Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Alora: The Portal by Tamie Dearen

Cover Reveal for Alora: The Portal
The compelling story of the young soulmates, Alora and Kaevin, continues…
The adventure begins with Alora: The Wander-Jewel.

Fifteen-year-old Alora has visions.
Only while in the shower. And only of one stranger: a handsome boy with long brown hair, intense green eyes, and the oddest clothes. A boy who vanishes whenever she opens her eyes.
And then one day, he doesn’t…
Alora’s safe world is soon turned upside-down as she’s thrust into another realm where her soulmate waits, magic abounds, and unfathomable evil seeks to claim her.

The epic fantasy continues in Alora: The Portal.
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If one of them dies, they both die.
Bound together as soulmates, something compels Alora and Kaevin to abandon the safety of their refuge for the dangers of Kaevin’s realm.
The soulmates arrive in the midst of a raging battle as Stone Clan warriors defend their capital, an attack made more deadly by the pervasive evil of her father. Alora and Kaevin face mortal danger as they fight against man and magick to preserve Kaevin’s home and heritage.
For Alora’s father will have her allegiance. Or her death.

Praise for Alora
“…I have to admit – I wish the book had not ended! …The romance is sweet rather than steamy making this a clean read for young adults, but the action and adventure is thrilling enough to keep any age reader turning pages…” Today’s Visions
“I found Alora to be a breath of fresh air in the YA fantasy genre! … A YA fantasy with characters you will adore and cheer for, Alora is a book I would recommend to any of my friends!” Books Are Sanity
Alora: The Portal is available on Amazon for the special pre-order price of 99¢ through the August 31 release date! As a bonus, Alora: The Wander-Jewel will be FREE on August 30 through August 31!
Find Tamie Dearen on her websiteAmazonFacebook, and Twitter.

Excerpt from Alora: The Wander-Jewel
Alora fought the urge to beat on the tile wall. He’d disappeared again. Who was this
boy she kept seeing? Why did he only appear when she was in the shower? He seemed so
real, and she could have sworn he looked as confused as she felt. As if he was trying to
figure out who she was, as well. Was he a figment of her imagination? His eyes were so
unusual. They were green. Not an ordinary green, but a deep, intense jade, the color of
her aunt’s emerald ring. He was really cute, although he wore his wavy brown hair a little
long for her taste. Yet she could only see his head—never his clothes or the background.
Today he’d tied his hair back in a ponytail. Surely the fact he’d changed his hair was
significant. Wouldn’t a figment of her imagination have his hair the same every time?
She peeked around the shower curtain at the clock on the bathroom counter. It was
five a.m. on a Saturday, and she had chores to do, feeding the horses and letting the
chickens out. But it was winter, so she had plenty of time to spare before the rising sun
tolled the beginning of her responsibilities. Living on a ranch in the backcountry of
Montana meant cold winters, lots of work, and little time for leisure. It was the only life
she’d ever known, and she usually enjoyed it, despite the heavy work involved.
But right now, she wanted another stab at seeing that boy. The image was always so
fuzzy. If only he wouldn’t disappear when she opened her eyes. She couldn’t summon his
visage at will. He didn’t come every time she closed her eyes in the shower; it seemed to
happen when she was relaxing and letting the water beat down on her head and shoulders.
Maybe, if she were soaking in the tub, she might see his image again.
She pushed the curtain back, put in the stopper, and turned the faucet on full blast. As
an afterthought, she added bubble bath, filling the tub with fragrant suds. Soon the bath
was full, with aromatic bubbles foaming on top. She eased into the soothing water,
closing her eyes at the blissful caress of the heat on her tight muscles. And she waited.
Anticipating. Would he come? She tried to stay alert, but the relaxing warmth seeped into
her skin, lulling her to sleep.
Awakening with a start in the cold water, disappointment formed a knot in her
stomach—he’d never appeared. She released some water down the drain and added hot
water, swirling it around until the temperature was comfortable again. She had five more
minutes before she had to abandon her bath to start her workday. She lay back down,
sinking below the water with her eyes closed, swishing the fresh water over her skin to
remove the bubble bath film, her face floating above the surface to breathe.
He appeared. She held her breath, clamping her eyes shut tight, trying to hold the
image as long as possible. Though the apparition was still slightly blurry, she could see
all of him, head to toe. She took advantage of her increased perception, thoroughly
studying his image. She almost clapped her hands when her mental measurement
estimated his height at over six feet. At five feet ten, she was taller than most boys her
age. But she scolded herself for examining him as if he were a potential boyfriend. He
wasn’t even real. His clothes were made of supple-looking brown leather. The attire was
odd—held together with ties and toggles rather than buttons or zippers. The fit was close
enough that his well-formed muscles were evident. She noted his long hair was tied back,
as it had been earlier. She could only see the front of him as he stood frozen, stock-still,
with his mouth agape, his jewel-green eyes wide and… moving. His eyes were moving, up
and down, as if he were scanning her body as she had done. And it occurred to her if she
could see all of him, he might be able to see all of her.
She gasped, opening her eyes to dispense with the specter. But his image remained,
now sharp and clear. And he seemed to be standing in her bathroom. She cowered under
the water, attempting to hide under the few remaining bubbles. His eyes dropped down to
her navel, and as they widened, he whispered, “Wendelle?”
Lunging for her towel on the floor, she screamed at the top of her lungs. Hastily
covering herself and preparing to leap from the tub, she looked up, only to discover the
vision was gone—if indeed it had been a vision.

Read the first two chapters of Alora: The Wander-Jewel here.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Away From the Sun by Sandra W. Burch

Dear Gentle Readers,

Away From the Sun, the second book in the Seaside Series by the lovely and talented Sandra W. Burch is now available at Sandra's website,


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

WIN!! with J.R. Wirth


J.R. Wirth audio book—or next eBook. 
Each verified purchase of a J.R. Wirth paperback or eBook between August 1, 2015 and September 15, 2015 gets a chance at an audio version of any of the JR Wirth collection (to date), or a copy of the next eBook. You can message me with proof of entry at Facebook or

Dear Gentle Readers,
Do not miss the opportunity to win an audio book or the next eBook by J.R. Wirth. If you remember my review of  Good Friday: Dreams and Nightmares, I said J.R.'s writing reminded me of an episode of Twilight Zone and the genius of Rod Serling. 
Have a great day.

Monday, August 17, 2015

SILK by Chris Karlsen

It is the time of Jack the Ripper, the widowed Queen Victoria sits on the throne of England. The whole of London is on edge wondering when or where Jack will kill next. The Palace, Parliament, and the press are demanding the police do more to find him. 

In another part of London, rough-around-the-edges war hero, Metropolitan Detective Inspector Rudyard Bloodstone has his own serial killer to find. Inter departmental rivalries, politics, and little evidence to go on hamper the investigation at every turn. In a battle of wills, Bloodstone presses forward following his instincts in spite of the obstacles. 

Adding to those problems, away from the strains of the investigation, he is engaged in the ups and downs of a new relationship with a lovely hat maker. 

CONGRATULATIONS to Chris Karlsen for her cover SILK winning the Storyfinds Cover Contest! 

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Lord of Blakeley is Free Today!

Dear Gentle Readers,
For those of you who haven't read Lord of Blakeley, my time travel novel about a young farm boy who becomes the most important man on the planet, marries a princess, and incurs the wrath of a jealous madman with a mobile transport device. I think you'll like it. 

Friday, August 14, 2015

Bentley Square Needs Help

Dear Gentle Readers,

BENTLEY SQUARE, Time After Time, needs your help. It has eight great reviews. But it needs ten reviews to be advertised on all of the major book sites.

If you have read BENTLEY SQUARE, please consider leaving an honest review. It would be very helpful.

If you have not read it yet, and are willing to read and review it, I will be happy to send you the kindle version. Remember, you do not need a kindle. There is a kindle app on my Amazon page and allows you to read all the kindle books on your tablet, iPad, phone, laptop, desktop, whatever you're using right now.

Please comment below and I will get back to you. If you cannot comment here, you can leave me a message on Facebook at Carol Ann Kauffman, Author. 

Thank you.



Thursday, August 13, 2015

Fellows Riverside Gardens, Mill Creek Park, Youngstown, OH

     Nestled high in the northern end of the Mill Creek Park Metro Parks system in Youngstown, Ohio, you will find Fellows Riverside Gardens,  a free twelve-acre public botanical display garden that is absolutely breathtaking in every season.  This garden is home to the most gorgeous rose collection I have ever seen.  This rose garden is special to me because I had my wedding photos taken there many years ago.  It is one of the most romantic scenic backdrops with the lake and the gazebo, as well as the rows and rows of roses.
     Fellows Riverside Gardens is a member of the American Public Gardens Association, which is a professional association for public gardens in North America, supporting the public horticultural community on its mission to study, display, and converse plants.

     The Davis Education and Visitors Center is a
magnificent center featuring classes, a gardening library, a little shop, and a cafe with indoor and outdoor seating overlooking the lake.  The displays annuals are ever-changing to compliment the established perennial and bulb collections.  The day we were there, an art exhibit of scenes form the park were on display.
     In August they are conducting "Tai Chi Step One in the Park" at noon on Wednesdays.  I can't think of a more serene setting than these gardens.
     There is a very large collection of trees and large bushes that anchor the ever-changing seasonal floral displays.  Everything is labeled and the grounds are meticulously cared for.

     This gorgeous pink rose not only looks beautiful, but smells wonderful.  I love pink roses and can't believe I took this photo with my phone!   And they have rows and rows of roses in an array of colors.  July and August are great months to visit the rose display.

     Also in August, the talented staff will be conducted a class on making a Herb Kitchen Wreath in one of the classrooms.

     They will also host an adult golf clinic with some time in the classroom and some time on the beautiful Mill Creek Golf Course.

     Located only nine miles from the Ohio Turnpike, Mill Creek Park attracts over 400,000 visitors from all over the country.  It is one of Ohio's finest gardens and scenic views of Lake Glacier and the historic old log cabin.

For more information on any of these activities, call 330.740.7074.

Fellows Riverside Gardens
Davis Education and Visitor Center
123 McKinley Ave.
Youngstown, OH 44509

metro parks of youngstown, ohio

Carol is away today. This is a repeat of an earlier post.