#itslikethefullmoon Cover Reveal & #Giveaway Winners announced! #IndieBooksBeSeen

Thank you to everyone who helped me select the official book cover for It’s Like the Full Moon, by voting and or sharing this contest with others. The winning cover is listed below along with the synopsis.
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Title: It’s Like the Full Moon
Series: Sayings Series 1
Author: Glorie Townson
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Reading Level: Adult
Content Rating: PG-13
Formats: paperback and ebook
Pages: 235
Words:57,000
Rebecca has just turned thirty. She’s happy living a perfectly comfortable and predictable life. She’s even ready to marry her long-time boyfriend whenever he finally gets around to asking her. But all that changes when her best friend whisks her away to Italy for a much-needed vacation.
In the midst of site seeing and finally letting loose, Rebecca manages to catch the eye of a young English tourist; but doesn’t let it go to her head. By the time she’s back in the States and back in the arms of her long-time beau, Rebecca has already forgotten about Peter, Paten, Paul…whatever his name was, that is until he shows up at her brother’s cabin in the woods.
A life of normalcy, routine, and stability gets turned upside down as Rebecca decides whether or not she’s truly ready to get married. And if so, who is the one she’s really meant to be with?

 

Winner
Now it’s time to announce the winners of the giveaway.
Angelica K. won a $5 gift card
Angie D. won a signed & personalized sneak peek+
&
Michelle W. along with everyone
else who signed up for my email list
won a digital 1st chapter sneak peek.
Congratulations you guys!

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This book is currently available for Pre-order as an ebook through Amazon.com and as a paperback direct from the author. Be sure to pre-order your copy at its reduced introductory rate. The next mini tour and contest will begin December 14th. Follow along and join the fun.

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Books & Looks seeking followers. #giveaway #fashion #books

So I decided to add my new Books & Looks blog to Bloglovin since it seems to be ‘fashion central’ online for stylish bloggers, but guess what. Apparently there are no other blogs out there that are similar to mine.

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I don’t believe that for a minute, but perhaps they are having the some trouble finding followers as I am. Please help me grow so I may find others like me. See my post below and share, share, share. 😀

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Dragon Love by @marcauthor Book Blast & Giveaway by @MasqTours #DLBlast #fantasy

For love that is tested
in the crucible of fate must burn, or die…
 
Publication Date: August 15, 2015
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Series: Dragonfriend #2

When a woman loves a Dragon, that love will change the world.

Six years have passed since Hualiama and Grandion defied the Island-World’s most sacred law. They burned the heavens together as Rider and Dragon. For his crime, Grandion the Tourmaline Dragon suffered exile and imprisonment. The Dragons forced Hualiama to forget her past.

Now, the suns must set upon the age of the Ancient Dragons. Amaryllion Fireborn, last of his kind, bequeaths Hualiama an astonishing legacy. She is the Dragonfriend. Raised by Dragons. Burned by Dragon fire. Oath-bound to a Dragon. Crossing the Island-World in search of her Dragonlove, she will forge an indelible mark upon history.

As war between Dragons and Humans engulfs the Islands, Hualiama must unravel the secrets of her tragic past in order to confront an evil that threatens the very existence of the Dragonkind. For love that is tested in the crucible of fate must burn, or die.

Excerpt

DRAGON-THUNDER SHOOK the palace.

Hualiama kicked off her soft slippers. Picking up her formal lace skirts, she began to run, but the long train snagged immediately on the curved claws of a stylised jade Dragon. Dagger in hand, she hacked wildly at the priceless fabric restricting her stride. Bleeding–Dragon fire take it! She stumbled up endless stairs designed by an architect enamoured with galleries sized to house ridiculous mountains of royal artefacts. Entering a long corridor, her woefully short legs stretched into a sprint. Ranks of larger-than-life paintings of tall, pointy-eared ancestors blurred to either side. All of her attention was focussed on the altercation on the Receiving Balcony, atop Fra’anior’s Royal Palace.

A Dragon’s voice boomed, “This means war, King Chalcion!”

She had to stop them. Now.

Slewing around a corner, Lia deliberately cannoned off a man-high ornamental vase. She caught her balance, agile as any dragonet, and picked up her knees. Head down, she pumped her arms, accelerating to the speed of a warrior and dancer who trained for five hours daily. Twisting between two thickset marble columns to shortcut her route, Lia used a stone pot-plant as a springboard to leap upward at full stretch, flying briefly over a yawning drop to the palace gardens below. Snagging the crenulations atop the wall with her fingertips, she wriggled upward with the facility of a lizard scaling a wall and vaulted smoothly onto the balcony beyond. One more level.

She heard querulous voices, and the swish of Dragons’ wings. They were leaving.

Her heart could not sink, because it was thrashing about in her throat. But it should. This was just the incident to ignite the simmering relations between Dragons and Humans. She should know. That very morning, Lia had witnessed a Dragonwing immolating a Human village.

Bounding up the final staircase, she raced out onto the balcony, screaming, “Stop!”

Lia caught her foot in the wreck of her dress, slipped, and skidded across the rough flagstones all the way to the edge of her father’s robes.

“Stop them!”

Stooping, the King seized her arm. “This is an outrage, Hualiama! How dare you barge–”

She tore herself free, hurled herself to the balcony’s edge, and screamed again, “Stop! By the Spirits of the Ancient Dragons, please!”

Hualiama gazed out over her beloved Island. Sweet, haunting harmonies of birdsong and dragonet-song saluted the gathering evening, the ever-song, some called it, the unique melody of Fra’anior, which was an Island-Cluster of twenty-seven Islands precariously perched on the rim-wall of the greatest volcano in the Island-World. The late afternoon light streamed in so thick and golden, she feared the King might pass a law to store it in the royal treasury. But she had eyes only for the Dragons.

Four Dragons winged over the vast bowl of Fra’anior’s volcanic caldera, their scales gleaming like glorious jewels in the resplendent light. Two were hundred-foot Reds, as perfect as matched rubies, called Zulior and Qualiana, and the third a vast emerald-green named Andarraz. Sapphurion, the Dragon Elder himself, led their Dragonwing. His scales evoked the turquoise hue of a clear lake. All were breathtaking, but Sapphurion was the greatest of all, the leader of the Island-World’s Dragons.

The four Dragons banked with supreme grace, angling back toward the Receiving Balcony. Hualiama’s heart stood still.

Marc is a South African-born author who lives and works in Ethiopia with his wife and 4 children, 2 dogs, a rabbit, and a variable number of marabou storks that roost on the acacia trees out back. On a good night there are also hyenas patrolling the back fence.


When he’s not writing about Africa Marc can be found travelling to remote locations. He thinks there’s nothing better than standing on a mountaintop wondering what lies over the next horizon.

 

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Sewing Can Be Dangerous by @SarahMallery1 Interview & #Giveaway by @Njkinny Tours & Promos #read

Greetings readers, bloggers, geeks, and authors and welcome to The ToiBox of Words. I’m your host Toi Thomas, author of Eternal Curse, and today I’m sharing a special interview with author, S. R. Mallery, about her fiction book entitled, Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads. Enjoy!

 #BlogTourAnnouncement and #Signup: Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads by S.R. Mallery {16-19 July}

Where did the idea for Sewing Can Be Dangerous come from?

It was my father who told me all about the infamous 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, and as a quilt designer/teacher, I was particularly drawn to those hapless immigrant seamstresses who died so needlessly. Surrounded by so many quilts and fabrics in my studio, I decided to write a group of stories, connecting them all by the single ‘thread’ of sewing/crafts. That actually helped focus me with each new story. No matter what time period I was reading about, I kept asking questions like, ‘How would sewing/crafting ‘fit’ into this time frame? Who would be the likely characters?’

How did the title of this book come about?

After I had written the first story in my collection, “Sewing Can Be Dangerous,” all about the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire of 1911, and then came up with the idea of connecting each story by a ‘thread’ of sewing and/or crafts, I thought I was happily on my way.  But it was later, after I had completed the stories that the title dilemma began. Many concepts later I had an epiphany.  Not only did that first story’s title create a “Huh? What’s that about?” reaction from people, it also embodied the gist of my collection––history, action, crime, romance, and…danger.

What genre is this book and why did you choose to make it so?

Actually, the genre chose me.  Because I love history and relish doing all the research that it entails, I just followed my heart.  In other words, I didn’t set out to write historical fiction; I just dove into the history aspect, then later, realizing so many of the stories revolved around history, I just went with the flow.

Oh, there is one modern crime story, however, because I just couldn’t resist putting it in.  During my professional quilting days, I had always thought about teaching quilting on a luxury cruise line, so why not include that little fantasy in my book?

Tell me about the experience of writing this book; how long did it take.

This book took about five years, with time off for obtaining a teacher’s credential. As for techniques, when I read or hear about some little fact in history, it percolates in my head as I continue on with research––exploring that time period, the culture, clothing, and lingo—until I feel as if I’m actually living in that particular time myself.

These stories came with me everywhere: to my children’s afterschool activities, the NY Tenement Museum as we groped through the pitch-black hallway because ‘gaslights hadn’t come in yet’; to Wall Street, where the heart-attack-waiting-to-happen pace was disturbing.

Tell me about the main storyline within this book.

These eleven short stories combine history, mystery, action and/or romance––from drug trafficking using Guatemalan hand-woven wallets to an Antebellum U.S. slave using codes in her quilts as a freedom message system; from a wedding quilt curse dating back to the Salem Witchcraft Trials to a mystery involving a young seamstress in the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire; from a 1980’s Romeo and Juliet romance between a rising Wall Street financial ‘star’ and an eclectic fiber artist to a Haight-Asbury love affair between a professor and a beautiful macramé artist gone horribly askew, just to name a few.

What is the major conflict in this story?

Because this book involves different stories, there are many conflicts, not just one. That being said, I would say in general, most of the stories end with some sort of resolution to each conflict, whether it be overcoming poverty odds and a severe family member, solving murder cases and curses, avoiding Indian attacks, inventing a clever way to escape enslavement, helping others in trouble, or simply following one’s heart in spite of heavy opposition and nay-saying.

Where and when is this story taking place?

The time periods in this collection are wildly eclectic. From the 1600s Salem Witchcraft Trial where children ran supreme, to a horrendous fire in 1911 New York that darkened the lives of a whole city; from Washington Territory in 1870 where the Indians usually got along with the White people to the Wall Street in 1980; from the Antebellum South to a modern luxury cruise ship; from a 1967-69 Haight Ashbury hippy-dippy murder to the Nazis’ book-burning Kristallnacht horror.

Who is your favorite character in this book?

I choose Sasha, the immigrant seamstress, caught in the middle of the overwhelming conditions of the NYC Triangle Shirtwaist factory and her nasty, domineering father.  Being originally from New York, a quilter for so many years myself, and understanding the hardships that immigrants often bear when they come to this country, I felt a particular connection to this character.  In fact, at one point, when I was visiting New York and saw a little plaque on the New York University building honoring those college students who crawled across ladders to try and save some of those luckless girls that fateful day, I actually cried.

Are there elements of your personality or life experiences in this book?

No elements of my personality are included, but interests/influences, most certainly. As a quilt instructor, I used to warn my students about the ‘dangers of sewing,’ and I came across quilt curses as I was preparing for a quilt article and I couldn’t get it out of my head!  At a machine-quilting exhibit, I saw a little note from a 1870 Washington Territory pioneer woman who wrote that she hid her new Singer sewing machine in the cornfield and I was enthralled. Absolutely no mention of the safety of her cabin, or her family! Talk about obsession!

Let’s say your book is being turned into a feature length film; quick- cast the main two characters and pick a theme song or score.

Actually, I see these stories as a TV series, because they seem more episodic than a single movie. The theme song would be similar to Thomas Newman’s “Revolutionary Road”–lilting, slightly dark, and mysterious. Casting—oh, my! Shailene Woodley, Elizabeth Olsen, Evan Rachel Ward, Emma Watson, Jennifer Lawrence, and Emma Stone.

Do you have any special plans for this book in the near or far future?

The more I learn about this Author Selling Business, the more I will be able to cultivate a wider audience for this collection as well as my other books.  Eventually, however, I would love to have it made into a series…who knows?

Okay readers, bloggers, geeks, and authors, that’s all for today. Be sure to follow this blog to see who will be visiting next time. To obtain your copy of Sewing Can Be Dangerous, please visit the links provided.

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I have winners for my, #IndiePrideDay giveaway. Yay #free stuff!

I would first like to thank everyone who participated in my Indie Pride Day giveaway.

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The prizes are, 4 ebook copies of the anthology, Of Past and Future.

Now, the winners of my very special giveaway are…

Toya Cole, Mistral Dawn, Deidre Mapstone, and Audrey Lewis!

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Thank you so much guys for participating and congratulations on your victory.

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