Lovely 4 Star Review for Henrietta The Dragon Slayer (This review made me cry!)

HEN1- -...a wonderful book (livelovereadya.com) Thank you, Kelly, for the lovely 4-star review of Henrietta The Dragon Slayer on her site livelovereadya.com.

She said:

Henrietta

… Henrietta was a beautiful character and a true to life representation of many people I know, especially in a world like today where most aren’t too forgiving.

The Storyline

I really enjoyed reading this book because of the story line. It’s a plot that I have yet to see in any books I have read and I honestly loved following it. It was less about actually slaying a dragon and more about the characters truly finding themselves and finding their “home”, so to speak. Keep this in mind when you read it! Don’t go into this book thinking that there is just going to be blood and guts everywhere from a dragon slayer doing her job. This book has a lot more depth than that!

The secondary characters…

Meeting the secondary characters in this book was a nice breath of fresh air.

There was no romantic attraction…

This was GREAT! I really wanted to read a book where the heroine was more focused on the task at hand, on finding herself and solving her problems, BEFORE she got into a romantic relationship. This is EXACTLY what I needed and I’m so thankful that Beth wrote her novel this way.

Kelly, you made me cry with this comment:

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU Beth Barany for loving Henrietta so much that you made her fall in love the way she’s supposed to; with trust, friendship, and a solid idea of who she is.

Overall, I honestly loved reading about Henrietta the Dragon Slayer and I can’t wait to read the sequel! I’m giving this book four hearts!

Thank you so much, Kelly! The sequel is on its way to you!!!

Here’s some hearts for you!
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Evoking a Fantasy World by Rahima Warren

Tour BadgePlease welcome a guest post on evoking a fantasy world by author, Rahima Warren. I’m excited to share this post with since she’s announcing her second book in her fantasy trilogy, The Star-Seer’s Prophecy, called, Fierce Blessings.  I loved book 1, Dark Innocence, and featured her on my writing blog when that book came out a few years ago.

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When reading a fantasy set in a different (non-historical) world or time, I find it jarring if the characters’ names are old familiar ones from our everyday reality.

Why would people in a strange time/place have names like Steven or Julia?

Also, why would they use the same words to refer to time or distance that we do?

Convenient for the writer perhaps, but too familiar for me as a reader.

TIME AND DISTANCE:

In my fantasy trilogy, The Star-Seer’s Prophecy, I tried to evoke a different world in subtle ways. For example, I avoid using our familiar measures of time. Instead of “minute,” I use “moment.” Instead of “week,” I use “quarter-moon.”

Many cultures measure time by that clock in the sky, the Moon.

For distance, I just referred to how many days a trip took.

And I had fun making up names and words to help evoke a different world.

I used two methods for creating these new words: listening/intuition, and research.

LISTENING

For most of my characters’ name, I start by ‘listening’ for a name, using my intuition.

Sometimes, that’s it.

I get it on the first try, like Zhovanya as the name of the Goddess in my trilogy.

For others, I play around with the sound of the name until it fits the character. And for some, the name evolves as I get to know the character better.

For example, originally Kyr’s name was Arik (which I believe relates to an old Nordic word for eagle). Somehow, I didn’t like the hard ‘k’ as the last sound of his name, so I changed it to Kyr (“keer” like “peer”), which to me sounds like the high, lonely cry of a hawk or eagle, and suits his character.

Over time, I noticed that there was a pattern in the way I was naming men vs. women, and changed a few names to fit that pattern, though there are some exceptions.

You might check out the Cast of Characters (in Book Extras) on my website, and see if you can detect the pattern.

I also ‘listened’ for the magical commands used by the Warrior-Mage, Rajani; for the names of magical potions; and for the sacred chants. (See the Glossary in Book Extras.)

RESEARCH

In the case of the evil sorcerer-king called the Soul-Drinker, I found his name through researching the roots of words in the Dictionary of Word Origins by John Ayto. The Soul-Drinker’s name is Dauthaz, which comes from the Old English and Germanic roots of the word ‘death.’

This is also how I created the name of the land where the story takes place, and the terms used at the Sanctuary.

The land is named Khailaz, which is a prehistoric Germanic word, ancestor of our word, ‘whole.’ Adding the suffix –itha to khailaz produced khailitha, the root of our words, ‘health’ and ‘heal.’

From this, I made up the words kailitha (divine healing energy); Kailithana (a priestess-healer); Kailithara (healing work of the Kailithana); Kailithos (one who is undergoing the Kailithara); and Kailithama (sacred chamber in which the Kailithana works with the Kailithos).

I don’t recall exactly how I tracked down the roots from which I constructed Aithané (Listener, Confessor), Phanaithos (Speaker, Divulger), or Phanaithara (Divulgence, Confession). I believe they come from Greek roots meaning to listen, and to speak.

A few other words, I just made up. For example, I derived zhan (life force energy) from Zhovanya.

Now, admittedly, I am not Tolkien, creating whole languages, and races of fantastic creatures.

My focus is more on the inner world and healing ordeal of my hero, Kyr, than on detailed world-making.

However, I did do my best to evoke a different place/time by creating new words and names, and avoiding overly familiar names and terms.

WHAT ABOUT YOU?

As a reader, which do you prefer: familiar names and terms; or new and different ones?

As a writer, what is your approach to evoking a different world?

 

Tour Notes

Dark InnocenceThis week you can grab the first book in the Star-Seer’s Prophecy Trilogy for just 99 cents. That’s right Dark Innocence is marked way, way down, giving you the chance to explore this thought-provoking fantasy series for yourself.

Get your copy at AmazonBarnes & Noble, or iBooks today!

About Dark Innocence:  In an ancient world of blood sorcery and healing magic, the Soul-Drinker, a vicious necromancer-king, is draining the life from the souls of the people and of the earth itself. Worse yet, he has banished the land’s rightful Goddess, and disrupted the Sacred Balance, sending the mortal and divine realms whirling toward destruction.

The only hope for salvation is a youth named Kyr, born and raised as one of the Soul-Drinker’s blindly obedient slaves. Kyr knows only the pain, evil and cruelty of the Soul-Drinker’s hell–and nothing of the Star-Seer’s Prophecy that declares him to be the long-sought Liberator.

Rescued by strangers, Kyr embarks on a bewildering journey into a bizarre new life, where kindness and love are real. If he is to fulfill his destiny, he must battle his inner demons and fight to find his buried capacities for compassion and courage. Will he be able to surrender the inner ice that has been his soul’s only protection in time to save the world from disaster?

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Fierce BlessingsYou can continue the saga with the newly released sequel Fierce Blessings.

About Fierce Blessings: No longer the dark innocent, Kyr has survived the first hell of the Star-Seer’s prophecy. After his sacred and transformative year at the Goddess’s Sanctuary, he has become a man of compassion, courage, and integrity. However, the terrible crimes he committed as the unwitting slave of the Soul-Drinker still weigh heavily on his soul. To atone, he plans to help his slave brothers find the same blessings he received from the Goddess: healing, forgiveness and love.

But before he can begin, his worst enemy tears him from the safety of the Sanctuary, and away from all the goodness and beauty he has come to know. Now Kyr must face the second hell foretold by the prophecy. Left chained outdoors like a dog for months, Kyr is subjected to beatings and derision by his captors. When the rains come, he is taken inside as servant and whore by their leader, who subjects Kyr to sorcerous torture, aiming to turn him into his will-less, mind-bonded slave. Far from any help, Kyr struggles to protect his soul from the seductive pull of all-too-familiar depravity, fight the temptations of hatred and despair, and continue on the hard path to forgiveness.

Will Kyr be able to keep faith with the Goddess Who saved his soul in time to renew the Sacred Balance and restore Her sovereignty? Or will he return to the foul slavery he has known most of his life? The fate of the land and the Goddess Herself depends on his choice.
Oh, and don’t forget to enter our giveaway for your chance to win an autographed copy of Fierce Blessings or a Star-Seer’s Prophecy t-shirt. We have a total of 4 prizes for 4 lucky winners, hooray!

Enter the giveaway right here: www.novelpublicity.com/dark-innocence

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Henrietta The Dragon Slayer is #98 in Australia in “Other”

Henrietta The Dragon Slayer by Beth Barany, 2012 Grand Prize winner of the California Book Fiction Contest I love how I’m in the category “Other.”

Does that mean that this book is hard to categorize?!

The full category list is:

  • #98 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Children’s & Young Adult > Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths > Other

I think this book is hard to categorize.

It is a quest story, but an unusual one. And…

It is a story of going from being a loner to having companions, friends even, but in a way Henrietta certainly didn’t expect. And…

It is the story of a young woman coming into her heart. This totally surprises her.

Readers tell me it feels like Henrietta could be their friend or that they could be Henrietta.

Read an excerpt here.

Read reviews here.

Read about Book 2, Henrietta and the Dragon Stone here.

I’m editing Book 3, Henrietta and the Horse Mesa (working title). I currently have just shy of 73,000-word story. I may write a new beginning. I certainly will lengthen the book as I edit. That always happens.

I was planning to have Book 3 published by January 2016, but now I’m not sure. These things take the time they take. Book 1 & 2 each took me 3-4 years to complete. Why? Henrietta is a so much a part of me that I need to be ready to take each step. As I grow, so does my understanding of the story.

If you’d like Sneak Peeks of Book 3 and other new releases, and a chance at Early Reader Copies, sign up for my about-monthly author newsletter here. You’ll get the Henrietta The Dragon Slayer prequel right away, as my thank you gift for signing up!

 

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Romance Readers, Sale at All Romance Ebooks Today!

Summer Blast at All Romance Ebooks, 25% off many books
Summer Blast at All Romance Ebooks, 25% off many books

AllRomanceEbooks is running a special sale, June 20th. All books are 25% off.

Stock up on your summer reading!

Our collection, Gargoyle: Three Enchanting Romance Novellas is included!

Gargoyle_cover_Barany-Keppler-Simpson_300x483Gargoyle: Three Enchanting Romance Novellas by Kay Keppler, Patricia Simpson

The mysterious lives of gargoyles. They don’t just hang out on buildings. They right wrongs. They wreak havoc. And they change the lives of unsuspecting people who never see them coming.

ON A WING AND A PRAYER BY Kay Keppler (Humorous Contemporary)
The hero…
Craig knows that Bea is in trouble. But Craig can’t do anything about it—because he’s a garden gargoyle and Bea can’t hear his warnings. When unexpected visitors arrive to help, Craig finds the power he had all along. Now the neighborhood will never be the same.

TOUCHSTONE OF LOVE by Beth Barany (Time Travel)
The touchstone…
When a thunderstorm transports software expert Rose Waldman to thirteenth century France, she meets hunky stonemason Julien, who is secretly creating a gargoyle in defiance of his master mason. Can independent gadget loving Rose trust her life and heart to Julien, and can she really never go home again?

THE MILLER’S DAUGHTER BY Patricia Simpson (Historical)
And the freak just trying to get along…
Sentenced to burn at the stake for sorcery, Merofled volunteers to help jaded warrior Alaric kill a gargoyle that threatens her village. But Merofled soon discovers the gargoyle is not a monster at all. It’s a misfit just like her. Can she persuade Alaric to spare the gargoyle–and herself?

Read an excerpt of “On A Wing and a Prayer” here.

Read an excerpt of “Touchstone of Love” here.

Read an excerpt of “A Miller’s Daughter” here.

Book Extras, including videos here

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Romancing the URL Contest: Please Vote! Viewer’s Choice voting

Author site Author.BethBarany.com

I got this email today! So yay, and please vote for me! My name “Beth Barany” is under “Multi-Genre Romance Authors.”

Please spread the word! Thanks!!!

Deadline to vote: Sunday, June 28th, midnight Central time.

Thank you for entering the 2015 Romancing the URL Contest!

Our coordinators are tabulating first-round scores and preparing finalist notifications, but let’s not let the judges have all the say! It’s time for the Viewer’s Choice voting.

Vote now and share widely – everyone can vote once per day until voting closes on Sunday 6/28, and the top vote-getter in each category wins!

http://whrwa.com/romancing-the-url-contest/viewerschoice/

Stay tuned for the finalist announcement, and good luck!

West Houston RWA
Romancing the URL Committee

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Special Sale! The Touchstone Series is Free on iBooks!

Touchstone Series, Romance Novella Books 1-4 (Plus Bonus Short Story) by Beth Barany, on iBooks
Touchstone Series, Romance Novella Books 1-4 (Plus Bonus Short Story) by Beth Barany, on iBooks

In celebration of my birthday this month, I’m giving away the Touchstone Series on iBooks for free, yes, zero dollars, pesos, euros, etc.

For a limited time only! For this week only! (June 15th through June 21st)

June 17th is my birthday! 

Best birthday present ever would be to download, read, and review this series on iTunes!

Thanks!

About the book: TOUCHSTONE SERIES: Romance Novella Books 1-4, plus a bonus short story

Travel to worlds where anything is possible—time travel to Medieval France; a cute Santa’s elf hiding in plain sight in San Francisco; a mystery under the city of Paris that only love can unlock; and, love, destiny, and a labyrinth.

Four stories plus bonus short story

Four romance novellas and bonus short story in theTOUCHSTONE series, by award-winning novelist, Beth Barany.

TOUCHSTONE OF LOVE
A time-travel romance. When a thunderstorm transports software expert Rose Waldman to thirteenth century France, she meets hunky stonemason Julien, who is secretly creating a gargoyle in defiance of his master mason. Can independent gadget loving Rose trust her life and heart to Julien, and can she really never go home again?

A CHRISTMAS FLING
A Christmas Elf romance. What if falling in love put the life you cherished in jeopardy?

Dahlia, a Santa’s Elf, has 21 days left before Christmas to create the best toy in the world without using magic or revealing her true identity. Stuck on how to complete the prototype, and working as a temp in San Francisco’s financial district with no time for love, will her Christmas fling get her unstuck, or will she turn her back on her beloved career for her heart?

Liam, an up-and-coming financial analyst, swore off women after getting dumped by the love of his life. He just found out his ex is going to the company Christmas party with his rival Michael Hendricks. Up for promotion against Hendricks, Liam has to win the favor of his boss. His best bet is to invite the vivacious secretary Dahlia to the party. Will Dahlia be a welcome distraction, or will she turn his life upside down?

PARISIAN AMOUR
A Fairy Tale romance. Sarah Redman, a bank project manager, wants adventure in her life. Trainer extraordinaire, Josh Kleine, needs to pull off a successful presentation at a Paris conference to land more clients and save his company. Together they may hold the key to the strange disasters striking the City of Lights. Can Sarah unravel the secrets of the city and of her heart in time to save them all?

A LABYRINTH OF LOVE AND ROSES
A Fairy Tale romance. What if what you wanted got in the way of your destiny? French MBA grad Lili Grenault needs to succeed at her last pitch meeting to fund her international green tech business. But her grandmother tells her to drop everything, find her one true love, and embrace her magical legacy by Beltane, in one week, or chaos and failure in her life will ensue.

San Francisco investor Brett Barnaby wants to find his great-grandfather’s gravesite in Amiens, France, one of the primary battle sites of World War I. Family legend says that purpose, greater mission, and perhaps even untold riches, will be unlocked when he finds that grave. But his search in Amiens brings up fear, anger, and dire warnings about some wild Green Man. He turns to local Lily Grenault for help.

Can these two independent freethinkers work together to prevent chaos from triumphing and find love in time in the labyrinth of roses?

And BONUS short story: FALLING IN LOVE AGAIN
A time-travel-esque romance. Sexy Medieval stonemason Julien has to rely on his fiancé. Rose to adapt to a 21st century life, to learn English, and find his place in a modern world. Software expert Rose has no time to spare with two jobs to support her and her fiancé Julien in expensive San Francisco. Will a weekend getaway rekindle the spark so these two time-crossed lovers can fall in love again?

Book page here

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Special Giveaway of Parisian Amour!

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I am so excited that Parisian Amour will be included in a special giveaway that author, Gemma Halliday, will be doing on June 13, 2015.

To get Parisian Amour for free and a few other books for free, you just need to sign up for Gemma Halliday’s newsletter.

To Sign up and Receive Free Books, Click here: http://www.gemmahalliday.com/contact/

Parisian Amour (#3 Touchstone Series)

Parisian Amour (A Fairy Tale romance novella) (Touchstone Series #3) by Beth Barany
Parisian Amour (A Fairy Tale romance novella) (Touchstone Series #3) by Beth Barany

About the book

A sweet paranormal romance novella by award-winning author, Beth Barany.

“A Hallmark-type romance with a twist of magic!”

What if a dragon lived under the city of Paris?

Sarah Redman, a bank project manager up to her neck with work, wants some adventure in her life. A career opportunity in Paris seems like a dream come true, but once she gets there nothing goes as planned. The job interview she thought she wanted falls through and her dreams about a crying dragon trouble her. To top it off, she gets lost in the tunnels of Paris with a man who attracts her more than she wants to admit.

Trainer extraordinaire, Josh Kleine, needs to pull off a successful presentation at the Paris Transportation Conference to land more clients and save his company. But strange events in the tunnels under Paris drive him to distraction and into a strange, profound sadness. In search of answers under the city, he gets trapped below ground with a gorgeous woman who he desires like none before. But will the sadness tear him apart before he can convince himself and her that love does not only exist in fairy tales?

Together they may hold the key to the strange disasters striking the City of Lights. Can Sarah unravel the secrets of the city and of her heart in time to save them all?

***A short novel. This is a novella of approximately 20,000 words.***

Beth Barany writes magical tales of romance and adventure to transport readers to new worlds where anything is possible.

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Celebrating the Summer Hearts collection

It’s my pleasure to share with you one of my colleague’s books… Enjoy!

Summer Hearts: 6 Summer Tales of Sweet Romance
Summer Hearts

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

Every Summer Has a Love Story…Six Summer Tales of Sweet Romance that bring you the very best in Historical, Contemporary and Fantasy Romance. Sarah Daley, Carol Malone, Kathy Bosman, Debby Lee, Robyn Echols, and Lisa Watson weave stories of long days, sultry nights, sun-kissed beaches and sweet romance

Dreaming in California:

In the summer of 1967, Hollywood actress, Lucinda Baker, appears to have it all– fame, money, and an all too doting fiancé. Dark traits begin to emerge from the man she’s pledged to marry, and he threatens her. Lucinda must now lean on her best friend, celebrity photographer, George Creston to escape the clutches of the dangerous relationship. Together they are forced to summon courage, and trust each other in desperate circumstances. Will they find love in the process or lose everything they hold dear, including their lives.

A Summer of Stars:

McKinley Graham has escaped to her summer getaway to regain her perspective and her health.  Zane Davidson has taken refuge in the lovely seaside community, welcoming the healing balm of the salty sea air and his childhood home to mend his wounds.  They aren’t looking for love, but their attraction is too explosive to ignore.  Against the backdrop of starry nights and sultry kisses, they come to realize that even love may not be enough to save them from the angry storm of his past that threatens to destroy their dreams!

Drowning Sandy:

The water is calling…

and Sandy can no longer resist the urge to unleash her mermaid form. But a simple swim in Lake Ontario ends when she discovers the truth of her own banishment. When long time crush, Alardo, seems to shift in a direction she never dreamed possible, Sandy must make a choice — mermaid or human? Once she chooses, she can never go back.

Summer Holiday:

In the summer of 1905, Lizzy Gordon’s father dismisses her desires to be a doctor, demanding she become a teacher—a profession which does not allow women to marry.

Teacher Brent Pierce is dedicated to expanding young minds, but circumstances are forcing him to take over the family farm.

Before the summer is over Lizzy and Brent will be forced to make hard decisions. Can they find the courage to each stand up for themselves and still be together?

Shark Boss:

When Tara takes up a job at the local aquarium, her colleagues warn her about their harsh boss, Mr. Carter Jones. She soon discovers how impatient he can be, but she also can’t deny her fascination and attraction to him. Carter can’t stop watching Tara as she works but holds back from her because of his secrets. If she knew what he was, she would never want him. Could the reason for Carter’s moods be related to something more troubling than what’s on the surface? Tara soon discovers Carter’s secret, and it only bonds them closer. But the curse starts to take over Carter’s life, and he won’t give his heart to a beautiful woman when he can only cause her pain.

The Best Place to Meet a Man:

Jeff goes to the beach to run and clear his head. Meredith goes to the beach intent on burying her nose in her book. In this contemporary romantic comedy, these two collide when Meredith’s two young nephews come up with other plans.

 

About the Authors

Debby Lee

Debbie LeeDebby Lee was raised in the cozy little town of Toledo, Washington. She has been writing since she was a small child and has written several novels, but never forgets home.
The Northwest Christian Writers Association and Romance Writers of America are two organizations Debby enjoys being a part of. Publications, thus far, include a series of short stories titled The Butterfly Fairytales Collection, and a novella with Barbour Publishing.
As a self-professed nature lover, and an avid listener to 1960s folk music, Debby can’t help but feel like a hippie child who wasn’t born soon enough to attend Woodstock. She wishes she could run barefoot all year long, but often does anyway in grass and on beaches in her hamlet that is the cold and rainy southwest Washington.
During the football season, Debby cheers on the Seattle Seahawks along with legions of other devoted fans. She’s also filled with wanderlust and dreams of visiting

Denmark, Italy, and Morocco some day.


Lisa Watson

Lisa WatsonA native of Washington D.C., Lisa Watson writes multicultural novels with engaging storylines, strong, fun characters with universal appeal. Lisa’s Match Broker series, introduced readers to Love Contract, and matchmaking guru, Norma Jean Anderson, aka The Love Broker. Book two in the series, Her Heart’s Desire, was a #1 on Amazon’s Bestseller list, and was listed as one of 2014’s Top 25 Books of the Summer, and Top 50 Best Reads. Book three, Love by Design was #2 on the Amazon Bestseller list.

Her latest story is a Sweet Romance. A Summer of Stars, is one of the novellas in the Summer Hearts Compilation. This exciting new collection featuring five additional authors, and their sweet, beach-themed romances, will be released May 2015.

Lisa works at a technology consulting firm, is the co-publicist for RT BookReview Magazine’s annual RT Booklovers Conventions, and host for Reader’s Entertainment Radio show.

Married for nineteen years, with two teenagers, and a Maltipoo, Brinkley, Lisa lives outside Raleigh, NC and is avidly working on a Sweet Romance, and her next series.  

   Website                       Facebook                      Twitter                      Pintrest 


Sarah Daley

Sarah DaleySarah lives in Arizona with her best friend and husband, Chris, their adorable monster child, and neurotic dog.

At the age of six, she became a reading machine. Devouring everything she could possibly get her hands on. In high school she almost failed English three times because of her detest for writing book reports. Today, Sarah writes whatever stories haunt her dreams, and struggles to focus on one idea at a time. When she isn’t enjoying time with her family, or writing, you will find her nose stuck in a book, or out walking and enjoying the sunshine.

Drowning Sandy is her debut novella!

Links to find out what is coming next:

Facebook page         Twitter         Blog             Pinterest          

 Goodreads            Google+                  Amazon


 

Carol Malone

Carol MaloneAward-winning author Carol Malone has successfully combined her three passions – romance, sports, and writing in her two highly-rated books, Fight Card Romance: Ladies Night, and Ladies Night Christmas sequel. She was the first woman to write a romance for the all-male dominated genre. Carol invites her readers to scramble into a front row seat for a thrill-ride of suspense, sports, and romance. If not hammering out new tales, Carol’s loves reading, sports, and hanging with her author husband on the coast of California.
Website                Facebook                Twitter


Kathy Bosman

Kathy BosmanKathy loves reading and writing even more. She homeschools her three kids, so in between unsuccessfully explaining the difference between subject and predicate or how to divide fractions, she enters an imaginary world of troubled and passionate characters whose stories take over the page. Kathy lives in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa, where the summers are hot, the winters cool, and bugs thrive. Her first published novel, Wedding Gown Girl, came out in 2012 with Astraea Press. She belongs to the Romance Writers of South Africa Group (ROSA) which has been her greatest support and inspiration the last few years.

Website and blog             Facebook              Twitter            Goodreads               Pinterest

Amazon             YouTube                 Newsletter Subscription                 Tsu              Authorgraph


Robyn Echols

Robyn EcholsRobyn Echols has been writing since she was in junior high school. By choice, she spent most of her evening hours in her “dungeon”, as her mother called her downstairs bedroom, writing stories, only joining her family in front of the television upstairs when her favorite programs were playing. She has spent hours learning and teaching family history topics, and focuses on history from a genealogist’s perspective of seeking out the details of everyday life in the past. Several of her family history articles have been published in genealogy magazines.

Now Robyn resides with her husband in California near the “Gateway to Yosemite” and has fun researching and writing the books that she hopes will interest and entertain her readers. She writes Young Adult/New Adult and contemporary fiction under Robyn Echols and adult historical romance under her pen name, Zina Abbott.

When Robyn isn’t busy piecing together novel plots, she stays busy piecing together quilt blocks.

Website       Books Blog       Amazon Author Page       Facebook        Pinterest  


Compiled by R M Alexander

R M AlexanderRM Alexander is an author of clean romances that are sometimes contemporary, sometimes paranormal or suspense, but are always ruled by the heart of true romance.

With characters who look for love in the wrong places and are victims or the worse kinds of betrayal while fighting for what they want and believe in, RM’s novels promise a good read with unexpected twists and turns.

When she’s not writing, RM is spending time with her husband and two small children in Michigan. She loves to travel, especially to Walt Disney World, and can often be found on Twitter or Facebook chatting with other authors and readers.

http://rmalexanderauthor.weebly.com/


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Book Buy Links:

Summer Hearts: 6 Summer Tales of Sweet Romance

Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00XFTTN4M

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/summer-hearts-debby-lee/1121911952?ean=2940152209563

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/summer-hearts-a-compilation-of-six-clean-romances

Scribd: https://www.scribd.com/book/265145965/Summer-Hearts-A-Compilation-of-Six-Clean-Romances

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25521685-summer-hearts


 

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Thank You Notes, ala Jimmy Fallon

"Each of the love stories tugged at my heart strings..." -- Jennifer Skully (Touchstone Series by Beth Barany)Thank you so much for the lovely reviews, dear reviewers and book bloggers!

Serenity reviewed two of the stories in my collection, Touchstone Series, and gave them both 4-stars. Thank you!

You can read her reviews of Parisian Amour and A Labyrinth of Love and Roses here.

Here’s a snippet of what she said:

Love reading books by Beth. She has a way with words! …
Both books were done so well. I loved the writing, details, the setting. It all went together nicely. Beth is an author to keep an eye on.

Thank you to author and reviewer, Jennifer Skully (aka Jasmine Haynes), for her sweet 5-star review of the Touchstone Series.

You can read my spotlight and her review here.

Each of the love stories tugged at my heart strings. I especially enjoyed that the collection is bookended by the continuation of the first story, giving us more insight into what happens to our time traveling characters, Rose and Julien. I look forward to more stories in the Touchstone of Love series!

And last but not least, thanks to Where Stephanie Reads for the 5-star review of the Touchstone Series.

You can read her lovely review here.

Each of the stories are unique and keep you guessing. After I read through stories I found details in each where each story is connect from characters that pop up in each of the stories and mystery pieces that tend to unfold.

What are you thankful for this week?

Post in the comments. I’d love to hear.

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Featuring “Summer Holiday” by Carol Malone (Summer Hearts Book Tour)

Summer Hearts

Carol MaloneAuthor Bio:

Award-winning author Carol Malone has successfully combined her three passions – romance, sports, and writing in her two highly-rated books, Fight Card Romance: Ladies Night, and Ladies Night Christmas sequel. She was the first woman to write a romance for the all-male dominated genre. Carol invites her readers to scramble into a front row seat for a thrill-ride of suspense, sports, and romance. If not hammering out new tales, Carol’s loves reading, sports, and hanging with her author husband on the coast of California.

 

 

Summer Holiday

Book blurb:

In the summer of 1905, Lizzy Gordon’s father dismisses her desires to be a doctor, demanding she become a teacher—a profession which does not allow women to marry.

Teacher Brent Pierce is dedicated to expanding young minds, but circumstances are forcing him to take over the family farm.

Before the summer is over Lizzy and Brent will be forced to make hard decisions. Can they find the courage to each stand up for themselves and still be together?


Summer Hearts Author follow links:

Website:  http://carolmalone.net/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/carolmaloneauthor

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/CarolAnneMalone

 

Book Buy Links:

Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00XFTTN4M

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/summer-hearts-debby-lee/1121911952?ean=2940152209563

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/summer-hearts-a-compilation-of-six-clean-romances

Scribd: https://www.scribd.com/book/265145965/Summer-Hearts-A-Compilation-of-Six-Clean-Romances

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25521685-summer-hearts

 


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