Setting up January

I’m currently down with the flu, yet thought I would let everyone know that I am currently taking ARR requests, requests for author interviews, beta reads and book/series suggestions.

Currently I have 3 or 4 books I’ve been asked to read for ARR, and a few beta reads as well as a few volunteers for interviews. I’m going to be working on those through December and plug in what I can in the spaces between holiday questionnaires and then in January.

Please stay tuned for holiday fun.

Thank you

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Author Interview ~ Victoria “Tori” Zigler

Today’s interview came about when I asked for volunteers for my holiday questions and Tori volunteered. Tori has the patience of a saint, and when dealing with me some days and weeks, you need to have patience. Tori has been wonderful to work with and get to know or the past few weeks and we have gotten this interview up and running and the back-and-forth forgetting her holiday questionnaire ready to go. I hope you all enjoy today’s interview with Tori Zigler. This is also the last interview for the year…. maybe 😉

Please tell me about your novel. Who or what was your inspiration behind it?

“The closest thing to a novel I have is more a novella than a novel. Well, officially it’s a chapter book; a short novel aimed at children. But, anyway… It’s called ‘Witchlet’ and is about a 9 year old witch named Paige who’s trying to find acceptance while also dealing with guilt from an accident she didn’t mean to cause when she was 3 and first started showing signs of her powers. It’s the first in a trilogy called ‘The Magical Chapters Trilogy’ which I know isn’t very inventive, but I needed a series name quickly to answer a question someone asked me, and since they’re magical themed chapter books that’s what I came up with. Anyway, until the sequel ‘The Pineapple Loving Dragon’ (which will be published on December 1st of this year) it was the longest thing I’d written that was worth publishing. Everything else I’ve written is either a short story or poetry collection, and apart from ‘A Magical Storm’ (the third book in the trilogy) everything else I have planned for the future is either a short story or poetry collection too.

As for the inspiration for ‘Witchlet’… Well, the short form of that is that someone was doing a blog party and I wrote a piece for it about a teenage witch. When I showed it to someone I was told she wasn’t believeable because a witch couldn’t be that young. I told another friend about it, and she was as annoyed as me about people refusing to see past stereotypes, and decided to host another blog party based on breaking free from stereotypes. I wrote three pieces for it ‘Frank The Friendly Ogre’ (which is available to download free from places such as Smashwords, Barnes And Noble, The Apple iBook Store, Sony, etc) and two stories which grew to become the first two books in ‘The Magical Chapters Trilogy’ after people asked for more. The first was actually called ‘The Pineapple Loving Dragon’ but is now just the first draft of the first chapter of the 5 chapter book by the same name, and the second was called ‘Cara’s Magical Cure’ and was the first draft of the first chapter of ‘Witchlet’ (in this case I took the story name for the chapter itself rather than the book). I wrote Paige so young because I wanted to prove that a witch could be as young as you want her to be, and the rest just came to me when people wanted more and I needed to turn a short piece in to a 5 chapter story.”

What are some of your favorite genres to read and to write?

“I will read just about anything; I’ve always been that way. I have to admit though that I still have a fondness for children’s books. I also love a good Fantasy story, and can safely say that the Fantasy genre is a favourite of mine. I also have a certain fondness for books about animals, including talking ones.

I tried writing in several genres and discovered that not only do I prefer writing for children, but people enjoyed my children’s stories more than they enjoyed anything I aimed at older readers. I guess it’s true what they say about writing what you love. I also write poetry, which is the only thing I seem to be able to successfully aim at older readers. I have to admit I get more pleasure from the children’s stories though, and plan to focus more on those once I have the couple of poetry collections I’ve put together published. I especially enjoy allowing my love of the Fantasy genre to shine through and writing about fantasy creatures. So far I have a fairy book and an ogre book published, not to mention ‘Witchlet’ which contains both a witch and a dragon. I also have plans for various other fantasy creature stories including a couple more fairy books and one about a kobold, not to mention the final two books for ‘The Magical Chapters Trilogy’ and several others I haven’t done more than scribble ideas for yet so I’m not telling anyone about. I also love writing about animals.”

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What was the biggest compliment? Did those change how or what you did in your next novel?

“The biggest criticism I’ve really had was when I was told my teenage witch wasn’t believeable as a witch because she was too young. This – as already mentioned – was the start of a chain of events that led to me writing ‘Witchlet’ earlier this year. And, as it happens, the book had a rather warm reception, and I actually have people asking for more of Paige’s story.

The biggest compliment was when I wrote ‘Bluebell The Fairy Guide’ and shared it with a friend, only for her to tell me I had a real nack for writing children’s books, which -as it turned out – was a feeling shared by several people, and what led me to find the genre that was right for me to write in. I published that one too, but ‘Bluebell The Fairy Guide’ was published some time after being written, unlike ‘Witchlet’ which was published only a week after completion.

Let’s face it, I haven’t had much praise or criticism as yet. Give it time, LOL!”

This or That – Chocolate or Vanilla?? Coffee or Tea?? TV or Movies??

“When it comes to chocolate or vanilla it depends what we’re talking about. I love chocolate bars, but I don’t really like chocolate milkshake and don’t eat chocolate cake (don’t ask why, you’ll regret doing so). So if I have to choose then vanilla is a safer bet since I’m more likely to eat/drink vanilla items.

With tea or coffee, it’s got to be tea. Any kind is fine: herbal, fruity or regular. If it’s herbal or fruity then I’ll just have it how it comes, but if it’s regular tea then I like it relatively weak and quite sweet.

As for TV or movies… A bit harder, but most likely movies since I think most of the things on TV these days are rubbish. I can’t stand reality TV shows, and I swear that’s practically all that’s on these days.”

When you sit down to write, are you at a computer or do you do it, the ‘old fashioned’ way with pen and paper? Do you prefer one way or another?

“I used to write my rough drafts and notes with pen and paper then type them up when I was ready to do the first proper draft of something, but then my sight got worse and eventually went so now I have no choice but to do it all with the keyboard. I did try a couple of different braille writing frames that claim to be as good as being able to write with pen and paper, but writing braille that way takes so long the idea has slipped away before I’ve written the first few words. To be honest, I miss being able to just grab a pen and a bit of paper and scribble away, but at least screen readers mean I can write, so I have to just be happy with that. I mean, I’d rather only have the computer for writing than not be able to do it at all. OK, so I do have the brailler (a sort of braille typewriter) but that thing’s awkward and heavy so I’d much rather carry a laptop about than a brailler.”

What do you do in your down time? Do you pick up something from your ‘to be read’ stack?

“If I’m not writing but am at home, chances are I’m either reading, watching a movie or working on craft projects, sometimes combining those things by doing crafts while watching a movie or listening to an audiobook. I also love to play Scrabble, and will sometimes play roleplaying games (like Dungeons And Dragons) and figure games (like Classic BattleTech and Monsterpocolypse) with my hubby, brothers or Dad.”

Thinking back to when you first started writing, have you noticed any big changes to your writing style or how you write compared from then to now?

“I sure hope there are changes since I’ve been writing since I learned how. When I was 3 years old I learned to write because my brother was doing homework and I wanted to do some too, by the time I was 5 I was writing poems and short stories (what would now be refered to as ‘Flash Fiction’) and I haven’t stopped writing since.

I think though that one of the biggest changes is that I’m not trying to sound more grown up than my writing voice is any more. I used to think I was meant to write a big novel because that’s what people did. I’m not a novel wrtter though. I can manage a novella, but that’s my limit. I find with full length novels I struggle to keep the plot moving at a decent pace throughout because I add too much rubbish in there to flesh it out; things I’d normally cut because they just don’t need to be there, but which I leave to keep the length. In other words, I think the biggest change is that I’ve found my writing voice now.

I wish I could have said the biggest change was my spelling has improved, but it hasn’t. My spelling is still awful. Thank goodness for spell checkers and dictionaries is all I can say, LOL!”

What do you look for in a book when you sit down to read for fun?

“What do I look for in a book? Words.

No, really; I’m being serious.

The thing is, I will honestly read just about anything. Although, if I have a stack to pick from then I’ll be looking for one with a title or synopsis that catches my eye and peaks my curiosity. Failing that I’ll be looking for a first sentence or paragraph that has the same effect on me.”

When you go to Starbucks or Jamba Juice, what do you order? Do they know you by name or drink?

“I almost never go to Starbucks, and to my knowledge we don’t have a Jamba Juice anywhere nearby. One of the local pizza places know I like a can of Fanta with my cheese pizza, a local cafe knows I love their fried egg and cheese sandwiches, and another knows I’m vegetarian but generally order from their vegan menu… Does that count? To my knowledge none of them know my name though.”

What has been your favorite part of being an author? What has been your least favorite?

“My favourite part of being an author has been being able to say my work is out there for people to buy. I love being able to go on sites like WH Smith and The Apple iBook Store and search for my name and see a list of my books.

My least favourite part has been trying to get publicity. It’s the most difficult part for any author, but especially for one who’s indipendantly published like I am.”

When you walk into a book store, where do you head first? Do you go to bookstores or have you gone viral for your reading pleasure?

“Sometimes I go to bookstores, sometimes I send my hubby for me, other times I buy books online.

When I go to a bookstore I head straight for the audiobooks section, looking mainly at the children’s audiobooks or Fantasy ones.”

Did you get to quit your ‘day job’ and become an author, or do you have a ‘day job’ and writing is something you do for fun?

“I’m disabled and don’t work because of it, so I suppose writing is my day job. I wish it was a better paying one, but there you go. At least I get to be one of those people who loves their job, and I’m never late for work, LOL!”

What has been the strangest thing a reader has asked you?

“I haven’t had any strange reader questions yet. At least, none I can think of.”

What is your favorite junk food vice?

“That depends on my mood, but most often it will be either chocolate, salt and vinegar crisps/potato chips or Foxes Fruit And Nut biscuits (fruit and nut biscuits/cookies with chocolate drizzled over one side of them).”

If you could step into the shoes of your protagonist for one day, would you? What would you like to experience or see during that day?

“I’d like to be Paige for just one day, but only one day and only so I could meet Daisy the dragon and get to ride the wind, so I probably wouldn’t need the whole day to be honest. I wouldn’t want to be Paige for too long though; it’s tough being a powerful 9 year old witch!”

Did you have any teacher(s) in high school or college that encouraged you to write? Did you take their advice?

“I had an English teacher named Mrs. Davies when I was about 12. I showed her the novel I’d been attempting and she told me I had too many characters and had tried too hard to make it in to a novel. She said I should cut out the boring parts and make it in to a shorter story and get rid of most of the characters. I never did actually take her advice with that story, but I stuck to shorter pieces after that, and try to keep the number of characters in my stories to as small a number as the story allows.

I also went to a writing group where the teacher (for lack of a better term) – a lovely woman named Penny who I still keep in touch with – gave me a lot of encouragement. She was one of the people who encouraged me to pursue my idea for my ‘Toby’s Tales’ books actually; I had planned to write those as a fully non-fictional piece which would tell my story of sight loss, but I couldn’t do it (I was too close to the story) and my friend Rita suggested I tried writing them from a child’s point of view, and Penny encouraged me to pursue Rita’s idea.”

What type of cool/cold weather treat could we find your indulging in on a typical day or weekend?

“It depends what I feel like having. Although, a piece of freshly baked bread with melted butter on it is both warming and tasty, and I wont say no to some fresh from the oven scones with jam and cream either.”

We all have our little ‘things’ when it comes to reading or writing; is their anything that bugs you when you read a novel?

“There are two things which really bug me when I read something.

The first is cursing. I don’t think it should be acceptable in books. If people want to say those words, fine. I mean, I say some of them myself sometimes. But there’s no reason why they have to appear in a finished novel. Especially not as freely used as they are these days. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve enjoyed novels full of curse words in the past, but that doesn’t mean I think it’s right, and books have to be absolutely awesome to still get a high rating from me in a review if their full of curse words.

The other thing that I hate seeing is poor editing. There’s no excuse for the number of typos, spelling mistakes and grammatical errors you find in some books these days. Missing the odd one, fair enough, we all do it. But I’ve seen some where the author has paid someone to edit it, yet there are a handful of typos or obvious grammatical errors on every page. I can’t stress this enough people: even if you pay an editor, check it yourself too. I mean, your editor may have caught all the mistakes, but they may not have, and – quite frankly – some of these ‘proffessional’ editors do a worse job spotting spelling and grammatical errors than your average 5 year old. So when you think your work is edited, go through it again just to be sure. It will be a more pleasant reading experience for those of us who pick up your book, and possibly get you better reviews too (I for one will decrease the rating I planned to give a book if the editing is very poor).”

What do you listen to when you write?? Do you need quiet or do you find inspiration in music??

“Sometimes I find noises while I’m writing inspire me, other times I find them distracting and need quiet so I can be alone with my imagination. In short, it varies.”

On a typical Friday evening, what can we find you doing? Who are you with?

“A friday evening is much like every evening with me. Depending on what my sleep pattern currently is (which can change daily; I find it impossible to keep a proper sleep pattern) I’ll either be asleep or doing one of the things I enjoy doing, which basically means either fiddling on the computer, watching a movie or reading.

As for who I’ll be with… Thats easy! My hubby and my West Highland White Terrier. It’s almost always just me and my boys, except on the rare occasion we have family visiting.”

What genre(s) are you looking forward to most exploring during your writing career??

“I explored several different genres while trying to find my writing voice and found children’s books suit me best. I am, however, looking forward to exploring the different sub-genres within that catagory in the future, since although children’s books are a genre in their own right the genres available outside that catagory also exist within it. I’m looking forward to trying some of them out to see what I can do with them.”

Who was your current novel dedicated too?? Any particular reason?

“I haven’t dedicated any of my books to anyone, for the simple fact I don’t want to do a simple ‘this is dedicated to all my friends and family’ but I also don’t want to have to list everyone, and if I only mention certain people then others will be upset. So I decided to avoid dedicating my books to anyone.”

What are you currently reading??

“I’m currently reading ‘The Star Dwellers’ which is book 2 in David Estes’ ‘Dwellers’ series. I picked up ‘The Moon Dwellers’ (book 1) because it was the group read for November on the ‘Basically Books’ group I’m a member of on Goodreads and it looked good, and I enjoyed it so much that I grabbed the second book too.”

What 4 words would you use to describe yourself?

“Stubbourn, imaginative, creative and eclectic.”

Is their anything else you would like to share or say to those who will read this?

“To everyone who reads this, I’d just like to say thank you for taking the time to do so. I’d also like to say that I hope you take the time to check out some of my books, and that you enjoy them if you do.

Also, I’d like to let everyone who reads this know that you can find books by me on Smashwords, The Diesel eBook Store, Barnes And Noble, The UK Nook Store, Kobo, WH Smith, The Sony eBook Store, The Apple iBook Store, and Blio, as well as directly through any eReaders connected to any of those places. Visit my website at http://www.zigler.co.uk for direct book links, as well as links to my Facebook, Goodreads and Smashwords author pages.”

My website: http://www.zigler.co.uk
My Smashwords author page: http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/toriz
My Goodreads author profile: http://www.goodreads.com/toriz
My Facebook profile: http://www.facebook.com/tori.zigler
My Facebook author page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Victoria-Zigler/424999294215717

ARR Book Review ~ “Devil’s Shore”

Title: Devil’s Shore
Author: Bernadette Walsh
Book: 2
Series: Devlin’s Legacy
Format: eBook via PDF – Adobe
Rating: 4Stars

** Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review**

Short Recap (courtesy of goodreads) ~ Take heed. The most powerful Devlin witch in generations has come into her own.

Orla has left Ireland, and the sinister shadow of Devlin’s Mountain, behind. In the States, she’s just another ordinary housewife and mother. That is, until destiny and Simon Gardiner find her. Compelled to tease the male witch, she wants to abuse him and hurt him. He’s surly, dangerous, and sexy…everything her husband is not. She must show Simon she’s not her meek, subservient mother who’s slave to Slanaitheoir, the Mountain’s demon.
Orla can no longer deny the power coursing through her veins. Nor can she deny the powerful attraction she feels for Simon. Can she best him in this battle of wills and magic, or like Slanaitheoir has for generations of Devlin witches, will he take everything she cherishes from her?

Content Warning: Seduction, erotic sex and a witch who will enchant you.

This novel been very greatly from the previous one as it was done in first person and did not jump around between two different characters. Entire novel was from the point of view of Orla Mary’s daughter.

In the last novel I didn’t really know what to think of Orla, in this novel I learned how strong of a character she really was and her determination to hide and run from her family and her legacy. With a well-written short novel and delightful characters, and enough seduction that I was kept up reading late.

The “Devil’s Shore” was a wonderful short novel with the right amount of eroticism woven into a well-developed novella. You begin to feel for Orla as she faces her demons from her past and her legacy. You also see inner strength and her which you didn’t see in previous novel as she was a minor character.

In this novel Orla comes in her on and her through her strength you see her break free of the “curse” of the Devlin women and in that she find her on strength.

Bernadette did a fantastic job on this novel and how she kept the reader and gaged and kept the plot and story moving at a quick pace it was not overwhelming. In the end Orla finds herself her past and her future I’ll eloquently woven together with a brighter future for her and I’ll be there Devlin witches/women.

The antagonists in this novel varied greatly from the past novel yet at the same time they were intriguing and you almost felt sorry for them. Being that antagonists, that they were they have their faults and they also have their good points. They made Orla a stronger woman in the end and helped her to see who she really was and what her future and her legacy would be.

I’m excited to read the third novel once Burnadette finishes with her editing so please stay tuned for that novel review in the coming weeks. Also I am hoping to get an interview with this wonderful woman so we can all get some better insight into her and what makes her tick.

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Today is Thanksgiving, November 22, for all of my friends in the United States, I wish you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. Today is the day we give thanks not only for our friends and family, but for our world, and for the freedoms that we have. Today I will be spending the day with my family, eating too much, and enjoying having my husband home from a busy few months of travel.

I hope all of my friends in the United States, will take a few minutes today just to be thankful for all that you have, and for those who are near you on this day. I wish I could tell all my blessings, yet, there are not numbers enough to count those blessings. I am thankful for my family, my friends, for my husband, my children, the new friends I have made since starting this blog, the authors who put up with me, and my readers who keep me going with their little bit of extra inspiration when I need it the most. I am thankful that I live in a country where I can still gather with my friends and family.

I’m also very grateful and thankful for our men and women who are not with their home their families today as they are serving overseas, and another places the world defending our freedom. We will keep them in our prayers and in our hearts and in our thoughts until they all come.

To my friends who reside the north in Canada, and those all over the world please do not think that we have forgotten about you here in the United States; just because we do not celebrate the same holidays does not mean that I am not thankful for you as well. I’ve had the pleasure over the last several months getting to know many of you. Through email, through your posts and through other websites. I am thankful to have such a wide variety of readers, followers, and friends from all over.

Happy Thanksgiving and God Bless.

Author Interview ~ Pam Funke

I met today’s author when I was asking for people to do my holiday questionnaire. Pam Funke, has been a delight to get to know over the past few weeks and has put up with me being sick and finally getting this interview up, I am excited share with everyone the wonderful woman I’ve met. Please make sure you take a look at Pam’s holiday answers on Dec 26th.

Please tell me about your novel. Who or what was your inspiration behind it?

Well without giving away any spoilers, Operation Dark Angel is a fast-paced end-times thriller based on the Biblical book of Revelation. Operation Dark Angel is a military operation orchestrated by General Alexander Ludlow to bring peace to an out of control, chaotic world. At least that is what he was told by the voice. He later begins to suspect otherwise. During this time the anti-christ is born and quickly rises to power. The world is spiraling out of control due to wars and rumors of wars; the world is even on the brink of what could potentially become World War III. The people of the whole entire world are looking towards one man to save them for they feel completely helpless to stop or do anything about what’.

My inspiration behind it was The Left Behind Series by Jerry Jenkins and Tim LaHaye. While I enjoyed reading their series very much, I don’t believe that they realized that many non-Christians would be reading the series and enjoying it as well. So I decided to write a series that is just as exciting as theirs but I also include Biblical scripture to back up what I have to say so that my readers can check it out for themselves if they so choose.

What are some of your favorite genres to read and to write?

My favorite genres to read are Christian Fiction, Mystery, Thriller and Young Adult. My favorite genres to write are Christian Fiction, Christian Thriller and Christian Young Adult.

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What was the biggest compliment? Did those change how or what you did in your next novel?

My biggest compliment has been how much readers have enjoyed reading my book and are looking forward towards the next novel. My toughest criticism has been from a non-believer in God attacking my book solely because they felt that my book would be more plausible if I left God out of it. I knew when I wrote the book that there would be some who felt this way but I am not allowing that to discourage me or stop me from writing more.

This or That – Chocolate or Vanilla?? Coffee or Tea?? TV or Movies??

Chocolate most definitely. Tea to relax. A good movie.

When you sit down to write, are you at a computer or do you do it, the ‘old fashioned’ way with pen and paper? Do you prefer one way or another?

When I sit down to write I am usually at my computer although I do also do some of my writing the old fashioned way as well. Mostly I prefer to write at the computer, but I don’t always have my laptop with me when a thought inspires me.

What do you do in your down time? Do you pick up something from your ‘to be read’ stack?

In my down time, I enjoy reading, painting, cooking, jewelry making, drawing, photography and scrapbooking. Actually I enjoy doing anything creative. I do pick up books from my huge to be read stack of books.

Thinking back to when you first started writing, have you noticed any big changes to your writing style or how you write compared from then to now?

As I first started writing as a young child I have definitely noticed some big changes to my writing style compared to now, not to mention that I actually finish the book now. (LOL)

What do you look for in a book when you sit down to read for fun?

The book must be something interesting to me and must capture my attention. I like to read various types of books, although my favorite authors are James Patterson, Mary Higgins Clark, Michael Connelly, Joel C Rosenberg, Tim LaHaye, Jerry Jenkins and David Baldacci.

When you go to Starbucks or Jamba Juice, what do you order? Do they know you by name or drink?

Actually we don’t have a Jamba Juice here and I’m not a big fan of coffee so I don’t go to Starbucks either.

What has been your favorite part of being an author? What has been your least favorite?

My favorite part are the book signings and talking with my fans. I enjoy listening to what they (the reader) has to say about my books. My least favorite part is the waiting; that period in time between submitting the final copy to the publisher and receiving the first copy and seeing it available for sale.

When you walk into a book store, where do you head first? Do you go to bookstores or have you gone viral for your reading pleasure?

The first place that I go when I enter a book store is to the Christian Fiction section.

Did you get to quit your ‘day job’ and become an author, or do you have a ‘day job’ and writing is something you do for fun?

For now, I have not quit my day job to become an author but perhaps one day God will allow me to be able to do so.

What is your favorite junk food vice?

My favorite junk food vice is chocolate, especially those white chocolate truffles by Lindt.

If you could step into the shoes of your protagonist for one day, would you? What would you like to experience or see during that day?

Would I like to step into the shoes of General Alexander Ludlow for a day, I’m not exactly sure. Why? Well for one, it is hard enough to be a leader of a large organization not to mention the General of a military post. But to also be in charge of a secret military operation that’s bent of improving the world’s current state only to start suspecting that what you are doing is completely wrong morally. I’m not so sure that I would want that position. But if I were to take the place of General Ludlow things may turn out completely different from the part that he plays in my story as many of the things that he does I could not do as it is not in my nature to do so.

Did you have any teacher(s) in high school or college that encouraged you to write? Did you take their advice?

In college I had a professor that enjoyed reading my English research papers and thought that I should write novels. At this time, I was still writing but more for my own enjoyment and had not even considered having anything published for others enjoyment. I guess that he partially influenced me in completing and submitting my manuscript last November.

What type of cool/cold weather treat could we find your indulging in on a typical day or weekend?

My cool weather treat that I like to indulge is a good cup of hot chocolate with whipped cream or an eggnog shake from McDonalds.

We all have our little ‘things’ when it comes to reading or writing; is their anything that bugs you when you read a novel? My pet peeve when it comes to reading is grammar and spelling. It really irritates me to read something that is full of grammatical and spelling errors. I also tend to be turned off from books that are full of foul language as well.

What do you listen to when you write?? Do you need quiet or do you find inspiration in music??

I like to listen to gospel music when I write although sometimes I like to listen to the soundtrack from Somewhere in Time; it just depends on my mood.

On a typical Friday evening, what can we find you doing? Who are you with?

On a typical Friday evening you can find me working on my next book. Although sometimes you will find me watching a good movie with my children.

What genre(s) are you looking forward to most exploring during your writing career??

Exploring Christian Fiction.

Who was your current novel dedicated too?? Any particular reason?

My current novel was dedicated to family members who have passed on from this world. I did it as a reminder of what they meant to me.

What are you currently reading??

Golden Chariot by Kris Karlsen

What 4 words would you use to describe yourself?

Honest, caring, loving and creative.

Is their anything else you would like to share or say to those who will read this?

I would like to say that I believe that everyone should follow their dreams. You never know what you can achieve if you never try. To my fellow authors and future authors, don’t get discouraged. No matter how many rejection letters you receive keep right on writing and submitting your manuscript because one day you will receive an acceptance letter. When you are writing write for your enjoyment and pick subjects that are interesting to you because it’s so much easier to write a book that you enjoy. It also makes it so much more believable to the reader. I welcome readers to email me (TheFourHorsemenSeries@hotmail.com) with any questions they have or comments that they have about my series or future books. They are also welcome to join me on my blogs as well. I write inspirational articles and post them here: http://thefourhorsemenseries.blogspot.com/ I also believe in supporting my fellow authors as well and have dedicated my other blog to author interviews, book reviews and spotlights here: http://4horsemenseriesbr.blogspot.com/ Thanks so much for having me, have a wonderful and blessed day.

ARR Book Review ~ “Devil’s Mountain”

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Title: Devil’s Mountain
Author: Bernadette Walsh
Book#: 1
Series: Devlin’s Legacy
Format: eBook via PDF – Adobe
Rating: 4 Stars

**Copy provided by author in exchange for honest review**

Short Recap (courtesy of goodreads.com) ~ You will hate Him for all that he’s taken, but you will love Him. God help you, you will love Him.

Mary Devlin accepted her fate years ago, to serve Slanaitheoir, the mountain spirit who saved her ancestors from the Irish Famine. The hauntingly beautiful woman submitted to His every caress, His every humiliation, but He’s gone too far by threatening her family.

Mary’s daughter-in-law is now an unwitting pawn in the fickle spirit’s game. Mary must challenge her fate and that of all future Devlin women, but Slanaitheoir is the most powerful being in the land. And when part of her still yearns for His touch and love, how can she fight him and win?

This is the first in the series and I was excited that Bernadette allowed me to read this one before reading the next novel. Once the reader gets used to the format, where it jumps between first person of Mary and first-person for Caroline, it becomes an easy read.

The reader is drawn into a modern and yet not so modern world, where past mistakes and the present collide.

Caroline finds herself in a precarious situation where after a lengthy time of trying to conceive, she goes to Ireland in order to relax and reconnect with her family’s past, and her roots; Despite the warnings of her mother and her mother’s family.

The reader is automatically drawn into a world where you seem almost punished for your family’s previous choices, and for their past. I began to feel for Caroline very early on how she struggled with trying to conceive and her desire for her own family and finding her own way.

Bernadette does touch on the subject that gave me pause, she brought up 9/11. The way she weaved it into the story was delicate, and definitely paid tribute to those who lost their lives on that day. She keeps the readers attention and the fact that there were survivors, and that there were children who were left behind. When he comes to the topic of 9/11, Bernadette used a gentle hand, in guiding the reader through what was not the easiest thing to read. She let the reader see Caroline’s other side and experience, even if only momentarily, the pain, anguish and hopelessness, that the widows of 9/11 must have felt.

The imagery that Ms. Walsh portrays and the eroticism in which her characters come alive is definitely unique and one that throughout the novel the reader is drawn and deeper into this world of magic, and of history. With Ireland as it’s background and the mysteries of the old world, her readers can picture themselves walking in the same meadows, along the same rivers, into the forest better described in this novel. I began to feel for the characters as they dealt with what they considered “insanity” and strong emotions. “Devils Mountain” is not a long read but it is definitely a fascinating one, as the first and then this series it keeps a reader’s attention and draws you into the world but in Ms. Walsh has created, it also leaves you wanting for more at the end of the novel.

Santa’s New Contract

Santa’s New Contract

I regret to inform you that, effective immediately, I will no longer be able to serve the Southern United States on Christmas Eve.

Due to the overwhelming current population of the earth, my contract was renegotiated by North American Fairies and Elves, Local 209. I now serve only certain areas of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan.

As part of the new and better contract I also get longer breaks for milk and cookies so keep that in mind. However, I’m certain that your children will be in good hands with your local replacement who happens to by my third cousin, Bubba Claus. His side of the family is from the South Pole. He shares my goal of delivering toys to all the good boys and girls. However, there a few differences between our deliveries:

1. There is no danger of a Grinch stealing your presents from Bubba Claus. He has a gun rack on his sleigh and a bumper sticker that reads: “These toys insured by Smith and Wesson.”

2. Instead of milk and cookies, Bubba Claus prefers that children leave an RC Cola and pork rinds (or a Moon Pie or Twinkie) on the fireplace. And Bubba doesn’t smoke a pipe. He dips a little snuff though, so please have an empty spit-can handy.

3. Bubba Claus’ sleigh is pulled by floppy-ear’d, flyin’ coon dogs instead of reindeer. I made the mistake of loaning him a couple of reindeer one time, and Blitzen’s head now overlooks Bubba’s fireplace.

4. You won’t hear “On Comet, on Cupid, on Donner and Blitzen …” when Bubba Claus arrives. Instead, you’ll hear, “On Ernhardt, on Wallace, on Martin and Labonte. On Rudd, on Jarrett, on Elliott and Petty.”

5. “Ho, ho, ho!” has been replaced by “Yee Haw!” And you also are likely to hear Bubba’s elves respond, “I hear’d dat!”

6. As required by Southern highway laws, Bubba Claus’ sleigh does have a Yosemite Sam safety triangle on the back with the words “Back Off,” The last I heard it also had other decorations on the sleigh back as well. One is a Chevy logo with lights that race through the letters and the other is a caricature of me (Santa Claus) going wee wee on the Tooth Fairy.

7. The usual Christmas movie classics such as “Miracle on 34th Street” and “It’s a Wonderful Life” will not be shown in your negotiated viewing area. Instead, you’ll see “Boss Hogg Saves Christmas” and “Smokey and the Bandit IV” featuring Burt Reynolds as Bubba Claus and dozens of state patrol cars crashing into each other.

8. Bubba Claus doesn’t wear a belt. If I were you, I’d make sure you, the wife, and the kids turn the other way when he bends over to put presents under the tree.

9. And finally, lovely Christmas songs have been sung about me like, “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” and Bing Crosby’s “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” This year songs about Bubba Claus will be played on all the AM radio stations in the South. Those song titles will be Mark Chestnut’s “Bubba Claus Shot the Jukebox” and “Grandma Got Run’d Over by a Reindeer.”

Sincerely Yours,

Santa Claus,
Member of North American Fairies and Elves
Local 209

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