Cover Reveal THE GYPSY THORN by Sherry Rentschler

When Atlantis fell into the sea, a single creature survived–a scarlet phoenix. She escaped with ancient man’s historical record, The Great Book of Forgetting. This book recorded mankind’s every legend and prophecy. Only the Archangel of Death understood man’s survival depended on the fulfillment of one particular prophecy, that of the scarlet phoenix.

Rhea is the scarlet phoenix, transmuted into human form with wings of fire. She hides The Great Book from those seeking to steal it and prevent the prophecy. The Archangel befriends and protects her as he watches her traverse time and mold history. She is the proverbial rose that blooms in a future garden.

Jean-Louis Reviere is an aristocrat who became a vampire during the American Revolution. He is haunted by an ill wind whispering strange and incredible possibilities. His family ties will lure those who wish to destroy the prophecy; however, the Archangel also knows his blood is all that will save the rose and secure the future.

Drahomira is a gypsy, a bastard princess, and a vampire. The Archangel of Death chose her to protect the phoenix because she is an irreverent killer but loyal to family. She will journey across continents and be the catalyst that brings Rhea and Jean-Louis together. First, she must leave her people, her throne, and her lover, cross a continent for vengeance, die, and be reborn. Only then will she discover that she is the rose’s legendary thorn in the Evening Bower.

Coming May 31

Sherry Rentschler

 

Chrys F. reads… #carolinareads

What’s the first book you remember reading?
Are You My Mother by P.D. Eastman was the first children’s book I ever read by myself. But the first book I remember reading as a child for the pure love of reading was The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank.

What’s the most recent book you have read or what are you reading right now?
I’ve been reading a lot of non-fiction books lately, but the book I’m reading now is The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.

Why did you choose that book?
I’m reading The Handmaid’s Tale because it’s the May/June selection for Emma Watson’s Our Shared Shelf book club on Goodreads. I haven’t read all of their selections, but I have read many.

If you could meet one book character or one author, who would you like it to be and why?
Just one? I have two authors vying for the spot: J.D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts) and J.K. Rowling. I wonder if I can get them to do a wrestling match, and the winner will be the author I meet. And maybe treat to a drink of her choice after the grueling match. I learned to write romantic-suspense by reading J.D. Robb, and I found my imagination by reading J.K. Rowling.

You can only choose five books for your bookshelf. What are they?
1. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

3. Naked in Death by J.D. Robb

4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

5. Wizards at War by Diane Duane

 

Chrys Fey is the author of the Disaster Crimes Series, as well as these releases from The Wild Rose Press: 30 Seconds, Ghost of Death, and Witch of Death. She is an administrator for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, for which she runs their book club on Goodreads and heads their monthly newsletter.

 


Join the movement!
I want to promote reading. I know there are so many out there who have read a book and thought, this is something others need to know about. Reading encourages a lifelong passion for learning. #carolinareads is a movement that will give readers a chance to share what they are reading. There is a five question interview. I will share it on my website and give you a chance to not only promote your love of reading but also to promote yourself as you can include a website in your two sentence biography. Don’t live in the Carolinas? Well, do you know someone who does (hint: the person who created this form) you can still participate. Submit the form and I’ll let you know the date of your spotlight. Spread the word! Join the movement. Please email a picture if you would like it to be included.

Cain, The Immortal: The Immortal Darkness by Bree Pierce

 

** I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review**

This is a good case to create half star ratings because I think this is a good three and a half stars. The characters are strong and the plotline kept me turning pages to find out what happened. My only issue is there seem to be three major events in this story and none of the are developed to their full potential. Without giving any spoilers, each of these would make a great novella and/or book. It would give the writer a chance to develop all the details. This is my first book from this author, but I want to read more because I like her train of thought.

 

 

(May be read as a stand alone.)
In the last installment of the Cain, The Immortal Series, Kaine (the immortal Cain) and Christine are in a battle against time as a new threat arises: one that could put those they love six feet under. A surprise ally shows up from Christine’s buried past. And the plague washing through the country has brought more danger with it than just death to humans. The two of them pack up and are now on the run with their human friends, Brad and David, as they search for some semblance of normalcy. All the while, Christine fights who she is, causing tension between her and Kaine.

***This is the last book in the Cain, The Immortal Series. Recommended for ages 17+ due to minor sexual content and language.***

Book 1- Cain, The Immortal: The Beginning
Book 2- Cain, The Immortal: Immortal Souls

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Hi I write under the pen name Bree Pierce! I have loved to write since I was a small child and always wanted to become an author. In January, 2015 that dream finally came true for me! I live in the deep south in Arkansas with my husband, 3 kids, and dog. I have a few books out and am always thinking of more ideas!! Reading is also a huge past time of mine!

Bree was one of the first people I interviewed for #carolinareads. You can read her interview here.

Poetry Contest Results

Last month author Sherry Rentschler, sponsored a poetry contest. The theme was “What Inspires You”. Special thanks to Regina Puckett, Jackson Dean Chase, Linda Vigen Phillips, and Ron Shaw.

FIRST PLACE:

 

Inspired Insanity by C. Rowe 

Inspiration does come
And it also does go
What inspires me to write
I really don’t know

 

Sometimes it is
The whisper of a word
Other times it is a thought
That’s really quite absurd

 

I dream of oceans
Being kissed by the moon
I envision creepy spectres
That would make you swoon

 

I paint visions in my mind
Using words as my art
Some are dark and spooky
While others are from my heart

 

Just little random words
I write as they come to me
A joyous culmination

Of inspiration and insanity

SECOND PLACE

Words Expressed by David Jacks 

I don’t always find my words
too easily expressed.
So if I were to speak them,
sometimes they are suppressed.

But if pen touches paper,                                                                                                                                                                 such worlds I can create.                                                                                                                                                                       It then frees me from my own,                                                                                                                                                          as if lifting a weight.

 

Cut the strings that hold me down.
Please tie me up no more.
Let loose feelings once secret
and open wide the door.

I can’t do this on my own.

Writing helps me to find,

all the things that were once sealed
somewhere deep in my mind.

 

For all the thoughts left behind,
I must pour out my soul.
Forever searching for them,
just to make myself whole.

THIRD PLACE

A Few of My Favorite Things by James Mathews Byers 

The subtle sound of soothing calm-
A bumblebee in flight;
Anointed treasure in my palm-
Considerate delight;
Amazement on a newborn’s face-
Transitions, foot to mouth;
Impressions of a living space-
The springtime in the South;
Combustion of a beating heart-
Removed from single life;
Conditioning a humble start-
A husband and a wife;
Perplexing rhythm of a song-
Commanding vocal cord;
The distance, short or ever long-
The pen, a mighty sword;
Forever in a lover’s eyes-
The sigh of falling fast;
Chameleons in their disguise-
The colors floating past;
Commencement of a wild parade-
An alter full of hope;
The jester and his vast charade-
The hangman and his rope;
Surrender to the burning fire-
Intrinsic is the fuse;
And so these many things inspire-
Combined, they are my Muse …

Talk About It Tuesday

Talk About It Tuesday. Talk about whatever writing project you have going on right now. If you’re an author, blogger, or writer share a little from your current WIP (work in progress) or an upcoming book. One random post will be chosen to be featured on my blog, terriluvsbooks.com every Tuesday. Please fill out this form http://goo.gl/forms/ata6k9heyw9fGcwq1 You must like my Facebook page to qualify http://www.facebook.com/wilsonterria/ in order to qualify.

Dropping the Dime by Ellie Ashe

**I received a copy of this audio in exchange for a review**

This is a great series. It’s one of those that I really could read like fifty more books with these characters. They are that fun. The cozy format is perfect for someone like me who needs an immediate escape. While I was reading this series, I didn’t worry about the other details in my life because the author drew me into the plot and I couldn’t get to the end fast enough. I love Miranda. I think she has so much energy and spunk. I fell in love with her because she is so 3-dimensional to me. I know nothing about the finance world, but the author did a great job explaining to me what I needed to know, but not bore me. This is the second book in the series, but I believe you could read this one first if you wanted. I reviewed the first book and you can read it here.

Dropping the Dime

Author: Ellie Ashe

Narrator: Teri Schnaubelt

Length: 7 hours 9 minutes

Publisher: Ellie Ashe

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Release date: Jun. 22, 2016

Synopsis: Miranda Vaughn was once falsely accused of stealing millions, and now she’s helping others who are facing criminal charges. While being an assistant to her former defense attorney isn’t Miranda’s dream job, she’s eager to prove herself, and her first task is a simple one – protect Kathryn, a shy CFO turned informant, and help her prove that a popular real estate developer is embezzling millions from his company. But what should be a straightforward assignment is deliciously complicated when Miranda is thrown together with FBI Agent Jake Barnes, the man who saved her life, broke her heart, and then disappeared.
Beneath the neatly plotted rows of new homes lurk dark secrets, bitter feuds and a whole lot of greed. Nothing is what it appears; even Miranda’s timid client is hiding secrets of her own. Despite her growing distrust of her client, Miranda must protect Kathryn from becoming the target of the FBI’s investigation and protect herself from the real thief – all while protecting her heart from the sexy FBI agent she can’t seem to resist.

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About the Author: Ellie Ashe

USA Today best-selling author Ellie Ashe has always been drawn to jobs where she can tell stories—journalist, lawyer, and now writer. Writing quirky romantic mysteries is how she gets the “happily ever after” that so often is lacking in her day job.

When not writing, you can find her with her nose in a good book, watching far too much TV, or trying out new recipes on unsuspecting friends and family. She lives in Northern California with her husband and three cats, all of whom worry when she starts browsing the puppy listings on petfinder.com.

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About the Narrator: Teri Schnaubelt

Teri Schnaubelt is a Chicago-based actor, voice actor and audiobook narrator with over 100 titles, including NY Times Bestsellers.

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Terri W. reads… #carolinareads

I’m turning the tables on myself. Here is my #carolinareads interview.

What’s the first book you remember reading?
Tales of the Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume. I also read the John Jakes North and South series at a young age too.

What’s the most recent book you have read or what are you reading right now?
I tend to have a few books going at one time. I’m listening to The Glitch by Ramona Finn Story Fix Transform Your Novel From Broken To Brilliant by Larry Brooks, The Anatomy of Story by John Truby and I’m reading Dragon Slayer’s Academy The New Kid at School by Kate McMullan with my youngest daughter.

Why did you choose that book?
The Glitch I agreed to read for a book tour, the two writing books I’m reading because they were recommended as good books on writing, and The Dragonslayer’s Academy because my daughter chose it for her free reading time.

If you could meet one book character or one author, who would you like it to be and why?
There are so many authors I would like to meet and my list of characters is huge. I get to meet a lot of great authors at the Space Coast Book Lovers Convention. I would like to meet Jim Butcher, Kim Harrison, James Scott Bell, Darynda Jones, and Sue Grafton.

You can only choose five books for your bookshelf. What are they?
Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan, The Complete Works of Shakespeare, Outlining Your Novel by K.M. Weiland, The Harry Potter series, Bless Me Ultima Rudolfo Anaya

 

Terri is a blogger, (duh! This is my blog), writer, mother, wife, and crazy recycled hippie. I spend most of my time reading and trying to write my own book. It is my hope to get something out there before the end of 2017. I’m currently working on two ideas, one a 1920 deco-punk novel where vampires control the flow of bootleg alcohol and an urban fantasy about a valkyrie taxi driver.

 


Join the movement!
I want to promote reading. I know there are so many out there who have read a book and thought, this is something others need to know about. Reading encourages a lifelong passion for learning. #carolinareads is a movement that will give readers a chance to share what they are reading. There is a five question interview. I will share it on my website and give you a chance to not only promote your love of reading but also to promote yourself as you can include a website in your two sentence biography. Don’t live in the Carolinas? Well, do you know someone who does (hint: the person who created this form) you can still participate. Submit the form and I’ll let you know the date of your spotlight. Spread the word! Join the movement. Please email a picture if you would like it to be included.

Fangirls Box Set by Robbie Cox

Maybe because I dream of having fans one day or maybe because I am such a gooey fangirls sometimes, this was a fun collection of books to read. I think Robbie’s knack for storytelling is getting better with every book he writes. He has a unique skill that allows him to write in multiple genres. That’s just plain cool in my opinion.

These stories follow the lives five fangirls as they mingle with their favorite authors at a weekend conference. I liked how each story connected somehow because the characters overlap into each other’s story.

 

Romance is more than just stories between the covers of a book, and many hope the tales spring from the pages and into their lives. For the readers gathered together in historic St. Augustine for the St. Augustine Authors Event their fantasies are about to come true. Some have visions of doing more than just getting a signature from their favorite author or cover model, while even authors arrive hoping for a little spontaneous adventure. Lives change during this weekend event as people take the fantasies, which have kept them warm at night, from the pages of their novels to bring the heat into their lives as well as their sheets.

Fangirls: The Collection brings together five stories from five different ladies and shares the relationships they are hoping turn out to be more than just fantasies.

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Robbie will attend Space Coast Book Lovers Convention June 1-4

 

For the latest news on Robbie’s releases, upcoming events and appearances, and special giveaways, join his newsletter – http://bit.ly/23CFhQQ

Robbie started writing as a way to escape – escape his teachers, escape his fears, even to escape his insecurities and doubts. However, his stories of seduction and adventure, not only allowed him to hide in the lives of his characters, but also captivated those who wanted to escape with him. Now, he enjoys a full-time career as a storyteller and novelist, and invites readers to runaway with him- to escape, getting lost in the seduction of adventure.

When he is not writing, Robbie can be found on his back porch enjoying a cigar, a scotch, and a good story. He derives pleasure from his large family and his crazy group of friends who provide the inspiration for his blog The Mess that Is Me.

He is the author of the Urban Fantasy series, The Warrior of the Way, along with the paranormal series, The Witches of Savannah. His Contemporary Romance series includes The Rutherford Series, The Harper Twins, and the Fangirls series.

You can learn more about Robbie at his website – http://www.robbiecox.net
You can also follow Robbie on his social media sites:
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/robbiecoxauthor
Twitter – https://twitter.com/CoxRobbie

You can also be a part of Robbie’s Readers Group, Robbie’s Rascals, for sneak peeks and special giveaways – http://bit.ly/1LdzaLb

The Warrior of the Way Series includes:

Reaping the Harvest (Book 1)
Lore Master (Book 2)
The Warrior’s Blade (Coming 2017)

The Rutherford Series includes:

Losing Faith (Book 1)
Roll the Dice (Book 2)
To Be Cherished (Coming 2017)
His To Command (Coming 2018)
Sharing Hearts (Coming 2018)

The Harper Twins Series includes:

Sibling Rivalry (Book 1)
Taming Karla (Coming in 2017)

The Fangirls Series includes:

Nikki (Book 1)
Lily (Book 2)
Cassie (Book 3)
Olivia (Book 4)
Willow (Book 5)
Fangirls: The Collection (Box Set)

The Witches of Savannah Series includes:

Come Halloween (A Stand Alone)
Enter the Witch (Prequel)

The Best of Both Worlds includes:

Ribbons & Bows (Book 1)
Under the Wrapping (Coming in 2017)

Robbie’s Other Books includes:

Behind the Mask (Coming Oct. 2017)

What It Takes

So you think you like reading? You think you like books? Are you the kind of reader who goes through withdraws if you don’t read at least once a day? If you answered yes, then having a book blog might be a fun way for you to grow as a writer yourself, and to help all those authors you love.

It doesn’t take money. You could do this completely free. Check into blooger.com and wordpress.com. There are a lot of good blogs where the blogger uses all free resources. Paying a little money helps but it is not necessary at all. For this site, I paid for a wordpress.org site, my url, and the template I use. I also paid for a professional to design my logo. I spaced out these purchases so I didn’t have a huge chunk all at once. I’ll talk more about developing your blog in a later post. Today, I want to share how I connect with authors and how to develop relationships with them.

When I first started I reviewed books I had already read. I had no idea how to connect with authors and I suffered from a bit of intimidation. I found a site listing authors who want readers to review their books. (I tried to find it but I can’t so I don’t know if it is still around.) I found two books that looked interesting and sent in a request. I honestly didn’t expect much because I was just starting. The authors agreed and sent me their books. It was as cool as Christmas morning to a kid. Both of these authors contacted me directly. I read their books and then wrote reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, and my blog. Then I took a bold step and asked them if I could do an interview. Again, I didn’t expect them to agree, but they did. Since then I have helped these two authors every chance I get. They are both wonderful ladies and I recommend both their books.

Then I listed my blog on the website The Book Blogger List. Once I did that, I had too many requests. If you list your blog on this site, make sure you are specific about your requirements. If you are not clear, you will be asked to read anything and everything. I try to get back with an author within 48 hours, but that doesn’t always happen. I keep a folder in my email labeled “Book Review Requests”.  When I have completed the review and it is posted, I move that email to a folder marked “Book Review Requests Completed”. I keep requests in that folder for about a month after it is posted just in case I need to get to it easily.

For me, it is easier to read books on my Kindle, so I always ask for .mobi files. I do not take epub or pdf anymore. At first, I didn’t ask for exactly what I wanted/needed and I had to convert files. If you need to do that, you Calibre. It’s a free software that will convert .epub but not .pdf. It’s also a good way to store any and all ebooks.  I can read books on my phone, my tablet, or my Kindle. For me, this is awesome because I never know when I might have a few free minutes I can read. I think authors are also more willing to give away free ebooks.

I also request books to review through NetGalley.  There are a lot of books here to read. I have been turned down though. So if you go through this website, don’t be upset if you request a book and the publisher/author says no. Just move on; don’t take it personally.

Book tour companies are another way of getting books to review. Be careful with this because it is easy to get overwhelmed with too many books. I only work with one tour company; The Audiobookworm. Jess is an awesome gal to work with. I like to listen to audiobooks when I exercise.

Big houses are hard to get free books from, but there are so many indie authors who write great books. For this reason, I read more indie books than big house books. I get to know the authors and work with them on a much more personal level. I now have some authors who just send me their books and/or arcs without me even asking. That makes me feel like a rock star every time that happens.

There is some professional protocol you need to follow if you want to develop a good rep for your blog.

  1. If you get a free book in exchange for a review, state that in your post and on your site.
  2. If you say you are going to review a book- review it. There have been a couple of times, books got lost in my tbr. I contacted the author each time, explained while the review was later than I had told them, then quickly got it done. That leads me to…
  3. Tell the author how long it will take you to read their book. Be realistic and then add two weeks to your turn around time. Let’s face it- life gets in the way.
  4. If you read a book, that is just horrible- let the author know before you post your review. No one likes a surprise like a bad review. Remember for many of these authors, their books are kindred to their souls. When they write a book and share it with the world, they open themselves and it is raw and personal for them.
  5. Post reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. No matter how good your site, you will never have an audience as big as Amazon. So share your input so more readers will see the book. Again, state if you got a free book in exchange for a review.
  6. Don’t ask for money for your review. Just don’t. It’s tacky.

Authors need readers and readers need authors. A book blog is a great way to meet both these needs. I haven’t spent much time on SEO, mailing list, and audience development. I’m working on that over the next couple of months. I’m not for sure how much I am really helping my authors and I want to do more. For me, I’m not looking to make a lot of money with my blog. I have one affiliation account with audiobooks.com and I need to work it more. I try to make enough to pay for my own expenses. I’ve gone back and forth on trying to make more. I’ll be looking into that over the next couple of months too.

If you are a book blogger or looking to start one, comment below and let’s connect more.

 

 

 

 

Talk About It Tuesday

Talk About It Tuesday. Talk about whatever writing project you have going on right now. If you’re an author, blogger, or writer share a little from your current WIP (work in progress) or an upcoming book. One random post will be chosen to be featured on my blog, terriluvsbooks.com every Tuesday. Please fill out this form http://goo.gl/forms/ata6k9heyw9fGcwq1 You must like my Facebook page to qualify http://www.facebook.com/wilsonterria/ in order to qualify.