Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Ontario by Heidi Nicole Bird

Ontario by Heidi Nicole Bird is out!!!
Links to Ontario:
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I was happy and excited when I got into bed that night, but it wasn’t long before I remembered what had happened the night before. I lay in my bed for a long time without sleeping, not daring to, because each time I closed my eyes I saw the same thing: my mother’s promising face. After several hours I couldn’t take it anymore and I threw the covers off. 
As my feet hit the floor I heard a quiet clap of thunder from outside. A little voice in my head told me not to, but I grabbed my umbrella anyway and headed upstairs and out the front door. 
It wasn’t pouring, but the rain was coming down in a steady drizzle. I stood on the porch for a few minutes, just watching the rain. It seemed to be beckoning to me, calling me to somewhere that would distract me from my mother. . . .

My 5 Star Review for Ontario!!!!!

Ontario is a heart-warming saga with real depth even though it is a YA novel. I think readers will identify with the subject matter and connect to the characters in a special way. 

I am not sure where Miss Bird found her inspiration but this book was filled with true-life raw emotion and felt relatable to me. I was drawn into the main character, Ontario from the very first pages. This is a painful story in some ways but not without real optimism and something I admire more than anything, ZEST FOR LIFE!!! This sweet story touched my heart!

"I wished that Kelly-Ann would appreciate the things she had more. She was lucky she had been given a car at all, and even luckier that her Dad was just going to buy her another one simply because she didn't have one anymore. There were a lot of things that Kelly-Ann took for granted that I wished she wouldn't. Like her parents. She rarely spoke of them, which always annoyed me. Some days I just wanted to smack her across the face and force her to realize how lucky she was."

Book Blurb 

“Don’t worry, Ontario, I’ll never leave you. You will always have me here to protect you and your brother.” 

Those words from a childhood memory would haunt Ontario Stratton for the rest of her life. Losing her father had been difficult enough, but her life would change even more drastically at the beginning of her senior year of high school. Only weeks into the school year Mrs. Stratton abandons her two children for a more carefree way of living. Suddenly thrown into a very different life, Ontario clings to her brother Eddy, her new legal guardian, and to no one else. Could she trust anyone anymore? Even her best friend isn’t there for her. . .

In order to feel like less of a burden on her brother, Ontario gets a job at the local fifties-style diner. It is there that she meets her new “family,” including the oh-so-intriguing Austin, the only one who can help her truly heal. In time, Ontario discovers that Austin has his own demons, and that he needs her just as much as she needs him. Some things in Ontario’s life begin to come together again, but others continue to fall apart. Though her world seems to be breaking, she is introduced to a kind of happiness she has never known before, and her new found friends show her that maybe, just maybe, she can learn to love again.

Author Bio

Heidi Nicole Bird has been writing for as long as she can remember and it is her favorite thing in the world. Heidi is a regular NaNoWriMo participant and is mostly a young adult fantasy writer, but also likes to write juvenile fiction and other genres. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Brigham Young University and she looks forward to exploring the genre of historical fiction. Heidi lives in Utah with her family and three dogs, and loves working from home as a full time writer.
Also by Heidi Nicole Bird, Through the Paper Wall 


Things haven’t been the same between Jesse and Dad since Mom died, and now Jesse’s worst fears are coming true. Not only has he been forced to move across the country, but Dad is also flirting like crazy with his new girlfriend. In an attempt to get away from the two lovebirds, Jesse starts to explore his new house and what he finds changes everything. Hidden in Jesse’s basement is a room the adults can’t see, and leading from the room is a massive tunnel. That’s not the only weird thing about Jesse’s new house, though. It’s also tagged with all sorts of rumors. Could the house actually be haunted like some people think? With the help of his new friend Jake, Jesse soon discovers the truth, and they find themselves in a situation that is way out of their control. Ambyth, an eternal city of teenagers, is anything but a safe place for Jesse and Jake to be. Together they must overcome the evil that Jesse’s house has been hiding for 
decades, and they have to do it before time runs out.

My 5 Star Review for Through The Paper Wall:

I found Through the Paper Wall to be precious on so many levels. Even though it is geared towards YA I think a person can appreciate the message at any age. It is a reminder that life is fragile and we should be thankful for whatever we have. Even our thoughts should not be taken for granted and we should never judge a book by it's cover or give into pier pressure. If you have lived life you have experienced some kind of pain, loss, or indifference. The narrator takes you on a mysterious journey and does so in a captivating and oh so creative fashion while still being able to share valuable life lessons along the way.

"Plants were brighter here, and they had more personality somehow, as if they were excited to be living, or as if something was making them brighter than normal. The trees grew in weird ways, not straight up, but in twists and turns, and they had large, beautiful leaves. Some trees had mixed leaves of all sorts of sizes and shapes. Some of them looked like a crazy artist's painting come to life."

Links to Ontario:
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Sunday, April 28, 2013

I want to thank all the authors donating their books to my Home Wrecker Book Release party!!!!! You are all so generous!!

I am ever so grateful for all the support I have received from so many people!!!!

Special thanks to Kim Mutch Emerson, Rebbekah White, Arlene R. O'Neil, Natalie Walker Idrogo, John Emil Augustine, Mark Barry, Mary Ann Bernal, Lisa Day, Paige Bleu, Melanie Toye, Jessica Kong, Sarah Buchynski, G Mitchell Baker, Marie Godley, K.R. Hughes, T.L. Burns, Tricia Drammeh, Shaz at Jera's Jamboree, Alex Moore, Jacqueline Cross, Vickie Johnstone, Cathy Brockman, and Tammy Moore Novak. 

I also want to thank my cover artist JD Robinson at rabbit Run Films. He did such an outstanding job and was so patient with me!!!

Here are the donated Ebooks:

Carla by Mark Barry
Hollywood Shakedown by Mark Barry
The Briton and the Dane The Complete Trilogy by Mary Ann Bernal
Bertha-Size Your Life by Jane Carroll
3 Heads & a Tail by Vickie Johnstone 
Finding Summerland by Paige Bleu
Entice Me and by Melanie Toye 
Before True Light: The Awakening by Sarah Buchynski
Lethal Believers: The Innocents! by G Mitchell Baker
Digitus 233 by K.D. Emerson
Victory by DeEtte Beckstead Anderton
Missing Flowers by Karen Magill
Take 2 Linda Bowers Bolton
The Lost Kitten by Jessica Kong
Made A Killing by Zach Abrams
The Briton and the Dane by Mary Ann Bernal
The Briton and the Dane: Birthright by Mary Ann Bernal
The Briton and the Dane: Legacy by Mary Ann Bernal
Long Lost Song by Stephen Ormsby 
Lucid Nightmares by Daniel Xiao Wang
Baby by J Kelly Accinni
Echo by J Kelly Accinni

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Authors Giving for Healthy Living on Facebook

This charity event will take place on Facebook this coming Saturday and you are all invited to participate!! charity event will take place on Facebook this coming Saturday and you are all invited to participate!!
A percentage of all sales during the duration of the event will go to
Bea Kunz’s non profit garden project
for middle school age students.
Top Authors Give Proceeds to Middle School Gardening Project

 Top authors from across the world will come together on Facebook this Saturday to raise funds for a gardening project for students at Curry Middle School located in Jasper, AL.  The project is Sponsored and coordinated by Bea Kunz of Sage Hill Farms.
“The project will be ongoing from year to year with different students and teachers participating,” states Kunz. She goes on to say, “I am thrilled to be a part of any project that enlightens or peaks an interest in better foods for better health.”
Kim Mutch Emerson, owner of Master Koda Select Publishing, LLC got wind of the project and gathered authors together from around the globe who were excited to offer the proceeds of their sales on Saturday, April 27th to this worthwhile project.
The benefit event will include games and contests for the attendees and takes place on Facebook this coming Saturday, April 27th from 10:00am to 3:00pm Eastern time.  The public is welcome. Proceeds from the book sales will go to the Curry Middle School Organic Gardening Project. To join this worthwhile event, simply go to this link and click join: https://www.facebook.com/events/485963738123325/
For more information or to donate to this non-profit project contact Bea Kunz on her website at http://www.sagehillfarmsandvintagestore.com/ or Dr. Thomas Kyzer, Assistant Principal at Curry Middle School, Jasper, AL.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Broken Spokes by Arlene R. O'Neil

Broken Spokes is more than a well-written, interesting read. It is an inspirational collection of the memories of a courageous child who, in spite of physical and emotional suffering, grew into a compassionate, loving and valiant woman. Crippled at age six, the author begins an odyssey which will consume her entire life. Through her sufferings, she finds a way to heal others, and in doing so, saves herself.

Available on Amazon.com

My review of Broken Spokes by Arlene R. O’Neil

This book really touched me. I could relate to much of the sadness even though my story Home Wrecker is very different. I think both our stories were written from the heart. I could feel that by reading Broken Spokes. This book pulled me right in and broke my heart right from the very start. I could really see this child in front of me. It was so well written that I found myself getting a bit dizzy while the story was progressing. It is a powerful story that I read in just two sittings. I didn't want to put it down because I needed to know that this character was okay. I have read some books where the main character doesn't really interest me but that was not the case in this story. There were so many lines in the book that I wanted to highlight because they were so profound. I am glad that I read this book because it moved me and made me see how lucky we are for all the blessing in our lives. It makes you realize to NEVER EVER take your life or health for granted!

“I ran past my birthday present into the open arms of my father, who knelt down glowing with pride. After a hug that spoke volumes, Dad sat me on his lap and gave me my first lesson in the, “Barter System.”

“Well, Honey,” he explained. “It just so happens that the owner of the store needs help putting up new racks so he can display more bicycles. I agreed to build them if he would sell me your bike for less money.”

This was also my first in, “Dads can do anything.” At least mine could.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Reality Bites by Mark Barry, Cheryl Casey, Eric Rada, Lexi Kravey, Suzanne van Rooyen, Rae Gee, Christy L. Foster, Emma Edwards, Mary Ann Bernal, and Brenda Perlin

My Review:

Dark, twisted,dreary, dismal, gloomy, glum, anguish, melancholy, morose, soul-searching, disparaging, moody, sulky, emotional, Reality Bites is all these things and more. 

Ophelia by Claire Appleseed
This haunting story touched me deep within my soul. I could feel the pain but also the will to live. No one should ever take that away from us.

"Blinded by love, I believed him and put his indiscretions into that box that only gets visited under extreme conditions. I should have listened to them, the gossipmongers, they knew and now I know; they were right. In retrospect, his infidelities must have been his way of dealing with his failings, made him feel good that he could still 'pull a bird'. He boasted about them."

Doubting Cheryl by Cheryl Casey

Short but sweet. An innocent tale about a young girl coming to terms with the thereafter.

"Not once did I pray that "now I lay me down to sleep" business when I was a kid. No way was I going to utter the words, "if I should die before I wake." I fully intended to wake up and live the next day and wasn't about to entertain the possibility of dying in my sleep."

Without Hope by Emma Edwards

Without hope... There is nothing.  This story pulls on your heart strings. Gut wrenching and takes you to the darkest depths of despair. Will that glimmer of hope be enough to save Nadine?

"The first thing she does is glance upwards. It is indeed a clear night, full of twinkling stars. People have always looked to the stars as a source if inspiration. Now Nadine looks at them in a different way. Just the sight of them makes her feel uplifted. Makes her feel less like reaching for a handful of the pills in her bag."

Resiliency from Within by Christy L. Foster

This is a story of sheer perseverance. Why do some people simply shine more than others? Zest for life goes way past the exterior. It has to do with your inner core. Some people have it and some people don't.
For some people giving up is not even a consideration. This story really makes you step back and look at your own life and reminds you of everything you have taken for granted up until this point.

"A light snowfall covered the tiny Massachusetts city as dawn broke over the horizon. The brisk chill in the air added to the life and heartbeat of the beautiful February day. Rosy cheeks, shallow breaths, and quick movements proved the daily business stopped for no obstacle, man, or weather. People were bustling about clearing the snow from their cars, shoveling their sidewalks, and making breakfast in preparation for what would be a normal day for most. As the rest of the town went about their daily grind, one family's happy routine was destined to be shattered, and their faith tested.

Regeneration by Rae Gee

This a story in the eyes of an addict. She was 23, young and invincible or so she thought. The common thread to all these stories seems to be the topic of bullying. Each tale different but so much the same. We all want to be accepted and yet acceptance is something we all seem to fight for.

"Sometimes, she'd step away from her seat, ordering someone to remain with her belongings while she twirled on the dance floor. The lyrics of songs speaking of autumn, of forbidden loves, of full moons and vampires, touched her feet and made her dance. She'd wave her arms in the air, reaching for the moon, wanting to pull it close, while the scent of cloves and graveyards spiralled around her."

Little Girl by Lexi Kravey

A story about abuse. This lost girl becomes an addict, a person without hope who looks for a way out of this tragedy that is her life.

"Like a tortured soul, I was led down a path that few whoever tread survived it, turned to drugs or alcohol to relieve the acidic pain that rotted out their insides and turned the world from a place of good to a place of evil being constantly held a prisoner in the darkness of memories."

The Hotter the Forge, The Stronger the Steel by Eric Rada

This story is told with such raw emotion. The suffering you can feel through your veins. How do you look for forgiveness when you don't even forgive yourself? When is it time to let go of the suffering? This story is a reminder to never give up. Yes, there can light at the end of the tunnel.

"How do you comfort your siblings when you are the one who took your mother's life? How do you embrace your grandma when you killed her daughter? How do you stay strong for your father when you murdered his soul mate? How does one stay strong and be a pillar for a family when it is your fault they are suffering? My world was a struggle between being there for my family and knowing I am the reason they are suffering?"

Ghosts in Me by Suzanne van Rooyen

Life is not always fair but how you chose to deal with it is what matters most. If tragedy strikes, are we just supposed to give up? How do you find the strength to rise above? Can you?

"The syringa was in full bloom, lilac flowers and orange berries, with a chorus of grey lorries amongst the leafy boughs. My bare feet burned on the tar driveway as the large black gates offering a false sense of security to my upper-middle-class abode swung slowly open."

Suleman's Kebab by Stefan Xerxes

I have heard of dependencies, mostly over drugs, alcohol, sex, and food but never over kabobs. Can a person experience withdrawal symptoms from giving up their favorite food choice? Can one food choice change your entire life?

"Let me describe it to you, this kebab. Suleman's  kebab. The kebab from the keeper of all circles. I know, I know. You've all eaten kabobs. You've all experienced a gyros. Why am I making such a fuss? Who can write a short story about a kebab? I mean, fuck off. Stop wasting my time. You're reading an anthology about loss and heartache, and relationships, and death and grief, and all that, and here you are talking about a kebab?"

Out of the Depths by Mary Ann Bernal

This is a story of addiction, betrayal and self-pity. A person who has hit rock bottom and then from there realizes he wants to live. Don't we all deserve a second chance?

"I see you judging me once again, shaking your head in disgust, I venture. But before I am condemned, hear me out. Once you know the facts, once you know I have conquered my demons, then, and only then, will you accept your help. Yes, I admit it, I need your help, but I will not beg."

Best years of Our Lives by Mark Barry

You are a thirteen year old boy and repeatedly bullied by your classmates. You are paralyzed with fear even though there were warning signs. Boys and girls gang up against you. You want to cry but you don't. You know it will only make things worse. You take your beatings and wait for them to be over. It is through this experience that you learn something about life. Somehow this experience changes you forever.

"You have never experienced anything like this anticipation before, and you're scared. Your stomach is turning over as if you're staring down the side of a skyscraper. You are tense and dizzy and you wish you hadn't had seconds at dinner."

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Please join me and my friends on Facebook for my Home Wrecker book release party on Monday, April 29th at 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm Pacific Standard Time. 

Hosted by Kim Mutch Emerson's MasterKoda Select Publishing...

"Come one, come all and wreck a few homes" 

Not really...just come and join the party. You won't even have to leave your home!!!!!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Green Wizard Publishing - Book Launch Alert - Reality Bites - April 13, 2013

Green Wizard Publishing Presents Reality Bites Book Launch on Facebook April 13, 2012

The highly anticipated anthology, Reality Bites, launches on April 13, 2013

12 Tales of Hope, Rescued from the abyss... Suzanne Van Rooyen. Stefan Xerxes. Lexi Kravey. Emma Edwards. CL Foster. Eric Rada. Clare Appleseed. Cheryl Casey Ramirez. Rae Gee. Brenda Perlin. Mary Ann Bernal. Mark Barry.

Join the launch party on Facebook:

Green Wizard Publishing - Book Launch Alert - Reality Bites - April 13, 2013