Day 2 of the All Author Book Fair and review with author, Danielle E. Shipley


Today we have author, Danielle Shipley, with her first book in The Wilderhark Tales, The Swan Prince, a wonderful new series….

Swan Prince Cover, E-book

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Catching her leg in a bear trap proves the least of Sula’s worries. Haunted by an enchanted monster from a past she dare not reveal, and hounded by the perilously perceptive young village doctor, Villem Deere, the headstrong girl of the woods gambles with fate by binding hers to that of Sigmund, the captivating orphan boy with mysterious nightly business of his own.

 

The Swan PrinceThe Wilderhark Tales by author, Danielle E. Shipley

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 An enchantress’s curse turns a spoiled royal into a beast; a princess’s pricked finger places her under a hundred-year spell; bales of straw are spun as golden as the singing harp whisked down a giant beanstalk – all within sight of Wilderhark, the forest that’s seen it all.

You’ve heard the stories – of young men scaling rope-like braids to assist the tower-bound damsel; of gorgeous gowns appearing just in time for a midnight ball; of frog princes, and swan princes, and princes saved from drowning by maidens of the sea.

Tales of magic. Tales of adventure. Most of all, tales of true love.

Once upon a time, you knew them as fairytales. Know them now as Wilderhark’s. 

About the Author:

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Danielle E. Shipley’s first novelettes told the everyday misadventures of wacky kids like herself. …Or so she thought. Unbeknownst to them all, half of her characters were actually closeted elves, dwarves, fairies, or some combination thereof. When it all came to light, Danielle did the sensible thing: Packed up and moved to Fantasy Land, where daily rent is the low, low price of her heart, soul, blood, sweat, tears, firstborn child, sanity, and words; lots of them. She’s also been known to spend short bursts of time in the real-life Chicago area with the parents who home schooled her and the two little sisters who keep her humble. When she’s not living the highs and lows of writing young adult novels, she’s probably blogging about it.

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 My Review of The Swan Prince, Book One of the Wilderhark Tales.

I want to thank Ms. Shipley for the chance to read and review her novella, The Swan Prince, which is the first book in the Wilderhark Tales Series.

I was surprised to find I really enjoyed this novella, Ms. Shipley did a wonderful job of re-telling some great fairy tales. There were twists and turns throughout the novella that kept me wondering, hmmm…. You will have to read the novella to find out more, for I shall not be a spoiler.

If you are like many of us out there, we have heard fairy tales from the time we are young children. Now comes along an author who brings out the best in her quest to fulfill our childhood fantasies once again.

I would definitely put Danielle Shipley on your to watch list, because I believe her novella’s are quite unique. Not just for the young at heart, I enjoyed reading this novella immensely and look forward to the next installment of, The Wilderhark Tales.

I give Ms. Shipley a four star rating for her wonderful novella, The Swan Prince.

four star

Where Danielle E. Shipley Lurks Online:

Website = www.deshipley.com

Blog = www.EverOnWord.wordpress.com

Facebook = www.facebook.com/Danielle.E.Shipley.Author

Twitter = https://twitter.com/DEShipley

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Day 1 ~ All Author’s Book Fair and Review with author, Constance Phillips


Day 1 ~ All Author’s Book Fair and Review with author, Constance Phillips.

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Day 1 ~ All Author’s Book Fair and Review with author, Constance Phillips


Please welcome author, Constance Phillips to the first day of The All Authors Blogger Book Fair.

Bio

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Constance Phillips lives in Ohio with her husband, two ready-to-leave-the-nest children, and four canine kids. Her perfect fantasy vacation would involve hunting Dracula across Europe with her daughter, who also digs that kind of stuff. When she’s not writing about fairies, shifters, vamps, and guardian angels, she’s working side-by-side with her husband in their hardwood flooring business.

Constance is actively involved in her local Romance Writers of America chapter (MVRWA) and the Southeast Michigan chapter of the United States Pony Club. When not writing or enjoying the outdoors, she loves reality television or can be found at a Rick Springfield concert (just look for the pink Converse high tops).

Constance blogs regularly at www.constancephillips.com. You can also follow her on Twitter or friend her on Facebook.

Cover

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Blurb

Can the greatest escape artist ever known break the grim reaper’s chains to save the only woman he’s ever loved?

In order to save Bess from self-destruction, Harry Houdini puts his afterlife on the line by entering a wager with purgatory’s keeper. He gives Harry a younger face and body, and a new name: Erich Welch.

Bess clings to his promise to deliver a coded message from beyond the grave, determined to provide the bridge for him to cross, even if that means befriending her husband’s sworn enemy.

Erich needs to help Bess over her loss and put her on the road to healing, but will any good come from resurrecting Harry?

Trailer:

http://youtu.be/2fWMcc8h368

My review of Resurrecting Harry

First off, I want to thank Constance Phillips for giving me her novel to read and review.  And no, there will be no spoilers here!

Everyone knows who the great Harry Houdini was, and I found it exciting to learn more about his life and his wife, Beth Houdini. This is truly a remarkable love story, and Ms. Phillips weaves a story that will forever be in the hearts of her readers.

Resurrecting Harry is a well written novel that explores the afterlife. From the first moment I started reading Phillips novel, I was drawn into a world of mystery and wonder. The twists and turns through-out the novel kept me turning the pages and left me guessing until the very end.

Phillips has done a remarkable job character building, and I enjoyed each and every one of them.

This is a must read, and I give five stars to Ms. Constance Phillips for her wonderful novel, Resurrecting Harry.

 five stars

 To find out more about Ms. Phillips, here are her social media links.

 Website: http://constancephillips.com/

Blog: http://constancephillips.com/blog

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6470282.Constance_Phillips

Buy links

Amazon POD : http://www.amazon.com/Resurrecting-Harry-Constance-Phillips/dp/1939173132/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1361977605&sr=8-3&keywords=Resurrecting+Harry

 Amazon Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Resurrecting-Harry-ebook/dp/B00BLBKDDQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361977605&sr=8-1&keywords=Resurrecting+Harry

Barnes and Noble (print/Nook): http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/resurrecting-harry-constance-phillips/1114721629?ean=9781939173133

All Romance eBooks:  https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-resurrectingharry-1101825-143.html

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Don’t forget next weeks BLOGGER BOOK FAIR, July 22-26


Join me for five consecutive days, where I will host a different author each day, here on my author’s blog page.

 

Check in to the Blogger Book Fair,
and book your trip to far away places!

July 22-26, 2013

Authors and Book Bloggers,

Sign ups for the July 2013 Blogger Book Fair closed on June 15 at midnight central time.

 

 

 

 

Events:

 

Art Fiction Gala hosted by Lucie Smoker

Does your fiction promote the visual arts–through featuring an artist, painting, sculpture, performance art, etc? Then, consider entering Lucie’s Art Fiction Gala.
The Art Fiction Gala is a virtual celebration of fiction that highlights the visual arts. Dress up in your finest, pick up some friends–a bottle of wine–and sample mind-blowing fiction that crosses the line between literary and visual art. Plus a gallery of art featuring reading.
More information & entry instructions

Three Wishes hosted by Kirstin Pulioff

Introduce your characters to the world.
Kirstin Pulioff invites you to ask your main character, “If you found a magic genie lamp, what would be your three choices?
More information & entry instructions

Flash Fiction Challenge II hosted by Thomas Winship

Get ready to exercise your flash fiction muscles.
For the Flash Fiction Challenge II, Thomas Winship will provide an opening line.
From there, entrants will craft a flash fiction piece of approx 500 words. Entries will be displayed on Thomas’ blog Vaempires during the BBF, spread out evenly across the five days, in order of receipt.
More information & entry instructions

Snapshot Synopsis Contest hosted by Fel at The Peasants Revolt

Challenge: chisel your synopsis down to 50 words or less.
Voting will be open throughout the fair for visitors to vote on their favorite Snapshot Synopsis.
More information & entry instructions

Reader’s Choice Awards hosted by Sherri at Shut Up & Read

All books registered for the Blogger Book Fair are automatically entered into the running for the Reader’s Choice Awards. Voting will be open from July 22 to July 25.
More information

Indie Soap Box Files hosted by Shah Wharton

Take a turn on the Soap Box.
Shah invites speculative fiction writers to write a guest post about being an indie (or hybrid) writer.
More information & entry instructions
Restrictions: Speculative fiction writers only

Monster Menagerie hosted by Noree at Trip the Eclipse

What’s your favorite monster or supernatural creature?
Feature your creature in a flash fiction piece (500-800) words to be featured on Trip the Eclipse. Visitors will vote on their favorite piece.
More information & entry instructions

Ways to Help:

Blogger Book FairDonate to the Blogger Book Fair via the BBF Donation Fund. To help get the word out about BBF, we would like to place ads on Facebook, Goodreads and other places, but to do, so we need a little help. We’d also like to have some BBF sponsored giveaways, so money donated would also go toward prizes. NO MONEY WILL BE KEPT BY ANY ORGANIZER OR PARTICIPANT.

Spread the word! Share the Fair on your social media accounts and show off the Blogger Book Fair logo in your blog’s sidebar.

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More about Megan S. Johnston, THE AUTHOR! With Author Su Williams


Saturday, July 13, 2013

INTERVIEW WITH MEGAN S. JOHNSTON, AUTHOR OF TRANSITION: A CHIMERA HUNTERS NOVEL

Megan, welcome to Dream Weaver Novels on Blogspot. We look forward to learning more about you and your novel Transition. 
Thank you Su for having me, it’s a great pleasure to be here on your Dream Weaver Blog today. 
ABOUT MEGAN

First, tell us a little about yourself and your book. 

Well, I’ll make it short, because there is a lot to tell.  I am a wife and mother of three daughters and one son, and a grandmother of seven wonderful kids. I spend a lot of time with my family and see some of my children and grandchildren on a daily bases. We have a family owned and operated business, and my daughter run’s the daily operation of the office and brings her 2 ½ year old daughter every day. From my husband to my son, to brothers, son-in-laws and daughters, we all work together as a family. We are a busy family to say the least. Then there is my writing, this is done in my spare time and every day. Whether it’s writing or marketing, it is an everyday process.

It took me 2 ½ years to write and publish my first novel Transition, the first book in The Chimera Hunters Series. It is a young adult, paranormal romance. I have loved every moment and am blessed with a wonderful family that let’s my creativity run amuck.
DREAMIN’ THE DREAM

If your book was made into a movie or TV series, what actors would make up your dream cast? 

This is a little harder, because all the Chimera men are over 6’ tall. But here is my pick based on how I see them:
Develon =   Victor Webster    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005543/ 

Shelby    =  Keira Knightley    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0461136/
Jen  =   Jessica Alba http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0004695/ 

Victor Webster - DevelonKeira Knightly - ShelbyJessica Alba - Jen

 

 

 

 

Gavin     =   Joe Manganiello  6’5 http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0542133/ 

Leandro =   Jason Momoa 6’4  (looks great with long hair)http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0597388/

Stephen  =  Chris Hemsworth 6’4  http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1165110/ 
MEGAN’S SUGGESTIONS

What websites or resources have you found most helpful on your literary journey? 

Whenever I need information, I turn to my trusted Google pages; it is my top go to site. Another one you can go to for daily writing tips is:http://www.dailywritingtips.com/7-great-websites-for-writers/

TIPS 4 YOU
Any advice you’d give to aspiring writers? 

This is my top advice, write… write… write… even if it’s a grocery list. This is a must do every day. And remember, never… ever… give up.

MEGAN’S FAVES
Who are 3 of your favorite traditionally published authors? And tell us about their books. 

Oh goodness, I have so many. But these are some of my top fave’s: 

  • Twilight Saga – by Stephenie Meyer (I have been likened to her many times)
  • Gena Showalter  (Love every one of her novels) AND
  • Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. All my daughters and myself read her Vampire Academy Novels. Loved them all!

ME TOO! & A MOVIE TO BOOT

I’m  so glad you mentioned Richelle Mead! I absolutely love her Vampire Academy books. I recently tried to re-read them, but the emotion was still too raw, even after over a year, that I couldn’t read them. She signed a copy for me at last year’s PNWA Conference and wrote back to me when I emailed her. She’s very sweet. AND the books are at this very moment being made into a movie. (Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters) They’re shooting over in England…even though the Academy is in Montana.
SHOUT OUT LOUD
Any self-pubbed authors you’d like to give a shout out? 
There are many self-published authors whose novels are great!  Here are some of my recent favorites: 

Shattered Souls (Souls #1) by Mary Lindsey http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9366996-shattered-souls 

Ixeos (Ixeos Trilogy #1)by Jennings Wright 
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17315864-ixeos 

Returning Pride (The Pride Series) by Jill Sanders 
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18002288-returning-pride 

And of course:
Dream Weaver (Dream Weaver, #1) by Su Williams 
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17205213-dream-weaver

CONNECT WITH MEGAN
Megan’s Website – http://MeganSJohnston.com

Megan’s Twitter username –twitter.com/megansjohnston1 
Megan on FaceBook – https://www.facebook.com/MeganSJohnston?fref=ts
And you’ll find Megan’s buy links to her book under the INDIE AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT tab at the top of the page.
THANKS!
Megan, thank you so much for spending a little time with us. It’s always fun to get to know authors a little better. 
Well, thank you, Su for having me here today, it was my pleasure.

Do you have a favorite book you’d love to see made into a TV series or movie? Let us know about it in the comments section.

Thank you everyone for visiting.
And as always…

Dare to Dream!
Su
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COMING SOON! BLOGGER BOOK FAIR


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REVIEW FROM: ChickLit Pad Reviewing all Chick-lit, Women’s fiction and Romance.


 

Thank you ChickLit Pad for such an awesome review!

Book Review: Transition (Chimera Hunters series, #1)

Blurb: The Chimera are a race so old, the humans relegated them as a myth. The Gods feared the Chimeras’ powers, believing they were a deadly race with physical abilities beyond belief. So they split their race in half, condemning them to wander the earth searching for their other half to be complete. Without their sodalis, each is destined to live life without dreams, without love, without hope. The future rests on finding their one true mate for life. 

SHELBY O’NEIL has led a solitary life with her parents. So when she goes to college, she believes her life has just begun. Now in her second year, the dreams begin. She dreams with the same man, night after night for months. When her dream world becomes her reality, and her life becomes a danger zone, she quickly learns to trust the one man who has thrown her into this new and dangerous world. 

DEVELON COLE is Chimera and his race has been on earth as long as humans. His people are desperate to find their one true mate for life, and Develon has just found his, in the small college town of Pullman, Washington. His duty is to protect her against the Chimera hunters and guide her to who she was always meant to be, his sodalis, his mate. 

Get packing Stephanie Myers, Megan Johnston is here to stay.

Think twilight, But minus vampires and werewolves. In Transition Megan Johnston sets off on a pace that would get you addicted to the series and wait through lip curling and chewing for the subsequent titles

With two good-looking main characters it’s possible they were carved out of a fairy-tale. Johnston starts off the tale by describing the physical attributes of her main characters.  A rather old technique,  I must say, but she gives out such details (like sexy Siberian tiger tattoos) it’s hard not to get hooked (I mean really, really hooked).  And as though all the libido teasing isn’t enough, this description is given out through a sexual fantasy (How is that for incredibly sexy and visually stimulating?).

Shelby, a college student juggling between school work,   sexual fantasies and keeping in constant contact with her overprotective parents. Raised up in a farm far from her college life in Washington, she has no or little social life. No drink nights with her pals, no meeting new guys, little or no contact with the opposite sex(… well, except in her fantasies.) With a passion for photography and inspiring lanscape, she’s the girl who would grab a camera for a night out instead of a clutch. In other words, she isn’t your typical college student and you don’t ever feel like you have met this particular character in some other literary piece. Later in the novel we find out she’s no ordinary girl with some no ordinary family.

In the opening pages of the novel, you’ll find out in these fantasies she’s been with the same guy and oddly, it’s stopped being just a fantasy. To her (and readers) the guy is very real, alive and no product of her imaginative mind as Jen, her only girl pal, puts it.

The guy is Develon (I agree, the name suggests he is a hunk), he isn’t only just flawless, he is Chimera and is in search of his sodalis. It’s no surprise the object of his fantasies, Shelby, happen to be that sodalis. 

Their first ever physical meeting is urged by the decision of Jen and Shelby to plan a week’s vacation of skiing at the mountains of…. For Shelby she is excited for the photography as well as more sleep time(for other* needs). But for Jen it’s meeting new boys and starting flings. I wonder what would convince a girl going skiing is a great opportunity to meet up with guys (no offense to women who have ‘Must Ski’ on their List). They meet Stephen, brother of Develon (not by blood) and neighbor . Stephen is the player and doesn’t go by Chimera rules which prevent any form of emotional attachment with humans. It’s obvious from the start he wants to get himself entangled in Jen’s lace panties. 

By the action of Chimera hunters, Gavin and Leandro who have the power to control water and air respectively, the holiday ends before it can start with the roof of their ‘cabin in the woods’ caving in. Deciding on taking up Stephen’s offer, Jen suggests they go seek refuge from their neighbors. 

The two meet and more than sparks fly. 

If you are thinking the sex in the fantasies are good as the physical, think again. Double the desire, the time spent on foreplay and deduct the annoying interruptions by Shelby’s alarm, and there you have it: mind-blowing lovemaking! 

But the two have more than great chemistry to protect, with Shelby’s discovery of her new-found (not-so) awesome powers, the two have to stay clear of anything that could send any of them (especially Shelby) six-feet under. Or where the hell Chimeras go when they die. 

Together the two unravel secrets about Shelby’s childhood hidden for years by her parents. And explore more desirable* qualities of one another. 

The release of well-hidden secrets shake the plot of the story… or at least what we all think might happen. Too much twilight comparison would leave you gob-smacked even before you get to the middle so don’t go over the same mistakes I commited. 

The arch-villain, happened to be Leandro (no spoiler here as that is evident from the beginning of the story). Also good-looking in a very aristocratic way, he is also Chimera and desperate to find his sodalis. He is a delusional sniffing freak who is drawn to and thinks Shelby is rather his mate. 
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But what if two Chimeras are to share one sodalis? I found myself asking most of the time (mostly because the thought was a turn on) But seething as to why Megan never thought of it (another of my twilight comparison let downs). Obviously to Johnston, I was another reader who was inexperienced in Chimera affairs and needed to understand the very tricky course. 

Enough about me. 

Though there’s a huge anticlimax as one draws closer to the end (another one of Megan’s techniques that made me give up thinking ahead), the climax (or end) tends out to be more satisfying than what I had wanted. At this stage of the story, the reason behind the title makes it appropriate. 

I really enjoyed it, but I wasn’t a fan of the mind games Johnston was playing with me. She Really got my head messed up and I learnt a lesson when it comes to reading (her novels): Just flow with the go. You never know what might not happen. 

I loved, loved this book (and this is coming from someone who pays least attention to things that are unrealistic). I feel really left out because there is a franchise I haven’t been keeping up with. If Megan would allow me, I would read all the books in the series and what little price I would have to pay in writing reviews. 

My rating is a whooping  5/5 stars. 

Once you pick up this title, besides the thrills, you get to polish up your (inexistent) Latin vocabulary (in ya face those of ya who thought sodalis could be found in the dictionary). And who knows, you might think against the online classes you planned on taking. 

I am definitely following this series. 

Transition is available at AuthorHouse Barnes and Nobles and Amazon

If you enjoyed this review, you might want to join the discussion on our Facebook group and be part of the growing membership. My work not done, going to place my review on Goodreads

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Returning Pride Blog Tour & Review


Returning Pride Blog Tour & Review.

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Returning Pride Blog Tour & Review


 By Megan S. Johnston

Today I am hosting, author, Jill Sanders, RETURNING PRIDE, the third installment in her Pride Series: Thank you Jill for being here with us today!

Everything seems to be going Iian’s way, he has a successful restaurant, a beautiful home, family, and friends. He’s even overcome the loss of his hearing, but why does he still feel like something is missing?

 

Allison has worked hard to make a name for herself in the art world; now all she wants is peace and quiet to work on her passion. But, with her mother overtaken by illness, she has less time than ever. When everything is stripped away in one tragic blow, and she’s being stalked by a mad-man, she’ll need the help of her hometown and an old flame, to turn everything around and find what she’s been looking for.

 

Returning Pride is book three of the Pride Series Romance Novels, a sexy contemporary romance series by Jill Sanders.

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A Little about Jill:

 Jill Sanders survived 80’s pop music, and life as an identical twin in a chaotic family of nine.  A feat by any standard!  She was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, relocating to Colorado for college and a successful IT career at IBM in Boulder.

 

Narrowly escaping before all creativity was squashed, she jumped at the chance to trade the mundane world of computers for the sexy, exciting world of her own imagination.  She now lives in charming rural Texas writing wonderful novels such as the Pride series.

 

Her debut novel, Finding Pride, was shortlisted in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards 2013, and has received glowing industry and reader reviews from around the world.  Her latest release is Discovering Pride. Yet another novel, Returning Pride, is slated for July 2013.

 

To learn more about Jill, visit her website, where she blogs daily, or follow her on Twitter:

 

TO BUY LINKS:

 

My REVIEW on the very sexy, Returning Pride:

You definitely can’t go wrong with this exciting series. Jill Sanders is a very talented  author, who pulls you in from beginning to end.  Ms. Sanders has done a wonderful job character building, and each has their own strengths and weaknesses. 

I loved learning about the small town of Pride and all the wonderful characters in Ms. Sanders Returning Pride.


I enjoyed reading Returning Pride, the third installment in the Pride Series. I highly recommend reading them in order though, and now I will go back and read the one’s which came before.

Here is my rating on Ms. Sanders third installment, Returning Pride:

four star

To enter for a chance to win an ebook of Finding Pride, Discovering Pride, or Returning Pride, leave a comment in her lower posts to automatically be entered into the drawing. Winners will be chosen on July 1st. GO TO BOOK GIVEAWAY


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Release for Returning Pride Blog Tour, Interviews, Giveaways & More!


Jill Sanders third contemporary romance novel  new release coming July 1st, 2013. 

Here is this weeks schedule for The Returning Pride Blog Tour. I will be hosting on June 30th, so come back and see what we have in store for you.

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