Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Five Questions With ... Genevieve Crownson, author of Soul of the Sun



I'm pleased today to host author Genevieve Crownson, who has taken time to answer a few questions about her writing and upcoming projects.



 
At what age did you know that you wanted to be a writer? 
I’ve written stories as far back as I can remember. But the writing bug hit full force in first grade when the teacher had us write stories in class. It has been a passion of mine ever since. Although I didn’t really start writing full length novels until I was in college.
 
 
What three important facts do you want readers to know about your books?
The number one thing you should know is that all my books first appear as dreams. They are detailed, character rich stories that just play like a movie in my mind as I sleep. Second; you probably won’t find anything similar elsewhere. My books are truly unique. They combine the inherit love people share for one another, and the belief that anything is possible. When we truly believe in ourselves we truly can change the world. These elements are very important to me and you will see them portrayed in very unique ways in my novels. Third, I am an animal lover and you will find that throughout my novels, animals are woven into the fabric of my characters lives. They also share a piece of the magic. J
 
 
Who are some of your favorite authors? Who inspires you?
I am truly inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert. She has a beautiful sense of self, and I love how honest and revealing she is. Her open heart and gift with words make her a writer I truly admire. I also enjoy Sophie Kinsella. Her books make me laugh and really uplift my spirit. Another favorite whom I admire is Katherine Howe, her in depth descriptions are amazing and something I learn from. She creates a sense of time and place that enables you to experience another world in some far distant past.
  
 
What do you have coming up in the future?
I am currently working on books two and three of the Argos Dynasty Trilogy. These are the follow up books to The Soul of the Sun. You can take a sneak peak at the cover of book two on my website. http://www.genevievecrownson.com/
 
 
What advice would you have for anyone wanting to break into writing today? I would say never give up and don’t let anyone tell you it’s not possible to have a career as a writer. With the world of self-publishing at your fingertips you can become a published author. Just know that the road is not easy, and that even after your book is published your work is far from finished. Marketing is essential! You have to let people know your book is out in the world. Once you’ve built a platform you can always try for traditional publishing if that’s your desire. And in the mean time you are not waiting for your dreams to materialize, you are doing something about them. Believe in yourself and your dreams. You are worth it.
 

My thanks to Genevieve for taking time to stop by!  And to Pump Up Your Book Promotions for arranging this interview!

Be sure to check out Genevieve's Book Blog Tour Stops!

http://www.pumpupyourbook.com/2014/03/25/pump-up-your-book-presents-the-soul-of-the-sun-virtual-book-publicity-tour/

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The Soul of the Sun 7Title: The Soul of the Sun
Genre: Paranormal/Young Adult
Author: Genevieve Crownson
Publisher: Genevieve Crownson
Pages: 348
Format: Paperback; Kindle

“The hands of time turn on the face of the sun. Only you can move them. If the Watcher controls the hands of the clock he can go anywhere, past or future– and destroy our planet.”

Since the days of ancient Greece, the Argos dynasty has kept a secret, a mystery passed down through their descendants from generation to generation, in the hopes that the forces of good can stop the evil destruction of planet Earth.

Margaret Ingall is harboring that secret. Time is running out for the descendants of the Argos. They know a great healer and time traveler will be born of their blood. But the only person that knows whom they will call “the soul of the sun” is Margaret’s sister, Abigail. Before she can reveal the healer’s identity, disaster strikes…

Evil stalks them, watching and waiting to find out which member of her family has the ultimate power. Is it Margaret’s own child? Or her beloved granddaughter? Or even herself? Their only clue is a powerful protective amulet that will lead them all in a cat-and-mouse game to discover secrets as ancient as time.

If the Watcher discovers the truth before they do, all will be lost.

Fate, time and love weave together in their struggle to fulfill their destiny. Will Margaret’s fears sabotage her family’s protection? Can the healer accept her gifts in time? And once the soul of the sun is finally revealed, will it be too late?

Her power is incredible. The sacrifices required of her are immense.

Will it be enough to stop the Watcher?

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Monday, April 14, 2014

I'm Back!! And It's Monday! What Are You Reading??




I'm finally well (sort of!) and back in the saddle of reading and 'riting!

Had a killer sinus infection and was down and out for a whole week - still having some problems with my eyes due to the sinus pressure, but I'm still reading!  Thank you for all your get-well wishes - I appreciate them so much!

I've got some great books lined up for this week plus some wonderful tour stops - I hope you have some great reading lined up too! 


What I'm Reading Now:



What I Plan To Read:








Special Events:

Tuesday - Book Blog Tour Stop



Wednesday - Author Q&A - Genevieve Crownson, author of The Soul of the Sun




Thursday - Book Blog Tour Stop - The Ambitious Madame Bonaparte




Friday - Book Blog Tour Stop - Queen Elizabeth's Daughter




It's Monday!  What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme sponsored by Sheila at BookJourney (www.bookjourney.wordpress.com)  Check out what other bloggers are reading this week!



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Monday, April 7, 2014

Taking a small break ... but I'll be back!




Well, folks - it's happened ... I'm down for the count!  At least for a little while!

After spending Thursday evening in the ER with a massive migraine and sinus infection attack, I'm completely drained - bleehhhh!  As a result of the sinus troubles, my vision in my right eye is a little wonky, so I'm going to take a few days off and try to recuperate and get back to "normal" - well, "normal" for me! 

Y'all be good and have fun, and I'll be back soon - back up to my reading norms!






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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Guest Blog by Jodi Thomas, author of "Betting The Rainbow: A Harmony Novel"



Please welcome New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas as she talk about her new book, "Betting The Rainbow," the latest book in her wonderful Harmony, Texas series.


The idea for my new book, BETTING THE RAINBOW came from the question, “If you had a chance to change your life, what would you be willing to risk?”
 
 
 
 
My character Dusti Delaney and her sister were stuck on a small farm , on a little lake, near Harmony, Texas.  They made enough to live but nothing more.  Both had dreams of what could have been if one had been able to finish nursing school and the other had followed her dream of being a professional photographer.
 
On their once-a-month night out Dusti learns of a charity poker game and sees her one chance to change.  Though she has her goals too, she wants to see her sister follow her dream first. One man knows enough about poker to teach her to win.  Only problem is, if she makes it to the final table, she’ll be playing against him.  As he teaches her about Texas Hold’em and love, she sees the possibility of her dream coming true.
 
I think I loved this story so much because I once pushed all my chips in on a dream.  I wanted to write but with teaching, going to grad school and raising two boys, there was never any time.  Finally, with the help of my husband, I quit, drew out my retirement and lived on it while I wrote.  Forty books later I’d say the gamble paid off.
 
You’ll love meeting all the people who live on a little road called Rainbow Lane.  Three love stories will touch your heart and as always the folks of Harmony will welcome you in for a visit. AND, I’m just betting  that BETTING THE RAINBOW will leave you feeling good all over.
 
Jodi Thomas
Twitter.com/jodithomas
www.facebook.com/ JodiThomasAuthor
 


My thanks to Jodi for contributing this guest post. Be sure to check out all her Harmony, Texas books!



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Monday, March 31, 2014

It's Monday! I'm Reading, but ...






Yes, It's Monday, and yes, I'm reading - I've actually got some great books lined up for this week.

But it's the end of March and instead of going out like a lamb, March has blown something in on the wind that has my head roaring like a freight train is running through it! 

Suffice it to say, I'm not feeling too perky!

But I am reading, and if this pounding in my head goes away this evening, I'll do another post about the books I've got on my TBR pile.

Until then, where's the aspirin??????


Happy Reading, Ya'll!


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Friday, March 28, 2014

It Had To Be You by Susan May Warren - Book BlogTour Stop and Review



 
 
About The Book:

A Christensen Family Novel.

Eden Christiansen never imagined her role as her younger brother Owen’s cheerleader would keep her on the sidelines of her own life. Sure, it feels good to be needed, but looking after the reckless NHL rookie leaves little time for Eden to focus on her own career. She dreamed of making a name for herself as a reporter, but is stuck writing obits—and starting to fear she doesn’t have the chops to land a major story. If only someone would step up to mentor Owen . . . but she knows better than to expect help from team veteran and bad-boy enforcer Jace Jacobsen.

Jace has built his career on the infamous reputation of his aggressive behavior—on and off the ice. Now at a crossroads about his future in hockey, that reputation has him trapped. And the guilt-trip he’s getting from Eden Christiansen isn’t making things any easier. But when Owen’s carelessness leads to a career-threatening injury and Eden stumbles upon a story that could be her big break, she and Jace are thrown together . . . and begin to wonder if they belong on the same team after all.

Learn more and purchase a copy at Susan’s website.



My Thoughts:.

I am an unabashed fan of Susan May Warren's writing, and I am so thrilled that she is continuing her series about the Christensen family.  In "It Had To Be You," she tells the story of Eden, the daughter who feels that she is the family cheerleader with no special talents of her own. But she soon finds that perhaps she does have a gift when unlikely hero Jace Jacobsen steps in to show her that she is pretty special in her own unique way.  Perhaps Eden's gift is for showing the people she loves the best in them and by helping them shine, she shines herself.

This is a gentle romance, with uplifting inspirational aspects, that is just a lovely read.  There is a great deal of hockey interspersed throughout the story, and I actually learned a great deal about the sport while I was enjoying the tale.  There is also the influence of the great love and support of the Christensen family continued in this book, and it's nice to have some updates on the rest of the clan.

Susan's writing style is very engaging - her characters are warm and personable, and the setting in the cold of Minnesota is realistic and plays a huge role itself in this story. Susan also includes enough backstory in this book that first-time readers can quickly pick up on the history of the Christensen's and read this as a stand alone novel.

This book also contains a prequel to the Christensen family's story, "I Really Do Miss Your Smile," which tells the story of mom Ingrid and dad John - and it's a lovely beginning of the family's story! And if you haven't read the first book in this series, "Take A Chance On Me," do yourself a favor and pick it up as well! It's just as great.

I highly recommend this series for any fan of inspirational, uplifting stories with a generous dash of romance.  I can't wait for the next book!





About The Author:


Susan May Warren is the bestselling, RITA Award–winning author of more than forty novels whose compelling plots and unforgettable characters have won acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. She served with her husband and four children as a missionary in Russia for eight years before she and her family returned home to the States.

 She now writes full-time as her husband runs a lodge on Lake Superior in northern Minnesota, where many of her books are set. She and her family enjoy hiking, canoeing, and being involved in their local church. Several of her critically acclaimed novels have been ECPA and CBA bestsellers, were chosen as Top Picks by Romantic Times, and have won the RWA's Inspirational Reader's Choice contest and the American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year award. Five of her books have been Christy Award finalists.

In addition to her writing, Susan loves to teach and speak at women's events about God's amazing grace in our lives. She also runs a writing community for authors. Visit MyBookTherapy.com to learn more. For exciting updates on her new releases, previous books, and more, visit her website at www.susanmaywarren.com




Susan May Warren is celebrating the release of her newest Christiansen Family novel, It Had To Be You, with a $100 Visa cash card giveaway and offering readers a free book club kit.
 
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One winner will receive:
  • $100 Visa cash card
  • Take a Chance on Me and It Had to Be You by Susan May Warren

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 29th. Winner will be announced April 1st on Susan’s blog. Also, visit her website to learn more about the It Had To Be You backstory and Susan’s free book club kit.

Don’t miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to stop by Susan’s blog on April 1st to see if you won.

 
 

My thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for including me on this tour and for providing the review copy of the book.  I was not compensated for my opinion.

 

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band by Alan Paul - Book Review




About The Book:

Now an instant New York Times bestseller, One Way Out is the powerful biography of The Allman Brothers Band, an oral history written with the band’s participation and filled with original, never-before-published interviews as well as personal letters and correspondence. This is the most in-depth look at a legendary American rock band that has meant so much to so many for so long.

For twenty-five years, Alan Paul has covered and written about The Allman Brothers Band, conducting hundreds of interviews, riding the buses with them, attending rehearsals and countless shows. He has interviewed every living band member for this book as well as managers, roadies, and contemporaries, including: Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Jaimoe, Butch Trucks, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Oteil Burbridge, the late Allen Woody, Jimmy Herring, Eric Clapton, Bob Weir, and many others.

 
Tracking the band's career from their 1969 formation to today, One Way Out is filled with musical and cultural insights, riveting tales of sometimes violent personality conflicts and betrayals, drug and alcohol use, murder allegations and exoneration, tragic early deaths, road stories, and much more, including the most in-depth look at the acrimonious 2000 parting with founding guitarist Dickey Betts and behind-the-scenes information on the recording of At Fillmore East, Layla, Eat A Peach, Brothers and Sisters, and other classic albums.




My Thoughts:

If you are from the South, love Southern Rock music, and are a "baby boomer," then you know and love those boys from Florida - The Allman Brothers Band. Their music is legendary, their lives are legendary and now the tales of everything we've always "heard of" are related in a brilliant biography, "One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band," by Alan Paul.

Paul has gathered interviews with all the players, all the families and friends, and all the hangers-on to make this book one of the most fascinating collections of memories I've had the pleasure to read. 

There is pretty much no stone left unturned in this intimate and uniquely presented book.  Paul lays out the story of the Allman brothers, Duane and Greg, and their band mates with blended interviews with everyone who was around the band at it's start and at it's current state.

Fans of the band will eat this book up.  Fans of Southern rock music will love it as well. And fans of genuine, from-the-heart music will appreciate it for it's revelations and the respect with which it was compiled.


About The Author:



ALAN PAUL is a senior writer for Guitar World magazine and has interviewed the Allman Brothers Band hundreds of times. No one has written more frequently about the band, and his work has earned the praise of Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes, Butch Trucks, and other band members. He is the author of Big in China, and his work has also appeared in The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated, the Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, People, and ESPN.com among others.

Check out his website at www.alanpaul.net



My thanks to the publisher and the author for providing the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.


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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

On Grace by Susie Orman Schnall - Book Blog Tour Stop and Review



On Grace
 


About The Book:
 
Grace May is truly excited about turning 40 in a few months. And now that her boys are both in school and she has a stimulating new writing job, the next chapter in her life can finally begin. She can’t wait to rediscover the intelligent and interesting woman deeply buried under the layers of mother and wife.

But when Grace loses her job and gets unexpected news from her husband and her best friend, life suddenly gets complicated. Grace stands to lose everything: her marriage, her best friend, and her sense of self. But by her 40th birthday party, Grace will realize who and what matter most. With laughter. With tears. With grace. 


My Thoughts:

"On Grace" is a sizzling, dazzling and very fun debut novel that captures the questions and situations mid-life women reach as they inch their way to their forties.  Author Susie Orman Schnall's cast of lively characters and fast-paced story is a treat to read - readers will feel they are right there in the midst of the group as they look forward to their futures.

Fans of contemporary women's fiction will really get a kick out of this novel. I look forward to more work from this bright new author!


About The Author:

Susie Schnall


Originally from Los Angeles, Susie Orman Schnall graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. Schnall has written for national and local publications about parenting and health. She lives in New York with her husband and their three young boys. ON GRACE is her debut novel. 



My thanks to BookSparks PR for providing the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.


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