Thursday, April 24, 2014

Straight Browsing From the Library: More Than a Feeling by CJ Carmichael

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. The author will be awarding an E-copy of "Frost Family Christmas Anthology" - which includes the first 3 books in the Frost Family & Friends Series as well as a bonus short story - to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour. Remember, the more stops you visit, the more chances you earn to win.

NOTE: More Than a Feeling is on sale for only $0.99 at Amazon! Pick up your copy today by clicking here.

A dangerous twenty-year-old secret is about to be uncovered in the quaint Vermont town of Carol Falls, where not everyone is who they seem to be.

At first meeting, Spencer Frost appears to be a simple farmer who enjoys reading and quoting poetry. In fact he’s a criminal law attorney from Boston on sabbatical at Frost Family Farm. When he meets Robin Redmond, the lovely new sales clerk at the local independent bookstore, he has no idea he’s about to step into a drama to rival even his toughest legal case.

Robin moved to Carol Falls in pursuit of the man who destroyed her sister’s life. Driven to face him—as well as her own guilt about her sister--falling in love with Spencer is not part of her plans. But as they partner up to unravel the twisted truth behind the crime, she discovers love is the strongest weapon of all.

This is the fourth book in a small-town romance/cozy mystery series that began with The Frost Family Christmas trilogy. These three titles are:

Book 1: What Child Is This by C.J. Carmichael

Book2: Home For Christmas by Roxy Boroughs

Book 3: The Holly & The Ivy by Brenda M. Collins.


Robin turned on the radio. Loud.

She did not want to think about the magical evening she’d just had. The wagon ride, the stars, the nice Frost family, Spencer whispering poetry in her ear, then looking at her like he wanted to kiss her when they were finally alone.

Worst of all had been the seedling of hope that had awoken in her heart. That she could be happy. Maybe even, one day, loved. And, most of all—normal.

It was like an early April Fool’s joke. She’d been completely taken in. Despite the signs to the contrary—his upper crust accent, his unhardened hands—she’d thought Spencer was a poetry-loving farmer, a modern day Robert Frost.

Only to find out he was an advocate for the sort of criminal who had stolen her family from her. He defended the bad guys, getting them off, twisting the evidence to try and make victims look guilty, fighting for shorter sentences and arguing mitigating circumstances.

He was the champion of men like the one she hated most in the world.

Robin pulled over to the side of the road. She must have been driving in autopilot. Somehow she’d passed the heart of Carol Falls, traveled over the covered bridge and a mile down Red Bridge Avenue to the Fix-It Shop.

It was a narrow, two story wooden building, hemmed in on one side by a pawn shop and a vacant building on the other.

This was not the cute area of Carol Falls where she worked. No, this was where people who couldn’t afford luxuries like ambience or street appeal lived.

She’d already figured out that there was an apartment over the Fix-It Shop where the McGuires lived. The main floor shop was dark now, but at least one lamp glowed in the upper apartment. She could imagine Alistair in an overstuffed chair, feet up on a stool, reading The Brothers Karamazov. Maybe he’d be sipping a cup of tea, or a brandy, with classical music playing softly in the background.

But what about his brother?

The other McGuire, she simply could not imagine. Since she’d arrived in Carol Falls, she hadn’t caught a glimpse of him. Did he ever leave the apartment? She was starting to doubt it. She knew for sure he was there. As the last surviving relative of his victim, she’d been notified when he’d been released from prison and told that he was planning to go live with his brother in Carol Falls.

She wished she could have filed the information under “better off forgotten” and gone on with her life. Not that she’d had much. Since her mother’s death in September, she’d been barely hanging on to her job, let alone doing what she knew she needed to do.

Get new interests. Make friends. Start living.

Instead, the idea of Allan McGuire, free to start over when her own family had been destroyed, had festered in her brain, until finally she’d decided she’d never be able to let this thing go until she’d seen him again and made sure that he would never do to another family what he’d done to hers.

She’d had enough counseling over the years to know this wasn’t healthy. Her obsession with the tragedy had stunted her life and cost her her marriage. Brad had been more than patient with her at first, certain that she would eventually learn to let the past go.

But the seeds had been planted early. She’d only been six years old. Twenty-two years later, the garden that should have been her life had been completely overgrown with weeds.

Robin waited, for what seemed like an hour, until finally the lights in the apartment went out. She stayed an extra twenty minutes, checking to make sure that no furtive figure snuck out into the quiet darkness. Only then did she feel free to make her way home.

National bestseller, CJ Carmichael, has published over 35 novels and has twice been nominated for a RITA award. She likes to write stories about romance, family and intrigue, usually in small town or rural settings. She’s currently working on the next book in “The Carrigans of the Circle C” trilogy for Tule Publishing, as well the next “Frost Family & Friends” cozy mystery/romance for a multi-author series set in Carol Falls, Vermont.

When it’s time to take a break from the computer, she heads to the Rocky Mountains near her home in Calgary where she lives with her partner Michael. If you’d like to learn more about her books, sign up for her newsletter on her website: . (C.J. likes to reward her loyal readers on this list with regular draws for free, autographed books.)

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Straight Browsing from the Library: Kiss the Enemy by Dianna Love

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This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Dianna will be awarding EITHER the ebook box set of the first 3 Slye Temp OR a signed copy of ONE of the first 4 Slye Temp books. (Print Books are Continental US Only - Amazon/iTunes/Nook ebook equivalent for international) to one randomly drawn commenter at each stop during the tour, and a GRAND PRIZE of Signed copies of all 4 Slye Temp books – LAST CHANCE TO RUN, NOWHERE SAFE, HONEYMOON TO DIE FOR – plus a MONOGRAMMED SLING BACKPACK, and swag pack of surprise goodies. (Continental US only for print books - Amazon/iTunes/Nook 3 ebook box set for international) will be awarded to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.


4_23 Cover_Kiss the EnemyHer only hope is in the hands of her enemy.

Slye Temp operative Margaux Duke is chasing an international terrorist who murdered the last of her family. But her plans go up in smoke when her agency is in the crosshairs of the dangerous killer, forcing her to turn rogue to protect the only family she has left - her team. This is no time to get involved, especially with an enemy who steps between her and the terrorist she has to stop.

Logan Baklanov has been known by many names in the underbelly of international terrorism and will do whatever it takes to shield those he loves from the treacherous world he lives in. When his brother’s life is in jeopardy, Logan takes on a role that places him at the top of the most-wanted lists of government security agencies in every country. He accepts the no-win situation, willing to make the ultimate sacrifice until a long legged beauty draws the attention of his deadly target and screws Logan’s carefully planned mission.

Margaux and Logan must join forces in a dangerous game to save a major city from a powerful psychopath, but their ruse escalates out of control when the heat smoldering between them threatens to explode.


Margaux gazed around the elegant room, taking in the mundane, wealthy men shopping for an expensive party girl for the night. All of the clients here were middle aged and ordinary.

On the other hand, Dragan’s bodyguard was anything but uninteresting.

He stood off to her right, with Secret-Service-looking eyewear and a coal-black designer suit that had to be custom-tailored to fit shoulders as wide as his.

That was one big man.

Just her flavor, if she had any interest in a taste.

Surprisingly, he still managed to blend into the shadows, motionless as a tiger waiting for his dinner to stroll by. Power rolled off him in silent waves. She couldn’t tell much about his face with that thick, but neat, black beard and his eyes hidden.

Handsome was too simple a word to describe him, too civilized. Like admiring a wolf for its lush coat or a shark for its grace in the water, a woman would find this man attractive in a deadly way.

A woman who enjoyed playing with fire or dancing with lightning.

A woman who was a fool.

Nothing about that man invited sexual banter, which she found even more appealing. No, he was not one to play with and that presented a problem.

Because right now she had to get to Dragan and that bodyguard was her only route.


4_23 AuthorPicNew York Times bestseller Dianna Love once dangled over a hundred feet in the air to create unusual marketing projects for Fortune 500 companies. She now writes high-octane romantic suspense, thrillers and urban fantasy. Her new Slye Temp romantic suspense series launched its first four books in 2013 to rave reviews and more will follow in 2014. Her books are available in print and ebook. On the rare days she’s not in her writing cave, Dianna enjoys touring the country on her BMW motorcycle. She lives in the Atlanta, GA area with her motorcycle-instructor husband and a tank full of unruly saltwater critters. Read excerpts of her books at or join her Dianna Love Street Team on Facebook and get in on the fun!
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Straight Browsing at the Library: Bittersweet Rescue by Coleen Kwan

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This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Coleen will be awarding a $10 Amazon giftcard to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.


4_24 Cover_ Bittersweet RescueShe rescued him, and saved herself.

When Ellie Sherwood rescues her boss from drowning, she never anticipates the consequences. For three years she’s existed in an emotional limbo after a catastrophic family tragedy, but now she’s awake and ready to seize life with both hands. And that includes the sexy boss she’s been secretly infatuated with for some time.

Drake Crawford is about to achieve his lifelong goal when a car accident plays havoc with his life. Not only is his plan for revenge delayed, but his once demure personal assistant is now shockingly, irresistibly forward. Drake is against office affairs, and Ellie is vital to his success, but he can’t get her out of his mind, and besides, he does owe her...

His solution—a two-week break with Ellie at his wilderness hideout. They’ll indulge in a scorching, private affair, and when it’s over they’ll return to their normal lives. But as Drake discovers more about Ellie, he realises her quiet exterior hides a backbone of steel. When she asks him to walk away from his ultimate goal, he knows it’s time to let her go.

Drake shut his eyes and leaned his forehead against the wall. His heartbeat gradually slowed as relief trickled into him. She’d be fine once she’d regained her core temperature. The bathroom door was slightly ajar, and through it he heard the squelchy sounds of wet clothing being pulled off. Then the shower came on, and Ellie let out a sigh.

Drake was glued to the wall. His heartbeat revved up again as something other than relief flooded him. He couldn’t move as he listened to Ellie having a shower. Steam curled out of the bathroom, the scent of soap and shampoo teased him, and his fertile imagination went berserk as he pictured Ellie naked in the shower just inches away from him.

He could join her in that shower. Help her get warm and clean again...before he did a few dirty things to her.

Christ. She was killing him.


He tensed, not knowing whether to answer or not. If he did, she’d know he’d been lurking outside all the while like a Peeping Tom.


Damn his undisciplined mouth. And damn the hoarse neediness in his voice.

“I-I’m worried I’ll use up all the hot water and there’ll be none left for you.”

He couldn’t breathe. Was she going to suggest what he was dying to hear? Please, if there was any karma in the world, please let him be right.

“Um, Drake?” Her voice was soft, shaky, and it dripped into him like warm honey. “If—if you like, you can share the shower with me...”

If he liked? If? Was the Pope a Catholic?

He banged open the bathroom door and strode in.


4_24 AuthorPicColeen Kwan has been a bookworm all her life. At school English was her favorite subject, but for some reason she decided on a career in IT. After many years of programming, she wondered what else there was in life — and discovered writing. She loves writing contemporary romance and steampunk romance.

Coleen lives in Sydney, Australia with her partner and two children. When she isn’t writing she enjoys avoiding housework, eating chocolate, and watching Criminal Minds.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Straight Browsing From the Library: The Cowboy Wins a Bride by Cora Seton

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Cora will award a $100 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour. Remember, the more stops you visit and comment, the better your chances to win.

All Jamie Lassiter wants is to marry his best friend's sister and settle down for the rest of his life in Chance Creek. He's saved his money, bought into the Cruz Guest Ranch and he's ready for that wedding, but Claire Cruz is nowhere to be found.

Claire's too busy leaving Montana behind to care about cowboys or their wedding plans. She's got plans of her own - a trip around the world. She'll go as soon as she buys her tickets and she doesn't care if she ever sees Chance Creek again.

Desperate to change Claire's mind, Jamie proposes a bet: give him six weeks to convince her to marry him. If he can't, he'll pay for her round-the-world tickets himself.

Claire can wait six weeks if it means free tickets and a chance to get a little revenge on a man who once broke her heart. She's got only one stipulation: Jamie can't touch or flirt with her - or any other woman - while the bet is on.

Now Jamie's on the run from a bevy of cowboy-groupie ranch guests, and Claire's learning she cares about the ranch - and Jamie - more than she dreamed possible.

Maybe it's time to lose that bet. As long as Jamie loses it first.


“Bet she shoots you down when you do ask her,” Rob said, catching up to him.

“Bet you she doesn't,” Jamie said, even though secretly he thought Rob might be right.

“How much? Hundred bucks?“

“You got it.“

“Good luck winning that bet,” Cab said, overtaking them. “Seeing as how Jamie isn't asking her anytime soon.“

Jamie frowned. “I'll ask her soon.“

“Bet you can't marry her by Labor Day,” Rob said.

“If you're getting married in ten weeks, you better hurry up and pop the question,” Ethan said from behind them.

“I'm not marrying Claire on Labor Day,” Jamie said. His plan called for using the summer to build her interest in the ranch. At some point, he'd ask her out, and in the fall he'd suggest they move in together. Maybe he'd propose at Thanksgiving. Sure, he'd bought the ring early, but experience had taught him to be prepared. Like Ethan said, some occasions were more romantic than others. If things should move faster than he expected, he didn't want to be caught short.

And…well, he was looking forward to being engaged to Claire.

“You admitting she'll turn you down?” Rob said. They reached the stack of chairs again, and added the new ones to the pile.

“No. I'd just like to go on a few dates before I ask her.” Jamie straightened up.


“I ain't…“

“If you haven't asked her out in the past decade, you aren't going to ask her now. You're blowing smoke up your own ass if you think you're ever going to marry her.”

Jamie shoved his hands in his pockets to keep from balling them into fists and punching Rob. “I ain't chicken and I am going to ask her.“

“Hundred bucks says that come Labor Day, you're still single,” Rob said. “Safest bet I ever made.“

Cab, joining them, laughed out loud. “Got that right.“

“He's got to think it over for another twelve years,” Ethan chimed in. “Doesn't do to rush these things.“

Jamie bristled at this group attack on his cautious personality. “Hundred bucks says I'm married to Claire by the end of the summer.”

“Deal.” Rob grabbed his hand and shook it before Jamie had a chance to reconsider. He pointed across the lawn. “There she is, tiger. Go on and ask her.”


Cora Seton loves cowboys, country life, gardening, bike-riding, and lazing around with a good book. Mother of four, wife to a computer programmer/eco-farmer, she ditched her California lifestyle nine years ago and moved to a remote logging town in northwestern British Columbia.

Like the characters in her novels, Cora enjoys old-fashioned pursuits and modern technology, spending mornings transforming a neglected one-acre lot into a paradise of orchards, berry bushes and market gardens, and afternoons writing the latest Chance Creek romance novel on her iPad mini. Visit to read about new releases, contests and other cool events!



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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Straight Chatting from the Library: June M. Pace

June M. Pace stopped by The Library to chat with us as part of her virtual book tour with Goddess Fish Promotions. One randomly dawn commenter will win an autographed print copy of the book and two other commenters will receive downloads of the book.


First, tell us about yourself – where you live, your family, and those sorts of details.

I live in northern/central CA in a little beach community, in the foothills of the giant Redwoods, called Santa Cruz. It’s a perfect place to live, and I love it here! I recently got married to my best friend, Ray, in SeptEMBER of first marriage ever! So I waited in my life to do that and I’m really glad I did. We have three kids....stepkids to that still lives with us, LOVE him! and the older two are in San Francisco and LA. We have two dogs, Louie, a big white/tan lab and Bodhi (your guess is as good as mine), a tuxedo cat, Frankie and five chickens, Esther, Maxine, Marilyn, Wynnefred, and Petunia..and one duck, Vida. She had a mate, Dulce, but alas a hawk got him. Then we had Doug, however, Doug loved to go after my little Doug is gone. We’re now looking for a new female friend for Vida.

How long have you been writing?

I actually started writing with this first book back in 2010. Wow, that seems so long ago and we’re just promoting the book now; for clarity, it didn’t take three years to write this book. I began writing in the beginning of the year in 2010 and wrote until I moved in Aug/Sept. then I laid off for about five months and got back to it and finished the book in 2011. I attempted to shop it for about a year then decided to self publish in here I am. I just today, finished book two in five more settled into the real life of writing. It’s better than anything I’ve ever done in my life...writing I mean. I have a tremendous passion for this work.

Do you have a favorite place to write?

Yes, I live in my den when I’m writing. Someday soon we’re going to make this into a library, wall to wall bookshelves and my big fat desk. It’s a great room! Wood burning stove, big tall windows, super high ceiling and all my books surrounding me..I love it in here.

Why did you decide to write Benjamin McTish and the Door through the Grandfather Tree?

I’ve always had a way with kids, they flock to me. I’ve always felt a need to champion for our young people. I wrote this book, this series, with a deeper meaning than merely a tale to tell. I hoped to touch on the idea of the courage it takes to figure out who you are, and then to live that Truth freely. To be accountable for your actions and realize they may have repercussions for others as well, and to own up to your actions. I believe in Walking your Talk. There’s a spiritual thread that runs through this series, and hopefully it will allow someone the insight to observe the synchronicity of their life and see where they can make the changes, if any, to uplift themselves and others, to stay on the Path to their highest good. I’ve wrapped it all up in an exciting adventure of fantasy, magic and hope.

Who is your favorite character in your book and why?

Mathilda! I just want to scrunch her cheeks. She makes me laugh, she’s a real character. She’s not afraid of anything and thinks outside of the box. She says what she feels, and loves with all her heart. She’s all the best parts of me.

How about your least favorite character? What makes them less appealing to you?

Sorry, no answer for that one. How can any character you write be less than? They are a part of the whole, you need them to complete or embellish, or make sense of, or antagonize...fill in the need every character, so as a writer I’m invested in all my characters. I love them all, even the nasty evil Tar Vigorn. Actually, that’s one of the reasons I made her so over the top beautiful. I don’t think evil is always produced by something dark and ugly. Truth comes in many different does a lost soul.

Do you proofread/edit your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?

7. Yes, and yes. Ironically a bunch of us writers have been talking about editing the past two days. It’s a torturous job. You read and re-read and read again..and you STILL miss things! It’s absurd. So I give the book to my husband and he goes over all the grammar and punctuation and gives me back a really marked up book and I go about the tedious task of re-writing and corrections. Although he missed a good one too...not once but twice...I spelled the word, clothesline...closeline...for god’s sake!

I originally gave my work to a teacher who proof reads and she wanted to change up my entire I don’t do that anymore!

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I love my garden and plants, so I get very involved with the property. Then there are the girls I like to call chickens...they are so much fun to visit with...they’re like shoes, they are all so unique and unusual you just want to keep buying more. And they are used to my voice so they hang out with me, it’s very sweet. I plant live vegies in their pen and the duck pond needs cleaning out, etc. so it takes time. The pups of course, they need tons of attention. My husband and I make a habit of taking them for a long walk on the beach on Monday mornings.

And as I mentioned earlier, I paint. I’ve had a pretty good run with my Rock Series...large scale paintings of Rock n Roll legends, I’m in the middle of Stevie Nicks...well, I was in the middle last summer until wedding fever took I need to get back to her and finish that up. And the house is never finished with the little things, like a ceiling mural I began in the hall and stair landing...the mosaic fireplace and the guest bathroom re-do...can’t wait to get into that one. We have a new orchard...gardening and plants take up a lot of time. When things are on a regular routine I do Yoga almost daily, hike, run, things of this nature..I like to keep fit. Right now I’m dealing with a major injury, so it’s not as consistent...and holiday chunk is hangin on still...ha ha. But I always do a week fast every spring, so that will shift things up for me. And we go to regular ball games (Go A’s) with my husband's dad who is 95! Geez, no wonder I’m always so tired...I’m too busy!

Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?

I don’t read like I used to because I’ve been working on this series so much (and did you get a load of the stuff I do when I’m not writing, when do I have time?). It’s really sad to me because I would literally read for five hours straight once upon a time. I love reading. I had this great day bed in my dining room at my old house, right in front of a gigantic picture window that looked down over the forest mountains and I could see the coast line all the way to was spectacular. I would lay there among a huge pile of pillows and a blanket and read forever. I miss those days. I used to lay out in the sun and read for hours as well, and I still like to do that so that’s when I get the longest span of free time here. This past summer I read a great dystopian novel by Shaunta Grimes called Viral Nation...loved it! Her main character Clover is extremely well written. Now that I’ve opened my life up to YA Fantasy, I’m coming across a TON of amazing authors and their work, so I’ve got a pile going that I’ll begin very soon...Etiquette and Espionage, Wander Dust, Aquifer and a new one that I just ordered today called The War Inside...and there’s a couple more I have on a list, it will keep growing.

What question do you wish that someone would ask about your book, but nobody has? Write it out here, then answer it.

Do you think your work is you think you’re a good writer?

I do.


The McTish Series is an explosive adventure through a dimensional Gateway into another world, a world of beauty and magic, Coranim...a land of insight, thought and possibilities, that sits beneath the enchanted Gilley Forest.

There is local legend in the small town of Grandlochcheshire that has been passed down for a 100 years about the mysterious disappearance of the Chickering family, that trails on the coat tails of the equally shocking abduction of the Skeffington Union Rails heirs. The circumstances that follow this notorious tale enter into the modern world of Benjamin and his two best mates.

One day Benjamin watches as a mysterious little woman steps out of a taxi and in one synchronistic moment their eyes lock and a series of visual snippets of unfamiliar events unfold in his mind’s vision. His razor sharp sixth sense allows him the freedom to explore the extrasensory messages coming at him like a derailed freight train. And when Benjamin finds a peculiar relic of a key in his grandmother’s garden shed, he could never know his world was about to change forever.

Annabel and Mathilda, two sisters who have come from America, have become more than mere friends to Benjamin, they have all become the three Muskydeers (Mathilda’s mispronounced version of Musketeers, which was a huge laugh and of course it stuck), as they are plunged head first into this curious journey.

In the Gilley Forest they discover that the path they have chosen is inundated with many obstacles as well as intrigue. Alliances are made with the Forest clan of Gnomes and with the aid of the Vila sisters, Sethina and Morel, as well as some surprising and unexpected allegiances, the three friends take on the test that is the Grandfather Tree. They must stay on the pre ordained Path of Prophecy, whose ancestry comes from the home of the oldest living beings on the planet, the Elves of the Darmon. However, this is no easy task for the Muskydeers as they have the foulest of sorcery hunting their every move, the powerful dark beauty, Tar Vigorn.

This ruthless Queen is not without humor however and loves a good game of cat and mouse, as long as she’s the cat. With her biting sense of sarcasm and calculated taunting, she knows just how to unnerve Benjamin. Her phantom army, the Blunt, are searching for a way into the Grand Tree and will stop at nothing to infiltrate the pristine world beneath his giant roots.

Once in Coranim the children make the acquaintance of the greatest Medicine Elder alive, Esmerelda Fet. A most powerful Light Sorceress with a brazen in your face attitude, who guides the trio on their Path of destiny. However, a Path can change in the blink of an eye...what could alter the overpowering trajectory Benjamin has followed to Coranim? How will it change his life?

Find out as our three heroes delve into the mystic, as well as their own inner character, as you watch from the edge of your seat.


Ms. Pace has created a magical world that reminded me a bit of some of the books I read as a child--a world in which the fantastic happens and where children have the power to help others and themselves, power which is often absent in their every day world.

I enjoyed very much the characters she created. During the course of the story, they became friends I would enjoy hanging out with and I'm very interested in their next adventure.

I did find the formatting of the book a little odd--with all the dialogue being in italics. It was a little off-putting at first, but I got used to is.

Although marketed as a young adult, in The Library I would put this in our Middle Grade collection--I think this book is most suitable for 10-13 year olds, although it could be read with enjoyment by adults.

I'm definitely looking forward to the next entry in this series to see what other adventures Benjamin, Annabel, and Mathilda encounter. 4 stars.

June lives with her husband and best friend Ray, her step-son and their two dogs, five chickens and two ducks, in Santa Cruz Ca. Her two older step-kids live respectively in LA and San Francisco.

June spends her days writing and sometimes painting her well known series of Rock n Roll icons. June and Ray own Madrona Rust, a line of unique, hand-made rustic furniture.

This series of work, the McTish characters, are a part of June in every sense of the word. “This work brings a deep sense of joy and passion for me in a very profound way, like nothing else that I do.

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Straight Chatting From the Library: Forgetting Fallenwood by Leslie D. Soule


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Leslie will be awarding a $25 Amazon gift card to TWO randomly drawn commenters during the tour, so make sure you visit with her today. Click the banner to see the other stops on the tour.


What is the favorite book you remember as a child?

Mattimeo, by Brian Jacques – I got this book for free in elementary school. They were doing a book giveaway to promote literacy and it’s been one of my all-time favorite reads. The cover’s so bent up that I’ve had to repair it completely with packaging tape just to keep it together.

What is your favorite book today? Currently I think my new favorite is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I love the skill she displays in her use of the first-person narrative (traditionally a difficult style to write in). I also have a fondness for the dystopian novel genre, after one of my Master’s degree classes was a Utopia/Dystopia course.

Tell us about your current book in 10 words.

Forgetting Fallenwood is a book about refusing to accept mediocrity.

What are you reading right now?

I’m currently reading Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. It’s an excellent novel in which the author writes about her journey through Italy, India, and Bali in her search for happiness and contentment.

E-Reader or print? and why?

To me, it doesn’t really matter, though I tend to prefer print books because I’m so used to them and to the feeling of having a book in my hands. I like to stop and look at where I’m at in a book and have a feeling of accomplishment when I pass the halfway mark, and things like that.

Favorite place to read?

Preferably somewhere quiet in the woods, like up in Crescent City in northern California, where the woods are so peaceful that thick layers of dust settle on the ferns.

Favorite book to recommend?

I’m a fan of Aubrie Dionne’s work – she’s created some brilliant sci-fi novels and I’d like to recommend them to readers.

Keep books or give them away?

KEEP THEM!!! Personal libraries have been so important throughout history in the preservation of classic works of literature, such as the tale Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, found in a personal library called the Cotton Nero library. History has been plagued with library fires (the mention of the burning of the Great Library at Alexandria makes me weep on the inside).


Cover_Forgetting Fallenwood What happens when Ash accidentally makes her way through another portal, this time into the Other Realm, and forgets she ever went to Fallenwood? More importantly, how much of one's identity is made up of memories? Fallenwood 2 is the continuing journey of heroine Ash Kensington. Struggling with a deep sense of grief, sorrow, and overall confusion, Ash tries to work her way through to a deeper, underlying meaning. This search leads her back to Fallenwood, where the mystery unravels itself as she realizes that a very sinister force may be underlying everything…


As she approached the archway, she looked through it and saw the open sky beyond, with clouds that looked soft as cotton. A guard stood next to a bronze plaque with the words "Invisible Bridge—take a leap of faith!" He smiled as though radiating an inner light and Ash felt drawn to the challenge like a moth to a bug zapper. She took a deep breath and was about to take a step out onto what appeared to be nothing, when she felt the strong hands of Terces, pulling her back by the shoulders. She also felt a small force tugging at the leg of her jeans. She felt herself pulled backward several feet and then saw Terces’s brown eyes boring into hers.

"The invisible bridge is a trap for the unwary. The clerks of the Tower are trying to kill you."

Ash gasped at the realization of what she’d nearly done. She seated herself on the ground. "I’m so sorry. I need a moment."

Greymalkin walked up and pressed his nose up to hers. Then he swiped her across the face with a paw. His eyes narrowed. "Who do you think you are—Indiana Jones?"

AuthorPicLeslie D. Soule is an author who loves to try new genres and Sacramento, California is her hometown. She has an M.A. in English from National University and is a member of the English Chapter of the Sac State Almuni Association. She is currently working on her fantasy quadrilogy, The Fallenwood Chronicles.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Straight Chatting from the Library: Aldred Chase

Aldred Chase stops by The Library to chat as part of his virtual book tour with Goddess Fish Promotions. He will be awarding a $25 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour, so leave a comment or ask him a question of your own. You can see the stops on the tour here:


First, tell us about yourself – where you live, your family, and those sorts of details.

I grew up in the UK and my family still live there. Many years ago, I visited Australia on holiday, fell in love with the country and emigrated. I now live in Sydney with my wife Barbara.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing stories since I was a child, and I dreamed of being a writer when I grew up. As an adult, I’ve always maintained my writing as a hobby, but it’s only in the last two years that I have become serious about publishing my work.

Do you have a favorite place to write?

My favorite places for writing are cafes and park benches, but I do most of my work sitting at my desk. My best ideas come to me when I'm traveling by train or walking by the sea.

Why did you decide to write the Nobody’s Fool Quartet?

I’m fascinated by the history of theatre and I thought it would be interesting to base a story around a troupe of strolling players in a medieval setting. I was also inspired by the legend of Robin Hood. My hero would stand up and fight for the downtrodden people in an unjust society, and no matter how bad the situation became, he would never admit defeat. The final strand was that I wanted a hero who would be fun to write. I made my hero, Keth, a boy who was an energetic, impulsive risk-taker with a sharp wit and a flair for getting into trouble.

Who is your favorite character in your book and why?

My favorite character is my hero, Keth. I tend to be thoughtful and cautious whereas Keth is an impulsive risk-taker, and I find it exhilarating to experience the world through his eyes. I admire his resilience. He makes mistakes and he has setbacks, but he never gives in.

How about your least favorite character? What makes them less appealing to you?

My least favorite character in Dragon’s Fool is Prince Dawyn, who is a spoiled brat. My hero, Keth, is the Prince’s fool. Dawyn is an unsympathetic and obnoxious character but I try to find occasions to give him a little light and shade so that the reader can see how he became this way.

Do you proofread/edit your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?

Once I’ve finished my first draft, I do some self-editing. I try to resolve structural issues first then progress to finer levels of detail. Once I’m happy with my story, I send it to an editor to line-edit. I make most of the amendments suggested by my editor then my wife kindly proofreads the story before I publish it. I value the extra pairs of eyes looking over my story as they pick up many things that I miss but my readers would notice.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I enjoy reading and watching plays and movies; any form of storytelling draws me in. I like to travel, especially long distance train journeys. The planning is almost as much fun as the trip.

Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?

I read a lot of fantasy fiction and if I like a book, I will read it twice. The first reading is purely for personal pleasure while the second reading is more for professional interest. I want to learn how other writers weave their enchantments that suck me so completely into their stories. My favorite authors that I’m currently reading include Neil Gaiman, Eoin Colfer, Jonathan Stroud and Rick Riordan. My all-time favorite author is Tolkien.

Have you ever found yourself stuck part way through writing a book? If so how did you escape?

Before I begin writing a first draft, I work out an outline of the book down to the scene level. This keeps me on track, most of the time, but sometimes I will sense that I’m forcing my characters to act in ways that are untrue to them. My initial reaction is to panic but once I’m over that I revisit my outline and work out what needs to change. I give myself plenty of time and coffee to do this because I’m tweaking at the threads of the story and in fixing up one thing I might unravel something else.


Keth has become the most powerful person in the city of Russett. He is both Prince Dawyn's fool and his most trusted adviser. The secret of Keth's success is listening to the tart, sour comments that the turnip on the end of his fool's stick pours into his mind, which no one else can hear.

When an earthquake strikes Russett, it is only the first in a series of disasters to devastate the city. Superstitious folk say that these are signs that a dragon is coming and only the golden prince of legend can save them. Keth's turnip tells him that these are only natural events and dragons don't exist, but he can use peoples' fears to his own advantage.

In the ruined city, Keth has to decide who he will trust and what he will believe. The fate of his friends and the survival of the land depend on the choices he makes.

Dragon's Fool is book four in the Nobody's Fool Quartet, the gripping climax to a tale of comedy and adventure.


Aldred Chase’s first experience of fantasy fiction was reading ‘The Hobbit’ at school, and he has been hooked on the genre ever since. His favorite places for writing are cafes and park benches, but he does most of his work sitting at his desk. His best ideas come to him when he is travelling by train or walking by the sea.

Aldred has just released Dragon’s Fool, the final installment of the Nobody’s Fool Quartet, a tale of adventure and comedy with some scary bits, aimed at children age 9 to 12. He vacated his desk to give his brain and keyboard a rest, but during a recent train ride the idea for his next novel arrived, and the desk is calling him back.

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Buy Dragon's Fool at iTunes, Amazon, Smashwords, or Barnes and Noble. For readers who would like to read the series from the beginning, Apprentice Fool, book one of the Nobody’s Fool Quartet, is available free at Amazon, Smashwords, Apple, Kobo and Barnes and Noble.