Tuesday, July 17, 2018

"The Songs of You and Me" by Mylissa Demeyere

The Songs of You and Me
by Mylissa Demeyere

The Songs of You and Me by Mylissa Demeyere

The Songs of You and Me by Mylissa Demeyere has just been released. This book blast and giveaway is brought to you by I Am A Reader. You can also follow the book tour commencing 30 July.

Jane Hartford fell head over heels for Jackson at the tender age of fifteen. She spent most of high school pining for him, until she realized he wasn’t going to see her as anything more than his baby sister’s best friend. Now she finds herself single with a daughter, a broken heart, and songs that remind her of a long lost love.
Jackson Wright is a man living with regret. His biggest one, never acting on his feelings for Jane. When he returns to Bellebrook, the town they grew up in, he literally runs into her and his world gets tossed upside down and sideways.
This time, Jackson isn’t willing to give up. With a meddling sister eager to push both of them together, he believes things might actually work out. That is, if they can overcome the heavy baggage they both carry. Follow Jackson and Jane as they revisit their past, figuring out what went wrong so long ago.
Will they learn they have the power to make things right in the present?

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Here, have a cupcake.” She almost shoved one in my mouth, putting an end to my complaining. She took the other one and bit a big chunk out of it. A small moan escaped her lips, causing me to inhale the cupcake instead of swallowing it. I sputtered and coughed the crumbs that went down the wrong pipe. Her closed eyelids and that sweet little sound of enjoyment made me lose my train of thought.
“You okay?” Jane tapped my back, unaware of the effect she had on me.
“Fine,” I gasped.
“Take it easy on the treasure there. That stuff isn’t for the faint-hearted.” Her eyes twinkled, but her words sunk deeper. I better be careful with her.
“Apart from almost killing you, did you like it?” she asked.
“It was good.”
“Just good? Mine was divine. Here, have a taste.” She held out her cupcake, and my hand folded around hers. My gaze dipped down to the sweet in her hand and moved up to her face. She urged me on by moving it closer to my mouth.
“Mhmm, that is good.” Her fingers brushed my lips as I tasted her offered treat.
“Now it’s only fair you let me taste your caramel one.” She leaned in and indicated for me to offer a taste of mine. Her teeth bit into it, and her lips closed around her bite as her eyelids shut in pleasure.
“Mhmm.” She pulled away slightly, and I noticed a small trace of frosting on her upper lip.
“Here.” I held her face with my free hand and rubbed the smudge away. Her eyes widened, but she didn’t pull back.
“All gone,” I whispered.
“We better get back,” she replied, her voice thick.
“Sure, let’s go.”
[Want more? Click below to read a longer excerpt.]

Praise for the Book
“A tender debut novel that will leave you remembering the sweet angst of first love. The Songs of You and Me is a charmer.” ~ Taylor Dean, author of I’m With You and Chasing Fireflies
“In this romantic debut about first love, second chances, Ms. DeMeyere weaves the past and present together in a way that brings the characters’ hearts to life as they heal from tragedies and struggle to move on in life. Sweet and heartwarming.” ~ Charissa Stastny, author of Between Hope and the Highway and the Rules out Romances Series
“A fun and enticing love story that combines the bitter with the sweet and keeps you laughing amidst the tears. You won’t want to miss this touching story that explores true love in all its depth and beauty.” ~ Aubrey, Amazon Reviewer
The Songs of You and Me pulled me in from page one. The characters came to life and I felt as if I was part of their story. I stayed up night after night fascinated with their personal and individual challenges. Their obstacles were relatable and tugged at my heart. I couldn’t wait to finish and yet I didn’t want it to end. As I read the last page, I was ecstatic to see what would come next from Mylissa Demeyere.” ~ Jamie, Amazon Reviewer

About the Author
Mylissa Demeyere
Mylissa Demeyere was born in Belgium and resides in the beautiful city of Ghent. She lives in a somewhat organized home with her four beautiful children and the love of her life. If she isn’t working, she’s writing, running, reading, or enjoying time with her kids, who are growing up way too fast.
The Songs of You and Me is her debut novel, with a sequel already in the works.

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Monday, July 16, 2018

"The Busy Moms Guide to Writing" by Angela Castillo and Jamie Foley

The Busy Moms Guide to Writing
by Angela Castillo and Jamie Foley

The Busy Moms Guide to Writing by Angela Castillo and Jamie Foley

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The Busy Moms Guide to Writing is currently on tour with Reading Addiction Book Tours. The tour stops here today for my review, an excerpt, and a freebie. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.

Are you a busy mom who loves to write, but doesn't know where to start? This easy-to-read guide by two bestselling, award-winning authors will help you make your writing dreams a reality.
From finding time to write, to showing you how to get your kids involved, Jamie Foley and Angela Castillo (who happen to be busy moms themselves) will give you the resources - and the encouragement - you need.
This book will:
- Help you plan out your writing goals, time management, and financial budget
- Encourage you to enlist aid from the right people - critique partners, editors, cover designers, and more
- Guide you to making the best decision for you regarding independent and traditional publishing
- Give you questions to ask yourself at the end of each chapter to help you move closer to your writing dreams
- Steer you away from common mistakes

Supper should have been started half an hour ago, and a pile of laundry waits for you on the couch (well, it used to--now the kids have flung the clothes across the room in a free-for-all sock fight). Your baby is crying, and your oldest kid is yelling something about a science fair project being due tomorrow.
But what are you thinking about? A roving mercenary princess in your own made up land--the land of Flynn. You’ve dreamed about this land, pretended to live in it yourself. And more than anything, you want to write about it.
Your little girl grabs hold of your leg with sticky fingers. “Mommy, when are we going to have supper? I’m hungry, Mommy!”
If you’re feeling tempted to check your home for a hidden camera, the reason we know these things is because we are there. We have nights like this on a continual basis. Yet between both of us, we have fifteen published books (and three collections). These books help to generate an income to help with grocery money and even, sometimes, the mortgage payment. Writing and Momming can happen! At the same time!
What this book will do:
- Help you plan out your writing goals and time management
- Give you tools to do your personal best when it comes to writing
- Steer you away from mistakes we’ve made
- Encourage you to enlist aid from the right people--critique partners, editors, cover designers, and more
- Help you create a time budget, as well as a financial budget, so you don’t go overboard
- Guide you to making the best decision for you regarding independent and traditional publishing
- Give you questions to ask yourself (and hopefully answer!) at the end of each chapter to help you move closer to your writing dreams
What this book won’t do:
- Teach you how to write a New York Times bestseller (if you find a book that can do this, let us know)
- Tell you to neglect your family in order to write
- Expect you to have a ten-thousand-dollar budget for your first book
- Tell you how to come up with writing ideas. There are countless other writing prompt books available out there. We figure if you picked up this book, you probably have ideas buzzing around in your head already and are looking for a way to let them out.
- Give you a magic formula to make millions of dollars with your books (we don’t believe such a thing exists, but maybe. Of course, unicorns might exist too…)
[Want more? Click below to read a longer excerpt.]

Praise for the Book
“… a professionally written and designed book that over delivers on value. This book is so aesthetically pleasing, so beautifully illustrated and flawlessly formatted that, for a brief moment, I thought I might be dreaming. What a pleasure to read!” ~ R. Smith
“I'm not a busy mom, but I AM a busy writer, so this book was still helpful. I already knew a lot of this, but there are ALWAYS new perspectives and ideas to be picked up. Insightful, well-written, and sometimes funny, it has lots of great tips and advice.” ~ Deborah O’Carroll
“The chapters are well polished and organized. I found it particularly interesting that although the co-authors write in different genres (historical romance vs fantasy/sci-fi) and styles (pantser vs plotter) the overall tone was extremely cohesive and conversational - like close, long-time friends chatting about their writing process.” ~ Katia Hart
“I was pleased to see that motherhood was not a requirement for reading this book. Within the authors give Suggestions for finding extra time in which to write. They also provide a run down of basic writing craft and a basic publishing primer. The prose was both informative and enjoyable. With this book you will not become a published author overnight, but it may help you decide if it's a journey you want to start.” ~ Cathrine Bonham
“This book is perfect for ALL busy people trying to find a way to make time for writing and prioritize what little time they have. Jamie and Angela help writers do things right from the start but cutting through the clutter and laying out the alternatives, no-nos, and how-tos from the very beginning! I highly recommend this book to all people who enjoy writing words, no matter how busy or experienced.” ~ Albert L. Ellison

My Review
I received this book in return for an honest review.

By Lynda Dickson
Here’s a book that tells you that “Writing and Momming can happen! At the same time!” But the best thing is that this book isn’t just for moms. While the authors present tips on planning and writing a book while juggling a home and family, the advice they give is applicable to any writer.
Topics covered include: setting realistic goals, finding time to write, plotting your story, the length of books in different genres, writing a series, creating loveable characters, pitfalls to avoid, getting people to read your book before it goes to the editor, editing, and publishing.
This is a beautifully presented book, with a writer’s quote at the beginning of each chapter, cute notes in between, and questions for your consideration at the end of each chapter. The authors maintain a friendly, conversational tone throughout. A pleasure to read.

About the Authors
Angela Castillo
Angela Castillo loves living in the small town of Bastrop, Texas, and draws much of her writing inspiration from life there. She loves to walk in the woods and shop in the local stores. Castillo studied Practical Theology and Music at Christ for the Nations in Dallas, Texas. She was home-schooled all through high school and is the oldest of seven kids. Castillo's greatest joys are her little girl and two boys. Castillo has been published in The First Line, Aardvark's Ark, Heartwarmers, Thema, and several other publications, and also has works available on Amazon.

Jamie Foley
Jamie Foley loves strategy games, home-grown berries, and Texas winters. She's terrified of plot holes and red wasps.
Her husband is her manly cowboy astronaut muse. They live between Austin, Texas, and their family cattle ranch, where their hyperactive spawnling and wolfpack can run free.

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 14 July 2018

This Week on Books Direct -
14 July 2018

This Week on Books Direct - 14 July 2018

Here's a list of some great articles you may have missed this week. Enjoy!

Book marketing is often the Achilles heel for new authors. So, it is especially valuable when we can learn how a marketing professional approaches their own book launch.

A Book Blogger Case Study With Marketing Expert And Author Anna-Marie Abell by David Wogahn

Golden Booker names Michael Ondaatje’s bestselling novel as public’s favorite winner.

The English Patient Wins Public Poll Of Best Man Booker In 50 Years by Alison Flood for The Guardian

Archaeologists in Greece have discovered what they believe to be the oldest known extract of Homer’s epic poem “The Odyssey”.

“Oldest Known Extract” Of Homer's Odyssey Discovered In Greece by Reuters Staff for Reuters

A collection of unpublished letters written by WB Yeats that was stolen in the 1970s and returned “anonymously” has been identified at Princeton University.

Stolen WB Yeats Letters Identified At Princeton University by Dalya Alberge for The Guardian

On this week’s show, Claire is joined by Richard, Alison, and Sian to talk about summer reading. Do people really read differently when off on holiday? Then, Ross Raisin discusses his latest book, Read This If You Want to Be a Great Writer.

Summer Reading And Ross Raisin On How To Be A Great Writer – The Guardian Books Podcast

Inside a specially built, temperature controlled room at Hereford Cathedral, hundreds of medieval manuscripts sit chained to their shelves, exactly as they did centuries ago.

The Ancient Library Where The Books Are Under Lock And Key by BBC Culture

EH Shepard’s 1926 sketch, which was unseen for almost 50 years, sells for £430,000

Original Winnie-the-Pooh Map Sets World Record At Auction by Sian Cain for The Guardian

Writing for a blog takes hard work and time, especially if it’s for business. Here are some blog research tactics and a list of blog post ideas that will boost traffic to your blog.

Blog Post Ideas To Boost Traffic To Your Business Blog by Lillian De Jesus for Stencil

the classic author’s unfinished novel, Sanditon, is going to be adapted into an eight-part miniseries for Britain’s ITV and PBS Masterpiece in the US.

Jane Austen’s Unfinished Novel To Be Adapted For PBS by G. G. Andres for BookBub

There are many benefits to using post excerpts (summaries) instead of showing full posts on your blog page. Designer Blogs explains how to use Blogger’s default way of adding post excerpts to your blog on Blogger.

How To Add Post Excerpts To A Blogger Blog by Designer Blogs

Swedish librarians have drawn up their longlist for the New Academy’s take on the world’s biggest books award. And it really is new.

The Alternative Nobel: Vote Opens For A Surprising New Literature Prize by Alison Flood for The Guardian

If you enjoyed this blog post, please visit the other This Week posts for links to more great articles.