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NYBCelebration Blog Hop! September 30, 2011

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Hello Everyone!

I’m excited to announce that as part of the huge Nurture Your BOOKS™ 2nd Annual Celebration of Authors & Readers Worldwide, we are hosting a blog hop so that you have a chance to help promote Global Literacy!

But first, what is the Nurture Your BOOKS™ 2nd Annual Celebration of Authors & Readers Worldwide?

This event is a great way for authors and readers to come together to network and above all, to promote Global Literacy. This event will take place on the Nurture Your BOOKS™ NING which is 100% free to join. We have already had over $8,500 + in prizes donated to the event for readers and authors to win!

To get a small taste of what all is up for grabs, be sure to enter the Early-Bird Giveaway!

Be sure to follow the Nurture Celebration on Twitter and Facebook so that you don’t miss out on all the updates and special giveaways!

So how can you help promote Global Literacy! Sign up to take part in our NYBCelebration Blog Hop!

Rules and Blog Hop Guidelines:

  • Blog Hop will run from November 14th – November 25th
  • All prizes should be book-related
  • Prize/Prize Packages should be valued anywhere from $5.00 to $100.00 USD
  • Each NYBCelebration Blog Hop Host is responsible for picking, purchasing and shipping the prize(s) out to their blog hop winner(s)
  • Everyone with a tasteful blog is welcome to participate – Authors, Readers, Book Bloggers, Reviewers, Literary Industry Professionals and more. Please do not have graphic images of a sexual/violent nature on your blog as the celebration is open to people of all ages, including minors.
  • Please make entering your giveaway simple. Include 1 mandatory entry and no more than 3 additional entries.
  • Please display the NYBCelebration badge on your blog for the duration of the giveaway and include the badge in your giveaway post.

To join the blog hop, visit the Linky on the NURTURE Virtual BOOK Tourz™ Blog.

The Linky will close on November 1st so be sure to sign up today! We will send a note out to all participating blogs after the Linky is closed as a reminder and to provide you with the html code to add the Linky of blogs to your post.

If you have any questions, please let me know at jaidis.vbt(at)nurtureyourbooks(dot)com

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Nurture Your BOOKS™ – Fall into SAVINGS Event September 26, 2011

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Authors:

Thinking about taking your book on a virtual book tour?

Don’t miss your chance to save 10% on any 2012 Tour Package with Nurture Your BOOKS™!!!

You can also save 15% on all Ad Campaigns!!!

Not to mention the SHOWCASE Buy One Get One Sale!!!

As the Assistant Book Tour Coordinator with Nurture Your BOOKS™ I can tell you that our schedule is filling up fast, so don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to book a virtual book tour with Nurture Your BOOKS™ and join the growing list of authors who are making the move to Nurture Your BOOKS™!

For more information or to book your 2012 Nurture Virtual Book Tour, please fill out this Contact Form

Keep Writing,

Jaidis

Early-Bird Contest for the Nurture Your Books™, 2nd Annual Celebration of Authors & Readers Worldwide September 26, 2011

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Early-Bird Contest for Authors & Readers – More than 20 Prizes to be WON!!

The BIG EVENT – Nurture Your Books™, 2nd Annual Celebration of Authors & Readers Worldwide in support of Global Literacy! Please join them in the celebration:

When: November 1st – December 31st, 2011 – 24/7

Where: Nurture Your BOOKS™ NING – Online/Worldwide

Contests & Giveaways: More than $8,500.00 USD worth of Event-related prizes!!

Contact: info@nurtureyourbooks.com

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At Nurture Your Books™ they nurture the symbiotic author/reader relationship and encourage the bond with numerous related events, contests, giveaways and prizes. They also believe very strongly in educating minds and promoting literacy on a global scale.

Take a look at the prizes currently up for grabs as part of the Early-Bird Giveaway:

  • 1 x $25 USD Cash Prize
  • 5 x $10 USD Cash Prize
  • 3 x $10 Amazon Electronic Gift Card
  • 3 x Book Prize Pack – 3 Books and Book Swag
  • 5 x 1 Month Free Ad Space on the NURTURE Virtual Book Tourz™ Blog
  • 5 x 1 Month Free As Space on the Bloggers Unite Book Club™ Blog

Visit the NURTURE Virtual Book Tourz™ Blog to enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway!

Don’t forget to sign up for your free account on the Nurture Your BOOKS™ NING so that you don’t miss out on all of the fantastic giveaways that will be taking place!!

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Nurture Book Tour – I Pray Hardest When I’m Being Shot At by Kyle Garret + Giveaway September 26, 2011

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Author Bio:

Kyle Garret is a writer from the Midwest living on the West Coast by way of the South. He was born and raised in Kent, Ohio, and attended Ohio University where he received his Master’s degree in Creative Writing. After a few years in Atlanta, he moved out West. He now lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Nicole, and their two cats. He is currently finishing work on a novel and a young adult book.

I’d like to welcome author Kyle Garret to Juniper Grove today! Check out this interview to learn more about this author:

Without giving too much away, can you tell us what I Pray Hardest When I’m Being Shot At is about?

There are two stories in “Pray.”  One is the story of my grandfather’s life.  He was a retired Major and three war veteran, and he and my grandmother were married for over sixty years.  The other is the story of me writing the story of my grandfather’s life, and all the things I had to go through to write this book.

How long did it take you to write this book?

I started it in January of 2006 and the version that eventually saw print was completed in early 2010.

What was your inspiration to write this book?

My then-girlfriend-now-wife Nicole was the one who finally pushed me to write this book, as it had been on my to-do list for years.  My grandparents were obviously also a big inspiration.  They led such an interesting life together that telling their story was always exciting.

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

It’s a true story of love and war.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I have a freakish memory, so my non-fiction work is filled with very specific details that I think helps place the reader in the scene.

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

I read a lot.  I listen to music as often as possible.  I watch TV and go to the movies.  I read and write reviews of comic books.  I’d love to play video games more often, but they suck up too much time!  I tend to gravitate towards things that can inspire me creatively.

What does your family think of your writing?

My family is very supportive.  Since the book features all of them, there were a few moments where they were a bit worried about how much I said, but in the end I don’t think I revealed anything too bad!  I think they’ve always been impressed by my dedication to writing, even if they don’t fully understand it.

What do you think makes a good story?

Connection.  I think we can connect to a wide variety of stories in a wide variety of ways.  A story doesn’t have to have a relatable plot to connect with the audience.  Some of the most powerful stories I’ve read have been science fiction and fantasy.  Readers will follow good characters almost anywhere.  I think, at its core, a good story offers a connection to the reader, even if it’s not obvious or intentional.

Is there anything that you find challenging in your writing?

Writing!  The act of sitting down and typing words out is hard for me.  I never have a shortage of ideas, but I have to force myself to actually write.  The business side of it isn’t a lot of fun, either – there’s a lot of stuffing of self-addressed stamped envelopes!

What is the last book you read?

Supergods” by Grant Morrison

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

My first eBook, “Unrequited,” will be available everywhere by the time this interview is posted.  It’s another love story, but a very different one: it has zombies!

My in-house editor aka my wife is currently reading a YA book I wrote.  I’m writing a second one as we speak.  I also have a completed novel, but fiction that isn’t YA is just a really hard sell these days.

Do you have a favorite method for writing, getting ideas, working out plots, etc?

I keep a notebook handy at all times.  If I’m working on one specific thing, like when I was writing “Pray,” I dedicate a notebook just for that project, which helps me keep all the plot points in line.  When I write I need to have slow, often sad music on – calms my brain down so I can focus.

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

My uncle so I could hear his side of the story.

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

As much as I’d love to do either, I think I’d probably be too worried about messing things up to do any time traveling.  I would worry that going to the past might change my present, and that going to the future would eliminate whatever I see, because I would know it was coming.

What does the word success mean to you?

Being happy.

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

Probably a turtle.  I like to spend a lot of time in my shell, but I’ll come out for the important things.

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

“Happiness through misdirection.”

One food that you would never eat?

Veal.

Thank you Kyle for that interesting interview! I loved your answer for which animal you’d compare yourself too. I think it fits a lot of other writers as well :)

Get your copy of I Pray Hardest When I’m Being Shot At by Kyle Garret on Kindle!

Synopsis:

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, eighteen-year-old Robert Stuart had a decision to make: keep working at the steel mill in Warren, Ohio, or volunteer to serve his country. Anne Davis had a decision of her own to make. The girls in her high school were going to send letters to alumni who were going off to war. She looked at the list of soldiers and saw a familiar name: Robert Stuart.The letters Anne sent would mark the beginning of a relationship that would span sixty years, two marriages, two children, and three wars.Over half a century after those first letters were sent, the Stuarts’ grandson, Kyle, began chronicling their life together. He would discover pieces of a family history that only he dug deep enough to learn. But in the back of his mind, one concern lingered: the story of a person’s life can only have one ending, and his grandfather’s health was deteriorating.

You can find a complete list of tour stops HERE but here are the next few in line:

Where you can find and follow Kyle Garret:

Author Website
Book Website
Twitter
Facebook Page
Facebook Profile
Goodreads Profile

Buy the BOOK at:

Amazon.com
Amazon.ca
Amazon.co.uk
Barnes & Noble

Giveaway Time!

One lucky reader will win an eBook copy of I Pray Hardest When I’m Being Shot At by Kyle Garret! Giveaway will run until 11:59PM EST on October 5th, 2011 and is International. To enter, fill out the form below:

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Nurture Book Tour – This Bird Flew Away by Lynda M. Martin September 26, 2011

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Author Bio:

Lynda was born in Dunfirmline, Scotland in 1953, emigrated to Canada with her parents as a young girl. She grew up on the vast prairies of Western Canada, and loved the open wide spaces of that wild land. She was educated in Medicine Hat, Alberta, a town in the southeast corner of that province, and spent most of her time riding horses, barrel racing and hanging around rodeos and cowboys.

In 1968, the product of a troubled youth and a dysfunctional family, she found herself on her own at the age of fifteen, two thousand miles from her home, and knows first hand the dangers facing girls on our streets and the predators that prey on them. She was one of the lucky ones. She survived.

Soon, she became an outreach worker who worked with police, social agencies and charities, becoming a respected front-line worker, often initiating first contact with recovered abused and exploited children. Over the years, and in many different jurisdictions, this second career became the driving force of her life, which often took her into law-enforcement, child welfare agencies, prosecutors offices and the courts.

Lynda and her husband Jim make their home in the sunny state of Florida, and in her beloved Alberta. She has two daughters and four grandchildren.

Now retired from child protection work, Lynda is a full-time writer, editor, writing teacher and coach.

Synopsis:

What is real love? The whole world wants to know. They should ask Bria Jean, because she has it all figured out. Opinionated, stubborn and full of woe, Bria would tell you real love is having one person you can always count on through thick and thin. For her, that’s Jack. And it doesn’t matter to her that she’s nine and he’s twenty-three-not one bit. When, at the age of twelve, Bria disappears, he and his Aunt Mary search for her, and when she surfaces, injured, abused and traumatized, Jack fights to become her guardian with no idea of the trials ahead of him. By then, Bria is thirteen going on thirty, full of her own ideas on how her life should run and with some very fixed notions about who is in charge.

You can find my complete review of This Bird Flew Away HERE but here is a snippet:

This Bird Flew Away by Lynda M. Martin is a book that describes the cold, harsh realities that takes place in the world today. Of course we would all like the world to be bright and sunny, ignoring the darkness that looms right around the corner, but there is always bad mingled with the good. Nine-Year-Old Bria Jean has not had the easiest life, nor the childhood that she deserved. Bria’s childhood is slowly stripped away each time that she endures abuse from her stepfather. After the stepfather’s passing, Bria is shipped off to various relatives house where she once again finds herself under the hands of abuse.

You can find a complete list of tour stops HERE but here are the next few in line:

Where you can find and follow Lynda M. Martin:

Author Website
Author Blog
Twitter
HubPages Profile
Facebook Page
Facebook Profile
Goodreads Profile

Buy the BOOK at:

Amazon.com
Amazon.ca
Amazon.co.uk
Barnes & Noble
Author Website

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Book Review: This Bird Flew Away September 26, 2011

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Description:

What is real love? The whole world wants to know. They should ask Bria Jean, because she has it all figured out. Opinionated, stubborn and full of woe, Bria would tell you real love is having one person you can always count on through thick and thin. For her, that’s Jack. And it doesn’t matter to her that she’s nine and he’s twenty-three-not one bit. When, at the age of twelve, Bria disappears, he and his Aunt Mary search for her, and when she surfaces, injured, abused and traumatized, Jack fights to become her guardian with no idea of the trials ahead of him. By then, Bria is thirteen going on thirty, full of her own ideas on how her life should run and with some very fixed notions about who is in charge.

My Review:

This Bird Flew Away by Lynda M. Martin is a book that describes the cold, harsh realities that takes place in the world today. Of course we would all like the world to be bright and sunny, ignoring the darkness that looms right around the corner, but there is always bad mingled with the good. Nine-Year-Old Bria Jean has not had the easiest life, nor the childhood that she deserved. Bria’s childhood is slowly stripped away each time that she endures abuse from her step-father. After the stepfather’s passing, Bria is shipped off to various relatives house where she once again finds herself under the hands of abuse.

At the age of twelve, Bria has to make the painful decision of how she can get away from an abusive aunt. Deciding to run away and find Jack for help, Bria flees into the unknown world ahead of her. The dark realities appear and Bria finds herself being sold to two strange men who do the unthinkable to her. Broken and confused, Bria escapes and is found by police. The road ahead of Bria is long and confusing and Bria has a darker outlook about life than normal teenagers should have.

After Bria’s terrible experience, Jack comes to her rescue and takes Bria under his wing and fights to become her guardian. Stuck between being a teenager and a young woman, Bria faces a mixed bag of emotions as she has always had a special connection with Jack. Jack has always been the man in her life, to protect her and

Ms. Martin has done a well job in creating a story that explains the harsh realities of life yet allows the hope of the future shine through. Bria is strong and courageous and serves to help other young girls who read her story know that bad things happen but that they can be overcome.

Some may find some of the descriptions a little hard to read, especially if you are a parent such as myself to a young daughter or if you have a personal reason to read such a story. Personally though I think this story is just a reminder that in the darkest of times, there is a lighted path that will lead you to a brighter future.

My Rating:

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Giveaway Winner – inSyte by Greg Kiser! September 25, 2011

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Thank you to everyone who came out during the inSyte Nurture Book Tour and entered to win a copy of inSyte by Greg Kiser!

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

The winner of the eBook copy is…

* Judy

Winner has been contacted via email.

Thank you again to everyone who entered and a big THANK YOU to Mr. Kiser for donating a copy to giveaway on Juniper Grove!

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Nurture Book Tour – inSyte with Greg Kiser September 23, 2011

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Today I am one of the last stops on the inSyte Nurture Book Tour with Greg Kiser! Some of you who follow this blog may remember when Mr. Kiser was featured on Juniper Grove on September 11th and he offered up an eBook copy of inSyte to one of my lucky readers! That giveaway ends at 11:59PM EST on September 24th so be sure to visit my post HERE to enter for your chance to win!

inSyte by Greg Kiser

It’s Tampa Bay and the year is 2020. Ex-Navy SEAL Mitch “Double” Downing discovers how to tap into the internet with his mind. His new inSyte provides transparent access to the sum of all human knowledge recorded since hieroglyphics. More than mere information – Mitch can see into men’s hearts and be all places at all times (easy in an ‘always on’ surveillance society with fourth generation tweets). Sort of like God.

But inSyte has ideas of its own as the software exposes a politician’s “divine” plan that will unwittingly slaughter millions of people. Is killing the man the only way to prevent Armageddon? The politician’s daughter would probably disagree. And she happens to be the love of Mitch’s life. Losing Kate would be too damn much collateral damage.

At the center of the conflict is a wolf-like killer who will stop at nothing to murder the ex-Navy SEAL.

And Mitch must come to grips with inSyte’s dark side – a dominating addiction that soon controls his thoughts and places him on a steep slide to self destruction.

inSyte
Author: Greg Kiser
Genre: Fiction – Speculative/Techno/Futuristic Thriller
Published by: CreateSpace (May 13, 2011)
Age Recommendation: 18+ for Violence & Mature Themes
Format: Mass Market Paperback & eBook
ISBN 13: 978-0615484877
Number of pages: 390

Be sure to read my review of inSyte HERE but to give you a sneak peak…here is a little snippet:

One of the things I liked most about Mr. Kiser’s writing is that he added tidbits of random thoughts during the story. That is something that I often think about while reading books. Someone is going on and on about some topic that the other person may find boring. Are they listening to the dialogue as suggested by the writing? Realistically…probably not. Mr. Kiser knows this and so he made his characters believable by sharing their thoughts at different moments. Is the quirky guy really listening to his professor rant about the effects of technology? Of course not! He is thinking about his date last night. I loved that about this novel and it made inSyte appeal to me that much more.

Where you can find & follow Greg Kiser:

Author Website
Author Blog
Twitter
Facebook Profile
AuthorDen

Buy the BOOK at:

Amazon.com – Paperback & Kindle
Amazon.co.uk – Kindle
B&N
Smashwords

There is one other stop on the inSyte Nurture Book Tour today so be sure to head on over to Deb’s Book Reviews to see what she has to say about this awesome book!

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Book Review: inSyte by Greg Kiser September 22, 2011

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Description:

inSyte is a paranormal thriller that will appeal to readers of Michael Crichton and Stephen King.

It’s Tampa Bay and the year is 2020. Ex-Navy SEAL Mitch “Double” Downing discovers how to tap into the internet with his mind. His new inSyte provides transparent access to the sum of all human knowledge recorded since hieroglyphics. More than mere information – Mitch can see into men’s hearts and be all places at all times (easy in an ‘always on’ surveillance society with fourth generation tweets). Sort of like God.

But inSyte has ideas of its own as the software exposes a politician’s “divine” plan that will unwittingly slaughter millions of people. Is killing the man the only way to prevent Armageddon? The politician’s daughter would probably disagree. And she happens to be the love of Mitch’s life. Losing Kate would be too damn much collateral damage.

At the center of the conflict is a wolf-like killer who will stop at nothing to murder the ex-Navy SEAL.

And Mitch must come to grips with inSyte’s dark side – a dominating addiction that soon controls his thoughts and places him on a steep slide to self destruction.

My Review:

inSyte is a futuristic tale that you do not want to miss. The reader starts out in July 2014 by being introduced to Mitch and Woody, two Navy Seals who have found themselves in the middle of heavy gun fire. After taking a hit, Mitch learns that fate, destiny and/or the higher powers that be have a plan for him..and it doesn’t involve him dying in Iran. The book then shifts to its first part, jumping to Florida in the year 2020.

Cheslov Kirill is dark, mysterious and the antagonist of the story. Even though he is ultimately the bad guy, he is written in such a way that I found myself drawn to him. Each of his mannerisms and  nervous ticks make him more believable and ultimately, a really good bad guy that I enjoyed getting to know. Especially as certain chapters clue us into why he is the way he is.

Add in all of the futuristic technology and inSyte becomes a great thriller. Mr. Kiser describes technology in a way that is believable and may even be possible in the future instead of describing something off-the-wall. With a world that is already filled with social media and high-tech gadgets…it is only a slight transition to the technology that is described in inSyte.

But all of the facts and tidbits that are spread through cyberspace can have a negative effect. Especially when Mitch discovers a plot with his new ‘inSyte’ that would not only harm millions of people but would cost him his girlfriend, Kate, because the man behind the plot happens to be Mayor Delaney and Kate’s father.

One of the things I liked most about Mr. Kiser’s writing is that he added tidbits of random thoughts during the story. That is something that I often think about while reading books. Someone is going on and on about some topic that the other person may find boring. Are they listening to the dialogue as suggested by the writing? Realistically…probably not. Mr. Kiser knows this and so he made his characters believable by sharing their thoughts at different moments. Is the quirky guy really listening to his professor rant about the effects of technology? Of course not! He is thinking about his date last night. I loved that about this novel and it made inSyte appeal to me that much more.

My Rating:

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Giveaway Winner – The Arranger by L.J. Sellers September 21, 2011

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Thank you to everyone who came out during The Arranger Nurture Book Tour and entered to win a copy of The Arranger by L.J. Sellers!

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

The winner of the eBook copy is…

* Debbie

Winner has been contacted via email.

Thank you again to everyone who entered and a big THANK YOU to Ms. Sellers for donating a copy to giveaway on Juniper Grove!

Happy Reading,

Jaidis