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Friday, February 17, 2017

Author Spotlight: Nanette O'Neal

 Last day! Author spotlight! #sharethelove for these authors! Check out their book links!

Inspiration Behind the Doorway
Never underestimate the power of the story! Think back to when you were a child—what was your favorite story? It may have been a timeless tale of good triumphing over evil, or a  happily-ever-after story that brought the prince and princess home.  Whatever it was, I’m sure it spoke directly to your heart and made a lasting impression to this day. This is not a coincidence. I believe the power of story is a gift from God—a gift that speaks directly from His spirit to ours reminding us of eternal truths that span all generations and cultures, touching hearts to remind us of eternal truths. Where did I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going? A timeless story doesn’t simply entertain. It inspires us to be better than we were yesterday. We need more good stories!
And so, my series, A Doorway Back to Forever, was born. It is a fantasy story with symbols of faith for those who have eyes to see them. It is a written for middle grade and older, especially families and those who are looking to strengthen or reconnect to the spirit within themselves. The main characters, Kit and Robyn discover they have a secret gift called magic-sense—a forbidden power to see and hear beyond earthly sight and sound. It is considered a taboo, but they are strangely drawn to it. Unable to control their curiosity, it leads them to the doorway back to Forever, a magical realm where magic-sense began. They’re given a challenge to explore the kingdom and fight with the royal family for its existence. But a madman beyond the doorway wants to see the royal family destroyed and the girls dead. Kit and Robyn know what they must do—do you have the courage to join them?
About  Nanette O’Neal
Author, music educator, and aviation enthusiast, Nanette O’Neal has had a long time passion for the idea behind the Doorway Back to Forever series, stemming from her faith and her love of story. Her interests have always been strong in various creative endeavors, such as music, martial arts, science fiction, and fantasy. Having studied music in college, she made a career of teaching and directing various ensembles in the public and private fields for years. When she decided to tackle writing, she began an intense process of study and research in the craft, through books, online tutorials, chat and critique groups, as well as various workshops, conferences and retreats.
The Doorway series consists of seven novels about faith, courage, and the power to discover your eternal destiny. The first book, A Doorway Back to Forever: BELIEVE, was released in 2016. Book two, A Doorway Back to Forever: TRUST, is scheduled for a spring 2017 release. Nanette has plans to develop an online master seminar based on the symbolism of the series called A Doorway Back to Forever: AWAKENING, scheduled to launch in the fall of 2017.
Her book can be found on Amazon: amazon.com/dp/1943526168
Her blog is found at nanetteoneal.blogspot.com
Her Facebook author page is Nanette O’Neal Author https://www.facebook.com/ADoorwayBacktoForever/
You can also join the group Friends of A Doorway Back to Forever on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/757500701016269/

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Author Spotlight: Deb Graham

Day four of #sharethelove for my fellow authors! Check out this one!

Deb Graham  is the indie-published author of eleven non-fiction books, including two best-seller cruise books and others on how to write one’s personal story, how to complain effectively, and several cookbooks, science and craft books for her six and a half beloved grandchildren. Deb believes firmly in the power of Story, and enjoys presenting local workshops on finding one’s own voice, as well as self-publishing. 

Leery of writing fiction for many years, Deb recently published her first novel, Peril In Paradise, a cozy mystery set on (where else?) a cruise ship in Hawaii. She enjoyed the process so much she’s working on another cozy mystery, set on a cruise in Alaska, to be followed by a multi-generational novel told from the perspective of an antique cookie cutter collection. 
 Deb’s superpowers include being able to spell-check and grammar-check with her brain, and a talent for swiftly improvising, as well as finding an analogy for almost anything.

About the book: Peril In Paradise is a cozy mystery that takes place on a cruise around Hawaii. With details rich enough to plan your own trip (I am a travel writer, after all!) it’s more a how dunnit than a who dunnit. Jerria is a mild real estate agent from Oregon, who hits a patch of depression when her youngest son opts for college 4000 miles from home, In an effort to raise her spirits, her husband, Will books a fabulous cruise.  Alas, all is not well in paradise, and they can’t blame the mythical Pele for the danger in which they find themselves. 

 Connect with her on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Deb-Graham-Author-1390601407905523/

Buy her books here:https://www.amazon.com/Peril-Paradise-cruise-Deb-Graham/dp/1523382104/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1485887732&sr=8-1&keywords=Deb+Graham 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Author Spotlight: Wendy C. Jorgensen

Day three of #sharethelove for my fellow writers!

Book Blurb:
Sixteen-year-old Eve Hunter reluctantly returns to Ridgway, Colorado, where her mother drowned ten years earlier. As tensions mount, Eve must unravel the town's mysteries including her grandfather's secretive colony and the strange behavior of an intriguing young colonist before more of the town's inhabitants disappear. 


About the Author:
Wendy C. Jorgensen lives in Reno, Nevada, at least most of the time, with a wonderful husband who's a financial guru--thank goodness--and a golden retriever who's often mistaken for a sloth. She recently moved to Nevada from Colorado, where pieces of her heart are scattered all over the state. Her two brainy and creative sons make her want to be smarter. She hopes someday to journey to the stars. 


Why I Wrote Scattering Stars and What's to Come
When I began writing my first novel in 2011, there was never any doubt as to what I would write about. I've been fascinated by aliens ever since I saw the movie Escape to Witch Mountain in the 1970s. Any story about human-like space travelers visiting the earth draws me in immediately. In fact, speculative fiction of all types is my favorite genre. I have a stand-alone scifi book coming out in March/April about neuroenhancement called Acceleration, and ideas brewing for future books about time travel and genetic engineering. Stars on Ruby Mountain, the sequel to Scattering Stars, should be out by early 2018.      


https://www.amazon.com/Scattering-Stars-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B01E0K9EA2/
Scattering Stars (The Scattering Stars Trilogy Book 1) - Kindle edition by Wendy C. Jorgensen. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Scattering Stars (The Scattering Stars Trilogy Book 1).
Facebook: @authorwendycjorgensen Twitter: @WCJorgensen19

https://www.amazon.com/Scattering-Stars-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B01E0K9EA2/

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Author Spotlight: Didi Lawson

Day two! Showing my love for my fellow writers! Check out her book links below!
Anything but a typical aristocrat, young Baroness Marie-Louise is not afraid to roll up her sleeves and get to work, especially when it comes to saving her ancestral estate. Determined to shake loose the shackles of propriety and gain the warm family life her upbringing denied her, she has vowed to marry a man of lower rank. Blue-bloods need not apply.

But when she is forced to turn to a childhood friend for assistance, the handsome, debonair count may prove a temptation impossible to resist. Marie-Louise soon finds herself caught between the comfort of a middle-class doctor and the passion of a nobleman, with the future of her childhood home at stake.



What inspired me to write HOHENSTEIN:
Growing up in Germany where you can find a castle on every hill, I always dreamed about life in these castles. I could even see one castle up on the hill, peeking above the trees, when I looked out my bedroom window. Stories  involving princesses and knights in shining armor were among my favorites. Coming up with a story about a castle and a young baroness, therefore, came almost naturally.

I took three castles to construct Hohenstein Castle: the castle I saw from my bedroom window (Solitude Castle), an older castle (Lichtenstein) for the draw bridge, courtyard and surrounding areas, and the gate and entry from yet another castle.

Author Bio:
Born and raised in Germany, I always liked to write and tell stories. I even won prizes for my essays, and often had to read them out loud in front of the class, but it wasn’t until many years later that I realized I actually had a talent for writing. After I graduated from business college in Germany, I came to the US to further my education at Brigham Young University where I met my husband. We have three children and ten grandchildren, lived in Utah, North Carolina, Arizona, Germany and now Missouri.
Amazon link:https://www.amazon.com/Hohenstein-Didi-Lawson-ebook/dp/B00TXXJPHY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1486153569&sr=8-1&keywords=hohenstein+by+didi+lawson

Monday, February 13, 2017

Author Spotlight: CR Simper

 To show my love and support for my writing community, every day this week I will be sharing an author spotlight!
About the book:
Sixteen-year-old Onnie, newly minted adult, isn’t sure what she wants in life, but she is sure what she doesn’t want, and going off to the Interplanetary Alliance’s Academy is at the top of that list. When she purposely flunks the entrance exam, she’s certain that’s why her father commanded her and her brother Jayesh to return to Rift Watcher Station. As Onnie settles into her new life on Rift Watcher, will she find a place of her own?

Chief Medical Officer Darragh Conally has issues. And secrets. As Onnie determinedly worms her way into his life and forges a friendship he doesn’t want, those secrets come dangerously close to being exposed. But how do you tell the Captain’s daughter to back off without risking your job?
 
Author Bio:


C R Simper was raised seven miles north of a small town, with two sisters, thirteen dogs, and an open sky painted every night with billions of stars. This unharried childhood allowed time for much reading, which led into a desire to create stories of worlds beyond her own. She has two published short stories in the Steampunk genre, and two published YA Sci-Fi novels: Rift Watcher and Into the Rift. Besides writing, she has a passion for genealogy.



What inspired me to write Rift Watcher?

I love character driven Science Fiction. I started Rift Watcher with no real theme in mind, (my writing process=pantser) but it ended up being about reaching out to people who are somewhat different from the norm. In the story, Onnie is sort of cornered into deciding to befriend Darragh because he's the only one on the station near her own age, but (spoiler) she comes to figure out he's been through a lot to get where he is, and he's a good person in his own quirky way.

crsimper.com has all of my book links.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Febuary is the month for love

I am thinking this month I'll dedicate my blog to things I love: #sharethelove.  I love supporting my other writers in my writing organization. I've asked if I can promote books for them this month. It's kind of like paying it forward, but not expecting anything in return. So for the next few weeks, I'll be posting their stories for you to read.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Review for Wood Fairies of Estraelia









When Elias of Elderberry introduces his best friend Jaron Finley to his magical world of fairies and castles, wizards and yōkai shape-shifters, will Jaron ever want to go back to his dull world of school and homework, especially after meeting Elieli, the fairy princess of Estraelia? It’s doubtful, but he must—the mortal that he is. Will Elias have to alter his memory and erase all that his friend has seen, or will Jaron be able to keep the secret that Elias Rey—a sophomore at PVHS, is a wizard and the youngest heir of Elderberry?



Held captive by evil wraiths in the dungeons of Sirusas, Elias’s older brother Saulen struggles with remembering who he is. How will the sons of Elderberry battle the dark forces of sorcery and rescue him?
And finally, when Adalee trips and falls by a nest abandoned from a Swypht Dragon of Ural, she takes an egg, knowing it has little chance to survive on its own. How will she keep it hidden in the non-dragon fairy kingdom of Estraelia? And why should she?



Reviews:

Elias of Elderberry is a truly marvelous book! The action, concept, and mysteries contained in this novel are intensely compelling and exciting. Not satisfied with simply writing an entertaining story, Sneed fills the pages with lessons about temptation, addiction, and the morals of right versus wrong. - R.L. Drembic



The Sons of Elderberry! Book One, Elias of Elderberry, was fantastic! I am eager to read the continuing sequels. Do any of us really know who we are and what our real worth is? Fifteen-year-old Elias was soon to discover things beyond his wildest imagination. This is about present day with regular school attendance, yet also, time travel with castles, dungeons, dragons and more! There were many characters well-defined and realistic. Also, the scenes were portrayed very well so the reader was able to easily picture them occurring. My Review of this book offers a Five Stars rating. - LAWonder10



 








Author Theresa Sneed graduated cum
laude with a BA in education, and though she loves teaching, she is currently
taking a break from it to pursue a writing career. 



Her
books are unique; each story will take you to places you have never imagined before.
She writes across four genres—mystery and suspense, fantasy, historical
fiction/time travel, and realistic paranormal. All of Theresa’s books have
elements of sweet romance, and while none of her books have profanity or
sexually explicit scenes, each book is intriguing and white-knuckle intense—the
kind you can’t put down.



The No Angel series is the story about a
guardian angel with an attitude, and the ever present, but misunderstood spirit
world.  There are four published books in
the series with many more to come. Book one is called Angel with an Attitude, book two – Earthbound Angel, book three – Destiny’s
Angel
, and book four – Earth Angel.



The
Sons of Elderberry series has two
books out called Elias of Elderberry, and The Wood Fairies of Estraelia.
Harry-Potterish—with wizards, fairies, elves, pixies, yōkai shapeshifters, and
dragons, this book has it all! Theresa anticipates another three to five books
to finish that series.    



Escape is
the story of a 15 year old girl abducted by a corrupt sheriff in the 70’s. He
keeps her captive in his cellar for five years until she escapes with his truck
and his young daughter. Escape is
book one in a three book series.



Salem Witch Haunt
was intended to be a stand-alone book, until the shocking ending made it
apparent that her characters were not finished telling their story. As the
ninth great granddaughter of one of the women hanged as a witch in Salem,
Theresa has a vested interest in this epic time-travel. Thoroughly researched,
all interactions with real people from that era are based on primary
sources—the trial scene with Susannah Martin is taken from Reverend Samuel
Parris’s transcript verbatim. 




All
of Theresa Sneed’s books may be purchased through Amazon or links on her
She loves hearing from her readers and may be contacted through her website or
through her email at tmsneed.author@yahoo.com






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