Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Book Tour: GRACE WITHOUT GRACE by Susan Tietjen





Grace has given up on romance, on almost everything, since Rick Fleming betrayed her faith in him five years ago. Given her constant struggle with bad luck (her friend Murphy), being insanely accident prone, and having been the target of endless ridicule growing up, she has no reason to trust anyone.

Rick made some mistakes as a boy, and as a young man, his worst was hurting Grace Evans. His heart still belongs to her, even if she doesn’t know it. Unfortunately, in the last confrontation between them, she demanded he never speak to her again.

Now, Grace’s best friend (and Rick’s sister) Hannah has invited her to a ten-day summer work-vacation to babysit Hannah’s teen cousins. A palatial cabin, a patio boat on the lake, and all the comforts of the rich and famous at their fingertips? A vacation made in heaven.

At least until they arrive and Grace finds Rick there. And neither can leave. Rick’s car is in pieces in the garage, and Grace forgot her driver’s license at home.

How will Grace survive it? Can she find a way to forgive? Can Rick learn to take
responsibility for his past mistakes? And even if they succeed, what will they do when Rick’s most recent wantabe girlfriend shows up on their doorstep, determined to make Rick hers?







Susan was born and raised a Southern California girl but is grateful to have lived on the Oregon coast and in the Rocky Mountains of northern Utah. She’s now enjoying living with her husband in the incomparable beauty of the Redwood forest, nestled against the rugged coast of Northern California.

Susan raised a tribe of children, making ends meet as a registered nurse and lactation consultant, and now her tribe members have tribes of their own and she doesn’t get to see enough of them. She loves to travel and is thrilled with a good movie or a great book, but writing is her passion. She writes almost anything, especially epic fantasy and romance.

Susan would love to hear your comments. Please review her book at your favorite retailer or at Goodreads. Take a peek at her website, susantietjen.blogspot.com, and/ or drop her a note at:
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          I thoroughly enjoyed this romance, much of which revolved around a girl who tended to be a klutz. Bad luck and Murphy’s Law seemed to rule her life. The author presented Grace’s difficulties, none of which were deliberate or due to a lack of reasonable care on her part, with a touch of humor which helped me empathize with the character. Although Grace recognized and accepted her tendency to be clumsy, she often made light of it. Unfortunately, in many ways it ruled her life to the point that many of her decisions were based on not tempting disaster.

         The romance elements of this story involve Rick, a man Grace has not seen or allowed her best friend and family members to talk about for five years after a particular incident left her emotionally devastated. Gradually, this thoughts and true feelings about Grace, both those in the past and current, come to light. I like how the author led her characters through developing a mutual understanding of how each of them viewed the same incident, as well as share other factors to which the other person had not been privy.

         Besides Grace and Rick, the book told of several of their family and friends at a vacation retreat to celebrate a special event on top of the Fourth of July. The author developed her characters very well, and they fleshed out and helped move the main plot of the story forward.

         This story also included a Christian message about forgiveness—why it is important, and who benefits the most. It included a lot of food for thought in many respects.

         This is a book I whole-heartily recommend.





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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Great Summer Reads: The Australian Billionaire






Britney Mills was born in Utah but parts of her heart lie in Boston, Washington D.C. and Germany. Her love of writing began with the third grade book her teacher assigned her to write and she spent hours hidden behind her mother's couch writing pages and pages about knights and castles. Now she writes about romance. Go figure.

When she's not mothering her 4 small children, writing or reading, she's probably out playing a sport, going on a hike, or binge watching a murder mystery series. The way to her heart is through homemade chocolate chip cookies and five minutes peace.







A self-made billionaire, his real estate agent and three weeks to find the right property.
Jackson Walker hasn't had the best family life. Growing up in the foster system in Australia, it wasn’t until he met his college football coach that he understood what a normal family looked like. When he gets the call that Coach has passed away, he returns to California for the funeral and to find a place to honor the man. 

Hailey Montgomery threw herself into real estate soon after breaking up with her boyfriend nearly five years ago. She’s been working to build a name for herself and when the chance to make partner at her firm becomes available, she jumps at the chance. But the only way to achieve that distinction is to find a commercial property for the guy she’s nicknamed ‘Golden Boy’ from all the stories her father told about him. 

As spending time together brings them closer, the trust between them is called into question. Can they work through what’s happened in their individual pasts to create a relationship that will last?


  
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Q&A With the Author:

1.  What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Read, play outside with my kids, travel.

2. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I like to write with music that has singing, but I have to edit with classical music

3. Do you have any suggestions to help budding authors become better writers? If so, what are they?
Read, A LOT. Read craft books, read in your genre, join a writing Facebook group and learn from them.

4. Where do you get information and ideas for your books?
Ideas come in everyday life. I'll have an idea pop up for a story and then I do some research. For the International Billionaire Club series, I've used Youtube a lot to learn about the different countries.

5. What do you think makes a good story?
One that makes it hard to put down.

6. Tell us about your favorite summer vacation? Or what do you like to do in the summer?
It's been a few years since we've been able to go camping but those are some fun times. S'mores, tin foil dinners, hiking. Those are my favorites in the summer!





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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Great Summer Reads: The Kingdom of Nereth




TJ Amberson hails from the Pacific Northwest. With a love of writing in several genres, TJ strives to provide well-written, age-appropriate, & original novels for tweens, teens, and new adults.
















  
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Dark times are upon the land of Nereth. Centuries have passed since the rightful heir to the throne was banished. The people are losing hope in ancient legend, which foretells of one who will rise up, overthrow the evil king and queen, and restore peace. Like all others in Nereth, Edlyn has suffered greatly. Orphaned as a child, Edlyn grew up as the serf of a drunken lord. Now a spirited seventeen-year-old, Edlyn works to buy her freedom while fighting off the unwanted advances of Sheriff Hurst. One morning, Edlyn discovers a young man hiding in the stable. He is fleeing from Sheriff Hurst and inflicted with a sword wound that will surely be fatal without her help. In a split-second decision, Edlyn conceals the young man from Sheriff Hurst and begins nursing him back to health. As the young man's strength returns, Edlyn learns that his name is Maddock, and she is stunned to find that he has come from the mysterious land to the north. Maddock soon comes to Edlyn's aid, rescuing her from Sheriff Hurst. Suddenly declared outlaws, both Edlyn and Maddock must escape for their lives to enchanted Ravenshire Forest and then the desolate mountains beyond. As their adventure unfolds, Edlyn and Maddock discover that their meeting may have been more than chance, for their lives prove bound by a fate that neither of them could possibly have imagined.



  
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Snippet:

Edlyn slowly turned to Maddock. "I presume this is about you."
            Maddock did not respond. Wincing, he reached out with one arm to brace himself against the wall while keeping his other hand pressed on his abdomen.
            "I could be imprisoned for helping a fugitive, or killed," Edlyn went on frankly, shutting the stable door. "It depends on what you have done."
            Maddock found his voice, "I will not put you in danger."
            He made another move to leave but swayed and began to fall. Edlyn lunged forward, catching Maddock in her arms. Staggering under the weight of his limp body, she lowered him to the dirt.
            "Help me leave. I must get away from here," Maddock begged, attempting to get up.
            From the sounds outside, Edlyn knew that the riders were nearly upon them. She also saw that Maddock's breathing was growing shallow and the life in his dark eyes fading. He would not escape those who hunted him. For one moment, Edlyn hesitated, looking between Maddock and the stable door. Then she spoke upward, as if to the sky:
            "This young man might be an outlaw, but may the spirits of Ravenshire Forest curse me for eternity if I ever help Sheriff Hurst."





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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Great Summer Reads: The Three Crowns Series






I grew up in Southeast Missouri; home of the Throwed Rolls, high cotton, and the St. Louis Cardinals. I have a little family consisting of son, daughter, son-in-law and a little Pi. Other than my children (and grandchild), my passion is writing. My current project is The Three Crowns Series. Sweet Tea is the first book in this seven-novel series which published October 15, 2013.

Besides reading and writing, I enjoy singing. I love music period. Music is in our family. Whether it be the bluegrass from the Ozarks that my Grandpa Sutton use to play on his banjo or fiddle, or the smooth, family harmony in which I am fortunate enough to sing with my Dad and Brother. But you can give me some kickin' AC/DC too! I like it all!

I work full-time as an Administrative Assistant. Every free moment is dedicated to my family and my current project, The Three Crowns, a seven-novel paranormal romance series.




It all starts with a Queen and a Plan.

The Three Crowns is a New Adult/Paranormal Romance series. There are seven books to complete the series, with a novella. This series has your modern day vampires dealing with the Old World Laws creating a struggle for ultimate power in the Night World.



THE THREE CROWNS SERIES SYNOPSIS

The Three Crowns series is about a normal girl whose life is more than what she will allow herself to imagine. It is the journey of her accepting that everything is not black and white, and our logic of what we understand does not mean something does exist. Throughout the story she is protected, loved, groomed and pushed to her limits to prepare her for what lies ahead of her. She is tested in all areas of her humanity which will someday bring her to know the person she is destined to be. The human nature of love is a tangled web of emotions for she feels the love of two men who are continually being taken away from her for the sake of their positions in the future as well.




Snippet:

Elizabeth

“We have to get out now!”
I could feel the intensity of each word being yelled to me from this guy standing over me. I didn’t know him, yet…I did. My heart was pounding. Fire was all around us. Smoke was heavy in the air. Where was I? Throughout the large room, the murk was cut as bodies were thrown through the air, and swords swung faster than my eyes could follow. I heard loud gnashing and growling all around me, and the smell of flesh burning filled my nose. There was only one place I could possibly be. Hell.  
I looked down and took notice of my torn and blood-drenched clothes. A panic blanketed me as my thoughts ran rapid. How could this be? Am I going to die? What am I doing in hell?
“We have to go now!” The guy exclaimed, grabbing my arm. His eyes gleamed with a mission. He stood strong and with purpose. He appeared fearless. He looked to be my age. Wait. What is my age right now? Am I seventeen? I feel like…I’ve lived a thousand lives, yet haven’t even begun to live. I took a deep breath, trying to focus on the moment. And if all I had was this moment, then I had to move or be moved (or die more like it!).
I arose to my feet, feeling very weak. I looked down to keep from stumbling, and screamed in horror. A man’s body lay close to my feet. His head lay next to his body. I felt tears starting to burn in my eyes from complete fear that had taken hold of me. As I gasped in shock, I noticed a few more feet away from the first body lay another body crumpled on the floor. Again, his head was next to his body…and another body! Oh God! Please show me the door out of this nightmare! I quickly turned away and tried to run. I didn’t get four feet when I tripped. I gathered myself and tried getting up as quickly as I could. When I looked to see what I had tripped over, I couldn’t help but scream. It was another headless body. But this time it was a woman! As I scrambled up, I looked over to the left of the body, and there was her head about five feet away. My blood ran cold as chills climbed my spine. Fear had found me as though it had been seeking me. I could almost hear the haunting echoes of his laugh ringing in my head as he closed in on taking what little courage remained in my possession. This fear wanted more than just my courage-he wanted my soul. My soul he could not have! A new strength consumed me and I pushed on through the nightmare.




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Monday, June 24, 2019

Great Summer Reads: Sons of the Sphinx



I’m a retired high school English teacher. A devourer of books growing up, my profession introduced me to writings and authors from times long past. 

Through my studies and teaching, I fell in love with the Ancient and Medieval Worlds. 

Now, I hope to inspire young readers and those Young-at-Heart to read more through my Tales and Legends for Reluctant Readers set in these worlds.





 If they fail...

She could die over 3300 years from home!


Tackle the elements & evil of Ancient Egypt...
A history-changing battle & Time Travel Thriller...

Fifteen-year-old Rosa doesn't see dead people...
She hears them & talks to them.

When she agrees to help King Tut's ghost find his lost queen & clear his family's name, she doesn't count on falling for him.

She & Tut must also outwit an evil pharaoh determined to stop them...
Even if it means one of them must die.

Get it today and see who triumphs.


2015 IAN Book of the Year Finalist YA
2015 CAL Book Award Finalist YA Fiction
2014 Literary Classics Seal of Approval
2015 Readers' Favorite Finalist YA
2014 Literary Classics Silver Medal for PreTeen/Tween




Snippet:

‘Touch me, Roosa. You will see I’m real enough.’

Touch him? Is he as crazy as I am? Okay, so I’m going to touch him, just for my own peace of mind.

I reach out my hand, fingers extended, trying to reach him but not move from the wall. A crooked smile appears on his face. He takes a couple of steps forward, reaches out and touches me.

Lightning heat shoots out from him, races up my arm, switches direction and dives into my stomach. I snatch my hand back and grab my belly with both hands. The burning sensation knocks my knees out from under me. I slump to the floor, still leaning on the wall. The room spins, and my head swims. Tears mixed with stars blur my vision so there is no focusing. Not enough air in here; my chest tightens as if the lungs inside are ready to explode.





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