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50 Followers!

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I know, I have a lot to say today, but there it was! “You now have 50 Followers!” Here in the blogasphere, you are supposed to celebrate every 50 followers or so, so I am celebrating!

I have met some pretty awesome bloggers through these past two years of blogging and I want to thank everyone who takes time to read my little place on the internet. Especially those first 30 who I worked so hard to get! You know who are! Thanks to you, my blog has gained some sort of popularity and 20 others have followed your lead without my badgering them ;-) And also because of you, I have developed a very decent bookshelf if I do say so myself!

I would really like to do something crazy fun and unique to the blogging world for my celebration, so without further ado, The Crazy Picture/Story Contest! I do realize that not all of my followers are writers so I am including photographers and artists in this contest.

The rules are simple, there are three categories, Writing, Drawing/Painting, and Photography. You can enter 1 or all categories with ONLY ONE PIECE OF WORK PER EACH CATEGORY. So, if you enter a story in the Writing, then feel free to enter a drawing/painting as well, just not two stories. Also, what you enter MUST BE YOUR OWN.

So what do you enter? That is a very good question. And the answer is: something with an animal. If you’ve captured a picture of beautifully colored peacock that you saw at the zoo, then enter it in! Write a story about a magical cockroach who saves the day! Draw a picture of the cutest puppy that ever lived! Just come up with anything! But there are a few guidelines for each Category:

Writing: Write a story of at least 500 words in length but please not over 5,000 words. I know us writers can be long winded, but we are doing short stories here, not novels ;-) Your story may consist of any animal, reptile, bug, mammal, extinct, or just plain not-real! Just please no graphic violence, inappropriate language or sexual content.

Drawing/Painting: I honestly do not care what size your art is, as long as you are able to see it well when you take a picture of it. You may also draw/paint any kind of animal as long as there are no graphic scenes or inappropriately dressed humans (or any sexual content whatsoever). Captions are also allowed, but no profanity.

Photography: Sorry photography, but your animal must be a real animal that you have seen with your own eyes and took a picture of. So maybe that’s your neighbor’s new puppy or a ladybug on your car, I’m sure that you can get a pretty awesome picture! Captions are allowed for you as well, but please no profanity, and let’s keep the pictures clean.

THE WINNER:

There will be one winner for every category, of which will be announced HERE ON MY BLOG (I will send an email too) ON NOVEMBER 1, 2014! I will accept entries up until October 31st.

The prize is going to be: Your name, bio and picture (if you wish, if you would prefer to be anonymous then that is perfectly fine), your work posted here on my blog, link to your blog (if any), and a cool badge that I am in the process of making for you to put on your blog or social media.

EMAIL ALL ENTRIES TO: TYPEWRITERSHEART(AT)GMAIL(DOT)COM

Guys, I really want this contest to be awesome, ’cause all of you guys are awesome! So, please, enter in at least one thing and pass the word on about it. It’s just a fun thing to do and forget about school for a little bit ;-) Hope I here from someone soon! Have a great day!!!

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

100 for 100 Contest! Go Teen Writers!

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The 100 for 100 contest started today and let me just say that I am so very excited! Just to clarify, 100 for 100 is: 100 words for 100 days, meaning, simply, we write AT LEAST 100 words every day for 100 days. This contest is mainly a motivator and habit maker, to motivate writers to get into the habit of writing every day.

I know a few other people who will also be participating in this contest, my sister one, MaKenzie, and I believe a really good writer (also many other areas) friend is participating with her sister as well. So, I am sure there will be some friendly (or not so friendly *evil grin*)  competition amongst us :-)

One of the requirements, however, was slightly on the evil side for me….During this contest you can only count words that have been written on ONE DECIDED MANUSCRIPT!!! No problem for me sticking to one story for 100 days, that’s not what is evil. What was hard was choosing which ONE of my million stories I am dedicating to this contest. Okay so maybe I only have three stories going right now, but still, that’s like choosing a favorite child! I had to choose between the story I started when I was 13, A Queen is Knighted, a story that came to me overnight earlier this year, The Machine, and a writing prompt that has turned into an all out book, The Doors of the Kingdoms (not final title, I refer to it as The Doors quite often so that might be my final title.). So, as you can possibly imagine this was a very tough decision, but I decided that The Doors of the Kingdoms is going to be participating in this particular contest.

I suppose that some of you are wondering why I chose The Doors, so I will go ahead and clarify. Because I started A Queen is Knighted a little over 3 years ago, I was much younger and in all honesty, didn’t know a single thing about writing a story. Yes, A Queen is Knighted has a gripping first few chapters, but about chapter 5, I begin losing sight of how I actually want the story to END. So the story goes haywire for the next 4 or 5 chapters where I just wrote down whatever came to my mind. In order for me to continue writing and finish the story, I would have to go way back in time and re-write most of it, which I do not care to do as of right now.

The reasoning behind my choosing The Doors over The Machine (That sounds like a winner suspense title: The Doors Over the Machine!), is because, in tattling honesty, I like the story of The Doors better than that of The Machine. Oh I love them both, but The Doors is the story that writes itself in my mind all day long, while I have trouble remembering the character’s names in The Machine. I know, such a terrible confession.

I feel like I am beginning to babble now, which is extremely odd, I never babble, must be low on chocolate…..Anyhow, I am going to go now, but on one quick goodbye note, I will try to post my weekly word count here probably on a Sunday or Monday so y’all can keep up with my progress and not be held in total suspense for 100 days!

So! Everyone have a fantastic rest of the day and I will probably be back here soon (I have a Chess Story brewing….mmwawahaha!)!

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Rayleigh’s Review: Nowhere to Turn by Lynette Eason

Nowhere to Turn by Lynette Eason

The Synopsis

The day Danielle Harding takes her 11-year-old son, Simon, and flees from her abusive husband, is the same day Kurt Harding dies. A relieved Dani believes she and her son are finally safe–but in reality, the danger has just begun. When Kurt was alive, he took something important to a mysterious person. That person wants the item back and believes Dani now has it. As she and her son run for their lives, they have nowhere to turn, until she hires Adam Buchanan of Operation Refuge and goes into hiding. Unfortunately, she won’t be able to hide for long . . .

From the first breathless scene, this tension-laced story will hold readers in its iron grip. Bestselling author Lynette Eason propels readers along at a breakneck pace in a race to discover the truth and a better future.

My Review

MY GENERAL THOUGHTS: Nowhere to Turn is full of suspense from page one, and I found myself rooting for Dani and Simon right from the start. Both characters were greatly written and extremely likable, as was Adam. The “bad guys” were well written as well, and though I could not necessarily agree with their motives, I did understand why they did what they did without completely understanding why anyone in the world could think like them……If that makes any sense. The plot was very well written and anything aside from the romance between Dani and Adam was totally unpredictable.

QUESTIONABLE CONTENT: There is quite a bit of violence that includes quite a few murders that are semi-detailed. Gun-fights, scary stalking, and masked kidnappings are also some of the spine tingling suspense scenes.

OVERALL CONCLUSION: I give Nowhere to Turn 5 out 5 five stars for a story well written and time well spent! Thanks to the publisher for giving me this book in return for an honest review. All comments and opinions are my own.

Author Bio/ Website

Lynette Eason

Lynette Eason grew up in Greenville, SC. She graduated from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, and then obtained her masters in education from Converse College. Author of twenty inspirational romantic suspense books, she is also a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA). In 1996, Lynette married “the boy next door” and now she and her husband and their two children make their home in Simpsonville, South Carolina.”

She blogs at: http://www.lynetteeason.com/blog/

Links for Purchase

Amazon

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Posted by on September 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Rayleigh’s Review: Tried and True by Mary Connealy

Tried and True

The Synopsis

Saddle up for a wildly fun ride with the Wilde sisters!

Kylie Wilde is the youngest sister—and the most civilized. Her older sisters might be happy dressing in trousers and posing as men, but Kylie has grown her hair long and wears skirts every chance she gets. It’s a risk—they are homesteading using the special exemptions they earned serving in the Civil War as “boys”—but Kylie plans to make the most of the years before she can sell her property and return to the luxuries of life back East.

Local land agent Aaron Masterson is fascinated with Kylie from the moment her long hair falls from her cap. But now that he knows her secret, can he in good conscience defraud the U.S. government? And when someone tries to force Kylie off her land, does he have any hope of convincing her that marrying him and settling on the frontier is the better option for her future?

My Review

UPS: Tried and True opens with a great scene that grabs your attention from the get-go and keeps it until the last page! I enjoyed this new twist of a western and loved reading about the characters. Kylie (I love this name!) was a very neat character and greatly developed, as was Aaron. Though a few scenes were entirely predictable, a few others were not and that was nice.

DOWNS (Need to change this section to something like You Will Want to Know or something…): There is a little bit of action and some kissing. But not overly detailed.

OVERALL: This was a very good book and anyone who likes Westerns and Historical Romance, I recommend! 5 out of 5 stars!

Author Bio/Website

Mary Connealy

Mary Connealy writes fun and lively “romantic comedy with cowboys” for the inspirational market. She is the author of twenty-eight books. Including The Trouble in Texas series, The Kincaid Brides series, Lassoed in Texas, Montana Marriages, and Sophie’s Daughters series. Mary is a Rita and Christy Award finalist and a two time Carol Award winner. She lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her husband, Ivan, and has four grown daughters.

She Blogs at mconnealy.blogspot.com

Links For Purchase

Amazon

Christian Books

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

A Youth Review: Tremors by Bonnie S. Calhoun

Tremors

The Synopsis:

In this gripping prequel to Thunder , unsettling secrets change Selah Chavez’s life forever in the days before her 18th Born Remembrance.

THIS IS A BONUS REVIEW! I WILL BE REVIEWING THUNDER VERY SOON! BUT, JUST SO YOU KNOW…..

Thunder by Bonnie S. Calhoun SYNOPSIS

In post-apocalyptic America, Selah Chavez is crouched in long grass on a shore littered with the rusted metal remnants of a once-great city. It is the day before her eighteenth Born Remembrance, and she is hunting, though many people refuse to eat animal flesh, tainted by radiation during the Time of Sorrows. What Selah’s really after are Landers, mysterious people from a land across the big water who survive the delirium-inducing passage in small boats that occasionally crash against the shoreline. She knows she should leave the capture to the men, but Landers bring a good price from the Company and are especially prized if they keep the markings they arrive with.
Everything falls to pieces when the Lander Selah catches is stolen by her brothers–and Selah wakes up the next morning to find the Lander’s distinctive mark has suddenly appeared on her own flesh. Once the hunter, Selah is now one of the hunted, and she knows only one person who can help her–Bohdi Locke, the Lander her brothers hope to sell.

My Review:

UPS: I have been beyond anxious waiting for Thunder, so I jumped at the chance to read the short prequel (that happened to be free on Amazon ;-), Tremors on my kindle. Though the very beginning of the book had something wrong with the format and I was not able to read the first few pages (I think…), I read enough to know what was going on without being totally confused. Tremors is written in first person, and I really enjoyed the way that it is written and I enjoyed getting to know Selah for that brief amount of time. Tremors is a great set up to Thunder and I would suggest owning (or at least having it on it’s way) Thunder before reading, as it ends leaving you full of questions and wanting to know what happens next (like, I’m starting Thunder tonight!)!

DOWNS: Even though Tremors only has like 3 chapters (took me about 30 minutes to read), it did have some violence and content not recommended for younger audiences (nothing sexual other than a few comments such as, “This one’s for the ladies!”, but from how the storyline was going, I do expect at least kissing to be in the rest of the series.). I would keep the age limit, preferably at, at least 14 years of age, but absolutely not under 13 for the potential violence that I expect from the series.

OVERALL: I give Tremors 5 out of 5 stars for being well written and grabbing my attention from page 1! This is one of the best prequels that I have ever read!

Author Bio/ Website:

Bonnie S Calhoun

As a compliment to my love for writing, I have a natural progression into the marketing and advertising field.

As the Director of the CFBA, I lead a contingency of 250+ book reviewers that do bi-weekly blog tours.

I am the Owner/Publisher of CFOM. The magazine is in its 6th year. Monthly we post a new issue of 35+ columns by the best and brightest authors, publishers, and agents in our industry.

The American Christian Fiction Writers have designated me as the Northeast Zone Director, where I lead the membership loop for New York, New Jersey, and the New England states.

Continue reading about Bonnie at her website: Bonniescalhoun.com

Links For Purchase:

Amazon (Tremors is a FREE ebook!)

Thunder (book one to the Stone Braide Chronicles) available at Amazon 

 
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Posted by on September 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Rayleigh’s Review: All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes by Betsy St. Amant

All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes

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The Synopsis:

Kat Varland has had enough of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry.

At twenty-six years old, Kat is still living in the shadows of her family in Bayou Bend, Louisiana. Still working shifts at her Aunt Maggie s bakery. Still wondering what to do with her passion for baking and her business degree. And still single.

But when Lucas Brannen, Kat s best friend, signs her up for a reality TV bake-off on Cupcake Combat, everything Kat ever wanted is suddenly dangled in front of her: creative license as a baker, recognition as a visionary . . . and a job at a famous bakery in New York.

As the competition heats up, Lucas realizes he might have made a huge mistake. As much as he wants the best for Kat, the only thing he wants for himself her is suddenly in danger of slipping away.

The bright lights of reality cooking wars and the chance at a successful career dazzle Kat s senses and Lucas is faced with a difficult choice: help his friend achieve her dreams . . . or sabotage her chances to keep her in Louisiana.”

My Review:

UPS: This book was written with excellent detail and amazing characters. The story was well thought out and I enjoyed reading about Kat and Lucas, cheering for them all throughout the book. Another bonus was that the very cupcake that had my mouth watering for in the book, has the recipe in the back of the book(!), cannot wait to try it!

DOWNS: However, I did find Kat and Lucas, and their friendship/relationship, kind of repetitive, and it bothered me that they would just assume what the other was thinking and never talking, especially since they were supposed to have been best friends since high school and supposedly told each other everything. There were also a few kisses (not necessarily “downs, but need to mentioned) and some conflict among other bakers that lead to nasty decisions.

OVERALL: I give All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes 4 out of 5 stars and I do recommend it to people who enjoy contemporary romance :-)

 Author Bio/ Website:

Betsy St. AmantBetsy St. Amant lives in Louisiana and is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers group. Betsy is multi-published through Steeple Hill and has been published in Christian Communicator magazine and Praise Reports: Inspiring Real Life Stories of How God Answers Prayer. One of her short stories, ‘Kickboxing or Chocolate’, appears in a Tyndale compilation book, and she is also multi-published through The Wild Rose Press. She has a BA in Christian Communications and regularly freelances for her local newspaper. Betsy is a fireman’s wife, a mommy to a busy toddler, a chocolate-loving author and an avid reader who enjoys sharing the wonders of God’s grace through her stories.

She blogs at: http://www.betsystamant.com/

Links for Purchase:

Amazon

 
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Posted by on September 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

A Youth Review: Destined For Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon

Destined for Doon

The Synopsis:

In this sequel to Doon, Kenna Reid realizes she made a horrible mistake-choosing to follow her dreams of Broadway instead of staying in the enchanted land of Doon. Worse, she’s received proof she and Duncan are meant to be, along with torturous visions of the prince she left behind. So when Duncan shows up and informs Kenna that Doon needs her, she doesn’t need to think twice. But even if Kenna can save the enchanted kingdom, her happily ever after may still be in peril.

My Review:

UPS: After reading Doon (book 1), I couldn’t wait to read Destined for Doon and hope that Kenna made the right decision and live happily ever after. I was pleased with this sequel, however not quite as much as I was with the first book. The description was amazing, and the actions made by the characters was completely believable. As always, I loved how Carey and Lorie wrote and verbally pronounced the princes’ Scottish accents, it gave the book it’s own little personality :-)

DOWNS: However, there was a whole lot more kissing and sexual comments in this book than the first because the book focused mainly on MaKenna (of whom is my least favorite character). Kenna just kind of speaks her mind, because the book is written in first person, so whatever she is thinking (about guys especially) gets put into the book. In addition to the sexual content, there is also some pretty descriptive action concerning the “zombie circle” that definitely needs to be taken into consideration when buying for younger audiences.

OVERALL: So, my overall judgement of the book is that though it was good, book 1 was better and Destined for Doon really was almost a let down because of all of the “downs”. Whereas I gave Doon 4 out of 5 stars, I only give Destined for Doon 3 out of 5 stars. Thank you all for reading :-)

“I received this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are my own.”

Author(s) Bio/ Website

Carey Corp

I am the author of several young adult books, including the DOON series from BLINK/HarperCollins, inspired by Lerner & Loewe’s Brigadoon, and co-written w/Lorie Langdon.

*Please note this is an unmonitored account. I do love to connect with readers on Twitter and Facebook. Visit the Dooniverse for links: www.DoonSeries.com*”

Lorie Langdon

Lorie Langdon is co-author of DOON, a YA reimagining of the musical Brigadoon, available now from Blink/Harper Collins!
www.doonseries.com
A few years ago, she left her thriving corporate career to satisfy the voices in her head. Now as a full-time author and stay-at-home mom, she spends her summers editing poolside while dodging automatic water-gun fire, and the rest of the year tucked into her cozy office, Havanese puppy by her side, working to translate her effusive imagination into the written word.

Links For Purchase:

Amazon

Christian Books

 
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Posted by on September 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

 
 
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