Friday, May 27, 2016

New Release!

Get book #5 in the Amazon, bestselling Samantha Wolf Mysteries series!

The Haunting of Eagle Creek Middle School

Halloween is right around the corner, and the girls find themselves in the middle of a hauntingly good mystery. 

Sam, Ally, and Cassy help form a new club at their school in order to raise money for charities. Their first mission is to save a struggling program founded by a local widow, but the benefactor has some secrets. 

It turns out that Eagle Creek Middle school has some secrets too, including a tragic story passed down for fifty years. Does a tormented ghost really roam the basement of the school? 

While creating a haunted house to raise the needed donations, the young detectives uncover the shocking truth. One that will forever change the lives of people they have come to cherish. 

Twitter handle: @taraellisauthor

Each book can be read on their own, or you can start with book #1, The Mystery of Hollow Inn

Monday, May 23, 2016

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 David Millican's debut novel, Frontier Preacher, is now available in eBook and Paperback!

About the Book

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Hollis feared the loneliness would swallow him whole. He had arrived in Wyoming to fulfill his uncle’s dying wish – that he save the people of Gillette – but his education and faith had not prepared him for the bitter cold and hardened hearts of the west. A dark secret in his new home threatens to destroy his very soul. Will Hollis be strong enough to stand against the tide of evil? Can he overcome where stronger men failed, before the west claims another victim? eBook: Paperback:

About the Author

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David was born and raised in Wyoming then spent his twenties traveling the world. He now spends his time in McKeesport Pennsylvania with his wife Emily. He has been writing since he was a child, enjoying success in the young authors program, local literary magazines, and blogging. You can follow David’s new projects and release dates on his Facebook author page.

What Reviewers are saying

"Definitely worth reading."-Amazon Reviewer "The author makes great use of his setting offering many rich details"-Amazon Reviewer "I loved the writing and the story. Then [sic] ending is unexpected and inevitable at the same time. "-Goodreads Reviewer


David is offering a 50% discount for the paperback book! To get your copy, go to the Createspace estore and enter this code when you checkout: GYM7ACWX. From May 27-31, Frontier Preacher will also be on sale for just $1.99. That’s a $3.00 savings!


David Millican Giveaway

 Enter to win one of three giveaways! Giveaway #1 is a paperback of Never by J. Grace Pennington and a $15 Amazon gift card. Giveaway #2 is a paperback of Revel Knox by Michael Shank and a $15 Amazon gift card. Giveaway #3 is a personalized notebook from Faith Blum and a $15 Amazon gift card. To enter the giveaway, please fill out this form. The only required entries are your name and your email address. Everything else is optional.

Tour Schedule

Monday, May 23
Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections-Tour Introduction and Book Spotlight
Rebekah Lyn Books-Book Spotlight and Character Interview (John Davies)
Perpetual Gardener, Writer, and Mormon-Book Spotlight
Rachel Rossano’s Words-Book Spotlight

Tuesday, May 24
God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae-Book Spotlight
PhreyPress-Book Spotlight, Guest Post, and Author Interview

Wednesday, May 25
Letters from Annie Douglass Lima-Book Spotlight and Excerpt
Writing About Life-Book Review
Frances Hoelsema-Book Spotlight and Excerpt
Zerina Blossom’s Books-Guest Post

Thursday, May 26
Stephany Tullis Blog-Character Interview (John Davies) Ramblings-Guest Post
Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections-Excerpt

Friday, May 27
Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections-Giveaway Announcement      

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Must-read Romantic Fairy Tale!

“You know that great feeling when you read the first few pages of a book, and you know you’re already hooked? The Firethorn Crown is that kind of book.” —Tamie D. E.
Yep. I experienced the same feeling. Amazon’s Look Inside was so compelling that I picked myself up a copy. I can’t wait to dive into this engaging tale.

Have a look at the blurb of this fantastic retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, and then jump over to the Look Inside. I guarantee you’ll pick up a copy too.

Princess Lily, the eldest of twelve sisters and heir to a mighty kingdom, desperately seeks a break from her mother’s matchmaking. Tradition forbids marriage with the man Lily loves, so she would rather rule alone than marry someone who only wants the crown.

Fleeing an overzealous suitor, Lily stumbles into a secret underground kingdom where she and her sisters encounter a mysterious sorcerer-prince and become entangled in a curse that threatens the safety of her family and her people. Lily can free them, but the price for freedom may be more than she’s willing to pay.

The Firethorn Crown, a re-imagining of “The Twelve Dancing Princesses,” is the first in the Firethorn Chronicles, a series of stand-alone novels inspired by fairy tales and other stories. Follow the sisters on their adventures in a land where sorcery is feared, women can rule, and dragons fly.

About the Author

A native of south Georgia, Lea Doué currently lives in Nova Scotia, Canada with her husband, their two boys, a rescue greyhound, and a cat. But, sadly, no dragons. Homeschooling and writing take up most of her time, but she also enjoys directing a small puppet team at her church.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Vocal Crush Blog Tour!

Vocal Crush is a prestigious RONE nominee! 
It has already passed the 1st round of nomination by receiving a 4 star review from InD’Tale Magazine.

Now, I need your help to get it through the 2nd round, the Fan Vote, May 16-May 22. (You don’t need to have read the book to vote.)

You can vote in 4 easy steps.

1.      Go here to vote: 
2.      You must be a subscriber to vote. It’s free and quick, only a minute of your time and you can always unsubscribe later. It’s in a box on the right side of the page. 
3.      Vote for Vocal Crush by Lisa Swinton under the Contemporary Sweet category half way down the page. 

4.      Enter the Rafflecopter to win a signed-by-the-author printed copy via my blog or FB Author page. Links:
That’s it you’re done!

Haven’t read Vocal Crush but want to? During voting week it’s on sale for $0.99 on Amazon! Be sure to leave an honest review after.J Get it here: 

With any luck, Vocal Crush will make it to the 3rd round, the professional judging. 

Thanks so much for your support!

Lisa Swinton

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Sunday, May 8, 2016

For Mother’s Day

While walking down the winding path through her garden one morning, a gardener stopped in excitement when she noticed a tiny blooming flower—a purple iris on a short stem.

Earlier that spring, the gardener had moved the flower out of a cluster of other plants, where it was sadly being choked out and hidden. She chose a spot along the path were the little iris would stand out to everyone who passed.

The iris was in full splendor, so the gardener bent down and breathed in the flower’s delicate beauty and the majesty of her lone blossom.

Then the gardener gazed around the flowerbed. A taller, equally majestic flower of another kind—in the same shade of purple—dotted her entire garden, causing this little iris to blend in, be lost, and seem insignificant. 

The gardener had failed at allowing the little iris to shine; her full potential would not be recognized. No one else walking this path would ever see this little flower, and all the wonder that it is, amongst the beauty of the entire garden.

But as the gardener looked down at the little, proud iris, she thought—I did.

I did because I know my garden, and I know ALL my precious flowers.

The story is the same for mothers. So many times you’ll feel as though you’ve failed, as if you go unnoticed for all the many menial tasks you do every day, that you’ll never reach your full potential.

You feel insignificant.

You are just a mom.

Your family takes you for granted.

Your children couldn’t possibly know all you sacrifice.

Rest assured, knowing that in the eyes, heart, and mind of your child, you are a super mom.

If you think they don’t notice or care about all the things you do, you’re wrong. And never forget that we have the grace of Him who DOES notice us and sees all that we, as mothers, do.

He knows that we CAN stand tall as he brings us to the edge of the path and lifts us toward the sun.

We can fulfill our potential.

We are mothers.

We have mothers.

And our daughters will be mothers.

We are that tiny, fragile flower in the Master Gardener’s hands.

“I see my mother kneeling with our family each day. I hear the words she whispers as she bows her head to pray. Her plea to the Father quiets all my fears, and I am thankful love is spoken here.”

I know that a mother is a special person with unique and divine gifts.

I know that a mother prays for her children and gives her life for her children. I know that there is no greater calling.

I am a MOTHER.