Free-for-All Fridays: NEW RELEASE! Striker’s Apprentice by Andrea Buginsky

Friday Free-for-All

Not long ago, I featured the cover reveal for Andrea’s Buginsky’s new book, STRIKER’S APPRENTICE. Now, I’m excited to announce it is available for purchase.

Congrats, Andrea. This looks like a fabulous book, and I hope everyone who sees this post checks it out for themselves! :-)

Now Available!


As a young hunter seeks a trainer, The Chosen prepare for an unforgettable adventure.
With Nature and Phantasma back in order, Halli and Silvor have settled into their new life in Drumple. During a visit from Striker, Kaidyla and Lumina, a request from an old friend of Halli’s family sparks a new challenge when she asks Striker if he’ll train their young son, Dylan. Working with Dylan gives Striker a chance to be a mentor once again, as he had been in his past.
This brings The Chosen to an area of Phantasma Halli has never seen before. What new dangers might be lurking in the forest? Will Halli have a reason to use her powers?
But Halli and Silvor are facing a new journey of their own, one that will change their lives forever. What is in store for The Chosen’s future? Will this latest escapade prepare them for what is yet to come?

Excerpt

With another week of teaching behind them, Halli and Silvor enjoyed a quiet, leisurely breakfast at the tavern, catching up with their neighbors.

As he was telling her about a new student, Silvor saw a look of surprise and joy come across Halli’s face. Turning to see what she was looking at, he saw a pretty dwarf about his mother-in-law’s age walking towards Halli, smiling at her.

“Do you know her?” As he asked, the woman walked over to their table.

“Halli! Your mother told me I might find you here.”

“Cynthia! It’s so good to see you again.”

Hugging Cynthia, she turned to Silvor, making the introductions. “Silvor, this is Cynthia, Mom’s best friend. She moved away from Drumple years ago with her husband.”

She turned back to Cynthia. “I’m surprised Mom didn’t tell me you were back in Drumple.”

Knowing his wife would be involved in a lengthy conversation, Silvor made his way to the bar and began talking to the tavern keeper.

“We only returned about a week ago, and we’ve been busy settling in,” Cynthia responded to Halli’s comment. “It’s wonderful to see you, Halli. My, how you’ve grown! We’re so proud of everything you’ve done for Phantasma. I can’t believe you’re the same shy girl who used to sit quietly with your mother and me and read all day. Now look at you: married, and a Holy Paladin! Where have the years gone?”

“Mom wonders the same thing sometimes. And you? I hear you have a son. You’ve been gone from Drumple for so long, I don’t think I’ve even met him.”

“Oh, I’m sure you haven’t. He wasn’t born until after his father and I moved away from Drumple. But that was 15 years ago already!”

“What does he do? Is he a student at the school now? I don’t remember meeting anyone new lately…”

“No, he finished his studies a year ago, when he decided to take up hunting. Now he’s looking for a trainer. Which is what brings me to you. I was hoping you could talk to one of the hunters in your group about taking him on as an apprentice. Do you think they would be willing to do that?”

“Oh, I’m sure Striker and Kaidyla would love that! They’ll be here for a visit this weekend. Perhaps I can introduce you all then. Is your son here now? I’d love to meet him.”

“He’s right over there.” Turning to the young dwarf playing at the game table, Cynthia called, “Dylan! Come here. There’s someone I’d like you to meet.”

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My HeadshotAndrea Buginsky is a freelance writer with a BA in Mass Communication-Journalism from the University of South Florida. She has always wanted to be a published writer, and decided to try to write fantasy books for teens. The Chosen is her first book, and was released on December 14, 2010, to her delight.

Andrea has written five more books since:
  • My Open Heart, an autobiography of growing up with heart disease.
  • Nature’s Unbalance: The Chosen, Book 2
  • Striker’s Apprentice: The Chosen, Book 3
  • Destiny: New Avalon, book 1, a YA fantasy
  • Fate: New Avalon, book 2, a YA fantasy
She is currently writing the fourth book in The Chosen series.
Andrea lives in Kansas with her family, which includes her two precious puppies.

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Friday Free-for-All: STRIKER’S APPRENTICE by Andrea Buginsky (Cover Reveal)

Friday Free-for-All

A while back, I hosted author Andrea Buginsky’s cover reveal for her book, Nature’s Unbalance (Book 2 in the Chosen series). Now, she’s back, and this time it’s with a cover reveal of Book 3 in the series. I’m so happy to be hosting her for the introduction of this third installment.

So, without further ado, here is the cover and short description of her latest book. Enjoy, and be sure to spread the word to all your friends and fellow fans of YA fantasy.

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As a young hunter seeks a trainer, The Chosen prepare for an unforgettable adventure.

With Nature and Phantasma back in order, Halli and Silvor have settled into their new life in Drumple. During a visit from Striker, Kaidyla and Lumina, a request from an old friend of Halli’s family sparks a new challenge when she asks Striker if he’ll train their young son, Dylan. Working with Dylan gives Striker a chance to be a mentor once again, as he had been in his past.

This brings The Chosen to an area of Phantasma Halli has never seen before. What new dangers might be lurking in the forest? Will Halli have a reason to use her powers?

But Halli and Silvor are facing a new journey of their own, one that will change their lives forever. What is in store for The Chosen’s future? Will this latest escapade prepare them for what is yet to come?

Coming soon to an eBook store near you

My HeadshotAndrea Buginsky is a freelance writer with a BA in Mass Communication-Journalism from the University of South Florida. She has always wanted to be a published writer and decided to try to write children’s fantasy books. The Chosen, her first book, was released on December 14, 2010, to her delight.

Andrea has written five more books since:

  • My Open Heart, an autobiography of growing up with heart disease.
  • Nature’s Unbalance: The Chosen, Book 2
  • Striker’s Apprentice: The Chosen, Book 3 (coming soon)
  • Destiny: New Avalon, Book 1, a YA fantasy
  • Fate: New Avalon, Book 2, a YA fantasy

She is currently writing the fourth book in The Chosen series.
Andrea lives in Kansas with her family, which includes her two precious puppies.
You can visit Andrea on her website or Google+

Sweet Romance Sundays: LOVE INSPIRED Book Review and Giveaway

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I had so much fun reading the Love Inspired Suspense books last month, when FlyBy Promotions said I had the opportunity to read and review SIX NEW Love Inspired books, I gladly decided to take them up on the offer. I’m going to talk a little about my experience with a couple of them, and then I’m going to give a brief overview of each one because YOU WILL HAVE THE CHANCE TO WIN ALL SIX OF THESE FOR YOURSELF! This is a tremendous gift for any sweet romance fan, and would be just perfect for a Mother’s Day present.

The two I’ve read so far are THE RANCHER TAKES A BRIDE by Brenda Minton and BACHELOR TO THE RESCUE by Lorraine Beatty. I enjoyed both of them immensely, except I think I connected a little better to the characters in THE RANCHER TAKES A BRIDE, right from the start. Still, I thought both stories were written very well. The characters were likable (except for Oregon’s – MC in RANCHER – dislike of cats). And the romances were sweet and believable. I have every confidence that the other books are just as good.

Now here’s a little more about the books and the promotion:

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Love Inspired® books offer wholesome, faith-based entertainment for women that nourishes the soul as it affirms the values of devotion, hope and love. Books are available online and in-store.

Love Inspired readers believe hearts can heal. Love Inspired stories show that faith, forgiveness and hope have the power to lift spirits and change lives – always.

In THE RANCHER TAKES A BRIDE, Duke Martin, former Army medic is stunned when old love Oregon Jeffries tells him he is the father of her child. Given his troubled past, the hardworking rancher and diner owner understands why Oregon kept his daughter a secret for twelve years. But now Duke desperately wants to make up for lost time. As he sets out to be a true father to Lilly, he soon realizes his feelings for Oregon are growing stronger. When Oregon’s health falters, he’s ready to care for her and prove that he’s worthy of her love. Could this be Duke’s second chance with the woman he never should have let get away?

In THE BACHELOR’S BABY, Jake West’s troubled cousin leaves him with a most unusual parting gift – her newborn baby girl! And now the small-town contractor is forced to seek help from the very woman he resents – the new big-city pediatrician who practically stole his uncle’s practice, Violet Crenshaw. Violet knows she shouldn’t be consorting with the enemy. But she can’t resist the adorable baby and her handsome new caretaker. Violet traded her chance at motherhood for her career years ago. But raising a family with Jake could be everything she’s ever wanted.

In THE SINGLE DAD FINDS A WIFE, Doctor Spring Darling has everything she needs. A wonderful family and a busy job helping the children of Cedar Springs, North Carolina. She’s given up on adding love to that mix. Until the moment David Camden and his adorable son appear in her exam room. Spring assumes David is another down-on-his-luck single parent at the free clinic – but looks can be deceiving. Because David has a job – he’s the architect proposing a new development in the middle of Spring’s land! When the truth is revealed, can Spring find a way to keep both her home and the blessing of new love?

In WINNING THE TEACHER’S HEART, single mom Becca Norton is surprised to discover her high school crush Jared Donnelly is back in town. The motocross champion hasn’t been home in years, but the former bad boy is as gorgeous as she remembers. And his kindness toward her kids melts her heart. But when she learns his true purpose in town is to build a motocross school on land near her home, she has to put on the brakes. Her children’s welfare is her priority, and her former in-laws have made it clear they don’t approve of Jared or his plans. Soon Becca may have to choose between her heart…and her home.

In BACHELOR TO THE RESCUE, young widow Lainie Hollings will do anything to protect her daughters – even if it means accepting help from Shaw McKinney. Though she blames Shaw for her husband’s death, he’s the only one she can turn to when a robbery forces her to take shelter in his home. Soon she’s surprised by the handsome contractor. He’s kind, charming, and determined to protect her and her girls. Being with Lainie makes Shaw want to give up his bachelor life and become a family man. But he’ll need to win over the pretty librarian and prove to her he’s the right man for her future.

In A FIREFIGHTER’S PROMISE, when the baby he rescued seven years ago returns – with his widowed adoptive mom – Deputy Fire Chief Matt Bailey can’t turn them away. Desperate to escape the reminders of his failure in the line of duty, Matt is close to leaving town. But one look at Rachel Carter and her son, Christopher, has him second-guessing his plans. Rachel is a mom in need of a hero for her son. But as much as she wants the two to bond, she’s determined to keep her distance from Matt. After losing her husband on the job, she promised never to love another fireman. Yet somehow she finds herself drawn to the one man she should avoid.

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I’ve got a great prize this week for one lucky commenter on this blog post. Just leave some sort of message here before 11:59 PM on May 3, 2015, and you’ll be entered to win a paperback copy of ALL SIX OF THESE BOOKS.

But you all can enjoy this $1 OFF COUPON for ANY Love Inspired book. Just download it and print it out. Or, if you prefer, here’s the printable PDF version.

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Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Friday Free-for-All: GMovies Review and Giveaway

Friday Free-for-All

If you like Netflix, you’ll love gMovies!

Join over 2 million people who are already enjoying gMovies on a monthly basis!
·  Instant access to hundreds of Christian movies and TV shows with new titles added monthly
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·  Stream from iPad, Android, or your PC
·  Only $4.99/month, but you can enjoy a TWO-WEEK FREE TRIAL RIGHT NOW! Just go visit: https://vod.gmovies.com/gmovies/secure/signup?productid=38 and enter this CODE: FREETRIAL61.
·  No contract; cancel anytime
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gMovies offers instant access to almost 300 faith friendly feature films of every genre, in addition to animated stories, television series and biblical documentaries. Always available on your computer or mobile device, gMovies also includes the bible-based animated series “Pahappahooey Island;” teen drama “Much Ado About Middle School” starring Bill Cobbs, Lee Meriwether and Amanda Waters; and the “Left Behind” drama series starring Kirk Cameron and based on the New York Times bestselling books by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins.

gMovies is operated by UP, America’s favorite television channel for uplifting music and family entertainment, so rest assured that you are being offered the very best in faith conscious entertainment. The Parents Television Council™ has twice awarded its Entertainment Seal of Approval™ to UP for being “an authentic family-friendly cable network.” UP is the only television network to be so honored.

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 This is a screenshot showing two of the movies that are available on gMovies. I’ve watched both of them and can highly recommend them – especially Amazing Love: The Story of Hosea. I think everyone should watch it because it’s such a beautiful story of self-sacrificing love. Another one that I really enjoyed was The Town That Came A-Courtin’, based on Ronda Rich’s book by the same name. In fact, I liked the movie so much, I went out and got the book!
GMovies has plenty for the kids too. My daughters’ favorites are the Mandie movies and the Friends and Heroes animated series. And I love that I can set them loose with the gMovies app and not have to worry about them stumbling across something they shouldn’t be watching, as sometimes happens with Netflix.
Two weeks not enough for you to enjoy gMovies for free? I know. There’s a lot of good stuff to watch. You probably won’t get to see it all in two weeks. But you’re in luck because I’m giving away one FREE 6-month subscription code to a commenter on this blog post. Just leave a comment by 11:59 PM EST on Friday, April 24, 2015, and you’ll be entered to win.

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Friday Free-for-All: THE ADVENTURES OF PAJAMA GIRL AND THE CORONATION OF THE CUPCAKE QUEEN (Review & Giveaway)

Friday Free-for-All

There’s nothing my girls like more than cupcakes with sprinkles…and the color pink. So, when the opportunity to read and review THE ADVENTURES OF PAJAMA GIRL AND THE CORONATION OF THE CUPCAKE QUEEN came, I had to take it.

Here’s a picture of their daddy reading it to them.

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The verdict? The four-year-old said it was “great,” and the six-year-old said she enjoyed it. My husband said he thought they went a little light on the girl for stealing the sprinkles, but it is a children’s book after all, so you can’t expect much in the way of in-depth, severe punishment.

I thought it was a delightful, beautifully illustrated book that is something the whole family can enjoy together. I’m always excited about books like that.

Here’s some more information about the book:

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Hardcover; 32 pages

A cute, illustrated story about a girl‘s imagination and her magical pajamas. In this adventure, Ellie’s cupcake pajamas pave the way for she and her Sis to take a journey to a land filled with all kinds of sweet treats. Their journey quickly turns into an adventure to help the Cupcake Queen find the missing sprinkles needed for her coronation ceremony. In searching for the missing sprinkles, Ellie and Sis uncover a life lesson that is important for every child to learn.

About the author:
Sandra Hagee Parker lives in San Antonio, Texas with her husband, Ryan, and their daughters, Olivia and Elliana — the original pajama girls. A practicing attorney, Sandy is also a part of the music ministry at Cornerstone Church where she and her husband are leaders.

When not working or writing, Sandy enjoys traveling with her family and mastering the art of making Pancakes à la Pajama Girl with her two girls.

Don’t forget to check out the OFFICIAL WEBSITE!

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As a special bonus for readers of this blog post, when you buy the book from any store or online retailer, and then enter your receipt at http://pajamagirl.com/downloads.php, you’ll receive 10 free Pajama Girl Activity Sheets sent via email!

And I have a copy to give away to one lucky commenter on this blog post. Just respond by 11:59 PM EST on Friday, April 17, 2015, and you’ll be entered to win. Don’t miss out on this chance for a rewarding family experience!

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Friday Free-for-All: Author Interview – Sheila M. Cronin

Friday Free-for-All

It’s been a while since I posted an author interview, so when Sheila M. Cronin contacted me after reading a comment I made on Alexis Grant’s site, it seemed like as good a time as any to start back up again.

Today, I am happy to welcome author Sheila M. Cronin. Let’s get to know a little more about her and her book:

1. How would you describe your book to someone who has not yet read it?

A timeless mix of romance, family drama, and psychological and inspirational insights served with humor, The Gift Counselor is a story that will warm your heart all year long.

2. If Oprah invited you onto her show to talk about your book, what would the theme of the show be?

The theme would be gift-giving and gift-receiving, and Oprah would be all over both!

3. How did you get the idea for the novel?

I observed something unusual in a major department store during the Christmas shopping season. A man approached a perfume counter and asked for gift advice. He needed a gift to fix a problem with his girlfriend. The sales associate behind the counter, a young woman, urged him to forget about perfume and buy his girl something beautiful instead—diamonds—so lovely they would make her cry. Then his problem would be solved. Immediately upon witnessing that scene, I knew I had been given the gift of a story and I began to write it that day.

4. Which came first, the title or the novel?

The story came first, and the title followed.

5. What scene or bit of dialogue in the book are you most proud of, and why?

Some readers have told me they like the one sermon given by a priest at Sunday Mass most. It took me 25 tries to get that chapter right, and I am proud of it.

6. What inspired you to write your first book?

This is my first book. Originally, it was a screenplay. I wasn’t having any luck getting it sold. Another writer advised me to turn it into a novel.

7. Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you’ve learned as a writer from then to now? 

I’d have to say that when you receive a gift, such as I did when this story came to me, you’d better honor it as best you can, protect it, write and rewrite and polish it till it shines, and never lose belief in its power.

8. Considering a book from the first word you write to the moment you see it on a bookstore shelf, what’s your favorite part of the process? What’s your least favorite?

My favorite part was when my editor told me I’d written a good book and that it would go far. My least favorite was pushing to get it done when I was mentally exhausted.

9. What’s up next for you?

I am working hard on the sequel. It is called Best of All Gifts.

10. Do you have any advice for other writers?

Find a writing group and be a good member of it. By that I mean, attend every meeting, be ready to discuss your work and their work, and listen to their critiques. Find a good group with positive energy and serious writers, whether amateur or not.

Be sure to visit Ms. Cronin’s website at: http://www.giftcounselorbook.com.

About the Author

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Sheila M. Cronin was born in Chicago, Illinois and after majoring in art, she obtained a Master’s degree in mental health sciences. Sheila then practiced art therapy for ten years. Among her other jobs was a stint at Princess Cruises where she traveled to Tahiti twice in one month. “Airport Romance”, her first published story, can be found in The WritersNet Anthology of Prose.

“Heart Shaped: a collection of short romances” includes 10 humorous stories that suggest love can begin or begin again anywhere.

Writing fiction, painting portraits and composing songs on piano are her favorite “cre-activities,” next to reading a good book.

Tuesdays with Yeshua: EASTER STORIES (Book Review and Giveaway)

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As Easter approaches (I can’t believe it’s already almost here – where has the year gone?), it’s the perfect time to reflect on the life, death, and resurrection of Yeshua (otherwise known as Jesus Christ).

That, in fact, is the main aim of the latest book I had the chance to read and review, EASTER STORIES: Classic Tales for the Holy Season.

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383 pg / multiple authors
 

Everyone who believes Easter is about more than Easter egg hunts will be grateful for this new anthology of short stories that illumine the true meaning of the season. Selected for their spiritual value and literary quality, these classic tales capture the spirit of Holy Week and Easter in a way that will captivate readers of all ages. Parents and grandparents will find that children love to hear these stories read aloud, year after year.

Easter Stories includes time-honored favorites from world-famous storytellers such as C.S. Lewis, Leo Tolstoy, Selma Lagerlof, Oscar Wilde, Elizabeth Goudge, Maxim Gorky, Ruth Sawyer, Anton Chekhov, and Walter Wangerin – as well as many you’ve never heard of before. Illustrated with original woodcuts.

Find out more HERE!

This is an amazing collection of some powerful, classic tales and beautiful illustrations brought to you by Plough Publishing, who published the equally powerful book, THEIR NAME IS TODAY, which I also had the pleasure of reading.
Here’s how you can connect with Plough Publishing online:
I have one paperback copy to give away to a lucky commenter on this blog post. Just let me know you’re interested by 11:59 PM (EST) on March 31, 2015, and you’ll have a shot at winning – just in time to celebrate the Easter holiday.
This is one book you and your family will treasure for years – maybe even generations. I can totally picture my little girls reading these stories to their own children in the future – at least, I hope they do. 
Read below to discover all the “rules” and important legal stuff:

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.