Chihuly, Biltmore Estate, and a #BookSigning

Hubby and I went on a mini-vacay this past weekend with friends.  We traveled to Asheville, NC primarily to see the Chihuly Exhibit at Biltmore Estates.  If you’re unfamiliar with Chihuly (as I was), he’s a glass sculptor who’s created breathtakingly beautiful works of art, as shown by the pictures below.  There were several more, but I couldn’t include everything.  The exhibit will be there through October 7th, so if you’re able to go, I’d highly recommend it.  At night they’re lit up and I can just imagine how gorgeous they are.

We also toured the Biltmore house – I’d been there before, but one of the couples in our group hadn’t – and then went to the winery for a wine tasting.  They’d added several more varieties since the last time I’d visited.  Fun was had by all, and it was a very welcome break from the last couple of busy weeks.

Now for the shameless self-promo.  As a reminder, The Gemini Connection ebook released last week and can be found at Amazon.  The Facebook launch party was a blast, and I had tons of fun with current friends and made several new ones invited by a fellow author.  If I hadn’t scheduled the posts ahead of time, it would have been nearly impossible to keep up with all the comments, so if you’re considering your own launch party, it’s something you should consider.  I was able to talk with guests, while the new posts went up every ten minutes.

If you’re in the vicinity of Bowling Green, KY this Saturday, I have a book signing scheduled at Half Price Books this from 2pm-6pm.  Drop by and see me!

 

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The Writer’s Reading Corner: David Radman #amreading #childrensbooks #indieauthor

Where did this week go?  Not that I’m complaining, because it’s finally Friday!  Today’s author writes children’s books, and is here with his most recent release, When Grandpa Gets Going.  Welcome, David Radman!

So I am not as avid a reader as I probably should be.  I am very picky when it comes to devoting my time to reading.  I simply have too many things to do.  However, I am currently reading, “A New Ending”, by a very dear friend of mine, Alyssa Dean Copeland.  A well-defined story that combines romance with time travel in a very unique, yet brilliant way.  Copeland has the ability to capture all the emotions of a love story, and mix it with a history lesson in a way I’ve never seen done before.  If you are a fan of time travel or love stories, this one may just be the recipe you’ve been waiting for.

My second published children’s book, “When Grandpa Gets Going”, was just released this February.  It’s a story that celebrates the special relationship that exists between a grandpa and his grandchildren.  Experience the non-stop excitement of having to keep up with your grandpa while he’s in town visiting you on vacation.  It’s a fast-paced, high-energy story, written in rhyme, that questions who is really keeping up with whom?

“And we could not have guessed, there was no way of knowing, just what would all happen, when grandpa gets going”.

Author Bio

I am an award winning author who began writing children’s stories as a single father, when my two daughters were very young.  My love of being a dad inspired me to share my creativity through the magic of storytelling.  My first book, “Santa’s Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right Night Before Christmas”, won the gold medal Moonbeam Award in 2014, and was a finalist in the USA Best Books competition that same year.

I continue to write stories that I hope to be able to share in the future.  I live in Littleton, Colorado with my wife and stepson.

You can learn more about me, or follow me on my Facebook page at

https://www.facebook.com/RadWriterForChildren/

“When Grandpa Gets Going” can be found at

http://www.blackrosewriting.com/childrens-booksya/whengrandpagetsgoing?rq=when%20grandpa%20gets%20going

“Santa’s Zany…” can be found at

www.purplesantasuit.com

Both are also available on Amazon.

The Contract: between heaven and earth by John W. Howell and Gwen M. Plano #newrelease #thriller #suspense

I’ve got a treat for you today – John Howell and Gwen Plano are here with their new release!  The Contract offers an intriguing blend of genres – a suspenseful thriller, as well as a spiritual sort of love story.  Read the excerpt below, then head on over to Amazon!

The CONTRACT between heaven and earth

By John W. Howell & Gwen M. Plano

Thank you, Teri, for inviting us to join you today. We are so grateful to be featured on your beautiful blog to share with your readers a bit about our new book. Your YA novels are super reads. All the best to you.

The Contract

Available on Kindle and Paperback

Kindle priced at $0.99 for the introduction.

The CONTRACT is a different story for writers John W. Howell and Gwen M. Plano. For either of them, it is their first attempt at co-authorship. After a year of Hurricane Harvey and other challenges, they have created, what they have termed, an inspirational thriller that bridges heaven and earth.

Here is the blurb:

The earth is threatened with a catastrophic political event which could result in international warfare and destroy all life on the planet. In heaven, a divine council decides that extraordinary measures are essential. They call for an intervention that involves two souls returning to earth. The chosen two sign a contract that they will work to avert the disaster.

Brad Channing, a Navy SEAL, and Sarah O’Brien, a teacher, become heaven’s representatives on earth. The story follows them as they individually and then together face overwhelming obstacles and eventually end up on a strategic Air Force base in California. It is there that they discover a conspiracy to assassinate the President of the United States. The terrorists have a plan for global dominance, and they are determined to complete their mission. Although military leadership appears to have the President’s best interests at heart, it is not clear who can be trusted and who should be feared. The action is rough and tumble as Brad and Sarah try to figure out the culprits for the plot that will turn into a worldwide conflagration unless stopped.

If you enjoy thrillers, this is one with enough twists and adventure to keep you riveted and guessing. If you like your thriller along with a good romance, Brad and Sarah’s initial attraction and eventual love will sustain you as they live out their heavenly and earthly desires.

Trailer

Here is an excerpt.

Brad and Sarah left the complex and strolled back to their residence. Brad leaned close to Sarah and whispered, “Why do I get the feeling we’re being watched?”

“I’ve had that feeling since we arrived on base. I just assumed it came down to everyone here knowing you.”

“Naw. This feels different. I had this same instinct back in Afghanistan—nothing you can put your finger on but just a knowing feeling.”

“What should we do?”

“Keep our eyes open.”

“I would love to have a pair in the back of my head.”

Sarah’s comment broke the tension, and they both laughed.

Brad said, “We just have to keep aware of who’s around us.”

“Why?”

“I need to tell you some things about this whole situation. It will make you nervous, though. Let’s take a moment and sit here.” Brad pointed at a lone bench that stood beside the pedestrian path.

Bewildered, Sarah sat and looked at Brad, “So something is going on that you haven’t shared with me? I’ve had that strange feeling you described, only it has to do with you and me.”

Authors Bio.

John Howell Head shotGwen's headshot

John began his writing as a full-time occupation after an extensive business career. His specialty is thriller fiction novels, but John also writes poetry and short stories. His first book, My GRL, introduces the exciting adventures of the book’s central character, John J. Cannon. The second Cannon novel, His Revenge, continues the adventure, while the final book in the trilogy, Our Justice, launched in September 2016. The last, Circumstances of Childhood is a family life thriller story and launched October 2017. All books are available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions.

John lives in Port Aransas, Texas with his wife and their spoiled rescue pets.

John’s other books.

Available on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/author/johnwhowell

Gwen had a lengthy career in higher education, and it was there that she published her first book, Beyond Boundaries, for students interested in volunteer work in developing countries. After she retired, she wrote her award-winning memoir, Letting Go into Perfect Love.

Gwen lives in Branson, Missouri with her husband.

Gwen’s books.

Available on Amazon at https://amzn.to/2wdXsrn

#ReleaseDay The Gemini Connection #YAbooks #scifi #thriller #BlackRoseWriting

Thanks to my son’s friend Megan for creating the graphic for me – she did an outstanding job!  I’ll be popping up on several blogs today, and to avoid multiple posts from me, several of them will be listed here.  A heartfelt thanks to all for hosting me today!

Matt Doyle
Matt Doyle

I’m on two separate posts at Matt’s – one is an author interview and the other is a book spotlight.  While you’re there, make sure to check out Matt’s newest book, Addict (The Cassie Tam Files #1).  Cassie is an intelligent, snarky, and confident PI – loved her character.

Victoria Zigler

Victoria’s new release is Vinnie the Vegetarian Zombie – being a zombie fan, I’m loving the title!

Sally Cronin

Sally is wonderfully supportive of indie authors, and has also written several books.  If you’re not familiar with Sally, what are you waiting for?  Hurry over!

Post-Apocalyptic Playground

I’m there for an interview with Gaynor – stick around and read her book reviews!

Andrew M. Friday

I was on Andrew’s blog yesterday.  I met him at a book event in April, and he’s the author of two sci-fi novels.

The Gemini Connection is available at:

Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Black Rose Writing

Hope to see you at my Facebook Launch Party tonight!

 

WWW Wednesday What Am I Reading? #amreading

WWW Wednesday is a meme from Sam at Taking On A World Of Words

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m currently reading Smoke and Iron (The Great Library #4) by Rachel Caine.  I don’t understand why this YA fantasy series hasn’t gotten more attention.  Besides its wonderfully inclusive cast and stunning covers, it offers something for everyone – action, a bit of romance and history, power struggles, both clever and untrustworthy characters, and a heaping load of suspense.

The opening moves of a deadly game have begun. Jess Brightwell has put himself in direct peril, with only his wits and skill to aid him in a game of cat and mouse with the Archivist Magister of the Great Library. With the world catching fire, and words printed on paper the spark that lights rebellion, it falls to smugglers, thieves, and scholars to save a library thousands of years in the making…if they can stay alive long enough to outwit their enemies.

I just finished Ash and Quill (The Great Library #3) by Rachel Caine.  Did I mention the gorgeous covers?

Words can kill.

Hoarding all the knowledge of the world, the Great Library jealously guards its secrets. But now a group of rebels poses a dangerous threat to its tyranny…

Jess Brightwell and his band of exiles have fled London, only to find themselves imprisoned in Philadelphia, a city led by those who would rather burn books than submit. But Jess and his friends have a bargaining chip: the knowledge to build a machine that will break the Library’s rule.

Their time is running out. To survive, they’ll have to choose to live or die as one, to take the fight to their enemies—and to save the very soul of the Great Library… 

Next, I’ll read Scream Site, by Justina Ireland.  This will be my first experience with this author, but I’ve heard fantastic things about her newest book, Dread Nation.

Sabrina Sebastian’s goal in life is to be an investigative reporter. For her first big story, she researches a popular website called Scream Site, where people post scary videos and compete for the most “screams.” While Sabrina’s friends and her sister, Faith, talk nonstop about the creepy viral videos, Sabrina just hopes that covering this trend will get her the internship she’s wishing for. But as she digs into the truth behind the website, she begins to suspect that these aren’t only aspiring actors and videographers at work. Some clips seem a little too real. And when Faith goes missing, Sabrina must race against time to save her sister from becoming the next video “star.”

 

#TheAmericans, #ArrestedDevelopment, and a #BookTeaser

What happened to last week?  It was a short week, I completed nearly everything on my to-do list, released the print edition of The Gemini Connection – and yet I don’t feel like I made any headway with anything.  This week will be busy with the ebook of TGC releasing on Thursday, and I’ll be popping up on a few websites that day, so I apologize in advance for multiple blog posts that day.

One of my favorites shows wrapped last week – The Americans.  I feel like it never got the attention it deserved – the lead actors were recognized with award nominations in just the past couple of years – and it was an intense, suspenseful show.  I didn’t know what to expect in the series finale – would one of them die?  Both?  But the ending was perfect, and something that hadn’t crossed my mind.  I think all the seasons are on Prime – if you’ve never watched it, give it a shot.  It’s better than almost anything out there.

Another of my favorite shows just dropped a new season on Netflix – Arrested Development.  The earlier seasons are still the best, in my opinion, but the new ones are definitely worth watching.  Ron Howard is a superb narrator.  Bring on the stair car, banana stand, chicken dance, and Franklin!

Hubby and I toured Mammoth Cave yesterday.  We live less than an hour from it and were just looking for something different to do, plus we hadn’t been there in years.  With outside temps at 90+ degrees, the cave felt amazing at only 54 degrees.  As someone who’s a tad claustrophobic, some spaces were tight (I had to bend over to walk in some areas, and I’m only 5′ 4″), but it wasn’t anything I couldn’t handle.  The guide turned out the light at one point so we could experience total darkness.  It was really freaky, and I was surprised none of the kids in the group cried.

I’ll leave you with a teaser from The Gemini Connection.  Hope you can make it for the virtual launch party Thursday, 5pm – 7pm CST on Facebook !