Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Pony Dreams Tour

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Pony Dreams by Kc Sprayberry

Abigail Weston's starry-eyed dream is to become the first female Pony Express rider. Ma, Pa, and six overprotective brothers won't even let her near the corral to train mustangs for the mail venture, so she gives up her dream to sneak out and talk to the ponies, teaching them to accept her weight on their backs. Then her life changes and all her dreams are dust. Or are they?

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Publisher: Fire and Ice, an imprint of Mélange
Cover Artist: Stephanie Flint

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KC Sprayberry

KC Sprayberry started writing young, first as a diarist, and later through an interest in English and creative writing. Her first experience with publication came when she placed third in The Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge contest while in the Air Force, but her dedication to writing came after she had her youngest child, now in his senior year of high school. Her family lives in Northwest Georgia where she spends her days creating stories about life in the south, and far beyond. More than a dozen of her short stories have appeared in several magazines. Five anthologies feature other short stories. She has four books that are Amazon best sellers: Softly Say Goodbye, Who Am I?, and Mama's Advice. Her other novels available are: Take Chances, The Ghost Catcher, Family Curse … Times Two, Secret From The Flames, Where U @, The Wrong One, and Grace.
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Thursday, 23 January 2014

Battlefields of Silence Tour

Battlefields of Silence

When the surface of Earth was ruinously contaminated by radiation, it became a forbidden sanctuary. Though orphaned in the blackness of space, civilization struggled onward, persevering in sterile isolation. Now, centuries later, while the mighty space-faring superpowers war tirelessly for control of the solar system, humanity has adapted too well to its new home. None could survive exposure to a natural world.

Or so it was understood. 

In the midst of a catastrophic but ultimately meaningless wargame, faced with imminent death from every direction, one remarkable Jovan fighter pilot chose to die pursuing a dream: the dream to look upon the landscapes of Earth with his own eyes. What he could never have anticipated was surviving the experience. 

Faced with both unspeakable beauty and terrible hardship, Jon has the singular opportunity to gaze into the mysteries of the past, and to stumble into the embrace of humanity's future.

William Tedford

William G. Tedford was born in June of 1942, one of five children. He has lived in Davenport, Iowa his entire life, three blocks from where he was born. He dropped out of school in his senior year, acquired both a high school and college GED with the Army Air Defense Command, and proceeded to spend the next thirty years building combines and tractors to finance a wife and five children of his own.

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Tuesday, 21 January 2014

The Wind Whisperer Tour


 The Wind Whisperer

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At fifteen, Anaii is the most important member of her tribe—and the most mysterious. Ever since Anaii can remember, the spirits of the wind have whispered of fertile hunting grounds and imminent enemy attacks. But when her people are ambushed by a brother clan without any apparent cause, the spirits remain eerily silent.

As the village prepares to retaliate, Anaii is pressured by her best friend, Elan, to marry him. It’s an old plea—Elan has spent a lifetime loving her, but Anaii only sees a childhood playmate out of an imposing warrior. Stifled by Elan’s insistence, Anaii escapes into the forest where she meets Jayttin, the beautiful son of the enemy chief. Enamored by Jayttin’s carefree spirit and hope for peace, she repeatedly sneaks away to be with him, but when her deception is discovered, Elan is devastated. Pledging his lifelong affection, Elan gives her a passionate kiss, and Anaii begins to see her friend in a new light.

While Anaii is tormented over which man she must choose, the wind whispers of a new threat that could destroy both tribes. Only a union will afford a chance at survival, but the reality of that union is based on one thing—which man Anaii chooses to die.

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Krista Holle
Krista HolleKrista Holle is an award winning author who stepped up her writing after reading Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series. It occurred to Krista that there is an insatiable audience of women and girls who want to read books filled with stories about true love—not just vampires. When Krista is not writing, she loves to collect seashells, watch movies, and eat obscene amounts of pizza. Krista currently resides in Montpelier, Virginia with her husband, four daughters and an eccentric cat with a weird attachment to the family’s socks.
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I have mixed feelings about this story.  I enjoyed the premise and the setting, both of which are refreshing in a genre saturated with vampires and werewolves.  The prose is beautiful and whimsical, conveying a certain authenticity to the narrative voice of the main character, Anaii.  It was upon realising these elements in the first few pages that my hopes were raised.  They gave promise of originality, and complex conflict, and in some ways I wasn’t disappointed. The concept of wind whispering, and the faith and politics of the warring tribes, were intriguing to read about and well conveyed.  
After eagerly racing about a quarter of the way through, I began spotting signifiers of Mary-Sue characterisation, which was a let-down regarding originality.  Anaii starts off as endearing and unassuming, yet she soon displays petulant and selfish behaviour which continue through the remainder of the story.  I found it difficult to sympathise with her choices, one of which left a gaping plot hole that got me so infuriated I shouted at my kindle. Also, the narrative is tad long-winded (pardon the pun), and the similes are a few too many for my taste.  The love triangle takes over the plot, and I really couldn’t be bothered with it. The situation only seemed to bring out more unlikeable traits in Anaii. Another irritating aspect was that the characters are forever crying out to one another.Considering for the majority of the time they’re meant to be hiding, or talking in secret, I wondered how they didn’t alert everyone to their activities. Towards the end the pace picks up and the final few chapters were remarkably more enjoyable to read.  
The Wind Whisperer is definitely one of the better quality small pub books I’ve encountered over the last few years. It offers the reader escape to a believable and well-depicted place and time. As much as I had my issues with certain aspects, the author’s skill as a writer and storyteller is undeniable. I recommend this for fans of historical fantasy and to older teens that enjoy a lengthy read.