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THE PERSNICKETY PRINCESS BLOG TOUR
The Persnickety Princess is a lower-grade children’s book written by Falcon Storm. My children, a seven-year-old girl and an eight-year-old boy, are the perfect age to enjoy this book and enjoy it they did. I read it to myself first, just to familiarize myself with it, and then I read it to my children in the car. I love the word persnickety for some reason and explaining what persnickety meant to my children was fun. They went around telling each other that they were being persnickety all weekend. I wanted to do a video review with the kids but we were on vacation and they wouldn’t sit still long enough to do it.
The story of the Persnickety Princess is told by a Bard (with a capital B) named Upon A. Time (yep, really). He gets caught stealing and spins a yarn to try to get out of trouble. He tells the story of Lavender, a persnickety princess, that has been in a tower waiting to be rescued by her handsome prince. She is the one who put herself in the tower, hired a witch, and created the scene that she needed to be “rescued”. Lavender seems a little ummm… high strung. Her sister Petunia is a much more practical and down-to-earth girl. She wants Lavender to give up the notion of being rescued. What did she even have to be rescued from? Petunia wants her sister to get out in the world, live a little, and not depend on a man for her happiness. When Petunia is kidnapped by a dragon, and a prince actually does come… but to save Petunia and not Lavender, what is Lavender to do? Well, get in a lot of mishaps, think up ways to get in trouble so she can be rescued by the prince that seems to be falling for her sister (oh, the indignity!), and be rescued by the prince’s squire time after time. Can Petunia quit being so persnickety, help save her sister, and find herself in the process? You will have to read it to find out.
The Persnickety Princess was full of Laugh-Out-Loud moments. My kids got a kick out of the world the characters lived in, the characters themselves, and the situations they found themselves in. I enjoyed the story myself, and also the underlying messages that were delivered with humor that my kids might not even know they got, but will stick with them nonetheless. I have to say the “wicked” witch was one of my favorite characters. It seems like her story might be told! Fingers crossed because my daughter loved her too. She likes to read and anything that gets her more excited about reading is great for me. My son even enjoyed and asked if there were more stories and he is not a big reader. Bravo to the author for keeping kids attention and leaving them wanting more. A great book for kids and adults alike. I highly recommend that if you have kids or grandkids, or you are just feeling persnickety and need a pick-me-up, that you grab this book and give it a read. You won’t regret it.
I give it 5 stars for originality and fun!
About the Book – About the Author – Prizes!!!
About the book: High up in the tallest tower of the purplest castle in the Kingdom by the Sea, Princess Lavender awaits rescue. Desperate as she may be, only the most dashing, well dressed, properly mannered prince will do. Oh, and he must stand exactly four and three-quarters inches taller than her. A princess has got to have standards, after all.
When, finally, one such prince comes to her castle—not to rescue her, but her younger sister—Lavender refuses to be ignored. Instead of waiting for the next suitor to come along, she devises a plan to put herself in danger, thus forcing the upstart prince to forget her sister and rescue her instead.
Well accustomed to getting her way, there is only one thing, unfortunately, that this princess can’t control—her luck. When her plans go awry, putting her in very real danger, will she allow the prince to rescue her as he sees fit? Will he even want to try?
And will anyone be able to find a way to rescue Lavender from her persnickety ways once and for all? Find out in this comedic tale of princes, dragons, and dreams that just may come true.
The Persnickety Princess is a lower grade chapter book intended for kids 6 to 9 years old (although kids of all ages are sure to enjoy it! Pick up your copy through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords or Kobo Books.
About the author: I was born in the frozen wasteland of Alaska with the unfortunate stigma of being both a daydreamer and left-handed. Starting from an early age, I’ve filled my life with stories of every sort from my father’s hunting trips to the Holy Trilogy (read: Star Wars). In the fourth grade, I became more interested in telling stories of my own than listening to those of others. Doctors—being doctors—attempted to medicate them out of me, but the best cure has always been a pen, a notebook, and my crazy, unrestrained imagination. I continue to whittle away at these stories in my endless search for the one that will finally bring me back to reality. All the while, I secretly hope such a story will never come along. I hear “reality” is far too boring. Connect with Falcon on his website, Facebook, GoodReads, or Twitter.
About the prizes: Who doesn’t love prizes? You could win (1) a $25 Amazon gift card, (2) a $50 Amazon gift card, or (3) a Princess Prize Pack, which includes a plush purple dragon, necklace with lavender pendant, The Fairy Godmother’s Guide to Being a Princess, tiara and wand party set, and a DVD of The Princess Bride.
Here’s what you need to do…
- Enter the Rafflecopter contest
- Leave a comment on my blog.
That’s it! One random commenter during this tour will win the $50 gift card. Visit more blogs for more chances to win–the full list of participating bloggers can be found here. The other two prizes (including the awesome Princess Prize Pack) will be given out via Rafflecopter. You can find the contest entry form linked below or on the official Persnickety Princess tour page via Novel Publicity. Good luck!
L.M. Preston is an avid reader who loved to create poetry and short-stories as a young girl. With a thirst for knowledge, she became a professor and techie in the Information Technology field for over sixteen years. She started writing science fiction under the encouragement of her husband (who was a sci-fi buff) and her four children. Her first published novel, Explorer X – Alpha, was the beginning of her obsessive desire to write and create stories about young people who overcome unbelievable odds.
Preston is the Vice-President of Mid Atlantic Book Publishers Association, a moderator on YAlitchat, a non-profit organization for Young Adult Authors, and former Co-Chair for Maryland Writer’s Association Conference, 2012. She loves to write while on the porch watching her kids play or when she is traveling, which is another passion that encouraged her writing.
Writing stories for and about kids that overcome the impossible…
“What began as an idea soon set into motion a chain of events that would lead to heart-stopping action, amazing suspense, and stories that will stick with you way after you are done.
Unique, unexpected, beyond imagining…shocking TWISTS that will have you frantically turning back the pages to see what clues you overlooked to have missed what was coming.
Paranormal stories that span across the genre and will wow you, shock you, and leave you gasping for more. 11 different authors, one main idea, and worlds that will TWIST your imagination…”
Amazon Buy Link: www.amzn.com/B00BVSXAE8
“Voices of the Soul” by Rene Folsom
“Number 18” by Michael Loring
“Sweet Lenora” by Bart Hopkins
“Truth or Dare” by Jon Messenger
“Suburban Zombie” by Anthony Lance
“All I Want for Christmas” by Jason Brant
“In the Eyes of the Beholder” by Penelope Bartotto
“Little Tchotchkes” by Nicki Scalise
“I am Serna” by Magen McMinimy
“Bloodlines” by S. L. Dearing
“Metronome” by Eaton Thomas Palmer
This began as the second Anthology Contest on my Facebook page. There were so many amazing entries, though only 11 went in. I want to thank everyone for participating. I am extremely happy with the way it turned out!
I also want to thank Rene Folsom, who partnered with me on this anthology. Without her, it wouldn’t be out there! The amazing cover is all her as well as the interior design, and a million other things that needed to be done. I would have to say she had the most stressful job. This is the beginning of a very long business between us with the soon-to-be-revealed website for
Indie Style Press.
(It is a work in progress)
Please get your copy of TWIST today. If you do, please consider leaving a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads.
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“So, you own the bar now?” I say, “That’s great. Why didn’t you say?”
Emerson gives me a measured look. “You didn’t ask.”
I stop. How is this my fault? “Yeah, well I didn’t exactly have time, what with you pummeling a guy, pretending like you were going to make out with me, then judging every one of my life choices.”
My reply whips out before I can stop it. I clamp my hand over my mouth, and stare at the shocked expression on Emerson’s face. He so wasn’t expecting that!
But why the hell shouldn’t I say it? It’s the truth, after all. I let out a giggle, unable to stop myself.
His expression changes.
“You’re drunk.” He says shortly.
I shrug, defensive. “So what if I am?”
“You never could hold your liquor.” He shakes his head, and takes another gulp of his beer. “I wonder, what else has changed…?” Emerson’s mouth curves into a lascivious smile. “You still make that breathy noise when you come?”
I gasp, shocked. “Fuck you!”
“Already been there, darlin’.”
About Melody Grace
Melody is a small-town girl turned SoCal beach-lover. After spending her life with her nose in a book, she decided it was time to try writing one for herself. She loves bad boys, steamy romances, and (of course) happily-ever-afters.
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Today we are checking out a book from author JB Dutton. It will be FREE tomorrow, 3/13/13, so don’t forget to get your copy!
SILENT SYMMETRY BY JB DUTTON
The Embodied glide through the busy streets of New York, uttering barely a sound.
Their eerie beauty comes from their perfect symmetry. Male, female, old, young… their faces are always absolutely symmetrical. Are they flawless humans, the epitome of evolution? Are they a genetically modified super-race? Are they extra-terrestrials? Once prep school student Kari Marriner becomes aware of their existence, she is driven to find the answer and finds herself ensnared in a web that reaches further than she could possibly have imagined.
Kari’s earliest memory is her father’s death in a car crash back in small-town Wisconsin. Now, 12 years later, her mother has been hired by a pseudo-religious organization in Manhattan called the Temple of Truth (a.k.a. the ToT). At Chelsea Prep, Kari develops a crush on classmate Cruz. But when she realizes that Noon, another attractive guy at school, is involved with the ToT, her curiosity gets the better of her.
Kari stumbles upon a secret tunnel leading from her apartment to another in the building, where an ancient book holds images she can scarcely believe, and a cavernous room contains… something inexplicable. As Kari pieces together the incredible evidence, she discovers that the ToT is run by other-worldly beings called The Embodied who influence human behavior and have established a global long-term human breeding program. But why? And what is her role in all this?
Just as she starts wondering whether the love she feels for Cruz is genuine or if her emotions are being controlled by The Embodied, her mother is kidnapped and Kari has to figure out who is human, who is Embodied, and who she can count on to help rescue her mother.
Silent Symmetry is the exciting first novel in JB Dutton’s EMBODIED trilogy. The second installment, Starley’s Rust, will be published in late 2013.
After graduating from film school in London, England, John emigrated to Montreal in 1987, where he still lives with his two young children and their even younger goldfish. He spent over a decade as a music TV director before moving into the advertising industry as an award-winning copywriter and translator. In parallel to his corporate work, John has written novels, short stories, blogs, screenplays and a stage play. John speaks four languages and has been married three times in three different countries in three different decades. He therefore likes the odd pint of Guinness. And he’s pretty keen on the even pints too…
AN EXCITING EXCERPT FROM SILENT SYMMETRY:
I wriggled inside on my hands and knees, then pushed the flap open again. I crawled through it, testing the strength of the surface beneath me as I went. The tunnel creaked a bit – I guess it was made of wood – but it seemed pretty firm. I advanced, the tunnel’s blackness stretching out in front of me. The flap swung shut and the dank air enveloped me.
I stopped and listened, probing the tunnel with the flashlight. It seemed to go on forever. “Flash?” I whispered loudly. But all I could hear were the echoey voices. I carried on crawling forward. They seemed to be getting louder. The young woman’s higher-pitched voice was easier to make out than the man’s gravelly rumble.
I thought I heard her say, “…control of it…here, I can get…here…make it…” Just snatches of sentences. The man said something in reply. When I was crawling, the noise my jeans made on the wood made it impossible to distinguish individual words in what the woman was saying. I shone the flashlight ahead of me. Was that a turn in the tunnel? As I got nearer, I could tell that there was a junction to the left in the tunnel up ahead.
I reached the bend and looked around it, the flashlight beam sweeping the tunnel walls. There was another long stretch that ended in…? A bend or a drop? “Flash?” I whispered again and listened. Now both voices were more distinct. They were definitely coming from further along the tunnel.
“…can’t stop them,” said the man.
“That’s just it,” answered the woman. Then silence.
I crawled onward, accompanied only by the swoosh and scrape of my jeans and shoes. Half a minute later I reached the end of this stretch of tunnel. Now there was a turn to the right, and a section that went upward. I raised my head to look up this chute. For a second my brain made a connection. That was it – garbage chutes! These big old buildings were usually equipped with them. Maybe that was what this was. But why did the tunnels go sideways? No, it made no sense.
I knelt at the junction, searching for an explanation. Then, before I knew what was happening, I screamed. Something had dropped from the chute and landed in front of me. Something alive. I scrambled backward, heart in mouth, the flashlight making crazy-ass shadows on the tunnel walls.
In seconds I was back at the first turn, but as I tried to crawl around it, one of the belt loops on my jeans snagged on a nail. I tried to pull it off, frantic. I glanced back down the tunnel and saw a movement. It was coming toward me. It was… Flash.
My limbs sagged, I stopped struggling, and the loop unhooked from the nail. The cat meowed and trotted up to me. Laughing in relief, I petted him. “You… you… I love you!” I said, happy to have found him. And happy that he wasn’t a giant rat. Or something worse that the depths of my imagination had conjured up in my state of panic. He purred and snuggled against my nose.
It was the young woman’s voice. Distant, but distinct. I strained my ears to hear more but I was already far from the source of the sound, and Flash’s purring obscured the rest of the words. But I know I heard it. I know I heard my name.
Excerpt from Silent Symmetry
Copyright © 2013 John B. Dutton
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Irv’s Odyssey: Lost in a Looking Glass was a groovy trip back to the 70s. As someone who was not even born in the 70’s, it was an eye opening trip to experience the life of a boy fresh out of college, who had the idealistic dreams that most of the young have, only to find out that life in not idealistic nor easy. Written in first-person narrative, it felt as if you were really there, having a not-so-normal conversation with Irv.
Irv was a film major, with big plans to be a director and make a difference. He found out quickly that getting a job was not easy and that his free ride was over as his father cut him off because he was “grown now”. With no choice but to put food on the table, and pay for his weed, Irv took the most unlikely job he could have ever imagined for himself: porn director. Lost in a world of naked girls that have sex to get paid, and have all the insecurities and problems that go along with it, Irv starts a downward spiral in the life he planned for himself.
Only looking for “real” love, Irv bumbles along the way. Through a (sometimes) drug-induced haze, shared sexual partners, free love, commune living, and a search for meaningful life, this story takes you from LA to Atlanta. From porn jobs to a job in a living community for mentally-challenged kids, Irv shows what life was like in the time of free love and drugs, when all he wants is love and all he finds is challenges. This heartwarming, and sometimes hilarious book, almost transcends times, to portray what youth goes through after leaving college and being forced to grow up. I give this book FIVE STARS and urge you to pick it up and give it a chance!
Irving H. Podolsky resides in the mind of this writer, and within the trilogy, Irv’s Odyssey. As your host, I wish to remain in your hearts as that forever-young YOU seeking love, joy, wisdom and adventure.
IRVING HAS OFFERED ONE E-BOOK TRILOGY SET FOR GIVEAWAY! TO ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY, ASK IRVING A QUESTION. IT CAN BE ABOUT HIS BOOKS, WRITING…OR ANYTHING THAT MAKES YOU CURIOUS.
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*REVIEW BY DELIA REMINGTON*
Deadly Kisses by Kerri Cuevas
Aiden Grant is a seventeen-year-old Grim Reaper, and he’s pretty satisfied with the job, ferrying souls in his gondola and answering to his boss, former President Abraham Lincoln. But when his next assignment is to reap the soul of Bee (Beatrice), the only girl he ever loved, his entire afterlife plan is turned upside down.
Unexpectedly, his fatal kiss doesn’t work, leaving their souls linked. Bee turns out to have some special powers, including being able to see grim reapers, making Aiden’s job even harder. Plus, there are his lingering feelings for her getting in the way. And to top it off, the ancients want to use Bee’s powers for themselves.
Aiden has seven days to sort things out, and he’ll have to choose between her soul and his own.
As a paranormal YA book, Deadly Kisses was refreshing, full of surprises, poignant, and at times laugh-out-loud funny. Kerri Cuevas has created strong and fascinating characters, and her narrative style is captivating. As I read,I was reminded of the television show, Dead Like Me, but the attention to detail and deep understanding of human nature made this novel much more engaging. This book has the right balance of love story and action, making it a killer combination.
I give this book five stars!
Quotes from the Book:
“Hope you enjoyed your ride on my rig of death. Please exit on the right and have a golden lovely day. Don’t come back now.”
“I just wanted to get her death over with, but when I saw how she looked bundled up in a rose blanket with her black hair framed against her face, she wasn’t any girl. She was Sabrina’s cousin, and the girl I had always loved.”
“Let’s get one thing straight, death boy.” She poked me in the chest and jabbed a rib bone. “I’m going to set the rules here. Got it?”
About the Author:
Kerri Cuevas was born and raised in Rhode Island. She moved to New Hampshire with her husband, three kids, cats and a rabbit named Hercules in 2005. When she’s not writing, she’s chasing chickens on her small farm or searching for the ultimate mac-a-cheese recipe.
Kerri went to college for Early Childhood Education but now writes books for young adults full-time. Her storytelling stems from watching too many horror flicks as a teen, but she no longer needs to sleep with the lights on.
R.M. Gilmore’s Killer D-Day Giveaway!
Odyssey of the Occult book #2
By: R.M. Gilmore
The bitch is back in this second installment of the Dylan Hart Odyssey of the Occult series. The irreverent Dylan Hart, once again, graces us with her presence, this time from down in New Orleans. She has drug along her band of misfit vampires, but this time blood drinkers are the least of her worries. Dylan finds herself entangled in the underground world of blood and lust when she encounters a new, and much more frightening, villain. Voodoo. Who do?
4.9 of 5 Stars
What People are saying about it
“There is ass dimple smut , sexy mysterious men , I’m sure there was a strange vampire or 3 in there, a bit of creepy weird voodoo, a bit of unfortunate lap vomiting and general Dylan Hart funnies. Gilmore has outdone herself again” – Belladonna’s Book Corner
“RM Gilmore has surpassed herself in the second installment of her Dylan Hart Series. Endless Night is somehow even edgier, more entertaining and most definitely side-splitting, tea-spitting funnier than book one, The Scene.” – Bex ‘n’ Books
“I finished this fabulous book in a night. I just could not put it down. Gilmore does it again with bringing such life to Dylan Hart. I found myself giggling out loud several times. I love the supporting characters, also. It’s just a solid, fun read. Looking forward to more Dylan and gang adventures.” – M. McDow
Living in the dead center of California, R.M. Gilmore writes mystery
thrillers with a supernatural twist.
Drawing from people and places in her life, she brings us the irreverent character Dylan Hart, the Dylan Hart Odyssey of the Occult series, and sweet Lynnie Russell, the Lynnie Russell Trilogy.
Gilmore has contributed to numerous anthologies, as well as, short story
and stand-alone works-in-progress.
Gilmore also creates original artworks in various mediums including paint and clay. Her home is filled with eclectic music memorabilia, horror flicks, and droves of complete Lego sets. R.M. shares a home with her husband, kids, and more than thirty animals including a Labrador, frilled dragon, and gargoyle geckos.
When she’s not insane with writing, household junk, and animal care, she loves to watch movies, digs detective shows, and imbibes more than one person should.
R.M. Gilmore lives to laugh and will likely die laughing.
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