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  1. This week's trailer is for Not Every Girl by Jane McGarry. I love the picturesque scenes and dramatic music. Click on the book cover to watch it.

     

     

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    The Story

    Olivia Davenport’s plan is destined to fail.

    She is going through with it anyway, of course. After all, it is the chance of a lifetime. The unreasonable rules of others should not stand in her way.

    In her small kingdom of Stewartsland, Olivia trains with the squires and harbors a secret dream. She longs to become a knight under the command of the Master-of–Arms, who just happens to be her father. He has indulged her passion so far, but they both know a simple fact – girls may not attain knighthood. Dismayed by the constant discouragement of her ambitions, she makes an impetuous decision to disguise herself as a boy in order to sneak on a mission. The consequences are not at all what she anticipated.

    When her deception is revealed, she is sent home in disgrace; however, an unexpected turn of events puts her at the center of a dangerous plot against the King. The ensuing adventure finds her grappling with mercenaries and outlaws, yet these pale in comparison to her newly awakened emotions. She finds not only her life at risk, but also her heart, when the aloof Prince Liam begins to affect her in ways she never thought possible. In the end, it is her courage and unique spirit which must guide her through the challenges she encounters both physical and emotional.

    What an exciting story! If you'd like to read the book you can buy it here:

    Amazon

    Barnes&Noble

    You can find out more about Jane on her website.

     

    You can watch the trailer for my YA Perfect Summer by clicking on the book cover below.

     

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    Available from Amazon and other book stores.

  2. If you dream of becoming a successful published writer you might find the following tips helpful:

     


    Be Resourceful

    Always be on the lookout for topics to write about and new markets. Look at the magazines in the newsagents or supermarkets.  Do Internet searches for magazines on topics that interest you, e.g. craft magazines, short story markets, travel magazines. What about writing competitions? They are useful for getting you used to writing to a deadline and target word length.

     

    Be Dedicated

    If you want to be a published writer then you need to write regularly. Set aside some time for doing this, even if it’s only one day a week – and not necessarily the same day each week. Persevere. Writing, like all other trades, needs time and practice to develop.

     

    Be Professional

    Set your work out professionally, print on one side of the paper, double line spacing for fiction, easy to read font such as Times New Roman size 12, wide margins each side, your name and page number in the header. Study the submission details, make sure you adhere to them. If they ask for five pages, don’t send ten. If they ask you to paste your submission in the body of the email do that, don’t attach it – they won’t read it. Make sure your cover email is as professional as a cover letter.

     

    Be Positive

    Don’t let rejection get you down. I don’t know any author who has never had rejections. It’s part of a writer’s life and doesn’t always mean your work isn’t up to scratch. It could mean that you’ve sent it to the wrong magazine or the editor already has a similar work in the pipeline. Don’t give up. Carry on honing your skills and sending off your work. Hard work and perseverance will help you achieve your dream. Check out the this website to see some of the rejections famous writers such as Dr Seuss and Kenneth Grahame had. http://www.writersservices.com/magazine/rotten-rejection

     

     

    If you're writing for children, check out my book Get Writing: Children's Fiction for more writing tips.

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    Available from Amazon and other book stores.

  3. This week's trailer is for The Duke Conspiracy by Wendy May Andrews.A story of secrets, spies and High Society. Click on the book cover to watch the trailer.

     

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    Trailer created by Videos by O

    The Story

    Miss Rosamund Smythe, the only daughter of a baron diplomat, is finding the Season to be a dead bore.  After her stint at spying while in Vienna with her father, she wants a higher purpose in life than “just” being a wife. 

    His Grace, Alexander Milton, the Duke of Wrentham, wants a quiet life with a “proper” lady as his wife after the tumultuous childhood he had.  His parents had fought viciously, lied often, and Alex secretly wonders if he was even his father’s son.

    Rose and Alex grew up on neighboring estates and have been best friends since she was four years old but a family feud has torn their friendship apart.

    At a Society event Rose overhears a plot to entrap Alex into a marriage of convenience.  Her loyalty to their old friendship as well as her knowledge of the conspirator, Sir Jason Broderick, causes Rose to overcome her aversion to Wrentham in order to warn him of his danger.  Alex’s complicated childhood has caused him to despise all forms of deception so Rose avoids telling him how she knows so much about Sir Broderick.

    When Rose is abducted by Sir Broderick to prevent her interference, Alex must deal with his own conflicted feelings to help her rescue herself. Can they claim their happily ever after despite the turmoil?

    Want to read more. You can buy the book here:

    Amazon

    Barnes & Noble 

    iTunes

     

    And you can find out more about Wendy here:

    Wendy's website

     

     You can watch the video for my YA SAPPHIRE BLUE here:

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    Trailer created by Videos by O

    Available from Amazon

  4. Today we're going to meet author Cindy K. Green. Cindy has worked as a middle school history & English teacher, a frozen yogurt server and a golf magazine employee. Today she's a multi-published, award-winning author, a mother, a wife, and a homeschooler too. This native Californian now resides in North Carolina with her husband, two boys, and two cats named Chloe & Kassey. Today she's going to talk about her latest release, the inspriational New Adult novel, Challenging Miss Valentine.

     

     

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    Cindy's Book

     

     

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    Blurb

    Ella Valentine doubts she'll ever recover when her twin brother passes away in college. Four years later, living in a new city and working for a large corporation, she gets caught in a lie and saddled with a new boss who she suspects might be losing his mind. Now he has her enacting insane acts of espionage while trying to catch the culprit who has embezzled money from their company. If it wasn't for his deep brown eyes and lazy smile she just might quit. Is this God's plan for her life? She isn't even sure who she is anymore without her twin and the way things are going she just might end up in the loony bin.

    Charles "Charlie" Murray II may be the heir presumptive to his father's industrial dynasty, but all he really wants is to create--be it drawings or a marketing campaign. When he's summoned to the home office to take over the position of CFO, he discovers his new assistant is the same woman who passed him a phony phone number in a diner the previous weekend. If he can figure out who's been stealing from the company, he just might attain the position of his dreams or will he sacrifice it all to be with Ella.

    Excerpt

    Want to Meet Ella and Charlie? Well, this is a short excerpt on what happened the day they met.

    Taking a wobbly second step back, Ella’s heel slid on the slick tile flooring of the diner. Her feet flew out from under her, and she landed down on her backside in a matter of seconds. This couldn’t have been more embarrassing if she’d planned in every detail the best way to make a total fool of herself in front of a complete stranger. Then she connected with his amazing eyes as he looked down at her.

    “Are you okay?” He offered her a hand up, but she could tell he held back a smile.

    Great! He thought she was as much of a klutz as she did.

    “I’m fine.” With his help, she came to her feet. Then she brushed off the back of her black dress pants.

    “Are you sure?” His voice was as dreamy as the rest of him—low and smooth with just a trace of teasing. “Maybe I should check your eyes for a concussion.” His dark eyes danced with his restrained laughter.

    “Are you a doctor?” She played along.

    “No, I just always see them do that on TV.” He grinned. “Here.” In his hand, he held a packet of sweetener. “You wanted some of these, right?” His gaze wasn’t mocking, as she’d thought earlier. It was more like curious and amused.

     Want to read more? You can buy the book from:

    Amazon.Com

    Amazon UK 

    Amazon Japan

    Barnes and Noble

    Kobo

    Smashwords

     

    You can find out more about Cindy here:

    Website www.cindykgreen.com

    Blog cindykgreen.blogspot.com

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    Email: cindy@cindykgreen.com

    Cindy is available for book club visits in person or via Skype. Contact her at cindy@cindykgreen.com to set up a date.

     

     

     Thanks for dropping by to talk to us, Cindy.

  5. This week's trailer is for The Rose Ring by Lucie Ulrich, a story of emotion, faith and family secrets. Click on the book cover to watch the trailer.

     

     

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     Trailer created by Videos by O

    The Story

    With a will that reads like a piece of fiction, the return of his long-lost brother, and the possibility of losing the family ranch, Micah Cooper calls on high school friend, Sky Baxter, to bail him out of a bad situation.

    Though her brain tells her no, Sky’s heart says yes. She accepts Micah’s in-name-only proposal, knowing it’s unlikely anything permanent will come of it. She’s been in love with him since the ninth grade, and if he hasn’t figured it out by now, there’s little chance he ever will.

    When an unexpected kiss ignites a spark, giving Micah hope for a possible future with Sky, a tragic accident threatens to take it all away. Torn between following his heart, doing the right thing, and forgiving the past, Micah is lost in a whirlwind of pain and emotions. Will he make it through the next two years, or will a long-kept family secret be the undoing of them all?

    Want to read more? You can buy the book here:

    B&N

    Amazon

     iBooks 1

    Smashwords

      

    You can find out more about Lucie on her website: http://www.lucieulrich.com

     

    You can watch the teaser for my children's MG fantasy adventure, Firstborn, by clicking on the book cover.

     

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    Trailer created by Videos by O

    You can buy it here:

    Amazon