Tuesday, January 24, 2017

"Color Me Dead" by Teresa Trent

Color Me Dead
(Henry Park Book 1)
by Teresa Trent

Color Me Dead by Teresa Trent is currently on tour with Great Escapes Book Tours. The book will be FREE copy for the duration of the tour (to 27 January), so make sure you get your copy! The tour stops here today for a guest post by the author and an excerpt. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.

Artist Gabby Wolfe has the ability to see not only the beauty of the living, but the despair of the dead. When she returns to her childhood home in Henry Park Colorado, she is forced to bring along her younger brother Mitch. He is on a “break” from college where he was majoring in wine, women and song. If that isn’t enough they also have Mitch’s rambunctious beagle Luigi along who prefers to spend his days wallowing in junk food. When Gabby draws the death of a young woman before it happens, she knows she must tell someone and risk a new job and her professional credibility. Will she reveal her secret in time to save the woman in the water or will it be too late?

Click below to read an excerpt.

Praise for the Book
~" From the beginning, I was absolutely riveted by this book…" ~ Valerie’s Musings
"5 PAW REVIEW – I thought this was a great start to a new series!" ~ Storeybook Reviews

Guest Post by the Author
Could You Trust Someone Who Has a Vision About You?
Would you trust a psychic if they told you your life was in danger?
In Color Me Dead, Gabby Wolfe, artist and slightly uncontrolled psychic keeps zeroing in on a dead woman. She doesn’t know who it is at first, but if she did and conveyed her fears, you have to wonder how the other character might respond to her. 
If I was confronted by someone who told me they thought my life would be in danger somewhere in the future, not sure how, not sure when, just watch out ... I’d have hard time believing in the legitimacy of the claim. There are just too many scammers out there trying to push buttons of innocent people. This is one reason why my main character, Gabby, chooses not to share the little circus she has going on in her head. She’s starting a new job and doesn’t want to screw it up. She has always had these visions but it was usually something harmless like a phone about to ring or where her keys were. (Personally, I would love to have that ability to find my keys) Now she seeing grisly things and isn’t even sure how to turn it off. Then she realizes she will need to go the other way and try to make her visions stronger to solve the mystery.
Gabby is helped by her little brother Mitch who has been dumped on her after six years of unfinished college and along with him comes his junk food addicted beagle, Luigi. As they return to the small town in the mountains where they lived before their parent’s divorce, not much has changed. The tourists come. The tourists go and the town quiets down from October until May. That’s when Henry Park really gets interesting. 
I hope you’ll come along for a little trip to Henry Park and pick up a free [to 27 January] copy of Color Me Dead today. Leave me a comment below and tell me if you would put your faith in a psychic or tell them to hit the road.

About the Author
Teresa Trent lives in Houston, Texas and is an award-winning mystery writer. She writes the Pecan Bayou Mystery Series, is a regular contributor to the Happy Homicides Anthologies. Teresa is happy to add her Henry Park Mystery Series to her publishing credits with Color Me Dead, the first book in the series. Teresa has also won awards for her work in short stories where she loves to dabble in tales that are closer to the Twilight Zone than small town cozies. When Teresa isn’t writing, she is a full-time caregiver for her son and teaches preschoolers music part-time. Her favorite things include spending time with family and friends, waiting for brownies to come out of the oven, and of course, a good mystery.


Monday, January 23, 2017

"It Started with a Kiss" by Melanie Moreland

It Started with a Kiss
by Melanie Moreland

This release day blitz and giveaway for It Started with a Kiss by Melanie Moreland is brought to you by Promo Stars Services. Please be sure to visit of the other participating blogs as well.

For another book by this author, please check out my blog post on Into the Storm and my blog post on Beneath the Scars.

It started with a kiss.
Then it became so much more.
Love at first sight.
Avery Connor doesn’t believe in it.
But what about love at first kiss?
A favor for a friend. Kiss a stranger and walk away.
But what if that favor, and that stranger, prove to be the turning point of her life?
What if that kiss leads to something more?
Dr. Daniel Stewart is certain it will.
He is determined to make her see him. To feel what he feels.
To have the effects of that kiss last forever.
A story about taking a chance, opening your heart to the moment, and falling in love.

Book Video

Click below to read an excerpt.

Praise for the Book
"OMG... the epilogue, a stroke of genius and one that so suits Daniel. My heart grew even bigger as Daniel's filled with even more love. And the smile I had during reading this book grew so big I think my cheeks still hurt!" ~ Denise - Shh Mom's Reading blog
"A sweet and sexy tale of fast love, desire and passion." ~ USA Today bestselling author Lauren Rowe
"Sweet, sexy and captivating. It Started with a Kiss will have you hooked from the very first word to the last. Avery & Daniel's Story is enchanting romance at its best." ~ Bestselling author E.S. Carter
"Melanie Moreland delivers an emotional, pulse-pounding love story that will capture your heart and refuse to let go." ~ Author Sasha Brummer

About the Author
New York Times/USA Today bestselling author Melanie Moreland, lives a happy and content life in a quiet area of Ontario with her beloved husband of twenty-seven-plus years and their rescue cat, Amber. Nothing means more to her than her friends and family, and she cherishes every moment spent with them.
While seriously addicted to coffee, and highly challenged with all things computer-related and technical, she relishes baking, cooking, and trying new recipes for people to sample. She loves to throw dinner parties, and also enjoys travelling, here and abroad, but finds coming home is always the best part of any trip.
Melanie delights in a good romance story with some bumps along the way, but is a true believer in happily ever after. When her head isn’t buried in a book, it is bent over a keyboard, furiously typing away as her characters dictate their creative storylines to her, often with a large glass of wine keeping her company.

Enter the blitz-wide giveaway for your chance to win a signed paperback of It Started with a Kiss by Melanie Moreland, plus swag.


"Chompy and the Munchy Bunch" Series by Nancy Beaule

Chompy & the Munchy Bunch Series
by Nancy Beaule

Author Nancy Beaule shares excerpts from the first two books in the Chompy & the Munchy Bunch children's book series: The Secret Formula and Search for the Hidden Treasure. The series is suitable for children ages 4 to 9. You can download both books FREE on 23 and 24 January, so be quick! You can also read my reviews.

The Secret Formula
(Chompy & the Munchy Bunch Book 1)

Chompy, a carrot with superpower eyesight; Salty, a potato chip who's a bit untidy; Candybar, a chocolate bar who plays mischievous pranks; and a haunted mansion where it all comes together. These are the main characters in The Secret Formula, the first book in a series called Chompy & the Munchy Bunch.
When Chompy learns about an ancient carrot formula that gives super-powered eyesight, he knows he must find it! But the journey leads Chompy and his pals to the mysterious mansion of Doc Peppa, where strange things begin to happen.

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As Chompy munched on his last carrot, something poking through a thick layer of dust caught his eye.
“Salty, look at this bottle!! It’s gotta be Doc Peppa’s supereye formula! I wonder what it tastes like......”
Chompy’s eyes popped like ping pong balls!
“HOLY CARROTS! I can see for miles! I can see through the walls! I can see...wait...I can see something moving inside Doc Peppa’s safe!!”

Praise for the Book
"I thought this book was awesome and a great short read for kids. It's fun, silly and entertaining. I recommend to all families." ~ Stacie Williams
"Incredible and well written children's book. I would recommend this to all families with small kids. Amazing!!!" ~ bojean
"This book was wonderfully written. It entertained my 5 and 2 year old at the same time. The characters were cute and engaging. Loved the ending!" ~ Kindle Customer
"This is a delightful book which will appeal to a range of young readers. The illustrations are lovely and comically reflect what's happening in the story. This is a great book to use in the classroom or the home if you want to encourage children to eat healthy too. I mean, who doesn't want super powers, especially ones from a carrot?!! This will make a great addition to any child's library." ~ Susan Day (Author /illustrator Astrol's Adventures)
"We have had the pleasure to personally meet her and have her read her book to my daughter and her friend at our local library. Cute book and love the choice of characters." ~ becky

My Review

By Lynda Dickson
Chompy the healthy carrot, Salty the potato chip, Candybar the candy-eating trickster, his little sister Cupcake, and Weiner the dog visit the abandoned Peppa Mansion to find out more about Doc Peppa's supereye carrot formula. They all get a fright, but is the mansion really haunted?
The characters all have distinctive characteristics and mannerisms, and the illustrations by Lauren Goldstein match up well. The author uses words to great effect to further enhance the images in our heads (e.g., "A sudden wave of icy cold air sprinkled them with goose bumps.") and to create a spooky atmosphere. She also subtly conveys the message of healthy eating through the actions of the different characters. I'm a bit disturbed by how our friends enter Doc Peppa's home uninvited and how Chompy appropriates Doc Peppa's secret formula and calls it Chompy Juice. But if you go with the flow, this is a fun, scary story that will have the kids jumping with fright as well as laughing at the silly antics.
Good fun for ages 3 and up.
Note: the readability of the Kindle edition would be improved by having single pages instead of double-page spreads; read this book in landscape mode to increase the size of the text.

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Search for the Hidden Treasure
(Chompy & the Munchy Bunch Book 2)

A secret treasure is hidden deep inside the mysterious Peppa Mansion! Chompy, Salty and Weiner set out to solve the mystery ... but will Candybar shake up their plans? Will Chompy Juice be involved?
Volume 2 in the Chompy & the Munchy Bunch series, this story has plenty of action to keep children entertained again and again!

The heavy door creaked open as Chompy and Salty entered the mansion, scanning the dark room as Chompy’s flashlight danced in his jittery hand, abruptly stopping on a very strange-looking carpet.
A pair of dark glowing eyes seemed to stare right through them!  Coarse dark fur stretched long across the dusty floor.  It was more than Weiner could stand!  He poked his nose under the carpet while Chompy bent down to take a closer look.
Suddenly the carpet reared up towards them like a serpent rising from the dark sea!
"YIKES IT’S ALIVE!” screamed Chompy, leaping on Salty’s back.  “AAAHHHH!”
Down...down... down they went through a rotten floorboard, SMACK onto Candybar’s trap!
Up...up...up sailed Candybar, landing THUD.....right in the middle of a HUGE spider’s nest!

Praise for the Book
"This is the second book in the series and it just keeps getting better. Again we meet Chompy the carrot and his mate, Salty. Their search picks up from the previous book and takes them on a fun and fast-paced adventure. Kids are going to love the illustrations, too. They are really quite funny. This is going to be a hit with most young and older readers. Let's face it, any book that includes the baddie getting covered in spider poop is sure to be a winner! Well done, Nancy. Keep up the good work." ~ Susan Day (Author/illustrator Astrol's Adventures)
"I think this one was just as good as the first book. Great drawings and characters. I recommend to all families. " ~ Stacie Williams
"Nancy Beaule's delightful children's book puts forth the message that you reap what you sow. [...] I enjoyed the second installment of Chompy & the Munchy Bunch, and recommend it to those aged between 4-7, enabling them to realize their full potential, regardless of the fear and obstacles in their way." ~ Rose Malezer, Reader's Favorite

My Review

By Lynda Dickson
Chompy tries making Chompy Juice, but something's just not right. Meanwhile, Salty reveals that he found a cryptic note at Peppa Mansion. So, they head back to the haunted mansion to see if they can find a hidden treasure and, hopefully, the real secret behind making Chompy Juice. But someone else is following them ...
Once again, the author shows her talent in creating a spooky atmosphere with her careful choice of words. Young readers will be amused and frightened at the same time, as Chompy goes on another exciting adventure and someone is taught a lesson. I hope the author takes the opportunity to incorporate some nutritional messages in future books in this series.
Note: read the Kindle edition in portrait mode, as the readability has been improved by having single pages instead of double-page spreads; landscape mode still has double pages, but the pictures don't correspond with the adjacent text and the text is too small.

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About the Author
The Secret Formula is Nancy's debut book. What began as a way to keep her grandchildren entertained, has evolved into an exciting series about a carrot named Chompy who discovers an ancient carrot formula for super-powered eyesight. The series, called Chompy & The Munchy Bunch, is geared toward 4-9 year olds, and while the kids love re-enacting the "Chompy Juice" portion of the book, parents appreciate the hidden nutritional messages. Volume 2, Search for the Hidden Treasure, was published in September 2016.
Nancy's path to writing is a bit unorthodox, having spent the last 30 years as an entrepreneur/inventor. In the 80's she operated a print shop before inventing a product called the Pie Saver, which are foil rings that prevent pies from burning, came from her love of baking! "Running a business is similar to writing - there are lots of ups and downs but you can never give up!" Now with three grandchildren to enjoy, she felt the time was right to try her hand at writing children's books, and the children are loving Chompy and his pals! Nancy has two children and lives in Maine and Florida with her husband of 41 years.

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