Christie Palmer

Release day blitz for Heather Lyons and her new release A Matter of Heart

Release day blitz for Heather Lyons and her YA book A Matter of Heart (Fate#2)

A Matter of Heart released today!!!

Synopsis
  No longer in high school, Chloe Lilywhite is now living and working in Annar, the Magicals’ city-state plane of existence. Since moving, she’s joined the Council, gone on missions with the Guard, moved into her own apartment, and enrolled at the University of Annar. Plus, she’s happily engaged to be married to Jonah Whitecomb, the literal man from her dreams, not to mention her Connection. While she still struggles with aspects of her craft, Chloe feels like she’s finally coming into her own, especially after a difficult year that had her questioning nearly everything in her life.
  After a brutal attack by the Elders, her life is turned upside down once more. Accusations fly throughout the Council and Guard, forcing Chloe to confront her worst fears about what’s she’s capable of as a Creator. And then there’s the matter of Kellan Whitecomb, Jonah’s twin brother and Chloe’s ex, who resurfaces after disappearing months before. Although Chloe chose Jonah, and despite their best efforts, the two find it hard to stay away from one another.
  But no matter what Fate throws at her, Chloe is determined to take charge of her life, even as it begins to spiral out of control.
  A MATTER OF HEART is book 2 in the Fate Series, a mature Young Adult/New Adult fantasy.

About the author: Heather Lyons

 Heather Lyons has always had a thing for words—She’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob. They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to.



You can find her at:
Website http://www.heatherlyons.net
Author Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/heatherlyons
A MATTER OF HEART: Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17261347-a-matter-of-heart
Twitter
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/heatherlyonsbooks?fref=ts

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End of the Week… What happend

Wow what a week….

  Holy cow is anyone else excited its finally Friday??? I don’t know about you all but I have had a long and exausting week. But it is finally over.
 Here is my week wrap up, I will also be doing a Youtube video that will be on my video link above.

Wow what an amazing week (June 17-21 work week)

 I posted a couple guest posts:

– Author Ellen Harger let us know how she gets inspired.
– Alison Neuman Guest blogged for me.

 And of course my book reviews….

Strong Enough by: Ellen Harger
Ice Rose by: Alison Neuman
Duff: Designated Ugle Fat Friend by: Kody Kiplinger

** I tried to do a live interview with author Rebecca Graf…. but it didn’t quite work out…But luckly we were still able to meet on Facebook and I gave away some SWAG. And who doesn’t love SWAG!!!
Hopefully Google+Hangouts will get their issues resolved for future interviews.

What to expect next week…..

Next week I plan on reading and writing. Book 3 Embers Embrace needs to be finished.
So watch out for more reviews next week both here and on my Youtube channel. So stay tuned.

Have a great weekend everyone, hope you find something wonderful to read. Or the writing muse is with you.

–Christie

Guest post with Alison Neuman author of Ice Rose a YA spy novel

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Genre: Young Adult/Mystery/Romance
Publisher: Fireside Publications
Release Date: September 15, 2010
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About The Book:

Ice Rose
 — A teenager’s world is turned upside down when an explosion steals her dad and her identity. Entering an exclusive academy that immerses her in the world of secret agents, she must overcome her fears and disabilities to discover the truth about her dad’s mission, his software, and the mystery man stalking her before she ends up like her father — lost.


Alison Neuman lives in Alberta, Canada, where she is a freelance writer and lyricist. Nearing the end of her studies for the Bachelor of Applied Communications Degree program at Grant MacEwan College, she was inspired to complete the first draft of  Ice Rose. The pace of secret agent books and movies gave her an unlimited playground for  imagination. Music and performing are passions she was able to bring into her writing and build into her characters.

Alison’s writing has appeared in “MacEwan Today”, “Westword”, and the “Edmonton Journal” along with three tracks on the CD release Outside The Window. Co-writing the screenplay adaptation of the book Whale Songwith author Cheryl Kaye Tardif exposed her to the world of screenwriting, which she hopes to continue to examine further in the future. Alison also has been writing shorter pieces of non-fiction, one entitled Establishing Roots, that earned a top ten ranking in the Edmonton Stories contest. This past spring she was a winner in The Expressions of Hunger Contest in the Emotional Poetry category. Her piece Undeniable Craving was on display in June and July in various artistic locations across the city of Edmonton.  She has completed a final edit of her memoir “Searching For Normal” and is currently writing her next young adult manuscript.

When not writing creatively, Alison  is editing or writing for her business, Sandy Tree Communications.


How author Ellen Harger gets inspired

How author Ellen Harger gets inspired.

  Wow, that’s no simple question! And yet, like writing, the answer is pretty

direct. How does one write? You just do it. Where do you find inspiration? Everywhere. The answers are simple. It’s the act that’s difficult.
  What I believe inspires me is music and life. I’d like to say that I sit at my desk and listen to my iTunes on random and voila! I have a story plot! But it takes some serious mojo for the elements to align and beam their creativity.
  The alchemy of inspiration is a tad unpredictable and there’s no recipe to follow. Sometimes an image pops into my head–we’ll call that the Athena Affect. I have this moment or this essence that I want to convey and I start asking questions: how did we arrive here? Why is this significant? Is this the impetus or conclusion?
  So what causes this brain snap? It’s a brain. It does these things.
  The problem with the Athena Affect (images born fully formed) is that such scenes are often cut from the draft pretty early. They spawn a story but remain unincorporated, an elusive wisp of possibility. With Strong Enough I was itching to write something, ANYTHING, and kept pulling at feelings, settings, notions until I made cloth with which to weave. However, the first image/scene didn’t survive. It fell away as the story came together. Now it resides in my idea box (brain), waiting to be satisfied.
  On the other hand, I’m in the middle of a dystopian novel–I have a draft courtesy of a NaNoWriMo challenge–and the initial image persists while the draft is to be scrapped because the first approach didn’t work.
  Another story, this time a paranormal comedy, jumped from a blog of a delightful writer. It leapt up and chest bumped some arcane knowledge of mythology that’s always rolling around in my head, and they blended and reformed right before my eyes. The execution has been less dynamic but finally recognizing the comedic potential helped. A little inspiration infusion happened this past weekend when I finally, FINALLY, watched Warm Bodies. Loved it as much as Zombieland and it confirmed the desired style for my story.
  Which brings us to life. It wasn’t my experience that confirmed my paranormal story but it was me living my life, allowing in other creativity–creativity for my personal enjoyment. It was reading other books, blogs, or even listening to music. However, life is a huge mountain waiting to be mined for experience gold. Once Strong Enough took shape, I used interviews and research to bring the characters’ worlds into focus.
  Inspiration isn’t just the first AH HA moment. It happens continuously throughout a project. It can be a song traveling through your headphones to dance with your intention, crafting a new complexity. It can be a silly commercial on TV or bizarre dream that spins into the solution. All AH HA moments are essential whether they come at the beginning, middle, or end. Inspiration is life and life is inspiration. It is constant and energetic.
  The great thing about these interview questions is that I’m discovering (and REdiscovering) some interesting things. Thank you!


About the author: Ellen Harger    




Ellen Harger was born at the Air Force Academy in Colorado. As a military brat, she moved often during her childhood–something she never resented and continued as an adult. The constant starting over influenced her first published novel, “Strong Enough.”
 At 14, her family settled in Missouri as civilians, permitting Ellen to attend one high school. She stayed in the Midwest to attend a small liberal arts college, studying creative writing and art. After 11 years, she moved to Boston. While there, she continued to study creative writing in Cambridge. Ever willing to explore new places, she moved next to the San Francisco Bay area. After 11 years away, and loving the symmetry, she returned to the Midwest to finish “Strong Enough.” She has published a poem, “Guidelines,” and released her novel as an e-book. You can find her at:
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Ellen Harger’s Website


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How author Haley Fisher finds the time to write…

How author Haley Fisher finds the time to write…

  The honest answer? I write when I’m really supposed to be doing other things… Not the best plan, I know, but that’s seemingly when I’m always the most inspired. Somehow, in my head, my brain interprets, “I really need to get (insert other thing here) done” into “OMG, I just had the best plot idea”. So normally whatever I’m supposed to do get pushed off to the side for minute so I don’t forget whatever I came up with for my story.
  Truthfully, for me, writing time is hard to come by. Not only because the world we live in is so busy, but because I do so many things. I am a student, a church volunteer, a babysitter, an employee, and then of course a friend, family member, and avid reader/TV watcher. It’s difficult to do all those things fully while also having plenty of time to write. Most of the time, I find the time to write in my in-between moments. Sometimes during a classroom lecture. Sometimes on breaks at work. Sometimes while watching a show or movie I already know and love enough that my attention can be divided. Between classes. Really late at night. Those are my writing times. I have a hard time carving a chunk out of the middle of my days just to write. But sometimes I manage that, too.
  Overall, I write when I’m inspired. At those times it isn’t so much finding time to write as making time. If I really want to write, then I write. If it’s ten minutes, or two hours, I write. When there is a sudden scene that I can’t wait to get on paper, I drop whatever I’m doing, and I write. That is pretty much the only writing schedule I go by. Now that it’s summer break, I should have much more time to work on scenes and chapters throughout the middle of the day rather than worrying about it keeping from doing more necessary things like homework.
  Hopefully someday I’ll have the time—without school or babysitting—to just spend days and days jumping from restaurant to coffee shop to park so I can write to my heart’s content, maybe getting a story finished every six or seven months. For now, I have to work around everything else I’ve got in my life. And while it’s working, it isn’t easy.

About the author: Haley Fisher


 I’m Haley Fisher, a college student in Kansas, and I’ve just signed a contract with a company called Silver Tongue Press to publish my first book!
 For as long as I can remember I’ve been an avid reader and an aspiring writer, but the step toward actually getting a book published is an enormous one for me. This is a big deal. And, as I’ve been told, the next step to being successful is getting the word out that my book exists.
 So, though it’s not in print yet—it’s coming out February 14th—I’d love for people to keep an eye out for Rising Calm. It’ll be the first in a series of books about a young girl who finds out her life and her fate are far bigger than she ever realized. At the risk of giving too much away, the most I can tell you for now is that there is magic, prophecy, new worlds, and a cast of characters who I love to write.


You can find her at:
Goodreads
Haley Fisher’s Website

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Praise:
This was a great read! It’s geared toward young adults but even as an old adult I loved the story and found the characters smart and engaging. I am very much looking forward to the next installment! – Midge (Amazon)
Haley Fisher does an amazing job of really bringing the story to life with her words. She is a very talented young author. I can’t wait to read the sequel to this book. – Patriot (Amazon)

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What Inspires Me to Write with Lisa Binion — Softly Tenderly Book Tour

What Inspires Me to Write

by: Lisa Binion

A lot of people think money is the inspiration for authors to write.  Well, maybe it is for some of the big names out there, but if you aren’t well known, you will starve if you depend on the income from your writing as a means of support.  Money is definitely not what inspires me to write.  So what does?

The events in my life are part of what inspire me.  A lot of my ideas come from the crazy things that go on around me, but writing about them isn’t always the first thing I think about.  If what happens is traumatic, I usually just want to lose myself in a book and get away from everything and everyone. 
The basic inspiration for Softly and Tenderly was obviously the death of my mother, but she died 39 years ago.  The idea for the story I wrote came to me after something a friend said to me, but I honestly can’t remember what she said.  I just know that it lit a fire inside of me, and I had to get the story written or explode.  The novella I wrote is only the beginning of a much larger story.  When it picks up next, Lori is five years older.  The beetles have pretty much left her alone for the past five years, but now they are back.  They have so much in store for her yet.
The inspiration for another book I’m writing, Whisper, came from when a spider crawled back in my ear and spent most of the day there.  Truth be told, I didn’t know it was a spider.  If I had known that, I probably would have gone straight to the doctor and had him get it out of there, just so I didn’t cut my ear off.  All I knew was that some bug had climbed back inside my ear.  When I finally washed it out with hydrogen peroxide that evening, – and yes, I had tried that several times throughout the day – my daughter informed me it was a spider, and the little beast was still alive.  Then she proceeded to put the culprit in a jar and keep the spider as a pet until it died.  I about hyperventilated.  I couldn’t let the situation go to waste, so I decided to write a story about an evil spider.
Now something happened in my life the other day that actually inspired me to write a story that wasn’t scary.  I guess there really is a first time for everything.  Well, it’s not scary to me.  The story is aimed at children.  My puppies got lost in the sea of grass that our pasture has become.  The grass is so tall that I refuse to walk in it.  A few parts might have some kids sitting on the edge of their seats, but it does have a happy ending.
I’m even inspired by the books I read.  I have the opening part of a book written out that came to me while I was reading a short story by Rene Folsom.  Before I was through the first sentence of her story, an idea slammed into me and wouldn’t leave me be.  I even wrote an article about it – Why Authors Need to Read.  One day I will pull the opening back out and develop it more.
So basically what inspires me to write is life:  daily happenings, conversations, the things I read.  Strange, exciting, and terrifying things happen all around us throughout each day.  All an author needs to do is to pick up on them and write about them.  Don’t write these events as they actually happen, but use them as a basis for your story.  I did not see beetles crawling out of my mom while she was in her casket, neither did she sit up and grab hold of me.  And I have a perfectly normal family.  But what really happened just wouldn’t make a very interesting story.

About the author: Lisa Binion 
Lisa Binion is a writer, editor, and wife. She makes her home in the beautiful state of Kentucky. Her two children are now grown, but she has been blessed with two beautiful grandchildren, Tyler and Zoey. Her family also includes four dogs, four cats, and two goats. As the Fiction Writing Editor for BellaOnline, she writes articles, reviews fiction books, and interviews fiction authors. She is also an editor for Silver Tongue Press and Edit 1st. In her spare time, she attempts to clean house and relax. You can find her at:
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Silver Tounge Press,
and Edit1st



How I Know I am a Writer


How I Know I am a Writer




I was sitting at breakfast going through emails and Facebook and saw a fascinating picture of a woman wearing nothing but her tattoos and brandishing a sword in each hand.

I show the picture to my husband and ask, “What is the point of this picture?” 

I was really expecting something along the lines of a story line.

His answer, “It’s a picture so?”

My mouth dropped open. I couldn’t believe he didn’t see a story there. A reason for the tattoos and her fighting stance. I couldn’t believe he didn’t see more than just a picture, but a story full of fighting and strength. A women, fighting for who and what she was, against great odds. A family, or love waiting for her to triumph over evil. 

When I explained that to my husband looked at me as if I was the person with a problem?!?

And then I realized, he doesn’t see the world in a picture of stories and plot ideas. How is that possible? 

I was left starring at my husband of 19 years as if I had never seen him before. 

How is it possible that people don’t see stories in pictures, in art, in music in the guy waiting at the same light with you, in the woman crossing the street? I really thought this was how everyone saw life. In varying shades of story lines. 

I live in a world of imagination and have to live with the fact that not everyone lives their lives in the world of make believe. How sad is that? I would think life would be so boring not seeing something more something unimaginable in everyday things. So that is how I realized I was a writer, a story teller a believer of things that others don’t see. 

Yes I live in a world of make believe and damn it’s a good place to live.



Guest Post with S. J. Brown — What characters do you relate to and that come out in your writing?

What characters do you relate to and that come out in your writing? by: S.J Brown
  The characters in Close Ups & Close Encounters are the animals or critters as I call them. I relate to most of them in one way or another and I try to have that evident in my writing. My writing is a way to share the connection I feel with most wildlife.
  A coot, mentioned in Venturing Out was enjoying the solitude of a private pond. I also enjoy quiet moments alone outdoors with just me and mother nature. Taking time out from the busy world around me tends to help me re-energize.
  I encounter and write about small groups or herds of deer. White Tailed Deer in general are timid creatures that just seem to go about their daily routine. They go for hikes in the woods, which is something I enjoy doing. Hiking with family and friends helps me to connect others with my love of nature. I encounter deer a lot when they have paused to enjoy a meal. While our diets differ, I do enjoy having a good meal with family and friends.
  I write about migrating birds as well . They have a home base, but also travel to other areas. I enjoy the freedom of traveling. Leaving the familiarity of home and traveling to another locations is very appealing to me. There are a multitude of wild locations each with it’s own unique appeal. Some locations offer dozens of towering trees filled with curious critters like squirrels and chipmunks. Other places have acres and acres of fields filled with berries that attract bears, or grains that appeal to small rodents and the larger critters that pursue them. Ponds and lake offer serene surrounding that appeal to a variety of animals.
  Yes, I can even relate to the elephant in the chapter entitled the Playful Pachyderm. He simply wanted to introduce himself to a new friend. Although his intentions disturbed others, he didn’t really mean any harm.
  I also include animals that elude the lens when I write about my experiences. Like them I have times that I simply don’t want to be bothered, like when a telemarketer calls.
  In general I don’t write about characters I don’t relate to in some way. Without some type of connection to a subject the writing seems to lack something. I think readers pick up on this and it diminishes the quality of the work.

~Close Ups and Close Encounters~


On a whim, S. J. Brown decided to embark on a career in wildlife photography. Armed with an inexpensive 35mm camera and a love for the natural world, her adventure began. Accompanied by her spotter and husband, she ventured to a variety of locations.
The couple soon learned that there was more to this than just camera settings, lighting, and getting the right angle. Not all wildlife is agreeable to having their picture taken, and many are not easily accessible.
Camera in hand, S. J. Brown encountered delicate butterflies, bears, birds, deer, wild horses, and more. Along the way, there are successes and failures, cooperative critters, curious subjects, and some close calls.
As a wildlife photographer S. J. Brown took her cues from her subjects. Their body language let her know when to step in for a closer shot and when to back away. When she was out in the field, she strove to observe and record not to interfere. The exception to this rule is when people pose a threat to wildlife; then she will take time to relocate a road dwelling critter to its location. Brown has saved snapper turtles from soup and other creatures from the taunts and teases of unwise humans, but she will not interfere with Mother Nature’s food chain unless it involves a domestic animal pursuing a wild creature. With this in mind, she has sent many a cat away from a bird feeder and saved many a squirrel from a curious canine.
S. J. Brown’s book Close Ups & Close Encounters features over fifty of her wildlife photographs as well as the stories behind getting those images. S. J. Brown’s photographs and written words are her way of sharing her experiences. Introducing others, such as her granddaughter, to the field is one of her primary goals and loves. She hopes her work will give others an appreciation for the natural world.  

Kindle Version is available on Amazon.com:Close Ups & Close Encounters: A View From Behind The Lens

The print version, also filled with beautiful full color photographs, is also available: Close Ups and Close Encounters: A View From Behind The Lens  


Really loved this book. The pictures were fabulous and the stories were well written and kept me glued to the pages. This book is for every age group and I am so glad I purchased it. Parents can even read this book to their children and the pictures that accompany them are beautiful. I would gladly recommend this book to anyone. – J. Gonce (Amazon)


How do you come up with your book ideas with Marianne Spitzer author of Gypsy Spirits

How Do You Come Up With Your Book Ideas?

by: Marianne Spitzer

That’s a very good question. I can find inspiration in most anything I see that interests me. I also use life events to write my books. I have a muse who will do cartwheels when she knows we have found a good idea. Her name is Blooderfly. She prefers horror and mystery stories, as do I. My inspiration for Gypsy Spirits came from a real life event. The first scene in the book was an argument between Annamarie and Daniel, two of the man characters. That argument and the utterance of the Gypsy curse actually took place one July morning between my ex-husband and me. There are a few Gypsy facts in the book my mom told me. She heard the stories from her grandmother. Other than that, it’s all imagination. I also find inspiration in pictures. A friend posted a picture of iron gates held up by a huge brick arch sitting alone in the midst of the woods. I wrote the short story, The Forgotten Gates, from an idea that popped into my mind while looking at the image. Another image of a frightening clown brought back a memory of being lost inside the fun house with my dad when I was six. I wrote the short story, The Fun House. It is the first in a series of “Evil Doll” short stories. Gyspy Spirits and the sequel, Annamarie and Magdalena, are available on Amazon now as e-books. I am working on the third book in the trilogy, Lena, now. I have also self-published a supernatural mystery, THE LETTER, which I wrote for 2011 NaNoWriMo. I had a small idea of an evil grandfather and it bloomed from there. The sequel, Old Man Malone Returns, will be available early this summer. My family wonders how I can see things in images they don’t see, or how I come up with my ideas out of the blue. I am not exactly sure. It is something that has been with me for a very long time. The first scary story I came up with was when I was eleven. I told my brother a spooky tale as a bedtime story one night. Unfortunately, he was only three at the time. He didn’t appreciate it and screamed at the top of his lungs. My mom didn’t appreciate it either and I was forbidden to tell my brother any more stories. However, I did get the idea for the short story, The Witch’s Cross. I thought it was worth it although my brother says the thought of the story still scares him. Isn’t that the idea of writing a horror story? Happy reading!!

About Marianne:

I was born in Milwaukee, and lived there until I was eighteen. Then I spent eight years in Washington state and California before returning to Wisconsin. I love eerie places and books. I began with a love of Nancy Drew books and as I grew I found H.P Lovecraft, Agatha Christie, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle among others. When I am not writing, I am reading or watching sunsets. I have been writing short stories since I was in grade school. Most were in the form of essays relating real life events. Many were purely imaginary trips to magical places and times. I enjoy making up stories about people I meet or see on the street. I can see a story in a picture, especially if the picture is eerie. My imagination runs wild and free. I have self-published a book of essays and a book of children’s stories for my granddaughter, Brittney. Gypsy Spirits is my debut novel and the first in the series of three “spirit” books. I have self-published the second “spirit” book, Annamarie and Magdalena. I also self-published a supernatural mystery, THE LETTER. I plan to have the sequel to THE LETTER out this year and the third “spirit” book available winter 2013/14. From there I am sure my muse will guide me into another story plot.

Giveaway

Author: Marianne Spitzer
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: April 2012
Genre: Paranormal/Mystery

Spirits? Madness? Which haunts Daniel? His teenage bride, Annamarie, must answer the question while she deals with her husband’s controlling behavior and abnormal fear of spirits he believes exist in the surrounding woods near their home. During an argument, her anger erupts and she yells a few odd words at her husband, Daniel, which she explains is her Gypsy curse. A bad day at work convinces him the curse is real, but after the brutal death of his best friend, his belief in the curse and his terror of the spirits escalates. Annamarie begins to have foreshadowing dreams of a young Gypsy girl who resembles her in every way. As the dreams become more vivid and frequent, Annamarie begins to fear her utterance of a Gypsy curse may have brought spirits into their lives. When they both have the same dream, she believes Daniel’s fears may be real. They feel they may be close to answers when a human killer enters their lives. With two battles to wage they must stand strong together. Frightening events spiral out of control and Annamarie must fight for her husband’s safety, his sanity, and her own.

Purchase Links:
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“Highly recommend this book. Excellent story mixing love, family matters, mystery and spirits. The end will really surprise you as it did me.” – Carolyn on Amazon

Hello…

Hello to everyone, welcome to my new blog site. I have to apologize to everyone that has tried to access my blog in the last couple of weeks. So sorry to you all. Several weeks ago my website and blog crashed and I was left to rebuild it all. With the help of course of the amazing Jaycee Delacruz of Sweet N’Spice designs. I wouldn’t be able to get up and moving without her. 

Here is what is going on in the next couple of weeks on my new and improved blog: 

UpComing Blog Tours:
     Gypsy Spirits by Marianne Spitzer, guest post
     Close Ups and Close Encounters by S.J. Brown, guest post