I need your thoughts on these covers!

Okay, my friends, I need your thoughts on the three cover concepts for the novel I start next week. Young adult contemporary about a Cree girl.

Which would you pick up to look at further? What do you like/not like?

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Goodreads Giveaway – Those Who Believe

I currently have a Goodreads Giveaway running for Those Who Believe. Enter now to win an autographed copy!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Those Who Believe by P.D. Workman

Those Who Believe

by P.D. Workman

Giveaway ends March 31, 2015.

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These signs shall follow those who believe…

On the run from Social Services and others who do not understand their beliefs, Nathan and his mom, faith-healer Billie Ashbury move into yet another a new town.

Nathan again faces the challenges of making new friends and of keeping his family’s secrets. But what he really struggles with is his wavering faith and reconciling his actions with what his devoted mother has taught him from the cradle. Could disobeying her ever be right? His life could depend on the answer.

“…engaging, keeps you guessing, a little creepy at times, good ending”

“It was a great story and I enjoyed reading it.”

“I have struggled with some of the same things as Nathan did, and it was like I was reading my own story”

Excerpt from Cold Fear #books #teasertuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, read the rules at A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along!

I am most of the way through Rick Mofina’s Cold Fear. It is a police procedural thriller about a missing child, and has kept my attention thus far!

Did you lose control, Doug? How did you hurt your hand? What was going on in the time before your daughter had vanished?

Rick Mofina, Cold Fear

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In the remote, rugged corner of Montana’s Glacier National Park known as the Devil’s Grasp, little Paige Baker of San Francisco disappears with her dog, Kobee, while on a camping trip with her family; or so her mother and father have told authorities.

A multi-agency task force launches a massive search as Paige fights to survive in the wilderness. Time hammers against her and soon the nation is gripped by the life-and-death drama.

Secretly, behind the scenes, the FBI grows suspicious of Paige’s parents. Their recent history and disturbing evidence links them to a horrible secret from the past.

Fill your shelves! #books #amreading

Fill your shelves—or your Kindle—with books! A number of these are freebies, but always check the price when you navigate to it to be sure.

Here are books that grabbed my attention this week. These are not generally books that I have already read, though a few of them might be. They are books that I have seen and added to my TBR list, looked up on Amazon, loved the cover of, etc. Just a quick run-through of what caught my eye, so you can have a look too.

Click on a cover to jump to it on Amazon.

Added to my TBR

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Doesn’t Death of a Dapper Snowman look cute? Couldn’t resist it.

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And Janette Oke? Yes please?

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Looked at on Amazon

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Shopaholic on Honeymoon is  a short story from the popular Sophie Kinsella.

Loved the cover
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Excerpt from Cupcakes, Trinkets, and other Deadly Magic

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, read the rules at A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along!

I have been reading quite a bit the last couple of books, what to share with you…? I think I had the most fun reading Cupcakes, Trinkets, and other Deadly Magic by Meghan Ciana Doidge. I initially looked at it thinking it was a cozy mystery, but it is actually more of a witchy suspense, along with vampires, werewolves, and necromancers. There is an element of mystery to it as well, but it is really not the main focus. It was a very enjoyable read, and I may read more of the series.

“The bedroom is vampire free.” Sienna sashayed back into the kitchen and snagged a cookie. “I checked the closet, the shower, and under the bed.”

Meghan Ciana Doidge, Cupcakes, Trinkets, and other Deadly Magic

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If you’d asked me a week ago, I would have told you that the best cupcakes were dark chocolate with chocolate cream cheese icing, that dancing in a crowd of magic wielders — the Adept — was better than sex, and that my life was peaceful and uneventful. Just the way I liked it. That’s what twenty-three years in the magical backwater of Vancouver will get you — a completely skewed sense of reality. Because when the dead werewolves started showing up, it all unraveled … except for the cupcake part. That’s a universal truth.

Excerpt from Panthers Play for Keeps #books #teasertuesday #amereading #mystery

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, read the rules at A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along!

I am listening to Panthers Play for Keeps, by Clea Simon. I have previously read Parrots Prove Deadly. Both are part of the Pru Marlowe series. Pru is a dog walker/animal psychic who stumbles across dead bodies much like Jessica Fletcher in Murder She Wrote. A light, enjoyable series.

I honestly did have a job to do, and once again I was reminded of why I prefer animals. They’re direct. Honest. If they have an agenda, they let you know right away. Even if that involves eating you for lunch. Once they pounce, they don’t try to make small talk.

Clea Simon, Panthers Play for Keeps

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When Pru Marlowe takes a dog for a walk, she doesn’t expect to find a body. But Spot, a service dog in training, has too good a nose not to lead her to the mangled body of a young woman. Despite her own best instincts, Pru can’t avoid getting involved.

The young woman seems to have been mauled by a wild cat—and Pru knows there have been no pumas in the Berkshire woods for years. Wallis, Pru’s curmudgeonly tabby, seems fixated on the idea of a killer cat, but Spot suggests that the violent death was something more than a tragic animal attack.

As motives multiply, a cougar of a different sort sets her eyes on Pru’s sometime lover, and another woman disappears. With panther panic growing, Pru may have to put aside her own issues—and her own ideas of domesticity—to solve a savage mystery.

Stacks of Books! #books #amreading

If you are looking for more books for your TBR pile, you are in the right place! Here are books that grabbed my attention this week. These are not generally books that I have already read, though a few of them might be. They are books that I have seen and added to my TBR list, looked up on Amazon, loved the cover of, etc. Just a quick run-through of what caught my eye, so you can have a look too.

Click on a cover to jump to it on Amazon.

Added to my TBR

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Looked at on Amazon

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Preparing for Camp NaNo #nanowrimo #amwriting

Well, it is that time of year again! Yes, I know, I just finished running my own personal little NaNo in February (along with a few friends who joined me), but the real Camp NaNo runs in April, and I am getting ramped up for my next book. I have set up a private cabin for Camp NaNo this year so that I can invite friends to my cabin. Who wants to join me?

The inspiration for my April novel, Questing for a Dream (working title,) came from my favorite teacher-librarian in BC, who is looking for a book on the marginalization of aboriginal youth in Canada to share with his students.

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– Rough outline and research: done (well, a bit more research to do…)
– Character sketches and casting: done
– Working title and concept cover: done

Now I just need to finish rewriting an old manuscript before April arrives. And hopefully get both June and Justin and Cynthia has a Secret out for your reading enjoyment!

 

Excerpt from Rise of the Dragons #books #yalit #fantasy #teasertuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, read the rules at Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!

I just finished Rise of the Dragons by Morgan Rice. It is the first in the Kings and Sorcerers series. Good book, but not a complete story arc, and book two isn’t out yet, so you’ll have to wait to finish the story!

Kyra turned and sprinted into the wood, Leo at her side, determined to make it back to Volis, to alert her father and all her people–if it were not already too late.

Morgan Rice, Rise of the Dragons

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Kyra, 15, dreams of becoming a famed warrior, like her father, even though she is the only girl in a fort of boys. As she struggles to understand her special skills, her mysterious inner power, she realizes she is different than the others. But a secret is being kept from her about her birth and the prophecy surrounding her, leaving her to wonder who she really is.

When Kyra comes of age and the local lord comes to take her away, her father wants to wed her off to save her. Kyra, though, refuses, and she journeys out on her own, into a dangerous wood, where she encounters a wounded dragon—and ignites a series of events that will change the kingdom forever.

15 year old Alec, meanwhile, sacrifices for his brother, taking his place in the draft, and is carted off to The Flames, a wall of flames a hundred feet high that wards off the army of Trolls to the east. On the far side of the kingdom, Merk, a mercenary striving to leave behind his dark past, quests through the wood to become a Watcher of the Towers and help guard the Sword of Fire, the magical source of the kingdom’s power. But the Trolls want the Sword, too—and they prepare for a massive invasion that could destroy the kingdoms forever.

With its strong atmosphere and complex characters, RISE OF THE DRAGONS is a sweeping saga of knights and warriors, of kings and lords, of honor and valor, of magic, destiny, monsters and dragons. It is a story of love and broken hearts, of deception, of ambition and betrayal. It is fantasy at its finest, inviting us into a world that will live with us forever, one that will appeal to all ages and genders.

March into new books! #books #amreading

Although I ended up spending most of February sick, I still got my first draft of Mito written in my personal version of NaNoWriMo in February, and am working on rewriting an older work in March and getting ready for Camp NaNo in April. But, on to reading!

If you are looking for more books for your TBR pile, you are in the right place! Here are books that grabbed my attention this week. These are not generally books that I have already read, though a few of them might be. They are books that I have seen and added to my TBR list, looked up on Amazon, loved the cover of, etc. Just a quick run-through of what caught my eye, so you can have a look too.

Click on a cover to jump to it on Amazon.

Added to my TBR

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 Looked at on Amazon

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Liked the cover:
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