Thursday, December 18, 2014

Cover Reveal for Water So Deep by Nichole Giles & Giveaway

I'm thrilled to feature my good friend, Author Nichole Giles today!!! 
Let me introduce this talented lady before I share with you her brand new cover!

Author Bio:

Nichole Giles, the author of the Descendant trilogy, has lived in Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and Texas. She loves to spend time with her husband and four children, travel to tropical and exotic destinations, drive in the rain with the convertible top down, and play music at full volume so she can sing along.   

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Now here is a bit about this new book that the brand new cover is for!
Water So Deep Book Blurb:

Seventeen-year-old Emma Harris is drowning on dry land.

No one knows what’s happening to her, and she’d like to keep her evolution from human to mermaid a secret, but the truth is getting harder and harder to hide. From her adoptive family, from her friends, and especially from the irresistible James Phelps.

Her time in the ocean is spent dodging a possessive merman, while her time on land is split between caring for her special-needs brother and squeezing in every last possible moment of human life. She soon realizes falling for James is unavoidable when he constantly comes to Emma’s rescue and somehow manages to see through her carefully constructed icy facade to the vulnerability she lives with every day. Everything about James makes Emma yearn for a life on land she just can't have.

When Emma’s brother disappears on her watch, James is the only person she trusts to help her save him. But even if they can save her brother, nothing can prevent her return to the sea. Whether she likes it or not, Emma is changing—unable to breathe without yielding to the tide—and it's only a matter of time before she's forced to surrender forever.

Guess what?! I've already read this book because Nichole is one of my critique partners and I'm telling you that it is AMAZING! Ready to see her spectacular cover?

Here it is!!!

PRE-ORDER Water So Deep right here:Water So Deep

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Monday, December 15, 2014

RUN, JoLyn Brown's New book, Review

I was privileged to be able to read a new book by JoLyn Brown. RUN is a young adult novel.

JoLyn Brown captures the angst of teenagers well in this book. Morgan is a sixteen-year-old girl who has just discovered a love of running. She has a lot of issues with her over-bearing mother and absentee father. When Morgan is left with her six boy cousins for the summer, it seems like it couldn't be worse, but it ends up changing her life.
The story weaves in an element of mystery and lots of questions which keeps the reader turning pages to find out how Morgan will deal with the answers to her questions. I found that Morgan cries a lot over everything which is semi-typical of emotional teenage girls but got a bit tiresome for my personal preference. Brown does a great job of setting up realistic scenes of various ages of kids interacting together. Terrific job on making the reader feel Morgan's need to run in an emotional and physical sense.
This novel's main character is religious and I appreciated the references to her working out her own faith through prayer and thought. For her debut novel, Brown has made an excellent first run.

Here's the back cover blurb for the book:
When Supermom joins Dad on his latest project, sixteen-year-old Morgan is left at her aunts. Instead of dating the cute boy from the track team, she will now have to spend the summer keeping a sane distance between herself and her aunts six boys.
Morgan plans on the summer being awful. Encountering an army of spiders and getting lost while running should not surprise her. What she never expects is to stumble across an abandoned house her parents own an abandoned house her uncle committed suicide in. Someone ought to have mentioned that before now.
The past haunts Morgans dreams. The more she remembers and learns, the more she realizes even her cousins are not what she thought they were. Worse, she has somehow become a reflection of her uncle and everything her parents are running from. Morgan wants to hold on to the things she loves running, her cousins, the bits of her family still intact but as the summer passes, she starts to wonder if she s going to lose everything instead.
JoLyn Brown was raised alongside a peach orchard where she worked with her family. Some of her favorite memories are of listening to stories told by her relatives. These stories and her own experiences provide inspiration for her writing. Her published works include several short stories and A Circle of Sisters, an anthology of true stories about the Relief Society. JoLyn is currently working on a romantic fantasy novel and several companion novels to Run. She lives in Utah with her husband and two children. When she’s not writing, she sews, scrapbooks, reads, and spends time with her family. Learn more about JoLyn and her books by visiting
I received an e-copy of this book for review. I always share my honest opinions.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Indie and Proud, Cover Reveal for Christine Fonseca New Book

The business of publishing books continues to grow and expand into new realms. Self-publishing is a fast-growing sector and Christine's new book explores that arena. Check out the cover reveal here!

About INDIE AND PROUD: You did it! You achieved your dream of writing and publishing your book. You should be happy. Instead you feel trapped in an ever-changing publishing race, stressed over the never-ending to-do list, and frustrated with yourself for continuing to doubt your talents, despite achieving your goals.
Face it, being a creative is difficult, and achieving some measure of success in the business doesn’t make you immune to your own fears and doubts. If anything, your achievements have added even more pressures. Indie and Proud shines a light on those fears and pressures, providing tools to deal with your frustrations and embrace your passions again.
Presented in an easy-to-read, conversational style, the book uses everyday examples and stories from writers and other artists to help artists find and maintain their balance in the exciting world of independent publishing. With specific strategies to address self-doubt, underlying fears, and the truly intense nature of being creative, Indie and Proud is a must read for anyone ready to embrace everything it means to be Indie.

Available: Preorders available 12/10; Book releases 2/2/2015

About Christine Fonseca: Critically acclaimed and award-winning nonfiction and fiction author Christine Fonseca is dedicated to helping children and adults find their unique voice in the world. In nonfiction, she delves into the world of giftedness, resiliency, and temperament, offering children and adults a no-nonsense, how-to approach to facing the world without fear. She has taught parenting classes for more than a decade, works with educators to understand the social and emotional needs of the gifted, and is a frequent presenter statewide conferences on topics related to children and education. Christine works as a school psychologist in the elementary, middle and high school levels. She also coaches children and parents to work through their anxieties and discover their talents.
Christine has written self-help articles for, Johnson & Johnson, Bop/Tiger Beat, and Justine Magazine. She was awarded 2013 Special Achievement Award from the Surrey International Writer’s Conference for her body of work and efforts to give back to the community and was a semifinalist in the Kindle Book Review’s Best Indie Book (YA) for her thriller, Transcend. Recent  titles include The Girl Guide, Quiet Kids, and YA suspense novel, Collide.
Christine lives in the San Diego area with her husband and children. When she isn’t crafting new books, she can be found sipping too many skinny vanilla lattes at the local coffee house, or exploring the world with her family. For more information about Christine Fonseca or her books, visit her website

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Beam n Read, Personal Light, My Review

 Are you in need of the perfect something for your someone? :) Need a stocking stuffer idea?
Check out the Beam n Read Personal light.
 Beam n Read  

This little device is so much better than others I've seen on the market because of the handy adjustable neck strap and the ability to change the power of the light with filters in red and orange. I like how the light flips up at just the right level for reading or working with projects.
I've always wanted a personal reading light but I've tried the clip-on kind and they don't make me a happy reader! I received a sample of this device to review and I'm excited that it has lived up to the advertising information. 

The cord it comes with is plenty long if you don't want to use batteries. I've mainly used mine with batteries. The light is plenty bright and I tried the red and orange plastic shields to see how they work--would be great if you have sensitive eyes or don't need as bright a light in certain situations. 

I used my Bean N Read while watching a movie with my hubby because I wanted to crochet. This was the perfect solution for those who want a movie theater-like atmosphere because I was still able to crochet without turning on the lights!  
Here's a funny thing that I've used my Beam N Read for--to check on my baby during the night. My eyes don't adjust to the dark very well and so I used my handy little light to help me out! I checked on my baby who was fast asleep and thought I smelled something amiss, but you know the rule: Never wake a sleeping baby! But the other rule is never let them get a diaper rash from sitting in their poop! What to do? I put on my Beam N Read, carefully checked his diaper (which I could do because my hands were free) and found peace of mind. Baby was happy because he could keep sleeping and Mama was happy to go to sleep knowing baby was comfortable and clean. I've also used my Beam N Read for reading and look forward to finding more uses. I'm thinking this would be quite helpful when camping. You could walk through the campground carrying kids and supplies with your hands free light!
I'm very pleased with this product, it's high quality, and various uses.

Purchase your own Beam N Read Reading Light from AMAZON
  Beam N Read Hands Free Travel and Reading Light New edition Beam n Read Hands-Free Light delivers a wide & bright light that lights up 2 book pages and doesn't disturb others. It's a true reading light that works with all printed books, Kindles and other eReaders (whether naked, skinned, or covered), PLUS newspapers, magazines, newsletters, loose documents, and other items that can't support a clip-on light. Worn around the neck, there's no need to shift it when reading paperbacks. Included are two 2 special Relaxation Filters: BNR Orange for a softer, warmer light that blocks energizing blue light (especially useful when reading to relax in bed); BNR Red to block blue light and reduce ambient light for sensitive bed partners. Standard alkaline AA batteries (not included) last an extra long 100 hours, far longer than flashlights and clip-on lights resulting in a lower cost to use (and fewer batteries in the trash). This light is still bright when others have gone dim. Save batteries for when you're on the go with the optional USB/AC Power Kit with 12 ft of cable that lets you plug into the included USB/AC adapter. Or plug into a USB car adapter/charger, or a computer USB port, or a USB adapter/charger for cell phones, etc. In addition to reading, this 3 LED hands-free light is great for crafts, travel, and walking in dim or dark places such as an attic, basement, or around the house during a power outage. Use it for writing journals, working, camping, changing diapers at night, and a lot more.  
Makes a Great Gift! AMAZON
  Testimonials "I've never liked clip-on book lights because they add weight to the book, sometimes fall off, make it awkward to hold the book, and interfere with page turning. The Beam N Read has none of these problems, making them a pleasure to use" - "The red filter is my favorite. My hubby doesn't like when I turn on a bright reading light in the dark...It cuts down ambient light, making everyone happy." - "The Beam N Read is by far the best personal reading light we have ever come across," - Scott Carmichael, Executive Editor,   Features
  • For hands free personal light anywhere; extra bright light is easy on the eyes; doesn’t disturb others
  • Wide light from 3 LEDs in a row lights up 2 book pages; works with ALL Kindles, eReaders
  • BNR Orange Relaxation Filter softens and warms the cool LED light and blocks energizing blue light
  • BNR Red Relaxation Filter blocks blue light, reduces ambient light, & helps maintains night vision
  • Alkaline AA batteries (not incl) last Extra Long 100 hours, 3-10x longer than most clip-on lights
Also Available
Beam N Read USB/AC Power Kit Beam n Read USB Adapter
  Save batteries for when you're on the go or the next power outage with the Beam n Read Accessory USB Power Kit. It works with all Beam n Read LED Hands-Free lights (3 and 6 LED lights). In addition to the adapter's 6 foot BnR to USB cable, this kit includes an additional 6 foot USB extension cord letting you work up to 12 feet from a USB-A socket. Need a longer cable? - just add a standard USB extension cable. Use the included USB/AC adapter or a USB DC car adapter/charger, or a computer's USB port, or the USB adapter/charger for your cell phone, e-reader, etc. You may leave batteries in the Beam n Read or take them out to make a super lightweight light. Please note this kit is for external power adapter and will not recharge batteries.
Purchase your Adapter from Amazon
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