Monday, March 30, 2015

Weird Noises in the Night by Beverly Stowe McClure: Review



I enjoy all of Beverly Stowe McClure's books, and Weird Noises in the Night is her most recently picture book, and a real charmer!

Three girls, Emily, Autumn, and Olivia, find their over-active imaginations taking over their common sense one night during a sleep-over. Children, and adults, will readily identify with the characters. We’ve all heard weird noise at night and have freaked ourselves out by imagining the worst. The surprise twist at the end was one I thought might be the right one, and it was fun to know my guess was right. Sort of. 

The artwork is sweet and has an old-school charm that really fits the story. I highly recommend this book for mystery solvers and pet lovers!



Pick up a copy here:


 
Most of the time, you’ll find Beverly in front of her computer, writing the stories little voices whisper in her ear. When she’s not writing, she takes long walks and snaps pictures of clouds, wild flowers, birds and deer. To some of her friends, she is affectionately known as the “Bug Lady” because she rescues butterflies, moths, walking sticks, and praying mantis from her cats. 

For twenty-two years Beverly taught children in grades two through five how to read and write. They taught her patience. Now, she teaches a women’s Sunday school class at her church. To relax she plays the piano. Her cats don’t appreciate good music and run and hide when she tickles the ivories.

Monday, March 23, 2015

On My Reading Mountain

I'm reading Take Me With You by Catherine Ryan Hyde. I have to read it in small sips because it is so emotional and I want to savor her writing. It's so different from what I usually read, and I'm glad I took a chance on it.

 

August Shroeder, a burned-out teacher, has been sober since his 19-year-old son died. Every year he's spent the summer on the road, but making it to Yellowstone this year means everything. The plan had been to travel there with his son, but now August is making the trip with Philip's ashes instead. An unexpected twist of fate lands August with two extra passengers for his journey, two half-orphans with nowhere else to go.

What none of them could have known was how transformative both the trip and the bonds that develop between them would prove, driving each to create a new destiny together.





 
What are you reading? Have you ever tried a book and was pleasantly surprised by it? I love that feeling!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Cover Reveal: Unholy Blue (the sequel to The Stag Lord)

IRISH WEEK CONTINUES!


Cover Reveal for
UNHOLY BLUE
(the sequel to THE STAG LORD)

Release Date: December 2015 


Strong and Rare and Irish.

That’s how Shay Doyle likes her whiskey. And men. As Healer to a clan of immortal Celtic warriors living in modern-day Colorado, she has been gifted with such a man: Bannerman “Bann” Boru. The only problem is keeping the stubborn warrior alive. For Fate seems to have it in for Bann, and his son, Cor, descendants of the kings of Ireland, and recipient of an ancient grudge from the mad god, Cernunnos.

But, with a bit o’ luck, Shay, Bann, and the rest of the Doyle clan—along with the aid of a legendary huntsman known as the Black Hand—might just suss out how to kill a shapeshifter that refuses to stay dead, prevent clan warfare, and make a choice that could change their lives.

If they don’t lose them first.


Praise for THE STAG LORD


 “A passionate story with a strong romance…Darby Kaye’s Tuatha Dé Danann shouldn’t be missed.”   
-- M.D. Waters, author of Archetype and Prototype

“A refreshing glimpse into the world of Celtic mythology and tradition…and give us heroes we want to root for—and reasons to keep turning the pages.”
            -- Walter H. Hunt, author of the Dark Wing Universe and Elements of Mind

“Delightful tale filled with action, mystery, and romance.” -- Rabid Reads

“…highly recommend for fans of urban fantasy who are looking for brilliant characters to fall head-over-heels for.” -- A Belle’s Tales.
 
The Stag Lord is on sale on Kindle all week!


  

 And, just for fun, I put the two covers side-by-side. 
(I know. Don't judge me.)




Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Cover Reveal: The Burnt Bones (Book 4) in The Adventures of Finn MacCullen

What better way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day!

Cover Reveal for
THE BURNT BONES
(#4 in THE ADVENTURES OF FINN MacCULLEN)

Release Date: March 2016

Just when Finn MacCullen thought fate couldn’t kick him any harder after the events of the Festival of the Hunt, it does. Now, he must overcome a series of nearly impossible trials to prove his worth as an apprentice, or lose his place at his master Gideon’s side.

But Finn and Gideon, and their friends, are determined to boot fate right back. They’re going to do whatever it takes to succeed, including teaming up with a sorceress and a certain teen angel.

However, Finn’s life has as many twists as a Celtic knot, and master and apprentice find themselves in their ancestral homeland of Ireland with only their wits—and a fair bit of the Black Hand’s charm—to protect them from the vengeful Celtic goddess known as the Scáthach.

In this heart-stopping finale of the award-winning series, it’s going to take every scrap of Finn’s Irish luck and pluck to save himself, and his master, from death. Or worse.


Add it to your Goodreads list!





And remember, the first book in the series, FINN FINNEGAN, is on sale this week on Kindle for 99 cents.