Sunday, September 30, 2012

Christmas in October - Day 1

The Mask of Noesis - Juls Duncan
The Mask of Noesis, Book One, A Morgan Koda Adventure, by Juls Duncan. Published by Mythic Dragon Publishing 2012.

Morgan Koda has landed in a world full of magic. Now she must survive it. He’s The Dark Emir. He’s deadly and he’s out there waiting for her.

Twelve years old Morgan Koda has never had an adventure in her life until she hands a letter to a fabled old man. This mythical man leads her into a world full of adventure, where magic is typical, and danger is the norm.

Discovering there’s an ominous object, a golden mask that has the capability of controlling or seizing a wizard’s power - is one thing. Being hunted because she’s the last in her line with the ability to control it, is quite another. Within the shadows of her new home a horrifying opponent prowls.

The Dark Emir will stop at nothing to control her abilities with the golden mask.

With the prospect of success Morgan travels through time in pursuit of the ancient artifact. Running afoul of a T-rex, a crazed band of war painted natives, and coming across a talking polar bear might seem a little strange. But to Morgan it’s all about the balance of power.

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I will give an ebook of Book One, The Mask of Noesis.

Daughter of Hauk - KateMarie Collins

For the orphaned elf, Arwenna, life had treated her kindly.  Her human foster parents raised her well, preparing her for life as a cleric of the God, Silas. The illusion shattered when she was convicted of treason by the Paladins of Silas and executed.

Death wasn’t the paradise she expected.  Tortured by demons, the layers of lies that had clouded her mind began to peel away.  She’d been tricked into betraying Senyan, a man she thought she loved.  Her skills had been used to bind the Demon Lord, Corse, to him.  She was never intended to serve Silas.  Arwenna bore the mark of a Daughter of Hauk.

Would Hauk give her the chance to stop Corse from fully manifesting in the world? And would she be able to save Senyan from the abyss she helped send him to?

Twitter:  @DaughterHauk

I'll give away a .pdf copy of 'Daughter of Hauk

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Animal Andy - Kathy Sattem Rygg

 Ten-year-old Andy Ohman is spending his summer working at the Aksarben City Zoo where his dad is curator. There are rumors the city might close the zoo due to budget cuts. An anonymous donor has given the zoo an antique animal carousel, and Andy’s dad is hopeful it will help boost attendance. Andy’s doubtful that an old kiddie ride will make a difference. He doesn’t see what’s so special about it. But when he takes it for a spin, he unlocks the magic that will help save the zoo.

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I'll be giving away one free ebook copy (any format) of ANIMAL ANDY.

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Linked Through Time - Jessica Tornese

    Fifteen year old Kate Christenson is pretty sure she’s about to experience the worst possible summer at her grandparent’s farm in Baudette, Minnesota. Without cable, cell phones, or computers, Kate is headed for total isolation and six tedious weeks of boredom. Until the storm.
                A freak lightning accident has Kate waking up in 1960. But she is not herself. She is the aunt she never met, but has eerily resembled her entire life. Thrust into living a dirt poor, rural farm life, Kate struggles to make sense of her situation- a boyfriend with a dark side, a “townie” who steals her heart, and the knowledge that 1960 is the very summer her aunt drowns in the local river.
                Even with every precaution, Kate cannot stop fate, and an unexpected twist adds to her dilemma. To her horror, Kate finds out firsthand her aunt’s death was not an accident or a suicide, but something much, much worse.

Jessica Tornese

I would be willing to send one paperback version to the winner 
(US states only!)

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Crashing Eden - Michael Sussman
For one boy and his friends, the path to Paradise comes at a cost—one they may not be prepared to pay.
When a biking accident leaves 17-year-old Joss Kazdan with the ability to hear things others can't, reality as he knows it begins to unravel.
A world of legends exists beyond the ordinary life he's always known, and he is transported to the same Paradise he's studying in World Mythology. But the strange gets even stranger when his new friends build a device that delivers people through the gates of the Garden of Eden.
Now Samael, the Creator God, is furious. As Samael rains down his apocalyptic devastation on the ecstasy-seeking teens, Joss and his companions must find a way to appease Samael—or the world will be destroyed forever.

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I am offering the e-book of Crashing Eden (PDF, mobi, or e-pub). 

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Carl Brush stops by for a chat

I am so excited to have Carl Brush stop by today.  Okay, Carl, take it away.......

Thanks so very much, Penny, for inviting me to appear on Penny’s Tales and to give the world a peek at what goes on in my wandering mind. Since I don’t mention my newly released historical thriller The Second Vendetta in my piece below, let me say something about it here. Whoops, I just did, didn’t I? Well, now that you know that much we’ll take a short intermission while you go to and spend $3.99 on the biggest literary bargain of the year. More info at

Ok, now that that’s done, we can move on to something unique for your edification and delight.

Making Your Story Sing

We’re always looking for ways to pull our readers into the tales we tell. Basic writing 1A instructs us to engage all the senses, to give the audience things to see, touch, taste, hear, and smell; and for sure that technique’s essential. However, it seems to me we often neglect a powerful ancillary tool for engaging nearly all those senses at once and evoking floods of emotion at the same time.
Nothing arouses our feelings more intensely than music. There’s the “our song,” a mere bar or two of which can reawaken those sensations from the sweet (mostly) days of courtship. Four notes of “Pomp and Circumstance” puts you back in your high school or college cap and gown. Those gut responses are the reason that it profits music companies to endlessly rerun commercials for the “oldies” of whatever decade, or that PBS uses those “doo-wop” specials to attract audiences on pledge nights. We should get in on the act.
Of course, short of inserting a sound file in our e-books or attaching a CD to our print copies, there’s no way to get Sinatra’s voice to burst out of our pages. However, we can help our readers to do it for us.
We all have at least a passing acquaintance with hundreds, maybe thousands, of melodies. Who doesn’t know at least a snippet of “Itsy-Bitsy Spider” or “The Wheels on the Bus?” Folk/popular songs such as “This Land is Your Land,” or “You Are My Sunshine,” are familiar to nearly everyone. Fewer people know “Memories” from Cats or “Music of the Night” from Phantom of the Opera, but millions do. You can add your own titles to the catalog. Just find a reason to include a few lines of a chorus in your description of a scene or plant them in a character’s thoughts—Music from a stereo or from elevator muzak or from the humming of a passing stranger. You know what will happen. Your readers will begin to hear that melody in their heads. You’ll have planted one of those ear worms—a song in your brain you can’t get rid of—and you’ll have engaged your audience at the most elemental level.
Jung talked about the sense of smell as the most integrative, the one that catalyzed all the other senses and the memory into action. I’m timid about contradicting the master of myth and psychology, but I do have the temerity to suggest that music is at least as powerful, entering through the ear (and by extension they eye via the printed page) and suffusing our entire beings with memory and emotion (Maybe Jung never heard “The Duke of Earl?” or “Twist and Shout?”). If you can do all that with a few words, why wouldn’t you? It’s surely worth a try. 

Biography—Carl R. Brush
Carl Brush has been writing since he could write, which is quite a long time now.
His historical thriller, The Second Vendetta has just been released by Solstice publishing, and a prequel, The Maxwell Vendetta is scheduled for release by Solstice in early 2013.
Journals in which his work has appeared include The Summerset Review, Right Hand Pointing, Blazevox, Storyglossia, Feathertale, and The Kiss Machine.  He has participated in the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.
Carl lives with his wife in Oakland, California, where he enjoys the blessings of nearby children and grandchildren.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Christmas in October

“Christmas In October”

It’s true!  Your Christmas shopping can be done before the hustle and bustle even starts.  Or you can just keep all the good stuff for yourself!  But the good news is….
It could all be FREE!

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, throughout the entire month of October, over 40 authors will be showcasing the covers of their books, along with a short synopsis, and what they will be offering up as their giveaway!

All you need to do is comment.  That’s it!  Stop by every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and leave a comment.  However many times you comment, your name is put in a drawing.

Below are just a few of the fabulous authors that are joining in and what type of books they write:

Tierney O’Malley – Paranormal Romance   
Heather Haven – Humorous Mystery
Juls Duncan – YA/teen Urban Fantasy
Kathy Rygg – Magical Realism
Meredith Houston – YA Paranormal 
Gail Picado – Contemporary Fiction
James Hatch – Paranormal Comedy
Billi Wagner – Romantic Comedy/Mystery
Madeleine McLaughlin – Horror/Dark Fiction
Jane Richardson – Scottish Contemporary

Many more authors and genres will be announced! 
Watch for more information on….”Christmas in October”

Monday, September 3, 2012

At What Price?

Katherine Gardner is awakened at 6:30 in the morning with a call from a strange woman who claims to have her granddaughter, Rio.  This woman is calling the police if Katherine doesn’t make arrangements to get her granddaughter.

Fifty-six year old, widowed, Katherine Gardner’s life takes a dramatic turn when six-year old Rio comes to stay with her.  Rio is a scared little girl who puts the light back in an old woman’s eyes.

Unfortunately Katherine’s daughter, who deserted Rio, has other ideas.

Coming soon from Solstice Publishing