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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Prophecy by Erin Albert

Growing up on a small farm in the kingdom of Vanguard, seventeen-year-old Layla Givens lives a deceptively tranquil existence. But her carefully constructed life quickly falls apart when she’s abducted by a religious zealot who proclaims her The Fulfillment of an ancient peace prophecy and whisks her away to marry her greatest enemy.

Wilhelm, Prince of the Ethereals, is reluctant to meet his new bride. He's grown up believing Vanguards are evil, an enemy to fight and fear...not love. Can he set aside his prejudices and work alongside Layla to bring lasting peace after centuries of war?

Nash, a loner who has never fit in, carries a huge secret, one big enough to destroy both kingdoms. When he accidently meets Layla, he’s no longer content to live in the shadows, but he must resist his growing attraction—for her safety and for the longevity of the two kingdoms.

When Nash's secret is revealed, a firestorm sweeps through both realms, with Layla at the center. Now she must choose between duty and desire while the fate of two nations hangs in the balance.

Thanks so much for hosting me on my blog tour for The Prophecy, Pem!

Q) What inspired you to write this book? 
I’ve always wanted to be a writer, so I typically have story ideas running through my head all the time. For The Prophecy though, I’d say my biggest inspirations were Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin and Arthurian legend.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing? 
The creative process. For this book, and the other two books in the series, I had the distinct pleasure of working with my friends, affectionately called The Dream Team. Working with them, living in this world with them, made the process all that more thrilling and special!

Q) What is your favorite candy? 
When it comes to chocolate candy, I like Reese’s Big Cups the best. For sour candy, I’m partial to Sprees and Nerds.

Q) What is your favorite cartoon? 
Gracious alive! I don’t remember the last time I watched a cartoon. It’s not a cartoon in the Saturday morning sense, but I really like Tangled.

Q) When did you know you wanted to be a writer? 
I have always had a passion for the written word. I started reading at a young age, and at the age of four, I wrote my first poem on my grandparents’ typewriter. When everyone read it and freaked out over it, a future writer was born!

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future? 
I made some changes to The Prophecy, so I am working on filtering those changes down into the second and third books. I hope to submit the second book, tentatively called The Outlanders, for publication soon and the third book, tentatively called The Fulfillment, not too long thereafter.

Erin Albert is an author and fitness trainer. Since she picked up Morris the Moose Goes to School at age four, she has been infatuated with the written word. She went on to work as a grammar and writing tutor in college and is still teased by her family and friends for being a member of the "Grammar Police." In her free time, Erin enjoys acting, running, kickboxing, and, of course, reading and writing.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

George Knows by Mindy Mymudes

An egotistical magical basset hound named George believes it's his duty to train and protect his 12-year-old Girlpup, a greenwitch named Karly. He and his Girlpup, must solve a murder as well as save their park from being developed. George is the perfectly designed familiar for the job.

Q) What inspired you to write this book? 
I wasn’t planning on it. I was planning on writing an article for Dog Fancy and while I was typing away, George popped up. I assumed he was an English Springer Spaniel, like the ones I breed, own, and train. Or they train me, whatever. About three pages in, he told me I was a fool, that he wasn’t a springer. They were stupid and would do anything for a treat. He was a proper hunting dog, no long hair to get trapped in the field, a great voice, perfect digging paws, sleek and low to the ground. And, he had magical drool.

That, as they say, is that. I have noticed, however, that many of the scenes seem vaguely reminiscent of my own dogs antics.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing? 
I can tune out the world. I have a chronic pain issue and it disappears when I fully immersed in my stories.

Q) What is your favorite candy? 
I have A favorite candy? I think not. Whatever candy I have in my hands at the time is my favorite.

Q) What is your favorite cartoon?
Mighty Mouse!

Q) When did you know you wanted to be a writer? 
I’m still not sure about that. Personally, I think I’m possessed by a dog who requires my hands. He isn’t perfect, he doesn’t have thumbs.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future? 
I’m working on Tillie’s Tale, another stand-alone mid-grade mystery from George’s point of view. This time, he needs to banish a ghost.

Mindy Mymudes runs with the Muddy Paws Pack in Milwaukee, WI. She insists she is alpha, even as the dogs walk all over her. She hunts, cleans the den and keeps them entertained. When she can escape the pack, she enjoys digging in dirt, listening to audiobooks, and weaving the antics of the pack into stories. The alpha male, Tall Dude, just shakes his head and stays out of the way.

Friday, November 1, 2013

The Megalith Union by Brad A. LaMar‏

The fate of mankind teeters on the edge of the megalith union…

Just as life was returning to normal for Brendan as a college freshman, the hands of fate intervene and adventure besets him again in the second installment of the best-selling Celtic Mythos series.

Elathan, the golden god of Celtic lore, is reborn out of the ashes of a dead king and evil witch. Through Brendan and his family, Elathan maneuvers the tendrils of destiny, seeking to gain ultimate power at the expense of all humanity.

Dogged by giants, alphyns, and ruas Brendan, Dorian, Lizzie, and a new cast of characters risk it all to unravel the mystery of the ultimate foe.

With Corways under attack and Brendan’s father captured by a forgotten enemy, can Brendan and his allies prevent the end of days?

As the megalith union looms, Brendan and his friends must look to the past to prevent a future where Elathan reigns supreme. 

If you liked Percy Jackson and the Olympians or Fablehaven, you won't want to miss The Megalith Union!

The Obsidian Dagger (Celtic Mythos, Book 1) was a #1 Contemporary Fantasy Best Seller on Amazon

Praise for The Obsidian Dagger:

"An excellent young reader fantasy novel! …There's a satisfying conclusion to the events of this book, but the witch is only the beginning, and LaMar hints at a more terrifying evil threatening to change the world as we know it. I can't wait for more in this series!"
–Tricia Lewis, Owner, Robots & Rogues Bookstore

“Hooks the reader right from the start... This is a must read!”
–Wendy Eckstein, Middle School Teacher

“Brad LaMar hits a homerun with this exciting tale!”
–Michelle Bridgewater Allee, Librarian

“A fun, exciting, fast paced adventure with a touch of humor.”
–Michelle Parsons, Love2ReadAlways.blogspot.com

Q) What inspired you to write this book?
I used to write stories for my kids when they were younger. I would put them into the stories and they would love to hear and imagine themselves on these great adventures. I wrote one story where I took them to Ireland and they convinced me to try and find leprechauns. After I thought about for awhile I felt like I could turn this simple story into an adventure for young adult readers and above.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
My favorite thing about writing is telling a story that I can see playing out in my head. It’s a challenge to convey my imagination, but that’s also what makes it fun.

Q) What is your favorite candy?
I think that my favorite candy is Mr. Goodbar. A person can’t go wrong with chocolate-covered peanuts.

Q) What is your favorite cartoon?
There are many good cartoons that have been made over the years but I probably have the best memories of the old G.I. Joe and Transformer cartoons from the 80s. Although, if I had to choose a more recent one, I think the Justice League (Unlimited) series was written, drawn, and presented in a very smart way.

Q) When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I have always been told by teachers throughout my education that I was creative and filled with good ideas, but I never even considered the possibility that I could become a published author until I became a teacher myself. I wrote an example story for a project that I assigned and the students were really impressed, so I submitted it via snail-mail to some agents and got some advice that changed how I perceived myself as a writer. She told me that my writing is good and creative, but if I wanted to become published then I needed to write a novel. That changed my focus and presented a challenge unlike anything that I had every tried before. I wrote my first novel and got a agent. That was a real boost in my confidence. Even though that book has not been published yet, I was energized to keep going, to keep writing, and eventually I signed a contract to have my Celtic Mythos series published by Light Messages.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
Readers can expect a variety of stories that will hopefully entertain them. I love to write adventure, science fiction, and fantasy, or to take stories into the future or back in time in a historical fiction tale. I plan on having children’s stories published and I am even working on a couple of nonfiction works. My wife is the most organized person I know and she has some great ideas that I’m working on with her, so I would expect a book like that will be in our future as well.

Brad A. LaMar is an author and educator who resides in the Indianapolis Metropolitan area. He has worked with middle school age students for fourteen years and loves the enthusiasm they can bring to learning. Sure, he enjoys long walks on the beach at sunset, but it’s hard to beat getting into a great story whether he’s writing it himself or enjoying the fruits of someone else’s imagination.

He is married to Lori, a beautiful and supportive woman, and together they’re raising Evan and Paige, two intelligent and wonderful children. He loves the way a story can make a reader think, laugh, react, and experience a wide range of emotions. Brad has tried to deliver those experiences in his best selling YA fantasy series, Celtic Mythos, and he is thrilled to be able to continue the adventure in The Megalith Union.

Brad’s imagination is bursting with stories and he can’t wait to share them with his readers. In fact, you can look for The Dominion Pulse, book three in the Celtic Mythos series, to be released soon.

Learn more about Brad and the bestselling Celtic Mythos series at