Well so much for keeping this blog updated. ;o(
I had a health issue that’s totally resolved and I’m feeling great and can eat stuff I couldn’t eat before. Feels like Christmas, your birthday and the first time you lay eyes on your brand new book cover all rolled into one.
I had my gall bladder removed. Everyone was telling me two days and you’re about back to normal. Not. Not on your life. It’s been a little over 2 weeks and I still feel it but I’m so much better. I had my first french fry the other day (Mickey D’s best) and I thought I had died and gone to heaven. Had 4 of those bad boys a few days later and NOTHING HAPPENED. No pain. No backache. It is a miracle.
So I’m back, not that I’ve left but I will be updating the blog soon. Hope everyone is well and are going to have the best Memorial Day weekend ever!
Carol Nicolas, author of the YA paranormal, The Sixth Power, will be on virtual book tour May 6 – 31 2013! Carol lives in northern Utah (USA) with her husband. A native of Canada, she attended BYU-Idaho (formerly Ricks College) and obtained a bachelor’s degree in education from Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah USA). A teacher, mother of five, wearer of silly socks, and fan of sci-fi/fantasy books and films, she enjoys growing herbs and vegetables, painting, and researching her family history. She likes rock, pop, Celtic and classical music. She has traveled throughout Europe; her favorite city there is Paris, though the romance of Venice is a close second. She speaks American English (with a Canadian accent after she has been talking with her Canadian family on the telephone for just a few minutes), as well a basic modern Greek, which she studied for 4 years to be able to communicate with her husband’s family on their bi-annual trips to Greece. Her deepest secret: she hides chocolate in her desk for emergencies!
Her latest book is the YA paranormal, The Sixth Power.
You can visit Carol’s blog site at http://carolnicolas.wordpress.com
Connect with Carol:
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About her book:
Tania Westing, a high school senior, is one of the Gifted Ones, descendants of an ancient family with seven special powers. Some of the powers are common, and some are rare.
Until her geneticist brother Tom was murdered, Tania lived an ordinary life. Now hidden in her mind is a clue that will reveal Tom’s research, including secret formulas to unlock all seven powers. During spring break, Tania meets and falls in love with handsome Dan Maclean. When Tania reveals her rare power to heal, the evil Gifted Ones who killed Tom suspect Tania has his research and formulas and come after her. Tania must learn to use her powers to help save Dan’s sister in time to keep Tom’s secrets safe.
Purchase your copy:
Visit her tour stops in May!
Monday, May 6 – Guest Blogging & Book Giveaway at Bibliophilia, Please
Monday, May 6 – Book Trailer Reveal at The Writer’s Life
Tuesday, May 7 – Guest Blogging at The Paperback Pursuer
Tuesday, May 7 – Book Trailer Reveal at Becky’s Barmy Book Blog
Wednesday, May 8 – Guest Blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner
Wednesday, May 8 – Book Trailer Reveal at If Books Could Talk
Thursday, May 9 – Guest Blogging at Reading Lark
Friday, May 10 – Book Spotlight at Jody’s Book Reviews
Friday, May 10 – Book Trailer Reveal at Literarily Speaking
Monday, May 13 – Book Review & Character Guest Post at Laurie’s Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews
Tuesday, May 14 – Book Review at Sara’s Organized Chaos
Tuesday, May 14 – First Chapter Reveal at Sweet Southern Home
Tuesday, May 14 – First Chapter Reveal at Review From Here
Wednesday, May 15 – Guest Blogging & Book Giveaway at Michelle’s Paranormal Vault of Books
Thursday, May 16 – Book Review at My Cozy Corner
Friday, May 17 – Book Spotlight at Authors & Readers Book Corner
Friday, May 17 – First Chapter Reveal at The Writer’s Life
Monday, May 20 – Interview at The Bibliophilic Book Blog
Tuesday, May 21 – Character Guest Post at Paranormal Sisters
Wednesday, May 22 – Interview at Books Books the Magical Fruit
Thursday, May 23 – Interview at Straight From the Author’s Mouth
Friday, May 24 – Guest Blogging at Culture Shock
Monday, May 27 – Interview at The Dark Phantom
Monday, May 27 – First Chapter Reveal at Beyond the Books
Monday, May 27 – Book Trailer Reveal & Book Giveaway at Book Fever
Friday, May 31 – Book Review at Paperback Princess
Carol Nicolas’ The Sixth Power Blog Tour is brought to you by the fine folks at Pump Up Your Book, an innovative public relations agency specializing in online book promotion and social media marketing for authors. Visit us at www.PumpUpYourBook.com.
Mark All, author of the paranormal thriller, The Spellcaster’s Grimoire, will be on virtual book tour May 6 – 31 2013! Mark is the author of paranormal thrillers The Spellcaster’s Grimoire and Mystic Witch, published by ImaJinn Books in trade paperback and eBook formats. He has won two international writing awards and contributed to Computer Legends, Lies & Lore.
Mystic Witch received a 5 Star review from the Paranormal Romance Guild, and 3½ stars (out of 4½ possible stars) from RT Book Reviews.
Mark is a full-time author after a career as an instructional systems designer at a Fortune 16 company. Prior to his work in computer-based training, he held jobs ranging from gravedigger to FM radio announcer to professional rock guitarist.
Mark presents writing workshops and taught his “Planning Your Novel” course at the Spruill Center for the Arts.
He earned a Masters degree in computer-based education and a Bachelor of Music cum laude.
You can visit Mark All’s website at www.MarkAllAuthor.com.
About his book:
Bestselling witchcraft author Trish Sinclair has a shameful secret: she’s a lousy spellcaster, and the spells in her books belong to others. So when a dying warlock entrusts her with an ancient and powerful grimoire, she runs for her life from his murderer, psychotic witch Kate Cavanaugh. Kate pursues Trish relentlessly to obtain the grimoire, which holds spells to command the fearsome power of a magic crystal hidden in town—and Kate is determined to have that power.
When the town coven refuses to help Trish protect the grimoire, she is forced to turn to cynical warlock Aidan McCarthy, who has a secret agenda of his own, and Rain Devereaux, a novice witch whose spellcasting abilities are even worse than Trish’s. As Kate unleashes the elemental might of tornados and ice storms on the trio, they desperately struggle to defeat her.
But Kate is too powerful, and she manages to steal the grimoire and unearth the crystal. Trish knows Kate will use the stone’s power to exact her deadly revenge on Aidan and the town coven unless Trish can manifest her latent magical abilities to save them.
Purchase The Spellcaster’s Grimoire!
Visit his tour stops in May!
Monday, May 6 – Interview at Blogcritics
Monday, May 6 – First Chapter Reveal at Between the Covers
Tuesday, May 7 – First Chapter Reveal at A Little Bit of R&R
Wednesday, May 8 – Guest Blogging at Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf
Thursday, May 9 – Guest Blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner
Friday, May 10 – First Chapter Reveal & Book Giveaway at Moonlight, Lace & Mayhem
Monday, May 13 – Guest Blogging at A Little Bit of R&R
Tuesday, May 14 – Interview at The Dark Phantom
Wednesday, May 15 – Guest Blogging at My Book Addiction and More
Thursday, May 16 – Interview at Straight From the Author’s Mouth
Thursday, May 16 – Interview at The Book Connection
Friday, May 17 – Book Review & Guest Blogging at My Book Addiction and More
Monday, May 20 – Book Spotlight at Community Bookstop
Monday, May 20 – First Chapter Reveal at The Writer’s Life
Tuesday, May 21 – Book Review at Miki’s Hope
Tuesday, May 21 – Character Guest Post at Laurie’s Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews
Wednesday, May 22 – Book Review & Guest Blogging at Queen of All She Reads
Thursday, May 23 – Book Review at My Cozie Corner
Thursday, May 23 – Guest Blogging at Janna Shay’s Fair Play
Friday, May 24 – Interview & Book Giveaway at Melissa’s Midnight Musings
Monday, May 27 – First Chapter Reveal at Books Books the Magical Fruit
Tuesday, May 28 – Book Review at Sapphyria’s Book Reviews
Thursday, May 30 – Book Review & Book Giveaway at Mary’s Cup of Tea
Friday, May 31 – Book Review at Offbeat Vagabond
Mark All’s The Spellcaster’s Grimoire Blog Tour is brought to you by the fine folks at Pump Up Your Book, an innovative public relations agency specializing in online book promotion and social media marketing for authors. Visit us at www.PumpUpYourBook.com.
Wal-Mart will no longer be carrying Amazon’s popular Kindle e-reading and tablet devices. Wal-Mart said it was a move consistent with its merchandising strategy, but I think there’s a lot more to it.
Wal-Mart doesn’t want to sell Kindles — especially the Kindle Fire tablets — because doing so will help Amazon.com build its overall retail business, which is in direct competition with Wal-Mart, especially its growing e-commerce operation.
Read the rest of the article at Forbes.
Happy Sunday everyone! The sun is finally out, two days in a row! I had a horrifying experience on the causeway a few days ago. The winter system Saturn was making it’s way up north but decided to throw a few winds and high tides our way and I found myself in the middle of the worse when I was almost stranded on the causeway which connects our tiny island to the rest of the world. Talk about scared. I’m still not over it. The ocean to the left hand side of the road was meeting the ocean on the right hand side of the road if that tells you anything. One lane was all under water and there was debris all over it with a plow thing pushing stuff off to the side so the cars on the other lane could get off the island. Me? I’m in the lane going to the island and praying every step of the way.
Just when I saw the sign 40 mph I knew I was on the “new bridge” as we locals call it and I was home free. Not. I get to the intersection (straight goes to the beach road, left goes to a residential section and right goes through town and home) and there’s a foot of water in the intersection (I am not exaggerating). So I have a choice, go through the intersection onto beach road where I see up ahead it only has a couple of inches there or turn right to go home and go through even more foot deep water and God knows what else because I can’t see that far. I chose to go ahead. I made it, then parked at the drug store (high land) until I could figure out what to do. I called home to tell them where I was and I needed help finding a road that would take me home that wasn’t flooded.
To make a long story short, I made it only to find the power out. Not a good day.
But today the sun is shining and it looks like the system is completely gone for us anyway. We did have a boat capsize somewhere out there, they saved one man and the other two are missing and I haven’t heard anything else.
When you live on an island, you either roll with the punches or you leave. I’m not sure at this point whether I want to stay or not, but anyway….
Today I got a mention on Fred Gleeck’s website! The link is http://www.fredgleeck.com/blog/what-is-a-virtual-book-tour. He had found my old website and quoted me about virtual book tours. I’ve debated whether to take that site down since we have a new one (www.pumpupyourbook.com). But this is the reason why it’s still up there. I had optimized that site so well when I built it, I’m still getting inquiries from there and also people are quoting me and that’s always good to read. So for now it stays but I’m sure it confuses a lot of people.
I hope you all have had a great weekend and keep pumping up those books!
Robert F. Henry will be touring April 1 – May 31 with his health & fitness book, Age Re-Defined. If you would like to host this author, click here!
About the Book:
Your state of health, how you feel, and how you look are more within your control than you think – even in your forties and fifties (and beyond). This book addresses exercise, fitness, nutrition, wellness, and the mind-body connection. Its purpose is not to promote a particular exercise program or a particular diet plan – although its coverage of exercise, fitness, and nutrition is extensive – but rather to inform, educate, and motivate the reader on the importance of being proactive in one’s own health, fitness, and wellness.
Even if you are already physically active, this book can assist you in evaluating the effectiveness of your current exercise efforts. A foundational background in exercise and fitness concepts is provided. Not only does this book cite to numerous authoritative sources, but it also conveys the author’s own philosophy of exercise and an informative overview of his own exercise and nutrition regimen. The author, who is 56, shares his own motivating journey and the positive results he achieved through exercise, nutrition, and the mind-body connection, with particular emphasis on the challenges faced by him in his early fifties and the favorable results he achieved at that age by “re-booting” his commitment to health and fitness.
The importance of nutrition is explained and heavily stressed. A Registered Dietician with a Master’s Degree in Nutrition is a contributor to the nutrition content. One comes away with an awareness of quality nutrition and its role in optimal health, fitness, and wellness, and with a good working knowledge of the kinds of foods and eating habits which are most beneficial.
As stated in the book’s Introduction: This book is about believing in yourself, maintaining inner strength, and understanding exercise, fitness, nutrition, and wellness. This book is also about getting younger instead of getting older, discovering your inner athlete, and becoming and remaining healthy and fit in both body and mind. This book is for people who have never exercised but who would like to start; for people who would like to know more about good nutrition; for people who exercise but have not seen results; for people whose fitness level has declined and who want to re-ignite their fitness quest; for people who choose to be proactive about their own health, fitness, and wellness; for people interested in the mind-body connection; and for people who reject negative self-talk and self-limiting stereotypes about life after the age of 50. All ages are welcome.
About the Author:
As a Personal Trainer, Fitness Nutrition Coach, and Wellness Coach, he motivates individuals to transform into healthier, fit versions of themselves and to explore the mind-body connection.
As a writer, blogger, speaker, and media commentator he informs and inspires his audience to commit to a healthy lifestyle by reminding them “you can get better instead of getting older”.
At 52, after years of enjoying good health, Robert was challenged when a visit to the doctor’s office revealed his health profile had changed and he was no longer the emblem of health he had been. That alarm, that wake-up call, that unprecedented need to lose body fat and the doctor’s statement “You’re not getting any younger” ignited something within him.
Robert was challenged for the first time with the need to lose weight and re-boot his commitment to fitness or be at risk for potentially serious health issues.
He refused to accept age alone as the determining factor of his health going forward.
Fitness became such a priority and passion that working out was no longer enough. He began studying and learning as much as his could about fitness, nutrition, and wellness. His appetite for learning led him to earn four certifications: Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Certified Personal Trainer from the National Council on Strength and Fitness, Certified Specialist in Fitness Nutrition from the International Sports Sciences Association, and Certified Wellness Coach from Spencer Institute, an affiliate of the National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association. He has also recently taken additional course work in Sport and Exercise Psychology at California State University. To learn more about Robert’s certifications, click here.
His law school education (Juris Doctor, Southern Methodist University) and his experience as an attorney distinguish him with analytical skills, which he now applies to his study and work in health, fitness and wellness. While still in his teens, Robert progressed from Student Pilot to Certified Flight Instructor. Later, he became a professional jet pilot. In the fitness realm, he has been a training client and is now a trainer with multiple fitness certifications. All of this gives him unique perspective as both teacher and student, and as both trainer and client. To Robert, learning is a lifelong process.
Visit his website at www.RobertHenryFitness.com.
Pump Up Your Book is pleased to announce Veronica Frances’ Tickling Daphne H. Virtual Book Publicity Tour beginning March 4, 2013 and ending on May 31, 2013. Veronica will be on hand during her nationwide tour talking about her book in candid interviews and guest posts! As an added bonus, Veronica’s tour is also part of a Kindle Fire HD Giveaway! To find out more details visit her official tour page here.
Tickling Daphne H. follows the ticklish journeys of Daphne, Dave, Carol and Harold, exploring how tickling deeply affects the lives of these four people. The story deals with the many different faces of tickling; the addictive and torturous, the pleasurable and erotic and the humorous and romantic. This is the very unusual love story of Daphne and Dave, two people facing their tickle-demons together. It is primarily the journey of Daphne, a 21-year-old very ticklish woman. Daphne finds herself in a world where every important person in her life has a tickling fetish, including her boyfriend Dave. She finds herself constantly surrounded by feathers and wiggling fingers, unable to escape the taunting sounds of her own laughter. She is also unable to escape her own mixed-up feelings about tickling. As Daphne’s relationship with Dave grows, she must learn to face her fears and deeper feelings about tickling, for the sake of their relationship and herself.
Pump Up Your Book handles all the aspects of virtual book touring from pre-buzzing your book before the tour starts to making sure buyers will find your book long after the tour is over. If you are the author of a newly published book, have an upcoming release or just want to give a previously published book new life, a virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book is the answer. We welcome traditionally published, electronically published and self-published authors. Our esteem list of clients include Claire Cook, Caridad Pineiro, C.W. Gortner, Barbara Bretton, Cody McFayden, James Hayman, Karen White, Kathleen Willey, Lisa Daily, Lisa Jackson, Mary Burton, Nancy Thayer, Randy Sue Coburn, Ray Comfort, Sandi Kahn Shelton, Sheila Roberts, Therese Fowler, Hope Edelman, Wendy Wax, Jon Meacham, Shobhan Bantwal, Pat Williams, Jane Green, Judge Glenda Hatchett and cook show personality Paula Deen. We also represent Random House, Abingdon Press, Zumaya Publications, WND Books, Sheaf House Publishers, New Hope Publishers, Guardian Angel Publishers, Genesis Press, and Moody Publishing and more. Contact us to find out what we can do for you and your book!
If you’d like host Veronica with an interview, book review or guest post opportunity and be a part of her Kindle Fire HD promotional tour, contact Dorothy Thompson at thewriterslife(at)gmail.com. Pump Up Your Book is an innovative public relations agency specializing in online book promotion for authors. Visit us at www.pumpupyourbook.com.