Friday, October 21, 2016

New review for Ideal High...

Ideal High, a YA novel, by Valerie Ipson. Book review by Pam Eaton.
“There’s no way Taryn’s taking Blake’s place as president of the student body. As soon as the memorial for him and six of their friends is over, she’s resigning as VP. Really. Except people say the fire was no accident. (She says it’s way too easy to blame someone who’s dead.) When Taryn reads the writing on the wall, literally, the bathroom wall, she knows what it means. To get to the truth she has to come out from under her paisley comforter. But, seriously, what stage of grief says Taryn has to be the one to fix what’s wrong at Ideal High? Maybe she’s the one who’s broken.”
Wow. The start of the book is at the memorial for the six friends of Taryn. And that in it’s self has a big impact. I was lucky enough that no one died while I was in high school. I can’t image if six of my friends died in a fire.
I really enjoyed this book though. I liked how Valerie Ipson took a character that faced a horrible tragedy and perseveres. What the summary of this book doesn’t mention is that bullying is a big factor in the story. And that struck a chord with me. I wasn’t really bullied a lot in school, but there were two instances in my life that stick with me from it. When I was in high school, a bunch of girls decided to mash my car windows in and slash my tires. Along with sending me very mean texts. This was all over because I talked to a guy one of the girls was dating. That’s all. But the escalation of it, to this day surprises me. I loved how Ipson tackled this problem in the book, how she took her main character that had an idea for her school and acted on it with the help of others. The story really drew me in and was well written. I really recommend reading Ideal High. Even though it’s YA, I think parents should read it too. We were given a copy of Ideal High in exchange for an honest review.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

WIP: My Purple Heart

This is it, kids.

This is the subject of my current Work In Progress, fondly referred to as my WIP.

It reminds me a little of 'Rest in Peace' with a speech impediment: 'West in Peace, you siwwy wabbit'. But no, this book is not dying a's actually being taken off life support and taking breaths again on its own. 

Because I'm working on stuff like plot structure and character motive and death stakes. Yes, my sweet, little, flawed character, Pearl, just might have to face some *death stakes. 

That's what can happen when you find a 
Purple Heart and decide you need to 
return it to its owner.

That is all.

*don't be scared, it might not be physical death at all, it very possibly 
will be only psychological--you know, as in metaphorical 

Friday, July 1, 2016

July Sale on Smashwords!

Go to Smashwords to find a coupon code for 50% off of 
IDEAL HIGH through the month of July!!!


Saturday, December 26, 2015

On the Last 2 Days of Christmas...more giveaways!!!

I should have pre-scheduled these 2 days, but I didn't, so here they are now...

Day 11 - Growing Up Neighbors by Frances Hoelsema
Day 12 - Blue Hydrangeas by Marianne Sciucco

From the author:

My favorite type of book to read is romance, the kind that has a happy ending and makes you feel good about love. And that's exactly what my debut novel, Growing Up Neighbors, does.

Here's a blurb: Little Deborah Harrington stared across the street the day the Michaels family moved in. Who was this family? Would she even like them? Nicholas Michaels hated the fact he had to move away from everything and everyone in his life, but his feelings change when he meets the Harringtons. Deborah and Nicholas become the best of friends, and as the children grow up, their friendship deepens. But then tragedy strikes. Will this cause them to part ways? Or will it perhaps make them realize they may have stronger feelings for one another before it's too late?

Growing Up Neighbors will embark you on a journey through various life experiences; the final destination is discovering love.

Christmas is my favorite time of year, and anyone who knows me knows I love to give. So my gift to you this Christmas is a chance to win an autographed paperback copy of Growing Up Neighbors. To enter the contest, please visit this link:

From the author:

I’m offering a free Kindle copy of my novel Blue Hydrangeas, an Alzheimer’s love story to anyone who joins my mailing list. Blue Hydrangeas is the sad but beautiful story of a pair of retired Cape Cod innkeepers struggling with Alzheimer's. Find out why one reader said “I read it twice just to make sure I didn’t miss anything,” and another said “The drama reaches out and grabs you.”  I’m pretty sure you’ll love the ending.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

On the 10th Day of IDEAL HIGH Giveaway!!!

 IDEAL HIGH offers readers
an Emotional Journey With a Bit of Mystery and Romance

*Available in print and Kindle on Amazon*

Just "Follow" me on Amazon!

From back cover:
There’s no way I’m taking Blake’s place as president of the student body. As soon as the memorial for him and six of our friends is over, I’m resigning as VP. Really.

Except people say the fire was no accident. (I say it’s way too easy to blame someone who’s dead.)

When I read the writing on the wall, literally, the bathroom wall, I know what it means. To get to the truth I have to come out from under my paisley comforter.

But, seriously, what stage of grief says I have to be the one to fix what’s wrong at Ideal High? Maybe I’m the one who’s broken. 

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Day 9 of the Christmas Giveaway!

Day 9 
Anna del C. Dye

On the 9th Day of Christmas an author gave to me . . .
Once Upon Two Kingdoms, a medieval Young Adult Romance

Back Cover Blurb:
Freedom to Choose is Paramount for any human.
An arrangement made when Elizabeth was just a babe ties her to someone she has never met, never spoken to, never loved. Now she desires freedom—a way to choose her own path—her own husband. The moment Elizabeth meets Patrick she knows he is her soul mate. But when you are bound to a crown how is any choice your own?

Visit the author's website at
She's giving away 3 Kindle versions of her book!!!

Monday, December 21, 2015

DAYS 7 & 8 !!!

Day 8 *Giveaway details below...*

The Cost of Christmas by Stacy Monson

There's so much focus during the Christmas season on gift-giving. We may agonize over just the right gift to give, or quickly snap up something that we think the recipient might like. We buy wrapping paper by the yards, bows and ribbon, boxes and bags to prepare the gifts we finally decide on. The cost, between the gift itself, the wrapping, and perhaps the shipping, can be astronomical.

While we're busily shopping, perhaps we should pause to consider the cost of Christmas itself. Not the cost of the trappings of the celebration but of the gift that started it all.

The baby in the manger was wrapped in strips of cloth, not expensive foil paper. The night was filled with the songs of the angels, not the latest musical group. The meal would have been simple bread and wine carried miles in their belongings, not a special meal served on delicate china in a warm home with family gathered round.

The financial cost of that first Christmas was minimal but its impact was priceless. The Christ child didn't come to give us material wealth, prestige or worldly acclaim. He came to give us something far more precious - His life. He was born for us so He could die for us. No gift on earth has had that price tag affixed to it. We certainly could never afford it.

But while it cost Him everything, He offers it to us for free. We cannot pay for it, earn it, or repay it. We do not deserve it. But it is the gift He picked out specifically for us, wrapped in glory, offered with love. It's the original gift that keeps on giving. We can unwrap it day after day after day, and it will never run out, never expire, never be taken away. So while you're shopping for that one perfect gift, remember that it's already yours for the keeping and the sharing. In this case, one size truly fits all.

Thanks for being part of 
the Twelve Days of Giveaways! 
If you'd like to be 
entered to win an autographed 
set of books 1 and 2 
of the Chain of Lakes Series, 
follow the link below the book desciptions

Shattered Image: Kiera Simmons’ career as a high-profile fashion model ends abruptly when a failed relationship nearly lands her in jail. Now she forges a quiet life helping teens understand their eternal value in a world saturated with the distorted messages of society.

Peter Theisen is on the fast track to everything the celebrity life promises, with each step of h
is meteoric rise in the music world orchestrated by his ambitious manager.

Their sweet, unexpected romance is threatened by her past and his future, a life-changing diagnosis, and financial devastation. As they struggle to find their way back to each other, and to the One who matters most, the allure of wealth and fame may jeopardize everything.

Dance of Grace:  In one tragic moment, dancer Vanessa Jordan lost her family, her career, and her future. She blames God for destroying everything that mattered.

Kurt Wagner, an ex-con with a second chance at life and faith, aches to shed his past and see his dream of helping teens become reality.

The former dancer and the ex-con form an unlikely alliance to build River House, a safe haven for kids on the street. But when Kurt’s past threatens his dreams and his life, Vanessa becomes a target as well. It will take a stubborn love, the grace of God, and one courageous teen to keep the River House dream alive.

Remember - share a comment below about what you really enjoy during the Christmas season to be entered to win an autographed set of Shattered Image & Dance of Grace. **If you tweet this blog, you'll get an additional entry to the contest!** Follow the link below for details.

Keep reading for Day 7:

*** See giveaway details below ***

In Brenda S. Anderson's  novel, CHAIN OF MERCY, both the hero and heroine are broken, both have made terrible choices, and both struggle to find hope with the mess they've made of their lives. Through Christ, they eventually find that hope.

About Chain of Mercy ~

A devastating argument
One reckless decision
An unforgivable sin

Manhattan businessman Richard Brooks was at the top of the world, drunk with success, wealth, and women until one disastrous evening, when his world came crashing down.
Richard flees to Minneapolis where he repairs ancient boilers instead of solving corporate problems, and he’s determined to live the solitary life he now deserves … Chained to his guilt. Blending in with the gray. No luxuries in sight.

But Executive Sheila Peterson has other plans for the handsome custodian. Richard appears to be the perfect match for the no-strings-attached romance she’s after, but she soon discovers that he’s hiding more than the designer suits in his closet.



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