Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Blog Tour | Sacred Bond by C. A. Harms and Evan Grace


Sacred Bond by C.A. Harms and Evan Grace is releasing on July 7th!

Available on Amazon and free in Kindle Unlimited:
Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2O1XGYW
Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/38yH5Ff
Amazon AU: https://amzn.to/38DndRx
Amazon CA: https://amzn.to/2NZ1aLN

Add it to your TBR today!


From the outside, Stone Ridge appeared to be a small, welcoming town in Montana with sweet shops and friendly faces. Yet no one knew the true powers it held, the ancient secrets that were hidden, or the pain that had unfolded when the ancestors were met with a force so great it left them all in shambles.

The key to resurfacing the powers of the land fell into the hands of Merick. But in order to do so, he would need to build an army. One big enough to withstand those that threatened him and all that he stood for.

Taryn left the big city life looking for a change, a chance to discover herself. Little did she know, her life would unravel in more ways than she could’ve ever imagined. And all because of one man. 

The dark-haired stranger. The one that felt so familiar, yet she had no idea why. They’d never met before...or had they?

Whenever he was near she felt a strong connection, one that could not be denied. That feeling of déjà vu. Like she’s lived that moment before, seen those eyes, heard that voice. Even his touch felt electric. 

A Sacred Bond had formed. 

Turns out, Taryn was the key to it all. She was written in Merick’s destiny, long before their time.

One-Click:
Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2O1XGYW
Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/38yH5Ff
Amazon AU: https://amzn.to/38DndRx
Amazon CA: https://amzn.to/2NZ1aLN





Meet The Authors:
C.A. Harms is an avid romance and mystery reader. She's always had a love for books, getting lost in writing and storytelling even as a young girl. She enjoys happy endings and HEA love stories. 

She lives in Illinois and enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. She holds an addiction for Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha’s and KitKat when she should really be focusing on water and maybe a fruit or two to make herself feel less guilty, but that feeling quickly passes...thankfully. 

She is easy going, fun, and although she may seem like one of the quiet ones at first, you just wait until she gets to know you better...that quietness changes, fast.

READER GROUP


A Midwesterner and self-proclaimed nerd, Evan has been an avid reader most of her life, but five years ago got bit by the writing bug, and it quickly became her addiction, passion and therapy. When the voices in her head give it a rest, she can always be found with her e-reader in her hand. Some of her favorites include, Shayla Black, Jaci Burton, Madeline Sheehan and Jamie Mcguire. Evan finds a lot of her inspiration in music, so if you see her wearing her headphones you know she means business and is in the zone.

During the day Evan works for a large homecare agency and at night she’s superwoman. She’s a wife to Jim and a mom to Ethan and Evan, a cook, a tutor, a friend and a writer. How does she do it? She’ll never tell.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Cover Reveal | Ruin by Rebecca l. Garcia


Title: Ruin

Genre: YA Fantasy

Designer: Dark Wish Designs


Release Date: August 25th, 2020


Blurb:

Only the beautiful can love, the graceful thrive, and the powerful reign… and I am none of those things 
Fated to be the ugly princess, I was locked away behind castle doors. My father reigned with immortal power, and brothers and sisters were adored and loved by our people, and the throne that was supposed to belong to me would go my brother instead.

I wanted it all...

I turned to a darker magic, one without limits that would set me free... but love had other plans. My powers demanded sacrifice, but little did I know the greatest would be my heart

Ruin releases August 25th

Pre-Order Link: https://bit.ly/RuinTFOC



Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Teaser Tour | Sacred Bond by C. A. Harms and Evan Grace


Sacred Bond by C.A. Harms and Evan Grace is releasing on July 7th!

Add it to your TBR today!


From the outside, Stone Ridge appeared to be a small, welcoming town in Montana with sweet shops and friendly faces. Yet no one knew the true powers it held, the ancient secrets that were hidden, or the pain that had unfolded when the ancestors were met with a force so great it left them all in shambles.

The key to resurfacing the powers of the land fell into the hands of Merick. But in order to do so, he would need to build an army. One big enough to withstand those that threatened him and all that he stood for.

Taryn left the big city life looking for a change, a chance to discover herself. Little did she know, her life would unravel in more ways than she could’ve ever imagined. And all because of one man. 

The dark-haired stranger. The one that felt so familiar, yet she had no idea why. They’d never met before...or had they?

Whenever he was near she felt a strong connection, one that could not be denied. That feeling of déjà vu. Like she’s lived that moment before, seen those eyes, heard that voice. Even his touch felt electric. 

A Sacred Bond had formed. 

Turns out, Taryn was the key to it all. She was written in Merick’s destiny, long before their time.



TEASER REVEAL:

Meet The Authors:
C.A. Harms is an avid romance and mystery reader. She's always had a love for books, getting lost in writing and storytelling even as a young girl. She enjoys happy endings and HEA love stories. 

She lives in Illinois and enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. She holds an addiction for Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha’s and KitKat when she should really be focusing on water and maybe a fruit or two to make herself feel less guilty, but that feeling quickly passes...thankfully. 

She is easy going, fun, and although she may seem like one of the quiet ones at first, you just wait until she gets to know you better...that quietness changes, fast.

READER GROUP


A Midwesterner and self-proclaimed nerd, Evan has been an avid reader most of her life, but five years ago got bit by the writing bug, and it quickly became her addiction, passion and therapy. When the voices in her head give it a rest, she can always be found with her e-reader in her hand. Some of her favorites include, Shayla Black, Jaci Burton, Madeline Sheehan and Jamie Mcguire. Evan finds a lot of her inspiration in music, so if you see her wearing her headphones you know she means business and is in the zone.

During the day Evan works for a large homecare agency and at night she’s superwoman. She’s a wife to Jim and a mom to Ethan and Evan, a cook, a tutor, a friend and a writer. How does she do it? She’ll never tell.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Cover Reveal | Sacred Bonds by C. A. Harms and Evan Grace


Sacred Bond by C.A. Harms and Evan Grace is releasing on July 7th!

Add it to your TBR today!

Cover Designer: Sarah Paige, Opium House


From the outside, Stone Ridge appeared to be a small, welcoming town in Montana with sweet shops and friendly faces. Yet no one knew the true powers it held, the ancient secrets that were hidden, or the pain that had unfolded when the ancestors were met with a force so great it left them all in shambles.

The key to resurfacing the powers of the land fell into the hands of Merick. But in order to do so, he would need to build an army. One big enough to withstand those that threatened him and all that he stood for.

Taryn left the big city life looking for a change, a chance to discover herself. Little did she know, her life would unravel in more ways than she could’ve ever imagined. And all because of one man. 

The dark-haired stranger. The one that felt so familiar, yet she had no idea why. They’d never met before...or had they?

Whenever he was near she felt a strong connection, one that could not be denied. That feeling of déjà vu. Like she’s lived that moment before, seen those eyes, heard that voice. Even his touch felt electric. 

A Sacred Bond had formed. 

Turns out, Taryn was the key to it all. She was written in Merick’s destiny, long before their time.



Meet The Authors:
C.A. Harms is an avid romance and mystery reader. She's always had a love for books, getting lost in writing and storytelling even as a young girl. She enjoys happy endings and HEA love stories. 

She lives in Illinois and enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. She holds an addiction for Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha’s and KitKat when she should really be focusing on water and maybe a fruit or two to make herself feel less guilty, but that feeling quickly passes...thankfully. 

She is easy going, fun, and although she may seem like one of the quiet ones at first, you just wait until she gets to know you better...that quietness changes, fast.

READER GROUP


A Midwesterner and self-proclaimed nerd, Evan has been an avid reader most of her life, but five years ago got bit by the writing bug, and it quickly became her addiction, passion and therapy. When the voices in her head give it a rest, she can always be found with her e-reader in her hand. Some of her favorites include, Shayla Black, Jaci Burton, Madeline Sheehan and Jamie Mcguire. Evan finds a lot of her inspiration in music, so if you see her wearing her headphones you know she means business and is in the zone.

During the day Evan works for a large homecare agency and at night she’s superwoman. She’s a wife to Jim and a mom to Ethan and Evan, a cook, a tutor, a friend and a writer. How does she do it? She’ll never tell.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Interview with Maria Claridge | Author of Hare and Tortoise Have Counselling

Amanda:  Give us a quick introduction to you. Published books, what you write, etc.
Maria: Hi, my name is Maria. Hare and Tortoise Have Counselling is my first self published book.
I am currently writing a pre school/children’s book about Japanese culture and also a fiction book about a young woman having bipolar.






Amanda: Favorite book you’ve published so far?
Maria: Hare and Tortoise haha as it’s the only book I have published so far. ☺

Amanda:  Most fun character to write? Favorite character to write? (Because they can definitely be different. ;) ) Hardest to write?
Maria: I found the counselor animals fun characters to write, choosing which animal they would be, and how they would interact with the Hare and Tortoise.
Being someone who likes goal setting, I found the Hare more relatable than the Tortoise so it took slightly longer to write the Tortoises story, as I wanted to ensure I got it right.

Amanda: Did you like to read as a child? Favorite book? Do you still have that book or reread it now?
Maria: I loved reading as a child! Growing up I read Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton. I am a huge fan of Jacqueline Wilson. Girls Under Pressure is a book all girls should read. The Phillip Pullman and JK Rowling book I also found very magical and inspirational. I still love rereading all these books.

Amanda:  Have you always been a writer/storyteller? How did you start?
Maria: I have always enjoyed writing short stories and poetry from a young age. I’m actually working on some stand up comedy, where I am learning how to tell stories in a comedic way.

Amanda:  Do you write to music? If so, what kind? I love to hear about new music!
Maria: I actually just wrote a short song (with the help from a dear friend) for my partner as an anniversary gift. I can’t sing very well, so I sing on top of my friends voice.

Amanda: I know for me, there have been some funny stories since I’ve been deep in the trenches of writing. Like a realization about a work in progress or characters (the funniest has to do with the song Mirrors by JT.) Do you have any funny stories that you’d like to share?
Maria: Through having counseling, and now studying counseling, I have learnt allot on what NOT to say as a counselor. We were taught early on not to make suggestions and I recall having a counselor who made endless suggestions to try solve my problems.

Amanda: Do you have a typical process or any writing rituals? Anything you have to have with you while writing? (Besides computer, paper, typewriter, whichever…)
Maria: Anything I write, I like to check it over with my partner as he always gives me very honest feedback! I like practicing yoga and mediation before I write, as ideas always come to me before writing.

Amanda: Who is a character that has influenced you (not from your books)?
Maria: Ellie from Girls in Love, Girls Out Late, Girls in Tears, Girls Under Pressure - Jacqueline Wilson

Amanda:  Which of your characters would you least want to go on a road trip with? Why? Most want to?
Maria: The current book I am writing, I write about an ex boyfriend, who I definitely would not want to go on a road trip with.

Amanda:  Top three favorite books and authors right now.
Maria: Bernardine Evaristo - Girl, Woman, Other – everyone needs to read this
Harriet Tyce - Blood Orange – gripping read
Morgan Harper Nichols – Story Teller - such inspiring poetry

Amanda: Favorite writing craft book?
Maria: The Illusion of Money (not a craft book, but really motivated me to write the book, and to follow passions)

This or that:
Strawberry vs. Chocolate  Chocolate always
Poetry vs. Fiction.  Ohooo BOTH
First draft vs. Editing.   First draft
T. V. Show vs. Movie.  Movie
Book vs. Movie. Book
Hero vs. Villain  Hero
Villiain vs. Anti-Hero Villian
Witch vs. Vampire.  Witch
E-book vs. Physical Book  Physcial Book
Tea vs. Coffee.       Green tea

Amanda: Can you tell us anything about what you’re working on now?
Maria: Yes!
Children’s book called ‘The Hafu Child’  - this is the story about a half English, half Japanese girl trying to understand her cultures and identity at her primary school in England.
Young Adult/Adult book called ‘This Girl Can…Sometimes’ – this is book about a young adult experiencing love, depression and mental health issues. You go on her journey and witness all the good, bad and the ugly.

Amanda: 
Any last comments to share? :)
Maria: Thank you so much for this lovely interview!
Amanda: Thank you for stopping by!!


This is a story based on the characters from the Aesop’s Fable, ‘The Hare and Tortoise.’ For those who are unfamiliar with the story, Hare and Tortoise decide to have a race. In the race Hare decides to take a nap, allowing Tortoise to overtake him and win. But what happens to the Hare after losing the race? How does Tortoise come to terms with his new found fame? Through the different types of counselling Hare and Tortoise embark on a journey of self discovery.

Maria’s website
Amazon UK
Amazon US

Monday, May 18, 2020

Intervieing Myself!!

1. Give us a quick introduction to you. Published books, what you write, etc. 
- My name is Amanda Leigh. I'm a multi-genre author with twelve books published so far, as well as work in several anthologies. I have three poetry collections, one Contemporary Romance (which is going to be Historical Romance soon), a Women's Fiction novella. But I'm best known for my Beauty of the Dark series. A Mature Young Adult Paranormal Romance series.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42120452-beauty-of-the-dark


2. Favorite book you’ve published so far?
- I think that would have to be Angel, the last book of the Beauty of the Dark trilogy. I can't say too much as to why, because it's the last one, but I liked how it all wrapped up. I felt like it went where it was meant to, and I adore it.  The cover is my favorite, as well.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38593594-angel


3. Most fun character to write? Favorite character to write? (Because they can definitely be different. ;) ) Hardest to write? 
- The most fun character for me to write. I want to say that is Trent from my Beauty of the Dark series. He is quite complicated, and a total smart ass, so that makes him quite fun to write. However, John from My Heart is Yours was also a lot of fun to write. He's Samantha's older brother. He ended up being my favorite character in that book. Hardest to write? Well, there was a character I wrote for a novel I finished last year. I haven't said much about this novel yet, but I had to go to some dark places (even for me), so he was the hardest to write. You might meet him in the near future.

4. Did you like to read as a child? Favorite book? Do you still have that book or reread it now?
- Oh my Goodness, YES!! Well, I actually couldn't read on my own until I was eight years old. This always seems to shock people since I'm such a bookworm. I remember favorite books at different phases of my childhood. In fifth grade it was On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer. In seventh grade it was  The School Story by Andrew Clements. Then in eight grade I read The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton, and I started the Harry Potter series. And those books have stayed favorites since then. I reread them, for sure.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/429011.On_My_Honor






https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/231804.The_Outsiders

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3.Harry_Potter_and_the_Sorcerer_s_Stone



5. Have you always been a writer/storyteller? How did you start?
- I most definitely have. When I was two years old, I would tell stories to my mom. She would write them down and I would draw the pictures. We still have my first "book".  With pink construction paper for the covers. It was about Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask. Who else loved Sailor Moon?

6. Do you write to music? If so, what kind? I love to hear about new music!
It varies, actually. I make playlist for all of my books. Sometimes these playlists change a lot by the time the book is out. I always have them in the back of the book, too. If I'm not listening to them as I write the book, then I listen to it before I start writing to get me in the right mood. Then I'll put on a movie score a lot. One that has the right mood/vibe I'm looking for. The two movie scores I listen to the most while writing are Crimson Peak (which is also my favorite movie ever), and The Village. As for what kind of music, that is so varied. However, it is often moody, angsty, sometimes eerie or dark music for my books.



 


7. I know for me, there have been some funny stories since I’ve been deep in the trenches of writing. Like a realization about a work in progress or characters (the funniest has to do with the song Mirrors by JT.) Do you have any funny stories that you’d like to share?
- Yes, this one!! Haha, finally!! SO: I was in the car with my mom. We were driving to my Godfather's birthday dinner. At the time I was writing Angel, the last book in the Beauty of the Dark trilogy). I was stuck on some character stuff. Realizations, reasons why they did things certain ways. Then "Mirrors" by Justin Timberlake came on. As I was listening I realized "Oh my God, this is Trent and Kiara!! They are the mirror image of each other!!" And I found it so hysterical that I hadn't realized it earlier, that it took that song to draw it out that I couldn't hold it in, I busted out laughing hysterically. My mom was driving, and she looked at me like she was genuinely worried for my sanity that time. I explained it to her, and kept laughing. When we got to my Aunt's house, I whipped out my journal and wrote pages worth of realizations and epiphanies because of that song. So, I am forever grateful to Justin Timberlake for the song "Mirrors". Which, yes, is on the playlist for Angel

8. Do you have a typical process or any writing rituals? Anything you have to have with you while writing? (Besides computer, paper, typewriter, whichever…) 
- I put on whatever music I'm listening to. I often have a cup of tea or hot cocoa. I always have water with me (even when I'm not writing.) I have a notebook next to me. I have separate notebooks for each project. And I have this wooden turtle my best friend brought back for me from Europe. Turtles are supposed to be good luck, so it's often near me while I write. I write at my desk, or on my little purple chaise lounge like thing (lol), or sometimes on my couch (but not often.)  I would LOVE a typewriter, though!!

9. Who is a character that has influenced you (not from your books)?
- First one that comes to mind is Hermione Granger, definitely. My mom called me Hermione a lot when I was younger. Still does sometimes. I loved that Hermione was bookish, intelligent, academic, but also a total strong, girl power, badass. Who grew into an amazing woman. She still inspires me to this day.



10. Which of your characters would you least want to go on a road trip with? Why? Most want to? 
- Least want to? Either the demon from the Beauty of the Dark series or that character I mentioned above that you haven't met yet. Most want to? If it's just one, that would have to be Trent. It might be a little rocky, but I imagine it would also be a lot of fun. He's very....impulsive, lol. Plus he's about two hundred years old, so he'd know a lot of history about wherever we went, I bet. It would be fun if Kiara were there, too, though, since those two are always bickering. ;)

11. Top three favorite books and authors right now. 
- I'm sorry, but this is pretty much always my answer. The hard part is keeping it to three, because there are a few more I could tack on there. I'm already sort of cheating with Harry Potter.

The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontè
The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3.Harry_Potter_and_the_Sorcerer_s_Stone



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/231804.The_Outsiders



12. Favorite writing craft book?
- This was harder than I thought. What I'm going to go with is the book we used as a textbook during my Fiction Writing Class in college. It's still on my bookshelf, highlighted and dog-eared. It had so many good exercises and examples. For example, in the back it had a short story before it wwas edited, and then it showed the story with all of the edits scribbled on it. Honestly, I should definitely give it another read through. Not to mention, I need to read more of these books. I have several sitting on my shelf!! This is the book:

Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft (Eight Edition) by Janet Burroway, Elizabeth Stuckey-French, and Ned Stuckey-French.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45693144-writing-fiction


Oh, and another amazing one is Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury. I want to reread this right now! haha I highly recommend both of them!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9629.Zen_in_the_Art_of_Writing


This or that:
Strawberry vs. Chocolate
Poetry vs. Fiction
First draft vs. Editing
T. V. Show vs. Movie
Book vs. Movie
Hero vs. Villain
Villiain vs. Anti-Hero
Witch vs. Vampire
E-book vs. Physical Book
Tea vs. Coffee

13. Can you tell us anything about what you’re working on now?
- Right now, I am in the editing process for another book in the Beauty of the Dark world. This one is told entirely from Kaleib's Point of View, and it is a prequel novella to the trilogy titled Forbidden. It should be releasing this summer. ;) <3 

14. Any last comments to share? :) 
- Well, it was a lot of fun to answer the questions I came up with for other authors. Some were pretty hard!! Which I'm quite glad of. I hope you enjoyed reading my answers (and finally hearing that story about the Justin Timberlake song.) Remember, if you want to write a book, the first thing is to get something written down. Editing comes later, but you can't edit nothing. To quote William Forrester from the movie Finding Forrester (highly recommend): "You write your first draft with your heart, and you rewrite with your head." 

Amanda Leigh is the multi-genre author of numerous titles, including the Mature YA Paranormal Romance, the Beauty of the Dark series. She’s made up stories all her life, and written them down since she was eight. In college she got her degree in English and Communications, and worked as the Assistant Managing Editor on the literary magazine. Amanda advocates for mental health, cystinosis/rare disease awareness, and literacy. Strength: Lives Touched by Cystinosis is an anthology to raise awareness and money for cystinosis. She has a cat she adores and loves cooking, music, art, Psychology, Marvel, Harry Potter, and Elvis Presley. Not necessarily in that order. Find her online at www.authoramandaleigh.com and feel free to get in touch with her. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

My Goals for 2020!!

Me with my books last year. <3


I know, it's May. I usually do this post WAY earlier in the year, but well, as we know, this year is...a little different. However, I am still setting goals for myself. I like having goals, something to be working towards. I set some big goals for myself at the start of each year. No more than ten. Right now, I have eight of them. So I thought that I would share them with you. Let me know any goals you have for 2020 in the comments. <3 Stay strong. <3 


Goals for 2020:

1. Read twenty books.
2. Read Anna Karenina.
3. Publish Forbidden (a Beauty of the Dark story) (Kaleib and Melinda's story).
4. Crochet a scarf.
5. Publish cookbook with mom.
6. Publish coffee table photography book with Aunt Sue.
7. First round of content edits on Dark Book (Historical Romantic Suspense.)
8. Knit a scarf.


I make no more than ten big goals for the year (with lots of smaller ones during the year), but I'm not sure what the last two will be yet, so I left it open. I'll see what else comes up throughout the year, if anything. Also, for me, the ten goals I make for the year are sort of more like projects. They are things that I have control over (mostly). I do the steps for these things. It isn't something that has a lot of variables and even algorithms and the like. Such as making the USA Today Bestseller List. Which, yes, is something I want to do but there are a lot of things that go into it that I don't necessarily have control over. So that goes on a different list. ;)

For me, a lot of these have to do with writing and publishing, because this is what I love and what I put a lot of my focus on. It's my favorite thing, really. And reading is a huge part of my life so that takes up some space. I actually read over forty books last year but I cut that number in half so I'm not focusing on the number of books. There are a couple of longer books I want to read, so I don't want to be worrying about the number of books. For example, Anna Karenina. Definitely a longer book. And yes, I am kind of intimidated to read it. But I have wanted to for a while, so I put it in that list of goals. This year, I took up crocheting and knitting. It's calming, it exercises the muscles in my hands (which is something I really need with Cystinosis.) And a lot of practice is in order, which is why those two goals are on there for 2020. Hopefully, by the end of this year, I'll have both a handmade crocheted and hand knitted scarf. Then there are those two left open. Let's see what ends up there!!

Tell me below, what are a few goals you'd like to achieve in 2020?