Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Featuring: HE GAVE ME BARN CATS


Author Maria Santomasso-Hyde is visiting today as part of her HE GAVE ME BARN CATS Blog Tour with MC Book Tours. Her book is scheduled to be released March 14 by Dancing Lemur Press.

If you’re looking for a story that will touch your heart, you’ve found it in this tender story of love, loss, and inspiration. You could win your own copy, just check out the giveaway details.

◊ He Gave Me BARN CATS
◊ by Maria Santomass0-Hyde
◊ Published by Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C.
◊ Available March 14, 2017
◊ $10.95, 6x9 Trade paperback, 134 pages
◊ Genres: Christian Fiction / Christian Life-Death, Grief, Bereavement
◊ Print ISBN 978-1-939844-21-7 eBook ISBN 978-1-939844-22-4
◊ Order through Ingram, Follett Library Resources, or from the publisher
◊ $3.99 eBook available in all formats


Inspired by true events...

        Maria has cared for her very ill mother for many years. Her burdens are heavy, causing a sadness bordering on darkness.  When she discovers her historic barn is now home to a mother cat and kittens, she feels lighter than she has in years. As the kittens grow, they teach her as only animals can do.
          Then tragedy strikes. As Maria loses her family, the darkness envelopes her like the heavy fog that blankets her Blue Ridge Mountain home each morning. She creates a scorecard:  God: 9, Maria: 0.  Her questions turn into anger at God.  She searches to find answers as to why her loving God would take away so much in such a short time.
          How will she learn to trust again? Can the kittens in her barn help her heal?


HE GAVE ME BARN CATS is available for pre-order in print format at following sites: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books A Million, Everything Cats, Foyles, and Chapters-Indigo.

HE GAVE ME BARN CATS is available for order in eBook format at the following sites: Barnes and Noble, Kobo, iTunes, and Amazon.

Be sure to add HE GAVE ME BARN CATS to your shelf on Goodreads.

Maria's Facebook Page.


Formerly a newspaper reporter, Maria Santomasso-Hyde now owns Alta Vista Fine Art Gallery.

She lives in Valle Crucis, North Carolina, with her husband, Lee, and The Queen of the Universe (Roma, their Black Cat) … and other Black Cats who decide to move in.


Come join the blog tour and learn more about Maria and HE GAVE ME BARN CATS by visiting the following blog:



March 8 - Rockin' Book Reviews - Guest Post

March 10 - Defending The Pen - Excerpt

March 13 - Reviews by CrystalQ&A
Alex J. Cavanaugh - Guest Post

March 14 - Thoughts in Progress - Review

March 15 - Open

March 16 - A Bluestocking's Place - Excerpt
deal sharing aunt - Review

March 17 - Juneta @ Writer's Gambit - Q&A

March 20 - Reviews From the Heart - Review
The Story of a Writer - Feature
CBY Book Club - Excerpt

March 21 - bookworm1102 - Excerpt
Storey Book Reviews - Excerpt
Celticlady's Reviews - Feature



Giveaway Details:

This is a tour-wide giveaway for two (2) print copies (U.S only) and two (2) eBooks (international). To enter just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions.




Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Hiatus in Bucerias

Due to some technical difficulties, I'm going off line for March unless I find myself near wifi. I will be posting for the release of HE GAVE ME BARN CATS by Maria Santomasso-Hyde on March 7th. I won't be available for comments. Please do take the opportunity to enter to win a copy of Maria's book.

IWSG March 27 I there to introduce Luis Carlos Fuentes Avila, screenwriter, editor, friend. Luis has a film coming out in June.

Meanwhile, I hope you all stay healthy and happy. Talk to you on Facebook when I'm near wifi. I've turned off comments because I can't comment back.

For your viewing pleasure, the sights and sounds of Mexico.

Wandering the beach of Banderas Bay on a warm evening.

If you haven't visited the botanical gardens south of Puerto Vallarta, it's well worth the trip. They finished the church this year. A walk back in history. 

Another worthwhile is adventure is the San Blas Estuary in Nayarit.


View from our terrace


PV Botanical Garden


Crocodile nesting

San Blas


La Cruz Marina
PV Botanical Garden



Bucerias restaurant

Tepic Highway northeast through Bucerias

Banderas Bay

Mexican Beach Bar in Bucerias

Someone's front steps

Bookstore in PV

Bucerias apartments

Marina at PV

pigeon chicks on our terrace



Videos:


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Fireworks on the beach 



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Part of the boat ride through the estuary at San Blas


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Route 66 Restaurant and Bar at PV Marina

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The flightpath of bats past our terrace every evening

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

THE REMNANT on Tour + Giveaway

 Author William Michael Davidson is on tour with MC Book Tours featuring his new novel, THE REMNANT, being released Feb. 7 by Dancing Lemur Press L.L.C.


February 7, 2017 (Pikeville, NC) William Michael Davidson’s book poses the question - what if religious beliefs were eradicated? Set in the not too distant future, The Remnant proposes that a single gene is responsible for spiritual beliefs and its destruction eliminates the threat of religious wars and terrorism. What would a world be like without faith? And what would happen if those beliefs began to reemerge? Tapping into the fears of today’s religious and political unrest and acts of violence, Davidson’s story of a world without God is timely and thought-provoking.

About the book:

One Nation without God:


          Colton Pierce apprehends Abberants—those who display symptoms of faith—and quarantines them on a remote island to ensure public safety.  Years prior, the government released a genetically-engineered super flu that destroyed the genes believed to be the biological source of spiritual experience in an effort to rid the world of terrorism. As an extractor with the Center for Theological Control, Colton is dedicated to the cause.


          But Colton's steadfast commitment is challenged when he learns his own son has been targeted for extraction. An underground militia, the Remnant, agrees to help Colton save his son in exchange for his assistance with their plan to free the Aberrants on the island.

          Colton is faced with the most important decision of his life. Remain faithful to the CTC? Or give up everything to save his son?



◊Release date: February 7, 2017
◊$15.95, 6×9 Trade paperback, 242 pages
◊Science Fiction (FIC028000) / Christian Futuristic Fiction (FIC0402020)
◊Print ISBN 978-1-939844-29-3 eBook ISBN 978-1-939844-30-9
◊Order through Ingram, Follett, or from the publisher
◊$4.99 eBook available in all formats


An intriguing take on faith, religion, and conflict in a world attempting to abolish all three. The far-fetched becomes imaginable in this near-future cautionary tale. Left Behind meets Philip K. Dick. -- Milo James Fowler, author of Captain Bartholomew Quasar and the Space-Time Displacement Conundrum
About the Author:




William Michael Davidson lives in Long Beach, California with his wife and two daughters. A believer that "good living produces good writing," Davidson writes early in the morning so he can get outside, exercise, spend time with people, and experience as much as possible.

A writer of speculative fiction, he enjoys stories that deal with humanity's inherent need for redemption.



For more on Davidson and his writing, connect with him on Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, and Amazon Author’s Page.

This is a tour-wide giveaway for two (2) print copies that are available to those living in the U.S. only and one (1) eBook copy available international. The giveaway will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Sunday, Feb. 26. You can enter to win at each stop of the tour.

Thanks for stopping by today. Be sure to visit the other blogs on the tour for more chances to win. The schedule is located below...


THE REMNANT is available to order in eBook form at the following sites:


The print format of the book is available at these sites:


Be sure to add THE REMNANT to your bookshelf on Goodreads.


To enter the Giveaway, click here






Thanks to MC Book Tours for the opportunity to spotlight William Michael Davidson. For more on Davidson and his writing, you can connect with him on GoodreadsTwitterFacebook, and his Amazon Author’s Page.


You can purchase your own copies of The Remnant at: AmazonBarnes & NobleChapters-IndigoBook DepositoryFoylesMediander and Fiction DB. Make sure you add The Remnantto your Goodreads list as well.


Thanks for stopping by today. Be sure to visit the other blogs on the tour for more chances to win. The schedule is located below...
Jan. 23 – The Silver Dagger Scriptorium – Excerpt
Jan. 24 – EmmyMom Taking One Day At A Time – Excerpt and Review
Jan. 25 – Book Dreaming – Excerpt and Review
Jan. 26 – Patricia Stoltey, Author – Interview
Jan. 27 – Inside the Inkwell – Feature
Jan. 30 – Christine Rains – Writer – Review
Jan. 31 – Reviews From The Heart – Review
Feb. 2 – Reveries Reviews – Review
Feb. 3 – Deal Sharing Aunt – Review
Feb. 6 – Murees Dupé – Q&A
Feb. 7 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – Review
Feb. 8 – Literary Time Out – Dual Reviews
Feb. 9 – Live to Read ~Krystal – Review
Feb. 10 – Bookworm1102 – Excerpt
Feb. 13 – 2 Kids and Tired Books – Excerpt
Feb 14 – Tyrean’s Writing Spot – Guest Post and Review
Feb 15 – Book Giveaways – Feature
Feb. 16 – Joylene Nowell Butler, Suspense Author – Feature
Feb. 17 – Year of the Book – Interview
Feb. 20 – Thoughts in Progress – Review
Feb. 21 – Just Us Book Blog – Excerpt
Feb. 22 – Reviews by Crystal – Excerpt

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

IWSG: 5 Steps to Create a Book They Can't Put Down



It’s time for another group posting of the IWSG: Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month and encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.

Be sure to link to IWSG and display the badge in your post.


IWSG is the brainchild of our noble Ninja Captain and leader Alex J. Cavanaugh

Our hashtag is @IWSG


You may have already heard that we’re revving up IWSG Day to make it more fun and interactive! Every month, we'll announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. 

Remember, the question is optional!!!

The  co-hosts for the February 1 posting of the IWSG are the awesome Misha Gericke, LK Hill, Juneta Key, Christy and ... work-in-progress yours truly, me!

Before we get started, I'd like to share with you the blurb for our exciting new anthology:



Hero Lost
Mysteries of Death and Life
An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology


Can a lost hero find redemption?

What if Death himself wanted to die? Can deliverance be found on a bloody battlefield? Could the gift of silvering become a prison for those who possessed it? Will an ancient warrior be forever the caretaker of a house of mystery?

Delving into the depths of the tortured hero, twelve authors explore the realms of fantasy in this enthralling and thought-provoking collection. Featuring the talents of Jen Chandler, L. Nahay, Renee Cheung, Roland Yeomans, Elizabeth Seckman, Olga Godim, Yvonne Ventresca, Ellen Jacobson, Sean McLachlan, Erika Beebe, Tyrean Martinson, and Sarah Foster.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these twelve tales will take you into the heart of heroes who have fallen from grace. Join the journey and discover a hero’s redemption!

Release date: May 2, 2017
6x9 Trade paperback, Fantasy (FIC009000)
Print ISBN 9781939844361 eBook ISBN 9781939844378


Founded by author Alex J. Cavanaugh, the Insecure Writer’s Support Group offers support for writers and authors alike. It provides an online database, articles and tips, a monthly blog posting, a Facebook group, and a monthly newsletter. http://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/
  
Freedom Fox Press
A division of Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C.
P.O. Box 383, Pikeville, NC 27863-0383




February 1 Question: How has being a writer changed your experience as a reader?

Being a writer has made me a hard-to-please reader. If the book hasn't been edited properly, if the POV is unfocussed and obtrusive, if the book is full of grammar mistakes, or the dialogue is disjointed and unnatural, I never finish the novel. I want to, but my eyes wander and next thing I know I'm playing hide and seek with my cat. Having said that, I know too well that mistakes do slip by. But typos and comma errors can be forgiven if the characters and the plot move me. As a less than perfect writer, I don't expect anyone else to be perfect.

5 steps to create a book they can't put down:

1. Don't rush to self-publish or send out queries. 
2. Edit, revise, and edit some more. 
3. Critique and be critiqued. 
4. When your manuscript is ready,  set it aside for a minimum of two weeks. 
5. Read through again, and if you can afford the services of an editor, by all means. 

Whatever hurdles you face in your writing career, whether it's your first novel or your sixth, know that I'm cheering for you. The sky's the limit, baby. 

ps. good writing makes me want to be a better writer. 





Show your support and let the world know you are insecure and proud! IWSG Pens $10.99 for two (Price includes S and H) IWSG 3x5” Magnet $5.99 each (Price includes S and H)


We have a new administrator at IWSG. Hope you'll stop by and give Heather M. Gardner a warm welcome. Thanks!

C. Lee McKenzie has just joined our team on Monday as our Media Relations Specialist. Welcome, C. Lee!