Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Ruby Pendant Blog Tour

I read the first book in this series, The Emerald Ring, a few months ago and was delighted by how complex the story was while remaining on a middle grade shelf. There were many twists and turns in that book and Sara, the main character, was truly likable, so I was very excited to read the second one.

I did something dumb and didn't read the back cover copy before jumping into the book so I was a little thrown off when the second book has a new heroine. It took me a paragraph to figure it out but by then I was already captured by the mystery and had to keep going. 
 What I like about the second book is that it is not dependent on the first one, but the do connect. There is a whole new issue with this magical stone and Melanie has her own way of figuring it all out. It's a fun read with ghosts, bad guys, crypts, and danger, as well as friendship, family, and some fun. 
I would recommend The Ruby Pendant to middle grade readers and their parents. 

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Unbelievable by Sherry Gammon
Deliah Dreser's in town to take care of family business. They say the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, but there's more to Lilah than meets the eye. Cole's in danger of losing his heart when this firestorm throws sparks his way. Is she simply playing him for the fool in order to exact revenge for her brother's murders?
Bestselling author Sherry Gammon's reviewers exclaim; "She has a gift for touching her readers with beautiful, gripping stories that you can’t put down."

Home Before Dark by Christy Barritt
Nothing good ever happens after dark. Those were the words country singer Daleigh McDermott’s father always repeated.
Now her father is dead, and Daleigh finds a hidden journal hinting that his death was no accident. Small town mechanic Ryan Shields is the only one who seems to believe Daleigh. As the two work to unravel the mystery, it becomes obvious that someone wants them dead. They must rely on each other—and on God—if they hope to make it home before the darkness swallows them whole.
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Baggage Claim by Amanda Tru
Rachel Saunders is looking forward to her all-expense paid weekend trip to New York. But, when her luggage is lost and she is accosted by an infuriating Homeland Security agent, events take a dangerous turn.
Amanda Tru, Bestselling Amazon Author of Romance and Suspense. Discover the author who, as an Amazon reviewer raves, “continues to impress me and dominate my time with a book I can’t put down even after it’s ended.”

Cassie's Cowboy Crave by Kimberly Krey
In a moment of weakness, Shane steals a kiss.
In return, Cassie steals his heart…
When Cassie is forced to join the witness protection program, she fears her life is over… but then she meets Shane Emerson — the hunky cowboy posing as her husband. Will this sham marriage turn into the real thing, or will a hidden danger put it all at risk?
Kimberly Krey writes romance that’s clean without losing the steam. What’s Beyond Forks calls this Best-selling Western Romance author “the master of romantic tension.”

A Perfect Fit by Heather Tullis
Cami DiCarlo is not happy when her father forces her into heading up guest services at his newest five-star hotel and unveils the existence of four half-sisters at the same time, insisting they live together while they launch the new resort.
When she meets Vince, the sweet, sexy landscaper her father would never have approved of, Cami can’t say no. If only she could be sure she is on the right track—and that they will be able to stop the person who is trying to destroy everything.

You Belong with Me by Shannon Guymon 
Layla Kendall is a burned out social worker one step away from a major depression. When she and her sisters inherit their grandmother's bakery, she doesn't know if she can trust her good fortune or not. But the chance to be with her sisters and get away from the heartache and pain she's faced day in and day out is a chance she's going to take. With Layla's new life, come new friendships, including Michael Bender, a single dad. She doesn't trust men but Michael's little girl grabs her by the heart and won't let go.
Shannon Guymon is an Amazon Bestselling Author of lighthearted and clean romance who according to her many fans, has the ability to paint pictures of her characters so real that readers would know them if they saw them walking down the street.

Blog This by Cami Checketts
Devastated by the loss of her brother, Natasha Senecot exposes the dangers of Matthew Chrysler's violent video games, bankrupting and humiliating him. Chrysler sends a hit man after her. In a race against time, can Natasha expose Chrysler before his assassin murders her family and shatters her world?
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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Luminescence Blog Tour

With the blog tour for The Hungry Family well underway, I'd like to thank all those who have participated thus far!  

If you've come to find the next couple of reviewers, here's a list:

One of the wonderful things about being an author is that you get to work with other authors. I have a couple favorite middle grade authors and Braden Bell is one of them. His Middle School Magic trilogy has been an exciting story to share with Mr. 12 as he has just entered Jr. High this year.


The story starts with The Kindling where Conner, Lexa, and Melanie first discover their powers of light. As they learn to control and harness the light within, they battle the darkness in the world.

Moving on to book two, Penumbras, the treachery of those who forward the cause of darkness knows no end. Conner, Lexa, and Melanie are taken deeper into the world of Magi and are called upon to protect their school.

In Luminescence, not only do the kids face their fears, they have to look deep inside to conquer the troubles between them to unite as the strongest light force ever known. Family secrets are reveled, bad guys are held accountable, and traps are set and sprung. It's an edge of your seat read! 

I highly recommend this series for middle grade readers and their parents. They are clean, fun, and take a good look at some of the issues that Jr. High students face. Mr. 12 and I had some good discussions about character development as well as teenage development.