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Thursday, February 11, 2016

#ThursdayThoughts: #EggcerptExchange with Tracey Clark

Good Afternoon!

Yeah I'm late posting today but I won't bore you with the details why....I'll just get on into my Eggcerpt Exchange with author Tracey Clark and her book Shocking Finds....

An act of rebellion, Marin doesn't think that running into the new store in town will hurt anything. Her aunt will never know... right? One car wreck later, her aunt is hospitalized, Marin is forced to spend her twenty-first birthday fighting for her life, and magic - the very thing her aunt has always sworn to be for fools - is real. And so is the irresistible Fae dedicated to Marin's protection.

Kyland has searched Earth-side and all the other realms, looking for a missing Fae child. A child his Queen prophesied would be able to one day save the Fae people from the Danshue, as the evil Fae threat tries to overwhelm the entire Supernatural Community. A child that would know nothing of her blocked gifts, or her Fae heritage waiting to be claimed. A child that has grown into a curvy, delicious morsel he would love to taste


Together Marin and Kyland will fight Fae assassins, overcome betrayals, and if they're lucky ... they will find the Danshue responsible for their plight. That's if Marin doesn't shock him to death with her erratic new gift, and her out of control emotions.

Excerpt: 
Marin needed answers. Like why had they been targeted? The parking lot hadn’t exactly been lacking for vehicular violence victim contenders. There had been a group of at least four women, standing by their cars, chatting. If there was a target more deserving of vehicular rage, it had definitely been that group of women. They had finished shopping, and courtesy demanded that their parking spots were to be relinquished as soon as possible. Why not them?

The man—and Marin was only guessing that the driver was a man—had bypassed those without parking lot etiquette and zeroed in on Lindal. If she had continued her slow progress through the parking lot, would Marin be in this horrible room with its beeping monitors and bleached air instead of Lindal.

Staring down at her aunt’s unmoving form, Marin tried to find a place to rest her hand. She needed to touch her. She needed to know that the only person willing to take her in, after the death of her mother, was really here and still alive.

“They will find him, Lindal. He won't get away with this,” Marin made her vow as quietly as possible, not wanting to disturb Lindal's recovery.

Glancing up to keep tears from falling from her eyes, Marin noticed something swinging off of Lindal's oxygen line. “What the...” It looked like a Barbie doll with wings, perhaps six inches tall. The odd little creature wore a loin cloth and sported some overly obvious male attributes. Was it wrong to be checking out the abs of someone no larger than a child’s toy?

His arms tugged and his muscles bunched as he attempted to make a knot in Lindal's oxygen line. His silver skin tone went beautifully with his tri-colored wings— a mix of light purple, maroon, and gold. The little man didn't seem to realize that Marin was staring at him.

“Stop,” Marin shouted. Dammit, this was a hospital. She needed to lower her voice. She also needed to go upstairs to the psych ward. Head trauma, shock, or hallucinations...something wasn’t right. If she told Lindal about this, her aunt would call her every kind of fool.

Hallucination or not, she grabbed the little man by the wings, pulled him from Lindal’s oxygen line, and tried to speak more calmly. “What do you think you’re doing?”

She finally had her figment’s attention. A striking, though small, pair of lavender eyes glared at her through overly long sandy brown bangs. On closer inspection, she could see that his hair was actually multicolored. It seemed to go from crystal white sand to bronzed gold.

“Well, answer me. What do you think you're doing?”

“Waiting for you, of course.”

“What are you?” She was losing it. The buzzing in her temples was increasing. And she was now speaking to a figment of her imagination. Yep, she needed to be medicated.

The creature put its tiny fists on narrow hips. “A Sprite, of course. Don't you know anything? I have my work cut out for me.” Now she was being insulted by her imagination. Great.


“Nope. Too Much,” Marin said and tossed the little man with wings out of the hospital window. She needed coffee. Either that or a large dose of Thorazine. Maybe both.

Get your copy of Shocking Finds at Amazon, B&N, Kobo, Indigo, or Smashwords.

Now a little about Tracey...

I am a country-twang gal from the bluegrass state. Kentucky is a hot bed of horses, cave systems, and whiskey. And I love all three. With my pugs and bossy kitty cat, I spend my days writing and working social media. I write with the help of the voices pushing me to create worlds for them to live in. Fantasy Romance, Contemporary Romance, and eventually some cowboys (because cowboys live in a group all their own, yummmm)… These are the genres that I love best. Oil paints, crafts, dealing with Multiple Sclerosis, and writing into the dead of night… this I my life!!!

Find out more about Tracey and her work by visiting her Website, BlogGoodReads Author Page, and/or connecting with her on Facebook, and Twitter!




Hope you enjoyed this Eggcerpt Exchange! Remember it is going on through March so check back often for more Tuesday Treasures, Thursday Thoughts and Saturday Spotlights.

Until next time...take care & God Bless!
PamT


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

#TuesdayTreasure: Special Guest Post by Marilyn Leach

Good Morning!

Today is Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday for those who aren't sure what it means) which always ushers in the Lenten season. Today's guest, Marilyn Leach tells us why she treasures Lent...

Thanks, Pam, for having me on your Tuesday Treasure blog, especially this very special Tuesday.  Why is February 9, 2016 so special?  Many people are very aware, others have no notion. 

Today, depending on what part of the world you’re in, is Shrove Tuesday, or Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras Finale, or the last day of Carnival, or Pancake Tuesday.  And it’s followed by Ash Wednesday which signals the start of the liturgical season of Lent.  It is forty days of preparation in the run up to the celebration of Christendom’s grand Easter Sunday.

I’ve heard Lent, for the sake of illustration, described as our 40,000 mile spiritual tune up, much like our motor vehicle.  It’s an inspection of the engine, parts, and electrics to make sure everything is ship shape in Bristol fashion.  The vehicle can operate at its peak performance when tuned up.  So, what does that mean practically in our spiritual lives?

Lent is a time to do some spiritual inventory, to make sure “our engine is running smoothly.”

That’s not to say we don’t invest in daily maintenance.  Just as we gas up, wash the windshield, and buckle up, so too we have daily time to feed our spirit, keep our hearts clean, and seek God’s protective care. 

My observance of the Lenten season has taken different forms at various times.  I’ve read a special book that dealt with an issue I was facing, a few pages daily, for all four weeks until it was completed.  One year I spent all four Saturday mornings to pray and read Scripture away from home in a quiet place.  It was a difficult challenge, and one of the most rewarding as well.  Memorizing Bible passages about Christian living birthed new fruitful actions.  I’ve also done more traditional observances.  I gave up drinking colas, which were affecting my energy highs and lows.  Forty days of no cola was replaced with flavored seltzer, fruit slices added, which I found refreshing.  It has become my favorite cold drink.  Many times, my Lenten disciplines have become life affirming habits.   

Lent can be a time of genuine enrichment, a real treasure, when we do a little inspection and repair work.  It’s good to do a full tune up.  The Lenten season is all about being in good running order.  By Easter our celebration can be “on the nose,” our spiritual engines purring like kittens. 

Have you experienced any positive outcomes in observance of Lent?
How do you ‘tune up your spiritual engine’?

We'd love to hear from you!

At the age of nine, Marilyn wrote her first play with a childhood neighbor, “The Ghost and Mr. Giltwallet”.  It was a mystery.  And she’s been writing in one form or another, hobby or livelihood, since.  As well as teaching art, she’s had the opportunity to co-author several plays that have been performed on both church and secular stages, as well as two screenplays.  Marilyn has had the good fortune of “discovering her roots” while visiting England where she developed lasting relationships with wonderful people there.  It has greatly impacted her writing.  A great fan of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple and David Cook’s Hetty Wainthropp series, Marilyn was inspired to write her Berdie Elliott Mystery series.  It takes place in a small English village where the vicar’s wife, Berdie Elliott, is the divine sleuth.  Marilyn lives lakeside in a cottage on the outskirts of Denver near the foothills.

Find Marilyn at the following places...

Marilyn's book Up from the Grave is set during Lent!

Unearthed bones in the church back garden sends this small English village digging into the truth.  

A Lenten sod turning ceremony for a new water feature in the back garden of St. Aidan of the Wood Parish Church goes utterly pear-shaped when the upturned soil reveals a human skeleton.  With Berdie Elliott at the helm, the whole of Aidan Kirkwood digs into the mystery.  When the bones held life, just who was this person?  Who is the mysterious contessa that arrives on the garden scene?  And what does the young and beautiful Robin Derbyshire’s wedding have to do with the grave?  Unearth the answers in this fun spring romp.

Marilyn and I would like to share with you another great Lenten book.... I Thurst.... a 40 day devotional by Pelican Book Group authors and staff. 

Travel through favourite psalms and discover Christ in a special way during each day of Lent. 

I Thurst is available in Paperback and E book FREE*

*s/h charges apply to paperback copies in US only 


Well friends, hope you enjoyed today's treasure. Stay tuned each week for more Tuesday Treasures, Thursday Thoughts and Saturday Spotlights.

Until next time take care and God Bless.
PamT

Saturday, February 6, 2016

#SaturdaySpotlight: Radu Balas

Good Morning,

As an author, I'm always open to finding great books about writing and marketing. Today's guest, Radu Balas has such a book. So without much further ado, I'll let him tell you about it....




Sell More Books Using Your Author Website: The Easiest Way to Brand, Build, Market, and Manage Your Authorship

Author – Radu Balas

Check out my personal book website at radubalas.com or the main business publishingaddict.com

I help people sell more books, by helping them build a brand A Facebook page isn’t enough anymore. Writing a book is one of the most fulfilling things anyone can do. It’s as important a milestone as getting married and having a child.

In fact, it’s just like having a child. You’ll think about it, wait for it to develop over many months, watch it grow, nurture it, give it everything you’ve got, and then send it on its way – out to the public to live a life of its own.

…and it will be part of your legacy, something you’ll leave to the world.

But just like a child, after you have created it you need to help it grow before setting it in the world.

If you think you are JUST a writer, well, you are wrong!

No you are not just a writer, even if you are backed by a big publishing house, like Amazon’s Apub, you still need to develop and grow your business spirit. There are many tools that can help you grow your author business, believe it or not, writing, is just one of them. And we are here to help you with EVERYTHING else, expect the writing part.

Learn more about me and my team here – http://publishingaddict.com/us


Well that's it for today's spotlight. Stay tuned next week for more Tuesday Treasures, Thursday Thoughts and Saturday Spotlights....oh and of course more Egg-cerpt Exchanges too!

Until next time, take care and God Bless.
PamT

Thursday, February 4, 2016

#ThursdayThoughts: #EggcerptExchange with MJ Schiller!

Good Morning and Welcome to the Egg-cerpt Exchange blog hop!



Today's guest is MJ Schiller with her book, Hometown Heartache.

Nash is trying to make a name for himself in the art world…
But when he meets a realtor to buy a gallery, he is stunned to find Chloe sitting at the table with the man. He has never stopped thinking about her since she disappeared from his life without a trace. Is it too late to win back her love?

Chloe has finally found a way to leave her past behind her…
But her heart leaps out of her chest when she sees Nash. How can he be here? Now…after all this time? On the surface, she pulls herself back together. But underneath she feels she is about to shatter. After remaking herself, how can she deal with being faced with Nash and the life she knew before?

If this chance meeting doesn’t rip Chloe and Nash apart, he will.

Little do they know, someone has been lurking in the shadows, manipulating them all along. If he has his way, the two will never be reunited. Even if he has to take one of them out to ensure it.

Excerpt: 

I was flirting with Jack. He was an okay guy, good-looking, in his own way, and loaded. Man,
was he loaded. I didn’t really like him at all. I simply liked to make men want me. Not that I was a tease, mind you; they never left unsatisfied. I was good at it. It was the one area where I excelled. But it was always a very “no strings attached” kind of relationship, and they usually liked it that way. They didn’t even have to please me. I would please them, so I kept the upper hand. 

Then Nash walks right in and plops down in the booth across from me. My stomach fell away like that time at the State Fair on the Tom Twister, when the floor dropped out from under me leaving me stuck to the wall by centrifugal force. But even in that memory, Nash was there. I couldn’t remember a time when he wasn’t, except for when he wasn’t for good, when he went away to school. 

When I looked up to see him standing by the table, I was swamped by that feeling again, the feeling of abandonment which overwhelmed me when he’d left a swirling void of nothingness in my life. He hadn’t changed much in all the time since we’d last met, those cute freckles were gone, but he still had an open face and his general boyish-good looks. His brown hair was, perhaps, a little thinner, but still rich and glossy; his jawline seemed maybe a tad sharper and stronger. Those expressive brown eyes, which were as homey as mud-pies, could still draw me in and make me feel warm all over.

But when all I’d had left was the memory of those eyes, I was filled with a deep chill instead. And now, seeing him once more, I froze for a moment. Then I dug deep and pulled myself together. I was surprised. I never would have thought I would be capable of knitting up that hole with him sitting right there, breathing in the same air as me. 

Wow...sounds like a great book, MJ! Now let's find out a little more about Chloe Carmichael....

Nickname- The only one I’ve ever had I hated. My step-father used to call me Chloe-girl. It made my skin crawl. But I guess you’d just have to meet him to understand.

Worst fear or nightmare- It’s actually come true recently. For Nash to see what I’ve become since he left.

Secret desire or fantasy- Well, at one time it was for Nash to come back. Now that he’s back, it is for the last two years to have never happened.

What would you do if you won the lottery? Ha! If I won the lottery! …Hmm…I don’t know. Buy a lot more heels, I guess.
To be honest, money doesn’t mean much to me. I just need enough to get by. Wealth would be lost on me, because I don’t know much about living a life of luxury. Don’t know which labels are designer’s, enjoy a burger over caviar, wouldn’t know the difference between cubic zirconium and the real thing.

What’s your family like and how does your upbringing affect you now? My dad was great. And my mom was, too…at one time. Don’t get me started on the rest. Actually, the Nabry’s, Nash’s family, were more of a family to me than anyone else. I’ll forever be thankful for them.

Interesting answers Chloe!

Hometown Heartache can be purchased at Amazon.

Now a little more on MJ....


MJ is a lunch lady in the heart of Central Illinois. My gosh! Can you get more folksy than that? She met her husband at the University of Missouri-Columbia and now she has a nineteen-year-old (how did that happen?) and seventeen year old triplets! She loves to read, karaoke (where she can pretend she is a rock star) and spends WAY too much time on Facebook. She grew up in St. Louis and still has family there.

Find out more about MJ by visiting her Website and/or connecting with her on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest. Check out all of MJ's books on her Amazon Author Page.

Well friends, hope you enjoyed today's Thursday Thoughts/Egg-cerpt Exchange!

There's more to come throughout Feb and March so check back often.

Until next time...take care and God Bless.
PamT



Tuesday, February 2, 2016

#TuesdayTreasures: Greater

Good Morning Friends,

Today I'm pleased to bring you information from Grace Hill Media on a brand new movie based on a true story.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

COLLEGE FOOTBALL EXCITEMENT ISN’T OVER AFTER THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME,
IT CONTINUES WITH JAN. 29 RELEASE OF GREATER

Family football drama chronicles the remarkable and inspiring life
of the late Razorback All-American, Brandon Burlsworth, stars Neal McDonough,
Nick Searcy and newcomer Christopher Severio  

LOS ANGELES, Calif., (Jan. 6, 2016) – College football fans eagerly awaiting the Jan. 11 National Championship game between Alabama and Clemson won’t have to wait until the fall to catch more college gridiron excitement and drama, thanks to the Jan. 29 theatrical release of the film GREATER.

The movie tells the true story of the unlikely career of Brandon Burlsworth (played by newcomer Christopher Severio), regarded as the greatest walk-on (i.e., non-scholarship player) story in the history of college football. Known for his distinctive black horn-rimmed glasses, the small-town Burlsworth always dreamed of playing for the Arkansas Razorbacks, but wasn’t considered good enough to play Division I football.

Undeterred, Brandon -- with the support of his older brother, Marty (Neal McDonough), and their struggling single Mom, Barbara (Leslie Easterbrook), takes a huge risk by walking on to the team in 1994. He succeeds in the face of staggering odds, and by the end of his college career, Burlsworth was not only a star player in the SEC, but he was also a 1st Team All-American.  He was then taken as an early pick in the 1999 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts.

“Brandon’s dedication and work ethic are still talked about in Arkansas.  He was the first one to practice and the last to leave going all the way back to his high school days,” writer/producer Brian Reindl said. “Doing things ‘the Burls Way’ is still considered the gold standard of character and determination. ”

As amazing as Brandon's on-the-field achievements were, he was just as admired for his character. A devoted Christian, he never cursed or drank and was genuinely humble and low-key. He went home to see his mother every weekend. He was also the first Razorback in the history of the program to earn both a bachelor's and a master's degree while still playing football.

Eleven days after being drafted into the NFL and before he was able to sign the contract that would have changed the financial status of his family forever, Brandon died in a car accident on his way home. His death stunned the state: He did everything right, and yet he was snatched away before he and his family could enjoy the fruits of his labor.

His loss was particularly hard on Marty, who struggles in the film to hang on to his own faith in the aftermath of Brandon’s death – confronted at his brother’s funeral by a mysterious Farmer (Nick Searcy) who tries to convince him that a truly loving God would not let such a bad thing happen to someone who was so good.

“This film is as much about Marty’s journey as it is about Brandon’s,” Reindl explained. “He goes through something we all face when we experience tragedy and trials: Which voices do we listen to? The voices of faith, hope, and trust… or the voices of doubt, disbelief, and despair.

Hammond Entertainment presents a Greater Productions, LLC production. GREATER is produced by Brian Reindl and directed by David Hunt from a script written by Brian Reindl and David Hunt. Neal McDonough and Brian Reindl serve as Executive Producers. The film stars Chris Severio, Neal McDonough (ARROW, BAND OF BROTHERS) Leslie Easterbrook (the POLICE ACADEMY franchise), Michael Parks (ARGO) and Nick Searcy (JUSTIFIED).

To inquire about interviews with cast and filmmakers, contact Gary Schneeberger at Grace Hill Media: gary@gracehillmedia.com; 818-762-0000


Watch the trailer for Greater HERE.

I love movies where the underdog wins or people overcome adversity to do something great. I'm sure this is another I'll enjoy.

Speaking of enjoying....hope you enjoyed today's treasure. Beginning Thursday you'll see some Egg-cerpt Exchange features! Yesterday Tamera Collins from Tempered Hearts was MJ Schiller's featured Egg-cerpt Exchange. Check it out HERE. Also, The Inheritance was featured on Kathleen Friesen's blog. You can check that out HERE.

That wraps up today's post. Hope to see you again soon!

Until later take care, God Bless and remember.....hug your loved ones often because you never know when the Lord will call them home.

Something to think about.
"Inspirational with an Edge!