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Saturday Spotlight: DECEIVED by Madisyn Carlin

It’s Saturday and I am thrilled to once again welcome a fellow author to my blog!

This week, I’m honored to have Author Madisyn Carlin as my guest. Her new release, Deceived, is in the Christian fantasy genre. I’ve personally read this book, and it is definitely one to add to your TBR list. It is available at Amazon in both paperback and ebook formats.

Welcome, Madisyn!

ABOUT THE BOOK

In a land built upon lies and deception, uncovering the truth can be deadly.

Therese Westa is sick of death, but taking lives is what provides for her younger sisters. When a client approaches her with an unusual request, Therese takes the job offer, which includes the condition of “no questions asked”. As Therese uncovers the reason for the request, she is faced with a choice: kill an innocent man or save her sisters.

Therese’s hesitation to carry out the assassination thrusts her into the aftermath of a dangerous chain of events. Caught between security and truth, Therese must choose where her loyalties lie, for the answer will determine who survives.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Madisyn Carlin is a Christian, homeschool graduate, blogger, voracious bookdragon, and author. When not spending time with her family or trekking through the mountains, she weaves tales of redemption, faith, and action.

Want to connect? Find her social media links here

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DECEIVED Cover Reveal

One of the things I love to do as an author is support and promote other authors. I’m excited to announce a fellow writer’s cover reveal today. Check out this new NA book by fantasy author, Madisyn Carlin!

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Title: DECEIVED (The Deception Trilogy, Book One)

Genre: Christian Allegorical Fantasy

DECEIVED releases April 26, 2022

BLURB:

In a land built upon lies and deception, uncovering the truth can be deadly.

Therese Westa is sick of death, but taking lives is what provides for her younger sisters. When a client approaches her with an unusual request, Therese takes the job offer, which includes the condition of “no questions asked”. As Therese uncovers the reason for the request, she is faced with a choice: kill an innocent man or save her sisters.

Therese’s hesitation to carry out the assassination thrusts her into the aftermath of a dangerous chain of events. Caught between security and truth, Therese must choose where her loyalties lie, for the answer will determine who survives.

Preorder the ebook: here
Add book on Goodreads:

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Madisyn Carlin is a Christian, homeschool graduate, blogger, voracious bookdragon, and author. When not spending time with her family or trekking through the mountains, she weaves tales of redemption, faith, and action.

CONNECT:

Blog: https://madismusingsblog.wordpress.com/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.dk/madisyncarlin/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/56238198-madisyn-carlin

Instagram handle: madisyn_carlin

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Author spotlight/giveaway with Shellie Neumeier!!!

I am so excited to have one of my favorite author friends as a guest today! Shellie Neumeier is the talented author and just released her latest book The Wishing Ring.   I have to add that both of my children have read this book and thoroughly enjoyed it! The first question they asked was “Mom, is there a sequel?” and “Mom, she’s a really good author!”

So, without further ado, let’s find out a bit about this book, written for tweens. And lest you think it’s only for tweens, I have to share a little secret…I read it and enjoyed it too!

The King’s castle stands alone atop Grand Ur Mountain, but even that does not match the solitude surrounding Princess Ali. With a carrot-shaped nose, she trudges through her princess duties with the most unfortunate face. With her pet greybar (a creature with the head of a greyhound, body of a polar bear, and wings of an eagle) as her only friend, Ally dreams of becoming a beautiful princess.

When Cory, a ninja-in-training, drops through the royal chimney, he does not intend to enlist the help of anyone, much less a girl, but she holds the key to the Creator’s map. The ancient map marks the secret hiding place of the magic Wishing Ring, a ring grants the wearer one wish.

Cory’s mysterious need for the ring and Ali’s dream of a beauty send the pair to a forgotten land. Only the war ravaged clan of Odana can translate the map’s key. But even if they manage to find a translator, the question remains—can they beat the Ogre who guards the ring?

Available on amazon.com.

Shellie loves to connect with her readers on:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001729933656
Twitter: @shellie_c
Website: http://shellieneumeier.com

Doesn’t this book sound fantastic?! And now, let’s find out how The Wishing Ring came to be. Here’s Shellie…

Oh if I could think as a child. If only for a time. Such imagination. Such creativity. Without impediments, but with constant wonderment, children look at their world with a perpetual what-if view point. What if the sky was green? What if dogs could talk? What if I were president?

One summer I asked my youngest two children to help me plot through a story. A story they created when asked, “What would you write about, if you could write a book?” Their brains began to spin as they told me about a creature part greyhound, part polar bear, and part eagle. The animal could fly and could understand speech, though it could not talk.

“But how do the wings of an eagle support and lift the body of a bear…along with the children who ride upon its back?” I asked.

“It just does,” they said. Physics were redefined in their imaginations, because in the mind of a child, all things are possible.

“And where do these Greybars live?” I asked.

“In the tundra,” replied my fourth grader, newly educated in the nature of biomes.

“Won’t it freeze?”

“Nope, it’s a polar bear, Mom.” She laughed. “Besides, it moved south to where the princess lives, and it’s warm there.”

So began the tale of The Wishing Ring, a tween fantasy released from MuseItYoung, February 3, 2012. When given permission to dream, young brains combine the known with the unknown to create something new, something unique. Somewhere between elementary school and parenthood, we seem to lose sight of such combinations. We need the comfort of known rules even if we’re reading of worlds which are truly unknown. Make the fictional, real. The unbelievable, believable. It makes me wonder, what would happen if we suspended reality, for just a moment. Take the known, the believable, the safe, and replace it with wonderment.

Where would we go? Who would be with us? What would we do? Can we swim through the mountains? Sail through the desert sands? Are our eyes on our fingertips, so we can see what we’re thumbing through or are our feet running through grass so soft it makes Stainmaster carpets jealous? Did you ever play in ramshackle forts you made from shards of wood, sticks, and old building materials? Imagine you were blasting into space on your rocket-ship jungle gym? Did you ever explore a field or forest just to see…what you could see? Did it make you happy?

If there’s one thing I pray for you, it’s that you find a moment to imagine the unimaginable. After all, we are made in the image of the Master Creator. Through Him nothing is impossible, so grant yourself permission to dream a little, today.

I love that story! Thank you so much, Shellie, for sharing the background behind your book.

And now, my wonderful blog post readers, you have a chance to win a download of The Wishing Ring. The rules to enter are super easy! Leave a comment for Shellie (and yes, anyone can enter, but confirmed subscribers receive two entries and be sure to remind me that you’re a confirmed subscriber!). Giveaway ends on March 1, 2012. A winner will be chosen at random.

Join me each Thursday for author interviews and giveaways. Also, join me on Mondays for Movie Mondays, where I review movies, and on Tuesdays for my humor posts. You won’t want to miss my most recent humor post, Grandparents do the Darnest Things!

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Day 4 of the Christmas Book Giveaway Celebration with Shawn Lamb & Suzanne Hartmann

I am SO excited to continue the Days of Christmas Book Giveaway Celebration! This has been an awesome time of meeting new authors and showcasing their books and hearing their delightful Christmas memories and traditions!

Before I announce today’s giveaways, don’t forget to go back and leave comments on Days 1- 3 for your chances to win those books as well. Here are the links:

Day 1 – The Cowboy (romance novel) by Staci Stallings and Tamed (action) by Sarah Witenhafer https://pennyzeller.wordpress.com/2011/12/01/day-1-of-the-days-of-christmas-book-giveaway-celebration/

Day 2 – You Can Have a Happy Family by Amanda Beth and Christmas is About Jesus by Mukkove Johnson   https://pennyzeller.wordpress.com/2011/12/02/day-2-of-the-days-of-christmas-book-giveaway-celebration/

Day 3 – Board to Death (suspense) by Tracy Ruckman and Dandyflowers by Jordan T. Maxwell  https://pennyzeller.wordpress.com/2011/12/05/day-3-of-the-days-of-christmas-book-giveaway-celebration/

Remember, you can enter on as many giveaways as you wish! Anyone can enter and subscribers (who have confirmed their subscriptions) receive two entries.

Without further ado, here are today’s awesome books, so don’t forget to leave a comment about your favorite Christmas memory or tradition!

The Huguenot Sword book cover

The Huguenot Sword by Shawn Lamb. Read on for a synopsis…

For faith, for friendship, for freedom.

In the time of Louis XIII and Cardinal Richelieu, when being a Protestant could mean death, The Huguenot Sword roamed the streets of Paris by night, defending those faithful to the young heretical religion. The nobility scorned them as ruffians. To the oppressed Protestants they were saviors, but to the Cardinal’s Guards they were a pestilence needing to be terminated.

The situation becomes desperate when those in power launch a bold plan to destroy the group. One wrong move can be fatal. But the ordeal of Paris pales in comparison to the possible annihilation of the faith and people at the Battle of La Rochelle.

And Peril by Suzanne Hartmann…

A top-secret agent struggles with trusting God to protect her many secrets when she must use her enhanced abilities while escorting a Muslim king-turned Christian to the White House an the Talladega Superspeedway, which not only draws the unwanted attention of the media and a NASCAR champion, but makes her a terrorist target.

And now for some Christmas memories from Shawn and Suzanne!

 A Dog, a Cat and the Christmas Tree  (A Christmas Memory) by Shawn Lamb

When we lived Southern California, Christmas trees were inexpensive at around $10. So when we moved to Tennessee in 1989, we thought nothing about getting a real tree, until we saw the cost starting at $35 for a 5ft tree and up. Since it was too close to Christmas, we bought a 6ft tree at $50.

At the time, our daughter, Briana, was a toddler and we had 3 dogs and a cat named Panther. We barely finished putting up the tree when along comes Ranger, our 75 lb black shepherd, who promptly sniffed the tree and decides to anoint it, to our utter surprise and Briana’s delight. Then the tree starts to move. Rob considers tying it to the vent latch to keep it upright thinking its not secure in the stand. We hear something along with more moving and out pops Panther’s head. He had crawl up into the tree and much our dismay – up come pine needles wrapped in a fur ball.

This time Briana is grossed out and we regretted ever paying $50 for a pine cat tree and doggie hydrant.  Needless to say, the following year we went artificial.

For more information about Shawn and her books, please see http://www.allonbooks.com

The Huguenot Sword  can be purchased at http://www.amazon.com/Huguenot-Sword-Shawn-Lamb/dp/098292044X/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1323185565&sr=1-4

Favorite Christmas Memory by Suzanne Hartmann

While young, my family’s tradition was to exchange gifts on my mother’s side of the family on Christmas Eve. So the four of us would load up the presents, pile into the car, then drive to Grandma’s house. By the time we arrived back at home, Santa had visited and all of our presents lay under the Christmas tree.

When I was eight years old, I decided I was too old to believe in Santa. Even though I knew he wasn’t real, however, I couldn’t figure out how our presents appeared under the Christmas tree every year while we visited Grandma. Finally I couldn’t stand it any more and asked my parents.

They realized that they couldn’t convince me Santa brought the gifts, so they spilled the beans. Every year, after the presents had been loaded into the car, Mom would “forget” something. Dad would take us down the street to a small store to get some cigarettes (and if we were lucky, some .02 candy too!). Then we picked up Mom and went to Grandma’s house.

Ah, what creative parents I had…and what a wonderful memory the tradition leaves in my mind.

For more information about Suzanne and her books, please visit her website at http://suzanne-hartmann.blogspot.com/

Peril can be purchased at http://www.amazon.com/Peril-Suzanne-Hartmann/dp/1602903069/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1323185382&sr=8-1