Goodreads Giveaway Contest!!

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Starting today – February 18th, 2017 – and running until February 25th, 2017, you can enter for a chance to win your very own copy of Even Halos Can Be Crooked by L. M. Schukraft!

What do you need to do to enter this amazingly awesome contest? Just check out the information below!! Click on “Enter Giveaway” and that should take you right where you need to be to join this contest! Good luck everyone and check back often for more updates and giveaways!

Even Halos Can Be Crooked by L.M. Schukraft
Even Halos Can Be Crooked
by L.M. Schukraft (Goodreads Author)

Release date: Feb 07, 2017
Hello All!I am a brand new indie author. I’m also brand new to Goodreads. As a new author, I’m on a quest to find readers for my novel Even Halos Can Be Crooked. I’d love some reviews too!!


My novel is a Paranormal Romance that has been suggested if people like watching the TV series Supernatural, they might like reading my book.
I love my characters. I started reading it again when I got my print proof just a few days ago and have laughed a couple of times out loud in just the first 6 chapters. It’s a fast, light read and I think people would enjoy it if they gave it a chance :)The deadline for this contest is February 25th, 2017. Let’s have some fun reading something new and helping this author out!!

Giveaway ends in: 7 days and 16:57:39

Availability: 1 copy available

Giveaway dates: Feb 18 – Feb 25, 2017

Countries available: US

Format: Print Book

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Event: Podcast Live Release Date for Desmin’s First Assignment March 03, 2017 6 pm CST

Desmin’s First Assignment, a flash story in The Crooked Halo series,  is scheduled to go live on the March 3rd podcast of 600 Second Saga, episodes go live at 6pm CST/ 7pm EST.

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A Flash in Time – A Crooked Halo Series Flash short story

I was given the opportunity to submit a short flash story to the 600 Second Saga site.  The site produces podcasts narrated by Mariah Avix. My first flash story was a little too long and rather than lose the time and effort Mariah put into the podcast, she gave me the file and permission to share the audio here. Please be sure to check out her page:   600 Second Saga      My second attempt, Desmin’s First Assignment, will be scheduled for her podcast March 3rd, 2017!

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Even Halos Can Be Crooked

Even Halos Can Be Crooked

A Paranormal Mystery Romance by: L. M. Schukraft

The first book in the The Crooked Halo series coming soon!

       I’m Autumn. I’m having an interesting couple of days you could say. See, I almost died and was sent back from Limbo because I haven’t built up enough good Karma. I know. It sounds far out there but imagine if you were living it?

 

I don’t have to because I already am.

   book-1-crooked-halo-front-cover-only   Now I’m seeing halos everywhere. I even have one and it’s crooked! Can you believe that? My halo is crooked!

  Apparently my soul is imbalanced and is now in a power struggle between Heaven and Hell. I’ve been given the chance to straighten out my halo, so if and when I do die, I can go to Heaven. They’ve given me a sexy guardian angel to help protect my soul. He’s yummy, smells like cookies, and is smoking hot eye candy that tempts my body. If I’m not careful, he may just tempt my heart.

       Along with my golden-eyed Angel, I’ve been assigned a wise-cracking Devils Spawn Minion, Desmin, to help me complete my task set by the Heavens themselves. Follow me on this wild adventure as I battle creatures spawned from the depths of Hell and unravel a mystery bigger than any of us could have imagined.

 

 

Make it or Break it – Season 1 EP 17 – TV series review

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Make It or Break It team

Okay, this update will be short and brief since I haven’t finished watching the whole episode but this is when I finally figured out who the Doctor that might be able to fix Payson’s back is – DEANNA TROI from STAR TREK NEXT GENERATION! OMG! Her looks have changed so much and having not seen her in her Blue STNG uniform made it a little harder for me to recognize her in episode 16 – Save the last Dance. What finally made me realize she’s Deanna Troi was her voice! Make it or Break has some really amazing stars from other TV series – Candance Cameron Bure , DJ on Full House, Peri Gilpin , Roz from Frasier and now Marina Sirtis, Deanna Troi from Star Trek Next Generation – its awesome! If you haven’t had a chance to watch this gymnastic drama, try to catch up on the episodes either on HULU or ABC Family.com. Okay, going to finish watching episode 17 now…

**UPDATE**

Finished watching Hope and Faith, Season 1 EP 17 and I was RIVETED! It was one of the most dramatic episodes yet. Watching Payson’s mom deal with the guilt of Payson being injured while on her watch was heart wrenching and it finally revealed why this one last hope was something she was so afraid to believe in – Kim, Payson’s mom, didn’t want to risk her daughter getting injured again on her watch if something should go wrong with the surgery.

Kelly Parker in the bathroom after listening in on Lauren and Emily.
A smug Kelly Parker armed with new gossip to hurt team Rock.

To top it all off, we watched our 3 National Team Members, Emily, Kaylie and Lauren deal with trying to get back into the US Olympic team committees good graces after they performed so badly when they had to work with Marty as their National Team coach for the first time. The drama comes to a peak when Kelly Parker, who by the way – the actress is doing an amazing job of making me hate her character – found out about the affair between Kaylies mom and their coach, Marty. She uses this information to strip away at each Rock team members confidence and it works all too well. When Kaylie fails to perform her Double Arabian in the National’s practice meeting and Marty instructs her to take it out of the routine, Kaylie rightfully balks. Marty’s telling her she’s not consistent and has to go with the lower scoring move just moments after Kelly ripped her emotions out from under her by spewing her venom with the knowledge she knows about Kaylies’ mom’s affair. Kelly went one better and implied that Kaylies friends told her all about the affair and, well, truthfully, Kaylie should know better than to trust them because no one really wants to be her friend. So you can bet that Kaylie laid into Marty and let him know she knows about the affair and then Kaylie stormed out of the practice. Sasha tried to go after Kaylie, with Summer following on his heels, but both just missed Kaylie as she pealed out of the parking lot. Sasha turned to Summer and asked her if all of this was just because Marty abandoned the team when they needed him the most and Summer tries to prep Sasha by asking him to keep calm and then she explains it is not because Marty left but why he left. Cut to Sasha storming into the gym and slugging Marty in the kisser. Yea, Sasha.

While all this drama is going on, Lauren is still stewing about Emily’s mom dating her dad. In a stellar Lauren move, Lauren visits Emily’s mom and starts to spin this tale about how Scott, her dad, is a sex addict. It’s amazing how many people underestimate Emily’s mom, Chloe. Lauren didn’t pull any wool over Chloe’s eyes with her tale. Lauren only succeeded in letting Chloe know she knew that Scott and Chloe are seeing each other. Chloe tries to reach Scott right away and of course only gets a call back from him as Chloe’s walking into the Rock on the day of the Nationals practice. While Scott and Chloe are discussing the fact that Lauren knows about them seeing each other and how Chloe had to tell Emily right away because Emily couldn’t find out Lauren knew before Emily did – Emily stormed out of the Rock and overheard the whole conversation.

Angered, Emily huff’s back into the gym and confronts Lauren – more angry that Lauren didn’t tell her about it and that Lauren was fishing around for information. Lauren strikes back with some vicious words about Emily’s mom, her mom’s fashion sense and how strapped for money Emily’s family is and the two girls start shoving each and come pretty close to blows. The argument is broken up by Marty who tells Emily to do her vault and Lauren to chalk up. Emily goes to do her vault routine and misses.

Kelly moves over to the chalk and starts chipping away at Lauren by bringing up that 2 were down and there was one more to go. She gets rather vicious and hits Lauren hard by striking at Lauren’s abandonment by her mother. Lauren’s cool exterior breaks and she flings chalk into Kelly’s eyes. This is when Summer must have finished telling Sasha about Marty and Kaylie’s mom because he comes in swinging. All this drama happens with in the first half hour of the show.

That night Sasha calls the girls back to the gym and assures them the disaster practice will be kept private and that they need to bring their fighting game face the next day for the Committee practice. And the girls do. They hit all their moves and stick their landings but when the time comes to call the National Team Members going to compete in China, Kaylie, the National Champion, and Emily are left home. Lauren is somehow invited. Sasha is stunned. His team performed skills at higher levels than the other girls and they performed them better than the other girls. He confronts the committee woman and finds out it was a rigged practice from the get go. The committee has made up their mind and determined that Sasha’s girls are rouge. She even reveals the committee is well-informed of the fuss that went on at the practice the night before – a practice the committee should know nothing about and blatantly says, the girls didn’t really stand a chance.

Kaylie and Emily are stunned and left wondering why? They worked so hard, performed so well, proven themselves and they were still snubbed. Moments after the revealing conversation with the committee member – read evil witch – Sasha approaches the girls, and to be cliché, he had steam coming out of his ears. The girls ask why and Sasha doesn’t hold back in telling them its a political move and that they were deemed rogue. The girls ask, well what do we next? Sasha tells them, “They think we’re rogue now, they haven’t seen anything yet.”

Payson going in to surgery
Payson moments before she is wheeled into back surgery

The episode ends with Payson being wheeled into surgery after her parents struggled for days with just telling Payson about it and then after telling her, dealing with the potential risks of the surgery and as mentioned earlier, the guilt. We are left wondering how the surgery goes and what the Rock plans next in their bid to compete in China. I am really looking forward to the next new episode. I hope it’s as packed as this one.

Quicksand by Iris Johansen, Eve Duncan series – book review

Quicksand by Iris Johansen, Eve Duncan series book review

Here is another review on ShvOOng.  Enjoy!

Anyone who has lost a child or had one never come home can instantly feel Eve Duncan’s burning desire to find her Bonnie. As the seventh book of the Eve Duncan series by Iris Johansen, Quicksand, draws the reader into Eve’s search. Ever since Bonnie had gone missing and the truth was revealed that the killer who original claimed Bonnie’s life had lied, Eve has been following every clue, lead and hint to find her Bonnie and bring her home.
 

Eve Duncan Series
Bring them home. Bring the children home.

As part of this search, Eve became a Forensic Sculptor and tries to bring other lost children and people home to their families. After a recent facial recreation, Eve was given 3 names of possible kidnappers for Bonnie. Long time companion, Joe Logan, has been working to hunt down these possible suspects and that is where this adventure begins. Follow Eve, Joe, Miguel and Montolovo as they trail a deadly predator in the hopes of finding Bonnie. Powerfully written, the reader moves along with Eve as she tries to hold onto her relationship with Joe without letting go of her search for Bonnie.

 Pursuing old avenues that left Eve jaded and filled with mistrust, Megan Blair is brought in to assist in the search for the latest victim, a small boy. For all those out there who doubt and are filled with disbelief, it is easy to share the feelings of shattered hopes, constant disappointments and utter disdain for the money and publicity driven charlatan psychics that preyed upon Eve during her weakest moments. Eve soon discovers that maybe, just maybe there might be more out there than either she or Joe can comprehend. That maybe she isn’t coping with her lost by hallucinating nightly conversations with her Bonnie. Eve might just have to accept that she is open to outside possibilities and sensitive enough that her Bonnie can visit her and that ghosts really do exist.
 Emotionally charged, page turning excitement pulls the reader alongside the characters on this fast pace chase, leaving the reader rooting for good to prevail, evil to get what’s coming to it and most of all, for Bonnie to come home. Curl up, leave the night-lite on, dive in and prepare to hunt down a vile predator in Iris Johansen’s, Quicksand.

Quicksand can be purchased by clicking on the Amazon.com image below: