Wednesday, November 30, 2016

We're launching the Book Tour for SCARRED BEAUTY by JENNIFER SILVERWOOD!

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour Launch for
Scarred Beauty
By Jennifer Silverwood

Vynasha's journey continues in this Beauty and the Beast retelling.
Come along with us to find out more about this fantasy world...

Tour Schedule

December 4th: Wishful Endings & Falling Leaves
December 8th: Grand Finale
December 9th: Twitter Chat 8-9 PM ET #ScarredBeauty

Do you create fanart? 

Jennifer is offering extra entries on her tour giveaway and a special giveaway
during the Twitter Chat to one lucky artist! Post your fanart and share with
Jennifer on social media (@JennSilverwood on Twitter and Tumblr and
silverwoodj on Facebook). Look for inspiration and see her posts on Tumblr.

In the meantime, check out the book trailer for Scarred Beauty:

A Merry Christmas Military Book Giveaway - Extended!

We're spreading the word about
A Merry Christmas Military Book Giveaway!

(This has been extended through to December 10th instead of ending today.)

Author Donna Hatch, along with a bunch of other authors, are honoring those serving in the US Military overseas who won't be home for the holidays, by giving away books! It's a small "Thank you!" for their service.

Find out more, see what books are available, and enter the giveaway HERE.

Monday, November 28, 2016

We're launching the Book Tour for SILVER RIVER SECRETS by LINDA HOPE LEE!

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour Launch for
Silver River Secrets
By Linda Hope Lee

Come along with us as we share excerpts from Lacey's and Rory's story and readers share reviews...

Tour Schedule

November 30th: Mommabears Book Blog
December 1st: Katie's Clean Book Collection
December 2nd: I Am A Reader & Heidi Reads...
December 3rd: Zerina Blossom's Books
December 4th: Rockin' Book ReviewsFalling Leaves
December 5th: Getting Your Read On
December 6th: Grand Finale

Note from the Author

I often get ideas for stories from a setting, and such was the case with Silver River Secrets. On a trip to Idaho, I visited a small town nestled between two mountain ranges and bordered by a beautiful river. An old, two-story farmhouse there caught my eye. An abandoned house, built in the ‘forties and still standing, even though in disrepair.

The house seemed to reek with sadness and tragedy. Something terrible happened there, I thought. And, finally, the characters stepped from the shadows and told me their story. Yes, it was a sad tale, but, once a hidden truth was revealed, there was healing, and happiness, too. I hope my readers will enjoy the story.

— Linda

Sunday, November 27, 2016

We're launching the Book Tour for THIS IS NOT A WEREWOLF STORY by SANDRA EVANS!

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour Launch for
This is Not a Werewolf Story
By Sandra Evans

Come along with us for some fun mixed with mystery at this
boarding school where everything isn't quite what it seems...

Tour Schedule

Author Interview

1. What is your motivation behind This is Not a Werewolf Story? Why did you want to write it?

This book is the product of long conversations with my 9 year old son, a few springs back. He had come home from school having read a picture book about a knight who becomes a werewolf over the weekend. I knew the story well—I had researched it while working on a doctorate in medieval French literature. I could see how much he liked it. Since we had been talking about writing a book together for a while, we decided to adapt the story-- Marie de France’s 12th century fairy tale Bisclavret-- into a middle grade novel.

In the end, it was a game I played with my son. He is a great listener, and an even better speaker, and he loved giving me ideas. The rules were simple—keep the essential features of the medieval tale but modernize it and locate it in the Pacific Northwest.

2. What do you hope readers take with them after they’ve read it?

I hope readers will want to visit Whidbey Island and Fort Casey. I hope they’ll think about the importance of preserving our national parks and the animals that seek refuge there. I hope some kids will feel reassured that even if your family isn’t 100% normal and maybe your parents and the people taking care of you aren’t doing a great job 100% of the time, that you’ll be okay, that you’ll find your people eventually, and that sometimes they are already around you. Also that, yes, we change. We change all the time, but part of us stays the same. So don’t be afraid to grow up. You’ll still be there when you get there.

3. Do you have a favorite scene that you can share with us?

My favorite scene is probably in the classroom with Ms. Tern. It’s a scene I had to edit heavily but could never bring myself to cut entirely. I developed the figure of Ms. Tern late in the revision process of the story, when I had begun teaching in a public high school for the first time. Prior to that I had been a Visiting Assistant Professor at a private liberal arts college. It was a tough transition, and I created her as my double—someone who was competent in many areas of life, but totally overwhelmed by a class of 25 adolescents. In addition, I wanted to link her to the heartbreaking story of Lolita and the Penn Cove Massacre, an event that took place close to the day I was born. I wanted Ms. Tern to share and deepen the connection I feel to that event and my wish that Lolita can one day go home.

4. If you could sum the book up in one sentence, what would you say?

My favorite one sentence summary of the book was written by Mariah Manley for her review in School Library Journal : “Heartfelt, enigmatic, and ethereal, Evans’s excellent debut novel takes readers on a roller coaster of emotion and keeps them guessing the whole way through.” Those first three adjectives, when I read them, gave me such a feeling of being understood. That was exactly what I wanted a reader to feel and say about this story. It gave me goosebumps.

5. Share something about you that is unique - maybe about how/where you write... or favorite snack foods?

I write in a little room upstairs on a computer that has no internet connection. One wall is a window that looks out over a mile of rooftops and telephone wires down the hill to a bay where a humpback whale just took up residence for a week, and where herons and harbor seals fish. In the yard directly under that window, there’s a holly tree that is fiercely busy with sparrows and finches. So my view while I write is a microcosm of the domestic and the wild.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

We're launching the Book Tour for LOVE FOR ALL SEASONS by STACY HENRIE!

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour Launch for
Love for All Seasons
By Stacy Henrie

Love is something that is perfect for every season of the year. Come along with us and
find out more about this newest novella collection set during each of the four seasons...

Tour Schedule

Note from the Author

In these four novellas - one for each season of the year - you'll meet four couples who overcome a myriad of obstacles to love with faith and determination. Each story takes place in a different time period and setting, one that I felt really showcased that particular season. It was a lot of fun writing about these varied time periods and American settings, and I hope you enjoy Love for All Seasons.

May you find an abundance of love during each season of the year.

— Stacy Henrie