My Sunday Catch Up Post # 64–Keeping it short cause I am sick…

 

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Hello everyone and welcome….

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Giveaways that are still open:

-Book Giveaway: Musings of an Earth Angel by Suzanne Adams

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$35 Gift Certificate to The Book Depository + Lacoste Sunglasses Giveaway: How to Disappear by Ann Redisch Stampler

-$20 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway: In Danger’s Embrace (Cimmerian Moon #3) by A.M. Griffin

This past week on my blog:

$100 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Giveaway: Fresh Starts by Kimberly Krey (still open)

Product Review: Compact Pen Flashlight Torch Super Bright 250LM Tactical LED Lamp with Clip for Hiking Camping Outdoor Sports

Spotlight: Songbyrd by Anna Silver

Book Swag Giveaway: The Bridal Bouquet By Tara Randel

Excerpt: A Tale As Old As Time by Mya O’Malley

Excerpt: Mr. Jones & Me by Lindsay Marie Miller

Book Series Giveaway: The Nogiku series by SJ Pajonas (still open)

$20 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway: Summerlypse by Gerardo Delgadillo (still open)

Seven Signed Books and a Bag full of Swag Giveaway! (still open)

Waiting on Wednesday: Tough Luck Hero (Copper Ridge #5) by Maisey Yates

$25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway: The Boy with Words by C.E. Wilson (still open)

Book Giveaway: SECRETLY HERS by Jamie Beck (still open)

Product Review: White Black 2 PCS Alloy Enamel Pendant Necklace Army Name Double Dog Tag 27 Inch Chain

Company and Product Review: Tropical Traditions

eCopy Giveaway: The Cinderella Theorem by Kristee Ravan (still open)

Cover Reveal: Archangel’s Heart By Nalini Singh

Q&A With Author of GOL (THE LEGENDS OF ANSU) by J.W.Webb

Spotlight: Prophet: Book One (Princes of Prophecy 1) by L.Ann Marie

Coming this week on my blog:

(This is not everything that will be happening this week. I have a couple more things planned so be sure to stop by and check them out!)

-Review: Kiss Me That Way: A Cottonbloom Novel by Laura Trentham

eCopy Giveaway: Summer in Good Hope by Cindy Kirk

-Kindle Copy Giveaway: Lurking in the Shadows rdited by: Jaidis Shaw

Waiting on Wednesday: Illusion Town (Ghost Hunters #13) by Jayne Castle

$25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway: Fast-Pitch Love by Clay Cormany

-Review: Then He Kissed Me by Laura Trentham

-Book Giveaway: True Calling series by Siobhan Davis

-Excerpt: Lord Bachelor by Tammy L. Bailey

-A Book Lover’s Apocalypse Survival Kit Giveaway: Rising Tides by Katy Hayes

-Review: Sleepless in Manhattan (From Manhattan with Love #1) by Sarah Morgan

-Book Review: Happy Ever After in Christmas by Debbie Masonblog border

And I am stopping here for today. I did buy a couple of books and I did receive one for review but I need to go take some meds and lay down.

This week has been killer. I taught VBS at my church which was a lot of fun until I got sick. I mean really sick. My poor husband said he has never seen me so sick before.  I am not over it yet so I am going to take it easy this week and try and catch up on all I need to do when I feel more like myself.

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Spotlight: Prophet: Book One (Princes of Prophecy 1) by L.Ann Marie




Book – Prophet: Book One (Princes of Prophecy 1) 
Author – L.Ann Marie
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Raised by a father who is somewhat reserved, Dakota Lightfoot finds a whole new world when he is patched in to the Princes of Prophecy.

With his abilities and natural leadership, he quickly finds his home with this new Brotherhood.

Jessie LaPonte-James has always known he would be part of a trio, much as his father, Danny, and Kate are, and always believed that Darren would be by his side with Jess Baxter.

But what happens when one of the three isn’t as in-tune with the plan as the others?
This is the story of Jess, Dakota and Jessie.


 


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L. Ann started with the Baxters and is working on her third series, The Princes of Prophecy MC. While her books feature ex-SEALs and Badass Bikers, L. Ann is writing about the strong women that these men need in their life to help right the worlds wrongs and help keep their small part of the world safe. The women are extraordinary, strong and determined to make a difference.

The men fight for right in every book. Yes they kill people. Yes they shoot at the bad guys feet to cause them pain. Yes they throw tampons at each other regularly.
That being said, they do these things while stopping human trafficking, bringing their Club into legitimate businesses, fight gangs to keep drugs away from their town and kids, keep women sheltered safely while trying to stop domestic abuse. These are men that don’t leave a Brother behind. They don’t treat women as possessions and they don’t cheat. Respect takes on an honorable meaning. Women and kids are cherished. Everyone is looked out for.
L. Ann has made the perfect Club, tackled the taboo subjects and made it easy to imagine living in a world where your protection comes from the SEALS and Bikers.

With readers writing about rereading the series over and over, she feels like she’s told her characters stories in a way that would make them proud.
Every book will make you laugh, every book will make you angry for the wrong that happens in the world. Every book will make you cry for the pain that a character feels.
Don’t take my word for it. Pick one up and try it out. The Baxters book 1 is FREE. MC Book 1 is .99. Give them a shot and Happy Reading!


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Q&A With Author of GOL (THE LEGENDS OF ANSU) by J.W.Webb

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GOL (THE LEGENDS OF ANSU) by J.W.Webb

Available on Amazon

Gol. A continent on the brink of destruction. Once a mighty kingdom, now six provinces torn apart by treacherous barons.
In one province two young lovers strive to stay together when all else prises them apart. Lissane and Erun must survive to guide their people through the coming storm. The odds are stacked against them. Erun, dreamer and fool, is chosen for a dark path. Whilst Lissane is given away by her father the baron to wed the brutal son of a rival ruler.
Meanwhile, at the far side of the world a sorcerer has freed the fire demon, Ashmali, setting off a chain of events that could ultimately bring about Gol’s long foretold ruin. Caught between rising seas, civil war, and approaching fire the continent’s time is fast running out.
Gol features beautiful sketches and maps by Tolkien illustrator, Roger Garland. It opens the doors on a new epic fantasy series titled Legends of Ansu. Within its content lies an sweeping tale of love, hatred, vengeance and destruction. In Gol the high courage of a few individuals is all that stands against the will of fickle gods and treachery of men.

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Q&A with Author – J.W. Webb

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What inspired me to write my book?

A crazy imagination and restless roving mind! I’ve always loved stories and have always been a storyteller, ever since I was a kid in the playground I enthused in tales that could carry the imagination far and wide, roaming free without any harness to rein it in. I was a fan of The Lord of the Rings as a teen and that led me on to read dozens of fantasy books during the 70’s and 80’s resulting in fantasy becoming my favorite genre and greatest influence. I also have a fascination for Celtic and Norse mythology which led me to delve deep in that area too. Then about twenty years ago I put pen to paper and my ongoing series, Legends of Ansu was born. An epic fantasy series with echoes of myth.

Specific writing style

I don’t know, but reviewers have written that I write with a ‘rare literary flow’ uncommon for most modern fantasy authors. I just write and the words spill out, like an artist I like to paint vivid scenes and take my reader far away, give them a break from reality for a while. As far as fantasy is concerned I pitch my writing to a Tolkien-esque tapestry but with characters just as compelling and three dimensional as those found in game of Thrones, (though I do try and keep most of my crew alive.) J

Titles?

I have 4 books on sale and I’m working on number 5. Most the titles are typical fantasy, The Shattered Crown, The Lost Prince, The Glass Throne etc. (Does what it says on the tin.) ‘Gol’ one word I thought gave a certain punch. This is the prequel to my series actually written after The Shattered Crown but set a 1000 years earlier, thus now offered out as the first book. It was originally titled Fall of Gol, but I shortened it to Gol a couple of years back. Don’t know why, just like it better.

What books have influenced my life most?

A lot! Lord of the Rings mainly when I was young I lived inside those pages, but also Thomas Covenant by Stephen Donaldson, Tigana, by Guy Kay, Lyonesse, Jack Vance, Poul Anderson’s The Broken Sword (I actually think perhaps the best small fantasy novel ever written) and Michael Moorcock’s Eternal Champion series – to name but a few. I was also influenced by the Mabinogi, especially the version adapted by Evangeline Walton, these tales from Welsh mythology just blew me away. Other genres? I like Historical Fiction and some of Bernard Cornwell’s novels have influenced my writing too.

Genre?

Fantasy, mostly. I’m comfortable with the genre. That said, I enjoyed writing my ghost story novella(The Haven) set in Cornwall, England, past and present. I do intend to write in other genres. I have plans to pen a tale about Hereward the Wake (a very underrated Saxon hero around at the time of the Norman Conquest) and several of the early Scottish kings fascinate me. I also want to pen more suspense, spooky supernatural creepy stuff – though not horror. Never horror. But mainly fantasy, my ‘Legends’ series is due to run for another 5 books! My goal – 1 book every year until I snuff it or they come to take me away, haha!

Advice for other writers?

Check in at the clinic? Only joking J Read, read and read again, I don’t read nearly enough as I should, never seem to get the time. Take critism/rejections on the chin and move on (I have had shed loads of rejections from agents over the years – ain’t no big thing.) Enjoy what you do and stick at it, one word will lead to the next. Write it. DON’T GIVE UP! As Kate Bush once sang in that brilliant Peter Gabriel song. That’s it!

Writer’s block?

Not yet! I’ve got so much crazy stuff between my ears my main problem is getting it out without it resembling spaghetti! I f I do get WB I shall go outside feed the chickens and maybe have a cold beer or two in the sunshine. Or else I’ll walk the dogs in the rain and sip claret by the fireside.

Hated something I’ve wrote?

No. I’ve looked at early stuff and thought it was crap but I’ve never hated it. Everything has a purpose. All part of the learning curve.

Favorite theme, Genre?

Explained above J

Love of writing came from?

As I said I’m a storyteller first and writer second. A lot of folk reverse these priorities and that’s fine for them. I do enjoy writing, but probably like a conductor in an orchestra, I cannot settle until the story is down and the concert audience clapping. At some point I had to get those tales into words on paper, and later on laptop and tablet. Writing is just the conduit, the sword in the warrior’s hand. I had to learn the craft of writing and I still am, always will be. Yes, I enjoy it, but the stories are my true love. I like to create something unique and inspiring, then hammer it out in words that make sense! Writing’s a job, but it sure beats driving a big rig like I did for 25 years!

Hardest part of writing books?

For me it’s editing, going over and over in finite detail before sending off to my editor, and then after she’s butchered it, more work. Also the first draft kinda wears me out, it’s always a relief to get that done, the main structure and framework of the story down on paper – phew…. I enjoy the following drafts, which are fine-tuning and polishing. That’s where the real satisfaction comes – knowing that it’s starting to look great. Then it’s time for editing – ugh.

Enjoy most?

I love creating evocative scenes that tug the imagination; it’s what I’m good at. I like to take my reader somewhere very special. I also get a buzz from writing high speed action scenes and witty dialogue – my characters are often lively and argumentative, I think it makes a nice balance to have gritty three-dimensional banter set to a mystical alien backdrop.

Write every day?

Not yet, I’m still working on that and have to spend a deal of time on all the myriad other facets indie authors have to master. For me at 55 years old, these prove a challenge, as my fingers have spent more years wielding sledgehammers than tapping keyboards. Suffice to say, I’m learning new tricks J. I also have other unrelated projects, which demand attention. I go in spurts, write for six weeks full pelt then leave it alone for a month, let it percolate – works for me.

Which writers inspire me?

Stephen King comes to mind, because he’s achieved so much. Of course many of the classics by: Shakespeare, Austin, Dickens, Hardy, and Elliot. And then there are fantasy writers from the 20th century: Tolkien, CS Lewis, Richard Adams, Raymond Feist, David Eddings, E.R.R Eddison, Lord Dunsany etc etc. But any talented wordsmith is a joy to read.

Working on at mo?

The Glass Throne. Book 4 in my Legends series, I just finished second draft and will resume in June. It’s taking shape nicely and follows on directly after the conclusion of the last book – The Lost Prince. It’s big and I’m contemplating splitting it in two, maybe I’ll ask you, my reader, about that?

About?

GT will be the final (or penultimate) tale involving my unwashed protagonist, Corin an Fol, a ‘Longswordsman’ with a shady past and an attitude problem. His tale started in The Shattered Crown, Which, as I explained earlier, is set 1000 years after Gol. GT, like the books before it, fuses myth and magic with cold hard steel. It focuses on the various rebels and factions currently trying to unseat the usurping sorcerer, Caswallon. It involves a catalogue of capricious gods, neurotic demigods, spiteful demons and warlocks, and badly behaved mortals with big nasty weapons. It’s the 4th book I’ve penned about the world – Ansu. ‘A place where you can never own enough sharp things!’ Thanking you for your time! J.W.W.

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Cover Reveal: Archangel’s Heart By Nalini Singh

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Archangel’s Heart is the 9th book in the

Guild Hunter series

Archangel’s Heart releases November 1st!

Now Available for Pre-order HERE

Add it to your TBR: http://bit.ly/GoodreadsArchangelsHeart

Blurb

One of the most vicious archangels in the world has disappeared. No one knows if Lijuan is dead or has chosen to Sleep the long sleep of an immortal. But with her lands falling into chaos under a rising tide of vampiric bloodlust, a mysterious and ancient order of angels known as the Luminata calls the entire Cadre together to discuss the fate of her territory.

Accompanying her archangelic lover Raphael to the Luminata compound, guild hunter-turned-angel Elena senses that all is not as it seems. Secrets echo from within the stone walls of the compound, and the deeper Elena goes, the uglier the darkness. But neither Raphael nor Elena is ready for the brutal truths hidden within—truths that will change everything Elena thinks she knows about who she is…

Nothing will ever be the same again.

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Nalini Singh is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling, Guild Hunter, and Rock Kiss series. She lives and works in beautiful New Zealand, and is passionate about writing.

If you’d like to explore her other books, you can find lots of excerpts and free short stories on her website. Slave to Sensation is the first book in the Psy-Changeling series, while Angels’ Blood is the first book in the Guild Hunter series. The Rock Kiss books are all stand alone and can be read in any order.

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Company and Product Review: Tropical Traditions

 

For the past year I have been hearing and reading about the health benefits of Coconut Oil. Now my family is not known to take change very well, especially with their food. I knew that if I wanted to start using coconut oil that I had to slowly introduce it into our meals. One day I spread some on our bagels and English muffins instead of butter. Wow! Everyone loves how crispy they became when toasted and the way they tasted, yummy! They also seem to toast a lot faster as well.

Then my husband used some coconut oil to make his grilled cheese sandwiches and that was it. He was sold and ask me to get more.

 

Now I had been researching where would be the best place to buy coconut oil. One company that was constantly brought to my attention is the Tropical Traditions. So I went to their website and really liked what I saw. I ended up ordering their 5 gallon container of their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil and now I know we will never buy coconut oil from anyplace else!

One thing I really like is that they have a lot of different recipes showing various ways on how you can use coconut oil. One recipe my family love is the Quick Banana Nut Muffins. Some of the recipes are even Gluten Free!

   

They also sell other products as well like Organic Food, Skin Care Products, Pet Products and so much more. It is really worth your time to check out the website and see for your self all the information they have about Coconut Oil

Oh and I can’t forget one of my favorite products that I just have to buy from them: The Florihana Essential Oils!

These essential oils are from France and they smell so good! I have used several of them and am just blown away by the quality. Go to the Essential Oil page on their website and you will learn so much about these wonderful oils.

Now on my last order there was a bit of a snafu and I had to contact customer service. WOW! These people should give other companies lessons on how to treat customers. I was treated so nicely and I am over the moon impressed with how they responded.

So stop by today and see for yourself what everyone is talking about.

Product Review: White Black 2 PCS Alloy Enamel Pendant Necklace Army Name Double Dog Tag 27 Inch Chain

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White Black 2 PCS Alloy Enamel Pendant Necklace Army Name Double Dog Tag 27 Inch Chain by MOWOM

I bought mine on Amazon!

Details:

  • Including a black velvet bag with MOWOM on it.
  • Metal Type: Alloy
  • Size: 1.14 x 2.01 inch

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My older sons like to look stylish when they go out. So I try to find them manly looking jewelry for them to wear. When I came across this cool looking necklace I knew it would be a winner.

It arrived quickly and well packaged. No issues at all with the packaging.

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It is packaged perfectly if you are giving it as a gift or sticking into a stocking.

It is very well made, has a nice weight to it. The tags are enameled, one in white the other black. They hang on a black beaded chain that holds one dog tag and then the smaller chain for the second. Military dog tags hang on chains just like that.

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I gave this to my 13 year old son and now my 16 year old wants one. They like how it looks and the length of it. it looks great with several of their outfits that they wear.

We all are very pleased with this necklace and my sons wear it all the time now.

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*I received this product in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion. I was not paid for this post and all opinions and experiences are my own.

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