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Juniper Grove is Moving + Giveaway! December 12, 2011

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Juniper Grove is Moving!

 

I have recently secured a domain name for my blog and am almost done moving Juniper Grove to its new home!

Unfortunately this means that I will lose all of my wonderful email subscribers :(

To try and remedy this, I am having a giveaway on my new blog :)

Enter to WIN a $10 Electronic Amazon Gift Card when you subscribe via Email at my new blog! Easy Peasy!

You can visit my new blog at http://www.junipergrove.net/

Thank You to all of my wonderful email subscribers and I really hope that you will follow me to my new home!

Giveaway Winner – Cankered Roots by GG Vandagriff! December 3, 2011

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Thank you to everyone who came out during the G.G. Vandagriff 4-Book Nurture Gala Book Tour and entered to win a copy of Cankered Roots by G.G. Vandagriff!!

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 Print copy is…

* Pamela

Winner has been contacted via email.

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

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Book Launch Twitter Party for ‘The Fate of Pryde’ – December 3rd from 1 – 4:00pm EST December 2, 2011

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Join us for The Fate of Pryde

Book Launch Twitter Party!

WHEN: Saturday, December 3rd, 2011 from 1 – 4:00 pm EST!

Follow Mary E. Martin on Twitter

Look for the #MaryMartin hashtag on December 3rd on Twitter – it’s that easy!

What to look forward to at the Twitter Party:

Flash Giveaways:

  • 40+ Free eBooks by Mary E. Martin
  • 5 X $10 USD Cash Prizes (sent via PayPal)
  • 5 X $15 Amazon (Electronic) Gift Cards
  • 20+ PDF copies of the Special Story Collection, Rinaldo’s Art Project

Q & A:

  • With author Mary E. Martin
  • With characters from The Fate of Pryde

And so much more – including the link to Mary E. Martin’s blog to enter the Grand Prize Giveaway where you could win a new Kindle!

I hope to see you there!

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Boost Your Buzz $1,000 HOLIDAY Giveaway!! December 1, 2011

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Enter the Boost Your Buzz $1,000 HOLIDAY Giveaway!

One lucky person is going to win $1000 USD paid via Paypal!

As many of my loyal followers know, I love taking part in giveaways! So I thought that I would take part in this year’s Boost Your Buzz $1,000 Holiday Giveaway!

You can gain entries here on Juniper Grove by following me via Email Subscription (in the right sidebar), on Twitter and on Facebook.

The giveaway starts December 1st 12 am EST  and will run until December 15th 11:59 pm EST and is open worldwide.

$1,000 CASH prize will be delivered via Paypal after the winner has confirmed. The winner has 48 hours to confirm their winning notification.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours of receipt of the winning email a new winner will then be drawn and so on and so forth.

After you have followed Juniper Grove via Email, Twitter and Facebook…head on over to Social Media Junkie OR Simply Stacie (you only have to enter on one of the sites as the forms will be the same on each) and enter to WIN! They have made it so entering will be quick and easy so everyone entering can get tons of entries and all participating blogs can get tons of new followers. For more info, you can check out the Boost Your Buzz $1,000 HOLIDAY Giveaway FAQ.

GOOD LUCK to all who enter!

Yuletide Blessings,

Jaidis

Giveaway Winner! – Entrapped by Barbara Kyle November 30, 2011

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Thank you to everyone who came out during the Entrapped Nurture Book Tour and entered to win an eBook copy of Entrapped by Barbara Kyle! As a bonus, the winner will also receive a print copy of The Queen’s Gamble by Barbara Kyle!

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

And the winner is…

* Rosanna – UNCLAIMED

Winner has been contacted via email.

Replacement Winner:

* Margaret

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

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

2nd Annual Celebration – New Giveaways – Giveaway Group 9 November 30, 2011

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Some new giveaways have opened up as part of the Nurture Your Books™ 2nd Annual Celebration! Check out the new giveaways below:

These giveaways are for everyone to enter:

Giveaway Group 9 – Young Adult
Nov 29th – Dec 3rd, 2011
http://nurtureyourbooks.com/vbtblog/?p=3621
List of Prizes:
1 signed print copy of The Briton and the Dane: Special Edition by Mary Ann Bernal
1 Signed Print Copy of The Briton and the Dane: Birthright by Mary Ann Bernal
1 Literacy Necklace
1 Handmade Bookmark
1 Dark Circle Series by Sheila Hendrix Mug with Key Fob
1 $25 Electronic Amazon Gift Card from Nurture  Your BOOKS™

Giveaway Group 9 – Adult
Nov 29th – Dec 3rd, 2011
http://nurtureyourbooks.com/vbtblog/?p=3619
List of Prizes:
1 Print copy of Be Careful What You Click For: A Girlfriend’s Guide to Online Mating by Diane L. Roberts
1 Print copy of Anyone’s Child by Diane L. Roberts
1 Canvas Tote Bag
1 Literacy Bracelet
1 pair of Literacy Earrings

To Enter, simply click on the Link for EACH giveaway you would like to enter and you will be taken to the Rafflecopter widget! It’s that easy!

I have update my Giveaways Page to include the current giveaways and I will also be updating it each week to include the new giveaways, along with writing a post like this one so that you will learn about brand new giveaways once they become available!

Please help us promote Global Literacy and enter to win $8,500+ worth of event-related prizes – there’s something for everyone!

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

NYBCelebration Blog Hop Winner! November 26, 2011

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Thank you to everyone who came out and took part in the NYBCelebration Blog Hop! I had a terrific turnout here on Juniper Grove and it makes my heart happy to help promote a great cause like Global Literacy! And now on to the winner…

1 lucky winner will receive a print copy of Day by Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile by J.L. Bourne!

The winner was selected via Random.org and will have 48 hours to claim their prize or a new winner will be selected.

And the lucky winner is…

* Shadow

Winner has been contacted via email.

Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway. My Giveaway Page is current so be sure to enter for the chance to win some other amazing prizes!

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

$8,500+ worth of event-related prizes at the “NYB 2nd Annual Literacy Celebration” — LIVE! November 22, 2011

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As you may already know, the big 2nd Annual Celebration of Authors & Readers Worldwide is in full swing! I wanted to remind everyone about the wonderful activities taking place like virtual author visits, blog hops, twitter parties and don’t forget the numerous Rafflecopter giveaways! Below are the basic details:

The BIG EVENT — Nurture Your BOOKS™, 2nd Annual Celebration of Authors & Readers Worldwide, from November 1st to December 31st, 2011 – 24/7!

Here are some of the current giveaways that are LIVE!

These two giveaways are for authors only:

Author Giveaway Group 2 – Book Buzzr
Nov 16th – Nov 28th, 2011
http://nurtureyourbooks.com/vbtblog/?p=3641
Prizes: 2-Free Month Book Buzzr Author Pro Plans

Author Giveaway Group 4
Nov 17th – Nov 30th, 2011
http://nurtureyourbooks.com/vbtblog/?p=3639
Prize: 1-Week, Mini Nurture Virtual Book Tourz™ Package from Nurture Your BOOKS™

These giveaways are for everyone to enter:

Giveaway Group 6 – Young Adult
Nov 18th – 23rd, 2011
http://nurtureyourbooks.com/vbtblog/?p=3635
List of Prizes:
5 ebook copies of Bears, Recycling and Confusing Time Paradoxes by Greg X. Graves
5 ebook copies of Face Off by Stacy Juba
5 ebook copies Airel by Aaron Patterson
1 Literacy Necklace
1 Set of Book-Themed Magnets
1 Dark Circle Series by Sheila Hendrix Mug with Key Fob

Giveaway Group 6 – Other
Nov 18th – 23rd, 2011
http://nurtureyourbooks.com/vbtblog/?p=3637
List of Prizes:
1 Bath & Body Gift Basket from Lilli Pad Creations
1 Signed Print Copy of In Leah’s Wake by Terri Giuliano Long
1 Literacy Bracelet
1 Pair of Literacy Earrings
1 10% Off Online Coupon to Lilli Pad Creations

Giveaway Group 6 – Adult
Nov 18th – 23rd, 2011
http://nurtureyourbooks.com/vbtblog/?p=3633
List of Prizes:
5 ebook copies of  Spellbound – Legend by Claudy Conn
5 ebook copies of Relic Defender: Key of Solomon by Cassiel Knight
5 ebook copies of Two Moons of Sera (Serial Novel) by Pavarti K. Tyler
1 Handmade Bookmark

Giveaway Group 7 – Young Adult
Nov 22nd – 26th, 2011
http://nurtureyourbooks.com/vbtblog/?p=3631
List of Prizes:
5 ebook copies of The Commander and the Den Asaan Rautu by Michelle Franklin
5 ebook copies of The Companion of Lady Holmeshire by Debra Brown
5 ebook copies of Tales from Frewyn by Michelle Franklin
5 ebook copies of In My Dreams by Cameo Renae
7 signed print copies of In My Dreams by Cameo Renae
1 Handmade Bookmark
1 Pair of Literacy Earrings

Giveaway Group 7 – Adult
Nov 22nd – 26th, 2011
http://nurtureyourbooks.com/vbtblog/?p=3629
List of Prizes:
50 ebook copies of The History of Rock and Roll in 99 Tweets by Andy Szpuk
2 ebook copies of In the Eye of the Beholder: A Novel of the Phantom of the Opera by Sharon E. Cathcart
25 ebook copies of The Human Project by Arnaud Saint-Paul
1 Pair of Literacy Earrings

To Enter, simply click on the Link for EACH giveaway you would like to enter and you will be taken to the Rafflecopter widget! It’s that easy!

I have update my Giveaways Page to include the current giveaways and I will also be updating it each week to include the new giveaways, along with writing a post like this one so that you will learn about brand new giveaways once they become available!

Please help us promote Global Literacy and enter to win $8,500+ worth of event-related prizes – there’s something for everyone!

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Nurture Book Tour – A New Prospect by Wayne Zurl + Giveaway! November 21, 2011

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Author Bio:

Wayne Zurl grew up on Long Island and retired after twenty years with the Suffolk County Police Department, one of the largest municipal law enforcement agencies in New York and the nation. For thirteen of those years he served as a section commander supervising investigators. He is a graduate of SUNY, Empire State College and served on active duty in the US Army during the Vietnam War and later in the reserves. Zurl left New York to live in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee with his wife, Barbara.

Ten (10) of his Sam Jenkins mysteries have been produced as audio books and simultaneously published as eBooks or under contract. His first full-length novel, A NEW PROSPECT, was named best mystery at the 2011 Indie Book Awards. A new full-length novel, A LEPRECHAUN’S LAMENT, is on the coming soon list at Iconic Publishing and will be available in print for early 2012.

For more information on Wayne’s Sam Jenkins mystery series see www.waynezurlbooks.net. You can read excerpts, reviews and endorsements, interviews, coming events, and even see photos of the area where the stories take place.

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

Without giving too much away, can you tell us what A New Prospect is about?

Sam Jenkins, a retired New York detective with a bit of a mid-life crisis, reluctantly takes the job as chief of police in the small touristy town of Prospect, Tennessee. His first weekend on duty provides a complicated homicide to test his old skills.

How long did it take you to write this book?

I began writing A NEW PROSPECT in the summer of 2006 knowing nothing about creative writing or the publishing business. I learned along the way…the hard way. In August 2010, I was offered a contract to publish and the book was released in January 2011.

What was your inspiration to write this book?

I always remember movies or books where aging heroes try to do what they did at a younger age. Movies like Robin & Marian and more recently Red are two that immediately come to mind. I wanted to write about a middle-aged cop who gets things done the old-fashioned way.

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

Read A NEW PROSPECT and meet a memorable protagonist and a cast of quirky supporting characters scattered throughout an authentic police mystery.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I’ve evolved to telling a story in the fewest words possible—almost but not quite in the hard-boiled style. I put lots of emphasis on characters and dialogue to tell the story. I make sure each person speaks with a unique voice. And the Protagonist often dishes out timely portions of sarcastic humor.

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

I find myself doing lots of post-publication marketing, mostly on the computer—hours a day, actually. Writing is fun. The promotion angle is too much like work. So, whenever we get the opportunity, my wife and I travel and try to do some really cool stuff. Like a river boat trip from Budapest to Amsterdam, a small boat along Alaska’s inside passage, or a buffalo round-up in South Dakota. We don’t lie on a beach and read.

What does your family think of your writing?

My wife is very supportive. She’s my first line proof reader and chief source of pep talks.

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

NEVER GIVE UP! A veteran author once told me, “Sometimes tenacity trumps talent.” Start out looking for an agent. If you can’t find someone interested, write to publishers who will accept submissions directly from a writer. That worked for me. If you can’t break that barrier and you really believe in your work—self-publish if you have the money to invest. In any case, be prepared for lots of work after your book hits the shelves or the data bases.

Do you hear from your readers much?

More than I envisioned. Generally communications take the form of quick emails and occasionally they write reviews.

What do you think makes a good story?

I’m not a fan of the modern concept of conflict for the sake of conflict. I’d rather leave that to the phony “reality” TV shows. I’d like to see a simple plot sparked up by quirky, memorable characters and snappy, natural dialogue. Guys like Elmore Leonard (who just celebrated his eighty-sixth birthday) have been doing that successfully for years.

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

Because of my professional background, I only write police mysteries. I tried a Vietnam War story once, got a few chapters into it and realized the language was so flagrant, I’d be embarrassed for my aunt to read it. But that was the reality I knew and I wanted it realistic. So, I scrapped the idea. I doubt I could ever do justice to a Sci-Fi book or story. There are just too many technicalities involved that fans would demand and I don’t know. An eleven year old sci-fi buff could do a better job than me. But I think I could pull off a pretty good western some day.

Is there anything that you find challenging in your writing?

The one big thing I had to overcome was not letting my fiction sound like a police report. Fiction requires much less detail than a real report where you’d get crucified for leaving out any material facts. I like the “arrive late, leave early” writer’s concept that lets the reader’s imagination fill in the blanks. It took me a while to learn how to efficiently do that.

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

All my basic storylines come from experience—something I worked on, supervised, or just knew a lot about. But often fact isn’t as interesting or exciting as fiction needs to be. So, I have to figure out how to embellish actual incidents. Sometimes the simple fact that Mr. A killed Ms. B because they were both drunk and got mad is boring. Occasionally, I’m at a loss for a plausible and exciting reason that resolves the story. I talk it over with my wife and see what we can dream up. That usually works.

What is the last book you read?

The late Robert B. Parker’s final Spenser novel, SIXKILL. It was published after his death. Good book. It had all the elements of the best of the Spenser series. I liked it.

If you could take any book and rewrite it, putting your own twist on it, which book would it be and why?

A question like this gives me writer’s block. I’ve been poisoned by almost two years at an on-line writer’s workshop. Whenever I read a book, I find myself looking for better ways to phrase something, better words to use, and how to rid the world of passive voice and lazy state-of-being verbs. So, it takes me twice as long to read something than before.

One of my favorite books is NORTHWEST PASSAGE by Kenneth Roberts. It takes place during the French & Indian war of 1754 to 1763 in upstate New York. I’ve always seen similarities between the F&I War and the Vietnam War—both took us from engaging in more conventional conflicts to unconventional warfare. I’d like to take the basic premise of Roberts’ book and move the story up to the 1960’s in Southeast Asia.

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

I’ve just sold two novelettes (numbers 9 and 10 in the Sam Jenkins series—THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN BANK JOB and FATE OF A FLOOZY) that are going to be produced as audio books and simultaneously published as eBooks. These projects are moving along nicely.

My second full-length novel, A LEPRECHAUN’S LAMENT has just passed the second round edits with flying colors and is ready for formatting. The cover art is finished and the promotional video is being worked on as I’m writing this. The target release date is early 2012.

I just signed contracts to create two hard copy anthologies from ten novelettes. SMOKY MOUNTAIN MYSTERIES will be slated for 2012 and MORE SMOKY MOUNTAIN MYSTERIES for 2013.

And I’m almost finished with my final edits for another Sam Jenkins novel, HEROES & LOVERS, and will be able to send it to the publisher when he’s ready.

What is your least favorite movie that came from a book?

I hated the most recent SHERLOCK HOLMES film starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. I’ve read all 56 stories and 4 novels from Conan Doyle and couldn’t get beyond the special effects and having Holmes featured as a kung fu consulting detective.

How many books do you read a week/month?

Two or three a month.

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

I’d like to take a walk through the 19th century American west. As a kid, I read lots of non-fiction about the era, the famous players, and the locales. I’ve never quite gotten the “cowboy” out of my system.

What does the word success mean to you?

I’ve never been a very competitive guy, unless you count competing with myself. I feel successful if I can achieve a personal best in most any thing I’ve tryed. If I can honestly say I gave any given task 100%, the end product is successful. Or at least the best I could do. Of course, trying to tune up a new computerized car by myself doesn’t count.

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

A terrier. I’m pretty tenacious and I guess I’d jump into a barrel and fight it out with a badger if I had to.

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

“Don’t lie to me!”

If you had to trade lives with someone for an entire week, who would you trade with? Keep in mind that they would be living your life as well.

WNBC’s Al Roker. I think he’s got a good personality and one of the greatest jobs in the world.

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

We didn’t speak personally, but the famous David Crockett said, “Be sure you’re right and then go ahead.” I take that to mean be your own man. Don’t let peer or other pressure influence you to so something you don’t consider proper, or dissuade you from something you do.

One food you would never eat?

I smelled chitlins cooking once. NOT FOR ME.

Biggest Pet Peeve?

Since you said PET peeve, I’m assuming I shouldn’t tackle something big like how to prosecute the war in Afghanistan or the separation of church and state. How about discourteous drivers?

We drive a lot every year and in all areas, so we get to see how little the average driver considers their fellow human being. Most of the rules of the road aren’t written just to see if we know how to follow directions. They’re all about courtesy and safety.

Thanks, Jaidis for allowing me to speak with your fans.  wz

Thank you Wayne for that insightful interview! Living in the South where chitlins are cooked everywhere…I’d have to agree with you. Just the thought of them turns my stomach.

Get your copy of A New Prospect on Kindle!

Synopsis:

Sam Jenkins never thought about being a fish out of water during the twenty years he spent solving crimes in New York. But things change, and after retiring to Tennessee, he gets that feeling. Jenkins becomes a cop again and is thrown headlong into a murder investigation and a steaming kettle of fish, down-home style. The victim, Cecil Lovejoy, couldn’t have deserved it more. His death was the inexorable result of years misspent and appears to be no great loss, except the prime suspect is Sam’s personal friend. Jenkins’ abilities are attacked when Lovejoy’s influential widow urges politicians to reassign the case to state investigators. Feeling like “a pork chop at a bar mitzvah” in his new workplace, Sam suspects something isn’t kosher when the family tries to force him out of the picture. In true Jenkins style, Sam turns common police practice on its ear to insure an innocent man doesn’t fall prey to an imperfect system and the guilty party receives appropriate justice. A NEW PROSPECT takes the reader through a New South resolutely clinging to its past and traditional way of keeping family business strictly within the family.

Check back on December 13th to read my review of A New Prospect!

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

Find and follow Wayne Zurl:

Author Website
Author Blog/Diary
Twitter
Goodreads
Facebook Page

Buy the book at:

Amazon.com
Amazon.ca
Amazon.co.uk
Barnes & Noble
Smashwords
Books-A-Million

Giveaway Time!

Two lucky readers will win an eBook copy of A New Prospect by Wayne Zurl! Giveaway will run until 11:59PM EST on December 14th, 2011 and is International. To enter, fill out the form below:

Happy Reading,

Jaidis

Giveaway Winner! – Under The Neon Sky by Jay Rankin November 19, 2011

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Thank you to everyone who came out during the Under The Neon Sky Nurture Book Tour and entered to win a copy of Under The Neon Sky: A Las Vegas Doorman’s Story by Jay Rankin!

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…

* Hellen

Winner has been contacted via email.

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

Happy Reading,

Jaidis