Thursday, December 18, 2014

Kary Rader brings inspiration and a great new book: Queen of Jastain, The Reign of Light Series


Seeds of Greatness
By Kary Rader

Many years ago at a Zig Ziglar motivational seminar, a group of us were asked to write our own obituaries to be read in front of the group of twenty or so people. The object of the exercise was to get us thinking about the mark our lives would make and how we wanted to change the world around us.

I remember sitting there with a blank page not really knowing what to write. Everyone at the table around me was scribbling something, and I was just sitting there. Staring. My palms began to sweat and my heart began to pound. My throat constricted and my eyes enviously flitted from one person to the next. All my peers, my friends, would have something to say, and I would look like an utter dork. Anger built in my chest that these people would put me in such an embarrassing situation. I even considered walking out.
 That’s how stressed I was.

Then one of the leaders came and sat by me. She smiled and said, “You have to let your imagination go. Don’t think of limitations. What would you do if anything were possible?”

Let my imagination go? Now that was something I could do, and I wrote the most outlandish, amazing obituary I could think of. Donald Trump would be envious. Even Oprah couldn’t compare. It flowed and was well phrased, because even back then, when I didn’t know what my gift was, it was still working in me.

In my obituary, Fictional Me established dozens of charities which had completely abolished world hunger and illiteracy.

Our small group leader, a lady by the name of Lauren Clark, gathered our pages and read them aloud. When she came to mine, she stopped and gasped, “Kary. This is amazing! This is amazing.”

She read the obituary and everyone turned to look at me. I was thinking, oh great, I’ve done it now. But they had wonder in their eyes. People I’d known for years congratulated me on the obituary. They Oohed and Ahhed over how amazing it was.

I left the seminar that day wondering what in the heck had happened. Those people had actually believed I could accomplish something so outrageous. Lauren Clark, a woman I respected and admired, thought I could do the things I wrote. Lauren came up to me years later and told me she remembered that obituary and it still inspired her.

To this day I’m amazed that she could have so much confidence in me, and I’m inspired by her belief. She made me realize that dreams without limitations are powerful and possible. Maybe I won’t accomplish all the things in that obituary. Maybe I will, but if I don’t, it won’t be because it isn’t possible. Anything is possible if you believe.

Incidentally, Lauren’s obituary was about being a missionary that traveled the world helping those lost and in need. Today, you can find pictures of her travels and the work she’s doing one her website: Lauren Clark Ministries

What are your dreams without limitations? If you had to write your own obituary today what would you want it to say?

Peep Rep: Well, what would yours say?
Liza: Here lies Liza who died leaving a great deal of people addicted to her books.
Peep Rep: Oh come on! Surely you have better aspirations than that!
Liza: Okay, how's this. Here lies Liza who led the move to oust Fox News from the air waves, banned for eternity.
Peep Rep: Kary, I wish I could read your obit instead. Liza doesn't seem to want to die with inspiration.  All she wants to do is addict and oust people... 
Liza: Consider yourself ousted and go find the cover!
Peep Rep: Found it and just WOW!
“Queen of Jastain” (The Reign of Light Series)
By Kary Rader


The Light brought her to the hero of Jastain, but now, modern-day Texan Abby Randall must fight an epic battle before she can become his queen. 

OUT OF DARKNESS 
For twenty years, Avant has faithfully awaited the arrival of the Chosen One, a hero who will fight by his side to restore the missing Crown and drive Darkness from his kingdom of Jastain. But when she finally appears, Avant’s attraction to the Light’s champion threatens his long-held beliefs, his plan for revenge against the Dark king, and two decades of fidelity to a stolen bride. 

INTO LIGHT 
Abby Randall can’t possibly be Sir Hots-A-Lot’s “One.” Sure, she was mysteriously transported to this medieval land, but her only super powers are shopping and party-planning. Yet, destiny will not be denied any more than her desire to see Avant’s skill with his, uh, sword. They embark on a quest to face the very source of evil, where they will learn that only great love—and even greater sacrifice—will make her his Queen of Jastain.










Kary Rader is a part-time Twitter sage, stay-at-home mother of three, and slave to the characters and worlds inside her head. Always creative, she's drawn to stories with fantastical worlds and creatures. With a little bit of magic and divine guidance, there isn't anything that can't be accomplished with words. It's the power of words that creates and destroys. Vanquishing evil and injustice while finding eternal love in the process is all in a day's work. With the help of her critique partners and master cartographer imaginary places come to life.

Author Links:
Website/Blog:  www.karyrader.com




Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Santa Baby Bog Hop - Everyone has A Right to Love


Click below for 47 minutes of soothing
 Christmas Music (it's worth the effort)




The bloghop is over

Hope you enjoyed it!
My free gift is still available today


Christmas is the perfect time to fall in Love.
Best of All...
You don't have to be perfect to fall in love.
(Oh, thank goodness!)
For example, meet Jacko, the gypsy pirate.

Jacko was forced into piracy at the age of 13, and traveled with the worst pirates imaginable until at 17 when he shot the pirate captain and took the ship back to England. Unable to get a proper job, he took up stealing, and showed a true talent for it. 

Then he met Xavier Thorn, the greatest sleuth & spy England has ever had. Xavier convinces Jacko to steal and kill for the good of England instead.


Recently, Jacko stole an old woman from Bedlam, and takes her to her daughter's estate. The moment he lays eyes on the daughter, Alice, he falls in love.


Alice intends to die unmarried. Her stepfather has abused her in the worst of ways and no man of society will ever want her. 

Upon reaching the age of 21, she takes control of her estate and gives up on love.


Until she meets Jacko. He is strong, brave, and has saved her mother from certain death. 


But her mother wishes to return to London society, which will never happen if Alice marries a gypsy.



So Jacko gets a makeover and a new name.

Meet Jacon Bienora
Spanish Aristocrat

Perfect, now they have a right to love...
But hold on...

Someone has stolen Alice.
Someone wants her dead.
Someone wants her wed (but not to Jacko).

Can Jacko find and save her in time?
Can Alice escape her capture?

You know what you must do to find out...


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 WHERE IT ALL BEGAN:
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THE TROUBLESOME APPRENTICE


While investigating the death of a friend and client, Maddy Hamilton, Xavier Thorn (reputed to be the greatest sleuth in England) is greatly impressed with Maddy’s nephew, Victor, and offers him a job as his secretary. Aware of Xavier’s history of firing secretaries, Victor garners a promise that for three months he cannot be fired.

Vic then proceeds, in Xavier’s view, to be cheeky and impertinent at every turn. Xavier endures the impudent pup because Victor is most skilled in extracting the truth from clients and intuiting facts with little evidence to assist.

As they solve a string of cases, Xavier discovers a few more important details about his troublesome apprentice, such as her true gender, and the realization that she has awakened his long dormant heart.

Don't forget to leave your email address 
to Get your very own Troublesome apprentice.

And if for some reason you don't want to leave your email, but you do want my fabulous book,
I put it on sale for 99 cents at amazon
during the blog hop.
Free or 99 cents-you decide

Monday, December 15, 2014

Forgotten No More by Christina McKnight

Today we have...

Peep Rep: You've forgotten what the book is called, haven't you?

Liza: Don't be silly. It's Forgotten No More by Christina McKnight.

Peep Rep: Any chance you can remember if there's a prize?

Liza: Yes, oh greedy one, Christina will be offering a $25 and a $15 gift card to two rafflecopter winners.

Peep Rep: Can I win them both?

Liza: No. She has two gifts so she could reward two people.



Forgotten No More: A Lady Forsaken, Book Two
by Christina McKnight

~~~~~~~~~~~~~



A lady forgotten by all...

Ruby St. Augustin must find the truth of her past to determine what her future holds. She only has a short time in London to uncover the identity of her real father and the secrets behind her birth. If anyone learns of her mission, she will disgrace everyone she holds dear. What she doesn’t expect is to draw the attention of a man who doesn’t care about his reputation or her past.

A man mesmerized by one...

Harold Jakeston is a man without wealth or title. Resigned to a life he loathes, Harold has the chance at a few weeks of freedom before being trapped in a future he wants no part of. When he’s drawn into the mysterious quest of a woman from his past, he embraces the opportunity to forget the life that awaits him. What he never anticipated is falling in love with a woman who ignites his desire to create a new future for himself and for her. 

A love neither can abandon...




London, England
January 1816

       
      Ruby took a deep breath before trying the final drawer that could hold all the answers to her past, her true heritage. Her lungs expanded; she held the air inside. She didn’t exhale until it burned. With trembling fingers, she reached for the last drawer and pulled.

      Her nicely trimmed nails nearly snapped when her grasp on the handle slipped from the force of her tug. The drawer hadn’t budged.

      Locked!

      “Oh, poppy cocks!” she hissed. Moving her hands to the folds of her evening gown, Ruby procured a small pouch tucked neatly into a hidden pocket. Setting it on the desk, she pulled out her array of lock-picking devices, really only hairpins and small wires she’d collected since her first night—and her first failed attempt at breaking into a desk—to help her disengage the drawer.

      She had to know what secrets this lord held. Would she find an envelope inside labelled ‘Abandoned Daughter,’ or a report from the Bow Street Runners with details about herself—her hair color, the particular green shade of her eyes, places she’d been, perhaps the details of her activities over the course of her life?

Nothing worth finding was that simply ascertained.

No man, married or not, would leave record of their nefarious past. It was more likely her father had not spared her, or her mother, a second thought after throwing his pregnant mistress from his townhouse in the middle of the night with no coat and no means to get home.

      Ruby was anything but a fool, but she found herself continuing to search regardless. She didn’t need a signed confession—she just needed that letter opener.

      Picks in hand, she knelt before the locked drawer and eyed the keyhole, blowing a wayward strand of hair that had fallen across her face. She’d been unsuccessful more often than not when attempting to open locked drawers. But luck may have been on her side this evening. She’d entered the ball with little fuss, shortly after the host and hostess had quit the receiving line. It was surprising how similar the layout of most London townhouses were. Ruby had navigated the halls of the second floor and found the room she sought fairly quickly, encountering not a soul.

      The pins slipped into the lock and her tongue darted out of her mouth to lick her lips as she concentrated on moving them exactly right to click the lock over. She fought to keep her hands steady when sweat broke out across her forehead. She was running out of time.

      Ruby applied a bit too much pressure and the pin snapped, falling uselessly into the locked drawer. “Damn you to hell, mother!” she cursed and sat back, wiping her slick brow.

      She’d always viewed herself as a sensible girl, a dutiful daughter, and an honest friend. She could only imagine the horror on Vi’s face if she saw her now. A common thief. A midnight prowler. A defiler of privacy.

      Although, it could not be helped.

      She sought answers and at the moment all she had was an endless list of questions.

      Gaining her feet once more, she bundled her kit and slipped it back into her pocket. She turned her attention to the long table against the wall behind the desk. Leaning over, she ran her hand along the underside of the ornately carved piece, feeling for hidden compartments or—if her luck returned—a forgotten folder of papers.

       “Sherry, Miss Ruby?” an oddly familiar voice asked behind her.


~~~~~~~~~~~~~




Ruby St. Augustin is a forgotten lady. Her father is dead, and her disinterested mother has left her in the country while she enjoys London. However, Ruby finds her mother’s diary and discovers the man who loved and raised her was not her real father. Her unknown father lives in London, so Ruby sets out to find him.

Staying with her dearest friend, Vi, and the lady’s husband, Brock, Ruby has created a list of men who might be her father and takes to breaking into to their homes, searching their property to see if she can find an item that her mother had given her true father before he tossed her off.

The son of a mean spirited Vicar, Harold, is also staying with her friends. When he finds her sorting through the private library of a gentleman, he worries what trouble she might cause his friend, Brock and starts to follow the lady about.

Ruby does not appreciate his assistance, but she gets it all the same. As matters become complicated, their feelings become doubly so. What progresses is a long chain of events that keeps the reader’s interest. Matters do no work out exactly as Ruby expected, but an HEA can be found.

I enjoyed this story a great deal. It was well written, and consistently engaging. The story is far more complex than I anticipated, but that is what kept it so interesting. I had not read the first book of this series, but upon reading this, I certainly want to.

I give this book 5 stars for being well written and constantly engaging, 
leaving me happy and self-satisfied.



Christina McKnight is a book lover turned writer. From a young age, her mother encouraged her to tell her own stories. She’s been writing ever since. Currently, she focuses on Historical Romance, Urban Fantasy, and Paranormal Romance.

Christina enjoys a quiet life in Northern California with her family, her wine, and lots of coffee. Oh, and her books…don’t forget her books! Most days she can be found writing, reading, or traveling the great state of California.

Follow her on Twitter: @CMcKnightWriter

Keep up to date on her releases: www.christinamcknight.com

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Friday, December 12, 2014

The Kingdom Lights by Steven VS




Today, we have The Kingdom Lights by Steven VS.

Peep Rep: Steven versus what?

Liza: No. Steven's last name is VS.

Peep Rep: Does he have a prize, because otherwise I'm declaring his last name pugilistic.

Liza: Steven will be giving away a $50 Amazon or B/N giftcard to one lucky person that enters the rafflecopter. 

Peep Rep: Well then, he's a fine fellow and his name is quite nice.


The Kingdom Lights
By
Steven VS

  

In a world where cities float, airships sail the skies and mythical creatures are summoned in a pinch, Celes Vale is distinctly average. Living in the shadow of his talented cousin and his powerful aunt and uncle, Celes is resigned to a future of soot, factories and well, more soot.

But on the night of his twelfth birthday everything changes. A blinding light, a whispered voice and in an instant Celes becomes the first ordinary child in history to develop magic, sending him on a fast-track ticket to the greatest of the floating cities, Gardarel. Boasting grand, elegant buildings wrought from shimmering white stone, the entire city appears as though it has been built from light, and so it has come to be called the Kingdom Lights.

Though some welcome Celes, others want the dirt-ridden up-start off their city preferably head first. Nowhere is this clearer than in the attitude and actions of the beautiful and haughty Lady Ban and her sneering nephew, Marcus Blackwood. But Blackwood, with his gang of goons and unimaginative one-liners, is soon the least of Celes s problems.
With a little magic and a lot of detective work, Celes and his group of Scurriers and Wisps unravel the dark truth behind Lady Ban s prim, perfect smile an alliance to the villainous Wardens and the masked man who leads them. However, in his attempt to expose Lady Ban, Celes unwittingly stumbles onto an even darker conspiracy a plan that could lead to the complete destruction of Gardarel itself.




With his immaculately polished shoes, carefully preened suit and even more carefully preened moustache Jaime Milton was the last person one would expect in the sooty factory city of Midgard. His father, Lord Milton, Sr., a great wobbly man with fat flapping fingers like purple bananas was a close second.

It was a brilliant June morning and the city of Floating City of Midgard was alight with life. Jaime walked through the weathered cobblestone streets and watched as houses flung their windows and doors open, lapping in the sunlight. Jaime had not been here for two years and yet the City of Factories was exactly as he had remembered; there were rows of homes huddled together, tightly packed into the little street as high rising billows of smoke sailed into the sky. The cobblestones of rose-tinged granite underfoot were boisterous and uneven and Jaime had to be extra careful so as not to fall over as racing children zoomed past, chasing one another furiously through the street. Some were covered in soot whilst others were rosy clean but, he noted, all were breathless.

Jaime Milton couldn’t help but smile.

“What are you smirking about?” barked Lord Milton, Sr. as his son pushed him through the streets in a beautiful silvery wheelchair.

“Just thinking about the first time I came to Midgard,” replied Jaime. “It was a…”

“I didn’t ask!” announced Lord Milton, Sr., brandishing his polished walking cane. “Always answering questions I didn’t ask! And stop your smiling! There’s no reason to smile!”







If you loved Harry Potter, you should love The Kingdom Lights

The Kingdom Lights is not a redo of Harry Potter, it is different, but the underlying plot is similar. A young boy with poor self esteem comes into his own powers and saves everyone through the use of sleuthing, magic, and the help of friends.

The story kept me entertained the whole way through.  Sometimes the myriad of characters threatened to overwhelm me, but oddly, even if I couldn’t remember who/what the person was, I could still follow the story line, so it didn’t really bother me much. 

Now to the plot: There are a great deal of surprises along the way, especially in the last quarter of the book and twists you won’t anticipate.  While at times it wasn't as tight and cohesive as I would have liked, I remained glued to the page until the very end.

You'll come upon lots of conjured creatures to entertain your kids, but nothing to give them nightmares. All in all, a great read and I recommend it to any parent looking for an entertaining book to fill the void of their Harry Potter addicted children.  I also recommend it for adults who never quite grew up…like me.
I give this book 4.5 stars rounding up to a 5.



A resident of the sleepy coastal town of Bexhill, East Sussex, England. Steven graduated in the summer of 2013 from the University of Southampton with a Bachelor of Medicine Degree and a Master’s Degree in Global Health from Sussex University – where he spent the majority of his time in Shawcross writing this novel!

In between writing and dreaming Steven is a medical doctor and has worked at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire and the Princess Royal where he fights the system with quirky lanyards.

Steven’s debut novel steampunk fantasy The Kingdom Lights is out on October 17th published by Neverland Publishing.




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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Kayelle Allen gives you A Romance for Christmas & Liza Reviews.

Today, I have the fabulous Kayelle Allen on my site. And she's brought Christmas music to put us in the mood:


And now to the Main Event:

A Romance for Christmas
By Kayelle Allen
A cop at the door on Christmas Eve brings an unexpected gift.
A sweet holiday romance showcasing love, loss, and the spirit of giving.

It's Christmas Eve, and the end of a year in which everything Dara loves has been lost. Everything but her little girl and a fierce determination to survive. When a cop brings Christmas to her door, he brings another gift she never expected to get.

"Mommy?" Christine's young voice broke in on her thoughts.
Dara put down the romance she'd been re-reading, the favorite she'd had since she was sixteen. She'd sold all her others at a yard sale the previous week. "What is it, sweetie?"
"Why don't we has a real tree for Chribmas?"
"Why don't we 'have'," she corrected. "Come sit by me." Dara patted the couch and tucked her chenille robe closer around her.
One arm around Matilda, her cloth doll, Christine climbed up beside her mother and cuddled.
Matilda's going to need stuffing before long. Her head flopped forward, face against her flat chest. When did the lace on her dress get so ragged? Dara smoothed the doll's dress. "Remember when Daddy went home to heaven before Christmas last year?"
Christine knuckled her eyes and yawned. "I 'member."
"And then Mommy got hurt in the car accident and couldn't go to work?"
"Uh huh."
Dara took a deep breath. "Well, it meant there was no money for a real tree this year. But I'm sure Santa will still bring you presents." Gifts Dara bought by selling her entire collection of romance novels at a yard sale at her friend Sherilyn's house. "And we drew a tree, right?" She pointed at the crayon-bright drawing taped to the wall. Construction paper ornaments decorated each branch.
"But it doesn't smell like a Chribmas tree."
Dara hugged her. "I know, baby. I know."
"How will Santa leave his presents?" Christine pulled away and got on her knees. "He can't put them under the tree, Mommy."
"Oh, honey!" She ruffled her daughter's hair, swallowing the lump in her throat. "Santa will find a way." She leaned forward and kissed her little girl. "We should get you in bed so he can come. He can't leave presents while you're awake."




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This is a short (38 pages) sweet romance about a widowed young woman and her daughter struggling to make ends meet while she struggles with the cost of therapy from a hit and run accident. The Christmas looks very bleak. They can’t even afford a tree…or much in presents.

Enters a widowed policeman with a young daughter bearing good news that they’ve caught the hit and run guy and she’ll be getting a sizable insurance reimbursement from the guy’s insurance company. He’s also gathered up donations of toys for her little girl.

Seriously, how could she not fall in love with a guy bearing needed Christmas presents?

For those of you tired of sex in your romances, this is your book. It couldn’t get much better behaved than this one. They don’t even kiss. But they do have Christmas together, the girls get along, his parents like her, and try to help matters progress.

The two are cautious, but they are also cautiously optimistic at the conclusion of the story. Personally I prefer a stronger ending, but preferences differ by readers. In the real world, this ending would be a good one.

I give this 4 stars for being so nice through and through.

We need a 'feel good' story during the holidays.

Peek inside the book for background on the story, the reason for the names, excerpts, buy links, and more: http://is.gd/rom4cmaspeek



Kayelle Allen is a multi-published, award-winning author. Her unstoppable heroes and heroines include contemporary every day folk, role-playing immortal gamers, futuristic covert agents, and warriors who purr.

Goodreads http://goodreads.com/KayelleAllen

Monday, December 8, 2014



Today, I'm at Jenna Jaxon's.

Jenna is interviewing Alice and she shares a great deal. Perhaps more than she should have.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Romance Adventures with Jacko the Pirate

Welcome to the Romance Adventures Blog Hop. 

This bloghop is a throwback to years ago when people didn't come to a bloghop for $$$ but to discover great books to read. And we've plenty of those.


I do have a gift for you, however...


I'll be giving away The Troublesome Apprentice.
This is the first book in my Late Victorian, humorous sleuth series: 
The Adventures of Xavier & Vic.
I'll give this fabulous book away to anyone (and everyone) who requests it and leaves their email.


Simple as that. If you want it, you get it.


Why give it away?
Because it's my best series and I want to get you addicted. 

I also want to tell you about my most recent addition to the series (12/1) 
A Right to Love

Jacko is a strong (and handsome) secondary character in The Adventures of Xavier & Vic. Upon reader demand, I've published his love story with Alice Collins, a ruined young lady who runs her estate and never plans to marry. Then she meets the handsome gypsy pirate who steals her mother out of Bedlam.



How can a young lady not fall in love with the man who rescues her mother from certain death?


Theirs is an unusual, but a very strong love, not held to normal conventions of courtship. For example, instead of flowers or sweets, Jacko sends her a switch blade wrapped in a red silk scarf. This leaves Alice with no doubt he understands her situation better than anyone.


Falling in love with Jacko was easy and certain.


But a gypsy pirate to marry a lady of society?


NEVER!!!

So first, Jacko will need to buy better clothes, change his name to Jacon Bienora, and admit he's wealthy before asking the lady's mother for her hand.




No problems, right? 

Wrong. 

Some people don't believe Jack and Alice have the right to be loved and will do whatever it takes to separate them.


A Right to Love
 is available at

Don't forget to ask for Book 1 of this fabulous 5 star series, but remember: It's highly addictive. 

Thank you for stopping by. Be sure to check out the other fabulous authors in the Romance Adventure Blog Hop to discover more fabulous authors & books.  (They make wonderful Christmas presents.)