Lily of the Valley Release Tour Blitz

Today I am participating in the Lily of the Valley Release tour blitz for Faith Blum. There are free books and a giveaway!

Lily of the Valley Release Tour Blitz

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About the Book:

Howdy, Teacher! You don’t know me, but my kids talk bout you a lot. I been lookinfer a wife and mother fer a few years and was wonderiniffen we cood meet and get to no each other a bit. I’ll come after skool to gityer answer. Grover Miller

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Unruly schoolchildren, three suitors, and too many things to do. When Ruth Brookings rejects one of the suitors, he refuses to accept no for an answer.
To make matters worse, when she prays for guidance, she’s answered with a challenge instead: To encourage her friend to find a wife—whether he wants one or not.
Will she lose her friend just when she needs a friend the most? Will she be able to weather the storms she’s about to face?

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About the Author

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Faith Blum started writing at an early age. She started even before she could read! She even thought she could write better than Dr. Seuss. (The picture doesn’t show it well, but there are scribblings on the page of Green Eggs and Ham). Now that she’s grown up a little more, she knows she will probably never reach the success of Dr. Seuss, but that doesn’t stop her from trying.

When she isn’t writing, Faith enjoys doing many right-brained activities such as reading, crafting, writing, playing piano, and playing games with her family. One of her dreams is to visit Castle City, Montana someday to see the ghost town she chose for her characters to live in. She currently lives on a hobby farm with her family in Wisconsin.

Free Book

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Today is the last day to get Be Thou My Vision (Hymns of the West #2) free! Here is the link.

 

Giveaway

Faith has a Goodreads giveaway going on through today! Be sure to check it out and enter to win one of two signed paperback copies of Lily of the Valley.  Click on : Giveaway!

Giveaway

In addition to the Goodreads giveaway, Faith is also giving away all four of her paperback novels to one lucky winner!

You can find Faith at the blogs below for the Lily of the Valley release Blitz. Drop by and say hello.

 

 

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Guest Post- Gloria Weber

Gloria’s short story Alicia, was just published. She was kind enough to write a guest post on using real locations in fiction. A quick note, I just read it and loved it!

Location, Location, Location

by Gloria Weber

20150716_082205Before I start, many thanks to Caren for letting me post on her blog today. I appreciate the support and help!

My latest short story release, ALICIA, was a contest entry. The contest parameters were fairly simple. Write a story based on an image. The image had a female walking away from a male in a field with a backdrop of trees.

The setting of the picture reminded me of a section in my local state park. The spot is a particular favorite of mine. Lately, I’ve been into using, in part or in whole, real places, be they displaced into a fictional town or in their true setting, so I decided to use this spot in my tale.

At this park, aside from the big field and woods, there’s a volleyball court, picnic tables, and a parking lot. These bits made it into the story, as did my kids and I. Sure, these weren’t in the image, but they could have existed off to the left or right of them.

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The details I used were the ones I felt served the story. These details, like me and my kids, gave the setting life beyond the main characters. The freshly cut grass and the hot day set it in time, summer.

In part, the details I chose made the setting feel like it could be anywhere. Well, not the dessert of the American southwest or the swamps of the south, but it could be lots of other places: Connecticut, Oregon, Tennessee, Montana, New Jersey, and so on.

This park also has a path that leads into the woods and leads to another picnicking area under pavilion, a chunk of meadow they don’t mow (for the wildlife), a building with bathrooms, and more. Again, these bits could have existed just off of the side of the inspirational image.

While the omitted details are real, those details don’t serve my story in anyway. It was clutter. Fiction allows me to edit what isn’t necessary from a place, like remodeling a kitchen.

Remember earlier when I said I’ve been into using real places in my fiction? There’s a reason for that.

“Grow your tree of falsehood from a small grain of truth.” – Czeslaw Milosz

For me, that gives the best results.

If you’re wondering, I didn’t win the contest. However, Solstice Publishing liked my story so much they decided to release it. So, if a story with a touch of fantasy and romance is your thing, please pick up ALICIA (http://amzn.com/B01417P1GA).

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Gloria Weber lives in Ohio with her husband, son, daughter, and many pets. Her website is http://gloriaweber.wordpress.com and she can be found onTwitter as @GloriaWeber or on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/GloriaWeberWriter

Cover Release

Today I am helping Kate Sparkes with a cover release for her book Bound.

Bound (Bound Trilogy #1)
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release date: June 26, 2014
Book description:
Welcome to Darmid, where magic is a sin, fairy tales are contraband, and the people live in fear of the Sorcerers on the other side of the mountains.
 
Rowan Greenwood has everything she’s supposed to want from life— a good family, a bright future, and a proposal from a handsome and wealthy magic hunter. She knows she should be content with what she has. If only she could banish the idea that there’s more to life than marriage and children, or let go of the fascination with magic she’s been forced to suppress since childhood.
 
When Rowan unknowingly saves the life of one of her people’s most feared enemies, a simple act of compassion rips her from her sheltered life and throws her into a world of magic that’s more beautiful, more seductive, and more dangerous than she ever could have imagined.
 
Now Rowan might just get everything she ever dreamed of— that is, if the one thing she’s always wanted doesn’t kill her, first.
About the author:
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Kate Sparkes was born in Hamilton, Ontario, but now resides in Newfoundland, where she tries not to talk too much about the dragons she sees in the fog. She lives with a Mountie, two kids who take turns playing Jeckyll and Hyde, three cats with more personality than most people she meets, and the saddest-looking dog on the planet. Her first novel, Bound, will be released in June 2014, assuming the dragons don’t eat her, first.
 
blog: Disregard the Prologue (disregardtheprologue.com)
Twitter: @kate_sparkes
Cover design by Ravven (www.ravven.com)
Run on over and visit Kate and congratulate her on her new release.
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