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Have You Checked out the Alissia Roswell Series on Pinterest?

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you want to go deeper in the Alissia Roswell Series, be sure to take a look at my Pinterest boards. Along with book reviews, author appearances, current giveawaysa list of clean adult reads, and a list of clean teen reads, I have made a board for each of the books in the Alissia Roswell Series. Each board has a variety of pictures, sayings, and music that goes along with the stories. Let me know what you think!

Unexpected Metamorphosis:

Follow Author Tianna’s board Unexpected Metamorphosis on Pinterest.

Unexpected Entrapment:

Follow Author Tianna’s board Unexpected Entrapment on Pinterest.

Unexpected Peril – Coming May, 2015: 

Follow Author Tianna’s board Unexpected Peril on Pinterest.

 

 

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Rogue Wave Book Review – YA Fantasy Romance

Posted by on Mar 18, 2015 in Book Reviews | 0 comments

Rogue Wave is the second book in The Water Keepers Series, written by Christie Anderson. I gave Deep Blue Secret, the first book in the series, a five-star rating, and I also give this book a five-star.

Out of the three books I’ve read in this series, this one has the most romance. There’s still plenty of action and another main plot to this story. However, the two main characters explore and decide what to do with their feelings for each other. All of our questions about their relationship gets answered in this book.

The story is very creative and original. The teenage characters act true to themselves, and I enjoy Sadie’s relationship with her mother and Rayne. There’s just enough action and romance to balance this series out.

The only negative for me was how easy it was for her to believe the worst of Rayne immediately after he disclosed his feelings for her. I have a similar moment in one of my own novels, and as a writer I know why it was done. I just didn’t think he looked guilty enough. However, that did not take away from the story at all, and I still love it.

As for my conservative clean rating for this being a young adult novel, I give this my squeaky clean seal of approval. There are no curse words, the action and violence are not filled with blood and gore, and the romance is very sweet. I’m highly impressed with a certain scene within this book, as the writer had to make a decision on how far the young couple would go. I read many young adult fantasy novels, and I’m often turned off by authors thinking teenagers can’t control their hormones or make good decisions. I’ve even read a book where the young couple got into a heated argument over a trivial thing as a way to keep them from succumbing to temptation during a night alone. I applaud Christie Anderson for how this was handled in the book. It was believable and well done.

I highly recommend this series, as it keeps getting better. My favorite one is Ambrosia Shore, and I’ll have a review on it soon. It is very different from the first two, and I’m looking forward to the release of the fourth book in the series.

 

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Clean Indie Reads March Madness Blog Hop and Sale

Posted by on Mar 16, 2015 in Current Giveaways | 8 comments

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Welcome to the Clean Indie Reads March Madness Blog Hop! If you’re new to my work, I write passionate, fantasy romance without the guilt. My Alissia Roswell Series includes a feisty heroine pulled into an alternate reality, and you can meet her for free in Unexpected Metamorphosis. Unexpected Entrapment is the second book in the series, and Unexpected Peril is scheduled to be released in May, so this is the perfect time to begin the series.

Our Clean Indie Reads group is made up of a wide variety of genres, with all authors agreeing to higher standards when it comes to sex, cursing, and violence. I do hope you’ll check them out. There’s a chance to win over 40 digital books, and you can enter by clicking on the March Madness banner at the top of this post. Along with this hop, there is a sale you should definitely check out.

If you’ve never visited my site, I hope you’ll scan through the above menu to get to know me. I do book reviews, have Pinterest boards, an Amazon clean bookstore, and much more. I’m glad you stopped by, and I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Good luck on the many prizes, and enjoy the rest of the hop!

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A Day at the Augusta Literary Festival

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015 in 2015, library | 0 comments

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I’d like to thank the Augusta Richmond County Public Library for having me as one of their authors for the 4th Annual Augusta Literary Festival. It was an honor and pleasure to be a part of the festival, and the staff and volunteers went above and beyond. The library itself is large and spacious and is filled with activities run by the staff and volunteers. It’s quite impressive!

Don’t look for me in the group photo above, as I was busy listening to another author explain how she started writing a young adult fantasy series while her son was in the hospital for cancer. I was completely enthralled in the story of her writing journey and did not step away for the photo session. I hope to share her series with you soon, as it’s on the top of my read list.

While there, I got to meet some authors I already network with through Clean Indie Reads. I also found some future reads I can’t wait to download and read on my Kindle. I’ll definitely be posting reviews and sharing them with you.
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Meet William L. Stuart and Charmain Z. Brackett. They’re both Clean Indie Reads authors from Georgia.
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William was at the festival with his wife, and he’s the author of The Gemstone Chronicles, a young adult fantasy series. And, yes, it’s on my read list, also 🙂

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Charmaine is the author of a young adult fantasy novella series, a mystery series, and a children’s book titled Little Pearl’s Circus World–which I fell completely in love with. It has a beautiful cover and is filled with amazing illustrations.

Charmaine’s grandmother was in the circus, and she did a lot of research to write this book. At the back, it includes beautiful pictures of her grandmother, and this book is not just a cute children’s book. It truly is an amazing work of art! I highly recommend you contact her for a signed copy to give as a gift.
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I didn’t get to talk to Natalie Wilson much, as I didn’t find her until the end of the festival. I was checking out a few author tables when I recognized her books from Clean Indie Reads. She’s the author of the Children of Angels Series, which is currently getting a new cover design.

All these fantasy authors! I have a lot to read 🙂

I hope to attend the festival again next year, and I met many other authors outside of the fantasy genre and Clean Indie Reads group. I just don’t have the time to highlight all of them, but I do hope to see them again at future signings.

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Update on the Release of Unexpected Peril

Posted by on Mar 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Finally! Unexpected Peril is ready to leave my hands and go to the editor and beta readers. Although I finished the first draft back in November and was hoping for an early release, the past three months have been a struggle with sickness, lots of travel, and children’s activities. I’m finally at a point where I can relax again–no more travel, hopefully no more sickness, and I’m finally finished with my first round of edits.

Now I can focus on a cover design, do some marketing, and get back to writing. I also need to get back to exercising, reading, and baking. Even my personal life has suffered in the past three months with the chaos in my house. My back went out, and I was forced to stop working out. However, my dark chocolate addiction refused to take a break, and now my clothes are getting tight.

Today is a beautiful day, and I’m actually typing this from my back porch while listening to some loud birds, and it’s exactly what I needed when stepping out of my editing dungeon. I call it that, because editing is the opposite of writing. Where writing is all about creativity and freedom, editing is filled with rules and structure. I stare at the computer screen and read out loud to hear each punctuation and word. If something doesn’t sound right, I  have to stop and fix it–find the right wording, look up punctuation rules I question, and such. It’s a very slow and tedious process, and because I read out loud, I can’t drink much hot tea or eat dark chocolate without taking an official break 🙂

Hope you’re ready for the third book in the Alissia Roswell Series, as it is set to be released in May. This one is quite different from the first two. You can expect a variety of creatures and more of the fantasy realm coming to life.

As for what’s next, at this point I’m thinking it will take two more books to finish Alissia’s story. I’ll know in a few months, as there is a slight chance I can fit it all into one. However, there are a lot of creatures, action, and adventure as we near the end of her journey, and I refuse to skimp on the details to rush through things. That’s why I believe it will need to be told in two novels. They will be fast paced, and things will get intense. I hope you stick around for it!

Thank you for keeping up with me as an author. My writing continues to improve with each novel I write, and I’m often overwhelmed by the feedback I’ve gotten on this series. I have much planned for this series, along with others. My goal is to give you books filled with intriguing mystery, fantasy, and romance. The other series I’ve started on is completely different from this one, and I can’t wait to share it with you one day.

If you haven’t already, I ask that you consider leaving an honest review on Amazon for Unexpected Metamorphosis and Unexpected Entrapment. The reviews truly help, and it doesn’t have to be a long one. It can be a quick, one sentence review.

Thanks again for your feedback and support. Be sure to sign up for my newsletter if you haven’t already so that you don’t miss out on any release information.

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