Archive | November 2013

Black Friday/Cyber Monday – 5 Compelling Reasons to Buy Our Books!

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Number 5:

As the final sale before the holidays, all ebook versions of Fateful Night and Darkest Day will only be .99 cents from Friday, Nov 29 to Monday, Dec 2. If you amortize that cost over all the words in either book, you get into negative territory. Which means that you’re actually making money not spending it and can you afford NOT to buy it? (Isn’t this brilliant reasoning for a blond?)

Number 4:

As these are not just  boring old economics textbooks, but historical thrillers, reading them will result in shocks and awes. (One hopes, otherwise we’ll never get to quit our day job.) And experiencing shock is a proven calorie burner. Therefore, given that this is the season to indulge, buying and reading these books will allow you to partake with slightly less guilt. Win win!

Number 3:

When you buy either book you can then refer to yourself as a PATRON OF THE ARTS, with all the importance that this statement deserves. Hence the writing of it in caps. While that label will not necessarily help you achieve career success, it can give you major cred at certain holiday parties.

Number 2:

Because you can use this visual aide while reading either book!

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Who wanted her dead? And why?

And, drum roll please, the number 1 compelling reason to buy our books during the Black Friday/Cyber Monday holiday sale:

You could win a KINDLE HD and a $25.00 Amazon gift card!! Early Merry Christmas to YOU!! What more could you want?

Convinced? Of course you are!!  So join us either this Friday, Saturday or Monday for the biggest EVENT of the season.  And, no, you don’t have to dress up or get up at 2:00 in the morning to stand in line for HUGE savings! Here’s the link:

smarturl.it/BlackFriCyberMon

Blessings,

K.R. and T.L.

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International link for Darkest Day: smarturl.it/DarkestDay

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Welcome Author DeEtte Anderton!

DeEtte Anderton

Author of “Victory” and “The Christmas Visitors”

Hi everyone!

We are so honored to have DeEtte with us today!!  She is an amazing author and woman. Author and blogger, DeEtte Anderton started writing in 2007 when her son challenged her to get involved in NaNoWriMo. The manuscript sat untouched with several others until January of 2012 when a good friend encouraged her to seek publication. The Christmas Visitors is her first short story, and her current novel, Victory is also her first.

DeEtte spent much of her childhood playing the piano, clarinet, and guitar, reading, and making up stories. She was active in Girl Scouts, which gave her a wide variety of experiences. While in college, she was on the University of Utah Synchronized Swim team, and taught year-round camping and survival skills for Girl Scouts. She has spent many years working with people with disabilities.

Originally from Utah, currently DeEtte lives in New England where she writes full time and works on the editing team of Master Koda Select Publishing. Her other interests include swimming, crocheting, reading, traveling, history, and her grandchildren. In addition, this devoted mother of six and grandmother of twelve .

Here’s a synopsis of Victory:

The story is about Victory, a town where the people love their country and their neighbors. However, what happens when two visitors come to town? One comes with fear and control, slowly taking away the freedoms the people love. The other comes with faith. When darkness overtakes the town who will have Victory?

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Got freedom? Want to keep it? Victory.

Links for ‘Victory’ include:

US: http://amzn.com/B00AJ9QEKM and, UK:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00AJ9QEKM

Synopsis of The Christmas Visitors:
It’s Christmas Eve – A blizzard and a paranormal sighting cause an accident on a country road. Sam and Ellen seek refuge at a nearby farmhouse. Their experience with the elderly couple that live there will change their lives forever.

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For ‘The Christmas Visitors’ the link include:

US:  http://amzn.com/B00ACNOXOY and UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00ACNOXOY

Here are links into DeEtte Anderton social networks:

Amazon Author Page:
http://www.amazon.com/DeEtte-Beckstead/e/B00ADDW94Y/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

Blog: https://deetteanderton.wordpress.com/

AUTHORSdB page:
http://www.authorsdb.com/authors-directory/66-deette-beckstead

Goodreads:
http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/2207218-deette-beckstead

DeEtte, thank You for being with us today.  We hope your holidays are blessed and that you continue to write and inspire as only you can!

Blessings,

K.R. and T.L.

The Men Who Killed Kennedy

This Youtube video is part two of a nine part series into the events surrounding the murder of America’s most iconic president, John F Kenney.

Darkest Day, book two in the What She Knew Trilogy, delves into the deep, murky underbelly of one of the sadest days in America’s history.

Synopsis of Darkest Day:

On the tragic day of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, the nation mourns the loss of a president who stood for radical change and whose charisma carried him through the masses with never before seen devotion. Kennedy’s determination to pay the U.S. back for his good fortune never wavered, with a presidency riddled in strife from the Cuban Missile Crisis to the Cold War and finally to the Vietnam conflict nothing was easy for him.

In this fictional novel, Kennedy isn’t on a world tour or even in Texas in 1963. Instead he is in the Alps recovering from back surgery, a ruse that he had planned with Bobby, and his double months in advance of the tour. With the oval office tapped and the ever present Bobby running interference there was little likelihood that anyone would realize this was not the president. In fact, no one did.

Now, the world believes their beloved president is dead, there is no going back for Jack. While the decisions are difficult, it is far better to leave his ‘death’ alone than to risk political failure for his family clan and ridicule for his young widow.

Kennedy must now take on another face, name, and identity. Who is behind the assassination? What was the ultimate goal in killing the president? Was it to topple the American government and take down the Kennedy’s with it?
Find out in this action packed conspiracy novel.

Amazon link: smarturl.it/DarkestDay

Blessings,

K.R. and T.L.

International link for Fateful Night: smarturl.it/FatefulNight

International link for Darkest Day: smarturl.it/DarkestDay

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Please Welcome Arlene O’Neil!

Hi all!

Arlene is a dear friend of ours who is the author of a wonderful, heart wrenching book entitled “Broken Spokes.” Once you read this book, your life will be positively changed forever.

 

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Here she is with her son, Tanner.  He serves in the United States Army.  Arlene is a fierce protector of animals, children, and friends. Really, anyone who is not able to speak for themselves, she is their voice.  We just love this woman with the heart as big as Texas!!

Broken Spokes

Synopsis:
Broken Spokes is more than a well-written, interesting read.  It is an inspirational collection of the memories of a courageous child who, in spite of physical and emotional suffering, grew into a compassionate, loving and valiant woman. Crippled at age six, the author begins an odyssey which will consume her entire life.  Through her sufferings, she finds a way to heal others, and in doing so, saves herself.

 

Biography of Arlene R. O’Neil:
“Writing is what lights me up,” states Arlene R. O’Neil. “Being a visual writer, I love seeing my work come to life: to take the reader with me on a journey word by word: to touch a reader whether through laughter or tears.” Her current book, “Broken Spokes,” refers to broken bones, broken bike, and broken spirit. It speaks to the reader of determination, of survival, of inspiration. Born and raised in Connecticut, Mrs. O’Neil moved to South Carolina to work on her second novel, which will relate the roller coaster life of being the parent of a Soldier on active duty. O’Neil says, “My son, SGT Tanner O’Neil, is a member of the United States Army and the joy, pride, and love of my life. After five tours of duty to active war zones, I feel the need to share my experience with other parents in hope of lessening their fears.” SGT O’Neil recently returned from his 5th combat tour. Currently Arlene lives with her two Labradors, Holly and Bruno, and her adorable pet goats, Paxton, JaeJay, Rupert, Patches, and Frosty. “These amazing characters have helped me through some incredibly difficult times and I love them dearly.” Aside from writing, supporting her son while deployed, and caring for her animals, Arlene lives on 3 ½ acres of land that she and her beloved animals enjoy. An author, editor and proofreader, Arlene R. O’Neil may be contacted at arleneoneil@aol.com
Here is a little something that she wrote several years ago.  It really showcases her heart:
My Titles

When did I change and why? I went from Mommy to Mom, to Mother, to Mom again and now to Ma. As a child grows their perspective of Mom changes also. I was Mommy for so long – the one person my son loved more than anything in the world. I could help build a fort, change the oil in the car, snuggle and cuddle f…or hours, cook, clean, coach soccer, and still place an endless supply of Band-Aids on boo boos. I vaguely remember making the switch to Mom as my son got older. Mom still did all the things Mommy did, but the word Mom sounded so much more grown up, sounded all-knowing, all seeing. Mom was there to mend the first broken heart, to teach driving lessons, to confide in,and to borrow money from a seemingly bottomless purse.

Of course the teen years brought Mother…said with some sarcasm and yet so much love. It also described possession as in, “Hello my mother!” Mother is always there no matter what the situation. She can never go far. When the police are on site, it’s “I want to call my mother.” Displays ownership and respect. I am his Mother!

Once again the change to Mom. Moms can do anything! Where Mommies comfort and Mothers support and encourage, Moms can accomplish it all! Mom is an all-inclusive title. Not childish nor too formal, but very flexible.

Ma may sound Southern, but is used all over signifying affection and possibly just a time saver. A child in their late 20’s and early 30’s has so much going on in life to waste letters. “Hey Ma” says volumes!” It tells me of my son’s mood, energy level, happiness or disappointment. Paragraphs are spoken in two simple words.

Regardless of title, being a parent is an awesome job! No matter the current phrase or number of letters, the word itself means the world to me. There is nothing more I could ever become that will be more important than what I am now.

Mommy, Mom, Mother, Ma…different yet the same. They all mean one word. Love.

Arlene R. (Gallo) O’Neil

October 2, 2012
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We hope you have enjoyed learned about our dear friend Arlene as much as we have enjoyed introducing her to you.  Here are the links for you to connect with her yourself:
As we finish today, K.R. and I wanted to publicly thank Tanner O’Neil for his service to our country!!!  Arlene and her son are two perfect examples of people who give way more than they take.

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Blessings to all,

K.R. and T.L.

 

Please Welcome Nadia Kilrick!

Hi all!

We are so honored today to have with us author Nadia Kilrick. Nadia is a Florida native who finds tranquility in the simple life of the Deep South. She believes there is no better place to contemplate life’s journey than sitting beside a slow moving creek shaded by mighty moss-draped oaks. It’s there that dreams burst free from within the chasms of the human heart.

Nadia has written fiction since childhood. The busyness of life and raising a family slowed the progress of her writing for two decades. When her children moved away, she began writing articles for the web. Her passion for fiction writing quietly stirred while writing articles related to gardening, family, self-sufficiency and do-it-yourself projects. Now she writes fiction full time. Thriller, suspense/mystery and paranormal are her favorite genres to write. When reading, she reaches for psychological thrillers, true crime, mystery/suspense, horror, paranormal, western and historical fiction.

Nadia is excited to announce that her newest book, Escape, will be released by Master Koda Select Publishing on Friday, the 8th of November. She invites you to the book launch party on Facebook. All are welcome to come join the fun. Here’s the link to the event. It’s simple to join, simply click ‘join’ at the top right of the page and pop in on the eighth at 3:00 pm CST. K.R. and I will be there.  The prizes are awesome, and it’s so fun to attend these events.  Don’t miss it.

 

We thought we would do something different today, and rather than interviewing the author, we are interviewing her characters.  Fun, right?  Well, here we go.

 Rough Hewn Character Interview: Carolyn

Getting right to the question on everyone’s mind, why did you agree to marry Jim?

At the time, I thought Gabe had moved on. He’d left for college, and jobs I knew nothing about. I thought he’d lost his feelings for me and didn’t know how to tell me. I felt deserted by him. My parents found the match between Jim and I a good one. Of course, they only saw what he and his family wanted them to see. They didn’t know the real Jim. Neither did I, until after we married.

The second most often asked question has to be,  why didn’t you leave the house sooner?

I had no place else to go after my parents were killed. Besides, it was my life and I was used to it. I could read Jim pretty well most of the time and did everything in my power to keep him from blowing up. It worked most of the time. More often than not, his growl was worse than his bite, with me. Later, when things got particularly bad, I started thinking about leaving. That’s when I realized just who I was married to. After that, I chose to stay so I could find something that would put him in prison where he couldn’t hurt me, or anyone else ever again. As you’ll find out in the story, my plan kind of backfired.

What do you think caused the accident that killed your parents?

I used to think it was just that, an accident. Then, I came to suspect that my husband had done something to their car to cause the accident. Now, I’m certain he killed them. I’m not sure exactly how, or even why, but I’m sure he did it.

Truthfully, did you ever stop loving Gabe?

I’ve tried to put him out of my mind. But, he was my first love and his gentle nature and caring heart are imprinted on my own heart. No, I never stopped loving him.

Were you surprised when Lorianna told you about her son?

I wouldn’t say I was surprised. I was shocked, and sickened. The good news is, Billy is a good-natured, loving and loved little boy. Lorianna has done a good job with him.

How did reading your mother-in-law’s private journals make you feel?

I sort of felt like the air was sucked out of my lungs the first time I opened one of them. I was heartsick. As I read of her despair, I cried. Her pain was all too real to me.

Did you think her a hysterical, confused woman, or did you believe what she shared in her journals to be fact? 

I believed every word of it. I know her life with Jim’s dad was as bad—no, worse than mine has been with her son.

How long will you keep your secret from Jim?

Until the day I die, if I can get away with it.

Do you really think you can keep something like that hidden long-term?

I don’t know, but I’m certainly going to try. It’s best for everyone involved.

What will you do, if and when, Jim is apprehended? Will you testify in court, or do you have thoughts of personal revenge outside of the law?

Oh, I’ve had plenty of thoughts about what I’d like to do to him, but those are just thoughts. Assuming he’s caught and carted off to jail, I’ll testify.

Finally, will you and Gabe rekindle your love?

That’s a question I’ve asked myself. It’s a lovely idea, but can you really go back and find such a love again? Nothing is the same when it’s revisited. Only time will tell… 

Here’s a bit about the book:

Rough Hewn II: Escape picks up the lives of Kilmservy Village’s most well-known citizens almost two hundred years after the village was settled by the Stuttshire and Breckenship families.

Life has changed a lot in the small mountain village since Oliver Stuttshire, Yule Breckenship and their families made the journey from the shores of North Carolina to the mountains of Tennessee. Some things never change, though. Good people tend to pass on their way of life to their children and grandchildren. All of whom go out into the world and try to make it better in their own way. The same can be said for people who are not so good. Those with evil in their hearts pass on that evil to the young ones. And if they are not strong enough to fight it, these children mimic the behaviors they’ve learned at home.

Some say it’s in the blood; that evil passes from generation to generation. In the case of the Breckenship blood line, it seems to be true. Each new generation of Breckenship men seem more monstrous than those who have gone before. If it’s true that evil endures in the blood and is passed on, than this family is the epitome of such evil. And, Jim Breckenship is the worst of the lot.

Jim’s wife, Carolyn, learns too late that whispers of her husband’s crimes are more than rumors. She must reconcile within herself the reasons she stays in the house with a monster. Additionally, she must alter her escape plan as Jim’s actions grow more abhorrent by the day, nay, the hour. Will she escape in time to save herself and her secret, or has she waited too long?

Wow! Can’t wait to get our hands on this book!

Nadia is also pleased to announce her debut short story, “Ziggy Returns: A Short Tale”, was published by Master Koda Select Publishing in August 2013. Kilrick’s “Rough Hewn: People of Kilmservy Village”, the first book in the Rough Hewn Trilogy, was released in September 2013. All titles are available at Amazon.com.

Nadia’s links:

Rough Hewn II: ESCAPE – Book Launch: https://www.facebook.com/events/196774833839510/

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Nadia-Kilrick/e/B00EFGK8EI/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

Website: http://www.nadiakilrick.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/NadiaKilrick

Twitter: www.twitter.com/NadiaKilrick

Blog: www.nadiakilrick.blogspot.com

People of Kilmservy Village: http://dld.bz/cTHuP

Thank you all for being with us today and make sure to mark your callendar to join us tomorrow at 3:00 CST for the book launch.  We can assure you it will be fun and you will then have a chance to win some great prizes.

Blessings,

K.R. and T.L.

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International link for Darkest Day: smarturl.it/DarkestDay

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