Friday, August 12, 2016

Blog Tour: Missing




Have you ever had to sacrifice something to bring back something or someone you love? Peggy McAloon is here today to talk about the second book in her Lessons from Fiori series, Missing. Elle's brother has been kidnapped. Will she be able to save him?

About the Book


Kidnapping. Monsters. Magic.


Elle's desperate to find her kidnapped brother. She teams up with the winged warriors from the dimension of Fiori to save him, but JJ isn't the only one in danger. What will Elle sacrifice to bring her brother home? Can she fulfill the ancient prophecy and restore the magic of the Bronze Pendant?
 

You will love this Coming of Age, action-packed fantasy for middle-grade readers. Elle Burton's goal is to rescue her brother. What she discovers is pure evil. The author provides a female role model who strives to overcome her flaws and inspire kids everywhere.
 
"Missing" blends the magic of a fairytale with the contemporary realities of the world today's youth inhabit. You will discover a new world order through the journey of a young girl who exhibits both compassion and jaw-dropping courage in her quest to fulfill an ancient prophecy. Find yourself caught in the ultimate struggle between good and evil. "Missing" is the second book in the "Lessons from Fiori" series.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Blog Tour: The Dragons of Alsace Farm





Everyone has their secrets and Tayte, Agnes, and Noah are no exception. In Agnes’s home, though, those secrets—or dragons—might just tear them all apart. Part of the Kindle Scout competition, The Dragons of Alsace Farm, was hot and trending for four weeks before its launch. Find out why during this blog tour!

About the Book


In need of his own redemption, Noah Carter finally confronts his childhood hero, the once-beloved uncle who betrayed him. Instead of vengeance, he offers forgiveness, also granting Uncle John a most curious request—for Noah to work on the ramshackle farm of Agnes Deveraux Keller, a French WWII survivor with dementia.

Despite all Agnes has lost, she still has much to teach Noah. But the pair’s unique friendship is threatened when Tayte, Agnes’s estranged granddaughter, arrives to claim a woman whose circumstances and abilities are far different from those of the grandmother she once knew. 

Items hidden in Agnes’s attic raise painful questions about Tayte’s dead parents, steeling Tayte’s determination to save Agnes, even if it requires her to betray the very woman she came to save, and the secret her proud grandmother has guarded for seventy years.

The issue strains the fragile trust between Tayte and Noah, who now realizes Tayte is fighting her own secrets, her own dragons. Weighed down by past guilt and failures, he feels ill-equipped to help either woman, until he remembers Agnes’s lessons about courage and love. In order to save Agnes, the student must now become the teacher, helping Tayte heal—for Agnes’s sake, and for his.

About the Author


L.C. Lewis (Laurie) was born and raised in rural Maryland, surrounded by history-rich Philadelphia, Washington, and Baltimore. She and her husband Tom reside in Carroll County, Maryland, where they raised their four children.

The Dragons of Alsace Farm, Laurie’s eighth published novel, was inspired by a loved one’s struggle with the dragon of dementia. Her women’s fiction novels include Unspoken (2004) and Awakening Avery (2010), written as Laurie Lewis. Using the pen name L.C. Lewis, she wrote the five volumes of her award-winning FREE MEN and DREAMERS historical fiction series, set against the backdrop of the War of 1812, America’s nearly forgotten second war of independence: Dark Sky at Dawn (2007), Twilight’s Last Gleaming (2008), Dawn’s Early Light (2009), Oh, Say Can You See? (2010), and In God is Our Trust, (2011).

Dark Sky at Dawn and Twilight’s Last Gleaming were finalists in the 2008 USA Best Books competition. Oh, Say Can You See? was a 2010 Whitney Award finalist.

Three new books are in progress. Please watch for her remake of Awakening Avery, a political suspense novel titled The Shell Game, both of which are slated for later in 2016, and a March 2017 novella, Laurie’s contribution to the multi-author “Destination Billionaire Romance” series.

Laurie loves hearing from her readers and may be contacted through her website: www.laurielclewis.com. You can also follow her on Twitter @laurielclewis or on her blog at www.laurielclewis.blogspot.com. She also enjoys interacting with book clubs. Contact her to arrange a video chat with your group.

Book Club

The back of the book contains some thought-provoking book club questions. Laurie would love for you to schedule a video conference with her if their book club chooses The Dragons of Alsace Farm as one of their selections in the next six months. 
You can email her at: laurielclewis@laurielclewis.com.

Giveaway


First and foremost, The Dragons of Alsace Farm is a love story, about the power of tested love, the promise of new love, and the strength of family love. Here's a love basket, with a fun date night, Agnes's favorite breakfast for the morning, and an autographed copy of the book to read on a lazy afternoon.  Always remember love.


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Excerpt

“I’m not very good at loving people.” 

“Did he tell you that?” 

“He didn’t have to.” She turned her face away from him as if she were interested in something off in the distance. 

Noah wanted to pull her back around to face him, but instead he stared at the ground. “It’s not true. I’ve seen what you’ve sacrificed for Agnes.” 

“And as you’ve so rightly pointed out, I’ve made a mess of things.” 

“No.” His head swung her way. “I never said that.” 

“Yes you did, and you were right. I’ve messed up everything I’ve done.” 

“You try too hard. You don’t need to push.” 

“You mean with Agnes?” 

“With anybody.” He felt his throat tighten and worried whether his words and voice had revealed the crazy thoughts being near her raised in him. He tried to diffuse the tension he felt. He looked at her phone again. “Even with him.” 

Tayte looked at him as if she were actually looking into him. He wondered what she would find there, if she could tell how difficult it had been to say those last words. 

She shook her head softly as if expressing a choice she was just realizing. “We weren’t right for each other. He’s handsome and funny and smart, but he’s also irresponsible and impulsive, everything I’ve been running away from for sixteen years, since that summer on Grandma’s farm. Agnes is all I have time for right now, but if I do ever choose to love somebody it’ll be someone steady.” She kicked at the wooden decking. “Probably someone dull and boring.” She began to laugh. 

Someone who colors within the lines? 

“How about you? Have you ever been in love, Noah?” 

Immersed in his own reverie, he almost missed the question. 

“Only once. A long time ago.” Noah’s heart thundered so loudly he feared she could see it pounding through his shirt. Their eyes met and held, and for a moment Noah dared imagine what it would feel like to be loved again, perhaps to be loved by this woman.




Tour Schedule


July 31
Bookish Orchestrations-Tour Introduction

August 1
The Overactive Imagination-Author Interview

August 2

August 3

August 4
Laurel's Leaves-Author Interview

August 5
Phrey Press-Author Interview

August 6
Bookish Orchestrations-Tour Conclusion and Giveaway Announcement
 

Thursday, August 4, 2016

True Freedom

This morning I celebrate being depression free for five years. Some cannot imagine what those words mean. I mark it as if it were sobriety. Each day that I am free from darkness is another day I bask in the light. The difference between then and now is as noticeable as a light switch being flicked on. I am reminded not to take my light—my freedom for granted. This is my own miracle. My faith, my hope, has given this to me. 100% free.

Out of darkness and into light, forever free