Noelle by Greg Kincaid

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Title: Noelle

Author: Greg Kincaid

Genre: Fiction, Holidays, Family Life

Publisher: Convergent Books

Rating: 4 stars

 

Blurb:

From the New York Times bestselling author of A Dog Named Christmas comes this heartwarming Christmas story about the power of family and the strength and love that comes from our pets.

In this fourth installment of the poignant stories of the McCray family and their lovable canines in rural Kansas, matriarch Mary Ann McCray is determined to shake up Christmas by accepting the role as Crossing Trail’s first woman Santa Claus. Mary Ann, always a bit of a rebel, is looking to offer a more progressive voice in the staunchly conservative town at Christmastime and has a few ideas up her red velvet sleeves.

Review:

This is the first time I read one of Greg Kincaid’s books and I wasn’t familiar with the story of the McCray family. Although, after reading this book I’m interested in reading more of Kincaid’s story.

I’m an animal lover, especially with dogs so when I saw this book I knew I had to read it. Even though the book’s titled Noelle and features the lovable dog, she tends to take a backseat to the other characters in the story. Mostly, the story revolves around the McCray family and their neighbors The Robinsons.

Mary Ann McCray, the beloved matriarch of the family has to deal with a lot of stuff going on during the holidays. Not only is she trying to bring a new Christmas tradition to her home town, but she also has to deal with her son Todd moving back to town and helping her good friends, The Robinsons.

As for the Robinson family, they’re dealing with their own problems. Abbey and her husband Link divorce after experiencing marital strife. As Link tries to clean up his life, he finds it’s a struggle trying to get a job and be a good father to his children.

Overall, this is a good holiday book to get you in the Christmas spirit. There are some humorous points, especially with Noelle, but the book does have some heartwarming moments as the author teaches readers an important lesson in love and family.

“I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for this review.”

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Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018

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2017 is soon drawing to a close and we’ll be welcoming 2018 with open arms. So now comes my annual post where I discuss my year and set goals for the New Year.

 

First up, let’s discuss 2017.

 

It was a so-so year filled with some good and bad times.

 

One of the saddest moments came in October when my beloved Dee Dee passed away. Her death was unexpected and she was perfectly fine, but she passed away peacefully in her sleep. Dee Dee’s death hit me hard and there are times where I still miss her. But I have 13 years worth of memories with her and they’re a huge comfort whenever I think of her.

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Despite the sad moments, there were also some good ones as well.

Professionally, 2017 was good to me. The year started off with a bang when my short story Exiled was featured in the new All Authors anthology, Concordant Vibrancy 3: Lustrate.

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Speaking of All Authors, I did continue to work as an executive assistant for the publishing house. I also did add another title for my resume when I became a columnist for their magazine.

Unfortunately in May 2017, the publication house closed down. Even though my time with them was short, I’ll always be grateful for Y. Correa, Queen of Spades, and the rest of the All Authors family for all their help.

 

Moving on. 2017 continued to be good when it came to writing. I had a short story Second Chance at Nineteen featured in the Rock and Roll Saved My Soul anthology Everyday Miracles. Every proceed from the sale of the anthology goes to the Cherubs foundation.

My biggest moment came when I finally published Westmore: Second Chances, the seventh volume in the series. Anyone whose followed me, knows it took a long time to get this baby published.

Aside from my stories, I also excelled in my freelance writing career by scoring jobs at Blasting News, The Sportster, and The Talko.

Whether I was creating a new story or dishing out the gossip in the sports and entertainment world, I was busy in 2017.

2018

Now that I finished reviewing 2017, let’s move on to my plans for 2018.

One of the things I want to work on this year is staying calm. I’m the type of person, who easily gets nervous and stressed. I constantly worry about situations that I can’t control. So this year, I want to take a new approach to curbing my nervousness. Maybe meditation and yoga will help.

Another goal of mine in 2018 is to finish what I started. I have a bad habit of starting projects, but never finishing them. I have stories stored on my hard drive that are just crying for me to finish them. I think I have about four stories total, so if I can finish just one of them this year, I’ll be happy.

As for my other writing projects, I’ve already finished volume 8 of Westmore and I’m in the midst of editing it. I hope to have it published around summertime, so wish my luck. Also, if I have time I may get started on volume 9 in the series.

I’ve got a lot planned in 2018 in terms of writing, so I hope I can stay on track and accomplish all my goals this year.

With that, I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year and hopefully 2018 will bring you lots of happiness.

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Battered Mind by Sylvia Stein

Greeting Everyone!

Today, I’m pleased to have my good friend, author Sylvia Stein with us today. Sylvia stopped by to share her upcoming book Battered Mind. She has graciously included a sneak peak at the cover and an excerpt, so hope you all enjoy.

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Hello my name is Sylvia Stein and I am an Indie Author.   I have exciting news.  This week I am doing the cover reveal of my book which I hope will be released in late 2018.    I have been working with this book for awhile.  It is a story I have been doing extensive research one and because of the topic I am covering I want to be sure I do it justice.  It is a work of fiction and for today I will be revealing the book cover which was designed by the very talented and amazing Michael Dangremond  and his title of his art work the cost of love.   When I saw this portrait I immediately saw what I was looking for for my main character of Sadie Martin Carlyle.   The title of this my first thriller is Battered Mind and I hope you all enjoy the cover reveal.   I absolutely was blown away by it.  I hope you are too!  Thank you for your help in the cover reveal. I do appreciate it so much.

Thank you so much,

Sylvia Stein

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Synopsis: 

Sadie Martin Carlyle is on trial for the murder of her husband Dante Caryle. She claims she killed him in self defense and that he was a monster. She was a battered woman and if she had not defended herself he would of killed both their young daughter and her.  In short, She feared for their lives.
However, there is more to this case than meets the eye. Sadie Martin is not your typical woman. Her family consists of her Criminal lawyer father Jackson Martin from Atlanta and her mother Barbara Reece Martin is one of the main leaders of the Southern Belles of Atlanta.

From the very start, there are secrets that are hidden that no one will see coming. Sadie’s story will take the reader through a very emotional journey throughout. Once the case begins, everything you think you know about what happened between Sadie and Dante Carlyle will have you asking many questions and is everything being said the truth?

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Battered Mind Excerpt:   Copyright by Sylvia Stein

As I lie here holding on to my sanity.   I have to say never in a million years would I have thought all would turn out the way it did.

You see for most of my life I had been searching and hoping that one day I would find the one

and be able to finally lead “the normal life.”

However, nothing could be farther from the truth.  My name is Sadie Martin Carlyle and on

May 27, 2010, I was charged with the murder of my husband Dante Carlyle.

The thing that makes this so horrific is that I do not even remember committing the crime.

All I know is that when I awoke the next morning, My husband Dante was dead and I was found next

to his body and the murder weapon.

As of now all I can do is await my trial which will not be for a few months.

Sadly because of the circumstance of the crime, I will have to sit in a jail cell until my trial.

You must be wondering why I seem to know so much about the law in particular.

One second, “Can you please let me finish talking.”

Sorry being locked away in this cell has made me a bit paranoid.

Well in any case as I was saying.  The reason I know so much was that my beloved husband was a lawyer and before I got married.  We both met in law school.

Oh, it was so simple back then.

If only I could go back to the beginning.   Things were easier.  At least I thought they were.   However maybe if I can just go back to the beginning I can try to salvage a bit of my dignity.

Besides, I was born and raised to be a good girl.   But right now I am really placing a damper on all the years my parents spent trying to make me something I never wanted to be.   You see I was born and raised in Atlanta Georgia.

It’s too damn bad I was never able to lead a normal life.  Thanks to my dear parents!

My mother was born to parents of money and my father was no different.  However, he was known for being one of the best criminal defense attorneys in all of the state of Georgia.

He was deeply admired for his hardcore antics.  My father was never one to give up on his client and

he is both loved and hated throughout the community.

On the other hand, my dear mother Barbara Reece Martin has always been in the public eye.  As a child, her parents owned several wineries all over the state of Georgia and North Carolina and she was left with a trust fund and decided to invest in stock and has done pretty well.  She is now the Ceo of The Reece Winery and overlooks them along with my father and she is also one of the main members of the Women of Atlanta social club.

All in all, she is always busy and thinks that I am just spoiled.   My mother and I are not close.

She was always gone when I needed her.  The only person that seemed to care and worry about me was my father Jackson.

He always made time to see me and for that, I am very grateful.  My father has always said I was his

everything.   At the time I thought I was but then I discovered it was all lies.  I will get to that later.

As I was saying my mother was never around as a kid.  She was always out and busy with all her numerous work and charitable events.

“ I hated her, and I still do!”

As you can see I get a bit angry being cooped up in here.  I mean there are many criminals in here and I know they are women like me.  But I am not one of them.  I am different and I want to do is start over again.

Let me outta here. 

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Sylvia Stein is a published author with several anthologies with her Writer’s group 750 on LinkedIn.  Stein obtained a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University this past July 2015.   She is a mother of three beautiful children Paul 10, Michael 9 and Consuelo 6.  She resides in the city of Fuquay Varina with her amazing husband Jeremy.  Stein has also published two solo books one was her first novella Closure which she worked on while attending SNHU and published in July of 2014 and the other her first YA Chasing Clarity was published this past October 2015 and it was created during National Novel Month (Nano) in 2013. Her latest book is entitled, The Diary of a Broken Father which came out in February 2017. Her new thriller which she has been working on since 2014 will be out late 2018 and is entitled, Battered Mind.

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It’s Complicated by Joyce M. Holmes

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IT’S COMPLICATED!
 
It’s Complicated
Contemporary Romance
by Joyce M. Holmes
Release date: December 4, 2017
 
He wants a real relationship, she’s afraid to love. It’s complicated, but is it impossible?
 
She’s a children’s counselor devoted to helping others; he’s a stubborn client reluctant to accept her assistance. He wants a warm and loving relationship; she prefers to keep things physical. Professional boundaries dictate neither of them can have what they want.
 
Having grown up with no one but herself to count on, Maggie Lapage carefully guards her feelings. Professionally, she goes above and beyond to give others the support she wishes she’d had as a child. When she develops a forbidden attraction to a client’s father, she does what she thinks is necessary, to save his family, and to protect her own heart.
 
Tom O’Shay finds his life caught in a nightmare when he risks losing custody of his daughter. It goes against his character to seek help, but he doesn’t have a choice. That doesn’t mean he has to like it. Everything changes when he falls hard for his daughter’s counselor, and he suddenly has two fights on his hands. One for his daughter, and another for the woman he loves.
It’s complicated, but is it impossible?
 
 
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EXCERPT:

“That’s a big gallery, with lots of people
going through it. Just think of the exposure your work would get.”

Tom did take a moment to consider it. The
Langquest Art Gallery was highly reputable, and the show Tom had done with them
had been a sell-out. But to have Maggie go on his behalf to seek out
representation, that was too much.

 “What
makes you think I want or need to sell my pieces in his gallery?”

“Because, excuse me if I’m wrong, but I had
the impression you could use a little financial help at the moment.” The
sympathetic look in her eyes made him squirm. No bloody way did he want her
wasting any sympathy on him.

“The offer of support is nice, but seriously,
my professional life, at least, is doing fine. You don’t have to fix it for
me.” Which was the honest, if optimistic, truth. Business was passably good. It
could always be better, but it wasn’t on life support yet, and he sure didn’t
need Maggie out there drumming up customers for him.

She threw a hand up. “Look, maybe I’m
interfering and you didn’t ask for help, but,” she hurried on, gaining speed as
she went, “I spoke to this man with the best of intentions. You have lawyer
fees and counseling fees, and heaven only knows what else with this court case.
They can start to add up—”

“Okay, just stop. You’re making my head
hurt.” He folded his arms across his chest. He had no intention of discussing
the precariousness of his financial situation with Maggie. “This conversation
is over.”

Her eyes sparkled with the love of combat.
“Not if I keep talking, it isn’t.”

He glared at her, making it clear he didn’t
appreciate her interference. She met his accusing gaze without flinching.

“Know what your problem is?” she asked, after
an uncomfortably long stare-down.

“I only have one?”

She reached out and clutched at his hand,
those long slender, talon-tipped fingers curling themselves around his,
distracting him with their touch. Then she started yapping again, effectively
killing the moment.

“You put on a good show, and sometimes I
think you even believe it yourself, but you’re not invincible. You can use a
helping hand once in a while.”

He shook his hand free and swung away from
her, pacing off his frustration. “Contrary to what you believe, I’m not a
charity case requiring someone to rescue me. I’ve always maintained if you’re
looking for a helping hand, check the end of your own wrist first. I don’t need
your pity.”

She moved in front of him, forcing him to
stop, returning his impatient glare with an impressively irate one of her own.
“It’s not pity, damn it. And it’s not charity. It’s a practical solution to
your financial situation. Excuse me for caring.” Both arms flew into the air.
“Excuse me for trying to help you out. For going out of my way to come up with
some creative ideas to increase your income. This is a winning proposition for
you, one that can pay dividends for years to come. Why are you so stubbornly
against it?”

Her logic was infuriating, and it fueled his
temper that he didn’t have a reasonable comeback. “Please, just shut up
already.”

“Come on. We both know I can’t do that.”

He threw his head back and laughed, more out
of exasperation than amusement. “You really can’t, can you?”

“I was only trying to help.” Her tone
contained a pout, but her expression remained fierce.

“I don’t want your help. I didn’t ask for your help. Anyone ever tell you
how maddening you can be, Maggie Lapage?”

The force of his words didn’t make her
retreat. She stood her ground in front of him and poked a finger into his
chest. “And you’re the most pig-headed man I’ve ever met.”

He smiled. “Thank you.”

“That was not a compliment.”

“Sure it was.” Even though he was still
pissed off, it wasn’t hard to let the smile stretch into a smirk. She looked so
damn exasperated, and for some perverse reason he found it amusing.

“You’re infuriating!” she yelled and wheeled
away from him, flailing her arms in the air again. “Why can’t you see my
intentions were good?”

He let his smile twist cynically. “Have you
heard about the road to hell?”

“I…give…up.” She emphasized the words by drawing
them out slowly.

“Wish I could believe that.”
Review:
Tom O’Shay is a divorced father, who is trying to regain custody of his daughter. In order to do so, he seeks the help of counselor Maggie Lapage. As they work together to overcome Tom’s issues, sparks begin to fly. The two can’t resist their attraction, yet they know it’s best not to cross the professional boundaries.
This is a one of those romance stories filled with lots of drama. Of course there’s Tom story with his daughter, then there’s Maggie’s past of being afraid to love. These are two characters you root for to not only win the case, but also to fall in love and live happily ever after.

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 
Joyce Holmes lives with her husband and very small dog in the beautiful Okanagan region of British Columbia. Photography and blogging about her travels are two of her passions, along with visiting her kids and grandkids. When she’s not dreaming up stories in her head or planning her next great adventure, she’s off enjoying the great outdoors.
 
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Secrets and Wishes by Kathleen Rouser

Welcome to my stop on the Secrets and Wishes by Kathleen Rouser Blog Tour! Today I will sharing a bit about the book, and where you can find it on Amazon. Be sure to follow the #SecretsandWishes hashtag on Twitter to keep up with the tour and find the reviews, guest posts, and more!

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Stone Creek, Michigan, April, 1901 Maggie Galloway and Thomas Harper clash after their sons collide in a fistfight. Both widowed, they’re each doing their best as single-parents. Outgoing Maggie has dreams for a home of her own and a business to provide for her son as she searches for God’s path for her life as a widow. Reserved Thomas struggles to establish his new pharmacy and take care of his four rambunctious children, while wondering how a loving God could take his beloved wife.

When Thomas becomes deathly ill, Maggie is recruited to nurse him back to health. Taking the children in hand, as well, is more than she bargained for, but she is drawn to help the grieving family. Both nurse and patient find themselves drawn to each other but promptly deny their feelings.

A baking contest sponsored by the Silver Leaf Flour Company brings former beau, Giles Prescott, back into Maggie’s life. When Giles offers Maggie a position at their test kitchen in Chicago, he hints that, along with assuring her a good job, it will allow them to possibly rekindle their relationship.

But then a charlatan comes to town, and tragedy soon follows. Maggie and Thomas discover the miracle potions he hawks aren’t so harmless when an epidemic hits Stone Creek. Thomas and Maggie realize they must work together to save lives.

Maggie finds herself caught up in battles within and without—the battle to help the townsfolk in the midst of illness and chicanery, and the battle to know which man—Thomas or Giles—deserves to win her heart.

About Kathleen Rouser:

An author and speaker, Kathleen Rouser, has loved making up stories since she was a little girl and wanted to be a writer before she could even read. Kathleen’s first novella, The Pocket Watch, was part of the anthology, Brave New Century, and was published by Inspired Romance in 2013. She has a short story in the bestselling anthology, Christmas Treasures, released in 2014. Her first full-length novel will be published by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas in April, 2016.

She studied communications and English during her first college years. Kathleen has been published in Homeschool Digest, An Encouraging Word, the Oakland Press and Happy Sis. She interviews authors for the Novel PASTimes historical fiction blog. Her desire is to bring to life endearing characters, who resonate with readers and realize the need for a transforming Savior in their everyday lives.

During a long career as a home school instructor, she and her husband raised three sons. She graduated in 2012 with her Associate in Applied Science and is sometimes a mild-mannered Registered Dental Assistant by day. Kathleen is longstanding member of ACFW, former critique group moderator, past Genesis judge and former Great Lakes Chapter board member. Along with her sassy tail-less cat, she lives in southeast Michigan with her hero and husband of 33 years, Jack, who not only listens to her stories, but also cooks for her.

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Five Things I’m Thankful For by L.A. Racines

FIVE THINGS I’M THANKFUL FOR

By Cheryl Bristow, a.k.a L. A. Racines

Author of historical novel, A Shield in the Shadows

 

This was a challenging question. I am actually grateful for almost everything in my life! But having to choose five from among them is no small task.

To give you a bit of background about me, I am Canadian, a born again Christian believer since the age of 11, a wife, mother and grandmother of four, and a life-long lover of great books and good stories.

As a young girl I read Anne of Green Gables, and decided then and there that, like Anne Shirley the heroine, and L. M. Montgomery the author, I too, wanted to be a writer someday. I set out at age 13 to read the books considered “classics” of literature at the time, and pretty much achieved that before I got to university.

I assumed I would study English at McGill University, but one look at the curriculum made me quickly turn the page. Instead I studied Anthropology and Sociology, and after graduation I headed for Africa to teach, basically looking for real life adventures in the lands I had studied. So far there is nothing particularly unusual about any of that.

So, what are the five things I am thankful for and want to share with you this Thanksgiving season?

1. A normal childhood

I doubt I appreciated that at the time. Didn’t everyone have one? Of course not, but I did not know that then. My own home was peaceful and orderly, my mother was strict but fair, and my father created a skating rink in our backyard in winter, organized street dances and corn roasts in the summer, put on a magic show for the neighborhood children at Hallowe’en, and dressed up as Santa at Christmas to hand out presents to us all. He even made cloth dolls for my sister and myself. I cherished mine. Even though my winter coat was thin and I had to wear a lot of hand-me-down clothing, I was growing up in an environment where I could focus on school, friendships, and other childhood interests. Thank God!

2. Adventure

As I got older, I rebelled, of course. There was a song that came out in the 1960’s by Malvina Reynolds. It was called Little Boxes and mocks suburban housing and middle class ambitions as “little boxes”, “all made out of ticky-tacky“, and which “all look just the same”. I began to eye my life and neighborhood through that lens and decided that the most boring existence in the world had to be a suburban housewife like my wonderful mother. (I have since decided that it’s not at all bad, especially these days.) I applied to CUSO, the Canadian equivalent of the Peace Corps, and was accepted to go to Nigeria as a high school teacher at a prestigious co-ed school deep in the forests of Yorubaland. There I taught mostly French, Bible Knowledge and African History. It says a lot for the much higher qualifications required these days that I would never be accepted with just a general B.A., but then I had to scrounge for materials, especially in the history course because there was no textbook, and try to stay one step ahead of my advanced French students.

I arrived just before the Biafran War broke out, and remained for my full two-year term, even though every other sending country had pulled their volunteers out. It was lonely at times, tough-going because of the amount of work and responsibilities I had, and a little scary at times, but I knew my role was important for the students. I travelled home on a shoe-string budget via the Sudan, Ethiopia, Egypt, Israel and several other countries, and appeased my need for adventure for many years. Thank God, because as a struggling clergy wife and young mother, those opportunities would not come again soon!

3. The plan of God for my life

My conversion at the age of 11 was a very powerful experience. I was breathing heavenly oxygen for several months thereafter, and every year my two-week stay at a Christian camp revitalized my faith. University was a challenge because of the concerted attempt to knock some sense into anyone who has the intellectual feebleness to believe in a personal God, or that Christ is the only True Way to God, but my spiritual life was sustained by fellowship and Bible Study with a wonderful group of Christians from many denominations. Thank God!

After university I innocently got into the occult through witnessing a couple of Ouija sessions, and then, to prove that the ‘ghosts’ were real, I conducted two Ouija sessions myself for skeptical friends. As a result, I immediately lost the sense of God’s presence with me and all appreciation for beauty in nature and music, and over time a heaviness weighed on my spirit and I began getting impulses to drive my motorcycle off the road. After several years of joylessness, I became convinced that even I, a born again Christian, could have an oppressive spirit operating in my life. I was engaged to be married and didn’t know if I even wanted to live. My fiancé prayed for me and commanded the spirit(s) to leave in the name of Jesus, and the next morning I was back to normalcy. I knew it because once again I was able to look at something beautiful and rejoice again. Thank God!

As the wife of a clergyman, I busied myself with leading several women’s Bible studies. One day I took a close look at the Beatitudes and got really angry. The picture Jesus was painting of the kind of person I was supposed to be did not add up with who I really was, even after nearly 20 years as a Christian and student of Scripture. I told God that if He didn’t find a way to “fix” me and fix the fissures in my faith, that I would just have to forget the whole thing. Almost immediately God led my husband and me to a Christian community that taught the life of the cross. That was hard, but it was also the start of some serious deepening in my walk with God. I began to walk in a spirit of repentance. This led to another crisis. I got so good at ‘being wrong’ and trying to fix everything in my life, that I became emotionally frail. I had to learn the difference between the ongoing condemnation that the Enemy of our soul uses to cripple us, and the sharp conviction of sin that the Holy Spirit gives us when we need to face our sinfulness. Once again I was pulled from the deep water by a loving God. Thank God!

I never gave up on the dream of being an author. As a clergy wife and mother, there was little time for pursuing my own goals. It was frustrating, and I wondered if I would have to give up on my dream. During the long decades of that desert period I took writing courses, helped to edit a magazine and published several articles, but there was no time to do a novel. I came to realize that I really did not want to write unless I had something to say that was worth reading. Life experience and maturity tend to grow that capacity.

The time came when I had a word from the Lord. It was a prophecy. It came at a moment of great need and rang true. It also contained some clues that I could follow. I went for it. The time was right. The location was conducive. I was now only a few years from retirement so would have the time to write, and I had enough money to pay for all the books I would need to prepare. The novel I wrote was worth the wait. It is far better than I ever thought I could do. Since publication, A Shield in the Shadows has won a couple of awards, been well reviewed and won praise from men and women alike. Thank God!

4. My computer

Sometimes I think about Charles Dixon and Jane Austin, and other writers who wrote their books prior to the modern computer age. I am old enough to remember having to type a letter to Mayor Jean Drapeau, the long-time mayor of Montreal TEN TIMES, because it had to be error-free, so writing A Tale of Two Cities, or Mansfield Park long-hand, or just using a type-writer seems like a nightmare to me. The book I have written required years of research, and then as I wrote it, a lot of fact-checking. Thanks to the miracle of computer technology and the invention of the World Wide Web, I am able to fix mistakes before anyone else sees them and carry on, explore the topography of particular locations in the Alps and Italy, learn about what kinds of horses the Gothic warriors rode, find out when white flags were used to indicate surrender and truce, and many other minute details. It makes my work seem very impressive and is actually very easy. Thank God!

5. A reason to get up every morning

When you retire you no longer have the chaos of a Monday to Friday work week, and usually you do not have many family responsibilities either. Life slows down A LOT!

When we left our last full-time church and moved to a new community, we no longer had responsibility for them, and lost contact with many of them. My call to write gives me a reason to get up every morning. I do not know what the future holds, but I know what I have to do now and for the forseeable future, and that is a real gift. Thank God!

 

New Release: To Make A King

Nothing says Fall like curling up with an awesome new YA Fantasy novel. The good news? There is a new release from Kristi L. Cramer that seems like just the ticket! Be sure to follow the blog tour for more awesome features, reviews, and more for To Make a King(The Magic of Verridian Book 1).

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To Make a King is a Young Adult Fantasy in three parts.

Part One: A True Prince
Two friends discover the key to a mystery that, once unlocked, will change everything. Enemies they didn’t know they had unleash magical forces to make sure the secret never comes to light.

Part Two: To Make a King
Dark magic undermines the Crown Prince’s succession, and a young prince is encouraged to take action against his half-brother in a plot to usurp the crown. Before the sun sets on coronation day, brother will face brother and swords will be bared.

Part Three: Should Monarchs Stumble
When the new king stumbles, an old enemy is quick to take advantage, conspiring to take the kingdom by force. The king’s jester must decide whether to back the usurper, or help the king choose to be a better man.

 

About Kristi:

When Kristi isn’t riding her Harley or working at her “day job”, you can find her in front of her computer, hammering out exciting suspense stories for anyone willing to read them, or hanging around on social media.

While she has worked on her writing craft for +30 years, like many authors, she had to work other jobs to make ends meet. She has a strange and varied work history, having held jobs in a hotel, a car wash, an insurance company, an electronics assembly line, an auto parts warehouse, a blueberry nursery, and as a truck driver and owner of her own trucking company. She even delivered nuts and bolts around town for a fastener store/warehouse for a while as she pursued her writing career in earnest. Now she is a billing specialist for an agency that advocates for people with physical and mental disabilities.

She got married for the first time at 38, skipped being a mommy and went straight to Grandma. She says, “It worked out best for everyone that way.” It is fully her intention to go to her grave having never changed a diaper.

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