Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Hope for Her Blog Tour




BLOG TOUR: SEPTEMBER 29 - OCTOBER 3
Hope for Her By
Sydney Aaliyah Michelle
Release Date: October
1, 2014
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No one ever expected much from him.

Joshua Elijah Griffin, IV is on his last chance. A stint in rehab and a transfer to a new
school has scared him into putting his life on track. He’s determined to live
up to his family’s expectations, but on the first day of class, Josh meets a
girl, and he knows his father won’t approve, but in Carrington, he sees a
kindred spirit. He's willing to give up everything to be with her.

No one ever thought she was special.

Carrington Olivia Butler is ready to shine. Always in the shadows of her siblings, she goes away
to college to break out of her shell. All Carrington wants is to feel special.
Josh's attention is exactly what she craves, but their intense and sometimes
volatile relationship is more than what she bargained for.

Josh’s demons return, and Carrington’s feelings fade, but both aren’t ready to give up hope. They
give their love one last shot to survive, but hope, may not be enough.

**This book contains
adult subject matter. Not intended for young readers.**


~*~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~*~
Sydney Aaliyah Michelle is a New Adult Contemporary Romance writer, a voracious reader and movie fanatic who hails from Texas.  After surviving 5 1/2 years living in China, she had the courage to finally pursue her passion and become a writer.  Sydney has been blogging at sydneyaaliyah.com for three years, here she interviews people about their tattoos, discusses her favorite movie quotes, reviews books (New
Adult & only the ones she loves) and journals about her writing and editing process.  Sydney’s self-published debut New Adult Novel Another New Life released in May 2014.  An active tweeter, she is also a JuNoWriMo (2x) and NaNoWriMo (2x) winner who notes the sci-fi action flick “The Matrix” as the best representation of her life in the past.  She is now awake.  She can recite the entire script for the 80’s teen comedy/drama “The Breakfast Club” and loves any and everything associated with the Avengers Movie, especially Tony Stark.  When it come to books, Sydney reads different genres, but some of her favorite writers are Stephen King, Alex J. Cavanaugh, Cora Carmack & Emily Bronte. Under the Dome, The Great Gatsby & Wuthering Heights are her favorite books.



~*~EXCERPT~*~
I reached out and grabbed her, wrapping my arms around her waist. She resisted, pushing and punching my arms and shoulders. I wanted her to fight me. To hit me and scream and show me what I did to her.  After a while, she collapsed in my arms, exhausted from fighting, but her sobs continued for several more minutes. My neck and chest dampened from her tears, and her whole body convulsed when she released an uncontrollable series of coughs. It shook us both, but I held on tight. The vibration of our bodies glued together made me hard, and I found it difficult to concentrate. I tried to push those thoughts out of my head. I wanted her to understand.  It tore me up to know I caused her an ounce of pain. I held her tight with one arm and stroked her back with the other. Each stroke, her body softened. When her last bit of energy drained, I turned us around and her back was up against my car. I placed my hands on her hips; she whimpered as I lifted her and sat her on the trunk.  Her damp hair stuck to her face, and I pushed it away. I wiped her eyes and lifted her chin.  "How could you leave me like that?" she asked. The desperation in her voice fucked with my mind. I hated myself.  "I'm sorry," I whispered  as my lips sweep across her cheek. She tensed. I expressed my gratitude by kissing her other cheek. She whimpered, and my heart cracked.  I kissed her forehead, dropped my hands to her waist, and her head fell forward without my support.  "Why?" she asked. Her voice sounded defeated, but defiant. She wanted an answer. She deserved an answer.  "Since I meet you, I've had the time of my life." I kissed her jawline as I placed my hands on her thighs. “I’ve never met anyone like you before." As my lips moved to her ear, she leaned into me. I pushed her
legs apart. I wanted to hold her, get closer to her. She relaxed more with every kiss. "I want to be with you so bad." When I reached her earlobe, I bit it, and she moaned. "But eventually you're going to leave me."



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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Home is Where You Are Release Day


HOME IS WHERE YOU ARE
BY TESSA MARIE

RELEASES SEPTEMBER 30
2014

FIND IT ON AMAZON: http://bit.ly/HomeAmazon


Anna’s life reads like a check list.
Straight A’s (Check)
Editor of the school
paper (Check)
Volunteering time at the local soup kitchen (Check)
Ivy League (So close she can taste it)
Falling in love with a homeless boy (Not on the list)

Dean has a plan too.
Survive. After being subjected to his foster father’s violent attacks, Dean
made the hard choice to leave. Now he lives on the streets doing everything he
can to get by, refusing to let people help him. But when he meets Anna, he
realizes not everyone is out to hurt him.
Slowly, Anna and Dean
let each other in, blending their two worlds into one. But when a series of
events brings Dean’s world into perspective, he pushes Anna away. Not willing
to accept the line that divides them, Anna sets out to bring Dean back to her.
Her determination and faith in their future puts her on the tracks of danger,
and he is the only one who can save her.




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ABOUT THE AUTHOR



Tessa Marie lives in the same town she grew up in on Long
Island, NY with her long time boyfriend and their fish. Under her real name,
Theresa Paolo, she released her debut novel (NEVER) AGAIN, a NA romance, in
Fall 2013 with Berkley (Penguin) and (ONCE) AGAIN released this summer. She is
also the coauthor of the Amazon bestseller KING SIZED BEDS AND HAPPY TRAILS and
BEACH SIDE BEDS AND SANDY PATHS, a YA contemporary series. She has a hard time
accepting the fact she’s nearing thirty, and uses her characters to relive the
best and worst years of her life. She put her love of writing on hold while she
received her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Dowling College. When she’s
not writing, she’s behind a camera, reading, or can be found on Twitter,
Pinterest and Facebook.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Guest Post: Joan Merrill Author of And All This Madness

Publisher: CreateSpace (February 20 2013) Category: Mystery
ISBN: 13: 9781 489278981
Tour Dates: September, 2014
Available in: Print , Audio, and E-book, 227 Pages

AND ALL THAT MADNESS is a Casey McKie mystery. When the New York Jazz Society acquires a fifty-year old letter from Georgia Valentine, questions arise over the legendary vocalist’s death. Did she give herself a fatal dose of heroin, as the original investigators ruled, or did someone kill her? And if it was murder, what was the motive?

Casey moves her operation from San Francisco to New York to investigate the cold case, questioning Georgia’s musician friends, her widower, a drug dealer, a Broadway actress, a mafia boss and the authorities who declared the death a suicide. This quest takes Casey to New York’s most venerable jazz clubs, a Harlem nursing home, a mob-owned Italian restaurant, a lesbian bar and One Police Plaza, home of the NYPD.

She joins forces with an attractive detective from the Organized Crime unit, and, as the case progresses, so does their relationship. With no shortage of suspects, Casey ultimately uncovers evidence revealing a surprising killer. Author Joan Merrill has produced yet another captivating mystery as part of her on-going detective series featuring SF detective Casey McKie.

Praise for And All That Madness:

“And All That Madness is a well-constructed, slickly-told detective story that emphatically underlines the writer’s secure knowledge of jazz, her believable settings, and her light touch with dialogue. Definitely a good read.” -Bruce Crowther, crime novelist and jazz writer, Jazz Journal International

“Author Joan Merrill has produced yet another captivating mystery as part of her on-going detective series featuring SF detective Casey McKie. As usual, Ms. Merrill has masterfully woven her love of jazz and its practitioners into a tale of intrigue and revenge, all set to the beat of the blues and be-bop. A colorful, exceptionally intelligent thriller, most highly recommended.” - Carol Sloane, jazz singer and writer

“Want suspense? Mystery? A surprise ending along with good writing? Then read Joan Merrill’s “And All That Madness” and get pulled in. Her PI Casey McKie is a character with an independent mind who out thinks and outsmarts all around her in finding out what really happened to a famous jazz singer. This novel is just one of several adventures for Merrill and McKie who have been creating and solving crimes respectively in a supurb mystery jazz series. Rumor has it that Merrill is working on yet another case for Casey!”-Karen Adair, Amazon Reviewer

“I have now read all 4 of this Authors books. I have passed them on to my mom who Loves Murder Mysteries. She has actually read a few of them twice, she loves them so. These are a must read with tons of mystery and excitement. I highly recommend this Author Joan Merrill. Get them all and enjoy.”-Kristi King, Amazon Reviewer

“Writer Joan Merrill has created one of the most contemporary and savvy jazz mystery series around. Her latest, “And All That Madness” takes San Francisco-based Private Investigator Casey McKie to some of the murkier-sides of New York City to find out what really happened to a famous jazz singer. Was she killed or did she commit suicide? Merrill’s writing drew me in. I found myself thoroughly absorbed in her scintillating and surprising plot and climax. This is not just another mystery series. Through PI Casey McKie, Merrill has created a smart, hip, and high-consciousness role model for the ages. What’s next, Ms. Merrill?”-Dian Kiser, Amazon Reviewer

“Merrill craftily deflects suspicion from suspect to suspect before sounding the final chord in this swinging whodunit.” – Harvey Siders, JazzTimes

Guest Post:
More than anything, writing a mystery (as well as reading one) takes a sense of logic. After you have created a likeable investigator and presented a crime, your job is to take the reader on a mystifying journey to a surprising ending. You create plausible suspects and leave clues (false ones) along the way, keeping the reader guessing as to the identity of the perpetrator. If the reader is compelled to keep reading and is surprised by the ending, you have succeeded.


About Joan Merrill: Joan Merrill has written five Casey McKie mysteries, all taking place in the world of jazz: And All That Murder (2009), And All That Sea (2010), And All That Stalking (2011). And All That Madness (2012), And All That Motive (2014).

All books (except Motive, which will be published in early fall), are available at amazon.com and Kindle. And All That Madness is available as an audio book, narrated by long-time KCSM radio host, Alisa Clancy. To download, go to audible.com or iTunes.com or for the CD version, go to joanmerrill.com. An audio book of And All That Stalking is under production.

Joan Merrill has worked in the jazz field for over twenty years, producing fourteen shows for NPR’s Jazz Profiles and four shows for the Smithsonian/PRI series Jazz Singers. She’s represented various jazz singers; produced the video documentary “Saying It with Jazz” featuring Carmen McRae and others; and produced three CDs under her own label. She also created and curates the website: carmenmcrae.com.

Merrill is currently producing a musical revue tribute to Doris Day, entitled “Que Sera! Celebrating Doris Day” with Kristi King. See QueSeraTheMusical.com Paperback versions of the Casey McKie mysteries may be purchased at reduced rates from the website: joanmerrill.com.

Joan on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JoanMerrill20

Buy And All That Madness:

Amazon
joanmerrill.com
Barnes and Noble
Book Depository

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Eventide Cover Reveal



The next thrilling installment of the Daughters of the Sea.

This novella will be available November 4th








Purchase the first book Forsaken, on Amazon: http://bit.ly/ForsakenRDB
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About Kristen Day


I am a southern belle at heart with a crazy streak that desperately tries to escape at every opportunity. I love all things nostalgic, rustic, and quirky. I’ve been told I see the world through rose-colored glasses, but I prefer to think of them as kaleidoscope glasses – swirling and morphing reality into something I can digest (who hasn’t pretended those pasty lima beans were really kiwi strawberry jelly beans?).

When I’m not writing I’m making jewelry, painting, drinking sweet tea, watching the discovery channel, or going on random adventures in the mountains of North Carolina with my amazing husband.





Good Music Brighter Children



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Good Music Brighter Children is written for parents, educators or anyone who wants to build a bigger, better brain using music. Scientific studies indicate that children introduced to classical music at a young age read earlier and perform better on achievement tests. Adults can also revive tired brain cells using music. This book gives you a step-by-step program that any parent or individual can follow. You’ll discover how introducing your children to good music can accelerate language development, improve math and science skills, enhance physical coordination, strengthen memory and reading retention, and benefit children with learning disabilities. Discover how to choose an instrument and music teacher for your child; how to get your kids to practice and how character traits such as confidence, responsibility, creativity and teamwork are taught when learning a musical instrument. Learn how to introduce your child to the music community and how to appreciate all kinds of music. Last, if you want to advocate for music in your schools, this book gives the ammunition and data to do so. Also includes a 35-page Resource Section on the best music, books, and DVDs for kids.

**Chapter Eight: Music’s Impact on Cognitive Delays and Physical Disabilities (pages 205-208)



For the past thirty years, I have had a particular interest in music’s impact on children with learning disabilities because of personal experience. In 1982 our third son, Brandon, was born. It was a traumatic birth. Born six weeks early, Brandon was too high in the birth canal, and as a result he was literally dragged out by forceps. He was an unhappy baby and cried all the time. He had constant ear infections that included a build-up of fluid in his ears, and despite being on daily doses of low-grade antibiotics, the infections persisted. Over time, this constant fluid buildup affected his hearing at a critical time in his development and caused him to experience sounds and language as if he was in a vacuum. I was reading to him daily, playing music for him, and taking him to “mommy and me” classes, yet his language and communication skills remained poor. After having him tested by a professional, we determined Brandon needed speech and language intervention. I naively thought once his language problem was fixed, everything would be fine. I was wrong—this was just the beginning.


When Brandon was six, his kindergarten teacher expressed concerned about his ability to learn. He was not able to do the classroom work and seemed frustrated and distant. We had him tested both at our public school and privately by a child psychologist. The results were grim. Brandon was diagnosed with auditory processing, visual motor, visual perception, sensory motor, and attention deficit disorder. The difference between his oral IQ and written IQ was thirty-eight points, indicating severe learning disabilities.

This team of experts told us that school would be very difficult for him. We were told that he may not graduate from high school, that college was out of the question, and that a trade school would be more appropriate. They said Brandon was “high risk,” meaning that as he got older, he could be a candidate for dropping out of school, experimenting with drugs, or worse. Why? Because kids need a measure of academic success. He needed to experience some kind of school success to increase his confidence level. But how do you help a child achieve academic success when he can’t read, write or spell? When he does not understand even the simplest of math concepts? When he has difficulty paying attention and following directions, and sports confuse and frustrate him?

It was a daunting challenge, and in the beginning I was overwhelmed. I did not know the first thing about learning disabilities, but I was determined to find out and to help him because I wanted Brandon to love learning—not just for success in school, but for a rich and meaningful life….
SharleneAuthor Sharlene Habermeyer:

Sharlene Habermeyer, MA has spent over twenty-five years researching the effects of music in the brain development of children. She is passionate about how people of all ages learn and how music is a catalyst for learning. She holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Art from Utah State University and a Masters degree in Education from Pepperdine University, Malibu, California.



In 1999, she started the Palos Verdes Regional Orchestra (now the Palos Verdes Regional Symphony Orchestra). It currently boasts over one-hundred members.



Sharlene’s initial inspiration for Good Music Brighter Children came from the extensive work she did with her severely learning disabled son, and finding that music was his strongest catalyst for learning she began passionately researching the effects music had on the developing and mature brain.

A college instructor, a popular speaker, and a consultant, she is the mother of five boys and lives with her husband in Torrance, California. She has spoken at parent conferences around the United States including the Parents as Teachers Conference (PAT) and the Crucial Years Conference in Missouri. In August 2014, she will be speaking at BYU Education Week.


Praise for the Book



Largest Independent Book Reviewer in the U.S.: Kirkus Indie, Kirkus Media, LLC

“With a scientist’s eye and an artist’s voice, Habermeyer examines everything from the benefits of music for the developing brain to music’s ability to improve cultural awareness. This is an encyclopedic, invaluable resource for anyone who believes in music education. A magnum opus, fact-filled and inspiring on the benefits of music.”

-Kirkus Indie, Kirkus Media, LLC



National Music Organization: Music and the Brain

“A great resource for both parents and teachers. Anyone interested in music or the overall well-being of children will not be able to put this book down.”

-Lisha Papert Lercari, Director, Music and the Brain



University Professor: Dr. James Catterall

Sharlene Habermeyer outlines why music is important to learning, and provides parents with excellent suggestions for launching and sustaining a musical influence in the lives of their children.”

-James S. Catterall, professor of education and co-director of Imagination Project at UCLA



Mother/Lawyer/Ballet Teacher: Shauna Bird Dunn

“Carefully researched and highly readable, Good Music, Brighter Children is written for musicians and non musicians alike. It is filled with wisdom, insight and helpful tips to bring music into the home for all ages and stages of childhood.”

-Shauna Bird Dunn, JD, MPA

Utah Young Mother of the Year, 2010







Blog Tour Giveaway

$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

Ends 10/15/14

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.



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Monday, September 22, 2014

Forsaken by Kristen Day




Once you’ve been touched by darkness, it never leaves you…

Abandoned by her parents as an infant; seventeen year old Hannah spent her childhood wading through countless foster families until being adopted by the Whitmans three years ago. Unfortunately, Atlanta’s high society wasn’t quite ready for Hannah…or the strange events that plague her.

Chilling visions of murder, unexplained hallucinations, and a dark, mysterious guy who haunts her nightmares all culminate to set in motion a journey of self-discovery that will challenge everything she’s ever believed; not to mention her sanity.

Sent to live at The House of Lorelei on Bald Head Island, NC for ‘kids like her’, Hannah quickly realizes things are not what they seem. Her fellow ‘disturbed’ teens are actually the descendants of mythical Sea Gods and Goddesses. And so is she.

But when Finn, the ghost from her dreams, appears in the flesh; her nightmares become reality and her dark visions begin coming true. Inexplicably drawn to him, she can’t deny the dangerous hold he has on her heart. The deadly secrets he harbors will ultimately test her courage and push the boundaries of her love.

She must decide if she is ready to embrace the ancient legend she is prophesized to be a part of. The fate of all the descendants will forever depend upon it.

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About Kristen Day



  
I am a southern belle at heart with a crazy streak that desperately tries to escape at every opportunity. I love all things nostalgic, rustic, and quirky. I’ve been told I see the world through rose-colored glasses, but I prefer to think of them as kaleidoscope glasses – swirling and morphing reality into something I can digest (who hasn’t pretended those pasty lima beans were really kiwi strawberry jelly beans?).
When I’m not writing I’m making jewelry, painting, drinking sweet tea, watching the discovery channel, or going on random adventures in the mountains of North Carolina with my amazing husband.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Unstoppable by Melody Grace











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Book Title: Unstoppable

Author: Melody Grace

Genre: New Adult

Release Date: September 19, 2014

“My daddy always told me, you could
never run out of second chances…”

Tegan
Callahan has sworn off bad boys for good. Growing up on tour with her rock star
brother, she knows first-hand the damage they can do. She’s looking for a nice,
safe, stable guy – until a chance encounter with a devastatingly sexy stranger
makes her question everything she thought she wanted.

A
troubled soul…

Ryland
James arrives in Beachwood Bay on the run from his mistakes. He knows he’s the
last thing Tegan needs, but somehow, he can’t stay away. There’s something
about her fierce beauty that draws him in – and makes him vow to protect her,
whatever the cost.
A
passionate destiny…

Their
bond is undeniable; the stakes, higher than ever. But the past won’t stay gone
forever, and soon, Ryland must make the ultimate choice: will he risk
everything he treasures in the world, or keep Tegan safe – and sacrifice her
love forever?



























*This
book contains adult situations and explicit content. 17+*

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About Melody Grace

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Melody
Grace is the New York Times bestselling author of the Beachwood Bay series. A
small-town girl turned SoCal beach lover, after spending her life with her nose
in a book, she decided it was time she wrote one herself. She loves steamy
romance novels, happily-ever-afters, and lusting after fictional menfolk. She
is author of USA Today & international bestselling Beachwood Bay series.

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