An excerpt from fantasy author Jolene Dawe‘s forthcoming story…. This will be part of her Story Subscription series. Do go check it out. It looks like a great read!
Originally posted on Strip Me Back To The Bone:
If you’re thinking about signing up for my story subscription for December’s installment, here’s a free sneak peek at what’s in store! (Heck, even if you aren’t, here’s a free sneak peek anyway!)
I crested the hill while the sun was still three finger-lengths above the horizon and stopped cold. Fear curdled in my stomach and burned in my throat. It wasn’t that the forest had grown in the half-season since I’d last passed this way. Forests often behaved in ways one couldn’t anticipate, advancing over this valley, retreating from that mountainside, devouring villages and villagers alike, or ringing the town with living, growing walls to keep the humans safe from the creatures that roamed the night. There was no predicting what the trees might do, not even the Summoners. To try was to tempt madness. The forest was closer to Midpoint Crest, the spot where I stood locked…
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This is my stop during the book blitz for Promises Under the Peach Tree by Joanne Rock. This book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 2 till 8 September, you can view the complete blitz schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours: http://lolasblogtours.net/book-blitz-promises-under-the-peach-tree-by-joanne-rock/
Promises Under the Peach Tree
By Joanne Rock
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age category: Adult
Release Date: 2 September 2014
Nina Spencer swore she was done with Heartache, Tennessee, when she left the town—and her sexy ex, Mack—in her rearview mirror. But when her bakery business is rocked by scandal, she needs a place to regroup. What she doesn’t need is Mack Finley reminding her of peach-flavored kisses and the hold he still has on her.
Mack never forgot Nina—not that he didn’t try. Yet between caring for his family and organizing the annual Harvest Fest, he’s overwhelmed and he needs Nina’s help. They can work together without getting swept up in memories and the rush of brand-new passion…right?
You can find Promises Under the Peach Tree on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21489566-promises-under-the-peach-tree
Three-time RITA nominee Joanne Rock never met a romance subgenre she didn’t enjoy. The author of over sixty romances from contemporary to medieval historical, Joanne dreams of one day penning a book for every Harlequin series. A former Golden Heart recipient, she has won numerous awards for her stories.
Learn more about Joanne’s imaginative Muse by visiting her online:
– Amazon page
– Google +
– Joanne Rock’s Romance Wiki
There is a tour wide giveaway for the book blitz of Promises Under the Peach Tree, with one US only and one international prize! These are the prizes you can win:
– Romance and More prize pack, which includes 4 classic blaze title by Joanne Rock, The Sweet Spot by Stephanie Evanovich, a keepsake vintage Harlequin notebook, sticky-note weekly calendar, lotion and nail polish (US only)
– Paperbacks from The Bookdepository of Shelter Me by Catherine Mann, Someone Like You by Karen Rock and Promises Under the Peach Tree by Joanne Rock (International)
You can enter the giveaway below:
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I’ve been following Michael S. Fedison and his intriguing novel The Eye-Dancers for a while now, so when he told me he had a new edition of it, I asked him to come tell you, my readers, a little more about it. He kindly agreed. Michael, you have the floor….
The Eye-Dancers, a Young Adult sci-fi/fantasy novel that explores the very concept of what we term “reality,” has been available as an ebook since late 2012, and while it was a great feeling releasing the novel as an ebook, it is especially rewarding at this time to release it in paperback form.
What is The Eye-Dancers about? Here is a quick synopsis! . . .
Seventh-grader Mitchell Brant and three of his classmates inexplicably wake up at the back edge of a softball field to the sounds of a game, the cheering of the crowd. None of them remembers coming here. And as they soon learn, “here” is like no place they’ve ever seen. Cars resemble antiques from the 1950s. There are no cell phones, no PCs. Even the spelling of words is slightly off.
A compulsive liar, constantly telling fantastic stories to garner attention and approval, Mitchell can only wish this were just one more of his tall tales. But it isn’t. It’s all too real. Together, as they confront unexpected and life-threatening dangers, Mitchell and his friends must overcome their bickering and insecurities to learn what happened, where they are, and how to get back home.
The answers can be found only in the mysterious little girl with the blue, hypnotic eyes. The one they had each dreamed of three nights in a row before arriving here. She is their only hope. And, as they eventually discover, they are her only hope.
And time is running out.
I also wanted to include an excerpt. What follows is a portion of the opening sequence in the novel . . .
Peering out his bedroom window, his eyes flattened into squinting slits, Mitchell Brant saw her.
“No,” he said. “It can’t be her. It can’t be.”
But it was. She had come again.
He looked away, at the night-shadows on the floor, at the sheets jumbled and strewn on his bed. Maybe she wasn’t really out there. Maybe it was just an illusion, some odd distortion of the light.
He looked out the window.
She was still there.
He felt the fine hairs at the nape of his neck stand up. Gooseflesh, cold against the stifling humidity filtering in through the open window, speckled his forearms.
The girl was standing under the streetlamp, looking straight in at him—the same way she had last night and the night before. She was just a child, probably no more than seven years old—his sister’s age. What was she doing out in the street, alone, well past midnight? Was she a runaway? And why had she come three nights in a row?
I asked Michael a few questions about the book, here’s what he said. :)
Michael: Actually, the germ of the idea began decades ago! When I was in high school, I had a nightmare I never did forget. In the dream, there was a little girl, maybe seven years old, standing out in the road, beneath the street lamp. The light from the lamp streamed right through her–she was more ghost than girl. In the dream, I was looking out through my bedroom window, and she saw me, beckoning me with an index finger to come outside.
I sensed, more than knew, that she wanted to take me somewhere–perhaps the cemetery, or some version of limbo where I might forever remain, a prisoner. When I woke up, my bedsheets were jumbled in a heap at the foot of my bed. I was sweating, my heart beating too fast and too hard.
Once I managed to get my bearings, I realized I had some very gripping material for a story. (Even back then, I wrote all the time–I’ve always needed an outlet for my imagination!) I jotted down the pertinent details of the dream, determined to include this “ghost girl” into a story. Over the next few weeks, I tried, but nothing worked. It appeared the “ghost girl” might remain on the fringe, never able to fit into a workable story.
Then, two decades later, I experienced the same dream! But this time, upon waking, the idea for The Eye-Dancers was in place. When I had gone to sleep the previous night, I had nothing. Then, in a flash, after a restless night, I had a novel to write. The creative process never ceases to amaze me.
The opening scene of The Eye-Dancers, where Mitchell Brant, one of the novel’s main characters, has a nightmare of the “ghost girl,” mirrors my own dream.
Finally, after twenty years, the “ghost girl” had a home, after all.
Michael: Actually, the four main characters–Mitchell Brant, Joe Marma, Ryan Swinton, and Marc Kuslanski–are all inspired by friends I knew growing up. I still keep in touch with them, even after all these years.
As part of The Eye-Dancers coming out in hard-copy format, I am running a special promo for the ebook. Until September 30, 2014, The Eye-Dancers, the ebook, will be on sale for just 99 cents. Please grab a copy today!
At Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Eye-Dancers-ebook/dp/B00A8TUS8M
At B &N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-eye-dancers-michael-s-fedison/1113839272?ean=2940015770261
At Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/255348
And, if you’d like to buy a hard copy! . . .
Sounds great, Michael. Good luck with it!
Michael S. Fedison was born in Rochester, New York, and now lives with his wife, Sarah, and regal cat, Luke, in the green hills of central Vermont. Michael has been writing creatively for as long as he can remember, and has had short fiction published in several literary magazines, including Iconoclast and The Written Word. He works as a full-time technical writer and also is a freelance proofreader and copy editor.
Michael has been a lover of imaginative stories his entire life. He enjoys any story that takes you by the hand, lifts you up, and transports you to another place, a new and creative way of looking at the world around us.
Connect with Michael at his blog: http://eyedancers.wordpress.com/
On Twitter: https://twitter.com/msfedison27
At The Eye-Dancers Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Eye-Dancers/213004492164436
And at Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6592469.Michael_S_Fedison
I think The Eye-Dancers sounds really intriguing, don’t you folks? Best of luck, again, Michael, and thanks for being here!
I’m pleased to have an author here today many of you might know. Paranormal author, Ms. J.D. Brown, has a new book release and she’s sharing it with me. *rubs hands gleefully* Entitled Athena’s Oracle it looks to be a good read. Shall we check it out? Okay.
Here’s the blurb:
For sale August 18, 2014…
Athena’s Oracle: An Heiloom Vampyres Novella
by J.D. Brown
Leena’s ‘gift of sight’ secures her place as the next great oracle of Athena. Instead of being groomed for wifehood like other girls, Leena spends her days within the walls of the Acropolis, shuffled around by the clergy and doomed to be a virgin forever. Before her ascension, Leena decides to take matters into her own hands. With the help of her father’s book of alchemy, she casts an incantation calling forth her own personal hero. But when that hero turns out to be a rogue vampyre prince with a haunted past, Leena begins to question if her feelings for him are the work of divine intervention, or a love spell gone horribly wrong.
Athena’s Oracle is a prequel to the novels Dark Heirloom and Dark Liaison, also by J.D. Brown. Set in 4th century B.C.E., Athena’s Oracle chronicles the romance between Leena and Jalmari during the very early trials of their immortal lives.
Oh my gosh! That sounds awesome, doesn’t it, folks? Ready for the pretty cover? Okay, Continue reading
I hope you all had a good weekend. I did. :) I tried to do some reading but in the end, I ended up vegging out on the couch, watching Gandhi (it’s a good movie! :)). Hope I’ve stored up enough energy because…starting today, Changeling’s Crown is going on tour. That’s right. I have a Bewitching Book Tour scheduled. The stops for this tour are as follows (and I will update the list with direct links as they come in):
The link for the Rafflecopter giveaway is here.
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