Thursday, May 31, 2012

Deb Hanrahan Tour

Lindsey, a high school freshman, views her new school as a place to start over. With the help of her friends, she hopes that a change in her wardrobe will prompt a change in her image. She has some success until her long-time nemesis, Avery, reminds Lindsey of her place. Without asking for help from the adults, the main character and her friends struggle to manage the bullying. Despite their efforts, tensions rise, and people get hurt. The ending of this book will leave the reader shocked and heartbroken. Changing My Wardrobe is a cautionary tale about the immutable problem of bullying. This story not only looks at bullying from the victim's point of view but also explores the motives behind the aggressors’ actions. Changing My Wardrobe demonstrates the fluid and complex nature of bullying by shining a light on the contributing factor of social media.

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Incoming freshman, Lindsey Ames, wants to take Italian, and she wants to join the National Honor Society.

She wants a new image, and she wants better clothes.

She wants Avery to stop tormenting her, and she wants Marco to ask her out.

She wants Jocelyn to go away, but she wants Grouper to be happy.

She wants to save Teeny's reputation, but she doesn't want to lose everything.

Will Lindsey find the courage to stand up to her enemies before it's too late?

Tifferz Take-
Lindsey is a likable freshman who I think a lot of girls could relate to. Lindsey has a great friendship with Teeny. But is it strong enough to overcome betrayal? I think that things have changed a bit since I went to High School and I think this story gave me a good perspective as a parent. I totally would read this strikingly tragic story. I would have some tissue near. I do not normally cry but I did shed some tears with this story. My heart broke a little tonight.Changing Wardrobe is a compelling novel that will give you a glimpse of how bullying,  being deserted and how death of  loved ones change and effect us.  This is an enjoyable read that had some unexpected events. I was very surprised at the ending. I just did not see that happening. A great read that make you really reflect on life and what is really important.  Changing Wardrobe has left a lasting impression on me. This is a clean YA read with no sex but it does contain swearing.

Source: RABT for review.

Guest Post
Authors that Have Inspired Me

Most of the authors that have influenced the way I live are non-fiction writers. Some of my favorites are Helen Fisher author of Why Him, Why Her; Gary Chapman author of The Five Languages of Love: Michael Pollen author of Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food, and Dan Buettner author of The Blue Zones. I’m a sucker for self-help books and books about health. But the three fiction authors that I absolutely love are Jane Austen, Anne Tyler, and Stephen King.

I know, Jane Austen…such a cliché. But I really do love her books. I’ve read all of them except for Mansfield Park, and I plan to read that one someday. I love Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, but I like Persuasion the best. I’m not crazy about the Jane Austen knock off books; I’ve tried a few and can’t get into them.

I’ve read many of Anne Tyler’s stories. I liked Accidental Tourist, but my favorite is Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant. I love the way Anne Tyler uses point of view. I always feel as if I’m in the characters' heads.

Stephen King blows my mind. His characters are so real and detailed. The first Stephen King book I read was Pet Cemetery. The beginning was slow, but once that cat died, I couldn’t put the book down. I finished it in one night instead of studying for my finals. It took me over a year to read It. That book gave me nightmares and many sleepless nights. I had to put it aside every now and then, so I could sleep. My favorite Stephen King story so far is Thinner. I loved that ending. I just finished On Writing. I highly recommend this book for writers. I’m currently reading The Stand and loving it.

Finally, I have to give props to the first author that touched my soul—Judy Blume. As a kid, I didn’t read a lot for pleasure. Most of my reading was done for school. I didn’t mind reading, but it was something I had to do. The very first book that I really connected with was Deenie. That book changed the way I viewed reading forever. Thanks Judy!

Author Bio

I live with my husband and three teenagers in the Chicagoland burbs. After graduating from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Chemistry, I worked at a nuclear power plant for five years. I then left my career to stay at home with my three kids.

Seemingly, overnight, I went from being crazy-busy to having way too much time on my hands. With my husband working long hours and my kids pursuing their own lives, I had to reinvent myself. So, I decided to write that book I always wanted to write. Changing My Wardrobe is my first novel



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*Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Reading Addiction Blog Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by Reading Addiction Blog Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning Use of Endorcements and Testimonials in Advertising

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Splash in to Summer Giveaway Hop!!!

Welcome to my giveaway! All you need to do is become a follower of my blog with Google Friend Connect (old and new followers welcome) and leave a comment with your  GFC name, email address and if you want a pdf or paperback copy  to enter the giveaway!

One entry per person! This is a giveaway for 1 paperback book US ONLY and 1 ebook in a pdf format.  I will send the winners email to the author for her to mail out the paperback . I will send you an email with your ebook (pdf file) and I will send the author an email with  your address to send you the paperback. When you sign up you agree to these terms. The contest is open and will run till midnight on May 31st and any and all comments after midnight will not be counted. We will have 1 (ebook) winner  and 1 winner for a paperback of In The Spotlight by Liz Bots.  Good Luck...the winners will be picked by two of my three children!


When sixteen year old Hannah Brewster lands the lead in the school musical she hopes it will be the perfect chance to get the attention of her family and her long time crush, Kyle. The only problem is that school super star, Josh Larson, has been cast opposite her, and he seems to like her as more than just a cast mate.

As Hannah and Josh grow closer, things between Hannah and Kyle get complicated. When Hannah realizes that Kyle is not who she thought he was, she also realizes that she just might like Josh as more than just a friend.

Will Hannah and Josh be able to overcome their obstacles and admit their feelings before the musical ends?

Ms. Botts was so great to do this special Guest Post:

A lot of writers talk about how they always wanted to be a writer. As young children they wrote highly imaginative stories that were both awful and precocious at the same time. I, on the other hand, spent my childhood as a reader. The library was my favorite place. Ever.

I started writing in middle school because I needed an outlet. My shyness combined with some severe bullying made me a total introvert. Writing gave me a much needed release of emotions. I journaled. I wrote long stories without plots. Once, in eighth grade, I wrote a musical, sans music, but with lyrics.

In high school I continued writing, took creative writing classes, and journaled my way through math and chemistry. Oops. The writing that I did in college was mainly focused on coursework. I was a history major so I spent a good deal of time writing non-fiction.

After college as I struggled with what I really wanted to do with my life, I toyed with the idea of writing seriously. Over the next few years I dismissed the idea as a flight of fancy, not something I could do as a real pursuit.

Fun fact: I used to run a high school youth group. One of my favorite things about my job was our Wednesday night meetings. Unlike the other times we met, Wednesday nights felt more relaxed. It was during these times that the kids talked about everything and anything.

One night after listening to them talk about musical rehearsals the character of Hannah was born. She grew in my mind over the next few months until I got to the point where I wanted to write her story. I kept finding reasons (read: excuses) not to start, though.

During NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) I wrote the first draft of In the Spotlight. The things I experienced during my own days in high school theater, as well as those of my youth group found their way into my book. I found, though, that once I started writing, the book took on a life of its’ own.

A lot of people ask me if I based the character of Grandma on anyone I know. The honest answer is no. She is a figment of my imagination. All of the people in my book are, although there are a few who do remind me of people I know.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

ReVamped by Ada Adams

A simple mission turned deadly.

Nineteen-year-old vampire Dawn has led a sheltered life within the confines of her father’s presidential headquarters. Upon being sent on a mission to revamp four goofy misfits into guardians of a peaceful little town of Angel Creek, Dawn believes that all her dreams have finally come true. What starts off as a simple task, turns into something unexpected, changing Dawn’s life forever and leading the action-loving, thrill-seeking vampire teen on a path of mystery, danger and intrigue.

When a human girl is kidnapped by a group of rogue vamps, Dawn discovers that there is more going on in Angel Creek than meets the eye. And it all connects to Ethan, the cute newcomer who seems too perfect to be true, Sebastian, the mysterious vampire with a turbulent past, and even Dawn herself. Dawn must not only succeed in revamping the troubled recruits, but must also prevent the vampire race from being overtaken by a malevolent villain who has a strange and obsessive fascination with her. As threat escalates, romance blooms, and ghosts from her past begin to surface, Dawn is sure of only one thing: her life will never be the same.

Tifferz Take-
I was completely engrossed in this story that I lost track of time and almost forgot to pick up my kids from school. Ms. Adams debut vampire novel is incredibly original and is her own. I was shocked at the secrets Dawn's father keeps from her. I was amazed at the depth of the plot and fully developed characters. I was cracking up with Brooke and the colorful clothes and drama she brings to the mix. Brooke, Sophie, Seth, Hunter and Sebastien all have trails to overcome and it warms my heart that they help Dawn when her trails come along. I think this story is stunning and I am thirsting for more. Ms. Adams I want more!!  I can't wait to find out how things turn out for Dawn, Sebastian, Ethan, Brooke, Seth, Sophie and Hunter. I will be reading this story again and can't wait for the next book.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

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On her wedding day, Veronica Sinclair thinks she has it all: the loving family, the Vera Wang dress, the hunky husband. But then a mysterious and beautiful woman shows up at the reception, suggesting Veronica's new hubby isn't exactly who he says he is. As if that weren't enough, Veronica and Richard must flee gunmen in the middle of their honeymoon, convincing Veronica she got more than she bargained for when she said, "I do."

Thrown into a world of espionage, seduction, and human trafficking, Veronica must fight for the life and husband she thought she had - and she must discover whether they are the life and husband she truly wants.

Don't miss Heather Huffman's other books: "Throwaway", "Ties that Bind", "Jailbird", "Ring of Fire", and the newly-released "Tumbleweed", the long awaited prequel to Throwaway!
Tifferz Take-
I just picked this up for free. I have not read it but it looks yummy! I really like the cover!
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When Lennea Andrew's traveling companion, Delores, mysteriously vanishes in the bustling Mexico City airport, Lennea has no choice but to trust handsome Joseph Darrigo, who gallantly comes to her aid. The handsome, dark-eyed stranger helps her get through customs and escorts her to Merida, where she is to work with renowned archaeologist Wesley Hern.

When Lennea finds a large amount of money in a secret compartment in Delores' luggage, she becomes tangled in a web of intrigue. Where did the money come from? And what of the handsome stranger Lennea has come to trust? Is Joseph Darrigo really who he claims to be, or is he, along with Delores, involved in some illegal scheme?

Tifferz Take-

I have not read this book yet. I think it looks good and picked  it up for free on amazon.

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Dere's Demons by Tara Manderino

Knowing it would soon be impossible to keep her small family together, Jane struggled to find a way to ensure a better life for her sisters. She did so with the very man who once wagered against her brother for their home. It took some convincing and a lot of planning on her part to present the situation to Lord Derrington in the best possible light. When he finally agrees to take the young girls in, she doesn't expect to be included! It takes some work on Dere's part, and his sister's, in getting Jane to find her place in society. While Jane was learning her place and considering suitors that Dere's sister willingly presented, Dere was trying to unravel the mystery of a missing artifact, and saving his earldom. He did not expect Jane to have the key to his answers, nor did he expect to find his own attraction to her. To Jane, the attraction was one-way and dead-end. In searching for the artifact, Dere uncovered her brother's role. If it came between Dere's family's honor and Jane's, which would he choose?

Tifferz Take-
I love a good regency and that is what Dere's Demons is. Ms. Manderino creates a lively read with the lovely Jane who has to make some tough choices in this story. Brayden has a good heart. Brayden is quick to assume things but eventually gets it. Jane is strong and loyal to her family and wants what is best for them. Even though her brother is not as selfless. I liked the mystery with Brayden's  half brother Nigel and a missing statue. I found the pace to be just right, not too fast as you miss things and not too slow! I also like Brayden's sister and his best friend and the sub romance going on.

 I did wish we had more detail on how Brayden got his information. It seemed to me he just knew things about Liverpool and the prince and the statue.  A lovely romance with a mystery that leaves you happy in the end. Overall an enjoyable read that is still lingering in my mind several days later! You can always count on Ms. Manderino for a clean only two swear words and free from sex.

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Friday, May 18, 2012

The Secret Agenda by Jacquelyn Webb

Donna Madison is an experienced journalist. Her brother has vanished without explanation, and she is hot on his trail. She accepts a mundane assignment in Darwin because she is sure he is up there. Life suddenly becomes a lot less boring when she discovers him, and she is hurtled into danger. Also what is the secret agenda of the interesting Lang Torrens? Is he involved with the drug runners, or is he a perfectly innocent photographer?

Tifferz Take-
I love a good mystery with romance and that is what The Secret Agenda is! I had a connection to Donna from the get go and Lang is very charming. The plot and the unexpected were great. Ms. Webb did a great job with the flow of the story never a dull moment. I kept me captivated and enthralled till the end.
Would Donna be able to find Matt? Who is involved with the drug runners? You will have to read it to find out. And I would recommend this clean free of swearing and sex book!  I can't wait to get my hands on another read from Ms. Webb. I hope you all enjoy!

Source publisher for review

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Radiance Love after Death by Debra Jayne East

When Marena Jacobs drove home on a cold, rainy night to Eden, North

Carolina, she never expected to meet the man of her dreams, after she

died. Surviving a near fatal car accident, she slowly recovers from a

traumatic brain injury and crushed leg. In the months ahead, she

remains haunted by what happened in the seconds of time she passed from life to death. Was it real or imagined?

Before the accident, her life had almost come to a tragic end.

Contemplating suicide, she found a crooked heart-shaped stone in the

grass that saved her. She realized that it carried a message. "Even

though your heart is broken, it's still a heart, you can still love."

A stranger was about to prove to her how true that was!

Tifferz Take-
I like the idea of this book and plot kept me reading.This is a love story with trials. I found the that seeing through another persons eyes can be very enlightening. I got caught up in David's character. I wanted to find out how things turned out for Marena and David. This is a special story about second chances for life and love. This is a clean read that has no swearing or sex.
The down side of this story. I found the flow a bit choppy and inconsistent. I kept reading as I wanted to see how things would turn out.  This story could have been amazing with  proper editing.

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Monday, May 14, 2012

The Heir by Tara Manderino

When Amelia stumbles on an amnesiac Sebastian while out gardening, she never suspects the changes the discovery will bring to her comfortable country life, nor the effect it will have on her plans to find a wife for her widowed father. When the household moves to Town, Amelia seizes it as the perfect opportunity to search beyond the small village for a suitable wife for her father, as well as find familiar territory for Sebastian. But as Sebastian regains his memory, he also regains the knowledge that he must keep this information a secret. Claiming his title and estates outright would leave the interloper of his estates free and a much more dangerous than in the past. He must find a way to claim what is his by right, and who he wants for love...

Tifferz Take-
The Heir is a compelling loves story mingled with mystery and  people plotting to kill. Sebastian is has a strong character and sparks fly between him and Amelia. Amelia I love from the get go. She is genuinely a nice caring leading lady! Amelia's father is a hoot! He is really distracted with his experiments that he seems more like a friend than a father at time. Amelia and her father have a good relationship but her father has secrets he is keeping from her. Sebastian is always close when Amelia needs him and takes care of her. I really enjoyed how naive Amelia is and how she misinterprets things. I also love that things get wrapped up for Amelia and her father. I am wondering what happens to Amelia's friend Charlotte (who at times drove me batty at times!) Overall I will be reading this story again! It did contain a few swear words and it is squeaky clean just a bit of kissing!

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Spotlight- Skin Trade by Tonia Brown


The Great Undead Uprising of 1870 devastated the western frontier and destroyed the Indian Nations. Though the Army was able to contain the menace before it could devour the entire country, the United States lost claim to her western territories as the survivors fled to the relative safety of the east coast.

Samantha Martin is among the rare folks traveling west, seeking asylum within the infected territories. Running from a past that threatens to consume her, the young Sam dons the mantle of a male and hides in an all boys’ workhouse that borders these Badlands. From there she is thrust into the service of the skin trade; the terrible deed of trapping and skinning zombies for profit. The work is grueling and perilous, but along the way she finds out what it takes to be a man, why she misses being a woman, but most of all she learns what it means to be human.

Can Sam keep her masquerade up long enough to flee the Badlands, or will the outlaws that rule the western frontier find out she’s female before she can escape?


Here is what Joe McKinney, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Flesh Eaters and Dead City, had to say about the book:

"Tonia Brown has crafted a chilling tale with Skin Trade. In a way, it's like True Grit with zombies. But don't let that fool you. This is no pastiche. In the span of just 150 pages, Tonia Brown has managed to do some richly compelling world building, told a harrowing coming of age story, and given us a complex and multifaceted exploration of the question of loyalty that reminded me of Steinbeck and Harper Lee at their best. Skin Trade belongs on the top shelf of zombie fiction. Pay attention folks. This is how it's done."
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Saturday, May 12, 2012

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Spotlight Twin-Bred by Karen A. Wyle

Can interspecies diplomacy begin in the womb?  After seventy years on Tofarn, the human colonists still know very little about the native Tofa, and vice-versa.  Misunderstanding breed conflict, and the conflicts are escalating.  Scientist Mara Cadell’s radical proposal: that host mothers of either species carry fraternal twins, human and Tofa, in the hope that the bond between twins can bridge the gap between species.  Mara lost her own twin, Levi, in utero, but she has secretly kept him alive in her mind as companion and collaborator.Mara succeeds in obtaining governmental backing for her project – but both the human and Tofa establishments have their own agendas.  Mara must shepherd the Twin-Bred through dangers she anticipated and others that even the canny Levi could not foresee.  Will the Twin-Bred bring peace, war, or something else entirely? . . .
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Friday, May 11, 2012

Minna and The Valentine by SG Rogers

Blurb: Minna has a secret. Her father, ex-dragon jockey Wynn Westerfield, will forever hold a grudge against wizards. Because it was a wizard who caused his career-ending accident, Minna struggles to hide her incredible magical powers from him...and from the world.
Evan Valentine has attended a prestigious magical academy on scholarship, although he's managed to conceal that fact from everyone. He's on the fast track to success with his apprenticeship to wizard Thaddeus Bartholomew, and Evan's carefully constructed life doesn't include a certain beautiful girl whose powers rival his own.

Although Minna and Evan don't realize it yet, their destinies have been intertwined for years. When a threat arises, Minna and Evan must travel to another reality to retrieve a dangerous magical artifact. Can Minna and Evan learn to work together, despite their mutual mistrust? Or will their explosive romantic attraction lead to disaster?

Tifferz Take-
I found Minna and The Valentine to be a fun clean adventure mixed with mystery and magic. I really love magic! I think the plot was fantastic. I know my daughter would love it as well. My only hang up was everything came together a little to easy for me. I wish the story had a little more conflict and it was not so easy. Don't le that put you off. It was still a super fun read that I will be reading again!

Source: Publisher for review

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Seeds by David Ankrah

If you would like to help children understand some of the benefits of using money wisely from an early age then this is a story that will inspire them…Without actually mentioning the word money until after the story ends, this story is designed to show them some of the choices they have in life when it comes to looking after not only their money, but their friends and family.In fact, you should find that this story has parallels in your life whether you are 6 or 60So find out what happens to Palooko and Greecho as they go through life and one mysterious day an event takes place that would change their lives forever…Zoniye…A wonderful place to live…And that is where our story begins…

Tifferz Take-

I think this is a fun and very important story that children and adults should read. I found the Zoniye people helpful and open to new ideas. I like that the Zoinye people take care of each other and the choices we make today effect tomorrow. Palooko and Greencho make very different choices and we see how they  effect them later in life. Seeds explains  in a basic way how to use money, save and invest money. It also explains in a very simple way about debt. I will be reading this story with my children.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The Sacred Ring by Leah Sanders

Nothing in Kynan Murphy's life is going right. His grades are horrible, he's always in trouble, and the girl he likes doesn't know he exists. But things go from bad to worse when his parents tell him they have decided to split up. Angry and confused, he wants nothing more than to lash out against the world. The closest thing he can find, however, is the Saint Valentine shrine during a school field trip. Armed with some fireworks and encouraged by his best friend, Michael Connell, he's all set to vent his frustration with life.

His best laid plans fail when a mysterious priest confronts him, sharing an ancient secret about a hidden ring with special powers. Kynan believes the answer to all his problems and the only way to fix his parents' broken marriage is to find the ring — a task he won't be able to accomplish on his own.

It was easy enough to convince his friend Michael to join him, but the irritating Brianna Collins insists on tagging along. Fortunately, her knack for language and interest in history is a valuable asset in the search. Their quest leads them to the northern coast and into dangerous territory where, in spite of theirgood intentions, they may lose their own lives.

Tifferz Take-

The Sacred Ring  is a clean fun adventure that  three friends embark on. To help Kynan bring his parents back together again. Can they do with out killing themselves? You will have to read it to find out. I loved how Kynan is selfless and he really cares for others. Brianna is endearing and Michael is a pain but a good pain. To complete this journey all three are needed. Without on or the other I don't think they could have accomplished it. Borther Leroy was kinda creepy and weird I was not sure what to make of him in the first part of the book. I was glad things unfolded as the story progressed.  My the only thing I wish Ms. Sanders would continue with another story maybe about Brianna and what she does next! I really think my older daugher would enjoy this read. I was left with a smile on my face as I finished The Sacred Ring.  Ms. Sander great job on this young adult read. This was a adventurous read for an afternoon!

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Guest Post by Kelly McClymer, author of The Fairy Tale Bride

The Collision of Fiction and Real Life Spawns: A Wedding Promotion Extraordinaire
by Kelly McClymer, author of The Fairy Tale Bride

My husband and I had always joked with our daughter that she would need to elope because we could not pay for a big wedding. We had a million zingers -- weddings were old-fashioned; she'd waited so long she could afford to pay for it herself; better to pay for a house and an IRA than a wedding. We thought we were so funny. But the joke turned out to be on us.

When the time came that my daughter called to tell us she was engaged, I found myself very unexpectedly dreaming of a big family wedding (she's my only daughter, I might add). Considering my own wedding had been an understated family affair without a lot of fanfare (exactly how I wanted it), this about face was a bit of a shock.

After I got over the initial surprise that I was not willing to send her off to City Hall with a good luck hug, I got to thinking how I could possibly afford to pay for a real wedding (I have a big family, and my daughter was the spoiled darling first and only grandchild/niece for a good many years before her brothers and cousins came along).

Fortunately, her engagement coincided with the return of the rights to my seven backlist historical romance novels from my original publisher. Since the series is named Once Upon a Wedding, and every book has Bride in the title, it seemed like a message from the universe.

I brainstormed using her wedding as a promotional tool for the books, with the idea of using the proceeds (minus expenses and taxes, of course) to fund a modest wedding. There was a hitch, though -- Daughter and her fiance were not sure they wanted to be outed in such a public way.

So I brainstormed a campaign that would not out her identity (except, of course, to the most persistent and discerning...and family scattered across the U.S. of A. and into Germany). I thought about why I felt so strongly that I owed her a nice wedding, and realized that my writing often interfered with my role of mother. Truth was, the people who would be coming to this wedding were an important part of who she was -- family and friends who had been there for her in so many ways as she grew up and became the rather amazing person she is today. So Confessions of a Turtle Mom -- a 50 day blog campaign -- was born almost a year ago, on Mother's Day. []

The Fairy Tale Bride 99 cents promotion proved to be better than the princess bride costume I created for her one year (the hat kept tipping off her head). At first, since I only had the first three books of the series released in ebook, things were slow, but then, a month into the campaign, sales picked up. Soon I was able to reassure her that I could contribute significantly to her wedding fund. Fortunately, she kept her wedding plans modest, despite the big family and far-flung friends that swelled the guest invitation list to almost 200 people. The wedding is coming up in August and I'm doing one last promotional blast (have to pay for a few last minute extras, outfit my husband and sons in nice suits, myself in a dress, and get us all out to the other side of the U.S.A. for the festivities).

I'm going to miss having such a good cause to help focus my promotional efforts, come the wedding day. But I suspect I'll be much too busy laughing, dancing, and overall enjoying the big family shindig to worry about it.

And then, of course, I get to think up stories to write for my grandchildren, to help pay for their college in twenty or so years. Maybe I'll rub some of The Fairy Tale Bride magic on the title: The Fairy Tale Garden Gnome? The Fairy Tale Granny? Hmmm. I'll have to think about it.

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and Smashwords [] for 99 cents until after we've all recovered from the wedding festivities at the end of August.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Traitors Daughter by Lily Dewaruile

Blaentywi, Summer, AD927, in the reign of Hywel Dda

Always despised and humiliated by her relatives, Heledd Ieuan expects worse now that she has come of age. Since her father’s betrayal of his brother, she has been a prisoner of war, held hostage to ensure the good behavior of the survivors among his friends. She has recurring visions of the slaughter of her family, but except the menacing dream of a warrior, no memories remain of her life before her endless labor as a bond servant. Heledd’s skill in the diary has kept her from a life in the warriors’ barracks. Bruises, blisters and aching muscles are small prices to pay to avoid the nightmare of life as a warrior’s whore.
Tifferz Take-
The blurb does not due this book justice. I thought this book was awesome. The story has depth and I liked being swept back  in time. The plot is great. I found the mystery and romance to be different than your normal romance. that is a good thing. Pay attention as Traitor's Daughter gives you the unexpected. The writing and characters Heledd and Garmon were exceptional. At times I wanted to hit Heledd over the head as she was so stubborn and did not see what was right in front of her.  I found myself up after midnight trying to finish this page turning story. But I  had to put the story down as I needed sleep. I finished it the next day and was so happy when everything was  brought to a satisfying ending. I find myself thinking about this story days later.
The a few things that I had a hard time with was that a few times you would be in one location and then in another location and I was not sure how we got to the new location.  The other was some words I had no clue about. I don't like to stop and look words up. It would have been nice to have a list of the words and meanings in the beginning of the book.
This book does contain mild descriptive sex after marriage for those who like to know.
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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Giveaway of Just Released! Azure by Cheree Alsop

“Werewolves hide among you; it’s a secret we have fought for centuries to keep. We were almost wiped out once, and know better than to let the secret out again. But just like humans, werewolves are impulsive and sometimes uncontrollable. That’s where I come in. My job is to protect the werewolves and help them live full and happy lives. There are Hunters and others who don’t believe werewolves have rights and should be hunted and exterminated like animals. I’ve done what I can to smooth Hunter-werewolf relations, but extremists, fighting rings, and covert agencies feel that the fate of werewolves should be to die, be forced to fight for the entertainment of humans who watch the mutilation and bloodshed like it’s a sport, or be experimented upon to unlock the secrets of our superior strength and increased healing capabilities.

I have seen things that would break me if I didn’t remember what I was fighting for. I found my father hacked apart by Hunters, and have rescued friends and comrades from fates worse than death. I feel a noose closing in as though those I care about are in danger, but I can’t find the source of it quickly enough to save them. There are so many werewolves in trouble, and though my team and the Hunters and werewolves that make up what some consider my private army work night and day to rescue them, it’s not enough. We need to do more, and so I am creating a team strong enough and smart enough to stop the threats hurled against us by ignorant humans who fear what they don’t understand.

I am a high school student, and my attempt to live a normal life is shadowed by the werewolves who need my help. Charts of recent werewolf activity hang from my bedroom walls in place of posters. A computer tracking the rogue packs that intimidate the local wolves and endanger innocent humans sits by my bed. In place of text books, pens, and paper, my backpack is filled with guns, knives, and the occasional bag of beef jerky (you don’t want to mess with a hungry werewolf). Instead of studying for classes, my friends spend their days creating high-tech monitoring devices and tracking down the locations of fighting rings, torture chambers, and laboratories.

I have loved with all of my heart, which is the way of the wolf. I have tracked through fields lit by the light of the full moon as it rested upon my shoulders like a cloak of strength. I have suffered to see the pains other werewolves have gone through, and almost died saving a human girl who stole my heart and gave me my life back. I live in the hopes of avenging my father’s death by saving those in pain, and I give every day-”

A sound reverberated through the room. Jaze Carso set down his pen and a smile spread across his face. The curtains to either side of the open window swayed gently in the breeze to create dancing trails of moonlight across the page. Jaze opened his hand and let it play across his palm. A welcome shudder ran through his body. He stood as the howl sounded again, more persistent this time. He took off his clothes and didn’t fight the phase. His joints shifted, pulling him onto his hands and knees. His ears elongated and moved to higher points on his head while his muzzle grew and sharp canines lengthened. Jet black fur ran up his arms and down his body, covering his shoulders and back in a soft undercoat followed by the thick, longer guard hairs. It felt good to be in wolf form again, like putting on a pair of worn shoes molded by time to fit only the wearer’s feet. Jaze shook to settle into his wolf form, then stretched.

Another howl rose and other voices joined it. The notes took on the warm, rounded tones of his pack ready for a night run beneath the welcome embrace of the full moon. Jaze pushed aside the curtain with his muzzle and the moonlight cast his brown eyes with a golden glow. Stars glittered within the inky blanket of night and the full orb above washed the city in an other-worldly glow. Eyes watched him from below, one pair dark blue, another deep crimson red, one set violet, and the last golden and deep with the secrets of the wild. Jaze gave a wolfish grin and leaped from the window.

Azure is book five of the Silver Series. Vance’s story is about an alpha werewolf who is torn between his duty to those who look to him for safety or assisting an injured human girl. Something draws him to save her against his instincts and the need to protect his home after an attack by extremist hunters leaves some of his werewolves dead and the rest vulnerable. Vance has been in charge of the werewolf hideout known as Two since he was ten years old and sent into hiding to save his life. When he rescues the injured hunter before she can be killed by the others, he finds his motives questioned everyone, including himself. Nora is the only person who is not afraid of Vance’s size or strength, and in return she gains his respect. Through circumstances related to Nora’s past, Vance is pushed to the edge of strength and survival. Alone in a cell and beaten to the edge of endurance, Vance is befriended by another werewolf who has endured more than anyone should and remain sane. Vance’s heart is torn through the experience and he suffers between loving Nora and a werewolf who befriends him with the kindness that is greatly lacking in his life.

Azure is a story of strength beyond the endurance of the body. In a world turned upside down by violence, the choice between what the heart wants and the safest solution can be the most important decision of all.

Find Azure and the rest of the Silver Series at Cheree’s website, Cheree can be found at Goodreads here:

The Silver Series and Cheree’s other books can be purchased through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords in ebook and paperback formats.

Links for purchase can be found on her website here:

Thank you for participating in the release of Azure, book five of the Silver Series. I hope you will step into the world of Jaze and his team and experience what it means to love, to survive, to dream, and to live in a world that’s both more beautiful and dangerous for being seen through the eyes of a werewolf.

 We are giveaway 4 smashwords coupons for Azure by Cheree Alsop.
To enter the giveaway become a follower with Google Friends Connect and leave a comment with your email. That is it!
I will email the 4 winners the coupon code. Good Luck!!! This giveaway will close on May 12th!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

FREE on Amazon An Unexpected Date by Susan Hatler


Holly may be living in her dream location, but is her little resort town too small to attract the right man?

Holly loves living in her cozy mountain town and all the surrounding beauty soothes her soul. She treasures beading jewelry for her own small business while watching nature and its amazing creatures outside her window. But, her mom begs her to move back to the city so she can find a man to marry. Holly doesn’t want to give up on her dreams, but does that mean she’ll have to give up on love?

Tifferz Take-

 I am a Huge Susan Hatler fan and this short sweet contemporary romance hits the spot. I instantly liked Holly and Dave.  They seem to want the same things and I was laughing at how similar their mothers are. Susan has a knack for light hearted dialogue and describing the zing in the connection between Holly and Dave.  I think this would make an amazing full length novel! Be on the look out for this delightful morsel.
This does not contain any swearing or sex.

Source : arc from author

I don't know how long this will be free so get it while it lasts and please check before you buy!
Free on Amazon

Hope you all enjoy!


Unspent Time Launch Party Get free books and win a Kindle Fire or a Kindle Touch

Unspent Time Launch Party

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Warning: reading this novel may make you more attractive and elevate your random luck by about 9.332%* (* These statements have not been evaluated by any person of consequence!)

From the award winning author of ‘No Hope for Gomez!’ comes a collection of impossible tales. Permeating the cracks between the past and the present is the realm of Unspent Time; time that was allotted but never spent. This is where we find the stories that could have been true. Such as the story of Kiala, whose caretaker disappears one day, leaving her as the sole Huntress to battle the giant octopi to feed her village. Or the revealing tale of Goki Feng Ho, the ancient Chinese art of decoding the meaning of car license plates. And the heartbreaking story of the man responsible for choosing the colors of the insides of your shoes. And let’s not forget the story behind Unspent Time itself, the metaphysical ramifications of which will leave the scientific community feeling mostly indifferent about it for decades to come… For the launch of the new novel I decided to discount it to $0.99 for today (PC and eBook), give away some exclusive content, and raffle off two Kindles. All entrants will get:
(Prizes can be traded for Amazon gift certificates if you already own them.) Just email your receipt to to enter. Each purchase counts, so stock up on birthday presents (for people you don't like that much, for instance) The discount ends today, but be sure to send the receipts no later than June 1st. (Or order the books from any bookstore.) Coupon code for today: ZB77D And then get by ing about your purchase and another by mentioning it on facebook Sound bites from Unspent Time: “I'm looking into my past lives. I'm convinced some of them still owe me money.” “I'm very polite by nature, even the voices in my head let each other finish their sentences.” “I didn’t actually want to do it,” Kiala told the boy. “The universe just kind of conspired to force me to make a fool of myself. It does that quite a lot, actually.” “Sadly, my socks are like snowflakes, no two are exactly alike.” Here's what reviewers had to say: "A veritable page turner of nonstop laughs!" -- Reader Views "An unputdownable read. a Coens Brothers' film in book form." -- “Extremely witty and clever writing.” -- California Chronicle "A Party for your Brain!" -- Warren Baxter Bio:
Graham Parke is responsible for a number of technical publications and has recently patented a self-folding map. He has been described as both a humanitarian and a pathological liar. Convincing evidence to support either allegation has yet to be produced. GoodReads Facebook

  • An exclusive spin-off novelette (not available for purchase anywhere!)
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Friday, May 4, 2012



Set against a worldwide canvas that includes New York, Paris and Germany "News on the Home Front" tells the story of two women who have been friends since their childhood in West Lake, Maryland. The world war has torn apart their lives leaving each trying to find a way to put it back together. It's been a difficult few years with rationing and shortages starting to take their toll. Carole's boyfriend, Philip, is off to fly for the Army; and Irene has taken a job at the nearby aircraft factory. Carole promised Philip that she would wait for his return from the war -- but circumstances begin to conspire against her. She's waited her whole life for him, but can she make it until the end of the war?

Here are links where it can be purchased:

Kindle download here

Nook download here

Thursday, May 3, 2012

The Painted Lady by Felicia Rogers

John Tillman, a simple man, has died. His wife seeks justice. By pure happenstance, Bruce Malone, a famous criminal attorney, receives the case. Unfortunately, it’s going to take a miracle to win. But that’s just what he gets.

Elizabeth Smith is a preacher’s daughter. An “ugly Betty”, she transforms her look like a butterfly emerging from a chrysalis. Because of her change in appearance, her position of employment changes and she becomes the ‘miracle’ Bruce Malone needs. Not only for the case, but for the salvation of his family and his own soul.

Tifferz Take-
This novel was worth every minute I spent reading it. I was intrigued by Elizabeth and the secret that put her in danger. I loved her make over!  I was hoping things would fall into place for Elizabeth as she is such a kind and caring person. Her family was cracking me up! Bruce is great and it is fun to watch him get jealous of Cole. This story is filled with mystery, danger, witty banter and a lovely romance that leaves you with a smile on your face when you read the last page.  Ms. Rogers does a fantastic job of tying up loose ends and giving everyone a happy ending. This is a clean read no sex or swearing!

Source: publisher for review

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Guest Post and Giveaway!!!!


He loves magic. She loves romance. But the biggest illusion is the one Shantel and Christopher perform together. Sixteen- year- old Christopher fights to stay sober while fifteen-year-old Shantel struggles in the aftermath of her mother’s death and seeks refuge in a fantasy world. But the unacknowledged roots of their problems refuse to stay buried and soon, the two are headed toward a deadly magic trick. Can Shantel and Christopher move beyond magical illusions to find love?

The idea for WEAVING MAGIC came from a poetry workshop that I run with teens in detention. You can read about our poetry workshop at

One of the struggles many of the youth face is how to stay sober and out of trouble. The teens write about how they want to “turn it around,” and start a new life, but it’s not an easy journey for them.

I also get to hear a lot about romance. Both the boys and the girls write poems about their current loves, lost loves, broken or disappointed loves, and hopes and dreams for love in the future. I took those two threads of starting a new life and falling in love and wove them together in WEAVING MAGIC.

But, when I sat down to write WEAVING MAGIC, I didn’t want the story to be a bad boy/good girl story. So, I spun a little twist. By all appearances, main character, Christopher is the “bad boy” trying to stay sober while Shantel is the good girl. However, as the story progresses, you realize that appearances are deceiving and Shantel is the one who has some big problems while Christopher really is trying to do the right thing.

The book is an e-book, available in all formats, and you can buy the book at MuseItUp Publishing. It is coming soon to other on-line bookstores such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

And this week, we’re offering an e-book give-away of WEAVING MAGIC to one lucky winner who posts a comment!  Please leave a comment with your email address and  say if you are a new or old follower with Google Friend Connect and what format you want a kindle, nook or pdf . I will email the winner  with a copy of the ebook! Good Luck!

If you want to learn more about WEAVING MAGIC, including downloading a free book discussion guide, please visit my website at:


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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

An Unexpected Date by Susan Hatler


Holly may be living in her dream location, but is her little resort town too small to attract the right man?

Holly loves living in her cozy mountain town and all the surrounding beauty soothes her soul. She treasures beading jewelry for her own small business while watching nature and its amazing creatures outside her window. But, her mom begs her to move back to the city so she can find a man to marry. Holly doesn’t want to give up on her dreams, but does that mean she’ll have to give up on love?

Tifferz Take-

 I am a Huge Susan Hatler fan and this short sweet contemporary romance hits the spot. I instantly liked Holly and Dave.  They seem to want the same things and I was laughing at how similar their mothers are. Susan has a knack for light hearted dialogue and describing the zing in the connection between Holly and Dave.  I think this would make an amazing full length novel! Be on the look out for this delightful morsel.
This does not contain any swearing or sex.

Source : arc from author

 An Unexpected Date is a contemporary romance short story will be released within the next week on Amazon for $.99.

Guest Post with Colleen Houck

Colleen is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, science fiction, and romance. Formerly a student at the University of Arizona, she has worked as a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter for seventeen years. Tiger’s Curse is her first book, which has already received literary praise and digital success. Her self-published eBook claimed the #1 spot on Kindle’s children’s best-seller list for seven weeks. Colleen lives in Salem, Oregon, with her husband and a white stuffed tiger.
Colleen has been kind enough to take time from her busy life to write this post for me. Thank you a million times over Colleen. I grately apperciate it.  I hope enjoy this:
True Life

I often am asked if any pieces of my tiger series were inspired by true life events. Every author applies their experience to story and character development in some way, in my case there are a few interesting stories that I’ve incorporated into my books.


For those of you who have read book two, Tiger’s Quest, you will already know about this character. The inspiration for Artie comes from my early college years. I was tricked into going on a date like Kelsey. My “Artie” pulled out his day planner as if he was signing me up for an appointment and somehow I ended up with a date. Like Kelsey, I went on it and he took me on a long walk so he could mail a package to a former girlfriend and then took me up to the top of the college library to the media center and made me watch Brigadoon in black and white on a six inch television. I made Artie much more annoying and sanctimonious than the real guy so he wasn’t quite that bad. Fortunately for Kelsey, she didn’t suffer through a second date. I did.

Li’s Friends

Li has a group of gamer friends that he hangs out with in Tiger’s Quest. This group of guys is based on my youngest brother’s friends. When my brother got married, all his gamer buddies dressed up in dark suits and sunglasses and handcuffed a briefcase of money to his arm. My whole family thought that was funny and still talks about it. So when it came time for Kelsey’s date with Li, I decided the group we affectionately call The Chinese Mafia, needed to live again.

Permission to Kiss

The scene in Tiger’s Curse when Ren asks Kelsey for permission to kiss her for the first time is also from real life. My husband, Brad, asked for permission to kiss me and like Kelsey, I said no. I told him that asking permission is not spontaneous or romantic. I’ve since reevaluated that idea and find it to be very unique and romantic. Kelsey kicked herself afterward and so did I.


There are some other traits and interesting things I’ve woven into my story that come from my life. Kelsey’s grandmother is very similar to mine. She loved quilting, flowers, and biscuits and gravy. My grandmother made me a special quilt that is gone now but it was very precious to me too. All the secondary characters in my series are named after my nieces and nephews. Kelsey loves chocolate, tennis shoes, and has my coloring.

Who knows what bits and pieces of my life will be woven into my next books! A good friend of mine, fellow author Beth Revis, once said, “If you have to choose between sitting at your computer, writing, or going off to have a grand adventure, go on the adventure. Otherwise, you have nothing to write about.

If you have not checked out The Tiger Series here is a link to her website:

here are links for the first four books
Book 1
Book 2
Book 3
Book 4(comes out this September)