Tag Archives: drama

NO STRINGS ATTACHED GIVEAWAY HOP

20 May

no-strings-May

No Strings Attached Giveaway Hop hosted by I’m A Reader Not A Writer
May 21st – 27th
Those hosting a giveaway will be giving away something a reader, blogger or author would enjoy.
The only requirement to enter my giveaway will be for you to leave a name and a way to contact you if you win. No asking to follow, no asking to tweet, NO requirements. Is this awesome or what?
MY GIVEAWAY:
OPEN INTERNATIONALLY E-COPIES OF BORN IN VENGEANCE (DACIAN LEGENDS, #1) AND BORN IN SIN (DACIAN LEGENDS, #2). Leave in the comment area your name and email address.
Premiere Of Paramount's "Stop-Loss" - Arrivals
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Spotlight Born In Sin @ Celtic Lady Reviews

14 May

Thanks to Kathleen at the Celtic Lady Reviews my upcoming historical drama/ romance BORN IN SIN gets some TLC. Stop by to say hello and see what Kathleen has to offer.

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Happy Tuesday!

Virtual Book Tour–Chasing Clovers by Kat Flannery

11 Dec

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Chasing Clovers

by Kat Flannery

Published by Imajin Books

Historical Western Romance/Romantic Suspense

Length: 75,000 words

Heat Level: Sweet

Available at:

Amazonhttp://www.amazon.com/Chasing-Clovers-ebook/dp/B005UFQMWA

Amazon UKhttp://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B005UFQMWA

B&Nhttp://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/chasing-clovers-kat-flannery/1035592934

Blurb:

Kat Flannery’s CHASING CLOVERS is the perfect mix of sweet romance and Wild West adventure, with a generous dash of emotion.

Mail order bride, Livy Green, is desperate to escape the memories of her past. John Taylor will never love another woman again, but his children need a mother. Will they learn to trust each other, or will their pasts interfere?

Longing to escape the awful memories and the saloon she once sang in, Livy Green lies about her past so she can be a wife to John Taylor and step mother to his two young children. Overwhelmed by the task, she struggles to put her resentment aside and love them as her own.

John loved his first wife and is still heartbroken over the loss, but he needs a mother for his children. When his distant and unfriendly mail order bride arrives, he begins to doubt his decision though one glance into Livy’s terrified green eyes tells him he can’t turn his back on her.

As Livy’s past catches up with her and suspicious accidents begin to happen on the ranch, she is tempted to come clean and tell John the truth. But will he send her back if he does? Or will they forever be CHASING CLOVERS?

Reviews:

“…CHASING CLOVERS is a page turner from the first page to its last page. I couldn’t stop reading it. High fives all around!”Lillian Cauldwell, Passioniate World Radio USA

“…Clearly, CHASING CLOVERS is a realistic depiction of goodness and vileness of human nature and hope amid seemingly very helpless situations.”–Nancy Cudis, Simple Clockwork

“4 out of 5 Stars! CHASING CLOVERS was such a great sweet read. This really truly was a sweet story that was very well written and had just enough romance and action to keep you turning the pages and wanting more.”–Ali, My Guilty Obsession

“I thoroughly enjoyed this book, which had a lot of twists and turns. This author gets a big thumbs up from me, and I look forward to her next book.”–Amazon Review

Book Trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_OqlChC6Rw

About the Author:

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Kat Flannery has had her writing published in numerous periodicals. She’s received her diploma for Creative, Freelance, and Business Writing. She is co-owner of Prairie Dog Publishing, where she devotes her spare time as head of Marketing and Communications. When not focusing on her creative passions, Kat is busy with her three boys and doting husband Chasing Clovers is Kat’s first published novel. While awaiting the release of her second book, she is currently writing the third.

Visit Kat online at:

Website – http://www.katflannery-author.com/

Blog – http://kat-scratch.blogspot.ca/

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kat-Flannery/131065966999142

Twitter – http://twitter.com/katflannery1

 

Book Review–American Sniper by Chris Kyle

1 Oct

The other night, watching the show ‘Stars Earn Stripes’, my son recognized Chris Kyle, the author of The American Sniper, a biography he read for a school assignment. Curious about it, I picked up the book and browsed through it. Needless to say, I finished it in 1 and 1/2 days.

I come from a country where patriotism used to be forced down our throat on a daily basis, a continuous lie the communists told us for generations. The result of it? We all hated it.
After moving to the US I always wondered what drives Americans to stand when the national anthem is played before each game. What unseen force tells them to fly their flag, high on a mast, for the world to see it, for the wind to dance with it. What drives them to enroll in the military, leaving all they love and their family and make the ultimate sacrifice.
Chris Kyle’s autobiography answers to all these questions and more. As Chris explains it, it’s God, country and family. It’s being selfless and the need to protect all that you inherit from your forefathers, believe in, all that you have, and all that you are.
American Sniper is Chris Kyle’s account on the Iraq war where he’s deployed 4 times. To most people one time is more than enough. You serve your country, do your duty the best you can and then return home. But not for Chris. He needed to be there among his fellow countrymen, covering them, taking fire for them and protecting them with his life if it meant that was the last thing he’d do.
What media presented (and I should say manipulated) about the war in Iraq is by far different than Chris’ view on it. We American’s didn’t go there to, as Chris says, “bring democracy to Iraq”. We went there to protect fellow countrymen, fight for our country not Iraq. It’s a war that politicians deemed necessary, not our soldiers. They only followed orders.
As a kid Chris had always dreamt to join the military. A dream he’d fulfilled, lived and finally shared memories of it by writing this biography. It’s written from Chris’ point of view, concise and detailed, a progressive narration of war seen through a soldier’s eyes. From time to time his wife Taya pitched in, giving us an insight of what a family goes through while their loved ones is at war, the constant fear, the anguish, the frustrations. The biography tells untold stories of unknown heroes. It doesn’t sugarcoat, doesn’t use fancy words and artistic scenes. There’s nothing artistic about the war.
Like you and I doing our job, that’s what Chris did: his job. People might or might not agree with his cold-blooded attitude toward the people he killed. But before you throw that stone let me ask you something: if you disagree with Chris why didn’t you stand to protect this country?
God Bless America!

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Author In The House–Interview Morgan Kearns & Giveaway

23 Jul

This year I went to my first Arizona Dreamin’ Conference, a romance reader event organized by the amazing Kris Tualla and a committee of talented fellow authors. I had a blast and made a ton of friends. Surprisingly I was also asked to be part of the organizing committee for next year. I’m beyond excited about such an honor.

So, in preparation for next year’s Arizona Dreamin’ Conference I decided to invite several authors to my blog for interviews, guest posts and of course giveaways in an attempt to let you, my dear readers familiarize yourself with them, their work, and hoping you’d be interested to meet them in person by signing up for the conference (tickets on sale until 07/31, hurry up!)

My first guest is Morgan Kearns. With six published novels under her belt, I call Morgan a pro. She’s witty and full of energy, writing novels that are ‘a real page turner’ and ‘couldn’t put the book down’ reads. She does an ‘amazing job bringing her characters to life’. Morgan loves to meet new characters as they step out of her imagination, introduce themselves and keep her up all night telling their stories.

Morgan, thank you for stopping by my blog.

I’m really excited to be here. Thanks for the amazing set-up. I’m actually blushing a little.

Tell us what’s a day in the life of author Morgan Kearns.

Insanity! I have four children, ranging from 12 to 6. Right now, during summer break, we still start early with chores before rushing into activities. I try to hit the treadmill every morning. With the madness that comes with a full-house, I resort to writing in the evening after the kids go to bed.

I get easily distracted therefore when I write I need complete silence, door closed. The only person allowed in my office is Bella, my dog.When you write do you need complete silence around you or noise?

When I’m writing I can’t do background noise, but I have to have music. I’ve made playlists to go along with the scenes I write. However, when I’m editing, it has to be absolutely silent. That’s tough to find!

I have all these ideas and voices in my head, but for some reason I struggle sometimes to put them on the paper. Do you find yourself at one point or another at a loss for words?

All the time. When I’m having a hard time finding just the right words for the characters, I push through the scene I’m struggling with. Sometimes I go back and am actually surprised when it’s okay and other times I rewrite the entire scene.

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?

I indie publish. Fade to Black went live November of 2009. To say I happy-danced when seeing it in print would be a HUGE understatement. Each book since, gets a few cartwheels of its own. I try to buy a little something to mark the release of each book, a small memento to remind me of yet another milestone reached.

Writing is a hobby for me (and a savior for my husband since it saved him from sleeping in the doggie house one too many times). I also like to read, watch movies (comedies and historical dramas my favs), play games and travel. What hobbies do you have?

I love to read! My favs are historical and contemporaries, romance, of course. My favorite thing in the entire world is to laugh. You know, the kind that makes your stomach ache, eyes water and lungs beg for air. So… if it’s funny, I’m totally there!

I’m not identifying myself with any of my characters, yet each one of them has a part of me. Can you see yourself in any of your characters? Which one and why?

HA! I can neither confirm nor deny the possibility of that. 😉

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors? 

Never, ever publish anything without getting your manuscript professionally edited.

What has been the toughest criticism you’ve been given as an author? Being told I didn’t do my characters justice. I’m protective on them and it makes me feel bad when I’ve not conveyed how amazing they are.

What has been the best compliment? The greatest compliment I receive would have to be: every time somebody spends their hard-earned money on a Morgan Kearns novel. I am humbled. Thank you to everyone who has or ever will buy my books. 

Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?

To read, I am an ebook girl. I love my Kindle. With that said, I have a few series in hardcover that I will continue to purchase for no other reason than to look beautiful on my shelf.

What projects are you working on and when should we expect another release? In a few words what is this story about.

I am currently working on Lucky 13, the fourth novel in the Deadlines & Diamonds series. I’m looking at a November release. Lucky 13 is the story of Enrique Santiago, left fielder for the Las Vegas Rockets. He’s an amazing character. His heroine is Shayne Xavier. She has a scarred past, much like her brother. Ricky does his best to help her deal with that past. Their road to love is more like the Autobahn, really fast and when the crashes are not pretty.

Thanks much!

Thanks for the opportunity!

Get a FREE digital copy of THE SEDUCTION OF DAMIAN  (The Gossip of Mysterious Lane #1)  when you subscribe to Morgan’s Newsletter.

For more info about Morgan look her up on:

Facebook (@AuthorMorganKearns)

Twitter (@MorganKearns)

Pintrest (@MorganKearnsCom)

blog (authormorgankearns.blogspot.com)

website  www.MorganKearns.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Giveaway and Guest Post by Author Zahava Englard

28 Jun

It is with great pleasure to introduce you to author Zahava Englard’s work. Zahava stopped by with a guest post and a giveaway of her debut release titled “The Gilboa Iris”.

Blurb:

Dara Harow, the daughter of a rocket physicist for the US department of defense, sends her parents into a tailspin of dual-loyalty anxiety when she plans to wed Roni Ben-Ari, an Israeli officer in an elite counter-terrorist unit. When the Harows are targeted by a terror cell in hot pursuit of technology not yet found in any country’s arsenal, Dara finds herself at the center of a hierarchy of terror that threatens her life and the lives of those she loves. The Gilboa Iris is a blazing tale of romance, deceit and international intrigue. Its rich characters and explosive plot take readers from Israel’s Gilboa Mountains to the streets of New York, to Germany’s Zehlendorf Forest, and back to Israel amid seminal events that rocked the world between 1983 and 2002.

For a chance to win one e-copy of her book leave at the end of this post a comment answering the following question:

What’s the officer’s name Dara plans to wed?

The giveaway will run until 07/05 with the winner announcement on 07/06.

Now to Dara’s guest post:

I don’t like to be labeled

I was 17 when I decided to live for a while on a kibbutz and volunteer to work the land. I remember how some Israelis there asked whether I was American or Canadian or whatnot, and I responded with, “Ani bat-Yisrael.” I am a daughter of Israel. That response elicited much laughter from the Israelis. I didn’t care. I laughed at it myself…it was a tad dramatic. I defined myself as a Jew. A Jew who loved Israel and believed in the dictates of Judaism as a way of life.  Plain and simple. 

And don’t call me Orthodox. I’m not even sure what that means in practical terms. While I try to be religious, I’m certainly no saint, so let’s leave the labels of Orthodox, Modern Orthodox, Conservadox, Conservative and the like out of the picture. The time will come, as it does for all, when God will judge my actions on earth, and while I have no inside information, I’ve got a feeling that my earthly label counts for naught in the eyes of the Heavenly Tribunal.

One can believe in the truth of the Torah (the Bible),  and yet for whatever reason, not be so fervent in its dictates, while still having a constant spiritual perspective- always having God on one’s mind or in one’s heart. Oh, and don’t call me a settler, even though I’m proud of living in Judea. But I know what most of the world means, in large part thanks to an ignorant and biased media, when they refer to one as a “settler”. And please, please, please don’t refer to me as a beverage.

I don’t like being bunched into a category. Too claustrophobic and it doesn’t bode well with my in-your-face non-conformist persona. I prefer to flit anonymously from one labeled group to another, although I suspect that with my uncovered head, I would stand out in certain Jerusalem neighborhoods such as Mea Shearim and Geula, where the residents follow a strict adherence to ultra modest-type dressing. I guess my jeans would be a dead give-away too so let’s skirt that issue.

So, when you see me on the street, or talk about me behind my back, just call me Zahava. Or better yet, you can point at me and say, “Hey, isn’t she the great author, Zahava D. Englard?”  That works for me too.

About the Author

A native of New York, Zahava Englard lived in Teaneck, NJ, before moving with her family to Israel in 2006. An outspoken activist in the United States on behalf of Israel, she served as trustee on the executive board of One Israel Fund, and as its executive director. Presently Zahava lives in Israel. Her writing includes Settling for More: From Jersey to Judea, and she lectures in the United States and Israel about her books, Jewish activism, and her passion for Israel’s well-being. Gilboa Iris is her first novel.

Winner Announcement

26 Jun

Oooopsie. I forgot to post the winner for the giveaway for one e-copy of In The shadow Of War by Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy. Using raondom.org Sweety at comment # 8 was the winner one.

Congrats, Sweety! You will receive an email shortly with your copy.

Enjoy!