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Friday, August 29, 2014

Read & Relax: Hartline Blitz Edition


Another book from an author at my agency, Raquel Byrnes. She is a homeschooling mom of 6. (Yes, I don't know how she does it either. :) I read all of this book last night in one sitting and loved it. Below is the book review I wrote.


         In this captivating first person novel, Raven, a Romany gypsy, comes back to her home on the Noble Island fairgrounds. Five years ago, she left her first love Siyah and burned bridges with all of her family and friends to leave Noble Island. Now Raven’s sister is in grave trouble and Raven’s back to find out why. But the Romany and even her own father have turned against her for abandoning the clan. And she has to face Siyah, who is bolder, stronger, and just as capable of making her lose her heart as she remembered.
      The secrets on Noble Island grow darker as murder piles on murder and even Raven’s life is endangered. Siyah may be the only one that can save her, but does he even want to after this many years?

        A real page turner, I read all of this novel in one sitting. I loved the intrigue and how every time you thought you had things figured out the plot deepened. Raven is a very relatable heroine and Siyah’s tall, dark, and handsome enough to make any girl’s heart beat.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Read & Relax: Hartline Blitz Edition

This book is by a historical fiction author in my agency, Dawn Crandall. I have to say I feel a particular connection with this author since she too balances writing and "mommying" her 5 month old baby boy. My advice to her is, little boys only get more active! ;)

“The Hesitant Heiress” by Dawn Crandall


    With the rare ability to play the piano by ear, Amaryllis Brigham wants nothing more than to someday found a music school. However, someone keeps undermining her hopes and dreams at every turn. 
    Despite her own misgivings, she soon finds herself quickly falling in love with the most unlikely of men—the son of the very man she suspects has been bent on ruining her life. However, Nathan Everstone turns out to be much more than he seems… and everything she never knew she wanted. But can she trust an Everstone man?

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Dawn Crandall writes long inspirational historical romantic suspense. She has a BA in Christian Education from Taylor University and lives in northeast Indiana with her ever-supportive husband and their newest addition, a little baby boy. Learn more about Dawn and The Hesitant Heiress from the August 2014 blog tour:

Thursday, August 21, 2014

My New York Times Bestseller Marketing Plan

             Whether you're an Indie, self-published, or Traditional author, we've all heard the doom-inspiring line. "In this economy, publishers don't have the budget to market new authors."
            So in this market or sink world, we're all looking for ways to make our book stand out. Problem is, if you haven't made it big yet, chances are you also don't have much of a marketing budget. But you do have one tool at your disposal--your pen. Use it wisely and you can skyrocket your book all the way up to the New York Times bestseller list. Or at least, that's my hope, because I want my name on that list. :)

        1. Guest Blog . . .

read the rest of my tips on my agent, Linda S. Glaz's blog

Monday, August 18, 2014

1964: The Radical Idea

“Feminism is the radical idea that women are people.” This is a quote attributed to two women, Kamarae & Treichler, that expresses the ideas that took hold in the second-wave feminism movement of the 1960s. In the 1800s, women in temperance leagues across America marched and protested for the right to vote. In the 1960s, women took feminism one step further and gained the right to work at jobs of their choice, rather than be restricted to traditional female careers.
Nineteen sixty-four was when the famous second-wave feminism book, Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique, came out in paperback. It was the year President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act that prohibited gender discrimination. And in 1964, the first woman (from a major political party) ran for President.
American women have many more freedoms today than fifty years ago. Thanks to activist women like Betty Friedan, women today are doctors, lawyers, scientists, and soldiers. But another movement also surfaced in the 1960s. The Free Love Movement of the 60s and 70s promised sexual pleasure without commitment. And so an entire generation of women decided to abandon the traditional sexual wisdom expressed in crass proverbs such as, “Why buy the cow, when she’s giving the milk away for free?”
Instead, this new generation of women enjoyed sexual encounters with no expectation of marriage or commitment. Men have sown their wild oats for millennia without being ostracized, so the reasoning went. An empowered woman should have that same right over her body.
           But is “free love” truly a pro-woman principle? 

continue reading on The Writing Prompts Crew blog

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Read & Relax Weekend Edition

Another book from an author at my agency.


            
           With the Mountain Mist Campground at Pigeon Forge as their final destination, the Davies couple load up their RV and eagerly head for the Smokey Mountains. 
          Newly retired, Denton hopes to use this trip to rekindle the dwindling flame of his marriage. In spite of her protests, he is sure his wife looks forward to the rest and relaxation as much as he does. 
          They barely arrive at their destination when a risk-taking motorcyclist speeds past them, followed by a careening sports car. Reminding Denton of his nephew's fatal tangle ten years earlier. With the bike Denton taught him to ride. 
         Things continue to go south the rest of the evening, culminating when Denton finds a body sprawled in the brush beside the path to their cabin. A man's booted feet are toe down, as if they'd dug into the ground. And with biker gloves on his hands, indication is Denton may have seen this man earlier in the day. 
           Squatting beside him, Denton presses two fingers alongside the man's neck. No pulse. But Denton knew there wouldn't be. The bullet hole in the victim's head says it all. Denton has a job to do and a mystery to solve. 

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Read & Relax Weekend Edition

Brave New Century

Inspirational Historical Romance from Prism Book Group
Stories of four young women who are each braving challenges at the dawn of the 20th century in the big city. Will they overcome their hardships and find love?

Three Rings for Alice by Lisa Lickel
Love and respect in 1899 Milwaukee is as close as a phone call.
Forgiven by Paula Mowery
When Henry and Jessie meet it seems to be classic love at first sight until a shocking revelation tears them apart.
The Pocket Watch by Kathleen Rouser
Searching for the past an orphan and a young doctor find love for the future.
Flames of Hope by Teena Stewart

Love ignites in the midst of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire.


Lisa Lickel is a Wisconsin writer who lives in a hundred and sixty-year-old house built by a Great Lakes ship captain. A muti-published, best-selling and award-winning novelist, she also writes short stories and radio-theater, is an avid book reviewer, blogger, a freelance editor, and magazine editor.

Friday, August 1, 2014

My Neighbor the Terrorist: A Bizarro Cinderella Story

It’s a Bizarro Cinderella story. Nineteen-year-old Colorado girl, Shannon Conley, meets thirty-two year oldTunisian terrorist online. He asks her to marry him. She enthusiastically accepts and allegedly pledges to devote her life, (between most likely having innumerable babies), to using her nursing skills to bring wounded terrorists back to health.
There’s only one little hitch. . .

Read the rest of my article about my neighbor the terrorist on American Thinker