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Last Day to Win!

I was featured last week on one of my favorite Christian fiction review blogs, Labor Not In Vain. The author interview was a lot of fun and then Faye brought tears to my eyes with her excellent review of A Light In The Darkness. She called it “An action packed medieval tale of what a light can do in the darkness,” adding that it had a “spell-casting quality to it.” Wonderful praise from one of my favorite reviewers! I am so grateful for the many book bloggers who share their time and opinions with readers so that we all have an easier time choosing that next book to add to our shelf (or kindle!)

If you haven’t yet read A Light In the Darkness, today is the last day to enter to win an ebook copy of the book on Labor Not In Vain. Just click through to the blog and leave a comment for us about the interview and why you want to win this book. Faye will choose the winner today, so hurry on over and enter. Then, be a good friend and share the news with a few of your more literate friends.

Happy Reading!

                                       ~ Heather

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You Gotta Read: Treason

Treason by S.M. Boyce is the thrilling sequel to The Grimoire: Lichgates. Here we see much more of the world of Ourea as the different tribes are brought together in the name of peace. But when things don’t go as planned after signing the peace treaty, Kara must decide who she can trust in this dangerous land where it seems that everyone she meets is ready to either kill her or use her to gain more power for themselves. Even the vagabond begins to push his own agenda and soon Kara is left alone to defend herself against a betrayal she never saw coming.

My Thoughts

I read this book in one sitting because I could not put it down! S.M. Boyce does such a fantastic job of drawing you into the story and helping you feel the setting. I honestly hated to leave Ourea and the drama there. I was on the edge of my seat and holding my breath at more than one scene. I am a sucker for a happy ending and was really worried that the author was going to let me down, but I promise you that she brings it all together and then surprises us by changing the game altogether. You won’t want to miss this wild ride! If you haven’t yet read the first book, go right now and grab a copy of Lichgates. I promise you’ll thank me later.

Where to Get It

Amazon: USA | UK | Germany |  France | Spain | Italy

Barnes & Noble | Smashwords

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 Want More?
In this series, Kara finds a magical book called the grimoire that can answer her questions and guide her toward her destiny. We’ve been given a special opportunity to peek into the grimoire, but we can only ask it ONE question. What shall it be? Leave a question for the grimoire in the comments below and on Friday, one lucky reader will be chosen to ask the grimoire their question. Will it be you?


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Interview and Giveaway

I was thrilled to be interviewed this week over at the fabulous book blog, Christian Bookshelf Reviews. I want to thank Melanie at CBR for inviting me to share a little more about myself and my books.  I thought her questions were insightful and unique. I enjoyed the opportunity to meet new readers and hope you will all stop by to say hello. She reads and reviews Christian fiction and I’ve become a true fan of her site in my constant search for great books.

If you are curious about why I write or want to know a little more about me as a person, please stop by and read through the interview. While you’re there, go ahead and enter for a chance to win my first book, A Light In the Darkness.  If you know someone who has been wanting to read it, now’s a good time for them to have a shot at getting it for FREE. So, be sure to share the link with your friends.

Happy reading!

Heather

 

 

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You Gotta Read: Untraceable

Untraceable by S.R. Johannes is an action-packed suspense for young adults that follows the story of Grace, a teenage girl who is determined to find her missing father. In the forest one day while she is tracking, she runs into trouble and is rescued by a hot guy who turns out to be Mo, a boy who is living in the woods after his own father disappeared. Together they search for clues and sort out a puzzle that turns out to be much bigger than Grace ever imagined. It will be up to her to save the day, but can she count on Mo to help or will this mysterious boy turn out to be more trouble?

 

My Thoughts
Mrs. Johannes really draws you in with the suspense and invests well in building these characters so that you just can’t walk away without knowing what happens to Grace and Mo. I couldn’t put it down after the third chapter and the ending will leave you breathless.

My daughter is twelve and she loved Untraceable. When she started the book, she seemed hesitant as it’s not really a genre she prefers (we’re more of a fantasy household if you haven’t noticed!) But, the next day she came running in to tell me that she loved it. “I thought it was going to be a modern day Nancy Drew, but it was so much better!” Like me, she found herself unable to put the book down and in the end she didn’t want the story to stop. Her review? “It’s a suspenseful story based on a shocking reality.” I couldn’t agree more and you’ll love every minute of it.

Where to Get It
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Amazon Kindle

Amazon Paperback

Barnes & Noble

Smashwords Ebook

Want More?
Grab a copy today. Right now you can get Untraceable for FREE on Amazon Kindle! Come back Friday for some exciting news about the sequel, Uncontrollable.

 

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You Gotta Read: Open Door

Open Door by Christine Locke is a paranormal suspense set in the beautifully historic town of Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  It follows the story of 16 year old Carin White as she moves to town with her “aunt” to work in the big house aunt Helen has inherited.  But strange things start happening and Carin quickly realizes that things are not what they seem at Mallace Mansion. When she finds a family album in the attic, her mother reveals the mysterious truth: she isn’t Carin White. She’s Carin Mallace.

My Thoughts

I loved this book because it grabbed your attention right from the first page and drew you into the mystery of the house. I could easily envision the setting of the Mallace estate in lovely Eureka Springs. That city has always captured my imagination. It isn’t difficult to become absorbed in this incredible story where the house is as much a character as the people.  You’ll keep reading just to know what happens to Carin as her life becomes increasingly more complicated by the mystery surrounding her. There were surprises from the first chapter until the last page. This book is not meant for very young readers as it deals with some intense drama, but teens and adults alike should enjoy it.

Where to Get It
It’s only 99 cents on Amazon Kindle!

Want More?
Come back on Friday to see what Mrs. Locke has to say about writing. She’s got some fabulous advice for you and explains how she developed her story and The Legacy Series. Until then, you can read what her main character, Carin Mallace, has to say about living at Mallace Mansion by visiting The Legacy of Carin Mallace and reading her diary entries. Don’t forget to grab your copy of the book, too!

 

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You Gotta Read: Graham The Gargoyle

Graham the Gargoyle by Brian Clopper

Graham is a young Gargoyle living in the land of Cascade, home to many magical and mythological creatures who abandoned Earth when humans stopped believing in magic.  Poor Graham has a lot on his plate.  First of all, there’s Blord and his gang of bullies who pick on Graham for being small and for befriending a troll, Graham’s best friend, Ot.  Then, there’s the fact that Graham is supposed to have his first flight in front of all the village on Friday and he hasn’t even gotten up the nerve to practice yet.  But, worst of all, is the fact that his grandfather is getting close to his Crossover, the time when an elderly gargoyle goes back to earth, climbs a church, and solidifies into stone as its protector for eternity.  Graham doesn’t want to say goodbye.  So, he decides to go with his grandfather to Earth.  After all, what does he have to live for anyway?  

My Thoughts
What an incredible story Brian Clopper has crafted for us.  It made me want to scoop up my children and snuggle up for a good old-fashioned story time.  I think this book would make a wonderful read aloud.   At first glance, I thought it would be a good book for second or third grade as it is so small, written as a short chapter book.  But, in the end, I believe it would be a wonderful tool for instruction in 4th-6th grade as well.  It has some very good vocabulary to introduce and the way it covers such powerful topics as bullying, overcoming fears and death is nothing short of brilliant.  A short read, this one packs a punch.

Where to Get It
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Amazon Kindle

B&N Nook 

Lulu Print 

 

Want More?

Come back Friday to hear what Brian Clopper, author of Graham the Gargoyle, has to say to about brainstorming new ideas for stories.  Some of them are pretty fun and crazy.  So, don’t forget to tell a friend to come back and check it out.  Then, you can have some brainstorming fun together.  See you then!

~ Heather

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You Gotta Read: Dragonfriend

Dragonfriend by Roger Eschbacher

Though I enjoyed reading this adventure set in the middle of King Arthur’s Camelot, don’t be deceived.  This is not just another knight’s tale!  The young page, Leonard, serves a knight who is more gentle than brave and he longs to lift them both out of the low position they hold in the kingdom.  While other knights fight dragons and feast at the king’s table, Sir Ronald chases off crows from gardens and then dines on a skinny goose in his crumbling, half finished castle.  Leonard devises a plan to elevate his master when he meets a desperate dragon seeking a knight to end his misery.  When the plan goes horribly wrong, Leonard finds himself on a dangerous quest to redeem them all and in the process uncovers a plot to end Camelot for good.  Can this unlikely hero save the day?

My Thoughts

Marvelous work by the fabulous Roger Eschbacher!  This book is fun, funny and quite an adventure!  Although he begins with a well-known legend in the form of Camelot, the author takes the reader into a whole new realm of creatures and magic we have not seen before.  Even some of the most vicious creatures are creative and endearing in this version of the fabled kingdom.

I know boys and girls alike will find this story fascinating and fun.  My daughter might complain that it gets a bit “yucky” during the battle scenes, but not more than would cause any normal fifth grade boy to yell out “cool!” as he reads through it.  In turn, the boy in my house might not appreciate the innocent crush Leonard has on Maiden Glennys, but my daughter will eat it up.  A marvelous balance that is hard to create as an author and I believe Eschbacher has done it superbly.

Where to Get It
Just click on the format of your choice

Amazon Kindle
Amazon Print
Barnes & Noble Nook
Barnes & Noble Print
Smashwords 

Want More?
Roger will stop by tomorrow to share some of the most common questions he gets from young readers.  Did I mention that Roger is not only an incredibly talented author, but that he is a totally cool writer who has worked with cartoons like Scooby Doo and The Littlest Pet Shop?  Come back tomorrow and see what he has to say to aspiring writers – like YOU!

Gotta read,

Heather

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Gotta Read: The Grimoire: Lichgates

>The Grimoire: Lichgates by S.M. Boyce

This week’s book is one that I could NOT put down.  Not only was it mesmerizing as a reader, but it inspired me as a writer.  Maybe it is because parts of it remind me of my own personal work.  Or, perhaps it is the detailed and beautiful world-building.  It certainly had something to do with the depth she infused into her characters.  From the beginning of this book, I was smitten.  By the end I was reaching for a pen to rewrite scenes in my own work, in the hopes of capturing some of the energy and beauty for myself.

The story begins with a young woman, Kara, hiking through the forest in the northern Rockies when she unexpectedly passes through a Lichgate, a magical doorway into a hidden part of our world.  She discovers a powerful book, the Grimoire, and finds herself entangled in a dangerous web of political intrigue, deadly secrets, and racial war.  Guided by a dangerous prince who must live in constant disguise, she is never certain who she can trust.  As everything that matters to her is stripped away, she must take on a new identity and find a way to promote peace in a world determined for war.

My Thoughts
Sounds awesome, right?  It is!  This book is full of action from the very beginning.  There are deadly creatures at every turn and Kara struggles to stay just one step ahead with little to guide her in this dangerous place.  It will keep you turning pages, believe me!  

The characters are just as detailed as the many and various creatures.  Imagine different races that are not only distinct in their appearances, but in their abilities and how they live.  Can they ever learn to respect one another and work together?  Must they always fight and consider each other enemies?  I adore what Boyce has done with the prince in this story, Braeden.  As if it isn’t fabulous enough that he lives in constant disguise, hunted by his own father and feared by all others, he softens for Kara, showing a side of himself, and his kind, that none believe to exist.  I think even he is surprised by it.  How incredible it is that Boyce is able to convey all of that to us in a way that feels as though we are discovering Braeden as he is discovering himself.  Wonderful work!

Watch this author, friends.  Her sequel, Treason, is expected to come out this summer.  I am on pins and needles for this one.  I can hardly wait to see what happens next to Kara and Braeden.  Will they finish their quest or die trying?  

Where to Get It
Just click on the format of your choice!
Amazon Kindle 
Amazon Print
Barnes & Noble
The Grimoire Trilolgy site

Want More?
The author of The Grimoire will be here on Friday to share with us her tips for fighting writer’s block and how to gather new story ideas.  The best part: she’ll be giving away one FREE ebook. Just leave a comment below to be entered to win. Winner will be announced on Monday. Use the buttons below to share this with friends and come back for more on Friday.  You won’t want to miss this!

Gotta Read,
Heather

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>Gotta Read: Investigator Anne

>
So far on You’ve Gotta Read Wednesdays, we’ve covered books for middle grade and teens.  Today I am excited to share with you a fabulous book for elementary readers. Investigator Anne: Case #1 Timeless Treasure Lost 
  
This book is one my youngest daughter loved!  It’s about a little girl, Anne, who loves mysteries.  She reads all the mystery books she can find.  When her mother’s birthday gift goes missing, Anne comes to the rescue!  Readers will love following the clues with Anne as she searches for the gift and the answer to the mystery.  Anne shows us that we don’t have to be famous detectives to be helpful.  We can use our sleuthing skills to solve mysteries here in the real world.



My Thoughts
The Investigator Anne series is fabulous because the author incorporates science and deductive reasoning into the story as Anne and her friends try to solve the mystery. As a teacher and a parent, this is special because it demonstrates to the young reader how the things they are learning can be used in real life to fix tough situations.  It also encourages kids to be helpful, something many children naturally desire.


My daughter, Evie, turns 8 this week. She loves detectives and secret agents (honestly, I think she just likes an excuse to sneak around!) This book had her begging for more. “One more chapter, mom, please!” How can you argue with that? As soon as we finished the book, Evie raced upstairs to get a pink cape like Anne. She came back with an old camera box, one with a long strap and a shiny metal clasp on the front. “Look, mom, it’s a clue kit, just like Anne!” Inside she had a magnifying glass, a notebook and a pencil. She couldn’t wait to help us solve a few mysteries – just like Anne. That is the mark of a good book! When the reader puts it down and immediately wants to put what they’ve learned into practice somehow, you know you’ve found something special.


Where to Get It

Investigator Anne – Case #1 Timeless Treasure Lost [NOOK Book]

Investigator Anne – Case #2 Sneaky Sneakers [NOOK Book]


More to Come
On Friday, we will have a very special visit from the author herself, Sarah Treu. Please come back to hear how she put together the series and what it is like to be a writer/illustrator. Be a good friend and share this with your book-loving pals. It’s easy to share with the buttons below.


Want a free copy of Investigator Anne? Leave a comment below. One lucky reader will recieve a $10 gift card to Barnes and Noble. That’s enough to buy most of Sarah Treu’s books for Nook! (May I suggest Counting Bugs? Adorable!)

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>Gotta Read: Island of Fog

> Allow me to pretend that I posted this yesterday.  I haven’t been feeling well and as I mentioned yesterday, I’ve been in a bit of a writing funk, which has put me behind schedule a bit. However, I just couldn’t wait to tell you about the Island of Fog.

I recently read the book, Island of Fog by Keith Robinson.  What a thrilling adventure!  It tells about a group of families who have moved to a mysterious island, covered constantly by fog.  Each family is raising a child on this tiny island and the children grow up wondering about life beyond the fog.  What is happening on the mainland?  Will they ever return to find out?  What caused their parents to move them all here and why won’t they talk about it?  

Hal Franklin is twelve years old, like the other kids on the island, and he is tired of all the mystery, of all the secrets, and especially of all the fog.  When Hal’s friend Robbie discovers a cave where all the fog seems to be coming from, they decide to cover it up with branches.  If they can stop the fog, then maybe they might be able to see the mainland, or at the very least, the sun.  This starts a dangerous chain of events that include wild and terrifying monsters, hidden secrets, and sudden transformations that leave the children struggling to understand what it’s all about.  When a visitor arrives at the island one day and takes over the school house, the children don’t know whether to trust her or fear her.  She may hold the key to understanding what is really happening on the Island of Fog or … she may be the one who destroys them all.

My Thoughts:
This book kept me turning pages furiously into the night.  Excitement, mystery, secret powers and bizarre monsters.  It has everything!  I would recommend this book to readers over fourth grade and I just know my kids are going to eat it up.  Personally, I don’t know many adults who wouldn’t enjoy this book, too.  The ending is a complete surprise (Kudos, Mr. Robinson, on that excellent turn of events, by the way) and I was happy to discover that this was only the first book in an extensive series.  Happy news for fans like me who can’t get enough.  

Where to Get It:
You can find Island of Fog at Amazon.com, or Barnes and Noble.  I downloaded my copy from BN.com as an ebook and read it on my ipad with the Nook app.  You can also find all of Mr. Robinson’s books at his fabulous website, unearthlytales.com



More to Come:
Come back tomorrow to hear from the author himself.  He’s offering a free copy of his book to one lucky reader.  Just leave a comment below and you are entered to win!  The winner will be declared on Monday. *** If you are visiting us from Facebook, you need to leave Facebook and come back through your browser in order to leave a comment. ***


Gotta Read,
Heather