Monday, March 27, 2017

#Book Blitz and #Book Review: Short Story Pro Market 2017 by TC Michael


About the Book

Title: Short Story Pro Market 2017
Author: TC Michael
Genre: Nonfiction Reference / Guidebook

Short Story Pro Market is a reference book created to assist you in the publication process of your short stories. It will help guide you in finding a publisher by providing you with the necessary information needed. There are over 150 publishers listed inside. Think of this book as a "tool", one you can constantly look back on with any questions you may have. This book is designed to provide as detailed information about each publisher as possible, as long as the information is necessary in submitting to a given publisher.

As indicated by the title, this book contains ONLY professional paying markets, which have been verified by their websites and other online information. 



Short Story Pro Market provides authors a huge head start in finding a publisher by helping you avoid agonizing over countless grueling hours of online searches, comparisons, queries, and complications. You save precious time by having everything in one place from publisher names and websites to the accepted document format. It's all inside.



My Review:

This book is an absolute MUST for any author or anyone even thinking about writing short stories.  Short Story Pro Market 2017 provides a list of potential publishers in various genres helping you avoid those countless hours of online searches and comparisons.  Only top paying publishers are listed.  Also, tips on how to submit your short story and other bits you need to know are all right here.  Easy to use and understand!

I highly recommend this book to anyone thinking about writing short stories.

Note:  A complimentary advanced copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.   

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Author Bio:

TC Michael was born and raised in small town USA where he grew up with a large family. He's always been an epic daydreamer with a wild imagination. He currently lives in northern Utah where he's working on his next great novel and enjoying life. When he's not writing, he's hanging out with family, reading, or enjoying the outdoors. TC has wanted to be an author his whole life, but never thought it would happen. Now, he is working hard on making his dream come true.


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Book Excerpts:

1.      Short Story Pro Market is a reference book created to assist you in the publication process of your short stories. It will help guide you in finding a publisher by providing you with the necessary information needed. There are over 150 publishers listed inside. Think of this book as a “tool”, one you can constantly look back on with any questions you may have. This book is designed to provide as detailed information about each publisher as possible, as long as the information is necessary in submitting to a given publisher.
Inside you will find a breakdown of information by genre. Within each genre you will find a list of professional paying short story markets in alphabetical order. Under every publisher, there will be a series of requirements and requests made by the publisher. This is where the details come in handy to you; these are the stipulations the publishers want you to adhere to before they consider your work. Many publishers are lenient, and occasionally accept things outside of what is listed, but, for the most part, keep within the boundaries. Also, you will notice some publishers are listed under multiple genres. This is because those publishers accept several genres.
As indicated by the title, this book contains ONLY professional paying markets, which have been verified by their websites and other online information. All publishers listed will publish short stories; however, there are a few that may publish novellas, flash fiction, articles, and poetry. The payment rate on those may be different and may not fall under the professional paying category. Publishers listed are primarily English speaking publishers and want English rights. This includes, but is not limited to: North American, Canadian, Australian, UK, European, etc.

2.      This reference guide differs from other popular guides in several ways. First and foremost, this book is narrowed down specifically for short story writers who only want to submit to publishers who pay a professional rate. This means that lower paying markets are not listed. Writers should always submit to the best and highest paying publishers first. Short Story Pro Market is written to be short, because I do not list novel publishers, poetry publishers, specific trade journals, contests or literary agencies. It is organized for short story publishers only. Also, you will not find writing tips, author brand information, promotional material, etc. This makes it easier for you to get straight to the submissions without being bogged down by extra information, which is often unnecessary in short story submissions. Due to this book being short and directly to the point, it is cheaper than competitors’ guides.
Inside you will find SFWA (Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America), MWA (Mystery Writers of America), and other pro publishers outside of these group. Some publishers are working on becoming part of an organization but haven’t reached all the requirements yet. If the publisher listed is part of an organization, it will be mentioned under the publisher’s information.

3.      Short Story Pro Market provides authors a huge head start in finding a publisher by helping you avoid agonizing over countless grueling hours of online searches, comparisons, queries, and complications. You save precious time by having everything in one place from publisher names and websites to the accepted document format. It’s all inside.
This book has a caveat to the pay scale, and thus limits the list to only the publishers that follow it. That is every publisher must pay their authors at least six cents a word or forty dollars a page. Both numbers exist because some publishers, or more specifically genres, may prefer one method or the other. Also, some publishers may not pay over a certain capped word count, so pay attention to that detail, but if available, it will be listed under the publisher.


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Book Review: A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

Title:  A Dog's Purpose
Author:  W. Bruce Cameron
Genre:  Fiction
Release Date:  July 6, 2010

From the Back Cover:


A Dog’s Purpose—the #1 New York Times bestseller—is heading to the big screen! Based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Purpose, from director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House RulesDear JohnThe 100-Foot Journey), shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love. The family film told from the dog’s perspective also stars Britt Robertson, KJ Apa, John Ortiz, Peggy Lipton, Juliet Rylance, Luke Kirby, Pooch Hall and Dennis Quaid. A Dog’s Purpose is produced by Gavin Polone (Zombieland, TV’s Gilmore Girls). The film from Amblin Entertainment and Walden Media will be distributed by Universal Pictures. Screenplay by W. Bruce Cameron & Cathryn Michon and Audrey Wells and Maya Forbes & Wally Wolodarsky.
Heartwarming, insightful, and often laugh-out-loud funny, A Dog's Purpose is not only the emotional and hilarious story of a dog's many lives, but also a dog's-eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds between man and man's best friend. This moving and beautifully crafted story teaches us that love never dies, that our true friends are always with us, and that every creature on earth is born with a purpose.
Bailey's story continues in A Dog's Journey, the charming New York Times and USA Today bestselling direct sequel to A Dog's Purpose.

Buy Links: Amazon 
My Review:

Looking for something delightful to read?  Something that will make you smile and laugh out loud?  Something light and fun and heartwarming, yet has moments that will bring you to tears?  Then this is the book for you!  It will make you look at your dog in a whole new light!

I purchased the Audible version of this book after it was recommended to me by a friend one day as we walked our dogs.  I love audio books!  In addition to loving this book, I loved the narrator.  He was fantastic as he talked through Toby, Bailey, Ellie, Bear and Buddy, taking on each persona.

Speaking from the dog's point of view, Toby is a pup born on the streets and ends up in a shelter and eventually put to sleep.  He is reborn in a puppy mill, escapes and is picked up by a man who leaves him in a hot car only to be rescued by a lady who takes him home with her. Bailey, as he is then called, is a golden retriever who grows up with his boy, Ethan.  The love and devotion that develops between Bailey and Ethan is beautifully written and quite heartwarming.  His next life is that of a German Shepard rescue dog named Ellie.  And finally he comes back as Buddy where life has gone full circle and he realizes his purpose in life.

I loved, loved, loved this book!  It is beautifully written, the characters are well defined and the visuals in my head were as if I were right there!  I never saw the movie, and doubt that I will look into it.  There is no way a movie could compare to the delight I had in listening to this audio book.  I cannot say enough about the talent of the narrator.  He was absolutely FANTASTIC!

This book is heartily recommended to anyone who has ever owned a dog, and especially to anyone who has ever lost a dog.  When the story ended, I swooped up my little dog into my arms, patted her head and said "Good girl, Ming".  She wagged her tail.

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About the Author:


W. Bruce Cameron is the New York Times bestselling author of 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, The Dog Master, and the A Dog's Purpose series. In 2011 he was named Columnist of the Year by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. He lives in California.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

#Book Blitz: Safe Haven by Sheri Lyn



Nothing in Phoenix’s life ever went right. He never knew where his next meal would come from or if he would be safe going home at night. Desperate to escape, he trusts the wrong person. A different kind of evil wrapped in hope led him into the claws of a prison he might not survive. 

Gryphon took a chance on a new life and ended up a captive. To his shock, he wasn’t alone. Twenty boys experimented on physically and mentally, few would ever see the light of day again. 

A family forged in the fires of hell. Escape came, but at the price of losing more of themselves than they realized. They must depend on each other and new friends. No-one is expecting to find love, but love may find them anyway. 

Their mission is clear: Find the people who did this to them and destroy them. 

But some missions aren't always so cut and dry...

Buy Links: Amazon 

About the Author:


Hi I'm Sheri Lyn. I live in Florida with the love of my life, my dog Koda a Corgi/Dwarf Chow mix. I love living here and couldn't imagine living anywhere else. 

I just started my journey into the indie book world. I have books in several genres in the works. I'm an avid reader who kept dreaming of a story that wanted to be told and that's where my first book was born.

When I'm not reading or proofing, I'm at the evil day job where my sanity is tested on a daily basis. My sarcastic quips can provide a much needed break until I can return home to Koda and books, my two joys.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Book Review: A Season to Kill by Michael Mucci


Title:  A Season to Kill: A Chris DeAngelo Novel (Book One)
Author:  Michael Mucci
Genre:  Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Crime
Release Date:  2nd Edition, January 13, 2017


About the Book:

Newly appointed Sheriff Chris DeAngelo was working what he believed to be a routine case, until he finds a clue that points to the latest in a string of murders, and confirms that there's a killer on the loose. With the small town of Macon, Pennsylvania now in a panic, will DeAngelo uncover the clues in time to prevent another murder? Or will his attempt to stop the killer make him the next victim?


A 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist

A 2016 Readers Favorite Honorable Mention winner - Murder Mystery

"Author Mucci sets up a juicy murder mystery, opening with a coldblooded murder and an early indication of conspiracy...the novel's latter half really ignites."  (Kirkus Reviews)


"In this page-turning thriller, Michael Mucci will gratifyingly delight your senses, make you question conspiracy or coincidence, and intrigue your curiosity, while whetting the appetite for a chilling well told narrative. A Season to Kill left the reader championing the new sheriff in town." (Manhattan Book Review)



"Kudos to Mucci for creating a brilliantly written and truly suspenseful debut novel! Indubitably, A Season to Kill is not only earmarked to be a highly popular and best-selling read, but also one story that this reviewer would love to see on the Silver Screen."  (San Francisco Book Review)



"A captivating crime thriller bursting with rural flavor and hard hitting revelations. Highly recommended for all crime & mystery fans, but especially for those of the Justified book & TV series. 
You'll savor DeAngelo's discoveries through his own eyes as he fumbles and second-guesses his way through them en route to a compelling character arc.Coupled with a pace that is perfectly suited to both the character and the rural setting, this book - reminiscent of those in Elmore Leonard's Raylan Givens series - is highly recommended." (BestThrillers.com)


"Michael Mucci's police procedural novel, A Season to Kill, is an outstanding mystery that kept me captivated and eagerly reading from cover to cover. A Season to Kill is a debut novel to be excited about, and this reviewer is eagerly anticipating the author's follow-up to this book. An impressive debut novel indeed! Michael Mucci's police procedural, A Season to Kill, is most highly recommended."  5/5 Stars (Readers'Favorite)
Buy Links: Amazon 
My Review:

This story pulls you in from the first few pages.  Michael Mucci does a great job placing the reader right smack dab in the middle of Small Town USA.  Actually, it's Macon, Pennsylvania... but with all the characteristics you'd find in a small town anywhere that hunters show up in numbers during hunting season.

When the Sheriff of Macon suddenly dies, his spot in the department is filled by Chris DeAngelo.  Known for his drinking and not exactly who you would think of as being the new sheriff, Chris begins to take his job seriously and soon starts putting pieces together regarding a string of "disappearances" over the past eleven years.  Although it becomes fairly apparent to the reader as to who is responsible for these disappearances, it seems to take Chris quite a while to figure things out.  Perhaps that's because of his drinking problem... I'm just not sure.

There was quite a bit of repitition and needless wording in the first half of the book, but things began to pick up a bit in the second half.  All in all, it was a pretty good read.

* Disclosure:  A complimentary copy of this book was provided by the author.  Although a review was not required, I was compelled to provide one.  All comments, thoughts and opinions are my own.

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About the Author:


Michael Mucci, an award-winning author has spent his entire adult life traveling and exploring the world. Being a zealous adventurer and explorer, he has lived on 3 continents, and has traveled to over 40 countries.

From rafting down the Amazon in a dug-out canoe, panning for gold in Alaska, or going on safari in Africa , Michael has enjoyed learning and participating in different cultures around the world.


He grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania where the people and places have inspired his novels and now calls southwest Florida home.



Thursday, March 23, 2017

Book Review: Selected (The Zaratan Trilogy - Book One) by Evelyn Lederman

Title:  Selected (The Zaratan Trilogy: Book One)
Author:  Evelyn Lederman
Genre:  Science Fiction, YA
Release Date:  May 30, 2016


From the Back Cover:

Destruction.... A show of force... And a warning...   

Three isolated towns across the world have been destroyed in a show of force by alien invaders. It is a clear warning of what will occur if their demands are not fulfilled. The fulfillment: Human children between the ages of twelve through fifteen years.   Kara Harper is an unremarkable fourteen-year-old girl who is selected by the aliens. She will be physically and socially orientated during the six months it will take to arrive at the planet Zaratan. The girl who liked the safety of being invisible, cannot help but stand out.   Matt Sparks, the boy next door, is also selected. Kara has had a crush on him for as long as she can remember. He vows to safeguard her. The closer they get to their destination, the more difficult it becomes to live up to his promise. Kara is unsure if she has the strength to withstand the trials and physical changes she is forced to go through. In a new life, Kara will be torn. Will she be drawn in by an alien boy who has shown interest in her or by the powerful patriarch who sees her as the future of his race?

Buy Links: Amazon 
My Review:

Several months ago I received a complimentary copy of Selected from the author, Evelyn Lederman, in a gift basket while attending Authors After Dark, a book convention in Savannah.  Life got busy and I didn't have a chance to read it, but every time I looked at it I was fascinated by the gorgeous cover.  Well I finally picked it up and once I started reading I simply could not put it down!

I'm not that into Young Adult novels or Sci-Fi novels, but  I was TOTALLY CAPTIVATED by this book, the characters and the world created by Evelyn Lederman.

With entire cities being destroyed by alien forces, the earth's only salvation was to send their children between the ages of twelve to fifteen to be interviewed by these aliens with a select number being chosen and taken to the aliens' home planet of Zaratan.  Kara and her neighbor Matt, a boy she has had a crush on since they were young children, are among those taken.

The trials these children had to endure were enough to keep me on the edge of my seat.  Compassion and budding romance was intertwined throughout the book.  I loved it and cannot wait to read the next book in this series.  And now that I have discovered the writing talent of Evelyn Lederman, I cannot wait to read more of her books in other genre's.

* Disclosure:  A complimentary copy of this book was provided by the author.  Although a review was not required, I was compelled to provide one.  All comments, thoughts and opinions are my own.

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About the Author:

I clearly remember a conversation I had with my sister and a friend about infinite parallel universes. We were outside Sedona, Arizona. 

All of a sudden 5 young women started talking in my mind. That was the start of 'The World's Apart' series. 'The Chameleon Soul Mate' was published in August 2014, followed by 'The Crystal Telepath' in December 2014. 

The floodgates have opened and I have more books in the Worlds Apart series as well as other series coming. I’m loving the ride!


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

#BookBlitz - Birthright (The Legacy series, Book 1) by Jessica Ruddick


Title: Birthright
Author: Jessica Ruddick
Genre: YA Supernatural
Release Date: March 20th 2017

From the Back Cover:

How do you live with yourself when you decide who dies?

Ava Parks would have killed for an iPod for her sixteenth birthday. Anything would have been better than coming into her birthright of being a seeker for the Grim Reaper, an arrangement made by her fallen angel ancestor in exchange for his re-admittance to heaven. And she isn’t just any seeker—she finds souls that have the potential for becoming angels and sentences them to death. A year and two souls into her role as a seeker with her conscience overflowing with guilt, Ava comes up with a plan to thwart the system. When it goes awry, she is forced to submit the name of a classmate, Cole Fowler, an ornery, rough around the edges guy who always seems to come to her rescue, whether she likes it or not. Her feelings for Cole prompt her to intervene, and she saves him from death, upsetting the Grim Reaper’s agenda. 

While Ava schemes to find a way to save Cole, she learns he has some secrets of his own. She lets him believe he is protecting her, and not the other way around, until a final showdown with the Grim Reaper forces Ava to make choices Cole may never forgive.



  


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About the Author:
Jessica Ruddick is a 2014 Golden Heart finalist for her new adult novel, Letting Go, which was inspired by her own college experiences. She lives in Virginia and is married to her college sweetheart—their first date was a fraternity toga party (and nothing inspires love like a toga, right?). When she doesn’t have her nose in a book or her hands on a keyboard, she can be found wrangling her two rambunctious sons, taming two rowdy but lovable rescue dogs, and battling the herd of dust bunnies that has taken up residence in her home. To learn more about Jessica, please visit her website at www.jessicaruddick.com.
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

#BookBlitz - Playing Her Body (Southern Roots Series, Book 6) by Julie Morgan

Title:  Playing Her Body (Southern Roots series, Book 6)
Author:  Julie Morgan
Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Novella
Release Date:  March 21, 2017

From the Back Cover:

When shy meets wild, keys will be played.

Attending a bachelor party, Jordan wasn’t looking for anything that night, other than keeping his best friend, Blaine, safe from the paparazzi. Everything had been moving along well until she walked in.

Natalie knew of the band, Deep Ember, but never thought she’d find herself sharing her bed with the keyboard player, Jordan.

Blaine’s wedding was coming. Jordan was ready as best man…at least until he saw who was the bride’s maid.


Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks

Praise for Playing Her Body:

"This is a scorchingly hot story, filled with-not only the sort of ultra satisfying sexual tension and payoff you've come to expect from Julie Morgan - but also wonderful dialogue, fleshed out and addictive characters, and the beating heart of a true romance that's sure to leave fans of the genre literally drooling for more. Do not miss this one. It's more than worth it."

-- Conner Kressley, USA Today Best Selling author of "The Breaker's Code"

"Julie Morgan is a storyteller with a passion that exceeds my expectations every time! Jordan and Natalie are the characters that you know will be a forever couple. Laughter, passion and fun rolled up into a fabulous read. I can't wait for more!"

-- Brandy Dorsch, author of "Everlasting Hunger"




"Once again, Best Selling author Julie Morgan is turning up the heat in Playing Her Body. The romance is hot, Hot, HOT!"

-- The Novel Lady

About the Author:

Originally from Burleson, Texas Julie always had a love of books, especially paranormal stories. Julie finally took the leap to begin writing with encouragement from her family.

Having worked in IT her entire career, Julie now spends her free time writing. Living in Central Florida with her husband and daughter, her favorite pastime is reading children's stories to her daughter, especially those around animals.

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