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Friday, December 12, 2014

Book Spotlight: Back to Christmas

Back to Christmas 

Dennis Canfield

Note from The Happy Book Reviewer: Check out this penguin! This is the cutest cover ever... I'm sold!

ISBN 978-0-615-88912-2
ASIN: B00C41C81C
BN ID: 2940148877301
Genre: Historical Fiction

Is the Krumwerth family doomed to go onto the Permanent Naughty List?  Marmel the elf thinks so, and he should know. After all, he has one hundred and seven Christmases of experience in these matters. Amanda Krumwerth has just two days to prove Marmel wrong about her family, but she's determined to do it.
With Santa, Reverse Santa, elves, penguins, and a family that needs to remember the meaning of family, Back to Christmas is a story that children and their parents and grandparents will love reading together. 

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“Sometimes, crazy is exactly what we need.”
--from Back to Christmas

About the Author

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Dennis and his wife and their two daughters live in Western Springs, Illinois. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Commerce, and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Dennis first become interested in writing because of his daughters' involvement in the local theater. "My older daughter played 'Wendy' in Peter Pan, and the theater needed someone to 'fly' her (that is, pull the rope to make her fly above the stage). That was my first ever experience in theater, and I loved it. But I can't act or sing or dance, and I'm not handy, so if I'm going to have any more connection to theater, I'm going to have to write plays. Or maybe pass out programs." 

Dennis has written two Christmas stories: "Silent Night A Christmas Story," and "Back to Christmas." He has also written the book and lyrics for a stage musical based on "Back to Christmas."

Twitter: @backtochristmas

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Book Spotlight: Get on Board Little Children

Get on Board Little Children 
~Children in Hiding Book 1~
Victoria Randall

Genre: Historical Fiction
In a future marked by high-tech surveillance, an unlicensed pregnancy is a felony. It can lead to loss of the child as well as devastating fines and imprisonment. Targeted by the corrupt population-control police, Sophie must make a painful decision. She can submit to the state's harsh demands. Or she can go on the run, relying on the conductors of the revived Underground Railway. Confronted with deception and violence, she must learn to trust her instincts. If she hesitates she risks the loss of everything she values most. 

Fast-paced dystopian thriller, GET ON BOARD LITTLE CHILDREN takes the heroine from the drone-watched streets of Seattle to the dangerous Tijuana border, while exploring a future that may be closer than we imagine.

“In spite of Sophie’s exhaustion, her sleep was restless and broken. Dark figures moved around her, a sharp-toothed creature bared fangs and bit her arm, a tree reached down gnarled branches that coiled around her, lifting and carrying her away. She cried out for her husband, but he was not there. Her father tried to sooth her, but he melted away, replaced by Rivas’ stony features staring down at her, until his eyebrows crawled off his face and turned into black moths that fluttered away.”
--from Get on Board Little Children

About the Author

Victoria Randall lives in Seattle, where she works as a case manager. A graduate of Oberlin College, she is the author of The Ring of the Dark Elves, published in 2003, and the Children in Hiding series. She believes in the power of story, especially science fiction and fantasy, to help us appreciate the textures of our own reality and create new visions for our lives.

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And don't forget to check out my latest book, 
Deep Green, 
available in Print & e-Book 

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Launch Day Spotlight: Fragile Reign

Fragile Reign Release Day
I'm glad to take part in Stacey O'Neale's release day launch for FRAGILE REIGN! Check out the book below and be sure to enter the amazing giveaway!
Fragile Reign by Stacey O'Neale
It’s been a week since all hell broke loose… Rumors of King Taron’s weakened powers have left the air court vulnerable. Kalin is desperate to awaken her akasha powers, except she doesn’t know how. Tension within the court is at an all-time high. Pressure is mounting for her to ascend to the throne, but a halfling has never ruled over any court. To solidify her position, the council has advised her to marry Sebastian—a high ranking air elemental she’s never met and her betrothed. Will Kalin sacrifice her relationship with Rowan to strengthen her court? Rowan and Marcus return to a fire court in turmoil. Liana’s death has fueled the fire elementals’ distrust against the air and woodland courts. The unbalanced elements have set off natural disasters all over the mortal world. Rowan takes the throne to restore balance, promising to unite the fire court. But not all elementals are happy with his leadership. Many are secretly loyal to Valac, which means Rowan needs to find allies for his cause. Can Rowan unify the court of fire before the elements destroy the world? Goodreads | Amazon

If you haven't read Stacey's Mortal Enchantment series, you can get the first book for FREE on Amazon and Barnes & Noble! The Shadow Prince won GOLD at the 2014 Readers' Favorite Book Awards in the Short Story/Novella category!


Excerpt from FRAGILE REIGN

After Marcus left, the lack of sleep and overuse of my power had finally caught up to me. My lids were heavy, making it hard to keep my eyes open. I laid down on the nearest bed, sinking into the softness of the vanilla scented pillows. I could rest here until tomorrow, and then meet Kalin on the beach at sundown. As I closed my eyes, I imagined her in that sexy sundress with the ocean breeze wafting through her red curls. My lips tingled remembering the raspberry taste of her kisses. With all this craziness going on, she was the one thing that made sense. The only person who could make me forget about everything for a little while. Kalin was the one I wanted. The only one I needed. I shook my head. What was wrong with me? It was too soon to be thinking about this stuff, right? It had only been a few weeks. And what did I know about real feelings, anyway? Had it not been for Marcus, I would never even know what it felt like to care for someone. Love was never part of my life. My mother thought love was a weakness—a totally worthless emotion compared to power and control. But that still didn’t explain how I was feeling. Why everything seemed better when Kalin was around. Why my fingers ached to touch her. Why her pain shattered me to the core. I put my hands over my face. Or, maybe the lack of sleep was making me delusional. With a smirk, I gave in to the darkness that was overwhelming me and fell asleep.

Stacey O'NealeAbout the Author

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Stacey O'Neale lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she's not writing, she spends her time fangirling over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter. Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. Stacey writes young adult paranormal romance and adult science fiction romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing. Stacey loves hearing from readers. Follow her on Twitter @StaceyONeale, look for her on Facebook, Pinterest, and GoodReads. You can also visit her blog at http://staceyoneale.com/.


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