All the Wrong Places by Rebecca Fisher – Valentine Countdown Blitz

“I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, the second of four children. Growing up with the influence of a long line of teachers with a passion for classical education, my time was filled with lessons in violin, cello, piano, ballet…and not-so-classical Girl Scouts and softball.
At the age of twelve, I traveled throughout Europe with my Grandmother and aunts, who filled my days with the shared reading of classics such as Jane Eyre and Sherlock Holmes, developing my love of literature early on.
I pursued my love of literature into college, earning a Bachelor’s of English, a Master’s of Education, and I am currently working to complete a Master’s in English.
My first novel, All the Wrong Places, started as a short story for a creative writing course and chronicles many of my experiences living in a mortuary, raising my daughter on my own and discovering my Christian faith.
My years in college writing programs have left me with a varied collection of short stories, plays and poetry covering many personal experiences from teenage rebellion to single-motherhood and spiritual awakening.
While writing and continuing my own education, I taught High School English in an attempt to pass my love of literature and writing on to others, and continue to share that passion with students and other aspiring writers.
I currently spend my days pursuing my creative dreams and reaching out to women to share my experience, strength and hope as a survivor of sexual assault and domestic abuse. 
I reside in Eagle, Idaho with my husband,  and my very large cat. “

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Driving aimlessly through the stormy suburbs of San Francisco, Casey Wheeler is fleeing from her abusive and unfaithful husband with her five year old daughter Maddy asleep in the backseat. With nowhere to go and no one to turn to, Casey loses control of her emotions and her car, crashing into a hillside below a mortuary. 

Desperately seeking shelter, and more so independence, she finds herself taken in by the mortuary director who apprehensively offers her a job and a place to live. As she stumbles through the ins and outs of her new and morbid surroundings, Casey is forced into a hostile custody battle with her relentless and increasingly violent husband. 

In the midst of all the chaos, she finds a new family and even love in the eccentric and protective people of Golden Oaks Funeral Home. But just when she has found all she could hope for, she will have to fight to the death to protect it.
This semi-autobiographical story of a single-mother and her journey to self-discovery, independence and a true understanding of love will keep readers captivated and yearning for more.
Q&A With the Author:
1.     Tell us about things you enjoy — what you do for fun or personal satisfaction besides writing?
Most of my enjoyment comes from spending time with my people. It doesn’t really matter what we do if we’re together. I’d say eating good food together would be at the top.
2.     When did you first realize you were an author?
I have a collection of poems and short stories from family members, written by me under the age of ten, and they remind me of that compelling force to write, the stories and thoughts trying to find their way out.  It had its grip on me even at that young age. Writers must write. It’s an urge, a restlessness. I had it. Or it had me. 
3.     Have you done anything writing-related, but besides actually writing your books, that seemed to get a lot of positive response? Something that encouraged you? 
I write and teach science curriculum, which has been my other creative and professional pursuit. It’s fun to find creative ways to explore science with young children. 
4.     What is the thing you struggle with the most while writing? And how do you defeat it?
Getting started and pushing past the ogre of perfectionism are the hardest things for me to overcome with every new project, or new chapter. I have to remind myself that the first draft doesn’t have to be perfect, but it does have to have a beginning.
5.     What is the “message” of your writing? 
I like to use my own experiences and struggles to offer hope to others. For instance, All the Wrong Places touches on domestic abuse and single-motherhood, both of which I’ve survived. I want to acknowledge the struggling, but show that there is hope for happiness and redemption. 
6.     Are your characters/stories/scenes, etc. based on anything in real life? While my books are fiction, I would call them semi-autobiographical in that I have lived many of the circumstances and overarching themes. 
7.     What are your future projects?
I have started a Christian fantasy series, and have a chapter available on my website at www.rebeccafisherbooks.com. I am also working on a children’s science series. 


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I am a home to butterflies by J. Alchem – Book Review

Every single word is a beauty in itself and each one makes complete sense. I could relate myself to many of the poems. I found love, pain, encouragement, heartbreak, hope and life in the poetry. I already read some of the author’s work and I am a home to butterflies is another extra ordinary work penned by Alchem. I loved this book to the core. The surprise element in the book is the story Letters in the end. I definitely didn’t expect the ending and it’s beautifully crafted. This book is an easy read and I finished reading it in just couple of hours. But I must say it left a lasting impression on my heart.

Cheers to the author. I look forward to reading more work from him. 

Jaguar by C.A. Gray – Character Casting

Sometimes the person you lie to the most is yourself.
The Silver Six have blown the Renegades’ underground compound to bits, killing several of Rebecca’s best friends in the process—and to her horror, the boy Rebecca had convinced herself she loved for all these years was the one to betray them all. At the same time, General Specs, the company Liam was once slated to inherit, has developed a superintelligent robot called Jaguar which is quickly becoming godlike in her omniscience. As the remaining Renegades flee to their last bastion of safety in the Caribbean, Liam makes his way back to London, in a last ditch effort to convince his father to destroy Jaguar before it’s too late.
Rebecca, meanwhile, finally understands her own heart: she never loved Andy. He was merely a ‘safe’ choice who would never require anything of her. Liam, on the other hand, exasperating as he was, had seen past her defenses. All of his teasing and provoking had been his attempt to get her to be real with him—but the more he made her feel, the further she had retreated. She had even substituted her companion bot Madeline for real, deep human friendships, and for the same reason: she’d been avoiding love to protect herself from another loss like the one she had experienced when her father was killed for the Renegades’ cause. Ironically, she only realizes this once Liam is on his way to a similar fate.  But she’ll be damned if she lets him go without a fight.
This high stakes conclusion to the Uncanny Valley Trilogy envisions a world not too far off from our own, in which superintelligence is a reality, humanoid bots have supplanted human power and influence, and there are eyes watching and reporting our every move. If humanity is to survive, the Renegades will have to galvanize support across the globe, under the radar—and it will require every last bit of ingenuity they possess. But is attempting to outwit a superintelligent being really the answer? Or will it require something much more fundamentally human?
This is the third book in this series. 
Make sure you get all three books, so you don’t miss anything!!!
 

 

 

C.A. Gray is the author of the YA Fantasy PIERCING THE VEIL trilogy, as well as the YA Dystopian trilogy, THE LIBERTY BOX. By day, she is a Naturopathic Medical Doctor (NMD), with a primary care practice in Tucson, AZ. Additionally, she writes medical books under her real name.
Her favorite authors include J.K. Rowling and Suzanne Collins, and she also reads an exceptional amount of non-fiction. She is blessed with exceptionally supportive family and friends, and thanks God for them every single day!

 

Character Casting– Rebecca: 21, auburn/brown hair, greenish hazel eyes, pretty in a girl-next-
door kind of way. She can be bold, sarcastic, and yet timid in love. If she had a
verb, it would be “to perform” though — she’s an actress, very adept at hiding
her true emotions and conforming to others’ expectations of her. But in this
book she’s coming into her own.
– Liam: 25, dark hair, blue eyes — probably played by Liam Hemsworth
actually. Also bold and sarcastic, and his verb would be “to provoke.” He
constantly challenges the system and everyone’s expectations, and he pushes
Rebecca past her comfort zone.
– Francis: 23, long dark hair in a ponytail, pale, rarely smiles… think a young
Benedict Cumberbatch with long hair. He’s basically Sherlock Holmes: brilliant
but socially inept, but he learns to find his emotions in this book. His verb
would be “to brag”: he’s always telling everyone how awesome he is.
– Larissa: Red hair, ears that stick out, thick hornrim glasses, an expression sort
of like Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter. She’s a programmer but with the
heart of a dreamer. Her verbs might be to delight in, to imagine, or to
envision.
– Karen: Rebecca’s mother, in her 50s, and the head of the Renegades,
otherwise known as “M.” She’s got short auburn hair, she’s wiry and energetic,
rational, and basically always right. Her verbs would be to command, to
dictate, to instruct, or to control.
– Val: Mousy brown hair, heart-shaped face, very sweet looking. She’s the
perennial pleaser, heart on her sleeve. She’s Liam’s ex-girlfriend and still in
love with him. Her verb might be “to nourish”: she feeds everyone, she listens,
she decorates, she empathizes.
– Nilesh: Indian, dark hair, relatively slight build (also a programmer). But he’s
vivacious and excitable, always up for adventure.
– Mack: He’s dating Karen: white hair, about 10 yrs older than she is (so in his
60s) and in pretty good shape for a guy his age. He’s good with his hands, Mr.
Fix-It, but much more Type B compared to Karen. His verbs might be to
comfort, encourage, or support. He’s very dad-like to Rebecca (whose dad
passed away).
– Jaguar: She is the primary antagonist in the story. She’s A.I. superintelligence,
but in the form of a 20-something girl who is in many ways much like a toddler
emotionally. She is pouty and dangerous when she doesn’t get her way, but
her voice is musical and charming, and she’s obsessed with the color red.
– Madeline: Rebecca’s companion robot: she’s about a foot to two feet tall,
silver, and on wheels, with wide eyes that take up about half her face. She’s
the ideal empathic friend, reflecting back to Rebecca all of her emotions.

– Liam Senior: Liam’s father, and he’s the CEO of General Specs (think Apple or
Amazon in this world), so high powered, but rather cowardly when it comes to
his own life. He’s very handsome, a 50-something year old version of his son.

 

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Christmas Future by Valerie Ipson – Christmas Countdown Blitz!

 

Valerie Ipson loves reading, writing, family history, and Hershey Milk Chocolate Almond & Toffee Nuggets. 
 
She lives in Mesa, Arizona, and Christmas Future is her first Christmas Romance. She is also the author of Ideal High, a YA novel. 
 
She hopes she can give readers the same experience she has enjoyed through the years while being curled up with a good book!
 
 
 
 
 


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Welcome to the books of 
Christmas Past, Present and Future.
Scarlett’s fiancé and the warm weather of Arizona will have to wait while she works her PR magic to put Alaska on the nice Christmas Spirit list. 
 
But when the wait’s too long will a warm-hearted doctor be just the one to lift her Scrooge-like spirits?

 

Snippet:
“I just want a break to take care of Dad’s stuff
and find his Dickens manuscript. That publisher from London keeps calling.”
 
 

 

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A Christmas Carol for Candy by Peggy Urry – Christmas Countdown Blitz!

 

Peggy is a small town girl who loves the city and the ocean (and the mountains as long as she doesn’t have to camp or hike). 
 
She credits her dad and the lack of television in her parents’ home for her love of reading and her imagination. She credits the guy who’s been hanging the moon for over 25 years for her belief in romance and true love. Five wonderful children, extended family, and great friends keep life exciting. 
 
Find a book you love and read!

 

Welcome to the books of 
Christmas Past, Present and Future.
“A Christmas engagement, broken two months later, rocked Candy Kaine’s world. After months of a schedule crammed with college courses, a full time job, and a few side jobs, the busyness is wearing thin. But school is still top priority. Until a fancy resort threatens to buy the satellite campus in the small town where she lives and takes classes.
 

 

Jace Marlowe has been down on his luck. Can a temporary job for an upscale resort in his home town be the turn around he’s looking for? The only problem? His grandmother’s beautiful neighbor who wants to keep the school just where it is. If she doesn’t get her way will she be as vindictive as his ex?
 
A charmed nativity facilitates the past, present, and future experiences for Candy but will she have the courage to open her heart before it’s too late?”

 

Snippet:
     Edie’s expression softened as she turned the TV’s volume down. “Christmas is a nice time to get engaged isn’t it?”

 

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