Thursday, April 21, 2016

Blog Tour: Tarragon : Key Keeper by Karlie Lucas

For hundreds of years, the gates of Tarragon have been sealed from the outside. Prophecy speaks of the day the last Key Keeper will return and wake the dragons from their spell-cast slumber, returning them to their rightful home.
Seeking to fulfill her father's dying wish, Anwen Porter travels to the Drakonii Mountains where she meets Tyler, a mysterious local with a secret. With his help, she learns more about her clouded past and her own abilities. But when Courtney, a lovesick mage, tries to insert herself into their plans, things begin to go horribly wrong. 
With death threatening at every turn, Anwen must learn to rely on her newfound friends to survive. But how can she unravel the mystery of her heritage when everything is trying to kill her?

Karlie Lucas is a preschool teacher by day and a writer/artist by night.

A graduate of Southern Utah University, Karlie received a B.A. in Creative Writing, with a minor in art. She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, The International English Honor Society, as well as ANWA, the American Night Writers Association.

Karlie is interested in all things magical and mysterious, especially elves and dragons. She is an avid fan of J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling.

When not writing, Karlie can often be found drawing, baking, watching her favorite old school shows, or just spending time with her family.

She currently resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband and a cat named Kally

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Character Casting

Anwen Porter - Shailene Woodley

Courtney Willis - Teresa Palmer

Tyler Durand - Zac Effron

Callum Durand - Eric Winter

Kern Nurrim - Mark Harmon

James Porter - James McAvoy

Daphne Millard - Claire Holt

Josef Forster - David Lambert

Madame Matilda Millard - Melissa McArthy

Mathias Porter - Joshua Jackson


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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Spring Reads Book Blitz: Day Twelve - Swan and Shadow by Kaki Olsen

"Aislin is cursed. A regular college student at night and a swan during the day, Aislin can only break the curse by finding her true love. But when her beloved discovers the truth, will his fear override their love? This modern adaptation of Swan Lake will help you discover what love really means."


Kaki Olsen is always on the brink of another adventure. If she couldn't be a writer, she'd be a full-time musician or travel guide and she would take her lunch breaks at Fenway Park. Until that happens, she speaks both Spanish and English at her every-day office job, but she has vacationed enthusiastically in such places as Istanbul and Ireland. She has lived in five states, but will always refer to Boston as home.

She regularly contributes academic papers on zombies or wizards to Life, the Universe and Everything, a sci-fi/fantasy symposium originated at her alma mater, Brigham Young University. Her published works have appeared in such magazines as Voices and AuthorsPublish.

She is a doting aunt and librarian of two bulging bookshelves.

Q & A with the Author:

5.      When did you start writing, and was there a specific event or person who influenced you to become an author?  I started writing when I was 7 and still have the crappy little fairy tale that I wrote then--The Princess Who Never Smiled.  In 9th grade, I had a teacher who was so frustrated by my work that she told me I was never going to be intelligent enough to understand literature.  The next paper I wrote was on Elie Wiesel's Night.  I read that book in the corner of a train station in Boston and cried for the last half of it.  When I got my paper back, that same teacher had given me an A.  I never got anything else in the rest of my classes with her and she left for a new job the same year that I transferred schools.  When it came for me to apply to schools, she told Brigham Young University that I was the most talented writer she'd taught and that if they didn't want me, she would convince me to apply to Harvard where she taught.  They let me in.

6.      Are you currently working on a project, and if so, can you tell us anything about it?   I'm currently working on a million.  I have 55 plots running around in my head and am usually actively researching or developing at least 5.  The novels I'm writing are The Matchmaker's Apprentice (The third son of a royal family finds himself suddenly heir to the throne and has to find a bride with the help of local matchmakers) and Scions and Saints (A girl is orphaned at eight and grows up determined to join the war against her parents' murderers; meanwhile, her mother is the unwilling leader of the revolution that her husband started ten years ago before he faked their deaths).  I'm writing a novella called Check-in about a possessed phone whose ghost tries to save a kidnapped girl's life.  I have two short stories--Just One Chance (A dragon-smuggling android discovers that she miscalculated the flight time to the destination when her cargo starts to hatch) and Birdsong From A Forgotten World (A 15-year-old French girl joins her family on a ship heading to a new colony world as the only violinist going into space).  I'm also editing The Deserter, which is best described as what would happen if Harry Potter disappeared, the Death Eaters and the Order of the Phoenix were tracking him down and the last person to see him alive was Hermione, who has forgotten that he ever existed.  Like I said, I have a million things to wrap up.

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Excerpt #2

I think it's inevitable that every high school student read Kafka's The Metamorphosis.  Gregor Samsa, a traveling salesman, wakes up one day as a giant cockroach.  He tries to normal life, even when everything's changed.  He can't work or go out.  He can't find joy in things that used to make him happy.  He overhears conversations about what a burden he is to the rest of the family.  Eventually, he allows himself to die to put an end to that.

In all of Aislin's years of homeschooling, I only asked to change the curriculum once.  When Mom mentally replaced Gregor with Aislin, she removed it from the planned reading list without further argument  

It may be just a story, but I've seen some of the guilt Aislin feels for the circumstances she didn't ask for.  If anyone in this world knew what it was to wake up one day with a different life, it would be her.

Aislin has always said that I try to compensate for her lack of a life with my own activities.  She scoffs at my attempts to keep her life normal, but I would rather risk her scorn than let her believe that she has nothing to contribute to our lives.

As far as I know, Aislin has never read that novella, but I'm sure that she knows the story too well.

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Spring Reads Book Blitz: Day Eleven - A Savage Ghost by Donna K Weaver

A wife, mother, grandmother, Harry Potter geek, Army veteran, karate black belt, and online gamer. Author of the Safe Harbors series; Second Chances 101, Book 5 in the Ripple Effect series; and A Savage Ghost.

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Lia Savage reluctantly puts her dream of opening a dessert boutique on hold to help her dad remodel a castle he’s inherited in Washington State. Soon, a specter targets her younger sister.

Lia enlists the help of strapping Coop Montgomery, the head gardener and her former crush. As they search together for a way to rid the castle of its ghost, the romance she used to dream about with Coop kindles. But Lia’s gentle giant means to stay in Washington while she’s determined to return to California. She must find the courage to face both the ghost and her future.

With Coop. Or without him. 

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Q&A with the Author!!!

5.      When did you start writing, and was there a specific event or person who influenced you to become an author?

I've had stories running through my head since I was a little girl. I played around with writing short stories in college but no never anything seriously. Then, in 2010, I decided to see if I could even write a full-length novel. Did my own NaNoWriMo in January and wrote 80,000 words. And I was hooked.

6.      Are you currently working on a project, and if so, can you tell us anything about it?

I'm working on a novella right now for the Sweet & Sassy anthology. I've been enjoying getting to know the characters and having fun figuring out how I want them to get to the end I have in mind. I've also got the first drafts written for three novels (the 3rd book in the Safe Harbors series and a YA portal fantasy duology). Very different from each other.

My top favorite (nonreligious) things:
  1. Family
  2. Friends
  3. Books
  4. League of Legends
  5. Books
  6. Traveling
  7. Books
  8. Movies
  9. Books
  10. Books
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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Spring Reads Book Blitz: Day Ten - The Sun Still Shines by Jodi Orgill Brown

In a candid and witty memoir, Jodi recounts how her life was transformed when, as a thirty-three-year-old wife and mother, she was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Unwilling to accept her new fate, Jodi's family searches for a doctor who will join their fight against the odds. But when the surgery that could save her life thrusts her into battle with a devastating spinal fluid leak and facial paralysis, even her own children fear her new appearance and physical failings. Jodi perseveres, even with an injured body and spirit. Interweaving the inspiring, provoking, and sometimes disturbing, Jodi reveals the hells and highs of her journey as she fights for hope and purpose—and life.

Jodi Orgill Brown is inspired by people who live fulfilled lives in spite of their struggles. She loves spending time with her muses, namely, her husband Tolan, and their four children, Trenden, Lindi, Casen, and Daven. Her favorite outing locations include Hebgen Lake, Montana, Hawaii’s North Shore, the rolling hills and woods of Virginia, the Weber River Parkway Trail, and even her own backyard. 

When she is not writing, reading, or enjoying family time, you'll find Jodi visiting neighbors or having lunch with a girlfriend on 25th Street in Ogden. She loves learning principles through analogies and she discovers inspiration all around her, from nature, stories, friends, and especially from her children. Jodi holds a BA in communications from Brigham Young University, an MS in organizational communications and leadership from the University of Utah, and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). She is the founder of Amplio Development, and is dedicated to living and teaching personal improvement. She resides in northern Utah with her husband and their four children. 

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Q & A with the Author:

3.      What is the thing you struggle with the most while writing? And how do you defeat it?
Putting other things ahead of my writing is always a struggle. Though my love is writing, and my goals center around my writing projects, getting up everyday and DOING what I love is a challenge. There are always other things that “need” to be or “could” be done. My best defense against not working on my writing goals is deadlines and accountability. When I tell someone else I am going to achieve a deadline, I am more likely to push myself to meet that deadline. If I am the only one who knows about the timeframe, it can too easily slip. I need accountability and I thrive on it.
4.      Which of your personality traits did you write into you characters? (Deliberately or accidentally) 

All of them! Since my book is a personal memoir, my traits (good and bad) are evident, both through my “character”, as well as through some of the storylines I chose to focus on. Yes, part of me is a perfectionist and control freak. That is highlighted in my story when I lost control of my life and health due to a brain tumor.

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Excerpt #2
Chapter 19 -- Pinned
The wrestling match began when the sun went down. Exhaustion gripped first, flipped me upside down and pinned me against the night. Pain grabbed hold and wouldn’t let go, tag teaming with despair to assure victory.
The spinal fluid leak and the on-again-off-again fevers created restless days and endless nights. That evening, the ache in my head was worse than usual.
Throbbing pressure lunged in and caught me in its clutch. Floundering under the weight, I tapped out the only way I knew how. I pressed the small button, and a saintly referee appeared at my bedside.
The night nurse with round pink cheeks and wavy russet hair appeared at my corner with words of encouragement. But she informed me the medications were maxed—no time-outs left.
Choking on tears, I sobbed, “I’m done. I can’t do this anymore.”
But she did not give up on me so easily. Brenda took my hand as aches racked my body. Minutes ticked on, and agony threatened to consume me. But Brenda held tight and didn’t let go.
An hour passed, and still the silent saint stood by my bed. With one hand, she caressed my arm and stroked my head. With the other, she held my left hand and never let go. She did not smile, but the corners of her mouth were turned up and her eyes met mine at every glance.
Time slipped slowly away, and desperation with it. I hurt in ways I could not describe to Brenda. Pain played the vigilant opponent, always there, watching for my weaknesses, ready to attack. But that night, my rival did not win. Brenda didn’t leave until the match ended. The physical torment remained, but the desperation fled.
Brenda’s silent support saved me when my own strength did not.
By the time the first rays of light peaked through my window, I realized again that angels do not always wear wings or flowing white robes. Sometimes they appear as wrestling coaches or nurses in green scrubs.

During my weeks in the hospital, Brenda was my nurse for only one shift, a fact I do not attribute to coincidence. 
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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Spring Reads Book Blitz: Day Nine - Save The Last Dance For Me by Cora Lee

A graduate of the University of Michigan with a major in history, Cora is the 2014 winner of the Royal Ascot contest for best unpublished Regency romance. She went on a twelve year expedition through the blackboard jungle as a high school math teacher before publishing Save the Last Dance for Me, the first book in the Maitland Maidens series. When she’s not walking Rotten Row at the fashionable hour or attending the entertainments of the Season, you might find her participating in Historical Novel Society events, wading through her towering TBR pile, or eagerly awaiting the next Marvel movie release. If you’d like to find out more about Cora or her books you can visit her website, sign up for her newsletter, or connect with her on Facebook or Goodreads. (newsletter sign up)

Mr. Benedict Grey is the only heir to a long-standing title, and he knows his duty: find a suitable girl, get married, secure the succession beyond himself. But if a gentleman could be called a wallflower, Benedict would fit the description perfectly. And for the past six years, he’s been out of Society more than he’s been in it. How will he find a woman to wed and bed when he can barely converse with the ladies of the ton?

Lady Honoria Maitland has promised her dying father that, before he breathes his last, she would find a husband to take care of her. But she wants a gentleman that loves her, not her dowry or her name. When she reunites with her old friend Benedict, she proposes a plan that will help them both: a faux courtship and betrothal. She can teach him how to woo a woman and simultaneously ease her father’s last days. But Honoria’s clever plan failed to account for Benedict’s heart...or her own. Is she strong enough to bear the loss of her father and her friend?

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Snippet #2

She turned his free hand palm-up and placed hers in it. “There are other positions in which to waltz, but this is the one I like best. It feels the most natural.”
“It’s like an embrace. You’ve really danced like this with other gentlemen?”
She tilted her head back and laughed a little. “Yes, though not too many times. And—fortunately—never with someone I wasn’t fond of. Are you ready?”
He adjusted his hand on her back, fitting it snugly against the curve of her body. “I think so.”
“Step off with your right foot, just like before, and use your hands to turn me. Think of this”—she squeezed his left hand—“as the prow of a ship. You lead with that. This”—her other hand slid down his arm —“is like a rudder. A little pressure one way or the other on my back, and I’ll know which way to turn.”
He nodded. He could do this, if he could just concentrate on the steps rather than the woman so unexpectedly close to him. “Got it.”
She replaced her hand on his shoulder. “We’re ready, Aunt.”
The music began and Benedict stood still for a few moments, trying to get a feeling for the mechanics of the steps in this new position. Honoria’s expression and body were relaxed as she waited in the half-circle of his arm, as if she was perfectly comfortable being there.

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5.      When did you start writing, and was there a specific event or person who influenced you to become an author?
I didn't start writing seriously until a handful of years ago when on medical leave from teaching. I was having severe asthma problems and couldn't walk the length of my (tiny) apartment without stopping to rest, so I did a lot of reading. The reading eventually led to writing, which I hadn't done in several years at that point. I fell in love with it all over again, and I've been writing ever since!

6.      Are you currently working on a project, and if so, can you tell us anything about it?
I'm working on the second novella in the Maitland Maidens series called Back In My Arms Again. It features Lady Cecilia Maitland (the aunt of Honoria in Save the Last Dance for Me) and the James Fitzsimmons, who was Cecilia's beau when they were young.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Spring Reads Book Blitz: Day Eight - Sparks by R.S. McCoy

 “Everyone in the world has a Spark, a light inside that guides them, keeps them alive.” 

Starting school is supposed to be a fun and exciting time for any new student. But for Lark, a skilled archer and fledgling mind-reader, it’s a creative form of torture. Locked in rooms and hallways with both friends and enemies, bombarded by the thoughts and feelings of his peers, Lark is a prisoner.

On a quest to master his Spark, Lark’s mentor–his one ally–is anything but helpful. What Lark fails to realize is the value of his rare ability, and just how far some are willing to go to have control of him. 

Rachel McCoy is a Texan living in New Jersey. Between binge watching MTV reality shows and baking gluten free treats, she writes paranormal fantasy and science fiction novels. She is the self-published author of the Sparks Saga trilogy as well as numerous short stories, some of which now reside in anthologies. Back when she lived in the real world, Rachel earned a degree in marine biology, which contributed to her die-hard love of manta rays.

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5. I started writing in the spring of 2013. In the fall of 2012, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and underwent several months of treatment. It was a struggle but I made it through. Then, in April 2013, I received that phone call no cancer patient wants to hear: they found another mass in my neck and I needed to come in for more tests. I thought I made it through my initial treatment as well as could be expected, but this single phone call completely blew me apart. I was angry. I was scared. I had a new baby that I didn't want to leave without a mom. I had a ton of emotions going on and I really struggled to relay them in an articulate and meaningful way. My husband had been encouraging me to write for a while, so the afternoon of that phone call, I went home, and I wrote a short story on a few pages of computer paper. For a few minutes, my head was clear and when I was done, I'd transformed all my negative energy into a positive product. I've been writing ever since! (And the phone call ended up being a false alarm! I've been cancer free for three and half years!)

6. I'm currently working on my Alder Tales series. This series is my paranormal romance spin on classic fairy tales. The first book, Blossom and the Beast (retelling of Beauty and the Beast) will be out at the end of May. I'm currently writing the second book, Raene and the Three Bears (Goldilocks and the Three Bears) to come out later this year. The books in this series take place in Seraphine, a post-apocalyptic realm in modern day Europe. At eighteen, citizens of Seraphine learn their totem animal, and for the rest of their life, they can transform into that animal at will. It's been a lot of fun to write characters and incorporate animal traits into their personality. In the second book, Raene has a tiger totem, and it comes out in her quiet elegance and fiery temper. She definitely has some claws!

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Snippet #2

Wearing only my loose brown pants, I crawled into the most comfortable bed I had ever known and sank into the soft, down pillows. I had just started to drift off when I heard a knock at the door. I’m going to kill Avis.

“What do you—” I started until I realized it wasn’t Avis. It was a stunning blonde with blue eyes. Khea.

“I’m sorry to wake you. I just—I had to see you.” Her arms moved to wrap around my waist and hold me tight as I questioned if I was really sleeping or not.

“Uh, do you want to come in?” We both knew the rules about being in someone else’s room after hours, so I pulled her in and sat down on the edge of the bed, still a little surprised she was there.

In the dim light, her hair looked a little darker, but her face was still sweet and there was no denying that the last two years had done her well. Who would have thought such a beautiful, young woman would come from that skinny, little girl in Lagodon?

“How’d you know I was back?” I asked her, trying to appear less tired or shocked than I was.

“A friend told me.”

“I didn’t think you—” Cared? It wasn’t the right word, but I was beyond amazed that she was interested in my whereabouts. I hadn’t seen her since that night at the Moonwater, and it had changed everything for me since then. But for her, I wasn’t aware that she had been affected in any way.

“Ride with me tomorrow?”

“Uh, yeah, of course.” It was a struggle to cover how little I wanted to wait. I would have given anything to have her stay. 

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