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9/1/14

COVER REVEAL for DEAD NEW WORLD by Ryan Hill

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I'm excited to be a part of the cover reveal for Dead New World by Ryan Hill, an Action Dystopian that releases October 13th by Curiosity Quills Press.

Description:

Things have changed.  Zombies have minds now.
Zombies, the undead, existed only in the mind. That was before the world went straight into hell.  Zombies now walk the earth.  More Zombies than humans.  They go where they will while humans hide themselves to stay alive .


All that, while the leader of a powerful cult - known only as Reverend - becomes the next threat to the rebuilding United States. Believing zombies to be God’s latest creation, making humanity obsolete, he wants to give every man, woman, and child the chance to become one. With his combined army of humans and zombies, he may well get his wish.

Best friends Holt and Ambrose went up against the Reverend once. Holt lost a foot and a zombie bit Ambrose…though he survived the virus, only to become a human-zombie hybrid, reviled by the living and unwelcome among the dead. When the Reverend kidnaps the woman Holt loves, the race is on to save her from a fate worse than death.
Dead New World
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Excerpt:

I tried to get a good look at him, but the lack of light made it impossible. “They said most people don’t last a day after being bitten. You’ve made it four. I guess I should congratulate you.” Surviving this awful disease longer than most. What a terrible silver lining. I bet he wished the virus would get it over with and turn him.



“Yeah, lucky me.” Ambrose coughed into his bed sheets. “Maybe they’ll give me a prize, like some bacon or something.”



“What… what does it feel like?”



Ambrose shrugged. “Kind of like being sick. Had a fever at first, then some numbness over part of my body.”



“Is it getting any worse?”



“No.” Ambrose sniffed. “Some parts still feel like me, others… like these gray parts, nothing.” He pointed at his arm where the skin had turned a sickly gray. “They’re dead, I guess.”



Nancy loudly cleared her throat. “We need to get you back to your room. They patrol this place pretty regularly, especially when we have… guests.”



I nodded to her, then turned my attention back to Ambrose. “I have to go. I’m sorry. I wish it was me in there, instead of you.”



Ambrose stepped up to the window. The light from the hallway revealed his face. For the first time, I got a glimpse of what his loyalty to me cost him. I froze, unable to take a breath for a long beat. One of his eyes remained normal, but the other took on that awful redness. Patches of dead skin were all over his face. The guilt rising up seemed almost too much to bear. What kind of hell had I sent my friend to?



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About the Author:

Growing up, Ryan Hill used to spend his time reading and writing instead of doing homework. This resulted in an obsession with becoming a writer, but also a gross incompetence in the fields of science and mathematics. A graduate of North Carolina State University, Ryan has been a film critic for over five years. He lives in Raleigh, NC, with his dog/shadow Maggie. Ryan also feels strange about referring to himself in the third person.



Find him at: www.ryanhillwrites.com | Facebook | Twitter @J_Ryan












8/31/14

HARVEST AT MUSTANG RIDGE by Jesse Hayworth

5 STARS


HARVEST AT MUSTANG RIDGE
Mustang Ridge Series
Book Three
by
Jesse Hayworth
(Jessica Anderson)
Harvest at Mustang Ridge (Mustang Ridge, #3)

SUMMARY
When former lovers reunite at Mustang Ridge.
Old feelings run wild. 

With guest season about to start at the ranch, Krista Skye needs to track down a new head wrangler fast. Unfortunately, the best man for the job is the last person Krista wants to see—Wyatt Webb, the college sweetheart who left her behind. Wyatt has major reservations about working with Krista as well, but he has his own reasons for wanting to stay in town.

Although Krista and Wyatt are all business at first, sparks fly as they work side by side, preparing for an upcoming country fair. Even though rekindling their relationship brings up painful memories, they’re not the same people they used to be—and neither can deny that there’s still something special between them. They have one last opportunity to save a good thing before it’s too late, but one of them will have to find the courage to take a chance on love....



  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (August 5, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451419162
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451419163

REVIEW
  The author, Jesse Hayworth wrote another wonderful book, this time Harvest AT MUSTANG RIDGE which is a story of second chances.
The heroine is Krista Skye, a strong young woman who ramrods the Mustang Ridge guest ranch.
She runs into an old boy friends which she hasn't seen in years. Second chances - Wyatt and Krista start to send those sparks flying. They are now adults instead of the college age when they first met.
The author brought in characters from the previous books and also introduced new characters.  I felt this was  good since it gave new interactions and new scenes.The author gave us a lot of humor which made us smile and laugh.  She also showed how the love holding the Skye family together keeps that family light shining. The author hasn't written anything but pure wonderful books.  They are filled with all the things a reader wants, good plots, love, happy endings and not all good things but the struggles also.Once I got started reading I couldn't let go, just like the other books.  I also liked that this wasn't just a romance novel but a family and how they can work together to keep the family together. The author didn't just write about the hero and the heroine but about the entire family and their growth.If you like second chances, romance, the struggle it takes,dude ranches, cowboys and a sweet, tender story about finding love and getting a second chance, then this book should satisfy your palette. This is the third book in the series and it will definitely go on my shelf next to the others.  Wonderful books to keep and re-read.
 
I received a complimentary copy of HARVEST AT MUSTANG RIDGE from the author, Jesse Hayworth for my view of the book.  No other compensation took place.

I would give this book 5 STARS.

AUTHOR
Jesse Hayworth is a farm girl from way back, complete with tractors and livestock. Now farmless and driving a Subaru named Roo, Jesse lives on the East Coast with a cranky tabby she rescued from an auto shop and a beloved husband, who rescued her from Match.com. Her past books include Summer at Mustang Ridge and Winter at Mustang Ridge. She loves writing about wide-open spaces, animals, and true love, and she hopes you’ll come along for the ride!

LINKS
http://bemiown.blogspot.com
bemiown@yahoo.com
www.jessehayworth.com
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1041487490
http://www.amazon.com/gp/review/R2V9NFPRSIRUSR/ref=cm_cr_pr_rvw_ttl?ASIN=0451419162
 

Summer at Mustang Ridge  Winter at Mustang Ridge

 

8/30/14

PERFECTLY ERNEST Release Party & Giveaway by E.J. Wesley

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Welcome to the release party for Perfectly Ernest by E.J. Wesley! This is a New Adult Contemporary with romantic elements. Perfectly Ernest is now available for sale!

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Description
A gripping story of striking out and winning big.

From a distance, Ernie’s life seems perfect—he’s a star college baseball player adored by the student body and coveted by professional teams. Up close, he is a disaster. Since the death of his mother, he’s been trapped by a promise he made and forced to live her dream instead of his own. He reaches his breaking point in the biggest game of his young career and sets off a chain of events that will either define or destroy the rest of his life.

 Ernie grudgingly joins a quirky campus counseling group that empowers him to heal himself and right his wrongs. By testing old friendships, forging unlikely new ones, and exploring an exciting romance, he begins to unravel the jumbled knot his tangled inner-psyche has become. But old rivals, mental illness, and the risk of a forbidden relationship soon threaten his progress. Will Ernie’s new direction and friends be his salvation, or confirmation that he is forever doomed by his imperfections?

 Perfectly Ernest is a New Adult contemporary novel with romantic elements by author E.J. Wesley. Ernest offers a smart, funny, sweet, sexy, uplifting, and oftentimes poignant perspective of one person’s difficult transition into adulthood. It is a story about overcoming the demons of mental illness and struggling with the profound burden of expectations—both real and imagined. But it’s mostly a tale of friendship, hope, and love.


NOW AVAILABLE!

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Praise
“EJ Wesley has written a modern day Breakfast Club.”

“E.J. tells a college love story with a real life feel. He has created a flawed and pitiful character who quickly becomes a rallying point for all the other characters of the story. Ernie is the sort of boy I could easily imagine myself being friends with in college and cheered on through life in general, but certainly the story.”



“EJ’s tale of a college baseball star and the demons he fights is powerful and captivating. Once you’re involved in Ernest’s world, you are invested for the ride. Fans of this genre will say EJ hit it out of the park!” Alex J. Cavanaugh, Amazon bestselling author of the Cassa series



 ”Great cast of characters. Lots of fun humor. Romance. Win! Definitely recommend!”




 ”This is not so much a “coming of age” story, as it is a “coming of self.” I loved reading it”



“It is an inspirational, heartwarming story in which any reader is likely to get lost.”



“This story made me laugh and cry and it was so great to read something sweet and awesome from a guy.”



“Perfectly Ernest offers an emotionally genuine tour through depression, friendship, and love.”



 “It’s wonderful when a story’s voice is so strong as to drag you into someone’s head so it feels natural. I devoured Perfectly Ernest.”



 “…captured my heart from page one.”  




About the Author:
EJ Wesley Author PhotoGrowing up in small-town Oklahoma, there were limits on the amount and types of entertainment at my disposal. Perhaps that’s why I set my imagination free. After collecting degrees in psychology and counseling, life brought me to Missouri, Texas, and Northern California–where I currently read, write, and live. I fill my spare time playing video games, watching movies, planning for the zombie apocalypse, reading graphic novels, and playing with my dogs.
My passion for New Adult literature led me to producing the weekly New Adult Lit Chat on Twitter and contributing to the NA Alley Blog. I’m also the author of Moonsongs, a series of New Adult, urban fantasy novelettes. Find me on Twitter @EJWesley or Facebook and we’ll chat! 

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Giveaway:
1 New Adult sports books bundle (INT)
1 $15 iTunes gift credit (INT)
1 signed paperback copy of Perfectly Ernest + Ernest team jersey. (US)
500
 
 
 
Perfectly Ernest Excerpt 1 – E.J. Wesley

What does one read when feeling mildly suicidal and verymelancholic?
I chose the collected work of Sir Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Published at seventeen, he was forced to leave Cambridge—where he was an ace student—before getting his degree to help care for his widowed mother and family. His second poetry collection was so slammed by critics, he didn’t publish again for a decade. He only went on to be best buds with the Royal Family and one of the most decorated poets of all time. Driven, optimistic, a dedicated family man and friend—if he were a poet superhero, I might be his brooding archenemy.
No, I had the distinct feeling Big Al wouldn’t put up with my bullshit if he were around today. Ernest, why doth thou protest like atwaddling child? Go forth! Seize the virtuous day!
The book was large enough, I decided to take over the musty loveseat in the back corner of the poetry section. I kicked off my shoes and draped my legs over the arm. At nearly six feet, four inches, the couch was more like a big chair. Anyway, this was dinnertime at the cafeteria, so I knew I’d have the place mostly to myself.
Resting the hardback on my stomach, I flipped through the pages, tapping my fingers to the beat of a classic Strokes tunes. I quickly found a winner:
Ask Me No More

Ask me no more: the moon may draw the sea;
The cloud may stoop from heaven and take the shape,
With fold to fold, of mountain or of cape;
But O too fond, when have I answer’d thee?
Ask me no more.

Ask me no more: what answer should I give?
I love not hollow cheek or faded eye:
Yet, O my friend, I will not have thee die!
Ask me no more, lest I should bid thee live;
Ask me no more.
Ask me no more: thy fate and mine are seal’d:
I strove against the stream and all in vain:
Let the great river take me to the main:
No more, dear love, for at a touch I yield;
Ask me no more.

I’d been swimming up stream my entire life. And for what? Two years of college felt like a waste. If the pro scouts talked to the Walrus, was he likely to give me a glowing endorsement? Doubtful. My only real friends were on the team, but if word got out that I’d thrown the game on purpose, I couldn’t see many of them showing at my next birthday party. The demands of life had left me exhausted. Maybe the time had come to go with the flow and let the river take me where it would…
Someone brushed my leg.
“Sorry,” I said, not really looking.
I figured my body was sticking out too far, so I scrunched my all the way onto the couch. I flipped through a few more pages. Another brush came, but it was more of an insistent tap this time.
“Yeah?” I asked, laying the book in my lap.
A girl wearing a floral dress, sneakers, and a lavender cardigan looked down on me from the end of the couch. Her lips and cheeks were an identical shade of sunset pink, the former moving quickly.
“Forgot I had these on.” I slipped my headphones off. “What’s up?”
“I was curious.” She offered me a tight-lipped smile. A ponytail of curly red hair swayed behind her. “How much longer are you planning on using that book?”
Her arms were folded over her torso, her hips jutted slightly to one side.
I shrugged. “Just started with it. Might be a while.”
She adjusted a set of thick-rimmed glasses with a wrinkle of her nose. “I really need it.”
I laughed a little too loudly for being in a library. She startled.
“Sorry, it’s just that I can’t imagine anyone needing it more than me right now.”
Her gaze drifted to my torso. My shirt had ridden up, revealing my abs. I smiled at her and she flushed. She was pretty, in a huffy, confrontational sort of way.
Her eyes rolled slightly. I wasn’t sure if she was more exasperated with herself or me.
“I’ve got a big day tomorrow, and I really have to have that book.”
I scratched my chin, pretending to think. There was no reason I couldn’t pull up poems on my phone, or find another book. Still, so could she. And I hated being bossed around.
“I’ll leave it out when I’m done.”
Her hands went to her hips. “I’m sure you think hanging out in libraries, pretending to read poetry, is a great way to pick up chicks—or whatever it is baseball players are doing for giggles these days. But some of us are here to actually learn and require this information to do so.”
Realizing I was wearing one of my team T-shirts, and that she hadn’t been checking me out earlier, embarrassed me more than I was insulted by her basically calling me an athletic chimpanzee. I hid my stomach with the book. I’d dealt with her type before. Jocks weren’t supposed to read, think, or eat with utensils.
I put my feet on the ground. “What makes you so sure I don’trequire this as much as you? Maybe I’ve got a paper to work on?”
It was her turn to laugh too loudly. “I’m quite familiar with the English department. I’m pretty sure you don’t. Anyway, Isn’t there a team tutor who’d do it for you?”
Well-played, overly presumptive and judgmental stranger.
“Not that it’s your business, but poetry is really important to me. My mother…”
I realized she was standing there, eyebrows arched, waiting for me to finish. But I couldn’t. At last, I’d found a way I hadn’t let my mother down.
I pushed the book into her arms and took off at a trot. Halfway to the stairs, I remembered I wasn’t wearing my shoes. She watched me as I ran back, a confused grin on her face. Dangling my flip-flops from one hand, I patted her on the shoulder with the other.
“Thanks for being such a pain in the ass,” I said.
She frowned.
“No seriously, thank you. You’re a lifesaver.”
 

LADY EMMA IN HER LAND OF WONDER by Martha M. Harrison

5 STARSWitch Hat Broom Bat Clip Art
New Penguin Clip ArtLADY EMMA IN HER LAND OF WONDER
First Book in a Series of Six
by
Martha M. Harrison
Cartoon Squirrel Clip ArtSUMMARY
For Grades K - 8th
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She wonders, she blunders and
sometimes her adventures
go all asunder.
Lady Emma is a young girl whose adventures lead her to missteps and mistakes. She tumbles and jumbles and falls out of her boat. She falls under a bridge and under a witch's spell. She faces dragons and ogres. As her father guides her gently through life and she finds a prince, she ultimately learns that she must fix-up her own mix-ups before she can find her dreams. The character Lady Emma indirectly emerged from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass.
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  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Incanto Press (August 8, 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 1941217044
  • ISBN-13: 978-1941217047
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Jennifer HarrisonDr. Martha M. Harrison has a stellar reputation as an instructor of children's and young adult literature, teaching children in Grades K-8, adults in undergraduate schools, and graduate students who are teachers in K-12 classrooms. She has published in academic journals that focus on reading and literature for children and young adults and has conducted numerous presentations on the works of Maurice Sendak and Theodore S. Geisel, ''Dr. Seuss.'' She is now applying her talents and experiences from her academic career to the creation of her own books. Lady Emma In Her Land Of Wonder is her first children's book. She lives south of San Francisco in Burlingame, California with ''The Mad Hatter'' and with ''The Cheshire Cat'' just down the road. She is a Professor at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California.
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Sometimes, not only  children, but adults need help to find the right way to where they are going.Emma had a lot of problems and sometimes needed help.The author says:fell under like a bridge she should never have crossed or a spell cast upon her by a mean witch.
As Emma learned when trouble came to the door knocking, Emma knew what to do! And it's the same thing you would do if it happened to you!So let's see if we can find out the secret.  Everyone should listen carefully rather than get lost and not know where you are.  What if you fell into a pond and got wet?  What if a little witch cast a spell on you?What would you do to show that you are fearless?   The author shows what Lady Emma does.  She shakes off the water and gets herself dry.  Then she goes on her way and say to the witch, Bye! Bye!So instead of feeling afraid she learns that she might stumble and fa;; but that's alright.  She'll get back on her feet and skip right on down the street.No one expects you to do these things on your own.  Lady Emma's dad would come and help take the darkness away for each and every day.It doesn't hurt to have help. When you have help not only you learn but the person that helps you, learns too.The best gift you can receive is someone that will help you and in return you are loving, thankful and learn confidence so that you can help someone else.The author tells a wonderful children's story of how you can not be afraid, or if you are, how to get over it.  The story teaches self reliance and how to depend on yourself.  The pictures are lovely little pictures that go right along with the story. Lady Emma went on her adventures and yes, she might fall, but up she'd get and skip on along to the next one.   The adventures never end.  They just keep going along as Lady Emma learns more and more good lessons on how to be strong and fearless.The book is a lovely little hardback with a dust cover.  I loved the coloring and the illustrations.  Just an all around lovely teaching and learning book for children and well, for everyone.If you stumble and fall, you can pick yourself right up and go on.  If you are having trouble going on, help is there.  The author wrote of so many wonderful lessons that can be learned that will carry with the reader for years upon years.
Ground Hog Clip ArtI was given a complimentary copy of LADY EMMA IN HER LAND OF WONDER from the author, Martha M. Harrison for my view of the book.  No other compensation took place.



 
Cartoon Owl Clip ArtLINKS
http://bemiown.blogspot.com
bemiown@yahoo.com
www.incantopress.com/ladyemma 
http://www.amazon.com/review/R3GKSJ8XVFY7LV/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1941217044 

8/29/14

5 STARS



EACH SHINING HOUR
A Novel of Watervalley
Book Two
by
Jeff High
Author of MORE THINGS IN HEAVEN AND EARTH





SUMMARY
Welcome to the timeless charms of small-town Watervalley, Tennessee—where young Dr. Luke Bradford is beginning to feel at home…

When he comes to the aid of a woman at the grocery store, Luke is fascinated to learn she is Estelle Pillow, the cheery sister to his prickly housekeeper, Connie. Estelle wants to open a bakery in town—and Connie’s disapproval of the venture stirs up a whirlwind of emotions between the siblings. But Luke’s attention is soon diverted when he learns about a long-ago double murder.…

During World War II, an unknown traveler arrived in town, and before the day was over, he and the local baker lay dead near the bandstand at the local lake. The incident has since been exaggerated into Watervalley lore—with the newcomer rumored to have been a German spy. As Luke pieces together exactly what happened, he realizes that the consequences of this event have rippled painfully into the lives of townsfolk he has come to know.

As winter gives way to spring, Luke keeps busy at the medical clinic and enters a tentative, exhilarating romance. And when his support of Estelle’s bakery collides with new revelations about the old murder, Luke witnesses the true power of reconciliation working in the hearts of those he holds dear—a revelation that will change his life.

READERS GUIDE INCLUDED
  • Series: A Novel of Watervalley (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade (October 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451419278
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451419279

AUTHOR
After growing up on a farm in rural Tennessee, Jeff High attained degrees in literature and nursing. He is the three-time winner, in fiction and poetry, of an annual writing contest held by Vanderbilt Medical Center. He lived in Nashville for many years, and throughout the country as a travel nurse, before returning to his original hometown, near where he now works as an operating room RN in open-heart surgery. He is the author of the first Watervalley Novel, More Things In Heaven and Earth.

 REVIEW
As I read the book I found the characters were my friends and until the next novel, I won't hear from my friends. The author writes as though the reader is listening to the story instead of reading.It is so hard to think that this book is only his second novel.  The first being, MORE THINGS IN HEAVEN and EARTH.  This being the start of his career is amazing.  You open his book and you can't close it.  The characters are so realistic.The story is written about several community members, not just a young, country doc tor.
 There are so many things for the reader to think about, mystery, romance and differences.The author lets you judge the characters instead of judging them for you.I hope there is more abut Watervalley in the next book, not just characters.The scenes with the doctor and nurses seem so easily written since he drew on his own life of a nurse.  This author wrote a wonderful book about what he knew.  This gave realism to the book.

 
I was given a complimentary copy of EACH SHINING HOUR from the author, Jeff High and Night Owl Reviews for my view of the book.  No other compensation took place.

I would give this book 5  STARS.

LINKS
bemiown@yahoo.com
http://bemiown.blogspot.com
www.nightowlreviews.com