Cole Knight (aka Andy Roberts aka Norbert Angus Anderson) must do. So, journey with him on his quest…
Orphaned, his family torn apart by tragedy, Cole Knight has come a long way from a ramshackle miner’s cabin on the side of the Cumberland Mountain.
Daring to follow an impossible dream, he’s made it big in the music business. Now, he’s a country music sensation with a huge house, fancy cars, plenty of willing women, money, and adoring fans. He should be on top of the world. Instead, he’s drowning in a swirling pool of self-contempt and relentless guilt.
It’s easier to lose himself in a bottle than face the hard truth…he hasn’t delivered on a promise he made to his father.
It’s almost Christmas, and the sting of failure drives him back to that tiny cabin in the mountains. But has he waited too late to put the shattered pieces back together—to find himself and restore a lost family?
Welcome to another stroll through the amazing world of gemstones!
I only have a very small piece of the gemstone I am going to share with you today, but my sister, Linda Broday, sent me photos of her beautiful Malachite heart to show more of this stone’s beauty. Thank you, sister!
The first photo is my little piece and it is approximately 3/4″.
The next photo is my sister’s Malachite heart.
Malachite is an important protection stone. It absorbs negative energies and pollutants, picking them up from the atmosphere and from the body.
It can help guard against radiation and clear electromagnetic pollution (like the Sodalite we looked at last week). It is recommended that anyone who lives near a nuclear power plant, have this stone in their home.
Malachite clears and activates the chakras, especially the heart chakra and third eye. It is a powerful tool to assist with spiritual guidance. It opens the heart to unconditional love, encourages risk-taking and change, breaks unwanted ties and outworn patterns, and teaches how to take responsibility for one’s actions, thoughts, and feelings. Malachite releases inhibitions and develops empathy with others. It alleviates mental disturbances and combats dyslexia.
It can aid in enabling you to absorb and process information. It can also stimulate dreams.
Physically, Malachite is an extremely versatile healing stone. It is particularly useful for menstrual cramps and has been called the midwife stone as it aids in childbirth. It resonates with the female sexual organs. This stone can help lower blood pressure, treat asthma, epilepsy, swollen joints, travel sickness, vertigo and the parathyroid. It aligns DNA and cellular structure to enhance the immune system.
It is recommended that you wear Malachite on your left hand, if a ring and left wrist, if a bracelet. You may place it on your solar plexus to absorb deep negative emotions.
Use ONLY polished Malachite. If used as an elixir, place the stone near, but not in the water.
I’d love to hear from you. Do you have a piece of Malachite? If so, how do you use it?
I am thrilled to host an author I admire greatly, and who is a fellow member of the Story Empire group, Staci Troilo! AND she has a brand new release. I’ll let her tell you about it!
I appreciate you having me here today, Jan. Hi, everyone. Thank you for chatting with me about my new release, No Such Luck. It’s a fast and fun clean romance just in time for the holiday season.
Piper Seidel is a master contortionist. Not really. But she feels like one because every time her long-time crush is around, she manages to shove her foot in her mouth. She’s convinced it’s a combination of bad luck and because he’s constantly taking her by surprise. Nothing she can do about her poor fortune, but she can primp and prepare for an encounter with Tommy. This excerpt shows Piper (hopefully) at her best.
She finally had the opportunity to dress appropriately in front of Tommy—black leggings and a long red v-neck sweater—and she styled her hair and applied makeup. That evening, while Frank and Pam decorated the world’s most perfect tree, Piper sipped her eggnog and waited for Tommy to stop in before he left.
She wasn’t disappointed.
He did a double-take, then kept his gaze on her while he spoke to her dad.
“We’re all done, sir. Unless there’s anything else you need from us.”
“How about Pam and I go check it out, then we’ll let you know?”
“Sounds good. I’ll just stay here with Piper while you go over our work.”
When her dad and Pam left the room, Piper finally had her chance. And she didn’t have a clue what to do with it. “Eggnog?”
Really? Eggnog? That was her big move?
Piper walked over to the punchbowl, then poured him a glass. As she handed it to him, she prayed he didn’t notice her hands tremble. When his fingers brushed hers, her face flushed, so she turned her attention to filling her own cup.
“Where’ve you been for the last few years, Piper?”
“Seven. I’ve been gone seven years. Eleven if you count college.”
“Oh. Has it been that long?”
Even with her hair styled and makeup done, Piper couldn’t quite pry her foot out of her mouth. The question is whether she can land a date with him despite her awkwardness. At least if she fails, she can blame it on her bad luck.
I hope you enjoyed that quick sneak peek. No Such Luck, the first installment of the Keystone Couples series, is available now on Amazon.
Seeds of luck usually wither. The rare one grows and blooms.
Piper Seidel has one thing going for her—a red carnation given to her by Tommy Burnett in the tenth grade. It might have dried over the years, but it’s still her good luck charm. Losing it sets her life in a downward spiral, forcing her to return to her hometown where she comes face to face with her high school crush.
The years have been kind to Tommy, who looks better than ever. Unfortunately, Piper is at her worst, continually embarrassing herself whenever he’s around. The only plus? Her long-time friend, Jack Rhodes, still lives in town. Since she last saw him, his legs have grown longer, his biceps thicker, and his shoulders broader. He was always the brother she never had, but now she can’t help noticing him in an unsisterly way. Jack is every bit as caring as he’s ever been—until her bad luck drives him away, maybe forever.
Piper needs a new good luck charm, and fast, before she loses her final chance at happiness.
I’ve been reading a book that has got me doing some deep thinking. And one thing I realize is that together we are so much stronger than alone. So, this quote stood out to me.
This is a short but powerful meditation that reinforces the knowledge that we are all united by the same life force. We are energetic beings capable of experiencing so much love.
Drawn back to the Tarot cards, here is the reading for this week.
At first glance, this three-card-draw left me a little puzzled.
The Four of Wands is a card of joyful celebration, blissful happiness, and appreciation for the good things in life. When this card appears in a Tarot reading, it is the perfect time to celebrate with those you love most. It makes sense to me as I am celebrating a new book release, but more than that, with the holidays coming, I am looking forward to celebrating with loved ones.
The Temperance card from the Major Arcana in the present position is all about balance, moderation, and stabilization. You are invited to let the life force flow through you without force or resistance. Temperance asks you to take the middle path and accommodate all perspectives. Now is not the time to be highly opinionated or controversial. Be the peacekeeper and take a balanced and moderate approach, avoiding any extremes. Include others and bring together diverse groups of people to create harmony and cooperation. By working together, you will collectively leverage the right mix of talents, experiences, abilities, and skills. There is alchemy within Temperance. This Tarot card is about blending, mixing, and combining diverse elements in a way that creates something new and even more valuable than its separate parts. (Wow! That goes right along with our quote today and the meditation.)
The Justice card represents fairness, truth, and the law. You are being called to account for your actions and will be judged accordingly. If you have acted in alignment with your Higher Self and for the greater good of others, you have nothing to worry about. A level of compassion and understanding accompany Justice, and although you may have done something you regret, this card suggests that you will be treated fairly and without bias. At its core, Justice is about the search for truth. As you explore your truth, you will discover that things are not as clear-cut as you had thought. Be prepared to dip into the murky waters and explore what truth means to you. Be consciously aware of what you believe to be true and what you believe to be fair and ethical. It may not be as clear-cut as you think, so prepare to challenge yourself and explore new territories of your belief system.
Celebrate all of the good and wonderful things in life with those you love, but do so with moderation and consideration for others. Unity brings strength and by being consciously aware of what we believe in deep down in our hearts, we will grow in love and compassion for others.
Another incredibly beautiful Dragon Card brings a powerful message. I love the tender way the dragon is holding the butterfly.