Lexi Middleton has been socially invisible to her classmates, but starting her junior year, that’s going to change. First, she’s determined to hook a boyfriend, ensuring dates with flowers and possible kisses on the doorstep. Second, she wants to be a writer for the school paper, even though it freaks her out to think of everyone judging her by her punctuation and metaphors. High school is difficult enough—keeping up her grades, dealing with increasing sibling rivalry, and trying to stay out of the way of her personal nemesis, Amberlee—but when Lexi catches the eye of her long-time crush, she also becomes the focus of mean-girl tactics. Caught between who she was and who she wants to be, Lexi must decide how to confront a bully, and choose who to let into her heart.
This book looks so fun, I just had to spotlight it. Don't you just love the cover?
Another great book from Pants On Fire Press. I love Craig's books, so I can't wait to get my hands on this one. It sounds like a cross between Interview With a Vampire and Twilight, yet I know (judging by Craig's previous books) it will have its own twists and distinctive style.
Son of Blood (The Secrets of Skerries) (Volume 1)
By Craig Jones
Amongst the horror, her love was his salvation.Martin is a four hundred year old vampire. Together with his son, Christian, he protects the idyllic nature of the coastal town of Skerries, for a significant cost, the blood of the strangers who outstay their welcome. Martin knows his soul is cursed and that, when the time comes, he will burn for eternity in the depths of hell but he strives to ensure that Christian will never have to take a human life and thus be reunited with his human mother in heaven. Revered, respected and feared, the town's people know little about the vampires that coexist with them except that when they are called upon, they come. This is something that the seemingly unassuming town Mayor manipulates for his own benefit. It is not until he learns of the forbidden love between Christian and his daughter and the mysterious death of one of the town's teenagers, that the Mayor and residents turn on their supernatural guardians.
Here's a cover reveal for a new book by the sweet and incredibly talented Lisa Swinton. Isn't it beautiful? (Sounds like a great story too!)
What happened in Vegas should stay there, not follow Amanda home, wedded to the man who broke her heart.
After celebrating college graduation with her friends in Las Vegas, Amanda St. Claire wakes up with a terrible hangover and a ring on her finger. Her day gets worse when she finds out she's married to rich playboy Blake Worthington---the guy she has loathed the past four years. Amanda convinces Blake to legally terminate the marriage and they both return home like nothing ever happened. That is, until Blake shows up on her doorstep and Amanda has to come clean with her family.
Together for better or worse while the legalities are cleared, Amanda reluctantly plays along, but then the unthinkable happens---she finds herself falling in love with Blake.
Can they overcome the past? Or will it end their future before it even starts?
Here's another fascinating book, which I am pleased to spotlight today. It sounds like a story in which we can all identify with at least part of. I can't wait to read this one! And what a gorgeous cover!
Today I have two wonderful new books to spotlight, both from Pants On Fire Press. I was honored to be able to read these books prior to publication and I can vouch for their awesomeness. I want more from these two authors!
I am so pleased to participate in the book blast for this memoir as it sounds absolutely riveting. How painful, yet at the same time cathartic, this story must have been to tell. I am in awe of the strength and courage it took Ms. Cyrulewski to not only live through this difficult period in her life, but also share that story with the world.
Who Am I? How My Daughter Taught Me to Let Go and Live Again, by Megan Cyrulewski
Megan’s book, Who Am I? How My Daughter Taught Me to Let Go and Live Again, is about her journey into post-partum depression, anxiety disorder, panic attacks, stays in the psych ward, divorce, emotional abuse, domestic violence, law school, how she managed to graduate from law school and a beautiful little girl who emerged from all of this chaos.
I am so excited to share with you another wonderful book from the award-winning children's book publisher, Pants On Fire Press. It is a beautiful story
My Water Path by Timothy Joseph
Mississippi, the late 1950s. After the death of his father, eleven-year-old Jory Sheppard runs away from an unwanted life in foster care. Trying to make it on his own, he is caught in a violent storm on the Mississippi River, but when he is rescued from the raging waters by an old black man named Moses, it becomes the event that will change his life.
Taken into Moses’ family as one of their own, Jory is introduced to a world so familiar and yet so very different from the one he once knew. As he learns and grows under the benevolent care of his new family, he struggles to make sense of the society in which he lives—a society that would spit on a man such as Moses simply because his skin is black, and make every effort to rip Jory from the family he loves.
Quickly entrenched in a struggle that is much bigger than himself, Jory must learn the difference between what feels necessary and what is right, what pity is, and what hate is. If he wants to fight the injustice and uncertainty that surrounds him, he must learn what it really means to stand up for what he believes in.
About the Author
Timothy Joseph holds a B.S. in Zoology, B.S.Ed. in Biology, M.A. in Biology, and Ph.D. He began his career as a high school teacher and science department head, a college professor, corporate division director, and senior scientist. He has written hundreds of technical papers and professional journal publications. He was a weekly columnist with the Knoxville News Sentinel. He is a freelance technical/literary writer. He volunteers his time giving Creative Writing talks at local high schools, and organizations, is a mentor, and has taught at writer’s conferences.
His debut literary novel, Four-Fifths, was published January 2000. His second book, Reflections On Love, (a serious, humorous, and loving journey inside the very nature of love and life, in short verse and narrative) was published in August 2002. His second literary novel, Four-Fifths Endowed, (sequel to Four-Fifths) was published in 2005, and his nonfiction work, Historical Photos of the Manhattan Project, was published in 2009 by Turner Publishing, Nashville, TN. His newest novel, “My Water Path” was released on Kindle in January, and will be available in hard copy March 1st., published by POF Press. This novel was built upon his youth in the south, growing up with prejudice and bigotry all around him. Even as a child he could not comprehend racial disdain. This novel is a testament to his belief in the equality of all, and his love of humanity.
Tim received a 1999 Technical Communication Award of Excellence by the Society for Technical Communication. In 2002 he won the Atlanta ‘WordWeaver Award of Excellence’ for his novel, Four-Fifths, and his writing was recognized by the Tennessee Arts Commission. Tim’s goal is to bring to the page the intense emotions of life, especially love, happiness, passion, and purpose. His search for and scrutiny of purpose and love has taught him concepts and truths that he endeavors to put into words through the use of voice, style, and metaphor.
Find out more about Timothy Joseph on his website.
I'm very excited to announce the release of The Hitler Dilemma by Carolyn Twede Frank. Based on true events, this novel promises to be exciting, heart-wrenching, and full of difficult and far-reaching choices.
“We’re Nazis, Max. Everybody in Germany is Nazi—if they want to be safe.” Papa pulled up a chair and sat down, crumpling the newspaper in his hand. “We don’t have to think like them, son, but we’ve got to act like them—at least on the outside. Try to remember that. Okay?” Saarbrücken, Germany—1938. Change is in the air in Max Adams’s small village: The censorship of classic literature, the elimination of math and science courses, the addition of extra physical education classes. Along with thousands of other young men, he is forced into the Hitler Youth and is being groomed to become the next generation of Nazi soldiers. But as a faithful Latter-day Saint, how can Max serve the villain who destroyed his younger brother in his effort to create a Master Race—a man who is bent on tearing apart not only a single nation, but also the entire world? From the horrors of battle and the sorrow of separation from family to the privations of a prisoner of war, Carolyn Twede Frank’s groundbreaking novel The Hitler Dilemma is a poignant chronicle of one remarkable young man’s struggle to reconcile his sense of duty with his staunch opposition to the evil tyrant destroying the country he loves.
Today I'm so excited to spotlight a new book from a fabulous author and all-around sweet person, Danyelle Ferguson. Buy her book; it's indulgence with no regrets.
Sweet Confections (Indulgence Row series, #1) by Danyelle Ferguson
According to Rachel Marconi chocolate heals all wounds. That and throwing darts at pictures of her ex-boyfriend. Burned by yet another bad relationship, Rachel decides to reprioritize her life, putting her dream to compete on a Food Network Challenge on the top of her list and dating at the bottom crossed out in red sharpie. But what's a girl to do when a certain sexy guy keeps asking her out?
Cue in Graydon Green, a former pro hockey player turned restaurant owner. After a lot of persistent and humorous teasing, he finally convinces Rachel to commit to a date. Just when things begin to warm up, threatening notes directed at Rachel arrive. When her bakery is vandalized, Graydon's protective streak goes on red alert. Is it her obsessive ex-boyfriend stalking her? Or maybe a challenger trying to sabotage the competition?
Either way, Rachel is definitely going to need more chocolate - perhaps drizzled over ice cream and devil's food cake.
Also available on Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and iBookstore.
About the Author
Danyelle Ferguson discovered her love for the written word in elementary school. Her first article was published when she was in 6th grade. Since then, she’s won several awards and her work has been published world-wide in newspapers, magazines and books.
Danyelle grew up surrounded by Pennsylvania’s beautiful Allegheny Mountains. Then she lived for ten years among the majestic Wasatch Mountains. She is currently experiencing mountain-withdrawal while living in Kansas with her husband and family. She enjoys reading, writing, dancing and singing in
the kitchen, and the occasional long bubble bath to relax from the everyday stress of being “Mommy.”
Why You Shouldn't Rely on Grammar Rules
In his article Why You Shouldn't Rely on Grammar Rules, Tomasz P. Szynalski writes,
"Instead of wondering “why?”, simply learn the correct way. You don’t have to care that a linguist wrote a rule for it. Follow native speakers, not grammar rules."