Castles in the Sky – Cover reveal!

 

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I’m so excited to be finally sharing the cover for my latest book – Castles in the Sky. This is a stand alone short novella of poems and short stories. Don’t let the word poetry throw you off from checking out this book! The poems are unique with imagery and humor that sets them apart from typical poetry. Some are playful while others are a little dark so I think you can find something to enjoy with these poems.

There are 3 short stories:

  1. The first one is done in the style of a Greek Creation Myth. One reviewer commented on “What a story teller you are” after reading Aroma and Damien’s tale.
  2. The next story is a dark tale of a tortured young girl finding her revenge as a woman in the most unusual way
  3. The last story is like an Indiana Jones tale with a little fantasy thrown in. A woman finds herself in trouble once again and is rescued by a mysterious man, which leads them on an adventure of a lifetime.

Castles in the Sky will be available in both eBook and print format soon! The anticipated release date is July 25th, 2017!!!

 

 

~☆~~KINDLE FIRE GIVEAWAY~~☆~

~☆~~ Kindle Giveaway Promo ~~☆~

I just saw a great promotion idea based on giving back to the fans rather than investing in advertising.

I’d like to do a promo where if I sell 400 books – either ebook or print – by August 30th, 2017, I will give away ONE Amazon Kindle (an $89 value). If I sell 200 books by August 30th 2017, I will give away ONE $25 Amazon.com gift card.

In order to be entered in this giveaway, you will need to:

  1. Like The Crooked Halos Facebook page
  2. Like this post and comment “enter me”
  3. SHARE THIS POST – the more you share it, the more chances of reaching our goal!
  4. BUY Even Halos Can Be Crooked (*if you haven’t already done so) Click HERE to order a copy of Even Halos Can Be Crooked  .

Sharing this post and encouraging others to get a copy of Even Halos Can Be Crooked is crucial for this giveaway to succeed!

Truthfully, it’s more about gaining fans and getting people to read the story so they can enjoy the fun adventure!

*(Facebook is not associated with this promotion in any way. Commenting ‘enter me’ does not guarantee a win or winner. Winners are dependent on meeting book sales goals. Winners will be announced September 14th, 2017 only if sales goals of 200 ($25 gift card) or 400 (Kindle valued at $89) have been reached by August 30th, 2017. This contest is open internationally. No purchase is required to be entered but it does help meet the sales goals. Winners have 3 days to respond once selected and agree to provide a ship to address for the Kindle or email address for the gift card. If no one responds by the 3rd day, another winner will be selected. Please message The Crooked Halos Series with any questions regarding this giveaway. Void where prohibited.)

REVIEWS: Find Out What Others Are Saying About Even Halos Can Be Crooked!

Trying to self promote your first novel is difficult. One method I heard that is really important is getting people to read and review your novel. Whether the reviews are good or not so good, it gets your novel visibility and hopefully people’s interest in checking out the story for themselves.

After waiting a few weeks, I’ve finally gotten my first couple of reviews which can be found at all the links listed below. I’m going to share the links by the Blog Page for easy reference. Please check out what others are saying about Even Halos Can be Crooked!

ERICA ROBYN READS:

Erica said:

“I have to say right away, I had SO much fun reading this!!”

Here’s the links for Erica Robyn Reads blog and her review:

Erica Robyn Reads Blog Review Link

Link for same review posted on GoodReads

Facebook Page (pinned post)

Google+ link

Instagram (also shared on my personal FB)

Twitter link

Pinterest

Books Amino

Litsy: (mobile access only, but I shared the image of chapter 13 and a link to the blog post). Also marked the book as “Pick,” which is the highest rating level on this app; the other descending options are So-So, Pan, and Bail

 

Sassy Southern Book Blog:

Amazon review by Sassy Southern Book Blog

 

 

Image Credits

I had absolutely no idea what to call this post but I felt it was important to share where the images I used for my blog page header came from. With the exception of the galaxy photo, all the photos were taken by me. Below I’ve noted where these images were taken for your reference. I’ll be adding pictures periodically. This could be kind of a Places to Check Out page, too.

 

These pictures were taken in May 2016.

Location: Webster, NY

Ontario Bay  near the Pier

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These pictures were taken at the Butterfly Garden.

Location: Strong Museum of Play

Rochester, NY

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This picture was taken along the Erie Canal Path

Location: Fairport, NY

 

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This picture was take at Sonnenberg Gardens.

Location: Canandaigua, NY

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This picture was taken somewhere along I90 heading towards

Geneva, NY

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All right, I’ve spent 30 minutes searching for the name of this place and my toddler is screaming at me so I’m just going to give a general location. It’s a church in Highland Park, Rochester, NY. It’s near a school of dentistry and its up on a hill. It’s pretty awesome to check out if you get the chance to.

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I Am Number Four – a quick post DVD review

The choice to run and live another day or combine forces and stand your ground. The day to decide is here...

I saw the previews. I heard the chatter. Despite some naysayers about it being an teen angst film – I still wanted to see the movie. I waited and finally it was released on DVD. I Am Number Four was very much worth the wait. I really enjoyed the plot, the story line, the characters, the graphics and the actors. This is a movie for fans of sci-fi, Superman and Marvel Comics movies.

A really brief summary:

A distant planet called Lorien was destroyed by Mogadorians. In order to save their race, the Loriens sent 9 children to Earth with guardians to protect them before their planet was destroyed.

As the children grew, so did their alien races abilities. Unfortunately, the Mogadorians discovered the children were sent to Earth and have begun to hunt down each child that can only be killed in a specific order.

Alex Pettyfer plays John who is number four in the order of the alien children. He and his guardian are located by the Mogadorians in one of their many secret locations and they are forced to move after the third alien child has been hunted and killed by the Mogadorian leader, Commander. John and his guardian move to Paradise, Ohio.

Here, John must again try to fit in and not be noticed. All the while his powers are coming into maturity and he is battling controlling them so as to not draw attention to himself. John makes unlikely friends with another social outcast at his school, Sam Goode, played by Callan McAuliffe,  who is being victimized by a bully.  John catches the eye of the bullies girlfriend, Sarah Hart, played by Glee Actress Dianna Argon.

Another alien child, Number 6, loses her guardian and decides to fight the Mogadorians rather than run and hide. With this goal in mind she works to find Number 4. Meanwhile, John and Sarah form a bonding love and things start to heat up in Paradise as the Mogadorians hone in on John’s location.

I am going to cut off that summary there so that if you decide to watch this movie you can watch it free of spoilers. I just have to say I loved the Chimera. I am eagerly awaiting a sequel – not sure if there is going to be one but if there is, I am so watching it!! I hope you enjoy this movie as much as I did 🙂

Beastly – A DVD review quick post

A quick post review of the recently released DVD, Beastly. A retelling of the Beauty and Beast fairytale. A tale as old as time if one recalls…

Love is never ugly...

Hello blog website -I am finally back again after a brief hiatus. While I was on break from blogging, I most certainly wasn’t on break from reading or watching movies.  I’ve decided since time seems to be a major factor in getting out my more thorough posts, I am going to try and do some quick posts reviews for the books, movies and TV shows that I have been following recently.

What better way to start than with a classic fairy tale remake of Beauty and the Beast. In case its not apparent by now, I’m going to re-state that I am a fan of fairy tales and fantasy and love to see classic tales re-told time and again. While the Cinderella tale seems to be the leading contender for people to remake, Beauty and the Beast seems to be a close second runner up.

The recently released DVD, Beastly, does a great job of revamping this classic tale. The lead actor Alex Pettyfer (I am Number Four and Beastly) plays the main character,  Kyle – a young man whose sole definition is based on his looks, wealth and what it can buy him.  Following the classic fairytale, Kyle runs afoul of a witch that decides to teach him a lesson about what life is really about and curses him. Kyle has one year to find someone to love him in his newly disfigured form.

The witch is portrayed as a social high school outcast – ridiculed by her fellow classmates while feared for her rumored magical abilities. Mary – Kate Olsen did a stellar job in her role as Kendra, the

Kyle approaches Kendra to try and ask for more time...

Enchantress, and her ability to show strength, daring, cunning and compassion while bestowing a life lesson to someone who seems so lost in his self importance. I am giving out props to the films make-up department because they did a wonderful job of creating the outward dis-figuration of the rather yummy Alex Pettyfer. The makeup department also managed to do a good job of not overdoing the gothic bent for Mary-Kate Olsen’s character as well – making her looks changeable and versatile – hmm, maybe a play on the whole beauty-is-not-all theme of the movie.

Vanessa Hudgens plays the lady fair that sees beyond the outer image and into the soul of what a person can really be – as Lindy. The movie finds interesting ways to follow the fairytale to where the lead female finds herself in the care of the ‘beast’.

The movie follows Kyle through his tormented dealings and his coming to terms with his new world and having his basic beliefs redefined by one fateful encounter. We get to see him develop a heart and build a soul on more than looks alone. A bright comedic relief in the movie is the blind tutor played by Neil Patrick Harris that offers another eye opener for the twisted visage of Kyle. Something about watching a man so full of himself be so humbled by those around him draws me into this movie. Honestly, for a movie that did not get a lot of promotional hoopla, I was quite pleased with how well done it was in a simple non-overblown dramatic way.

Without giving away too many details – I highly recommend this movie for a sweet, simple, soul redefining couple of hours enjoyment. If you do find yourself enjoying this fairytale remake, here are a few other recommendations: Snow White: A tale of terror (1997), The Brothers Grimm (2005), Ella Enchanted (2004), EverAfter (1998),  Red Riding Hood (2011) and Tangled (2011).

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