Monday, February 9, 2015

SHORTS by, Steven Woodford ***Book Feature***

SHORTS
by, Steven Woodford
               

Synopsis:  SHORTS is a collection of  autobiographical short stories, starting in 1915 with the pioneering of the author's grandparents from North Carolina to south Florida.  Covers the years of growing up gay in a conservative southern town, escaping to college only to find more bias, then a move to New York to seek a career in theatre. AT YOUR LEISURE magazine.  Finding the love of his life and suffering the greatest loss of his life.  Finding love again;  being disappointed in love. Rubbing elbows with some of the greatest actors, directors and singers of the 20th century and finally retiring to the paradise of the Florida Keys.


 Steven Woodford was born in the Piedmont district of North Carolina, moved to south Florida with his parents in 1946, graduated from public school and the attended a North Georgia Baptist College before moving to New York City for a life in "show biz."   Those years included 30 years as a music and theatre critic for a newspaper group in NJ and contributor to THEATRE WEEK magazine, STAGES magazine and At Your Leisure Magazine as well and an average of four theatre and/or music reviews weekly.  He found the love of his life in 1966, and it was bliss for 24 years before the loss of that love to cancer.  Several years later another "marriage" and suffering some heartaches and heartbreaks there, and finally retirement in the paradise of the Florida Keys.



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SHORTS is currently available in a Kindle edition and in Paperback from Amazon.com

I Can Cook: Light Lunches: A Children's Cookbook **Blog Tour**

I Can Cook: Light Lunches: 

A Children's Cookbook 

**Blog Tour**



Author Biography 


Born in Zimbabwe, Africa I was fortunate and privileged enough to have had several years of cooking with my granddaughter Imogen who enjoyed cooking. Before she could even stand she was stirring pots from my arms.

I take pleasure in writing these books for "Imsi" in memory of our early years together.

We spent many enjoyable hours in the kitchen and I have no doubt she will one day be a Great Cook. We came from Africa where fresh healthy locally grown fruits, vegetables and meats were readily available grown and ripened in the natural unspoiled gardens and farms with a large percentage of organic growing and production.

Blurb


Come along and cook with your Children and have fun in the kitchen together with my ”I Can Cook” Children’s Very OWN Cook Book series by Granny Marika – easy, basic children's fun recipes ideal for beginners ages 4-12 year olds. Easy step by step instructions, with safety and health tips for your children while they cook they will instantly learn to make these simple salads, puddings, desserts, baking recipes for their family and friends - with adult guidance and supervision. In NO time your “Precious
Little Cooks” will be making these delicious recipes; pancakes, bread and butter pudding, jellos and more just like my granddaughter "Imsi" makes.

Reviews

By Anna Othitis on July 5, 2014
Format: Paperback
What a great idea! Marika has put together an amazing series of children's cook books. My daughter loved this book with its fun simple recipes. Cooking together has been a pleasure and a time to bond together in the kitchen being creative and preparing these quick and simple meals together. The book is not only for the children but can also be used by the parents.

This review is from: I Can Cook: Light Lunches: A Children's Cookbook (My Children's Cookbook 3) (Kindle Edition)
Another awesome children's cookbook from Marika, she is sure leading in this genre, well done!

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Friday, February 6, 2015

The Seven Natural Wonders Of The Earth (My First Travel Books) (Volume 2) Blog Tour

The Seven Natural Wonders Of The Earth 

(My First Travel Books) (Volume 2)

Blog Tour


Are you ready to take to the skies? Then welcome to Angelic Airlines! Come join the adventures of Captain Frankie and the Angelic Airlines flying angel as they travel across the world to the Seven Natural Wonders of the Earth. Captain Frankie is waiting for you to book your ticket, safely stow your bags, and open your eyes to the beautiful places created for all of us to visit in My First Travel Books. This is Anna Othitis’s second trip with Captain Frankie and the crew. Originally from Zimbabwe, Africa, her home port is now Wanaque, New Jersey, and she has flown across the world in her travels.


Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful

Educational Fun Children's Books




By Sheryl on June 11, 2014

"Seven Wonders of the Earth" by Anna Othitis is another fun book in the series of "My First travel Books" Educational fun and inspirational and a wonderful way to teach young children about popular and famous and beautiful places of our world. Such natural Earths amazing wonders. Anna truly shows off our Earth to our children. A lovely children's gift which was enjoyed by my children and us as parents we too learned from this book.
A short illustrated page on Our Seven Wonders of The EARTH explains the significance of the places, with information followed by fun questions. An amazing way to learn about the world beyond our own borders from the comfort of their own home, Anna has carefully composed the pages to make them fun and entertaining. It is books like these that children learn and may one day decide to travel abroad. Captain Frankie brings excitement to he readers, young and old in a simple and some rhyming way to keep the children interested and imaginative. The illustrations are colorful and of the real sites as they are seen in real life.
Gifted this book for an honest review this is a 5 star book!

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful










Beautiful and educational picture book

By ChristophFischerBooks TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 27, 2014

"The Seven Natural Wonders Of The Earth (My First Travel Books)" by Anna Othitis is the second in this series and almost even surpasses the charm of her first book.
In this beautifully drawn and illustrated picture book Captain Frankie takes us to seven amazing beauty spots of the world: The Northern Lights, Victoria Falls, Rio De Janeiro, Mexico, The Grand Canyon, Mount Everest and the Great Barrier Reef.
The impressive and well chosen pictures are followed up with great explanations about the history and background of those wonderful places and by questions, helping the parents and teachers to test what the children have remembered.
Learning can be fun like this and it is sure to make children want to read more about the wonders of the world and travel to some of these destinations one day.
Highly recommended. 


About the Author


Anna Othitis lived and was raised in the beautiful land and country of Zimbabwe, Africa (home will always be home. She left all of her life long memories, endless charity work and good people behind vowing that she will continue supporting the needy children in her land Zimbabwe, Africa and beyond. After traveling long and short distances from the East coast to the West coast twice she and her family eventually found their sense of belonging and final settling destination in New Jersey, USA.

Her husband George, sons Johnny, Elia and Frankie encouraged her to write her first children's book titled "My First Travel Book", inspired by Frankie (Captain Frankie), who is graduating from his Masters degree in Aeronautical Science and beginning his career as a professional pilot. Anna's favorite saying is "Be Bold Be Brave".

She was inspired to write her children's books with a vision to link up the children Africa and of the world on Angelic Airlines to so many beautiful places of interest and popularity on our wonderful planet Earth with all its beautiful some natural and some man made creations and resources. One of the beautiful natural wonders featured in her books is in her birth land of Zimbabwe "The Mighty Victoria Falls" All of her books educate our children and widen their scope of interest in the amazing surroundings, creations and nature to appreciate and look after our environment for many generations still to come.

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Queen of All that Dies is now available!


The Queen of All that Dies is now available! 


In the future, the world is at war. 

For the last decade, King Lazuli of the Eastern Empire has systematically taken over the world. No one knows much about him other than a series of impossible facts: he cannot die, he has not aged since the conflict began, and he wants to rule the world. 

All Serenity Freeman has known is bloodshed. War has taken away her mother, her home, her safety. As the future emissary of the Western United Nations, the last autonomous region of the globe, she is responsible for forging alliances where she can. 

Surrender is on the horizon. The king can taste it; Serenity feels it deep within her bones. There is no other option. Now the two must come face to face. For Serenity, that means confronting the man who’s taken everything from her. For the king, it means meeting the one woman he can’t conquer. But when they meet, something happens. Cruelty finds redemption. 

Only in war, everything comes with a price. Especially love.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Anna Othitis, Author of "My First Travel Book" **Top 10 Favorite Travel Destinations**

Today we are visited by an incredible author that writes lovely travel books for children and adults. I'd like to present author, Anna Othitis' Top 10 Favorite Travel Destinations


New York City – USA
The Statue of Liberty, Museums, Arts, fashion
Niagara Falls – Canada
The Falls, Great lakes, frozen wine farm tours, fine cuisine
Victoria Falls – Zimbabwe, Africa
The mighty Falls, wild life site seeing
Kenya –Africa
Serengeti Park, wild life site seeing, beaches, mountain climbing.
Athens – Greece
The Acropolis, historical sites, Arts, beaches, wine food, Greek Islands
France
- The Eiffel Tower, Historical sites, French cuisine, fashion, the Riviera
Rome – Italy
Coliseum, Historical site seeing, beaches wine, food
London – UK 
- Big Ben, Bughingham Palace and the royalty the Historical castles, London Bridge
Alaska
- the Northern Lights, the Whales
Brazil
- Rio De Janeiro, festivities, food wine and beaches

Biography:
Anna Othitis lived and was raised in the beautiful land and country of Zimbabwe, Africa (home will always be home. She left all of her life long memories, endless charity work and good people behind vowing that she will continue supporting the needy children in her land Zimbabwe, Africa and beyond. After traveling long and short distances from the East coast to the West coast twice she and her family eventually found their sense of belonging and final settling destination in New Jersey, USA.

Her husband George, sons Johnny, Elia and Frankie encouraged her to write her first children's book titled "My First Travel Book", inspired by Frankie (Captain Frankie), who is graduating from his Masters degree in Aeronautical Science and beginning his career as a professional pilot. Anna's favorite saying is "Be Bold Be Brave".

She was inspired to write her children's books with a vision to link up the children Africa and of the world on Angelic Airlines to so many beautiful places of interest and popularity on our wonderful planet Earth with all its beautiful some natural and some man made creations and resources. One of the beautiful natural wonders featured in her books is in her birth land of Zimbabwe "The Mighty Victoria Falls" All of her books educate our children and widen their scope of interest in the amazing surroundings, creations and nature to appreciate and look after our environment for many generations still to come.


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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

An Interview with Vampire Fantasy Author, Michael Holman

An Interview with Vampire Fantasy Author, 

Michael Holman


Q1:  When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
A1:  In 2009, I watched a DVD in my collection where a supporting actor asked the lead one "So, did ya ever write that book?"  It wasn't just the reply of "No.  No, I never got around to it," that galvanized my decision, it was the facial expression too, the haunted expression which accompanied the dialogue.  The idea came and smacked me upside my (literary) head:  if I write my own stories and DON'T become the next best-seller on that New York Times List, so what?  What's the worst that can happen, my former English teachers from Salem-Keizer School District 24J converge on my position so they can pelt me with chalkboard erasers, perhaps chase me around with brandished wooden rulers?  Somehow, I doubt that, and I've got to at least give creative writing another shot.

Q2:  Is there anything difficult about writing or publishing?
A2:  I go through periods where so many ideas zing through my head at once it's hard to choose one central idea for a story and follow up with the process of writing it, then there's also the polar opposite difficulty, when "Stand By" may as well scroll across my forehead, because my brain is doing a dead battery impression--click, click, click. 

 But even worse is publishing.  I'll NEVER, repeat NEVER use ANY publish-on-demand company AGAIN.  The cost is too high, and the return is too low.  Hindsight is always 20/20.

Q3:  Who is your favorite author?
A3:  This response may look odd, coming as it does from a paranormal romance fiction author, but I gotta go with Tom Clancy.  Readers lost a great author when he passed away.

Q4:  Favorite book?
A4:  "Patriot Games".

Q5:  Do you have a favorite quote?
A5:  When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle. --  EDMUND BURKE

Q6:  Your books deal with vampires and humans.  What do you like about vampires?  If you had the choice, would you become one?
A6:  I suppose the main thing I like about vampires is their supernatural strength.  So many times, I've seen jerks who are just plain arrogant and lazy, with no disabled placard visible (which is mandatory by the Oregon Revised Statutes, by the way) park in designated zones for people like my sister Tricia, who have a medical need to park close to buildings.  I'd like to heave vehicles of scoff-laws into the Willamette River, then say something like, "Dang, your warranty expired?  Whoa, that's a bummer, dude."  I wouldn't want to become a vampire, though--when my time's up, my time's up.  I just don't see the benefit of roaming the Earth if my family and friends can't. Plus, every race I've ever run (and there have been a LOT) start in the morning.

Q7:  What are you working on now?
A7:  I'm alternating between writing short stories (I've written four in less than a month) and writing my third novel entitled "Escalation".  On February 20, a bit more than a month from now, I'll attend a writer's workshop in Portland Oregon.  In addition to the all-day conference, I'll also have an opportunity to pitch my paranormal horror/thriller about a supernatural British World War 1 tank versus a telekinetic guy having a for-keeps confrontation in Silver Falls State Park to a literary agent for ten minutes.  I'm bringing a one-page synopsis of the story with me, and I'm considering offering the agent I speak with a copy of it when my pitch is over.  I'm thinking that I'll put those short stories in one compilation book when I have more of them written.  I haven't made a final decision what title to put on the cover of that collection, but I'm kicking around the idea of using "Lace 'Em Up, Rock And Roll".

Q8:  Do you have a specific writing style?
A8:  My first two novels, "Resolve And Retribution" followed by its sequel "Returns And Reunions" were both written in first person, but to make "Escalation" work, I'm writing that book in third person.  Talk about an adjustment...wow.

Q9:  Is there anything that you want to say to your readers?
A9:  After I finished "Resolve And Retribution", my brother-in-law took me aside and confided that he usually doesn't even bother reading fictional material--doesn't have time for it in most circumstances--but once he'd read the first page, he was drawn further in.  He said he had to see what would happen next.

Ideally, that's what I'd like EVERY reader to experience, no matter what the plot is.  I also want them to take sides, get emotionally invested.  But, because all are unique, I won't please everyone.  That's impossible.  What I CAN do is make my best-faith effort to write a story that's capable of enticing most to keep reading word to word, line to line, page to page.  You have my promise I won't forget what it's like to be a reader that wants to relax for awhile, escape into a world of imagination, and enjoy a story so much the clock gets ignored.

Q10:  If you could go back in time, what time period would you go to?  What would you do there?
A10:  I'd go back to the 1950's and test drive every DeSoto, Edsel, Nash, Studebaker, and Packard I could persuade dealerships to let me get behind the wheel of...maybe swing by a few drive-ins and watch the pretty car hops work their magic on those roller skates as I make those malted milk shakes last as long as possible.

Naturally, at some point, I'd have to bust out my Nikes and go for one doozy of a training run.  


About Michael's Latest novel, Returns and Reunions:


At the conclusion of "Resolve And Retribution", Ben declares Tabitha, Jane, and himself are all finishers, and that's true enough.  But Tabitha has another enemy, Victoria, who wasn't there when Lilith got neutralized in Bush Park.  The problem is, Victoria has access to alien technology she intends to use for the creation of a new, human-hostile Council of Thirteen.  There's no question of the traitor's intent of carrying out her ancient Roman vampire mistress' ultimate plan, because, as Ben knows, an alien serum Lilith obtained is already in Tabitha's bloodstream, thanks to the evil undead pair attacking his girlfriend right in front of him to send their message.  Well, Ben has a message, too:  Bring on the next finish line.  He's seen how blatantly wicked Victoria is, and he's not the same human who once balked at terminating a vampire who wanted him dead.  He knows what the grim score is once Victoria rejects his attempt at making peace.  That's when a line gets drawn in the sand of "Returns And Reunions".  There will be no more quarter asked nor given.  The vampire civil war brought by Lilith to Ben's home turf in Oregon's Willamette Valley isn't over.  And...there are those who won't walk the Earth by the time it's done, human and vampire alike.

Author Biography:
  
Michael W. Holman is a bachelor who has spent his life in the Pacific Northwest.  He lives in Salem, Oregon.  His favorite activities include distance running, reading and writing fun, short fiction for FanStory.com when more serious, longer writing projects need to be set aside briefly for his own sanity, and playing strategy board games with his nearby immediate family members on Friday nights.  His second book, "Returns And Reunions", is the sequel to his first novel, "Resolve And Retribution".

Connect with Michael:

Twitter:  Michael Holman @runnernovelist
Facebook:  Michael Holman (Works at ODOT, lives in Salem OR) 
Google:  Michael Holman (mholman0301@gmail.com)



Monday, December 29, 2014

The V V Inn series, from the USA Today & New York Times Bestselling Author, C.J. Ellisson **Blog Tour**



99 Cent Sale for Bestselling Vampire Novel, "Vampire Vacation!"



80% off the cover price for a limited time!

The V V Inn series, from the USA Today & New York Times Bestselling Author, C.J. Ellisson:


Meet Vivian. She's a 580-year-old vampire who exudes sex, has a talent for drama, and is passionate about two things: her human husband, Rafe, and their resort for the undead. Her ability to project physical illusions has created the perfect vacation spot—a dark, isolated Alaskan hideaway where visitors can have their wildest fantasies come true.
Vivian knows the best performance requires perfect timing, but the powerful vamp is put to the test when she discovers a corpse in a locked guestroom minutes before the next arrivals. Always cool-headed, Rafe hides the body, convinced he and Vivian can find the culprit without disturbing their guests.


Juggling the increasingly outrageous demands of their customers while tracking a killer isn't easy. Will their poking and prodding give them the answers they need, or will it uncover secrets Vivian would kill to protect?

Warning: This book contains adult content (violence, blood, and sex) and is not intended for readers under 18.


The V V Inn, in reading order:

  • Death's ServantFirst Prequel Book (Jon's Tale) FREE READ for a limited time!
  • Vampire Vacation, Book 1
  • The Hunt, Book 2
  • Big Game, Book 3
  • Death Times Two, Book 3.5  A Grim Reality and V V Inn novella co-authored with Boone Brux
  • Blood Legacy, Book 4 (Available for pre-order now: http://amzn.to/1uUsNmy)



About the Author:

C.J. Ellisson isn’t your average author – she never dreamed of becoming a writer and had no formal training when she decided to give it a try. What she did have was an extensive background in sales and marketing. C.J. worked for over a decade in wholesale banking as an Account Executive, Regional Sales Manager, Sales Trainer, and later ended her office career as a corporate trainer. From there she became a Realtor and opened her own small company as a property manager.

In the four years since she typed “Chapter One”, her experience in marketing, art, sales, and a basic grasp of computers helped her to start two small presses, create the paranormal covers in her bestselling V V Inn series, mentor dozens of writers at various stages of their career, launch several successful Facebook Pages, and hit the USA Today and New York Times bestsellers list.


C.J. will always write, but at the encouragement of her peers, has recently designed a coaching program to walk authors through what she’s learned along the way. She is proof positive that with a lot of hard work and dedication, anyone can make their dreams of writing full-time come true.



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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Greatest Sin by, Lee French & Erik Kort Blog Tour


The Greatest Sin Lee French & Erik Kort

Blog Tour

Book Feature


The Fallen 

For hundreds of years, the Blaukenev clan has wandered across Tilzam, from one end to the other and back. Each wagon carries history, love, laughter, pain, sorrow, and secrets. Their greatest secret of all may be Chavali, the clan Seer. 


Spirits claim/use/save/damn her. 

With her gift/curse, nothing surprises her anymore, no one keeps secrets from her. She, on the other hand, has more than enough secrets to keep. Secrets of her own, secrets of her clan, secrets of the world, secrets she even keeps from herself. 

There are always people who want secrets. 
Some will do anything to get what they want. 

The Fallen is the foundation of the story of The Greatest Sin, of a world adrift from its God that desperately wants Her back. Chavali's comfortable, predictable life will be ripped apart and burnt to ashes as she's forced into the middle of that struggle. Change, she hates it passionately. It hates her right back.


Harbinger


Adjusting to her new life as a soul-bound agent of the Fallen has Chavali pushing herself harder than ever before. Between learning to fight, dealing with idiots, and climbing stairs - lots of stairs - she has little time to waste on thoughts of the future. Or the past. 


When another agent fails to report in, Chavali is sent on the mission to discover her fate. Ready or not, she saddles up for a new adventure with new dangers. 

The search takes her to Ket, a coastal city slathered in mystery. There, she faces ghosts from her past and demons of her future as she seeks answers. All she seems to find are more questions. 

Plague, murder, lies, espionage...this city harbors much more than meets the eye, and maybe too much to handle.


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 Lee French lives in Olympia, WA with two kids, two bicycles, and too much stuff. She is an avid gamer and active member of the Myth-Weavers online RPG community, where she is known for her fondness for Angry Ninja Squirrels of Doom. In addition to spending much time there, she also trains year-round for the one-week of glorious madness that is RAGBRAI, has a nice flower garden with absolutely no lawn gnomes, and tries in vain every year to grow vegetables that don't get devoured by neighborhood wildlife.