August 25, 2016

Blog Tour: Candidate For Murder by Lauren Carr + Giveaway

Book Title: Candidate For Murder
Author: Lauren Carr
Publisher: Acorn Book Services
Publish Date: 2016-06-16 (436 Pages, Paperback)
Series: A Mac Faraday Mystery (Book #12)
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction,
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher and it is on tour here at Nighttime Reading Center though this book tour +Laura Fabiani iRead Book Tours and this is my honesty review
Description: It’s election time in Spencer, Maryland, and the race for mayor is not a pretty one. In recent years, the small resort town has become divided between the local year-round residents who have enjoyed their rural way of life and the city dwellers moving into their mansions, taking over the town council, and proceeding to turn Deep Creek Lake into a closed gate community—complete with a host of regulations for everything from speed limits to clothes lines.

When the political parties force-feed two unsavory mayoral nominees on the town residents, Police Chief David O’Callaghan decides to make a statement—by nominating Gnarly, Mac Faraday’s German shepherd, to run as mayor of Spencer!

What starts out as a joke turns into a disaster when overnight Gnarly becomes the front runner—at which point his political enemies take a page straight out of Politics 101. What do you do when you’re behind in a race? Dig up dirt on the front runner, of course.

Seemingly, someone is not content to rest with simply embarrassing the front runner by publicizing his dishonorable discharge from the United States Army, but to throw in a murder for good measure. With murder on the ballot, Mac Faraday and the gang—including old friends from past cases—dive in to clear Gnarly’s name, catch a killer, and save Spencer!


Lauren Carr book gets it me each and every time. I love the fact that in this book there seem to be three mysteries going on all at once. She ties them all in together.

There seems to be a mystery case for all six members of the household. Murphy and Jessica seem to have a mystery of their own along with Mac and David and then their Archie and Dallas. How it all comes together and who it all involves is something neat about it and different.

To me that was something and there seems to be the main person that was in the middle of the all the mystery. Can a candidate be a mayor have paws? You will need to read "Candidate for Murder" to find out.



Prize: ​ 
Win a Fire Tablet, 7" Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB (Open internationally) Winner will be person to use #Vote4Gnarly most often
Giveaway ends Sept 24.

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose Mysteries. The twelfth installment in the Mac Faraday Mystery series, Candidate for Murder will be released June 2016.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She lives with her husband, son, and four dogs (including the real Gnarly) on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

Connect with Lauren: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

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August 21, 2016

Free to Be Crabby Giveaway Sponsored by Hallmark Hosted by Pea of Sweetness

Free to Be Crabby Giveaway Sponsored by Hallmark

Hosted by Pea of Sweetness

Free to Be Crabby Giveaway Don't you just love Maxine? Her crabby character quickly spread from Shoebox cards into pop culture. Today she has her own comic strip, books, calendars and a website! Hallmark has a variety of great Maxine products, and now is your chance to win some! See what Emilee at Pea of Sweetness thought of these great crabby Maxine products!
One winner will a Maxine prize pack including: Free to be Crabby Maxine socks, Love it or Leave me Alone Maxine Tumbler, Gripe About Anything Maxine Mug, and the limited edition Maxine Stars and Stripes itty bitty! This giveaway runs through 9/3 at 11:59pm Eastern Time and is open to US residents ages 18+.
Winners are subject to eligibility verification and will have 48 hours to confirm before a new winner will be drawn. For any questions/concerns please email emilee.roberts (at) peaofsweetness (dot) com (consider adding this email to your “Safe List” as winning email notification will be sent from this email). Please read the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools. By entering the giveaway you are agreeing to these terms and conditions.
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August 9, 2016

Book Tour: Spring Fling Kitty by Rachelle Ayala + Giveaway


Heartbreaker Connor Hart, one of the youngest fire chiefs in the country, is planning on marrying Dr. Elaine Woo, a woman who pretended to cheat on him with his best friend many years ago. She bought him a Dalmatian puppy, he gave her a ring—and the women of San Francisco are about to lose their most eligible bachelor.

Artist and poet Nadine Woo is down on her luck. The cast-off half-sister of Dr. Elaine Woo, she doesn’t measure up, according to her strict and distant father. When Nadine and her mother are about to be evicted from their apartment, she gets an interesting offer from her sister. Seems she’s in need of a little help concerning her relationship with Fire Chief Connor Hart.

As soon as Nadine meets Connor, she knows she’s in for a rough ride. Connor is the fireman who rescued her and her little gray kitten, and she’s never forgotten how safe she felt in his arms.

When Nadine takes her sister’s place at a spring fling weekend with Connor, love ignites, and there’s no going back.

Can a spunky little kitty show Connor and Nadine that doing the wrong thing is sometimes right, especially when it comes to love?

Spring Fling Kitty is Book #3 of the Have A Hart Romance Series. It can be read standalone, although characters from the previous books appear here in supporting roles.
Have a Hart Romance Series 
Christmas Lovebirds, Book #1 
Valentine Hound Dog, Book #2 
Spring Fling Kitty, Book #3


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"Beautiful romance with a touch of suspense, great combination!” - Amazon review

"A beautiful, heartfelt story. Love saw. Love came. Love conquered. I truly recommended everyone to read this book."  Amazon review

About heroine Nadine Woo - "A free spirit is a gift in my eyes. It's what makes her beautiful. It's what makes Connor love her. It's what brings life to this story." - Corissa Palfrey
It all starts when Nadine is in a tree chasing her cat "Greyheart". Her father does one thing that gets it all in the motion.

It gets even better and more twist and turns as you read the story. It is mostly about Nadine and Connor Hart. What makes it even more entertaining is that Michael and Elaine and Nadine want to have their father worry about their lives.

Does Nadine father love her or not? To find out you would need to read the story. Michael wants something, but what is the question.

Connor is bugged about his love life though his family and sisters. Who is Connor true love? Nadine does not want to play second fiddle or be a side piece to any man. Will Nadine get her wish and is Connor Hart, her true love? Elaine is an older half sister to Nadine will she help her sister or is she using Nadine for herself?



Rachelle Ayala is a bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. Her foremost goal is to take readers on a shared emotional journey with her characters as they grow and become more true to themselves. Rachelle believes in the power of love to overcome obstacles and feels that everyone should find love as often as possible, especially if it's within the pages of a book. Her book, Knowing Vera, won the 2015 Angie Ovation Award, and A Father for Christmas garnered a 2015 Readers' Favorite Gold Award.

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July 25, 2016

Interview Around the Globe with Colleen M. Story

Let welcome to our latest and newest member to our list of authors. Let welcome Colleen M. Story to Nighttime Reading Center. She here on a book tour. She is stopping by here on July 25, 2016. I work with +Laura Fabiani iRead Book Tours and I happy learn about her books and giveaway.

I got the chance to read her book "Loreena's Gift". I enjoy the book. I would suggest that you read my review for "Loreena's Gift". You got a chance to win a  - Win a signed copy of Loreena’s Gift. One winner will also get a $15 Amazon GC (Open int’l). Enter her giveaway Loreena's Gift Giveaway

Let read her Bio and then go to her interview. #Interviews#Interviewsaroundtheglobe#NRC,#Giveaways,  #bookreview, #literary,  @colleen_m_story and @iReadBookTours

Author Heather Siegel at Nighttime Reading Center
Colleen M. Story writes imaginative fiction and is also a freelance writer, instructor, and motivational speaker specializing in creativity, productivity, and personal wellness. Her latest novel, "Loreena’s Gift," was released with Dzanc Books April 12 2016. Her fantasy novel, "Rise of the Sidenah," is a North American Book Awards winner, and New Apple Book Awards Official Selection (Young Adult). She is the founder of Writing and Wellness (writingandwellness.com) a motivational site for writers and other creatives. 

​Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter
Nighttime Reading Center Interview, Author Interview
Describe your book in 20 words or less.
Where do we go after we die? Loreena knows. She's been there.
Where or how did you come up with the idea for your story?
I read a book by Deepak Chopra—Life After Death: The Burden of Proof. Something in it triggered the idea that the afterlife might be much like the present life, in that it could be shaped by our points of view. How we look at life and our beliefs about it greatly affect the kind of lives we live. A person who typically sees the glass as half-full, for example, is going to have a different experience of life than the one who sees it as half-empty.

What if Heaven, or whatever term you prefer to call it, is not some fixed and defined place (and therefore people are either “right” or “wrong” about it), but instead, is just what we imagine it to be?

If so, wouldn’t a person who sees the good in life—and imagines a beautiful afterlife—find just such a life waiting for her? And on the other hand, wouldn’t a person engaged in criminal dealings who believes down deep in his soul that his wrongdoing could land him in hell, find just such a place waiting for him as a result of his own vision?

The “self-fulfilling prophecy” sort of idea.

I found the idea so fascinating that I wanted to write about it. Loreena gave me a way to do that.

How important are names to you in your book(s)? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you use any resources in assisting you to choose the names?

Names are extremely important when it comes to my characters. The right name will give me a better feel for the character, whereas the wrong one will just never “fit.” I’ve changed names midway in the book for that reason in the past.

Initially, the name just sort of comes to me intuitively, but I have used the name reports from the Kabalarian Philosophy website just for fun, or to help me choose between two names. I don’t follow the religion, but I’ve found that particular online tool to be particularly helpful. I’ve also found that when I’ve chosen a name intuitively, the report lines up with the character’s personality the majority of the time, which is really cool—and kind of freaky! (ha)

Which of your characters (in this book) is your favorite and why?
Oh my, it’s difficult to choose a favorite character. Obviously Loreena (the heroine) means a lot to me because it’s her story and I went through it with her. But I will say that in each book I’ve written, there’s been a character that has sort of “appeared” that I wasn’t expecting at first. Those characters are usually the most fun, because I have such a journey of discovery with them.

In this book, that character was Saul, Loreena’s older brother. He’s a more complex character and is quite troubled, but his love for his sister is a big part of who he is, and that comes through in the end of the book, which makes him particularly endearing.

Was there a certain scene in this book that was harder for you to write than others?
Definitely—the scene where Loreena is (briefly) sexually assaulted. In the later drafts of the book I really wanted to take that scene out, but I couldn’t do that and be true to the story. But it was painful for sure, and I was rooting for her all the way as she fought her way out.

If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?
Difficult question. I’ll take a stab at it here, though I love when an unknown actor shows up in a movie and really kills it. In that fantasy world where Loreena’s Gift becomes a movie, I would be equally as excited about actors that I’ve never seen before if they were able to really capture the characters.

  • Loreena: Saoirse Ronan
  • Saul: Ryan Gosling
  • Uncle Don: Jeff Bridges
  • Dominic: Hugh Dancy
  • Frank: Tom Hardy

What was your favorite part to write and why?
There were a lot of exciting scenes in the book in which I felt I was sort of along for the ride, but if I had to choose one, it would probably be the scene where Loreena finally steps into her power, and takes her future into her own hands. I can’t say too much about it for fear of spoiling the end of the book for those who haven’t read it yet, but after she had gone through so many trials and challenges, to see her step up and become the strong woman she was meant to be was very rewarding for me.

Just as your book(s) inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write?
So many authors have inspired me over the years. When I was young it was Walter Farley and “The Black Stallion” series and Marguerite Henry, who wrote “Misty of Chincoteague.” As I got older I delved into fantasy and became a Tolkien fan, but I also enjoyed more literary books early on. Margaret Atwood quickly became one of my favorites. I had the great pleasure of meeting her in person last year, which was a delight.

Today, my heroes include Dennis Lehane, Andre Dubus III, David Mitchell, Ann Patchett, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Richard Russell, and I also love Neil Gaiman, Gregory Maguire, Sue Monk Kidd, and so many more. I love discovering new writers as often as I can.

What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?
Be your own best cheerleader. The writing life isn’t an easy one. Writing and Wellness (writingandwellness.com) is one of my creative projects, and I’ve featured over 100 authors there. The one thing that everyone struggles with is self-doubt. It’s difficult to believe in ourselves when we work for such long periods of time with little to no feedback. We have to deal with rejection, over and over again. Once we get published we have to deal with negative reviews (there are always some) and a tough market. It’s an emotional roller coaster, so we have to learn how to pat ourselves on the back, and how to cheer ourselves on through the tough times, because they will come and it’s those who can pull through who will be able to make a life out of writing.

Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice for how to deal with the bad?
I don’t seek out my reviews, but I have read them. I don’t respond to them, but I have felt the sting of a bad review. I’m learning that though we all want readers to love our books, it’s really irrelevant to our work. A writer writes, and we hope to get better with each piece we produce. Once it’s done and out there, we can’t change it. All we can do is go back to the page and create again and continue to practice our craft.

Reading reviews can get into our heads, which can then cause problems when we go to write again, as it can shake our self-confidence. I’m noticing that as I continue to work and continue to write the next thing and the next thing, it becomes easier to just let it go once it’s complete. The idea is to look at writing as a lifelong endeavor, and not as something where you sink or swim depending on what people think of one book or another.

What are you working on now? What is your next project?
I’m working on a novel entitled The Beached Ones. On one level, it’s about a young man who lost his younger brother in a tragic accident, feels responsible for it, and is searching for forgiveness and inner peace.

On another level, it’s about suicide—which amazingly, is the tenth leading cause of death in this country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Whereas Loreena’s Gift was an exploration of life after death, The Beached Ones is an exploration of suicide, why it happens, and what could happen to people afterwards, as they seek an end to their pain. It’s been a tough book to write. I hope I can complete it in the way I envision it, but that remains to be seen.

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Book Tour: Loreena's Gift by Colleen M. Story

Book Title: Loreena's Gift by Colleen M. Story
Author Name: Colleen M. Story ​
Category:  Adult fiction
Genre: Fantasy/Supernatural, Romance
Publisher:  Dzanc Books
Publish Date:  April 12, 2016 (350 Pages, Paperback)
Content Rating:  PG -13 + M (There is some profanity and short sexual assault scene.)

Buy the Book: Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble ~ Book Depository ~ Chapters Indigo
Declaimer: I have received this book from the publisher for free and it an honesty review and this book is on a book tour for +Laura Fabiani iRead Book Tours 
Description: A BLIND GIRL'S TERRIFYING "GIFT" ALLOWS HER TO REGAIN HER EYESIGHT--BUT ONLY AS SHE FERRIES THE RECENTLY DECEASED INTO THE AFTERLIFE.

Loreena Picket thinks she knows herself. A blind young woman who lives with her uncle, a reverend at a small-town church, she's a dutiful niece and talented pianist for the congregation.

But they're both hiding a terrible secret. Loreena can kill people with the touch of her hand.

While her uncle sees her as an angel of mercy, helping usher the terminally ill members of his flock into the afterlife, Loreena has her doubts.

Torn between doing her uncle's bidding and the allure of the fleeting moments when her eyesight returns on the journey to the other side, Loreena cooperates with her uncle until her troubled older brother returns to town. When she reveals her power by saving him from a local drug dealer, she is drawn into a sinister and dangerous world that will test the true nature of her talent and force her to consider how far she is willing to go to survive.

An exciting debut that crosses fantasy and literary fiction, Loreena's Gift is a thought-provoking meditation on life and death and what ultimately lies beyond this world.



This is a story about a girl with a special talent. She gets into quite a few bad things. She finds out what her brother gets into. If she can ever get him out? She loves her brother so much that she does something to save him.

She's then pulled into a sinner kind of a life. In the process, she may have found her love of her life. Tough to survive, she got to do something that is within her power and a secret.

Can she save her brother and herself or will she die as well? Her life in the afterlife is different than when she's out of the afterlife.

The author does get your attention and pulls you in. Have ever been wondering what it's like in your afterlife? You can see what it's like by reading this. Is it different for each living person? That is still not answered for it really could be.


 

Colleen M. Story writes imaginative fiction and is also a freelance writer, instructor, and motivational speaker specializing in creativity, productivity, and personal wellness. Her latest novel, "Loreena’s Gift," was released with Dzanc Books April 12 2016. Her fantasy novel, "Rise of the Sidenah," is a North American Book Awards winner, and New Apple Book Awards Official Selection (Young Adult). She is the founder of Writing and Wellness (writingandwellness.com) a motivational site for writers and other creatives.

Connect with the author:  Website  ~ Twitter








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