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BLOGWORDS – Wednesday 22 February 2017 – WREADING WEDNESDAY – THE LONG SHADOWS OF SUMMER by ROBIN E. MASON

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WREADING WEDNESDAY – THE LONG SHADOWS OF SUMMER by ROBIN E. MASON

 

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The southern town of Saisons lies at the crossroads between North and South, progressive and genteel antebellum life. Between East and West, between history and heritage, and new frontiers.

 

It’s 1912, in a world where slavery is dying and women’s rights are rising, and four young girls share a bond—and experience a tragedy.

 

Seasons is the telling of their stories and Mercedes Renaldi’s story is first in The Long Shadows of Summer.

 

Mercedes’s friend comes to her and she must now keep Simone’s secret. But Mercedes finds more than she bargained for—keeping Simone’s secret from their friends Pearl and Scarlett, and from her own family, and then Mercedes realizes that they, too, have secrets.

 

But as Mercedes plays detective to her friends’ questions, she discovers something far more shocking—she herself is not who she thought she was.

 

 

 

 

remI’ve always had stories in my head. I once said I should write them all down so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!

 

I have been writing since 1995, and began working in earnest on my debut novel, Tessa  in 2013.  Meanwhile, I cranked out a few dozen poems, made countless notes for story ideas, and earned my BFA in Interior Design.  I lived with depression for many years, and the inherent feelings of worthlessness and invisibility; I didn’t want to be who I was and struggled with my own identity for many years.  My characters face many of these same demons.

 

I write stories of identity conflict. My characters encounter situations that force the question, “Who am I, really?” For all who have ever wondered who you are or why you’re here, my stories will touch you in a very real—maybe too real—and a very deep way. I know, I write from experience.

 

 

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BLOGWORDS SPECIAL EDITION FEATURED BOOK  – Friday 17 February 2017 – WHY NOT by DEBRA E. MARVIN

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WHY NOT by DEBRA E. MARVIN

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Love Puts These Two On the Edge!

 

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Society girl Amber Wynott’s wintry escape to the Grand Canyon provides a chance to pursue her dream and prove she has what it takes to be a successful architect. It doesn’t take long to realize the incredible scenery can’t hide the simmering anger between ‘railroad money’ and the struggling locals.

 

Which side is master builder Stone Morrison on?

 

Amber has met her match in the handsome, hard-headed man. He’s been directed to keep an eye on her, but when iron meets iron—oh the sparks! As their unlikely old matchmaker tells them, pride goes before a fall, and this is a bad place to fall. Will danger finally knock some sense into the pair?

 

 

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Debra E. Marvin tries not to run too far from real life but the imagination born out of being an only child has a powerful draw. Besides, the voices in her head tend to agree with all the sensible things she says. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Sisters in Crime, and serves on the board of Bridges Ministry in Seneca Falls, NY. Her published novellas include, “Alarmingly Charming” in Austen in Austen Vol 1 from WhiteFire Publishing, “Desert Duet” and “Starlight Serenade” from Forget Me Not Romances, after many unpublished contest successes including two finals for the Daphne DuMaurier award. Debra works as a program assistant at Cornell University, and enjoys her family and grandchildren, obsessively buying fabric, watching British programming and traveling with her childhood friends

 

 

 

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https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDebraEMarvin/

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BLOGWORDS – Wednesday 15 February 2017 – WREADING WEDNESDAY – CISSY by ROBIN E. MASON

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WREADING WEDNESDAY – CISSY by ROBIN E. MASON

 

 

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Evil words. Words that should never have been spoken. Words that she should not have heard.

But she did. And she believed them.

Everything changed when Cissy heard those words that day. She was five.

 

What torment is wrought when wicked words are spoken? Can Cissy’s ravaged life be redeemed? Or will she wreak havoc on all who love her?

 

Can the lie be undone? Is there a word powerful enough to break the curse and undo the unsavory heritage?

 

 

 

AUTHOR’S NOTE: Cissy is not easy reading. She faces evil and succumbs to it. She is seduced at a young age, and learns to wield her body to manipulate and wound those most dear to her. There are no graphic scenes, but neither do my scenes merely allude to what is happening.

Cissy is the dark and gritty, high-tension climax to the unsavory heritage series.

 

 

me-041115-croppedI’ve always had stories in my head. I once said I should write them all down so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!

 

I have been writing since 1995, and began working in earnest on my debut novel, CISSY in 2013.  Meanwhile, I cranked out a few dozen poems, made countless notes for story ideas, and earned my BFA in Interior Design.  I lived with depression for many years, and the inherent feelings of worthlessness and invisibility; I didn’t want to be who I was and struggled with my own identity for many years.  My characters face many of these same demons.

 

I write stories of identity conflict. My characters encounter situations that force the question, “Who am I, really?” For all who have ever wondered who you are or why you’re here, my stories will touch you in a very real—maybe too real—and a very deep way. I know, I write from experience.

 

 

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BLOGWORDS – Wednesday 8 February 2017 – WREADING WEDNESDAY – CLARA BESS by ROBIN E. MASON

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WREADING WEDNESDAY – CLARA BESS by ROBIN E. MASON

 

 

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Clara Bess wasn’t at all prepared for what she unearthed at the bottom of her mother’s keepsake box.  Not in with legal papers, not in her own baby book, not in the safe even.

 

On the day of her 50th birthday, Clara Bess Caldwell was not with her family basking in the joy of a blissful Christmas Day winding down.  She was not enjoying eggnog or coffee by a fireplace, nor was she checking a goose roasting in the oven. Clara Bess was at her mother’s house, going through her personal effects, something she had put off for several weeks.

 

Clara Bess read, with shock and no small degree of confusion, the line on her birth certificate where her mother’s name should be.  It did not read Lily Isabella Sawyer.

 

She was adopted?

 

Where, then, were the adoption papers?

 

 

me-041115-croppedI’ve always had stories in my head. I once said I should write them all down so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!

 

I have been writing since 1995, and began working in earnest on my debut novel, CLARA BESS in 2013.  Meanwhile, I cranked out a few dozen poems, made countless notes for story ideas, and earned my BFA in Interior Design.  I lived with depression for many years, and the inherent feelings of worthlessness and invisibility; I didn’t want to be who I was and struggled with my own identity for many years.  My characters face many of these same demons.

 

I write stories of identity conflict. My characters encounter situations that force the question, “Who am I, really?” For all who have ever wondered who you are or why you’re here, my stories will touch you in a very real—maybe too real—and a very deep way. I know, I write from experience.

 

 

http://robinemason.com

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Robin-E-Mason-Author-Artist/224223274404877
http://www.amazon.com/Robin-E.-Mason/e/B00MR5IQ9S
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http://www.pinterest.com/amythyst212/

https://plus.google.com/u/0/108929134414473292325

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7808042.Robin_E_Mason

 

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BLOGWORDS SPECIAL EDITION FEATURED BOOK  – Friday 17 February 2017 – WHY NOT by DEBRA E. MARVIN

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WHY NOT by DEBRA E. MARVIN

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Love Puts These Two On the Edge!

 

Grand Canyon, 1914

 

Society girl Amber Wynott’s wintry escape to the Grand Canyon provides a chance to pursue her dream and prove she has what it takes to be a successful architect. It doesn’t take long to realize the incredible scenery can’t hide the simmering anger between ‘railroad money’ and the struggling locals.

 

Which side is master builder Stone Morrison on?

 

Amber has met her match in the handsome, hard-headed man. He’s been directed to keep an eye on her, but when iron meets iron—oh the sparks! As their unlikely old matchmaker tells them, pride goes before a fall, and this is a bad place to fall. Will danger finally knock some sense into the pair?

 

 

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Debra E. Marvin tries not to run too far from real life but the imagination born out of being an only child has a powerful draw. Besides, the voices in her head tend to agree with all the sensible things she says. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Sisters in Crime, and serves on the board of Bridges Ministry in Seneca Falls, NY. Her published novellas include, “Alarmingly Charming” in Austen in Austen Vol 1 from WhiteFire Publishing, “Desert Duet” and “Starlight Serenade” from Forget Me Not Romances, after many unpublished contest successes including two finals for the Daphne DuMaurier award. Debra works as a program assistant at Cornell University, and enjoys her family and grandchildren, obsessively buying fabric, watching British programming and traveling with her childhood friends

 

 

 

LINKS:

https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B018QCI2AS

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDebraEMarvin/

http://debraemarvin.com/

 https://www.pinterest.com/debraemarvin/

http://www.inkwellinspirations.com/

https://twitter.com/DebraEMarvin

http://colonialquills.blogspot.com/

 

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BLOGWORDS – Wednesday 1 February 2017 – WREADING WEDNESDAY – TESSA by ROBIN E. MASON

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WREADING WEDNESDAY – TESSA by ROBIN E. MASON

 

 

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One mother.  Two daughters.  One favorite.  One not.

 

When Cassie Barclay is presented with an opportunity – or is it a curse – she jumps at the chance.  She takes on a new life, her sister’s life, and although at first, it holds appeal and promise, she soon realizes sometimes the fairy tale is tainted.

 

Assuming the name of Tessa, Cassie moves into the life that was her sister’s, and faces first one realization then another, one disappointment after another. Stepping into Connie’s life does not automatically grant her all that Connie had or was. But it does deny all that she had and was as Cassie. As herself.

 

 

me-041115-croppedI’ve always had stories in my head. I once said I should write them all down so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!

 

I have been writing since 1995, and began working in earnest on my debut novel, Tessa in 2013.  Meanwhile, I cranked out a few dozen poems, made countless notes for story ideas, and earned my BFA in Interior Design.  I lived with depression for many years, and the inherent feelings of worthlessness and invisibility; I didn’t want to be who I was and struggled with my own identity for many years.  My characters face many of these same demons.

 

I write stories of identity conflict. My characters encounter situations that force the question, “Who am I, really?” For all who have ever wondered who you are or why you’re here, my stories will touch you in a very real—maybe too real—and a very deep way. I know, I write from experience.

 

 

http://robinemason.com

https://robinsnest212.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Robin-E-Mason-Author-Artist/224223274404877
http://www.amazon.com/Robin-E.-Mason/e/B00MR5IQ9S
https://twitter.com/amythyst212
http://www.pinterest.com/amythyst212/

https://plus.google.com/u/0/108929134414473292325

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7808042.Robin_E_Mason

 

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BLOGWORDS – Wednesday 25 January 2017 – WREADING WEDNESDAY SPECIAL EDITION RELEASE EVENT – RECONCILIATION by AMY BROCK MCNEW

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WREADING WEDNESDAY SPECIAL EDITION RELEASE EVENT – RECONCILIATION by AMY BROCK MCNEW

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Some ghosts from the past refuse to stay dead.

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Gutsier. Edgier. Deeper and darker.

 

Anger rages. It rears its ugly head and takes control. Sneaks in and sneaks up, and snakes around your self-control, infesting your peace with turmoil.

 

As Liz and Ryland’s journey continues, the demons they face are more deceiving, more subtle. And much more evil.

 

But the fiercer battles, the uglier demons are the ones they fight on the inside. Their personal demons.

 

“Humans reacted so often out of emotion. Especially anger. They never seemed to realize it debilitated them and left them vulnerable. They didn’t think clearly when running on rage and that played right into Kade’s hand.”

 

When the battle rages around, Liz strikes out. She has reinforcements. But when the battle is within, there are no reinforcements, and to strike out is to strike inward.

 

Can she overcome the boiling rage that torments her? Can she allow herself to become the woman and warrior God created her to be?  Can she conquer the beast within and walk in the fullness of God, accepting all He has for her?

 

 

Ms. McNew continues the story of Liz and Ryland, taking it to deeper levels of truth. Self-examination. And self-discovery. As the battle mounts around them, so too do they both face more intense wars within. Ms. McNew has generated more depth to her characters, woven a more intricate story tapestry. She has added new levels to an already riveting story, with real-life issues that bring an element of truth to the fight against the forces of evil. I was there with Liz as she struggled to quell the storm within, I cried with her when time and again, she fell short. I urged her on as Ryland came by her side with his love and encouragement. I rooted for them both as from the sidelines every time they went to battle.

Ms. McNew has done it again, and surpassed the high bar she set with Rebirth. I was drawn into this story, and saw much of myself in the human condition Ms. McNew so aptly portrays.

 

I received a free copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own volition, The opinions expressed in my review are my own honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

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Meet Amy Brock McNew. Author. Blogger. Fighter.

Amy Brock McNew doesn’t just write speculative fiction, she lives and breathes it.

Exploring the strange, the supernatural, and the wonderfully weird, Amy pours her guts

onto the pages she writes, honestly and brutally revealing herself in the process. Nothing is

off-limits. Her favorite question is “what if?” and she believes fiction can be truer than our

sheltered and controlled realities. Visit AmyBrockMcNew.com to learn more about this

intriguing author.

 

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Thanks for having me, Robin! So, what exactly do you want to know? I’m an open book!

  1. What do you want readers to get from reading Reconciliation? There’s so much. It’s kind of a loaded book. Pretty heavy with some scary topics. But there are a couple overarching ideas I’d like people to walk away with. First, don’t be afraid to trust because you’ve been hurt before. There are people who love you, who you can depend on, and who are worthy of your trust. Don’t doubt them because of someone else’s actions. And of course, you can definitely trust God. Second, He is unchanging, as is His love. There is nothing you have done that can make Him stop loving you and trying to bring you back into His arms. Lastly, your past may be a part of you, it may have shaped you, but it doesn’t own you. Be open about it, use its lessons, and move forward in honesty and courage, knowing the past only has power over you if you give that power.
  2. What would you say is an interesting writing quirk you have? I don’t have any odd quirks, at least, I don’t think. I HAVE to have music. I can write without it, but I don’t like to. It seems like it’s more difficult to get the words out. My playlists for each character, scene, and chapter help me get in the right head space. Without it, it feels like something’s missing.
  3. What do you enjoy doing when you are not writing? When I’m not writing I like to work out, usually weights or the heavy bag. I also attend a lot of concerts, crochet, read whenever I have a free moment, play volleyball, play piano, and sing karaoke and play games with my family. It gets loud around here! I’m also learning to throw knives, which is just cool. Other than that, I have a video production company, and I volunteer with a music ministry, A1M. Busy busy.
  4. What is your writing Krypotonite? I’m guessing this means my biggest problem or issue. Hm. Probably being a perfectionist. I regularly push deadlines hard, a real last-minute submitter, simply because I want everything I put out to be as perfect as possible. Being OCD and a writer is sometimes a huge pain!
  5. Do you ever get reader’s block? There is always something I’m in the mood to read. It’s making the time that becomes the problem.
  6. How many unpublished and half-finished book do you have? 1 half-finished, 1 that’s ¾ of the way done, and none that are complete and unpublished. I’ve finished and published everything I’ve written.
  7. What is the most difficult thing about writing characters of the opposite sex? I’ve never had a problem writing guys, simply because most of my friends have always been guys. The only thing that trips me up occasionally is why they do what they do, and the fact that many men seem to have issues discussing emotionally charged subjects. I like to know the “why” of my characters actions and reactions, so that can get a little hairy when I’m writing a big emotional scene.
  8. How do you select the names of your characters? I tend to associate certain personalities and even physical traits with certain names. When I’m naming characters, I have these in mind as I go through names. I always look for a particular sound to the name, a singular feel to it. I have the character in my head, so when I search name sites, I already know a general idea of what I’m looking for. I’m also big on meanings of names. Then sometimes, the character comes to me with a name already part of the package. Oh, and my angels? I created those names, meshing Hebrew, Greek, and Gaelic names to create the sound and meaning I wanted.
  9. And finally, what did you edit out of this book? Well, the scene in the pizza place towards the beginning was a lot longer. But you get to see more of that in the first novella, Resistance. And I had to scale back a couple of battle scenes a little. I know people who’ve read it are probably like, “Whoa. That’s scaled back?” I tend toward the graphic side when it comes to battle scenes, and I felt it may have been a bit much for some of my readers. That’s about it. This one was pretty clean right out of the gate.

 

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Author’s Top Ten Favorites

 

  1. Holiday: Halloween
  2. Dessert: German Chocolate Cake
  3. Coffee: Black Rifle Coffee Company. Small, veteran owned, with the richest, strongest coffee ever.
  4. Book: I can’t pick one book. Ugh. Okay, if I have to…Demon by Tosca Lee. I could read that a million times.
  5. Book Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
  6. Date: Coney dogs and root beer from the drive in, at the park, sitting on the tailgate
  7. Vacation location: Myrtle Beach stateside, Scottish Highlands international
  8. Character from TRWC: Ryland. I adore him.
  9. Weapon: Mid-length Katana (Japanese sword), or 9mm SCCY compact
  10. Scripture: Psalm 13

 

Thanks again for letting me crash your blog. It’s been fun!

 

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