Free Chapbook for #NationalPoetryMonth

As usual, with National Poetry Month chugging along, I would like to share some of my work for free. Most of the time I make From Where I Stand the month’s freebie. But I think most people have that at this point. This time around, Winter’s Homecoming and Other Poems is free if you head over to Smashwords. All month. No cost. Though, if anyone still needs From Where I Stand and can’t afford a copy right now, please let me know. I’m sure I could be persuaded to send you a coupon code for it, too.

I hope to share more deals from other poets throughout the month. So, if you’re a poet with something you’d like me to share on the blog in April, message me through the contact form. We’re here to celebrate poetry in all its forms for the next few weeks!

If you grab a copy of the book, as all authors like to say, and you’d like to leave an honest review (positive, negative, long, short, whatever) when you’re done…I’d greatly appreciate it. But no review is also perfectly fine. I don’t review most of what I read lately, to be honest. Especially poetry. I have a hard time reviewing that stuff, so I don’t expect anyone to beat themselves up trying to write reviews for it.

Ok, enough of that. You want the link to that chapbook don’t you? Here it is, and a little about it.

Winter’s Homecoming and Other Poems is an eight poem chapbook by Robert Zimmermann. In this insightful new collection, Zimmermann shares his love and appreciation for the beauty of nature and the changing of seasons, as well as the endless search for happiness.

Grab your copy, in all formats, buy clicking below.

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(To get this free, there’s a coupon code by the buy button on the Smashwords page. Just copy and past it into the box provided on the cart page to get it reduced to $0.00, or buy it for the $0.99 if you’d like to. And if you run into any trouble, let me know. I’ll do my best to help.)

Smut by @MetalBlonde is on Sale!

Yesterday, you may have read my post about Karina Halle’s Experiment in Terror series. The scary horror series that’s perfect for reading this time of year.

Well, that’s not all Halle likes to write about. She writes in a few other genres and I’d like to share one of those today. Her book Smut is a romantic comedy (one of my favorite subgenres of romance). And it’s also on sale for only $0.99 today. I haven’t gotten to reading it yet, but I have a copy. And I know that Halle’s a great writer. Will you check it out and experience this rom com with me?

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What happens when the kink between the pages leads to heat between the sheets?

All Blake Crawford wants is to pass his creative writing course, get his university degree, and take over his dad’s ailing family business. What Amanda Newland wants is to graduate at the top of her class, as well as finally finish her novel and prove to her family that writing is a respectful career.

What Blake and Amanda don’t want is to be paired up with each other for their final project, but that’s exactly what they both get when they’re forced to collaborate on a writing piece. Since Amanda thinks Blake is a pushy asshole (with a panty-melting smirk and British accent) and Blake thinks Amanda has a stick up her ass (though it’s a brilliant ass), they fight tooth and nail until they discover they write well together. They also may find each other really attractive, but that’s neither here nor there.

When their writing project turns out to be a success, the two of them decide to start up a secret partnership using a pen name, infiltrating the self-publishing market in the lucrative genre of erotica. Naturally, with so much heat and passion between the pages, it’s not long before their dirty words become a dirty reality. Sure, they still fight a lot, but at least there’s make-up sex now.

But even as they start to fall hard for each other, will their burgeoning relationship survive if their scandalous secret is exposed? Or are happily-ever-afters just a work of fiction?

Want a copy of Smut? Find it here:

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About the Author:

Karina Halle author picKarina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Racing the Sun, Sins & Needles and over 25 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

Halle is represented by the Waxman Leavell Agency and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.

Hit her up on Instagram at @authorHalle, on Twitter at @MetalBlonde and on Facebook. You can also visit http://www.authorkarinahalle.com and sign up for the newsletter for news, excerpts, previews, private book signing sales and more.

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Story Time Friday – a #poem from an unnamed poet

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Looks like 2016 is off to a good start. Two weeks in a row for a Story Time Friday post! Another great thing is that it’s not my own work I’m sharing this week. We have a new poet today, but I can’t tell you who it is. The poet would like to remain anonymous, but I’m sure he (or she, oooh the mystery) will be checking in to see how the poem’s being received. Don’t be shy, leave some feedback. It’s what keeps writers coming back with more work in the future.

One more thing before I let you go read the poem. In the Christmas post you may have seen that I was giving away From Where I Stand for free. Well, that coupon has expired and only three people grabbed it in the few weeks it was free. I hope that means everyone who ever wanted to read the book already bought it at some point. If that’s not the case and someone still would like a copy, I put it on sale for $0.99 over on Amazon. I also have Winter’s Homecoming and Other Poems on sale for the same price. They’ll be this way for the near future. Figured it might be a good incentive for new readers to check out my work and I can make 35 cents off them for doing so 😉
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Who Am I?

by Anonymous

Look at me.
What do you see?
Boy. Man. Friend. Husband. Father.
I look at me
And see what you can’t see.
Coward. Weak. Afraid. Lost.
Gray clouds encompass my soul.
My burdens and fears crystalize.
In the darkest hours I long for the light
And the peace it brings, if even momentarily.

Sunshine.
Warm. Life giving light.
Sunshine has power to break through the clouds.
Her rays find their way in.
Comfort. Hope. The life she provides hugs me tight,
Helps me break free today.

Hugs.
A warm embrace.
A show of affection, support, caring, and love.
It’s not about sex or copping a feel
But about protection, compassion, companionship, comfort, and peace.
As arms encompass another,
The transfer occurs,
And for those moments, all is right and good.

Abruptly.
Selfishly.
Cowardly.
Technology is used to bridge the gap that distance provides,
To unburden a soul,
Professing thoughts, needs, and wants,
The longing for hugs’ warm embrace.

Unrequited?
One directional?
It’s possible, but who can really say?
The coward shrinks with his unburdened soul
Wondering if honesty is always the best,
As new burdens crush his soul.
Waiting.
Unknowing.
Racked with guilt
The coward comes to realize he shoved sunshine into the rabbit’s hole.

Surprised?
Upset?
Saddened?
Scared?
Confused to be sure.
She tumbles through emotions as the void swallows her whole.

Silence.
Deafening sounds of silence.
The silence screams her response as sunshine withdraws.

Darkness.
Cold.
Gloomy.
Frightened he waits for the sun,
Not knowing if she will ever return.
Alone.
Being damned to the dark
Is his biggest fear.
He realizes he may have pulled the plug on the sun.

Waiting.
Praying.
Struggling daily.
Desperate to find peace
Either in this life
Or the panacea promised by death.
Hoping against the odds
That one day perhaps
Sunshine will forgive
Returning to share her light
And they’ll hug their sorrows away.

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How to Submit:

For those who wish to be part of Story Time Friday in the near future, you can send submissions to the email address that I formerly used for review requests (but don’t anymore since I’m retired . . . don’t try to be clever and slip one in 😛 ): miztrebor88@gmail.com. Be sure to use the subject “Story Time Friday Submission” and send your piece as an attachment (.doc/.docx would be best). Any other questions, feel free to comment here or contact me through the blog’s contact form.

Hope to hear from some writers soon!

 

An Epic Sale on an #EpicFantasy Favorite and a New #Podcast from @thesmboyce

There’s probably no (long-time) readers reading this who doesn’t know about my love for S.M. Boyce’s Grimoire Saga. She grabbed me from the first chapter of Lichgates, and didn’t let me go until the last period of Illusion. Well, to be perfectly honest, I’m still hooked on the series. It never let me go. And that’s good because The Ourean Chronicles, a spin-off series, recently started with the release of The Misanthrope.

For those who haven’t jumped into the series, I have a great opportunity to share with you all. Boyce has put all of the books in the saga on a countdown sale, over on Amazon! From the 11th-12th, you can get the books for $0.99 each. Then the 13th-14th, $1.99 each. On the 15th, the last day of the sale, they’ll be $2.99 each. So hurry and grab these up while there’s still time. Though, even if you miss the sales, they’re worth paying full price for. I mean that.

Oh, and by the way, if you just want to try out the first book, Lichgates, that book is currently FREE! You can find links for all four books, along with my reviews if you need more encouraging, here…

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LichgatesWhen Kara Magari uncovers a secret door in the middle of the forest, she discovers (and trips through) a portal to a hidden world full of terrifying things: Ourea. She just wants to go home, but the natives have other plans for her. She clashes with immortal shapeshifters, is carried off by a dragon, nearly dies on several occasions, and somehow becomes the master of an ancient book of magic called the Grimoire. Every time she thinks she’s safe, her new “friends” show their true colors.

Kara needs an ally, or she might not survive Ourea’s monsters. She drops her guard when Braeden, a native soldier with a dark secret, vows to keep her safe. And though she doesn’t know it, her growing attraction to him may just be her undoing.

For twelve years, Braeden Drakonin has lived a lie. The Grimoire is his one chance at redemption, and it lands in his lap when Kara Magari comes into his life. Though he begins to care for this stranded girl, there’s something he wants more. He wants the Grimoire.

Welcome to Ourea, where only the cunning survive.

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TreasonOurea has always been a deadly place. The lichgates tying the hidden world to Earth keep its creatures at bay—for now.

Kara Magari ignited a war when she stumbled into Ourea and found the Grimoire: a powerful artifact filled with secrets. To protect the one person she has left, she strikes a deal that goes against everything she believes in. But things don’t go as planned.

Braeden Drakonin can no longer run from who—and what—he is. He has to face the facts. He’s a prince. He’s a murderer. He’s a wanted man. And after a betrayal that leaves him heartbroken, he’s out for blood.

To survive, both Kara and Braeden must become the evil each has grown to hate.

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heritageKara Magari isn’t normal, even by Ourea’s standards—and in a world of shape-shifters and soul stealers, that’s saying something. To the royalty, she’s a loose cannon. To the masses, she’s a failure. But Kara’s arrival in Ourea started a war, and she’s going to end it.

An ancient isen named Stone takes an interest in Kara’s training, and it turns out he has more answers than he originally led her to believe. In an effort to unearth a secret that might end the bloodshed, Kara instead discovers an ugly truth about her family—and how much she has in common with an infamous mass-murderer.

Braeden Drakonin has slowly rebuilt his life after the betrayal that tore it apart. His father wants him dead, and frankly, his so-called allies wouldn’t mind that either. Private alliances are formed. Secrets are sold. Tension is driving the armies apart. A single battle will end this war, and it’s coming. Braeden may be a prince, but it will take more than that to survive. He must take the fight to his father’s door—and win.

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Goodreads | My Review

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Illusion

The final chapter in the war for Ourea ends with blood.

Kara Magari is an icon. A hero. The people love her. The royalty tolerates her. She has everything—an army, allies, and a close circle of chosen family. They believe she will end the war, and they shouldn’t. She’s as scared as they are. She just can’t show it.

The war she accidentally started ends with a final battle that will either save or enslave her people. She will do anything to win—until she learns the cost of victory.

Braeden Drakonin is afraid of what he’ll become when he takes over his father’s kingdom—that much authority can change a man. But his father has already tried to kill him more than once, and it’s time to end his reign. Braeden’s armies are ready. His strategy is foolproof. His generals are waiting for the order to attack. It’s only in the final seconds before the battle begins that he realizes he missed one crucial detail—the traitor.

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Remember:

  • $0.99 until the 12th.
  • $1.99 from the 13th-14th
  • $2.99 on the 15th
  • Then full price after that.

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Want more from S.M. Boyce, but you’d read all of the books? Well, if you’re a fan of podcasts, like I am, here’s a new one to check out. Authors S.M. Boyce and J.N. Chaney have teamed up to create The Indie Pub Podcast! Here’s a quick bit about it from the website.

We’re S. M. BoyceJ. N. Chaney, two published authors who chew through information on the publishing industry in our free time. Every conversation turns into an advanced marketing or publishing discussion, and we figured you may want to listen in.

Our goal? We want you to find new information in every podcast.

Interested? There are a few episodes up on the site already, and it should be up on iTunes soon, so don’t forget to subscribe on there when you can. I’ll be going out to listen to them today. I hope you give it a shot too.

Find the Podcast Here

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About the Author:

Boyce 300International Amazon Bestseller. Fantasy Author. Twitter addict. Book Blogger. Geek. Sarcastic. Gooey. Odd. Author of the action-packed Grimoire Saga.

S.M. Boyce is a novelist who loves ghosts, magic, and spooky things. She prefers loose-leaf tea, reads far too many books, and is always cold. She’s married to her soul mate and couldn’t be happier. Her B.A. in Creative Writing qualifies her to serve you french fries.

Boyce likes to update her blog a few times each week so that you have something to wake you up in the morning.

Connect with Boyce

Website | Blog | Advice for Writers
Facebook | Twitter | Google +
Pinterest | Youtube | Goodreads
Amazon Page | Smashwords Page

#SALE! Trust the Focus, by @MeganErickson_ only $0.99

TRUST THE FOCUS IS CURRENTLY ON SALE!!!!

Ok, I’ll calm down a little bit, but this is something I wanted to be vocal about for you, my readers. Megan Erickson is one of the authors I’ll be keeping an eye on for a long time and you’ve seen me talk about her often in recent months.

Currently (I don’t have a exact dates) Trust the Focus, the first book in her In Focus series, is only NINETY-NINE PENNIES! That’s the lowest you’ll see it, and it’s worth even more pennies if you ask me. But don’t ask me. Just check out my review instead.

You’ll also find pre-order links for the second book, Focus on Me, which comes out in July. I can’t wait to get my hands on that one.

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Trust the Focus

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From the author of Make it Count comes the first novel in the In Focus series…

With his college graduation gown expertly pitched into the trash, Justin Akron is ready for the road trip he planned with his best friend Landry— and ready for one last summer of escape from his mother’s controlling grip. Climbing into the Winnebago his father left him, they set out across America in search of the sites his father had captured through the lens of his Nikon.

As an aspiring photographer, Justin can think of no better way to honor his father’s memory than to scatter his ashes at the sites he held sacred. And there’s no one Justin would rather share the experience with more than Landry.

But Justin knows he can’t escape forever. Eventually he’ll have to return home and join his mother’s Senate campaign. Nor can he escape the truth of who he is, and the fact that he’s in love with his out-and-proud travel companion.

Admitting what he wants could hurt his mother’s conservative political career. But with every click of his shutter and every sprinkle of ash, Justin can’t resist Landry’s pull. And when the truth comes into focus, neither is prepared for the secrets the other is hiding.

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Trust the Focus is available from:
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Focus on Me (pre-order)

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About the Author:

Megan EricksonMegan worked as a journalist covering real-life dramas before she decided she liked writing her own endings better and switched to fiction.

She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids and two cats. When she’s not tapping away on her laptop, she’s probably listening to the characters in her head who won’t stop talking.

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Turtle Bay by @AuthorTiffany is on #Sale!

Remember back on the 20th when I let you all know about Tiffany King’s latest young adult release? Well, if you haven’t gone out and grabbed the book yet, and were interested, it’ll be on sale for only $0.99 for a limited time! Just under a dollar for this amazing YA title? Can’t really go wrong with that. The sale will be for about a week, but could possibly last longer. Should be enough time for a lot of fans to grab it and spread it around. Maybe even gift it to friends who haven’t read it yet.

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If you’re a teenager in a small, rural area, how do you exist when your eccentric, free-spirited parents are the town freaks everyone laughs at?

For sixteen-year-old Rainbow Honeywell—or Rain, as she insists on being called—the answer was to become the queen of all pranks. She never wanted to be a troublemaker, but the label quickly stuck when everyone in Huntsville, Kansas, became a target. All she wanted was to deflect the negative attention off her parents, but Rain’s plan backfired to the max, landing her in a heap of trouble with the local authorities and expelled from high school.

An unexpected inheritance offers Rain an opportunity for a new beginning when she and her family move across the country to the quaint beach community of Turtle Bay, Florida.

Determined to make the best of her second chance, Rain vows to walk the straight and narrow, hoping her parents will fly under the radar while she soaks up some fun in the sun, sandy beaches, and hot, tanned guys. Unfortunately, she picks the wrong new friends, and a late night party lands her back in the kind of trouble she had been hoping to avoid. As the newbie in town with a record, Rain takes the brunt of the punishment when an unforgiving judge chooses to make an example out of her and slaps her with enough community service hours to keep her busy until she is old and gray.

Facing the harsh reality of paying for the actions of others while atoning for her own past sins, Rain is paired up with Josh Shaw, a judgmental local lifeguard whose love for the beach and the environment is eclipsed only by his distaste for those who trash it. As far as Josh is concerned, Rain is guilty and got what she deserved, regardless of her side of the story. To make matters worse, a tropical storm sits in the Atlantic, threatening to wreak havoc on the small beach community.

Things slowly change as Rain begins to appreciate her surroundings through Josh’s eyes, proving she is not the person he thinks she is. Their feelings for one another blossom as the tropical storm grows into a hurricane and bears down on Turtle Bay. With impending danger looming, the small beach community must come together in order to ride out the storm.

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Did that get you interested in the book now? If so, you can find it from:

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(Sales will take effect very soon if not already. A few sites might be delayed slightly. Keep checking back.)

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You may want to check out King’s other YA titles, as well:

Wishing For Someday Soon – REVIEW
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Forever Changed – REVIEW
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Unlikely Allies – REVIEW
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Miss Me Not – REVIEW
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About the Author:

Tiffany King new profile pictureUSA Today Best Selling author, Tiffany King is the author of the Young Adult titles: The Saving Angels SeriesWishing for Someday SoonForever ChangedUnlikely AlliesMiss Me Not, and Jordyn: A Daemon Hunter Novel book one. She also has a New Adult title called No Attachments.

Writer by day and book fanatic the rest of the time, she is now pursuing her life-long dream of weaving tales for others to enjoy. She has a loving husband and two wonderful kids. (Five, if you count her three spoiled cats). Her addictions include: Her iphone and ipad, chocolate, Diet Coke, chocolate, Harry Potter, chocolate, and her favorite TV shows. Want to know what they are? Just ask.

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Have you Read @AuthorTiffany’s Novels? Four on #Sale this Weekend

If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time you’ve probably come to the conclusion that I have a few favorite authors that I talk about A LOT. I think it’s safe to say there are two specific authors who are on top of my list. One of those is the author of The Grimoire Saga, S.M. Boyce. I’ll be bringing you all some great news about Boyce in the coming weeks. The other author who I throw in your faces is Tiffany King.

Tiffany King’s been on top of my favorite author’s list since I first read Wishing for Someday Soon back in 2012. Soon after, Forever Changed was released, then Unlikely Allies (and the list goes on). If you’ve seen my reviews (they’ll be linked in this post in a little bit) you probably know how much I loved these books.

Ever since I found her work, I jump at the chance to read it all. I still have some to read (like her Saving Angels series), but it’s all on my ever-expanding TBR. With that said, let me get to the point of this post. The point is to help you expand your to-be-read pile for the weekend (and beyond). Today and tomorrow (September 6th and 7th) four of Tiffany King’s amazing young adult novels are on sale for only $1.87! Below you’ll find links on where to find/buy the ebooks. You’ll also find links to my reviews of the books, because maybe you’d like to know a little more about the book(s) before running out and buying it. You can find the synopses on my review links as well. I won’t clutter up this post with too much more text.

Without further ado, here are the books on sale…

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Wishing For Someday Soon

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This was the first book of King’s I read and how I discovered her. It’s also the only book to ever almost make me cry. That’s not an easy thing to accomplish, but it’s how I push the book on people all the time.

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$1.87 on Amazon

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Forever Changed

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$1.87 on Amazon

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Unlikely Allies

Unlikely Allies

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$1.87 on Amazon

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Miss Me Not

Miss Me Not by Tiffany King

REVIEW

$1.87 on Amazon