Saturday, 8 October 2016

The Promised One by C.D. Hersh - free for limited time

C.D. Hersh are a husband and wife writing team who write paranormal and time travel romance.

From October 7, through October 11 book one of The Turning Stone Chronicles, The Promised One is free! 

This includes in the Australian Amazon store!

Get yours today and start on the shape shifter adventure of three ancient Celtic families. A magical Bloodstone that enables the wearers to shape shift. A charge to use the stone’s power to benefit mankind, and a battle, that is going on even today, to control the world. Can the Secret Society of shape shifters called the Turning Stone Society heal itself and bring peace to our world? Find out in the series The Turning Stone Chronicles.

I know I'm looking forward to reading my copy!

The Promised One (The Turning Stone Chronicles, Book One)

In the wrong hands, the Turning Stone ring is a powerful weapon for evil. So, when homicide detective Alexi Jordan discovers her secret society mentor has been murdered and his magic ring stolen, she is forced to use her shape-shifting powers to catch the killer. By doing so, she risks the two most important things in her life—her badge and the man she loves.
Rhys Temple always knew his fiery cop partner and would-be-girlfriend, Alexi Jordan, had a few secrets. He considers that part of her charm. But when she changes into a man, he doesn’t find that as charming. He’ll keep her secret to keep her safe, but he’s not certain he can keep up a relationship—professional or personal.
Danny Shaw needs cash for the elaborate wedding his fiancée has planned, so he goes on a mugging spree. But when he kills a member of the secret society of Turning Stones, and steals a magic ring that gives him the power to shape shift, Shaw gets more than he bargained for.

     The woman stared at him, blood seeping from the corner of her mouth. “Return the ring, or you’ll be sorry.”
     With a short laugh he stood. “Big words for someone bleeding to death.” After dropping the ring into his pocket, he gathered the scattered contents of her purse, and started to leave.
     “Wait.” The words sounded thick and slurred . . . two octaves deeper . . . with a Scottish lilt.
     Shaw frowned and spun back toward her. The pounding in his chest increased. On the ground, where the woman had fallen, lay a man.
     He wore the same slinky blue dress she had—the seams ripped, the dress top collapsed over hard chest muscles, instead of smoothed over soft, rounded curves. The hem skimmed across a pair of hairy, thick thighs. Muscled male thighs. Spiked heels hung at an odd angle, toes jutting through the shoe straps. The same shoes she’d been wearing.
     The alley tipped. Shaw leaned against the dumpster to steady himself. He shook his head to clear the vision, then slowly moved his gaze over the body.
     A pair of steel-blue eyes stared out of a chiseled face edged with a trim salt-and-pepper beard. Shaw whirled around scanning the alley.
     Where was the woman? And who the hell was this guy?
     Terrified, Shaw fled.
     The dying man called out, “You’re cursed. Forever.”

Don’t miss the first of this series that InD’tale said “takes paranormal and turns it on its ear, taking shape-shifting to a whole other level.”

The Turning Stone Chronicles, books 2-4

Books 2 to 4 of the series are available for purchase at Amazon, so you don’t have to wait to read more about the secret society of shape shifters as they battle for control of the world.

Blood Brothers, book 2:
Shape shifter Delaney Ramsey’s daughter is missing, and she is bound by honor to protect the man she suspects of the deed. To bring him to justice, she must go against her code, the leader of the secret shifter society, and the police captain she is falling for.

Son of the Moonless Night, book 3:
Thrust back into the world of paranormal huntress, Deputy Coroner Katrina Romanovski must unravel a string of murders she believes are vampire attacks. When she discovers the shape shifter she’s in love with is the murderer, she must reconcile her feelings for him, examine her life of violence against paranormals, and justify deceiving him in order to bring him to justice.

The Mercenary and the Shifters, book 4
A desperate call from an ex-military buddy lands a mercenary soldier in the middle of a double kidnapping, caught in an ancient shape shifter war, and ensnared between two female shape shifters after the same thing ... him.

Find C.D. at their website and follow on Twitter.

Happy Reading.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

I luvs to read or feeding the soul + giveaway

October read- print
More time to read
I've always loved to read but over the years with CFS and commitments, my reading had dwindled. Over the last year things have been up and it's been a great boost to the soul.

Even when I wasn't reading, I continued to buy books especially by old and new favourites and writers I know personally. My TBR (to be read) piles both in print and e-book form is huge. Like Himalaya proportions (only slight exaggeration as my family can attest to).

Eleni's Library
Recently I talked about what it was like to have so many author friends and the effect it has on your TBR pile over at Eleni's Library.

I also keep lists of my yearly challenges there, as well as posting the occasional blog post about where I am up to in my reading.

Series Reading 
September read - audio
This week I started posts about my series reading. I read a lot of series, some of which I started years ago and stalled, some which are newer especially thanks to audio books.

You'll find posts on the Authors Beginning with A and Authors Beginning with C (no B authors on my list ATM).

By keeping these lists it keeps me on track as well as in a way making me accountable to my reading. Bestselling author Stephen King mentions in his book On Writing that a writer must read to be a writer.

I agree. Along with the medical reasons, I feel that not reading (well, not much) did affect my creativity. And I'm working on getting it back.

September read -
graphic novel
Currently Reading

  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2) by J.K Rowling 
  • The Spider Goddess (Pandora English, #2) by Tara Moss
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Mr. Churchill's Secretary (Maggie Hope, #1) by Susan Elia MacNeal

Graphic Novel 
  • Welcome to the Jungle (The Dresden Files, #0.5) by Jim Butcher

September read - e-book
  • Darkness Rising (Dark Angels, #2) by Keri Arthur
  • The Misted Cliffs (Lost Continent, #2) by Catherine Asaro

  • Rise of the Blood (Latter-Day Olympians, #3) by Lucienne Diver
  • Legend of the Timekeepers(The Last Timekeepers, #0.5) by Sharon Ledwith 
  • Helloween by Samantha Combs
  • Boy by Roald Dahl (non-fiction) 

Just Finished Reading
October read -
  • Bride by Mistake (Devil Riders #5) by Anne Gracie
  • Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death (Agatha Raisin #1) by M.C. Beaton (audio)
  • Guilty Pleasures, volume 2 (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Graphic Novel #1)
  • Master of Love by Catherine LaRoche (e-book)
  • How to Blog a book, 2nd edition by Nina Amir (non-fiction)

And to help you feed your reading soul, comment with what you are reading currently for your chance to get a copy of my paranormal romance short story,  Sealed with a Kiss.

Can a gift from her grandmother protect Lise?

Lise doesn’t believe in vampires. Or so she tells herself. Though, she constantly wears the garnet necklace her grandmother gave her, which wards off the creatures. Andreas, the man she’s attracted to, seems more than a little interested in it. Could there be an ulterior motive?


Monday, 3 October 2016

Wenchy Monday: Cover Reveal for Sharon Ledwith's latest book in The Last Timekeepers series

Welcome to the cover reveal for Sharon Ledwith's upcoming new novel,  The Last Time Keepers and the Dark Secret Book 2 in the The Last Timekeepers series.

This new release fits into Middle Grade to Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy, WWII genres and is destined to be an excellent read for everyone ten years old through adulthood. The release date is October 17, 2016 from Mirror World Publishing as either an e-book or a paperback.

Are you ready to see the cover?

Fabulous, right?

Now here's a brief intro.

Only a true hero can shine the light in humanity’s darkest time.

Fourteen year-old Jordan Jensen always considered himself a team player on and off the field, until the second Timekeeper mission lands him in Amsterdam during World War Two. Pulled into the world of espionage, torture, and intolerance, Jordan and the rest of the Timekeepers have no choice but to stay one step ahead of the Nazis in order to find and protect a mysterious book.

With the help of the Dutch Resistance, an eccentric baron, Nordic runes, and an ancient volume originating from Atlantis, Jordan must learn that it takes true teamwork, trust, and sacrifice to keep time safe from the evils of fascism. Can Jordan find the hero within to conquer the darkness surrounding the Timekeepers? If he doesn’t, then the terrible truth of what the Nazis did will never see the light of day.


“I wonder what else is down here.” Drake beamed his cell phone across the basement, hitting jars of jams, pickles, and relishes. His stomach growled.

Jordan pulled the cheese from his pocket and handed it to Drake. “Trade you for your phone.”

“Best. Trade. Ever.” Drake passed his phone to Jordan.

Jordan walked over and grabbed a jar of pickles off the dusty shelf. At least they wouldn’t arrive at the baron’s place hungry. He hoped his uncle had managed to stop Amanda’s bleeding. His hand tightened over the jar, the ridges of the lid cutting into his palm. A scrape from behind the shelves made Jordan jump.

“Hello?” he asked, pushing jars aside. He flashed the cell phone into the small, dark area.

“Who ya talking to, Jordan?” Drake asked with his mouth full of cheese.

“Shhh, Drake.” Jordan listened. Hearing nothing, he shrugged and turned back around.

“I thought I heard—” Jordan stopped and pointed the phone at Ravi. His jaw dropped. “A-Are you serious, Sharma?”

Drake spat out his cheese, snorting with laughter.

“Is there a problem?” Ravi asked, tying the bowtie of his tuxedo.

“You look like a penguin with attitude!” Drake slapped his knee.

“Say what you want, but I’m glad we didn’t hit the cleaners on the way to school now,” Ravi replied, pulling down his sleeves, “or else I wouldn’t have these dry clothes.”

Jordan chuckled. Suddenly, he heard a door creak open, followed by heavy footsteps squeaking down the stairs. Panicking, Jordan stuffed Drake’s phone in his track suit jacket’s pocket and waved Drake over by the shelves. Drake slipped behind Jordan just in time, before the small light bulb above the bottom of the stairs clicked on. Jordan swallowed hard. There, staring directly at Ravi was a portly man in a blood-stained apron. Tufts of blond hair sprouted from the sides of his balding head. His brown trousers were pulled up past his waist, making him resemble an evil garden gnome. In one of his hands, he held a huge butcher knife, its blade flecked with blood.

Wielding the knife, the man pointed at Ravi. “Who are you?”

Ravi licked his thick lips nervously. “The name’s Bond. James Bond.”

The other books in the series

The Last Timekeepers and the Arch of Atlantis kicks of this series. 5 children stumble into the world of time travel and meet an adolescent Robin Hood.

Legend of the Timekeepers is the prequel to this series follows Lilith when she was a young girl at the time right after Atlantis has been destroyed. I'm currently reading this book while waiting for appointments - the stop/start has been a little frustrating as has the iPhone so I'll be transferring reading to the iPad soon to finish of this book. 

These two were initially published by Musa Publishing but since Musa closed its doors, it found a new home with Mirror World Publishing. You can find Sharon's work here

A lot of detail and world-building go into the stories and so I am looking forward to book 2 and it's release just over a couple of weeks away.

The author

Sharon Ledwith is the author of the middle-grade/YA time travel series, THE LAST TIMEKEEPERS, available through Mirror World Publishing, and is represented by Walden House (Books & Stuff) for her teen psychic series, MYSTERIOUS TALES FROM FAIRY FALLS. When not writing, researching, or revising, she enjoys reading, exercising, anything arcane, and an occasional dram of scotch. Sharon lives a serene, yet busy life in a southern tourist region of Ontario, Canada, with her hubby, one spoiled yellow Labrador and a moody calico cat.

Learn more about Sharon Ledwith on her website and blog.  Stay connected on Facebook and Twitter, Google+, Goodreads, and Smashwords. Look up her Amazon Author page for a list of current books.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Monday, 19 September 2016

Decluttering is a state of mind

I've continued down the path of decluttering. Though it's a slow process for me. 

A hoarder's life 
I'm a hoarder and changing one's mindset from keeping everything to not is not an easy task. I do reuse or recycle or repurpose, so some things get a second life but a lot don't. So this begs the question, 'why is it kept?' 

Some are for sentiment reasons, others because i may use/ reuse in future, and many times because I haven't had a chance to sort out of its (or a replacement) is needed or not, and some need a home that hasn't been created yet. 

Daily tasks
I've stopped and started decluttering my office a few times over the last few years but thanks to family and volunteer commitments it always got put on the back burner. I'm trying to get it to become part of the daily cycle of my life where one day I may declutter paperwork or go through a box or bag, and other days I'm decluttering emails (yes they take up space too). The trick is not to leave either too long or you lose momentum. Or so I find. 

The beauty of digital 
In this day and age with digital photography, taking photos of items is a way of keeping the memory alive but not getting crowded with the physical items. This is the case with the Golden Book Encyclopaedia. I remember the hours spent perusing the books as a kid (they got tatty from overuse). I decided to take photos of the ones that sparked the nostalgic feeling of childhood and then recycle the books. It's been nice going down memory lane but it was time to let the actual items go. I'm almost done with these. I'm sure there's plenty of other items that can use the same treatment. 

 Before it becomes clutter
The best way is to not allow things to become clutter in the first place. This means having a system in place that works for me. There's no point having an in-tray if the items do not get sorted regularly. In times of great stress, this sorting has fallen behind but it adds to the stress when i can't find what I'm looking for easily. Making time at least a couple of times a week will help reduce the clutter for my future self.  And I know she will be most grateful. 😁

Until next time...
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