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Nurture Book Tour – In My Dreams by Cameo Renae + Giveaway August 25, 2011

Posted by Jaidis in Book Tours, Books, Giveaways, Nurture Your Books.
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Her name is Cameo Renae Rosete, but as an author, she goes by Cameo Renae (it was actually her husband’s idea). She is married to her best friend, and they have two beautiful children together (teenagers now). Her family has been her encouragement and constant support through this whole process. Oh… and her critics! :) In a good way though…

Apart from being an author, Cameo has two jobs: booking horseback tours into the Haleakala Crater, and working in the wedding industry in Maui. She works with coordinators on the island, who book her husband to perform their wedding ceremonies. He is a top Hawaiian officiate there on the island.

“Writing actually relaxes me. When I started In My Dreams, I never thought it would turn out the way it did. I really had no plan, and no structure. I just wrote… and it became. I’ve been perceived as a very happy, bubbly person, but this story is dark and kind of sad, which is very unlike my personality, but there are bits of humor inserted. I love watching paranormal shows, ghost stories, anything with vampires or angels, and great love stories… I guess that’s why In My Dreams came out the way it did.”

Cameo Renae is in the process of writing her next book which is the first in a new, Paranormal Trilogy.

“We’ll see what the future holds. Whatever it is… I’m up for the challenge!”

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I’d like to thank Ms. Renae for stopping by Juniper Grove today and allowing me to interview her! Check it out below:

Without giving too much away, can you tell us what In My Dreams is about?

In My Dreams is an emotional, romantic journey between Lizzy and Michael. They’ve been best friends since childhood and have just started to take their relationship to the next level when… Michael is murdered. Lizzy is devastated, but not only that, Michael’s killer is now targeting her. In the spirit realm, Michael refuses to cross over until he knows that Lizzy is safe, and will risk everything to make sure of it.

How long did it take you to write this book?

From start to finish it took about two years to finish, BUT I wasn’t writing the whole time. In My Dreams was actually sitting, half-finished, waiting for me to make time, for over a year. It was screaming… Hello! Remember me! I’m still here! Work and graduating kids swiped up my every waking minute. Then… at the beginning of this year, my 2011 resolution was to finish. A few months later… In My Dreams was complete. Phew!

What was your inspiration to write this book?

There were a series of events that inspired In My Dreams.

First, was the passing of my mother-in-law. She passed quite suddenly from cancer, which stole her beautiful life too soon.

Then, paranormal shows started to hit the TV. Mediums like Lisa Williams, John Edwards, and shows like Ghost Hunters, Paranormal State, and Ghost Adventures aired. My mind began reeling with questions. The biggest question…What really happens when we die?  Then… one night I had a nightmare. I woke my husband from his sleep and told him all about it. He thought it was pretty cool, and said it would make a good story. The very next day, I went to my computer and wrote down my dream, which became the 1st chapter of In My Dreams.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.

If you want a page turning, emotional, thrilling, suspenseful, romantic read, then pick up In My Dreams.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

In grade school we did a lot of creative writing. My third grade teacher had brought four stuffed animals into class, and asked us to write a story about each one. We each took turns reading in front of the class, and then the class would vote for the winner. The winner got to keep the animal they wrote about. I remembered how fun it was making up stories, and I actually won one! Yay!

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

Ideas just seem to pop into my mind at the weirdest times. I’m still teaching myself to carry a pad and pen, or have one nearby. If not, I’m yelling to whoever’s in ears distance, “Quick! Help me find a paper and pen before I forget!” I have envelopes, receipts, and assorted papers with my ideas scribbled all over them. I just got a journal. I’m still learning…

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Good question. When I’m not writing I’m usually working, but that’s not fun at all. So, my favorite thing to do besides work is either read, rest, or watch a good movie with lots of snacks handy :)

What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a published author?

Keep writing. The more you do, the better you get. (Hopefully) And one thing that I can’t seem to do enough of… edit, edit, edit.

What do you think makes a good story?

I think a great story will grab you from the beginning and keep you turning pages until the end. And, when you’re done… you ponder it and it sticks with you.

What genre do you find the most difficult to write in and why?

Adult romance. I just can’t write about steamy, sexy stuff. That’s definitely not me.

Is there anything that you find challenging in your writing?

Writing is the easy part… so far. Thank goodness I haven’t run into the dreaded writer’s block. The hardest part for me is editing.

Do you ever experience writer’s block and if so, how to you overcome it?

I haven’t experienced writer’s block, yet (knock-on-wood). I’d probably work on another part of the story if the part I’m at has me stumped.

What is the last book you read?

Jenny Pox by JL Bryan

Do you have any writing projects you are currently working on?

Yes! In My Dreams has actually given me wings. I enjoyed writing it, so much, that I immediately started another YA paranormal romance novel. It is set to be a trilogy, but we’ll see. The next novel is almost complete. I am really excited about these upcoming novels!

If you could have dinner with 1 person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?

I’d have to say Oprah. She’s rich, powerful, and has a wonderful book club with thousands of followers. Need I say more? :)

If you could travel into the past or future, where would you go and why?

I’d love to travel into the past and visit the late 5th Century. It was a time when legends were born. It was a time of chivalry and romance, where gallant knights roamed the lands in shining armor; a time of heroic quests, elegant ladies and castles. That would be an awesome thing to witness.

If you had to compare yourself to an animal, which one would it be and why?

Hmmm. At the present time, I’d be an eagle. Right now, I feel like I’m soaring and will hopefully keep ascending. Plus, my kids just graduated from high school. Don’t eagles drop their kids out of the nest when it’s time for them to fly? Then yes… I’m an eagle. ;) Just kidding! (In case my kids read this – You know I’d never drop you. I’d nudge… but never drop! Lol ;))

If you had to have one word or phrase written on your forehead for an entire week, what would it be?

Don’t bug me until I’ve had my 2nd cup of coffee!

What is the best advice anyone has ever given to you?

That would be my mother-in-law before she passed. Some of her last words to me were, “Keep writing, Cam.” And those words have definitely stuck with me.

One food you would never eat?

Balut. It’s a Filipino delicacy. Yes, I have Filipino blood, but…Ugh… Sorry! Eating a half-formed, baby-bird fetus is just wrong.

Thank you Cameo for the amazing interview! I think it is safe to say that eating Balut is wrong. Your actually the second author to put Balut as their answer. True story..hehe

It was happening again. The dreams. The nightmares. It was something seventeen year-old Elizabeth “Lizzy” Hayes thought she’d outgrown; dreams that would come true; detailed premonitions of how people would die. This time she dreams about her boyfriend, Michael Young, and soon discovers that he’s been found… dead.

Michael hasn’t crossed over because he was murdered, and now his murderer is coming for Lizzy. His spirit won’t rest until she is safe, and as a newbie spirit, the easiest way for him to make contact is through Lizzy’s dreams. When she dreams, it’s as if he hasn’t died.

Lizzy must learn to pull on her inner strength to survive horrifying events. Meanwhile, in the spirit world, Michael learns everything he can about his supernatural gifts to help. But will it be enough to save her?

You can check out my review of In My Dreams HERE

You can find the complete list of previous tour stops HERE but here are the two for tomorrow:

Places where you can find Ms. Renae include:

Author Website
Author Blog
Twitter
Facebook Page
Facebook Profile
Goodreads

Giveaway Time!

Thanks to Cameo, I have two copies of In My Dreams to giveaway today! The first copy – a Signed Print copy of In My Dreams – is available to my readers in the US, UK and Canada only. The second copy – an eBook copy – is available Globally. Giveaway will end at 11:59pm EST on August 31st.

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Happy Reading,

Jaidis

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Book Review: In My Dreams August 25, 2011

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It was happening again. The dreams. The nightmares. It was something seventeen year-old Elizabeth “Lizzy” Hayes thought she’d outgrown; dreams that would come true; detailed premonitions of how people would die. This time she dreams about her boyfriend, Michael Young, and soon discovers that he’s been found… dead.

Michael hasn’t crossed over because he was murdered, and now his murderer is coming for Lizzy. His spirit won’t rest until she is safe, and as a newbie spirit, the easiest way for him to make contact is through Lizzy’s dreams. When she dreams, it’s as if he hasn’t died.

Lizzy must learn to pull on her inner strength to survive horrifying events. Meanwhile, in the spirit world, Michael learns everything he can about his supernatural gifts to help. But will it be enough to save her?

My Review:

In My Dreams by Cameo Renae is an absolute must read! We start off meeting Lizzy Hayes, who is currently waiting for her boyfriend to pick her up for a special date. But instead of Michael showing up, she receives a phone call with the sad news that Michael has been in a car accident. Lizzy’s world is turned upside down as she struggles with finding out the truth and trying to survive without her soulmate.

I found myself tearing up throughout the book as the heart breaking pain rolled off of the pages in waves. But not only pain and suffering are felt, as this is a true love story about a love that will last forever, even in death. The reader will experience the sadness, love, joy, courage and determination of each character involved.

There really isn’t anything more that I can say that expresses how much I enjoyed In My Dreams so do yourself a favor and get your own copy today. I know I’ll be getting a print copy as well to put on my bookshelf because I will be reading it again.

My Rating:

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Book Review: Rhapsody for Lessons Learned or Remembered August 19, 2011

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Get your copy of Rhapsody For Lessons Learned Or Remembered today!!

Description:

Georgia Banks-Martin walks us through an art gallery. We view art, which she has processed and questioned, through her lens: Lawrence, Monet, Van Gogh, Beardon, Sargent, Degas, to name a few of the artists. She challenges the reader to face slavery, grief, and joy, to feel the weight the South bears, to examine art across centuries for lessons. These poems revive what has been omitted in our history books-individual life stories. She uses sound, music and voice to make imagery pulse in these ekphrastic poems. In her poem “Railroad Station,” after a Jacob Lawrence: “Those leaving the towns where father and mother/labored in fields without being offered a yard of thread spun/from the cotton they pulled, have assembled./Packed: Hopes of work, three bedroom homes/water heated in water tanks, classrooms.” As memories populate her poems, so does the theme of hope permeate her book; in Death Dancing, after a Max Slevogt: “I wish memories could be buried as easily as bodies.” . . . a book to remember as you stand face to face with art.

~ Julene Tripp Weaver, author of No Father Can Save Her

My Review:

Rhapsody for Lessons Learned or Remembered by Georgia Ann Banks-Martin takes the reader on a journey of words with the goal of bringing pieces of artwork to life. Georgia does just that in this collection of poetry. As a reader, I seldom seek out poetry to read because I have a hard time trying to envision the poem. But I love art and can relate more closely to telling a story based on imagery. Rhapsody for Lessons Learned or Remembered feature several poems that jumped off the page and allowed me to visualize the artwork they are based on, without having seen the art before.

Below is one of my favorite poems in this collection:

Breach of Contract by Georgia Ann Banks-Martin

Our contract says all life ends,

though the living don’t plan to honor

the agreement.

Antelope outrun cheetahs,

weeds become immune to herbicides,

roaches flee when overhead lights switch on.

Humans allow machines to breathe for them

’till tired lungs are rested,

holding to the world like

a blooming vine

coiled around its own urn-

This poem is based on a piece of artwork by artist Dale Chihuly entitled Blue Venetian with Green Calla Lily. A picture of this artwork is located in a book by Mr. Chihuly entitled Fire. One day I would love to be able to look through this book to see the artwork that inspired this poem. Until then, I strongly recommend you get your own copy of Rhapsody for Lessons Learned or Remembered by Georgia Ann Banks-Martin and see which poem speaks to you.

My Rating:

 

Rhapsody for Lessons Learned or Remembered is currently on tour with Nurture Your Books! Be sure to check out the complete list of tour stops HERE but here is the next one:

Places you can find and follow Georgia:

Author Website
Poets & Writers Forum
Facebook Page
Facebook Profile

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Featured Author – James D. Sanderson August 19, 2011

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Today I’d like to welcome author James D. Sanderson to Juniper Grove! James is here today to promote his novella, The Angelic Mysteries.

Check out his letter below:

A LETTER FROM AUTHOR JAMES D. SANDERSON

Greetings fellow book lovers,

It seems that with the advent of eBook publishing and internet promotion we have entered a new phase in writing and reading.  Anything can be published by anyone at any time for any reason.  This can have both positive and negative consequences.  Some authors can be ‘discovered’ that might not have been in the traditional publishing world.  Their voices can be heard for the first time.  That’s the good news.  On the other hand, the voices of greatness can be drowned out in the crowd.  Great literature can be labeled as ‘boring’ or ‘slow moving’ and the most mundane of works can become popular bestsellers.  It is Caveat Lector – Let the Reader Beware.  Latin, of course.  When it was used in ancient times it meant that there may be something wrong with the text itself.  Words might be misused or sentence structure amiss in some way.  But today we might use it to warn a whole generation of readers.  The same populism that drives literature can also drive literature into the ground.

In some ways I have made a mistake by promoting my novella ‘The Angelic Mysteries’ as a thriller or a love story/romance or even as a mystery.  The word mystery here is used to mean the ‘mysteries’ of the ancients – the mysteries of the spiritual realm.  It is a thriller and a love story, but of a different stripe.  So when readers come upon this work they have an expectation quite different from the real intent of the story.

While the idea of a man meeting a woman who believes she is an angel, and that she is being pursued throughout Europe by an anti-angel is a titillating one on the surface; there is an underlying current of a man teetering on the brink of insanity and his need to discover and fall in love with the spiritual side of his being.  If he is going to survive in life, he is going to have to ‘get it’ about how things really work.  With such an undercurrent imbedded deep in the story, it is small wonder that readers have trouble ‘getting it’ about ‘The Angelic Mysteries’ unless they have the key.  The key for such a story, unfortunately, only comes by reading other stories with deeply imbedded undercurrents.  Classics, in short.

When Gregor Samsa awoke from a night of unsettled dreams to find himself transformed into a vermin, the reader is not supplied with a whole backstory about how Mr. Samsa happened to be so transformed.  Franz Kafka does not choose to explain himself to his reader.  He does not explain why such a thing might have happened to Mr. Samsa.  He does not explain that the alienation of modern life can so harm a man that he might actually be turned into a giant cockroach.  Nor does Fyodor Dostoevsky spend a lot of time preparing the reader for the fact that has wanted to become an insect (again the use of a bug), in ‘Notes From Underground’.  There are many other examples as well but my point is, the author didn’t feel it his/her duty to explain what was going on.  She/He simply wrote it.  That is what is happening in ‘The Angelic Mysteries’.  There are short sentences and chapter breaks for a reason.  The reader is not allowed to simply breeze through the work as if it was intended to offer thrills and romance.  Rather, each chapter is a facet of the entire gem – one face upon which can gleam the whole.  Like a diamond, we might say.

By providing the key, here, I hope that the experience of reading this novella will be deepened and enriched.  But I also challenge the reader to look for more in literature than is offered in most fiction today.  Look for more than superficial characterization and thrilling plot twists.  Look for that underlying current that provides depth and insight into the human condition.  In that, great literature will survive into the future.

Yours,

Jim

Get your copy of THE ANGELIC MYSTERIES: A Novella on Kindle!!

Synopsis:

Believing he is leaving the specter of madness behind him, Daniel Allman flees to Europe where he meets Sarah, a woman who believes herself to be an angel. To make matters worse, she is being pursued by a psychopath she believes is an anti-angel sent to capture or kill her. As they travel together Allman tries to resist her beauty and charm. Will he fall in love with her despite his misgivings? Will they be overtaken and killed by the evil angel on their tail? Is any of this even true or has he completely lost his mind? Such are the problems confronting the characters in ‘The Angelic Mysteries’. A thriller. A love story. A literary adventure.

About the Book:

Title: The Angelic Mysteries

Author: James D. Sanderson

Publication Date: August 18th 2011

REVIEWS AND TESTIMONIALS: (Early reader reviews were added at Writer’s Café.)

Desert Guy called it “…intriguing” and said, “…I am interested to see what happens next,” and “…your style moves the narrative along neatly,” and “…I am very caught up in the mystery and suspense of your story,” and finally he called The Angelic Mysteries, “Great writing…”

Sage Music said, “Great dialog.  Snappy.  Feeling.  Love it! … very cool.”  She also said, “I like the intrigue… the story line has me hooked!”  Then, later, “…one is left to wonder just what in the heck is ‘The Angelic Mysteries’ so there is no choice but to read the next chapter!”  And, “Awesome!  The flow of the conversation… is on target and kept me glued.”  “I kept expecting Toombs (the anti-angel) to break down the door at any moment.’  And finally, “Beautiful…”  “I am truly enjoying this.  Great read!”
Snaopadelic said, “…intriguing and I also like the short sentences.”  And, “The dialogue is very natural.”

Dusty said, “You have great description up front before you have dialogue – but as soon as you introduce Sarah I was hooked and read non-stop.”  “Your insight had me thinking and that is a good thing.”

Places you can find and follow James:

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Do you have questions for James about his writing or The Angelic Mysteries? James will be around periodically today to answer your questions so be sure to leave a comment for him.

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Book Review: Where the Rain is Made August 13, 2011

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A decadent-looking savage has captured Francesca DuVall and her brother, Marsh. Now she must spend every waking moment planning an escape from the camp of the brutal savages. What she doesn’t count on is the powerful draw of desire interfering with her scheme.

Ethan Gray is a curator at a national museum in Washington, D.C. . . . most of the time. But when he travels through time to help his beloved People, he becomes Meko, leader of the most revered and feared tribe of the plains, the Cheyenne Dog Soldiers.

Their worlds are decades apart, yet Meko can’t resist the dark beauty he kidnapped during a raid. He has many battles to fight, but none more crucial than capturing Cesca’s heart forever.

My Review:

Where the Rain is Made by Keta Diablo is a hot and spicy romance novel soaked in history and mysticism, which immediately gripped my attention and had me anticipating the turn of each page until the very end! I admit I’m a sucker for a good love story, but Where the Rain is Made was much more than a sappy tale of star-crossed lovers with an exciting sex scene or two. This book is filled with love and hate, life and death, and choices not one of us would ever want to make.

Ethan Gray was an Assistant Curator for one of the most admirable museums in the country. He worked with Native American artifacts, providing the museum identification and history of each piece along with stories about the people and their ways. Being a Cheyenne he grew up being told the tales of his ancestors lifestyles and traditions. But he had also lived and breathed this lifestyle, just as they had so many years ago. Ethan was a time wanderer. The Cheyenne Sacred Council had sought out Ethan to aid them in setting things right with the past, sending him back in time to watch over his people and lead them safely and fiercely through their hardships. He had successfully completed his missions time after time, never faltering from the sacred Council’s plan, but this time would be different. She would be there, and she would change everything.

Mr. Duvall had caught himself a bit of the gold fever and decided to move his family, daughter Francesca and son Marshall, from the civilized comforts of New York city to the untamed plains of Colorado. This was not the white man’s land but that didn’t stop them from stealing it away, ravaging through the native’s villages destroying their livelihood and annihilating the people. The Cheyenne were left no choice but to defend themselves, fighting fire with fire they attacked the white man with full force. Soon Francesca’s world would be torn apart as she and her brother were taken captive by the Cheyenne dog soldiers. Why had their lives been spared? They were of no use to these cold and brutal savages yet they were shown mercy and brought to live among the people in their village. As much as Cesca struggled with her new way of living, she couldn’t fight the heavy desire she felt whenever she looked upon or even thought of I Am The Wind. The connection they shared was intense and went beyond the lustful thoughts that constantly ran through both of their minds. There was no going back now.

I highly recommend this book! The tension between the two main characters was incredible and had me craving the pages to come! There was so much emotion in this story and I sincerely felt for each of the characters and what they had been through. I am hoping and wishing there will be a sequel soon!! Loved Where the Rain is Made!

My Rating:

Happy Reading,

Hazel O’Shea

Book Review: Paying the Piper August 6, 2011

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The Piper is the Bay Area’s infamous child kidnapper. When the Piper selected crime reporter, Scott Fleetwood, to report on his latest child kidnapping, Scott thought he had the world in his grasp, but he held nothing. Scott had been duped by a wannabe. By the time the FBI exposed the hoaxer, time had run out, leaving the real Piper only one course of action—to kill the child. With a murder added to his résumé, the Piper vanished leaving Scott to take blame from the public and the investigating FBI agent, Tom Sheils. But now, eight years later, the Piper’s back, with very specific targets in mind—Scott’s young children. Scott can have his children back as long as he can pay the ransom. The hard part is that ransom isn’t measured in dollars, but in blood.

Some debts can’t be repaid…

My Review:

If you’re looking to get pulled in and pumped up by a truly kick-ass suspense novel, then this book is for you! Simon Wood’s Paying the Piper is a pure adrenaline rush that will have you hanging by the edge of your seat while clawing at your heartstrings. Mr. Wood tells the tale of a parent’s worst nightmare, the kidnapping of a child and the unrelenting attempts to get them back! The excitement begins as soon as you open the book, the story moving along at a swift and thrilling pace. The storyline is fantastic and the characters are complex and diverse. I saw and felt this novel come to life as I’m sure many readers have and will!

Right off the bat we are introduced to Scott Fleetwood, a crime reporter for the Independent, as he races his way across town to his children’s elementary school. His wife had just called with horrible, life-altering news…their son had been kidnapped! Every parent hopes and prays for their children to be kept safe from such a tragedy, but Scott had almost expected it. Just eight years ago Scott had made a terrible mistake and put publicity and a good story above bringing down the bad guy. Scott believed the man on the phone was The Piper, a serial kidnapper contacting him personally to tell his story. This was huge, or it would’ve been had he really been speaking with The Piper. Scott soon realized he had been duped when the area’s highly feared kidnapper became a cold-blooded killer, showing the F.B.I., the news and Scott that they had made a grave mistake in ignoring his demands. A young boy had been killed and Scott has been blamed by all for his death. Now, after eight years his children were being used as pawns in this sick and vengeful game that The Piper had waited long enough to play. Scott wanted his children back and was willing to get them no matter the cost. It was time to pay The Piper.

I highly recommend reading this book to just about anyone! I was completely engaged in this story from the beginning and found myself emotionally vested in the main character’s course to get his kids back. There were twists and turns I never saw coming, keeping the storyline fresh and invigorating! Loved this book!

My Rating:

Happy Reading,

Hazel O’Shea

Giveaway Winner – Rhapsody for Lessons Learned or Remembered August 1, 2011

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Thank you to everyone who came out and entered to win a Print copy of Rhapsody for Lessons Learned or Remembered by Georgia Ann Banks-Martin!

I used random.org to select the winner. Winner has 48 hours to claim their prize or a new winner will be selected.

And the winner is….

* Melinda!

An email has been sent to the winner.

Thank you again to everyone who entered and a huge THANK YOU goes to Georgia for donating a copy to giveaway here on Juniper Grove!

Happy Reading,

Jaidis