Thursday, July 31, 2014

Voices of the Sea by Bethany Masone Harar


 Available on Amazon and Kindle
 
 
The Perfect Young Adult Novel For Your Teen - But You Will Love It Too!
 
 
On Monday, July 28, Bethany Masone Harar kicked off her blog tour with WOW! Women On Writing on The Muffin. Read her wonderful interview there and check out the schedule of all her stops on this very special blog tour.  Book give-a-ways, interviews, a dog story, and more are featured along the way. Link here to go to The Muffin.


GIVE-A-WAY - ENTER TO WIN

Visit Bethany's personal blog (Beth's Bemusingsand enter to win a free copy of Voices of the Sea. Drawing closes July 10th.


About The Book:

The Sirens of Pacific Grove, California are being exterminated, and seventeen-year-old Loralei Reines is their next target. Lora may look like a normal teenager, but her voice has the power to enchant and hypnotize men. Like the other Sirens in her clan, however, she keeps her true identity a secret to protect their species.
 
Lora's birthright as the next clan leader seems far off, until the Sons of Orpheus, a vicious cult determined to kill all Sirens on Earth, begin exterminating her people. When an unexpected tragedy occurs, Lora must take her place as Guardian of the Clan. 

Lora is determined to gain control of her skills to help her clan, but they are developing too slowly, until she meets Ryan, a human boy. When Ryan is near, Lora's abilities strengthen. She knows she shouldn't be with a human. Yet, she can't resist her attraction to him, or the surge in power she feels whenever they're together. 

And the Sirens are running out of time. If Lora can't unlock the secret to defeat the Sons of Orpheus, she, along with everyone she loves, will be annihilated.

Voices of the Sea includes a rich history of Sirens. Mythology and modern life come together in this beautifully written book that draws the reader in from the first chapter.
 
About The Author:
 

Bethany Masone Harar


 
Bethany Masone Harar graduated with a Bachelor's degree in English from James Madison University and a Masters in Secondary English Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has enjoyed teaching high school English ever since. As a teacher, Bethany is able to connect with the very audience for whom she writes, and this connection gives her insight into their interests. As a writer, she wants to make her readers gasp out loud, sigh with longing and identify with her characters.
 
Bethany also enjoys posting on her blog, bethsbemusings.blogspot.com, is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and is an avid follower of literary-driven social media.
 
She resides in Northern Virginia with her husband, two beautiful children, and her miniature poodle, Annie.

Links:

Author's Web

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Twitter: @bethhararwrites

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Have A Dog That Rules?" Writer With Dogs" Blog Wants To Share Your Story


Visit "Writer With Dogs" and find authors with great dog stories to share. If you are a writer and have a dog story I'd love to feature you on the blog!




I am blog crazy. Those who know me know I have way too many blogs! 

I also love to promote other writers, as I do here on Book Talk.

But I have my favorite blog that is all about dogs and have started something new on it.

My "Writer With Dogs" blog was started in 2010 and has hosted many rescue dog sites, dog stories, contests, and book reviews. This week I decided to change the format and revamped its look. I want to feature authors who have a dog in their book, live with a dog that rules at home, and others who have great dog stories to share.

I think this will be a lot of fun. Especially for me - the gal with six dogs! I love a book with a dog on the cover, a dog as a character in the book, and if you've rescued a dog  . . . . you know . . .
 
 
 
 
Please share the word with all your dog-loving friends. I am looking for authors who would like to be featured on "Writer With Dogs" blog. Check it out by linking here.
 
 

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Grateful for Everything by Skip Johnson

 
 
Buy  - or peek inside to read an excerpt on Amazon



About the book:

We’ve all felt grateful for something in our lives. But what about feeling in some way grateful for everything that happens to us—whether good, bad, tragically unexpected or carefully planned? 

That’s the premise of Skip Johnson’s insightful guide, Grateful for Everything: Learning, Living, and Loving the Great Game of Life. Johnson’s book opens readers’ eyes to the possibility of finding peace, harmony and fulfillment through the simple, yet challenging, task of being thankful for everything in our lives.  

Drawing on his own experiences as a competitive tennis player and Master Pro, coach and business owner, Skip Johnson has mastered the art of “living and loving the great game of life.” He’s faced some tough challenges, but learned to embrace not only the harmonious times in life but also the ones that made him feel disappointed, worried and even grief-stricken. 

“This book is not a way to learn to be ‘happy’ about whatever happens to your life,” Johnson explains. “What we will explore is how to take the hand that we have been dealt, develop steps to become grateful for the lessons to be learned, and then begin to weave it all into a mosaic of life that resembles more of a great game to play, instead of a mire to be trudged through on a daily basis.” 

Johnson does not promise that difficult times will go away or that “hot emotions,” such as anger, frustration and fear, will disappear. What he does propose is that putting Grateful for Everything into action will create empowering tools to help people deal with these emotions.


Seven Lessons to be Learned from Reading
Grateful for Everything:
Learning, Living and Loving the Great Game of Life 

·       How to successfully see the game in life, as opposed to seeing life as a daily battle we must endure.
·     How developing a spirit of gratitude can open doors you never thought possible and allow you to make a difference in your community.
·    Which personality traits are keys to success and which are landmines to avoid in your journey.
·    Which types of words reinforce your optimistic view of the world.
·    Why some people have a powerful and attractive presence—and how you can too.
·    How to feel more fulfilled by using your gifts to help others feel more fulfilled.
·    How to “put it all together” in a way that is easy and effective.
 
About the author:
 
       
Skip Johnson
 

     

Skip Johnson is a Master Tennis Professional, a designation which less than 1% of 16,000 USPTA tennis pros in the world have earned. Johnson is also the VP of Operations for Gold’s Gym, a small chain of world championship, award-winning health clubs.

Johnson grew up in Carrollton, Ga., and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of West Georgia, where he received a variety of accolades, including conference tennis champion in singles and doubles.
 
He is also the founder of Georgia Tennis Workshops, which is the longest-running, independent, annual, high school tennis coaches’ workshop in the United States. Johnson has spoken to audiences throughout the country, from New York to California to Florida. Articles by and about him have also been published in more than 20 magazines focusing on tennis instruction, fitness and motivational topics. 
 
Johnson is a former Georgia Tennis Professional of the Year, a winner of the Georgia and Southern Tennis Association’s Educational Merit Awards, and one of the few recipients to ever be given the Golden Racquet Awards for tennis excellence and service by the USTA Southern and Georgia Chapters.
 
 
He lives in suburban Atlanta with his wife and four daughters. When not writing, speaking or playing "the great game of health club business," Johnson loves to read about and travel to new communities, cities and countries in search of different cultures, great experiences and amazing places to eat!
 
 
 
Links:
 
 
 What they are saying about the book: 

"This book makes you open your eyes on everything. Skip shares his wisdom and how we should be thankful for even the small things."



"This book can change your life, it's a MUST read........it will help make sense of today's pressure packed world!"


"It's a amazing book about how to play the game of life."

 

Monday, May 19, 2014

The Doug Dahlgren Show on ArtistFirst Radio Network - An Author Interview Site Hosted by Doug Dahlgren Monday Nights at 7PM


Link here to visit The Doug Dahlgren Show on ArtistFirst Radio Network. New interviews on Monday night at 7PM and past shows can be heard from the archived files. All via your computer! E-mail Doug  doug@dougdahlgren.com with questions or requests if you would like to be considered as a guest on a future program. Visit The Doug Dahlgren Show Facebook page to keep up with the latest news.

About The Doug Dahlgren Show:

This program will feature authors, musicians and other interesting people with a story to tell. Some will be those you know, but many others will be people you have not yet heard of, but will be gratified when you do. The host of this program is Georgia author Doug Dahlgren, writer of The SON Series novels, an action thriller series that is rapidly gaining readers across the country. While they are fiction, Doug describes his books as “plausible fiction,” with storylines taken from today’s news.  Always interested in new authors, contact Doug if you'd like to be considered for the show. More information on this below.

About Doug Dahlgren:

 
Author Doug Dahlgren at a recent lecture.
 
 
Doug and his lovely wife Donna.

Doug was one of my first guest authors on Book Talk on May 28, 2012, with his novel, The Son, Silas Rising, the first book in  The SON Series novels. You can link to that post by clicking here . Since then he has written five sequels: The Only Constant, The Basics of Fundamentals, The Four Samaritans, Eight of Six, and the just released conclusion to the series The Daedalus Directive. These political thrillers will keep you wanting more. Visit Doug Dahlgren's Author Page on Amazon to see the books and learn more about this author and how he is paving the way to introduce  other authors (new and established) to a world wide community with his interviews. Read his five star reviews to see how much the public enjoys his books.

I was thrilled to be part of his program with my own podcast on Monday, May 12th. Doug does his homework and knew more about my writing then I remembered! He is easy to talk to and keeps the interviews moving forward. The station dialed me in on my cell phone, connected me to Doug and the station, and we chatted for an hour. I was in the comfort of my home, my dogs surrounding me, and all my fears of being 'live' went away with this gracious host. You can listen to my interview at any time by linking here.

How To Be Featured On The Doug Dahlgren Show If You Are An Author:

Contact Doug at doug@dougdahlgren.com and start the conversation. He will explain the rest. You will need to send a copy of your book and a small fee to cover the station's expense for the board operator's time (the tech that hooks up the podcast and spends an hour with the show) and the equipment use. You can download your program FREE, as often as you wish, and send it via email or post in your website and social media. Its a fun experience, a great tool to help spread the word about your writing. Link to the site and listen to other authors to get a feel for the interview process!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Asher of the Angelmen by TC Slonaker The Angelmen Series

 
 
 
 
Meet TC Slonaker as she takes off on her virtual blog tour with
Click on the link and learn more about the blog tour and Authors Promotion.
 
 
 



Buy on Amazon and Kindle
 
"The story is fascinating. It reminds me so much of Frank Peretti and Bob Larson, but with a lightness that's easy for teens to enjoy. " - Jennifer Barry
 
 
About the Book:
 
Every girl at Hanover High wants a piece of the track star, Asher Andrews. The colleges are after him, too, to further his football career. His world couldn't be better until Angela comes in to change everything. Presented with a mission and a new identity from his angel, Asher finds he must leave his hometown, and his life will not return to the college track he expected.

Asher of the Angelmen is the second paraquel in the Angelmen series. Four angelmen will be brought together to take up their roles as leaders in The Battle of the Angelmen. (Book 5)


About the Series:


The Angelmen Series Someone will have to die.
Life must be relinquished for the salvation of another. So, someone will die. In the human world, it has already been done. But the race of the Nephilim has a different war to fight. And their sacrifice has yet to be given.
It will be one of the four.
 
The Angelmen Series chronicles, the discovery of four leaders of the long forgotten race of the Nephilim who have just been identified by the enemy. Satan wants to activate his army of old to boost his chances in the final battle against all that is God. God is determined to rescue his people, who, although originally propagated by the meeting of demons and women, became more human than angelic other than a few latent powers activated in the presence of one another. God will not save them without the obedience of a sacrifice. Will the leaders work together to save their race from Satan’s regime? Who will be the sacrifice?

Book 1


Look inside on Amazon

Amity David is not human, as the seventeen-year-old pastor's daughter had thought she was. Her life has now been upturned and possibly set aright with the help of Mackenzie Abel, a young priest as conflicted about his calling as Amity is about hers. Blindly searching for answers together that will serve God's intent, the two also struggle against feelings they have developed for one another. Can Amity trust the alleged angel who told her she is descended from a demon? Part of her hopes not because, if true, it means she is being called to help free others like her from the ties of her evil heritage through war. What happens when a being created out of evil, is called to fight on the side of good? And what if this evil being thinks she is a good person, only to find she is not even a person at all?
 
 
 
About the Author:
 
 
 
TC Slonaker
 
 
A former elementary school teacher and subsequent lover of the English language in the written word, Tracy Slonaker found several new hobbies after embarking on the new career of motherhood. One hobby was running distances, which gave her plenty of time to create characters, build plots, and listen for God's input. The result of all this thinking was the birth of a new hobby: writing the Angelmen Series, an analogy of God's love for His people. Amity of the Angelmen is the first installment of this series.

Tracy enjoys her life as a wife and mother of three in just outside Reading, PA. She still has a soft spot for kids and an eagerness to use her degrees in Elementary Education by using them as Director of Christian Education at her non-denominational Christian church. She has also learned to love running, and has not given up her childhood fondness of sports (playing softball and watching football). She gives thanks to the Lord for all His good gifts.



Links:

Author's Amazon Page

Author's Website

Author's Facebook Page


Goodreads

Amazon

Kindle

Authors Promotion

Twitter  @TcSlonaker




  • Series: The Angelmen Series
  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Martin Sisters Publishing (January 31, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 162553065X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1625530653



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    Friday, March 21, 2014

    The Bridge Over Cedar Creek by Michael W. Paul


    Use the "Look Inside" feature on Amazon. Link here.
     
    Meet the author on Monday, April 14th on The Doug Dahlgren Show- a weekly radio show every Monday at 7PM Eastern on Artist First Radio Network and tune in your computer to listen live.
     
     
     
    See What They Are Saying On Amazon Reviews.
     
     
    About the book:
     
    The Bridge (Over Cedar Creek), constructed during a distant summer over a small Colorado stream by a boy and two curmudgeonly old men, serves as a metaphor for timeless life lessons learned and the beginning of the boys coming of age. Although fiction, the book is taken from real events and some real people. Others are composites taken solely from the imagination of the writer and distant memories. Written in the vernacular of the time, the characters come to life with the help of the authors vivid description. The reader can feel the cool breeze off the river, smell the scent of pine and see the brilliance of the sequined mountain night sky. The Bridge Over Cedar Creek will appeal to all readers except the most cynical.
     
     
     
    The story of a youngster coming of age in the late “fifties”, a worn out three wheel Cushman baggage scooter that had long since been used up by Eastern Airlines, and a kind wise old man who reached out and changed the direction of the boy’s life. 

    It opens after midnight in early June 1958 on a desolate Louisiana state highway, with a young passenger riding on a decrepit old Greyhound bus travelling alone to Colorado to spend the summer working on a cattle ranch.  

    That seminal summer taught the boy that life is all about choice. It is not the people or events that make the difference, but how one thinks about them. 
     
    About the author:


     
    Clayton Library Book Signing
     
     
    Michael Paul is a lifelong dreamer, a lover of learning and new experiences. In this, his first book, he tells of a boy awakening and beginning his ascent into manhood with the guidance of a wise and thoughtful adult. He lives in Buford, Georgia with his wife of forty seven years, his faithful rescue dog Katie and a Cat.
     
     
    Links:
     
    Amazon paper-back
     
     
     
     
     

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

    "Saving Our Pennys" by Roy Dimond and Jeff Leitch




     Buy the book or check the "Look Inside" feature on Amazon by clicking here.


    Saving Our Pennys, was released  February 17, 2014.  One of the main characters in this book is a dog named Lab, based on the author's own dear companion named Mickey who is now running with his friends somewhere in doggy heaven. I am all about the dogs and have just purchased my copy on Kindle.

    This is Roy Dimond's third book. Roy was featured on this blog  September 13, 2013, with the release of "The Rubicon Effect".  Want to read that post? Click here .

    About The Book:


    Ever been overwhelmed by the everyday burdens of life? And yet, everyone else turns to you for support and guidance.

    You see a person sitting next to you laughing, enjoying life. How did they get there? The universe seldom takes the straight path. Seeing someone filled with simple joy can often provide the opportunity for a profound experience. Our long journey is often twisted with depression, angst, dread... But IF we have the energy to keep our eyes open, then solutions may appear in the strangest of places.

    Mentors are everywhere, waiting patiently... IF we look for them. Heroes take many forms, one may be the small child laughing on a swing and another may be the old man smiling contentedly beside you on a bus, or perhaps even in the people who look to you for help and guidance. Is it possible to help someone else while helping yourself?

    Set in the fast paced, ultra busy world of multitasking, schools are an eruption of both heroes and victims. One teacher, feeling overwhelmed, chooses to look beyond himself and seek a mentor, someone to show him another way. But as is the nature of all redemption stories, he must earn his enlightenment and that always leads to the unexpected.

    The quest from Shadow to Substance to Spirit is long, difficult and enriching...

    Are you brave enough to take your journey?


    About The Authors:



    Roy Dimond
     
    Roy Dimond lives with his wife in Pender Harbour, a small fishing village on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, Canada. Locals call it "Penderdise." In his first life, Roy had the honor of helping at risk children and their families. In his second life, he pursues his love of travel and writing. Having explored four continents from Cuzco to Kyoto, Santorini to Tsumago, his wanderings have all found a way into his stories. Roy's first book The Singing Bowl and is now in a Second Edition. His second novel is called, The Rubicon Effect.  Saving Our Pennys is his third book, and first work of non-fiction.




    Jeff Leitch
     
    Jeff Leitch lives with his family in Maple Ridge, a proud community at the base of the majestic GoldenEarsMountain in British Columbia, Canada. Honoured to be a teacher in his native Coquitlam, British Columbia, Jeff’s passions include his wife Linda, and their three kids, Amanda, Matthew and Adam, “all his families” and friends, and the great stories they share. You can find him at any sporting venue, or live theatre, with coffee in hand, cheering and coaching those who display courage and dare to chase greatness. Along with writing occasional articles for local papers, Jeff’s current restlessness has him dreaming of many more novels, while writing at least one musical hit as he goes beyond the three chords he knows on his acoustic guitar.


    What People Are Saying About Saving Your Pennys:

    A tale of redemption in finding life guides and mentors in the least expected places, while we learn the power of acceptance and the life’s daily message.
     
    “Unlock the doors of a heart and let that heart begin to feel again.”

    Links:

    Amazon and Kindle

    Roy Dimond Amazon Author

    Authors Promotion Website - Interview Jeff Leitch

    Roy Dimond Website

    Interview with Authors' Curtilage with Darmie Orem

    Roy Dimond Facebook Page

    Author's Den

    Jeff Leitch Author Blog