Sugar Conspiracy Coloring Book – Cover Reveal

Cover Reveal Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy Coloring Book by Paula Berinstein and Anna Mogileva

 

Giveaway

There is a cover reveal wide giveaway for the cover reveal of Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy Coloring Book. Open International. These are the prizes you can win:

– One winner will win an Amazon gift card and the Amanda Lester coloring book

– 2 winners will each win a copy of Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy Coloring Book

 Here’s the link to the giveaway: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/1000e4f1250/

 

Blurb:

Twenty fun-to-color detailed drawings featuring characters from the popular Amanda Lester, Detective series. Designs are printed one to a sheet so you never have to worry about markers bleeding through. Includes portraits of blind sleuth Ivy Halpin, her guide dog Nigel, arch villain Blixus Moriarty, and four different outfits for budding detective Amphora Kapoor.

 

 

Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy Coloring Book

by Paula Berinstein and Anna Mogileva

Genre: Coloring Book

 

 

You can find Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy Coloring Book on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35530270-amanda-lester-and-the-pink-sugar-conspiracy-coloring-book

You can buy the Amanda Lester Coloring book here on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Amanda-Lester-Sugar-Conspiracy-Coloring/dp/1942361211/

 

You can see the portfolio of Anna Mogileva here: http://illustrators.ru/users/id87297

 

About the Amanda Lester series:

Set in England’s Lake District, the series revolves around a twelve-year-old girl, Amanda Lester, who is forced to attend a super-secret school for the descendants of famous detectives, despite her desire to pursue filmmaking. Adding to the heroine’s angst is the fact that she is ashamed of her famous ancestor, bumbling Scotland Yard Inspector G. Lestrade.

The books in the series so far:

– Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy (Amanda Lester, Detective #1): http://www.amazon.com/Amanda-Lester-Sugar-Conspiracy-Detective-ebook/dp/B00Y41B47O/

– Amanda Lester and the Orange Crystal Crisis(Amanda Lester, Detective #2): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0125BNSSC/

– Amanda Lester and the Purple Rainbow Puzzle (Amanda Lester, Detective #3): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B017A25BPO/

– Amanda Lester and the Blue Peacocks’ Secret (Amanda Lester, Detective #4): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01BXB9GZO/

– Amanda Lester and the Red Spider Rumpus (Amanda Lester, Detective #5): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01JK1O1CC/

– Amanda Lester and the Gold Spectacles Surprise (Amanda Lester, Detective #6): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01JK1O1CC/

 

Book blitz Sketches of My Soul by TC Booth

The book blitz for Sketches of My Soul by TC Booth is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 3 till 9 July.

See the tour schedule here: http://www.lolasblogtours.net/book-blitz-sketches-of-my-soul-by-tc-booth

There’s a tour wide giveaway during this book blitz.

Here’s the  Rafflecopter link to the giveaway: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/1000e4f1243/

Sketches of My Soul (Sketches #1)   

By TC Booth

Genre: Contemporary

Age category: Young Adult

Release Date: June 20, 2017

 

Blurb:

In the game of life, I was used to being on the losing team. The odds were stacked against me. Tegan’s Team—a mom who tried to control me, a dad who would rather drink then spend time being a father, a lying ex-boyfriend, and fake friends. Like any team however, you have that one shining star that stood out above the rest. For me that star was Emily, my best friend.

I guess life had pity on me the day it gave me a friend that always had my back. Life must have felt extra giving the day it gave me a cheer leader—Mrs. White, my next-door neighbor. She’d been more of a parent to me growing up then my own parents.

And then there was Andrew. He was my shooting star. One that I never saw coming. One that I hoped became mine over the summer of my senior year.

A glimpse into a crystal ball couldn’t have prepared me for that summer, though. The summer where a letter from my mom rocked me to the core. I felt the world shake with every word I read in that letter. By the time I reached the end, my world split wide open swallowing me whole.

 

Excerpt:

  Sketches of My Soul

A faint sound of music seeped in my window. The melody called me out of bed. I pushed aside the curtains to peer out into the darkness. Andrew sat on Mrs. White’s porch swing and strummed his guitar under the soft glow of the porch light. His lips moved in song, though I couldn’t hear his voice. The distant sound of the guitar was all I caught. The temptation to throw up the window to take in more sound felt strong, but the fear that he’d notice felt even stronger.

Crouched below the window frame, hidden by the wall-space between it and floor, I cracked the window as gently as I could. It felt so lame, spying on “the boy next door.” The smooth velvet voice that sang “All of Me” made my stalking worth it, though. With my back against the wall, I hugged my knees, closed my eyes, and soaked in the words.

When the music stopped, I strained to listen for any sign of movement. After a few minutes of silence, I decided it would be safe to stand up. With the window safely shut, I started to tug the curtain back in place and sucked in my breath at the sight of Andrew standing on the porch. His eyes locked with mine. He grinned and wiggled his fingers in a playful wave.

My fingers returned the wave instinctively. Then realization hit me—there I stood, in front of the window with my Winnie-the-Pooh nightshirt on.

I flung the curtains shut and jumped for my bed but missed and landed on the floor with a thud. My elbow and knees burned from the friction of my collision with the carpet.

“Tegan? Are you okay?” My mom yelled from the hallway outside my door.

“Yes. I just slipped. I’m fine.” I couldn’t believe he’d seen me. He probably thought I was such a loser—spying on him from my bedroom window with a Winnie-the-Pooh nightshirt on. Embarrassment poured over me in buckets painting me red. No way would I go to Mallory’s party now.

You can find Sketches of My Soul on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35228617-sketches-of-my-soul-booth

You can buy Sketches of My Soul on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Sketches-My-Soul-TC-Booth-ebook/dp/B07176T3V8

If you sign-up for the author’s newsletter you can get a free copy of Sketches, the prequel novella to Sketches of My Soul: https://dl.bookfunnel.com/ns64a3yjok

About the Author:

TC Booth was born and raised in a small Ohio town where she currently lives with her husband, children, and fur covered baby Sammy.

She is an award winning author who loves to read and write young adult fiction. Besides her book addiction, TC enjoys music, attending Cavs games, going to the beach, eating chocolate and spending time with her family.

 

You can find and contact TC Booth here:

– Website: http://www.tcbooth.com

– Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tcbooth1

– Twitter: https://twitter.com/BoothTammi

– Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/boothtammi/

– Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5010060.T_C_Booth

– Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/T.-C.-Booth/e/B0057SG5D6/

 

Giveaway

There’s a tour wide giveaway during the book blitz for Sketches of my Soul. One winner will win a 10$ amazon gift card!

Book blitz: Freak by Erin Lee

Welcome to my stop for the book blitz for Freak by Erin Lee. The book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours and runs from 27 June till 3 July. See the tour schedule here: http://www.lolasblogtours.net/book-blitz-freak-by-erin-lee/

 

Freak

by Erin Lee

Genre: LBGT/ Contemporary

Age category: Young Adult

Release Date: 29 June, 2017

 

 

Blurb:

Regret Comes in Every Color of the Rainbow

 

Based on Erin Lee’s novella, Her Name Was Sam, Freak is the story of Kelly and Morgan, the mother and sister of Sam Harris, in the aftermath of her suicide. Bullied for being brave enough to show her true colors to the world, Sam has been gone exactly one year and Kelly and Morgan are left to tackle the grief that comes with regret in her absence.

But Sam’s story is far from over…

Through the love of Willow, a teenager intent on standing up for her “Freak” best friend at all costs, Ryan is able to finally come out to family and friends. His transformation from ashamed to proud with Willow’s help gives new meaning to Sam’s story and how things could have been.

 

Excerpt:

Ryan

Am I a coward? Probably so. And that’s fine. I’ve been called a hell of a lot worse. Usually, it’s just Freak. That happens the most on the days I get too colorful for the assholes at Conant High School. Generally, I try to tone it down. God forbid a guy want to express himself. In a way, I blame myself for it. I guess stereotypes are stereotypes for a reason. Had I just toned it down and not gone through that phase in middle school with the black nail polish and the leather spiked collar, they might not even know. I don’t speak with a lisp. I don’t walk any different than any other guy at school. And I sure as hell do my best to keep the dramatics down. Still, they know. And it’s fucked up. Because if I could be who I really am, I’d do all those things and so much more. I’d pay a million dollars for someone to truly explain what’s so bad about wanting to just be me? I just don’t get what’s so wrong with being the way that I am.

When I’m with Willow, that shit goes right out the door. She’s probably the only friend I have who knows the true me anymore. My parents swear we’ll get married some day and have two perfect blond haired, blue-eyed children – a boy and a girl. Of course, they won’t be gay. That would be too much for my mother to take. “Leave me some hope, Ryan. And take off those sneakers! No shoes in the house!” No, to Mom, perfect comes only when you fit into a pre-packaged mold. A boy should be strong and athletic. A girl should be pretty and pink, like Willow. “The perfect girl for you, Ryan. Be nice to her, Ryan. Someday, Ryan, you’ll see. I just have a feeling about her.” Gross. For starters, there is absolutely nothing about my best friend that I find attractive in any way other than platonic. Even her freckles scare me.

Besides, Willow has flaws. No one is perfect, Mom. If Willow was so perfect, she might understand why now isn’t the best time in the world to come out to my parents. It’s hard enough to get through the average school day. She’s the only one who will sit with me at lunch anymore. Most days, I feel guilty about it; no matter how much fun we have whispering at the head cheerleader who thinks she’s hotter than everyone else. If Willow was “the one” I’d also be able to tell her that her nagging’s getting old and, frankly, I’m sick of feeling alone. I know it’s ridiculous, but sometimes, I feel like if Willow really “got” me, she’d become gay too. (I know, I know better than anyone – it’s not a choice). Still, the silences between us are becoming more frequent and she doesn’t invite me over as much. No matter how hard she tries, she’s never going to get what it’s like to be the kid they call Freak. Sure, I appreciate that she stands up for me. But lately, I just wish she’d leave me alone. She’d be better off. Frankly, they would all be – if I was just gone… And all of this? It makes me a terrible guy. Because as much as I need her to just go away for both of our sakes, I can’t stand it when she’s gone. To be honest, I’m really afraid of what I might do if I was left entirely alone for too long. Sometimes, I have scary thoughts. Most of them start with Colby. Generally, they end with him too, at my funeral: The one place he wouldn’t be able to hurt me.

 

Because love comes in all shades too.

You can find Freak on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35264841-freak

You can buy Freak here on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071J79JCY/

 

“Don’t Call Me Love” Released in paperback

“Don’t Call Me Love,” Was Published June 20, 2017

Love’s tale is third in the Backyard Horse Tales illustrated chapter books, and the first to be published by Half Appy Press. More Backyard Horse Tales in the pipeline.Author Jackie Anton’s pen relates the memoirs of an aged mare that begin while she is still a foal at her mother’s side. Worth repeating, BYHT 3’s interior illustrations and the beautifully rendered cover are the work of artist Sandy Shipley.

Don’t Call Me Love is available now at HAP’s Website http://www.halfappypress.net/

or at Jackie’s Square Market Place http://mkt.com/Jackie-anton/

Other retailers include Amazon, Barnes and Noble online, and at Valley Tack Shop Inc. located in Valley City Ohio.

Look for an expanded list of retailers and book stores at this blog soon.

Author Updates:

Adult author J. M. Anton informs HAP that her award winning novel “Wind River Refuge” was chosen as the read for a book club by the folks who run the Book Store in Medina, Ohio.

The Book Store is located just of the square: 109 W. Washington Street.

  1. M. will be dropping by at the book clubs’ next gathering, Monday evening

June 26th to discuss the plot and characters, answer reader’s questions, and sign their copies.

Author Anton will also be on hand, July 13th of 2017, to sign copies of Cassandra: Night Shades along with those of Wind River Refuge. The signing is part of a Ladies Night event in Medina. She will be at the Book Store from 5 to 8p.m.

More updates to come.

Use the contact form at the Half Appy Press website to email authors or for inquiries about HAP.

Contact us at Half Appy Press for book club group orders or retail drop shipping.

Free shipping on paid orders of ten or more books.

Author Website: http://talesbyjackie.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/backyardhorse

Book Buy Links:
Publisher Website with bookstore: http://www.halfappypress.net/
Square Marketplace: http://mkt.com/jackie-anton
IAN Author Page: http://www.independentauthornetwork.com/jackie-anton.html

New Release date for “Don’t Call Me Love”

Love’s profile is the work of illustrator Sandy Shipley. Sandy has lent her talents to the cover and interior illustrations.

Jackie has completed work on BYHT 3 Don’t Call Me Love. You can view Love’s beautiful cover on the Backyard Horse Tales Facebook Fan Page and take a look at the real life horse too. Sandy has done a fabulous job of capturing this mares personality.
Love’s tale is targeted for release June 15, 2017, but you can get a preview of the first two chapters on instafreebee until 6/15/2017. copy this link into your browser.

https://www.instafreebie.com/free/uF4vG
If you enjoy enjoy short stories try “Uncharted Storms: Short Stories of Hearts at Risk. The Instafreebie version is from the paperback which includes the bonus story. https://www.instafreebie.com/free/H4BmS

 
Author Notes:
I hope you enjoyed the collection of tales and characters in “Uncharted Storms” as much as I enjoyed creating them. “A Tumble in the Snow” was the first encounter Annie has with Mack. Their story continues in a novel nearing completion. Watch for the release date on my writing blog https://jackieanton.com/ and my author website.
Please take a few moments to review Uncharted Storms on Smashwords.com, Amazon, Barnesandnoble.com and any other review sites that you have access to. Reader’s feedback helps me know if I got it right.
I love to hear from my readers and fans. Contact me through Half Appy Press http://www.halfappypress.net/ while you are there let me know if you would like to be added to my quarterly newsletter. You can also opt in at Instafreebie.Happy reading!

Online Autographs for e-books: http://www.authorgraph.com/authors/backyardhorse
Author’s Website:http://talesbyjackie.com/

HAP Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/halfappy.press
BYHT Fan Page
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Backyard-Horse-Tales/190283981002767
Twitter: http://twitter.com/backyardhorse

Post Equine Affaire…

Ohio Equine Affaire is now history. I was on hand Saturday to talk to folks as part of the Life’s Little Adventures Farm horse rescue and rehab. As an author I signed books and introduced many potential readers to the star of the next Backyard Horse Tale.

Love is a weanling filly when her story begins. She narrates her tale as a memoir that spans over thirty three years. She gets in one scrape after another and gets a new barn name while still a yearling. Folks who stopped to talk were given a handout to download a preview of the first two chapters of “Don’t Call Me Love.”

The target release date for Love’s book is May 20, 2017. “Don’t Call Me Love” will be available in paperback and hardcover. Due to the pirating of previous e-books, this tale will not be offered as an e-book. I apologize to e-book readers who actually pay for their reads, but it often takes several years to take a book from concept to print. During the process, author’s pay for editing, cover design, copyrighting, cost of ISBN’s, and printing costs. In the case of illustrated chapter books, author’s also pay the illustrators.

Sox’s tale is five years old and has embarked on a new adventure. Sox and I are working with elementary school classes and libraries to develop programs for young readers to improve their love of reading and writing. Young readers are given Sox’s Book to read. Discussion follows, and the challenge for the young readers is to jot down or write their ideas for a sequel. The question is what happens to our two main characters at a given future date.

Those interested in setting up this program contact me at talesbyjackie@gmail.com

Other Backyard Horse Tales in the works, more on that in a later post.

Thanks to all our faithful fans, you light up our lives.

Keep an eye on the Backyard Horse Tales Fan page, for a special preview offer of “Don’t Call Me Love. https://www.facebook.com/Backyard-Horse-Tales-190283981002767/

 

Jackie Anton

Author Website: http://talesbyjackie.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/backyardhorse

Book Buy Links:
Publisher Website with bookstore: http://www.halfappypress.net/
Square Marketplace: http://mkt.com/jackie-anton
IAN Author Page: http://www.independentauthornetwork.com/jackie-anton.html

Equine Affair at Ohio Expo Center

This author will be spending Saturday 10am to 7pm at the Equine Affair, in Columbus, Ohio signing books at Life’s Little Adventures Farm Rescue’s booth. Profits from book sales will be donated to the horse rescue.Building, booth location, and more to come on this blog in a following post.
I am hoping to have Backyard Horse Tales 3: “Don’t Call Me Love” ready to go along with “SOX 2nd Edition and Frosty and the Nightstalker. Love’s tale will be the first BYHT from Half Appy Press. There are more illustrated chapter books to come including a sequel to Sox and Emma’s story.

Sox cover with seal MCA 1New Frosty Cover 2

In an effort to engage more readers and book clubs HAP will wave shipping on orders over $30. dont-call-me-love-new-typeface-4
http://www.halfappypress.net
Friends and fans frequently ask me how I came up with Half Appy Press. The simple truth is we needed a name that was not already taken. After several false starts, names that had already been taken, I came up with one that my research didn’t turn up. I registered it with the State of Ohio. They checked it and issued a certificate for DBA. Okay, the name is a composite. Half belongs to my Haflinger filly, the Appy resides with all my beloved Appaloosas, and the Press is the printing process. Sandy Shipley designed the logo.
I am always available for speaking engagements, events, and book signings. Use the contact tab of the Half Appy Press website listed in the above paragraph to inquire about dates or just to chat.

Facebook Update:
Facebook pages have been cut in half. Authors are manning the Half Appy Press page at
https://www.facebook.com/halfappy.press stop by and take a look. In response to fan requests we have reinstated and updated the Backyard Horse Tales page. Stop by and give the horses a like.https://www.facebook.com/pages/Backyard-Horse-Tales/190283981002767

Twitter: http://twitter.com/backyardhorse

Jackie Anton

http://talesbyjackie.com
http://mkt.com/jackie-anton
https://jackieanton.com/
http://www.independentauthornetwork.com/jackie-anton.html

2017 Facebook is out. Find out why.

Tired of money grubbing powers that be letting their social media sites be a stage for the worst our society has to offer? Me too.
The following post and header is now on three of my longtime Facebook pages.

facebook-good-bye-2“Facebook has long not been worth time spent. It has also become a social media dump for hate mongers, fake news, and horrendous live feeds. Most recently the beating and torture of a mentally disabled young man. This site and my other FB pages will no longer be active. I will not disable them, so the names on the sites can’t be used by others.

Good bye my FB friends. You can still follow this horsewoman and author on my blog. http://jackieanton.com or on Twitter https://twitter.com/backyardhorse .”

Book Giveaways, previews, and Mail Chimp managed Newsletter sign up can be accomplished at instsafreebie. Check my blog for more info.

Here are two books currently on instafreebie “Wind River Refuge” the 2015 winner of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards romance category has been extended until Jan 28th of 2017. Facebook friends who followed me to this blog still have a chance to select this e-book at https://instafreebie.com/free/zThNQ Front Cover.4503670

Fateful Waters 2015 FINAL

Second book at the site is book one of the “Troubles in Love-Land Series.” https://instafreebie.com/free/K7C5R

I will update my books and plans for future releases in the next post.

Jackie Anton

Cover Reveal Lana’s Ex Prom Date by Amy Sparling

lanas-ex-prom-dateLana’s Ex Prom Date

By Amy Sparling

Genre: Romance

Age category: Young Adult

Release Date: 6 December, 2016

Blurb:

Lana Clarke just got asked out by one of the hottest guys in school. Toby Fitzgerald is undeniably gorgeous, but his charismatic personality makes Lana the envy of every girl at Fawkes High. Senior prom is right around the corner, and although Lana had planned on a stag outing with her friends, Ashlyn and Bennet, Toby asks her to be his date in the most romantic way ever. Her friends are bummed, but support her anyway. After all, Toby Fitzgerald is the boyfriend everyone wants.

Lana’s life is now perfect—until Toby breaks up with her three days before prom.

But he’s a nice guy, and he still wants to take her to prom as a friend. After all, they’d already rented a limo and picked out Lana’s dress together. Her friends think she shouldn’t ditch them for a guy who ditched her, but when she discovers Toby’s secret, she’ll have to choose between lying to her friends, or lying to the whole school.

 

Lana’s Ex Prom Date on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32930198-lana-s-ex-prom-date

 pre-order Lana’s Ex Prom Date here:

– Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N2N4BGL/

 

 

Cover Reveal: Finding Kyler by Siobhan Davis

kyler-banner-coming-soon

Excerpt:

Their obscene wealth intimidates me.

Not the people.

The money.

The driver opens my uncle’s door first before attending to mine. James doesn’t make any move to exit. He looks contemplative. “I hope you’ll be happy here, Faye. Truly, I do.”

“Thank you. Me, too.” I hop out of the car as the driver retrieves my suitcase from the boot.

A splash of color in the corner of the garage captures my attention. Three racing motorbikes rest on an elevated platform. One is orange and blue and there is a multitude of brand logos on the side. The other two bikes are no less impressive. One is painted in a dark shade of green, the other bright yellow. A myriad of similar stickers decorates the side panels. I’m inexplicably drawn to them, and my feet move of their own accord.

Reaching out, I run the tip of my finger along the bodywork and up and down the wheels, my fingers dipping into the grooves in the tires. I can almost feel the enhanced adrenaline in the air. Motorbikes have always excited me, and the pure rush I’m getting is sending tingles of anticipation ricocheting all over my body.

I’m so entranced that I barely register the sound of approaching footsteps.

“Get your hands off my bike.” The deep male cadence verges on a predatory growl. The possessive quality to his voice isn’t lost on me either.

Giant goose bumps sprout on my arms, but I smother my fear and lift my head up in a confident manner. A red flush creeps up my chest and over my neck as a devastatingly good-looking boy reaches my side.

I’m tall—for a girl—and I’m usually pretty much on the level with most guys, but the top of my head barely reaches this dude’s chin, so he’s got to be at least six-two to my five-nine.

His body exudes warmth like a weapon. It crashes into me, almost knocking me off my feet. Slowly, my eyes travel up his body, taking in every ripped, lean, taut inch of him. He’s wearing dark navy jeans and a plain white shirt that’s molded to his perfectly chiseled abs like it’s painted on. I gulp.

They sure don’t grow them like this in Ireland.

My eyes continue their journey, up beyond the inviting, exposed strip of skin at the top of his shirt, and note voluptuous lips that are pinched tight, the light layer of dark stubble on his sculpted chin and cheeks, and the tan, smooth lines of his handsome face. I brace myself, rocking back on my heels, as I stare into stunning pale blue eyes. Framed by a thick layer of inky-black lashes most girls would kill for, his eyes are vast pools that I could easily drown in.

This guy is seriously good-looking, and he knows it, too. Crossing his arms over his chest, he pins me with a venomous look, and I shrink back from the dangerous vibes he’s emitting.

“Are you done drooling yet?”

©Siobhan Davis 2016

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