Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Bright Sunrise and a Linky


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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Katherine Bogle Author Interview and a Linky


I've been having a blast these past few weeks with the variety of authors who have been sending me answers to my interview questions. The authors get to pick which questions and how many to answer. This keeps the interview fun and interesting. I'm not expecting to have one for every week, but I'll keep sharing them whenever they come rolling in.

I met Katherine Bogle through her science-fiction series, Dominion Rising. She writes young adult and new adult books. Another series of hers that I still have to read is her Chronicles of Warshard fantasy series. I'm including my reviews of her sci-fi books below the interview.

One of the questions she answers is, "What is your favorite childhood book?" I'd love to hear your answer to that question too! Please share in the comments below.



Author Interview:
Katherine Bogle


1. Where do you normally write or where is your favorite place to write?
9/10 times I write at my desk, either the one in my bedroom or the computer room. I love having a ‘work environment’ to go to. Since I work from home, it really helps break up the day into work, and non-work.

2. When do you find time to read and what do you usually like to read?
I read a lot in the evenings and late at night. I’m a big night owl so books often keep me up until the wee hours of the morning! Right now I’m very into high fantasy, and reverse harem.

3. What was the first book that you wrote and did you publish it?
Oh god! The first book I ever wrote was called “Love Game” initially, and later changed to “Freakshow”. It was an urban fantasy about a half vampire, half werewolf, and it was a bloody mess! I did not publish it, and never will, though I will be recycling some of the characters for a series in late 2019/2020.

4. What are common traps for aspiring writers?
I think a lot of aspiring writers get bogged down in edits, and making sure their work is ‘perfect’, when there really is no such thing as perfect, and some times that desire for perfection simply holds the writer back from finishing the book.

5. What other authors are you friends with, and how have they inspired you?
My best writerly friends are Kellie Sheridan and Michelle Kampmeier! We talk nearly every day in our Slack App group, and I love how it’s kind of like waking up and going to the office with your friends every day. We constantly share what we’re doing, do writing sprints together, talk about our lives, and though we can get off track sometimes, these two women inspire me to not only be a better writer, but to always work hard and really reach for the stars!

6. What would you like readers to know about your latest book or book project?
I have quite a few projects in the works right now, but the biggest project I’m working on is QUEEN OF THIEVES. I’m SO excited to share Narra’s story with the world, and write the next couple of books in the coming months. I don’t want to give too much away, but I do want readers to know that QUEEN OF THIEVES is high fantasy, set in a world of my creation in a pre-industrial age with some steampunk working its way into the mix. It has a Thieves Guild, a mysterious princess, sexy pirates, political intrigue, and as usual, a whole heaping pile of action! You will not want to miss this one!

7. How many books to you plan to write for this series (if you’re writing a series)?
My current plan is to have the Queen of Thieves series at five books long, with a prequel short story as a lead magnet/bonus for readers. I have the series briefly planned out, so I know where everything is going, but in the end the story might take over and become longer than I expect. Plus, the series WILL 100% have some spin-offs. One of which is already partially outlined, and another which is in plotting.

8. If you didn’t write full-time, what would you do for work, or if you write part-time, what other job/jobs do you have?
I currently write part time, but am also a part time graphic designer specializing in book cover design. I love both jobs, and I love how they work together very well to allow me to spend half the day on one, and half on the other.

9. How do you select the names of your characters?
Oh boy. Some names just kind of come to you, jumping out of the recesses of your brain… while others… not so much! I’ve used everything from random name generators, to huge lists of baby names!

10. Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
Oh heck yes! That is one of my favorite things to do! I have a few hidden tidbits in my YA fantasy series that only someone who’s read them all would understand as they go through, but in my scifi series, I have hidden easter eggs in the main books for readers who’ve read the short stories. I will never not do this because it is too fun to do!

11. What is your favorite childhood book?
The book I find myself coming back to again and again is Watership Down. I love that book SO much it is unbelievable, but I also loved the Chronicles of Narnia when I was little as well.

12. What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
The actual writing, surprisingly! I can be my own worst enemy and suck at starting up some days, while others I can write 5k like it’s nothing. Every day is different, but while plotting and outlining is the most fun part for me, and editing the quickest, the actual writing is definitely the most arduous.

13. Does your family support your career as a writer?
Yes, my family is very supportive, and my dad is actually my last proofreader for all of my books! I’m so lucky to have a family who supports me, and I appreciate them so much!



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The Jester King Fantasy Series by K.C. Herbel

The Jester King Fantasy Series
by K.C. Herbel
The Complete Series (Books 1 - 4)

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Book 1


My Review:

The Innkeeper's Son is one of the best fantasy books that I've read in 2017! It reminded me of the likes of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. When I got to the end of the book, I discovered that these authors were K.C. Herbel's inspiration. It was a page-turner of a story with plenty of lively characters and evil ones too.

There are many lighthearted moments following Billy's humorous antics, which are sometimes planned, but often not. Billy's sunny disposition puts many in a good mood, but others want him dead. His naturally trusting manner could put him in peril. I had so much fun reading Book 1 that I can't wait to read Book 2, The Jester!


Book 2

The Jester: The Jester King Fantasy Series: Book Two by [Herbel, K. C.]

My Review:

The Jester is the second book in The Jester King Fantasy Series. Billy is finding his place as the royal jester and friend to the royals, however his joy is short lived. Billy has to navigate the dangers of court intrigue mostly on his own. He has a vision and knows that the princess' life is in danger. He also knows that the king is being poisoned, but no one believes him. He's just a young silly jester. It must be difficult being in his shoes. With the horrors he faces in Book 2, he loses some of his childlike ways and begins embracing the man that he will become. 


Book 3

The Prince: The Jester King Fantasy Series: Book Three by [Herbel, K. C.]

My Review:

The Prince (Book 3) is the darkest of the books in The Jester King Fantasy Series. It's also one of the most memorable. The characters find themselves in intense situations. There are tortured souls and plenty of injustice. Billy is torn between helping his friends and saving two different kingdoms. Evil is loose in the lands and Billy begins using a darker side to magic. Time is running out, but Billy can't be everywhere at once. At least he has friends at his back, but he knows that one of them might as likely stab him in the back!


Book 4

The King: The Jester King Fantasy Series: Book Four by [Herbel, K. C.]

My Review:

The King (Book 4) is the final book in The Jester King Fantasy Series. Billy is still searching for the spellbinder to save Tirn Aill, the kingdom of the fae, while trying to save his dear friend Merrydith from an execution and take back Lyonesse from the usurper Ergyfel and the invading Gwythian army. Billy is facing his own demon besides the ones evil sorcerer Ergyfel summons against him. Billy's small team remains faithfully by his side, but one might be there to kill him.

K.C. Herbel brings this exciting adventure to an end with a satisfying denouement. There are so many wonderful characters in this series that I'm looking forward to the upcoming prequel novella, The Sword and The Rose, about Sir Hugh and Lady Merrydith.


About the Author:
K.C. Herbel


K.C. Herbel grew up in New Mexico, works on feature films in Hollywood, and lives with his family in the woods of Virginia. For more detailed information about K.C. and his works, please visit www.TheOtherWorlds.net!

Now that's the official blurb, but I thought you might want to know a little more about me and why I write.

I am very fond of nearly all things fantasy; the way that fantasy draws you in and enthralls your senses in suspense of disbelief. Of course other genres have this ability too, but none speak to my heart like fantasy and science fiction.

My first love affair with fantasy came to me in an old paperback book left behind by my wayward older sister. It was 'The Hobbit' and since then I have been hooked. (I also still own that book!) I did not jump straight into 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy at first and instead picked up C.S. Lewis' 'Chronicles of Narnia', then tried on a somewhat darker lens with Moorcock's 'Elric' series. The next books I remember picking up (meaning the next that had in impact on me) were Magician (and the 6 following books) by Raymond E. Feist & Janny Wurts, 'Lord Foul's Bane' by Stephen R. Donaldson, and 'Dune' by Frank Herbert. It wasn't till after this that I actually picked up 'The Lord of the Rings'. Since then there have been many others to be sure, but too many to name (apologies milords and ladies). What's true is these mentioned here above hold a special place in my heart and I think always will. 'The Hobbit' in particular is very special to me. I suppose it is in part gratitude, as one might feel for a parent, for birthing me into the new and wondrous world of fantasy.

Best wishes and better adventures,
KC



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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Mother's Day Flowers and a Linky


I had all four kids at home on Mother's Day. With two of them being adults, that is no longer always possible. Hubby gave me the flowers and made pancakes for breakfast. Samantha took one of the photos, which I labeled below. The very last flower is a Gazania that Jeremiah found while going for walk last week. The Gazania flowers are indigenous to Southern Africa and they come in a variety of color combinations. I think God must have had a lot of fun "painting" them. If you do a Google image search on them, you'll see what I mean!

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The Trust of a Billionaire (Clean Romance)

The Trust of a Billionaire
by Michelle Pennington

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Title: The Trust of a Billionaire  (A Destined for Love Romance: Resorts Collection) | Author: Michelle Pennington | Genre: Clean Romance 

Book Description:

Can their love survive her secret?

Hannah Rhodes is determined to keep her beachfront property, even though she can’t afford to. But it’s her childhood home and she can’t bear to see it plowed down by the billionaire investor who keeps raising his offer to buy it. When the same man hires her to be his daughter’s nanny—providing her the income she needs to reject his offer—the irony is not lost on her. However, seeing him as a loving, worried father makes it difficult to enjoy her secret revenge.

For Carter Ellis, building his own resort was a massive risk, but worth it to build a new life for his daughter away from his controlling mother. Everything is going to plan except that the owner of the tumbled-down home blocking his resort view and threatening its success refuses to sell. If only his new nanny would stop distracting him, he just might be able to figure out how to solve this problem. Not only is she beautiful and vibrant, she’s helping his daughter bloom. Just when he begins to give in to his feelings, he discovers who she really is.

When their trust is shaken, will Carter and Hannah sacrifice what they wanted most for a chance at something more?

Also part of the Destined for Love: Resorts collection:
Matched by Design by Lindzee Armstrong
Kiss Me at Midnight by Lucinda Whitney
Second Chance in Paradise by Jennifer Peel
The Trust of a Billionaire by Michelle Pennington
Marrying an Athlete by Anne-Marie Meyer
Her Big Fat Dreamy Billionaire Ex by Victorine E. Lieske
Kings Crossed Lovers by Donna K. Weaver


My Review:

The Trust of a Billionaire is the story of resort owner Carter Ellis who ends up with a free-spirited local nanny for his six-year-old daughter. Carter is a divorcee with sole custody of his daughter since her infancy. He has two people causing him trouble, his controlling mother and the homeowner that refuses to sell the house that's obstructing some of the beachfront view. Little does he know that his new nanny is that homeowner!

I have read several clean romance novels about billionaires and this was one of my favorite. The story is sound, the characters are likable, and there's good chemistry. It's part of the Destined for Love: Resorts Collection. It's the perfect summer holiday read or any day that you need a picker-upper.

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About the Author:
Michelle Pennington

Michelle Pennington


Michelle Pennington spends her days quoting movies with her husband and making messes faster than her four kids. She loves to make magic by stringing words together, but she also creates designer sugar cookies, sings loud in church, and kills too many house plants.


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Monday, May 14, 2018

Selah's Painted Dream

Selah's Painted Dream
by Susan Count
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Title: Selah's Painted Dream (Dream Horse Adventures, Book 3) | Author: Susan Count | Publisher: Hastings Creation Group | Publication Date: May 7, 2018 | Genre: Children's Novel | Number of Pages: 174

Description: Thirteen-year-old Selah’s life is about as perfect as it gets. She has horsy friends at school, and on weekends, she rides her black mare on Grandpa’s farm. Training the horse to do upper-level liberty work is what makes her heart beat.

But one word can ruin a perfect life—moving.

A move would separate her from her horse, so she plots to get her name on the farm mailbox instead. She’s sure she could persuade Grandpa—except he’s overly distracted by a sheep-loving neighbor.

Determined not to let Grandpa's new sweetheart take her place in his heart, Selah puts her hope in a painted dream horse from Grandpa’s past. When she snugs up the girth and buckles on her spurs, Selah rides to win.




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A story of love and determination in the face of adversity that will steal your heart.

Twelve-year-old Mary longs to have a horse of her own, but she's limited to reading horse books. A talented artist, she spends her days on a blanket in the grass sketching the horses at the farm next door. She falls in love with one of the foals and is outraged to learn the filly is considered worthless as it was born lame.

Mary befriends and enlists the help of twelve-year-old Laura, whose family owns the horse farm. Against the better judgment of the farm manager, a brief reprieve is negotiated for the foal's life. The girls conspire to raise money to save her, but time is running out. Sadly, it appears the expensive surgery the foal needs has little chance to correct the problem anyway. Mary isn't about to let her own disability hold her back. She sacrifices what she holds dear - the trust of her papa, to gain her heart's desire. But she could lose everything in her struggle to save the foal.


TxAuthors Best Book Award Winner for 2017 - Juvenile - Coming of Age

Feathered Quill - 2017 GOLD Award - Children's Fiction - Animals

Purple Dragonfly - 2017 First Place - Disability Awarenes



A delightful read. Plenty of twists and turns which makes the book a great little adventure. Selah embodies perseverance, hope, determination, compassion, and spunk.

Twelve-Year-Old SELAH'S quest to be equestrian superstar is impossible without a horse. Then she spots buzzards circling in the grasslands behind Grandpa's farm. They're stalking a horse trapped in wire and Selah is its only hope. But the mare she rescues might be a bigger challenge to her dream than not having a horse at all. When an old friend of Grandpa's and a world renowned horse trainer offers to work with the wild and defiant mare, Selah jumps at the opportunity. She trains with a fierce determination to equal the equestrian talent of the deceased grandmother who instilled the love of horses in her. But when the horse causes mayhem at the trainer's facility, he sends them home. Selah must gather her courage and face up to the trainer or watch her dreams gallop away.


American Horse Publications - FIRST PLACE - Equine Fiction..... Feathered Quill - GOLD Award.....Readers Favorites - GOLD Award.....



About the Author

As a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Texas Association of Authors, I take studying the craft of writing seriously. Revision is my super-power.

Instilled with the need to create, I love building projects and writing adventure stories. I’m a life-long equestrian and owned by a Rocky Mountain Horse. I adore grandchildren, horses, bunnies, mochas, and forest trails.

I’ve published three books in an equestrian series. I write at an antique secretary desk that occupies a glass room with a forest view. Fittingly, it once belonged to the same wise grandmother who introduced me to the love of reading via Walter Farley's horse books. That desk has secret compartments which hold memories, mysteries, and story ideas.




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