Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Happy Book Birthday, Friends to the End!




Wow! It's hard to believe that it's been a year since the release of my middle-grade action/adventure FRIENDS TO THE END! This was such a fun book to write. It went through many revisions before it finally found a home, and then even more revisions. But the journey was so worth it! To celebrate its book birthday, I'm hosting a giveaway on Instagram. Pop over to Instagram to learn more!


What readers have said about Friends to the End...

2021 Best Middle-Grade Finalist – N.N. Light Book Awards

“A compelling, gripping nail-biting page-turner. You’ll be on the edge of your seat waiting...dreading?... what happens next. I know you won’t be able to put the book down (I couldn’t).” ~ Allan Woodrow, bestselling author of over 30 books for children

“Friends to the End is a wonderful middle-grade paranormal mystery from start to finish ~ N.N. Light Book Heaven, Amazon Vine Voice

Full of danger, adventure, grief, friendship, loss, atmospheric writing, hope, & survival. Highly recommend! – Reviewer, Belles Middle-Grade Library

Reluctant Reader Approved.

Peek between the pages:


One more peek between the pages...

My bewildered gaze slithered from Dom to Josh, finally coming to a stop on Morgan as I tried to decide if they were crazy.

“If the house is invisible, how do you expect to find it?” I asked.

Morgan sat on the stoop next to me. “It’s not always invisible. My brothers saw it once. They said it’s a big house with a long porch. It vanished before they could set foot on the first step, and I’m glad, too.”

“Why? What would have happened if they were on the steps?” I asked. Not because I believed an old ghost story had any truth to it, but I was curious to know what she’d say.

Morgan had to pick her jaw up from the walkway before she could answer, and when she did her voice came out in a high-pitched squeak. “If they had been on the porch or worse—” she swallowed loudly “—inside, they would have disappeared with it.”

 
About the book

Friends to the End
C.L. Colyer
Genres: Action, Adventure, Middle-Grade, Ghosts

Zach doesn’t believe in ghosts…but he should.

Twelve-year-old Zach is convinced he’ll never be happy without his best friend Jeremy by his side. But both of their lives changed with a bang five months ago, and as far as Zach’s concerned, it’s his fault Jeremy will never see his twelfth birthday.

When Zach moves with his family to a Chicago suburb, he quickly becomes friends with a group of thrill-seeking kids trying to find a disappearing haunted house. But Zach’s not worried. He doesn’t believe in ghosts, so he follows them into a wild, dangerous encounter that becomes a battle to decide what’s real and what’s not.

Amazon | Apple | Barnes & Noble

Goodreads



Release Day Blitz: GHOSTER HEIGHTS by Corey Landsell, Kelly Mellings, & Lisa Larose

I am so excited that GHOSTER HEIGHTS by Corey Landsell, Kelly Mellings, & Lisa Larose is available now and that I get to share the news!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for 2 finished copies of the book courtesy of Wonderbound & Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, check out the giveaway info below.

  

About The Book:

Title: GHOSTER HEIGHTS

Author: Corey Landsell, Kelly Mellings, Lisa Larose, Becca Carey, Rebecca Taylor (Editor)

Pub. Date: September 27, 2022

Publisher: Wonderbound

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 208

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, B&NiBooks, Kobo, TBD, Bookshop.org

A haunting and hopeful Middle Grade graphic novel about a girl, ghosts, and grief.  For fans of SheetsSmall Spaces, and Ghosts.


WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBOOHOOD!

Eight-year-old Ona has lost just about everything: her home, her possessions, her mother, and almost her life. When she and her father move into her Baba’s apartment complex after these traumatic events, they had hoped for a clean start. But a mysterious specter follows her, and Ona befriends the ghost she discovers haunting the boiler room. When her new friendship starts allowing her to see other ghosts—the ghosts who haunt the other residents of her building—she decides to use her ability to help her new neighbors face their troubles and free themselves from their specters. In doing so, however, Ona must eventually come face to face with a much darker foe—her own trauma and grief. The earnestness of Judy Bloom meets the raw emotion of I Kill Giants in this beautifully hopeful story of childhood tragedy.

An original graphic novel for Middle Grade readers about grief, loss, and the ghosts that haunt us all.

For fans of Brenna Thummler’s Sheets and Delicates.

 

Excerpts:








 

About Corey Landsell:

Corey Lansdell is a multiple award-winning illustrator and animator. He is a skilled communicator, expert storyteller and passionate collaborator. Corey heads up a SCBWI illustrators group in Edmonton, Alberta.

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon

 






About Kelly Mellings:

Kelly Mellings is an award-winning art director, illustrator, and designer. His work has
appeared in comic books, TV commercials, magazines, apps, museum exhibits, and video
games. He is the co-writer of Ghoster Heights and illustrator of the Canadian best-selling
graphic novel, The Outside Circle. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta.

 

Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads

 




About Lisa Larose:

Lisa LaRose is a pop surrealist painter, illustrator, and comics artist in Vancouver, Canada. She is best known for her paintings: Bizarre and Colourful artworks. She creates lively and exciting colour palettes and is always making something a little weird. Lisa loves middle-grade fiction (books, comics, cartoons, you name it) and so she also moonlights as a middle-grade comics artist.

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok | Goodreads

 



Giveaway Details:

2 winners will receive a finished copy of GHOSTER HEIGHTS, US Only.

Ends October 11th, midnight EST.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Book Tour & Giveaway: Kingdom of Broken Iron by Mallory McCartney

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the KINGDOM OF BROKEN IRON by Mallory McCartney Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

About the book:

Title: KINGDOM OF BROKEN IRON (Black Dawn #3)

Author: Mallory McCartney

Pub. Date: September 19, 2022

Publisher: MM Books

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

Pages: 350

Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD, Bookshop.org

"Together they will rise."

Something sinister is sweeping across Kiero, and war threatens to rip apart the remains of Black Dawn Rebellion.

Distraught by the decisions she made while in the Draken Mountains with Adair, Emory Fae, Queen of Kiero, is hiding a deadly secret, and now, Emory is seeking aid from Marquis Maher, King of the Shattered Isles, in the looming war.

With Brokk by her side, they search for answers and aid from the Shattered Isles, a country that has remained protected from Adair's wrath across the Black Sea. While there, Emory will learn the weight of what it means to be Queen, but what will she sacrifice to save the ones she loves?

Since the Academy fell and the Black Dawn rebellion scattered, Brokk Foster's past and the truth about his lineage has come to light. Brokk and his newly found immortal fey warriors are skeptical of Marquis and his terms to a new alliance. Being torn between love and Brokk's loyalty to the rebellion, he will have to decide whether to remain true to his cause or follow a destiny he never wanted.

Together, can Emory and Brokk make an alliance in time to return to Kiero and aid the rebels?

Nyx Astire, new clan leader to the raiders in the Risco Desert, has lost everything. With no word on if the town of Pentharrow has survived under Azarius Walsh's command, Nyx tries to rally the Dust Clan and prepare them to ally with any remaining members of the Black Dawn Rebellion. But tradition and her past throws Nyx into a dynamic ruling. Will she do anything to ensure Kiero's survival from her new point of power?

Kingdom of Broken Iron is the third installment in the bestselling Black Dawn series. Can friendship, love, and fellowship defy an enemy Kiero has never seen before?

Grab the first 2 books in the series now!

QUEEN TO ASHES



Meet Alby Walsh!


 

About Mallory:

Mallory McCartney currently lives in Sarnia, Ontario with her husband, their two dachshunds Link and Leonard and two sphynx cats Luna and Legolas.

When she isn’t working on her next novel or reading, she can be found daydreaming about fantasy worlds and hiking.

Other favorite pastimes involve reorganizing perpetually overflowing bookshelves and seeking out new coffee and dessert shops.

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Facebook Group| Instagram | TikTok | Goodreads | Amazon | BookBub




Giveaway Details:

One lucky winner will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card, International.

Ends October 7th, midnight EST.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

9/1/2022

Two Chicks on Books

Character Card Post/IG Post

9/2/2022

@jaimerockstarbooktours

IG Post

9/3/2022

Lady Hawkeye

Excerpt/IG Post

Week Two:

9/4/2022

A Dream Within A Dream

Character Card Post

9/5/2022

BookHounds

Character Card Post/IG Post

9/6/2022

@allyluvsbooksalatte

IG Post

9/7/2022

The Momma Spot

Character Card Post

9/8/2022

Sadie's Spotlight

Character Card Post/IG Post

9/9/2022

@enjoyingbooksagain

IG Post

9/10/2022

Epic Book Society

Character Card Post/IG Post

Week Three:

9/11/2022

#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

Character Card Post

9/12/2022

RavenzReviewz

Review/IG Post

9/13/2022

GivernyReads

Review/IG Post

9/14/2022

Books a Plenty Book Reviews

Review

9/15/2022

Jazzy Book Reviews

Review/IG Post

9/16/2022

Fire and Ice

Review

9/17/2022

The Reading Devil

Character Card Post/IG Post

Week Four:

9/18/2022

pick a good book

Excerpt/IG Post

9/19/2022

Rajiv's Reviews

Review/IG Post

9/20/2022

fairrryprose

Review/IG Post

9/21/2022

Nagma | TakeALookAtMyBookshelf

IG Review

9/22/2022

hodophile_z

IG Review

9/23/2022

Wanderingwitchreads

TikTok Review/IG Post

9/24/2022

Write. Read. Live

Character Card Post/IG Post

Week Five:

9/25/2022

I'm Shelf-ish

Review/IG Post

9/26/2022

hauntedbybooks

Review/IG Post

9/27/2022

Nerdophiles

Review

9/28/2022

@jacleomik33

IG Review

9/29/2022

GryffindorBookishNerd

IG Review

9/30/2022

More Books Please blog

Review


Thursday, September 22, 2022

Chatting with author C.B. Clark


C.B. Clark stopped by for a fun round of speed questions and to celebrate her newest romance, suspense novel, Forging Forgiveness. Enjoy!


Speed Questions:

Morning or Night? Morning

Favorite beverage? Definitely red wine!

Coffee or Tea? Tea

Plotter or Pantster? Pantster

Favorite season? Fall

Dogs or Cats? Love my pooch!

Favorite movie? The Longest Ride starring Scott Eastwood and Britt Robertson

Stilettos, flipflops, or sneakers? Sneakers

Favorite junk food? Sunflower seeds (spits)

Favorite thing to do to relax? Hike or canoe

Hot or cold? Cold

Favorite vacation? Jordan

Beach or mountains? Mountains


About the book

Forging Forgiveness
byC.B. Clark
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Blurb:

When small-town college instructor Candace Cooper discovers bloody, bare footprints in the snow while running in a state park deep in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, it brings back the horrific nightmare of her past.

Detective Aiden Farrell is determined to redeem himself in his new position in Colorado, even if that means ignoring his growing feelings for the beautiful professor he meets during an investigation. His fear that the footprints she saw are connected to a recent spate of missing teens intensifies when Candace is assaulted on campus.

Aiden and Candace join forces, but as they start unraveling the truth, they get closer to each other—and to a killer who'll stop at nothing to achieve his nefarious goal.

Caught between duty and love, Aiden fights in a race against time to save the woman he loves.

Grab your copy

Amazon  ~  Barnes & Noble  ~  Kobo  ~  Apple/iTunesGoogle



About C.B. Clark:
Forging Forgiveness is award-winning author, C.B. Clark’s eighth novel published by The Wild Rose Press. When she’s not busy traveling around the globe or hiking and camping in the wilderness near her home in northern British Columbia, she can be found in front of her laptop plotting her next story.

Connect with C.B. Clark:
InstagramBlogTwitterFacebookGoodreadsAmazon Author PageBook Bub

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Book Tour & Excerpt: Believed by Michael James Emberger

 

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the BELIEVED by Michael James Emberger Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

About The Book:

Title: BELIEVED

Author: Michael James Emberger

Pub. Date: October 4, 2021

Publisher: Michael James Emberger

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audiobook(FREE)

Pages: 429

Find it: Goodreadsbooks2read (find all FREE audiobook links here and other purchase links), Free eBook download here!  https://www.michaeljamesemberger.com/believed

Kelsea Jones is like a lot of girls at the University of Northern Minnesota. She has a boyfriend, she works at a coffee shop, and she’s on the swim team. But she’s not a girl. She’s a mermaid.

Trouble brews when star hockey player Chad Andersen takes an interest in her. She tries to avoid him, but he won’t leave her alone. A son of wealth and privilege, he takes what he wants, and he gets away with it. He wants Kelsea, she says no, and so he rapes her. Kelsea stands on a tail and two fins to fight the most painful trial of her life. Despite her trauma and a crisis of faith, she speaks the truth of what Chad did, but will she be believed?

A note from the author:
1 out of 4 college girls experiences rape or sexual assault. That breaks my heart. It’s a crime that has affected people I love, and it has to stop. This novel is my way of raising awareness and showing survivors that someone hears them.

Believed is a product of my friendship with a survivor who is an author and advocate. She opened my eyes to a world of trauma and PTSD that had been largely invisible to me before I met her, and it was life-changing. I needed to share that with others. The burden on my heart was too great to not say something, and fiction is the method I know best to convey the thoughts, truths, pains, and struggles that I see.

Sexual assault is not my story. I haven’t experienced it, I don’t live with the resulting trauma, and I do not wish to profit from the pain of survivors. This is a book for them. It’s a book for those who love them. It’s a book to encourage readers to think and to empathize and to consider the realities of so many whose lives have been affected by this crime. If you purchase a copy here, know that the prices are the minimum allowed. I make no royalty on print copies. If you would like to read for free, you can download the book at my website:
https://www.michaeljamesemberger.com/believed

If you find value in this work, please consider donating to an organization that fights against sexual violence or offers support to survivors. Tell your family and friends about the book. Review it online. Let the survivors in your life know that you care, that you believe them, and that you are there for them.


Peek between the pages...

Mr. Johnson turns into my lot. “I’m sorry, Kelsea. I wasn’t optimistic, but I thought it would go
better than that.”

I shiver. “They all lied.”

“Perhaps. As I said, the Andersens own the hospital. I expected something like this might
happen.”

“Do you—” I stop. Do I want to know?

“What?”

What can it hurt? “Do you believe me?”

Mr. Johnson is silent. My question lingers in the car. “Yes,” he finally says.

My heart sinks. He spoke the word, but I heard the answer. It was in that pause. It was a yes
with uncertainty behind it. It was a yes with conditions attached. It was a yes with an asterisk.
He pulls to the curb. “Look on the bright side. You won’t have to testify in a courtroom, and you
won’t have to face the defense lawyers. It will be a lot easier this way. Life can turn upside
down when these things get out in the media. It gets nasty. But if it goes away now, no one gets
hurt.”

I unbuckle my seatbelt, I get out, and I close the door hard enough that it rocks the car. I can’t
talk to him. I have no response that’s polite. My blood is boiling. He waves and pulls away, no
doubt happy to have dodged the bullet of dealing with this any further. He thinks we’ll drop it
and that will be it. I’ll be fine. I’ll just move on and forget about the most horrific thing I’ve ever
experienced. After all, it was just rape. What does it matter if they almost killed me? What does
it matter if the nightmares have only gotten worse? I’m better now. It’s not like I got hurt for
real, right?

I clench my fists and hop toward the nearest solid thing. I punch it. Once. Twice. Again, and
again. I batter it until my knuckles are covered in blood and foam and it lays mangled on the
ground. “Ah!” I scream. I sink to my knees on the snowy sidewalk. The cuts bubble and close.
The blood disappears. There’s nothing left except for the rage that’s consuming me. I’m not
okay. I’m not better. Not at all.

I sit and rock on my tail and shut my eyes against the world. It’s all wrong. Everything is wrong,
and there’s no God if this is what He has for me.

 

About Michael James Emberger:

Michael James Emberger is an author of thrillers and suspense residing in Wilton, NH. He enjoys weaving narratives of conspiracy and misguided intentions around divisive topics. Where there is debate, there is always room for a villain with goals far out of alignment from either side. Michael is a graduate of Messiah College, where he studied Engineering and met his wife racing solar cars cross-country. When he’s not working on home renovations or writing, he enjoys visiting the ocean and exploring the majesty of God’s creation on the summits of New Hampshire’s mountains.

Michael wrote Believed, a heartbreaking and inspirational tale of a Mermaid in college in Minnesota. It was the most difficult book he’s ever written, but also the most important. He’s made it available for free in audiobook and e-book formats, and he hopes it will encourage and inform.

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon | BookBub

 

There isn’t a giveaway for this tour. Instead, Michael is giving away the audiobook and ebook! You can download a FREE copy of the audiobook here! https://books2read.com/u/bzVLlD OR a FREE copy of the eBook HERE! https://www.michaeljamesemberger.com/believed and if you love the book please help spread the word with a review or share the links with your friends!

 

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

9/1/2022

Viviana MacKade

Excerpt 2

9/2/2022

BookHounds

Guest Post/IG Post

9/3/2022

A Dream Within A Dream

Guest Post/IG Post

Week Two:

9/4/2022

Jazzy Book Reviews

Excerpt 1/IG Post

9/5/2022

#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

Excerpt 2

9/6/2022

Epic Book Society

Guest Post/IG Post

9/7/2022

pick a good book

Excerpt 1/IG Post

9/8/2022

@allyluvsbooksalatte

IG Spotlight

9/9/2022

Rajiv's Reviews

Review/IG Post

9/10/2022

A Blue Box Full of Books

IG Spotlight

Week Three:

9/11/2022

Two Chicks on Books

Excerpt 1/IG Post

9/12/2022

Nerdophiles

Review/IG Post

9/13/2022

Lady Hawkeye

Excerpt 2/IG Post

9/14/2022

@jaimerockstarbooktours

IG Spotlight

9/15/2022

Beersbooksandboos

Review/IG Post

9/16/2022

Wanderingwitchreads

TikTok Review/IG Post

9/17/2022

GryffindorBookishNerd

Review/IG Post

Week Four:

9/18/2022

OneMoreExclamation

Review/IG Post

9/19/2022

Book Reviews by Taylor

Review/IG Post

9/20/2022

Write. Read. Live

Excerpt 1/IG Post

9/21/2022

Books With A Chance of Traveling

Review/IG Post

9/22/2022

The Momma Spot

Review/IG Post

9/23/2022

I'm Shelf-ish

Review/IG Post

9/24/2022

Brandi Danielle Davis

Review/IG Post

Week Five:

9/25/2022

Sadie's Spotlight

Excerpt 2

9/26/2022

@jypsylynn

Review/IG Post

9/27/2022

More Books Please blog

Review/IG Post

9/28/2022

@enjoyingbooksagain

Review/IG Post

9/29/2022

RavenzReviewz

Review/IG Post

9/30/2022

hodophile_z

Review/IG Post