Spotlight on A Shift Toward Prey by Natalie Allison

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  • Publication Date: May 15, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • ASIN: B06XKJMNND

ABOUT THE BOOK:

There’s a war brewing in the shadowed lands of the Fringe, a conflict that will match Shifter claws against Vampire fangs for the first time in two centuries. And it seems as if those with the power to stop it are only making things worse.

For too long, a young, ambitious Jaguar-Shifter named Chiari Jhahn has been forced to watch her elder sister’s savage regime destroy the very heart of the Shifter Realm. And now it seems as if that regime is hell-bent on starting a war with their long-time enemies, the Vampires of the Everdark.

After witnessing her sister let her pride stand in the way of a peace agreement that would have stopped the coming bloodshed, Chiari feels she has no choice but to start a revolution—it’s either that, or watch her people become nothing more than prey for a much-stronger predator. But her sister’s reach is long, and Chiari doesn’t know who she can trust.

Forced to seek allies in the most unlikely places, Chiari must use every ounce of her intellect and cunning to build a rebellion that will topple her sister from power and hopefully mitigate the Vampire threat. But Vampires aren’t the only monsters hiding in the dark—and they’re not the only predators out for blood. Chiari’s friends may prove to be worse than her enemies. When political ambition is matched against predatory instinct, the phrase “coming back to bite you” takes on a whole new meaning.

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ABOUT THE AUTHORNatalie Allison Author Photo

Natalie Allison grew up in a house full of books. Her world—and her imagination—became infused with the wonder and mystery of places like Middle Earth, Narnia, Valdemar, and Pern. An early love of reading led to an early love of writing, and she wrote her very first novel at the tender age of eight.

Natalie has been building worlds with words ever since, and her stories have entertained readers from all over the globe. Now she lives with her adoring husband, a son who’s a genius, and a dog who’s determined to save the world from mushrooms, kittens, frogs, and other nefarious creatures.

Readers can connect with Natalie via:

Website
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The After House by Michael Phillip Cash Book Tour Spotlight

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The After House by Micheal Phillip Cash

Paperback: 212 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 30, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1500600369
ISBN-13: 978-1500600365

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Remy Galway and her daughter Olivia are rebuilding their life after a failed marriage in a 300 year old cottage in historic Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island.

Little do they know, another occupant is lurking in the haven of their own home.

Will the After House be their shelter or their tomb?

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Book Tour for The After House: Michael Phillip Cash Author PhotoABOUT MICHAEL PHILLIP CASH

Michael Phillip Cash is an award-winning novelist and screenwriter. His novels are best-sellers on Amazon under their genres – Young Adult, Thriller, Suspense, Ghost, Action Adventure, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror.

Michael writes full-time and lives on the North Shore of Long Island with his wonderful wife and screaming children. You can follow him @michaelpcash.

Readers are invited to connect with Michael on:

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Author Website

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Grammar Sex and Other Stuff Released and On the Road!

I’ve just released my fourth book, Grammar Sex and Other Stuff, and I’m taking it on the road with My Book Tour. Please check it out and enter the giveaway below. Thanks so much!

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  • Publisher:Robert T. Germaux (February 19, 2017)
  • Publication Date:February 19, 2017
  • Sold by:Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language:English
  • ASIN:B06WD84F1N

 

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Grammar Sex (And Other Stuff) is one man’s take on life’s little moments, minor annoyances and unexpected delights.

A collection of thirty-two (mostly) humorous essays about life, work baseball, The Beatles and more.

 

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ABOUT ROBERT GERMAUX:

Robert Germaux and his wife Cynthia live outside of Pittsburgh. After three decades as a high school English teacher, and now a good many years into retirement, he is beginning to have serious doubts about his lifelong dream of pitching for the Pirates. Grammar Sex and Other Stuff is Bob’s first non-fiction book. You can find links to his first three novels (The Backup Husband, Small Talk and Hard Court) at his Amazon Author Page.

 

 

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Author Guest Post with Lee Ann Mancini

I’m happy to be participating in the My Book Tour event for God’s Easter Miracles by Lee Ann Mancini. I’m welcoming Lee Ann to my website by sharing her Easter Guest Post!

Many children eagerly anticipate waking up on Easter morning to see a basket full of colorful Easter eggs, shiny wrapped candy, chocolate bunnies, Peeps, jellybeans, and perhaps even a toy. As a young child, I remember excitedly waking up to find a basket like this waiting for me every Easter morning. Although I knew Jesus had something to do with this holiday, I did not fully understand the significance of His death and resurrection.

Some parents do not teach their children about the Easter Bunny; others celebrate the Easter holiday alongside the long-standing tradition of the Easter Bunny. How can we find a balance between the two and ensure our children appreciate the true meaning of Easter? We should explain the importance of Easter to them as believers in Jesus. Tell them Easter is a celebration of Jesus and not the bunny in the basket. Children have a great capacity to learn new things at an early age. Take comfort in knowing that their ability to learn is far greater than any limitations we as parents face in our ability to explain complex concepts.

We can help our children understand the real meaning of Easter without forcing them to give up their fun childhood fantasies. After all, we don’t give up our Christmas trees at Christmas. With that in mind, here are some fun activities for the Easter season that can help you explain Jesus’ death and resurrection to your young children:

  • Teach your children the jellybean prayer.
  • Bake resurrection cookies.
  • Make resurrection rolls.
  • Dye resurrection eggs.
  • Have an Easter egg hunt. Leave a few plastic eggs empty as an opportunity to remind your children about the empty tomb.
  • Put chocolate crosses in your children’s Easter basket. Many candy manufacturers sell religious themed Easter candy.
  • A very fun activity is Egglo’s Glow in the Dark Easter Egg Hunt, which helps children “see the light of Jesus.” It includes a storybook and DVD.

My newest book release, “God’s Easter Miracles,” is a unique Easter story that will help your children learn the true meaning of Easter while teaching them to have love and compassion for others!

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ABOUT LEE ANN MANCINI

Lee Ann Mancini’s desire is for children to begin to know and love Jesus from an early age. This passion led her to seek out books for her own children that portrayed an active relationship with Jesus in a relatable way. She knew communicating God’s truth through captivating words and compelling illustrations is a crucial part of establishing that foundation.

 

An adjunct professor at South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary, Mancini holds a master’s degree in Christian studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School as well as Knox Theological Seminary. She holds a board position with the Florida Authors and Publishers Association and the Alexandrian Forum and maintains memberships with organizations such as the Christian Small Publishers Association and the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. Mancini is an active member in her local community, visiting schools to share the Adventures of the Sea Kids series with children, as well as speaking to women’s groups about the redemptive power of the Gospel represented through the types of brides of the church. Learn more about Mancini and the Adventures of the Sea Kids at glmpublishing.net.

 

 

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Author Guest Post by Alexandra Warren Author of Accidental Arrangements

Today, I’m welcoming author Alexandra Warren to my website. Alexandra is the author of several romance novels. Her newest novel, Accidental Arrangements, is currently on tour with My Book Tour. Alexandra stopped by to chat about her writing, her books and her life. 

 
Accidental Arrangements by Alexandra Warren

“My Mind as an Author” by Alexandra Warren

Imagine being in a public place and the only thing you can think about is how many plot bunnies for future novels you see around you. That’s exactly how my mind works now that I’ve taken on the wonderful world of Romancelandia.

Everyone and everything – except for my closest friends and family… maybe – has the possibility of showing up in one of my books mainly because of how easily inspired I am by human interactions at the most basic level. Whether it’s a father playing with his son, strangers meeting for the first time in an airport, a couple sharing coffee on a date, someone FaceTiming with a loved one on the beach; my mind is constantly registering tidbits from everything going on around me so that I can create a fictional reality later.

I enjoy being able to make my words come alive, to make my characters come alive in a way that readers connect with them on a personal level. I enjoy making readers feel what my characters feel, laugh with my characters, cry with my characters, be mad with my characters depending on the situation. And for me, that’s what being an author is all about.

So even though my mind is constantly in go-mode, observing, and saving, and taking in my surroundings, I truthfully wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Alexandra Warren is a twenty-something year old Nebraska girl who enjoys teaching, blogging, traveling, and of course, writing. Contemporary Romance novellas are her absolute favorite to write as well as to read. With thirteen books under her belt, and more on the way, she is excited to see what 2017 will bring!

 

Readers can learn more about Alexandra on her website.

 

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Book Review of Cesar by Julian M. Coleman

Book Review of Cesar by Julian M. Coleman

I assume most readers would call Julian Coleman’s Cesar a horror novel, but in reality, it is much more than that. On one level, it’s a story about two sisters, Rachel and Angelina, who are dealing with a family tragedy from a decade ago. On another level, it’s a love story about Angelina and Allen, the young man who wants to marry her. On yet another level, it’s a coming of age story about Angelina trying to discover who she is and who she wants to be. In other words, there are universal themes at work here. But then you throw in the whole vampire thing, and suddenly you have a decidedly different take on all those plot lines.

I’m not usually a fan of horror stories (nothing wrong with them, just not my thing), but Coleman quickly drew me into the world she so expertly crafted, with so many interesting and vibrant characters, people (well, most of them are people) whom I found myself curious about and even caring about. Coleman does an especially good job of portraying Angelina’s ongoing struggle to control the monster that lies simmering just below the surface of her life.

I finished this book in record time, because I just had to know “what happens next.” The award-wining Coleman’s descriptions of people and places are colorful and, at times, even elegant, and her plotting is spot on. If you’re looking for a good horror story, then this is an easy selection. But it’s also an easy pick if you simply want a good read by someone who knows how to grab your attention from the get-go and never let up.

5 of 5 Stars, Review by Robert Germaux

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Author Interview with Kathleen M. Jacobs – Author of Honeysuckle Holiday

Today, I’m welcoming YA author Kathleen M. Jacobs to my blog. Kathleen has written a young adult book, Honeysuckle Holiday, that centers around the South during the 1960s.

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In your own words, please tell us about your book: 

Honeysuckle Holiday tells the coming-of-age story of twelve-year-old Lucy Moore, growing up in Memphis in the 1960s against the racial tensions of that era.  After discovering her father’s uncharacteristic involvement with the KKK, Lucy’s mother moves the family from a life of privilege to one of near marginality.  With the help of a black woman she hires to help her with the children, the family is brought full circle, shedding their unknowing racism and embracing the need to re-evaluate their thoughts on race.  As Lucy struggles to hold on to the trappings of childhood and its innocence, she learns to peel back the layers of human frailty (her own included) painful piece by painful piece.

Have you always known you wanted to be a writer?

I very much like a quote by William Carlos Williams:  “I think all writing is a disease.  You can’t stop it.”  I have always walked around with a piece of paper and a pencil.  Writing always helped me make sense of things that were difficult for me to understand, to process, to come to terms with, which I never could achieve by any other means. Writing is the way I make sense of the world around me.  I’ve tried to not write, but I can’t do it.  And I can’t begin to imagine not doing it – ever.

Do you remember the first thing you ever wrote?

What I recall specifically is a story that my younger sister penned, “Joey the Grape,” when she was probably seven years old.  I was completely taken with it, and it was actually that story that prompted me to write a story of my own that very much centered around a racial chant that my great aunt taught me when I was just about the same age as my sister was when she wrote “Joey the Grape.”  That chant became the core of Honeysuckle Holiday.  It never left me.  It still resonates with me all these years later.  Memory is a powerful tool for a writer.

Where do your story ideas come from? 

I think, for a great number of writers, ideas percolate over time, and the ones that get planted and grow in our spirits for longer than we ever imagined become fodder for future stories, or at least they become seeds that when planted grow into stories that present universal themes; for, as writers, we hope to engage the reader and take them on a journey that they’ll not only remember, but perhaps bring about a certain degree of transformation.

What do you think makes a good story?

Incorporating the five senses into every story is certainly a good starting point.  And being able to connect with our readers is then a gift.  If we can engage the reader in those bright gems of visibility, let them hear the nuances of language, let them somehow engage in the flavors of the story and its characters, then we will – hopefully – be able to bring them a renewed sense of hope in humanity.  It’s a tall bill, but when you think of the greatest stories told, it is also possible.

What kinds of things do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Read, read, and read some more; and then, talk about what I’ve read and what might come from it in terms of my own work.  Picking up on conversations around me, while a bit challenging at times, brings insight, laughter, and possibilities.  It’s also tremendous fun!

Who would you say has been a major influence in your life?

Kind, patient, passionate, encouraging teachers of English and literature have been my core influences as far as writing is concerned.  When I was a student at WVU my freshman year, my English 101 professor (and I wish I could recall his name) wrote a comment on an essay I had written:  “Once again, your jovial style saves the day.”  I’ve never forgotten it.  And when I taught creative writing to seniors at Charleston Catholic High School, I sent a letter to Harper Lee, asking her for advice to share with my students.  One sentence from her reply was enough for all of us, and still is:  “Don’t fall in love with what you write to the extent that you cannot edit it.”

What types of books do you like to read?

My appetite for reading is insatiable.  For a very long time, I was happily buried in a mound of fiction – both classics and contemporary.  Southern writers:  Faulkner, O’Connor, Welty, McCullers, Hurston, Capote (and I could go on and on) have always held me in their tight grip.  Poetry and non-fiction grab me at unexpected moments, most often when I am introspective.  But, I think, it’s the world of YA fiction and MG works that now have such a strong hold on me, and I find myself completely at their mercy.  And children’s work is gaining in momentum.

What would readers be surprised to know about you?

Holding numerous positions in education, business, banking, and the legal field – while at the time, I wasn’t aware – would enable me to write about a wide variety of issues, eventually working these experiences into my writing.  And yet, as I recall those myriad positions, I chuckle just a bit because I can recall writing stories as I ate my lunch and even using those microcassettes a time or two after I transcribed a legal document, recording the sound of my voice and a story idea.

How can readers connect with you?

Social media  . . . again, I find myself chuckling just a bit, because after the release of Honeysuckle Holiday, my publisher, Jan-Carol Publishing practically insisted that I “get with it,” and I did.  Working with an IT genius, we created an inviting and beautiful (we think) website:  www.kathleenmjacobs.com.  You can also find me on Twitter @KathleenMJacobs.  And Kathleen M. Jacobs can also be found on Facebook.

What are you currently working on?

Final edits are in progress right now on my first Middle Grade novel, which is scheduled for release in the spring.  It is a mystery, filled with the promise of hope, healing, and a young boy who must make the choice between good and evil.

What advice would you give aspiring authors?

Once again, I must yield to the advice from Harper Lee when she wrote in her reply, “Write.  Simply write.”

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kathleen-m-jacobs-author-photoABOUT KATHLEEN M. JACOBS:

Kathleen M. Jacobs’s work has appeared in regional and national publications. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Humanistic Studies, and has taught English and Creative Writing on the high school and college levels.

Kathleen divides her time between the Appalachian region and New York City. Honeysuckle Holiday is her first young adult novel. She encourages readers to connect with her on her website, and on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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