Forgetting Fallenwood by Leslie D. Soule – guest post and giveaway


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Beating The “I Don’t Want To Write” Syndrome

Do you ever have those days when you really want to write, but for whatever reason, you can’t bring yourself to do it? The culprit could be increased stress due to job factors, a sudden loss of interest, or maybe a bad review of something you’ve previously written. Sometimes, it’s just plain burnout. As a college graduate, I’m rather familiar with the symptoms of burnout – it happens when you really want to do something, like write a paper or complete a project, but for whatever reason, you just can’t bring yourself to do it. Eventually, there will be a crash if you persist. The I-Don’t-Want-To-Write bug is similar, and you can’t beat it just by forcing yourself to write, like some kind of novel-machine.

As with burnout, the answer just may be to do something else entirely, to take your mind off of the task at hand. Once you’re refreshed, you can then return to your work with renewed vigor and (hopefully) a renewed sense of purpose and confidence. I find that because writing is such an intensely mental exercise, it helps to do something physical if you’re feeling like you don’t want to write, or nearing burnout. You don’t necessarily have to join a gym or pay money in order to get some exercise in, either. Even stepping away from your work desk for a few minutes may have a positive effect. Running is a good option, and there are many websites where you can print out a Couch To 5k schedule, and start with small workouts that build into the ability to run a full 5k eventually.
In conclusion, when facing the “I Don’t Want To Write” bug, I find that it’s often helpful to do something enjoyable, other than writing. Your writing will always be there, and it should be something you want to do, instead of feeling like a chore.

What do YOU do when you don’t feel like writing? I’d love to hear your thoughts!!!

Cover_Forgetting FallenwoodWhat happens when Ash accidentally makes her way through another portal, this time into the Other Realm, and forgets she ever went to Fallenwood? More importantly, how much of one’s identity is made up of memories? Fallenwood 2 is the continuing journey of heroine Ash Kensington. Struggling with a deep sense of grief, sorrow, and overall confusion, Ash tries to work her way through to a deeper, underlying meaning. This search leads her back to Fallenwood, where the mystery unravels itself as she realizes that a very sinister force may be underlying everything…

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Ashley woke in a cold sweat. She remembered nothing of her time spent in the magical realm known as Fallenwood. Without the remembrance of her journey in Fallenwood, Ashley awoke as her former self, without the benefit of the lessons learned during her journey. That journey never existed, and her memory bank filled itself with everything she’d known before she left. Ashley began living a normal life, as though Fallenwood didn’t exist at all. Now, visions slipped away into nothingness and she believed she’d only had a series of incredibly vivid dreams and nothing more.

Yet the heart keeps a remembrance of its own, and without Prince Edward, a cold loneliness sank to the core of Ashley’s heart. Her mind couldn’t define the source of her heartache, so she blindly sought its cure.

AuthorPicLeslie D. Soule is an author who loves to try new genres and Sacramento, California is her hometown. She has an M.A. in English from National University and is a member of the English Chapter of the Sac State Almuni Association. She is currently working on her fantasy quadrilogy, The Fallenwood Chronicles.

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A Day in the Life of Jen Lohr – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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A Day in the Life of Jen Lohr
Hello! My name is Jen Lohr, and today I am being featured as a guest on this blog. I would like to invite you to experience a day in the life of ‘me.’ You might be thinking, “Well, just because she’s a writer doesn’t make her all that different,” and I couldn’t agree with you more! In fact, my being a wife and a mother of four children (all under the age of ten) doesn’t make my situation ‘unusual,’ either… but I can tell you what does: I am the mom of four special needs kids – two of which have high-functioning autism, amongst the alphabet soup of ADD / ADHD, with a side of apraxia and a few other developmental delays. My children & their ages are as follows: Scott is 9, Jessica is 7, Alexandra is 5, and Brian is 3. So without any further adieux – here is what an average day in the life of Jennifer Lohr, aka “MOMMMM!” is like:

My day typically begins at about 5:30 am, when my youngest (Brian) wakes up. He has something called ‘Apraxia of speech,’ which according the NIDCD (the National Institute of Deafness and other Communication Disorders) means: “A speech disorder in which a person has trouble saying what he or she wants to say correctly and consistently. It is not due to weakness or paralysis of the speech muscles (the muscles of the face, tongue, and lips). The severity of apraxia of speech can range from mild to severe,” and Brian has moderate speech apraxia. Therefore what I may understand, others usually do not.

Brian attends a therapeutic pre-school, which has all the delights of a regular pre-school but also has the many therapists any given ‘special need’ child would need. These men and woman are as much a part of Brian’s growth and development as I am, so pre-school is pretty serious business to my little guy!

After Brian wakes up, my other three children begin awaking to the day, too. First is always breakfast, followed by getting dressed, then brushing teeth and hair. Brian’s bus comes first, at about 8:15, so he’s the first one out the door (and I can expect the bus to bring him home around noon.) My other three attend the local elementary school (which is thankfully within walking distance). Once Brian is on his way, my other three have about 15 minutes to complete their ‘back-pack checkers’ (making sure their completed homework, due library books, and snacks are in order to return to school) and maybe even a little TV time. Their bus rolls to a stop at the end of the driveway no later than 8:40am. Then….SILENCE. It never ceases to amaze me the extremes in noise level from the hustle and bustle of getting their shoes and jackets on (and snowsuits, when snow is on the ground – after all, they still have recess if it’s not below 20 degrees Fahrenheit – or blizzard-like conditions, of course), to after the bus pulls away from our home.

My Alexandra attends Kindergarten (which in our school district, is half-day), but because of Alexandra’s ‘mild ADHD,’ she qualifies to attend extended (full) days two days per week. On Mondays and Thursdays I volunteer in her classroom (would you be surprised to know I help with ‘Writers Workshop?’) …And what a joy it is to be surrounded by those adorable little faces! Those little giggles and squeaky voices are just intoxicating, and I have the honor and pleasure to hang around – I love it!

Every other week I have ‘Parent Training,’ and a social worker works with me to help us overcome the many obstacles parents of special needs children may have. Sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming to attend / visit with the Neurologists, developmental pediatricians, Autism seminars / classes, school district committee meetings, social and emotional development tutorials, and every other challenge I’m faced with – so this ‘parent training’ really helps!

So, if it’s a day without volunteering at the school or parent training (or the usual grocery shopping) I have a couple hours in the morning to catch up on e-mails and other various “business-related” tasks. Promoting my book series requires a lot of time, too – it really is ‘my second job,’ coming second to ‘mom’ & ‘house-wife.’

I try to get through whatever I can, as quickly as I can – after all: things like laundry, the dishwasher, snow-shoveling / gardening (depending upon the season), un-made beds, teacher / therapist e-mails will not get done by themselves. I have a lot that I am responsible for, and I take great pride in doing the best I can very seriously.

Around 1pm, I prepare and serve lunch for Brian and Alexandra (if it’s her half-day at school). Then we have a little ‘free-time,’ which we can easily spend playing, reading, or cuddling on the couch while we watch a carton. When 3:15 rolls around, we can expect the herd of trampling feet to burst through the front door, accompanied by, “MOM! You’ll NEVER GUESS WHAT….” Or “He was mean to me on the bus when…” and “I CANNOT understand my math today…” as they unpack their back-packs and wash their hands. Homework with a small snack follows.

I’ll start making dinner around 4:30 (we have a tight meal schedule: Monday is Pasta, Tuesday- I decide, Wednesday is left-overs, Thursday is ‘Mystery Meal,’ Friday is pizza & a movie, Saturday is family game night, & Sunday is ‘finger’ food) so I have a lot to rely on that makes it ‘easy.’ Between 5:30 and 6pm dinner is served. At this time, we have entered our family’s ‘sacred time,’ and phones are not answered, electronics are away, TV is off (except for pizza & movie night) & we enjoy each other’s stories of their favorite parts of their day, along with the ‘usual’ conversation.

Bath time commences around 6:30, and after all four little heads are shiny, it’s about 7:15pm. Now we spend time unwinding, with bed-time stories & ‘down-time.’ I prefer NO TV, but that’s not always the case…hey, I can compromise. No later than 8pm, all of my little treasures are piled in their designated bunk, and I begin my kissing and singing – it’s the end of another day for my little dears.

Aside from the occasional, “I’m thirsty” or “I forgot to go pee…!” this is when my ‘down-time’ begins. After cleaning up the kitchen / dishes from dinner, I try to spend a little time with my hard-working husband, who works ten hour days. As soon as he’s in the shower, at about 8:30, I go to the computer to check those twitter feeds and Facebook posts – again: promote, promote, PROMOTE – I’m determined to make my book series a success, and self-promoting is key.


From about 9pm to (some nights) 1am, I am faithfully writing. Like I said – I am one determined individual! …And that’s about it. Thanks for walking a day in my moccasins!

Organization helps – each kiddo has their own hook for jacket / backpack, plus I write what each day / meal it is, along with if it’s a gym day or library or mystery, etc.

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Cubbies, cubbies, cubbies…did I mention I like to stay organized?

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This is where I write – my creative space.

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4_14 baltic Cover_BalticMistBaltic Mist – A Timeless Saga is Jen Lohr’s next big creation. It all began when she came across Egil’s Saga, written in the mid11th century, chronicling the life of Egil Skallagrimsson. The history surrounding the Viking awakened within Jen an unquenchable thirst for knowledge of the Norse culture. A story was soon born, seen through the eyes of a young woman named Helga, originating from a character in Egil’s Saga.

Baltic Mist begins on a farm Norway, and takes the reader through the epic adventures of Helga’s enchanting life. Beginning in Book One, her tale falls against the backdrop of Scandinavia’s conversion to Christianity. The saga continues in Books two and three to a finale that no one, even Helga herself, could have ever imagined!

A must read!

About the Author: 4_14 baltic AuthorPic1Jen was first published when she was a sophomore in High School, and has been writing short stories ever since. The Baltic Mist series is her novel debut. She lives in upstate New York with her husband and their four children.

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Cover Reveal: Secret of the Souls by Terri Rochenski

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Secret of the Souls
Pool of Souls Book 2
by Terri Rochenski
Release Date: October 6, 2014
Target Reader: Adult
Keywords: Fantasy

Thrust out of their homes by a human High Priest on a vengeful mission, the Natives of Derlund no longer have a place to call their own. One escaped capture, however, and now she, Hyla, is the only one who can save her people.

For, Hyla, though, saving her nation isn’t her ultimate goal—returning to the Pool of Souls is. Becoming its Guardian and preserving their faith is her heart’s desire. The perils of her current journey, though, could leave her unable to fulfill that dream.

To find her way back to the Pool, Hyla must live among dangerous, powerful humans willing to defend the Natives, and must submit herself—her Talents—to them. While her protection is paramount, plots to end Hyla’s life will push her to her physical and emotional limits.

On the edge of sanity, her courage tested, and convictions nearly broken, Hyla’s final test of loyalty to her faith comes with the death of one she could have loved.

The Children of Lubrochius by Matthew D. Ryan – Spotlight and Giveaway

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The vampire, Lucian val Drasmyr, has been defeated, but not destroyed: Now he serves another evil: Korina Bolaris, a young and gifted sorceress bent on subverting the power structure of Drisdak. Only Coragan of Esperia can hope to stop them. But is even he prepared to face the dark cult who claims her as their own: the Children of Lubrochius?


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“We have gone a bit off topic, I think,” Korina said.

“You asked about magic,” Lucian said with an arrogant sneer. “I told you what I know.”

Korina frowned. He had not told her much. Barely a smattering. Instead, they had detoured into a lecture on philosophy. “Tell me about the Sceptre of Morgulan,” she said. She knew much already: the sceptre was a weapon of tremendous power wielded by Morgulan during the course of many wars and battles fought over a thousand years ago. It had mysteriously disappeared immediately after Morgulan’s demise.

Lucian sighed as if surrendering to the inevitable. “The Sceptre of Morgulan?” The vampire locked his gaze with her, and smiled. “The wizard Arcalian was also interested in the sceptre. That interest got him killed. As you may or may not know, I have a history with wizards. Generally speaking … I win.”

The arrogant monster! He had lost to Regecon and the guild.

“I’m not interested in your boasts, vampire. I’m interested in the sceptre. Tell me what I wish to know.” A part of her doubted if she was ready for the knowledge the vampire might give her. The sceptre, after all, was an artifact of legend. It had destroyed armies. She longed for its power, but she knew that she must match its power with her own else it would come to rule her. An untrained peasant with a sword was as much a danger to himself as he was to others.

Lucian folded his arms beneath his breast and looked askance at the wall. “Ask your questions, then,” he said.


Matthew D. Ryan is a published author living in upstate New York on the shores of Lake Champlain. Mr. Ryan has a background in philosophy, mathematics, and computer science. He has a black belt in the martial arts and studies yoga. He has been deeply involved in the fantasy genre for most of his life as a reader, writer, and game designer. He is the operator of the web-site which features his blog, “A Toast to Dragons,”a blog dedicated to fantasy literature, and, to a lesser extent, sci-fi. Mr. Ryan says he receives his inspiration from his many years as an avid role-player and fantasy book reader. He has spent many long hours devising adventures and story-lines for games, so it was a natural shift moving into fantasy writing.

Mr. Ryan is the author of the exciting dark fantasy novel, Drasmyr,, its sequel, The Children of Lubrochius, and a growing number of short stories. His first novel, Drasmyr, has consistently earned reviews in the four and five star range and serves as the prequel to his upcoming series: From the Ashes of Ruin. In addition to Drasmyr and The Children of Lubrochius, Mr. Ryan has published several short stories on-line, including: “Haladryn and the Minotaur,” “The River’s Eye,” and “Escape.”

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The Infinity Program by Richard H. Hardy – Spotlight and Giveaway


Title: The Infinity Program
Author: Richard H. Hardy
Genre: Science Fiction
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Jon Graeme and Harry Sale are unlikely friends. Harry is a world-class programmer, but his abrasive personality alienates co-workers. In contrast, Jon is a handsome and easy-going technical writer, the low man on the IT totem pole.

Sharing a love of nature, the men set out together, planning to go their separate ways–Jon on a hike and Harry, fly fishing. Three days later, Jon arrives at the rendezvous point, but his friend is nowhere in sight. When Jon finds Harry unconscious on the floor of a cave, Harry claims to have been lying there the entire time. But he is neither cold nor hungry. What Jon doesn’t know is that Harry fell into an underground cavern, where he came into contact with an alien quantum computer.

Back at work, Harry jettisons his regular tasks and concentrates exclusively on inventing new operating language to access the alien system. In the process he crashes his office’s Super Computer and is fired. Jon convinces the company to give Harry a second chance, arguing that the system he has invented will make them millions.

Jon has no idea what havoc Harry is about to unleash.



About the Author:
Richard H. Hardy was born in Glasgow, Scotland, during a week of relentless bombing raids just before the close of World War II. The day he was born an incendiary bomb fell on the church across the street from where he lived, so he is fond of saying that he entered the world with a big adrenaline rush.

His family later moved to England and then on to America.

After college Richard bounced through a series of temporary jobs as he traveled around the country, wanting nothing more than to write fiction. A job driving a library van allowed him free time to write several short stories and work on a novel.

He and his wife moved to New Hampshire, where he took an entry level job at a software company. He was soon promoted to the technical writing department and ended up producing over 500,000 words of online documentation. After a few years he was promoted to the programming department and ended up as the Senior EDI Programmer, creating EDI maps and writing UNIX scripts and troubleshooting on AIX systems throughout the U.S. and Canada.

After he retired, he started writing fiction again. The Infinity Program is his first published novel.

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Doctor How and the Illegal Aliens by Mark Speed – Q&A and Giveaway

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Welcome, Mark, to Long and Short Reviews. If we were to come to your house for a meal, what would you give us to eat?

Either poached salmon, or my home-made chili con carne.

Are you a romantic?

I hate to admit it, but yes. I’ve done some terribly romantic things for girlfriends.

Don’t hate admitting it…we’re a big lover of romance around here! Do you listen to music when you’re writing?

Too much of a distraction. I need silence to write.

Do you ever read your stories out loud?

If a passage isn’t working, I’ll read it aloud and that tells me what’s wrong.

What are your future ambitions?

Continuing to write the Doctor How series. If I get the time I’d love to get back into stand-up and sketch shows. I love that instant feedback, and bouncing stuff off a receptive audience.

Tell us about your latest release.

Doctor How and the Illegal Aliens started as a parody of Doctor Who, but has morphed into its own alternative universe. It almost immediately jumped from being a one-off into the first of a five-volume series.

What have you got coming soon for us to look out for

The unnamed book two of the Doctor How series should be out in September. Find out what happened to Where, and find out what happened to When. There’s a heck of an ending.

Tell us a little bit about your book.

MEDIA KIT Illegal AliensDoctor How’s famous megalomaniac brother Doctor Who sold his fictional life story to the BBC half a century ago, painting himself as a lone hero. Disillusioned, their four cousins dropped out. For fifty years, Doctor How has held the line against the forces of darkness and stupidity. And he’s not that happy, since you ask.

Illegal aliens try to hack How’s Spectrel (TARDIS is a very rude word where he comes from), just as he suspects his estranged cousin Where has been compromised. When reports come in of mysterious attacks by alien creatures, Doctor How has to rely on his new companion Kevin, a petty criminal from south London, and Trinity, a morphing super-predator, as he counters this threat to humanity’s existence. Bungling agents from MI16, long desperate to capture the Time Keeper’s technology, hamper How’s efforts to combat the alien menace. Can Doctor How keep ahead of MI16, save Where and combat the alien threat?

Tell us a little bit about yourself

MEDIA KIT Author PhotoMark Speed has been writing novels since he was fifteen. His comedy writing has appeared in newspapers as diverse as the London Evening Standard and The Sun, and been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra. He performed his solo comedy, The End of the World Show, at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2011 and 2012. He is currently working on the five-volume Doctor How series.

Amongst other postgraduate and professional qualifications, he has a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from City University, London. In 1995 a chiropractor told him he’d never run again. Sensibly, he gave up chiropractors, runs every day and has completed several marathons and a couple of Olympic-length triathlons.

NLP founder Dr Richard Bandler called him a ‘polarity responder’.

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The Emperor’s Treaty by Chacelyn Pierce – Spotlight and Giveaway

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The Emperor’s Treaty (The Calaeron Duology, #1) Arryn, the newly crowned Emperor of New Phalba, must find a means to strengthen his kingdoms from impending foes. To end a blood war that has carried over millenniums, he petitions to marry one of his race’s mortal enemy—the Moekan dragons’ crowned princess. Even though the bond with the Moekan dragons will aid against a looming attack on his empire, Arryn can’t help his attraction to the dragon princess Shann living in his palace.

Eager to make the best of her situation and please her new husband, Shann is willing to face the challenges of a dragon ruling the Fae Empire. Winning his trust proves to be a tougher challenge with odds stacked against her. Will the lies about her cause Arryn to break the new peace treaty? And can she stop him from starting a war that will change everyone’s future?

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When Shann finally reached Kell and Arryn, she stood blocking Kell’s killing blow. Arryn had been hurt from Kell’s tail lash and attempted to catch his breath while dodging snapping jaws and talons as he rolled on the gauntlet of scattered supplies and tent fabrics.

Kell halted his strike and roared at her for being in his way.

“Stop this, Kell!” He reeled back and snarled in Shann’s face. Drool dripped and frothed from his mouth. Arryn moved behind her, but out of the corner of her eye she noticed he rose up on unsteady feet, already preparing for the next attack. Seeing her husband so out of breath and weak angered her, because she knew if he wanted, Arryn could fight back, but he’d held off. In fact, a lot of the Phalbans were only blocking attacks; none advanced. The Moekans seemed to be the ones thirsty for bloodshed, and she felt a moment of sadness that she’d told Arryn that the peace meant more to her people that the Phalbans. It was clear that years of anger had caused Moekan blood to boil hotter than the Phalbans’, but enough was enough.

Shann turned back to her brother. “Call them off.” She nodded to the anarchy surrounding them. “Please, Kell,” she begged.

His reptilian face hardened, and his massive clawed hand tried to push her out of the way. He wanted to finish Arryn off with no regard to the sworn oath. Only this time Arryn had a sword pointed at the ready. The small sword wouldn’t do anything against the hundred razor-sharp teeth in the Moekan general’s mouth. Plus, Shann had noticed Arryn’s foot was twisted at an odd angle that could make maneuvering away damn near impossible.

A rocker by heart, Chacelyn Pierce is constantly ear plugged with heavy tunes blaring to stir up the phantom personalities that swarm her mind. It’s no surprise that she enjoys writing and reading to satiate her appetite for the male antagonist in a story. Married to a blatant redhead and mothering a diva, there is never a dull moment in the house. As a native Texan, she doesn’t personally own a horse but follows the unwritten southern rule of knowing how to ride one. When she’s not testing the emotional capacity of her characters, she works as a dog groomer.

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The Gift of the Phoenix by Donna Cook – Spotlight and Giveaway

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MEDIA KIT Gift of the Phoenix Cover RGBWhen three strangers are brought together by three mysterious stones and the discovery of a common enemy, they must fight to keep the magic of the Phoenix out of dangerous hands before their world is destroyed forever. But uniting will not be easy for Nicolai, the simple peasant with a powerful secret; Marcellus, the warrior prince who’s no longer heir to the throne; and Corren, a gifted wizard whose ambitions threaten to ruin them all. Full of magic, mystery, and a touch of romance, Gift of the Phoenix is an epic fantasy that takes the reader deep into the heart of a wondrous world and the three men destined to defend it.

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The man’s eyes narrowed and he leaned in. “Have you ever seen the waters swallow an island?”

“What?” Nicolai asked.

He pointed to what Nicolai knew to be the Pearl and Crescent Islands, only a few miles out from the coast. They were uninhabitable rock for the most part, notable only because one island was shaped like a crescent moon while the other circular shaped island sat within its gulf. Only Nicolai didn’t see two islands. He saw only the crescent-shaped island.

“What happened?” Nicolai asked.

“I’ll tell you what happened. The Pearl is gone! Sank right into the sea it did!”

Nicolai tried to imagine an island in the cove of Crescent Island’s bay, then tried to imagine that island sinking into the sea.

“My brother says a monster ate it!” the little girl said.

Her mother hushed her. “Don’t listen to his tales.”

“It was an earthquake,” the first man said kindly, bending his reddened face down to her. He put his hands together and slid them back and forth. “The earth shook under the water and made the water come sloshing up over the edge. Just like shaking a cup.” She looked at him skeptically. Nicolai gathered she thought a monster sounded more credible.

“It wasn’t a monster,” said a frail voice. They all looked around to see a withered woman resting on a bench next to the wall. “It wasn’t an earthquake either. What took that island was the same thing that made it.”

About the Author: MEDIA KIT Donna Cook author Gift of the PhoenixDonna Cook is an Arizona native transplanted to Boise, Idaho, where she is delighting in the change of scenery. When she’s not writing she spends her time chasing the kids, exploring delicious eateries downtown, and dancing with her talented husband. Her epic fantasy adventure, Gift of the Phoenix has won several awards, including Semifinalist in the Kindle Book Review Book of the Year Awards, and Notable Read in the Shelf Unbound/Half Price Books Indie Book of the Year competition. She’s currently working on the sequel to Gift of the Phoenix.

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Ten Things You Probably Don’t Know About Elaine Cantrell – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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Ten Things You Probably Don’t Know About Me
1. My dog tries to root me off the bed every night.
2. I think chocolate is one of the major food groups.
3. After going ten years without drinking soft drinks, I recently caved in and had one. (Bad author. Bad.)
4. I don’t care if I have a cell phone or not because sometimes I don’t want to talk to anyone.
5. I’m looking forward to Christmas because my family has divided into teams to see who can create the best Christmas wreath. I should be able to come up with something in a year’s time.
6. My husband surprised me with a ruby ring for our anniversary.
7. I remodeled my bathroom in a retro style, and I love it. Everyone who sees it does.
8. I like to watch Love It Or List It on HGTV.
9. When I went to Alaska, my cousin and I went on a short cruise in the Pacific. We went upstairs to the top deck, and the wind blew so hard we almost couldn’t make it back inside the boat.
10. I love junk, er, antique stores.

About the Author: 3_10 AuthorPicElaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina where she obtained a master’s degree in personnel services from Clemson University. She is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary society for women educators, Romance Writers of America, and EPIC authors. Her first novel, A New Leaf, was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest. When she’s not writing or teaching, she enjoys movies, quilting, reading, and collecting vintage Christmas ornaments.

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3_10 Cover_Blue52“First Lady Kills President Lovinggood”
December 29, 2018

Thirty years later Hank Lovinggood embarks on a quest to prove his mother’s innocence and punish the killers who took his family from him. Together Hank and lovely physicist Kathryn Sinclair confront an implacable, twisted, merciless enemy who’ll do whatever it takes to hide the truth forever.

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Guest Blog: Ashland Menshouse

When considering what words to bring from mind to page, two threads of my terrestrial stretch reverberate the loudest: my forage for meaning through faith and my organization of understanding in science. Both somewhat appease my ‘knowledge gnaw’, but by adhering to rigid structures of orthodoxy, they awkwardly ignore abyssal gaps of mystery, or cover them up with sleights of logic.

Both partaken of human establishments, neither science nor faith are perfect, and at times, drape darkness in illusion and pin the unknown to a tapestry of fear. So the search for answers lies not in what we already know, and not in what we may ultimately know, but in what cannot be known. To question and hypothesize about the ludicrous, the fanciful and the bereft on both sides of the inquisitors’ aisle fuel my imagination’s pen. Hunting for truth through fiction is my fundamental purpose in writing.

In my current series, a group of emotionally tattered and indulgently intrusive teenagers confront the elite of the paranormal in a mounting struggle between the commanding and distraught forces of defeated good and hidden evil. The first of the series, “The Last Seer and the Tomb of Enoch”, introduces the first five adolescents whose minds have been opened to a set of double-edged abilities. Known as divinoi, twelve supernatural abilities in total sprout and grow throughout children in the small Appalachian town of Lake Julian over the course of the series’ nine novels.

In my second novel, “The Last Guardian and the Keeper of the Magi”, several teenagers have developed a sophomoric understanding of their divinoi, but their exploits have drawn the notice of the aged and powerful Magi. What the main characters consider to be chupacabras are, in actuality, a harvested pack of ethereal wardens, chosen to protect the ancient engineers of the universe. A master of the divinoi has created a motley duplicate of these ‘keepers’, which she manipulates in an attempt to destroy the divinoi-gifted children and prove to the remaining evil guard her aptitude as General, as the time for the final offensive against Creation’s Author is approaching.

Through subsequent titles, the battle between metaphysical opponents escalates as more children, blessed with divinoi, discover the oldest war of all being waged around them.

“The Last Nazirite and the Shadowlight” is nearly complete, and outlining for the fourth novel, “The Last Watcher and the Lost Tribe of Fair”, is in progress. The series finale and the ninth of the ennealogy, entitled “The Last Rebellion”, has also been mostly written.

Part science fiction, more spiritual and urban fantasy, my works have no specific genre to call home, just as science and faith have few strongholds that embrace them both. My reviews have been good and bad. My books are not for everyone. Regardless, if someone has thought about our world a little differently after reading what I write, than that is success. All that I can ask for is a few hours of your life to hurdle down my wild ride. I hope you enjoy.

About the Author:3_4 AshlandMenshouseAshland Menshouse grew up in northeastern Kentucky, raising tadpoles to frogs and climbing trees. His parents and grandmother fostered his proclivity for science, while instilling a faith compass which has provided both consternation and direction throughout his life. While pursuing his academic passions, he spent much of his spare time writing poetry and newspaper articles in secondary school and college, many of which have been previously published. But the outdoors never left him. Ashland received his Eagle Scout Award in February of 1993.

After receiving a Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky, Ashland obtained an M.D. from the University of Kentucky and completed post-doctoral studies at Emory University. He currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia, where he spends most of his time working with ill and injured children. His debut novel, The Last Seer and the Tomb of Enoch was a finalist in USA Book News’ ‘Best New Fiction’ category for 2012. The sequel, entitled The Last Guardian and the Keeper of the Magi, was released from Tate Publishing in December. along with a revised version of his first novel. Menshouse plans to complete the third of the series novel, The Last Nazirite and the Shadowlight, by the beginning of 2014. The prequel to the series, The Last Seer and the Tomb of Enoch, will be released April 1.

3_4 GuardiancoverThe Watchers’ Tomb is sealed and buried. The Bigfoot are at rest. And yet, for six months, Lake Julian has only enjoyed a restless peace.

Most say the rumors of ghosts and suspicious shadows are the figments of childish conjecture or the product of juvenile delinquency. Some disagree.

Aubrey Taylor’s list of enemies and critics is quickly surpassing the number in his tiny band of compatriots. Maximillian Miller has recently been elected to the head of the city council. Agenda number one — making sure Aubrey and his friends pay for the destruction they have brought to their quiet town.

In addition, more than local eyes have noticed Aubrey’s unearthly aptitude, and ancient threats loom from near and far. But Aubrey’s fight has a more urgent front. An army of chupacabra have descended upon Lake Julian, afflicting its residents with an inexplicable plague, and only Aubrey and his friends, both old and new, with their unique array of supernatural faculties, can save their town and prove that they are not at the heart of this new menace.