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Please welcome Shauna Black as she talks about her new release!

When Shauna E. Black was a young teen, her English teacher made the mistake of offering extra credit for original short stories, and was suddenly swamped with Shauna’s writing. Dutifully reading each story (at least, she wrote encouraging things in the margins), this teacher inspired Shauna to follow her dreams, leaving her with a warm spot in her heart for all English teachers.

Today, Shauna still keeps a box in the attic full of early manuscripts, most written in pencil on lined paper. She lives in the high desert of the southwest with her husband and four children. On springtime hiking adventures to the many Ancestral Puebloan ruins near her home, she finds inspiration for her writing. She also likes to experiment in the kitchen, perform in local singing groups, and travel to exotic locations to collect wind chimes. Visit http://shaunablack.com for more information.

 

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Follow Shauna’s Pages:

website: http://ya.shaunablack.com

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shaunaeblack

pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/sbookwyrm/

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCv5f9nmrC4aS87Z_qipmJrw?view_as=public

google plus: https://plus.google.com/115705664641684108557/posts

twitter: https://twitter.com/ShaunaEBlack

 

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“Soul in Ashes Series – As an exile studying the healing arts in a foreign land, Alswyn discovers ash magic that could destroy a delicate peace treaty and plunge the countryside back into war. Now she must reveal the truth of her sordid past, risking her new life as she uses forbidden knowledge to counter the ash magic and catch the sorcerer before her adopted homeland is destroyed.

 

Out of the Past: Episode 1 – Alswyn can no longer avoid the peace treaty delegation from her homeland when Lady Serrin, the king’s foreign bride, falls prey to a mysterious illness, and Koen discovers a demon summoning circle in the castle’s slim tower.”

Get your copy of the book Today:

http://ya.shaunablack.com/content/purchase

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1lcxWsp
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/out-of-the-past-17
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28092689-out-of-the-past

 

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 Ready for a Snippet!?!

 

“You have no choice.” Bridei pointed at the only boot visible under my robes. “That missing foot makes it certain she can’t work magic. Anyone else could betray you. Anyone!” She stared Talorc down, and it was as if my mother stood there in a familiar battle of wills with her king. “Even me.”

Talorc’s mouth worked, making his mustache twitch and quiver. “Alswyn.” He nearly choked on my name. “Your sister is right. We … need you.”

I lost all control of my temper. “Now you want my help? I tried to help you once before, old man! You didn’t believe then that I was on your side, so why should you believe it now?”

Talorc turned a bright red, his face a thundercloud. “You had no proof of your accusations, and you were a known servant of Dera.”

“I removed her mark so that I could warn you. I lost my leg, but I saved your kingdom, and your miserable life!”

 

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Middle Grade Young Adult Book Blog Hop

Okay, gang. I'm condensing this now that we have the bugs worked out. Please share at any other MG/YA/Children's sites you belong to so we have make it a "kick booty" hop! Here's the poster:

Hello everyone! I hope all is well with you. Well the Christmas season has officially started. Ho! Ho Ho! There’s no better way to start it off than with a blog hop!

That’s right! A Christmas Blog Hop! Since I’m participating in this event, I thought I’d share with you my favorite Christmas movie. It’s a kid’s movie, but I never get tired of it. That movie is “Polar Express.”

I love the message in that story. It reminds us what Christmas is truly all about. I remember the first time I saw it. It was in a movie theater and I had taken my two boys to see it with me.

They sat in their seats, mesmerized by the big screen and Tom Hanks did an excellent job as the conductor. I can’t imagine anyone else in that role, can you?

It’s the story of a young boy who has stopped believing in Santa. He wakes to the sound of a train and it takes him on a wild ride. During his time on the train, he learns the true meaning of friendship and the need to just believe. It’s a heartwarming story and I recommend it for all ages.

Chris Van Allsburg wrote the book the movie is based on. Here’s the cover and blurb below.

                                                                 

Since its publication in 1985, Chris Van Allsburg’s holiday classic has sold millions of copies and has come to signify the essential spirit of Christmas for countless readers. 

Readers young and old are sure to treasure this inspiring book, which brings to life the magic of Christmas for all who believe.

Now for the giveaway! I’m giving away a fifteen-dollar Amazon gift card to one lucky winner! In addition, I’m giving away two eBook copies of one of my Super Spies books, the winner gets their choice. Below are the covers and blurbs!

The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer 500x750This book opens in a small town in Michigan where fifteen-year-old Sarah Cole is stuck spending the summer at her Aunt and Uncle’s with her sister, Lacey. She’s not happy with the situation until she befriends a girl named Jackie. The three girls stumble upon the ruthless murder of a reclusive neighborhood woman. One of the officers investigating the crime believes the girls are responsible for her death. Fearing that this officer will frame them for the murder, the girls organize their own detective squad. They become the Super Spies and start their own fact-finding mission.  The Super Spies can’t understand why anyone would want to murder the “Cat Lady” until they start digging into her past and discover a horrible crime that happened thirty years ago. They uncover a connection between the two crimes and attempt to bring this information to the police, only to be reprimanded for meddling in the inquest. Not only are the girls upset by the admonition, but they also struggle with the fact that their exuberant investigating could provide a legal loophole allowing the killer to go free. To make matters worse, the police don’t even believe them. Frustrated by this turn of events, the Super Spies realize it’s up to them to snare the Cat Lady killer, or die trying…

TheSuperSpiesandtheHighSchoolBomber 500x750This book opens in a small town in Michigan where Sarah and her sister Lacey are now living with their Aunt and Uncle. Still reeling from the fact her parents have disappeared, Sarah starts the school year with her new friend Jackie Jenkins. When Sarah learns the school has been bombed, she’s filled with dread. Uncle Walt is a teacher, and he was in the school when the bomb exploded. Taking matters into her own hands, Sarah decides to search for him. The rest of the Super Spies are right behind her. When a fireman chases them away from the school, Sarah becomes suspicious. She decides to investigate. The FBI arrives on the scene. Sarah realizes this bombing could have even bigger implications. Searching for the bombers, Sarah is introduced to the world of terrorism. She fears that the bombing and her parents’ disappearance are connected and terrorists are involved. To make matters worse, the bombers are determined to finish the job. Can the Super Spies find the bombers before it’s too late?

TheSuperSpiesandthePiedPiper 500x750Sarah Cole and her sister Lacey are at it once again when their missing parents’ cell phone is traced to Alden, Michigan. When the FBI declines to continue the investigation, Sarah takes matters into her own hands. She calls upon the Super Spies and they delve into the situation. Suddenly the teens find themselves immersed in small town intrigue and mystery involving a menacing stranger, who Sarah dubs “The Stalker.” But when Sarah finds out he’s connected to her parents’ disappearance she’s determined to find out what that connection is. The Super Spies embark on a journey that leads them into a web of corporate corruption at its highest level that leaves innocent victims in its wake. Can the Super Spies stop the greedy corporation before it’s too late?

So how do you enter? Easy! You Tweet or Facebook share this giveaway or about my Super Spies books. Post the tweet or share in the comments section below along with your e-mail address.  I will draw names on December 16th and notify the winners!  🙂

Don’t forget the other authors in the hop! They’re giving prizes away too! Just click the links below!

1. www.beforehappilyeverafter.com/Blog                                               Before Happily Ever After

2. sharonledwith.blogspot.com/                                                                                 Sharon Ledwith

3. Kaitlin Bevishttp://www.kaitlinbevis.com/blog                                                            Kaitlin Bevis

4. ritamonette.blogspot.com/                                                                                      Rita Monette

5. www.mindyhardwick.wordpress.com                                                                  Mindy Hardwick

6. bassetbones.wordpress.com                                                                                      Mindy Mymudes

7. www.weigandchris.com                                                                                                Christina Weigand

8. stinsonsara.wordpress.com/                                                                                               Sara Stinson

9. lisaorchard.wordpress.com/                                                                                                Lisa Orchard

10. www.jenniferlhotes.com/2013/07/07/lucky-no-its-all-because-of-you/   Jennifer L. Hotes

11. www.klpickett.weebly.com                                                                                                      K.L. Pickett

 

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Back to School Blog hop!

Hop

And the Winners are!

BN 100

Paul R. Hewlett

Thanks so much for participating and you will be receiving an e-mail from me shortly! 🙂 Congrats BN 100 and Paul

Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you! Guess what?  I’m participating in another blog hop this week! That’s right! It’s the back to school blog hop! The members of the  We ♥ Middle grade Books Facebook Group are hosting it and we’re giving away some awesome prizes!  Books! That’s right! Books for your tweens and teens!

So please visit the other blogs and see what you can win!  Here at my blog I’m giving away one full set of the Super Spies series (e-book copies) to one winner! And a ten dollar Amazon Gift Card to another. How do you enter to win? Very good question! But before I answer that, here are the book covers of the three books that you can win!

The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer 500x750TheSuperSpiesandtheHighSchoolBomber 500x750TheSuperSpiesandthePiedPiper 500x750

You can enter a variety of ways. You can like my Facebook author page and leave a quick comment letting me know you’re from the blog hop. The link is below:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lisa-Orchard/328536613877060?ref=hl

You can also tweet about my books and leave the tweet in the comment section below:  Here’s an example of a tweet you can use:

What would you do if you were 15 and accused of murder? http://www.amazon.com/Super-Spies-Lady-Killer-ebook/dp/B007JZH61K

Amazon bestseller and great #teen read! 4.5 stars!

You can also leave a comment telling me your favorite book you read during your middle school years.

And you can enter more than once! Good luck and don’t forget to check out the other blogs on the hop! They have prizes too!

Click the link below to check out the other participating blogs!

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Blog hop is open until midnight, September 15th! Winners will be announced on the 16th!  Good luck everyone!

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Author Blog Hop for Children’s Authors, MG Authors and YA Authors

I was invited by my friend, Jodi Desautels, to participate in a “blog hop interview.” Jodi sent me some interview questions, which I answer here on my blog. Following my answers, I tag 3 other writers who will, in turn, answer questions on their blogs next week. It’s been fun checking out the Blog Hops to see what other children’s authors have posted!

Jodi posted her answers to the questions at her blog, What’s New With Jodi Desautels on July 22nd. If you like, you can leave a comment on her blog and tell her that you connected to her through my link here!

http://authorjodidesautels.weebly.com/1/post/2013/07/author-blog-hop-for-childrens-authors-mg-authors-and-ya-authors.html

20111210_ABS_1296[1]Here are my answers to the questions that I chose from the list:

1. What are you working on right now?

I’m working on a Coming of Age Young Adult Novel and I’m hashing out an idea for the fourth Super Spies book.

2. How does it differ from other works in its genre?

It’s my hope that it’ll be not only entertaining but an inspirational story as well.

3. Why do you write what you do?

When I was a young girl, I wanted to be a detective just like Nancy Drew. Then I realized I would love to be a writer. This revelation occurred when I was in fifth grade and I started writing my own mysteries then. However, I didn’t seek publication until I was home with my kids. That’s when the Super Spies series was born.

Right now, I’m taking a break from the Super Spies and trying something a little different. I’m writing a Coming of Age novel and I’m really enjoying it. I love the characters and the bobbing and weaving that they do in their prickly relationship. I can’t say more than that. 😉 I don’t want to give too much away. I write to inspire young girls. I want them to follow their passion and dream big. 🙂 That’s why most of my main characters are strong girls.

4. How does your writing process work?

I’m a seat of my pants writer. Plotting ruins the creative process for me.  I usually know the beginning of the story and how it ends…and in the middle I let the characters take over. That’s how I get so many surprising twists and turns in my mysteries.

The one negative that I’ve found is that I have a lot of editing to do when the first draft is done. But I don’t really mind that either because I enjoy taking a scene and making it stronger and more emotional.

Below are the three authors that I tagged and their posts will be up August 5th.

Sara Stinson:  http://stinsonsara.wordpress.com/

Cordelia Dinsmore :  http://cordeliadinsmore.blogspot.com/

J. F. Jenkins:  http://adragonslove.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping by and reading my post today! 🙂

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Emblazoner Opening!

It’s the official opening of the Emblazoner’s Website! And to celebrate we’re doing an awesome giveaway! Keep on reading and check it out!

Here is the link to enter the rafflecopter giveaway! 🙂

http://emblazoners.wordpresshttp://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/4bcc3d2/com/rafflecopter-giveaway/

I would like to take this opportunity to tell you about a brand new site and give you a chance to win some great tween books!

I recently joined the Emblazon group. As Indie authors, we know the importance of group support. I have been learning all of this firsthand since joining. Let me share with you some details about our group.

Emblazon is a blog maintained and written by a collection of indie and traditionally published authors who care about producing high-quality stories for kids. We have a particular focus on ages 11 to 14. We call them Tweens. The purpose of Emblazon is to celebrate tween literature. We want to draw attention to this fabulous genre, interact with other enthusiasts, whether child or adult, and encourage new writers.

Emblazon launches its first post on July 10. Please consider helping us spread the word by mentioning us on your blog today or later this week. You may cut and paste from this website and use our attached logo if you wish. All bloggers who participate are eligible to enter our $100 Amazon gift card drawing that will be held the following day.

To thank all those bloggers who help us announce Emblazon‘s launch, we will be giving away a $100 Amazon gift card on July 11, 2013, as well as a smaller second place prize.

To enter the drawing, you must post about Emblazon on your blog on Wednesday, July 10, our official launch day. Then tweet your Emblazoners post to @CassidyJonesAdv and include the hashtag #Emblazoners. (Note: You will not be entered into the drawing without your blog post tweet that includes @CassidyJonesAdv and #Emblazoners.)

@CassidyJonesAdv will confirm you’ve been entered into the drawing by “favoriting” your tweet. If your tweet wasn’t “favorited,” tweet it again.

We appreciate your help getting the word out about our new website!}

You can also treat your readers to our upcoming Sizzling Freebies bash that will be hosted on Emblazon on August 1, during which a great selection of ebooks will be free for one day only.

Thanks for reading this post and leave a comment we’d love to hear from you! And don’t forget to enter the giveaway and win some awesome books!

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Rachel Got the Contract! It’s a party!

 

******THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW OVER. WINNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY!***

Hello everyone! I hope all is well with you! Yes… we have another Blog Hop and Giveaway today! My good friend Rachel Van Dyken has just signed a huge NEW YORK CONTRACT for her books “The Bet” and “The Elite”! So we are celebrating with a blog hop party! So come on and help us celebrate!

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Rachel’s first book was published in 2011 and she has become a major success story. Not only is she a bestselling author, she’s a NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR!!! It just goes to show you if you believe in yourself and stick to your dreams you can achieve them!

Here’s the two books that caught New York’s eye!

“I have a proposition for you…”
Kacey should have run the minute those words left Seattle millionaire Jake Titus’s mouth. Instead, she made a deal with the devil in hopes of putting her past behind her once and for all.
Four days.
She could do four days!
But she wasn’t counting on Jake’s older brother Travis being there to witness their farce of an engagement.
One thing is for certain.
One brother is right for her.
One wants a lifetime.
And one is in league with the devil.
She should have gotten Jake’s signature in blood.

*This is a New Adult Book, blood, violence, cursing, sexual references, and drug use. Not recommended for those under 17*When I won the annual Eagle Elite College Scholarship lottery, I was thrilled. After all, my grandma had just died and I wanted to take care of my aging grandpa — he couldn’t be a farmer in Wyoming forever. And graduating from Eagle Elite meant opportunity.
But I wasn’t counting on meeting Nixon.Nor was I counting on the rules of the Elect.1. Do not touch The Elect.2. Do not look at The Elect.3. Do not speak to The Elect.And worst of all? Don’t discover the secret they hide, because in the end, you may just realize… it’s about you.

Whoo! Hoo! Congrats Rachel! We are all so proud of you! Check out some of her other  books!

Upon a Midnight Dream                 Waltzing with the Wallflower                 The Redemption of Lord Rawlings

The Seduction of Sebastian St. James               An Unlikely Alliance                   Compromising Kessen

To celebrate Rachel’s success everyone who’s participating in the Blog Hop is organizing a giveaway on their blog. So here’s my giveaway. The winner will get one e-book copy of one of Rachel’s books of their choice and one copy of one of the books in The Super Spies series.

How do you enter? You can enter by posting a comment about Rachel. It can be one of your favorite things about her, or maybe what your favorite Rachel Van Dyken book is, or maybe even your favorite character from one of Rachel’s books. This will earn you one entry.

If you tweet or share about the Blog Hop on twitter and/or facebook and copy and paste the tweet or share in the comment section this will count as two entries. Winners will be chosen on the 20th of May. 🙂 Good luck everyone!

Here’s some info about my Super Spies series! They are great tween/teen reads!

The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer 500x750This book opens in a small town in Michigan where fifteen-year-old Sarah Cole is stuck spending the summer at her Aunt and Uncle’s with her sister, Lacey. She’s not happy with the situation until she befriends a girl named Jackie. The three girls stumble upon the ruthless murder of a reclusive neighborhood woman. One of the officers investigating the crime believes the girls are responsible for her death. Fearing that this officer will frame them for the murder, the girls organize their own detective squad. They become the Super Spies and start their own fact-finding mission.  The Super Spies can’t understand why anyone would want to murder the “Cat Lady” until they start digging into her past and discover a horrible crime that happened thirty years ago. They uncover a connection between the two crimes and attempt to bring this information to the police, only to be reprimanded for meddling in the inquest. Not only are the girls upset by the admonition, but they also struggle with the fact that their exuberant investigating could provide a legal loophole allowing the killer to go free. To make matters worse, the police don’t even believe them. Frustrated by this turn of events, the Super Spies realize it’s up to them to snare the Cat Lady killer, or die trying…

TheSuperSpiesandtheHighSchoolBomber 500x750This book opens in a small town in Michigan where Sarah and her sister Lacey are now living with their Aunt and Uncle. Still reeling from the fact her parents have disappeared, Sarah starts the school year with her new friend Jackie Jenkins. When Sarah learns the school has been bombed, she’s filled with dread. Uncle Walt is a teacher, and he was in the school when the bomb exploded. Taking matters into her own hands, Sarah decides to search for him. The rest of the Super Spies are right behind her. When a fireman chases them away from the school, Sarah becomes suspicious. She decides to investigate. The FBI arrives on the scene. Sarah realizes this bombing could have even bigger implications. Searching for the bombers, Sarah is introduced to the world of terrorism. She fears that the bombing and her parents’ disappearance are connected and terrorists are involved. To make matters worse, the bombers are determined to finish the job. Can the Super Spies find the bombers before it’s too late?

Here are all the other authors participating in our Blog Hop Party! Stop on by their blogs and check out their giveaways too! 🙂 And thanks for stopping by!

Rachel Van Dyken
2. Kim Bowman
3. Gunnar Grey
4. Ruth J. Hartman
5. Patricia Kiyono
6. Kay Springsteen
7. C.S. Moore
8. Joselyn Vaughn
9. Lynn Spangler
10. Jessie Andersen
11. Calico Daniels
12. Lisa Orchard
13. Wendy Knight
14. Brenda Maxfield
15. Moriah Densley
16. Meg Mims
17. Leah Sanders
18. Kristin Vayden
19. Liz Botts
20. Jennifer Comeaux
21. Heather Gray
22. Catherine Bennett
23. Calle J. Brookes
24. Elaine Cantrell
25. Iris Blobel
26. Jennifer Rae Gravely
27. Kelly Martin
28. Jeff Salter
29. Lindi Peterson
30. Sherry Gloag
31. Tifferz And Her Sisterz Book Review
32. E.A. West
33. Christina Cole – Historical Romance
34. Karen King
35. Vivian Roycroft
36. Cheryl Kay
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Vala Agendas Blog Tour

Hello Everyone! I hope all is well with you! I’ve got J.F. Jenkins here and she’s sharing some great information about herself and her new book “Vala Agendas”.  Take it away J. F.! 🙂

1)       What inspired you to write your Book?
Like most of my books, I had a really trippy dream. I call it “Divine Inspiration”. 🙂

2)       Who is your favorite character and why?

That’s a tough one to answer. There are many that I like equally for various different reasons. I guess if I had to narrow it down, however, I would pick Jewl, and that’s for reasons to be revealed in later books.

3)       Why should readers read your book?

Because it’s awesome? Lol. No, in all seriousness, because it’s the beginning of a journey like no other.

4)       Tell us a little bit about your writing process.

I just write. There isn’t really any other way to describe it. When I get an idea, I sort of think about where I want it to go and take it there. Usually there are twists and turns along the way of course, but I just keep writing even if I’m not necessarily feeling like it.

5)       What’s next for J. F. Jenkins the author?

I’m working on the fourth book in the Vala series, Denver’s book, which has no title at the moment. Then I’m going to finish the last book in my Dragons Saga.

Fun questions:

1)       Tell us something that no one else knows about you.

I can’t tell you that! Then everyone will know!

2)       What kind of books do you enjoy reading?

Everything and anything! Seriously, I span multiple genres.

3)       Who’s your favorite author?

Stephen King

4)       What’s your favorite guilty pleasure?

Big Time Rush

5)       If you could sit down and talk with a famous author, who would it be and why?

Probably Stephen King and that’s just because he’s so interesting to listen to.

Thanks J.F. for taking the time to be here today and anyone who wants to purchase her new book the links are below! Check it out!

Cheyenne Loveless was just a boring sixteen-year-old girl. Then Denver Collins bit her and everything changed. Her plants start talking to her, she finds out she’s a Nymph, and a witch and the angel of death show up at her doorstep to take her away to the prestigious Vala School and Seminary. Oh, and she has no choice in the matter.

All she wants to do is blend in and return to being invisible, but the more time that passes, the harder that becomes. Plus she’s a daughter of the Divine, an exclusive secret society which rules the world of myth, and discovers she is a key ingredient to an ancient covenant created before she was born. A covenant …

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Vala-Agendas-ebook/dp/B005WNXJRG

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/vala-j-f-jenkins/1111910922?ean=2940013301627