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The Proving Spotlight & $100 Giveaway

Posted by on Oct 12, 2015 in Current Giveaways, For Teens | 0 comments

Proving KenThe Proving by Ken Brosky

It’s been 100 years since the Specters invaded Earth. Like ghosts they haunt the planet, devouring any human being foolish enough to venture outside of the last remaining protected cities. For some humans, venturing out isn’t a choice–it’s an opportunity to prove yourself to your clan. But when a coterie of New Adults undertaking a mission deep in Specter territory discover a terrible secret, they quickly find that everything they’ve learned may be wrong … and Earth is in grave danger.

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Suddenly, the area all around her began to glow, as if some hidden light behind her was slowly coming to life. Thin pine and tupelo trunks were painted in a fiery red light, bright enough that each tree cast a threatening shadow. The creature was near. She ran left, thinking about her family and blinking away stinging hot tears. She hoped to see them again. She hoped to tell her husband and her daughter how much she loved them both. Her body, numb, expected death at any moment but she refused to give in. Ahead, she could see an end to the forest. And something else …
A fence! An old fence whose links were being pulled earthward by heavy vines with thick stalks and fat, crescent-shaped leaves. And beyond the fence: a dim pool of white light illuminated a squat building at the far edge of a barren lot. The building must be an emergency supply depot, no doubt running solely on stored energy from the solar panels attached to the roof, slanted up at the sky. The depot would contain emergency equipment and maybe some kind of weapon. It would have a communication system, too.
She could jump the fence. She could take one step on the constrained chain links and reach the top and hop over. She could reach the building. She could survive. She’d carried a child in her womb for nine months, seven days and an additional fifteen excruciating hours of labor. Her back had endured. Her legs had endured. This pain she felt in her shins now? It was nothing. It was an annoyance.
She could do this. She could send a warning

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See You Soon Broadway Spotlight & $50 Giveaway

Posted by on Oct 7, 2015 in Book Features | 0 comments

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See You Soon Broadway by Melissa Baldwin

Maris Forrester has a wonderful life with an amazing boyfriend and a fulfilling job. She’s happy and content . . . or so she thinks. Maris has always had huge dreams of being on Broadway. Ever since her very first performance as a child, she has envisioned herself on the stage under the shining lights. Now she has to decide whether she should to give up her wonderful life to chase those dreams.

When her parents announce they are moving, she comes across a long-lost family treasure. She doesn’t realize that this treasure may hold the key to her future and to all her dreams coming true.

And if that wasn’t sign enough, a mysterious stranger throws another wrench in the mix at a dazzling rooftop party benefiting the Arts. These could be signs of things to come.

But will she remain content in her perfect world, or will she step into the unknown world she has always dreamed of?

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Praise for the Book

As soon as I started reading this book, I could not put it down. It was a really pleasant reading, fresh, funny, witty, very well written with a great peace and lovable characters.

I enjoyed reading See You Soon Broadway. In fact, I finished it in two days; I could hardly put it down.

With great characters to build on, this story grabbed me.

This is the first book that I have read by this author, but it will not be the last.
If you enjoy reading sweet romance, then definitely pick this up!

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Excerpt

I’m must still be daydreaming as I quickly turn around and run smack into a man spilling his drink all over his obviously very expensive suit.

“Oh crap! I’m so sorry,” I yell. I start brushing my hand along his suit coat. Crap, what am I doing touching this man? I finally glance up at his face and wow—tall, dark hair, and very…um…masculine. I must be staring because I don’t even realize that I’m still brushing the front of his coat and now his pants. I’m beyond humiliated now.

“Please don’t worry. It’s fine.” He smiles, holding up his hands. “I mean, it’s only a brand new suit, but hey that’s what dry cleaners are for, right?”

“Um, right.” I hesitate. “Sorry for um, brushing, um.” Really, Maris, shut up, I think to myself.

He holds out his hand. “Trevor Ericson.”

“Hi, I’m Maris Forrester.” I shake his hand and smile thankfully. I really appreciate him changing the subject from my invading his personal space.

“Maris? That a nickname?” he asks curiously.

“No, a family name actually; I’m named after my grandmother.” He has managed to find a few cocktail napkins lying around and he wipes off his coat.

“That’s a cool name. So, how do you know the Phillips?”

Phillips? What’s he talking about?

“The Phillips?” I ask, trying not to cringe that I was rubbing the front of his suit for what seemed like five minutes.

“Yes, Tom and Liv, our hosts for this event?” He seems shocked that I have no idea who Tom and Liv are. I guess I should know that but too late now. Suddenly, I feel guilty like I just crashed a wedding or something.

“Oh right, I don’t actually—we were invited by a mutual friend. It’s a great party though,” I say as I glance around.

“Yes, they do this every year to benefit the arts. It’s such a shame so many schools are removing them from their schedules. Liv, of course, has such a passion for this cause being that she’s also a musician. She’s performed all over the world.”

“She was a performer?” I ask excitedly. “That’s fantastic. I’m a singer, too, or at least I was, now I’m a vocal instructor.”

“Really? That’s interesting, why don’t you sing anymore?”

Should I be having this conversation with a perfect stranger? He just keeps asking me questions. I probably shouldn’t be rude considering I just spilled alcohol over his Armani suit. Okay, so I don’t know for sure that it’s Armani, maybe Versace? I’m not exactly up-to-date on what designers men are wearing being that Kyle is more of a Gap kind of guy.

“You know how it is, life I guess. Anyway, where did Liv perform?”

“With some orchestra, she’s an amazing violin player. I went to college with Tom, we were fraternity brothers.”

I roll my eyes, figures that Trevor was a frat boy. He’s totally charming and outgoing, he was probably the president, too.

“Did you just give me an eye roll?” he asks playfully. I guess that was pretty obvious.

I laugh. “Yes. I was just thinking that I could totally see you being a frat boy.”

He cracks a smile. “I take offense to that, but I guess the choir girls don’t really like frat boys do they? I may have to send you my dry cleaning bill after all.” I start to feel uncomfortable. My amazing boyfriend is somewhere around here waiting for me and I’m chatting (not flirting) with some random frat boy.

 

MelissaAuthor Melissa Baldwin

Melissa graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications; she has always had a love for writing. An avid journal keeper, she took her creativity to the next level by fulfilling her dream with her debut novel, An Event to Remember . . . Or Forget. Since then, she has written and published two more novels, Wedding Haters and See You Soon Broadway.

Melissa resides in Orlando, Florida, with her husband and young daughter. When she isn’t writing, this multi-tasking master organizer is busy being a mother, wife, chauffeur, PTA President, and Fitness Trainer.

When she has free time, she enjoys traveling, running, fitness, fashion, and taking a Disney Cruise every now and then.

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Update on the Alissia Roswell Series

Posted by on Oct 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Just thought I’d give a quick update on the Alissia Roswell Series. Most of you all know I decided to go back through my debut novel, Unexpected Metamorphosis, and update it to my current writing style. What I thought would be a quick editing job turned into a thorough edit. The plot is and was perfect, but I changed and rearranged many of the words to give more strength and emotion to the story. Although it’s receiving great reviews, I do not feel that my first novel conveys my current writing style, as I’ve grown a lot over the past few years, and I want it to be as strong as my other novels.

I will soon write a post with a few examples of the changes so that you can see for yourself what I mean. I am currently working on the last chapter.

Unexpected Beginning is dying to come out, and I can’t wait to dive into this part of Alissia’s adventure. I have many stories keeping me up at night, and my creative side is burning within me. It’s time to get back to it!

This weekend I will be blessed with a writing binge, and I’ll have the entire weekend to myself to do nothing but write. It’s the perfect way to get back into my writing, and I can’t wait!

Stay tuned! I’ll try to give a few insights into Alissia’s new adventure while writing.

 

 

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