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Shadows of Angels by L. G. Rollins

After the forest dwellers destroy her home and kill her father, Aerbrin sets off on a journey to find the truth about her people, her kingdom, and the mysterious Zaad stone that contains a power she never imagined.

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Magic and mystery join forces in this intriguing fantasy world. Full of shifting alliances and twists you won’t see coming, it’s a can’t-miss read.

“Stay calm, her father’s words echoed in her head. When you find yourself in danger, above all, stay calm. Aerbrin took a deep, steady breath and leaned down, reaching for her bow. one of the Forest Dwellers charged. It collided with her and knocked her to the floor. Raising a knotted fist, he bashed her head.

Sparks exploded across her vision. She tried to raise an arm, tried to call out. Her body wouldn’t respond. The Forest Dwellers grunted again. The creature above her raised its fist again. She looked up. This was the end, she knew. When these monsters attacked, they killed everything.

Animals, plants, and particularly humans. No one survived.

Closing her eyes, Aerbrin forced her body to relax. This time, there was no pain.”

About the Author:

L. G. Rollins grew up in a far off land fighting dragons, stealing talismans, and traveling with dwarfs and elves. She is especially skilled at bribing giants with sweets. Currently, her husband and four kids live in Utah so that is where she spends most of her time. She may, or may not, have a Zaad Stone.

To learn more about L. G. Rollins and her books visit LGRollins.com.

Shadows of Angels is the beginning of the Zaad Stone trilogy.

Now available on Amazon!

The Guilt-Free Guidebook For Moms by Amy Price

I received an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for a review.

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Synopsis
Written by a veteran mother of nine still up to her eyeballs in mud pies and mayhem, The Guilt-Free Guidebook for Moms is sure to keep you tickled, tearing up and turning pages as you learn how to break free of the chokehold of an endless To-Do list, so you can finally enjoy the beauty that is all around you.
Brimming with baby steps, The Guilt-Free Guidebook for Moms will help you:
  • Eliminate guilt and perfectionism
  • Identify the “Superwoman Burnout” cycle that keeps you trapped in monotony
  • Escape the “Compare Snare” to shine in your own light
  • Finally and fully embrace the Joy cradled in your arms and in your heart.

As a mother of two kids, I was very intrigued by the title and hopeful. Being a Mom, I often feel guilty, anxious, whatever you want to call it, when I have a few moments to myself. I learned quickly in the introduction that in the book, the author draws on personal experience as well as religious text. As a religious person, I have no problem with this.

Top likes about this book:

  1. The sections end with thought provoking questions and an action to help. A journal section is also included to help with this process.
  2. The sections were quick easy reads that I could squeeze into my day. Even if I only had a couple minutes.
  3. Even disagreeing with a few points, I do feel less guilty now compared to how I felt beforehand.

Top dislike:

  1. I feel the book has a very specific religious mom audience.

Overall if you are Christian and a parent suffering from guilt I would recommend this book.

You can purchase it at:

The Plague Legacy, book two: Assets by Christine Haggerty

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The Plague Legacy is a young adult dystopian series.

Assets is available for pre-order now and releases April 9Acquisitions, book one, is on sale for $0.99 April 3-12

“The first gladiator culture lasted for almost seven hundred years, and Salvation’s Houses are only fifty years old. The arena is a hard thing to tear down.” –Adam

“The arena is the greatest show on earth. It’s like the cage fighting and ninja warrior shows were all hired by the circus.” –Old Ben

Here is an excerpt of Assets:

Lefty cupped his hand beneath Myla’s chin and forced her to look at him. “Pretty little vixen, ain’t ya?”
Behind Lefty, the other fisherman chuckled. “Pretty enough for both of us, huh, Lefty?”
Myla pulled her face out of Lefty’s grip and stood. “Don’t touch me.”
Lefty reached across Cam for Myla’s arm, but she stepped back.
“She said don’t touch her.” Cam rolled to his knees and pushed to his feet as Lefty’s fingers closed on the salty air. The pocket knife fell into the sand when Cam’s roped hands swung into Lefty’s jaw and the weathered crewman fell back into the fisherman who had started the fight chant. Cam stepped to lunge at both of them, but a pain exploded in his head and his feet went out from under him. He fell forward, blinking to clear his vision as he braced his elbows and knees on the sand to get back to his feet.
“No,” he heard Myla plead. “I could have put the knife through your throat. I won.”
Styx’s shadow fell on him and the point of her knife hovered just below his chin. “You no be moving, boy.”
Myla stepped up to his other side and wrapped her arms protectively around his shoulders. “You promised,” she challenged Styx.
Styx’s knife disappeared, but the dark woman’s shadow still blocked the last of the sun.
“She let you beat her, Myla,” Cam croaked out. He had seen it when Styx lowered her arms. Myla had done the same thing when she fought Tara on the ship in the mutants’ mock arena. Myla had let Tara pin her down for the win. Now Styx had purposefully given Myla the upper hand, letting Myla pin her on the sand. “She’s just playing with us. She’s a trained gladiator from the same House as Smith. There’s no way you beat her.”
Cam hated the look of pained disappointment on Myla’s face as the reality of their situation sunk in.
Lefty laughed from behind Cam. “Little bastard figured it out, captain. Nothin’ but games and death in Salvation.”
Cam straightened, glad for Myla’s arms around his shoulders as the twilight on the beach swayed in his vision.
Styx crouched in front of him, her eyes hard. “Colter Smith?”

Displaying Hansel and Gretel Kindle.pngIf you sign up for Christine’s newsletter, you will receive a free ebook of her next Grimm Chronicles novella, One, Two, Blood on My Shoe, in May.

Displaying Christine_Haggerty_web_medium.jpgChristine Nielson Haggerty grew up in rural Utah with three brothers, a sister, several chickens, a goat, and an outhouse. She always loved the escape of fantasy and the art of writing, and her passion for life is to craft stories of strength and survival.
As a former high school language arts teacher and a black belt in karate, Christine has found a niche in combining those skills to help authors write effective fight scenes.
An award-winning young adult author, she writes the dystopian The Plague Legacy series and the dark fantasy fairytale novella series The Grimm Chronicles.
To learn more about Christine Haggerty, go to:
www.christinehaggertyauthor.com 
http://www.wattpad.com/ChristineHaggerty 
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Twitter: @chaggerty99
Amazon: www.amazon.com/Christine-Haggerty
Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/7468114.Christine_Haggerty
Author’s Combat Academy: http://www.authorscombatacademy.com

Melynda Price: Win by Submission

Melynda Price is the author of several contemporary and paranormal romance titles, including Until Darkness Comes, Shades of Darkness, Courting Darkness, and Braving the Darkness, all in the Redemption Series. Price writes for ardent readers who want to fall in love over and over again. Her goal is to make the unbelievable believable while taking her characters to the limit with stories full of passion, heart, and unexpected twists. Salting stories with undertones of history whenever possible, Price adds immeasurable depth to her well-crafted books.

Win by Submission is the first book of her upcoming mixed martial arts–themed Against the Cage series.

She lives with her husband and two children in Northern Minnesota, where there are plenty of snow-filled days to curl up in front of the fireplace with a hot cup of coffee and write.

http://www.melyndaprice.com

https://www.facebook.com/melynda.price.9

Contemporary  Romance

Age 18+

Synopsis:

To win her heart, he’ll be in for the fight of his life.

After an illegal kick during a CFA title fight fractures Cole Easton’s spine, doctors say there’s nothing more they can do for the bitter Vegas fighter. They say it’s a miracle he can walk, if that’s what you call his crutch-dragging limp. Unwilling to give up on him, Cole’s manager sends the injured fighter to the best physical therapist he knows: his niece, Katie Miller. When Cole arrives in the small town of Somerset, Wisconsin, he quickly discovers his sly manager may have had reasons other than rehab for sending him to this frozen tundra.

After a year of running from an abusive ex-boyfriend, Katie has returned to her hometown to care for her father, who’s recovering from a stroke. When Uncle Marcus calls in a favor, she reluctantly finds herself taking on a rancorous MMA fighter, broken at the height of his career.

He’s insanely sex-on-a-stick hot—and everything she loathes in a man.

If Cole thinks his fighting days are over, he’s dead wrong. To save Katie from her past and to win her heart, he’ll be in for the fight of his life.

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Writing dialogue in flash fiction

Dialogue is something I struggled with a lot when I first started writing. It can still be challenging, but I’ve found a few tips that help me. For the purpose of this post, I’ll use example of a pirate and a king.

1. Know the characters and their history.
This includes education level, personal relationships, where they grew up, major events in their life, hobbies, occupation, etc.
On the surface stereo types show a pirate and a king will speak differently. The Pirate is full of “Arg mateys” hardly language a King would use. But what if the Pirate grew up with the same tutors that the King had? And the King was overthrown by an invading army. Did the voices you hear for these characters change?
This brings me to my second and third tips.

2. Setting.
Where the characters are. The event(wedding, feast, war, etc.), the location(prison, palace, bar, etc.).
The properly educated pirate will use different words with his crew compared to business men.

3. Who they speak to.
I’m going into more detail here as to how I see this. Are they speaking to an enemy? A romantic interest? Their mother? Who they speak to will effect the word choice a character uses. I speak differently when talking with my best friend vs. my boss.
The King will speak a certain way in the court of a foreign leader. But when forced to hide from his enemies on a pirate ship he’ll need to use different vocabulary to blend in.

4. Emotion.
How emotional are they? By this I mean are they able to control themselves.  In the heat of the moment, people will say say what they feel.

5. People watch.
This last tip probably sounds strange. In order to better understand how different types of people really talk, and not the cliche “Arg mateys”, listen to real people speak. Go to the food court at the mall.

Secrets and Doors cover artist: Faun Jackson

I’ll admit it. I love the cover for the Secrets and Doors anthology. Faun Jackson truly created something wonderful.

Author Meriann Boxall interviewed Faun about her work. Being new to the world of cover art and design, I found the process Faun used to design the Secrets and Doors cover to be fascinating.

You can read the interview with Faun Jackson on Meriann’s blog.

Cover Reveal: Secrets & Doors

I haven’t posted in a while, however I have continued on my journey as an author. I’m happy to share the results of multiple authors(including myself) hard work for a great cause. I will have more to share about the anthology Secrets& Doors in the days coming.

The beautiful cover is from Faun Jackson.

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About the book:

Open the door and unlock the secrets in eleven short stories from The Secret Door Society, an organization of fantasy and science fiction authors dedicated to charitable work. All proceeds from this anthology benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in their quest to cure Type One Diabetes (T1D).

In these pages you’ll discover a modern woman trapped in an old fashioned dreamscape, a futuristic temp worker who fights against her programming, a beautiful vampire’s secret mission disrupted by betrayal, a sorcerer’s epic battle against a water dragon, the source of magical mirrors—and more. There are tales for every science fiction and fantasy taste, including new works from award-winning authors Johnny Worthen, Lehua Parker, Christine Haggerty, and Adrienne Monson.
Join us in the fight against T1D as you peek into a world of magical and mysterious doorways—if you dare.

Secrets & Doors is available in ebook and paperback.