Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Re-Release: Crushed The Witch Game Novels by Kasi Blake @KasiBlake

Signed with a new publisher, Kasi Blake's "Crushed," part of the Witch Game Novels, is getting a new cover and re-release!



The Noah girls have beauty, powers, and brains.
They use all three to play their games.
They blow the dust,
the boys are crushed,
and no one is ever the same.
Each year the Noah girls play a secret game— Crushed. The rules are simple.
1. Use wisdom to pick your target. The boy can’t be too weak or too strong-willed.
2. Blow the enchanted dust into your target’s face to enchant (Crush) him.
3. Give verbal commands and assign them tasks to perform throughout the year. The more tasks completed, the stronger the witch’s power grows.
4. At the end of the year, the witch with the most power wins cold, hard cash.
As if being a witch in high school isn’t complicated enough, Kristen picks the wrong boy to Crush. Zach is tall, handsome, and a little scary. Her Crush spell isn’t working on him like it has with the others. In fact, he is behaving the opposite of every other boy she’s Crushed, hating her instead of adoring her. Something is definitely wrong. After someone attempts to kill her, Kristen realizes there is more at risk than a few hundred dollars. She may be betting with her life.






Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Review: The Sower Comes by Melissa Eskue Ousley @MEskueOusley

I've been so excited to get my hands on this last book in the Solas Beir Trilogy by Melissa Eskue Ousley and I can't wait to share it with all of you!

About the book: 

As the new king of a world in turmoil, life for David Corbin is grim, at best.

Abby Brown, the love of his life, has vanished without a trace, and David fears the worst. And, to make matters worse, a new evil has arisen, the mysterious Sower, a monster puppeteered by Tierney himself.

On the bright side, David has his treacherous aunt locked up in his dungeon, and she owes David for saving her life. Lucia may have critical information about Tierney’s plans for the Sower, but after all the trouble she’s caused, can David ever trust her again?


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I was so excited to get my hands on this book! I've loved the series overall and I had high hopes for this final installment and I certainly wasn't disappointed. The characters continued to be complex and engaging, pulling me in with their internal and external struggles. I loved the development of Abby and David's relationship after everything they've been through, but there are so many other aspects to the story that draw readers in than just the wonderful romance.

It was heartbreaking to sit next to everyone through certain parts of the book (no spoilers) and experience their suffering along with the characters. I've always enjoyed Tierney's story and watching him struggle with his desires, demons, and lingering hope that things can turn out in a way that will accomplish the goals he originally started out trying to meet. His characters is fascinating, gut wrenching, and hands down difficult to walk away from.

I was so wrapped up in the story and emotions of the characters that teared up in a few places and I loved how expertly the author was able to write characters that you both loved and hated, rooted for and hoped for their downfall. It was such an emotional journey with these characters. The plot was well crafted as well, wrapping up all the questions and giving me a satisfying ending that it so difficult to find in many books. I highly recommend the entire series. Wonderful conclusion!

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Q&A with Stephanie Gilzene @stephgi

Today I'm pleased to welcome Stephanie Gilzene to the blog to talk about her experience in writing poetry.

But first, a little about her writing...

This book of poems was written to share the experience of a poet’s collective thoughts. Allow this book of poems to take you on a poetic journey, letting words lead the way.

Now let's talk poetry!



Q: I'd love to hear about your experience of putting all your poetry together and how you chose what to include and what not to include. 

A: Thank you DelSheree for taking the time to feature me on your blog. I’m excited to be featured on a blog post, for the first time ever! I have been writing poetry for over 16 years now. My poetry started off as creative writing. I always loved being adventurous or mysterious whenever I would tell or write a short story. Poetry became a beautiful extension of my creative writing skills. For years, I would write a poem here and there. I would be very conscientious to date my poems! I wanted to be reminded of the times in which I wrote them. If I had a brand new notebook, I would write a poem on the first few pages. Sometimes I would rip the pages out and put them in a safe place. 

Other times I would just leave the notebook on the table and every day I would write a new poem or I would write a short story. I eventually created a collection of poems. I knew that one day I wanted to write a book of poetry. I was not sure when I would be able to do it and how I would be able to do it.  Still, I knew that one day, a book of poetry would be published! Last year, around May 2014, I found some old poems. I remember looking at the poems thinking, “Maybe I should finally finish that book of poetry I always wanted to publish.” So, I opened up my laptop and went straight to my Google Drive: opened up a new document and started typing. Before I knew it, I typed up a template for a book. I was so excited. I started to research the process of publishing a book of poetry. Every day for about a month I would write my poems on paper and then type them into my book template. 

Choosing which poems would make the “cut” per se was an interesting process. I had a pile of poems but I needed to figure out what the theme of my book would be or if there would be a theme at all. I wanted this book of poetry to be an introduction to different emotions. So the poems that I would publish would need to have an element of intuitiveness, excitement, or concern; I wanted them to extend beyond the usual ‘happy’ or ‘sad’ option. Eventually, I had enough pages to start looking at the process of publishing. I self-published and I am so proud of my work. I hope the world enjoys Poems from Stories Yet to Be Told! 

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Cover Reveal: Mammarazzi by Brooke Williams

Mamarazzi Cover Reveal

Mamarazzi

By Brooke Williams
Release Date: September 11, 2015 from Prism Book Group
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Enjoy giveaways with a dozen different authors!

Danica Bennett isn't sure what she hates more...her job or the fact that she's good at it.  As one of the many Hollywood paparazzi, she lives her life incognito and sneaks around trying to get the best shot of the latest star.  When she is mistaken for an extra on a new, up and coming TV show, her own star rises and she becomes the one being photographed.  Add that to the fact that she's falling for her co-star, Eliot Lane, and Danica is in a whole heap of trouble.

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About the Author

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Brooke Williams writes in a sleep-deprived state while her daughters nap. Her romantic comedy is best read in the same state. Brooke has twelve years of radio in her background, both behind the scenes and on the air. She was also a television traffic reporter for a short time despite the fact that she could care less about hair and make-up. Today, Brooke stays at home with her daughters and works as a freelance writer for a variety of companies. When she isn’t working for paying clients, she makes things up, which results in books like “Accept this Dandelion.”  Brooke is also the author of "Accept this Dandelion," “Wrong Place, Right Time,” “Someone Always Loved You,”  “Beyond the Bars.” She plans to continue the Dandelion story into a series and looks forward to her first children's book release “Baby Sheep Gets a Haircut” in June 2016. Brooke and her husband Sean have been married since 2002 and have two beautiful daughters, Kaelyn (5) and Sadie (nearly 2).

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Coming Soon: The Migrant Report from Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar @moha_doha

Coming soon from Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar: The Migrant Report

About the book:

Against the glittering high-rises of the capital, Manu, a recent arrival from Nepal, drips his days away on a construction site, cut off from the world outside the labor camp. His sister despairs of finding him among the thousands of migrant workers flooding into the Arabian Gulf to build the country’s infrastructure.

Police captain Ali's hopes of joining the elite government forces are dashed when his childhood deformity is discovered. His demotion brings him face to face with the corruption of labor agencies and also Maryam, an aspiring journalism student, who is unlike any local girl he has ever met. In danger of flunking out of university, Maryam is searching for an original story that will appease her professor and keep her family’s machinations for marriage in check.

Can the unlikely trio fit the pieces of the puzzle together before agency thugs get to Manu, the burgeoning labor agitator?

Guest Post:


Between Literary and Chicky
By Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar


I didn’t control my Muse. Not in a specific way to generate particular ideas. Sure, I sit down several times a week and force myself to produce as much as I can in the few hours I have between kids’ birthday parties and swim lessons. I go away once a year, for a week, (or longer, if I can find a place to stash the kids) to write, mingle with other writerly types, and figure out how I can get better at storytelling.

The ideas for my previous books often began with a central question. One that rolls around and around on deck, waiting for her turn at the keyboard. How a modern person with traditional values finds love is at the center of my first paperback Love Comes Later. The answer is the story.

In The Dohmestics, I explore how well we know those closest to us or ourselves. The ensemble cast in the novel is a composite of people I’ve known while living in the Middle East country of Qatar. Their tangled lives represent the ways in which expats and their domestic help support and infuriate each other.

Perhaps because my books ponder issues, rather than focus on a sequence of events, I resist categorization as a genre writer. My novels can’t really find a home like others, where stories cluster, based on common devices or types.

Yet, for the last year or so, I have been trying to get a handle on myself as a writer and channel ideas instead of letting them lead me into genre-defying projects. Not as easy as it sounds.

Crime is what I hoped to get into one year ago: July 2014. Not in real life, as it were, but for my writing. If you can get a believable, likeable, empathetic detective type, you are golden. The books seem to write themselves.

Scandinavian writers like Steig Larrson and Henning Mankel had inspired me for years. They took the genre as a venue for social critique and pointed out the failure of Nordic utopia. I’ve seen other places struggle with the burden of wealth and a small citizenry.

I set down a nascent story during National Novel Writing Month in 2015. The premise was simple: a main character living in a labor camp in the Arabian Gulf, one of the kind present in monthly sports news about the 2022 World Cup.

The Migrant Report was my first attempt to research, outline, plan, write, and revise a novel from start to finish. The first manuscript was 50,000 word. The published version, now available at online retailers, is almost double the original word count.

I’m nervous, I’m elated. One second I worry I’ve gotten it all wrong; the next I’m telling everyone this is the best material I’ve ever written. If you’d like to review The Migrant Report and tell me your thoughts, drop me a comment below. What type of stories do you like to read or write?

Meet the Author

Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar is a South Asian American who has lived in Qatar since 2005. Moving to
the Arabian Desert was fortuitous in many ways since this is where she met her husband, had two sons, and became a writer. She has since published eight e-books, including a momoir for first time mothers, Mommy But Still Me; a guide for aspiring writers, So You Want to Sell a Million Copies; a short story collection, Coloured and Other Stories; and a novel about women’s friendships, Saving Peace.

Her coming of age novel, An Unlikely Goddess, won the SheWrites New Novelist competition in 2011. Her recent books have focused on various aspects of life in Qatar. From Dunes to Dior, named as a Best Indie book in 2013, is a collection of essays related to her experiences as a female South Asian American living in the Arabian Gulf. Love Comes Later was the winner of the Best Indie Book Award for Romance in 2013 and is a literary romance set in Qatar and London. The Dohmestics is an inside look into compound life, the day-to-day dynamics between housemaids and their employers.
After she joined the e-book revolution, Mohana dreams in plotlines.

Learn more about her work on her website at www.mohadoha.com or follow her latest on Twitter: @moha_doha.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Wonders That We See by Crystal Harrell

New Release: Wonders That We See by Crystal Harrell

Wonders That We See: A Poetry Collection details the life and times, trials and tribulations, and personal discoveries of a young girl during her formative teenage years. Each poem is crafted with a profound sense of awareness and romantic vocabulary in its verses. Themes of isolation, self-realization, and inspiration are present in the poetry, making it an ideal collection for those looking to recover a piece of themselves they did not know were missing.

Book Details

Page count: 31
Published: June 30, 2015
Author: Crystal Harrell
ASIN: B010RF8BZ8

FREE on Amazon

Until 7/13/15

About the Author

Crystal here: avid reader and anecdotist extraordinaire delivering news to fellow desert dwellers. I believe that writing is one of the most captivating methods of expression, and I love the idea of creating something poetically profound from just the stray thoughts that happen to cross my mind—a facet of the soul that really is beauty in its most contemplative form.

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