Cover Reveal! THE LIBRARIAN by Christy Sloat

Today Christy Sloat and Rockstar Book Tours are revealing the cover for THE LIBRARIAN, which releases June 17, 2017!
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Title: THE LIBRARIAN
Author: Christy Sloat
Pub. Date: June 17, 2017
Publisher: CHBB Publishing
Formats: Paperback,
eBook
Pages: 230
He’s from 1892 England, she’s in a small library in 2017. And that’s just the start of their troubles.
Emme never meant to stay in Maine. She’d come only to find a librarian for her Gram’s library, a custodian for the
collection of mysterious books she’d promised to protect. On a dark, wintery night, alone in the library, she takes her first glance into one of the antique novels and finds herself transported to 1892 England staring into the eyes of
handsome and dashing hero Jack Ridgewell. As each chapter passes she learns you can truly fall in love with a character in a book, that book boyfriends are real and Emme must choose between the real world, and his.
When the last page is read he’s gone and Emme feels the cold loneliness of lost love. Will she find Jack again, or will
their love be forever lost? The answer lies within the pages…
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Excerpt!
I bent down on my hands and knees and felt along the floor hoping not to touch anything gross. My hands grazed something odd. I felt along its edges. It was hard and didn’t seem to belong there. Now my curiosity had me crouching in the dark trying to figure out what this was. Finally I found the flashlight and clicked it on. Focusing the light, I saw the odd thing sticking up like a broken piano key. It was a floorboard upended. I pushed it to get it back into place, but all that did was make it fly up further and then completely out of the floor.
“Well, that’s just great,” I told myself.
 
I was here in the dark talking to myself. I dared to take a look into the floor, hoping not to find a rat family living inside or a web housing a large spider. I did find something, but it wasn’t sinister; it was a set of books in a case covered in plastic wrap. Reaching in, I pulled them out. The dust on it was at least three inches thick. This must be the special book collection Gram told me to read and to keep safe. Anything that was precious to her, she hid—like the money I found pinned to her clothing in her closet, or the other jewelry she had taped to the back of her dresser.
 
I brushed the dust off and opened the plastic to find four books inside. They were pretty good in size and looked to be in great condition. They didn’t have traditional covers that you’d see in a bookstore. Instead they were covered in a thick material to keep the books clean and the binding solid. I pulled the first book from the case and placed the others back into the hole. Covering it back with the loose board was easier than taking it out. I held the book close, and instead of going upstairs I went to my book nook. I had just washed the blankets the day before. Cozied up in the nook, I stared out the window one last time before opening the book. I decided I would only read for a little while before going up to bed. Gram did want me to read them after all.
I opened the first page to the title page; it was blank. I flipped the page and snuggled deeper into the blankets preparing to read the first chapter and that’s when things changed. 

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© Christy Sloat

 

About Christy: 
I am Southern California native, now living in New Jersey! How did that happen? I am married and have  two beautiful little girls who love to read just like Mommy. I have had a passion for books since I was a little girl and an imagination for just as long. I hope my books can inspire others to read and to write too.

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New Release and Giveaway! DANCING IN THE ATHENIAN RAIN by Katie Hamstead

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Dancing In The Athenian Rain
by Katie Hamstead
Publication date: September 9th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Time-Travel
Synopsis:

When Donna is sent back in time to Classical Athens, she’s furious at Dr. Stephens for sending her against her wishes. Then a Greek soldier purchases her to be his wife.

She’s forced to learn a new language and culture and faces her fears of never returning to her own time. The society hates her, especially because they think she’s an Amazon, which forces her to confront her issues—being compared to her genius brother, borderline abusive friends, and a cheating boyfriend.

But her husband, Peleus, is kind and patient. He counters all the negative voices from her past, but those voices drive a wedge between them. She must let go of her fears, her inhibitions, and insecurities, and admit her feelings, or she could lose him and the life they’ve built.

Excerpt:

Voices come from the entryway. The man of the house says something about a wild Amazon which, by that point, I know he means is me. A second man responds saying something about… fear possibly?

They enter.

I look up to see just one man with the man of the house, which seem strange. The number of gawkers usually numbers around ten to fifteen. This man is younger than all the rest, probably only in his mid-twenties. I examine his muscular arms, and partially exposed chest under the toga. My gaze wanders down to his well-toned legs, then drifts up his body again. Wow, if this guy walked down the street back home I’d be drooling, but since he’s a creepy Ancient Greek guy, I’m not going there.

I take in his strong jawline and thick dark brown hair, until I notice him staring at me.

I flinch back at his steady gaze as he examines my face.

“Stand,” the man of the house orders.

I stand, but want to cower back under this new man’s unwavering gaze.

The man of the house asks the new man’s opinion, motioning at me.

The young man steps closer to me. “Hmm.”

He grasps my chin. I flinch back, expecting him to strike me. But he catches my chin again, his hand firm, but gentle. He lifts my chin and our eyes meet. But I can’t look at him. He’s far too intimidating for me to hold his gaze.

“Hmm.”

He lets go of my chin and grabs my arm. Again, I pull back.

The man of the house speaks, saying something about touching.

“I can see,” the new man says.

“Don’t touch me,” I say weakly.

This makes him smile. He pulls a satchel out of his pocket and hands it to the man. My eyes widen as the man of the house grins and pulls the satchel open. He asks the young man something, and he responds, “Fifty.”

The man of the house laughs and calls in his guards.

They grab me and lead me out, while the young man watches me closely, his eyes gleaming. I don’t like that look. I don’t like any of it. It seems I’d been bought, but for what? I have a feeling his intentions are for more than slavery.

 

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AUTHOR BIO:Katie

Born and raised in Australia, Katie’s early years of day dreaming in the “bush”, and having her father tell her wild bedtime stories, inspired her passion for writing.

After graduating High School, she became a foreign exchange student where she met a young man who several years later she married. Now she lives in Arizona with her husband, daughter and their dog.

She has a diploma in travel and tourism which helps inspire her writing.

When her debut novel, Kiya: Hope of the Pharaoh, climbed into bestselling status, she believed she was onto something, and now has a slew of novels now available, and is published through Curiosity Quills Press, Soul Mate Publishing, and REUTS Publishing.

Katie loves to out sing her friends and family, play sports, and be a good wife and mother. She now works as an Acquisitions Editor to help support her family. She loves to write, and takes the few spare moments in her day to work on her novels.

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Tamara Gill, Author of A STOLEN SEASON, Talks About the Balancing Act of Being a Mother and an Author

Fortunately (or unfortunately, for your fridge and pantry) the kids eventually are able to feed themselves… 😉

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A Balancing Act

I’m a mother of three children, ranging in ages from 10 to 3 years. It’s a balancing act and something all authors who have kids need to work around. I started writing when my middle son was only twelve months old. At that time I didn’t have any aspirations of becoming published, in fact, I didn’t even know editors required a certain word count, document format or anything. I really started out blind.

And then having small kids in tow, who were then at home and not at school all my writing took place at night. I’m still a night owl today, and do my best work then, when it’s quiet and nothing can distract me like nappy changes, feeding time at the zoo, chocolate smeared over the television, the dog’s got poop on its bum, or boredom, just to name a few.

I used to see that other authors would rent out office space to write, or went away to a retreat to get some words down and I used to scoff at the thought. Why would you need to do that? I think they’re getting a little bit swollen in the head area. But having been under deadline, and no matter how good your plans are each morning, with kids something always comes up, and the idea of an outside office or retreat doesn’t seem so bad… I’m totally for them these days and a little envious of anyone who uses them.

But of course I wouldn’t give up my kids for anything, they come first, even if I’m a little distracted with characters in my head when they’re explaining Minecraft Hunger Games or Dora’s singing in the background while my hero’s getting hot and heavy in the bedroom. It makes for an interesting life.

My advice for any authors who struggle with the craft while living with little darlings of their own, is get used to it. Write when you can, don’t worry if best-laid plans don’t eventuate and remember to feed the kids. Not like me, I nearly forgot to give my DD lunch today. Ach, you can never be perfect all the time. *g*

 

Author Bio:

Tamara is an Australian author who grew up in an old mining town in country South Australia, where her love of history was founded. So much so, she made her darling husband travel to the UK for their honeymoon, where she dragged him from one historical monument and castle to another. A mother of three, her two little gentleman’s in the making, a future Lady (she hopes) and a part-time job keep her busy in the real world, but whenever she gets a moment’s peace she loves to write romance novels in an array of genres, including regency, medieval and paranormal. Tamara loves hearing from readers and writers alike. You can contact her through her website, and sign up to follow her blog or newsletter.

Author Website: http://www.tamaragillromanceauthor.com

Author Blog: http://tamaragill.blogspot.com.au/

Author Twitter: http://twitter.com/Tamara_Gill

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Book Title: A STOLEN SEASON

Author: TAMARA GILL

Release Date: FEBRUARY 23, 2015

Genre: TIME TRAVEL ROMANCE

Blurb:

Archaeologist Sarah Baxter just broke one of the biggest rules of time travel: leaving a piece of 21st-century equipment in 19th century Regency England. Unfortunately, when she goes back to retrieve it, she makes an even bigger mess of things—resulting in the death of an English earl. Now his brother is not only out for revenge, but he also has Sarah’s device. Which means an entirely different approach.

It doesn’t occur to the new Earl of Earnston that his charming acquaintance is responsible for his brother’s death. He is merely swept away by a passion that threatens his very reputation. Yet he gets the distinct impression that Miss Baxter is hiding something from him. Now Sarah must find a way to steal back her device, hide the truth about the earl’s brother and—most importantly—to not fall in love…

 

Pamela DuMond, Author of THE MESSENGER, Shares Some Writing Advice (with Giveaways!)

Please help me welcome Pamela DuMond here today, sharing some of the writing lessons she’s learned!
Note to self–if ever have an occasion to have an author pic taken, be sure to wear tiara! (Yes, I have one. Okay, two. Doesn’t everyone?)
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The best/ worst writing advice I ever got was…

By

Pamela DuMond

 

Hi, Becky!

Thanks for having me on your blog!

This post could be a book in itself or simply the words in the Nike ad, “Just Do It.”

When the writing bug hits you—everyone will have some kind of opinion about what you’re writing, or how you’re writing it. If you’re like me, you’ll want to read various blogs and other sources how best to do things. And there you will find some great advice as well as more rules.

Here are a few things I’ve been told/advised:

 

“Don’t write in first person.”

Hmm. First person POV seems to be doing pretty well for a lot of YA and NA authors

Lesson: Write in the voice that feels appropriate for your story.

 

“You need to re-write your entire book in the first person,” Esteemed Agent regarding my first book – Cupcakes, Lies, and Dead Guys.

That book’s sold over 30,000 copies in the voice that I originally wrote it: third person, multiple POV.

Lesson: Same as above.

 

“Dear Novice Writer. I see you’re writing a time travel book. That is sweet. However, you should only write WHAT YOU KNOW.” Amazon Breakout Novel Award Vine Reviewer regarding my book The Messenger.

Apparently the authors of all those other time travel books have actually time traveled. (I am so jealous!)

Lesson: Write what you love. Write what interests you.

 

Your small press publisher will edit your ms after you’ve edited it.

“How come this author uses so many commas?” Reviewers said.

Lesson:  Maybe—if you’re lucky. Don’t count on it. Hire editors and beta readers to help you edit.

 

“You SHOULD NOT self-publish. Maybe there’s a reason that book’s being turned down. Stick it in a drawer and get onto the next one.” Said a zillion blogs, lit agents, etc.

Maybe they’re right about a certain book.

Maybe they’re not.

I’m currently self-publishing all my books. I control the cover art, I decide when to release a book, pick the price, put it on sale, and choose a narrator for an Audible version.

I might go with a traditional press some day. And I might not. Right now, I couldn’t be happier.

Lesson:  Life is precious, but it isn’t always perfect, or easy, or pretty. Life is also short. My mom died unexpectedly Feb. 16, 2014. I tucked a copy of my book The Messenger into her casket.
My advice to you?

Follow your dreams. Tell the people you hold close to your heart that you love them. Believe in yourself. You can do this! And live life bravely.
Thanks so much, Pamela! Excellent advice…keep reading to learn more about Pamela and her Mortal Beloved series, and enter her giveaways!

AUTHOR BIO:Pam

Pamela DuMond is the author who discovered Erin Brockovich’s life story, thought it would make a great movie and pitched it to ‘Hollywood’.

She writes romantic comedic mysteries, romantic YA time travel and New Adult romance.

Her book The Story of You and Me was a Quarterfinalist in the Amazon Breakout Novel Award (ABNA) 2014 in Romance.

Cupcakes, Pies, and Hot Guys was a Quarterfinalist in ABNA 2013 in Mystery .

She’s addicted to TV shows — The Voice and Reign. The movies Love Actually and The Bourne trilogy (with Matt Damon — not that other actor guy,) make her cry ever time she watches them. (Like — a thousand.)

When she’s not writing Pamela’s also a chiropractor and cat wrangler. She loves reading, the beach, working out, movies, TV, animals, her family and friends. She lives in Venice, California with her fur-babies.

She likes her coffee strong, her cabernet hearty, her chocolate dark, her foods non-GMO and she lives for a good giggle.

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by Pamela DuMond
(Mortal Beloved #1)
Publication date: December 26th 2013
Genres: Time-Travel, Young Adult
Synopsis:

“All the excitement of OUTLANDER if it was a YA series.”

 THE MESSENGER is optioned for film/TV.

Sixteen-year-old Madeline’s meant to fall in love with Samuel in every lifetime. But she meets him for the first time when she accidentally time travels into the past—hundreds of years before she’s even born.

Their relationship is forbidden—Samuel’s half Native, Madeline’s white. Every rendezvous they share must be secret. Each moment they spend together tempts the odds that they’ll be discovered and brutally punished. But their love is fated—and they musk risk it all.

Danger intensifies when Madeline learns she’s in the past not only to fall in love, but also to claim her birth right as a Messenger—a soul who can slip through time’s fabric at will. She can bring messages that change one life or even save many.

Deadly Hunters, dark-souled time travelers, crave Madeline’s powers and seek to seduce or kill her. Can Madeline find her way back to the future in time to save herself and Samuel?

Continue reading Madeline and Samuel’s romantic saga in…
 
The Assassin (Mortal Beloved, Book 2)  — publishing early 2015.
 
The Seeker (Mortal Beloved, Book 3) — publishing fall 2015.

 

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