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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Rift Watcher Tour and Review!

Sixteen-year-old Onnie, newly minted adult, isn’t sure what she wants in life, but she is sure what she doesn’t want, and going off to the Interplanetary Alliance’s Academy is at the top of that list. When she purposely flunks the entrance exam, she’s certain that’s why her father commanded her and her brother Jayesh to return to Rift Watcher Station. As Onnie settles into her new life on Rift Watcher, will she find a place of her own?

Chief Medical Officer Darragh Conally has issues. And secrets. As Onnie determinedly worms her way into his life and forges a friendship he doesn’t want, those secrets come dangerously close to being exposed. But how do you tell the Captain’s daughter to back off without risking your job?

There’s something wrong with the relationship between the Galladirans and the Earthers. It’s all polite on the surface; too polite. And Onnie can feel the tension rippling underneath. How long will it be until things break wide open?


C R Simper was raised seven miles north of a small town, with two sisters, thirteen dogs, and an open sky painted every night with billions of stars. This unharried childhood allowed time for much reading, which led into a desire to create stories of worlds beyond her own. 

She is a member of the American Night Writer's Association. She has two published short stories in the Steampunk genre. Besides writing, she has a passion for genealogy, volleyball, and bargain hunting.



This book grabbed me from the get go. I cared about the characters, wanted to know what they were doing, and never found a dull moment in this book. Every moment was an adventure, a intrigue, and more questions to answer every time we discovered something new. This book was also emotional and full of happies and sads. I could not put it down. I was letting a computer program read it to me, and even so found myself stopping while cleaning my house, so I could stare at the screen trying to determine what was going to happen because it was so beautifully gripping.
Author Chanda Simper is an excellent author and her use of words, descriptions, and emotions tied together for a beautifully written book. I am excited to read more of her work and also will be reading this book again! Not only because it was amazing, but also because once everything came together I now have to go back and reread it with that amazing new knowledge. I highly recommend this book to anyone. It is absolutely worth the read!

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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Valentine Countdown Blitz - Day 12


Former Navy SEAL Jake Williams is the newly appointed head of a task force assigned to rescue a kidnapped American diplomat. Their only hope is Mya Amari, the daughter of a notorious Algerian hostage negotiator, but she is full of secrets and complications–something Jake takes as a personal challenge. As they grow closer, the threat to the mission escalates and time runs out for the hostages. Can Jake unravel the web of deception to save them all without getting caught in the crossfire?

Mya Amari has been in hiding nearly her entire life to escape her father’s enemies. But when her sister is kidnapped along with an American diplomat, she’ll do anything to bring her home–including walking into the enemy’s lair. She doesn’t trust anyone, especially the too-handsome-for-his-own-good Commander Williams, but when all her careful plans explode out of control, he’s the only one she can turn to with the truth about her family. Is it too little, too late? 


Julie Coulter Bellon is the author of more than a dozen romantic suspense novels. Her book All Fall Down won the RONE award for Best Suspense and Pocket Full of Posies won a RONE Honorable Mention for Best Suspense.

Julie loves to travel and her favorite cities she's visited so far are probably Athens, Paris, Ottawa, and London. She loves to read, write, teach, watch Castle, Hawaii Five-O, and eat Canadian chocolate. Not necessarily in that order.

Julie offers writing and publishing tips as well as her take on life on her blog You can also find out about all her upcoming projects at her website 

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He was looking out the kitchen window when Mya came in. He could see her out of

the corner of his eye, standing in the doorway, watching him. She looked undecided, as if she

wanted to come in, but didn’t know if she should. “Is everything okay?” he asked finally,

turning his face toward her.

“Yeah.” But she still didn’t sound sure.

He moved to the table and motioned her toward it. “Looks like a pretty quiet

neighborhood. I don’t think we have anything to worry about.”

“That’s what I thought about the last place.” She shuddered slightly. “Watching those

gunmen through that camera made me feel so helpless. I thought they were going to kill

them, then come for us.” Her voice trailed off.  “I’ve lost so many people in my life.”

The vulnerability in her voice was unmistakable, the longing for connection. Jake saw

himself in her statement, their similar losses forging an emotional bond he’d never felt with

anyone else.  He put his hand on hers, needing to touch her. “You won’t lose me.” The

attraction that had been simmering between them flared to life. He lifted her hand, letting his

thumb run over her knuckles. “I promise.”  She sucked in a breath, unable to keep her eyes

off him as he flipped her hand over palm up and pulled it to his mouth, kissing the inside of

her wrist.

“Jake,” she whispered, leaning close.

He lifted his hand to cup her face and she nestled her cheek against it.

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Friday, February 12, 2016

Valentine Blitz Countdown - Day 11

Julianne Kelsch is an author and freelance writer who picked up the pen after the birth of her second child. A mother of four, she believes words have a special kind of magic all their own. With a word you can open the heart or break the soul; you can breathe life into love or distinguish the final flame. For her, reading is a place to experience worlds unseen and lives never lived; writing is the place to create them. 


For Lily Frost, love is a double edged sword. She craves it, she needs it, but the asking price for love may be her life.
After her mother's apparent suicide, Lily receives a terrible warning: leave California or run the risk of death. Afraid for her life, she flees. Her only hope for safety lies with her father, a man who abandoned her when she was five. But while she searches for him, she discovers love and safety in the arms of James Prescott.
James is a man tormented by his mother's unsolved murder. More than anything he wants to see her killer lifeless, lying in a shallow grave. When Lily enters his life, he realizes that he hasn't been living. Lily shines for him, a light that finally pierces the darkness. For the first time in years, he feels hope. Their relationship blossoms and Lily discovers that she is worthy of love. However, she soon realizes that the safety she craves and the love she's found may be short lived.
The past James carries and the life Lily left behind collide, throwing the couple into the path of the murderer. Secrets long buried come to surface and threaten to destroy everything. Will they face their demons together or will they let the past tear them apart?

10 fun facts:

1. For my tenth anniversary I went to Jamaica and renewed my wedding vows; it was glorious!

2. I hate being cold so I wear fuzzy slippers all winter. This year's model makes me look like the

abominable snowman.

3. I teach piano lessons (and I have no patience) - I'm still not sure how that works.

4. The wall behind my bed is painted to look like an ocean sunset. It would probably throw most

designers into a tailspin, but I love it.

5. I spent a lot of my childhood reading and devoured everything I could. When I was eleven I

decided the vital components of every novel included: suspense, drama, action, comedy, and

romance. When I started writing I cut out comedy because, to be frank, I'm just not funny.

6. My husband tells me I'm like a fine wine - I get better with age. I'm grateful for this because I

haven't figured out what he saw in me in the first place.

7. I believe words have a special kind of magic. Many wonderful souls penned beautiful words

that impacted my life. Some of them caused me to think in a different way, some of them gave

me joy, many of them just made me smile, and some of them I escaped into. I hope in some way

I can return the favor.

8. When I was growing up I always wanted the kind of love I read about in my novels. It didn't

happen overnight, but I never lost that dream; I realized recently that I have the kind of love I

read about in my novels, but it took me years to see it. I'm grateful my eyes finally opened.

9. I am well versed in the language of sarcasm.

10. I dream about having an office filled with geeky stuff. I can see it all in my head - posters of

my favorite stories and characters line the walls, lego sets of Lord of the Rings or the Disney

princess castles are set strategically on shelves and desks; somewhere near the office is a library,

and I'll probably have costumes designed to match the characters I love. I'm a kid at heart,

operating as an adult, always looking to embrace the child inside. Right now I embrace these

things covertly (jewelry is a great way to express my geekiness without overdoing it), but

someday I'll have my office.

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Valentine Blitz Countdown - Day 10


At the age of fifteen, Carly Sue McCluskie ran away from the family farm to escape her abusive great uncle Ezra and the torment of her classmates only to end up homeless on the streets of Salt Lake City. Eight years later, she reluctantly returns to oversee Ezra’s estate and is not surprised to learn someone killed the old codger. What she didn’t expect is someone attempting to kill her.

Seth Wakely and his family have been feuding with the McCluskies for a lifetime, but that doesn’t stop him from helping a neighbor in need. Seth is as surprised as a pig laying an egg when he learns someone in their little country town might have killed Ezra and now Carly Sue’s life is in danger.

Seth finds himself torn between protecting her and the bitter memories of the past, including what he did to Carly Sue. Good thing he can send his Border collie, Jewel, over to protect her.

Will their Hatfield and McCoy relationship continue, or will Carly Sue and Seth be able to conquer the anger which corrals them and, instead, learn to love?


Bestselling author, Cindy A Christiansen, has combined her love of dogs with her joy of writing to create an award winning combination. Her novels always include canine characters both in the pages and on the cover, an extension of the credit she gives to her extraordinary rescue dogs for their part in helping her overcome numerous challenges. In a reciprocal gesture for their love and devotion, a portion of the proceeds from her books are donated to assist abandoned and abused dogs.

She lives in Utah with her loving husband, two creative children with autism, and a pack of rambunctious dogs.

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List of My Top 10 Favorite Things:

1.     Puppies and their puppy breath

2.     A cup of hot chocolate with whipped cream

3.     Dragonfly jewelry

4.     Homemade buttered popcorn

5.     A book that puts you through a lot of emotions

6.     Playing with my dogs

7.     Quality time with

8.     Sharing time with

9.     Helping others

10.  Classic black and white movies

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