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Blog Suspension

Currently my review blog, Yeah Books!, has been suspended until WordPress conducts a review of the terms of service in regards to my blog.

We are not just a tour blog site. We do reviews and I have just added two more book reviewers to the site. I will contact each of my blog partners and see what can be done. If all else fails, I will be signing up with blogger instead and posting all Yeah Books! reviews on Blogger instead.

I’m seriously disappointed that WordPress is banning promotion efforts by authors.

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Spring Fling Blog Hop Meanderings

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Welcome to the Spring Fling Blog Hop! Over fifty authors and bloggers have joined together to bring you some amazing posts, great giveaways and lots of fun! Don’t forget to enter the rafflecopter (details at the bottom) to win a Kindle tablet, gift cards, paperbacks and swag and be sure to check out the other blogs taking part.

Blog Hop Meanderings

Spring has finally sprung and, as usual, I have trouble sitting down and focusing on, well, anything. We made a huge feast tonight and I only made half the food I intended on making. I always overcook for holiday meals. There are four of us and I cook for fifteen.

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We cut fresh fruit and veggies, made deviled eggs from coloured eggs, I made a from scratch cherry pie and chocolate chip cookies. There was a great baked cauliflower dish made with bread crumbs, toasted almonds and Parmesan cheese. I made a quick succotash and, of course, ham. The staple dish my son insists on is scalloped corn. He ate half the pan himself. Lucky for him, the recipe is incredibly easy.

Scalloped Corn

  • 2 can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 2 can cream style corn
  • 2 sleeves Ritz crackers, crushed
  • two eggs

Dump corn into baking dish. Add both eggs. Once ingredients are well mixed, add cracker crumbs. The mixture should be relatively thick. Put in the oven at 350 for 20-30 minutes until the top is golden brown.

I am still digesting dinner, of course. We will have plenty of leftovers to eat again tomorrow as well. Leftovers either go really quickly in this house or they sit in the fridge and develop penicillin. I swear I could save an entire village with what I cleaned out of the fridge today. Blech.

Since we’re off work tomorrow, we’ll be starting our garden. We’ve already planted garlic and have plans for tomatoes and fresh lettuce and spinach. I’ll have another post with the garden for everyone later. Since we’re in the city and only have a small patio, we do a lot of vertical gardening. This will be our second year using the vertical garden. Last year we had fresh salad every week. It was delicious.

Having four days off for Easter, I have intentions of writing something while I chew on that vegetable bowl no one touched. Look at that thing. It’s calling my name even now. Unfortunately I’m stuffed.

I’ve been working on a young adult (that will be published under a pen name) and I have designs on getting more framework down. The main character has been picking at my brain. It’s almost like my characters have been refreshed with the better weather. Having the windows open with the breeze and the sun flowing through, I have the impetus to write, but I also have the burning urge to take my dog for a walk or go outside and sit on the patio.

Tomorrow I am going to take my laptop outside and write on the patio.

The YA follows Magdalen, a young woman attacked by a strange kind of dog while hitchhiking across the country. She winds up at a halfway house while she mends and settles in with a small group of kids. Just as she starts to settle in, one of her new friends ends up being sucked into a demon realm. She has to get him out. But how?

So far I’ve set the stage and made some edits. Tomorrow it’s full speed ahead!

Then again, I’ll probably just fall into my new time waster and play League of Angels. I’ve spent far too much time on that game this year. If anyone plays, I’m on Night Sentinel S17 and my guild is Devil May Cry.

Here’s to spring, new games, new books, meandering stories and lots of fun giveaways. I’d wanted to make this post something poignant, but, in the spirit of spring, I’m just going to let the post wander and sniff the daisies.

If you are still here, there are over 50 blogs participating in the spring fling blog hop. Click below and check out the other posts. From the small sampling I’ve seen, everyone did a great job coming up with engaging posts.

 

 

And, as stated above, please enter the rafflecopter giveaway and see if you win some fun swag. If you do, let me know! I’m curious to know who wins!

Not Another Soldier by Samantha Holt

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Author Samantha Holt was one of only two other authors featured with me in the Buckle Down anthology. Not only does she write sexy cowboys, she also writes sexy military men. Not Another Soldier is a new release coming out January 17th, 2014. She has graciously allowed me the pleasure of revealing her new cover today with a snippet from the book.

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Blurb

I’ve just buried my husband. I was going to divorce him and now he’s dead.

After five years as a military wife, Sienna is moving on. She’s keen to leave behind the misery of her marriage to Rob but for some reason the past won’t let her go. It doesn’t help that her closest friend, Nick, is also a soldier. Unfortunately Sienna is struggling to deny her attraction to the sexy marine, even knowing there can be no future in it. When the injured soldier admits he wants her just as badly, and has always wanted her, the fight to control her feelings becomes harder.

And now she’s learning things about her late husband that surprise even her. When the secrets of Rob’s life come to light, Sienna finds herself involved with some very nasty people and Nick is determined to protect her, no matter what.

As the danger grows to both her heart and her life, Sienna needs to decide if it was the army that was the problem or her late husband. Is Nick worth the heartache of being a military spouse again? And will he be able to protect her from the ring of drug dealers slowly closing in?

About the Author

Samantha lives in a small village in England with her gorgeous twin girls and husband who is a trained bodyguard and ex-soldier (Yes, seriously!). She traditionally writes historical romances involving chivalrous knights and hot highlanders, but occasionally dabbles in contemporary romance. When she reluctantly leaves her computer, she enjoys exploring old ruins and indulging an early midlife crisis. Adrenaline filled suggestions for the bucket list are always welcome!

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You can win a ten dollar Amazon gift card or an advance reader copy of Not Another Soldier by entering Samantha’s Rafflecopter Giveaway.

Evaluations of the Tribe by Raphyel Jordan

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A Shared Realm On A Galactic Level

What would a childhood be like, if everyone around you could fire balls of plasma from their hands? What if your race never had to deal with some certain social biases, like sexism, the way we have? What would boys and girls be like if they were both expected and encouraged to play both childhood games of House and War? What if your gym class consisted of you sparring to the point that you went home with bloody noses and bruises, but that was the norm? What would your imagination consist of if you went to class and studied the cultures of thriving alien civilizations throughout the galaxy; civilizations that possess technology thousands of years ahead of yours? That’s the universe I created in “Evaluations of the Tribe.” That’s the norm for a girl named Alytchai (Aly).

In case you can’t tell by the pictures, Aly (the one with the blue tentacles) and her people aren’t  human beings. No, she’s a Goolian from Planet Gooliun, a world readers were able to venture to after I published my first novel, “Prossia.” On Gooliun, the natives know that they aren’t alone in the galaxy, but they can’t do much about it beyond tending to their daily routines. “Why,” you ask? Goolians haven’t even invented the light bulb yet! As a matter of fact, they haven’t even bothered with learning how to make the equivalent to gun powder. To be fair, why would they? They can create nuclear fusion right between their palms!

In spite of the many differences these “greenies” have, however, they’re not much different from us. Sure, the illustrations you’ll see indicate that Aly and her people would be considered humanoid – sharing physical traits that we humans have. Just don’t ask them to help you get a fruit from a tree, because they’ll either freak you out after they leapt two stories up to grab it, or after they used a very long purple tongue to snatch it for you. 😛

Still, in spite of these differences, Aly and her people are just that; people. And like most of us good ole’ fashioned Earthlings here on Planet Earth, she’ll grow up feeling out of place and different from others. Like us, Aly will find herself envying those around her, who seem to be a natural at a certain task, while she struggles to do the same thing. She’ll watch one of her classmates walk by, and wish that she was perhaps shorter, skinnier, more defined; prettier. Like so many of us, Aly will cry alone in her bed, hiding the fact that the children at school pushed her, called her weird, or even ugly. Some things, like growing up – even in another galaxy – are universal.

The good thing, however, is the fact that Aly lives in a world that offers the chance to overcome such obstacles, just like ours. She’ll realize there are multiple methods to do it, but the end results are still the same. She can win. It won’t be easy, though. It’s not like she should expect the people who’ve wronged her are going to break down in tears, begging for forgiveness, one day. More so, she may not even end up being the better athlete, the smartest student, or the prettiest girl in class. No, Aly’s win will be hard. It’s the sort that may take months and years to obtain. Either way, once she earns that victory, no one, not even her worst enemy, will be able to take it away from her.

Why don’t you grab yourself a copy of “Evaluations of the Tribe” to see how Aly seizes the day in the end? After all, growing up is a universal thing.

~*~

RMJordan PhotoRaphyel Montez Jordan grew up in a household sensitive to the creative arts. As a child, his hobbies were drawing favorite cartoon and video game characters while making illustrated stories. This passion for art never left and followed him all the way up to his high school and college years.It wasn’t until college when he underwent a personal “renaissance” of sorts that Jordan took his interest in writing to another level. When he was 19, he started writing a novel for fun, taking inspiration from the constant exposure of different ideas and cultures that college showed him while staying true to the values he grew up to embrace. However, when the “signs of the times” influenced the story and the characters to spawn into universes of their own, he figured he might possibly be on to something.As he studied graphic design at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia, Jordan also used his electives to study sciences like Astronomy, Psychology, and Biology in order enhance the reading experience in his story. He eventually made it a goal to have the story published after he graduated, and dubbed the goal “Operation Prosia,” the very same project that would develop into his first published book, “Prossia.”

Even though his novel is not necessarily a religious book, Jordan utilizes his Christian faith by urging people to encourage, not condemn, in his story. Best known for ending his PSFC newsletters with “Unity Within Diversity,” he hopes “Prossia’s” success will inspire people to consider and support the positive outlook in the difference human kind can share, whether it be race, religion, or any other cultural difference.

Liebster Blog Award

I have been nominated for the Liebster Award! Thanks to fellow author Scarlet Flame for the nomination.

As required by the Liebster nominee, I’ve posted the Liebster Award on my blog post and provided a link back to the nominator’s Blog. Next, I will list 11 random facts about me, then answer 11 questions asked by Scarlet. Once that is done, I will nominate 11 bloggers to follow after me, and come up with 11 new questions for them. I post everything on my blog with the hope of bringing new readers.

11 Random Facts about Me

  1. I am also a licensed massage therapist and love my day job as much as I love writing.
  2. I wanted to be an English teacher originally. I have two years of an English degree.
  3. I’m really bad about answering questions about myself.
  4. I love food. I like to try different kinds of food.
  5. For Christmas, I am making handmade books for my nieces.
  6. I have a plethora of pets: a dog, four cats, a ferret, two rabbits, a snake and three chickens.
  7. My favorite pizza is white cheesy chicken pizza. Too bad there’s no Marcos close to me in Columbus.
  8. I have a horrible Victoria’s Secret habit.
  9. My characters are like living people inside my head. They sometimes run away with me.
  10. I play World of Warcraft.
  11. My favorite video game is Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne.

Now for Scarlet’s questions:

1) Have you an ambition you haven’t achieved yet?

I want to publish the series I’ve been brewing for over ten years. It’s going to take me awhile, however. One day!

2) Have you a thinking spot?

I do a lot of thinking while driving or when I’m in the shower. On the rare days I get to lie around in bed, I like to think there as well. There aren’t many days I get to do that, though.

3) If so, where is it?

I guess I already answered this question.

4) Town or Country, which do you prefer?

City. I lived in the country for most of my life. While it has its charms, I’m happier in the city where there are things to do at all hours and within a 20 minute drive.

5) What is your favourite drink?

I don’t know if it’s a drink or a food, but I love Smoothie King’s Green Tea Tango. Although if we’re talking alcoholic drinks, the Kalahari makes a drink with 151 on the top and that is the BEST. Otherwise I like a Pimp Named Slickback.

6) Have you a special person in your life?

I have many special people in my life. I’m assuming you mean a significant other and the answer is yes.

7)How do you write? By hand, or straight to the computer?

I write straight to the computer because I hate typing something I’ve hand written. However, if there isn’t a computer accessible, I do write by hand. The final scene of my series was written by hand.

8) What makes you happiest? i.e Hobby or activity?

Warm, sunshiny days spent at the beach or the waterpark.

9) Is there something about yourself that you can share, that nobody else knows?

I don’t think so.

10) What would be a special night out for you?

I suppose going out to either La Scala or Carabbas for dinner and going to see a movie.

11) Who would be your ideal guest to share that night with?

My girlfriend since we never really do anything like that anymore.

Now for my list of nominees: (which may not total 11). If you are interested in participating and would like to be nominated for your own Liebster Blog Award, let me know in the comments.

If, like me, you are curious about the Liebster Blog Award origins, Sopphey did some awesome Google-fu and found it. Originally it was only 3-5 bloggers to nominate.

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

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Welcome to the NEXT BIG THING Blog Hop.

What is a blog hop? Basically, it’s a way for readers to discover authors new to them.  I hope you’ll find new-to-you authors whose works you enjoy.  On this stop on the blog hop, you’ll find a bit of information on me and one of my books and links to five other authors you can explore!

Earth Angel by Ruth Ellen Parlour

 I was invited to participate in the Next Big Thing Blog Hop by the lovely Ruth Ellen Parlour who was previously featured on this blog for her book Earth Angel (that I am terribly behind in reading! I’m sorry!).

Earth Angels of Eardesha, fighting against their chosen destiny, discover a secret the God’s never told and use it against their sworn enemy.

Eardesha is protected by the twelve Gods and their Earth Angels. Fighting against her destiny as an Earth Angel, Faith is returning to the temple for her lover who she had to leave behind. Gabrielle, a criminal, escapes from prison only to be guided back by the God’s to help Faith stop a war. Threatened by invasion from the Krieger, Eardesha’s military trains convicted criminals into a brutal and disposable army. Gabrielle and Faith discover a power the Gods have kept secret for thousands of years, a secret that would change the future of Eardesha, and use it to stop the war.

Click here to read Chapter One

Click to read reviews for Earth Angel

I’m terrible about following guidelines, so I’m going to change up the format a bit. Most of the posts SHOULD be similar to this one, however. In this blog hop, my fellow authors and I, in our respective blogs, have answered ten questions about our current book or work-in-progress (giving you a sneak peek).  We’ve also included some behind-the-scenes information about how and why we write what we write–the characters, inspirations, plotting and other choices we make. I hope you enjoy it!Please feel free to comment and share your thoughts and questions. Here is my Next Big Thing!1: What is the working title of your book?
As I may have posted before, I am working on a series of books under the working title “The Chronicles of Atlantis“. The individual books have yet to be named, but the first book in the series is being tentatively named Pandora’s Box. There was another name I was toying with, but I’ve written it down somewhere and since lost it.
2: Where did the idea come from for the book?

I’ve been toying with these characters for literal years: trying and tweaking and running them through the paces until I can’t see straight anymore. Every day new ideas come to me in the strangest places. Today while at work, I had the idea of my necromancer character being infected with a blood infection and that’s how she does what she does. Originally I had no idea how she did what she did or where her power came from. I picked up bits of the four horsemen of the apocalypse and since there were four childhood friends at the original core of the story, that became a plot point.

I’ve gotten inspiration from many of the books I’ve read. Some little grain of their story pops out and says “Yes! Although it doesn’t really do that. Or work this way. Or really function the way they say at all. But it’s just alike!” By the time I write it, there’s a nod there, but it’s hopefully original content.

3: What genre does your book come under?

I believe, technically, it would be urban fantasy. It has elements of horror and pre-dystopian as well.

4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

This question always gets me. I don’t know who I would get to play the characters other than Winter. Winter would be played by Dame Helen Mirren. Maki would have to be some kind of merge between the late Peter Steele and Adam Levine. Alex has a photo, but I can’t credit who she is, so I won’t post it. I am STILL trying to find a base model for Baby.

5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

What if the Grim Reaper isn’t so keen on this whole “end of the world” business?

6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?

It is currently a Work in Progress. I would like to be traditionally published and have a handful of publishers in mind, but I’m not putting anything out until it’s even been submitted.

7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

I am still writing. The original first book was drafted in 30 days during NaNoWriMo. I then put it in a virtual drawer and didn’t look at it for a year. I realized it was horrible and put it away for another six months before I began toying with it. I realized just how huge my story was and decided to cut it down and weed things out. I’ve begun rewrites on that book, which is now the second book in the series.

I drafted my now first book of the series in about two months time. It is, again, horrible. I’m working on fleshing that one out and then I’ll begin the rewrites. Rewrites are painful, but necessary.

8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

It’s similar to The Retrievers series by Laura Ann Gilman and Sisters Red by Jackson Pierce. There’s a little bit of Anne Rice in there as well, but she’s traditionally seen in the horror genre.

9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Originally the idea came from Mage: the Awakening. I had a pair of twins, Maki and Alex. They were the children of one of my Vampire: the Masquerade characters who earned the nickname “Winter”. From there, I imported Makiros into Rifts where I created him as an Atlantean tattooed warrior. Atlantis stuck. Everything else went to the wayside. The twins father was originally played by another person. I took the liberty of creating a new paternal line for them once the game fell apart. Everything else has evolved over the years.

As for my inspiration? The story pushes me to write. If I don’t write, it’s like I get this extra build-up in my head that makes me anxious until I sit down and put the words to page. It’s like that with every story I write.

10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

I hope their interest has already been piqued, but the story involves vampires, werewolves, necromancers and zombies, the four horsemen of the apocalypse, the ancient city of Atlantis, old horrors and new demons. The end of the world is coming and only those responsible can stop it. Will they?

The Next Big Thing tour updates every Wednesday. You’ll find five new authors from each other author to participate. Below you will find authors who will be joining me virtually, via blog, next Wednesday January 30th. Please be sure to bookmark their sites, and add them to your calendars for updates on their upcoming books!  Happy Writing and Reading!

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